The Holiday Guru is always on call to answer your questions.
This week hotels for a special occasion in Avignon and how to get tickets for the Alhambra in Granada without joining a tour, are on the agenda…
Q. Are any medications banned in Japan? I’m about to go and usually carry asthma inhalers, imodium, antihistamines and painkillers on my travels.
J Holt, via e-mail
You can take one month’s prescription and two months’ over-the-counter drugs without special permission into Japan, advises the Holiday Guru
A. These should be fine. But, only one month’s prescription and two months’ over-the-counter drugs are allowed without special permission.
If in doubt, Inside Japan (insidejapantours.com) advises contacting the Japanese embassy after reading the rules online (www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp). Do keep prescription drugs in the packaging along with the prescription.
Q. Can you recommend a good small hotel in the centre of Avignon for a special occasion Eurostar trip in September?
Angela Stern, via email
A. How about Au Coeur d’Avignon, a lovely hotel between the station and Palais des Papes, with doubles from £142 (aucoeurdavignon.com). Or try Hotel de l’Horloge, with doubles from £86 B&B (hotel-avignon-horloge.com).
Q. Can I obtain a ticket for the Alhambra in Granada without joining a tour? It’s confusing online.
Andy and Brenda Harris, via email
The Alhambra, pictured above, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada
A. Indeed it is. The official website is alhambra-patronato.es — basic entry is £13 and you can book well in advance.
Q. Can I take knitting needles on my flight to Canada in September?
M Griffiths, via email
A. Yes. Plastic, aluminium and bamboo knitting needles, as well as crochet hooks, are allowed in hand luggage (catsa-acsta.gc.ca).
If you need advice, send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Daily Mail Travel, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT — and include your contact details.