Travel Agenda: Australian rail adventures; Martin Randall; dengue danger; The Pop-Up Hotel; The Olympic Journey; Epic Weekends; Taste LA food festival

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On the tracks in Oz

Two epic Australian rail adventures offer two-for-one deals if you book by the end of October and travel before April 2013. The Ghan train, which takes three days from Darwin to Adelaide, is A$1,469 (£979) for two passengers. The longer four-day trip on The Indian Pacific, from Perth to Sydney, is AUS$1,510 (£1,007). Both include a "Red Sleeper" cabin (

Meet and greet

From 16-18 Nov, Martin Randall is hosting "Travellers & Explorers – a symposium of travel writers" in Taunton. Guests include Benedict Allen and William Dalrymple. A two-night B&B stay is £720pp, with two dinners and four talks (

Dengue danger

The American Embassy in La Paz warns of a "serious dengue epidemic" in low-lying areas of Bolivia, especially around Santa Cruz ( Crooks preying on foreigners by pretending to be police has reached new heights in Bolivia. The FO warns of bogus police stations, to fool tourists.

Cool canvas

The Pop-Up Hotel is open at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage. A three-night stay in a luxury tent is £495 per couple until 7 Sept (

Operatic Olympics

In London this weekend, the Royal Opera House is the sumptuous venue for a fascinating free exhibition, The Olympic Journey, which tells the story of the Games (

Good weekend?

Adventure tour operator Epic Tomato has launched Epic Weekends. The three-night, action-packed breaks include trekking in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains and polar adventures in Iceland (

Epicurean escape in LA

The Taste LA food festival has top chefs such as Thomas Keller offering tastings and demos from 1-3 Sept. Hayes & Jarvis has five nights in Los Angeles with flights on 30 Aug for £899pp.


daily seats available on Emirates from Heathrow to Dubai from 10 December, when all five daily departures will be aboard Airbus A380s.