Mystery of the Mekong

Mystery of the Mekong

Explore Cambodia and Vietnam by boat and land. E-cruising's 11-night Lost Civilisations itinerary includes a seven-night cruise of the Mekong River on board luxury vessel The Jahan. It costs from $4199 and includes return economy airfares with Singapore Airlines from Sydney and Melbourne, two nights' accommodation at the Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, seven-night cruise with full board, house wines and spirits, room service, shore excursions with an English-speaking guide, guided city tours, entrance fees, two nights' accommodation at La Residence d'Angkor in Siem Reap and a tour of the Angkor temples. Upgrade to a signature room or suite from $4809 for cabin butler service, spa treatments and private dinner at the ship's observatory. Book by March 31. Phone 1300 369 848, see

Hakuba family holiday

Take a family ski holiday this January in Japan's Hakuba fields, 300 kilometres north-west of Tokyo. The deal (for two adults and two children) costs from $2595 and includes seven nights' accommodation in a two-bedroom condominium at the Brownie, and a five-day multi-resort lift pass per person. Valid for bookings made until October 30. Phone 9017 1142, email

Just Grand

Stay five nights in New York from $765 a person, twin share, in a standard room at the Grand Hyatt New York. Price includes return airport transfers. Valid for travel January 2-23 and February 1-29. Book by October 31. See

Dublin's day of days

Celebrate St Patrick's Day in Dublin with a tour on March 15-18. This deal costs $429 a person and includes three nights' multi-share hostel accommodation with daily breakfast, St Patrick's Day Parade and celebrations, and a trip leader. Temple Bar nightlife and the Guinness Storehouse are also on the agenda. Phone Topdeck on 1300 886 332, see

Morocco and the desert


Private homes and gardens are on the itinerary in Morocco. Led by Leonie Furber from May19-

June 4, this tour stops at Rabat, Tangier, Marrakech and includes an overnight stay in the desert. The trip costs from $7955 a person, twin share, and includes twin-share hotel accommodation with private facilities, transport in air-conditioned coaches, breakfast daily and some meals. See

Ancient road to Turkey

Beyond Travel has a new small-group tour (maximum of 15 people) for a journey from Budapest to Istanbul. The 17-day Budapest to the Golden Horn tour costs from $5795 a person, twin share, and departs Budapest stopping at Timisoara, Brasov in Transylvania, Bucharest in Romania, and Sofia and Plovdiv in Bulgaria before spending two nights in Istanbul. Includes a traditional Romanian meal with a farming family and a meal within Bulgaria's UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery. The tour price includes accommodation, many meals, transportation, sight-seeing with an English-speaking guide and transfers. Book by December 19 for $800 a couple in travel credits. For departures on June 3, July 15, August 12 and September 23, 2012. Phone Beyond Travel on 1300 363 554, email

A sojourn in Paris

Stay in Paris's Latin Quarter in January or February. A week in a one-bedroom apartment, Le Gourmand du Mouffetard, which sleeps four adults, costs $1640 (was $2050). A one-way airport transfer is included. Phone (02) 9969 3164, see

Douglas discounts

Stay for six nights and pay for four at Mantra Portsea in Port Douglas. A six-night stay including daily breakfast costs from $153 a night and a one-bedroom studio including breakfast costs from $187 a night. Valid for travel until March 31. Phone 1300 987 604, see

Danube delights

Cruise the Danube through the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Hungry on board the MS Sound of Music. A 13-day trip costs from $2999 (normally $3299) a person twin share from Budapest or Prague. Phone Rail and Cruise Tours on 1300 813 391.

Jane Reddy

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