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Paul Hopkins finds the many joys of one of South Africa’s most revered holiday destinations Once upon a time, by the edge of the Little Karoo desert in South Africa, by the towns of George and Oudtshoorn, on a plateau between the Outeniqua Mountains to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south, one …

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BY FIONN DAVENPORT GROUP holiday specialist Travel Department welcomed its first customers back to Italy last week on its Lake Como, Milan and St Moritz tour including the Bernina Express. Sara Zimmerman, CEO, Travel Department: “We were delighted to welcome our first customers back to Lake Como this week. “It’s clear that many of those …

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By Fionn Davenport QATAR Tourism and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) UK & Ireland have announced a new partnership. The agreement is designed to enhance Qatar’s brand awareness across the region and with CLIA’s wider community of cruise lines, travel agents and stakeholders. As part of the partnership, Qatar Tourism will be one of the …

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THE River Danube runs through much of eastern and central Europe and is one of the most popular rivers in the world for a river cruise. It’s up there with the Nile (although the experience is incomparable). The Danube is large and navigable, the longest river in Europe proper (excluding the Volga of Russia). It …

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Forty years ago this week, Queen’s Greatest Hits topped the album charts, and it’s back again this month. Paul Hopkins recalls a visit to the birthplace of Freddie Mercury and the exotic romance of this beautiful East African island that never fades It is the smells of Africa that get to me: the scorched, ochred …

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A visit to New York is every bit as exhilarating as you would expect, discovers Paul Hopkins NEW YORK, New York. So good, they named it twice; the City that never sleeps; the Big Apple, Capital City of the World, the Centre of the Universe. We’ve heard it all before, of course, but, to paraphrase …

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WITH the post-lockdown emphasis on staycation, for a small country, we are really spoilt for choice, some of the most iconic sights and incredible landscapes in the world can be found right here! Ireland is full of natural wonders, friendly locals and is rich in culture and history. Experience the best holiday destinations in Ireland …

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Paul Hopkins recalls a trip on the wild side to see life in the raw in Botswana THERE is only one road into Mashatu in the Northern Tuli terrain of Botswana. They call it the MI: two strips of white-washed cladding on a bed of red-earth-coloured stones. It is less than a mile long, not …

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THE Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has proposed a “one night, one dollar” promotion, which would see the Thai Government subsidise the cost of a guests first night, for all hotel stays up to around $100, give or take. A decision on the bold new campaign is expected this month, to help stimulate forward bookings. …

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Historic landmarks and cultural creativity form a rich tapestry of art, music, food and night life in the City of Brotherly Love. Paul Hopkins recalls the city, now National Heritage site, he will return to when the corridor reopens for the fully vacinated I ARRIVE in the City of Brotherly Love on foot of good …

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