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auroraAurora Expeditions’ 2015-2016 Expedition Guide features for the first time journeys across all seven continents.

It contains, for instance, a new 15-day ‘African Cruise Safari’ to some of the most concentrated wildlife regions of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Highlights include a four-day cruise on the Chobe River on board Zambezi Queen, with game viewing from special excursion crafts, as well as nights in traditional safari lodges and game drives through Chobe and Hwange National Parks.

Prices start at $7990 per person twin-share.

Phone 02 9252 1033 or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au.

backroads

Lose yourself on Germany’s Romantic Road with Back-Roads Touring’s 11-day journey from Frankfurt to Vienna.

The itinerary includes the idyllic, terraced vineyards of the Wachau valley, tours through some of Europe’s most beautiful castles, and the architectural dream of Rothenberg, with its twisting cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses.

You will also discover sweeping views of the Wipptal Valley at Munich and be enchanted by Mondsee, one of the prettiest towns in Austria.

Prices start at $4745.25 per person twin-share, including a 5 per cent earlybird saving if booked by December 14 for departures April-October next year.

Phone 1300 100 410 or visit backroadstouring.com.

bikes

Get two free nights at India’s Taj Lake Palace and free return flights from Delhi to Udaipur when you book with Extreme Bike Tours on four Himalayan motorcycle tours that will take licensed riders and pillion passengers along some of the world’s highest roads.

The offer is available until December 1 on 15-day ‘Mighty Himalayas’ tours departing Delhi on June 20, July 7 and 24 and August 10 next year.

A stay in the lavish Taj Lake Palace will provide riders and pillions a luxurious ending to an adventure which will see them spend nights amongst the world’s loftiest peaks in tents, rustic guesthouses and hotels along the road.

The 1300-kilometre journey will be undertaken on classic Enfield Bullet 500 motorbikes and is priced from US$4750 per rider or US$3950 for pillion passengers sitting behind crew or in the support vehicle.

Visit www.extremebiketours.com.

egypt

Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent is confident enough in the Egyptian situation to resume tours to the country.

To kick off its return, A&K has launched an eight-day ‘Glimpse of Egypt’ journey, with attractions including highlights of Cairo and a four-night Nile cruise aboard Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, taking in the ancient temples, tombs and riverside life between Luxor and Aswan.

Travel before December 31 and pay $3830 per person twin-share, saving $1660 per couple.

Phone 1300 590 317 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au.

parklands

Latest luxury accommodation offering in the Blue Mountains is the totally refurbished and historic Parklands Country Gardens & Lodge at Blackheath.

Set on a 28-acre heritage property adjoining the Greater Blue Mountains World, Parklands is reminiscent of a grand European estate and sits on 28 acres of manicured grounds overlooking lush gardens lined with old pines, cypresses and Japanese maples planted more than 100 years ago.

Opening rates start from $269 per room midweek and $399 on weekends. Book two nights or more and get a 20 per cent discount.

Phone 02 4787 7211 or visit www.parklands.com.au.

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Peter Sommer Travels’ 2015 program including its first dedicated adventure amid the ruins and palaces of Rome.

Archaeologists Paul Beston and Dr Michael Metcalfe will lead the eight-day encounter with the Eternal City, taking travellers on a journey from Rome’s humble beginnings as a small settlement on the River Tiber through its rise to an imperial power controlling the entire Mediterranean.

Highlights include the Roman Forum, the port of Ostia and Hadrian’s Palace at Tivoli.

Prices start at approximately $5330 per person twin-share.

Visit www.petersommer.com.

sail

Cruise Express is offering the chance next August to join the world’s largest nautical event, the once-every-five-years Sail Amsterdam, on board one of the world’s biggest sailing ships, the 162-metre Wind Surf.

Its 16-night package is priced from $7999 per person twin-share, including return flights from Australia to Oslo, three nights accommodation in the Norwegian capital, an eight-night voyage aboard the 310-passenger Wind Surf from Oslo to Dover, and three nights in London.

Ports of call include Kristiansand in southern Norway, Amsterdam, and the Belgian ports of Vlissingen and Zeebrugge.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

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Wendy Wu Tours has expanded its product range in Indochina to include a fully inclusive tour that focuses on Laos and Cambodia.

The 16-day ‘Laos & Cambodia Unveiled’ itinerary next year will encompass in-depth aspects in areas not found in a traditional mainstream group tours to this region.

It is priced from $5160 per person twin-share, including return airfares, with highlights such as the vibrant Laotian capital of Vientiane, Vang Vieng, UNESCO world-heritage-listed Luang Prabang, Siem Reap and the famous temples of Angkor, Battambang, Kampong Chnang, Udong and Phnom Penh.

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

Sheikh Zayed Mosque in United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi

Fly to Europe and take a break in Abu Dhabi with Creative Holidays and Virgin Australia.

Pay, for instance, from $1895 per person twin-share ex Sydney or Perth, including return flights to Europe and three nights at Abu Dhabi’s Centro Yas Island Rotana.

Includes breakfast daily and a city tour.

Book by October 31 for travel February 1 to March 25.

Phone 1300 301 711 or visit www.creativeholidays.com.

adina

Get an early taste of the warmer weather with a ‘Spring into Summer’ deal at Melbourne’s Adina Apartment Hotel South Yarra.

Pay from $145 per night for a one-bedroom apartment.

Includes a complimentary bottle of wine, free parking and late check-out.

Book and stay before November 30.

Phone 13 8642 or visit www.tfehotels.com.

seahaven

Celebrate a special anniversary or enjoy a second honeymoon at the 4.5-star Seahaven Noosa, one of the Sunshine Coast’s premier beachfront resorts.

Pay from $1599 for three nights in a one-bedroom rooftop penthouse, including a hamper with wine, cheese and chocolates, and noon checkout.

Features direct beach access to Laguna Bay.

Phone 07 5447 3422 or visit www.seahavennoosa.com.au.

sofitel

Celebrate Sofitel’s 50th anniversary worldwide with a champagne-and-oysters package at Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach.

Pay from $650 per couple per night, including accommodation in a Luxury Ocean Spa room, valet parking, breakfast and a champagne-and-oysters dinner in Sofitel’s restaurant, Room 81.

Features lobby exhibition of Iconic Paris, evocative images of Paris by Jon Rendell.

On sale until October 31 for stays until November 9.

Phone 1800 074 465 or visit www.sofitel.com.

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