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unnamed (17)Youth-oriented Topdeck’s eight-day Essential Egypt adventure features guided tours of the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, the Valley of the Kings, Luxor and the temples of Abu Simbel.

Also included are a cruise down the Nile aboard a traditional felucca sailboat, and visits to a Nubian village, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Khan el Khalili market.

Pay from $822 per person twin-share ex Cairo — a saving of 5 per cent if booked six months in advance.

Phone 1300 886 332 or visit www.topdeck.travelHogmanay ... ringing in the New Year, Edinburgh style

Ring in 2015 at one of the world’s biggest New Year parties, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, during a four-day excursion to Scotland with Back-Roads Touring.

The itinerary features a tour of Dunfermline, Loch Leven, medieval St Andrews, the magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia — the Queen’s former floating residence.

On New Year’s Eve, enjoy a festive dinner and then attend the Hogmanay Street Party featuring performances from live bands, ceilidh dancing and one of the world’s greatest fireworks displays.

peruPay from $2133 per person twin-share, saving $112 per person if booked by May 31.

Phone 1300 100 410 or visit backroadstouring.com. 

Travelling to Peru can be about much more than getting to the top of Machu Picchu. You can also kayak across the world’s highest navigable lake, climb through a rainforest canopy and fish for piranhas deep in the Amazon.

Or you can head to Chicama, in northern Peru, and discover a vibrant surf scene with reputedly the world’s longest left-hand wave — one that apparently peels for an incredible four kilometres.

Visit www.peru.travel.

Historic Maryborough, on Queensland’s Fraser Coast, will offer a diverse range of activities this winter, including the World’s relishGreatest Pub Fest and the weeklong Mary Poppins Festival, in honour of Pamela Travers, the Maryborough-born author of Mary Poppins.

It all starts on June 7 with Relish Fraser Coast, a gourmet food-and-wine experience showcasing regional wines and produce. Treats will include Hervey Bay scallops and Fraser Island prawns.

Visit 

www.relishfrasercost.com.au.

Tickets are now available for the sixth Savour Tasmania festival, which this year will run from May 21-25.

savourt will showcase premium produce from across Tasmania prepared by leading international, national and local chefs.

Highlights will include the Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend at Hobart’s Princes Wharf, and, at the same waterfront venue, the festival’s finale, the Savour Long Table dinner.

Phone 1300 795 257 or visit www.savourtasmania.com.au.

Luxury cruise line Seabourn is offering complimentary upgrades to veranda suites on all four of its Antarctic voyages next summer.

Pay, for instance, from $14,999 per person twin-share for a 21-night voyage departing Buenos Aires and taking in the sights of Antarctica and Patagonia.seabourn

Guests on all four cruises can participate in zodiac landings at selected Antarctic destinations and digital photography workshops.

Visit www.seabourn.com.

The site of the first European settlement of the NSW South Coast — the convict-built vineyard segwayvillage of Coolangatta Estate near Berry — can now be explored on a Segway personal transporter.

Packages including a Segway tour of the estate and lunch at Alexander’s Vineyard Bistro are available from $99 per person, while packages including overnight accommodation at Coolangatta Estate are priced from $330 per couple.

Phone Segway Tours South Coast on 0402 000 222 or visit www.segwaytourssouthcoast.com.au.

Ecruising.travel’s 31-night fly/cruise package in October onboard Norwegian Sun from Los Angeles to Tampa, Florida, includes several “hidden secrets” of the Central American coast.

The ship makes port calls at Puerto Vallarta and two other Mexican cities, followed by Puntarenas in Costa Rica, before traversing the Panama Canal for a call at Cartagena in Colombia. Honduras, Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel on the suneast coast of Mexico complete the Central American adventure before disembarkation at Tampa.

Prices start from $5029 per person twin-share, including return flights from Sydney and Melbourne, the 22-night cruise and three nights in each of Los Angeles, Tampa and Las Vegas.

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

activeReceive a bonus cabin upgrade or 10 per cent discount on Active Travel seven-night cruises between Saigon and Siem Reap on board the Mekong Prestige II.

Pay from US$1790 per person twin-share.

Fares include local beer and wine with meals, onboard gratuities and daily shore excursions.

Book by May 14 for travel between October this year and April next.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit www.activetravel.com.au.

Save 10 per cent on Topdeck’s 24-day South East Adventure, exploring Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and South Masai tribe silhouetted at dawn, KenyaAfrica.

Pay from about $3110 per person twin-share, including 23 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 18 dinners, and 23 nights in campsites, hostels and hotels.

Take in sights such as the Maasai Mara, Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar, Lake Malawi and Victoria Falls.

Book six months ahead for departures until May next year.

Phone 1300 886 332 or visit www.topdeck.travel.

Save 25 per cent on Captain Cook Murray River cruises on board the PS Murray Princess, a replica of a classic 1800s paddle wheeler.

murrayPay from $674 per person twin-share for a three-night Discovery Cruise, including all meals and most tours.

Excursions include historic ports, sacred Aboriginal sites, a sheep station and woolshed, and a native wildlife shelter.

Valid for travel June 2 to August 29.

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

Get free return flights for Travelmarvel 2015 European holidays of 21 days or longer and featuring a 15-day river cruise.travelmarvel

Pay, for example, from $8395 per person twin-share for the 21-day European Gems from Prague to Paris, covering eight countries — Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Features include a  wine tasting and lunch at Nelahozeves Castle; a tour of a Viennese schnapps distillery; a private ‘Oktoberfest’ with the locals in Vilshofen; a trip to the 19th-century Drachenburg Castle; and lunch at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Book by October 31 for departures between March and December 2015.

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

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