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akCelebrate all the Christmas excitement of Sydney and be completely spoilt on board the luxurious adventure cruise ship True North.

Kick off with a gourmet Christmas dinner harbour cruise, before waking on Boxing Day to watch the start of the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, for which True North has a box seat.

Other highlights include cruising Pittwater, seeing the Hunter Valley by helicopter, Jerusalem Bay or the Blue Mountains.

Abercrombie & Kent’s four-day Sydney Rocks package is priced from $3995 per person twin-share. There’s also an option to stay on while the ship parks bridge-side for the Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

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

YTL Hotels’ remote, 31-room Spa Village Resort Tembok in Bali has launched a new School of Life program in response to the increasing quest by travellers for respite and long-term, sustainable life practices from holistic wellness holidays.

Each School of Life experience is tailor-made to the individual and begins before arrival with a personal questionnaire to assist facilitators to craft a bespoke itinerary.

Daily experiences include movement and awareness practices, wellness workshops, spa treatments, creativity classes and cooking classes.

Prices begin at $381 per room per night for a five-day retreat based on double occupancy, including an integrated daily schedule of meals, activities and beyondspa.

Visit www.spavillageresort.com/tembokbali.

Beyond Travel is offering up to $500 per couple worth of travel credits on a wide range of 2014 escorted tours in Croatia, Russia and Eastern Europe for bookings made by December 20.

The credits can be used to pay for any additional Beyond Travel service added to a basic itinerary — additional hotel accommodation, sightseeing tours, flights, cruises, transfers, etc.

An 18-day land-and-sea journey through Croatia and Slovenia, for instance, is proved from $5495 per person twin-share, including a six-day chartered cruise around the Dalmatian islands, extensive sightseeing and entrance fees, most meals, a wine tasting at a local winery, excursions to the spectacular Julian Alps and a private boat ride on Lake Bled in Slovenia.

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

Ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn has celebrated the release its 2014-15 Cruise Collection, with savings of up to 50 per cent on a wide range of itineraries, including one of its most popular cruises among Australians — a 10-day voyage through the Mediterranean from Monte Carlo to Barcelona priced from $5699 per person twin-share.

Six small ships will take guests to destinations as diverse as the Amazon, Antarctica, the African coastline and the Philippines archipelago.

Visit www.seabourn.com.

tempo_koblenzTempo Holidays is offering a two-for-one special on some departures next year of its seven-night Classical Rhine cruise along the Rhine on board the five-star MS Amadeus Princess.

Book by November 15 and pay from $2033 per couple, including meals and complimentary wines with dinner, a comprehensive sightseeing program which includes walking tours, a canal cruise in Amsterdam and wine tasting in Cochem.

Beginning in Amsterdam, the cruise visits charming cities and villages including Cologne, Cochem, Koblenz, Mannheim, Speyer and Strasburg before finishing in Basel.

The Amadeus Princess features cabins which are outside facing, offering splendid views of the passing scenery, as well as a sun deck, pool, bars and restaurants and fitness centre.

Phone 1300 558 987 or visit www.tempoholidays.comtopdeck_bulls

Youth-oriented Topdeck’s new Festivals & Events program features more than 40 itineraries covering some of Europe’s most amazing and eccentric celebrations, such as the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, and the Haro Wine Festival, in Spain’s Rioja region. Rather than dodging bulls, partipants are doused in as much red wine as possible.

The program also includes much better known and, in some cases, also more somber celebrations such as Oktoberfest and marking Anzac Day in Gallipoli.

trafalgarPhone 1300 886 332 or visit www.topdeck.travel.

Trafalgar is offering early-payment savings of 10 per cent (up to $848 per person) on its 2014 Europe and Britain program — plus special return airfare deals with Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines from $1359.

The early-payment offer is valid for bookings made before January 15, the special airfare deals for bookings made before November 18 (Etihad and Virgin) and November 15 (Singapore Airlines). The latter also includes a free one-night Singapore stopover.

The program includes 104 guided holidays and more than 300 exclusive insider experiences that will have travellers experiencing life as a local.

Visit www.trafalgar.comwoodford

The 28th Woodford Folk Festival, will be held in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, just one hour’s drive north of Brisbane, From December 27 to January 1.

It will feature more than 500 acts in 28 venues … with 1235 shows spanning Celtic dance rock, cabaret pop, salacious debates, reggae soul to make you dance up a fight, blistering indie folk chart toppers, not to mention giraffes on stilts, a nourishing collection of intellects, circus and vaudeville flare and an organ salesman.

Performers will include Beth Orton, Clare Bowditch, Tim Finn and Blue King Brown, while the intellectual component will come from the likes of Bob accorHawke, Professor Ian Lowe, Dr Stuart Glastonbury and Denise Scott.

Visit www.woodfordfolkfestival.com for details and ticketing options.

Save over summer at more than 200 Accor hotels around Australia.

Book two nights and get a 30 per cent discount.

Valid at Pullman, MGallery, Quay West, The Sebel, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, Ibis Styles and Sofitel Sydney Wentworth hotels.

Book by February 3 for stays from December 1 to February 7.

Phone 1300 6586 585 or visit www.accorhotels.comavalon

Get earlybird savings of up to $1000 per couple on Avalon Waterways’ 2014 European river cruises.

Pay for instance from $1401 per person twin-share for the eight-day A Taste of the Danube between Budapest and Vienna.

There are 18 different itineraries and almost 50 departures to choose from between March and December.

Book by November 19.

citadinesPhone 1300 230 234 or visit www.avalonwaterways.com.au.

Discounted rates this summer at Citadines on Bourke, an apartment hotel in the heart of Melbourne.

Pay from $159 per night for a studio deluxe apartment.

Room service, indoor heated swimming pool, gym, sauna, outdoor sundeck, bar, restaurant and complimentary internet access.

Valid December 1 to January 31.

Phone 1800 766 377 or visit www.citadines.com.au.

Save 20 per cent on the German Promotional Rail Pass.german_rail

Pay from $236 per person twin-share for travel between numerous cities such as Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt over seven to 10 days of travel.

Holders can receive bonuses such as a free city card in Wuerzburg or Regensburg, or following the night-watchman through romantic Rothenburg, or getting a discount on entry to the Neuschwanstein fairytale castle.

Purchase by December 5 for travel until January 31.

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

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