Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS - SU­SAN BUGG

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


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.


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


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

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