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Rows of multi-coloured flowers at Irodori field, Hokkaido, Japan. Visit the Dynasty Travel Japan Travel Fair, taking place at Ngee Ann City from Friday to Oct 8, and stand a chance to win a SIM card.
Rows of multi-coloured flowers at Irodori field, Hokkaido, Japan. Visit the Dynasty Travel Japan Travel Fair, taking place at Ngee Ann City from Friday to Oct 8, and stand a chance to win a SIM card.PHOTO: JAPAN NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANISATION

PADDINGTON TEA JOURNEY

To tie in with the new Paddington movie, which will be released on Nov 10, the Belmond collection of iconic hotels, trains and river cruises has announced special Paddington Afternoon Tea journeys aboard the Belmond British Pullman, the train which has a starring role in the film.

Departing from London Victoria station on Dec 2 and Feb 16, the Belmond British Pullman will be hauled by a Peppercorn class steam locomotive Tornado, which also stars in the movie.

The pair do not usually travel together, but they will be joined for the Paddington journeys.

The package includes a menu of tea and coffee, savouries, sweet treats and, of course, Paddington Bear's favourite marmalade sandwiches.

Paddington-inspired activities will also be available on board for families throughout the journey.

Prices start at £550 (S$1,000) based on two adults and two children aged under 16 travelling together. For every full-paying adult, a child under 16 travels for free.

Additional children pay 25 per cent of the adult's ticket price.

To enjoy the limited offer, bookings must be made by Friday.

For more details, go to www.belmond.com or call 6395-0678.

BULGARI HOTEL OPENS IN BEIJING

The luxury Bulgari Group opened its new urban resort, The Bulgari Hotel Beijing (www.bulgarihotels.com/beijing), last week in the Chinese capital's exclusive Embassy District.

The first Bulgari hotel to open in five years, this latest addition boasts 119 finely furnished rooms with views of the surrounding sculptured gardens and the Liangma River.

The hotel also houses a 1,500 sq m Bulgari Spa, a 25m-long pool, a private park, an Italian restaurant, a bar and a ballroom.

For details, go to www.bulgarihotels.com/en_US/beijing.

MORE EMIRATES FLIGHTS TO STOCKHOLM

Emirates has announced plans to introduce three additional flights a week to the Swedish capital, complementing its current schedule of daily flights.

The airline says the new flights, which will fly from Dubai to Stockholm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Dec 8, have been added to meet demand, particularly during the winter season.

They will depart from Dubai at 3pm and arrive at Stockholm Arlanda Airport at 6.45pm, timed to provide easier connections between Stockholm and a number of East Asian and African destinations.

For more information, go to www.emirates.com.

JAPAN TRAVEL FAIR

The Dynasty Travel Japan Travel Fair is taking place at Ngee Ann City from Friday to Oct 8.

Deals include Japan Rail Passes starting at $344 for seven days of unlimited travel, a free seven-day unlimited data SIM card worth $23 and free shopping vouchers worth up to $30.

The fair will be held at the mall's Takashimaya Square at Basement 2 from 10am to 10pm daily.

For more information, call 6532-5455 or e-mail enquiries@dynastytravel.com.sg.

Lydia Vasko

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 01, 2017, with the headline 'Travel news and deals'. Print Edition | Subscribe