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auroraGuests on Aurora Expeditions’ 2014 Kimberley coast cruises between Broome and Darwin can take a 9.5-kilometre trek to help uncover The Three Mile Road, a lost historical track built in 1916 to relocate a Presbyterian Aboriginal mission to a site named Kunmunya.

Prices for the 11-day cruise start from $7390 per person twin-share. Book before March 31 and receive a free Broome experience package including a night at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa with full buffet breakfast, a three-course meal and a sunset camel ride along Cable Beach.

Phone 1800 637 688 or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.aubaltic

Explore Worldwide has a new nine-day bicycle tour of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia that will take visitors through national parks and medieval towns, past feudal castles and picturesque fishing villages and to the Baltic capitals of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn.

Prices are from $1520 per person twin-share including standard hotel accommodation and daily breakfast.

Participants cycle an average 34 kilometres per day on generally flat terrain.

Phone 1300 439 756 or visit www.exploreworldwide.com.au.

A Chinese must-see ... the Terracotta Warriors at Xian.Cruise1st has combined a 14-night cruise through Japan, South Korea and China on board the five-star Celebrity Millennium with an eight-night tour exploring Shanghai, Xian and the Yangtze River.

The cruise takes in Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Jeju Island, Seoul, Beijing before finishing in Shanghai for city touring and a flight to Yichang to join a luxury Yangtze river cruise.

Other highlights include the pandas at Chongqing Zoo and the Terracotta Warriors at Xian.

Departure is September 27, with prices from $5699 per person twin-share ex Sydney ($5899 ex Melbourne and Adelaide, $6099 ex Brisbane, $5999 ex Canberra, and $6399 ex Perth).

Phone 1300 596 345 or visit www.cruise1st.com.au.

Phillip Island Helicopters is offering a new scenic flight to French Island, taking in the stunning beaches and vast farmland of Phillip Island and its near neighbour.DCIM100GOPRO

After arriving at the picturesque and peaceful French Island, visitors will enjoy an informative guided tour, taking in the diverse surroundings and wildlife including the island’s large population of koalas. Afternoon tea will be served at a scenic island lookout.

The 2.5-hour tour is priced at $295. Phone 03 5956 7316 or visit Galapagos Tortoisewww.phillipislandhelicopters.com.au.  

Adventure World’s 13-day Ecuador History & the Galapagos Islands excursion takes visitors into the world of nature that inspired Charles Darwin.

The price of from $9280 per person twin-share ex Quito includes five nights on board the luxury motor yacht Galapagos Odyssey, plus accommodation and extensive touring in Ecuador.

Save $300 if you book by March 17 for the September 26 departure.

Phone 1300 363 055 or visit www.adventureworld.com.au. 

CruiseAway’s 40-day ‘My Grand Latino Adventure’ fly-cruise-and-stay holiday next December is centred on a 31-day South America cruise on board the Golden Princess.rocky

It is priced from $8999 per person twin-share, including return airfares, two nights in each of San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro, and three in Dubai.

Visit www.cruiseaway.com.au 

Worldwide Cruise Centre’s 20-day ‘Regatta’s Rocky Rail Roving’ includes a seven-night cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard the boutique Regatta, a Rocky Mountaineer train ride, a week touring Canada and three nights in Vancouver.

The price of from $7999 ex Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne is valid until March 31, with departure June 27.

saffireVisit www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.

Guests at the very upmarket Saffire Freycinet, on Tasmania’s east coast, now have the opportunity to learn more about this beautiful area on a coastal stroll with resident indigenous guide Mick Quillan.

The complimentary Connection to Country experience takes in the history and beauty of the coastal tracks and rock platforms, and the wonder of the flora and fauna, right on Saffire’s doorstep.

Rates at Saffire Freycinet are from $1800 per room per night, including all meals and beverages and a range of complimentary experiences.

Phone 03 6256 7888 or visit www.saffire-freycinet.com.aucook

Seniors can get significant savings on Captain Cook Sydney Harbour cruises during NSW Seniors Week.

Show a NSW Seniors Card or an Australian Senior Pensioner Card and pay $19 for a morning or afternoon coffee cruise (normally $55) per person, $39 for a seafood buffet lunch cruise (normally $79) or $32.50 for a high-tea cruise (normally $65) including a glass of sparkling wine.

Features live informative commentary as you cruise past magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands, and all the main harbour attractions.

Valid from March 15-24.

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

Experience a different side of Japan and save 10 per cent on eight of World Expeditions’ Japan adventures.

Pay, for instance, $4041 per person twin-share instead of $4490 for the 15-day Backroads of Japan itinerary.

Visit World Heritage shrines and temples, soak in natural hot springs and sample fresh local foods.

Book before March 30 for travel between July 1 and December 31.

Phone 1300 720 000 or visit www.worldexpeditions.com.

Save $200 per person on Tasmanian Expeditions’ six-day treks along the Overland Track.track

Pay $1795 Launceston return, including all meals, professional guides, park fees and permits, use of a backpack and all camping equipment.

Discover some of Mother Nature’s finest creations, including waterfalls, dolerite mountains, lakes, tarns and diverse ecosystems.

Book by March 31 for departures until May 18.

zambesiPhone 1300 666 856 or visit tasmanianexpeditions.com.au.

Save up to $420 per couple on a Bench International three-night voyage on the Chobe River between Botswana and Namibia aboard the luxurious cruise boat Zambezi Queen.

Pay from $1865 per person twin-share (single travellers $2295)

Explore the waterways of the eastern Caprivi Strip and have close-up encounters with elephant herds, hippo pods and other wildlife, plus a guided game-viewing drive through Chobe National Park.

Discounted rate applies March-June.

Phone 1300AFRICA or visit www.benchinternational.com.au.

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