Mu­sic in the Tus­can hills and books on the ocean

The Jewish Chronicle - - Travel - BY KATE COLLINS

IS­RAEL TRAVEL SPE­CIAL­IST, ITS of Manch­ester is of­fer­ing an es­corted tour from March 5 to 15 next year. Called Jewish Her­itage, it is like Is­rael Tour for grown-ups, tak­ing in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the cen­tral coastal area, the North and the Dead Sea and Judean desert, with overnight stops in top ho­tels and kib­butz guest­houses. The price is £1,595 per per­son, based on two shar­ing (sin­gle sup­ple­ment £598), and in­cludes flights, half-board ac­com­mo­da­tion, tours, trans­fers, and English-speak­ing guides (0161 839 2222; www.it­stravel.co.uk .

If you are head­ing to Is­rael and need some se­ri­ous chill­ing-out time, Hen­don-based Is­rael travel spe­cial­ist Trav­elink is of­fer­ing four-night pack­ages at the lus­cious Carmel For­est Spa, deep in the Carmel Hills, for £274 per per­son (based on two shar­ing), in­clud­ing full board ac­com­mo­da­tion and use of the su­perb fa­cil­i­ties in­clud-

The Kirker Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Siena in Novem­ber is prov­ing so pop­u­lar that any­one hop­ing for a place should reg­is­ter now.

The firm is of­fer­ing a five-night pack­age, de­part­ing Novem­ber 17, en­joy­ing pri­vate con­certs in the mag­nif­i­cent Salone delle Feste of the Grand Ho­tel Con­ti­nen­tal, and at a beau­ti­ful baroque the­atre within the walls of one of Tus­cany’s grand wine es­tates. The pack­age also in­cludes guided walks of the his­toric city and a visit to San Gimignano (020 7593 2284; www.kirk­er­hol­i­days.com). ing in­door and out­door pools, ten­nis courts and Turk­ish and sauna baths but not flights (020 8931 8000; www. trav­elinkuk.com).

If you are afraid of miss­ing your book club meet­ings if you head off on hol­i­day next year, ul­tra luxe line Crys­tal Cruises is in­tro­duc­ing its In­ter­ac­tive Lit­er­ary Re­view, a book club mod­er­ated by the best-sell­ing au­thor and lit­er­ary critic Robert Adams on each of the seven seg­ments of its 2009 World Cruise.

Adams and guests will dis­cuss three in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed nov­els on each seg­ment of the 106-day “Pa­cific Cir­cle Cel­e­bra­tion” de­part­ing Los An­ge­les on Jan­uary 21.

For the less seden­tary, the cruise v i s i t s 45 ports i n 2 2 c oun­tries through­out the South Pa­cific, Asia, Africa and Europe, with prices from £3,261 per per­son (based on two shar­ing) ex­clud­ing flights 020 7287 9040; www.crys­tal­cruises.co.uk).

And if you are plan­ning a hol­i­day in Is­rael, the lat­est brochure from Su­per­star, El Al’s pack­age arm, fea­tures Ei­lat, the Dead Sea, tours, city breaks, fly-drives, kib­butz fly-drives, and spa breaks (020 7121 1500; www.su­per­star. co.uk

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Crys­tal’s Seren­ity: the line with celebrity book clubs on its world cruise

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