North vs South: where will you choose?

17 February 2020

As destinations around the world become more accessible, we are faced with greater difficulty when deciding where our next holiday should be. With so many incredible sites, tastes and activities to experience within so many nations around the world, the challenge of choosing where to visit next is becoming increasingly difficult. To resolve this issue for you, we’ve grouped together some truly unforgettable experiences in the North and South of some of our favourite locations, so that you can experience the holiday you’ve always dreamed of.

New Zealand

North

Explore the surreal beauty of the Watiomo Caves. Lined with a galaxy of glow-worms, this uniquely enchanting location can be explored on foot, by boat or on a Black Water Rafting trip. Embark on an unforgettable hike on the Tongario Alpine Crossing. Considered one of New Zealand’s best one-day hikes, this world heritage site is rich in dramatic, awe-inspiring natural beauty. Revel in the magic of Hot Water Beach where a geothermally heated sea water spa pool is created just by digging.

South

Discover stunning vistas atop New Zealand’s highest peak on the Hooker Valley Track where you’ll summit the incredible Mount Cook. Explore the stunning beauty of the majestic Milford and Doubtful Sounds at the Fiordland National Park. Marvel at the serene beauty of Mount Aspiring National park. Considered a hiker’s paradise, this charming landscape is blessed with captivating views of astonishing mountains, august glaciers and enchanting crystal-clear pools.

USA

North

Home to over eight million people that collectively speak more than 800 languages, New York City boasts a rich variety of cultures, cuisines and historical landmarks. Stroll through the beautiful landscape of Central Park, admire the stunning Statue of Liberty or revel in the city’s world-famous art and history museums. Venture to the legendary Niagara Falls where you’ll be captivated by the breath-taking beauty of the 12,000-year-old incredible waterfalls. Boasting over 10,000 hydrothermal features, more than half of the world’s geysers, and 290 waterfalls across 3,400 square miles, Yellowstone National Park is truly unmissable North American destination.

South

Formed over the last 70 million years, the world-renowned Grand Canyon is one of North America’s truly mesmerising features. Home to dazzling stars, incredible weather and a wealth of world-class entertainment, Los Angeles treats visitors to an unrivalled variety of live entertainment, pristine beaches and unique cultural activities. Learn to surf at Venice Beach, explore the Griffith Observatory or enjoy spectacular art at The Getty. Welcoming over 14 million adoring tourists every year, Miami hosts a unique variety of exquisite cuisine, art and architecture; enjoy the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, indulge at the Bayside Marketplace or unwind at the historic Venetian Pool.

 

Italy

North

Journey to the mesmerising Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park where you’ll experience the outstandingly beautiful Lago di Braies. Known as the “Pearl of the Dolomite Lakes” this majestic lake is truly magnificent. Boasting a rich variety of Gothic architecture, world class cuisine and phenomenal historical landmarks, the floating city of Venice provides travellers with a uniquely unforgettable experience. Explore the marvellous Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Square and Saint Mark’s Basilica.

“A long weekend in Venice is a perfect break for an anniversary, birthday, or just to spoil yourself. Time flies by with aimless wandering through cobblestone streets, exploring the art and shops, and trying the superb restaurants throughout the city.”

Cornel, Travel Counsellor

South

Home to a myriad of charming historical sites, Naples hosts a wealth of culturally enriching activities. Birthplace of Pizza and host to the epic Mount Vesuvius, Naples provides travellers with sumptuous cuisine and an eclectic mix of unique experiences. Renowned as being one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, the Amalfi Coast hosts an impressive array of museums, hiking trails and glorious ancient landmarks; discover the stunning Castello di Archei or hike to the gorgeous Monte Faito peak.

Spain

North

Explore the Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao or marvel at the works of the Guggenheim Museum in the beautiful city of Bilbao. Admire the striking beauty of the La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or enjoy the city’s captivating artwork on show at the Park Güell and the Casa Milà. Embark on an unforgettable wine journey across the La Rioja where you’ll be pampered with a tantalising variety of sensational wines.

“From old buildings to modern, wide open avenues, stunning Gaudi architecture and even several miles of lovely golden beach, Barcelona really does cater for all ages and experiences.”

Chris, Travel Counsellor

South

Discover the charming beauty of the Alhambra Palace or visit the incredible Catefral de Granada in Granada. As the birthplace of Tapas and the host to the impeccably beautiful Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia is wonderful city that is rich with delectable cuisine, unique cultural experiences and stunning architecture. Uncover the palatial beauty of the Royal Alcázar in Seville, enjoy the City’s mesmeric architecture shown in the Catedral de Sevilla, La Giralda and Torre Del Oro or take a leisurely stroll around the gorgeous Parque de Maria Luisa.

Turn your travel dreams into a reality this year by contacting your Travel Counsellor. You’ll enjoy exclusive benefits, including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to support you before, during and even after your trip.

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