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The Top Ten Travel Experiences to Enjoy in 2018

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

Travel experience Acropolis-www.istockphoto.comgbphotoacropolis-greece-parthenon-temple-gm171371923-21610339-Mienny.comgbphotoacropolis-greece-parthenon-temple-gm171371923-21610339-MiennyAncient 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

Travel experience St-Basils-www.istockphoto.comgbphotoportrait-of-a-woman-taking-selfie-with-saint-basils-chatedral-on-red-square-in-moscow-gm814050496-131687031-AbabsolutumThe 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

Travel experience Ponte-Vecchio-www.istockphoto.comgbphotopointe-vecchio-bridge-florence-italy-gm629628572-112096069-YinYangMarvel 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

Travel experience LochLeven-www.istockphoto.comgbphotoloch-leven-reflections-gm475001282-65048439-ALBAimageryBonnie 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

Travel experience Souk-www.istockphoto.comgbphotospices-on-a-moroccan-market-marrakesh-morocco-gm612726800-105612137-sylwia-kaniaWith 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

Travel experience Nice-www.istockphoto.comgbphotostaircase-and-bay-of-nice-france-gm590070200-101399941-mrtom-ukRub 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

Travel experience Port-www.istockphoto.comgbphotowine-barrels-gm170616339-3512224-AbeleaoTaste 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

Travel experience Vienna-www.istockphoto.comgbphotovienna-skyline-with-st-stephens-cathedral-roof-austria-gm520947444-91169985-bluejayphotoSing 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

Travel experience Fjord-www.istockphoto.comgbphotoviking-drakkar-in-a-fjord-in-norway-gm583735528-99889809-Asian-DreamFor 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

Travel experience Blue-lagoon-www.istockphoto.comgbphotoblue-lagoon-on-iceland-gm500805696-81004651-pidjoeIceland’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

 

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