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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MERRY KIRK­WOOD

Fly pack­ages: Trafal­gar and In­sight Va­ca­tions have econ­omy air­fare deals com­bined with 2011 Euro­pean hol­i­day pack­ages booked by Au­gust 31. Fly re­turn with Eti­had to any Euro­pean port for $899 (in­clud­ing taxes) from Syd­ney, Bris­bane or Mel­bourne, or to Lon­don re­turn from $999. Tours in­clude In­sight’s new 18-day Ro­man­tic Bri­tain and Ire­land hol­i­day vis­it­ing Ox­ford, Edinburgh and Dublin from $4299 a per­son twin-share (land only), or Trafal­gar’s 13-day High­lights of Spain and Por­tu­gal from $2499 a per­son twin-share. More: trafal­gar.com/aus; in­sight­va­ca­tions.com.au.

Sil­ver ser­vice: Sil­versea Cruises has 19 mid-voy­age cul­ture-based land ad­ven­tures for the first time in its 2012 itin­er­ar­ies. The range in­cludes a Tale of Three Cities tour through the Ger­man cities of Ber­lin, Dres­den and Leipzig. This three-day pro­gram on Sil­ver Cloud’s July 10 Copen­hagen to Lon­don sail­ing is $2939 a per­son twin-share in­clud­ing deluxe ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­fers, guided sight­see­ing and se­lected meals. More: 1300 306 872; sil­versea.com.

Pick a port: Sin­ga­pore Air­lines has launched deals to 80 des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing ports in Europe. Re­turn fares to Is­tan­bul (in­clud­ing taxes and sur­charges) start at $1692 from Aus­tralian east coast cities and $1703 from Perth. The sale runs un­til Au­gust 19 for travel from now un­til Novem­ber 30 and be­tween Jan­uary 16 and Fe­bru­ary 29 next year. More: 131 011; sin­ga­pore­air.com.

Christ­mas cheer: Book an eight-day Tauck river cruise along the Danube be­tween Nurem­berg and Vi­enna aboard Swiss Jewel to dis­cover the magic of Christ­mas mar­kets in Ger­many and Aus­tria; de­parts De­cem­ber 3 from Nurem­berg (east­bound) and De­cem­ber 10 from Vi­enna (west­bound); from $2172 a per­son twin-share in­clud­ing pri­vate shore ex­cur­sions, all meals and wine with din­ner. Flights ex­tra. More: trav­elthe­world.com.au.

Nice and icy: Book a three-day La­p­land Cir­cle Ad­ven­ture Tour by Septem­ber 30 for Fin­nish wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ences in­clud­ing sleep­ing in heated glass igloos un­der the spec­tac­u­lar aurora bo­re­alis. Deal in­cludes all meals and re­turn air­port trans­fers to Ivola and Kemi. From $1148 a per­son twin-share for se­lected de­par­tures from Novem­ber 1 this year to April 29, 2012. More: 1300 239 150; trav­el­man­agers.com.au.

Barge through Bur­gundy: Act fast to se­cure an Out­door Travel two-for-one deal on a leisurely seven-day cruise through France from Di­jon to St Leger on board the ho­tel barge Caprice, de­part­ing Au­gust 20; the sav­ing is $2995 a cabin twin-share. More: 1800 331 582; out­door­travel.com.au.

Vol­canic vis­tas: Ben­tours has three, nine or 11-day Ice­land tours vis­it­ing the now-fa­mous Ey­jaf­jal­la­jokull vol­cano and glacier from Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber; from $610 a per­son twin-share in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in Reyk­javik, break­fasts and guided ac­tiv­i­ties. More: 1800 221 712; ben­tours.com.au.

AP

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