EN­TIC­ING CULI­NARY PATHS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS - SU­SAN BUGG

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a coun­try’s food cul­ture is a big rea­son why we travel, and our culi­nary ad­ven­tures need not be re­stricted to well worn culi­nary paths around Europe or Asia. In­trepid Travel has added two new foodie tours in the Mid­dle East to its Real Food Ad­ven­tures pro­gram for next year.

Trav­ellers can visit street ke­bab stalls and saf­fron shops, try baklava or eat a spicy stew in lo­cal homes on a 10-day, round-trip Iran itin­er­ary from Tehran to Shi­raz, Es­fa­han and Yazd. The tour is priced from $3995 a per­son twin share with dates from May to Novem­ber. INTREPIDTRAVEL.COM.AU

MAR­MALADE FOR TEA

Padding­ton 2 is set to be a Christ­mas fam­ily favourite when it hits Aus­tralian cin­e­mas on De­cem­ber 21. The se­quel to the hit 2014 movie has been filmed around var­i­ous parts of Lon­don in­clud­ing Lit­tle Venice, Prim­rose Hill, St Paul’s Cathe­dral and Padding­ton Sta­tion (of course). As well as Peru’s most fa­mous furry fic­tional ex­port, Padding­ton Bear, a 1920s steam train is one of the stars. Fam­i­lies hol­i­day­ing in Lon­don can get into the spirit of the movie by tim­ing their visit with one of two spe­cial Padding­ton Af­ter­noon Tea jour­neys aboard Bel­mond Bri­tish Pull­man, the train that ap­pears in the movie. The teas will de­part Vic­to­ria Sta­tion on De­cem­ber 2 and Fe­bru­ary 16. And yes, mar­malade sand­wiches are on the menu. BEL­MOND.COM

MINI BREAKS WIN

A new sur­vey re­veals that tak­ing sev­eral short breaks a year might make us feel more re­freshed at work than one sin­gle long hol­i­day.

Ac­cord­ing to on­line travel site Wo­tif ’s Travel Your­self Bet­ter Re­port, which sur­veyed the im­pact of hol­i­days on our “work selves” 96 per cent of Aussies feel recharged af­ter a hol­i­day, but that blissful feel­ing only lasts 3.2 days. So to max­imise that feel­ing, mul­ti­ple mini breaks might be best.

PREMIUM CAR SER­VICE

Premium pas­sen­gers on Bri­tish Air­ways connecting with do­mes­tic UK flights at Lon­don Heathrow will be re­as­sured by a new ser­vice be­ing in­tro­duced by the air­line. “Air­side” car trans­fers will be avail­able be­tween one flight and the next if there is a risk trav­ellers will miss their con­nec­tion.

The ser­vice, Premium Trans­fer Drive, ap­plies to cus­tomers trav­el­ling on UK do­mes­tic flights connecting to ei­ther short­haul flights in Club Europe, long-haul ser­vices in Club World (long haul busi­ness class) or First, or to Sil­ver or Gold Ex­ec­u­tive Club mem­bers.

Carolina Marti­noli, Bri­tish Air­ways’ di­rec­tor of brand and cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence, said the air­line would iden­tify cus­tomers who are at risk of miss­ing their on­ward flight, and ar­range to col­lect them by car, whisk­ing them di­rectly to their next flight.

MORE SNOW TO GO

We might be more than ready for spring, but cold con­di­tions in south­east Aus­tralia have proved a boost to Aus­tralia’s ski re­sorts. So good have been the con­di­tions that re­sorts in­clud­ing Per­isher in NSW and Falls Creek in Vic­to­ria have ex­tended their sea­sons by a week to Oc­to­ber 8. Ac­cord­ing to Vail Re­sorts, spring ski­ing con­di­tions in the four-re­sort area of Per­isher, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega have been the best since 2012.

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The his­toric Im­pe­rial Bazaar in Is­fa­han next to Naghsh-i Ja­han Square is one of Iran’s old­est and largest bazaars. Trav­ellers can ex­pe­ri­ence Iran’s food cul­ture on a 10-day, round-trip itin­er­ary.

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