Curacao (Netherlands Antilles)
Routes and Fares: Air return fares from London to Curacao via New York or Amsterdam cost £401 17s. for 1st-class jet, £274 10s. economy-class jet and £258 10s. economy-class prop. The journey takes about 20 hours from Amsterdam and six to eight from New York. The cheapest sea return for the 12-20-day voyage is about £170.
Formalities: A visa, smallpox vaccination and ticket out of Curacao are required.
Accommodation: There are good hotels in Willemstad, the capital, charging £2 10s.—£5 a night for bed and breakfast.
ROUTES TO HOLLAND
London—Amsterdam by rail and ship via Harwich—Hook (12 hours, 7 aboard): £13 1 1 s. 1st-class return, 2nd class £10 18s.
—by rail and boat via Dover—Ostend (111 hours, 3.5 on shipboard): £14 1st class, £10 3s. 2nd. —by coach and ship via Dover—Ostend (a little over 12 hours): 8 gns return.
—by air (Heathrow—Schiphol Airport) on D.E.A. or K.L.M. services (a little over 1 hour in the air): tourist return £16 15s., 23-day night tourist 12 gns.
Tilbury—Amsterdam by Greek Line’s Arkadia: £14 return in tourist class, April to December. London—Rotterdam by K.L.M. (from Heathrow) or British United Airways (from Gatwick): tourist £15 19s., 23-day excursion £13 15s. Southend—Rotterdam by Channel Air Bridge or Channel Airways (no connection): £12 17s. 6d. and £10 16s. 6d.
Tilbury—Rotterdam by Transport Ferry Service ships (14 hours): up to £12 return including cabin and meals. The new m.v. Cerdic Ferry (35 passengers) can be recommended. Goole—Rotterdam (15.5 hours): apply Ellerman’s Wilson Line Ltd, Chapel Street, Hull.
Cars are carried by Channel Air Bridge, Transport Ferry Service (drive on) and the Dover—Ostend car ferries.
Connecting trains link Harwich with the North of England and Midlands. Except during the night, train and, where applicable, airport buses carry you speedily to all corners of Holland.
Routes and Fares: Mexico City is four hours’ journey by air from New York. Return fares from London via New York are: £401 17s. first class and £243 15s. economy class, with excursion fares of £223 9s. and £209 6s. in economy class according to the season. By sea the journey is complicated and difficult.
Formalities: Smallpox vaccination is obligatory. No visa is needed, but a tourist card must be obtained and various forms filled in. A deposit of £150 may be asked for.
Accommodation: There are numerous pensions and hotels charging from 10s. a day for room only to £7 a day with all meals. Air-conditioned hotels charge £4 a day and upwards.
Information: The Mexican Consulate-General, 58 Montrose Place, London, S.W.I.
Routes and Fares: A first-class air return from London costs £244 16s. and economy class £171; flying time is 43.- hours. Rail travel via Paris, the Simplon Tunnel and Sofia costs £56 8s. return first class and £37 8s. second class; via Ostend, Aachen and Salzburg the prices are £50 17s. and £34 14s. It is also possible to travel by sea from such ports as Genoa or Venice, the total cost of the journey being about £80 to £90 and upwards first class and about £60 tourist or second class.
Formalities: A valid passport only is required.
Accommodation: There are a good number of comfortable European-style hotels, charging for the most part from about £3 a day inclusive.
Information: Turkey Tourist Department, 43 Belgrave Square, London, S.W.I.
KERM AN (Persia)
Routes and Fares: Kerman is best reached by air, via Tehran. Total return fares from London are approximately £295 first class and £210 economy class, with a large choice of routes between London and Tehran.
Formalities: A visa and smallpox vacc4.5ion. Accommodation: Persian-type hotels only. Information: Tourist Iran, Avenue Ferdowsi,
Tehran; or Royal Iranian Embassy, 50 Kensington Court, London, W.8.