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The world's most unusual wineries

(CNN)There’s certainly nothing wrong with the classic wine country experience: tours through the barrel-filled cellars, tastings overlooking the lush, rolling vineyards. But once you’ve been there and done that, it might be time to try something a little — or a lot — less traditional. From underwater wine cellars in Croatia to wine-tasting cabanas in Sonoma, we’ve handpicked 10 wineries ...

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The world's tastiest rail journey

(CNN)Dappled sunlight gleaming off its regal blue livery, Portugal’s Presidential Train glides out of the medieval heart of Porto towards the Douro Valley on the start of a new addition to Europe’s selection of luxury rail journeys — a nine-hour gourmet excursion through one of the most beautiful wine regions. Its oldest carriages were assembled in Parisian workshops 127 years ...

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Ipoh: A guide to Malaysia's rising tourism star

CNN Travel’s series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. (CNN)Sometime after the tin slump of the 1980s, Ipoh earned a reputation for being a retirement destination, or just a pit stop on the way to Penang. These days, it’s going through ...

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Sneak peek: First look inside Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay

Orlando, Florida (CNN)As I glance around the entrance to Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando’s new 30-acre water park, I spot no ticket booths, no turnstiles. Instead, there are totem poles, a concierge area and smiling faces. With ukulele music playing and water features flowing, it’s as if I’m entering an island resort. “Hello, kia ora,” says a young man as he ...

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Inside the Philippines' first female-led brewery

CNN Travel’s series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. (CNN)The idyllic island of Palawan, in the southwest corner of the Philippines, is best known for its turquoise waters and secret lagoons. But the far-flung getaway has recently caught the eye of ...

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Cannes: France's city of stars and sunshine

(CNN)Cannes might be famous for its red carpet, but this glamorous Riviera resort isn’t one of Europe’s most popular just because of its big names and seaside bling. Besides abundant sunshine and turquoise waters, Cannes has plenty of old-style charm and, unlike its pebbled neighbors, is the only town on the Côte d’Azur that can boast white sandy beaches. From ...

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Dubai set to build $1.7b man-made islands

(CNN)Dubai is growing again, and again it’s building into the sea. Global investment company Dubai Holding unveiled this week plans for Marsa Al Arab, a four million square feet pair of man-made islands either side of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the city’s iconic sail-shaped hotel. How Dubai became an adrenaline junkie paradise The project, estimated to cost $1.72 billion, ...

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Dutch King reveals he secretly piloted passenger flights

Story highlights Dutch King says he’s piloted commercial flights for over 20 years Royal says he takes the controls of KLM short-hop flights a couple of times a month (CNN)They don’t call KLM “Royal Dutch Airlines” for nothing. King Willem-Alexander, reigning monarch of the Netherlands, revealed in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he’d regularly flown flights for ...

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