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Saudi Arabia's travel highlights – would you visit the world's most conservative country?

The world's most populated cities through history

Ancient History

10 reasons why this summer will be better up North

The Tyne, not the Thames, is the place to be for this summer’s leading British cultural event, says Chris Leadbeater.<p>Great up north<p>Go prune yourself, Chelsea Flower Show. Take that mime act to Glasgow and see what they think of it there, Edinburgh Festival(s). Give it a rest, Glastonbury. What’s …

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The oldest buildings on Earth

The Pantheon, Rome, Italy<p>Maison Carrée, Nîmes, France<p>Sanchi Stupa, India<p>Tomb of Cyrus, Iran<p>West Kennet Long Barrow, England<p>Monte d'Accoddi, Sardinia<p>Barnenez, France<p>Theopetra's Cave, Meteora, Greece<p>The Pantheon, Rome, Italy


Europe's most overcrowded beaches – and their unspoiled alternatives

Travel World Cup: Mexico through but how will England fare?

Spots in the knock-out stages of the Telegraph Travel World Cup are now few and far between after Mexico and Germany secured their safe passage into the next round.<p>The North American nation came out on top in the poll hosted on Twitter, securing 34 per cent of the vote, while the European …

Whale Watching

17 reasons to visit Vietnam, one of the last communist countries on the planet

Vietnam has extended its visa-waiver scheme for another three years, making it easier for travellers from the UK - as well as France, Germany, Spain and Italy - to visit the Southeast Asian nation.<p>Holidaymakers from these four countries will be permitted entry for up to 15 days without having to …

Snow Down Under: Australian ski resorts celebrate best start to the season in 18 years

Australian ski resorts are celebrating the best start to the southern-hemisphere ski season in 18 years, with heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures.<p>Resorts on the south-eastern coast of the country were hit with blizzard conditions at the start of this week – the storm, which has been nicknamed …


Eight cruises that stay longer in Mediterranean ports

Cruise ships tend to leave a port around 5pm or 6pm – meaning you may miss seeing Mediterranean destinations at their most magical. However, some cruise lines arrange late-evening departures or even overnight stays in key ports, giving chances to soak up the twilight atmosphere, explore without the …

European Travel

The 13 best skiing and snowboarding films

Ski films have been around for as long as we can remember, from retro edits with bad hairstyles and even worse fashion sense in the 1980s to epic feature-length films shot across the globe in recent years.<p>Every season, with the development of new technology and the popularity of events such as the …


Northern lights hotels: where to watch the aurora borealis

European Travel

10 idyllic places to escape the World Cup (and everything else)

Previous slide Next slide 1 of 10 View All Skip Ad<p>Igaliku, Greenland<p>Back to image

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National Day of Unplugging: 10 of the best technology-free holidays

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All you need to know about getting hitched on a Caribbean cruise

Say ‘I do’ on a Caribbean cruise for sunshine, blue skies and the romance of being married by the captain.<p>There's no shortage of lines who can help you marry at sea...<p>Couples can either tie the knot on their ship while at sea (the vessel has to be in international waters, at least 12 miles from …


Wildlife, wilderness and war on plastic: The life of an Arctic expedition leader

Helga Bårdsdatter has found the perfect job − if not the one she had in mind. “I dreamed of becoming a vet,” she told me during my expedition cruise in Norway on Hurtigruten’s MS Fram. “I went to an agricultural high school where I learned to drive a tractor and use a chainsaw.” There’s not much …

Arctic Circle

120,000 sign petition to save one of Europe's last unspoiled corners

More than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling for one of the last true wildernesses in Europe to be protected from hydroelectric dams.<p>Home to the only remaining undammed rivers on the Continent, the so-called Blue Heart of Europe is an area of around 2,500 square miles in Albania and …


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“Tourism is the oil that will not run out,” proclaimed a tweet from Venezuela’s new minister of tourism, Marleny Contreras, following a cabinet reshuffle on June 14. It’s a slogan that she, and her recently re-elected president, Nicolas Maduro, continue to reiterate – banking on Angel Falls, the …

Tarts, Austen and Damien Hirst: The surprising delights of a weekend in Bakewell

Bakewell is about more than tarts. Jane Austen fans will be in their element in this quintessential English town.<p>While the jury is out on whether the novelist actually visited Derbyshire, it’s widely accepted that Bakewell was the inspiration for Lambton and Chatsworth House the model for Mr …

House swap holidays: advice and tips

You want a swanky holiday somewhere different. You haven’t got much cash to spare to spend on it, but you’re certainly able to stretch to the air fares. How about swapping your house? Rather like the success of Airbnb, where people offer up their front rooms to strangers for the night, or Uber, the …

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What the British did for Brussels

It’s two years since the Brexit referendum and our days in Brussels are numbered. It’s time to reminisce – to look to the good old days, stretching, ironically, back to Waterloo and a trail of landmarks, memories and traditions we are leaving behind. Here are 10 places where the British have left …

Ingenious home-made solutions to Soviet-era goods shortages

The world's greatest hotel rooms with amazing views

Mandarin Oriental

The biggest, weirdest and most remote Landmark Trust holiday homes

The Landmark Trust, the charity that rescues and restores quirky and historic buildings and lets them to holidaymakers, is heading for an important landmark of its own. Later this year it will open its 200th property, Llwyn Celyn, a stunning medieval house in Monmouthshire.<p>Trust properties come in …

Inside the Love Island 2018 villa: The Majorcan location where this year's romantic couplings will unfold

16 things you didn't know about Panama, the world's happiest tax haven

England and Panama go head-to-head in the World Cup today. Here are a few facts about the Central American nation.<p>1. Scotland tried to start a colony there<p>Bar a few abortive forays in North America, Scotland’s first and last attempt at empire building was a disastrous 17th century expedition to the …

The top 10 beach holidays in Greece for 2018

For more general advice on booking a holiday in Greece, see our Greece summer holidays guide. Our guide features expert recommendations for beach, villa, culture, food and drink and activity holidays.<p><b>Iguana Beach, Crete</b><p>Lucky Haniá has two lovely, clean, amenitied town beaches, 4km west at the end …

24 of the world's most incredible natural phenomena

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Orla Keily: 'Why city breaks are vital inspiration for my collections'

Irish designer Orla Kiely reveals how she likes to travel light and spend hours walking around cities to glean inspiration.<p>With travel, less is more<p>When you’re travelling constantly for work it can be more of a hassle than a pleasure. Now that my sons, Robert and Hamish, are in their 20s, they’re …


Who needs Stonehenge? Five more sun temples for celebrating the summer solstice

Perhaps the Beatles put it best on <i>'</i>Abbey Road' track <i>Here Comes The Sun</i>, with its talk of “the smiles returning to the faces” and how “it feels like years since it's been here”. There is, it goes without saying, something about a burst of sunlight which sings to the soul; which triggers a happiness …