If you’re a fan of the gorgeous Pig restaurants with rooms, you can plan a trip visiting the whole porcine litter.
Stay in all five Pig hotels, including the original in the New Forest and the latest, and most opulent, the Pig at Combe in Devon, which has a folly with its own pizza oven. The five-night trip costs from £750 for two, on a room-only basis (0345 2259494, thepighotel.com).
Ultimate desert getaway in Namibia
It looks like just another shipwreck along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, but Shipwreck Lodge is actually a new-build that is due to open next year on the dunes, with ten rooms, a pool and great desert views. Activities include trips to the Mowe Bay seal colony, sundowner drives to the dunes and visits to the natural geological formation of Clay Castles, frequented by brown hyena. Prices are yet to be set (01980 849160, aardvarksafaris.co.uk).
The Orient Express with Matthew Parris
Join Times columnist and former MP Matthew Parris for lunch in Verona, then travel with him on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express as part of a cruise-and-stay package with Times Insider Travel (0330 160 7155, thetimes.co.uk/imagine). The 18-night trip departs London for a night in Rome on October 1 next year, followed by a 12-night full-board cruise with Holland America Line around the Eastern Mediterranean, a sightseeing tour of Verona, four nights in Lake Garda and the two-day return train journey. It costs from £4,199pp.
New year in the sun
We’ve got the perfect house parties for a UK new year in this issue, but if you prefer warmer climes, head to the Florida Keys for fun in the sun. Midnight celebrations include the lowering of a giant red shoe holding the drag queen Sushi in Key West, and the splash of a huge replica key lime wedge into a giant margarita glass at Ocean Key Resort’s Sunset Pier. Seven nights, leaving Heathrow on December 29, costs from £2,199pp, with three nights in Key West followed by four in Key Largo, plus flights (0844 8044480, purelyamerica.co.uk).
Saga heads to the Stans
If you thought that Saga — the company for 50-plus travellers — was full of boring tours, think again. Next year it’s launching a 12-night trip to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, taking in the Central Asian Steppe and the legendary Tien Shan mountains, as well as the Silk Route into Turkestan. The group tour, on various dates, costs from £2,399pp, including ten nights’ full board.