2. ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS – Evolution, Not Revolution
No amount of study can prepare you for the absolute magic that the Galapagos Islands hold. From the world’s only seagoing marine iguanas to giant turtles to stunning boobie birds – every inch of this volcanic island bubbles with life.
3. ZAMBIA WALKING SAFARI – Spectacular Wildlife Viewing in Comfort and Style
Live it up in the spectacular African bush. Enjoy terrific sightings of the magnificent wild animals of Africa in great comfort and luxury in the well-appointed lodges in the Lower Zambezi National Park.
The ultimate travel destination. Go on an expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands to experience the fascinating and extreme part of our planet – the last pristine region of Mother Earth.
6. TRANS–SIBERIAN – The Last Great Train Adventure
A railway journey that covers almost one-third of the Earth’s surface. Get on board the Tsar’s Gold Train, and watch the landscape unfold from Moscow all the way to Beijing via Lake Baikal and Mongolia.
If blue is your favorite color, we have just the place for you. Discover ‘The Blue Pearl of Morocco’ deep inside the Rif Mountains. And capture your blue feelings with help from an internationally acclaimed photographer mentoring you.
Go on a photo tour with an international award-winning photographer. Discover the lives of throat singers and traditional nomad families who are an intrinsic part of the distinctive Mongolian landscape.
Deep inside the Finnish Lapland, sleep under the stars (literally) as you plonk yourself on a bed in a glass igloo. Resign yourself to the most sought-after travel experience in the world – catching the ever elusive Northern Lights.
Imagine a trip that combines three majestic cities of central Europe – Vienna, Prague, Budapest! Stunning architecture, evolved culture, resplendent parks and gardens, exquisite cuisine and heaving with modern history. Great for kids, brilliant for adults.
Imagine a country that measures its productivity by Gross National Happiness! This beautiful kingdom is tiny but large of heart. We have a special itinerary for senior citizens who can enjoy this exotic land in great comfort.
12. FAMILY FUN IN SWITZERLAND – Picture Postcard View In 3D
Switzerland is great fun for the whole family. Its natural beauty is incomparable, while its manmade charms are unbeatable. Go on a chocolate tour, zoom in a toboggan, and make fairy tale towns come alive.
When Nature shows off, she does it in Canada. Visit some of the most scenic landscapes on Planet Earth and take it all in via various modes of transport – on land, water, and air. It will leave you mesmerized.
14. JAPAN CHERRY BLOSSOM –Visit Yesterday And Tomorrow… Today
Japan is a country where the future and the past have a blissful coexistence. Absorb the unique Japanese culture, observe their terrific attention to detail and bask in their hospitality. Compose a haiku as the sakura blossoms.
Explore this timeless land in luxury and style. Relive its magnificent history as you visit its greatest monuments. Take a relaxing cruise along the Nile. Dive right into the buzz of Cairo. Pause and wonder about it all.
One little known fact that everyone should know about when travelling to Lapland…
The Lapland region actually consists of northern parts of Finland. Sweden and Norway, as well as northwest of Russia. It covers 17% of Europe and corresponds in area to France, Germany, Spain and Portugal put together.
What is a must buy when in Lapland?
Lapland offers a great variety of local handicraft. You can buy items made of reindeer antlers or carved from the local wood. You can also find small shops offering beautiful silver jewellery.
My personal favourite is the special symbol called ‘komsiopallo’ – a decorated cradle ball (often used as a necklace pendant), which indigenous people of Lapland gave to their babies to protect them from bad spirits and bring good fortune.
One take-away after a visit to Lapland?
There are no end to the adventures we can have, if only we seek them with our eyes open.
What is your advice to first time travellers?
Do not be offended if local people look too serious and reserved, as it is the way people are in the North. Give them some time, they will warm up and can actually be extremely friendly and helpful. Nordic people have warm hearts, but they are very shy to show it out.
One thing to definitely pack when travelling to Lapland?
When traveling in summer months during the Midnight Sun period (May – August), it would help to bring a sleeping mask with you. Many people are disturbed by daylight during the night and have difficulties in falling asleep. During winter, you must not forget a good pair of gloves and a warm hat!
Which are the must do activities in Lapland?
There are three must-do activities in Lapland: snowmobiling, reindeer ride and husky ride. Representing different ways of transportation in the Nordic areas, all the three are fantastic experiences and great fun.
Where should anyone, travelling to Lapland, definitely get their picture taken?
At the Arctic Circle, one of the main circles of latitude, located in the Santa Claus Village nearby Rovaniemi. You can take a funny photo standing on the line or jumping over it!
Which is the best place to get a panoramic photo of Lapland?
There are various beautiful viewpoints all around Lapland, depending of your travel destination. If you are in Saariselkä region, don’t miss the hill top restaurant Huippu – you will find amazing views. In Levi, head to Tuikku.
Best place to enjoy sunset/sunrise in Lapland?
The most interesting experience is to miss the sunset and sunrise!
As Lapland is situated North of Arctic Circle, the sun is above the horizon for 24 continuous hours at least once per year (and therefore visible at midnight) and below the horizon for 24 continuous hours at least once per year. On the Arctic Circle such events occur, in principle, exactly once per year, at the June and December solstices, respectively.
Most romantic place to take a special someone to.
The most romantic place would be in the wild under thousands of stars and in complete darkness. There are many fireplaces with small shelters built in the nature, on the lake shores and hill tops, where anyone can enjoy the beauty of Lapland. Take warm blankets to keep the two of you cosy and there is nothing more romantic than staring at the stars in the wild solitude.
Best place to have local food?
Everybody knows that Mothers are the best cooks in the world!
Find a small family run hotel or guest house and you will not regret it. Only there you can taste the best simple local delicacies!
Favourite local dish and drink that you would recommend.
Poron käristys – reindeer stew with mashed potatoes and cranberry jam. For a drink, try out Finnish digestive called ‘Salmiakki kossu’ – a dark characteristic liquid of vodka and liquorice.
One place only the locals would know…
Where are the best fishing places!
Finnish men are crazy about fishing and they know the best spots for it. Every laplander has a secret place in the nature, where he goes to take some time off. It can be walking in the woods, fishing in the river, swimming in the lake – places that you cannot really find on a map.
The best pub and best place to catch up n a drink..
Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland where you can find a variety of very good pubs to catch a drink. If you want to experience local life – you should stop at one of these tiny village centres, where gas station, grocery store, post office, and pub – all are located at the same house.
A local festival you feel more travellers should come and see..
Every spring there are reindeer sprint races that take place in the bigger cities. It is a strange sport, but fun to see. Rovaniemi Reindeer Sprint is the oldest and biggest one of the races, only best of the reindeer are invited to compete here. The race takes place at the end of March.
The things guide books won’t tell anyone about Lapland?
Lapland people often swim naked. But don’t worry, you most probably will not see it, because it happens in the wilderness, where no swimming suite is required and there is no one around. It is considered an expression of wild living and freedom.
Is there any particular month you would recommend travel to Lapland and what would that reason be?
Most people prefer to travel to Lapland during winter (December – March), but one of the most beautiful time to visit is actually September, when everything green turns into yellow, red and purple before fading to grey and falling in winter sleep. This special time is called “Ruska” and is the most loved time in Lapland.
In one sentence, Lapland is..
Everything is possible, because Lapland is magic.
Our associate in Lapland, Annekreet is an avid traveller and has been in the industry since 2004. Originally from Estonia, she knows a lot more about what people like about Lapland than the locals do.
Watch her as she takes a dip in her private Jacuzzi in this video.
Slovenia, very green and diverse country between the Mediterranean and the Alps, boasts all the beauties of the Old World. When you want to learn about Europe in one stroke, come to Slovenia. In just 20,273 square kilometers there are wonderful Alps, charming coastline, pristine lakes, breath-taking crystal clear rivers, thermal springs, beautiful valleys, magnificent Karst cave world, antique castles, medieval cities, ancient villages, and countless vineyards with top quality wines. Here in this small and easily covered area one can find 4 geographic regions, 3 climate regions and 3 wine growing regions. This is Slovenia, compact and astonishing, a diversity of Europe in miniature. More diverse experiences await you all year round.
What makes Slovenia an ideal travel destination for all?
Not many countries can offer such a wide variety of amazing possibilities like Slovenia can. It is an ideal travel destination, among the most biologically diverse countries in the world and stunningly beautiful nature, small distances, one of the cleanest countries in Europe, excellent culinary & wine.
Tell us something that every traveller should know when travelling to Slovenia?
Slovenians are respectful of the rules in public places and appreciate the kindness and good manners from others. Slovenians also recycle and try to keep the country clean. Also very important: tap water is clean and drinkable. Most of Slovenians speak English and are kind to tourists.
Any essentials that one needs to carry when they are travelling?
To bring euros and some sports shoes because there is a lot of places in nature to discover, especially away from the capital.
Which are the most surreal places to visit when in Slovenia?
Vintgar Gorge, Velika Planina, Logarska Dolina, Soca valley, Krizna cave, Postojna Cave, Skocjan Cave, Bled.
Can you tell us a little about the life of the locals?
Locals try to have the best quality of life, working hours are from 8 am until 4 pm or from 9 am to 5 pm which leaves almost all afternoon free for different activities in nature or just to spend quality time with the family and friends. When the weather is nice, locals also like to spend time in the city centre, just having a drink in one of the bars along the Ljubljanica river. During weekends, people like to have a short getaway in one of the different places in Slovenia, because everything is about one hour to two hours away from the capital.
What are the local delicacies/drinks which one must try and where Slovenia?
Local wine in different regions of Slovenia, Kranjska sausage, struklji (composed of dough and various types of filling), Potica (a dessert, rolled dough cake with different fillings, most common is nut filling), Bled cream cake, jota (a stew with sour cabbage and beans).
What are things which one must buy when in Slovenia?
Licitar heart, olive oil from different Slovenian producers, honey from different Slovenian producers, lace from Idrija, salt or chocolate with salt or different products from Piran saltpans, Slovenian schnapps (from blueberry or plum or similar).
Which is the most romantic places to visit in Slovenia?
Which are the local festivals one must come to attend in Slovenia?
There are a lot of culinary events and wine events throughout the year in whole Slovenia. For example, Cherry Festival in Goriska Brda, Fish fest on Slovenian coast, Beer & flower festival in an Eastern part of Slovenia, Ljubljana Festival, Ethnomusic festival in Bled.
The things that guidebooks will not tell anyone about?
Some things should remain unpublished for guests to discover them on their own during their visit.
According to you what is the best thing about Slovenia?
That everything is close, you can go to the mountains and to the coast on the same day. There is a lot of nature which gives you a sense of freedom. Water is clean and drinkable. Slovenia is also very diverse and one can do so many different things, there is something for everyone.
With its exquisite gastronomy, impeccable architecture and charming canals – it doesn’t matter whether you are a romantic at heart, a foodie, a history buff or an explorer – the Danish capital has surprises in store for every visitor. Team Wanderers brings to you the top seven reasons to head to this stunning city.
The Danes are proud of their eco-friendly live approach. Perhaps, this is why cycles have assimilated themselves into the city, becoming a part of the landscape itself. After all, 62 percent of Copenhageners use their bike for the daily commute. One of the best ways to see the city, hop on to witness the city’s main attractions including Europe’s oldest functioning observatory in Europe – The Round Tower, The Danish Parliament – Folketing, and the internet famous hippie town ‘Christiana Freetown’.
With its world-class dining scene, it is no surprise that Copenhagen is home to many Michelin-star restaurants including Noma, which serves delicious Nordic food under the guidance of world-renowned chef Rene Redzepi. For those of you who’d like to get a taste of the local flavor, head to Refshaleøen – the popular street food neighborhood tucked with hidden cafes, bars and eateries.
The design, décor and architecture of the city have drawn accolades from across the globe. With its peculiar brick buildings, the lanes of Copenhagen are a visual delight. When in the city, one must visit the Tivoli Gardens, a frequently visited amusement park and pleasure garden that is home to rides, games, musicals, ballet, and major concerts. Not to be missed are the picture-perfect Helsignor Castle, the Frederiksborg Castle, and the Amalienborg Palace, the official city residence of Queen Margrethe II and the Danish royal family.
The picturesque city’s charm is best witnessed by sailing down its canals where you can choose between an array of options including a canal tour boat, a solar energy-driven boat, a kayak and a romantic gondola. Feeling adventurous? You can catch one of the daily boats that depart from the Nyhavn harbour to visit the 100-year-old man-made island and fortress, Flakfortet, in the Sound. The fort, which was built as a part of the city’s defence system hosts a number of activities today, including treasure hunts, ghost hunts and mini-gold – ensuring a fun with family and friends.
Whether it’s stylish boutiques you’re on a lookout for or high-end designer stores – the city that has carved its name on Europe’s fashion map will not disappoint you. After all, nothing lesser can be expected from the country that is home to the globally renowned Henrik Vibskov. Choose between Magasin Du Nord, one of the largest shopping malls in Copenhagen, and Veras market, a flea market set under Bispeengbuen Bridges. Moreover, if you’re looking for a great deal and don’t mind a few hours rummaging through piles, head to one of the city’s second-hand stores where you can find luxury vintage wear from across the world. A few options we’d recommend are Time’s Up, Episode and Prag.
Located in Vesterbro, this major tourist attraction is home to the world-famous Danish brewery of Carlsberg beer. While they have special events throughout the year, Summers’ steal the show with ‘Carlsberg Fridays’ – an informal night of music, barbeque and ice-cold tap beer. Not a beer-person? Hop on to one of the horse carriages nearby for a tour of the Carlsberg district to catch a glimpse of the iconic buildings that have graced the area for more than a hundred years.
The art of Danish Hygge
A visit to Copenhagen is mandatory to experience the widely acclaimed concept of ‘hygge’ (pronounced as “hoo-gah”). Often attributed as the reason behind Denmark being considered as one of the happiest countries in the world -it means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. Happiness can’t be bought, but can sure be learnt from the Danes.
Its that time of the year when travellers are gearing up for the summer holidays. The excitement of researching for destinations and things to do there, finding great deals for all the travel arrangements and ultimately booking them is a certain high. For those traveling overseas there’s one more important thing to look into. And thats the visas. There are destinations where visas are given on arrival to Indians, some payable (like Thailand, Kenya etc) and some free of cost (like Maldives, Mauritius etc). Both are relatively hassle free. Then there are those destinations which need prior visas. And its this specific issue that I want to give some advise on.
Most Embassies are now seeing a flood of applications. US, UK, the Schengen countries as well as countries like Australia, New Zealand etc of all whom require prior visas. All countries have their rules and regulations and these are very well defined on their websites including the VFS website. Traveling to the US, UK, Australia, NZ and other non-Schengen countries obviously requires that one applies to these specific Consulates/ Embassies for visas, but the problem is highlighted when traveling to a Schengen country. The Schengen area has 26 member states and obtaining a Schengen visa from any Schengen country allows free travel within the Schengen member states. Details of the application process, documents required, the fee structure and number of days it usually takes to process the visa..all this information is mentioned very clearly on these official websites. One can even apply for a Schengen visa 90 days in advance. But the problem is the Indian travellers penchant for last minute bookings to these countries and then realising that they have very little time to apply for a visa to a specific country where its taking time to process the visa. So, what do they do? They turn to “jugad”. The ‘jugad’ here is very simple. Travelers show their flight routing to country X, show hotel bookings and an itinerary in country X and apply for visa to Country X. After obtaining a visa, they will revert to the original plan of traveling to Country Y without any intention of traveling to Country X. This is called “dummy” bookings and it turns out that its a pretty dumb thing to do these days. While many have gotten away thus far since Schengen rules permit free travel within the member states, some have suffered while resorting to this method.
Airlines have denied boarding to passengers at the airport when they found out that the person who had recently obtained a visa for travel to Country X showing a specific flight routing wasn’t even traveling to that country. The Consulate through the airline exercised their right to deny them boarding. They have also blacklisted a few agents who have been doing ‘dummy bookings.’ Why are the Consulates getting strict on this? One of the reasons could be to clamp down on illegal immigration which, lets admit, is reaching alarming proportions for Indians traveling overseas. They are just disappearing. And thats impacting genuine travellers as well.
So, whats the solution?
Follow the rules.
Do not do dummy bookings for countries that you are not visiting.
Apply well in advance as Schengen countries accept applications 3 months in advance
Do not force travel agents to make dummy bookings for your visas. Not only will you get into trouble, but you will get the agent into trouble as well.
Understand country specific rules while applying for Schengen visas. Its not a uniform process for all 26 member states. While 80% of the rules are similar, 20% rules can vary. Eg, for traveling in Spain the Consulate in Mumbai requires that you also show proof of your intercity travel within Spain e.g. train ticket, flight ticket etc whereas its a not a requirement in the Delhi Embassy. Many Schengen countries (e.g. Italy) just ask you for a proof of travel between Schengen countries e.g. going from Geneva to Rome but not Rome to Venice. Denmark Embassy requires that you submit a colour photocopy of every single page of your current passport and previous passport which is not a requirement in other Schengen countries. Slovenia requires that you make a personal appearance at the VFS centres and give your biometrics even if you have travelled to a Schengen country in the last month whereas other Schengen countries exempt you from personal appearance for biometrics if you have travelled to a Schengen country after Nov 2015. Slovenia also requires that all members of the group (after receiving VISA approval) show proof of hotel payment (from the hotel/ accommodation in Slovenia) “due to several cancellations of the hotel after the visas were handed over.”
Italy is a European country like no other! A wise traveler once said, ‘Put all of Europe on one side and Italy on the other and Italy will still come up trumps’. Maybe it’s as true for their brand of football, wine and food as well, but I guess in his mildly inebriated state he meant it from the tourism point of view! This boot-shaped country has got beautiful landscape with a remarkable coastline and mountains, rolling wine country, an ancient culture which is hard to beat and architecture which will take your breath away. And after you have been suitably mesmerized by Rome, Florence and the Tuscany region, you land up in Venice and think, what the hell were these guys up to? How could they pull off such an incredible feat as building the city of Venice? And then off course there’s the incredible food and wine and the typical Italian way of life ~La Dolce Vita~
If you are looking at Italy as a 3 night stopover in Rome, don’t waste your time. Go someplace else. That’s a frank advice. You can’t do justice to what this country did in 5000 years and attempt to even try and understand it in 3 days. Minimum spend 10 days. Anything short of that is a blasphemy! Rome and the Vatican needs 4 days; Florence and Tuscany another 4 days; Venice a good 2 full days; Amalfi Coast another 3days. Then there’s Sicily which if you want to get a feel you need 4days. Exploring it would require 6-7 days. And we haven’t covered Milan and the Lake Como region or the Dolomites! So, there you are. In 10 days you would be able to rush through Rome, Florence and a stay in a Tuscan villa, Venice and a bit of the Amalfi Coast.
For those who want to see a bit of everything and have a hassle free guided tour where even your meals are accounted for, go for the coach tours. Yeah bring out your laundry list for Italy! But if you have your own wishlist and want to see the Duomo in Florence at leisure or check out the ambiance of Tuscany by staying on a farm or a villa or want to enter Venice in style aboard a cruising yacht or spend endless hours in a piazza in Rome or stand transfixed for hours on end in front of the Coliseum, or stay in Taormina in Sicily for the awesome views of Mt.Etna and the Mediterranean, then go for the independent holidays. Don’t get chaperoned like on a guided coach tour and spend all your time in the world to savor the beauty of Italy like you would your red wine while seated in a café in front of the Pantheon or at the Trevi fountain!
Firstly, the ‘self-drive’ houseboat holidays near Venice. It’s a lifestyle holiday that’s so reasonably priced that it’s quite unbelievable. Imagine having a private yacht with 1-4 cabins with en suite loos, a small kitchenette, its own music system, the freedom to navigate down the river, choosing where you want to eat, where you want to moor and go for long walks or cycle down pretty pathways in villages you would never have seen otherwise. The second is self drive car holidays all over mainland Italy where we will chalk out your route and book you in pretty places all over Italy. The 3rd is the enchanting and myth laden island of Sicily. From short breaks to 10 day holidays in Sicily and covering Taormina, a climb to Mt. Etna, Cefalu, Palermo, Agrigento etc.
They have never given suparis to Indian tourists. Not even in Sicily. At least not yet. The Godfathers are yet to hear about ‘India Shining’ out there. But yes, we keep hearing from people or reading in news that there have been purse snatching or pickpocketing. I have never ‘met’ someone who has been at the wrong end of Italian hospitality. But since they say its that way in Italy, why not just be more careful and don’t go hanging your new Mont Blanc wallet around your neck!
5) Don’t visit at the wrong time of year and regret.
June to Sep is summer. The scent of a warm summer breeze, pretty cafes open till late at night, fashion laden locals and hordes of mesmerized tourists waltzing down every narrow lane, music pouring out from street corners and pubs. It’s a heady cocktail of splendid architecture, food & wine, fashion, amazing landscapes and warm people. You will find it hard not be swept into the philosophy of La dolce vita. Apr/May & Oct would have a bit of all that but less in its intensity as well as price.
6) Don’t be the last minute Indian while VISA application.
Not a problem, if you have your papers in order. In perfect order. It’s a Schengen country. But during the summer months, the consulate is loaded with applications, so don’t plan to apply at the last moment.
7) Don’t club in random countries with Italy and regret later.
France, Switzerland and Austria make a good combination. All of them are well connected by trains. For eg, you can combine Geneva (Switzerland), Chamonix (France) with a trip to Lake Como and Milan in Italy. Or you could wander to the Lake side triangle of Lugano (Switzerland), Como and Maggiore in Italy. The schengen visa will suffice for all these countries.
8) Exercise caution while hotel booking for ultimate savings.
It depends entirely on your budget and the kind of location you like. But we would advise that in Rome choose a centrally located hotel between the Tiber river and Termini stn. Preferably within walking distance of the metro. In Florence choose any hotel close to the station. It’s a walking town. In Tuscany if you want to stay in a vineyard or on a farm, there are plenty of places to choose from. Check with us for ideas. In Venice, if you stay ‘inside’ Venice city, then prepare to pay a stratospheric price for a measly sized room but you may hear the gondola guys serenade you right below the window! Or you may opt to stay instead at Mestre, which is just across the creek and a 3min train ride away. Here you will get a decent 4 star hotel (eg Hotel Bologna) at the cost of a ‘so-called’ 3star hotel in Venice city.
Italy is a foodie’s delight. The further south you travel the more elaborate the meal becomes, so much so that in Sicily, 1-4pm is siesta time which I guess is more to do with their lunch than with rest. If an Italian decides to host you for lunch or dinner, do keep aside 2-3 hrs for that and no meetings afterwards. Nothing is short of a 3-course meal with wine overflowing. It’s not a Veg food paradise, but veggies will survive well. Indian restaurants are there in the main cities but these are not cheap. A simple dinner for 2 at the only Indian restaurant in Venice will set you back by Euro 40-50. Tap water is safe for drinking in Italy. But then in Italy who drinks water!
Everything the guide books or tourism websites won’t tell you about the place..
One little-known fact/trivia that everyone should know about when travelling to Tyrol?
In Tyrol fresh drinking water comes straight from the tap. It is very clean and of a high quality, so drinking it is probably one of the most natural and most healthy refreshments you can experience.
What is a must buy when in Tyrol?
Visit one the Swarovski shops and you will know. For example, go to the store in Innsbruck and gives you a feel of a Swarovski museum. Buy yourself a present there and take it home with you as something that will always remind you of a very special holiday in Tyrol.
One take-away after a visit to Tyrol?
In my opinion, a “Zirben-pillow” would be a great take-away, it smells very good and can decorate your couch at home. Otherwise Kitzbühel with its luxurious boutiques and shiny jewelry stores is the most famous shopping destination in Tyrol, I am sure you will find something nice at the exclusive shops at the “KITZ GALLERIA” (shopping mall).
What is your advice to first-time travelers?
You have to pack your suitcase for different types of weather. Like the onion-model: Be prepared for cold weather, but so that you can put off clothes if the weather is warm.
One thing to definitely pack when travelling to Tyrol?
Take good shoes with you. Doesn’t matter if you go through cities, on a mountain or just for a walk. Keep in mind that you might want to touch the snow on one of our impressive glaciers, which are easy to reach also in the summer.
One activity anyone travelling to Tyrol should not miss.
For sure you should not miss the view when you are on the top of a mountain. It is possible to go there for everyone. You can hike or take the gondola. For Example in Sölden in the Ötztal Valley you can visit the Big 3 panoramic rock path covered in glass, the view from there is breathtaking – even for locals!
Where should anyone, travelling to Tyrol, definitely get their picture taken?
It’s nearly the same for this question: On the top of a mountain. Do not forget to share it on social media to let your friends admire the view as well.
Which is the best place to get a panoramic photo?
The Valluga in St. Anton at Arlberg, because you can see the peaks of three countries: Italy in the south, Switzerland in the West and Germany in the North – that’s a unique experience!
Best place to enjoy sunset/sunrise?
As we are in the middle of the Alps, the best places to enjoy the sunset/sunrise is on the top of one of our beautiful mountains or on a tease with a nice cup of coffee. If you are in Innsbruck you can go up the Mountain with the “Nordkettenbahn” which takes you at an elevation of almost 2,000 meters in 20 minutes directly from the city center. This is something you could do every day, however for sunsets I recommend considering a Friday as the cable car has extended opening times till 11.30 pm.
Most romantic place to take a special someone to.
To the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens (only 20 minutes away from Innsbruck), because with their subterranean “chambers of wonder” they are a sparkling fantasy world and a pure invitation to dream. The atmosphere is magical to romantic there, someone special will notice.
Best place to have local food?
The best place for local food is a real Tyrolean restaurant, beside the numerous international restaurants they are easy to find everywhere.
Your favorite local dish and drink that you would recommend?
I would recommend the “Käsepressknödel” (cheese dumplings) because they are a vegetarian speciality that is typical for Tyrol. By the way, the “Graukäse”, which is the cheese used for this dumplings, contains just 0,1% fat.
One place only the locals would know?
There are many places in the different regions. One example is at the Ötztaler Alps. There you can see ibexes most of the time.When you come to Tyrol, just ask one of the locals. The people here are very friendly and will share their hidden spots with pleasure with you. If you would ask me I would send you to the Ötztal Valley to see the most beautiful waterfall – the “Stuiben Waterfall”.
The best pub and a best place to catch up for a drink?
There are plenty…so I try to give you the highlights.
In Innsbruck on the rooftop of a shopping mall is a quaint local bar called “360 Grad” that has an amazing “360-degree” view of downtown Innsbruck. For a real party experience I would recommend “The Londoner” in Kitzbühel, as it is the favorite party location for summer and winter tourists as well as for the local party animals since more than 25 years. In the Ötztal Valley the “Top Mountain Star” is a combination of a panoramic platform and a bar in a special shape on a mountain beyond 3000 meters above sea level.
A local festival you feel more travelers should come and see?
The traditional “Almabrieb” is a very colorful event in in autumn (mainly in September) where the cattle of the farmers that have grazed the mountain pastures all summer long are driven back down the mountain to the safety of their winter quarters. That is very beautiful in the region of St. Anton am Arlberg.
The things guide books will not tell anyone about Tyrol?
As you know, the official language in Austria is German, but we are very proud of our various dialects. However, sometimes people from the different valleys do not understand each other. As a result, it is common to make friendly jokes about the `foreign` dialects.
Is there any particular month you would not recommend travel to Tyrol and what would that reason be?
The best time to come to come to Tyrol is the summer season (middle of May – end of September) because the climate is very nice. You will have a warm temperature, but it is never getting too hot.
In one sentence, Tyrol is the heart of the Alps!
Hello, my name is Angela, I am 29 years old and grew up in Innsbruck – the capital of Tyrol. In the last years I studied and worked abroad, it was amazing to see so many beautiful places in the world, but coming back and to settle in Tyrol was definitely one of the best choices I ever made, because this is where my heart belongs.
One little known fact/trivia that everyone should know about when travelling to Greece?
Greece is a unique destination for travelers holding a population of 10,815,197. Apart from an incomparable combination of mountain and sea destination spots, more importantly Greece offers remarkable history, monuments, attractions and amazing night life giving every traveler a reason to visit and hold Greece in their hearts!
What is a must buy when in Greece?
Greek Olives and Extra Virgin Olive oil.
One take-away after a visit to Greece?
Small or big ancient Greek civilization statuettes and fridge magnets which are sold as souvenirs.
What is your advice to first time travelers?
To taste the rich Mediterranean cuisine and live the myth of Greece.
One thing to definitely pack when travelling to Greece?
One activity anyone travelling to GREECE should not miss.
To swim in the crystal blue Greek Mediterranean Sea and to experience a traditional Greek night with “plate smashing”
Where should anyone, travelling to GREECE, definitely get their picture taken?
The most spectacular Archaeological site in Greece “Acropolis”; to visit the most scenic area “Delphi“ – the naval of the earth; and to walk on the still active Volcano of Santorini!
Which is the best place to get a panoramic photo?
The magical Caldera views captured only in Santorini.
Best place to enjoy sunset/sunrise?
The world famous sunset in Oia of Santorini.
Most romantic place to take a special someone to?
One of the most popular honeymooner’s destination in Greece, Santorini.
Best place to have local food?
Monastiraki and Plaka areas in the heart of Athens most famous for traditional Greek cuisine.
Your favorite local dish and drink that you would recommend?
Greek chicken souvlaki accompanied with traditional Greek beer or fresh seafood meze accompanied with local Greek ouzo.
One place only the locals would know?
Litochoro village, located at the foot of mount Olympus, the home of our ancient Gods!
The best pub and best place to catch up for a drink?
We wouldn’t suggest just one pub as there are too many good ones, but the best three areas in the downtown area of Athens are Psiri, Kolonaki and Gazi for a fun evening/night out!
A local festival you feel more travelers should come and see?
The famous Greek carnival of Patras town which lasts for 2 whole days and includes mascaraed parades with singing, dancing and lots of drinking!
The things guide books will not tell anyone about Greece?
Religious and local cultural traditions that can only be found out on the spot whilst exploring!
Is there any particular month you would not recommend travel to Greece and what would that reason be?
Throughout the year, during all seasons, Greece has many places a traveler can visit which means there is no particular month Greece is not ideal for all!
In one sentence, GREECE is a country of history, culture, beauty and hospitality….. and you don’t have to be Greek to love Greece…
We take this opportunity to thank each of you for making 2014 a great year for The Wanderers. And we wish you and your loved ones a fantastic 2015! May it be bigger, better and happier for everyone, wherever you are. To add to your happiness quotient, we promise to bring you awesome travel experiences from around the world throughout 2015 As a trailer, here’s a glimpse of what we would like to begin with! A winter trip to Canada, a wild trip to Botswana, a boat trip down the Mekong, a journey to Colombia or a road trip to North East India. We have all this and more for you in 2015. It’s after all the year of the wanderer.
Don’t believe otherwise..
Explore the wonders of Botswana in the wilderness hotspots of this diverse country with this luxury camping expedition. You spend your days in the Okavango Delta and take game drives in Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park before finishing the trip with the sight of the cloud of spray from the mighty Victoria Falls. Its a one of a kind trip- exclusive & wild! Check out our latest package on Namibia
Lake Louise and Banff National Park
Enjoy a unique range of recreational activities from world-class ski options, to Dogsled mushing, snowshoe tours, skating along ice-trails and much more. This trip is dedicated to highlight the winter wonderland – Canada, where you get to experience dog sledges, some winter wildlife, visit Lake Louise and Banff National Park and explore Vancouver city.
Colombia, located in the southwest of South America, is a tropical country of incredible diversity and charm. It is known to fascinate the world with its ever-changing geography, a history loaded with mystery & adventure and the warmth of its people and rich centuries-old culture. Discover this completely new world. Check out our latest package on Colombia
River Mekong in Laos
Take a trip down the River Mekong in Laos and its world renowned islands. Start the cruise at Pakse, situated at the confluence of Xe Don and Mekong Rivers, before continuing your cruise to Wat Phou – a UNESCO World Heritage site and the remote 4000 Islands!
Discover the beauty of the Sultanate of Oman with this seven days journey. Start your travel in the capital city of Muscat, a vibrant city that has successfully balanced the modern with its traditional culture. Here you will be introduced to Oman’s history, culture and development. Make your way along various tourist hot spots of Oman like Nizwa, Bahia Fort, Wadi Nakher, Jebel Shams and Wahiba Sands before returning to Muscat, where you end your trip. This trip gives a fascinating insight into a destination so close to India. Check out our package for Vietnam
Pamper yourself and your loved one while discovering this beautiful country together. This 11 day tour takes you on a magical journey in Rainbow Nation. With the ease of self drive for most part of the journey, you can take your time reaching your destinations. Stop at little-known places. Discover those hidden nooks. Go on game drives. Do activities together. Get awed by the sights and the scenery along the way. Live in luxurious lodges and hotels throughout which have been handpicked specifically for this luxury offbeat tour.
See the best that Tanzania has to offer in luxury. Stay at some of the most luxurious tented accommodations and camps while you go on Safaris and game drives. Start your trip at Ngorongoro, famous for its Crater where humans and wild beasts coexist peacefully. Move on to Serengeti National Park, unequalled for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of plains game anywhere. Drive down to Lake Manyara National Park, extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. From here you can either return back home or extend your trip and take in the beaches at Zanzibar while staying in the lap of luxury some 45 km away from Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. Check out our latest package on Tanzania.
Discover Mongolia starting with a 2 day visit to the smaller brother of Baikal, Lake Khuvsgul, the deepest lake in Central Asia. In Ulaanbaatar, you will experience a blend of tradition and modernity in the rapidly developing city. Head east to Maikhan Tolgoi, followed by a trip to Gobi desert and then a walk through the ice gorge at Yolyn,Am,Mongolia’s largest sand dunes.Finally, experience Naadam festival which is the most colourful festival of the Mongols. Check out our latest package to Mongolia.
Our Kailash Manasarovar Expedition to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, which lies in the Southwestern part of Tibet, is an incredible experience. It is an epic pilgrimage to the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva, that is considered the most sacred and revered pilgrimage for Hindus, Jain’s and Buddhists alike. It is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding spiritual journeys known to man. Apart from this group tour, we have other journeys to Mt Kailash including a trip via Lhasa, another one which is an arduous trek, the inner parikrama, the chopper tour, the private journey and more. Do contact us for details, Check out our latest Kailash package
North East India
The North Eastern region of India is one of the least explored regions of India. With its abundant natural wealth, wildlife sanctuaries, high mountains, tribal culture, tea gardens, waterfalls, famous temples, the majestic Brahmaputra valley, angling opportunities, fast flowing rivers, quaint markets and a flourishing textile trade, it’s a wonder that these sister states have been able to keep themselves under wraps for so long! This unveils all of the above during its sojourn through Assam, Meghalaya and the Himalayan region of Arunachal Pradesh.
Meetings – Incentives – Conferences – Events
Does the reward of a trip to London and Paris or to Australia and Thailand galvanise the sales force into action? We are sure it does if the booming numbers of incentive travelers to places far and wide is any indication. But how about taking this a notch higher and announcing a trip of a lifetime that is truly worth coveting? A voyage to the Antarctic for the top performers! Or a trip to the Arctic Circle or the North Pole or a Trans Siberian Rail journey for the deserving few… Is it time to turn incentives on its head and move away from mundane trips to the truly extraordinary experiences of life? So, next time you are planning a trip for your delegates, do you want to go on planning the ordinary or would you like to give it a Wanderers touch? For more info, please click on the link.
Return as a Wanderer..
Thanks for all your arrangements. The trip was absolutely fantastic and very well organized. Thank you for making this trip happen in a short period of time. I know it was challenging indeed, given the time constraints.It will certainly remain a Dream Trip etched in our minds. I do look forward to organizing a trip too next year with Wanderers ..and hopefully many more trips thereafter. It was really a pleasure working with you!
Om Hemrajani, after his recent trip to Switzerland, Austria and Prague
Israel – Shalom!
Abhik Dutta, The Wanderers
Abhik Dutta traveled to Israel for a recce trip and this is what he had to say about this beautiful country.
“I had always wanted to visit Israel having grown up reading books about the country and its people, how the state was formed, about kibbutz life, their culture of innovation, the politics and religion of the region, the holocaust etc. So, when I got the invite from the Israel Ministry of Tourism to visit the country, I already had one leg in the El-Al flight! Tel-Aviv, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea is a city on steroids! An active city, where people are forever on the go. Cycling, running, skating, sailing, segwaying, dancing. Always moving. No wonder its called the Non-Stop City. Jaffa, is the exact opposite. Quiet, reflective, artsy, historical. To escape the noise.
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Aug 1st to 25th – Mark your dates for one of the best art and theatre festivals of the world!
Festivals… India’s so full of them, we must have one every day! As much as we enjoy celebrating them in our home country, it’s interesting to know that there are many festivals celebrated around the world, and amongst a few avid travellers a fetish to visit them. They are definitely not all Religious, while a few could have started with some tradition or the other, many are related to the customs of the place, the season, the sport, music genres, films, food, drink and even education! To name a few which would certainly ring a bell for most of you are the La Tomatina festival, Sundance festival, Mardi Gras New Orleans, Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, the famous Lantern festival in Taiwan, Oktoberfest.
In my visit to Scotland last summer in August, a family reunion of sorts, we were driving across the country from our base at Killin and ended the trip with a stay at Edinburgh. This was around the 18th of August. This Scottish town, famous world over for its University, its Arts and Architecture program and of course the Edinburgh castle, just bowled us over. What a beautiful town, a pleasure to explore on foot the many museums, historical buildings and markets. But what luck! We happened to be bang in the middle of the famous FRINGE FESTIVAL. It goes on from the 1st to the 25th of August and it’s the largest street art and theatre festival in the world! There are over 3000 shows to choose from around the world and the entire city’s restaurants, pubs and halls participate in holding these shows.
The most interesting part of the Fringe festival is that combined with the shows, is the street fair on The Royal Mile, an entire stretch of road that’s converted into a non-traffic zone with a full carnival atmosphere. All the participants from across the world are selling their shows on this street in the most innovative ways… you have human statues, actual scenes from Shakespeare being played out, music fests, gory scenes, comedy all of it showcased to gain your attention. A square at the Royal Mile is converted into a kind of stage and one of the best acts we saw was by an Argentinian comedian cum dancer, you can’t really get enough of it.
Yes for sure Indians also participate, so there were some Indian acts too! Besides this there are a lot of quaint shops and stalls selling Scottish good, curios, bag piper, kilts, chocolates and antiquities. You hardly realize how you’ve passed the day meandering in between these and the show people.
In the snaps you see a blue colour lady statue, well she’s live and acting, most amazing. Each act is a total surprise.
If you are planning a visit to the UK this summer, especially in August… do drop into Edinburgh and catch the FRINGE, it’s certainly a must do on a long list of must see’s, must do’s of travel. You’ll not only have fun, but get to see so many cultures and theatre from across the world, it’ll only leave you wanting more.