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Italy The Giro d’Italia, second only to the Tour de France as cycling’s most prestigious race, begins on May 9, and fans are being offered trips to experience it through the eyes of the professionals. Specialist tour operator La Fuga has formed a partnership with Orica-Greenedge, the Australian team that won last month’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège race. The result is a series of “backstage” tours in which guests follow the race with the team, having dinner and talking tactics with the manager and director sportif, chatting to the riders and touring the team bus. They will also ride some of the course, in team kit and on team-issued bikes. Two five-night Giro packages start on May 20 and May 28, followed by four trips during July’s Tour de France. Prices range from £3,900 to £6,000 per person. lafuga.cc


Qatar Doha’s new $15.5bn airport finally opened to passengers last week following years of delays. Hamad International covers 29 sq km, 60 per cent on land reclaimed from the sea, and has annual capacity of 30m passengers, which will rise to more than 50m as new gates are added. Currently there are only two cafés and a business lounge but, once fully open, the terminal will have a hotel, swimming pool, spa, squash courts and a mosque that can accommodate 500. Construction began in 2005 and the opening was originally scheduled for 2009. dohaairport.com/hia/


UK Land Rover and Abercrombie & Kent have come together to launch a range of luxury off-road driving holidays. Guests will have instruction from the carmaker’s staff, then drive Land Rover vehicles on guided journeys between hotels or wilderness camps. Three itineraries are being offered for this year – in the UK, Tanzania and India – with destinations including Iceland and China added for 2015. The 10-day Tanzania trip, for example, costs from £9,000 per person. abercrombiekent.co.uk/landrover

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