Experience the real Africa with Bench International’s volunteer program.

Bench International has released the first of a series of volunteer programs to rural regions of Kenya and Tanzania.

The 14-day trips are designed for people who want to explore an exciting part of the world while contributing to projects which will enhance the lifestyle of local communities.

Prices start at $2300 per person, inclusive of accommodation and all meals, transfers to communities and lessons in Swahili.

Phone 1300-AFRICA or visit www.benchinternational.com.au.

A very special moment ... dawn at Gallipoli on Anzac Day.

For those who are unable to get to Gallipoli on the day but wish to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landing next year, Beyond Travel is offering tours throughout 2015 that are focused on the peninsula and battlefields.

A special 12-day tour will depart Istanbul on July 28, including attendance at a memorial service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine on August 6.

This special one-off departure is priced from $1930 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 363 554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au.

Self-skippered boating ... a leisurely way to explore France.

Why drive around France when you can set your own pace in a self-skippered craft along rivers and canals.

Hiring costs can be as little as $1500 for eight days to explore areas such as the Canal du Bourgogne or the the villages of Chablis and Sancerre.

Phone Outdoor Travel on (03) 5750 1441 or visit www.outdoortravel.com.au.

The experience of a lifetime ... cruising Alaskan waters.

Iconic experiences in Canada and Alaska including the Rocky Mountaineer train, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and Glacier Bay are among the highlights of a new 24-day cruise tour package in 2015 offered by Cruise Express.

Including flights, cruise, rail, coach tour and 44 meals, fares from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth are available from $13,990 per person, twin-share for the first passenger and from $11,990 for the partner who receives a free return flight to Canada for bookings made before November 30. From Adelaide, fares are available from $14,365 for the first passenger and $12,365 for the partner.

Fares include a free extra night in Vancouver pre-tour.

Phone1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

Travel Europe in style ... lease a Citroen from $29.90 per day.

Save up to $800 on leasing a Citroen in Europe with Sydney-based Globalcars.

Pay from $29.90 per day for a Citroen C3 for 175 days ex Paris.

Includes unlimited kilometres, full insurance, zero excess and roadside assistance.

Book by October 17 for travel in 2015.

Phone 1800 456 226 or visit www.globalcars.com.au.

Get quite a different view of the Melbourne Cup from Bali’s Semara Seminyak.

Watch this year’s Melbourne Cup during a lawn party at Bali’s Canggu Club.

Pay from US$370 per person twin-share for five nights in a poolside room at Semara Seminyak.

Includes three hours of free-flow drinks, canapés, entertainment, fashions on the field and best-dressed prizes.

Packages are available from October 31 to November 4.

Visit www.semaraseminyak.com.

Peppers Airlie Beach ... get a dose of sunshine and culture.

Get a dose of sunshine and culture at Peppers Airlie Beach during the Whitsunday Writers Festival from October 10-12 or the Airlie Beach Music Festival from November 7-9.

Pay from $194 per night for a minimum five-night stay in a one-bedroom spa apartment including hot breakfast daily, recent-release movies and free in-room wifi. Valid for sale to October 31 and for travel to December 21.

Phone 07 4962 5100 or visit www.peppers.com.au/airlie-beach.

Victoria Falls ... absolutely stunning.

Abercrombie & Kent’s new portfolio of small-group hosted journeys includes a nine-day safari to Botswana next July with Network Ten’s Matt Doran.

Highlights include extraordinary wildlife experiences in the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls plus boutique safari camps and lodges and special dining opportunities.

Prices start at $13,795 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 851 800 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au.

Ballroom Blitz ... latest ride at the Sunshine Coast’s Aussie World.

Visit Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast during the school holidays from September 20 to October 6 and enjoy unlimited rides as well as live entertainment for the entry fee of $33 per person.

And you can try the Ballroom Blitz, Aussie World’s latest ride. Unlike traditional chairoplane rides, the wave swinger spins, rocks and swings you at a pace not for the faint-hearted.

Visit www.aussieworld.com.au.

A remote destination indeed ... Pitcairn Island.

Looking for a very different cruising holiday?

Pitcairn Islands Tourism has just confirmed dates for its 2016 voyages aboard the 486-tonne cargo-passenger vessel MV Claymore II.

It operates round trips between Mangareva in French Polynesia and Pitcairn Island, allowing for four- or 11-day stays on the island.

Phone 1300 713 132 or visit www.visitpitcairn.pn.

Luxury on the Mekong ... APT’s Amalotus.

Get free return flights to Asia when you book an itinerary of 12 days or longer from APT’s 2015/16 Vietnam and Cambodia brochure.

Pay, for instance, from $4395 per person twin-share for the 12-day Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights package, including a seven-night Mekong cruise to Siem Reap.

Includes a special degustation dinner designed by celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, complete with matching wines, at Xu Restaurant in Saigon.

Book by March 31.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit aptouring.com.au.

Grand Hyatt Bali ... five-star Nusa Dua relaxation.

Save nearly $3000 on an eight-night package at Nusa Dua’s five-star Grand Hyatt Bali.

Pay from $999 per adult twin-share, including airport transfers, daily buffet breakfasts, four gourmet dinners and free wifi.

Two children under the age of 11 stay free.

Valid for travel until December next year.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit www.LuxuryEscapes.com.

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