GREAT EUROPE ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION EUROPE - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

FOOT­LOOSE IN FRANCE: Bri­tish op­er­a­tor On Foot Hol­i­days has dis­counts on its seven-night self-guided inn-toinn treks across alpine mead­ows and snow­fields in the foothills of Mont Blanc; book by Novem­ber 30 for deals on 2016 de­par­tures. More: on­foothol­i­days.co.uk.

A MONTH IN THE BALKANS: Tour Di­rec­tors has a 29-day all-in­clu­sive Se­quel to the Balkans itin­er­ary, depart­ing July 13, aimed at trav­ellers want­ing an in-depth ex­pe­ri­ence of the re­gion; the guided hol­i­day fea­tures Ser­bia, Hun­gary, Slove­nia and Croa­tia, plus an 11-day voy­age aboard MS Emanuel along the north Dal­ma­tian coast. From $17,990 a per­son twin-share, in­clud­ing re­turn flights from Aus­tralia. More: 1300 856 661; trav­eldirec­tors.com.

LIS­TEN UP, LADIES: Book by Novem­ber 30 for a $350 dis­count on a 13-day tour of Rome, Chianti and Tus­cany de- signed by Trav­el­ling Di­vas; dubbed Do It Like Au­drey Hep­burn, the gals-only hol­i­day de­parts May 23. More: hol­i­daystoeu­rope.com.au/spe­cials.

STAY AND PLAY: City-stay spe­cial­ist Mono­grams has re­leased its 2016 Europe pro­gram of more than 50 op­tions with 10 per cent off tours if booked by De­cem­ber 1 this year; com­bine in­ter­na­tional flights with a pack­age of seven days or more and save up to $600 a cou­ple. Fea­tured des­ti­na­tions in­clude Lon­don, Paris and Rome with multi-city pos­si­bil­i­ties on of­fer, and in­clu­sions such as sight­see­ing, rail passes and as­sis­tance from lo­cal hosts. More: 1300 230 234; mono­gram­stravel.com.au.

IBE­RIA IN STYLE: Aber­crom­bie & Kent’s Small Group Jour­neys 2016 port­fo­lio has been re­leased; the hol­i­days are lim­ited to 18 peo­ple and fea­ture charm­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and unique lo­ca­tions plus sig­na­ture din­ing ex­peri- ences and the handy ser­vices of a Trav­el­ling Bell Boy to man­age lug­gage. A 14-day Spain and Por­tu­gal: jour­ney across Ibe­ria tour starts at $US9550 ($13,287) a per­son twin-share, in­clud­ing in­ter­nal flights. More: 1300 590 317; aber­crom­biekent.com.au.

SET TO SAIL: Sil­versea has launched an in­ter­ac­tive web­site ded­i­cated to the Ital­ian-owned lux­ury cruise line’s new 596-pas­sen­ger Sil­ver Muse, due to set sail in late 2017. There’s a 360-de­gree vir­tual tour and ren­der­ings of suites and pub­lic ar­eas, in­clud­ing eight din­ing venues; book­ings open Novem­ber 2. More: sil­ver­muse.info.

ON THE ROADS AGAIN: Small-group ex­pert Back-Roads Tour­ing Co has added 45 de­par­ture dates for its leisurely paced Bri­tain and con­ti­nen­tal Europe tours from June to Oc­to­ber next year. More: 1300 100 410; back­road­s­tour­ing.com.

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