Blenheim Palace, Vietnam visas, and how to be an expat: Travel agenda

Where to go and what to know

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Taste of Spain

This September, Pura Aventura will introduce a new food tour of Andalucia to its portfolio. The 11-day Andalucia Foodie Adventure will explore everything from the hills where Iberian ham and goat cheese come from, to the plains where Sherry is produced. The part guided, part self-guided trips cost from £1,845pp, without travel.

pura-aventura.com

Grand depart

Visitors will get the chance to cycle round the grounds of Blenheim Palace on 16 August. The annual event will see cyclists allowed to pedal at their leisure around the parkland, before finishing the day at Blenheim Palace's Pleasure Gardens. £13.50 for adults and £6.60 for children.

blenheimpalace.com

Home away

Born in South Africa to an Irish mother and a Dutch father, Marinda Seisenberger decided to relocate to Germany when she was an adult. Her new book, 'Expat the Easy Way', is a guide to relocation, drawing on her personal experiences. The book is published by Panoma Press, priced £11.99.

amazon.co.uk

Stay safe

There is an increased risk of demonstrations across Egypt on and around 30 June, 3 July, and 14 August, the second anniversary of the 2013 coup d'état. The FCO does not advise against visiting popular tourist areas along the Nile or the resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada, but tourists should be vigilant.

bit.ly/egyptadvice

Tinie island

Brit Award winner Tinie Tempah will take up a residency at Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza from 30 June to 8 September, performing on the hotel's open-air stage every Tuesday between 1-7pm. Entry to the event, which will include special guest performances and DJ sets, is free for hotel guests and €15 for non-guests.

hrhibiza.com

Be a sport

The Chicago Athletic Association has re-opened as a vintage-style hotel. As well as offering views across Millennium Park to Lake Michigan, the hotel has retained elements of its former life: mosaic seahorse tiles from the pool and gym now feature in the lifts.

chicagoathletichotel.com

Poles apart

Czech Airlines is starting two new routes from Edinburgh to Poland on 15 July, both operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays. One serves Rzerzow in the south-east, close to the Ukrainian border. The other flies to Lodz in the west – with continuing service to Prague.

csa.cz/en

Viet visa

For a year from 1 July 2015, UK citizens will no longer need a visa when entering Vietnam for trips of 15 days or less. Evidence from other countries that have relaxed their visa rules suggests that the policy is likely to be extended indefinitely. It does not cover multiple visits, eg for those making a side-trip to Cambodia.

vietnamembassy.org.uk

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