Time for three travel treats

The Jewish Chronicle - - Travel -

1 Is­raeli strictly-ortho­dox po­lit­i­cal party (4) 4 Fool about to de­clare in tests (6) 9 An­glo-jewish gold medal win­ner in the 1924 Olympic Games (6,8) 11 Dig­i­tal ex­trem­ity (9) 12 “It’s true — hon­estly!” (Yid­dish — vari­ant spell­ing) (5) 13 “May he be mag­ni­fied” — tra­di­tional hymn (He­brew) (6) 15 “Oh Dear” (Yid­dish — lit. ‘I have pain’) (3,2,3) 17 Mixed up (Yid­dish) (8) 18 Sheep­ish crowds (6) 21 The num­ber “nine” (He­brew) (5) 22 “Be healthy” (Yid­dish) (3,6) 24 Rabbi of Maiden­head syn­a­gogue and au­thor of The­jew­sofeng­land (8,6) 25 Bib­li­cal heroine — Job to fol­low her? (6) 26 Worker hurt back in part of in­dus­trial Ger­many (4) 2 Cut down by 50 per cent (5) 3 Ortho­dox woman’s wig (Yid­dish — vari­ant spell­ing) (6) 4 The King of Shi­nar (Gen. 14:1) (8) 5 An idiot, a poor slob (Yid­dish) (9) 6 “This Day is Hon­oured” — Shab­bat song (He­brew) (3,3,8) 7 Change end of story — that’s tricky (6) 8 These aren’t gross sins? Pos­si­bly (14) 10 The num­ber “10” (He­brew) (4) 14 Oho­liab’s fa­ther (Ex. 38:23) (9) 16 Mys­tic kab­bal­is­tic com­men­tary on the Tanakh (He­brew = splen­dour) (3,5) 17 Gallery gets thanks, and French back­ing (4) 19 Lo­cat­ing one in smart sur­round­ings (6) 20 One guilty of 8 Down need­ing to atone (6) 23 Adam’s grand­son was 365 years old (Gen. 5:23) (5)

The World Hor­ti­cul­tural Expo

Venlo, Nether­lands Var­i­ous op­tions

From eight to 22 days This expo is per­fect for flower lovers. The Flo­ri­ade only hap­pens once ev­ery 10 years and will be burst­ing into life in 2012. The 66hectare park show­cases the world’s best flow­ers, plants, trees, fruits and veg­eta­bles. There are more than 100 gar­dens and pavil­ions, in­clud­ing Villa Flora, Europe’s big­gest in­door flower show. The five themed worlds are sep­a­rated by woods.

The spec­ta­cle of ac­ro­bat­ics and world mu­sic per­formed by artists from dis­tant lands is their trump card.

From £1,875 per per­son (twin-share)

Re­turn flights from a se­lec­tion of 15 UK airports; accommodation in state­rooms on a lux­ury river cruise ship; all meals as well as lo­cal wines with din­ner; all sight­see­ing ex­cur­sions; air­port-ship trans­fers; all port charges, tip­ping and taxes.

A sup­ple­ment may ap­ply for no-fly rail op­tions. These are avail­able on se­lected cruises .

APT, 0845 604 0792, www.ap­tour­ing.co.uk/cruis­ing

Turkey Septem­ber 3

Six days Many ad­mire the amaz­ing lu­nar-like land­scapes and troglodyte houses but few re­ally ex­plore the sites and un­der­stand the his­tory be­hind the bizarre land­scape. Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal spe­cial­ist op­er­a­tor, Peter Som­mer Trav­els, has a new tour led by a Cap­pado­cia spe­cial­ist ex­pert guide.

You’ll also dis­cover the fas­ci­nat­ing his­tor­i­cal and ge­o­graph­i­cal sites in the area, and there’s an op­tional hot air bal­loon ride to ad­mire it from above. Stroll through the mag­nif­i­cent Red Val­ley, visit Kay­makli, one of the best pre­served subter­ranean cities, hike along the base of the Ih­lara val­ley vis­it­ing hid­den Byzan­tine churches carved out of the canyon’s cliff walls and ad­mire the rock-cut churches at UNESCO world her­itage site at Göreme open air mu­seum.

From £1,375 per per­son (two shar­ing)

‘Ex­plor­ing Cap­pado­cia’ in­cludes five nights’ bou­tique ho­tel accommodation, most meals, trans­fers, all en­trance fees, op­tional hot air bal­loon ride and ex­pert guid­ing.

Flights Peter Som­mer Trav­els 01600 888 220, www.pe­ter­som­mer.com

(from Las Ve­gas) USA June

Seven nights There is no eas­ier or bet­ter way to get to grips with the Grand Canyon than to fly over it. This pack­age from Tour Amer­ica Di­rect in­cludes a “Grand Cel­e­bra­tion” he­li­copter tour so you get to fly over the as­ton­ish­ing Hoover Dam, which holds back the vast body of water that is Lake Mead, be­fore fly­ing over the Grand Canyon, to see Guano and Ea­gle points, the home of the Sky­walk.

You get to land in the Canyon to en­joy a cham­pagne pic­nic lunch and take a short walk around it to dis­cover it on foot. The trip lasts 90 min­utes, in­clud­ing the time spent on the ground. From £1,239 per per­son

Re­turn flights from London Gatwick to Las Ve­gas, accommodation on a room-only ba­sis, twin share, at the Trop­i­cana Las Ve­gas ho­tel (a newly opened beach club whose pool has been voted the best in Las Ve­gas) right on the Strip. The he­li­copter trip is in­cluded too as are the trans­fers from and back to your ho­tel.

Meals Tour Amer­ica Di­rect, 0845 319 4266, www.touramer­i­cadi­rect.co.uk

ACROSS

Hot air bal­loon over Cap­pado­cia

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