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Barcelona - Zaragoza - Madrid - Valencia - Toledo - Costa Brava - Girona - Barcelona.
Barcelona after Madrid is the second-largest city in Spain with a population of 3,200,000 people. The city is quite innovative, it is a center of diversity having a rich cultural heritage and impressive architecture. The main architects of the city - Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Domenech I Montaner made this European city world-renowned by their modernistic approaches. Gaudi's Magnum Opus is considered to be the famous Sagrada Familia as well as Park Guell, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo.
Zaragoza - The city is famous for its folklore, local gastronomy, and landmarks such as the Basilica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral and the Aljaferia Palace. The last two buildings along with the Mudejar Architecture of Aragon are enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage. The city was named in honor of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza who defeated the French invasion in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
Madrid is an economical and industrial center and the capital of Spain. It is the home of 3 million people. Madrid is also the residence of the Royal family, the Spanish Government and a large number of national institutions. The city has a long and interesting history, there is a big amount of monuments, galleries, and museums that allure art-lovers all over the world.
Valencia has around 1.5 million inhabitants. It has its large share of foreigners, attracted by the fast-developing economy and available employment. Valencia's gothic cathedral dates to the 13 -14th centuries, built in the modified styles of Renaissance, baroque and neoclassicism. The MUST-SEE sights of the city are Torres de Serranos, LA Lonja de la Seda, Valencia Cathedral, El Miguelete, Plaza de la Reina, Central Market, Colo՛n Market, etcetera.
Toledo shoulders the responsibility to represent the "City of the Three Cultures" for the cultural influences of Christians, Muslims and Jews reflected in its history. Toledo's historic center was designated as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site in 1986. It is known as the "Imperial City" for having been the main venue of the court of Charles V and Holy Roman Emperor. There are two bridges crossing the river Tagus: in the northeast is the Alcántara Bridge, at the foot of the medieval castle of San Servando, parts of which date from Roman and Moorish times and in the northwest is the bridge of San Martín, dating from the late 13th century. Parts of the walls of Toledo are of Visigothic origin, although most are Moorish or Christian.
Costa Brava is a coastline of sunny blue-flagged beaches in Spain. It displays three amazing National Parks that have huge biological importance for the area. This sea fronted town preserves the wonderful legacy of Salvador Dalí in Empordà; the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes or the castle of Peratallada; medieval towns such as Tossa de Mar, Púbol or Pals; the ruins of Empúries, a major archaeological site providing a fascinating insight into how the ancient Greeks and Romans lived; the traditional ceramics of La Bisbal; and Girona's old quarter, featuring a superb historical gem, the so-called Jewish quarter.
Girona - is a small town in autonomous Catalonia and the capital of the same name province. It is located in the north-eastern part of the country, upon the river Onyar that divides the town into two parts- the left bank is the part of modernistic constructions, while the right bank is the medieval historical center. Girona is one of the oldest towns in Spain where one of the oldest Jewish quarters is preserved. Throughout history, it has suffered many invasions, which are obviously seen by the existence of powerful fortifications still surrounding the historical center of the town.
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Saint Petersburg - so-called "Venice of the North", is the city which used to be the capital of Russia for two centuries. It is the city of bascule bridges, white nights, luxurious Imperial palaces, marvelous monuments, historical statues. Impressive parks open their gates to travelers who are captured by the rich architecture of the 18th century, who are interested in the lifestyle and residence of the famous royal House of Romanovs.
Tours are operated every day on Mondays.
Celebrate your love in the city of Love.
The Italian city of Verona is, maybe, one of the most romantic cities in the world.
Glorified and sung by legendary Shakespeare and wrapped in many secrets and mysteries, the city of love attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists worldwide each of which strives to find something unique in this city.
Someone takes this destination to get inspired by the romantic atmosphere of the city, someones - to admire the wonderful architecture and historical
monuments, and some others come to Verona to just get away from everyday routine and worries and rest in a quiet and peaceful city.
It was in this very city, where the tragic events of Romeo's and Juliet's love developed.
You cannot fail to visit the famous patio of Juliet to see with your own eyes her balcony (Ballcone nella casa di Giulietta), under which Romeo sang serenades for his sweetheart.
You should also see one of the operas at graceful Arena di Veroni Opera House.
A Romantic Getaway to Verona with Your sweеtheart for 8 days/7 nights.
Itinerary: Savona - Naples - Sicily - Barcelona - Marseille - Savona.
Savona - Once one of the major centers in Italy for iron, shipbuilding, rail workshops, engineering and brass, Savona is the capital city of the province of Savona in the region of Liguria. Savona has a large port accommodating, commercial vessels and cruise liners as well as providing a large marina for pleasure craft. On arriving at the port Savona appears to be a large, sprawling, modern city but the medieval center reveals a graceful, elegant city which is a pleasure to wander around. There are plenty of good bars, restaurants and although it is serene and tranquil by day it comes alive at night. The most amazing sights to visit here are Savona's Very Own Sistine Chapel, the Medieval Fortress and 19th Century Prison, Ghibelline Towers and the Art Nouveau Architecture.
Naples a city of art, takes the form of an amphitheater on the sea with Vesuvius, the coastal mountains and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, and Capo Miseno as its landmarks. Its history is well-known. The territory was first colonized in 900 BC, when "Anatolian and Achaean merchants and travelers arrived in the gulf on their way to the ore trading centers of the High Tyrrhene" and founded Partenopein. Later, after the wars, Partenope was abandoned and took the name of “Palepolis” (old city). In 475 AD the inhabitants of Cuma founded Neapolis (new city) to the east of the original city. In the last few years Naples has become one of the favorite destinations for all those Italian and foreign tourists who love spending their holidays in cities of artistic interest. Among the most attractive sights are enlisted Lungomare and Castel Ovo, Cappella Sansevero, National Archeological Museum, Galleria Borbonica (Bourbon Tunnel), Capodimonte Royal Palace and Museum, Catacombs of San Gennaro, Presepi Shops on Via San Gregorio Armeno, etc.
Sicily or the "stone" by Italy’s "boot" has Greek and Roman heritage, seemingly eternal sunshine and a warm sea even in November. Extending across over 1,000km, Sicily's coastline is extremely diverse, incorporating a mix of sandy beaches, pebbly coves and nature reserves touched by three seas. What is important is the knowledge that wherever you are in Sicily, you are never far from the coast, even when in the Nebrodi or Madonie mountains or in centrally-located cities such as Enna. Amongst the island's most dramatic coastal features are the cliff formations at Scala dei Turchi, near Realmonte, the famous tongue of sand at Tindari and the giant boulder-shaped islets off the coast of the Riviera dei Ciclopi close to Taormina. Sicily is a land of extremes and contrasts, a magnification of all things Italian. With its wonderful climate, Sicily is eminently visitable all year-round and each season has its own distinctive charm.
Barcelona - Cruising along the seafront of Barcelona you will enjoy the privileged view of this beautiful city from the tranquility of our cruise vessel. Our cheerful crew will point out landmarks and answer questions. After Madrid Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain with a population of 3,200,000 people. The city is quite innovative, it is a center of diversity having a rich cultural heritage and impressive architecture. The main architects of the city - Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Domenech I Montaner made this European city world-renowned by their modernistic approaches. Gaudi's Magnum Opus is considered to be the famous Sagrada Familia as well as Park Guell, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo. After having arrived at the port of Barcelona, you can take your time to visit the most popular attraction of the famous city of Sun. Do not miss the chance to visit Picasso museum of Barcelona, La Rambla, Gotic quarter of Barcelona, Park de Montjuic & Font Magica, Hospital de Sant Pau, etc.
Marseille is France’s largest and busiest port, welcoming over 1.5 million cruise passengers to its shores each year. As the gateway to Provence and the south of France, Marseille is a popular stop on Europe cruise itineraries and offers ferry connections to Corsica, Sardinia, Algeria, and Tunisia. There is plenty to see and do in Marseille itself. Must-see attractions include the Old Port (Vieux Port), the historic Chateau d’If, Basilique Saint-Victor, Cathédrale de la Major Vieille Charité, Le Panier (Old Town) and the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica. Small-group and private tours are often covered by a worry-free policy, offering a guaranteed on-time return to your ship. Marseille cruise terminals are spread out over a large area, so be sure that you know which terminal your ship arrives and departs from.
The price is per person in a double occupancy cabin.
An 8-day /7-night splendid rest at 4* AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa in Seychelles.
Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles, is made up of 155 tropical islands. The country is a spanning archipelago located in the Indian Ocean the capital
city of which is Victoria. It lies about 1,500 kilometers east of Southeast Africa. This archipelago is a destination where snow-white sandy beaches are washed by
frothy turquoise waters of the ocean where colorful coral reefs and bountiful marine life harbor. Here secret coves will allow you to live your own exceptional
Robinson Crusoe moments away from tourist accumulations and commercial noise.
Mahe' is the busiest and the biggest out of all islands but it has its fair share of secluded bays, which are accessible only by yacht, motorboat or on foot.
Together with the nearby islands like Praslin and La Digue, Seychelles attracts a constant surge of tourists all year round.
Rio de Janeiro - the City Where Heaven Meets the Earth.
This city has never failed to impress tourists with its modern outlook that reflects its progression through the times of yore.
The gleaming sand beaches, historic places, rainforests and hospitable attitude of the locals heartily welcomes tourists all over the world.
The symbol of the country- the marvelous Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio's carnivals with its passionate samba dancers,
the games at the famous Maracana stadium and football on the whole allure thousands of tourists yearly.
8 days/ 7 nights guaranteed flights to Brazil, 4 nights in Rio de Janeiro, 3 nights in Iguazu.
Rio de Janeiro (3 nights) - Waterfalls in Iguazu (2 nights) - Buenos Aires (4 nights).
It is worth attending the most spectacular Carnival in Brazil at least once in a lifetime if you are a bright festivity seeker.
This mega show leaves its spectators speechless by its endless dances of different groups and extraordinary bright costumes.
The height of some costumes reaches up to 5 meters. And it is not the most interesting thing to see here yet.
Every year Brazilian Carnival develops in the means of costumes and dances. In Rio de Janeiro a tradition of Samba school parade launches to develop.
Step by step it is getting widespread in other cities as well and especially takes roots in San Paolo. But the street Carnival has not lost its popularity so far.
Anyone who wishes can take part in it.
The start of the main Carnival is at 21:00 by local time and lasts till the afternoon.
During this time maximum of 4 Dance schools make performances on the Sambadrome track.
Every School presents about 5000 participants. The competition is scored by 40 jury board.
All the dance shows within the parade are performed down the 700 yards long Sambadrome track.
The Iguazu waterfall consists of 275 Falls of Iguazu River ranking as the largest waterfall system in the world. It is located on the border of Argentine and Brazil.
The Waterfall is surrounded by the exquisite National Park which has unique flora and fauna.
It is amazing to see the contrast between the calm and "lazy" flow of the river and the waterfall with the touchdown of its sound and furious streams from the
heights of 72 meters.
The scene of the water spraying in the halo of the rainbow spectrum is incredible.
Buenos Aires is an attractive port city. The city is the cultural and economic center of Argentina, with around 3 million people living here. Spanish, Italian, British,
German, and French influences can be experienced throughout the city’s design and cuisine. You can experience a blend of Victorian architecture and
cosmopolitan construction around the city. In Buenos Aires beautiful parks, squares, restaurants, and shops blend the European lifestyle while keeping the authenticity of Latin America.
Sri Lanka is a small but very unique island that is situated 800 km away from the equator. Not any other country can offer a guest such a variety of interesting
things. No matter, You have arrived here on business, vacation, in expectation of excursions or something else. Regardless of the season, you get to Sri Lanka,
the impression of an endless summer and juicy colors always amaze. The main colors are three here: The azure blue sea and the high sky over it, yellow sand
on the seashores, bright-green rice plantations, darker plantations of tea bushes and palm trees. On the green background, you can see the leaves of most
extraordinary flowers of all imaginable colors and shades.
Vacation on the beaches of the Indian ocean, acquaintance with Buddist shrines, visits to national natural reserve-parks, revealing the secret of growth and
the industry of tea plantation, dealing with down-to-earth, open-hearted locals will gift you unforgettable impressions from the journey.
Bali is a real fairy tale in reality. It is a magnificent island covered with terraces of emerald green rice fields, forests of clove and cinnamon trees strewn with fragrant flowers. Indeed, everything is fabulous here: music, paintings, dances, extraordinary temples.
The tender touch of warm oceanic water is utterly irresistible.
But the most valuable treasure of the island is - the people, incredibly beautiful and skillful who can successfully combine the reality of the 21-st century with motorbikes, internet cafes and other technology development with traditions of ancestors.
Bali is sometimes mistakenly taken for the made-up mystical island of Bali Hai by James Michener.
But that island must have been located in thousands of miles more to the South than the real Bali on which American soldiers were not deployed during the World War II and which is much more beautiful than the one depicted in the novel.
The price is for 2 ppl in a dbl occupancy room.
London is a huge megapolis, with which not any person will fall in love at first sight. It can meet you with dull weather, fussy streets, gloomy shadows from the past and its industrial zones. But it could not be otherwise. This is London - here every building and square is soaked in rich history, be they sometimes even gloomy or seemingly unfriendly, but they are quite unique in their type. Only London can boast for its unique, different and incompatible style. Regardless of its age which counts 2000 years, no much evidence is preserved about its age in the city's architecture. Practically, there are no antique ruins, medieval streets or impressive palaces of the Renaissance epoch. No much will be found here having an age of more than 400 years. Nevertheless, the pulse of centuries and the national character are felt in the face of London, like in no other megalopolis of the world, making the British capital a coveted destination for absolutely all travelers.
On the whole, Cambridge is a quieter and more isolated area. But for travelers, the only thing that sets the difference between Cambridge and its "Educational rival" is "The Backs". Green layers of land which stretch along the Cam river allow to glance at the backyards of old Colleges and Universities. The front facades of the same colleges form the appearance of a city center leading to the main streets. The majority of old colleges are dating to the end of the XIII and the beginning of the XIV century. They are built according to the same architectural project with main gates leading to the row of "backyards" which are usually well-kept and surrounded with residential or administrative buildings from 4 sides. Many of them are incredibly beautiful, but the most famous among them is the King's College. It has a magnificent chapel which is deemed to be one of the masterpieces of late gothic architecture. Overall, there are 31 University Colleges, each of which is a self-governed institution proud of their achievements and the love and devotion of their students.
York is an English town with centuries-old history. It is an administrative unit and is considered to be the Northern capital of the country. Concealed behind the walls of medieval fortresses, York can boast for its modern and eventful life. The city never sleeps as the architectural- historical monuments, festivals and social events regularly held here attract thousands of tourists all over the world. In the 7th century, York became an important city in the Kingdom of Northumbria. In the 10th century, York suffering from invasions by Vikings, became a part of the United Anglo- Saxon Kingdom. Later the current name of the city was formulated. Eboracum which means "wild-boar town" was renamed by the Vikings as Yorwick, in the 13th century it was simplified and shortened into York.
Edinburgh - the rows of streets of the Royal Mile launch at the Edinburgh palace and descend to the Holyrood Palace. Of course, any traveler who thirsts for visiting both sights will make the right decision. But, even if you are short of time, measuring the Scottish mile by steps which is longer by 200 meters than the British Mile and makes up about 1.8 km, is a MUST DO thing. One, two..and you are already involved in a mystical tour along ancient streets, and the guide seems to be the eye witness of all the presented stories and historical events.
The lake of Lock- Ness almost for every person is associated with a huge beast dwelling (or not dwelling) in the depths of the lake. Naturally, nothing is surprising, as the first legends and stories of witnesses dating back to the 565 B.C. are about this most mystical in the world water reservoir and its prehistoric beast. Besides the mystical secret, the Loch- Ness is the largest freshwater reservoir in all Great Britain. The surface of the Lock- Ness is a bit more than 65 square kilometers, and its depth is more than 230 meters. The majority of lakes in this region of the country have a glacial origin. The water in the lake is very muddy and has a specific shade because of the high consistency of peat in the bottom soil.
Stirling Carlisle - Dive into the rich history of Stirling and its surroundings by visiting the Stirling Castle, the National Wallace Monument and the museum of Bannockburn battle. In the old city and the center of Victorian Stirling Arcade, you will find lively boutiques selling extraordinary things and entertainment for the whole family. "He who holds Stirling holds Scotland" is often quoted here. Make sure to visit the lake of Loch Ness which is the largest freshwater reservoir in Great Britain and the Trossachs National Park which is located nearby.
The Lake District is renowned for the incredibly beautiful landscapes of England. Fancy lines of the local emerald green fields and meadows, the sparkling of clean water in the lakes will not leave anybody indifferent, even the most ardent lovers of urban life. It seems that nature has adjusted each line of a hill and a mountain and has thoroughly thought where to locate lakes, where to plant forests and where to abundantly sow colorful fragrant flowers in the meadows.
On the whole, Chester has rather a big amount of sights and attractions, restaurants and a corresponding atmosphere to make you stay here for a couple of days. The most popular tour is the one to the famous local Zoo. The history of the city counts 2000 years. In 79 B.C. the Romans built the Castra Deva meaning a "Military Camp" on the river Dee, which is the largest known fortress in Great Britain. It was home to the 20th Legion (Valeria Victrix) for about 200 years. Later, Ethelfelda, the daughter of King Alfred the Great expanded and reconstructed this fortress but a century later William the Conqueror captured and devastated it.
The first fortresses on the territory where the city of Caernarfon and its castle are currently located, were built by the Romans and this area was called Segonius. It was located on the banks, at the confluence of the Senai River in the bay of Menai. There is no updated information about Segonius since the 5th century B.C. when there were no Romans in Britain any longer. The castle of Caernarfon is worth being spoken about no less than with the preposition of "the most". It is the largest, the most ancient, the most graceful and one of the most important castles in Great Britain and the most impregnable fortress of The Ancient World which has a century-old history, full of both heroic and dramatic events.
The Warwick Castle is situated in Warwick county town which is in Warwickshire, England, on a bend of the River Avon. William the Conqueror built this castle in 1068 on the place or nearby the Anglo-Saxon fortress of Warwick. The castle was used as a stronghold till the beginning of the XVII century when Fulke Greville, I Baron Brooke turned it into a countryside mansion. Till 1978 it was owned by the Greville family which in 1759 received the title of Graphs. Throughout time the building of the castle underwent several reconstructions, some new towers were added, residential buildings were constructed. The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone in 21 century. During the Hundred-year-War the facade opposite the town was refortified, resulting in one of the most recognizable examples of 14th-century military architecture.
In Stratford- Apon- Avon everything is connected with its most renowned habitant - William Shakespeare. In the rural town of Yorkshire is situated the house where Shakespeare was born, the cottage where Ann Hathaway lived till her marriage and church were they were buried. In this town you can visit the largest in Europe farm of butterflies. The first dwellers of the town first crossed the river Avon, then built a bridge over it and started to develop trade relations with local farmers who used to work in the nearby flatland. A Diploma for holding a weekly market in Stratford was granted in the XIII century. The tradition has survived till now. later the town became the center of letter posts among London, Oxford, and the North.
The most beautiful castle of England is the Windsor Castle in Berkshire which is well known to every habitant of the foggy Albion. Moreover, according to several sociological surveys, it is considered to be the most impressive castle in the whole world. It is not surprising, whatsoever, as currently it is inhabited by the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the members of the royal family. Naturally, the former power of English monarchs have faded for so long, however, the Queen, the princes, and their wives live in indescribable luxury till now. It is because the Royal Family of the Monarchs keep beeing deemed as the main symbols of the Foggy Albion.
The tour program: London, Cambridge, York, Edinburgh, Blair, Loch-Ness, Stirling Carlisle, Lake District, Chester, Caernarfon, Jorvik palace, Stratford-Upon- Avon, London, Windsor palace
The flights are on Thursdays.
The Galilee- is the most northern region in Israel. Among green, blooming almond and olive hills passed the childhood, youth, and adulthood of Jesus Christ. In this town he preached, healed and found his disciples. From this town, his teachings were spread in Jerusalem and later all over the world. From the mount of Samaria, a large valley opens which is divided into two parts: western - Jezreel Valley and eastern - Harod Valley. The soil in Jezreel Valley is very fertile. It was here where in the 20th century the "Keren Kayemeth" National Fund began to buy lands from Arab sheiks.
Jerusalem is quite a unique city due to its value for millions of people in the world. The fact that the city is the cradle for three main monoethnic religions: Jewish, Christianity and Islam, attracts half of the worlds' population throughout the world. There is no other city to be compatible with Jerusalem as only this city possesses this kind of rich and unique religious and historical attraction. No wonder that millions of people yearly take tours to Jerusalem.
Bethlehem is a town administered by the Palestinian Authority on the territory of Eastern banks of the River Jordan. It is situated in the historical area of Judea, the capital city - Bethlehem is a pilgrimage and tourism center. It is located about 8 km to the South of Jerusalem and in fact borders with it. One of the oldest Christian community lives here, though in the last years the number of population drastically decreased because of emigration. The "little town" of Bethlehem, mentioned in any number of Christmas carols, attracts pilgrims worldwide on account of its description in the New Testament (and particularly the Gospels) as the Biblical birthplace of Jesus. The Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest churches in the world, was built on the place of the barn where Jesus was born. And after seeing the prophetic star in the East, the three wise men came to Bethlehem to give presents and worship Him. It was also here, where King David was born and anointed as King according to the Bible.
The Dead Sea is located at the lowest point on Earth, the surface of the Dead Sea is over 1300 feet below sea level. It borders Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. In the deepest part, it’s more than 2300 feet below sea level. The lake's Western coast belongs to Israel and is administered by the Palestinian Authority. Besides mud resorts, there is an opportunity to bath in the salty waters of the sea and take a walk in the Judean Desert. There are some historical sights in the region of the Dead Sea, including the National Park of "Qumran" where antique inscriptions and the fortress of Masada were found. The Dead sea is a drainless reservoir, that is why it has become the saltiest lake in the world with a 30% consistency of NaCl. The water of the Dead sea possesses numerous healing powers, it is especially good for people with skin disease. Around the sea is full of healing mud and sulfur springs. All of this mineral wealth has been used for medical treatments and cosmetics since ancient times. By the way, the surroundings of the Dead Sea also contain almost half of the world's Bromium reserves. It is known to have a good effect on the nervous system. So, breathe deeply.
You can't help admiring the beauties and attractions of the ancient town of Caesarea. A Roman theatre dating back to Herod the Great was found in this area. Currently, it is restored and the locals have started to hold regular concerts and performances on the stage. The tribunes of the old theatre can room about 4000 spectators. The Reef Theatre presents ruins of a luxurious Palace with a swimming pool that dates back to Roman and Byzantine periods. Archeologists have come up with a version that the pool might have been used as a rural fish market in the past.
Haifa is the third-largest city in Israel and the largest in its Northern region. Its blooming cultural center, rich history, and picturesque landscape are probably the most beautiful things in the city. Built on the coast of the Mediterranean sea, on the peak of Mount Karmel, Haifa is drowned in green wherever you glance at, everywhere you will see natural beauties of flora and fauna.
The ancient Acre located on a peninsula is one of the rare cities on the Mediterranean coast the fortress walls of which have been perfectly preserved with an exception for two breaks which are currently used for transport driveway (they were made by the British). Ancient Acre has many faces, its diverse cultural layers are almost completely preserved. Four religions left their mark and influence here: there are Jewish synagogues, wonderful churches in the Christian quarters, huge mosques as well as a garden where Bahá’u’lláh - the founder of Baha'i faith was buried.
The town of Jericho is situated in the North of the Judean Desert. This territory is administered by Palestinian Authorities on the West banks of the Jordan river about 30 km northeast of Jerusalem and 7 km west of Jordan. According to the results of archaeological investigation Jericho is considered to be one of the oldest and constantly inhabited towns in the world. People settled down here more than eight thousand years ago and never left the area since then. Nowadays, in Jericho you can see the following sights and attractions:
Apparently, Jericho was built by people of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period, in the era of about 8000 B.C., it means that the age of the town counts 10.000 years.
The Tour Program: Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, The Dead Sea, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Jericho.
The former colonial pearl of the British Empire, and the Independent Republic of South Africa in our reality- is one of the richest countries of Africa.
Here are accumulated deposits of gemstones, gold, and platinum, production of which provides South Africa with considerable income.
Touristic destinations are quite well developed - tens of qualified hotels eagerly await for their clients.
The best beaches as East London, Port Elizabeth are quite well equipped.
Travelers go to South Africa for an incredible panorama of Dragon Mountains, legendary Cape of Good Hope, for the atmosphere of numerous festivities and holidays, for an unimaginable mixture of South African traditional lifestyle, the contrast of colonial times and modernity time.
The country is very popular among American and European travelers.
Tour: Capetown (4 nights), Victoria waterfall (3 nights), Botswana Safari Travelers go to South Africa
Zanzibar island for the majority of travelers still remains as a "Tierra Incognita", though in the last decade this destination has transformed from an African unknown outback into apopular, available and interesting resort. Zanzibar is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago with a homonymous mainland in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometers (16–31 miles)located in the North-East from Dar- Es- Salaam. The main advantages of this resort are the abundance of manmade or natural sights, rich and varied cultural heritage, carefully preserved coast, clear coastal waters and many species of marine animals. The best beaches are located in the South-East, while for entertainment and nightlife you should travel to the North. The capital of the island is Stone Town which is renowned for its ancient fortress, its own amphitheater, several mosques, a square for Slave trade and the house where legendary Freddi Mercuri was born and brought up. Zanzibar also amazes by its rich and diverse fauna. Dolphins swim up to its fabulous shores, but more curious people are awaited in the Monkey Parks and the Island of Giant turtles.
Welcome to the capital of England and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. London is an ancient city with unique architecture possessing exquisite characteristic features and a completely different atmosphere. There are many interesting sights and amazing attractions in London. Let us introduce to you some of them.
The famous Tower Bridge is one of the main sights of the foggy city. It is a worldwide famous bascule bridge linking two banks of the Themes. It was built in 1894 and since then the bridge serves as the main highway in London. Whenever a tall vessel sails along the Themes, both bascules of the bridge are raised as much as the passing vessels highest point is, allowing them to pass through. The bridge's decks can be raised to 83o from the horizontal. It is totally raised only on special occasions, for example, to honor and show a sign of respect to especially significant people. The upper part of the bridge is used as a pedestrian zone. From there a magnificent view opens over the city. A whole museum is dedicated to the history of the Tower Bridge. Tourists also have access to the old engine room.
Another important sight in London is Buckingham Palace. With the advent of Queen Victoria the throne, the Palace became the official residence of British Royalty. The change of the Royal guard always attracts the attention and curiosity of tourists. A large number of art masterpieces are stored in the building itself and the adjacent courtyard. Visitors can access the Royal Gallery and the Royal Transport Park. Behind Buckingham Palace lies a picturesque private garden, which ranks as the first in size among other private gardens in London. The 19 State Rooms at the palace are regularly used by the Royal family to entertain guests on their State, ceremonial and official visits to the United Kingdom. From July to September, the Queen makes her yearly visit to Scotland allowing the palace to open up its lavish rooms to the public.
The grandiose British Museum awaits you in London. Its huge collection involves six million various cultural values. This is one of the largest museums in the history of mankind. The Museum has collected valuable exhibits throughout the world from ancient till modern times. It has started to work since 1759 due to the collection of Sir Hans Sloane. Collections of Mummies, antique marble statues from all over the world, and Rosetta stones are the most attractive exhibits of the museum. Besides the huge exposition, the Museum houses the equally famous reading hall of the British Library. The inner courtyard of the British Museum, opened in 2000, is marked as one having the largest glazed roof in the whole Europe.
And, perhaps, the most attractive place for tourists is the London Tower. In various epochs the tower implemented different functions; it used to be a prison, an arsenal, an observatory, a Royal Residence, a Monetary. Currently, it serves as a repository of British crown Jewelry and treasures. The construction of the given historical area was initiated by the order of William the Conqueror in 1078. Nowadays, it is the most visited attraction of the city storing armor, a collection of weapons, jewelry collection of the British crown. There is a legend which says that the kingdom and the Tower of London will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress. There are seven ravens at the Tower today — the required six, plus one spare! Charles II is thought to have been the first to insist that the ravens of the Tower be protected after he was warned that the crown and the Tower itself would fall if they left. In the coming years, the decree worked and the presence of six ravens in the territory of the London Tower has become a good tradition. During World War II only one out of six ravens survived. That is why Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered to bring new ravens to cover the loss. Since then the ravens serve in the United Kingdom as guardian soldiers and they can be fired for bad or not satisfactory service as other ordinary soldiers.
Lisbon - This is one of the most charismatic, picturesque and brightest cities of Europe. The amazing and unique city of Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. This is a place where the rich historical past, astonishing modernism and progressive thinking organically combine. The city will undoubtedly be loved by tourists of different preferences and ages. The city was almost completely destroyed because of an earthquake and a tsunamy and fire consequently in 1755. But in a short period the city was reborn out of ruins accordig to the project by Marquise de Pombal. Nevertheless, at any corner of the city you can see remnants reminding of the imperial past of the city: magnificent catehdrals, impressive palaces, pompous statues in memory to monarchs and Marquises. People come here to get acquainted with the rich Portuguese history, to plunge into the noisy, joyful, vivid and saturated nightlife, to have a rest at the weekends and create life-time memories. Lisbon is a perfect place for family vacations. You can also stop here to enjoy the wonderful beaches nearby. At the end of the XIX and the beginning of the XX century, Lisbon started to develop and expand towards the mainland creating new and quite interesting new regions. Thus Avenida de Liberdade, Edward VII Park, the Gulbenkian Park, and many other interesting places were created.
The attractive city of Sintra is situated in the middle of densely overgrown centuries-old pine hills of Sierra -da-Sintra. Under the canopy of which elaborate palaces, luxurious mansions and ruins of an ancient castle were created. The diversity of magnificent historical attractions and buildings in combination with local unique sights, have, indeed, turned Sintra into a fantastic tourist destination. By visiting this wonderful city you will have an experience of an unforgettable excursion from Lisbon. Every tourist having arrived here for a rest must visit Sintra to explore the list of most popular attractions. Here is a bucket - list for travelers:
The Cape Rock (In Portuguese it sounds as Cabo da Boca) is located 18 km from the city of Sintra, in the National Park Sintra - Kashkaish. However, there was an earthquake in 1755 which went down in history as the Great Lisbon earthquake destroying the major part of Portugal, including the building nearby the Cape. The Prime Minister Marquis de Pombal at that time supervising the restoration work, ordered to build 4 lighthouses on the West seashore, as the two old ones were not sufficient.
The Coin Cave - Locals tell an old legend about a failed robbery and murder of a rich man. However, the criminals did not succeed with the choice of a convenient place, time or the target of their criminal plot. As a result, the robbers failed to make money by mugging the wealthy passer-by. They dropped the lifeless body of the victim off the cliff and because of too much of a hurry, they dropped off the bag of gold coins. The gold coins scattered over the rocks and the robbers left without booty. Since then, the depths of the cave which is allegedly strewn with gold was called a "Piggybank with coins".
Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte is a unique architectural complex on the slopes of the mount Espinho, 7 kilometers away from the center of a Portuguese city of Braga. It consists of a large, picturesque garden, a magnificent cathedral and an unusual staircase leading to it. Via sacra has 591 stairs. The name of the sanctuary Bom Jesus do Monte is translated into English as Christ in Golgotha. The sanctuary was established in the 14th century when on the slopes of the mount Espinho, there was erected a cross and built a chapel of the Lord's Cross. This place became a pilgrimage. Within 1494 and 1522 two more chapels were built here and already in 1629 the Brotherhood of Bon Jesús do Monti was created.
Attractive, bright and colorful Porto has become one of the most popular touristic destinations in Western Europe recently. This city has got a rich history, а variety of diverse and interesting attractions, wild and saturated nightlife. There are many sights to visit and many wonderful things to explore. That is why it will be quite interesting and capturing to visit this beautiful and unique city for tourists of any category.
The city of Fatima got renowned as a place where Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in 1917. Her apparition kept repeating for several times. This divine miracle is recognized by the Catholic Church as genuine. Since then many pilgrims arrive in Fatima to atone for their sins. In honor and glory to the Virgin Mary, there was built a huge Cathedral or a Basilica. There gather crowds of people from different countries and nations on the Apparition day of Saint Virgin Mary on the 13th of May.
Excursion itinerary: Lisbon - Sintra - Decorative Residance- Quinta da Regaleira, Cape Roca, Qashqai, Estoril, Obidos, Alcobaca, Batalha, Tomar, Porto, Braga, Good Jesus of the Mount (Bom Jesus do Mont), Guimaraes, Coimbra, Fatima, Coin Caves (Grutas da Moeda), Mafra, José Franco Village, Ericeira, a cruise along the Dora river, supper accompanied with FADU.
Accommodation: Lisbon- 5 nights, Porto - 2 nights (total - 8 days, 7 nights).
This resort city at the Red sea is considered to be a perfect destination for already more than a decade to relax and enjoy a family vacation, where you can get away from everyday routine, have endless sunbath, swim with children both in the sea at private beaches or in the swimming pools of your hotels, and all of these over the backdrop of unrealistic sea beauties. Professional animators with rhythmical music at the swimming pools, buffet and beverages, full sun-tan days will let you have a full rest.
Sharm-el-Sheikh consists of several picturesque regions, built along the coast, around the main bays. All of these mentioned regions are linked together into one Sharm by the main Peace Road.
Milan - is the capital of fashion and business, it is the most stylish, expensive and richest city in Italy, which is quoted on a par with London and Paris for lovers of shopping and luxury. But not only for the above-mentioned things is the capital of Lombardy famous for. Here you can come across such attractions and sights as the marvelous cathedral of Duomo - the unique creation made of white marble which was being build during 6 centuries, the Sforza Castle, which is enlisted among the World Heritage sites of UNESCO, the church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, where the world-renowned legendary mural by Leonardo da Vinci "Last Supper" and many other equally interesting monuments of history and culture are located.
Liechtenstein - is situated in the Alpes, on the borders between Switzerland and Austria. It is one of the smallest microstates in the world with a territory of 160 square km. The population is about 38.000 people, the capital is Vaduz. The official language in Liechtenstein is German and the local currency is the Swiss franc. The Empire of Liechtenstein boasts for its century-old history, the evidence and testimonies of which still remain and delight the eyes of visitors. The Vaduz Castle is one of those testimonies- it is the official residence of the ruling dynasty now. One of the most interesting natural attractions of Liechtenstein is the "Three Mountains" rocks. This is how the locals call the three impressive rocky peaks which erect over the border with Austria. They are part of the Alp System and form a natural landmark between two neighboring countries.
The town of Lucerne without exaggeration can be called the pride of the Alpine Republic. Bridging over the banks of Lucern and stretching on the feet of the Mount Pilatus, this place literally captures tourists with its picturesque landscapes and nature attractions. While walking along the ancient streets of the town, it is quite easy to transfer to the fairy tales by Brothers Grimm, the old gingerbread houses alure every passer-by to walk inside and look around.
Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls - it is one of the most beautiful small Swiss towns located over the river Rein, at the beginning of the Lake Constance. The charm of this medieval picturesque town will not leave any tourist indifferent. The Fortification of the Hohenklingen Palace erects high, over the Old Town of Stein am Rhein. Climbing it will reward you with breathtaking views of the southern Hegau, Lake Constance and the river Rhine. Stein am Rhein is, surely, not large, in fact, it consists of an extraordinarily attractive street in the center of the marvelous old town and a typical Swiss village in the vicinity of the city center.
Milan – (Island Maggiore) - (Verona) – Liechtenstein – Zurich– (Lucerne) – (Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls) – Bern – Turin - Milan