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TRAVEL: 09 MARCH 2017

Foreign-film enthusiasts and fans of nature, culture and fine food can experience Croatia’s arthouse Motovun Film Festival before taking On Foot Holidays’ six-night, self-guided walking tour through unspoilt hill country in northern Croatia and taking in the world’s smallest town.

The Motovun Film Festival will take place on July 26-30 this year and feature about 70 films from around the world.

Motovun is also the starting-point for an On Foot Holidays self-guided, inn-to-inn walking tour that includes the unspoilt hill-country town of Hum, which — with a population of 21 — is officially listed as the smallest town in the world.

Over the following days, guests will travel past monuments, hidden valleys, hilltop towns and the ever-present Mount Učka, before seeing impressive views of the Adriatic Sea and the islands. Travellers will then descend to the pretty fishing village of Mošćenička, where the tour concludes.

The tour costs from about $1012 per person twin-share, including six nights bed-and-breakfast accommodation, three evening meals, four picnic lunches and all luggage transfers.

Visit www.onfootholidays.co.uk .

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Book by June 30 to get a discount of $1000 per person on Contours Travel’s 27-day hosted ‘Treasures of South America’ tour, which includes canoe trips on the Amazon river, sightseeing at the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu and two nights in Rio de Janeiro.

The all-inclusive itinerary takes travellers through Peru, Chile, Brazil and Argentina in a small group of 16 or less.

Highlights of the tour include private tango lessons in Buenos Aires, weaving demonstrations by a local cooperative in Chinchero, a ride in the world’s highest urban cable car at La Paz, and the opportunity to personally deliver and help install a water filter for a remote community in the Andes.

Prices are from $15,895 per person twin-share ex Sydney ($15,995 ex Melbourne and Brisbane, $16,195 ex Adelaide and $16,395 ex Perth).

Phone 1300 135 391 or visit www.contourstravel.com.au.

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Travellers who enjoy self-drive experiences will be interested in a new one-way motorhome rental between Italy and Britain from DriveAway Holidays.

The deal is priced from $65 a day for a four-berth vehicle and permits one-way travel with unlimited kilometres between Saint Gimignano in Italy and Toddington in Bedfordshire, England.

The package includes European insurance, a free additional driver and the Calais-to-Dover ferry crossing, and is available for collections between March 20 and May 12 if you book by March 10.

The motorhome will be a brand-new fully equipped vehicle from European operator Just Go.

Phone 1300 363 500 or visit www.driveaway.com.au.

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Travel Directors has released a new 29-night tour that follows in the footsteps of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton through Antarctica.

The 2018 itinerary includes a 16-night Antarctic and South Atlantic cruise aboard the Sea Spirit.

Prices are from $29,995 per person twin-share, including airfares from Australia, all cruise and hotel accommodation and the majority of meals, daily sightseeing and entrance fees with expert local guides, a Travel Directors tour leader services, Antarctic experts on board Sea Spirit, all transportation, visas and courier fees and gratuities.

The tour begins in the Chilean capital Santiago before travelling through the World heritage site at Valparaiso, the lakes and volcanoes of the Chilean-Argentinian Lake District before a flight south the Ushuaia to begin the voyage with Sea Spirit. Follow Shackleton’s route across Drake Passage, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula to the explorer’s grave site on a comfortable 112-passenger vessel.

After a call at the Falkland Islands and Puerto Madryn, the journey ends with three nights in Buenos Aires.

Phone 1300 856 661 or visit http://www.traveldirectors.com.au/.

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Despite lying on the crossroads of the ancient Silk Road, Uzbekistan remains largely a mystery, even to seasoned travellers.

Blessed with amazing architecture, Uzbekistan’s ancient cities are awash with stunning turquoise domed mosques and towering minarets while its museums display the incredible history of the region, from the days of Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great to its more recent history as part of the former Soviet Union.

Byroads Travel is offering a 13-day ‘Transoxiana’ tour covering the country’s many highlights, including visits to the fabled cities of Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva.

Land-content prices start from $3987 per person twin-share.

Phone (02) 9357 6800 or visit www.byroads.com.au.

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Tigerair Australia will operate regular return services between Melbourne and Townsville on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, commencing 22 June.

Melbourne-Townsville flights are scheduled to depart at 8.15am and arrive at 11.15am, while return Townsville-Melbourne flights are scheduled to depart at 11.45am and arrive at 2.50pm.

Visit https://tigerair.com.au/

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The iconic InterContinental Sydney has been slated for a $200-plus million makeover, including upgrades to all existing public areas, functions rooms, restaurants and guest rooms, plus creation of a new, 900-square-metre grand ballroom which will feature views of Circular Quay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The proposed upgrade marks the most significant improvements to InterContinental Sydney for more than three decades and will keep the property at the top of the market.

Plans also provide for an expansion of the rooftop Club InterContinental lounge, which offers a 270-degree views from the Sydney Harbour Bridge around to Botany Bay and is a major drawcard for international guests.

Visit https://www.ihg.com.

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Metro Hotel Perth is offering discounted rates for stays for Thursday-to-Sunday nights between March 1 and May 31.

They start at $129 per night for a Standard Room, rising to $149 per night for a Superior Room and $159 per night for an Executive Room in the hotel’s Aspire Wing.

All rates include complimentary breakfast for two adults, free car parking, plus kids under-12 stay and eat breakfast for free in Standard and Superior Rooms.

Visit http://www.metrohotels.com.au/.

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The annual FOOD Week Festival will run in the NSW Central Western city of Orange and surrounds from March 31 to April 9.

The area has quite rightly become known as one of Australia’s foodie paradises and offers a diverse range of excellent restaurants, great gourmet food and delicious cool-climate wines — not to mention a picturesque landscape.

Many of the wine and food outlets have special events planned for the week and there are also several signature events such as the Night Market at Orange’s Robertson Park on March 31, the 100-Mile Dinner in the nearby town of Molong on April 3, and Forage, a stroll through vineyards accompanied by delectable meal stops, on April 8.

Visit http://orangefoodweek.com.au/.

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Experience a two or three-night stay at Silverwater Resort on Victoria’s Phillip Island and enjoy a daily half-price breakfast, spa credits and other savings on local attractions such as the iconic Penguin Parade, seal-watching tours and winery tastings.

Prices start at $199 for two adults and the offer is available for travel until 8 October 2017.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit https://luxuryescapes.com.

Fortified Motovun — start of a six-night walking tour of northern Croatia.

Machu Picchu … visiting the lost Incan city is a highlight of any South American holiday.

A Just Go motorhome … from $65 per day between Italy and England.

Sea Spirit … a focal point of following Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic trail.

Kaylan Minaret Bukhara … an ingredient of Uzbekistan’s mystery.

Tigerair … launching Melbourne-Townsville services.

InterContinental Sydney … a fabulous position above Sydney Harbour.

Metro Hotel Perth … discounted rates for stays for Thursday-to-Sunday.

Molong’s 100-Mile Dinner … offering the best of the Central West.

Phillip Island ... Experience a two or three-night stay.