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auswalkAuswalk will conduct a six-day small-group food-wine-and-walking tour on Lord Howe Island next May.

The price of from $2945 per person twin-share (land contect only) includes accommodation, all meals (including nightly five-course feasts), wine tastings, daily cooking masterclasses and guided touring.

Visit www.auswalk.com.au.

Backyard Travel has unveiled a new six-day Japan hiking tour exploring some the breathtaking scenery and mystical sites along the Kumano Kodo ancient pilgrimage routes.backyard

Luggage is separately transferred to overnight accommodation every day.

Highlights of this fully guided tour include the opportunity to see Japan’s highest waterfall, the stunning Nachi Falls, and a chance to relax in one of the oldest and most picturesque hot springs in Japan, the unique Yunomine Onsen, a great place to soothe the aching muscles after a day’s hiking.

The tour finishes with a stay in a beautiful Japanese Ryokan on a private island in the picturesque Katsuura Bay.

Prices start at US$3297 per person twin-share ex Osaka.

Visit www.backyardtravel.com.

balkansBeyond Travel is offering travel credits of $150 per couple for travellers on all 2014 departures of its 12-day Grand Balkan tour from Zagreb to Dubrovnik.

The tour is priced from $2195 per person twin-share, including accommodation, sightseeing, most meals, and transfers.

Highlights include visits to the Plitvice Lakes, Split’s Roman ruins and Venetian palaces, the Ottoman and Communist architecture of Tirana in Albania, the medieval city of Dubrovnik, Macedonia’s Lake Ohrid, Kotor and the Cetinje Monastery in Montenegro.

Phone 1300 363 554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au.

Captain Cook Cruises is offering a variety of Sydney Harbour outings for the Vivid Sydney festival which runs from May 23 to June 9, so passengers can see the city come alive in a spectacular array of lights and projections across its most famous landmarks.cook_vivid

Cruises have been specially designed to complement the Vivid Light walk, which features more than 60 interactive light installations from Sydney Cove, through The Rocks to Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour.

Pay, for instance, from $65 per person for the dinner-and-drinks cruise which departs nightly at 5pm from Circular Quay.

For further information visit www.captaincook.com.au. 

Metro Apartments Darling Harbour ... great base for Vivid SydneyAnd taking of Sydney’s world-renowned Vivid festival, Metro Apartments Darling Harbour if offering a Brilliance deal of $199 per night (two-night minimum stay Sunday-Friday) for a loft-style apartment from May 23 to June 9.

The apartments have full kitchen and laundry facilities and are normally priced at $385 per night.

Discount parking of $30 for 24 hours is provided nearby.

Phone 1800 183 354 or visit www.metroapartmentssydney.com.

Melbourne-based International Rail is offering travel advice and bookings for a range of Greek island ferry services.

It can, for example, offer an airline-style seat on the five-hour Athens-to-Mykonos service for $78 per person.greece

Other popular routes include services from the mainland to Santorini, Ios and Paros and between those islands.

Phone1300 387 245 or visit www.internationalrail.com.au.

Explore remote and mountainous northern Vietnam this August on the new Hilltribes of the Ha Giang Plateau expedition from cycle-tour company Grasshopper Adventures.

hilltribesThe seven-day, 318-kilometre ride is perfect for those who love challenging mountain climbs, with plenty of long ascents and thrilling descents framed by some of the most stunning views in South East Asia.

See tiny villages clinging to steep limestone hills, bustling markets where brightly clad villagers trade everything from piglets to bamboo shoots, and views of plunging valleys, gorges and high mountain passes.

The seven-day tours are priced from US$1700 ex Hanoi and include all food, accommodation, bikes and guides.

zooVisit www.grasshopperadventures.com. 

Sydney’s new three-day Zoo2Q experience combines a crossing of Sydney Harbour by Eco Hopper and hiking through Sydney Harbour National Park with overnight stays at Taronga Zoo’s luxury-tented Roar & Snore site and Q Station, the luxury hotel converted from the former quarantine station on North Head.

aviaticCost is $1200 per person twin-share, including accommodation, all meals, touring and transfers.

Phone 02 9583 1199 or visit zoo2q.com.au.

Get a Welcome Plus package at the family-owned Aviatic Hotel in the heart of Paris’s Left Bank.

Pay from €130 per room per night, including upgrade if available, bottle of white wine, complimentary aperitif every evening.

Features an elegant designer edge, with wood panelling, rich designer fabrics, parquetry floors, marble and a treasure-trove of antique furniture.

Valid July 12 to August 31.

Visit www.aviatichotel.com.

Babymoon packages are on offer for parents-to-be at Crown Metropol Perth.babymoon

Pay from $598 per couple, including overnight accommodation in a Luxe King Room, couples massage at ISIKA Spa, buffet breakfast and free wifi.

Includes a handmade pram toy from Australian brand La De Dah Kids.

Night Scene Petronas Twin Tower - Kuala Lumpur City CentreValid June 1 to December 30.

Visit www.crownmetropolperth.com.au.

Get discounted holiday packages to Kuala Lumpur with Direct Flights.

Pay from $997 per person twin-share ex Sydney ($781 ex-Darwin, $980 ex Melbourne, $1000 ex Brisbane, $955 ex Adelaide), including return flights and five nights at the three-star Grand Pacific Hotel, a five-minute drive from the city centre.

Includes a food-trail walking tour through the hidden streets, alleyways and markets of the diverse Malaysian capital.

Book by May 21 for a range of 2014 departure dates.

Phone 1300 234 909 or visit www.directflights.com.aumonograms

Save $400 per couple when combining a Monograms independent city-stay in Europe or North America with a Globus, Cosmos coach tour or Avalon Waterways river cruise.

Pay, for instance, from $2308 per person twin-share for 10 days in Rome, Florence and Venice, including premium hotels.

Includes the services of a local host, guided sightseeing, breakfasts daily and AVE high-speed train between cities, with station transfers.

Book by June 30.

Phone 1300 230 234 or visit www.monogramstravel.com.au.

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