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.