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On our descent into Aleppo airport, the Syrian landscape was a mosaic of sparkling green mosque lights. Ibrahim, a proud Syrian Kurd and my companion on the journey from London via Beirut, was looking forward to a long-overdue reunion with his family and his fiancée. It had been six years since he had been home, and he had invited me to visit his village and offered me a bed in the family flat in Aleppo. This was the first taste of the typical hospitality and kindness I experienced whilst travelling around Syria in October 2007. Before the start of the uprising in March 2011, on the surface at least, Syria was a peaceful country and tourism was slowly growing. Fast forward to 2019, and although visitors are slowly returning, most of these are from neighbouring Arab countries. Visiting Syria as a solo traveller was an extraordinary experience. The country was…

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Do you have one week in Provence but no car? Fear not. It is easy to explore Provence by rail.

To help you plan a perfect train itinerary, and to inspire you to put together your own tour of the South of France, here are some tips on how to do it, based on a 7-day trip that I did as a solo traveller.

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Cruising the Baltic Sea to St Petersburg on Celebrity Silhouette is a premium traditional cruising experience. The destination-rich itinerary features ports of call representing a rich spectrum of cultures, history and traditions.

But how should you plan a Baltic capitals cruise? And what can you expect from a cruise to St Petersburg on Celebrity Silhouette?

To help you plan your own Baltic Sea cruise, here are some general tips and a comprehensive review of my experience on Celebrity Silhouette in May 2019