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June 6, 2015 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

unnamed (1)Active Travel is offering discounted India packages combining seven-night cruises on the Ganges or Hooghly Rivers with six nights of accommodation at Oberoi’s luxury hotels across the country.

Prices, valid for travel until September 30, start from about $2790 per person twin-share including the cruise with Assam Bengal Navigation on its colonial-style river vessels and Oberoi room rates of less than half normal price.

The package includes all onboard meals, guided shore tours and transfers for the river cruise, while Oberoi accommodation includes breakfast, yoga classes and a 25 per cent discount on spa treatments.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit

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Cute but dangerous … spotting bears in Grizzly Bear Valley.

Travelmarvel is celebrating the launch of its new 2016 Canada and Alaska brochure, offering guests free return flights (just pay taxes from $880 per person) across a range of itineraries.

The 19-day ‘Passage Through the Rockies & Alaska Cruise’, for instance, is priced from $5995 per person twin-share, with 12 days touring the Rockies from Calgary to Victoria, via Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Blue River, Vancouver and Whistler, followed by a seven-nights Alaska Inside Passage cruise aboard Holland America Line’s Volendam.

Highlights include a river safari to Grizzly Bear Valley to spot bears, eagles and moose.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit

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Bagan … home to an extraordinary collection of Buddhist temples. 

Lonely Planet photographer Greg Elms will lead a 12-day Intrepid Travel journey through Myanmar in November.

Guests will be expertly guided as they strive to capture compelling images throughout the country — from the one-leg rowing and floating markets of the Intha people to Bagan’s extraordinary collection of Buddhist temples.

Highlights will include a trek through farmland and local ethnic minority villages near picturesque Inle Lake.

Prices start at $4795 per person twin-share, including return economy airfares from Australia to Yangon and airport transfers.


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Golden Princess … maiden South Pacific voyage in October.

Two of Princess Cruises’ vessels — Diamond Princess and Golden Princess — will make their maiden South Pacific voyages out of Sydney in October.

Rates for the 10-day return cruises start at $1099 per person twin-share and $799 per person quad-share.

Ports of call include Lifou, Noumea and Mare in New Caledonia, and Vila and Mystery Island in Vanuatu.

Phone 1300 551 853 or visit

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Greenland … stunning coastal landscapes.

Aurora Expedition’s 14-day ‘Jewels of the Arctic’ itinerary explores the stunning landscapes of coastal Greenland on board the 54-passenger Polar Pioneer, which sails between Longyearbyen and Reykjavik.

Prices start from about $8750 per person triple-share, including all meals, excursions and lectures.

Highlights include the jagged coastline of Scoresby Sund, home to the world’s biggest fjord system and the birthplace of Greenland’s dazzling icebergs. Weaving Zodiacs through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30 metres high, travellers will see sparkling mountains jewelled with deep green tunnels and aquamarine lakes.

Phone 02 9252 1033 or visit

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 Park Hyatt Sydney … celebrating 25 years in July.

Park Hyatt Sydney, right on the waterfront at The Rocks, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with 25 per cent discounts on its standard daily rates during July.

Resident executive chef Franck Detrait has also arranged a series of culinary events and packages to ensure that the celebrations are truly memorable.

Phone 02 9256 1234 or visit

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Pottery on display in Mexico’s Ajijic.

Big Yellow Suitcase is offering an eight-night package in August based in Ajijic, a quaint cobble-stoned, artistically inclined village in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains.

Prices start at $4010 per person twin-share for land content, including a day tour of Tequila, cooking class, optional photography, bird-watching and painting classes, and tours behind the walls tour of private homes and haciendas.

Phone 0409 539 941 or visit

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Milford Sound … one of New Zealand’s most spectacular locations.

Explore the scenic beauty of the Land of the Long White Cloud and Southern Australia and experience the iconic Indian Pacific train across the Outback with a new 20-night cruise-rail-stay package next February from Cruise1st.

Prices start at $4099, including a cruise via New Zealand on Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas from Sydney to Perth, returning to Sydney aboard the Indian Pacific in Gold Class.

The itinerary includes Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Melbourne, Adelaide and Esperance.

Cruise highlights include Fiordland National Park — one of New Zealand’s most famed wilderness areas with mountains, lakes, fjords and lush rainforest.

For more information call 1300 596 345 or visit

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Family friendly and tropical … Fiji’s Castaway Island.

Get all-inclusive meal packages on Fiji’s Castaway Island.

Pay from $3518 for a five-night package for two adults and two children.

Includes a complimentary sunset cruise, with champagne and canapés, for two adults.

On sale till June 30 for travel from October 20 to December 22 and January 24 to March 27.


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Centara Grand Beach Resort … five-star accommodation in Phuket.

Get good value on a Singapore Airlines Holidays’ package to Thailand’s five-star Centara Grand Beach Resort in Phuket.

Pay from $2095 per person twin-share for seven nights in an ocean-facing room, breakfasts, airport transfers and return airfares from Australian capital cities.

The property offers a wide range of leisure activities, including a water park complete with a river, waterfalls, slides and a jacuzzi pool.

Book by October 1 for travel until June 30 and from September 1 until December 23.

Phone 1300 728 998 or visit

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Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth … save up to 50 per cent on a voyage to Hong Kong.

Book through and save up to 50 per cent on a voyage from Australia to Hong Kong on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth.

Pay, for instance, from $3989 per person twin-share for a 16-night Queen Mary 2 cruise ex Brisbane, including two nights at the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel and flight back to Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.

Includes up to $1640 per cabin bonus on-board credit.

Book by July 14 for selected sailings next year,

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit

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Semara Luxury Villa Resort … cliff-top location overlooking the ocean.

Enjoy discounted rates on romantic escapes at Bali’s Semara Luxury Villa Resort.

Pay from about $1500 for a two-night stay, including daily breakfast, a three-course dinner for two, a 130-minute couples spa treatment, and VIP entry to Finns Beach Club.

The property is perched on the cliffs of Uluwatu, with Finns Beach Club set on 180 metres of secluded, white sandy beach below the resort.

Valid for stays until July 6 and from November 1 this year to March 31 next.


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