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arcticBook one of eight Active Travel 2015 Arctic expedition voyages by this September 30 and save up to $1000 per couple on international airfares.

Pay, for instance, from US$8995 per person twin-share for a 12-day Baffin Island and West Greenland voyage aboard the Russian scientific ship Akademik Ioffe, exploring the mighty glaciers, deep fjords and indigenous communities of the eastern Canadian Arctic and the west coast of Greenland.

Included are Zodiac excursions, onboard lectures, all onboard meals and use of Arctic weather gear.

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

See another side of Bangkok nightlife on Grasshopper Adventures’ after-dark cycling tour, which lets you experience the many of city’s most significant landmarks minus the crowds.

The easy 13-kilometre ride visits the Thai capital’s historic centre when the air is cool, the visitors are scarce and the world-famous temples are spectacularly lit up.

You’ll also be able to grab an authentic street-food snack from the flower market’s many stalls.

cruiseCost is US$30 per person.

Visit www.grasshopperadventures.com.

Worldwide Cruise Centres has combined three ocean voyages into its 54-day ‘Tahitian Palms and Hawaiian Charms’ itinerary next April.

Pay from $7699 per person twin-share, including a 17-night Radiance of the Seas cruise from Sydney to Honolulu, a seven-night Hawaiian Islands cruise with Pride of America, an 18-night Legend of the Seas cruise from Honolulu back to Sydney, and a 10-night stay at the Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki hotel in Honolulu.

There are ports of call in Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia.

Visit www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.aufather

Kids save plenty when spoiling dad on Father’s Day (September 7) by taking him out on Sydney Harbour for breakfast or lunch with Captain Cook Cruises.

The one-and-a-half-hour breakfast cruise costs $45 for adults, normally $55. Every child (5-14 years) travelling with an adult pays only $10, normally $35.

A buffet-lunch cruise is priced at $65 per adult, with accompanying children paying $12 instead of $46.

There’s also a three-and-a-half-hour long-lunch cruise which costs $75 per adult and $57 per nisekochild.

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

Get together 10 people interested in skiing and pay $1084 per head for seven nights next February in Yutaka Townhouse, a four-bedroom property within easy range of Niseko’s ski areas in Japan.

Included are six-day, all-mountain lift passes including night skiing, meet-and-greet at Sapporo Chitose International Airport and door-to-door transfers to the accommodation.

The time frame fits with Cathay Pacific’s earlybird premium-economy return airfares which can be as low as $1540.

Phone SkiJapan on 1300 137 411 or visit www.skijapan.comwaves

Royal Caribbean has unveiled details of the multi-million-dollar revitalisation given to its Voyager of the Seas, which will arrive in Australia in November for a summer cruising season.

Included are FlowRider (a 12-metre-long surf simulator), virtual balconies in interior cabins, a 3D cinema, new dining options including a sushi restaurant, and bow-to-stern wifi service.

Fares start from $1599 per person for the ship’s 14-night repositioning cruise from Singapore later winethis year.

Phone 1800 754 500 or visit www.voyageroftheseas.com.au.

MSC Cruises is offering three wine-themed cruises through the Mediterranean in November and December.

Included will be expert-led tastings and talks, and excursions to wine estates in places such as

Provence, Barcelona and Civitavecchia.

A seven-night ‘On The Wine Routes’ out of Genoa, for instance, is priced from $664 per person twin-share aboard MSC Splendida, making stops in Italy, Tunisia, Spain and France.

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

Commencing this October, the Tasmanian Walking Company will combine several guided walks with leisurely sailing on a luxury yacht on its new Wineglass Bay Sail Walk.

Over a four- or six-day itinerary, walkers will be able to explore some of Tasmania’s gems, including Maria Island and both the Freycinet and Tasman Peninsulas.

To access each destination, guests will travel aboard Lady Eugenie, a 23-metre luxury yacht which also serves as their accommodation.

The four-day Wineglass Bay Sail Walk starts from $2990 per person twin-share.

abuPhone 03 6392 2211 or visit www.wineglassbaysailwalk.com.au. 

Book through Australian discount travel site lowcostholidays and save up to 45 per cent living it up at the five-star St Regis Abu Dhabi, one of the Arabian Gulf’s most luxurious hotels.

Pay from $923 per room for four nights in a sea-view room, including daily breakfast and free wifi.

The hotel is located in the heart of the United Arab Emirates capital on the prestigious Corniche waterfront.

Available for booking and travel until October 4.

Phone 1800 359 769 or visit www.lowcostholidays.com.aukhaolak

Save nearly $4500 on an eight-night escape to the five-star Le Meridien in Khao Lak, which is accessible from Thailand’s Phuket International Airport.

Pay from $1800 for two adults and two kids aged 11 and under.

Travel with Luxury Escapes and get daily buffet breakfasts, daily two-course lunches, daily gourmet dinners (three-course set menu or buffet), eight spa treatments, wifi, private return airport transfers and cooking class.

You’ll need to be quick. Book August 16-23 for travel until December 2015.

Icy Strait PointRadiance of the Seas - Royal Caribbean InternationalPhone 1300 889 900 or visit www.LuxuryEscapes.com.

Book a cabin on Radiance of the Seas for its 16-night Sydney-to-Fremantle voyage next February through ecruising.travel and receive free return economy airfares from Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and free one-way fares from Sydney and Perth.

Pay from $2689 per person twin-share.

Sail north from Sydney for port visits to Brisbane and Airlie Beach before heading to the Top End to Darwin. Spend a full day in Bali and then venture to Port Hedland and Geraldton.

Book by August 31.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit www.ecruising.travelrail

Get two, three and five days of free travel respectively when you book a 15-day, 21-days or one-month Eurail Global Consecutive Pass or a Eurail Select Pass through International Rail.

Pay, for instance, from $747 per person for a 15-day first-class Eurail Global Pass and get an additional two free days of travel.

Eurail Global Pass allows unlimited travel on national rail networks, including high-speed and local trains, throughout 24 European countries.

Book by September 30.

Phone 1300 387 245 or visit www.internationalrail.com.au.

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