GREAT FES­TIVE ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

Christ­mas in a cas­tle: A last-minute deal from Travel As­so­ci­ates in­cludes a stay in an Ital­ian cas­tle over Christ­mas, gift hunt­ing at the Salzburg Christ­mas mar­kets and a torch-lit walk with mulled wine around Aus­tria’s Lake Fuschl. De­part­ing Mu­nich on De­cem­ber 18; $3199 twin-share, in­clud­ing 10 nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion (four in CastelBrando in the Ital­ian Dolomites), daily break­fast, Christ­mas lunch with drinks, most din­ners, ex­cur­sions and tips. Air­fares not in­cluded; travel-as­so­ci­ates.com.au. Moroc­can magic: Spend Christ­mas in Morocco with a stay at the lux­u­ri­ous Kasbah Ta­madot re­sort at the foot of the Atlas Moun­tains. From 14,730 Moroc­can dirhams ($1653) a per­son for a three-night, all-in­clu­sive es­cape, twin-share. The of­fer is valid for stays be­tween De­cem­ber 22 and Jan­uary 2, and the cost cov­ers ac­com­mo­da­tion, all meals (in­clud­ing spe­cial Christ­mas Eve din­ner and Christ­mas Day lunch), drinks, a mule ride and a two-hour trek; vir­gin­lim­it­ededi­tion.com. It’s a wrap: A 10m Giv­ing Tree has been erected in the fore­court of Syd­ney Air­port’s in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal as part of a Starlight Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion Christ­mas ap­peal for sick chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. Pur­chase Starlight mer­chan­dise from air­port re­tail­ers or get your presents sorted at a gift-wrap bar at the air­port for a gold­coin do­na­tion. Money raised will help grant wishes to chil­dren in need, with each wish ful­filled marked with a star on the tree.

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