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Travellers’ Good Buys For Week Beginning July 10  By JOHN ROZENTALS

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Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa has opened Koro, a new adults-only zone.

Fijian for ‘village’, Koro was designed as an oasis for adults to escape and unwind in a private area within the resort, and features a range of leisure facilities including two beachfront pools, a pool bar, all-day dining and live entertainment every night.

Koro’s restaurant offers breakfast and all-day dining options where guests can enjoy a shared-plate-inspired menu while the bar serves up innovative cocktails, an extensive wine and champagne selection, as well as international and local beers.

Visit www.hiltonfijibeachresort.com.

 A rare opportunity … Madagascar on two wheels.

One of the world’s most exotic and mysterious islands, Madagascar, will play host to a new guided motorbike tour in 2018, with Extreme Bike Tours unveiling the 15-day adventure as one of eight tours it will offer around the world next year.

The company is offering a 10 per cent early-bird discount on all eight tours for bookings made by August 15.

The all-inclusive, 2000-kilometre motorcycle expedition across Madagascar — the world’s fourth largest island — will cater for growing numbers of two-wheeled travellers keen to explore new horizons.

Madagascar is a spectacular island country boasting huge volcanoes, mountains, canyons and waterfalls, dense jungle and the island’s famous mascot, ring-tailed lemurs.

Extreme Bike Tours’ first tour across the island will take riders through a landscape of lush valleys, rice paddies, coffee and vanilla plantations, sleepy, seaside hamlets and traditional hill-top villages where hand-pulled rickshaws are still used.

With the discount, the fully supported Madagascar tour costs about $6150 for riders and about $5100 for pillion passengers, including hotel and cabin accommodation along the route, all meals on the tour, fuel and motorbike hire, an internal flight in Madagascar and local transfers.

Visit www.extremebiketours.com.

 

Mount Fuji … a definite Japanese highlight.

Scenic has added the 25-day ‘North Asian Odyssey’, a combined China and Japan tour, to its schedule of itineraries.

New Scenic Freechoice activities include an Izakaya Nightlife tour in Tokyo, where guests will eat like a local, feasting on traditional cuisine and touring secret after-dark bars, and visits to Osaka, Kanazawa, Five Lakes and Chengdu.

The 25-day tour is priced from $23,790 per person twin-share, with a special fly-free offer (including taxes).

Early booking discounts apply until October 31.

Phone 138 128 or visit scenic.com.au.

 Viking … providing the rare opportunity to explore the far north in Norway’s winter.

Viking Cruises has announced a new 13-day itinerary that provides a rare opportunity to explore the far north in Norway’s winter, during a peak period for aurora borealis sightings.

Sailing between London and Bergen, the 2019 ‘In Search of the Northern Lights’ itinerary will establish Viking as one of the few cruise lines to offer a full-length itinerary inside the Arctic Circle in the winter season.

Sailing on Viking Sky, guests will experience Norway’s pristine beauty and dramatic snow-dusted wilderness, with a chance each day to stargaze and scan the dark skies for the northern lights.

Highlights include a visit to the northern lights in Alta during the height of the viewing season, a trip to Sami Community of Maze for an authentic lunch experience, a visit to the Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø, and a gondola ride to the ascent of Mt Ulriken, the highest of Bergen’s famous Seven Mountains.

Prices are from $7995 per person and guests receive a $2000-per-couple air credit when booking before September 30.

Phone 138 747 or visit www.vikingcruises.com.au.

 A real cold-weather treat … Christmas markets in Germany. Image: Steffen Oliver Riese.

Experience a true winter festive season on Europe Holidays’ 13-night ‘Christmas Markets’ itinerary which takes in visits to Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Heidelberg, Trier, Cochem, Cologne and Rüdesheim.

One of the most popular aspects of German Christmas celebrations are the markets, most notably in Frankfurt and Nuremburg.

The Nuremburg markets are particularly known for their delectable treats, including famous gingerbread and sausages. There’s also the sight of passing stagecoaches, with horses and coachmen playing Christmas songs on their trumpets.

The tour is priced from $4595 per person twin-share, including travel in a first-class air-conditioned coach, four-star accommodation, breakfast daily, six standard dinners, a ‘knight’s meal’ at Cochem Castle, Christmas lunch and dinner, and entrance fees to Heidelberg and Eltz castles.

Visit www.europeholidays.com.au.

Aloft Perth … brand-new, modern and buzzy.

Experience the buzz of the brand-new Aloft Perth, which is offering the perfect excuse for sleep-ins and cocktails by the fireplace with its $149 winter staycation package.

The offer includes a one-night stay for two, plus a signature cocktail and breakfast for each guest, and a noon check-out.

The offer is valid to August 31.

Phone 1800 194 680 or visit www.aloftperth.com.

 Exhilarating prospects … whale-watching with Captain Cook Cruises.

Captain Cook Cruises have partnered with Taronga Zoo to offer an enticing Sydney wildlife package for animal lovers — a Taronga Zoo and whale-watching-cruise combo deal that will operate daily until November 1.

Catch a rocket ferry from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour to Taronga Zoo, then take the Sky Safari cable-car to the top of the park before spending the morning visiting the zoo’s 4000 animals, including the new Asian elephant male calf.

Then spend the afternoon on the Captain Cook whale-watching cruise, heading through the Heads and into open water where a guide will provide expert commentary on a variety of marine life including humpbacks, southern rights, orcas and minke whales, seals, albatross and fairy penguins. Dolphins nearly always accompany the cruise, with some pods numbering up to 100 individuals.

Captain Cook Cruises offers every passenger a whale guarantee— if a whale is not spotted, passengers can cruise again for free.

The combo deals are priced at $99 per adult and $55 per child.

Phone 02 9206 1111 or visit www.captaincook.com.au.

 Metro Apartments on Bank Place … from $135 per night in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

Metro Apartments on Bank Place, in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, is offering a family package priced from $135 per night, with a free upgrade to a self-contained one bedroom apartment with free wi-fi.

A one-bedroom apartment can accommodate three guests in total, with a queen bed for two adults and a sofa bed suitable for a child.

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

Freycinet Lodge … a pivotal location for the Great Eastern Wine Weekend.

The third annual Great Eastern Wine Weekend will be held from 8-10 September 2017, showcasing the best food and wines of Tasmania’s East Coast.

The event offers an opportunity to explore Tasmania’s East Coast wine region through a variety of special events — such as the Great Eastern Wine and Dine Dinner — with vineyards, cellar doors and tourism operators opening their doors across the weekend.

A number of events will be held at renowned Freycinet Lodge, which also has several accommodation packages available, with discounts for auto-club members.

Visit www.freycinetlodge.com.au.

 The Spirit of Tasmania … a relaxing start to your Tasmanian adventure.

And talking of Tasmania, set sail on your next adventure with Spirit of Tasmania’s package for two.

Prices start at $339 each way on selected night sailings, including passenger fares for two, accommodation in a twin-bed cabin and transport of a standard car.

It’s great fun and really should be seen as part of your holiday.

The deal can be purchased until July 22 and is valid for travel until mid-December.

2017 unless sold out prior.

Visit www.spiritoftasmania.com.au.

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