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unnamed (6)The third annual Canberra Beer Week will be held from November 5-11, with lunch and dinner events, trivia and movies, opportunities to meet brewers, and Canberra’s premium craft beer event, Beer Day Out, which will showcase more than 30 Australian and international craft breweries.

The latter will run November 6-7 and beer aficionados will be able to sample 150 different beers amid master classes, roving entertainment and a range of international culinary options.

Visit www.canberrabeerweek.com.

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 Sweeping through the beautiful Italian countryside with Trenitalia.

Travellers heading to the UK and Europe over the festive season this year and ski season early next year can make use of International Rail’s special offers on a range of Eurail passes, which are available for purchase until December 31.

Receive 20 per cent discounts on Eurail Global Flexi Pass, the Global Consecutive Pass and the Select Pass in both first and second class. And receive a free day of travel on Eurail one-country and regional passes.

The Eurail Global Flexi Pass allows five days travel over a 10-day period or 10 days of travel to use over a two month period for travel through 28 countries in Europe. Pay $76 per person per day, for instance, on a 10-day pass over two months.

Phone 1300 387 245 or visit www.internationalrail.com.au.

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 The Flinders Ranges … an iconic Australian attraction.

Book a 2016 Park Trek seven-day walking tour of the Flinders Ranges by November 30 and receive a 20 per cent early-bird discount.

The discounted prices are from $2120 per person twin-share ex Adelaide, including accommodation, plus all transport and meals, and guided walking through locations such as Wilpena Pound.

Visit http://www.parktrek.com.au.

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 Travelling southern India by classic Royal Enfield motorbike.

Extreme Bike Tours is offering a bonus free night in a five-star resort in tropical Goa for bookings made by November 30 on an 11-day deluxe motorcycle tour of southern India next February.

Riders and pillion passengers will travel more than 1000 kilometres from Cochin to Goa, taking in spice fields, tea plantations, hill stations, tiger reserves and tropical beaches on the back of a classic Royal Enfield motorbike while staying each night in a luxury hotel.

Prices are from $7261 per rider and from $6649 for pillion passengers, all meals on the tour, fuel and motorbike hire, and a domestic flight at the end of the tour from Goa back to Cochin.

Visit www.extremebiketours.com.

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 Taj Rambagh Palace … on A&K’s Indian literary itinerary.

And still in India, each January the Jaipur Literature Festival brings together some of the world’s greatest thinkers and writers, from Nobel laureates to local language writers, Man Booker Prize winners to debut novelists.

A&K is giving 24 travellers an opportunity to join author, Claire Scobie, on a literary journey through India from 16-17 January, including two days VIP entry to the festival.

Highlights include chic city hotels and historic palaces, sunrise and sunset visits of the Taj Mahal, an elephant safari and champagne brunch, and touring of Udaipur.

Prices start at $11,410 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 590 317 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au.

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W Retreat & Spa in the Maldives … 007-inspired package.

To celebrate the release of Spectre, the latest film in the 007 saga, W Retreat & Spa in the Maldives has launched a Bond-themed package that starts with a seaplane transfer to the resort.

The adrenalin-charge schedule includes jet-skiing, a sea-bob lesson (a cross between a jet ski and a body board), parasailing, night snorkelling, plus, of course, access to martinis, and private dinner to a best-of-Bond soundtrack.

Rates for the three-night packages start at about $2000 plus taxes per night.

Visit www.whotels.com.

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 The boutique, 684-passenger Nautica … bonuses on Asian sailings.

Book by December 30 and Cruise Express is offering complimentary bonuses, including up to US$300 on-board spending money, free wifi and a free house-beverage package, on two Asian sailings next March on the boutique, 684-passenger Nautica.

The first is a 10-night itinerary from Beijing to Tokyo via five ports in South Korea and Japan.

The second cruise is a 10-night sailing from Tokyo to Hong Kong via two ports in China.

Fares on both cruises are from $2300 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

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Cruising the Irrawaddy River between Rangoon and Mandalay.

Active Travel has removed single supplements on a number of Pandaw river expeditions in South-East Asia next year and is also offering 20 per cent discounts to couples who book by November 30.

The offers mean solo travellers score a double bonus of not paying any single supplement and also benefitting from the 20 per cent discount on the twin-share fare, which their rate will be based on.

A 14-night Irrawaddy River cruise between Rangoon and Mandalay aboard RV Kindat Pandaw, sailing on July 11 next year, is available from about $6330 per person twin-share, with no solo supplement.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit www.activetravel.com.au. 

Summer activities at Thredbo 2009/2010. Photo by Steve Cuff

Thredbo … not just a winter destination.

The Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival will be held again in Thredbo next March 4-6, with the bill being headlined by two of the hottest American artists — Kip Moore and Kelsea Ballerini — performing their first-ever Australian shows.

They will be joined by Daryl Braithwaite and rising Australian country stars such as Morgan Evans, Amber Lawrence, Adam Eckersley Band, Deep Creek Road, The Weeping Willows and Little Georgia.

Early-bird tickets are priced at $99 adults and $29 juniors.

Visit snowymountainscountry.com.au.

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 Picture-postcard stuff … the Tuscan countryside.

On Foot Holidays has reduced prices by five per cent from this year to next on its seven-night self-guided treks through the romantic countryside, hilltop villages and vineyards of Tuscany.

The inn-to-inn walk includes visits to medieval abbeys, ancient thermal baths and organic farms.

Including accommodation, all breakfasts and all luggage transfers, the tours cost about $1480 per person twin-share if booked by November 30.

Visit www.onfootholidays.co.uk.

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Superstar Virgo … in Australian waters during December.

Ecruising.travel has released a range of short-break cruises on the Superstar Virgo in December while it is sailing its inaugural circumnavigation of Australia.

Prices start from $309 per person twin-share, including bonus on-board food-and-beverage credits, for two nights between Brisbane and Cairns.

The cruises range from two to 12 nights between a variety of Australian ports.

A four-night cruise from Sydney to Cairns is priced from $579 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit www.ecruising.travel/Virgo.

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 Captain Cook’s Reef Endeavour … exploring the real Fiji.

Make a Captain Cook Fiji booking by November 30 and save 20 per cent, plus receive a free cabin upgrade, on selected three-, four- and seven-night cruises, saving up to $990 per person.

The 130-passenger MV Reef Endeavour gets into parts of Fiji larger ships cannot reach and passengers discover remote villages, churches and schools of the real and untouched Fiji and take part in traditional village sevusevu ceremonies and Meke and Lovo feasts.

Prices for a three-night Southern Yasawa cruise, for instance, start from $996 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 863 454 or visit www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com.

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