Early bird deals, win Peregrine trips

The Taj Mahal at sunset, one of Peregrine’s destinations to be won in November

A gazillion people will enter Peregrine Adventures comp for 35 free trips, but surely the odds are shorter than Lotto. Peregrine has been taking small groups around the world for 35 years. The formula has been so successful that after falling in love with Peregrine on a Nepal trek, one man decided to buy the company. When Rob McNaught became the owner in 1987, his vision took Peregrine from a trekking company to a truly global operator, running trips in South America, Asia, Africa, India and the Middle East. Managing director Glenyce Johnson has seen a lot of changes since joining the company in 1999.
“We started out in Nepal back in 1977. We’ve seen places go in and out of fashion for a number of reasons. Iran, for example, is one of the world’s most beautiful countries but virtually no one is going. The Olympic Games changed Beijing in many ways, but we still manage to find that special spot on the Great Wall that nobody else visits.”
On the future of travel, Glenyce believes the whole multi-week overlanding style of travel will open up again. “The Middle East will come back strong, and boy, are we ready for that. Huge chunks of Africa are waiting to be explored and just think about the size and scope of Russia.” To celebrate 35 years of operation, Peregrine is giving away 35 trips from now until November 30. Trips to 25 countries up for grabs with a new destination to win each day. www.peregrineadventures.com
Back-Roads Touring offers a small early bird discount on its 2013 tours, if they’re booked by mid-December. Discover British food beyond fish and chips and Sunday roasts with a new gourmet tour of England. The six-day Flavours of Southern England explores the cuisine of Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, New Forest and Dorset and includes meals at the restaurants of three celebrity chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls River Cottage Canteen and Deli, Mark Hixs Hix Oyster & Fish House and Marco Pierre Whites Wheelers Inn. The 72-page brochure offers 28 itineraries including the new 7-day Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast which takes in the highlights of Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik as well as Kotor in neighbouring Montenegro from $A2650 per person twin share. Back-Roads has also added the 8-day Discover Portugal & Galicia which combines visits to cosmopolitan Lisbon and Porto with Portugal’s Silver Coast from $A3130 per person twin share. The tour starts in Lisbon and ends in Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain. info@backroadstouring.com.au
Save $A930 per person on an unforgettable cruise through New Zealand with Princess Cruises when booking through Cruise1st. Cruising aboard the 4-star Dawn Princess, the 13-night voyage starts and ends in Melbourne sailing through the pristine wilderness of Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga and Auckland.
Departures from Melbourne include the cruise only from $A1369 per person twin share a saving of $A930 on the brochure fare based on an inside cabin – departing February 18, 2013. www.cruise1st.com.au.
Eleven Greek island hopping programs from Tempo Holidays take in the most famous islands as well as off-the-beaten-track destinations and include accommodation, breakfast and fast ferry tickets are available. A 10% early bird discount applies to selected packages when booked and paid in full by February28,  including the popular 10-day Mykonos & Santorini from $A842 per person twin share; and new packages such as the 14-day Tinos, Mykonos, Paros & Santorini from $A1103 per person twin share and the 9-day Skiathos & Skopelos Mamma Mia inspired itinerary from $A1274 per person twin share. A 10% discount also applies to Croatia island hopping itineraries including the new 8-day Dalmatian Odyssey from Dubrovnik to Korcula, Hvar and Split from $A827 when booked and paid by the end of February. www.tempoholidays.com

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