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The in­spi­ra­tion list

Look­ing for a once-in-a-life­time hol­i­day to mark your re­tire­ment? We’ve got wanderlust for these amaz­ing bucket-list trips:

Ha Long Bay cruise

You don’t al­ways have to spend thou­sands to have a spe­cial hol­i­day. Ha Long Bay in Viet­nam is one of the most beau­ti­ful places on earth, fea­tur­ing thou­sands of ragged lit­tle lime­stone is­lands in the vast ocean of turquoise. Vir­gin of­fers a three-day cruise for £525pp. ■ Call 0344 739 2820 or visit www.vir­gin­hol­i­days.co.uk

San Fran­cisco to Ve­gas

Make the ul­ti­mate Amer­i­can road­trip, tak­ing in whale and dol­phin watch­ing in the Big Sur re­gion, wine tast­ing in Napa Val­ley, a he­li­copter ride over the Grand Canyon and hik­ing around the wild Yosemite Na­tional Park. Best done in Au­gust. ■ Orig­i­nal Travel of­fers a 14-day itin­er­ary from £4,600pp. Call 0207 978 7333 or visit www.orig­inal­travel.co.uk

The Ori­ent Ex­press

It’s the set­ting for the fa­mous Agatha Christie novel and now you can step back to the golden age of rail travel with a trip on the most fa­mous train in the world. En­joy the lux­ury of the plush green and gold car­riages, as you jour­ney from Lon­don to the ro­man­tic city of Venice. for £3,100pp.

■ From £3,100pp, call 0845 077 2222 or visit www.bel­mond.com

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