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unnamed (3)Avalon Waterways has launched its latest all-suite Asian vessel, the 60-metre, 36-guest Avalon Siem Reap to undertake Mekong River voyages between Vietnam and Cambodia.

With a 10 per cent earlybird discount, a 13-day excursion between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap is priced from $4511 per person twin-share.

That includes tours of the Cu Chi Tunnels, Phnom Penh and the iconic temples of Angkor Wat.

Phone 1300 230 234 or visit www.avalonwaterways.com.au.

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Santorini … a great island-hopping destination.

Beyond Travel has introduced a selection of flexible island-hopping tours around Croatia and Greece.

These specialty tours include pre-booked ferry transfers, sightseeing with expert local guides and selected hotels packaged up in one price for a relaxed holiday experience.

In Greece, for instance, a 10-day round trip from Athens and exploring Mykonos and Santorini is priced from $1375 per person twin-share for departures in September.

Phone 1300 363 554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au.

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Canada’s Northwest Territories … one of the world’s wildest and most remote tourist destinations.

Don’t be put off by the fact the residents are collectively referred to as ‘knifers’.

It’s only because they live in Yellowknife, largest settlement in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

If fact, I gather that they’re very hospitable people who love welcoming visitors to one of the world’s wildest and most remote tourist destinations.

And there is plenty to do, such as watching the shimmering lights of the Aurora Borealis from an outdoor hot tub, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking during the 20 hours of daily summer sunlight, and exploring the ramshackle streets, fishing shacks and gold-rush ambiance paving the way to the city’s aboriginal village of N’Dilo on Latham Island.

Visit http://spectacularnwt.com.

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New Zealand’s Fiordland … one of the country’s great destinations.

Worldwide Cruise Centres is offering a 32-day no-fly holiday to New Zealand by combining cruises on board Noordam and Celebrity Solstice.

Departure date is October 25 ex Sydney and prices start at $6399 per person twin-share, including visits to Melbourne and Hobart, four nights in Auckland’s VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites, New Zealand North Island coach touring, visits to Hobbiton and the thermal wonderland of Waitomo and Rotorua and two nights in a four-star hotel in Rotorua.

Visit www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.

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Exploring the spectacular countryside surrounding Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.

Here’s a different way to explore the spectacular coastline surrounding Victoria’s Great Ocean Road — a four-day guided walking adventure with Park Trek.

The last day features an eight-kilometre walk from Princetown to the iconic Twelve Apostles.

There are regular departures from September to May, and it costs $1350 per person twin-share, including three nights accommodation at Cape Otway Lightstation, all transport and guiding, and most meals and snacks.

Visit www.parktrek.com.au.

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It’s all white … P&O’s top-deck Bianco.

Party time on P&O Cruises is taking on a stylish new shade as the line revamps its onboard entertainment program to include dazzling top-deck white parties.

Four new party concepts are being rolled out across the fleet from this month, including Bianco, the P&O White Party, during which the open deck undergoes a complete white-out, with special effects such as smoke cannons and a snow finale, white cocktails, live music and everyone dressed in their brightest whites.

Visit www.pocruises.com.au.

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Sigiriya Rock fortress … one of Sri Lanka’s many significant archaelogical sites.

Travel Directors has designed journeys to India and Sri Lanka that can be taken separately or be combined to run back-to-back and create a 36-day experience or, for those with less time, can be taken as individual holidays.

The first itinerary departs all Australian capital cities on October 15 and is a 14-day round-trip from the Sri Lankan capital Colombo with a focus on nature and wildlife.

The 22-day ‘Rail Across India’ tour begins straight after on October 29 and includes travel on a collection of historic railways including the World Heritage-listed “toy train” and the grand Palace on Wheels.

For both tours together the cost is $ 22,950 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 856 661 or visit www.traveldirectors.com.au.

Saturday, April 18, 2015Brakeman, David Ethier of Sonora, peers out from Railtown 1897 Steam Engine 3 prior to the Wildflower Train departure from Jamestown, California.Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Wildflower Train, Jamestown, California

Tuolumne County’s Sierra #3 … one of the world’s most famous locomotives.

Here’s a great destination for movie buffs. Set against the backdrop of Yosemite National Park, northern California’s Tuolumne County was the location for films such as High Noon, The Great Race, Back to the Future III and Big Valley, as well as TV series such as Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and Lassie.

The centrepiece is the town of Columbia and its historic park features businesses such as fifth-generation Nelson’s Candy Store, a blacksmith, a candle-maker and other merchants conducting their crafts in period clothes.

Another star is Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, home to Sierra #3, which pushed the DeLorean time machine down the track in Back to the Future III.

Visit www.YosemiteGoldCountry.com.

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The Spirit of Tasmania … a great way to start or finish a holiday.

Save up to $156 per couple on a return sailing from Melbourne to Devonport on board the Spirit of Tasmania.

Pay from $299 each way for a twin cabin plus car.

Onboard facilities include the Leatherwood Restaurant, the buffet-style Captain’s Table, cinema, tourism-information centre and gaming lounge.

Book by June 27 for travel between October 17 and December 13.

Visit spiritoftasmania.com.au.

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 Glen McGrath at Falls Creek.

Save $250 per adult and $150 per child on a five-night ski holiday at Trackers Mountain Lodge, in Falls Creek, Victoria.

Pay from $990 per adult and $590 each child.

Features degustation-style evening meals, weekly visits for young guests by Father Christmas, comfort food dinner on Thursday before the free night show in the Village Bowl followed by supper and schnapps.

Valid between July 19-26.

Phone 03 5758 3346 or visit www.trackers.com.au.

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Angkor Heritage Boutique Hotel … discount offer includes daily breakfast

Get a fourth night free when you book three nights at Tresor d’Ankor Villa and Resort or the Angkor Heritage Boutique Hotel in Cambodia’s Siem Reap.

The deal also includes daily breakfast plus a 20 per cent discount on in-house massages and a 15 per cent discount on all food and beverage.

Features easy access to features such as Angkor Wat, the Old Market and Pub Street.

Valid for stays October 15 to November 29.

Visit www.asiainitiativecorp.com.

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Shanghai … cruising the Huangpu River.

Help Wendy Wu Tours celebrate its 21st birthday by taking a 10-day ‘China Experience’ tour.

Pay from $3270 per person twin-share, including return airfares, all accommodation, meals and transport, daily tours and entrance fees, and tipping.

Itinerary includes the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, the water town of Zhujiajiao, Xian and the renowned Terracotta Warriors, and the historic city of Beijing.

There are regular departures through remainder of this year and 2016.

Phone 1300 727 998 or visit www.wendywutours.com.au.

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