FLIGHT OF FANCY
Considering Europe next year? The earlybird sale from 2014 Skytrax Airline of the Year Cathay Pacific offers low fares and flexibility. Prices are from $1647 for Melbourne to Zurich economy return. The fares allow different classes of travel in the one booking and stopovers in Hong Kong on the way to nine European cities from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns or Perth. For example, Melbourne-Paris return in premium economy is from $3210 and business class is on sale too, with Sydney to Frankfurt return from $7292. The fares are on sale until December 31 for travel between March 1 and November 30. See cathaypacific.com.au.
Active Travel is offering $A750 a person towards flights on bookings made before October 10 for their 13-day Active Antarctica or 19-day Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica voyages (flights not included). Both depart Ushuaia, Argentina, in November. The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica trip is aboard the Russian scientific ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov and includes stops at the West Falkland Archipelago, Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia, Deception Island and the Antarctic mainland. The 19-day trip leaves on November 3 and is priced from $US13,695 twin share. Active Antarctica leaves on November 8, and is priced from $US9595 twin share. Phone 1300 783 188. See activetravel.com.au.
BEST OF BRITISH
See the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Buckingham Palace, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Stonehenge during Cruise Express's 2015 Royal Affair cruise tour. Departing Australia on July 28, the 18-day holiday begins with three nights in London, including accommodation, welcome dinner, sightseeing and tours of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Stonehenge. Then there's a 12-night circumnavigation of the British Isles from Southampton on the new Royal Princess, the biggest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet. Calls include Guernsey, Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Inverness and Edinburgh as well as Liverpool and Paris and Glasgow for the Tattoo. Including return flights from Australia, the price is from $7990 a person, twin share. Phone 1300 764 509. See cruiseexpress.com.au.
The team at El Questro in the Kimberley have spotted some Gouldian finches, once classified as endangered. With only a short while till the end of the season, if you want to spot them too, El Questro is offering 30 per cent off three-night stays in the luxury lodge Homestead till October 24. Stay four nights and add complimentary transfers from Kununurra. Under the deal, rooms are from $1575 a night. Bungalows on the river, for stays till October 24, are from $329 a night and include full breakfast and Wilderness Park Permits for two adults. Phone 1300 233 432. See elquestro.com.au.
CHEAP AND CHEERY
A budget Bali property, Villa Diana at Legian, has rooms going for $50 a night including taxes through hotels.com. It's not the newest or most flash on the strip but the TripAdvisor reviews are pretty good for what it is. It has four swimming pools, free Wi-Fi in public areas, a shuttle service and free self-parking. It's family-friendly and close to the bars and restaurants of Seminyak. The deal, which represents up to 70 per cent off the regular $145, is valid for sale and stays until December 20 with some blackout dates applying. See hotels.com.
TEE OFF AT RAFFLES
You've played Scotland, how about Cambodia? Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor is near the Angkor Golf Resort designed by Sir Nick Faldo and the Siem Reap Booyoung Country Club, with its meandering creeks and course designed by Japan's Kentaro Sato. The Angkor Golf Escape includes a round of golf at either, green fees, caddy fees and twin sharing cart. Non-golfers get two 180-minute body treatments at Raffles Spa instead of golf. Also included is a lunch at Angkor Golf Resort during the golf day and one set lunch at hotel restaurant Cafe d'Angkor, and one set dinner with choice of Cafe d'Angkor or buffet dinner and Khmer cultural show at Apsara Terrace. Valid for sale and stays till October 31, the price is $1170 a double twin share and covers two nights in a state room and daily champagne breakfast. See raffles.com/SiemReap.