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Intensity Breaks

Intense travellin '? It means feeling alive, discovering new things, and deviating from the beaten track. Busy days, filled with activities, new impulses and energy. Discover our brand new Intensity Breaks, who will charge you and give you that energy boost you've been looking for. Surrender yourself, and go explore the world!


Program

Day 1
After arriving, pick up your rental car and head towards the most popular route in Iceland: The Golden Circle route. The number of sights you can see will depend on what time you arrive. The Gullfoss waterfall is an absolute must. If possible, try and be there for the sunset, as you will remember the golden glow for the rest of your days. The evening is the perfect time to try and spot the northern lights. Your hostel has an outdoor jacuzzi for you to enjoy. A wonderful way to relax after an intense day.

Hotel: Fosshotel Hekla ***


Day 2
Be prepared for plenty of waterfalls. The first on the list today is the Seljalandsfoss, which can also be admired from the back. So, don’t forget your raincoat! Come as early as possible to avoid the crowds. Walk just a few metres to find the Gljufrafoss, a waterfall that is partly concealed in a cave. You can admire this from above, but the more adventurous visitor can wander a short distance through the river into the cave.

Around midday, it’s time for number 3: the Skogafoss, and perhaps the most spectacular. Go up the stairs and set off along the Fimmvorduhals trail. Don’t go too far, as the entire trail takes days. 5 km is enough to see the landscape change: waterfalls, green, plains, volcanos: it’s all there for you. Take dinner in the hotel by the waterfall. A burger with fries is delicious in such a setting. Certainly with views of the waterfall.

Hotel: Fosshotel Hekla ***


Day 3
Start on Reynisfjara Black Beach. Enjoy the deep-black colour and walk left all the way to the end, where you can take some stunning photos of the rocks. Then, take your car and continue your journey along Ringroad 1. After lava it’s time for some ice, with an afternoon walk on the glacier of Svinafellsjokull. Not tired of walking yet? In the late afternoon you can still do a short walk to the Svartifoss, a 4th waterfall. After dinner, have another go at spotting the northern lights.

Hotel: Fosshotel Hekla ***


Day 4
The glacial lake of Jokulsarlon at the crack of dawn? Amazing! Ice blocks are washed up on the beach here: impressive. In the afternoon it’s time to jump into the rental car and head back to Reykjavik. Along the way you can still stop at the Fjadrargljufur canyon, and the Seljavallalaug ‘hot’ pool is also worthwhile a visit. In the early evening/evening you can also visit the blue lagoon. The ultimate photo occasion of your trip, although it can be rather busy.

You will spend the night in Reykjavik, in order to catch your morning flight back to Belgium.


Day 5
Return your car to the airport and take the direct Icelandair flight to Brussels.


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Program

Day 1
By lunchtime you’ll arrive at JFK Airport, where, if you’re travelling light, you’ll jump on the train towards Manhattan. This is not only cheaper, it’s also quicker than a traditional yellow cab. Furthermore, you’re sure to arrive in one piece … A refreshing shower in your hotel and you’re all ready to hit New York City. We immediately head for the heights. At the Top of the Rock Observation Deck you can look down over the city. There’s nothing better. It’s magical at sunset, and perfect for your Instagram! Time to feed your inner self, so take the metro to Hell’s Kitchen, where you are sure to find something tasty on the menu.

Hotel: The Beekman *****


Day 2
After a good breakfast or heavenly bagel on the go you’re ready to explore the district around Grand Central Station. Stroll briefly along Fifth Avenue, taking in The Empire State Building or visit the NY Public Library. You can lunch in Bryant Park. In other words, be a real tourist! Walk with your head held high and admire the magnificent buildings. Times Square. Keep away! You’ve been there before, right?

A quick lunch at the Plaza Hotel and you’ll soon be ready for a walk or bike ride through Central Park. You can easily hang around here all day. If you want to rent a bike there’s a great shop at Columbus Circle. Head in the direction of Belvedere Castle, a hidden gem with some amazing views.

Evening? Time for something special! Go to a comedy show, try and join an episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon or Steven Colbert. It takes some planning, but let’s face it, you’ve always wanted to be on TV. So why not in New York? End the day on the roof of the Marriott Marquis. In doing so, you will discover NY by night from - yes you heard me right - Times Square. On this rooftop you can enjoy the ambience and the view with a glass in your hand. Midtown NY is yours to explore.

Hotel: The Beekman *****


Day 3
West Village baby! Amble along the High Line, stroll through Chelsea Market and eat a bite at Gansevoort Market. In the afternoon, head off to Brooklyn, and enjoy the view. Cross Brooklyn Bridge and spend some time in Dumbo, a hip and trendy district. You must stop en route at the crossroads between Washington Street and Front Street. This is the place to take the iconic photo of the Manhattan Bridge that you have seen so many times, but is now on your very own Instagram. The Empire State Building nods approvingly in the background.

Snuggle up on a bench in Brooklyn Bridge Park and admire the sunset. The view of Downtown Manhattan is an added bonus. Time for some dinner. Juliana’s it is! Elected the best pizzeria in the US by TripAdvisor. However, be sure to save space for dessert! The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory awaits you.

Still got some energy? Take an Uber and head for Atlantic Avenue. Speakeasy bar Le Boudoir is the place to be. Find the hidden door on 135 Atlantic Avenue and go in to this magnificent bar in Marie-Antoinette style.

Hotel: The Beekman *****


Day 4
The Upper West Side is your habitat from the moment you wake up. Take breakfast in Alice’s Tea Cup, which feels like a set from the film Alice in Wonderland. Then, walk towards Broadway and W80th Street and stop for a moment at Zabar’s, a unique food store which will tantalise your taste buds. Wander the streets, popping into the little shops and admire the old-school apartment blocks. Three recommendations? Althorp on Broadway or the San Remo and The Dakota at Central Park West. Need a break? Cafe Lalo, the famous setting for the corny film You’ve got Mail, is the perfect spot for a rest. There is a huge, not to mention delicious range to choose from.

Rain? Hard luck! Did you know that The American Museum of Natural History is close by and certainly worth a visit. A respite from all you’ve seen? Catch an uber and head to Sojo Spa Club in New Jersey. Relax in the spa, as you enjoy the view of the Manhattan skyline. It’s your last evening, so time to hit the dancefloor. Go to Jimmy at The James, a rooftop bar in SoHo. A trendy haunt with an amazing view. Be dressed to impress or you won’t get past the door. Resist the temptation to dive into the pool, or you’ll soon be back on the street. Not really a dancer? Then visit one of the many jazz bars in Lower East Side or head to Hudson River and enjoy an open-air movie on Pier 1.

Hotel: The Beekman *****


Day 5
Your last day in the city is for shopping. SoHo, Noho, The Oculus of Macy’s: the choice is yours. If you want something unique, it’s best to go to Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Take the metro to Bedford Avenue, where you will find plenty of trendy boutiques, record stores, stalls and vintage shops. The flea market in Williamsburg is another hidden gem. You’ll find bargains galore, and lots of lovely designer goodies and antiques. Time to return to the airport, by train of course!


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Program

Day 1
Arrive, adjust to the heat and pop into the magnificent Museum of Islamic Art. Along with the air-conditioning, you’ll also enjoy beautiful works of art and some design gems. The building, which stands in the middle of the peninsula, is also an architectural masterpiece in itself. Catch your breath? A coffee on the terrace looking over the Doha skyline: priceless.

In the afternoon, head for the authentic Souq Waqif. Do some bargaining at the stalls, learn everything about caring for falcons, and then soak up the local ambience on a terrace.

In the evening? Enjoy dinner in a really famous Lebanese restaurant Em Sherif in the Sheraton Grand Doha. As you eat your delicious meal take in the views of Doha’s night skyline and the Doha Tower. Yes, it really does resemble a condom, not surprisingly the tower’s nickname …

Hotel: Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel by Tivoli *****


Day 2
TTime for an adrenaline rush: go on a quad safari to Khor Al Udeid Beach. Helmets on and off you go to enjoy this magnificent coastline. Along the way you will pass a number of typical villages, where a stop is worthwhile.

The afternoon is for shopping. A stroll along the promenade, the Doha Corniche, is an experience in itself. A wonderful walk of 7 kilometres. Don’t forget to put sunscreen on your legs. It’s certainly recommended in these temperatures.

Did you book in time? Then take your seat at the table in Nobu Doha, the restaurant belonging to the famous actor Robert De Niro. With any luck he’ll sit next to you!

Hotel: Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel by Tivoli *****


Day 3
The National Museum of Qatar, which opened in March 2019, will open up your eyes. Here you’ll be immersed in the authentic culture and history of Qatar. Finish by working up a serious sweat. Climb the Aspire Tower. From the top of this tower you’ll discover the many developments in the city. You’ll soon see that it’s all systems go to prepare Doha for the football World Championships in 2022.

Hotel: Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel by Tivoli *****


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Program

Day 1
After picking up your rental car by noon, you are ready for an unforgettable break. Start with the Walk of Fame, you’re either crazy about stars or you’re not. Since you’re busy spotting famous personalities, you might as well pop into Griffith Park for a wonderful view of the world-famous Hollywood sign. Photo time!

Have dinner at Miceli’s. This Italian restaurant is super popular because the waiters and waitresses are all trained musicians and sing songs from the musicals during dinner. Unique! After dinner, stop for a while at the urban lights of LACMA.

Hotel: Ace Hotel & Swimclub ****


Day 2
Time to explore Venice Beach. Watch out for the skaters, marvel at the muscles and shop till you drop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. Then head to the street art in downtown LA. Guided tours are available! Stroll the streets for a while and feel the Californian vibe.

At lunchtime, grab a table at Gjelina, an elegant farm-to-table restaurant. You’ll be surrounded by both bloggers and CEOs. Time to pull on those in-line skates and discover Santa Monica on wheels. Be sure to stop for a moment at Pacific Park, a small funfair on Santa Monica Pier. Take a ride on the nostalgic carrousel with its hand-painted horses. You are sure to have seen this carrousel already in the films.

After freshening up in the hotel, it’s time for a cabaret in The Edison bar and a well-earned sleep.

Hotel: Ace Hotel & Swimclub ****


Day 3
While you’re still fit, we’ve planned a morning hike to The Cross in Palm Desert. Enjoy the magnificent nature and don’t forget to slap on the sun cream. Then, it’s off to Palm Springs where you can go shopping and don’t miss a ride on the Palm Springs Adrian tramway. Cycling on the San Andreas Fault is certainly another fun activity. Dinnertime? Head to Ruby’s Diner and end the evening in Zelda’s Nightclub. Who knows, you may even spot a celebrity.

Hotel: Ace Hotel & Swimclub ****


Day 4
Time to head to the Joshua Tree National Park. This desert landscape is fascinating. A car journey to San Diego takes you to Mission and Pacific Beach, which are great places to chill. Go to downtown San Diego and you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time. Now, drive back to Los Angeles and take a look at Korea town. In the evening, sip a cocktail in the rooftop bar of The Standard Hotel and eat at Nobu’s.

Hotel: Ace Hotel & Swimclub ****


Day 5
JYour last morning in LA. So, rush down to Rodeo Drive and spend your last dollars!


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Program

Day 1
A direct Brussel Airlines flight takes you to Saint Petersburg. Upon arrival, food is what you want. Teremok, a Russian chain is perfect to satisfy your appetite. The blinis are just heaven. Then, walk along the Nevski Prospect, Russia’s most famous boulevard. Feast your eyes on it and soak up the ambience. Be sure to pop into the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood with its typical onion-shaped domes.

In the afternoon, you can already start looking forward to an evening at the Russian ballet in the Mariinsky theatre. A bite to eat beforehand? Go to restaurant Repa with its unique decor. Being close to the theatre, it’s ideal.

Hotel: Station Hotels ***


Day 2
Start today with a visit to the district of Petrogradskaya. The highlight? The Peter and Paul fortress. The place to delve into its dark history. Then, relax for a while with a walk along the Neva to the cabin where Peter the Great lived for six years, and where the cruise ship Aurora is anchored. Culture galore.

Lunch in Pelmeniya On Kronverkskiy and sample their velvety treats: Pelmeni (savoury) and Vareniki (sweet). Go back across the Neva and past the Bronze Knight towards the Palace square. Time to visit the world-famous Hermitage. These days, the tsars’ old winter palace is home to one of the world’s largest art collections, ranging from Leonardo Da Vinci to Henri Matisse: they’re all here to be discovered.

In the evening, go to the Bloody Mary Bar & Grill for some food and drink. This is where you can slurp the best cocktails in Russia. The bar has won many awards!

Hotel: Station Hotels ***


Day 3
Start the day with a visit to Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, one of the largest in the world. Climb up into the dome and enjoy the magnificent view. Take lunch in the restaurant All Seasons and sample the delicious cuisine. Then, take the hydrofoil to Petrograd, the summer palace of Peter the Great. Think of it as the Russian Versailles. Enjoy the impressive setting and walk all the way to the sea. Then, jump back on the hydrofoil and return to the centre.

For dinner, go to restaurant Gras, after which it’s time for a visit to the world-famous Russian circus. Still got some energy? Pop into Club Purga and boogie on down.

Hotel: Station Hotels ***


Day 4
Spend your last morning in the Yusupov Palace, where you will be given a guided tour. Then head to the airport, and order lunch in Il Patio. Then, it’s time to fly home. Lunch in Il Patio at the airport. A direct flight from Saint Petersburg to Brussels with Brussels Airlines.


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Program

Day 1
When you arrive in Vegas your shiny Mustang awaits. Hop into your convertible and cruise along The Strip. Fancy a snack? Turn into the drive-in at In-N-Out burger and gobble up a real American burger. Make the most of your visit and go to a Cirque du Soleil show or see a world star perform as advertised on the posters. During the evening/night, you are sure to find time to have a bet in one of the many casinos.

Hotel: MGM Grand *****


Day 2
In the morning the mini bus will be waiting for you at your hotel. You will head to Boulder City Airport where you will hit even dizzier heights. During a helicopter ride lasting 70 minutes you will enjoy awesome views over Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon. An experience you are sure to remember for a long time.

In the afternoon, take a short swim in the Lazy River at your hotel. An extra adrenaline rush? Go for a ride in The Big Apple Coaster at Hotel New York New York. Then, off you go to the Neon Museum, a mortuary for mountains of old neon panels from times past. Perfect fuel for your Instagram.

In the evening, take a seat at a table in Settebello for a delicious pizza. Gambling with a full tummy is so much more fun! Work off some calories with a walk across The Strip, where, one moment, you’ll feel like you’re in Paris and the next, in Venice. Don’t miss the Light show at the Bellagio.

Hotel: MGM Grand *****


Day 3
Start the day with an American breakfast in a diner. Waffles, pancakes and toast: you can count on it! After the third free coffee refill, take your rental car to the Valley of Fire State Park, about an hour’s drive away. It may be less well known, but the fiery red rock formations are worth the drive.

End the day with a visit to the West Wind Las Vegas Drive-In. Choose your film, park your car, put your car radio on the right frequency and enjoy! We leave it up to you whether you place a final bet after the film …

Hotel: MGM Grand *****


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Program

Day 1
Kick your intensity break in the historic Al Fahidi district. Visit the Dubai museum and dive into the souks. Roaming around will undoubtedly leave you with a craving. Lunch at Bayt al Wakeel comes recommended. In the immediate vicinity of this restaurant you will find the Deira Old Souk Abra Station. Hop on a boat and explore part of this area or set course for Deira the same way, where more souks await. Browse among the gadgets, the herbs and all the goodies – you have even come to the right place to purchase perfume! – or sit on a bench and enjoy the spectacle that displays itself in front of your eyes.

In the evening, try a typical fritter and merge with the people in the souks all over again if you still have the energy. The evening brings quite a different experience here. Next, take the metro to the new part of the city. Admire the Burj Khalifa and walk into the Dubai Mall. We bet your boots it will be hard to resist plunging into the boutiques ...

Hotel: Media One ****


Day 2
A visit to the Burj Khalifa is a fine highlight to start your day. And why not take a tour of the fountains? In the afternoon you may want to munch a piece of pizza at Eataly in the Mall, a nice low profile place. After dinner make some time to allow yourself to be mesmerized by the aquarium that is situated in the shopping mall. Feel like something more elevated? Why not head to the top of the Burj Khalifa? Around sunset you take the most stunning pictures from here.

Supper? Meat lovers will be in their element at Tribes Carnivore. Delicious grilled dishes are served here while you enjoy fabulous views of the fountains.

Hotel: Media One ****


Day 3
Ready to rise and shine? Travel to the mosque, a unique experience and follow up with a stroll along the souvenir stalls on Al Hudaiba Road. Did all the walking stir your appetite? Stop over at Chowking for a delicious Asian lunch. Time to go to the beach and take a peek at the luxurious Burj Al Arab. No better time to snuggle up on the beach and shoot some fun images. Feeling entirely relaxed? Head towards the port. There is a Belgian café there where you can enjoy a beer ...

In the early evening, explore the canals and dine somewhere along the waterfront. Soul food for romantics. Restaurants here offer worldwide cuisine so to pick one out is quite a task.

Hotel: Media One ****


Day 4
SThe Palm Jumeirah can be easily reached by monorail. These artificially constructed islands are a must-see from up close. Explore the palm’s different branches and marvel at the villas. No doubt Hotel Atlantis will leave you dumbstruck. And, while you are there why not visit its aquarium or buy a ticket and let your hair down in the water park.

Return to the centre and visit the marina or rent a bike and explore the promenade. Fancy something a bit more sun-sheltered? How about a ride on the water bus? In the evening go for a tasty couscous at Kif Kif, choose gastronomy at PIer 7 or hop in at Reem Al Bawadi for a local and appetizing alternative.


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Program

Day 1
Where best to kick-off on your visit to Tel Aviv? Wander through the streets of Old Jaffa. Stroll through the authentic alleys, marvel at the stunning views the new city offers and enjoy the sunshine. Have lunch at the Old Men and the Sea and taste the delicious local dishes. Fresh fish guaranteed!

In the afternoon set course for the Jaffa Flea Market, jump on a step and snort to and through Neve Tzedek, the artistic neighbourhood. Just unwind at a table in a cosy bar and enjoy the spectacle. Feel creative-minded? A visit to the Museum of Art definitely comes recommended. Along the way you will discover a number of extra-ordinary buildings in typical Bauhaus-style.

And in the evening? Head to Dizengoff Street, its great bars and restaurants. And remember choosing is always losing.

Hotel: 130 Rock Apartments ***


Day 2
Today a trip to the holy city of Jerusalem is on the programme. Guided, or self-guided and reached after a 45’ bus ride from the Central bus station. You will soon notice: Jerusalem charms and inspires. Watch the city from a higher vantage point as you take a stroll on the city walls: enchanting !

In the old town you will find lots of tiny restaurants and rest assured: the hummus is excellent everywhere. Continue your journey and walk the Via Dolorosa, the last agony of Christ, the Holy Sepulchre and the Wailing Wall. Don't forget to bring a piece of paper to put it in between the stones! If you still have time and energy you can also conquer the Mount of Olives and enjoy its breath-taking views. Dinner? Tip: sample local and affordable dishes at Kiki.

Hotel: 130 Rock Apartments ***


Day 3
The Dead Sea it is! Book a tour to Masada, visit the fort, enjoy a ride by cable car (comes recommended) and float around on the shallow waters of the Dead Sea cable car, hop on where you can enjoy the fort. We recommend the cable car. Around noon you will float on the Dead Sea. A unique experience that produces beautiful images.

Entirely relaxed, you dive into the nightlife. Be sure to pop in at Teder.fm. That is, if you brought your dancing shoes.

Hotel: 130 Rock Apartments ***


Day 4
Time to say goodbye to this awesome city. Stroll along the coast to the harbour. En-route you can pass the old German colony of Sarona and lunch at the Sarona Market is something to be seriously considered. In the afternoon, enjoy the sun-kissed Tel Aviv beach and picture yourself in Miami. At sunset it's time for dinner at Goocha. After your Surf ‘n Turf, you reach the airport in time for your flight home. Brussels here we come. But, what a trip!


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Program

Day 1
Your best kick-off after landing ? Head to the typical attractions asap, that’s one thing done. The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Khao Sun can easily ticked off your to-do list. These temples also reflect the stunning beauty of the city right away. To move from one place to another the boat taxi is just perfect.

In the evening why not visit a cosy bar by the river and take your time to enjoy the sunset? One that comes recommended? The Eagle Nest bar! Enjoy a delicious drink on this roof-top with views of the Wat Arun temple. To reach this particular place, get off at the Tha Tien boat stop.

Hotel: So Sofitel *****


Day 2
In the morning the floating market features on your programme. These khlongs are the Venice of Asia. Here you will experience a different and spectacular Bangkok. You can safely spend a few hours here. Head to Chinatown in the afternoon and join a food tour in one of the largest Chinese neighbourhoods in the world. In the evening go loco on Khao San Road, the place par excellence for an unforgettable night out.

Hotel: So Sofitel *****


Day 3
Time to visit some of the other districts. Today part of the focus is on Bangkok’s high-rise buildings: a visit to the rooftop of the So Sofitel for instance. The views will leave you lost for words.Should you happen to be in Bangkok during the weekend then the "market of markets", the Chatuchak Weekend Market, is certainly worth your while. This huge market is a true experience in all aspects. From a lot of ‘fake’, to food to flora and fauna: you will come across it all. Stroll through Lumphini Park, spot lizards and relax during a zensual Yoga session.

Around noon walk towards Bangkok’s beating heart: Siam Square. Here you will find a few giant shopping centres. Head northwards toward the observation deck on the Baiyoke Tower II and its steadily revolving outdoor platform. The lift to the top by itself is definitely worth the ride! The Wat Saket temple and / or The Golden Mountain are both within easy reach by boat taxi.

Hungry? Raan Jay Fai is the place to be. This street food stall has a Michelin star, so you expect a solid queue and just focus on the fact your taste buds will be forever grateful. You round off your afternoon programme at the highest tower of Thailand, the Mahanakhon Skywalk, renowned for its glass floor. Mind you; this spot is reserved for the brave! Spice up your evening out. Bet you Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy will leave you flabbergasted. Nana Plaza is often considered to be a playground for adults while Soi Cowboy is notorious as go-go bar with numerous ladyboys. A warned person counts for two and yet we do feel it is an experience not to be missed out on. Venture into the maze of action, light and sound. It is a three-story fun fair full of eye-popping activities revolving around a central atrium.

Hotel: So Sofitel *****


Day 4
In the morning take a breather in Bangkok’s green lung: Bang Krachao. To get there cross the river by boat between the Wat Klongtoey Pier and the Kamnan Kaho Pier. Rent a bike for a song and explore the green lung on your metal horse. Cycle to the Siamese Fighting Fish Gallery and stop at the Wat Bang Korbua temple. Then head for Bangkok Tree House, a fantastic eco-resort. If you fancy excellent food, the Reflect restaurant comes highly recommended. The Bang Nam Pheung floating market is also worth a visit. And why not spend noon at the Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan, a public park?

In the afternoon the Sukhumvit district awaits your visit. If you didn’t have lunch yet The Commons in Thong Lo is the place to be. Designer shopping and lunch go hand in hand here. Roast is a culinary recommendation.

Still full of energy? The Artbox Night Market is the perfect destination when night falls. This market does not have a fixed location. It moves around the city, so please refer to its Facebook page first. Not in the mood to go online? Jacks Bar, Hair of the dog and the Wanderlust Rooftop are all worthy alternatives. Yet want to know m absolute preference? Above Eleven. They serve super tasty drinks and offer fabulous views.


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Day 1
Once arrived at Cape Town travel through its lively centre and discover the stalls at Green Market or the colourful houses of Bo-Kaap. Instagram worthy snapshots insured! Walk into the Apartheid museum and also spend some time traveling through District 6, where you will learn all about the origins of South Africa.

Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world and discover Cape Town from above. The city stretches out in front of your feet. If you have the time stay until sunset. Prefer a less challenging trip? Climb Lion’s Head, the second highest peak in Cape Town. Want to hang loose? Why not chill out at Camps Bay?

In the evening, dive in the ambiance of Long Street and its abundance of great bars. My favourite eating address? Mzansi, an authentic restaurant just outside of Cape Town. A nice alternative? The Codfather at Camps Bay, where you choose your fresh fish from the counter.

Hotel: Radisson Red ****


Day 2
Time to explore the different neighbourhoods of Cape Town by City Bus Tour. Make sure you visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Bloubergstrand is also worth a stopover. In the afternoon you board a boat to spot seals. Head for Robben Island and learn everything about the turbulent life of Nelson Mandela. Want a more intense day still? Take a chopper flight over Cape Town.

In the evening head to Victoria and Albert Waterfront, the most modern area of Cape Town. The hippest restaurants and shops stay open late at night here. Have a car at hand? Drive up Signal Mountain and enjoy views of Cape Town by night.

Hotel: Radisson Red ****


Day 3
The Cape of Good Hope is on your programme today. Follow the beautiful beach route, enjoy the colourful beach huts at Muizenberg Beach and spot the penguins at Boulders Beach. Return via the impressive Chapman’s Peak ocean-hugging road or hang out with the surfers of Long Beach.

Do you have any energy left? There are plenty of Food Markets where you can taste delicious African dishes, a nice evening approach. Quench your thirst at one of the rooftop bars. Recommended? Silo or Radisson Red. Perfect to enjoy city views with a cocktail in your hand.

Hotel: Baruch Guest House ****


Day 4
Stellenbosch remains a Cape-Dutch bastion in South Africa. Take a trip through the winelands or hop on the wine bus to explore the various vineyards and wine estates. Wine tasting is a must. Here you will also find the oldest grocery store in Africa. "Uncle Sammie se winkel".

The wine festival can easily last a whole day, yet on your way back make the most of a stopover at the vast Hottentot-Holland Mountain Nature Reserve. Why not dine at the Oppie Village Restaurant? A delicious kitchen at a budget price. Fancy meat dishes? Give the Fat Butcher a try.

Hotel: Aquila Private Game Reserve


Day 5
Time to spot the Big Five. A safari is simply must-do on your itinerary The Aquila Private Game Reserve is a one hour drive from Stellenbosch and 2 hours from Cape Town. Here you can go a regular game drives, a horseback safari, a night safari or a safari on foot !

In the late afternoon you may decide it time for a refreshing dip in the pool and enjoy the beautiful views the safari park provides. Round off the evening in style with a drum session by the campfire.


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Day 1
Start at the Kyoto train station at the foot of the Kyoto Tower. This architectural building looks futuristic and is a real eye-catcher. The 11th floor offers stunning views of the city. Hop on the subway and head to the bustling heart of Kyoto. Visit the Teramachi gallery and browse the Nishiki food market. It is a brilliant idea to stock up for a picnic here, as you can buy find food items that you will not be able to find anywhere else.

After your picnic hop in at the Takashimaya Department Store where you will find an abundance of international and local luxury brands. Feeling a craving? Time for a snack? How about a healthy bento box at Bento & Co. Be sure to drop by at Uragu, a shop that specializes in fun paper products. Why not buy a gift here as a souvenir? Min you it may take you a while to locate the store as it is hidden behind curtains and a wooden door.

In the evening restaurant Awomb comes recommended. They serve sumptuous sushi here. Each item is presented separately on a black slate.

Hotel: Anteroom ***


Day 2
The Tenryu-ji temple at the entrance of a bamboo forest is first on your to-do list today. Enjoy the gardens and beautiful cherry trees. The 800 meter long walk early in the morning has something magical about it. The Okochi Sanso Garden with its beautiful villa offers stunning views of Kyoto. Continue towards the Togetskyo Bridge over the river Oi. Here you will find a large variety of restaurants and stalls where you can eat for a song!

In the afternoon enjoy a vegetarian lunch at Gion Kagaribi. Then it is time to cycle on towards the Chion-in temple. The Shinbashi district is enchanting. This unspoilt neighbourhood takes you back in time and offers an abundance of cosy tea houses. The Philosophers' Path, the Ginkaku-ji Temple and the Silver Pavilion all come highly recommended.

Cycle back via Pontocho, the most atmospheric district of Kyoto. You will undoubtedly come across a geisha here. And why not eat in Café Independants in the basement of a concrete building? You are now in the epicentre of Kyoto’s nightlife. Cafes galore to enjoy an after-drink.

Hotel: Anteroom ***


Day 3
Why not explore Kyoto with Rent-a-Bike Miyabiya? Cycling is a great way to discover Kyoto’s hidden gems. So rub in those calves as certain sections are quite steep. Cycle towards Fushimi Inari and walk up the hill. Quite touristy, but still a must see. Then head to Kiyomizu-dera located on a wooded hill. Here you will discover seven impressive pavilions. The network of small alleys that surround this place direction Gion is magnificent, most probably the most beautiful in Kyoto.

Around noon walk towards Bangkok’s beating heart: Siam Square. Here you will find a few giant shopping centres. Head northwards toward the observation deck on the Baiyoke Tower II and its steadily revolving outdoor platform. The lift to the top by itself is definitely worth the ride! The Wat Saket temple and / or The Golden Mountain are both within easy reach by boat taxi.

Hungry? Raan Jay Fai is the place to be. This street food stall has a Michelin star, so you expect a solid queue and just focus on the fact your taste buds will be forever grateful. You round off your afternoon programme at the highest tower of Thailand, the Mahanakhon Skywalk, renowned for its glass floor. Mind you; this spot is reserved for the brave! Spice up your evening out. Bet you Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy will leave you flabbergasted. Nana Plaza is often considered to be a playground for adults while Soi Cowboy is notorious as go-go bar with numerous ladyboys. A warned person counts for two and yet we do feel it is an experience not to be missed out on. Venture into the maze of action, light and sound. It is a three-story fun fair full of eye-popping activities revolving around a central atrium.

Hotel: Bijuu ***


Day 4
First up is a visit to Nijo Castle. A palace with 33 rooms laid out in the typical Japanese style. The imperial palace, located a little further down the road, is also worth a visit. Cycle on towards Tsubomi, a charming store and gallery. Discover some more shops and then cycle along the Shirakawa River.

The last supper? Time for miso and eggplant. The umami taste is delicious. Why not eat at Nakashimaya? Sit at the bar close to the chef or at one of the low tables and enjoy the delightful dishes. A worthy ending.


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