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  • 10 Luxury Family Holiday Desti 10 Luxury Family Holiday Destinations 2014

    • From: dharmender
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      As travel to the four corners of the world has become more accessible, an abundance of choice has been created for the family traveller. Yet at the same time as the globe opens up, the options available for a rarefied experience narrow. 

      For family holiday makers in search of luxury, the chance to provide their children with culturally rich excursions that expand their world view are proving to be key drivers in determining choice. To help, here is a list of ten destinations that offer children and adults alike the chance to indulge in the luxury of experience in the maximum of comfort. 

      Barbados 

      The culture the exotic island of Barbados is defined by is its West African, British and Indian historical legacy. This ensures that cricket, afternoon tea and Christianity remain staple passions of the local Bajans, who need no excuse to proudly boast of the fact that there are more churches than bars on the island. 

      The aesthetic too is shaped by this legacy, as the old stone churches and sugar plantations characterise the scenery of this Caribbean gem as much as the glorious white sandy beaches and dreamy ocean views. In terms of luxury hotels, Sandy Lane provides a plethora of activities and facilities to cater for every family need. 
       

      Dubai 

      As recently as 20 years ago, Dubai as we know it simply didn’t exist. Now, however, it’s a bustling ever-changing metropolis set in the heart of the Persian Gulf. A destination of complete opposites, the tranquillity of the desert close by provides a taste of traditional Arabia that is of stark contrast to the ultra-modern shopping malls and extravagant opulence found in the city. 

      Excursions and activities for the whole family are integrated into Dubai’s vibrant tourist economy. For example, one of the most expensive and extravagant hotels found anywhere in the world, the Burj al Arab, now runs the the Jumeirah project; a turtle rehabilitation programme that in its final stage allows children to release the reinvigorated reptiles back into the sea. 

      Egypt 

      Since the dawn of its ancient civilisation Egypt is a country that has been synonymous with luxury. And with its wide range of world class hotels and facilities, this statement is as true today as it ever was. 

      For family travellers looking to indulge into the rich history of Egypt, the city of Luxor provides the ideal central location to plan your adventures from, with the Valley of the Kings nearby. Similarly, as Egypt is home to two of the Seven Wonders of the World in the form of The Great Pyramid of Giza and the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the timeless options for families in search of cultural enrichment are plentiful. 

      France 

      From the romance of Paris right through to the mountainous vistas of the Alps, France is home to a rich and varied landscape. In terms of culture, food and drink is central to the way of life. Therefore France is the perfect country to refine the palette of young and old, with dynamic markets, top class restaurants and hidden eateries aplenty.      

      The Evian resort, just 3km away from the gorgeous Lake Geneva on the Swiss border, provides a fantastic family choice regarding accommodation. For more information on the Evian resort and the activities on offer there, visitwww.totstoo.com/destinations. An additional consideration for those with a very young family intent on embarking on a foreign holiday is the relatively short travel times between the UK and destinations in France. 

      Italy 

      An expedition to Italy offers families a varied spectrum of classical ruins, impressive architecture and fine food, that as a collective represent an amalgamation of culture and history which any place in the world will struggle to compete with. 

      Venice and Florence are just two of many cities that offer a multitude of iconic and beautiful experiences. Whilst Lake Garda which resides within the foothills of the beautiful Dolomites, presents a package of gorgeous hotels, stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits to satisfy even the most demanding of luxury family holiday makers. 

      The United Kingdom 

      For those families with a large brood, travelling abroad in search of a luxury experience can be a daunting and stressful experience. This is why many are choosing keep their holiday plans restricted to local shores, as destinations can be reached simply by jumping in a car or on a train. 

      Rural escapes like the Yorkshire Moors, the Cotswolds and the Jurassic Coast provide rugged and beautiful landscapes full of adventure and opportunity for exploration. Furthermore, cities such as London and Liverpool offer vibrant, multicultural environments that provide an illustration of what defines modern Britain.  

      Seychelles 

      Even though the land mass is small, the Seychelles landscape is diverse, encompassing mountains, tropics, coral islands and  isolated beaches that are the epitome of paradise. For tourists that hold nature close to their hearts, the islands are home to the world renownedCousin Island Special Reserve, a national park teeming with wildlife that is famed for its approach to conservation and eco-tourism. 

      As tourism is the lifeblood of the island, there is a number of beautiful and facility laden hotels and resorts optimised for family comfort. All things considered, the Seychelles offers a unique opportunity for families to explore and absorb the rarest of things; paradise on earth. 

      Finnish Lapland 

      It’s not just the prospect of seeing Father Christmas that makes Finnish Lapland a magical family holiday prospect. Situated near the Arctic Circle, the country is one of the few places on earth that is ideal for viewing the spectacular skies that the Northern Lights produce. 

      Surrounded by amazing alpine surrounding, Hotel Kakslauttanen presents the perfect winter bolthole complete with a range of family-centric activities nearby. These include snow rides led by both huskies and reindeers that traverse icy roads and a possible visit toSanta’s resort.

      It goes without saying that for the best experience families should visit during the festive period, and although this will be expensive, children will be provided with an experience they will never forget. 

      Oman 

      Sweeping deserts and idyllic coastlines provide the unadulterated beauty that has seen Oman fittingly referred to as the Jewell of Arabia. Juxtaposing modernity and tradition the country of Oman delivers a holiday experience that is unique to anywhere in the world. Although because of the extreme heat experienced in the summer months, the best time to visit Oman is between October and March. 

      The influx of wealth to the country has ensured that holidaymakers are able to enjoy access to an innumerable range of world-class, child-friendly facilities, which include resorts, shopping districts, attractions and hotels that cater for every family need conceivable. The most accessible part of the Oman coast resides near the capital of Muscat, where there is the opportunity to embark on dolphin watching tours that will cast each generation in a state of awe and provide an unforgettable experience.  

      Greece 

      For children who are old enough to appreciate it, a visit to Greece offers the chance to appreciate the uniquely rich cultural heritage of a country that has shaped much of what continues to define western civilisation. 

       

      Made up of over 2,000 islands, Greece includes golden sandy beaches, seafront taverns and amazing hotels, including Westin Resort Costa Navarino. From here families can engage in water sports and other activities, as well as using it as a hub for nearby excursions which take in the countries rich historical legacy. 

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  • Ski Holidays Ski Holidays

    • From: sunilkumarbh
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      So for this Valentine's Day which happens to be on a Saturday after a whooping 11 decades, I'm preparing to go to ski trip in Europe. Me and my sweetheart really like to ski and a finish few days in the Switzerland alps would be an excellent way to enjoy this day of really like. So for the resorts and exchanges, relevant reservations have been created. If anyone has been there before, I would search for some details on how it is to travel there. Do we depend on community carries or we search for the services of a car for travelling.

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  • Top 10 picturesque lakes in Ti Top 10 picturesque lakes in Tibet

    • From: tibettravel
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      Almost every tourist traveling to Tibet would drop a visit to a holy lake in Tibet. The most frequently visited lakes in Tibet are the top three holy lakes, Namtso, Yamdrok and Manasarovar. In fact, there are thousands of lakes across the Tibetan Plateau. The following is a list of the top 10 picturesque lakes in Tibet.

       

      1. Lake Namtso

       

      Namtso, meaning a "heavenly lake" in the Tibetan language, is reputed as the most beautiful lake in Tibet and was selected as one of the five most beautiful lakes in China by Chinese National Geography magazine in 2005. It is situated between Damxung County and Bange County, 240 km away from Lhasa, capital of Tibet. The lake, covering an area of 1,940 sq km, lies at an altitude of 4,718 meters. It is the largest salt water lake in Tibet and the second largest salt water lake in China. Its purity and solemnness are symbols of Qinghai-Tibet Platean. Its touching beauty should not be missed by any visitor who makes a Tibet tour.

       

      2. Lake Yamdrok

       

      Located on the way from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp or Kathmandu, Yamdrok is also frequently visited by travelers. Lake Yamdrok is surrounded by numerous snow-capped mountains and has a power station at its western end which is considered to be the highest in the world. The lake is fan-shaped, and is around 72 km (45 miles) long. In Tibetan Yamdrok means "the Lake of Swans". Tourists and pilgrims can be seen walking or prostrating themselves along the lake's perimeter. On a steep mountain slope southwest of the lake lies Samding Monastery, which is the only Tibetan Monastery headed by a living female Lama.

       

      3. Lake Tangra Yumtso

       

      Lake Tangra Yumtso, the largest holy lake worshipped by ancient Bonpo of Tibetan Buddhism, is the third largest lake in Tibet. It is located in Xainza County, Nagqu Prefecture, northern Tibet. Lying at an average altitude of 4,600 meters, the lake covers an area of 1,400 sq km, with 70 km in length and 20 km in width.

       

      4. Pangong Tso

       

      Pangong Tso, meaning "long, narrow, enchanted lake" in Tibetan language, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km2. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water.

       

      5. Lake Manasarovar

       

       

      Manasarovar, meaning "an invincible lake of jade" in the Tibetan language, is one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. Lying at an altitude of 4,588 meters above sea level, the lake covers an area of 400 sq km, with the circumstance of 90 km. Together with Mt Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is a pilgrimage site. There is a pilgrimage path around the lake and a circuit is a little over 100km, taking 4-5 days to complete. Chiu Gompa, 30 km south of Darchen, is a good starting point for a circuit around the lake. It is a must-visit for a tour in Tibet covering western Tibet.

       

      6. Basumtso

       

      Basumtso in Tibetan language means 'green water'. The lake definitely deserves that name: the views are breathtaking, and those glaciers, which cover on the upper reaches of the lake, are beautiful and at the same provide fresh water for the whole region. The lake covers an area of 26 square kilometers. You can see the beautiful snow-capped peaks reflected from the green waters of the lake. The beautiful view of the lake and the glaciers even makes some European visitors think of the inspiring Swiss Alps when they see the majestic view on the shoreline of this lake. Standing by the lake side, you can see fish shoaling in the water, birds circling in the air and beasts roaming in the forest. You can find a harmonious scene of animals living a comfortable and easy life in Basum with human. The World Tourism Organization listed the lake as a world tourist site.

       

      7. Selincuo

       

      Selincuo Lake located in Northern Tibet Autonomous Region and covering an area of 1,800 sq. km, is the second largest saltwater lake, second only to Namtso Lake. Lying at the junction of three counties, it can be seen from afar, a beautiful vast waterscape surrounded by golden grasslands of the Tibetan plateaus and snow capped mountains under clear skies. The natural sights here are absolutely breathtaking and after sunset the deep blue waters melt into one with the shadows of looming mountains, creating an air of mystery and intrigue.

       

      8. Lake Rakshastal

       

      Lake Rakshastal lies close to the west of Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash. The Satluj River originates at Rakshastaal's northwestern tip. Despite its close proximity to Lake Manasarovar—over the road to Purang County, Lake Rakshastaal does not share the lore of worship with its east neighbor. The name of the lake literally means "lake of the demon" in Sanskirt. It is also known as Ravana Tal, as it is considered to be the place of severe penance tapasya by Ravana, demon-like egoistic King of Lanka in Hindu theology. In Buddhism, Lake Manasarovar, which is round like the sun, and Rakshastal, shaped as a crescent, are respectively regarded as 'brightness' and 'darkness'. Its salty water, a stark contrast to the fresh water of Lake Manasarovar, produces no aquatic plants or fish and is considered poisonous by locals.

       

      9. Cuona Lake

       

      Covering an area of over 400 square kilometers, Cuona Lake is regarded as the highest freshwater lake in the world. Cuona Lake means 'Heavenly Lake' to the locals. Numerous believers often come all the way to worship this holy lake. The water here is crystal clear with fish jumping freely. Together with the boundless plains and clear sky, the scenery surrounding Cuona Lake are of great beauty, attracting cranes, mandarin ducks, swans and other wild animals. Around the lake is the famous Qiangtang Nature Reserve where Tibetan yak, donkey, snow leopard and so on live.

       

      Cuona Lake is the nearest lake to Qinghai-Tibet Railway with the nearest shore only tens of meters distant, so passengers can enjoy the serenity of the lake with great ease.

       

      10. Peiku-tso

       

      Peiku-tso is located 40km to the east of Jirong county town and 250km from the Tingri County. It's just on the way to Ngari, between Zhangmu and Saga. With the elavation of 4,590 meters above sea level, Peiku-tso lake is the biggest lake in Shigatse area. It's a light salty lake with an area of more than 300 square kilometers. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, it is bright turquoise all year around. Traveler can make a detour to this lake when doing a tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

       

       

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  • Bellinzona Bellinzona

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      View of Bellinzona in the valley and Alps behind from a hike.

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  • Swiss Hike Swiss Hike

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      Just a regular hike (from First to Gross Schiedeg) in Swiss Alps - Grindelwald

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  • Zilertal Alps Zilertal Alps

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      View of Zillertal Alps, Austria from hike in Berliner Hutte

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  • Swiss Alps Swiss Alps

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      View of Swiss Alps from a hike hear First, Grindelwald, Switzerland

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  • The Alps The Alps

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      View of the Alps from Arbon, Switzerland.

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  • The calm before the storm... The calm before the storm...

    • From: DWaiste
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      The Swiss Alps the day before the snow storm came...pristine and beautiful.  Taken in the late fall on a sunny day with no snow in sight.

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  • MT. VENTOUX, FRANCE MT. VENTOUX, FRANCE

    • From: sssnancysss
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      In the south of France there is a 6,000-foot mountain. Many people come to tour this mountain by bicycle. It is possible to see the Alps to the north, and on a super clear day, all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. I’ve heard that the highest wind velocity in the world has been recorded here.  

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  • Swiss Alps - View from the ins Swiss Alps - View from the inside looking out

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      Passing through the Eiger on the way to the Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps.  An amazing view on a beautiful day!

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  • You can see mountains forever You can see mountains forever in the Swiss Alps!

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      While hiking in he Swiss Alps you can see mountains forever.

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  • Close to Nature! Swiss Alps Close to Nature! Swiss Alps

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      How much closer to nature can one get than hiking through the Swiss Alps with views of the Eiger, Monch and the Jungfrau?  Lovely, lovely!

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  • Nothing quite like the Swiss A Nothing quite like the Swiss Alps

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      What a way to see the mountains... and of course the Swiss Alps.  This cograil train was on the way to the Jungfrau through the Eiger and the Monch.  Beautiful! Beautiful!

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  • Palais De L'isle, Annecy, Fran Palais De L'isle, Annecy, France

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      Also called the "Old Prison", this imposing structure in Annecy, France has been photographed umpteen times but is still beautfully lit and worthy of the camera. The town sits at the feet of the French Alps

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  • Swiss Alps Switzerland Swiss Alps Switzerland

    • From: gabrielleflawless
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      Classic sight in the Swiss Alps.  We actually had to stop at a red light so the train could pass through.  Perfect opportunity to get a photo,

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  • Ftan Switzerland Ftan Switzerland

    • From: gabrielleflawless
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      The clouds in the Alps were so thick we couldn't see anything for hours.  All of a sudden, for just a minute, the sunshine appeared, just long enough to take this photo.

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  • Neuschwanstein in the Bavarian Neuschwanstein in the Bavarian Alps of Germany

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      Great tour - it's popular for a reason!

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  • Bavarian Alps, Germany Bavarian Alps, Germany

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      September in Bavaria - great time to visit - not crowded, mild weather.

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  • View from Neuschwanstein Castl View from Neuschwanstein Castle

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      September in Bavaria - great time to visit - not crowded, mild weather.

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