Top Reasons to Visit Havana

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There is some inexplicable magic in Havana that you can hardly feel in any other city.  It is a place that sparks your imagination, gives you inspiration to learn more about Cuba’s capital and leaves you speechless with its inimitable beauty.  

Here are some reasons why Havana is so incredible and unforgettable:

Old cars:

Havana is very popular for the amazing colorful old American cars that you can find almost everywhere. No other city in the world can impress you with such a huge number of old vehicles. If you think that these cars are used as simply as trophies, you will be surprised to know that they are used by Cubans for their day-to-day means of transportation.  

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Photo: depositphotos.com

Retro charm:

If you plan a trip to Havana, include a stop for ice cream at Coppelia in your list of must-see places. The charm of this spot is very special, as the retro ambiance makes you feel like you have traveled into the past. The ice-cream parlor chain was originally established in 1966, and it seems like it hasn’t changed since then.

Though the selection of flavors is not huge, the lines are long and the place is incredibly popular.

Coco-taxi

There is another interesting specialty in Cuba that will surprise you: the coco-taxi. These little yellow rickshaw-type vehicles can be seen only in Havana and Varadero. They have three seats, with the driver in the front and two passengers behind. They’re called coco-taxis because they look like a coconut with a roof combed over the top of the vehicle. You should try to catch a ride in this hilarious taxi and enjoy the amazing Cuban atmosphere.

Coco taxi on the street of Havana. Cuba.Photo: depositphotos.com

Coco taxi on the street of Havana. Cuba.Photo: depositphotos.com

Havana Vieja

Stroll along Havana Vieja (Old Havana) and enjoy the picturesque architecture, bright colors and vivid ambiance of the winding streets. Walk around Havana Vieja in the late evening, when it is particularly beautiful. Central Havana is very different from Havana Vieja, which is most tourists’ favorite place in the city.  Take a walk along the main road called Prado, wide and long, with rich verdant trees along its spacious walkway. Take a picture near the National Capital Building and enjoy the stunning calm and pleasant vibe of Havana.

Old part of Havana,Cuba.Photo: depositphotos.com

Old part of Havana,Cuba.Photo: depositphotos.com

Revolution Museum

A creation of Cuban and Belgian architects, the Museum of the Revolution is one of the most important places to visit in Havana, and one of the most famous.  An incredible mixture of Spanish, French and German architectural styles, the Museum was originally built in 1920.

The building was the main house of the Cuban government for 40 years.  All the main political decisions which have had a great influence on the country’s destiny were made here. Each exhibit covers the rise of the Cuban nation to the present, including the history of Cuba, archeology, weapons, paintings and sculptures.

Fashion Trends Arond The Globe

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Ecuador – Panama Hat
These stylish hats are created from plaited leaves of the toquilla straw plant. The hat is thought to have orginated in Ecuador, but nowadays it is universally known as a “Panama Hat”. If you have never tried wearing a hat, or if you want to start wearing one, the Panama Hat is an ideal choice. It suits almost everyone, doesn’t look too pompous; it’s mature, never gets “old-fashioned,” and it could be a perfect way to cover up your hair when it doesn’t look good, or protect your head from the sun’s burning rays.

Panama hats in the sun in Otavalo Ecuador. Photo: depositphotos.com

Panama hats in the sun in Otavalo Ecuador. Photo: depositphotos.com

USA – Cowboy Boots
These boots, which were apparently not made for walking, are very popular in The United States. In the beginning, they were an essential accessory for cowboys back in the day, but now they have become simply fashionable. Moreover, the idea of the trend found followers around the globe. This is because cowboy boots are amazing to wear and very versatile. They have a Cuban heel, are rounded to a pointed toe, have a high shaft, and, traditionally, no lacing.  Nowadays this fashion trend is supported by such famous brands as Tony Lama, Anderson Bean, Justin, Lucchese, Double H and many more.

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Photo: depositphotos.com

Dredlocks –  Jamaica
The first known reference to this hairstyle dates back to ancient Egypt, where dreadlocks first emerged on Egyptian artifacts. Mummified remains of ancient Egyptians wearing dreadlocks were found at some archaeological sites. The hairstyle was later brought into popular culture with the help of world famous, incredible reggae artist Bob Marley, originally from Jamaica. These days it is extremely popular in Jamaica and all over the world. If you want to entirely plunge into the flavor of this special country, try this hair-dress. If you don’t like classical dreadlocks, you can try diverse variations more suitable for modern travelers: cornrows, braids, plaits, African hair braiding, and many others.

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Japan – Gyaru, Lolita

Gyaru is a Japanese transliteration of the word “girl”, and this trend first appeared in the late 1990s. Japanese girls would dye their hair in bright vibrant color, even a mix of different colors (the less natural it looked – the better), and put an enormous amount of fake tan on their skin. Nowadays this subculture has less popularity than it had few years ago, but it has influenced the new Lolita fashion. Here the bright, unnatural pastel colors remain, but the concept is different – which is to be in frilly dress with bows and curls. In Japan there are even a lot of modern and popular Lolita fashion brands, such as Angelic Pretty, Atelier Pierrot, Milk, Moi-même-moiti and many more. The last one refers to Gothic Lolita, a style which requires black dresses and skirts, lacy hair accessories, and jewelry adorned with delicate crosses.

Japanese girl in lolita cosplay. Photo: depositphotos.com

Iceland – Beard Cap
A Beard Cap could seem extremely unusual and even useless when first encountered. However, it is based on a traditional “lambshed-hood” that served a purpose for Icelandic farmers. Imagine how hard it was to experience the blustering snowstorms that occurred there regularly. The knitting pattern makes sense since the cap covers the head and neck – with only a small opening for the face. The first appearance of the Beard Cap as a fashion trend dates back to 2005. The design concept belongs to Vík Prjónsdóttir and his studio; today they are available in the Gentleman or Farmer style.

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Photo: beardbeanie.com

Deep-Diving and High-Flying Stunts Thrill on Harmony of the Seas

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True Feats are Behind the Scenes at the AquaTheater

On Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas, incredible feats are performed by soaring aerialists, tight-rope walkers and divers during spectacular shows in the AquaTheater. Behind the scenes there is an entire team of specialists that make it all run seamlessly. From rigging specialists to certified Scuba divers and intricate equipment like hydraulic lifts and underwater trap doors, what happens behind the scenes is as fascinating as what’s on stage.

Harmony of the Seas General Infographic. Photo: www.royalcaribbean.com

Harmony of the Seas General Infographic. Photo: www.royalcaribbean.com

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ONE-MINUTE VACATION: FIVE BEACH BARS WHERE YOU WANT TO BE

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Take a one-minute vacation, even if you’re hibernating on a February winter weekend.

At these great beach bars around the world, cocktails come with a side of sand and sun.

Saint Lucia

Legend has it that Saint Lucia’s Smugglers Cove used to be a popular spot for fishermen who liked to ply their trade in the buff. The site now houses the aptly named Naked Fisherman, a thatched-roof bar set below the 49-room Cap Maison Resort & Spa. Rum cocktails such as the Proseccojito (a prosecco-infused mojito) complement the bar’s popular Creole seafood boil.

Advisor Tip:  “The Naked Fisherman is my favorite beach bar on Saint Lucia. I’m partial to the local Piton beer, but if you want something stronger, have the bartender concoct a potent TNF rum punch.” – Michelle Harvell, Virtuoso travel advisor, Fort Worth, Texas

Brazil

An abandoned fishing boat found washed up on the shore of Bahia, Brazil’s Barra do Rio Trancoso is the centerpiece of the Uxua Praia bar at the 11-room Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa. Grab a caipirinha, claim a daybed, and watch locals practice capoeira by the shore – if you want to join in, the hotel can sign you up for a lesson.

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UXUA Praia bar

Vietnam

There’s plenty of room to settle in at The Long Bar at Vietnam’s 200-room InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. Locally sourced decor elements in the elegant, open-air space include dark wood floors, trays made by Southeast Asian hill tribes, and cozy nesting chairs that resemble Vietnamese fishing baskets.

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The Long Bar

Greece

DJs spin chilled-out playlists at Buddha-Bar Beach Mykonos, the first waterfront outpost from the Parisian-based restaurant group. Set on the private beach of the 114-room Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort, the trendy bar is beloved by travelers looking to soak up the Aegean sun and sip cocktails from the world’s best mixologists, who are flown in for guest appearances.

The Maldives

You’ll find private cabanas, giant cushions, and crystal chandeliers dangling from palm trees at Fanditha, the oceanfront restaurant and lounge at the 122-room One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives. Hookah pipes and mezze plates complete the Middle Eastern mood.

beach bar

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Work Hard, Play Hard

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Work hard, play hard. The cure for life’s daily stresses are adventures that fuel your soul.

cuba libre

Roaming over its green hills or sailing along its tiny, white-sanded islands, you’ll wonder what took you so long to see “the other Cuba.” This unique combo adventure on land and water will take you places most people don’t know even exist. Meander through the lush, laid back communities of Cuba’s “Garden Province” and dive into local culture for a night at a unique homestay. Sail aboard a catamaran to tour (and lay on) the secluded beaches of the thinly populated Canarreos Archipelago islands. Experience life in the sun you’ve always hoped was real.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12.

Age requirement: 16+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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Roaming over its green hills or sailing along its tiny, white-sanded islands, you’ll wonder what took you so long to see “the other Cuba.” This unique combo adventure on land and water will take you places most people don’t know even exist. Meander through the lush, laid back communities of Cuba’s “Garden Province” and dive into local culture for a night at a unique homestay. Sail aboard a catamaran to tour (and lay on) the secluded beaches of the thinly populated Canarreos Archipelago islands. Experience life in the sun you’ve always hoped was real.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12.

Age requirement: 16+

mexico

From the hustle of modern Mexico City, which preserves its magic from centuries gone by, to the ruins at Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this adventure takes in all the cultural and historical highlights. It’s perfect for travellers on a tight budget looking to see as much as possible of this diverse region.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Yolo

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

Service Level: Basic

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 18, avg 14.

Age requirement: 18-39

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How to speak like a Brit when you travel to England

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A lot of people consider British English romantic and charming; others think that it is too conservative. However, when you plan your visit to the UK, you should be aware of the language differences that can cause you trouble. We have prepared a special list of words and phrases to use which will help you better understand British people and communicate like a local.

Britons are famous all over the world for their love of tea. They like to drink it quite often. But don’t be surprised when they ask for a cuppa or a brew, because it means that they’re asking for a cup of tea (it’s not about coffee). You may thank them with a simple, “Ta!”

People don’t stand in lines in London, they just “queue up”.

Double-decker bus in night London. Photo: depositphotos.com

Double-decker bus in night London. Photo: depositphotos.com

 If you like pubs, you should definitely visit one in England. There, you can enjoy watching football, which is the most popular sport in the country. Many Brits watch their favorite teams at the stadium or on the telly. Remember that “football” is not the NFL you watch on Super Bowl Sunday, but soccer.

If you are looking for romance in your trip, note that “snogging” means “kissing”, and “shagging” goes for “hooking up”.

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Photo: depositphotos.com

In case you have a rough discussion or debate with someone, you don’t call it an argument, but “a row”.

If you are surprised, excited or shocked, say “Blimey!” instead of the more customary Canadian “wow!”.

Americans and Canadians say “I’ll call you” when promising to stay in contact with somebody, while Brits would rather say “I’ll give you a ring”. However, it has nothing in common with an actual ring on a finger.

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Photo: depositphotos.com

If you become friendly with locals, they can call you a “bruv”, meaning a dude or a bro, or just a friend, or a “bloke”, meaning a man, and a mate is just a friend of any gender.

If you are invited to drink tea with biscuits, it means they want tea with a cookie.

You probably know that England is a land of rain and fog, so it’s  good to take a brolly with you (that’s an umbrella), but don’t tell someone that your pants are wet – “pants” means underwear in UK. It’s better to use “trousers” instead.

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Spain Packages. Early Booking Promotion.

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Early booking for summer 2017 Europe packages*

Our experts have concocted a medley of ready-to-book holidays, so you get to choose the thrilling European adventure you’d like to star in. Book your summer holiday early and get the benefits below:

How to Book ?

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Book your Europe package by February 28, 2017, and benefit from:

  • A deposit of only $1002
  • A $50 future travel voucher3
  • A free upgrade with Hertz4

More information

What are the eligibility requirements for the Europe Early Booking promotion?

The Europe Early Booking promotion applies to new individual bookings of Europe packages made by February 28, 2017, for travel between May 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018. It does not apply to groups, flights or à la carte accommodations.

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Best Price Guarantee

What are the eligibility requirements for the Price Drop Guarantee?

The Price Drop Guarantee is valid up to 30 days before departure, exclusively on new individual Europe package bookings made by December 15, 2016, for travel between May 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018. This offer does not apply to groups, flights or à la carte accommodations.

How much can I save with the Price Drop Guarantee?

Should a Europe package become available at a lower price, you may receive a refund of up to $150 per adult. A child may receive a refund of up to $75 – or 50% of the refund granted to an adult.

To which cases does the Price Drop Guarantee apply?

The Price Drop Guarantee is valid only when the departure city, travel dates, destination, room category and flights are the same as those in the initial booking.

What is the procedure for price adjustment requests?

Once the request is carefully considered and approved, the rate on the original booking will be adjusted, and final payment will be required at that time. If you have already paid in full, you will be refunded the difference.

Who must I contact to request a price adjustment, and what is the deadline?

You must contact your travel agent at least 30 days before departure.

Can requests for price adjustments be made more than once before departure?

No. The Price Drop Guarantee may only be applied once.

*The Price Drop Guarantee promotion may be discontinued or modified at any time without notice.

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*Valid on new individual Europe package bookings of at least six nights, for travel between May 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018. Not applicable to groups, flights, à la carte accommodations or guided tours. 1  With our Price Drop Guarantee, if your package becomes available at a lower price than the one paid, you will be refunded the difference in cash (up to $150 per adult and $75 per child). This offer may be applied only once, upon your request, and is not valid 30 days or less before departure. A deposit of $100 per person (instead of $250) is required at the time of booking.A non-transferable future travel voucher of $50 per adult and $25 per child is provided and must be used by October 31, 2018. Subject to availability at the time of booking. See complete Terms & Conditions in the 2017-2018 Europe brochure. Early booking conditions with Hertz: Valid on all countries, except in the Czech Republic and Croatia, all plans and durations, applicable on selected categories manual and automatic, for bookings made by Apr. 30, 2017 and pick-up from Apr. 1, 2017 to Mar. 31, 2018 except in Italy and in Portugal at certain dates.

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WHY YOU SHOULD EXPLORE THESE 8 TOP NATIONAL PARKS

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Happy 100th birthday to America’s national parks! And what a party it will be, with more than 300 million people flocking to these wonders each year. But with 59 national parks, how do you decide which ones to visit? In honor of National Park Week, here’s our roundup of 8 of the top national parks to explore.

Acadia National Park, Maine

From October to March, the first daylight to reach the U.S. arrives at 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. A crowd gathers on the mountain, the highest point on the U.S. Atlantic coast. When the sun appears over the horizon, they erupt in cheers.

There’s plenty worth cheering about at this 47,000-acre site, one of America’s top national parks. Almost three million visitors a year take in its rugged shoreline, protected coves, rocky islands, spruce-fir forests, wetlands and mountains. See a variety of terrain on the 20-mile Park Loop Road, which takes you above the sea before veering through mountainous forests and valleys. Or hike on the 125 miles of trails, or bike along the 55 miles of historic carriage roads.

Another stunning view is from Champlain Mountain. It’s a 6.5-mile hike to the top, where you’ll enjoy vistas of the Atlantic and Frenchman Bay. The park is considered premier birdwatching territory, and is also great for spying marine life such as seals, porpoises and even whales. For the best scenery, take a boat cruise or rent a kayak or canoe.

Glacier National Park, Montana

More than two million visitors a year head to Glacier, one of the top national parks, for its namesake 25 active glaciers, including Grinnell and Sperry. But you’ll discover so much more here. Take in the towering Rocky Mountains, scenic waterfalls, forests, meadows, and colorful wildflowers each spring. The park also features 762 deep blue alpine lakes, including Lake McDonald and St. Mary Lake. See them up close from the deck of a classic wooden boat. Or do the work yourself by kayaking or canoeing.

This one-million-acre park extends south from the USA-Canada border, and wildlife such as mountain goats and grizzly bears roam its vast plains. Head into its interior on the 52-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road, which crosses the Continental Divide. The narrow road twists and turns, offering spectacular views of the park’s dramatic peaks and valleys. Opened in 1933, it’s a National Historic Landmark in its own right. Follow it by car, bike or historic tour bus.

top national parks: man in hat viewing grand canyon
Pictures can’t prepare you for seeing the Grand Canyon’s enormity in person

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Everyone has seen images of the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Grand it is – a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide. But you’re still taken by its enormity the first time you stand on its edge. Join the more than five million people a year who venture to the Grand Canyon for this incomparable experience.

Most people see the canyon from the South Rim. Yavapai Point, near the South Rim visitor area, provides a gorgeous view of the inner canyon, Bright Angel Canyon, and the Colorado River. But it’s worth the short hike down one of its trails on foot or by mule for a fresh vista. Even a mile or two, perhaps along the flat paved Rim Trail, makes a difference.

For more adventurous visitors, enjoy classic whitewater rafting along the 277 scenic miles of the Colorado. The mighty river carved out the canyon’s multicolored layers; the oldest goes back a whopping 1.8 billion years. Admiring the canyon while on its floor is an unforgettable experience. And you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete. Anyone in reasonable health can enjoy it.

Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains is the most-visited of the top national parks, with more than 10 million people admiring its wonders each year. That’s partly because of the busy scenic highway that runs through the park. If you drive through quickly, though, you’ll miss the rest of its 522,000 acres.

Instead, explore the park through its 584 miles of roadways. The ancient mountains are the main draw. Take in the views of seven states from the tower atop Clingsmans Dome. It’s the park’s highest point at 6,643 feet.

The wildlife is also astonishing. The park houses more than 17,000 animal and plant species. Almost 95 percent of the park is forest, a quarter of that old growth. More than 1,500 flowering plants range from trillium and orchids to azaleas and sunflowers. The park also features more than 500 miles of fishing streams.

Relics of Southern Appalachian culture survive in the park as well. It features one of the best collection of historic log buildings in the eastern U.S., with more than 90 structures including houses, churches and grist mills.

top national parks: snow-covered mountains and trees in rocky mountain national park
Visit Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado for incredible alpine scenery

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Just 1.5 hours north of Denver, Rocky Mountain attracts more than four million visitors each year for its incredible alpine scenery. It’s home to 72 peaks taller than 12,000 feet.

You can’t miss a drive up the 48-mile Trail Ridge Road, a winding path across the Continental Divide. It’s the highest continuous paved road in the country. You’ll see valleys, spruce and fir forests, snowcapped peaks and glaciers on your way up to 12,183 feet. An early summer treat are the wildflower meadows.

Another popular drive is Old Fall River Road, opened in 1920. It’s a slow trip along a narrow, curving, largely gravel road to its highest point, 11,796 feet above sea level.

Wildlife abound over the park’s 415 square miles. Be on the lookout for moose, bighorn sheep, mule deer and elk. The park also boasts 141 species of butterflies. Black bears, mountain lions and bobcats are much harder to spot, but they’re park residents as well.

Get out on some of the park’s 355 miles of hiking trails. They range from an easy lakeside walk to the challenging journey up the 14,259-foot Longs Peak.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana

The first national park in the world, Yellowstone was designated in 1872. Mainly located in northwest Wyoming (with small portions in Idaho and Montana), the park attracts more than four million visitors a year.

Over its 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone houses the world’s most impressive concentration of hydrothermal features. There are more than 10,000 of them, including mud pots, hot springs and 300 of its famed geysers. The park’s icon is Old Faithful, a cone geyser that erupts every 35 to 120 minutes.

Of course, Yellowstone offers other types of magnificent scenery. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is 4,000 feet wide and 1,200 feet deep. The grand peaks of the Rockies tower above the park. Boat around Yellowstone Lake, North America’s highest lake. Explore vast forests, including one of the world’s largest petrified forests formed by volcanic eruptions about 50 million years ago.

Yellowstone also has the largest concentration of mammals in the Lower 48. They include grizzly and black bears, deer, moose, elk, bison, bighorn sheep, wild horses, grey wolves, coyotes and pronghorn.

top national parks: mountain and green trees with lake in foreground in yosemite national park

Yosemite National Park, California

A shining star among the U.S.’s top national parks, Yosemite covers more than 1,000 square miles in east central California, on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s blessed with an abundance of natural wonders, particularly in the commonly visited Yosemite Valley. Every year more than four million visitors here take in its dramatic sights like the granite hills of Sentinel Dome (3,000 feet above the valley floor) and Half Dome (4,800 feet). Another granite landmark: El Capitan, a 3,000-foot cliff that’s one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the world. Its Dawn Wall may be the hardest rock climb on Earth.

Yosemite’s natural wonders don’t stop there. Its incredible waterfalls change character along with the four seasons. They include Yosemite Falls, North America’s highest waterfall at 2,425 feet. Visitors also delight in the groves of ancient giant sequoia trees and the glaciers, such as Lyell Glacier, covering 160 acres. The park offers plentiful hiking, rafting, fishing, climbing, camping and wildlife viewing opportunities. Deer are common sights, and bears and coyotes also inhabit the park.

Zion National Park, Utah

Utah is a national park wonderland, but even so, Zion stands out. It’s the state’s first national park and its most popular, with 3.6 million visitors a year.

Located in southwestern Utah, the park’s 232 square miles include some of the country’s most scenic canyons, created thanks to a million years of flowing water. Massive sandstone cliffs in shades of beige, pink, orange and red surround you. Narrow slot canyons make for interesting hiking, including the narrowest gorge. It’s appropriately named the Narrows – up to 1,000 feet tall and only 20 to 30 feet wide at places. Waterfalls and springs maintain colorful hanging gardens. One thousand species of vegetation flourish – everything from pine and juniper trees to desert plants such as prickly pears and yucca.

Three park superstars are breathtaking. Zion Canyon, carved by the Virgin River, is nearly 3,000 feet deep at spots. The 287-foot-long Kolob Arch, perched high on a canyon wall, is one of the world’s largest freestanding arches. Angels Landing provides an incredible view if you can make it up 5,785 feet along a intimidating trail.

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The River Cruises Worth Trying This Season

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One of the most popular segments of the entire travel industry, a river cruise attracts tourists with the possibility of cultural and historic sightseeing, a full experience of the wonders of each region and the opportunity to enjoy the romance of fascinating cruise tours. Travelers are expected to witness new ships, itineraries, and river tours in 2017. With new destinations and experiences prepared by cruise companies for the upcoming travel season, we suggest that you don’t put off traveling until the next season.

Russian cruises

Russia is the perfect destination to experience river cruising. This is a country with a huge list of rivers that traverse the country throughout its territory. There are still the most popular rivers to experience a cruise voyage: the Moskva River in the capital of the country, the Neva in St. Petersburg, the Volga, the Don, the Kama, the Oka and the Northern Dvina. In the Asian part of Russia, the most significant rivers are: the Ob, the Irtysh, the Yenisey, the Angara, the Lena, the Amur, the Yana, the Indigirka, and the Kolyma.

River cruise liner moored north of the river port of Moscow. Photo: depositphotos.com

River cruise liner moored north of the river port of Moscow. Photo: depositphotos.com

Moreover, Russia is the place where the Viking River Cruises story got its start, more than 20 years ago. Passengers have a chance to explore the Russian language, its history and culture as well as its cuisine.

In St Petersburg, where the Bolshevik revolutionaries seized power 100 years ago, complimentary tours of the Catherine Palace and a memorable night at the ballet await.

French Romance

Those who feel addicted to the charming atmosphere and unforgettable beauty of France will surely be happy to enjoy a cruise on Uniworld River Cruises’  ship Joie de Vivre, which runs an amazing cruise called “La Cave des Vins”. It is perfect for wine-lovers, romantic couples and experienced foodies. It is often named as “a travelling boutique hotel”. This wonderful and unusual ship is a luxury paradise for its passengers. It has a swimming pool that easily transforms into a cinema and professional butlers who are educated to provide you the best service. The voyage starts from Paris and lasts for eight days, and has wonderful tours to such renowned sights as the Normandy D-Day beaches, or Bayeux; Monet’s Garden in Giverny; and the fascinating Palace of Versailles.

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Photo: www.uniworld.com

Culinary cruise

What can be more exciting for a foodie than to cruise with some of the most famous chefs in the world on board? You have a great chance to see Chef Luke Nguyen, founder of the Vietnamese Red Lantern restaurant in Sydney and one of the famous guests on MasterChef Australia. His menus will be available onboard the luxury cruise, which means that the passengers will try the food prepared by his personal recipes. Moreover, a private dining event will be made for the eight passengers while cruising between Yangon and Mandalay. The tour program will not leave you unmoved, as it includes visits to Mount Popa, home of the nats (spirits) and a gondola trip with champagne at the famous U-Bein Bridge.

Cruise ship, Pacific ocean, Vietnam. Photo: depositphotos.com

An LGBT first

The UK’s very first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender river cruise starts its route from the Danube. The trip, headed by the Emerald Waterways Company, lasts for a week and has an itinerary starting from Budapest and going further to Nuremberg with calls in Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna, Dürnstein and Melk (Austria), and Passau and Regensburg in Germany.

Cruise ship on the Danube river. Photo: depositphotos.com

Cruise ship on the Danube river. Photo: depositphotos.com

 

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Northern Europe & the Med

Ancient cities, stunning scenery, awesome architecture and fabulous shopping: they’re waiting for you on a Norwegian Cruise Line European voyage. Explore the Western Med on a roundtrip spree from Gaudí’s Barcelona, or marvel at Baltic capitals and Norway’s adjective-defying fjords on voyages from Copenhagen and London. Your floating hotel: one of the coolest ships on the planet.

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