GREAT ES­CAPES

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Whale watch: Save $200 a cou­ple on an eight-day whale-swim hol­i­day in Tonga de­part­ing July 31 or Au­gust 7. The $3500-a-per­son deal from Aus­tralian eco-op­er­a­tor Ma­jes­tic Whale En­coun­ters in­cludes seven nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion at Sandy Beach Re­sort on Foa in Tonga’s Ha’apai group of is­lands, one night at Scenic Ho­tel near Nuku’alofa’s air­port, wel­come din­ner, daily break­fast and lunch, five days of guided, boat-based swim­ming with gi­ant hump­back whales, in­ter-is­land flights and trans­fers. More: ma­jes­ticwhaleen­coun­ters.com. Goape: Aber­crom­bie & Kent is of­fer­ing a dis­count of $US650 ($710) a cou­ple on stays at Sanc­tu­ary Gorilla For­est Cam­pas part of its Pri­mates of Uganda itin­er­ar­ies from April 1 to June 20 and Novem­ber 1 to De­cem­ber 15, 2014. From $7865 a per­son, the nine-day ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes two days of gorilla track­ing in Bwindi Im­pen­e­tra­ble Na­tional Park plus chimp track­ing in Kibale Na­tional Park, and game view­ing in Queen El­iz­a­beth Na­tional Park. There’s also the chance to visit the A&KPhi­lan­thropy­sup­ported Bwindi Com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal. More: aber­crom­biekent.com.au/Uganda/itin­er­ar­ies/ pri­mates-of-uganda.cfm. Cap­i­tal gains: Stay in the lap of lux­ury in Knights­bridge, Lon­don, with The Cap­i­tal ho­tel’s Three Night Dol­lar deal. From $1758 in a Clas­sic King Room, $2388 in a Deluxe Roomand$2904 in a Ju­nior Suite, the pack­age in­cludes three nights’ twin-share ac­com­mo­da­tion, full break­fast daily, choice of af­ter­noon tea or up to $50 a per­son credit at Miche­lin-starred Out­law’s at The Cap­i­tal, air­port trans­fers, free Wi-Fi and the op­tion to split the deal into sep­a­rate night stays. Valid un­til Jan­uary 31, 2015 (with sea­sonal rate vari­a­tions). More: cap­i­tal­ho­tel.co.uk. Baltic bar­gain: Ex­pe­ri­ence the Baltic States and Poland with a leisurely 25-day itin­er­ary from Tours­gallery, with stops of two or three nights in most cities. Start­ing in Krakow, Poland, on July 12, the tour will visit Latvia, Lithua­nia and Es­to­nia be­fore end­ing in Helsinki, Fin­land and in­cludes stays in four and five-star ho­tels. No­morethan 20 guests will be trans­ported in a pri­vate 45-seat char­ter coach. From $8950 a per­son twin-share. More: tours­gallery.com. Save on Europe: Get in quick to se­cure ex­cel­lent sav­ings on a wide range of 2014 Europe tours with Back-Roads Tour­ing Co. The small-group tour op­er­a­tor is of­fer­ing a 5 per cent early­bird dis­count on more than 30 Euro­pean itin­er­ar­ies if booked by De­cem­ber 15, in­clud­ing a $144 sav­ing on its eight-day An­zacs at Gal­lipoli tour de­part­ing Is­tan­bul on April 22 (nowfrom $2731 a per­son twin-share) and a $400 dis­count on its 13-day Wild & Won­der­ful Scan­di­navia pack­age (nowfrom $7595 a per­son). More: back­road­s­tour­ing.com.au. Sail away: Huge sav­ings are in store on Rhap­sody of the Seas’ Grand Voy­age to the Blue Mosque de­part­ing Syd­ney on April 17, 2015. Book be­fore Fe­bru­ary 28, 2014, to se­cure a dis­count of $6500 a per­son on the 45-night cruise to Is­tan­bul, in­clud­ing stops at Bris­bane, Bali, Sin­ga­pore, Colombo, Goa, Mus­cat, Haifa, Li­mas­sol and Rhodes. Now­priced from $7249 for Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Bris­bane de­par­tures, $7499 ex Ade­laide, and $7549 ex Perth, the deal in­cludes all main meals on board, two nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion at the Ritz-Carl­ton in Is­tan­bul and one-way econ­omy flights from Is­tan­bul to Aus­tralia. More: ecruis­ing.travel.

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