Travel chal­lenge

Ex­pert-led tours

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Each week we in­vite three com­pet­ing com­pa­nies to give us their best deals for a par­tic­u­lar hol­i­day. The re­sult is great of­fers for our read­ers

Con­tiki 11-day package

BUD­DING pho­tog­ra­phers can fo­cus their lens on the sights of Italy and cap­ture per­fect pho­tos with the help of an ex­pert on this guided 18-day pho­tog­ra­phy tour priced from $5559 a per­son, twin share. Pic­ture Per­fect Italy by In­sight Va­ca­tions, vis­its Venice, the Ital­ian Lakes, Santa Margherita, Tuscany, Orvi­eto, Posi­tano and more and will be guided by a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher who will teach trav­ellers tips and tech­niques to im­prove their pho­tog­ra­phy skills. The tour in­cludes 17 nights in pre­mium ho­tels, break­fast daily, a high­light lunch in the Chi­anti wine re­gion, four din­ners, travel by lux­ury coach, ser­vices of a tour di­rec­tor and guided sight­see­ing. Book­ings must be made be­fore Septem­ber 10 for a Septem­ber 17 de­par­ture.

Ph 1300 939 414 or see flight­cen­

Cox & Kings 23-day package

GO stargazing in the US on a unique 23-day as­tron­o­mythemed tour priced from $9630 a per­son, twin share, in­clud­ing re­turn econ­omy air­fares from Mel­bourne. The Grand Amer­i­can As­tro­nom­i­cal Ex­pe­ri­ence is a one-off tour led by As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety of Mel­bourne founder Cris El­lis. It vis­its main ob­ser­va­to­ries in­clud­ing Mt Wil­son Ob­ser­va­tory, the Palo­mar Ob­ser­va­tory, the Low­ell Ob­ser­va­tory, Mt Gra­ham Ob­ser­va­tory and the Kennedy Space Cen­tre. You will also visit Hawaii, the Ne­vada desert, Las Ve­gas, the Grand Canyon, Tuc­son and Florida’s re­sort area of Or­lando. The tour de­parts Oc­to­ber 4 and in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion in first-class ho­tels with break­fast daily, air­con­di­tioned tour­ing coaches, sight­see­ing and en­trances fees as per itin­er­ary and pro­fes­sional lo­cal guides.

Ph 1300 836 764 or email travel@coxand­

EX­PE­RI­ENCE the beauty of Ecuador and the Gala­pa­gos on an 11-day tour to co­in­cide with Earth Month 2013. Priced from $2685 a per­son, twin share, this tour in­cludes an ex­clu­sive dive with en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist Ce­line Cousteau, grand­daugh­ter of famed ex­plorer Jacques Cousteau. Go snorkelling with the sea lions and rays, re­lax on the beach with a gi­ant Gala­pa­gos tor­toise and en­joy a ‘‘ Panga’’ boat ride to spot the fa­mous Gala­pa­gos pen­guin. This tour de­parts on April 21 and 100 per cent of the prof­its will go to lo­cal oceanic ini­tia­tives in the Gala­pa­gos. The price in­cludes 10 nights’ ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­fers in a pri­vate air­con­di­tioned ve­hi­cle, two in­ter­nal flights and trans­fers, nine break­fasts, five lunches and three din­ners, tour man­ager and English-speak­ing lo­cal guides.

Flight Cen­tre 18-day package Ph 1300 266 845 or see con­

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