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Aria adventure

There are some experiences that never lose their allure. A night at the opera is one. For a musical break, travel by rail on a route that includes a trio of operas (think Verdi’s Don Carlo and Mozart’s Don Giovanni) in five countries. Eight nights from $2,215pp planetrail.co.uk Words by Lizzie Frainier. Photo by  viennaslide.com  Read More → Read More »

Animal Escapades

The Galápagos’s warm January weather makes it the ideal time for a cruise. On a Wild Planet Adventures tour, you’ll be joined by a wildlife expert and learn about the marine iguanas and 200-year-old tortoises that roam the islands. Eight days from $4,375pp. wildplanetadventures.com Words by Lizzie Frainier. Photo...  Read More »

Advance Ticket: Time to get booking

It pays to plan ahead, particularly when it comes to travel. With the way the calendar falls this year, you can trade just nine days out of the office for 18 days’ holiday and your next long-haul adventure. Book time off from 14 April to 2 May before your colleagues and you can start exploring. Japan is at the top of...  Read More »

On the rails

Ever since the first bullet train left Tokyo in 1964, Japan has led the world in rail travel. This spring will see the launches of ultra-luxe Twilight Express Mizukaze and Train Suite Shiki-Shima. Expect roll-top baths and Michelin-starred chefs. A two-day trip in Train Suite starts at $2,400pp. twilightexpress-mizukaze.jp...  Read More »

New year New adventures

Looking to challenge yourself this year? IGO’s quadrathlons are just the ticket. Its four-day, four-stage, four-discipline adventure races cover some of the wildest and most spectacular places in the world.  In March you can tackle snow-covered Norway, in August you can conquer Montana, while arid Morocco beckons in...  Read More »

Food Fare

The Dubai Food Festival returns with its annual celebration of the culinary arts from 23 February to 11 March. Bigger and better than ever the 17 day event brings together the best of Dubai’s gastronomic offerings; from fine dining and hidden gems to the best of street food and a host of celebrity chefs. A veritable...  Read More »

Light Fantastic

Seeking adventure this Christmas? Then chase the Northern Lights on a snowmobile through Finnish Lapland. Keep your eyes peeled for Aurora Borealis while whizzing past reindeer on this new tour. The lack of light pollution in Muotka means the chance of spotting the light show is high. Five nights from $2,600pp. theaurorazone.com Photo...  Read More »

Top London rinks

SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE For great music and renowned DJs. London, 17 November-15 January, fortnumandmason.com ROYAL PAVILION ICE RINK For a dramatic backdrop. Brighton, 5 November-15 January, royalpavilionicerink.co.uk BATH ON ICE For great skating aids for kids. Bath, 18 November-3 January, bathonice.com HYDE PARK WINTER...  Read More »

Bah humbug! Escape Christmas

Without wanting to sound like Scrooge, sometimes the idea of spending Christmas away from bustling shops, mistletoe and time with the in-laws is very appealing. As non-Christian countries, Morocco, Nepal and Thailand offer that respite. In Marrakech, you can swap stockings for spice with a stay in the heart of the Medina...  Read More »

Good morning Myanmar

Since Western sanctions against Myanmar were lifted in 2012, the country has become a magnet for intrepid travellers. There are still plenty of remote locations to experience and November’s cooler temperatures and low rainfall make it an ideal time to visit. Undiscovered Destinations’ new tour crosses the Htee Khee...  Read More »