with Nicholas Walton
Austria's Innsbruck Tourist Board is targeting religious travellers with a range of Christianity-themed tours and excursions in the city and 25 nearby holiday villages. The Religious Portfolio hopes to entice travellers to the area's more than 50 churches, the average age of which is 200 years. For visiting groups, the board will organise private, complimentary services in any of the chapels, including the oldest, Innsbruck's Basilika Wilten (below), which has been a place of worship since the Middle Ages.
Tasmania's Overland Track has new walking itineraries courtesy of Anthology (www.anthology.travel), the owner of the Cradle Mountain Huts. Hikers can now choose three- or four-day routes as well as the existing six-day package. Trips start at the Quamby Estate homestead, outside Launceston. After a drive through the towns of Sheffield and Deloraine, hikers set off through Cradle Valley. The three-day trip features two nights at the Barn Bluff hut (above), near Dove Lake. Four-day journeys include stays at three huts along the track. Huts have hot showers and twin-share rooms and guests are served a three-course dinner with local wine. Rates for the three-day hike start from A$1,370 (HK$9,830) per person, twin share.
Deal of the week
Head to sunny Fiji, the latest des-tination to receive direct flights from Hong Kong, with CX Holidays' Value Sun & Beach package. Choose from six hotels including the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa (above; from HK$8,599 per person, twin share, with daily champagne breakfast) and the Shangri-La Fijian Resort & Spa Yanuca (from HK$10,459 per person, twin share). Departures are before April 24 and prices include airport transfers and economy-class flights on a Cathay code-share partner, Air Pacific. Terms and conditions apply. Go to www.cxholidays.com for details.