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Full moon over Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, United States of America

Active Travel is offering a new holiday package to the US that allows freewheeling travellers to spend nine days exploring the beautiful Pacific North-West on their own.

The fly-drive-and-stay package is available from $3895 per person twin-share if booked by December 23.

The deal includes a Virgin Australia flight from Sydney to San Francisco, transfers, accommodation at selected hotels between Frisco and Seattle, car hire and a flight from Seattle back to Sydney.

The flexible package allows travellers to explore California, Oregon and Washington, renowned their lush forests, spectacular coastal scenery, majestic mountains and avant-garde culture of cities such Portland and Seattle.

The package is valid for travel from January 12 to June 16 next year and extensions to Las Vegas and Los Angeles are also available.

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

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 Cruising one of the world’s great harbours with Captain Cook.

Captain Cook Cruises is celebrating the Valentine’s Day weekend with Sydney Harbour specials on Saturday February 13 and Sunday February 14.

Book now for event specials and surprise a loved one with a romantic lunch or dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour.

The 3.5-hour Valentine’s Long Lunch and Drinks cruise, for instance, is priced from $99 per person, including choice from a contemporary Australian a la carte menu, an open bar of Tyrrell’s still and sparkling wine, beer, and soft drinks, a chocolate gift and plenty of opportunity to take in the harbour’s splendour.

An upgrade to Moet throughout the cruise and guaranteed window seating is available for an additional $79 per person.

Visit www.captaincook.com.au.

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The Galapagos Islands … a haven for wildlife such as the blue-footed booby.

Eclipse Travel is offering last-minute two-for-one deals on Galapagos cruises for selected departures.

The deals are available on four-, five-, six- and eight-day sailings on the Santa Cruz, La Pinta, Isabella, Majestic and Galaven expedition vessels.

A four-day Galapagos Central Islands itinerary, on board the recently renovated 20-passenger Galaven, for instance, starts from $2714 for two people and includes all meals, transfers in the islands, all excursions, a bilingual National Park guide and use of snorkelling equipment. Flights from Ecuador to the Galapagos are not included.

Phone 1300 575 752 or visit www.eclipsetravel.com.au.

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 Top-of-the-line tropical accommodation … Sofitel Fiji Resort.

TravelOnline is offering a five-night family special to Sofitel Fiji Resort priced from $850 per person twin-share.

The package includes meet-and-greet at Nadi Airport, return airport transfers, five nights in a Superior Oceanside twin room, champagne breakfast for two adults daily, plus free accommodation, kids club and meals program for children.

A “junior warrior” experience for one child, plus waterpark savings and discounts for kids and adults spa treatments are also included in the deal which is valid for sale until December 15 and for travel to December 24 and again from January 6 to March 22.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit www.travelonline.com.

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 Enjoy Fijian tranquility with Blue Lagoon Cruises.

And talking of Sofitel Fiji Resort, Blue Lagoon Cruises is offering passengers making cruise bookings before December 15 free pre- or post- accommodation at the resort — plus a free set of travel luggage per passenger.

The offer is valid for travel to March 31 and comes with four- and seven-night cruises through the remote and stunningly beautiful islands of the Mamanuca and Yasawa groups.

Itineraries include village visits, a lovo dinner, cruising to untouched bays and coves, and plenty of time on the beach – as well as an overnight tied up to a coconut palm!

Visit www.bluelagooncruises.com.

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 OTIS Bar and Terrace … specialising in prime wagyu beef.

A new package is on offer from the stylish 4.5-star Rydges Campbelltown, located in the historic Macarthur region just south-west of Sydney.

The deal offers a saving of 46 per cent and is priced from $279 per night per room, including accommodation, two drinks on arrival at the stylish new OTIS Bar and Terrace, free wi-fi and parking, a two-course dinner of fine cuisine at the hotel’s OTIS Grill restaurant, including a tasting paddle of four of OTIS’s award-winning craft beers, full buffet breakfast, access to the neighbouring Aquafit fitness centre and a late checkout of 1pm.

The package is available from December 13 to January 31 and is available weekends and weekdays subject to availability.

Visit www.rydges.com/campbelltown.

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 Tanjung Rhu Resort in Langkawi … five-star beachfront luxury.

Singapore Airlines Holidays has teamed up with Malaysian Tourism to offer a new range of seven-night packages showcasing the diversity of the country.

Options range from high-end shopping and five-star dining venues in Kuala Lumpur, to exclusive beachside properties in Langkawi and family-friendly resorts in Penang, to more active and wildlife journeys in Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan in Borneo —famous for their Orang-Utan population and conservation efforts.

A seven-night stay at the beachfront five-star Tanjung Rhu Resort in Langkawi is priced from $1645 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth or Darwin, including daily breakfast and transfers.

Phone 1300 728 998 or visit www.singaporeairlinesholidays.com.au.

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 The Indian Pacific … An Australian Outback legend.

Cruise holiday specialist ecruising.travel has just released its 2016 range of ‘Rail and Sail’ packages combining some of the world’s finest cruise ships with rail travel on Australian’s iconic Indian Pacific.

Ranging from 13 to 24 nights, these holidays include Gold Service rail accommodation, meals and beverages, rail excursions, cruise accommodation and meals, hotel accommodation in Perth, all transfers and some domestic flights.

The 13-night ‘Emerald Southern Explorer Rail and Sail’, for instance, departs Sydney on November 2 next year aboard the Indian Pacific for three nights, followed by three nights in Perth and an eight-day cruise to Margaret River and Melbourne aboard the Emerald Princess before returning to Sydney.

Prices are from $4119 per person twin-share.

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

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