ENTICING CULINARY PATHS
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.
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.