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Travel news: Emirates direct to Warsaw and join Le Tour

Clare Dight reports on the week's latest openings and offers.

Brave the cold in Warsaw with Emirates

The weather might be freezing but Emirates Airline is certain of a warm reception as it launches a direct flight to Warsaw. Reasons to visit the Polish capital include: the Chopin Museum, its rebuilt Royal Castle and the Old Town, which has been reconstructed to resemble its 17th- and 18th-century heyday. It's worth making the three-hour train journey south to spend a few days in Krakow, the country's royal capital for 500 years and one of the few cities not to be levelled during the Second World War. The Dubai-based carrier is now running a daily service departing at 7.30am. A return flight costs from Dh2,670, including taxes. Book at www.emirates.com.

Book a suite at the Mövenpick in Mecca

Close to the Kaaba, the five-star Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Hajar Tower Makkah has introduced a special offer for guests booking one its signature suites. The package includes breakfast for two, a late check-out until 3pm, 15 per cent off its buffet lunch plus complimentary internet access. A signature suite costs from 1,450 Saudi riyals (Dh1,420) per night, excluding taxes. The hotel offers views of the Grand Mosque. For more information, visit www.moevenpick-hotels.com.

Broaden your horizons on a ski trip to Bulgaria

It's the turn of Bulgaria to host a ski and music spectacular. From March 23 to 29, Bansko, a small south-western town at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, will host Horizon, a new electronic music and ski festival. Created by the co-founder of Croatia's Outlook festival, it will be DJ-led, with acts including Maribou State, Alex Arnout and Jackmaster. A five-day ski and festival pass with six nights' accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at the five-star Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena costs from £499 (Dh2,881) per person. To book visit www.horizonfestival.net.

Hit the road for this year's Tour de France

Exodus, a specialist tour operator, has just published the details of its annual "challenging" Tour de France cycling trip, departing on July 13. You'll have to be fit to take part: the eight-day trip includes watching the professionals as they complete a time trial around Serre-Poncon Lake in the Alpes de Haute Provence and cheering the finish of Stage 16 as well as the start of Stage 18 in the town of Gap. Inspired, the tour group will go on to tackle the Embrun-Chorges time trial course and a few tough mountain climbs and circuits over four days. The trip costs £1,099 (Dh6,368) land only, full-board in a two-star hotel, based on two people sharing (www.exodus.co.uk).

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