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Grape Harvest tour of Champagne

Join Grape Harvest for earliest Champagne harvest in years

Champagne lovers are celebrating the earliest harvest in 180 years and there is now a chance to join Grape Escapes on its one-off VIP and Deluxe Harvest Weekend. The three-night escorted tour takes place over the August Bank Holiday from 26-29 August and offers an intimate visit to Champagne’s vineyards to join the annual ‘vendange’ and visit houses which are generally unavailable to the public.

Take a holiday before your baby is born

Feature: Babymoon breaks in Europe

If you want to indulge in a bit of ‘me’ time before the pitter patter of tiny feet become the focus of all your attention (and sleepless nights become the norm!), then this could be just the thing for you! Babymoons are a relatively new phenomenon...

Put some fizz into 2011 with a champagne break

Put some fizz into 2011

It seems people have more to celebrate now than they have for the last two years, according to sales of Champagne. Britains drank five million more bottles in 2010 than the 12 months previous and now can celebrate in style with a Champagne tasting tour.

Enjoy a luxury ladies' weekend in London

Paint the town red on a girls' weekend in London

Treat your best friend to a luxury ladies' break in London, with the new package from Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, which includes beauty treatments, cocktails, champagne and private shopping experiences.

Enjoy the mountain seclusion of a Swiss break

Ski and carnival breaks in the Swiss Alps

The late-season skiing in Switzerland is predicted to be excellent, although that's not the only reason to visit this Alpine country this spring, with a range of exciting après-ski and spa packages on offer in the resort of Pontresina.

Taste world-class Champagne on a Valentine's breal

Glamorous Valentine's breaks in Champagne

The area that gives its name to France's most glamorous wine can add a touch of sparkle to your Valentine's break, as Grape Escapes is offering an exclusive wine weekend away to treat your lover this February.

Enjoy a great view of the Southbank fireworks

Ring in the New Year with a Thames river cruise

Celebrate the arrival of 2011 in style on a London mini-break, with dinner and dancing as part of your river Thames boat cruise. City Cruises still has availability on its five-hour dinner cruise, which offers great views of the Southbank fireworks.

Pop the question over a glass of bubbly

An irresistible proposal in a London luxury hotel

If you're planning a romantic Valentine's Day proposal, then do your chances the world of good by booking into the luxury London hotel Dukes, St James's. Create the perfect setting with a complimentary bottle of champagne to be shared in the hotel's secret candlelit garden.

Jersey is favoured by Britain's most belligerent boss

Take a Jersey break worthy of Lord Sugar

On last night's episode of BBC One's The Apprentice, Lord Sugar treated the winning team to a luxury break to Jersey's five-star Atlantic Hotel with oyster tasting and a champagne reception, and you can follow in their footsteps with a business class break to the Channel Islands.

Enjoy lake-side serenity this Christmas

Four nights in four-star Lake District for under £400

Enjoy a peaceful Christmas break in the Lake District village of Grasmere, with the last few rooms at the four-star Wordsworth Hotel and Spa on offer with four nights for the price of three.

Go for romance in Ireland this Valentine's day

Treat your partner to a fairytale Valentine's

Combine five-star luxury with the scenic surroundings of an Irish castle on a Valentine's Day weekend break at Dromoland Castle in County Clare, Ireland for just £160 per person.

Reims is famous for its Christmas market

Stock up on bubbly with a pre-Christmas champagne tour

Visit France's historic Champagne region and the city of Reims this winter to fill your Christmas with festive fizz. Grape Escapes is offering a wine-lovers' tour, which takes in some of the biggest names in the bubbly business.

Geneva is a top choice for a luxury Christmas break

Swiss luxury on a Christmas break in Geneva

Before the family festivities kick off, treat your partner to a luxury Alpine break to help you unwind in the crisp mountain air. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Geneva is offering a romantic two-night retreat this winter including afternoon tea and a champagne reception.

Give a present to remember this year

Give a gift to remember with a short break voucher

If your other half prefers to 'do something' rather than 'get something' for Christmas, then a short break gift voucher could be the perfect present. Online gift experience company has seen a recent boom in Brits looking for a unique weekend away.

See London from a whole new angle

Get an exclusive view of London with a private heli-tour

See the capital from above with a private helicopter tour from Hotel Verta, the only heliport-hotel in Europe. The 20-minute tour can be combined with a three-course dinner or champagne and canapés back at the hotel for an unforgettable evening.

Treat your partner to a Valentine's break with champangne

A romantic couple's break in the Swiss Alps

If you prefer the intimate charm of Valentine's Day to the mass market commercial appeal of Christmas, then you may be planning your mid-February couple's break already. In that case, this Swiss break may be just the ticket.

Give an extra-special gift this year

Give a gift experience this Christmas

Put an extra special treat in someone's stocking this year, with a gift experience from Warner Leisure Hotels. Perfect for those who prefer to do something rather than get something for Christmas, there is a wide range of different gifts available.

Siena's city walls date back hundreds of years

A five-star New Year break in Siena

Try something different this December, with a three-night break to Siena to welcome in the New Year, with couple's packages to the walled city available from £375 per person.

Enjoy a champagne mini-moon with the Dromoland Collection

Pack more in on an Irish mini-moon

Whether you want to indulge yourselves on a post-wedding long weekend or just have a quick treat before a long-haul honeymoon later in the year, the Dromoland Collection has the answer.

There's more to San Moritz than just skiing

Spa and ski in Switzerland

There's more to a winter getaway in St Moritz than just skiing, as the Swiss town also boasts the best Alpine spa, according to the Financial Times. So popular are the relaxing therapies on offer that just as many tourists visit for the spa as for the ski.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam


This week is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?