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unnamed (3)Book APT’s 23-day ‘Italian Sojourn with Adriatic & Aegean Odyssey’ by October 31 and you’ll get a free return flight to Europe (excluding taxes) with Singapore Airlines or Emirates, plus a $1000 per couple saving on the package.

Prices start at $18,895 per person twin-share, including a six-night land journey visiting Rome, Florence and Venice, and a 14-night all-inclusive cruise on APT’s 114-guest MS Island Sky from Venice to Istanbul, sailing the coastlines of Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey.

Guests then spend two nights in Istanbul post-cruise.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit

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Per Aquum Niyama’s Subsix … the Maldives’ underwater restaurant and nightclub.

Feel the tingle of Dom on the tongue, six metres below the waterline. Or watch reef sharks feast on small prey amid the coral-clad architecture while you dine alongside them on contemporary cuisine.

Those experiences are among the attractions offered by Per Aquum Niyama’s recently redesigned underwater nightclub, Subsix, in the Maldives.

Subsix is located 500 metres offshore and is reached via speedboat and a three-tier staircase.

Among the many activities hosted by Subsix, are marine-biologist-led explorations of the area’s aquatic life.

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 Fraser Suites … spectacular views over Sydney.

Five-star Fraser Suites Sydney is offering packages for visitors to the city’s Vivid Festival, which will run from May 22 to June 8.

Nightly rates start from $309 for a deluxe studio room, including buffet breakfast, a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival and overnight parking for one car.

Fraser Suites is just a short stroll to Cockle Bay, Town Hall and close to city entertainment, shopping, restaurants and bars.

Phone (02) 8823 8888 or visit

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Fremantle Prison YHA … one of a kind.

Want to sleep in an original cell or prison warder’s cottage?

Fremantle Prison YHA in Western Australia is now open, providing unique accommodation in a World-Heritage-listed 19th-century jail.

This one-of-a-kind YHA contains the original fabric of the prison (including walls, floors and cells) and its history is interpreted and displayed throughout the building.

To stay costs from $28 per person per night in multi-share dormitory style accommodation. Twin/double ensuite rooms cost from $120 per night. Perfectly preserved eight-bed Victorian-era guards’ cottages cost from $280 per night, while for the real deal, twin-bed cells are available from $68 per night.

Phone (08) 9433 4305 or visit


 Vernazza … a picturesque example of the heart of Italy.

Australian-based boutique tour company, Carolinasusi Italia Tours, is relaunching its personalised and authentic small-group Italian travel experiences with several special offers.

A 16-night tour exploring the essence of Tuscany and Umbria tour, and taking in such stunning towns and villages as Montecatini Terme, Montefalco and Pienza, for instance, is priced from $6585 per person twin-share ex Rome. Book by June 30 and save $500 per couple.

Phone Donna at Savenio Travel on 1800 770 599 or visit

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 SeaDream II sailing off the Croatian coast.

SeaDream II’s 10-day Mediterranean voyage from Rome to Venice in July next year includes five overnight stays in ports in Italy, Montenegro and Croatia, providing the 112 guests with a real chance to soak up the local atmosphere.

Highlights include Capri, Amalfi, Sicily’s Taormina, the walled town of Kotor in Montenegro, Croatia’s Dubrovnik, Korcula Island and Hvar, and Chioggia at the entrance to Venice.

SeaDream II is one of the few passenger vessels small enough to be able to navigate its way through Venice’s famed St Mark’s Square and Grand Canal.

Prices start at about $8850 per person twin-share, including all meals, wines with lunch and dinner, open bars with premium brands, gratuities, use of power and sail water-sports where locally permitted, mountain bikes for shore explorations, a golf simulator, and all port charges and taxes.


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Tjapukai … now includes an interactive night-time experience.

Cairns Indigenous tourism experience Tjapukai has been relaunched following a $13 million upgrade with the unveiling of new exterior and interior designs, new theatres and restaurants, and a completely refreshed range of performances, tour options and packages.

A newly designed ‘Night Fire by Tjapukai’ program provides visitors with an interactive night-time experience that includes dinner, performances, campfire stories and culminates with the dramatic lighting of a 40-metre fireball.

The range of packages has been expanded to provide new half-day options in addition to the full-day and night packages. The new packages include activities such an Indigenous-guided bush-foods journey, boomerang painting, weaving and jewellery making.

Packages start from $60 for a half-day tour, including performances.


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Aerial adventures at Bromley Mountain, Vermont.

Ski resorts in the north-eastern US state of Vermont have expanded their range of summer activities to complement their reputation of providing one of the world’s great winter playgrounds.

New ziplines, lodges and mountain-bike experiences have been made available, including lift-served mountain-biking at Okemo Mountain Resort.

As well, there are abundant hiking trails, golfing opportunities and adventure parks catering to thrill seekers exploring the treetops via a series of bridges and rope structures.


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 Genuinely spectacular … Explora’s Salto Chico property in Patagonia

Get reduced rates for families with children at Explora’s three South American properties.

Pay, for instance, from $3300 per adult twin-share for a four-night package at Salto Chico in Patagonia, with the first child staying free and second, third and fourth children for half price.

Includes all meals, soft and alcoholic beverages, transfers from the local airport and daily guide-led explorations in small groups.

Available at Atacama and Patagonia on Chile’s mainland and Rapa Nui (Easter Island) from September 1-20 and October 9-18, and from July 1 -30 at Atacama and Rapa Nui only.


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Le Meridian Koh Samui Resort & Spa … seaside relaxation in Thailand.

Save 45 per cent on a stay at the five-star Le Meridian Koh Samui Resort & Spa, on an island off Thailand’s east coast.

Pay from $245 per might, including all fees and taxes.

The property offers spa treatments and the opportunity to learn authentic Thai cooking.

Book by June 8 for stays until December 23.

Phone 1800 912 386 or visit

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 Deluxe camping … Paperbark Camp at Jervis Bay.

Save up to $580 this June long weekend by paying for two nights and staying for three at the deluxe Paperbark Camp at Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast.

Pay from $1030 per couple in an original safari tent ($1290 in a deluxe safari tent and $1430 in a king deluxe safari tent).

Includes three gourmet breakfasts and two fine-dining, three-course dinners, plus use of the camp’s bikes, canoes and stand-up paddleboards.

Available June 5-7.

Phone 1300 668 167 or visit

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 Motorcycling across the roof of the world.

Get a 10 per cent discount on an Extreme Bike Tours’ 14-day Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycle journey across Tibet and to the northern base of Mt Everest.

Pay from about $6200 for licensed riders and about $5300 for pillion passengers riding behind friends or crew or in support vehicles.

Includes a visit to the fabled, 4980-metre-high Rongbuk Buddhist Monastery — the highest monastery in the world.

Book by June 30 for departures in September.


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