Argentina covers the southern part of South America, from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, with a total area of 2 766 889 km2. Of the 37 million inhabitants of the country, 13 million live in Buenos Aires, the capital. The country is bordered on the north by Bolivia and Paraguay, on the east by Brazil, Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean and finally on the west by Chile. Argentina also shares part of the territory of the Land of Fire “Tierra del Fuego” with Chile. The country is divided into four major physiographic provinces: the Andes in the west, the fertile plain of the north, the central Pampas and Patagonia
Australia, the sixth-largest country on this lonely planet, is dazzlingly diverse: a sing-along medley of mountains, deserts, reefs, forests, beaches and multicultural meltingpot cities. Most Australians live along the coast, and most of these folks live in cities. In fact, Australia is the 18th-most urbanized country in the world: it follows that cities here are a lot of fun! Sydney is a glamorous collusion of beaches, boutiques and bars. Melbourne is all arts, alleyways and Australian Rules football. Brisbane is a subtropical town on the way up; Adelaide has festive grace and pubby poise. Boomtown Perth breathes west-coast optimism; Canberra transcends political agendas. And the tropical northern frontier town of Darwin and chilly southern sandstone city of Hobart couldn’t be more different.
Glorious Alpine scenery, monumental Habsburg architecture, and the world’s favorite musical – Austria’s tourist industry certainly plays up to the clichés. However, it’s not all bewigged Mozart ensembles and schnitzel; modern Austria boasts some of Europe’s most varied museums and contemporary architecture not to mention attractive and sophisticated cities
whose bars, cafés and clubs combine contemporary cool with elegant tradition.
Bolivia, the country with the highest capital in the world at 3500m above sea level, will delight travelers in search of adventure and new horizons. From the Andes to the Amazon, passing by the salt desert, the Bolivian country offers unique landscapes that are simply grandiose! Straddling Peru and Bolivia, the famous Lake Titicaca will lead you to small islands with hidden secrets, dating back to the Mayan era, while offering you a surprising view of the surrounding mountainous and snowy massifs. Towards the south, discover the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt desert in the world, which seems to stretch endlessly on the horizon. Bolivia will certainly manage to amaze and surprise you with its natural beauty and the kindness of its people
Botswana is located in Southern Africa. It shares borders with Zambia to the north, Namibia to the north and northwest, Zimbabwe to the northeast and South Africa to the south and southeast. Therefore, Botswana is a landlocked country. Travelers looking for large space of deserts, savannas and marsh will be amazed by the beautiful scenery of the country, in addition to being charm by the hospitality of the villagers and fascinated by the extraordinary richness of it’s fauna and it’s artistic tradition.
Brazil is the largest of the Latin American countries. Covering nearly half of the South American continent, it occupies an area of 8511965 km2 . It is the fifth largest country in the world after the Russian Federation, Canada, China, and the United States. It is larger than Europe or the continental USA. Except for a small number of islands, Brazil consists of a single, unbroken land mass. The Atlantic Ocean extends along the entire eastern side of the country, giving it a coastline of 7,367 km, with marvelous beaches, each region having its own peculiarities and beauties. The main cities are: Brasília, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Recife and Porto Alegre. Brasília is the capital and where the congress and president are placed. São Paulo is the main city for business and Rio de Janeiro and Foz do Iguaçu (where the huge waterfalls are placed) are the most famous tourist destinations.
For most foreign holidaymakers, Bulgaria’s main lure is its long, sandy Black Sea Coast – which still boasts swaths of stunning beaches and picturesque bays despite the expansive construction work – but there is so much more to this country, and so much of it remains largely untouched and unvisited by overseas tourists. Networks of well-maintained hiking trails and horse-riding routes allow you to discover Bulgaria’s lush mountainous and forested landscapes, especially around the Rila and Pirin Mountains, inhabited by bears, lynx, rare birds and other kinds of wildlife now becoming scarce elsewhere in Europe. Getting around the country is easy, with cheap and
efficient public transport to ferry you between the cities and into the remoter, rural corners, where the traditional, slow pace of life continues much as it has done for centuries. The cities, too, are often overlooked highlights, from dynamic, cosmopolitan Sofia with its lovely parks, sociable alfresco bars and fascinating museums, to the National Revival architectural treasures and Roman remains of Plovdiv, and the youthful maritime cockiness of Varna.
Although Cambodia’s premier highlights are the spectacular temples of Angkor, there is far more to the country. In Phnom Penh, the colonial capital, there are numerous pagodas and interesting museums to visit; on the coast are beautiful
unspoilt beaches and inland there is impressive natural scenery such as mighty rivers & remote forests.
All the impressive locations in Chile are distributed over an area of 746767 km2 in southeast South America and it is the longest and narrowest country in the continent. The most interesting thing about this country its is contrasts : you can visit the desert, the Patagonia and its ice, the exuberant nature in the south, the Andes Mountains, the beautiful beaches resorts and of course Santiago, its capital. Chile has a population of 16 000 000 including an ethnic minority called the « Mapuches » who represent 3% of the population.
One of the world’s oldest civilizations, China boasts a history of more than 5 000 years. Its vast territory stretches north and south for about 5500 km and covers an area of 9.6 million square km, making it the third largest country in the world. The amazing landscapes, rich history and culture make China every traveler’s dream destination.
Costa Rica is a rugged, rain forested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes and immense biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, rich with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.
Croatia is a country in the Balkans on the east side of the Adriatic Sea. Croatia has the privilege of offering a rich
architectural heritage. Those traveling for the first time in this
country will discover a unique and fascinating transition between Central Europe and the Mediterranean, a crossroads of cultures and inﬂuences quite exceptional! And then they will fascinated by the wonderful Croatian coast, protected by nearly 1,185 islands and islets about 1,750 km long. Multiply by 5 for the number of beaches and coves, by 10… These architectural gems are named Pula, Zadar, Sibenik, Trogir, Split and the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik.
Wonderful castles and chateaux, world famous spas, unspoilt countryside, historical cities and legendary cuisine – what will you choose? In this small country at the heart of Europe, you will always have a copious wealth of natural and cultural treasures within reach! Nowhere is too far for you to be able to set out for. Discover the historical heritage of the Czech Republic: the most interesting castles and chateaux, UNESCO monuments and also the fascinating atmosphere of ancient cities. Treat yourself to a stay in the Czech spas and allow yourself to be pampered, body and mind. But don’t forget the monasteries, mountains and national parks. In short, stay in the places you like and make time for unusual experiences according to your taste and inclination!
Denmark is the smallest of the Scandinavian countries and is
certainly the most southern in its geographical position. Its people are livelier and warm Scandinavians, always ready to drink, talk, walk outdoors, and enjoy the sunshine. The Danish monarchy, one of the world’s oldest, is a very popular institution fully anchored in the Danish society. Beyond the capital and the bigger cities, Denmark offers a mix of lively towns such as Ribe and Odense plus rural countryside, medieval churches, Renaissance castles and tidy 18th-century villages. Neolithic dolmen, preserved 2000-year-old “bog people”, and impressive Viking ruins are just some of the
remnants of the nation’s long and fascinating history.
Officially the Republic of Ecuador (Spanish: República del Ecuador) is a representative democratic republic in South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, by Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean on the west. The country also includes the Galápagos Islands (Archipiélago de Colón) in the Pacific, about 965 kilometers (600 miles) west of the mainland. Ecuador straddles the equator, from which it takes its name, and has an area of 256,370 square kilometers (98,985 mi²). Its capital city is Quito; its largest city is Guayaquil
Much like the revolutionary scientific idea it’s become synonymous with, the Galápagos Islands may inspire you to think differently about the world. Nowhere else can you engage in a staring contest with wild animals and lose. You can’t help thinking you’ve stumbled upon an alternate universe, some strange utopian colony organized by sea lions – the golden retrievers of the Galápagos – and arranged on principles of mutual cooperation. Don’t come expecting to see bizarre wildlife – there are no half-penguin, half-turtle ‘penurtles, ’ no large mammals with shark fins. What’s truly special is that the creatures that call the islands home act as if humans are nothing more than slightly annoying paparazzi. The islands have taken on a mythological status. Their relationship with Charles Darwin, the islands’ most famous visitor who undoubtedly violated several park rules in riding and eating the Galápagos turtles, has become distorted and romanticized. Yet you don’t have to be an evolutionary biologist or an ornithologist to appreciate one of the few places left on the planet where the footprint of the human presence is kept to a minimum
Egypt, the country of the mysterious Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the well preserved hieroglyphs and mummies, the great temples and the majestic Nile. Few words can describe the country that was once the most advanced worlds of Antiquity – the cradle of civilization. A trip to Egypt is like taking a voyage back in time, a place that has evolved through the eras and is full of history and legends.
A friendly Fijian welcome and broad smiles await you in this tropical paradise of beautiful beaches, blue lagoons and swaying palm trees. Renowned for stunning sunsets, breathtaking waterfalls, awesome surf, and pristine rain forests, Fiji unsurprisingly draws thousands of visitors to its shores each year.
Comprising more than 300 islands, the country is a vibrant melting pot of cultures, where East Indian, Polynesian, Melanesia, Chinese and European converge to form a unique cultural medley.
Brimming with colorful attractions, awe-inspiring scenery, friendly people and cultural and sporting activities aplenty, Fiji offers something for everyone. From the wanderlust-suffused traveler to the hedonistic sports junkie, this archipelago at the crossroads of the South Pacific is tourist heaven. And, best of all, there’s an array of accommodation and activities to suit all tastes and budgets.
All the beauty of France lies in the diversity of its regions, all as different as each other, but fascinating. Normandy, the Midi, the Loire, Provence, the Côte d’Azur and many others reserve enchanting landscapes marked by time and centuries. In addition, you will find a memorable local gastronomy,
accompanied by succulent wines.
Officially known as French Polynesia, Tahiti and her Islands are comprised of more than a hundred volcanic islands and atolls sprinkled over four million square kilometres of ocean in the South Pacific. By visiting even a select few you, too, can experience the allure and the inspiration that these islands have had for a wide range of visitors over the centuries. Bask in its warm sunshine, breathe deeply its fragrant scents fill your vision with verdant hillsides, turquoise lagoons or fiery sunsets
Greece is a country rich in history with many archaeological sites. Out of 6000 islands and islets, 227 of them are inhabited and offer awesome landscapes. Greece is also the country where philosophical democracy was invented by Democrates, Plato and Aristotle. In Athens, the capital, you will be able to visit two important archaeological sites: the Acropolis, one of most touristic site in the world, and the Roman and Greek Agora, place of rally. This country is also known for its Greek mythology, like Zeus, Apollon and Athena. With its many islands, Greece has promising and endless possibilities to explore, as Santorini this volcanic island with awesome sunshine and Naxos, the biggest island, and the place where you can visit the temple of Apollon
Home to the world’s most active volcanoes, the only royal palace in the U.S. and the welcoming aloha spirit, Hawaii is like no place on earth. Discover the glimmering ocean, emerald valleys and golden sands. Get lost in the spiritual beauty of the hula and find out how the warmth of Hawaii’s people wonderfully complement the islands’ perfect temperatures. We invite you to explore the Islands of Aloha to find your own heavenly Hawaii experiences.
From beautiful Budapest – the city of lights to its many quaint villages and fantastic scenery, Hungary evokes a strong sense of history and tradition at every turn.While Budapest, justifiably compared with cities like Prague and even Paris, is by far the country’s biggest tourist draw, not all the exciting places to visit and things to do in Hungary are in the capital. Cities and towns of all sizes have preserved their classic old historical attractions, many of which exhibit influences from various cultures, including Turkish invaders and Italian Renaissance designers. And Hungary’s countryside includes some of the most beautiful scenery to be found anywhere in Eastern Europe. In fact, wherever you are in Hungary, you’re never far from spectacular mountains and lakes, beautiful river scenes (the Danube runs right through the country), and lush valleys, all providing great opportunities for hiking and other outdoor activities.
Iceland is the perfect destination for people looking for the unexpected, something out of the ordinary. Iceland is a unique destination that offers pristine nature, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture. The people of Iceland are warm and welcoming. The nature is rugged and beautiful. The culture is rich and appealing. Nothing is quite what you expected. Come on an expedition of discovery to find out what makes Iceland special.
India is not only vast in size but also in geographical diversity. Discover Indian culture, millennial religious India with Varanasi, the holy city of the Ganges, the ﬂagship cities of Jaipur and Udaipur… A world of a thousand faces is revealed to you!
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago with more than 17000 islands. Bali is known for its mysterious magical feeling. The Balinese people, the breathtaking landscapes and a pleasant climate justify Bali’s nickname as “Paradise Island”.
Island of Bali
Bali may be small in size – you can drive around the entire coast in one long day – but its prominence as a destination is huge, and rightfully so. Ask travelers what Bali means to them and you’ll get as many answers as there are ﬂowers on a frangipani tree. Breathtaking rice terraces, pulse-pounding surf,
enchanting temple ceremonies, mesmerizing dance performances and ribbons of beaches are just some of the images people cherish.
People and life style
Life in Bali is very communal under the organization of villages. Temple ceremonies, marriage, cremation, farming and even the creative art festivals are decided by the local community institution called “Banjar”. The responsibilities in the day-to-day life are normally administered by both the Banjar and the government. The local government mostly responsible for schools, health clinics, hospitals and roads, and Banjar is responsible for all other aspects of life. There is another association that exists in the banjar named “Subak” that concerns the production of rice and organizes the complex irrigation system. Every family who owns a rice feld must be a member of their local Subak, which then ensures that every
member gets his fair distribution of water. A banjar consists of an average of 50 to 150 family members, owning a meeting venue called the Bale Banjar, which is used for regular gatherings and a center for local gamelan orchestras and drama groups.
Everyone who has had the opportunity to visit Ireland knows:
the Irish grow naturally the pleasure of hospitality. When we
think of Ireland you can see the green heath, Guinness, their
famous beer, the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry and its breathtaking
landscapes! It will cover the corners of the island to visit the hidden
villages and wild peninsulas and find the turning of a Gaeltacht (area where
people speak Gaelic), the true warmth of the Emerald Isle. It shares the island
of Ireland with Northern Ireland (six counties) remained a constituent part of the
United Kingdom. The Republic of Ireland Celtic claimed their identity so that,
culturally, it is usually considered the island of Ireland as one of six “Celtic
Israel has always been a standout destination. From the days of the prophets to the modern day nomad this tiny slice of land on the eastern Mediterranean has long attracted visitors. While some arrive in the ‘Holy Land’ on a spiritual quest, others are in search of cultural tours, beach holidays and eco trips.
Stylish, cultured, good-humored and volatile – Italy, with
its golden light, stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage, has inspired poets and painters for centuries. Today, besides the renowned cities of Venice, Florence, Siena and Naples, each with its own unique identity and architecture, Italy features romantic medieval hill towns, such as San Gimignano in Tuscany, and unspoilt fishing villages, like Positano on the Amalfi coast. Throughout the country visitors can find vineyards and cellars to taste fine regional wines, workshops where crafts are produced by hand and friendly trattoria where simple but superb dishes are served. Italy combines art, history
and contemporary fashion with stunning natural landscapes: the turquoise waters of Sardinia’s Costa Esmeralda offer one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of sand, sea and sunshine, while the snow-covered slopes of the Dolomite Mountains are a haven for winter sports enthusiasts.
Japan was once closed to the rest of the world for a long time, but today Japan is an open country, full of contrasts, events and cutting edge technology. Traditional values are still strictly respected and remain the link between past and present. The country of the Rising Sun will charm you!
A well-travelled bridge between sea and desert, east and west, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a land of mesmerizing beauty and contrasts, from the Jordan Valley, fertile, ever changing, to the remote desert canyons, immense and still. Visitors can explore splendid desert castles, gaze in awe at the haunting wilderness of Wadi Rum, or bathe in the restful waters of the Red Sea. Images of the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, carved from the rock over a thousand years ago, will leave you with a lasting impression of this wonderful land.
Kenya is situated right along the equator, on the eastern coast of the African continent. Its coastal region is on the southeast, and to the east lays Somalia. Ethiopia is to the north, the Sudan to the northwest, and Uganda directly to the west. The southwestern border of the country is marked by Lake Victoria, and southward lays Tanzania. Kenya’s geography is marvellously varied. While much of northeastern Kenya is a ﬂat, bush-covered plain, the remainder of the country encompasses pristine beaches, scenic highlands and lake regions, the Great Rift Valley, and the magnifcent Mount Kenya.
Laos is a small landlocked country in the Indochinese Peninsula and sparsely populated. Its isolation from foreign inﬂuence oﬀers travelers an unparalleled glimpse of traditional Southeast Asian life. From the fertile lowlands of the Mekong River valley to the rugged Annamite highlands, Laos is the highlight of this region. Buddhism plays an important role in the life of the Lao people and has given them a deserved reputation for friendliness, gentleness, kindness, gaiety and wisdom.
Traditionally known as the Kingdom of a Million Elephants,
Laos is blessed with verdant countryside, glittering Buddhist temples, languid village life and gentle people.
The Malaysian peninsula that stretches south of Thailand is a prosperous country as evidenced by the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur that rival those of the United States. But this modernity is a complement to the dominant aspect of Malaysia: the forest. Malaysia’s rainforest is the oldest in the world. Modern
cities, colonial past, primary forest, orangutans and sandy beaches, such is the beautiful Malay cocktail.
Welcome to the Maldives, where sands are white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you in their arms. In ancient times, the shores of the Maldives welcomed lost travelers. Still welcoming, these shores remain, providing a tranquil haven for visitors.
The Republic of the Maldives is a sovereign nation, located in the Indian Ocean. It consists of 26 atolls with a total area of 298km2. There are 1,196 islands spanning approximately 90,000 km2 of the Indian Ocean making it one of the most disparate countries in the world. Maldivians are appreciated around the world for their hospitality and aﬀability with their guests. The Maldives are blessed with magical and breathtaking sunshine for much of the year. As in tropical countries, it enjoys a dry and wet season. The hot, humid weather is accompanied by refreshing sea breezes and periodic rains. Maldivians share a similar cultural heritage, history, homeland, language and religion (Muslim).
These common factors are the reason for the unity and harmony that reigns in the seducing islands. The ancestral roots of the Maldives can be traced back to Sinhala’s of Sri Lanka, Marathi’s and Guajarati’ of India, Arabs, Malays and North Africans. As a result, Maldivians emerged from a mixed
race which has enriched the culture and history of the country.
Malta attracts more and more visitors every year. It has reserved the beauty of its landscapes which are at the most
ancient yet very well known. From prehistoric temples, to the baroque architecture of Valletta, feasts of rabbit to festas of noisy fireworks, rattling buses to colorful fishing boats, this nation has loads of unique charm. Far from the excesses of mass tourism, Malta offers travelers a pleasant balance between authentic charm and modern comfort at prices considerably lower than many other comparable Mediterranean destinations. The celebrations are important in the life of the Maltese (which, on occasion, does not distain to drink to the health of the Knights of the Order of St. John): the calendar of religious holidays, in fact covers six months of year
Mauritius, sparkling jewel in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, will fascinate you. The contrast of colors, cultures and ﬂavors give a charm to this island and sets the scene for an unforgettable holiday. Here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy unparalleled luxury, a level of refinement far above other tropical destinations. Here, you will discover the true meaning
of the word “beauty”, a statement that will bring you back to the shores of Mauritius, again and again. It takes its name from the Dutch prince Maurice van Nassau…
Country of light, colors, culture and history, Morocco oﬀers an unequaled diversity. Variety joins a warm welcome and an irreproachable hospitality. Whether you want it or not, you will be treated like kings. Rich and tasty, Moroccan gastronomy will introduce you to the multiple ﬂavors of its regional specialties. You can enjoy delicious dishes such as lamb couscous, honey
and almond pastries and the popular mint tea.
Respect of cultural traditions
Avoid provocative clothes, accept the mint tea (a gesture of hospitality), eat with your right hand, taste everything, but you do not feel obliged to finish everything, it is usually impossible! Avoid eating, drinking and smoking in public during the day while Ramadan month. Before photographing a person, do not forget to ask permission.
To this day, Myanmar remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. A land of breathtaking beauty and charm now recently emerging into the modern world, Myanmar is on every savvy traveler’s bucket list.
Namibia is situated geographically surrounded on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, north by Angola to the south by the Republic of South Africa, east by Botswana and north-east by Zimbabwe and Zambia. Wedged between the Kalahari and the South Atlantic, Namibia enjoys vast potential as one of the youngest countries in Africa. In addition to having a striking diversity of cultures and national origins, Namibia is a photographer’s dream – it boasts wild seascapes, rugged mountains, lonely deserts, stunning wildlife, colonial cities and nearly unlimited elbow room.
Once considered as mystical and inaccessible as Hilton’s Shangri-La, this landlocked country of valleys and peaks has attracted an astounding number of visitors for decades. From the endorsers of ‘Flower Power’ in the hedonistic 60’s to the daring adventure traveler, Nepal has catered to the diverse needs of visitors in its own inimitable way.
Plucked straight from a film set or a coffee-table book of picture-perfect scenery, New Zealand is jaw-droopingly gorgeous. “Wow!” will escape from your lips at least once a day. Filling in the gaps are the sublime forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and fiords that have made NZ one of the best hiking (locals call it ‘tramping’) destinations on the planet. The popularity of New Zealand with international visitors is growing year by year. It is a land of contrasts, from pristine wilderness areas to modern and sophisticated cities there is something for everyone. New Zealand also enjoys an international reputation for being safe and friendly. NZ’s cool-climate wineries have been collecting wine-award trophies for decades now, but the country’s booming craft-beer scene also deserves your serious scrutiny. And with coffee culture firmly entrenched, you can usually slake your craving for a decent double-shot.
Norway is a very long country which extends north beyond the Arctic Circle. If you turn it upside down, from north to south, it will pass through Europe to the Mediterranean! The northern half of Norway lived under the midnight sun of summer and the magical dance of northern lights over the skies of the polar night in winter. Hike-country skiing during the day, and choose from four restaurants Michelin night. Still further north you can join a safari to observe eagles and whales. In summer the sun never sets in this part of Norway, and in winter the northern lights illuminate the dark sky. Swim in the cool water of the fjords, and let the breeze caress you from the North Pole when you are on the northernmost point of Europe, the North Cape! It shares borders with Sweden, Finland and Russia. Its long Atlantic coast is home to numerous fjords
The Sultanate of Oman is a hidden gem situated on the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula.
Omani people take pride in their rich cultural heritage and history. It is also a country with a breathtaking natural diversity, combining undulating mountain ranges, myriad wadis, enchanting deserts and endless coastlines. Oman encompasses number of UNESCO-classified World Heritage Sites, from the beehive tombs of the archeological site of Bat, dating back 3000 years, to the mysterious Bahla Fort, and Ras Al-Jinz which is the abode of the exceptional Green Sea Turtles.
Experience a holiday like no other as you explore cultural arts, folk arts and performances in our Sultanate.
Immerse yourself in its ancient heritage as you walk amongst its lively souqs. Travel back in time as you visit impressive forts of architectural significance. Awaken your senses in the magical fragrances of frankincense and be mesmerized by ancient intricate jewelry. There is so much to experience here, we invite you to come and see for yourself!
Peru is a country in South America covering part of the Amazon
rainforest. This is where Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca city located high up in the Andes, is. The area surrounding Machu Picchu, encompassing the Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail and the Colonial City of Cuzco, has many archaeological sites. On the arid Pacific coast of Peru lies Lima, the capital, with a well-preserved colonial center and important collections
of pre-Columbian art.
The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelago in South East Asia composed of 7,107 islands. It is blessed with rich natural resources and miles of beautiful beaches.
Portugal has a rich seafaring past, superb beach resorts, wistful towns and a landscape wreathed in olive groves, vineyards and wheat fields. Littered with UNESCO World Heritage sites and graced by one of Europe’s most relaxed and attractive capitals, it also remains refreshingly affordable. Savouring life slowly is a Portuguese passion, and much of the best is humble – traditional folk festivals; simple, honest food drowning in olive oil; music that pulls at the heart strings, recalling past love and glories; and markets overflowing with fish, fruit and flowers.
The Azores islands are a Portuguese archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean, located about 1 450 km (900 mi) from Lisbon. Nowadays, Azores’ main industries are tourism, cattle raising for milk and meat, and fishing. The Azores are actually the summits of some of the highest mountains on the planet, whose base is hundreds of meters below the ocean. The archipelago forms the Autonomous Region of Azores, one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal, along with the archipelago of Madeira.
Qatar is where cultural authenticity meets modernity; where the sand meets the sea; where people come together to experience unique offerings in culture, sports, business and family entertainment.
Travelers limiting themselves to chasing vampires will miss so much. The capital, Bucharest, has its critics, but the blend of grotesque communist monuments and purposefully hidden-away cathedrals makes for fascinating exploring. Excellent hiking, biking and skiing are found all over the Transylvanian Alps (also known as the Carpathian Mountains), which curl across central Romania. Farmhouse B&Bs allow guests to soak up some village life, particularly in the bucolic paradises of Maramureş and Southern Bucovina, where cemeteries and monasteries are painted as boldly as pop-art paintings.
Rwanda, nicknamed “country of the Thousand Hills”, is a country of Central Africa. It extends its 26,338 km² in the Great Lakes region and shares borders with, to the north, Uganda, to the east, Tanzania, to the south, Burundi, and to the west, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its capital, Kigali, is located
in the center of the country. Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where we can find mountain gorillas, rare species, now in danger of extinction. Experts estimate that there are only 780 mountain gorillas left in the world, and a third of them live in Rwanda. You will also have the chance to meet 13 other primates from Rwanda at the Nyungwe National
Park. See also the capital of the country, and gateway, which is worth the trip. The Volcanoes National Park, as well as Akagera National Park, are rich in natural resources. The Rwandan fauna and ﬂora are indeed worthy of interest. A visit to Rwanda and you will come back changed forever!
Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is the largest of the countries on the Arabian Peninsula with an area of over 2 million km². It borders Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Yemen, and is bordered by the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf.
The Seychelles are a group of 115 islands, only a few inhabited, in the Indian Ocean that lie oﬀ the coast of East Africa, northeast of Madagascar. The archipelago is one of the smallest members of the Commonwealth of Nations. Well known for its exceptional beauty, it has another special attribute. This can be discovered when its political, economic, social and cultural strides are compared to those of other developing nations in the region and worldwide.
A modern and prosperous city, Singapore is an object of fascination for Westerners as well as an introduction to Asia: the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity of this city gives some insight into the complexity of an entire continent.
Singapore is a city-state of Southeast Asia. Its area is 719 km2 and has a little less than 200 km of coastline. It comprises 63 islands, the main one being Pulau Ujong (584.8 km2). This island is very densely urbanized, but the lush vegetation “even in the city center” has earned Singapore the nickname of “garden city”. Singapore has more than 5 million people whose origins are diverse: Chinese, Malay, Indian and many other cultures from neighboring or western countries. There are in particular many Eurasians (born to a European parent and another Asian). All these cultures mix and thus form the Singaporean culture. This culture is essentially based on respect for others. The official language is English, which allows all Singaporeans to understand each other, because all are bilingual and speak their native language. Singapore is home to mosques, Buddhist temples, Taoist temples, Hindu temples and churches, oﬀering everyone the opportunity to practice their own religion.
GARDENS BY THE BAY: Huge botanical garden and ultra modern architecture, it is the lung of the city of 101 hectares. The park is subdivided into three gardens, Bay South Garden,
Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. Here, we know why the city-state is called “Garden City”.
SRI MARIAMMAN TEMPLE: The oldest and most important Indian temple in Singapore (1827), listed as a historical monument, with walls decorated with polychrome figures,
it is dedicated to the goddess Mariamman known to heal the worst epidemics.
HAWKER CENTER: In Singapore, hawker centers (or food courts) are a must. These large restaurant complexes never fail to fill up. In the front of the stands with impeccable hygiene, we enjoy dim sum, rice dumplings or chilly crab, for a modest price, in an incomparable atmosphere.
CHINATOWN: In the bustling Chinatown, with its pagodas, silk
shops, herbalist shops and calligraphy workshops, the atmosphere is unique. Visit the Heritage Center to immerse yourself in the historic Chinatown and attend a tea ceremony at Tea Chapter.
South Africa occupies the southern tip of Africa, its long coastline stretching more than 2 500 km from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic coast, southwards around the tip of Africa, then north to the border with Mozambique on the Indian Ocean. Going from west to east, South Africa shares long borders with Namibia and Botswana, touches Zimbabwe, has a strip of border with Mozambique to the east, and lastly curves in around Swaziland before rejoining Mozambique’s southern border. In the interior is the small mountainous country of Lesotho, completely surrounded by South African territory.
“Land of the Morning Calm”, “Dynamic Korea,” and “Harmony of History and Modernity”… As these popular phrases well attest, South Korea is truly a colorful place filled with sites to see and experience.
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With more than 58 million tourists visiting per year, Spain is among one of the countries most visited in the world. Its animated cities, the riches of its historic monuments, its paradise beaches, its hospitality and its joys of life give this country its reason to be explored. The birthplace of such great artists as Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Velázquez, Miguel de Cervantes, and Antonio Banderas, all add to the fantastic culture of Spain. For thousands of years, Spain has been one of the cultural centers of Europe. It has many beautiful cities and towns, offering thousands of monuments as well as a tremendous diversification of architecture.
A teardrop-shaped island on the edge of India. A frail skiff floating on the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka “the resplendent island” full of life, a paradise abounding birds of a thousand colors, the most succulent fruit, huge trees and flowers unparalleled. A rich and ancient culture to discover in a delicate scent of spices accompanied by the unchanging rhythm of elephants
Known as a summer and winter sports paradise, Switzerland is where people first skied for fun. Illustrious names evoke all the romance and glamorous drama of the mountain high life: Zermatt, St Moritz, Interlaken, Gstaad, the Jungfrau, Verbier and more. Cities like Geneva (the most cosmopolitan), Zürich (the most outrageous), Basel and Lausanne heave with heady artistic activity and sometimes incendiary nightlife. Beyond the après-ski chic, edelweiss and Heidi lies a complex country of cohabiting cultures. You could be chomping on sausages over beer in an oom-pah-pah Stübli one day and pasta over a glass of merlot in a granite grotto the next. And if over-indulgence becomes a problem try one of the country’s thermal baths, from Yverdon-les-Bains to Scuol. The grandeur of the finest churches, such as the cathedrals in Lausanne and Bern, contrasts with sparkling but lesser-known treasures like the frescoes of Müstair or the abbey complex of St Gallen (both World Heritage sites). The list of enchanting towns is endless: from Lucerne with its covered bridge to Neuchâtel and its fountains; from Gruyeres with its cheese, and Grimentz with its traditional timber houses to the sgraffito-blazoned buildings of Engadine towns like Scuol and Zuoz.
Taiwan is a small island state located 180 km east of China, offering modern cities to the west of the island, along the coastal plain between Taipei and Kaohsiung, traditional Chinese temples, spas and a spectacular mountainous
area on the east side. A wild island where nature is still intact, it is covered with 70% vegetation and is crossed by the highest mountain range in Northeast Asia, except Tibet.
The United Republic of Tanzania is located in eastern Africa on the Indian Ocean between Mozambique and Kenya and includes the island of Zanzibar. The largest city, Dar Es Salaam, is located along the eastern coast on the Indian Ocean. The terrain includes coastal plains, a central plateau, and highlands in the north and south. It is home to Mt. Kilimanjaro (the highest point in Africa), Lake Victoria (the second largest lake in the world), and the Great Rift Valley.
Thailand is a country that will please everyone. Beach destination as much as cultural, modern and traditional, Thailand offers a range of diversity revealing its astonishing beauties. Starting from the north that turns to tradition and nature with its ancestral temples surrounded by mountains, then the center with its capital which is a more active and urbanized area conducive to shopping and finally the South and its incredible islands, its beaches of fine sand and its spicy cuisine will allow you to escape from your daily life
The Cook Islands are a self-governing island country in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand123. They consist of 15 islands of coral, sand, or volcanic origin124. The main island is Rarotonga24. The Cook Islands have a population of around 17,500 and are part of the Realm of New Zealand. They were named after Captain James Cook, who visited them in the 18th century4
It may be but a slim wedge of North Africa’s vast horizontal expanse, but Tunisia has enough history and diverse natural beauty to pack a country many times its size. With a balmy, sand-fringed Mediterranean coast, scented with jasmine and sea breezes, and where the fish on your plate is always fresh, Tunisia is prime territory for a straightforward sun-sand-and-sea holiday. But beyond the beaches, it’s a thrilling, underrated destination where distinct cultures and incredible extremes of landscape can be explored in just a few days.
*** A respectful dress code is required when visiting religious sites. ***
Turkey is a unique country that extends on two continents – Europe and Asia – a unique position, which gave birth to a culture that reflects both West and East. It is a friendly country that offers all modern facilities, yet traditional enough to be fascinating. This country is without a doubt a destination of sun, sea, mountains, and lakes that offers the vacationer a complete change from the stress and routine of everyday life. The Turkish people have an unrivalled reputation for hospitality, the cuisine is to die for, the coastline, like a dream, and many Turkish cities are dotted with spectacular mosques and castles. And while costs are rising, Turkey remains one of the Mediterranean’s bargain-basement destinations.
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.
The UAE is a country that provides a new setting at every turn, richly mixing together the old and the new; it is without a doubt the leading tourist destination in the Middle East. It offers a great variety of landscapes: Rocky Mountains, huge dunes, sandy beaches, Bedouin villages, and ultra modern malls. Enjoy shopping, luxury and futuristic architecture in Dubai, mosques in Abu Dhabi or a camel market in Al Ain. You’ll discover a rich cultural patrimony. Arabic flavors and welcoming people will charm you.
The well named kingdom count in its ranks: Scotland, Wales, England (which together, form Great Britain) and Northern Ireland, with their own unique cultures and traditions. For centuries, exporting its language and culture, the UK has become a model in many areas. Its advantages give high standards: vast natural heritage through its green hills, mountains and coastline, lakes and national parks; enormous potential historic image of his castles, churches and museums; incredible range of activities in the country of music, theater, football and golf.
Uzbekistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia12 that lies mainly between two major rivers, the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya34. It has a diverse economy and a relatively young population5. It is bordered by five other Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan134. It was conquered by Russia in the late 19th century and became a republic of the Soviet Union in 192435. It also includes the autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan in the west34.
Visiting Vietnam is to go on an adventure through centuries of history until you discover the living testimony of an era that marked our contemporary era. Nicknamed the country of the dragon, Vietnam will charm you with its authenticity, its culture and its ancestral traditions as well as its abundant and varied gastronomy. Let yourself be surprised by its exhilarating and soothing beauty.
Tanzania boasts some of the most stunning beaches in East Africa, with crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. From the popular Zanzibar Island to the remote beaches of Mafia Island, tourist’s can indulge in various water sports.
Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring
beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the
border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’’ – ‘‘The Smoke that Thunders’’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over
the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometers, into a gorge over one hundred meters below. The wide, basalt cliﬀ over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges.