Year: 2019

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

2019 is about to end, and 2020 is about to begin. For many of us, this time of the year is when we make some of the biggest decisions of the year. Many cultures observe New Years Day according to their own customs, some on their own dates and calendars. For most of the world, New Years is celebrated on the 1st day of January, and is often marked as a national holiday.

We would like to take this opportunity to greet our dear clients and customers a Happy New Year on behalf of Falcon Travel! Let this time of the year symbolize a renewal of strength and determination in all of our endeavors. We wish for everyone to have a prosperous year in 2020.

Merry Christmas to Our Dear Customers

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Merry Christmas to Our Dear Customers

The year 2019 is about to end and all around the world there are festivities in celebration of Christmas.

While most people are aware that Christmas is a Christian holiday, it does have roots in non-Christian holidays that celebrated the winter solstice. And since the early 20th century, Christmas has increasingly become a secular family holiday, observed by Christians and non-Christians alike, devoid of Christian elements, and marked by an increasingly elaborate exchange of gifts. In this secular Christmas celebration, a mythical figure named Santa Claus plays the pivotal role.

So in the spirit of Christmas, Falcon Travel would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a joyous winter season as we await new beginnings for everyone!

Celebrating Qatar’s History On National Day

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Celebrating Qatar’s History On National Day

Qatar National Day is soon approaching, and with it we would like to take the opportunity to celebrate Qatar and its rich history.

Today, Qatar is a small prosperous state with great quality of life and high life satisfaction. Qatar is rich in history and culture, and every year thousands of expats and Qatari nationals celebrate in honor of Qatar and its independence.

Early Human Settlement

According to archaeological evidence, humans have occupied the Qatar Peninsula as far back as 50000 years in the past, where small groups of Stone Age inhabitants built seasonal encampments and sites. More permanent settlements started popping up around 8000 to 7500 years in the past. One of the oldest known settlements in Qatar is Wadi Debayan, situated on the northwest coast.

Classical Era

In classical antiquity Qatar was occupied and influenced by various empires and kingdoms, including the Assyrians, the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire, and the Parthians. Classical historians have written about the peninsula and its population around this time, such as Herodotus describing its inhabitants as “sea-faring Canaanites”, and Pliny the Elder describing them as nomads who constantly roamed in search of water and food.

The Origin of “Qatar”

The origin of Qatar’s name can be traced as far back as the second century, during which Ptolemy produced the first known map to depict the peninsula, referring to it as “Catura”. Later on under Sassanid reign after Christianity had begun to spread in the region, Qatar was known by the Syriac name “Beth Qatraye” or “Beth Catara”, which translated means “region of the Qataris”.

Muslim Rule

Most Arab tribes in Qatar converted to Islam in 628 under Persian rule when a Muslim envoy, Al-Ala`a Al-Hadrami, was sent to a Persian ruler in Eastern Arabia named Munzir ibn Sawa Al Tamimi. After the adoption of Islam, the Arabs led the Muslim conquest of Persia which resulted in the fall of the Sassanian Empire.

During the period of the Umayyad Caliphate (661-750), Qatar was described as a famous horse and camel breeding centre. In 750, discontent in the caliphate had reached a critical level due to the treatment of non-Arab citizens of the Empire. The Abbasid Revolution resulted in the overthrow of the Umayyad Caliphate, ushering in the Abbasid period.

Several settlements, including Murwab, were developed during the Abbasid period. Murwab fort is the oldest intact fort in the country and was built over the ruins of a previous fort which was destroyed by fire. The town was the site of the first sizable settlement established off the coastal area of Qatar.

The Abbasid era resulted in substantial development for the pearling industry in Qatar. It is suggested from archaeological remains from the 9th century that greater wealth, perhaps from pearl trade, allowed Qatar’s inhabitants to build higher quality homes and public buildings. However, when the prosperity of the Abbasid caliphate declined, so too did it in Qatar.

Qatar is mentioned in 13th-century Muslim scholar Yaqut al-Hamawi’s book, Mu`jam Al-Buldan (Dictionary of Countries), which alludes to the Qataris’ fine striped woven cloaks and their skills in improvement and finishing of spears, known as khattiyah spears. The spears acquired their name as an homage to the region of Al-Khatt which encompassed present-day Qatif, Uqair and Qatar.

Post-Islamic Golden Age

Much of Eastern Arabia was controlled by the Usfurids in 1253, and then by the prince of Ormus in 1320. During this time Qatar’s pearls provided one of the mains sources of income for the kingdom. By 1521, the Portuguese seized Bahrain and mainland Qatar. The Portuguese focused on creating a commercial empire in Eastern Arabia, and exported gold, silver, silks, cloves, amber, horses and pearls. The population of Al-Hasa submitted voluntarily to the rule of the Ottomans in 1550, preferring them to the Portuguese.

After the Portuguese were expelled from the area in 1602 by the Dutch and British, the Ottomans saw little need to maintain and military presence in the Al-Hasa region. As a result, the Ottomans were expelled by the Bani Khalid in 1670.

Various other periods of Qatar up to its independence include the Al Khalifa and Saudi control (1783-1868) Ottoman Control (1871-1915), and being a British protectorate (1916-1971). The Qatar-Bahraini war occurred in the 1860s, around the tail-end of Al Khalifa control, and is a milestone in Qatar’s history. The resulting peace treaty after the war implicitly recognized the distinctness of Qatar from Bahrain and explicitly acknowledged the position of Mohammed bin Thani as an important representative of the Peninsula’s tribes.

Mohammed bin Thani is best known for being the father of Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, the founder of Qatar and who fended off the Ottoman army in the late 19th century. Notable in the Battle of Al Wajbah in 1893, when Jassim bin Mohammed’s was able to defeat Ottoman forces and retrieve Qatari captives. Although Qatar did not gain full independence from the Ottoman Empire, the result of the battle forced a treaty that would later form the basis of Qatar emerging as an autonomous country separate within the empire.

Independence (1971-present)

Qatar declared its independence on 1 September 1971 and became an independent state on 3 September. When Ahmad bin Ali issued the formal announcement from his Swiss villa instead of from his palace in Doha, many Qataris were convinced that it was time for a change in leadership. On 22 February 1972, Khalifa bin Hamad deposed Ahmad bin Ali when he was on a hunting trip in Iran. Khalifa bin Hamad had the tacit support of the Al Thani and Britain and also had the political, financial and military support of Saudi Arabia.

In contrast to his predecessor’s policies, Khalifa bin Hamad cut family allowances and increased spending on social programs, including housing, health, education, and pensions. In addition, he filled many top government posts with close relatives. In 1993, Khalifa bin Hamad remained the Emir, but his son, Hamad bin Khalifa, the heir apparent and minister of defense, had taken over much of the day-to-day running of the country. The two consulted with each other on all matters of importance.

On 27 June 1995, deputy emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa deposed his father Khalifa in a bloodless coup. An unsuccessful counter-coup was staged in 1996. The emir and his father are now reconciled, although some supporters of the counter-coup remain in prison. The emir announced his intention for Qatar to move toward democracy and permitted more liberal press and municipal elections as a precursor to expected parliamentary elections.

In June 2013, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa stepped down as emir and transferred leadership to his son and heir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who is the current Emir of Qatar.

The Best Winter Sun Activities in Qatar

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Qatar might be a small nation, but it’s swiftly earning a big reputation when it comes to winter sun. With a reliable climate, one of the best-connected airports on the planet, long swathes of sandy coast and a futuristic city with a stellar skyline at its heart, it’s too often an overlooked option for late-year getaways.

Plus, the current glut of luxury hotel openings means there are superb deals to be had right now. Here are our top spots to soak up the ceaseless Arabian sun in one of the peninsula’s most underrated holiday destinations.

1. Katara

Qatar’s fascinating cultural village (just north of Doha) is also home to one of the country’s finest stretches of sand. Katara Beach is 1.5km long, with pretty much every watersport you can imagine on offer, from waterskiing to gondola rides. It’s also a strong option for ocean-front dining, with an impressive 14 restaurants to pick from.

2. Sealine Beach Resort

Located south of Doha, this surprisingly affordable luxury hotel boasts outstanding beach access and ocean views. It’s also an excellent jumping-off point for activities in the desert beyond – from dune bashing to sandboarding around Qatar’s awe-inspiring inland sea.

3. Banana Island

This insanely luxurious, 13-hectare private island off Qatar’s coast is reached by a luxury yacht transfer service. As you’d expect, the resort has plenty of secluded sandy beach to go around, not to mention eight restaurants, three pools, 141 bedrooms and marvelous overwater villas.

4. MIA Park

Adjacent to Doha’s monumental Museum of Islamic Arts is MIA Park, a tranquil green space on the city’s waterfront. Here you can enjoy everything from working classes to live concerts – or simply stroll around, lapping up the atmosphere and topping up your tan while gazing at Doha’s dazzling skyline from one of the city’s best vantage points.

5. St. Regis, Doha

Arguably still the most outstanding five-star hotel in a city full to bursting with them, the St. Regis, located in Doha’s West Bay, boasts an exclusive beach, one of the best spas in the entire region, and an Olympic-sized infinity pool.

6. Nobu Doha

Thrusting up from the ocean from its own promontory curving around a harbour, Nobu’s Qatari outpost looks more spaceship than restaurant – and the food is equally out of this world. Request a table out on the deck: the sunsets here, amid the ancient dhows and purring supercars, are just as delicious.

7. The Pearl

An artificial island spanning an impressive 4 million sq m, The Pearl contains a lavish mix of properties as well as restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Make a beeline for the picturesque Qanat Quartier, where the colourful townhouses, pretty roof gardens and meandering canals are inspired by Venice.

8. Al Thakira Mangroves

For winter sun-seekers of a more active persuasion, the Al Thakira Mangroves – just north of the seaside town of Al Khor in the north of Qatar – are a fascinating area to check out. A rich natural oasis in the desert, the best way to explore Al Thakira is on one of the many kayak tours offered by local eco-adventure operators.

Fly, Play & Stay

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Play Golf and Explore Doha for 3 Days, 2 Nights

All Inclusive of Golf and Doha City Tour Package…

Rates Starting from QAR 3030*


  • Roundtrip Airfares (Kuwait – Doha – Kuwait) thru Kuwait Airways
  • 2-nights Hotel Stay with Breakfast in Oryx Rotana Hotel – Doha
  • Transfers
  • 18-Hole Championship Course in Education City Golf Club
  • Inclusions for Half Day Desert Safari Tour
    1. 4X4 WD Cars the capacity of 6 person
    2. Professional and Experienced Desert Safari drivers
    3. Short Desert Camp visit for refreshment & use of Wash Room facility
    4. Safety Equipments available in the car
    5. Music System will be available in the SUV
  • Inclusions for Doha Express Sightseeing/ City Tour
    1. Transportation with Experienced Driver
    2. English speaking informative Guide
    3. Water & Soft Drinks
    4. Insurance


  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Visa, if Applicable
  • Exclusions for Half Desert Safari Tour
    • Camel Ride
    • Tour Guide
  • Exclusions for Doha Express Sightseeing/ City Tour
    • Museum Entrance Fees
    • Any applicable additional charges e.g meals, tips, etc.

Sales Validity Until 30 Nov 2019

Travel Validity Until 15 Dec 2019

*Rates are Subject to Date and Room Availability

*Price can change without prior notice

*Terms & Conditions Apply


Day 1 : Arrival in Doha / Half Day Desert Safari

Arrive in Hamad International Airport, meet and greet by an Airport Representative and transfer at the Oryx Rotana Hotel, Early Check In and Rest.

Half Day Desert Safari

Tour Timings: 14:00 – 18:00

(We recommend afternoon tours on Fridays)

A trip to Qatar would be a waste without this incredibly adventurous journey into the endless heart of the desert. For those who have limited time, the Half Day trip is great for you. Experience the rapture of an exhilarating roller coaster ride as our luxury 4×4 vehicles drive you across the tranquil sand dunes leaving you captivated. En route we stop for a breathtaking view of the Inland Sea, which is the natural border to Saudi Arabia giving you an opportunity to enjoy the serenity of the timeless desert. Quick and leaving you breathless!


  • Pickup & drop of via 4x4wd car transportation from your location in Doha
  • Sand dune bashing drive over the sand dunes roller coaster ride experience.
  • Sightseeing visit to the inland sea the natural border of Qatar & Saudi Arabia.
  • Short Desert Camp visit for refreshment (Soft drinks, water, Tea & Coffee) & use of Bathroom facility

Drop off at the Hotel

Free time for Leisure

Day 2: Play Golf at the Education City Golf Club


Golf Timings: 09:00

Pick up from the hotel to Education City Golf Club in Education City – Doha where you will play 18- Hole Championship Course. The course is immaculately groomed and conditioned, designed in line with the USGA standards with all green areas of the golf course being USGA Specifications. The 72 Par course will put your skills to the ultimate test as it takes you through the desert and wadi terrain.

After the Golf Course Play, Pick Up & Drop off at the Hotel.

Free time for Leisure

Day 3:  SightSeeing/City Tour Timings:

Tour Timings: 0900 – 13:00

An excellent introduction to Doha, this trip combines fabulous scenery with plenty of fascinating views, historic sites and highlights of the rich culture. Discover The Pearl, an extraordinary artificial residential and business island created in a shape of an oyster which has set the standard for luxury. We will take you to Katara, the stunning cultural village in a beautiful beachfront at the heart of Doha with an amphitheater, an opera, art galleries and restaurants from various countries and cultures. You are welcome to be at the Equestrian Club which gives home to the royal race horses & international priceless spring horses. As you hear, we will proceed to the famous Museum of Islamic Arts, the iconic museum, designed by I.M. Pei that hosts pieces covering over a thousand years of Islamic Arts. Conclude at Souk Waqif, the authentic traditional market with its fascinating maze of alleyways and typical atmosphere retaining its old- character, filled with cafes, restaurants and hundreds of tiny shops. It’s a quick glance at a city you will always remember.


  • Pick up at the Hotel
  • Sightseeing at The Pearl – Qatar’s oyster shape island
  • Visiting Katara, the stunning cultural village in a beautiful beachfront
  • The Equestrian Club visit
  • Comprehensive tour at the iconic Museum of Islamic Arts
  • Get lost and travel time at the Souk Waqif, the authentic traditional market

Drop off at the Hotel

Free time for Leisure Until 17:00

Check Out at the Hotel.

Pick Up at the Hotel & Drop Off in the Airport

Airline Flight Code From To Departure Arrival
Kuwait Airways KU 619 Kuwait Doha 0405 0540
Kuwait Airways KU 620 Doha Kuwait 2025 2200

Why You Should Go On A Cruise

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1. Cruises Offer Great Value

Cruises offer great value for your vacation budget because the fares include nearly everything you’ll need for a fantastic trip: food, accommodations, daytime and evening entertainment and transportation between destinations. We regularly see fares on mainstream cruise lines for under $100 per person, per night, which is astonishingly cheaper than you’d spend on land for a hotel, dinner and a show. On some lines, kids even sail free or at discounted rates when sharing a cabin with two adults. Looking for luxury? Upscale lines are even more inclusive, with alcohol and soft drinks, gratuities, shore tours, onboard spending credits, and even flights bundled into the fare.

2. See Multiple Destinations, Unpack Only Once

On a cruise, you unpack once and your floating hotel takes you from city to city or from island to island and there’s no need to mess with train or ferry schedules, or lug your suitcase along cobblestone streets. Every morning, you’ll wake up in a new place. Can’t decide between St. Lucia and Barbados, or Italy or Spain? Why choose? Pick an itinerary that visits all the cities on your wish list.

3. Cruise Ships Are Family Friendly

From tots to teens, grandparents to grandkids, cruises are fun for all ages. If you’re struggling to find a vacation that your 5, 10, or 15-year old will all love – and that has adult activities, too – ships now have extensive kids’ facilities, split by age. Teens have their own cool hangouts, far away from the play areas for the little ones (and certainly a nice distance from parent-friendly pools and bars). How can you not love a trip that features video games and swimming pools, while offering time for families to be together at dinner or on shoreside excursions? And parents can even sneak in a romantic dinner alone, by taking advantage of late-night hours in the kids’ club.

4. Cruise Ships Come In All Shapes And Sizes

The ideal cruise ship for one person may be a mega-ship outfitted with onboard rock-climbing walls and outdoor movie theaters, while another will prefer an intimate ship with an upscale ambience and someone else will want the seafaring experience of a masted tall sailing ship. Luckily, all those different types of cruise ships exist. From French Country Waterways’ 12-person river barges to Royal Caribbean’s 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas. More options range from the luxurious Seabourn Odyssey to the minimalist sailing ships of Star Clippers and even to ice-strengthened expedition ships like Hurtigruten’s Fram.

5. Ships Offer A Variety of Onboard Activities

Today’s cruise ships are designed to keep everyone happy. Want to pamper yourself at the spa while your spouse hits the casino? Or lounge in the sun reading a book while your family plays basketball. You can go to an educational lecture, a wine tasting, a computer class or a dance workshop; paint pottery, play bridge, learn a language or do yoga; dine at a casual buffet, a fancy sit-down restaurant, a sushi bar, a diner or a steakhouse; and watch a movie, a comedy routine, a song-and-dance show or live music performance. And if all you want to do is nothing while the ship sails from port to port you can do that, too.

6. Cruise Vacations Are Easy To Plan

Because cruise vacations package together transportation and accommodations, they’re very easy to plan. Pick your ship, itinerary and cabin, and away you go – no searching for hotels in your price range, no coordinating travel between cities. You can even get your travel agent to arrange your airfare for you – or choose a departure port within driving distance to eliminate that extra planning step. Groups also find cruises a cinch to book. Cruise lines have plans in place for group travel, eliminating the hassle of coordinating your 20 family members and friends from around the country who want to vacation with you. Book enough cabins – and you’ll get extra perks, including a free fare!

7. Ships Are Floating Cities

If you’re concerned about being stranded in the middle of the ocean, relax. Cruise ships are like floating cities with everything you could possibly want onboard. Today’s vessels are outfitted with Wi-Fi, cell service and satellite TV so you can stay in touch with the real world during your cruise (if you even want to). Onboard shops sell the toiletries you forgot to pack, medical centers can provide meds or a doctor’s services if needed, and laundry facilities let you wash your clothes mid-cruise so you don’t need to over-pack. Of course, there’s also the fun stuff like gyms, multiple restaurants, movie screens, spas, swimming pools, theaters and discos. And in the rare emergency, there are always enough lifeboats for everyone onboard.

8. Cruise Vacations Can Be Exotic

Always wanted to visit Asia but are nervous about the language barrier? Curious about the Middle East, but nervous about country customs? A cruise is one of the best ways to see the most exotic and foreign destinations in this world in an easy way. Itineraries offer calls at major cities and picturesque villages, all of which will be regional highlights, so you don’t have to do the research on the best places to visit in an unfamiliar destination. If you’re uncomfortable with independent sightseeing in a new locale, simple take a ship’s tour with English-speaking guides. Or team up with more experienced travelers you meet online or onboard to share a cab or private guide.

9. Cruising Is Romantic

Anyone who’s watched “The Love Boat” knows that there’s a romance to sea travel. The wind in your hair, the vistas of endless ocean, the stars twinkling above all set the mood for love may be clichés but they’re real experiences onboard! If you want to rekindle the spark with your sweetie, a cruise vacation provides plenty of together time – sharing side-by-side lounge chairs by the pool, a table for two at dinner, dancing in the evening or sharing quality time onshore. Cruise lines also have special packages for honeymoons, vow renewals and weddings onboard and onshore.

Top Reasons to Visit France

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Top Reasons to Visit France

1. Immerse In Art

Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Hugo, Dumas – these are just a few artists who lived and worked in France. With strong literary, musical and visual arts scenes, art surrounds you in France. A few highlights include the Van Gogh trail in Arles, Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny and the Picasso Museum in Paris.

2. Explore Castles

Although the sumptuous palace of Versailles tops many traveler’s lists, you can find castles in France that suits everybody’s fancy. From hilltop fortress castles like Carcassonne to delicate chateaus like the riverside Chenonceau, you could easily spend an entire holiday exploring just a tiny selection of French castles.

3. Indulge In Food

Whether you love the simplicity of Brittany’s buckwheat crepes or delight in the sophisticated elegance of classic French dishes like escargot or chocolate souffle, you will probably remember your French food experiences as a trip highlight. Some other classic dishes to try include salade nicoise from Provence, cassoulet from the south and hearty winter dishes like coq au vin and beef bourguignon. Bon appetit!

4. Taste French Wine

Some highlights of the French wine scene include scenic drives along the Cotes du Rhone with stops at hilltop wineries and the opportunity to raise a toast with a glass of bubbly in the actual Champagne region of France. With over 2,900 wines offered throughout the country, why not dedicate part of your trip to finding your perfect tipple?

5. Shop at Markets

Virtually every town in France boasts some type of weekly market where you can haggle over vintage bric-a-brac, sample gourmet delicacies or taste local wines. Antique lovers can’t miss the L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue market in Provence or Paris’ Porte de Vanves flea market. Get the freshest produce, bread, olives and other delicacies at the La Ciotat market in Bouches-du-Rhone or Brittany’s Quintin market.

6. Stroll Through Villages

French villages offer the perfect anecdotes to the hustle and bustle of city life. Some scenic picks include the hilltop village of Gordes in Provence, the Alsatian village of Riquewihr with its half-timbered houses and the medieval walled town of Perouges in the Rhone-Alpes region.

7. Adventure Through Nature

In addition to the alpine scenery of Mont Blanc, France also boasts the Verdon Gorge where you can hike or kayak inside the “Grand Canyon of Europe.” Go back in time to visit extinct volcanoes in the Auvergne park. If you fancy something entirely different, frolic with the flamingos and run with the wild horses in the Camargue region.

8. Relax At Beaches

Put on your most elegant suit and shades and sunbathe with the rich and famous in St. Tropez or Cannes on the French Riviera. More laid-back travelers can get away from it all on the windswept and quiet beaches of Brittany. If you want history with your beach fun, visit the D-Day beaches of Normandy or the medieval walled town of St. Malo, once the hideaway of French pirates.

9. Take In Cities

A city break to Paris, one of the world’s most romantic cities, rewards travelers with an endless buffet of world-class art, music, architecture, food and history. Other notable French cities include the quaint Alsatian canal-filled city of Strasbourg, the Rhone river city of Lyon with its majestic cathedral and the fascinating cultural melting pot of the port city of Marseilles.

Top Reasons To Visit Italy

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Top Reasons To Visit Italy

1. Roman Ruins

Rome was the capital of the once mighty Roman Empire and rightfully continues to be the political centre of the country. Medieval economic powers such as Milan, Venice, Genoa, and Sicily have also played a key role – amassing a vast collection of cultural heritages. Some of the must-see Roman ruins that you should visit while in Italy include the Colosseum, Pantheon and Forum in Rome, and the ruins of ancient cities like Herculaneum and Pompeii.

2. Italian Cities Are Legendary

Italian cities are among the world’s oldest continuing cities and urban planning. The Romans and Italians had understood the necessity of urban cities in maintaining economic, political and cultural relevance. The Italian cities of Rome, Milan, Venice, Genoa, Naples, Florence, Cagliari, Palermo, Livorno, and Sienna are filled with rich cultural heritages and character.

3. Stunning Villages

Italian cities are worth every penny, but the villages are equally stunning and worth your time. Tuscany’s most classic region – San Gimignano, the coastal town of Manarola, the captivating town of Matera – the list is endless.

4. Picturesque Lakes

Head to Northern Italy to experience all the natural beauty that Italy has to offer. Lake Como, Lake Garda, and Lake Maggiore are pristine and simply stunning.

5. Italy Is A Treasure Trove of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Italy are synonymous as the country has close to 50 heritage sites, making the country with the highest collection of UNESCO designated monuments and heritage sites. From the historic centers of Florence, Naples, Rome, to the Roman Forums to the beautiful villages of Cinque Terre, Italy is one amazing living museum.

6. Italian Art And Culture

Italy was the center of the fabled Renaissance movement and is the birth and workplace of renowned painters like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, etc. Italian cities of Rome, Milan and Florence has the most amazing art of human consciousness.

7. Dazzling Italian Islands

White beaches with crystal-clear water complemented by lavish resorts and historic sites – the islands of Italy are too good to be true. Right from Lampedusa to Stromboli to Capri, each island holds its own charm; no wonder Italy’s beaches are considered the best in Europe.

8. Italian Food

Italian cuisine is fresh, colorful, delicious and filled with passion. Be it the wood-fried pizzas of Naples, Tuscan pasta and spaghetti, Lombardy’s meat-based delicacies and Mediterranean flavor of Sicily. Italian cuisine changes with the region and has its own distinct flavors at the same time maintaining same Italian character in its food.

9. Highest Quality Wine

Italian wines are perhaps the best in the world as the soil and climate are ideal to support the famous Chianti, Montalcino, Piedmont, Lombardy vineyards and for producing the finest quality red wines. Local farm products are simply world class and are perfect companion to complement the rich food and fine wine.

10. Diverse Landscapes

Italian regions are diverse, each with its own identity and regional variations in language, geography, cuisine and attractions. Tuscany, Lombardy, Campania, Sardiania, Sicily, Liguria, Calabria, Lazio, and Umbria are regions filled with beautiful landscapes and several variations in sights to see and food to eat.

Best Reasons To Travel To Switzerland

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Best Reasons To Travel To Switzerland

Switzerland may seem relatively small as compared to other European nations but that certainly does not mean that it has less to offer. Rather, it has set itself apart from the rest of Europe – its unparalleled landscapes, peaceful environments and cosmopolitan cities – and has succeeded in becoming a tourist mecca that is at the same time not over-commercialised. It is safe, clean, you can get around easily by public transport and there are no language barriers.

1. Swiss Cuisine

Each region of Switzerland boasts its own specialities too – Saffron Risotto for the Italian-speaking, Raclette (hot cheese dribbled over potatoes) for the French-speaking region and Landjager (semi-dried sausages) for the German-speaking part. But a few dishes, such as rosti and cheese fondue are eaten across the country and are almost always included in restaurants catered to foreign visitors.

2. Sample Swiss Chocolates

Quality chocolates that instantly melt in the mouth are wonderful and they make perfect souvenirs as well. Choose from a wide variety of brands, each with a long-standing history of producing chocolates, such as Callier, Suchard and Chocolat Villars. Dedicated chocolate lovers can also make a trip to any of the 21 chocolate factories scattered around the country such as the 150-year-old Maestrani Chocolate Factory at St Gallen.

3. Safety

Switzerland ranks 7th globally in terms of safety and security according to the Safe Cities Index 2015. You can walk along its spotless streets even at night without having to worry about getting mugged.

4. Marvel at the Matterhorn

This iconic landmark is featured in the brand logos of Toblerone and Paramount Pictures. Located at the border between Switzerland and Italy and overlooking the town of Zermatt, this popular tourist sight is famous for its almost-perfect four-sided pyramidal peak. This year, a series of events and festivities will also be held at Zermatt to mark 150 years since the first ascent of the mountain.

5. Hop Onto A Scenic Train Ride

Be entertained by Switzerland’s gorgeous sceneries during your long journeys by train. Traveling by rail is faster than traveling by coach, cheaper than flights and easy to use. Plus you get to sit back, relax and enjoy the view. In fact, it has been reported that tour packages which include specific scenic rail routes such as the Glacier Express and Bernina Express are gaining traction for its practicality.

6. Have An Alternative Farmstay Experience

Experience something truly different and memorable by heading to the countryside. Agritourism has become, in recent years, increasingly popular and which better country to experience this at than Switzerland? You can even choose between sleeping in a hut, a campground or on straw.

7. Get Active With A Variety Of Sporting Activities

From sports on land, to those in the water and even some up in the air, Switzerland has it all. For those seeking a thrilling, new sport, try canyoning, a water sport that is steadily gaining fans in Europe and around the world. It involves travelling from the start to the end of a canyon using a host of methods such as walking, climbing, jumping, abseiling and swimming. The best places to experience canyoning in Switzerland’s crystalline waters include Interlaken and the canton of Ticino.

8. Soak In Thermal Waters Of The Best Quality

With a 2000-year history of tapping their thermal springs, you can be sure that you are in good hands of the Swiss, the experts in water-based wellness. Opt to have a restorative retreat in a luxurious indoor spa or better still, bathe outdoors among the Alps and indulge in a therapeutic experience for both mind and body.

Top Reasons to Visit Oman

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Top Reasons to Visit Oman

With great natural sights, vast deserts, authentic Middle Eastern culture and food, Oman is a great tourist destination for anyone.

1. Secluded Crystal Clear Wadi Pools

Wadis are normally dry valleys that are filled during the rainy season. There are hundreds of wadis in Oman between stunning and grand mountains and palm trees, with turquoise and sometimes lime-green water that offer the ultimate in natural beauty. Each wadi is unique and offers a different experience based on its location and surrounding geography, and provide a refreshing relief from the heat.

2. Deserted Beaches

Oman has some pretty amazing beaches due to its coastline. There are a lot of beaches you can find that will provide a perfect place for relaxation and enjoyment.

3. Beautiful Desert

The Sharqiya Sands is just one of the desert areas in Oman, having amazing red sand dunes and a mesmerizing view.

4. Historic Forts and Castles

Oman is home to a number of historic forts and castles such as Nakhal Fort (built in the 17th century and beautifully restored) and Bahla Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 13th century. There are over 500 forts and castles in Oman.

5. Excellent Roads

The paved roads in Oman are in excellent condition and very quiet once you get out of Muscat.

6. Salalah Khareef Festival

Khareef, which means monsoon in English, is a very well-known season that hits the southern part of Oman starting in late June of every year until the following September. During this season, Salalah, in particular, becomes very green and rainy, turning the dry desert-filled city into a natural paradies. For the pure constant beauty of nature, Khareef Salalah attracts locals as well as international visitors who want to enjoy the season.

7. Traditional Weddings and Celebrations

Traditional costumes, food, and well choreographed dances are all components of festivities in Oman. Omanis celebrate the country’s Renaissance Day on the 23rd of July and the Sultan’s birthday on the 18th of November, and they prepare for both celebrations all year long. Another festive occasion is weddings; they are always colorful and joyful in their own traditional way.

8. Other Tourists Are Rare

You will be able to have the beauty of Oman all to yourself as there are relatively fewer tourists in Oman compared to more popular destinations.

9. Wild Camping

There are few restrictions as to where you can camp in the wild in Oman, and you can pitch your tent anywhere, as long as you don’t camp near villages or in wadi beds. Of course you need to pick up your trash and clean up after yourself.

10. Diving

With a coastline that extends 1700km and covers the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea, Oman has become one of the best kept secrets for avid divers looking for exceptional marine life and diving experiences. Muscat, the capital of Oman, is the most easily accessible city and offers several dive sites within a day trips distance.