Sound & Vision

48 hours in Bern

Switzerland’s graceful capital comes back to life in late summer, and promises a fascinating weekend in fine surroundings

Simon Calder: The man who pays his way

The poorly-paid person who skimmed my credit card will have been rewarded with a few dollars by the organised criminals who buy card details wholesale

Travel agenda: From tea ceremonies in Japan to pampering in the

1. Girl guides

A new tour of Japan caters for female travellers. Departing on 6 December, with more dates in 2015, the seven-day Elegance Japan tour will focus on fashion, beauty and culture in Tokyo and Kyoto, with a private geisha performance, a tea ceremony, a massage session and five-star hotels. From JPY750,000 (£4,375)pp, flights extra. 

48 Hours in: Budapest

Music, culture and innovative nightlife combine to create the perfect autumn break in the Hungarian capital.