A guided walking tour of Kathmandu is included in a new fly, stay and tour package from Direct Flights. The package includes return flights with Cathay Pacific to Kathmandu, five nights at the three-star Hotel Tenki in the Nepalese capital and a guided city walking tour with a market visit to buy lunch ingredients, before heading to a nearby home to cook and eat with a local family. The package must be booked by January 27 for travel from February 3 to March 25, April 1 to 10 and April 28 to June 26. It costs from $1413 a person twin share from Melbourne and from $1430 a person twin share from Sydney. Other prices apply to the other Australian capital cities. Phone 1300 234 909. See directflights.com.au.
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A package deal on stays at a couple of popular Fijian resorts includes a host of bonus add-ons. Book this seven-night holiday at the Sheraton Fiji Resort or The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa and receive breakfast daily, one $FJD1000 wine, dine and spa credit a booking, unlimited golf, a choice of three tours and two 60-minute massages for the price of one, as well as return transfers and vouchers saving up to $1000 on local activities. The price covers seven nights' accommodation in an ocean view room and return airfares between Australia and Nadi. It costs from $1790 a person departing from Brisbane or Sydney, and from $1890 a person from Melbourne, with different prices from other Australian points of departure. The deal must be booked by January 31 for travel February 3 to March 28. Other dates may be available. See myfiji.com.au.
Return economy airfares are included in an American cruise package along the Californian coast and part of Mexico. The eight-day voyage on Celebrity Century stops at Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Monterey, Catalina Island and Ensenada. The return economy airfares between Australia and Los Angeles are with Delta Airlines. The Destination International package costs from $2399 a person, departing from Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane on March 21. Phone 1300 813391. See ditravel.com.au.
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A 13-day India tour with luxury safari company &Beyond offers accommodation in fabulous hotels and lodges. A highlight is a tiger safari in Bandhavgarh National Park, reputed as having one of India's highest concentrations of tigers. Stays are for three nights at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi, three nights at the Banjaar Tola Tented Camp in Kanha National Park, three nights at Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge in Bandhavgarh National Park, two nights at the Rambagh Palace, Jaipur and one night at the Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, where a sunset or sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal is included. The tour costs from $8533 a person twin share and includes accommodation, all transfers, sightseeing and overland trips, all internal economy flights, park fees, guides and three meals daily with beverages including wine and beer, laundry and emergency medical evacuation insurance. The offer is valid for travel until March 31. See andbeyond.com.
Book a stay at Snow Crystal Apartments in the heart of the Niseko ski area in Japan and receive a complimentary breakfast grocery pack on arrival. The price also covers an English-speaking greeter at Chitose Airport, return airport transfers, six ski-lift passes and on-ground support. It costs from $1780 a person based on six sharing a three-bedroom deluxe apartment in the Snow Crystal complex next to the Ace Family chairlift. The offer is valid for stays from February 8 to 28. Phone 1300 137 411. See skijapan.com.