Where to go in winter
When the days get shorter and the nights longer, it’s time to plan your winter holidays and vacations. Winter cruises will be an excellent choice if you are looking for a great deal with inter-seasonal prices or if you want to avoid a noisy crowd of vacationers and children. We picked up 4 interesting cruise lines for those who did not have time to relax in the summer.
1. UAE for the New Year
Route: Abu Dhabi – Dubai – Muscat – Sir Bani Yas – Abu Dhabi
What to see: The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi – a symbiosis of the ancient traditions of the East and the urban landscapes of our time. Made from Macedonian white marble, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the main attraction of the city and one of the six largest mosques in the world. Located on the island of Yas Ferrari World amusement park – one of the best places in the city for thrill-seekers. You can get a considerable dose of adrenaline, ride on a roller coaster Flying Aces, which are gaining speed up to 120 kilometers per hour. The fortress-palace Qasr al-Hosn, also known as the White Fort, is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi and one of its main historical landmarks. The palace was built in 1793 as the residence of the ruling family. Today, its building has been modernized under a photo museum that traces the history and culture of Abu Dhabi from its very inception. The museum complex The Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Village is a true replica of a typical Bedouin village that gives visitors a glimpse of the life of the Emirates before the oil boom. It is located near the beautiful beach area of the city, where you can walk after visiting it.
Dubai is a delicate balance of tradition and modernization. You can start your day by stretching along Jumeirah Beach or bargaining for the purchase of high-spirits, homespun fabrics or spicy spices in a traditional oriental bazaar. Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, resembling a stalagmite, and Al-Fahidi, one of the oldest quarters of the city, are a reflection of a bygone era with traditional wind towers and a labyrinth of winding lanes. Less than 20 minutes from the modernist streets of the city you can experience the wonders of the Arab desert – a kind of tourist attraction of Dubai. Here you can rent a quad safari tour, followed by a traditional Bedouin barbecue and camel rides. Heading to Muscat, the capital of Oman, discover the ancient Arab charm of the Old Quarter of the city, next to which are the medieval Portuguese forts of Al-Jahali and Al-Mirani. From their elevated position on the tops of the cliffs above the Old Quarter, they looked at the Gulf of Oman for a long time, protecting the city from invaders. Stroll along the 500-year-old city walls and visit the fascinating Byte-Al-Zubayr Museum to learn more about local history and culture. Sir Bani Yas Island, transformed by the first UAE President Sheikh Zayid Al Nahyan into a national reserve, is surrounded by luxurious resorts, mangrove forests and calm azure waters of the Persian Gulf. Here you can go to the jeep tour to look at giraffes, Oryxes and gazelles or to mangroves on single or double kayaks.
2. Unforgettable trip to Western Europe
Route: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Madeira – Santa Cruz de La Palma – Santa Cruz de Tenerife – Arrecife – Bedouin village de Gran Canaria
What to see: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a city in the northeastern part of the island of Gran Canaria, known for its turquoise coves and golden beaches, the most beautiful on the Canary Islands.
Traveling around the island, you can reach the Roque Nublo – a volcanic cliff with a height of 80 meters – protected by UNESCO as a unique monument of nature. This is the most popular place among tourists who want to see beautiful views of the picturesque village of Tejeda, famous for almond and goat cheese pastries. The most famous of the main attractions of Madeira is the dizzying Pico Ruyva mountain. It is located at an altitude of 1862 meters above sea level – the views from here are fantastic. Also worth visiting are the 18th century Monte Palace and the tropical garden, where, in addition to the usual orchids, palm trees and laurels, there are amazing plants from different countries of the world: heather from Scotland, azaleas from Belgium, tropical ferns and cedars from Lebanon. Located in the east of the island of La Palma, Santa Cruz is a city with a glorious past and many architectural sights. It was founded in 1493 and served as an important port on the route between Europe and the colonies in North and South America. The city center is a historical and artistic heritage: be sure to stroll along its streets with medieval palaces, colonial mansions and traditional Canarian houses with wooden balconies. And do not forget to treat yourself to the local drink “Barrakito” – coffee with condensed milk, cinnamon, lemon chips and liqueur.