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Publisher's Round-up, 13 Feb

£39 -- 'Romantic' Caledonian Sleeper Train Tickets
A British train journey: romantic? Rail trips in this country are all about squashed sandwiches and equally squashed passengers getting on unwelcome terms with one another’s armpits, aren’t they? Well, welcome to a railway that takes you on a journey back in time, to a more civilised age of travel, as well as to one of the most remote and beautiful parts of the British Isles. On the Caledonian Sleeper, you can drift off to sleep in what must be one of the busiest transport hubs on the planet -- Euston Station, in London -- and wake up in one of Europe’s last wild places, the Scottish Highlands.

The Sleeper is deservedly so-called: with the gentle rocking of the train, a blanket over you in your cabin and the expectation of adventure the next morning, you’ll really have to fight off sleep. And just in case you don’t fancy sleeping, a double berth really does justify the "romantic" label Rough Guides slapped on the trip.

The only drawback? The Caledonian Sleeper tends to be rather pricey: you do get a bed for the night, after all, and cover much of the length of the country while you dream. However, we’ve found a rare few months where ticket prices make most other options for the journey aboard seem positively rushed. Toot toot, then -- all aboard.

£299 -- Calabria: All-Inc Italian Coastal Holiday, Save 40%
Rolling green hills, rustic villages and the smell of some irresistible pasta sauce wafting from a kitchen window: that’s Italy, right? Unfortunately, the reality is often overcrowded resorts and indifferently cooked food prepared for what are assumed to be passive, herd-like tourists. Calabria is a tempting alternative for the slightly more adventurous traveller. Italians living outside this region, located in the dainty toe of the geographical Italian boot, might regard it as something of a wild west but what you’ll discover here are atmospheric hilltop towns aplenty and some of the most gorgeous coastline in the country -- such as the stretch where this beachside week-long holiday for under £300 is located. Now, there’s an offer you really can’t refuse.  

£1999 -- Exclusive: 6-Star All-Inc Red Sea Cruise w/Flights
Finally, if you’re going to cruise, do it in style. "Luxury" and "5-star" are bandied about too often in the world of travel, which is why we at Travelzoo ensure any deal promising such a standard meets our very strict criteria. However, this 6-star Regent Seven Seas cruise around the ancient lands bordering the Red Sea takes the level of luxury even further -- with butler service, outside cabins with a balcony in every case and not only all meals included but, rarely for a cruise, all drinks and all excursions, too. 

Everything, in other words, is paid for up front: you won’t even have to fork out for gratuities. But what’s the most exceptional thing about this cruise? That price. Six-star voyages very seldom slip below the £3,000 mark, let alone £2,000, so I’d get myself on the gangway smartish for this little sailing.

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Deal Expert, London
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
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