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leeHong Kong is one of the world’s buzziest cities, and right now, the 40th anniversary of the untimely death, at age 32, of the world’s greatest martial-arts actor has the city buzzing with Bruce Lee fever.

Centrepiece is Bruce Lee: Kung Fu; Art; Life, an extensive and comprehensive exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, which also houses a range of interesting permanent displays on life in city.

Many of the items have been lent by Lee’s family and friends and it provides a fascinating insight into the man who lit the pathway for upcoming stars such as Jackie Chan.

Visit www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk.

In response to travellers increasingly searching for the experiential, Abercrombie & Kent has akextended its Insider Access portfolio around the world.

In Cape Town, for instance, guests can meet Zainie Misbach, a Bo-Kaap local with strong community ties and a zeal for the Cape Malay culture. She shares her passion for Cape Malay cuisine during a walk through the colourful cobbled streets, visiting a spice shop before conducting a hands-on cooking class, where guests discover the secrets of mixing masala, making dahltjies (chilli bites), samosas and rootis and learning the secrets for cooking a mouth-watering Cape Malay curry.

In India, Australian cricket tragics will be enthralled by the opportunity to participate in a game of local cricket with a family in Delhi, then top off the experience with a picnic beside the ground.

big_ben_copenhagenPhone 1300 590 317 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au.

Worldwide Cruise Centres’ 66-day ‘Big Ben To Botany Bay’ itinerary next June is based on a 14-night Southampton return cruise to Scandinavia and the Baltic aboard Emerald Princess and a 49-night cruise aboard Dawn Princess from Southampton to Sydney.

Prices star at $14,159 per person twin-share, including flights to London and a night’s pre-cruise accommodation there.

Ports of call on the first cruise include Brussels, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn and Gdansk.

Then it’s Dublin, Cork, Boston, New York, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Quito, Lima, Easter Island, Papeete, Moorea, Pago Pago and Auckland.

Visit www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.

Extreme Bike Tours has added two new Himalayan rides to its portfolio of motorcycle adventures — bikesone to the secluded Indian state of Sikkim, the other to the neighbouring kingdom of Bhutan.

Guests will ride India’s classic Royal Enfield 500cc motorbikes along winding, remote and cliff-hugging roads through the spectacular eastern Himalayas, with stays in local hotels and guesthouses each night.

The 11-day Sikkim tour covers 640 kilometres and is priced from US$3580 per rider and US$2420 for pillion passengers. It offers a round-trip itinerary from Delhi, following twisting mountain roads leading past the region’s terraced fields, tea-yielding farms of Darjeeling, sacred lakes, ancient monasteries, hidden valleys and spectacular views of the Himalayas, including Mt Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak.

The 15-day Bhutan tour includes 1500 kilometres of riding and is priced from US$6650 per rider and US$5870 for pillion passengers. Guests will ride through forests of rhododendrons and orchids, past monasteries and villages and climb roads reaching heights of 3750m, with views of 7541m-high Mt Gangkhar — the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.

castleVisit www.extremebiketours.com.

Join one of APT’s ‘Royal Experience’ European river cruises in 2014 and become a real guest of royalty when Princess Heide von Hohenzollern invites you to explore her home, Germany’s Burg Namedy Castle.

As well as being granted the freedom to explore the rooms, hallways and courtyards of the castle, guests are also invited to enjoy a champagne reception in the Knights Hall before a banquet dinner in the Hall of Mirrors.

Located in Andernach, on one of the most picturesque areas of the Rhine River, Burg Namedy’s history stretches back to the 14th century, when it was built as a place of protection for the Cistercian
 nuns.

Phone 1300 278 278 or visit www.aptouring.com.au.

Hop in the saddle and explore the Sunshine Coast by horseback or camel.noosa

Noosa Horse Riding and the Camel Company operate from Lake Weyba, 10 minutes from Noosa, where guests can take in elevated views out to Noosa Heads, Sunshine Beach, Peregian Beach and Noosa National Park.

Riders of all abilities can join in, with special sunset or proposal rides available on request.

Horse rides start from $65 an hour, camel rides from $60 an hour.

Visit www.noosahorseriding.com.au
 and www.camelcompany.com.au.

rufflesAs part of its Gourmet Food Trail program, Peppers Retreats and Resorts will present a trio of summery fresh food and wine experiences in North Queensland (Peppers Beach Club & Spa, Palm Cove, October 25-27), the Gold Coast hinterland (Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa, November 8-10) and the Tweed Coast (Peppers Salt Resort & Spa Kingscliff, November 1-2).

The two-night Ruffles package is priced from $1338 per couple, including dinner both nights — one a degustation of the region with matched wines and hosted by celebrated wine critic, Nick Stock, editor of the Good Wine Guide — breakfast each morning, and Food Trail hamper including fresh fruit, cookies and chocolate and Witches Falls local wine.

Visit www.peppers.com.au/food.  trippo

Tekapo Springs, on New Zealand’s South Island, will take delivery on November 1 of Trippo, the world’s largest inflatable water slide, making it the first location outside the USA to have the attraction.

The three slide chutes will be located on Tekapo Springs’ outdoor skating rink, replacing roller-skating as the summer attraction.

backroads_cotswaldsVisit www.tekaposprings.co.nz.

Save $409 on a last-minute small-group tour of Britain’s grandest sights, including the Lake District, Snowdonia National Park and dramatic moorlands, with Back-Roads Touring.

Pay from $2316 per person twin-share for the nine-day Highlights of Britain itinerary.

Have dinner at the famous Pudding Club in the Cotswolds, shop at Chester’s Rows, wind your way through Snowdonia National Park, explore Bronte and Wordsworth country, enjoy a free day in medieval York, see Hadrian’s Wall and try the best fish and chips in Whitby.

Departs London October 24.

Phone 1300 100 410 or visit http://www.backroadstouring.com.aurail

Save 20 per cent this Christmas on British rail travel, including Britrail Passes and Britrail England Only Passes.

Typical of the Britrail Passes is the three-day pass for two months which costs from $247. There are special prices for children under 15 and a family deal that allows one child to travel free with parents.

The passes are available in both first and second class and range from three to 15 days of travel within two months to any destination in England, Scotland and Wales.

Must be purchased by February 14 for travel between November 1 and February 28.

Phone Melbourne-based International Rail on 1300 387 245 or visit www.internationalrail.com.au.

Save nearly $4000 per person on ecruising.travel’s 44-night fly/cruise package taking in port calls in New Zealand, Australia and Asia on board Voyager of the Seas.

voyagerPay from $5319 per person twin-share, including flight from Tokyo to Sydney and all air taxes and port charges.

Ports of call include Auckland before travelling down the NZ coast to Tauranga, Napier, Dunedin, and the Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds before crossing to Melbourne. Then Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Port Hedland before a few days at sea on the way to Bangkok for a two-day stay. And Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and Hong Kong before calls to unusual destinations like Kaohsiung and Taipei in Taiwan and the Japanese city of Nagasaki before disembarking in Tokyo for a two-night stay at the Shangri-La hotel.

Book by October 30 for departure March 9.rumba

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

Enjoy a spring deal at the five-star Rumba Beach Resort on the Sunshine Coast.

Pay from $796 per couple for four nights in a spa suite.

Features takeaway pack of fish and chips from Sandbar Kiosk, bottle of white wine, full-day bicycle hire, dining discount card.

Valid to November 30.

Phone 07 5492 0555 or visit www.rumbaresort.com.au.

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