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unnamed (15)Fly free from Australia for selected APT 2015 European river cruises.

Pay, for instance, from $6595 per person twin-share for the 15-day Magnificent Europe cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.

Magnificent Europe includes a day trip on the Majestic Imperator train, travelling through Austria’s Salzkammergut region to Salzburg.

Book by April 15 this year for 2015 departures March 1-April 5 and October 1-December 31.creative

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

Get seven nights for the price of four with Creative Holidays at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa on the country’s Coral Coast.

Pay from $1239 ex Sydney and Brisbane including return airfares ($1379 ex Melbourne; $1585 ex Adelaide; $1799 ex Perth).

Includes breakfast daily and return airport transfers.

Book by January 1 for travel from April 22 to June 26.

amariPhone 1300 301 711 or visit www.creativeholidays.com.

Here’s something for devotees of the round-ball game, Thailand has its first football-themed hotel — the 60-room Amari Buriram United, in the north-eastern province of Buriram and adjacent to the Thunder Castle Stadium, home to the celebrated local team, Buriram United.

The hotel is modelled on a sports stadium and most rooms look onto a central area which includes a mini football field and swimming pool. Bathrooms are done in the style of football changing rooms, while other features include tennis courts, a jogging track, basketball court and a fully equipped gymnasium.

Opening rates start from 1111 baht per room per night, plus taxes, and are available until February 28. Visit www.amari.com.

Australian travellers will get a chance to try out the new-look Arcadia in late February and early March next year when the totally refurbished ship visits our waters as part of a 92-night world circumnavigation.arcadia

Changes include the introduction of East restaurant, with an Asian-fusion menu influenced by Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese cuisine; a complete transformation of The Crow’s Nest lounge and bar with new flooring, seating areas and a new-look extended bar; and the introduction of Freedom Dining to the upper tier of the Meridian Restaurant.

A 23-night sector departing Sydney for Hong Kong on February 21, 2015, is priced from Pinctada Cable Beach Resort ... a Valentines Day haven$2439 per person twin-share.

For more information and bookings please see a travel agent, call 132 428 or visit www.pocruises.com.

Broome’s boutique Pinctada Cable Beach Resort is offering a Valentines Suite Package right through February, including two nights accommodation in a Honjin Courtyard Suite, return Broome airport transfers, welcome drinks & chocolates, full breakfast daily, bath oils and bottle of Veuve Clicquot.

Opening onto a lush shared courtyard, these spacious suites feature a private deck, marble bathroom with a free-standing bath, king bed, Nespresso coffee maker, polished hardwood floors, dining area, kitchenette and separate bedroom.

Prices are from $528.

Phone 08 9193 8388 or visit www.pinctada.com.au.Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa ... a luxurious base for exploring some of the world’s most significant Buddhist sites

One of the world’s highest hotels, the 289-room Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, is scheduled to open in the Tibetan capital on April 17.

Set on a plateau at 3650 metres above sea level, the city is encircled by the fabled Himalayan mountains, glaciers and desert-like landscapes. The hotel will provide a luxurious base for exploring some of the world’s most significant Buddhist sites, including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Norbulingka Palace.

The hotel’s signature restaurant is Shambala, a tapas bar and lounge. It pays homage to the region by featuring authentic Tibetan cuisine such as roasted lamb ribs marinated in Tibetan yoghurt and baked bacon wrapped in Tibetan cheese.

Visit www.shangri-la.com.

Venue for a private billiard lesson ... Hotel Lindrum’s original billiard tableMelbourne’s sophisticated Hotel Lindrum — a member of the M Gallery Collection — has unveiled a stylish transformation of its 59 guest rooms.

The high ceilings and wooden floor boards — which hark back to the hotel’s former life as the famed Lindrum Billiard Centre — have remained in the update while plush new soft furnishings have given the rooms a contemporary update.

New Samsung Smart LCD televisions and Philips Dual Docking stations have been installed, giving guests access to the very latest in technology. Every guest room at Hotel Lindrum includes complimentary wifi.

Room rates start from $235. A ‘Memorable Moment’ package is priced at $1570, including a private billiard lesson with triple-world-champion Robby Foldvari on the hotel’s original billiard table, a five-course degustation dinner for two in Felt restaurant, and overnight accommodation in a Junior Suite.Cruising out of Venice aboard the Michelangelo

Visit mgallery.com.

Cruise Abroad’s 26-night ‘London! Paris! Rome! Venice!’ fly-cruise package includes stays in all those capitals, plus a summertime Italian river cruise starting in Venice, a Mediterranean cruise aboard the Norwegian Epic, and an exploration of the Normandy countryside and Parisian scenery along the River Seine.

Pay from $8299 per person twin-share, including return airfares flight ex Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth.

Book by March 31 for June departure.

A great city ... The Royal Castle in WarsawVisit cruiseabroad.com.au.

Explore Worldwide is offering a 15-day adventure-filled small-group tour across the primeval forests, jagged peaks and vast waterways of rural Poland.

Its ‘Back Roads of Poland’ will take you canoeing along reedy canals in the lake district, punting through marshes in Narew National Park, hiking along ridges in the Bieszczady Mountains and to the great cities of Krakow and Warsaw.

Prices are from $2110 per person twin-share ex Warsaw, including 12 nights in a standard hotel, two nights in a standard guesthouse, 14 breakfasts and two dinners.

Phone 1300 439 756 or visit www.exploreworldwide.com.au.Mayumi Gray, Toursgallery staff member, on one of the Twin Vine Bridges that cross Iya Gorge in Shikoku.

Visit Shikoku, Japan’s fourth largest island, in autumn for a real off-the-beaten-track experience.

Meet Japanese farmers harvesting their crops and watch craft artisans at work. Wander through a rural village built on stone terraces. Stroll through red-and-gold foliage on forest trails and cross vine bridges over wild rocky gorges.

Toursgallery’s 17-day Untouched Japan Tour includes Shikoku and is priced at $8924 per person twin-share (land content only).

The Overland ... a comfortable journey between Melbourne and Adelaide.Phone 1300 307 317 or visit www.toursgallery.com.

Pensioner can get specials on The Overland train between Melbourne and Adelaide.

They pay $89 per person return fare for a Red Service seat.

Features reclining seats wider than a standard business-class airplane seat.

Book by March 31 for travel until June 30.

Phone 13 21 47 or visit www.greatsouthernrail.com.au.The Eiffel Tower ... one of the world’s most photographed sites.

Save 20 per cent on Tempo Holiday’s five-day Taste of Paris package.

Pay from $533 per person twin-share, including four nights the three-star Hotel Central St Germain on the Left Bank.

Includes daily breakfast, a two-day Paris L’Open hop-on hop-off transport pass, a two-day Paris Sightseeing pass with entry to over 60 museums and monuments such as the Louvre.

Book by March 16 for travel July 27 to August 30.

Phone 1300 558 987 or visit www.tempoholidays.com.

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