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Top 4 Places to Visit in Europe

Europe is a vast and magical continent with dozens of stunning and picturesque countries to visit. Unfortunately, visiting all of these countries can be incredibly expensive, which is why it’s important to choose the ones you really want to see. Whether you’re travelling with your family, friends or spouse, there are many places to visit that will appeal to just about anybody. Here are some of the best places to visit in Europe:

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona

Barcelona lies in the heart of Spain, to the north-east of the country, and is a beautiful place to visit. You can take a trip to the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, a landmark which has beautiful architecture inside and out. You can also visit the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, which is a must-see when visiting this city. There are also various museums that you can take a trip to, including those which features the works of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Camp Nou is a football stadium, so the football fans can pay a visit to Spain’s largest stadium.

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels

Brussels is the home of the European Parliament, but it is also a lovely city to visit if you’re in Europe. It’s a great place to visit with your family, and has plenty to offer, including Mini Europe, an attraction which displays the main landmarks in Europe in miniature form. The Musical Instrument Museum offers affordable admission prices, and you can view more than 8,000 instruments under this roof. To end your day, you can visit the famous Mannekin Pis and make a wish.

Paris, France

Paris

The city of love – the perfect place to visit with your partner, is located in France and has much to offer. Whether you take a romantic stroll along the canal or take a trip up the Eiffel Tower for a beautiful view of the city, Paris is nothing short of spectacular. While you’re there, don’t forget to try out the wonderful French cuisine, cheese and wine and other local dishes.

London, United Kingdom

London

The capital of the United Kingdom, this city is full of hustle and bustle whatever the time of year. Among the things to do include a visit to the waxworks museum Madame Tussauds, a ride on the London Eye and a walk around the incredible Westminster Abbey. Don’t forget to finish off your trip with afternoon tea or a traditional British meal in a local pub.

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A guide To Visiting The North Yorkshire Moors

Just north of York and slightly inland from the north Yorkshire coast, the wild terrain of the North Yorkshire Moors rises with a desolate almost entirely untouched beauty. You’ll find most of the world’s heather moorland in Britain, and the largest expanse of that moorland is right here in Yorkshire. The land is hilly, with vast green valleys dipping into ancient roadways and quaint flower filled villages with weather beaten crosses to mark the way. The people are very friendly so forget about the ‘up north’ cliches of flat caps and whippets – but do pay attention to the larger than life Yorkshire dialects, the clean air and the fact that the beer is quite simply..much better.

Walking The Moors

Rosedale Mineral Railway route

The moors are of course a walkers paradise with trails stretching from Ampleforth in the west and close to Robin Hood’s Bay on the east Yorkshire coastline. Most of the walking routes are very well signposted making it easy to join and leave a route at your leisure. There are several routes with easy access – our favourite of which is the Rosedale Mineral Railway route which offers sublime panoramic views of Rosedale and follows an old railway line which once fed the 19th century ironstone mines. If you’re a more seasoned walker looking for something a little more challenging then take the 11 mile route from Ravenscar to the beautiful Robin Hoods Bay – where you’ll pass through classic moorland scenery before following the old Scarborough to Whitby railway line and the infamous smugglers den of Robin Hood’s Bay. The views from the clifftop over the farmland and onto the North Sea is phenomenal.

Wildlife in the North Yorkshire Moors

Yorkshire Moors

The flora and fauna found across the Yorkshire Moors is diverse to say the least. In the woodlands it’s possible to spot everything from deer, adders and foxes to the elusive pine marten and goshawks, while on the coast there’s white-beaked dolphins, minke whales and seals in the waters and puffins and garnets on the cliffs. If you’d prefer a more hands on approach than simply watching from afar then you can try a spot of sea fishing, or scour the the coasts of seaside towns such as Brunswick Bay and Staithes with a fishing net (great option for young families) to find all kinds of crab, barnacles, cockles, butterfish and sea hares. There are some great wildlife safaris that take in the best bits of both on and off land – these start in the spring and are generally started from Seamer station near Scarborough. The end of the seamless that tub obj bb

Activities

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Start by planning your visit by train. A number of rail companies offer a scenic route to and around the North Yorkshire coast including the North Yorkshire Moors. Train tickets to Yorkshire are available online all year long and the journey will give you plenty of time to take in some of the breathtaking scenery. Once there, cycling has always been popular in Yorkshire… Yes, even before the Tour de France had it’s opening stages here in 2014, and many of the best routes are in the North Yorkshire Moors. Our favourite route is the Moor to Sea network which connects several larger towns – both seaside and land – to moorland, forest trails and bridleways. The route takes riders across 150 miles of scenery and can be easily broken down into several stages for longer cycling holidays. If horse riding is more your pace then head to the beaches at Saltburn and Sandsend which are open to horseriding, while those with a more seafaring spirit should head to one of the sailing club’s between Whitby and Guisborough for a spot of sailing (be sure to check out the annual 3 day sailing regatta held in Whitby every August) or to Whitby or Saltburn for a bit of surfing. If you’re up for it, then you should take a shot at a bit of rock climbing at Winston’s or for some of the most stunning views available in England – take a glider tour from Sutton Bank and fly over the iconic Kilburn White Horse. [Read more…]

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Top 10 European Destinations

With the largest concentration of different cultures and countries than any other continent it’s no surprise that Europe is the most popular travel destination.

Each country is worthy of a visit itself and the fact that it’s so easy to go from city to city and country to country means tourists are spoilt for choice on their dream holiday.

More and more people are choosing to take Europe tours as they can get so much more value from their money. Once in Europe visiting other European countries is a breeze. There are loads of cheap flights and airlines willing to take you anywhere in Europe at the drop of a hat.

There’s obviously far too many destinations and countries to talk about in one go but these are the Top 10 European Destinations which are simply a must visit.

1: France

France

Start off in the city of love with cheap flights to Paris making it the perfect first stop on your European adventure. Visit the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and all the other attractions which make this one of the most popular countries on the planet!

2: Spain

spain

To the south you can move into Spain and there’s no better example of the cross section of cultures right nest to each other. Visit the beaches, experience the nightlife and if you time it right even run with the bulls!

3: Italy

Italy

To the east you’ll find Italy and with it some of the most glorious food and wine anywhere in the world. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local life and eat until you can’t eat any more!

4: Greece

Greece

After Italy you’ll want to relax and what better place than a gorgeous Greek beach. Get the true Mediterranean experience and hope from Athens through the Aegan Sea, if you’re up for it maybe even Ibiza!

5: Germany

Munichs Oktoberfest

Change pace once more and head back north to the heartland of Germany. The museums and historical tours are a must visit but so to are the Bavarian plains and of course Munich’s Oktoberfest! [Read more…]

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What Travelers Must Know Before Reserving a Charter Bus

If you are traveling with a group on a long-distance trip or series of trips, renting a charter bus is ideal. These buses make it more convenient for an entire group of travelers to reach their various destinations and the comfortable seating can not be beat. But just as with any other type of transportation method, travelers must be savvy when reserving their charter bus. Here is what you must know before reserving yours.

Charter Bus Benefits

One of the major benefits to renting a charter bus is possessing the ability to prevent the travel group from being split up. Everyone will be able to enjoy cold air-conditioning, bathroom facilities, and movies while traveling between destinations. The average charter bus capacity is 47-57 passengers while mini coach buses can hold an estimated 36 people. While a mini coach may be ideal for smaller groups, a lot of these buses do not provide a bathroom; however, they are great for city tours.

The majority of charter buses include television monitor/DVD combos that put out sound through equally spaced speakers. In order to make your decision a little bit easier, the rental bus company will show you brochures complete with pictures of their bus fleet.

Charter Bus

Planning Is Key

It is important to already have your trip mapped out before you make your rental bus booking in order to ensure that everything is coordinated with your itinerary. Since you are booking this bus for entire group of people, be sure to collect every person’s portion of the rental fees before signing the rental agreement. You do not want to be left responsible for the entire cost.

Book in Advance

The general rule of thumb is to make a charter bus booking at least three months prior to the selected travel date. This is especially true during heavy tourist months, which are usually the months through March to May. Be aware that many bus rental companies require a 10% deposit upfront. [Read more…]

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All about Holidays

Holidays are a time to let loose, have a good time and relax after a tough year at work or whatever. Getting away for a couple of weeks is all that’s needed to recharge the batteries and go back feeling refreshed and ready to face the world. There are so many types of holiday out there it can often be confusing, so here’s an overview of the most popular.

All inclusive holidays

All inclusive holidays are right up there at the top of the list and involve paying a certain amount for accommodation, food, drinks and sometimes flights. You can stay at a hotel or resort and essentially let someone else do all the work for as long as you’re there. They are popular as everything is right there, and you don’t have to lift a finger- simply show up in time for breakfast, lunch and dinner and do whatever you want the rest of the time. Popular with everyone, including families, you can go almost anywhere in the world, but the prime location for package deals is the Mediterranean- France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia and Portugal.

City Breaks

City Breaks are a fantastic way to spend your time off, as you can experience all the action and see the sights of some of the liveliest urban areas in the world. There’s really no limit to where you can go, but London, Paris and New York are some of the most popular destinations. While you don’t necessarily have to go outside of Europe, every country has its own character and wonderful experiences on offer. Of course the main reason to take a city break is to shop, but going to fabulous restaurants or shows is also on the cards. From romantic getaways to weekend trips, cities are so full of life you can’t help but get excited.

Private holiday villas

Private holiday villas are also hugely popular, especially in summer. The great thing about booking a villa is you can do things at your own pace and take it easy all the time. Whether you’re relaxing by the pool or checking out the local towns, you’ll be able to experience the culture and cuisine to your heart’s content. Mostly self catered, villa vacations are the ideal chance to get creative in the kitchen and have an incredible time. There are loads of villas around the Med, with France being the most popular destination by far, however Cyprus and the Greek Islands are also up there. For a relaxing pace of life for a week or so, there’s nothing better than a holiday home!

Spa holidays

Spa holidays are the ultimate in relaxation and will leave you feeling like a totally new person. Whether you’re looking to detox, get pampered or just generally recharge your batteries, there’s no better way than at a spa. Popular with both men and women, there are a wide range of options- from health farms to day spas, but the bottom line is that you’ll feel absolute relaxation. The great thing is that you don’t even have to leave the UK to experience it as there are some brilliant places right on your doorstep. For those looking for a more luxurious experience however, looking further afield is a good option too. Spas really are heaven on earth!

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Cruises have been around for a while, but they have put the cheap and tacky reputation behind them. These days you’re able to set sail in total luxury as modern cruise liners are like floating palaces. With all the furnishings and luxuries you’d expect from a 7 star hotel, popular cruise destinations include the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Red Sea and even Scandinavia. Sunbathing on deck while holding a cocktail in the middle of a Fjord is surreal, but nonetheless a lot of fun. Most ships even visit some exotic ports for a few days where you can see the sights and experience something totally different. Good food, good company and great weather make cruises a brilliant way to spend that hard earned holiday.

The fact is that there are many holiday options to suit all kinds of people. Whether you’ve booked well in advance or are looking for something last minute, jetting off to the sun is very doable, and low cost holidays are widely available. There’s something for everyone, so all you need to do is look online and find the one that’s right for you!

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If You’re a History Buff, Ukraine Should Definitely Be On Your List!

Ukraine is a stunning country with a long history. You should realize up front that no history of a country is without its downsides, negative points, and terrors. But that’s what makes a country interesting in the long run. We should all have a healthy respect for the history that came before us. As they say, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

Traveling to satisfy your thirst for knowledge isn’t always easy. But if you really want to expand your historical tourism footprint, a stop in Ukraine’s capital could be what you’ve been looking for.

Ukraine

Why the capital and not another town? The capital of Ukraine has its own place in Ukrainian history. It’s one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, as well as being one that attracts plenty of visitors already. Everyone is very friendly, but you may want to brush up on some Ukrainian catch phrases in order to get around. Russian is definitely on its way out, as the country has experienced a new rise in nationalist feeling. It’s a good day to be Ukrainian, even though the country is plagued by conflict and tension with Russia. The Ukraine was part of the USSR until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. That’s not a very long time to be an independent country, and people take it very seriously. They want to be known as Ukrainians, not Russians. Talk to people about their history, rather than Russian history.

As far as things to see in the city, there are a few sights that we can definitely recommend:

The Kiev Pechersk Lavra, otherwise known as the Cave Monastery. It’s an incredible sight to see, because it’s completely underground! You get to tour the whole place for free, with the only expense being a small candle to light your way. It’s a small donation for the church, but it’s truly worth it. Some people like to leave a little more, given that it’s a holy place.

Sophias Cathedral

You should also check out St. Sophia’s Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in the region. There’s also a brilliant reproduction of the Golden Gate, which was destroyed during WWI.

It would be virtually impossible to get into all of the places you should see and go without making this guide longer and longer. It’s tough to cover an area so rich in culture and historical significance. If you’re going to go to Ukraine, make sure that you give everyone your respect. The country has gone through some significantly hard times, and it’s important to avoid making assumptions about anything. Let the people tell you their heritage and background. Let the places actually speak for themselves. You’ll get a lot more out of the experience that way.

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Taking a Cruise Holiday

If you are thinking of taking a holiday this year, then why not consider a cruise. It might be something that you have never considered before or perhaps something that you think is only for retired middle class people. However, cruises are not like they used to be. They are far more family orientated, cheaper and have lots more things to do so cater more for everyone.

Cruise holidays can be something that can be a great alternative to a normal family holiday abroad. This year, many companies are hoping that they can make more money than they did last year. This means that they might be offering some good deals, especially if you leave booking to the last minute. Being on a cruise is like living on a floating hotel. There are normal swimming pools, games to play, entertainment and the rooms are well equipped as well. There are restaurants and bars too. Some ships are more catered to the needs of families than others as are the tours themselves.

Cruise Holiday

The tours that cruise ships tend to do will vary. They sometimes have an art theme, are historical or based around the countries that they are visiting. Some of these themes would be more suited to family travel than others. Some do not have a theme but just an itinerary so you can decide exactly how to spend your time.

The price of a cruise may seem expensive but it is worth thinking hard about the price of a hotel holiday. You will not get all of the same things included in the package and you will also not be moving from place to place. A cruise is generally more luxurious with more comfortable rooms and linen, something that would be associated with quite a high star rated hotel. With everything normally inclusive during a cruise, it means that you do not have to worry about additional costs. However, other comparable holiday may not be all inclusive and so the costs can mount up. So when comparing costs think about the expenses that have not been included as well.

A cruise can be a lot more relaxing that other types of holiday. Floating on the sea can give a relaxed atmosphere anyway but the fact that you are being well looked after and do not have to worry about doing anything. Some holidays can be quite stressful for some members of the party if they have to do the cooking, washing, driving or whatever. So the relaxation of a cruise can be a much better holiday choice.

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Holidays in Germany

At first glance you may not think Germany is a great place to go on holiday. But don’t let naive stereotypes fool you- it’s actually a brilliant country to visit. Overflowing with culture, packed full of history and hiding some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe, once you dig a little deeper you’ll see that Germany is actually a brilliant destination.

Located in pretty much the centre of Western Europe, Germany is incredibly accessible and cheap go get to. Whether you’re travelling by car, rail, plane or ferry, it’s only a short hop from the UK and you can be there in a day with bags of time to spare. This is the main reason why it’s an essential European business centre, and why it benefits from tourism.

The climate of Germany is much the same as everywhere else in Europe, especially the UK. While it doesn’t win any awards for the best winters by any means, the summer months can be very nice indeed with temperatures regularly exceeding 30 degrees. Southern Germany in particular is a region that benefits from cold winters and hot summers as forested and alpine areas are ideal for walking and skiing alike.

Love Parade in Berlin

Love Parade in Berlin

On the surface, Germany seems like a clinical and orderly country with a lack of personality, but once you’ve been there a few days you’ll learn that certainly isn’t the case. Every German city has its own character, and while you might want to avoid certain areas in what used to be East Germany, places in the old West are thriving hubs of activity. From the annual Love Parade in Berlin to the legendary Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, give the Germans a chance to have fun and they’ll bite your hand off!

Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich

Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich

There aren’t many other countries in Europe that have as much modern history as Germany. Having been through countless political, philosophical and economic revolutions, two World Wars, one Cold War, Olympic Games and World Cups, among numerous other things, there’s certainly a lot to learn about and take in. While you don’t have to spend all day walking around museums, taking time to appreciate how Germany has been shaped is certainly worthwhile.

The most popular destination in Germany is its capital city- Berlin. Certainly a global city by any stretch of the imagination, Berlin is renowned for being a centre of culture, media, politics, science and history. Just walking around the place it’s easy to see why people flock there in huge numbers. With enough art galleries, museums, exhibitions, cinemas, theatres, restaurants and hotels to shake a stick at, there’s definitely no shortage of things to do. Whether you’re taking in the impressive architecture of Potsdammer Platz, following the route of the Berlin Wall, visiting the Berlin Zoo or tasting traditional currywurst and other cuisines, Berlin is a city you’ll want to come back to time and time again.

Potsdammer Platz

Potsdammer Platz

The Bavaria region in southern Germany is also incredibly popular and boasts a fantastic ski season and some of the most picturesque landscapes of anywhere in Europe to enjoy in the summer. The Black Forest is a must visit area if you’re looking for a quiet break away from it all as it’s like going back in the 1920s; quaint and tranquil, there’s no better place to relax and recharge your batteries. [Read more…]