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Travel Influencers Special

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44 2017

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Brian Kelly Kelly figured out how to game the credit card points and frequent flyer mile systems while living life on the road as a recruiter for Morgan Stanley a decade ago. In 2010, he posted his first blog as The Points Guy, and began doling out tips, tricks and deals. By 2016, his following was such that Chase hired him to launch their newest card, paying upwards of seven figures for the campaign. The 34-year-old leads a team of 20 from his New York base.

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Kiersten Rich At 22, having tried her hand at corporate wealth management, Rich booked a flight across the world on a whim. "I had saved very little money and I had no idea what I was doing," she said. She started blogging what turned into a grand tour of Australia, New Zealand, and southeast Asia and The Blonde Abroad was born. Today, her success is such that she'll co-host a blogging retreat in Bali this summer (cost: $4,200-$4,500).

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Murad and Nataly Osmann The story has started on our first trip together to Barcelona. We were very young, very much in love, and absolutely carefree. We were strolling along sunny narrow streets, chatting, laughing, and, of course, taking lots of photos. All of a sudden Natasha looked away and pulled Murad forward, and that was the moment when he caught ‘that shot’! Taking a fancy to each other, more and more, we were falling in love with travelling together. It has become our little tradition to bring a ‘post card’ to our friends from every country we went together. An idea of the image in all of them was the same: a girl taking a young man’s hand and leading him to the most iconic places on Earth. It didn’t take long for the overseas media to start talking about the project. And after some articles in Reddit, Daily Mail, and BuzzFeed the obsession took over the whole world.

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Murad and Nataly Osmann We were on fire and work A LOT (really, really a lot!). Art Basel exhibitions and shows in Time Square; collaborations with Google, Macy’s, and Samsung; special projects with National Geographic and NBC Channel. Even found time to finish writing two books! And here we go. One more very important step. This time we proudly present to you our new online project! FollowMeTo.travel is our own map of the world. We are sharing with you our stories about some of the world’s most unknown and unrecognizable landmarks and showing you how a travel to a destination you always dreamt about could become a reality. And it doesn’t matter what language you speak, or how much you earn. With you in mind we created detailed guides tracing #FollowMeTo, adding to them a pinch of secret and very useful instructions from locals, and a dash of our own recommendations. Only here you could literally ‘get inside our heads’ and find out all we think about different countries, airlines, hotels, how to pack your suitcase, and other little things, which when summed up create a whole big picture of a great journey.

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Eric Stoen Stoen had always traveled with his kids and shared photos with family and friends, but after winning Conde Nast Traveler's Photo of the Year award in 2012 he decided to move beyond his small circle. He started blogging in early 2014; shortly thereafter, he left his healthcare career of 18 years to share his tips and reviews with his TravelBabbo community full-time.

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Damon and Jo American Damon Dominique and Brazilian Jo Franco met as college freshmen and bonded over their linguistic abilities (they speak five languages apiece). When they began filming their travels, they were broke, crossing continents on a dime; today, the twentysomething YouTubers have scored partnerships with brands like Toyota, MTV and Greyhound on the back of their quirky, witty travelogues. instagram.com/damonandjo facebook.com/DamonAndJo twier.com/damonandjo


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The Planet D Fortysomething husband and wife team Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil launched their website in 2007 when they took part in the 7,500-mile Tour d'Afrique cycling adventure from Cairo to Capetown. The Toronto film industry veterans soon began traveling all winter, when work was slow, blogging along the way. Today, they run a fully-fledged media company, partnering with the likes of American Express and Cathay Pacific. instagram.com/theplanetd facebook.com/ThePlanetD twier.com/theplanetd

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Louis Cole British-born Cole started vlogging in 2012, when he took a road trip around the UK on a double-decker bus. Then a DJ, he worked with charities along the way, allowing at-risk youth access to a music studio on board. In the years since, he's amassed almost 2 million subscribers on his 'Fun For Louis' YouTube travel channel and has partnered with Land Rover, Sony, and tourism brands worldwide, among others. instagram.com/funforlouis facebook.com/FunForLouis twier.com/funforlouis


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Johnny Jet The travel guru (real name: John DiScala) used to loathe flying, and was even reluctant to leave his house at one point. Once he conquered his fears, he became addicted to exploring the world and started accruing miles and points, starting a newsletter in 1995 and a website in 1999. The original travel influencer has partnered with brands including RitzCarlton, Marriott and Avis.

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Kate McCulley The blogger known as 'Adventurous Kate' started her first site in 2002 as a college freshman, but launched its current incarnation in 2010. Her niche and area of expertise: female solo travel. Her fans trust her on topics ranging from the best accommodation in Paris to traveling with a sibling; she regularly collaborates with tourist boards in locations as diverse as Finland and Malta. instagram.com/adventurouskate facebook.com/AdventurousKate twier.com/adventurouskate


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Jay Alvarrez This social media star has gained a massive following on Instagram and continues to attract a lot of people. He is an extreme sports enthusiast and an active skydiver and surfer. He travels all around the world with his girlfriend, Alexis Ren, who also has a big Instagram audience, and shares pictures and videos of their adventures together. His primary audience is girls in their late teens. His most recent sponsors on Instagram include Islandview Hawai’i, Lokai, and Hyundai. instagram.com/jayalvarrez facebook.com/jayalvarrezofficial twier.com/jayalvarrez


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Your ideal Island Getaway

Welcome to a place where the earth and sea merge with imagination. Here on the coveted shores of Dubai’s iconic island lies the perfect vantage - the Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, comprising of 244 luxurious suites, villas and penthouses. A perfect family retreat, set atop a true landmark, this picturesque paradise o ers traditional European luxury and endless opportunities to create lasting memories. +971 4 444 2000 | reservations.thepalm@kempinski.com | kempinski.com/palmjumeirah


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AEROFLOT THE HIGH-FLYING OF GLOBAL AVIAT

Celebrating its 95th birthday in 2018, the world’s third oldest airline operates one of the youngest aircraft fleet over an extensive network dominating Europe-Asia transit on many routes, and providing an internationally-recognised, best-in-class service oering. Aeroflot is the face of Russia. For millions of people around the world, the airline is synonymous with excellent customer service infusing Russian hospitality and top international standards.


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In 2017 – in a breakthrough for Russian aviation – Aeroflot was recognised as World’s Leading Airline Brand at the prestigious 2017 World Travel Awards. Aeroflot was recognised as the World’s Strongest Airline Brand as well as Russia’s Strongest Brand by leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance. Throughout its long history, Aeroflot has always shown resilience. Driven by the new customer focus central to all operations in the last decade and worldwide industry recognition, Aeroflot is destined to soar to new heights.


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Aeroflot, the quality airline Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline and a major European airline group, operates one of the youngest fleets globally. The extensive route network embraces 137 destinations in 51 countries (as of W2017/18 schedule). Aeroflot premium-level long-haul product is based on Boeing 777 and Airbus 330 fleet featuring 62/60-inch pitch full-flat seats in Business Class. The airlines’s Business/Comfort Class offering comprises varied IFE, personalised service and splendid onboard catering served on real china glassware and complimented by a Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kit. As for Aeroflot’s Economy Class offering, it features lucrative fares and value for money – as certified by global rankings and passenger reviews. The Economy Class cabin is designed with ergonomic principles in mind, boasting reclining seats with an up to 32-inch pitch and providing adequate legroom and reasonable privacy.


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Aeroflot scores high on service oering to tech-savvy customers with Wi-Fi-enabled long-haul fleet, multiple mobile apps, advanced online ticketing services and digital communication channels.

Aeroflot, the flying restaurant The Aeroflot business class catering is akin to a restaurant experience as the airline employs Michelin-starred chefs to create innovative and healthy dishes. Passengers can expect a 17-point selection of special meals (dietary, vegetarian, ethnic, religious options etc) accompanied by signature cocktails. www.aeroflot.ru/gb-en


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BURJ JUMEIRAH

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AL ARAB THE DISTINCTIVE SAILSHAPED SILHOUETTE OF BURJ AL ARAB JUMEIRAH IS MORE THAN JUST A STUNNING HOTEL, IT IS A SYMBOL OF MODERN DUBAI.

Yet for all the wonder this stunning structure provides when you finally see it in person, it is the service within that really makes the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah so extraordinary. Repeatedly voted the world's most luxurious hotel, this magnificent destination offers you the finest service and experiences throughout - right down to an optional chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, helicopter trips from an iconic helipad, private beach access, luxury leisure on a breathtaking terrace with pools and cabanas as well as some of the world’s best dining venues, including the highly acclaimed Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah suite-only accommodation offers discreet check-in within your suite, a private reception on every floor and a host of personal butlers, each a warm messenger of our unparalleled hospitality.

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RESIDENTIAL TWO-BEDROOM SUITE

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Truly worthy of world leaders, Burj Al Arab’s exquisite two bedroom Presidential Suite exudes status and luxury. Spanning 667 square metres, this beautifully appointed Suite flows over two floors with floor-to-ceiling windows, an exclusive pre-function area, two separate lounges, two bar areas, a spacious private dining area and his and hers dressing rooms.

Personal Service The world’s largest brigade of butlers, available 24 hours. In-suite check-in and check-out. Upstairs and downstairs personalized private bars. Two spacious dressing rooms. Private library. Separate spacious dining room for six people. Daily breakfast buffet for four in Junsui or Bab Al Yam or alternatively in the privacy of your suite. Separate staff entrance with private butler’s kitchen. Bathroom Two master bathrooms including the signature panoramic Burj Al Arab bathroom. Each one features a full-size Jacuzzi and a five-head rain shower with a set of his and hers full-size Hermes amenities. Separate guest restrooms are discreetly located on the lower level.

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Room Technology Complimentary Wi-Fi, a 21-inch iMac, a range of 42-inch and 32-inch widescreen interactive HD TVs, Bose iPod/iPhone docking station and media hub, remote controlled environment including curtains, TV, en-suite music and lights and a private all in one printer, copier, scanner and fax. The ultimate sleep experience: a selection of 17 types of pillows, Eiderdown duvets, exquisite Egyptian coon linen and an ultra-deluxe super king bed personalised to suit your specific posture preferences.

SERVICES • Private Burj Al Arab beach • Bespoke experience management with a 24hour concierge service • A selection of eight specialty restaurants and bars • Full access to Burj Al Arab’s Talise Spa with additional separate ladies facilities • Separate indoor and outdoor swimming pools • Complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark for the duration of your stay • Complimentary access to all Sinbads Kids club HOTEL FACILITIES From the big picture down to the fine details, a true luxury hotel intuitively knows how to provide for its guests. At Burj Al Arab Jumeirah we've taken the time to anticipate your every need, puing an incredible array of luxury facilities and services at your fingertips.

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ROYAL TWO-BEDROOM SUITE Palatial in every sense, the 780 square metre Royal Suite has been impeccably designed with an opulent colour scheme, sumptuous furnishings and exclusive amenities including a private li and cinema. Both floors of this exquisite Suite feature sensational natural light and sublime uninterrupted views over the Arabian Gulf. Personal Service Exquisite majlis style lounge, library and cinema room. Personal in suite elevator. Private dining room for 12.Two large dressing rooms. The world’s largest brigade of butlers, available 24 hours. Insuite check-in and check-out. Upstairs and downstairs personalized private bars. Daily breakfast buffet for four in Junsui or Bab Al Yam or alternatively in the privacy of your suite. Separate staff entrance with private butler’s kitchen.

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Bathroom Two master bathrooms, each with full-size Jacuzzis and separate five-head rain showers. A set of his and hers full size Hermes amenities in each bathroom. Separate guest restrooms are discreetly located on the lower level. Room Technology Complimentary Wi-Fi, two 21-inch iMacs, a range of 42-inch and 32-inch widescreen interactive HD TVs, Bose iPod/iPhone docking station and media hub, remote controlled environment including curtains, TV, in-suite music and lights and a private all in one printer, copier, scanner and fax. The ultimate sleep experience: a selection of 14 types of pillows, Eiderdown duvets, exquisite Egyptian coon linen and an ultra-deluxe super king bed personalised to suit your specific posture preferences.


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ROOM FACTS Size 780 square metres Occupancy 4 Adults and 2 Children (below the age of 12 years) Bed Configuration 2 King size beds SERVICES • Private Burj Al Arab beach • Bespoke experience management with a 24hour concierge service • A selection of eight specialty restaurants and bars • Full access to Burj Al Arab’s Talise Spa with additional separate ladies facilities • Separate indoor and outdoor swimming pools • Complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark for the duration of your stay • Complimentary access to all Sinbads Kids club

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Additional Amenities • Professional wardrobe packing, unpacking and shoe shine • Over 130 TV channels in multiple languages • A vast range of complimentary amenities including bespoke fruit baskets, Arabic sweets and dates • A complimentary bole of wine or grape juice upon arrival • Evening in-suite cocktails and hors d' oeuvres • A range of more than 200 complimentary international newspapers • Complete baby and children’s amenities and toiletries

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An experience unsurpassed ndia… a country with a history as old as time. A country where diverse dynasties have ruled through centuries, leaving their indelible imprint on the landscape, language and culture of the nation. Majestic palaces, forts, rich natural bounty, abundant wildlife….there’s so much to soak in and store memories for a lifetime. Come aboard Maharajas’ Express.

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Journey Options Indian Splendour (7 Nights/8 Days) Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Bikaner-Jodhpur-UdaipurBalasinore-Mumbai Heritage of India (7 Nights/8 Days) Mumbai-Ajanta-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Bikaner-JaipurRanthambore-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra-Delhi Indian Panorama (7 Nights/8 Days) Delhi-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra-GwaliorKhajuraho-Varanasi-Lucknow-Delhi Gems of India/Treasures of India (3 Nights/4 Days) Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore- Jaipur-Delhi Jewels of India* (6 Nights/7 Days) Delhi-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Jodhpur-OsiyanUdaipur-Delhi Highlights All inclusive tariff including sightseeing and meals • 24-hour valet service • Complimentary house wines, spirits and beers • Sightseeing with entrance fee included • Services of an experienced tour director • Choice of optional excursions and spas at hotels • Paramedic onboard *Special departure: 19th March 2017

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THE ROYAL SUITE AT THE PLAZA NEW YORK It was once said, “Nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza.” One of America’s most celebrated hotels, The Plaza opened its doors on October 1, 1907, amid a flurry of impressive reports describing it as the greatest hotel in the world. Located at Fih Avenue and Central Park South, this luxury hotel was constructed in the most fashionable residential section of New York City. The Plaza was the dream of financier Bernhard Beinecke, hotelier Fred Sterry, and Harry S. Black, President of the Fuller Construction Company. They purchased a 15-year-old hotel of the same name on the site. The three men set out to replace it with what is surely one of the most elegant hotels in the world.

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Construction of the 19-story building (a skyscraper back then) took two years at a cost of $12 million – an unprecedented sum in those days. Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, who also designed the Dakota apartments, the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. and The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, set about his task to provide all the pomp, glory, and opulence of a French chateau. No cost was spared. The largest single order in history for goldencrusted china was placed with L. Straus & Sons, and no less than 1,650 crystal chandeliers were purchased.


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The Royal Suite The palatial Royal Suite is a lavishly appointed, three-bedroom suite with private elevator access, overlooking Fih Avenue and the legendary Pulitzer Fountain. A favorite of heads of state, large families, and those seeking to entertain in grand style, The Royal Suite offers the most extraordinary experience at The Plaza.

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• Up to 4,500 sq. . / 418 sq. m. depending on configuration • One, two, or three bedroom configurations, each with full bathroom • Private elevator access direct to suite • Formal entrance gallery • Stately living room with grand piano • Dining room with table for twelve • Separate library


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• Immense master bedroom • Spacious dressing area with leather and wood paneled luxury closets and built-in drawers and storage • Master bathroom featuring beautiful mosaic floors and walls with a gilded floral motif, private WC’s, 24-carat gold-plated fixtures, and heated floor. • Powder room • Fully equipped fitness room

• State of the art electronic room controls for climate, lighting, and windows • Chef’s kitchen with restaurant grade appliances • White glove butler service • Bespoke experience tailored to the needs of each guest www.theplazany.com/rooms-and-suites/theroyal-suite/


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Set within 37 acres of landscaped gardens, Grand Hyatt Dubai is one of the 5 star hotels in Dubai with 682 luxury hotel rooms & suites. Our 13 restaurants and bars offer cuisines as diverse as they are authentic. Award-winning Ahasees Spa and Club is a comprehensive wellness and fitness centre with a wide offering in luxurious spa treatments complemented by saunas, steam rooms, indoor & outdoor pools, tennis courts and fitness centre. Grand Hyatt Dubai offers guests the opportunity to organise meetings, events or memorable weddings in a unique atmosphere.

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THE SAXON NELSON MANDE PLATINUM SUITE

The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa is a luxurious oasis on ten landscaped acres in Johannesburg’s neighborhood of Sandhurst, known for its quiet tree-lined avenues. Its proximity to Sandton makes it ideal for business travelers, but it is equally favored by those en route to safari destinations. Johannesburgers know The Saxon as an exclusive retreat with an award-winning spa and elegant dining in the restaurant or more intimate wine cellars. The suite and villa accommodations evoke a sense of calm and measure 860 square feet and up, with many overlooking the massive pool.

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Perhaps the hotel’s proudest boast, however, is that the former South African president and Nobel Prize-winner Nelson Mandela chose the Saxon as his sanctuary in which to complete his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Enter the magnificent Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite via a glass- enclosed elevator and experience unequalled luxury. The stately African décor of this premier suite is the epitome of the style and elegance for which the Saxon is renowned.


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There is an entrance and reception area, guest suite, a lounge and dining area, guest bathroom, a seating area and a business area with business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The suite is equipped with a 40 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player, together with a state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library. The majestic main bedroom with its king size fourposter bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, leads to the walk-in dressing room. There is a pillow menu, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels.

The suite is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. The lavish separate bathroom has an oversized Jacuzzi bath, a walk-in shower and private steam room. Every detail is considered, from the magnificent African décor, to the fully equipped butler’s kitchen with 24-hour dedicated butler service and chef. This suite offers the best views of the estate, overlooking the pool terrace, impressive infinity pool and beyond the gardens and treetops towards the Johannesburg skyline.


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STANDARD INCLUSIONS In suite check-in, complimentary breakfast, complimentary full mini bar and snacks, complimentary high speed WiFi, complimentary in suite entertainment, use of Spa hydro facilities, complimentary French Champagne on arrival, complimentary Whisky and Cognac in suite, complimentary laundry and pressing (excluding dry cleaning), fully equipped butler’s kitchen, VIP airport meet & greet including return transfer, personal butler.

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BUTLER SERVICE Our highly qualified, experienced team of personal butlers are on hand to assist you and make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. On arrival at the Saxon, they will be waiting to welcome you and will be at your service with discreet personal aention at all times. On checking in, they will assist you with unpacking your luggage and seling into your room. A restaurant reservation will be made for the evenings, unless you should advise to the contrary. Throughout the day they are just a call away for whatever you may need, from a change of pillow to in room dining or creating the ambience for a special occasion.


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In short, the butlers serve as your personal assistants. In the evenings they will turn down your room, and on departure they will assist you with packing your luggage. We look forward to making you feel at home. www.saxon.co.za/nelsonmandela-platinum-suite.html


RAS AL  KHAIMAH UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | 19 APRIL 2018 VENUE Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah With over 7,000 years of fascinating history and culture, Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect getaway from everyday life. Offering magnificent landscapes, breathtaking coastlines and rich, terracoa desert planes, the emirate has firmly established itself as the UAE’s most authentic destination in the Middle East. With year-long sunshine and 64km of white sandy beaches, just 45 minutes from the bustling metropolis of Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah offers an entirely unique experience from its neighbouring emirates. www.rasalkhaimah.ae


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RAS AL KHAIMAH Ras Al Khaimah, the northern-most emirate of the UAE, offers its visitors a truly authentic Arabian experience; from its golden beaches, lush mangroves and terracoa deserts, to the towering Hajar Mountains bordering Oman. Along with boundless natural aractions and activities, Ras Al Khaimah boasts a number of ancient archaeological sites, giving visitors a fascinating insight into its history and the rich culture that still runs through the very heart of its local population. Bask under the emirate's golden sun rays or spend the day discovering Ras Al Khaimah's finest local products from artisanal textiles to delicious traditional cuisine.


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With a backdrop of steep mountains, the bay of Dhayah has always been a very fertile area and has been seled in at least since the third millennium BC. A conical shaped hill at the edge of the palm gardens and at the foot of the mountains, served as a natural defense post for the oasis. People have used this hill since prehistoric times for selement and fortification alike. Today it is crowned by a fortress, built during the 19th century on the foundations of much older structures. It is the only hilltop fort still existing in the UAE and offers a fantastic view of the lush palm gardens, the sea and the dramatic mountains.

Sailing has traditionally been an integral part of Ras Al Khaimah's culture. Due to the favorable weather and water conditions, the emirate has been a destination of choice for sailors to practice their skills at sea. The Royal Yacht Club of Ras Al Khaimah, under the Patronage of HH Sheik Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, is a members club for sailing, yachting and water sports enthusiasts.

AL JAzIRAH AL HAMRA Al Jazirah Al Hamra is the last authentic and traditional town still standing in the United Arab Emirates. Once a small island, its inhabitants subsisted on maritime and pearl trading before they abandoned their houses in the middle of the 20th century, when the rush to modernized started. An undisturbed picture of life before the discovery of oil was le behind and preserved until today. This is a unique area for Ras Al Khaimah and the whole country. Al Jazirah Al Hamra shows all elements of a traditional town, including a fortress for defence purposes, a small market, several mosques and a variety of houses types. These range from simple buildings to ornate houses with courtyards which belonged to rich pearl mercahants. Al Jazirah Al Hamra is one of the best places to study traditional coral-stone architecture, used along the coast of the UAE.

JEBEL JAIS Jebel Jais is definitely the UAE’s tallest mountain and is every bit as exciting as a tall mountain should be. Rugged, at times wind -swept, valleys with sweeping views…and absolute isolation.

AL HAMRA MALL Al Hamra Mall is a 37,000 m2 two-storey shopping center set the stunning residential development of Al Hamra Village in Ras Al Khaimah, offering a perfect blend of shopping, entertainment, dining and recreational options. Al Hamra Mall houses a wide range of stores and services catering to its international customers, synchronizing perfectly with the demands and wishes of the multi cultural population in the UAE.

TOWER LINKS GOLF cLUB RAS AL KHAIMAH Tower Links has long been touted as the most natural golf course in the Emirates, with as many as 11 out of the 18 holes meandering around a mangrove reserve. Not only does the reserve provide a natural and safe habitat to many aquatic and bird species, but also presents new golfing challenges to test the skill level of every player.

AL WADI EqUESTRIAN ADvENTURE cENTRE A dedicated equestrian and adventure centre steeped in the stunning nature and culture of Ras Al Khaimah. The Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre believe that their natural unspoilt environment and offering are totally unique and bring people back to nature through outdoor and equestrian activities.

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VENUE zappeion Magaron Hall Oen referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation, Athens is Europe’s oldest city and dates back 2,500 years. Since 2004, the Archaeological Promenade, a 2.5-mile long, pedestrian-only walkway skirts the foot of the Acropolis and links all the city’s major archaeological sites. This huge archaeological park has reconciled past and present, with the city’s cultural and social life once again taking place around the ancient monuments and surrounding neighbourhoods. But visitors don’t come here just for the ancient monuments. Contemporary Athens boasts one of the most thriving nightlife in Europe, from the urbanchic bars around Monastiraki (at the foot of the Acropolis), to lounge-bars and fusion-food eateries of up-market Kolonaki. www.visitgreece.gr


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ATHENS Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first selement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th century Bc (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments - a rare historical palimpsest. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an aractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm. A large part of the town’s historic centre has been converted into a 3-kilometre pedestrian zone (the largest in Europe), leading to the major archaeological sites (“archaeological park”), reconstructing – to a large degree – the ancient landscape.


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Modern, up-to-date building on the foot of the Acropolis, housing important ancient Greek statues and much more.

Historic neighborhood located at the base of the hill topped by the Acropolis.

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The most famous site in all of Athens, this large hill lies in the centre of the city and contains a cluster of ancient ruins.

PARTHENON The majestic ruins of an ancient Greek building, known for its dignified white marble columns and perfect sense of proportion.

TEMPLE OF HEPHAESTUS This ancient Greek temple, located on the Acropolis and dedicated to Hephaistos, god of the forge, is one of the few temples to be almost entirely preserved.

The second largest temple on the Acropolis has a complex and unique structure, including its famous Porch of the Caraytis with statues of six graceful maidens on the south side and a four-pillared porch with six Ionic columns on the north side.

MOUNT LYcABETTUS Walk or take the funicular tramway to the top of this hill for the best views of Athens.

HEROD ATTIcUS ODEON Second-century theater built into the hillside.

NATIONAL ARcHAEOLOGIcAL MUSEUM A truly wonderful museum that covers many eras of Greek history.

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Atlantean Artifacts Found in China Kerzner International has confirmed the discovery of artifacts from the lost civilisation of Atlantis in Sanya Hainan, China. The site which encompasses over 62 hectares will be home to the new fivestar Atlantis Destination Resort. Holidaymakers from across the globe will uncover a mysterious and captivating world as they explore the myth and wonder of Atlantis. Guests will realise larger-than-life experiences as they come face-to-face with exotic marine life, are exhilarated by the Aquaventure waterslides and indulge in masterful culinary delights. A Unique Discovery The find in the South China Sea has revealed a new understanding of the Atlantean civilisation, the resorts new design combines regional architectural hues and the aquatic theme that is synonymous with the two existing Atlantis Destination Resorts in The Bahamas and Dubai. Unprecedented marine experience will be discovered in Atlantis Sanya, Hainan that will provide once-in-a-lifetime entertainment. There’s something for everyone in the Imaginative World of Atlantis Fans of The Palm and Paradise Island will be familiar with iconic Atlantis experiences which include: • Superb accommodation • Restaurants by world-renowned chefs • A vibrant range of bars and lounges • Indulgent spas and luxury boutiques • Extensive slides and rides at Aquaventure Waterpark • Fresh and salt-water pools, lagoons and marine exhibits • A dolphin interaction and education centre • An interactive Atlantis Kids Club • Magnificent event spaces and endless stretches of beach

Luxuriate in total comfort with a stay in one of the opulent Signature Suites of Atlantis Sanya Extraordinary levels of luxury and comfort are waiting to be discovered at Atlantis. Stately, spacious, and spectacular: the Imperial, Presidential and Royal Suites are some of the most beautifully-appointed suites in Sanya and feature grand terraces that provide dramatic views of Haitang Bay and the Aquaventure Waterpark. The magnificent underwater suites are unlike any other, with outstanding floor-to-ceiling views into the underwater world of The Ambassador Lagoon, making them the perfect romantic getaway. Stays in the Poseidon or Neptune Suite are the ultimate way to discover the mystery of Atlantis marine life with memories to last a lifetime. All Signature Suites come with exclusive access to the Imperial Club Lounges. Ossiano Underwater Restaurant & Bar Feast your eyes on the stunning underwater world of The Ambassador Lagoon while savouring incredible flavours. Ossiano Underwater Restaurant & Bar is the perfect place to soak in the mysterious atmosphere of the ocean. With floor-to-ceiling views of the magnificent Ambassador Lagoon, you're sure to be mesmerized and entertained as you dine. Ossiano serves up creative takes on classics from around the globe with an emphasis on fresh seafood. You will discover innovative cuisine in Sanya. The decor is stylish and modern, making the venue the perfect place to linger over wine and coffee aer the meal. Ossiano also offers two private dining rooms with views of The Ambassador Lagoon, allowing diners to get up close to the marine inhabitants.

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Poseidon’s Court Marvel at the underwater wonders of The Ambassador Lagoon while enjoying a delicious sandwich, ice cream or cake. Indulge in a variety of treats at the Poseidon's Court. Discover a wide selection of gelato ice creams, which can be customized with a variety of toppings and cones. Or maybe you'll be tempted by the traditional European pastries and cakes which are sure to satisfy a sweet tooth. Or, if you fancy something savoury, a wide variety of sandwiches can be made to order, perfect to pair a milk shake, bubble tea, or American beer. But whatever you choose, you'll get an uninterrupted view of the magnificent Ambassador Lagoon and its marine life - watch as a colourful array of creatures explore the lost ruins of Atlantis. No other spot in Sanya has a view quite like this! Aquaventure Waterpark Thrilling rides and slides, encounters with dolphins and sea lions and one of the longest rivers in the region: true adventure awaits at Aquaventure! Open year-round, Aquaventure offers extreme levels of fun for the whole family and an unforgeable day out. The waterpark is built to leading international standards. Learn first-hand about the wonders of the oceans as you get up close and personal with dolphins and sea lions, complete with photos. Get the adrenaline pumping with incredible gravity-defying water slides that delight and excite at the same time, or explore the park's fast-moving waterways and mysterious underwater rivers and tunnels. Meanwhile, surf's up at the Wave Pool and Surf Rider. For Atlantis’ youngest visitors and their parents, head down to Splashers to check out the 1,600 gallon tipping bucket, pouring water when it is least expected— to everyone’s delight!


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Dolphin Cay Come nose to nose with dolphins, one of the friendliest ocean creatures, at Atlantis Sanya. Dolphin Cay is a rare opportunity to swim and interact with dolphins and finally cross this incredible experience off your bucket list. Suitable for all ages and swimming abilities, experiences include underwater dives, a swim, or a shallow water interaction. Whatever you choose, Dolphin Cay provides an unforgeable experience and memories to last a lifetime.

The Lost Chambers Aquarium Explore the hidden depths of the oceans with amazing adventures in The Lost Chambers Aquarium. The Lost Chambers Aquarium reveals the mystery of the ancient city of Atlantis which was lost to the seas thousands of years ago. It is home to a myriad of marine animals—over 86,000, including sharks, rays and other distinctive marine life. The Ambassador Lagoon holds over 13.5 million litres of sea water and is the largest openair aquarium with 270 species of marine animals on display in China.


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JAMAICA 24 AUGUST 2018

Wherever you go in this enchanted paradise, you will find natural beauty so stunning, it will take your breath away. And people so genuinely friendly and hospitable, it will warm your heart. Jamaica is home to a magnificent landscape of rolling mountains lined by endless white-sand-beaches, covered by lush foliage and crisscrossed by streaming rivers and cascading waterfalls. Jamaica is a wonderland of allure and stunning, natural beauty. From scenic cliffs and majestic waterfalls to pristine lagoons and bubbling hot springs, the region boasts plenty of things to do amid a diverse terrain. Relax on a river ra ride along the Martha Brae or zip down a canopy at full speed over ancient sugar mill ruins – whatever your fancy, Jamaica offers tours and excursions that satisfy the whims of the most adventurous or the most laidback traveler. www.visitjamaica.com


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THINGS TO DO BLUE HOLE (OcHO RIOS) Come experience a lile thrill and adventure, geing to see breathtaking views, and doing optional jumps on the way down, through a Jamaican jungle! The river is refreshing, and the views are once in a lifetime, it is a experience you won't regret, or soon forget!

SEvEN MILE BEAcH (NEGRIL) Pirates once haunted this seven-mile stretch of golden sand beach, now ruled by pleasure-seeking beach bums and sun-worshipers. This iconic stretch of paradise is a perfect example of a quintessential tropical seing.

DUNN’S RIvER FALLS AND PARK (OcHO RIOS) The famous Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s national treasures. This major tourist araction is the perfect environment for fun and relaxation for the entire family, with many a delightful new discovery to be made around every corner.

NEGRIL cLIFFS (NEGRIL) Located on Negril’s West End, these dramatic and soaring ‘Thunderball.’ Situated away from the large beach resorts, this stunning area of high cliffs, sea caves and clear deep turquoise waters is famous as a location for professional cliff diving.

YS FALLS (SANTA cRUz) YS Falls boasts a magnificent seven-tiered cascading waterfall and an expansive wading pool fed by underground springs. You can take in the spectacular views on an exciting canopy ride which careens you

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BLOODY BAY (NEGRIL) On the West coast of this laid back island lies Bloody Bay. The heart and soul of the Negril, Bloody Bay plays host to a ribbon of white sands and lapping azure waters, as well as all sorts of beach activities.

RAINFOREST ADvENTURES JAMAIcA (OcHO RIOS) A must on the list of places to explore and activities to enjoy in Jamaica, the eco-friendly Mystic Mountain, 2010 Tourism Excellence award-winner for Ocho Rios aractions, is an unforgeable rainforest adventure for everyone in your family.

ROSE HALL GREAT HOUSE (ROSE HALL) The greatest of Jamaican great houses, the Rose Hall Great House has a story with all the elements of an engaging novel. Built in 1770 by John Palmer and his wife, it eventually became the residence of their grandnephew, John Rose Palmer.

BLUE MOUNTAINS (KINGSTON) Want a wild outdoor adventure that’ll leave you breathless, exhilarated and home in time for supper? Then push your way through the dense tropical forest of the Blue Mountains for an aernoon that will feast your eyes and work your quads.

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VENUE Intercontinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong A few weeks, days or just hours are enough to get you hooked on the incredible city that is Hong Kong! Whether you’re a first timer, or already have a love-affair with our great city, this series of guides has something new for you: it’s a compilation of stories, recommendations and tips on Hong Kong from people in the know. Pick a topic that interests you—from incredible Chinese superstitions in “Traditions and Spirituality”, to funky art galleries in “Industrial Revolution”—and you’ll discover many exciting experiences and adventures. www.discoverhongkong.com/uk/index.jsp


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HONG KONG Global connection hub, autonomous country of china, former British possession, haunt of opium mongrels and pirates, Asia’s World city, and favorite visitor’s destination – Hong Kong is all this and more. Hong Kong Island itself, with its world-famous skyline, is the center of this archipelago set in the South china Sea, just off the mainland. It enjoys freedom from government interference unrivaled in china. Once a prize reluctantly given to British traders by the former chinese Emperor aer the first Opium War, Hong Kong was returned to the motherland in 1997, very much under its own terms.


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Step back to the days of old and experience an era when third generation Star ferries were the major passenger connection between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. Step aboard the fabulous double-decker ‘Shining Star’ ferry, a beautiful re-creation of a 1920s ferry. Relax and enjoy the magnificent view while sipping a cup of fine coffee in an on-vessel cafe or soak up the sun on the open decks while enjoying the cooling sea breezes.

One of the most beautiful and arrestingly built environments in Hong Kong, this large Buddhist complex, originally dating from the 1930s, was rebuilt completely of wood (and not a single nail) in the style of the Tang dynasty in 1998.

vIcTORIA PEAK (THE PEAK) Hong Kong’s number one tourist destination features the Peak Tower and the Peak Tram, the city’s oldest mode of public transport.

TIAN TAN BUDDHA (BIG BUDDHA) Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong.

HONG KONG TRAMWAYS (DING DING) Since 1904, trams have been running from East to West of Hong Kong Island, and they remain the most economical mode of public transport in Hong Kong. Today, Hong Kong Tramways owns and operates a fleet of 163 tramcars, including 2 antique tramcars, carrying a daily average of 230,000 passengers. It is the world’s largest fleet of double-deck tramcars still in service.

NAN LIAN GARDEN Established in 1934 and renovated in Tang dynasty style (AD 618–907) in 1990, the Chi Lin Nunnery is a large temple complex of elegant wooden architecture, treasured Buddhist relics and soul-soothing lotus ponds. The complex also includes a series of temple halls, some of which contain gold, clay and wooden statues representing divinities such as the Sakyamuni Buddha and bodhisavas.

HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY Founded to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of China, the museum continually adds to its collection new items that are related to the history of Hong Kong and the territories of South China. Currently, its collection counts over 90,000 historical objects and materials. In the museum guests will see the unique collection of natural history, exclusive historical developments and materials, and a wide range of Hong Kong’s archaeological objects.

LANTAU ISLAND Buddhist architecture; fireworks over Sleeping Beauty’s castle; a long sandy beach; a mall of shopping outlets — Lantau Island has it all. Whatever your persuasion, Hong Kong’s largest outlying island brings solace to the soul, senses and shopping bags.

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The most visited city in Ecuador, Guayaquil is bursting with energy and optimism. Thanks to a massive regeneration project of public squares, parks and urban areas, the city is evolving into one of Latin America’s most talked-about tourism destinations. The waterfront Malecón "Simón Bolivar" is a magnificent riverfront town square, which defines Guayaquil identity, and serves as the hub of its thriving cultural and gastronomy scene. Aractions range from historical monuments, artisan markets and botanical gardens to a new ferris wheel and several museums. The harbour and promenade of Puerto Santa Ana is the latest addition to the waterfront. Just across the river, set in mangroves, caiman, monkeys and parakeets can be observed in the Parque Histórico. Guayaquil, which is located on the western bank of the Guayas River, also serves as the perfect gateway for both the Pacific Ocean beaches and the Galapagos Islands. www.guayaquil.travel


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GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR Founded in the 1530s, Ecuador's largest city and main port is the top access point for Galapagos cruises and home to a bustling import-export business. Tourism is on the rise as well, thanks to a new international airport and urban renewal projects along the River Guayas promenade and in the historic neighborhood of Las PeĂąas. The 465-step climb to the top of Santa Ana Hill provides sweeping views and a chance to stand on the site of the city's birthplace.


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It includes eight hectares divided in three zones: Wild Life, Traditions and Urban - architectural, where the nature, rural and urban aspects are brought together in one concept: encouraging the environment preservation, rescue and promotion of our customs.

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MALEcON 2000 Stretching for several miles along the Rio Guayas, this lively boardwalk is well-patrolled day and night and features small food stands, other eateries and a blend of historic and modern buildings.

LAS PENAS The Malecón ends in the north at the picturesque barrio of Las Peñas, itself at the foot of Cerro Santa Ana. There’s lile more to it than a short, dead-end road – Numa Pompilio Llona – paved with uneven, century-old cobblestones, but the colourful wooden houses here make this one of the preiest corners of Guayaquil. Many of the houses have been beautifully restored, but part of the area’s charm derives from the flaking paint and gentle disrepair of those that haven’t.

cERRO SANTA ANA Like the ugly duckling to swan tale, this once poor area was transformed into a prime tourist araction – a 465-foot stairway flanked by colorful houses, eateries, gi shops and galleries.

PARqUE DE LAS IGUANAS Seminario Park is also known as the Iguana Park, since dozens of iguanas live in its ornate gardens. According to the tourists they give a prehistoric and natural ambiance to the Park. The reptiles that measure up to 1 metre in length are the main araction of the Park and mingle amiably among the people.

HAcIENDA LA DANESA Hacienda La Danesa (accommodation available) is a traditional dairy and cacao farm with over 145 years of rich heritage and history, located about an hour drive from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Family-owned and managed by the third generation Olsen family, the farm offers a unique selection of tailor-made activities for guests, including horseback riding trails, hands-on artisan chocolate making and other hacienda-related programs. La Danesa offers an intimate and authentic experience for those who would like to spend the night.

LA PERLA With 187 feet high, it’s the first giant ferris wheel in Ecuador and the biggest in South America. Enjoy a new view of the city and the landscapes that surround it inside a complex with all the facilities.

cAPTAIN MORGAN’S PIRATE SHIP A tour through the Guayas River on board of a pirate ship in which several renowned locations of our city are visited, like: Santa Ana Port, Las Peñas Neighborhood, Malecon 2000, Santay Island, Caraguay Market (south of the city), among others. Under the pirate theme, the boat with a capacity for 160 people and an exclusive zone for 60 people, also offers family tours, events like the famous “Pirate Parties”, which last an hour and include shows and free drinks.

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VENUE The Durban International convention centre Known for its melting pot of cultures, beautiful coastlines, Big-5 Game experiences and spectacular mountain ranges, South Africa has become a major tourist destination on the African continent. Durban, the economic hub of the province, and one of the oďŹ&#x192;cial New7Wonders Cities, captures the heart of its visitors with its buzzing, vibrant atmosphere and warm hospitality. Aî&#x2026;&#x;ractions in and around the city include the impressive Moses Mabhida Stadium, uShaka Marine World, a variety of cultural markets and museums, upmarket shopping centers and world-class golf courses, all of which combine to make Durban a must-visit destination. www.southafrica.net


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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA The Indian and colonial influences in this South African beach city can’t be missed, and the blend of cultures and architecture makes Durban unique in South Africa. Durban’s Golden Mile is a destination for surfers, families and fisherman, due to its blend of natural beauty and modern resort. Major-city aractions abound, making this a good destination for families and couples alike. With its sunny beaches and fascinating Afro-Indian culture, Durban is becoming a don’tmiss stop in South Africa. Take an hour flight from Johannesburg or a two-hour trip from cape Town to explore this historic city in the Kwazulu-Natal province.


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More Indians reside in Durban than any other country outside India itself. Early immigrants worked on sugar cane farms in current-day KwaZulu-Natal, and many women still wear sarees, the national dress of India, and Indian cuisine is popular. Try a samosa (a savory fried pastry filled with spiced vegetables or meat) or bunny chow (a hollow, halfloaf of bread with curry).

Take in a Zulu experience to learn more about the culture of South Africa’s largest ethnic group (some 10 million Zulus live here). At Shakaland and PheZulu Safari Park, both located in the magnificient Valley of a 1000 Hills, you can walk through beehive huts (replicas of Zulu homesteads), sip traditional beer, watch tribal dances and participate in traditional ceremonies. Journey about 40 miles west of Durban to see Isithumba Adventure Park, an authentic, rural Zulu village. While you’re there, join a tour and experience more Zulu customs, go horseback riding, or see the sights on a 4x4 excursion.

cRUISE THE GOLDEN MILE Durban's Golden Mile, a 3.7 mile stretch of sandy beach, invites surfers and swimmers to enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Vendors sell assorted cras along the shore, and you can find many beautiful swimming pools along the esplanade. Hop into a rickshaw and ride along the beach; later, dine and dance at a beachside restaurant, trendy club or luxury hotel.

SEE MARINE LIFE AND MORE At the end of the Golden Mile, look for uShaka Marine World, a 40-acre theme park. There are five main sections to explore: a snorkeling lagoon, an interactive animal show area, a shark cage diving area, a water park with slides and a reptile exhibit. Save time to pick up a snack or shop for ethnic clothing, surfing gear or souvenirs at Village Walk.

SHOP AND DINE FROM DAWN TO DARK Look for fine dining, shopping and entertainment along Durban’s Florida Road, considered one of the city's top spots for nightlife. Sidewalk cafes open in the early morning hours, and locals and tourists browse the galleries, boutique shops, and eateries until they close late in the evening. But don't leave yet. That's when the trendy bars and clubs start buzzing.

DIvE INTO HISTORY Follow the Inanda Heritage Route, where you can take a deep dive into some of the city’s most important historical sites. You’ll find Mahatma Gandhi’s house and International Printing Press and Museum in his Phoenix Selement, a communal living society. Stop by Ohlange Institute to see the place where Nelson Mandela cast his vote for democracy. Continue to beautiful Inanda Dam to make a day of it.

PLAY AT MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM Like London’s Big Ben or the Parthenon in Greece, Moses Mabhida Stadium, with its distinctive arch, is an iconic landmark. This 85,00-seat stadium hosted the 2010 World Cup and is a venue for the Essence Festival Durban and many sporting events. Try one of its six signature activities, which include the Adventure Walk, a 500-step climb to the top of the arch, and the Big Rush - Big Swing, a 722-foot free fall adventure. If you’re not that daring, enjoy a Segway Gliding Tour or ride the stadium SkyCar for breathtaking views.

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Discover Lisbon, a historical city full of stories to tell, where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15oC. A city where you feel safe wandering around day or night, where the cuisine is dedicated to creating over a thousand ways to cook the beloved bacalhau (salted cod), and where you’ll find hotels and restaurants to suit every taste, budget and requirement. Discover Lisbon, a city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. Lisbon is ageless, but it loves company, as you’ll find out if you meet someone and ask them to explain, with lots of gestures and repetition, where the best place is to listen to Fado. Aer all, Lisbon is famous for its hospitality and the family-like way it welcomes visitors. www.visitlisboa.com


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THINGS TO DO BEYOND BAcALHAU: LISBON FOR FOODIES Dining in Lisbon is far more dynamic than navigating countless preparations of Portugal's beloved bacalhau (dried and salted cod fish; 365 recipes and counting!). While bacalhau à Brás (shredded cod with onions, eggs and potatoes; a Bairro Alto original) is never far, Lisbon's strategic seaside position on Europe's doorstep means a bounty of fresh seafood (octopus, tuna, monkfish, shrimp, sardines, clams, snails) rules the city's kitchens, from Michelin-starred restaurants to gourmet-food markets to countless corner tascas (taverns). Top-grade Alentejan beef beckons with juicy steaks and gourmet burgers; and you'll find everything from tantalising Indian curries to authentic Moroccan couscous in-between.

LAST cALL LISBON! The absence of open-container laws and cheap booze means Lisbon loves a night on the town! Don't be fooled by Bairro's Alto's sleepy daytime feel – by night, these narrow cobbled lanes transform into one of Europe's most raucous drinking addresses. Student dives, traditional fado houses, upscale wine bars and LGBT hotspots merrily coexist among the muddled mess. In Cais do Sodré, 'Pink Street' and environs are home to some of the city's classic nightclubs and best cocktail bars, while trendier megaclubs stretch along the waterfront from Santos to Santa Apolónia. Last call? Sunrise!

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