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with JOHN ROZENTALS

TRAVEL: 18 NOVEMBER 2014

A mass of neon ... Shanghai’s Nanjing Road, one of the world’s greatest shopping avenues.

Cruise1st is offering a 20-night fly-and-cruise holiday that starts with a flight to Shanghai and a night in that mega-city.

Then it’s a 17-night cruise on board five-star Celebrity Millennium through Chinese, South Korean, Japanese and Russian waters to Vancouver for a flight home.

Prices start at $2999 per person twin-share ex Sydney and Melbourne ($3149 ex Brisbane, $3349 ex Adelaide, $3299 ex Canberra, $3599 ex Perth).

Phone 1300 596 345 or visit www.cruise1st.com.au.

A new way to visit the Cu Chi tunnels ... cycling through quiet rural landscapes.

Grasshopper Adventures is offering a new way to visit Vietnam’s famous Cu Chi tunnels by combining a speedboat journey with cycling through quiet agricultural and riverside communities.

The daytrip costs US$160 per person and departs daily from Ho Chi Minh City’s central pier, with a maximum group size of eight and including meals, snacks and clean drinking water.

Visit grasshopperadventures.com.

Getting off the well trodden path in Italy’s Dolomites.

Niche walking-tour operator Hidden Italy offers guided and self-guided treks around many of the country’s regions, exploring places well off regular tourist trails at a relaxed pace.

Tour options include Puglia, Sardinia, Venice and the Lakes, Trieste and Friuli, Verona and the Dolomites, and the newly introduced Piedmont route through the Italian Alps.

Self-guided walks start at $1050 per person for a six-day Cinque Terra walk and guided tours start at $3200 per person for the nine-day Piedmont walk.

Visit www.hiddenitaly.com.au.

Nyuh Bali Luxury Villas ... elegant outdoor dining.

Save 63 per cent at the 4.5-star Nyuh Bali Luxury Villas, in Seminyak.

Pay from $236 per night.

Includes complimentary breakfast, free wifi and free area shuttle.

Book by December 21 for stays until January 15.

Phone 1800 687 236 or visit www.hotels.com.

Scenic Tours’ European river cruises ... no penalty for travelling solo.

Solo travellers pay no single supplement in any cabin category on a range of Scenic Tours’ European river cruises next year.

Pay, for instance, from $7195 single on an 11-day Paris return ‘Gems of the Seine’ cruise.

Balcony suites feature ‘sun lounges’ that provide usage 24/7 regardless of weather.

Various dates in March and October-December next year.

Phone 1300 723 642 or visit scenictours.com.au.

A majestic encounter ... snorkelling with whales in Tonga.

Save $600 per couple on seven-night Tongan whale-swim adventures with Majestic Whale Encounters.

Pay from $3200 per person twin-share, including inter-island flights and accommodation in beachside fales on the idyllic coral island of Foa.

Includes five days of guided, boat-based whale swimming.

Book by January 10 for departures July-September.

Phone 0405 594 253 or visit www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.

The Langham Sydney ... claims the city’s largest lead-in guestrooms.

The Langham Sydney, which closed in July for a $30 million transformation, will reopen in Kent Street on December 2.

The property, originally the Observatory Hotel, now offers harbour views from all of its public spaces including guest check-in and includes six new ornate fireplaces, a new day spa and what are claimed to be Sydney’s largest lead-in guestrooms.

Visit www.sydney.langhamhotels.com.au.

Wake among the vines with Maui’s ‘Winery Havens’.

Maui Motorhomes has collaborated with some of north-eastern Victoria’s top wineries to launch ‘Winery Havens’, allowing travellers to totally immerse themselves in the winery experience by sleeping among the vines.

Prices start at $140 per night, including a gourmet hamper for two and a bottle of the vineyard’s wine.

Participating wineries are Brown Brothers, Dal Zotto, Feathertop, St Leonards and Cofield.

Visit www.maui.com.au.

A masterpiece of nature ... one of Namibia’s desert-adapted elephants.

Boutique tour operator Travel Directors has introduced a 25-day African journey under the banner ‘Namibia: Masterpiece of Nature’.

Highlights include leopard and cheetah tracking in Okonjima, Etosha National Park, a Sundowner cruise at Ruacana, the World Heritage site of Twyfeltfontein, the gigantic star-shaped dunes in Sossuvlei, and the desert-adapted elephant and black rhino at Damaraland.

Prices are from $14,990 per person twin-share, including return airfares, most meals, and all ground transport.

Phone 1300 856 661 or visit www.traveldirectors.com.au.

Quantum of the Seas ... the world’s first smart ship.

It’s been dubbed the future of cruising and the world’s first smart ship.

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas has arrived in its home port of New York and began showing off a plethora of advanced features — superfast 24-hour wireless connectivity, robotic bartenders, a skydiving simulator, bumper cars, smartphone luggage tracking, a circus school complete with trapeze, and North Star, a glass observation capsule that rises a hundred metres into the air for dramatic 360-degree views.

Visit www.royalcaribbean.com.au.

Patina Capitol Singapore ... historic location in the heart of the city.

Visitors to Singapore will soon have even more choice of accommodation with three new hotels scheduled to open early next year.

The 157-room Patina Capitol Singapore combines the historic Capitol Building and Stamford House with contemporary interiors and modern technology, right in the heart of the city.

The 550-room Genting Singapore will be the first hotel to open in Singapore’s lush Jurong Lake District in the west of the island. The architects have adopted a “hotel in a garden” theme, with features including roof gardens, sky terraces and many courtyards.

The 300-room Park Hotel Farrer Park is on the site where Singapore’s first racecourse was located and is connected by an underground walkway to the city’s first eco shopping centre.

Jersey ... a richly textured history.

Get a 5 per cent earlybird discount on Back-Roads Touring’s 11-day London-to-Paris itinerary via the Channel Islands.

Pay from $4579 per person twin-share, including ferries, accommodation, tour leader and driver, mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, some additional meals, wine tasting and attraction entrance fees.

Learn about the German Occupation, which forms an important part of the history of WWII on Guernsey and step into a world where there are no cars or buses on Sark, and discover Jersey’s richly textured history.

Book by December 14 for departures April-September.

Phone 1300 100 410 or visit backroadstouring.com.

*Based on information supplied by the companies concerned or their representatives.