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Georgia of the Caucasus

July 3, 2017

When you look on the map you will understand why the Caucasus is described as “Where East meets West”. Georgia is right in the centre! The old city of Tbilisi, the capital, is reminiscent of a movie set, complete with old brick-built homes sporting colourful doorways and wooden balconies. Outside Tbilisi the countryside is beautiful with villages dotting the landscape. Look out for many old churches and monasteries. We travel from Tbilisi to Georgia's religions centre, Mtskheta, then up the small Georgian Military Highway to the Caucasus Mountains. [MORE...]

Lapland – Arctic Norway, Sweden, Finland

June 25, 2017

Lapland or Sápmi, is an ethno-cultural region which stretches over northern Fenno-Scandinavia (northern regions of Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Russia). We are visiting the Lapland region across Norway, Sweden, and Finland. [MORE...]

Morocco – from the Atlas to the Atlantic

April 25, 2017

Morocco is famous for its food, souks, ancient fortified citadels and kasbahs, beaches, mountains, and its Berber people. We start this journey at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains and continue along the rugged terrains and valleys to the ancient ksar of Aït Benhaddou. We follow the former caravan route through the Sahara Desert to the bustle of the old, colourful souks of Marrakech, and then head west to the cool winds of the Atlantic Ocean. From the wide beaches and whitewashed fortified walls of Essaouira, we go past the fortress built by Vasco da Gama’s brother-in-law in the town [MORE...]

Boat Journey down Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River

October 15, 2016

Myanmar is one of the new cool travel destinations. A place that certainly will not disappoint you. One of the most memorable trips is to take the slow and shaky train from the city of Mandalay to the northern town of Naba from where a bus goes to the town of Katha where you go on board a large ship for the 16-hour sailing (in your private cabin) down the mighty Ayeyarwady River back to Mandalay. It's a great trip as the boat stops at many villages along the way. [MORE...]

A Journey through Bangladesh

September 23, 2016

Join us as we board the 100-year old "Rocket Steamer" to slowly drift down the Ganges River to the Sundarbans in search of the Bengal tigers of Bangladesh. We also spend time in the capital city, Dhaka, as well as the notorious and infamous Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards. We then take a small wooden boat to visit tiny remote villages where people never had Western visitors. This is the real Bangladesh and its incredibly friendly! [MORE...]

Armenia’s Christian Monasteries

August 20, 2016

Armenia, located in the Caucasus is known for its many ancient monasteries, churches, and other Christian buildings dating from around the 11th to 14th centuries. Some are deserted, some are still in use. Quite an amazing experience! [MORE...]

Pyramids of Ancient Latin America

July 14, 2016

Pyramids of Ancient Latin America - Whether you have historian tendencies, or you are just the average traveller, tourist, or intrepid explorer, you will each experience these ancient ruins in a different way. [MORE...]

Salar de Uyuni and the southwestern region of Bolivia

June 22, 2016

In the remote southwest corner of Bolivia, South America, lies the world's largest salt flats, surrounded by a rugged area known for its extinct volcanoes, snow capped mountain peaks, deserts, rock formations, turquoise lakes, thermal active areas, and wildlife including flamingos, llamas, guanacos and vicuña. Rent a four-wheel drive with driver and head off for a few days to explore this beautiful region. [MORE...]

Gran Canaria of the Canary Islands

January 3, 2016

Located on an archipelago of the North Atlantic Ocean just 110 km off the west coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands (Islas Canarias)are geographically part of Africa, politically part of Spain, but notably more Spanish than African. Alas, during the high season of the European holidays, these islands are more European than Spanish. Most of the islands are quite rugged as they are of volcanic origin and mostly originate from fissure vents. Geologists reckon that much of the islands were formed during the Miocene period between 14 and 9 million years ago. This period was followed by one of [MORE...]

Kyiv – Scenic capital of the Ukraine

December 20, 2015

Kyiv is the scenic capital of the Ukraine stuffed with historic buildings, strong religious traditions, quiet leafy parks and wide boulevards crisscrossed by narrow cobblestone walkways. Kyiv’s main boulevard, Khreshchatyk Street, is lined with giant trees and grand Stalinist brick buildings. [MORE...]

Terracotta Warriors of Qin Shi Huang Di

November 17, 2015

The old walled city of Xi’an, China, is filled with historical buildings and a very authentic Muslim Quarter with bazaar and mosque. However, the most spectacular attraction is the Army of Terracotta Warriors [MORE...]

Winter Wonderland of Northern Japan

October 20, 2015

Tancho Cranes and Whooper (or Hooper) Swans annually migrate from upper Siberia in Russia to the relatively less harsh winters of eastern Hokkaido Island of northern Japan. Watch as these cranes do their love dances in the snow and feel free to join the swans in the thermal spring waters of the lake. When bird spotting in the deep freeze gets too tiring, soak in one of the many romantic outdoor natural thermal springs while your surroundings get covered in snow.End the day with Japanese cuisine around the fire place, and sleep on your tatami mat after sipping on a cup of green tea. Sounds good? It is! Lets go JAPAN! [MORE...]

Northern Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan mountainous region

September 14, 2015

At the northern tip of Pakistan, immediately south of Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor and the wild frontier of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, is the autonomous territory of Gilgit-Baltistan. It lies at the confluence of three of the world’s most impressive mountain ranges: the Himalayas, the Karakoram, and the Hindu Kush. Five of the “eight-thousanders” (peaks above 8,000 m) are located here with another 50+ peaks above 7,000 m. This remote area is also known for its glaciers, turquoise lakes, and friendly people. [MORE...]

Yemen: Where time stands still…

June 19, 2015

Yemen, officially known as the Republic of Yemen, is located on the southwestern to claims ownership over more than 200 islands. While large parts of Yemen are desert or semi-desert, some mountain peaks rise up to 3,700 m (12,100 ft) above sea level. Yemen has long existed at a crossroads of cultures with a history dating back to as early as 5,000 B.C. The collection of ancient castles, fortresses and many other signs of early civilisation is all testament to the very it independence, while the Brits left earlier than expected in 1967. With the death of Imam Ahmad bin Yahya in 1962, the North [MORE...]

Around Iceland in 10 days

April 30, 2015

The Republic of Iceland, located in the North Atlantic Ocean, has a population of almost 320,000 with Reykjavík as its largest city where approximately two thirds of the population live. Reykjavík is a modern town with an advanced infrastructure and when you’re here, it sure doesn’t feel like some far-off tiny island best known for its fire and ice. As soon as you leave the highways and byways of Reykjavík, you will quickly sink into the tranquility of the country-side where the fierce natural past of Iceland becomes evident. Located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, with the eastern part [MORE...]

Ushuaia, world’s most southern town

March 14, 2015

Ushuaia, pronounced [Ushuaia’s population of more than 60,000. As Ushuaia is commonly regarded as the “southernmost town,” it leaves Puerto Williams with the title of “southernmost village.” To the northwest of Ushuaia is the town of Punta Arenas, Chile, which is a third contender for the title. Punta Arenas has a population of over 120,000 which qualifies it as the “southernmost city” in the world.  How about the southernmost settlement in the world? In other words, what is the furthest south any humans have been living continuously for an extended period of time? This would [MORE...]

Greenland’s Inuit settlement at Kulusuk

February 14, 2015

Greenland should be every intrepid traveller’s dreamland. This rugged island of ice and rocks has almost no boundaries to the true adventurer.  Located between the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Greenland was ceded from Norway to Denmark in 1814 and is currently an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. While it is the world’s biggest island, over three-quarters of its surface is covered by the only contemporary ice sheet outside of Antarctica. It has a coastline (39,330 km / 24,440 mi) about the same length as the Earth’s circumference [MORE...]

Myanmar’s Mon State

January 18, 2015

The Mon State in southeastern Myanmar (Burma) offers great off-the-beaten-track adventures.  Head down to Mawlamyine, Set Se Beach, Hpa-An (in neighbouring Kayin State), Kyaikhto, Bago, and return to Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. This region is off the “standard tourist trail” so in some areas you may travel for many days without seeing another foreign traveller.  The tourist infrastructure is rather insignificant, but there are hotels and guesthouses mainly focused on local tourists and business people. Public transportation is an experience in itself! Take the train only [MORE...]

Afghanistan – turning back the clock 100 years!

December 27, 2014

Shughnan Village While Afghanistan is a vast country blessed with beautiful mountains and ancient villages, much of the country is still too dangerous for most travellers. However, currently some pockets in the northern areas including the Wakhan Corridor have been declared safe enough for travel. Cross the small bridge across the Panj River near the Tajik town of Khorog and explore the little mountain village of Shughnan.  The relatively safe north eastern region of Afghanistan is best approached from the border crossings at either Khorog, Tajikistan or further south at Ishkoshim, [MORE...]

Tajikistan – rugged mountains and more

December 13, 2014

Capital City, Dushanbe Getting to Dushanbe is still one the challenges in this part of the world.  Few airlines, even from neighbouring countries, fly into the capital of Tajikistan. An interesting entry by land is from Samarkand in Uzbekistan. A long 10.5-hour train ride goes through mostly desert landscapes and some mountainous regions and also stops at a few small villages. When the train eventually comes to a standstill in the small Uzbek town of to making long-lasting memories – whether good or bad, you won’t forget them. From the taxi drop-off point it is a 1.5 km (1 mi) walk [MORE...]
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