Top 5: Destinations to Visit in 2014

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Top 5: Destinations to Visit in 2014

In what seems like the blink of an eye 2013 has rolled on by and we’re already into 2014!  And with that we’ve rounded up some travel inspiration for the year to come with our pick of the top destinations to visit in 2014. 

Whether you’re an adventurer, wildlife enthusiast, gourmet traveller, walker or the relaxing beach holiday traveller, our list of destinations has you covered.

Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar formally known as Burma is on of our favourite destinations in South East Asia.  This mysterious country is largely undiscovered by travellers and offers an authentic, cultural experience, something that is becoming somewhat of a rarity in much of Asia since cheap flights and the booming tourism industry.  Over the past few years Myanmar has become a more popular tourist destination and as a result there is increasing tourist infrastructure allowing for a comfortable stay though still retaining its traditional charms.

Not to miss experiences:

1. Take a long tail boat around the Intha Tribe stilt villages and floating gardens of Inle Lake, one of South East Asia’s largest lakes.
2. Cruise along the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers taking in the beautiful scenery, fascinating history and view everyday life as you float on by.
3. Watch the sunrise over Bagan before exploring its over 3000 temple ruins.  A charming way to explore these ruins is by bicycle or for a bird’s eye view enjoy a hot air balloon ride.
4. Be awed by the glittering, golden Shwedagon Pagoda that dominates the skyline of Yangon. The pagoda is adorned with genuine gold plates and topped off with real diamonds and rubies.
5. Visit a bustling local market and see the fresh produce, taste local street food and pickup some locally made textiles or the lacquerware that Myanmar is famous for.


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Patagonia

Patagonia is a region at the southern end of the Andes shared between Argentina and Chile. It runs all the way to the end of South America to Ushuaia where our Antarctica expeditions depart from and through to the legendary Cape Horn. The region is characterised by sweeping plains, rocky mountains, icy glaciers and cool blue lakes.  It is the beautiful and diverse scenery that draws walkers, nature lovers and holidaymakers to the area again and again.

Not to miss experiences:

1. Be awed by the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier, a highlight of any Patagonia trip.
2. Trek the 4 day ‘W’ circuit of Torres Del Pain National Park characterised by towering granite mountains.
3. Sit back and relax all the while enjoying jaw dropping views on a Patagonia Lakes Crossing between Argentina and Chile.  This is one of the most spectacular ways to cross the border.  You can read our story about the lakes crossing here.
4. Enjoy a glass of wine in the Río Negro wine region of Argentinian Patagonia famous for its Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Malbec.
5. Cruise through the Magellan Strait admiring its untouched remote scenery and abundance of wildlife from the tiny Magellan Penguins to the giant Humpback Whales.

See our South America brochure for fantastic Patagonia trips here.

Croatia

Move over Italy and Greece, Croatia is the upcoming hotspot of the Mediterranean boasting delicious Mediterranean food and wine, historic towns and cities, gorgeous beaches and stunning wilderness.  Those that have travelled to Croatia a blown away, in such a small country there is a such a diversity of activities to do and places to see. Croatia is a must on any long Europe itinerary or for a short European break. For a unique European travel experience why not combine Croatia, Greece and Italy in one trip travelling overland from Greece to Croatia via fascinating Albania then take a ferry from Croatia to Italy.

Not to miss experiences:

1. Stroll along the Dubrovnik City Walls for a birds eye view of this historic city and its characteristic terracotta roofs.
2. Stop in the charming seaside town of Split and visit the impressive Roman ruins of Diocletian’s Palace built between the 3rd and 4th centuries.
3. See arguably the most beautiful and impressive natural wonder in Croatia, the turquoise Plitvice Lakes interconnected by breathtaking, cascading waterfalls.
4. Visit Trakošćan Castle, one of the most well preserved castles in all of Croatia dating back to the 13th century.
5. Sail around the charming Elaphiti Islands off the coast of Dubrovnik. Swim in the warm Adriatic waters, relax on the pristine beaches and soak up the laid back Croatian lifestyle.

Talk to our experienced staff members with firsthand Croatia experience for a tailor made Croatia itinerary.  Find out more here.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the forgotten jewel of North Africa that offers an experience like no other.  Ethiopia is a country rare in todays modern world, people still mostly wear traditional dress, motor vehicles are scarce and the satellite dishes that you see in even the most remote parts of the world a nowhere to be seen.  But the secret is out and more people are discovering the delights of Ethiopia and as a result there are Ethiopia travel options for all budgets and style of travel.

Not to miss experiences:

1. Hike the spectacular Simien Mountains characterised by massive plateaus, arid landscapes with surprising pockets of green.
2. See the enchanting Blue Nile Falls known to locals as “smoking water” due to its soft, smoky appearance.
3. Enjoy a Safari in Nechisar National Park with its abundant birdlife, Zebras and other large mammals.
4. Visit Lalibela, one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities home to impressive monolithic rock-cut churches.
5. Get a fascinating insight into Ethiopia’s diverse tribal culture and their handicrafts at various tribal markets in the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia.

Talk to our travel planners about our Ethiopia travel options. Contact us here.

Slovenia

Slovenia is the forgotten neighbour of Austria that like its neighbour is characterised by rolling green hills, alpine peaks and baroque architecture.  However unlike its neighbour, Slovenia with a population of just a touch over 2 million people has a small town atmosphere, even in the cities and a landscape that is vastly untouched.  Slovenia is also a surprising foodie haven with an emphasis on fresh local produce making Slovenian cuisine an unusual and delightful mixture of fresh flavours. A pleasant surprise is the range of local wines that though understated are an excellent compliment to any Slovenian meal.

Not to miss experiences:

1. Stroll along the canals and colourful streets of Lublijana, Slovenia’s capital city. Ljubljana Central Market is a must visit along with Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views over the city.
2. Take a traditional Pletna boat ride on Lake Bled (Slovenia’s most iconic sight) to Bled island home to the charming Church of Assumption.
3. See the impressive geological wonder of Postojna Cave and its 20km of passengers and chambers that you can admire from the cave train line.
4. Get active and hike and bike in Triglav National Park during the summer or hit the slopes in the winter for excellent skiing.
5. Visit the baroque Predjama Castle that hangs dramatically in the middle of a rocky cliff.
 

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