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kakaduWorld Expeditions has added a six-day walking adventure to its Kakadu program, with an itinerary that allows guests to stretch their legs on a series of day walks as well as take in must-do experiences such as the Yellow Waters Cruise, Jim Jim Falls, Nourlangie, Gunlom and a visit to Litchfield National Park.

Trekkers will walk up to 15 kilometres on most days, carrying just light day packs, returning each afternoon to semi-permanent camps that are fitted with comfortable stretcher beds and swag mattresses. They will have access to facilities such as flushing toilets and solar-heated showers.

The trip departs Darwin weekly on Sundays between May and September and costs $2195 per person twin-share or single.

laplandPhone 1300 720 000 or visit

Back-Roads Touring is offering a five-day, small-group family Christmas adventure in Lapland, departing the Finnish city of Rovaniemi on December 23.

Included are resort accommodation in uncrowded Luosto, a cooking lesson in how to make Finnish Christmas pastries, a visit from Santa Claus, a traditional Christmas dinner, an ice fishing excursion and a reindeer sleigh ride through the snowy forests.

Prices are from $3197 per adult twin-share.

lukePhone 1300 100 410 or visit

Celebrity chef Luke Nguyen will host two 20-day APT tours of Vietnam and Cambodia this year, one departing June 27, the other December 26.

The tours are priced from $10,595 per person twin-share, including 50 meals, an APT tour director and local guides, all tipping, airport transfers, sightseeing, porterage, flights within Vietnam and complimentary drinks on an eight-day Mekong River cruise to Siem Reap, where guests will enjoy a champagne sunrise at Angkor Wat.

Other highlights include a three-night cruise on Halong Bay and two nights in Hanoi where Luke will take his group to visit a side-street food stall run by a local woman, her children and grandchildren, who share a tiny house down a nearby alley.

Phone 1300 196420 or visit

Immerse yourself in paella for four days — in Valencia, the home of this incredibly popular Spanish dish.

The Spanish Thyme Traveller’s Valencia Paella Project offers plenty of hands-on cooking experience, plus food-and-wine-oriented excursions in Valencia and the nearby countryside.

Prices start at 650 Euros per person twin-share, including three nights bodega accommodation.


Backyard Travel has introduced an excursion to the village of Sagar, to the south of Inle Lake and in one of Myanmar’s most beautiful, yet least travelled regions.

The two-day tour begins with a three-hour scenic cruise across Inle Lake, past small hill-tribe villages, and also includes the iconic ‘sunken stupas’ — more than 100 mounds containing Buddhist relics that have been submerged by the lake.

There are also explorations of Pa-O hill tribe settlements, including the Sae Khaung and Tar Kaung villages, famous respectively for their rice wine and pottery.

The tour is priced from US$294 per person twin-share.

Visit www.backyardtravel.comsicily_cefalu

Carolinasusi Italia Tours, an Australian company that specialises in small-group tours to Italy, is offering a 15-night Sicilian itinerary in October, delving into the history, heritage, culture and cuisine of the largest island in the Mediterranean.

Prices are from $8725 per person twin-share ex Catania if booked by May 26, including ensuited accommodation, breakfasts and most dinners daily, some lunches, coach travel, and entrance fees.

Stays of up to four or five nights in some centres mean there isn’t the habitual travel drudgery of daily packing and unpacking.

talabgaonPhone 07 3396 8652 or visit

Travelling to Asia and looking for accommodation with a difference and some real character?

The Secret Retreats group offers a range of residences, hotels and boats with some wonderful stories to tell of yesteryear.

Talabgaon Castle, for instance, is a 150-year-old fort in the heart of India’s Rajasthan, built by an ancestor of the current owner and recently restored into a heritage resort with its own polo field.

Enjoy a horse trek through the peaceful countryside and glimpse its colonial past.

Rates range from US$86-260 per night.wcc


Here’s something for South Australians and travellers who want to include Adelaide in a much broader itinerary.

Worldwide Cruise Centres’ 26-day ‘Orient to Outback’ fly-cruise itinerary brings together a 15-night cruise from Colombo to Singapore on board Aegean Odyssey with a three-day rail journey on The Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide, plus two nights in Colombo, and three nights in each of Singapore and Darwin.

Prices are from $9399 per person twin-share, including air travel from Adelaide to Colombo and from Singapore to Darwin. Book by February 28 for departure January next year.



Luxuriate in the Hilton Brisbane with the hotel’s ‘Bubbly Nights’ package.

Pay from $255 per room per night, including a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004 valued at $90.

Features 20 per cent discount voucher at Vintage Bar + Grill; 15 per cent discount offer at nearby Montelli Jewellery; 1pm checkout.

Valid to May 4.

Phone 07 3234 2000 or visit

seminyakAvoid peak-season surcharges in Bali and stay at flat rates all year round at Semara Resort & Spa Seminyak.

Pay from US$120, plus taxes, per night for an executive suite.

Located near the Petitenget strip of restaurants, bars and boutiques on the ‘golden strip’ between Ku De Ta and Potato Head Beach Club.

Valid until end of 2014.


Uluru Kata Tjuta National ParkApproved for use Permit #3006April 2011

Save 7.5 per cent on more than 20 Australian and New Zealand adventures in youth-oriented Topdeck’s 2014-15 program.

Pay, for instance, $1753 per person twin-share for the 12-day ‘Down South and Outback’ between Melbourne and Alice Springs, saving $142 per person.

Above itinerary includes Grampians National Park, a winery tour in Clare Valley, an underground stay in Coober Pedy, sunrise and sunset over Uluru, a trip to a kangaroo orphanage and a guided hike of Kings Canyon.

Book by February 28.

Phone 1300 886 332 or visit

voyagerFly to Singapore for two nights at the five-star Shangri La, cruise to Sydney on board Voyager of the Seas, then fly back to your capital of origin.

The deal is priced from $1929 ex Sydney ($2229 ex Brisbane and Melbourne; $2279 ex Adelaide; $2529 ex Perth).

Shipboard facilities include nine-hole miniature golf course, golf simulator, rock-climbing wall, in-line skating, and a full-sized basketball court.

Departs November 25.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit

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