Milford Sound ... New Zealand magnificence.
Discover New Zealand’s breathtaking fjordlands on a 12-night luxury cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice.
Pay from $1499 per person twin-share ex Sydney, including two nights accommodation in Auckland.
The voyage departs Sydney on November 28 and stops at Melbourne before cruising to Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga and Auckland.
Phone 1300 596 345 or visit http://www.cruise1st.com.au
The ruins of Pompeii and the beautiful Ravello and its Villa Cimbrone, whose famed apartments and gardens were a holiday home for DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Richard Wagner and Gore Vidal, are just two highlights of Carolinasusi Italia Tours’ six-night Amalfi Coast tour in September.
Prices start at $2990 per person twin-share ex Rome, including four-star accommodation in picturesque coastal Minori, all breakfasts, plus some lunches and dinners.
You’ll also visit the ruins of the Greek temples of Paestum, taste world-famous mozzarella cheeses, browse the fashionable boutiques of Positano, and have a day in Sorrento overlooking the Bay of Naples.
Phone (07) 3396 8652 or visitwww.carolinasusi.com.au
Townsville is gearing up to host this year’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music, which will run July 26 to August 3.
A highlight will be a concert on the secluded shores of Magnetic Island’s Radical Bay, with the opportunity to sample fine food and wine during a performance from Nicholas Daniel (UK), Michael Collins (UK), Ksenija Siderova (Latvia), Bridget Bolliger, Andrew Barnes and the Australian Brass Quintet, followed by a sunset cruise back to the mainland.
Phone 1300 799 342 or visitwww.afcm.com.au
Renowned wilderness photographer Steve Parish will host daily workshops and expeditions during a five-night stay at Corinna Wilderness Retreat in Tasmania’s pristine Tarkine region from August 17-21.
Topics covered will include nature photography, nocturnal photography, light and design, content and technique, and digital photography from capture to post production.
Book before May 31 for early-bird prices from $3250.
Phone 03 6446 1170 or visit http://www.corinna.com.au
And still in Tasmania, Travelodge Hobart has an opening special with rates from $109 per night including breakfast for two.
The hotel is centrally located and handy to attractions such as Battery Point, Salamanca Place and the waterfront. The offer is valid to July 31.
Phone 1300 886 886or visitwww.travelodge.com.au
Bench International is offering discounts of $300 per couple on their fully escorted 17-day tour of Egypt in Septemberthis year.
The price of $6045 per person includes return airfare with Etihad, all five-star accommodation starting with two days at historic Mena House at the foot of the Pyramids.
Also included are a four-night cruise up the Nile from Luxor to Aswan, and three nights on Aswan Dam aboard the Omar el Khayam vessel.
Wendy Wu Tours’ 28-day Epic Dreams package will take a small group of tourists into some the most remote parts of China and Tibet.
Departing Australia on August 20, the tour travels to the ancient market town of Kashgar, Yecheng on the edge of the Taklimakan Desert and across the Aksai Chin Plateau on the way to the Mt Everest base camp, Lhasa in Tibet and the panda reserve at Chengdu.
The cost is from $7634 per person twin-share, including return air fares, all internal transport, accommodation and all meals, daily sightseeing activities, a national tour escort and local guides as well as visas for Australian passport holders.
Phone 1300 727 998 or visit http://www.wendywutours.com.au
Helen Reddy will host a program of Christmas-in-July celebrations on Norfolk Island.
She will perform at two concerts, leads guests on a singalong of carols and invite them into her house as part of progressive dinner.
Prices ex Sydney start at $2055 per person, including seven nights accommodation.
Phone Trade Travel on 1800 645 103 or visit http://www.tradetravel.com
Save up to $900 per couple on Broome & Kimberley Holidays’ 18-day rail-cruise holiday which includes a cross-continental journey on The Ghan and a 10-day wilderness voyage on Oceanic Discoverer.
Pay from $11,599 per person twin-share, including three nights accommodation in each of Darwin and Broome.
Features includeWWII bombing tour of Darwin; a full day in Litchfield National Park; a visit to Willie Creek Pearl Farm in Broome; a $50 gift voucher at Matso’s Broome Brewery.
Book by May 31.
Phone 1300 245 565 or visit http://www.broomekimberley.com.au
Get special Stradbroke Island rates with Allure Stradbroke Resort’s Whales, Whales, Whales package.
Pay from $450 for three nights in a one-bedroom beach bungalow, plus return vehicle ferry transfer.
Special events include the annual Whale Welcoming Festival from June 30-July 6 and Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival from July 26-28.
Valid to August 31.
Phone 07 3415 0000 or visitstradbrokeresorts.com
WHAT & WHERE: Save 15 per cent on Cox & Kings’ eight-day Indian Experience journey through the Golden Triangle, which includes Delhi and the legendary Taj Mahal.
THE DEAL: Pay from $1764 per person twin-share.
FEATURES: Includes a three-night stay in a former royal hunting lodge near Jaipur.
WHEN: Book by May 31 for departures ex Delhi on October 12 and December 21.
DETAILS: Phone 1300 836 764 or visitwww.coxandkings.com.au
WHAT & WHERE: Indulge yourself with a spa package at Sydney’s Metro Hotel on Pitt.
THE DEAL: Pay $240 for a night’s accommodation in a king spa room.
FEATURES: Receive a complimentary Lush More Spa kit; free bottle of wine on arrival; late 12 noon checkout.
WHEN: Valid until June 30.
DETAILS: Phone 1800 004 321 or visit http://www.metrohotels.com.au