Manchester to Cairo, pop-up foodie evenings, and 'Britain From The Air': Travel agenda

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1. Bali, hi!

From 3 June, Emirates will fly daily from Dubai to Bali, opening up the prospect of one-stop services from Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow as well as Heathrow. The flight time from Dubai to the Indonesian island is around nine hours.

2. Knick of time

New York's historic Knickerbocker has become a hotel once again, decades after it last opened its doors to guests. The 1906-built hotel, which for many years housed offices, now has 330 modern rooms and suites, plus the St Cloud rooftop bar, a restaurant and a café.

3. Speak up

Play your music out loud on the go with a portable speaker. Available from the end of this month, the compact JBL Go can be connected via Bluetooth or aux, and offers up to five hours of playing time. It comes in eight different colours and also has a built-in speakerphone, so you can take calls through it. £29.

4. Gravy train

Belmond is running a second series of pop-up foodie evenings with celebrity chefs aboard its luxury UK trains, British Pullman and Northern Belle. The first event will be hosted by Saturday Kitchen's James Martin (pictured) on 31 March, with Tom Kerridge, Raymond Blanc and Anton Mosimann on additional dates between March and September.

5. Off to Egypt

Manchester gets reconnected to Cairo from July. The first departure of Egyptair's route, which has not operated for several years, is on 2 July; from 21 July, the frequency will be five days a week. It will offer onward connections to a range of destinations.

6. Bird's eye view

The Royal Geographical Society's latest exhibition, "Britain From The Air", opens in Leeds next week. Victoria Gardens will host the outdoor display of aerial photos from 12 March for eight weeks; it will be free to view 24 hours a day. Visitors will also be able to walk on a 16-metre-long Ordnance Survey map.

7. Chop chop

Fancy a free helicopter ride? BA Holidays is including in its Monaco packages a one-way chopper transfer to or from Nice airport. Just book a package with flights and accommodation at one of BA's seven hotels in Monaco. Minimum two-night stay in winter and five nights in summer. The deal also gives free entry to certain attractions.

8. On the ball

A newly launched travel magazine has a highly specific niche, as its title indicates: Football Weekends. It aims to tell fans how to reach Europe's grounds "from Barcelona to Berlin", and also features the top sights to see, the best bars and a match-day stadium guide. Issue 1 is priced at £4.50, including postage.