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February 28, 2018

3 DAYS FLY IN SAFARI KIHIHI -BUHOMA (ESU-F01)

Written By ENTUGGA SAFARIS

3 DAYS FLY IN SAFARI KIHIHI -BUHOMA (ESU-F01)

The fly in safaris are exclusive and personalized and are organized in a way that they give you an easy access to the National Parks in the country and at the same time let you have your luxury treat in the pearl of Africa.  The flight are in country and operated by a professional company that has been in this business for over 30 years now and with this they have always had a reputable service you can rely on.

DAY 1: FLY TO KIHIHI – TRANSFER TO BUHOMA

Today you fly from Entebbe International Airport to Kihihi airstrip, in the West of Uganda. You have to find your own way to Entebbe Airport. Make sure you check in 1 hour before your departure time listed on your flight ticket (which we provide). Your flight schedule is as following (please ask you sales consultant the exact time schedule on the date you are flying).

Morning flight option.

Departure time from Entebbe:

07.00 AM or 07.45 AM

Arrival time in Kihihi:

08.45 AM or 09.30 AM

Afternoon flight option.

Departure time from Entebbe:

12.45 PM or 12.00 PM

Arrival time in Kihihi:

13.55 PM or 14.45 PM.

* Timings may vary depending on aircraft routing.

In Kihihi our representative from Entugga Safari will be waiting for you after you 1 hour 45 minutes flight. He will transfer you in about 1.5 hours from the air strip to Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private verandah, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park. Inside the spacious cottages you will find comfortable beds, a well-appointed en suite bathroom with flushing toilet and a hot shower. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings. Meal Plan:  Lunch and Dinner.

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking.

Today is the big day… prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim, in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

 As you look for the gorillas, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Your gorilla tracking will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family.

The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3: Return to Entebbe

A representative of Buhoma Lodge will take care of your transfer from Buhoma to Kihihi airstrip. Today you will travel back to Entebbe International Airport. Please let us know if you wish us to include one (or more) nights in Kampala /Entebbe or arrange your transport to and from Entebbe Airport with Entugga Safaris.

Your flight schedule is as following (please ask you sales consultant the exact time schedule on the date you are flying).

Journey Time

45 min transfer to Kihihi & 1h10 min flight

Accommodation

Not included

Meal Plan

Breakfast*

  *Or breakfast and (packed) lunch when you arrived with the afternoon flight on day 1

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February 26, 2018

Pure nature green tour of Serbia & Macedonia

Written By aurora

Rendezvous with pristine nature of Serbia and Macedonia, while learning about their culture and traditions. From hikes and boat rides in breathtaking surroundings to city sightseeing and traditional flavors, you will discover it all.

Day 1. Arrival Belgrade / Welcome dinner with music & local cuisine delicious
Transfer to Hotel . Introducing capital Belgrade and local dinner in the bohemian part Skadarlia.
Day 2. Adventure the Serbian capital, then nature will greets you in a protected wildlife.
Walking to the fortress and park Kalemegdan, following with excursion to Zasavica Natural reserve, protected natural area with diverse wildlife and bird species. After lunch drive to West Serbia visiting the Royal Spa Koviljaca. Overnight in the ethno village Suncana reka on the Drina River.
Day 3. From touching the Peace of monastery to Serbian western pearl River Drina
Transfer to Ljubovija. Hiking tour to Sokolske mountains. Meeting with nuns, snack and coffee break. Hiking tour through the exciting Nature and old ruins of the fortress Sokograd. Traditional lunch in the ethno village Vrhpolje on Drina river. Visit a famous Serbian distillery .
Day 4. Boat trip through breathtaking landscapes of intact green paradise
Short transfer to National park Tara. Walking tour through the hearth of the National park with breathtaking views over the river Drina and Zaovina lake. Hop on the boat on Perucac (lunch on the boat) and adventure drive along the Lake through the National park.
Day 5. Ride the railway line “Sargan 8”. Capture the magnificent eagles fly over the Uvac meanders Start the exciting old fashioned train ride with unique narrow gauge railway. Traditional lunch in the village. Hiking tour along the meanders of Uvac and photo safari with Eagles flying above. Visiting Etno Village museum of handcrafted wool production.
Day 6. Enchanting Age of Kings to Serbian western mountains air spa,
The tour starts in the etno village Terzica Avlija, a museum of heritage of Serbian living culture. Boat drive through the West Morava gorge with the medieval monasteries. After lunch a hiking tour to the breathless panoramic sights above the gorge. We continue to the medieval monastery of Zica, where Serbian king – Stefan First was crowned. Arrival in the famous Serbian Spa Vrnjacka Banja.
Day 7. Spa time connected with wine & nature, devils in Devil Town. Welcome to Nis.
Taking a spirit of Spa Vrnjacka Banja by a walking tour. Wine tasting in local winery in Aleksandrovac with a small snack. Continuing drive to the monument of nature, “Devil’s Town”, visiting and meeting with legends walking tour. Drive to the city of Nis, birthplace of Constantine the Great.
Day 8. Friendship between history, wine and nature. Welcome to the capital of Macedonia
After visiting remarkable Nis fortress and Skull Tower we will enjoy lunch in the Malca winery. On the way to Skopje, short stay in unique landscapes of lake of Vlasina. Transfer to Macedonia and Skopje.
Day 9. Skopje bird’s eye view, followed by one of new wonders of nature
Reach the top of the mountain Vodno and the Millenium Cross. Take a boat ride to one of the deepest underwater caves in the world, listed as one of the top 77 sites of the New7 Wonders of Nature. After lunch with spectacular view transfer to National Park of Mavrovo.
Day 10. Rural Macedonian experience and authentic local food. Welcome to Ohrid
Transfer to village of Galichnik, for a unique experience of goat milking, saddling and bridling horses followed by horse riding with breath taking scenery. Local lunch with traditional food and Macedonian aperitif. Visit Rostushe and hike to waterfall Duf. Transfer to Ohird, Jerusalem of the Balkans.
Day 11. Travel back in time in the UNESCO heritage site
City sightseeing tour of the Old Town of Ohrid, full of medieval and Byzantium churches, the Ancient Theatre, Tsar Samuil’s Fortress and visit to the first Slavic University. Boat ride on a traditional “kajche” to Biljana Springs for lunch. Balance time at leisure for the remaining of the day.
Day 12. Become a local and part of Macedonian culture. Welcome to National Park Pelister
Transfer to Prespa Lake passing by St. Naum monastery for a short visit and through one of the Macedonian’s National Parks – Galichica, for one of a kind view of both lakes .Unique village experience, meeting the locals and lunch in Brajchino. Visit in the city of consuls-Bitola. Transfer to Pelister.
Day 13. Journey from tranquillity and rocky mountain to one of kind wine experience
Transfer to the peaceful monastery Treskavec, located on a higher rocky altitude. Hike to the village of Varos, passing by medieval Marko’s Towers. Drive to Popova Kula Winery, for lunch and wine degustation of the only wine in the world made from Stanushina grape. Transfer to Strumica.
Day 14. Connect with pure nature of Eastern Macedonia
Transfer to Koleshino waterfall and then to the nearby Smolare village, enjoying the tranquility of the nature with a mild hike to the waterfall. After lunch in a restaurant in the village drive to the most significant eco region in Macedonia – Malesevo.
Day 15. Unwind and breathe in, before unforgettable farewell dinner
Mild hike to the authentic sheepfold. Taste pure nature wild fruits and pick up some tea herbs on the way (depending on the season). Barbecue in the surrounding with mesmerizing view to last a life time. Transfer to Skopje for a Macedonian theme night with traditional food and folk dance.
Day 16. Goodbye Skopje
After breakfast, free time in Skopje. Transfer to Airport. Departure.

The tour includes: 

15 nights in 3* and 4* hotels on BB basis

Lunch and dinner meals everyday according to the program

Wine tastings according the program

Boat ride on day 4,6,9 and 11

Hiking tour on day 3,4,5,6,7,10,13,14 and 15

All the entrance fees during the whole program

Licensed English speaking guide during the whole trip

Transfer by high quality bus according the program

The tour does not include:

Flights

Personal expenses

Beverages during meals

Visa fees (if applicable)

Anything not listed in “The tour includes” section

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Top Travel Activities : Eco Travel , Europe


February 25, 2018

10% Discount on Keukenhof tour from Amsterdam with guide

Written By Mathias van dort

Depart Amsterdam for a morning or afternoon trip to the famous gardens of Keukenhof, situated in the town of Lisse in the province of South Holland. Journey by air-conditioned coach for approximately 1 hour, driving past the tulip fields that The Netherlands is so famous for.

Learn the history of the region from your local guide along the way. Get stories and insights into Amsterdam, Dutch culture and the Keukenhof gardens themselves. Upon arrival at Keukenhof, benefit from the opportunity to explore the park on your own. You will be provided with a map to help. Follow your guide to the gardens to enjoy 3 hours of free time. In 2018, Keukenhof’s theme will be “Romance in Flowers” – after all, the two are inextricably linked. The most beautiful spring park in the world with its sea of flowers will put you in a romantic, spring mood.

Stroll along the many paths, lined with vibrant tulips and spring blooms like daffodils, bluebells and hyacinth. Visit the pavilions to see flowering bulbs, cut flowers, pot plants and artistic floral displays that can change every week. Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy outside, or purchase a refreshment at one of the park’s restaurants.

Then, journey back to Amsterdam for your drop off at the end of the tour services.

Go to our website and book the tour direct and get a 10% discount. All departures are guaranteed

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Top Travel Activities : Europe , Heritage & Cultural


February 25, 2018

TOUR OF THE FALLS

Written By William Chibwe

This extraordinary tour happens on the Batoka gorges which demarcated Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Victoria Falls is a natural phenomenon that has drawn international travelers from the entire world , implying that it is one tour never to be missed. The entourage around the trails gives you a distinct view unsurpassed. Our guide will explain the geographical and historical myth surrounding the Falls.

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Top Travel Activities : Adventure Travel , Africa


February 22, 2018

Unique nature travel to Siberia. Pristine nature, rich wildlife.

Written By Yevgenia Vasilieva

This nature tour will give you a unique opportunity to see the great variety of Altai landscapes. Brown steppe with semi-desert flora like Mongolia and green valleys with snow-covered peaks like Switzerland, emerald lakes hidden in velvet hills like Northern India and even red-coloured ground like Mars – all these places in one nature travel!



We will take you far from popular tourist routes and show you the genuine Altai wildlife.



You will have a high chance to observe wild animals – sheep, fox, marmot, ground squirrel, hare, alpine ibex, birds of prey and others. A particular highlight of our travel to nature is a visit to Sailugem National Park, home to Pallas’ cat and Snow Leopard. We will check one of the wildcams which is placed in the park to capture the daily life of the animals. If we are lucky we will see some unique pictures of rare animals.

Since ancient times Altai has been a sacral place for many peoples and nations. Our wildlife tour covers a great number of archeological artifacts of different epochs (petroglyphs, burial mounds, stone figures) which are still in their original state.



And of course, we will meet local people and learn more about their traditions and everyday life. Many of them still live in a nomads’ way as their ancestors have done for centuries.

Join us on this nature trip for an unforgettable encounter with both wildlife and culture!

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Top Travel Activities : Asia , Eco Travel , Photography Tourism , Sightseeing


February 21, 2018

Bealtaine 2018

Written By Ted Lloyd

Experience Bealtaine 2018 at Uisneach

Bealtaine is one of the ancient Irish Fire Festivals and falls at the midpoint between the Spring equinox and Summer solstice. The Hill of Uisneach is the sacred center of Ireland and in ancient times, all of Ireland would be dark on the eve of Bealtaine and when the great bonfire was lit on Uisneach Hill, then more fires would be lit on the hills surrounding and then on the coasts as the fires were seen from far away. This last year, President Higgins lit the great fire so who knows what this year will bring?

Space is Limited – Book Early

This special weekend starts May 4, 2018 and runs through May 7, 2018 and includes the festival on Saturday, plus daily excursions to several local sites along with a few hidden treasures!

Package includes airport transfers to/from Dublin, double occupancy hotel at The Bloomfield House Hotel and Spa, dinners (except at festival), daily breakfast (other than day of arrival), full admission fees into all scheduled sites and events, local guide/driver and 24×7 support during your stay in Ireland.

Additional Info
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Top Travel Activities : Europe , Heritage & Cultural


February 21, 2018

Small Group Tour Departures to Ireland

Written By Ted Lloyd

“From Ireland’s Ancient East to the Wild Atlantic Way – Visit Ireland Your Way!” ™

When you book your Ireland vacations with us, you enjoy a genuine Irish experience delivered by local guides and travel experts. Forget the packed and hurried tour buses.  Relax and let our Ireland experts handle all the planning while you enjoy your vacation.  Experience Ireland with plenty of time to explore at a relaxed pace whilst receiving deep insights from our guides.  From small group tours, self-drive vacations to private guides, we cater to all ages, tastes and preferences whether visiting the popular attractions or experiencing unique, local experiences for every budget.

Our goal is simple; to ensue that all your Ireland vacations are a memorable and magical experience.  Visit Ireland Your Way!

Additional Info
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Top Travel Voucher: 15% off all departures operated by Ancient Ireland Tourism. Use the promo code "TOPTRAVEL" at checkout to receive the discount.
Contact Email: You need to be a club member - if you want to see it!
Phone Number: You need to be a club member - if you want to see it!
Contact Name: You need to be a club member - if you want to see it!
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February 19, 2018

Outstanding adventure holidays in Siberia

Written By Yevgenia Vasilieva

Spend 12 exhilarating days exploring Altai, the land of beautiful untouched nature, archeological mysteries and keeping traditions!

Our adventure holidays’ itinerary combines enjoying fascinating sceneries and observing wildlife, off-road driving and hiking, meeting local people and learning their traditions. It will be also a kind of physical challenge – some of the fantastic viewing points are only reachable on foot. Almost every day of our adventure tour we will explore a new location and you will see how diverse Altai nature is – alpine peaks with eternal snow and broad steppes, dense forests and green valleys, narrow rocky canyons and high-mountain lakes.



Watch wild animals and birds – marmots, ground-squirrels, wild sheep and goats, foxes, eagles, vultures, kites, cranes and many other species. Altai is a home to rare and threatened animals. Under the guidance of a National park ranger, we will have a real adventure – explore the habitat of snow leopard and search for his markings on the trees and rocks.

Become an observer of thousands of years of Altai history, exploring ancient petroglyphs, stelas and kurgans. Due to low utilization of the lands, they are saved almost in their original state. Many of them are still an enigma for scientists, especially which belong to a mystery civilization of Siberian Scythians (5-2 century BC).



Get to know modern nomads’ way of living. We will communicate a lot with local people in order to understand their traditions and customs.

Join us on this tour and make your holidays a real outdoor adventure!

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Top Travel Activities : Adventure Travel , Asia , Eco Travel , Photography Tourism , Sightseeing


February 19, 2018

The Taste of Macedonia

Written By aurora

Experience the true taste of Macedonia! Unique wines, tasteful food and untouched nature. Visit one of the most significant wine regions in Europe and the world, while tasting few of Macedonian recognizable wines. See the spirit of the capital, Skopje and travel to the most ecological region in Macedonia.

Day 1: Skopje
Upon arrival in Skopje, you will greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival and if time permitting we will head to the top of the mountain Vodno with a cable car to experience the bird’s eye view of the city. If that won’t be possible will check in the complex Macedonian Village (built in the traditional spirit of the Macedonian architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries and composed of sixteen authentic houses). Here you will experience traditional Macedonian dinner and wine tasting.

Day 2: Skopje-Stobi-Tikves-Popova Kula
After breakfast in the hotel, your guide will take you on a tour of Skopje, starting with the nearby Byzantine church of St. Pantailemon. Then we explore the Old Town and Skopje’s landmarks: Fortress Kale, Old Bazaar and the Stone Bridge, crossing the river Vardar to ”Macedonia Square’’ and ”Mother Teresa Memorial’’. Then we will head to Stobi Winery, where you will enjoy the view of the vineyards, as we well as taste the winery’s’ most popular and awarded wines during the lunch. Our next stop is Tikves Winery, which is the largest winery in Southeast Europe and is existing from 1885. Here we will have a brief tour of the vineyards and taste some of their fine premium wines, from the long list of awarded wines on the world stage. Our last stop will be Popova Kula Winery, where we will check in their hotel. In the evening we will have dinner and taste the one of a kind in the world wine from the Stanushina grape.

Day 3: Popova Kula-Queen Mary-Strumica-Berovo
After breakfast in the hotel, we will depart to visit nearby Royal Winery-Queen Maria, which was built by the King Aleksandar Karadjordjevic. Our journey continues to South-Eastern Macedonia, through Valandovo to explore the still existing medieval monasteries Veljusa and Vodocha. Here you can enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings and admire the monastery’s preserved medieval frescoes. After our lunch in a restaurant in Strumica, we will head to the nearby Smolare, to visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Macedonia. In the the evening, we will arrive in the unique and prestige Aurora Resort & Spa. Here we will relax, unwind and continue with our wine & dine experience, during the dinner in the restaurant.

Day 4: Berovo-Kratovo-Kumanovo-Skopje
After breakfast, we will drive to sheepfold Klepalo, where you will experience part of the production of white cheese and taste traditional Macedonian spirit-Rakija. Then we will head to Kratovo enjoying the Stone Town and learn the mythic story of its creation. Our next stop will be at the restaurant ‘’Ethno Selo’’ where we will have lunch and wine tasting. After resting for couple of hours we will head back to Skopje and check in the hotel.

Day 5: Skopje
After breakfast in the hotel, you will have free time till transfer to the airport for your departure.

The tour includes:

• Airport meet and greet
• Transfer from/to Skopje Airport
• 4 nights accommodation on HB basis.
• Wine tasting and meals in Macedonian Village, Stobi Winery, Popova Kula Winery, Aurora Spa & Resort and Etno Village
• Wine Tasting in Tikves Winery and Royal Winery-Queen Maria
• Dinner in restaurant in Strumica
• Guided tour of ”Macedonia Square” and ”Old Bazaar” in Skopje
• Visit to medieval Byzantine style monasteries
• Visit to one of the most famous waterfall in Macedonia
• Licensed English speaking guide
• Transfer in modern AC vehicle according to the program (depending on size of the group)
• Entrance fees

The tour does not include:

• Personal expenses
• Beverages not included in the wine tasting menu
• Insurance
• Tips
• Visa fees, if applicable
• What is not listed in the above ”The tour includes” section

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February 18, 2018

Culture trip to Siberia

Written By Yevgenia Vasilieva

The Altai region is famous for its pristine wonderful nature. But the cultural heritage of the people who lived in this territory is really worth special tours. Altai’s history is full of mysteries, world-known discoveries and dizzying achievements.

This culture tour will take you to the most interesting places on the map of Altai krai. You will see the sites and artefacts with your own eyes and will get the exhaustive information straight from the source. You will pass through the whole history of human being – just from the Neanderthal times to the 20th century.



The Denisova cave where a new human branch was discovered, kurgans of the highly developed and almost unknown Scythian civilization, Old-Believers who keep living in the traditional way since the 17th century, the stone-cutting factory in the remote village where world masterpieces were produced, silver and gold mines of the 18-19th century where the technical development of that time was one of the highest in the world – all these outstanding sites are located in Altai and included in the itinerary.

And of course every day of the tour you will enjoy delightful landscapes of the Altai highlands. Special hikes to the Shinok waterfalls, along Kolyvan lake with unique granite rocks and to the fantastic forest lake Mokhovoe will show you the Altai nature in all its beauty.

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Top Travel Activities : Asia , Eco Travel , Heritage & Cultural , Photography Tourism , Sightseeing


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