Whether you want a glamorous taste of the Riviera highlife or to boldly explore unchartered Viking territories, here are ten incredible travel experiences that are guaranteed to inspire and excite.
1) Write your own Greek Myth
Ancient Greece and her elusive kingdoms beg to be explored. Journey into antiquity to Greece’s vibrant capital, Athens, and take in the imposing Acropolis and Parthenon. Get a taste of true local life by sampling olive oil and wine at a farm before setting sail for the gems of the Aegean: Mykonos, Samos and Santorini.
Experience it on: Best of Greece with 3-Day Aegean cruise
2) Tread the footsteps of the Tsars
The devastatingly gorgeous legacy of Imperial Russia is one of the most captivating elements of this enchanting country. Experience Russia’s opulent past at St Petersburg’s vast Hermitage Museum, and admire the iconic candy-coloured swirls of St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.
Experience it on: Wonders of Moscow & St Petersburg
3) Re-live the Renaissance
Marvel at the masters of the Italian Renaissance by witnessing Florence’s mesmerising works of art and architecture. Stroll over the Ponte Vecchio bridge and trace the history of the infamous Medici family, before taking in the majesty of the Duomo.
Experience it on: Wonders of Italy
4) Have a Highland fling
Bonnie Scotland’s shimmering lochs and heather-covered cliffs present a picture-perfect backdrop to this country’s fascinating, colourful heritage. Seek out scenic glens and the towering peaks of Ben Nevis in the World’s Most Beautiful Country.
Experience it on: Best of Britain
5) Enjoy some Arabian Nights
With the perfume of fresh spice and incense permeating the air, explore the colour and vibrancy of Marrakech’s souk market before heading to the romantic city of Casablanca. Immortalised in Hollywood history, it’s brimming with beautiful architecture.
Experience it on: Best of Morocco
6) Live the Riviera highlife
Rub shoulders with the international jet-set along the glamorous Cote d’Azur by visiting its most stylish destinations. See the romantic Monaco cathedral that Prince Rainer and Princess Grace were married in, before enjoying an amble along the elegant Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
Experience it on: Best of France
7) Go Port tasting in Portugal
Taste the spirit of Portugal by experiencing the centuries-old art of Port making at its indigenous home, the Douro Valley. With its sweeping hillside vineyards, this picturesque region is home to countless traditional wine lodges and show-stopping vistas.
Experience it on: Best of Portugal
8) Become a von Trapp
Sing your way across the Austrian Alps by staying at the 18th century family estate of the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg – the setting of The Sound of Music. Fall in love with the romance and elegance of Vienna and its musical heritage.
Experience it on: Sound of Music
9) Visit the land of the Vikings
For the ultimate travel experience, journey to Norway and see the land of the valiant Vikings, home to untamed forests, bottomless lakes and spectacular fjords. Experience the country’s compelling past at the Fram Polar Ship and Viking Ship museum, and look on in awe at the Boeya Galcier.
Experience it on: Best of Norway
10) Have an al fresco spa
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is a geothermal wonder with a pool so vividly turquoise you can barely believe your eyes. A spa like nowhere else on earth, take a dip in its steaming, warm waters; they’re both soothing and refreshing, and give your skin a mineral-rich boost.
Experience it on: Ultimate Iceland