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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 alcoholic 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
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A trip to a dry country, Iran, may be the ticket for a recovering alcoholic, says the holiday guru