San Jose, Costa Rica

Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica The city of San Jose is the largest Costa Rican city and capital of the only country in the world to disband its military. Founded by the cabildo (legal representative of …

Delhi, India

Delhi, India Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi. If Jaipur is historic India, and Mumbai its modern heart, Delhi is where the two collide: a frantic mix of medieval architecture, broad avenues, and modern design. Few cities have …

Casco Viejo, Panama

Plaza Bolivar, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama

Casco Viejo, Panama Casco Viejo—“old quarter”, also called Casco Antiguo or San Felipe—is a neighbourhood in Panama City in Central America that has been inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1997. …

Panama City, Panama

Bridge of the Americas at Panama Canal Pacific entrance Panama

Panama City, Panama Panama City is the capital and largest city of Panama, a country in Central America located on a narrow land mass (Isthmus of Panama) that connects North and South America. Panama, which …

Mumbai, India

Victoria Terminus.

Mumbai, India Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus), Mumbai. One of the world’s great metropolises, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is India at its most vibrant; a city of contrasts, where Bollywood stars and finance billionaires …

Cochin (Kochi), India ‘Chinese fishing nets’ are a testament to the multicultural history of Kochi. Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea‘, Kochi has long been among India’s most cosmopolitan cities. A center of …

Hakone National Park, Japan The Hakone National Park is part of the sprawling Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, which also includes Mount Fuji, Fuji Five Lakes (including Lake Kawaguchiko near the iconic peak), the Izu Peninsula, and …

Agra, India

Agra Fort.

Agra, India The Taj Mahal. Tourists come to Agra from all over the world to view the amazing Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most celebrated and iconic buildings. But while the Taj more than …

Matsue, Japan

Matsue Castle, Matsue, Japan

Matsue, Japan North of Hiroshima is the town of Matsue, also known as the “City of Water” as it is near the Sea of Japan, sitting between Lake Shinji (Shinjiko) and Lake Nakaumi. It is …

Hiroshima, Japan

The floating torii gate of Itsukushima.

Hiroshima, Japan Southwest from Kyoto on the island of Honshu is Hiroshima (“broad island”), a major urban centre in the 1870s during Japan’s imperial period, and a city destroyed in an instant in August 1945 …

Jaipur, India

Hawa Mahal

Jaipur, India Amber Fort, on the outskirts of Jaipur. The legendary ‘Pink City’, Jaipur epitomises the beauty and grandeur of historic India. The city takes its name from its founder, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, one …

Agrigento, Italy

Temple of Concordia

Agrigento, Italy Temple of Castor and Pollux, Agrigento. The city of Agrigento (Greek: Akragas) has been a hub of people and trade for over 2, 500 years. As Akragas it was among the greatest cities of …

Stirling, Scotland

Part of Stirling Castle

Stirling, Scotland Stirling’s surrounding scenery Stirling looks somewhat like a miniature Edinburgh with its cobbled streets, historic buildings and crag-top castle but it is an appealing and charming city in its own right with plenty …

Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland Grantown-on-Spey in winter An elegant Georgian town on the edge of the magnificent Cairngorms National Park, Grantown- on-Spey is a planned settlement, founded in 1765 by Sir Ludovic Grant to be a centre …

Perth, Scotland

Scone Palace

Perth, Scotland Perth, Scotland  Perth, which lies elegantly on the River Tay, regained its city status in 2012. Once thought to be the ancient capital of Scotland, Perth built its fortune on weaving, fishing and …

Noto, Italy

Noto

Noto, Italy Palazzo Ducezio and the Basilica Minore di San Nicolò, Noto. Long off the tourist trail, the city of Noto – capital of Sicilian baroque – is one of the most beautiful cities in …

Nara, Japan

Deer in Nara Park

Nara, Japan Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital, is located in the Kansai region, nestled in the hilly edge of the Nara Basin, about 40 kilometres east of Osaka. It is a popular day trip or …

Oban, Scotland

Oban, Scotland Oban, Scotland The seafood capital of Scotland and the gateway to the Hebridean Islands, Oban is a beautiful waterfront town on a near perfect horseshoe bay. Located within the Argyll and Bute council area, …

Kyoto, Japan

Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) in northern Kyoto. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu

Kyoto, Japan Kyoto, the “thousand-year capital”, served as Japan’s imperial capital for more than a thousand years. This long history makes it synonymous with Japanese traditional culture. A tour in Kyoto promises beautiful heritage sites–ancient …

Fort William, Scotland Fort William in the Scottish Highlands Fort William, located in Lochaber in the West Highlands, is often described as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’. With many beautiful landmarks nearby, it is …

Inverness, Scotland

River Ness Footbridge, Inverness, Scotland

Inverness, Scotland Regarded as the capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness lies along the River Ness and is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom. A vibrant cathedral city, Inverness is known for its proximity …