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bikeTake in the spices, tea plantations and tropical beaches of southern India on a classic Royal Enfield motorbike as part of an adventure holiday with Extreme Bike Tours in early 2015.

The tours will take riders and pillion passengers sitting behind crew on a 1000-kilometre journey between Cochin and Goa in January or February, with guests opting between comfortable three-star accommodation and some of southern India’s most luxurious five-star hotels.

The three-star 12-day South India tour is priced from US$4150 for riders and US$3350 for pillion passengers. It starts along the hippy-frequented tropical beaches of Goa and travels past the spectacular palaces and temples of Mysore to the jungles of Mudumalai National Park, where riders will stay in a safari lodge and search for tigers.

Visit www.extremebiketours.combootcamp

Training, relaxation, stretching sessions and delicious healthy meals will form part of the inaugural Bootcamp Weekend at The Retreat Port Stephens on June 27-29.

The package is priced from $600 per person, including two nights accommodation, a variety of group training sessions with a fully qualified personal trainer, seminars on health, nutrition and wellbeing, stretch and relaxation classes, six meals, morning and afternoon teas and a goodies bag which includes a training top.

With some workout sessions held offsite, the weekend also offers an opportunity to exercise surrounded by the area’s spectacular scenery.

Phone 02 4982 1244 or visit

castawayStay a minimum of five nights at Castaway Island Fiji during August and pay $140 per person for all meals ($70 for children aged 3-12).

The Hot August Bites meal package must be booked by April 30.

Castaway Island Fiji is a four-star resort located on a pristine private island in the heart of Fiji’s Mamanuca Island group, with 70 hectares covered in tropical rainforest and fringed by white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs.


Cruise1st is offering a nine-night fly-stay-and-cruise package next February to Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, based on a seven-night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the

The deal includes a range of optional onshore excursions including a visit to the Ayutthaya World Heritage site in Bangkok and a ‘local life experience’ in Ho Chi Minh where guests will visit a traditional Vietnamese home.

The Mariner of the Seas spans 15 decks, carries 3114 guests and features an ice skating rink, 17 bars, clubs and lounges, 10 pools and whirlpools and a multi-deck galleria which hosts parades, dancing and duty-free shopping.

Prices start at $1499 ex Sydney and Brisbane ($1799 ex Canberra; $1849 ex Adelaide; $1699 ex Perth; $1849 ex Melbourne).

maryboroughPhone 1300 596 345 or visit

Relive the bawdy days of colonial Queensland on a new fully guided lamplight tour around Maryborough’s historic Portside Precinct.

Hosts Mary Rivers and the Night Watchman take guests through the early days of this pioneering Queensland town, spinning tall tales of sailors, smugglers, brothels and opium dens from years gone by, when Maryborough was one of the busiest ports in Australia.

The tours are held on the second Friday of every month and conclude with a port tasting among rum barrels left over from the 1860s in the basement of the Bond Store.

Tickets are $25 per person and all guests will receive a free tour memento as part of the experience.

Phone 1800 214 789 or visit www.visitfrasercoast.commsc

MSC Cruises is offering complimentary upgrades to its Yacht Club section on selected Mediterranean and Caribbean sailings between August and November.

The upgrades, worth up to $1570 per person, are available on selected seven-night and 14-night cruises aboard Splendida, Fantasia and Divina.

The Yacht Club includes 24-hour butler service, priority check-in, plus complimentary drinks and a la carte dining options, including a room service menu.

Emerald Princess, Mykonos, GreeceCruises must be booked by April 30.

Phone 1300 028502 or visit

Three nights in Las Vegas give way to a cruise on Ruby Princess through the Caribbean and around South America, with a stop in Rio de Janeiro timed to catch the climax of the city’s thrilling Mardi Gras carnival.

The 38-day ‘Carnivale, Casinos and Cape Horn’, the latest fly-cruise offer from Worldwide Cruise Centres, is priced from $8899 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, including flight to Fort Lauderdale via Las Vegas and return flight from Santiago.

Book by June 30 for departure January 17.


A home-cooked meal with a Beijing family and tickets to a Tang Dynasty Theatre dinner show in Xian are among a host of complimentary Helen’s Choice Inclusions highlighted in the latest China group itineraries from Helen Wong’s Tours.

Tickets to the spectacular Legend of Kung Fu show in Beijing are also included, along with a ride of the world’s fastest train, the Maglev, which links Shanghai with the international airport at Pudong.

Prices begin, for instance, at $4130 per person twin-share ex Australia for a 12-day China Discovery itinerary which includes such bonuses such as a cycle rickshaw tour of Beijing’s historic hutongs, tickets to an acrobatic show in Shanghai, and a tour of one of the traditional water towns on Shanghai’s outskirts.

avalonPhone 1300 788328 or visit

Book early and save $1000 per couple on dozens of Avalon Waterways’ 2015 European river cruises.

Pay, for instance, from $3833 per person twin-share for an eight-day cruise from Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches.

Vessels have two entire decks of all-suite accommodation.

Book by June 30 for 2015 cruises.

Phone 1300 230 234 or visit

Fly free to Lord Howe Island for a seven-night package at Capella Lodge.

Pay from $4200 per person twin-share ex Sydney or Brisbane.

Includes gourmet breakfasts, sunset drinks and canapés, non-alcoholic beverages, three-course dinners, select wines and island airport transfers.

Valid for travel from June 1-28.

Phone Baillie Lodges on 02 9918 4355 or visit 

parisDiscover Paris with Direct Flights’ Easter Deal.

Pay from $2097 per person ex Sydney and Brisbane ($1852 ex Darwin; $1943 ex Gold Coast; $1977 ex Cairns; $2080 ex Melbourne; $2111 ex Perth; $2193 ex Adelaide, including return flights with Air France and five nights three-star accommodation.

Includes Paris City Hop-on/Hop-off Tour.

Book by April 30 for travel selected periods until June 30 and between September 1 and November 30.

Phone 1300 234 909 or visit 

Save $600 per couple on Cruise Express’s 16-night traditional-Christmas-in-Europe package, complete with a New Year’s Eve ball in a Viennese palace.xmas

Pay from $9690 per person twin-share, including return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth, four days of touring and accommodation in Bavaria, a 12-day Danube cruise, all on-board meals and beverages and on-shore excursions.

Features include a horse-drawn wagon ride through the Bavarian Forest, Christmas Eve midnight mass in a 500-year-old Gothic German cathedral.

Book by April 30 for departure ex Australia December 17.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit

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