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Inspired Travel magazine - Issue.3

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TTOHIHS OIS LHIODWAY Independence of the Seas®

Inspired Travel Magazine takes a look
at the innovative trail-blazing holidays
Royal Caribbean has to offer, including
a focus on sailings from right here in

the UK and an insight into
their newest ship

We know our readers for families of all ages. Parents with little Family friendly
don’t just want to see ones who want some time to themselves shore excursions
the world – you want to will be delighted with the award-winning FlowRider®
experience it. That could kids’ clubs, and teenagers will be in their
be exploring vibrant cities like Rome element in the teen-only hang spaces Explore Europe
or Cannes, tucking into authentic local and activities. the Royal way
cuisine, sinking your toes into pristine
Santorini sands, or even plunging down a Couples won’t be disappointed either.
10-storey waterslide. With romantic cities or tranquil beaches
on most itineraries, sumptuous spas
There’s one type of holiday that’ll let onboard, and endless activities, dishes
you experience it all – and it might not and experiences you can relish together,
be what you’d expect.Royal Caribbean adventures are awaiting loved-up pairs
has an excellent track record of taking its looking for the trip of a lifetime.
guests on incredible holidays. Where the
idea of a cruise once conjured up stuffy Destinations that’ll dazzle
images of one dining room and nothing There’s a whole world waiting to be
much to do, the brand has transformed explored, and Royal Caribbean helps
this perception into something rather you do just that. Think hiking in the
extraordinary. From sailing to over 249 elemental Azores, sailing through the
of the world’s most exotic destinations, majestic Norwegian fjords, relaxing on
to breaking records with mind-blowing a secluded beach in Crete, or taking in
innovations on their ships – this is no the rich cultural history and awe-inspiring
ordinary holiday. architecture of St Petersburg.

Something for everyone Each sailing also offers unbeatable
With spacious family staterooms, shore excursions filled with unique
onboard entertainment and dining, experiences you won’t find on an
and family friendly shore excursions in ordinary holiday – from going on an aerial
some of the world’s most impressive adventure in the forests of Liguria, to
destinations, these holidays are perfect kayaking off the coast of Dubrovnik or
exploring the Carrara marble caves.
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CRUISING

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Taking you to these magnificent destinations is a fleet of 25
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The Southampton port is home to both Navigator of the Seas® to holiday, and start thinking about how to holiday.
and Independence of the Seas® in 2018. Especially if you want to explore astonishing destinations,
experience exceptional firsts onboard mind-blowing
Independence of the Seas® boasts a nine-hole miniature ships, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
golf course, an ice rink and superb entertainment. Better
yet, it’s undergoing a spectacular revitalisation ready for May If you’re ready to experience all this and more, you’re
this year with an impressive list of new features. Guests can in luck – Royal Caribbean is offering our readers a 10%
look forward to a bungee trampoline park involving an out- discount on selected sailings, when you book by 30
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to the Loft Suites with their stunning balconies and luxurious only and not reflective of the actual ship, however all the features depicted and described will
amenities. There’s a restaurant to tantalise every tastebud too, be available.
and a theatre boasting West End hit musical Hairspray.

But it’s not all in with the new; there’ll still be plenty of
fan-favourites onboard. Whether it’s the 10-storey drop of
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THIS IS HOW
TO HOLIDAY

This isn’t an ordinary cruise. This is the best holiday anyone can take. This is
six islands in seven days. Manta rays and Splashaway Bays. Hidden bays and
West End plays. Deep dives. Sky dives. Nose dives. This is zip lines. Tan lines.
Fine wines. Oh, and a slide with a twist — it’s 10 storeys high. This isn’t ordinary,

this is how it’s done. This is how to holiday.

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EATING OUT

TEHXEPAENRNIAENLECNAE

Follow Inspired Travel Magazine’s Jess Saunders on a taste
odyssey, at Vancouver’s outstanding AnnaLena restaurant...

Tucked away in a quiet residential “If you are looking
street just southwest of to indulge in some
Vancouver’s city centre lies a true delicious food, inspired
gem of a restaurant: AnnaLena. If you by French cuisine,
are looking to indulge in some delicious but with an authentic
food, inspired by French cuisine, but Canadian twist, this is
with an authentic Canadian twist, this is ”the place for you
the place for you. the top; very large at the bottom), but
there was also the option of a tasting
My partner and I were seated at platter, allowing a recommended four or
the back of the restaurant, close to more guests to try a bit of everything.
the kitchens. It was fascinating to Wanting to get the best and most
glance over at some of the goings authentic dining experience possible,
on behind the scenes, sometimes we dove straight into the menu,
catching glimpses of our order being ordering two oysters (4 CAD), the
lovingly prepared on the plate by a very mussel dish (19 CAD), the prawn dish
focussed sous chef, or the Executive (25 CAD) and the largest dish on the
Chef himself, Michael Robbins. menu, the beef (38 CAD). I have done
my fair share of restaurant reviews, but
After we had taken our seats, we the mussel dish was a serving of food
were immediately introduced to the I doubt I will ever forget. Coming out
concept of the restaurant, defined by of their shell, prepared to be eaten,
Robbins as ‘modern Canadian’ cooking in a garlic white wine broth with torn,
and centred on the tapas-style idea fresh double-baked bread fried in garlic
of sharing. Following the ethos that and thyme oil, the taste sensation was
food is better shared, all items on the simply divine. My partner and I took
menu at AnnaLena are created for two one taste and instantly fell in love: this
or more people, creating a wonderful
atmosphere of togetherness.

Looking down at the menu, the
choice was ample; small but with plenty
of variety, including fish dishes, meat
dishes, vegetables, fruits and some
surprises. Our waiter explained that the
servings increased in size as you made
your way down the menu (very small at

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EATING OUT

was a dish I could eat forever. The beef melted in the mouth, with a

After almost inhaling the mussels, we wonderful kick of smokiness added in

were served the prawn dish which, was amongst the sweetness of the onion

delightful. The prawns came in their jam and savoury potatoes that soaked

shell with picked ponzu daikon (a first up the jus. It was reminiscent of a roast

for me), clams, miso beurre blanc and dinner elevated to loftier heights.

burnt Brussels sprouts, which tasted I was thoroughly impressed with the

like they were glazed in honey.Now, bold flavours and striking presentation

if anything could have trumped the of the dishes. There was never too

mussels, it was the beef dish. We were much of anything either, but just

presented with beautiful cuts of rib eye enough to satisfy your palate, making

beef with charred broccoli, onion jam, for a perfectly sized plate each time.

delicate pieces of potato and jus, with a There was still room for dessert of
Throughout the meal
I was thoroughly course! We ordered the Rosemary The ambiance was romantic and
Semifreddo and the white Chocolate sophisticated, the décor stylish, the
impressed with the bold Mousse (each 9 CAD) to share. I fell service was first-class. With great food,
flavours and striking head over heels for the rosemary good company and a tasty selection
semifreddo and stole it for myself. No of unique cocktails, you can’t really go
presentation of the dishes sharing this time. Both were incredibly wrong here.
indulgent, just sweet enough but not
“smoked tallow reduction (a fancy term sickly and completely delicious. The 1809 W. First Ave., 778–379–4052
for beef dripping). 38 Canadian Dollars flavour of a savoury herb added a 5–10:30pm (closed Mondays);
may seem expensive for a plate of beef, refreshing note. It came alongside fresh weekend brunch 10am-1:45pm
but actually for such a fantastically strawberries, toasted milk powder
”prepared dish, it represents pretty great crumble and a strawberry sorbet,
again all presented very pleasingly. The
white chocolate mousse came with
sesame toasted mango and passion
fruit sorbet, which was simultaneously

value. Plus, it really was incredibly tasty. delicate, zesty and sweet.

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ON LOCATION

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EMERALD LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

N amed by mountain guides who discovered it in the 19th century, Emerald Lake owes its
distinctive green hue to glacial sediment suspended in its waters. Situated in Canada’s Yoho
Natural Park, close to the Trans-Canadian Highway, the lake’s stunning scenery has made it
an irresistable magnet for sightseers.

The lake is over 4,000ft above sea level which results in it remaining frozen from November until
June. The peaks that surround it, along with local prevailing winds, ensure a very moist climate
with heavy rain during summer and large amounts of snowfall in winter. Eagles, wolves, bears and
moose are known to frequent the area, making it a truly magnificent location to connect with nature.

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EHEAAVRENTOHN

Hillside Beach Club is a stunning five-star holiday resort in
Kalemya Bay, Fethiye. Located within easy reach of Dalaman
airport on the Aegean coast, overlooking the crystal-clear
Mediterranean, this chic resort offers a luxurious destination for
both families and couples.

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he resort boasts three private Parents seeking rest health and wellbeing-inspired weeks: Feel
beaches, an extensive kids club and relaxation will love Good Week (6-12 May and 1-6 October)
the exclusive retreat’s and Summer Challenge Week (4-10 June
T offering alongside a wide variety and 24-29 September).
unspoilt and serene
of excursions outside the resort. Hillside location Feel Good Week aims to revitalise body
Beach Club is also home to a world-class and mind with a programme of fitness
watersports centre. seeking rest and relaxation will love the training, nutrition advice, yoga, hiking, spa
exclusive retreat’s unspoilt and serene treatments and a healthy balanced menu
The tranquil environment of Hillside’s location. Families can enjoy artistic and of Mediterranean-inspired food to leave
adult-only beaches creates a serene interactive activities such as terrarium you feeling good inside and out.
workshops, chocolate making, canoe
“and calming atmosphere, ideal for those There’s also a vast array of artistic
workshops available at the resort, from
wanting to switch off. For the ultimate terrarium building to silk painting to
pampering experience, guests can
choose from a selection of Balinese

”or Turkish treatments to ensure a
rejuvenating renewal of body and mind at racing and movie nights. mosaic design so guests can learn a new
Kidside entertains children between the
the SANDA Nature Spa, set beneath a ages of 4-7 with professional sports and skill and unleash their inner creative flair.
picturesque pine forest. Summer Challenge Week is an
entertainment coaches, whilst those aged exciting new fitness-focused offering
Hillside Beach Club’s Beach Order
App makes holidays even more relaxing. 8-13 can try anything from sailing to hip- for the resort. Ideal for sports buffs, the
hop classes in Junior Club. Teen guests
Guests can order their drinks to the week will include everything from spin
from 14-17 have an array of options
beach with just a swipe of their thumb, parties overlooking the sea, to jogging
in Young Club, including water sports,
ensuring that they’re looked after and trekking through the stunning
beach volleyball and DJing workshops.
wherever they are around the resort The resort’s Baby Park is perfect for kids surroundings of Fethiye.
The luxury resort is especially popular under 3 and includes activities such as a
sandpit, water park and playground. Follow Hillside Beach Club on Instagram:
with families thanks to its extensive @hillsidebeachclub
activity clubs for kids of all ages run
The 2018 season will see the return of
by professional coaches. Parents

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AWROOUNRD LTHDE 1
2
IN 18 HOLES 3

It’s estimated that around 60 million people worldwide play golf
regularly, and a significant percentage of them take annual golf
holidays. The appeal of seeking out new challenges and enjoying
the sport in exotic locations is clearly a strong one. With 30,000
golf courses in the world, the choice can be bewildering, but
fortunately, Inspired Travel Magazine has teed up this showcase
of the world’s best fairways...

1. Fancourt - South Africa features an area exceeding 60 hectares,
Fancourt is a global landmark for golfng a driving range and golf academy, and
and leisure travel. Golf takes pride of is a a resort suitable for all standards of
place, with all three of the estate’s 18- play. The course is easily walkable, and
hole golf courses designed by a team led guests will find nearby restaurants and
by Gary Player. The courses – Montagu, bars, all offering international cuisine and
Outeniqua (both in the top 20 in South Mediterranean dishes with a Portuguese
Africa) and The Links, a privately owned twist. Since the new owners took on the
club, voted number one by Golf Digest, resort back in 2015, it has been turned
have continued to garner praise from into one of Portugal’s finest.
the international golfing community; their
fairways attract players from across the 3. Saadiyat Beach- UAE
globe. Fancourt is proud to have won Among the Middle East’s finest golf
South Africa’s Best Golf Hotel 2017 by venues, the Gary Player designed
World Golf Awards and IAGTO’s Golf Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, was the first
Resort of the Year Award 2018.lf Resort beachfront golf course in the UAE, and
of the Year Award 2018. provides a unique experience for all
who play it. Host venue to the Ladies
2. Bom Sucesso Resort - Portugal European Tour’s Fatima bint Mubarak
Lying on the banks of Obidos Lagoon and Ladies Open, the 18-hole championship
just a 15-minute drive away from eclectic course combines the stunning natural
shops and restaurants, this resort offers beauty of Saadiyat Island with its winding,
an excellent European Tour Properties undulating fairways and dramatic ocean
golf course. The 18-hole on-site course views.

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4. Sentosa Golf Club - Singapore
Located on a paradise island, adjacent to
the world’s largest port, Sentosa has all
the ingredients to make itself worthy of the
spotlight. With four televised events to be
held at the club in a landmark 2018, (The
SMBC Singapore Open, the Women’s
Amateur Asia-Pacific, the HSBC Women’s
World Championship and the Men’s Asia-
Pacific Amateur Championship) the Club
and its two courses present an unmatched

4 experience for any golfer.
5. Lumine - Spain
Lumine has fast earned a reputation as one
of Europe’s premier golfing destinations
since opening in 2008. The quality and
condition of each of the three courses are
among the property’s key features, alongside
state-of-the-art practice facilities, making for
one of the most complete golf destinations
in Europe. Lumine is home to: The Lakes,
a Greg Norman-designed 6,300m par 71
golf course (the resort;s most technically
difficult) and The Hills, a 6,334 metre par
72 course offering a unique test. The
resort has incredible views of the coastline,
set amongst the leafy woods and olive
plantations. Rounding up is the 9-hole Ruins
course, laid upon Roman archaeological

5 remains.
6. Dom Pedro Golf Resort - Portugal
The Algarve’s premier golf brand, Dom
Pedro Golf offers some of the very best
golf facilities in Europe, headlined by host
of the Portugal Masters, the Dom Pedro
Victoria Course. Designed by the late, great
Arnold Palmer, the Victoria Course presents
a par-72 challenge, spanning 7,316 yards.
With its distinctive character, golfers will be
tested across the much-loved layout with
a premium on long, accurate drives and
pragmatic course management to avoid
the extensive water hazards which guard
many of the closing holes. The Dom Pedro
Victoria course has long been recognised as
Europe’s most complete golf offering.

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7. Abu Dhabi Golf Club - UAE 7 GOLF
Abu Dhabi Golf Club has become an 8
emblem for golf in the Middle East. Home 9 i n spi red-trav el .co.u k 67
to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
presented by EGA, the iconic National
Course, presided over by the famous
Falcon Clubhouse has become a must visit
for golfers travelling to the UAE. Alongside
the 18-hole championship course sits the
fully floodlit 9-hole Garden Course, perfect
for a relaxed evening round accompanied
by friends. Aside from golf, the Club has
an extensive leisure offering, including an
on-site 5-star hotel, all adding to its status
as one of the world’s most desirable golfing
destinations.

8.Monte Rei Golf & Country Club -
Portugal
Arguably one of Portugal’s most-loved
golf courses, the beautiful Monte Rei Golf
& Country Club is located in the Eastern
Algarve, just a 20-minute drive from
the wonderful town of Tavira. The Jack
Nicklaus signature golf course is unrivalled
in the region and the breathtaking course,
together with highest levels of service,
make the experience one to remember. At
Monte Rei, intervals between tee times are
considerably longer than normal practice,
golfers are able to enjoy their game in a
relaxed setting, and each golf hole will be
yours for that moment.

9. PGA Catalunya Resort - Spain
Less than an hour from Barcelona, 20
minutes from the sandy beaches of the
Costa Brava and five minutes from Girona-
Costa Brava Airport, PGA Catalunya
resort makes for the perfect Spanish
golf getaway. There are two exceptional
golf courses at the Resort; The Stadium
Course, ranked the No 1 course in Spain,
No 3 in Continental Europe and No
92 in the World, and the Tour Course,
which provides constant challenges and
spectacular holes to delight players of all
levels. This world-class venue features a
modern, stylish clubhouse and outstanding
practice and coaching facilities, used by
international teams and professionals.


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10. Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort - 11. Thanos Hotel Almyra - Cyprus 12. Hotel Jardin Tecina - La Gomera
Portugal Surrounded by landscaped grounds and The Hotel Jardín Tecina is set in a garden
Located in the Central Algarve, the featuring more than 180 modern rooms paradise featuring flowering plants from all
Vila Sol Hotel and Golf Resort is set with garden or sea views, the five star over the world and makes a fantastic base
in 75 acres of natural beauty and Almyra Hotel offers a luxurious base for for a golfing getaway. With varied play
accommodates two magnificent golf golfers. Guests at the hotel have four and stunning views offered throughout,
courses; PestanaVila Sol Championship golf courses within easy reach, with the Tecina Golf Course is a strong contender
and Pestana Vila Sol Academy. closest at Elea golf club. This magnificent, for the best course in the Canary Islands.
Inaugurated in 1991 with the signature par 71, golf course designed by Nick Luckily for those looking to experience
of the architect Donald Steel, Vila Sol Faldo commands a striking location this fabulous course, La Gomera boasts
proves that that dreams can be realised. above the shimmering Mediterranean an average yearly climate of 23 degrees
Teeing off among pine, almond and fig Sea. Also close by are Aphrodite Hills, celsius, making play a pleasure all year
trees, plants, flowers, lakes and streams, Minithis Golf Club and Secret Valley. After round. From the resort, there is direct
adds to the pleasure and challenge of a satisfying day’s golfing, the Thanos access to the fishing village of Playa
completing 72 strokes of a championship offers plenty of choice when it comes to de Santiago, where, after a scenic and
golf course. This is an unforgettable dining, and a short stroll takes you into challenging round, you can relax for the
experience from first to last shot. town where there are numerous bars. rest of the day.

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13. Aphrodite Hills Hotel - Cyprus 13
Named 2018’s European Golf Resort of The 14
Year by IAGTO, and just a two-minute walk
from the PGA National Cyprus Golf Course,
Aphrodite Hills is an elegant and stylish base
for a golfing break. Offering outstanding
accommodation, service and entertainment,
the private rooms at Aphrodite Hills have
views of either the sea or the golf course. The
course itself is both challenging and visually
spectacular, built on two plateaux separated
by a dramatic ravine. The par 3 7th will
require all of your skill as you tee off across a
130-metre gorge!

14. The Albatros at Le Golf National -
France
Widely regarded as one of Europe’s best
championship courses, The Albatros receives
excellent reviews from pros and amateurs
alike. Designed by Hubert Chesneau and
Robert Von Hagge, this course will host its
26th French Open, and the Ryder Cup in
2018. Located just south-west of central
Paris, The Albatros demands consistency and
will require golfers to use their full range of
clubs. The landscape of this course consists
of manmade hills and undulations to create a
divide between the holes, and offers excellent
viewpoints where spectators can appreciate
its beauty. Why not get in on the action and
experience first hand all that this course has
to offer before the Ryder Cup stars tee off?

15. Hokkaido Brooks Country Club - Japan
Perhaps more famous for its volcanoes
and natural hot springs, Japan’s region of
Hokkaido is home to one of the world’s finest
golf courses; Hokkaido Brooks Country
Club. Covering an impressive 1.65 million
square metres, the Hokkaido course boasts
gentle, natural contours spread across the
beautiful scenery. Course designers Ed
Sneed and Taizo Kawata have applied careful
consideration to every hole and each corner
to create a strategic challenge for golfers of all
levels of ability. Understated and elegant, the
Hokkaido Brooks Country Club models itself
on the prestigious golf courses of the USA.

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16 16. Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort -
17 Turkey
Opened in November 2008, the Carya
Golf Course was designed by Thomson,
Perrett and Lobb and was Europe’s first
floodlit golf course. Inspired by England’s
heathland courses, the course has quickly
become popular and regularly plays host
to international tournaments. Winding
between pine and eucalyptus trees, and over
undulating sand ridges, the course is sure to
keep players on their toes. The floodlighting
ensures that all 18 holes are playable late into
the evening for golfers wishing to avoid the
Turkish mid-day heat.

17. Wentworth Club - England
This privately owned golf club and health
resort in Virginia Water, Surrey, was founded
in 1926 and has a long and interesting history.
One of the UK’s most notable golf clubs,
it is home to the headquarters of the PGA
European Tour, and each year it hosts the
Tour’s BMW PGA Championship.
Wentworth boasts three 18-hole courses;
the East and West Courses were designed
by Harry Colt and opened in 1924 and 1926
respectively, while the Edinburgh course,
designed by John Jacobs, was opened in
1990. The Club has a sophisticated and
refined air and a round of golf here is to sure
live long in the memory.

18. Natadola Bay - Fiji
If playing golf with the sound of tropical
surf in your ears sounds appealing, then
Natadola Beach may be the destination for
you. Located on Fiji’s Coral Coast, the resort
offers a combination of world-class golf and
stunning South-Pacific scenery. Designed by
Vijay Singh and opened in 2009, the course
welcomes players of all levels. Immaculately
kept and challenging, both the course and
the setting are a joy. After your round, head to
the Pacific Island-styled clubhouse to relax in
the open-air bar/restaurant. It’s certainly the
perfect way to enjoy the view at the end of a
days play.

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1. Crazybaby Air wireless headphones, with carbon nanotube 8
technology, £130, crazybaby.com 2. Olympus Tough TG-5,
shockproof from 2.1m, waterproof to 15m, freezeproof to -10˚c

£399, olympus.co.uk 3. Tile Tracker Pro Sport; find your things
fast with this waterproof bluetooth tracker thetileapp.com 4. Kit
Sound Hive X portable bluetooth speaker, rugged, IPX6 water

resistant, 2 watts power, up to 20 hours’ battery life, £79.99,

kitsound.co.uk 5. Masterlock bluetooth padlock, unlock via
your connected smartphone, £54.99, masterlock.com 6.
Anker PowerPort Solar 2 port charger, provides enough power

to charge two devices simultaneously £49.99, anker.com 7.
Trav o safe lithium-free powerbank conforms to the latest airline

safety standards for carry-on and checked-in baggage £24.98

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CAMERA

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Recognised by The Guinness Book of Records as the largest ancient castle in the world,
it attracts around two million visitors per year. Getting to the castle can be as enjoyable
and fascinating as the visit itself. Approaching over the bustling Charles Bridge, admiring
the baroque statues and taking in views of the castle in the distance. Once across the river, you
can wend your way along cobbled streets past ornate buildings as you steadily ascend to the
castle itself. The effort that goes into the climb is more than rewarded by the panoramic views of
Prague. Alternatively, take the funicular railway to the top of Petrin Hill and stroll down towards
the castle past the delightful Strahov Monastery, perhaps stopping at the Monastery’s Brewery for
refreshments on the way.

Prague Castle is not a single structure but a ‘castle complex’ consisting of several notable
buildings, the most imposing being St Vitus’ Cathedral which has looked down upon the Vltava
since 1344. Older still is St George’s Basilica, the oldest surviving church building within the castle,
founded in 920, expanded in 973, and rebuilt after a fire in 1142. Also worth a look is Golden
Lane, a row of 16th-century houses which offer a revealing glimpse into the lives of past citizens of
Prague.

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CRUISE

CONTROL

Globally, cruising is very much a growing market with an army of
devotees. A significant number of travellers remain immune to

cruising’s charms however and will be quick to offer reasons why
cruising is not for them. We take a look at this buoyant market
sector and attempt to challenge some of those assumptions

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Between 2009 and 2017, the
number of cruise passengers
increased by almost 45 per cent
from 17.8 million to 25.8 million.
“But why? What does a cruise have to
offer?” I hear you ask. Imagine visiting a
new restaurant and sampling a wide range
of dishes on a taster menu. You’ll quickly
be able to work out what you like and
want to return to, and what you don’t and
know to avoid. Cruising can offer a similar
experience for your holiday - the chance
to see and experience many different
locations during one holiday. You may fall
in love with some and vow to return for
an extended stay, while others may have
less appeal and can be ruled out as future
holiday destinations.

Some people assume that sleeping and
relaxing on a boat for a significant amount
of your holiday restricts the number of
activities you can indulge in and sights
you can see. When you consider that
a single cruise could offer the chance
to visit several Greek islands, a handful
of Caribbean nations, or a selection of
Mediterranean cities in one holiday, this
argument doesn’t seem to hold a lot of
water.

Possibly the most widespread
misconception about cruise holidays
is that they’re only suitable for older
travellers. It is true that the average cruise
passenger is over 50, but research shows
that 1.6 million under 18s set sail with
their families during 2016. With ships
offering a wealth of activities for children,
and kids clubs to keep them occupied
while the adults relax, a cruise can be the
perfect family holiday. River cruises, in
particular, have been increasingly popular
with younger travellers in recent years.
The opportunity to explore secluded

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waterways and sail through stunning
scenery with life’s luxuries close at hand
is proving popular with Millenials.

The size and level of luxury offered
by the ship you sail on will vary greatly
depending upon the type of cruise and
your budget, but a cruise holiday can
represent excellent value. High-quality
accommodation, excellent and varied
catering, entertainment, a wide range
of recreational facilities, there can be
no doubt that you will get a lot for your
money.

Whether you travel to relax and
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An unforgettable rail
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For the ultimate bucket-list experience a with comfortable down duvets and watch the miles
cross-Canada train journey on the Canadian, the go by. Arrive refreshed, relaxed and excited to visit
flagship of Via Rail, promises beautiful scenery, the spectacularly serene lakes of Jasper and Banff
superior service, and an unparalleled way to see the
National Parks and the beautiful city of
world’s second largest country. Vancouver. One extraordinary holiday,
Explore cosmopolitan Toronto and marvel at
Niagara Falls before crossing the prairies and into many incredible experiences.
the majestic Rockies. Sit back and enjoy the epic, TransCanada by Rail 14 nights from £3759pp
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TRACKSMAKING
RAIL JOURNEYS

Train travel represents a slower paced, more scenic way to get from A to B. But with the world’s
great rail journeys, it’s not about the destination; it’s about the adventure to be had along the way.
Inspired Travel Magazine offers you 10 of the best railway adventures from around the world...

THE PALACE ON WHEELS, THE ROCKY THE BERNINA EXPRESS,
RAJASTHAN M OUNTAI NE E R , WE S TE R N ITALY TO SWITZERLAND
CANADA
The Palace on Wheels allows you to Running from Chur and St Moritz in
tour Rajasthan, Indias “Land of Kings”, Operating 4 different routes with carriages eastern Switzerland across the border
in stately opulence reminiscent of the designed to optimise sightseeing, the to Triano in northern Italy, this four-hour,
Maharajas of old. Blending modern Rocky Mountaineer offers the chance to 90-mile journey takes you through 55
amenities with traditional décor, the take in some of Western Canada’s most tunnels, over 196 bridges and climbs in
carriages are truly bewitching. Journeys breathtaking scenery. Passengers are excess of 2,200 metres above sea level.
begin and end in Dheli with 3, 4 or 7-night able to relax, enjoying comfort and luxury, Along the way, you’ll be able to marvel
tours available, taking in many of India’s as mountain ranges, forests, lakes, rivers at the gorgeous alpine landscape in one
marvels such as Jaipur, the Taj Mahal roll by. It’s always best to keep a camera of the panoramic sightseeing cars. The
and the Ranthambore National Park. The handy as you never know when a moose route is active year round and offers an
warmth of hospitality onboard coupled or bear might emerge. entirely different experience in summer
with the majesty of Rajasthan makes for compared to winter (pictured above).
a remarkable trip.

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THE JACOBITE, FORT WILLIAM
TO MALLAIG

As one of Britain’s best-loved rail
journeys, this 84-mile trip takes in
an impressive range of scenery from
Britain’s highest mountain to its deepest
freshwater loch. More famous these days
for its iconic cameo role in the Harry
Potter films, this journey offers
the chance to enjoy some of the
UK’s most memorable landscapes.

THE ORIENT EXPRESS, LONDON
TO VENICE

Possibly the most famous train in the
world, the Orient Express has a history
that stretches back to the late 19th-
century. The restored, vintage coaches
provide a genuine five-star experience.
The journey to Venice uses two trains; a
historic British Pullman from London to
Folkestone and a train of 1920s’ classic
sleeping cars from Calais to Venice.

CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR,
CHICAGO TO SAN FRANCISCO

The longest route operated by North
American railway company, Amtrak,
the Zephyr covers almost 2,500 miles.
Linking the Windy City with the shores of
the Pacific, this route offers views of the
Colorado plains, the Nevada desert and
the Donner Pass through the windows of
its Sightseer lounge/café car.

THE BLUE TRAIN, PRETORIA TO
CAPE TOWN

As one of the world’s best-known luxury
rail services, the Blue Train takes you
on a fascinating voyage through South
Africa. Billed as a ‘rail cruise’, passengers
enjoy luxury suites, elegant lounges and
fine dining as they travel. The stylish
carriages make their way past vineyards
and imposing mountains on a 27-hour
journey, showcasing South Africa’s
beauty. Stop-offs and excursions at
Kimberley or Matjiesfontein complete
the experience.

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© Bahnfrend MAKING TRACKS
Image courtesy of Golden Eagle Luxury Trains
Image courtesy of The Trans-Siberian Travel Company & Tsars Gold THE GHAN, ADELAIDE
TO ALICE SPRINGS

Not only considered among the
world’s greatest rail journeys,
but also an Australian national
treasure, the Ghan takes you
to places most tourists never
see. Witness the ever-changing
landscape from the comfort and
solitude of your private cabin.
When the train stops along the
way, the adventure begins as you
spend time exploring, either on
foot or on the back of a camel,
the wonders of Australia.

THE PERSIAN
ODYSSEY, MOSCOW
TO TEHRAN

Following the Silk Road to the
ancient land of Persia, passing
through exotic and evocative
cities such as Samarkand and
Persepolis, this fascinating
journey is steeped in history.
From the vast steppes of
Khazakstan to the ancient
architecture of Uzbekistan, this
18-day trip takes in destinations
that are rarely experienced by the
Western visitor making it all the
more special.

THE TRANS SIBERIAN
RAILWAY, RUSSIA

The Trans-Siberian Railway is
a steel artery running almost
5,800 miles accross Russia. The
route spans eight time zones as
it weaves through the country’s
vast and little-visited interior. It
remains the longest rail journey
in the world, taking eight days to
complete and for those wanting
to experience Russia beyond
Moscow and St Petersburg, it will
take you directly to many historic
cities, authentic working towns
and picturesque landscapes.

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BUCKET LIST:

NWOANTDUERRS OEF

Is one bucket list ever enough to cover our amazing planet?
In the first of a series, we pick destinations that showcase the
world’s wonders of nature...

The Galapagos Islands Whale watching in Iceland

Thanks to their association with Charles Iceland is arguably the whale-watching

Darwin, the Galapagos Islands are centre of Europe, despite the fact that it is

probably the most famous wildlife- one of the few nations still hunting whales

watching destination in the world. This commercially. The unique mix of cold and

remote, volcanic archipelago is part of warm sea currents in Icelandic waters

the Republic of Ecuador and sits right leads to an abundance of food which
BEST KEPT SECRETS / BUCKET LISTon the Equator, some 620 miles from the attracts whales to the shallow fjords. The
country’s mainland. most commonly sighted whale in Iceland

Inhabiting such a remote location leads is the Minke whale, which can be spotted

to the animals here having almost no fear all around the country throughout the

of humans. They will allow visitors to get year. Humpback Whales, renowned for

very close to them making for excellent their acrobatic behavior, are frequently

photo opportunities. The list of wildlife seen throughout the summer, a much

on show here includes tropical penguins, rarer visitor is the largest animal on Earth,

blue-footed boobies, seafaring iguanas, the Blue Whale.

playful sea-lions and venerable giant The summer season, from April to

tortoises. September offers the best chance to see

Strict legislation governs wildlife a wide range of species, with animals

tourism here, to minimise any detrimental visiting the north and south sides of

impact on the unique ecosystem. Only the island. Whale-watching tours take

tiny pockets of the national park are a variety of forms from the traditional

accessible, you must keep to the clearly Icelandic oak boats to modern RIB

marked trails in strictly disciplined small speedboats. Whatever your preference,

groups, lead by local, certified guides. the sight of a 30-ton whale breaching the

Nevertheless, a visit to the Galapagos is ocean surface is surely one of nature’s

guaranteed to be unforgettable. Perhaps greatest spectacles. It’s not just whales

the best way to see the islands is to take and dolphins that Iceland has to offer

a cruise on one of the 80 or so licensed either, it’s also renowned as one of the

vessels operating there. You can find out best places in the world for birdwatching.

more about travel to the islands at: For further information, visit:

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whale breaching the
ocean surface is surely

one of nature’s

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Hatching turtles in Mexico
The first moments of a turtles life have
become a wildlife documentary staple.
It’s a hard heart that’s not melted by the

BEST KEPT SECRETS / BUCKET LISTsight of a baby turtle, and their awkward,
desperate rush over the sand, dodging
predators, makes compelling viewing.
With almost every species of turtle
classified as endangered, hatching sites
are often protected and managed in
order to minimise predation and give the
species the very best chance to flourish.
As a result, there are a number of
turtle sanctuaries around the world
where travellers can watch the magical
spectacle of tiny hatchlings making their
way to the waves. One such location
which combines wildlife with luxury, is the
Hilton Los Cabos on the Baja Peninsula,
Mexico. From July to November, guests
at the hotel have the chance to watch
Olive Ridley turtles hatch on the beach.
The staff at the hotel patrol the 10 mile
beachfront daily to monitor and protect
the nesting sites. The eggs are moved
to a corral and once the turtles hatch,
they are released in safety, allowing the
maximum number possible to reach the
sea. For more details, visit:
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Giraffe Manor, Kenya at ease with humans, sometimes even in large numbers is truly wondrous. First
Majestic, unusual and elegant, giraffes putting their heads through the windows discovered in gold mines during the 19th
have fascinated and inspired humankind at mealtimes to find out what guests century, the New Zealand glow worm is
for centuries. Elephants and rhino are are doing! the larva of a gnat.
the only modern land animals larger
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encounter with one is always a magical accommodation, the Manor also opens throughout New Zealand, but one of the
experience. Giraffe Manor on the daily for tours and visits. The giraffes best places to view their spectacular
outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, offers the are always keen to be hand-fed, so and eerie glow are the Waitomo Caves
chance to get up-close and personal with you’re sure to leave with some wonderful on the North Island. Long established
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Air Canada named Eco-Airline driver of customer satisfaction, so we Etihad globetrotter,
of the year. want to make sure we deliver a great Andrew Fisher
experience. With this multi-million pound
The airline’s commitment to reducing investment, we’ve focused on introducing
emissions along with its involvement more quantity and quality to the catering,
in numerous environmentally friendly delivering tasty meals and great snacking
programs has lead to the award from options throughout the flight.”
Air Transport World.
British Airways is investing £4.5 billion
“Air Canada has made sustainability over the next five years, covering the
central to its decision-making and installation of the best quality WiFi and
business processes, and this includes power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul
acting responsibly with respect to the aircraft with new interiors and taking
environment. We are very pleased that delivery of 72 new aircraft. The airline is
ATW has recognised the effectiveness also investing £600m specifically in Club
of our environmental programs, including World, including outstanding catering and
our participation in the development and luxurious White Company bedding-plus,
support of alternative fuels in Canada, from 2019, a new seat with direct aisle
and our efforts to contribute to healthier access. This year British Airways will also
communities. We have made great start services to six new routes, including
strides, improving fuel efficiency by 40 Nashville and the Seychelles.
percent since 1990, and this award will Etihad Airways honours record-
further spur us on to the goals we have breaking executive
set for ourselves to continually improve
our environmental performance,” said Etihad Airways, the national airline of
Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief the United Arab Emirates, has honoured
Executive of Air Canada. its high-flying Executive Andrew Fisher,
British Airways announces multi- following his record-breaking feat of
million-pound investment travelling around the globe in the fastest
time, taking the fewest number of flights.
BA has announced an upgrade for its Clocking a flying time of 52 hours and
World Traveller (long-haul economy cabin) 34 minutes, Andrew managed to beat
catering, introducing an exciting and the previous record by 3 hours and 13
expanded new menu, which provides minutes and used only four scheduled
more quantity and quality to both meals commercial flights instead of five to
and great snacking options throughout achieve his lifelong ambition.
the flight.
The Guinness World Records has
Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ officially declared his successful attempt
Director of Brand and Customer a world record. Andrew’s journey covered
Experience, said: “Our customers tell 41,375 km on scheduled flights operated
us that when they’re taking a long-haul by Air New Zealand, KLM and China
flight, great food and beverages make Eastern taking him from Shanghai to
a real difference to them. It’s a huge

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Eco-Airline of the Year 2018 Auckland; Buenos Aires to Amsterdam;
and back to Shanghai. “It’s an incredible
feeling to have finally achieved my
dream,” said Andrew, Etihad Airways Vice
President Fleet Planning, after touching
down at Pudong International Airport in
Shanghai. “Although I managed only 16
hours of sleep throughout the journey,
I still felt fresh, perhaps due to the
adrenalin and excitement at completing
this unique experience. And it’s a great
feeling to be part of a company that
encourages and enables its employees to
pursue their dreams.”
Robot ambassador greets
passengers at Munich Airport

From mid-February, passengers arriving
at Munich Airport will be greeted by
Josie Pepper, a 120-centimetre tall robot
that has “sparkling, round eyes and a
pleasant voice”, according to its creators.
Josie will be on duty in terminal 2 to
help passengers, offering directions to a
gate or a specific shop. Initially, English-
speaking Josie will meet passengers as
they head towards the shuttle connecting
the main terminal to the satellite building.

Robots are becoming an increasingly
common sight at airports. In late 2016,
Glasgow became the first UK airport to
recruit a robotic ambassador which was
named GLAdys. As well as greeting and
assisting customers, robots can now be
found cleaning airports, serving drinks,
and even performing security duties.
Sky-high Wi-Fi for Virgin passengers

Virgin Atlantic has become the first airline
in Europe to offer WiFi across its entire
fleet – ensuring customers can remain
connected across flights to and from
the US, Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the
Middle East.

Millions of customers travelling with
Virgin Atlantic will be able to email,
browse and socialise at 35,000ft from as
little as £2.99, as the airline completes its
ambitious WiFi programme – at least a
year ahead of other European long-haul
carriers. To celebrate, Virgin Atlantic will

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