Category: Eastern Europe

5 things to do in Croatia for the perfect family break

5 things to do in Croatia for the perfect family break

With 1800 km of coastline and over 1000 islands, diverse landscapes, and plenty of outdoor activities to choose from, Croatia is the ideal destination for families who love the sea, nature, and active holidays. This beautiful country on the edge of the Adriatic Sea is particularly child-friendly: family is important in Croatian culture, children are […]

Confessions of a Viking River Cruises addict

Confessions of a Viking River Cruises addict

I have a confession to make. I’m a Viking River Cruises junkie. I thought I had my addiction under control. It all started last year when Viking invited me to join them on their Portraits of Southern France-Avignon to Chalon river cruise. I was so not a cruiser (having had much less than wonderful experiences […]

7 stunning ports of call in the Adriatic Sea

7 stunning ports of call in the Adriatic Sea

A medieval minefield of dazzling displays, the rich waters of the Adriatic are full of surprises that will leave you glowing with delight. Recently becoming one of the trendiest destinations for yachting, explore the kingdoms of old, from the inspiring coastal ports of Croatia cloaked in sublime heritage to dipping your toes in the woven […]

The top 5 festivals in Croatia in 2015

The top 5 festivals in Croatia in 2015

Croatia, one of my top summer destinations for 2015! I love the cobbled side streets, people watching on a sunny afternoon, the coffee culture. The wine. Cocktails. Sun. Architecture. The old churches and cathedrals, and counting the sailing boats bob up and down in the distance. But what is new to me are the highly […]

Cruise the lower Danube and step ahead of the crowd

Cruise the lower Danube and step ahead of the crowd

Cruising European rivers on a luxurious river boat is becoming one of the most popular ways to explore Europe. The ‘unpack once’ and ‘all meals included’ features save time, money, and energy; shore excursions are included in the fare. Exploring a port city or village on your own appeals to the more adventurous while a […]

3 of the most unique city breaks for retired couples

3 of the most unique city breaks for retired couples

After a life spent taking on the daily grind, paying off mortgages, bringing up kids and keeping the grandchildren in line, retired couples have earned a well-deserved break! With Europe quite literally at their doorstep, hordes of retired Brits have some incredible destinations to choose from. And while Rome, Paris and Barcelona will always be […]

Top 10 cities in the world for marriage proposals

Top 10 cities in the world for marriage proposals

Getting engaged is the most exciting, nerve wracking, and potentially important day of your life. For years to come (hopefully!), your story about the planning, thought process, and personal touches behind how and, perhaps more importantly, where you ‘popped the question’ will be told and retold on countless occasions. The pressure for a memorable and […]

The best underrated ski resorts in Europe

The best underrated ski resorts in Europe

Skiing in Europe’s top resorts is one of greatest thrills a person can experience, the wind on your face, the fresh snow biting at your skis, it really doesn’t get much better than that. But with so many top resorts in Europe, sometimes the lesser known ones can fly under the radar. Here are some […]

7 ports for a superyacht charter in the Baltic Sea

7 ports for a superyacht charter in the Baltic Sea

From the illuminations of the Auroras Borealis to picturesque fairy-tale villages steeped in snow, the Baltic Sea is home to a plethora of rare wonders to delight and inspire. When planning a summertime holiday, consider chartering a superyacht to take you on an exploration of nature’s finest playground. With sumptuous surroundings out at sea, a […]

Visit Moscow and St Petersburg in style

Visit Moscow and St Petersburg in style

With a scale of luxury rarely found outside of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Russia is a country that revels in unabashed indulgence. From sipping champagne on an ultra-modern balcony overlooking the mighty Moscow Kremlin, to nibbling caviar in a palatial St. Petersburg ballroom - Russia has endless opportunities for a quality, luxurious experience. I’ve picked out […]

5 experiences not to miss in Hungary's Budapest

5 experiences not to miss in Hungary’s Budapest

Often referred to as the Pearl of the Danube, or The Heart of Europe, these warm and rich labels sit at the core of Budapest. It’s rich in history and heritage, yet full of a youthful energy and vibrancy. A fizzing nightlife, great restaurants and a diversity of activities that include relaxing river cruises and thermal baths, ice skating, exploring […]

Croatia's best kept secret café finds

Croatia’s best kept secret café finds

I spend a lot of time researching the best restaurants around the world for my clients, namely the Michelin starred restaurants where I have to sell a limb to reserve a table. Recently there has been a surge in ‘Foodie’s’ travelling the globe for the ‘pop up’ restaurants they have heard about via social media […]

5 original destinations for 2015

5 original destinations for 2015

It’s the time of year when we in the travel industry stare deep into our crystal balls, peer at the tea leaves and read the runes (and do a bit of considered research, naturally) to predict the delectable destinations that we think will hit the heights in 2015. These can be completely new places around […]

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014 include beautiful new properties in Beijing, Kyoto, Moscow, NYC, Orlando and Vienna. Some of these hotels are entering extremely crowded markets, while others are in the enviable position of having only a few luxury competitors, making them the go-to property for most luxury travelers to that destination. […]

6 of the best outdoor skating rinks around the world

6 of the best outdoor skating rinks around the world

Winter is not all about staying inside by a fire, but also getting out in the fresh air and enjoying outdoor winter activities. Ice-skating is the perfect winter activity for all ages and a great way to get some much-needed exercise while enjoying the festive season. I’ve chosen some of the best outdoor skating rinks […]

Where to watch in 2015

Where to watch in 2015

As the end of the year approaches, travel plans for 2015 are afoot. But with so many countries to choose from, where should you pick? Looking at the major events, trends and political changes around the world, our top five predictions for 2015 are Sri Lanka, Romania, Vietnam, Colombia and Oman. Here’s why you should […]

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