The bigger picture

Kirker is branching out to the Middle East and Africa, adding city breaks to Tel Aviv, safaris in the Eastern Cape, and the beaches of Mauritius and Dubai to its offerings (

Goodbye Norma Jeane

Tomorrow marks 50 years since Marilyn Monroe's death. Bon Voyage has a 10-night trip to California and key Monroe sights for £1,695pp with flights, hotels and car hire.

Best in show

The Exhibition Road Show in west London closes this weekend. Across the road, the Science Museum hosts Make it in Great Britain until 9 Sept (;

From the steppes to Skipton

Yurtshire offers back-to-nature holidays in three locations in North Yorkshire. Each yurt comes with futon bedding for up to four guests, a wood-burning stove, barbecue and a shared hot tub. Weekend prices in summer from £195 (

Uganda health alert

Tourists considering a safari in Uganda should note that an outbreak of Ebola has caused 14 deaths in the country. Rainbow Tours said: "Our agents in Uganda have assured us that tourism has not been affected. We will be monitoring the situation closely."


The starting price, in US dollars, of a double room at the Hotel La Jolla, which opened in San Diego this week after a £2.5m renovation by the Kimpton group. There are 110 rooms, a sandy strip of beach and Pacific Ocean views (

Take me to the beach

The Beach House at Iruveli has opened on in the Maldives. The private island has 87 villas and suites, four restaurants and a resident marine biologist (

Berlin bound

Book ahead to be at the Berlin Music Festival (7-8 Sept). Headliners taking to the stage at the disued Tempelhof airport include Sigur Ros, pictured. Expect after-show parties, an art village, and silent disco. Tickets, €81.40 (