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unnamed (4)APT is offering free return economy flights to South America, including taxes of up to $200 per person, when travellers book its 24-night Antarctica cruise package aboard Sea Explorer next February.

Prices start from $22,545 per person twin-share, including a 20-night cruise, plus stays in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego and generally regarded as the world’s southernmost city.

Cruise destinations include the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falklands Islands.

There is also the option to try sea kayaking amongst the icebergs.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit aptouring.com.au.

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 98 Acres Resort … on Byroad Travel’s Sri Lanka itinerary.

Sri Lanka’s gems, pearls, ivory and spices have attracted seafaring traders for many centuries.

You can discover its ancient and modern sights on Byroads Travel’s 13-day small-group tour, staying in boutique hotels, seeing all the major sights, and exploring lesser-known attractions such as the cave temples at Dambulla, picturesque Ella and a secret hideaway on the south coast.

The tour departs March 3 and is priced from $3875 per person twin-share (land content only).

Phone 02 9357 6800 or visit www.byroads.com.au.


Grand end to a European journey … Gaudi’s yet-to-be-finished Sagrada Familia.

Spend three nights in Paris and two in Venice before sailing the Mediterranean aboard Norwegian Jade on Cruise1st’s 20-night fly-stay-cruise package departing October 11.

The package is priced from $3599 per person twin-share ex Sydney and Melbourne, including a post-cruise night in Barcelona.

Ports of call include Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Olympia in Greece, Valletta in Malta, and Palma Majorca in Spain.

For more information call 1300 596 345 or visit www.cruise1st.com.au.

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Elephants wander around Sanctuary’s Swala Camp in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park.

They reckon that an African safari just isn’t complete until you’ve had a reasonably close encounter with an elephant.

Front-line staff at Sanctuary Retreats, which is offering savings of up to 30 per cent on selected properties in Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana and Zambia, have several suggestions for meeting elephants close up.

For instance, you can have an elephant as a tour guide at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp or Sanctuary Baines’ Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Or you can get quite close as they wander around Sanctuary’s Swala Camp in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park.

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Gypsy Falls … offers two romantic cottages nestled in 20 acres of dense bushland.

Travellers generally think coastal holidays when Port Macquarie is mentioned, but there are also many accommodation and touring options in the hinterland.

Gypsy Falls, for instance, offers two romantic cottages nestled in 20 acres of dense bushland near Lorne and Kerewong State Forests, where there’s nothing but the sound of a huge waterfall and wildlife to wake you.

Enjoy bushwalks, take a dip in the swimming pool, snuggle by the log fire and cook a BBQ dinner on the verandah.

Visit www.gypsyfalls.com.au or www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au.

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Prague … a very traditional festive season.

Enjoy a traditional Prague festive season with Beyond Travel’s four-day Christmas Markets package.

The price of $390 per person-twin-share includes accommodation at the four-star Majestic Plaza hotel with daily breakfast, private airport transfers, half-day tour of Kutna Hora and the “Bone Church”, entrance to the Museum of the Infant Jesus of Prague, tickets to a Christmas concert and a traditional hot beverage at the Wenceslas Square markets.

And, of course, plenty of chances to enjoy another warmed mulled wine or punch as the city squares are filed with music from choirs and dance bands.

Visit www.beyondtravel.com.au.

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Phuket … on Sun Princess’s schedule for the return voyage to Australia.

Worldwide Cruise Centres reckons its 34-day ‘The No-Airports Asia Express’ removes all hassle from travel to and around Asia.

There are no airports and no flights — just a 12-night cruise from Fremantle to Singapore on Diamond Princess, eight nights accommodation in a four-star Singapore hotel with daily breakfast, then a 12-night cruise home back from Singapore to Fremantle on Sun Princess.

Prices start at $4699 per person twin-share ex Perth, with ports of call including Bali, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on the way to Singapore, and Phuket, Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Bali on the way back to Australia.

Book by June 30 for departure next March.

Visit www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.

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 Silversea … combining back-to-back Mediterranean voyages.

From September to October, boutique luxury line Silversea Cruises is offering the opportunity to combine a selection of back-to-back Mediterranean voyages.

A 14-day voyage on board Silver Spirit, for instance, starts in Piraeus (Athens), headed for Barcelona, on November 9.

Ports of call include the ancient town of Katakolon (Olympia), the fortified city of Valletta on Malta, and Sicily.

Fares are from $8644 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com.

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 The view from Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores Hotel.

Save $120 on a two-night stay at Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores Hotel with a free upgrade to a room offering bay views and a free buffet breakfast.

Pay from $119 per room per night for a minimum of two nights.

Nestled in lush manicured gardens next to the white beaches of Salamander Bay and just 15 minutes from Nelson Bay, the hotel also draws flocks of colourful lorikeets and rosellas, which guests hand feed each day.

Valid to end of winter.

Visit www.portstephens.org.au.

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Carnival Legend … cruising from Honolulu to Sydney via French Polynesia.

Save nearly $900 per person on ecruising.travel’s 21-night cruise package to Honolulu.

Pay from $3399 per person twin-share ex Sydney, including flight to Honolulu, two nights at the Hilton Waikiki Beach, and cruise to Sydney on board Carnival Legend.

Ports of call include Papeete and Moorea in French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Fiji.

Departs Australia on September 23.

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

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Phuket’s Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach … save 40 per cent.

Save 40 per cent on your stay at Phuket’s Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach.

Pay from $153 per night.

Features four restaurants and location central to the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach and Jungceylon Shopping Centre.

Book by July 31 for stays until November 30.

Visit Hotels.com.

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The Golden Tulip … luxury boutique accommodation in Bali’s Seminyak.

Save up to $2350 on a seven-night package at the new Golden Tulip, a boutique hotel in Seminyak, Bali.

Pay from $999 per couple, including daily cooked breakfasts on the rooftop, gourmet dining experiences, spa treatments, nightly complimentary sunset cocktails, and return airport transfers

Easy walking access to some of the best shopping, restaurants and nightspots in the area.

Rate valid until June 27 for travel until December next year.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit www.LuxuryEscapes.com.

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