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TRAVEL: 31 JANUARY 2016

Get into your ’60s, ’70s and ’80s grooves this August on Captain Cook Cruises’ inaugural three-night Murray River music cruise on board the paddle-wheeler Murray Princess.

Led by Adelaide radio presenter Dom Rinaldo, each evening — including the food and cocktails — will be themed to one of these eras.

The itinerary also includes guided tours of the historic ports of Mannum and Murray Bridge, a guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat, a Riverland food-and-wine tasting and a wildlife tour in a flat-bottom boat.

Fares are from $787 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 729 938 or visit www.murrayprincess.com.au.

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Four hundred years ago, in 1616, intrepid Dutch explorers discovered and named Cape Horn, one of the planet’s most famous sea markers.

To celebrate this milestone, Australis is offering a last-minute, two-for-one offer on its three-night, round-trip ‘End of the World’ cruise from Ushuaia on March 4.

The cruise includes Cape Horn, mighty Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley, and is priced from about $3450 for a couple in a twin-share cabin, including an open bar and daily zodiac expeditions.

The offer is valid until February 29.

Visit www.australis.com.

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Russian Gateway Tours is offering five-night tours to Crimea, with departures from May through to October.

Prices start at $4999 per person, including hotel accommodation, services of an English-speaking guide and meals, excursions and transfers as per program.

Phone 02 9745 3333 or visit www.russian-gateway.com.au.

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Discover the best of Southern Africa and save $600 per couple on an 11-night package with Travel Managers.

Explore Cape Town, spot Africa’s ‘Big 5’ on game drives and enjoy a sleep-out experience under the African sky. Round off your trip with a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls on a guided tour and sunset cruise along the Zambezi River.

Prices are from $3227 per person twin-share, including accommodation at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Hotel, Garonga Safari Camp and Ilala Lodge.

This deal is valid for travel from June 1 to August 31.

To book phone Gail Hughes on 0421 156 650 or email gail.hughes@travelmanagers.com.au.

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A six-night voyage from Bergen to North Cape and beyond to the Russian border aboard Hurtigruten’s 1000-passenger Midnatsol — Norwegian for midnight sun — is included in Cruise Express’s 15-night rail-and-cruise tour to Norway.

The ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ tour from Cruise Express begins on August 21, when travellers fly to Norway’s capital, Oslo, for a two-night stay.

The price starts at $8990 per person twin-share ex Australia, including a journey on Flam Railway, billed as one of the world’s most beautiful and steepest train rides, and a fjord cruise.

The cruise features magnificent fjords such as the famous Geirangerfjord, as well as mighty glaciers and snow-clad mountains and visits to picturesque towns such as Tromso, Trondheim and Alesund.


Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

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Travellers can ride the world’s oldest motorcycle brand amongst its tallest peaks with Nomadic Knights offering two trips this year to Mt Everest.

The two-week ‘Rode to Everest’ itinerary uses 500cc Royal Enfield Bullets on a 1965-kilometre ride from Kathmandu, through Tibet to the Everest Base Camp, taking in hundreds of switchbacks, high-altitude deserts, snow-capped peaks, deep gorges and high, prayer-flag-draped passes.

In Tibet, riders will visit the fabled city of Lhasa and the imposing edifice of Pothala Palace — the spiritual home of the exiled Dalai Lama — and stay in the high-altitude Rongbuk Monastery.

Book by March 31 and pay about $7030 for riders and $6325 for pillion riders, including accommodation, bike hire, fuel, breakfasts, dinners and also medical, mechanical and logistical support throughout the trip.

Visit www.nomadicknights.com.

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Spend eight nights at the beachside Mai Samui Beach Resort & Spa, on the island of Koh Samui in the gulf of Thailand, for $999 for per couple instead of the normal $3299.

The package also includes up to two children (aged 11 or younger) staying for free.

Also included are airport pick-up, daily buffet breakfasts, spa treatments, dining experiences and free wifi.

Book by February 13 for travel until December 2017.

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

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Melbourne’s Hotel Lindrum, named after the family which provided four generations of billiards champions, will combine with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival on March 12 to host an afternoon of whisky, billiards and banter.

The event includes a lesson in billiards from triple world champion Robby Foldvari around the famed table in Hotel Lindrum’s back bar, a whisky tasting hosted by David Baker, founder of Ballarat distillery Bakery Hill, and a menu of matching canapés.

Visit www.hotellindrum.com.au.

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Travelmarvel has announced earlybird savings across all of its European river cruise, ocean, rail and land journeys for 2017, including fly-free deals and waiving of some solo supplements.

The 15-day ‘European Gems’ river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam, departing 18 December 2017, for instance, is priced from $5395 per person twin-share, including return flights, and taking in Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.

Sightseeing is included and highlights range from a visit to World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and Falkenlust hunting lodge, to the chance to join locals for coffee and cake at home in Wertheim.

The cruise includes 41 meals, softdrinks, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner, free Wi-Fi, guided tours and sightseeing experiences in 17 towns villages and cities.

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

The Murray Princess ... will be taking its inaugural music cruise in August.

One of the planet’s most famous markers ... Cape Horn.

Crimea’s historic Vorontsov Palace ... renamed Alupka Palace in Soviet times to purge the aristocratic family name.

Cape Town ... a vibrant South African highlight.

The 1000-passenger Midnatsol ... taking full advantage of  Norway’s long summer.

Riding the Himalayas with Nomadic Knights. Image: Iain Crockart.

Mai Samui Beach Resort & Spa.

The famed table in the Hotel Lindrum’s back bar.

Travelmarvel Jewel sailing through Germany’s Rhine Valley.

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