Cruise on Portugal's River of Gold

Words and images by Mike Pickup
The Douro river rises in Spain and crosses into Portugal at Barca d'Alva before reaching the Atlantic at the famous city of Porto. This last 125 miles are navigable and a major attraction...

Azamara Quest - the warmth of the West Indies

Cruise Miles ambassador Jennie Bond discovers the delights aboard the Azamara Quest

Disney Cruise Line re-launches Disney Magic

Discover the world of delights waiting for you on a Disney cruise

Making Med waves - Seven nights Mediterranean cruise on baord ms Eurodam

Do not underestimate the value of the cruise ship, which has gathered significant appeal to British holidaymakers

Ships of the desert - Cruising the Middle East

By Sara Macefield
Cruising the Middle East and Indian Ocean is a great way to experience these up-andcoming holiday regions.

Orient steering - Cruising the Far East

Cruises in exotic Far East and Australasia waters are growing in appeal as more cruise lines send their showboats to China.

Happy families - Cruising with the family

By Sara Macefield
With new cruise ships boasting everything from nurseries and kids clubs to surf simulators and circus workshops, cruising really is a family affair now.

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Pyrenees road trips

With these itineraries taking you from France into Spain and back, the Road Trip Pyrenees hopes to evoke the spirit of adventure that other famous routes such as the Route 66, the Silk route, the trans-Amazonian highway have created

Classic motoring in the old fashioned way

If the idea of stepping back in time, responding to those ever-present pleas of 'Oh, it's not like it used to be...' and indulging in a somewhat slower pace of life has some holiday appeal, then follow the advice of Iain Robertson, rent a 'classic' and tour in the old fashioned way

Winter sun

While the neighbours are salting their driveways and donning their thermals, you could be jetting off to somewhere sunnier and a whole lot warmer than a 'dreich' British winter, suggests Iain Robertson, where ‘braving the elements’ will mean lathering on extra-factor sun cream and knocking back the sundowners instead

Valentine's cities

With the most romantic day in the calendar approaching, where in the world can you whisk your loved one off to for a cosy city break that will make your hearts beat faster? In the first of o u r new seasonal feature series, Jane Anderson gives a guided tour of some of the world’s sexiest destinations

Papua New Guinea uncovered

Explore Papua New Guinea’s remote islands on board the luxurious True North. There are so many wondrous places to visit in the world, and Papua New Guinea is high up on the list

‘POLAR IF SOL’ island

It is not often a new paradise island is uncovered. The latest discovery has been named ‘Polar If Sol’, located in the South Pacific

Golfing in Egypt

The land of the ancient pharaohs is now a mecca for golfers, as its barren desert has been transformed into green oases by some of the world's top designers. Peter Ellegard reports

Golf tuition breaks

Whether you are trying to improve your game or taking golf up as a complete beginner, there is nothing like taking a dedicated tuition break with intensive lessons. Perennial hacker Peter Ellegard went straight to the top in his quest

Christmas Countdown at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens

There is just over a week to go until the stunning new Christmas Light Trail is unveiled at The Botanical Gardens

Timber festival

Timber is an extraordinary new festival where music, art, philosophy and sustainability will weave together into an exhilarating weekend in the heart of the National Forest, one of Britain's boldest environmental projects

10 of the best - Hotel swimming pools

One of the key considerations for any holiday is the size and location of the swimming pool but some hotels take bathing to entirely new levels and, whether peering through glass walls, disappearing into infinity, overhanging treetops, swimming with the wildlife, or just lounging in the lap of luxury, Iain Robertson figures that you might appreciate his top ten of the ultimate pools of the world.

10 of the best - Glamping locations

The very thought of pitching a tent at a holiday destination can fill some people with paroxysms of dread. Fortunately, states Iain Robertson, there is a growing fascination for a more glamorous side to camping, which has been gifted the wondrous compound descript of ‘glamping’ and here are ten of the very best.

Seven colourful reasons to celebrate Autumn in Royal Windsor

Featuring seasonal menus, colourful walks and invitations to be warm and cosy; here are seven reasons to visit Royal Windsor this Autumn

Two World Heritage sites in two days

Mountain Goat has launched a new package exploring two World Heritage Sites in two days

Christmas celebrations come to Cutty Sark Gardens

Meet Santa and his reindeer on 25 November in Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 as the Royal Borough of Greenwich Christmas celebrations get underway in Greenwich Town Centre

Calling all Potterheads to plan a big day out in London

Pottermania is back! From its humble beginnings as an idea born on a train journey, and laid to paper in a small cafe in Edinburgh, the first book in the Harry Potter series sparked a global phenomenon. 20 years on, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has sold over 450 million copies worldwide, in 79 languages, inspired a major movie franchise, a spellbinding theatre production, and a number of thrilling sightseeing experiences

tapas: seville, spain

The latest in our series on famous dishes and their origin focuses on Spain's ubiquitous tapas and Seville, regarded as its heartland

tagine: marrakech

For the latest in our series on famous dishes and their origin, we head to exotic Marrakech to spotlight the classic Moroccan tagine

traditional tapas recipes

These recipes show how to cook some classic tapas dishes

chicken tagine recipe

This recipe describes how to cook chicken tagine