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Travel tips: stay in a Venice island's first hotel and hire a beach butler

Take me there: Murano, Venice<p>The first hotel has opened on the Venetian island of Murano, the heart of the city's glass-making industry. LaGare Hotel Venezia was built in a glass furnace dating back to the 14th century. There are 118 bedrooms, and a restaurant and bar opening on to a courtyard, …

Return to the Peloponnese: my Greek odyssey

We wouldn't have thought of going to Greece except that one of our daughter's best friends, Nefeli, was from there. "It's fine outside Athens," her parents assured us. "Even Athens isn't too bad if you keep away from Syntagma Square." Visions of teargas vanished. Years ago I had visited the …

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Bagan: Trip of a Lifetime

Bagan in central Burma is one of the world’s greatest archeological sites, a sight to rival Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat but – for the time being at least – without the visitors. The setting is sublime – a verdant 26 square-mile plain, part-covered in stands of palm and tamarind caught in a bend of …

The best unusual cruises

If you enjoy being at sea but loathe the idea of sharing a ship with hundreds, or thousands, of other holidaymakers, there are alternatives. The time-rich could opt for a container ship – a great way of seeing the world without the organised conformity of the traditional cruise liner.<p>But there are …

Vietnam tips: a first-timer's guide

Vietnam's long-held position as a travel icon is more than deserved. In no other country is the collision of Southeast Asia's past, present and future so stark. At times, this clash can seem so confronting and confusing as to send even experienced travellers fleeing for the nearest luxury hotel. …

Most expensive car hire destinations revealed

Research from the Post Office calculated the cost of a week’s basic car hire, combined with two extras payable on arrival (Excess Waiver Insurance and an additional driver) and the price of a tank of unleaded petrol.<p>Florida was revealed as the destination with the cheapest hire on average, at a …