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Sofitel Dubai The Palm, Jumeirah

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DEAL: 3 nights from $1,199 per room (valued up to A$3,129)

If you are on your way to or from Europe this northern summer, why not give yourself a break and take full advantages of this terrific opportunity to experience the allure of Dubai with a touch of French elegance on the sun-soaked Eastern Crescent of the world-famous Palm Jumeirah.

Boasting an 11 dining venues, bars and lounges, six outdoor pools, and the rejuvenating Sofitel SPA with L’Occitane, the Sofitel Dubai The Palm has it all.

With daily dining across a selection of onsite restaurants and AED200 spa credit per package included, you can truly make the most of your stay.

The resort offers a tranquil atmosphere for guests of all ages, with a purpose-built kids’ club and an adults-only pool. An endless stretch of private golden sands offers a playground for exhilarating watersports, romantic walks or basking in the Arabian sun.

You’ll feel a world away from Dubai’s bustling metropolis, while still having the top sights within easy reach.

Within a 20-minute drive, you’ll find the glitzy boutiques of the Mall of Emirates, the awe-inspiring Burj Khalifa and the evocative desert landscapes that surround this futuristic city.

Travelling with family? Upgrade to a Family Apartment with sea views for up to two adults and two children (11 years and under).

Club Upgrade Bonus: Upgrade to a Junior Suite or Signature Palm Suite Sea View for access to The Premier Lounge overlooking the Palm Jumeirah, including daily breakfast, daily afternoon tea and nightly aperitivo drinks and canapes from 5pm to 7pm.

For more details and booking, click HERE.

Get in quick for a late run at Antarctic adventure

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The Greg Mortimer in Antarctica

High summer is usually the most popular time to visit Antarctica on an expedition ship but Australian small ship cruise specialist, Cruise Traveller, is offering a new fly, cruise and stay package that takes adventure seekers to the white continent in late October when the snow is still powdery white, returning birds and penguins are engaged in courtship rituals and the icy waterways are eerily quiet.

The new 15-night ‘Snow, Seals and Penguins’ package from Cruise Traveller will see guests sail on Aurora Expeditions’ purpose-built expedition ship, Greg Mortimer, from Argentina to Antarctica on October 28, 2024, at the very start of the Antarctic cruise season.

The special package comes with free return flights to South America and savings of A$5575 per person for bookings made by April 30, 2024. Seriously, by May Day this offer will melt away like snow on water.

The journey begins in Australia on October 25, 2024, with a free flight from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Buenos Aires for a two-night stay and on to Ushuaia for another night and scenic tour before boarding Aurora Expeditions 132-guest expedition ship, Greg Mortimer, named after the renowned Australian mountaineer and explorer who founded Aurora Expeditions in 1991. The purpose-built ship offers sea-level Zodiac launching platforms, two Jacuzzis on the top deck, expansive observation decks, lounges and a gym, with all cabins offering an ocean view and 80 per cent boasting a private balcony.

Aurora Expeditions has won multiple awards including the world’s best expedition cruise line, leading polar expedition operator and is also a global leader in sustainable expedition travel, receiving accreditation in January, 2024, as a Certificied B Corporation, a worldwide standard of social and environmental values and responsibility.

Sailing from Ushuaia on October 28, 2024, Greg Mortimer will be home for 10 nights as the ship sails south to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula with their snow-capped peaks, dramatic glaciers, rich wildlife, pristine waters and huge icebergs. The journey offers opportunities to explore and hike ashore with nature guides to see seals and penguins, as well as the chance to take the famous polar plunge into the icy sea for a bracing, quick dip to remember.

After returning to Ushuaia, guests will fly back to Buenos Aires for a one-night stay before the flight back to Australia, ending the holiday.

‘Snow, Seals and Penguins’ Inclusions

* 15-night package, from October 25, 2024

* Free flight from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Buenos Aires and on to Ushuaia, and return

* Two nights in Buenos Aires pre-cruise and one post-cruise
* One night in Ushuaia pre-cruise with half-day city tour

* 10-night Antarctica voyage, return from Ushuaia, aboard Greg Mortimer

* Onboard beverages with dinner and Zodiac and land excursions are included in the cruise

Including free flights, the fly, stay and sail package is available from A$19,595 per person, twin-share, in an Ocean-view Cabin – a saving of A$5575 per person if booked by April 30, 2024.  

Call Australian small ship specialist, Cruise Traveller, on 1800 507 777 or visit Snow Seals and Penguin Package (direct link to package) or www.cruisetraveller.com.au

Blood Moon and the best (budget) hotel in Saigon

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Blood Moon over Saigon River

I’m just back from Saigon, where I was finishing my next James Dunbar novel, with a lot of stories to tell.  And in case you’re thinking of joining the ever-increasing number of Aussies in the VietSet,  I’d like to jump in with a review of what I discovered to be an amazing bargain-price ‘boutique’ hotel.

Consider this: a huge room and giant bed, with an en suite, a desk,a fridge and a view, in a hotel with a 24-hour concierge desk, about half a block from the Opera House, for… drum roll … $50 dollars a night.

Now, before we go any further, this is not a sponsored or subsidised review.  I was in Saigon for 10 days, wanted to spend another four nights there but also needed to find somewhere less expensive than the fabulous Silverland Ben Thanh, where I spent my last few days.

As ever, I went on to Booking.com which I use a lot because I get significant  discounts as a Level 2 “Genius” and it has genuine reviews.

I was looking for a small hotel in the city centre that was not a “Chill” apartment – they are usually small Airbnb-style joints with loose rules and regulations and where people could just crash after a long day’s touring or a hard night’s partying… or both.

The La Paix Boutique two-star hotel popped up. It was a great price with mostly positive reviews with the only negatives being muted complaints that there was poor soundproofing between rooms and the fact that the middle, cheaper rooms didn’t really have windows.

Apart from that the rooms were clean and comfortable and the cleaners were hearing impaired.  Apparently it can be difficult for anyone with any disability to get work in Vietnam, so this was something of a breakthrough.

Huge bed, huge bathroom, thin walls.

My favourite Mexican restaurant (I know, I know) from my room in La Paix

Now, before you rush off and book yourself a room, be aware of a couple of things. At first I was in a “deluxe” room on the third floor at the front which was quite noisy.

Next day I moved to the top (eighth floor) which was a lot quieter but the free wi-fi, which was fine further down the building, lost a lot of its reliability on the way up through the floors.

Also, the hotel is a typically tall, narrow building which means only the deluxe rooms at the front and back have windows directly to the outside while the two cheaper rooms in the middle have windows that give you a view across the internal corridors, to external windows.

As for the soundproofing, I never heard a thing until the morning my Immediate neighbour spent a good half hour talking to God on the great white telephone (copyright, Mr W Connolly).  The walls between the bathroom seem to be where the insulation is at its thinnest.

There are compromises to be made.  The aircon on three was too puny for the 38 degree days, while the one on eight handled the heat and humidity with impunity, but dripped like an over-watered houseplant.

The Hotel is on Hai Ba Trung, parallel to Dong Khoi (formerly the Rue Cattinat of Graham Greene fame) and two streets from Nguyen Hue Boulevard. It’s also just a couple of blocks from the river and surrounded by all sorts of restaurants offering all kinds of cuisines.

Would I stay there again?  I might set another novel in Saigon just so I can justify another trip there. Oh, and I got a picture of a “blood moon” from my window. Maybe that’s what I’ll call the book.

Cruise Perth to Sydney over the Top End 2025

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Kimberley WA

For us Mildrovers who for all their travel adventures think there’s no place like home, here’s a cruise that keeps you Australia adjacent for the whole trip and includes some spectacular stops you’d probably never see otherwise.

Mycruises have put together a 19 Night fly, stay & cruise Holiday with $2500 of bonus value including a city stay. Departing in May next year, on board Crown Princess, the cruise goes the long way round, sailing North from Fremantle in May 2025 after a two night stay to make the most of the always photogenic and thoroughly entertaining Perth.

An urban oasis amongst the boundless nature of Western Australia, Perth provides a pleasant change in pace.

Explore 990 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens at Kings Park, relax in the sun at Cottesloe Beach and meet the friendly quokkas at Rottnest Island.

Once you’re on your way, first stop is Geraldton. Gorgeous windswept beaches, leaning trees, wildflowers and a friendly atmosphere define this sunny resort town.

It is a prime destination for water sports, and boating, sailing and fishing are part of Geraldton’s maritime heritage.

Next it’s on to Broome, with humble beginnings as a pearling town, it’s the gateway to the incredible wilderness of the Kimberly.

During your stay, don’t miss a camel ride along Cable Beach, a historic pearl farm tour or the incredible dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point.

On to Yampi Sound, nestled between King Sound and Collier Bay, brimming with astounding natural wonders. Admire clear blue waters and magical Kimberley landscapes while keeping an eye out for the resident bottlenose dolphins.

Then the Kimberley Coast, sparse wilderness, shaped by incredible gorges, impeccable coastline, rugged ranges and unique wildlife. Pass by Windjana Gorge National Park, which is home to dramatic limestone cliffs and warm pools where freshwater crocodiles gather.

Then it’s the gateway to Australia’s Top End, Darwin. As the only Australian capital with a tropical climate, Darwin enjoys a more laidback vibe.

During your stay, get up close to the crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove, chill out in the Wave Lagoon and learn about Darwin’s World War 2 history at the Defence of Darwin Experience.

Use to be Far North Queensland, now the Tropical North, Cairns is the next city to explore. Cairns is a must-visit for nature lovers. Catch the scenic railway to Kuranda, a colourful village filled with markets, wildlife, and Aboriginal cultural experiences.

Back in the city, take a dip in the Cairns Lagoon or bring out your adventurous side at Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome.

Willis Island Weather Monitoring Station

Then it’s on to the white sandy islands, turquoise waters, and tranquillity of Willis Island, the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory. It’s an external territory of Australia, and home to an Australian Bureau of Meteorology weather station, usually staffed by four weather observers.

Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, invites a walk down Southbank, a ferry up the river or book a shore excursion to Australia Zoo! Founded by Australian Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s family you can get up close with kangaroo’s, koalas and many other interesting animals.

Disembark Crown Princess in Sydney today. Board your flight home, or ask Mycruises about flexible flights and extend your stay.

For all the details and bookings CLICK HERE or call Mycruises on 1300 719 265

Go Greek Island hopping, walking and lunching.

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Lagada, Amorgos, Greece

We get a lot of requests for new walking holiday ideas, not least from the seasoned walking-talking-writing, Jimmy T and bypass buddy Kieren P.

The trusted team at On Foot Holidays, have test walked some very tempting Greek Island walking holidays, in this case a seven day stroll through Islands of Naxos and Amorgos, dates starting April 2024.

If this is your first time considering a walking holiday, you probably have one question before you read much further;

Just how much walking are we talking?

Here are the approximations for Full days:

  • Naxos 9-12 km per day, 3-4 hrs walking,
  • Maximum grade, easy to medium
  • Amorgos 8-15 km per day, 2½-5 hrs walking.
  • Maximum grade, easy to medium
  • Using shortening options: None, but you decide each day whether to choose an easy walk or a harder, or even opt out and go to the beach!

Now you’ve got in mind the level of exertion required, I’ll let On Foot’s Simon, Mary, Harriet and Fi take you from here.

The two-island route offers some fine walking on two contrasting islands, each with its own special flavour.

The scenery in both is splendid and the walking very fine; while the larger island of Naxos has a great variety of sights and walks, its smaller cousin Amorgos reminds one of earlier times when tourism in the Aegean was far less developed.

The sea, with its swimming opportunities, is always at hand, and we help you to find the best.

On Naxos you are based in or near Naxos Old Town, whose Venetian heritage is clear in the Kastro dominating the labyrinthine alleys, a cornucopia of little blue-and-white shops and restaurants.

Courtesy of our enthusiastic taxi man Giannis (taxis to and from the Naxos walks are included in the basic holiday price), the best walking on the island is available to you.

Visit the half-finished, ancient statues (Kouros) lying in a farmer’s field, the pretty villages of the interior (Apiranthos, Filoti and Chalki), and the beach at Lionas, where you can be royally lunched, and sleep the afternoon away after home-made honey raki and a swim.

Walk to the temple of Demeter or ascend Mt Zas, the highest mountain in the Cyclades at 1000m, and get back in time for delicious filo pastries in the village bars.

Amorgos is quite another matter. Lonely and far less developed, the walking embraces the authentic culture of the island while giving some thrilling views and experiences – notably the Monastery of Chozoviotiza, clinging limpet-like to its cliff, followed by a walk along the spine of the island back to your pension in quiet Aegiali.

Two further walks will take you through the villages of the northern end of the island, and to a windy outpost, accessible only by a cliff path.

Standard option (see “itinerary”): Seven nights (4 Naxos, 3 Amorgos), but you can choose to stay longer on each island, and hire a car locally if you wish to explore each more fully.

Single island options also available (recommended for shorter stays). Minimum stays on each island: Naxos 3 nights (July/August 4), Amorgos 2 (July/August 3). Minimum total stay 5 nights.

Note that ferry transfers between the two islands are lengthy (2-4 hours) and that access to Naxos is either by ferry from Santorini (2 hrs), Mykonos (1½ hrs) or Piraeus (6 hrs), or by daily flight from Athens only. Flight and ferry times may mean an overnight near the airport on either the outward or return journey. We advise you to discuss your flight plans with On Foot Holidays first before settling on the shape of the holiday.

Prices start from 770 GBP (A$1500 or thereabouts at today’s exchange rate) for seven nights. For all prices and bookings from On Foot Holidays, CLICK HERE

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

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THE DEAL: Stay five nights from A$7,999 /villa, valued up to A$15,771 a saving of 49% – Time Limited Offer.

THE APPEAL: Experience life among an underwater kingdom on the Maldives’ deepest atoll – the ‘Living Island’ of Hadahaa.

Boasting just 51 villas across a private tropical island, the resort whisks you away from reality and straight into nature’s paradise, with a host of activities that celebrate its beautifully preserved location.

Treat yourself to a blissful massage at The Vidhun Spa, swim in the freshwater pools, head out on guided snorkelling excursions and private island picnics, reconnect with complimentary yoga classes or simply soak up the sun on your terrace.

Discover the untouched splendour of the remote Huvadhoo Atoll, where you can enjoy a candlelit dinner for two on powder-white sand, or scuba dive into the vibrant 360-degree house reef inhabited by dazzling tropical fish species.

Delve deeper into the preservation of marine ecosystems at the Blue Journeys Dive and Activity Center, where sustainable practices safeguard the delicate environment, making this region one of the most incredible destinations for marine exploration.

For accommodation choices (some amazing overwater options!) and pricing from Luxury Escapes CLICK HERE or call 1800 701 198

Join two Masterchef judges on a new foodies tour

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OK gourmet Mildrovers, take it as read this has our highest recommendation because the original Luxury Escapes Signature tour to Vietnam with these two foodie aficionados sold-out faster than you can say yummy.

If you’re into food, there’s no place in the world like India – and no better way to see it than on an exclusive tour planned, designed and hosted by two of Australia’s most beloved food critics: former MasterChef judges Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan.

This once-in-a-lifetime, 9-day tour will take you from pavement to palace and back again as you cross India’s cherished Golden Triangle in search of the country’s best cuisine.

Along the way, savour accommodation fit for a maharaja with stays in The Oberoi’s legendary five-star retreats – boasting unrestricted views over the Taj Mahal directly from your room in Agra – and plenty of time to enjoy the good life.

Let Matt and Gary’s itinerary introduce you to the spots they consider utterly unmissable – in Old Delhi, hunt down the city’s best street food before dining at Bukhara, the country’s most renowned house of tandoor.

“Would you like any Naan bread?”

Then, head to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s ‘Pink City,’ where you’ll relish a royal thali at one of the oldest palaces in the city and learn Rajasthani family recipes at a local cooking school.

Plus, get to India in comfort on included return international flights with Singapore Airlines – named ‘Best Airline’ by Business Traveller and crowned ‘World’s Best Airline’ by Skytrax in 2023.

Foodies, get ready – this voyage must be tasted to be believed. And with Matt and Gary at the helm, prepare to receive a culinary education you’ll never forget.

With one departure only, places on this tour are exclusive and limited. Lock in your spot with Luxury Escapes now by CLICKING HERE or calling 1300 670 243

Here’s a taste of what’s on offer

Namaste and welcome to India! Your journey begins as you board your Singapore Airlines flight in Australia, headed for Delhi, the country’s breathtakingly vibrant capital.

It’s a metropolis defined by contrast, from New Delhi’s java plum-lined boulevards and iconic, Lutyens-designed colonial architecture to the twisting streets, ancient minarets and aroma-filled bazaars of Old Delhi.

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Delhi has always stood at the crossroads of commerce and change – it has seduced countless merchants, mamluks, mystics, maharajas and master chefs over the millennia.

This has left Delhi with a culinary tradition that’s ancient but agile, with a range unmatched anywhere else in the world. Here, ghee is liquid gold, fresh spices are king and the chole bhature (fried bread) is soft as a cloud and best enjoyed straight on the street.

After you pass through customs and immigration at Delhi International Airport (DEL) airport, you’ll be transferred to your spectacular five-star stay – The Oberoi, New Delhi.

Signature Accommodation: The Oberoi, New Delhi

Reminiscent of the royal palaces of old, The Oberoi’s exquisite collection of five-star properties has appeared on an astounding number of world’s best lists and won numerous awards for both excellence and unmatched luxury, including Travel + Leisure’s Best Hotel Brand for Service Excellence 2023 (for the second consecutive year).

Beginning in 1934 with a single hotel in Shimla, capital of the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, the brand has since become the pinnacle of hospitality and service in India and abroad.

You’ll be hard pressed to find more opulent stays – or ones more breathtakingly beautiful – as those in The Oberoi collection. Simply put, each hotel is a masterpiece.

Fit for modern-day Mughals and moguls, The Oberoi, New Delhi will captivate you with its sleek, pared-back interior design – the result of a comprehensive two-year refurbishment, finally completed in 2018 – and with views over the tomb of 16th century conqueror Humayun and its surrounding charbagh water gardens, said to represent the Quran’s four rivers of paradise.

A state-of-the-art purification system offers some of the cleanest air in the city, and gilt-edged Art Deco touches inspire whimsy and wonder throughout the hotel’s halls.

With half a century under its belt and a stack of awards – including #1 City Hotel in Asia in 2022’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards – it’s no wonder that this incredible stay is renowned as one of India’s very best.

Dinner tonight is at your leisure, but know that The Oberoi, New Delhi’s dining program is considered one of the city’s best, and an evening at one of its restaurants is highly recommended.

Established by India’s first-ever chef to receive a Michelin star, Vineet Bhatia’s inspired eatery, Dhilli, pays homage to Delhi’s culinary past while fearlessly reinventing its future.

Alternatively, make a reservation at Bhaoshuan, celebrated as one of India’s Top 50 Restaurants by Condé Nast’s Traveller Awards in 2023, for a taste of the city’s best dim sum.

If you missed the earlier link, CLICK HERE to book and hurry!

Local luxury resort life at a relaxing price

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The North-East coast of New South Wales is much loved by many different people for a multitude of reasons. It’s all laid back (unless you farm sugar cane!), there’s the chance to rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Byron Bay, the lure of the Gold Coast’s playground just over the border and in between, the chill-out haven of Cabarita Beach.

Luxury Escapes is offering a deal to prove that a resort is all about location, location, vacation. Stunning views in all directions and you can nab three nights from A$699/apartment and save yourself 40%.

Kick back and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambience of a prime oceanfront position, in one of Australia’s most picturesque coastal stretches.

Located mere steps from the pristine white sands and rhythmic waves of a glistening seafront, The Beach Cabarita beckons with its idyllic coastal getaways, enticing city dwellers to escape for a while.

Exquisitely designed two- and three-bedroom apartments provide spacious sanctuaries where you and your loved ones can revel in the ultimate laid-back beach experience.

Each residence boasts fully equipped kitchens, invigorating air conditioning and private outdoor sanctuaries that offer breathtaking vistas.

With direct access to the glistening shoreline, beach enthusiasts can relish warm days basking in the sun, riding the waves and discovering the charm of the Tweed and Byron Coasts.

For moments of serenity away from the lively coast, retreat to one of three shimmering pools and indulge in relaxation at the outdoor spa, soothing your body after adventurous days on the beach.

Impeccably landscaped gardens and a state-of-the-art fitness centre are perfect for rejuvenating between surfing sessions.

Explore the awe-inspiring natural beauty that surrounds the resort or wander through the vibrant coastal town, easily accessing its eclectic boutiques, cozy cafes and delectable restaurants.

Stay active with access to a fully-equipped gym or pamper yourself with a rejuvenating signature facial.

Tempting Highlights

  • Upon arrival, savour the welcoming gesture of a complimentary bottle of wine. During dining experiences at the Beach Bar & Grill, enjoy the added pleasure of a free glass of house wine or a refreshing soft drink with each meal.
  • At Alfie’s, start your day right with a complimentary coffee accompanying any meal.
  • Indulge in retail therapy with exclusive discounts: 25% off full-priced items at Hello Billie boutique, 10% off purchases at onsite The Beach Café Cabarita and A$10 off at Drift clothing.
  • Relaxation awaits at Pandanus Chi Massage Therapy with A$5 off massages.
  • Treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at The Burrow Pizzeria with a A$50 dinner deal and savour two pizzas of your choice, a garlic pizza plus a 1.25L soft drink.
  • Maintain your fitness routine with daily access to the onsite fitness centre with extended hours for early risers.

To enquire about the three bedroom apartment upgrade and all other pricing details CLICK HERE or call Luxury Escapes on 1300 88 99 00

Great value grand opening Little National Hotel Newcastle

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Nobby's Beach, Newcastle, NSW

THE DEAL: Stay for two nights from A$399 /room, valued up to A$681, save yourself 41%.

THE APPEAL: There’s nothing little about these luxuries; be one of the first to experience the grand opening of one of Newcastle’s most trendy city stays.

This ultra-modern retreat is found in a vibrant neighbourhood just a short walk from Hunter Street, Nobby’s Beach and the tranquil Newcastle Harbour.

Wine lovers and culinary die-hards are perfectly placed to explore the mesmerising vineyards and regional producers of the Hunter Valley wine region from this incredible gateway.

Between wine-soaked adventures, indulge with a refreshing tipple or two at the hotel’s exclusive lounge bar, serving up interesting top-shelf selections and quick bites.

Appreciate the coastal surroundings with a calming stroll along the sparkling coastline, or venture further into the city via light rail to uncover the thriving arts scene at Newcastle Museum and a variety of energetic live music and performance venues.

Take some time to relax in the dedicated guest lounge, or get some work done in the hotel’s welcoming library space, boasting quiet booths and cosy couches.

Stay on top of your health with a visit to the hotel’s expansive Technogym wellness centre, or simply enjoy the view of the sparkling city from your stylish private space.

For details and prices from Luxury Escapes CLICK HERE or call them on 1300 88 99 00

History, mystery and Harry Pottery on epic canal route

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Cruise ship Lord of the Glens has just passed through the locks at Corpach in the Caledonian Canal in Highland Scotland

This is the stuff of legends. From the mythology of the Loch Ness monster via the cultural phenomenon of the Harry Potter books and movies to the original “power couple” who helped turn Australia from a prison camp to a thriving colony, this gem of a cruise has everything.

And even if you just appreciate the rugged Scottish coastline, the brooding distant mountains and river cruising on a boutique luxury boat, this is a next-level opportunity.

You may not see Nessie (the Loch Ness Monster) but if you have some Scots in your lineage, there’s no better place to be wearing your clan’s tartan. Research at clan.com and ask your partner for honest feedback if they think you’ll rock a kilt or are better off with a scarf or trews (that’s Scottish for trousers of course).

Also, there’s a chance to ride a very well-known train over a very famous bridge and shout in a French accent from a Pythonesque castle.

Australian small ship cruising specialist, Cruise Traveller, is offering a saving of £200 British pounds per person for bookings made by September 6, 2024. It’s their way to get Aussies onboard the classic, 52-guest Lord of the Glens, for the unique experience.

One of the world’s smallest cruise lines, Lord of the Glens, which operates an elegant, boutique vessel of the same name, its design and fit-out inspired by the Royal Yacht Britannia, offers lovers of ‘slow travel’ an intimate journey through the wild and far-flung isles, lochs, canals and highlands of Scotland.

The Lord of the Glens was purpose-built to explore the pristine and intricate waterways of the Scottish Highlands, including the historic Caledonian Canal, the famous, hauntingly deep waters of Loch Ness – deeper than the North Sea – and Scotland’s many pristine islands and dramatic coastlines, dotted with castles and quaint, storybook hamlets.

Modelled on the elegance of the monarchy’s Royal Yacht Brittania, the stylish Lord of the Glens boasts a rich, traditional ambience with polished wood, teak decks, personal service and gourmet dinners sourced from fresh Scottish produce. Fares include shore excursions and all cabins boast water views of Scotland’s ruggedly spectacular coastline.

Cruise Traveller is offering a trio of six-night cruises this October aboard Lord of the Glens from Oban to Inverness in Scotland or vice versa.

The centrepiece of each of the identical journeys is a passage along the length of the historic, 100km-long Caledonian Canal which connects Scotland’s east and west coasts and takes guests through the Scottish Highlands via 29 locks and four lochs including Loch Ness, home to the myth of ‘Nessie’, the monster.     

The route from Inverness to Oban heads down the Caledonian Canal, built in the 1820s, past the breathtaking ruins of 800-year-old Urquhart Castle and through Loch Ness and other brooding lakes that lie in the shadow of mighty Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest peak.

As a side tour, guests will take a train ride across the beautiful Glenfinnan Rail Viaduct which starred in the Harry Potter films.

The journey takes in the tower house of Castle Stalker where the hit film, ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, was filmed and, passing the former home of Elizabeth Macquarie at Appin, heads to the Isle of Mull where you’ll find her last resting place alongside her husband Lachlan in a mausoleum maintained by the Australian government.

The Macquaries not only gave Sydney a multitude of placenames, he is widely credited with naming the whole country as well as establishing the concept of the “fair go”.

Including shore touring, the six-night cruise aboard Lord of the Glens is available from £1980 British Pounds per person, twin-share – a saving of £100 British Pounds if booked by September 6, 2024. 

Three sailings are available – October 6, 12 and 18, 2024. Fare based on the October 12 and 18 departures.   Flights from Australia are additional.

For all the details and pricing, call Cruise Traveller, on 1800 507 777 or CLICK HERE

Hike the Caledonian Canal, Monster optional.

Cruise the wild waterways of Scotland

How Elizabeth Macquarie defied “fake news” to restore her husband’s reputation.

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