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One of the great pleasures of life is discovering new places either abroad or closer to home. Choice travels both the world and Britain for superb picture features on great places to experience. As well as big features we also bring you news of travel bargains, new travel developments and offers. Our Cruise News pages will keep you up to date on these popular holidays.

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Station Vacation

There's something special about Dent Station. It’s the highest main line station in England, nestling 1150ft up in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. On the Settle-Carlisle line, it was built in 1877 and over the years has witnessed huge changes to Britain’s railways. And there’s another thing that makes it special: the station building has been converted to luxury holiday accommodation, sleeping up to six.

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Avalon's Avian Haven

Early morning, and the drains and reed beds of Avalon Marshes live up to their mythical name. A light mist drifts over the flat fen landscape, while a couple of miles away Glastonbury Tor looks out over this legendary domain of King Arthur and his Knights of Camelot.

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Kingston: Town of kings

Old Father Thames, muddy-grey and rolling through at top speed today, is certainly the key to the tale of our oldest royal borough – a story of the crowning of ancient kings, medieval markets and Tudor hunting parties, through to pioneering warplanes. Kingston upon Thames has exactly the sort of history that Kipling’s poem imagines. Its bridge, however, can tell a few tales of its own. For hundreds of year it was one of the most important crossing points – the first upstream of London Bridge from Saxon times until Putney Bridge was opened in 1729.

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Canadian Contrasts: British Columbia

It could have been a scene from a Hemingway short story as a small group of riders picked their way carefully past the ranch buildings on to the trail down towards the Fraser River. The mountains in the middle distance were dusted with the first snows of autumn and their peaks were reflected in the mirror water of the ponds where two anglers were trying to tempt the rainbow trout.

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Northern Ireland: Transformed from the Troubles

There can be few drives anywhere that can match the Antrim coast route in Northern Ireland, and it’s even better when you can enjoy the ever-changing seascapes from the elevated viewing platform of a luxury coach.

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Discoveries: Epic Adventure

On Choice for a recent family cruise was the seven-night Western Med fly/cruise on Norwegian Epic, departing from Barcelona, with visits to Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Marseille, Palma and back to Barcelona.

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Arizona: Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Northern Arizona is where nature meets neon. Standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon is like looking over the edge of the world, but that dizzy precipice is not far from another world – the jukeboxes and vintage Cadillacs of Historic Route 66.

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Luscious Lucerne

THERE ARE two ways to cross the mouth of the River Reuss in the centre of Lucerne. You can join the trams, taxis and traffic on the new concrete bridge, or step on to the geranium-bedecked medieval covered wooden footbridge and stroll across to the old town admiring both the view and the paintings on the eaves of the roof at intervals along its diagonal route.

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A little Shangri-La in Norfolk

From the moment you enter Thorpe Forest, the peaceful atmosphere of the pine forest with its scenic landscape of heathland and wild flowers is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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We'd rather be in Colorado

A huge bull buffalo rolled over in the dusty wallow then with surprising agility rose to survey his domain – the seemingly endless high plains of Colorado to the east and, to the west, the snowy peaks and grey crags of the Rocky Mountains. We had just driven through the Rockies up over Wolf Creek Pass where we crossed the Great Continental Divide. Now we were seeing for ourselves the country we knew only through Western films and books, the land of Indians, cowboys, waggon trains and, of course, buffalo.

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Wiltshire's Winning Ways

It was a grey, overcast morning on Salisbury Plain and patchy rain drifted across the rolling landscape, but the moody day only heightened the mysterious shapes of Stonehenge. I’d not been to see the stones for a few years and was keen to see the new visitor centre and visitor access to this true wonder of the world.

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Quest for a Lost Queen

Certain British TV dramas have a big appeal to audiences, especially overseas, due to their use of iconic filming locations that show off our country’s best assets to the full. The BBC’s latest historical heavyweight, Wolf Hall, the hugely successful dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning tome, could become the inspiration for a tour just as Inspector Morse has done for Oxford and Downton Abbey for many of our stately homes, including the location at Highclere Castle in Berkshire.

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Cruising The Danube

Twilight crept up on the domes and roofs of Budapest and, as the clear blue sky darkened to star-studded midnight blue, thousands of lights on the bridges and classic buildings along the banks of the River Danube flickered on.

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Besieged Bosnia: Back in Business

IN 1914 a small bridge in Sarajevo was the scene of an event that would change the course of history. The Latin Bridge, older than most, and certainly on the pretty side of plain, was in other ways an unremarkable bridge – that was until June 28 in this fateful year.

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England Rooftop Route Part 1

Standing astride the summit of windswept Kinder Scout, looking down vertiginously on the valley below, you really feel you’re on the rooftop of the realm. What had started out as a gentle stroll from Edale over a partly paved path had ended with clambering over rocks made slippery by a stream – as I found to my cost – then scrambling up scree to the peat-layered peak.

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A topping time in Tirol

The view from the top of the ski jump is mesmerising. The whole of Innsbruck is spread out before me and the Austrian Alps form a dramatic backdrop to this beautiful, historic city. The take-off slope looks unbelievably steep and I must admit I’m in awe of the sportsmen (and women) who have the bottle to launch themselves down the hill at 60mph, fly 200 yards and then crashland into packed ice before the safety fence stops them injuring the spectators.

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Somerset's Seasonal Delights

Steam rose from the water of the Roman baths in the lights that were brightening against the incoming December evening. Floodlights picked out the magnificent tower of the abbey while below it the bustle and excitement of the Christmas market grew with the crowds.

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Born to be wild on Route 66

GET YOUR motor running, head out on the highway.” When Steppenwolf’s driving beat and lyrics to Born to be Wild launched the title sequence of the film Easy Rider in 1969, it encouraged a generation around the world to dream of taking to the road – the road to freedom.

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Pack smarter and save up to £240 every time you travel

When it comes to taking a holiday we’re all looking for a good deal. Flying with a budget airline may seem like the cheaper option but if you’re not careful you could end paying up to £240 extra in fees for a family of four. That’s money that you could be putting towards a hotel upgrade, a day trip for the family or brand new summer wardrobes.

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Thrilling Stafford-Sheer: ‘capital of tree-top adventure'

Britain’s newest high-ropes course has just been unveiled at Staffordshire’s Drayton Manor Park, but the county has long been top of the tree when it comes to aerial thrill seekers. While Drayton Manor’s new VertiGO may be the newest, Staffordshire is home to some of the UK’s premier tree-top courses, including a chance to swing through the canopy close to a unique Monkey Forest.

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The Magic of Amsterdam

There can be few experiences more memorable than a short break to Amsterdam, one of the most vibrant and historic cities in the world. Amsterdam has many attractions and is renowned for its world-famous museums, art galleries, Dutch masters, historic cathedrals, Anne Frank House, diamonds, tulips, cheese, canals, red light district and much more.

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Pembrokeshire Panorama

As you look down on the wide golden beach at Tenby and along to the pastel-coloured buildings of the old town clustered around the harbour, it’s easy to see why Pembrokeshire is recognised worldwide as one of the loveliest areas in Britain. Beautiful old seaside towns like Tenby and its near-neighbour Saundersfoot as well as smaller coastal villages are just part of the story of this, one of the most westerly of our counties.

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Homage to Catalonia

SITTING HIGH above the mighty Ebro River, the village of Miravet clings to the rock face like a barnacle to a boat hull. Swallows swoop low over the water as they feed in flight while a heron looks to have fallen asleep as he waits for the river to deliver his lunch. The grand Templar Castle looks down on this sleepy yet hauntingly beautiful village in this largely undiscovered region in southern Catalonia.

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Sunrise on the Summit

It'still dark when I arrive at the cable car station, but by the time the gondola has whisked me up to its final stop at 6000ft (1850m), the sky has already started to lighten. I need to press on: I’ve got about a mile to walk and 1000ft (300m) to climb before I’m where I need to be. It’s hard not to keep stopping to take pictures, but I’m on a deadline – I want to be at the summit. I make it just in time.

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Tramway Treasury

Sitting on the top deck of a gently-swaying tramcar, trundling along a cobbled street next to a grand, balustraded red-brick pub, you could be travelling through an industrial town in the Fifties. This, however, is the 21st century – and at the foot of a sheer rock face in a former quarry on the edge of the Peak District.

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Making Waves on the Med

The Independence of the Seas is a majestic sight in the docks at Southampton as she prepares for the start of a two-week Mediterranean cruise. The 15-deck Royal Caribbean ship is 1112ft long and 185ft wide, and accommodates 4375 passengers.

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Cornwall by Coach

Cries of suppressed fear pierced the tranquil air and heads turned to witness the extraordinary sight of two people side by side, in skydiver pose, suspended below zip wires swooping down past the famous domes of Cornwall’s Eden Project.

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Islands in the Sun

JUST A mile out from Pigeon Point, the sea shallows rapidly. The boat skipper hauls the big outboard out of the water before the propeller hits the bottom and we glide over the seabed just two feet below.

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Terror and Tourism- are you covered?

ACROSS EUROPE and further afield, security has had to be tightened, particularly at major sports and entertainment events in order to safeguard the public.

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Mersey Ferries Christmas Voucher

An award-winning experience, the Manchester Ship Canal Cruise gift voucher is the perfect Christmas present for those that love to take in the sights, offering a day out to remember.

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Weekend break with a touch of class

There's an air of grandeur and historic charm as you enter Crathorne Hall Hotel, a luxury four-star country house hotel in North Yorkshire. The hotel was built during the reign of Edward VII for the Dugdale family and is steeped in history. The Queen Mother was a regular visitor, as was the Prince of Wales. Other distinguished visitors over the years include Prime Ministers Sir Anthony Eden, Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Harold Macmillan.

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Plymouth at Christmas

The sweet, heady aroma of mulled wine combined with the sizzling scent of bratwurst sausages drifted across the piazza with the colourful displays in the wooden stands showing brighter as the twilight darkened. Lights were everywhere. A funfair merry-go-round, a big screen display and in the background some whirling, spinning serious rides. All to the soundtrack of a brilliant saxophone busker. So if you are looking for some Christmas spirit in the run up to the big day – go West.

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Detroit: Dancing in the streets again

Plank floors, peeling paint ceilings and an ancient lift big enough to take a car – this building is preserved just the way it was when it changed the world and brought liberation to succeeding generations of ordinary men and women.

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Fine dining and a walk on the wild side

With hardly a breath of wind the rain-laden clouds hang over Chichester Harbour. The rain starts, not heavy driven rain, but light and gentle, like that from a fine rose on a watering can.

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Fine dining and a walk on the wild side

With hardly a breath of wind the rain-laden clouds hang over Chichester Harbour. The rain starts, not heavy driven rain, but light and gentle, like that from a fine rose on a watering can.

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Red Square Revisited

THE LAST time I visited Moscow, it was in the middle of a bitter winter nearly 30 years ago, as the first stirrings of Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika and glasnost presaged the looming collapse of the Soviet system. This time it was at the height of summer, with temperatures around 30°C – and the Russian capital’s Western-style shopping streets could have been in Manchester or Minneapolis, apart from the Cyrillic store signs.

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Glam under the stars in surprising Staffordshire

It may be best known for it's thrilling theme parks, thriving potteries and beautiful gardens, but Staffordshire also offers a chance to indulge in award winning glamping too. While it may have just five luxurious yurts, Secret Cloud House Holidays, with uninterrupted views across the Staffordshire  Moorlands and Peak District beyond, also offers some quirky treats for the luxury camper.

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Turning back time in Guernsey

AS THE coach threads us through the narrow streets from the ferry terminal and out into the winding coastal roads, we get an elevated view of Guernsey – an island of contrasts. Compare the glass office buildings that house the city slickers of the multi-billion pound financial industry, which makes up nearly half the island’s economy, with the ‘hedge veg’ stalls by the rural roadsides selling produce and flowers with honesty boxes making just a few pounds.

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Zell am See: Alpine Wonderland

The Mountains are hauntingly beautiful, the lake is deep and serene and the town is pretty as a picture. I’m in Zell am See on the shores of Lake Zell and in the shadow of Austria’s Kitzbuhel Alps, with mountains so high that even in the summer the peaks are topped with snow. It’s a special place.

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