Do you have a passion for travel? Are you keen to try some incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences? It has never been easier to visit some of the world’s most popular holiday destinations.
With the new year fast approaching and planning in mind, DC Thomson Travel highlights 5 wondrous destinations you can visit with our trusted partner Travel Department, starting with the fascinating Orient.
1. Wondrous China
Perhaps nowhere else on the planet is the contrast between old and new ever more on display than China.
Full of historic wonder, China is also at the forefront of innovation and technology.
When visiting, holidaymakers can explore thousands of years of history, marvel at the modern marvels found within the country’s major cities and experience a fascinating culture still practising deep-rooted traditions.
The wonder of the Great Wall of China and Beijing’s Forbidden City are some of the world’s most important historical landmarks.
Exploring this fascinating country, key highlights range from the wondrous Great Wall of China, Beijing’s Forbidden City and its modern Olympic Village.
Further experiences include an authentic trip on the trail of one of China’s greatest exports – Jade.
Visiting a Jade Factory, holidaymakers will gain a wonderful insight into the entire production process of carving jewellery and sculptures out of the famous mineral.
Only a relatively recent discovery, the mythical Terracotta Army is another extraordinary high point during a tour that, during the closing chapters, moves on to Shanghai at speed on the world’s fastest train.
Ultra-modern, Shanghai emphasises the constantly evolving landscapes of the marvellous Orient.
2. Historic Russia
Rich history awaits anyone deciding to visit some of Russia’s greatest cities.
Reminders of the country’s grand Imperial past, Moscow and particularly St Petersburg are two of Russia’s most captivating cities.
Iconic landmarks across Moscow include the once shrouded in secrecy Kremlin, the vast Red Square and the colourful St Basil’s Cathedral.
Formerly the Imperial capital, St Petersburg is a city of palaces.
Spread across a number of islands, St Petersburg is one of the grandest cities in all of Europe.
3. The awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies
Across the Atlantic, the far reaches of the stunning Canadian Rockies are home to some of the most spectacular wilderness on the planet.
Resting at the foot of the famous mountain range, the beauty of Banff and Lake Moraine captures the imagination of countless visitors to this glorious part of the world as they stop during their exploration of the region.
Travelling throughout the region includes time spent following some of the world’s most scenic roads.
Stepping back into civilisation, Canada is home to some of the world’s greatest cities.
Vancouver offers a great combination of key attractions including the renowned Gastown area and the lovely, green open spaces found along the shore side of Stanley Park.
4. The Splendour of India
The perfect destination for holidaymakers seeking a new, authentic holiday experience, India is known for its busy cities, generously warm climate and fantastic food.
Full of wonder including the celebrated Taj Mahal and the Pink City of Jaipur, India’s greatest splendours can be enjoyed during an insightful escorted tour available flying from Glasgow.
Touring some of the country’s most intriguing places gives holidaymakers the chance to enjoy an authentic rickshaw ride through bustling Delhi, pay a visit to the serene memorial site dedicated to the late activist Mahatma Gandhi and explore the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur.
5. The ‘Beautiful Country’ Italy
A must-visit for anyone with a real passion for travel, Italy, known as ‘The Beautiful Country’, is an extraordinary destination to experience.
Sensational food, postcard-perfect landscapes and some impressive historical landmarks await holidaymakers during an expertly crafted guided tour of a true Italian icon – Lake Garda.
Italy’s largest lake, Lake Garda is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for British holidaymakers and it’s not hard to see why.
A stunning setting, historic resort towns lie on the banks of the famous lake, each offering their memorable moments.
Key resorts visited include Limone, Malcesine and Riva del Garda.
Highly regarded and one of the world’s most romantic cities, Venice is simply magical, standing on several islands connected by an intricate canal network many visitors often explore on a calming gondola ride after paying a visit to the striking Palazzo Ducale and St. Mark’s Square.
East of Garda, Verona, sitting between Venice and Milan, is another magnificent Italian city, best known for its well-preserved ancient Roman Amphitheatre.