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Plus, Etihad add flights to Melbourne; relax and rejuvenate in Beirut and discover Tibet and Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. iStockphoto
Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. iStockphoto

Food, writing and photos in Cambodia

Photographers and food writers can now blend the two together with the Eat, Learn, Love Cambodia: A Culinary Travel Writing and Photography Tour from Backyard Travel. The nine-day tour starts in Siem Reap, and visits Banteay Chhmar and Battambang. The itinerary allows guests to develop writing and photography skills, while visiting the country’s most iconic locations. Departing on May 22, the package starts from US$1,998 (Dh7,339) per person and includes accommodation, some meals, tours and transfers, a private driver, English-speaking guides and entrance fees. Domestic and international flights, departure taxes, personal travel insurance and visa fees are not included. To book, visit

Etihad to add flights to Melbourne

The Australian city of Melbourne is about to become even more accessible from the UAE, as Etihad is set to launch a second daily, non-stop service from Abu Dhabi, from August 1. Flights from Abu Dhabi will depart at 10.30am and 10.20pm, and from Melbourne at 3.15pm and 10.40pm. Return fares start from Dh6,345 per person, including taxes. For more information, visit

Relax and rejuvenate in Beirut

Travellers looking for a New Year city break can take advantage of free upgrades right now at Le Gray in Beirut, Lebanon. As part of the hotel’s Fall into Winter package, guests will receive an upgrade to a premium room when booking a deluxe room or an upgrade to an executive suite with complimentary breakfast when they book a premium room. Amenities include a pool, rooftop dining at Indigo on the Roof and the PureGray Health Club & Spa. Valid until March 31, rates start from $352 (Dh1,293) for two people per night, ­including taxes. For more information, visit

Discover Tibet and Kathmandu

Those hoping to travel east in the next three months can book now for China Highlight’s 11-day Tibet to Nepal Kathmandu Cultural Discover package. Starting in Lhasa, Tibet, the itinerary includes visits to Gyangze, Shigatse, Dingri, Zhangmu and Kathmandu. Prices start from $2,959 (Dh10,869) per person for a group of two to five people, from now until March 31, and include accommodation, some meals, entrance fees to listed attractions, private transfers, an English-speaking guide, insurance, luggage transfers and ­taxes. International flights and China entry visa are not included. For more information, visit

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Published: December 31, 2014 04:00 AM


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