Breath­tak­ing es­capades

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HERE are some high­lights of the Balkan states, Rus­sia and South Africa.

Balkans

Slove­nia, Croa­tia, Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina, Mace­do­nia, Mon­te­negero and Al­ba­nia are known as the Pearls of the Balkans. Take a trip to take in the won­der­ful sights and ex­pe­ri­ence the beau­ti­ful cul­tures of these coun­tries for a mem­o­rable hol­i­day:

Slove­nia – A unique par­adise for na­ture lovers:

Slove­nia is a real “Europe in Minia­ture”, also called the “Switzer­land of the Balkans”. It of­fers you a wide range of ge­o­graph­i­cal di­ver­sity at a glance – high moun­tains over­look­ing beau­ti­ful lakes near the mag­nif­i­cent karst caves, the wel­com­ing coast­line beck­on­ing you be­fore you im­merse your­self in the lively ur­ban cen­tres while in the East, a gen­tle land­scape of plains, rivers hills and vine­yards un­folds.

Croa­tia – Your Mediter­ranean dream:

An un­touched coast­line of crys­tal clear wa­ter, over 10,000 is­lands and islets with count­less beaches and hid­den bays is among the most beau­ti­ful in Europe and the world. A rich cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal Unesco World Her­itage Site with breath­tak­ing land­scapes, Croa­tia is a par­adise that will cap­ture your heart.

Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina – Cross­roads be­tween East and West:

In Bos­nia, time stops. Feel the quiet air of the coun­try where peo­ple are sin­cere, the pace of life is slow and the lit­tle things are still val­ued.

Mace­do­nia – The in­fant of Balkan tourism:

In Mace­do­nia, you will find all the in­gre­di­ents for a per­fect hol­i­day – beau­ti­ful na­ture, an­cient and mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture, eco­tourism, ad­ven­ture tourism, re­li­gious tourism, and much more.

Mon­tene­gro – A coun­try of as­ton­ish­ing di­ver­sity:

Sea salt, the smell of moun­tain chalets, the eter­nal snows, mi­mosa, stone steps in old towns, ole­an­ders, the smell of homemade bread – Mon­tene­gro is un­for­get­table, unique and ex­cep­tional.

Al­ba­nia – The most mys­te­ri­ous coun­try in Europe:

Al­ba­nia is an un­spoilt gem, still spared from the in­va­sion of tourism. It will not leave you un­moved. Hurry to dis­cover it be­fore the masses rush in.

Rus­sia

Al­ter­na­tively, you may like to con­sider a trip to Rus­sia to ex­pe­ri­ence a whole new dif­fer­ent world and catch its var­i­ous breath­tak­ing sights. If you do, Rus­sia’s win­dow to Europe, the North­ern Venice, a city- mu­seum and trea­sury of Rus­sian world her­itage – St Petersburg – is a must- see. Built on mud and wa­ter in 1703 by Czar Peter the Great, this mag­nif­i­cent Baltic city cap­ti­vates. Stately palaces, el­e­gant bridges and ma­jes­tic gran­ite em­bank­ments flank rivers and canals criss­cross­ing the city while Pushkin, Pavlovsk, Peter­hof and the Er­mitage will leave you spell­bound.

Rugged, vast and ever- chang­ing, Rus­sia en­riches and fas­ci­nates. Steeped in old tra­di­tions and his­tor­i­cal trea­sures, an ar­ray of peo­ple and cul­tures de­fines this coun­try’s ex­cep­tional char­ac­ter. With its re­mark­able pa­naroma, end­less forests and di­verse his­tory, Rus­sia is an ul­ti­mate chameleon – a reawak­ened coun­try con­stantly rein­vent­ing and reshaping it­self.

The coun­try that in­spires Dos­to­evsky and Tol­stoy still in­spires to­day.

Vi­brant, mod­ern and oh- so- fash­ion­able, Moscow, Rus­sia’s cap­i­tal, ri­vals the world’s best as the cul­tural des­ti­na­tion. This thriv­ing me­trop­o­lis is home to the fa­mous Bol­shoi and im­pres­sive Krem­lin. Theatres, con­cert halls, chic stores, hip restau­rants and trendy clubs abound along the Moskova River. Ar­chi­tec­turally or cul­tur­ally, dis­cover a charm not soon for­got­ten.

South Africa

South Africa is a unique mul­ti­fac­eted des­ti­na­tion com­pris­ing a mix of vi­brant cul­tures, rich his­tory, breath­tak­ing land­scapes and abun­dant wildlife, giv­ing trav­ellers a vast com­bi­na­tion of ex­pe­ri­ences to en­joy in one place. From the nat­u­ral splen­dour of the Cape, to the scenic coast­line of the Gar­den Route, an ex­hil­a­rat­ing Big 5 Game ex­pe­ri­ence in the renowned Kruger Na­tional Park and a di­verse ar­ray of at­trac­tions in be­tween, South Africa truly is a “world in one coun­try”.

South Africa of­fers a once- in- a- life­time jour­ney of dis­cov­ery and is a true African ex­pe­ri­ence. For de­tails, call 03- 2142 9155 or log on to

The Bled Cas­tle in slove­nia.

In mace­do­nia, you will find all the at­trac­tions for a per­fect hol­i­day.

st petersburg is a must- see.

south Africa of­fers a once- in- a life­time jour­ney of dis­cov­ery and is a true African ex­pe­ri­ence.

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