We're always on the lookout for new and up-coming destinations. From Zagori to Uzbekistan, here's our round up of what's popular right now.
FOLLOW THE SILK ROAD IN UZBEKISTAN
The mesmerising central Asian country of Uzbekistan is home to three of the most important cities on the ancient Silk Road – Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. Why not follow in the footsteps of ancient traders and visit all three on one incredible vacation.
The country’s capital, Tashkent, is a good place to start your adventure. Completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1966, it has today been rebuilt and restored, and is a modern day showcase of Russian architecture mixed with blue-tiled mosques and some fascinating museums.
From here, you can take an internal flight to Khiva and then board high-speed trains to Bukhara and Samarkand. Along the way, you’ll uncover diverse history and discover an array of historic sites, including colourful mosques, mausoleums and palaces. There are even opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting the theatre and taking part in a cookery class.
JOURNEY THROUGH TURKEY
Turkey is an assault on the senses and a round-trip adventure, taking in Istanbul, Troy and Ephesus, is one of the best ways to uncover everything it has to offer. Discover iconic landmarks in Istanbul, including the spectacular Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, then spend a few hours soaking up the atmosphere at the bustling Grand Bazaar – said to be the largest covered market in the world.
Delve into the country’s history at Troy, the fabled setting of the Trojan War, and visit the UNESCO-listed city of Ephesus. Founded by the Greeks and colonised by the Romans, this archaeological wonder offers an astonishing insight into the ancient world.
Along the way, you’ll take in breathtaking coastal views, stop at the World War One battlefields of Gallipoli and sample delicious local delicacies. To complete your Turkish adventure, you can even choose to watch an authentic belly-dancing show
UNCOVER GREECE'S CULTURAL HERITAGE
The Greek Islands are a popular destination for many vacationers. But if you want to truly immerse yourself in the country’s unique cultural heritage,why not combine the idyllic island of Corfu with the lesser-known delights of Zagori on the mainland.
Discover the Venetian architecture of Corfu Town, visit Sissy’s Palace and the Kapodistrias Museum, before catching a ferry to the mainland. In the mountainous region of Zagori, discover traditional stone-built villages filled with old-world charm, then continue to Metéora. Here, you can admire a complex of centuries-old Eastern Orthodox monasteries, located in a serene and breathtakingly beautiful clifftop setting.