Arabian Sands

Arabian Sands

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Arabian Sands

8 Days Starting in Muscat International Airport (MCT and ending in Muscat

Visiting:

Muscat

,

Fins Beach

,

Al Hadd

,

Wahiba Sands

,

Nizwa

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

OM

Group size:

4 - 18

Age range:

Adult

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

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$1834 (USD)

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Tour Overview

Oman is a land of contrasts waiting to be explored, from the soaring sand dunes to the rugged mountains all the way down to the turtle-nesting beaches. Eat with an Omani family and sleep under canvas on remote coastline. Muscat - Explore impressive Forts, Royal Palace and Corniche of the capital Wahiba Sands - 4WD exploration and camp among spectacular sand dunes Nizwa - Visit the impressive Jebel Shams 'Grand Canyon'.

Highlights

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    Muscat - Explore impressive Forts, Royal Palace and Corniche of the capital

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    Wahiba Sands - 4WD exploration and camp among spectacular sand dunes

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    Nizwa - Visit the impressive Jebel Shams 'Grand Canyon'.

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Join trip in Muscat; afternoon sightseeing tour

Location:

  Muscat


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Arrive in Muscat, an old walled town, arguably the Gulf's most attractive city, surrounded by a horseshoe ring of mountains that naturally restricts it city's growth.

For those arriving on time today our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 12pm for the welcome meeting and to take us on a guided tour of Muscat. Our leader will show us the highlights of the city including visiting the Bait Baranda Museum. We will also have the chance to take a stroll along the waterfront of Mutrah, Muscat's oldest quarter and onto the bustling souk.

If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Muscat International Airport (MCT), which is 30 minutes\ drive from the airport.

Please note that if you wish to join the guided tour of Muscat today, you must arrive at the hotel by 12pm. If you are booking your own flights, we recommend giving yourself at least 90 minutes to clear the airport. From the airport to the hotel is around 30 minutes\ drive, so therefore the latest your flight can arrive is 10am. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

icon Day 2: Drive to Finns Beach via Wadi Tiwi

Location:

  Fins Beach


Accommodation:

  Camping


Before leaving Muscat we will visit the Grand Mosque. We then follow the coast down to Wadi Shab and Wadi Tiwi. A beautiful oasis of freshwater pools, Wadi Shab is an ideal place for a photo opportunity. We will then visit Wadi Tiwi where there is the option to walk in the wadi, following the pools up through a haven of lush vegetation and palms, before heading to our wild camp at Finns Beach.

Tonight's wild camping experience is supported by the crew who will have the tents ready for the group's arrival and will take the camp down when we depart, as well as a camp chef. The sitting area will be traditional Omani style with cushions on the floor and toilets are al-fresco! There will hopefully be time for a swim in the Arabian Sea before we settle down for a night away from reality under a star-filled sky.

icon Day 3: Visit dhow shipyard in Sur; Evening turtle walk

Location:

  Al Hadd


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Continuing along the rugged coastline we head for Ras Al Hadd, pausing en-route to visit the Port of Sur. Once a major trading port with East Africa, Sur represents the seafaring origins of Oman. We will visit the dhow shipbuilding yard where traditional dhow boats, used throughout the 19th century, are still built today. We also visit the nearby small fishing village at Ayega, now a quiet community of old merchant houses but once a stronghold of rebellious sheikhs, where we will visit the lighthouse for a photo opportunity.

This evening we'll be staying by the water's edge, in a perfect position to visit the turtle reserve at Ras Al Jinz. This coastline is an important nesting site for some 20,000 endangered Green Turtles annually and we will visit after dark this evening with a local guide. The Olive Ridley Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle and, the endangered, Hawksbill Turtle have also been spotted here.

Please note: Although Explore's departures do not operate within the main nesting season during Oman's hottest summer months, it's estimated that at least one turtle comes ashore every night of the year and there is opportunity to enjoy this wonderful natural experience year-round but due to the wild nature of this activity we cannot guarantee a sighting.

icon Day 4: Drive into Wahiba Sands via Bedouin villages

Location:

  Wahiba Sands


Accommodation:

  Camping


After breakfast this morning we will begin the journey to our next wild camping spot in the desert. The coast of Oman is wild, rugged and beautiful; a place where deserted white beaches are interspersed with small, traditional villages. As we journey along here, the Wahiba Sands begin to rise before us, a vast sea of sand covering about 15,000 square kilometres. Laid out like a great ocean of sand the endless dunes are generally rusty red at the base and honey coloured on the top - an alluring landscape of changing contours and colours. The sands are home to the Bedu, nomadic tribesmen who roam the land with goats and camels, or live in small fishing villages. An exhilarating drive across the dunes brings us to our nightstop somehwere in the Wahiba Sands. Sunset promises stunning photo opportunities amidst the spectacular dunes, before we settle down for another night under the desert sky.

icon Day 5: Drive across Wahiba Sands and onto Nizwa

Location:

  Nizwa


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Early mornings in the desert are a time of activity . Mists are a curious phenomena of the sands, spreading across the dunes and wadis at night, to disappear in the early mornings. The remarkable dew drinking beetle, living just below the surface of the normally scorching sands, utilizes this time to gain valuable sustenance. We continue through the desert this morning. In spite of its barren feel the sands contain a phenomenal amount of life. As well as the Bedu they are home to an exotic diversity of fauna including dragonflies, wolf, two species of Ruppell's fox, wild cats and white-tailed mongooses. Some 115 species of birds have also been recorded here and it is one of the few remaining refuges for the elusive Arabian and Sand Gazelles. Once out of the sands we continue through a market town that is a meeting point for Bedouin for miles around. From here it is a fairly easy drive along tarmac roads to Nizwa, the capital of Oman from 751 to 1154 AD and still regarded as the cultural capital.

icon Day 6: Nizwa Fort and Jebel Shams viewpoint; Lunch with local family

Location:

  Nizwa


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Today we spend a full day exploring some of the many highlights of the surrounding area. We begin in Nizwa itself, visiting the traditional Friday goat auction and the contrasting modern souks. We continue onto the 17th century fort, built to guard the Sumail Gap during the struggle between the Sultan and the radical Imams. Nizwa was the centre of Imam Resistance right up until the 1950s when the Sultan had to call upon the help of the British to quell the rebels.

Once we've explored the town, we will head north through the Jebel Akhdar ('Green Mountain') mountain range, passing the dramatic craggy peaks. Despite its desolate and barren nature, small settlements cling to the plateau areas, nestling in the lunar like landscape. For thousands of years self-sufficient oases have flourished in the folds of rocks, using an ancient irrigation system known as falaj. These are water channels that never dry up, often contoured round wadis or tunnelled through the cliffs in order to tap the water table. Upkeep of the life-giving falaj is a community responsibility and contributes to maintaining harmony within a village.

We will reach at 3,000m Jebel Shams (Mountain of the Sun), the highest peak in Oman. En-route to the summit of Jebel Shams, we encounter an astonishing view down a sheer drop of 1000m to the bottom of the 'Grand Canyon', Oman's very own (and equally spectacular) version of its American counterpart. At the bottom of this vast void, a wadi winds peacefully through the landscape. According to one theory, the canyon was once a huge cave and evidence of fossils and shells suggests that the canyon base was at one time covered by a shallow sea.

Descending back towards Nizwa we will visit the mud village of Al Hamra, where we will enjoy a traditional lunch with a local family, before making our way back to Nizwa late in the afternoon.

icon Day 7: Drive via Wadi Bani Awf to Muscat; optional Dhow trip

Location:

  Muscat


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Our route back to Muscat is through the stunning Wadi Bani Awf. We once again leave the smooth roads behind, and head into a narrow canyon with steep sided cliffs. The palm trees, scattered dwellings and interrupted streams create a peaceful atmosphere.

Upon return to the capital city this afternoon, we have the opportunity to take an optional trip on a timeless dhow vessel. This optional sailing departs from the marina in Old Muscat and sails past the skyline in time for sunset. Dolphins can often be spotted in abundance in the waters just off Muscat's shores year-round.

icon Day 8: Trip ends in Muscat

Location:

  Muscat


The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Muscat.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Muscat at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to depart from Muscat International Airport (MCT), which is 30 minutes\ drive from the hotel.

What's Included

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    Fully Guided

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Accommodation

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    Meals – Half Board

    Breakfast: 7 Lunch: 4 Dinner: 3

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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    Country Entry Visas

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What is the maximum group size?

16

Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

Yes

Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

Yes

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

No

    Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

    Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

    I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

    Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

    Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

    What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

    What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Sustainability is embedded within the fibre of Explore, it emanates from the inside out. But as we enter a new decade it is clearer than ever that our world needs help, and Explore has created a sustainability strategy based on the 2015 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

    Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

    Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

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Arabian Sands

A brilliant trip which gave aod overview of Oman. There was a lot of driving but it enabled us to see a lot. The camping locations were amazing - yes, ....more

A brilliant trip which gave aod overview of Oman.

There was a lot of driving but it enabled us to see a lot.

The camping locations were amazing - yes, there were no facilities but we woke up on the beach, on the dunes and in the desert, so all well worth it.

I think there could be more focus on the culture and history of Oman, as we didn't see much of it, but the desert and mountains were amazing.

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Joanna

17-Mar-2018

Arabian Sands

Veryod value, considering prices in Oman-I imagine this trip will become considerably more expensive over time.

Veryod value, considering prices in Oman-I imagine this trip will become considerably more expensive over time.


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John

23-Nov-2017

Arabian Sands

UK office staff were very helpful when my outbound flight was delayed resulting in a missed connection.

UK office staff were very helpful when my outbound flight was delayed resulting in a missed connection.


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Dave

19-Nov-2021

Arabian Sands

Excellent guide. Went ‘the extra mile’ at all times. Can not recommend Sunil highly enough.

Excellent guide.

Went ‘the extra mile’ at all times.

Can not recommend Sunil highly enough.


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John

03-Nov-2019

Arabian Sands

Great tour. I now know a lot more about Oman & really enjoyed visiting it. I will recommend the tour

Great tour.

I now know a lot more about Oman & really enjoyed visiting it.

I will recommend the tour


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Wendy

25-Feb-2019

Arabian Sands

Been with Explore for a while service is over all veryod and would recommend them.

Been with Explore for a while service is over all veryod and would recommend them.


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Lucy

01-Mar-2019

Arabian Sands

UK office staff were very helpful when my outbound flight was delayed resulting in a missed connection.

UK office staff were very helpful when my outbound flight was delayed resulting in a missed connection.


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Dave

19-Nov-2021

Arabian Sands

I enjoyed this tour far more than I expected (due to a combination of personal factors prior to leaving that left me unsure if I really wanted to!). The ....more

I enjoyed this tour far more than I expected (due to a combination of personal factors prior to leaving that left me unsure if I really wanted to!).

The pace wasod, with time to take in the souqs etc.

The camping was a real highlight - the team that managed this were excellent, producing delicious food and managing everything without fuss.

Seeing bioluminescent plankton in the water as we sat in the dark was magical! The desert at sunset and sunrise also pretty special, creeping mist just before sunrise very eerie! Thanks, Explore, another lovely tour! less....


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Susan

18-Mar-2019

Arabian Sands

I feel that it would be helpful to have been able to talk to an explore member who had actually been on this trip and could therefore have sorted ot ....more

I feel that it would be helpful to have been able to talk to an explore member who had actually been on this trip and could therefore have sorted ot these problems so aod trip with excellent content could therefore have been comfortable less....


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Arabian Sands

8 Days Starting in Muscat International Airport (MCT and ending in Muscat

Visiting:

Muscat

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Fins Beach

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Al Hadd

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Wahiba Sands

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Nizwa

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

OM

Group size:

4 - 18

Age range:

Adult

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

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"Summer is a great time to visit Bilbao. You can wander the streets at leisure, admiring the architecture and experiencing the sights and sounds of the city."

Other things to explore around Bilbao?

"One of my top recommendations is San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, the stunning filming location for Dragonstone in Game of Thrones, located only a short distance from Bilbao on the coast."

Recommendations for foodies?

"Pintxos are the traditional tapas of the Basque region and Northern Spain. For fresh seafood, head to one of the numerous fishing villages that dot the Basque coastline. "

Benefits of a tour guide for Bilbao

"To best appreciate the rich culture and heritage of Bilbao and the Basque Country, a knowledgeable guide is indispensable and will make your visit all the more fulfilling. "

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Macedonia Greece

Greece

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Rent a boat in Halkidiki (otherwise known as Poseidon's Trident) and spend the day island hopping"

What do you love most about Macedonia Greece?

"Awe-inspiring monasteries floating in the sky in Meteora"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Don't forget to visit Vikos Gorge! It's the second deepest gorge in the world. Unbelievable views as far as the eye can see. "

What do you love most about Macedonia Greece?

"With more than 160 bridges, you will find your perfect fairytale moment in Zagori"

@globalfoxtrot's Top Tips

"The cherry on top of a trip to Northern Greece: Corfu! Don't forget to check out the shops in Corfu's Old Town and taste their famous Kumquat liqueur."

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    50 Countries

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    Vietnam

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    Lapland in the winter!

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  • My name is Kristen and I love new adventures! I particularly like landscape and drone photography and off the beaten path locations. I'm originally from the US but am currently living in Berlin.

Puducherry

India

What do you love most about Puducherry?

"‘Pondy’ as it’s known locally, is an Indian city with French flair. Filled with leafy boulevards, bright bougainvillea, cathedrals, and colonial buildings, White Town is like a welcoming oasis of calm "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"•Discover the simple joy of being “blessed” by Laxmi the elephant at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple. •Enjoy the food - a fusion of Indian and Mediterranean influences. "

What was Pondy’s original name?

"The original name of the territory, Putucceri, is derived from the Tamil words putu “new" and ceri “village". The French corrupted this to Pondichéry. Or Pondicherry in English. "

Favourite time of year to visit Puducherry

"Weather-wise it’s great to visit between October and March. The monsoon is between July -September and the town can receive some heavy rainfall. "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Discover Auroville, a utopian community founded as an experiment in universal living. An easy day trip from Pondy. "

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    India

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    Mauritania

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Vinicunca Peru - Rainbow Mountain

Peru

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"Visit Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu before, even Lake Titicaca and Colca Valley, if you are going to visit that area, to acclimatize to the altitude (5.000 mt. approx)."

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"Don't waste too much time if there is a queue at the base of the mountain. The best photos are with the animals and on the mountain in front of you."

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"If you can, talk to your guide about going to the Red Valley. It is not very physically demanding and the experience is incredible."

What do you love most about Vinicunca Peru - Rainbow Mountain?

"The experience is unique, there are no tourists and the hike and views are incredible."

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    46 Countries

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    Kenya

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    North Pole

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  • I love travelling and sharing experiences. My destiny is not a place, it's a new way of looking at life. Definitely I’m a wanderlust…

Uzbekistan

Benefits of a tour guide for Uzbekistan

"The language barrier is tough and a guide is almost essential at times. Most people only speak Russian or Uzbek and both use the Cyrillic alphabet."

@zoegoesplaces's Top Tips

"Travel by train. It's quick, cheap and easy. Plus, first class is especially affordable here. "

Must pack items for Uzbekistan

"Conservative dress is respectful to the local cultures, make sure you cover your shoulders and down to your knees. "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Sampling the culinary delights of the Silk Road with the infusion of flavours and dishes from many countries. That and the beautiful architecture of the religious buildings. "

What do you love most about Uzbekistan?

"Uzbekistan is such an underrated country. There's so much to see and do, it's like nowhere else in the world."

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    40 Countries

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    Chicago

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    French Polynesia

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Peak District National Park

United Kingdom

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Countryside walks, there are so many to choose from!"

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  • Travel Blogger
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    40 Countries

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    Chicago

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    French Polynesia

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  • Outdoor and adventure travel blogger. Love hiking until I'm hiking, then I remember I'm a city girl.

Dolomites

Italy

What do you love most about Dolomites?

"The stunning scenery! It's simply one of the most breathtaking places on earth."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"The best way to see the mountains is hiking! There are plenty of iconic walks including Seceda and the Tre Cime loop. You can even stay in rifugios along the way and see the sunrise over the peaks. "

@Realworldrunaway 's Top Tips

"Rent a car! Getting around by public transport is tricky and some of the best hikes are a little far apart. "

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    Italy

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    Japan

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Cuba

What do you love most about Cuba?

"Cuba has an undefinable magic to it. It dances to its own beat. A constant juxtaposition -dilapidated but dignified, timeworn but elegant. A wonderful fusion of Caribbean and Latin cultures."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"•Visit Habana Vieja •Take trip out west to Valle de Viñales •Experience Trinidad •Visit a live cabaret show •Tour Habana Vieja in a classic car •Enjoy a slice of paradise at Playa Las Tumbas"

Must pack items for Cuba

"•Do bring cash - USD or Euro, not credit cards •Do pack a few portable charges - power goes out periodically. •Rain coat/umbrella for any season. •Pack “your spontaneity” and go with the flow… "

Favourite time of year to visit Cuba

"Any time between October - April is a great time to visit. The island has a beautiful Caribbean climate where the days are warm and sunny with very little rain, particularly in Havana or on the coast."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Treat yourself and chat with a stranger or two! Cuba is one of the world’s safest countries to visit. It’s a wonderful and enriching way to get a real Cuban perspective and make new friends too. "

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  • Travel Photographer
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    174 Countries

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    India

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    Mauritania

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  • A visual storyteller and avid explorer. l have travelled to over 170 countries and territories on all 7 continents (and lived in 12) l believe the world is changed by our example and not our opinion.