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Argentina

SOUTH AMERICA is the southern continent of the Americas, situated entirely in the Western Hemisphere and mostly in the Southern Hemisphere. South America is home to the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela; the largest river (by volume), the Amazon River; the longest mountain range, the Andes (whose highest mountain is Aconcagua at 6,962 m (22,841 ft)); the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert; the largest rainforest, the Amazon Rainforest; the highest capital city, La Paz, Bolivia and the highest commercially navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca.

Perito Moreno Glacier
   
     
Ushuaia

 

Buenos Aires    Andes mountains


The Second Largest Country in South America with Buenos Aires as its Capital city.Behind Buenos Aires,the land of the Pampas begins.Many towns with historical centres that go back to colonial are worth visiting.


In the west, the Andes mountains offer great outdoor opportunities: hiking, skiing and much more. Patagonia, the far south of Argentina is a rugged and cold land. The area around Ushuaia, southern most city of the counrty, is mild in October to May. It is great for the lovers of nature and wildlife; big glaciers that go directly into the Barney, birds, seals and other arctic animals abound.
Iguazú Falls      

In the northwestern corner of this dreamed land, deserts and steppes are  the most common geographical sites;  and in the northeastern part of the country, Iguazú Falls,  complete all kinds of features existing on the Earth… all  in one beautiful country.

Climate

The north is characterized by very hot, humid summers with mild drier winters, and is subject to periodic droughts. Central Argentina has hot summers with thunderstorms The southern regions have warm summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall, especially in mountainous zones.

Food

Asado      Mate


Besides many of the pasta, sausage and dessert dishes common to continental Europe, Argentines enjoy a wide variety of indigenous creations, which include empanadas (a stuffed pastry), locro (a mixture of corn, beans, meat, bacon, onion, and gourd), humitas and yerba mate, all originally indigenous Amerindian staples, the latter considered Argentina’s national beverage.

Music

Tango      La Boca


Tango, the music and lyrics, is Argentina’s musical symbol. The Milonga dance was a predecessor, slowly evolving into modern tango.

Beyond Argentina

 BRAZIL -

Even those who know nothing of it are permeated with images of its beautiful beaches and beautiful people. Rio de Janeiro’s reputation precedes itself, being the must-see city of any Brazilian visit. It is divided into several areas: Copacabana, Ipanema, Centro, and Leblon. Each of these areas has a distinct flavor to them, for just like the rest of the Brazilian culture, the influences are vast and the interests are varied!

Climate – Summer is December through March and Winter is June through September

Places of Interest in Brazil

Rio De Janerio – Sparkling waters, beautiful people, historic neighborhoods and museums, mixed with rich sounds of Samba and a thriving nightlife have all come to give Rio de Janeiro its reputation as one of the most striking cities in the world.

Igguasu Waterfalls – The Iguassu Falls and National Park offer the visitor an experience one-on-one with nature. Explore one of the world’s greatest waterfalls on foot or from a boat that gives you a view of the water falling from below.

Amazon – The Amazon houses the most diverse collection of plants and animals in the world- containing 10% of the worlds species and 20% of all higher plant and bird species.

Sao Paulo – The metropolis of Sao Paulo is the biggest city in Brazil. Sao Paulo is also the commercial and business capital of Brazil.

Brasilia – This city is the site of the greatest city planning project in the world. Brasilia is the capital of Brazil and has beautiful architecture by Oscar Neidermeyer.

CHILE – Located along the Pacific coast of South America, Chile is a long and narrow country with Spanish as its local language.

Climate – The climate is , Mediterranean climate with typically hot, dry summers and mild, moist winters. Spring, between September and November is mild, which contributes to the flourishing green color of the plants and trees. Summer, between December and February, is dry and hot with temperatures that can reach over 30°C (87º F) and cooling down at night.

Places of Interest in Chile
Santiago City – Commercial city with Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins as Santiago’s main avenue. The main commercial activity of the city is concentrated in two pedestrian areas, Huerfanos and Ahumada. Travellers prepared to venture beyond their hotel lobbies will be rewarded by colonial churches, lively markets, colourful streetlife and a surprisingly varied restaurant scene and nightlife.

Puerto Varas – is a city located in the southern Chilean province of Llanquihue, in the Los Lagos Region. The city is well known for its German traditions, its food, its fish and seafood, the natural environment, its casino and 4 star hotels.

URUGUAY – As South America’s smallest Spanish-speaking country, Uruguay is often overlooked by tourists visiting the region. However, with its vibrant nightlife and stunning coastline Uruguay is well worth discovering.

Climate – Uruguay has an exceptionally fine temperate climate, with mild summers and winters. Summer is from December to March and is the most pleasant time; winter and spring can get chilly due to wind and rain, but temperatures remain dependably above freezing.

Food – The Asado is the typical Uruguayan food by excellence. The traditional Uruguayan Asado is cooked in a special oven, called parrillero, in which the meat is cooked over wood fire.

Places of Interest in Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento – The city is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The historical section of Colonia, which has some cobblestone streets built by the Portuguese in the 17th century, it is a popular tourist attraction for visitors to walk all around.

Montevideo – The Capital of Uruguay. The newcomer’s eye sees mostly miles of fields, green with corn and beans in the summer, white with dunes of windswept snow in the winter. Montevideo remains a wonderful, comfortable place to live. The city is green and beautiful, with rivers, parks and bike trails winding through.

Australia

                        Gold Coast

 

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. Australia is a land of excitement, bursting with colour, friendly people and fabulous things to see and do. It’s a magical destination, full of unique natural wonders and an astounding variety of wildlife.

Wine lovers will also be spoilt for choice by the many acclaimed `wine road’ tours available. The `roads’ go through award winning wine growing areas such as Yarra Valley, the Barossa, Hunter Valley and Margaret River to name but a few Tastings can be informal cellar door affairs or world renowned expert-conducted experiences to talk about forever.

Accommodation includes beautiful spas, five star luxury resorts, fully serviced apartments and romantic rainforest hideaways as well as other categories.

Getting to Australia from India is easy, there are specially-trained Aussie Specialist agents who can tailor the itinerary as per your requirements. There are regular flights from India to all the key cities. By the time you enjoy the in-flight movies, a couple of meals and a quick stopover in Asia, you’ll be in Australia and ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

CITY GUIDES

Sydney

                        Sydney


Sydney, capital of New South Wales, Australia’s largest and oldest city! Sydney is arguably one of the most colourful, cosmopolitan and sophisticated cities in the world. For a remarkable eighth year in a row, she is voted the world’s number one tourist destination by Conde Nast Traveller.With four national parks, Sydney offers a superb environment to get back to nature with opportunities for bushwalking, picnicking, and adventure activities, and are all easily accessible from the city.

 

Darling Harbour            Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour is a place where Sydney celebrates. This modern waterside harbour, five minutes from the city centre is accessible by car, ferry, bus, lightrail and monorail. Browse through the 200 shops in the Harbourside.Manly is a seaside resort on the north eastern corner of Sydney Harbour with both ocean and harbour beaches.
Sydney Opera House, a landmark building at Bennelong Point, is home to Australia’s opera, ballet and theatre companies and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Sydney Tower Observation Level is located in the AMP Centrepoint Tower. The tower provides compelling 360-degree views of Sydney from both the observation level and its revolving restaurant.


Quay. The City of Penrith is located on the Nepean River at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Attractions include the Penrith Lakes, selected as the venue for the rowing for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. On the way to Penrith from Sydney, at Eastern Creek, is Australia’s Wonderland, a major fun and theme park for Sydney, together with the Australian Wildlife Park where visitors discover the beauty of Australia’s flora and fauna.

Melbourne

                               Melbourne


Melbourne is Australia’s most stylish capital. Beautiful architecture, a rich combination of arts, culture, good restaurants, shopping and its famous trams give the city a diverse charm and distinct cosmopolitan atmosphere. Melbourne, situated on the Yarra River, is an elegant, cosmopolitan city with diverse charms. It is generally regarded as Australia’s art capital and is host to many cultural festivals each year.In the city of Melbourne, there are a number of fascinating places that one can visit and it will take a few days just to discover them all.


 

                               Melbourne Cricket Ground

 

   1. Located just 1km east from the city centre    2. Australia’s most famous sporting stadium   3. Public transport access via train and tram.

   4. Tours of the MCG leave regularly between 10am and 3pm from the Gallery Foyer (Members’ Entrance) on non-event days

   5. Home of the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum;


 

Brisbane

                               Brisbane Eye


Brisbane, with an area of 1,220 sq km and a population of 1.6 million, is the state capital of Queensland and the 3rd largest city in Australia. It is known as the “Koala Capital of Australia”. Attractive tropical homes with wide verandahs stand alongside modern skyscrapers. It is also the starting point for tours to the nearby Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast resorts as well as other parts of the state.


                               The Treasury Casino


The Treasury Casino is a grand heritage building which offers more than 100 gaming table and 1,200 gaming machines.

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is set in tranquil bushland on the banks of the Brisbane River and is Australia’s largest koala sanctuary.

Mount Coot-tha

For a panoramic view of the city, Mt Coot-tha is THE place to go ! For a breath of fresh air, explore the Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens which is open daily from 8.30am – 5pm. You may also want to explore the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planeterium also known as the “Cosmic Skydome”, the largest planetarium in Australia.

Cairns And Great Barrier Reef

North Queensland is blessed by two of nature’s most magnificent ecosystems – the Great Barrier Reef and the Rainforest.
Both are awesome, tranquil and unspeakably beautiful Cairns is a cosmopolitan resort city catering to visitors from all over the World. It is an ideal setting-off point for reef cruises to the Reef, Green and Fitzroy Islands, white water rafting expeditions, as well as Four-Wheel-Drive safaris into the heritage rainforest.

GREAT BARRIER REEF

# It is approximately 2,900 individual coral reefs including 760 fringe reefs stretching over 2,000km along the Queensland coast and covering 350,000 sq km.

# It is the largest structure on earth made by living creatures.

# The Great Barrier Reef is regarded as the “eighth wonder of the world” and is on the World Heritage Listing of our planet’s unique and precious places.

# You can visit the Great Barrier Reef at any time of the year but June to August (winter) is the driest and least humid time, while September to October will have fewer trade winds.

# The hottest and wettest months are January to March. The coldest month is July with average temperatures of 17 C – 26 C.

Perth

Flanked by the sparkling Indian Ocean and the tranquil waters of the Swan River, Perth, the cosmopolitan Capital City, is Australia’s Western Gateway.

It offers the perfect location from which to start your Western Australian holiday, with its al fresco cafe society, easily accessible beaches, seven days a week shopping and lively evening entertainment

Perth enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other Capital City in Australia, with an average of eight hours of sunshine per day. The winters are short and mild. Its warm sunny climate, clear blue skies, first-class golf courses, and casual friendliness of the people add the feeling of leisure and pleasure. In the spring months (August to November), the countryside is carpeted with delicate wildflowers. As a matter of fact, Western Australia is also known as the “Wildflower State”.

Canberra

Home of government, parliament house and a host of diplomatic residences, Canberra is a stylish, modern city situated on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Set in the heart of glorious bushland and within reach of some of Australia’s most spectacular countryside, it is a city like no other.

The spacious planned streets, the imposing modern architecture and the advantages of its natural setting are immediately obvious.

Adelaide

Acknowledged as the Festival City and the Australian capital of Food & Wine, Adelaide offers much more if you are prepared to unlock and share its special secrets. It’s an exciting city for anyone who enjoys the good life – fine dining and wining, the arts, entertainment, or simply taking a stroll along the Terrace or an elegant boulevard.

Tasmania

Wineglass Bay

Just an hour from mainland Australia, Tasmania is a land apart – a place of wild and beautiful landscapes; friendly welcoming people; pleasant, temperate climates and a rich history and relaxed island lifestyle.

And that’s not all. Tasmania’s deserved reputation as the clean and green Australian State (what more do you need to know than that Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world) has provided fertile soil, for food and wine producers. And the waters around Tasmania are home to some of the best fish in the world. Nothing beats a plate of Tasmanian oysters or salmon.

According to experienced travellers who’ve criss-crossed the globe in search of excellence, Tasmania has:
#one of the world’s ten best beaches (Wineglass Bay, US-based Outside Magazine)
# the best island in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific (Travel + Leisure US-based Magazine)
# the world’s best little town (Strahan, Chicago Herald Tribune), and is rated as ‘the world’s best temperate island’ (Condé Naste Traveler).

HOBART
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Hobart is nestled between Mount Wellington and the sea. White beaches on its outskirts, historic buildings at its heart, Australia’s 2nd oldest city has a lifestyle of its own.

Browse through antique stores, discover stunning arts and crafts, linger over a coffee in one of the street cafes, explore the fishing harbour but whatever you do, don’t miss Salamanca Market on Saturday morning. On Saturdays, the umbrellas go up and two blocks of stalls and shops are bustling with people and street buskers offering you some of the finest arts and crafts found in Tasmania.

THINGS TO SEE

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE CENTRE
Come face to face with some of Australia’s largest, deadliest and most colourful reptiles in the Australian Reptile Gallery with thematic exhibits encompassing the tropical, temperate and arid zones. In the Prehistory Gallery, the ‘Reptiles in Space and Time’ exhibition graphically portrays the evolution of reptiles through the fossil record. ‘Snake Tales’ educational programs in the Auditorium offer a hands-on opportunity to meet a friendly python close-up.

CANBERRA SPACE DOME
Planetarium and virtual reality star theatre. Explore the wonders of deep space, view magnificent star fields, or visit other planets.

NATIONAL CARILLON
The Carillon is one of the largest musical instruments in the world. The 53 bronze bells are controlled by hand batons and foot pedals on a keyboard. The Carillon was a gift from Great Britain to the people of Australia to mark Canberra’s 50th birthday in 1963.

THE CAMBERRA WINE COMPANY
Australia’s newest urban winery and the biggest ever new vine planting in the ACT. The Kamberra Wine and Tourism Complex is a focal point for the region’s wine industry. Facilities include the Cellar Door, the Meeting Place Winery Cafe, the Federation Centre Boardroom, a working Winery and vineyards.

 

Shopping

                        Pitt Street Mall Sydney

 

Shopping fantasies spread wings in the Pitt Street Mall, the pedestrian plaza between King and Market streets in central Sydney. Running off the plaza are five multi-level malls, including such shopping sensations as the Mid-City Centre and Skygarden – a striking, futuristic complex that houses some of the most famous names in haute couture and accessories.

Double Bay reigns supreme for ‘posh’ designer labels, sandwiched between European-style pavement cafes. Castlereagh Street near King is the place to go for upmarket extras (Hermes, Louis Vuitton). Queen Street, Woollahra is the place to look for colonial antiques, or browse for bargains in the antique markets of Woollahra and Surry Hills. The Queen Victoria Building has the best of the chains (Esprit, Ralph Lauren, Country Road) and the most fetching facade.

Oxford Street is for clothes with a difference, cafes strong on modern Mediterranean flavours and cappuccino with attitude. Paddington markets on Saturday is for patchouli oil and tie-dyes from the past generation and clothes for the coming one.

Merino Wool           Aruba Hat
Australia is known not only for its quantity of sheep, but the
quality of wool they produce. Merino in particular yields the
longest wool fibres in the world. When buying, always look
for the Pure New Wool label to guarantee quality.

The name Akubra in Australia has almost become the general
term for hat. Over the years, Akubra hats have adorned the
heads of prime ministers, US presidents, sporting greats and
film stars. A piece of Australian history! The Akubra is available
in most major department stores, retail outlets and online.
 

Austria

 

                        Swarovski Waterfall

 

Austria is a small country, compact, easy to get to know, delightful to see. There is a spectacular scenery around every corner: vineyards, ancient castles and venerable abbeys overlooking the Danube, wooded hills rising out of the lush farmland, lakes dotted with sailboats and ringed by soaring mountains, Alpine peaks and their icy world of glaciers reaching for the sky.

 

CLIMATE


At a latitude of 47 North, the climate is moderate and generally agreeable. Summer days can be hot, with temperatures occasionally reaching 32 C / 89 F and more, summer evenings are usually cool. Rainfall is quite evenly distributed over the entire year, but May, September and the first half of October tends to be the driest, April and November the wettest periods. The winter snow cover lasts from late December through March in the valleys, from November through May at about 6,000 feet, and becomes permanent above about 8,500 feet. Warm clothes and shoes or boots with slip-proof soles are essential in winter. In spring and fall, a few warm pieces and a topcoat or raincoat are advisable.

 

Distance in Km/Miles


Budapest
Munich
Rome
Venice
Zurich
Vienna
265/166
428/268
1130/706
587/367
739/462
Graz
318/199
427/266
1957/598
424/265
730/456
Innsbruck
744/465
170/106
1798/499
400/250
2867/179
Salzburg
553/346
141/88
989/618
443/277
450/281

 

Austria’s capital, the former hub of a great empire, and a province in its own right, Vienna is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. In this former seat of the once-powerful Hapsburg dynasty, you follow in the footsteps of Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, Mahler, Mozart, and Beethoven, among others.

Vienna

City Hall vienna            St. Stephens Cathedral
Of course, the Blue Danube (even if it’s not blue) cuts through the city that controlled a great deal of Europe for more than 6 centuries until it suffered humiliating defeats in both world wars of the 20th century. Austria’s most eminent Gothic edifice, it houses a wealth of art treasures, some of which can only be seen during a guided tour. Don’t forget to climb the 343 steps to the tower-keeper’s room of St. Stephen’s and enjoy a breathtaking view…

 

The Spanish Riding School            The Vienna Card
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world where the classic equestrian skills (haute école) has been preserved and is still practiced in its original form. Many years of training fuse horse and rider into an inseparable unit. The audience is treated to an unforgettable experience by the precision of movement of the Lipizzan horses in perfect harmony with the music. The Vienna Card allows visitors to discover the city with Unlimited free travel by underground, bus and tram for 72 hours. Reduction or benefits at museums and sights, theatres, concerts, shops, restaurants, cafés and Heurigen (wine taverns)… valid on day of issue and the following 3 days.

 

Around Vienna

A city rich with the splendors of the baroque age and the melodies of Mozart, Salzburg is one of Europe’s premier architectural gems. It’s also the setting for Austria’s most prestigious music festival. Its natural setting is panoramichugging both banks of the Salzach River and “pinched” between two mountains, Mönchsberg and Kapuzinerberg.

 

Salzburg

 

                        Swarovski Waterfall

 

Austria is a small country, compact, easy to get to know, delightful to see. There is a spectacular scenery around every corner: vineyards, ancient castles and venerable abbeys overlooking the Danube, wooded hills rising out of the lush farmland, lakes dotted with sailboats and ringed by soaring mountains, Alpine peaks and their icy world of glaciers reaching for the sky.
Many travelers come here to follow in the footsteps of Julie Andrews in the fabled 1965 musical The Sound of Music. The von Trapps and Mozart have put Salzburg on international tourist maps.

 

                        Mozart Birth Place

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in the house Getreidegasse Nr. 9. on January 27, 1756. Today the rooms once occupied by the Mozart family house a museum During the last few decades the museum was systematically renovated by the International Mozarteum Foundation and has become a cultural site attracting thousands of visitors from around the world to Salzburg year after year. Here one can see, among many other things the child’s-violin of the world famous music genius, as well as his concert violin, his clavichord, the hammer-piano, portraits and family letters.

 

 

Hellbrunn Palace            Trick Fountains
One of the finest examples of mannerist architecture, world-famous trick fountains. Admission only with a guided tour .Water was the central theme in the palace’s design. The numerous sources in Hellbrunn Mountain gave the estate effervescent life. Hidden in the shade of bushes and trees or jetting out from unexpected hiding places the world-famous Wasserspiele(water fountains) have been the main attraction at Hellbrunn for almost 400 years. One approaches the grotto on a path, from which water jets squirt from both sides, they so form an archway, so that the visitors can walk right through. When leaving the grotto the guide turns on these water jets and the visitors jump fast, still dry, beneath the archway. But not without getting wet by further splashes which change their direction in unexpected ways, of course just then, when the visitors think that they are safe from a further wetting.

 

 

Fortress Hohensalzburg            Mirabell Garden
The landmark of the city Salzburg offers a beautiful view over the roofs of the Mozart city Salzburg.The buildings dating from the 11th century cover an area of over 14.000 m² and is for each visitor an exceptional and impressive experience. Besides the fortress – walkthrough with audio and guide in 7 different languages through the unique premises, such as the prince room, fortress -, puppet and Rainer regiment museum. A visit to the catering trade enterprises of the fortress Salzburg is well worth while.
From the guest gardens of the fortress restaurant you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city Salzburg and the surrounding mountain world. The largest completely preserved castle in Central Europe. In order to save to the guests the steep trek up to the mountain fortress, an endless rope haulage system was established in 1892. A modern version of this unusual route is still functional today; the steep journey begins in the Festungsgasse.
The Mirabell Palace was built by Prince Arbishop Wolf Dietrich in 1606 for his mistress, Salome Alt, and her children. The central axis of the garden is aligned on Hohensalzburg, the castle on the other side of the River Salzach. It has a central fountain, an outdoor theatre and a marvellous sculpture collection. Mirabelle has a key position in the town, near the river and between the old town and the commercial new town. It is also, as Jellicoe observed, draws upon the surrounding landscape.
It is a beautiful place, always full of people and more redolent of the atmosphere of a Court Garden than most of old Europe’s extant Hofgartens. Mirabelle Palace is used as a registry office and elegantly dressed couples contribute to its courtly air. Mirabelle Garden and the summerhouse at Hellbrunn were used in the film of the Sound of Music about the von Trapp family.

 

 

Salzkammergut            The Salzburg Card
The Salzkammergut is a popular holiday area to the east of Salzburg. The region is split between three provinces: Upper Austria, Styria and Salzburg Province. The region’s mountains and many lakes, including the Attersee and the Wolfgangsee, attract visitors for water sports and walking in summer. In winter, both downhill and cross-country skiing are on offer as well as some great walking opportunities.
At all times of the year, the scenery itself provides reason enough to spend time in this unique region. As its name suggests, the Salzkammergut is an important salt-mining area, and some of the tours down the mines provide an intriguing alternative to the more traditional over-ground holiday pursuits.
With the Salzburg Card enjoy free admission to all the sights in the City of Mozart, free use of the public transport network and numerous other plus points and advantages. You will also be able to enjoy considerable discounts in various other sights and attractions.

 

InnsBruck

                        InnsBruck

 

The capital of the Tirol and the most popular Austrian holiday destination, the city of Innsbruck lies at the very heart of the Austrian Alps.
Nestling in the valley of the Inn River, tucked between the northern Alps and the Tuxer mountain range, Innsbruck is famous for its winter sports and has twice been home to the Winter Olympics.

 

 

Hafelekar            Swarovski Crystal World
The Nordkettenbahn Cableway whisks skiers and ramblers all the way up Nordpark-Seegrube, 1,905m above sea level. The view over the Inn Valley and Innsbruck is breathtaking, particularly from the Seegrube Restaurant. Should those heights not be dizzy enough, there is also the option of carrying on to the 2,334m high Hafelekar Top Terminal, from where there are uninterrupted panoramic views of the Zillertal, Stubai and Ötztal Alps. Superb views are provided northward into the Karwendel Alpine Park, the biggest Nature Preserve in the Eastern Alps. An absolute must on every sightseeing tour! Crystal Worlds is shaped like a giant with a huge head. He is the guardian of the worlds and entrance to them is through his mouth. Colored deep blue, the main hall is dominated by a huge wall of crystals made up of 12 tons of glittering stones that almost overshadow a gigantic crystal of 300,000 carats, the largest ever produced. Since May 1 a special shuttle bus is operating between Innsbruck and the Crystal World in Wattens.

 

 

Swarovski Waterfall            Nordpark

 

 

Skiing At Seegrube            Alpine Park

 

                        Ambras Castle

 

The focal point of a delightful English landscape garden, Ambras Castle is Europe’s oldest museum and towers high above Innsbruck. It’s divided into a lower and an upper castle set in the remains of a medieval fortress. This was Ferdinand’s favorite residence and the center of his court’s cultural life.
The lower castle was planned and constructed by the Archduke as a museum for his various collections, including arms and armor, art, and books, all of which can be seen today. The Wunderkammer (Gallery of Wonders) contains a display of exotic objects like coral, ivory, a rhinoceros’ horn and other artifacts brought back to Europe by the early explorers. The upper part of the palace houses the Habsburg’s Portrait Gallery, an awe-inspiring collection of works by the likes of Lukas Cranach, Anton Mor, Tizian, Van Dyck and Diego Velásquez. The Castle’s most striking and precious feature is the George’s Altar of Emperor.

 

Alpine Zoo            Alpine Zoo
Situated 727m above sea level, Innsbruck’s Alpine Zoo is the highest zoo in Europe. A visit provides an invigorating experience for both young and old. Sheltered within are more than two thousand animals indigenous to the Alps and belonging to 150 different species.

 

                        The New Bergisel Ski Jump


Towering high above Innsbruck on the wooded Bergisel Hill, the brand-new Bergisel Ski Jump is a sight to behold. The Tower stands 47 meters tall and provides spectacular views.

The new facilities now can hold 28,000 spectators. Each year, the refurbished Bergisel Stadium plays host to the annual Four Hills Tournament in January and to a Summer Grand Prix Jumping Event. All Bergisel Stadium facilities, including gondola, elevator, panoramic café, and vantage spot on the jumping platform are open to visitors. From the stylish Restaurant there are uninterrupted panoramic views of the lofty surrounding peaks of Patscherkofel, Nordkette, Hohe Munde and Serles

 

The Sun Plateau


Explore the scenic Sun Plateau high above Innsbruck: Tucked away in the folds of the gently rolling foothills you will find your quintessential Tirol in the picture-postcard villages of Aldrans, Lans, Igls, and Rinn, etc. Ellboegen, Igls, Lans, Patsch, Rinn and Sistrans. This relaxed combination of city flair and countryside idyll, with all the sporting possibilities that go with it, guarantees a summer holiday that the whole family will never forget. The sunny plateaus of Aldrans, Ampass, Ellboegen, Igls, Lans, Patsch, Rinn and Sistrans will bid you to go for a jaunt on Innsbrucks local mountain, the Patscherkofel. Here the “Zirbenweg”, a seven kilometre long, almost flat mountain promenade, leads you through stands of centuries old stone pine.


Stubai Valley

 

Fulpmes            Stubai-Valley
Take a stroll around Fulpmes before boarding the Tram again to get back to Kreith.

 

Mutters            The Vienna Card
From there you will walk along a lovely high elevation trail until you reach the village of Mutters, that was twice rated as “The most beautiful village in Tirol”. The Golden Roof was built by Archduke Friedrich IV in the early 15th century as the residence of the Tirolean sovereigns. The Golden Roof actually is the three-story balcony on the central plaza at the heart of the Old Town. The late Gothic oriels are capped with 2,738 gold-plated copper tiles. It was constructed for Emperor Maximilian I to serve as a royal box where he could sit in luxury and enjoy tournaments in the square below. Completed at the dawn of the 16th century, the Golden Roof was built in honor of Maximilian’s second marriage, to Bianca Maria Sforza of Milan (Maximilian was a ruler who expanded his territory through marriage, not conquest).

 

                        Innsbruck Card


With the Innsbruck Card avail of admission to Innsbruck’s most important sights. Attractions such as the mint tower in Hall and the Swarovski Crystal Worlds are included as well. The Sightseer or the Crystal Worlds Shuttle take you everywhere. Moreover, the Innsbruck Card allows you to use all public transport. The Innsbruck Card is available for 24 hrs. 48 hrs and 72 hrs.

 

Graz

The district’s capital of Styria, it is one of the best-preserved medieval cores of any Austrian city. The colours of this pleasant medieval town will immediately strike the visitor: Green parks, red roofs, and the blue River Mur. Dominated by the Schlossberg, which rises up over the town centre, Graz has a great deal to offer and is a good start-off point for day excursions to a number of different destinations


 

Schlossberg            Landzeughaus
What other city can boast a tree-clad mountain right in its centre – wonderful to wander? The Schlossberg. A castle standing on a rock ledge of this hill more than 1,000 years ago gave the city its name. From the Slavic word gradec, meaning “little castle”, Graz derived. And the little castle was made a huge fortress. In 1809 it was blown up by Napoleon. The Bell Tower and the Clock Tower, the friendly landmark of the city, remain Incredible 32,000 historical arms and military equipment on five floors. The Landeszeughaus (Provincial Armoury) in Herrengasse is reputed to be the most outstanding historical weapons collection in the world. On the ground floor – an exhibition explaining the historical background. And above it, an impressive arsenal of rifles, armours, staff and bladed weapons dating mainly from the 16th and 17th centuries.

 

                        Kunsthaus Vom Schlossberg

 

Something extra-terrestrial in the World Heritage site of Graz? Like a huge bluish bubble the landmark of new Graz is hovering above the right bank of the river Mur. Since October 2003, Kunsthaus – affectionately called “a friendly alien” by its creators, Peter Cook and Colin Fournier.

1,066 acrylic glass elements form the skin of the friendly alien. At night it sends light signals or written messages from its “BIX façade” to the other side of the river. It sucks daylight from the north through its “nozzles” on top. The “needle” is a glazed viewing platform, stretching over Eisernes Haus and Kunsthaus on the eastern façade. Inside the Eisernes Haus there is the museum shop, the Kunsthaus administration and Camera Austria – an institution which in exhibitions and the eponymous magazine has devoted itself to photography.

 

 

Schloss Eggenberg            Klagenfurt
A journey into the Cosmos. A building portraying time. That is how one could describe Schloss Eggenberg, erected in 1625-56. The owner: Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg, political advisor of Emperor Ferdinand II. The architect: Giovanni Pietro the Pomis, who also planned Ferdinand’s Mausoleum in Graz. Today, Styria’s most splendid palace is used for cultural events. And sometimes as setting for films. The ground floor and the first floor house collections of the Provincial Museum Joanneum. Klagenfurt, the Rose of Lake Wörthersee, reaches as far as the eastern bay of the warmest and largest alpine lake in Europe (drinking water quality / largest inland bathing beach), and it really doesn’t matter when you decide to visit Klagenfurt either. The climate is Mediterranean in the summer and there are bright, sunny days in the winter.

The autumn is golden and the spring is mild.Known as the ‘Austrian Riviera’, clear, warm Lake Wörthersee has something for everyone Getting around is easy with local buses, trains and, of course, boats to give you access to the villages that dot the lakeshore and the many attractions and activities on offer. We feature accommodation in two different resorts Pörtschach is a large bustling village on the northern shore.

 

 

Minimundus            Minimundus
A miniature world on Lake Wörthersee. Here you can travel around the world in just a few hours, or, if you are interested in the stars, you could go to the internationally renowned planetarium and observatory. What started on a small scale in 1958 has now been elevated to the art of perfection, as demonstrated in the 150 models on display of the most beautiful buildings from all five continents.
 

Brazil

 

                        Rio De Janeiro

 

Brazil is a very big country, the fifth largest in the world, the biggest in the southern hemisphere. Just look at the map to check it out. Brazilians who enjoy full ethnic and religious freedom and the right to express themselves without hindrance, are bound together by a single language, Portugese. With numerous, rich regional dialects, spoken Brazilian Portuguese has incorporated thousands of words and expressions from its indigenous (Tupi-Guarani) and African (Yoruba) roots.

Nature & Climate

Nature

It is permanent and non-stop, neither commencing nor coming to an end: the feast of Nature.

“How is such beauty possible?” It seems obvious when you come face to face with the lguazu Falls in Parana State where the thundering cataracts plunge down over 60 metres. It is patent at the feet of Christ the Redeemer looking out over Guanabara Bay. It looks crystal clear in the dunes of Natal (Rio Grande do Norte State) and in Tocantins where scrubland, savannah and desert all come together to form the Jalapao ecosystem.

In rivers that resemble the sea in the Amazon Forest – the world’s largest. In the 230-thousand-square-kilometre expanse of the Mato Grosso Pantanal wetlands, an outstanding nature reserve listed as World Heritage.

Climate

The climate is predominantly tropical, varying according to region. The annual average temperature is 28 degree centigrade in the North and 20 degree centigrade in the South.

Cuisine

                        Brazilian Cuisine

 

Brazilian cuisine is something special. With such a profusion of fruit, greens, vegetables,meat, colours, flavours, sauces, spices and seasonings at hand, Brazilian dishes could only be what they are: unbeatable. The most popular dish of all, feijoada, is quite a contradiction: created by the Negro slaves using scraps and leftovers from the Portuguese masters’ meals, it must be served piping hot…. In a tropical climate. Don’t forget, of course, to wash it down with Brazil’s national beverage, cachaca or caipirinha (sugar and lemon added to the cachaca and sometimes other tropical fruits).

13 Reason To Visit Brazil

# Tropical weather all year round.

# The Best carnival in the World.

# Beautiful white sandy beaches.

# The Rain Forest.

# The Mighty Iguazu Falls.

# Cruises on the Brazilian Coast.

# The unequalled Panatanal.

# Canyons and waterfalls.

# Endurance trips on 4x4’s.

# Sailing off Paraty.

# World Heritage and Historical Sites.

# Gastronomic Tours.

# The Amazon Jungle.

Places of Interest

Rio de Janeiro

                       Rio-De-Janeiro

 

Rio is the marvelous city, what other place in this planet will you find beaches, an intense cultural life, haute cuisine, miles of window shopping and an exotic people, all gathered at one single place at any time of the year. Brazil’s capital from 1763 to 1961, is nestled between the mountains and the sea. Its magnificient shoreline includes charming bays and beautiful beaches, dotted with islands up and down the coast. Precious and semi precious stones are also a specialty in Rio, where some of the world’s largest and most renowned jewelers are located.

Salvador

                       Salvador

 

Salvador, the Bahia state capital is a place where, once you go there, you do not want to leave. It is a city that smells history it was the country’s first capital, dancing hips, African religious traditions and folklore and centennial dwellings. It has unending hills and charismatic characters, drums sounds, blessing of the salty waters of the Todos os Santos bay. Lots of white clothes and dark skin, centennial churches covered with gold in their baroque inside, which is covered with angels, saints and altars. And to top it all beaches with crystal clear waters, the food and the people.

Sao Paulo

                       Sao Paulo

 

Sao Paulo is known as the gastronomic Capital of the World, as within its huge area you will be able to find every single type of food imagined, from all corners of the world. It is also a city that brings the most business and corporate events, also allowing for weekend golf getaways for those business people who enjoy the sport.

It als a great city for shopping, where you can find just about anything you set your heart in, and it also offers an intense artistic and cultural life. Take advantage of the nightlife and check out the bars, the quiet and the busy ones, discos and nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, performances, shows and everything else that you can imagine.

 

Iguasu Falls

                       Iguasu Falls

 

A tropical and exuberant destination. That is to simplify this place, known worldwide for its awesome show of waterfalls. It is the largest worldwide set of waterfalls in volume and perhaps the most beautiful one as well, comprising 270 waterfalls with up to 70 meters in height. They can be seen from a wide range of places, both in the Brazilian and Argentine sides of this triple border town Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay as it is also known.

You can visit the falls on foot, by boat getting wet is a guarantee ! and flying over on a helicopter. However you choose to do it, you will be amazed by the incomparable beauty and majesty of the waters.

Manaus

                       Manaus

 

Capital of Amazonas, the largest state in Brazil, is a modern city. It is also the ideal point of departure for visiting the rest of Amazon region. Tour boats leave Manaus to see the meeting of the waters, where the black waters of the Negro river meet the light waters of the Solimoes river, flowing side by side without mixing for several miles.

Visitors can also explore river banks and ‘igarapes’, swim and canoe in placid lakes or simply walk in the lush forest. The most adventurous may even choose to spend a night or two in the jungle in close contact with nature.

Flight Times

From
To
Hours
Rio de Janeiro
Manaus
3.30
Rio de Janeiro
Recife
2.45
Rio de Janeiro
Salvador
1.50
Sao Paulo
Rio de Janeiro
0.45
Sao Paulo
Foz do Iguacu
1.30

Egypt

                       Great Pyramid Of Giza

 

Known as the cradle of civilization, the beacon of religion and the gateway to Africa. You can start your trip to Egypt by visiting Cairo which is strategically located at the crossroads of three continents: Asia, Europe and Africa.

Egypt for over 50 centuries is renowned for its development of culture and civilization and has contributed generously in the history and treasure of mankind.

                       Sphinx

 

River Nile            Nile Cruise

 

Egypt for over 50 centuries is renowned for its development of culture and civilization and has contributed generously in the history and treasure of mankind. It is one of those rare countries where you can travel from one period to another, exhilarated by history of those who remained immortal; through their bodies which were laid to rest thousands of years ago.

 

 

Abu Simbel            Tombs of Luxor

 

Egypt which has over 7000 years of civilization is a place where the past and present meet and enjoys a beautiful year-round weather which enables you to explore various monuments, relics including the Sphinx and the Giza, the Temples and the Tombs of Luxor and Abu Simbel, the beauty of River Nile and the unforgettable Nile Cruises.

For starters, COMPACT TRAVELS brings to you an exciting 7 Nights / 8 Days package covering all modes of transport – Air, Rail and the Sea . Fly from Mumbai, take a train ride to/from Cairo and sail across the Nile River and enjoy the flavour of this beautiful country.

“The Sphinx is the sacred symbol of the union of the strongest physical with the highest intellectual power on earth” – Harriet Martineau on the Sphinx, 1848

Finland

 

                       Finland

 

Finland is a fascinating country with vast green landscapes, sparkling blue lakes, and a labyrinth of islands that make the most beautiful archipelagos in the world where one can find unique sensation of peace and tranquility.

Climate

Each of Finland’s four distinct seasons has its own charm. Summer is pleasantly warm. The highest daytime temperature often rises to +20°C or more, but rarely exceeds +30°C. The nights are warm too. Best time to visit is June – August

CURRENCY

The currency used is the Euro.

GMT

Finland is 2 hours ahead of GMT.

CUISINE

Traditional Finnish cuisine is a combination of European, Fennoscandian and Western Russian elements. KARJALANPIRAKKA is a traditional Finnish pastry, commonly known as Karelian Pie made from a thin Rye crust with a filling of rice.

SHOPPING

Finland is known for Littala glass, Puukko knives, handwoven ryijy rugs and Lappish handicrafts.

MUSIC

Traditional Folk music is KALEVALAIC MUSIC and PELIMANNI MUSIC. Popular Finnish music includes Opera, Tango, Rock, Jazz and Military music.

 

Common Finnish Terms
Finnish Maiden symbolizing finland
Joulupukki Santa Clause
Jean sibelius his symphonic poem Finladia
Makkara and Sinappi Sausage and Mustard
Pulla finnish desert bread
Salmiaki Salty liquorice
Koskenkorva Finnish Vodka
Sahti Traditional beer
Rejlu Meinjnki Fair dealing


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS

# Finland is home to the world’s leading mobile company, Nokia.
# Finland has more than 20,000 Spas.
# According to World Audit Study, Finland is the least corrupt and and most democratic country in the world as of 2006.
# The First day of the week is Monday, and the weekdays are maanantai, tiistai, keskiviikko, torstai, perjantai, lauantai, sunnuntai. Weekday names are not capitalized and may be abbreviated with the two first letters (i.e. ma, ti, ke, to, pe, la, su).

UNIQUE FEATURES

Midnight Sun

                       Midnight Sun

 

During summer experience the endless sun for weeks on end.

 

Polar Night

 

                       Polar Night

 

During winter there is a spell of winter darkness known as kaamos. The white snow cover provides a startling natural “light” of its own creating a very special atmosphere.

The Northern Lights

 

                       The Northern Lights

 

During the dark winter period in Lapland the sky is occasionally embellished by the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, a spellbinding light phenomenon particular to the region above the Arctic Circle.

Places To Visit

Helsinki

 

                       Helsinki

 

Helsinki is situated on the Gulf of Finland and is dominated by the sea. The capital city an array of cultural attractions and architectural gems like THE OPERA HOUSE, the KIASMA MUSEUM, the SEA FORTRESS OF SUOMENLINNA, the TEMPPELIAUKIO CHURCH, hewn from a hole in the solid rock. Sightseeing opportunities like a tour on a pub tram or a boat cruise through islands lying off are galore.

Rovaniemi

 

                       Rovaniemi

 

Rovaniemi offers great opportunities to explore the snow-clad landscapes by snowmobile or in a sledge pulled by a dog team. Santa Claus has his workshop right on the Arctic Circle, where he meets visitors every day of the year. Not far from his village is a unique underground Christmas theme park, the SANTAPARK. The MIDNIGHT SUN can be seen in Rovaniemi at the height of the summer. One of the key attractions is the ARKTIKUM BUILDING housing the Arctic Centre and the REGIONAL MUSEUM of Lapland.

Turku

 

                       Turku Cathedral

 

Turku is Finland’s most historic city, home to the nation’s most remarkable medieval monuments. Places to visit are the TURKU CATHEDRAL, Finland’s national shrine, TURKU CASTLE, the unique HANDICRAFTS MUSEUM and ABOA VETUS MUSEUM.

Tampere

 

                       Tampere City Centre

 

Tampere is a city of waters, parks and ridges with nature always close at hand, a vibrant modern city where high tech and culture flourish side by side. The key attractions include TAMPERE CATHEDRAL, NÄSINNEULA OBSERVATION TOWER with a revolving restaurant, MOOMINVALLEY MUSEUM, and PYYNIKKI RIDGE rising between two large lakes, the METSO CITY LIBRARY and the KALEVA CHURCH.

Porvoo

 

                       Porvoo

 

Porvoo is well known as the city of culture and great atmosphere. Sightseeing includes Archipelago cruising, churches and chapels, Museums, and Manors.

Lappeenranta

 

                       Lappeenranta

 

Lappeenranta is in the bay area, with its HISTORICAL FORTRESS, WOLKOFF HOUSE MUSEUM, CHURCHES and linden trees that make for a perfect paradise. It is the commercial centre of Southeastern Finland with several shopping centre and specialized shops.

Greece

                       Parthenon Temple Athens

 

The trip to Greece, land of Homer, the gods, democracy, modern thought, and a cast of characters too numerous to list and many with names too difficult to pronounce. Greece is famous for its vivid lifestyle. It is also famous worldwide as the cradle of human civilization. All visitors may have an excellent stay and experience a lot of pleasant activities. Apart from getting to know the culture, the idyllic countryside, the Greek gastronomy, visitors should meet the tingling Greek lifestyle. To start with, a lot of theatres, music cafes, trendy shops, music stages, cinemas, bars, night clubs, dancing clubs, funky restaurants, classy meeting points, casinos and after hours are easy to access everywhere in Greece, all year round. Usually, all night clubs opening hours are from 10.00p.m. until dawn. Nevertheless, it is easy to find places for entertainment during the day light as well. People of all ages may find a suitable place to have fun and to get to know the famous Greek life style. Almost everywhere, visitors choose to go they will have the opportunity to discover their place of interest and feel warmly welcomed.

Shopping

 

                       Shopping Corfu

 

Greece is a country where shoppers may have a wonderful time. A lot of shopping centers as well as nice classy or small family shops offer the opportunity to buy everything in reasonable prices. Shops are generally open 09.00-14.30 Monday to Wednesday, 0900-1330 and 1730-2030 Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 0900-1500 Saturday. Sometimes small supermarkets – drugstores may stay open up to 2200 hrs.

GREEK FOOD- A MAGIC FOR YOUR TONGUE


 

                       Greece Cuisine

 

Greek food has been mostly influenced by the modern part of greek history; you’ll therefore find hints of Levant in it.To sit at a greek table is more than what cheap, oil-soaked souvlakia may offer. Greek cuisine is a secret daughter of the mighty Othoman Empire, with hints of Venetian and a lot of great originality…

If you have any doubt about it, see how food is named: pacha (veal’s intestines) is same as in Turkish and Albanian; kokoretsi is the same as the Turkish kokorec and the Albanian kokoreç. And what to say about “pastitsio”? Isn’t it derived from Italian “pasticcio”? Its unique tastes are some of the things which set Greece apart. You are in for pleasant culinary surprises while in this country. Contrary to common belief you will soon discover that Greek cuisine does not solely consist of mousaka, souvlaki and horiatiki salata. Greek cuisine has a great variety of dishes and can be an extremely satisfying culinary adventure for both meat-eaters and vegetarians.

 

                       Greek Appetizer Plate

 

Greece has a culinary tradition of some 4,000 years. Nevertheless, like most national cuisines, the Greek cuisine has both influenced others and embraced ideas from its easterly and westerly neighbors. For the Greeks, sharing a meal with friends, either at home, in a restaurant or a taverma, is a deeply rooted social affair.

Greece Cuisine

Try having a glass of ouzo or wine, accompanied by barbecued octopus or any other Greek dish, while sitting beneath the shade of a tree, in a small tavern by the sea, on one of the Aegean islands. The Greek meal experience, namely the combination of what you eat and where eat it, cannot be repeated, exported or duplicated. It just something you can only find, taste and enjoy in Greece, like the blue of the Aegean Sea. Greeks put in it their vital spirit, and make of food not only something for the body, but something capable to heal your spirit, too: an enjoyable experience!!

WHEN TO VISIT GREECE

TEMPERATURE

City
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Athens
9,1
11,2
11,4
15,0
21,4
27,8
28,7
27,2
24,2
16,8
11,6
11,1


July and August are fine if you are prepared. This is the time most people come to Greece because this is when most people have their holidays and what could be better than to be close to the sea during the hottest months of the year?

May-June and September-October the weather is perfect and the college kids are in school so it’s quieter on the more popular islands.

November to March can be cold and rainy but it can also be like Indian Summer. Athens comes alive during these months and there is nothing like a night out in the city. It does snow in Greece. Not more then once a season in Athens or the islands, in fact rare enough for it to be a major event. However it does snow in the mountains so much that you can ski there.

 

                       Skiing

 

April is usually Easter time which is magical. If you are lucky enough to be on an island during Easter when all the wildflowers are in bloom and the smell of lamb roasting fills the air you will know what I mean. It is also a great time to be in Athens because there is no traffic since most people are out of town.


 

Kenya

                       Kenya

 

The Republic of Kenya occupies an area of 582,644sq.kms. Kenya is bisected width-wise by the Equator and lengthwise by the Great Rift Valley and shares common borders with five other nations namely: – Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the east. The Indian Ocean coastline forms the eastern border and stretches for 400km.

Climate

The variation in altitude and terrain creates contrast in climate. The coast is hot and often humid. Mornings at the central highlands are cool while in the north and northeastern, the days are dry and very hot. There are two rainy seasons, the short rains occur from late October through November and the long rains from late March through early June. July and August are the coolest months.

Masai Mara

                       Masai Mara

 

“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows… One only feels really free when one can go in whatever direction one pleases over the plains, to get to the river at sundown and pitch one’s camp.”
– Karen Blixen From Out Of Africa

Covering an area of 1500sq.kms in the southwestern Kenya, the Masai Mara is bordered in the west by the Oloololo Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley and in the east by the Ngama Hills. The Masai Mara is predominantly a vast open savanna but there are actually seven distinct habitats including permanent marshes, riverine gallery forest, and dense shrubland. Lying to the north of, and forming part of the Great Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, abundant with Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Black Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo and Cape Buffalo as well as vast herds of Wildebeest, Kongoni, Zebra and Topi. The Mara is also home to six species of primates, and over 400 species of bird. En route to Masai Mara you will pass via many small-scale farms and then down the steep eastern escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.

The Great Migration

                       The Great Migration

 

Originating on Tanzania’s short-grass plains of Ngorongoro and the southeastern Serengeti, the dwindling of available grass is the impetus for this primal trek. The horizon fills with 1 ½ million Wildebeest, 200000 Zebra, 18000 Eland and 500000 Thompson’s gazelle.
The great herds move north towards the lush long-grassed Masai Mara plains. By July, they have massed along the swollen Mara River. They have no choice but to cross the crocodile-studded waters, resulting in many drowning, ambushed by Crocodiles, or falling prey to opportunistic Lions. This dramatic life-and-death struggle is nature at her most theatrical – a once-in-a-lifetime experience for travelers to the Masai Mara.

 

IN MASAI MARA we offer accommodation at any of the following

The Mara Sopa Lodge            The Fig Tree Camp
The Masai Mara Sopa Lodge is a first-class lodge built in African architecture and with a lovely swimming pool and other amenities. Positioned just outside the Masai Mara Reserve by the Ololaimutiek Gate. Located by the Talek River just outside the Masai Mara Reserve, offering both tents and cabins.

 

The Mara Sarova Camp            The Kichwa Tembo Camp
A luxury tented camp opened in 1984. The camp has 75 tents and is set amidst lush extensive gardens. Hot air balloon safaris from the camp are followed by champagne breakfast in the wilderness. Found on the north-west border of the Masai Mara Reserve. The camps fall directly in the path of the famous annual Great Migration of the wildebeest and zebra from the Serengati National Park in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya.

 

Lake Nakuru National Park

                       Lake Nakuru

 

The Lake Nakuru National Park is world renowned for its large population of the Pink Flamingos, which sometimes number over a million. You will see large number of Waterbuck, Warthog, Impala, Buffalo, Cheetah and now Rhino, as Lake Nakuru National Park has been made into one of Kenya’s Rhino Sanctuary.
Three major rivers, the njoro, makalia and enderit drain into the lake, together with treated water from the town’s sewage works and the outflow from several springs along the shore.

IN  Lake Nakuru National Park we offer accommodation at any of the following

LION HILL LODGE

                       Lion Hill Lodge

 

The lodge has- 67 chalets that all face Lake Nakuru. Lion Hill is also a birdwatcher’s paradise. Main attractions are The Flamingo Restaurant sports a patio overlooking the Rift Valley
# Rift Valley Bar with a spectacular view of the lake.
# Acacia bush lunches.
# Lawn dining on our well manicured gardens.
# Newly renovated deluxe rooms.
# Luxurious suites providing in-suite dining.
# Well appointed conference facilities boasting of the largest capacity in the park.
# Curio shop sporting branded Sarova souvenirs.
# Game drives.
# Massage parlour.


Mt Kenya Safari Club

                       Mt.Kenya Safari Club

 

Mt. Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa, sits on the equator at an elevation of 5199m (17,058ft). An invaluable natural resource for Kenya as the source of all of its major rivers, it is one of the most exotic, dangerous and frequently accepted mountaineering challenges on the planet.
Situated on the lush, lower slopes of Mt. Kenya, The Mount Kenya Safari Club offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. The Club has an unparalleled view of Mount Kenya. This club was started by film star William Holden and eccentric American Ray Ryan.


The ABERDARES NATIONAL PARK

                       Chania Falls in Aberdare National Park

 

The Aberdares are an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley, running roughly 100km north south between Nairobi and Thomsons Falls. There are two main peaks, Ol Donyo Lesatima (3,999m) and Kinangop (3,906m) separated by a long saddle of alpine moorland at over 3,000m. The Aberdares are an important water catchment area providing water to the Tana and Athi rivers and part of Central Rift and Northern drainage basins.


Lion Hill Lodge

                       Lion Hill Lodge

 

The National Park lies mainly above the tree line running along the 10,000ft contour with some forest and scrub at lower altitude in the ‘salient’ area near Nyeri with the boundary running down to the 7000ft contour.


THE ARK

                       The Ark Aberdare National Park

 

Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, The Ark comprises three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing. This unique game lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of wildlife; Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Bushbuck and occasionally an elusive Bongo Orgiant Forest Hog.

 

THE ABERDARE COUNTRY CLUB

                       The Aberdare Country Club

 

Just a three – hour drive from Nairobi, on a good paved road, The Aberdare Country Club nestles on the slopes of Mweiga Hill.
The Club’s 1,300-Acre wildlife sanctuary abounds with Thomson and Grant’s Gazelle, Zebra, Giraffe and the more elusive Leopard.
Facilities:
# 48 En Suite Rooms
# Swimming Pool
# 9-Hole Golf Course
# Walking Safaris
# Horse Riding
# 2 Tennis Courts
# Game Drives in the Salient or Solio Ranch
# Trout Fishing
# Night Game Drives
# Gift Shop

SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK

                       Samburu National Park

 

Samburu National Park is located 325 kms north of Nairobi in the hot and arid northern region of Kenya and is 165 sq. km in extent. Altitude: 800 – 1200 meters. The reserve is placed within the ancestral lands of the Samburu, who are close relatives of the Masai. Among these are Grevy’s zebra, the reticulated giraffe and the beisa oryx, all of which are only found north of the equator. Game in the reserve includes elephant, cheetah, reticulated giraffe, oryx, vervet monkey, zebra, and crocodile.
The Samburu river has a large population of crocodiles which can be seen at virtually every bend on the river’s sandbanks. At its lower reaches, where permanent pools have formed, hippos are a common sight. Elephants roam the gaunt hills which punctuate the scrubland.

IN Sarova Shaba Lodge we offer accommodation at any of the following

SAROVA SHABA LODGE

                       Sarova Shaba Lodge

 

Located on high above the Samburu river in the Shaba Game Reserve, this lodge offers the perfect base from which to explore the Shaba Reserve, as well as its sister reserve-Buffalo Springs to the west.

New Zealand

                       Mount Taranaki

 

New Zealand’s awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. And the great advantage of New Zealand is that all of its diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are so close to each other!

Although English is predominantly spoken, Maori is an official language in New Zealand, similar to Hawaiian and Tahitian and has a unique and melodic sound.

                       Maori Haka

 

New Zealand’s exchange rate is generally favourable against most other currencies and New Zealand offers excellent value for your money. Once you have arrived mostly you will find your money goes a long way against the New Zealand dollar. New Zealand packages often include more activities and variety than other destinations, offering excellent value for money.

Weather:

New Zealand is a temperate land with four distinct seasons with no real extremes. January and February are the warmest months and July the coolest. Most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall and abundant sunshine. When it comes to packing, the key is layering. In summer, visitors spend most of the time in shorts and tee shirts although it’s wise to keep a jacket or sweater handy. Rain can occur at any time of year so a waterproof jacket is essential. Pack warm winter clothing if visiting between May and September – gloves and a hat are a good idea. Remember too that New Zealand is a relaxed kind of place – smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants.

CUISINE:

New Zealand has welcomed people from all over the world as immigrants and they have brought with them their culinary skills. All of the world’s great cuisines are represented and dining out is often a highlight of a New Zealand holiday. Combine world class chefs with some of the freshest produce and seafood in the world, free-range meat dairy and vegetables straight from the farm gate.

 

Auckland

                       Auckland

 

This waterside city has a strong pulse and a nautical twinkle in its eye. Its bewitching location on a thin stretch of the North Island, which is surrounded by the Pacific on just about every side, is complemented by the lush subtropical forests of the nearby hills and islands.

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and it is known as “city of sails” because of its strong maritime background. It’s a modern metropolis with all sophisticated amenities and facilities and it’s a must in New Zealand visit.

 

Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World            New Zealand Maritime Museum
Explore deep beneath the ocean to see giant stingray, moray eels and come face to face with the awesome predators of the deep – sharks – only centimeters away. Hours of operation: open 7 days from 9am. Highly acclaimed as a world-class facility the New Zealand National Maritime Museum is a ‘must see’ attraction. Every gallery draws you in as the museum shows the remarkable achievements of early and modern day mariners.

 

Sky Tower & Skycity            The Pride of Auckland
You can’t miss Auckland’s top attraction! While you’re in Auckland, a visit to the amazing Sky Tower is a must. Travel 328 meters up the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere! Stunning 360º views of the city, glass floors and lifts make a visit to Sky Tower truly memorable. Plus interactive displays, audio guides, café, shop and restaurant, there’s plenty to do while you’re up there – day or night. Skycity is a multi-faceted entertainment complex crowned by the Sky Tower. Take in spectacular views and unique dining, and enjoy 24-hour gaming at SKYCITY Casino. It also boasts a 344-room hotel and 700-seat live theatre Long established in providing high quality sailing and dining cruises within the City of Sails, entertaining guests from all over the world and introducing many to the thrill and joy of sailing. A fleet of four identical 50 foot yachts is extremely comfortable for non-sailors, yet can provide experienced sailors with the thrills they seek from helming and trimming the yachts. Each yacht comfortably accommodates 21 passengers in the cockpits with seating arrangements for dining below decks allowing for 19-21 passengers on each yacht. Also passengers are provided with windproof and waterproof gear to keep our customers warm and dry when the occasional shower crosses Auckland.

 

Victoria Park Market            Inside Victoria Park Market
Victoria Park Market offers a unique shopping experience in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. As with every major city in the world, Auckland has a shopping centre that offers visitors a unique experience – Victoria Park Market. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm, the experience includes an amazing range of products for sale, many of which are not available elsewhere in Auckland or New Zealand

 

See Te Waka: Our Great Journey – a 10-minute fully animated movie – portraying one of the most remarkable migrations in human history.

Rotorua

                       Rotorua

 

Rotorua sits on the edge of the North Island Volcanic Plateau; the area is sizzling with thermal activity. Thermal lakes, street-side miniature geysers, craters, forests and many miles of walking tracks are here to be explored. Rotorua is rich in Mäori history, and as the original settlers, Mäori were attracted to the hot thermal waters for bathing and cooking. To the west of Rotorua lies the township of Waitomo Caves.

 

Whakarewarewa            Agrodome
A sacred spiritual and personalised experience with the land, the people, the culture. World famous Pohutu geyser, incredible earth forces, geothermal wonderland, Rotowhio meeting house, midday Maori concert, evening show and hangi, personalised tours, boiling mud pools, Maori carving, live kiwi, Maori weaving, Maori village, souvenir shop are some famous attractions of this palce The unique New Zealand experience. Still the best and most popular sheep show but there’s a lot more to see than sheep – 19 champion rams, sheep shearing, sheep dogs, cow milking, sheep auction, lamb feeding. The multi-award winning Agrodome Sheep Show is one hour of ‘full on’ entertainment. Open daily. Farm tour – daily. Other Agrodome attractions: Acrojet, Bungy, Freefall Xtreme, Swoop, Zorb, Helicopter Scenic Flights, Chocolate Factory, Woollen Mill, Pearl Farm, Restaurant and Café

 

Waitomo Glowworm Caves            Waitomo Museum of Caves
Experience the best…. Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Discover an underground labyrinth of ancient limestone caves and formations marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the famed Glowworm Grotto. Discover the magic that has been attracting visitors for over 100 years. Open 7 days from 9am. Located 21/2 hours drive south from Auckland, 2 hours drive west of Rotorua. Museum and visitor information centre. A must for every visitor to the Waitomo Caves. World class displays, audiovisual show, fun and educational for kids, open every day.

Dunedin

 

Dunedin Railway Station            Taieri Gorge Railway in Dunedin

Memorable for its historical architecture, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. On the doorstep of the city, you can find incredible wildlife – the world’s rarest penguins, a mainland albatross colony, fur seals and sea lions.

 

Dunedin’s dramatic hills surround a long, natural harbour, which attracted Maori settlers to the site over four centuries ago. More recently the area was settled by whalers, gold miners and migrants from Scotland and China.

Half day trips departing Dunedin Railways Station daily. Experience spectacular scenery, wild landscapes, towering viaducts and the rich pioneer and natural history of the Taieri Gorge. Live and informative commentary. Sightseeing stops. Licensed snack bar. Don’t miss this award winning railway trip!

 

Dunedin Botanic Garden            Monarch Wildlife Cruises
This is a botanical garden with variety of NZ native plants and it also gives some shopping opportunities. Unrivalled wildlife viewing. Experience albatross, fur seals and other marine mammals; penguins, shags, wading and ocean birds in their natural environment. Tours from one hour to full day. Two times winner of New Zealand Tourism Award (1994 and 1997). Green Globe member.

 

Queenstown            Shotover Jet
Set against a backdrop of The Remarkables mountain range and nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is recognised internationally as the home of high action adventure and extreme sports. Nothing compares with the excitement of a Shotover Jet ride which will take you speeding past rocky outcrops, twisting through canyons, and the famous 360° spin.

 

                       Milford Sound Cruises

 

Milford Sound Cruise is a day excursion from Queenstown in the area full of stunning views of Fjords and sea cliffs. Milford Sound is simply stunning. Relax in luxury glass-roofed coaches or self-drive and enjoy the spectacular alpine scenery en route to Milford before taking one of daytime or overnight cruises in awe-inspiring Milford Sound. Delicious meals, interesting commentaries and friendly staff. Coach/cruise/fly connections are also available from Queenstown.

 

Christchurch

 

CHRISTCHURCH            Mount Cook
The Southern Alps provides a fantastic backdrop to Christchurch. Perched on the coast, Christchurch is the doorway to the Canterbury Plains, which spread westwards towards the mountains. To the south-east, Banks Peninsula, formed by two huge volcanic craters, extends into the Pacific Ocean. Nature has been kind to this part of New Zealand and it is nature that offers the richest rewards for the visitor Situated in the heart of the Southern Alps, Mount Cook is a national icon and perhaps represents the ultimate adventure in a country renowned for its high adrenaline exploits. Mount Cook has lot to offer for adrenaline junkies. Try one of the following

 

Mount Cook Ski Planes            The Helicopter Line
Mount Cook Ski Planes offer you the unique opportunity to experience the special thrill of landing and walking on a glacier. The Helicopter Line offers a range of helicopter flights that traverse the Southern Alps and provide you with close-up views of Mount Cook.

Peru

                       Peru

 

One hundred years ago, on July 24th 1911, the American historian Hiram Bingham arrived to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, an architectural treasure that remained hidden for over four centuries under the lush vegetation of the Urubamba canyon, until the Yale professor unveiled it to the world.

Compact Travels has put together a special group departure that will visit Machu Picchu on the actual anniversary date of this majestic Inca citadel, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its discovery and to celebrate with us the greatness of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Writer and researcher Christopher Heaney, author of Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-Life Indiana Jones and the Search for Machu Picchu (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), will join and lead this special group departure allowing our guests to experience Machu Picchu in a very special way and to learn the most interesting and hidden facts about Machu Picchu, Hiram Bingham and his quest for the lost city of the Incas.

SouthAfrica

                       SouthAfrica

 

Frank J. Prial, The New York Times
“Stellenbosch, South Africa — Coming back here after an absence of nine years is like meeting an old friend grown younger. The deep verdant valleys, the improbably beautiful mountains rising from the sea, the plants and flowers found nowhere else — all rest immutable. But in and around them, one senses a new spirit, an eagerness to meet the world, not with defiance and resentment but with the pride that comes from building a new nation.”

Joan Tarshis, Smoke Magazine
“My trip to South Africa profoundly changed my life. While I had once thought the continent was the place where Cape buffalo and the antelope played under clear, savannah skies, I discovered something more profound – about nature, about mankind, about myself.”

Tradition            Tradition
South Africa’s vast landscape includes savannahs, snow-covered mountains, forests, tropical swamps, endless beaches, tranquil rivers and… bustling urban epicentres. South Africa is known for its abundant wildlife (and of course the famous “big five”) as well as its fantastic birding and eco-tourism possibilities.
 

Climate

                       Climate

 

Many call it sunny South Africa, for good reason. Warm temperate conditions are typical of South Africa, making it a popular destination for sunshine-seekers.

South Africa is renowned for almost seven months of sunshine (give or take a few chilly spells). From May to August, temperatures drop. However, generally speaking, April and May are the most temperate months. June and July are the ideal holiday months.

Average Minimum and Maximum Temperatures 

Seasons
Summer(Nov-Feb)
Autumn (Mar-Apr)
Winter (May-Aug)
Spring (Sep-Oct)
Cape Town
14-25 °C
11-22 °C
6-17 s°C
13-20 °C
Port Elizabeth
15-24 °C
13-22 °C
8-19 °C
11-20 °C
Johannesburg
14-25 °C
7-21°C
5-17 °C
10-23 °C

 

Cusine

                       Cusine

 

For the more daring dinner, South Africa offers culinary challenges from crocodile sirloins to fried caterpillars to sheep heads. All three are reputed to be delicious. For the not-quite so brave, there are myriad indigenous delicacies such as biltong (dried, salted meat), bobotie (a much-improved version of Shepherd’s pie) and boerewors (hand-made farm sausages, grilled on an open flame).

Those who prefer to play it altogether safe will find that most eateries offer a familiar global menu – anything from hamburgers to sushi to pad thai to spaghetti bolognaise. And you can drink the water.

On a single street in a Johannesburg suburb, one finds Italian restaurants, two or three varieties of Chinese cookery, Japanese, Moroccan, French, Portuguese and Indian food, both Tandoor and Gujarati. It’s not much different in the other major centres, such as Cape Town or Durban. Restaurant guides that categorise eateries by national style list close to two dozen. There are varieties of biltong in every cafe, in big cities and little dorps.

                       Cusine

 

Sosaties – from sesate (skewered meat) and sate (spicy sauce) – mutton chunks are marinated overnight in fried onions, chillies, garlic, curry leaves and tamarind juice, then threaded on skewers and either pan-fried or chucked on to a grill. The result is lean and gloriously tasty

Shopping

 

Shopping At Southafrica            Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Harbour
Thanks to the favourable exchange rate, South Africa is a shoppers Paradise. One great idea is jewellery made from the gold and precious stones that are mined in South Africa. Clothing is inexpensive too-a safari suit is a practical buy for your stay and will certainly create a stir when you wear it to the pub when you get back home. Hand-bags, wallets, belts, shoes and coats are crafted from the finest leathers. Butter-soft Ostrich and impala skins are highly popular, as are items in elephant and buffalo hide. On the harbor front, the Victoria and Alfred waterfront has more than 240 shops selling everything from high fashion to curios. There are some huge shopping malls in and around Johannesburg. In Sandton Square and Sandton City, tourists can rub shoulders with the rich and the famous seeking out designer labels, jewellery and African art. Other upmarket malls in Johannesburg include Hyde Park.

 

Nelson Mandela Square             Cape Town SouthAfrica

 

 

 

 

Turkey

                       Turkey

 

Turkey is at the crossroad of Asia and Europe, rich in history, culture and all that one looks for when visiting a destination- to experience a holiday of a life time.

Due to its strategic location between the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea, it enjoys varied climate across the country.

Average Temperatures (in °C)
Istanbul
Antalya
Bursa
Izmir
January
5
9
6
8
February
6
10
7
9
March
8
12
9
11
April
12
15
13
14
May
16
20
17
18
June
21
24
22
23
July
23
28
24
25
August
23
28
24
25
September
20
25
21
22
October
16
20
17
18
November
12
15
13
14
December
8
14
9
10

 

Turkey is divided into 7 regions comprising of Marmara, Aegean, Black Sea, Central Anatolia, Mediterranean, East Anatolia and the Southeastern Anatolia Region. We start with the Marmara Region located in the East and with the commercial and touristy capital – Istanbul.

Istanbul

                       Istanbul

Istanbul- known as the ‘centre of the world’, it is the only city in the world which falls in two continents. Easily accessible from all parts of the world, from Mumbai you have direct flights to Turkey on Turkish Airlines and in 6 hours you reach Istanbul. Istanbul has preserved the legacy of its famous past having been the former capital of three empires, and looking into a bright future ahead. Here you will find a harmonious fusion of the past with the present, east with the west and of antiquity with the modern age. Istanbul charms its visitors with its variety of museums, churches, palaces, mosques and bazaar places as well as its own natural beauty.

 

The Spanish Riding School            The Blue Mosque
With a beautiful location is the outstanding Topkapi Palace which houses the relics of Prophet Mohammed. A six minaret Imperial Sultanahmet Mosque also known as the Blue Mosque, has a sound and light programme which is both informative and entertaining during summer.

 

 

Hippodrome            The Basilica of Hagia Sophia
Hippodrome is the scene of ancient chariot racing, with its monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Suprentine Column and the Column of Constaine. A visit to Istanbul is incomplete without an excursion on the Bosphorus (- a strait which separates Asia from Europe -) viewing Palaces on its banks along the way and the Bosphorus suspension bridge which connects Asia to Europe. The Basilica of Hagia Sophia with its immense dome and its majestic serenity is one of finest buildings of all time. The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art is housed in Ibrahim Pasa’s private residence, holds a superb collection of cceramics, metalwork, miniatures, calligraphy, textiles, woodwork as well as some of the oldest carpets of the world.

 

The Maramara Region

 

 

The Marmara region            Gallipoli
Towards the north east corner of Turkey lies the Marmara region, a passage way from Europe to Asia and vice versa. The Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park is built in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Historic Battle of Canakkale during World War I – a place where one can sense the patriotism of the Turkish nation. The Memorials to the soldiers are set in beautiful natural surroundings.

 

Canakkale

                       Canakkale

 

At the entrance of the Canakkale Strait, is this busy harbour city. The well equipped Marina boasts of a whole lot of colourful yachts passing through the strait to dock here. 

 

 

TROY            The Aegean region
Truva or Troy as it is known, where a symbolic wooden Trojan horse commemorates the legendary war of Troy, which Homer has immortalized in his Iliad. Explore the nine separate periods of settlement, including ruins of city walls, house foundations, a temple and a theatre. Turkey’s most impressive beaches are in this region, spread between rocky beaches and Turkish waters a great place for underwater divers. In this region besides the coastline there is deep rooted history and mythology.

 Kusadasi

An attractive seaside resort town, Kusadasi is one of the most attractive city on the Aegean. A favourite place for yacht men is the Marina here with its colourful yachts and a great shopping area on the river front. A connecting point for visiting many of Turkey’s other tourist centres, Kusadasi is considered a perfect holiday destination. It has interesting sightseeing attractions along with historical remains.

 

Ephesus            Pamukkale
Known as Turkey’s outdoor museum. The Temple of Artemis – one of the seven wonders of the ancient world was situated here. Officially sanctioned by the Vatican , the House of The Blessed Virgin Mary is in Ephesus. Here Mother Mary had spent the last years of her life after St. John had brought her here after the death of Christ Pamukkale is one of Turkey’s unique cities with its historical and natural sites. Pamukkale or in Turkish ‘Cotton Castle’ called so due to the natural formations here due to the high level of mineral deposits.

 Pamukkale has a large number of Hot Springs containing mineral, mainly chalk which has created this amazing natural wonder. The marvelous landscape of Pamukkale has been created gradually leaving a cotton-like image hence its name meaning “Cotton Castle”. Pamukkale is famed for its therapeutic mineral waters.

Art and Culture

                       Art Of Anotolia

 

Istanbul is the sight for The International Arts and Cultural Festivals and The International Film Festival Istanbul has light entertainment throughout the year, The night clubs have Turkish singers and belly dancers for entertaining its visitors. Here you will find discos, cabaret and jazz clubs to keep yourself entertained.

 

Art of Belly Dancing            Sufi In Turkey

 

Shopping

                       The Kapah Carsi or Covered Bazaar

 

The Kapah Carsi or Covered Bazaar is the original Mall of Istanbul, a place to suit every budget and taste where you can buy an endless list of things such as Charming souvenirs and gifts, antiques, carpets, brilliant hand painted ceramics, copperware, brassware, meerschaum pipes, Gold jewellery leather and suede goods.

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The Kapah Carsi or Covered Bazaar            Istanbul Sanatlari Carsisi

 

Eastern Turkey

In the Eastern Region of Turkey one comes across diverse terrain, the red ochre plateau of Erzurum; the forests, waterfalls and green pastures of Kars and Agri; the permanent snow cap on biblical Mount Agri; and the immense Lake Van with its deep blue waters. Due to this regions harsh climate and the high mountains population in this region is sparse. Fertile basins, like the Mus Valley and various rivers, lie at the foot of the mountain ranges. In this region the Pontus and the Taurus Mountains converge.

Black Sea Region


The Black sea region is also known as the Northern Anatolia Region. In this region you find rivers cascading through gorges of the coastal ranges, it has a steep and rocky coast line. The concentration of cities is more on the coast line as the access to the inland from the coastal area is limited to a few narrow valleys. Due to its highly fertile delta cultivation is concentrated in this region. All available land, including mountain slopes wherever possible, is put to use for cultivation. Commercial farming iscarried out in this region, making the region rich in its flora and fauna.

Southeast Anatolia Region

The Southeast Anatolia Region is Turkey’s smallest region, but not is respect to its natural beauty and historical importance. To the south and southeast of the Taurus Mountains are Valleys and Plateaus, the eastern parts are plains while the central parts are mountainous. This is the only region of Turkey which produces some oil. Visitors wanting to escape the ‘Sun & Surf’ could explore the uniquely different life style of the Southeast Anatolia region of Turkey.

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