GODSEND FOR EARLY RISERS
Priority access to tourist hot spots can make all the difference to time-poor travellers, especially in the peak of summer. In high season tourists can queue for up to four hours at popular attractions in Europe, including at the Vatican, which TripAdvisor nominates as its most booked skipthe-line pass experience in the world.
Now the booking site has launched a Sistine Chapel and Vatican galleries tour where an early rise is key. The Waking up the Vatican experience takes a group of up to 20 inside with the clavigero, the Vatican key holder, who unlocks the doors before sunrise. The expert-led tour is available until June next year, and costs $717.
One thing the group can do that visitors in regular opening hours can’t is speak in the Sistine Chapel. TRIPADVISOR.COM.AU
VATICAN MUSEUM BIG APPLE BLOCKBUSTERS
While Melbourne is celebrating the National Gallery of Victoria’s straight-from-New York blockbuster art exhibition, MoMA at the NGV, art lovers might also consider a trip to the Big Apple later this year.
Andy Warhol’s 1967 Marilyn screen print is on show in Melbourne, but the Whitney Museum of American Art is planning the first major Warhol retrospective in 30 years. Andy Warhol – from A to B and Back Again, premieres with 350 artworks at the Meatpacking District museum from November 12 to March 31. It then moves to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
ARCTIC TEEPEE SO COOL
Like the look of Sirromet’s winery glamping in this Escape issue? Luxe camping is all the rage right now, even in much cooler climates than Queensland. In the Lofoten Islands, above the Arctic Circle on the banks of a Norwegian fjord, eco enthusiasts can sleep in a Sami teepee, fish for their own dinner and go off the grid without compromising on comfort. OFFTHEMAP.TRAVEL
HOLIDAY MOVIE TREATS
A few families will get a delightful fright at Novotel hotels until the end of September. Monster-themed rooms – linen, slippers, bathrobes – and gift packs are part of a collaboration to celebrate holiday movie release Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation.
Meanwhile, The Lion King is the movie of choice at the Langham in Melbourne, where visitors on weekdays of the school holidays can have a Lion Guard High Tea of lion cupcakes, jungle tacos and Pride Lands chocolate mousse. NOVOTEL.COM, MELBARESTAURANT.COM.AU
Seminyak’s famous Potato Head Beach Club is hosting two Sunny Side Up festival days of music, DJs, food and culture in July and August.
Nick Murphy, aka Chet Faker, is headlining the first on July 21 and US pop singer Halsey is the star attraction on August 12. SUNNYSIDEUPFEST.COM