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4504e7d8-d30f-4a7e-bc33-b520fa594777Fly business class to Europe for from $2495 per person when you book a 2017 APT Europe holiday incorporating its 17-day ‘Magnificent Europe’ river cruise.

The offer is available ex Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, using Singapore Airlines or Qatar flights between late October to early December ($2995 per person at some other times).

Prices for the 15-day cruise component start at $6395 per person twin-share, with an itinerary including Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

Highlights include a journey aboard the luxurious Majestic Imperator train, a private visit to Namedy Castle, including a cocktail reception and lavish royal banquet, and a private musical soiree at Vienna’s newly refurbished City Palace.

Also included are all meals aboard the cruise, complimentary beverages throughout, all sightseeing and entertainment, and transfers, port charges and tipping.

This special business-class flight deal is available for booking until 31 March this year.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit


MV Grande Mariner in the Oswego Canal.

Specialist garden-travel operator Botanica World Discoveries is offering savings of $250 per person on twin-share bookings and $500 for solo travellers on its 15-day ‘USA and Canada in Fall’ cruise if they book before April 15.

The itinerary departs 26 September 2016 and is priced from $11,995 per person twin-share ex New York.

Highlights include touring New York before cruising aboard the MV Grande Mariner to Montreal via the Erie Canal, the Oswega Canal, Lake Ontario, the Saguenay River and St Lawrence River.

Sightseeing includes: Springwood, Franklin Roosevelt’s former home; an exploration of The Mount, Edith Wharton’s garden and home; a tour of Boldt Castle and gardens; and a visit to the private gardens of La Seigneurie de L’ile d’Orleans and Les Jardins de Metis.

Included in the price of this cruise are all meals, house beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, a dedicated cruise director, botanical guide, all accommodation, sightseeing, transfers on the first and last day, and all tipping and porterage.

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 Part of Hyatt’s new Unbound Collection … The Driskill Hotel in Austin.

Hyatt’s new Unbound Collection consists of a portfolio of “upper-upscale and luxury properties” including historic urban gems, contemporary trend-setters and boutique hotels and resorts that all have their own individual brand identities.

At launch the Unbound Collection includes properties such The Driskill Hotel in Austin, the Hôtel du Louvre in Paris, the Carmelo Resort & Spa in Carmelo, Uruguay, and the Coco Palms Resort in Kauai, Hawaii.

The properties are brought together through a fascinating past, an exclusive location, famous architecture and design, or an award-winning dining experience.


 … the world’s very first designated National Park.

Intrepid Travel is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Park Service this year with a new collection of trips that will take travellers deep into the spectacular American wilderness.

The four one-off trips range from cycling through southern Utah, kayaking in Yellowstone, sailing off the coast of Florida and hiking beneath California’s ancient sequoia trees.

Hiking and kayaking Yellowstone
, the world’s very first designated National Park, is priced from $2995 per person.

After checking out the highlights here, visitors will head to nearby Grand Teton National Park to explore Jackson Lake by kayak and float down the Snake River while eagles fly high above.



 Explore the Larapinta Trail on daily walking excursions.

Park Trek Walking Holidays has a new central Australian trip staying in the four-star Double Tree by Hilton each night and walking each day on parts of the Larapinta Trail to explore the West MacDonnell Ranges.

The four-day tour includes two-course dinners each night at the Hilton, all lunches and breakfasts, plus fresh fruit and pre-dinner nibbles. Guests walk with a day pack only and come back to the comfortable surrounds of the hotel and pool each afternoon. You don’t need to be superfit, just reasonably active, love the great outdoors and enjoy nature.

Highlights include Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap, the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Alice Springs Desert Park and the Araluen Arts Centre.

Prices are from $1750 per person.



 Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments … central to the design is a recreation and dining terrace.

Among Brisbane’s latest tourist accommodation is Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments — a Fortitude Valley boutique apartment hotel bearing the hallmark style of the Australian fashion icon Alex Perry.

Perry’s trademark style is visible in everything from the custom-blend luxe toiletries to the arm chairs, bed linen, artworks, tapware and the sleek cabinetry.

The 140 apartments also feature Neff appliances, stone benchtops, GHD styling tools and state-of-the-art bathrooms.

Central to the design is a recreation and dining terrace on the 12th floor rooftop featuring a lap pool, barbecue pavilion and sweeping 280-degree views of the CBD, Story Bridge, Toohey Mountain and Fortitude Valley.



 Admiring the view at Thredbo. Image:

Thredbo Resort and NZSki’s resorts of Coronet Peak and The Remarkables in Queenstown, plus Mt Hutt out of Christchurch, are now connected by one inclusive lift pass, as NZSki becomes the newest member of The Mountain Collective.

The Mountain Collective is a collaboration between some the world’s best independent ski destinations in Canada, USA, Europe, Japan, South America, Australia and now New Zealand.

The pass will allow skiers and boarders to receive two days at Thredbo and two days at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables or Mt Hutt, plus two days skiing at every other Mountain Collective destination around the globe from $529.



Find the elusive tarsier monkey in Sulawesi.

Khiri Travel has introduced five new tours in Indonesia — an exploration of Komodo archipelago of Flores on a traditional two-master Indonesian sailing ship; searching for the elusive tarsier monkey of Tangkoko in Sulawesi; sailing to the southern Gilis islands off Lombok; taking a day hike for a good cause in Bali; and a walking discovery of the old quarter of Surabaya in East Java.

Sulawesi, for instance, is one of the most diverse destinations in Indonesia and includes the coastal rain forest of Tangkoko, where the elusive and tiny tarsier monkey, with its huge timid eyes, lives.


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