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TRAVEL: 12 MARCH 2017

Save up to $4800 per couple on Abercrombie & Kent’s 10-Day ‘Wonders of Chile’ journey to a land that is justly famous for extraordinary landscapes, from the deserts of the north to the snow-capped peaks in the far south.

In between are the fine vineyards of the central region and the sophisticated vibe of the capital, Santiago, with its outstanding hotels and exciting food scene.

A&K combines all that with luxury lodges, and an array of exciting outdoor activities from biking and horse riding to hiking and ballooning.

The savings deal is valid for bookings made by 30 April for travel until 11 December.

Pay from $9150 per person twin-share.

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

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Beyond Travel is offering savings of up to $925 per cabin on a series of departures on its eight-day ‘Dalmatian Treasures’ itinerary aboard the new MS Il Mare, which will be launched later this year.

The classic round-trip cruise from Dubrovnik visits a range of popular Dalmatian islands, including Mljet, Split, Brac, Hvar, Korcula.

The cruise is priced from $1930 per person twin-share in low season, with discounts of up to $925 per cabin on select departures during the peak summer months of June, July and August. Cruises must be booked by March 31.

The new MS Il Mare has only 20 cabins, offers spacious social areas with modern facilities, and is able to dock at smaller ports.

Phone 1300 664 790 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au.

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Renowned English designer Jasper Conran has opened his first hotel in the heart of the Medina in Marrakech.

L’Hôtel Marrakech is in an historic 19th-century riad, which was originally the central part of a Caidal palace, and comprises five spacious suites surrounding a courtyard garden and swimming pool.

The retreat combines delicious food and sumptuous comfort, whilst capturing the elegance of hotels of the 1930s.

The hotel features pieces of antique furniture and art from Jasper’s collection.

Visit http://www.l-hotelmarrakech.com/

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Cruise1st is offering a 24-night fly-tour-cruise package this October, combining the USA’s Deep South with a 14-night Panama Canal cruise aboard Norwegian Pearl, and a three-night visit to Las Vegas.


The cruise is from Los Angeles to New Orleans with port stops in Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia.

The four-night tour of America’s Deep South includes New Orleans, Memphis and Jackson, with highlights including Beale Street, the BB King Blues Club, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Oak Alley Plantation and the French Quarter.


Prices are from just $4999 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane ($5299 ex Adelaide and Canberra, $5499 ex Perth).

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

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International Rail is offering solo travellers a saving of up to $800 on Canada’s world-famous Rocky Mountaineer in April and May this year by paying a normal twin-share price for a single-use cabin.

The services are point-to-point journeys that allow customers to design their own itineraries.

Packages are priced from $1343 per person one-way and include Redleaf travel on the Rocky Mountaineer, two breakfasts and lunches on board, one night of hotel accommodation in Kamloops and station and hotel transfers.

Phone 1300 387 245 or visit www.internationalrail.com.au Norwegian Pearl

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Melbourne’s Mantra Southbank is offering accommodation during the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, which will be held from 23-26 March at Albert Park, with rates from $449 per night (minimum two-night stay) in one of the hotel’s apartments.

The property is less than 10 minutes from the venue and hence is a great base for one of Australian sport’s great weekends.

The deal is valid for sale and travel until 26 March.

Phone 131 517 or visit mantra.com.au.

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The Central West of NSW has gained some extremely classy B&B accommodation with the opening of the Old School House, in the heritage-listed 1879 building that was originally the town of Molong’s public school.

These days it features comfortable queen-sized beds fitted with fine linens, a modern kitchen fitted out to gourmet standards and a spacious open-plan dining and living area.

There’s also a loft area that would make an ideal retreat and features a pull-out sofa bed.

The property would comfortably accommodate two couples and a couple of children, and would also suit people looking to entertain during their stay.

The location, just a block from Molong’s main street, places the Old School House within easy walking distance of shops, galleries and cafés.

Molong is a charming, historic town just half an hour’s drive along the Mitchell Highway from Orange, which has rapidly gained a reputation as one of Australia’s foodie and fine-wine meccas.

Phone 0437 778 186 or visit http://www.staymolong.com.au.

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Save up to $196 on a Kangaroo Island holiday, with SeaLink offering free return ferry transfers for two people booking their car and caravan or camper trailer on a Kangaroo Island SeaLink ferry and travelling between 15 May and 15 September.

Enjoy exploring cliff-top wineries, tasting spirits at Kangaroo Island Spirits, sampling freshly caught seafood, experiencing wildlife encounters with sea lions at Seal Bay, and with kangaroos, koalas and other native animals at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

Kangaroo Island has four caravan parks, ranging from foreshore caravan parks in Kingscote and Penneshaw to natural bushland settings in the heart of the island in Parndana and at the western end of the island next to the Flinders Chase National Park and popular attractions such as Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. 

The caravan and camper trailer deal is on sale until 12 September and valid for travel between 15 May and 15 September.

Visit www.sealink.com.au.

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The northern Tasmanian town of Sheffield’s art galleries are different to most, with the town of murals featuring large artworks dotted among the outside walls of its buildings.

Sheffield’s annual International Mural Fest will run from 16-22 April and feature nine artists competing in a public ‘paint off’ from Easter Sunday to the following Saturday.

Each artist must complete a 2.1-metre-by-4.8-metre mural, using a selected poem as inspiration.

With more than $20,000 in prize money on offer, the quality of the entrants is high and Sheffield benefits from a major mural acquisition each year.

Visit http://www.sheffieldtasmania.com.au or http://www.discovertasmania.com.au.

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This year marks half a century since the first planting of commercial vines in Western Australia’s Margaret River wine region — 50 years since Perth cardiologist Dr Tom Cullity planted the first vines on his land at Vasse Felix, the district’s founding wine estate.

In a now-famous paper published in the mid-1960s, Dr John Gladstone, an agronomist with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture, wrote: “I believe Margaret River will with time become one of the world’s great wine regions.” And how right he was.

Specialist tour operator Ultimate Winery Experiences runs several tours of Margaret River, such as the four-night Ultimate Margaret River Explorer, which is priced at $5190 per person, including chauffer-driven return transfer from Perth ($5990 for a private plane), all gourmet meals, private visits to Vasse Felix, Leeuwin Estate and Voyager Estate, and accommodation in Cape Lodge.

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

Like a fanciful painting from a wild imagination … the mountains of Chile’s extreme south.

Artist’s impression of the dining room on the new 20-cabin Mare, to be launched later this year.

L’Hôtel Marrakech … captures the elegance of hotels of the 1930s.

A riot of colour … Panama Canal birdlife.

That’s pulling power … The Rocky Mountaineer gets going.

Mantra Southbank … perfect base for the Australian Grand Prix.

Molong’s Old School House … ideal for people looking to entertain during their stay.

Sealink … providing an essential link between the South Australian mainland and Kangaroo Island.

Sheffield … the northern Tasmanian town’s galleries are different to most.

Vasse Felix … Margaret River’s founding wine estate.