Travel Agenda

From coffee tours and festival checklists to the Grand Canal and the pyramids

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Grand palace

Amanresorts opens its first hotel in Italy today, on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice. Set in one of the oldest districts, San Polo, the Aman Canal Grande has 24 palatial suites with frescoed ceilings and ornate reliefs, a spa and a roof terrace, all arranged within the 16th-century Palazzo Papadopoli building (

Smell the coffee

Journeys of Distinction is offering a one-off tour of Guatemala and Costa Rica. Departing on 25 November, the 16-day group trip traces the origins of coffee in Central America, taking in estates, plus Mayan sites; £3,495pp (

Pyramid selling

Egyptair takes off from Manchester, bound for Cairo, for the first time today. The flights will operate five times per week (

Mac daddy

K-Way's range of unisex waterproof pack-a-macs comes in a variety of grey-cloud-defying colours, from cerise to tangerine; £55 (

Stylish Soho

London has a stylish new hotel. The Nadler Soho is located in the heart of the capital's entertainment distict, and promises reception staff with knowledge of the best bars, restaurants and clubs in the area, and 78 rooms with kitchenettes for when you fancy a quiet night in. Doubles from £190 (


The price, in pounds sterling, of the new Night and Day Travel Kit from Comfort Zone. The range comes in 15ml bottles with a cleansing milk, tonic, daycream and overnight recovery balm (

Couture collection

Four artists have been asked to illustrate a destination for Louis Vuitton's new Travel Book collection. Congolese Chéri Samba has interpreted Paris; American Daniel Arsham has illustrated Easter Island; Frenchman Jean-Philippe Delhomme portrays New York; and Japan's Natsko Seki has taken on London; £38 (

Fest intentions

The FCO has devised a check list for British citizens heading to European festivals this summer. Among other tips, it lists the 112 number for emergencies within the EU (