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Travel Agenda: California's vineyards, Val d'Isère Chalet Hotel, Chill Factore, Street Food Tasting, Kenya, multi-activity tour, Caledonian Canal

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The barge along the Caledonian Canal, Fingal of Caledonia, now has a sister vessel: Ros Crana. A week in August, sailing between Inverness and Fort William, with meals and activities, costs £795 if you book by 30 Jan (www.fingal-cruising.co.uk).

EcoCamp has a new week-long multi-activity tour that includes a geodesic dome, activities in Torres del Paine, and meals for 1,197,900 pesos (£1,578)pp (ecocamp.travel).

Book ahead to be in the Danish capital in February as Copenhagen Cooking ensues. The month-long food festival involves master classes, gastro cruises, wine and chocolate tastings (copenhagencooking.com).

The latest offering from Expert Africa is Kenya. The trips have been devised by MD Chris McIntyre and writer Richard Trillo, who's compiled the Rough Guide to Kenya for the past 25 years (expertafrica.com).

On 19 February, Intrepid hosts a free "Street Food Tasting Night" at its Islington branch, north London, to mark the launch of Real Food Adventures (intrepidtravel.com).

Chill Factore, the indoor real-snow centre in Manchester, is offering the chance to learn how to ski in a day. The Guarantee to Ski package is available until 28 February and costs from £120pp (chillfactore.com).

The highest altitude, in metres, of Val d'Isère, home to Inghams' new Chalet Hotel du Montet. Situated in the picturesque village of Le Fornet, a short walk from the cable car, it has 24 bedrooms, crisp interiors, a spa and a Savoyard restaurant. A week's fully catered stay costs £899pp on 9 February with flights from Gatwick to Chambery and transfers (inghams.co.uk). 3,599

Headwater has a new 10-day cycling tour of California's vineyards. It starts on Sundays in San Francisco from 7 April to 17 Nov and visits the Napa, Alexander and Dry Creek valleys, and ends at Bodega Bay. From £2,518pp, with transfers, bike hire and B&B hotels (headwater.com).