Cape Town has it all. Good weather, natural beauty, sandy beaches, mountains, gardens, sizzling cuisine, a thriving art scene and a laid-back people who embrace a diversity of culture. Mesmerizing views from flat topped Table Mountain, ensure it ranks as one of the most popular visitor attractions. With a 'walkable' city centre, Cape Town is a hotspot of trendy malls, markets and designer boutiques, lively street markets, museums, fine restaurants and a dazzling nightlife. Paddle with a penguin, watch the whales or embark on a wildlife adventure.
NSW is Australia’s oldest and most cosmopolitan state. Discover famous landmarks, a glittering harbour city, beaches, mountains, vineyards, island resorts, an international cuisine and a rugged outback. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, head for the bush, hike in the Blue Mountains. Further inland find national parks, historic homesteads and vast desert plains, all under the glow of a brilliant blue sky. Wine country is north of Sydney and along the coast are perfect beaches, heritage rainforest, sleepy seaside towns and picturesque beauty spots.


One of the world’s greatest cities where impressive monuments, museums, historical landmarks, a vibrant theatre and cultural scene, top restaurants, cosy pubs and the iconic black cab offer a glimpse of a rich heritage. While many of London's landmarks and tourist attractions are within walking distance of each other, if time is short jump on the Tube. It's impossible to be bored in London and when the feet protest, catch a show at a West End theatre. And, in an expensive city there are numerous galleries, museums, churches and landmarks which are free to visit.


Famous for iconic English countryside, medieval manor houses, remarkable cathedrals and splendid castles, Kent is known as the garden of England. Canterbury and its majestic cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site and the location of the martyrdom of St. Thomas Beckett. The cathedral was the destination of Chaucer's merry band of vagabonds and for those more earnest pilgrims on the road with John Bunyan. Enjoy a day at the beach, follow the English Coastal path or explore Dover's white cliffs or discover the secrets and splendour of Henry VIII's Leeds Castle.
Replete with fairytale medieval castles and palaces, abbeys and towering Gothic cathedrals, glorious parks and manicured gardens, Baden Württemberg is almost too good to be true. Take to the waters in Baden-Baden, or visit Stuttgart, a city of culture and the birthplace of Mercedes Benz. Tübingen and Heidelberg and Lake Constance on the Austrian and Swiss borders are jewels of this region. Explore the Black Forest, where the Brothers Grimm found inspiration for hundreds of fairytales and where Spätzle and epic portions of Black Forest Cake will be truly authentic.
Home to the ancient cities of Trier and its Roman ruins, Worms and its majestic cathedral and the former Imperial city of Speyer, and to the town of Bingen the former home of Benedictine abbess, Saint Hildegard, this region is noted for imposing riverside castles, endless vineyards and majestic scenery. Take a leisurely cruise through picture-postcard scenery or travel along the wine or castle motoring routes. Hike in the Ahr Valley, dine on authentic flammkuchen (German pizza), taste some great wine. And if visiting in December a colorful Christmas market won’t be too far away.


A lively, cultured capital, this former Viking city is renowned for the literary and theatrical arts. Pull on some comfy shoes and explore Dublin’s medieval landmarks on foot. Discover the parks, churches and art galleries and in this UNESCO City of Literature the museums, libraries and theatres. Trinity College and the Book of Kells are on most tourist itineraries. Then there is Irish folk dancing and the intricacies of Gaelic football. Leave your troubles behind in a traditional Irish pub and enjoy the music, the food the banter and the craic!!!
Endowed with vast tracts of forest and nature reserves, green valleys, beauty spots and opportunities for adventure, Northern Israel is a popular holiday destination for Israelis. Hike in the hills, swim in the Sea of Galilee or visit world heritage sites. Wherever you are, hummus and seafood will be on the menu. Rama, an Arab town, is situated in the Beit HaKerem Valley. Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus is 50 km south. The Sea of Galilee, Cana, Mount of the Beatitudes and Capernaum are among the important religious sites in the region.
The province is beloved by tourists for its laid-back lifestyle, beaches, crystalline waters and breathtaking coastline. Explore the wonders of Naples, the capital of Campania, Greek and Roman ruins and the photogenic cliff-hanging fishing villages along the Amalfi coast. Take an exhilarating (hair-raising) bus ride along the ocean road south from Sorrento, travel by train to the ruins of Pompeii, climb a volcano, sail to the Isle of Capri or just relax with the locals over the best pizza and spaghetti in Italy.
Dominated by the Alps and sitting on the border of northwestern Italy, Piedmont is known for winter skiing and summer hiking, fine cuisine, rivers of wine, historical monasteries, royal castles, lakeside resorts and timeless medieval villages. In autumn Piedmont's white truffle is seriously celebrated in fairs and pageants in the truffle towns around Alba. The world's biggest truffle market can be found right here. Discover the traditions of Piedmont, shop for fashion, food or antiques in Turin, sip some of the best wine in Italy and enjoy the dolce vita!
Bordered by Switzerland, Lombardy is well known for snowcapped mountains, Alpine scenery and for the regal waters of the Italian lake District. The well-to-do shorelines of Garda, Lugano and Como are sprinkled with palazzos, expensive villas and pretty, medieval villages all accessible by ferry. Milan is a global capital of style, fashion and design and along with Bergamo, Brescia, and Cremona is a centre for museums, art and monuments. Have fun in the snow, eat like a local and discover nature, history and culture at its best.
An ancient civilisation in the heart of a modern city, Rome is an awe-inspiring mix of history, culture and artistic treasures. The city is occupied by an energetic, spirited people, with a culture steeped in religion, family, music and cuisine. Trendy boutiques, hole-in-the-wall cafes and cosy family-run trattorias serving classic 'cucina Romana' can be found in stylish streets or cobbled lanes. The Vatican heads the list as the most visited tourist attraction, or head for the hills - any seven of them - to chill out and escape the tourist hustle.


The birthplace of St Francis (1181–1226), and rich in religious history and architecture, Assisi is Umbria's 'city of peace' and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beyond the basilica, evocative Franciscan sites and sanctuaries can be found along Umbria’s scenic, cypress-lined backroads and in historical hill towns. Vineyard upon vineyard march up the hillsides and swathes of long-lived olive and chestnut groves sweep across the valleys. Fragrant truffles are a culinary treat and a good match for Umbrias's delicious, earthy red wine.


Go beyond the mainland to discover Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island. Boasting a 14,000 year history, Sicily's ancient past is reflected in the iconic archaeological remains of Bronze Age villages, Greeks temples and amphitheatres. The hilltop town of Taormina is a tourist favourite from where views of Mt. Etna's smoking crater are a unique spectacle. Discover beachside holiday towns, crystal clear waters, outdoor food markets, glorious churches, a friendly people and a delicious cuisine based on everything growing under the Sicilian sun.
Basilicata is a region of forests and mountains in southern Italy. It borders the Calabria and Puglia regions, as well as the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas. The city of Matera is known for its Sassi district, a vast, hillside complex of cave dwellings dating back thousands of years. The complex is part of the Murgia Matera area, a gorge between Matera and the town of Montescaglioso, where numerous chapels, shrines and small churches have been carved into the rockface. Explore on a hiking trail, breathe in the mountain air and recharge the batteries.
Think Tuscany, think medieval hill towns! However, the region offers much more - from long sandy beaches, historic, picturesque villages, medieval and Renaissance art and architecture, wineries and stunning landscapes to iconic museums, shopping, art and history, and some of the most delicious gelato ever. The Chianti is pretty good too! All roads lead to Florence, and to Siena and to San Gimignano and numerous tourists descend on the region in summer. Escape the heat and the crowds between April and May or October and November.


It’s hard to resist fascinating Veneto and its artistic attractions, extraordinary lakes and lagoons, thermal springs and up-market resorts. Spectacular mountains, magical Venice, Romeo and Juliet’s Verona and St Anthony’s Padua are all here. Combine a seaside holiday with food and culture, art and history or head inland for winter skiing or summer hiking, in the Dolomites. A robust cuisine based on rice and polenta rather than pasta, complements the wines of the region - think Valpolicella, Soave and Prosecco.
Often referred to as 'the Italian Riviera,' and once favoured by poets and writers for its sparkling coastline and the resort towns and fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, tiny Liguria is a great choice for a sun drenched seaside holiday. Surrounded by sea, Alps and the Apennine mountain range, the region lies between Monaco and the Tuscan border. For a change of culture and scenery take a day trip to Nice, head south to Pisa or ramble along a scenic coastal road. And along the Ligurian Riviera, fresh seafood is always on the menu.
The northernmost region of Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige shares a border with Switzerland and Austria. The region is best known for the spectacular natural beauty of its mountains and pristine natural landscapes and for the wide variety of outdoor activities on offer all year round. The rugged peaks of the Dolomite mountain range form a spectacular backdrop to medieval villages, crystal clear lakes, vast pine forests and rolling green meadows. From breathtaking hikes to spectacular sights, the region is the ultimate nature lovers paradise.
Find a map and hire a car - maybe a Lamborgini, a Ferrari or a Maserati - all three are manufactured here - and head off into the great outdoors. Sample the flavours at one of the region's food & wine festivals or visit mystical spiritual sanctuaries. Hike along an ancient pilgrimage path, past castles and churches and through ancient forests and alluring towns of medieval and Renaissance origin - places which have helped shaped this region of culture and conviviality, sea and nature, fast cars, slow food and la dolce vita!
Overlooking the crystalline waters of Lake Thun and with the massive peaks of Eiger, Mönch, Jungfraujoch in the distance, the little town of Beatenberg lies on a sunny slope in an adventure lover's paradise. An aerial cable car travels up to the Niederhorn ski region and to a cosy restaurant with majestic views. On ground level there are caves to explore and an indoor pool is minutes away. All season hiking trails criss-cross the area.

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