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unnamed (3)Active Travel is offering a seven-night ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ package in Ecuador this August, with prices starting from $2150 per person twin-share (land content only).

Highlights include: the capital of Quito, a World Heritage site famous for its Spanish-style monasteries, churches and mansions; Quilotoa, a picturesque crater lake; Cotopaxi National Park, home to the world’s highest volcanoes; a dramatic waterfall known as the Pailon del Diablo, Spanish for ‘Cauldron of the Devil’; and a journey on The Devil’s Nose train, which zigzags its way around an Andes peak and was one of the toughest stretches of railroad to build anywhere in the world.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit www.activetravel.com.au. For general information visit www.ecuador.travel.

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Angkor Wat’s West Gate, photographed by John McDermott.

Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa in Cambodia’s Siem Reap, has opened a gallery featuring images by renowned photographer John McDermott, who will also host guests for exclusive photography tours of the iconic ruins surrounding Angkor Wat.

The new bespoke tours are tailored to the personal interests and passions of each guest, whether they are a budding amateur or a more serious photographer who would relish the opportunity to capture magnificent images of these ancient ruins.

Half-day photography tours are priced at about $460 per couple and full-day tours at about $780 per couple.

Visit angkor.anantara.com.

Portrait of an Aboriginal elder at Bawaka Homeland, Port Bradshaw.

Yolngu elder Djali Ganambarr, photographed by Lynn Gail.

And talking of photography tours, but closer to home, experts Lynn Gail and Seng Mah will combine with Lirrwi Tourism to offer a six-night expedition among Yolngu homelands in Arnhem Land this September.

The expedition will provide a chance to document traditional activities such as spear fishing, painting, weaving, food gathering, dancing, story-telling and music.

The cost of $4450 per person includes photographic tuition, permits, land transport, accommodation, food and local Yolngu guides.

Phone 0422 427 161 or visit www.venturephotography.com.au or www.lirrwitourism.com.au.

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Captain Cook Cruises’ High Tea at Sea … tiers and tiers of Yuletide treats.

Celebrate Christmas in July with tiers and tiers of Yuletide treats, pink bubbles and sensational Sydney Harbour sights on Captain Cook Cruises’ High Tea at Sea.

The cruises are priced at $49 per adult ($35 for children 5-14) and will operate every Saturday and Wednesday afternoon from July 11-29.

The menu includes a variety of savoury and sweet foods and plenty of favourite Christmas treats — mini plum puddings, mince pies, Christmas macaroons and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Phone 02 9206 1111 or visit www.captaincook.com.au.


Ocean Nova … getting into Antarctic waters with Eclipse Travel.

Eclipse Travel’s new Latin America & Antarctica program includes the 22-day ‘Patagonia & Antarctica Wilderness Adventure’, which combines some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes and wildlife encounters.

It takes in both the Chilean and Argentinean sides of Patagonia, including the Torres del Paine National Park and the Perito Moreno glacier, before embarking on a small-ship expedition to Antarctica.

Cost ex Sydney is from $18,317 per person twin-share, a saving of $1500.

Phone 1300 575 752 or visit www.eclipsetravel.com.au.

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Australia’s Red Centre … one of the best vantage points for exploring the night sky.

Science personality Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will lead the second Uluru Astronomy Weekend from August 14-16 at Ayers Rock Resort, in a partnership with the Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics.

Events include Stellar Sounds of Silence, a bush-tucker-inspired buffet followed by an aperitif and guided tour of the Outback night sky by Dr Karl and guest astronomers.

A three-night package is priced from $387 per person twin-share, including buffet breakfast daily, free guest activities and return Ayers Rock Airport hotel transfers. Children 15 years and under using existing bedding stay free.

Phone 1300 134 044 or visit www.ayersrockresort.com.au.

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Queen Victoria … just one of the three Cunard Queens that can be combined next year.

Worldwide Cruise Centres is offering a rare opportunity next year in the form of a 45-night cruise holiday that uses all three of Cunard’s Queens — Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2.

Destinations include Scandinavia and the Mediterranean, plus an Atlantic crossing, with ports of call such as Reykjavik, Dublin, Naples, Barcelona and Monte Carlo.

‘Triple Queen Triumph’ is priced from $14,399 per person twin-share ex Sydney, including flights Australia-Venice, Rome-London and New York-Australia via Honolulu, and hotel stays in Venice, Rome, London, New York and Honolulu.

Visit www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.

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Canberra in July … a chilly, misty morning and the hunt for the rare black perigord truffle.

Get to know one of the culinary world’s most esteemed delicacies at the Truffle Festival, which began late this month [June] and will host more than 250 events across the Canberra region until early August.

A variety of high-quality restaurants, produce markets, providores, bakeries and accommodation providers will work collaboratively with truffle growers to showcase the fresh black perigord truffle in all its glory, with a strong focus on truffles from paddock to plate.

Visitors can sample the local culinary gem at everything from gourmet degustation dinners and cooking classes and demonstrations to wine tastings and matchings, farmers markets and truffle hunts.

Visit www.trufflefestival.com.au.

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Special winter deals … Queenstown’s Oaks Shores.

Grab a winter deal on New Zealand’s South Island at Oaks Shores, Queenstown.

Pay from $429 per night for a two-bedroom lake-view apartment.

Full kitchen facilities, underfloor heating and fireplace, free wifi, free shuttle bus to city centre, on-property restaurant, sauna and gymnasium.

Valid to August 31, two-night minimum stay.

Phone 1300 770 334 or visit www.oakshotelsresorts.com.

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New York’s four-star Park Central Hotel … features an on-site deli-café.

Save 35 per cent on a stay at New York’s four-star Park Central Hotel.

Pay from $205 per night.

Located a stroll from legendary New York locations such as Central Park and Broadway

Book by August 22 for stays until October 8.

Phone 1800 912 386 or visit Hotels.com.

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Tempting even in winter … a seaside picnic at Birubi Beach, Port Stephens.

Save 20 per cent on a three-night holiday package at The Retreat, Port Stephens.

Pay $399 per couple, including three nights in a self-contained cabin, a welcome bag of goodies such as beanies, hot chocolate and marshmallows for toasting, breakfast vouchers at Crest Café Birubi Beach, a $30 voucher to spend at Murray’s Craft Brewery and Port Stephens Winery, and a 1.5-hour dolphin cruise.

The Retreat has a natural bushland location and offers covered barbecue areas, camp fires, a pool, a games room, DVD library and a playground area.

Book by September 18.

Book through www.portstephens.org.au.

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Semara Luxury Villa Resort Uluwatu … an ideal Bali destination for a group of friends.

Get together a group of friends and save 40 per cent on one of the three-, four- or five-bedroom villas at Bali’s Semara Luxury Villa Resort Uluwatu.

Pay, for instance, from about $2470 per night for a three-bedroom villa with 30 metres of cliff frontage and a private swimming pool overlooking the ocean.

Includes return airport transfers, car and driver for eight hours daily, and a private chef and butler for eight hours daily.

Offer valid to August 31.

Visit www.semarauluwatu.com.

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