If you’ve taken the plunge and decided to go on a cruise, then congratulations! You’re going to have a great time. However, there are so many splendid destinations out there that picking just one can be hard work. That´s why we’ve put together this little list of the most renowned destinations in the world. If money were no object, these trips are a must:
The Norwegian Fjords
As the top scenic attraction in the world (according to the National Geographic, no less), its no real surprise that the simply jaw-dropping fjords are the first on this list, and that they’ve been receiving more and more attention from most popular cruise companies in recent years. Some of the main highlights of the region include the stunning Geiranger, where breath-taking waterfalls fall from the clouds and into the sea below, and the island of Spitsbergen, where over half of the land is covered with glaciers. Exploring the Fjords is simply a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Offering almost as many beautiful winter scenes as Norway, Alaska is another extremely popular cruise destination, with wildlife, mountains and glaciers all vying for your attention as you make your way across the beautiful, pale sea. Some of the most popular sights in Alaska include the wonderful whale-watching tours, as well as the beautiful Hubbard Glacier. A tour of Alaska can also be combined with the stunning Canadian Rockies, offering you a chance to enjoy two wonderful sights in one trip an opportunity not to be turned down. Continue Reading
The Cotswolds is a really popular place for visitors to the UK to visit as well as with people travelling within the UK. The quaint cottages, tea rooms, antique shops and pretty surrounding countryside make for a very picturesque visit. However, there are many choices of places to visit in the Cotswolds. Below are our top five:
This is a quaint village with a river running through it. The pretty cottages line narrow streets with grass verges and the river running through. It is very pretty and there are also attractions too. There is Birdland, the Motor Museum and the Model Village, which are all fun to visit. There are also some lovely shops, tea rooms and cafes, so you can take your pick as to whether you have fish and chips, a cream tea or anything else typically British to eat.
This is on the edge of the Cotswolds but is so popular with visitors as it is Shakespeare’s birthplace. You can visit his home, go to the theatre and see a Shakespeare play, take an open top bus tour of the area and enjoy the shops and cafes. Many have a nod to Shakespeare including selling mementos. Continue Reading
There are many attractions in the UK and what you enjoy will depend on what sorts of things you are interested in. Therefore the different types of attractions will be explained so that you can choose what you will like to do.
With a large coastline, there are many beaches to explore in the UK. The south coast is very much warmer and therefore more popular but there are many different types of beaches to discover, depending on what you like. There are sand and pebble beaches, large tourist resorts and small secluded areas and you can choose from as well as different locations all over the UK.
If you like countryside then there is plenty across all of the UK. There are hills, meadows, forests, lakes, rivers, canals and therefore lots of different wildlife, views and footpaths to walk. There are also national parks and many conservation areas that you can look at. Most countryside is free to explore as well, but there are some areas where you will need to pay an entrance fee in order to visit.
Quaint villages are something that many people really want to see when they are visiting the UK. It is important to note that villages will be very different depending on what type of the UK you are visiting. The material the houses are made from, the way they are laid out and even whether the streets are cobbled or not will very much depend on where you visit. It is therefore worth knowing what you are hoping and expecting to see before you visit, so that you can make sure that you visit the places that you really want to see. Continue Reading
Sharm El Sheikh is located on the Sinai Peninsula and is split into three main areas; Na’ama bay, Ras Um Sid Cliff and Sharm El Maya. Na’ama Bay is the hub of evening entertainment with many shops, bars and restaurants to choose from incorporating eastern influences with international flavours. Relax on one of the many private sections of white sandy beach provided by the beachfront hotels whilst watching the world go by. The area of Ras Um Sid Cliff joins Na’ama bay with Sharm El Maya and is in a picturesque, cliff top position so many hotel rooms will have fabulous views out over the crystal clear waters of Sharm El Sheikh whilst the pretty palm fringed resort Sharm El Maya oozes sophistication and class.
What to do in Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh offers holidaymakers of all ages a variety of entertainment throughout the day and evening including desert safaris, discos, nightclubs, casinos, golf courses, shopping and of course an abundance of water sports. World renowned for its breathtaking coral reefs and vibrant marine life Sharm El Sheikh entices divers from beginners to experienced to sample the underwater adventures that await them and catch a glimpse of the rare species of tropical fish that pass you by. Don’t fancy diving into the deep blue sea, then take time out to snorkel amongst the tropical waters just off the shore and capture the beauty of the world below. Don’t forget your waterproof camera, there are amazing pictures to take home. Continue Reading
Egypt boasts many resorts along the Red Sea; Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Makadi Bay, Taba, Nuweiba and El Gouna. Each offering amazing sandy beaches and clear blue waters against a backdrop of rich red mountains.
The Red Sea is known as one of the world’s top diving and snorkelling sites. There most popular resorts that marine lovers travel to are Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh where from here you can swim the crystal clear and warm sea to one of the many nearby wrecks – explore the underwater world and make friends with locals of the sea. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver the Red Sea has it all from easily reached vibrant coral reefs with shallow waters to sheep drops and unexplored areas. With over 800 species of fish there is something to excite everyone on the Red Sea.
Whether you’re a water baby or a sun worshiper the Red Sea has it all with its glorious white sandy beaches sprinkled with sun beds and umbrellas lined with lush palm trees that seem to go on for miles. A popular way to spend the day is soaking up the rays of one of the many spectacular beaches or rummaging around the bustling bazaars for the ultimate bargain, pick up an authentic gift to remember your stay by the Red Sea. A true paradise that many have discovered and cant get enough of, the Red Sea awaits you.
Nuweiba which is still unspoilt by tourism is the ultimate hideaway to kick back and enjoy a slow paced lifestyle. During the day relax on the gorgeous stretch of sandy beach along the Sinai Peninsula backed by the Sinai mountains or scuba dive in the offshore reefs and see the wonders of Nuweiba’s marine life, you will be sure to spot turtles, seahorses, clownfish and many colourful corals – perfect for divers of all abilities.
The neighbouring destinations of Jordan and Israel are within easy reach for an unbeatable day out as are the sights of the golden desert. Barter with the friendly Bedouin traders of Tarabin for a range of gifts on sale and take up the duty free prices. For an impressive sight to see travel to the base if Mount Sinai to view St Catherine’s Monastery, a fabulous holy site that attracts all kinds of people or spend the day trekking and exploring Nuweiba.
Nuweiba offers a range of accommodations from popular top hotels to Bedouin camps for that real taste of Egypt and is split into 3 areas; The Town, The Dunes and Nuweiba Port so there’s plenty to see and do. Perfect for relaxing Nuweiba boasts many restaurants and bars or for a romantic break visit the Dunes where you can find pretty little beach bungalows with thatched roofs to escape to. For a more lively atmosphere travel to the home of the Tarabin Tribe of the Bedouin in the north of Nuweiba.
Hurghada, with its gently shelving beaches and crystal-clear waters, is ideal for a beach based holiday. Endless sunny days spent relaxing at the edge of the pool or on the beach, or for the more energetic there is an abundance of watersports to choose from. There is a vast range of smart hotels to choose from in Hurghada, many with their own private beach.
Hurghada, once a sleepy fishing village is now one of the largest of the Egyptian Red Sea Riviera resorts and continues to expand every year but it has still managed to retain its Egyptian atmosphere and character. There is a great selection of restaurants around, whether you fancy something local or something of a more international flavour. Visit downtown Hurghada for a spot of souvenir shopping or why not try a bit of haggling in the bazaar area and pick up a bargain – leather and gold are good value.
If you are into diving the marine life in Hurghada, with its delicate corals and abundance of tropical fish, is amazing. Whether you are complete beginner or an experienced diver the Red Sea is second to none for scuba diving. For the beginner there are many shallow reefs with an abundance of marine life and for the more experienced diver there are numerous wrecks to explore as well as dramatic walls and drop offs. The Giftun Islands, one of the protected areas in the Red Sea is one of the main dive sites for day boats going out from Hurghada.