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Issue 40: Friday, 14 June 2019

Explore Federer’s Wimbledon

Always dreamed of watching Roger Federer at Wimbledon? The championships will be held this year from July 1-14. You might not see the great man in the flesh – but you can go behind the scenes with a visit to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and a 90-minute tour of the grounds. More details here

What is a truffle kerfuffle?

To find out you have to head to Australia’s truffle country in WA’s southern forests, about a 3.5 hour drive from Perth. During the celebrations at Fonty’s Pool in Manjimup from June 21-23, join hunters – including some very excited pups – to search out prized black truffles. Visit the Marketplace for a taste of the region, get your truffle fix at special dining events or simply soak up the laid back atmosphere. More details here

Canada’s Rockies from $6999

Canada is one of the great destinations in the world – and fortunately is still uncrowded. One of the best deals I have seen for a while comes from Webjet Exclusives – 18 days from $6999 pp twin share. Included are flights, eight nights’ accommodation, two days aboard the famed Rocky Mountaineer and a seven night inside passage cruise. Details here

Stay on if you like

If you are interested in staying on in Canada, helloworld has a series of shorter holidays exploring Alberta including city stays to Calgary and Alberta. A four day Calgary city stay costs from $299pp twin share or there is a seven day Calgary and Banff holiday from $1265. Another idea is to take the Canadian overnight train from Vancouver to Jaspers. Cost is from $239. The offers end on June 20. More details, tours here

Very remote Arctic special

iExpedition has a two for the price of one deal on an adventure of a lifetime to one of the wildest and most remote corners of the Arctic, Franz Josef Land. Starting in Longyearbyen in the Norwegian territory of Svalbard, you will join the luxury expedition vessel MV Sea Spirit and cross the icy, wildlife-rich Barents Sea to the Russian High Arctic. Departure dates are July 19 and August 1. Detailshere

Qantas special to the UK

The Qantas UK Fly Away Sale is on until June 17 to London, Edinburgh and Birmingham. Travel in economy or treat yourself to a little more luxury in a premium cabin. Qantas offers excellent menus and inflight entertainment. Fares from Adelaide for instance start at $1348 to London in economy, $4026 in premium and $6850 in business. More details here

Holy Land at Christmas

Christmas is a special time in Israel – and MSC cruises is making it easy for you to join the celebrations with a new 11 night Mediterranean/Holy land itinerary that includes Athens, Limassol, Crete and Rome. Guests spend an overnight in Haifa. Prices aboard MSC Opera start from AU$999pp. Departure dates are : 20/11/19, 12/12/19, 23/12/19, 15/01/20, 06/02/20, 28/02/20, 21/03/20. More details here

Pristine getaway in Indonesia

Need to really get away from it all? Since opening its doors in mid-2017, Indonesia’s Bawah Reserve has captured the hearts of selective travellers, taking out a slate of international accolades. Tim Hartnoll, who spotted the remote island utopia on a sailing trip, wanted to preserve its pristine waters and colourful corals the moment he discovered it. The property is now a glowing example of how tourism can enhance, not destroy. Details here

Farewell the Qantas Jumbo

With all of the seven remaining Boeing 747s in the Qantas fleet due to be retired by next year, time is running out to fly the Big Bird. The airline will end the 747-service to Honolulu and San Francisco later this year, leaving just Tokyo, Santiago and Johannesburg. Luckily however Qantas will be using Boeing 747s on several one-off Australian domestic services later in the year. Details here

Explore Europe via Helsinki

Looking for a new way to visit Europe – and a new city to explore in the bargain? How about Helsinki and Finnair? The capital of Finland, Helsinki is a trendy city with plenty of culture, great shopping and restaurants that offer world-class food. The carrier currently has several special fares including Rome $1773, London $1904, and Berlin $1823. Details here

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