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18th March, 2021

5 sensational landscapes you need to see

For most of us, 2020 meant seeing a lot more of the inside of your own home - and meant much less exploring the world. While that is likely to continue for a little bit longer, spending some of this time planning out your next big adventure can only be a good idea.

Fortunately, if you’re looking to make up for lost time by witnessing some incredible landscapes, then you won’t be short on options. There are some truly breathtaking landscapes dotted amongst the world’s continents, so whether you fancy sunshine or snow, beaches or mountains, there’s sure to be a destination just waiting to be explored.

To get you inspired to start planning, we’ve rounded up 5 of the world’s most sensational landscapes - now the hard part is deciding where to head first!

Victoria Falls and Africa

The famous Victoria Falls

Forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is widely known for being one of the most spectacular sights on the planet.

Offering a unique view depending on where you stop to enjoy it, Victoria Falls is a breathtaking sight - with columns of spray from the thundering falls visible from miles away, depending on the season in which you visit. While typically a country’s rainy season may not strike you as the time to go, when it comes to Victoria Falls, it only adds to the grandeur. During these months more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge into the Zambezi River over one hundred metres below, which explains why the spray is so visible, even from a distance!

One of the most special points at which to view the Falls is across Knife-Edge Bridge, offering a view of the Main Falls as well as where the river turns and heads towards the Batoka Gorge, also known as the Boiling Pot. You can enjoy a trip to Knife-Edge Bridge on our Pride of Africa tour - along with tons more of Africa’s most majestic sights and experiences.

Rocky Mountains and Canada

Lake Maligne in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

The Canadian Rockies are one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world. In fact, it’s no wonder that they’re UNESCO World Heritage listed, stretching for almost 69,500 square miles along Western Canada - through Alberta and British Columbia.

Visiting the region is incredibly popular, with millions of people travelling from across the world to witness the Canadian Rockies in all their glory - with endless picturesque towns, lakes, and viewpoints dotted in and amongst the range.

To see a variety, head to Banff, beautiful in its own right, before picking up the Icefields Parkway, which stretches down to Jasper National Parks - fondly dubbed ‘one of the world’s most spectacular driving tours’. Within Jasper, Horseshoe Lake is a must-see, particularly if you fancy a dip in the crystal clear waters. Lake Maligne is another favourite, famous for its turquoise waters and visible glaciers, which make for a stunning backdrop to the mirror-like surface.

Witness all of these highlights on our Road to the Rockies holiday, before picking up the Alaskan Explorer and taking to the water for another unique and unforgettable view of the landscape.

Lake Bled and Slovenia

Lake Bled in Slovenia

Slovenia is a country that proves you don’t need to travel halfway around the world in order to witness beautiful landscapes. Boasting sparkling lakes and rivers, snow-capped mountain peaks, lush green expanses and picture-postcard coastal towns, it’s got everything you could want from a scenic adventure.

Bled is one of the country’s most popular resorts, and it’s easy to see why. Lake Bled itself is famous for its blue-green lake, with a church resting on a small islet. Backed by some of the highest peaks in the Julian Alps, the vistas look like something out of a painting - and truly have to be seen to be believed.

Slovenia is an incredible outdoor destination, making it perfect if you enjoy active holidays. Think horse riding, caving, hiking, watersports, cycling - whatever you fancy, Slovenia is sure not to disappoint.

If you fancy exploring the country on foot, then check out our Walking in Slovenia tour, with plenty of advice and excursions to ensure you don’t miss a moment.

Milford Sound and New Zealand

Milford Sound in New Zealand

New Zealand as a country has an endless supply of beautiful landscapes, but for now let’s venture to the South Island, where you can find Milford Sound - one of the wettest, and most beautiful, places on earth.

The famous inky-black waters are one of the most recognisable aspects; due in part to the depth being hundred of metres, but also due to the water being a combination of freshwater and seawater. This freshwater sits on top of the seawater, blocking out the light and making the water a prime habitat in which deep-sea life can thrive - even nearer the surface. The Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve is home to dolphins, penguins, seals and more, so don’t forget to keep your camera at the ready.

Hours from the nearest town, Milford Sound is an escape from the norm - a chance to get back to nature and truly experience the beauty of the natural world. The waterfalls rival some of the world’s more famous falls, and truly shine even on days with bad weather. In fact, some say this is when they’re at their most special.

Our New Zealand Contrasts holiday takes in all of the famous sights on both the North and South Islands, including through the Central Otago region down to Queenstown, where you can stop at Milford Sound.

Petrovac and Montenegro

The pretty coast of Petrovac

Found on the Adriatic Coast of the Balkans, Montenegro is a tiny jewel of a country - and one that absolutely has to be seen to be truly appreciated. The country is roughly two-thirds of the size of Wales, yet it’s jam packed full of magical sights.

The crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic provide a glittering backdrop for the mountain peaks, resulting in some of the best coastal scenery in Europe. The history of the country incorporates its east meets west location, and you’ll be able to visit everything from ancient Roman villas and Orthodox monasteries to magical little walled towns - all giving an insight into this gorgeous country. Petrovac, found on the coast between Budva and Bar, is a great base from which to explore - once the location in which Romans built their summer villas.

Experience the magic of Montenegro combined with a stay in neighbouring Dubrovnik on our 14 night adventure - you won’t want to leave!

Ready to plan an adventure?

If you’re ready to start thinking about your next trip abroad, get in touch with one of our friendly team today - or view our brochures for some more inspiration.

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