Enchanting Portugal & Madeira

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Portugal is a fascinating country with a proud history that can be felt throughout the country ~ from its capital, Lisbon, down to each tiny, picture-perfect village. Its rich culture is the result of a complex flow of different civilisations and many influences, including Celtic, Lusitanian, Phoenician, Germanic, Visigoth, Roman, Viking, Sephardic Jewish and Moorish…. Read more »

Splendours of Ancient Turkey

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A bridge between Asia and Europe, Turkey is one of the great cradles of civilization ~ a proud country whose cultural and historic treasures delight and inspire even seasoned travelers. Contrasts between old and new add greatly to the fascination that overwhelms visitors to Turkey. The history of Turkey is as ancient as that of… Read more »

Sri Lanka: Kingdom of Sacred Trails

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Marco Polo dubbed Sri Lanka “the finest island in the world”, and visitors continue to be seduced by the warm air, the endless rich green foliage, ancient archaeological cities, mystical temples, rock fortresses, the luxuriant swirls of the Sinhalese alphabet, the multicoloured Buddhist flags, and the variety of saries, fruit, jewellery and spices on sale… Read more »

Norway: The World’s Most Beautiful Cruise

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Norway’s dramatic coastline is one of the world’s natural wonders. Zigzagging among a pattern of islands, weaving in and out of narrow inlets, manoeuvring through gaps between rocky islets, the ships of the Norwegian Coastal Voyage reveal both the captivating scenery and the rich culture that lies ashore. In brightly coloured hamlets, neat wooden houses… Read more »

Classic Capitals of Central Europe

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In the heart of Europe, the capitals of Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Austria offer big-city charm, fine food and wine and a wealth of art, architecture and culture plus the perennial pleasures of huge tracts of forest, palaces and castles along the Danube. These countries lie at the crossroads of Continental history. From… Read more »

Uzbekistan: Jewel of Central Asia

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Uzbekistan is right at the heart of the ancient Silk Road, which once ran all the way from China to Europe. The steppes, deserts, mountains and gleaming blue-tiled cities tell a story of trade and conquest. For centuries, if not millennia, this is the route where not only goods, but knowledge, ideas and cultures crossed… Read more »

Norway: The World’s Most Beautiful Cruise in Search of the Northern Lights

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Norway’s dramatic coastline is one of the world’s natural wonders. Zigzagging among a pattern of islands, weaving in and out of narrow inlets, manoeuvring through gaps between rocky islets, the ships of the Norwegian Coastal Voyage reveal both the captivating scenery and the rich culture that lies ashore. In brightly coloured hamlets, neat wooden houses… Read more »

Pakistan: The NorthWest Frontier

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Pakistan is a land blessed with enormously rich historical heritage, diverse culture, high adventure and unmatched natural beauty. From the relics of ancient civilizations to gigantic icy peaks, lush green valleys, meadows and lakes of crystal clear waters, Pakistan offers a unique and contrasted destination to behold the caravan of mankind across the ageless and… Read more »

Trans-Siberian Rail Journey

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The Trans-Siberian is more than just a railway. It’s a journey into the psyche of modern Russia; a triumph of engineering; a movable feast through the largest, and perhaps, most mysterious nations on earth. Crossing seven time zones between Moscow and Beijing, the 7621 kilometer train track blazes a trail through some of the bleakest… Read more »