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with JOHN ROZENTALS

POSTED: 01 APRIL 2016

Cruise Express will host a wine-themed cruise to New Zealand in April next year aboard Celebrity Solstice, one of the highest-rated ships to sail Australian waters.

The 10-night ex-Sydney round trip will be accompanied by wine experts from Torbreck in the Barossa Valley and Villa Maria in New Zealand, who will conduct wine seminars and tastings during the cruise and guide Cruise Express guests through two wine-pairing luncheons in Celebrity Solstice’s specialty restaurant, Tuscan Grille.

The ‘Voyage to the Vineyards’ package is priced from $3790 per person twin-share, including complimentary selected beer, spirits, cocktails and liqueurs, and four complimentary, wine-themed shore tours.

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

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Tour wineries, tee off on a championship golf course and tuck into free breakfast during a two-night stay at Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley.

Pay from $262 per person twin-share, including hot buffet breakfast daily and special golf rate of $18 per person.

The offer is valid Mondays to Thursday, for sale until April 30 and for travel from May 1 to June 9 and again from June 13 to August 31.

Onsite facilities including three swimming pools (one heated), a fitness centre, resort shop, onsite bar and restaurant, day spa, 18-hole championship golf course and the option of tours to the surrounding wineries.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit www.travelonline.com.

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Save more than $1000 per person on a four-night escape to Eden Health Retreat in Queensland’s Gold Coast hinterland.

Pay $1249 per person twin-share, including all gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch, morning tea, afternoon tea and dinner every day), daily wellness classes, a spa treatment, and complimentary use of the pool, gym tennis courts, etc.

The offer is valid for sale until April 10 and for travel until April 2017.

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

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This November and December Captain Cook Cruises will again operate once-annual seven-night Murray River cruises between Mannum and Loxton on board its paddle-wheeler Murray Princess.

This historic 339-kilometre voyage follows in the wake of the great 19th-century pioneers on a unique journey through three locks.

The cruise visits Katarapko, Cobdogla Creek, Overland Corner, Old Distillery, Morgan, Sunnydale and Piggy Flat/Coolcha for overnight stops with shore excursions along the way.

Day trips include a visit to the amazing Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, for a guided boardwalk tour of ancient rock carvings.

Prices start at $2098 per person twin-share, including coach transfers to and from Adelaide.

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

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Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 will spend more than a month in Australasian waters in 2018, with its itineraries including a 13-night circumnavigation of New Zealand and a four-night cruise to South Australia’s Kangaroo Island.

In all, Australian ports will enjoy 14 calls from Queen Mary 2 and its younger sister Queen Elizabeth during the ships’ 2018 world voyages.

Busselton, in Western Australia, and Kangaroo Island will welcome their second visits from Queen Mary 2, while Queen Elizabeth will make an encore visit to Newcastle.

Visit www.cunardline.com.au.

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Beyond Travel is marking the 100th anniversary of the opening of Russia’s Trans-Siberian rail line with its most comprehensive range of Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian rail journeys.

An 18-day rail journey from Beijing to St Petersburg is priced from $7500 per person for travel this June to September, including first-class rail tickets, four-star hotel accommodation, transfers and comprehensive sightseeing throughout.

For those who would prefer a private train experience, the Czar’s Gold departs from both Moscow and Beijing, with travel aboard a privately chartered first-class train and featuring stops in Mongolia, Siberia and Tartarstan. Prices start from $12,200 per person for the 15-day itinerary.

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

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Luxury travel operator Abercrombie & Kent is offering a fascinating 27-day package that includes ecologically oriented land content in Costa Rica and Brazil, plus a 16-night Caribbean cruise aboard the sophisticated Seabourn Quest.

The itinerary starts with eight days in Costa Rica, visiting national parks, rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes and charming rural communities, before venturing into the Brazilian Amazon for a two-day jungle experience.

The Seabourn Quest journey starts in the Amazon and includes stops in Barbados, St Lucia, St Barts and the British Virgin Islands.

Prices start at $29,995 per person twin-share ex Australia.

Visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au.

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On Foot Holidays is offering the chance to discover the Turkish Riviera on a self-guided walk along the ancient Lycian Way, which follows the line of the mountains through the ruined city of Olympos, past the flames of the Chimaera to the Gelidonya lighthouse.

In consideration of the growing migrant crisis, On Foot Holidays will donate about $95 to Doctors without Borders for every walker who books one of its walking routes in Turkey or Greece by April 30.

The six-night, inn-to-inn ‘Lycia: Mountains and Sea’ costs about $1260 and includes accommodation, all breakfasts, five dinners, taxi transfers and all luggage transfers.

Visit www.onfootholidays.co.uk.

Above: Celebrity Solstice ... one of the highest-rated ships to sail Australian waters.

Cypress Lakes Resort ... a championship golf course amid the Hunter Valley vineyards.

Eden Health Retreat ... tranquility in the Gold Coast hinterland.

The Murray Princess ... a 339-kilometre voyage following in the wake of the great 19th-century pioneers.

Queen Mary 2 in Milford Sound. Image: James Morgan.

One of the world’s great rail journeys ... 18 days between Beijing and St Petersburg.

Seabourn Quest ... journey starts in the Amazon and continues into the Caribbean.

Mount Olympos ... a landmark on the ancient Lycian Way.

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