Fol­low the trail of the Vik­ings

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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 brad.crouch@news.com.au

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