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  • How me and my banned AZ vaccine fared on a Swiss mini-break

    “What type of Covid vaccine did you get? Please not AZ,” reads a message from a friend, the week before my trip to Geneva to see her for the first time since February 2020.

  • Travel news latest: Holiday bookings soar after plans to axe traffic light system announced

    The new green list countries which are actually open to Britons What to do if you test positive for Covid while on holiday The latest travel announcement is a huge reform of the complicated rules Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter

  • The new green list countries which are actually open to Britons

    Eight countries will be removed from the hotel quarantine list on September 22, joining former green and amber destinations on the new 'rest of the world' list. Fully vaccinated Britons can then return from these destinations without facing 10 days of hotel quarantine (at a cost of up to £2,285 per adult). Here are their entry rules for UK travellers. You can see the full list of green list countries here.

  • The latest travel announcement is a huge reform of the complicated rules on overseas holidays

    Some good and some disappointing news for travellers from England on Friday. The latest announcement is certainly a fundamental reform of the hugely complicated, unpredictable and frustrating rules on overseas holidays which have made life so difficult over the summer and means that travel for the fully vaccinated has suddenly got cheaper and easier. But our choice of destinations has not increased anything like as much as was hoped for and we are still prey to expensive – and often dysfunctiona

  • Turkey is finally off the red list – here are the best holidays on offer

    No other Mediterranean destination offers the visitor as much variety as Turkey. Head east from the olive and vineyard-blessed shores of the Aegean across the rolling steppes of Anatolia and you’ll meet the dramatically mountainous frontiers of Georgia, Armenia and Iran. North across the towering Taurus Mountains from the sun-kissed Mediterranean resorts and you'll come to the temperate, hazelnut and tea-producing mountains of the Black Sea. Cross the mighty Euphrates and Tigris rivers of Turkey

  • It's a golden autumn for city breaks

    The news this week that Holland is reopening to tourists from the UK next week (ie from September 23) means that the last pieces in the city break jigsaw have fallen into place. Now that autumn is here and travel is running relatively smoothly once more, we can look across the Channel to the astonishing wealth and variety of European capitals and provincial cities and take our pick. Whether we like art, food, fashion or simply enjoy Continental cafe life we are spoilt for choice.

  • The spa hotel to which my daughter and I owe our sanity

    Mother-daughter bonding. It’s a rare and beautiful thing. Arguably it’s so beautiful on account of being so vanishingly rare, but either way these are precious moments to be treasured.

  • Why the future is bright for river cruise holidays

    When holidays on the water returned in summer 2020, it was river cruising in Europe that gently led the way – vessels comfortingly hugging the banks, elegantly weaving down the continent’s waterways as its great cities and sights unfurled ahead.

  • The cruises that prove the best of the Med can be found after summer

    The Mediterranean may be synonymous with summer holidays but, when it comes to cruises, the next few months make for a glorious holiday at sea. The fierce heat of summer has subsided and the heaving crowds of tourists have thinned out. Excursions on shore coincide with the grape harvest, and the first press of olives. The high temperatures of peak season give way to cool, languid days packed with flavour for tourists.

  • Turkey and Pakistan among eight countries removed from red list

    Day-two PCR tests for double-jabbed holidaymakers to remain until end of October The latest travel announcement is a huge reform of the complicated rules The new green list countries which are actually open to Britons Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter

  • The hidden corners of Greece the Greeks don't want you to know about

    Lured by sun-kissed landscapes, world-class cultural sites and lovely islands lapped by limpid turquoise seas, more than 30 million overseas tourists arrived in Greece in 2019 – roughly three times the country’s population.

  • Finally, Amsterdam is back on the table

    Amsterdam is shedding corona restrictions like a burlesque dancer drops layers of clothing, retaining just a little something here and there to preserve decorum.

  • Travel news latest: Caribbean islands and Balkans at risk of moving onto red list

    The red list countries that could move to amber Travel to Australia: when the border could reopen, and latest Covid rules Five things we need from the October 1 travel review Which countries are open to UK travellers? Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter

  • Britain's most magical places for autumn colours

    Autumn can be an unpredictable mistress. Her intensity is at the whim of the sun, rain and breeze. But when everything comes together – when the weather has been favourable, and a crisp, blue-sky day coincides with the dramatic death throes of the leaves – there is no greater, more glorious season.

  • The surprising overseas rules that could catch you out on your next getaway

    By now we are all aware of the many rules and regulations you need to follow before daring to head abroad. From filling out passenger locator forms to getting to grips with the UK’s overbearing testing requirements, the week leading up to a holiday is now filled with an anxiety-inducing checklist.

  • The delightful under-the-radar French town you need to visit

    Known as Languedoc’s capitale du vin and for its bullfighting arena which doubles as an opera venue, Béziers has for many years been a slumbering beauty of a southern French city. It’s full of faded elegant buildings, charming museums and independent shops, yet overlooked by sun, history and food-loving Francophiles for better-known Riviera and Provençal spots.

  • The neighbouring seaside towns that are worlds apart

    I didn’t really know Lytham St Annes was two separate places until I paid a return visit in August, after a hiatus of 40-odd years. As a pre-teen, I used to visit my maternal grandad there. He would watch me do 360s on my skateboard and then take me to the local record shop to buy Stranglers singles. Yep, I was that cool.

  • Everything you need to know about the new ski train to the Alps

    Like a rabbit pulled magically out of a hat, the ski train is back. For weeks, Eurostar has been quietly telling skiers that “with a great deal of sadness” it had cancelled the service for the coming season, while publicly stating that “a decision had not been made”.

  • Travel news latest: Fresh hopes for US and Australia reopening by Christmas

    Travel to Australia: when the border could reopen, and latest Covid rules Five things we need from the October 1 travel review What the latest travel rules mean for your autumn holiday Which countries are open to UK travellers? Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter

  • Ski holiday tracker: The best resorts to book for 2021 and latest Covid rules

    The 2021/22 ski season is almost upon us and after two winters’ worth of disruption, closed resorts and cancelled holidays British skiers are more eager than ever to return to the slopes.

  • The airlines that came out best (and worst) from the pandemic

    The last 15 months have been an unmitigated disaster for many industries. But if you have sympathy to spare, consider airlines, whose businesses took a particularly violent hit as a result of the pandemic.

  • The international art festival on a forgotten Finnish island

    Fancy organising an international art event, during a global pandemic, on an abandoned island? This was the daunting task that fell to those behind the first Helsinki Biennial, a first-of-its-kind indoor/outdoor experience set on Vallisaari, a former military island in the picturesque Helsinki archipelago, bringing together contemporary artists from around the world. The result? An international extravaganza which – two months in – has outstripped even the expectations of its organisers, and sim

  • New international travel rules to be announced 'as soon as possible'

    Five things we need from the October 1 travel review Pre-departure tests for double-jabbed travellers could be axed What the latest travel rules mean for your autumn holiday Which countries are open to UK travellers? Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter

  • Six beautiful train routes in Europe for the price of a UK ticket

    Heatwaves, cold snaps and staff shortages: all can, and do, strike down Britain’s often costly rail services. Most Britons will, on more than one occasion, fork out the equivalent of a return flight to the Continent only to find their train cancelled or delayed. Therefore, when the news of a genuinely low-cost rail service arrives, it makes travellers question why not all routes can meet this standard. Next month, Lumo will launch its service between London and Edinburgh with one-way fares comin

  • Why the Azores is the best place to see sperm whales up close

    There is something about watching whales that transports us to a calmer, better place: their stealth and streamlined grace, perhaps, or that they are gentle, despite their size. Or that they seem to possess superpowers unimagined, barrelling torpedo-like to the deepest ocean floors as they communicate wistful songs, perhaps of past injustices wrought upon their kind by the creatures above water with cruel harpoons.

  • 'Once Brecon was a place to endure – now I don’t want to leave'

    ‘At first, this just looks like grass, but if you know what you’re looking for, it can become as exciting as a rainforest.”