As a new year dawns, there’s a fresh list of must-see destinations.
Travel experts from some of the top organised-tour companies around the world share their top picks for bucket-list destinations in the new year.
From great spots in our own backyard to Eastern European gems, there’s a whole host of adventures to be had in 2019.
This stunning country is rising in popularity for its spectacular scenery and natural wonders such as Lake Bled, an incredibly blue body of water that contains an island with a church in the middle. This is in addition to the town of Bled itself, which is surrounded by colossal mountains.
“This is a wonderful place to capture photos and boasts Slovenia’s largest glacier lake, with a cable car ascending Mt. Vogel that our guests can take to capture the most breathtaking views,” Matthew Cameron-Smith, Managing Director of Trafalgar, says.
Packed with history and old-world beauty, Poland is somewhere you simply have to visit to witness its magic first hand.
“The city of Torun in Northern Poland is renowned for its gingerbread baking tradition and boasts the Living Museum of Gingerbread, an interactive museum where our guests discover how gingerbread was baked in Medieval times and make their own creation to take away with them,” Matthew Cameron-Smith says.
Make sure you pop into Porto, the second largest and lesser known city in Portugal that’s known for its remarkable bridges that span the river, along with its port wine production.
“Our guests get to savour the flavours of Portugal's centuries-old port heritage and gain insights into port production at a tasting in a local’s port cellar,” Matthew Cameron-Smith says.
Try: Trafalgar’s new Treasures of Spain & Portugal
Deal: Guests can save up to 10 per cent on Europe on Britain trips with Trafalgar’s Early Payment Discount when they book and pay in full by 31 January 2019.
Egypt has long been a dream destination to see the pyramids, but now people are wanting to explore this exotic country in more depth.
“A treasure house of history and culture waiting to be explored, now is the perfect time to go and take advantage of the royal tombs, breathtaking temples and cruise down the Nile – before every other traveller catches on to this gem!” Lorraine Sharp, Managing Director of Insight Vacations, says.
From natural wonders to ancient World Heritage Sites, and rich culture, Jordan is topping travel wish lists once again.
“Everyone is talking about UNESCO listed Petra, voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the 3000-year old city lies half-hidden in the wind-blown landscape of southern Jordan… you may remember the ‘rose-red’ city from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” Lorraine Sharp says.
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As our closest neighbour, New Zealand is an easy choice for a lot of Australians, but it’s the less well known destinations that are really on the rise for 2019.
“We find travellers are really demanding unique experiences more than ever and so experiences like cruising the panoramic Milford Sound, seeing the Franz Josef Glacier in the South Island or Huka Falls in the North are very appealing for travellers going into 2019,” Hans Belle, Managing Director for AAT Kings, says.
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Deal: Guests can save up to 10 per cent on Guided Holidays in New Zealand with AAT Kings’ Early Payment Discount when they book and pay in full by 27 March 2019.
The Apple Isle has never been a more popular destination than right now.
“It really is a foodie paradise, the quality of the produce, the local wine and cheese is unparalleled. Tasmania has so much natural beauty, from Cradle Mountain to Freycinet National park, it makes a beautiful backdrop for experiencing the genuine hospitality of the friendly locals,” Hans Belle MD for AAT Kings says.
Try: AAT Kings Tasmania’s Footsteps and Trails
Deal: Guests can save up to 10 per cent on Guided Holidays in Australia with AAT Kings’ Early Payment Discount when they book and pay in full by 31 January 2019.
If you have always wanted to do a safari but Africa is just out of reach, Sri Lanka offers a great mix of adventure and luxury.
“Travellers can see Sri Lanka’s own big five on safari in Yala National Park or trek to the sacred Adam’s Peak in the dark to arrive at the summit for sunrise. A stay at Galle Face Hotel, one of Asia’s oldest operating hotels is also a must-do, the colonial era town founded in the 16th century was previously ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, making for some interesting history and architecture. For holiday makers seeking a luxurious beach stay with a side of adventure, Sri Lanka is the perfect destination to choose,” Neil Rodgers, Adventure World Travel Managing Director, says.
Try: Adventure World Travel Handpicked Sri Lanka