Posted on June 30th, 2009 No comments
Honduras, as with its neighbours in the Mesoamerican region, is renowned for its biological diversity. Not only is it home to the lowland rainforest of Rio Plantano Biosphere Reserve, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site and is sometimes referred to as ‘The Last Lungs of Central America,’ Honduras also houses thousands of plant species, about 250 reptiles and amphibians, about 700 species of bird and about 110 species of mammal. Unquestionably the ideal tour destination for naturalists, Honduras and its considerable biodiversity does beg the question of how many more types of animal and plant remain undiscovered and hidden in the unexplored expanses?
Aside from its fascinating array of natural phenomena, Honduras also offers a range of wondrous man-made spectacles; the Mayan ruins in the jungle, the Colonial churches and monuments littered about the villages, the spectacular Spanish fortress of San Fernando de Omoa and the huge and majestic Basilica de Suyapa near Tegucigalpa.
Posted on June 25th, 2009 No comments
The Hapsburgs, once a major and long-ruling family in Europe, were based out of Austria and one of the most remarkable structures of the continent is the Hofburg castle, their former residence in Vienna. With its varied and intriguing architecture displaying a mixture of many different styles because the initial medieval castle was expanded upon time and again over the six centuries they retained power, the Hofburg is unequivocally a must-see attraction when touring the country. Also of important note are the Schonbrunn castle and the Belvedere castle, both of which can be found in Vienna. Indeed, Vienna itself seems more like a work of art than a city, as to saunter the streets is to experience a sensory delight and a tour not soon forgotten.
Posted on June 24th, 2009 No comments
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Few destinations can claim to have the variety and abundance of sightseeing attractions as the landlocked Czech Republic. A region inhabited since the Stone Age, its long and fascinating history is well recorded in the architecture of its cities, be it in: the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Old Town in Prague or Telc, the best preserved Renaissance town north of the Alps; the mediaeval town of Cesky Krumlov; or one of the literally thousands of fortresses, monasteries or chateaux sprinkled across the land. With styles and designs ranging from Gothic to Renaissance, from Classicist to Baroque and from Romanesque to Art Nouveau, the cities of the Czech Republic feature greater diversity in and superior preservation of architecture than most countries far larger in size and reputation.
If wandering the narrow streets and gazing at spellbinding architecture sounds like a lot of work, you can always head for some relaxation at one of the dozen or so spa towns that lie peppered between the borders of the Czech Republic. Each drawing from different springs and having its own methods of hydrotherapy, balneotherapy and relaxation techniques, the spa towns, such as Karlovy Vary or Marianske Lazne, are the ideal means to replenish yourself or simply make the most of your relaxing holiday.
Man-made attractions aside, the Czech Republic lays claim to a natural environment that is of equal note. The Czech Greenways, a corridor of 100-year-old hiking trails that stretches the 400km from Vienna to Prague, gives travellers the opportunity to take in the best of the country’s landscapes, as well as providing plenty of choice as to how energetic the journey should be. Looming mountains, shimmering lakes, fertile valleys and lush forests are but a few of the fantastic natural wonders in the Czech Republic, all of which lend themselves to a variety of more strenuous activities like skiing, climbing, mountain biking or watersports.
Eastern Europe is a travel destination with a huge array of fascinating historical monuments, a varied and highly memorable breadth of sceneries and a wide range of diverse and welcoming peoples, each with their own unique culture. Though the more affluent Western Europe is, for the most part, favoured over the East by the majority of travellers looking to Europe to provide a tour destination of distinction, the East can often be the more rewarding option. A region with a history as long and as intriguing as any other on the planet, Eastern Europe also caters to a range of holidaymaker. Magnificent cities like Prague and Budapest offer the luxury that discerning travellers crave, where more remote destinations sacrifice a degree of comfort for the opportunity for travellers to see the real faces of the countries and people.
Posted on June 10th, 2009 No comments
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Posted on June 5th, 2009 No comments
Despite its designation as semi-arid when it comes to climate, there is a great deal of variation across the land. On one end of the spectrum, there are the dry deserts near Namibia, and on the other, there are the fertile subtropical areas near Mozambique and South Africa has just about every degree in between. The vast majority of the South African landmass is constituted of grassland and with its abundance of plant species (about 20,000 or more), the country houses around 10% of all the known plant species on the planet. This, along with the close to 900 species of bird, means that touring nature enthusiasts will particularly enjoy the bounties of South Africa.
South Africa also has a lot to offer the sun-worshipper and the active holiday-maker.
The 2,500km of coastline that skirts the Indian and Atlantic Oceans is a prime location for travellers looking to take it easy on the glistening white-sand beaches and for the more active traveller will be delighted to discover that the country’s reputation for housing some of the best wildlife parks in the world is no exaggeration. Kruger Park in particular is a destination not to be missed on a tour to South Africa.
WEST AFRICA – by Tour Leader Claude Morency Claude Morency
Over the last four years I had the pleasure and also faced the challenge to develop and lead our Adventures Abroad West African series. This is not a trip for the faint-hearted. The going is tough. We link together six different West African countries. And most of them are among the least economically developed nations in Africa. A lot of travel is done overland. In often difficult road conditions across serious bush country. We reach remote destinations where the infrastructure is poor. No fancy restaurant or super lodge at the end of a long day.
But the rewards are many. The natural and cultural diversity is incredible, the sites fantastic. They resonate like drum beats in the night. They bring you right back to the origins of civilization in Africa: the arid Sahel; the acacia-studded savannah region; the living rainforest; the Senegal River; the Niger Inland Delta; the stunning Bandiagara escarpment; Dakar; Bamako; Ancient Djenne; fabled Timbuktu; the Kumasi market; the Abomey palaces.
Great peoples form an interwoven fabric of countless languages and traditions. Wolofs, Bambaras, Dogons, Tuaregs, Lobis, Ashantis, Ewes, Dahomeys. Ancestral beliefs, fertility cults, Voodoo spirituality, Christianity, Islam.
Nomadic cattle herders share the land with sedentary farmers in vast seasonal cycles. People and land form one. Spectacular traditional architecture provide the background to village markets and celebrations where music, mask dances and rituals bring you back to the true values of the African spirit.
I strongly believe that Adventures Abroad offers here in West Africa the most extensive and comprehensive tour ever, unequalled by anyone else in the field in its scope and approach. It is a real odyssey.
We take our people from one end of West Africa to the other providing our travellers, along this dusty West African track, in this modern age of technology, movement and globality, a true human connection and a deep personal experience.
Almost a millennium ago, the great empires and civilisations of West Africa flourished with riches unimagined by the Europeans and though these kingdoms have long since vanished, their cultural legacy lives on in the traditions and lifestyles of its diverse peoples. A visually stunning blend of antiquity and modernity greets travellers on our West Africa tours; quaint country villages untouched by time and ‘progress’ and the much misunderstood and widely practised ancient religion of Voodoo sharing ground with booming metropolises boasting gleaming skyscrapers and distinctive architecture that rivals cities of the Western World in modernity.
Join our Africa Travel Tours for an experience not soon forgotten as we journey through vast lands of untamed wilderness, traditional ancient civilisations and excitement without end on a continent that boasts more countries within its boundaries than any other. Long has Africa captivated the imaginations of avid explorers, intrepid adventurers and enthusiastic naturalists for its unsurpassed safari opportunities and our extensive range of Africa Travel Tours guarantees wild times in this unique and special destination.
[The highlights were] visiting Goree island in St Louis, Senegal; taking a late afternoon camel ride into the desert to have dinner with a nomadic tribe in Tomboctou; the incredible architecture and spectacular dance performance in the Dogon Country; the largest mud building in the world in Djenne (the most impressive mosque in the world); the huge arts and crafts festival in Ouagadoudou.
-Felicia Grey Tour WA1 Senegal, Mali & Burkina Faso (West African Wonder)
Posted on June 4th, 2009 No comments
This must be one of the cutest things; a Leopard and Rat having lunch – well not having lunch together – hehe – more photos follow the link
Photographer: Casey Gutteridge
Posted on June 4th, 2009 No comments
Only recently has Albania become accessible. In ages past, the territory that is now Albania was invaded, plundered and re-invaded countless times by a host of foreign powers. Among those who had a lasting influence on the country were the great Roman and Byzantine Empires, but Goths, Visigoths, Huns, Bulgars and Turks all ventured into the borders of Albania at various points in history, more often than not bringing with them destruction and persecution. Few other peoples have endured such perpetual torment over the years and the Albanians’ ability to keep their traditions and language alive throughout the onslaughts speaks volumes about their nature. Perhaps it is not surprising, then, that in more recent history, authorities in Albania effectively shut the doors on the Western World and Albania became isolated until its communist regime collapsed in the 1990s. Only then were the Albania borders re-opened to the outside world. Albania today is a country under reconstruction, a nation in the throes of trying to adapt to a democratic system and a country still licking its wounds after a volatile past. A tour here is a tour to a beautiful nation with a plethora of sights and attractions and a proud, unique and welcoming people.
Albania has a mixed topography: unspoiled, sandy beaches; rugged, picturesque mountains; green, plentiful forests; and placid, enticing lakes. Travellers satisfied with admiring the Albania scenery alone will not be disappointed, but those seeking a more active tour have on offer a wide range of activities: sunbathing, hiking, sailing, football (soccer), fishing and cycling, to name but a few.
Albania is an enigmatic country boasting some wonderful Greco-Roman sites and a distinct culture politically isolated from mainstream European society for generations. The mountain scenery is also spectacular, with small villages and remote valleys that have been cultivated for centuries. This country is a living museum—visit before it is discovered by mass tourism. With its fascinating history, along with its hitherto inaccessibility, Albania is a truly distinctive tour destination and well worth a visit.
Posted on June 2nd, 2009 No comments
Fiji, After a century under British rule, Fiji managed to gain its independence in 1970, leaving the inhabited regions of the country displaying a charming blend of traditional and colonial architecture, with modern skyscrapers and edifices perforating the skyline in some of the larger cities. With a curious blend of Polynesian, Melanesian, Indian, Micronesian, Eastern and European influences, Fiji serves as a feast for the eyes for any traveller.
As interesting and noteworthy as its cities are, Fiji’s natural environment is in a different league when it comes to scenic marvel. Indeed, the small South Pacific country has few rivals even on the world stage, so abundant and striking as its topographical, ecological and physical surroundings are. Rugged mountains, volcanic craters and dense tropical rainforests with spectacular, cascading waterfalls dominate much of the inland portions of the Fiji islands, providing not only stellar vistas and considerable biodiversity (hundreds of plants and more than two dozen species of animal are endemic to Fiji), but also ample opportunity for exploration, hiking and other such active pastimes.
The most famous features of Fiji’s natural surroundings, however, are undoubtedly its coastline and offshore attractions. Boasting a total coastline that exceeds 1,000km, Fiji has a worldwide reputation for being home to some of the most paradisiacal and pristine beaches on the planet. As palm trees gently sway in the warm afternoon breeze and the tranquil, clear ocean waves tenderly lap against glistening white sand, you can’t help but relax and savour the best that Mother Nature has to offer. The plethora of sparking lagoons serve as the perfect swimming locales and more adventurous travellers may venture to the iridescent coral reefs that skirt the islands for a spot of snorkelling or diving, where they will be well rewarded with sights of a huge range of colourful tropical fish.
As tempting as it might be, staying close to Fiji’s coastlines will mean that travellers miss out on what makes Fiji unique. Venturing to the cities and mingling with the cosmopolitan mix of indigenous peoples is the only way to understand the reason behind most return travellers’ love of Fiji.