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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterA bucket-list destination for centuries, never has there been a better time to travel Egypt. An extended period of stability has seen a real resurgence of interest in a country which is buzzing with renewed optimism, and visitors are starting to return.If clients need any more persuading, then a Nile cruise aboard the recently unveiled Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, back on the river after an extensive refurbishment, is guaranteed to tempt. Following the mighty Nile from Aswan to Luxor through the heart of Egypt, the stunningly transformed Sanctuary Sun Boat IV brings new levels of elegance to the Nile with its contemporary-yet-classic design.With just 40 rooms, including two presidential suites and two royal suites, time on Sanctuary Sun Boat IV is spent in unrivalled luxury. In each cabin, elegance has been elevated with rich, teak flooring, Egyptian marble, hand-painted decorative details and other distinctive touches including neutral-toned textiles complementing soft fabrics draped artfully over sumptuous, oversized beds. Here, and elsewhere throughout the ship, shades of sandstone echo the colour scheme of the surrounding desert and temples, blending traditional references with a modern sense of style to create a serene and tranquil environment a world away from traditional river cruise cabins.Each cruise on Sanctuary Sun Boat IV is as cultured as it is calming. On board, guests can indulge in exquisite meals prepared by gourmet chefs and discover the secrets to regional specialties such as Kushari, a spicy mix of black lentil, rice, chickpeas with tomato and fried onion; and Mahshi, made from delicious stuffed vegetables. Enjoy a Nubian dance night and a chance to dress up in colourful traditional Egyptian galabeyas, or soak up the sun by the ship’s spectacular river-view pool – the perfect place to watch Egypt’s ancient sites pass by.Indeed, gliding down the world’s longest waterway, the country’s past remains vibrant and alive in its many majestic monuments and relics, threaded along the river banks. Cruises take in some of the best-known highlights including the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Temple of Karnak the Unfinished Obelisk, Philae and Luxor, as well as the more remote, but equally spectacular Denderah, Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples, with expert Egyptologists on hand to bring history to life on all shore excursions.Sanctuary Retreats offers a choice of Sanctuary Sun Boat IV cruises ranging from three to seven nights and 2019 cruises are priced from US$960 per person twin share. Terms and conditions apply.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Dubrovnik Croatia 20 increase in popularity 14

first_imgDubrovnik, Croatia20% increase in popularity14% drop in Average Flight PricesAverage Flight Price: £180.41With top-notch restaurants, two new five-star hotel openings, famous filming locations and island tours available just off the coast, it’s not hard to see why Dubrovnik is growing in popularity. This is a must-visit location in 2018 for any James Bond fans as filming is due to take place in January. Ornate arches, baroque splendour and ancient medieval lanes makes walking around the old town like stepping into a historical drama. Beyond the walls of Dubrovnik lie some of the Adriatic’s most beautiful beaches, woodlands and island-scattered seas.Compare flight prices to Dubrovnik Toulouse, France51% increase in popularity40% drop in Average Flight PricesAverage Flight Price: £92.65With average flight prices dropping by a staggering 40%, Toulouse is a great-value location for 2018. Although a relatively big city, it has a small historical centre, allowing you to walk to all the most beautiful sights and attractions in comfort. For the ideal, stress-free weekend break, take your time exploring the churches, monasteries and museums of modern to Egyptian arts. When the outdoors calls, stroll along the Canal du Midi or along the Garonne River from the St Pierre Bridge. Compare flight prices to Toulouse Published December 2017. Prices based on searches in 2016 and 2017. Cluj-Napoca, Romania67% increase in popularity17% drop in Average Flight PricesAverage Flight Price: £129.17With its burgeoning arts scene that is unrivalled anywhere else in the country and its authentic, off-the-beaten track feel, it’s no wonder more travellers are wanting to discover the delights of Romania’s second largest city. Over the last 12 months, there has been a staggering 67% increase in flights (the largest increase of our trending destinations). |nd with average fares dropping by 17%, 2018 could see even more city breakers venturing to Dracula region. One of the reasons travellers visit Cluj is Transylvania, the region which Cluj is situated. However, there is so much more to the city than vampire lore. Cluj has a lively bohemian feel, with plenty of cafés, bistros, and restaurants based in the city’s old centre. Cluj is also home to the Transylvania Film Festival (25th May – 3rd June), which showcases both Romanian and international productions in a variety of theatres and open-air spots throughout the city (and don’t worry, it’s more than just horror films). Compare flight prices to Cluj Koahsiung, Taiwan29% increase in popularity6% drop in Average Flight PricesAverage Flight Price: £661.40Kaohsiung has been growing in popularity (29%) and we expect this will continue well into 2018. From the city’s fascinating night markets, which bring together food, shopping and people, to the culture hub, with its vast art centre and music complex, Kaohsiung offers something for everyone. For hikers, there are the views from the new 88m Eye of the Mountain skywalk, and for those looking for a touch of the beach life there are two swimming beaches within the city area. With flight prices down 6%, shaving £93.78 off the average flight price for a couple, Koahsiung is more affordable than you might think. Compare flight prices to Koahsiung Victoria, Seychelles7% increase in popularity2% drop in Average Flight PricesAverage Flight Price: £686.24Although this destination hasn’t increased as much as others in the popularity stakes, thanks to British Airways, this Indian Ocean island group is going to become even more accessible when the airline launches direct flights from Gatwick to the Seychelles in early 2018. More competition between airlines often leads to better deals. Compare flight prices to the Seychelles Find your inner animal in these wildlife-filled destinations. We tell you where the wild things are – from Australia to Zimbabwe.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Hartford, Connecticut, USA79% increase in popularity29% drop in Average Flight PricesAverage Flight Price: £485.25While it might not be an immediate destination that springs to mind when considering a visit to the US, for those travellers looking to see the delights of Connecticut’s famed fall foliage season, Hartford is certainly an emerging destination that is worth considering. Over the last 12 months, Skyscanner has seen a 79% increase in flight traffic, and with average flight prices down 29%, there is even more reason to consider a break from the norm and discover Hartford. As well as the beautiful autumnal colours, Hartford also has a new ‘billion-dollar’ district full of great entertainment, hotels and a new science museum. Plus, it has recently undergone vast upgrades to its key attractions and hotels. Norwegian Air has also made the city more accessible by launching a new route from Edinburgh in June 2017. Compare flight prices to Hartford Almeria, Spain21% increase in popularity8% drop in Average Flight PricesAverage Flight Price: £139.05While Almeria has seen an increase of 21% in popularity this year, this relatively undiscovered corner of Andalucía will become more accessible with British Airway’s new direct flights from Heathrow from 24th March 2018. Almeria is home to great boutiques, lovely beaches and a fantastic nature reserve. This is also a must-visit destination for any Game of Thrones fans. The Golden colours of the dry land of Almeria were used during the shooting of season six of Game of Thrones. Compare flight prices to Almeriacenter_img Agadir, Morocco:44% increase in popularity11% drop in Average Flight PricesAverage Flight Price: £193.16With 300 sunny days a year, what’s not to love about Agadir? And now that Air Arabia has announced a new route from Manchester Airport to Agadir starting in October 2017, it’s more accessible than ever. With average flight prices down 11% year on year, this family destination is likely to become even more popular. The laid-back approach in Agadir, can take you from relaxing on the beach to a camel, to checking out the Suq al-Had market or walking to the ruins of the Agadir Kasbah for sweeping city views. Compare flight prices to Agadir RelatedRevealed: flight-booking hacks that can save you cash in 2019Back in the day, smart travellers could make savings by flying out on Tuesdays instead of the weekend, or switching to smaller airports. But times change – and so do airline pricing models. We analysed three years of Skyscanner booking data, and discovered some surprising new money-saving tricks.The best time to book cheap flightsWant to make sure you’re getting the best price for your flight? We’ve got the tool you need that’s just the ticket!Travel Trends: Where to go on holiday in 2017We’ve gathered the latest travel insights to bring you the top holiday destinations for 2017 to add to your bucket list this year. Bristol, UK26% increase in popularity7% drop in Average Flight PricesAverage Flight Price: £88.47Bristol was voted the UK’s best place to live in 2017 for the third time in four years. Whether it’s the murals left behind by the city’s most mischievous street artist, Banksy, that attracts visitors or the excellent nightlife and food scene, Bristol certainly packs it all in and is a great location for weekend breaks. Compare flight prices to Bristol Pining for snow? Check out our guide to romantic destinations with guaranteed snow. Our top trending destinations for 2018 aren’t just based on speculation. We painstakingly analysed two years’ worth of data across thousands of destinations to bring you the definitive guide to the destinations on the rise. Get there now before they get overrun. Victoria Falls, Zambia48% increase in popularity16% drop in Average Flight PricesAverage Flight Price: £848.63Flights to Victoria Falls, home to one of the natural wonders of the world, have increase by 48% over the last 12 months. And 2018 could see more of us flock to one of the seven wonders, with rumours that it could be a honeymoon destination for Harry and Meghan (according to Lonely Planet) – the royal couple-to-be visited Victoria Falls in Zambia during their three-week stay in Africa. Compare flight prices to Victoria Fallslast_img read more