Caucasian destination

Caucasian destination

Georgia charms with amazing architecture, multiculturalism and its claim as the land that invented wine. Mike Peters explores its allures. You can tell if a country is a prize by checking how many times it has been invaded. By that measure, the little Caucasus land of Georgia is a treasure indeed. Long an important Eurasian crossroads, Arabs overran the place in 645, making the captured capital, Tbilisi, an emirate for four centuries. Later came the…

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An offseason visit to Athens offers a pleasant alternative

An offseason visit to Athens offers a pleasant alternative

As a seaside metropolis with a lively outdoor vibe and dozens of picturesque islands beckoning nearby, Athens is more often considered a summer tourist destination than a winter escape. But if you’ve got more than beaches on your mind, there’s plenty of upside to a brief cool visit that avoids the crowds and heat of summer. Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, often called the cradle of Western civilization. Visitors will find monuments…

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In Cuba, the pace of life continues to remain unhurried

In Cuba, the pace of life continues to remain unhurried

In Cuba, it sometimes seems time stopped in the 1960s. Despite a succession of sweeping changes in recent years-rapprochement with the United States, Fidel Castro’s death-the rhythm of life on the is land remains as languid as ever. In Old Havana, locals still watch life go by from the balconies of their dilapidated colonial buildings, as classic American cars putter down cobblestone streets and seemingly endless games of dominoes play out on sidewalk tables. Tourists…

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Kenya eyes more Chinese tourists after Jack Ma’s visit

Kenya eyes more Chinese tourists after Jack Ma’s visit

Kenya’s tourism marketers on Sunday promised to bring more Chinese tourists to the East African nation after a visit by Chinese business magnate Jack Ma. Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) said travel agents have termed the visit by the billionaire a major boost and endorsement to their campaigns – that seek to woo Chinese travelers into Kenya. KTB Chief Executive Officer Betty Radier said in a statement issued in Nairobi that China now listed among the…

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Illinois eyes new tourism markets

Illinois eyes new tourism markets

Illinois tourism officials are expanding their efforts in China and Mexico, hoping to attract more foreign visitors to the state. The Illinois Office of Tourism, which has just opened an office in Mexico City, plans to open one in Beijing on Dec 1, the Chicago Tribune reported. Three additional support offices in China are being planned in Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Agency director Cory Jobe says between six and 10 people will work across the…

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Quebec promotes itself as destination for Chinese tourists

Quebec promotes itself as destination for Chinese tourists

The Quebec Tourism Industry Alliance recently held a promotional event in Beijing. Quebec is Canada’s second-largest province by area, blending French heritage and North American cultural influences, and has French as the major official language. China is an important emerging market for Quebec, Dominique Labelle, director of international marketing of the alliance, said at the event. “We’re striving to strengthen cooperation with Chinese tourism operators and travel agencies to offer in-depth travel experience for Chinese…

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Four Seasons of Outdoor Fun in Vancouver

Four Seasons of Outdoor Fun in Vancouver

There’s truth to the saying that in Vancouver you can hit the slopes in the morning and be tanning on the beach by afternoon. With a delightfully temperate climate and easy access to the Pacific Ocean, mountain ranges and even rainforests, there’s a myriad of alfresco amusements all year round. Summer at the Seawall The Stanley Park Seawall has 28 kilometres of pathways along the ocean that are perfect for strolling, rollerblading or biking with…

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Unique Ways to Camp in Canada’s National Parks

Unique Ways to Camp in Canada’s National Parks

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1, we’re bringing you  Travel Tips — one per day until July 1 — to help you explore and enjoy this great land. For Tip 39, Claudia Laroye, travel writer and editor of The Travelling Mom, shares four unique ways to camp in the great outdoors.  An overnight stay in Canada’s National Parks is an unforgettable way to experience the great outdoors. Even if your family has never…

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Wine-Tasting Your Way Through B.C.’s Okanagan Valley

Wine-Tasting Your Way Through B.C.’s Okanagan Valley

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1, we’re bringing you 150 Days of Travelzoo Tips to help you explore and enjoy this great land. We’ve invited some of Canada’s top travel writers to join in and share their favourite finds and expert advice.  With over 300 wineries to choose from in British Columbia — and over 80% of them located in the Okanagan — wine tours are quickly becoming a top attraction. Choosing between so many wineries…

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The Cheapest Way to Get to Anywhere in Europe

The Cheapest Way to Get to Anywhere in Europe

Hoping to head to a pricey hot spot like the Greek Islands or Amalfi Coast? Finding cheap airfare can be difficult, if not downright impossible; but with this little trick, you can save hundreds and see several cities in one go. Thanks to the rise of low-cost carriers like WOW and Air Transat, as well as less popular cities for tourism offering a cheaper entry point, airfare to some European destinations can be much cheaper…

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