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Bench’s Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft ... a very personal way to tour AfricaAfrican safari specialist Bench International is marking its 45th anniversary this year with a one-off private tour from Kilimanjaro to the Victoria Falls on the company’s personal Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft.

The 16-day ‘Ultimate Air Safari’ will be limited to eight passengers and begins in Tanzania on June 6.

Guests will view some of the most exciting wildlife populations and local cultures throughout Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Botswana while staying at some of the most elegant lodges, hotels and safari camps the region has to offer.

Highlights will include a chimp trek at Greystoke in the Mahale Mountains, a canoe ride at Chongwe River Camp, sailing on Lake Malawi, a private guided tour of Victoria Falls and an African sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

Prices start at $22,695 per person twin-share. Phone 1300AFRICA or visit www.benchinternational.com.auPoolside indulgence ... private cabanas at Perth’s Crown Metropol

Buy a slice of shaded poolside indulgence in a private cabana at Perth’s Crown Metropol this summer.

The $499 deal gets overnight accommodation plus full-day use of cabana with sheltered oversized couch, sun lounges, high-definition plasma TV, robes, slippers, fresh fruit and bottled
 water.

Up the ante to $595 and you’ll also get extras such as chilled Moet and Evian face mist.

crystalValid to March 30. Visit www.crownhotels.com.au.

Here’s a chance to spend next New Year’s Eve watching the spectacular musical pyrotechnics display in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.

Crystal Symphony will have a prime spot for two nights at Ocean Terminal in Kowloon as part of a 15-day round-trip voyage that leaves Bangkok on December 21.

All-inclusive fares are from $US7880 per person twin-share.

Christmas and Hanukkah will also be celebrated with traditional feasts, parties, holiday shows and religious services.

Visit www.crystalcruises.comextreme_thar

Extreme Bike Tours’ is offering adventure seekers a 14-day Rajasthan itinerary that combines 1530 kilometres of travel next November on classic Indian Royal Enfield 500cc motorbikes with accommodation in some of India’s most luxurious palace hotels.

It takes in iconic sights such as the Taj Mahal, Udaipur and the many ancient forts, ornate temples, lavish palaces and bustling bazaars that dot the region. Riders will also open throttle across the vast Thar Desert with its camel caravans and nomads.

They will also join a ‘safari vehicle tour through Ranthambore National Park to find Bengal tigers, elephants and crocodiles.

Prices are from US$4950 for licensed riders (US$3850 for pillion passengers) ex Delhi, including all accommodation, meals, fuel and transfers.

ferrari_yarraVisit www.extremebiketours.com.

From classic motorbikes to classic cars. Prancing Horse offers the chance to tour some of Australia’s most picturesque routes — the Kiama hinterland south of Sydney, the Barossa Valley wine region and the Yarra Valley — driving classic rosso-corsa (Italian racing red) Ferraris.

The Yarra Valley experience is priced from $2490 per couple, including use of a Ferrari 458 Italia, California or F430 Spider for a 140-kilometre return drive from Balgownie Estate, accommodation at the estate’s vineyard resort, three-course dinner and full breakfast, private driving instruction and VIP wine tasting at conclusion of the drive.

Phone 1300 30 70 50 or visit www.prancinghorse.com.au.

Get a taste of the Fraser Coast on board Whalesong Cruise’s day-long Fraser Beach and Barbeque Cruise.fraser

Stretch your sea legs on the world’s largest sand island while the crew fires up the onboard BBQ for an Aussie lunch stacked with steak, snags, fresh Hervey Bay prawns, garden salads and freshly baked bread.

Pay $80 for adults, $40 for children and $220 for families.

Phone 1800 689 610 or visit www.whalesong.com.au.

Henrietta Rocks ... a highlight of Rottnest’s picturesque coastlineSegway Tours WA is now operating on Rottnest Island, taking visitors to some of the island’s previously hard-to-reach corners.

The one-hour Kingstown Explorer (from $89) shows the sights around Kingstown, including the barracks and picturesque vistas of the coast, while the 90-minute Fortress Adventure (from $129) delves into Rottnest’s military heritage, and its role during World War II, while taking in the pristine coastline and natural environment.

Phone 1300 80 81 80 or visit segwaytourswa.com.au. The UNESCO World Heritage city of Ragusa in Sicily

Renowned archaeologist Professor Dr Michael Metcalfe will lead Peter Sommer Travels’ new  13-day small-group ‘Exploring Sicily’ itinerary in April.

From the heights of Erice, home to the goddess Venus, visitors will see the majestic sweep of the coast before travelling east to the vine-clad slopes of Mount Etna.

Prices are from approximately $6030 per person twin-share ex Catania, including most meals and all entrance fees.

britrailVisit www.petersommer.com.

Get last-minute 20 per cent discounts with Melbourne-based International Rail on a range of Britrail Passes.

Pay, for instance, from $251 per person for a three-day pass valid for travel for two months to any destination in England, Scotland and Wales.

Special prices for children under 15 and a deal for families which allows one child to travel free with parents.

Book by February 14 for travel commencing before February 28.

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

Pay from $33 per day for Peugeot leasing in Europe through Sydney-based globalCARS.

Deal includes bonuses of up to nine free days on several models on leases of 21 days or more.

Lease prices include unlimited kilometres, zero insurance excess and roadside assistance across most of Europe.

Book by February 28.

seahavenPhone 1300 789 292 or visit www.globalcars.com.au.

The Sunshine Coast’s newly refurbished Seahaven Noosa is offering re-opening specials.

Pay from $175 per night for a minimum two-night booking in a studio room.

Absolute beachfront property on Hasting Street; 2pm checkout.

Valid for sale and travel until March 30.

Phone 1800 072 013 or visit www.seahavenresort.com.au.turkey

Discover Turkey — including Istanbul, Gallipoli and the ancient sites of Ephesus and Troy — with Explore Worldwide for less than $100 per day.

Pay from $750 per person twin-share ex Istanbul for the company’s eight-day ‘Best of Turkey Highlights’.

Features include visiting Dalyan, where you’ll explore the ancient site of Caunos, enjoy a therapeutic mud bath and have the opportunity to relax on the golden sands of Iztuzu Beach.

Book and travel by October 4.

Phone 1300 439 756 or visit www.exploreworldwide.com.au.

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