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Gers on the Mongolian steppes ... an optional extension from Beyond TravelBeyond Travel has introduced a new program centred on independent rail packages using legendary services such as the Trans-Mongolian, Trans-Siberian and the Silk Road.

Typical is a 12-day Trans-Mongolian itinerary which can cost less than $2000 per person during peak summer season. It travels from Beijing to Moscow, with ample leisure time in Beijing, Ulaan Baatar, Irkutsk and Moscow.

Travellers can also add extension packages such as the six-day Ger Stays and Wild Horses tour from $1135 per person, including stays on the Mongolian steppes in a ger or herder’s family home.

Phone 1300 363 554 or visit

Save up to 15 per cent with Back-Roads Touring on selected September departures of a seven-day small-group tour exploring the coastlines of Croatia and neighbouring Montenegro.

The company’s Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast itinerary includes Split, Korcula, Kotor and Dubrovnik, with prices from $2291 per person twin-share for September 16 and 23 departures. A 10 per cent discount applies to the 9 September departure now from $2426* per person twin share.

Phone 1300 100 410 or visit  One for adrenalin junkies ... Toronto’s EdgeWalk.

Toronto’s EdgeWalk was designed with adrenalin junkies in mind — a full-circle hands-free walk along a 1.5-metre-wide ledge encircling the top of the CN Tower and rated by the Guinness Book as The Highest External Walk on a Building.

Lean back over Toronto with nothing but air and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario beneath you.

Tickets cost $CAD175 and include a keepsake video, photos and certificate of achievements.

Visit www.edgewalkcntower.caita

Ita Buttrose will host a Tauck French waterways river cruise from Paris to Lyon in May next year.

Guests will travel along the Rhône River through vineyard country, stay at the Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe in Paris, ride the high-speed TGV through the countryside and experience Tauck’s newly refurbished ms Swiss Emerald.

Book by August 31 for a complimentary night at one of Taulk’s premium hotels.


Save more than $3000 this September on’s 13-night South-East Asian itinerary which includes a seven-night cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap aboard the The Jahan.

Prices start at $3799 per person twin-share, including return airfares and accommodation at the Shangri-La in Singapore, the Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit

Harry Nanya Tours and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service three-day full-moon tours of Mungo National Park in the state’s Outback.mungo

The tour is led by a local Aboriginal guide, concentrating on the interesting landscapes of Willandra Lakes and Mungo National Park and also incorporating the historic town of Wentworth, Mildura and Lake Victoria, a sacred site to the indigenous people, with an abundance of birdlife, fish species and marsupials.

Prices start at $1250 per person twin-share, including touring, meals and accommodation.


spicersRecent renovations to Spicers Vineyards Estate, a boutique retreat in the Hunter Valley, have added a purpose-built day spa and additional luxury accommodation.

Spa Anise offers two treatment rooms, one a twin room perfect for couples wanting to indulge themselves together.

Four 50-square-metre spa suites have also been introduced, each offering separate living and bedroom areas.

Phone 1300 192 868 or visit

I was fortunate enough to see Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master while it was on display in Adelaide and certainly recommend it to east coast art lovers now that it has moved to the National Gallery in Canberra.tate

Novotel Canberra is offering package deals from $189 per night, including buffet breakfast for two and untimed tickets to the exhibition, which runs to September 8.

Turner from the Tate includes many of the artist’s most famous paintings and provides a comprehensive overview of his monumental landscapes and atmospheric, light-filled seascapes, while offering extraordinary insights into his working life and practices.

Phone 02 6245 5000 or visit

apolloGet 20 per cent off vehicle hire from Apollo Motorhome Holidays for a Queensland Outback adventure.

Pay from $57 per day for a two-berth camper.

Pick up available from Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane or Cairns; one-way rentals available.

From July 15 to September 20.

Phone 1800 777 779 or visit

Two people travel for the price of one on Tempo Holidays’ 10-night Wonders of Egypt package.egypt

Pay from $3446 per couple, including four nights accommodation in Cairo, two nights in Alexandria and a four-night Nile cruise.

Includes 10 breakfasts, six lunches, four dinners, private transfers, English-speaking expert guide, private touring in Cairo and Alexandria, sightseeing entrance fees and flights from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo.

Book by August 31 for travel to September 22.

Phone 1300 558 987 or visit

matakauriPay for two nights and get a third night free at Queenstown’s Matakauri Lodge, one of New Zealand’s most luxurious properties and rated by Tatler as among the world’s top 101 hotels.

Pay NZ$890 per person per night twin-share for a deluxe suite.

Includes pre-dinner drinks, gourmet dinner, full breakfast, non-alcoholic mini-bar and use of all lodge facilities.

Until July 31.

Phone +64 3 441 1008 or visit

Get special deals for the annual Hunter Valley Gardens Snow Festival.snow

Pay from $209 per night for two adults and two children for accommodation in the Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens, plus evening Snow Time entry tickets to the festival.

The festival will include an ice-skating rink, snow tubing, snow ball challenges and evening performances.

June 29 to July 14.

Phone (02) 4998 2000 or visit

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