• Capital: London
  • Time Zone: GMT
  • Currency: Sterling Pound

The well named kingdom count in its ranks: Scotland, Wales, England (which together, form Great Britain) and Northern Ireland, with their own unique cultures and traditions. For centuries, exporting its language and culture, the UK has become a model in many areas. Its advantages give high standards: vast natural heritage through its green hills, mountains and coastline, lakes and national parks; enormous potential historic image of his castles, churches and museums; incredible range of activities in the country of music, theater, football and golf.

Cities

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Sprawling city, both temple of classicism in English and ultra trendy, business and avantgarde kingdom, London is more than a city, it is a universe! Center of European capitalism, home of all cultural experiments, London is an elusive city, a mosaic of districts and the queen of allparadoxes. Must sees in London are: Piccadilly Circus, London Eye; for a panoramic view of the city, Hyde Park; for a moment of rest. For shopping, visit Harrods or Oxford Street, for designers and haute couture, New Bond Street is a must. The main tourist attractions: the London Bridge, Big Ben, takes a cruise on the Thames; see the Parliament, the Royal Palace, St. James Park, the British Museum and many more!

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Stonehenge, whose name means “suspended rocks” is inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO and attracts nearly a million visitors per year. It is described as a sanctuary consists of stones circles arranged in a pattern whose astronomical significance is still being explored. This sacred place and the nearby Neolithic sites are an incomparable testimony to prehistoric times. Stonehenge is one of the most impressive monuments in the world due to the size of its megaliths, the complexity of the series of concentric circles, and its architectural design

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For many, Edinburgh is the gateway to Scotland; we visit it before going into the Highlands. It is the city of culture and ideals, art and literature, philosophy and science. The Scottish capital, the second tourist destination in the United Kingdom, is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its medieval and Georgian districts. This city has a unique personality and we can only return again and again to discover each new facet: its iconic castle, pubs atmosphere in pure traditional Scottish style, its many green spaces where is good to rest, museums, and especially its many festivals that are a reason to celebrate and have a good time in good company! Cheers!

Language

English

Electricity

The electricity is 230 volts; therefore, an adapter and/or converter will be required

Entry requirements

Kindly make sure to have the proper documents required to enter the countries you are visiting. Please refer to www.travel.gc.ca for updated information. 
Regarding visas, you can refer to the link: www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.Failure to obtain these documents prior to travel can result in being denied entry or exit from the country.

  • Capital: Dublin
  • Time Zone: GMT +1
  • Currency: The local currency is Euro. In Northern Ireland it’s the Pound Sterling

Everyone who has had the opportunity to visit Ireland knows: the Irish grow naturally the pleasure of hospitality. When we think of Ireland you can see the green heath, Guinness, their famous beer, the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry and its breathtaking landscapes! It will cover the corners of the island to visit the hidden villages and wild peninsulas and find the turning of a Gaeltacht (area where people speak Gaelic), the true warmth of the Emerald Isle. It shares the island of Ireland with Northern Ireland (six counties) remained a constituent part of the United Kingdom. The Republic of Ireland Celtic claimed their identity so that, culturally, it is usually considered the island of Ireland as one of six “Celtic nations”.

Language

The official language is Irish, but English is widely used.

Communication

International access code (exit code in Europe): 00 International dialing code: 353 If you are calling from any European country, the international dialing code 353 is only required to call Ireland from abroad. So it will be: 00 353 and local phone number. Concerning national calls made in Ireland, it is not necessary to dial the 353 country code. If you are calling from Canada, please dial 011, then 353 and finally the local phone number in Ireland.

  • Capital: Belfast
  • Time Zone: GMT +1
  • Currency: Pound sterling

Northern Ireland is located to the north of Ireland and is a nation of the United Kingdom. There is a land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The area of this nation is 14 130km2.

Cities

Belfast

Belfast is Northern Ireland’s dynamic capital and a city that blends history, culture, and modernity. Nestled along the banks of the River Lagan, the city is steeped in a rich industrial and maritime history. Belfast is the city where the Titanic was built. The city offers a vibrant cultural scene, with fascinating museums, contemporary art galleries and lively theaters. The Cathedral Quarter is a must for those seeking to discover the city’s art and food scene. There is also a wealth of frescoes for history buffs. Belfast offers many parks and green spaces to relax and enjoy nature, the Belfast Forest Park and Botanical Gardens being just two examples.

Language

English and Irish

Weather

Temperate and maritime climate 

Electricity

230V/50Hz

Entry requirements

If you have a regular Canadian passport, your passport must be valid for at least the expected duration of your stay in the United Kingdom. Customs authorities may ask you to show them a return ticket or a ticket for an onward flight, as well as proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself for the duration of your stay. 

Communication

0044 to call in Northern Ireland, 999 is the emergency number

What Exotik can offer

  • Beach stays in Spain
  • Spain has beautiful beaches and luxurious hotels where you can unwind.

  • Escorted tours
  • Rail & hotels
  • Long stays
    • Capital: Madrid
    • Time Zone: GMT +1
    • Currency: Euros

    With more than 58 million tourists visiting per year, Spain is among one of the countries most visited in the world. Its animated cities, the riches of its historic monuments, its paradise beaches, its hospitality and its joys of life give this country its reason to be explored. The birthplace of such great artists as Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Velázquez, Miguel de Cervantes, and Antonio Banderas, all add to the fantastic culture of Spain. For thousands of years, Spain has been one of the cultural centers of Europe. It has many beautiful cities and towns, offering thousands of monuments as well as a tremendous diversification of architecture.

    Cities

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    Catalonia and Barcelona have become one of the first tourist destinations of Spain, it knows how to please the big majority : with a history among the oldest in Europe, a capital, Barcelona, which never sleeps and an inland full of charm not to forget beautiful beaches in La Costa Brava. The variety of artistic treasures, the Romanesque churches and the great names in modern art and architecture, Dali, Gaudi, Miro, Picasso… Barcelona sited between the sea and the mountains, has found a formidable balance: a foot in the traditional things and the other in the avant-garde.

    Madrid

    Madrid is often considered the European “capital of joy and contentment.” Although the city is a dynamic business center, Madrileños clearly enjoy life, taking time for long walks, extended evenings with friends over tapas, and dinner often as late as midnight. Madrid is a city of passion and drama, from the mournful beauty of flamenco to the intense baile of matador and bull. Madrid’s Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Centro Reina Sofia are world-class museums with works of El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo,Goya, and Picasso.

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    Mediterranean climate, more than 320 days of sun per year, the sea, small charming towns and a lot more… The Costa del Sol casts a spell over you and it has logically converted itself into a key international tourist destination since the middle of the last century. The Costa del Sol offers luxury and glamour, taking advantage of the frequent presence of film stars since the seventies. Today, between 25% and 30% of the large luxury hotels in Spain are found in Marbella and its surroundings, not to mention the first class golf courses. A luxurious and international character which contrasts the typical small Andalusia villages such as Ronda and Mijas, with narrow streets and white-washed houses adorned with flowers.

    Language

    Spanish, but many of its derivatives are also spoken, such as Catalan. English and some French can be spoken as well.

    Weather

    Spain is a sunny country with around 3,000 hours of sunshine every year. The temperatures are mild, but there are still differences depending on the seasons and areas of the country. The mildest temperatures are in spring and autumn, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors practically the whole day long. Maximum temperatures are reached during the months of July and August, which are hot and dry throughout the whole country. The coldest temperatures occur during the months of December, January and February, which are the months with the most rainfall, mainly in the north of Spain.

    It is essential to pack:

    • Sunglasses, which you will use all year round.
    • Comfortable footwear, especially if you visit museums, go sightseeing in cities or hike in nature.
    • A light, comfortable backpack to carry your things, for example, sunglasses, sun cream, a bottle of water and a small travel umbrella for any eventuality.

    Electricity

    The electricity is 220 volts; therefore, an adapter and/or converter will be required.

    Entry requirements

    Kindly make sure to have the proper documents required to enter the countries
    you are visiting. Please refer to www.travel.gc.ca for updated information. Regarding visas, you can refer to the link: www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.

    Failure to obtain these documents prior to travel can result in being denied entry or exit from the country.

    Communication

    International access code (exit code in Europe): 00 International dialing code: 34 If you are calling from any other European country, the international dialling code 34 is only required to call Spain from abroad. So it will be: 00 34 and local phone number. Concerning national calls made in Spain, it is not necessary to dial the 34 country code. If you are calling from Canada, please dial 011, then 34 and finally the local phone number in Spain.

    What Exotik can offer

  • Escorted tours in Germany
    • Capital: Berlin
    • Time Zone: GMT +1
    • Currency: Euro

    Situated in the heart of Europe, Germany has plenty of fantastic tourist attractions and unique sights to offer. Visitors from all over the world travel to Germany to see architectural treasures and fascinating places of natural beauty. Experience the majestic beauty of castles and palaces, explore fascinating museums, or delve into the music of some of the most famous German composers. Explore the wine and beer festivals and visit the home of the discovery of Nutcracker! Germany’s landscapes offer a wealth of options for an unforgettable holiday: long sandy beaches on the coasts and lake shores, enchanting lowland plains, extensive ranges of hills and the high peaks of Saxon Switzerland. Whether you choose leisurely exploration, a spa or wellness break, or a sports activity, you’ll be amazed at what Germany’s natural landscapes have to offer

    Cities

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    Berlin is the largest city and capital of Germany. Berlin is best known for its historical associations as the German capital, internationalism and tolerance, lively nightlife, its many cafés, clubs and bars, street art, numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest. Berlin’s architecture is quite varied. Although badly damaged in the final years of World War II and broken apart during the Cold War, Berlin has reconstructed itself greatly, especially with the reunification push after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

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    Radiant Bavarian culture, Munich is a charming and most popular city in Germany. Called München in German, the town takes its name from its first monastery where monks began the now traditional beer brewing. Although best known today for its annual beer festival, Oktoberfest, Munich also has an artistic side with important European art collections in many art galleries. Whether you are looking for perfect summer days in a garden café or a touch of festive magic of the snowy Christmas markets, Munich is guaranteed to please!

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    Welcome to Frankfurt! The most international city in Germany, the largest financial centre on the continent, the historical city of coronations, the city of Goethe and the Frankfurt School… In brief, be ready to explore the smallest metropolis in the world, in which there is a lot to see at close hand! Whether this glance at the city’s home page is the start of a longer, maybe even permanent, stay on the banks of the Main, or if, as a business visitor, you only have a limited amount of time available: you will find that the city has interesting offers for extensive tours of the city, cultural enjoyment and attractive shopping trips waiting for you. No matter where visitors come from, they will always meet people in Frankfurt who speak their language and a restaurant that serves their favorite food. The open and hospitable atmosphere in Frankfurt stems from its centuries-old role as a trading centre.

    Language

    German and English

    Electricity

    The electricity is 230 volts; therefore, an adapter and/or converter will be required

    Entry requirements

    Kindly make sure to have the proper documents required to enter the countries you are visiting. Please refer to www.travel.gc.ca for updated information. Regarding 
    visas, you can refer to the link: www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.
    Failure to obtain these documents prior to travel can result in being denied entry or exit from the country

    Communication

    International access code (exit code in Europe): 00 International dialing code: 49 If you are calling from any other European country, the international dialing code 49 is only required to call Germany from abroad. So it will be: 00 49 and local phone number. Concerning national calls made in Germany, it is not necessary to dial the 49 country code. If you are calling from Canada, please dial 011, then 49 and finally the local phone number in German

    • Capital: Jakarta
    • Time Zone: GMT +8
    • Currency: Rupiah (IDR)

    Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago with more than 17000 islands. Bali is known for its mysterious magical feeling. The Balinese people, the breathtaking landscapes and a pleasant climate justify Bali’s nickname as “Paradise Island”. Island of Bali Bali may be small in size – you can drive around the entire coast in one long day – but its prominence as a destination is huge, and rightfully so. Ask travelers what Bali means to them and you’ll get as many answers as there are flowers on a frangipani tree. Breathtaking rice terraces, pulse-pounding surf, enchanting temple ceremonies, mesmerizing dance performances and ribbons of beaches are just some of the images people cherish. People and life style Life in Bali is very communal under the organization of villages. Temple ceremonies, marriage, cremation, farming and even the creative art festivals are decided by the local community institution called “Banjar”. The responsibilities in the day-to-day life are normally administered by both the Banjar and the government. The local government mostly responsible for schools, health clinics, hospitals and roads, and Banjar is responsible for all other aspects of life. There is another association that exists in the banjar named “Subak” that concerns the production of rice and organizes the complex irrigation system. Every family who owns a rice feld must be a member of their local Subak, which then ensures that every member gets his fair distribution of water. A banjar consists of an average of 50 to 150 family members, owning a meeting venue called the Bale Banjar, which is used for regular gatherings and a center for local gamelan orchestras and drama groups.

    Language

    Indonesian Bahasa and English

    Weather

     With the sun shining throughout the year, Bali has a tropical monsoon climate with pleasant day
    temperatures between 20 to 33 degrees Celsius. Rainy season starts from October to March, when the
    west monsoon brings heavy showers and high humidity. June to September is considered the driest
    season, with low humidity and can be cool in the evenings, the best time for any outdoor activities.
     

    Electricity

    The electricity is 220 volts; therefore, an adapter and/or converter will be required.

    Entry requirements

    Kindly make sure to have the proper documents required to enter the countries you are visiting. Please refer to www.travel.gc.ca for updated information. Regarding visas, you can refer to the link: www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.
    Failure to obtain these documents prior to travel can result in being denied entry or exit from the country.

    Communication

    International access code: 001, 008 International dialing code: 62 Concerning national calls made in Indonesia, it is not necessary to dial the 62 country code. If you are calling from Canada, please dial 011, then 62 and finally the local phone number in Indonesia.

    • Capital: Nairobi
    • Time Zone: GMT +3
    • Currency: The unit of currency is the Kenya shilling (KSH). Each shilling is divided into 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 KSH. Coins come in 5, 10, 50 cents and 1 KSH. Foreign currency or travelers checks must be declared on a declaration form when entering the country. You are not allowed to take out more foreign currency than you bring in. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks and many hotels.

    Kenya is situated right along the equator, on the eastern coast of the African continent. Its coastal region is on the southeast, and to the east lays Somalia. Ethiopia is to the north, the Sudan to the northwest, and Uganda directly to the west. The southwestern border of the country is marked by Lake Victoria, and southward lays Tanzania. Kenya’s geography is marvellously varied. While much of northeastern Kenya is a flat, bush-covered plain, the remainder of the country encompasses pristine beaches, scenic highlands and lake regions, the Great Rift Valley, and the magnifcent Mount Kenya.

    Cities

    Nairobi

    Is the capital of Kenya. In addition to its urban center, the city also includes the Nairobi National Park, a large reserve inhabited by black rhinos, a threatened species, as well as giraffes, zebras and lions. Next door is a famous elephant orphanage, managed by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Nairobi is also often the starting point for safa.

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    Is a port city of southern Kenya on the Indian Ocean and the county seat of Mombasa County. Located 440 km southeast of the capital Nairobi, it is connected to it by the road A109, a railway line and daily air links.

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    National Reserve is a wild savannah area preserved in southwestern Kenya along the Tanzanian border. It is home to lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos. Wildebeest roam the plains during their annual migration. The landscape, consisting of grassy plains and hills, is crossed by the rivers Mara and Talek. The area surrounding the reserve is dotted with Maasai (enkang) villages.

    Language

    Kenya is a multilingual country. Its official languages are Swahili and English. There are a total of 62 languages spoken in Kenya, most being African Languages with a minority of Middle-Eastern and Asian languages spoken by descendants of settlers.

    Electricity

    The electricity in Kenya is 220/240 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Kenya with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. The plugs are 3-point square.

    Entry requirements

     Kindly make sure to have the proper documents required to enter the countries you are visiting. Please refer to www.travel.gc.ca for updated information. Regarding visas, you can refer to the link: www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.
    Failure to obtain these documents prior to travel can result in being denied entry or exit from the country.
     

    Communication

    International access code: 00 International dialing code: 254 Concerning national calls made in Kenya, it is not necessary to dial the 254 country code. If you are calling from Canada, please dial 011, then 254 and finally the local phone number in Kenya.

    What Exotik can offer

  • City packages in Austria
    • Capital: Vienna
    • Time Zone: GMT +1
    • Currency: Euro

    Glorious Alpine scenery, monumental Habsburg architecture, and the world’s favorite musical – Austria’s tourist industry certainly plays up to the clichés. However, it’s not all bewigged Mozart ensembles and schnitzel; modern Austria boasts some of Europe’s most varied museums and contemporary architecture not to mention attractive and sophisticated cities whose bars, cafés and clubs combine contemporary cool with elegant tradition.

    Cities

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    Austria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture. It is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the characteristic Viennese charm.Vienna is a city with a very high quality of life, a feature that is highly appreciated by the many visitors who come to the Austrian capital. The Vienna Tourist Board provides comprehensive information about sights, hotels and leisure activities in Vienna to give visitors a structured overview of the many events and attractions in the city.

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    For many, Salzburg is the quintessential Austria, offering the best of the country’s Baroque architecture, subalpine scenery and a musical heritage derived from the city’s most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose likeness peers from every box of the ubiquitous chocolate delicacy, the Mozartkugel. Dreaming spires, green hills and romantic gardens – the city′s attractions are loved by millions of visitors from all over the World hungry for Salzburg sightseeing. With a tourist-per-capita ratio higher than Venice or Florence, the city is among the busiest places of Europe all year round.

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    City adventures and mountain encounters. New heights and special experiences. Cultural treasures and natural wonders. Innsbruck, the Capital of the Alps, delights with its unique wealth of wonderful attractions between 574 and 2,350 metres above sea level. Alpine-urban, sporty, dynamic and cosmopolitan yet charming, strong and traditional. Innsbruck is a city with exceptional appeal. Innsbruck offers diverse cultural events, world-famous attractions, exciting city tours, great highlights in the centre and surrounding mountains, genuine hospitality, modern lifestyle and sporting flair. Experience the real Tyrol in a place where the Alps are close enough to touch. An exceptional setting where city, culture and nature come together to delight anyone who wants to explore, enjoy and be inspired. Nowhere else are alpine experiences and urban joie de vivre so closely connected. Welcome to Innsbruck, the Capital of the Alps.

    Language

    German and English.

    Electricity

    The electricity is 220 volts; therefore, an adapter and/or converter will be required.

    Entry requirements

     Kindly make sure to have the proper documents required to enter the countries you are visiting. Please refer to www.travel.gc.ca for updated information. Regarding visas, you can refer to the link: www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.
    Failure to obtain these documents prior to travel can result in being denied entry or exit from the country.
     

    Communication

    International access code (exit code in Europe): 00 International dialing code: 43 If you are calling from any other European country, the international dialing code 43 is only required to call Austria from abroad. So it will be: 00 43 and local phone number. Concerning national calls made in Austria, it is not necessary to dial the 43 country code. If you are calling from Canada, please dial 011, then 43 and finally the local phone number in Austria.

    • Capital: Lima
    • Time Zone: GMT -5
    • Currency: The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol. We recommend you to change your Canadian dollars into the local currency. US Dollars are accepted in most commercial establishments. Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express are commonly used in Lima shopping centers, but not in province. If you are planning to buy handicrafts and traditional products, please take note that small shops don’t have this system, payment are only made in cash. If you have a credit card, you can withdraw money from cash machines (ATM) in the principal cities.

    Peru is a country in South America covering part of the Amazon rainforest. This is where Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca city located high up in the Andes, is. The area surrounding Machu Picchu, encompassing the Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail and the Colonial City of Cuzco, has many archaeological sites. On the arid Pacific coast of Peru lies Lima, the capital, with a well-preserved colonial center and important collections of pre-Columbian art.

    Cities

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    Cuzco, city of the Andes Cordillera in Peru and ancient capital of the Inca Empire, is today known for its archaeological remains and its Hispanic colonial architecture. The Plaza de Armas is the central square of the old town, with its arcades, carved wooden balconies and ruined Inca period. The Santo Domingo baroque convent was built atop the Inca Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha). It contains archaeological remains of Inca masonry.

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    Arequipa is the capital of the Peruvian region of the same name, founded in the colonial period. Surrounded by 3 volcanoes, it is full of baroque buildings built in white volcanic stone. Arequipa’s historical center is located around the Plaza de Armas, an elegant square with a neoclassical cathedral dating back to the 17th century, and a museum exhibiting religious objects and works of art.

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    It is the capital and the largest city of Peru, as well as the capital of the Lima region. Possessing an architectural patrimony of the twentieth-century colonial era, it is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A coastal city facing the Pacific, it is a dynamic city that offers an interesting contrast with pre-Columbian archaeological sites on one side and traditional places on the other. Lima is the best place to sample Peruvian cuisine, which contains a wide variety of ingredients from the coastal, mountainous and Amazonian regions.

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    About 200km south of Paracas extends one of the most famous sites of Peru, the UNESCO world heritage: Nasca lines. The hundreds of geoglyphs represent geometric zoological forms that could have been used for ritual and religious purposes. You can see some of the surrounding mountainsfrom an observation tower in the center of the site or by taking a scenic overflight.

    Language

    Spanish is commonly spoken across the country. Peruvian Spanish has a low accent and is easy to understand. Quechua, the language of the Incas, is spoken in the mountain. Aymara is mainly spoken in the communities of Puno. In the jungle, different dialects are spoken

    Electricity

    Electricity in Peru is 220 V. In some hotel you will find 110 V.

    Entry requirements

    Kindly make sure to have the proper documents required to enter the countries you are visiting. Please refer to www.travel.gc.cafor updated information. Regarding visas, you can refer to the link: 
    www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.
    Failure to obtain these documents prior to travel can result in being denied entry or exit from the country

    Communication

    International access code: 00 International dialing code: 51 Concerning national calls made in Peru, it is not necessary to dial the 51 country code. If you are calling from Canada, please dial 011, then 51 and finally the local phone number in Peru

    • Capital: Wellington
    • Time Zone: GMT +12
    • Currency: New Zealand Dollar

    Plucked straight from a film set or a coffee-table book of picture-perfect scenery, New Zealand is jaw-droopingly gorgeous. “Wow!” will escape from your lips at least once a day. Filling in the gaps are the sublime forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and fiords that have made NZ one of the best hiking (locals call it ‘tramping’) destinations on the planet. The popularity of New Zealand with international visitors is growing year by year. It is a land of contrasts, from pristine wilderness areas to modern and sophisticated cities there is something for everyone. New Zealand also enjoys an international reputation for being safe and friendly. NZ’s cool-climate wineries have been collecting wine-award trophies for decades now, but the country’s booming craft-beer scene also deserves your serious scrutiny. And with coffee culture firmly entrenched, you can usually slake your craving for a decent double-shot.

    Cities

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    National parks ring the city and penetrate right into its heart. Large chunks of the harbor are still edged with bush, while parks cut their way through the skyscrapers and suburbs. There’s always a new restaurant to try, undercover bar to hunt down, hip band to check out, sports team to shout at, show to see or crazy party to attend. The city’s pretensions to glamour are well balanced by a casualness that means a cool T-shirt and a tidy pair of jeans will get you in most places. But if you want to dress up and show off, there’s plenty of opportunity for that among the sparkling lights of the harbor. Book a window seat for your flight to Sydney: day or night, this city sure is good-looking. Scratch the surface and it only gets better.

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    Designed by visionary American architect Walter Burley Griffin, who was assisted by his wife Marion Mahony Griffin, Canberra features expansive open spaces, aesthetics influenced by the 19th-century Arts and Crafts Movement and a seemless alignment of built and natural elements. Though it seems big on architectural symbolism and low on spontaneity, there is a fair bit going on behind the slightly sterile exterior. The cultural institutions have lively visitor and social programmes, there’s a limited but often excellent choice of restaurants and cafes and there’s also a lively bar scene that is fuelled by the city’s university students

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    A small city with a big reputation, Wellington is most famous for being NZ’s capital. It is infamous for its weather, particularly the gale-force winds wont to barrel through, wrecking umbrellas and obliterating hairdos. It also lies on a major fault line. And negotiating the inner-city one-way system is like the Krypton Factor on acid. But don’t be deterred. ‘Welly’ is a wonderful city, voted ‘the coolest little capital in the world’ in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel (2011). For a starter it’s lovely to look at, draped around bushy hillsides encircling a magnificent harbor. There are super lookouts on hilltops, golden sand on the prom, and spectacular craggy shores along the south coast. Downtown, the city is compact and vibrant, buoyed by a surprising number of museums, theatres, galleries and boutiques. A cocktail- and caffeine-fuelled hospitality scene fizzes and pops among the throng.

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    No-one’s ever visited Queenstown and said, ‘I’m bored’. Looking like a small town, but displaying the energy of a small city, Queenstown offers a mountain of outdoor activities. Maximize bragging rights with your souvenir T-shirt in the town’s atmospheric restaurants, laid-back cafes and bustling bars. Be sure to also find a lakeside bench at sunrise or dusk and immerse yourself in one of NZ’s most beautiful views. The town’s restaurants and bars are regularly packed with a mainly young crowd that really knows how to enjoy themselves on holiday

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    The first sight of Milford Sound is stunning. Sheer rocky cliffs rise out of still, dark waters, and forests clinging to the slopes sometimes relinquish their hold, causing a ‘tree avalanche’ into the waters. The spectacular, photogenic 1692m-high Meter Peak rises dead ahead. A cruise on Milford Sound is Fjord land’s most accessible experience, complete with seals and dolphins. Milford Sound receives about half a million visitors each year

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    Welcome to a vibrant city in transition, coping resiliently and creatively with the aftermath of NZ’s second-biggest natural disaster (especially as tremors can still be felt regularly). Traditionally the most English of NZ cities, Christchurch is now adding a modern and innovative layer to its damaged heritage heart. Punts still glide gently down the Avon River, and the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park are still among NZ’s finest public spaces, but an energetic entrepreneurial edge is also evident, harnessing the opportunities emerging from the city’s recent seismic heartache

    Language

    English

    Electricity

    The electrical current is 230-240 volts, AC 50Hz, you will need an adaptor.

    Communication

    International access code: 00 International dialing code: 64 Concerning national calls made in New Zealand, it is not necessary to dial the 64 country code.If you are calling from Canada, please dial 011, then 64 and finally the local phone number in New Zealand