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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!

Do you want to share your own intense break? Participate and win in a city trip for two to New York


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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