www.audley.co.uk | AUDLEY TRAVELLER | 5Escape routesAustralians aren't just passionate about sport, they're completely obsessed with it. And 2013 is a good time to witness this, as the country hosts a wealth of sporting events to get the pulse racing. The eagerly anticipated British and Irish Lions rugby tour to Australia in June and July sees fixtures in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Then the Aussie Rules final series kicks off in September, with thousands of fans packing into the MCG stadium in Melbourne. The entire city takes on a lively atmosphere as excited fans cheer their teams to victory. It is a truly unique Australian experience. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is the most vibrant horse-racing event in the world. This festival of horse racing and fashion culminates in November with the Melbourne Cup race itself. Most of Australia stops to watch or listen to the race, but there's nothing like being there among the 100,000-plus crowd.Then there is the Ashes, in November, with test matches in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. To speak to our Australia specialists about incorporating a sporting event into your trip, please call 01993 838 810.Where to go IN...A ripper year of sport, mate!Be part of the action in AustraliaBob Books now has new ways for you to showcase your favourite photographs. In addition to its high quality photobooks, it is now offering a brand new range of wall art. Choose from a canvas, gallery mount or poster, which can all be produced in a range of sizes. Bob Books are also soon to launch a new app that allows you to create and order your photobook straight from your iPad.Audley Traveller readers can save 15% by entering AUDLEY15 under 'voucher code' when placing an order. The offer expires 31 December 2013. Visit www.bobbooks.co.uk.TRAVEL MEMORIES ON YOUR WALL3 months ZambiaDry season begins in June in the South Luangwa National Park, meaning wildlife viewing is at its peak. As the summer wears on, grass is trampled and grazed down, making animals easier to spot, and water sources reduce so you'll find waterholes more active with game (with predators never far away). 6 months IndiaTravel to India at the end of October to experience one of India's brightest Hindu festivals: Diwali, the festival of lights. During Diwali Hindus celebrate the victory of good over evil, light over dark and knowledge over ignorance. All over India lamps are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people's homes. 9 months New ZealandAs the UK shivers, New Zealand is enjoying warm summer temperatures. Walking trails are accessible, the beaches at their best and festivals create a vibrant atmosphere in towns and cities across the country.
6 | AUDLEY TRAVELLER | www.audley.co.uk |JORDANNadia SibaiMy journey along the scenic Kings' Highway took me to the amazing ancient city of Petra and beyond. Spending a night in the desert of Wadi Rum was one of the most memorable experiences. We took a jeep tour to explore the canyons and ancient Nabataean inscriptions, and ended the evening star-gazing and enjoying delicious local Bedouin delicacies. I also trekked through the picturesque Dana Reserve, spotting mountain ibex and numerous beautiful birds.PAPUA NEW GUINEAMark RobinsonWildlife and hilltribes are two huge drawcards of any trip to Papua New Guinea. On my recent trip to the country I experienced both of these in abundance, from the traditional sing-sings of the Kuli Clan in the highlands to the colourful variants of birds of paradise in the jungle. PNG never fails to impress!ANTARCTICALizzie WilliamsMy trip to Antarctica was full of favourite moments, but if I had to choose then I would say seeing the blue skies, glassy seas and mirror-sharp refl ections of icebergs glistening under the Antarctic sun, disturbed only by penguins speeding past on the hunt for krill. Also unforgettable was Antarctica's parting gift: two humpback whales playing alongside the boat - even the captain was hanging out of the bridge, taking photos!JUST BACK FROM ... ere will be a new ship naviga ng the Nile this year. e Mayfair is one of the latest cruise ships to take to Egypt's iconic river. Built in 2012, the Mayfair o ers chic accommoda on with a bou que feel, plus great service and food. You can take a three, four or seven night cruise, sailing between Luxor and Aswan. ese ips include visits to many of the Nile's most famous sights such as the Valley of the Kings (where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun), as well as Aswan, Kom Ombo and Edfu. Cabins are comfortable and modern, while the boat also o ers opportuni es to relax between excursions, boas ng a spa, steam room and sauna. In addi on, the sun deck has a pool and two Jacuzzis. e ship's restaurant, Nile Avenue, features a modern fusion of both contemporary and adi onal cuisine. e lounge bar is the perfect venue for a sundowner cocktail following a busy day's sightseeing.To be one of the rst to enjoy this new ship, please call our Egypt specialists on 01993 838 410.Egypt: new boat for the NileTake a classic cruise aboard one of the river's most stylish ships