Q&A; TRAVEL INSIDERS.
IBIZA BITS AND PEACE
At the end of October, my husband and I are going to Ibiza for the first time for a week's break. We are both in our 60s and although we are not fuddy-duddies I wondered if you could give us some tips about the island as everyone says it is very nice. Anne Pearson, Northumberland
With the party season over, it will be a lovely time to see the calmer side of Ibiza. I would suggest you hire a car - driving is easy on the island - and visit sleepy, pretty villages in the island's rural interior such as Santa Gertrudis. For culture, the island's Old Town (also known as Dalt Vila), with its winding alleys, museums and cobbled streets, is a World Heritage Site. ibiza.travel
LIGHTS IN SIGHTS
I would like to see the Northern Lights in either January or February next year, ideally from on board a boat. What are the chances of seeing them? I don't want to spend a fortune then miss them! Jenny Scott, by email
While there's been an exceptionally good record of sightings of the Northern Lights in the past couple of years, there's no guarantee you'll see them. However, Hurtigruten has just launched a timely offer - if you fail to see the lights on one of its ships, you will get the chance to take a second voyage for free. Just book on the Classic Round Voyage before October 31, for departure between October 1 and March 31. Prices start at PS1,410pp on full board, while flights and transfers start at PS330pp. The 12-day cruise is one of the best ways to see this spectacle as you sail along the coast of Norway.
We're off to Mauritius but have been given different information about currency. We've heard the euro can be used but that we can only exchange pounds sterling once we've landed at Mauritius airport. We also plan to take a credit card. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
A Thomas, by email
The local currency is actually the Mauritius rupee, which you can easily buy here before you go. And according to the Mauritius Tourism website, credit cards are widely accepted.
SPLASH OF COLOGNE
We have decided to go to the German Christmas markets this year. We will be driving and plan to visit Cologne for three days. Apart from the market and cathedral, what else can we do?
Mark Inman, by email
Don't leave Cologne without taking a boat trip along the Rhine, the country's longest river. For a little culture, it's worth visiting the Romisch-Germanisches Museum, which houses an impressive collection of sculpture, artefacts and mosaics. Or on a lighter note, the Chocolate Museum is a fun experience. koelntourist.net museenkoeln.de schokoladenmuseum.de cologne-tourism.com
Have you any suggestions for where we could take the family away for the half-term break? We need somewhere that would keep our two boys occupied.
E Gardner, by email
How about one of PGL's adventure centres? Activities such as abseiling, archery, climbing, fencing, raft-building, orienteering, the trapeze and zip wire will surely keep your boys entertained. What's more, kids can stay for half price on selected breaks over half term, including four-night breaks from October 27 at Marchants Hill in Surrey, Boreatton Park in Shropshire and Osmington Bay in Dorset. Prices are from PS259 per adult and now from PS109 per child, full board.
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