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TRAVEL &

HOSPITALITY

AWARDS

EUROPE

2019


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TEAM

LOREM IPSUM

CEO

Rob Bruce

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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ART DIRECTOR

Marcs Bacera

DIRECTOR OF SALES

Stanley Lucas

AWARDS DIRECTOR

Brian Anson

EDITORIAL LIAISON MANAGER

David Hyde

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Azim Aftab

SENIOR WRITERS

Tasmai Dave

Jacqui Irvine

Joseph Wilton

SENIOR DESIGNERS

Antoine Jackson

Hafiz Arslan

AWARDS MANAGERS

Adam Cole

Joseph Malabanan

Zach Ford

Peter Clement

Joyce Lee

RESEARCH MANAGERS

Jerald Jaime

Mukul

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Tracy Morgan

Joseph Malabanan

Aisha Ahmed

Contents

Criteria 6

European Masters Editors Top 1010

Elements Arctic Camp12

The Kaprun Edition – Luxury Chalets16

Uve Rooms & Wine Bar20

Mykonos Princess Hotel 24

Casa Da Eira Boutique Houses 26

Prima Vista Boutique Hotel 28

Hotel Bretagne 32

Pino Di Loto Boutique Bed

And Breakfast 34

Maol Reidh Hotel 22 Four Doors Hotel30

Drinking Tour Of Europe36

Drinking Tour Of Europe 39

Weinweg Langenlois40

Greek Grape Wine Tours 42

Enoteca Gatto44

Mysenses The Bar46

Brewers Of Europe49

Beach Holidays – The Fab 557

Villa Despina60

Alojamento Batata 62

Hyperion Oia Suites64

Salice Club Resort66

Kamp Galeb 68

Ile Ou Aile Catamaran 78

Algarexperience80

Bertoldi Boats 82

Luxury Catamarans 84

The One To Watch | Armenia 87

Hostelandtours Llc90

The Koelsch Guys Brew House Tours 52

Atlungstad Brenneri 54

Planning The Perfect Charter 71

Azure Ultra 76

Greece92

Crete, The Island That Offers It All 95

History & Culture 97

Amazing Beaches & Bustling Cities 101

Smaragdi Boutique Hotel102

Modern Luxury104

Vederi Estate106

Santorini | The Jewel In The Crown

Of The Greek Isles109

Villa Arlene Boutique112

Santorini Five Top Tips115

Ambition Suites118

Perivolas Lifestyle Houses120

Mykonos | Greece 122

La Maison Blanche Mykonos124

Karpathos | Hidden Gem 127

Althea Boutique Hotel128

Top Three Things To Do In Zakynthos131

Aurora Luxury Retreat 132

Athens | Greece134

18 Micon Str.136

Aegeon Hotel138

Panorama Suites & Spa 140

Riverland Outdoor Adventures142

Royal Hotel144

Iceland146

Iceland149

Umi Hotel 152

Arctic Adventures Whale Watching 158

The Hidden Gems Of Iceland161

Iceland Air168

Lónkot Rural Resort 172

Jón Heiðar154

Salt Eldhus Ehf156

Hotel Vos164

Nicetravel166

Portugal174

The Algarve 177

10 Must Do Activities 179

Casa Da Baia – Centro De Promocao

Turistica182

Balaia Golf Village186

Lesser-Known Lisbon189

H10 Duque De Loule192

Sintra Marmoris Palace194

Sheraton Cascais Resort198

Norte Region201

Private Villa Porto204

Solar De Oura206

Austria208

Austria, The Power Of Three 211

Summer Adventure Austria 217

Vöstlhof Leutasch218

Kaiserlodge220

Austrian Mountain Getaways 225

Hallstatt Hideaway – Adults Only 226

Himmlhof 228

Leogang | Austria 231

Looking Past Brussels 235

B&B Bergenhof 236

Bruges | Belgium 239

Bryghia Hotel240

Biolandhaus Arche 222 Puradies 232

Turkey242

Istanbul – Stunning City Of Europe 245

Reis Inn Hotel 248

Ravouna 1906 – Special Category 252

Clarion Hotel Golden Horn 254

Casa Hermanas 258

Beyaz Villas 260

Hilton Marmara Region Bomonti250 Bodrum | Turkey257

Italy262

The Enduring Appeal Of Italy 265 Transfer & Tours Cortona,

Tenuta Montemagno 276

Ben Carson 268

Hotel Le Fontanelle 270

Prvulovic Dejan272

Piedmont | Italy275

Rest Of Europe278

Barcelona And Beyond281 Mas Salagros Eco Resort 286 Ebike-Mallorca.com290

Sandra Tours 284 Palma De Mallorca | Spain 289

Croatia292

Hercex Zagreb 296

Sanda Baretic 298

Split | Croatia303

Heritage Hotel Antique Split304

Malta309

Gaulos Dive Cove310

Top 3 Adventure Things To

Do In Slovenia 312

Tic Galerija314

German Food Tour 317

Provence, Looking Past The Reviera 321

Le Chateau Du Bois 324

London | United Kingdom327

Sunborn London 328

Road Trip County Kerry 333

Kerry Experience Tours 336

Slovakia341

Beautiful Slovakia 342

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CRITERIA

Excellence in service is an important category, as customer

service can often be responsible for guests returning year

after year. We look for the hotels and tour operators that

go out of their way to please guests, those that provide a

personal level of service and take the time to get to know

each visitor so that they might anticipate their every need.

This can be something as simple as a 24-hour concierge

desk, a hotel manager who offers a personal greeting or a

tour guide who is happy to create bespoke private tours –

what it is, we are always pleased when we encounter staff

that have been trained in the art of customer satisfaction.

SERVICES

It is no question that style and design plays a big part in

selecting our awards shortlist. A guest will form an opinion

about a hotel as soon as they arrive so it is important

to us that all our winners make those first impressions

count. We’re certainly not partial to a particular period of

architecture – but whether we’re judging a gothic castle or

an environmentally friendly lodge, the criteria remains the

same. We consider factors such as architectural features,

use of materials, creation of spaces, décor and the overall

feel. We love it when we find a hotel that tells a story

through its design and construction, or offers a design that

is sympathetic to the natural surroundings of its location.

STYLE & DESIGN

Knowledge of the local area is essential for any

organization, be it a hotel or a tour operator. The quality of

services takes a great hit when the quality of this element

is not up to the mark. Quite a few of our winners in this

category have displayed excellent knowledge about the

surrounding areas. The criteria for a hotel is slightly lenient

compared to a tour operator, as the latter is expected to

have thorough knowledge of the area in order to provide

good services.

Image by: Georg Nietsch

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

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FACILITIES

Award-winning guest rooms come in all shapes and sizes,

but they all have one thing in common, a home away from

home feel. The comfort of the facilities on offer are of vital

importance; we look for luxurious linens, stylish bathrooms

and a coordinated colour scheme that work together to

create a cohesive sense of relaxation. Additional touches,

such as complimentary toiletries, free wi-fi or tea and coffee

making facilities are always a bonus in making us feel

welcome. We’re always impressed to find hotel rooms that

embrace technology and offer amenities like tablets or smart

thermostat systems, but this does not always necessarily

trump the traditional – four poster beds, ornate fireplaces

or antique furniture that can add a touch of decadence to

a hotel stay.

LOCATION

Location is one of the most important factors, but also

one of the most subjective, as the ‘ideal’ is very much

determined by the type of visitor and the type of hotel

itself. However, there are a few factors we take into

consideration when determining the winners of locationbased

awards. The first is convenience; that is, hotels that

are easy to travel to. Many of our winners in this category

are in convenient locations, such as, adjacent to airports,

close to beaches or found in the heart of easy-to-navigate

cities. We are always impressed when hotels go the extra

mile to take the hassle out of traveling and offer such

additional services as airport shuttles or car hire services.

However, we’re always excited to come across a hotel

that is, to use a familiar phrase, off-the-beaten-track. A

hotel that can offer something a little different, in terms of

natural surroundings, can make the difference between a

good holiday and an incredible one.

In today’s modern age, a hotel or tour operator cannot

rely on word of mouth to get their message out into the

world. As social media has become a vital part of everyday

life, we like to see companies that go the extra mile to

engage with their guests, both past and future. Attractive

and informative websites and engaging and honest

content are what we look for when judging a company’s

use of marketing; how well they display their services, how

up-to-date their content is, how well they get their brand

message across, and, most importantly, how well their

marketing can tempt us to go and see what they have to

offer for ourselves.

What better way is there to know about an organization

than by getting first hand reviews? Customers are the best

judges of any service out there as they are the ones who

experience them and can assess whether they were up to

the mark or not. Considering reviews from hundreds of

customers gives us a fair idea about the general pros and

cons of any organization and also gives us valuable inputs

for the other criteria as well.

MARKETING

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Diversity is one important aspect that needs to be taken

into consideration in the travel and hospitality industry.

It is essential to have with varying diversity to ensure

that the organization can properly connect with their

guests. Diversity is taken into account in terms of gender,

nationality as well as languages spoken among other

factors. Not only do we take the diversity of the staff into

account but even that of the facilities and services offered;

a hotel or tour operator providing a better range of service

always catches our eye.

It is of prime importance that an organization has thorough

industry knowledge. Without knowing the minutiae of the

industry, it is difficult to flourish and provide services which

are a class apart. Before any organization ventures into

the industry, it is essential that they know how the industry

is moving and how they should make changes to their

methodologies in order to remain relevant and also be a

top-performing organization.

DIVERSITY

INDUSTRY

KNOWLEDGE

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EUROPEAN MASTERS

EDITORS TOP 10

Elements Arctic Company | Norway

The Kaprun Edition | Austria

UVE Rooms and Wine Bar | Italy

Moal Reidh Hotel | Ireland

Mykonos Princess | Greece

Casa Da Eira | Portugal

Prima Vista Boutique Hotel | Greece

Four Doors Istanbul | Turkey

Hotel Bretagne | Denmark

Pino Di Loto | Greece

Image by: Pascal Debrunner

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Norway

ELEMENTS

ARCTIC CAMP

Adventure Experience

Living like Urban Gypsies

Elements Arctic Camp offers accommodation in two rustic yurts that are best described

as modern nomadic tents. Each yurt has four comfortable beds with duvets and pillows.

Two extra guests can be accommodated by adding mattresses on the floor. In addition,

guests can also spend a leisurely time in the lounge area that is decked with cozy furniture.

Rebbenes, 9140 Rebbenes, Norway ♦ Tel +47 907 89 699 ♦ elementsarcticcamp.com

Do you often feel

overwhelmed by

your routine life? The frantic

cacophony and commotion of

modern living can take a toll on

your mental peace. A break from

this fast-paced urban lifestyle

brings you close to nature and

lets you enjoy the bliss of silence

and solitude. If you are craving

a rejuvenating getaway, head

straight to Elements Arctic Camp

in Norway.

Located on the island of

Rebbenesøya, north of Tromsø

in Norway, Elements Arctic

Camp welcomes you for a

unique adventure. Enjoy your

rendezvous with splendid natural

beauty and the exquisite marine

life of the Arctic coast. Experience

the thrill of sea kayaking, hiking

and snowshoeing during winters.

This is also the perfect spot for

witnessing the magic of the

northern lights.

The journey to this beautiful property is

nothing short of an expedition. You can

request the administration to arrange

for a pickup in Tromsø city. After a scenic

90-minute drive, you will embark on a

short ferry ride to reach Rebbenesøya.

Thereafter, you will have to walk through

the picturesque landscapes of the island

for 15-minutes to reach Elements Arctic

Camp.

First-time visitors might be slightly taken

aback on knowing that the yurts aren’t

equipped with electricity or water supply.

However, the yurts are completely

insulated and fitted with kerosene and

wood-fired ovens to keep you warm as the

mercury dips. Pure water can be fetched

from a stream located just 200 meters from

Elements Arctic Camp. This is the closest

you will ever get to the adventure of living

like the early man.

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Don’t be fooled by the rustic charm of

these yurts. They are fitted with fully

functional kitchens featuring state of the art

equipment such as a gas oven, refrigerator,

and a mini freezer. You will be tempted to

go fishing in the nearby lakes and prepare

a hearty meal with the day’s fresh catch.

Guests also get access to a bio-toilet in the

boathouse at Elements Arctic Camp. The

boathouse also offers drying and storage

facilities for clothes.

Prepare yourself to go off the grid as

modern facilities like Wi-Fi, radio, and

satellite TV aren’t available. It is the lack

of these distractions that guarantees a

completely rejuvenating holiday. The

secluded ambiance inspires you to spend

countless moments of introspection

and self-reflection. As you listen to the

serenading sounds of nature, you become

more self-aware and calm.

As you navigate through the pristine

seawaters on your kayak, you will be

mesmerized by the landscapes surrounding

you. Indulge in bird watching as you pass

many small islets and sheaves. One can

easily spot sea eagles, otters, and seals on

such kayak trips during the day. If you seek

a stronger adrenaline rush, go kayaking in

the dark. If you are lucky, the enchanting

northern lights will make your adventure

even more memorable.

During winter, guests can enjoy the

pleasure of snowshoeing and cross-country

skiing. You can go fishing at the scenic lakes

during the daytime. Spend the evenings

getting cozy around a campfire while

listening to the pacifying lullaby of nature.

The neighborhood also offers plenty of

hiking trails for the more adventurous.

Recreational Facilities

Despite its remote and cut-off location, Elements Arctic Camp offers several opportunities

for outdoor activities. The property offers a few specially curated packages for sea

kayaking, bonfire, and culinary exploration. Guests can choose among trips of various

durations or request the courteous staff for a customized package.

Elements Arctic Camp curates a unique adventure experience that allows you to unwind,

relax and rejuvenate. You can simply spend your time stargazing and marveling at the

serenity of nature or you can explore various outdoor activities to explore the pictureperfect

surroundings. In either case, this getaway will charge you up and prepare you to

face any hardships that might come your way.

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Austria

THE KAPRUN

EDITION –

LUXURY CHALETS

Luxury Chalets

Schulstraße 15, 5710 Kaprun, Austria ♦ Tel +43 664 9416950 ♦ thekaprunedition.at

The quaint town of Kaprun in Austria is nothing short of a winter wonderland. Nestled

amidst the scenic Austrian Alps, it rests at the foot of the magnificent Kitzsteinhorn

glacier. During winter, this highly sought-after destination provides tourists with ample skiing

opportunities. The town also offers a plethora of upscale ski resorts, most exquisite of them

being The Kaprun Edition – Luxury Chalets.

Located just 300 m from the Lechnerberg Ski Lift, The Kaprun Edition – Luxury Chalets fills your

holiday with utmost luxury. The spacious and comfortable chalets let you enjoy modern facilities

in a homely ambiance. Picturesque mountains in the vicinity of this property are a feast for the

eyes. A river flows nearby, the sound of which lulls you to peaceful slumber.

Rustic Charm Meets World Class Facilities

The Kaprun Edition – Luxury Chalets offers

accommodation in the form of various

elegant wooden chalets built with natural

tree trunks. Don’t be fooled by the earthy

finish of these luxury chalets. They are

equipped with all contemporary amenities

such as temperature control, Wi-Fi, and a

flat-screen TV.

The stylish chalets feature charming

wooden furniture to ensure a comfortable

stay for all guests. Hypoallergenic pillows

along with a pillow-top mattress and a

down comforter are provided in every

bedroom. Enormous glass windows let

you cherish the picturesque landscape

enveloping The Kaprun Edition – Luxury

Chalets. The experience feels straight out

of the pages of a fairy tale.

Each chalet has a spacious dining and

seating area where you can relish joyous

meals with your family. The chalets also

have a fully-functional kitchen fitted with

modern equipment such as a microwave

oven, toaster, refrigerator, coffee-maker,

and dishwasher. The units have multiple

bathrooms featuring a walk-in shower,

bidet, and a hair-dryer. Complimentary

toiletries and bath sheets are also provided.

The luxury chalets have their own terrace

with a private hot tub. You can enjoy

picture-perfect views of the river and

mountains while enjoying a relaxing bath.

The units also feature a cozy fireplace to

help you beat the winter chill. This property

turns your family outing into a memorable

holiday experience.

Guests have the option to choose from

chalets with three, four, five, and seven

bedrooms. Depending on their size, these

units can accommodate between 12 and

24 guests. Free parking is available with

each chalet. Facilities such as a sauna and

BBQ can be arranged on request, at an

additional cost.

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Abundant Skiing Opportunities

The Austrian town of Kaprun is every ski lover’s paradise. Apart from ultra-modern

amenities, The Kaprun Edition – Luxury Chalets also has a ski school and ski storage

space. Ski equipment is available for hire too. With the Lechnerberg Ski Lift located very

close to the property, you will be continually enticed to venture outside..

The bustling centre of Kaprun

is just a short walk away from

this property, where you can

find a few shops and eateries.

A 10-minute drive will take

you to Gipfelwelt 3000, the

excursion destination that lets

you experience the magic of

Kitzsteinhorn. For days when

you don’t feel like cooking,

you can walk down to nearby

restaurants for some lipsmacking

delicacies.

Other recreational facilities include a golf course and a tennis court. There’s even a public

soccer, volleyball and basketball court next to the chalets which is free to use for everyone.

The surrounding area also has a few delightful hiking trails and cycling routes. A church

and a museum are located close by too. You can also take a stroll down the road to reach

Burg Kaprun or Kaprun Castle. The charming 12th-century castle is located just 1.4 km

away from The Kaprun Edition.

The Kaprun Edition – Luxury

Chalets transforms all

your vacation dreams into

reality. You can experience

the unadulterated joy of

living amidst nature without

compromising on your

comfort.

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Italy

UVE ROOMS &

WINE BAR

Hotel and Restaurant

Via Umberto I, 13, 12064 La Morra CN, Italy ♦ Tel +39 0173 50740 ♦

discover@uve.info ♦ www.uvelanghe.it

For lovers of Barolo, UVE

Rooms and Wine Bar is

a modern and stylish boutique

hotel located within the historical

and cultural centre of La Morra, in

the Piedmont region, at the heart

of the hilly landscapes of Langhe,

world famous for its vineyards of

ripened Nebbiolo grapes and

winemaking.

Listed as one of UNESCO’s

World Heritage sites, the Langhe

area has always been incredibly

important for wine growing so

much so that, in ancient times,

the cutting down of a vine was a

hanging offence!

The UVE location is a fantastic

opportunity to discover the

charm of these listed heritage

hills, an area dedicated to wine

lovers with a significant number

of wine producers to visit and

the chance to taste, arguably, the

country’s most fabulous red wine,

Barolo.

The UVE offers eight unique and elegant

rooms, within a converted convent, with

original stone walls, arches and beamed

ceilings. A contrasting mix of contemporary

décor and soft furnishings designed and

created by local artisans, with sophisticated

lighting and accessories selected from the

most beautiful interior design companies in

Italy make this a relaxing space for formal

or informal visits.

The UVE wine bar and inner courtyard

is a perfect setting to enjoy the locally

sourced wines and cuisine including

cheeses, cold cuts of ham, white truffles

as well as traditional Italian sweet and

savoury specialities. Experience how the

characteristics of the local wines combine

with the delicious food with the help of the

experienced sommeliers.

Be prepared to be in awe at the beauty and

spirit of the Langhe region. UVE Rooms

& Wine Bar will make the trip even more

special, with its warm and welcoming

team, its romantic setting and atmosphere,

and perfect location for exploring the town

of La Morra and the entire region.

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Ireland

MAOL REIDH

HOTEL

Modern Hotel

Tullycross, Renvyle, Co. Galway, Ireland ♦ Tel +353 95 43844 ♦

info@maolreidh.comwww.maolreidh.com

The hotel finds itself on the beaches of the

Irish west coast, beneath the gaze of the

mountains of Connemara and Mayo boasts

a stylish restaurant serving all local produce.

Local white fish, Clare Island Salmon John

Wards Dooncastle Oysters, Killary Mussels,

Cleggan Crab and Scallops, Bernard Kings

Leenane lamb and beef sourced from

the wild Atlantic seaboard. The team is

always happy to oblige dietary or special

requirements. For those not wishing the

‘fuss’ of dinner a variety of dishes are

served daily in the bar.

The same bar is a haven of welcomes and

friendliness – chat, nap, eat, read or drink –

the choice is one’s own.

It may be cold outside, but a warm welcome awaits you at this contemporary boutique

hotel. Set on the stunning “Wild Atlantic Way” in the quaint village of Tullycross with its

traditional thatched cottages, this a perfect location to discover traditional Irish landscapes and

Irish culture.

The hotel is family run with twelve spacious and modern en-suite rooms and free guest parking.

The rooms have everything you could wish for including flat screen television, DVD player and

a library of free films to choose from, tea and coffee and free Wi-Fi.

Local activities are plentiful including cycling and walking tours, fishing and boat trips, golf and

horse riding. The hotel is located ideally for exploring the Connemara National Park, Kylemore

Abbey and, of course, the spectacular sandy beaches that are just a short walk from the hotel.

Set yourself up for a day of exploring with the hotel’s hearty breakfast and take advantage of the

delicious and generously packed lunches that may be pre-ordered to take with you.

Traditional music and dancing are regular

events at the hotel where you can enjoy

Irish jigs, reels, banjos and hornpipes. Also

in the village are a further two traditional

Irish pubs where you will be sure of a

friendly welcome from the locals.

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Greece

MYKONOS

PRINCESS HOTEL

Stylish Hotel

The hotel is a fine specimen of Cycladic architecture. The 39 rooms of the Mykonos

Princess Hotel are divided into nine room categories - but not one of them lacks on

amenities, which include, choice of pillows and a daily maid service! In addition, the

Front Desk is at your service round the clock. The rooms offer guests exceptional value

accommodation and magical views of the Aegean’s blue waters. All of the 39 rooms and

suites are decorated with subtle details of marine life with their colour scheme comprising

a natural palette of earthy tones, ideal for moments of relaxation and calmness - appealing

to children and adults alike!

Agios Stefanos, 84600 Mýkonos, Kikladhes, Greece ♦ Tel +30 22890 23806 ♦

https://mykonosprincess.com

Greece is a magical destination that has lured travellers from time immemorial. The

sublime climate, lip-smacking cuisine and abundance of things to do offer something

for everyone in the family. The Mykonos Princess Hotel, on the magical and mythical island

of Mykonos is no different. Situated at an ideal distance from the heart of the town, just a

minute drive. The location is perfect for couples, close to shopping centres and even closer

to the beach.

Speaking of pampering, the staff are more than willing to go the extra mile to make your

stay beyond comfortable. They are notorious for handing out free upgrades, especially for

honeymooners! Well, that is the famed Greek hospitality for you.

Speaking of gastronomic experiences, the

poolside Kapari Restaurant offers exciting

menu choices that you can feast on while

you absorb breathtaking, panoramic views

of the sea! A selection of sweet or savory

items will tempt any appetite, large or

small. For your breakfast, you can choose

from a wide range of à la carte options. The

restaurant is also offers vegetarian friendly

options. The wide range of facilities and

services, tailored to a variety of needs,

will turn your stay in Mykonos Princess

Hotel into a pleasant, comfortable and

memorable experience.

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Portugal

CASA DA EIRA

BOUTIQUE

HOUSES

Stylish Guest House

R. da Eira da Pedra 7, 7645-258 Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal ♦

Tel +351 283 997 001 ♦ villaeira.pt

Casa da Eira Boutique Houses is located in the peaceful town of Vila Nova de Milfontes

in the Natural Park of the Costa Vicentina. It is only 300 metres away from the beach and

a few steps away from the town’s historic centre. This project emerges from the desire to

offer a quality stay in Vila Nova de Milfontes, while standing out from other more mass

tourism-oriented alternatives.

Casa da Eira has won

the European Travel

and Hospitality Awards

Stylish Guest House of

the Year 2019- Alentejo

Portugal! This award was

only possible thanks to our

guests, who nominated

this guest house, through

their comments on several

platforms and the positive

reviews given to the service

and the clean but cosy

décor. The final decision

was made by a panel of

professionals in the tourism

sector, among which are

magazine editors and travel

bloggers, who compare

the several nominees to

determine who will be the

winner in each category.

The newly renovated guest house has 5 apartments and 6 double rooms with a clean,

minimalistic and contemporary décor, all of them come with a balcony. Casa da Eira also

offers a garden area, which will soon feature a swimming pool, and a roof top terrace.

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Greece

PRIMA VISTA

BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Boutique Hotel

To make your stay even more luxurious, they have a variety of activities and facilities in

the hotel. You can relax in the Jacuzzi or take a dip into their open air swimming pool.

They even have a special swimming pool for your kids to give your entire family a fun

experience!

Syvota 461 00, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2665 097056 ♦ primavista.gr

Tucked away on the coast of Syvota, Prima Vista Boutique Hotel provides you the

opportunity to live life king size in its amphitheatrically built suites with their lavishly

spread and furnished rooms. Situated right on the beach, the resort affords some splendid

views of the sea and the nearby Corfu and Paxos islands.

The hotel is built keeping ecology in mind and every single room in the hotel is built by

international ecological standards. They have a host of suites up for selection ranging from the

simple Junior Suite to the magnificent Presidential Suite. Every single suite features modern

amenities and plush furnishings to ensure a lavish and comfortable stay for you.

The hotel opens up to the beach where

there are loads of sunbeds specially for

you to sit back and relax while seeing the

sun kiss the horizon. For your gastronomic

indulgence, they have an in-house

restaurant led by experienced chefs and

maître to bring to you the finest of dishes.

Pair their exotic Mediterranean meals

with a glass of cool wine that comes with

a distinct and traditional flavour of Epirus.

If you’d like to have a drink, head to the

lounge bar or pool bar.

They take their services a step ahead by

providing a library and a fully-equipped

business center where you can carry out

your day-to-day business activities while on

your vacation. You can even keep up with

your fitness regime in their well-equipped

gym. Prima Vista truly gives you a boutique

experience throughout your stay by

matching its classy location with their

exceptional services and luxurious facilities.

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Turkey

FOUR DOORS HOTEL

Affordable Boutique Hotel

Katip Sinan Cami Sok No.34, Sultanahmet, Istanbul ♦ Tel +90 212 516 73 74 ♦

fourdoorshotel.com

Located right in the centre of the historic district of Istanbul, Four Doors Hotel is among the

most popular accommodations for guests from all around the world. The hotel represents

luxury, comfort and convenience – all at the same time.

The hotel is equipped with 18 luxurious and luminous hotel rooms. Each room is classically

furnished with artistic interiors. The rooms are further adorned with blackout curtains to ensure

that guests receive maximum privacy. Basic amenities such as refrigerators, private minibars, a

32-inch flat-screen TV, and unlimited Wi-Fi access are made available to ensure that guests are

able to make the most of their time at the hotel.

If you’re travelling with your family then you

can opt for the Family Room which gives

you a magnificent view of the traditional city

horizons. If you’re looking to spend quality

time with your loved one then you can

opt for either the Superior or the Double

Room, which is designed in such a manner

that it allows guests to make the most of

the space available. Guests travelling on

a budget can choose to accommodate

themselves in the Budget room. The

rooms also come with amenities like

coffee/tea machines, in-room digital safes,

hypoallergenic pillows, cotton sheets, hair

dryers, slippers, a complimentary Dove

shampoo, hair-conditioning creams as well

as shower gel sets.

Breakfast is served in the winter garden of

the hotel where you can enjoy the buffet

consisting of fresh seasonal fruits, cheese,

pastry and delicatessen.

The major attractions of the city include

Hagia Sophia, which is the former Greek

Orthodox cathedral-turned museum,

which was built back in 537 AD. In addition

to this, Basilica Cistern, which represents

a subterranean structure commissioned

by Emperor Justinian, is also located at

800-metre distance from the hotel. If you’re

the kind who enjoys shopping, then you

can visit the bustling Grand Bazaar of the

city, which is a 5-minute walk away.

Whether you wish to explore the city or

want to just relax on your vacation, Four

Doors Hotel makes it all possible with its

affordable, yet luxurious amenities.

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Denmark

HOTEL

BRETAGNE

Elegant Hotel

Sauntevej 18, 3100 Hornbæk, Denmark ♦ Tel +45 22 60 31 00 ♦ hotelbretagne.dk

The classic Bretagne Hotel

overlooks a beautiful lake

and Øresund Strait in the seaside

town of Hornbæk. Imagine

enjoying the beauty of Denmark’s

horizons from the comfort of your

room! This is just one of the many

enthralling experiences that you

can get while staying in Hotel

Bretagne. Transportation around

the region is easy as Hornbæk

Station is just a 2-minute walk

away.

While it was standing empty

and worn out for years, after

undergoing extensive renovation,

it has got back its old charm and

elegant feel. The hotel is often

described as being a luxurious

version of a traditional Danish

bath hotel which is both bright

and simple by nature. The

hotel has been designed in the

Gustavian style and it features a

lake-view restaurant and a lobby

bar.

The 23 beautifully decorated rooms give

you stunning views of the city and the

Hornbæk Lake along with the sea. But apart

from the views, the rooms are elegantly

decorated to make sure that your stay is as

pleasant as the views around!

The hotel includes a Nordic and French

inspired restaurant that offers different

monthly menus. The restaurant is open for

both lunch and dinner while breakfast is

usually served in a buffet format.

It is merely a 15 minute drive away from the

Kronborg Castle, which is considered to be

one of the most important Renaissance

castles in Northern Europe and has even

been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage

Sites list. If you enjoy watching the sea

roar in its gloriousness, you can simply

walk towards the Hornbæk Harbour and

the beach, which are both a 10 Minutes’

distance.

The hotel takes part in arranging

Winemakers Dinner, where they typically

invite a wine producer, who shows specific

wines that are suited best for the guests.

Following this, the hotel’s chef Kasper

Larsen adapts the dishes to the wines.

This is the perfect choice for all the wine

connoisseurs.

Hotel Bretagne not only affords some

fantastic views but also gives you an allround

indulgent experience that will remain

etched in your memory forever. This,

combined with the beauty of Hornbæk will

truly make your trip unforgettable.

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Greece

PINO DI LOTO

BOUTIQUE BED

AND BREAKFAST

Boutique Guest House

Kini, Syros, Cyclades, Greece ♦ Tel +30 22810 71504 ♦pinodiloto.gr

Pino Di Loto Boutique Bed and Breakfast is situated on the popular Kini Beach which has

been awarded the blue flag for its spectacular beauty. The guest house is equipped with

six world-class suites that overlook the magnificent Aegean sea. You can expect maximum

convenience as the guest house also offers free private parking , access to unlimited Wi-Fi, at

no additional cost as well as Concierge Services.

The main highlight of the guest house are its rooms. They are spacious and manage to strike

a perfect balance between the traditional atmosphere of Greece and the advanced, modern

facilities. For instance, each of the rooms boasts a flat-screen TV, surround-sound speakers and

Nespresso coffee machines. The rooms contain unique interiors as well as exteriors.

The guest house also has a large private

pool as well as a sun terrace where you can

lay back and relax. If you wish to enjoy the

ultimate privacy , Pino di Loto offers two

Executive Suites too, with a private plunge

mini pool in front of each one!

If you’re planning on hosting a party or an

event, the guest house makes arrangement

for that as well (regarding availability!).

Refreshing drinks and light snacks are

made available as and when required.

Guests are happier with the privacy that

this Boutique B&B offers and that is what

this guest house is known for.

Greece is a tourist spot, therefore it is natural

for most prime locations to be crowded.

However, the staff at Pino di Loto ensures

that you receive an exclusive experience to

make your journey memorable.

Homemade traditional breakfast, a light

snack lunch or dinner can be made available

in the leisure of your own room.Since there

is no restaurant at the premises yet, if you

wish so the guesthouse staff will be more

than happy to deliver you the dinner that

you prefer directly from the restaurants that

are situated down at the beach of Kini!

There are a range of activities on the beach

as well as watersports activities that you

can take part in. All you need to do is get in

touch with the guest house staff and they’ll

arrange it all for you.

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DRINKING TOUR

OF EUROPE

Image by: Moss

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DRINKING TOUR OF EUROPE

Organised pub crawls for those wishing to be guided around exciting European

cities offer great opportunities for solo travellers or small groups as they are a fun

and relaxed way to meet people and make new friends.

Recommended cities for guided pub crawls include Ireland´s Galway city. A gorgeous

city to visit especially on St. Patrick´s day and a pub crawl experience not to be missed.

Make sure to stop by the deceptively tiny O´Connell´s, a traditional Irish pub full of Irish

“craic” and the location for Ed Sheeran´s Galway Girl video. Situated in Eyre Square, it

has a sprawling yard at the rear of the pub where, even in winter, is a great place to drink

traditional hot whiskey.

Another hugely recommended

city for an exciting and vibrant

pub crawl is Rotterdam city,

especially when there are

special events such as the King´s

Birthday where everyone is

dressed in orange to celebrate.

Enjoy the vibrant nightlife and

make new friends in this iconic

city.

A guided pub crawl brings

together locals and tourists for

a tour of traditional pubs and

night clubs.

Cologne in Germany is another stunning location to grab some friends and go on a

pub crawl adventure, starting at the vibrant Gaststätte Lommerzheim for a true taste

of Cologne. Sample the traditional and time honoured Päffgen Kölschl beer served by

grumpy waiters known as Köbes. Remember to put your coaster on top of your glass

when you have had enough beer, empty glasses are automatically renewed by the circling

Köbes.

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Austria

WEINWEG

LANGENLOIS

Wine Tour Company

Visitors get to know the Kamp Valley wine

region, the Langenlois winemakers and

wines, while learning all kinds of interesting

facts about vine cultivation. The vineyard

topics are illustrated by some spectacular

installations and sculptures such as a metre

long earthworm burrowing through the

vineyard soil which accompanies the topic

‘tillage’, a ‘giant pupitre’ which becomes

a viewing platform, or a swing that invites

you to monitor the weather and many

more.

Loisium-Allee, 3550 Langenlois, Austria ♦ Tel + +43 2734 2000 ♦

www.langenlois.at/weinweg

Visiting Langenlois means getting to know the charming essence of the Kamp Valley. To

discover a place whose gently contoured vineyards, gorgeous gardens and diversified

architecture court the senses of its visitors.

The WINE TRAIL Langenlois leads through the famous Langenlois vineyard sites Dechant,

Käferberg, Steinhaus and Schenkenbichl, taking you on a journey of discovery into the exciting

and challenging ‘vineyard workplace’. It lets visitors immerse themselves into the everyday life

and minds of the winemakers, thereby revealing what constitutes the work, joys and concerns

of a winemaker’s life.

The rental key to open those ‘wine safes’, as well as tasting sets is a convenient shoulder

bag that come equipped with Riedel glasses and a wine trail book.

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Greece

GREEK GRAPE

WINE TOURS

Wine Tour Company

info@greekgrapewinetours.comwww.greekgrapewinetours.com

Be prepared for the most memorable wine and food experience in Greece with Greek

Grape Wine Tours! Whether you are visiting Greece for the first or umpteenth time, it

would be a shame to not to explore its diverse and beautiful wine country.

Taste through the rugged villages of Northern Greece where the lush Xinomavro grape thrives,

down to the beautiful Peloponnese appellations of Nemea and Mantinia, and finally to the

stunning, wine-producing islands of Crete and Santorini where the beauty of the wines are only

rivalled by the stunning landscapes of these Cycladic islands.

Over 11 days, your own private certified

wine expert will guide your small group (no

more than 10 people per trip) through each

region as you experience a Greece rarely

seen. You will get to know the winemaker’s

histories and unique winemaking stories,

become experts in the indigenous varietals

of Greece and sample wines not available

anywhere else in the world! Throughout

the trip, you will enjoy these unique wines

paired with the different gastronomical

delights that capture the essence of each

region.

In addition to wining and dining, you

will also visit some of the important

archaeological sites of Greece, including

the Acropolis and its must-see museum,

Ancient Nemea, the Royal Tombs in

Vergina and Knossos in Crete. They also

ensure that you have time on your own to

explore and savour each destination. This

is an incredible experience for any wine

lover, foodie, or history buff.

The “Greek Grape Tour” covers all these

wine regions and is currently held twice

a year in Spring and Fall. They can also

customize tours focused on just the North

of Greece or the Islands.

Whichever tour you may choose, you

can count on Greek Grape Wine Tours to

give you the best Greek wine experience

possible. For any wine connoisseur, this is a

trip you simply cannot miss!

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Italy

ENOTECA GATTO

Wine Experience

Viale delle Forze Armate, 9, 20147 Milan, Italy ♦ Tel + 0245482571 ♦ enotecagatto.com

Are you looking for a traditional

wine experience in the beautiful

city of Lombardy? Enoteca Gatto is

your answer! Equipped with executives

who are knowledgeable in the field, the

wine tour company is known to provide

the much-required cultural touch to its

guests.

Located in the heart of Milan, guests

can buy and taste endless varieties

of wines. They have about 300 types

on the offer. Guests also receive the

opportunity to get a taste of numerous

artisan products of Italian food. There

are range of different options to

choose from, however, if you are not

well aware of the history of wine, the

guides at the bistro will help you to

make a wise decision on the basis of

your preference. The architecture of the

region, and the bistro itself, only adds

to the classic vibe that will definitely

make your experience fancier.

Image by: Adele-Payman

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Switzerland

MYSENSES THE BAR

Culinary Experience

Bahnhofstrasse 32, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland ♦ Tel +41 43 819 17 17 ♦ mysensesbar.ch

Switzerland is the playground of the

rich and famous and mySenses

The Bar is an excellent cocktail bar

for the cognoscenti in the bustling

city of Switzerland – Zurich. Located a

few blocks down from the Dubendorf

Bahnhof, in a office/ residential area,

mySenses’s location makes it a hot

favorite among the people of Zurich.

The place has specialty gin, rum,

whiskey and cocktails to cater to every

taste. The owner and staff greets you

upon entry with a welcoming smile.

The staff will come to your table or chair

to take your order and at the same time

bring a small plate of cheese chunks on

the house! And these accompaniments

keep changing with different rounds

of drinks. So it could be assorted nuts

with one and a small plate of sliced

salami with another. The warm scent

of wood as you enter the dining room,

the bouquet of wine or the powerful

spiciness of the exquisite cigars in the

humidor – make mySenses a multisensory

experience.

In case you want to stand behind the

counter and mix your own drinks or those

of your friends, the staff at mySenses

will enable you to do that as well – with

expert guidance. Thanks to state-of-theart

acoustic technology, the contents of

your conversations remain at your table.

They are accompanied only by gentle

musical sounds as well as the work of the

bartenders.

Then there is the focused lighting, but

floor to ceiling windows also offer natural

lighting, depending on the time of the

day when you visit and the season too.

The tasteful colour scheme of the interiors

is a feast for the eyes and yet creates a

cozy and welcoming ambience. Wood,

steel and glass dominate and leave an

impression of modernistic harmony. Sofas,

padded chairs, stools along the walls and

at the reverse L-shaped bar make seating

convenient and comfortable too.

There is a separate enclosed smoker’s

lounge with even more exclusive alcohol

in the case and cigars. The best is yet to

come! There is no dress code! Come as you

are – in jeans or dress. The place welcomes

you and treats you as a special guest.

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BREWERS OF EUROPE

Europe has steadily been

experiencing a craft beer

revolution and is now flooded with

independent breweries in practically

every city producing a range of

innovative flavours and creative styles

in state of the art breweries, many

of which are open to a new wave of

appreciative and cultured palates.

Beer tours are arguably on a par

with wine tasting tours, perhaps if

not more enjoyable, as beer is a

far less pretentious beverage and

hence an exciting excuse to visit

areas renowned for beer traditions

and history. Every city in Europe

will have a locally brewed beer, but

we particularly recommend the

following.

Berlin for serious beer enthusiasts is an opportunity to gain

a deeper understanding of German beer heritage. The

16th century German sour beer Berliner Weisse is a long

established beer that has witnessed a rise in appreciation in

recent years simply due to the brewing techniques involved

in its production and really should only be sampled in Berlin.

Berlin city boasts many speciality breweries and brewpubs,

trendy and modern but still maintaining established German

brewing techniques using wild yeast and other raw materials

that go into producing a quality unfiltered product.

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Why not take the opportunity to drink

like a Viking in Iceland, where there

are a surprising number of avantgarde

micro-breweries in operation,

offering award-winning ales and

ice cold refreshingly well balanced

blonde beers brewed in traditional

Pilsner custom. There is even an

opportunity to go to “beer college” at

the oldest brewery based in Reykjavik,

the Ölgerðin Egils Skallagrímsson

brewery is equipped with 10 beer taps

and provides lessons in everything

beer related, from how to brew and

taste to how to serve beer correctly

English beer has never gone out of fashion, and in the capital there has been a resurgence

and momentum offering liquid tours at various cool and trendy craft alehouses and,

conversely, heritage London pubs, steeped in history and character, whilst the monks at

Leicestershire’s St Bernard Abbey recently comprehended the popularity of beer over

milk and diversified their farming production to create the quaintly named Tynt Meadow

beer. Using traditional British brewing methods, with a great deal of research and advice

from experts the finished product is a testament to the intrinsic vocation of hundreds of

years of the monastic labour of brewing beer. Beer lovers can now visit the brewery and

enjoy a tour of the Monastery, the only one of its kind in the UK.

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Germany

THE KOELSCH

GUYS BREW

HOUSE TOURS

Culinary Experience

Guests receive the opportunity to discover

Cologne’s unique beer culture with the help of

a local guide. The local guide will walk you to

four traditional pubs in one of Cologne’s most

traditional neighbourhoods. The tours usually

include four authentic German beers and have

a maximum group size of 20 people. However,

if you wish to drink more than the included

beers, the guide will make that possible.

Heumarkt 39, 50667 Köln, Germany ♦ Tel +49 221 65028302 ♦ koelschguys.com

The best kind of catching up

with friends can be done over

a pint or two of beers and we are

sure that you won’t deny that. Beers

are consumed widely, yet they are

prepared using different methods in

each nation.

There is a lot of history involved

behind the origins and success of

the drink. It can get quite fascinating

to understand the process through

which beers are essentially produced

and distributed along the long run.

The Koelsch Guys Brew House Tours

of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

provide a culinary experience that is

sure to blow your mind away. The

company has been offering both,

private and public tours that provide

information about the beers of

Cologne.

Michael and Stefan, the founders,

gradually welcomed thousands of

guests on their tour and after receiving

amazing feedback, they decided to

expand their team. Their biggest aim

is to make the guests happy.

The company mentions three important

factors as being their top-most selling

points, in relation to their beer tours.

They promise to provide a fun experience

and bring guests to their favorite nightlife

destination after the tour. Lastly, they

plan private tours for both individuals and

groups, tailoring the plans as per individual

requirements, thereby offering maximum

amount of flexibility.

Regular public tours usually take a

maximum of two hours. Moreover, the total

walking distance on the tour is roughly one

kilometre. The length of the private tours

various according to your preferences.

If you’re a beer lover, the tour by the Koelsch

guys will definitely not disappoint you.

They will bring you closer to your beloved

drink and will give you the opportunity to

discover it more than you ever did!

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Norway

ATLUNGSTAD

BRENNERI

Cultural Experience

Sandvikavegen 214, 2312 Ottestad, Norway ♦ Tel +47 62 33 00 55 ♦ atlungstadbrenneri.no

Culture is a strong part of people’s lives. It is through this phenomenon that most of our

lives are moulded. Atlungstad Brenneri of Norway is apt for anyone looking to gain a

cultural experience. The company is known to offer open guided tours to help visitors expand

their aquavit knowledge, further experience the atmosphere of an aquavit store and see the

impressive fermentation tanks in Norway’s only genuine potato liquor distillery, that is still

operational. Guided tours take place in the production plant for potato alcohol production and

the aquavit warehouse. The company makes use of these guided tours to tell and show the

whole process from potato to aquavit.

Atlungstad Brenneri was established back in 1855. Ever since then, thousands of visitors from

across the globe travel to the company to taste its aquavit. Guided tours including tasting have

a duration of about 1.5 hours.

The best part about the service is that it

can also be combined with many other

pleasant visits to Hedmark, including

Jernbanemuseet, Anno Museum,

Proysenhuset, Skibladner, Stange

Vestbygd, Mios Farms, Simenstad Farms

and the Pilgrim’s tours. The beautiful, redbrick

buildings of Atlungstad Brenneri

are idyllically situated at the edge of a

lake in Stange Vestbygd, also referred to

as “The Tuscany of the North”. The 30

meter high burner pipe can be seen from

Hamar, which is only a short bike ride away.

Atlungstad is a unique cultural monument

where you get to see both Norwegian

industrial architecture, burning history, and

Norwegian aquavit production in the last

150 years.

The company customizes the program

based on your interests and wishes, and

tailor a package for you. In the program

they can offer guided tours with tasting,

aquavit lectures with tasting, drink lessons,

and lunch and dinner for groups of at least

20 people.

Why not put the meeting day in historical

surroundings? At Atlungstad, there’s plenty

of room for strategic meetings, seminars

and business dinners. The company

offers meeting rooms for groups of up to

70 people. Together, they set up the day

based on your desire and create a program

that gives you a break from your hectic life.

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BEACH HOLIDAYS – THE FAB 5

Polychrono Beach | Greece)

Cape Columbo Beach | Greece

Praia da Nazare | Portugal

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Salice Beach | Italy

Velika Beach | Croatia

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Greece

VILLA DESPINA

Beach Front Apartments

Polychrono 630 85, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2374 052089 ♦ villadespina.gr

As the mercury levels dip, do you find yourself craving for the warm rays of the sun?

Perhaps, you have a beach holiday on your mind? If so, head straight to the flawless

golden beaches in the Kassandra peninsula of Halkidiki in Northern Greece. While you are here,

book your stay at Villa Despina to make the experience truly memorable.

It features fifteen self-catering accommodation units that offer the perfect combination of

traditional Greek hospitality and ultra-modern comfort. The property is encapsulated in an

endless stretch of 3000 square meter olive grove. The icing on the cake is Villa Despina’s

proximity to the picturesque Blue-Flag awarded sea beach.

All the apartments and studios at Villa Despina are minimally decorated with earthy tones,

pastel hues, and distinct lines. Each unit has its own private balcony overlooking the garden

and the pristine sea beach.

Accommodation in Villa Despina is broadly

divided into three categories. The studios

can accommodate two adults and one

child. The apartments have two rooms

that can accommodate two adults and

two children. The suites, featuring two

bedrooms and a tastefully decorated living

room, demonstrate the epitome of luxury

at Villa Despina.

Every unit is furnished with a large queensize

double bed and a sofa-cum-bed.

A fully-equipped open kitchen with all

modern amenities and utensils is also

available.

The friendly staff and crew are always on

their toes to make your stay relaxed and

pleasant. A fully equipped barbeque can

also be arranged on request.

The vast stretch of golden sea beach is

just a short walk away from the property.

You can also walk to the Mavrobara Lake,

located just 3 km away from the property.

Take time out to marvel at the traditional

houses with red-tiled rooftops and the

resplendent Orthodox churches.

Despite this exclusive experience, Villa

Despina is easily accessible from the

city of Thessaloniki. This ease of access

coupled with the impressive surroundings

and contemporary amenities make Villa

Despina the ideal base for a leisurely beach

vacation.

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Portugal

ALOJAMENTO

BATATA

Beach Front Apartments

Av. Manuel Remígio 84, 2450-172 Nazaré, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 919 245 867 ♦

alojamentobatata.com

Nestled on the west coast of the

Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is

one of the most alluring countries in

Europe. It is replete with expansive

vineyards, lush farmlands, pristine

coastlines, medieval towns, and a rich

culture that dates back by centuries.

Alojamento Batata offers an exotic stay

in their beachfront apartments located

on the bluewaters of the Silver Coast.

Whether you are on a romantic getaway

with your significant other or on a family

trip, they have fabulous beachfront

apartments which can host upto 7

people. You can even choose to stay in

one of their four independent rooms.

Apart from the enthralling sea views

from the balcony, the rooms provide

ultra-luxurious stays at budget-friendly

prices. The rooms are beautifully

decorated with regal paintings, antique

items, and classic furniture. Each

apartment consists of high-quality

bedding, spacious bathrooms, and

a fully equipped kitchen with oven,

microwave, electric teapot, and a coffee

machine.

The in-house staff are always on their toes,

catering to every whim and fancy of their

guests. Furthermore, Alojamento Batata

benefits from a privileged beachfront

location on the main avenue of Nazaré, in

the center of the historic village. Guests can

also indulge in several in-house recreational

activities such as yoga and water sports like

surfing and dolphin rides!

Nazaré is indeed a paradise in itself. It is

visited annually by thousands of domestic

and foreign tourists, and today it is known

to be the world reference of surfing with

massive waves near its beaches. While in

Nazaré, you can explore few of the most

mesmerizing beaches of Portugal, marvel

at some of the majestic surfers across the

globe, take the funicular from the beach

to the cliffs, witness traditional Portuguese

fishing, explore picturesque buildings and

treat yourself with lip-smacking seafood!

A luxurious stay in beachfront apartments is

on the bucket list of many, and Alojamento

Batata is transforming that dream into

reality. Every corner of Alojamento Batata

explodes with fun and frolic making your

holiday unique and memorable. It lends

a new perspective to your Portuguese

experience that remains etched in your

heart forever!

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Greece

HYPERION OIA

SUITES

Beach Front Suites

You also get your very own, private-heated

outdoor cave swimming pool. Nothing

compares to the joy of relaxing in your own

pool after a long day of travel. Guests can

make optimum use of the hydro-massage

facility in each of these pools too. Apart

from the hydro-massage facility, the pool

also features an outdoor Albatross hottub

which is large enough to fit an entire

family! Imagine spending time with your

loved ones over a piping hot cup of tea or

perhaps, freshly-squeezed glass of grape

wine while sitting back here.

Santorini 847 02, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2286 021935 ♦ hyperion-oiasuites.com

Perched on a hill in Oia, Hyperion Oia Suites overlooks the breathtaking Caldera

and Aegean Sea. The suites here are modernly-decorated, yet let you get a taste

of the beautiful nature that they are surrounded with. Each of the units go on to feature

a separate living room, a master-size bedroom, a fully-equipped kitchen and a bathroom

with advanced-technology shower. However, the best part about the suites is their seating

area, which lays perched on the room’s private deck. Experience the absolutely beautiful

sea and caldera views from your own private balcony or while relaxing by the poolside.

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If you’re looking to escape your day to day

life and kiss goodbye to your weekly woes,

then this is the perfect spot for you. The

staff at Hyperion Oia Suites ensure that

the spectacular views and large outdoor

spaces are provided to you with utmost

privacy.

From your suites, you can enjoy the

panoramic, unblocked vision of the

extremely-popular sunset of Oia. You even

get to experience the magnificence of the

Aegean, Thirasia and Caldera Seas. Just

below your private deck is access to the

unique view to Ammoudi Bay too.

Hyperion Oia’s hearty and delicious

breakfast, lunch and dinner spreads are

absolutely mouthwatering. You have the

option of customizing your meals, as per

your wishes too. You can also enjoy a fine

selection of wines along with other types of

alcohol mixes. Enjoy Greek hospitality at its

finest with Hyperion Oia.

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Italy

SALICE CLUB

RESORT

Resort

Via Ticino, 13, 87064 Salicetti, Corigliano Calabro CS, Italy ♦ Tel +39 0983851169 ♦

saliceclubresort.com

Located in the heart of the ancient Magna Graecia, Salice Club Resort is truly the place

to be owing to its beautiful location and impeccable services. If you’re looking for an

abundance of sun, beach and good food, you are sure to have a good time at the resort.

The property is located in the middle of centuries-old pine trees. The best aspect about

this resort is that it provides guests with private access to the sandy Calabro Beach, which

is located just 3-minutes away. Besides experiencing the abundance of nature, the place

also offers a magnificent swimming pool and other sporting facilities including tennis, and

fishing. While the resort specializes in Continental and Italian cuisines, guests can even opt

for the authentic Ionian Calabria spread of food. After a long and fruitful day spent exploring

the ancient Magna Graecia, guests can retire during the evenings by the piano bar.

Image by: Jack Ward

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Croatia

KAMP GALEB

Beach Front Villas

Vukovarska ul. 7, 21310, Omiš, Croatia ♦ Tel +385 21 864 430 ♦ kamp.galeb.hr

Once you have settled down in your room,

you can enjoy a bunch of recreational

facilities at Kamp Galeb. These include an

artificial turf football field, a tennis court

equipped with night lighting, basketball,

volleyball, and handball courts.

If you are toying with the idea of a grand beach holiday, you must head to Kamp Galeb in

Croatia. Built in 1974, this three-star property is recognized as one of Croatia’s best camping

sites.

A 300-meter long sandy beach and exceptionally shallow water make it the ideal destination for

a holiday with children. This makes it a popular choice for family camping. Split, the largest city

on the Croatian coast, is just 25 kilometers away from Kamp Galeb.

Accommodation at Kamp Galeb consists of fully furnished mobile homes overlooking the blue

waters of the sea. Each of these energy efficient mobile homes can accommodate up to eight

people in three bedrooms. The mobile homes feature state-of-the-art amenities including airconditioning,

satellite TV, comfortable wooden furniture, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen.

They also have two bathrooms and a Jacuzzi tub on the terrace.

Young campers can have a blast at the children’s

playground, mini club, and mini disco. An outdoor

swimming pool is available, for both adults and kids.

This is also one of those few properties that allow

you to bring your pets, making your vacation all the

more memorable.

Apart from the luxurious mobile

homes, Kamp Galeb provides

camping pitches for those who

want to park their caravan or pitch

a tent.

The picture-perfect beach features

a restaurant and bar. You can sip

on cocktails and munch on droolworthy

Croatian delicacies while

watching the waves lash on the

shore. The courteous and friendly

staff is always on their toes to

ensure that you have the ultimate

relaxed holiday.

Whether you are a hardcore

adrenaline junkie or a hopeless

romantic, Kamp Galeb offers you

the perfect escape from your

monotonous life.

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PLANNING THE PERFECT CHARTER

Sailing in Europe.

What constitutes the perfect European sailing trip varies from person to person and

of course, depends upon many factors such as sailing experience, qualifications, and

expectations.

If you hanker for the ocean, a skippered sailing vacation on board a yacht is a practicable

option to discover specific parts of Europe such as Croatia and Turkey. Various organised

boat charter organisations exist, catering to specific requirements such as age and

preferred activities.

A unique, tranquil and relaxing option is to rent a barge boat. Moreover, renting a 50-

foot barge in France requires no formal qualifications or previous experience. After just

a 20 minute course required to familiarise yourself with the barge, you are at the helm

of a beautiful, four cabin, two-wheel floating house enjoying the freedom, fresh air and

scenic French landscapes. Quickly learn to navigate locks and seek out shady spots to

dock and explore the picturesque French towns and villages, stocking up on breakfast

provisions such as croissants and fresh French baguettes and, of course the obligatory

French wine and cheese.

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For an excellent sailing vacation with no maritime experience, opt for a chartered

Mediterranean sailing holiday and take advantage of a local skipper where you are

in safe hands. Choose to relax with your feet hanging off the side of the yacht or gain

some useful sailing tuition. A reputable chartered boat organiser works with you to plan

your itinerary, or you might prefer to allow them to steer the flavour of the trip, to take

you to some of the best locations on the Mediterranean, picturesque towns, hidden

beaches, vibrant nightlife and great stopovers.

The same rules apply to a flotilla sailing trip around the Greek Islands. Sail the beautiful

South Ionian Islands solo, with family or with friends. A flotilla is a group of up to 12

boats all led by an experienced crew who plan exciting destinations, assist whenever

needed, keep a close eye on the weather thus allowing you to be confident and enjoy

the high seas. Flotilla sailing is a great way to meet like-minded, seafaring people, take

part in friendly regattas, and enjoy the social aspect of life on the ocean.

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If the preference is a recreational day trip without the luxury of an on-board skipper,

catering and amenities, there a few exciting options available. For instance, Germany’s

northern Lake District of Mecklenburg has a myriad of natural inland lakes connected

via meandering rivers upon which day sailing is a prevalent method of travelling and

exploring. This peaceful and scenic region fondlyc called the “Land of a Thousand

Lakes” is popular with kayakers due to convenient routes and stop-offs along the way,

including campsites with picnic tables and small cafes.

Also in Germany are the Alster Lakes, located within the heart of the city of Hamburg.

The lakes date back to medieval times and comprise two large lakes, the Außenalster

and the Binnenalstar. Boat rental is very popular, everything from small one-hour cruise

boats with refreshments, chartered catamarans and sailing yachts, to simple pedal

boats, canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. Enjoy the magnificent backdrop of

architecture from the water including Hamburg City Hall, iconic churches, impressive

mansions and fountains, ancient trees and lush green parks. Sailing while the sun drops

over the city horizon provides a fantastic photo opportunity with the city lights reflected

on the lake surface.

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Malta

AZURE ULTRA

Destination Specialists

What sets Azure Ultra apart is the

impeccable service provided by its onboard

staff and crew. They are constantly on their

toes, catering to every whim and fancy of

their guests. This unparalleled hospitality is

at par with any five-star property.

Guests can also indulge in several onboard

recreational activities and water sports.

The experienced professionals at Azure

Ultra offer suggestions on how to plan

your itinerary, including secluded beaches,

sea caves and other hidden treasures of

the Maltese archipelago. The destination

specialists also curate special packages

to other coastal gems in the central

Mediterranean region, including Sicily and

the Amalfi Coast.

Pontoon B, Grand Harbour Marina, Vittoriosa, BRG 1721, Malta ♦

Tel +356 2778 2500 ♦ azureultra.com

Malta gives you the perfect amalgamation of a pristine coastline, lip-smacking food, and

rich heritage. To make your Maltese rendezvous one of a kind, make sure you indulge

in a luxury yacht experience by Azure Ultra.

Azure Ultra offers luxury yachting getaways in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The

best part is that they have both fractional ownership and private charter opportunities. This

makes the premium experience more affordable for many guests. The team of experts can also

design tailor-made packages for weddings, anniversaries, corporate events, team outings etc.

A luxury yacht holiday is on the bucket list of many and Azure Ultra is transforming that

dream into reality. Every corner of Azure Ultra’s premium yachts exudes luxury, making

your holiday a unique and memorable one. It lends a new perspective to your Maltese

experience. No wonder the company’s official slogan states “Beyond Ordinary”.

Guests can choose from a fleet of premium motor yachts belonging to the elegant

Sunseeker range, a favorite of many Hollywood A-listers. The company also owns a variety

of sports yachts, leaving guests spoilt for choice. All yachts feature fully-equipped bars,

spacious VIP cabins, overhead flybridges, salons and much more. In order to enhance

your experience, the company has introduced fully-accredited captains on all yachts. The

highlight of these boats is a hydraulic bathing platform where guests can soak in the

sunshine, while admiring the sea.

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France

ILE OU AILE

CATAMARAN

Sailing Company

France ♦ Tel +33 6 62 53 60 62 ♦ ileouailecatamaran.com

Whether you’d like to take a boat tour around the famous Fort Boyard from Oleron

Island or spend a peaceful evening by the Aix Island, Ile ou Aile Catamaran has a

personalized programme for you all. The sailing company specializes in delivering memorable

experiences for its guests. In their own words, they are the ultimate cruising specialists at Fort

Boyard on the island of Oleron from Boyardville.

The company was established over 13 years ago with the objective of helping its guests discover

their passion for sailing. The services are made available for interested guests with reduced

mobility and almost everyone can enjoy it! Those who sign up for the services will receive the

opportunity to enjoy the advantages of the navigation on the catamaran while travelling calmly

and in complete safety with the young sailors.

The catamaran features a surface of 100 m2

which gives the guests the charm of sailing,

flat on the water, without any lodging. For

more thrills, the more intrepid can jump onto

the vast net located at the front of the boat.

The famous Fort Boyard – which seems to

be accessible only by sea is accessible via

the catamaran! Thanks to its weak draft,

Aile is the ideal boat to approach the

mythical monument and go around in the

best conditions. Imagine a stroll in the sea

cradled by the sound of the waves. This is

the moment of great relaxation that guests

experience with the sailing company. Enjoy

the rich tranquil nature and succumb to the

charm of sailing with your loved ones.

As far as Fort Boyard is concerned, the

crossing lasts for over an hour. A drink is

also offered during the crossing. In case

you plan on bringing your children along

with you, they will be invited to participate

in the maneuvers. The programme is

designed in a specific manner, so that the

guests receive the opportunity to make

the most of their voyage en-route to

Boyardville.

Ile ou Aile Catamaran provides you the

escape you need to get away from the

daily hustle and bustle of the city life and

takes you to magical lands where you can

relax and rejuvenate before returning back.

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Portugal

ALGAREXPERIENCE

Sailing Company

Várzea da Orada, 707-H, 8200-394 Albufeira, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 289 591 153 ♦

algarexperience.com

Portugal is famous for its outdoor

activities for the intrepid traveller.

And within this category, water-based

holiday experiences are rather popular.

AlgarExperience, a sailing company

that has been operative since 2006 is a

pioneer in sea and nautical activities.

Discover The Seas

A few of the experiences offered by

AlgarExperience are:

1. Caves & Coastline

During the three hours of this adventure,

cruising along the coastline between

Albufeira Marina and the Benagil Cave,

guests visit the emblematic rock formations

and sea caves famous for their unique

features. During the tour, guests can also

stop for a refreshing swim in the sea!

3. Beach BBQ

AlgarExperience’s Beach BBQ is an

adventurous and romantic activity lasting

six and a half hours! From Albufeira Marina,

the experience involves cruising along the

coastline and visiting the sea caves in the

region, before disembarking on a secluded

beach for a barbecue prepared by the crew

of AlgarExperience.

They even organize sunset BBQ,

parasailing, fishing and other corporate and

private events based on your preferences!

Within a little more than a decade, the

company has grown from being a oneboat

operator to a huge enterprise that

offers a variety of aquatic and nautical

experiences focusing on providing

high quality service and customer

satisfaction.

Today, with the primary objective of

sharing the secrets of the natural beauty

of the magnificent coastline of Algarve,

AlgarExperience offers a wide range of

activities. AlgarExperience is not just

known for its wide variety of offerings,

but it is also known for complying with all

legal requirements for maritime tourism

and is registered with the Portuguese

Tourist Board.

2. Dolphin & Caves Catamaran

Tour

This very popular option amongst the

patrons of AlgarExperience is a two-hour

activity that combines two unforgettable

experiences on the Algarve coastline: the

observation of dolphins and a visit to the

most stunning sea caves and other rock

formations in the region.

If you would like to spend a different day

with family or friends and you are looking

for something more exciting and fun, do

try out the various water sports, such as

parasailing, water ski, and wakeboarding.

AlgarExperience offers a wide range of

activities in the field of recreational and

adventure tourism for all!

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Italy

BERTOLDI BOATS

Boat Tour

Lungolago Armando Diaz, 25019 Sirmione (Brescia) Italy ♦ Tel +39 030 7778527 ♦

bertoldiboats.com

Since 1891 Bertoldi Boats has organized tours, excursions and events on board to give

a different view of Lake Garda and to transform important moments in unforgettable

memories. Our distinguishing features are passion, experience, curiosity and friendliness: we’ve

always been doing our best to provide unique motorboat experiences for all our clients.

The long history of our company led our will to make something new and to innovate ourselves,

in fact we are steadily creating and updating our offers and our boats. In line with these idea,

in 2016 we designed and built the first electric boat on Lake Garda and in 2018 we bought

Virgilio, our luxury boat.

Our service proposal is extremely wide

and unique, as the “dinner on board”

or the “luxury service”. There are many

possible boat experiences in store for you!

Perhaps you’re looking for an original way

to celebrate your stag or hen party, or a

getaway for your birthday or graduation,

or maybe you’ve been dreaming about

a romantic trip to share with your loved

one… we are the right choice!

For all wishes there is a Bertoldi Boats

experience: every important event of your

life deserves to be celebrated properly

and on a Bertoldi Boats motorboat you

can experience a special moment, with

your friends, family or partner. All our boat

trips on the lake allow you to discover the

wonders of nature, safely on board with

expert captains, who can satisfy all your

curiosity.

Find the right itinerary and experience for

you around Lake Garda and remember that

all our tours can be personalized to match

your needs!

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Greece

LUXURY

CATAMARANS

Sailing Company

Greece ♦ Tel +306978018355 ♦ luxurycatamarans.com

A plethora of impeccable catamarans are

available to navigate the Adriatic. From

Croatia, you can sail the historical region

of Dalmatia, starting in the exuberant Split,

the precious city of Dubrovnik, the idyllic

Hvar, the medieval Korcula, the vibrant

Makarska or the gorgeous town of Trogir.

If your idea of sailing beholds treasure

islands and reefs, the daily cruises and

charters around Caribbean waters have all

the ingredients for you to experience the

legends of the sea in a unique concept on

the British Virgin Islands .

If you are looking for the perfect

sailing holiday, Luxury Catamarans

is definitely your match. This Greek

leading catamaran chartering company,

with years of experience carefully

selects the best catamarans and helps

you plan every detail of your dream trip

for a unique experience crafted to suit

your demands.

Luxury Catamarans offers an extensive

fleet of fine, luxury equipped bareboat,

skippered and crewed charters for up

to 12 guests from bespoke locations.

You can set out on the Aegean from

the Greek capital of Athens or from

the Cyclades, starting in the famous

Mykonos, the picturesque Santorini,

or Paros, the imperative island to visit

for adventure sports lovers. If instead,

you are on the west coast of Greece,

you will find plenty of charters to

navigate from the beautiful islands of

Corfu and Lefkada in the Ionian sea.

Shorter cruises to escape the hustle of

Santorini, Mykonos or Crete are also

arranged. Choose from a day cruise, a

sunset cruise or a full-day one, private

or semi-private.

In case you are looking to celebrate a

special occasion, Luxury Catamarans will

be delighted to assist you in designing

the tiniest of details. A team of dedicated

staff and crew will cater to your every need

throughout the whole process.

Swim in crystal waters, admire astonishing

landscapes, enjoy beautiful sunsets with

a glass of wine, savour lavish fresh meals

or relax on board with five-star comfort

facilities that

will make you feel at home. Whatever your

paradigm of a sailing holiday, rest assured,

Luxury Catamarans will deliver standards

and quality beyond your expectations to

create an unforgettable memory.

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THE ONE TO WATCH | ARMENIA

2018 saw the number of tourists visiting Armenia increase further, year on year, with

figures believed to be in excess of 1,600,000. This was a 10.5% growth on 2017,

with the large share of visitors arriving from Russia, Georgia and Iran, each of the regions

actually having large Armenian communities.

There are a number of reasons for the increase in visitors to Armenia, a key one being the

aviation changes in 2013 which resulted in a substantial reduction in flight costs, and in

line with the airline changes, there has been an increase in holiday accommodation with

new hotels and other short term options being offered.

The road infrastructure is continually being enhanced and developed, to make access to

Armenia’s tourist attractions more accessible. There are many interesting attractions in

Armenia, below are a few of Armenia’s highlights:

1. Geghard, a medieval monastery dating back to the 4th century, listed as a UNESCO

World Heritage site, located in the Kotayk province, and partially carved into the

mountain and surrounded by cliffs.

Visa restrictions has also ensured travel to Armenia has become less arduous with many

countries having visas scrapped, including the EU, USA, Iran, Japan, UAE and several

other countries, with the purpose to improve Armenia’s tourism industry.

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2. In the centre of Yerevan, the capital of

Armenia is the central town square,

Republic Square, although until 1990

was known as Lenin Square. With a

central roundabout, and surrounded by

five major buildings, the square also has

musical fountains and a pool.

3. Zvartnots Cathedral, translated to

“celestial angels cathedral” built in

the years 643 – 652, this 7th century

Cathedral is located on the outskirts of

Vagharshapat, but now, unfortunately is

in ruins.

4. Enjoy one of the world’s longest cable

car journeys and see breath-taking

scenery and landscapes travelling

through the Vorotan canyon where

some of the oldest and historic

monasteries can be found.

Travelling around Armenia has improved

in recent years, with the ever-developing

road infrastructure, although not all

roads are in the best condition. With the

option to hire a car, use the local buses

or share a taxi (marshrutkas), the travel

costs are inexpensive and allow you to

travel throughout Armenia and enjoy the

wonderful landscape and historic locations.

Armenia may not be many peoples first

choice when considering a new destination

to explore, but without a doubt, there

is more than enough on offer to see why

popularity in Armenia has continued to

grow in recent years.

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Armenia

HOSTELANDTOURS

LLC

Private Tour Company

7/11 Khanjyan 7 Street, Yerevan, Armenia ♦ Tel +374 55 0980 39 ♦ hostelandtours.com

HOSTELANDTOURS LLC believes that quality service begins with the smallest of details

and thus, works towards making your vacation experience as memorable as possible.

Offering a multitude of packages to choose from, the tour company acknowledges that it is

essential to make memories. The company further recognizes that while they are new in the

Armenian travel industry, they feel that their team of highly-trained professionals have done

their best to ensure top-quality service and promoting Armenia tourism with a touch of Filipino

hospitality.

In order to ensure that the guests are having a quality time, the company provides them with

high-quality transport, including cars, buses, and even mini-buses. Moreover, they guarantee

to send the most experienced of drivers, who are both great on the road and enthusiastic

about what they do, providing you with a safe trip. In order to ensure the traveller’s maximum

convenience, the company also offers transfers to/from the airport on demand.

If you have any special preferences, you

can simply let them know. Following which,

they make it a point to ensure that you

get to enjoy every single minute of your

time spent with them. The routes are also

tailored based on the requirements of the

guests.

The company consists of a separate

customer service department, which is

always ready to answer any queries that you

might have. They take the responsibility to

assist you with your concerns at any time of

the day. The customer service department

is capable of communicating in the

following languages: Tagalog, Armenian,

English, Russian, French, and Arabic.

If you choose to travel with this travel

company then you open yourself to the

possibility of traveling with experienced,

multi-lingual drivers, and guides. Guests

need not worry about anything else as the

company is actively partnering with several

reputable companies to meet the quality

standards.

They recognize that there are no two groups

of travellers with the same preferences and

thus, make sure that they offer a multitude

of packages to their guests. Therefore, it

doesn’t matter if you’re traveling solo or in

a group, there is something for everyone

in store.

The company also offers private tours so

that you can have an exclusive experience

with your close ones. Whatever may be

your requirement, HOSTELANDTOURS

has something for everyone.

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GREECE

Image by: Orlando Brooke

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CRETE, THE ISLAND THAT OFFERS IT ALL

Crete has always been a

beautiful destination for

sun worshipers, food lovers,

history, culture, relaxation,

friendly locals, stunning

landscapes, architecture and

entertainment.

With so many activities on offer,

an excellent way to learn about

what Crete has to offer is by

taking a tour to visit exciting

landmarks including the

labyrinth situated at the palace

of King Minos in Knossos

and a visit to Heraklion’s

Archaeological Museum is

necessary to realise the richness

of the Minoan heritage.

Apart from Greek legends and

stunning coastline, Crete lends

history and wisdom to wellness

and spa therapies using locally

sourced organic ingredients

and skills handed down through

centuries.

For culture lovers, visit upcoming trendy districts such

as Lakkos in Heraklion, a recently renovated and revived

area full of art and culture, join in the celebration of the

area’s colourful history.

Crete has always been a gastronomical delight, using

fresh, seasonal ingredients and herbs and, of course,

copious amounts of olive oil. Meat and cheeses from

nearby farms are typical, as is seafood cooked using the

simple method of a sprinkle of sea salt and extra virgin

olive oil. Enjoy the rich Cretan traditions and culture

evidenced through the food and live music.

When dining at local tavernas,

expect a warm welcome from

the hosts and complimentary

raki, the potent liquor created

from the by-product of

winemaking, often flavoured

with honey and spices.

Whatever your ideal holiday

activity, you will discover it in

Crete. In fact, if you are looking

for an unforgettable holiday

destination Crete will steal your

heart.

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HISTORY & CULTURE

Crete is a perfect destination for those wishing to discover history and culture.

Witnessing everything that has survived from the Minoan period gives us an idea

of the culture that flourished in Crete, much of which remains today.

The main architectural settlements to visit are the palaces at Knossos, Phaistos, Malia

and Zakros. The extraordinary labyrinth palace of Knossos, the legendary home of the

Minotaur, emits a strong sense of Minoan mythology and a connection to the mythical

history of the Greek heroes. Whilst known as palaces, the complex structures appeared to

have been centres of local administration or religious gathering areas.

Mount Juktas, located close

to the wonderful ancient

village of Archanes, famous

for its outline resembling that

of a profile of a man, said

to be Zeus. The mountain

has a significant religious

importance in history as the

location of the Anemospilia

temple, and peak sanctuary

for Minoans where sacred

religious ceremonies and

rituals were carried out.

The ancient cemetery of Fourni was a necropolis in Minoan times, while not open to

the public, the guard will allow partial viewings. It is particularly interesting due to the

discoveries including the sarcophagus of a Minoan queen containing over 140 pieces

of jewellery. These interesting treasures from the cemetery and other artefacts from

the Minoan civilization including ceramics, beautiful paintings and frescoes, sculptures

dedicated to the gods and kings of the time, may be viewed at the Archaeological

Museum in Heraklion.

The excavations and research of art and culture of Crete during the Minoan civilisation

provides evidence of the beginnings of Crete society and how it has evolved and shaped

the rich and interesting society today.

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Greece

VENEZIANO

BOUTIQUE

HOTEL

Design Hotel

The hotel features four spacious, superiordeluxe

rooms and two double-floored

family apartments for accommodation

purposes. The apartments are connected

to the couryard which, besides oozing

the luscious green nature, also packs a

Cafe and a Wine bar. For some relaxing

massages, you can head to the Spa in the

basement. In addition to all of this, you get

to experience endless in-room amenities

which will make your stay even more

comfortable.

The ornately designed structures of the

building make it pop out among the rest

and make it very pleasing on the eye. The

combination of Venetian and Ottoman

elements is done in a manner that will

charm you and captivate your attention.

N Kazantzaki 1, Iraklio 712 02, Greece ♦ Tel +30 281 034 4758 ♦ veneziano.gr

A

historic landmark architectural

structure, right at the heart of

Heraklion, Veneziano Boutique Hotel

provides you the finest hospitality in

the city. Known to be one of the most

elegant buildings in the city, it proudly

boasts of an interior courtyard that is

filled with sunshine and a lot of green

plants.

The hotel can never simply be spoken

about without mentioning its extremely

royal architectural elements. It will

remind you of the Ottoman era, from

which this structure has been inspired.

Endless nations and cultures that

might have been passed from Crete

are represented in the most vivid ways

through the exteriors of Veneziano

Boutique Hotel.

The history of this building began during

the period of the Venetian occupation

around 1510. The Aga of Heraklion once

used to reside in the main building of

this hotel. He made use of the beautiful

courtyard in the form of a stable. The

first floor was the Aga’s space where his

wives used to reside.

The hotel served as the meeting place of

the nobles back then but even today, you

can enjoy the same luxury and grandeur

in the hotel with its spacious rooms and

splendid services. The hotel even books

tours and travel packages for you on

request. This is your chance to discover the

history of Heraklion and live in it like never

before.

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AMAZING BEACHES & BUSTLING CITIES

Crete has some of the world’s most stunning beaches many of which

fall under European law protection. East of the island is Vai Beach,

famous due to its palm forest, clear waters and sandy beach. Further north

is Seitan Limania Beach. It is a hike to reach this small beach due to the

rocky location, but worth it due to the deep water, and the opportunity

to dive in from the rocks. Agios Nikolaos has stunning beaches located

in the heart of the city and therefore easily accessible, perfect for families

since local tavernas are nearby and facilities for showering and toilets. Also

situated near the town of Heraklion is Psaromoura Beach in Agia Pelagia, a

beautiful beach with clear shallow waters perfect for snorkelling.

From beaches to cities,

experience an authentic taste

of Crete with a visit to one

of its most attractive towns.

Chania offers a kaleidoscope

of various features including

ancient ruins, local culture,

and delectable local food.

We recommend you explore

the narrow and winding

streets and experience

the artisan shops, visit the

100-year-old market, eat

mezedes and drink raki with

the locals.

Visit the romantic city of Rethymnon on the north coast, the third largest town in Crete. This vibrant and colourful

city, conquered many times over the centuries by pirates, Venetians and Byzantines, with evidence of various cultural

influences on display from grand Venetian mansions to catholic and orthodox churches, mosques, arches and cobbled

streets.

Journey south of the island to find the Red Beach, close to Matala.

The unique feature of this beach is that nudism is acceptable and very

common, as well as to swim out to explore the caves within the sea. The

sand at Elafonissi Beach is a beautiful shade of coral, and the waters are

clear and shallow. One can opt to stay close to civilisation and amenities

or walk further along the beach to find seclusion and quiet.

Sample traditional local snacks such

as koulouri, sip the strong thick Greek

coffee, sweet Cretan pastries, and try the

local cheese and olives on offer at many

of the tavernas

The capital of Crete and its biggest city,

the vibrant Heraklion is sure to impress

with its fortified walls providing fantastic

views of the town and birthplace of one

of the world’s most famous authors Nikos

Kazantzakis, son of Crete and author

of Zorba. Stay a few nights to benefit

everything Heraklion has to offer from

shopping, restaurants and nightclubs

to walks along the old fishing harbour

and waterfront. Heraklion is vibrant and

trendy, whilst remaining rich in culture

and history.

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Greece

SMARAGDI

BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Boutique Hotel

Eleytheriou Venizelou 41, Rethymno 741 00, Greece ♦ Tel +2831 042505 ♦

smaragdi-boutique-hotel.business.site

Situated in the heart of Rethymno, Smaragdi Boutique Hotel is truly mesmerizing. Guests

from all over the world are attracted to this hotel in Rethymno due to its beautiful Venetian-

Turkish architecture. This charming little hotel has been built in a 300-year-old building which

makes it a must-visit spot for history lovers.

Each of the rooms feature unique, modern touches both on the interiors as well as the exteriors.

The rooms come with basic entertainment amenities such as flat-screen, smart televisions with

satellite channels. You can enjoy the sunny environment by their windows, which also give you

views of the Ammos Sea.

The hotel also makes

arrangement for a Bridal Suite,

if need be. You can even feast

on a wide variety of food

options here. Further, special

items can be curated as per the

requirements of the guests

The location is a 5-minute

walk away from the Venetian

Harbour. The Municipal

Garden, which is among the

most-visited destinations in the

whole of Greece, is a 5-minute

walk away from the hotel.

Other basic facilities include

an option of in-room breakfast

service, an outdoor dining

arrangement and a special

snack bar which is stacked with

a fresh spread of bakery items

among others. You even have

access to a shared kitchen that

you can use at any given time

of the day. Leisure activities

that you can avail at the hotel

include fishing, horseback

riding and hiking. Enjoy a

relaxing time off from your daily

mundane life and escape into

the world of royal treatment

with Smaragdi Boutique Hotel.

You can enjoy a relaxing

ride through the city as a

bicycle rental service is readily

available at the hotel. The hotel

also provides you with facilities

such as an airport transfer, a

shuttle service as well as a car

rental service. For those who

enjoy reading by their room’s

sunny patio, the hotel has a

library which is well-stocked

with classics!

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MODERN LUXURY

Crete boasts many five star highly rated resorts on the beach, many of which are very

close to the capital city of Heraklion and a short drive from the airport in locations

including, Chania, Sissi and Rethymnon.

All inclusive, modern and luxurious resorts are becoming a popular option to make the

most of the stunning holiday destination. Depending on what vibe is required, that perfect

resort that ticks all the boxes exists in Crete, whether it’s spa facilities, beachfront dining,

direct access to stunning private beaches, spacious rooms with private terraces, sea views

and private infinity pools.

Image by: Sonnie Hiles

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VEDERI ESTATE

Luxury Villas

Vederi, Rethymno 741 00, Greece ♦ Tel +30 697 723 6533 ♦ vederi.gr

Crete, the largest island in Greece,

is an attractive tourist spot for all

the right reasons. If you want to explore

the beauty of this island, you must

choose Vederi Estate as your place of

stay.

Set amidst a picturesque olive grove

and lush green hills enveloped by

cypresses and oaks, Vederi Estate is

a complex of four luxury villas. The

split-level villas feature traditional

Cretan architecture. Three of the villas,

Alkioni, Kalypso and Kyveli have three

bedrooms and two bathrooms each.

One of these washrooms has a hydromassage

shower too! All the villas

come with their own private pool,

garden, balcony, and parking space.

The balconies offer mesmerizing views

of the surrounding natural environment.

A modern kitchen equipped with

toaster, microwave, oven, coffee

maker and other paraphernalia is also

available in each villa so that you can

cook your own meals if you wish to. A

BBQ can also be arranged on request

for al fresco meals.

What is also worth

mentioning is the

amicability of the host,

George, and his team.

They provide a fantastic

welcome pack to all

guests. It is of great help,

especially when you arrive

after a long journey. The

host and the staff do

everything to ensure that

you have a comfortable

stay.

The biggest villa, named

Melpomeni, is the most

luxurious one. This lavish

villa, spread across

three levels, features

five ensuite Jacuzzi

bedrooms. It also has

a big swimming pool

along with a children’s

pool. State of the art

facilities such as a private

gym, movie theatre, and

meditation space are

also available for your

indulgence.

Vederi Estate, a multiple awardwinning

property, is a fine example

of the signature hospitality, tradition,

and heritage of rural Crete. Its scenic

location gives you an excellent

opportunity to experience the thrill of

living amidst nature. Imagine waking

up to the charming sound of cicadas

and sheep bells, and strolling around

beautiful orchards! Staying here is

the best way to get a glimpse of the

Cretan way of life.

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SANTORINI | THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF THE GREEK ISLES

There are many reasons why the small

Greek island of Santorini is so popular

as a holiday destination, with its stunning

turquoise waters and picturesque villages,

great activities including wine-tasting, trying

authentic Greek cuisine regular boat excursions

due to its ideal location for island hopping.

Santorini has less “resort” atmosphere

therefore you will not see many Brits behaving

badly here. Perhaps the luxury and high cost

attracts a more serious and discerning type

of traveller or a destination for small families

who wish to take advantage of the stunning

landscape and spectacular water activities

such as snorkelling and sailing.

The island certainly has some of the most

exceptionally luxurious accommodation and

hence it is a draw for celebrities. Santorini has

been a fashionable Greek island for celebrities

since the 1960s.

Fira is the capital of Santorini and has a

lively vibe and great shopping, restaurants

and night clubs. For relaxing, Firostefani is

secluded but not too remote. Oia is the most

well-known town, it has a traditional relaxed

and very romantic setting except for late

afternoon when the sun starts to set. The

sunsets in Oia are world famous and a draw

for nearly everyone on the island. Crowds

congregate everywhere vying for the best

spot, although that would be the castle of

Agios Nikolaos. However, any rooftop will

suffice in order to gaze upon, appreciate and

photograph this spectacular vision of the sun

setting during that magical hour when the

whitewashed Oia village becomes bathed

in a golden glow. There is even applause at

the final second when the event comes to an

emotional ending!

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Santorini is an active volcanic island,

and the most popular (and expensive)

accommodation has the views of the

legendary “Caldera”, the lagoon created

thousands of years previously when the

center of the island collapsed into the sea.

The lagoon is the most photographed and

magnetic draw for visitors to Greece.

The beaches around the island are

incredibly diverse, and have either red or

white sand while one beach, Parissa, is well

known for its black sand. Another beach

with a difference is Black Rock Beach, with

its tiny black pebbles. Due to its volcanic

history the sand on the beaches of Santorini

tends to be course and it is advisable to

wear beach shoes when walking.

Many people hire a car or moped to take

tours around the island and a particularly

unique type of tour has to be one of the

boat tours, that takes visitors around

the island, lunch on the boat and an

opportunity to swim in one of the hot water

spots created by the volcano.

Even during the winter months, although too cold to swim the Island can be appreciated

for its stunning natural beauty, architectural interests and that traditional Greek hospitality

and cuisine. For wine connoisseurs, Santorini has some of Greece’s top wine producers,

for example, Argyros wines have been growing grapes since the 1800s and, with unique

pruning methods, the same wines are produced from this volcanic earth that were

originally produced solely for the local Catholic sacramental wine.

The area is expensive, especially as

demand for the exclusive views of

the Caldera and the celebrity draw,

however, cheaper options exist and

are equally luxurious, close to the

main beaches and shopping. Areas

such as Perissa, Kamari and Perivolos.

Visiting from May to October is the

busiest season, with all the attractions

open and a great vibe all over the

island. August is the busiest month

with the island at over capacity.

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VILLA ARLENE

BOUTIQUE

Elegant Hotel

Messaria, Thira 847 00, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2286 031263 ♦ arlene-villa-santorini.com

A delicious traditional breakfast is served

every morning which is sure to get your

tastebuds excited.

The best part about this mesmerizing place

is its outdoor swimming pool and sun

terrace in the vicinity of Santo Winery. The

pool itself is surrounded by several colorful

flowers, creating an absolutely stunning

sight. The area around the pool is dotted

with sun beds and umbrellas.

You can also enjoy a stroll around the pretty

garden. Every corner of Villa Arlene reeks

of a hypnotizing charm. The warm and

hospitable hosts do everything in their

capacity to ensure a comfortable stay for

everyone.

Are you looking to spend some quiet time in a countryside environment? Do the exquisite

islands of Santorini beckon you? How about witnessing the vast blue expanse of the

Aegean Sea with your own eyes? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then Villa Arlene

Boutique in Greece is where you should be headed to.

Located at the center of Santorini, in a small village called Messaria, Villa Arlene is a family run

hotel. This traditional Cycladic-style property consists of 19 guestrooms which are well furnished

to guarantee a comfortable stay. Signature whitewashed walls further enhance their beauty.

Each room opens to its own private patio where you can enjoy surreal views of the sea and the

swimming pool. Other facilities include a writing desk, mini-fridge, a rain shower and a bathtub.

If you are planning the ultimate

Mediterranean holiday, Villa Arlene

Boutique has to be a part of it. Comfortable

rooms, serene pool, and a picture-perfect

garden give you the chance to relax and

unwind. This place is best suited for

couples and families looking to get away

from the cacophony of daily life.

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SANTORINI FIVE TOP TIPS

Traditions are everything to Greek people, and Santorini is no exception, the island

is full of life, laughter, and magical moments. It is an incredibly popular destination.

2. Explore.

The ancient Thera Ruins are located 360 metres above sea level, and the hike is quite

arduous but incredibly worth the hard work as the ruins are vast and provide a unique

insight into how Santorini might once have looked thousands of years ago.

Break away from the bustling tourist vibe of Oia and visit the quieter side of Santorini.

The charming secluded village of Pyrgos is where traditional Greek life still exists

along with whitewashed village houses, impressive architecture and churches from the

Byzantine era. Visit the art galleries and artisan shops. Pyrgos has some of the most

stunning views on the island, and the climb to the castle fortress is definitely worth it to

take in the panoramic sea views.

1. Beaches and Water.

Take a boat tour to visit the volcanic hot spring, or visit one of the lesser-known beaches

such as Vlychada Beach, with its black sand and impressive cliff formations.

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3. Eat and drink.

Eat at cave style tavernas offering delicious

Greek dishes including fava, a bowl of Santorini

beans blended with herbs to make a perfect

appetiser, or tomato keftedes, fried tomato

meatballs. Local staples such as vibrant Greek

salads with feta and locally grown tomatoes,

moussaka, roasted lamb, and kofta are readily

available. Wash down with the famous local

wines, unique in flavour due to the ancient

vines that are grown in the volcanic soil. Close

to Pyrgos are many of the vineyards such as

Hatzidakis Haridimos, where wine tasting is

essential to appreciate the unique flavours of

the wines grown in this region.

5. When to visit.

July and August are two extremely overpopulated months with prices at their highest.

During these months it is almost impossible to appreciate the island’s beauty, and

Greek hospitality will be scarce. It is recommended instead to visit during April and May

and maybe early June, late September early October. These are the months when there

are marginally fewer visitors to the island; therefore, quieter beaches and more bargains

to be had. Winter is a recommended season to visit, though many of the activities are

closed, the beauty of the island is easy to appreciate.

4. Travel.

The village of Thera has the advantage of

the island’s largest bus station and is a great

way to explore the island. If you are feeling

adventurous, quad bikes are reasonably cheap

to hire by the day and provide an advantageous

method to traverse the island and reach those

steep hard to reach areas.

If you visit Santorini during early October 2019,

you will witness professional and amateur athletes

from all over the world competing for the fifth year

of the “Santorini Experience” a sporting event of

running and swimming. Three routes overlook the

Caldera and pass by the whitewashed villages of

Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli. Races include the 5

km, 10 km and 15 km depending upon experience

and level of endurance, all designed by Greek

marathon expert and record holder Nikos Polias.

The swimming element of the event is a 2.4 km race

from the Caldera to the historic port of Fira in open

water and again is under the watchful eye of race

organiser Nikos Gemelos the Olympic and World

Champion marathon swimmer.

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AMBITION SUITES

Luxury Suites

Near Saint George, Oía 847 02, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2286 072220 ♦ ambitionsuites.com

The greatest feature about these line of

suites is the intimate privacy that they

offer. Staff at Ambition Suites are especially

careful about the privacy that their guests

desire. Each of the suites feature some

fantastic artistic architecture. Giving you

the inherent sense of Oia, each suite packs

cave-styled exteriors. Meanwhile, the

interiors are planned to emit peace with

their mosaic tiles and posh, cushioned

seating areas. Let’s not forget the access

you will get to your private, furnished

terrace with an on-request barbeque

facility.

Located in the coastal town of Oia,

Ambition Suites offers the best

starting point for you to explore the

Cyclades island of Santorini. The most

beautiful highlight of this property are

its luxurious suites. Guests find their stay

at this quietly tucked-away hotel as the

most comfortable one. Luxurious facilities

paired with their hotel staff’s splendid

services ensure a relaxing and rejuvenating

stay for you.

All the suites are located on the edge of

the cliff from where you can get some

awe-inspiring views of the vast Caldera,

filled with sparkling blue water against the

everlasting horizon of Oia. You can enjoy

Oia’s beautiful sunsets from the comfort

of your own private deck! It’s a once in a

lifetime experience that every visitor must

get!

Heighten your senses with the five-star

affair such as private access to an outdoor

hot tub. Imagine having your favourite

wine alongside your loved one in the hot

tub, while you watch the spectacular sun

of Oia set in its full glory. Staff at Ambition

Suites ensure that the hot tub is wellmaintained

too.

Each guest is provided with their very own

host, who will ensure that no trouble comes

their way. The host is extremely empathetic

to the guests’ special needs and is readily

available at any given time of the day.

Ambition Suites ensures a complete

luxurious stay during your visit to Oia.

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PERIVOLAS

LIFESTYLE

HOUSES

Traditional Resort

Perivolas, Oia 847 02, Santorini, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2286 071308 ♦ perivolas.gr

If all of that might not seem

enough, then each of the cave

houses have a personal touch

and also a private terrace that

give a sea view that it ever so

scintillating.

A complete disconnect from

what the world has in store,

this place is devoid of TVs and

DVDs for it is supposed to be a

place where you can recharge,

and live like you would have in

the olden times.

Talk about travelling to

Greece and you wouldn’t

want to miss out on all that this

traditional resort, the Perivolas

Lifestyle Houses, has to offer.

Play hide and seek with the

Aegean at this cliff top resort with

the infinite view of the horizon

that is built for an escape from

the hustle and bustle of daily life.

You can linger around all day in

their infinity pool, watching one

of the most beautiful sunsets as

the blue sky turns into a spectrum

of colours.

It is hard to miss the craftsmanship

that has gone into building the

resort. What looks like a perfect

blend of local materials and

Cycladic style, it’s equally organic

in form and is as comfortable as

it gets. Showcasing old-school

living, the beds have alcoves,

rooms have handpicked flowers,

and the whitewashed walls have

picture-perfect archways.

The dining offers are as varied as they

can be and while mornings feature a

scrumptious buffet, the nights could offer

you a little romantic getway. Services you

can enjoy include the swimming pool, and

a fitness gym. For a bibliophile, this could

be one of the best resorts out there for it

also offers a small but cosy library.

You can take to some trekking or go for a

walk in the numerous vineyards around.

You could even head to the lake and have a

peaceful evening next to the serene waters

of the lake. The Perivolas Lifestyle Houses

will let you unwind, and at the same time

offer luxury in its purest of forms.

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Mykonos | Greece

How to Get in

• Plane

• Ferry

One of the most famous islands in the

world, Mykonos is a travellers dream.

Get Around

• Bus

• Taxi

• Ferry

• Bicycle

• Self-Drive

Attractions & Sights

• Little Venice

• Folklore Museum

• Petros the Pelican

Things to do

• Visit Delos

• Shop at the Boutiques

• Try the Gyros

Find out more – https://

mykonos.gr/en/

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LA MAISON

BLANCHE MYKONOS

Unique Villa

Agios Stefanos, Mikonos 846 00, Greece ♦ Tel +30 694 538 5404 ♦ lmbmykonos.com

Greece has enthralled

travellers from time

immemorial. The idyllic

climate, a rich historical legacy

and the unique cuisine makes

Greece an ideal destination

for travellers of all age groups

seeking relaxing and enriching

vacations. And whilst here,

La Maison Blanche Mykonos

offers the best possible

opportunities to enjoy a great

holiday.

Perched on the rocks, these

villas are not only protected

from any kind of weather, but

also have the advantage of

being as private and secluded

as you can imagine a private

vacation spot to be. Having

said that, the architecture in

no way hampers the gorgeous

views of Mykonos Town (which

is only a 5-minute drive from

the villas), the breathtaking

sunrise and sunset on the

Aegean Sea as well as the

Cyclades Islands nearby.

You can either take in the sea from the

large windows and private terraces or

simply make the 700 meter dash to the

Agios Stefanos sandy beach. The interior

design and layout of the villas and suites

is in perfect harmony with the prevailing

minimal architecture of Mykonos – featuring

white washed walls, built-in large beds and

en-suite bathrooms.

Crisp whites, warm beige, tranquil

turquoise and royal azure and blue hues

seem to bring the sea and the calm inside

the rooms. Each Villa can accommodate up

to six guests and consists of two bedrooms,

two bathrooms, a spacious living room

and a fully equipped modern kitchen.

Each Junior Suite can accommodate up

to 2 guests and consists of one bedroom

and one bathroom. The Executive Deluxe

Suite has its own private terraces and

can accommodate four guests. This suite

comprises a bedroom with a queen size,

one bathroom and an open plan kitchen

and living room, featuring a quality, double

sofa bed.

Speaking of food, the kitchen is fully

stocked with the basic items to get you

started or to satiate midnight food or midnoon

coffee cravings. The grill, refrigerator,

cooker, toaster and kettle etc. allow you to

have a mini party within your room at your

convenience and whim.

Whether you wish to discover Mykonos or

want to just have a secluded vacation, La

Maison Blanche Mykonos is the place you

should choose for the ultimate vacation

experience in South Aegean.

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KARPATHOS | HIDDEN GEM

The second largest of the Dodecanese and a very special island. This narrow strip

of beauty is only 49km long with a width of 3.3km in places, giving it a low key

vibe with a rugged backdrop of pine forests and jagged peaks. Karpathos is a sanctuary

for those seeking peace and quiet, with a quaint village atmosphere and draw dropping

views across the Aegean See.

A climb to the ancient village of

Olympos, only recently accessible

by car, situated 7 kilometres high

up in the mountains to experience

literally a living museum where

time has stood still for over 100

years. The women still wear the

traditional clothing and speak in the

old dialect, where the legendary

Greek hospitality still exists, food

and crafts are produced using

time honoured methods and, most

importantly, the area is unspoilt by

tourism.

The beaches are certainly hidden gems,

some are only accessible by boat,

ensuring pristine sand and crystalline

waters perfect for snorkelling and also

surfing is a very popular sport here.

Diafani is the town located on the north

of the island and boasts the second

biggest port. The town lacks that tourist

resort atmosphere often found on the

Greek islands, but there are a number of

café bars to indulge in a thick Greek cup

of coffee and mix with the friendly locals

and take part in the lively conversation

known as kouvenda whilst listening to

live Greek music.

Local cuisine includes homemade

makarounes, a plate of delicious pasta

with caramelised onions, and melitzanes

paoutsakia, stuffed aubergine with

garlic and freshly made tomato sauce.

Fresh bread made in the time honoured

method using the local windmills to

grind the barley.

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ALTHEA

BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Boutique Hotel

Amoopi Karpathos Island, Dodekanisos Greece ♦ Tel +30 22450 81152 ♦

email: info@altheakarpathos.com ♦ altheakarpathos.gr

Althea Boutique Hotel

can be found amidst

the beautiful bay of Amoopi

in Karpathos. As soon as

you enter the hotel, you are

greeted with a pleasant and

spacious reception area.

You can sit back and watch the

endless blue Karpathian Sea

while sitting by their enormous

room decks. Althea Boutique

Hotel offers furnished

apartments for rent along

with hotel accomodations as

well. A large courtyard is also

attached to the hotel space,

which overlooks the deep blue

sea of Karpathos. You can get

your breakfast served by the

courtyard while catching up on

old memories with your loved

ones. The hotel specialises in

rich, homemade breakfast with

geniune Karpathian cuisine.

Althea Boutique Hotel is situated in a prime

location and is only a five-minute drive away

from the hearty town of Karpathos. There

are several other tiny villages of Karpathos

that are easily reachable too. The hotel is

easy to reach as it is situated just seven

kilometres away from the International

Airport of Karpathos.

The reception area further extends into

a sophisticated bar where you can find

a variety of wines and liquors. You can

relax and enjoy the delicious drinks under

the sparkling stars of the dark skies. Not

only are the guests provided with highend

toiletries but they can also make use

of cosmetics that come at no additional

charge. If you’re in an urgent requirement

of a beauty parlour service then the hotel

makes that available too. Services such

as hair-dressing, massage, manicure,

pedicure and so on, can be made available

on request. For guests traveling with

kids, there’s a kids-friendly playground

at disposal to ensure that they are kept

entertained too.

There are a range of adventurous activities

that you can indulge in as well. The list

includes hiking, mountain biking, scuba

diving, and windsurfing to name a few. If

you are the athletic type, then the hotel

can make arrangements for you to rent

bikes through safe routes and experience

Karpathos in a totally different way.

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TOP THREE THINGS TO DO IN ZAKYNTHOS

Zakynthos or Zante as it is also known is probably one of Greece’s most popular and

most visited islands. It is an island of many facets with a great deal to explore and

an abundance of activities on offer from the moment the ferry docks in Agios Nikolaos in

the North of the island. Prepare firstly to be blown away by the beauty particularly in the

North and the West far away from the tourist bars and shops.

Explore, Swim and Discover

For a full Zakynthos experience, it is recommended to take a tour and discover the

best bits about the island, including the famous shipwreck situated on Navagio Beach,

boasting the clearest waters in the world, and the Blue Caves set amongst breathtaking

white cliffs that reflect in the vivid blue ocean. The crystalline waters make this location

perfect for snorkelling, and there are a number of excellent scuba diving schools offering

excursions for the experienced and beginners. A good guided tour will provide some

interesting information about the area including the history, traditions and culture.

Visit the Keri cliffs and lighthouse 300 meters above sea level to witness the most

stunning sunset. The peaceful town of Keri is often referred to as “Turtle Island” due to

its outline resembling the shape of a turtle and it is the location for the National Marine

Park dedicated to protecting the Mediterranean ecosystem. Learn about the efforts to

defend the wildlife in the area, in particular, the Caretta-Caretta, or loggerhead turtles,

and the Monachus-Monachus, the Mediterranean seals.

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AURORA

LUXURY

RETREAT

Luxury Villas

Volimes, 29091, Zakynthos, Greece ♦ Tel +30 6978770759 ♦ aurora-villa.com

Keeping all the basic amenities and its

location aside, the villa is especially known

for its stylish as well as sustainable design.

There’s even a special pool area which is

spacious and absolutely breathtaking as it

overlooks the giant Ionian sea.

The weather remains pleasant all

throughout as this region usually

experiences mild winters and warm

summers coupled with gentle sea breezes.

Public facilities, including transportation,

tour guides, restaurants and markets are

located at a walking distance from the villa.

The extraordinary Aurora Villa can be found nested on the east sloping mountain

of Volimes. The property is built in such a manner that each of the rooms receive an

overarching view of the Northern seas of Volimes and the traditional port of Agios Nikolaos.

Every room at the villa is equipped with smart technology amenities such as tablet docking

stations, printing facilities, and a satellite TV. You can enjoy the mild winter climate of Zakynthos

by relaxing in your exclusive, in-room jacuzzi too. You can even watch the glimmering sunset,

while sitting in your private veranda that overlooks the sea. The rooms feature luxury-lined

bathrooms that include signature amenities such as a bathrobe, slippers, swimming pool

towels, hair dryers and an in-house laundry as well as a dryer.

The visitor enjoys luxury and privacy while

still within walking distance from all the

public facilities.

A large number of small beaches, feeling

like private, are within close proximity to the

property so that every day will be different

from the previous. Even for those looking for

a short getaway, the port of Agios Nikolaos

is ideal for both yacht owners and visitors of

the world-famous Shipwreck, Blue Caves or

the neighbor island of Cephalonia.

Visit Villa Aurora and get ready to

experience everything you have dreamt of.

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Athens | Greece

How to Get in

• Plane

• Ferry

• Bus

• Train

• Drive in

The ancient vibrant capital

of modern Greece.

Get Around

• Metro

• Bus

• Local Taxi

• Bicycle

Attractions & Sights

• The Acropolis

• Ancient Agora

• Parnitha National Park

Things to do

• Visit the beach

• Enjoy Street Food

• Shop at the Monastiraki

Flea Market

Find out more – http://

www.thisisathens.org/

Image by: Arthur Yeti

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18 MICON STR.

Boutique Hotel

Recreated into a boutique hotel from a historic storehouse, 18 Micon Str. is not just a hotel

but your gateway into the history of Athens. Moreover, the hotel is a unique destination

not for its facilities, but also for the location. It is situated right outside Esopou, where

there is a whole different world that you’d want to explore.

Esopou 14, Athina 105 54, Greece ♦ Tel +30 21 0323 5307 ♦ 18miconstr.com

Talk about Greece

and all we can

think about is Athens.

Your accommodation

plays an important role

when you’re traveling,

and 18 Micon Str. is the

place that will satiate this

need of yours to feel at

home while in a different

country. Built with the 3

very basic elements of

construction, namely,

cement, wood and brick,

the place ensures that it

perfectly resonates with

you.

18 Micon Str. is a perfect

mix of modern and chic.

With spacious rooms,

king size beds and good

food, the hotel is a total

winner. All the amenities

are specially curated to

give you a completely

boutique experience.

While 18 Micon Str. ensures

that it embodies its historic

past in its construction, it

has also ensured that luxury

is served just right. An

experience that is nothing

short of a memorable quality

stay, you will find a story

behind everything that’s

been done in here.

After your stay at this

boutique hotel, you will

know a little bit more about

Athens’ rich past, their

hospitality, and of course,

how perfectly the city is a

balance of extra-ordinary

coupled with the ordinary.

While boutique hotels in many parts of the world would give

you luxury, 18 Micon Street. gives you a lot more than that.

At the end of your vacation, your take away from this hotel

will be a feeling of content and delight.

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AEGEON HOTEL

Hotel

Skala Kalloni, Skala Kallonis, 81107, Greece ♦ Tel +30 22530 22398 ♦

Email: info@aegeon-lesvos.gr ♦ aegeon-lesvos.gr

Furthermore, it is vital to highlight that Aegeon Hotel is surrounded by stunning landscapes

such as the endless Gulf of Skala Kalloni, which is well known for a large number of rare

migrating birds. So if you’re a bird and nature enthusiast, you have a lot to look forward to

when you’re visiting our hotel. Every single room comes with huge windows to make sure

that you can get the stunning views of the natural landscape all around.

If it’s a relaxing vacation

you’re looking for, then

Aegeon Hotel is the perfect

place for you.

Aegeon Hotel offers, among

others, a pristine, and clean

accommodation. This, in

combination with the friendly

and hospitable staff makes the

residence an unforgettable

experience. We promise you

that your visit to Greece will be

nothing short of extraordinary

when you stay with us.

Apart from our unique staff,

our hotel also provides you

utmost peace and tranquility.

The atmosphere of the hotel

too is extremely family friendly

so you can have an amazing

vacation with your entire family.

The peace and calm gives you

a chance to relax and recharge

your batteries and feel the

good vibes on the island of

Sappho.

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PANORAMA

SUITES & SPA

Resort

Stomio, Stómion, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2495 091345 ♦ panoramastomio.gr

Panorama Suites and Spa, a lovely and small Greek boutique hotel, situated on the East

Coast of Central Greece, is an award winning accommodation known for offering comfort

and luxury at the same time. Gracefully nestled away at the foot of Kissavos Mountain, merely

50-meters from the turquoise beach of Stomio, the hotel faces the endless blue of the Aegean

Sea.

The grand Halkidiki and Olympus seas also surround the magnificent structure that consists

of exactly seven different types of suites, catering to the needs of guests. The luxurious suites

come with private, heated mini-pools and beautiful gardens with exclusive access. Guests get

the golden opportunity to enjoy the indoor jacuzzi, private saunas, and the incredible views of

Greek landscapes from their glass windows.

This place is ideal for anyone looking for a glamorous retreat to rejuvenate and enjoy

the luxury, quality and well-being in the midst of nature. What’s more? Concierge

service is made available to make your holidays under the Greek sun a carefree, lush

and unforgettable experience. At the resort’s restaurant, ‘Avli,’ which is one of the most

beautiful restaurants in Greece, you will discover the unique flavor of creative Greek

cuisine accompanied by the Aegean vastness.

The lush landscape and the wide sandy

beach that come along with the tranquil

sound of waves are sure to create the

ideal setting for true recreation for guests.

Among other factors, the hotel is primarily

known for its spa services. Devoted entirely

to relaxation and rejuvenation, the hotel

provides massage and facial treatments

as well as nail spa in the privacy of your

own suite, using only the highest quality

products and ingredients.

Health refreshments like selected teas and

fresh fruit are available at all times during

your private spa treatment. Guests are free

to choose from the following given spa

treatments such as; Holistic massage, back

massage, reflexology, classic massage and

deep tissue massage to name a few.

In short, the hotel makes your holiday a

memorable experience with a multitude

of options, from a culinary journey in the

superb Greek cuisine to different kinds

of sports activities, beaches, private spa

and advice for excursions to discover the

incredible land of Greece.

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RIVERLAND

OUTDOOR

ADVENTURES

The Award For Excellence

In Service

Toxotes Xanthi, Xanthi, Thrace, Greece, 67100 ♦ Tel +30 25410-62488 ♦ riverland.gr

Riverland Outdoor Activities is the

result of years of engaging in

alternative forms of tourism, combined

with upgrading quality. They guarantee

the best organization of outdoor activities

that guests would truly enjoy. With the tour

company, guests can join in the tours and

add value to the visits that they might plan

to do in their area. “Our goal is to meet

the natural wealth of our country through

attractive activities, corresponding to

the characteristics of each age and, of

course, ensuring maximum security,”

reads their official website. The company

hires executives that have a high level of

knowledge in the field of eco-tourism.

Further, the firm has special equipment,

which is suitable for ensuring the comfort

and safety required for every outdoor

activity.

One of Riverland’s objectives is to develop

and operate adventure centers in specially

selected locations in the region of East

Macedonia and Thrace to combine

possibilities of a wide variety of activities,

natural beauty, and ideal conditions for

the development of multiple services of

outdoor activities.

The following are the special destinations

at which, outdoor activities are usually

organized by the company:

i) Nestos Adventure Park

Operation of a central base for outdoor

activities in the village of Toxotes beside

the gorge of Nestos river. The purpose is

to offer a big variety of outdoor activities

such as zip line, archery, rappelling etc. for

everyone with a focus on the provision of

integrated services.

ii) Nestos Kayak Club

An adventure center at the valley Nestos

River, but also equally close to the

wonderful forests of Rodopi Mountain

Range. Stavropolis village is the most

appropriate place to begin your mountain

excursions with options such as Kayaking,

Rafting, Canyoning, Mountain Bike, Offroad

4x4, etc.

iii) Thassos Kayak Club

On the Platana beach, next to the Skala

Marion village, Riverland created the best

base for your escapes in Thassos island,

which certainly are not few. Sea kayaking,

SUP, 4X4 tours but also paths that drive

closer to the magic of nature, all at your

disposal.

Whatever it is that you wish to do, an

adventure always awaits when you’re

traveling with Riverland Outdoor Activities.

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ROYAL HOTEL

Stylish Hotel

Want more from your room? Worry not, new Suites with private pool are available for

you. With spaces up to 40m2, 1-bedroom and 1 living room, Families or couples can

enjoy their holidays in a comfortable and modern-design (as always) environment. And

the private pool is a welcome addition to your experience!

Other recreational facilities include sports activities such as mini golf, table tennis, and

chess. Bookworms will be drawn to the communal library. Children can spend a joyful

time at the outdoor playground. The plethora of entertainment options at Royal Hotel will

leave you spoilt for choice.

Polychrono, Polykhrono, 63085, Greece ♦ Tel +30 23740 51030 ♦ royalhalkidiki.gr

Looking for a holiday that is a perfect combination of sun, sea, food and ultimate relaxation

amidst nature? Without further ado, you must head to Halkidiki. Also known as Chalkidiki

or Khalkidiki, it is a group of three small peninsulas. Out of the three, Kassandra is a favorite

amongst travelers because of its pristine beaches and luxurious resorts. If you are tempted to

unwind in Kassandra, book your stay at Royal Hotel.

Situated in the idyllic village of Polichrono, Royal Hotel is just 300 meters away from the

picturesque sea beach. Encapsulated by lush green hills, the 4-star property is perfect for those

who prefer the silence and isolation of nature.

Accommodation units in Royal Hotel are broadly categorized into studios and suites. While the

studios can easily accommodate two to three people, the suites have a maximum capacity of

four. All units have a private furnished balcony overlooking the picture-perfect garden or pool

area.

The Blue-Flag awarded sea of Polichrono is just a

short walk away from the Royal Hotel. Take a dive

into the cool blue waters of the Mediterranean

Sea. In the evening, head straight to one of the

many bars lining the sea beach.

In case you want to do some shopping, the main

market is just 200 meters away. The market is

also home to many tavernas and restaurants that

serve traditional street food and other dishes.

The highlight of your stay at Royal

Hotel will be dining at Symposium,

the brand new in-house restaurant.

Apart from serving traditional

Mediterranean cuisine, they also

make some drool-worthy local

dishes featuring signature aromas of

Chalkidiki.

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ICELAND

Image by: Balazs Busznyak

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ICELAND

Things to Do

Known for

its dramatic

landscapes and

amazing natural

beauty, Iceland

maybe the most

sparsely populated

country in Europe

but it has an abundance

of wonders

– both natural and

man-made.

Whether you are a fan of waterfalls or beaches, this

country has it all. The stunning vistas and dramatic

landscape has brought more and more avid travelers from

around the world to this amazing destination. There is

nothing that this much sought after European spot cannot

offer, whether you are a nature lover or not, prepare to be

blown away by Iceland.

The reason for this is simple – it has something to

offer to every tourist. If you love adventures, there are

numerous active volcanoes across the country including

the Eyjafjallajökull and hundreds of trekking trails with

vast hinterlands waiting to be explored. Moreover, you

can find geysers, black sand beaches and can even see

the continental plates pulling away from each other. What

makes this country even more unique is that it has had

no standing army since 1869. With such a wide range

of natural marvels, Iceland definitely has to be on your

bucket list.

Whale Watching

The location of this island makes it possible to spot whales in the cold waters of the coast

during the summer months. With over 20 species of whales to be spotted, nature lovers

have a great chance to be up close and personal with these mammoth creatures in their

natural habitat. You can easily take a whale watching tour from Reykjavik and head out

into the deep blue with other enthusiasts. The best time to spot whales is between April

and September.

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Birdwatching

Iceland is truly a paradise for bird watchers.

Not only is it home to the largest population

of Atlantic Puffins on earth but there are

many other rare bird species that you can find

here including the Razorbill and Fulmar. The

birds can be spotted in abundance across

the country in special bird watching day

trips. Moreover, you could head over to the

Westman Islands where it is estimated that

more than 4 million puffins nest.

Hiking

Iceland truly is an amazing destination

for all those who love to hike. Vast

open lands with rugged terrain make

for some great hikes and spectacular

natural scenery along with it only

makes the whole deal better for

thrillseekers. One of the most popular

trails is the Laugavegur trail that is

not just scenic but also has numerous

hot springs, glaciers and mountains

around to leave you in awe of the

beauty of nature.

Ice Climbing

With 4500 square miles of glaciers, Iceland is a great place for those looking to hike on

ice or have some adrenaline rush through the veins by climbing on it. The climate makes

it possible to climb glaciers all round the year and this should be reason enough for the

adventurer in you to head out to places like Snæfellsjökull and Sólheimajökull glaciers

with your gear.

Caving

Ever fancied entering a magma chamber? Iceland is the perfect place for you. Thanks

to its geological activity, this country has numerous underground caves with varied

rock formations that will leave you astounded. The most famous one among all is the

Þríhnúkagígur crater which is a dormant volcano that has a huge cavity and a magma

chamber that is located right at the heart of the volcano! This thrilling experience is unlike

any other and probably Iceland is the only place in the world to experience it!

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UMI HOTEL

Hotel

Leirnavegur, Hvolsvöllur, Iceland ♦ Tel + +354 518 4001 ♦ hotelumi.is

The hotel offers a first-class restaurant

with a unique view of the Westman Islands

and the Southern coastline. There’s also

a lounge bar with a view of the famous

subglacial volcano Eyjafjallajökull and the

beautiful mountain terrain surrounding

it. The magnificent river Svaðbælisá

peacefully flows next to the hotel.

Meanwhile, the hotel bar is located by

the reception with a magnificent view of

Eyjafjallajökull. You can also snuggle up by

the fireplace during cold winter nights. This

is the perfect place to sit down, relax and

enjoy a good drink while sharing stories of

your Iceland trip.

Located by one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Iceland, UMI Hotel offers a strong

connection to nature. Guests at the hotel get to experience the peace and quiet of the

Icelandic countryside here.

The hotel features 28 elegantly designed rooms – each with majestic views of the subglacial

volcano – Eyjafjallajökul or the Southern coast line. Internet and parking are available as

complimentary additions to your stay package. The hotel offers both, double and twin rooms

with private bathrooms with a walk-in shower and a bathtub. The hotel’s complimentary

toiletries are domestically sourced and include organic soaps and creams from Soley Cosmetics.

Other basic amenities included in the package are a coffee and tea set, minibar, safety box,

wardrobe, and writing desk. On the other hand, superior rooms include slippers, Nespresso

coffee machine, Marshall bluetooth speaker and a wider selection of complimentary toiletries

from Soley Cosmetics.

There are a bunch of activities that you

can indulge in, around the hotel. You can

take the Northern Lights minibus to see

the stunning Northern Lights. Such similar

arrangements can be made by the hotel

staff, on request. Events such as a Christmas

dinner/party, etc. are also organized. If you

wish to host an event of your own for your

guests, arrangements for the same can be

made as well.

The starlit skies and Northern Lights

certainly won’t let anyone down, especially

during the winter months. Other regional

attractions include Eyjafjallajökul,

Skógarfoss, Skógar Cultural Heritage

Museum, Seljalandsfoss, Dyrhólaey,

Sólheimajökul, Vík í Mýrdal, Lava Volcano

and Earthquake exhibition and many more.

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JÓN HEIÐAR

Stuck In Iceland

Q&A

Tell us a little about Stuck in Iceland

Stuck in Iceland is an independent travel

magazine which I co-founded back in

2012. It contains hundreds of articles on

destinations in Iceland and interviews

with interesting people detailing their

experience and impressions of visiting

Iceland.

Iceland is becoming an increasingly

popular tourist destination, why do you

think that is?

WIthout a doubt it is the nature of the

country. Wide open spaces, waterfalls,

glaciers, lava fields, black beaches, geysers,

northern lights and so much more.

What would you say is the most common

misconception about Iceland?

Hard to say actually, but I suppose that at

least people think that Iceland is a covered

in in ice and snow all year.

As a local what is the best off the beaten

path attraction?

This is a tough one. There are so many

places. I want to mention the highland

hiking trails, Kjalvegur and Laugavegur.

Also glaciers like Vatnajokull glacier or

Langjökull glacier. Then there are the ice

caves in Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Let me know

if you want to arrange a tour to any of these

places and I will do my best to help.

How would you recommend getting

around?

Based on the dozens interviews I have

done with travelers I would recommend

renting a car and go on a road trip.

Is there an ideal time of the year to

come?

I would actually recommend mid to

late September. The weather is often

surprisingly good and there is a change to

catch the northern lights.

What is a traditional Icelandic dish

and where would one go to enjoy a

traditional Iceland meal?

I always say that you should try fermented

shark with a shot of ice cold Brennivin

Schnapps. But it is an acquired taste.

That is always a classic! I would also

recommending Messinn restaurant to

get great Icelandic fish for an affordable

price. Also try go the Icelandic lamb. I

recommend Schnaps restaurant. It is great

bistro with pretty affordable prices. If you

want a more excotic take on the lamb try it

at Sumac restaurant.

What does the future hold for Stuck in

Iceland?

I am looking for new ways to create value

for my readers. So I have added a way for

people for look for hotel deals in Iceland,

I have added a massive tour portal with

reviews, people can find rental cars from

reputable car rental companies and so

on. But the thing I most excited about

are the travel deals I have secured for my

readers with independent and highly rated

tour operators. So if you go on to the site

you will find promo codes that get you

discounts for their quality tours.

Stuck in Iceland on the web: www.stuckiniceland.com

Stuck in Iceland on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StuckInIceland/

Stuck in Iceland on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IcelandThrills

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SALT ELDHUS EHF

Culinary Experience

Þórunnartún 2 – 105 Reykjavík, Iceland ♦ Tel +354 551 0171 ♦ salteldhus.is

Salt Eldhus ehf offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself into Icelandic cuisine, food

traditions and culture through highly interactive cooking classes in the capital center of

Iceland, Reykjavik. There are different types of activities that the company conducts to provide

guests with an authentic Icelandic culinary experience.

If you’re on your way to Iceland, sign up for their popular, open ‘Cook and Dine’ class and enjoy

an Icelandic cooking class, tasting session and gourmet lunch or dinner, all in one package.

These culinary experiences are based on one primary moto, i.e. “Gastronomy is a great way

to connect people.” With the objective of bringing families closer, the company organizes fun

activities for friends and colleagues, making it ideal for team-building as well as fostering client

relationships.

If you’re traveling in a group then this is

a great activity for you. Salt Eldhus pride

themselves for offering first class premises

with an incredible view of the Reykjavik

harbor side with great atmosphere, wellequipped

kitchen and a charming dining

area. The cooking classes are conducted

by skilled and interactive professional

chefs that guide you through each and

every step. Their classic Icelandic-style of

cooking class is ‘Icelandic Fish and Free

Roaming Lamb.’

Salt Eldhus was established back in 2012.

Since then, they have been offering

varied cooking classes to Icelanders and

foreign visitors alike. They strive to keep

their classes on top of current trends and

offer classes that tend to cater to both,

the beginners as well as the experienced

guests. The classes are taught in Icelandic

but they also offer English-speaking classes

as per requirements.

The English-speaking classes are primarily

focused on Nordic cuisine and Icelandic

produce. The owner and CEO of the

company herself, Mrs. Sigridur Bjork

Bragadottir, is a chef, food writer and former

editor-in-chief of the leading Icelandic food

and wine magazine called Gestgiafinn.

With such experienced staff and owner, this

is the perfect place for tourists to get to

know Icelandic cuisine in a more intimate

manner and take back the memories and

the recipes home so that they can relive

their Iceland trip yet again!

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ARCTIC

ADVENTURES

WHALE

WATCHING

Wildlife Tour Company

Reykjavik, Iceland ♦ adventures.is

Are you looking for an exciting whale watching tour from Reykjavik or Dalvik in the North

of Iceland? Arctic Adventures Whale Watching is just the ideal option for you! This

adventure company is conducts memorable tours where majestic sea mammals such as the

minke, humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises and other species can be spotted.

Arctic Adventures’ northern whale watching tours have a 98% success rate when it comes to

whale-sightings. If no whales are spotted, customers are given the option of partaking in a later

tour, virtually guaranteeing you the opportunity to see Iceland’s mighty ocean giants.

The Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik departs from the city’s old harbor and sails out onto

Faxaflói Bay. The company employs qualified guides who will provide guests with all the

information and insights they need to know about Iceland’s marine life.

Each passenger on board will be provided

with a special wetsuit that will keep them

warm and dry. The company also offers

multi-day tours to experience as much of

the land of fire and ice as possible.

One of the most common whales to be

spotted on Whale Watching Tours in

Iceland is the Humpback Whale. They are

vigorously acrobatic and like to flap their

fins, jump up in the air and whip their tail

causing quite the scene and creating the

perfect moment for you to snap a picture!

The company also offers whale watching

day tours from Dalvik and they have met

with such amazing success in the recent

years that the tour is refunded, if whales are

not spotted during the tour.

All along Eyjafjörður, you will find small

villages specializing in whale watching

tours which isn’t much of a surprise given

that Eyjafjörður is an ultimate favorite of

many different whale species including the

rare Blue Whale!

Some of the other whale watching locations

in Iceland offered by the company include:

Ólafsvík, Grundarfjörður, Hólmavík and

Húsvík.

As far as summers are concerned, you

can enjoy the warmer weather and even

experience the vibrant marine life including

possible puffin sightings. On the other

hand, winter pros include fewer tourists and

beautiful scenery that will create memories

lasting a lifetime.

Whatever the season, Arctic Adventures

will ensure that you get the best whale

watching experience!

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THE HIDDEN GEMS OF ICELAND

Iceland has a ton of hidden gems for the discerning Arctic explorer. Aptly known as

the land of ice and fire, the opportunities are endless, erupting geysers, breath-taking

waterfalls, glacier lagoons, black sandy beaches and whale watching.

Hike the Svínafellsjökull Glacier in Skaftafell National Park. Located in the southeast of

Iceland, in a place called Öræfi, (literally translated as “Desert”). This exhilarating hike

traverses through crevasses and ice paths allowing an opportunity to absorb the stunning

rocky landscape and natural landscapes carved out by volcanoes and ancient rivers.

Do not miss an opportunity to indulge in an excursion to see the Icelandic whales from

the Dalvik coast situated on the Tröllaskagi Peninsula in the North of Iceland. The port

is primarily a fishing harbour but has many whale spotting tours on the Eyjafjörður fjord.

Prepare to spot many species of whales including humpback, mink and the majestic blue

whale. Also other wildlife such as dolphins and various fascinating bird species including

puffins.

Explore centuries-old caves of ice under the powerful setting of the Vatnajökull glacier;

experience the vivid blues of the ice caused by ultraviolet rays. Use a tour guide to benefit

from expert advice and gain the ultimate experience but in safe conditions.

A visit to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon situated within the vast Vatnajökull is a visual

experience of a lifetime, and an opportunity to get close to the massive icebergs and

resident seals. A boat tour will ensure the best encounter of this area known as Iceland’s

“Crown Jewel”. Gently navigate and zigzag through static and moving icebergs

provides a unique opportunity for amazing photographs.

There are a vast number of waterfalls to visit in Iceland, most of which attract huge

amounts of tourists. Therefore, to find one that is perhaps less known is inevitably one

that is difficult to reach! Kvernufoss waterfall is one such waterfall and definitely worth

a visit. Situated in the South of Iceland close to the more popular Skógafoss waterfall

and often bypassed by visitors to the area due to the 20-minute hike required to reach

it. However, when you do eventually arrive at this breath-taking waterfall you are able

to walk around and behind it, and chances are it will be just you!

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The North East of Iceland is unspoilt and

has a rich and natural beauty. Remote

and magical, long sandy beaches,

diverse animal life. Staying in specialist

farm accommodation allows a rare

glimpse into this captivating region.

A visit to Northern Iceland and Myvatn

Geothermal Lakes is a delight but should

be visited early in the day to avoid the

bus tours of visitors. The steaming

lakes, created following a volcanic

eruption over 2,300 years ago, provide a

particularly amazing sensory experience.

The scenery is very surreal, with naturally

bubbling geysers and steaming pools of

water dotted around a vast landscape

and a strong smell of sulphur. The area

is a natural haven for migrating birds and

ducks, and many fish thrive in the nearby

rivers feeding on the midges that occupy

the space in the summer months.

Also in Myvatn is the

Dimmuborgir Lava Fields,

an area of dramatic volcanic

rock formations, caves and

arches formed around 2300

years ago. Also referred

to as Kirkjan (church)

formations, due to the

Gothic church atmosphere.

Nordic Christian legend has

it that Dimmuborgir is the

place where Satan landed

when he was expelled from

heaven, and here he created

the “Helvetes katakomber”,

which translates as “The

Catacombs of Hell”.

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HOTEL VOS

Modern Hotel

Submerge yourself in awe-inspiring

gastronomic traditions of Iceland in the

in-house restaurant, which is a modern

and spacious restaurant, that can serve

up to 50 people at once. They offer an

exquisite assortment of delicious dishes

and take pride in using only top quality

ingredients from the local surroundings.

You can devour exotic wines, beers, sodas

and savor delectable cuisines.

Norður-Nýjabæ, 851 Þykkvibær, Iceland ♦ Tel +354 554 8800 ♦ hotelvos.is

Iceland or the ‘land of fire and ice’ is one of the most admired tourist destinations in the world.

The affectionate and friendly nature of the locals, startling views, awe-inspiring attractions,

lively nightlife, and rich culture and traditions make this country a must-visit for every traveler.

Located amidst the farms in Nordur-Nyibær in Þykkvibær, Hotel Vos is a small, cozy country

hotel run by a family. At Hotel Vos, you can rejuvenate your soul in a relaxing ambiance, which

is enclosed by a serene and authentic Icelandic farm.

All rooms boast a private entrance, private bathroom, television, free Wi-Fi and access to

hot tub. You can choose from the standard, superior double/twin or a superior triple/family

room. Here, visitors can have a peaceful stay with beautiful scenic views from the room and

can enjoy the tranquil sounds of the ocean right from the hot tub in the garden. You also get a

complimentary coffee and tea in the seating area.

Explore the breathtaking Icelandic glaciers

with a professional tour operator. Whether

you are a skilled glacier expert or just a first

timer that wants to go on a glacier walk, try

out the ice climbing, discover the ice caves

or sail on a splendid glacier lagoon that

you will discover during your dream trip to

Iceland.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the

city and go for some soul-searching in the

4x4 super-jeeps to the Þórsmörk valley which

is a less explored nature reserve surrounded

by rough mountains, that offer exclusive

silence, perfect natural beauty and number

of popular hiking trails. An experience that

will remain etched in your heart forever-

Hotel Vos is truly a dream-stay!

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NICETRAVEL

The Award For Excellence In

Branding

Fiskislóð 45, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland ♦ Tel +354 419 0100 ♦ nicetravel.is

Iceland holds a certain

mystery and intrigue

for travelers the world over.

The nation has a lot to offer,

especially the undiscovered

regions that are off the beaten

path. It is also sometimes

as misunderstood a travel

destination as it is also very

beautiful. But one travel

service is changing all of

that and making Iceland

easy to embrace. Founded

in 2012 by three Icelandic

families, Nicetravel aims to

assist travelers to Iceland to

have a nice, enjoyable and

memorable experience.

With ‘BE NICE’ as their work

motto, the company and those

that run it believe that travel

services that have a personal

and warm touch are always

better. This is the driving

force behind the outstanding

services that they provide to

their clients and customers.

With the purpose of never compromising

on individual attention and personal

touch, the maximum size of a group is 19

passengers. They offer pickup and drop

off from all major hotels and guest houses

(or dedicated bus stops within city centre)

in Reykjavik, round trip transportation and

professional tour guidance.

Nicetravel not only offers classic excursions

like Golden Circle, South Shore and

Snæfellsnes tours, but also a wide

selection of other activities like Glacier

Hike, Jökulsárlón Amphibian Boat Tour,

Puffin Watching Boat Tour or Lava and Ice

Caving combined with very picturesque

and interesting sightseeing trips. If you

want to try bathing in famous Icelandic hot

springs, you can also do so in tours such as

the ‘Golden Circle’, ‘Kerið Volcanic Crater’

and ‘Blue Lagoon’ and the Lava Cave,

KRAUMA SPA & Waterfalls. The team is

happy to customize tours and experiences

for intrepid travelers.

If a scheduled day tour is cancelled by

Nicetravel on account of unpredictable

situations such as bad weather conditions,

they can arrange for you to go on the tour

on a different day.

Language can be a major roadblock and

inconvenience in a foreign country. This is

the reason why all their tours are guided in

English.

Nicetravel is doing a rather good job in

making Iceland truly a ‘Niceland’!

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ICELAND AIR

Travelling to Iceland this year to see the puffins? Or perhaps you prefer to explore

the vast hinterlands of the country, or even go for a little adventure to the volcanoes

and glaciers? Whatever maybe your aim for visiting this beautiful country, it is simply not

possible without the assistance of the omnipresent Icelandair. This airline makes it easier

for you to reach the island from Europe and North America by providing direct flights to

major destinations across the continents.

This airline is the main airline of the country and operates from the Keflavik International

Airport in the capital Reykjavik. It is also the first international airline of the country and is

currently among the two international carriers hailing from Iceland. With services to over

32 cities across 16 countries, this airline serves as the main mode of transportation for

reaching Iceland.

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Launched way back in 1937 as Flugfélag

Akureyrar, this airline has come a long way

to become one of the most well-known

aircraft carriers in the world today. To

really see the commitment of this airline

towards the country’s tourism, you can

go back in history books to 2011 when

the Eyjafjallajökull eruptions had wreaked

havoc in the tourism sector of Iceland.

Icelandair took the initiative and launched

the “Inspired by Iceland” campaign with

the government of Iceland to regain the

confidence of tourists.

Under the visionary leadership of the

CEO Björgólfur Jóhannsson, the company

has won many accolades including “The

Knowledge Company of the Year” and

“Marketing Firm of the Year in Iceland”

by the Icelandic business community

and Marketing Association of Iceland

respectively.

The airline offers 4 classes – Economy Light,

Economy Standard, Economy Comfort and

Saga Class. You could choose to travel by

the Economy Light class for an affordable

travel experience or could choose the

Economy Standard and Comfort classes

for a little more comfort and baggage

allowance. The Saga Class provides you

with the most luxurious services like priority

check-ins and lounge access.

Icelandair is no ordinary airline company and it boasts some spectacular features that

make it a unique airline. Across years, the company has grown leaps and bounds; it

now offers attractive packages to visit Iceland and explore its beauty and is working

continuously towards creating better experiences for their customers.

From vacation packages to guided tours, on-board internet connectivity to flight bookings

from Facebook; Icelandair has ensured that it provides the finest services to their clients.

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LÓNKOT

RURAL RESORT

Guest House and Restaurant

Lónkot, 76, 566 Hofsós, Iceland ♦ Tel +354 453 7432 ♦ lonkot.is

Lónkot, a tourist retreat located in Iceland, by the magnificent Arctic Ocean, has quickly

become a popular tourist destination for guests. To explore and discover Lonkot like

never before, choose to stay at Lonkot Rural Resort.

Thanks to its flawless service and memorable experiences that it manages to provide its guests,

the resort has received endless praise. It used to be a farm and the farmhouses were only

converted into guest houses and restaurants in 1991-1995. The initiative was taken by a family,

who decided to turn sheep houses into rooms and barn lofts into different areas of the resort.

This is also one of the many reasons behind the rooms being cozy with a relaxing atmosphere.

Each part of the resort opens to views of the mountains and sea.

The resort offers you six rooms to choose

from. Three rooms provide guests with

access to private bathrooms that come

with basic amenities such as a hairdryer,

bathrobes, toiletries, bathroom slippers,

and towels. Even though the resort is

located amidst a beautiful, green landscape,

far away from metropolitan cities, it offers

unlimited internet connectivity to the

guests. Due to its stunning location, events

such as wedding ceremonies, birthday

celebrations or even a family get-together

will remain etched in your memories forever.

For your gastronomic requirements,

thoughtfully prepared local cuisine options

are served with high-quality freshly-sourced

ingredients. Imagine having the perfect,

authentic meal with a breathtaking view of

the mountains and sea? It is made possible

at Lonkot.

Hofsos is among the very few places that

hasn’t developed completely. It’s a friendly

little village that comes alive in the summer

with tourists, hikers and seasonal residents.

The resort itself is situated close to several

tourist attractions. Among these is the

Icelandic Immigration Centre, which is a

wonderful museum that details the mass

emigration of Icelanders to North America

in the late 1800s.

If you’re the kind who enjoys a quick cruise,

then you better hop onto the boat journey

on Skagafjörður. While you’re at it, you can

even indulge in fishing. You can also visit

the most beautiful infinity pool in Iceland

in Hofsós, which is 10-kilometers from the

resort.

Lonkot provides you with unlimited

experiences and gives you a chance to

explore the rural side of Iceland. Take a

break from your moribund routine and feel

nature like never before at Lonkot Rural

Resort.

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PORTUGAL

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THE ALGARVE

The Algarve is the southernmost region in Portugal framed by a 200km coastline.

It is known for its promise of more than 300 days of sun per year, award winning

beaches, authentic cuisine and a range of outdoor activities that attracts thrill seekers and

nature lovers alike. For keen golfers, the region has a plethora of award winning courses.

However there is more to the Algarve than first meets the eye.

The Algarve is a region of hidden cultural delights; small, simple restaurants pull visitors

back time and time again while Michelin starred restaurants attract a globetrotting

international clientele. The sea is integral to the Algarvian way of life, one that is closely

bound to nature. Inland, old villages preserve a life that is historic and rich in culture,

and lived in harmony with the seasons. In villages of small cobbled streets, you will find

whitewashed houses and small local cafes serving bica (espresso), while sardines are

grilled openly on the streets, as they have done for years gone by.

All year round the region’s beautiful beaches, nature

reserves, picturesque villages, golf courses, castles and

fortresses can be enjoyed in all their splendour. Day or

night, visitors to the region have everything that they

need to enjoy the delights of the Algarve, whether for sun

and sea, or for sport, relaxation, history, culture, nature,

golf or local gastronomy.

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10 MUST DO ACTIVITIES

1. Take a boat trip or snorkel in Ria Famosa

Natural Park, a unique coastal lagoon in

central Algarve, recently elected as one of

the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. You can

see the largest community of seahorses in

the natural environment here.

2. Visit Cape St. Vincent, the southwest

edge of mainland Europe, and enjoy

a scenic drive up the Vicentine Coast,

considered Portugal’s greatest coastal

paradise.

3. Hike part of the Via Algarviana Trail.

The route crosses eleven of the sixteen

municipalities of the region, offering the

chance to discover the diverse natural

landscapes and culture by foot.

4. Learn to surf or body board with the

locals at Odeceixe Beach in Aljezur on

the west coast. Whether a confident

surfer or a beginner, the Algarve offers

beaches to cater for both, with surf schools

dotted along the coastline stretching from

Portimão to Aljezur.

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5. Sip the finest local wines produced

across the region on The Rota Dos Vinhos

do Algarve (The Algarve Wine Route).

7. Enjoy an alfresco lunch of sardines or

fresh seafood in Portimão, at one of the

many riverside restaurants, or in Olhão,

next to Ria Formosa promenade. Heading

inland try the stews and dishes of rich game

and meat with strong, aromatic flavours.

For a sugar-fix, the almond, carob and

orange-based sweets are worth a try, as is

the classic Dom Rodrigo dessert. And when

in Monchique, the Medronho (traditional

fruit brandy) makes for a remarkable

digestif. For those with refined tastes, try

one of the 8 Michelinstarred restaurants,

where local produce goes hand-in-hand

with innovation.

8. Play a round of golf on one of the

stunning courses in the exclusive ‘Golden

Triangle’ of the Algarve: Vilamoura, Quinta

do Lago and Vale do Lobo. You will

discover why the Algarve was voted the

World’s Best Golfing Destination by the

IAGTO (International Association of Golf

Tour Operators).

10. Walk through Portuguese history.

The Algarve’s numerous white-washed

parishes bordered with greenery, like the

picturesque inland village of ‘Alte’ or the

shore-lined ‘Alvor’ offer a glimpse into

traditional rural and coastal living. The

region’s sixteen municipalities each carry

their own identity but are bound together

through religious and cultural heritage.

The Castelo de Silves is a great national

monument to learn about the Moorish

influence on the region, whilst the Church

of Lourenço in Amancil is a wonder to

behold with its vibrant interior of blue and

white azulejo tile.

6. Cycle on the Ecovia trail to discover the

natural marvels of the region. Highlights

include the lush greenery of the Costa

Vicentina Nature Park, the birdwatching

haven of the Alvor Estuary, and the majestic

cliffs of Sagres point, to name a few.

9. Enjoy a day relaxing on the beach. From

sandy beaches to deserted islands, and

award-winning beaches like D.Ana, Meia

Praia, Praia da Marinha and Falésia beach

(which was voted best beach in the world

by Trip Advisor), there is plenty of choice

to suit every taste. The majority have

even gained recognition in the form of

the EU “Blue Flag” for quality standards.

On a beach break in the Algarve, a trip to

explore the impressive Benagil Cave and

iconic Ponta da Piedade rock formations in

Lagos is a must.

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CASA DA BAIA –

CENTRO DE

PROMOCAO

TURISTICA

Local Experience

Avenida Luisa Todi, 468, Setubal, Setubal 2900-456, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 265 545 010 ♦

mun-setubal.pt

Casa da Baia - Centro de Promocao Turistica literally translates to The “House of the Bay

- Center for Tourism Promotion.” It serves as an authentic business card of the region of

Setubal. The space is located in an XVIII century building and gives you all the information that

is necessary to explore the region.

The cloisters of the building function as a winter garden, giving support to the cafeteria

where you can taste the famous Muscatel of Setubal. You can sit back and munch on some

delicacies along with a glass of Muscatel.

The staff leaves no stone unturned to give you all the information that you require.

Whether you wish to know about a local cafeteria or some trekking trail around, they’ll

find everything that you need to know. Even if they don’t have an immediate answer to

your query, they’ll look it up online or with their colleagues and give you the solution.

It includes a tourist service area and a wine

area, with a wine cellar where all the region’s

producers are represented. It’s a great place for

wine connoisseurs as there’s a shop where you

can choose from the vast range of local wines.

There’s also loads of information for tourists who

wish to explore the Setubal region. You can find

information related to tours, points of interest,

and learn about some amazing options for

tasting local food and drinks.

You can also get a map to Setubal so that you

can explore the entire region all by yourself. It

also features a whole lot of cultural exhibits

for tourists to enjoy and take in a little bit of

Setubal right there. If you’re tired after all the

exploration of the region, Casa da Baia serves as

a great place to unwind and relax. You can sit

back comfortably with a glass of wine and enjoy

the cool and tranquil environs of this historic

building.

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For those who wish to do some shopping, there’s a gourmet store where you can find the

best of local products along with the wines. Additionally, there’s outdoor seating available

where you can sit back and enjoy your wines and munchies.

History lovers have something to look forward to here as well. The Casa da Baia is built on

top of Roman ruins and so, you can see these historic structure right below you! You can

even find information on dolphins around the region.

While Casa da Baia - Centro de Promocao Turistica does give you information on Setubal,

it is nothing short of a tourist destination in itself. It’s got everything that a tourist would

want to see in a tourist attraction and that’s why, it’s the one place you simply cannot miss

out on during your visit to Setubal.

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Portugal

BALAIA GOLF

VILLAGE

Golf Resort

Sitio da Balaia – Apartado 917, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 289 570 200 ♦ en.balaiagolfvillage.com

Blessed with pristine beaches, wonderful climate and scenic fishing towns, Algarve is the

perfect holiday destination one can dream of. It has magnificently varied landscapes and

appeals to an array of travellers be it kids, adults or honeymooners.

Balaia Golf Village is a four- star hotel acclaimed to be one of the most excellent golf resorts

in Algarve. The resort boasts a unique aura and a style that makes it one of the best spots in

Algarve to enjoy a soothing vacation by the stunning beaches with your loved ones.

The guests here get to choose from an array of apartments as per their desire and requirements.

These apartments are subtly decorated, spacious and are equipped with modern furniture. The

air-conditioned apartments have a balcony, a fully-equipped kitchen, coffee and tea making

facilities as well as ironing facilities.

The hotel offers 6 outdoor pools, gym with professional instructors, kid’s club, a playground, a

nine-hole golf course, a health club with wellness club, Jacuzzi, Turkish bathroom, and surreal

massages. There is an on-site supermarket for the convenience of guests as well. There is an

area reserved for business meetings or office work too. Guests can also rent bikes to explore

Algarve and Albufeira.

The hotel serves authentic South

Portuguese delicacies in its Le Club

Restaurant and Restaurant Veranda. Guests

can also devour some delectable cuisines

and munch on some snacks near the pool.

The unsurpassed hospitality by Balaia Golf

Village is at par with any 4 star property in

Portugal.

The hotels boasts a Golf Academy

which is designed for both professionals

and amateurs, and both can partake in

programmes hosted by the hotel. There is

an official golf teacher as well apart from

a Driving Range, Putting and Chipping

Greens area.

A luxury holiday is on the bucket list

of many and the Balaia Golf Village in

Portugal is transforming that dream into

reality. Every corner of Balaia Golf Village

shall make your holiday a unique and

memorable one. It lends a new perspective

to your Portuguese experience and lets you

experience something beyond ordinary.

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LESSER-KNOWN LISBON

Discover the side of Lisbon as seen through the eyes locals

“Feira de Lada” the Thieves Market, held twice a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays in

the historical and characterful district of Alfama, easily accessible from the Santa Apolonia

metro line. From its thirteenth century origins, the market has grown in popularity over the

centuries and is a treasure-trove of vintage clothing, curios and collectables.

Explore the higher areas on one of the three graphitised funiculars of Lisbon. This method

of travel offers cheap transport options to visit elevated and quiet locations. The oldest

funicular (or ascensor) in Lisbon trundles precariously up narrow lanes to the stunning

eighteenth century Jardim do Tore. This particular secret gem is a hidden park, where the

panoramic views are spectacular.

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Discover one of the oldest and most charismatic neighbourhoods of Lisbon, Mouraria.

The birthplace of Lisbon’s famous folk music and steeped in fascinating history. Mouraria

is a fast-growing creative hub for eclectic cultural offerings with intimate cobbled streets,

providing a wealth of art galleries, artisan shops, trendy cafes and unique food experiences

such as community kitchens where local chefs cook and share their food in relaxed, open

spaces. An excellent and tasty way to connect with locals, practice Portuguese and, above

all, share quality food.

Up in the hills of Lisbon is Sintra, a UNESCO

site, with its traditional pastel coloured

castles, including the Castle of Moors and

the National Palace of Pena. Sintra itself is

a stunning mountain town approximately

14 miles from downtown Lisbon, reachable

via bus for a minimal charge. While the

city is a tourist attraction, there are some

secret gems including the incredible

ornate initiation wells at the hauntingly

architectural mishmash mansion of Quinta

da Regaleira. These subterranean towers

reach down 27 metres into the earth and

are accessible via a spiral stone staircase

with fascinating displays of symbols

depicting Alchemy, the Knights Templar

and Rosicrucian.

The ruins of the medieval Carmo Church

and Convent situated in the parish of

Santa Maria Maior provide a glimpse of

the devastating earthquake that rocked

Lisbon in 1755. This was once the largest

church in Lisbon but all that remains today

are the perfectly preserved stone skeletal

arches. What was once the altar now

arches impressively over an archaeological

ruins museum founded in 1964 holding an

extraordinary array of various periods of

Lisbon history including Gothic architecture,

Roman relics and symbols, intricate stone

carvings, a beautiful rose stained window

and some impressive tombs boasting

elaborate carving work, the grandest being

that of King Ferdinand I.

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Portugal

H10 DUQUE

DE LOULE

Boutique Hotel

Av. Duque de Loulé 81-83, Lisboa, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 21 318 2000 ♦

h10.duque.deloule@h10hotels.com ♦ h10hotels.com

The hotel even has meeting rooms which

are fully equipped for holding both work

meetings and private events. All the rooms

offer luxurious amenities which provide all

the comfort needed for a pleasant stay in

the wonderful city of Lisbon. In the H10

Duque, you can enjoy a delicious fusion

of Portuguese and Spanish flavours in the

Azul e Branco restaurant and then relax

over a cup of coffee in the Equestre Bar

or take in the fantastic city views from the

hotel’s Chill-Out Limão terrace.

H10 Duque de Loule was established back in March, 2015. Since then, it has successfully

made a reputable name amongst top boutique hotels in Portugal. Located in a historical

building in the heart of Lisbon, this hotel makes it easy for you to access all the primary tourist

attractions of the city. Famous interior designer Lazaro Rosa-Violan can be accredited for

renovating and decorating the structure with stylish, yet elegant elements. Its beautiful 18thcentury

facade has been preserved, while its interior design is a fusion of traditional Portuguese

elements and contemporary modern and functional elements. The four-star hotel features over

89 unique rooms.

There are four different types of rooms that you can choose to stay in, namely Double Rooms,

Superior Double Rooms, Deluxe Rooms as well as Suites. All the rooms are brightly lit and

are decorated with very elegant, contemporary interior designs where blue and white tones

dominate the structures. The traditional Portuguese tiles – exclusively hand painted for the

hotel – create a captivating atmosphere. In addition, some Double Rooms and Superior Double

Rooms feature a cozy reading corner by the window.

Since the hotel is located in the Portuguese

capital of Lisbon, which in itself is a

cultural hub, one can find numerous

tourist attractions in and around the

space. You can wander through its diverse

neighbourhoods and discover why it

has been given the title, ‘City of Light.’

Gastronomy, art and hundreds of charming

spots make this a multifaceted city full

of contrasts where visitors can relax and

soak up the culture. It has something for

everyone and the best way to discover it is

by staying at H10 Duque de Loule!​

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SINTRA

MARMORIS

PALACE

Traditional Boutique Hotel

Av. Barão Almeida Santos 7, Sintra, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 21 923 4504 ♦ sintramarmoris.com

It is designed in such a manner that it takes

optimum advantage of the breathtaking

scenic views and natural gardens of

Sintra. The space, which is divided into

two buildings, offers nine individuallyappointed

guest rooms. Guests can choose

to stay in a Deluxe Double or Twin Room,

which includes a garden view.

Guests, who might be traveling with their

families can opt for the Family Suite.

There’s a Classic Room that comes along

with its private terrace access. Guests who

are staying in this room gain direct access

to the garden as well.

Guests will be offered a complimentary

welcome drink upon arrival. Every morning,

a healthy breakfast buffet is served with

a spread of the most authentic, fulfilling

dishes. The palace also features a shared

lounge that offers comfortable sofas,

where guests can relax, read a book or

enjoy channels on a flat-screen TV.

Sintra Marmoris Palace – a

structure surrounded by over

14,000 square meters of private

garden – is an ideal place for anyone

looking for quick unwinding from

their daily mundane life. There are

numerous activities that guests can

indulge in, all the way from exploring

wooded hiking trails to reading

a book. Enjoy the stunning views

of the Sintra Hills while you relax,

listening to the echo of the birds.

Based inside the protected Sintra-

Cascais Natural Park, the palace also

features a heated pool.

The panoramic views over the

Mourish Castle are also visible from

each room of the palace. The house

was re-built back in 1890’s and was

later restored lovingly by a family.

Since then, it has been kept updated

by different generations working

in the marble stone industry. The

decision of reopening the space as

a local lodgement was made only in

May 2017.

There are lots of tourist attractions located

closely to the accommodation, including

Park and National Palace of Pena, the

Quinta da Regaleira, the Moorish Castle,

the National Palace of Sintra, Park and

Palace of Monserrate, and Azenhas do

Mar. All of these attractions have historic

importance and are simply a beautiful sight

to look at.

Besides featuring a fully-equipped

swimming pool with the latest facilities,

guests can also get a massage. Basic

business facilities such as photocopying,

fax services and meeting facilities are also

readily available as per the convenience of

the guests.

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PAULA FRANCO

Lisbon by Light

Q&A

Tell us a little about Lisbon by Light

Lisbon by Light is a visual diary about the

city and its locals and a place to showcase

my work as a photographer.

Since 2014, I’ve been telling the stories

of makers, artists, entrepreneurs... people

who give a true identity to the new Lisbon.

Most of them are Portuguese but lately, I

also include whoever started a creative

project here.

Lisbon is often an overlooked city in Europe

especially when compared to its more

glamorous counterparts such as Paris,

London and Barcelona to name but a few.

Why do you think this is? P o r t u g u e s e

people are not very skilled in promoting

themselves; the national character is

modest and humble. As a result, Lisbon

was until recently a hidden secret.

Would you say Lisbon is becoming an

increasingly popular tourist destination?

Lisbon has caught up so much with other

tourist destinations like Barcelona or

Bruges it is now at the brink of becoming

a victim of over-tourism, facing the same

challenges these cities have to deal with.

It will greatly depend on the decision

makers which direction Lisbon will choose:

towards sustainable high quality tourism,

or rather towards short term easy money

over-tourism. Let’s hope they balance

it well, since over-tourism would kill the

authenticity tourists are attracted by in the

first place.

What is the best off the beaten path

attraction?

The Lisboetas, as the inhabitants of Lisbon

are called, are the main attraction of the

city. To meet them turns a tourist visit into a

real experience.

Are there any attraction you think

tourists should avoid?

There are no real tourist traps in Lisbon, so

far.

What is the most efficient way to get around?

By foot.

Best place to grab a coffee and why?

Cafe da Garagem for its amazing view. a long time favorite

of mine and

Cafe A Brasileira is one of the oldest coffee bars in town.

A beautiful place where among others world famous

Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa used to go.

What does the future hold for Lisbon by Light?

Lisbon by Light will continue to focus on the city and the

locals -portuguese or not-, on supporting and encouraging

creative people, sustainable business and other initiatives.

In the future, and to translate my enthusiasm for the

authentic vibes of the city, I will develop curated

workshops and creative exchanges for curious and

demanding visitors, in collaboration with my colleague

and friend Lisboneye. We share the same passion and

have been living in Lisbon since long before it became

a tourist hotspot. We believe traveling is learning and

exploring new creative horizons.

https://lisbonbylight.com/

https://www.instagram.com/lisbonbylight/

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SHERATON

CASCAIS RESORT

Family Friendly Resort

R. das Palmeiras 5, 2750-005 Cascais, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 21 482 9100 ♦

sheratoncascaisresort.com

Portugal is known for its archaic architecture, rich heritage, stunning landscapes, and

charming weather. However, a trip to this picturesque country is incomplete without a

visit to the scenic fishing town of Cascais. If you are planning a vacation to this quaint coastal

town, make it a point to stay at Sheraton Cascais Resort.

The lavish property offers premium luxury and comfort in the most exclusive setting. Situated

in the heart of Quinta da Marinha, the 5-star property provides accommodation in the form of

deluxe rooms and regal suites. These accommodation units are adorned with neutral colored

walls and elegant wood furnishings. Plenty of glass windows ensure that these units are bathed

in an abundance of sunlight during daytime.

The units all have contemporary amenities

such as air-conditioning, satellite TV, coffee

machines and Wi-Fi. While the rooms have

a well-equipped kitchenette, each suite

features a fully-functional kitchen with

modern equipment and utensils.

The rooms and suites have private

bathrooms and spacious seating areas. The

bathrooms feature deep tubs, overhead

showers, double sinks, and comfortable

robes. Recreational facilities at Sheraton

Cascais Resort include two outdoor

swimming pools (one heated and one not

heated), a wellness spa, Serenity – The Art

of Well Being, a modern fitness center, and

Glass Terrace restaurant. Younger guests

can spend a joyous time at Brave Kids, the

newly opened children’s club.

The world-class Serenity – The Art of Well

Being, located in the midst of a scenic

garden, allows guests to unwind and relax.

Pamper yourself with soothing beauty and

body treatments including hydrotherapy,

Turkish bath, and sauna.

The in-house restaurant lets you enjoy a

fine-dining experience with an elaborate à

la carte and the choicest selection of wines.

A short four-minute drive from the property

will bring you to the famed Guincho Beach.

The spectacular sight of the Atlantic Ocean

will calm your soul. The Cascais Center,

located just 5 km from the resort, is replete

with shops and cafes.

Sheraton Cascais Resort offers a plethora of

things to explore, both inside and outside

its premises. The variety of recreational

facilities appeals to guests of all age

groups. This is what makes it a familyfriendly

hotel, ideal for a getaway with your

loved ones.

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NORTE REGION

One region with four world heritage locations

One region with four world heritage locations and much more to discover. In Porto and

the North of Portugal, history intersects with modern times, breath-taking landscapes

shine and provide unforgettable experiences.

The trip begins in Porto, which is served by a modern airport with connections to several

destinations. The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport has direct and simple connections to the

metro and also buses to the centre of Porto.

Porto, the city that gave its name to Portugal, charms with its narrow streets in the historical

centre, classified as world heritage, with a view of the River Douro and Port Wine cellars,

and its vibrant and cosmopolitan city centre which, in recent years, filled with traditional

or bolder restaurants (where you must try a “francesinha”) and hotels. All of this makes it

an ideal destination for a city break.

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Porto is also a city of culture which

has a world-class architecture,

recognised with two Pritzker

Awards, Siza Vieira and Souto

Moura, two architects from “Escola

do Porto”. An example of this is

Casa da Música, a “meteorite”

designed by Rem Koolhaas,

and the Serralves Museum of

Contemporary Art, designed by

Siza Vieira.

A metropolis facing the sea, with

many restaurants specialising in

fish located on the seafront of the

nearby town of Matosinhos, Porto

also offers the opportunity to go

to the beach or even to learn to

surf in the tranquil sea of Praia

Internacional.

Guimarães, considered the European

Capital of Culture in 2012, offers

a programme that enhances the

city’s history while showing the

most exciting and new that is being

produced in terms of music, cinema,

visual arts, architecture, theatre,

among other creative areas.

Further north, in the Minho, we have Guimarães,

where, in the twelfth century, Portugal came to

be. It was in the medieval castle of Guimarães

where Afonso Henriques was born, the first king of

Portugal (the country became a republic in 1910).

The historical centre, where the castle is located, led

Unesco to consider Guimarães as a world heritage

site in 2001. Strolling around the historical centre,

where Largo da Oliveira is the heart, you find a rare

example of preservation. Taking the cable car up

to the Penha hill is rewarded with one of the most

beautiful views in Portugal.

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PRIVATE VILLA

PORTO

Historic B&B

85-93, Rua do Monte dos Judeus, União de Freguesias do Centro, Portugal ♦

Tel +351 934 607 622 ♦ privatevillaporto.pt

Private Villa Porto, as the name

already suggests, delivers the

essential exclusive accommodation

experience for those looking to

make the most of their stay in Norte

Region. The primary reason for

Private Villa Porto’s commendable

success is its proximity to all the

important tourist destinations in

the region. Located in the centre

of Porto, the hotel further offers

privileged views over Douro river.

The rooms at the hotel are designed

keeping the convenience of the

guests in mind. Every room at this

accommodation is air-conditioned

and comes with all the essential

amenities. Each of the rooms are

further equipped with a private

bathroom with all the luxurious

facilities. Depending on your

preference, you can choose to stay

in the Twin Rooms with the river

view. Similarly, Double Rooms also

come with alternatives where guests

can either be greeted by the river

view from their windows or the

street views. The room located on

the ground floor features a private

access to the terrace as well.

There are a range of outdoor activities that

you can enjoy at the hotel, including taking

a walk through the terrace and garden

located within the hotel’s vicinity. You can

also indulge in hiking. Basic facilities such

as grocery deliveries, daily maid service,

airport shuttle, luggage arrangements,

ticketing services and meeting/banquet

hall facilities can be availed as well. The

hotel specializes in making the best kind

of coffee. It is highly recommended that

you start your day with a piping cup of

hot coffee and some fresh baked goods.

Breakfast-in-bed is also available, on

request.

There are multiple points of attractions

located close to the hotel. The Soares

dos Reis National Museum is situated

300 meters away from Private Villa

Porto. Housed in the Carrancas Palace

of Cedofeita, it is the first Portuguese

national museum that exhibits collections

of Portuguese art. The collection includes

work created by the famous Portuguese

sculptor, Antonio Soares dos Reis.

Private Villa Porto is a great place to

discover the city of Porto and enjoy the

exclusivity through its services as well. Get

a true home away from home feel right

here!

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SOLAR DE OURA

Historic Boutique Hotel

Rua do Olmo, 37 – 5425-206 Oura, Vidago, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 924 127 970 ♦

solardeoura.pt

Solar de Oura is an eighteenth century house with natural beauty and ambience, located in

Oura, a picturesque village in Vidago, in the heart of Trás-os-Montes region.

The pure air that comes from the mountains, together with the warm silence of the nature

in its most precious state, makes Solar de Oura the perfect place to relax and to re-establish

energies.

The bedrooms feature natural elements combined with a contemporary design, blending

details such as rustic stone walls, minimalistic décor and linen bedding. All rooms contain a

modern en-suite bathroom.

Solar de Oura,

where nature

meets the sound

of silence.

Everyday, we offer our guests a breakfast full of homemade and regional products. Upon

request and availability, it is also possible to enjoy regional cuisine in an intimate and

romantic dinner by candlelight.

Our guests can enjoy a free bike ride

around the village, upon availability.

Vidago Palace Golf Club and Vidago

Golf Club are only 1km from Solar de

Oura, and the Ribeira de Oura swimming

pools are just 500m from where we’re

located. Other near attractions include

Vidago, Chaves and Pedras Salgadas

Thermae Spas, three Natural Parks

(Alvão, Montesinho and Peneda-Gerês),

the Douro Valley, Chaves Casino and the

Camino de Santiago. The Sá Carneiro

Airport (Porto) is 90 minutes by car.

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AUSTRIA

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Image by: Paul Gilmore

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AUSTRIA, THE POWER OF THREE

A

vibrant cast of culture, cuisine, and cool in a trio of Austrian cities.

Whoever coined the phrase “Good things come in threes” likely didn’t even

appreciate the truth this rings when applied to a round trip through Austria. While long

hailed as a premiere destination for its stunning natural settings, which offer a year-round

backdrop for outdoor recreation – world-class skiing in the winter, and a host of hiking and

lakeside pleasures in the summer – Austria’s enchanting cities are also worth a starring role

in this alpine country’s blockbuster visitor offerings. Salzburg, nicknamed ‘Stage of the

World’, with its baroque beauty and musical score which seems to thread through much of

its history, delights guests with some 4,500 cultural events annually. Graz, Austria’s second

largest city, surprises with its foodie flair, laid-back attitude, and eye-catching architecture

making many a self-guided sightseeing tour deviate off script to discover a hidden gem or

two. And, combining a young urban feel with a cool alpine vibe, Innsbruck truly lives up to

its billing as ‘Jewel of the Alps’ in its enviable location hugged by mountains that beckon

exploration and set the scene for this Tirolean capital city.

Attractively situated on the banks of the Salzach River, with its Old Town streets and

alleyways watched over by the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the largest, fully preserved

medieval castle in Europe situated on a hill high above the city, it’s no surprise that Salzburg

is well-deserving of its nod by UNESCO World Heritage. In summer, the soundtrack to this

city rings everywhere – from Mozart’s birth house at No. 9 along one of Salzburg’s most

famous pedestrian streets, the Getreidegasse, to the many cultural events that take place

during the summer months.

Salzburg

Salzburg has long been a favourite location of the cinematic world - with of course The

Sound of Music its most notable production – and one stroll around this walkable city

shows any visitor why.

Among the most well-known is the Salzburg

Festival, celebrating music and drama, and

this year in its 99th installment when the

curtain rises on 20 July, 2019.

It would be amiss not to also sing the praises

of this ‘green’ city with plenty of parks

and the natural oasis of local mountains,

pastures and forests that surround Salzburg.

Whether simply out for a fresh air ramble,

a leisurely cycle, or for those with the

endurance for a marathon, Salzburg offers

plenty of recreational diversion as well.

One of the best tips to make the most of

your stay is the cost-saving Salzburg Card

which offers free admission to a host of city

attractions, as well as complimentary use of

public transportation and a variety of other

discounts (valid for choice of 24/48/72 hrs).

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Graz

There’s nothing better than being unexpectedly

delighted and thoroughly captivated on any

travel itinerary. In fact, maybe even left wondering

why you hadn’t known of this gem before. In

entertainment, it’s sometimes referred to as a

‘sleeper hit’. The southerly Austrian city of Graz

with its charming laid-back attitude firmly knows

that dining al fresco goes hand-in-hand with its

sunny Mediterranean-influenced climate; that

architecture is best contemplated through the

striking coming together of historical heritage

and avant-garde new designs; and that culture

transcends age with its calendar of events often

held at out-of-the-ordinary locations.

Much on the summertime programme also highlights Graz’s well-respected culinary scene - if food is a way to everyone’s heart then it’s hard not

to fall in love with this Styrian capital city. From restaurants helmed by internationally-recognised chefs, to local haunts, to enticing sidewalk cafes,

to festivals celebrating all things gastronomic, this UNESCO-recognised destination, with its landmark Clock Tower overlooking the city, knows

the recipe to the good-life and is happy to take all the time it needs to give visitors a taste.

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Innsbruck

The kind of mountains you well imagine in Austria ring the cool and chic city of

Innsbruck which sits at the heart of the Tirol. As the host city of two Olympic Winter

Games, this former imperial capital, once a favourite of Emperor Maximilian I, can

definitely be lauded for giving summer the royal treatment as well. In fact, you couldn’t

write a better summertime script if you tried – in the morning, explore this unique

and appealing city influenced by not only by nature and a strong tradition, but also

by its urban draws and sporting appeal which includes leisurely recreation as well as

many organised events from trail running to mountain biking to urban obstacle courses

(cool!) Then, in the afternoon, experience the futuristic vision of the late architect Zaha

Hadid on the Hungerburg Funicular which transports visitors from the city center to the

Nordkette mountain range in just minutes.

From here, easily connect to the mountain cable car system taking guests to its highest

point of 2300m from where the 360-degree panoramic views showcase this stunning

region dotted with holiday villages. Once back down on the ground, though perhaps

with your head still a bit in the clouds from the beauty of all of it, end the day in

atmospheric Innsbruck doing some shopping or taking a coffee break along the broad

pedestrian ways of Maria Theresien Street, and don’t miss a visit to Innsbruck’s most

famous sight – the Golden Roof, tucked away in the Old Town and a reminder of

Innsbruck’s rich imperial history.

Three amazing cities - all worth a viewing this summer, so…do the sounds of Salzburg lure as a cultural

A-lister? Will Graz tempt the palate and the soul with its laissez-faire attitude and sunny disposition? Or

does Innsbruck reign supreme with its cool, alpine feel? You can always return for a sequel…

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SUMMER ADVENTURE AUSTRIA

Forget the stress of travelling in a car. For a truly relaxing holiday choose the tranquillity

of two wheels or two legs instead. Cycling or trekking will allow you to discover pure

nature, woods, meadows, farms and valleys, small villages.

Walking the Austrian Alps is a wonderfully enchanting experience, with clean, crisp air, perfect

mountain scenery, wildflowers, snow-capped mountains, blue lagoons, waterfalls, idyllic trails

and the soothing sound of tinkling cowbells. Mountain huts are strategically dotted around

the Alps. Although called huts these actually resemble small hostels, where visitors can book a

room, or simply enjoy a delicious plate of traditional home cooked food and traditional Austrian

beer. Easily negotiate the trails due to a well-appointed system of signposts directing the way.

The beautiful mountains of Austrian Tyrol, with

peaks, stunning landscapes, towns rich with history,

culture and traditions is a perfect location to explore

and discover the beauty of this region. Innsbruck

often referred to as the Capital of the Alps, is a city

dedicated to cycling with hundreds of kilometres of

trails to discover, from extreme mountain tracks to

easy, peaceful cycle paths along the picturesque Inn

Valley with imposing medieval castles, culture and

gastronomic stops along the way. Various types of

bikes are available to hire including environmentally

friendly city bikes and sturdy mountain bikes.

Passionate mountain bikers are in for a treat with

over 115 kilometres of varying levels of difficulty

MTB routes and heights of up to 2,250 metres, and

epic adrenalin fuelled gravity-defying purpose-built

racetracks.

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VÖSTLHOF

LEUTASCH

Country Apartments

Vöstlhof Leutasch not only brings you

closer to nature but also showcases the

beauty of the countryside of Austria. The

apartments may be furnished lavishly but

they bring with them a homely feel that

makes the guests want to keep returning

year after year.

Platzl 112, 6105 Leutasch, Austria ♦ Tel +43 676 6833865 ♦ voestlhof.tirol

Looking for a casual and furnished

holiday home in Tyrol? Look no

further than Vöstlhof Leutasch. Nestled

amidst Tyrolean mountains, it serves

as a cozy retreat for anyone looking

to unwind from their hectic schedules.

Not only do guests get to enjoy the

peace, recharge their batteries and

gather many beautiful memories, but

there are numerous sports activities

that they can indulge in, as well. These

activities include cross-country skiing,

sledding, hiking, biking and mountainclimbing.

Most of the apartments here feature

pinewood furnishings, giving the

space a regal feel. If you’re looking to

share space with your family members

or loved ones, then the “Hohe

Munde” is probably the best option

for you. Spread across 50m² of living

space, it even has its own balcony

where sun shines galore. Consisting

of a double-bed, built using pine

wood, you can make optimum use

of the spacious kitchen that comes

along with a pull-out couch.

The ‘Comfort’ and ‘Wetterstein’ apartments

can accomodate two to four people. The

apartments consist of a fully-equipped

kitchen, a cozy living room, bedroom, a

new bathroom with shower, toilet, and

amenities like hairdryer and satellite TV.

Guests can get their hands on the trail maps

which have 250 kilometers of well-marked

trails to explore around the apartments.

Bicycle rentals as well as properlymaintained

sports equipment are available

for the guests as well. You can make use

of the ski-room for grooming and the safe

storage to secure your valuable items. For

entertainment purposes, there’s access

to board games, magazines, books, CDs,

toys and much more at your disposal. A

game room with Lego, table football, and

pinball is accessible to all. Coffee lovers will

have loads to look forward to as there are

three types of coffee machines to choose

from: tabs, pads and filters. The hotel

also features a local bakery of its own that

supplies guests with delicious and fresh

bread.

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KAISERLODGE

Hotel and Restaurant

Image by: Daniel Frank

Dorf 11, 6351 Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser, Austria ♦ Tel +43 5358 44300 ♦ kaiserlodge.at

Looking for a place to indulge all your senses during your vacation? Kaiserlodge

Resort is the place for you. Overlooking the spectacular region of Wilder Kaiser,

the property is filled with an abundance of lake suites, penthouses, garden suites and

mountain apartments.

The structure is based on the traditional Tyrolean architecture and built with locallysourced

natural materials. A luscious green ski slope lies in front of the property. The

mountain hideaway is located in the village of Scheffau, not far from the Kitzbuhel Alps.

Each room in the resort boasts of modern and sophisticated interiors and amenities. Out

of the 44 apartments and penthouses, 14 give guests private access to the lake which is

located right next to the resort. You can also get some relaxing treatments and massages

in the resort’s state-of-the-art spa while taking in the beauty of the region around. The

spa even features a hammam and sauna for your indulgence. If you’re an outdoor person,

there’s the outdoor pool, and a relaxation area as well. You can find numerous hiking trails

around and can go skiing right from the front door! Kaiserlodge truly provides you with

the natural getaway you’ve been waiting for!

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BIOLANDHAUS

ARCHE

Eco Friendly Hotel

This hotel is a bolt hole set in a serene environment surrounded by nature. Perfect

for those wishing to escape the busy city life. The hotel has the advantage of a wellappointed

spa and wellness centre offering yoga and massage, and a grand library

boasting an extensive collection of books to suit every literary palate.

Vollwertweg 1a, 9372 Eberstein, Austria ♦ Tel +43 4264 8120 ♦ bioarche.at/de/

A

ground-breaking and award-winning family run eco hotel located in Carinthia, Southern

Austria, well-known for its mountains and lakes. The hotel has been thoughtfully

constructed using sustainable and recycled materials with an architecturally interesting design

to resemble the biblical Ark.

Expect a warm welcome from the owners, the Tessmanns, who are fully involved with the daily

running of the hotel. The chef is 81-year-old Rosalinde Tessman, a pioneering member of the

family who runs the kitchen. She is a disciple to fresh, healthy and certified organic vegetarian

cooking, using locally sourced ingredients to deliver delicious meals throughout the day.

Enjoy a holiday with a conscience as this hotel has empathy for the environment and your

health, providing a great night’s sleep due to its wonderfully peaceful location over 900 metres

above sea level providing the most wondrous panoramic views, to be enjoyed and admired

from many of the comfortable and spotlessly clean rooms.

The hotel is extremely family friendly and regularly hosts excursions and activities such as

lama petting, pony carriage rides and snowman building competitions plus so much more

for younger guests. For everyone there are numerous activities on offer all year round

including guided hikes, various snow sports for all levels of experience with instructors on

hand and equipment for hire.

Other benefits of the hotel include

conference facilities, free parking,

easy access for wheelchair users,

pets are welcomed at an extra

small daily rate.

There are a variety of rooms, all

non-smoking, including singles,

doubles, large interconnecting

family suites and three selfcatering

apartments.

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AUSTRIAN MOUNTAIN GETAWAYS

Austria offers an authentic winter

wonderland experience, with so many

activities on offer. Skiing is the most apparent

sport to enjoy with probably the best resorts

located in Heiligenblut and situated around

Austria’s most massive mountain, the aptly

named Grossglockner. However, there is so

much more to Austria than meets the eye,

such as climbing frozen waterfalls, organised

frozen lake luxury car drifting experiences,

snowboarding, sledging. For those requiring

a more relaxed experience or just some wellearned

luxury after a hard day of cross country

skiing, Austria offers romantic log fired chalets,

gondola trips up enormous mountains to view

rivers of snow and frozen gorges and cosy

horse-drawn sleigh rides.

A trip on the Nordkette funicular provides a

unique experience. Located in Innsbruck, also

known as the capital of the Alps, the funicular

is a 20-minute cable ride 2300 metres up to

the peak of the Hafekelar deep in the heart

of Olympic Skiing territory and numerous

professional and family-friendly ski resorts.

The surrounding villages offer mountain huts

blanketed by snow and excellent Austrian

restaurants, serving Italian inspired dishes.

Back down to earth in the city of Innsbruck,

enjoy a picture-perfect holiday atmosphere

due to the wealth of history and culture

and famous Christmas markets. Wander

around the magical medieval streets,

snack on traditional sweet doughnuts and

purchase the beautiful handmade local

folklore inspired Christmas ornaments and

decorations.

The atmosphere is a mixture of excitement

and happy and the towering snow-tipped

mountains provide that extra special touch

to make this a real winter wonderland.

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HALLSTATT

HIDEAWAY –

ADULTS ONLY

Boutique Hotel

The hotel itself is pitched in with an array

of elegant and spacious suites that offer

the most supreme views of the lake and

mountains. Each of the luxurious suites

come with its very own seating area, an

iPad as well as a coffee and tea maker. The

bathroom comes with bathrobes, slippers

and a hairdryer with smart-technology user

interface. If you decide to stay in a high-end

suite, you will also get a private terrace,

kitchen, kitchenette, fireplace, and a private

library exclusively for your indulgence.

Guests can also order breakfast-in-bed.

Dr.-Friedrich-Morton-Weg 24, Hallstatt 4830, Austria

Hallstatt Hideaway offers panoramic views of Lake Hallstatt. Surrounded by high-rise

mountains, the hotel can be found located in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage

town of Hallstatt.

The natural setting enables guests to kick back and relax, breathe in the fresh air and let go of

everyday life. The structure is packed with modern elements and smart technology solutions. It

represents a historic architecture, combined with sophisticated craftsmanship and contemporary

design elements, thereby making the stay at the hotel an extremely pleasant affair for the body

as well as the soul.

Since it is an Adults-Only accommodation,

children under the age of 12 years are not

allowed. What’s more? A shuttle service

to the hotel on arrival and departure is

available, absolutely free of any additional

cost.

The extremely famous Dachstein West Aki

Area is located roughly 20 minutes away

from the accommodation. You can even

unwind in the private relaxation area by the

lake.

The mini-market is located at a stone’s

throw distance from the hotel and groceries

can be arranged to be delivered to your

room too. Other sports activities such

as a tennis court are also included in the

package. For elders, there’s a cozy garden

available for walking. You can even go

fishing or skiing around the hotel with ease.

Hallstatt Hideaway takes you far away from

the hustle and bustle of the cities into the

countryside and relaxes and rejuvenates

you throughout your stay.

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HIMMLHOF

Boutique Hotel

Another one of the primary highlights of Himmlhof are its spa facilities.The spa area

is deceptively large and very welcoming, perfect for relaxation. The spa area includes

saunas, a steam bath as well as a massage room. Guests can spend a long day touring

through the city and come back to the hotel to relax with a full-body massage. The hotel

further sports a summer terrace, which offers panoramic mountain views.

The open fireplace in the lounge area and completely wooden ‘Stuberls’ provide

fantastic, traditional public areas to relax in the hotel. In the afternoon and evening,

head to the cosy, homely lounge bar. Relax on the comfortable décor while you enjoy

the romantic atmosphere in front of the antique, open fireplace. The interior is warm

and inviting with high-quality Loden and heavy Persian carpets completing the cosy and

inviting atmosphere.

Im Gries 9, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria ♦ Tel +43 5446 2322 ♦ himmlhof.com

Himmlhof is a luxury four-star

boutique hotel situated in

the heart of the vibrant resort of

St. Anton am Arlberg. With an off

street location that is quiet and

peaceful, you may forget that St

Anton’s bustling main street is just

a 30-second walk away, perfect for

enjoying all the delicious culinary

offerings in St Anton that you can

experience when staying at a bed

and breakfast.

The amazing attention to detail

throughout the hotel creates

an intimate and cosy Tyrolean

atmosphere. Offering a multitude

of room styles and choices, this

cosy lodge-style hotel adopts a

combination of luxurious Tyrolean

design whilst staying true to the

region’s Alpine influences. Each

of these rooms are equipped with

entertainment facilities that provide

full comfort to the guests. If you

choose to stay in the superior suite,

then you will get access to your very

own balcony.

In the mornings, a rich

breakfast buffet with regional

products is served. Later in

the day, a sweet and spicy

après ski snack is offered in

the afternoon. Homemade

cakes, bacon, organic cheese,

homemade bread spreads,

hot deer sausages, Tyrolean

style meatloaf, delicious salads,

hot soups, and, now and then,

some European cuisine will

meet the needs of the hungry

skiers coming home.

Himmlhof gives you the finest

luxurious experience in Tyrol

and gives you access to the

very best of the area.

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Leogang | Austria

How to Get in

• Bus

• Train

• Drive in

• Fly in

The all season, all weather scenic

resort in the heart of Austria.

Get Around

• On foot

• Bicycle

• Ski Lift

Attractions & Sights

• Bikepark Leogang

• Bergbau &

Gotikmuseum

• Sinne Park

Things to do

• Flying Fox

• Ski

• Mountain Bike

Find out more – https://

www.saalfelden-leogang.

com/en

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PURADIES

Elegant Hotel

Hotel & Chalet PURADIES, Rain 9, 5771 Leogang, Austria ♦ Tel + +43 6583 8275 ♦

puradies.com

Lots of timber and big panoramic windows

provide cosiness and the alpine flair of the

mountains. The modern designed baths

offer enough space and are equipped with

every comfort. And after a while you will

notice: The PURADIES is the place where

you will quickly feel like home. A retreat on

premium level that will remain etched in

your memory for a very long time.

The PURADIES is a stately

Pinzgau farmhouse from the

17th century. For more than 50 years,

this historic house has not only been

an organic farm, but also a small

hotel in Leogang with 20 rooms for

connoisseurs from all over Central

Europe.

THE NEW PURADIES – with our

continued development, the

Embachhof has become part of the

heart of the PURADIES Hotel and

Resort. The new rooms and suites will

satisfy every need.

Alpine, modern and on the sunniest

spot of Leogang – this is how the

PURADIES presents itself to our guests.

A hotel with a feel-good factor that

puts the focus on the guest and meets

all the requirements of a high-class

hotel. Chosen for „Best Newcomer

2017“ from the Connoisseur Circle,

our PURADIES shows highest design

standards and offers a real and authentic

feeling of well-being. A unique world of

recreation which makes you forget the

everday life easily.

Wooden beam for

wooden beam, shingle

for shingle. Surrounded

by the picturesque

scenery of the Alps,

you will spend a superb

holiday in Leogang in

our luxury chalet village.

Hidden behind the rustic,

sun-drenched wooden

façades, the interiors of

our one- or two-floor

holiday chalets surprise

guests with intriguing

modern alpine design,

tiled stove and private

spa. We truly believe in

presenting the best of

the alpine region to our

guests.

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LOOKING PAST BRUSSELS

There is more to Belgium than meets the eye, it’s not only about major cities like

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, there is the often overlooked towns such as

Hoogstraten and the surrounding area, that should really be explored too.

Take Hoogstraten for example, with a population of around 20,000, it lies in the Flanders

region on the northern borders of Belgium. Historically, it would have started out as a

small town but has developed and has become internationally known for its strawberries,

although tomatoes still remain its main crop.

Flanders, a particularly flat area, with part of the region bordering the North Sea, is

today known for its agriculture, yet is rich in history. Although not the largest area of

Belgium, it is the most populated.

Flanders saw one of the greatest losses on the Western Front in World War I, in particular

the battles of Ypres and with the well preserved and maintained wartime memorials, it

remains a popular location for visitors to admire the many historic sites, that bring back

memories of the historic and world changing events that have gone in years’ past

Other reasonably sized towns are located nearby such as Tilburg, Breda and Turnhout,

which are also worth visiting to see a different side of Belgium, away from the major

cities. These towns will give a true taste of Belgium, including the history, architecture and

culture, that has not been exploited for tourism like many of the major Belgium cities such

as Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent have.

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B&B BERGENHOF

Design Bed and Breakfast

Bergenstraat 17, 2322 Hoogstraten, Belgium ♦ Tel +32 468 43 93 34

A scrumptious continental breakfast (that

also comprises of fresh eggs from the hosts’

own chickens) is available every morning at

the property. Guests can also relax in the

lush garden amidst the fragrance of fresh

flowers and the soothing country breeze.

With a quiet and beautiful location that has

comfortable beds, clean rooms and the

most gracious host, who is fluent in German,

English, and Dutch, B&B Bergenhof is

the best way for all to enjoy a homely

environment away from home. The hosts

also give you special recommendations

regarding the best things to do in the town

of Hoogstraten, best restaurants, and travel

tips as well.

The hostess of the B&B Bergenhof is happy

to organise packed lunches for picnics,

should you require those for day trips away

from Bergenhof.

All of Europe is renowned for its

gorgeous views, especially in the

countryside. Quaint cottages set amidst

verdant rolling hills, crisp breezes and

romantic environs have inspired writers

and poets from time immemorial.

One such place in the heart of chocolate

country is the B&B Bergenhof in

Hoogstraten in Belgium. Antwerp

International Airport is a picturesque 47km

drive from this charming abode. This

seemingly old-world property has all the

modern amenities that fulfil the material

needs of a comfortable family vacation.

But that doesn’t mean that couples, friends

and business travellers can’t have the time

of their lives here!

Set in Hoogstraten, B&B Bergenhof is a

comfortable accommodation with plenty

of sitting areas and spaces to lounge

around in. All of the units in this bed and

breakfast include a cable flat-screen TV, a

fully stocked kitchen with a microwave, and

a private bathroom with a shower and a

hair dryer. Some rooms in the abode have a

separate dining area that affords gorgeous

views of a typical European ‘village’.

The modern facilities even in the midst of

a rural area make B&B Bergenhof an ideal

place for an eclectic family vacation where

you can watch life go by as you put your

feet up in the comfort of homely facilities.

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Bruges | Belgium

How to Get in

• Train

• Car

• Ferry

• Bus

A one of a kind quaint preindustrial

town. A visit to Europe

isn’t complete without a visit to

this wonderful town.

Get Around

• On foot

• Bicycle

Attractions & Sights

• Basilica of the Holy

Blood

• Brewery de Halve Maan

• Lucifernum

Things to do

• Boat Tour

• Hot Air Ballooning

• Visit a Chocolate Shop

Find out more - https://

www.visitbruges.be/en

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BRYGHIA HOTEL

Family Friendly Hotel

Oosterlingenplein 4, 8000 Brugge, Belgium ♦ Tel +32 50 33 80 59 ♦ bryghiahotel.be

Eventually in 1965, after

several centuries of

uneventful existence, the

building was restored and

turned into the hotel which

led to a new exciting chapter

in its history.

In 2018 the property and the

hotel were acquired by the

Vanrenterghem family whose

long-term refurbishment

programme aims to restore

the hotel to its former glory

in the next decade to come.

Romantic and exuding charm,

family-owned Bryghia Hotel

features 22 comfortable rooms,

many of which are renowned for

their unique and splendid canal

views. Praised for its intimate and

homely atmosphere, it has been a

firm favourite of travellers for years.

Bryghia Hotel, its building located

in part of the original “Domus

Osterlingorum” or “House Of The

Orientals”, has always been a very

important part of Bruges’ history.

Built during the Middle Ages

between 1478 and 1481 it was the

most significant of 4 trading houses

of the German Hanseatic League.

Due to changing circumstances

Bruges started to lose prominence

as a trading city which eventually led

to the merchants moving out of the

city around 1500 with only the coat

of arms of the Holy Roman Empire

hanging above the doorway as a

reminder of its rich past.

As a family-owned business, we expect our

guests to make themselves at home and treat

our hotel like their own family hideaway. We

take great pride in welcoming everyone from

newborns to great-grandparents and if you are

planning a break with all of the family, Bryghia

Hotel is the perfect place for gathering and

celebrating with all your nearest and dearest in a

warm and inviting atmosphere.

Though located in a very quiet part of the historic

city it still benefits from being very near to the

centre with the market being only a five-minute

walk away.

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Image by: Giuseppe Mondi

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ISTANBUL – STUNNING CITY OF EUROPE

Located in the Marmara region of Turkey, Istanbul could be one of the coolest cities

in Europe. It is a city of culture and it was the European City of Culture in 2010.

It is Turkey´s largest city, with a population exceeding 15 million, making it the most

populated city in Europe, and the city continues to expand rapidly and develop due to

the vibrant economy.

Istanbul has stunning architecture, due it historically being a Roman, Byzantime and

Ottoman capital, it makes Istanbul a city to visit and never forget.

Istanbul is a colourful and vibrant city, with busy city shopping, attractions, museums,

nightlife, bars, restaurants and the many religious and historical sites. The spiritual

mosques and Ottoman Palaces, need to be visited to appreciate their grandeur.

The likes of Mark Twain and Agatha

Christie, all had clear connections with

Istanbul, and Orhan Pamuk was awarded

the nobel prize for Literature. Many

other creative individuals have openly

been inspired by Istanbul too.

Istanbul is different to all the other major

European cities, with architecture from

different ages, from Ancient Hellenic

sites to modern constructions, make the

city beautiful and awe inspiring. There

are many protected UNESCO World

Heritage sites covering over 650 hectares

of Istanbul, for example, Topkapi Palace

and Basilca Cistern.

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The Ottoman Palaces, once the homes

of Sultans, are now for visitors to Istanbul

to enjoy. A number of Ottoman Palaces

are now luxurious hotels where guests

can enjoy high class residence and

restaurants, true luxury.

Hospitality within Turkey and Istanbul

is of the highest standard, with the

best in accommodation, service, food

and drink. The Turkish cuisine served is

appreciated worldwide, so where better

to enjoy than Istanbul.

With influences from the eight bordering

countries, some of the most unique food

in the world can be found here including

Kofte, Doner, Kumpir and Lahmacun,

There are so many attractions to see in

and around Istanbul, a few examples

include Aya Sofya, now a museum

but once a Cathedral, or the amazing

Topkapi Palace, built in the 15th century,

for hundreds or years inhabited by

sultans.

The Hippodrome, construction

commenced AD 203 and

completed AD 330, was once full

of excitement as chariot races

and games took place. Very little

remain in place, but certainly a site

worth a visit.

Istanbul is a city like no other, and

a city that is a must visit for anyone

who wants to see a city with an

offering completely different to

the other major European cities.

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REIS INN HOTEL

Award For Excellence

In Service

Atatürk Mah. Adnan Kahveci Bulvarı No. 7 Beylikdüzü /İstanbul ♦

Tel +90 212 426 36 36 ♦ reisinnhotel.com

Situated in close proximity

to the evergreen Istanbul

Ataturk Airport and Istanbul’s largest

International Fairground, Reis Inn

Hotel gives you access to the best

places in town with ease.

Owing to its central location, it is very

easy for the guests to go around town.

If you’re looking to get away from the

everyday routine of your life, Reis Inn

Hotel in Istanbul is the answer to your

problems. The hotel boasts of 139

Deluxe Rooms, 10 Deluxe Suites and

1 room for differently abled guests.

Each room is well-equipped with the

most modern amenities including

LCD screen television, work table,

minibar, direct-dial telephones in the

bathrooms and the rooms, as well as

a safety box, among other things.

The Deluxe Suites pack even more

luxury and are spread out across a

vast area of 50m 2 . Plush furnishings

and round the clock services ensure

an indulging and relaxing stay at the

hotel.

You can take a Turkish bath, enjoy the

heat in the sauna, relax in the steam room

and jacuzzi or take a dip in the indoor

swimming pool. If you want to keep up

with your fitness schedule, you can head to

the fitness center which is equipped with

all the necessary gym equipment.

The Inci Restaurant will give you an

indulgent experience with its palatial

ambience and mouthwatering delicacies

from both Turkey and across the world.

Their team of chefs and the staff leave no

stone unturned to make sure that your

gastronomic requirements are not just met

but are exceeded by a huge margin.

The hotel also features meeting rooms that

are built on the mezzanine level. These

provide you with a relaxing environment

in your busy meetings with their special

billiards table and library, where you can

relax and take a break from the meetings.

You can even organize your own private

events at the restaurant including company

dinners, engagements, weddings,

birthdays and henna nights. Reis Inn Hotel

truly enhances your stay in Istanbul and

serves you the very best of what the city

has to offer.

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HILTON MARMARA

REGION BOMONTI

Hotel and Spa

Silahsor Cad. No 42 Bomonti-Sisli, Istanbul, 34381, Turkey ♦ Tel +90-212-3753000 ♦

https://www3.hilton.com

You can choose from their high-floor deluxe

rooms, elegant suites as well as separate

living rooms. Each and every space comes

with complimentary Wi-Fi, space for work,

HDTV and the all-famous Hilton Serenity

Bed, which will give you a good night’s

sleep.

Located opposite the grand

Bomontiada, which was

also formerly known as Bomonti

Beer Factory, the Hilton Marmara

Region Bomonti can be found

nestled in the most colourful part

of the city of Istanbul. As soon as

you step out of the hotel, you are

met with a street that is lined with

the most popular entertainment

venues of the city. Transportation

couldn’t get better with the

bustling Osmanbey Metro Station

just a 10-minute-walk away from

the hotel.

Choose to stay in one of the

hotel’s 829 rooms, equipped

with some of the best amenities

in the country. Be it the grandeur

of Bosphorus or the stunning

Marmara Sea, the majority of the

rooms at the hotel feature direct

views through their windows.

The hotel also features the

2017 World Luxury Spa Awardswinning

eforea Spa on three of

the floors.

The Globe Restaurant is helmed by some of

the most experienced chefs in the country.

The restaurant dishes out some exotic

Turkish, Mediterranean and grilled dishes.

You can enjoy a continental breakfast

each morning with an incredible view at

the hotel’s rooftop restaurant – Cloud 34.

Guests enjoy themselves, savouring

the sushi menu, Asian delicacies and

international cocktails.

If you’re looking to make a business trip

then different equipment and facilities such

as audio/visual equipment rental, business

phone services, and cellular phone rentals

are made available. If you’re planning on

traveling with your children, the hotel

provides babysitting service, a special

children’s menu, and children’s video rental.

The hotel makes a special effort to enhance

the comfort of its guests by including things

like baggage storages, barber shops,

beauty salons, and much more.

If you’re looking for a luxurious and

indulgent trip to Istanbul, choose to stay

at Hilton Marmara Region Bomonti and let

yourself get pampered throughout your

stay.

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RAVOUNA 1906 –

SPECIAL CATEGORY

The Award For Excellence

In Service

İstiklal Cad. No.201 Tomtom Mah. Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Türkiye ♦ Tel +90 212 924 87 60 ♦

ravouna1906.com

Istanbul is undoubtedly one of the most iconic cities in the world. Straddling between Asia

and Europe, it offers an interesting amalgamation of marvelous, rich architecture, and lipsmacking

food. If you have an upcoming Turkish holiday in your calendar, make sure you stay at

Ravouna 1906 – Special Category.

Located centrally on the bustling Istiklal Avenue, Ravouna 1906 offers accommodation with

lovely views of the sea and the city. The magnificent Ravouna Building was designed by C.P.

Kyriakides in 1894. It was meant to be an antique boutique and home for the Italian Ravouna

family.

Ravouna 1906 – Special Category offers

accommodation in eight lavish suites

spread across four floors of the Ravouna

Building. Each suite has a distinct texture

and color palette. Elegant furniture and

woven fabric add to their beauty. It is

further enhanced by the use of special oak

flooring. While some of these suites offer

lovely views of the sea, others face the

vibrant Istiklal Avenue.

The rooms feature all modern amenities

to ensure that you have a luxurious stay.

The suites are also equipped with fullyfunctional

kitchenettes and dining tables.

Don’t miss the freshly ground coffee that is

considered to be their specialty.

The property doesn’t miss a chance to

exhibit grandeur, even in the minutest

details. This is evident from the use of

antique Carrera Marbles in the bathrooms.

They also feature a shower, hair-dryer, and

exclusive Turkish bathrobes. Each suite has

a private balcony that opens to the tranquil

sea or the busy street.

Ravouna 1906 – Special Category lets you

enjoy in-room dining facilities. Visit the onsite

restaurant to try some authentic Turkish

delicacies.

Owing to its strategic location, Ravouna

1906 allows guests to explore Istanbul to

the fullest. The Galata Tower, surrounded

by restaurants and cafes, is located just 600

meters away from the property.

Ravouna 1906 – Special Category offers

the perfect combination of regal interiors

and contemporary facilities. The property

lets you experience the spirit of Istanbul in

all its glory. It gives you a glimpse of the

fascinating history and culture that hides in

every corner of the extraordinary city.

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CLARION HOTEL

GOLDEN HORN

Waterfront Hotel

The hotel is especially concerned about

its guest’s convenience and thus, provides

free shuttle services to Cevahir Mall and

Taksim Square, four times a day. It also

features a fitness centre and a restaurant

that serves international cuisines. However,

do give their Turkish meals a shot. They are

made extremely well and will give you the

authentic local flavors.

At the hotel, breakfast is usually served in

buffet style. However, you can get your

meal delivered to your room, on request.

Sivaseli Sokak No:10 Sütlüce, İmrahor Caddesi, 34445 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey ♦

Tel +90 212 314 04 44 ♦ clariongoldenhorn.com

If you wish to discover the very

heart and essence of Istanbul,

choose to stay at Clarion Hotel

Golden Horn. Located right on the

Golden Horn, this hotel provides

you fantastic facilities and a prime

location to start your exploration of

the city.

Being right on the waterfront,

it comes as no surprise that the

hotel’s rooms give you some serene

views of the water passing by. You

can witness the primary inlet of

Bosphorus into Turkey right here!

Each of the rooms are equipped with

bright interiors and plush furnishings.

Private bathrooms, equipped with

showers and all the bath essentials

are included. The rooms also come

along with their own safety box and

a high-quality extra-long bed for

maximum comfort of the guests. You

can organize and enjoy your very

own little private party on the room’s

terrace as well. Get mesmerized by

the Istanbul skyline, while you’re

sipping on your favourite drink right

on your private deck.

The famous Taksim Square is located

7-kilometers away from the hotel. If you’re

the kind who enjoys shopping, the side

streets of Takism Sqaure contains antique

boutiques. Other primary attractions

around the hotel include the Halic Congress

Centre, which is 1.9-kilometers away from

the property.

Clarion Hotel Golden Horn ensures

that every single need of their guests is

taken care of. The idyllic location and

splendid services make this hotel a perfect

destination for your next vacation to

Istanbul.

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Bodrum | Turkey

How to Get in

• Plane

• Ferry

• Bus

• Self-Drive

A city of two halves balancing ancient

ruins with a modern nightlife

Get Around

• Dolmus

• Bicycle

• On foot

Attractions & Sights

• Bodrum Castle

• Karakaya Village

• Windmills

Things to do

• Hamam

• Water Sport

• Boat Tour

• Shop at the Bazaar

Find out more –

http://www.bodrum.org/

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CASA HERMANAS

Stylish Resort

Torba Mahallesi, İnönü Caddesi No:64 Torba Bodrum, 48400 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey ♦

Tel + 90 252 367 18 48 ♦ casahermanas.com

Located in the stunning

destination of Bodrum,

Casa Hermanas offers a unique

experience unlike any other.

Guests are offered the opportunity

to immerse themselves in the

breathtaking surroundings of nature

and the Aegean Sea. Golden sand

beaches can be found at a 5 minute

walking distance. Ports, bays, coves

or hills – there is an abundance of

scenery just a stone’s throw distance

from the resort.

The resort features 36 suites each

of which is designed to be kid

friendly. There are four different

types of suites for you to choose

from; Fantasia suites, Fiesta suites,

Amor suites and Corazon suites.

Fantasia suites are ideal for a couple

as they overlook the sea and consist

of spacious living rooms with an

exclusive jacuzzi. The rooms feature

extra large windows that allow

guests to stay indoors while also

getting adequate panoramic views

of the sea.

The Fiesta suites, on the other hand, offer

unmatched opulence and feature two

bedrooms and a separate living room. The

space is comfortably equipped with smart

technology solutions such as a fridge,

bathroom amenities, satellite TV and more.

Meanwhile, the Amor suites are 60-square

meters in size and have a separate living

room and bedroom areas for comfort.

The rooms also include a glass-enclosed

shower with all bathroom amenities. Lastly,

the Corazon suites are known for their

comfort and style. Sip a cup of tea or coffee

on your own private patio while taking in

the beautiful views around.

The resort is known to present rich, tasty

and colorful Mediterranean cuisine. It also

specializes in Mexican dishes. You can

choose to eat your meal at the main dining

room or at the exquisite beach bar, which is

surrounded by one of the best views in the

whole of Bodrum.

The resort includes spa facilities and a

fitness centre that offers yoga and pilates

classes. Art workshops as such the Clay

Therapy, are regularly organized for

children’s entertainment. If you’re looking

for a quiet getaway at an exotic location,

Casa Hermanas is your calling.

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BEYAZ VILLAS

Family Friendly Apartments

Beyaz Villas, Gul Sokak, Dalyan, 48840, Turkey ♦ Tel +90 2522842729 ♦ beyazvillas.com

Apartments consist of a double or twin

bedroom, a living/kitchen area, a bathroom

and a balcony. You can also book a family

apartment with three bedrooms which can

accommodate 6-8 people. Facilities within

the grounds include free wifi, table tennis,

swimming pool , bar, alfresco dining and

free parking.

After you enjoy a sumptuous buffet

breakfast of fresh produce, the only

dilemma is choosing between relaxing by

the pool or enjoying one of the many tailormade

organised private trips put together

by the staff.

Imagine a home away from home. A place where a holiday becomes more than a getaway;

and becomes an experience instead. Beyas Villas – a collection of family-friendly apartments

in Turkey is one such place.

This beautiful ‘apart-hotel’ is just about a 5-minute walk from the picturesque centre of Dalyan

and your indulgence begins with a homely welcome at the airport where you are collected by

private taxi and in less than 30 minutes, you are at the villas.

Get used to the ambience as you relax at the bar while your luggage is transferred to your room,

each of which has a kettle, a fridge, cooking essentials, fresh and soft bath towels, as well as

hair dryers, and a safe. A bottle of water, a carton of milk and a packet of biscuits are also there.

If you are a nature lover, you can walk

along the lakeside or on the beach. Across

the river from Dalyan is the historic city of

Kaunos. On the way up to Kaunos, you

pass the Lycian tombs, which have looked

over Dalyan for some 2500 years and can

also be spotted from the main town over

the lake.

Iztuzu beach (also called Turtle Beach)

is accessible from Dalyan via boat and

dolmus (minibus). Wildlife aficionados

can be treated to gorgeous colonies

of loggerhead sea turtles, storks, and

kingfishers.

If all the sight-seeing has left you fatigued,

come back to the comfort of your home

away from home to the Beyas Villas for an

evening of relaxed partying. A night-out

right within the comfort of your vacation

home will be the best way to round off a

day spent in the best possible way.

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THE ENDURING APPEAL OF ITALY

What is it about Italy that enthrals? It is a fusion of many things, from fast cars and

world-class fashion design to the natural beauty of the rugged coastlines and

verdant green hillsides, spectacular lakes, poignant islands, impressive cities and striking

landscapes.

Italy boasts an incredible collection of history, art and culture from the Renaissance to

the ancient ruins including the ancient temple at Paestum and Agrigento to inspiring

masterpieces hanging at the Vatican and Uffizi Museums.

However, it is the people that draw

visitors back time and time again.

Italy is an extremely welcoming

country with an inexhaustible zest

for living and loving. Visitors have

an opportunity to experience the

famous “La Dolce Vita” in the

form of a kind smile from a smartly

dressed elderly gentleman, a firm

and genuine handshake from a

waiter, and invitations to join newly

made friends for lunch.

Some of the most stunning

architecture in the world is based

in Italy, Rome in particular. The jawdropping

movie scene of the Eternal

City with its Colosseum, fountains of

fresh drinking water and monuments

all possess the wow factor. Simply sit in

the Piazza Navona, sip a strong Italian

espresso and absorb the opulence

that is Rome. An experience never to

be forgotten.

Of course, food plays a role in wanting

to return to Italy. The addictive Italian

cuisine, including pizza cooked that

way only Italians can cook it with the

classic thin crust, blend of Italian herbs

and mozzarella cheese, the worldclass

creamy gelato, Tuscan wines,

and olive oil, no other country can

replicate the flavours.

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For romantic and breathtaking countryside visit Tuscany. This picture-perfect region boasts

one of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy and has a great deal to offer, from walled

villages and medieval fortresses, stunning coastlines, marvellous cities, cooking classes,

signature wines and food festivals. Tuscany offers an authentic Italian sensory overload.

Lesser known gems are waiting to be explored, for example, Lake Iseo located in the

north is an unspoilt nature spot, surrounded by the picturesque and historical “Borghi più

Belli d’Italia” villages set against the dramatic backdrop of the Monte Isola mountains.

In addition, the Puglia region

is luxury, elegance and rustic

perfectly combined with

history, architecture, vibrant

towns and enchanting

beaches. Located in the

heel on the map of Italy´s

famous boot, it has risen

up the ranks to become a

perfect destination due to its

diverse coastlines, with both

the Adriatic and Ionian on

either side and both easily

accessible. For history lovers,

visit the World Heritage

site of Alberobello, with its

gothic style Trulli houses that

date back to the Bronze Age.

Visit the cypress-lined region of

Val D’orcia, where the site for the

UNESCO World Heritage town of

Pienza is located with its amazing

architecture and wonderful markets

selling the famous pecorino cheeses,

homemade wines, olive oil and local

honey.

Also, Siena referred to as the “Little

Sister of Florence” a city full of charm

and history, with medieval brick

houses, and the famous Piazza del

Campo which hosts the biannual Palio

horse racing event.

Of course, Florence, the capital of

Tuscany, is a delightful city for lovers

of art and culture in abundance. After

all, the Renaissance period was born

here and that makes this city all the

more spectacular.

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BEN CARSON

Love from Tuscany

Q&A

Tell us a little about Love from Tuscany

Love from Tuscany is an online travel guide

to one of Italy’s most enchanting regions.

We offer our readers a mix of practical advice

and immersive stories that help them plan

their trips. And we give them the knowledge

they need to choose the destinations and

experiences that match their interests.

Behind the scenes you’ll find us. Sabrina,

Florentine by birth, and Ben from Eng-land.

We met in Florence, got married and moved

around a bit, and today we divide our time

between England and our house in the

Chianti.

Sharing our love for Tuscany has given us the

chance to explore this incredible region in

depth; we’re always on the lookout for the

most charming destina-tions, hidden corners

and ancient tradi-tions that live on in the

towns and coun-tryside. We believe a travel

guide should capture the authenticity and soul

of a place, and that’s just what we are trying to

do with every post!

Why do you think Tuscany continues to be

such a popular tourist destination?

Tuscany is known for many things. Its

countryside is one of the most beautiful in

all of Italy, full of rolling hills, verdant valleys

and tightly knit vineyards. People come in

search of picturesque hilltop towns like San

Gimignano and Volterra, the impressive

Medieval architecture of Siena and Pisa.

And of course the Renaissance jewel that is

Florence, the biggest city in the region and

still its main drawcard. There’s a lot of wine

tourism here too as the Chianti area, amongst

others, produces some of Italy’s best loved

wines. Importantly Tuscany has both mountain

areas and a varied coastline, so there’s

something for every taste. Speaking of that,

the food in Tuscany is amazing, and reason

enough for a visit!

Tuscany is often romanticized in

popular culture. What are some of the

misconception’s tourists have of Tuscany?

The popular and clichéd image of Tuscany is of

sun-drenched vineyards, and warm evenings

spent on a terrace with a glass of wine in your

hand. This is true for summer, but of course

Tuscany gets cold in the winter (you can ski

in the mountains here) and its landscapes are

more varied than people might imagine. It’s

not all about vineyards. There are the marble

rich Apuan Alps which are great for hiking, the

beaches and lagoons of the Maremma, and

the ancient forests of Casentino which make a

great Autumn destination.

Tuscany is home to many artistic cities,

which would you say is your personal

favourite and why?

Florence really can’t be beaten as an art

mecca. Aside from the world renowned Uffizi

gallery filled with Renaissance masterpieces,

walking around in the city is a bit like being

inside an open air art museum, with ancient

statues round every corner. But our personal

favourites are Siena and Lucca. For us,

the Piazza del Campo in Siena is the most

impressive square in the whole of Tuscany

and the cathedral is jaw-dropingly beautiful.

We love Lucca for its friendly atmosphere and

delightful Medieval churches, not to mention

its massive tree-lined walls that you can walk

on top of.

Tuscan food has an excellent global

reputation, what dish would you

recommend to travelers? Could you give

us a restaurant recommendation?

Sabrina: I’m from Florence, and absolutely

adore a good Panino con Lampredotto, an

ultra-Florentine dish which is basically cow’s

stomach boiled in broth and served up in a

roll with salsa verde. Not for the feint hearted!

Ben: I love Ribollita. This is a hearty soup

made with black kale, Tuscan bread and

cannellini beans. It’s a winter dish, but it’s so

good I insisted on having it at our wedding in

the middle of summer!

website: lovefromtuscany.com

email: info@lovefromtuscany.com

What is the best off the beaten path

attraction?

Anywhere in Southern Tuscany! The area

known as the Maremma is still relatively

untouched by mass tourism. It has otherworldly

hilltop towns like Pitigliano and Sorano, long

wild beaches and sunsets that melt the heart.

(We go here every year in late spring, before

all the Italian holiday makers arrive.)

Tuscany is a fairly large region, what would

you say is the best way to get around?

That’s easy. A car. If you really want to

experience the varied landscapes and be able

to stop at that small hamlet that you spy on

top of a hill, there’s no other way to travel. You

can get around with public transport, but miss

a lot of what makes Tuscany really magical.

What does the future hold for Love from

Tuscany?

We’ve been doing this for two years now, and

we feel like we haven’t even scratched the

surface of everything Tuscany offers. So we’re

going to keep exploring and trying to find

more of these special places, experiences and

stories to share with our readers. We’re also

starting work on a book about Tuscany that’s

tailor-made for visitors to the region.

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lovefromtuscany/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lovefromtuscany/

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HOTEL

LE FONTANELLE

Wellness Retreat

Km 14, Strada Provinciale 408 di Montevarchi, 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga SI, Italy ♦

Tel +39 0577/35751 ♦ hotelfontanelle.com

Hotel Le Fontanelle is popular for offering panoramic views from its exceptional location

in the Chianti Hills. The hotel’s main building itself dates all the way back to the 13th

century. In fact, The Hotel Le “Fontanelle” is named after the old “fountains, sources of stone

used to collect spring water.”

Being a part of an old country estate, the structure is truly a spectacular sight to view. The

elegant and refined rooms, characterised by their size and tasteful furnishings, are surrounded

by prestigious common grounds, where guests will always be able to enjoy the personalized

service of the staff.

The rooms further feature beamed ceilings and terracotta floors while each of them overlook

the surrounding vineyards, woods, and valley. The furniture and fittings are purely of Tuscan

tradition and the works of art that adorn the dwelling have been specially chosen by the owner

of the house and will amaze you by their dedication and attention to detail.

You can enjoy a refreshing swim along with

stunning views in the hotel’s outdoor pool.

The hotel also offers bikes, free of charge.

Indoors, you can work out in the gym.

There’s also an indoor pool with a hydro

massage area. Learn how to truly pamper

yourself at the wellness area of the hotel.

Relax in the sauna or the Turkish bath.

Guests are also free to request for one of

many beauty treatments offered by the

hotel.

Le Fontanelle’s La Colonna restaurant has

a panoramic terrace and serves traditional

Italian cuisine with a creative twist. The

restaurant is headed by the popular chef,

Daniele Canella, who is known to create

menus in balance between traditional and

innovative refinement. The hotel has hired

a sommelier, whose responsibility is to

advise you in your selection of wine.

For daily lunches and snacks, the Hotel

Le Fontanelle presents its Al Fresco Pool

Bar which is located near the outdoor

swimming pool area.

The hotel is an ideal choice for a leisure

holiday, a romantic honeymoon, an

enchanted wedding, to experience wine

tasting tours, to host prestigious events,

or simply to enjoy a relaxing break in

an atmosphere of intimate wellness and

pursuit of your inner peace.

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TRANSFER &

TOURS CORTONA,

PRVULOVIC DEJAN

Transfer Company

Italy ♦ Tel +39 348 40 23 501 ♦ transferandtourscortona.com

When it comes to travelling and

exploring a region what better

way to learn more about that area than by

mixing with the locals and experiencing an

authentic and gratifying connection.

Transfer & Tours Cortona are local experts

who have been organising travel tours in

Tuscany for many years, and they have finetuned

their trips to provide an authentic

experience, taking you places where no

traveller has been before! The service is

punctual, with spotlessly clean vehicles

equipped with water and umbrellas if

required.

Plan your itinerary with Dejan, a polite,

knowledgeable and entertaining driver

who strives to ensure his travellers have

a Tuscan experience to remember for the

rest of their lives. From collecting you at

the train station or airport to taking you on

a journey through breath-taking scenery of

sunflower fields and Tuscan countryside.

He will take you to family-run wineries,

where you will lunch on fresh local Tuscan

delicacies such as locally reared Chianina

Beef or Cinta Senese cured meats and

farmhouse produced pecorino cheese.

Dejan will recommend restaurants and

cafes, where to go grocery shopping,

where the locals shop and not forgetting

the best gelato houses. The whole

experience is relaxed, with the opportunity

to take a break whenever, albeit to take

photos, stop for lunch or to visit one of the

beautiful nearby towns to explore.

There are many tours on offer including the

vineyards, where the drivers are aficionados

of this stunning area of Tuscany. Indeed,

the drivers know these wine trails like the

back of their hands. Off the beaten track,

away and far from the touristy routes to

selected wineries to meet the owners and

expert sommeliers and gain some insider

knowledge of winemaking and, of course,

sampling the finished product.

After the tour, the drivers are happy

to deliver you safely back to your

accommodation and help unload your

purchases.

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Piedmont | Italy

How to Get in

• Plane

• Train

• Bus

A culinary mecca at the heart

of Europe.

Get Around

• Bicycle

• Taxi

• Self-Drive

• Bus

• Train

Attractions & Sights

• Egyptian Museum

of Turin

• Lake Maggiore

• Basilica of Superga

• Villa Ottolenghi

Wedekind

Things to do

• Truffle Hunt

• Wine Tour

• Ski

• Shop in Turin

Find out more – http://

www.italia.it/en/discoveritaly/piedmont.html

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TENUTA

MONTEMAGNO

Boutique Hotel

Gentle slopes covered with vineyards

extend as far as the eye can see, flecked

by ancient hamlets and imposing castles:

our estate is the ideal place to stay for

relaxing holidays, comforted by heartwarming

landscapes, wine and food tasting

enhanced by the rays of sunset, and menus

studied to exalt local cuisine.

via Cascina Valfossato, 9 Montemagno, 14030 Asti Italy ♦ Tel +39 014163624 ♦

tenutamontemagno.it

It is in this old 16th-century

estate, bordering on the

edges of the Montemagno,

Viarigi, Casorzo and Altavilla

districts, that our dream

became reality: to rediscover

a land protecting ancient

tradition, to new life in walls

that have witnessed so much

history and to produce wines

that will proudly represent

Monferrato but, through our

own interpretation, also leave

the mark of innovation brought

to the vineyards and cantina

thanks to the contribution

of skilled technicians and

oenologists with a lifetime of

experience.

Our dream is coming true: “a

place highly suitable for vines”,

as Tenuta Montemagno was

defined by maps of Napoleon’s

time is now a residence of

excellence where guests can

enjoy some unforgettable

moments.

Private rooms and comfortable apartments

are available for short or even very long

stays. Guests can also enjoy a stupendous

overflow pool in the tranquillity of estate

surroundings, as well as numerous

activities dedicated to the discovery of

the Monferrato district. After discovering

the complexity and harmony of the fruit

of the vine, the colours and fragrances of

the Monferrato area, you will be able to

delight your palate with our own chef’s

interpretation of local cuisine.

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REST OF

EUROPE

Image by: Javier Bosch

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BARCELONA AND BEYOND

Barcelona is a beautiful cosmopolitan city, Spain´s second city and the capital of

Catalan. The city is vibrant, historic and cultured, ensuring visitors to this wonderful

city have an abundance of options during their trip.

Historic sites have been well preserved in the city, and it is essential to visit Roman

archaeological sites to fully appreciate their splendour. Museums are in ample supply and

other attractions of particular interest include the Picasso Museum, for example.

And with Barcelona being a major city and tourist destination, getting to Barcelona has

never been easier, enabling visitors to not only enjoy the city, but also the many interesting

locations and attractions in a reasonable proximity to the city, that are well worth visiting.

Some of the most popular destinations which are ideal for a day trip from Barcelona

include Montserrat, a stunning monastery and one of Spain’s key religious sites,

embedded within the mountains, and home to the famous Black Madonna, well worth

a day trip and the guided tour.

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Another excellent day trip is to the beautiful

coastal destination of Sitges, known for the

mansions along the sea front, and a most

sought after suburb of Barcelona and known

for its restaurants and nightlife.

For more culture, the Dali Theatre Museum.

This has the largest collection of Dali

paintings in a single location, but this is

no surprise as the museum is situated in

Salvador Dali´s home town of Figueres.

If you want to see some of the most

spectacular mountain scenery, take a day

trip to the Pyrenees, and visit mountain

villages and enjoy traditional food and drink

whilst taking in the clean and fresh air of the

region.

Another interesting location to visit is Vallromanes for a day trip,

with its own nature reserve and stunning views of the Parc de la

Serralada Litoral. This village is located approximately 25 kms from

the centre of Barcelona and can be accessed easily by car or public

transport.

The village is mountainous, with many pine and oak forests

surrounding the village. The area is quite sought after, with a

number of gated communities and the Vallromanes Golf Club,

ideal if you are a golf enthusiast.

The beauty of being based in a city such as Barcelona, is the

opportunities you have to see something a little different. With

many day trips on offer, whatever takes you interest is sure to be

just a short journey away.

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SANDRA TOURS

Private Tour Company

Spain

Catalonia in Spain is one of the world’s leading tourist regions. As the 20th-most-visited

region in the world, it is rather popular too because of its several attractions - both

natural and man-made, including UNESCO World Heritage sites.

There is so much to see in Catalonia that it could all seem overwhelming if you don’t have

someone to guide you with the not-to-be-missed and the avoidable. Sandra Tours, run by an

affable and knowledgeable lady with the same name is the best bet. Sandra will help you see

Catalonia in a real yet magical way, essentially because her company is able to adapt to visitors’

interests, mood, and requests - and in several languages! She can also give information that

could be the basis for your independent exploration.

Get professional recommendations of the

best places to see, eat, and enjoy. Not just

that, Sandra Tours helps you with moneysaving

deals in the region! When you are

in a place as wonderful and complex as

Catalonia, it really helps to have some

guidance so you get much more out of your

visit. Sandra Tours makes this outstanding

region seem familiar with their expertise!

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MAS SALAGROS

ECO RESORT

Resort

Riera de Vallromanes, S/N, 08188 Vallromanes, Barcelona, Spain ♦

Tel +34 935 65 60 60 ♦ www.massalagros.com

Are you craving a holiday that offers a combination of idyllic scenery, rich heritage, and

delectable cuisine? Spain, with its sun-kissed sea beaches, picturesque landscapes, and

numerous historical monuments, is a delight for every traveler. If you are planning a Spanish

vacation, don’t look beyond Mas Salagros EcoResort to book your accommodation.

Set in an ancient farmhouse dating back to 1497, Mas Salagros EcoResort is Spain’s first

completely eco-friendly resort. It is situated in a nature reserve in Vallromanes and offers

stunning views of the Parc de la Serralada Litoral. Despite its secluded setting, the property

is just a 20-minute drive away from the vibrant city of Barcelona. The Circuit de Barcelona-

Catalunya is also located very close to Mas Salagros EcoResort.

Mas Salagros EcoResort features spacious

rooms and suites with a private terrace or

garden. The rooms are equipped with all

modern amenities such as satellite TV, free

Wi-Fi, safety locker, and a minibar. Each

unit has its own private bathroom with a

shower, bathtub, toiletries, hairdryer, and

complimentary robes and slippers. Private

parking is also provided.

What sets this resort apart is its quest to

maintain a 100% sustainable operation.

This is evident from the eco-friendly

furnishings and building materials, energy

efficient power system, and sustainable

waste management. The property also

features two fine dining restaurants and

a wine bar. It also features the Stella Bar

which boasts of a glass roof so that you can

see the stars at night or the blue sky during

the day while sipping on your favorite

liquors! The restaurants serve impeccable

Mediterranean cuisine prepared with

organic and local ingredients.

The resort has two seasonal swimming

pools that allow guests to unwind in

a natural setting. It is also home to

the internationally acclaimed AIRE de

Vallromanes Wellness Centre offering a

plethora of natural treatments, rituals, and

massages. Organic cooking classes, wine

tasting sessions, art classes, and hikes can

be arranged on request.

A holiday in Mas Salagros EcoResort lets

you enjoy quality time with your family and

loved ones in the midst of nature.

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Palma de Mallorca | Spain

How to Get in

• Plane

• Ferry

Get Around

• Buses

• Train

• By Foot

• Self-Drive

Full of history, culture and

natural beauty, the capital of the

Balearics has it all.

Attractions & Sights

• Castell de Bellver

• Catedral de Mallorca

• The Bull Ring

Things to do

• Aqualand

• Visit the Beach

• Boat Tour

• Rent a Bike

Find out more – https://

www.seemallorca.com/

palma

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EBIKE-MALLORCA.COM

Tour Company

c/o Lozano, Hilgers & Partner, Carrer del Sindicat 67, E-07002 Palma de Mallorca ♦

Tel +49 (0) 176 / 60313247 ♦ ebike-mallorca.com

Gracefully nestled away

near the eastern coast

of the Iberian Peninsula, the

Balearic Islands of Spain are

known for their culture, cuisine

and natural beauty. Imagine

exploring the remotest spots

of this region with an eBike!

eBike-Mallorca works towards

ensuring that this vision turns

into a memorable reality for

you. Enjoy the scent of the

pine forests and the beauty of

the countless olive and orange

groves on a sporty ebike.

The idea of providing eBikes

on rent stems from the effort

of ensuring that cyclists

experience the island in the

best manner possible. A rich

vegetation awaits you with

more than 1500 flowering

plants from daisies, poppies,

oleanders, hibiscus, gladiolas

to more than 100 orchid

species.

They recently introduced a new category

called the ‘Race Flat Bar.’ The eBike

combines speedy, sporty driving pleasure

with a comfortable seating position. Here

all the positive characteristics of a racing

bike are combined into one eBike with

a pleasant sitting position and straight

handlebars. The absence of a classic racing

handlebar makes the bike much more

comfortable and therefore also very well

suited for sporty older riders or sporty riders

without racing experience. All eBikes are

equipped with fresh 500Wh rechargeable

batteries and BOSCH Performance CX

motors, thus optimal ranges and maximum

riding fun are guaranteed.

A small wine fair is held as part of the “Festa

des Vermar”, where Mallorcan wines can

be tasted and purchased at various stands

by local producers. The freshly harvested

grapes of the Manto Negro or Prensal Blanc

grape varieties are trampled underfoot on

the church square as part of a traditional

competition.

The company organizes a stay of several

days with extensive eBike tours through the

vineyards. The trip consists of an overnight

stay at Bodega, a country hotel or a finca

hotel in and around Binissalem. This can

give you an intimate experience of the

festival as well! eBike-Mallorca makes sure

that every bit of your biking experience is

nothing short of extraordinary and adds

that fun factor to your vacation.

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CROATIA

in association with

Image by: Ivan Ivankovic

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NATURE

EXPERIENCES

FOOD

Kornati

Plitvice Lakes

Beach swimming

Dalmatian dry-cured ham

(pršut)

Northern Velebit

Plitvice Lakes

Spa

Marinated anchovies

Dubrovnik FestiWine

EVENTS

Easter in Poreč

Diving

Pag island cheese

Wingsuit

Istria

Croatia Boat Show

Lošinj Cuisine Festival

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HERCEX ZAGREB

Luxury Tour Company

Ulica Bozhidara Magovca 153, Zagreb 10000, Croatia ♦ Tel +385 91 6013 777 ♦ hercex.com

Looking for premium and high quality transportation services? Look no further than Hercex

Zagreb. A luxury tour company that was established with the objective of becoming a

valuable addition to the transportation market, Hercex Zagreb has been upgrading its fleet with

premium vehicles for the past twenty years. They have gone on to include excursions, trips and

special amenities for their customers through their various offerings.

The company is built upon the fundamental principle of listening to the different needs of their

customers to provide them with more than just regular transportation. Not only have they spent

years traversing Croatian roads, but they have – with time – mastered the art of tailoring trips as

per the need of the customers.

The company offers a range of services,

including airport transportation, business

meetings, rental vehicles and business

transportations. Whether you require

transportation from and to the airport

or wish to arrive on time for a meeting

with a business partner – the services are

customized for all. You can rent your desired

vehicles and arrive at your location on time.

You can also ensure reliable and highquality

transportation for your partners and

employees alike. Cars are made available

as per the occasion. However, the client is

free to choose from the options offered by

the company.

Explore some of the most beautiful

locations in Croatia with the assistance of

the luxury tour company. Spend the day

vigorously exploring beautiful cities. Often

when you go on a one-day excursion to a

new city or place, you don’t have enough

time for sightseeing and visiting interesting

locations. This is exactly what Hercex

Zagreb specializes in. They ensure safe and

high quality transportation through the city

and provide you with the opportunity to

visit all the sightseeing spots and have an

unforgettable excursion.

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SANDA BARETIC

Croatian Experience

Q&A

Tell us a little about Croatian Experience

with Sanda

Croatian Experience with Sanda is an

online window into Croatia, where you

can watch inspiring and useful videos, nice

photographs and get first-hand stories,

experiences and useful information that I

share about Croatia.

I want to show people what Croatia

offers, and share tips for future travelers,

with my opinion on various Croatian and

travel – related subjects. Through Croatian

Experience with Sanda I also teach Croatian

language to English speakers, while its

sisterly culture and language project Curso

Aprende Croata is a platform for Spanish

speakers.

My main focus is creating videos on my

YouTube channel on a weekly basis.

Your videos are very informative and

offer sound advice. Who would you say

is your target market?

Thank you. Croatia is a beautiful country

and it has rightly become quite popular

worldwide. I envision my Croatian

Experience with Sanda to connect and

communicate with various people around

the globe, giving them interesting

information about Croatia, presenting it

in a fun and personalized way. I publish

new videos every week because there is so

much to say about Croatia!

My target market are people who are

generally interested in Croatia and want

to get an insider’s experience, people who

already plan to travel to Croatia and want

to check things out or get ideas for their

stay here, and people who are looking for

the next best destination to visit. Another

more specific audience are the persons

who wish to learn Croatian language and

its culture.

Over the last 20 years Croatia has grown

as a tourist destination, it’s now one of

Europe’s premier hotspots. Why do you

think this is?

First and foremost, Croatia is a beautiful

country with spectacular and breathtaking

nature. We have everything here:

mountains, hills, plains, rivers, lakes and,

of course, the wonderful Adriatic Sea with

more than thousand islands! Combine

that with hospitality, safety, delicious food,

history, beautiful architecture, and a lot of

amazing activities that you can experience

here, and you will get a top destination. You

can find something amazing for everyone

here, regardless of age. Croatia is relaxing,

beautiful, interesting and fun!

Split and Dubrovnik get a lot of attention.

Is there anywhere you’d recommend

that isn’t visited very often?

Of course! Croatia is full of hidden gems,

so I would really recommend tourists to

take time for their visit and to explore it.

It’s great to rent a car and experience

more of Croatia that way, or to take a

sailing tour that you’ll always remember.

Mediterranean coastal part, which is most

popular is a must, but also the continental

part of the country is really interesting, with

a very central European feel.

Together with Split and Dubrovnik, I’d

recommend the Plitvice lakes and Krka

river, both breathtaking national parks. The

whole peninsula of Istria is magical: in the

city of Pula you will find a Roman colosseum,

Rovinj is a beautiful and picturesque town,

a hidden gem in Istria is a village Bale, and

finally Hum, supposedly the smallest town

in the world. My favorite island is Cres,

Croatia’s biggest island whose northern

part has the most magical nature. The

locals maintain a tradition of having their

sheep running around freely, so wherever

you go, you will encounter those nice

animals, together with the protected and

endangered Eurasian griffons flying in the

blue skies. I must say that Cres is ideal for

hiking and for nature and adventure lovers.

My favorite place there is called Beli.

Further south, I’d recommend the islands

of Hvar, Korčula and Brač, and a hidden

gem Palmižana. Of course, impressive is

the Kornati national park, which consists of

89 protected islands in the open sea area.

In continental Croatia my favorite place

is the city of Varaždin, with its splendid

historical sites, and of course Zagreb,

Croatia’s capital city!

What is the best time of year to visit

Croatia?

The peak tourist season is in the summer

months of July and August, when the

temperatures are over 30°C, the sun shines

brightly, and the skies are among the bluest

I have ever seen. The sunsets in Croatia are

spectacular, too! Tourists love the summer

season in Croatia, because the sea is the

warmest then, and they can spend the

whole day at the beach.

In the months of June and September

it is still warm enough to enjoy the sea

and swim, and all the tourist facilities are

cheaper and less crowded.

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If you care more about the nature and

sightseeing than spending your vacation on

the beach, I’d recommend visiting Croatia

in April and May, during springtime, as the

nature is blooming everywhere!

What advice would you give to tourists

when dealing with locals?

As a language and travel enthusiast myself,

my first advice is always to learn the basic

words in the language of the country

where you’re going! That is so simple and

easy to do, and it opens so many doors

and the locals will stop seeing you just as

a passing tourist and start seeing you as a

person who has a deeper appreciation of

their country. Naturally, they will feel your

friendliness and enthusiasm and will treat

you with even more hospitality, so you will

get an “insider” experience of Croatia! I

teach Croatian language online, so make

sure to contact me if you’d like to learn

some Croatian! Other than that, be friendly

and patient, as sometimes Croatian people

tend to be stubborn and grumpy (but

usually not towards tourists). It’s always

good to prepare yourself on time, so watch

my videos to find out all about Croatia, it’s

currency and similar things important for

tourists.

One thing that isn’t very well known

is Croatian cuisine, what is a typical

Croatian dish?

If you are coming to the coast, you must try

fish and seafood, it’s amazing, tasty and so

fresh! There is a large variety of seafood,

fish, shrimp and shells with pasta, rice or

gnocchi. As a seaside dish, I would mention

dagnje na buzaru.

Croatia has excellent quality of meat

and cheese, too. You should try some

prosciutto, with sheep cheese, olives and

olive oil.

Typical meat dishes are also: čevapčići,

ražnjići, sarma and gulaš. For desserts I’d

recommend štrukli, fritule, međimurska

gibanica, rožata.

Contact and social media info:

What does the future hold for

Croatian Experience with Sanda?

The future is very bright for Croatian

Experience with Sanda, as bright as

the Croatian summer sunshine! I have

a great enthusiasm for my project and

am putting up the website for making

information more presentable and

easier to find. I plan to expand and

reach more people with quality

content.

People who want to get more

involved can support me on Patreon,

where they will get more insider

information and exclusive content

such as live Q&A’s.

I believe that people need to be

connected by travelling to countries

where they haven’t been yet, to

learn about each other’s customs,

language and culture. Everybody

gains - the visitors broaden their own

life experience and knowledge, as do

the locals who host them.

I believe that communication via

internet, social platforms and travel

enable us to be closer than we could

have ever imagined, to appreciate

and together take care of this

wonderful planet we all live on.

www.croatianexperiencewithsanda.com (under construction, will be published in March)

https://www.youtube.com/c/CroatianExperiencewithSanda

https://www.instagram.com/croatianexperience/

https://www.patreon.com/croatianexperiencewithsanda

In Spanish:

www.cursoaprendecroata.com

https://www.facebook.com/CursoCroata/

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Split | Croatia

How to Get in

• Plane

• Train

• Ferry

• Bus

A stunning Adriatic city built

around Diocletian’s glorious

palace.

Get Around

• Bus

• Bicycle

• Boat

• Self-Drive

Attractions & Sights

• Diocletian’s Palace

• Klis Fortress

• Marjan

Things to do

• Hiking

• Watersports

• Boat Tour

Find out more - https://

www.dalmatia.hr/en

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HERITAGE HOTEL

ANTIQUE SPLIT

Elegant Hotel

Poljana Grgura Ninskog 1, 21000, Split, Croatia ♦ Tel +385 21 785 208 ♦ antique-split.com

A

family-run hotel that can

be found in the heart of

the historic Diocletian’s Palace,

Heritage Hotel Antique Split

is the kind of accomodation

that fulfills a guest’s desires of

living lavishly. The property on

which the hotel is located is of

high value, simply because of

the priceless monuments that

surround it.

The hotel is built while keeping in

mind a combination of modern

and antique interiors. The original

rock stone walls blend seemlessly

with the modern handmade

furniture that occupies each

room. Each room gives you

some fantastic views of the city.

The rooms are equipped with

all the possible basic amenities,

including air-conditioning, LED

TVs, telephones, unlimited

access to free Wi-Fi, an exclusive

and private mini bar, a safety

deposit box, heaters, smart glass

windows and wooden floors.

As far as meals are concerned, they are prepared by top chefs from the town while strictly

following Health and Safety standards. Breakfast is ideally made available in a buffet-style

during mornings, however; guests are free to order bed-in-breakfast facility as per their

preference. All the local delicacies are prepared with utmost care to ensure that guests

enjoy the best of what the city has to offer.

The hotel is just a few steps away from the Emperor’s Square which is also called “Peristil”.

Thanks to its acoustics, it is used as a natural scene for several musical and dramatic

spectacles.

Apart from that, there’s also

the statue of Grgur Ninski

which is relatively closer to

the hotel. Grgur Ninski was

a Croatian bishop, who was

of great importance for the

Croatian language and culture.

Other tourist attractions that lie

close to the hotel include Riva

and Marjan. If you wish to go

shopping or even just grab the

delicious local dinner, Riva is

the way. The Marjan Hill, which

rises to a height of 178 meters,

is home to numerous types of

animals and natural institutes.

A stay at the beautiful Heritage

Hotel Antique Split is nothing

short of extraordinary. Not only

do you get all the comforts that

you may want but also get to

experience the rich historic

past of Croatia, and even live it!

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Croatia

ISTRIA GREEN

MEDITERRANEAN

Award

Pionirska ul. 1a, 52440, Poreč, Croatia ♦ Tel +385 52 452 797 ♦ istra.hr/

Located in the north-west of

Croatia, Istria borders Italy and

Slovenia. Often compared to Tuscany,

and referred to as the undiscovered

Riviera due to its rolling hills, dense

pine forests, flowing streams and

deep valleys, whitewashed villages,

green meadows, olive groves and

vineyards.

However, this is a much less

touristy Riviera boasting a superior

infrastructure due to the ambitious

rebuilding of the country since the

end of the war of independence. With

no expense spared to create state

of the art roads and tunnels while

maintaining the history and culture

of the quaint towns and villages.

The area is famous gastronomically

including, but not limited to, truffles,

oils, asparagus, honey and lavender

with festivals held regularly for many

of the locally grown delicacies and

wine days allowing visitors to tour

the wineries of Istria and taste and

purchase the local wines and chat to

the wine cellar owners about wine

production.

During the summer months, Istria takes

on a vibrant cosmopolitan vibe to rival

any other European city. Regular festivals

take place including the Summer Sensual

Days featuring top Latin American dance

artists and DJs from around the world

for a celebration of exciting beach and

pool parties with over 40 hours of dance

workshops, featuring top instructors

teaching a variety of dance techniques

including Salsa and Rumba.

The Pula Arena, the mesmerizing historical

Roman Amphitheatre based at the southern

tip of the Istria Peninsula, is the venue for

the Foo Fighters this summer, promising

to be a genuinely fantastic rock music

experience in this stunning architectural

arena where, in Roman history, gladiators

would fight to the death.

To cement the cosmopolitan ambience

of Istria is the 66th Pula Film Festival this

year featuring international films showing

at various locations and attracting film stars

from around the world.

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Malta

How to Get in

• Plane

• Ferry

Get Around

• On foot

• Bicycle

• Taxi

• Self-Drive

• Ferry

• Bus

A small island nation with enough

attractions, natural beauty, culture

and history to compete with Europe’s

best destinations.

Attractions & Sights

• The Hypogeum

• Gozo

• St Paul’s Catacombs

• Mdina Old City

Things to do

• Scuba Diving

• Hiking

• Charter a boat

• Visit the Jazz festival

Find out more - https://

www.visitmalta.com/en/

home

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Malta

GAULOS

DIVE COVE

Diving Company

Triq Ta Marziena, Il-Munxar MXR 0001, Malta ♦ Tel +356 7909 3169 ♦ gaulosdivecove.com

Gaulos Dive Cove is

situated in the tiny

village of Munxar only a few

kilometers away from Victoria,

Xlendi and Sanap Cliffs.

We treat our guests as an

important part of our day, not

only do we take great care of

our guests but we make sure

that the environment and

atmosphere is at its best in

making your stay in Gozo not

only a memorable one but also

enjoyable.

We are a team of dedicated

divers who are not only trying

to show you the picturesque

blue waters of the islands but

also share our passion that

has been garnered with over

17 years’ experience. From

the saltpans of Xwejni, to the

interesting underwater and

on land geology from Dwejra

to Blue hole to the inland sea

tunnel and many more; witness

them first hand.

The dive sites are only about 10-20

minutes away, making Gozo very

convenient for travel. Every level

is held dear to our hearts. It does

not matter if you are a beginner

or a pro, there will always be new

experiences to uncover. To further

emphasize on our hospitality, we

hold door-to-door pick and drop

off services to the dive center. We

can also organize airport transfers

on arrival and departure.

Make 2019 your diving experience.

Quench your diving thirst with

Gozo’s amazing natural wonders.

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TOP 3 ADVENTURE THINGS TO DO IN SLOVENIA

Slovenia, is known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes, but there are many other

adventure activities that are on offer for all to enjoy, such as city adventure, sailing,

flying and bear spotting!

However, here are our top 3 adventure attractions.

2. Only 7 kms from Postojna is one of the largest equestrian centres in Slovenia. Situated

at Castle Prestranek, a wonderful location within 300 hectares of fields and forests,

on offer are a variety of horse activities including lessons, riding, camps and therapy,

using their Icelandic horses.

With accommodation also available, this is a great way to get close to nature and

enjoy an equestrian experience in this wonderful setting.

1. Postojna Adventure Park, located close to Postojna Cave, is a forest adventure course,

where it is necessary to navigate yourself across different routes. To succeed, you will

need to complete the 73 challenges which includes; ladders, ropes, nets, wires etc.

to get from one place to another in as quickest time as possible.

This is ideal for all, whether families, teenagers or companies on team building

exercises.

3. Cave trekking is another exciting adventure to be had, also in the area of Postojna

where you can trek through the caves systems, beyond the typical tourist routes and

do a deep exploration of the Postojna and Predjama cave systems.

Visit networks of the caves rarely seen, but to do so, it is necessary to overcome some

difficult paths such as water sections.

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Slovenia

TIC GALERIJA

Adventure Experience

Trg padlih borcev 5, 6230 Postojna, Slovenia ♦ Tel +386 40 122 318 ♦ visit-postojna.si

Postojna – a small town

nestled away in the

traditional region of Inner

Carniola, Slovenia, has much

more to it than meets the eye.

The town is rich in history,

having being populated since

the paleolithic era which was

found through the discovery

of a cave settlement near the

town called Betal Rock Shelter

or Betalov spodmol. There’s a

lot that Postojna has to offer

and in order to understand

it better, TIC Galerjia was

established.

TIC Galerjia embarked upon

its journey with the objective

of helping travelers explore

Postojna region. Further, it

also helps in providing guests

with an insight into the local

tourist offerings, free tourist

publications, brochures, maps,

ideas and tips for amazing

experiences, suggestions for

accommodation, good local

food, and cultural events.

There are a range of tourist attractions for you

to explore. There’s the Postojna Cave, which

was discovered back in 1818. You cannot

miss the permanent exhibition Museum of

Karst in the Notranjska Museum Postojna.

One can view original treasure from the

Predjama Castle. You can choose to take a

walk through the beautiful mountain field or

the old city center of Postojna, where the

locals like to say that every house and street

conceals its own story.

You can walk on foot or go on a bicycle

and discover unspoiled forests and nearby

peaks. Relive the exploration of caves in a

completely unique way in the cave trekking

or boat tour. For those who love the clouds,

we recommend a breathtaking panoramic

flight above the region.

TIC Galerija provides information regarding

some of the best restaurants in town.

They ensure that they provide you with

information regarding culinary experiences

that will satisfy everyone who swears by

traditional Slovenian cuisine as well as

those who love good pizzas, fish lovers or

various meat and vegetable specialties.

In their region you can choose from various

quality accommodation at will – hotels,

youth hostel, boarding houses, campsites,

tourist farms or numerous private

accommodations, there’s offers about all of

these places that TIC Galerija can provide.

Each of the offers are tailored to fit your

budget and ensure that you get the kind of

experience that you expect.

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GERMAN FOOD TOUR

German cuisine has a lot to offer apart from pretzels, sausages, and beer. German

classics are served in any good restaurant, café bar, colourful street food market

or festival. The best dishes can be found in all the major cities, and wherever you find

yourself there will be traditional food on offer, for example in the countryside a typical

German culinary feast will include Osso Bucco (wild boar), braised rabbit, fillet of venison,

and wild game sausages prepared using traditional rustic methods.

For a German food tour,

Munich is arguably the

ultimate location where

local Bavarian food

receives top billing.

The city is dotted with

café bars with outdoor

seating areas and

garden areas, perfect

for relaxing with friends

and family.

The ever-popular Schnitzel is incredibly tasty and with so many varieties on offer, it

is difficult to avoid. Schnitzel is veal or pork, pounded into a thin steak, coated in

breadcrumbs and deep fried until golden brown. This immensely popular German

plate of food comes in various forms, a firm favourite is served up with two fried eggs

and a side of chips, to be eaten hot with the egg yolk coating the crispy breadcrumbs.

Another wonderful version of Schnitzel is a thin layer of horseradish slathered over the

meat before dipping into the breadcrumbs so that when it is cooked and cut with the

knife you can see the beautifully thin steak cooked with the layer of horseradish, strong

enough to give the meat a kick, but not so hot that it burns the nose. Traditionally this

version of Schnitzel is served on the top of a potato salad with pickled cucumber, and a

squeeze of lemon. Locals will load up with tomato ketchup and mayonnaise, and wash

each mouthful down with a classic ice cold German pilsner beer. Prices vary and service

is generally relaxed after all a good Schnitzel is prepared fresh and cannot be rushed.

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The next ultimate German food

to try on the tour has to be spicy

bratwurst served on a bed of

distinctive sour sauerkraut and a

side of creamy mashed potato.

The Germans know how to do

comfort food!

For food connoisseurs, roasted

Bavarian duck is a must.

Traditionally in Germany duck is

served on Christmas day, but it is

an excellent meal for any occasion.

Restaurants will cook this with a

side of Rotkohl, (red cabbage) and

Spatzle, (homemade noodles) or

Knodel, (homemade dumplings)

and is full of traditional German

flavour.

Germans do amazing cakes, and for any

discerning sweet tooth the list includes

classics such as, Schnecken, which takes

its name from the same word for snail

due to the twisty style of this cinnamon

roll lookalike, the Berliner or krapfen, soft

donuts filled with jam and dusted with fine

sugar and, ultimately, the Schwarzwälder

kirschtorte, (or Black Forest Gateau) clearly

one of the most extravagant cakes you

will come across in Germany with layers

of chocolate, topped with whipped cream

and decorated with cherries.

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PROVENCE, LOOKING PAST THE REVIERA

Give the more popular Riviera destinations such as Cinque Terre, a well-earned

break by visiting some of the lesser known towns and villages, such as Rapallo,

Chiavari, Zoagli, Sestri Levante and Lavagna.

If glamour and sophistication is on the list, Portofino offers bucket loads plus more. A

traditional fishing village retaining its popularity as one of the more famous Italian Riviera

villages due to its idyllic natural harbour boasting luxury yachts alongside humble fishing

boats.

Famous since the 1950s as a destination for the rich and famous, it still the place to be if

you enjoy a bit of celebrity spotting. Look beyond the plush boats and Ferraris however

and you will discover more to Portofino. It stands out in particular due to the untouched

natural beauty of its harbour, the lush green hills and parks and the picturesque village

with colourful townhouses. Take full advantage of the beauty by climbing the gentle but

long steps to Castello Brown to feast on the amazing views.

Zoagli is a small yet serene town

on the Italian Riviera and a nature

lover’s paradise. This charming

town is perfectly suited for those

wanting to avoid the characterless

chain hotels and hordes of tourists.

Located in the eastern side of the

Ligurian Riviera in the centre of the

Gulf of Tigulli. Zoagli is famous for

silk manufacturing, and is the site

of an ancient Roman settlement.

Thanks to its position, Zoagli

embraces the ocean and provides

some enchanting sites including

paths and trails that wind their

way through the most evocative

and pure nature walks. Of course

silk lovers are spoiled for choice in

the many shops selling hand made

goods, the blueprint for which

have remained secret and passed

down through the generations

within this small town industry.

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Discover Sestri Levante, a headland

divided into two bays, the “Baia del

Silenzio” and “Baia delle Favole” the

latter bay named after the famous

author Hans Christian Andersen who

lived in the area during the 1880s. The

main attraction of this Italian Riviera

town is its serenity, charm and nature.

Quaint bed and breakfasts adorn the

coast and are dotted around the hills.

The main attraction of Sestri Levante

is the opportunity to mingle with the

locals and join in with how they live

their life in this Riveria paradise.

Finally, on our list of Italian Riveria´s secret gems is Ravello.

By far the highest located, most peaceful and virtually traffic

free resort. Ravello was a bolt hole for some of Hollywood´s

icons including Great Garbo and Jacqueline Kennedy and

the whole area still oozes that reserved sophistication and

understated glamour, as you would expect for a leading or

first lady. Visiting during spring time gives you a chance to

witness the lush blooms from the gardens, the bright purples

and pinks from the flowers that grow here from cyclamen,

bougainvillea to the enticing smells of herbs bursting from

the terracotta pots. The hills are abundant with rows of olive

groves and lemon trees. This particular location is Italy´s

perfect Dolce Vita!

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France

LE CHATEAU

DU BOIS

The Award For Excellence

In Branding

France ♦ lechateaudubois.com

Provence, situated in Southeastern France, near the Mediterranean Sea, is known for

its distinctive landscape. The spectacular countryside of the region makes you feel at

home the moment you set foot. However, the biggest treasures of Provence are its picturesque

lavender fields.

If you wish for a rendezvous with the finest lavender of this region, you have to venture to

the less accessible Haute-Provence. It is here that you will find endless stretches of authentic

lavender growing in abundance at the esteemed Le Chateau du Bois estate. The estate has

been continuing the tradition of producing fine lavender since 1890.

Nestled amidst the arid mountains of Provence, Le Chateau du Bois is a flourishing 350-hectare

estate, with 110 hectares of vibrant lavender fields. Apart from growing fine lavender, the estate

is also a pioneer in the field of organic cosmetics.

The quality of Le Chateau du Bois’

products has charmed consumers across

the globe. Four generations of the family

have devoted their lives to preserve

the tradition of growing and protecting

authentic lavender.

What sets their products apart is the effort

they put in so as to not compromise on

the quality of the lavender. This brand

philosophy is echoed in each one of

their products, from the essential oils to

the natural cosmetics and perfumes. In

fact, the family has been using the same

method for distillation of lavender oil since

the inception of Le Chateau du Bois.

It is not astonishing that these products

have the coveted Ecocert® certification

as a mark of their authenticity. In order to

further preserve this heritage, the family

inaugurated the Lavender Museum in

1991. It is located in Coustellet in the

Luberon region. The unique museum

allows tourists to enjoy a glimpse of the

rich history associated with lavender and

its essential oils.

The story of Le Chateau du Bois is not only

that of a successful estate that produces

fine lavender. It is the continuing saga

chronicling one family’s determination

to prevent a rich tradition from dying an

untimely death. The widespread adulation

and admiration for the brand is just an

outcome of the Lincele family’s sustained

endeavors.

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London | United Kingdom

How to Get in

• Plane

• Bus

• Train

• Drive in

A vibrant, energetic and multicultural

mega city, London is a glorious space.

Get Around

• Metro

• Bus

• Local Taxi

• Bicycle

• Boat

Attractions & Sights

• Trafalgar Square

• The Shard

• The Natural History

Museum

• Tate Modern

Things to do

• Watch a play in the

West End

• Shop at Convent Gardens

• Try the food on Brick

Lane

Find out more - https://

www.visitlondon.com/

tag/tourist-informationcentre

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UK

SUNBORN

LONDON

Unique Hotel

If you are a water baby, you would definitely want to be here during your stay in London.

It not only has the view of the dock and the river but is equally accessible to public areas,

which makes it just another favourite for many.

Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1AA United Kingdom ♦ Tel +44 203 714 8111 ♦

sunbornhotels.com/london/

Experience a different side of London at the superyacht hotel, Sunborn London. An ideal

place for festivities or a romantic getaway, the Sunborn London provides luxury with a

picturesque view of the dock. While the guest rooms have a view of the river through a porthole

window the luxury suites come with a terrace to let the open air kiss your face.

What better luxury can there be than treating yourself with a spa massage? Post the refreshing

massage, you can walk up to the bar for a drink or to the restaurant for some soulful food. What

makes Sunborn London Hotel unique is the fact that it is the first of its kind in the world with a

concept of a floating hotel.

The view of Christmas being celebrated in

London from the Sunborn is a view to die for

because it will show you the London you’ve

only seen in the movies. Not that your

stay would be any less of a mesmerizing

experience during any other time of the

year, but Christmas would make it a tad bit

more exciting with all that the city and the

hotel has to offer during this time of the year.

The experience and the services you will get

here are unmatched to any other. If you wish

to make your vacation a memorable one,

you know where you should head to for

some adventure coupled with serenity. Just

a casual dinner by the river with city views

or a cosy stay in the room, Sunborn London

is worth every bit of your time and money.

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UK

SOFITEL

LONDON

ST JAMES

6 Waterloo Place, SW1Y 4AN, London, UK ♦ Tel +44 20/77472200

Located in the heart of the

ancient Magna Graecia, Salice

Club Resort is truly the place to

be, owing to its beautiful location

and impeccable services. If you’re

looking for abundance of sun, beach

and good food, you are sure to have

a good time at the resort.

The property is located in the middle

of centuries-old pine trees. The best

aspect about this resort is that it

provides guests with private access

to the sandy Calabro Beach, which is

located just 3-minutes away. Besides

experiencing the abundance of

nature, the place also offers a

magnificent swimming pool and

other sporting facilities including

golf, tennis, and fishing. While the

resort specializes in Continental and

Italian cuisines, guests can even opt

for the authentic Ionian Calabria

spread of food. After a long and

fruitful day spent exploring the

ancient Magna Graecia, guests can

retire during the evenings by the

piano bar.

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ROAD TRIP COUNTY KERRY

A

favourite coastal road trip is the “Ring of Kerry”, so-called due to the 110-mile

circular route of around stunning coastal South West Ireland.

Along the route, there are some fantastic sites to behold; starting with the Skellig Islands.

A World Heritage, awesome site, set in the Atlantic Ocean. The larger of the islands is

Skellig Michael, recently made famous due to a Star Wars production, and also the 6thcentury

beehive shaped huts that form part of an ancient Christian monastery. Visitors

must climb over 600 feet high to witness the fantastic remains of this monastery.

Enjoy the rugged beauty of Valentia Island, a truly unique island and most westerly

point in Europe. Famous for its annual Valentia Regatta, Valentia has a population

of around 600 people and is approximately 11 kilometers long and 3km wide with

dramatic coastline and stunning views. A definite location to visit on route.

The 7th century Cahergall Stone Ringfort is another site not to overlook. A national

monument of Ireland, the Cahergall Fort is enormous, full of mystery and said to have

healing powers. Climbing the fort provides breath-taking panoramic views of green

fields and the Atlantic.

Bask in Irish history and admire the endlessly stunning Southern Irish scenery of

Cahersiveen. This town epitomises the raw beauty and history of this area. A great Irish

icon was born here, Daniel O’Connell, also known as the “Great Liberator” of Ireland.

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Another town and another

excuse to stop and taste

the sea air! Caherdaniel has

stunning scenery and views

over the Atlantic. Soak up

the charm and be inspired

by the poets and writers who

lived here. A great place

to stop for refreshments,

Caherdaniel has some

wonderfully traditional cosy

pubs, great food, and a very

warm welcome!

Make sure to sojourn at the

vast but peaceful Killarney

National Park. This 26,000-

acre deer filled parkland

boasts the ruins of a 15thcentury

abbey, an impressive

castle, the Lakes of Killarney,

Inisfallen Island with its

7th-century monastery

and Muckross House, an

enormous 65 room mansion

built around 1843. The estate

is now a thriving visitor centre

with restaurant, gardens, and

pottery. Save some energy to

visit the 20 meters high Torc

Waterfall also within the Park.

The sights and sounds of this

force of nature will fill you

with awe!

For a lively and vibrant

atmosphere, visit Kenmare

town. This Heritage Town has

lots to do and see including

art galleries, traditional Irish

pubs serving excellent food,

live music and a beautiful

location at this “head of the

ocean.”

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Ireland

KERRY

EXPERIENCE

TOURS

Private Tour Company

Looking to take a break from the driving for one or a couple of days? Kerry Experience

Tours offer spectacular private day tours that take you through the beautiful Southwest

of Ireland. Discover the mystic mountains, rough cliffs, narrow & bendy roads, ancient

treasures and colourful villages along the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, the Beara

Peninsula, Mizen Head and much more. All private tours can be tailored to suit your wishes.

Sneem, Ring of Kerry, Ireland ♦ Tel +353 86 255 4098 ♦info@kerryexperiencetours.ie ♦

kerryexperiencetours.ie

With Kerry Experience Tours, you will

discover, explore, and experience

the well-known highlights of Ireland as well

as the most beautiful hidden places off the

beaten track. The tailor-made chauffeur

driven vacations and private day tours will

truly show the myth & magic of Ireland. Walk

along secret beaches, visit ancient castles

and forts, explore tranquil villages and watch

the wild Atlantic Ocean from the top of

spectacular cliffs. Enjoy the warm welcome of

the Irish people, listen to their stories, soak

up the traditional music and enjoy a taste of

the finest local food along the Wild Atlantic

Way.

Kerry Experience Tours create vacations for

couples, families, friends and small groups

who are looking to enjoy Ireland at an

exceptional level. Just sit back and enjoy the

incredible scenery, history and culture. All

vacations are tailor-made and built around

your needs, desires and requirements.

Explore the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, the Cliffs of

Moher, the Burren, Galway, Connemara, Cork,

the Blarney Stone, Kinsale, Glendalough and

everything else that is on your Ireland bucketlist!

All is flexible, Kerry Experience Tours’ aim

is for you to have the time of your life.

Experience moments of magic, moments

to treasure and experiences that you want

to return to again and again. Join Kerry

Experience Tours and find the Ireland

you’ve always imagined!

www.kerryexperiencetours.ie

info@kerryexperiencetours.ie

00353 (0)86 255 4098

Follow Kerry Experience Tours on Facebook

and Instagram

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Ireland

LANSDOWNE

ARMS HOTEL

Country Hotel

Main St, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland ♦ Tel +353 64 664 1368

Standard facilities such as tea/coffee

maker, iron, and Wi-fi are available in all

the rooms. The hotel has a 24-hour front

desk to address any issues guests might

be facing. What sets Lansdowne Arms

Hotel apart is the courteous and amicable

staff. It is a mark of the quintessential Irish

hospitality.

Your stay at Lansdowne Arms Hotel would

be incomplete without a visit to the inhouse

bars. The Bold Thady Quill Bar is a

traditional Irish bar that offers the choicest

selection of Irish beverages (both alcoholic

and non-alcoholic). Frequented by guests

and locals alike, it offers you a glimpse of

the signature Irish lifestyle and culture.

Ireland, with its picturesque

landscapes, spectacular castles,

and vibrant countryside reminds

you of dreams and fairy tales. The

breathtakingly charming town of

Kenmare is perfect for a tranquil

Irish escapade. If you have an Irish

holiday on your mind, don’t look

beyond Lansdowne Arms Hotel to

book your accommodation.

The family-run hotel is set in a

stunning Victorian style building

that dates back to 1970. The 3-star

property is situated in the heart

of Kenmare. This makes it the

ideal base for exploring popular

attractions such as the Ring of Kerry

and the Ring of Beara.

The vintage exterior of Lansdowne

Arms Hotel isn’t the only thing you

will admire about it. The property

offers accommodation in 26 spacious

rooms equipped with all modern

amenities to ensure that you have a

comfortable stay. Guests can choose

among double and twin rooms. All

rooms are decorated with elegant

and high-quality furniture.

For a more quiet and relaxed time, you can

grab a bite at the Poet Bar and Restaurant.

The bistro-style eatery offers a warm and

cozy environment, perfect for unwinding

after a hectic day of sightseeing.

It is time you book Lansdowne Arms Hotel

and tick Ireland off your travel bucket list.

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Slovakia

How to Get in

• Plane

• Train

• Bus

A small island landlocked nation

waiting to be explored.

Get Around

• Taxi

• Self-Drive

• Bus

• Train

Attractions & Sights

• Bratislava Castle

• Spis Castle

• Gerlach Peak

• Presov

Things to do

• Spelunking

• Winter Sports

• Ride Steam Trains

• Try the local food &

wine

Find out more - http://

slovakia.travel/en

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Slovakia

BEAUTIFUL

SLOVAKIA

Private Tour Company

The company also offers a variety of tours

for Europeans including bus tours to

Russia, France, Italy, Germany and also to

Australia.

Zariec-Keblov 210, Svedernik, Slovakia ♦ Tel +421 949 322195 ♦ beautiful-slovakia.com

Randon Travel is a tour operator that offers a variety of sightseeing, adventure and hiking

tours in all Central Europe, which enable either individuals or groups to experience the

best of Slovakia, Poland, Czech republic and Austria. Through guided tours one can discover the

most beautiful places, explore the history of life in this part of the world, enjoy the adventures

and relax in nature. We offer a huge range of activities including cycling, hiking, sightseeing,

golf, wellness and many other activities. We appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting

new people as well as seeing new places. The company’s founder (Michal) has travelled the

world extensively and even lived abroad for more than 7 years in the past including England,

Australia and the US. Through his travels, he has been associated with tourism and worked in

many different positions including hotel managers, but also as a voluntary lifeguard in Australia

and also for Disney Cruise Line.

Most of the private tours usually last up to 5 days, however, one can extend the journey on

the basis of their requirements. The company only makes use of air-conditioned cars and

provides free mineral water on board to ensure maximum comfort for its guests. Airport

pick-up and drops can also be arranged, upon request.

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