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The Athenaeum Ho­tel in May­fair has teamed with the Lon­don Pal­la­dium to cel­e­brate Barry Humphries’ farewell show Eat, Play, Laugh. The pack­age in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion in a glad­i­oli-filled room, dou­ble tick­ets to the show, break­fast for two, WiFi ac­cess, cock­tail and canapes. From £452 ($765), in­clud­ing taxes and tick­ets for two, from Novem­ber 13 to Jan­uary 5. More: athenaeumho­tel.com.

Tempo Hol­i­days has a two-for-one spe­cial for twin-share pas­sen­gers on se­lected river cruise de­par­tures next year, but hop to it and book by Novem­ber 15 for the sav­ings. A seven-night Clas­si­cal Rhine voy­age starts at $2033 a cou­ple for April 12 and Oc­to­ber 16 de­par­tures aboard Amadeus Princess. More: tem­pohol­i­days.com.

Cruise Ex­press is of­fer­ing two nights at the fa­bled Savoy in Lon­don be­fore a 16-night Arc­tic Cir­cle voy­age aboard Ocean Princess through Nor­way’s most spec­tac­u­lar fjords. The pack­age de­parts Aus­tralian ports on June 3 and in­cludes re­turn Lon­don flights, ac­com­mo­da­tion and cruise; from $8999 a per­son, twin-share. More: cruise­ex­press.com.au.

Bill Peach Jour­neys has an­nounced an in­ter­na­tional col­lec­tion for next year that fea­tures a 20-day World Her­itage Air­cruise from Syd­ney to Lon­don via prime UNESCO World Her­itage-listed sites in Asia and Jor­dan and a 15-day Em­pires of East­ern Europe itin­er­ary cov­er­ing Tran­syl­va­nia, St Peters­burg, Moscow and Kiev. Travel is by lux­ury pri­vate jet with a max­i­mum of 29 pas­sen­gers. More: bill­peachjour­neys.com.au.

In­trepid Travel has re­leased its 2014 pro­gram with a swag of new itin­er­ary in­clu­sions such as home­s­tays and meet-the-lo­cals op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clud­ing din­ner with a Ukrainian vil­lage fam­ily on the Clas­sic Rus­sia & Ukraine tour. More: in­trepid­travel.com/new-trips-2014.

La­p­land spe­cial­ist the White Cir­cle is of­fer­ing three-night stays at Sor­ris­niva igloo ho­tel in Nor­way from Jan­uary to March. More: the­white­cir­cle.com.

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