ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Holidays For Seniors - MICHELLE ROWE

Fare deal: Spe­cial se­niors fares are avail­able for a 33-night cruise pack­age from Syd­ney to HongKon­gon Celebrity Mil­len­nium, de­part­ing

Soft-ad­ven­ture travel spe­cial­ist Tours­gallery has a Cherry Blos­som Gar­dens & Art Gal­leries itin­er­ary in Ja­pan tak­ing in tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary gar­dens and ar­chi­tec­ture, spa re­sorts and mu­se­ums. From $8250 a per­son land only, the March 30-April 11 es­corted small­group tour also in­cludes culi­nary and cul­tural high­lights in Tokyo and Ky­oto and vis­its to Miki­moto Pearl Is­land, the cherry blos­som-lined streets of Ka­makura, and the an­cient cap­i­tal of Nara. More: 1300 307 317; tours­gallery.com. Novem­ber 30. Sail up the east coast of Aus­tralia to the Top End (vis­it­ing Bris­bane, Air­lie Beach, Cairns and Dar­win) and on to In­done­sia, Thai­land and Viet­nam fol­lowed by a two-night stay at HongKong’s Marco Polo Ho­tel. Book by Oc­to­ber 16 for the se­niors dis­count, valid if one or more pas­sen­gers is over 55; from $4759 in­clud­ing flight from HongKongto Syd­ney; $4959 to Bris­bane and Melbourne; $5039 to Ade­laide and $5109 to Perth. More: 1300 369 848; ecruis­ing.travel. An­zac spirit: Visit Gal­lipoli 99 years af­ter the An­zac land­ings with a new hosted 17-day fly-cruise pack­age from Cruise Ex­press. The Mediter­ranean Magic tour, de­part­ing Aus­tralia on May8, in­cludes three nights in Rome and an 11-night round-trip cruise from the Ital­ian cap­i­tal on Celebrity Re­flec­tion. The voy­age vis­its Athens and the Greek is­lands of Mykonos and San­torini, as well as Naples and the ru­ins of Eph­e­sus in Turkey be­fore an overnight visit to Is­tan­bul with an op­tional full-day shore ex­cur­sion to Gal­lipoli. From $5490 a per­son twin­share, in­clud­ing re­turn flights; shore ex­cur­sion pack­ages cov­er­ing seven tours (in­clud­ing Gal­lipoli) are avail­able for $699. More: 1300 764 509; cruise­ex­press.com.au. Fly free: Get in quick to se­cure free flights to Europe when you book a suite on se­lected three-week Cu­nard voy­ages next year. Book by Septem­ber 30 for the air­fare deals in­clud­ing a 21-night Venice to Rome­cruise on Queen El­iz­a­beth de­part­ing June 27, from $13,756 a per­son twin-share; or a 21-night Romer­ound trip on Queen El­iz­a­beth de­part­ing Oc­to­ber 3, from $12,643 a per­son twin-share. Up­grades to busi­ness class from $4999 a per­son. More: 131 303; cruise­guru.com.au. Happy snaps: Award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher Steve Parish will lead a 10-night pho­to­graphic jour­ney to the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands from March 9, in­clud­ing a seven-night cruise on the 16-pas­sen­ger San Jose, with op­por­tu­ni­ties to cap­ture on film colonies of marine igua­nas, tur­tles, sea lions and the spec­tac­u­lar vol­ca­noes of Isla Is­abela. From $5695 a per­son twin- share, in­clud­ing re­turn flights from Quito, Ecuador, to the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands and three nights pre-cruise in Quito. More: 1800 507 777; cruise­trav­eller.com.au. Lone ar­ranger: Solo trav­ellers face no ex­tra charge on A&K’s High­lights of China itin­er­ary from Novem­ber 3-21, which in­cludes three nights aboard Sanc­tu­ary Yangzi Ex­plorer. The lux­ury cruise, on the Yangtze River, the third­largest in the world, fo­cuses on the Three Gorges and fea­tures tai­lored shore ex­cur­sions. Ship­board ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude tai chi, cook­ing and silk em­broi­dery classes and spa treat­ments. Solo prices from $10,600 (save $1230). More: aber­crom­biekent.com.au.

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