Cruise control: a more sustainable alternative in Croatia

‘And now,” said the old man with the moustache and the guitar, “Rod Stewart, Sailing. Together, please!”The welcoming committee was waiting on the quayside as our ship drew in. Behind the musicians – at this point battling bravely through John Denver’s Take me home, country roads on the accordion – a small crowd had started […]

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Chateau Changyu: a growing taste for Chinese wine

A few miles outside Xi’an, the city of Emperor Qin’s terracotta warriors, the guide on a tour bus filled with Italian wine professionals pointed across a bleak plain shadowed by empty towerblocks to a medieval castle with crenellated towers. We were touring the estates of the Yantai Changyu Pioneer Wine Company and our guide was […]

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10 of the best small-scale cruises worldwide

The first tourist ship to negotiate the river passage from the Vietnamese Mekong to the more tranquil Cambodian side in 2003, the RV Mekong Pandaw is still doing the trip today. The 24 teak-and-brass cabins have panoramic windows, and complimentary ice-cream is served from dawn to dusk on the sundeck.• Pandaw’s four-night Saigon-Phnom Penh trip […]

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Nepal-Tibet border reopens to tourists after 2015 earthquake

Mountain high … the single-track road in Tibet close to the Rasuwa border crossing. The overland journey from Tibet to Nepal, on winding roads and amid towering Himalayan peaks, must be one of the world’s most breathtaking.Now, two years after the April 2015 earthquake that devastated Nepal, killing close to 9,000 people and leaving countless […]

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