GREAT EUROPE ESCAPES
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.