Travel Agenda: Vinopolis; Zambezi Queen; Lumiere festival; Mandarin Oriental

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Today: For the Caribbean closer to home, make for Vinopolis in London, where the Caribbean Tourism Organisation is hosting a showcase with food, music, drinks and an appearance by Levi Roots (

This week: A new luxury safari cruise boat will be departing from the shores of the Chobe River on the border between Botswana and Namibia on Monday. The 14 cabins of the Zambezi Queen feature contemporary interiors. The top deck boasts a plunge pool and wood-burning fireplace and birdwatching trips take off from smaller boats (

Meanwhile in Durham, the Lumiere festival of light gets under way on Thursday. The city will be transformed by light installations and performances for four days (

In The Diary: Mandarin Oriental is poised to open two new hotels in the coming weeks: the first in Barcelona on 26 November and the second in Las Vegas on 4 December (