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Island nations and territories tend to defy a tidy geographical hierarchy. On a planet covered 70% by interconnected oceans, in a literal sense every place is an island. But the really big ones we think of as continents, leaving the smaller islands – scattered far and wide – as the “leftovers” of geography. Which often makes them some of the most unique and interesting destinations. These region articles attempt to group them logically for the traveler (sometimes bending official geography to do so): Islands of the Arctic Ocean – near-polar territories north of 60° Islands of the Atlantic Ocean – islands in the east and south Atlantic, mostly near Africa Caribbean – the West Indies and more, near the Americas Islands of the Indian Ocean – island territories and nations, big and small Islands of the Pacific Ocean – Oceania Islands of the Southern Ocean – near-polar territories south of 45°
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Jordan

Jordan is a country in the Middle East that is almost landlocked save for a small 28km outlet on the Red Sea in the Gulf of Aqaba and a frontage on the Dead Sea). It’s bordered by Israel and the West Bank (Palestinian Territories) to the west, by Syria to the north, by Iraq to the east and by Saudi Arabia to the south. Jordan can be divided into four regions: Northern Jordan King’s Highway Eastern Desert Southern Desert Attractions in Jordan Dana Nature Reserve — Stay in a village little changed since the 15th century, enjoy unforgettable hiking in an offshoot of the Great Rift. Dead Sea — The lowest point on earth and the most saline sea Desert Castles — Castles spanned in the desert or near small towns. These castles once were getaway for Kaliffs from the Omayyad Period. These castles include the small areas of Ajlun and Kerak. Petra — Jordan’s top attraction, an ancient city carved out of sandstone and one of the new 7 Wonders. Wadi Rum — barren, isolated and beautiful, granite cliffs contrasting with desert sand Destinations in Jordan Dana Nature Reserve — Stay in a village little changed since the 15th century, enjoy unforgettable hiking in an offshoot of the Great Rift. Dead Sea — The lowest point on earth and the most saline sea Desert Castles — Castles spanned in the desert or near small towns. These castles once were getaway for Kaliffs from the Omayyad Period. These castles include the small areas of Ajlun and Kerak. Petra — Jordan’s top attraction, an ancient city carved out of sandstone and one of the new 7 Wonders. Wadi Rum — barren, isolated and beautiful, granite cliffs contrasting with desert sand

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Lebanon

The Republic of Lebanon is a small country (10,452 sq km or 4076 sq mi in area with 3.7 million inhabitants) within the Middle East region with its capital being Beirut. It has a long coastline on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and shares a long land border with its much larger neighbour Syria to the north and the east, a much shorter (and currently “hot”) border with Israel to the south. Lebanon can be divided into five regions: Beirut Bekaa Mount Lebanon North Lebanon South Lebanon Attractions in Lebanon Night-Life Hike Ski Wine-tasting Destinations in Lebanon Batroun— an old city on the Mediterranean shore, with a city center offering many restaurants, cafes, bars, and nightclubs. Bcharre – Surrounded by mountains, it’s a gateway to the Cedars of God forest and Cedars ski slopes. Ehden – mountainous town with beautiful scenery and some sights. It’s home to Ehden Nature Reserve. Barouk – Famous for its cedar forest. Jeita – Known for its Grotto, and Nahr-el-Kalb, a discreet historical site in a walkable distance. Kadisha Valley – You can visit the home of the (now deceased) Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran. Beiteddine – Famous for its palace. Deir el Qamar – Traditional village in Chouf district. Baskinta – Village at the foot of Mount Sannine. Qornet El-Sawda – Highest peak in the country. Mzaar Kfardebiane – Known for its skiing slopes. Qaraoun – Known for its lake located in the Beqaa Valley. Kefraya – Known for its vineyards. Brummana – A traditional town often considered a summer resort with pleasant weather, spectacular views of Beirut and a good nightlife.

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India

India is the largest country in the Indian Subcontinent and shares borders with Pakistan to the west, China and Nepal to the north, Bhutan to the north-east, and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. Sri Lanka lies to the south, Maldives to the south-west and Indonesia to the south-east of India in the Indian Ocean. India is the seventh largest country in the world by area and, with over a billion people, is second only to China in population, although its much higher birth rate makes it likely to reach pole position in less than ten years. Attractions in India Goa Fair(carnival) Surajkund Mela Holi-The Spring Festival Diwali Pushkar Mela Destinations in India Below is a selection of ten of India’s most notable cities. Other cities can be found under their specific regions. Delhi — the capital of India and the heart of Northern India. Bangalore — The garden city, once the sleepy home of pensioners now transformed into Silicon city with alot of software companies establishing their offices in the city. Hyderabad — The City of Pearls. A major R&D hub and pharma capital of India and home to Software giants such as Microsoft, Google outside the USA. Chennai (formerly Madras) — main port in Southern India, cradle of Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam, home of the famous Marina beach, Automobile Capital of India and a fast emerging IT hub. Jaipur — the Pink City is a major exhibit of the Hindu Rajput culture of medieval Northern India. Kochi (formerly Cochin) — the Queen of Arabian Sea, historically, a centre of international trade, now the gateway to the sandy beaches and backwaters. Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) — the cultural capital of India, Kolkata is home to numerous colonial buildings. It is known as The City of Joy. Mumbai (formerly ‘Bombay) — the financial capital of India, “Bollywood” (Indian Hindi Film Industry) hub. Shimla — the former summer capital of British India located in the Himalayan foothills with a large legacy of Victorian architecture. Varanasi — considered the most sacred Hindu city, located on the banks of the Ganges, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities of the world. Itineraries
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Turkey

Turkey at a Glance A richly historical land with some of the best cuisine you will ever taste, scenery from beaches to mountains and the great city of İstanbul.Turkey’s charm lies somewhere between its stunning landscapes such as Cappadocia; the constant surprises provided by its storied history; and the hearty locals, who are always ready to chat over a çay or Efes beer. As the old Turkish saying goes: ‘A cup of coffee commits one to 40 years of friendship.’ This proverb nails the addictive qualities of the Turkish lifestyle, enjoyed by people who are blessed with a land of ancient bazaars and sandy beaches, magnificent ruins and soaring mountains – and who are keen to make sure visitors love it as much as they do. Content Source Things to do in Turkey 1. Istanbul (Video Source:Rick Steves Europe) 2. Gallipoli (Video Source:Turkey.Home) 3. Antalya (Video Source:Turkey.Home) 4. Underground City of Derinkuyu (Video Source:Rebaz Zedbagi) 5. Cappadocia (Video Source:Turkey.Home) 6. Kalkan Harbour, Kas (Video Source:Kalkan Turkish Local News)

Greece

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Cyprus

Cyprus As soon as you arrive you will know you’re in a very special place. There is something different in the golden light, something provocative in the scents of wildflowers, something instantly endearing in the welcoming smile of the people. This is Cyprus, the island of love – prepare to be captivated. When Aphrodite, the goddess of Love and Beauty, arose from the sea foam at a place called Petra tou Romiou on the west coast, this sleepy backwater island was transformed. The local people welcomed her with open arms and sprinkled rose petals before her as she walked to her temple. Pilgrims began arriving in their thousands from the Mediterranean region to pay homage to the goddess. Cyprus had suddenly become famous as the place to go for an exciting romantic break. But the island has not only attracted those seeking spirituality and love. Tucked into the easternmost corner of the Mediterranean, Cyprus was an ancient trading place, coveted for centuries by many civilisations in their quests to rule the known world. Today, again peaceful, it is an explorer’s paradise, with a 10,000 year history. Almost everywhere you go you can be sure you are walking on a piece of the past. There are ancient settlements, the remains of vast city-kingdoms, Roman villas and Byzantine churches, crusader castles and magnificent Venetian fortifications. The island’s incredibly diverse scenery ranges from dramatic pine-clad mountains (at 1952 metres), lush valleys and vine-dressed foothills to fertile plains. Surrounding all is a stunning coastline where golden sandy beaches and tiny secluded coves are gently washed by the sparkling waves of the Mediterranean Sea. Here, basking under the year-round warmth of the sun, are some of the finest hotel resorts and holiday accommodation in the world. Everything the discerning visitor requires is catered for: impeccable service, fine restaurants, enchanting nightlife, water parks, great shopping, golf, sailing, organised excursions to the island’s archaeological sites, even extreme sports. But for those who just want to chill out, there’s dawn to dusk relaxation on the beach, by the pool, or in one of the fantastic hotel spas. As you travel just a few kilometres inland everything changes. Now you will see orchards of citrus trees, ancient olive groves and the occasional shepherd grazing his sheep and goats. In spite of the many villages that dot the island, stretches of countryside still remain uninhabited, and it’s possible to travel at leisure without seeing any real signs of civilisation. This is a nature-lovers paradise – a world of rare flora and fauna where you can walk or cycle the mountain trails, explore timeless villages and discover the true meaning of Cypriot hospitality. There’s rural accommodation available in many of the villages, if you choose to stay overnight. It may just turn into an unforgettable experience, with half the village plying you with traditional Cypriot cuisine and local handicrafts. In the Troodos mountains there are monasteries to be explored and a unique collection of 10 Byzantine churches, their interiors elaborately painted with magnificent frescoes. These are so precious that they are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here too, orchards of cherries, apples and pears cling to the valley slopes, the scent of their blossom filling the clear mountain air during springtime. In summer, the mountains provide a refreshing respite from the heat of the lowlands, and during winter their snow-capped peaks are transformed into a fabulous ski resort – on warm winter days it is even possible to swim in the sea and ski on the mountains in the same day. Cyprus is a great place for walking and cycling and there are many specially designed nature trails to choose from. Serious hikers can tackle all, or part of, the Pan European E4 Trail, which traverses the island. Those who wish to take a more leisurely approach can easily hire a car and visit the archaeological sites or even follow in the footsteps of the ancient Greek goddess of Love, Aphrodite. With its long tradition of hospitality, Cyprus is constantly seeking new ways to delight its visitors. For the business sector, it offers excellent facilities for meetings, conferences and incentives. For sports enthusiasts there are state-of-the-art sports training facilities, which are particularly popular with professional teams from abroad. They choose Cyprus as their preferred destination for winter training, because of its mild climate. For golfing enthusiasts, there are several excellent, professional courses. And for culture buffs there’s an extensive range of events taking place throughout the year, including some great open-air musical and theatrical productions, some of which are performed under the dramatic backdrop of the island’s archaeological sites, such as the ancient theatre at Kourion and the historic fort at Pafos harbour. Cyprus is an island of amazing diversity, famous for its legends and history, its timeless traditions, delightful cuisine and stunning scenery. Its cosmopolitan towns and resorts offer a lifestyle as sophisticated as that of any other modern European city. No doubt Aphrodite knew what she was doing when she chose Cyprus as her home. It is an island blessed by the gods – a place to live life to the full and a place to love.
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Srilanka

Sri Lanka formerly known as Ceylon, is in Southern Asia. It is an island country in the Indian Ocean, south of India. Sri Lanka has more than 3,500 years of continuous written history by means of the Mahawansha, and was also mentioned in several ancient Indian texts. One of the most famous is the Ramayana, in which the island, which was referred to as Lanka, was the island fortress of the king Ravana, who captured the wife of Rama an incarnation of the Hindu God, Vishnu. Legend has it that Hanuman the monkey god flew over to Lanka and destroyed the capital by setting it on fire, while Rama and his remaining troops later crossed over from the mainland by building a land bridge across the sea. Regions Central Province (Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya) This is the highlands of the country with a lot of beautiful tea plantations, waterfalls, valleys and streams. Highest mountain piduruthalagala and the famous worlds end are situated in Nuwaraeliya. Northern Province (Jaffna) After end of the 30 year civil war this region is slowly returning to its status as an important tourist attraction. Some areas remain unsafe and have yet to be cleared from mines. North Central Province (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla) The ancient kingdoms of Sri Lanka dating back over 2500 years. Rich in history, the area is known as the cultural triangle. Eastern Province (Trincomalee, Arugam Bay) North Western Province (Kurunegala) Sabaragamuwa (Ratnapura) Southern Province (Galle, Weligama, Matara, Tangalle, Unawatuna, Yala National Park) the historic city of Galle and national parks Uva (Badulla, Haputale, Bandarawela) cool highland hill retreats Western Province (Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, Beruwela, Colombo, Gampaha, Negombo) the administrative capital and the largest city plus some popular beach resorts Attractions in Srilanka Surfing from November to April you can surf in the western and southern coast. Best place for the beginners is Weligama on the southern coast. You can rent a board for 1500 Rupee per day or 400 Rupee per hour. Lesson costs 2500 Rupee for 1 h, but bargain. Kitesurfing from April to September and from December to March you can kitesurf eastern coast. Best place for the beginners is Kalpitiya (Sethawadi and Kappaladi lagoons), where you can find kite schools: Wind4Love KiteSurfing center Sri Lanka and best conditions in Asia. Bentota is famous for its sea turtles farm and hatchery. Destinations in Srilanka Adam’s_peak‎ Yala National Park – wildlife Safari Beruwela – beach resort not too far from Colombo Haputale – small hill town in the cool highlands Horton’s Plains and World’s End Robolgoda- beach resort on the south coast Sinharaja Rainforest – A world Heritage Unawatuna – beach resort on the south coast very close to Galle Mirissa – small beach village on the south coast close to Matara with two good surfing spots Trincomalee – beautiful beaches in the north east Batticaloa – called land of singing fish. beautiful sallow beaches, paddy fields, historical places. Kitulgala – for pristine nature & adventure seekers – white water rafting – 4 hours from Colombo Arugam Bay – Southeast coast beach town with several top surfing spots ella Sigiriya – the right spot to climb the beautiful sirigya rock.

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Thailand

Thailand officially the Kingdom of Thailand is a country in Southeast Asia with coasts on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. It borders Myanmar (Burma) to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Cambodia to the southeast and Malaysia to the south. With great food, a tropical climate, fascinating culture, majestic mountains and great beaches, Thailand is a magnet for travellers the world over. Attractions in Thailand Pampering Outdoors Golf Boxing Destinations in Thailand Ko Chang — once a quiet island, now undergoing major tourism development Ko Lipe — small island in the middle of Tarutao National Park, amazingly unspoiled with great reefs and beaches Ko Pha Ngan — site of the famous Full Moon Party with miles of quiet coastline Ko Samet — the nearest island beach escape from Bangkok Ko Samui — comfortable, nature, and entertainment hippie hangout gone upmarket Khao Lak — gateway to the Similan Islands, hard hit by the 2004 tsunami, but vibrant once more Khao Sok National Park — one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Thailand Khao Yai National Park — take a night time 4×4 safari spotting deer or visit the spectacular waterfalls Krabi Province — beach and watersports hub in the south, includes Ao Nang, Rai Leh, Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta

Portugal

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Malaysia

Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia, located partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and partly on the northern third of the island of Borneo. Attractions in Malaysia Malaysia has excellent scuba diving. The most popular spots are the islands off the East Coast of peninsular Malaysia (Perhentian Islands, Redang, Tioman and many more), although the dive season is limited to April to September. However, the most famous dive site — often ranked among the best in the world — is Sipadan, off the easternmost tip of Malaysian Borneo. There are many other less well known sites, like Layang Layang. Destinations in Malaysia Cameron Highlands — famous for its tea plantations Fraser’s Hill — a time warp to the colonial era Kinabalu National Park — home of Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in South East Asia Langkawi — an archipelago of 99 islands known for its beaches, rainforest, mountains, mangrove estuaries and unique nature. It’s also a duty-free island Penang (Pulau Pinang) — formerly known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, now bustling island with excellent cuisine which has retained more colonial heritage than anywhere else in the country Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian) — glittering jewels off the East Coast still undiscovered by mass tourism Redang (Pulau Redang) — popular island destination for scuba divers Taman Negara National Park — a large area of rainforest spanning Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu Tioman (Pulau Tioman) — once nominated one of the most beautiful islands in the world Packages in Malaysia

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Bali

Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of accommodations, this is one of the world’s most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards. Bali has something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young back-packers right through to the super-rich. Attractions in Bali Weddings scuba diving sailing white-water rafting canyoning fishing Waterbom Golf Courses Paragliding Mountain Cycling Jungle Trekking Bungy Jumping Horse Riding Hikiing in the rice fields Destination in Bali Amed — an area of peaceful, traditional fishing villages featuring black sand beaches, coral reefs and excellent diving Bedugul — nice lakes in the mountains, a golf course, the botanical gardens and the famous Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bukit Peninsula — the southernmost tip of Bali, with world class surfing, great beaches, and the can’t-miss cliff-hanging Uluwatu Temple Kintamani — active volcano Mount Batur, great mountain scenery, cooler temperatures and fruit growing Mount Agung — highest mountain in Bali and the mother temple of Besakih Nusa Dua — an enclave of high-end resorts and a long, golden sand beach Nusa Lembongan — good diving, snorkelling and surfing and a great place to relax Nusa Penida — wild, rugged and untamed and as off-the-beaten-path as you will get in Bali West Bali National Park — trekking, bird watching and diving in Bali’s only substantial natural protected area
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Kazakhstan

The world’s ninth-biggest country is the most economically advanced of the ‘stans’, thanks to its abundant reserves of oil and most other valuable minerals. This means generally better standards of accommodation, restaurants and transport than elsewhere in Central Asia. The biggest city, Almaty, is almost reminiscent of Europe with its leafy avenues, chic cafes, glossy shopping centres and hedonistic nightlife. The capital Astana, on the windswept northern steppe, has been transformed into a 21st-century showpiece with a profusion of bold futuristic architecture. But it’s beyond the cities that you’ll find the greatest travel adventures, whether hiking in the high mountains and green valleys of the Tian Shan, searching for wildlife on the lake-dotted steppe, enjoying home-spun hospitality in village guesthouses, or jolting across the western deserts to remote underground mosques. Source Air Astana Trip to Kazakhstan [PHOTOS]
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Maldives

The Maldives are an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts) in the Indian Ocean. They lie south-southwest of India and are considered part of Southern Asia. Attractions in Maldives Diving and snorkelling Surfing Destinations in Maldives Lhaviyani (Faadhihpolhu) Raa (Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi) Baa (Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi) Kaafu (North and South Male Atoll) Site of the capital Male and the airport, home of most Maldivian resorts. Alifu (Ari) To the west of Kaafu, the second most popular group. Vaavu (Felidhu) Meemu (Mulak) Faafu (Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi) Dhaalu (Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi) Seenu (Addu) The southernmost atoll, the second-largest in population and site of Gan International Airport.

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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the United Kingdom or the UK) is a constitutional monarchy comprising much of the British Isles. This Union is more than 300 years old and comprises four constituent nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It occupies all of the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern portion of the island of Ireland and most of the remaining British Isles. The UK today is a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures, possessing a fascinating history and dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential in the wider world. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, the UK is still a popular destination for many travellers. The capital and largest city of the United Kingdom is London. Attractions in United Kingdom Although most if not all visitors will probably visit London at some point, it is well worth getting out of the capital to get a real taste of the region and important to not forget the diversity one can find in barely 50 miles. Whether it’s the countryside, coast, historic towns or vibrant cities you are after, there’s something for everyone. For some of the best countryside, head for the National Parks such as the Yorkshire Dales or Dartmoor, perhaps on a day trip or a longer stay. The coasts are varied and interesting with pretty beaches at places such as St Ives, traditional fishing towns like Whitby or seaside resorts such as Blackpool and Bournemouth. Many of the cityscapes that were not destroyed by the Luftwaffe have suffered the urban blight of multi-storey car parks and the sort of insensitive shopping mall developments that Prince Charles moans about, but some cities have managed to preserve their heritage relatively intact, such as Edinburgh, Chester, Bath and York. Shoppers looking beyond the capital may want to head to Manchester in the North, Bristol and Exeter in the West or Glasgow in Scotland. Destinations in United kingdom London – the world-renowned capital city of the United Kingdom Belfast – capital of Northern Ireland and becoming a popular tourist destination, undergoing major renovations and improvements Birmingham – The UK’s second largest city, features great shopping, and is home of the famous Balti and a strong industrial heritage Bristol – a historical city famed for its Georgian architecture and nautical heritage, home of trip-hop music too Cardiff – capital of Wales, host to a proud coal-shipping past, modern architecture, Dr. Who and one of the most successful urban regeneration projects in the country Edinburgh – capital of Scotland, home to the largest arts festival in the world and numerous tourist attractions as well as being the second most visited city in the UK Glasgow – Scotland’s largest city, new cultural hotspot, former European City of Culture Liverpool – Buzzing city, famous for its prominence in music, sport, nightlife and Irish influence. Capital of Culture 2008. Manchester – Thriving bohemian music scene, gay quarter and home to the world’s only new work arts festival as well as being the third most visited city in the UK.

Scandinavia

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France

France is a country located in Western Europe. France has been the world’s most popular tourist destination for over twenty years (83.0 million in 2012) and it’s geographically one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy (particularly wines and cheeses), history, culture and fashion. Attractions in France Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris Stroll grand Parisian Boulevards Climb Montmartre Hill in Paris See a manageable amount of art in the Louvre, or see the art in the Orsay Museum, in a former train station See the modern architecture in the business district of La Defense See the Science Museum in Villette Park, and the other odd attractions assembled there Stroll an old train viaduct on the Promenade Plantee in Paris See the stunning, but crowded, Versailles Palace Ride the TGV, one of the fastest trains in the world, from Paris to Lyon See the “D-Day beaches” of Normandy Cross the beach at low tide and then climb to the top of Mont Saint Michel Explore Chartres Cathedral See the quaintness of the Alsace Sunbathe on the beaches of the French Riviera Ride a bike along a section of Tour De France Destinations in France Camargue — one of Europe’s largest river deltas and wetlands Corsica — the birthplace of Napoleon, a unique island with a distinct culture and language Disneyland Paris — the most visited attraction in Europe French Alps — home to the highest mountain in Western Europe, the Mont Blanc French Riviera (Côte d’Azur) — Mediterranean coastline of France with plenty of upper class seaside resorts, yachts and golf courses Loire Valley — the world-famous Loire Valley, best known for its wines and chateaux Luberon — the stereotypical Province of picturesque villages, joie de vivre and wine Mont Saint Michel — second most-visited sight in France, a monastery and town built on a tiny outcrop of rock in the sand, which is cut off from the mainland at high tide Verdon Gorge — beautiful river canyon in a turquoise-green, great for kayaking, hiking, rock-climbing or just driving around the limestone cliffs

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Austria

Austria is a landlocked alpine German speaking country in Central Europe bordering Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west, Germany and Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east and Slovenia and Italy to the south. Austria, along with neighboring Switzerland, is the winter sports capital of Europe. However, it is just as popular for summer tourists who visit its historic cities and villages and hike in the magnificent scenery of the Alps. Attractions in Austria Skiing and Snowboarding Cycle Touring Music Movies Hiking Mighty mountainous scenery National Parks Destinations in Austria Lake Constance — a big lake situated in Vorarlberg and shared with Switzerland and Germany Kaprun — part of the Europa Sport Region Pinswang — one of the most ancient settlements of the North Tyrolean Ausserfern, on the border with Bavaria and a short walk or drive to the famous King Ludwig’s castles Salzkammergut St. Anton — a popular ski resort in Austria on the Vorarlberg-Tyrolean border Thermenland Wörthersee — one of Austria’s warmest lakes Zell am See — one of the most important alpine tourist towns in Austria

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Germany

Germany is the largest country in Central Europe. Germany is one of the most influential European nations culturally, and one of the world’s main economic powers. Known around the world for its precision engineering and high-tech products, it is equally admired by visitors for its old-world charm and “Gemütlichkeit” (coziness). If you have perceptions of Germany as simply homogeneous, it will surprise you with its many historical regions and local diversity. Attractions in Germany Sports Cultural events Musicals Shakespeare Natural attractions Cultural and historical attractions Destinations in Germany Baltic Sea Coast (Ostseeküste) — miles of sandy beaches and resorts with picturesque islands such as Rügen. Bavarian Alps (Bayerische Alpen) — home to the world famous Neuschwanstein Castle, and Germany’s best skiing and snowboarding resorts. Endless hiking and mountain biking. Passion Play village Oberammergau. Black Forest (Schwarzwald) — a region with wide mountain peaks, panoramic views, it is a heaven for tourists and hikers. East Frisian Islands (Ostfriesische Inseln) — twelve islands in the Wadden Sea; Borkum is the largest island by both area and population. Franconian Switzerland (Fränkische Schweiz) — one of the oldest travel destinations in Germany, it was called by Romantic artists who said its landscape was of the aesthetic beauty of Switzerland’s. Harz — a low mountain range in the Central Uplands of Germany, famous for its historic silver mines and for the scenic towns of Quedlinburg, Goslar and Wernigerode. Lake Constance (Bodensee) — an extremely beautiful corner of Central Europe, it boasts water sports and beautiful towns and villages to be seen by the visitor. Middle Rhine Valley (Mittelrheintal) — part of the Rhine River is a UNESCO Heritage Site between Bingen / Rüdesheim and Koblenz and famous for its wines. Romantic Road (Romantische Straße) — a theme route over 400 km in length in southern Germany that passes by many historical castles, between Würzburg and Füssen.

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Egypt

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Netherlands

The Netherlands is a European country, bordering Germany to the east and Belgium to the south. The people, language, and culture of the Netherlands is referred to as “Dutch”. With over 16 million people on an area roughly twice the size of New Jersey, it’s a densely populated country with its gorgeous capital Amsterdam being just one of many interesting cities. The Netherlands is at the heart of international cooperation. Its small size, welcoming attitude to travellers and many sights make it a unique and fairly easy to discover destination and a great addition to any European trip. Attractions in Netherlands Cycling Beaches Swimming sunbathing Sneekweek Water sports Festivals Art museums Destinations in Netherlands Efteling — renowned theme park with fairytale elements like elves and dwarves Hoge Veluwe National Park — largest national park with heathlands, sand dunes and woodlands Keukenhof — more than 800,000 visitors see these enormous flower fields each spring Kinderdijk — these windmills show the typical Dutch landscape in all its glory Schokland — old island evacuated in 1859, a well-preserved ghost village remains South Limburg — hilly green landscapes, picturesque villages, castles and orchards Texel — largest island suited for cycling, walking, swimming and horse riding Waterland and Zaan Region — typical Dutch villages with clogs, wooden houses, windmills and the Zaanse Schans Zaanse Schans — open air museum with Dutch windmills and Zaan houses

Argentina

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Bhutan

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Central Europe

Central Europe is a region forming the heart of Europe. Only Switzerland and tiny Liechtenstein are not EU member states but share close economic and cultural ties with the region but also have stayed away largely for economic and historical reasons. It is a large and important region stretching from the Baltic and North Sea in the north to the Adriatic in the south. It is also home to some of Europe’s and the world’s most prosperous economies and cities. Lastly, it includes the fabled mountain range of the Alps which acts a transition zone between the latin, germanic and slavic cultures which all call the region home. Attractions in Central Europe Ascend the Reichstag Dome in Berlin Hike the mountainous areas of “Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland” south of Dresden along the Elbe/Labe Walk around historic Rothenburg ob der Tauber complete with city walls Visit a beer hall, the Olympic Park, BMW museum and don’t forget the colorful central pedestrian zone in Munich Visit Hitler’s infamous Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps with a good museum on the Nazi Crimes Tour the Black Forest and maybe buy a cuckoo clock or just eat a torte! Cruise the Rhine River and enjoy the world famous wine Ride the post-modern monorail in Wuppertal Stroll through the old town center of Salzburg and visit the imposing fortress of the Archbishop Float down the river with the locals in the swiss capital of Berne Ride a cable car up to Gimmelwald, eat at the Piz Gloria restaurant, go out on the Jungfrau glacier, see a churning waterfall, or hike one of the countless Swiss mountain ridges Stroll through historic Vienna and visit the Prater district Go skiing or snowboarding in Switzerland, Austria or Bavaria a Go up Castle Hill and admire the view of the river and city in Budapest Relax in a Hungarian Turkish style spa Visit the world’s largest castle complex and tour the old and new towns of Prague Visit the historic and elegant port city of Gdansk and it surrounding Baltic resorts Spend a night camping under the stars and moonlight on the German Baltic island of Ruegen Stroll Warsaw’s old town and old Jewish Ghetto, and take a glance at the Soviet inspired Palace of Culture and Science Tour the historic old town and castle of Kraków, and visit the Soviet worker’s suburb of Nowa Huta Be moved by a visit to a Nazi concentration camp and memorial such as Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Dachau or Treblinka Tour the Old Town of Dresden and see the reconstructed “Frauenkirche” a symbol of peace and reconciliation Visit the historic spa town of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) in Bohemia in the Czech Republic and “take the cure” Experience the wild nightlife in Berlin, Prague, Munich and Budapest until the wee hours of the morning if you can! Destinations in Central Europe Alps — probably one of the most important winter destinations in the world, that is home to summer resorts too Baltic Sea Coast — Germany and Poland share the Baltic Sea coast of Central Europe with hundreds of miles of sandy beaches and resorts Białowieża National Park — a huge area of ancient woodland in Poland designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site Black Forest — smaller mountain range in southwest Germany famous for its scenery and history East Frisian Islands — Germany has many tourist islands in the North Sea Lake Balaton — this scenic Hungarian lake is the largest lake in Central Europe and a year-round tourist hub Neuschwanstein Castle — the well-known fairy-tale castle in the Bavarian Alps in Germany Romantic Road — a popular tourist route through historical towns and romantic castles in Southern Germany Vysoké Tatry — beautiful and unspoiled mountain range peaking at 2600 meters above sea level

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Prague

Prague is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — have a look at each of them. Prague (Czech: Praha) is the capital city and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is one of the largest cities of Central Europe and has served as the capital of the historic region of Bohemia for centuries. Attractions in Prague Sightjogging / Running tours Bike Tours Culture Festivals River cruises Sightseeing flights Sports Health & Massage Meet and Greet Locals Museums Modern art Destinations in Prague Castle (Hradčany)— The historic nexus of the city, and the highest point on the left bank. Lesser Town (Malá strana)— The settlement around the castle; location of most governmental authorities, including Czech Parliament. Old Town (Staré město)— The nucleus of the right bank, the oldest part of Prague. New Town (Nové město)— The district adjacent to Old Town, established in the 14th century. Jewish Town (Josefov)— A small enclave within Old Town, the old Jewish ghetto. Vysehrad (Vyšehrad)— The site of the old Vyšehrad castle south of the medieval Prague.
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Hungary

Hungary is a country in Central Europe and member of the European Union and the Schengen Border-less Europe Agreement. The country offers many diverse destinations: relatively low mountains in the north-west, the Great Plain in the east, lakes and rivers of all sorts and many beautiful small villages and hidden gems of cities. Top this off with Hungary’s great accessibility in the middle of Europe, a vivid culture and economy, and you get a destination absolutely not worth missing if you’re in the region. Attractions in Hungary Bird Watching Horse riding Baths Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue Old Village of Hollókő and its Surroundings Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment Hortobágy National Park – the Puszta Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs (Sopianae) Fertő/Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape Destinations in Hungary Aggtelek — beautiful caves with dripstones and stalagmites Bükk — a section of the Carpathian Mountain range Harkány — a historic small town along the Villány-Siklósi wine route famous for its spa Lake Balaton — the major lake of Hungary and the biggest lake in Central Europe Mohács — Famous for the Battle of Mohács (1526, 1687), These battles represented the beginning and end, respectively, of the Ottoman domination of Hungary. Every spring, the town hosts the annual Busójárás carnival.
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Cyprus

Cyprus As soon as you arrive you will know you’re in a very special place. There is something different in the golden light, something provocative in the scents of wildflowers, something instantly endearing in the welcoming smile of the people. This is Cyprus, the island of love – prepare to be captivated. When Aphrodite, the goddess of Love and Beauty, arose from the sea foam at a place called Petra tou Romiou on the west coast, this sleepy backwater island was transformed. The local people welcomed her with open arms and sprinkled rose petals before her as she walked to her temple. Pilgrims began arriving in their thousands from the Mediterranean region to pay homage to the goddess. Cyprus had suddenly become famous as the place to go for an exciting romantic break. But the island has not only attracted those seeking spirituality and love. Tucked into the easternmost corner of the Mediterranean, Cyprus was an ancient trading place, coveted for centuries by many civilisations in their quests to rule the known world. Today, again peaceful, it is an explorer’s paradise, with a 10,000 year history. Almost everywhere you go you can be sure you are walking on a piece of the past. There are ancient settlements, the remains of vast city-kingdoms, Roman villas and Byzantine churches, crusader castles and magnificent Venetian fortifications. The island’s incredibly diverse scenery ranges from dramatic pine-clad mountains (at 1952 metres), lush valleys and vine-dressed foothills to fertile plains. Surrounding all is a stunning coastline where golden sandy beaches and tiny secluded coves are gently washed by the sparkling waves of the Mediterranean Sea. Here, basking under the year-round warmth of the sun, are some of the finest hotel resorts and holiday accommodation in the world. Everything the discerning visitor requires is catered for: impeccable service, fine restaurants, enchanting nightlife, water parks, great shopping, golf, sailing, organised excursions to the island’s archaeological sites, even extreme sports. But for those who just want to chill out, there’s dawn to dusk relaxation on the beach, by the pool, or in one of the fantastic hotel spas. As you travel just a few kilometres inland everything changes. Now you will see orchards of citrus trees, ancient olive groves and the occasional shepherd grazing his sheep and goats. In spite of the many villages that dot the island, stretches of countryside still remain uninhabited, and it’s possible to travel at leisure without seeing any real signs of civilisation. This is a nature-lovers paradise – a world of rare flora and fauna where you can walk or cycle the mountain trails, explore timeless villages and discover the true meaning of Cypriot hospitality. There’s rural accommodation available in many of the villages, if you choose to stay overnight. It may just turn into an unforgettable experience, with half the village plying you with traditional Cypriot cuisine and local handicrafts. In the Troodos mountains there are monasteries to be explored and a unique collection of 10 Byzantine churches, their interiors elaborately painted with magnificent frescoes. These are so precious that they are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here too, orchards of cherries, apples and pears cling to the valley slopes, the scent of their blossom filling the clear mountain air during springtime. In summer, the mountains provide a refreshing respite from the heat of the lowlands, and during winter their snow-capped peaks are transformed into a fabulous ski resort – on warm winter days it is even possible to swim in the sea and ski on the mountains in the same day. Cyprus is a great place for walking and cycling and there are many specially designed nature trails to choose from. Serious hikers can tackle all, or part of, the Pan European E4 Trail, which traverses the island. Those who wish to take a more leisurely approach can easily hire a car and visit the archaeological sites or even follow in the footsteps of the ancient Greek goddess of Love, Aphrodite. With its long tradition of hospitality, Cyprus is constantly seeking new ways to delight its visitors. For the business sector, it offers excellent facilities for meetings, conferences and incentives. For sports enthusiasts there are state-of-the-art sports training facilities, which are particularly popular with professional teams from abroad. They choose Cyprus as their preferred destination for winter training, because of its mild climate. For golfing enthusiasts, there are several excellent, professional courses. And for culture buffs there’s an extensive range of events taking place throughout the year, including some great open-air musical and theatrical productions, some of which are performed under the dramatic backdrop of the island’s archaeological sites, such as the ancient theatre at Kourion and the historic fort at Pafos harbour. Cyprus is an island of amazing diversity, famous for its legends and history, its timeless traditions, delightful cuisine and stunning scenery. Its cosmopolitan towns and resorts offer a lifestyle as sophisticated as that of any other modern European city. No doubt Aphrodite knew what she was doing when she chose Cyprus as her home. It is an island blessed by the gods – a place to live life to the full and a place to love.
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Mauritius

Mauritius is a small, multi-cultural island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, NorthEast of Reunion and southeast of the Seychelles. Mauritius also controls Rodrigues Island and the remote, sparsely populated Agalega and Cargados Garayos (Saint Brandon) islands. Attractions in Mauritius Views — For a spectacular 360⁰ view of Port Louis and the north, climb Le Pouce or ‘the thumb’, at 812 m (2,664 ft). It is an easy 2h climb from the village of Petit Verger (near St. Pierre), and takes another 2 hr to walk into Port Louis. Tour the Moka mountains — by quad bike, horse or 4-wheel drive at the accessible 1,500-hectare (3,700-acre) nature park of Domaine Les Pailles. Travel to the sugar mill and rum distillery by train or horse-drawn carriage before dining in one of four restaurants. Deep sea fishing — Mauritius is ideally positioned for game-fishing. Depending on the time of year it is possible to catch blue or black marlin , sailfish , wahoo , yellow fin tuna , giant trevally , dogtooth tuna , bonito , dolphinfish, sharks and many more. The majority of the big game fishing boats are well equipped with VHF radio, mobile telephone, GPS navigation system, radar, radio telephone, safety equipment, Penn International reels, life jackets, medical kits, fire extinguishers, flares, and all related fishing equipment such as fighting chairs and rods (usually 9). You can choose between half day and full day fishing trips . Big game fishing is best on the west coast of Mauritius because the currents swirl around the foot of Le Morne, creating a marine environment attractive to bait fish, which in turn attracts the larger fish. Boats usually accommodate up to 5 anglers and full day trips typically include both breakfast and lunch in the price. Head to Grand Baie — For watersports such as parasailing, an underwater walk, submarine and semi-submersible scooters, or to La Cuvette, a long beach with clear water between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux, for sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing. Safari jeep trips — The Safari Jeep trip takes place in Yemen natural reserve park on the West Coast of Mauritius. It hosts two of the longest rivers on the island – Rivière Rempart and Tamarin River – and is a haven for all sorts of native and exotic wildlife. The actual size of this natural reserve is of around 4,500 hectares. The Yemen Park is the setting for Safari trips where you will have a thrilling ride and will be able to see many beautiful animals such as Zebras, ostriches, African antelopes, Java deer, monkeys, ducks and geese, and will see extraordinary panoramic views of this breathtaking part of the island. Safari quad biking trips — Experience an adventurous Quad biking activity in the most amazing natural setting! quad-biking activity in the 4,500 hectares of Yemen natural reserve park. More than a quad bike outing, it is a trip through a real safari. During the trip it is possible to see deers, zebras, ostriches, African antelopes, wild boars and many more; this a very big added bonus to this activity Swim — At the northern beaches such as Trou aux Biches, shaded by casuarinas, Mont Choisy, a 2 km (1.2 mi) narrow white stretch of sand curving north from there, and Péreybère, a little cove between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux. Scuba diving — When you dive in Mauritius you can explore coral reefs, multi-colored marine life, ship wrecks dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, or some ships sunk more recently which create beautiful artificial reefs. There are numerous dive sites strewn all around the island. One of the well-known and popular dive sites in Mauritius is the Cathedral, which is located off the Flic en Flac on the western coast of Mauritius. Other dive sites in Mauritius include the Whale Rock and Roche Zozo that is an underwater rock pinnacle, and the submerged crater near Ile Ronde. Mauritius is almost completely encircled by a barrier coral reef which is home to many sponges, sea anemones and a variety of brightly colored fish such as Damselfish, Trumpet fish, Boxfish and clown fish, as well as the orange Mauritian scorpionfish. Most of the dive sites are located on the west coast around Flic-en-Flac or in the north, at Trou aux Biches or at the Northern Islands. The best time to go diving is from November to April with very good visibility underwater. The Mauritius Scuba Diving Association (MSDA) can provide further information. Watch dolphins — Up-close in their natural habitat off the western coast (Tamarin) of the island. Speedboat — Rides are available from Trou d’eau Douce to the popular island playground of Ile aux Cerfs for beaches, golf and watersports. Or, for a quieter day, a catamaran to the Northern Islands – Gabriel Island, Flat Island and Gunner’s Quoin. Trail in the Black River Gorges National Park Hiking and trekking — In Mauritius with breathtaking views of mountains, rivers, and forests. Enjoy a hiking trip through the fields, trekking on a zip line or on a bike, and discover this magnificent nature paradise Mauritius being a volcanic island has several breathtaking summits and valleys to explore on foot. You can visit the Black River Gorges National Park, a 6,794-hectare (16,788-acre) forest, to see indigenous plants, birds and wildlife. Black River Peak trail goes to Mauritius’ highest mountain, while the Maccabee Trail starts nearby and plunges into the gorge to Black River. Tandem skydiving — Experience a 10,000 ft skydive in Mauritius. Enjoy a spectacular scenic flight and a visually awesome tandem skydive. Tandem skydiving refers to a type of skydiving where a student skydiver is connected via a harness to a tandem instructor. The instructor guides the student through the whole jump from exit through freefall, piloting the canopy, and landing. The student needs only minimal instruction before making a tandem jump. Horse racing — The Mauritius horse racing club commonly called the Champ de Mars was founded in 1812, making it the oldest […]
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Italy

Italy The land of real European heritage Italy, also known as ‘The Belpaese’ which means (Beautiful Country) is one of the single greatest repositories of sensorial pleasures on earth. From art to food, from stunning and varied countryside to flamboyant fashion, Italy has it all. This is the country that brought the world ‘Slow Food’, devoted to the promotion of fresh products and fine traditional, cooking. Thus, it is very apparent that the country has a long list of mouth watering cuisines. Italy is a country full of interesting things for the casual tourist and the educated tourist; it has deep Roman Catholic roots. The tourists can stay weeks in important tourist centers without reason to feel bored, but it is equally simple to get off the beaten track. In the north, next to the Alps and the landscapes of the Po River, many cultural gems and highly developed industrial cities fascinate. In this exciting country the people live the “la vita Italiana”, which meant life in an Italian way. With 44 touristic sites, Italy has more UNESCO ‘world heritage sites’ than any other country on earth. Its great città d’arte (cities of art), like Rome, Venice and Florence, have been attracting visitors for centuries, and with good reason. Venice is possibly the only city that has, in appearance, changed least down the decades but it has recently opened a sleek new bridge over the Grand Canal and a spectacular contemporary art space at the Punta della Dogana. Apart from Italy’s art treasures, one finds plenty to keep oneself busy in the countryside. Travellers can ski in the Alps, hike the Dolomites or dive off Sardinia’s golden coast, a perfect destination for the adventure lovers. Adrenalin junkies can catch fireworks on Sicily’s volatile volcanoes. But as much as all of this, a trip to Italy is about lapping up the lifestyle. It’s about idling over a coffee at a street side cafe or lingering over a long lunch in the hot Mediterranean sun. One of the most popular areas in Italy is Tuscany which is located in central Italy. It is known for its beautiful landscape and picturesque towns and villages including Florence, Lucca, Siena and Cortona. The Tuscan region is a popular vacation destination with many nice hotels and rent. With Euros as the accepted currency Italy is a hot spot shopaholics with huge range of branded clothes to artifacts etc. Therefore, it is very apt to say that any travelers from any part of the world will definitely cherish its visit to Italy.
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Greece

Greece Where the civilizations emerged! Greece was the first area in Europe where advanced early civilizations emerged, beginning with the Minoan civilization in Crete and then the Mycenean civilization on the mainland. Later, city-states emerged across the Greek peninsula and spread to the shores of the Black Sea, South Italy and Asia Minor reaching great levels of prosperity that resulted in an unprecedented cultural boom, expressed in architecture, drama, science and philosophy, and nurtured in Athens under a democratic environment. Athens and Sparta led the way in repelling the Persian Empire in a series of battles. Both were later overshadowed by Thebes and eventually Macedon, with the latter under the guidance of Alexander the great uniting and leading the Greek world to victory over the Persians. As a tourist destination, Greece has an abundance of resources that tourists with ecological and cultural interests will find attractive. The wealth of cultural as well as ecological resources, constitute a special comparative advantage of the country for those interested in the conservation of cultural diversity, bio-diversity and eco-systems. These resources are marked by their wide variety, rareness and distinctiveness and are found in areas many of which have already been placed under special protection. The country is full of archaeological sites and monuments of distinctive prestige and charm, on which all known periods of its long-standing history have left their mark. Visitors have the opportunity to make a unique “journey” through the rare “mosaic” of historic and cultural memory which has left an indelible mark on every region of the country and effortlessly highlights the manifold manifestations of Greek culture to date. A great number of museums operate throughout the country. More than 207 of them are state-run or supervised by the Ministry of Culture and 107 are privately owned. Visitors are afforded the opportunity to admire unique artifacts and scientific achievements produced on Greek territory more than 6, 000 years ago. Greece offers a myriad of experiences, landscapes and activities. It is the pulsing nightclubs of Mykonos and the ancient beauty of Delos; the grandeur of Delphi and the earthiness of Ioannina; the rugged hillsides of Crete and the lush wildflowers of spring. It is the blinding light of the Mykonos sun, the melancholy throb of Thessaloniki’s rembetika (blues songs), the tang of home-made tzatziki, and the gossip in the kafeneia (coffee shops). It is the Parthenon – solitary and pristine – lording it over the hazy sprawl of Athens.
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East Africa

East Africa is a region in Africa. Attractions in East Africa Andringitra National Park — one of the most biodiverse areas of extraordinary Madagascar Aksum — the ancient capital of Ethiopia famous for its stelae and the ruins of various palaces Mount Kilimanjaro — Africa’s highest mountain and a great trekking destination in Tanzania La Digue — the quietest, most picturesque and most exclusive Island in the Seychelles; home of L’Anse Source D’Argent, one of the world’s top beaches Nyika National Park — large highland national park in Malawi Rwenzori National Park — home of the almost mythical, otherworldly scenery of the Mountains of the Moon in Uganda Serengeti National Park — huge national park in Tanzania, perhaps the archetypal African game park; becomes the Masai Mara National Park over the border in Kenya Simien National Park — stunning mountain scenery and important wildflife populations in Ethiopia Volcanoes National Park — in Rwanda is full of impressive rainforest and volcanic scenery of the Virunga Mountains, and is perhaps the best place in the world to see rare mountain gorillas. Also crosses into Uganda where it is known as Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Destinations in East Africa Burundi On the shores of Lake Tanganyika, it’s the beating heart of Africa. Holds the source of the famous Nile River. Comoros Tiny Indian Ocean island group between Madagascar and Mozambique Djibouti Small country across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen and largely Arabic in nature Eritrea This relatively small nation has heavy Arab and African influences Ethiopia Africa’s second largest population; an old Christian country, home to castles, beautiful monasteries, and wonderful food Kenya Known for its world-class safaris and beautiful beaches Madagascar Expect the unexpected in the land of the lemurs and the so-called eighth continent Mauritius Tropical Indian Ocean island Mayotte Reunion Rwanda Gorillas in the mist Seychelles A group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar Somalia Despite dangers from Pirates, Somalia has many wondrous beaches as it has the longest coastline in Africa. The country also some game parks to the south Tanzania Mt. Kilimanjaro and major game parks Uganda Wildlife abounds and this is the best place for treks into the Congolese jungle to visit the nearly extinct mountain gorillas
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South Africa

New Regulations in South Africa for all children under 18 years of age who are travelling to, from or transferring through South Africa. South Africa is located at the southern tip of Africa. It is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. It is a vast country with widely varying landscapes and has 11 official languages, as well as an equally diverse population. South Africa is renowned for its wines and is one of the world’s largest producers of gold. South Africa has the strongest economy in Africa, and is an influential player in African politics. In 2010, South Africa hosted the first Football World Cup to be held on the African continent. Attractions in South Africa Diving River Rafting Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga The annual Sardine run off the Wild coast and KZN south coast Great White Sharks of False Bay and Gansbaai Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park between South Africa and Botswana iSimangaliso Wetland Park (World heritage site) and Sodwana Bay in northern KwaZulu-Natal The Whale Route in Hermanus Zilkaatsnek Nature Reserve in Hartbeespoort Table mountain and Cape Point in the Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town The Garden Route in the Western Cape province Tsitsikamma in the Eastern Cape Augrabies Falls in the Northern Cape Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park between South Africa and Namibia Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park (World heritage site) in KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg (KZN) Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga Destinations in South Africa Pretoria – The administrative capital of South Africa Cape Town – The legislative capital and seat of Parliament. A world-class city named for its proximity to the Cape of Good Hope. Also within a stone’s throw of South Africa’s winelands. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, nestled between the sea and Table Mountain, it is a popular summer destination by both domestic tourists and those from abroad. Bloemfontein – Location of the Supreme Court of Appeal, the highest court in non-constitutional matters. The Constitutional Court in Johannesburg became the highest court in constitutional matters in 1994. Durban – Largest city in KwaZulu-Natal, third largest in South Africa and popular coastal holiday destination for South Africans. Newcastle – 3rd largest city in KwaZulu-Natal, 10th largest in South Africa and Capital of Northern KZN. Famous for Steel Production, Coal Mining, Heavy Industry and is South Africa’s Textile Industry Capital. Johannesburg – The economic heart of Africa and the most common entry point into Southern Africa. Polokwane – Capital of Limpopo (formally known as Pietersburg) and a good jump off point for visits to the northern parts of the Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe. Port Elizabeth – Coastal city in the Eastern Cape with Addo Elephant National Park located close by. Kimberley — Capital of the Northern Cape Province. Famous for its diamonds and “Big Hole”. Upington – Located in the arid Northern Cape province, this city is a good base when exploring the Kalahari desert and the many national parks located in the Northern Cape. East London – Coastal city in the Eastern Cape situated close to the Wild Coast
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North America

North America is a part of the continent named America, after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, with a surface area of 24,221,490 sq km (9,351,969 sq mi). It is located in the northern hemisphere, between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean and to the north of South America. North America’s highest point is Alaska’s Mount McKinley, which rises to 6,194 m (20,320 ft) above sea level. Regions in North America Canada The Great White North certainly has vast expanses of unspoiled wilderness, but it also features some of the world’s most modern, cosmopolitan cities. Caribbean White sandy beaches, crystal-clear water, and laid-back island culture make the Caribbean one of the world’s top vacation spots. Central America The seven small nations of this isthmus connecting North and South America blend elements of both continents; you’ll find bustling cities, long coastlines, ancient jungle ruins, and Spanish-tinged mestizo and Afro-Indian cultures. Greenland A self-governing country, but officially still part of Denmark, Greenland is a vast island of stark landscapes and midnight sun. Mexico is a big tourist attraction for sun-seekers and historians alike; the former flock to Mexico’s tropical beaches, while the latter find the artifacts of the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilization fascinating. United States of America One of the largest, most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations on Earth includes some of the world’s most famous cities, natural parks of unspeakable beauty, and virtually everything in between. Destinations in North America Banff National Park Chichen Itza Corcovado National Park Grand Canyon Niagara Falls Teotihuacan Tikal Walt Disney World Yellowstone National Park
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Australia

Australia is world famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, “the bush”, and “the Outback”. However, Australia is actually one of the world’s most highly urbanised countries, well known for the cosmopolitan attractions of its large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Attractions in Australia Snorkelling take a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef on the Queensland coast, or the Ningaloo Reef off the coast of Western Australia. Or take a trip out to Julian rocks off Byron Bay, or just dive in off the beach to see the tropical fish in Bundaberg. Scuba Diving Bushwalking is a popular Australian activity. You can go bushwalking in the many National parks and Rainforests in the country. Golf Rock Climbing Mountain Biking. Try the trails in the Snowy Mountains or black mountain in Canberra, or cycle for days along the Munda Biddi Mountain Bike trail in Western Australia. Horse Riding . The horse has a rich tradition in the settlement of Australia since the arrival of the first European settlers. Relying on the horse to travel the vast distances and harsh environments of Australia was the foundation of a strong and lasting relationship between Australians and their horses. Today horse riding in Australia includes many recreational and occupational activities from cattle musters on vast stations, to the multi-million dollar racing industry. On the outskirts of towns and cities and out in the rural landscape, you will see the many pony paddocks and much loved horses that are a testament to the ongoing passion and commitment Australian horse owners have to their horses and the enjoyment they bring. Skiing. New South Wales and Victoria have well developed ski facilities. Tasmania can also have skiing for a few months of the year, given the right weather. See Winter sports in Australia Sky Diving, all around Australia Hot Air Ballooning, in Canberra, Brisbane or in the Red Centre. Casinos. Crown Casino in Melbourne is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, nicely located at Southbank, but there are others scattered in every capital city as well as Cairns, Launceston, the Gold Coast and Townsville. Destinations in Australia Blue Mountains — a mountainous region in New South Wales, including the Three Sisters Dandenong Ranges — these beautiful ranges offer world class gardens and the picturesque villages of Mt. Dandenong Great Barrier Reef — off the coast of Queensland, easily accessible from Cairns, and even as far south as the Town of 1770 Great Ocean Road — a spectacular coastal drive in Victoria past many scenic icons including the 12 Apostles Kakadu National Park — outback adventure travel, aboriginal culture and nature activities in the Northern Territory Nitmiluk National Park — the amazing Katherine Gorge, close to the town of Katherine Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast — beachside and national park playgrounds north and south of Brisbane] Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are iconic rock formations in the Red Centre Watarrka National Park — most famous for Kings Canyon, a mighty chasm reaching a depth of 270 metres
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Canada

Canada is by size, the largest country in North America, second in the world overall (behind only Russia). Renowned worldwide for its vast, untouched landscape, its unique blend of cultures and multifaceted history, Canada is one of the world’s wealthiest countries and a major tourist destination. Attractions in Canada Bear Watching Whale Watching Wildlife Viewing In Manitoba, Churchill is known for its Polar Bears and Belugas and Riding Mountain National Park and adjacent Parkland area for its abundant population of Black Bears that vary in color from blond, cinnamon and chocolate to black. Riding Mountain National Park is known for its “watchable” wildlife. Canada is a country with a rich cultural heritage. In Canada, festivals and events are held annually to celebrate the multicultural landscape of this great nation. Each festival represents a single cultural facet belonging to the diverse population of Canada. These festivals are easily identified by season. Destinations in Canada Algonquin Park Banff National Park Cape Breton Island The Interlake Area Jasper National Park Niagara Falls Saint John River Valley Terra Nova National Park Waterton Lakes National Park
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Europe

Europe encompasses an area of 10,180,000km², stretching from Asia to the Atlantic, and from Africa to the Arctic. European countries welcome more than 480 million international visitors per year, more than half of the global market, and 7 of the 10 most visited countries are European nations. It’s easy to see why – a well preserved cultural heritage, open borders and efficient infrastructure makes visiting Europe a breeze, and rarely will you have to travel more than a few hours before you can immerse yourself in a new culture Attractions in Europe Music Sports Skiing & Snowboarding National Parks Outdoor activities Destinations in Europe Alhambra — part fortress, part palace, part garden, and part government city, a stunning mediaeval complex overlooking the city of Granada in Spain Alps — very popular mountain range for skiing/snowboarding and mountaineering, with Mont Blanc as its highest peak Cinque Terre — a gorgeous national park, which connects five picturesque villages in Italy Białowieża National Park in Poland — the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once spread across the European Plain Blue Lagoon — amazing geothermal spa with the water temperature around 40°C all year round, even in Iceland’s freezing conditions Meteora — six Greek Orthodox monasteries built on natural sandstone rock pillars Neuschwanstein Castle — the well-known fairy-tale castle in the Bavarian Alps in Bavaria Plitvice National Park — beautiful turquoise-coloured lakes surrounded by a large forest complex in Croatia Stonehenge — the well-known Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monument located on Salisbury Plain, England
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South East Asia

History The history of Southeast Asia has been characterized as interaction between regional players and foreign powers. Each country was intertwined with all the others as depicted in the Southeast Asian political model. For instance, the Malay empires of Srivijaya and Malacca covered modern day Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore while the Burmese, Vietnamese and Khmer peoples governed much of Indochina. At the same time, opportunities and threats from the east and the west shaped the direction of Southeast Asia. The history of the countries within the region only started to develop independently of each other after European colonization was at full steam between the 17th and the 20th centuries. Climate The climate in Southeast Asia is mainly tropical–hot and humid all year round with plentiful rainfall (Northern Vietnam is the only major region in Southeast Asia that features a subtropical climate, which has a cold winter). Southeast Asia has a wet and dry season caused by seasonal shift in winds or monsoon. The tropical rain belt causes additional rainfall during the monsoon season. The rainforest is the second largest on earth (with the Amazon being the largest). An exception to this type of climate and vegetation is the mountain areas in the northern region, where high altitudes lead to milder temperatures and drier landscape. Other parts fall out of this climate because they are desert like Geography Southeast Asia or Southeastern Asia is a subregion of Asia, consisting of the countries that are geographically south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia. The region lies on the intersection of geological plates, with heavy seismic and volcanic activity. Southeast Asia consists of two geographic regions: Mainland Southeast Asia, also known as Indochina, comprising Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, and Vietnam; Maritime Southeast Asia, comprising Brunei, Malaysia, East Timor, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore. Population South East Asia: It consists of 11 countries squeezed between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Around 620 million inhabitants make Southeast Asia one of the most populated regions in the world, with a population density of 135.6 inhabitants per square kilometer (340 /sq mi).
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New Zealand

New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: jagged mountains, rolling pasture land, steep fiords, pristine trout-filled lakes, raging rivers, scenic beaches, and active volcanic zones. These islands are one of Earth’s most peculiar bioregions, inhabited by flightless birds seen nowhere else such as a nocturnal, burrowing parrot called the kakapo and kiwi. Kiwi are not only one of the national symbols – the others being the silver fern leaf and koru – but also the name New Zealanders usually call themselves. Attractions in New Zealand Abseiling Waitomo Aerial sightseeing (helicopter and fixed-wing) Birdwatching Black water rafting (cave rafting) Boat Tours Bungy Jump Queenstown, Auckland, Lake Taupo – the modern bungy jump was invented here by New Zealander A.J. Hackett. Canoeing and kayaking on rivers and lakes Canyoning Caving Waitomo, Nelson, South Island West Coast, Te Anau Climbing Diving Fishing – trout (some of the finest trout-fishing in the world), salmon, marlin, broadbill, sharks and many other salt-water species Fly by wire (invented here) Four-wheel driving Gliding – Omarama is one of the best places in the world for gliding Golf – New Zealand has over 400 registered golf courses, from local clubs to internationally renowned resorts, offering un-crowded golfing & superb scenery. Hang-gliding Heli-hiking at Fox Glacier Hiking – New Zealand has a number of national parks and other wilderness and forested areas, much of which is managed by the Department of Conservation [16]. The activity known in other countries as hiking, trekking or bush walking is known as tramping in New Zealand and is a very popular activity for visitors and locals. Horse trekking Hot-air ballooning Hunting – several species of deer, wild pig (wild boar), tahr, chamois, goat, wallabies (they are protected in Australia but a pest here), game birds. Ice-climbing Jetskiing Kite surfing Lord of the Rings Tours that show the actual locations used in the filming. Luge (on concrete not ice) Auckland, Queenstown, Rotorua. Mountaineering – this was the training ground for Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first two people to climb Mt Everest. Mountain biking Museums Nature tours Paragliding/Parapenting Quad biking Rafting Rap jumping River jetboating – the Hamilton jet was invented by New Zealander William Hamilton. Rockclimbing Rugby – the national game. Major tournaments include the ITM Cup, featuring domestic teams; Super Rugby, featuring regional teams from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa; and The Rugby Championship, in which the national team, the All Blacks, plays the national teams of Australia, South Africa and Argentina. New Zealand hosted and won the most recent Rugby World Cup in 2011. Sailing – New Zealand has produced many world-champion yachties and is the only country apart from the US to have won and successfully defended yachting’s ultimate prize, the America’s Cup. Scuba diving and snorkelling, especially down to the sunken Rainbow Warrior at Matauri Bay, not far from Kerikeri. Sea kayaking Abel Tasman Marine Reserve Shark cage diving Kaikoura Skiing and snowboarding including heli-skiing Queenstown Skydiving Surfing Swimming with dolphins Kaikoura, Bay of Islands Swimming with seals Whale watching Kaikoura White water rafting Fox Glacier White water sledging / dam dropping Windsurfing Zoos Zorbing (invented here) Agrodome in Rotorua Destinations in New Zealand Abel Tasman National Park — golden sand beaches, kayaking and the Abel Tasman Coastal Track Aoraki Mount Cook National Park — lots of hiking opportunities and New Zealand’s highest mountain Bay of Islands — pretty spot in the North Island with historical significance Coromandel Peninsula — rugged coastline with plenty of beaches and hiking opportunities just one and a half hours from Auckland Hawke’s Bay — wineries in the hills and art deco architecture in Napier Milford Sound — beautiful fiord in Fiordland National Park Taupo — trout fishing and adventure activities in the central North Island Tongariro National Park — three volcanoes, two skifields and one of the most popular hikes in the country Westland National Park — home of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers Wanaka — two beautiful lakes and the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, canyoning, rock climbing. A small town with a great feel.
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Middle East

The Middle East is a world region in Western Asia and North-eastern Africa. The term was created by British military strategists in the 19th century, and definitions of the Middle East vary; it is not simply a geographical term, but also a political one, connoting that it separates Europe (“the West”) from the Far East, and the traditional trade route of choice between these two extremes. Countries and territories Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen Destinations in Middle East Dead Sea — the water is far too salinated for marine inhabitation – hence the name – and it keeps you afloat Empty Quarter — the name Empty Quarter explains pretty well what it is.. a vast, inhospitable, empty desert Madain Saleh — a Nabataean city hewed out of rock in the same style as Jordan’s far more famous Petra Palmyra — stunning ruins and a lush oasis adjacent to the city Persepolis — the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid dynasty today know as Iran , close to modern Shiraz Petra — one of the ‘New Seven Wonders’, Petra is the breathtaking capital of the Nabataean kingdom from around the 6th century BC Samarra — archaeological and Shi’a holy sites, including the tombs of several Shi’a Imams in Iraq Sea of Galilee — known for its Gospel associations with the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, thus a pilgrimage destination for Christians and also to Jews Shibam — known as ‘Manhattan of the Desert’, a unique, sixteenth century, mud-built, high rise apartment buildings complex Herodium – King Herod’s biggest palaces and fortress that built on a hill in the Judean Desert in the West Bank Masada – Mountaintop fortress over the Dead Sea built as one of King Herod’s palaces and later a fortress in the Jewish revolt, the Roman Ramp and Camps below Masada are also still exist Jerash – the largest well preserved Decapolis Greco-Roman city St. Catherine Monastery – big walled monastery near Mount Sinai Baalbek – Ancient city with huge Roman Temples Caesarea – huge Roman city which built in the herodian period, and exist until the Crusader period. Wadi Rum – amazing natural and cultural landscapes. Krak des Chevaliers the most well preserved Crusader fortress in the world. Ur – one of world’s most ancient cities Qadisha Valley – valley with many Christian monasteries, many of them are ancient ones. Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran Attractions in Middle East Visit the tallest building in the world – Dubai Petra – just south of the capital – Amman Caves,ruins and Beaches – Lebanon Pyramids,Museums and Beaches – Egypt Doha fort,museum of Islamic Art,Doha Zoo and more – Doha Museums,forts and Grand Prix – Manama Camel races,museums and Kuwait tower – Kuwait Holy places, archaeology, many cultures, war stories, – Israel Byzantine and Ottoman Relics in Istanbul – Turkey
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South Asia

South Asia comprises those countries lying between the Himalaya range of mountains and the Indian Ocean (north to south) and between the Ganga and Indus river valleys (east to west). The Indian Ocean shoreline is divided between the Arabian Sea (in the west) and the Bay of Bengal (in the east). The extensive, triangular-shaped landmass of South Asia is sometimes referred to as “the Indian Subcontinent”, or simply “the Subcontinent” Attractions in South Asia Scuba diving in Asia Trekking in Nepal Destinations in South Asia Bandarban — hill district in Bangladesh with trekking through unspoilt forests Hunza Valley — one of the more stunning and popular parts of Pakistan’s high mountain areas Mount Everest — the world’s tallest mountain straddling the border of China and Nepal Sundarbans National Park — one of the best places in India to see tigers Taj Mahal — the incomparable marble tomb in Agra
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Seychelles

The Seychelles are a group of 115 islands, only a few inhabited, in the Indian Ocean that lie off the coast of East Africa, northeast of Madagascar. The Seychelles were disputed between France and Great Britain during the age of colonialism, with Britain ending up in control in 1814 after the Napoleonic Wars. The islands achieved independence in 1976; however, free elections did not occur until 1993. The politics of this island group remain in something of a state of flux, although this should not bother the tourist seeking a relaxing beach vacation. Attractions in Seychelles Visit the beaches. Many of the beaches are untouched by man’s influence and are refreshingly uncrowded. They offer clear blue skies and a tranquility you will rarely find. A hike along the coastline from Beau Vallon to Anse Major will take about 1.5-2 hours and your reward will be a small deserted beach that’s fit for a king. The scenery along the hike is breathtaking. Not all beaches are suitable for swimming depending on the time of year, due to the seasonal winds. Do not ignore warning signs indicating that a beach is hazardous for swimming, no matter how it seems to you. Vallee de Mai is a national park and world heritage site, home to amazing flora and fauna, including the world’s largest seed: the coco de mer. Entrance fee: Free for residents, 315 rupees (~20Euros) for foreigners (Sept 2010). Aldabra Atoll: The world’s largest coral atoll that stretches about 22 miles east to west and encloses a huge tidal lagoon. Aldabra is the original home of the giant land tortoise and tiger sharks and manta rays can also often be seen here. Water Sports: The warm Indian Ocean waters make Seychelles the perfect place for the water enthusiasts. Explore on board a yacht, power boat, catamaran or sailboat. Windsurfing is also popular and the best time for this activity is usually around May then in October, at the start and end of the trade winds. Scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing are also extremely popular and can be done almost anywhere in Seychelles. Baie Ternay is superb and easily accessible by glass bottom boat tour from Beau Vallon beach – leave yourself an empty day and walk the beach for a ‘last minute’ booking – great deals can be bartered. Snorkeling (provided you have your own gear – some hotels lend masks, snorkels and fins to guests) is FREE and there are many great spots: off some of the small beaches at Glacis, past Mouse Island at Anse Royale, along the reef at Port Launay (near Ephelia Resort). Often spotted are a wide array of tropical fish, sea turtles, eagle rays and more! Land Sports: Golf, tennis, squash, badminton, horseback riding, biking and hiking are some of the recreational activities available on the Seychelles Islands. Bike rentals and walking tours are great ways to sightsee and since distances are relatively short and the scenery is beautiful, walking is probably the best way to see the smaller islands (La Digue, Praslin), while walking along the main road can be quite intimidating as the roads are narrow and local cars/busses drive quite quickly. On Mahe it is not advised to ride bicycles, and there are no rental shops within sight. Bird watching is also popular and the islands are home to many of the worlds most treasured and rare species of animals. The best place to do so is Cousin Island which although only 1 km (0.6 miles) in diameter, is home to more than 300,000 birds, but many unique species can be found at ease on Mahe. Nightlife: Do not miss most popular Nightclub “Lovenut” in the centre of Victoria, 100 metres walk from central Taxi station. Also entertaining are “Tequila Boom” at (Bel Ombre) and “Katiolio” (near Anse Royale) night clubs. “Katiolio” was one of the first night clubs to open on Mahe and boats an open-air that is directly beside the ocean.   Destinations in Seychelles Victoria – is the Capital City Anse Boileau Anse Royale Anse Etoile Beau Vallon Glacis Cascade Takamaka
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Far East

East Asia is a cultural and geographic region of Asia. Regions in Far East China the giant of East Asia, with a vast array of cultural and natural treasures among the rising skyline Hong Kong this former British colony (returned to mother China in since 1997) now proclaims itself to be Asia’s World City. Come for the shopping and find beaches and sleepy villages on car-free islands. Macau a former Portuguese colony (rejoined with China in 1999) with liberal gambling laws and beautiful colonial architecture in its historic city centre (a UNESCO World Heritage site) Japan one of the most ultramodern countries in the world with advanced technologies; skyscrapers in the Megalopolis; empire of cool cultures: Samurai, Ninja, Zen, Sushi, Hello Kitty, Pokémon, and Nintendo Mongolia a nomadic land of vast spaces and mystic Buddhism North Korea Orwell’s worst nightmares come true South Korea dynamic but still not publicly documented destination of East Asia (at least for Western tourism) Taiwan an island of sharp contrasts: lush mountains, skyscrapers, gentle tai-chi and good food Attractions in Far East Stroll through Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing Walk along the Great Wall Enjoy some of the Asia’s most beautiful natural scenery in and surrounding Guilin in China’s Guangxi Province Take a boat cruise on the Yangtze River Hike the breathtaking mountains and enjoy the local Tibetan culture of West Sichuan high up in the Tibetan Plateau Stroll the Bund with a fabulous view of the Pudong skyscraper district in Shanghai Marvel at the scores of Terracotta Warriors in Xian Visit the historical sites along the old Silk Road in the Muslim/Turkic Xinjiang Province Ascend the hill to Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet Take the long bus ride across Tibet to Mt. Everest base camp Ride the tram up to Victoria Peak in Hong Kong Take a ride across Victoria Harbour on Hong Kong’s famous Star Ferry Ascend Taipei 101, once the world’s tallest building, in Taipei Ride the Bullet Train in Japan Stay in a capsule hotel or traditional ryokan in Japan Play Pachinko, vertical pinball, in Japan Ride a cable car to Mount Aso, the world’s largest caldera. Stroll through the manic neon world of districts like Shinjuku in Tokyo See the Peace Park in Hiroshima and the Peace Museum in Nagasaki Observe the probably-spewing-ash volcano in the bay of Kagoshima Watch the Arirang Festival Mass Games, said to be one of the most impressive performances in the world in Pyongyang Destinations in Far East Altai Tavan Bogd National Park Great Wall of China longer than 8,000 km (4,970 mi), this ancient wall is the most iconic landmark of China Mount Fuji — iconic snow-topped volcano, and highest peak in Japan (3776 m) Panmunjeom — the only tourist site in the world where the Cold War is still reality Tibet — mysterious place in the Himalayas with a unique local culture, considered by many to resemble the mythical Shangri-La Seoraksan National Park — South Korea’s most renowned national park and mountain range Taroko Gorge Yakushima Yungang Grottoes
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Australia & Beyond

Australia is world famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, “the bush”, and “the Outback”. However, Australia is actually one of the world’s most highly urbanised countries, well known for the cosmopolitan attractions of its large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Attractions in Australia Snorkelling take a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef on the Queensland coast, or the Ningaloo Reef off the coast of Western Australia. Or take a trip out to Julian rocks off Byron Bay, or just dive in off the beach to see the tropical fish in Bundaberg. Scuba Diving Bushwalking is a popular Australian activity. You can go bushwalking in the many National parks and Rainforests in the country. Golf Rock Climbing Mountain Biking. Try the trails in the Snowy Mountains or black mountain in Canberra, or cycle for days along the Munda Biddi Mountain Bike trail in Western Australia. Horse Riding . The horse has a rich tradition in the settlement of Australia since the arrival of the first European settlers. Relying on the horse to travel the vast distances and harsh environments of Australia was the foundation of a strong and lasting relationship between Australians and their horses. Today horse riding in Australia includes many recreational and occupational activities from cattle musters on vast stations, to the multi-million dollar racing industry. On the outskirts of towns and cities and out in the rural landscape, you will see the many pony paddocks and much loved horses that are a testament to the ongoing passion and commitment Australian horse owners have to their horses and the enjoyment they bring. Skiing. New South Wales and Victoria have well developed ski facilities. Tasmania can also have skiing for a few months of the year, given the right weather. See Winter sports in Australia Sky Diving, all around Australia Hot Air Ballooning, in Canberra, Brisbane or in the Red Centre. Casinos. Crown Casino in Melbourne is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, nicely located at Southbank, but there are others scattered in every capital city as well as Cairns, Launceston, the Gold Coast and Townsville. Destinations in Australia Blue Mountains — a mountainous region in New South Wales, including the Three Sisters Dandenong Ranges — these beautiful ranges offer world class gardens and the picturesque villages of Mt. Dandenong Great Barrier Reef — off the coast of Queensland, easily accessible from Cairns, and even as far south as the Town of 1770 Great Ocean Road — a spectacular coastal drive in Victoria past many scenic icons including the 12 Apostles Kakadu National Park — outback adventure travel, aboriginal culture and nature activities in the Northern Territory Nitmiluk National Park — the amazing Katherine Gorge, close to the town of Katherine Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast — beachside and national park playgrounds north and south of Brisbane] Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are iconic rock formations in the Red Centre Watarrka National Park — most famous for Kings Canyon, a mighty chasm reaching a depth of 270 metres
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Africa

Africa has 54 sovereign countries—the most on any continent—and is the second largest continent in terms of both land area and population. Africa is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, by the Red Sea to the northeast, and by the Indian Ocean to the southeast. Africa is a vast continent spanning over 8,000 km (5,000 mi) north to south and 7,500 km (4,800 mi) east to west (not including islands) and contains a wide array of peoples, skin colours, religions, and cultures. Africa contains the world’s longest river—the 6,650 km long (4,100 mi) Nile River running from Burundi to Egypt—while the Congo River in the DRC is the second largest in terms of discharge as well as the deepest with a depth of over 230 m (750 ft) in some spots. Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest free-standing mountain at 5,890 m (19,340 ft). Djibouti’s Lake Assal is the second lowest point on Earth, the saltiest lake outside Antarctica, and one of the hottest places on Earth. While the first activity most people associate with Africa is safaris, there are endless possibilities for adventure. You can purchase crafts in markets, venture into the Sahara with a Tuareg caravan, visit pygmy villages, hike through jungle to watch gorillas, relax on tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, snack on exotic treats, travel down a river in a dugout “pirogue”, travel across savanna on a colonial-era railway, and much more. Attractions in Africa Safaris Climbing Trekking & hiking Sport fishing Diving Relax on a beach Ecotourism Sports Destinations in Africa Aksum — the ancient capital of Ethiopia, famous for its stelae and the ruins of various palaces Dogon Country — a region of south-central Mali renowned for its secluded villages embedded on cliffs and a very distinct culture Kruger National Park — a well managed and very popular national park in South Africa Leptis Magna — extensive Roman ruins in Libya Mount Kilimanjaro — Africa’s highest mountain and a great trekking destination in Tanzania Serengeti National Park — huge national park in Tanzania, perhaps the archetypal African game park; becomes the Maasai Mara National Reserve over the border in Kenya Valley of the Kings — the site of Ancient Egypt Victoria Falls — magnificent waterfalls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia Volcanoes National Park — a very important site for Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda
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Nepal

Nepal is a landlocked country in Southern Asia, between the Tibet autonomous region of China and India. It contains 8 of the world’s 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest – the world’s tallest – on the border with Tibet, and Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Attractions in Nepal Trekking Rafting / Kayaking Mountain Biking Motorcycling Jungle Safari Trance Parties Regions in Nepal Himalayas The roof of the world, including Mount Everest, Annapurna, Langtang National Park and The Great Himalaya Trail with numerous sightseeing, trekking, and other adventure sport opportunities. Kathmandu Valley Home to Kathmandu, Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, Boudhanath, Patan and Bhaktapur, this is in the heart of Nepal and a crossroads of cultures with numerous sacred temples and monuments. Middle Hills The Hill Region (Pahar in Nepali) is mostly between 700 and 4,000 metres altitude. This region is split from the Terai Range by the Mahabharat Lekh (Lesser Himalaya) and forms a geographic midlands between the Terai and the Himalayas. It includes the scenic Pokhara valley, a popular base for activities in the area. Western Tarai The western side of the Terai mountain range with the Royal Chitwan National Park and Bardiya National Park. Eastern Tarai Quite a populated area with Biratnagar, Nepal’s second largest municipality. Destinations in Nepal Annapurna — popular trekking region of Nepal with the world-famous Annapurna Circuit Chitwan National Park — see tigers, rhinos and animals in the jungle Daman — tiny village in the mountains offering panoramic views of the Himalayas; especially stunning at sunrise and sunset Haleshi (Tibetan: Maratika) — the site of a mountain cave where Padmasambhava attained a state beyond life and death Lumbini — the sacred site of the Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth Mount Everest — the tallest peak of the world in the Khumbu region Nagarkot — a hill station one hour from Kathmandu offering excellent views of the Himalayan Range Parping — the site of several sacred caves associated with Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism Tangting— a beautiful and undiscovered traditional Gurung village with a stunning view of the Annapurna range