IDEAS | PRIVATE THERMAL BATH IN BUDAPEST
C LO C K W I S E : C O U RT ESY O F G E L L E RT S PA ; DA N I TA D E L I M O N T / G E T T Y I M AG ES ; S H U T T E R STO C K ; JA PAT I N O / G E T T Y I M AG ES
The hot springs along the Danube River in Budapest have been known since at least 100 AD. These springs have made Turkish-type thermal baths very popular here. Some of them are like large, public swimming pools. But you may book a private bath at the Gellert Spa (gellertspa.com). The private bath has an exclusive entry, and the area is completely separated from the general public bath and pools. Ideal for couples, it also gives access for a few hours to a historical room built in 1918. Price €90 for three hours.
Roman ruins of Conímbriga.
Plodiv, Burgas and Sofia Go to Bulgaria before the secret’s out. This five-night tour of Bulgaria combines fine gourmet experiences, local wineries, long and gorgeous drives across the picturesque countryside and some dramatic remains from the Roman times.
► Walking tour of Plodiv to see the
Roman stadium, theatre and Old Town Reserve. ► Shopping in local neighbourhoods and the city’s glamorous quarters. ► A romantic drive to Burgas renowned for its mud baths and Lye treatments. ► Visit to CastraRubra Winery, private tour of the designer cellar, wine tastings and degustation of local dairy products and snacks. ► In Soﬁa, a tour of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Presidency Building, St. George Rotunda, Roman city remains, Russian Church, Bulgarian Parliament, Tsar Liberator Monument, St Soﬁa statue, Palace of Justice and Vitosha Boulevard. Abercrombie & Kent Vacations; price on request; abercrombiekent.co.in The Alexander Nevsky cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Ways | Explore Romantic Ruins The inimitable charm of Europe lies in the coexistence of historical eras with modern pulsating city life. Exploring the ruins with your beau transports one to a bygone era. If you’re looking for lesser-known options to get away from the crowd, Pula in Croatia, Conimbriga in Portugal and Ani in Turkey would fit the bill. And there’s more to the Greek islands than their turquoise waters and spectacular beaches. Explore the romantic ruins of Akrotiri, Santorini where the 5,000-year-old Minoan site is the heart of mythical Greece.
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