Travel news round-up: behind to Iran, skiing in Iceland and World Cup camping …


Heli-skiing opens adult untouched peaks though during a restricted cost. A somewhat some-more affordable approach to tackle unexplored plateau is on a ski and cruise trip. On a new speed to a Hornstrandir inlet haven in Iceland, a yacht sails to tip ski slopes any day, and guest eat and nap on board, in a opposite mark any night. The outing is suitable for all abilities and no sailing knowledge is necessary.
£1,432 for 6 days’ skiing, accommodation, dishes and guide, flights extra, departures March-May 2014, 020-7097 1734,

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World Cup deal
Finding an affordable hotel in Brazil during a World Cup is looking about as expected as England lifting a trophy. Even debate operators are struggling. Real Holidays’ resolution has been to use campsites. It is charity week-long stays during 3 sites: Barra da Tijuca in Rio, that has pitches for adult to 3,000 people, and dual some-more in north-east Brazil, any with space for 500, in Salvador and Pipa, nearby Natal. As good as pools, large screens, bars and football pitches, a cost for campers will embody transfers to a matches, daily beach transfers, drink and caipirinhas and a grill dish each other day. Just don’t design to get most sleep!

A seven-day camping package costs £895pp, including a pre-assembled tent, sleeping bag and mattress, though not flights. It’s not inexpensive for a week in a tent, though compared with what some hotels and hostels are charging, it’s a bargain.

Castle House, a new four-bedroom holiday let within a 16th-century walls of Taunton Castle, has been easy for a initial time in 300 years and will be accessible from 6 December. The Tudor gymnasium is now a vital room with woodburning stove, and strange beams and floorboards abound.
• From £517 for 3 nights’ self-catering for adult to seven, including a food and booze hamper,

Win a holiday to India

Taj Mahal

Guardian Holiday Offers and Wild Frontiers are charity readers a possibility to win a 10-day holiday for dual to Rajasthan, India, value £4,500. The outing includes visits to Delhi, a Taj Mahal (above), Jaipur and Udaipur. Accommodation is in three- and four-star hotels and birthright properties (such as a genuine Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), and flights and guides are included.


All aboard! A Victorian railway manager stationed in St Germans, a flattering Cornish village, has been converted into let property. The first-class cell is now a master bedroom; a second-class territory is an open-plan vital room and kitchen. There’s a lavatory in third, and a second bedroom with triple bunkbed in a guard’s van.
From £395 a week, sleeps five,

Cheap date

The Devonshire Fell, a grill with bedrooms in Burnsall, North Yorkshire, is charity “Wharfedale Wander” breaks from Oct to December. The offer includes a one-night stay, full Yorkshire breakfast, a pint and a ploughman’s during a encampment pub, and giveaway use of a nearby spa.
From £60pp, 01756 718111,

How much?!

Filthy-rich film buffs can spend 3 months ticking off their favourite film locations. The outing visits 20 locations in 10 countries; from Hugh Grant’s Notting Hill bookshop to Amelie’s Paris apartment, The Beach in Thailand and Tokyo’s Lost in Translation hotel, including Jordan, Peru, China and Australia.
£198,000 for two, including business-class flights, five-star hotels and guided tours,

Travel trash

Do we mostly find yourself needing to make a obsolete bow, lash timber together for preserve or hang your food out of strech of bears? If so, deposit in Bear Grylls’ presence bracelet, woven from 12ft of high-strength paracord. You’ll be prepared to conform a rive at a moment’s notice.
• £17.99, from

Trend alert! Back to Iran

Ruins around a Apadana Palace in Persepolis
Ruins around a Apadana Palace in Persepolis. Photograph: Felip Trueba/Alamy

Relations between Iran and a west are commencement to thaw. Barack Obama spoke to Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, on a phone final month, in a initial approach hit between American and Iranian leaders given 1979. This week, talks between a Iranian supervision and a six-nation negotiating organisation started in Geneva.

Hugh Fraser of Corinthian Travel believes that where politicians lead, tourists will follow: “After 34 years, a west might be on a fork of a new epoch in a attribute with Iran. Provided a talks succeed, and a resumption of normalised tactful and trade family follows, we might see tourism returning to Iran as early as a autumn of subsequent year.”

It’s a large proviso. The Foreign Office is still advising opposite all transport to tools of Iran, and all though essential transport to a residue of a country. But Jonny Bealby, owner of Wild Frontiers, expects a warnings to be carried soon. His association took 25 people on organisation tours to Iran this year, and allege bookings uncover during slightest twice as most direct for 2014. He says: “Iran is second to nothing in terms of chronological sites, and a people are fantastically hospitable, liberal, fun and meddlesome in a west.”

BIndeed, before a Iranian series in 1979, a nation was a vital traveller end for western tourists, with highlights including a hull of Persepolis, a gardens of Shiraz, and a bridges, squares and monuments of Isfahan.

Early tours will be expensive: design to compensate around £2,800 for dual weeks, and flights (Turkish Airlines flies Heathrow-Tehran around Istanbul for about £450 return). But, as happened in Burma, when a nation opens adult to tourists, transport companies are discerning to accommodate a new direct – and prices can tumble rapidly. By 2015, Iran could be a new transport hotspot.