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Arcturos Bear and Wolf Sanctuary in Macedonia, Greece

If you go down to the woods today, you are surely in for a big surprise – especially the Macedonia region of Northern Greece, the protected village of Nymphaio in Florina to be exact. Many do not equate Greece with bears. Sandy beaches, sunshine and remote islands, yes. But the mainland of this stunning country offers…

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How and when to do Dubrovnik on a short break

Croatia is a turquoise-watered, pebbly-beached hit among many Guild members. It has  a fascinating history, lashings of sunshine, the freshest seafood, and a rapidly maturing wine scene. The star of the show in terms of destinations is easily Dubrovnik, whose UNESCO-certified medieval Old City pulls people from all over the globe. Why it’s not all…

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Famous gardens revived

  Peter Jolly reports on the restoration of the once hugely popular Leonardslee Gardens Not content with buying one of the most prestigious golf clubs in Sussex and turning part of it into a wine estate, South African-based entrepreneur Penny Streeter has now acquired another local icon, nearby  Leonardslee, whose gardens are considered among the…

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Sardinian indulgence

  Sardinia hopes to attract more UK visitors out of season – but what can it offer in the cooler months? Rupert Parker joined a group of Guild colleagues invited to find out: In summer, Sardinia is busy with tourists heading for its glorious beaches. But this is March. The easyJet flight from Luton to…

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Leipzig – Bach to the Present

Bryn Frank has travelled widely in Germany, but has a special fondness for the less well known east and north east of the country. It was probably sparked off by an unlikely detour he took in 1985.  We hadn’t expected so much snow – and we are cold and wet. Now three ‘Vopos’ (Volkspolizei) are…

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Norwegian Bliss – NCL’s latest 4,000-guest cruise ship

Last week Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) took possession of their latest cruise ship, Norwegian Bliss, during an on board signing ceremony at which ownership was transferred from the Meyer Werft shipyard to NCL and their respective flags were changed. An hour later the first guests – mostly journalists and agents, including half a dozen members…

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Zimbabwe: Tourism renaissance?

In November 2017 Zimbabwe experienced a change of president. Robert Mugabe, who spent almost 30 years as the head of state, was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa. What impact is that having for the tourism industry? The Guild’s Stuart Forster went to find out: Bryan Rocher, general manager of Zambezi Cruise and Safaris, said the perception…

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Upskilling in the Kitchen: Guild members go back to school

Masterchef finalists? Maybe not yet. But a Guild group left a favourable impression in the teaching kitchen at Chewton Glen, the luxury hotel and spa in Hampshire. Ferne Arfin – who also took the pictures -reports: We travel writers have lots of experience in eating well…but can we cook? That was the challenge facing eleven BGTW…

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5 Scottish islands you’ve probably not been to

Robin McKelvie is an Edinburgh based member of the BGTW. He has written over a thousand articles about Scotland for magazines and newspapers across five continents, runs a Scottish travel website and the second edition of his National Geographic guide to Scotland was published in January. Click here to get in touch with Robin on…

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Images of a New Forest Winter

It may be soggy underfoot. Trees may be black and skeletal against a steely sky. A hard frost may dazzle on a sharp, cloudless morning. But winter in the New Forest has its own, particular atmosphere. Here, Guild photographers capture some of it…..