Book an 11-day Aurora Expeditions 2016 Kimberley Coast cruise by December 31 this year and pick up a four-day escape at the Ramada Eco Beach Resort, an hour south of Broome, for $100 per person, including daily continent breakfast and the chance to participate in a range of optional nature-based activities.
The Kimberley Coast expeditions are priced from $7790 per person twin-share and with highlights including the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock paintings on Bigge Island, the marine life of Montgomery Reef, and a thrilling Zodiac ride through the Horizontal Falls.
Each shore landing is made via a purpose-built landing craft, the Explorer, for easy transfer from ship to shore.
Phone 1300 061 490 or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au.
British rail travel … get a 20 per cent discount
Travellers visiting Britain over the festive season and early next year should check out International Rail’s 20 per cent discount on a range of rail travel, including Britrail Passes and Britrail England Only Passes.
The passes are available for purchase before February 26 in both first and second class and range from three to 15 days of travel to destinations in England, Scotland and Wales.
Typical is a $312 Britrail Pass which allows three days of travel within a one-month period.
Phone 1300 387 245 or visit www.internationalrail.com.au.
The Chelsea Flower Show … one of the world’s iconic annual gardening highlights.
Botanica World Discoveries will take gardening enthusiasts to the famous Chelsea Flower Show next May as part of its 10-day itinerary visiting English and Welsh gardens during spring.
Each of the show gardens on display illustrates the possibilities of garden design, landscaping and plantsmanship, and collectively they deliver a broad range of design styles and celebrate diverse themes.
Alongside the show gardens are smaller garden categories, such as the artisan gardens which pay homage to traditional and contemporary artisan skills.
The tour is priced from $6995 per person twin-share.
Phone 1300 305 202 or visit botanica.travel.
Kangaroo Island … a gourmet paradise.
Luxury travel operator Captain’s Choice has added an 11-day ‘Southern Islands’ itinerary to its portfolio.
The tour uses a private jet and constitutes a gourmet safari to Flinders Island, Hobart, Strahan, King Island, Mount Gambier, Coonawarra, Kangaroo Island and Mildura.
Accommodation includes the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart, The Barn in Mount Gambier, Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and The Grand Hotel in Mildura.
Fully inclusive price ex Sydney is from $15,795 per person twin-share.
Phone 1300 176 681 or visit captainschoice.com.au.
Raw Wildlife Encounters allows visitors to have some fascinating first-hand encounters.
Raw Wildlife Encounters has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute to give travellers the chance to experience close encounters with gorillas and chimps in the wild, while making sure that their travel dollars go to a good cause.
Guests spend 15 days witnessing first-hand the interesting and successful projects that are being undertaken in Uganda by the institute.
Highlights include visiting Ngamba Chimpanzee Island, exploring the Murchinson Falls National Park where they will experience close encounters with rhinos, chimpanzees and crocodiles, and a trek looking for the gorillas of Bwindi.
The tour is normally priced at $5690 per person, but book before December 31 and save $300.
River cruising … a comfortable way to see India.
Active Travel is offering a 10 per cent discount on Assam Bengal Navigation 2016 river cruises in India if booked before December 23 this year.
Cruising aboard Assam Bengal Navigation’s deluxe, colonial-style river vessels provides a comfortable way to travel through the Indian countryside, with a broad range of itineraries offering contrasting experiences throughout the diverse Indian regions of Assam and Bengal.
A seven-night ‘Historic Hugli’ cruise, for instance, is priced from about $1790 per person twin-share and includes visits to Kolkata, India’s oldest operating port, and the battlefield of Plassey, where the British East India Company defeated the Nawab of Bengal and his French allies in 1757.
Phone 1300 783 188 or visit www.activetravel.com.au.
MSC and Cirque du Soleil personnel announce the new relationship.
MSC Cruises has entered a long-term partnership with Cirque du Soleil to provide high-quality entertainment on the line’s next-generation Meravigli-class ships, the first of which – MSC Meraviglia – is set to sail its inaugural season in the Mediterranean from June 2017.
Guests will be able to enjoy new, exclusive Cirque du Soleil shows six nights a week, two performances per night.
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort … offering oceanfront yoga classes.
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort has added a complimentary one-hour oceanfront yoga class every Saturday morning to its list of packaged activities.
An ‘Oceanfront Indulgence’ package, for instance, is priced from $600 per room per night per couple, with a three-night minimum stay, including an oceanfront room, welcome basket, and the choice of a 50-minute private beach yoga session for two or a 50-minute in-room massage for two, plus nightly turndown service.
Seabourn … finding new ways for guests to explore Antarctica.
High-end cruise line Seabourn is bringing its guests even closer to the majestic and unspoiled natural wonders of Antarctica with new ‘Ventures by Seabourn’ kayaking excursions.
Led by qualified guides, Seabourn guests can paddle amidst icebergs, penguins, curious seals and other wildlife in specially designed cold-climate dry suits.
In addition to Antarctica, ‘Ventures by Seabourn’ optional kayak excursions will also be offered at South Georgia Island and Port Stanley.