Croatia specialists Beyond Travel have an early-bird offer on 2015 departures of an eight-day round-trip cruise from Split aboard their newest small ship, the purpose-built 19-cabin MS Kleopatra, for bookings paid in full by December 19. The offer is a $350 credit that can be used for pre- or post-cruise accommodation, sightseeing tours, airport transfers or any other Beyond Travel product in the region.
The cruise is priced from $1490 a person twin share and includes seven nights in a sea-view cabin with daily breakfast and lunch, some sightseeing and transfers.
Phone 1300 363 554. See beyondtravel.com.au.
Trek through the jungle by day in search of monkeys, elephants and orang-utans in their natural habitat and stay in plantation lodges by night on a tour of Borneo. Peregrine Reserve's 10-day tour, a round trip from the capital Kota Kinabalu, includes a visit to an orang-utan rehabilitation centre and a river safari, an overnight stay at the Sabah Tea plantation, the Poring Hot Springs, the Australian war memorial dedicated to the Sandakan death march and a two-night stay on Manukan Island.
The tour is priced from $2185 a person twin share and is valid for sale until September 15 and for travel on selected dates until February 28. Phone 1300 799 783. See escapetravel.com.au.
Ride the US rails coast to coast, from New York to San Francisco via Chicago, Denver and Salt Lake City. The Great American Rail Crossing with Amtrak Railways is a 14-day cross-country adventure, including four nights sleeping on the train, 10 nights' hotel accommodation, plus a Napa Valley day tour and a Chicago CityPASS.
Book and pay by September 30 and the price is $2999, a saving of $500. Valid for travel until October 31, 2015. Phone 1300 813 391. See ditravel.com.au.
Clifftop resort Sri Panwa at Cape Panwa, on the south-eastern tip of Phuket comprises seven suites and 45 villas all 40 to 60 metres above sea level on the cliffs and surrounded by lush garden. The resort is offering a three-night package that includes accommodation in "select pool villa types", daily breakfast, a Sri Panwa gift set, transfers, a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, a 60-minute spa treatment for each couple at Cool Spa and 15 per cent off other massage treatments, one five-course candlelit set dinner at Baba Soul Food Thai Cuisine, complimentary mini-bar and Wi-Fi.
The price starts at $395 a night, valid for stays November 1 to April 16 with a Christmas/New Year blackout. See sripanwa.com.
PLANT YOURSELF HERE
Save 40 per cent on a seven-night Fiji package for a family of two adults and up to three children under 12. The package includes accommodation at Plantation Island Resort, return boat transfers, free meals for kids (conditions apply) and activities.
The price is from $2111 a family for a studio garden bure or poolside room. Valid for travel until September 19, then various dates until March 31. Blackouts apply. Phone 1300 296 543. See byokids.com.au.
LITERARY AND LAVISH
Share an intimate weekend with Man Booker prize winner Eleanor Catton, who will be a guest speaker at Huka Lodge on October 4, discussing her book and an upcoming TV series based on it. The Huka Lodge winter rate has been extended to save guests 20 per cent on the full tariff and this special event is included at no extra cost. Also included: pre-dinner drinks, five-course degustation dinner daily, full country breakfast daily and use of recreational facilities. Huka Lodge is an award-winning, luxurious guest house at Lake Taupo, on New Zealand's North Island.
The winter rate is $715 (NZ$795) a night a couple.