Follow the trail of the Vikings
CRUISE through the Baltic Sea on a seven-day voyage on Silversea’s luxury vessel, Silver Whisper. Guests can immerse themselves in the region’s rich history from Viking conquests to tsarist refinement, while exploring quaint towns with cobblestone streets and sophisticated architecture. LeavingStockholm on June 9, 2015, Silver Whisper calls at Tallinn, St Petersburg for two nights, Helsinki and Copenhagen. The cruise on the all-suite ship, with drinks and gratuities included, is priced from $4650 a person, twin share. Ph 1300 306 872 or see silversea.com RELAX in Hawaii and the South Pacific on Holland America Line’s Noordam priced from $3059 a person, twin share. Price includes airfare from Australia to Honolulu, two nights’ accommodation in Waikiki including breakfast, 14-night premium cruise, transfers in Honolulu, all meals while cruising, on-board activities, entertainment, taxes as well as fee and port expenses. Package includes a bonus $US75 on-board credit. Departs Australia October 8, 2015. Ph 1300 362 599 or see creativecruising.com.au SHARE the Christmas spirit with a Tauck Christmas market tour and river cruises along the Rhine, from Basel to Kologne in December. Enjoy Glühwein (mulled wine) and other treats aboard the riverboat, decorated in a festive seasonal theme, a traditional European Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and special evenings of on-board holiday-themed entertainment. Visit markets in cities such as Aachen and Colmar, enjoy a lecture on Alsatian storytelling traditions in Strasbourg, a visit to the Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett in Rüdesheim and more. Prices start from $US2550 a person, twin share. Ph 1300 857 437 or see traveltheworld.com.au HEAD to the Med on a 12-night trip aboard Royal Caribbean International’s four-star Vision of the Seas. Cruise the Mediterranean from August 20, 2015 from Barcelona via Cannes, France; Florence/ Pisa, Italy; Rome, Italy; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Santorini, Greece; Amalfi Coast (Salerno), Italy and return to Barcelona. Return airfare and a night at the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona with breakfast is included in the 13-night package, priced from $3930 a person, twin share. See cruising.com.au
SPECIALIST garden travel operator Botanica World Discoveries is offering savings of up to $1000 a couple when combining any two cruises or tours over 10 days’ duration each. For example, Botanica’s 15-day Mediterranean Landscapes Cruise can be combined with popular 10-day Chelsea Flower Show, English and Welsh Gardens in Spring tour – which includes the chance to visit Winston Churchill’s garden, Chartwell, and a full day at the famous garden show in Chelsea. Priced from $14,995 a person, twin share, Botanica’s 15-day Mediterranean Landscapes, History, Gardens and Architecture of the Gods cruise aboard the MS Island Sky departs on May 8, 2016 and features Gallipoli, Troy and Delos as well as private gardens including the Marquess of San Guilliano’s garden. This can be combined with the 10-day Chelsea Flower Show, English and Welsh Gardens in Spring tour, which begins on May 25, 2016 and is priced from $6995 a person twin share. Bookings must be made by October 31, 2015.
Ph 1300 305 202 or see botanica.travel
TAHITI is the place to start a 20-night holiday package with premium-class cruise line Oceania Cruises. A package including flights from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Papeete and two nights at The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is priced from $6595 a person, twin share. The 18-night cruise on the 1258-guest Marina departing on February 4, 2016 calls at Moorea, Bora Bora, Pago Pago, Apia, Lautoka, Suva, Noumea and Norfolk Island before arriving in Sydney. See cruising.com.au Brad Crouch email@example.com
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