Stay in cave hotels, Ottoman mansions and boutique hotels in eastern Turkey. Icon Journeys' new 11-day Charming Turkey small-group tour (two to 20 passengers) costs from $1834 a person, twin share, and includes guided touring, 17 meals, accommodation, arrival and departure transfers and hotel luggage handling. Highlights include Istanbul's Topkapi Palace, Saint Sophia and the Blue Mosque, Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, the Pergamon Acropolis, Troy, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Kaymakli the Underground City. The tour operates between May and September next year. Phone 1300 853 953, see iconjourneys.com.
Unwind in Bali
Women's surf, yoga and spa retreat Surf Haven Bali has a $300 discount for stays during this month, next month and December. A week-long stay costs from $US1995 ($2092) and includes daily surf, yoga and spa treatments (five hours), spa cuisine (three meals daily) and cultural tours. Accommodation is in a five-bedroom villa in Seminyak. The villa has two pools, gym, yoga studio and spa treatment room. See surfhavenbali.com.
Game for the wild
See Africa's Big Five wildlife, travel into the Kruger National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve and Victoria Falls. The 29-day South Africa Highlights with Kenya and Tanzania trip costs from $17,995 a person, twin share, and includes coach and four-wheel-drive touring, accommodation (private game lodges, luxury camps, hotels), 63 meals, excursions and game drives. Book by December 31 for a May 12 departure. Phone 1300 229 804, see aptouring.com.au.
Cruise the Caribbean
Book a Royal Caribbean international cruise between tomorrow and Tuesday and receive up to $US200 onboard credit per cabin and a 50 per cent discount on the usual deposit amount. The credit can be used for spa treatments, shore excursions, cocktails or duty free shopping. For bookings on cruises from January 1. The sale also includes sailings on Rhapsody of the Seas departing December 17 and cruises on Radiance of the Seas departing December 18.
Phone 1800 754 500, see www.royalcaribbean.com.au.
Ski in Canada
Stay seven days and pay for six on a skiing holiday in Banff, Canada. It costs from $829 a person and includes five-day lift pass (interchangeable at Mount Norquay, the Lake Louise area and Sunshine Village), accommodation at inns in a standard room, Johnston Canyon icewalk tour and return transfers from Calgary Airport. Valid for travel on January 3 to February 12. Book by December 15. Phone 1300 130 483, see travel.com.au.
Stay three nights in a Jindalee resort room at the Hunter region's four-star Eaglereach Wilderness Resort from $630 a room, twin share. The cost includes full breakfast daily per person, use of non-motorised hire equipment and guided nature walk. Hire of a two-hour self-drive Discovery Buggy is also included. For travel until March 31. Phone 13 88 33, see sunloverholidays.com.au.
Tahiti's InterContinental Resort has two freshwater infinity pools, outdoor aquarium, tennis courts, spa and fitness centre. Book a seven-night stay before October 31 and save $1300 a person. It now costs from $2295 a person from Sydney and Melbourne and includes return economy air travel with Air Tahiti Nui, accommodation in a panoramic view room, breakfast daily, dance and dinner show and land transfers. For travel on November 1 to December 20 and January 20 to May 31. Phone 1300 858 305, see www.tahititravel.com.au.
Insight Vacations has a new seven-day Scenic Britain itinerary, visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Harrogate, Yorkshire Dales, Durham, Borders, Edinburgh, Lake District, Chester, Conwy, Snowdonia, Caernarfon, Ludlow, Bath and Stonehenge. It costs from $1650 a person, twin share, land only (single supplement from $450 a person). The cost includes premium accommodation, luxury transport with business class legroom, experienced tour director and many meals. For departures from May 6 to October 7. See insightvacations.com.
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