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The best sightseeing passes

<b>FAQ</b><br>Which European city passes are good value and worth having – and which should be avoided?<p><b>Sophie Butler, consumer travel expert, replies</b> <br>On a short trip to a European city, a sightseeing pass could save you money and make life easier and more convenient, but don’t rush to buy one before checking …

Great waterways of the world

Traditionally, along with the sea, rivers and canals were the main means of transporting goods, so history and culture is ripe along the banks of the world's rivers. Using these ancient highways to explore a destination is a quieter and more relaxing affair than the usual transport of planes, …

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Travel tips: Eden Valley, electric bike tours and stylish Canary Island retreats

Walking in Cumbria, taking the toil out of cycling, and cool places to stay in Tenerife<p><b>Take me there: the Eden Valley, Cumbria</b><p><b>Why go?</b> Skirting the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park and meandering northwards to Carlisle, this beautiful river valley offers a less touristy alternative to …

Ten offbeat experiences on New Zealand’s South Island

Mountains, lakes and glaciers all conspire to make the South Island of New Zealand a superbly scenic stage for active adventure, but once you’ve bungy jumped, hiked and mountain biked to a stellar collection of souvenir T-shirts and DVDs, slow down with these equally engrossing alternative …

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Spoilt for choice: Vietnam's best beaches

Vietnam might have been late to Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was well worth the wait. The country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, coves, lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches. We can help you …

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5 Must Do Things in Brussels

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the headquarters of both the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). What began as a …

The best speakeasy-style bars in New York

Eighty years ago, America's short-lived flirtation with a ban on alcohol came to an end. With no Prohibition, gone was the thrill of secret …

flung destinations, it's worth the arduous

Getting a travel visa can be one of the most lengthy and off-putting processes of the journey which often makes Europe more desirable for a holiday. …

Best Night-Sky Pictures of 2013 Named

Winners of the 2013 Earth & Sky photo contest capture the beauty of the night sky and highlight the issue of light pollution.

Rome attractions: what to see and do in summer

Why go?<p><b>Rome</b> really comes into its own between April and October, when the action spills outside and the centro storico becomes one big piazza. There’s no real off-season in the Eternal City. If you can take the heat, August (when most Romans head for the beach) is a good month to find offers on …

National Park focus: Yorkshire Dales

Britain's <b>National Parks</b> insider guides<p><b>Yorkshire Dales</b><p><b>Where</b><p>Yorkshire<p><b>When was it formed?</b><p>1954<p><b>Size</b><p>680 square miles<p>View Larger Map<p><b>Insider guide</b><p>By Cat Kilner<p><b>Your role at the park</b><p>I am the area ranger for Malhamdale and Lower Ribblesdale.<p><b>Best view</b><p>One has to be Malham Cove from above the village of Kirkby …

Road Trip Through Israel

For a first-time visitor such as I, discovering Israel’s countryside was equally as important as exploring its big cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The political and religious events that have occurred in this fabled land have reverberated around the world for thousands of years.<p>Deciding against the …