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unnamed (6)The Sunshine Coast’s Easter line-up includes the Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Festival on April 19.

Arequipa B&B at Peachester is offering a two-night stay for $360 per couple while an extended family of up to nine can rent out the Red Ginger Bungalow at Yandina for $300 a night (minimum three-night stay).

Visit www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au.

On Easter Sunday, Maroochydore will be transformed into a multicultural mecca as part of the Ocean Street World Festival, which will include local Kabi Kabi dancers, Greek folk singers, a Latino rock band and North African drummers.

europaVisit www.oceanstreetworldfestival.com.au.

Cruise Express is offering an 11-night Mediterranean package that includes a seven-night cruise on the new 500-passenger Europa 2, named by Berlitz Guide as the world’s highest-rated cruise ship.

Pay from $9299 per person twin-share, including return flights to Italy, plus two nights accommodation in each of Rome and Valetta.

Visit the Mediterranean islands of Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily as well as the exotic Isle of Capri and the charming, less visited, Ponza and Lipari islands off the Italian KA_7mainland.

Phone1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au. 

Travel Indochina has included a new nine-day ‘Art, History and Culture Footloose Adventure’ in its 2014-15 program.

It explores the little visited island of Shikoko, focusing on feudal castles, hot-spring baths, ancient religious sites, a unique art scene, and Naoshima, home to the famous Benesse House, before finishing in Hiroshima. Prices start from $2311 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 365 355 or visit www.travelindochina.com.au.

Also looking at Japan, Toursgallery has a 15-day small-group tour that includes many of the country’s rarely visited winter japanattractions, including the magnificent snow monkeys which bathe in the hot springs near Nagano on Honshu.

Also included in the tour is Hokkaido, the far-northern island of Japan, where guests take a steam train ride, cruise on an icebreaker, see spectacular bird life and visit five Japanese winter festivals.

Prices start at $7850 per person twin-share ex Tokyo, with departure on February 2 next year.

omanPhone 1300 307 317 or visit www.toursgallery.com.

You don’t need an air-conditioned 4WD to explore the Sultanate of Oman.

Ocean Blue Oman offers the alternative of touring this exotic and diverse land from the water on board vessels such as its recently acquired Arabian dhow Ibra, which can take up to 40 passengers on a daytrip or six guests on overnight adventures.

Overnight charters can capture the charm and splendor of the Musandam Peninsula, Zighy Bay, Bandar Khairan, Jebel Sifa, Dimanyat Islands as well as Sur and Ras al Hadd.

princessVisit www.oceanblueoman.com.

Princess Cruises has expanded its presence in Asia by deploying ships in Singapore, China and Japan for extended periods.

Sapphire Princess, for example, will sail out of Shanghai from May to September, then move to Singapore for 15 round-trip cruises until February next year.

Its 10-night cruise from Singapore on December 8 is priced from $1349 per person twin-share, with calls at Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Phuket.

rowleyPhone 13 24 88 or visit www.princess.com.

North Star Cruises will offer three five-night cruises on board its boutique 36-passenger True North this September to visit Rowley Shoals, a pristine area of untouched coral reefs, clear lagoons and incredible marine life, 300 kilometres off the coast from Broome.

True North carries an on-board biologist, a team of naturalists, a ship’s helicopter and six dedicated expedition boats.

Prices start from $4995 per person twin-share.

Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island QueenslandPhone 08 9192 1829 or visit www.northstarcruises.com.au.

Escape to Whitsunday Holiday Apartments, one of Hamilton Island’s most popular family properties, with this three-night deal from TravelOnline.

The self-catering beachfront apartments offer a pool and spa, as well as being close to the island’s resort centre.

Prices start from $350 per person twin-share, including return airport transfers, unlimited use of the resort shuttle from 7am to 11pm and free wifi access.

On sale until June 30 for travel from May 1 to July 31.

aptVisit www.travelonline.com.

Save up to $2000 per couple on any of APT’s 2015 11-day Kimberley Coast cruises between Broome and Darwin on board luxury boutique expedition ship Caledonian Sky.

Pay from $8995 per person twin-share, including 29 meals with complimentary beer and wine.

Includes a jet-boat ride over Horizontal Falls plus exploration of Montgomery Reef and green-turtle breeding grounds.

Book by April 30.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit aptouring.com.au.

Save $300 per couple on Back-Roads Touring’s ‘The Emerald Isle’, a 12-day small-group tour of Ireland.Cliffs of Moher

Pay from $3745 per person twin-share ex Dublin, including full Irish breakfast daily, five evening meals and entrance fees for itinerary sights.

Itinerary includes a Black Cab tour of Belfast’s political murals, the Giant’s Causeway, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, the remote and rugged Inishowen Peninsula, the lunar-like landscape of Burren, Dingle Peninsula, the iconic Rock of Cashel and the wild terrain of the Wicklows.

Book by April 15.

fallPhone 1300 100 410 or visit backroadstouring.com.

Save up to $8300 per person for ecruising.travel’s 36-night ‘Features of the Fall’ North American cruise-tour package.

Pay from $10,999 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane ($11,349 ex Adelaide, $11,399 ex Perth), including a 14-night New England cruise on Celebrity Summit, a 15-night fully escorted private coach tour, four nights in New York and three in Las Vegas.

Ports of call include Maine, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. Also includes a Maid of the Mist cruise in Niagara Falls.

Book by April 30 for September 14 departure.

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

rovosSave $270 per couple for a journey on South Africa’s Rovos Rail, one of the world’s most luxurious trains, by booking through Bench International.

Pay from $1550 per person twin-share for the two-day trip between Pretoria and Cape Town.

Pass through the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld, the Great Karoo region, the gold-mining town of Kimberley, the Cape’s scenic winelands and the historic Victorian village preserved at Matjiesfontein.

Valid for departures before December 31.

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

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