Croatia, the Adriatic’s shining star, is unlike any other European destination. With a mix of old world European charm, easy Mediterranean lifestyle, stunning 3,625 miles of coastline dotted by more than 1,000 islands, islets and reefs, fascinating history, rich culture, delectable cuisine and natural beauty - ten UNESCO World Heritage sites and eight magnificent National Parks, considered to be some of Europe’s most well-preserved sites - it is no wonder Croatia is the ultimate destination for those seeking an experience of a lifetime and a new destination to fall in love with.
Bleached white churches with sky-blue domes, the Greek islands - whether they be Aegean, Cycladic, Dodecanese or Ionian - symbolize tranquility and romance. Its ancient temples, gods and goddesses, agoras, mosaics, and small villages embody escape.
While Greece includes 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, only 227 are inhabited. The country is home to 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and six of them are located on islands: Chios, Corfu, Delos, Patmos, Rhodes and Samos. Among the designated sites are two well-preserved Old Towns, several monasteries and famous caves.
It’s hard to start the day wrong when the sun rises over glistening snow with regal, jagged mountaintops in the near distance. That’s what mornings are like surrounded by the Dolomite mountain range of the Alps in South Tyrol, Italy. The region, which lies on the border between Italy and Austria, is described by many as “bicultural,” which means, in addition to the impressive natural landscape, visitors are treated to a unique cultural experience, in which everything from language to cuisine, is a fine mix of Italian and Austrian.
On April 6th, 2019 scheduled flights began to the new Istanbul Airport and home of the national carrier Turkish Airlines (www.turkishair
lines.com), a Star Alliance member. The IATA code, IST was transferred to the new airport.
The first phase is completed in an ambitious project to become, by 2027, the world’s largest airport. It takes a plane approximately 30 minutes to travel from the runway to its gate. There are moving sidewalks, for the size of the terminal and distance of the piers, more are needed.
It was the perfect solution for me. I was on a short trip to Germany, with four cities to visit - Berlin, Erfurt, Nuremberg and Munich. For 21 years, a high-speed train, with these cities, plus Halle as the only stops, has been in the planning. Finally, last year, the necessary 22 tunnels and 29 bridges had been built and the high-speed train, going 186 miles an hour, got under way. The Berlin-Munich high-speed train of a decade ago took six hours. The new train, the ICE Sprinter, whisks its passengers the whole length of the new route in only three hours and 50 minutes. Since it began running in December 2018, twice as many travelers have been taking it as had used the old high-speed line.
A visit to the land that Ibsen immortalized in Peer Gynt takes me deep into the extreme landscape of Norway, from lakes to mountains and through icy forests shrouded in heavy snow. This journey awakens my spirit and provides adventure into the world of mythic inspiration. High in the mountains of the Jotunheimen, the legendary trolls do mischief as Peer Gynt tries to outwit these clever elves in the forested wonderland. This land is full of surprises with trolls and flying reindeer that enhance this epic story where these sprightly creatures thrive and wild animals abound.
Besides being the world's fastest-growing airline for the past few years, Norwegian Air is also the leading foreign airline regularly adding service to the US. With a cost-cutting focus for 2019 and some small adjustments to its US network, the airline's Director of Communications, Anders Lindstrom, says Norwegian will continue to grow its presence in the US, but at a "slower pace to ensure sustainable and profitable growth."
Ukraine is a remarkable and safe tourist destination and is currently experiencing “under tourism,” with just 14.2 million visitors in 2017. This means that your clients will experience the uncongested UNESCO world heritage sites that are drawing tourists to this eastern-most and largest European country. In fact, Kyiv is affectionately called the easternmost city in Western Europe.
Turkish Delights are those marvelous candies made of gel, starch and sugar that come in flavors like chopped date, pistachio, and hazelnut, to name just a few. Yet, we aren’t here to talk about those wonderful treats- no, the treats we have in mind are more along the lines of the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Cappadocia and world class skiing.
The time to book groups for Oberammergau’s 2020 Passion Play is now, according to Sid Danovic, of Kompas Holidays International. The 42nd Passion Play is scheduled to begin in Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany on May 16, 2020. Tour packages for this once-in-a-decade event are selling fast, and demand is expected to increase in the coming months. Availability for these sought-after tours is limited; there were 102 performances of the Passion Play in 2010, and the theatre holds only 5,000 audience members for each performance.