The Chronicle - - Weekend -

1. HIT THE OPEN ROAD Grab your mates and open throt­tle on some of the world’s most spec­tac­u­lar roads on the back of a clas­sic Royal En­field mo­tor­bike.

Ex­treme Bike Tours’ 16-day High Hi­malayan takes riders to the north­ern re­gions of In­dia, rid­ing among the clouds on stun­ning moun­tain passes.

The tour de­parts from New Delhi on July 12, 2019 and is $US3698 ($5026) in­clud­ing a 15 per cent dis­count – a sav­ing of $US653 a per­son – when booked with three mates. Each tour in­cludes fuel, ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals and trans­fers. Flights from Aus­tralia are ex­tra.

Ex­treme Bike Tours is also of­fer­ing a spe­cial 15 per cent dis­count a per­son on its 2019 Hid­den Sri Lanka, Lux­ury Ra­jasthan, Bhutan, Mada­gas­car and Mon­go­lia tours if you book with three other riders. The spe­cial dis­count has no book­ing dead­line. ex­treme­bike­tours.com 2. FOL­LOW THE HERD At the start of Novem­ber, the vast sa­van­nah of the south­ern Serengeti is im­pos­si­bly dry and water ex­tremely scarce. Great num­bers of wildlife have left, fol­low­ing the rain and rivers to the north.

But come early De­cem­ber, it’s a vastly dif­fer­ent story – the rain has well and truly ar­rived and with it the start of the Great Mi­gra­tion, as thou­sands of wilde­beest head to­wards their calv­ing grounds in the south of the Serengeti.

Every day is ex­tra­or­di­nary: one af­ter­noon you might see a just few thou­sand an­i­mals, only to find an ocean of wildlife the next morn­ing, with wilde­beest and ze­bra stretch­ing as far as the eye can see.

The only per­ma­nent camp in this un­spoiled part of the Serengeti, Sanc­tu­ary Re­treats’ lux­u­ri­ous Sanc­tu­ary Kusini Camp, of­fers ring­side seats to this spec­ta­cle. Every year vast herds of ze­bra, wilde­beest and other game con­gre­gate at the camp’s doorstep from mid-De­cem­ber to March.

Sanc­tu­ary Kusini 2019 prices start from $US475 ($645) a per­son a night, twin-share, for one to three nights, in­clud­ing all meals and drinks (ex­clud­ing premium brands) and airstrip trans­fers, plus a choice of two daily shared game view­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Take ad­van­tage of Sanc­tu­ary Re­treats’ ex­tended stay of­fer: stay four to six nights and save up to 30 per cent. Stay seven-plus nights to save up to 40 per cent. sanc­tu­aryre­treats.com 3. GET A NEW PER­SPEC­TIVE Soon you’ll be able to get closer to the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands than ever. Celebrity Cruises has in­tro­duced a rooftop glamp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on the top deck of its lux­ury yacht, Celebrity Flora, de­signed ex­clu­sively for the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands.

Mak­ing its de­but in May 2019, guests will have the op­por­tu­nity to dine, drink and sleep un­der one of the most spec­tac­u­lar night skies in the world.

The top deck is lim­ited to four guests a night and in­cludes camp­fire-in­spired cui­sine, cock­tails and wine cu­rated for the evening, and a nat­u­ral­ist on hand to high­light the stars and con­stel­la­tions vis­i­ble from this re­gion.

Celebrity Flora sets sail from May 26, 2019, with al­ter­nat­ing 10 and 11-night in­ner and outer loop itin­er­ar­ies. celebri­ty­cruises.com /flora 4. IN THE WAKE OF THE VIK­INGS

Voy­age like the Vik­ings of old on a new 12-night ex­pe­di­tion cruise from Ice­land to Green­land next July, with a 15 per cent sav­ing for cou­ples or no sin­gle sup­ple­ment for solo trav­ellers of­fered by Ad­ven­ture Canada in part­ner­ship with Cruise Trav­eller.

De­part­ing on July 13, 2019, in Ice­land, guests will board Ad­ven­ture Canada’s 198-pas­sen­ger Ocean En­deav­our on an 11-night ex­pe­di­tion to Green­land.

With a short stop at the vol­canic Vest­man­naey­jar is­lands of Ice­land, the ex­pe­di­tion fol­lows the jour­ney that Vik­ings like Eric the Red made mil­len­nia ago.

The ex­pe­di­tion then fol­lows the coast­line south, mak­ing its way to­wards Kanger­lus­suaq on the west coast, home to Son­dre Strom­fjord – at 168km long, it is one of the long­est fjords in the world.

The ex­pe­di­tion ends in Kanger­lus­suaq in Green­land, where guests will trans­fer to the air­port for a flight to Toronto.

In­clud­ing one night’s pre-cruise stay in Reyk­javik, post-cruise flight to Toronto as well as all ship­board meals and zo­diac shore ex­cur­sions, the In the Wake of the Vik­ings cruise is avail­able from $US7530 ($10,533) a per­son, twin-share, in­clud­ing the 15 per cent dis­count for book­ings made by Jan­uary 19, 2019.

For solo trav­ellers, fares are from $US8640 ($11,742).

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