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beyondBeyond Travel is offering a four-day Prague Christmas markets itinerary priced from $395 per person twin-share.

Enjoy a warmed mulled wine or punch as Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are filled with music from choirs and dance bands.

The price includes three nights accommodation at the four-star Majestic Plaza hotel, with daily breakfast, private airport transfers, half-day tour of Kutna Hora, entrance to the Museum of the Infant Jesus of Prague, tickets to a Christmas concert and a traditional hot beverage at the Wenceslas Square markets.

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

Specialist garden tour operator Botanica is celebrating its 15th anniversary next July with a 15-day cruise from St Petersburg to Oslo on board the luxury windjammer Sea Cloud II.

There are stops in Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Poland and Denmark, and guests will be joined by historian mexicoPeter Warwick and botanical lecturer Dr Toby Musgrave. There will also be exclusive access to many private gardens not normally open to the public.

Prices start at $16,995 per person twin-share. Book by July 31 for a free night at Oslo’s Grand Hotel.

Phone1300 305 202 or visit botanica.travel.

Big Yellow Suitcase’s inaugural tour to the Mexican state of Jalisco in November will stress the country’s living arts and their direct ancient links.

It will focus on the picturesque village of Ajijic and allow guests rare interaction with local artists, chefs and historians.

Prices start at $2880 per person twin-share, including nine nights in four-star accommodation, and services of experienced and knowledgeable guides.

Contact wendy@bigyellowsuitcase.com.aumsc

MSC Divina’s 20-night voyage between Miami and Rome in April-May includes an overnight visit to New York and an extended stay in Lisbon. There are also stops in Bermuda, Ponta Delgada, Cadiz, Barcelona and Naples.

Prices start from $4850 per person twin-share, including return airfares from Australia.

The cruise can be combined with a seven-night Mediterranean cruise on the same ship to La Spezia, Cannes, Mallorca, Barcelona and Naples, with fares from $579 per person twin-share, a saving of $100.

Phone 1300 028 502 or visit www.msccruises.com.au. 

Active Travel has waived single supplements and offered last-minute discounts of 10 per cent on five river cruises on the Mekong and in Burma this The Maldives ... a serene contrast to Singapore’s Formula One Grand PrixAugust and September.

Pay, for instance, from US$1606 per person (twin-share or solo) for a seven-night Mekong cruise on board RV Mekong Pandaw, or from US$855 per person (twin-share or solo) for a seven-night voyage aboard RV Orient Pandaw between Mandalay and Bagan on Burma’s sacred Irrawaddy River.

Fares include onboard meals and beverages and excursions ashore.

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

Singapore Airlines Holidays has combined September’s 2014 Formula One Singapore Airlines Grand Prix with the serenity and calm of the Maldives.

Until July 19, the package is priced from $7521 per person twin-share, including airfares, four nights in Singapore and five in the Maldives. The Singapore component includes attendance at the track for qualifying races and the main event.

Phone 1300 728 998 or visit www.siaholidays.com.auwcc

Worldwide Cruise Centres has built its 28-day ‘Vive la France 2015!’ around three French river cruises.

The holiday departs Australia in April and includes a four-night cruise between Paris and the Normandy Coast, a six-night Garrone River, Gironde Estuary and Dordogne River cruise, and a seven-night Rhone River cruise.

Prices start at $8999 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth, wildernessincluding return airfares, the three cruises and accommodation in Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon and Nice.

Visit www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.

Back in the 1890s, the only way to travel between Queenstown and Strahan on the wild west coast of Tasmania was via the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company railway, a stunning ride through rugged, untouched wilderness. It was also the steepest railway in the southern hemisphere.

The new ‘Steaming Winter’ experience offers a four-hour ride on the restored West Coast Wilderness Railway in the comfort of a refurbished and heated carriage, complete with sparkling Tasmanian wine, hand-made morning tea and light lunch.

Tickets are priced from $80. Visit www.wcwr.com.au. bali

Australian discount holiday site lowcostholidays.com.au is offering an 18 per cent saving for a four-night stay at the new five-star Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak.

Pay from $610 per room (double, twin or single) for four nights.

Close to the beach and Seminyak’s bustling entertainment and dining precinct.

Book by August 31 for stays August 16 to December 23.

casaVisit lowcostholidays.com.au.

Luxuriate in a ‘La Dolce Vita’ package at the five-star cliff-top Casa Angelina on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

Pay from 1390 Euros per couple for two nights in a sea-view room with balcony.

Includes one-day rental of a vintage convertible, welcome drink and personalised concierge assistance.

Available until October 26.

Visit www.casangelina.comrio

Save $300 per couple by booking early for four new Cosmos 2015 South American itineraries.

Pay, for instance, from $2415 per person twin-share for the nine-day ‘Best of Brazil & Argentina’ itinerary, which includes Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls and Buenos Aires.

Optional add-ons include visits to the Amazon Jungle, a cruise among the Galápagos Islands and excursions to Easter Island.

Book by September 30.

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

stephensBook two nights at any of 240 self-contained properties managed by Port Stephens Accommodation and stay a third night for just $20.

Pay, for instance, from $275 for three nights in a holiday house or apartment, or splurge out and pay from $635 for three nights in Crows Nest, a two-bedroom penthouse at Nelson Bay’s d’Albora Marina.

Activities on offer in Port Stephens include dolphin-and-whale-watching cruises, mountain bike tours, sand duning on Australia’s biggest dunes, parasailing, wave-jumping on a jetboat, horseriding, camel rides on the beach, golf, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and bushwalking.

Until September 18.

Phone 02 4981 1577 or visit www.portstephensaccommodation.com.

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