Norway landscape
4 travel hotspots you need to explore this year
Norway, Antarctica, Greece and the UK – four of the hottest destinations on the planet right now. Bentours and Tempo Holidays are ready to help you tick them off your bucket list. Norway Experience everything the diverse land of Norway has to offer, from majestic mountains to deep fjords, the wild Norwegian Sea and more. Discover the country’s prettiest towns and most dramatic landscapes on an unforgettable scenic rail journey, then be welcomed aboard a Hurtigruten cruise liner for an 11-day coastal cruise through the intricate archipelago of the Lofoten Islands. It’s all part of the Complete Norway tour – and it’s all done in effortless style thanks to Bentours, the Scandinavian and Polar specialists. United kingdom [caption id="attachment_46912" align="alignnone" width="600"] Make your way out of the cities and into the picturesque UK countryside[/caption] To truly experience the UK’s rich history, you must travel beyond the cities. Ancient sites such as Hadrian’s Wall – a Roman fortification stretching 117 kilometres from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth – lie waiting for you in the Yorkshire Dales. And while you’re venturing north through the Lake District, why not cast your eye towards Scotland and Wales, the land of Celtic culture and castles? Some lie in ruins, others have been home to the same family for generations, and some have been transformed into magnificent hotels for you to explore. Antarctica [caption id="attachment_46911" align="alignnone" width="600"] A once in a lifetime expedition[/caption] Antarctica’s abundance of wildlife and stunning landscapes are simply awe-inspiring. As you cross the Antarctic Circle and approach the shores of the great white continent, the air temperature dips dramatically – but the breathtaking scenery and unique fauna of this frozen wilderness make it all worthwhile. Marvel at some of the highest and most spectacular glacier walls, or be inspired by the Lemaire Channel that is so beautiful it has been dubbed ‘Kodak crack’ by photographers. Greece [caption id="attachment_46914" align="alignnone" width="600"] Visit the iconic ancient site of Olympia which hosted the inaugural Olympic Games[/caption] If you love history, sunshine, amazing food and classic postcard images of crumbling temple ruins or whitewashed houses with blue shutters, Greece cannot be equalled. Imagine having the chance to explore 4000 years of history at iconic sites such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Then imagine what it must have been like for athletes from a different time, striving for glory at the ancient Olympic Games site at Olympia. Then just lie back and relax by the sea on one of Greece’s stunning islands, contemplating which Mediterranean culinary delight to sample for dinner.   For tailor-made holidays, package tours, expedition cruising and more, visit bentours.com.au and tempoholidays.com or see your selected travel agent.
Reflection of road in car side mirror
Three of the best USA road trips: canyons, national parks and the blues
Tour the United States the way you’ve always wanted to, with DriveAway. When it comes to enjoying the open road, it’s hard to go past the USA. Go off-route, find your own way, and explore this vast country and its fascinatingly diverse states with DriveAway, the self-drive specialists.   With limitless stretches of highway, breathtaking landscapes, classic routes, and of course the Mustangs… the United States just might be the best country for a self-drive road trip. Vast and varied, you’ll encounter everything from snowfields to deserts, and beaches to forests.   The best thing about travelling through the US on four wheels is you’ll have the freedom to make detours and discover unexplored roads. Hire a car or motorhome with DriveAway and see where the road takes you. There are countless must-see stops along the way, but your journey is only limited to your imagination. [caption id="attachment_46774" align="alignnone" width="600"] Feel the wind in your hair.[/caption] Head to DriveAway to find a number of inspiring drives that are sure to ignite your wanderlust, here’s a few to get you started. Grand Canyon National Park This year the Grand Canyon National Park is celebrating its centenary, making it an excellent time to visit. The park may be your destination, but when you self-drive you have the freedom to take the long way around. Make it a desert experience, and stop by Palm Springs, taking in Joshua Tree National Park, before heading to Las Vegas for a little fun. Yellowstone National Park The world’s first National Park, Yellowstone is incredible no matter the season. Go hiking, camping, fishing, or choose to take a leisurely horse ride in the warmer months. Visiting in winter means skiing and snowmobile tours. Pick up one of DriveAway’s comfortable motorhomes and make your way to the park, allowing the attractions of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota to lead you astray in the most enjoyable way. Follow the blues Let the unmistakable rhythm of the blues direct a relaxed itinerary from Nashville, Tennessee to New Orleans, Louisiana and discover one of the USA’s most celebrated treasures. During your visit, stay and linger in towns with incredible live music scenes, or pass through Tunica, Mississippi dubbed ‘The Gateway to the Blues’. Pay a visit to Elvis’ Graceland, and indulge in the rich Creole culture of vibrant New Orleans.   For more USA driving routes and to book the perfect car or motorhome, see your local travel agent or visit driveaway.com.au/top-drives and begin planning the road trip of a lifetime.
Samoa To Sua ocean Trench
Explore Samoa three ways: for couples, families and adventurers
With its rugged beauty and vibrant, 3000-year-old culture, this South Pacific island paradise packs enough punch to have something for everyone. Long known for its pristine beaches, rainforest-covered volcanic mountains and fringing coral reef, Samoa’s 10 postcard-perfect islands offer a multitude of experiences for every kind of traveller – often in vastly different environments. Samoa for families Forget the old school ‘drop and flop’; the beauty of Mother Nature’s playground will turn the youngest of travellers into New World explorers, whether its swimming with turtles in the peaceful waters of a lagoon, enjoying the natural waterslides at Papaseea Sliding Rocks or playing a spot of kilikti (Samoan cricket) with the local kids. [caption id="attachment_46500" align="alignnone" width="600"] Samoa offer fun for the whole family.[/caption] Will they find buried treasure among the lush jungles surrounding your resort? Will they come across pirates in the watering holes in which they play? Get their hearts racing and imaginations ignited by visiting the restored colonial homestead-turned museum of Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of much-loved children’s book, Treasure Island. It could provide the inspiration for a trip of a lifetime. Samoa for lovers Dreaming of reconnecting with your partner (or celebrating your honeymoon) away from the hustle and bustle of the summertime crowds? Picture a frangipani-scented paradise filled with deserted beaches (perfect for that picnic for two) and azure water holes where your only company is the odd rainbow pop of tropical fish. Out here, it’s just you, your partner and a magical backdrop made for romance. [caption id="attachment_46501" align="alignnone" width="600"] A picture-perfect romantic escape[/caption] If you can force yourself to leave your over-water bungalow (and yes, it can be a struggle), navigating the winding jungle trails through emerald forests hand-in-hand should make the list – but only if it’s bookmarked by a fresh seafood lunch and a relaxing Samoan massage. And repeat. Samoa for adventurers Bust out your inner Indiana Jones and give yourself over to the thrill of conquering a wild landscape filled with lush jungles on steep volcanoes, cascading waterfalls and mysterious lava caves begging for exploration.   There’s nothing to suggest one need turn their holiday into a caffeinated drink commercial; those looking for ‘action lite’ can enjoy an afternoon of kayaking with turtles, touring the islands by bicycle or taking an organised snorkel trip. Others may prefer diving her coral reef, surfing her breaks or hiking three kilometers through dense rainforest up to Volcanic Crater Lake. [caption id="attachment_46504" align="alignnone" width="600"] Conquer your fear of heights in lush tropical surrounds.[/caption] Whatever you do, just don’t miss experiencing the Falealupo Canopy Walk in Savaii, a thrilling walkway 40 metres above the rainforest floor among giant Banyan trees. It’s a Samoan highlight.   For more information visit www.samoa.travel
Mount fuji
How to find the best Wendy Wu Tour for you
However you like to travel, Wendy Wu Tours has crafted a tour style to suit your personality. Discover what type of traveller you are to begin your next adventure! There are so many ways in which we can explore our vast and wonderful world. While every journey we take makes it that little bit smaller, there’s still so much to experience in a single lifetime. To gain as much from our travels as possible, we want to do more than merely skim the surface. We need to be sure we’ve burrowed deep enough to uncover the essence of a land, its unique culture and its people.   Wendy Wu Tours has spent 25 years developing immersive ways to travel that are as diverse as their clients. Knowing we all interact with the world in different ways and draw inspiration from many places, their tours are carefully curated to ensure there is one to suit your particular style of travel.   Whether you enjoy diving headfirst into a destination with a group of people you’ve just met, or prefer to travel with a select few, Wendy Wu can accommodate your needs with their highly skilled team and unrivalled expertise. From Asia to South America and beyond, there’s not a corner of the globe we don’t know intimately, enabling us to craft the perfect itinerary and making sure you don’t miss a thing.   Not sure what your tour style is yet? Here’s just a few ways we can take you on your next adventure…   Classic Tours Type of traveller: The easy-going adventurer   What to expect: Ranging from comprehensive itineraries to shorter trips that tick the bucket list sights, Classic Tours are all-inclusive with international flights, visas, and accommodation taken care of for you. You’ll be exploring with their dedicated National Experts, whose in-depth knowledge far surpasses any guidebook. To ensure the expert guides give you the best experience possible the groups are capped at 28.   Where can I go? Just about anywhere! Some of their Classic Tours will take you off-the-beaten track, while others are designed to give you a good insight in a shorter length of time.   Popular destinations: If your feet are getting itchy, explore Wendy Wu Tours’ Wonders of China, Majestic Yangtze, or Cities of the Orient Classic Tours here.   [caption id="attachment_46372" align="alignnone" width="600"] There's always time to see the Great Wall of China[/caption] Immerse Yourself Tours Type of traveller: The eager explorer   What to expect: Deep dive into a destination with the Immerse Yourself range of tours. These itineraries are designed for a more engaged experience though cultural excursions and active touring. You’ll still see all the big sights, but you’ll discover another layer, too. These 18-people-or-less groups allow for more free time and less meal inclusions, so you can explore at your leisure.   Where can I go? Pack your hiking boots because Immerse Yourself Tours take you off the pages of your guidebook. Go for a hike along the Great Wall, cycle through rice fields in Vietnam, be blessed by a Lama in Nepal, or meditate with a Taoist master in China.   Popular destinations: Wendy Wu Tours is the expert in Asia and their Immerse Yourself Tours go to the next-level. If Asia is on your radar, they’ll take you deeper. Start your Asian adventure with the Sichuan Explorer, Yunnan Adventure, or Tibetan Wonders. Find more Immerse Yourself Tours here.   Private Tours Type of traveller: The independent tourer   What to expect: Wendy Wu’s Private Tours have been created for those who like to go at their own pace with their own people. If you love the convenience of touring, but aren’t sold on travelling with a group of strangers, this is for you. Private Tours are fantastic for families, groups of friends, or those wanting extra privacy. Expect a personal touch and the peace-of-mind that everything is taken care of, you can even choose the dates that best suit you and your companions.   Where can I go: You can travel to all the destinations in the Wendy Wu collection, with the comfort of your own exclusive tour guide.   Popular destinations: Gather a posse and go In Pursuit of Pandas, travel the Majestic Yangtze, or Angkor to the Bay. See more Private Tours here.   [caption id="attachment_46373" align="alignnone" width="600"] Spend as much time as you want exploring ancient Angkor Wat temples[/caption] Tailor-Made Type of traveller: The bespoke holidaymaker   What to expect: Knowing that not everyone likes to stick to the plan, Wendy Wu Tours designed Tailor-Made touring. For people who are looking for a little more flexibility to do things their own way, these packages take in all the major highlights but allow for you to shape your perfect holiday.   Where can I go: It’s up to you! You design your ideal escape with the assurance you’ll be in the skilled hands of their award-winning guides.   Popular destinations: You already know where you’d like to go, so simply get in touch.   [caption id="attachment_46376" align="alignnone" width="600"] Imagine cruising through the natural wonder of Ha Long Bay[/caption]   Deluxe Tours Type of traveller: The discerning globetrotter   What to expect: No less than the very best. The Deluxe Tours are all about luxury accommodation and five-star experiences; they offer the chance to see the world in style.   Where can I go: Explore China, South East Asia, and India in the upmost of luxury.   Popular destinations: Live like a rajah on our Exquisite India tour or an emperor on our Exquisite China tour.   If none of these tours sound quite like you, visit Wendy Wu Tours or call reservations on 1300 177 506 to explore their many other tour styles, such as Solo and Short Stays.
Azamara Pursuit Cruise Ship
7 reasons to take a trip aboard the Azamara Pursuit
Not your average mode of transportation between Ol’ Blighty and marvellous France, but as I learnt, climbing aboard the Azamara Pursuit is absolutely the best way to do it, and there are a few reasons why… It should be made clear before you read another word, that I, Olivia Mackinnon love cruising.   It’s in my DNA, you see. My parents actually met while working on board what they called, ‘The Love Boat’, but I suspect it was just a regular boat, with no links to TV cruising royalty whatsoever.   So for as long as I can remember, I have been wooed by the incredible grandness of cruise ships, and up until recently, I’d never been lucky enough to board one in the Azamara fleet.   The brand new Azamara Pursuit was setting off for her maiden voyage, and I had been invited on the two-night journey to experience all she had to offer… Grand is an understatement [caption id="attachment_46070" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Azamara Pursuit is grand in scale[/caption] Landing in London and then travelling to Southampton, UK, I was instantly desperate to climb aboard Azamara’s newest ship, Pursuit as soon as I clapped eyes on her. One of my favourite things to do aboard a ship is familiarise myself with the facilities: ‘Where is the restaurant, how far is my cabin from the pool, where is the spa?!’ I’m simply not satisfied until these questions are answered. However, aboard Pursuit I was enamoured with the luxury feel of the ship. The detail in every hand rail and piece of art. As a small-time cruiser, I simply didn’t feel worthy.   The common areas were furnished with incredible plush chairs, decorated with velvet trimmings and chic finishes, while the restaurant took the whole ‘white tablecloth’ dining experience to a new level with a sense of European style I haven’t ever seen on board a ship before. [caption id="attachment_46073" align="alignnone" width="600"] Spending time in the common areas was a joy thanks to this stunning and comfortable arrangement[/caption] The cabin The feeling of luxury was extended down the hall of the starboard side – as I’m sure it was on port side – and all the way inside my cabin. The bathrooms had more sink space than I was accustomed to. There was an established seating area, a roomy balcony and a beyond-comfortable bed. In fact, with the deluxe sheets combined with the gentle sway of Southampton’s River Itchen, I don’t know if I’ve ever slept so soundly.   I was particularly fond of the colour palette used in the cabins, a mix of moody greys, deep woods and a touch of blush. The marble finishes added a chic cherry to an already delectable cake.   Also, the shower pressure was near-normal – maybe even on par with what you’d get at home. Anyone who has ever cruised before will understand what a big deal that is. A Titanic experience, minus the tragedy What excited me about this trip was that I was going to get the chance to arrive in an entirely different country by the time I woke up in the morning. Yep, we were en route to Cherbourg, a port city in France where you could delight in both French naval history and quality croissants for the day. I also learned that this was the place the Titanic made its final stop on its fateful journey to America – but I tried not to focus on that as I disembarked. [caption id="attachment_46074" align="alignnone" width="600"] The furnishings were elegant, comfortable and luxurious[/caption] If that sounds appealing to you, visitors to Cherbourg are encouraged to visit Cité de la Mer, one of the port’s main tourist attractions, where you can find out more about the infamous ship’s final visit. The on (and off) board delicacies The Pursuit frequents many European ports during its varied itineraries, which means the food always complements your destinations. During my day in Cherbourg I was treated to fresh crepes, soft cheese, macarons and sparkling wine. I pretty much had to roll back to the ship. [caption id="attachment_46071" align="alignnone" width="600"] There are many sights to take in and they aren't all experienced from the ship's deck[/caption] Back on board, passengers celebrated the ship’s maiden voyage with a decadent oyster and Champagne buffet dinner. Chefs were ready and waiting at a personalised pasta station, ready to combine fettuccine with pesto, or spaghetti with carbonara sauce if your heart so desired. It’s differences like these that showcase the level of care – and luxury – you can expect to experience on board an Azamara ship – and from what I hear, the Pursuit’s elegance is certainly no exception to its sister ships: Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey. The pool Despite being August, the weather was a little cooler during our short cruise, and I’m almost certain that I was the only guest to brave the ship’s water amenities. I swam not only in the pool’s accompanying spa on the main deck, but also in the larger spa provided to guests before their scheduled treatment, as an indulgent precursor to what is already guaranteed to be a ‘cloud nine’ level of pampering.   Due to the lack of company in the spas, I felt there was more than ample room – my only gripe would be that they could be made a little warmer – however on a standard August day in Europe I imagine the cooler temperature would ordinarily be ideal. Destination Immersion experiences [caption id="attachment_46072" align="alignnone" width="600"] Just because you're on a cruise ship doesn't mean you don't get to experience the culture of the ports you travel to and from[/caption] The thing that makes the Azamara fleet different to regular luxury cruises is its desire to get passengers off the ship at port and truly immerse them in the activities and culture of that destination. This is what they call their ‘Destination Immersion’ programming.   For example, during my time in Cherbourg on the Pursuit’s maiden voyage, in addition to being treated to iconic French delicacies, we were also wowed by a side-splitting performance by a French dance ensemble. The short itinerary meant that while a full-day of exploration wasn’t an option, Azamara brought a taste of Cherbourg’s culture to us at port – and we loved every second of it.   Sailings with longer itineraries can expect even more incredible immersive experiences. From a three-day/two-night stargazing experience in Chile’s Atacama Desert, to exploring the inside of a volcano in Iceland, they somehow manage to make it about guaranteeing you have as great of a time off the ship as you will on board. They get around, a lot As of 2019, Azamara’s very first Melbourne departure will take place – and the list of destinations worked into their itineraries is longer than ever. This year, the ships will visit a record 250 ports across 69 countries with 94 overnight stays and 145 late-night stays – meaning you get the most out of the places you want to visit. Plus, this year marks the first visit to Alaska – yippee!
Milan Piazza Duomo
How to live la dolce vita in Milan
Discover the unforgettable treasures and simple pleasures of Italy’s cultural capital. While Rome is the historical heart of Italy and Florence is home to its artistic soul, Milan is the cultural capital where all the good things meet; fashion, food and the arts. Its treasures aren’t as obvious as those of other Italian cities, you have to dig a little deeper to discover them – but that makes them all the more satisfying. Shop like you mean it [caption id="attachment_46052" align="alignnone" width="600"] For the best of Milan's high street shopping you'll want to head to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II[/caption] If you fancy a designer bag or three, Via Montenapoleone is where it’s at. This narrow street houses all the luxury brands in one handy location. Visit for the window shopping and people watching alone.   Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is also a designer haven and the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is where to find all the high street brands. [caption id="attachment_46051" align="alignnone" width="600"] Inside the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II[/caption] La Rinascente is a luxe department store stretching over 10 floors while 10 Corso Como offers a tightly edited mix of designer fashion and art. Think Milan’s version of Paris’ famed, now closed, Colette boutique.   For a designer bargain, the top of Via Manzoni towards Archi di Porta Nuova is where you’ll find designer outlet stores such as DMag. Wander the Navigli [caption id="attachment_46050" align="alignnone" width="600"] Explore the canals of Naviglio Grande.[/caption] Venice isn’t the only Italian city with canals. A 10-minute metro ride from the centre of Milan to Porta Genova will take you to the Navigli, a set of intersecting canals which were once the city’s main trading routes with Europe.   These canals were fed by two different lakes, Maggiore and Como, so the water levels weren't even. Enter Leonardo da Vinci who designed chiusuras, or dams, so the boats could travel along them.   You can take boat rides along the canals or simply spend the day strolling beside them and soak up the charm of the area’s boutiques and bars. At night, it’s a buzzing hub of people taking aperitivo by the water. Discover Brera The boho artists that called Brera home have made their stamp on this little corner of the city and it’s still an art hub. As well as cool independent galleries you’ll find the impressive Brera Art Gallery or the Pinacoteca di Brera, which displays one of the most comprehensive collections of Italian art.   There are also chic boutiques, upscale restaurants and picture-perfect cobblestone pedestrian streets such as via Fiori Chiari. Peruse the work of Leonardo da Vinci [caption id="attachment_46049" align="alignnone" width="600"] Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper is on display within the Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie[/caption] His most famous artwork, The Last Supper, is a mural in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Seeing it in a book doesn’t do it justice. Stand up close and let the details slowly reveal themselves to you; the folds in the tablecloth, the veins on the hands of the apostles, the use of light to tell the story of good and evil.   Book ahead. Numbers are limited to protect the priceless piece and if you turn up on the day, you might miss out.   The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana also pays homage to Da Vinci. It’s the caretaker of the Atlantic Codex, over 1000 pages of his notes and sketches. The display, which changes every three months, showcases about 10 pages at a time and can cover anything from his theories on soundwaves and music to the optic nerve and how sight works.   His notes are hard to decipher, until you learn that he was a lefty who wrote from right to left in mirror script. It’s an intimate insight into the great man’s mind. Visit La Scala The sumptuous red velvet and gilded gold interiors of this iconic opera house are enough to make you swoon, even if you’re not a fan of the theatre. But if you are, it’s worth splurging for a ticket to the opera or ballet. Then there’s the more-affordable behind-the-scenes tours. [caption id="attachment_46048" align="alignnone" width="600"] Experience one of the opera at Milan's iconic La Scala.[/caption] Composer Giuseppe Verdi’s operas Otello and Falstaff premiered here and the stage has hosted performances by the greatest opera singers such as Maria Callas and ballet stars including Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn. Fondazione Prada Miuccia Prada is considered the most intellectual woman in fashion and this sprawling contemporary art museum may be a bigger legacy than decades of shaping how we dress. Housed in a former gin distillery, the privately-funded collection is open to the public and is more a cultural compound than regular museum.   In addition to the 13,000 square metres of exhibition space, there are cinemas, bars and a new restaurant Torre, which opened in 2018 and has sweeping views over Milan. Indulge in aperitivo The Italian tradition of pre-dinner drinks and snacks originated in Milan thanks to the popularity of the bitter liqueur Campari, which was distilled nearby. The idea being that it whets the tastebuds and gets the digestive juices flowing.   From about 5pm till 8pm you’ll see people sitting outside enjoying a spritz or negroni with a few nibbles before they head off to dinner.   Order a negroni at Officina 12, a hip gin bar in Navigli, head to the top floor of the Rinascente department store and enjoy an aperitivo while overlooking the spires of the Duomo or hang with the locals at Morgan’s, a dive bar in the historic centre just off Via Lanzone. Eat up [caption id="attachment_46047" align="alignnone" width="600"] Rovello 18 serves up their own inspired version of risotto Milanese al salto.[/caption] The city’s most famous dish is the saffron-hued risotto Milanese, served on its own as a primo or with ossobuco as a secondo. For something a little different, try risotto Milanese al salto, where the risotto is cooked then fried so the outer edges of the rice cake crisp up. At Rovello 18, it’s served in little patties while Antica Trattoria della Pesa does a giant disk as big as the plate.   You’ll find fabulous seafood at El Brellin and Langosteria if budget permits, or the more accessible Langosteria Café.   For a taste of luxury, Italian celebrity chef Carlo Cracco opened Ristorante Cracco inside the historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II earlier this year.   For something truly dolce, the original Marchesi Pasticceria has been satisfying sweet tooths since 1824. Sleep with the stars Fancy staying in the same room as composer Giuseppe Verdi, singer Maria Callas or author Ernest Hemingway? They were all famous guests at the five-star Grand Hotel et de Milan and the suites they called home all have a personal touch: from the desk Verdi wrote at to a copy of Hemingway’s visa framed on the wall. [caption id="attachment_46046" align="alignnone" width="600"] Follow in the footsteps of some of history's biggest names and spend a night at the Grand Hotel et de Milan[/caption] This family-owned property is part of the Leading Hotels of the World Group and has an unbeatable location just a block from La Scala and a stone’s throw from the start of the shopping mecca, Via Montenapoleone. More information Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milano   La Rinascente, Piazza del Duomo, 20121 Milano Phone: +39 02 88521 La Rinascente   10 Corso Como, Corso Como 10, 20124 Milano www.10corsocomo.com   DMag Outlet, Via Alessandro Manzoni, 44, 20121 Milano Phone: +39 02 3651 4365   Pinacoteca di Brera, Via Brera, 28, 20121 Milano Pinacoteca di Brera   Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 20123 Milano www.legraziemilano.it   Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Piazza Pio XI, 2, 20123 Milano Phone: +39 02 806921 www.ambrosiana.it/en/   Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano www.teatroallascala.org/en/   Fondazione Prada, Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano Phone: +39 02 5666 2611 www.fondazioneprada.org   Officina 12, Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 12, 20144 Milano Phone: +39 02 8942 2261 www.officina12.it   Morgan's Milano, Via Novati 02, 20123 Milano Phone: +39 02 867694 www.facebook.com/Morgans-Milano   Rovello 18, Via Tivoli, 2, 20121 Milano Phone: +39 02 7209 3709 www.rovello18.it/en/home-en/   Antica Trattoria della Pesa, Viale Pasubio, 10, 20154 Milano Phone: +39 02 655 5741 www.anticatrattoriadellapesa.com   El Brellin, Vicolo dei Lavandai, Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 14, 20144 Milano Phone: +39 02 5810 1351 www.brellin.com   Langosteria, Via Savona, 10, 20144 Milano Phone: +39 02 5811 1649 www.langosteria.com   Cracco, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 20121 Milano MI Phone: +39 02 876774 www.ristorantecracco.it/en/   Marchesi Pasticceri, Via Santa Maria alla Porta, 11/a, 20123 Milano www.pasticceriamarchesi.com/en/   Grand Hotel et de Milan, Via Alessandro Manzoni, 29, 20121 Milano Phone: +39 02 723141 www.grandhoteletdemilan.it/en/
Wadi Rum desert, Jordan UNESCO
The 5 most epic UNESCO World Heritage sites
UNESCO's World Heritage list is a beacon for curious travellers and a boon for the site itself. These 5 stand tallest in both splendour & cultural oomph . 1. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (natural site, 1981) Comprising of 1.5 million hectares of seemingly endless savannah, Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania is home to two million wildebeests and hundreds of thousands of gazelles and zebras, who make their annual migration to Kenya’s Maasai Mara every year – one of the world’s most incredible natural phenomena. [caption id="attachment_29219" align="alignleft" width="1000"] Room to graze: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, covers 1.5 million hectares.[/caption] The UNESCO recognised park is also home to at least four globally threatened and endangered species: the black rhinoceros, elephant, wild dog and cheetah. 2. Old Town of Lijiang, China (cultural site, 1997) The Old Town of Lijiang was an important trading centre in the 12th century as it is where the Silk Road joined with the ancient Tea Horse Road.   At an elevation of 2400 metres in southwest Yunnan province, the historic townscape’s meandering maze of narrow laneways and timber houses with slanted tiled roofs, has unique and well-preserved architecture from the Ming and Qing dynasties.   The surrounding mountains, rivers and trees are also well-preserved with an ancient ingenious water-supply system still in function today. 3. Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland (natural site, 2004) On the west coast of Greenland, 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the Ilulissat Icefjord is around the same size of 66,000 football fields.   This massive collection of icebergs sits at the point where the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, the fastest moving in the world, calves into the sea. [caption id="attachment_29222" align="alignleft" width="1000"] Stranded icebergs in the fog at the mouth of the Icefjord near Ilulissat, Greenland.[/caption] This awe-inspiring phenomenon has been studied for more than 250 years to help develop an understanding of climate change. 4. Wadi Rum Protected Area, Jordan – (cultural and natural site, 2011) Located near the border of Saudi Arabia, this 74,000-hectare site represents millions of years of desert landscape evolution. [caption id="attachment_13309" align="alignleft" width="1000"] Wadi Rum in Jordan, ranked #62 in our countdown of '100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime'.[/caption] Along with its spectacular natural attractions – narrow gorges, natural arches, soaring cliffs – Wadi Rum possesses archaeological remains, some 25,000 rock carvings and 20,000 inscriptions to indicate 12,000 years of human occupation and the evolution of pastoral, agricultural and urban activity. 5. Auschwitz Birkenau, Poland (cultural site, inscribed 1979) Located an hour west of Krakow, the two concentration and extermination camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau were the biggest and most notorious established by Nazi Germany.   Around 1.5 million people were premeditatedly starved, tortured and murdered here between 1942 and 1944, and as such the site is a symbol and evidence of the inhumane cruelty towards fellow human beings.   The site retains a high level of authenticity in its fortified walls, barracks, gas chambers and crematoria, and possesses many personal items of the victims.
Sushi Japan
Japan: a feast for all senses
The sheer depth and intricacy of Japanese cuisine, from regional classics like Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki comfort food to Michelin-starred chefs’ takes on tempura, can make navigating the dining landscape here as bewildering as perusing the menu at a Tokyo sushi bar.  Japan: a feast for all the senses. Here, your handy guide to the best of Japan’s unique food and drink.   Eating your way around Japan is the ultimate feast for all the senses. Whether you’re plucking a perfectly sliced, translucent pink piece of sashimi off a delicate ceramic dish, marvelling at dizzying rows of delicately colourful sweet treats, or merrily clinking cold beers over a steaming bowl of ramen in a lively izakaya, one thing quickly becomes apparent: when it comes to food, like all things, the Japanese do not do things by halves. From an emphasis on fresh local produce, to samurai-worthy knife skills, to creating a painstakingly perfect ambience, no stone is left unturned in the quest to create magical food memories for the lucky diner. Why not make it you? CULT FAVOURITES Japanese cuisine has spread to foodies all over the globe, but arguably, there’s no better place to seek out your cult favourites than in their homeland: and Tokyo’s the perfect place to start. At Sushi-Bar Numazuko Ginza 1st, in the upmarket Ginza shopping area, you’ll find a winning trifecta of Japanese icons: sushi, conveyor belts, and sake. Showcasing fresh seasonal seafood (try the sea urchin, piled up in the shape of another icon: Mt Fuji), this fun and reasonably priced little gem is a great mid-shop stop. For an unforgettable dinner, tempura fans should make a beeline for Michelin-starred Tempura Motoyoshi, where fresh vegetables, seafood and other ingredients are treated to the wizardry of master chef Kazuhiro Motoyoshi in an elegant, intimate setting. Forget pale (or soggy) imitations – this is the real deal: impossibly light and crispy, the tempura perfectly showcases the stunning natural flavours of the produce.   DRINK IT ALL IN Japan’s two most famed beverages offer visitors a chance to imbibe a sense of the culture behind them, as well as the drinks themselves. At Sudo Honke, a family brewery in Obara, Ibaraki (north-east of Tokyo), the region’s pristine waters have been used for over 800 years to create exceptional sake. Take a tour of the brewery, surrounded by ancient trees, soaking up age-old traditions as you sample some of the finest sake in Japan. Back in Tokyo, the sophistication of the Ginza shopping district carries through to Higashiya Ginza’s charming blend of ancient tradition and modern sensibility. This beautifully designed confectionary shop and tea salon offers over 30 varieties of green tea and a selection of wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets), all aimed at celebrating seasonal influences. FUN FEASTS Yes, there are plenty of serene settings in which to appreciate the subtle beauty of Japanese cuisine. But families (and general fun-loving foodies) might also be surprised by the number of lively dining experiences dished up all around the country. In Hiroshima, head for Okonomiyaki Nagataya, where national comfort food okonomiyaki (a savoury, thick pancake packed with vegetables, seafood or meat, topped with inimitable Japanese mayonnaise and tangy sauce) is made in the unique local style. Choose your favourite fillings, and your personal creation will be cooked to order on the tabletop frying surface. In Kyoto, Fire Ramen Menbakaichidai delivers on its name, dishing up moreish soy-flavoured, spring onion-laden ramen noodles on an impressive pillar of fire, thanks to the chef’s technique of pouring burning oil over the dish to draw out extra flavour. It’s the perfect pit stop after a day exploring Kyoto’s nearby Nijo Castle. And back in Tokyo, search for the retro-style izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Manpuku Shokudo, nestled under train tracks and clad in old film posters – a bustling setting for eating, drinking and being merry amongst locals letting off steam after work.   FRENCH FINE DINING GOES EAST French and Japanese cuisine may (literally) be worlds apart, but they share a reverence for subtle sophistication, and the elevation of excellent produce by highly skilled master chefs. Joel Robuchon Restaurant, located in a ‘chateau’ in Ebisu, Tokyo, boasts no fewer than three Michelin stars; its ethos of ‘cuisine actuelle’ focuses on letting the ingredients shine through, with sublime service, plush decor and all the requisite top-notch trappings. Further north, French fine dining restaurant Michel Bras Toya Japon will take your breath away with its gorgeously plated odes to Mother Nature, all served up in a stunning elevated setting overlooking the mountainous blue expanse of Hokkaido’s Lake Toya – a truly unforgettable experience.   To explore more of Japan’s delicious bounty, visit ‘Enjoy my Japan’, where you’ll find videos and stories showcasing Japan’s deep traditions, its kaleidoscope of cuisines, the excitement and energy of its cities, a surprising depth of nature and breadth of outdoor adventures, a heritage of fine art, and beautiful destinations for simple relaxation. www.enjoymyjapan.jp
Holland America Line
Journey Alaska by land and sea with Holland America Line
Holland America Line’s Land+Sea Journeys let you extend your Alaska adventure into the wild interior of Alaska and the Yukon. And who better to show you the Great Land? Holland America Line’s experiences are carefully crafted to reflect the best of Alaska, and even allow you to choose your own path. A Land+Sea Journey may take you to the foot of mighty Denali or venture further to the unspoiled reaches of the Yukon (an experience offered by no other cruise company). The Land+Sea Journeys program allows Holland America Line to focus on this majestic destination and experience while offering guests its renowned combination of elegance and adventure in Alaska and the Yukon. [caption id="attachment_45283" align="alignnone" width="600"] Big brown bear (Ursus arctos) in the mountain[/caption] Need to know Holland America Line is the only cruise company that takes guests to the unspoiled reaches of the Yukon. For the ultimate Great Land getaway, combine an Alaska cruise with Denali National Park and the wild frontier of the Yukon Territory. Ride on the McKinley Explorer glass-domed railcars, pan for gold, or even cruise the Yukon River on a sternwheeler. Located at the very gates of Denali National Park at the magnificent 24-hectare McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali Square serves as both hub and retreat for guests exploring the park, and features cosy fire pits, perfect for gathering around on cool Alaskan evenings as well as outdoor seating to enjoy the scenery in summer. You’ll also find shops offering local goods, and an artist-in-residence cabin where Alaskan native and local artists display and discuss their works. Walking paths in and around Denali Square show off the property’s mountainous landscapes and beautiful setting just across the Nenana River from Denali National Park. [caption id="attachment_45284" align="alignnone" width="600"] Mountains of Denali[/caption] Klondike Spirit Yukon River cruise Step aboard the Klondike Spirit and embark on a cruise to a bygone era on the only operating paddlewheeler in the Yukon Territory (at an additional cost). As you make your way through breathtaking landscapes along the Yukon River, the third-longest river in America, keep an eye out for abundant wildlife, including moose, bears and bald eagles. Tundra landing via helicopter Explore the hills just outside of Denali National Park on this short ride (at an additional cost). Keep your eyes on the horizon to see Denali, North America’s tallest peak, or Mount Deborah, her impressive sister. Just moments after take-off, you will be deeply immersed in Alaskan back country. Your pilot will set down on the soft, alpine tundra, giving you the amazing opportunity to step out into this scenic landscape.   Experience the authentic Alaska you’ve always dreamed of with the cruise line that is the undisputed leader in Alaska Cruises and Land+Sea Journeys. For more information call 1300 987 322, contact your travel professional or visit www.hollandamerica.com/alaska
Emperor penguins
Exploration at any age
One amazing woman’s intrepid spirit has found an unexpected ally in COTA Insurance, who says age needn’t stand in the way of adventure. When it comes to travel ambitions, they don’t get much loftier than Elva Johnson’s lifelong dream. Watching Sputnik zooming overhead at the tender age of 21, Elva resolved to go to space herself within her lifetime. However, at 83 years of age now, she’s settling… to simply be the oldest woman to travel to both the North and South Poles. [caption id="attachment_45278" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Antarctic peninsula mountain range that was shot during the extreme expedition to the Vernadsky Research Base. The beauty of snow-covered mountain crest and Pacific Ocean.[/caption] Exploration for the young at heart “In 1984, I remember, I wrote this down as a goal, in case I couldn’t get to space after all,” Elva says. “I have exploration in my genes and wanted to leave a legacy for my own grandchildren and great grandchildren; I wanted to go where other people don’t go.” The goal was shelved for quite a few years, but unlike so many travellers, as Elva aged, her resolve only firmed. On a cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage, she had the ultimate moment when seeing a glacier calving for the first time. “It took a huge, huge plunge into the sea, sending spray up 20 storeys high,” she remembers. “And the glacier beneath was brown and green and blue and I realised it had been millions of years in the making. It hit me like someone put a dart in my heart, how enormous the universe, and I felt like a little insect compared to its grandeur. It started me on a journey to get that feeling again,” she says. It’s one thing having a sense of adventure and a firm resolve, but quite another to convince the world it’s a good idea for you to travel as you get older. The increasing costs and restrictions attached to travel insurance, in particular, throw up roadblocks for even the most determined traveller. [caption id="attachment_45279" align="alignnone" width="600"] Elva fulfilled her dream to reach the North and South Poles[/caption] Travel insurance that understands you Elva experienced this firsthand as she attempted to get to the North Pole, a scant couple of years after a knee replacement. Although her GP fully supported her travels, she faced mandatory US$50,000 evacuation insurance coverage that she ended up covering with her own assets, essentially becoming her own insurer – a risky and far from ideal situation. Now the time has come to prepare for the even more physically challenging South Pole expedition this summer.   Elva was initially stymied by the impossibility of US$300,000 mandatory evacuation coverage this time around. However, she was beyond delighted to find out that there was an insurance company willing to support her. COTA Insurance has addressed the issues regarding age factors with their underwriters, resulting in no age limit on their single trip policies – fantastic on paper, but even more wonderful when you see how it translates to people like Elva living out their lifelong ambitions. “I was gobsmacked, knowing that I can now fulfil my dream,” she says. “It was like all my life’s goals have come together. My kids and my descendants have seen my setbacks but now they can see, if you keep that vision in front of you, you don’t have to limit yourself – you’ll find a way.”   COTA Insurance is underwritten by certain underwriters at Lloyd’s. Call their friendly team on 1300 1300 50, or visit cota.com.au
Go on an Elephant Safari
Your next favourite holiday destination: Sri Lanka
Tempo Holidays loves travel, that's why they have created your next favourite holiday destination; Sri Lanka. That’s why these destination specialists have been creating amazing holidays for over 25 years, offering all forms of travel, from cruise to coach to rail, and catering to a range of budgets.   They can even tailor-make any holiday you like to your dream destination. Travel is all about being in the moment and, no matter how much you have travelled, there is always something new to discover and explore. Need to know Tempo Holidays’ top tip to make the most of 2019 is talk to their destination experts: “We are here to ensure your journey is just right for you and your requirements. Our biggest tip is that you make the most of your transport options. Take a train through the countryside or get up close to local sights – nothing compares to the feeling of discovering a new city, so be sure to stop and absorb the local cultures around you.”   Tempo Holidays’ favourite destination right now is Sri Lanka, which has just been named as Lonely Planet’s #1 country in the world for 2019.   Be welcomed by friendly locals, see natural wonders and glorious beaches as Tempo Holidays takes you to places like Yala National Park, one of the largest wildlife reserves in Sri Lanka and the closest safari destination to Australians. Yala is known for its dense population of leopards,  but you also have the chance to see sloth bears, elephants, deer, crocodiles and an incredible array of birdlife.   Take a look at Tempo Holidays’ many tours that cater to all types of travellers and highlight everything Sri Lanka has to offer.   Call 1300 362 844, email res@tempoholidays.com, visit tempoholidays.com or see your local travel agent.
Indochina Insider Journeys
The insiders guide to Indochina
A lot can happen in 25 years, especially in an incredible place like the Indochina region, yet this is the amount of time Insider Journeys has pioneered travel here. They continue to give travellers the opportunity to experience some of the world’s yet-to-be explored and less-understood places, helping travellers to both create and immerse themselves in unique experiences and help build memories that are fit to last a lifetime. You may be itching to experience the energy of a vibrant city like Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), explore the ancient temples of Cambodia, cruise the Mekong Delta, relax on a tropical beach or do all the above; if so, Insider Journeys’ selection of Small Group Journeys, private tours, short stays and river cruises can give you genuine insights into these fascinating and immensely diverse destinations. Get Authentic From majestic monuments to the hidden charms of city backstreets, you can taste authentic cuisine, reach remote villages and enjoy meaningful and genuine interactions with local people in amazing destinations such as Sri Lanka, Japan, India Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and China. When you join an Insider Journeys Small Group Journey, you discover not only the ‘must-see’ sights and hidden treasures of Asia, but also the ideal way to explore these destinations. These itineraries give you the chance to relax and enjoy your journey, led by expert guides who take care of everything while still allowing you to retain a sense of spontaneity, flexibility and a ready sense of independence. Private Eyes If travelling in a small group isn’t your style, then the range of ‘Ready to Book’ Private Journeys designed by Insider Journeys’ team of passionate Asia experts could be what you’ve been looking for. Every itinerary includes the must-see highlights and genuine experiences of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. From  the moment your trip begins, a Private Journey provides a seamless travel experience and all transport is included in your journey, be it by air, land or sea.  All experiences are designed with you in mind, and if you can’t find what you need, the team can even tailor-make an itinerary especially for you. The Details Insider Journeys 2019-2020 Small Group and Private Journeys brochures are available now. Call 1300 365 355, visit insiderjourneys.com.au or contact your travel agent.

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