Archaeological tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels has announced its first tours in Britain, delving into extraordinary historic sites ranging from Neolithic monuments and Roman ruins to medieval castles and Georgian mansions.

Two itineraries will be introduced in 2017, each exploring some of the most scenic regions of the UK under the care of expert guides with backgrounds in history and archaeology.

The seven-day ‘Exploring Wessex: From Neolithic Avebury to Georgian Bath’ itinerary explores such highlights as the Neolithic stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge, the remarkable mosaics at the Roman Villa of Chedworth, the towering Cathedral at Salisbury, the picturesque ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and the Georgian grandeur and Roman legacy of Bath.

It is priced from about $4650 per person twin-share, including accommodation in four- and five-star character hotels.

The seven-day ‘Exploring Hadrian’s Wall: Romans, Reivers and Romantics’ follows the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s monumental fortifications across the frontier lands of England’s north.

It is priced from about $4390 per person twin-share, including four-star accommodation in a 14th-century castle.

Visit www.petersommer.com.


Beyond Travel’s inaugural ‘Special Journeys’ portfolio for 2017 aims to offer Australian travellers an insight into lesser travelled regions of the world by combining areas of natural beauty with in-depth guided tours and a focus on authentic local experiences.

Packages include centrally located hotels, most meals, all transportation and gratuities, and hotel porterage.

The company’s new ‘Scandinavian Capitals, Fjords & The Hurtigruten Voyage’ tour, for instance, showcases a combination of four countries, as well as including a six-night cruise along Norway’s coast and across the Arctic Circle.

It is priced from $10,795 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 363 554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au.


Visitors to Macao, especially the Asian city’s neon-lit Cotai Strip, can indulge in some additional pampering thanks to the recent opening of two new resorts, the Wynn Palace Cotai and The Parisian Macao, which have increased the number of accommodation, dining, touring and day-spa options.

The plush Wynn Palace Cotai includes a modern art gallery and the dragon lifts or Skycab gondolas, which whisk guests above the resort’s Performance Lake.

At The Parisian Macao, the first eye-catching feature is the replica of the Eiffel Tower, which not only offers a bird’s eye view of Macao but, on the sixth floor, also houses a Chinese restaurant.

Other dining options include the signature Lotus Palace, the Brasserie with its authentic French flavours, and Le Buffet with its European-themed marketplace.

Phone Macao Government Tourism Office on 02 9264 1488 or visitmacao.com.au.


The newest addition to Seabourn’s small-ship fleet, Seabourn Encore, will offer an encore Australian season in 2017-18.

After spending its first summer cruising local waters in early 2017, the 600-guest ship will offer five 16-day voyages in the region between December 2017 and February 2018.

Prices start from $14,499 per person twin-share for a 16-day voyage from Sydney to Auckland, visiting New Zealand ports such as Tauranga and Wellington, as well as Philip Island and Melbourne.

At the end of its three-month stint Down Under, Seabourn Encore will depart Sydney on an 18-day voyage along the Queensland coast en route to Bali, with prices again starting from $14,499 per person twin-share.

Visit http://www.seabourn.com.


SeaLink is offering a range of packages in conjunction with Kangaroo Island’s Art FEASTival — a festival which runs to October 29 and celebrates coastal food, art and culture.

The three-day ‘Food & Wine Lover’s’ package, for instance, is priced from $468 per person twin-share including return SeaLink ferry for two adults, use of a standard-size vehicle, two nights accommodation at the Kangaroo Island Seafront, a welcome bottle of Kangaroo Island wine, a $60 dinner voucher for Penny’s Restaurant, buffet breakfast daily, a gourmet lunch at Dudley Wines, and wine tasting and platter at Bay of Shoals Cellar Door.

The festival celebrates the work of almost 150 of the island’s artists, including painters, photographers, digital, print, textile and installation artists, sculptors, musicians and writers, as well as the best of the island’s chefs, winemakers, distillers of fine spirits and fermenters of cider.

Visit www.sealink.com.au and www.kangarooislandartfeast.org.au.


Book Abercrombie & Kent’s 13-Day ‘Highlights of Spain & Portugal’ for travel before December 10 and save up to $2125 per person.

Pay from $14,270 per person twin-share, including saving.

Highlights range from the iconic architectural wonders of Gaudi’s Barcelona to Madrid’s world-famous galleries and museums, from Spanish fortified cities to Portugal’s charming medieval towns.

The region’s food and wine are added attractions, and hotels have been selected to provide refined luxury in each city, with each one being a converted historic building and chosen for its old-world charm and excellent service.

Phone 1300 590 317 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au.


Tigerair Australia has added more than 25,000 additional seats to meet increased demand across four popular domestic routes over the upcoming summer peak travel period.

The additional services have been added to the following routes for travel in December and January: Melbourne-Gold Coast, Hobart-Melbourne, Cairns-Melbourne and Perth-Sydney.

The majority of the extra services have been added to the Melbourne-Gold Coast and Hobart-Melbourne routes.

Visit tigerair.com.au.


BIG4 Townsville Woodlands Holiday Park has unveiled a new water park and resort pool.

The park has also created a full activity area around the waterpark, with a food truck offering ice creams, chips and coffees on weekends, and with room to show movies and the footy in the evening.

Set among tropical landscaped grounds, BIG4 Townsville Woodlands Holiday Park installed new BBQs earlier in the year.

The pet-friendly park offers cosy, well sheltered cabins and ensuite camp and caravan sites.

Visit https://www.big4.com.au.

Above: Hadrian’s Wall ... a highlight of Peter Sommer Travels’ first incursion into Britain.

Copenhagen ... a fascinating city that’s part of Beyond Travel’s ‘Special Journeys’ portfolio.

The Parisian Macao ... a fresh addition to Macau’s neon-lit Cotai Strip.

Seabourn Encore ... an encore season Down Under.

Kangaroo Island’s Art FEASTival ... celebrating coastal food, art and culture.

Seville ... renowned for its culture and history.

Tigerair ... additional summer seats. Image: Jon Hewson

Townsville Woodlands Holiday Park ... has unveiled a new water park.

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