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wuWendy Wu Tours has added a fully inclusive 14-day Cultural Northern Discovery itinerary to its Sri Lankan portfolio.

It explores a variety of beaches, unique wildlife, stunning waterfalls, World Heritage sites, national parks and jungles as well as the unique city of Jaffna in the country’s relatively undiscovered north.

Priced from $4690 per person twin-share, the package includes return international economy airfares with Singapore Airlines, accommodation, all meals, local transportation in Sri Lanka, daily tours and entrance fees.

Phone 1300 727 998 or visit www.wendywutours.com.au.  capriole

The opening of Capriole Estate has expanded the range of upmarket accommodation in Noosa’s hinterland, providing a farm-stay experience with luxurious touches such as movie projector screen, wireless internet, granite bench tops, resort-style pool, crystal chandeliers and designer décor.

The estate features four standalone properties – The Loft, Country Barn, Main Homestead and Templeton Farmhouse – all of which boast expansive views overlooking the Eerwah Vale Lake and Mount Eerwah.

Located five minutes from the township of Eumundi, and 20 minutes from Noosa Heads, Capriole Estate offers a range of accommodation options suitable for family holidays, romantic getaways and large corporate retreats.

cubaRates start at $400 per night. Visit www.caprioleestate.com.

Explore Cuba’s historic cities and colonial towns, learn about the revolution and its legacy and soak up Afro-Cuban culture and music on Cox & Kings’ 12-day small-group A Journey through Cuba.

Highlights include a walking tour of Havana’s old town including the Revolution Museum, a full-day visit to the Viñales Valley — a tobacco-growing area with beautiful limestone formations — and Che Guevara Museum in historic Santa Clara, where the revolutionary attack led to the surrender of the dictatorship.

Prices start at $2076 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 836 764 or visit www.coxandkings.com.au.  lau_Fulaga

Captain Cook Cruises’ MV Reef Endeavour has just completed the its first visit to Fiji’s remote and rarely visited Lauan group of islands, and another 11-night visit has been scheduled for next April.

Cruise highlights include Vanuabalavu, where passengers swim in and around three limestone caves inside the Bay of Islands. Passengers also join a polotu (Choral Church Service) and swim, snorkel and dive in the beautiful waters off Fulaga.

Fares start at $3430 per adult twin-share, children 5-17 years sharing with adults are from $730 per child and children under four years are from $1200 which includes a nanny service.

Visit www.captaincook.com.fj.

Explore Russia’s remote Siberian region on Gateway Travel’s 13-night Lena River adventure on board MS Mikhail Svetlov, sailing Yakutsk-Tiksi-Yakutsk.

Prices start at $4985 per person twin-share, including meals, sightseeing programs welcome cocktail reception and lectures.port

Phone (02) 9745 3333 or visit www.russian-gateway.com.au.

Let local heritage guru Mitch McKay guide you on a walking tour that uncovers some of Port Macquarie’s rich and fascinating stories.

Choose from the Uncovering Our Past history-and-archaeology tour ($29) and the Grave Tales cemetery tour ($19) with intriguing human stories of soldiers, convicts and settlers.

Must-visits include St Thomas’ Church, Roto House, Camden Head Pilot Station, Lake Innes Ruins, Mid North Coast Maritime Museum, Tacking Point Lighthouse, Thorne River Bridge, Port Macquarie Historic Cemetery, Laurieton School of Arts and Kindee Suspension Bridge.

Visit www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au.

Ports visited on Worldwide Cruise Centre’s 49-day A World of Wow Moments are as diverse as the remote Shetland Isles, bustling downtown New York City, St Petersburg and laid-back St Thomas in the Caribbean.wow

Prices start at $8999 per person twin-share, including round-trip flights.

The holiday begins with stays in Dubai and Copenhagen and continues with a 37-night Baltic/Iceland and trans-Atlantic cruise aboard Norwegian Star.

The holiday finishes with three nights in central New York and two nights in Hawaii.

balticsDeparture from Australia is September 8. Visit worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.

Get $400 worth of travel credits per couple on Beyond Travel’s 19-day Moscow to Vienna package.

Pay from $4450 per person twin-share ex Moscow.

Tours of Moscow’s Kremlin, the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the medieval Baltic capitals of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, Auschwitz-Birkenau in Krakow, Prague’s Old Town and Vienna’s Belvedere Palace.

Book by December 20 for departures from April to October.

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

Save 10 per cent on Contiki 2014 Europe tours.

Pay, for instance, from $1430 per person twin-share for the nine-day ex London round-trip European Magic itinerary, which travels to Amsterdam, the Rhine Valley, Munich, Venice, Lucerne and Paris.

Tour highlights include guided Munich bike tour, private boat through the canals and islands of Venice, and Paris-by-night tour.kimberley

Book by January 15 for travel between next April and March 2015.

Phone 1300 266 845 or visit www.contiki.com.

Save up to $800 per couple on selected Travelmarvel West Australian tours next year by flying free one way to Perth or Darwin.

Pay, for instance, from $6995 per person twin-share for the 18-day Last Frontier, which travels the West Australian coast between Darwin and Perth.

Luxury air-conditioned coach travel, 17 nights accommodation in superior hotels and resorts, 33 meals, all sightseeing, entrance fees, airport transfers and tipping.

Book by February 28.

Phone 1300 300 036 or visit www.travelmarvel.com.au.

Value Sydney Festival 2014 packages with Metro Hotels.

Pay from $149 per room per night at Aspire Hotel Sydney in Ultimo, from $155 in Metro Hotel Sydney Central, from $150 in Metro Hotel on Pitt, and from $220 in Metro Apartments Darling Harbour.

Most deals include free internet and special treats such as complimentary cocktails, breakfasts and late checkout.

January 8-31.

Phone 1800 004 321 or visit www.metrohotels.com.au.

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