26 September 2023

The Himalayas, McLaren Vale and more…

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By John Rozentals.

Potential travellers should check the status of individual events and establishments with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.

Comfort plus: the restaurant at Metro’s Aspire Sydney.

During the COVID-19 epidemic, Metro Hotels is offering at its Perth, Darwin, Darling Harbour and Aspire Sydney properties a solution for guests seeking a safe haven to self-isolate or simply looking to move out of share accommodation to work solo in a quiet, comfortable and spacious guest room for a longer-than-average stay. Parking is available for all hotel guests.

A room at the Metro Aspire Hotel Sydney is $89 per night plus 10 per cent off with promotion code ISOLATE or MEDICAL.

The property offers spacious rooms, many with private balconies.

All rooms have king zip beds, fresh contemporary furnishings, smart TVs where guests can access their Netflix accounts and high-speed internet.

The hotel has its own secure underground carpark.

Visit www.metrohotels.com.au.

‘Small Islands of the World’: a real taste of adventure.

Coral Expeditions has a series of new voyages next year named ‘Small Islands of the World’.

Each island is a world of its own, with unique geography, flora and fauna, legends and stories. What better way to travel than to sail round the world calling on the most fascinating small islands known to mankind?

The collection features the isles of the Southern Pacific (including Tahiti, the Marquesas and Pitcairn), Micronesia and New Guinea (Yap, Chuuk Lagoon, Palau), Japan (Saipan, Iwo Jima and the Ryukyu chain) and the Philippines (Catanduanes, Biri and Palaui).

Visit www.coralexpeditions.com or phone 1800 079 545.

A once-in-a-lifetime motorcycle tour: through the Himalayas.

Ride to the top of the world on a once-in-a-lifetime motorcycle tour to the base of Mt Everest.

It’s an adventure-filled trip with stunning views of the snow-capped, sky-piercing Himalayas, and the 14-day journey should be a bucket-list ride for motorcycle enthusiasts.

Nomadic Knights has a US$500 discount on its two-week ‘Rode to Everest’ ride, beginning in Kathmandu, in September next year, if booked by this April 30.

The tour climbs north to the high-altitude deserts, snow-crowned peaks, deep gorges and high, prayer flag-draped passes of Tibet.

The 2340-kilometre round-trip route will see adrenalin-seekers ride classic Royal Enfield Himalayans across seemingly endless switchbacks, past glaciers and turquoise lakes, with the sky-piercing, Himalayan mountains providing a stunning backdrop the whole way.

The package is available for US$5480 for riders.

Fares include accommodation, bike hire, breakfasts, dinners and mechanical and logistical support throughout the trip. Flights to Nepal are extra.

Visit www.nomadicknights.com.

Magnifique IV: will accommodate up to 36 passengers.

UTracks will use its new Magnifique IV on the canals of the Netherlands and Belgium, offering daily cycling excursions between charming historic towns.

The 67-metre vessel will accommodate up to 36 passengers and have eight cabins on the lower deck and 10 suites on the upper deck.

Each cabin and suite has a private ensuite bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV, mini safe and hair dryer.

The upper-deck suites have double beds, a sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The lower-deck cabins offer lots of natural light through large portholes and twin beds.

Among the offerings on Magnifique IV will be eight-day guided cycling tours between Amsterdam and Bruges, departing April to October and priced from $2490 per person.

Visit www.UTracks.com or phone 1300 303 368.

McLaren Vale: warm and generous.

In these uncertain times, one thing remains true — McLaren Vale’s warm and generous hospitality will continue.

The Vale recently launched a web page to encourage consumers to consider supporting regional businesses that have adjusted their trading and offerings to bring McLaren Vale to them at home.

The page is updated daily and includes eateries offering take-away or delivered meals with wine, and wineries offering different forms of sales with delivery.

Visit mclarenvale.info.

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