GREAT EUROPE ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Europe - MICHELLE ROWE

Mediter­ranean magic: Book a four-night stay at the fives­tar Casa An­gelina on Italy’s Amalfi Coast be­fore March 31 and save 10 per cent on the best avail­able rate (rooms from $656 a night). The early­bird deal, for stays be­tween May16 and Oc­to­ber 27, in­cludes a 10 per cent dis­count on din­ner at the prop­erty’s UnPiano Nel Cielo restau­rant, a bot­tle of cham­pagne and fruit plat­ter on ar­rival and early check-in/late check-out, sub­ject to avail­abil­ity. More: casan­gelina.com; slh.com. Hot to trot: OnFoot Hol­i­days has in­tro­duced a self­guided hike through the World Her­itage-listed Serra de Tra­muntana moun­tain range on Mal­lorca. The eight­night trail be­gins in the Mediter­ranean is­land’s cap­i­tal, Palma, travers­ing labyrinthine streets, palace court­yards, mu­se­ums and the city’s Gothic cathe­dral be­fore head­ing for the hills that run down the is­land’s east coast. High­lights in­clude learn­ing to cook paella at a fam­ily-run ho­tel, restau­rant and cas­tle vis­its. March-June and Septem­ber-De­cem­ber de­par­tures; £865 ($1578) a per­son twin-share, in­clud­ing bed and break­fast, one evening meal and lug­gage trans­fers. More: on­foothol­i­days.co.uk. Andso to Bled: Save $400 a cou­ple on Dis­cover Croa­tia Hol­i­days’ Dis­cover the Hid­den Croa­tia tour de­part­ing Za­greb on June 12 by men­tion­ing ‘‘Hol­i­days to Europe’’ when book­ing. The 16-day tour, dis­counted to $5699 a per­son twin-share, vis­its Ljubl­jana and Bled in Slove­nia and ends in Dubrovnik. Ac­com­mo­da­tion, most meals, a day’s sail­ing, lo­cal guides and trans­fers are in­cluded. More: hol­i­daystoeu­rope.com.au. GoDutch: En­joy the high­lights of The Nether­lands with an Am­s­ter­dam and Coun­try­side Day Tour from Di­rect Flights. For sale un­til Fe­bru­ary 28, the pack­age in­cludes a morn­ing coach tour of the Dutch cap­i­tal and an af­ter­noon ex­cur­sion to the wind­mill vil­lage of Zaanse Schans, with vis­its to a clog maker and cheese farm, and the fish­ing vil­lages of Volen­dam and Marken. From $2017 a per­son twin-share (de­part­ing Syd­ney); $2023 (Perth); $2119 (Mel­bourne), $2123 (Ade­laide) and $2158 (Bris­bane), in­clud­ing re­turn flights to Am­s­ter­dam with KLMRoy­alDutch Air­lines and five nights at the Ho­tel City Gar­den Ho­tel. More: di­rect­flights.com.au. DownPat: Cel­e­brate St Pa­trick’s Day in Dublin with a four-day pack­age from Tem­poHol­i­days. From $673 a per­son twin-share, the of­fer in­cludes three nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion, hop-on, hop-off sight­see­ing bus pass, en­try to the Guin­ness Store­house and time to ex­pe­ri­ence the St Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade on March 17. For stays on March 14, 15 and 16. More: tem­pohol­i­days.com. Go­for a song: Sea Cloud Cruises has mu­sic lovers in its sights with a seven-night Mu­si­cal Easter Cruise along the cities of the Danube on River Cloud II. De­part­ing Vil­shofen, Ger­many, on April 17, the cruise will visit Pas­sau; Melk, Krems and Vi­enna in Aus­tria; Bratislava in Slo­vakia and Hun­gary’s cap­i­tal, Bu­dapest. High­lights of the pack­age in­clude two nights in Vi­enna dur­ing the OsterKlang mu­si­cal fes­ti­val and the colour­ful Easter mar­ket. Amon­gop­tional ex­cur­sions are an or­gan con­cert in Melk, wine tast­ing in Krems and a city walk­ing tour and con­cert in Bratislava. From j1995 ($3030) a per­son twin-share, in­clud­ing meals and bev­er­ages, and bot­tle of cham­pagne on ar­rival. More: sea­cloud.com/en/. Barge in: Save up to j750 ($1140) a cabin on be­spoke barge tours along the canals and rivers of Europe with boat­ing and cruis­ing hol­i­day spe­cial­ist Out­door Travel. Dis­counts are avail­able on var­i­ous six-night cruises in France and Italy through Au­gust, if booked by March 28. The all-in­clu­sive barge hol­i­days in­clude the ser­vices of a cap­tain/host, chef, host­ess and driver/tour guide, plus all meals, wines and spir­its, daily ex­cur­sions (in­clud­ing cost of en­try to at­trac­tions) and use of fa­cil­i­ties such as bi­cy­cles and boules. Upto j2500 the stan­dard price of a char­ter is also avail­able un­der the deal. More: out­door­travel.com.au. Rus­sian high­lights: Visit the Krem­lin, Red Square, St Basil’s Cathe­dral and Stalin’s un­der­ground rail sys­tem in Moscow be­fore trav­el­ling by Sap­san high-speed train to spend two days in St Peters­burg with a new six-day es­corted tour from Be­yond Travel. The pack­age, from $945 a per­son twin-share, in­cludes five nights in three­and-a-half-star ho­tels with break­fast daily, guided sight­see­ing, rail travel and air­port trans­fers. For de­par­tures be­tween MayandSeptem­ber, with op­tional pre- and post-travel ac­com­mo­da­tion and book­ings for bal­let and opera per­for­mances avail­able. More: be­yond­travel.com.au.

Casa An­gelina of­fers front-row views of Italy’s glo­ri­ous Amalfi Coast

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