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Highlights of Stonehenge and Avebury

Stonehenge and Avebury are outstanding prehistoric monuments, which are thought to date back to the Neolithic and Bronze Age. The ancient megaliths of these sites provide an insight into the mysterious rituals, beliefs, customs and engineering abilities of prehistoric peoples.

24 Feb 21 · 5 mins read
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Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera

La Spezia, Portovenere and the Cinque Terre The eastern Ligurian Riviera between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural site of outstanding value, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 along with the…

22 Jul 20 · 6 mins read
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Highlights of Australia: The yellow-footed rock-wallaby

Another of Australia's unique animals. On many of the small group package tours for mature and senior travelers in the Southern states this Wallaby is encountered. The Flinders range, Broken Hill, Eyre & York peninsula as well as the World heritages sites tours include this reclusive wallaby as part of the itinerary.

9 Jul 20 · 5 mins read
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Samanid mausoleum, Bukhara

Highlights of Uzbekistan | Samanid Mausoleum

Highlights of Uzbekistan | Samanid Mausoleum The Samanid Mausoleum, dating from the 10th century, is the oldest Muslim monument in the city of Bukhara, Uzbekistan. This final resting place was built for Ismail Samani (or…

18 Feb 20 · 2 mins read
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Melk Abbey Austria

Melk Abbey Austria

A vivid yellow Baroque jewel, Melk Abbey, or Stift Melk, is the most famous abbey in Austria

17 Feb 20 · 2 mins read
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Registan Square Uzbekistan

The famous Registan Square and Ulugbek Madrasah is one of the worlds most recognised Mosque, which is the main square in Samarkand .In Uzbekistan this is one of the monumental buildings in the country. For mature and senior travellers on a small group tour this ancient city is located on the Silk Road network and is part of our small group tours programs on the Silk road or as part of the Stans program.

17 Feb 20 · 3 mins read
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Juma Mosque Azerbaijan

The Juma mosque is included this small group tour of the Caucasus region for mature and senior travellers as part of the tour program for Azerbaijan. The Caucasus tour also visits Armenia and Georgia.

17 Feb 20 · 2 mins read
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Eggenberg Palace in Graz

Eggenberg Palace Austria

Eggenenberg palace, a world heritage site. This baroque palace is considered to be a national treasure in Austria.

17 Feb 20 · 2 mins read
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Belvedere

Belvedere Palace Austria

Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere) is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and as much as piece of art as the impressive works housed in its interior. The large complex actually features two palaces (Upper and Lower) and beautiful grounds. Originally built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy, the galleries of the Upper Belvedere focus on Austrian art from medieval times to present day, emphasising Austrian culture and history while the Lower Belvedere hosts temporary exhibitions. The grounds also feature the Orangery, Palace Stables which have been converted into a medieval art exhibition and magnificent gardens. The famous historical palace complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a short drive from the centre of Vienna.

17 Feb 20 · 4 mins read
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Schönbrunn Palace Austria

Schönbrunn Palace Austria

Schonbrunn Palace, also referred to as Schoenbrunn Palace, is Vienna's most popular attraction and it is not hard to see why. The opulent summer palace of the Habsburgs is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to be one of the most important cultural, architectural and historical sites in Austria. The palace complex features 1441 rooms (40 of which are open to the public), magnificent gardens, a maze, a palm house, the oldest zoo in Europe and an outdoor swimming pool.

17 Feb 20 · 5 mins read
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Highlights of Lithuania | Grutas Park

Grutas Park Lithuania

A communist statue graveyard, Grutas Park is a dark homage to one of the worst periods of Lithuanian history. Eight kilometres east of Druskininkai, a spa town on the Nemunas River in southern Lithuania, Grutas Park is essentially a sculpture garden of over 100 Soviet-era statues and artefacts, providing an unprecedented insight into the Red Terror that was unleashed against Lithuania and the stifling atmosphere of Soviet rule. As well as statues, visitors can see an impressive collection of documents, newspapers, propaganda posters, video footage and audio files from the time.

17 Feb 20 · 3 mins read
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Bibi Khanum Mosque in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Bibi Khanum Mosque (Bibi-Khanym Mosque)

This gigantic domed mosque, Bibi Khanum mosque is the centrepiece of the imperial capital of Uzbekistan.

24 Jan 20 · 2 mins read
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Detail of wall decoration, Palace of the Shirvanshahs, Baku, Azerbaijan

Palace of the Shirvanshahs Azerbaijan

The Palace of the Shirvanshahs in Baku is a highlight of the Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan small group tour offered to mature and senior travellers. This is a UNESCO World heritage site.

24 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Ateshgah (Fire Temple) Azerbaijan

Ateshgah, the fire temple is visited on a small group tour for mature and senior travellers interested in travelling as a couple or solo traveller to Azerbaijan, often in conjunction with the tour to the Caucasus that includes Georgia and Armenia.

23 Jan 20 · 2 mins read
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Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

Wazir Khan Mosque, Pakistan

The Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, is said to be the most beautiful and most ornately decorated Mughal-era mosque.

23 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Skardu, Pakistan

Skardu Valley, Pakistan

The Skardu Valley is located in Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan, on the Indus River which separates the Karakoram range from the Himalayas.

23 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Fez, Morocco

Fez is the oldest city in Morocco, located in the northern part of the country on the banks of the Wadi Fez. The old town was originally composed of two fortified quarters divided by the river.

23 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Just outside the northern city of Siauliai lies a small hill in the middle of farmland that has been crowned with around 100,000 crosses in all different sizes. There are tiny crosses, massive wooden crosses and crosses handcrafted from metal. Known as the Hill of Crosses (Kryziu Kalnas), it is both a pilgrimage site and a testament to Lithuanian strength and defiance under Soviet rule. It has come to represent the peaceful endurance of Lithuanian Catholicism in the face of so many threats throughout history.

22 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Trakai Castle, Lithuania

Trakai Island Castle, Lithuania

Trakai Island Castle is like something from a fairy tale - there is nothing quite like admiring the view of the coral-coloured brick towers surrounded by moss-green trees as you cross the wooden bridge, with the castle's reflection glimmering in the surrounding waters of Lake Galve. The Gothic style castle is more than 600 years old and houses the impressive Trakai History Museum, which showcases a range of interesting exhibits including medieval weapons, chainmail, 19th-century embroidery and glassware and religious art. Trakai was one of the main centres of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and with just one glimpse of the castle you can feel the majesty and splendour of this place. Less than an hour from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, this beautiful attraction is a favourite day trip from the city among travellers.

22 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Riga Cathedral, Latvia

Riga Cathedral, Latvia

One of the most recognisable features in the Latvian capital, Riga Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church and the largest medieval church in the Baltic states. Found in 1211, the cathedral has been updated and renovated over the centuries meaning the architecture is an amalgamation of different styles from the 13th to 18th centuries. The majority of the church is in the Gothic style, built in the 15th century but the oldest portion has Romanesque features and the tower is 18th-century Baroque. While the cathedral is still used for church services, the complex includes the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation. This museum features more than 500,000 archival items and tells the story of 800 years of Riga's history.

20 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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One of the remaining towers at Turaida Castle

Turaida Castle, Latvia

The beautiful Turaida Castle looks like it came straight off the pages of a storybook. One might expect to see a princess peering down at them from the castle's tall cylindrical tower, built in 1214. A medieval castle on a strip of land between two ravines at Gauja River, Turaida Castle is the highlight and most visually impressive element of Turaida Museum Reserve. The reserve encompasses the castle and the surrounding area and includes small galleries and exhibits, an art studio and a sculpture garden. Within the castle, there is a museum which offers an insight into the history of Livonia between 1319 and 1561. The name 'Turaida' comes from the Livic language and translates to 'Garden of Gods', which is a fitting name from the largest protected cultural monument and the oldest visible castle in the country. Less than an hour's drive from Riga, Turaida Castle is a must-see.

20 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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Rundale Palace, Latvia

Rundale Palace, Latvia

80 km south of Riga, the Latvian capital, one will find Rundale Palace, a magnificent Baroque and Rococo-style mansion used as the summer residence for the Dukes of Courland. Often referred to as the 'Versailles of Latvia', the dazzling complex features wonderful formal gardens and the grand residence is a sumptuous monument to aristocratic opulence. The gardens and around 40 of the palace's 138 rooms are open to visitors and feature glimpses into the everyday life of 18th-century aristocrats.

20 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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The Jerash Ruins, Jordan

Jerash in northern Jordan is noted for its well-preserved Roman ruins, one of the largest in the world.

20 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Petra, Jordan

Explore and learn about Petra Jordan on an escorted small group package tour to the Middle East for mature and senior travellers. For couples and single travellers, this tours looks at the Romans, the silk road and the Egyptians in ancient history and the trade that passed through the region.

20 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

The most photographed attraction of Copenhagen is not a royal palace or the world-famous amusement park Tivoli Gardens, but a statue of a mythical figure many may associate with a Disney film: the Little Mermaid. A bronze statue of the princess-cum-fish can be found sitting on a rock at the end of Langelinie Pier on Copenhagen's harbour and draws countless visitors every year. The famous statue weights 175 kg and truly is little, at only 1.25 metres tall. Over 100 years old, it is an unofficial mascot of the city and remains standing despite numerous vandalism attempts over the decades.

17 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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The Palace at Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens, Denmark

Tivoli, also known as Tivoli Gardens, is an opulent amusement park and pleasure garden in downtown Copenhagen. Opened in 1843, it is the second-oldest amusement park in the world and the most visited in Scandinavia.

17 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Egeskov Castle, Denmark

Egeskov Castle, Denmark

Egeskov Castle, on the island of Funen, is the best preserved Renaissance water castle in Europe and the oldest moat castle in Europe.

17 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Amalienborg Palace Denmark

Amalienborg Palace, Denmark

In Copenhagen, one will find Amalienborg, the home of the Danish royal family. Consisting of four identical 18th-century palaces with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard, Amalienborg has been home to Danish royals since 1784 and continues to be the queen's winter residence.

17 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Snowdonia is home to Mt Snowdon, the highest peak in the British Isles outside of Scotland.

16 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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View of Lahore Fort and green fields

Lahore Fort, Pakistan

Lahore Fort is the main attraction in Lahore's old walled city, housing the marble palaces, mosques, and lush gardens from the city's golden age under the Mughal dynasty, when Lahore became the place of royal residence.

16 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Ben Youssef Madrasa, Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech's medina quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a dazzlingly colourful maze of alleyways and shops, the sights and sounds welcoming and enchating travellers.

16 Jan 20 · 2 mins read
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Mount Nebo Jordan

Mount Nebo, Jordan

Mount Nebo is a revered holy site. According to the Hebrew Scriptures, Moses, who led the Israelites in an exodus out of Egypt across the desert for 40 years.

15 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Taj Mahal. India

Taj Mahal, India

Today, the Taj Mahal attracts around 8 million visitors a year. One of the most spectacular things about the Taj Mahal is the way white marble changes colour throughout the day.

13 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

Often called the City of Lights, Varanasi is one of the world's oldest inhabited cities. Colourful, intense and mystical, it is the spiritual capital of India and the country's holiest Hindu city, located on the banks of the river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh.

13 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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The Indian flag flies high at the Red Fort

The Red Fort, Delhi

The Red Fort, also called Lal Qalʿah, is a historic fort in the city of Delhi, overlooking the Yamuna River. It served as the main residence for the emperors of the formidable Mughal dynasty for almost 200 years until the British took over in 1857. Like the Taj Mahal, it was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1638 who decided to move the Mughal capital from Agra to Shahjahanabad, in present-day Old Delhi. The construction took ten years and the fort is octagonal in shape, covering an area of 254 acres.

13 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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Ataturk's Mausoleum in Ankara, Turkey

Ankara, Turkey

Ankara, formerly Angora, the capital of the Turkish republic, is located a little to the west of central Anatolia about 350 kilometres southeast of Istanbul. It is the centre of Turkish Government and houses all foreign embassies.

13 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Cleopatra's Pool in Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, which in Turkish translates to "Cotton Castle", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Turkey's famous and most visited tourist attraction.

13 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Braga Portugal

Braga, Portugal

Braga is Portugal's third-largest city and its most important religious centre. With almost four dozen places of worship, Braga is something of an ecclesiastical destination, particularly around Easter. However, a large student population also means that, despite the numerous churches, Braga is not just a historical or religious tourist site but a dynamic and eclectic city with a lot on offer. Braga offers a slice of authentic Portugal, nestled amongst hills beside the spectacular Peneda-Geres National Park and just an hour from Porto. With a moderate climate all year round and unhurried pace of life, Braga offers the perfect environment to explore the city's cultural offerings and culinary scene.

13 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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The Pena National Palace Sao Pedro de Penaferrim, Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal

Sintra was the summertime escape of European royalty and nobility and today is replete with beautiful gardens, castles and palaces to explore.

13 Jan 20 · 7 mins read
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St Basil Cathedral Moscow Russia

Moscow, Russia

Highlights of Russia | Moscow Moscow is Russia’s political centre and its most populous metropolis. Viewed from the air, Moscow’s city layout resembles concentric rings circling the Kremlin, the seat of the Russian government and…

13 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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National Cycle Network Route 4, Millennium Coastal Park

Millennium Coastal Path, Wales

The Millennium Coastal Path was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II at the turn of the new millennium in 2000. It was part of the Millennium Coastal Park, a parkland transformed from around 20 kilometres of industrial wasteland along the Carmarthenshire coastline.

9 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Caernarfon Castle in Snowdonia, Wales

Caernarfon Castle, Wales

Edward I's massive Caernarfon Castle was a display of English might on Welsh territory. Caernarfon Castle was built on the shoreline, consisting of a castle, a walled town, and a quay all built at the same time. Construction of this massive project took 47 years to complete.

9 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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View of the Peterhof Grand Palace - Russia

St Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg is the second largest among the Russian cities, after Moscow, and is famous for its important role in Russian history and its cultural and architectural landmarks. The historic centre of St Petersburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, inscribed on the list in 1990.

8 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar Yangon

Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar a city of history and curiosity for an escorted small group tour for mature and senior travellers to explore.Include Bagan and the Irrawaddy river in any educational based tour program for couples or solo travellers.

8 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Masjid-I Sheikh Lotfallah in Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Iran

Isfahan,Iran

Isfahan was capital of Persia in the 11th century and the 16th century. Its first period as capital came in 1047, when the Seljuks made Esfahan their capital and adorned it with their magnificently geometric style of architecture.

8 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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Ulm Minster

Gothic Germany

The term Gothic is often used to refer to a turning point and new era of European architecture that is generally seen as starting in the mid 12th century. Gothic architecture was in stunning contrast to Romanesque architecture which emphasised few windows, massive stonework and heavy walls. In comparison, the Gothic style featured stained glass windows, flying buttresses and more light-filled interiors that made use of cavernous spaces.

8 Jan 20 · 7 mins read
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Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Istanbul, Imperial City: The Definitive Guide

Istanbul, Imperial City | Small Group History Tours Turkey For more than a thousand years, Constantinople stood as the capital of the Byzantine Empire, surviving numerous attacks and internal rebellions, until the cannons of the…

8 Jan 20 · 12 mins read
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Evora, Portugal

Evora, Portugal

Discover the beautifully-preserved medieval town of Evora with fantastic Roman ruins to explore, Moorish architecture and Gothic churches

8 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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Shwenandaw Temple

Mandalay, Myanmar

Built in 1857 on the Irrawaddy River or Ayeyarwady River by King Mindon prior to complete British rule, the city of Mandalay still bear traces of royal grandeur in the palaces and monasteries built during his reign.

7 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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History of the Trans-Siberian Railway

History of the Trans-Siberian Railway The history of the Trans-Siberian Railway, a network of railways connecting Moscow to the Russian Far East, covers important events of the 20th century, tracing the rise and fall of…

6 Jan 20 · 13 mins read
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xplore Bagan, a cultural and artistic wonderland

Explore Bagan

Explore Bagan, a cultural and artistic wonderland, on a small group tour The opportunity to explore Bagan, a cultural and artistic wonderland, on a small group tour does exist. Odyssey Traveller has offered small group…

6 Jan 20 · 8 mins read
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The Pink Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz, Iran

In the mid-1700s, Shiraz became the official capital of Iran under the Zand dynasty. Many of the most beautiful buildings were built or underwent restoration in this period.

6 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Secret Venice

Secrets of Venice: A History of Espionage

Secret Venice: The Council of Ten and Medieval Espionage The city-state of Venice emerged on a lagoon from the ruins of the Roman and Byzantine empires in the 9th century and grew to become the greatest…

5 Jan 20 · 8 mins read
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Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa area, Tokyo

History of Tokyo

A Short History of Tokyo Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, the busiest intersection in the Japanese metropolis The history of Tokyo is intimately intertwined with that of Japan’s. In this article, we’ll explore Tokyo’s history from…

5 Jan 20 · 10 mins read
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Southern Italy

Southern Italy

Southern Italy: from Magna Graecia to Italian Unification When you ask people about Italy, more often than not one of the first places they mention is the capital city, Rome, or the submerged streets of…

5 Jan 20 · 11 mins read
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Persepolis Iran

Highlights of Iran | Persepolis

Highlights of Iran | Persepolis Persepolis was once the capital of an empire that ruled a territory that covered Egypt to India. It is one of the wonders of the ancient world. The Achaemenid Kings…

5 Jan 20 · 6 mins read
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Florence, Italy

History of a City: Florence, Italy

Florence or Firenze, article provides an overview of the history from inception from the Romans to Mussolini with plenty of the Renaissance covered. Includes a list of Museums and places to see in Tuscany. Background material for a small group package tour to Italy or long stay in Florence.

5 Jan 20 · 23 mins read
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The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The amazing Blue Lagoon is a popular tourist attraction in Iceland, named for its milky-blue geothermal seawater. The lagoon, set in a black lava field, was formed in 1976

3 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Church in Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the capital and largest city of Iceland, will most likely be your first port of entry into this fairly isolated island country.

3 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

The Golden Circle, Iceland

Iceland's "The Golden Circle" is a popular tourist route which includes the Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park.

3 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Lushan National park

Lushan National Park, China

From steep wintry peaks, rising more than 1.4 kilometers above sea level, to ancient forests and river ways, the range of scenery around Mount Lushan is genuinely breathtaking. A relatively unknown spot for Western tourists, the Lushan National Park is hugely popular for Chinese tourists. The mountainous region is littered with beautiful flora and fauna, and is teeming with wildlife, including the world's largest migratory white crane flock.

3 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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great wall of china

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is, first and foremost, a remarkable feat of human ingenuity, perseverance and construction. It offers a multi-dimensional insight into ancient Chinese history. From how the wall was constructed, to the ideology and strategic practicalities that necessitated its construction, there is so much to learn from the Great Wall of China.

3 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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Red entrance gate opening to the forbidden city in Beijing - China

The Forbidden City, Beijing

Everything about the Forbidden City, from its name to its history, is full of intrigue. For many visitors, the Forbidden City embodies the secrecy, mystery and power of China’s past.

3 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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City of Edinburgh at dusk

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland since the 15th century but it has been inhabited since the Stone Age. It has been a Roman settlement, who constructed the Antonine Wall as the Empire’s northernmost defence, and also the home of the Celtic tribe Votadini.

1 Jan 20 · 2 mins read
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Skara Brae at Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall, Scotland

Skara Brae, Scotland

The Neolithic village of Skara Brae was discovered in the winter of 1850. Wild storms ripped the grass and earth from a high dune then known as "Skerrabra" beside the Bay of Skaill, and exposed the ruins of ancient stone buildings. The discovery proved to be the best-preserved Neolithic sites in northern Europe.

1 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Sanssouci Palace,Germany

Sanssouci Palace,Germany

Often described as the Prussian Versailles, Sanssouci refers to the ensemble of palaces and garden complexes built under Frederick the Great (1712-1786).

1 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Leipzig, Germany, Old town

Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig, encircled by a ring of parks and gardens, the city is a major industrial centre and buzzing with life. It has long been regarded as a major intellectual and cultural centre, known since the Middle Ages for its fairs and markets.

1 Jan 20 · 6 mins read
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Must see sites in Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Explore and learn more about Berlin. Germany, referred to as Europe's economic engine also includes one of the great cities of Europe, Berlin. You can discover more about this city on a long stay program in the city or as part of a Baltics tour.

1 Jan 20 · 7 mins read
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Photographing the Northern lights

Photographing the Northern Lights: The Definitive Guide

Photographing the Northern Lights. How to Capture the Beauty of the Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis, commonly called the Northern Lights, as well as the Aurora Australis, the Southern Lights, are two the world’s most…

1 Jan 20 · 7 mins read
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Taktshang Goemba, Tiger nest monastery, Bhutan

Tiger's Nest Monastery, Bhutan

The Tiger's Nest monastery, known locally as Paro Taktsang, has earned a reputation as one of the most remarkable tourist spots in central Asia. It has become the most iconic cultural landmark in Bhutan, and a trip to the country is incomplete without a visit.

1 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Traditional weaving, Khalling weaving center.

The National Textile Museum of Bhutan

Over the past decade, the Bhutan Textile Museum in Thimphu has steadily established itself as one of the best adverts for local Bhutanese culture. The museum finds the right balance between past and present, highlighting some of the old Bhutanese textile masterpieces, whilst simultaneously promoting the wares of local artisan weavers. In doing so, the Bhutan Textile Museum has succeeded in shining the spotlight back towards an amazing but dying skill. Bhutanese weavers can now continue the practices of their forefathers, without worrying as much about competition in a consumer world governed by mass-production and strict bottom lines.

1 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Bhuddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Bhutan

Bhutanese Temples

Modern day Bhutan has a deep affinity with its Buddhist past. Buddhism is the source of religious and cultural identity for the majority of Bhutanese people. The history of Bhutan goes some way to explaining why, in the upper ranges of the Himalayas, nationalism intertwined so tightly with religion.

1 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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Philae Temple

Philae Temple

Egypt's Philae Temple is one of the most picturesque in the country and the complex is one of the most fascinating ancient sights in the world.

1 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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River Nile at Luxor in Egypt

Nile River Cruise

The Nile River is the longest river in the world at 6695 kilometres long. Flowing from Uganda, through eleven countries, through to Egypt, it empties into the Mediterranean Sea.

1 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Egyptian small group tour

The Pyramids and the Sphinx

Egypt is home to one of the only remaining wonder of the Ancient World: The Great Pyramids of Egypt. The pyramids are monumental tombs for pharaohs from the 4th dynasty and relics of Egypt's Old Kingdom era, constructed around 4,500 years ago.

1 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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Highlights of London

A trip to London can encompass everything from exploring Gothic architecture and majestic palaces to eating street food and people-watching by the River Thames or visiting suburban pubs.

24 Dec 19 · 5 mins read
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Highlights of the Lake District

Highlights of the Lake District

The Lake District is the glittering crown jewel of England’s countryside and sure to capture any traveller’s heart with its magic. Picture expanses of lush meadows swathed in flowers and shimmering blue lakes against craggy peaks and you’ll have some idea of the kind of beautiful scenery you can expect from exploring the Lake District.

24 Dec 19 · 6 mins read
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Colored houses on rocky hills in the coastline of Qaqortoq, Greenland.

Qaqortoq, Greenland

Visiting Greenland as a member of a small group package tour for mature and senior travellers. The group of couples and solo travellers spend time in Qaqortoq and Nuuk, Greenland. Greenland is an extension to the Iceland small group tour. The group often witnesses the Northern light display in this part of the arctic circle.

20 Dec 19 · 2 mins read
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Ilulissat Greenland

Ilulissat, Greenland

Greenland’s Avannaata region, which covers the town of Ilulissat, is as big as France but only has 11,000 people. It is said be home to almost as many sled dogs as people.

20 Dec 19 · 2 mins read
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Masked dance is one of the main attractions during annual festivals or Tshechu in Bhutan. It shows vibrant and unique cultural heritage.

Bhutan's Nalakhar Tshechu festival

The Nalakhar Tshechu festival runs for three days in the Nalakhar village in Bumthang. The celebration is part of the national Tshechu, one of Tibet's biggest religious festivals, which runs for three days throughout the country.

20 Dec 19 · 4 mins read
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Nuuk Greenland

Nuuk, Greenland

Nuuk is an incredible city to visit, a small but cosmopolitan city with modern conveniences–gourmet dining, beautiful boutique fashion shops, apartment blocks–that still also retains its centuries-old indigenous roots.

20 Dec 19 · 3 mins read
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Louvre Paris

The Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum (Musee du Louvre) is the world’s largest museum and most visited art gallery in the world, displaying some 35,000 artworks from the antiquities to the mid-19th century and attracting nearly 10 million visitors every year.

19 Dec 19 · 3 mins read
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Arromanches les Bains, Normandy, France.

Normandy Beaches

The Normandy beaches in northwestern France were the location of D-Day during World War II, the historic simultaneous landings of Allied troops that liberated Western Europe and eventually put an end to the Nazi Reich.

19 Dec 19 · 4 mins read
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Plaza de España in Seville

Highlights of Seville

Seville is a lively and disarming city, and a popular tourist destination in Spain.

18 Dec 19 · 5 mins read
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Pilgrimage; Camino-de-Santiago

Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St James, is an ancient Catholic pilgrimage route that runs across northern Spain to the shrine of the Apostle St James in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.

18 Dec 19 · 4 mins read
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Barcelona-Spain

Barcelona Travel Notes

Barcelona is one of the cultural highlights of Europe. Situated on the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula, the Catalan capital is famous for its distinctive architecture and its world-renowned food and wine.

18 Dec 19 · 13 mins read
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Cibeles Fountain In Downtown Madrid

Highlights of Madrid

Learn about Madrid and its history on a small group package tour for mature and senior travellers for couples and single travellers. Odyssey offers a range of tours that take the traveller to Madrid in its collection of Spain tours.

18 Dec 19 · 5 mins read
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History of Santorini

History of Santorini: From the Minoans to the Greek Republic The history of the Greek islands of Santorini (or Thera) stretches back to the Neolithic Era more than 3,000 years ago. A place of great importance…

18 Dec 19 · 7 mins read
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Loire Valley France

Loire Valley France

The Loire Valley in France is renowned for its picturesque natural beauty, and the region also combines all the ingredients of what the French consider to be the good life. The Valley is the home of gorgeous architecture, historic monuments, and fabulous French cuisine and wine from the Loire Valley vineyards.

7 Nov 19 · 8 mins read
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The Literary Allure of Tangier

The Literary Allure of Tangier

Morocco's Tangier, Europe's gateway to Africa, has been a haven for artists and writers over the centuries, drawn to its hotbed of culture.

16 Oct 19 · 8 mins read
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Winter in Rome, Roman Ruins

The Roman Empire

The Roman Empire The Roman Empire at its peak covered an area of five million square kilometres (1.9 million square miles) and included territories in Asia, Africa, and the Western European nations around the Mediterranean…

10 Oct 19 · 12 mins read
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Crete tours

Crete History for Travellers

Crete History for Travellers Crete is one of the most beautiful and traditional regions of Greece. Although Cretans have fought generations of invaders, they are a people whose courtesy and hospitality is legendary. These lands…

18 Dec 18 · 6 mins read
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Athens

Creating Athens

Creating Athens Aerial view of Athens, Greece This article Creating Athens traces the civilisations of antiquity to the rise of Athens as a city-state after the world’s first “Dark Age”. It is intended as background…

16 Dec 18 · 11 mins read
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Hiroshima Japan

The Shoguns of Japan: An Introduction to Six Centuries of Japanese Cultural Evolution

The Shoguns of Japan: An Introduction to Six Centuries of Japanese Cultural Evolution From 1192 to 1867, Japan was ruled by military dictators called the shogun. The civil government continued under the imperial court in Kyoto,…

10 Oct 18 · 17 mins read
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Japanese tours

Japanese hanami: celebrating the cherry blossom

Japanese hanami: celebrating the cherry blossom The cherry blossoms of Japan are known to admirers the world over. But their brief, beautiful season is not just a draw for international travellers. Japanese people celebrate this…

23 Oct 17 · 5 mins read
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