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The UK's 10 best city breaks

There’s nothing nicer than escaping to a British city for a few days away from home: it’s easy to get there, you can speak the language, your credit cards and phone work, but everything’s just that little bit different to home. Britain has a wealth of cities, large and small, with unique architecture, atmosphere and geography — and their own distinctive mix of traditions, architecture, walks, galleries, museums, theatres, food and live events. Sounds like a perfect excuse for a short break, so here are some of our favourites for 2016.

 

2016-10-26 Super User
There’s nothing nicer than escaping to a British city for a few days away from home: it’s easy to get there, you can speak the language, your credit cards and phone work, but...
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Is there really a 'cheapest' time to book a flight?

As a website suggests it can tell you precisely the best time to book a holiday, Nick Trend examines whether there is an art to getting cheap flights.

The Kayak survey revealed some impressive-sounding savings – more than 60 per cent on some long-haul routes, depending on how far ahead tickets were booked. And it did a good job in presenting its research in a coherent way. Not only did it advise how far in advance to book, it even gave details of the hour of the day when you might get the best price. It also indicated the days of the week when it is cheapest to fly to each destination at each time of year.


2016-10-26 Super User
As a website suggests it can tell you precisely the best time to book a holiday, Nick Trend examines whether there is an art to getting cheap flights. The Kayak survey revealed some impressive-soundi...
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Holidays to beat the Sunday blues

It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s dark, work starts tomorrow and you desperately need something to look forward to.

Do not fear, help is at hand. Every Sunday, we promise to bring you 10 of the best ways to lift your spirits by booking a break to banish those Sunday blues.

Marrakech is a city of moments: gazing on the iconic Koutoubia as the call to prayer rings out at sunset, wandering the Bab Doukkala market buying armfuls of fragrant mint, and ducking under dripping yarn drying to a shade of imperial purple in the Dyers Souk. The focal point of the city’s rambling morphology is the Djemaa el-Fna, its finest sights the sculpted Bahia Palace, the Medersa Ali Ben Youssef and the green cacti garden of the Jardin Majorelle. Winter can be warm and blissfully free of crowds – but remember that temperatures drop dramatically at night

2016-10-26 Super User
It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s dark, work starts tomorrow and you desperately need something to look forward to. Do not fear, help is at hand. Every Sunday, we promise to bring you 10 of the b...
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Around the world in 80 trains

On her epic train journey, Monisha Rajesh finds herself rumbling through the Rockies, travelling on The Canadian and Skeena from Vancouver to Toronto. Popping up like a gang of meerkats in fleeces, passengers craned necks towards the window with cameras in hand and false hope in their hearts. For the third time that day the alleged wildlife had scarpered, so I slumped back in my seat. I had long since given up on spotting bears and was content to gaze at the army of Douglas fir trees descending the mountainside – and maybe spy a skunk or two.


2016-10-26 Super User
On her epic train journey, Monisha Rajesh finds herself rumbling through the Rockies, travelling on The Canadian and Skeena from Vancouver to Toronto. Popping up like a gang of meerkats in fleeces, pa...
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The 10 best food and wine tours for 2016

The great gastronomic destinations of France, Italy and Spain feature heavily on this list. But I’ve also selected some which explore further afield, including a trip to Vietnam, a tour that explores the flavours of India, and a visit to Istanbul which offers a taste of everything from dishes from the Ottoman era, and southern Anatolian fare, to all manner of Turkish sweets.

Prices quoted in this article include return flights from London, accommodation, and admission to sights on the itineraries, unless stated otherwise. They are per person, based on two sharing a twin or double room. Some departures allow for flights from regional airports.


2016-10-26 Super User
The great gastronomic destinations of France, Italy and Spain feature heavily on this list. But I’ve also selected some which explore further afield, including a trip to Vietnam, a tour that explo...
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The great Friday travel sale

Don't forget The Telegraph Travel Show will be taking place all weekend, offering the chance to meet and quiz our team of experts, hear inspiring talks, and grab exclusive holiday offers from hundreds of tour operators. See travelshow.telegraph.co.uk for more information.

For more exclusive holiday deals, visit the Telegraph Travelshop.

And have a lovely weekend.

 

2016-10-26 Super User
Don't forget The Telegraph Travel Show will be taking place all weekend, offering the chance to meet and quiz our team of experts, hear inspiring talks, and grab exclusive holiday offers from hundre...

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