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ainu_elderToursgallery’s 16-day exploration of Hokkaido includes the chance to meet the Ainu people, hunter-gatherers who were the traditional inhabitants of Japan’s northern island.

The tour commences on October 14 and coincides with the peak of autumn coloured foliage. It includes all breakfasts, all dinners, entry fees, personal Japanese guide and private executive coach transportation.

Limited to only 12 participants this event is priced at $7988 per person twin-share in traditional Japanese ryokans and western hotels.

Phone 1300 307 317 or visit www.toursgallery.comcruise_nz

Grand Pacific Tours and Celebrity Cruises are offering a 15-day New Zealand Cruise & Auckland Highlights package which begins with a cruise from Sydney to Melbourne before crossing the Tasman Sea on board Celebrity Solstice, one of the world’s newest luxury liners.

The itinerary includes Milford Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington and Tauranga, with plenty of time to explore Auckland.

Prices start from $3449 per person twin-share, including airfare back from New Zealand, with irrawaddyvarious departures in November and December.

Phone 1800 622 768 or visit

Baritone Stewart Cameron, co-founder of musical travel company Operatif, was inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s Mandalay, to organise a fully hosted musical charter on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River next February.

The cruise uses the 24-cabin RV Tonle, a relatively new vessel with a shallow draft enabling it to easily gain access far up river.

Phone 1300 308 385 or visit

Melbourne-based International Rail is offering three rail-tour modules which can be taken be purchased individually or as a 14-night comprehensive touring experience in Italy.rail

The itineraries include first-class rail travel, three-or-four-star accommodation with private facilities, some meals, tour escort and a selection of guided sightseeing activities such as city tours, cooking lessons and recommendations for restaurants and other tourist activities.

The modules are available year-round and include a nine-night package taking in Rome, Florence and Venice, three nights in Orvieto and Tuscany, and two nights in Sorrento and Pompeii. Respective prices are from $1989, $999 and $789 respectively. Phone 1300 387 245 or visit

The opportunity to take in rarely visited ports such as Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei, Nha Trang in sapphireVietnam and Sihanoukville in Cambodia is offered on a 21-night cruise being offered ex Singapore by

The voyage aboard Sapphire Princess departs on November 27 and also makes calls in Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Ko Samui and Phuket in Thailand, Bali, Port Kelang and Penang in Malaysia before returning to Singapore.

The stop at Sihanoukville can include a visit to the legendary Angkor Wat Temples, whilst the stop to Port Kelang provides time to take advantage of Kuala Lumpur’s fantastic shopping value.

Priced from $4699 per person twin-share, the packages include return economy airfares from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, airport transfers and two nights at the Shangri-La hotel in Singapore.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit  soleal

Cruise Express has waived supplements for solo travellers on a pre-Christmas cruise through the Indonesian islands aboard the boutique French Le Soleal.

Visitors will take in the island home of the rare komodo dragon, the world’s largest Buddhist monument at Borobudur, and try their hand at making Java’s fabled batik cloth.

The 16-night fly-cruise-and-stay package is priced from $9999 per person from all states and the ACT, departing December 7 and including a three-night stay with breakfast each morning at the tempoluxury Fairmont Hotel in Singapore.

Phone 1300 766 537 or visit 

Book a cruise exploring the wilds of the Amazon in Peru with Tempo Holidays by July 31 and save $800 per person.

Go piranha fishing, spot rare pink dolphins and monkeys and visit native villages on the four-day Delfin Amazon Cruise II departing Iquitos, with prices from $2831 per person twin-share, with departures to November 3.

The boat features 14 spacious suites and offers gourmet Peruvian cuisine.

Phone 1300 558 987 or visit

Like to go to Europe and back without boarding a plane? Then consider Worldwide Cruise Centre’s No Fly European Adventure, which combines two classic ocean voyages over five-and-a-half wwc_dawnmonths.

The package starts with a 56-night voyage from Australia to Southampton aboard Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2, followed by a 49-night return voyage aboard the stylish Dawn Princess.

The cruise combination takes travellers to Asia, the Orient, Arabia, the Caribbean, South America, French Polynesia – even to Easter Island – as well as visiting great cities: Rome, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Boston, Dublin, Lima, Lisbon and New York.

Prices begin at $17,499 per person twin-share.


Save 15 per cent on Back-Roads Touring’s seven-day small-group Enchanting Southern Italy itinerary, visiting the picturesque towns of the Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii.amalfi

Pay from $2520 per person twin-share ex Naples.

Includes six nights accommodation, a tour guide, driver, coach transport, local guides in Naples, Pompeii, Ravello and Paestum, three dinners and one lunch.

Departs August 20. Also, 10 per cent discount on October 1 departure.

Phone 1300 100 410 or visit

kokiSave 20 per cent at Koki Alpine Resort during Falls Creek’s annual sled-dog racing under lights.

Pay from $1298 for a four-share family apartment for three nights.

Snow equipment hire reduced by15 per cent.

August 1-4.

Phone 1800 036 005 or visit

Get a bonus $2000-per-couple three-night Prague extension on Avalon’s 15-day Magnificent Europe cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest

Pay from $4883 per person twin-share.prague

Includes a special music-themed departure in October with expert guides, onboard presentations, a Strauss Concert in Vienna and an excursion to Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg.

Book by August 31 for departures during September and October.

Phone 1300 230 234 or visit

wongSave up to $600 per couple on selected Helen Wong’s Tours group itineraries to China.

Pay, for instance, from $3690 per person twin-share for the 12-day China Discovery itinerary.

Includes flights with Cathay Pacific.

Book by August 30 for travel between February 1 and April 30.

Phone 1300 788328 or visit

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