Can you cruise without booze and how to take a trip to French Guiana: The holiday guru solves travel dilemmas
- A trip to a dry country, such as Iran, might take a teetotaller’s mind off the bottle
- A 14-day train trip in the country has stops including Isfahan, Tehran and Shiraz
- There are no direct flights to French Guiana so a trip includes a Paris layover
Q. My husband is a recovering alcoholic and we’d love to go on a cruise where there is no alcohol. Can you help?
Rosemary, by email
Tough one: cruising and boozing are pretty closely entwined. It’s possible to buy all-inclusive packages for some ships without alcohol included (which are considerably cheaper), but our cruise expert, Lesley Bellew, says she hasn’t heard of a totally booze-free cruise.
How about a visit to an alcohol-free country such as Iran, taking a train journey to different sights, instead?
The Holiday Guru suggests visiting an alcohol-free country like Iran for a recovering alcohol rather than going on a cruise. Pictured is the historic Iranian city of Shiraz
Persian Voyages offers a 14-night, tailor-made trip in Iran visiting Isfahan, Persepolis, Shiraz, Tehran and Yazd with hotels, trains, flights and visas from £3,250 pp (persianvoyages.com).
Q. Please could you advise me how to get to Saint-Laurent in French Guiana in South America? I have been told there are no direct flights.
Peter Durrell, Ipswich
This is true. You must fly via Paris, taking Air France. Current return fares in August are from about £1,000.
The best depart from London Heathrow at 7.45pm and arrive in the small overseas French department at 2.40pm the next day (airfrance.com).
Worth the wait: Red-brick buildings, in colours reminiscent of the city’s eponymous pepper, in Cayenne greet visitors to French Guiana, although they will have to change planes in Paris
If you need advice, the Holiday Guru is here to answer your questions and provide tips on how to make the most of your precious time off.
Please send questions to email@example.com or write to Daily Mail Travel, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT — and include your contact details.
We will do our best to answer your queries but we can’t reply to every enquiry. Please do not send in any original documents. We look forward to hearing from you.