GREAT EUROPE ES­CAPES

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

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.

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