Argentina forms the eastern half of South America with a surface area of 2 766 889 km2 and a population of 41 million, of which 13 million live in Buenos Aires. It borders Chile to the west and Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia to the north and east. It also shares the offshore island territory of Tierra del Fuego with Chile.
The country can be divided into four major geographical regions: the Andes to the west (with arid basins, grape-filled foothills, glacial mountains and the Lake District), the fertile Lowland North (with subtropical rainforests), the central Pampas (a flat mix of humid and dry expanses) and Patagonia (a combination of pastoral steppes and glacial regions).
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. It’s about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 per cent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world – only two people per square kilometer.
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.
Belize is a true nature paradise, with 75% of its land covered by rainforest, nearly half of which is protected by the government. The rainforests, considered the ‘lungs’ of the Earth, are the basis of the world’s climate stability and are therefore essential to all. Discover breathtaking landscapes through the forest and jungle that abound in wildlife. As one of the nuclei of Mayan civilization, don’t miss the opportunity to discover mysterious sites buried deep in the jungle, ranging from small ancient ruins to grandiose temples. Moreover, what would Belize be without its 380km long Caribbean coastline, which will allow you to walk through small typical fishing villages, relax on the beach or even discover the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bolivia, the country with the highest capital in the world at 3500m above sea level, will delight travelers in search of adventure and new horizons. From the Andes to the Amazon, passing by the salt desert, the Bolivian country offers unique landscapes that are simply grandiose! Straddling Peru and Bolivia, the famous Lake Titicaca will lead you to small islands with hidden secrets, dating back to the Mayan era, while offering you a surprising view of the surrounding mountainous and snowy massifs. Towards the south, discover the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt desert in the world, which seems to stretch endlessly on the horizon. Bolivia will certainly manage to amaze and surprise you with its natural beauty and the kindness of its people
Botswana is located in Southern Africa. It shares borders with Zambia to the north, Namibia to the north and northwest, Zimbabwe to the northeast and South Africa to the south and southeast. Therefore, Botswana is a landlocked country. Travelers looking for large space of deserts, savannas and marsh will be amazed by the beautiful scenery of the country, in addition to being charm by the hospitality of the villagers and fascinated by the extraordinary richness of it’s fauna and it’s artistic tradition.
Brazil is the largest of the Latin American countries. Covering nearly half of the South American continent, it occupies an area of 8 511 965 km2. It is the fifth largest country in the world after the Russian Federation, Canada, China, and the United States. It is larger than Europe or the continental USA. Except for a small number of islands, Brazil consists of a single, unbroken land mass. The Atlantic Ocean extends along the entire eastern side of the country, giving it a coastline of 7,367 km, with marvelous beaches, each region having its own peculiarities and beauties. The main cities are: Brasília, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Recife and Porto Alegre. Brasília is the capital and where the congress and president are placed. São Paulo is the main city for business and Rio de Janeiro and Foz do Iguaçu (where the huge waterfalls are placed) are the most famous tourist destinations.
For most foreign holidaymakers, Bulgaria’s main lure is its long, sandy Black Sea Coast – which still boasts swaths of stunning beaches and picturesque bays despite the expansive construction work – but there is so much more to this country, and most of it remains largely untouched and unvisited by overseas tourists. Networks of well-maintained hiking trails and horse-riding routes allow you to discover Bulgaria’s lush mountainous and forested landscapes, especially around the Rila and Pirin Mountains, inhabited by bears, lynx, rare birds and other kinds of wildlife now becoming scarce elsewhere in Europe. Getting around the country is easy, with cheap and efficient public transport to ferry you between the cities and into the remoter, rural corners, where the traditional, slow pace of life continues much as it has done for centuries. The cities, too, are often overlooked highlights, from dynamic, cosmopolitan Sofia with its lovely parks, sociable alfresco bars and fascinating museums, to the National Revival architectural treasures and Roman remains of Plovdiv, and the youthful maritime cockiness of Varna.
Although Cambodia’s premier highlights are the spectacular temples of Angkor, there is far more to the country. In Phnom Penh, the colonial capital, there are numerous pagodas and interesting museums to visit; on the coast are beautiful unspoilt beaches and inland there is impressive natural scenery such as mighty rivers & remote forests.
One of the world’s oldest civilizations, China boasts a history of more than 5 000 years. Its vast territory stretches north and south for about 5500 km and covers an area of 9.6 million square km, making it the third largest country in the world. The amazing landscapes, rich history and culture make China every traveler’s dream destination.
Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanos and immense biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, rich with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.
Croatia is a country in the Balkans on the east side of the Adriatic Sea. Croatia has the privilege of offering a rich architectural heritage. Those traveling for the first time in this country will discover a unique and fascinating transition between Central Europe and the Mediterranean, a crossroads of cultures and influences quite exceptional! And then they will fascinated by the wonderful Croatian coast, protected by nearly 1,185 islands and islets about 1,750 km long. Multiply by 5 for the number of beaches and coves, by 10… These architectural gems are named Pula, Zadar, Sibenik, Trogir, Split and the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik.
Wonderful castles and chateaux, world famous spas, unspoilt countryside, historical cities and legendary cuisine – what will you choose? In this small country at the heart of Europe, you will always have a copious wealth of natural and cultural treasures within reach! Nowhere is too far for you to be able to set out for. Discover the historical heritage of the Czech Republic: the most interesting castles and chateaux, UNESCO monuments and also the fascinating atmosphere of ancient cities. Treat yourself to a stay in the Czech spas and allow yourself to be pampered, body and mind. But don’t forget the monasteries, mountains and national parks. In short, stay in the places you like and make time for unusual experiences according to your taste and inclination!
Denmark is the smallest of the Scandinavian countries and is certainly the most southern in its geographical position. Its people are livelier and warm Scandinavians, always ready to drink, talk, walk outdoors, and enjoy the sunshine. The Danish monarchy, one of the world’s oldest, is a very popular institution fully anchored in the Danish society. Beyond the capital and the bigger cities, Denmark offers a mix of lively towns such as Ribe and Odense plus rural countryside, medieval churches, Renaissance castles and tidy 18th-century villages. Neolithic dolmen, preserved 2000-year-old “bog people”, and impressive Viking ruins are just some of the remnants of the nation’s long and fascinating history.
Ecuador is a representative democratic republic in South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, by Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacifc Ocean on the west. The country also includes the Galápagos Islands (Archipiélago de Colón) in the Pacifc, about 965 kilometers (600 miles) west of the mainland. Ecuador straddles the equator, from which it takes its name, and has an area of 256,370 square kilometers (98,985 mi²). Its capital city is Quito; its largest city is Guayaquil.
Egypt, the country of the mysterious Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the well preserved hieroglyphs and mummies, the great temples and the majestic Nile. Few words can describe the country that was once the most advanced worlds of Antiquity – the cradle of civilization. A trip to Egypt is like taking a voyage back in time, a place that has evolved through the eras and is full of history and legends.
A friendly Fijian welcome and broad smiles await you in this tropical paradise of beautiful beaches, blue lagoons and swaying palm trees. Renowned for stunning sunsets, breathtaking waterfalls, awesome surf, and pristine rain forests, Fiji unsurprisingly draws thousands of visitors to its shores each year.
Comprising more than 300 islands, the country is a vibrant melting pot of cultures, where East Indian, Polynesian, Melanesia, Chinese and European converge to form a unique cultural medley. English is widely spoken, which means communication is a breeze.
Brimming with colorful attractions, awe-inspiring scenery, friendly people and cultural and sporting activities aplenty, Fiji offers something for everyone. From the wanderlust-suffused traveler to the hedonistic sports junkie, this archipelago at the crossroads of the South Pacific is tourist heaven. And, best of all, there’s an array of accommodation and activities to suit all tastes and budgets.
What part of Fiji to travel to depends on what kind of vacation you are looking for. If your idea of a holiday is to be in a large resort in a busy area with lots of facilities and amenities and easy access to shopping and nightlife, then a resort at Port Denarau is a good choice. If you are an avid diver and snorkeler who wants peace and quiet – consider Savusavu and Taveuni north of the main island of Viti Levu. If you want a perfect South Seas island escape – head to an island in the Mamanuca or Yasawa Island group. But for the best all round Fiji experience, we recommend a combination vacation – a stay on the main island of Viti Levu whether it is in the Denarau/ Nadi area or on the Coral Coast together with a stay either on an off-shore island or a stay in the Northern Group.
Finland, the mythical and mysterious land of Northern Europe. Its vast, wild and peaceful spaces will delight the hearts of nature lovers, as more than 90% of the country’s surface is occupied by immense deep green forests and sparkling blue lakes. Explore these pure landscapes by first visiting Lapland, the Arctic province where the sun shines 24 hours a day in summer and the Northern Lights illuminate the dark days of winter. Don’t forget the coastline and the Finnish archipelago, a coastal region perfect for discovering maritime culture and its majestic national parks. After discovering Finland, you will certainly be recharged and ready for new adventures.
All the beauty of France lies in the diversity of its regions, all as different as each other, but fascinating. Normandy, the Midi, the Loire, Provence, the Côte d’Azur and many others reserve enchanting landscapes marked by time and centuries. In addition, you will find a memorable local gastronomy, accompanied by succulent wines.
Officially known as French Polynesia, Tahiti and her Islands are comprised of more than a hundred volcanic islands and atolls sprinkled over four million square kilometres of ocean in the South Pacific.
Greece is a country rich in history with many archaeological sites. Out of 6000 islands and islets, 227 of them are inhabited and offer awesome landscapes. Greece is also the country where philosophical democracy was invented by Democritus, Plato and Aristotle. In Athens, the capital, you will be able to visit two important archaeological sites: the Acropolis, one of most touristic site in the world, and the Roman and Greek Agora, place of rally. This country is also known for its Greek mythology, like Zeus, Apollo and Athena. With its many islands, Greece has promising and endless possibilities to explore, as Santorini this volcanic island with awesome sunshine and Naxos, the biggest island, and the place where you can visit the temple of Apollo.
Home to the world’s most active volcanoes, the only royal palace in the U.S. and the welcoming aloha spirit, Hawaii is like no place on earth. Discover the glimmering ocean, emerald valleys and golden sands. Get lost in the spiritual beauty of the hula and find out how the warmth of Hawaii’s people wonderfully complement the islands’ perfect temperatures. We invite you to explore the Islands of Aloha to find your own heavenly Hawaii experiences.
From beautiful Budapest – the city of lights – to its many quaint villages and fantastic scenery, Hungary evokes a strong sense of history and tradition at every turn. While Budapest, justifiably compared with cities like Prague and even Paris, is by far the country’s biggest tourist draw, not all the exciting places to visit and things to do in Hungary are in the capital. Cities and towns of all sizes have preserved their classic old historical attractions, many of which exhibit influences from various cultures, including Turkish invaders and Italian Renaissance designers. And Hungary’s countryside includes some of the most beautiful scenery to be found anywhere in Eastern Europe. In fact, wherever you are in Hungary, you’re never far from spectacular mountains and lakes, beautiful river scenes (the Danube runs right through the country), and lush valleys, all providing great opportunities for hiking and other outdoor activities.
Iceland is the perfect destination for people looking for the unexpected, something out of the ordinary. Iceland is a unique destination that offers pristine nature, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture. The people of Iceland are warm and welcoming. The nature is rugged and beautiful. The culture is rich and appealing. Nothing is quite what you expected. Come on an expedition of discovery to find out what makes Iceland special.
India is not only vast in its dimensions but also by its geographical diversity. Discover Indian culture, religion and a melting pot of color! A world of a thousand faces is revealed!
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago with more than 17 000 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”.
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”.
Israel has always been a standout destination. From the days of the prophets to the modern day nomad this tiny slice of land on the eastern Mediterranean has long attracted visitors. While some arrive in the ‘Holy Land’ on a spiritual quest, others are in search of cultural tours, beach holidays and eco trips.
Stylish, cultured, good-humoured and volatile – Italy, with its golden light, stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage, has inspired poets and painters for centuries. Today, besides the renowned cities of Venice, Florence, Siena and Naples, each with its own unique identity and architecture, Italy features romantic medieval hill towns, such as San Gimignano in Tuscany, and unspoilt fishing villages, like Positano on the Amalfi coast. Throughout the country visitors can find vineyards and cellars to taste fine regional wines, workshops where crafts are produced by hand and friendly trattorie where simple but superb dishes are served. Italy combines art, history and contemporary fashion with stunning natural landscapes: the turquoise waters of Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda offer one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of sand, sea and sunshine, while the snow-covered slopes of the Dolomite Mountains are a haven for winter sports enthusiasts.
Japan, known worldwide, as the country of the Rising Sun, is home to some of the world’s most picturesque places, a rich culture and a long history. Japan is home to no less than 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Full of contrasts, cutting edge technology, traditional values, it offers so many different experiences that attract tourists from all corners of the world. Pristine natural scenery, the famous Mount Fuji, a blend of beautiful temples, shrines, and gardens, a very efficient public transportation, friendly people.. these are just a few reasons why you must visit Japan!
A well-travelled bridge between sea and desert, east and west, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a land of mesmerizing beauty and contrasts, from the Jordan Valley, fertile, ever changing, to the remote desert canyons, immense and still. Visitors can explore splendid desert castles, gaze in awe at the haunting wilderness of Wadi Rum, or bathe in the restful waters of the Red Sea. Images of the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, carved from the rock over a thousand years ago, will leave you with a lasting impression of this wonderful land.
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 magnificent Mount Kenya.
Laos is a small landlocked country in the Indochinese Peninsula and sparsely populated. Its isolation from foreign influence offers travelers an unparalleled glimpse of traditional Southeast Asian life. From the fertile lowlands of the Mekong River valley to the rugged Annamite highlands, Laos is the highlight of this region. Buddhism plays an important role in the life of the Lao people and has given them a deserved reputation for friendliness, gentleness, kindness, gaiety and wisdom.
The peninsula of Malaysia is a rich country. The capital city Kuala Lumpur boasts skyscrapers taller than most in the world. But this modern aspect is a complement to the real treasure of Malaysia: the rainforest, the oldest in the world! Modern cities, a colonial past, ancient rainforests, orangutans and white sandy beaches, makes for an attractive Malayan cocktail!
Welcome to the Maldives, where sands are white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you in their arms. In ancient times, the shores of the Maldives welcomed lost travelers. Still welcoming, these shores remain, providing a tranquil haven for visitors.
Malta attracts more and more visitors every year. It has preserved the beauty of its landscapes which are at the most ancient yet very well known. From prehistoric temples, to the baroque architecture of Valletta, feasts of rabbit to festas of noisy fireworks, rattling buses to colorful fishing boats, this nation has loads of unique charm. Far from the excesses of mass tourism, Malta offers travelers a pleasant balance between authentic charm and modern comfort at prices considerably lower than many other comparable Mediterranean destinations. The celebrations are important in the life of the Maltese (which, on occasion, does not distain to drink to the health of the Knights of the Order of St. John): the calendar of religious holidays, in fact covers six months of year
Country of light, colors, culture and history, Morocco offers an unequaled diversity. Variety joins a warm welcome and an irreproachable hospitality. Whether you want it or not, you will be treated like kings. Rich and tasty, Moroccan gastronomy will introduce you to the multiple flavors of its regional specialties. You can enjoy delicious dishes such as lamb couscous, honey and almond pastries and the popular mint tea.
To this day, Myanmar remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. A land of breathtaking beauty and charm now recently emerging into the modern world, Myanmar is on every savvy traveler’s bucket list
Namibia is situated geographically surrounded on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, north by Angola to the south by the Republic of South Africa, east by Botswana and north-east by Zimbabwe and Zambia. Wedged between the Kalahari and the South Atlantic, Namibia enjoys vast potential as one of the youngest countries in Africa. In addition to having a striking diversity of cultures and national origins, Namibia is a photographer’s dream – it boasts wild seascapes, rugged mountains, lonely deserts, stunning wildlife, colonial cities and nearly unlimited elbow room.
Once considered as mystical and inaccessible as Hilton’s Shangri-La, this landlocked country of valleys and peaks has attracted an astounding number of visitors for decades. From the endorsers of ‘Flower Power’ in the hedonistic 60s to the daring adventure traveler, Nepal has catered to the diverse needs of visitors in its own inimitable way.
The popularity of New Zealand with international visitors is growing year by year. It is a land not only of contrasts, from pristine wilderness areas to modern and sophisticated cities but also has an international reputation for being safe and friendly.
Norway is a very long country which extends north beyond the Arctic Circle. If you turn it upside down, from north to south, it will pass through Europe to the Mediterranean! The northern half of Norway lived under the midnight sun of summer and the magical dance of northern lights over the skies of the polar night in winter. Hike-country skiing during the day, and choose from four restaurants Michelin night. Still further north you can join a safari to observe eagles and whales. In summer the sun never sets in this part of Norway, and in winter the northern lights illuminate the dark sky. Swim in the cool water of the fjords, and let the breeze caress you from the North Pole when you are on the northernmost point of Europe, the North Cape! It shares borders with Sweden, Finland and Russia. Its long Atlantic coast is home to numerous fjords.
Peru is located in the west central part of South America. It can be compared in size to Spain, France and former West Germany combined. In South America, only Brazil and Argentina are larger. Peru is bordered to the north by Ecuador, to the south by Chile and Bolivia, to the east by Colombia and Brazil and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. It has a varied and diverse country due to the climatic, natural and cultural diversity of its regions. It is 1,554 miles (2,500 km) long, and has 3 natural regions: coast, sierra and jungle.
The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelago in South East Asia composed of 7,107 islands. It is blessed with rich natural resources and miles of beautiful beaches.
Portugal has a rich seafaring past, superb beach resorts, wistful towns and a landscape wreathed in olive groves, vineyards and wheat fields. Littered with UNESCO World Heritage sites and graced by one of Europe’s most relaxed and attractive capitals, it also remains refreshingly affordable. Savouring life slowly is a Portuguese passion, and much of the best is humble – traditional folk festivals; simple, honest food drowning in olive oil; music that pulls at the heart strings, recalling past love and glories; and markets overflowing with fish, fruit and flowers.
The Azores islands are a Portuguese archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean, located about 1 450 km (900 mi) from Lisbon. Nowadays, Azores’ main industries are tourism, cattle raising for milk and meat, and fishing. The Azores are actually the summits of some of the highest mountains on the planet, whose base is hundreds of meters below the ocean. The archipelago forms the Autonomous Region of Azores, one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal, along with the archipelago of Madeira.
Travelers limiting themselves to chasing vampires will miss so much. The capital, Bucharest, has its critics, but the blend of grotesque communist monuments and purposefully hidden-away cathedrals makes for fascinating exploring. Excellent hiking, biking and skiing are found all over the Transylvanian Alps (also known as the Carpathian Mountains), which curl across central Romania. Farmhouse B&Bs allow guests to soak up some village life, particularly in the bucolic paradises of Maramureş and Southern Bucovina, where cemeteries and monasteries are painted as boldly as pop-art paintings.
Discover the essence of Saudi, a rich and diverse landscape where you’ll find a mixture of global diversity that has emerged from this cradle of many human civilizations. Today, Saudi is a proud home of several heritage sites registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Each season of the year offers a distinct Saudi experience. Whether you choose to climb to the top of the highest mountain, 3000 meters above sea level, dive into the magical wonders of the corals and marine life of the Red Sea or cross the largest palm oasis in the world growing more than 2.5 million palm trees, all of these exciting experiences, and more, await you in Saudi Arabia
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 archipelago is one of the smallest members of the Commonwealth of Nations. Well known for its exceptional beauty, it has another special attribute. This can be discovered when its political, economic, social and cultural strides are compared to those of other developing nations in the region and worldwide.
If there is one word to describe Singapore, it’s “unique”. A dynamic city-state rich in contrasts and colors, you’ll find a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture here.
South Africa occupies the southern tip of Africa, its long coastline stretching more than 2 500km from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic coast, southwards around the tip of Africa, then north to the border with Mozambique on the Indian Ocean. Going from west to east, South Africa shares long borders with Namibia and Botswana, touches Zimbabwe, has a strip of border with Mozambique to the east, and lastly curves in around Swaziland before rejoining Mozambique’s southern border. In the interior is the small mountainous country of Lesotho, completely surrounded by South African territory.
“Land of the Morning Calm”, “Dynamic Korea,” and “Harmony of History and Modernity”… As these popular phrases well attest, South Korea is truly a colorful place filled with sites to see and experience.
With more than 58 million tourists visiting per year, Spain is among one of the country 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.
Set in the Indian Ocean beside India, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt. Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location.
Known as a summer and winter sports paradise, Switzerland is where people first skied for fun. Illustrious names evoke all the romance and glamorous drama of the mountain high life: Zermatt, St Moritz, Interlaken, Gstaad, the Jungfrau, Verbier and more. Cities like Geneva (the most cosmopolitan), Zürich (the most outrageous), Basel and Lausanne heave with heady artistic activity and sometimes incendiary nightlife. Beyond the après-ski chic, edelweiss and Heidi lies a complex country of cohabiting cultures. You could be chomping on sausages over beer in an oom-pah-pah Stübli one day and pasta over a glass of merlot in a granite grotto the next. And if over-indulgence becomes a problem try one of the country’s thermal baths, from Yverdon-les-Bains to Scuol. The grandeur of the finest churches, such as the cathedrals in Lausanne and Bern, contrasts with sparkling but lesser-known treasures like the frescoes of Müstair or the abbey complex of St Gallen (both World Heritage sites). The list of enchanting towns is endless: from Lucerne with its covered bridge to Neuchâtel and its fountains; from Gruyeres with its cheese, and Grimentz with its traditional timber houses to the sgraffito-blazoned buildings of Engadine towns like Scuol and Zuoz.
Behind the image of Taipei, its modern and cosmopolitan city symbolized by the unshakable tower 101, lays a wild island where nature is still intact.
The United Republic of Tanzania is located in eastern Africa on the Indian Ocean between Mozambique and Kenya and includes the island of Zanzibar. The largest city, Dar Es Salaam, is located along the eastern coast on the Indian Ocean. The terrain includes coastal plains, a central plateau, and highlands in the north and south. It is home to Mt. Kilimanjaro (the highest point in Africa), Lake Victoria (the second largest lake in the world), and the Great Rift Valley.
It’s easy to find something you’ll love in Thailand. More than just a beach destination, Thailand’s culture is unique and offers so much to discover through its majestic landscapes. Thailand will satisfy every expectation!
The 15 islands of the Cooks lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii in the South Pacific and are scattered across 2.2 million square kilometres of ocean. The Cooks possess a rare beauty, an idyllic climate, warm welcoming people with the widest white smiles and a laid back casual lifestyle.
It may be but a slim wedge of North Africa’s vast horizontal expanse, but Tunisia has enough history and diverse natural beauty to pack a country many times its size. With a balmy, sand-fringed Mediterranean coast, scented with jasmine and sea breezes, and where the fish on your plate is always fresh, Tunisia is prime territory for a straightforward sun-sand-and-sea holiday. But beyond the beaches, it’s a thrilling, underrated destination where distinct cultures and incredible extremes of landscape can be explored in just a few days.
Turkey is a unique country that extends on two continents – Europe and Asia – a unique position, which gave birth to a culture that reflects both West and East. It is a friendly country that offers all modern facilities, yet traditional enough to be fascinating. This country is without a doubt a destination of sun, sea, mountains, and lakes that offers the vacationer a complete change from the stress and routine of everyday life. The Turkish people have an unrivalled reputation for hospitality, the cuisine is to die for, the coastline, like a dream, and many Turkish cities are dotted with spectacular mosques and castles. And while costs are rising, Turkey remains one of the Mediterranean’s bargain-basement destinations.
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.
The UAE is a country that provides a new setting at every turn, richly mixing together the old and the new; it is without a doubt the leading tourist destination in the Middle East. It offers a great variety of landscapes: Rocky Mountains, huge dunes, sandy beaches, Bedouin villages, and ultra modern malls. Enjoy shopping, luxury and futuristic architecture in Dubai, mosques in Abu Dhabi or a camel market in Al Ain. You’ll discover a rich cultural patrimony. Arabic flavors and welcoming people will charm you.
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.
Today’s Vietnam is influenced not only by the ancient traditions and culture but also by its recent past. Vietnam is finding its way to its ancient roots of serenity and family oriented lifestyle. Experience a country still unspoiled and tolerant, a country quite unique in the world.