Travellers' checks

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 August, 2009, 12:00am

Wander land

Travellers on BikeHike Adventures' (www.bikehike.com) nine-day Walking with the Nomads trek will 'transcend the invisible boundary that exists between tourist and local' when they accompany members of a semi-nomadic Berber tribe (below) during a twice-annual migration from the peaks of Morocco's High Atlas Mountains to the lower-altitude Djebel Saghro range. They will sleep in camel-hair tents, wake to Berber drums and taste the culture of the Ait Atta tribe. As each day's hike is just nine kilometres on easy-grade paths, the trip is suitable for most age groups. Departing Marrakesh on September 26, the deal starts from US$1,999 per person, twin share, including three meals per day, internal transportation and guides.

Sit back and enjoy the ride

Going where no car can, Google's Street View cameras have been mounted on a tricycle (below) to take images of the 17th-century gardens of France's Palace of Versailles. The tricycle, armed with nine cameras designed to take automatic shots, rolled its way around the popular tourist destination, taking in the main courtyard, the Grand Canal and Petit Trianon. The images will be loaded into the Street View service by the end of the year, giving cyber-tourists the opportunity to see the palace grounds without having to leave their computers.

Screen presence

Television addicts visiting Melbourne, in Australia, will enjoy the Crown Towers' (www.crowntowers.com.au) new-look guest rooms and suites, where a screen can be seen from almost everywhere within the accommodation. Following a HK$420 million revamp, rooms and suites boast 42-inch and 50-inch LCD televisions, respectively, while secondary screens are set into mirrors above the bathtubs (left) and can be watched through the bathrooms' transparent walls. All offer video-on-demand and 56 free channels. Rooms also feature iPod-compatible entertainment systems, high-speed internet and IP touch telephone systems.

Deal of the week

Travellers looking for a lavish long weekend can slide past the airport queues and catch a flight to water-cottage accommodation on Palawan, in the Philippines, with a package by Global Nomad (www.global-nomad.com). Priced at US$1,588 per person, twin share, the Palawan Ultimate Weekender is on offer until October 31 and includes three nights? at the El Nido Resorts? Lagen Island (above), all meals, activities, a return flight from Manila to El Nido airport and a VIP ?fast track? through arrival procedures. To book, e-mail info@global-nomad.com.