Private jet

Whirlwind of rich rewards

A pauper among princes and princesses, Max Anderson fastens his seatbelt for an air tour of a lifetime.

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Crete hotel

Solo, yet among friends

A Cretan hotel that hosts holidays for singles is so successful, 65 per cent of guests return, writes Rhik Samadder.

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When in room ... and from Hotel Le Continental, Bordeaux.

Keys to the cities

A Bordeaux bolthole for $120 a night? A riverside retreat in Lisbon for the same? Here's our guide to some of Europe's best-value hotels and guesthouses this season.

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Minoan magic ... a fresco in the palace at Minos.

From real to imagined

With expert guidance, Juliet Rix unearths mythological tales and Minoan palaces on the island of Crete.

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Frescoes of Knossos Palace, Crete.

24 hours in Heraklion

Bruce Elder returns to the easy charm, late nights and Minoan treasures of the bustling capital of Crete.

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