Winter Olympics to showcase Russia's tourism delights

3rd Feb 2014

Tourists heading for city breaks to Sochi in Russia in the coming few weeks will discover it has far more to offer than the ski-jumping, curling and bobsleighing of the upcoming Winter Olympics.

The eyes of the world will be focused on this Black Sea resort for the 17-day sporting jamboree starting on Friday (February 7).

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Book revealing secrets of Inca Trail in Peru turns 40

31st Jan 2014

The Inca Trail leading from Cusco's Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu in Peru has been well known to locals for centuries, but tourists and backpackers were unaware of it until the 1970s, when Hilary and George Bradt published Backpacking Along Ancient Ways in Peru and Bolivia.

The couple had learnt about the infamous Inca Trail, which navigates through a number of ancient ruins, from locals in 1973 and then published their book the following year.

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Tourists Goa step further for Indian paradise

30th Jan 2014

Record numbers of tourists visited Goa last year - so we thought it would be a good time to ask why?

The number of people visiting the Indian state rose 12%, but what is it that keeps tourists flocking to the paradise destination? A mixture of stunning, sun-kissed beaches, lively carnivals and diverse cuisine.

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Could Israel shard prove Bible kings existed?

29th Jan 2014

A tiny shard of ancient pottery found in Israel could help scientists verify that two kings of the Old Testament existed.

Archaeologists believe that not only does it show the world's first wine label, it proves the reigns of King Solomon and King David really happened.

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Student dances around China in 100 days

28th Jan 2014

A Dartmouth student has danced around China in 100 days.

Jake Gaba, 16, decided to go the extra mile when travelling across this magnificent tourist destination while studying Mandarin during a three-month semester overseas.

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Mosaic adds to Israel's rich historical tapestry

27th Jan 2014

In a magnificent country as ancient as Israel, notable excavations are commonplace.

But future tourists on city breaks to bustling Tel Aviv may one day be able to take in one of the best finds in its recent archaeological history following a discovery in a 1,500 Byzantine church.

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South Africa's diamonds are forever wooing tourists

24th Jan 2014

Diamonds may be a girls' best friend, but they are also helping South Africa's tourist trade to sparkle.

This beautiful country is renowned for its tours around mines and factories paying homage to this precious stone.

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Ancient Mongolia spider spins web of intrigue

23rd Jan 2014

Mongolia may have unearthed a new species of spider - to the fascination of scientists and nature-loving travellers.

The rugged wilds of this landlocked central Asian country, which is bordered by Russia to the north and China everywhere else, make it an emerging destination for intrepid tourists on trekking holidays.

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Bloggers reveal weird and wonderful hotspots for overseas weddings

21st Jan 2014

A globetrotting couple from Manchester are providing food for thought for couples looking for exciting destinations for an overseas wedding.

Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant have spent the past two years watching weddings in each country they visit.

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Turkish egg that 'warded off demons' found

20th Jan 2014

Holidaymakers on city breaks to Sardis have unwittingly been walking over a closely guarded 2,000-year-old secret.

For beneath the Turkish metropolis lies buried what is thought to be an ancient lucky egg, crafted to ward off demons.

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China tourists can experience Titanic simulation

20th Jan 2014

China-bound tourists can, from 2016, experience what it was really like to be aboard the Titanic.

They can also see a life-sized replica of the mighty ship.

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Paul swaps dogs for South African wildlife

17th Jan 2014

Paul O'Grady is swapping his Love of Dogs to find out what millions of holidaymakers on wildlife-based specialist tours have found out before him: South Africa is second to none for animal watching.

The Liverpool-based comedian has started a new uplifting, sometimes heartbreaking three-programme ITV series this month.

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Ecuador's Galapagos visitors in a Darwin-win situation

16th Jan 2014

Trekking holiday fans who have been flocking to Ecuador's "Land That Time Forgot" for decades can have the best of both worlds.

They can enjoy the Galapagos Islands' tame giant tortoises, prehistoric lizards, sea lions, penguins and myriad bird species and get up close and personal with them.

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Record-breaking birds become Peru's most determined tourists

15th Jan 2014

Peru is such a fascinating tourist destination that modern travellers think nothing of jetting thousands of miles to view its magnificent cultural sites and natural wonders.

But the South American country's allure obviously extends to birdlife too.

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Mysterious pink tomb unearthed in Egypt finally identified

14th Jan 2014

Barely a month goes by without Egypt adding to its seemingly inexhaustible treasure trove of cultural sites and antiquities to delight tourists.

One of its latest gems has finally been identified a year after it was unearthed.

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Cystic fibrosis sufferer braced for Everest climb

13th Jan 2014

Anyone on trekking holidays to Nepal and Tibet who has witnessed Mount Everest's awesome splendour will know it proves more than a handful for climbers with perfectly functioning lungs.

So the 8,848m (29,029ft) summit would present an insurmountable challenge to someone with a respiratory disease venturing into the thin Himalayan air?

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Bright outlook for star's Cambodia visit

10th Jan 2014

Seasoned visitors on trekking holidays to Cambodia, Thailand and Laos will be familiar with the wildlife-based tourist delights they have to offer.

Now these destinations are about to be enjoyed by TOWIE star Lydia Bright.

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India launches 'world's biggest museum' this week

9th Jan 2014

Cultural sites don't come more thick and fast than in India, but from this week they are set to delight tourists from the moment visitors set foot in the country.

But tourists will need an air ticket to view the country's newest attraction - Jaye He, which experts believe could become the world's most visited museum.

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Egypt beerman find is something to celebrate

8th Jan 2014

Holidaymakers on city breaks to southern Egypt with a thirst for archaeology can find tailor-made holidays in Luxor.

Excavators have found the tomb of a prominent Ancient Egyptian beer brewer who lived there 3,200 years ago.

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Unique TV dolphins showcase Costa Rica's delights

7th Jan 2014

Costa Rica-bound tourists with a devotion to dolphins are in for a treat - if a new BBC nature series is anything to go by.

Dolphins - Spy in the Pod filmed unique footage of an unprecedented gathering of between 3,000-3,500 of the creatures swimming together off the Central American country's coast.

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