ALASKA TRAVEL GUIDE

ALASKA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Expert local guides and dedicated travel director
  • Enjoy an Alaskan salmon bake
  • Try your luck at gold panning
  • Visit Glacier Bay National Park and get up and close with a Glacier
  • Go ‘mushing’ with professionally trained and cared for sled dogs
  • Take the scenic route and retrace history on the White Pass & Yukon railway
  • Try to spot wildlife in the mountains
  • Go whale watching
  • Get a panoramic view of Alaska on an all-inclusive cruise

ALASKA VACATION TIPS

  • Alaska is the ultimate destination for outdoors activities such as hiking, biking, glacier walks, and other activities To get your best glimpse at bears or moose, try visiting Denali National Park
  • When in Alaska of all places, practice responsible travel and don’t leave a trail behind you, risking harm to the beautiful natural environment
  • Pack layers as the weather can be unpredictable
  • Seeing Alaska by cruise and land are two different experiences, so you can do both or plan out exactly what you want out of your trip to help decide which is best for you
  • Make sure you try the seafood. What should you get? Alaska King Crab legs of course!

THINGS TO DO IN ALASKA

1. GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK

Situated on the Pacific coast in Alaska is Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. It borders the Gulf of Alaska and the Icy Strait park. To its East is British Columbia, Canada. It’s the largest protected marine sanctuary in the world and the most recent time its ice sheet grew was between 200 to 500 years ago.

YOU SHOULD KNOW
Since being discovered in 1796, the glaciers at the park are retreating faster than anywhere else in the world.

2. KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK

Kenai Fjords National Park is over 600,000 acres large and was first designated a national monument in 1978 by President Carter. About 51% of the land is covered by ice. It wasn’t until 1980 that it was redesignated as a National Park. Both marine life and mammals can be found at the park, along with whales, otters, and seals. Today, more than 300,000 people visit the park every year.

YOU SHOULD KNOW
The grounding of the oil tanker Exxon Valdez in 1989 contaminated about 4% of the parks coastline, causing extensive damage to the area and its ecosystem. Today, cruise lines work with the National Park Service and have very strict and environmentally focused policies as they cruise in and out of the park.

3. HUBBARD GLACIER

Located 200 miles northwest of the capital city Juneau is Hubbard Glacier, whose source starts in the Yukon. At 76 miles long and 1200ft deep, it’s actually 25% larger than the state of Rhode Island!

YOU SHOULD KNOW
Hubbard Glacier was named after Gardiner G. Hubbard in 1890. Mr. Hubbard was named the first president of the National Geographic Society & regent of the Smithsonian Institution.

4. TRACY ARM FJORD / SAWYER GLACIER

Named after the Secretary of the Navy, Benjamin Franklin Tracy, Tracy Arm Fjord is located 45 miles south of Juneau. The twin Sawyer Glaciers, North and South, are located inside of Tracy Arm. You’ll fall in love with Sawyer Glacier for their deep blue color.

5. PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND

Named after an 18th century British prince, Prince William Sound is dotted with beautiful islands and is home to fjords, coastal mountains, glaciers, and even some towns. Each of the three towns are very different from each other: Valdez is picturesque and home to the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, Cordova is a fishing port, and Whittier is nestled in by glacial mountains.

YOU SHOULD KNOW
Not many cruise ships come through here so it is very peaceful. Valdez provides more of the iconic, picturesque look of Alaska most people think about. Whatever mode of transportation you’re using, make sure to come through here and check out Prince William Sound and any of three towns.

6. HUSKY HOMESTEAD DOG CAMP

Before they become champion sled dogs, a team of people raise, care for, and train them. That all happens at the Husky Homestead Dog Camp. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by furry cuddles and wet kisses from these fast and not-so-furious little pups. You’ll also get a look into an authentic rural Alaska lifestyle.

YOU SHOULD KNOW
Four time Iditarod champion, Jeff King, calls the Husky Homestead Dog Camp home, so make sure to stop by and say hi! He’ll give you the insider perspective on what it takes to win the race and what training and raising the dogs are like.

7. WHITE PASS & YUKON RAILWAY

The Yukon Railway was built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush. The narrow two-gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. You’ll embark on at Skagway and go right into the heart of the Yukon on fully operating trains, taking you through the most breathtaking scenery imaginable, including waterfalls, gorges, glacial rivers, and the wilderness at large.

YOU SHOULD KNOW
This excursion has been rated Alaska’s #1 activity for many years running. Once you get on, you’ll understand why. At times, it’ll feel like you’ve been taken back in time. The connection you feel to nature is unexplainable, making this a must-do activity.

8. THE AURORA ICE MUSEUM

The Aurora Ice Museum is located 60 miles north of Fairbanks in the Chena Hot Springs resort. This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. The ice museum was built in 2005 and kept at 25F all year, using advanced geothermal technology. Carved to look like a church, the museum is made out of more than 1000 tons of snow and ice.

9. WHALE WATCHING

If Alaska is on your bucket list, chances are whale watching is right next to it. Seeing them in the wild is so rare, but being in Alaska gives you the best chances. To up your chances even more, take a cruise through Alaska, as passengers have reported seeing whales out of the window during dinner – can you think of a more incredible scenario?

YOU SHOULD KNOW
Former whale watching tour guide Erin Heist says “Juneau is the place to go whale watching if you’re coming to Alaska.” What are you waiting for? Let’s get booking!

10. ALASKA CRUISE

Of course, one of the biggest things to do in Alaska is taking an Alaska cruise. The ships here are a bit smaller than what you’d find in the Caribbean – around 3-4000 passengers max. All-Inclusive cruises are a great way to vacation and travel as accommodations, food, and entertainment all included and readily available to you. Ready to plan your Alaska cruise? Call one of our cruise consultants at 1-800-627-3753 today!

BEST TIME TO VISIT ALASKA

If you’re planning a visit to the last frontier, you’re going to want to know when the best time to visit it. Whether you’re here looking for the best trails to hike, glaciers to climb, or wildlife to see, we’ll help you plan the best time to visit Alaska.

QUICK FACTS:
Summer is the most popular time, and best time to visit Alaska May and September are both slower months and also great times to visit. Most visitors want to see the Northern Lights, or Aurora, you’ll have to visit between September and April, which happen to be the colder months.

1. Summer – June to August – High Season

The average high in Alaska during the Summer is 63F and 48F low. This is the most popular time for tourists coming to Alaska. The weather is warmer and you can participate in all the outdoor activities Alaska has to offer. While it’s the most crowded time, it’s the optimal time to visit.

2. Fall – September to October – Low Season

The average high in Alaska during the Winter is 40F and 29F low. The weather gets cooler and snow is not uncommon. The crowds also start to head home and that plus the nice cool weather makes Alaska a nice time to visit. You may also get a glimpse of the Aurora as well.

3. Winter – November to March – Low Season

The average high during Winter is 28F and 17F low. Visitors at this time are here because they love winter sports like skiing and snowboarding or trying to catch the Aurora. Winter will be your best chance to see the lights in all of its glory, as the nights are long and dark.

4. Spring – April to May – Good Season

The average high during Spring is 44F and 29F low. This is a good time to visit Alaska as the crowds have not yet arrived and the days are starting to get longer and snow is melting. The temperatures are still cool but comfortable. The plus side, the landscape are getting their color back as the flowers bloom.

India Travel Guide

India Tours Highlights

  • Attend one of the many festivals like Diwali, Festival of Colors, or Dussehra.
  • Stand in awe of the ivory-white marble Taj Mahal.
  • Visit the Elephanta Caves and see the 5 Hindu and 2 Buddhist temples.
  • Discover the beautiful nature in Meghalaya.
  • Drink an authentic Masala Chai, a milk tea with spices born in India.
  • See the Rashtrapati Bhavan, a 340-room palace houses the president of India and is the biggest residence of any president the world over.
  • History enthusiasts should not miss the National Museum on Janpath.
  • As a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, you might want to visit Raj Ghat.
  • The bazaars of Chandni Chowk have lots of shops and eateries.
  • Walk around City Palace, Jaipur.

Travel Tips

  • India is huge and diverse, there are 22 official languages and all 29 states have variations in their cultures and traditions.
  • India has four major weather seasons- summer, winter, monsoon, and post-monsoon. Each part of India experiences different climatic conditions, so plan ahead on what to wear.
  • Some villages won’t have doors on their houses or will leave them open when running errands.
  • Mangoes are very popular fruit and should be on your list to try when traveling.
  • India takes the sport of Cricket very seriously and you can oftentimes see school children playing.
  • Talk with your doctor about any medicines you might need when traveling. Western food and water is different than what is found in India.
  • Temples and holy places will require you to dress modestly and take off your shoes before entering.
  • Public transportation is vast in India, taking the train or a rickshaw are common ways to travel.
  • Haggling is customary in India, especially at local bazaars.
  • 220-volt electricity is used in India, so pack necessary converters for your electronics.

TOP THINGS TO DO IN INDIA

1. GET UP CLOSE TO THE TAJ MAHAL

The Taj Mahal is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. This ivory and white marble mausoleum was commissioned in 1632 as a tomb for the emperor’s wife. The huge complex includes a mosque, a guest house, a garden, and a water feature. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was constructed by 20,000 builders and is considered a universally admired masterpiece.

YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Taj Mahal is located about 125 miles from Delhi in the popular Golden Triangle.
  • It is worth it to arrive before the sun rises. The changing of light in the day makes the structure appear to change colors.
  • Vehicles aren’t allowed within 500 meters of the Taj Mahal because of pollution

2. ATTEND ONE OF THE MANY FESTIVALS

There is Diwali, Dussehra, and many other festivities worshiping the Hindu gods, but Holi has become the worlds’ happiest and most famous festival of India. At this festival, people smear each other with paint and throw colored dye to celebrate the beginning of Spring. The Festival Of Colors is a day full of fun and dancing that invites everyone, and it has even expanded to other parts of the world.

BEST TIME TO VISIT        

Holi is celebrated in February or March every year during Phalguna. Diwali is 5 days during mid-October and mid-November. Diwali is celebrated 21 days after Dussehra.

3. EXPLORE AMBER PALACE

Amber Palace is a fort located in the small Amer, Rajasthan, outside of Jaipur. Located on a hill, it is known for its artistic style elements, large ramparts, and series of gates and cobbled walkways. The palace was built in 1592 and was the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families and is one of the best-known attractions in Jaipur.

BEST TIME TO VISIT        

The heat can be scorching hot in the Summer, so aim to visit between October and March.

4. WALK AROUND CITY PALACE, JAIPUR

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan, and is still the home of the Jaipur royal family. The palace has lots of artistic buildings, spanning courtyards, galleries, holy shrines, and even places to eat. It is a paradise for art and history lovers. The Chandra Mahal is a four-story building that has a separate entrance fee.

YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The City Palace is located in the middle of the old city wall of Jaipur.
  • Budget a few hours to walk around. Don’t miss Chandra Mahal, the Mubarak Mahal, and the City Palace Museum.

5. GO TO THE HISTORICAL AGRA FORT

A little north of Taj Mahal sits Agra Fort, a historic walled city built in 1573. It did serve as the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638. Agra Fort is known for its rich history and has been owned by many rulers are emperors. The semicircular fort has various palaces and halls and faces the bank of the Yamuna river.

YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The entire fort was built using the red sandstone, but then underwent some major changes and many structures were rebuilt with white marble.
  • When the British took over the ownership of Agra Fort, they made more changes but some structures were able to still stand.

6. LOOK UP AT THE QUTUB MINAR

This tall, slender tower in Delhi is elaborately decorated with inscriptions and geometric patterns. It is part of the Qutub complex and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tower is the highest tower in India, 73 meters, and is complete with five stories and projecting balconies. It was built in 1193 to celebrate the victory of dominance.

BEST TIME TO VISIT        

Qutub Minar is open daily. Since it is an outdoor site, it is best to visit during the cooler months in the Winter and Spring for pleasant weather. Plan to stay for about 2 hours.

7. VISIT THE INDIA GATE

The India Gate stands as a memorial to the 70,000 British Indian Army soldiers who died in WWI. Located in New Delhi, it has 13,300 soldiers and servicemen’s names inscribed on the gates. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the monument was completed in 1931. Many say it resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

BEST TIME TO VISIT        

Although the India Gate is grand in any light, the site transforms in the evening when it is dramatically lit up. Their fountains and colored lights with a huge green lawn makes this a popular picnic spot or perfect for a friendly cricket match.

8. VIEW THE GATEWAY OF INDIA

Located in Mumbai, this arch monument as built in 1924 to commemorate the first British monarch to visit India. The triumphal arch made is of basalt and is 26 meters high. It has been called a symbol of conquest and colonization as a way of commemorating British colonial legacy. It is located on the waterfront at the Apollo Bunder area.

YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Gateway Of India is the perfect place to see a mixture of culture, sea level beauty and deep history all at once.

9. SEE THE RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN

The official residences of the President of India is located in New Delhi. The estate has large open spaces, huge gardens, reception halls, guest rooms, and staff offices. Few official head of state residences in the world will match the grandness and sheer size of Rashtrapati Bhavan. It took 17 years to build, has 4 floors and 340 rooms with an area of 200,000 square feet.

BEST TIME TO VISIT        

Check the schedule of visiting days because the complex has different schedules for different sections of the building. Most circuits are open Thursday- Sunday.

10. SHOP AT THE CHANDNI CHOWK

One of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, it is located by the Old Delhi Railway Station. It was built in the 17th century and has a ton of little shops and local eateries. Everything you’ve imagined about India’s bazaars comes alive here. Not only are they full of vendors that have perfumes, jewelry, clothing, books, and hardware, it is also a wonderful spot for foodies who want to sample the local cuisine.

YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Don’t feel overwhelmed by looking for something specific. Vendors stay grouped together by what they specialize in. It’s best to hire a shopping tour guide if you want the best deals and specific goods.
  • It is common to haggle and if a deal is too good to be true, it usually is because fakes are common.
  • Keep an eye on personal belongs because pickpockets are common in this crowded area.

BEST TIME TO VISIT        

Most shops are closed on Sundays. There is an early morning bazaar close to the Red Fort, we suggest getting there before 8am in order to get your choice of things offered.

Raise a Glass: Discovering the Best Bars in Ireland

When it comes to pub culture, few countries do it better than Ireland. For centuries, pubs have served as the cornerstone of Irish social life, providing a place for friends, family, and even strangers to gather over a pint of Guinness or a dram of whiskey. With so many pubs to choose from, it can be overwhelming for visitors to know where to start. Today, we’ll take a closer look at some of Ireland’s most famous bars, from historic pubs serving customers for centuries to trendy microbreweries offering a contemporary twist on the traditional Irish pub experience. So whether you’re a first-time visitor to the Emerald Isle or a seasoned traveler, come along as we raise a glass to discover the best bars in Ireland.

The Temple Bar, Dublin

The Temple Bar is a famous pub located in the heart of Dublin’s cultural quarter, known as Temple Bar. The neighborhood is named after Sir William Temple, a renowned politician, and diplomat who once lived in the area. Today, Temple Bar is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, with a vibrant arts scene, trendy boutiques, and plenty of pubs.

The Temple Bar pub itself has a long and storied history, dating back to the early 1300s. Over the centuries, the pub has been known by many names and has had many owners, but it has always been a hub of social activity in the city. Today, The Temple Bar is known as one of the most famous pubs in Ireland and a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the traditional Irish pub culture.

You’ll be greeted by a warm and lively atmosphere as soon as you enter The Temple Bar. The walls are adorned with memorabilia and decorations that celebrate Irish history and culture, from old photographs of Dublin to vintage Guinness signs. The pub is also known for its extensive whiskey collection, with bottles lining the shelves behind the bar.

One of the main draws of The Temple Bar is its live music sessions, which take place every day of the week. Traditional Irish musicians take to the stage to perform classic ballads, jigs, and reels, creating a lively and upbeat atmosphere. Visitors are encouraged to join in the fun by singing along, clapping their hands, or even trying to play an instrument themselves.

The Temple Bar is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best of Irish pub culture. Its central location in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar neighborhood makes it the perfect place to stop for a pint or two after exploring the nearby landmarks such as Dublin Castle or St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Sean’s Bar, Athlone

Sean’s bar, located in the town of Athlone in County Westmeath, is often referred to as the oldest pub in Ireland. Its history can be traced back over 1,100 years to the time of the Vikings, who established a trading settlement in the area. The pub is said to have been a popular watering hole for the Viking warriors who once roamed the town.

Today, Sean’s Bar retains much of its historic charm, with a cozy interior featuring exposed brick walls, low ceilings, and a warm fireplace. The pub’s décor celebrates its long history, with old photographs and memorabilia adorning the walls.

Sean’s bar is also known for its traditional Irish music sessions, which take place every night of the week. Local musicians gather to perform classic Irish ballads, jigs, and reels, creating a lively and authentic atmosphere. The pub’s small size means that visitors can get up close and personal with the musicians and feel like they are part of the action.

In addition to its historical significance and lively music scene, Sean’s Bar is located in the heart of Athlone, making it a great place to stop for a pint after exploring the town’s many landmarks. Nearby attractions include Athlone Castle, which dates back to the 13th century and features interactive exhibits on Irish history, as well as the beautiful River Shannon, which flows through the town.

The Porterhouse, various locations

The Porterhouse is a chain of microbreweries and pubs with locations throughout Ireland, including in Dublin, Bray, and Belfast. The Porterhouse has been brewing its own beer since 1996, making it one of the first microbreweries in Ireland.

The Porterhouse has gained a reputation for its innovative approach to brewing, with a wide range of beers that go beyond the traditional stout and ale offerings. Visitors to The Porterhouse can try everything from hoppy IPAs to fruity saisons and rich porters.

In addition to its impressive beer selection, The Porterhouse also offers a food menu featuring classic pub fare with a modern twist. The menu includes dishes like gourmet burgers, fish and chips, and hearty stews made with locally sourced ingredients.

Live music is also a regular feature at The Porterhouse, with a range of genres on offer, from traditional Irish music to jazz and blues. The pubs often feature local talent, as well as more established acts, creating a diverse and dynamic atmosphere.

The Porterhouse has several locations throughout Ireland, each with its own unique charm. In Dublin, visitors can stop by the original Porterhouse location on Parliament Street, which features a cozy interior with exposed brick walls and a traditional pub atmosphere. The Porterhouse in Bray, meanwhile, is located on the seafront and offers stunning views of the Irish Sea. The Belfast location, housed in a former linen mill, boasts a spacious interior with industrial-chic décor.

No matter your location, The Porterhouse is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best of Irish craft beer and pub culture. Nearby landmarks include Dublin’s Trinity College, the historic town of Bray, and Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, which features the Titanic Belfast museum and the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard.

John Kavanagh’s (The Gravediggers), Dublin

John Kavanagh’s, also known as “The Gravediggers,” is a traditional Irish pub located near the historic Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. The pub has been in operation since the early 1800s and has gained a reputation for its authentic atmosphere and historic charm.

The pub’s name comes from its proximity to the cemetery, as many gravediggers and mourners would stop in for a drink after a long day of work. Today, the pub retains much of its original character, with a cozy interior featuring wood-paneled walls, antique mirrors, and a warm fireplace.

One of the main draws of John Kavanagh’s is its traditional Irish music sessions, which take place every Sunday night. Local musicians gather to play classic Irish tunes, creating a lively and authentic atmosphere. The pub’s small size means that visitors can get up close and personal with the musicians and feel like they are part of the action.

In addition to its music scene, John Kavanagh’s is also known for its hearty pub food and wide selection of beers and whiskeys. Visitors can try classic Irish dishes like beef, and Guinness stew or fish and chips washed down with a pint of the pub’s own Kavanagh’s Ale.

Nearby landmarks include the Glasnevin Cemetery, which is home to over one million burials and features guided tours of its historic graves, as well as the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, which offer a peaceful retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. Overall, John Kavanagh’s is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best of traditional Irish pub culture.

The Brazen Head, Dublin

The Brazen Head is one of Ireland’s oldest pubs, with a history dating back to 1198. Located in Dublin’s historic city center, the pub has been a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike for over 800 years.

The pub’s interior features dark wood paneling, low ceilings, and flickering candles, creating a cozy and intimate atmosphere. Visitors can admire the pub’s historical artifacts, including old photographs and antique knick-knacks, which adorn the walls and shelves.

In addition to its historic charm, The Brazen Head is known for its traditional Irish food and drink menu. Visitors can try classic Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, and fish and chips washed down with a pint of Guinness or a glass of Irish whiskey.

The pub also offers a wide range of craft beers, ciders, and a selection of wines and cocktails. For those looking to experience the best of Irish spirits, The Brazen Head also offers whiskey tastings and a chance to sample rare and vintage bottles.

Nearby landmarks include Dublin Castle, which dates back to the 13th century and features exhibits on Irish history, as well as the famous Christ Church Cathedral, which is one of Dublin’s most iconic buildings. Overall, The Brazen Head is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best of traditional Irish pub culture, with its historic charm, delicious food, and wide selection of drinks.

The Long Hall, Dublin

The Long Hall is a beautifully preserved Victorian pub located in the heart of Dublin’s city center. The pub has been in operation since 1766 and has gained a reputation for its ornate decor and traditional Irish pub atmosphere.

The pub’s interior features stunning Victorian-era details, including ornate plasterwork, crystal chandeliers, and marble-topped counters. Visitors can admire the pub’s beautiful mahogany bar, which has been in place since the mid-1800s and soak up the historic atmosphere.

In addition to its beautiful decor, The Long Hall is known for its live music sessions, which take place several times a week. Local musicians gather to perform classic Irish ballads, creating a lively and upbeat atmosphere. The pub’s small size means that visitors can get up close and personal with the musicians and feel like they are part of the action.

The Long Hall is located in Dublin’s city center, just a short walk from many of the city’s most famous landmarks. Nearby attractions include Trinity College, home to the famous Book of Kells, and the Grafton Street shopping district, which features a range of high-end shops and boutiques.

Overall, The Long Hall is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best of Irish pub culture in a historical and beautiful setting. Its central location in Dublin’s city center makes it a great place to stop for a pint after exploring the nearby landmarks.

The Palace Bar, Dublin

The Palace Bar is a historic pub located on Dublin’s Fleet Street, just a stone’s throw from the famous Temple Bar neighborhood. The pub was founded in 1823 and has been in the same family for over a century, making it a beloved institution among locals and visitors alike.

The pub’s cozy atmosphere and old-world charm make it a popular destination for those looking to experience the best of traditional Irish pub culture. The interior features dark wood paneling, a warm fireplace, and vintage mirrors, creating a cozy and intimate atmosphere.

One of the main draws of The Palace Bar is its impressive selection of whiskeys. The pub stocks a wide range of Irish and international whiskies, from rare and vintage bottles to more affordable options. Visitors can sample a whiskey flight, take a guided tasting, or simply enjoy a dram of their favorite whiskey.

Live music is also a regular feature at The Palace Bar, with a range of genres on offer, from traditional Irish music to jazz and blues. The pub often features local talent, creating a lively and dynamic atmosphere.

Nearby landmarks include Dublin Castle, which dates back to the 13th century and features exhibits on Irish history, as well as the historic Christ Church Cathedral, which is one of Dublin’s most iconic buildings. Overall, The Palace Bar is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best of traditional Irish pub culture in a cozy and historic setting.

The Spaniard, Kinsale

The Spaniard is a famous pub located in the picturesque seaside town of Kinsale in County Cork. The pub has been in operation since the 17th century and has gained a reputation for its lively atmosphere and nautical-themed decor.

The pub’s interior features a range of nautical artifacts, including ship’s wheels, antique diving helmets, and even a life-size model of a pirate. Visitors can admire the pub’s historic charm and soak up the coastal atmosphere.

In addition to its lively decor, The Spaniard is known for its traditional Irish food and drink menu. Visitors can try classic Irish dishes like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and hearty stews made with locally sourced ingredients. The pub also offers a wide range of beers, ciders, and wines, as well as a selection of Irish whiskeys and spirits.

Live music is also a regular feature at The Spaniard, with a range of genres on offer, from traditional Irish music to rock and roll. The pub often features local talent, creating a lively and dynamic atmosphere.

Nearby landmarks include the famous Charles Fort, a star-shaped fortress that dates back to the 17th century, as well as the historic Kinsale Harbour, which offers stunning views of the coastline. Overall, The Spaniard is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best of Irish pub culture in a charming and historic coastal setting.

This brings us to the end of our journey through the best pubs in Ireland. From the lively Temple Bar in Dublin to the cozy John Kavanagh’s in Glasnevin, these pubs offer a unique and unforgettable experience. Whether you’re a fan of live music, traditional Irish food, or just a good pint of Guinness, there’s something for everyone in these iconic establishments.

So, what are you waiting for? If you’re planning a trip to Ireland, be sure to put these pubs on your itinerary. Take in the historic charm, soak up the lively atmosphere, and experience the best of traditional Irish pub culture. Sláinte!

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Top Culinary Destinations Around The World

Finding exceptional flavors should not be hard to do, so we have put together some of the top culinary destinations around the world. However, if you’ve not traveled much then you may not know where to go for all the amazing food. Learning a bit more about these areas, what they offer, their different tastes, and what makes them different might just persuade you to change that vacation destination this year.

If you’re looking for a savory place to bring your tastebuds for a vacation, then we’ve already done the footwork for you. We have taken the time to look at these top culinary destinations worth exploring a bit more [with your mouth, of course.] Add them to your list of the top places worth visiting!


Peru

Peru is one of our top culinary destinations because of its mouthwatering ceviche.
Authentic Peruvian seafood ceviche

Peru is known for some of their top must-have dishes while you’re there. If you’ve never had Peruvian food; it’s a bucket list must. Try some of the below, highly recommended, options:

  • Ceviche
  • Lomo Saltado
  • Cuy
  • Papas a la Huancaina
  • Rocoto Relleno
  • Causa

As a warning to those with weak stomachs, or palates that would rather not have a shock; Cuy is Guinea Pig. This is a delicacy in Peru and something that the locals love and share with visitors from near and far. It might be worth trying if you’re interested in something new.

Myanmar

Nan Gyi Thohk is popular burmese cuisine dish with rice noodles, chicken breasts with spices, eggs, peanuts, lime and red onion. Top view

Tea leaf salad and Shan-styled rice come together to create the perfect mix of meals. You can expect to find many dishes that come highly recommended by the locals in the area. Sweet is what they do, and you can find many sweet layers over those savory dishes you’re used to. Try some of these recommended dishes in Myanmar:

  • Burmese Curry
  • Burmese Tea Shop Meal
  • Burmese Sweet Snacks
  • Shan-Style Tofu Noodles
  • Nangyi Thoke
  • Anything and everything deep fried – try it all, we mean it!

Sri Lanka

A spicy one-dish vegetarian dinner with curry flavors. Vegetable kottu roti is a traditional Sri Lankan street food.

Sri Lanka is known for many things, but especially the food that they are offering. You can expect to find a delicate mix of herbs, spices, fish, veggies and fruit to wash down. You will be surprised at just how lovely many of the meals are. If you’re looking to try something a bit different, then give one of these highly recommended dishes a try:

  • Fish ambul thiyal
  • Lamprais
  • Polos
  • Kottu
  • Kukul mas curry
  • Hoppers
  • Wambatu moju

They have many curries that all use different sauces and spices that come together in the best tasting blend. Rice and coconut is what many of the dishes are centered around, so you can expect to find a lot of these ingredients in the many dishes that you try.

Morocco

Traditional Moroccan chicken tagine with olives and salted lemons, selective focus.

Morocco is beautiful, but while you might want to go to hit the beaches and soak up some sun, you might also want to try some of the best cuisine that you’ve ever had before.

As with the tradition, you can expect Couscous to be found in a lot of the meal planning. This is because this is where this dish came from, and many of the citizens are used to eating it regularly. If you’re looking to try something new and delicious, then give one of these many Moroccan dishes a try:

  • Tagine
  • Zalouk
  • Fish Chermoula
  • Bastilla
  • Khobz
  • Harira
  • Makouda

All of these have specific tastes that go along with them. Trying something different is exciting, and if you want to know what is in each of the dishes, you’ll have to ask!

Vietnam should be in one of your top culinary destinations

Assorted Vietnamese dishes: Pho, Bahn Mi and Spring Rolls

Vietnam is not always brought up as one of the top culinary destinations because of the food they offer, but they should be! This is one place that overdoes themselves when it comes down to street food and offering delicious options that have been passed down from generation to generation. Since their lineage runs so deep, the food you try is just as good. Here are some of the must-have dishes to try while in Vietnam:

  • Pho
  • Cha Ca
  • Banh xeo
  • Cao lau
  • Nem ran/cha gio
  • Goi cuon
  • Bun bo Hue

These dishes are all made with specific meats, veggies, sauces, and herbs. Many of the ingredients are sourced right from the country, so you can expect to eat authentic food dishes made specifically for tourists who want to bite off a bit more than they can chew.

Barcelona

Spanish Seafood Paella

Almost everyone is familiar with Tapas but if you didn’t know where it came from, now you do. You can find numerous Tapas bars and restaurants throughout Barcelona which is why it is one of our top culinary destinations. They pair almost everything with wine, so you are in for a treat. The wine is just as good as the food they serve, so unbutton your pants. Here are some of the top dish’s worth trying in Barcelona:

  • Seafood Paella
  • Jamon Iberico
  • Bombas
  • Pamtomaquet
  • Croquetas
  • Tortilla de patatas
  • Patatas Bravas

You don’t want to leave without having them pair your wine with dessert next. This is one of the most delicious parts of the meal, and one you don’t want to walk away from. Have them pair and enjoy!

Tokyo

Ramen noodle soup has exploded around the world, which is why Tokyo is one of our top culinary destinations.
Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Who doesn’t love a bit of sushi? There is not just these delightful rolls you will find there, but so many other delicious dishes. Tokyo is known for their flashing lights, but if you’re looking for a place that is going to provide a delicious meal, you’re in luck. Tokyo is full of delicious restaurants to eat at, so look and make sure to order one of these highly recommended and loved dishes:

  • Ramen – Home of the Ramen, this is where it originated and worth trying a delicious version of it
  • Unaju
  • Yakitori
  • Tendon
  • Monjayaki
  • Soba
  • Tempura

So many delicious meats and veggies are fried, sautéed, and cooked over medium heat to create the perfect dish. Tokyo is known for their sushi rolls too, so make sure to stop by a sushi bar to enjoy some sake and sushi!

Prague

Traditional Zelnacka cabbage soup with sausages and vegetables

Visiting any place is exciting, but when it comes to a place that is highly rated for their food; you’re going to be even more excited. Prague is one of those places. Known for their dark beer and soups; you can pair the two, try them separately, or try another one of the favorite dishes of the area. Here are some of those dishes:

  • Kulajda
  • Zelnacka
  • Cesnecka
  • Tatarak
  • Bramboraky
  • Vurty na cernem pivu
  • Chlebicky

If you’re in the area, don’t worry about trying to say any of the meals but pointing at the menu might just get you the most delicious meal you’ve ever tried in your life. It can definitely be worth it.

France Is A Top Culinary Destination

French desserts alone make it one of our top culinary destinations
Chocolate Souffle with fresh berries

Known for many of their delicacies, it is important that you try them out for yourself to see which you like. Since France is full of French food, you might find some of your favorites located in this area. From everything to flaming dishes to French onion soup [or soupe a l’oignon as they call it], you have a lot of ways to treat your taste buds. Here are some other dishes worth trying:

  • Cassoulet
  • Flamiche
  • Chocolate souffle
  • Salade Nicoise
  • Boeuf bourguignon
  • Coq au vin
  • Confit de canard

If you’re confused by any of the names or dishes, let them know and they’d be more than happy to let you know what is in the dish. The French are known for being courteous and helpful, especially when it comes to the foods you eat.

Denmark

Delicious fried meatballs (Frikadelier) with hot stewed red cabbage and sauce

Known for wooden shoes and canals; Denmark is also home to some of the most delicious meals. Known mostly for their open-faced sandwiches or Smorrebrod, this is one place that deserves a medal for all that they cook up. If you are looking for a delicious meal, then here are some of the highly recommended meals worth trying while in Denmark:

  • Karbonador
  • Frikadelier
  • Kartofler
  • Risalamande
  • Koldskal

These are all hard-to-say dishes, but they’re not hard to eat. You will find that they are delicious and nutritious. You might ask for seconds with some of them. Specialized dishes are served throughout many of the restaurants, and Noma in Copenhagen is the perfect place to do so.

Spain (Of course it is one of our top culinary destinations)

Who knew that soup could make our list in top culinary destinations.
Gazpacho soup

Of course, Spain would be on here because who doesn’t love a great pasta dish? Big on many of the flavors we know and love throughout the United States and Canada, you can be sure to find the perfect dish that meets or exceeds your expectations throughout Spain. Here are some of the favorited dishes that you can ask for:

  • Jamon
  • Paella Valenciana
  • Gazpacho
  • Fideua
  • Tortilla
  • Churros
  • Pimientos de Padron

Whatever flavor you’re looking for – sweet, spicy, savory – the chefs in Spain know how to bring all three together to create the perfect harmony between tastes for your pleasure. They’re worth trying.

There are plenty of places to find yourself eating throughout the world, with our top culinary destinations list. These are only a handful of options you can go with. Book your vacation away from home today and make sure to investigate one of the many restaurants in the area you’re staying to find out if they are offering any of these and other dishes. Enjoy your trip to our top culinary destinations, but also enjoy the food you’re going to be able to eat while out and about. Your trip will be worth it in the end.

It’s Time For a Wellness Vacation

Wellness Tours and Why They Are Growing in Popularity

Wellness is a selling point for so many companies, and when it comes to feeling good; you want to be one of the many taking advantage of them. Wellness tours are one of the newest types of tours on the market, and they are offering the promise of a healthier, more vibrant feeling vacation with your wellness in mind.

It is projected by GWI that there are over 1 billion wellness trips planned already for this year. Not just for the body, but for the mind. Many of those who are looking to improve their overall wellness are finding that these tips are exactly what they’ve been looking for all along.

Wellness touring, because of this boost in sales is up over 200 billion, making this one of the most spent on vacation types. Many areas are going to see more visitation and spending than others such as the Sub-Saharan African region and the Middle East.

Group of people practicing yoga. Young women sitting cross-legged on their mats and meditating in lotus pose.

What is a Wellness Tour?

If you’re not familiar with a wellness tour, you might want to be. This is when you travel for health and well-being reasons. Whether it is for your physical or mental health, the activities, place you go, and what you do determines whether you’re on a wellness tour or vacation compared to a normal one.

Any and all travel that is in pursuit of the person’s well-being is what is covered under a wellness tour and what you can get from it. It is working to provide the best overall health for your mind and body.

There are many vacations that come with a wellness resort, yoga retreat, or any other wellness-based resort or place that works specifically on your wellness. If you book a regular vacation, adding and doing specific things that have to do with your wellness is a great way to boost your vacation, make you feel your best, and get more from your time away from home.

Relax and enjoy your spa day

Benefits of a Wellness Tour

There are several benefits that come from a wellness tour. If you’re considering going on one, then you want to make sure to take a look at all of these benefits to find out if this type of tour is right for you.

  • Get relaxation and rejuvenation
  • Healthy food choices
  • Exercise classes and spots
  • They offer something different from the regular vacations you can take
  • Preservation of natural resources for the area
  • Increase in jobs, opportunities, and revenue for the areas they operate in
  • Offering healthier excursions, you can do

Everyone is different and you might find that the benefits that come from a wellness tour are for you. This is a great way to work on your mind, body, and soul while being somewhere away from home. Opening up to the area and learning something new might just be good enough to make you want to take a wellness tour.

The girl bathes in a hot spring in the open air with a gorgeous view of the snowy mountains. Incredible iceland in winter.

What is Included in a Wellness Tour?

Every single wellness tour is different, and each one comes with a plethora of events, activities, and excursions for you to take advantage of. However, if you want a bit more out of your time away then having an idea of what comes with a wellness tour might help you make a decision on whether these tours are right for you.

  • Healthier food options and choices
  • More exercise areas, rooms, and equipment
  • Mind-body practices and classes
  • Art and spiritual activities
  • Nature experiences
  • Connect with local people and their culture
  • Classes that include Pilates, yoga, or specialized exercises
  • Specialized treatments for a condition, symptom, ailment
  • Spiritual treatment
  • Open air and nature connection
  • Better access to care and the different care materials and products

Depending on what type of wellness traveler you are, you might like different things on this over another. However, they both come with any of the wellness tours you are choosing to go on. This means you can benefit from what they’re offering in the long run.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Hindu temple on Bratan lake landscape, famous tourist attraction in Bali, Indonesia

Best Destinations for Wellness Tours

There are some of the best places to visit for those who want to take a wellness tour. If you’re unsure of where to go or what to do; then take a look at one of these top destinations that come highly recommended.

Budapest, Hungary

Home to one of the best thermal spas throughout Europe, it is a must visit place that is high on the list. You want to make sure to stay at the St. George Hotel which is on a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tuscany, Italy

Beauty, indulgence, and much more come together in this quaint area that has a bit of everything for the visitor. Staying at Terme di Saturnia is recommended because it is the leading spa resort in the area and a must-visit. There are vineyards and olive groves for days, giving you plenty to take in and enjoy.

Lisbon, Portugal

Known for their pink clay, coffee, and massages that are infused with a lot more than this; this is the best place to get your skin treated in the best way. The Float in Spa is one of the most advanced floating systems in the world. It is worth a visit.

Prague, Czech Republic

The ideal destination for innovative spa treatments, you can find yourself enjoying all that comes with the antioxidant rich nectar that you submerge your body in. This happens at the Carlo IV Wellness & Spa. Drive down beautiful roads with the fresh, rich air open around you. Hills and plenty to see welcome you.

Bali, Indonesia

For years Bali has been a beacon to travelers looking to find themselves and dive deeper into their spiritual side. If you are seeking a complete wellness experience, there is no better destination than Bali. Immerse yourself in traditional healing ceremonies, rejuvenating activities, daily yoga, breathtaking sights, and nutritional organic chefs to help cleanse your body while you’re cleansing your soul.

Hot stone treatment at wellness spa resort.

Balance Your Harmony and Well Being

When you are choosing to go on a wellness tour, you are choosing to do the best that you can. Not just because of the great benefits it brings to your body, but all of the great benefits it brings to the area that you are going to be visiting.

When you are choosing a wellness tour, you’re choosing yourself. You are choosing to do more for your health and wellbeing. The experience alone is enough to get moving in the right direction. Do more on your tours and vacations when you choose to put wellness in front of your dreams of traveling the world.

Beautiful Attractive Asian woman practice yoga Lotus pose on the pool above the Mountain peak in the morning in front of beautiful nature views,Feel so comfortable and relax in holiday,Warm tone

Wellness Tours are Going to Continue to Grow

This is more than a trend and the way it seems; it is not going anywhere. They are currently on the rise, and the numbers do not look like they are going to slow down at any time. Many tourists are looking to get more out of their lives and by getting healthier and improving the quality of their lives; they’re able to do this. It is different from the normal vacations that everyone takes, which makes it an ideal way to do something different for you.

You choose where to go, and you can be the one who chooses what to do. You can plan and choose one of the many places that come highly recommended. Book your wellness tour today and make sure to get more for your well-being.

If you are ready to re-balance your harmony and energy; then book with one of the many top wellness destinations today!