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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE

Dream de­par­ture: Cruise Spe­cial­ist Hol­i­days is of­fer­ing 65 per cent off a seven-night cruise from Nice to Barcelona, in­clud­ing Monte Carlo visit, on SeaDream II, de­part­ing Oc­to­ber 20. Now priced from $3699 a per­son, twin-share, in­clud­ing on­board din­ing and gra­tu­ities, water­sports, port charges and taxes. Book­ings be­fore June 22. More: 1300 79 49 59; seadream.com. Caf­feine hit: There are more high teas these days than one can poke a stick at, but In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Syd­ney is go­ing against the grain by in­tro­duc­ing Australia’s first High Cof­fee in con­junc­tion with chef Ste­fano Man­fredi. Pre­sented in the style of a tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea, the feast of savouries and sweets will be com­ple­mented by Espresso di Man­fredi by Pi­azza D’Oro cof­fee, in­clud­ing an Espresso di Man­fredi Spice Mar­tini. Avail­able in the prop­erty’s Cor­tile lounge, 11am-4.30pm, Mon­day-Fri­day, $55 a per­son. More: in­ter­con­syd­ney.com.au. Tours with taste: Flavours of lemon, truf­fle and moz­zarella will be to the fore dur­ing a 10-day walk­ing and cook­ing tour of Ir­pinia in Italy’s Cam­pa­nia re­gion, de­part­ing Naples on Septem­ber 13. Save $1200 a cou­ple on the itin­er­ary (now priced at $5600 for book­ings be­fore July 21), in­clud­ing a Pom­peii visit, cook­ing classes and Capri boat cruise. More: ca­dence­tours.com.au. Warm the cock­les: Ban­ish the win­ter chill with a six-day spa pack­age at Thai­land’s five-star Amari Emer­ald Cove Koh Chang. Deal in­cludes accommodation in a su­pe­rior room, break­fast, set din­ner, trans­fers and 60-minute mas­sage in the ocean­front re­sort’s Breeze Spa. From $853 for two, valid for travel un­til Oc­to­ber 31. More: amari.com. Com­pany in Canada: Trav­el­mar­vel is of­fer­ing a com­pan­ion flies free deal on 2013 Canada-Alaska hol­i­days booked by Oc­to­ber 15, in­clud­ing the 18-day Pas­sage Through the Rock­ies, fea­tur­ing 10 nights tour­ing and seven nights cruis­ing. De­part­ing Cal­gary, vis­it­ing Banff, Jasper and Whistler, then a seven-night cruise through Alaska’s In­side Pas­sage on Hol­land Amer­ica Line’s ms Volen­dam. From $5995 a per­son, twin-share, May-Sept depar­tures. More: 1300 229 804; ap­tour­ing.com.au.

SeaDream II in Monte Carlo

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