We’re always on the lookout for new and up-and-coming destinations. From Palm Springs to Uzbekistan, here’s 6 of our popular destinations that are on the come up in popularity.
Ethiopia is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa, with landscapes ranging from spectacular mountain ranges to arid desert and shimmering lakes. Discover the mighty Blue Nile Falls, where water plunges over a 40-metre-high chasm, creating a cloud of mist and colourful rainbows. Then head to the stunning scenery of the Simien Mountains, where you might be lucky enough to spot gelada monkeys, Ethiopian wolves or the endangered walia ibex.
History buffs can visit the country’s historic capital Gondar, to see the ruins of the 17th century Royal Enclosure with its array of castles and palaces. In the ancient city of Axum, highlights include the Queen of Sheba’s palace, and in Lalibela, the incredible sight of 11 rock-hewn churches built in the 12th century awaits.
When you’ve finished exploring, Debre Zeit is a wonderful place to spend a few days. Surrounded by mirror-like volcanic crater lakes, it’s a haven of peace and tranquility and the ideal spot to relax.
Lovers of wildlife are in for a treat in Uganda! The famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park covers a vast area of lush forest, steep hills and valleys, and is home to around half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Setting off on a gorilla-trekking experience here is without a doubt, one of the most exciting wildlife adventures on the planet. Led by an expert ranger, you’ll spend up to six hours searching for these majestic giants. Seeing one in the wild for the very first time is sure to be something you will never forget.
If the thrill of seeing gorillas isn’t enough to tempt you, there’s plenty more wildlife encounters to enjoy. Take a walking safari to spot rare southern white rhino (one of the Big Five), track chimpanzees and see a large population of hippos. You can also lookout for tree-climbing lions and keep your eyes peeled for the other Big Five animals, lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant.
If it’s wildlife you want to see, Uganda really does have it all!
The mesmerising central Asian country of Uzbekistan is home to three of the most important cities on the ancient Silk Road – Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. Why not follow in the footsteps of ancient traders and visit all three on one incredible holiday.
The country’s capital, Tashkent, is a good place to start your adventure. Completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1966, it has today been rebuilt and restored, and is a modern-day showcase of Russian architecture mixed with blue-tiled mosques and some fascinating museums.
From here, you can take an internal flight to Khiva and then board comfortable high-speed trains to Bukhara and Samarkand. Along the way, you’ll uncover diverse history and discover an array of historic sites, including colourful mosques, mausoleums and palaces. There are even opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting the theatre and taking part in a cookery class.
4. Greece – Corfu, Zagori & Meteora
The Greek Islands are a popular destination for many British holidaymakers. But if you want to truly immerse yourself in the country’s unique cultural heritage, why not combine the idyllic island of Corfu with the lesser-known delights of Zagori on the mainland.
Discover the Venetian architecture of Corfu town, visit Sissy’s Palace and the Kapodistrias Museum, before catching a ferry to the mainland. In the mountainous region of Zagori, discover traditional stone-built villages filled with old-world charm, then continue to Meteora. Here, you can admire a complex of centuries-old Eastern Orthodox monasteries, located in a serene and breathtakingly beautiful clifftop setting.
5. Turkey – Istanbul, Troy and Ephesus
Turkey is an assault on the senses and a round-trip adventure, taking in Istanbul, Troy and Ephesus, is one of the best ways to uncover everything it has to offer. Discover iconic landmarks in Istanbul, including the spectacular Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, then spend a few hours soaking up the atmosphere at the bustling Grand Bazaar – said to be the largest covered market in the world.
Delve into the country’s history at Troy, the fabled setting of the Trojan War, and visit the UNESCO-listed city of Ephesus. Founded by the Greeks and colonised by the Romans, this archaeological wonder offers an astonishing insight into the ancient world.
Along the way, you’ll take in breathtaking coastal views, stop at the World War One battlefields of Gallipoli and sample delicious local delicacies. To complete your Turkish adventure, you can even choose to watch an authentic belly-dancing show.
6. USA – Palm Springs
Palm Springs has long been the playground of legendary movie stars, and with an exciting dining scene, shops, bars and markets galore, it’s a fabulous base for a relaxing American getaway.
Explore the vast wilderness of Joshua Tree National Park, see the elaborate homes of famous celebrities and kick back in the sun with a drink in hand, taking in views of the surrounding mountains.