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United Airlines announced a major expansion Monday, 27 Feb 2017, adding 16 non-stop routes to its network. The airline also unveiled the seasonal addition of six other routes and revealed plans to boost flights on 15 routes it's already flying. The move is the latest step in a turn-around effort by the USA’s No. 3 airline. United’s new expansion also includes service to four smaller cities where it does not currently fly. Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2017/02/27/list-united-announces-four-new-cities-22-non-stop-routes/98473074/
Forbes Travel Guide today added 22 hotels to its prestigious list of Five-Star properties. The addition of those properties brings the total number of Five-Star hotels to 175. Forbes also named 76 new Four-Star hotels and 83 new hotels in the Recommended category. This is the 59th list of Star Rating recipients in Forbes’ history.Forbes now rates properties in 42 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Barcelona is embodied with jewels of home-grown Catalan architecture, modernisme, and contemporary architecture, markets that are a treat for the senses, treasures of the ancient Roman and medieval city, parks where you can unwind. Along narrow streets, with secluded squares and charming corners, you will find a series of civil and religious Gothic constructions. Barcelona , a pulsating upbeat city has something for everyone. If on a family holiday choose from an amazing and varied range of activities available all over the city, from the aquarium, zoo and the beach, there's fun for all. Craftsmen’s workshops, exclusive shops, franchises, shopping centres and street markets all make up the shopping offer of Barcelona and last but not the least, Barcelona's nightlife is one of the most vibrant. Discos, live music, pubs and restaurants are situated in the most emblematic places in town and enjoy exquisitely prepared modern Mediterranean cuisine at the hands of some of Spain’s greatest chefs. Barcelona, sure doesn't disappoint !!
The sophistication of an international city, cultural diversity and cosmopolitan lifestyle are at the very core of Hong Kong's attractions.Hong Kong also offers unspoilt natural parkland and spectacular scenery.Its vibrant, densely populated urban centre is a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline. Hong Kong is also a major shopping destination, famed for specialist tailors and the Temple Street Night Market, leaving you spoilt for choice. So whether you are on business or pleasure , Hong Kong has plenty to offer.
Today Latvia’s capital is an exciting European metropolis at the crossroads of eastern and northern Europe. There’s much more to Riga than meets the eye. Riga’s astonishing skyline tells the story, as timeless Gothic spires mingle with the fantastic facades of one of the world’s richest collections of Art Nouveau and new masterpieces like the mystical-yet-modernist National Library. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site of cobblestones and breathtaking river views, as well as Europe’s Wifi capital with almost 1,000 spots to get online for free. Riga is an adventure for the taste buds too. The enormous Central Market is a treasure trove. You also find hundreds of green areas and parks in the city in addition to good shopping and cosy restaurants. To wash it down, sample intriguing local beers in the brew pubs along hipster strip Miera iela, or a cocktail with the mysterious Riga Black Balsam in fun-filled bars across town.
Discover enchanting Tallinn, the capital of Estonia with a fascinating past.With a picturesque Old Town and a setting along the shores of the Baltic Sea, Tallinn has plenty to offer visitors. The fairy-tale atmosphere of the Christmas market, which is held on the Town Hall Square in Tallinn, lets you dive straight into the festive spirit. Stroll through medieval streets under the shadow of swooning spirals, to marveling at thoroughly modern museums. After enjoying the Old town, venture out into the green spaces of Kadriorg, the bohemian neighbourhood of Kalamaja, or the fantastic natural wonders of the Viimsi area just north of Tallinn.
St. Petersburg is one of the biggest cultural centres in the world, a city with an exceptionally rich history and centuries-old traditions. The city has a true wealth of attractions and experiences to offer travellers, from spectacular Imperial palaces to absorbing museums, from boat trips along the city's majestic rivers and canals to walks in the footsteps of St. Petersburg's literary and artistic greats.View spectacular architectural gems like the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral, and give yourself plenty of time to browse the world-renowned art collection of the Hermitage. St.Petersburg offers breath taking palaces , fountains and gardens a little away from the city too and very much worth the trip to make. The city offers enough art, nightlife, fine dining and cultural destinations to tempt you to visit again.
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The political, scientific, historical, architectural and business centre of Russia, Moscow displays the country's contrasts at their most extreme. The ancient and modern exist side by side in this vast city. You will be surprised to know, Moscow has lots of public parks and suburban estates and to experience the best of Moscow outdoors, combine an exploration of old Russian mansions with modern public parks.The reflection of the city's aspirations can be seen in the beautiful architecture created over several centuries, particularly in Moscow's symbols — the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral. Head on over to this unique and acclaimed city and be sure to be enthralled by it.
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Paris offers the largest concentration of tourist attractions in France, and possibly in Europe. Besides some of the world's most famous musuems, it has a vibrant historic city centre, a beautiful riverscape, an extensive range of historic monuments, including cathedrals, chapels and palaces, plus one of the most famous nightlife scenes in the world. Paris is also famous for its cafés and restaurants, its theatres and cinemas, and its general ambiance. Paris and its regions are full of activities for all ages. Enjoy the choices for family fun, a visit to Disneyland Paris, a pony ride in the Jardin du Luxembourg, a trip on the enchanted river at the Jardin d’acclimatation, a picnic in the beautiful Domaine de Chamarande or climbing to the 4th floor of the Eiffel Tower.From the Eiffel Tower to the Champs-Elysées, walk down the scenery route, indulge in the exquisite cuisine or romance Paris by night and last but not the least , save that little bit of time for the exclusive French shopping. No matter what time of the year you plan to visit, Paris will always keep you enthralled.
One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef.The 2,300-kilometre Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. Home to diverse marine life of the most vivid spectacular colours, experiencing the Reef is a life-changing adventure, whether you do it in luxury or on a budget. Enjoy many experiences including snorkelling, scuba diving, aircraft or helicopter tours, bare boats (self-sail), glass-bottomed boat viewing, semi-submersibles and educational trips, cruise ship tours, whale watching and swimming with dolphins.Great Barrier Reef has over 100 islands, from unique to exotic islands and each one will redefine your idea of paradise. For a different kind of adventure nestled in mountaintop rainforest splendour, just to the west of Cairns, Kuranda has been enchanting visitors for years. Accessible by train, cableway or road, the charming Village in the Rainforest’ presents a bevy of tropical delights. The only place in the world where two World Heritage-listed sites exist side by side – Daintree National Park and The Great Barrier Reef. Walk through the Daintree rainforest, spot wildlife on a Daintree River cruise, zip-line through the Daintree rainforest canopy, ride a horse, take a scenic drive, explore the Bloomfield Track or relax on an uninhabited beach – It will be your Experience of a Lifetime !
Envelope yourself in the ultimate Southern California lifestyle…casual sophistication, pristine beaches, legendary theme parks and endless options for fun in the sun or cultural exploration. With sun-soaked days and star-filled nights, you will be immersed in the real California dream. Year-round sunny weather, gorgeous beaches and an abundance of family-friendly attractions make Southern California one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Discover magical adventures and adrenaline-pumping rides at the original Disneyland Resort. Explore sprawling wilderness and nature parks with miles of trails and coastal preserves. For romance, rejuvenation or a taste of "the good life," pamper yourself at luxurious ocean front beach resorts and spas. Get a taste of exquisite cuisine, indulge in retail therapy at the extensive choice of designer stores and enjoy the many coastal golf courses. You just won't go wrong in Southern California.
Las Vegas, is one of the most vibrant, exciting, entertaining cities in the world, incomparable to any other and with something for everyone. Enjoy a walk in the warm desert evening down the famous Las Vegas Strip or take a stroll downtown and view a dazzling light show that spans an entire street, the Fremont Street Experience. Get a glimpse of amazing world famous re-creations like erupting volcanoes, the Eiffel Tower and the Sphinx of Egypt and breathtaking fountains in front of the many hotels and casinos. The nightlife will keep you up until dawn and art displays, music and museums take you on a journey from the classic to the contemporary.Beyond the glamour and glitter of the city's neon lights, experience the great outdoors and enjoy the Wild West. Lastly, it’s hard not to feel the draw of the Grand Canyon calling out to you. There are many ways to see the rock formation in all its glory. Take a helicopter tour in the Grand Canyon, allowing you to get an aerial view that will take your breath away. All this and more, will leave you having the best time of your life!
Gold Coast, Australia’s premier tourist destination, is a city that offers a vibrant mix of pristine surf beaches , theme parks, restaurants, entertainment and events, shopping and accommodation along with an abundance of nature's beauty. Gold Coast is a kaleidoscope of spectacular attractions and interactive activities, with world-renowned beaches, theme parks and exhilarating rides, exotic animals and endless waterslides to help you cool off in the year long sunshine. From the iconic Surfers Paradise beach to the sophisticated dining precincts of Main Beach and Broadbeach, dive into the buzzing lively nightlife, designer boutiques , experience the opulent Palazzo Versace or head to the hinterland for rainforest walks and indulge in soothing spa retreats. Arrive in Gold Coast to immerse yourself in a destination as scenic and serene as it is fast paced , thrilling and exciting.
Discover Sydney, Australia's famous harbour city and capital of New South Wales. Explore Sydney's sparkling harbour, outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty. The stunning harbour provides a dramatic backdrop for the city's famous icons – the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney extends north and south of the harbour in a golden chain of easy-to-reach beaches, such as Bondi, Bronte, Coogee and Palm Beach. Bask in the sun , swim in the surf and party at the many shoreline restaurants and bars. Or sit back and relax while you watch the sun go down on a sunset cruise. There's plenty for the whole family. Visit the SEA Life Sydney Aquarium with an Interactive Zone that lets visitors hold and feed some of the water creatures at the Discovery Rock pool, the adorable Koala Park Sanctuary , the Luna Park Sydney amusement park or the fun filled extensive Taronga zoo reached by a 12 minute ferry ride from the city and the Sky Safari cable car with a backdrop of the Sydney harbour. For that little bit more, drive out of the city to the stunning Blue Mountains or indulge in a romantic vineyard trip to Hunter Valley. Enjoy this fast paced city that knows how to celebrate, live it up and relax.
Welcome to a magical wonderland and bring out the child in you; every turn will find you squealing with joy and watch every child's dream come true. Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland and the home of Santa Claus does just that. Its a fantasy land full of surprises , fun and laughter. Though the Santa Claus Village right on the Artic circle is one of the most adorable attractions, the husky and reindeer rides come a close second. The village is open all year round however,a month before Christmas, the eyes of the world turn to Rovaniemi as Santa Claus declares the Christmas season open in Santa Claus Village. Celebrate the magic of Christmas in the official hometown of Santa Claus with an abundance of activities. Don't leave without sending a postcard through the Santa Claus Main Post Office with a special Arctic Circle postmark. Stay in an igloo , wine and dine in an ice bar and snow restaurant and last but not the least, experience the spectacular Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights and enjoy the breathtaking hues of colour. You will be sure to leave happy and with a big smile !
As you await your journey to jaw dropping , heart racing encounters with the magnificent wildlife at Kruger, stopover at a bustling metropolis, Johannesburg. The capital of Gauteng was built on the discovery of gold in 1886. The vibrant city welcomes you to unique and diverse experiences with fun and relaxation for everyone. Later embark on a journey of a lifetime at the iconic Kruger National Park as you explore its vast landscapes and magnificent African wildlife. Steeped in legend and history, choose from a wide range of Safari options, whether its a lavish getaway to a family safari holiday, a Premier Safari collection of the Big Five or a Safari honeymoon. Need a bit of relaxation after the adrenaline rush, indulge in blissfull spa treatments , golf or horse back riding and if that does not interest you, there is always an amazing elephant-back safari or a majestic hot air balloon flight !! Rest assured this would be one journey you will not forget in a hurry !
Discover a world of unique experiences and be inspired by the city of Cape Town. Not only a popular destination in South Africa but Africa as a whole. The city's majestic Table Mountain , its many beaches , good climate and well developed infrastructure , its notable cultural attractions and its bustling waterfront with excellent wine and cuisine, make Cape Town a truly enjoyable city to visit. The Mother City boasts a multitude of entertainment, ranging from outdoor activities and adventures in the sun to a roaring night life under neon signs. The city provides a setting for many scenic wonders, magnificent seascapes and panoramic vistas. The beautiful coastal areas and the breathtaking tranquility of the winelands make it an ideal holiday destination.Don't just stop at Cape Town; drive along the spectacular Garden Route with breathtaking views and head to magnificent Knysna. While there, take a detour and visit Oudtshoorn. A trip to an Ostrich farm and the Cango Ranch to interact with the amazing wildlife will be well worth it.
Time for a little rejuvenation and relaxation , white sands and surf, spectacular peerless marine flora and fauna and the most mesmerising underwater sceneries in the world, head to Maldives, the ultimate paradise on earth. Maldives is a sovereign archipelagic nation positioned in the Indian Ocean comprising of 26 natural atolls. The Maldives encompass more than 99 % of the sea and less than 1 % of the land. The 99 % of the sea is home to one of the most diverse marine treasures of the world. Less than 1 % of the land is a masterpiece in natural landscaping. Picture perfect islands for family fun, divers and surfers , wellness and romance, make it a haven for visitors. The Maldivian culture is rich and vibrant and Maldivians are esteemed around the World for their hospitality and affability towards their guests. Prepare yourself for a warm welcome and the best vacation of a lifetime. Forget the outside world and bask in the glory of the "Sunny Side of Life, The Maldives."
This tiny island state,Singapore, is a buzzing cosmopolitan city in South East Asia. The "Lion City" as its name in Malay interprets, boasts of an abundance of world-class attractions for children and adults alike and the wide variety of restaurants and nightlife options cater to everyone's budget. Singapore is rich in Cultural Diversity.Marvel at the charms of historic Chinatown, get a taste of Indian curry at Little India and end the night at the bustling Clarke Quay overlooking the Singapore river or sip a cocktail,"The Singapore Sling "or two at the iconic Marina Bay Sands or try your luck at the casino. The pulsating city has plenty of choices to satisfy your shopping needs from high end to bargains. Singapore's impeccably clean streets reflect some of the strictest littering laws and best public services in the world and a note of caution, various forms of littering are still finable offences.
The options are endless , the choices galore, Welcome to Dubai ! From mini-breaks to family holidays and luxury vacations , the most populous city and the capital of the United Arab Emirates promises it all. Though shopping may seem as the biggest lure for tourists, there are far more modern and ancient attractions to leave you in awe. From the world's only "luxury 7-star" hotel, the "Burg Al Arab" to the "Burg Khalifa" which at 828 metres stands as the "tallest man made building in the world" to the traditional souks, the ultra-modern city and the desert adventures, Dubai will certainly not leave you disappointed. It has something for everyone! Be respectful of the dress code though.
The "Eternal City" is the epitome of 3000 years of art, culture and archaeological treasures. It is one of the most mysterious, electrifying and important tourist destinations in the world. Begin a fascinating journey through a city filled with several layers of history embedded in its walls that make you want to keep coming back for more. The Italian romance with mouth watering delights in food and wine and the famous gelato will make you forget any diet you ever wanted to keep. Walk through Rome where every turn or corner leaves you stunned in awe and lets you discover and enjoy the city in all its glory. And Rome was not built in a day, so don't expect to see it in one!
Prague, a city that blends naturally with the ancient and the modern, is a popular tourist destination. The "Jewel in the Crown" of central Europe is best explored on foot. Each district has its own unique charm with its stunning architecture and old squares and the City of a hundred Spires is one of the most beautiful in the world. Take a relaxing cruise down the river Vltava or let your taste buds tinge with the excellent cuisine in lovely ambiences; be it in a romantic candlelit cellar restaurant or at a rooftop restaurant with stunning views of the city.
Travel through Budapest, "the Little Paris of Middle Europe", a city famous not only for its magnificent monuments and architecture reflecting its 1000 year culture but also for its soothing Baths and Spas and a vibrant night life. The capital of Hungary has two sides, Buda and Pest , reflecting two breath taking views of the city and the river Danube. Explore the city by day but don't miss discovering it by night. Stroll along the Danube promenade or cruise down the river while the reflections of the lighted monuments shimmer in the water. The Hungarian cuisine with its specialties in both sweet and savory is definitely worth a try.
Interlaken between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and in the heart of the Jungfrau region mountain world affords breathtaking and spectacular views making it a "Picture Postcard haven". Surrounded by nature's beauty, its no wonder you are left in awe in the amazing surroundings. Renowned for its impressive mountain scenery, Interlaken is an ideal starting point for countless excursions. With plenty of outdoor activities to choose from and ranking among the best adventure-sport destinations in Europe, Interlaken with its idyllic surroundings has plenty to offer year-round. Whether in the water, up in the air or with feet planted firmly on the ground, there’s simply no excuse for staying indoors. Immerse yourself in the stunning Alpine wonderland.
Zurich offers a unique mixture of attractions , from natural wonders to museums, art galleries and International designer fashions. The city is known as a lifestyle capital on the water with views of the snow-covered Alps on the horizon. There's always something to keep you having fun and occupied, from a visit to the riverside and lakeside bathing areas in the very heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on the Uetliberg mountain.Switzerland's largest city is also its commercial hub, and its cobbelstone streets in the old town are lined with boutiques , restaurants, clubs and bars catering to your every choice . While the city has plenty to offer, there are even more picture postcard beautiful places located nearby and are all easy day trips. Lucerne being one of them, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama and is the ideal starting point for many excursions to the highlights of central Switzerland. Last but not the least forget that diet as you savour the mouth watering deliciacies at the famous Sprungli, a must go to in Zurich. Switzerland's most famous coffee house leaves you floating in Chocolate and Luxemburgerli heaven.