It was the perfect solution for me. I was on a short trip to Germany, with four cities to visit - Berlin, Erfurt, Nuremberg and Munich. For 21 years, a high-speed train, with these cities, plus Halle as the only stops, has been in the planning. Finally, last year, the necessary 22 tunnels and 29 bridges had been built and the high-speed train, going 186 miles an hour, got under way. The Berlin-Munich high-speed train of a decade ago took six hours. The new train, the ICE Sprinter, whisks its passengers the whole length of the new route in only three hours and 50 minutes. Since it began running in December 2018, twice as many travelers have been taking it as had used the old high-speed line.
A visit to the land that Ibsen immortalized in Peer Gynt takes me deep into the extreme landscape of Norway, from lakes to mountains and through icy forests shrouded in heavy snow. This journey awakens my spirit and provides adventure into the world of mythic inspiration. High in the mountains of the Jotunheimen, the legendary trolls do mischief as Peer Gynt tries to outwit these clever elves in the forested wonderland. This land is full of surprises with trolls and flying reindeer that enhance this epic story where these sprightly creatures thrive and wild animals abound.
Besides being the world's fastest-growing airline for the past few years, Norwegian Air is also the leading foreign airline regularly adding service to the US. With a cost-cutting focus for 2019 and some small adjustments to its US network, the airline's Director of Communications, Anders Lindstrom, says Norwegian will continue to grow its presence in the US, but at a "slower pace to ensure sustainable and profitable growth."
Ukraine is a remarkable and safe tourist destination and is currently experiencing “under tourism,” with just 14.2 million visitors in 2017. This means that your clients will experience the uncongested UNESCO world heritage sites that are drawing tourists to this eastern-most and largest European country. In fact, Kyiv is affectionately called the easternmost city in Western Europe.
Turkish Delights are those marvelous candies made of gel, starch and sugar that come in flavors like chopped date, pistachio, and hazelnut, to name just a few. Yet, we aren’t here to talk about those wonderful treats- no, the treats we have in mind are more along the lines of the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Cappadocia and world class skiing.
The time to book groups for Oberammergau’s 2020 Passion Play is now, according to Sid Danovic, of Kompas Holidays International. The 42nd Passion Play is scheduled to begin in Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany on May 16, 2020. Tour packages for this once-in-a-decade event are selling fast, and demand is expected to increase in the coming months. Availability for these sought-after tours is limited; there were 102 performances of the Passion Play in 2010, and the theatre holds only 5,000 audience members for each performance.
Turkish Airlines welcomed Istanbul Airport October 29, 2018. Starting this January, all operations will move from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Istanbul Airport. Once complete, this will be the world’s largest airport: three times the size of Beijing Airport with six runways, four terminals, a capacity for 2,000 aircraft daily flying to more than 350 destinations and with an annual passenger capacity of about 200 million. The project will be launched in four phases with the final phase completed in 2028. This major hub at the intersection of Asia, Europe and the Middle East will be the world’s largest transfer point. Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com) offers service from major US cities including New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles to Istanbul with connections to its wide ranging international network.
An Alaskan Husky sled dog’s desire to run is so overwhelming that when you are about to leave on a 5-day expedition, they can feel the excitement in the air. Their barks are deafening. They rear up on their hind legs, paw at the air, even though they are tethered to the earth with a steel anchor. It adds to your excitement for going on a wilderness adventure, far above the Arctic Circle, in Lapland, driving your own personal team of sled dogs across 200 kilometers through some of the most mind-blowingly beautiful land you have ever seen. Well, if you could bark like the dogs, you would too!
When people tell me it’s impossible to get lost, I inevitably prove them wrong. On the island of Saõ Miguel, in the Azores, I discover that going astray brings pleasant surprises.
At one unscheduled stop, Ponta da Madrugada (about 1,500 feet above sea level) verdant mountains slither down to the sea. Waves thunder against its steep cliffs.
A group of Azoreans choose this dramatic backdrop for their Sunday outing. They fill the air with singing, clapping, accordion playing, castanets and an instrument that looks like a broken abacus. One dancing lady grabs me and before long, I am one of them. Well, sort of. Being a klutz, I am mostly smashing my partner’s feet. “Obrigada” (thank you), I say to the lady who chose me. She puts her hand on her heart, smiles and says, “nada.”
Croatia is often called a nautical paradise, with one of the most indented coasts in the Mediterranean, and home to more than 1,000 islands. Sailing along Croatia’s coastline from north to south is the best way to explore it, or a visitor can hit the road instead, and discover some of the more off-the-beaten path sites. Here are just a few of the special places your clients will want to experience for themselves, whatever way they choose to get there.