GREAT EUROPE ESCAPES
SEATS ON SALE: Cathay Pacific has announced a sale for economy class seats to more than 80 destinations on its network, including key ports in Europe; book by April 24 for travel between May 1 and November 30, with sample return fares including Sydney to London Gatwick via Hong Kong from $1459 and Melbourne to Amsterdam via Hong Kong from $1336. More: cathaypacific.com.au.
FLY AND FLOAT: International return flights are included for passengers who book an APT 15-day Magnificent Europe or Romantic Rhone & Seine cruise for 2018 before the end of this month; reserve a category A or above cabin on APT’s Aria river cruisers, or a category T or above on Concerto vessels, and upgrade the air deal to business class for $1995. The allinclusive French cruises start at $9795 a person twinshare and itinerary highlights include the castles, vineyards and Roman ruins of the south plus the historic towns and gardens beside the Seine. More: 1300 196 420; aptouring.com.au.
CROATIA CALLING: Australia’s Beyond Travel Group has launched Cruise Croatia to promote more than 30 ships, including traditional gulets and wooden sailing ships, and 60 voyages of diverse itineraries and styles in the Dalmatian Coast region this year. An eight-day cruise from Dubrovnik to Split on the brand new 18- cabin MS Agape Rose starts at $1190 a person twinshare. More: 1300 664 790; cruise-croatia.com.au.
ROAM TO ROME: Emirates has reinstated its third daily flight from Dubai to Rome in line with a spring and summer Europe schedule; two Boeing 777-300ERs and one A380 operate the route with connections to Milan, Bologna and Venice. More: emirates.com/au.
PARADISE FOUND: The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall is marking its 25th anniversary with the opening of an educational barn designed for visitors to learn more about the important work across the estate, which was restored in 1992. More: heligan.com.