5 Tremendous Travel Tours to Try in 2017
It’s not as though you need many excuses to pack your suitcases and take a trip. OK, so there are some reasons why it might not be convenient… There are things such as jobs and money and children to think about. But these issues can be overcome. Take some time off work, give your credit card a workout and leave the kids with grandma for a couple of weeks, and then get started on one of these amazing tours that are waiting for you.
Walk Beside the Atlantic
The Costa da Caparica is a short distance from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon and is best reached by catching a ferry from Cais do Sodré in the central city to Cacilhas on the other side of the river, followed by a bus trip. It’s a laid back beachside village that seems so detached from the hustle and bustle of the city, and most people wanting to hit the beach will do so on the Lisbon side of the river. This means that the sweeping beaches of the Costa can feel rather empty, even in summer. If you have the time and the energy, take a day or two to simply take a long stroll along the beach. At 30 kilometres (19 miles) in length, it’s the longest uninterrupted beach in Portugal. While you’re unlikely to walk the whole thing, you could break up the hike into two days by staying at one of the camping grounds along the beach. With the cliffs on one side and the Atlantic on the other, you can have a remarkable amount of solitude, just on the outskirts of one of Europe’s most visited cities.
Three Countries in a Little Over Three Hours
One of the more surprising things about Europe is how close things are to each other. This can be used to your advantage if you don’t have a lot of time to play with, and there’s a tour that takes in three countries in a matter of hours. OK, so ideally you should spend a day or two in each destination, perhaps with a guided city tour in each place allowing you to maximise your time. But the actual travel times are nominal, so you can see these three cities (in three different countries) without spending too much time at all on a train. Starting in Amsterdam with its canals and narrow houses, it’s only two hours to the Belgian capital of Brussels. Eat some Moules Frites, and then jump on the train again. It’s only one hour and 45 minutes to the heart of Paris. This is a fantastic itinerary when time is not your friend.
Three Countries in a Little Under an Hour
How about three countries in a little under an hour? It’s not as though you need to rush through Europe at some frenetic pace without the time to take anything in, but darn these places are really not that far. If you should find yourself in the South of France you will should pick up a Carte Isabelle rail pass. This allows you unlimited travel for the day on all French trains that run along the Mediterranean shoreline. Start in Nice (which is nice), and then get an easterly train. You will travel past some jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches before arriving in Monaco with all the billionaires and people creative with their taxes (possibly why they’re billionaires). The train then continues into Italy, terminating at the town of Ventimiglia. From Nice to Ventimiglia, you’re looking at around 50 minutes of travel time. Not bad, considering you’ve been in three countries. You can then turn around and get off at one of the stops you really liked the look of.
The Majesty and Mystery of Cuba
Cuba is one of those sensational destinations that you can explore at your own leisure, although this is not without its downsides. There is a mystery to the island nation which is somewhat due to the fact that little tangible information is available. You can’t simply look up everything online because many businesses don’t have a web presence. You might not even be able to book your accommodation online. For some people, this adds to the fun, and yet it can be infinitely more straightforward to speak to a country that specialises in Cuba tours. This means that the details are worked out on your behalf, allowing you to do little more than prepare for suntanning and salsa lessons. This can be a blessing when you realise that many public transport timetables in Cuba are treated as a suggestion only.
The Length of New Zealand
Like Cuba, New Zealand is an island so you can easily explore each and every nook and cranny of the country. NZ doesn’t have much of a national train network, so you will need to do much of it by bus, or if you want to set your own pace, rent a campervan. This also allows you to save money on accommodation. Chances are that you will arrive in Auckland, and then you need to explore the Coromandel peninsula, followed by the Bay of Plenty and the centre of the North Island. Make your way down to Wellington and then catch the Interislander Ferry to the South Island and continue south through some of the most stunning scenery you’ll ever encounter.