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Head to Krakow for the Screen Festival

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Music fans taking Krakow tours in May will be able to experience the Screen Festival, one of the city’s major cultural events.

The festival integrates music with visual arts by combining video installations and live performances by bands from across the world.

Scheduled for May 15th and 16th this year, the event presents shows on two raised stages in squares in the heart of Krakow’s Old Town.

The Krakow Screen Festival has attracted some major names from the world of music in the past, including British dance outfit Underworld, former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry and actress turned rock star Juliette Lewis.

Popular Scottish band Travis will be among the headline acts this year, along with Stereolab, Late of the Pier, the Notwist and many others.

As well as enjoying the vibrant cultural scene, people on Krakow tours can take in famous sights in the city such as the main market square, Wawel Castle and the Kazimierz district.

Krakow – A turbulent and fascinating history and nearby Auschwitz have seen Krakow become a popular tourist destination.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19057250-ADNFCR

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Tennis stars to go head-to-head in Rome

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Tennis fans planning Rome tours later this year will be able to enjoy some world-class entertainment when the ATP World Tour comes to the Italian capital.

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia contest will get underway at Rome’s Foro Italico venue on April 27th this year.

Serbian stars Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic were the victorious players in their respective sides of the tournament in 2008 and both are likely to be back to defend their titles this year.

The competition will see the world’s top players straining every sinew to make it to the final and challenge for the top prize of €2.75 million (£2.47 million).

After visiting Rome, the ATP Tour will head to Munich for a tournament starting on May 3rd, followed by an event in Madrid on May 10th and the French Open in Paris on May 25th.

Holidaymakers on Rome tours can discover more about the importance of sport in the city by paying a visit to the Stadio Olimpico, which is home to the Serie A football sides AS Roma and SS Lazio.

Rome – Visit some of the ancient landmarks such as the Colosseum or tour the opulent Vatican.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19054781-ADNFCR

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Venice looks back to WWI

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Holidaymakers planning Venice tours over the coming month will be able to visit an exhibition providing a solemn but fascinating look at the city’s past.

The display at the Cassa di Risparmio hall in Campo San Luca looks at life in Venice between the years of 1915 and 1918, when the city became involved in the escalating conflict that came to be known as World War I.

Featuring historical documents, drawings, photographs and newspaper clippings, the exhibition explores the impact of the war on the urban makeup of Venice, which had a strategic role as a port city.

The exhibition, which will be open until April 20th, also features original pieces by a number of artists exploring the experiences that Venetian people went through during and after the war.

Venice boasts a number of museums and institutions that provide an insight into its culture and heritage, including the famous Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Museo Correr.

The most famous and popular landmarks for people on Venice tours to see include St Mark’s Square and Basilica, the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and the numerous bridges and canals.

Venice – Fall in love all over again on a Gondola ride on the Grand Canal and lose yourself in the grand St Marks Square.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19054222-ADNFCR

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New season begins at Barcelona amusement park

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A whole world of fun and entertainment is once again on offer to people taking Barcelona tours following the reopening of the Tibidabo amusement park on February 28th for its 2009 season.

With the new season comes a brand new star attraction – a rollercoaster that offers impressive views over Barcelona as well as plenty of white-knuckle thrills.

The ride reaches a top speed of 80km per hour as it winds along a 718-metre track, climbing to a maximum height of 522 metres.

People looking for some slightly more distinguished entertainment can visit the amusement park from April to take advantage of Tibidabo Plus, a programme of events for older visitors including painting and scenic walks.

Youngsters will also be offered plenty of entertainment, including a series of educational activities designed by Lluis Ribas, who also works on the operations of the park’s automaton museum.

The Tibidabo amusement park occupies a picturesque location on a mountain of the same name and can be reached either by a funicular railway or by the Tibibus, which operates everyday from Placa de Catalunya.

Barcelona – Wonderful Gaudi architecture and a cosmopolitan atmosphere have made Barcelona Spain’s most popular city.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19052739-ADNFCR

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Lenny Kravitz tour to visit Portugal

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Rock ‘n’ roll fans will be booking their Lisbon city tours soon to see a gig by American music legend Lenny Kravitz.

The popular singer-songwriter will bring his European tour to the Atlantico Pavilion in Lisbon on May 5th this year.

Other venues on Kravitz’s tour of Europe will include the Marseille Dome (April 26th), La Caja Magica in Madrid (May 8th), the Palalottomatica in Rome (June 5th) and the Innsbruck Olympiahalle.

Fans who make it to one of these gigs will be able to hear live performances of a number of songs from the singer’s latest album, It’s Time For a Love Revolution, which was released in February 2008.

Other shows that people on Lisbon city tours can see at the Atlantico Pavilion this year include a concert by Il Divo on April 6th and a gig by Beyonce on May 18th.

As well as seeing gigs by pop and rock superstars from around the world, visitors to Lisbon can see local sights such as the Hieronymites monastery and the Lisbon Botanical Garden.

Why not book the Lisbon City Tour before you travel?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19050478-ADNFCR

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Work of Portuguese artists on display in Portimao

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Holidaymakers taking Algarve tours will be able to visit an exhibition this year offering the opportunity to learn more about the artistic culture of their holiday destination.

Entitled Gosto de Mulheres, the showcase will be open at the Galeria do Arade in Portimao from March 21st until May 24th.

Female artists from Portugal will be the main focus of the exhibition, which will feature everything from painting, sculpture and photography to pieces of music, cinema and literature.

There will also be examples of work by international artists, along with a recreation area offering educational activities for younger visitors.

Holidaymakers in the Algarve can visit a number of venues that host exhibitions and events exploring local culture, such as the Portimao Municipal Theatre and the Faro Municipal Museum.

An altogether more relaxing experience is on offer at the region’s many beaches, which can be found in popular coastal destinations such as Lagos, Albufeira and Quarteira.

Why not book the Best of the East tour before you travel?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19049273-ADNFCR

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Powerboat racers to visit the Algarve

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Holidaymakers taking Algarve tours in April will be able to visit Portimao as the coastal town plays host to the Formula One Powerboat World Championship.

The 2009 season of powerboat racing will kick off with a contest in Portimao on April 5th before heading to Russia for an event in St Petersburg on June 6th.

Travellers will be able to catch up with the competition in destinations including Lahti, Finland; Shenzhen, China; Doha, Qatar and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates before it comes to an end in December.

According to the organisers of the Formula One Powerboat World Championship, the sport can be described simply as "the most spectacular watersport in the world".

Spectators will be entertained by the sight of catamaran boats accelerating from 0 to 160km/h in less than four seconds and reaching top speeds of 225km/h as they fly across the surface of the waves.

People on Algarve tours who are interested in trying out some watersports for themselves can go scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing or kayaking in Portimao, with other activities available elsewhere in the holiday region.

Why not book the Eastern Algarve and Spain tour in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19047436-ADNFCR

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Algarve to host World Rally Championship

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Algarve tours could well prove popular with motorsport fans in April as the region plays host to a leg of the World Rally Championship (WRC).

The Portugal Rally will see some of the world’s best drivers visiting the Algarve between April 2nd and 5th as they compete for this year’s world title.

Covering no more than 1,000km, the route taken by the rally will include fast, open stretches of land as well as more technical and challenging areas to test the drivers’ skill.

The closing ceremony of the contest will take place at the Algarve Stadium near Faro airport, which will also serve as the operational centre for the event.

Portugal will be the fourth country to host the WRC this year, with races already having taken place in Ireland and Norway and Cyprus set to host its leg of the championship between March 13th and 15th.

Motorcycling fans will be able to head to Estoril in Portugal in October this year when it hosts one of the final races of the MotoGP season.

Why not book the Jeep Safari 4×4 experience in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19046746-ADNFCR

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Visit Sevilla for Real Madrid clash

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Football fans visiting the Algarve in April will be able to set off on a Seville tour to see how the top local Primera Liga side get on against the league’s reigning champions.

Sevilla will play Real Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on April 26th in what could prove to be a highly significant game as the 2008-09 La Liga season approaches its conclusion.

After 24 matches, Madrid are second in the table on 53 points, while Sevilla are nine points behind in third place.

The reigning champions could still be in the chase for the title at the end of April so will be eager to pick up every available point, while Sevilla will want to secure one of the prized top-four Champions League places.

Sevilla’s other home games over the coming months will see them take on Valladolid on March 22nd, Getafe on April 12th and Deportivo la Coruna on May 24th.

During their Seville tours, holidaymakers can also take in local sights such as the city cathedral and the Torre del Oro watchtower.

Why not book the Seville Tour in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19045119-ADNFCR

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Tavira to celebrate Algarve cuisine

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Holidaymakers may be tempted to fit a visit to Tavira into their Algarve tours this year when the city hosts a festival celebrating regional cuisine.

Set to take place between March 21st and April 10th, the Festival de Gastronomia Serrana will focus on food that is produced in the uplands of the Algarve’s mountain regions.

Lovers of good food will be able to visit participating restaurants to tuck into excellent meals while also enjoying some of the Algarve’s most beautiful countryside.

Establishments taking part in the festival include Cantinho da Serra in Bemparece, O Constantino in Montes e Legares, A Mesa do Cume in Alcaria do Cume and Monte Velho in Umbria.

An added incentive for visitors will be the opportunity to enter a prize draw offering a free weekend in a local hotel.

People on Algarve tours can try all sorts of foods during their holiday, including the hot and spicy chicken that the region is famous for and the fresh fish that is caught every day in coastal towns and villages.

Why not book the Unspoilt Algarve tour in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19043970-ADNFCR

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