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Michael Arditti signs up for a great railway adventure from the skyscrapers of Beijing, through Mongolia, and across Siberia – but starts aboard a bus

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The £3,200-a-night canal-front hotel's location ensures complete privacy with the only entrance being by waterway

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Explore Venice and the watery northern cities in style on a river cruise, says Juliet Rix

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The call of the mountains

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Budapest is home to some of the world's best bars and dozens of public baths

'pintxopoté' dining

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A gilded casino is the main draw in the German spa town, writes William Cook
Sea view: Blue Lagoon

Malta: Traveller's Guide

This Mediterranean nation celebrates 50 years of independence this weekend. Go now to enjoy beachy days and a rich historical landscape, says Harriet O'Brien
Blue Danube: the river splits the city into two halves, Buda and Pest

Budapest travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Autumn is the perfect season for walks by the Danube, world-class concerts, and visits to laid back 'ruin' bars, says Susan Griffith
The harbour and fort on Cabrera

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Watch this beautiful time-lapse of the Northern Lights over Norway

Video: For those in the UK who were unable to witness the Aurora Borealis straying unusually south last week, this time-lapse from Norway should remedy any disappointment

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Istanbul travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

This city of two cultures is alive with variety, and autumn is the season to see it, writes Sarah Khan
The Tree Hotel in Sweden

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From barefoot mountain hikes to hot air balloon rides and tree-house hotels, Aaron Millar picks out the Continent's best experiences

Otranto's medieval defences

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Puglia might not have the polish of the Amalfi coast or the elegance of Tuscany, but therein lie its charms, as Chris Leadbeater discovered on an early autumn visit
Dinner and a show: Café Bras, at Musée Soulages

Rodez: France's new cultural attraction

A new museum in Rodez celebrates art and local cuisine, all in one, says Philip Sweeney
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