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Like so many of the towns and cities of Egypt, Hurghada as well as Luxor and Marsa Alam are living history museums. These three cities are positioned as three corners of a triangle in the Eastern Desert. Hurghada, a former fishing harbour, stretches some 15 miles or so along the waterfront and is one of the foremost areas for water sports. Marsa Alam is also found by the Red Sea coast, and tourism is just starting to make an impact. The city of Luxor, with its jaw-droppingly beautiful monuments built by the hands of ancient craftsmen, lies 150 miles or so inland on the banks of the mighty River Nile.
Surrounded by a crystal-clear, deep-blue sea and a breath-taking desert landscape, Sharm el-Sheikh has developed into one of the most popular holiday destinations in Egypt. Come here to relax in one of the many well-developed tourist resorts, or dive at the area’s unique coral reefs. But ’Sharm’ is far more than just a resort town. It is also an ideal spot to discover real Egyptian culture and to travel to the neighbouring historic sites such as the renowned Mount Sinai.
Long considered to be the jewel of the orient, Cairo is an international city overflowing with an interesting mixture of different cultures. It is a city steeped in the early civilizations of the ancient pharaohs, blended with the history of Christian and Islamic cultures. It is all brought together by the modern sights and luxuries of a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city.
Known as one of the imperial cities, the opulent city of Fes is the oldest city in Morocco. It is split into two areas, Fès-el-Bali (old Fès) and Fès-el-Djedid (new Fès) wich makes the city a mystical fusion of an ancient Islamic past, and the French influenced recent present.
With approximately 340 days of sunshine and six kilometres of soft white sands, Agadir is Morocco’s premiere beach resort! Nestled among the verdant valleys of the Great Souss and with the majestic range of the Anti-Atlas rearing up behind it, this modern, cosmopolitan city has all the attendant pleasures, thrills and luxuries you can ask for.
A medieval city of drama, myth and mystery, Marrakech will captivate all who venture behind its ochre-coloured walls. Step inside and you will be transported back to a place and time that has been consigned to the annals of history. The winding alleys of the medina and the sights and sounds of the souks, the human drama that is Djemaa el-Fna square and the Atlas Mountains rearing up in the background, make Marakech, Morocco’s jewel in the crown.
Vibrant, ever-changing, fabulously wealthy, desperately poor, vast, multi-faceted Johannesburg flings contrasts at you from every angle. Trees line streets where houses hide their manicured gardens and pristine blue swimming pools behind high white walls, miles of shacks tell of the effects of the apartheid years – still to be overcome. The air of Africa’s most dynamic city vibrates with music and buzzes with business while its stylish restaurants, elegant shops, art galleries and theatres delight the international visitor.
Overlooked by the spectacular heights of Table Mountain and surrounded by stunning beaches, lush farmland and superb vineyards, Cape Town has established itself as South Africa’s cultural capital and as one of the most vibrant city destinations in Africa. This is a city where African, European and Asian cultures meet in a multi-ethnic rainbow that is reflected in its music, architecture, visual arts as well as in its quite amazing choice of cuisines. Cape Town is a great party city, with a year-round calendar of festivals, parades and world-class sporting events. It also has a mellow climate that makes it attractive year-round, with plenty of sunshine during the winter months making it particularly attractive to Northern Hemisphere visitors.
Djerba, the largest island of North Africa, is situated southeast of Tunisia on the Gulf of Gabes, and is ringed by miles of sandy beaches and luxury hotels. With its ideal temperate climate, this is another very popular Tunisian destination. The many resort hotels provide anything you need from lazy bronzing days, to a wide range of intense activities like thalasso or water sports.
Located in north-eastern Tunisia, Monastir is a major tourist resort. With its attractive marina and old fishing port, the city is an excellent base for a beach holiday and offers a wide range of physical activities such as water sports, fishing, excursions and golf. Whatever the season, you will find an ideal climate to enjoy some of Tunisia’s finest sand beaches and crystalline water along with a dizzying choice of waterfront hotels and restaurants featuring both international and local cuisine. Whether you’re up to a lazy day sunning on the beach or more physical type of activities, your stay will certainly be unforgettable!
Yangon is a small yet busy capital city and as such has the workings of government within its boundaries. Situated on the River Yangon, it has a flourishing port, but the most spectacular sights are the Buddhist temples, pagodas and stupas. Arriving by air, the visitor will see golden domes dotting the thick greenery of the outlying areas of the city. Set on Singuttara Hill, is the most holy of all these shrines, and the place every visitor must see – The Shwedagon Pagoda.
Be ready to be embraced by a people with a warm culture and a country with unique traditions that date back from the Angkorian Empire. Be inspired by the Apsara dancing, Khmer traditional art and by ancient temples surrounded by ancient trees in an eloquent collaboration between art and nature.
Situated at the crossroads of three great rivers - the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac- Phnom Penh is the heart of a country steeped in tradition, overflowing with rice paddies, jungles and still untouched rural communities. Wind yourself down these rivers and arrive to the largest fresh water lake in the region, Tonle Sap, and a rich history, which reached its peak under the Angkorian Empire. Once a sleepy backwater, Phnom Penh is buzzing today with commercial activity, as the country develops after years of isolation. It is dotted with monumental landmarks in a surreally beautiful environment. Old French colonial mansions stand alongside newly emerging designs, which make the city’s mixed architecture and communities fascinating sites to explore.
Unlike most of China, Guangzhou is not likely to elicit the level of curiosity that can be a bit overwhelming in other parts of the mainland. This is mainly because long before Marco Polo shipped up in the port of Canton (as it was then known during the 14th century), Guangzhou had a well-defined foreign quarter that has by and large remained a constant through the centuries. Spoiled by its lush Pearl Delta location, Cantonese cuisine offers a choice and variety of food that is a world away from its pale western imitations. With a vibrant, rocking nightlife and an array of shopping options around the city, it has everything you could desire for a few days stopover.
Dynamic Shenzhen is an apt symbol of China’s impressive if sometimes uneven rush to embrace wealth. From humble village to bold metropolis in under 30 years, the city’s journey has been brash, dramatic and magnificent. With its natural blend of Chinese frontier spirit and frenetic entrepreneurialism, it has also become home to some of the most diverse and succulent cuisine you’ll find anywhere in China. And for the cash-strapped, the short hop across the border from Hong Kong at the Luohu crossing provides a gateway to China that is easily accessible and offers saving of at least 30% on international air taxes.
Ningbo is the birthplace of the Hemudu culture, which dates back over seven thousand years. This makes the city one of the oldest in China. Known in Mandarin as “Serene Waves”, it is located at the shores of Hangzhou Bay as a long-established international port and trading post. But with the Hangzhou Bridge, the longest trans-oceanic link in the world, Ningbo is now directly connected to Shanghai and already a commercial power in its own, it looks set to give her northern neighbour a run for its money.
This is a city almost unique in China and has been recently voted the prettiest and cleanest city in the country. Xiamen is certainly amongst the most pleasant places in China, with a fine mix of city, cultural and beach attractions. Located on the south coast in Fujian Province, Xiamen is built on an island almost opposite Taiwan. With origins dating back 5,000 years, trade has been the lifeblood of Xiamen and the city has grown on the commerce from merchants, both Chinese and European, who used Xiamen as their “Gateway to China”.
The provincial capital of Jiangsu, Nanjing, has served as the country’s capital for six dynasties and has long occupied a prominent place in Chinese history and culture. The overwhelming neon lights along Qinhuai River, the abundance of greenery in Zhongshan Mountain Tourist Resort and the remnant architecture from the time of the fledgling republic are all facets of the richness of various stages in Nanjing’s development.
If it was a picture, Qingdao would be painted with blue sea and azure sky, red-roofed residences and green trees. Qingdao means “Green Island” in Chinese. The name is a perfect match. This is possibly the most beautiful coastal city of China, famous for the comfortable weather, the large number of beaches and the delicious seafood. Being a former German concession has also provided it with attractive European style buildings and one of the best brews in Asia, the famous Qingdao Beer. It has long been a favourite escape for Chinese holidaymakers and after having its profile raised when hosting of the 29th Sailing Regatta during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it will undoubtedly come under the radar of foreign visitors as well.
Xi’an, once called Chang’an, the City of Long-lasting Peace, tops the list of Chinese six ancient cities. The world-renowned ancient Silk Road starts here. To stand on this land is to be on the very soil where merchants from empires long relegated to the annals of history once moved, and many facets of its past as a trading post still live on in various forms. The variety of folk handicrafts that greets the visitor is bewildering. Just outside the city is the steepest mountain in the world’, Hua Mountain. Here is where the pre-historic Lantian man was found, proving that human existence here dates back 500,000 years. With all this heritage behind it, Xi’an stands proud even in the face of its modernization, a spectacular testament of the magnificent legacy the Chinese are so proud of.
Guilin has been a favourite for a long time amongst travellers to China. This compact city is most famous for the green mountains, crystal clear waters, unique caves and the beautiful cliffs around it. The karst peaks and the surrounding area is world renowned for its beautiful scenery. Yet it is not only this stunning landscape that draws visitors to Guilin, its unique folk customs are also unforgettable experiences in themselves.
Beijing is a great city, famous Tiananmen Square is big enough to hold one million people, while the historic Forbidden City is home to thousands of imperial rooms and Beijing is still growing. The capital has witnessed the emergence of more and higher rising towers, new restaurants and see-and-be-seen nightclubs. But at the same time, the city has managed to retain its very individual charm. The small tea houses in the backyards, the traditional fabric shops, the old temples and the noisy street restaurants make this city special.
Like Yin and Yang, Hangzhou, the capital city of the Zhejiang Province, has two sides. This historic city is a showcase for traditional medicine, religion and art as well as an example of China’s rapid economic development. Combining idyllic natural beauty, a grand heritage through the ages and an air of affluence, Hangzhou is one of the country’s most pleasant cities to linger in.
Welcome to Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, where giant pandas delight tourists at the Chengdu Breeding Research Base and artisans create porcelains at the People’s Garden. Though a modern city, life in Chengdu takes place on the back streets where crowds are waiting outside hot-pot restaurants and tea houses are abuzz with mahjong players and their noisy tile-shuffling game. This is a city that once inspired the great Tang dynasty poet Dufu, whose residence still stands and today it continues to celebrate one of its greatest military strategist Zhugeliang, at the famous Wuhou Shrine.
Chongqing is China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. It is a cultural and historical city of many unique traits. Apart from being blessed with water on three sides, its buildings have also been constructed against the mountains on the last side. This is generating different layers to the city appearance that has become hallmark of Chongqing, giving it the nickname “Mountain city”. And what would a Chinese city be without a famous dish? Chongqing’s is the numbingly spicy hotpot, a daredevil culinary adventure.
Shanghai is the shiniest gem in modern China’s jewel box. It’s a hip, contemporary city that’s charging into the future with all the slick energy of its famous Maglev train. Yet if you veer away from the sleek highways and glitzy shopping streets you can still stumble upon a more traditional Shanghai, with all its character and aromas. In the tiny back streets, wet-market vendors peddle their wares - buckets of bright green vegetables, fish flapping in shallow plastic bowls and heaps of crayfish crawling over each other. In the parks at dawn, hordes of locals practice t’ai chi, sword movements and ballroom dancing.
Hong Kong is a young, vibrant city full of energy. This is obvious to anyone standing on the pier in Tsim Sha Tsui, looking out over Hong Kong’s impressive skyline of skyscrapers. Furthermore, this is a city that has managed to make an art of squeezing seven million people together in an area of 1.000 square kilometers. With its tropical climate, beautiful landscapes, rivers of electronic equipment, energetic nightlife and good food, Hong Kong is a tourist paradise. 25 million people come here each year to a city that has some of the highest skyscrapers in the world.
Originally known as Bombay, Mumbai is India’s largest city with 13 million inhabitants. Here you can find an amazing mixture of crowds, noise and traffic. You will either love or hate this hot and humid megalopolis; the pace is fast and furious and never stops. Once you have come to grips with the city, it is the kind of place where you will need to go with the flow. The atmosphere is heady here, where all walks of life meet in a huge melting pot of colours, noises, smells and excitement.
The site of former Indian, Portuguese and Dutch settlements, today’s Chennai was established by the British in the 17th century as a trading port. This colonial town, formerly known as Madras, has since grown into India’s fourth-largest city and the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Home to a colonial fort and an array of beautiful temples, monuments and churches, water sports and amusement parks, street markets and shopping centers, fine dining and luxury hotels, as well as one of the longest sandy beaches in the world. This bustling and colorful Indian city is bound to have something on offer for everyone!
Bangalore is where India is headed. Bangalore is the fifth largest city in India and is said to be the fastest growing city in Asia. Also known as Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka is the technological hub of India and is where the country’s new, confident and global identity is being forged. A once sleepy regional capital is today a modern, serene metropolis that will come as a big surprise to those who are arriving from other parts of the country for the first time. As wealthier Indians flock to live here, Bangalore has become a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant café and bar culture. The city might lack historical sites but more than makes up for it’s buzzing, relaxed and liberal atmosphere and a location that makes it a perfect base for exploring the beautiful temples and evocative palaces of the Deccan.
Delhi is a thoroughly inscrutable onion of a city, every layer you peel off reveals an even deeper layer of history. Rebuilt eight times by its many conquerors, it has been the seat of the Hindu, Muslim and British Empires. All of them have left their mark in the architecture, customs, food and people of this relentless city. Now they are all undergoing a new transformation as the capital of modern India.
Surabaya is Indonesia in a nutshell. The city was founded almost eight centuries ago, Indonesia’s second largest city has seen empires come and go. The founders of the Hindu Majapahit Empire were here in the late 13th century to the 17th century and were followed by Muslim rulers of Mataram. Later came the colonialists of the Dutch East India Company. In recent decades, Surabaya has grown into a cosmopolitan seaport and conurbation where 21st century hotels, apartment towers and shopping malls stand next to historic mosques and palaces.
Indonesia’s sprawling capital is one of the fastest-growing, most chaotic and most exciting places in South East Asia. It is the gateway to a vast, vibrant and varied island nation that’s home to dozens of fascinating cultures. Formerly the colonial capital of the Dutch East Indies – when it was known as Batavia – Jakarta has grown from its original seaport district into a huge modern conurbation of high-rise hotels and apartments, thronged shopping malls and wide, busy avenues.
The urban atmosphere of Denpasar, Bali’s bustling capital city and business and administrative hub, contrasts sharply with the serene Hindu temples, green terraced rice fields and superb sandy beaches nearby. Denpasar is a cosmopolitan, modern city that has grown rapidly in the past three decades and in many ways it has more in common with other Indonesian regional capitals than with its island hinterland. Nevertheless, it is worth a visit, even if you prefer to stay in one of the resort areas nearby rather than in the city itself.
Eilat is Israel’s premier winter sun resort and heart of the Red Sea Riviera. Thrilling landscapes of red-tinted mountains, sheer blue skies and crystal clear waters give an exhilarating sense of adventure, pleasure and freedom, with a myriad of things to see and do.
With its rich natural landscape, stunning scenery and distinctive seasons, Sapporo would satisfy the explorer in any one of us. This capital of Hokkaidō, the most northern and second largest island of Japan, was established in 1868, its vast open wilderness backed by magnificent mountains appealed to the early settlers.
Sitting in the heart of the Kansai region of central Japan, Osaka is its third largest city. It could be the closeness to Korea, China and the coast that has made it to become known as the “Kitchen of Japan”. Osaka’s people have a true zest for life, they promote a casual air and ease and are slightly, unconventionally boisterous. Osaka is regenerating, now recognising its past beauty and is working hard to re-establish it. This stimulating city that works to live, is now more than ever a must-see.
Matsuyama is the biggest city on the island of Shikoku, Japan. It's also the capital of Ehime Prefecture. Matsuyama is a vibrant city of living traditions, set against a backdrop of historical buildings, where haiku poetry is still enjoyed as a part of daily life. A full calendar of seasonal festivals means that there's always something eye-catching going on. The city is served by a network of vintage trams and steam trains, so getting about is easy. Matsuyama also has miles of sandy beach in this city encompassing the beautiful island-studded Seto Inland Sea.
Sitting proudly on the shores of Hakata Bay, Fukuoka is a city ablaze with the neon glare of the 21st century. At the same time the city is in touch with its rich cultural heritage and its beautiful, natural surroundings.
Nagoya City breathes history, as testified by the epic movies (such as Shogun and Ran) centred around Nagoya Castle. But it was Expo 2005 that put Nagoya on the world map. A total of 121 countries participated in the event, which attracted more than 22 million visitors over the six months of the Expo. Post-Expo, Nagoya is positioning itself both as a centre for hi-tech industries and as a tourist gateway. Toyota Cars, old and new famed ceramics Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples dolls and robots castles, feudal villas and farmhouses pearls, art and a plethora of shopping and nightlife.
Previously a relatively hidden destination, Tokyo’s technological leaps and passion for everything new has made the rest of the world sit up and take notice. A city of smaller cities, Tokyo’s neighbourhoods are individual and unique in what each can offer, from cultural sights to vast shopping malls. Get ready for a whirlwind of modernity and tradition - this is Tokyo!
Macau has a colourful palette and a plethora of sites despite occupying just 28sq km on a peninsula of the Chinese mainland. From neon-lit casinos to dusky markets, soaring high rise to verdant parks, cobbled streets to modern cafés and Baroque churches to Art Deco buildings there’s a wonderful mix of East and West and old and new. Thirty buildings and squares are UNESCO listed and many reflect Macau’s colonial Portuguese legacy as does the food, laid-back lifestyle and even the blue azulejo-tiled street names. Yet Macau has a modern Asian look also, rivalling Singapore for tidy streets and Hong Kong for flyovers and bridges.
Kuala Lumpur (or “KL,” as the locals say) is the capital of Malaysia. The days when it all began as mud flats and tin deposits (in the 1850's) seem unimaginable compared to it's current state. You will find many traces of history in the beautifully preserved architecture. Today, Kuala Lumpur is the International Garden City of Lights where shoppers are spoiled for choices. From street vendors to luxurious boutiques, connoisseurs broaden their palates, party animals find sanctuaries, and naturists are wowed. Whoever you are, this vibrant, multicultural city awaits with endless offers.
Kota Kinabalu is a true oriental pearl and the capital of Sabah, a state in Malaysia. Surrounded by spectacular waters, mountains and ancient rainforest, this is truly the gateway to Borneo. Vibrant and friendly variations of everything can be found in the city, which is guaranteed to captivate you.
Although it is Malaysia’s smallest state, Penang island (Pulau Pinang) is one of Asia’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan destinations, combining the influences of half a dozen cultures. Within sight of the west coast of the Malaysian peninsula – and linked to it by road bridges – the island is the birthplace of tourism in Malaysia. With great beaches, a mellow climate, and a colourful collection of attractions – several of which claim to be the largest, tallest, longest or oldest of their kind.
A multi-cultural metropolis on the island of Mindanao, Davao is one of largest and most cosmopolitan cities in the Philippines. With the country’s highest mountain, Mount Apo, as its backdrop, this vibrant city offers a mix of fabulous landscapes that include parks like the Eden Nature Park and the Mount Apo National Park, superb beaches, diving waters and islands such as the unspoiled Samal Island. The San Pedro Cathedral is just one of its great monuments, while its shopping malls, colourful festivals and gourmet restaurants are legendary. Top notch hotels and resorts make it a tourist hotspot. Davao is famous for its gold and is home of the famous Philippine Eagle National Centre where the truly beautiful but endangered national bird is bred.
The Philippine capital is Asia’s best-kept secret. The capital of the Orient’s only catholic country seems somehow out of place, vibrant with Latin American or Caribbean undertones. Music and dancing are everywhere, and the smiles and laughter rival Bangkok’s in their warmth and enthusiasm. Manila’s intense historical influences – Spanish religion and American consumerism – have led to the saying that the capital has spent “400 years in a convent and 50 in Hollywood.” The result is a city of extremes ready to delight the unsuspecting traveller.
Boracay is one of the most idyllic tropical islands imaginable. Palm trees swaying in the wind, crystal turquoise seas and seemingly endless stretches of talcum-powder-fine-white sand beaches, plus a distinctively laidback way of life characterise this pretty island. Despite being narrow and only seven kilometres long, Boracay offers everything from golf, trekking, sailing and watersports – such as windsurfing and scuba diving – to great hotels, gourmet restaurants and festivals. Plus, of course, its fabulous beaches – including White beach, voted the finest in the world. By night, it turns into one big tropical party venue, with nightclubs vying for attention with discos held on the beach.
Often called the “queen of the south,” Cebu, the country’s oldest city has now become its favourite tourist destination. With a keen choice of historical sights, long stretches of white sand beaches, excellent year-around scuba and water sport action, choice of dining, exciting nightlife and, of course, the famous warm hospitality it’s no surprise that visitor numbers, new hotels and tourist attractions are increasing.
Cagayan de Oro is a modern, multi-cultural city that lies on the northern shores of Mindanao island. It has gourmet restaurants, fine hotels and is the shopping capital of the island. Known as the ‘city of golden friendship’ because of the hospitable nature of the kagayanons, Cagayan de Oro always offers a special welcome to visitors.
Shimmering like a precious stone in the fierce desert sun, the city of Riyadh is a complex mix of dualisms that will intrigue the intrepid traveller. A modern cutting edge metropolis that boldly strides towards the future whilst at the same time, a city firmly rooted in the traditions of its historical past. Known as the “Queen of the Desert”, Riyadh will captivate every suitor with her desert landscapes and lush green oases, her ancient monuments and malls and the renowned Arabic hospitality of her denizens.
Singapore is an Asian melting pot of fascinating crossroad between East and West. Here the hypermodern buildings of the financial district blend with Chinatown’s classic small houses. As an old trading town, Singapore is the natural place for anyone who wants to shop – the range is enormous. In addition, Singapore offers a cuisine with influences from all corners of Asia that exceeds the highest expectations.
Seoul is a city of contrasts in which the ancient and the modern harmoniously coexist. In one sense, it’s a hi-tech 21st-century city awash with neon lights and the sights and sounds of a 24 hour metropolis, while at the same time, a city retaining the majesty and graceful ambience of the ancient dynasties that once ruled. Like the river Han on which it sits, Seoul is constantly moving as it strides boldly into the future, yet simultaneously managing to keep one foot firmly entrenched in its historical past.
Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, an enchanting island lying off India’s southern tip. These city folk go about their daily business with a cheerfulness born of optimism in this chaotic, noisy and traffic-congested metropolis.
The city and the countryside, the old and the new, high culture and the downright dirty! Whatever you’re looking for, Taipei has everything today’s discerning traveller could wish for. Set in a natural basin amongst lush green mountains, the city is just a-stones-throw away from unspoiled beaches and wild coastline. The city itself has all the distractions a modern metropolis can offer, while at the same time providing a glimpse into its ancient past. If it’s the variety of choices you’re looking for then Taipei has it all!
Immersed by spectacular mountains and the northern Thai countryside, Chiang Mai offers spectacular sceneries and beautiful ancient temples. Chiang Mai has become an increasingly popular destination and a favourite with many people. Even though being the second largest city in Thailand, there are only 250,000 people living here. The city is small and intimate, and almost everything is within walking distance. But do not be fooled, in this area there is much to see. Make sure you plan your trip well.
With such beauty and charm, Koh Samui has something that appeals to just about everyone. Every year the island attracts more than 1,5 million people from all over the world that come here to do nothing or everything. So many people could not be wrong! With its beautiful beaches, clear water, great food, fun parties and superb shopping, you could certainly say that this Thai paradise has it all.
Dynamic, exotic and richly cosmopolitan, Bangkok is one of South East Asia’s most vibrant and cherished travel destinations. A city of contrasts, this cultural epicentre and shopping paradise entices millions of travellers each year to its bountiful markets, luxury hotels, stunning scenery and tantalizing cuisine. Where ancient and modern coincide, Bangkok’s glorious golden temples and world-class skyscrapers await. Revel in the frenetic pace as you soak up the sights, shop until you drop then tuk-tuk around town for a zesty slice of Bangkok’s indulgent and risqué nightlife.
Welcome to paradise! It has all the right ingredients surrounded by clear blue water, its palm fringed beaches are of soft, clean sand, it has a vibrant nightlife and you can enjoy the most wide-ranging cuisine – you name it, you can eat it in Phuket. For several years Phuket has topped the polls as a holiday paradise, and in the most recent survey, readers of a top travel magazine voted for it ahead of Bali and Cebu. Add all this to the most welcoming people in the world, and you can see why travellers love it.
With its awesome glass skyscrapers that reflect the bustle of daily life, magnificent buildings such as the Emirates Palace, its lively souqs, excellent international restaurants and its long stretches of white beaches lapped by the crystal clear waters of The Gulf, Abu Dhabi is a city of outstanding contrasts. The throbbing heart of the city lies 250 metres off-shore on an island linked to the mainland by the Al Maqtaa Bridge and Mussafah Bridge. Home to the respected Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation and the Al Hosn Palace museum, along with numerous venues for the arts, the wealthy city is the cultural as well as the commercial hub of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Flourishing as the Middle East’s major commercial hub, vibrant Dubai—a mere fishing village 60 years ago—has blossomed over the past decade into the world’s hottest new tourist destination. A hot but dry desert climate tempered by cooling Gulf breezes, the allure of the mystical desert, great beaches and a chance to sample Arabic culture while enjoying thoroughly modern Western-style amenities are all part of the irresistible appeal.
If Saigon is the frenetic, commercial heartbeat of Vietnam then gentle, verdant, historic Hanoi is the sedate, intellectual soul of the country. Its leafy boulevards, serene lakes and sweeping white French colonial architecture set the scene as tourists and locals alike seem to go about their business at a pleasingly civilised pace. The city is the administrative capital of the country and its political metronome still beats to communist time, but with a distinctly modern nod towards welcoming tourists from all over the world to enjoy its rich and varied heritage.
Located near the Mekong River, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and most exciting city in Vietnam. With a population now almost 8 million people, it’s one of the densest urban areas in the world and it’s common to see houses where several families share the same living space. For a foreigner, visiting Ho Chi Minh is a real experience! It’s a vibrant and an ‘in transition’ city. You’ll be fascinated by its rich cultural and quite recent traumatic history, mixed in with its current modernization. Unlike other cities in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is also very active at night, with many bars and restaurants to entertain you!
Tirana is a mixture of Western Europe and the old Russia, interspersed with influences of the Middle East. The city has overcome its recent troubled past and has stood up like a jewel in Eastern Europe. Tirana has rediscovered itself and become an energetic, vibrant and cosmopolitan city that it is worth exploring.
Linz – a cultural metropolis, and an oasis of green. Linz an der Donau is an innovative, contemporary city. It is a place where nature, culture and business come together to form a harmonious whole. The 2009 European Capital of Culture sports the slogan “Linz, verändert” (“Linz, changes”), and lives up to the slogan in full. Linz, a successful location for business, has emerged as an outstanding destination for culture, offering dynamism and a high quality of life. The capital city of Upper Austria is a showcase for theatre and music, but equally for contemporary art, history and science.
St Anton am Arlberg is a holiday region with a world-wide reputation, and rightfully so. A superlative winter sports area with excellent guest services, ferris wheel cable car, the ARLBERG-well.com wellness centre, the finest gourmet cuisine, an excellent walking area, the multi-functional sports centre arl.rock and numerous events which all contribute towards an unforgettable vacation. With guaranteed snow from the end of November to the end of April, 84 lifts, access to 280 kilometres (174 miles) of marked ski runs and 180 kilometres (112 miles) of off-piste possibilities as well as a Funpark, St Anton am Arlberg delivers the very best conditions for a de luxe winter vacation.
Mountains and nature, sport and relaxation, health and well-being, traditional yet contemporary – St. Anton am Arlberg is also a popular summer holiday destination, where guests looking for either sporting activities or some welcome R & R are equally well catered for. Whether walking in the mountains, climbing, cycling, rafting, swimming, enjoying one of the many festivals or simply relaxing – holidays are an intense experience in this Tyrolean holiday resort between Kapall, Galzig and Valluga with a great summer activity programme for the whole family.
Most people associate Salzburg with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the movie "Sound of Music." The city is certainly as beautiful in real life as it is on the silver screen. Some of its features are straight out of a fairytale – rustic medieval buildings, Baroque gems and quaint little squares.
Graz – Austria’s culinary and cultural capital. A practical tip from the start: If you want to explore Graz, wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing. Why? Even if Graz is actually small – the second-largest city in Austria with a quarter of a million resident by no means a “big city” – you should be prepared for the fact that time also flies in the many short lanes. Comfortable footwear goes easy on busy feet here. In the historic old town with its roads, streets, squares and courtyards there’s lots to explore and even more to be enjoyed, for Graz is also the culinary capital which you should not only see but taste as well.
Vienna fires our imagination with sweeping waltzes and balls at the Opera, beautiful buildings, the Spanish Riding School and traditional cafés. That being said, even with all this history and tradition, Vienna also has a very different side – its young, trendy and creative side. In the Freihausvierteil, creativity thrives and young designers and artists exhibit and sell their work.
The capital of Belarus is one of the most fascinating cities in Eastern Europe. Famous as much for its extraordinary history as its impressive, Soviet-style architecture, leafy parks and eccentric locals, Minsk is unforgettable.
Brussels, a city that continues to surprise and move you. This city-region-capital of 500 million Europeans is waiting to share its treasures with you. It’s a fair bet that its stormy history is the reason for its open-mindedness, warmth and friendliness. You’ll feel right at home in Brussels! As well as its historic monuments, Brussels has so much to share with you: its comic strip speech bubbles, its Art Nouveau façades, the talent of its stylists and designers, its delicacies and its surrealism, which can be found on every street corner.
There are few other places in Flanders that appeal more to the imagination than this exuberant university town. Are you interested in shopping or cultural activities, enjoying gastronomical pleasures or admiring art, visiting ancient buildings or viewing modern architecture? Whatever you are looking for in a city, can be found in Leuven. A people-friendly city with a small-town feel, but completely in pace with a rapidly changing society. Leuven is situated right in the centre of Belgium. Its easy accessibility is an advantage. But there are many more good reasons to visit the "Jewel of the River Dyle". You will soon find out: this city will never let you go.
‘Mechelaars’ talk about their city with pride. Sometimes with a touch of humour, but always with underlying warmth. Visitors are struck by the genial atmosphere as they stroll past monuments redolent with age and pause in colourful courtyards and historic churches. The Mechelaar is proud of Gouden Carolus, the award-winning beer brewed here for centuries. He is proud of Margaret, Charles V’s aunt, who put sixteenth-century Mechelen on the world map. And he has a soft spot for traditional craftsmanship and authentic local products. Come to Mechelen and experience its urban charms for yourself!
Ghent is a compact, authentic city where the past and present co-exist in perfect balance. Walking through the city is like travelling through time: you turn the corner and just like that, you go from the fourteenth century to the twenty-first. In Ghent pounds the young heart of a cultural city filled with music, theatre, film and visual arts. Because of its central location in Flanders, Ghent is an ideal operating base to visit the Flemish Art Cities. A wide range of overnight facilities including one to four star full service hotels and B&B’s, makes sure there is a choice for every budget. Ghent is ready to welcome you with open arms.
Welcome to the World Heritage City of Bruges! It is only fair to say that the places that stir all your senses and that creep under your skin are extremely rare. These are the places that pluck your heartstrings, yet whose secrets you can’t unlock completely. Bruges happens to be such a unique place. Cultural and artistic, cosmopolitan, unashamedly Burgundian, mysteriously medieval, and a Unesco World Heritage site to boot. Strolling along Bruges’ alleys, picturesque canals and verdant ramparts you cannot but fall hopelessly in love with her elegant mysteriousness.
Antwerp, a busy pocket-sized metropolis, has something for everyone. The city is an inspiring source of culture thanks to its impressive architecture and magnificent museums and churches. Fashionistas can explore the stores of Antwerp’s designers, whose stylish creations are revered all over the world. And foodies and people with a passion for life in general will enjoy the warm welcome of Antwerp’s cafés and restaurants. A visit to Antwerp should definitely include the new museum MAS, the world famous Cathedral of Our Lady and the Rubens House, the home of Antwerp’s most famous ambassador.
Surrounded by mountains that make up part of the Dinaric Alps, and its heart and mix of Ottoman and Hapsburg cultures, the picturesque city of Sarajevo stakes its place as one of the finest cities in Europe. With its stunning natural setting, culturally diverse history, and modern vibrancy, Sarajevo is a city that will satisfy the desires of everyone from the rugged outdoors person to the cultured vulture.
Sofia could be likened to a Sleeping Beauty rousing from her slumbers, reawakening to share her charm with the rest of the world. With relics from Roman times to the Soviet era, a vibrant cultural and entertainment scene, and the breath-taking surroundings of the Plana Zavala Mountain range, Sofia is ready to reclaim her rightful place as one of the leading lights on the European sky.
Opatija, often called the queen of the Adriatic, is one of Croatia's most famous destinations, boasting a tradition of welcoming visitors dating back more than 160 years. Located at the edge of the Mediterranean, on the slopes of Mount Učka gently descending towards the coast of Kvarner Bay, Opatija with its local climate, beautiful architecture, quality hotels and luxurious, well-tended parks and promenades, offers plenty of possibilities for a pleasant stay throughout the year. Get to know Opatija, and let Opatija get to know you!
The people of Split claim that their city is "the most beautiful one in the world and beyond," and the well spirited Split aims to convince you of this! The city is full of life and soul, and the friendly local people of Split are waiting to welcome you with open arms. Only a few cities in the world can offer such variety of entertainment and excursions in their closest surroundings as Split.
Tucked in a sheltered bay off the Adriatic Sea on the west coast of Croatia, Rijeka revolves around its university and its sailing. Yachts can usually be seen in its waters, and its regatta, along with its carnival, is the largest in Croatia. A town of large squares, lavish period architecture and churches is also a thriving free port town and home to numerous highly regarded art galleries, exhibition halls and stylish restaurants. Its historically important Trsat castle hosts cultural events throughout the year.
The City of Dubrovnik is buzzing with life all year around. The astonishing beauty of the marble-clad Old Town is only to be found within the city walls. It is always full of people in the squares, in the small alleyways, in the cafés and in the bars. The clean beaches and the crystal-clear blue water surrounding the city walls of Dubrovnik captivate the visitor with their charm.
Jewel of the verdant peninsula of Istria, Pula is the province’s largest city and forms a dramatic gateway to the seductive, crystalline waters of the Adriatic. Situated at the southernmost tip of the area, which has come to be known as ’the new Tuscany’ for its bright medieval hilltop towns and ancient ruins, Pula boasts a rich and varied cultural heritage. The city is bordered by national parks remarkable for their astounding unspoilt natural beauty and is celebrated for its wonderfully preserved Roman amphitheatre and forum, which form a dramatic backdrop for leisurely strolls from the old town to the coast.
Almost entirely surrounded by the warm waters of the Adriatic, the peninsula that is Zadar city centre, along with the 'mainland’ area, may not be large, but it is bursting with personality. A thoroughly cosmopolitan space, it is full of rich architecture despite its turbulent past, and offers some of the best sailing around the Zadar archipelago and along the western coast of Croatia’s Dalmatia region. Its sunsets are legendary too, making it the perfect place to unwind for romantics, young and old. The nearby town of Biograd na Moru is a well-known tourist and particularly nautical centre. The city has grown to a size suitable for living, surrounded by modern marinas and a waterfront from which an unforgettable view extends over one of the most picturesque channels – the Pašman Channel with scattered islets.
Sea-bathing and caressing sunshine. It is easy to understand that Greece’s goddess of love Aphrodite was born from the waves on Cyprus’ beaches. The mythology, language, traditions and lifestyle are Greek, but dolmades and sheep cheese salad compete. Cypriot customs offer delicious dishes such as mezé and halloumi cheese. Enjoy a vibrant mix of east and west and take the entertainment pulse of the island of passion!
Pafos is a magical city rich with fascinating things to see and areas of exquisite natural beauty. All sorts of ancient ruins can be found here and the city is just a short journey from the untouched Akamas Peninsula, a staggering region of dramatic bays, gorges and incredible views – so what are you waiting for?
With a skyline dominated by the imposing Špilberk Castle and the soaring twin-spires of Peter and Paul Cathedral, Brno has an attractive and historic city centre, easily negotiated on foot. The name, Brno, might sound like a crossword anagram, but the Czech Republic’s second largest city and capital of Moravia is a vibrant yet traditional place. Brno has stunning architecture, great museums, a creepy crypt, a gorgeous lake – just a tram ride away – and an exciting, beer-filled bar scene without the heaving crowds.
”Mother Prague has clutches” Franz Kafka wrote, nearly one hundred years ago. Prague’s convoluted streets may keep you in those clutches, loving every second of it. Anyone who has wandered around the cobbled streets and Gothic alleyways, seeing the moon hover behind the towers and pinnacles of Europe’s most beautiful capital, will definitely come back.
With the describing slogan of being the world’s smallest big city, Aarhus is petite enough for one to be acquainted with the place in a short time, yet large enough to fill the days and nights with lively activities and events. The mixture of youthful optimism and creativity, together with the city’s good old-fashioned cosiness, create a unique atmosphere making a visit to Aarhus a pleasant and uplifting experience.
Copenhagen has something for everybody. Here you will find a great mix of world-class gastronomy, beautiful architecture, award-winning design, clean harbour baths, the unique free town Christiania and the world’s oldest monarchy. Copenhagen is a compact big city, a world-class city loved and ranked very highly by leading travel and lifestyle magazines. It has been named one of the best cities to live in several times, and it was the first city in the world to be named ‘Bike City’ by the International Cycling Union – a title to which the several hundred bike lanes bear witness to. Surrounded by historic buildings, narrow curving streets, pulsating shopping and a happening nightlife it is easy to feel right at home in the Danish capital.
Experience international known artists on the scenes of the town, visit exhibitions, shop in a Danish town environment at its best and experience the nature around Randers. It will give you an unforgettable and intense experience. Graceland Randers is a copy of Elvis Presley’s house in Memphis, Tennessee. The only Elvis exhibition outside the USA. In Randers Regnskov you can experience rain forests with animals, birds and vegetation from South America, Asia and Africa. From here you can enter into some of the most beautiful sceneries in Denmark, namely the river valley Gudenådalen where Danish farm animals and buffalos can be seen at close range.
VisitGudenaa- Yours to explore! Gudenåen welcomes you to a multitude of holiday possibilities and experiences. Gudenåen is Denmark’s longest river, and it runs through a very wide river valley with a landscape that is rich in experiences. The scenery is very varied and consists of heaths, uplands, large woodlands, monuments and views. Along Gudenåen you will find funny and instructive sights, right from zoos to small and cosy playgrounds. There are also many possibilities of an active holiday. No matter whether you go for cycling, canoe and kayak sailing or hiking, angling or riding on a mountain bike, the possibilities are plentiful. The history is also a large part of Gudenåen with historical elements from the Iron Age with bog sacrifices and from the middle ages with the monasteries. Many of the large, beautiful buildings, which are several centuries old, have their own history.
Imagine a world built with 60 million LEGO® bricks. Enjoy Scandinavia’s biggest water park. Say hello to 40 roaring lions. Explore Denmark’s natural wonders and play a part in our fascinating history. Welcome to LEGOLAND Billund Resort!
Steeped in Medieval charm, yet always on the cutting-edge of modernity, Tallinn offers today’s travelers plenty to see. The city is big enough and interesting enough to explore for days, but also small and compact enough to give you the full Tallinn experience in just a few hours.
Tampere, a young and vibrant place, is the third largest city in Finland and located deep in Lake District. With everything within walking distance, this is yet another example of a revitalization and refurbishment of an industrial heartland. At night the city lights up like a newly decorated Christmas tree. With architecture ranging from medieval churches to the ultra-modern Metso Library and superb theatres you are in for some real treats. From the traditional sauna to a taste of black Finnish sausage, this is a city full of surprises.
The holiday area of Lappeenranta and Imatra is located on the banks of Europe’s fourth largest lake, Saimaa. It has attracted tourists for centuries, among them Russian tsars. In winter, you can explore the beautiful nature on snowmobile safaris, snowshoe hikes and ski trips. The region offers hundreds of kilometres of ski trails. In summer, options range from boating to spending time at a cabin and going on a fishing trip. And don’t forget the four magnificent spas, whose luxury treatments will pamper and relax you! In addition to cultural and historical sights, there is a vast array of art exhibitions, events and concerts to choose from. Shopping in Lappeenranta and Imatra is fun and surprisingly affordable.
Helsinki, the modern and cosmopolitan capital of Finland situated on the Baltic Sea, is a city with over half a million residents. Helsinki offers lots to see, do and experience year round. Discover the maritime appeal, unique design and architecture attractions, exciting food culture, great shopping opportunities and over 3,000 lively events held each year. Feel the cultural influences from both the East and West, meet the friendly locals and enjoy the slow rhythm of urban Helsinki. Explore and be inspired: www.visithelsinki.fi.
Nîmes is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is also the city of spring, named after the Roman God Nemausus. In recent years Nîmes has been rediscovered as a weekend destination, thanks to in large part to its beauty, rich architectural heritage and proximity to both the Mediterranean and Provence. There are also many exciting restaurants in the city, including Aux Plaisirs des Halles by Nîmes’ large indoor food market.
Often called the 21st arrondissement of Paris, Deauville has been the go-to destination for the upper crust of French society for decades. Today it is a spectacular seaside resort town sporting grand promenades, glamorous casinos, a pair of thoroughbred horse racetracks and plenty of chic visitors.
They all used to come here – from Napoleon III to Frank Sinatra. Biarritz used to be the Monte Carlo of the Atlantic coast. The glamour has faded, but thanks to windsurfing and other water sports, the city has rejuvenated. It is now the perfect destination for a relaxing weekend break, complete with some of the best food around.
Located in the deep south of France, "Perpinyà," as they say in Catalan, is the capital of the Pyrénées Orientales. Perpignan’s geographical and cultural identity is turned naturally to Spanish Catalonia. It’s a border city, situated in an astonishing environment with one side on the Mediterranean coast and on the other side the highest mountains in the French Pyrenees. Perpignan is a busy place, at the crossroads of two countries, greatly influenced by the Mediterranean cultures and benefiting from 2500 hours of sun per year. No wonder that Salvador Dali saw it as the “Centre of the World”!
Located in South of France, Carcassonne is situated at the crossing of two major routes: from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean coast and from the heart of France to Spain, both used since antiquity. It’s a beautiful and diversified region but the city itself has enough to fulfil your curiosity. The medieval fortified Cité is a UNESCO world heritage site. No wonder that Carcassone is home to a unique historical and cultural past. If you add the local traditional dishes, the hospitality of its inhabitants and some of the best vineyards in the south of France, your stay will be a most memorable one!
Nestled in the corner of rural south-west France stands Pau, the capital of the Béarn region and bastion of history and culture. The town occupies a unique geographical position in the foothills of the Pyrenees. With its awe-inspiring views of the mountain range, Pau is only a few hundred kilometres from the major towns of Bourdeaux and Toulouse and even closer to Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. A springboard to sunny beaches, snow-capped mountains, Pau’s pretty streets and excellent gastronomy are enough to ensure leaving will be difficult.
Dinard, set on the dramatic coastline of Brittany in northern France, has long been a fashionable destination for holidaying French urbanites. Characterised by its long, and often wide, tree-lined boulevards that converge on elegant squares full of chic restaurants and creperies, the city juts out seawards and is, therefore, surrounded on three sides by beaches and the sea. For sailing, watersport and beach enthusiasts, it means that the coast is always within easy walking distance away.
La Rochelle is more than just a seaport on the Atlantic Ocean. The city is an inevitable place visit on the coast as it is one of the largest French harbour cities in terms of business and tourism. But, with its 1,000 year history, it is also one of the best kept secrets in the region. You will be surprised by its architectural heritage, its unique atmosphere, the diversity of its museums and its eclectic nightlife. The area is quite warm thanks to the Gulf Stream and the insolation is remarkably high, on a par with the French Riviera!
Overlooking a river among green hills, Limoges has long been synonymous with the finest porcelain, while its tradition of enamelware goes back even further. Many sights and attractions are about that proud history. Those industries brought immense wealth to the town, reflected in many impressive medieval buildings built of local rose-tinted granite. The air of prosperity, style and joie de vivre continues today, with good shops and restaurants, plenty to do and always more to discover.
Located at the foot of the Massif Central and less than a two-hour drive from the Mediterranean, Rodez is the capital of the Aveyron Region. This picturesque region is one of the best kept secrets in France for foreigners, offering more attractions than you would expect. Rodez is surrounded by several villages-communities that contribute to the town as a tourist destination and that have great cultural and historical assets. While in Rodez you will enjoy city pleasures without leaving the countryside and vice versa. Just take your time since there is a lot to see in and around Rodez.
Brest is a modern, sophisticated city that revolves around its long length of coastline within one of the prettiest bays in northwest France. One of the country’s most historic ports has played an important role in military history over the years, but was sadly all but destroyed during the Second World War. The result is a restored city with new architecture, fashioned to an almost grid-like layout. For visitors, Brest offers a combination of great water sports, fine cuisine, beaches and a lively nautical feel.
Reims is one of France’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. It offers visitors an amazing choice of fine restaurants, brasseries and shops, lively nightlife, concerts, festivals and cultural events, and of course, world-famous Champagne houses to visit and sample the local nectar. With tree-lined avenues, elegant squares and a magnificent gothic style cathedral that played host to the coronation of several kings of France, Reims is a city for all occasions.
Welcome to the fabled “City of Lights” or “City of Love.” Paris is certainly both and has always been considered one of the most romantic cities in the world. Whether an artist, a businessman or a tourist, you will enjoy the long walks from Montmartre to the Quartier Latin. Going through some of the finest Roman and medieval monuments, sooner or later you will end up at a café, standing on the Pont Neuf Bridge, or exploring a vintage fashion shop in the Marais district.
With 2000 years of history, dozens of monuments, impressive medieval streets and beautiful boulevards, Poitiers boasts a rich and fascinating heritage. But the city has more to offer than just memories, everything from trendy cafés and cool bars to a lively student crowd keep it young and vibrant.
Grenoble is the gateway to the Alps and a geographic crossing where the rivers Isère and Drac meet. With Switzerland to the north, Italy to the east and Provence to the south, the city is surrounded by three mountain chains. It is a cosmopolitan city with cafés, museums and restaurants. Best of all, you can see the Alps from almost every street corner.
The bright, lively capital of the Loire Valley region straddles not one beautiful river, but two – the Loire and the Cher – with the picturesque Vieux Tours old quarter lying on the long narrow peninsula between them. Brilliant modern architecture contrasts with an array of historic buildings, and all over France the city is famed for fine food and wine. There’s a sense that this is the place to enjoy the good life. No wonder the writer Honoré de Balzac called it “a smiling city”.
Toulon is genuine Provence – the real thing. It’s not one of those garishly painted souvenir shops smelling of synthetic lavender that some other Riviera towns have turned into. In this place ordinary people live and think just as they have always done along this gorgeous stretch of coastline. There are wonderful smells of lavender and thyme in the market places. The difference is that this is the real Provence. Like the sea breeze.
Take all the good bits from Paris – the sophisticated café society, culture, shopping and add a vibrant arty student population – place the city in the south of France, just close enough to Spain to absorb elements of its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, then – if you add a wash of pink across this image – you’ll have Toulouse!
Located at the foot of the chain of eight volcanoes, Clermont-Ferrand is the natural capital of "Massif Central", the very attractive Auvergne region which offers a wide range of outdoor activities. The city is at the gates to the huge Natural Volcano Park with its diversified areas of mountains, valleys, plateaux and plains. “Clermont”, as the French usually call it, is home to a great historical, cultural and archaeological heritage and a centre for the arts. You will enjoy charming walks to explore its historical centres.
The Greeks and Romans did it, as did rich lords, film stars, artists and thousands of tourists. They were just going to pass by, but instead remained in Nice and along the Riviera. Some for just a few weeks, others for months and years. They were too captivated by the light, enchanted by the scents and charmed by the taste of olives, wine and succulent vegetables. All this with a chance to dabble their toes in a turquoise sea! In addition to this, a Nice Nouveau has evolved – a sassy Mediterranean metropolis with pulsating nightlife, new avant-garde hotels and daring art galleries. The most fashionable street, the Promenade des Anglais, is the Champs-Elysées of the whole Riviera. Have you already bought your return ticket?
Bergerac is situated in the heart of the Périgord Dordogne region, on the west coast of France. The ancient city of Bergerac is compact in size and characterised by its elegant Renaissance buildings from medieval times. Gourmet restaurants, street entertainment and the fact that almost all of the city can be seen on foot is part of its charm. Bergerac is renowned for its wine, and a short trip to the outskirts of the city reveals a landscape of vineyards that produce some of the world’s finest vintages.
Marseille is the undiscovered jewel in the crown of France’s Mediterranean coastline. Rocky Provençal hills look down onto the ancient port and the thousands of boats docked in its clear blue waters. Painters and other artists have all been seduced by the sunny climate and the hustle-and-bustle of the town. France’s second city has all you could ask for - beautiful beaches, ancient buildings, thriving arts, and a diverse and dynamic nightlife. Welcome to a place fiercely proud of its unique cultural heritage - Planète Mars.
Lyon is usually called the capital city of gastronomy. For a long time, this was equated with sauces and a petit-bourgeois small town complex. But then the TGV high speed train linked Lyon with Paris and Marseille. Olympique de Lyon started to win League Championship after League Championship, and a new Lyon was suddenly filled with daring architecture, crowded cafés and avant-garde exhibitions.
An exciting history, an unbeatable wine culture and world-class gastronomy lead visitors to speak in lyrical terms about Bordeaux. Large, charming pedestrianised streets in the centre make the city attractive for shopping while the evenings have the attractions of the opera, bars, shows and dance. Above all, Bordeaux is a city to enjoy.
Paris – Disneyland - La Champagne - A unique destination with something for the entire family, all through the same airport! From the glamour of France’s capital whose mix of architecture, museums and shops along with the buzz of city life offers unrivalled charms, to the attractions at Disneyland® Paris with its world-famous characters, not forgetting the heritage and history of the Champagne area, with its wealth of remarkable nature spots and its prestigious sparkling wine famed the world over, visitors from all walks of life, whether old or young, will find something to enjoy here.
Montpellier has become one of Europe’s newest holiday destinations. This is due to the combination of its proximity to the Mediterranean, its beautiful medieval city core and a vibrant nightlife (a quarter of its citizens are students). It is also a good destination for adventure seekers – the mountains of Cévennes are only an hour’s drive away.
A destination truly creative and attractive. Take the journey ! Situated 30 minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean, on the Loire estuary, Nantes is a perfect gateway to the Brittany and the Loire Valley. Take the journey and follow the green line to drift through this 10-mile trail, with its thirty stops, from le lieu unique to the Île de Nantes. Along the way, let yourself be guided from a public work of art in a random side street to a remarkable element of our architectural heritage, from classic sites to little-known treasures, from an historical back alley to contemporary architecture, and from a surprising view of the city to an incredible sunset on the Loire estuary. This year, Nantes is celebrating the Thea Awards 2014 (world’s most original attraction) for the Marine Worlds Carousel and you are invited !
Cap d’Agde, an authentic southern town on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Cap d'Agde in the Languedoc in the south of France enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year and everyone agrees that it is a great holiday destination. Made up of 4 distinct and complementary sites, the area includes Cap d’ Agde's seaside resort, the historic Cité d'Agde and the fishing villages of Grau d’Agde and La Tamarissière. Located on a volcanic site between the Canal du Midi, the river and sea, Cap d’Agde boasts 3 ports, 14 km of partly wild and partly developed fine sandy beaches, a natural environment made up of parks, pine forests, closely protected marine areas, historical monuments, astonishing heritage, top quality sporting facilities and is a permanent whirl of activity.
If you like food, art and architecture you will feel right at home in Rouen. You can find this historical capital right in the heart of Upper Normandy. Since being located on the banks of the beautiful Seine River, the French countryside and picturesque areas like Connelles and Val-de-Reuil can be found just around the corner. Walking through Rouen is like walking through history. This is truly a city with an abundance of lovely old buildings, markets and shops. Whether you are staying for long or just passing through, this town will certainly leave a lasting impression.
With the tiny rivers and narrow alleys, extraordinarly various architecture and the poetry which emerges from the magnificent historical centre, the Alsatian capital is simply delightful. A rich cuisine, a plentiful cultural life and a crossroads position in the heart of Europe are also plenty parts of this city. Both winter and summer, Strasbourg, which is classified as world heritage by the United Nations, is one of France’s most attractive and romantic destinations.
If you fancy a hand of cards then Altenburg is for you. Playing cards have been produced here for over 500 years and in the centre of the town is monument to the national card game ’skat’ which was first played here. The town goes back over 1000 years and has an impressive castle set on a rocky outcrop, with market squares and a magnificent Town Hall. The brewery is a very important part of the town and you can still buy collapsible top hats on Rossplan Square. The Skat fountain on Bruhl Square is said to bring you good luck if you baptise your cards under the water.
Apart from being the hometown of Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn, Leipzig is also one of Germany’s tourism hot spots, and a centre for commerce and culture. With its rich history, beautiful architecture, a vibrant cultural scene, great shopping and a lively nightlife, Leipzig bids you welcome!
Friedrichshafen lies like a sparkling jewel on the shores of the beautiful Lake Constance surrounded by magnificent mountains. Its quiet atmosphere and the untouched nature help you lean back and relax, while explorers appreciate Friedrichshafen’s undisputed position as the birthplace of the Zeppelin.
Weeze is a small, warm and friendly community with long associations with RAF Laarbruch, which closed down in 1999 and became the local airport. The town has a rich history with several manor houses and three castles nearby, each with their own tale to tell. There are also plenty of lively bars and cafés in and around town, great for having a drink or a chat with the locals. Because of the city’s ideal location in the middle of the German-Dutch Lower Rhine region, this is the perfect place for sampling the best of what Germany and The Netherlands have to offer!
"The city in its setting and entire surroundings may be said to have something ideal." (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1797). Scarcely any other European city has had its praises so often sung as Heidelberg. The mysterious Heidelberg Castle, the picturesque Old Town, and as Goethe himself stated, the perfection of its setting – in the nineteenth century, all of this attracted the German romanticists, who immortalized Heidelberg in poetry, music, and art. Today the charm of Old Heidelberg is combined with a future-oriented and international focus.
Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987, was one of the great mercantile cities in the Middle Ages. The Old Town island, surrounded by the river Trave and the canal, today still communicates the charm of a port. Travemünde is one of the most beautiful sea resorts of Europe which already in 1802 transformed the former fishing- and sailor village into a top address for bathers from near and far. The fascinating sailing Old-timer “Passat”, chugging deep-sea fishing boats and gigantic ferryboats can be admired on the Baltic Sea very close to.
Embedded between green valleys and rich vineyards, Stuttgart is a true gem. While steeped in century-old tradition, it has been the home to the most keen-minded inventors. The automobile, the office photocopier and the brassiere were invented here, to mention only a few. You will find a lively mix of people, joined together by the region’s Swabian roots. Come and enjoy the buzz of this young, green metropolis!
A free-spirited and fiercely independent wind whistles through Bremen’s nooks and crannies. This wind certainly attracted a donkey, a dog, a cat and a cock in the Grimm Brother’s tale of ’The Bremen Town Musicians.’ Now the city’s mascots, the four of them headed for Bremen to start a new life as musicians. Their motto is still ringing true today: "We are off to Bremen - you will find something better than death everywhere." As Germany’s second largest port, Bremen’s link to the sea and its get up and go spirit are undeniable.
Elbe and Alster, the historic Town Hall, the unique Speicherstadt, the nightlife on the famous Reeperbahn, the traditional Hamburg fish market shape the image of Hamburg, Germany’s green city on the water. HafenCity offers modern architecture and the new landmark Elbe Philharmonic Hall. In Hamburg prestige, elegance and modernity are combined to a globally unique atmosphere.
Built on blood, sweat and beers, Dortmund today is one of Germany’s 21st century cities and located in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of the country. Modern Dortmund is vibrant and dynamic, well-known for its excellent shopping, its beer and football. But there’s another, altogether softer, side to this former industrial powerhouse. Dortmund has great theatres and cultural centres, a range of fascinating museums and, with half the city given over to parks and gardens, enough green spaces to sooth the senses.
It’s said that natives of Cologne who are living elsewhere, always feel homesick. Visitors to the city will soon understand why. Germany’s oldest metropolis, which, of course, gave its name to Eau de Cologne, offers a mix of magnificent and romantic churches, the latest in modern architecture, busy shopping streets and world-famous museums. And we haven’t even mentioned the carnival.
Duesseldorf houses “the longest bar in the world,” Germany’s finest shopping boulevard Königsallee, and countless museums, theatres and attractions underscoring the city as a major arts centre. It offers the legendary cheer of the Rhineland with all its quaint traditions in perfect harmony with all the luxuries of a truly cosmopolitan city.
In Munich exclusive shopping, fashionable streets and monumental buildings co-exist with Lederhosen, brass music and rustic beer halls. Visitors can start their day in a simple bar with knuckle of pork and sauerkraut, and end it in a gourmet temple with white linen tablecloths. Moreover, Germany’s most cheerful residents live here.
Sylt has long been a playground for Germany’s rich and famous, and is called the "German Hamptons" for good reason. Pronounced "Zoolt," Sylt is a surreally beautiful, 25-mile long island on Germany’s North Sea coast, that has one of the longest unbroken stretches of immaculate sandy beach in all of Europe. Sylt is famous for its invigorating sea air and sense of space. This summer enjoy magnificent vistas of the sparkling sea, huge sand dunes and endless fields of bright-yellow flowering rape!
A modern metropolis set among countless idyllic little towns and villages – the Hannover Region is an area full of exciting and alluring contrasts. With its programme of major events and open-air concerts, the baroque Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen and its top-notch artistic and cultural offerings, Hannover can boast a range of absorbing leisure activities that scarcely any other city can rival. Among the tourist highlights of the area surrounding the state capital are Lake Steinhude, the ridge of the Deister Hills or Marienburg Castle. Discover Hannover: www.visit-hannover.com/en Keep in touch with us! Receive current event and sightseeing information at www.facebook.com/visithannover
Once you’ve experienced the city’s enchanting historical ambience and seen the mighty Kaiserburg, you’ll never forget them. The beautiful Old Town, which is the epitome of medieval charm, is nestled at the foot of the castle. It’s home to historical buildings, spectacular churches, one of Germany’s largest pedestrian areas and the traditional Hauptmarkt. But Nuremberg is more than just a melting pot of cultural highlights. Bavaria’s second-largest city also offers a wealth of culinary delights, so why not stop off at one of the traditional Bratwursthäuser (sausage restaurants) and try a “3 im Weckla” (Nuremberg grilled sausages in a roll)?
Welcome to Berlin - The capital of Germany, which has been enormously affected by an incredible history as well as the dynamic changes since the Wall came down, exerts a very special kind of fascination. In no other European metropolis has so much changed in recent years. Of course, famous sightseeing landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and East Side Gallery still bear witness to the history of the city – but today Berlin presents itself as a young, dynamic metropolis open to the world right in the heart of Europe, setting new trends in architecture, art and fashion. Discover its diversity – enjoy Berlin!
Welcome to Berlin - The capital of Germany, which has been enormously affected by an incredible history as well as the dynamic changes since the Wall came down, exerts a very special kind of fascination. In no other European metropolis has so much changed in recent years. Of course, famous sightseeing landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and East Side Gallery still bear witness to the history of the city – but today Berlin presents itself as a young, dynamic metropolis open to the world right in the heart of Europe, setting new trends in architecture, art and fashion. Discover its diversity – enjoy Berlin!
“Discover your true nature“: This motto is the central philosophy encompassing the tourist attractions offered at the renowned holiday destination of Garmisch-Partenkirchen all year round. In the midst of beautiful mountain views, the most famous town of the Bavarian Alps offers a wide variety of topnotch holidays. At the foot of Mount Zugspitze, nature is splendid and mighty, the memories gained between the mountains and the valleys, the water and the sky are unique. Impressive historic facades and lovingly painted houses as well as its charming inhabitants give the town an open atmosphere and a sense of joie de vivre, which is touching, moving and unforgettable.
Set Out for New Discoveries Have you been dreaming of new inspiring experiences? If so, just step on board and disembark in the stunningly beautiful southern German district of Baden. We're here to show you just how many things there are to explore, all within easy reach of Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (FKB). Here, in the heart of Europe, you will find a world of excitement just a hop, skip and a jump away from the airport: Magnificent countryside, art, culture and lifestyle, sports, exciting recreational fun, relaxing spa facilities and wonderful culinary delights. Take a look and choose your favourite destinations.
Frankfurt has more to offer than gleaming skyscrapers, European Central Bank and expensive restaurants. Behind its shiny facade are medieval neighbourhoods, inviting parks perfect for a picnic and surprisingly healthy outdoor living.
Corfu is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the Greek islands. It is the greenest of the Ionian Islands and probably also the best known. The island offers a beguiling landscape of wild flowers, cypress trees, olive trees and several seductively sandy beaches. Corfu also has a major vegetable garden which gives the fresh mountain air a pleasant scent. To the south of Corfu town is Moraitika and Messonghi which have beautiful scenery and beaches. However, the west coast of the island is the most attractive as that is the place where you will find some of the prettiest countryside around and it is also here that you will find the small coves with the sandy beaches surrounded by cliffs and trees. The north coast is more typical Greek with a rocky coastline where the crystal clear water has chopped into pebbled bays and coves.
Kos is one of the most popular islands in the Dodecanese. The island has a well-established tourist industry, which benefits visitors because the island is very organized. The locals are very friendly people and they have realized just how important tourism is for the island. Kos offers plenty of action in the summer, but goes rather quiet in the wintertime.
The Venetians – who owned it for 600 years – called it ’the Flower of the East.’ Zakynthos is still one of the lushest and loveliest Greek islands, with green hillsides covered with flowers in spring and early summer, white cliffs dropping to dazzling turquoise waters, and some of the best beaches in Greece. Even better, it claims to have more sun than any other Greek island – and it has sizzling nightlife to match.
Byzantine churches, Roman constructions, Muslim buildings, modern architecture, intensive nightlife and stunning beaches - this is the essence of Thessaloniki. Being the second largest city in Greece, Thessaloniki combines more than 2,300 years of history with every facility and excitement that a modern European city can offer a visitor.
Of all Europe’s capitals, Athens is probably the one that has changed the most in recent years. But even though Athens has become a modern metropolis, it still retains a good deal of its old small town feel. Here antiquity meets the future, and the ancient monuments form a classical backdrop to a new and trendier Athens – and it is precisely these great contrasts that make the city such a fascinating place to explore.
Rhodes, the pearl of Mediterranean, is a cosmopolitan island, combining unique natural beauty, archaeological wealth, great beaches and intensive nightlife. It’s a place for everyone: youthful and family friendly, romantic and modern. That’s why Rhodes is one of the world’s top tourist destinations!
Reality and mythology, traditional and modern. The great combination of all these makes Crete a cosmopolitan centre and one of the most important tourist destinations in Mediterranean. Crete is the largest island of Greece. Its culture, natural beauty and climate, warm summer sun and cool sea combined with its dynamic people have made Crete one of the largest and most modern tourist centres in Greece.
Chania (say “Hanya”) must be the loveliest port town in Greece. Swallows soar in sheer blue skies above the semicircle of tall Venetian houses around its picture-perfect Old Harbour. The tables of scores of bars and restaurants line the quayside. Behind the harbour front, narrow, traffic-free shopping lanes thread through the atmospheric Old Town. On either side of the town, sandy beaches stretch along the coast.
Hungary does not have a coast anymore but it does have the Hungarian Sea, otherwise known as Lake Balaton. The lake has been popular since the Magyar tribes first galloped into the Carpathian Basin in 896 and shows no signs of losing its appeal. Around the 77 kilometre long lake is a collection of towns and resorts. Hévíz-Balaton Airport is situated 20 kilometres from Keszthely at the southern end of the lake. From there, hire a car or take a bus and explore some of the resorts. Balaton is not one single town but a collection of resorts dotted along the shore, each with its unique character: Balatonfüred’s elegant spa, Tihany’s abbey, Siófok’s nightlife, Keszthely’s history, Hévíz’s giant thermal lake and of course, all manner of water sports on the lake itself.
Budapest – one of the world’s most beautiful cities - has succeeded in preserving its soul, although the city has been rapidly modernised in recent years. Today the river Danube, the old Art Nouveau palace and the wide boulevards have been joined by gourmet restaurants and trendy bars. This is where those who are interested in history or likes to party come - and anyone who wants to relax in the city’s many steam baths.
Think Reykjavík - Pure Energy! Visitors to Reykjavík always experience the pure energy at the heart of Iceland’s capital city -whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife. The world’s northernmost capital is framed by the majestic Mount Esja, which keeps a watchful eye on the city, and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay. On a sunny day, the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier appears crystal-like on the western horizon, while mountainous moonscapes spread to the southeast. Reykjavík is a great place to visit, whether for some cultural nourishment, a spot of unbridled fun or to recharge your batteries. Think of the ideal city break and you’ll think of Reykjavík.
2014 is Limerick’s time to shine. Why? Simple. This historic city, sitting pretty on the banks of the River Shannon, is Ireland’s first ever City of Culture. Limerick is a perfect fit to take up this mantle. This, after all, is where Frank McCourt set his novel, Angela’s Ashes. It’s a city peppered with galleries, lorded over by King John’s Castle and awash with elegantly crumbling Georgian architecture - but it also boasts a thriving street art scene, a lively festival schedule and a mouth-watering foodie crossroads in the Milk Market. No matter when you visit, you’ll be able to explore streets and galleries chocabloc with film, theatre, dance, literature and the visual arts. And there really is something for everyone to fall in love with…
Think of the Lakelands as a very pretty watery link. Along the 380 or so kilometres of curves, the river Shannon connects the lakelands region by winding through and between 12 counties — Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath, Offaly, Tipperary, Galway, Clare, Limerick and Kerry — eventually meeting Fermanagh’s Lough Erne in Northern Ireland. Not bad for just one river.
Kerry is more than a mere county – it’s a Kingdom... Right out on the edge of Europe, where Ireland’s highest mountains dip down into the wild Atlantic Ocean, is the ancient Kingdom of Kerry. This is the furthest west you can go in all of Ireland. “Next parish, Manhattan” they say here. And it’s partly this far-flung feel – away from the rest of the world in Ireland’s beautiful South West corner – that makes it so appealing. There’s good food, fine pubs, easy banter and live music to be found right across Kerry in lively towns and tiny settlements. And while visitors may argue about their favourite towns, everyone genuflects to the perfection that is the Kerry landscape. It’s just drop-dead gorgeous.
Wild and remote, untamed and exciting - welcome to Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way Experience one of the wildest, most enchanting and culturally rich coastal touring routes in the world. Wherever you travel along the Wild Atlantic Way you'll find magic, adventure, history and beauty in abundance. Divided into five main sections each one offers you memories that will last a lifetime. And do you know what? You won’t even have seen the half of it. And it’ll call you back. Just you wait.
Waterford City, the oldest city in Ireland, is the perfect blend of ancient and modern. Its collection of pubs, gourmet restaurants and excellent shops and boutiques, co-exist with medieval city walls, quaintly cobbled back streets and the grandeur of historic buildings still standing proud after more than a thousand years. Waterford’s picturesque coastline, stretching the length of the county, is dotted with a string of lively towns including Tramore, Dunmore East and Dungarvan. Other coastal villages include Passage East, Stradbally and Ring, the centre of a thriving Irish speaking community.
Ireland doesn't stop at its coastline or waterfront. In fact, the ends of the earth are only the beginning of the adventure – the springboard from which you cross the Atlantic Ocean to some of the country’s best-kept secrets. There’s no feeling quite like standing on an Irish island. Gazing out into the Atlantic blueness, sensing the salt on your tongue and the sea breeze on your cheeks, a visit to these outposts is an enlivening experience. Wild, rugged and beautiful - welcome to Ireland’s Islands
A remarkable county with a truly unique atmosphere, Galway in the West of Ireland gets under your skin like no other place in the world. Dramatic, haunting and utterly wild, the craggy countryside at times looks unforgiving, at times rich with bursts of colour and dotted with tranquil, picture perfect lakes. The Gaeltacht area of County Galway offers an authentic insight into life through the Irish language, and the Aran Islands have a breathtaking beauty and an island atmosphere of their own. On top of all this, Galway’s got great beaches, soaring mountains, lovely villages, fabulous pubs and some of the friendliest people in Ireland.
Welcome to the “People’s Republic of Cork” - Ireland’s southernmost city. It’s a spirited, independent place, cosmopolitan and creative too. And that’s hardly surprising. For Cork is an ancient maritime port that’s spent centuries trading with – and being influenced by – the wider world. While it's hard to capture all the great things you can do during your trip to Cork, we have rounded up some highlights for 2014. In the downloadable guide, you’ll find snap shots of all the great things to see and do including some of Cork’s best kept secrets, its great bars and eateries and all the things you really shouldn't miss. Whatever time of the year you visit you are guaranteed fun and craic and we think you'll #LoveCork just as much as we do...
Kilkenny – a beautiful and ancient county where history, modern living and rich culture fuse together across an unspoiled landscape. The ancient medieval city of Kilkenny has protected its precious heritage whilst evolving as one of Ireland’s most vibrant and enjoyable cities in which to stay. Its narrow slipways, side streets and preserved buildings, are matched only by its reputation for fine dining, great shopping, entertainment and accommodation. The county itself has a wealth of fascinating visitor attractions, from the wonders of Dunmore Cave and celebrated monastic settlements such as Jerpoint Abbey, to the magnificently restored Kilkenny Castle or the Castlecomer Discovery Park. Kilkenny’s many pretty towns and villages such as Inistioge and Bennettsbridge have a relaxed atmosphere, and you will feel at home from the moment you arrive.
Experience Ireland’s East on Dublin’s Doorstep The counties of Kildare, Laois, Louth, Meath and Wicklow that surround Ireland’s capital city are packed with beautiful heritage sites, welcoming towns and activities. With glistening lakes, tranquil rivers, authentic rural life, scenic pastureland, rolling hills and forest parks, this area is a haven for outdoors enthusiasts with cycling, watersports, walking, angling, golfing, horseriding and cruising all in plentiful supply.
Céad Míle Fáilte – A hundred thousand welcomes to Ireland’s capital city from the team at Visit Dublin. We are delighted to bring you our guide to our fair city; the home of lively nightlife, stand-out culture, adrenaline-pumping action and much more. While it's hard to capture all the great things you can experience during your trip to Dublin; we have rounded up some highlights for 2014. In the downloadable guide, you’ll find snap shots of all the great things to see and do including some of Dublin’s best kept secrets, its great bars and eateries and all the things you really shouldn't miss. Whatever time of the year you visit you are guaranteed fun and craic and we think you'll #LoveDublin just as much as we do.
As the poet Umberto Saba wrote: “Trieste has an unsociable grace. Located between the sea and the mountains of Carso, beautiful and fascinating, she does not like to show off, although she conquers her visitor at first sight.” “Tergeste,” as Trieste was named during the Roman era, is to be discovered on foot, to fully taste her richness and to breathe, through her streets, buildings and monuments, her 2000-year-old history.
In the Alpine foothills, just 50 km from Milan, Bergamo is the most striking city in Lombardy. Structured in two levels, the lower city is more modern and dynamic, whilst the famous ‘upper city’ boasts a stunning historic centre full of monuments and works of art. In the area around the city the Iseo Lake is well worth a visit, as is the sanctuary at Caravaggio and Crespi d’Adda – the most important company town in Italy, listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Pescara, the gateway to the rugged mountainous Abruzzo region, is framed by the snowy peaks of the Apennine Mountains. The land tumbles through the hilltop villages and down to the blue waters of the Adriatic Ocean. In the town of Pescara itself, the long ten-mile stretches of wide, clean and sandy beaches and superb food and wine, offer many inviting opportunities to its visitors. These are the perfect conditions for a relaxing break for families, or as a restful prelude before venturing into the mountains or hiking through the region’s many national parks.
Perugia is the provincial capital of Umbria, one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. The ancient heart of the city, packed full of Etruscan and Roman monuments, perches on a hilltop with the modern city spread below. With a prestigious university, the city has a lively student population, good shopping, fun bars and great restaurants. If that weren't enough, Perugia is the setting for one of Europe’s best jazz festivals: Umbria Jazz.
When you hear of Parma you probably think of ham, parmesan cheese and Verdi. These three words truly encapsulate Parma, a city associated both in Italy and abroad with savoir faire and the good life. The capital of the Duchy of Parma for centuries, the city boasts a series of magnificent art works and a splendid historic city centre, packed with beautiful civil and religious buildings.
Brindisi is the gateway to an Italian province packed with fascination and the relics of vanished civilization. This cultural inheritance ranges from the relics of ancient Roman highways. Here you can find Gothic and Baroque churches, cathedrals, frowning battlements of Swabian castles and fortresses which are dated back to the 13th century, reign of the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II.
As the capital of a rich and historic region, Ancona is above all, a city of the sea. The city is blessed with a magnificent coastline to the south, with clean and accessible water and unspoilt white beaches. Close by are the beautiful towns of Loreto, Recanati, Jesi and Urbino as well as the rolling hills of the hinterland and the world-famous grotto of Frasassi.
Brescia is Lombardy’s second biggest city, a university town with a modern business satellite – Brescia Due – it is prosperous and lively. Located between two of Italy’s most famous lakes, Lake Garda and Lake Iseo, Brescia is often overlooked by visitors who bypass the city itself and head straight to the undeniably beautiful lakes. A great pity, as Brescia has one of the most beautiful historic centres in the region, and some of the best Roman and Lombard remains in northern Italy.
Genova, ’la Superba,’ is a city that makes a profound impression. Sandwiched between the sea and the Ligurian hills, Genova spreads upwards from the port, a jumble of a city with a long and chequered history. The European Capital of Culture in 2004, Genova has dozens of museums and galleries, a renowned theatre, and the largest aquarium in Europe. The city has good shopping, the best nightlife in Liguria and excellent restaurants. Day excursions along the stunning Ligurian coast are highly recommended.
Cuneo is the capital of the third largest provincial area in Italy, which also is home to some of the best Italian wines. It is located in the region of Piedmont and the surroundings are known for the beautiful variety of landscapes found here such as valleys, rivers, plains and hills - perfect conditions to produce some of the best wines in the world. The town boasts different architectural landmarks and cultural monuments and the area is perfect to marvel at the scenic views of the Stura di Demonte Rivers and the Maritime Alps. If you are looking for an adventure, Cuneo is also famous for its excursions, skiing and mountaineering.
Milan is all about design and high fashion, so the range of shops and trendy bars can be almost overwhelming. But Milan also has the Duomo cathedral, da Vinci’s “Last Supper” and the simple neighbourhood restaurants where no long lunch is complete without ossobuco and risotto alla milanese.
Italians head for Rimini for their holidays, which must be the best recommendation there is. Located by the Adriatic Sea, it is a sophisticated, stylish city known for its lively take on life. Rimini is a city for everyone!
Palermo is a hidden gem! After years of mafia rule and poverty, the city has reclaimed its place among Europe’s cultural cities. Palermo is full of sights and treasures, from Baroque churches to modern Sicilian restaurants.
In Turin, the food is good and the drinks are even better. Under the arcades in the city centre there are countless wine bars, grandiose continental cafés and luxurious shopping streets. Turin is known for Fiat, Juventus and Italian film - this city is a fascinating metropolis where the future is being created!
Lamezia Terme was formed in 1968, thanks to the unification of three separate towns in the Province of Catanzaro. It is the central part of Calabria, a zone celebrated for its beautiful landscapes. The city is found between the cliffs of the Tyrrenhian coast and the sand dunes of the Ionic coast – just to the south of the Sila, a sort of Alpine range in the heart of the Mediterranean.
Verona is world famous for its magnificent Arena and its association with Shakespeare’s love story, "Romeo and Juliet." The city is one of the most important tourist destinations in Italy, and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Florence is the beautiful regional capital of Tuscany, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. It is acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and stepping onto its historic cobbles it is easy to see why. Cradled between the surrounding hills, the city hosts some of the most famous works of art on the planet and the whole of the city centre is packed with stunning palaces, churches and monuments. The surrounding countryside is well-known for its rolling hills and its wine—particularly the Chianti area between Siena and Florence.
The narrow, cobbled streets of Alghero’s medieval citadel, packed with boutiques, bars and restaurants, slope towards the harbour and sweeping bay. Built in a buttery sandstone that glows a soft apricot shade in the setting sun, it’s Sardinia’s most picturesque Old Town. Spanish-style palazzos and street signs in Italian and Catalan reflect its proud heritage - 300 years of Aragon rule. Fringed by pine forests, long sandy beaches, hotels and bars curve away towards green headlands. It’s an idyllic setting.
Naples, with its million inhabitants, is the third biggest city in Italy. Its position is spectacular with the celebrated view over the gulf of Naples and the extraordinary islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. The city is overlooked by Vesuvius, a vast volcano which erupted violently in 79 BC covering the cities of Pompei and Ercolano. Today, these cities, now excavated, bear witness to the splendours of the Roman Empire.
As capital of the Emilia Romagna region, Bologna is an art city, a university centre and a place renowned for its excellent cuisine. It hosts important international trade fairs and is one of the world’s greatest motor cities. Ducati, Lamborghini and Maserati were all born in Bologna and Ferrari’s headquarters can be found in nearby Modena.
Catania is the second largest city in Sicily, framed by the Etna volcano to the west, and the Mediterranean to the east. It is a vibrant city with bars, cafés, honking cars and narrow alleys. Visitors can retreat to the cooler climate of the surrounding small mountain villages, or to the sea for a balmy swim.
Olbia is the gateway to the beautiful pearly white beaches of the northeast coast and the glittering Costa Smeralda. This is where jetsetters, film setters and the ‘glitterati’ arrive to indulge in la dolce vita Sardinian-style. Despite its Greek name meaning ‘happy’, Olbia’s origins were Phoenician before the town became a Roman trading post. Olbia used to be a little fishing village but has now grown to become Sardinia’s busiest ferry port, complete with an International airport. The countryside is cloaked in aromatic wild herbs, the macchia, and the surrounding sea sparkles in every hue of electric blue.
The narrow and often steep granite paved streets of Cagliari’s Castello District suggest a bygone age when the town was dominated at first by Pisans, and later by the Aragonese. Built from white limestone, the walls and towers of the old town shimmer in the sun and are a magnificent sight, especially if you are fortunate and approach from the sea, like the English novelist, D.H. Lawrence, in 1921, when he described the old town as looking like "Jerusalem without trees."
“El diau, el diau!” “The devil! The devil!” It was in 1897 when mountain people from Sauze d’Oulx witnessed a red-faced man with a long white beard descending from the slopes, with long wooden skis attached to his feet. He was a Swiss engineer, Adolf Kind, and the wooden skis were the first seen in Italy. Today there are more than a hundred ski-lifts and 1,500 km of slopes for all levels – as well as alpine skiing, sledges and huskies, telemark skiing and the snowboarding. For those with more extreme tastes the zone also caters to ice climbing, free-riding and other similar sports.
Trapani is not only one of the most romantic places in Sicily, but the whole of the Mediterranean. It is characterised by long stretches of coast and coastal plains, lavish monuments and palaces, ancient sites, windmills, islands, quaint provincial towns and countryside that beg to be explored. By night, the region should be enjoyed over a glass of chilled wine and fine food in a beachside restaurant—ideally facing west so as to see some of the most spectacular sunsets in Europe.
Val Brembana takes its name from the river crossing it, Brembo. The Bergamo Alps constitute its northern limits, notably by the Tre Signori and Diavolo di Tenda Peaks, while at south lies the plain of Bergamo. At East the valley borders with the Valle Seriana and at West with the Valle Imagna. Valle Seriana area includes the Orobie Alps, the Presolana Peak, the Formico Peak and the Val Vertova. The natural landscape is enriched by the historical and cultural elements such as trails, manors and noble house, mines and religious sancturies. The Valle di Scalve, offers a landscape with several little glacial lakes, naturalistic trails and kilometres of snow-covered ski tracks.
Rome, known as the Eternal City, has attracted visitors for over 2,000 years. It is one of the most magnificent and romantic cities in the world. Rome has an attractive mix of grandiose sights and bustling city life. Life is sweet—the cake is there for the eating. Italian designer shopping, smooth ice cream, frothy cappuccino and exquisite wines to name but a few things.
Pisa is strategically located in the central part of Italy. It is only 12 km from the Ligurian Sea, 20 km from the harbour of Livorno and the ferries heading to the Elba Island, Sardinia and Corsica and 80 km from Florence. This city is closely associated with the Leaning Tower. But Pisa also preserves, with the whole complex of Piazza dei Miracoli - cultural patrimony of all humanity - and its medieval centre, numerous masterpieces of architecture and medieval history. The area around Pisa is also excellent for farm-holidays, trekking, beaches and water sports on the Versilian coast.
There is no other city like Venice. It has 180 canals, 450 bridges and magnificent palaces. It is a city rich in museums and historical buildings of great artistic and cultural importance. Add to that the transient feeling and the quiet everyday life. The beauty of it all is truly apparent.
Bari, a typical maritime and market city, is the capital of the Apulia region and the second biggest city in the Italian south. The city developed industrially in the second half of the twentieth century and now boasts an important trade fair, the largest in the south. Tourists visit Bari for its historic buildings, art works and fascinating town centre, as well as for the beaches which surround the area.
Riga greets visitors with a unique and breath-taking silhouette, beautifully reflected in the Baltic Sea. A stroll through the city centre offers a charmingly confusing mix of a modern metropolitan city, with exclusive shopping, crazy nightlife, international cuisine and ancient traditions in a capital that has been multi-cultural throughout its 800-year history. And all this in a city worth getting lost in.
Formerly the capital of Lithuania, Kaunas impresses today’s visitor. The city welcomes the visitor with statues of freedom fighters, poets, and grand dukes. The city's heroic past is present in the remnants of a castle. The fact that Kaunas was Lithuania's capital during the 1920s and 1930s has left the city with many architectural gems of that period. Many universities make Kaunas a city that is pulsing with the energy of youth. Now, clearly looking to the future, it has a vibrant, welcoming vision ready to share its once hidden charms and designed to meet every visitor’s needs. So, do come and visit Kaunas--you will find more than you expected.
Today, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is one of the most frequently visited cities of Eastern Europe. It draws attention, not only because of its unique architectural character, but also because of its cultural events and attractions. During the first ten years of independence, the city became a tourist attraction centre. It is, therefore, not surprising that the number of tourists consistently increased during these ten years and that the tourist infrastructure and services developed at the same time.
Skopje is internationally famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa, and she would be proud of the helpful, hospitable attitude that Skopje locals demonstrate towards visitors. Despite the recent trouble in the Balkans, Skopje has blossomed into a thriving, stimulating city to explore, defining itself as an exciting tourist destination.
The sun shines almost all year in Malta and it boasts some of the fairest temperatures in the world. Add the fantastic beaches, the superb Mediterranean cuisine and there shouldn’t be any other destination swimming in your head. Why not try a new sport, laze on an island cruise or tour the most important historic sites? The choice is entirely yours! Together with its other islands, beachlife and nightlife, Malta is a wonderful island to visit.
The small town of Haugesund offers a broad spectrum of natural beauty ranging from a vast and wild coastline to snow-capped mountains with cascading waterfalls flowing into the fjords. The town’s biggest claim to fame is that the father of Norma Jean Baker, better known as Marilyn Monroe, originally came from Haugesund.
Oslo is one of the wealthiest cities in Europe, thanks to the country’s thriving oil industry. This is visible in its glass-covered skyscrapers, its new subway and, of course, in a whole bunch of trendy restaurants, bars and shops. This beautiful city is situated right next to the Oslo fjord and it is constantly expanding and developing.
Rzeszów is a town retaining links with its medieval past, whilst looking towards the future. Rzeszów is boldly emerging from behind the Iron Curtain to claim its place on the European stage. With such rich historical roots, the vibrancy of a modern student city combined with the surrounding Carpathian Mountains, Rzsezów’s charms will surprise even the most worldly-wise of travellers.
Have you ever had occasion to fall in love with a city? If not, Poznan will take your heart with its unique treasures, which stand dreamily watching their own reflections in the fast flowing Warta River. Here, history and tradition interweave with modernity offering you everything from bustling tourist attractions to idyllic hideaways. The city is perfect for romantic getaways. Even if you walk the cobbled streets alone, you will be swept away by the magic that has given Poznan a reputation for being Poland’s most popular small-big city.
With a charming old town and a setting on the banks of the Brda and the Vistula Rivers, Bydgoszcz cannot fail to amaze you. Fascinating museums are housed in beautiful architecture and scattered throughout the city. But above all else, Bydgoszcz is all about music. Here you can enjoy the opera or any of the countless music festivals.
Lodz, Poland’s third largest city and the former textile industry empire, today is a city of modern technologies, a city of culture and grand events. It is a metropolis where a landscape of industrial architecture mixes with silhouettes of the 20th century office buildings, production halls, culture and sports buildings. Lodz is perfect for anyone wanting to get a glimpse of exciting, modern Poland.
Warsaw has come a long way since its near complete destruction in the Second World War. This vibrant, busy city has slowly been emerging as a new cultural diamond of the East and forms the centre of modern Poland. And while shiny skyscrapers, new restaurants and funky clubs shoot like mushrooms from the soil, Warsaw’s many historic buildings serve as a reminder of this city’s glorious history.
Wrocław is one of the prettiest and liveliest cities in Poland. Multicultural, it has an important university, a vast array of restaurants and bars, designer shops, theatre and musical events. The Odra River and dozens of little canals that meander through its tree-lined streets with their tall, multi-coloured buildings set the scene. In fact, Wrocław is made up of no less than 12 islands, joined by over 100 bridges, and simply begs to be explored.
Once a busy sea port, Gdansk has more to offer than just 1000-year-old history. Come to this young, vibrant city for some of the best seafood in the country, exquisite shopping and exciting sights. Walk the beautiful old streets during the day, potter around boutiques and buy some famous Baltic amber, and then let your hair down for a long night of fun, fun, fun!
Szczecin is an energetic city where the River Odra eventually flows into the Baltic Sea. Today it is the capital of a new province, Western Pomeranian, which has suffered a turbulent history and now looks to an enlightened and cultural revival. A focal point is that it has managed to preserve its unique character and charm since its recent reform. Szczecin is now awakening to its full potential at an ever increasing pace. You will really feel inspired as you explore this enthralling city.
This medieval city looks like it has fallen straight out of a fairytale book, with its bustling market square, spiralling Gothic towers, castles and legends about dragons. Explore the narrow backstreets, hidden courtyards and the network of underground cellars and tunnels. Krakow is known as the cultural capital of Poland through its love of music, poetry and theatre. After years of occupation and struggle, Krakow has emerged a proud city with a strong sense of identity, yet has still maintained its artistic and fun-loving soul.
With their blue lakes bordered by flowers, dazzling views of the sea from high in the hills, and lush green landscapes of ancient volcanic craters – the nine islands of the Azores, situated in the middle of the Atlantic, just 4 hours from Boston and 2 hours from Lisbon by plane, are a paradise for nature-lovers. Choose a holiday on these beautiful islands and you’ll rediscover the peace of the countryside in a stunning and unspoilt natural environment.
With an exceptional natural beauty, mild climate throughout the year, friendly population and a top-quality hotel network, Madeira and Porto Santo are the perfect Islands for those seeking stress-free holidays. Here you can enjoy your holiday on the beach or at sea, in the mountains, countryside or in the city.
Once considered the edge of the known world in the Middle Ages, the industrious town of Porto clung to the side of Portugal looking out across the endless Atlantic Ocean, before adventurers risked it all to head to the new world. Half a millennium has passed since then, but Porto has retained much of that rugged adventurous and determined spirit. The cliché that Lisbon shows off and Porto works is a well-worn metaphor that fails to fully do justice to its real charms. With images of a past way of life hidden down every bustling alley, Porto is a place determined to hold on to its own distinct identity.
Lisbon basks in the sun reflecting off the Tejo River and quickly seduces most visitors. The mixture of history and modernity, of small town and metropolis, of the antiquated and the shining new is irresistible. Add excellent shopping, late but safe night life and restaurants with Europe’s best fish, and you have the city in a nutshell.
Many people say that Faro – the capital of the Algarve – is located on Europe’s most scenic coast, offering beautiful, long sandy beaches that stretch away into a horizon framed by rocks on either side. Faro is a charming old town with cobbled streets and leafy parks. Its location in the centre of the Algarve makes Faro the perfect starting point for round-trips.
Lying on the Hungarian and Serbian borders, Timişoara is the gateway to the West and has a long history of cosmopolitan multiculturalism. It is most famous today as the birthplace of the 1989 Romanian revolution that ended the Ceauşescu dictatorship.
Bucharest is undoubtedly Europe’s best kept secret. Restaurants, bars, art galleries and museums are now springing up on every newly renovated corner. Travellers are steadily discovering this little gem of a city and seeking out Bucharest’s hidden character. Its treasures are well worth hunting for and visitors will find in their quest a place of warmth and spirit. Welcome to Bucharest!
Saint Petersburg is often described as the most Western city of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. History seeps from every wall and the colours, scale and grandeur of the buildings seem almost too much to take in. According to the UNESCO, Saint Petersburg is one of the most beautiful and architecturally sophisticated cities. Peter the Great’s "window on Europe," which saw the revolution that changed the world, is regaining its imperial splendour. At its historic heart are grand palaces, amazing museums and spectacular churches. Music, art and literature are in its soul - and partying is a way of life.
Moscow is the city of contrasts, mixing the simple Bohemian and the glittering glamorous! Do not be surprised to find a church dating from the 16th century covered in gold next to a glass building from the 1990’s. Here, salty caviar is washed down with sweet “shampanskoye”. What represents this spirit better than Moscow’s underground railway? For a few roubles you can travel between stations decorated with chandeliers and marble.
As one of Europe’s oldest cities, located at the crossroads of the East and West, the capital of Serbia is an incredibly rich mosaic of different cultures, influences and styles with a mysterious and exotic atmosphere. European but with oriental influences, Belgrade is a great weekend break, with tons of interesting sights and attractions, splendid architecture, a fast-paced nightlife, great and affordable shopping, as well as a thriving cultural scene.
Bratislava - the little big city. With fewer than half a million people, Bratislava ranks to Europe's most relaxed capitals, because everything is in close vicinity, reachable within few minutes walking distance. Even other 2 capital cities are very close - Vienna (80km) and Budapest (200km) - reachable also by a boat on the river Danube. Besides, the city itself has its old-town charm, sophisticated restaurants, traditional pubs, good music ranging from jazz to opera, stylish people, and a human scale which means that as a visitor you will not spend half your day trekking in and out of underground stations or getting from the airport into town. All this plus Central Europe's greatest river as a backdrop. What more could you want?
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is the nexus of Europe. Namely, the unique character of Ljubljana is made up of the influences of various cultures, while its distinctive image is the result of a diverse and alluring history. Ljubljana is a picturesque city of romantic bridges, co-existing in harmony with its own river; a city with an exquisite architecture, full of vibrant cultural creativity. It is also the junction of different culinary regions and modern techniques guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding customers. Ljubljana’s ancient centre at the foot of the hill, overlooked by Ljubljana Castle, is relatively small and easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. The lush vegetation surrounding the city guarantees plenty of outdoor hiking, cycling and recreational opportunities.
Santander is famous for its fabulous beaches and its elegant holidaymakers: King Alfonso XIII used to spend his summers here nearly a hundred years ago, and the town is still popular among fashionable madrileños who like to be seen sauntering along the El Sardinero seafront with its belle époque architecture. When the sun goes down and the bikinis are cast off, the town also has some great restaurants and a lively bar scene. It’s also a good place from which to explore the pristine countryside of Cantabria.
Santiago de Compostela has been a culture and university centre for centuries, most famous for being the end destination of a thousand-year-old pilgrim voyage: El Camino de Santiago, also called the Way of Saint James. Being the capital of the Galician region in northwestern Spain, its everyday life is modern and chic. Awarded as a UNESCO world heritage city in 1985, Santiago de Compostela is an historical gem surrounded by lush nature.
Asturias (Oviedo) is the gateway to a region of stunning scenery, splendid beaches, unspoilt nature and a rich architectural, industrial and cultural heritage. The region’s beaches are uncrowned and inland there are lively cities and areas of great natural beauty.
Girona is the perfect example of a Catalan city. Moreover, it’s a place where ancient grandeur blends in with the region’s contemporary style. This is a thoroughly modern city with a large student population, a thriving art scene, hip bars and chic shops. It is no wonder that for years running, Girona has been voted the best place to live in Spain.
Gran Canaria's more than the sum of its famous beaches, where holidaymakers assume the horizontal position to best enjoy one of the world's most-celebrated climates. For a start, it's not difficult to see why its capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was named after the island's palms. They are as here, there, and everywhere as orange trees in Seville. If you think of active sports in GC, you'll probably think of diving and surfing. But head towards the island's interior to climb. It's even possible to ascend Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria's iconic Cloud Rock. Little wonder then that GC's dubbed the miniature continent.
Welcome to Alicante – the friendliest city in Spain! Alicante past present and future. Different civilizations have passed through these lands, leaving their mark which can be seen in all corners of this emblematic city. All of this adds to the appeal of this modern city with a primary focus on tourism, but also a special interest in industry and commerce. Alicante, situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, offers not only a great variety of services but also a wide range of cultural activities, with its museums, its festivals and its nature areas, in particular the Island of Tabarca (Mediterranean Marine Reserve). Alicante’s well-known climate and beaches make this a perfect city for spending a few pleasantly relaxing days away from it all.
If any one town can be considered to be, or to have been for many decades, a reference of tourism and leisure at every level, not just in Spain but throughout Europe, that place must surely be Benidorm. This is not only because the town was planned and designed with its visitors enjoyment in mind, has friendly people and a wonderful Mediterranean climate that ensures magnificent holidays all year round but also because, together with its beautiful natural surroundings and glorious beaches, it offers a wide range of accommodation, leisure facilities, services and restaurants that make it the ideal place in which to enjoy holidays or to celebrate any kind of meetings and incentives events.
Most people come to Tenerife for the sunbathing, swimming, eating good food and spoiling themselves. However, what makes people come back, year after year, is the island’s unique wealth of variety. Tenerife is much more than its beaches, here you can find riotous traditional festivals and liberating isolation, glistening snow and glowing lava. For the visitor there is something new to discover every day.
Surrounded by vineyards and with over 30 bodegas (wine cellars) devoted to the making of sherry and brandy, you’d be forgiven for thinking that’s all Jerez is about. But this aristocratic city with an ancient heart, unusual museums, an atmospheric gypsy quarter and some outstanding architecture, is also the cradle of flamenco, the home of the magnificent ‘dancing’ Andalucian horses, the capital of motorcycle racing and famed for its bullfights.
La Coruna is a busy and attractive city at the very tip of Galicia. This is a perfect place to enjoy a gentle stroll around the streets and avenues, where it is possible to discover Roman architecture as well as more modern innovative buildings. The atmosphere in the many magnificent town squares is excellent and full of the joy of life on a hot summer’s day. Outside the town centre the beaches, the marina, the fishing port and the commercial port still play a very important role for the people of La Coruna.
The impressive, enchanting shadow of the Alhambra casts a magical spell upon all who pass through Granada. This is a city of legends created by gypsies and pirates, played out in the warren of the Alyayzin, and in the inescapable presence of the ancient Moorish castle, the famous Alhambra. The Sierra Nevada Mountains provide an impressive backdrop and add to the enchanting feel of this miraculous place.
There is one reason, and one reason alone, why the Canary Islands’ second largest sibling attracts so many visitors – the beaches. Whether you like your beach life slow and sedentary or quick and crazy, Fuerteventura caters for all. With the most glorious swathes of gold in the archipelago – some would say in the whole of southern Europe – the island is a Mecca to both sun worshippers and water sports professionals alike.
While the majority of holidaymakers flock to the more publicity-prone islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, Minorca attracts those who want the best of the Balearics, but without the crowds. The stunning coves with white sand beaches are enough of a draw by themselves, but the history, countryside and tranquillity of this quieter isle all add to its charm.
The Basque city of Bilbao is a spellbinding capital of design and gastronomy. With one of the world’s finest buildings - the Guggenheim - at its heart, Bilbao dazzles with style and energy and boasts a unique identity as well as Europe’s oldest and most enigmatic language.
Valladolid oozes history from every ancient stone. King Felipe II was born here, the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabel married here and Christopher Columbus died here. This was once the capital of Spain, but is now the principal city of Castilla y Leon, the land of castles from which the word ‘Castilian’ derives. Today, Valladolid is a bustling university city that thrives on its manufacturing industries. It is a down-to-earth, lively place that energetically blends old with new.
Mallorca has shed its skin—it has changed from package holiday island to pleasure island. Treasures from countless centuries have been given a stylish new makeover. These days we enjoy the cultural heritage from the Phoenicians, the Baleares (the original inhabitants, famed for their skill with stone slings), nomads, pirates, Greeks, Romans, Moors, Venetians, Frenchmen, Spaniards and all the others who adored this green island. Here you can live in ancient castles, farmhouses and renovated palaces. Today’s Mallorca is a place where lovers of luxury, fans of culture and connoisseurs of life can really enjoy themselves.
Fanciful architecture and hip restaurants have come together with the sunny southern Spanish climate and beaches. This has transformed Barcelona in just a few decades from a rough port city to one of Europe’s—if not the world’s—premier destinations. Stroll along La Rambla, admire the Casa Calvet’s façade or the Casa Mila designed by Gaudi, visit the Market of la Boqueria or shop at El Corte Inglés. Sample some of the many bars, cafés and late night haunts while you’re at it.
Ringed by mountains and crowned by a spectacular fortress, Spain’s sunniest city mixes shopping centres and tapas bars with a medieval old town of narrow streets and tranquil squares. Along the coast you can find fishing villages, popular resorts and the secluded beaches and wild landscape of the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park. A sea of plastic greenhouses stretches to the west, while the desert locations of countless ‘spaghetti westerns' lies inland.
Sun, warmth and relaxation are just the start. More than 300 volcanic peaks create a fascinating lunar landscape on the “Island of Fire”, the landscape of which is tinged with pink, purple and ochre. Subterranean caves, tunnels and lakes entice the calmest visitors to seek adventure. For surfers, moreover, Lanzarote is the Canary Island with the most perfect waves. It is often rumoured that the island was once part of the lost city of Atlantis... come see for yourself!
Besides being the clubbing capital of the world, Ibiza also has an amazing natural beauty, a superb climate and a World Heritage site. Whether you want to lose yourself to the music of the world’s best DJs in Ibiza’s unmatched party scene or if you want to enjoy the astounding clear sea, warm sun, attractive coves and eventful beaches – or a bit of everything – you have certainly come to the right place. Part of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza is a jewel in the Mediterranean Sea. You can explore the blissfulness of the island by day, party by night – all night – and then relax on one of the many divine beaches. Alternatively, you can party twenty-four-seven.
Despite its beautiful location in a picturesque valley by the river Ebro, and an incredibly rich historical heritage, Zaragoza is refreshingly untouched by mass-tourism. Most travellers know it only as a train stop on the way from Barcelona to Madrid. Zaragoza benefits, however, from its location right in the middle of everything. It is a dynamic and modern town with a unique food and bar culture. The city is a real architectural treasure and a growing young population guarantees a busy night life.
The ancient city of Murcia is located in the mountains about 25 km from the Mediterranean Sea. The region is known for agriculture and tourism, but also for the charming mountain villages, fishing station, beaches that are untouched and for the green countryside.
It is possible that the city that never sleeps has calmed down a little in recent years. Yet, even if the bars close a bit earlier these days, you can still count on finding a party atmosphere at all times of the day and in all situations. And then, once you have had enough of socializing, you can take a few days out and enjoy the best kilometre of art to be found in Europe.
Seville is an experience—a mix of Moorish architecture, beautiful 17th-century palaces and clusters of streets and alleys with tapas bars. The Flamenco and the slow Guadalqivir river just add to the charm.
“Ciudad del paraíso” – the paradise city. This is how the Nobel Prize winner for literature, Vicente Aleixandre, described Malaga. A city that vibrates with life and fascinates with its mixture of ancient history, folklore and modern culture. And of course, it is easy to imagine paradise in this harbour city with nearly 3.000 hours of sunshine a year and several kilometres of beach right in the centre.
Despite its size, Valencia is quite unknown and one of Spain’s hidden gems. It is a multifaceted place, mixing Gothic architecture with the rough old fishermen’s quarter of El Cabanyal. Here you can also find fusion restaurants, futuristic museums and two long beaches, Las Arenas and La Malvarrosa.
Welcome to some of Sweden’s best spas! From north to south, you who are on short or long visit to the country can choose from a variety of high-class spa. Old spa with sauna or peri-urban day spa with state of the art gym - there is something for all tastes and the choice is yours!
Welcome to Sweden! Some people say Sweden is an exception. We take that as a compliment. It’s true that in modern times, our country has been spared many of the great hardships that have affected others. Sweden still has an abundance of priceless, free luxuries such as calm and stability, fresh air and open spaces, clean water and pristine wilderness − all within easy reach of the modern urban centres, with their many delights and attractions. This is what we call our unique Swedish quality of life. We’re proud of it, and we look forward to sharing it with you here.
Varberg – Sweden’s Health Resort. The old health resort tradition in Varberg has been refined and nowadays is a way of life for residents and visitors. The prerequisites for quality of life are available here, along with the opportunity to put together an individualised range of treatments to make you feel good. A course of treatment can consist of a massage treatment or seaweed baths, however, for some people a stiff wind and a windsurfing board, a walk on the sea front around Varberg Fortress, a visit to the Cold Bathhouse or a woodland excursion to Åkulla Beech Forests is what counts. What makes you feel good? What is a cure for you? Welcome to Varberg to find your particular course of treatment!
Experience the beautiful city with a large and varied range of shopping in Sweden’s oldest pedestrianised street. Visit the museums and parks or one of the superb beaches right in the city centre. Relax and enjoy something nice at a café or a restaurant. Along the coast there are also many picturesque fishing villages. A different kind of pleasure that you shouldn’t miss is a boat trip between Helsingborg and Elsinore. Life is enjoyable in Helsingborg. The city center invites you to many cosy restaurants and cafés, trendy boutiques, flowering parks and gardens. You can take a walk in a forest, or on the coast of the Baltic Sea.
Karlstad is a wonderfully compact Swedish city, built on a grid pattern with wide, tree-lined streets, avenues, promenades and squares. Karlstad has a "big city" feel, with many quality hotel and other accommodation options, with the advantage that Karlstad’s many attractions are just a short walk away: shopping streets, malls and arcades, culture, historical sites, urban nature activities, parks, transport and amenities. Don’t forget that this is child-friendly Sweden and children are welcome everywhere in Karlstad.
Kungsbacka is on the west coast 20 minutes south of Gothenburg. With great sights, fine shopping, lovely nature and 80 km of coast with attractive beaches, Kungsbacka has something for everyone.
Blekinge is magic with small enchanting beautiful and surprisingly close to the destinations. Everything can be reached within an hour. The dream of the archipelago cliffs, sandy beaches, deep forests and bright green meadows become reality in Blekinge. In Blekinge, the sun shines a little more hours than most other places in Sweden. There is so much to discover. We have a historic naval base as part of the marine World Heritage. Unique food & taste sensations by our producers and farm shops. A strong culture with a lot of music, arts, crafts and artistry. It is a festival strong region that offers everything from rock with world-class artists to songs were the guest can participate in the park. Delightfully charming summer cities with a stunning archipelago. Welcome to explore the Blekinge favorite spots!
Experience the freedom and dramatic nature in The High Coast, a World Heritage with a wonderful scenery due to land uplift. Cultural life in the High Coast is rich and in the summer you can visit events like Skule Festival, Urkult and city celebrations. Here you can hike, kayak, climb, or take a ride on a horseback. It is no coincidence that more and more people visit Höga Kusten, the High Coast. For the nature and tranquillity. For the culture and the people. For activities and adventures. Härnösand, Kramfors, Örnsköldsvik and Sollefteå wish you a warm welcome to Höga Kusten, the High Coast.
The town of the silver birches does not only offer top-class culture. Some of the very best restaurants in northern Sweden are to be found here and they serve local culinary delicacies with singular precision. Add to that an exceptional outdoor life and you’ll understand why tens of thousand of students feel so at home in Umeå.
The Greenest City in Europe! Växjö is a historical city with roots as a cathedral city, seat of the county governor and a centre of learning. Not least of all, something that you will experience when you wander around, is the beauty of the city centre. Here you will become aware of how nature is a natural part of the town - with all its lakes, trees an greenery. Today Växjö is a pulsating commercial city with an international university. The city is also characterised by its rich cultural and sporting lie and of course, the food of the region.
We're so pleased that you've discovered Jönköping! We offer some of the best experiences in Sweden. The fresh breezes and breathtaking view from Lake Vättern create harmony in our community and inspire us to do good things - things we like to share! Nature has been wonderfully generous here. The region is dotted with beautiful small lakes, rolling wooded hils, meadows, wetlands and - not least - a kilometre long beach in the town centre. Jönköping is an ideal venue for meetings and trade, strategically located between Sweden's three largest cities. We are proud of our region and eager to share our natural assets with you.
Karlshamn is a lively and charming coastal town with a fascinating history and a stunning archipelago on its doorstep. There are naturally many beauty spots among the islands and along the coast, but explore a little further inland and you will find leafy forests and great days out. There is no shortage of things to see and entertain you in Karlshamn itself, whatever your tastes. Read more about Karlshamn at the page "The City".
Marstrand is the smallest town in the county of Västra Götaland, but is the principal summer resort. A place for pleasure and a place to love for its cultural history, its buildings, its tall stories and legends – but also for its royal splendour. Marstrand is of course most renowned as a playground for sun-worshipping, bathing and sailing folk.
Close your eyes. What do you see when you think about Skåne? Undulating fields of rapeseed, villages where the roads winds its way between half-timbered houses, magnificent turn-of-the-century seaside villas and long sandy beaches. If so, then you're quite right. But here in Northwest Skåne we have a little bit more of everything. There's drama here, too. Söderåsen features wild primeval forests and high plateau with magnificent views. Kullaberg draws visitors who come to marvel at the precipices and caves. What´s more, you never have to travel far. There are farm shops selling award winning sausages, potteries, green golf courses, castles, ancient fishing spots and inns serving the world´s finest egg cake – all close at hand. Welcome to the Helsingborg Family!
One readily returns to West Sweden. This is hardly surprising considering the generous range of activities on offer here. Bohuslän’s archipelago allures you to a glittering sea with charming fishing villages, to lobster parties and to wharves with throngs of people buzzing round quaint shops and taverns. You’ll experience a whole new adventure in the virtually untouched wilderness of Dalsland with its picturesque waters, ideal for canoeing. Frequent pleasure trips make their way across the great lakes and down Göta Canal. The medieval churches, castles and mansions are delightful culture pearls, as is the parti-coloured Textile County. West Swedish cuisine unfolds to reveal taste sensations fresh from the sea and lakes, the forest and game. Vivid memories that linger and entice you back.
Every year more than a million visitors come here to a area in Kronoberg and Kalmar counties in Småland that includes the municipalities of Emmaboda, Lessebo, Nybro and Uppvidinge. Many return time after time. It is easy to understand why. To watch red-hot molten glass being transformed into delicate crystal or sturdy bowls is a spectacle that one never tires of. Here you will find well-known glassworks and brands such as Orrefors, Kosta Boda, Skruf, Mats Jonasson Målerås to name a few. In additon, you can enjoy the nature of Småland in its prime with its forests, lakes, stone walls and many cultural sights. These include Vilhelm Moberg’s emigrant district.
In the scenic southwestern Dalarna you find Säfsen Resort, an experience destination with year-round activities - from full-fledged ski resort in winter to downhill biking and outdoor activities during the summer, spring and autumn. Säfsen is an ideal destination with lots of activities and adventure for the whole family. At the same time Säfsen Downhill Park has so high class that it attracts downhill and mountain bikers at the elite level. Säfsen has for four consecutive years been nominated for the award "TRIP Global Award" awarded to "The Best Experience in Sweden". With just 130 km from Örebro, 270 km from Stockholm and 340 km from Gothenburg, it is easy to get here.
Welcome to Sundsvall – The capital of Norrland Sundsvall is the destination for those who want to embellish a holiday to Norrland with shopping and entertainment. Today, this is home to Norrland’s largest city mall plus Birsta Shopping Centre which is one of Sweden’s largest out-of-town retail centres. Nowhere north of the river Dalälven has more life and activity. In the midst of the northern nature, and at the heart of everything, is perhaps one of the country’s most beautiful city centres with rich ornate post-renaissance stone buildings. Raise your eyes towards the beautiful facades and enjoy!
Nyköping is located on the coast an hour south of Stockholm and 7 minutes from Stockholm Skavsta Airport. Take a break here – and don’t miss the chance to make a new acquaintance. You will find a town of a comfortable size – short distances, pleasant people, a classic shopping street and many cafés, restaurants, shops and art galleries. Nyköping is in the heart of Sörmland’s cultural landscape with exciting, beautiful and fun excursions within reach. Nyköping was founded in 1187 and is one of Sweden´s oldest towns. The municipality has 50,000 inhabitants. About 32,000 of them live in town.
Örebro is an attractive city, well preserved with old areas along Svartån, the quiet river, and with new exciting architecture, business streets, pubs and cafés. And then there is ”Finrummet” at Storbron – with the grand Vasa Castle, the jewel of the crown. Go shopping, have a meal at a sidewalk restaurant or just admire the beautiful views. Within walking distance from the town centre, the beautiful seashore scenery of the lake Hjälmaren is waiting for you. And ten kilometres to the west, Kilsbergen, ”Blå Bergen” (the Blue Mountains), are rising with magnificent experiences.
Enjoy a holiday with sun and swimming, shopping and entertainment, art and culture. Kalmar offers the opportunities of a large city but also the proximity and charm of a smaller place. Within walking and bicycling distance, you can enjoy beaches, parks, forests, meadows, cobblestone streets, shops, museums, cafés and galleries. And an honest-to-goodness castle with pinnacles and towers. Today Kalmar is a modern city with broad scope, but wherever you go, you feel the pulse of history. Several important meetings have taken place here. The best known is the Union Meeting of 1397, when the Kalmar Union was formed. Sweden, Denmark and Norway were a united kingdom up until 1523, when Sweden broke away and Gustav Vasa became king.
You’re only a stone’s throw from everything in Uppsala. You can while away the hours shopping in an array of both small shops and larger stores that line the city’s streets and grace its shopping centres, or why not browse the charming little boutiques in the city’s old town. Get close to performers at a gig at Katalin, or be entranced by an imposing concert in the city’s new landmark, the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress. Be part of Sweden’s history at Uppsala Castle, Uppsala Cathedral, and the Museum Gustavianum, or why not go wild on the dance floor at the renowned Flustret or one of the other bars in the city. Experience the floral grandeur of the Linnaeus’ Garden and in the City Park, or have fun and be creative at Biotopia. Everything is within walking distance.
Lund is a charming city that combines ancient with modern. University students buzz around the medieval streets. Everything is within easy reach - The cathedral, university, museums, cafes, pubs, and most hotels are located within walking distance in the city centre.
Find something new to explore every day. Our idyllic coastal town has plenty to offer all year round. Ängelholm is a potters’ town with creativity in abundance. Plan your own cultural itinerary and visit art galleries, potteries and studios. Located right in the centre of town, Hembygdsparken with its folk museum, playground and small zoo with Scandinavian animals attracts visitors of all ages. The exploratory railroad museum, Järnvägens Museum Ängelholm, never gets boring, nor does Ängelholms Flygmuseum, dedicated to aviation – it even has its own flight simulator. Are you partial to a game of golf? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Welcome to Södertälje! In Södertälje you can find everything from waterways of the Vikings to a modern Science centre and fascinating ecological environments. The Baltic Sea meets Lake Mälaren, land meets water and many activities awaits both young and old. Welcome to discover Södertälje!
Have you ever wondered why so many people are attracted to Ystad and Österlen? For many years artists, writers, birdwatchers and gardeners have made their way here, like holiday-makers looking for a unique combination of tranquillity and intensity. Come and see our sights at your own pace and experience the delights. Discover food, art, light and history. Explore a region which attracts film-makers from all over the world. A region where visitors choose to stay a little bit longer, perhaps in a traditional cottage close to the sea. The Ystad & Österlen area, the southeast corner of Skåne, is a popular destination, especially in summer, but increasing numbers of people are coming here all year round, attracted by the peace and quiet, the excellent food and wonderful cultural and natural experiences.
Kristianstad - in the middle of nature and with nature in the middle of town! Renaissance town in the heart of Kristianstads Vattenrike. Experience nature from naturum Vattenriket visitor center, or safari by boat, jeep, bike or by foot. Nature activities in all seasons – for instance eagle safari in winter or crane safari in spring. The town centre with hotels, cafés, restaurants and culture activities is situated within five minutes walk. Within a short distance from Kristianstad you find incredible fishing spots, miles of beaches, perfect golf courses and bike routes!
What do you think of when you hear the name, Vimmerby? Do you think of Astrid Lindgren? Do you think of Småland? Most people know of Vimmerby because of Astrid Lindgren, since this is where she was born and grew up. She has put her mark on the whole area, and today Vimmerby is the place where families find adventures and the very best experiences. The award-winning Astrid Lindgren's World, Virum Moose Park and Nils Holgersson's World are examples of the sort of outings that provide every opportunity for a fun-filled holiday. Also, if you want to enjoy the beautiful countryside you need look no further. Many people visit Vimmerby on account of its delightful surroundings with lakes to swim in, the fields and forrests. To top that off, you have the genuine small-town atmosphere with shops and historical sites, not to mention a string of pleasant restaurants that all contribute to making your visit worthwhile. Welcome to Vimmerby!
Untouched archipelago, fantastic swimming, picturesque town settings and entertainment! Västervik on the east coast of Småland is Sweden at its best. Fantastic Småland nature with leafy, green meadows and grazing cows. A small-town idyll. Then there is Sweden's most beautiful archipelago. It is this mix that makes it so exciting.
Karlskrona - in the middle of the archipelago! Karlskrona is a unique and exciting world heritage environment, where people come to meet, relax and be inspired. In Karlskrona, the distance is short between sights, and the city center is situated 6 km out in the archipelago! Here you will find exciting places to visit, nice shopping, cosy cafés and restaurants - and the sea is ever present. Discover new islands every day. Take the archipelago boat and explore exciting places together with the family. On these pages Karlskrona has made a selection that they hope will entice you to visit! Did we forget to say that the sun shines a lot and often here? Karlskrona is rated as the sunniest city in Sweden!
Sweden’s third-largest city has become a symbol of cross-border diversity. Malmö is a creative and inquisitive mini-metropolis on the border between Sweden and mainland Europe. Starting out as an industrial city, Malmö is now very much a knowledge hub, known for its environmental work and has been a Fairtrade City since 2006. Welcome to a city of contrasts, where you´ll find Scandinavia´s oldest Renaissance castle just a stone´s throw from the hip new sustainable district of Västra Hamnen. Inviting street cafés mix with trendy galleries and clubs, restaurants with gourmet food or a falafel. The Eurovision Song Contest 2013, the European Eventing Championship 2013 and the World Junior Hockey Championship 2014 have shown that Malmö is the place to be in terms of international events.
Gothenburg is a big city with a charming small-town feel. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed, you can walk around the city centre and explore the different neighbourhoods and there’s a café on every street corner. The city has lively entertainment and attractions all year round, ranging from the amusement park Liseberg and the Gothenburg Opera, to various sporting events, the annual film festival, book fair and music festival Way Out West. Read more at: www.goteborg.com/en
We’d love you to visit Landskrona and Ven island! Come to Landskrona to discover our beautiful, historical city and surroundings. Or visit Ven for peace and tranquility, sightseeing and nature experiences. Or why not do both. Landskrona is a city and the seat of Landskrona municipality in the county of Skåne in southern Sweden. Landskrona was founded in 1413 on the site of a natural harbour that opens out into the Öresund Sound. Ven island is just a 30-minute ferry trip from Skeppsbron harbour in Landskrona. It’s a small island and it’s an ideal excursion for families.
Stockholm is a thriving, growing city where there is always something new to discover. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a place for open, creative people. Experience nature, cultural history and the bustle of urban life - all in one day.
Like a big city in a more convenient format! Halmstad’s rhythm pulsates all year round. The summer town with fresh, salt-water swimming, hectic entertainment in Tylösand, exciting activities for all the family, several golf courses and a rich cultural life. Add to that, the rich food tradition with salmon and sea food. A real smörgåsbord for both body and soul!
Skövde is located in between the two biggest lakes in Sweden; Lake Vänern and Lake Vättern. Close to the city center is the blooming mountain Billingen with a recreation area, waterfalls, small lakes and several nature reserves. Skövde has a pulsating city core with a lot of small shops and several malls. Here you can enjoy great shopping with over 300 stores. The event calendar tells us about a city filled with culture, entertainment and sports – all year round. At Skövde Arena you find the coolest aqua park in the country, but also several other activities. And best of all – it’s easy to get here. It takes only an hour from Gothenburg, and two from Stockholm. Come here by train - it’s fast, comfortable and green. Welcome to our hometown!
Discover Linköping - located on the stunning Östgöta Plains in the province of Östergötland. There’s a lot to see and do here year round! Are you itching to dive into the heat of city life, or is a relaxing country jaunt more to your taste? You don’t have to choose – all the culture and entertainment of Linköping is just minutes away from our amazing countryside of plains, lakes and canals. Go on a boat ride, wander the Östgöta Trail, go to the theater or have a bite to eat at one of the city’s many restaurants. The charm is in the size - Big enough to have most everything, small enough to have it all close at hand. Linköping is quite simply a little big city. It makes life refreshingly easy and enjoyable. Welcome to Linköping!
Sweden’s sixth largest city is also one of the country’s oldest. Welcome to Västerås! You’ll find activities and events for the entire family to enjoy here as well as a rich cultural life, a vibrant night life, a boiling sea life and an exciting history. You can spend the night under water or among the treetops, come to the world’s biggest car meet Power Big Meet or visit a Guide Michelin award winning cathedral and Sweden’s largest burial mound Anundshög – there really is something for everyone in Västerås!
Sweden’s smallest province welcomes everyone who is in search of the greatest adventures. Moreover, the best that life has to offer is free here – the singularly beautiful countryside. Some 300 kilometres of coastline, with an abundance of beaches, more than 75 nature reserves, Stora Alvaret and South Öland’s world heritage cultural landscape. As an additional plus, there are 28 different orchids growing throughout the island. There are also numerous destinations for excursions. Öland Zoo and Amusement Park is the largest of its kind in the country. The royal family’s summer palace Solliden, Eketorp ancient castle, Öland’s Himmelsberga Museum and Borgholm Castle. Wherever you come from and whatever you want to do, you are welcome to Öland!
Skåne offers creative, unusual and authentic experiences within comfortable distances of each other. We have extensive plains, undulating fields of rapeseed and 400 kilometres of coastline in three directions with long, inviting sandy beaches, as well as deep forests in the central and north-eastern parts, and steep rocky precipices in the northwest. The rural areas and the charming fishing villages are close to the cities, with cosmopolitan Malmö in the southwest, Helsingborg in the northwest and Kristianstad in the northeast. The island of Hven is known as the pearl in the middle of the Öresund Sound, and is an ideal place for cycling. Skåne is neither one thing nor the other. Skåne has a bit of everything. Skåne is the best of both worlds. Come and discover Skåne for yourself!
There’s something very special about Gotland. It might be the light, the beaches and the ever present sea. The fact that the island is one of the sunniest places in Sweden – even in November – certainly helps. Or it could be the cultural heritage, the history you can see and feel everywhere. Or the people: down-to-earth, hospitable folk who make the most of life. Perhaps it’s the bustling street life in the walled city of Visby. Or is it the scenery, the open and inviting landscape? You’re welcome to discover and explore this one-of-a-kind island, or to rest. The distances here are never far – between north and south, east and west, city and country… and between people. Gotland is always close.
Klosters offer snow-capped mountains, bright blue skies, crisp fresh air along with a peaceful and scenic getaway from the buzz of city life. With the various activities on offer such as horse drawn sleigh rides, snowboarding, curling, ice hockey, ice skating, paragliding, an 8.5 km sledding route and top class restaurants, you will be hard pushed to run out of things to do. With its close proximity to Italy and Switzerland, it offers some of the best skiing in Tyrol. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and have a great vacation.
Welcome to Basel! It is not easy to describe Basel in a few words. Descriptions for example such as “cultural city of Switzerland” or “university town” are merely an attempt to give some sort of impression of the wealth of culture, history, relaxation and enjoyment to be found in the city. Whether it is a visit to one of the numerous museums, a dip in the Rhine or an evening at the theatre, allow yourself to be inspired by the joys that await you in Basel. We hope you have a fantastic time here in Basel.
Geneva nestles like a sparkling jewel on the shores of Lake Geneva. Here everything exudes quality, elegance and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. The place is buzzing with people from all corners of the world. The city has excellent restaurants, exclusive shops, beautiful parks, a vibrant cultural life and interesting museums. A practical aspect is that Geneva is geographically quite small. You can wander around the town in an hour, and it is easy to go on quick one-day excursions to the idyllic surroundings.
The charming metropolis of Zürich, Switzerland offers first-class quality of life. Zürich is distinguished by its unparalleled selection of stores lining the world famous shopping mile, the Bahnhofstrasse, not to mention its broad choice of leisure activities. Numerous gastronomic establishments in the surrounding region pamper food lovers with all manner of culinary delights. After dark, some 500 bars and clubs provide a wide variety of entertainment. Zürich is also the ideal departure point for all kinds of excursions, such as to the Rhine Falls, a chocolate factory, or the snow and perpetual ice on Titlis Mountain.
Home of cultural centres, art galleries, theatres, chic designer shops, fine restaurants and carnivals, Maastricht is a bustling city with a larger than life exuberance. A visit will invigorate the soul. Thoroughly cosmopolitan and a fortified university city lying alongside the great Maas river in south Holland, it offers visitors a great lifestyle, if only for a few days. Take the chance to take canal trips, walk, visit attractions and admire its beautiful old buildings that line the historic sculpture-strewn streets in its heart that blend surprisingly well with the architectural whims of more modern planners in areas such as around the harbour.
The time has come to experience the country’s second biggest city. Famous for its status as one of the largest ports in the world, Rotterdam is also a vibrant metropolis and a cultural and economic hotspot with a lot to offer. Enjoy great events, splendid shopping, a wild nightlife and exciting modern architectural delights.
With its characteristic canals (UNESCO World Heritage) surrounded by narrow, low and crooked 17th-century houses, Amsterdam is, without a doubt, one of the most charming capital cities in Europe. With a rich cultural life and a wide range of entertainment, Amsterdam is a full-scale city which has managed to retain its small-town feel. Amsterdam is also a real treat for art-lovers. Amsterdam is home to over 50 museums, many of them famous across the globe. Highlights include the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. For the visitors who have already seen the beautiful canals pioneered the Jordaan and got the hang of our never-ending nightlife..there is plenty more to experience and explore. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area offers a great variety of surprising and unusual attractions and landscapes.
The future is bright for the city of light. Eindhoven is Netherlands’ fifth largest city, and it’s a modern metropolis built up around a famous light bulb and lamp manufactory. Aside from being a buzzing business hub, it’s a great weekend break destination with pedestrian streets packed with shopping, eating and drinking possibilities. Hire a bike and join the hundreds of cyclists who explore this green, accessible city on two wheels. Culture vultures head for the Van Abbemuseum with one of the top ten modern art collections in the world. Combine this with a successful football team and a wacky conference centre situated in a flying saucer and you’ll find that Eindhoven really has something for everyone.
Marmaris lies in a bay with crystal-clear water. Just for emphasis: Marmaris lies in a bay with crystal-clear water. This is where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean Sea. Fragrant pine woods stretch out along the mountain crests. Marmaris is the perfect destination for wonderful days on the beach with lots to see and do, and plenty of sun to be basked in.
It’s easy to lose yourself In Istanbul’s grandiose history, but modern Istanbul is a simmering metropolis, well worth a visit in its own right. The shopping is world class and the nightlife pulsates around Taksim Square. Even though Istanbul is no longer the capital, it’s still the country’s business and cultural centre, still the city where new trends are created.
Bodrum is often called Turkey’s St. Tropez – and the town really lives up to the name! It’s the darling of the jet-set with an international flavour and restaurants, hotels and entertainment of the highest class.
“The beautiful city,” as it is known in Turkey, Izmir welcomes the visitor with a demonstration of warmth and friendliness worthy of the renowned Turkish hospitality. A city of contrasts, Izmir offers the visitor the best of both the modern and ancient worlds steeped in history, while at the same time, a cosmopolitan and vibrant city. With warm summers and mild winters, Izmir is a year-round destination.
The heart of the Turkish Republic, Ankara, is the second largest city of Turkey after Istanbul. The city genuinely lies on the border where east meets west. This means that a traveller can sit outside at a café under the shade of a tree-lined boulevard eating Meze. The European influences combined with the ones of the Middle East have coloured the architecture, food, wine, nightlife, fashion and arts. The two cultures have merged to build a city with a unique identity. By dropping anchor in Ankara, as its name suggests, you are crossing the border of history.
Antalya is the pearl of the Turkish Riviera - an exciting major city, and at the same time a paradise for swimmers. The coast has innumerable delightful beaches that suit all tastes and along the coast, you will find lots of high-class hotels and restaurants. Those who want to take a break and get away from beach life can make interesting excursions to antique ruins and beautiful landscapes.
Golden domes and shimmering spires peek out from the wooded hills rising above the wide Dnipro River. Leafy-green Kiev, with its traffic-packed boulevards, shopping malls, countless churches, brilliant music and lively nightlife, has embraced capitalism, yet held firmly to its heritage. The Caves Monastery is the spiritual heart of Ukraine. Nearby, a gigantic Brezhnev-era Motherland statue bearing sword and shield casts her all-encompassing eye over the city, the river, and its island beaches.
Durham is regarded by many to be the spiritual capital of northern England and one of the most beautiful and unspoilt medieval centres to be found anywhere in Northern Europe. The medieval city sits atop a craggy hill encircled on three sides by the River Wear with the panoramic view from the Cathedral and Castle being described as ‘one of the finest architectural experiences of Europe’.
The coast of dreams, ravaged by the Atlantic Ocean and lined by spectacular sandy beaches, where you will find towering cliffs sheltering small rock pools. The sea is teeming with life, and the crystal-clear water is perfectly alluring, whether you are dreaming of a relaxing swim or an adrenaline-pumped afternoon of extreme sports. If you shy away from the surf, you can admire the spectacular views from above as you stroll along the tops of the cliffs or wander back into town and into one of the many delightful gardens.
Situated picturesquely on the River Foyle, surrounded by hills and a stone’s throw from the rugged Northern Coast, Derry is steeped in history. Check out the famous Free Derry Corner and the political murals of the renowned Bogside and Fountain areas. Wander through the old hilly streets or stroll along the historic city walls with their views of the city and surrounding area.
The self-proclaimed ‘Capital of the Highlands,’ Inverness, is Britain’s northernmost city and is surrounded by some of the world’s most breath-taking mountain and moor land scenery. It is straddling the River Ness, just a stone’s throw from Loch Ness, home of the legendary Monster, and houses some outstanding historic buildings. Inverness offers easy access to a huge choice of outdoor activities and visitor attractions, from lochs and castles to battlefields and nature reserves.
Glasgow is the 21st-century magnet of Great Britain, with an energetic, yet sophisticated vibe. Ancient culture mixed with 19th-century ideals and modern spirit makes Glasgow an exciting place to visit. Add to that the up-and-coming musicians that never seem to rest and the thriving nightlife. Glasgow is also home to many exciting modern Scottish restaurants dedicated to preserving their Scottish heritage.
During the last decades Newcastle has developed into a prominent city regarding technical innovations and culture. This makes Newcastle to one of Great Britain’s most vibrant cities and a wonderful holiday destination with great shopping and an even better nightlife. United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank) form a single, diverse and extremely vibrant visitor destination.
Combining history, shopping, culture and sports, Worcester is a modern town surrounded by the picturesque English countryside. Maybe you have heard about the famous Worcester Sauce and the British composer Sir Edward Elgar, both originating from here. Whether you are just passing through or staying a few days, Worcester will show you a real good time both day and night.
The most southerly and largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey, has much to offer with its fine blend of the best of England and France. Around its 72 kilometre coastline there are quaint fishing villages such as St Aubin, marvellous sandy beaches and a collection of dramatic craggy coastal walks. The inland is just as rewarding. Here you can find fascinating attractions, diverse historic sites and gentle verdant scenery, all linked by narrow country lanes. Festivals play a big a part in island life and barely a month goes by without a local seasonal event not being celebrated. The capital is St Helier and whilst small, it is a cosmopolitan harbour town. St Helier is the main focus for the island’s shopping, eating, entertainment and nightlife culture.
“Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!” Known for its ‘Kiss-Me-Quick’ hats, sticks of rock and the ubiquitous fish and chips, Blackpool has all this and more! With miles of golden sands, stunning Victorian architecture, a host of entertainment for young and old alike and with the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District right on the doorstep, Blackpool is undoubtedly the unofficial entertainment capital of the North!
As the heart of the scenic Yorkshire region, Leeds is doubtless one of the England’s favourite destinations. This city offers a shop-till-you-drop city centre and a pulsating night life as well as historic locations, cultural events and a spectacular surrounding countryside that will leave you breathless!
Located in the beautiful county of Devon and one of Britain’s oldest cities, this small but perfectly formed city has preserved many of its historic features and buildings while enjoying all the amenities and vibrancy of a modern cosmopolitan city. As the commercial and cultural hub for southwest of England, Exeter’s airport and comprehensive transport links make it a perfect city destination and base to explore the surrounding historic and quintessential green English countryside dotted with pretty villages, quaint old pubs and tearooms serving the famous Devon cream tea. And all of this comes with the added bonus of being only a short journey to the nearby coastal resorts, fishing ports and sandy beaches of the English Riviera and World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
The city of Liverpool is renowned worldwide for its music, football, architecture and maritime heritage. However, the city has moved on since the happy days of the Beatles in the 1960’s, and the town was ‘European Capital of Culture in 2008.’ It is a prestigious award which put Liverpool back on the map as a great European city to visit.
Southampton is the cruise capital of Northern Europe. With a cosmopolitan atmosphere borne from centuries of international trade, Southampton is one of the UK’s leading ports and liveliest cities, combining medieval walls and buildings, modern shopping and entertainment complexes, marinas, culture and nightlife. Explore the city’s rich culture and long history and try the wide range of leisure activities in the beautiful surrounding countryside before relaxing to recount the day in one of Southampton’s many harbour side restaurants, cafés and bars.
Birmingham is a real gem! Excellent restaurants, good shopping, exciting nightlife and an architectural icon have transformed perceptions of the city. Last but not least, the landscape that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write "The Lord of the Rings."
These days, Manchester is famous for more than just football and rock´n´ roll – even if these activities are still very important. Cool bars and shops nestle side-by-side in suburbs such as Northern Quarter, Castlefield and Gay Village.
Doncaster is an eclectic mix of the urban and the rural and of the old and the new! World famous for its horse racing and home to one of the most important race courses in the UK. Doncaster is one of Britain’s oldest cities and features an abundance of historic sights, interesting architecture, cultural activities and beautiful surrounding countryside. A bustling city, indeed!
Few minutes off the southern coast of London lies the interesting and charming town Brighton. Considered as one of the most cultured cities in the entire Europe, this seaside city never fails to mesmerise its visitors with its unique architectural edifices, festivals, galleries, museums, drama, arts, music, spectacular outdoor activities, sparkling beaches and a lot more. So whether you are a laid-back beach bum or an adventurer on a tight budget, Brighton definitely has something good to offer!
Welcome to Bristol, the largest city and regional capital of the South West of England. Set around a historic harbour, Bristol is a bustling, commercial and creative city that, in recent years, has undergone a renaissance, finding its heart and soul as never before. It is lively and dynamic, with a mix of award-winning attractions, world-class events and festivals, and enticing shops and markets, making it the perfect choice for a short break.
Having survived almost three decades of conflict and division, Belfast is now emerging from its chrysalis with a newfound freshness and vibrancy. Carrying a deep sense of its history, yet boldly striding into the future, Belfast is an exciting juxtaposition of old and new. Stroll by the River Lagan and see the birthplace of the infamous Titanic, visit the famous political murals in a black taxi or kick back with a traditional music session in one of this lively city’s beautifully preserved old pubs.
The city of Cambridge is situated north of London. It is known as a college town as well as the centre for administration in the county of Cambridgeshire, England. The place offers a lot that surely could surprise anyone, such as the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum where one can enter for free, the River Cam which is popular for punting tours, various festivals, theatres and much more. Football is the most popular sport in the city as this is the home to the Cambridge United F.C. Other popular sports in the city are cricket, rugby and water sports.
Oxford City is located in central southern part of England. It is the 52nd largest city in the UK and is one of its fastest growing cities in terms of population. This city is known as a university town and also a home of the University of Oxford. Aside from the City Centre, tourists may also visit other several suburbs and neighborhoods within the borders of city of Oxford. Things to do in Oxfordshire offer so many choices like cycling, country walks, sailing or even punting. Take time to visit and enjoy the city's historical attractions such as the Blenheim Palace, Christ Church college or the Ashmolean Museum.
London is the cultural, political and economic heart of Britain, famous for its world-class museums and galleries, historic royal palaces, fantastic shopping destinations, top West End theatre shows and award-winning restaurants. Visiting London? Start planning your trip right here, from booking your accommodation to creating your perfect itinerary. Whether you want to stay in a 5-star luxury hotel and sip Champagne on the London Eye, or find a cheap hostel and stroll in one of London's beautiful Royal Parks, you'll find something to suit your budget and interests.
With 11 kilometres of sandy, white beaches, Bournemouth is one of the continent’s premier resort towns. Bournemouth offers its visitors the best in water sports, yachting, beach life, nightlife and shopping. Not to mention a heap of gastro pubs!
‘City of Caves’ and ‘Queen of the Midlands’ are two names fondly given to the city of Nottingham, which accurately reflects its hugely diverse nature, rich with cultural heritage and modern day entertainment. A city with a fascinating past and an exciting and buzzing present, Nottingham has everything to offer – from high culture, haute couture and widely acclaimed restaurants to the world famous legend of Robin Hood. Visitors are spoilt for choice for things to do and see in this number one destination city. Whatever you are into, be it art, music or walking, Nottingham is sure to satisfy all tastes, styles and ages.
Scotland’s enchanting capital Edinburgh is a city of striking contrasts, where centuries of history and culture meet a thriving, international festival city and breathtaking landscapes wherever you turn. Perched dramatically on an extinct volcano, the world-famous Edinburgh Castle is visible from almost any point in the city, a constant reminder of Edinburgh’s long and fascinating history. As you explore the city’s striking architecture, tranquil green spaces and exciting attractions, you will soon understand how so many authors and poets have been inspired to create iconic characters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes and most recently Harry Potter.
Vancouver has been called exciting, dynamic, amazing, vibrant, multicultural and cosmopolitan. Combining the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, the majesty of the Coastal Mountains, and a mild climate makes Vancouver one of the most intriguing cities in the world. It is an outdoor-oriented city, offering health enthusiasts a wide range of sports – remember, Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. Visitors of all ages will find activities to satisfy all expectations of this Canadian treasure.
Fastened along the stunning Laurentian Mountains in Québec, Canada is the small municipality of Saint-Hippolyte. Named for the celebrated 3rd century Roman theologian, the town is only 45 km north of Montreal. Visitors do not come to Saint-Hippolyte for a swift vicinity to nearby cities, however: it claims its own appeal with captivating beauty, lush vegetation, and snow laden domains. Come to Saint-Hippolyte for the perfect recreational decamp.
Toronto is an urban mosaic of cultures and ethnicities and heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It is the most heavily populated city in Canada, a cosmopolitan financial, commercial and cultural center, blending its multicultural heritage — about 80 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages — with urban chic.
The perfect trip. The ideal adventure. Whistler is Canada’s answer to your expectations of endless fun and relaxation. Located in the breathtaking Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is a resort community that even hosted the world during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Prior to the Olympics and quickly after, the town became an international oasis for adventure and beauty. The Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains provide a natural getaway for alpine skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and mountain biking, hiking, and camping during summer.
The world bestowed a wealth of biodiversity, rainforests, waterfalls, and sublime coastlines to Quepos, Costa Rica. Named for the native Quepoa Indians who inhabited the area in the colonial era, Quepos is quite the natural wonder. Only ten degrees north of the equator, the city also champions the Pacific Ocean to its west and the Caribbean Sea to its east. Such prime coordinates provides a veritable sanctuary for outdoors enthusiasts.
In his first trip to the stupendous region, Christopher Columbus noted the silver-tipped appearance of the area’s prominent mountain. As “plata” is Spanish for “silver,” Columbus christened it “Monte de Plata,” and the city became known as Puerto de Plata. Since then it is referred to by its abbreviated name—and it continues to draw curious and adventurous visitors. Luring vacationers much as it had Columbus, Puerto Plata is one of the Dominican Republic’s most renowned cities. Lending to a bright culture of friendly people and recreational activities, Puerto Plata will exceed even your wildest and greatest of expectations.
On the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic lies jubilant Punta Cana. Its name hearkens to the signature cane palms that pepper the region (“Punta Cana” literally translates to "Tip of the White Cane Palms"), and its popularity has been celebrated since the 1970s. Best known for its stretch of palm-laden beaches and thatch-roofed “balnearios” (seaside resort towns), Punta Cana is a nonstop, Caribbean party!
Jamaica braves on as of the most laidback destinations in the Caribbean with the small town of Lucea. Secluded private coves and endless stretches of sugary sand beaches comprise the greater Hanover Parish, wrapping tiny Lucea in its graces. Its locals extend an ever-inviting hand to visitors who seek the town’s calming, tranquil demeanor.
Zihuatanejo combines Mexican culture, wonderful nature and old-fashioned charm. This picturesque fishing town is a unique beach destination and the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying the best in life. Many of you might remember Zihuatanejo from the all-time movie success, Shawshank Redemption. This is the place where the two characters decide to meet after their release. With Ixtapa only a few kilometres away you get a two-for-one deal coming here, combining the traditional, calm Zihuatanejo and the modern Ixtapa.
Cancúns white sandy beaches and inviting warm, crystal clear waters makes it a paradise for all beach and water sports enthusiasts. Add a vibrant nightlife and the closeness to the breathtaking Mayan ruins and you have Mexico´s most popular tourist hot spot. Caring for four million tourists yearly, it´s hard to understand this beautiful resort was a sleepy fishing village just a few decades ago. Cancún is best known as a family, sporting and wedding resort where you can chose your own pace and lifestyle to suit your frame of mind. Its colorful buzz and ancient traditions co-existing with ultra-modern developments enchant everyone, from backpackers to luxury travelers.
Located at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, the once-remote area of Los Cabos has transformed itself into an international resort destination. Many visitors come for the stunning beaches and what is known as the Corridor, a 33 kilometer stretch of spectacular coastline that runs between the twin towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Both towns have been known to captivate and charm travelers from all over the world, and host an array of internationally renowned events, including the Bisbee Black and Blue Marlin tournament (www.bisbees.com) and the SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race (www.score-international.com).
Few destinations on earth cause as much amazement as Riviera Maya. What makes this destination special is the privileged location on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea embrace the powdery white sand of the beaches that cover the coastline. The 120 km of Caribbean coast that stretches the length of Riviera Maya exudes the multifaceted spirit of the destination. Sun and Sand, Maya Culture, ziplining, cenotes, diving and snorkeling, shopping and nightlife are just a few of the many exiting options Riviera Maya offers to provide their guests with a truly unique and marvellous experience. Welcome to Riviera Maya!
Puerto Vallarta is pairs the architecture of colonial Mexico with the flair of its modern, beach resort city persona. Located in the gorgeous Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is both a tropical and cultural epicenter. Luxury cruises make it a frequent stop along their vacation routes, for the sandy beaches seem quite endless! Art lovers will find a paradise in Puerto Vallarta as well, for the city holds its own with numerous neighborhoods and districts dedicated to creative expression.
Few destinations on earth cause as much amazement as Riviera Maya. What makes this destination special is the privileged location on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea embrace the powdery white sand of the beaches that cover the coastline. The 120 km of Caribbean coast that stretches the length of Riviera Maya exudes the multifaceted spirit of the destination. Sun and Sand, Maya Culture, ziplining, cenotes, diving and snorkeling, shopping and nightlife are just a few of the many exiting options Riviera Maya offers to provide their guests with a truly unique and marvellous experience. Welcome to Riviera Maya!
Chiriqui, described by many as the “breadbasket" of Panama, is comprised of fertile mountains and rolling hills, rocky rivers and coffee plantations, pristine beaches and islands with world class sports fishing and a thriving city conveniently close to all destinations within the province. Located in the western-most region of Panama, Chiriqui is bordered to the north by Bocas del Toro, to the west by Costa Rica, to the east by the Veraguas and to the south by the Pacific Ocean.
Welcome to Panama, the heart of the Americas, a country with great contrasts, kilometers of beaches on both Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, pristine islands, fertile highlands, historic landmarks, great outdoor adventures, lush nature, indigenous tribes, a thriving, vibrant, cosmopolitan city and, of course, the Panama Canal. Panama is a real treat for nature and history lovers, foodies and it is a shopping paradise.
The Republic of Panama has a privileged geographic position bordered on the north by the Atlantic Ocean and the south by the Pacific Ocean. It therefore has a plethora of islands varying in sizes and includes uninhabited pristine islets, national marine parks, as well as up-and-coming hipster and backpacker islands with a great nightlife. Caribbean islands have a different feeling due to the influence of the African culture, while other Caribbean Islands are inhabited by local indigenous tribes preserving their pre-Columbian traditions. The most popular islands in Panama are Bocas del Toro, San Blas (Guna Yala), Taboga, Coiba, and the Pearl Islands. The Pearl Islands is an archipelago that is comprised of 90 islands and 100 islets with the most popular being Isla Contadora, Isla San José, Isla Viveros and Isla Saboga.
San Juan is the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital of the island of Puerto Rico. Encompassing hundreds of years of history, the city blends Spanish-era historic sites – such as the San Felipe del Morro fortress, with modern entertainment and fashionable shopping districts. More than a million people call San Juan home, while hundreds of thousands of tourists call it their favorite place to vacation each year. Its perfect year-round climate makes the city an ideal venue for international sporting events such as the World Baseball Classic and National Basketball Association Games, for which the city always puts on its best face.
Sun-drenched and palm-fringed, the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten is one of the most beautiful in the eastern Caribbean. It also has a dual personality: the north of the island is a little outpost of France, and the south side oozes the warmth of the Dutch. The border between them is basically non-existent, and visitors are free to enjoy everything from watersports and cultural festivals to shopping.
With a culture and natural landscape as colorful as its history (it was once declared a “pirate republic” by infamous pirates Charles Vane, Calico Jack Rackham, "Blackbeard" Edward Teach, Anne Bonny, and Mary Read!), Nassau is The Bahamas’ crown jewel. With a booming Downtown District, Nassau makes for some wonderful on-land entertainment. The beaches are its signature attraction, however, with the likes of Cable Beach at its helm. Turquoise waters boast the best clarity on the planet with a visibility of over 200 feet!
New York is pure energy. It has been the backdrop for many movies with its bright lights and bustling streets, like those found in luminous Times Square. Upon arrival, visitors to the city are greeted by one of the nation's grandest symbols of freedom, the Statue of Liberty. Like Lady Liberty, everything about New York is larger than life. The Empire State Building is the third-tallest building in the nation, and the 19-building expanse of Rockefeller Center includes Radio City Music Hall and houses the offices of major industries and television studios. Although New York's contributions to theater are undeniable, catching a Broadway show is a far cry from your only entertainment option. New York is also the home of world-renowned music venue Carnegie Hall. Multiple sports teams also call New York home.
Visit Greater Raleigh, N.C., North Carolina's state capital area, where the things to do and see—museums, history, the arts, sports, shopping, music—are as unexpected and electrifying as the area's innovative mindset. Take a deep breath and recharge at hotels where staff will treat you with genuine Southern hospitality. Study the flavors in unforgettable meals at restaurants where you'll taste the area's newfound culinary creativity. Experience one of the most dynamic (and affordable) destinations in the Southeast. We hope to see you soon!
The Fort Lauderdale of today is a destination that will keep the well-travelled with discriminating taste satisfied. With some of the best restaurants and boutique hotels in the state, this city is a hipster’s paradise.
Located in Texas, the fourth largest city in the U.S. is known for NASA, its annual rodeo and the massive cluster of hospitals known as the Texas Medical Center. Yet, Houston has matured into a complete and downright hip vacation destination for the savvy traveler. The city is a diverse metropolis where no ethnicity comprises a majority of the population. This mix of cultures has contributed in making Houston a city of superb cuisine, world-class culture, entertainment and shopping. It is no surprise that Houston is attracting visitors from all over the world.
As the birthplace of America, Philadelphia has endured centuries of peril, challenges and conquest to remain one of the nation’s top attractions. Historical buildings, sculptures and murals line streets that were once walked by the Founding Fathers of the United States. The weather varies during the seasons, vacillating from mild springs, to hot summers, to chilly winters, but people can always be seen out and about in the City of Brotherly Love.
Less than 10 miles from Palm Springs resides Cathedral City. Deriving its name from the eponymous Cathedral Canyon, the City also features the natural landmarks of desert and mountain ranges common to Coachella Valley. Visitors frequently take to Cathedral City’s sparkling golf courses, which are the area’s prominent attractions, in the Boulder and Pebble courses of the Cimarron Golf Resort, as well as the Cathedral Canyon Golf Club course.
As the sight of the five Olympic Rings and the 1960 Winter Olympics, the eponymous Olympic Valley remains an international symbol of sportsmanship. Decades later, Olympic skiers and snowboarders still come to Olympic Valley to train on the resort's advanced skill slopes and terrain parks, while novice and intermediate skiers explore the nearby paths suited to their skill levels. Olympic Valley is the second largest ski area in the Lake Tahoe Region, with 34 lifts providing access to 3,600 ski-able acres spread across six peaks and award-winning parks.
Dennis Port is one of five villages that comprise the town of Dennis in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For years, Cape Cod has been a place where America's wealthy come to relax during the summer months. The Cape's perfect beaches and the warm waters of Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod Bay provide desirable conditions for sunbathing, fishing, whale watching, surfing, and other activities.
Concerts, motorcycle rallies, world-class shopping, and extensive beaches all lend to Myrtle Beach’s reign as a top vacation destination in not just South Carolina, but all of the United States. Over 14 million annual visitors flock to Myrtle Beach’s subtropical climate and subtropical recreation. Countless golf courses glitter the area, along with water and amusement parks, museums, historical sites, and more. Sail the coast or relax on the soft sand of the beaches!
A trip to New York is not complete without a visit to Syracuse, the fifth most populous city in the state of New York and the hub of Central New York, a region inhabited by over one million people. Syracuse is the home of a vibrant community with a wealth of activitiies. DESTINY USA, the 6th largest mall in the United States and the largest Mall in New York State are in Syracuse. Renowned Syracuse University and the Carrier Dome host the highest Academic Courses along with the Carrier Dome’s finest home sports games featuring their Syracuse Orangemen and Orangewomens’s Basketball, Lacrosse & Football Teams. More sports are available at the OnCenter’s War Memorial Arena, which features the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Team. In addition to the arena, the OnCenter features the The OnCenter Theaters and Oncenter Convention Center. The enormous NBT Stadium is home to the Syracuse Chiefs AAA Baseball Team, the Farm Team of the Professional Major League Toronto Blue Jays.
Baltimore is situated along the shores of the vast Chesapeake Bay nearly 200 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Since the 1600s, Baltimore waterways have given passage to ships carrying commercial cargo and new citizens - making it the second most popular point of entry for immigrants next to Ellis Island. It is located approximately 35 miles northeast of Washington DC and 75 miles southwest of Philadelphia, PA. With hundreds of identified districts, Baltimore has sometimes been dubbed "a city of neighborhoods," but is more commonly known as "Charm City." Baltimoreans take pride in their city, boasting one of the most remarkable transformations in history, yet they continue to welcome and amaze visitors with down to earth, small town spirit and hospitality.
You would never expect to step into Bavaria while visiting Washington, but upon entering Leavenworth, you will certainly feel as though you have been transported to Germany. Nearly 25% of the town's residents can trace their ancestry back to Germany, and they have brought that European feel with them. Though the town is small, what it lacks in size it makes up for in personality. Enjoy great food, fantastic people, beautiful land, and a bevy of activities for every season. If you're visiting in the winter, make sure to go skiing or sleigh riding; in the summer, take part in wine tastings, river rafting, and spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains. October may be the best time to visit as Leavenworth is a fantastic place for Oktoberfest, which is celebrated throughout the month. Don't worry, though; if you can't be there for October, with all the delicious German foods, beers, cafés, Bavarian architecture, and beautiful views, anytime is a great time to visit Leavenworth.
The Lone Star Flag of Texas is one of the most recognizable state flags in the United States. Now travelers have the chance to explore its birthplace. Montgomery, Texas is rife with state history, with July of 2012 marking its 175th anniversary. Founded around the Lake Creek Settlement in 1837, Montgomery now finds itself surrounding Lake Conroe. The lake serves as a focal point for much of its attraction: visitors take advantage of the friendly waters for boating, fishing, swimming, and other fun activities year-round.
Hilton Head Island, on the southern coast of South Carolina, is filled with beautiful ocean views, antebellum relics, beds of oysters, and Southern charm. Everything about the island speaks of posh sophistication with a laid back attitude. Out on the ocean waters you can see trawlers and other boats; in the canals and inlets, yachts are frequently floating and enjoying the sunny weather. Golf courses designed by some of the sport's finest players abound, as do alligators sunning themselves in sand traps and small ponds. Dolphins frequently swim the waters of Harbour Town, a unique section of Hilton Head that caters to yachts, shoppers, and golfers. Restaurants featuring fresh fish and oysters are everywhere. In whatever season you visit, Hilton Head Island and its surrounding areas are full of fun things to do year round.
Pampas grass lines the dunes that border the small town of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. The tufts of their leaves, fluffy and swaying with the breezes sweeping from the Atlantic Ocean, seem to mimic the fluffy clouds that sweep overhead in the blue skies. Since the 1920s vacationers have penciled in Atlantic Beach for weekend getaways and summer trips. Perhaps this is because of the town’s pristine sands and seaside activities, or maybe it’s because nothing beats dinner and an oceanview sunset. Either way, the Beach is calling.
Step into Lynden, Washington and consider yourself stepping into Little Netherlands! A Dutch heritage is present in the town’s dairy farms, blueberry and strawberry fields, parks, museums, and its architecture. There also seems to be an alluring vicinity to other points of interest, including Canada five miles north, county seat Bellingham 15 miles away, and half-an-hour’s drive from the Pacific Ocean. Skiers may be happy to know that the popular Mount Baker is only an hour away as well!
World class shows. Neon lights set aglow. Numerous attractions lining the strip. But look again—this isn’t Las Vegas. This is Branson, Missouri. Lauded as the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” Branson draws myriads of visitors to its theaters, which feature anything from comedic magic acts to Elvis Presley tributes. The natural beauty cannot be ignored either, for the Ozark Mountains provide a terrain of sparkling waters and forested trails. It does tend to be humid in Branson, but the temperatures are mild to moderate, with around 209 sunny days per year.
Historic pride and natural beauty - Williamsburg seems to have the best of both as millions of travelers visit the city every year for its timeless attractions and verdant landscape. Colonial remnants of buildings, museums, hotels, and even taverns are favorites of locals and vacationers alike, with Revolutionary reenactments and interpretations spanning the hillsides and battlefields. Take to the waters with Old World schooners, sailing with the Virginian breezes that were once experienced by legendary figures like George Washington and John Smith. Come visit Williamsburg and become a part of true American history.
Wyoming attracts those who need not the frills and thrills of traditional vacation hotspots or high-octane amusements. It attracts those who are drawn instinctually to areas of earthy subsistence, where the only apparent wealth is a wealth of nature and beauty. The town of Jackson Hole is a reflection of its greater state, having both an aesthetic appreciation of its wilderness, as well as a nod to a heritage of ranching and farming. In recognition of its wonderful outdoors, Ski Magazine even named the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort “North America's Overall #1 Resort for 2014.” Embrace the wide open “old West” with a travel to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Mason is the largest city in Warren County and was was listed as #7 in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" list in 2013. Mason is a continuously growing community, with new businesses and attractions opening every year. When you visit Mason, you will have no shortage of activities. Mason is home to many museums, businesses, attractions, shops, and much more. With the community growing so rapidly, you never know what there will be to do next.
Boasting of the grand Mogollon Rim and peppered with lakes and rivers, Payson is Arizona's diamond in the rough. Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and explorations remain the town's biggest attractions, luring visitors year after year who seek a swift escape to the wide, wild west.
Blaine, Washington is perfectly placed for the ultimate escape. Positioned 35 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia and 110 miles north of bustling Seattle, Blaine certainly carves out its own stake in bliss. In addition to a reputation for being an incredibly clean, safe town, Blaine glistens in natural beauty. Over a dozen parks are fit for bird watching, biking, and trailblazing, while a handful of manicured golf courses also add to an itinerary of outdoor recreation.
Utah’s dominance as a ski resort state continues with the vivacious Steamboat Springs. Boasting activities for all the seasons, Steamboat Springs also nods to an extensive western heritage that encompasses ranching traditions. After exploring the city’s historical sites, visitors are elated to partake in world-class skiing, biking, fishing, hunting, relaxing in the natural hot springs, and more. The Springs play host to popular annual events, fine cuisine, and shoppingcenters as well.
Ocean Shores, Washington is Western Washington's #1 beach destination. On your trip to Ocean Shores, you are guaranteed to be delighted and entertained. Horseback ride on the sandy beaches, catch fresh fish from the ocean, bird watch in the local parks, and, after the sun sets, enjoy Ocean Shores' vibrant night life. There is never a dull moment at Ocean Shores.
Both Ketchum and nearby Sun Valley are located in Wood River Valley, a region which is home to the Sun Valley Ski Resort, the Sawtooth National Forest, and the river from which it gets its name, Big Wood River. Originally named Leadville, Ketchum was founded in 1880 and grew around the lead and silver mining operations located there. At the same time, travelers were coming to Sun Valley to take advantage of the purported healing powers of the hot springs. Today, people still come to Ketchum and Sun Valley to relax. Sun Valley is home to one of the country's most famous ski resorts, and Ketchum is considered the gateway to the Sun Valley Resort and the Sawtooth Recreation Area. Ketchum is also located close to the natural wonders of Big Wood River and parts of the Boise, Challis and Sawtooth National forests, thus providing visitors with a multitude of opportunities for fishing, hiking and trail riding. In town, it is apparent the residents of Ketchum celebrate their pioneer heritage and have combined their Old West roots with modern life. Nothing is more of a testament to this fact than the annual Wagon Days Big Hitch Parade, which features horse-drawn buggies, wagons and carts traveling down streets lined with modern shops and galleries.
Before the age of airplane transportation and luxury cruises, a vacation to the otherwise unattainable Hawaiian Islands was the stuff of dreams—accessed by way of picture books, films, and wishful conversation. Now the world introduces itself to Hawaii again and again throughout the seasons, and no time is better than the present to visit its second largest island. Maui has been voted "Best Island" by Conde Nast Traveler for the last 19 years, and it consistently succeeds as the ultimate vacation destination.
Nicknamed "The Village by the Sea," Carlsbad enjoys seven miles of tidy, uncongested beaches along the Pacific coastline. This makes it perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing, all paired with a mild climate. Furthermore, Carlsbad impresses with three lagoons, a lake, an aquarium, museums, and shopping districts. As if that weren't enough, the town's proximity to San Diego and Los Angeles provides a multitude of additional options within a short drive.
The “Mile High City” makes its residence among the towering mountains and sweeping prairies, creating a memorable and lasting experience for both Denver citizens and visitors. As the capital of Colorado, Denver’s position along the Rocky Mountains affords it a semi-arid climate of comfortably warm temperatures and 300 sunny days a year. This also makes for interesting changes in weather patterns, as the city is known for its sudden but brief thunderstorms. Beautiful parks, biking and running trails, and a citywide, walker-friendly environment mean that most people take to the outside for their daily activities. Spritely pubs, clubs and restaurants give Denver an abundance of nightlife options, as well as the extensive and local music scene. There is a reason Denver was once deemed the “Queen City of the West.”
Minneapolis is a city on the rise. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, it is rumored that iconic American writer Mark Twain was the first to assign the name ‘Twin Cities’ to Minneapolis and neighboring city St. Paul.
Charleston is the oldest and second largest city in the southeastern state of South Carolina. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. The first shots of the Civil War were even fired from its own harbors. Thankfully for history and architecture lovers, Charleston wasn't destroyed and stands today as a salute to antebellum houses, lovers of the South, and the most haunted city in America.
"Every man should be allowed to love two cities – his own and San Francisco," stated author Gene Fowler. San Francisco, also known as the City by the Bay, is a diverse, colorful, and intriguing destination luring visitors from all corners of the world with its beauty, culture, history and dynamic ambience. It is best known for its steep hills, beautiful panoramic vistas, and excellent cuisine. The eclectic mix of architecture, sandy beaches, ethnic and cultural diversity, and entertainment for all ages makes San Francisco a great choice for vacation.
Surrounded by the green verdant mountains of dormant volcanoes and the roar of the Pacific beating down upon palm-fringed white beaches, Oahu is an incredibly idyllic holiday destination. With such an abundance of natural beauty and the attractions of a vibrant and buzzing metropolis, Oahu is sure to please all those who visit, from the beach bum to the culture vulture.
Lake Tahoe is California’s masterpiece. The basin of glistening waters and palatial mountains was formed out of calamitous volcanic activity and glacial works of art millions of years ago, giving rise to the astounding tourist attraction of today. Divided into North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe with equal parts gorgeous, Tahoe keeps locals and visitors occupied all year round. Ski resorts, warm-weather recreation, casinos, reputable nightlife venues, fantastic food, and perfect access to Reno, Carson City and Sacramento all make Lake Tahoe the ultimate vacation.
New England itself is pure charisma. Representing much of the world’s inspiration, the area is draped by sparkling snow in the winter, swept with seaside fresh air during spring and summer, and painted with the changing colors of its trees during autumn. Waterville Valley, Hew Hampshire is a beacon of these seasons and a proud, New England town. Its resort is the focal point, lending to recreational activities throughout the seasons that include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and more. And not to be overlooked, the White Mountain National Forest also wraps Waterville Valley in its scenic landscape.
Santa Fe is poised with the grace and promise of an existence that spans 400 years. As the nation's oldest capital city, Santa Fe bears an identity that extends past Anglo-America and into Spanish and Pueblo heritages. History aficionados and culture enthusiasts are drawn to the “The City Different” each year. Explore numerous museums and partake in community-wide celebrations. Santa Fe is a paradise for the bold hearted.
Capistrano Beach is not the traditional “city,” but its charming small town atmosphere and myriads of recreational opportunities have christened it a viable vacation destination. Branching off from the city of Dana Point, “Capo Beach” is also bordered by the vivacious Laguna Beach to the north and San Clemente to the south. As one of the few remaining "beach towns" in the busy Orange County area, Capo Beach has (impressively) avoided much of the commercialization common to the area. This makes for a great, uncongested stay.
As a metropolitan of amazing proportions, Dallas is the primary destination of travel and excitement in Texas. Drawing those with an innovative spirit, Dallas possesses an uncanny ability to combine Southern charm with commercial finesse. Its citizens have christened the city “Big D” in fitting manner, for much like the state in which it resides, Dallas boasts of big style. From the endless entertainment and dining districts of its downtown, to sporting attractions spanning FIVE professional teams that include “America’s Team” in the Dallas Cowboys, you can guarantee a good time with a relaxing, sunny breeze in the city that never ceases to amaze.
Newport, Oregon is a beachcomber's paradise. The bustling port town is one of Central Coast’s prides, serving home or a proximity to 6 beaches! Newport’s unique fishing and maritime identity flows with Yaquina Bay (featuring the largest commercial fishing fleet in the state of Oregon), the Marine Science Center, Undersea Gardens, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. It doesn’t end there, though: Newport also flaunts a downtown “Deco” district replete with art deco buildings, art galleries, creative shops, and cute restaurants.
Atlanta today is the economic and cultural center of the Southern United States. It offers a traditional charm with a modern flair. The city is filled with attractions and activities, including the Georgia Aquarium (the world’s largest), the Atlanta Olympic Park the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden. Atlanta is also rich in history with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Pulitzer Prize winning Author of "Gone with Wind", Margaret Mitchell commemorated by display of her Home and Museum. Atlanta also has stellar performance venues that showcase the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Ballet and Atlanta's renowned Symphony Orchestra. Before or after the show, Atlanta's selection of fine restaurants offer a selection of the best food in the South.
Daytona Beach is "The World's Most Famous Beach!" Known for its stretches of smooth sandy beaches that have made driving and racing motorized vehicles a popular past time for over 100 years, Daytona Beach impresses. The booming racing legacy continues to this day, with the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and Grand American Road Racing Association housing their headquarters here. Daytona Beach also beckons with activities for absolutely everyone on your trip: spend the day perusing the Downtown Shopping District, take to the greens with world-class golf, explore endless historical sites and museums, and find some peace among the nature preserves and parks.
Described by the New York Times as “a desert version of Miami's South Beach,” Scottsdale is Arizona’s biggest hit. The city is rich in culture and natural grandeur. The Scottsdale Arts District lends to proud attractions of galleries, studios, and museums, while architectural majesties like Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West supplement the city’s Western heritage. High-end corporate retail outlets and independent boutiques draw myriad savvy shoppers to Scottsdale — and so does the vibrant nightlife. Also, its position on the northern stretches of the Sonoran Desert and the McDowell Mountain Range paints Scottsdale spectacular.
The state of Maine sets its own pace among the otherwise bustling New England. With an eased temperament that stems from lakefront breezes and whispering forests, the town of Rangeley does not stray from its state’s tempo. As "Maine's Four Season Playground," the town boasts Lake Mooselookmeguntic, which provides fodder for outdoors connoisseurs looking to fish, boat, kayak, and explore. Rangeley also transforms into a winter wonderland for skiing, snowboarding, and traversing the landscape.
Whether lounging on the beach watching volleyball and basking in the sun with your favorite drink, or filling your traveling schedule to the maximum with museums, architecture, concerts, dining and shopping, the Tampa Bay Area is sure to please. Fresh seafood, nationally recognized steak houses and trendy martini bars keep visitors and locals busy in the evenings.
Progressive and yet laid back, Seattle offers a wide range of entertainment, live music and family fun for all to enjoy.Called The Emerald City, Seattle is the largest city in the Northwest United States and is home to the iconic Space Needle, the famous Pike Place Market and the new Chihuly Garden and Glass. Noted as the birthplace of grunge music and serious coffee shops (Starbucks and Tully’s), Seattle is far sunnier than its reputation as a rainy city. In fact, Seattle receives less rain than many major U.S. cities including New York and Miami. Seattle is a green city with an abundance of evergreen trees and spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west.
You may have heard that San Diego has the best climate in the U.S., and that is probably true. As if the gorgeous weather wasn’t enough, San Diego also has 75 miles of beautiful coastline, where you will find some of California’s most popular beaches. Ask which one is the best one, and most people will answer “La Jolla.” This picture-perfect part of northern San Diego is known as one of the prettiest spots on the west coast. If you stay downtown, a visit to the 1,200-acre Balboa Park is a must – a true national treasure. It is also one of many reasons why 30 million people go to San Diego every year.
Before rising to global and national significance with the arrival of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Park City, Utah was a relatively unknown gem of the west. Residents adored the area for its abundance of recreational opportunities, from hiking and biking, to skiing and snowboarding. This opportunity was capitalized upon during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games—which was consequently deemed the most successful in Winter Olympics history. The spotlight has remained on Park City, with Forbes Traveler Magazine naming it among the “20 prettiest Towns in the United States,” and the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s bestowing of the Gold-level Ride Center designation for the city’s mountain bike trails, services, and community spirit.
Think “Napa” and your palate twinges with delight as images of endless vineyards and glasses of wine come to mind. Napa, California has been synonymous with such delicacies for quite some time—and with good reason. As County seat to one of the Great Wine Capitals (there are only nine in the world), Napa is proud to associate itself with some of the most experienced and enthusiastic wine aficionados on the planet. Do not be fooled, however: Napa is also home to fine attractions, such as Main Street’s "Restaurant Row," the West End, the Oxbow District, historical districts, grand Victorian homes, acclaimed luxury hotels, and not to mention, beautiful weather and clean, clear air.
Following in the steps of its fellow northeastern cities within the early Colonies, the city of Concord was established around the spirit of unity, harmony, and friendship. As the name “Concord” actually means “with harmony,” these characteristics are seen all over the city. Residential, business, industrial, and historical elements are all blended together to make Concord an impressive cocktail of evolution and tradition.
The “Crown City” was designed with one thought in mind: capitalize on the area’s abundance of sun, sand, and Pacific skies. Coronado, California is an island resort community within San Diego County and champions America’s “Best Beach.” Over 2 million people venture to the city each year to partake in the glory of a refreshing climate, great hospitality, world-renowned restaurants, chic boutiques, unending cultural events, and endless opportunities for exploring Coronado’s outdoors.
If you love the beach and the unique seaside air, Falmouth, Massachusetts, is definitely the place to see. Ride across Cape Cod along the Island Queen Ferry, relax on the warm and pleasant Old Silver Beach, or take a scenic tour of the Nobska Lighthouse in this comforting city. There is plenty to do and see here, so stop by and have a blast!
Kauai challenges the conventional getaway with the mantra that you should never compromise on perfection while choosing vacation destinations. With 50 combined miles of stark, white sand beaches; bounties of tropical flowers; 10 spectacular golf courses; opportunities for both deep sea and freshwater fishing; several navigable rivers; world-class resorts, and more, Kauai is THE definition of perfection.
Murrells Inlet channels the charm of South Carolina with undertones of its colonial past and a menagerie of modern vacation amenities. As “The Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” Murrells Inlet welcomes visitors to explore its fishing enterprise—from the sea to your plate! Not only are the cuisines and restaurants renowned, but so are the area’s collection of golf courses. But perhaps most spectacularly, Murrells Inlet is a nature lover’s paradise: Spanish moss drapes grand oaks that have stood for centuries, and seabirds glide over the sparkling waters of the Atlantic.
In Greek mythology, the phoenix is a fantastically plumed bird that achieves immortality through rebirth. This rebirth often occurs in the midst of the sun, so there is little surprise that the city of Phoenix, Arizona took the name of such a fascinating creature. Bathed in sunshine for 85% of the daylight hours, Phoenix is in the unique position of have warm weather year round. While temperatures do reach upwards of 100 degrees in the summer months, it’s dry heat you can breathe—without the downfalls of humidity! Phoenix is also the most populous state capitol in the U.S., which translates to a richly diverse collection of cultures and activities. And perhaps most spectacularly, every drive or stroll through the city is accompanied by a backdrop of the Sonoran Desert, sandy mountain ranges and eternal blue skies.
Located 90 miles northwest of Denver, Estes Park is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The mountain terrain and mild temperatures, with summer highs around 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the 40s, make ideal conditions for such outdoor activities as hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping and wildlife and bird watching. Estes Park is not just one vast wilderness, though. The city is also teeming with a multitude of dining and shopping experiences.
Kansas City is unique in that it is located within two states: Missouri and Kansas. Officially nicknamed "The City of Fountains," it boasts beautiful scenery and luxurious locales. From its famous barbecue to its lustrous casinos, there is plenty to do, see, and eat in Kansas City.
West Palm Beach is Miami’s less popular, but just as hip little sister. Known for its art festivals, nightlife and extensive shopping choices, this city serves both the young family set with zoos and museums and the epicurean crew with a myriad of foodie delights.
New Orleans is a city that comes instantly to mind for millions of people each year with thoughts of traveling the United States. Steeped in cultural references, the fanciful streetcar transportation even prompted Tennessee Williams to pen his play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Festivity carries in the air as much as the sounds of saxophones and trumpets. New Orleans is a constant celebration of the human spirit, from the ever-lively Mardi Gras and Carnivals to the breathtaking and historic tombs draped in oak canopies and Spanish moss. The winters are short and mild and the summers bring plenty of heat and sunshine, so take to the streets with a delicious “sno-ball” in hand and make New Orleans your next destination.
Veritably and relatively still untouched by man, Sedona seems to be the Earth’s own conception of perfection. Grand red rocks extend upwards as natural skyscrapers, while clear waters flow in streams around them. Communities of people have been drawn to the grace and transformative qualities of Sedona for millennia. Native Americans thrived in the area before the arrival of Europeans, and now both international visitors and national citizens are taking advantage of the stunning city. Sedona often serves as a spiritual retreat for thousands, while others come for the wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities.
First explored in the year 1521, the spectacular city of Key West, is part of the Monroe County, FL, United States, and also the southernmost city in the Continental US. It is located 129 miles and approximately two hours away form the cosmopolitan city of Miami. With its impeccable weather, Key West enjoys the distinction of being a major seaport destination for many passenger cruise ships. With its perpetual blue skies, Key West is also a premier location for naval aviation training, at Naval Air Station Key. With a renowned reputation as the Mecca for summer fun, this spectacular city will offer you scenic beaches, an abundance of exciting venues to explore the ocean, multi-ethnic restaurants, and luxurious hotels with breathtaking views.
As a dreamscape among the North Carolina mountainside, Banner Elk is a favorite destination for countless individuals and families seeking fun in the outdoors. The “ski capitol of the South” beckons with fishing, rafting, horseback riding, hiking, golfing and—of course—skiing! Banner Elk also wields a climate that accommodates every itinerary, spanning the Blue Ridge and Grandfather Mountains, picturesque communities, fine restaurants, and specialty shopping.
The coastal barrier city of New Smyrna Beach is “Florida’s Secret Pearl” with good reason. Consistently given recognition on numerous “best surf town” lists, New Smyrna Beach was even ranked as "one of the world's top 20 surf towns" by National Geographic Magazine in 2012. Watersports remain its most popular feature, with swimming, scuba diving, kitesurfing, and surfing at the forefront. Outdoors enthusiasts have little fear, however: you’ll discover myriad opportunities to fish, sail, motorboat, golf, hike, and more at New Smyrna Beach!
The name Sandusky has become synonymous with Cedar Point. What once began as a beer garden bathhouse and dance floor has grown into a massive amusement park that draws 3.5 million visitors to the area annually. Known internationally for its roller coasters, the city is also home to a vibrant boating and fishing community. Beautiful historic downtown Sandusky greets visitors with its collection of museums, shops, and restaurants.
One of the world's most popular resort areas is Yarmouth, Massachusetts! From the coasts of Cape Cod is a masterfully planned and historically rife city. Three villages comprise Yarmouth, with each reflecting over three centuries’ worth of culture, tradition, and splendor. Plan a vacation around the unique attractions among West Yarmouth, Yarmouth Port, and South Yarmouth.
Mountainous views. Fresh, flowing streams. And a kingdom of forests and wildlife. Lincoln, New Hampshire was established as one of America’s first colonies in 1782—and the town has been attracting the adventurous ever since! There truly is no limit to the exploration: hiking, camping, picnicking, skiing, snowboarding, birding, sightseeing, and more are yours. Guests to the Lincoln can also expect a trim of standard New England luxury, with fine dining, upscale shopping districts, and spa retreats.
Mishawaka is located in the geographical region known as Michiana, comprised of counties in northern Indiana and southern Michigan, and it is part of the South Bend metropolitan area consisting of the cities of South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, Goshen, Plymouth, and Warsaw. It is advantageously located just 100 miles from Chicago and 140 miles from Indianapolis, and, like most Midwestern states, it experiences cold winters and mild summers. History and legacy are important to Mishawaka, which is named after a legendary Shawnee Indian princess of the same name. However, the city is also growing with the times, and the convergence of classic and modern can be seen in its buildings, its industry, and its cuisine.
Widely recognized as a city with a booming tourist industry and an international theme park destination, Orlando is all that and much more for the savvy traveler. With shopping deals, boutique hotels that cater to your every whim, and restaurants catering to every taste imaginable, Orlando is just as much a city for grown-ups to come and play as it is for the children. As the city’s motto goes, “Say Yes to Orlando.”
Lake Havasu City’s reputation as a stomping ground for partiers and the Spring Break community comes second to the wondrous, natural grandeur of the area. “Arizona’s Playground” sparkles under the 300 days of sunshine and basks on sandy coves, beaches and 60 miles of navigable waterways. The world famous London Bridge is the town’s biggest attraction, along with all of the lake’s waterfront activities. Fishing, boating, swimming, and a wealth of other aquatic excursions are always in season. The numerous hills and mountainsides are havens for hikers and explorers. And Lake Havasu City itself a haven for anyone with a heart for emprise.
The Island of Hawaii is known colloquially as “Big Island.” This is a fitting nickname, for the Island is twice the combined size of its neighboring counterparts! Big Island flaunts its colors like the plumes of a peacock: fierce reds of magma from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contrast spectacularly with the bright white snow of Maunakea, while the electric black sands of Punaluu Beach stream into the emerald green of Hamakua Coast’s rainforests. Let Big Island’s significance as the birthplace of King Kamehameha I serve as a prelude to all of its wonders.
Wisconsin Dells has a 150-year-history of hosting travelers who are attracted to the scenery and tranquility of the area. When coupled with the nearby area surrounding Lake Delton, it is commonly called “The Dells.” As the self-proclaimed "Waterpark Capital of the World,” The Dells has an adventure for every age on your trip! Fishing, boat tours, kayaking, waterparks, parasailing, ziplines, vertical adventures, and high-adventure amusement park rides provide excitement. There are also boutique shopping, live music, fine dining, and wine tours for when the high-octane thrills exhaust you!
Palm trees provide a periphery of greens and browns as shadows run along the otherwise snowcapped contours of the mountain ranges. It is clear to visitors why Hollywood stars made Palm Springs their instant escape during the 1920s! The resort town has long remained a getaway for the upwardly mobile—garnering a nickname of “Hollywood's Hideaway”—and has since blossomed into an accessible vacation destination for those seeking lavish leisure among a host of natural and manmade attractions.
Pinetop, Arizona beckons visitors to “come celebrate the season.” This is fitting, for every season seems to smile upon the small town with ample sunshine in the summers and coquettish snow in the winters. People come each year to this veritable Promised Land of natural beauty. Outdoors activities are abound: adventurers are fond of hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, and trailblazing in the warmer months, and skiing and snowboarding in the cooler seasons.
Traverse City’s claim to fame is its position as the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States! The Michigan city hosts annual events to celebrate the cherry harvests, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. The land is also ripe for Traverse City’s numerous vineyards, which place it among the Midwest’s top centers of wine production. After touring the orchards and attending the wine tasting events, head to Traverse City’s freshwater beaches, the National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, and verdant forests!
Home of Disneyland, movie stars, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood, Los Angeles has long lured people into its glittering fantasy world. With endless sunshine, palm trees, shopping malls and beautiful people, this city is like no place you’ve ever been before, and yet is strangely familiar. Los Angeles is a wonderful, vibrant, exhilarating multi-cultural hub with a plethora of things to do and see.
Long known for its “old world” charm, from the historic Faneuil Hall to the Freedom Trail that celebrates Boston’s preeminent role in the American Revolution. Boston has come a long way towards staking its claim in the 21st century. With the completion of the “Big Dig,” which buried Boston’s vast network of highways underground, Boston has hit the new century running. Attractions span the old and the new including the JFK and Boston Public Libraries, the Boston Children’s Museum, the New England Aquarium, Boston’s beautiful Public Gardens and her extraordinary Museum of Fine Art and Museum of Science. With a collection of parks set to take the place of the ungainly elevated highways, the years to come promise to see Boston only grow more beautiful.
Ramona is the casita of San Diego County. "The Valley of the Sun" lies along the foothills of the noteworthy Cuyamaca Mountains, giving way to warm summers and comfortably mild winters. Ramona has emerged as one of California Wine Country’s more popular regions, for numerous winemakers have chosen to establish themselves amongst the town’s hills. Vineyards pair with the town center, which is rife with restaurants, antique shops, and historic buildings. Moreover, agricultural treasures span farms that offer the best in fresh fruits, vegetables, and even eggs harvested that day!
Simply the name “Sunriver” elicits images of solar-speckled waters and the coy brush of Pacific zephyrs across forests of pine trees. Expect nothing less with a visit to Sunriver, Oregon. Indulge in one of the Pacific Northwest’s hidden treasures, with the Deschutes River to its west and the enveloping Deschutes National Forest. Sunriver’s residents have sought to embrace the natural landscape—evidenced through planning their community around the 3,300 acres!
Fluffy white clouds roll across skies that always seem to gleam with spectrums of blue in the Poconos. The majesty continues with a palette of rustic orange in the fall, the pristine white of snowfall in the winter, and the verdant emerald of forests and hillsides in the summer. Reigning for decades as a popular vacation area for citizens of New York and New Jersey, the Pocono Mountains must be seen in person to be believed. Lakes and rivers to fish and explore, land to hunt, and numerous ski resorts provide the outdoors experience of a lifetime.
Cave Creek, Arizona is an archeologist’s dream. Myriads of Hopi Indian tribal artifacts line the mountainsides and stone formations, and the flora is entirely unique to the region. Naturally, Cave Creek shares the abundant sunshine and divine landscape of greater Arizona, which consequently draws countless visitors each year to its location. Unlike nearby Phoenix, Cave Creek is relatively secluded from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan. Therefore the lifestyle is entirely Western, with rural development, open trails, spaces and wildlife habitats, and overwhelmingly fantastic views.
Think BIG in Washington – as soon as you arrive in DC, you’ll be knocked over by the scale of the place. America’s capital wants you to know where you are, and the city goes all out to impress in terms of grandeur and size. Drama and scandal bubble under the surface while the streets are abuzz with hip and happening events, museums, restaurants and clubs around every corner. The principles of Equality, Justice, Life and Liberty are still upheld, but DC is, above all, a trendy and international town.
Las Vegas is a mystical, dazzling, glitzy sea of neon lights. It beckons visitors with luxurious accommodations, unbelievable shows, exquisite restaurants, world-class gambling, and decadence on a grandiose scale. It is ancient Rome, romantic Paris, exotic Egypt, exciting New York City, and the Canals of Venice all rolled into one, fabulous, vacation destination. With millions of people having Las Vegas in their sights every year, it is not difficult to see why it has earned the title of Entertainment Capital of the World!
Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest and blends influences from around the world. It has all of the big city attractions mixed with the more relaxed attitude and friendly people of the Midwest. Chicago is unique in that it is a thriving, bustling metropolitan area that manages to feel homey at the same time. The ethnic diversity, multi-cultural neighborhoods, and close proximity of these neighborhoods make Chicago a true melting pot. The main tourist areas of Chicago are very close together, making it an easy city to explore. A leisurely walk, a short bus or taxi ride, or even a boat tour will expose you to the famous museums, breathtaking architecture, exclusive shops, world class festivals, delectable restaurants, and all else that Chicago has to offer.
In Miami, everything oozes glamour, elegance, and a cosmopolitan attitude. Beaming Miami is nestled on the Atlantic coast of Florida’s most southern tip, rendering it sunny and warm all-year-round. It is North America with a twist of the Caribbean, a touch of Latin America and a hint of Europe. These combined give Miami a vibrant cultural life. This is a place where you can find picturesque beaches, exceptional nightlife, plentiful shopping, and delicious restaurants. Although there is an abundance of things to do in the city and on the beach, visitors also enjoy taking one-day excursions to see some of the breathtaking natural surroundings of Miami.
Classified as mountain resort cities, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are situated along the Great Smoky Mountains. Booming attractions like Dollywood and the Smoky Mountain Opry draw tourism to Pigeon Forge, along with its collections of music theatres and shopping malls. Gatlinburg features Tennessee’s lone ski resort, Ober Gatlinburg, and quaint, mountain-themed specialty stores. Both cities provide gateways to North America’s most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
San Antonio, Texas, home to the legendary Alamo and the world-famous River Walk, hosts a vibrant mix of culture, cuisine, architecture and moving history. Explore rich historical offerings, award-winning theme parks, championship golf, amazing shopping, innovative cuisine and interesting cultural events and museums. Complementing the city scene is the neighboring Texas Hill Country, where spring-fed rivers carve paths through rolling hills, and bountiful vines have cultivated a charming wine destination. San Antonio, one of America’s friendliest cities, truly offers an authentic experience.
San Jose is California’s third largest city and the tenth largest city in the United States. Deemed a “global city,” San Jose is the Mecca of Silicon Valley: high-technology and electronics industries have brought significant tourism and attractions to the city. The city also boasts a great proximity to all of Northern California’s areas of interest due to its position in the greater Santa Clara Valley. Over 300 days of sunshine and the kingdom-like panorama of the Santa Clara Mountains make San Jose a beautiful, urban retreat.
Sitting near the confluence of two great North American rivers — the Mississippi and the Missouri — the St. Louis region has been a favored destination since Lewis & Clark began their historic westward discovery here in 1804. St. Louis is spread along 19 miles of the Mississippi River shoreline. Dubbed the “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis welcomes its visitors with the world’s tallest arch (630 ft.) which was completed in 1965 as a monument to Thomas Jefferson and the westward expansion of the United States. The Gateway Arch is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and has become an internationally famous symbol of the city.
The grind and glam of Nashville, Tennessee was well-earned. After all, it's known nationally and even worldwide as "Music City." Serving home to the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and many major record labels, Nashville may trace the moniker back to 1874, when a performance by the Fisk Jubilee Singers for Queen Victoria of England earned her instant admiration and statement: "These young people must surely come from a musical city." Do not be misled, however, for Nashville boasts a wealth of other cultural, historical and natural attractions. As well as being "Music City," Nashville is also referred to as the "Athens of the South" for its 24 post-secondary educational institutions (a full-scale replica of the Athenian Parthenon has even stood in the city since 1897!).
Bucolic beauty envelops the small, unincorporated town of Arnold, California. Resting at the center of the 400-mile Sierra Nevada mountain range, Arnold is a breath, sigh, and smile of fresh air. Testaments to this are the mild summer temperatures, a close proximity to stunning natural wonders, and the overall seclusion of Arnold’s favored attractions.
As its own self-contained oasis of relaxation, Avila Beach is California’s whisper of a getaway. Far more calm and smaller than that of other cities along the coast, Avila Beach is a veritable “resort” town. Visitors are invited to shed their worries at the shoreline and take to the multitude of amenities and entertainment. Dine alongside sunsets, sip on local wines, decompress in the mineral hot springs, and feel rejuvenated with a stay in Avila Beach.
Brian Head is living proof that things only get better the higher you go! With a peak elevation of 11,300 feet, Brian Head is Utah’s beacon to snow-lovers as one of the nation’s highest elevated ski resort towns. The town’s year-round population is fewer than 100 people, but countless vacationers and outdoors enthusiasts make for a consistent stream of excitement. Approximately 350 inches of snowfall each year draws the attention of cross country skiers, snowboarders, snow tubers, hikers, and those who simply wish to bask in the natural beauty of Brian Head, Utah.
Naples is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida nestled on the sun-drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Known for world class shopping and dining and challenging golf courses, Naples is only steps away from island seclusion or the untamed tropical wilderness of The Everglades. Boasting one of the nation's best sandboxes and calmest seas, Naples makes a splash with water lovers. Friendly parks beckon sports enthusiasts and picnickers with lovely green spaces and recreational facilities.
Visitors come to Tucson to take in the natural sunlit landscape of the Sonoran desert and the mountains that surround the city. They also endeavor to experience the cultural diversity of a city that boasts of Native American, Latin and European influences. Because of its unique geography, Tucson is a diverse outdoor playground, offering a serene landscape with a wide range of terrain for hikers of all skill levels, rock climbing, cycling, and more. Explore the underground tunnels of Colossal Cave Mountain Park and Kartchner Caverns State Park or the unique and varied plant and animal life that exists in the ecosystems in and around Tucson. The city also has a very artistic side, which is apparent in its many cultural events, restaurants, and galleries.
As an Atlantic resort town, Ocean City, Maryland has excitement in its DNA. Its various hotspots have been featured on shows spanning the Travel Channel and Discovery Channel, highlighting Ocean City’s beach fun and good local eateries! The Boardwalk maintains a constant stream of entertainment for all ages, from movies on the beach to waterfront concerts.
Washington’s mountains lift from the ground like the mighty, mythical gods of lore. Stretching upwards with little regard to the communities of people peppered around them, such grand indifference captures our imaginations and awe. We strive to scale and conquer them, for mastering their trails and hills and magnificence allows us to transcend who we are in some magical way. Grand Mound, Washington places you within reach of the state’s mountains—and thus its main attractions.
With six bull statues representing the main breeds of the area, there is no doubting to the status of Rockhampton as Australia’s Beef Capital. Naturally Rockhampton offers more than beef. Located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the city is surrounded by coastal and rural landscapes. With its historical architecture and opportunities for both a relaxed, as well as active stay, Rockhampton is a great place to visit.
Located approximately halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, Coffs Harbour is a major coastal resort town famous for its bananas, fishing and beautiful beaches. Fringed to one side by long sandy beaches and the waters of the South Pacific Ocean and to the other by lush green rain forested world-heritage wilderness areas and fertile farming lands, Coffs Harbour has become a major holidaying destination for national and international visitors.
Broome is situated in north Western Australia, a two and a half hour flight from Perth. The surrounding region is full of colour, culture and captivating scenery. Fiery red ochre cliffs contrast with the unspoilt turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, dinosaur footprints tell secrets of ancient days and a multi-cultural population provide arts, performances and irresistible cuisine.
Experience a pleasant relaxed city nestling on the banks of the River Tamar where the North and South Esk Rivers converge. Launceston is often called the ‘garden city’ for its extensive parkland and flourishing gardens. It contains many historic buildings, a vivid reminder of the city’s heritage. This is the ideal base for exploring the rich and varied countryside surrounding the city.
The Ballina/Byron region is delightfully diverse. It ranges from the quiet family world of Ballina to the ex-hippy ’alternative’ capital of Australia – Byron Bay. Once Byron Bay was only a simple whaling station later discovered by surfers. In the sixties the hippie culture moved in and now the place is swarmed with tourists and celebrities wanting to experience the alternative town, which is now one of the hippest destinations on the East Coast. Despite the coastal town’s reputation of being laid back and alternative, it is anything but boring and visitors have the time of their lives in Ballina and Byron Bay! The Ballina region is mind-blowingly diverse, a quiet retirees’ world not far from the surfing Mecca of Lennox Heads, the funky hilltop village of Bangalow, and much, much more!
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Townsville is a very popular destination for sun seekers and provides easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. Townsville is situated in the dry tropics region and is a gateway to the Outback, wet tropics rainforest, wetlands teeming with bird life and a number of tropical islands. With The Strand, a 2.5 km beachfront, it is an exciting and vibrant city.
Standing on the edge of the Indian Ocean, the Swan River running through its heart, surrounded by jaw dropping scenery and with a warm sunny climate, Perth is a chic modern city that strips away your inhibitions and gets you dancing to the relaxed rhythms of its beat.
People have been flocking to Cairns in search of treasure since the first gold rush. However, today prospectors come to mine the abundance of natural and environmental treasures that surround the city. With the tropical rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef in close proximity, Cairns attracts a young and intrepid crowd that adds to the vibrancy of this lively and welcoming city.
Adelaide is a new city in an old land. Founded as a British colony in 1836, and now the capital of South Australia. Today, its rich mix of diverse cultures lives together in a relaxed and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Not only is Adelaide full of green parks but it has 30km of beaches stretching along its suburbs. The city is famous for its al fresco eating culture and is the centre of the Australian wine industry, with some of the best food and drink in the world.
Darwin is a thriving and prosperous city with lively bars and a wide-ranging cosmopolitan cuisine. This is the gateway to top end outback adventures such as the world heritage Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park. Darwin is the most multicultural (75 nationalities) city in Australia with a large indigenous population (25 percent) and a diverse range of immigrants from Asia.
Edged by mountain ranges, Canberra is a planned city built on a vast limestone. Canberra is Australia’s national capital – seat of the Federal parliament and home to many institutions and national monuments. Four distinct seasons add to its charm and visitors quickly discover that it really is Australia’s ‘hidden gem'. The surrounding countryside contains historic and picturesque rural villages and a burgeoning cool-climate wine industry.
Perfectly situated in the Great Barrier Reef, among the 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, wondrous coral reefs, unique flora and fauna, divine food and wines and an amazing calendar of special events. With its laid-back luxury and activities almost too numerous to mention, Hamilton is the great, Great Barrier Reef island.
Melbourne is an arty powerhouse with a vibrant and multicultural soul. Nicknamed "Paris of the southern hemisphere," Melbourne is not only known to be Australia’s cultural hot-spot, but is also famous for its major sport events and its culinary delights from all across the world. With its high rising city centre and far stretching suburbs, it is hard not to be dragged in by the life of the capital of Victoria—"the place to be"—but daytrips to the wild nature of the state are also extremely attractive.
The Sunshine Coast is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most beautiful regions with amazing beaches, stunning sunlight, picturesque hinterland and plenty of breathtaking views. The Sunshine Coast offers a wonderful and immense mix of culture, cuisine, nature and outdoor activities that are all ready to be explored.
”The Alice” lies romantically centre stage in the heart of Australia and is considered the unofficial capital of the Outback. Once regarded as a “dead heart” during colonial times thanks to surrounding barren landscapes, today both residents and visitors recognize the physical and spiritual importance of Australia’s Centre. It is a beating heart, alive with Aboriginal traditions and sacred sites, a vibrant local art culture, fascinating pioneering history and incredible landscapes. It is one of the most interesting places on the continent and most people agree that you haven’t seen the Outback until you’ve seen Alice.
Sun, sea and sand all add together to make the Whitsunday Coast the ideal place to relax and chill out. Enjoy a great atmosphere and nightlife in a spectacular setting. A beach lover’s paradise where everything is on hand to make your stay in this area one you won’t forget. Close to the Great Barrier Reef and just 16 miles from the Whitsunday Islands there is plenty to see so why not just hang out and enjoy? Backpackers and families alike will enjoy the many attractions such as Airlie Beach lagoon and the amazing croc safaris up the Proserpine River.
Once Byron Bay was only a simple whaling station later discovered by surfers. In the sixties the hippie culture moved in and now the place is swarmed with tourists and celebrities wanting to experience the alternative town, which is now one of the hippest destinations on the East Coast. Despite the coastal town’s reputation of being laid back and alternative, it is anything but boring and visitors have the time of their lives in Byron Bay!
Though famous for its paradise-like Fraser Island and the visiting whales, the Fraser Coast offers plenty of other amazing places and adventures to explore. Prospect the former gold mining town of Gympie and check out the beautiful nature surrounding the Fraser Coast – both on land and in the water.
The capital city of Tasmania is the perfect base from which to explore other diverse and fascinating parts of the state. These includes the Huon Valley and the South West Wilderness, Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur with its convict history and the lovely rural areas and historic towns along the Heritage Highway. Tasmania is well known for producing beautiful food and wine and has many great restaurants, breweries and wineries to tantalise your tastebuds.
Situated halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, Mackay is surrounded by lush rainforests, pristine white sandy beaches and the fertile Pioneer Valley. It is home to one of Australia’s richest sugar cane growing regions. Out to sea, The Great Barrier Reef’s colourful coral, fish and secluded islands provide a tropical playground for everyone. Excellent restaurants, beautiful parks and a vibrant art scene ensure there is something in Mackay for every taste and budget.
Newcastle is the hub of the Hunter Valley wine region located right at the mouth of the Hunter River, and surrounding the city are beautiful views and spectacular nature. Here you will find stunning beaches for all kinds of activities, a rich heritage of Victorian architecture and plenty of live music events for all tastes.
Port Macquarie is beautiful blend of Australia old and new. Combining a rich and colorful history dating back to the convict era, it offers a vibrant choice of activities to the backdrop of some of Australia’s most lush and stunning scenery. Sitting between the Pacific Ocean and the Hastings River in the North Mid Coast, this is a town defined as much by the diverse choice of things to do as by the beautiful landscapes and beaches that make it famous. Offering a range of attractions and lively events, it’s impossible not to find a unique experience of coastal Australia at every turn. From local culinary delights and award winning wines to visiting koala centers and cruise adventures, visitors and residents recognize Port Macquarie as the picture perfect gem of New South Wales. This is a pocket-sized taste of Australia with hospitality and surprises for everyone.
Seeking crisp mountain air, unspoilt panoramic views, or to test Mother Nature for the ultimate adventure? Make the Blue Mountains, with its unique majestic aura, the first port of call. Consisting of a sandstone plateau, steep escarpments and deep gorges with a misty blue haze hovering above, the Blue Mountains is one of four World Heritage Sites in regional New South Wales. That mist, which infuses an unmistakable fragrance, is in fact a fine oil cloud produced by the abundance of eucalyptus forests. This is a true Australian escape: adventure, stunning scenery, and myriad cultural diversions.
The Snowy Mountains region is home to Australia's five highest peaks, of which Mount Kosciuszko is the highest. Clear mountain streams and glacial lakes provide a year-round scenic backdrop for the outdoor adventurer. Enjoy the snow fields in winter with skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, tobogganing, and snow play on offer. When spring melts the snow into cascading waters, the streams shelter trout attracting many fly fishermen to the region. Explore the beautiful mountainside with a wide range of outdoor activities including horse riding, bushwalking, caving, hiking, kayaking, rafting, and cycling.
From fine wine and gourmet food to beautiful accommodation and fabulous events, a Hunter Valley getaway offers a taste of the good life. Australia's most visited wine region is home to 150 top-class wineries, vineyards and cellar doors. Whether you're being pampered in one of the valley's day spas, or teeing off from a championship golf course, you'll enjoy a warm country welcome.
Brisbane is a lively, cosmopolitan city with excellent restaurants, beautiful riverside parks, a busy cultural calendar and a great nightlife. Its fantastic weather year-round has allowed outdoor activities to thrive and develop a vibrant café culture. The city is surrounded by some of the state’s major tourist attractions, and there is an abundant choice of daytrips whether it be to the coast for the golden beaches, or inland for some of Queensland’s serene bushland, there is something for everybody.
When most people think of Australia, they think of Sydney. The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are two of the most recognizable images of the modern world. While Sydney Harbour provides a perfect backdrop to the white ‘sails’ of the Sydney Opera House, the Opera House itself, with its distinct silhouette, has become a symbol of Sydney. This, however, is only one side of the city. Sydney is a place of many layers, like the sandstone upon which it is built. The visitor can explore these layers to gain a deeper understanding of Sydney and its history. They can discover how Sydney grew from a penal colony of several hundred people in 1788, to a modern city of over 4 million people today.
Australia’s Gold Coast is a fun and diverse city, offering action packed days and fun filled nights that are enjoyed by more than 10 million visitors each year. Families, couples, business delegates and solo travellers will all find an experience to suit their needs and budget, as the Gold Coast serves up more attractions and venues than any other destination in the southern hemisphere. Get into the Gold Coast’s easy living lifestyle with 70 kilometres of sun, sand and surf at your doorstep plus 100,000 hectares of world heritage listed rainforest just a short drive away.
Kia Orana! Welcome to the Cook Islands! These 15 idyllic islands represent some of the most striking islands in the South Pacific’s already brimming crown. Each island has its own unique beauty, stories and incredible landscape only matched by the friendliness and grace of its people. Brilliant, sparkling white sandy beaches, clear blue lagoons and fertile rainforests harbouring exceptional wildlife are just a few of the treasures waiting to be discovered. There are hideaways where you literally feel like you are the only person on earth, adventurous trekking through the jungles, and under the sea, a journey into another world filled with vibrant corals and remarkable marine life.
“Bula!” or “Welcome!” is the greeting you will most commonly hear throughout Fiji. It comes as an unreserved invitation to enjoy the hospitality of the Fijian people. Whether staying on one of the country’s numerous resort islands or exploring Fiji’s towns and cities, the visitor will encounter this legendary hospitality at every turn.
The self-proclaimed adventure capital of the world Queenstown has, without a doubt, earned its title. The birthplace of the Bungy jump, and home to all manners of adrenaline pumping activities from luge and jet-boating to canyon swinging and, of course, bungeeing. Set on the edge of giant Lake Wakatipu in the Otago region in the southwest of New Zealand’s south island, come winter, this quiet little town transforms into a buzzing ski resort. The two closest and most popular ski fields are Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, which are under the same management. But it’s not too far to Cardrona, especially if you have hired a car.
The capital city of New Zealand is nestled between rolling hills and a rugged coastline on the southern tip of the North Island. As well as offering some of the best urban views in New Zealand, the city is popular for its arts and culture. Wellington is home to the National Museum (Te Papa), the national opera and ballet companies, and is the heart of the nation’s film and fashion scenes. With more restaurants and cafés per head than New York, Wellington also offers an unequalled gastronomic experience.
Christchurch, located in the province (region) of Canterbury, is the largest city on the South Island, yet remains a friendly and welcoming city compact enough to easily explore on foot or bicycle. Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city that Lonely Planet has listed it as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2013. The rebuild of the central city continues but this is a truly unique time to visit the city and witness the changes happening every day.
The majestic "City of Sails" is surrounded by water, which defines its sparkling appeal. The magnificent harbour is reminiscent of other famous waterside cities, but with its own unique charm. The site of the 2000 & 2003 America’s Cup, Auckland has a rich maritime history. Auckland is relatively small geographically, which makes it a pleasure to explore on foot. It has a dynamic population that makes it a cosmopolitan, sophisticated city, with an easy, friendly and comfortable feel to it.
Dunedin, on the rugged east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, is a city of style and creativity where man and nature meet. Officially founded in 1848 by the Free Church of Scotland, it’s home to twenty five thousand students at the University of Otago who mingle with the town’s landed gentry to create an eclectic destination that enthralls all who pass through. Surrounded by deep blue harbour on one side and rolling misty hills on the other, Dunedin’s lush green dales and old world architecture pay tribute to the city’s Scottish heritage. Dunedin is a creative hub that attracts the country’s leading designers in every field from fashion to music and architecture, graphics and jewellery.
Talofa Lava! Welcome to Samoa. Think of picture-perfect, long sandy white beaches framed by a lapping marine-blue ocean, lush rainforests with cascading waterfalls, vibrant flora and fauna and, under the ocean, the most amazing colourful gardens you could imagine – this is Samoa – the last unspoilt paradise in the world! Eight islands make up this nation in the heart of the South Pacific halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. This is home to some of the friendliest South Pacific people you could have the pleasure of meeting, proud of their strong Fa’a Samoa cultural heritage and their long and unwavering faith to the blessings Mother Nature has bestowed upon them. Once you have been touched by the beauty of Samoa you may never want to leave!
In the very heart of the South Pacific lies Tonga – one of the most scenic and unspoiled of the Pacific Island nations – comprising of 176 coral and volcanic islands, only 36 of which are inhabited. The ancient Kingdom of Tonga can boast being the oldest and last remaining Polynesian monarchy, and its friendly and welcoming people are along with its deserted beaches, enchanting festivals and amazing coral reefs some of the Kingdoms finest assets. This tropical playground has something for everyone – fantastic snorkeling, diving and fishing, or for those that prefer to take life a little easier, the relaxed lifestyle, brilliant sunsets and excellent dining will surely entice.
There are few destinations that offer as much diversity – scenically and culturally – as the archipelago of 83 islands that form Vanuatu, named the Planet’s Happiest Country. You will be struck by its tropical playgrounds featuring deserted beaches, lush dense forests harbouring waterfalls, rumbling volcanoes and custom villages. It has become a dream destination for snorkelers and divers with a multitude of experiences under the sea. Vanuatu is the only place on earth where you can officially post your mail from an underwater post office and from the ash plain on the summit of a volcano. The people of Vanuatu are ever-so welcoming, genuine and friendly and love nothing better than to show you their slice of paradise – you are sure to fall in love with Vanuatu!
“Rio is a beauty. But São Paulo – São Paulo is a city” said Marlene Dietrich about Brazil’s most cosmopolitan city. Today São Paulo still does not disappoint. The city is Brazil’s cultural as well as financial powerhouse complete with a vibrant music scene, top designer shopping and delicious fusion cuisine. Not to mention museums and galleries on a par with any other world city. Paulistanos (São Paulo inhabitants) work hard and play hard, making "Sampa" one of the world´s most exciting places to visit whether you are taking it all in from the rooftop pool of the iconic Hotel Unique in Jardins or discovering São Paulo’s 400 year old history in Praça de Sé.
The colourful, charismatic party capital of Latin America is one of the most vibrant places on earth. The city is watched over by Christ the Redeemer that sits on top of the city’s landmark Corcovado Mountain. This historic city is known world over for its magnificent New Year firework display on Copacabana beach, its explosive carnival, its colourful people and its outstanding natural landscape. If you love dancing, shopping, golf, dining on exquisite cuisine or the thrill of fabulous water sports you will not be disappointed by Rio de Janeiro.