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Where to go and when to go - country by country in alphabetical order:
Antigua boasts 365 beaches, one for each day of the year. It has great reefs and wrecks the diving and snorkelling. The pace is deliciously slow. On neighbouring Barbuda you can track the island's fabled frigate birds and visit the Caribbean's largest rookery. Best time to visit December to mid April
From its tropical north to its grey seal the South, Argentina boasts more diversity and beauty and it takes time to grasp the multitude of environments and experiences on offer. The people of Argentina friendly open and willing to share a laugh with a new amigo. Best time to visit March to May.
From endless sun baked horizons to dense tropical rainforest and wild southern beaches, Australia's biggest attraction is its natural beauty. Scattered along the coasts its cities blamed a European enthusiasm for art and food with a passionate love of sport and the outdoors. It is its sheer vastness that gives Australia, and its diverse population, much of its character. Best time to visit -- all year round. Don't miss the colours of sunrise or sunset over Ayer's rock, exploring the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, sampling the exquisite wines of the Barossa Valley; the natural beauty of tropical Fraser Island and Sydney Harbour.
Austria is an environmentally responsible land of mountains and impressive architecture with an unrivalled musical tradition. Vienna is the capital hub of the country's musical life and littered with beautiful buildings which reach perfection in Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace. Best time to visit - all year round.
Extremely popular with Americans yet there are still places among its 700 islands and 2500 cays to disappear into a mangrove forest, explore a coral reef and escape the high-rise hotels. Best time to visit in June to August when it is hottest and wettest.
Barbados is the Little England of the Caribbean. Highlights include an astonishing network of limestone caverns and subterranean waterfalls, lush tropical plants in the natural wilderness of Welchman Hall Gully and body surfing at Crane Beach, a stretch of pink tinged sand. Best time to visit February to May.
Subtropical Bermuda offers clear skies and clear turquoise waters and his 1000 miles north of the Caribbean. Best time to visit - all year round.
Since opening its doors in 1974 visitors have been mesmerised by spectacular Himalayan scenery, impressive architecture and hospitable people. A place of inspiration and solitude; prayer flags, beads and wheels and archery enthusiasts. Best time to visit September to November when skies are clear and the high mountain peaks visible.
Called the Tibet of the Americas this landlocked, Andean country runs from jagged peaks and hallucinogenic salt flats to steamy jungles and wildlife rich Pampas - perfect for off the beaten track explorations. Best time to visit May to October.
Botswana is a largely road less wilderness of savannas, deserts, wetlands and salt pans and includes the 0kavango -- the world's largest inland delta. Take your pick of lions, cheaters, hippos, giraffes, antelopes, zebras and any number of bird species across the fabulous game reserves, the most famous being Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve. Best time to visit April to August for wildlife viewing.
Brazil is the country or enormous proportions encompassing half the continent of South America and with a population of 182 million and an area of over 8,000,000 square miles. Brazil has giant stretches of unexplored rainforest, islands with pristine tropical beach and endless rivers. Brazilians love to celebrate and party is happening all year round. Best time to visit Brazil -- any time!
In Cambodia you will find monks in saffron robes with yellow umbrellas, street urchins, beautiful silks, rice paddies, coconut palms and the smell of jasmine. Best time to visit November to January when humidity levels are low.
This is a massive country of nearly 10 million square kilometres and a population of 32 million - stretching from Halifax in the east, one of the world's largest natural harbours to Vancouver on the west coast with the Rockies in between as well as quite a number of moose and bears. Canada has a pristine wilderness of mountains, valleys, fields and meadows and wildlife includes polar bears and beluga whales through to Caribou and arctic foxes. Best time to visit March to November which is spring, summer and autumn.
The islands are colourful with fabulous coral reefs, and there are numerous famous dive spots on the islands which for the adventurous also have caving opportunities and for those who prefer being above ground there is a lush terrain, orchids, iguanas and parrots. Best time to visit is due to October.
Chile is among South America's richest countries, both economically and culturally. It is a country of magical scenery ranging from drives across the sand dunes of the Atacama desert to skiing slopes of the high Cordillera in middle Chile, marvelling at the moai of Easter Island through to the rugged southern tip and Punta Arena and the fabulous glaciers of Torres del Paine which are among the world's classic trekking routes. Breathtaking views together with glaciers, rivers, lakes, forests and abundant wildlife provide constantly changing scenarios and experiences. Best time to visit September to December. China home to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, massive investment has radically improved transport quality, and travel has become steadily speedier and more comfortable. With an area of 9 1/2 million square kilometres at a population of 1.2 billion this country takes on the proportions of the continent in its own right. Beijing also provides the opportunity to see the great Wall and the ancient Forbidden City and summer palace. Best time to visit is March to May and September to November which avoid the extremes of winter and summer. With its luxury and rainforests, a pristine white beaches, diverse wildlife, relaxed hospitality and full on eco-tourist trade Costa Rica is definitely one of the destinations to go to. Best time to visit is during the dry season December to April. From the beat of the music echoing through towns and villages to the hustle of Havana's glorious crumbling streets, Cuba challenges and in chance or venture in. Best time to visit November to May to avoid the heat and hurricanes. Cyprus is a blend of Turkish and Greek, Muslim and Christian and offers sightseeing, swimming and deserted beaches, hiking and Agia Napa! Best time to visit April to May and September to October. Largely rural, uncrowded and unspoiled, Dominica has a lush mountainous interior of rainforests, waterfalls, lakes, or hot springs and rivers, many of which cascade over steep cliff faces on their way to the coast. The island has an interesting fusion of British, French and West Indian cultural traditions. Best time to visit December to February
Palm fringed white sand beaches, turquoise waters and rum and merengue soaked nights combined with parties surfing and windsurfing contests, music festivals and to annual carnival celebrations. Best time to visit December to April.
Vibrant indigenous cultures, colonial architecture, volcanic landscapes and dense rainforests are packed into the Borders of Ecuador, the smallest Andean country in South America. Best time to visit from May to December on the mainland, or January to April for the Galapagos. Egypt has a tremendous amount to offer from the frenetic activity of its major cities to drifting along the Nile, snorkelling and diving in the red Sea and trekking in the Sinai Desert. It is a multilayered history lesson with relics left by the Faroes, Greeks, Romans, Christians and Arabs alike. Best time to visit October to May to avoid the heat.
Lapped by warm as your waters, fringed with vibrant coral reefs and cloaked in the emerald green of the tropics, Fiji is a paradise come true. Fiji remains a safe tropical paradise of travellers and offers a fabulous snorkelling and diving in its extraordinary crystal blue reefs.
Fantastic ski slopes, glamorous beach resorts and rural villages with gastronomic food and wine and a capital that is synonymous with romance coupled with a pool of philosopher’s revolutionaries’ designers and wonderful architecture. Best time to visit April and May or September and October.
Gambia is a perfect gateway to West Africa with its sunshine and golden beaches which have long made it a winter getaway for Europeans. Best time to visit November to April. In the heart of Europe, Germany offers small picturesque towns, elegant big-city charm, fine wine and beer and a wealth of art and culture plus the perennial pleasures of huge tracts of forest and castles along the Rhine. Best time to visit November to April With beautiful beaches, the birthplace of philosophy and inter-island hopping in Greece has much to offer. Best time to visit Easter to mid June when it's not quite so hot or crowded. The country's natural attractions are impressive and unspoiled. Guyana has immense waterfalls, vast tropical rainforest and grasslands teeming with wildlife and could become one of the ecotourism destinations of the future. Best time to visit at the end of either rainy season in late January or late August.
Like no other city on earth Hong Kong is a pulsating, densely populated fusion of East and west, lit by neon. Crossing the harbour on a crowded Star Ferry, sipping cocktails at sunset in a skyscraper bar overlooking the harbour, the cable car at Ocean Park and Stanley market all essentials. Best time to visit October to December
Bursting with natural wonders -- active volcanoes, Valley glaciers, Europe's biggest waterfalls, lava fields, geysers, thermal pools and the aurora borealis. Best time to visit early June to the end of August. Magnificent India. Snake charmer's, the Taj Mahal, Udaipur's Lake Palace, Goan beaches, the backwaters of a Kerala, to the magnificence of the Himalayas and Rajasthan. And the culture of a billion human beings. Best time to visit November to March when it is cooler.
The world's most expansive archipelago dips and rises across the equator from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific. There are around 18,000 islands to choose from with a phenomenal array of wildlife including tigers and orang-utans and its fine white sand beaches, sublime rice fields and exotic temples. Best time to visit May to September.
The Irish landscape has a mythic resonance, the country's history is almost tangible and a sustained period of investment and economic growth has injected a heady dose of confidence and energy. It has a stunning natural beauty with green pastures tranquil mountain retreats. Magnificent cliffs overlooking the wild Atlantic coast and remote sandy beaches. Best time to visit May to September.
A combination of Promised Land, postcard beaches and political powder keg, everyone has their own perception of what Israel should be. Surprisingly a fifth of Israel is made up of national parks. There are 300 of them.
From design conscious Milan, Renaissance rich Florence, Cosmopolitan Rome to the more traditional south, Italy is a seductive mix of history, culture, fashion and cuisine. Best time to visit April to June when it's not too crowded or hot. Undoubtedly one of the most alluring of the Caribbean islands it has fabulous beaches, mountains and red, red sunsets as well as a surprising variety of environments and terrains. Best time to visit May to November. Whether taking photos of a neon lit skyline, admiring the cherry blossoms, drinking in the view of Tokyo from the top of Mount Fuji, having a Zen experience at a temple in Kyoto or riding on a slide made entirely of ice, everyone finds their own vision of Japan. Best time to visit March and April Lawrence of Arabia, Bible stories and mysterious lost cities -- Jordan is romantic and epic and is home to two of the most spectacular sights in the Middle East - Petra and the startling desert scenery of Wadi Rum. Best time to visit April to May or September to October. If you love remoteness, wide open spaces, lunar landscapes and long hypnotic train rides, you'll love Kazakhstan. Best time to visit April to June and September to November. Few places can rival Kenya for the safari experience and Kenny beckons the traveller with a magical mix of incredible wildlife, rich cultural heritage, palm fringed beaches and coastal town was steeped in Swahili history. Best time to visit January to February, the hottest and driest months. Laos is languid and leisurely, watch the morning sun light up the mighty Mekong River, wandered through aromatic markets and ensure they have the lush surrounds, friendly people and gastronomic treats. Best time to visit November to February.
Its Portuguese influences make Macau a most unusual Asian destination. In contrast to nearby Hong Kong, its atmosphere is relaxed and laid-back with Mediterranean style cafes filled with palm readers caged birds and pipe smokers. Best time to visit October to December. Teeming with fertile forests and geographical isolation have served to preserve Madagascar with a mix found nowhere else on earth. Best time to visit April to October. Bordered by Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania, Malawi provides an ever-changing landscape of lofty mountains, steep escarpments, woodland, grassland and the fabulous shores of Lake Malawi. Watch for the Fish Eagles. Best time to visit in late April to November. Malaysia is a fusion of colours, flavours and dialects combined with sticky tropical heat. It boasts superb beaches, mountains and national parks, plus a heady mix of people - Malay, Chinese, Indian and the diverse indigenous tribes from Borneo. Choose from the Cameron Highlands to climbing the challenging craggy peak of Mount Kinabalu or see the orang-utans or snorkel with Technicolor fish. Best time to visit May to September. The Maldives is made up of a string of 1190 tiny islands and offers a tropical paradise of swaying palm trees, white sand beaches and turquoise lagoons. Water is filled with huge whale sharks, graceful turtles and schools of psychedelic coloured fish. Soft corals, sea fans and sponges decorate the reefs. Best time to visit December to April. Malta has a rich history and also offers beaches, bars, bustling Mediterranean life, water sports and excellent scuba diving. Best time to visit in February to June. Mauritius boasts endless sugarcane plantations, dramatic mountains, a vibrant cultural mix and some of the finest beaches and lagoons in the Indian Ocean. The island has a distinct Indian flavour, seasoned with African, Chinese, French and British influences. Best time to visit July to September Mexico has vibrant colourful art and music, a complex culture, history and geography. It offers fabulous beaches and coastal resorts as well as massive Mexico city and the opportunity to explore the former Mayan world. In Best time to visit October to May
The light is shimmering, the Art extraordinary and the region's history comes alive in its mediaeval cities, Roman ruins, Berber Kasbahs and Islamic monuments. Best time to visit October to April.
Mozambique's coastline is one of the longest on the African continent with endless stretches of white sand; palm fringed beaches and unexplored offshore reefs. It has a unique blend of African, Arabic, Indian and European influences. Best time to visit June to August. Bordered by Angola and Zambia, Botswana and South Africa and the chilly South Atlantic Ocean, Namibia is a land of deserts, seascapes, wildlife reserves, ancient rock art and a sense of boundlessness. Best time to visit May to October. Draped along the heights of the Himalaya, Nepal's sublime scenery, timeworn temples and spectacular walking trails leave visitors spellbound. Bordered between China and India, Nepal has some of the world's tallest peaks and climbing trekking and white water rafting offer some of the most exciting outdoor adventures. Best time to visit October to November
Explore Amsterdam, visit the fabulous museums and galleries, ride a bicycle and explore the towns surrounded by canals and castle walls or the spectacular bulb fields which explode into colour between March and May. Best time to visit March to September.
With a thriving food and wine culture, New Zealand has a concentration of classic scenery from awe inspiring mountain is, plunging fields, expanses of pristine beach, dense rainforests and active volcanoes. A very special country. Best time to visit November to April Norway's mountains, fjords and glaciers along with its cultured cities, unspoilt fishing villages and rich historic sites are all worth seeing. North of the Arctic Circle, horizons grow wider, and seals, walruses and polar bears can be seen on the ice flows. Best time to visit May to September. An ever increasing number of travellers are discovering Oman's friendly people, dramatic man mountain landscapes and unspoilt beaches. Best time to visit mid October to mid March. Pakistani offers some of Asia's most dramatic landscapes, extraordinary trekking, these spectacular Karakoram Highway, a multitude of cultures and the crucible of two of the world's major religions and Hinduism and Buddhism. Best time to visit November to April. Peru is a land of lost cities and ancient ruins, towering Andean peaks, dense jungles, overcrowded cities and the mysterious Inca. Machu Picchu is visually stunning, the Nazca Lines mind-boggling to take earplugs for the marching bands. Best time to visit June to August. Bordered by six countries Poland has been both a bridge at the front line between eastern and western Europe. It is a country of striking contrasts and is becoming increasingly popular with travellers. Best time to visit May to June and September to mid October.
The landscape is wreathed in olive groves and vineyards with markets overflowing with fish, fruit and flowers. Lisbon is an architectural must to see as the wild ocean beaches. Best time to visit mid June to September.
The islands have mountainous interior is, patchwork cane fields, salt ponds and deeply indented base at the cult show drawls on a mix of European, African and West Indian traditions. It is one of the few countries in the Caribbean where agriculture is still a larger part of the economy than tourism. Best time to visit all year round.
Bananas are still bigger business than tourism and much of the island is rural with a small coastal fishing villages giving way to a hinterland of banana and coconut plantations within deep valleys topped by rich, mountainous jungle. The rugged mountainous to rain continues offshore in a diving heaven of underwater mountains and caves. Best time to visit January to April.
Saint Vincent and Grenadines
The 30 islands that comprise the Grenadines are surrounded by coral reefs and clear blue waters and are well known to wintering yacht owners. Best time to visit January to May.
Scotland, like fine malt, is connoisseurs delight with a mix of history, culture and a wild and beautiful landscape - all to be savoured slowly. Best time to visit May to September. Among the 115 coral islands that make up the Seychelles are some of the most idyllic island getaways in the Indian Ocean or indeed the world. The Seychelles is a luxuriant, tropical paradise offering dazzling beaches and crystal clear waters. Best time to visit March to May and September to November. Sierra Leone has some of West Africa's most magical beaches with lush landscapes, jungle and reserves abundant with wildlife in the interior. Best time to visit November to April.
Undeniably an Asian city with a unique mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions where fortune-tellers, calligraphers and Temple worshippers are still a part of everyday life. Best time to visit February to October.
A truly spectacular, friendly and rewarding place for all travellers, you can find yourself sitting a superb wine on majestic Table Mountain, catching a perfect wave on an unspoilt subtropical beach, tracking a lion on an African safari or simply marvelling at the huge variety of landscapes, climates and cultures that are crammed into Africa's southern tip. Best time to visit February and March. There are endless tracts of wild country to explore as well as some spectacularly rugged stretches of coast. Culturally, the country is littered with superb old buildings, from Roman aqueducts to Gothic cathedrals and almost every second village has a mediaeval castle. There are so many essential experiences in Spain including Gaudi in Barcelona, partying through the night during Valencia's Las Fallas, and visiting the wonderful Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Best time to visit May, June and September. Sri Lanka has endless rich green foliage, fabulous fruits, jewellery and spices always on sale in the markets and there is plenty to explore in Sri Lanka including wandering through tea plantations, climbing the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya through to the beautiful beaches is lined with palm trees, coconuts and the smiling faces of the people. Best time to visit December to March. Starkly beautiful lake and forest landscapes contrast with stylish, modern cities. Sweden is the place where you can get away from it all in quiet forests or be right in the thick of things in busy towns and city is. Best time to visit in late May to late July
Soaring peaks, tumbling waterfalls, sparkling lakes verdant alpine meadows, trains winding through mountains and skiing in the Alps. Best time to visit - all year round.
The Great Rift Valley, Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Victoria, the Serengeti and Zanzibar are legendary as is the teeming wildlife. It also houses fabulous white beaches on the Indian Ocean. Best time to visit in late June to October. Thailand he is a year-round destination of the fabulous natural beauty, eye-catching architecture, an intricately woven culture and fabulous cuisine. It offers trekking tropical national parks, turquoise waters and shopping anywhere and at any time.
A land of stark, arid beauty where snow-capped mountains guarded secret turquoise lakes and a centuries old monasteries populated by monks in saffron robes. Best time to visit May, June, September and October. Trinidad is famous for hosting the loudest and wildest carnival in the Caribbean whereas its twin, Tobago has calm reefs, is relaxed, the slow paced and largely undeveloped. Both offer a swimming and snorkelling on palm fringed white sand beaches. Best time to visit mid April to mid-December and at carnival time.
Turkey is a melting pot of cultures and a bridge between continents. The cuisine is to die for, the coastline a dream and many Turkish cities are dotted with spectacular old mosques and castles. It also has absolutely spectacular scenery. Best time to visit the spring in late April to May and autumn late September to October. Uganda has the highest mountain range in Africa, one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world, Murchison Falls and perhaps the highest primate density in the world in Kibale Forest National Park. It is a beautiful country with a great deal to offer with beautiful mountains, trekking opportunities and the few remaining communities of endangered mountain gorillas. Best time to visit January to February. bordered by Moldova, Romania, Poland, Belarus and Russia, Ukraine rewards travellers with hospitable people, magnificent architecture and miles of gently rolling steppes. Best time to visit April to June.
United Arab Emirates
visitors are attracted by beaches, deserts, oases, camel racing, Bedouin markets and the legendary duty-free shopping of Dubai with its glittering Jumeirah Beach Resort which billows like a sail in Dubai. Best time to visit November to April.
United states of America
America has always been about the journey, and calls out for exploration and discovery. Some head to the city's, from the grand canyons of Manhattan to Los Angeles's sun drenched boulevards, while others choose solitary contemplation of the country's awesome natural beauty. With an area of nearly 10,000 square kilometres there is much to choose from. California beaches at sunset or Florida holidays , enjoy a relaxing holiday in the sunshine state, New York City, New England leaves in autumn, the neon of Las Vegas to music festivals in Austin, Memphis, New Orleans or Seattle. Best time to visit March to July. Bordered by Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay's capital Montevideo is one of South America's most interesting capitals. Uruguay also has a cluster of internationally famous beach resorts. Best time to visit December and January. The ni-Vanuatu are among the most welcoming people in the Pacific and its fractured to reign of volcanoes and lush forests has produced a kaleidoscope of cultures and more than 100 indigenous languages. Best time to visit April to October. Venezuela has South America's largest lake and third longest river, the highest waterfall in the world and some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. There are snow-capped peaks of the Andes in the West, steamy Amazonian jungles in the South, the hauntingly beautiful plateau with its strange flat topped mountains in the east and miles of white sand beaches fringed with coconut palms on the Caribbean coast. Best time to visit year-round.
The landscape is sublime with the Red River delta in the north and the Mekong Delta in the south and a seemingly endless patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies in between. Long, sandy beaches graced the coast, while inland there are soaring mountains and lush forests. Best time to visit any time.
land locked Zambia shares its borders with eight other African countries, yet it remains a remote place with an untamed wilderness areas, tranquil scenery and friendly easy going people. There are natural wonders such as the majestic Victoria Falls which it shares with neighbouring Zimbabwe, the serene on the Zambezi River and great national parks brimming with masses of wildlife. Best time to visit May to August. Despite internal conflict, soaring inflation and ongoing drought, Zimbabwe offers an incredibly rich and diverse range of tours, activities and scenery ranging from the grandeur of Victoria falls, incredible wildlife and amazing ruins. Best time to visit May to October.
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