Walk in the footsteps of Abraham
Save $250 on World Expeditions' walking tour of Israel and Jordan departing September 3. Discover captivating Jerusalem and the vibrant seaside cities of Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa and trek through archaeological treasures of the magnificent Red Rose City of Petra on the 14-day 'Walking in the Footsteps of Abraham' tour. Other trip highlights include experiencing the unique Kibbutzim lifestyle, exploring the spectacular desert landscape of Wadi Rum and a chance to float in the hypersaline Dead Sea. Pay from $4790 (reduced from $5040), including eight nights hotel accommodation, four nights in a Kibbutzim and one night in a Bedouin camp, as well as 13 breakfasts and 13 dinners. Phone 1300 720 000 or visit www.worldexpeditions.com.
Hot nights in Darwin
Celebrating 40 years in 2019, the Darwin Festival returns from August 8-25 with a range of local and international cultural events and talent. So, escape the Australian winter and spend some hot August nights in the tropical NT with a program rich in cabaret, theatre, comedy, dance, visual arts, words and ideas, music and family fun. Head, for instance, to an all-new Spiegeltent for a glitzy and glamorous party of Gatsby-esque proportions, ranging from aerial acrobatics to captivating cabaret and burlesque - and a sexy champagne-soaked world filled with big moves, great tunes and more than a few surprises. And experience a very different circus show when Cambodia's Phare Circus presents its Eclipse, which is based on traditional Cambodian folktales, and combines a dramatic mix of theatre, classical Cambodian Apsara dance and thrilling acrobatics all set to a live original music score. Visit www.darwinfestival.org.au.
TurboJET ticket giveaway
Macao, renowned for its unique east-meets-west, old-meets-new characteristics, is offering a new giveaway to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Asian centre's establishment as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. The Macao Government Tourism Office is giving away a limited number of free TurboJET tickets to travellers planning a trip to the former Portuguese enclave. The giveaway coincides with the five-month-long Art Macao festival which runs until the end of October. The complimentary tickets apply to travel from Hong Kong to Macao or vice versa before December 31. Visit www.visitmacao.com.au.
Akubra and Bollinger carriage on The Ghan
The Ghan will collaborate with Akubra and Bollinger as part of its ninetieth-anniversary celebrations, with a 'Bollinger and Brims' carriage added onto the legendary train for six special departures through the anniversary month of August. In this specially refitted carriage, guests will be invited to undertake exclusive Bollinger champagne tastings and personalised Akubra hat fittings. The experience will be a complimentary extra for guests travelling aboard The Ghan on these departures. Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions Managing Director, Steve Kernaghan, said the collaboration reflected both the relaxed refinement of rail travel and the raw outback essence of The Ghan journey through the heart of Australia. "By bringing two well-loved Australian brands together in The Ghan and Akubra and then adding to it the sophisticated global appeal of Bollinger, we are creating a unique experience for our guests," he said. Visit www.journeybeyondrail.com.au.
ACT hotel revamped
Ovolo Nishi (formerly Hotel Hotel), in Canberra's cultural precinct of New Acton, has unveiled 17 new innovative rooms. The new Snug Sun rooms, of which there are 14, provide sun-drenched intimate spaces incorporating a queen-size bed, single vanity and overhead rain shower. Each room also features a retro writing desk with enclosed mini-bar, and a woven day bed doubling as a luggage rack. The hotel's new wing has a rustic feel with strong consideration for handcrafted detail. Living spaces are paired with rustic touches of industrial timber and exposed concrete, creating an urban 'concrete jungle' effect in the heart of Canberra city, though with accents of brass and leather against a colour palette of soft burgundies and bottle greens. Prices are from $220 per night, including breakfast, social hour, in-room mini-bar, 24-hour gym and loot bags filled with snacks. Visit www.ovolohotels.com.
Experience an Attenborough moment
Svalbard Archipelago, 1300 kilometres below the North Pole, is one of the last great wildernesses on Earth. Up Norway has created two itineraries for the an Arctic adventure there, including the seven-day 'Far Out in Svalbard', which features an island that is remote enough to house the world's biggest seed bank yet refined enough to boast one of the world's most extensive wine cellars. The adventure includes inimitable landscapes, wildlife, surprisingly diverse cuisine, including the world's northernmost brewed beer, and insights into Arctic permaculture in sub-zero conditions. Guests may even have an 'Attenborough moment' and spot birds, whales, seals or polar bears. Prices are from £2710 (UK pounds) per person. Visit www.upnorway.com.