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Celebrity Solstice - Aerial at Sea Miami ShorelineCelebrity CruisesSail from Sydney to Hawaii on Celebrity Solstice, via Auckland, the Bay of Islands and Tahiti, then spend a couple of nights in Waikiki before flying back to Australia.

The 18-night Cruise Express package departs April next year and is priced from $6290 per person twin-share, with an optional add-on of three nights on Kauai.

The package includes a traditional welcome dinner in Honolulu and a half-day tour to Pearl Harbour.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.auunnamed (11)

The Sunshine Coast’s Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre will next month [July] open a permanent display to commemorate a visit to the area in 1799 by Matthew Flinders, who became the first European to visit the area when he led an expedition to climb Mt Beerburrum.

Accommodation in the area includes the Glass House Mountains Ecolodge, which offers a range of framesaccommodation styles from standard hotel rooms and family rooms to a converted church and two former railway carriages. Rates start from $116 per night.

Phone 07 5493 0008 or visit www.glasshouseecolodge.com. For general information on the area, visit www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au.

Luxury is standard in the three new villas at The Frames, latest accommodation overlooking the Murray in South Australia’s Riverland district — king-size beds with electric function and massage option, jacuzzi, infra-red sauna and deep baths, heated private pools, double-headed showers with spa jets.

Retreats start at $590 per couple per night.

There’s also a sunset river-cruise option aboard the property’s wooden gondola for a closer look at the river wildlife, backwaters and nearby river port of Renmark.japan

Visit www.theframes.com.au.

Visit Japan in the northern autumn, when landscape gardens, national parks and forest-clad mountains are ablaze with red, yellow and golden leaves.

Toursgallery offers three different fully escorted autumn tours to Japan priced from $5850 per person twin-share.

Highlights include watching the sun set on Mt Fuji while relaxing in an outdoor spa pool, and receiving a blessing from a Shinto priest at a colourful shrine surrounded by deciduous autumn forest.

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

Explore the lost city of Machu Picchu, discover untouched jungles and soak up the sun at spectacular beach resorts on Cruise1st’s 21-night fly-tour-and-cruise package to Central and South America.

Departure is November 14, with prices starting at $6249 per person twin-share ex Sydney ($6349 ex Melbourne and Brisbane, $6469 ex Adelaide, $6799 ex Perth, $6499 ex Canberra), including four nights in Peru and a 15-night cruise on Holland America’s Statendam to San Diego.

Ports of call include Manta in Ecuador, Puerto Caldera in Costa Rica, Corinto in Nicaragua, Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala and Manzanillo in Mexico.

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

Ecruising.travel is helping Canadian railway Rocky Mountaineer celebrate its 25th anniversary by offering up to $2500 per couple in added-value extras if you book before August 31.

The credits can be used for add-on options such as free hotel upgrades, extra accommodation nights or free meals.

Its 16-night 2015 ‘Canadian Rockies Adventures’ package, for instance, is priced from $8779 per person twin share, including return airfares from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, a two-day Rocky Mountaineer trip and seven-night Glacier Bay Inside Passage cruise on board Holland Spa Suite #1093 Deck 10 StarboardSeabourn Quest - Seabourn Cruise LineAmerica Line’s Noordam.

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

Seabourn has introduced its elegant penthouse spa suites to Seabourn Odyssey in time for the liner’s upcoming visit to Australian waters next summer.

Guests will be able to directly access the suites via a spiral staircase in the lobby of the spa, and enjoy unlimited access to the spa’s serene area, as well as spa amenities in the suite itself and the services of a spa concierge during the voyage.

All of these suites feature a living and a dining area with seating for four, a separate bedroom, walk-in closet, glass door and floor-to-ceiling windows onto the veranda, a bathroom with a tub and spa shower, and two flat-screen TVs.

Visit www.seabourn.comwhales

Sunreef Mooloolaba, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is launching what it claims as an Australian first — the opportunity to swim with humpback whales.

Expedition supervisor Dan Hart swam with humpback whales in Tonga and is excited to offer the opportunity to Australian guests.

Participants who take part in a swim with the humpback whales experience can expect a three-hour round trip with a maximum of 20 participants taken on each trip.

Cost is $114 per person.

breakfreePhone 07 5444 5656 or visit www.sunreef.com.au.

Get discounted accommodation at BreakFree Long Island Resort Whitsundays.

Pay from $149 per night (minimum two-night stay) for two adults and two children under 14.

Facilities include a pool, tennis court, playground and water sports.

Valid until mid-December.

Phone 1300 887 979 or visit www.wotif.combroome

Enjoy a winter getaway special at Broome’s Blue Seas Resort with Broome and The Kimberley Holidays.

Pay from $586 per person for four nights.

malaccaFeatures include a bonus sunset meal overlooking Cable Beach at the Sunset Bar & Grill.

Book by July 31 for travel July 21 to October 31.

Phone 1300 357 057 or visit www.broomekimberley.com.au.

Book a weekday special at The Majestic Malacca, one of YTL Hotels’ five-star classic historic hotels in Malaysia.

Pay from $210 per room per night.

Includes breakfast and either dinner for two or a 50-minute spa experience.

Available Sunday to Thursday.

Visit www.majesticmalacca.comwu_xian

Save up to $920 per person by booking early for Wendy Wu Tours’ fully inclusive group tours through China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Pay, for instance, from $2880 per person twin-share for its 10-day ‘A China Experience’, which includes Shanghai, Xian and Beijing.

All tours include return international economy airfares, accommodation with all meals, comprehensive sightseeing, and visa fees for Australian passport holders.

Book between July 1 and August 27 for travel January to June next year.

Phone 1300 789 980 or visit www.wendywutours.com.au.

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