Getting There

Facilities at London Luton Airport now include the award winning café and deli Benugo. The new Benugo café centrally located in the departure lounge serves classic Benugo combinations as well as a range of salads, snacks, fruit and smoothies.

TAP Portugal was recognised at the Grand Final of the 2012 World Travel Awards, as the 'World's Leading Airline to South America'. This marks the fourth consecutive year TAP Portugal has received the accolade, which is voted for by travel industry professionals and consumers across 171 countries worldwide. TAP offers 74 weekly flights from the UK to Brazil, via Lisbon. Visit www.flytap.com

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service linking London and mainland Europe, is launching a new direct service from London and Avignon to three popular holiday destinations in the South of France - Lyon, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence.

The new weekly spring service, which complements Eurostar's existing Avignon services, is perfect for travellers looking to secure an early summer getaway. The service will be offered for a trial period during May and June 2013. Tickets are already on sale alongside tickets for Eurostar's existing weekly summer services to Avignon.

Return fares for 2013 Lyon and Provence services start from £99 for Lyon and £109 for Avignon and Aix-en-Provence in Standard class and £199 and £249 in Standard Premier respectively. Eurostar's direct summer Avignon services are once again available from £109 return in Standard class and £249 return in Standard Premier. Visit www.eurostar.com or call 08432 186 186.

In 2013, the British Pullman and Northern Belle, sister trains to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, will be taking guests in style and comfort on a number of new exciting and interesting day trips across Great Britain, departing from a host of regional stations year-round.

Included in the varied programme, which offers something for all members of the family, is one of special interest for foody travellers – a day out to Le Manoir aux Quat'Saison, Oxfordshire. Wander through the hotel's world famous gardens before sitting down to a decadent two-course lunch prepared by Raymond Blanc's team of expert chefs, departures available aboard the British Pullman from London Victoria on 20 March or 18 September and from Crewe, Stafford and Birmingham aboard the Northern Belle on 28 November. For full details visit  www.orient-express.com

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Summer 2013 sees the return of a rail service from South Station in Boston to Hyannis in the heart of Cape Cod. With the price set at $30 for a weekend return this is an inexpensive and reliable way to travel through Massachusetts and down to the Cape and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. The service will run from 24 May to Labor Day (2 September). To discover Cape Cod visit: www.capecodtravelguide.com For more information about Massachusetts visit www.massvacation.com and follow @visitMA

Eurostar has announced the appointment of world renowned Michelin starred chef Raymond Blanc as its Culinary Director. The exciting new gastronomic partnership will see Raymond share his passion for promoting the very best in sustainable and seasonal food with Eurostar's Business Premier passengers. His new and exclusive Business Premier menus have been created to be innovative, seasonal and sustainable and feature several Blanc family recipes such as mackerel salad and chocolate delice with praline custard. For information about Eurostar Business Premier or to book Eurostar tickets visit www.eurostar.com or call 08432 186 186.

Travel on board Orient Express's luxurious Royal Scotsman on The Classic Whisky Journey, departing Edinburgh on 21 April 2013, in association with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. The trip will include visits to well-known Scottish distilleries and is led by an expert ambassador from the Society. In addition to the many whiskies on board, guests will also be able to sample a variety of the Society's exclusive malts along the way. Prices for the four-night journey start from £4,330 per person on an all-inclusive basis. www.orient-express.com

Qatar Airways have introduced line-up of globally renowned chefs to their five-star service, with chefs Tom Aikens, Nobu Matsuhisa, Vineet Bhatia, and Ramzi Choueiri inspiring an entirely new inflight dining experience.

Handpicked to set a new standard for dining in the sky while representing the finest international cuisine, the all-star team of culinary ambassadors has collaborated exclusively with Qatar Airways to create the 'Qatar Airways Culinary World Menu' – a new range of tempting signature dishes to satisfy the tastes of the airline's discerning economy and business class passengers.

Having been selected to create a unique and diverse menu for all international flights, the chefs spent several months adapting and testing their specialities for Qatar Airways taking into account not only flavours, aromas and tastes but also how taste buds are altered at 35,000 feet, and what types of food are most suited to long-haul flights.

The gourmet dishes already available on selected flights will be introduced to passengers on board the airline's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner when the next generation aircraft starts flying in Qatar Airways' colours over the coming months. www.qatarairways.com

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The Royal Scotsman, the UK's only luxury sleeper train, offers rail voyages through the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Accommodating just 36 guests, the atmosphere, service and cuisine on board The Royal Scotsman is akin to a country-house, with the added luxury of dramatic landscapes passing by.

Scottish born Executive Chef Mark Tamburrini and two Scottish Sous Chefs work in a constantly moving kitchen just six by two metres. The chefs are not only limited by the amount of equipment they can have on board, but also by power usage so as not to overload the train's generators!
However, one advantage that The Royal Scotsman has over other restaurants is the constantly changing fresh larder on its doorstep offering a varied selection of local ingredients as it wends its way through the Scottish countryside.

Smoked fish from Inverawe Smokehouse; scallops and langoustines from the Kyle of Lochalsh; local Aberdeen Angus beef and micro salad, baby vegetables and potatoes from the Isle of Arran produced using a seaweed fertilizer thus avoiding the use of harsh pesticides. Even the chocolates are local – they are from Iain Burnett who has become known as the Highland Chocolatier.

Prices start from £2,350 per person, including all meals, drinks, accommodation and excursions. This year's season ends 26 October. www.royalscotsman.com

Madeira

Scheduled leisure airline Monarch has announced new direct flights from London Gatwick and Birmingham International to Madeira (Funchal) from 15 October 2012. The Portugal flights will run three times a week from Gatwick and twice from Birmingham www.monarch.co.uk/madeira

Portugal

Lisbon Airport Metro link

Lisbon Airport is now even closer to the city centre with a direct link to the city via the red line of the metro system. This new section of the red line has a length of 3.6 km and takes travellers just five minutes from Lisbon's Orient Station (currently the last stop on the red line). The project has also included the opening of two additional stations of Moscavide and Encarnação. www.visitlisboa.com

Sri Lanka

From 31March 2013 British Airways will fly from London Gatwick to Colombo via Male in the Maldives. www.britishairways.com

Alaska

Icelandair will expand its route network in 2013 with service to Anchorage, Alaska. The company will also increase frequency from two of its UK gateways, Glasgow and London Gatwick.

Icelandair one of Iceland's longest established companies this year celebrates 75 years of aviation. Icelandair flies from four UK gateways (London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow) to Iceland with connecting service to Boston, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Seattle, Washington, DC, Halifax and Toronto. www.icelandair.co.uk

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