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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

DUBAI-based Emi­rates (1300 303 777; emi­rates.com/au) is ex­pand­ing its net­work in great bounds; the air­line has just an­nounced daily di­rect ser­vices be­tween Dubai and Ho Chi Minh City and it’s the eighth route launch so far this year, with Barcelona, Lis­bon and Wash­ing­ton, DC, to fol­low

The Chic Tourism Col­lec­tion (thechic­tourism­col­lec­tion.com) has re­leased Chic Es­capesLon­don, a five-day/four-night pro­gram avail­able be­tween June 30 and Oc­to­ber 7 to tie in with the royal Di­a­mond Ju­bilee; the get­away in­cludes busi­ness-class flights with China South­ern Air­lines, Lon­don ac­com­mo­da­tion at bou­tique ho­tel The Hem­pel or 45 Park Lane in May­fair, the lat­est Dorch­ester Col­lec­tion prop­erty, plus a slew of lux­ury ex­tras and op­tional add-ons, such as two nights at Coworth Park near As­cot Art-themed B&Bs and apart­ment ren­tals at at­trac­tive rates are on of­fer in the French cap­i­tal from Pe­tite Paris (pe­titeparis.com.au); the assembly in­cludes the former Mont­martre stu­dio of im­pres­sion­ist master Camille Pis­sarro and a man­sion in the 16th ar­rondisse­ment dis­play­ing pieces by a well-known sculp­tor Coates Wildlife Tours (1800 676 016; coateswildlife­tours.com.au) has a small-group ex­cur­sion to see Western Aus­tralia’s na­tive or­chids; the 10-day Ter­res­trial Or­chids tour is guided by rare flora spe­cial­ist Wayne Mer­ritt and de­parts Septem­ber 19

Morocco’s Cafe Tis­sard­mine (cafetis­sard­mine.com), sit­u­ated on the edge of the Erg Chebbi, one of the largest sand dunes in the Sa­hara, is a guest­house and re­treat cre­ated by Aus­tralian artist Karen Had­field and Youssef Bouche­dor; now on of­fer are re­treats of nine to 14 days fo­cused on writ­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy with guest lec­tur­ers and fea­tur­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in tra­di­tional Ber­ber rooms or tents, camel trips to an overnight camp at Erg Chebbi, vis­its to local tribal fam­i­lies, and trips to the mar­ket town of Ris­sani There are a few spa­ces left on an eight-day, all-in­clu­sive, gourmet week at the Aus­tralian-owned La Combe en Perig­ord (lacombe-perig­ord. com) in the Dor­dogne re­gion of southwest France; from Au­gust 28 to Septem­ber 4, Aus­tralian chef Tonya Jen­nings (of Mel­bourne’s Cook­ing on the Bay and the Sun­shine Coast’s On the Ridge cook­ing schools) and English pho­tog­ra­pher Roger Stow­ell, who is based in France, will con­duct culi­nary and cre­ative classes; ($4060) a per­son (tonya@cookingonthe­bay. com.au).

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