Europe – Tourist Destinations https://www.tourist-destinations.com World Travel Guides Sat, 16 Nov 2019 18:37:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Top 5 Must See Highlights of Budapest https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/11/top-5-must-see-highlights-of-budapest.html Sat, 16 Nov 2019 18:37:52 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18823 Budapest has it all! Stunning architecture, historic treasures, vibrant nightlife, breathtaking panoramas and the list goes on. There is something for everyone is this bustling city, but some sights should top everyone’s list. Budapest has a unique character that makes it stand out among other incredible city destinations. Don’t plan a trip to Budapest without ...

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Budapest has it all!

Stunning architecture, historic treasures, vibrant nightlife, breathtaking panoramas and the list goes on. There is something for everyone is this bustling city, but some sights should top everyone’s list. Budapest has a unique character that makes it stand out among other incredible city destinations.

Don’t plan a trip to Budapest without experiencing these five legendary attractions!

1. Party at the Ruin Bars in the Old Jewish Quarter

Just after the turn of the century, a group of local friends started a trend that would quickly amass a tremendous following. The Budapest bar scene was turned on its head when shabby buildings from pre-WWII days were transformed to vivacious, open-air venues.

Szimpla Kert was the first ruin bar that started the trend and it has inspired countless others in the old Jewish Quarter. The neighbourhood has seen a revival of sorts from its remarkable past of a thriving Jewish community. Today, it is one of Budapest’s flourishing party scenes attracting a boisterous crowd on a nightly basis.

The ruin bars have attracted hotels, farmers markets and music venues to the area. Everyone is welcomed to the party and worldly travelers of all backgrounds flock to the area in search of the new hot ruin bar.

This unique setting makes Budapest one of the world’s most fascinating cities to partake in a bar crawl.

2. Soak in the Széchenyi Baths

Budapest is famous for its spa culture and the city is home to dozens of spa baths for locals and visitors to enjoy.

The most notable spa bath in Budapest is the enormous Széchenyi Baths complex. Fitting approximately 1,500 guests, there is plenty of room for everyone to take a dip in the soothing pools.

The 20+ pools are filled with water said to have medicinal properties. Many guests visit the baths hoping to relieve several ailments and the baths have shown to work wonders in the past.

Another recent craze in Budapest are the high-energy parties hosted at popular spa baths. Széchenyi is no exception and Saturday nights during the summer are some of the wildest at the spa bath. Don’t be surprised to hear pulsating music and see flashing neon lights coming from the pools.

Széchenyi may not be the only spa bath in Budapest but the riveting atmosphere is unlike anywhere else.

3. Take a River Cruise on the Danube

When you think of sightseeing in Budapest, the River Danube instantly comes to mind. Nothing beats sipping on a craft beer or smooth wine and admiring the city’s beautiful architecture.

Danube cruises are an enjoyable adventure anytime of year and from a multitude of countries. Flowing right through the heart of the city, the Danube offers some of its most majestic scenery in Budapest.

From the iconic Chain Bridge to the Gothic-style Parliament Building, you have the best vantage point from the Danube.

4. Admire the Panorama from St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica is among the most famous churches in Hungary simply for the historic figure it honors. The grandiose basilica celebrates the life of King Stephen, who is considered the founder of the country.

The altar depicts a marvellous statue of King Stephen and the dome is decorated with gorgeous frescoes. Compelling artwork fills the sacred building but the scenic views from the top steal the show.

Climb the spiral staircase and reach the top of the 96-meter high structure. It is one of the tallest buildings in Budapest and the views from the observation deck take your breath away. Rolling hills and intimate rooftops complete a magnificent backdrop for a photograph.

There is a fee to reach the observation deck, but the views are worth every penny. Before leaving the church, search for the right hand of King Stephen himself which is said to be housed inside.

5. Traditional Hungarian Cuisine at Central Market Hall

Bring your appetite when waltzing inside the largest market of Budapest! An endless supply of restaurants and food stalls provide delicious culinary delights of Hungary. The enormous shopping center has three levels stocked with local produce, wine, spices and everything else to complete a grocery list.

Central Market Hall is a local favorite in addition to being one of the most visited attractions of Budapest. Locals complete their daily shopping and tourists can taste Hungarian flavors on numerous food tours. For some suggestions on which local delicacies to try, refer to the Just Budapest website for insider tips.

Whether you are in the mood for Hungarian spices, homemade jams or local wines, there is a tasting for every preference. You will leave with a full belly and every taste bud satisfied.

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Things to do in Pamukkale https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/11/things-to-do-in-pamukkale.html Sun, 10 Nov 2019 14:32:12 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18810 Pamukkale is famous for the white travertines and ancient ruins, but there are more things to do and attractions to visit. Especially, for the daredevils who want adrenaline and adventure, hot air ballooning and paragliding is now available in Pamukkale. Some of the things you can do in Pamukkale include: Read More – Things to ...

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Pamukkale is famous for the white travertines and ancient ruins, but there are more things to do and attractions to visit. Especially, for the daredevils who want adrenaline and adventure, hot air ballooning and paragliding is now available in Pamukkale. Some of the things you can do in Pamukkale include:

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Pamukkale in winter

Pamukkale Hot Air Balloon

Share the fun as you join others for a scenic sunrise balloon experience over the ancient city of Hierapolis and the white travertines in Pamukkale. You will experience peace and tranquillity while drifting over the beautiful Menderes valley as the sun rises over the mountains. You can fly in a hot air balloon all year round. Winter, summer, spring autumn, every month is spectacular in Pamukkale!

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Pamukkale Paragliding

This tour is for you if you like adventure sports. Before exploring the ancient city of Hierapolis and the hot springs on the ground, take a look at this gorgeous scenery from the sky. Together with a professional tandem pilot you will fly over Pamukkale and enjoy this memorable adventure.

Travertines

The stunning natural pool complex has been used for centuries to ease rheumatism and arthritis. The healing waters of the hot springs have been enjoyed by several civilisations since the second century B.C. The white limestone travertines are shaped by calcium-rich hot springs. Walk around the turquoise pools barefoot and enjoy the romantic views over the valley. Wear your sunglasses because the white coloured terraces combined with the reflection of the sun might hurt your eyes.

The Ancient City of Hierapolis

This city was named after the Amazon’s Queen Hiera, the wife of Telephos who was the founder of Pergamum. When you visit this holy city with its well-preserved ruins of many temples and religious buildings, you will enjoy a journey to the past.

Hierapolis Theatre

This theatre was built by Hadrian the Roman Emperor in the second century AD. It was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake and later renovated by Septimus Severus. The decorations with limestone and marble carvings are one of Anatolia’s most complete and best-preserved collections of Roman theatre decorations. When you are on the top of this theatre, you will have a stunning landscape view far into the distance. Other ancient ruins from the ancient city of Hierapolis include the Byzantine gates, the Necropolis and the temple of Apollo.

Pamukkale view

Pamukkale Cleopatra’s Pool

Pamukkale has been a health centre since the period of the Roman Empire. It is still common belief that the water of the antique pool is good for skin and other health problems. It is said that even the Queen of Egypt Cleopatra swam in this pool. Since the pool contains thermal water the temperatures in summer and winter are exactly the optimal body temperature of 36 degrees. So you can enjoy swimming in this pool in winter too!

Laodikeia

The ruins of this once grand Roman city, about eight kilometres from Pamukkale is well worth visiting. You can see the remains of Laodikeia scattered over a plateau of about one square kilometre. Around 2000 years ago, several buildings were constructed such as a stadium, a bathhouse, a theatre, a water tower, a necropolis.

You should never travel in a hurry, so take your time and stay a couple of nights in Pamukkale because there are so many things you can do. Explore the surrounding ancient remains by renting a car or taking a taxi.

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Madrid, Spain https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/08/madrid-spain-2.html Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:33:54 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18732 There are thousands of ways how to get from Madrid airport to the city centre but only a couple of them are easy, stressless and work in your favor. What is it exactly? How many times have you seen those marked parked cars as you are exiting the airport? Airport transportation companies are nowadays hugely developed business which works like a charm.

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It has finally come-your time to enjoy beautiful, sexy Madrid! The capital of Spain shines with the most refreshing lights in Europe and it is now on you to step on that stage! All year long this special vacation has been planned and now you are leaving the airport knowing where you need to but not with what!

No shame in that, you are only one in a million of tourists visiting a foreign capital without a full plan in your back pocket. This is why we decided to make a shortlist of why airport transportation is key to making your vacation as relaxed as possible.

There are thousands of ways how to get from Madrid airport to the city centre but only a couple of them are easy, stressless and work in your favor. What is it exactly? How many times have you seen those marked parked cars as you are exiting the airport? Airport transportation companies are nowadays hugely developed business which works like a charm. It offers its costumers an easy way to reach wanted destinations for a certain fee which depends on the company. Transfers can be a nightmare so here is what you need to know to have a successful trip.

First thing you are supposed to do is find a list of companies that do transfers and separate three of them. Don’t be shy and call them or simply send an email with your request. This way you can know what to expect when it comes to pricing. Secondly, check the references.  Some transfer companies claim to be legit but actually, they are reliable.

Secondly, try and book them in advance or at least as soon as you know the destination. This way you might get a discount for early booking. Thirdly, enjoy Madrid! See how wonderful this capital city can be starting from historic landmarks hidden in the city to magical nightlife. In Madrid you can simply feel lively spirits of not only tourists but also locals so why risk your trip by leaving everything for the last minute. Plan as much as you can and leave a couple of unresolved situation so you can be spontaneous. Airport transfer should be well organized for the reasons mentioned above.

And last but not least, this is how it would all look. You would leave the airport knowing there is a comfortable car with a polite driver waiting. He would help you load your luggage after which you would leave to the Madrid city centre slowly so you can get a first glimpse of the city. If you are lucky, the driver would also give you a couple of great advice about sightseeing or gastronomy so you don’t get surprised later. He would then stop in front of your hotel wishing you a great stay. After you are fully recharged and your vacation came to an end, he would be waiting once more to take you downtown and wish you a safe trip. What do you think, is transferred from Madrid airport to the city centre worth your money?

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Paris – The Gem of Europe https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/07/paris-the-gem-of-europe.html Mon, 08 Jul 2019 19:58:00 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18694 If you are a first-time traveler to Paris, of course, you will want to visit the most famous landmarks of Paris, like Eiffel Tower or The Louvre. As it is indeed the main attraction of the city, these places always full of people all year around. That's why you need to plan your trip meticulously to prevent yourself from wasting your holiday time by standing in line.

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Sometimes, even though I don’t really have a plan to travel in the near future, I like to browsing and looking around for articles about interesting places in the world. Once I was stumbled upon this website from INSIDR with a lot of quality contents about various popular traveling destinations around Europe. As I find those are fascinating, I’d like to share some of the best stories I’ve found with you guys.

INSIDR itself is a friendly start-up based in Paris, and it’s no coincidence that the articles about Paris from them are exceptional. If you are a first-time traveler to Paris, of course, you will want to visit the most famous landmarks of Paris, like Eiffel Tower or The Louvre. As it is indeed the main attraction of the city, these places always full of people all year around. That’s why you need to plan your trip meticulously to prevent yourself from wasting your holiday time by standing in line. You should check out their article that gave us a very detailed picture of what to expect when we visit The Louvre, how to choose the best time possible to visit, and they even gave use choices of the best entrance to go through with the least visitor so that we can avoid a too long line.

Speaking of Louvre, there is one interesting museum that you can visit, totally free of charge! It was listed here as one of the best free things to do in Paris, the Fragonard Museum of Perfume. This is a private museum owned by Fragonard, one of the best French perfume brand. You can follow a free guided tour through their collection and histories of perfume. Furthermore, if you want another experience involving perfumes, you can follow their workshop where they will show you how to make perfume from scratch!

By the way, if you are planning to visit several museums in Paris, you should consider getting the Paris Museum Pass that may be a good deal for you. As you may already know, Paris has more than one hundred museums; not only big art museums like Louvre or L’Orangerie, but also the less known museum that was not less interesting to visit. Get the complete guide of museums in Paris by INSIDR, and you will be an expert before you know it.

I’ve also stumbled upon a free guide about Paris at night. I found an interesting walking route to discover the city at night, the best location to catch a sunset picture, and even restaurants that open until late in the night. If you are into the nightlife, Paris obviously has the best one to offer. Bars and nightclub are everywhere in every part of the city. You can even find a lot of interesting hidden cocktail bars that certainly will be a unique experience. Check out this Paris night bus map before you do your adventure at night, to make sure you can get home safe. Don’t worry, you will still have several different choices, even late at night.

One night scene in Paris that I’ve found fascinating is the one about Moulin Rouge. As the worldly famous cabaret, this place has made its own reputation, but I’ve never actually known the story inside it. I’ve just found out that this year they were celebrating their 130th anniversary and it will be a right time to try their dinner-show as they also have a special dinner menu for this!

Another gem that you have to explore is their gastronomy. Either a savory meal or their infamous sweets and pastries, you wouldn’t want to miss them on your trip. The choice is basically unlimited, depends on your preference. From the Michelin star restaurant to the budget bistros, you can still get the best food experience in Paris. Some of the most popular budget Paris Michelin restaurants are: Septime, Benoit and La Table du 11. You could get some various flavor of crêpes as you would like for a lighter meal basically in every corner of the city. And if you’re craving to taste the goodness of French pastries, just pop in one of the best boulangeries in Paris and pick whatever you want. You can even join a cooking class to bring back not only the story of the savory meal, but also the skill to make it back home!

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6 Steps to Plan Your Perfect First Trip to Spain https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/07/6-steps-to-plan-your-perfect-first-trip-to-spain.html Sat, 06 Jul 2019 13:00:28 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18677 Thanks to low-cost flights, Spain is officially one of the top destinations nowadays. You probably know a few things about Spain already. You know about the siestas, paella, and especially the sangria, but what else do you need to know to plan your perfect trip?

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Thanks to low-cost flights, Spain is officially one of the top destinations nowadays. You probably know a few things about Spain already. You know about the siestas, paella, and especially the sangria, but what else do you need to know to plan your perfect trip?

If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, you can easily find yourself overwhelmed if you’re not sure what you need to know. The Spaniards have a very specific way of doing things, so if you want to blend in like a local, you’ll need a bit of know-how. Here are the 6 steps to plan your perfect first trip to Spain. 

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1. Choose Your Destination

A lot of newbie travelers make the mistake of thinking they can see it all. While it’s tempting to flock to all the well-known cities, realize that Spain is a pretty large country. It’s not realistic to see it all in a single trip, especially if it’s your first time to the region. 

Some of the best places to consider are Granada, Madrid, Seville, Barcelona, Cadiz, or Bilbao. All of these range from rural sights to bustling cities. Do some research on the best sights and must-dos of each of these locations so you can find the best spots for your first trip. 

2. When In Doubt, Start in Madrid

If you’re not sure where to go, start with Madrid. Not only is this the biggest city and the capital, but it’s most likely where you’ll fly into. From there, you can easily get to other locations in the country in just a short car ride or train ride. Plus, you can find the nicest Madrid villa to enjoy the city like a local. 

The coast is about 6 hours from Madrid, but you can find a lot of villages and land in between, including inland cities like Granada, Leon, and Salamanca. However, it’s great to have a central starting point like Madrid, especially if you’re trying to get a low-cost flight. 

3. Beware of the Time of Year

One of the things many people don’t know about Spain is that most of the country goes on holiday at certain times of the year. In particular, Spain goes on holiday in August. Most locals are heading to the beach or summer homes, and this means a lot of the local restaurants, coffee shops, and more will be closed as well. 

While you can still enjoy many of the popular tourist destinations at this time, it’s probably a good idea to avoid Spain in August if you can. It’s also one of the hottest seasons in the region, so you’d be too uncomfortable to walk around sightseeing anyway. 

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4. Look for Local Festivals

One of the most exciting things about exploring a new place is seeing all of the fun festivals and activities. Spain is sometimes called the festival capital of the world and with good reason. There are so many festivals here that you can count on something always going on during your trip. 

If you can, try to plan your trip around some of the more well-known Spanish festivals. Some popular options include Feria de Abril, La Merce, and Las Fallas. It’ll be a roaring fun time! 

5. Prepare Your Appetite

In Spain, it’s normal to eat very late. Spaniards usually stick to much different dining times than their Western counterparts, so make sure you’re prepared (and don’t go hungry). In Spain, lunch is usually served around 2 pm or later. Dinner won’t be served until at least 9 pm, but don’t be surprised if it goes even later in the night. 

Luckily, you can find tapas served all day long so you shouldn’t go too hungry. Just make sure you’re ready to adjust to the new dining times and plan your days accordingly. 

6. Enjoy Your Mid-Afternoon Siesta

Contrary to popular belief, people don’t usually sleep during siesta times. While we all might envy the Spanish siesta, this is actually a time for enjoying time with friends and family, not sleeping. 

You’ll notice that most shops will close from 2 pm and 4 pm, but don’t be surprised to find people flocking to cafes, parks, and so on. This is the perfect time to grab some tapas of your own and take a little break. 

Enjoy Your Trip to Spain

There’s a lot to love about visiting Spain. If this is your first time planning a trip, make sure you know what to expect. From minding the siesta to exploring local festivals, this is an exciting time to visit Spain. 

The Spanish people are lively and welcoming, and you’re sure to fall in love with their late-night dining and slow pace of living. There’s simply something romantic about these historic streets and sights, so it’s time to go discover this beauty for yourself. 

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Frankfurt, Germany https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/07/frankfurt-germany.html Mon, 01 Jul 2019 10:27:31 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18671 Looking for a crazy vacation full of excitement and fun? Frankfurt is a German financial center but it is also a city full of youth and life! Even after visiting it three times, we still find interesting things to do and see, so let us take you on a short trip around this great German city.

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Looking for a crazy vacation full of excitement and fun? Frankfurt is a German financial center but it is also a city full of youth and life! Even after visiting it three times, we still find interesting things to do and see, so let us take you on a short trip around this great German city.

Out trip is starting in the city center. By day it is filled with tourists and busy, working people and yet somehow it successfully kept its glow. By night it transforms into a place swarming with people looking to have some fun. Laughter and music all around are all you can hear, theme cafes and restaurants are almost impossible to get into and the night goes by so fast.

After a night out, the morning after can be difficult. Not in Frankfurt! Here you have no time for hangovers since Museumsurfing is waiting for you. Begin your morning in the part of town filled with museums and you will have no time to remember that you are tired or missing some sleep. From film museums to art galleries, here you can find some unique items that other towns would be proud of having!

After leaving this part of the city, stroll easily to the Frankfurt zoo. Get a chance to take some photos with exotic animals and learn something new about them as well. All in all, that is the purpose of a well-designed zoo, to educate people about wildlife from different parts of the world.

For all ladies and gentlemen looking to spend their cash on fashion, there is a street dedicated to emptying your wallet. Zeil shopping street seems to be endless and here new stores pop up every once in a while. Don’t like shopping but enjoy food? Close to this street there is a market called Kleinmarkethalle and it is all but small! Sellers on this market continuously try to entertain their consumers by obtaining products that are interesting and exotic so make sure to visit it as well before you leave!

The river Main is also magnificent and it brings a special charm to the riverside. Find a cafe, any cafe close to the river and enjoy the view. Be careful tho, you might get consumed by the view and forget the time.

Many churches, museums, monuments, and historic sites are so well blended with the cities modern architecture. Some people say that the whole city is so well designed that all famous sites can be visited in a couple of days which makes Frankfurt a perfect town for a city-brake type of vacation.

To make your life even easier, they offered a great time-saving solution when it comes to transportation. Frankfurt Airport taxi is exactly what this city needed in order to attract more people. Easy to use and economic as well, this transportation type is a perfect stress reliever since you only have to sit in the vehicle and say the address and the rest are on them. Convenient, isn’t it? If you have already visited Frankfurt and used Airport shuttle Frankfurt, tell us your experience and if not, we expect you to book your trip and have a perfect city break next week!

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10 Reasons You Need to visit Georgia (Country) this summer https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/06/10-reasons-you-need-to-visit-georgia-country-this-summer.html Sun, 16 Jun 2019 11:31:23 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18656 Even though Georgia is a small country, they are truly doing their best to widely open their doors to all who want to experience it. Tours in Georgia are well-designed short or long trips (depending on your aspirations) and they are currently trending!

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Today there are so many websites and blogs promoting popular vacation sites and places to visit people can’t seem to decide which one to visit. Once we do decide, we feel like we have already seen it all since everyone is talking about it. But how about some less known but even more popular countries like Georgia? Hidden between Eastern Europe, Balkan, and Turkey, this modest-sized country is a true gem amongst the treasure yet to be discovered.

If you want to be the first to tell your friends about it, here is a list of ten (but there are a lot more) reasons why you should visit Georgia!

  1. The location

Where else on the Earth can you find a country with such a unique location?  On each border, it faces a different culture as well as a completely diverse nationality. Can you imagine how rich history Georgia can offer for all the ones who enjoy a good story now and then?

  1. The climate

Warm in the summer and cool in the winter, just as it is supposed to be. The weather is really stable and you won’t need that extra packing space for a just-in-case umbrella. And the Sun is the reason number three is so popular with tourists.

  1. Food and drinks

Newest archeological discoveries state that Georgia is among the first countries that started producing wine. Imagine how well their wine tastes since they had thousands of years to perfect the manufacturing process. Be among the few lucky ones to pair delicious wine with even more amazing food such as khinkali or chacapuli.

  1. Costs

Let’s not pretend, we all consider money to be an issue when we plan our next trip. When it comes to making a budget for our next adventure, every penny matters. Georgia is really not that demanding because, for 350-400euros per week, you could visit most tours, eat all the specialties and visit some museums and theatres. Not that pricy right?

  1. Shopping

As the list goes down, we seem to be getting closer to the good stuff! Number five on our list is dedicated to all genders since Georgia is a popular shopping area for many different items on the market. For example, gold and other jewelry are really cheap and modern so many retailers get their store goods right here. And we can’t even emphasize how rich art and paintings market is! Many families in Georgia are owning galleries and antique shops and this is a business passed down for generations. Georgians are people who really like to drink so wine or brandy is surely a great souvenir to bring home to.

  1. Tours and attractions

Even though Georgia is a small country, they are truly doing their best to widely open their doors to all who want to experience it. Tours in Georgia are well-designed short or long trips (depending on your aspirations) and they are currently trending! You can book private tour guides or just go with friends from another country and discover the worlds oldest wine country. Kartveli Tours is one of the best agencies that will give you an amazing Georgia experience.

  1. Georgia and Armenia trips

It would be such a shame to visit Georgia and neglect Armenia. Georgia and Armenia’s trips are also popular and boy does this combination improves the whole vacation experience? These two countries are closely working together to combine their offers and include as many outstanding trips as possible!

  1. Tbilisi

One can wonder what is so out-of-this-world when it comes to the capital city of Georgia? Well, with a risk of sounding rude, we wish to leave this one hidden. We had to put it on the list though, but we decided to wait and hear your opinion about it! Organize a day trip from Tbilisi, and find out more about this amazing destination.

  1. Kakheti region

Every country has that one special city that sole purpose is to be a time machine. In this case, it is Kakheti! Beautiful well-preserved fortresses and watchtowers are fairytale like but are warned, you won’t be able to visit this town without spending a couple of hours listening to the amazing stories tour guides are telling!

  1. Fun

Last but not least-fun! No matter how old you are, fun is always mandatory! It is on our list for a reason and that is that we can guarantee you will have plenty of it in Georgia! Pack your bags and don’t tell anyone about it because when you return you get to be the star of the evening with all the stories and photos of a hidden gem called Georgia!

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Things to do in Athens, Greece https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/06/things-to-do-in-athens-greece.html Wed, 05 Jun 2019 17:30:31 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18649 There are so many things to do in Athens. Honestly, finding activities to make our list was a true challenge. To try them all out you would need to make yearly trips to this city and still won't be able to cross them all out in one lifetime.

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We live in a world where human rights and freedom is mandatory but do you know what is a birthplace of democracy? No? Well, let us make it easier for you. Do you know what country in Southeastern Europe has the best olives, cheese and was home to one of the most famous philosophers in the world? If your answer is Greece, you are heading the right way!

Famous legends and myths originate from this region and are well-known all around. Greek geography, history, and culture have been strongly protected through the course of years and when as they opened their doors to the world, people could get enough of it. Is it maybe because of the special climate or tasty food, we don’t know? What we do know for sure is that Athens, the capital of Greece, offers a never-ending list of things to do.

There are so many things to do in Athens. Honestly, finding activities to make our list was a true challenge. To try them all out you would need to make yearly trips to this city and still won’t be able to cross them all out in one lifetime. Athens is an ancient, mysterious city and as such has a special offer for all who dare. You must have heard about Acropolis, Parthenon, The oracle of Delphi and The National Library of Greece but it is exhausting trying to visit them all at once. To try and solve this problem, Athenians have designed a special tour. For a symbolic fee and if you book it on time, it is possible to visit all Athens highlights in a day or two. Ask your travel agency to book you a private tour around the town and enjoy the stories and legends happening right before your eyes.

If you think this sounds good, wait until you hear about culinary experience. Among many taverns and special restaurants, there is an offer that stands out. Dinner in the sky is a thrilling experience where you get to enjoy your meal while watching Athens come alive at night. To do this, you must make a reservation in advance and be just a bit lucky since even Athenians consider this to be a one of a kind experience.

Hop-on hop-off tours are famous in all major cities around Europe so why wouldn’t Athens have one. It is among the cheapest things to do but it is a great opportunity to see the city in a different light. Buses leave every 30 minutes and you can make your own itinerary. When you see a place you like you can hop off, visit it and take as many photos as you like and just catch another bus in 30 minutes. Fun, right?

If all of these activities are too plain for you, why don’t you dare and book one of those one-day trips to places close to Athens? Sure, it can be exhausting but we heard that it is often a fulfilling experience. Hydra island, Corinth or even luxury Catamaran cruise are all a good choice when you feel like Athens didn’t offer what you expected.

To be completely honest, we feel like these activities we listed here are just a tip of the iceberg but you need to have an idea where to start your journey first. As always, we are looking forward to hearing about your experience in Athens so don’t be shy and tell us which ‘ancient activity’ you liked best!

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Why is Malta the new top 2019 tourist destination? https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/05/why-is-malta-the-new-top-2019-tourist-destination.html Sat, 11 May 2019 20:47:33 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18610 If you happen to be a sports type, Malta offers amazing, green golf courses and stadiums where you can enjoy your favorite games all day long. For those who prefer laying in the sun, well, what is there to mention but popular beach bars that are open 24/7.

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In the Mediterranean sea, somewhere in the south of Europe lies a sanctuary where people go to hide. The small island is also known as the Republic of Malta and it is only slightly more than 300km long but it has all commodities one need to refill the batteries. This island is close to Italy, but you would be surprised how many different languages you can hear there. This only means that people all around the world see Malta as a gem of the Mediterranean. We encourage you to go and check yourself but first, here is what awaits for you there.

It is usually considered that this country is only for young people eager to have fun while partying all night long. But nowadays it is all but that. Sure, you can find this as well, but there are some hidden places family people can go and avoid all the rush. That is way Malta became so popular among people all ages.

Talking about the sites to see on this Island is pointless. The 7000 years old history gives you so many choices that it would not be fair to mention only a couple in this article and leave the other ones in the dark. This is why we decided to give this role to the local tour guide if you decide to hire one.

Tourist that visited Malta once keep coming back. They say that the season to visit it is all year round which means there is no bad time to pay it a visit. This also means that there are no excuses, so start packing.

Before you finish closing your suitcases, check if you brought scuba diving equipment. If you don’t own one to be calm, you will be able to rent it on site. Why do you need it that much, you ask? Malta offers amazing diving tours and lessons around the islands rocky shore which will float you into another dimension.

If you happen to be a sports type, Malta offers amazing, green golf courses and stadiums where you can enjoy your favorite games all day long. For those who prefer laying in the sun, well, what is there to mention but popular beach bars that are open 24/7. Listen to your favorite music while slowly sipping some sweet drink and watching the golden sunset.

Famous fish markets will open up a new world to you and you will see species of fish you never thought existed before.

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The good life — 7 tips for a fab French Riviera trip https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/03/the-good-life-7-tips-for-a-fab-french-riviera-trip-2.html Sat, 16 Mar 2019 10:52:45 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18562 Back in 1887, writer Stephen Liegeard described the French Riviera as a ‘coast of light, of warm breezes and mysterious balmy forests’. Since then, this sublime stretch of Mediterranean coastline from Toulon in the west to the French-Italian border in the east has become a honeytrap for artists like Picasso and random castaways bewitched by its reputation for glamour and excess.

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Back in 1887, writer Stephen Liegeard described the French Riviera as a ‘coast of light, of warm breezes and mysterious balmy forests’.

Since then, this sublime stretch of Mediterranean coastline from Toulon in the west to the French-Italian border in the east has become a honeytrap for artists like Picasso and random castaways bewitched by its reputation for glamour and excess.

If you’re traveling there from the US for the first time, you’re also following a trail blazed by writers like Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway, who claimed the area as their own during the Jazz Age.

If you need some advice on embracing the Cote d’Azur good life, here are seven tips for a fab French Riviera trip.

  1. VIP parking

Since you’re vacationing in a superstar location, don’t get yourself ruffled by traveling to Charles de Gaulle Airport on public transport.

Book valet parking at Looking4.com for airports across the US and stroll into the terminal feeling fantastically laid-back.

  1. Radio

No one who wants to make the most of a holiday spends too much time glued to the apartment TV.

But radio is another matter, so tune your fancy cellphone into 106.5 FM for Riviera Radio. As well as top tunes, you’ll hear about upcoming cultural events in English.

  1. Reggae

If you’re yearning for live musical vibes to match the Riviera’s tropical climate, keep an eye on bigreggaefestival.com for tickets to France’s foremost small-scale Jamaican music celebration.

Held in July each year at locations in Juan les Pins, Golfe Juan or Antibes, in the past it’s attracted major stars like Damian Marley and Israel Vibration.

  1. Hotel

Cannes is famous for its international film festival and retains an air of insouciant elegance all year round.

If you fancy soaking up the rarefied atmosphere for a few days, stay at the Hotel Martinez — it’s a subtle Art Deco masterpiece where you can sip cocktails and spot supercars cruising past on La Croisette.

  1. Monaco

Monaco’s an independent principality rather than a part of France, but its tax-free exclusivity, iconic casino and world-famous Grand Prix circuit make it a must-see during any Riviera sojourn.

Don’t miss HSH Prince Rainier III’s collection of luxury cars at the Terrasses De Fontvielle — this opulent display of Rollers, Maseratis, Ferraris and Formula 1 cars is completely unique.

  1. Eze

Located between Nice and Monaco, the medieval hilltop village of Eze is peppered with cool cobbled streets, brilliant Boho craft shops, swaying palm trees and breathtaking views of the azure sea below.

Enjoy a kir royale on the terrace at Chateau Eza as the sun splashes across the hillsides for a magical moment you’ll never forget.

Photo of The Moulin Rouge in a snowstorm at 82, boulevard de Clichy, Pigalle region. Further west on Boulevard de Clichy are O’Sullivans by the Mill, Le Jardin d’Hiver, Le Théâtre Ouvert, The Station Bar, and Le Théâtre des Deux Ânes.

  1. Tropez

St. Tropez has been a hotspot for socialites and stars like the Rolling Stones since the 1960s and you’ll still see famous faces there to this day.

One of the best places to chill out in comfort is Moorea bar and restaurant on the iconic Pampelonne beach just outside of town — it’s cozy, private and chic.

That’s our list! Share your own Riviera travel tips in the comments section.

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