Between Orient and Occident comes Istanbul with its simit vendors, its upscale shopping avenues, its dazzling mosques, its dreamy Sultans’ palaces, its quaint old tramways and lively markets.
What to do:
Take a ferry to Büyükada the largest of the princes’ islands to discover the picturesque scenery riding a horse drawn carriage or a bicycle.
Hop on a ferry and discover how residents of the Asian side live in the cosmopolitan Kadıköy and Üsküdar with lots of scenic views and Bohemian bars.
Explore the sizzling and colorful Grand Bazaar, follow the steps of the sultans in Sultanahmet and visit the Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern,Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace.
Cruise the Blue Bosphorus and discover on its shores the quaint fortress the charming fish restaurants and the prominent Galatasaray University.
For shopping getaways stroll around the posh sidewalks of Nişantaşı, where you will find international brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel , Prada and so many others.
Head to Cevahir AVM one of the largest malls in Europe and to Istiklal caddesi one of the main shopping avenues.
Party by the sea in Ortaköy in establishments such as:
Anjelique — Located on the shore of Bosphorus, this mansion offers a good view as well as a broad variety of food. The night club is located on the top floor. It is renowned for its music its extraordinary cocktails and its trendy dynamic atmosphere.
Reina In a spacious elegant design, it boasts several bars, restaurants and dance floors. It hosted worldwide famous stars like Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue, U2, Uma Thurman, Daniel Craig, and Naomi Watts.
You can head also to Beyoğlu where you will find lively bars clubs and pubs like Montreal pub on Taksim or 360 on Istiklal street located in a penthouse of a 19th century apartment building with 360 degrees fascinating landscape views of the Bosphorus, Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara. The club comes alive in the weekends, offering DJs and vocalists with live dancers and performances, and non-stop partying until the early morning hours.
Antalya is just bewitching with its wooden ottoman mansions lost in narrow winding cobblestone streets, its stunning waterfalls, its sun-fried beaches and its chic resorts.
What to do: Antalya boasts so many shopping gems like Deepo Outlet Center near the airport of Antalya, Migros shopping center on konyaaltı, Shemall shopping center and Terracity mall on Lara beach.
Visit the charming old town Kaleiçi and delve into history by discovering Yivli Minaret Mosque, Hadrian’s gate and the house of Atatürk.
Hide from the fierce sun in Karaalioğlu Park and unveil the charm of the old Mermerli port.
Visit Düden and Kurşunlu waterfalls and take a swim in the azure waters of the Mediterranean at konyaaltı beach or Lara beach.
Get lost in the windy streets of the city Centre, swim in the sparkling waters of the Aegean Sea, discover ancient ruins, delve into the sizzling nightlife and gaze at the famous windmills that stand still on the hill.
What to do:
Visit the Camel Beach an exotic concept where you can spot camels meandering through the sandy shore.
Discover the outstanding mausoleum of Halicarnassus and St Peter’s castle.
Meander through the marina of the city center of Bodrum where glamour and glitz meet.
Visit the charming windmills on the hill and watch the glorious sunset over the bubbly turquoise waters.
Party at Halikarnas a huge outdoor nightclub.
Shop at Midtown and Oasis Malls both boasting a large choice of International and Turkish brands.
Head to Bodrum’s city center where you can find some leather shops and some trendy Turkish clothes brands like Tiffany and Rodi Mood.
Tucked between the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas, Marmaris still retains the old charm of the sleepy village it used to be. You will discover milky turquoise waters, hidden coves, a vibrant nightlife and mouthwatering beachfront restaurants.
What to do:
Take a day trip to Dalyan where you will explore the ancient tomb rocks situated above the mountains.
Visit the thermal springs of Pamukkale which look like cotton
Stroll through the splendid yachtmarina one of the biggest in the Mediterranean Sea with 1300 yachts.
Shop at The Point Mall where you will find around 40 shops selling brand clothes.
Don’t miss out on the he Grand Bazaar where you will find a colorful display of spices, clothes, jewelries, and so many other things.
Enjoy a drink at the marvelous, lively bar street.
A magical place where the old world charm still remains with gothic towers, baroque churches, towering castles , dreamy bridges, museums theatres and bohemian cozy cafes dominating the Vltava river, where white swans swim peacefully.
What to do:
Meander through the Old Town and explore the ancient historical buildings, the art galleries and the museums. Don’t forget to buy some traditional Bohemian crystal.
Visit the astonishing astronomical clock and the Gothic Masterpiece, the St Vitus Cathedral.
Cross the pedestrian Charles Bridge and get dazzled by the majestic statues standing still on its borders, overlooking the flowing Vltava River.
Some good mall addresses to visit for shopping: Palladium, OC Letňany, OC Chodov, Šestka, Palác Flora, OC Nový Smíchov.
BOTAS 66 store right next to Žižkov TV tower is worth taking a look. It is an Original sneakers’ brand Handmade in Czech Republic since 1949.
A city of contrast with historical edifices, a modern architecture, a multicultural food scene with an increasing number of restaurants serving specialties from Asia, Africa, Scandinavia and the Middle East ,more than 170 museums and one of the most vibrant nightlives in Europe counting more than 200 clubs.
Get dazzled by the magical architecture of the museum island home to three famous museums – the Pergamon, the Altes and the Bode and the stunning Berlin Cathedral.
One of Berlin’s most iconic buildings, the 1894 Reichstag rebuilt, and turned into the German parliament.
Dive into history and visit the Memorial of the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate, Check point Charlie the palace of tears and the topography of terror.
Shopaholics will be spoiled at the Alexa mall boasting 1890 shops and at Kurfürstendamm (KaDeWe) an impressive street featuring more than 100 shops.
Two interesting outlets to check Zalando Outlet and Designer outlet
London is a thriving urban getaway brimming with upscale shopping avenues, international communities, sizzling museums and traditional bars selling the exquisite fish and chips.
What to do:
London’s main sights include Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye.
Watch the Phantom of the Opera at her majesty theatre.
Explore Mme Thussaud’s museum housing waxworks of popular figures.
Visit little India, Southall, where you will spot women in colorful saris, street food stalls selling samosas , Indian sweets, and bright fabrics hanging in shop fronts.
The Tower of London is one of the great attractions of London. It is steeped in medieval history and legends.
Victoria and Albert museum is a gorgeous building with really great exhibitions.
Two main shopping streets not to miss:
Oxford Street home of many well-known British Brands including Selfridges, John Lewis Marks & Spencer.
Bond Street where you will discover some of the world’s most luxurious designer stores such as Cartier, D&G, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Versace.
Head to Bicester Village a chic outlet shopping.
In Athens modernism and antiquity mingle unfolding, picturesque tavernas cafes and bars , grandiose avenues, mystical ruins and buildings , ancient temples and a splendid hill dominated by the famed acropolis.
What to do:
Stroll through the Plaka the Historic neighborhood located at the base of the hill where the Acropolis stands. Day or night, this is where you’ll find the shops, restaurants and markets, as well as some of Athens’ Greek and Roman historical sites.
Dive into history and explore the temple of Hephaestus, the Acropolis, the Parthenon the museum of the Acropolis and the Agora.
Step back in time and discover the theatre’’ the Odeum of Herodes Atticus’’.
Shop for souvenirs at Monastiraki a huge flea market.
Meander through the upscale Glyfada with its upmarket cafes, well-known restaurants, boutiques and cosmopolitan beaches. The area is home to many of Greece’s millionaires, ministers and celebrities
Look up for McArthurGlen Designer Outlet housing many designer’s boutiques and well-known brands for discounted prices.
A whitewashed paradise, cosmopolitan and glamorous where quaint windmills stand still on the hill and cobblestone shopping streets are lined with brand name stores, charming cafés and stylish restaurants.
What to do:
Watch the ardent sunset over the sea from the little Venice, a picturesque district with colorful tiny houses.
Swim at the famous beaches Psarou, Elia and Paradise.
Meander through the beachfronts and meet the pelicans which happen to be the mascots of the island.
Head to the upscale Nammos beach where you can eat at the fancy restaurant, swim in the calm limpid waters get your nails done and shop at the luxurious Luisa Boutique.
Some good addresses to visit for shopping:
The “curiosity shop” an authentic vintage shop selling designer handbags, accessories and natural stone jewelries.
Love boutique where you can find brands like lollipops.
A volcanic land with vast vineyards; whitewashed cliff-top towns dominated by castles affording amazing views of the deep blue Aegean sea and beaches with white, red , black sand or volcanic pebbles.
What to do:
Visit the Volcano and the ancient Thera including remains from Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods.
Enjoy the splendid view of the Caldera from the enchanting lighthouse.
Swim at Perissa beach a black sandy shore.
Mov and May is a fashion spot selling branded men’s and women’s clothes of well-known fashion houses (Just Cavalli, Versace, Galiano, Alberta Ferreti, Pinko, Nolita, Cinema, Fred, Perry, Jlo), along with some fantastic accessories and beachwear pieces by famous designers (Emano, Heid Klein, Melissa)
Shop at Matoyianni Street full of souvenir shops and designer boutiques.
Sample the exceptional wines produced from grapes grown in the volcanic soil, the white eggplants and “hloró tyrí” a superb goat cheese.
Vienna is a city infused with a holistic imperial spirit, offering a sublime opera, magnificent palaces and mansions, outstanding shopping avenues, trendy bars and traditional coffees houses offering creamy cakes and pastries.
What to do:
Visit the fantastic opera state, St Peter’s church, the imperial palace Hofburg, Schonbrunn Palace, the historic center of Vienna and the oldest existing zoo in the world founded in 1752 the Tiergarten Schonbrunn.
For your typical Viennese souvenirs you should not miss out on the Flea Market (Naschmarkt, 1040 Vienna) that opens its doors every Saturday.
Mariahilfer Strasse is a one stop shop for everything you could generally need in Vienna.
The Mc Arthur Glen Designer Outlet Parndorf has a great range of designer labels at discount prices, reduced by up to 70%, and just 30 minutes from Vienna
One of the most clichéd activities in Paris is without a doubt strolling through the Champs Elysees. Then you can cruise the dreamy Seine at night under the glittering sky. Don’t forget to see the magnificent scenery of the capital from the top of the Eiffel Tour.
What to do:
Taste the unique melting and colorful macarons at La Durée.
For history lovers the Louvre Museum Rodin museum and the museum of Orsay are a must.
Head to Montmartre an old and authentic area. Discover the iconic church then roam around the shops, charming cafes, with a very eclectic mix of artists.
Relive the story of the hunchback of Notre Dame at the famous Notre Dame Cathedral.
Cruise the blue waters of the famous La Seine River.
For shopping head to Boulevard Haussmann where Galeries Lafayette and Printemps stores are located
Meander through the Champs Elysées and Avenue Montaigne for more luxury and expensive items.
Visit malls like Les Quatre temps and Le Millénaire.
La Vallée Village is the best of the Paris-area outlet malls is just five minutes from the Disneyland Resort outside Paris. This 90-store mall is designed with a village setting and has high-end brands shops—including Celine, Christian Lacroix, Givenchy—Open daily (except Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and May 1st) from 10 am to 7 pm.
You will be stepping in the fairyland of your childhood and you will relive classic stories and fairy tales that made you dream for so long. It is great opportunity to combine the magic of Disney with the romance of Paris.
Discover what is behind the scene at Walt Disney studios.
Shop at the Val D’europe shopping Centre filled with popular designers or at La Vallée Village a chic outlet shopping Centre.
Renowned for being the vacation spot of the aristocrats and the artists it features a shore-line of sparkling emerald-green waters, picturesque cliff top-towns, palm trees fringing upscale promenades, a plethora of museums and galleries, eucalyptus scented narrow cobblestone streets and historic towns.
What to do:
For extensive shopping visit Sylvie T ,Cop Copine, Notre-Dame-Jean-Médecin-rue de Paradis street and Agnès B .
Treat yourself to irresistible chocolates at Maison Auer.
Walk along the promenade des Anglais and feel the energetic vibes or sit at a bohemian café and watch the world go by.
Discover the old town of Nice leading you to ancient buildings with red-tile roofs, traditional markets, and charming small restaurants.
Explore the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire and the Palais Massena an enchanting mansion near the beach, offering incredible art collections.
Glamour, Glitz, Galas, Film Festivals, vast yachts, glittering nightlife, casinos and high end restaurants characterize Cannes. Once a small fishing village it is today an expensive seaside town considered to be one of the social hubs of Europe. In May, the venue for the Cannes Film Festival, entertaining the rich and famous tourists can spot celebrities and actors and unveil the stunning architecture of Le Suquet, with its cobblestones streets and breathtaking views, or sit at street side café watching the world go by.
Wander through the pedestrian walkway Meynadier where you’ll find discount clothing and crafts.
Take a stroll through the famous La croisette Boulevard the home of the Cannes Festival offering lots of shopping, fancy dining and you can see handprints and autographs of various celebrities on the sidewalk.
Visit the Musée de la Castre and enjoy the stunning view from the top of the tower across the whole city of Cannes.
Label lovers will drool over the high-end shopping in rue d’Antibes with brands like Dior and Hermes.
Sun, sand and waves, luxury yachts filling an old port, fashion boutiques, provincial markets, terrace cafes attracting the European and American jet set. St Tropez is renowned for its unbeatable setting and glamorous vibe.
Art lovers can admire the works of Signac, Denis, Matisse, Picasso and more at the Musée de l’Annonciade, converted from a 16th-century chapel to an eclectic modern art museum.
A must visit shopping triangle between the Place des Lices, Rue Gambetta and Rue Allard.
Good shops to browse through: Rondini and La chemise Tropezienne,
Swim in the shallow warm waters of La plage de la Pampelonne
Discover Cap Taillat with a clear blue sea mingling with green hills full of olive trees.
Port Grimaud, known as “Little Venice”, to admire its canals, bridges, boutiques and charming houses
A blend of crystal clear azure waters in the shade of medieval walled towns, more than a thousand islands blanketed in luxuriant vegetation, awe-inspiring stone built fishing villages, ancient architecture and a flourishing cultural scene.
What to do:
Visit the Diocletian’s Palace of Split one of the most imposing ruins in existence
Walk around the famous city walls of Dubrovnik.
Discover the bewitching Plitvice lakes national park with its foaming waterfalls and deep turquoise lakes.
In Zagreb don’t miss out on ST Marc’s church a 19-century church housing masterpieces of Ivan Mestrovic, Croatia’s most famous sculptor.
Visit in Zagreb Ilica, the main street running west from Jelačić . It is known for being the traditional hub of the shopping scene. Look out for Croatian designers’ boutiques like I-GLE, Prostor, Roba, A’Marie and Maria.
When it comes to malls take a look atCentar Kaptol and the Cvjetni Centar, located along the city center’s lively pavement-café strip.
Dubrovnik’s shopping escapade must begin at Maria Boutique, an exciting fashion-forward concept store that draws repeat customers all the way from the capital to experience its offering.
Head to Lega-Lega one of Croatia’s most visible brands where you will find everything from T-shirts to stationery to drinks coasters.
For souvenirs bring back olive oil, honey and wine.
Ayia Napa is synonymous with sun-fried golden sandy beaches, turquoise crystal clear waters, an unbeatable party scene, dreamy forts and piers lost on the shores and multiethnic restaurants.
What to do:
Swim and attend beach or foam parties with guests DJ’s at Nissi Beach.
Napa Bungee is one of Ayia Napa’s favorite venues.
With its crystal clear waters, Ayia Napa offers some great diving spots and offers excellent conditions for both beginners and experienced divers with unusual rock formations, tunnels and even sunken boats to explore.
Visit Ayia Napa by bike a great opportunity to discover stunning hidden shelters.
Ayia Napa boasts a myriad of water activities like water-skiing, jet-skiing, windsurfing, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, sailing, parasailing, or rides on banana boats, doughnuts and pedalos. There are also plenty of boat trips to Capo Greco
You can buy unique accessories at the Indian shop or at la Forêt de bijoux.
You will find international shops like Birkenstock, Calvin Klein Lacoste, London Clothing Company, Puma along with cute affordable souvenirs shops like Lepus, Anthina gifts and so many others.
For the social scene head to the square that stays alive till the wee hours.
Whilst the Italian cities are treasure troves of the country’s sizzling history they also offer exquisite shopping, enticing ruins, vibrant nightlife, amazing food and breathtaking sceneries.
With a historic center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site , wonderful palaces, amazing shopping avenues, millennium-old churches, grand romantic ruins, opulent monuments, ornate statues ,graceful fountains and a growing night scene Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
What to do
Sightseeing is a must in Rome you have lots of options like Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum .
Walk along the River Tiber, Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona and villa Borghese gardens.
Meander through Via Cola di Rienzo, the commercial heart of the Prati neighborhood just north of the Vatican, it is a popular shopping destination for Romans.
Castel Romano Designer outlet would be a good bet for bargains.
With cozy alleyways, exquisite cuisine (notably fish and seafood), renovated old port, dazzling sights (including one of Europe’s biggest aquariums), pastel-colored terracotta-roofed houses, artistic churches, charming seaside villas, and also several luxurious boutiques, Genoa is a must see
Search for the whimsical lighthouses and the charming fountain of Piazza de Ferrari.
Visit the gorgeous Cathedral of Genoa.
Via Caffa is the most popular outlet for designer labels, while Almanacco and Betty Page sell a wealth of pre-owned, vintage couture pieces, enough to please the most discerning shoppers.
You can shop at the Serravalle Designer Outlet easily reachable by bus.
Unveil the charm of Florence and walk through the charming medieval streets hiding over 80 museums, magnificent churches and basilicas, the splendid Vecchio Bridge and a tantalizing cuisine rich in olive oil.
One of the gems of Italy is the awe-inspiring Cupola Del Brunelleschi and its smashing paintings.
To get a great overview of the city, you have plenty of choices: climb the dome of the Cathedral or Giotto’s Bell Tower which is much easier or head for Piazzale Michelangelo or climb a bit further to the church of San Miniato al Monte, a sublime 11th century masterpiece, with superb Renaissance sculptures. At the hour of vespers, the place becomes magical with the chants of the monks
Serious shoppers can spend a blissful afternoon exploring the shops of Piazza Santo Spirito.
There are also a few places to buy things, from the high-end jewelry stores lining the Ponte Vecchio to some of the most famous shops in the world; Gucci, Pucci, Ferragamo, Valentino, Prada, Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Buccellati, Frette, as well as many more wonderful shops that aren’t yet world famous.
Discover the bargains of Barberino designer outlet.
You can buy some amazing leather jackets or shoes from La Pelle shop or Wilma Firenze.
Ride a gondola and cruise through the whimsical canals, the amazing restaurants the waterfront palazzos, majestic palaces and churches, operas and classical music performances, art galleries, fresh pasta and pastries. Even though it is one of the most touristic destinations, Venice has retained its fascinating atmosphere and romantic charm.
What to do:
Visit piazza San Marco, Bridge of Sights and Ducal palace.
Take a boat tour to Grand Canal.
Don’t come back without the ubiquitous awesome carnival Venetian mask.
You can find it at MondoNovo Maschere: One of the oldest mask-making shops.
Shoppers can delve into the glorious collection of labels in Piazza San Marco.
30min away from Venice you will find the MC Arthur Glen outlet Noventa-di-piave Designer outlet
Trade-fair complexes, sparkling nightlife, the prestige of opera at La Scala, elegant towns , opulent gardens , bewitching lakes, Milan is Italy’s city of the future, a fast-paced metropolis where creativity and fashion are a must. It’s also a city with ancient roots and extraordinary treasures.
Visit the Duomo, the Sforza Castle and La Scala opera.
Discover the enchanting Cathedral of Milan.
Try the outlets around the corso Vittorio Emanuele II, where you will find awesome bargains. Serious shopaholics should invest in a copy of the factory outlets bible Scoprioccasioni.
Among Milan’s best known and longest established outlets is Il Salvagente (‘the lifesaver’), which has three floors of top stuff for men and women, all carefully arranged by size and color.
Equally worthwhile bargains can be found at discount outlets with more convenient, central locations – places like Dmagazine Outlet.
An island famed for its torrid nightlife but Ibiza has lots of other things to offer like a traditional dreamy countryside, flawless shores, a quaint cobblestoned old town, a mystical rock island and a mouthwatering fluffy pastry the ensaimada.
What to do:
Visit the impressive castle of Ibiza that provides great views of the city,
Swim at Cala Conta where the sea is exceptionally pleasant with warm shallow waters, abundant fish and wonderful views.
Head to Cala Bassa a beautiful bay with a pine forest as a back drop with good food, drinks and a DJ.
Experience the extraordinary night life of Ibiza at Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club where David Guetta might be playing his music.
For vintage clothes Hola Hola (Mercat Vell) is the place to be.
For made-in-Ibiza pieces go to Kurru Kurru (Plaza del Parque) and Loyandford at White Horse Boutique (Calle de la Cruz)
And for designer labels visit reVOLVER (Calle Bisbe Azara), Galy (Isidoro Macabich) and Mayurka (Vara de Rey and Avinguda Ignasi Wallis
A very cosmopolitan resort renowned for its elegance and its charming historic quarter, filled with whitewashed buildings, remnants of a ninth-century Arab fortresses and fragrant orange trees.
What to do:
Marbella’s main thoroughfare, the Avenida Ricardo Soriano, is a major shopping district and home to some of the area’s best shops and top fashion boutiques, seeming to stretch for miles.
For heavy shopping Paseo Maritimo is the place to be.
Stroll around the old quarter where you can shop and stumble upon charming chapels.
Meander through Avenida Del Mar where you will find statutes of Salvador Dali, Tapas Bars along the streets with soft warm Mediterranean breezes and stunning views of the calm Mediterranean Sea.
On La Plaza de Los Aranjos (The Orange square) the oldest church of Marbella (dating back to the 15th century) is situated the “Ermita de Santiago”. La Plaza de Los Aranjos is a square with cafés and restaurants and a lovely fountain and lots of orange trees.
A pleasant city drenched in sun, hiding outdoor markets, exquisite restaurants, fancy shops, museums, secret squares, quaint fountains, marvelous palaces and churches not to forget the extensive and reliable Metro system.
What to do:
Head down to La Gavina, nestled on the edge of Port Vell, for fresh seafood on the terrace while you watch the yachts swinging gently on the water. Try the lobster paella – the prized crustacean is caught right in the city’s historic fishing harbor.
Soak up the sun at Barceloneta Beach with its long stretches of sand.
Visit La Sagrada Familia and the mansion of Palau Güell designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí.
For shopping explore the famous Las Ramblas Avenue or head to the department store El Corte Inglés.
La Roca village is a luxury outletshopping venue with over 100 fashion boutiques.
At Heron city you will find many fashion outlet stores in this shopping Centre selling brands like Bershka, Diesel, Pepe Jeans, Funky Fish, Pull& Bear and Paddock Line also have outlets here, as well as the shoe shops Querol and Vermont.
Seville is famous for being the burial site of Christopher Colombus and for its Bohemian architecture, its colorful festivals and lively nightlife. Seville is definitely dazzling with its three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and its antique charm.
What to do:
Explore the impressive Alcazar palace complex, an architectural gem.
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See will spellbind you with its gothic style. It is the burial site of Christopher Columbus.
The main shopping district is home to all the big international and Spanish clothing lines (such as Zara who has at least 4 separate stores in Seville). The winding streets and alleyways of the Santa Cruz area (around the Cathedral) offer Spanish- and Andalusian-themed T-shirts and inexpensive flamenco dresses.
The Corte Ingles (translated literally to “The English Cut”) is a large chain of department stores located throughout Spain selling clothes in the “American style” like Toro de Fuego, Bershka, Blanco ,El Corte Inglés, Massimo Dutti and Stradivarius.
Koh Samui- Bangkok- Phi Phi Island
Between pristine shores fringed with coconut and palm trees, crystal clear turquoise waters and rainforests comes Koh Samui. This island boasts ancient secret coves where Buddhist monks used to hide to meditate. From bustling to breathtaking explore Bangkok with its holy temples, magical palaces, vibrant markets and its top-notch social scene. In Phi Phi islands watch the gypsy boats vanish on the horizon and take advantage of the pure shallow waters of the unparalleled blue lagoons.
What to do:
Have a drink at Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui, packed with trendy nightclubs.
Discover Silver Beach with sandy golden shores and its crystal clear waters.
Central Festival Samui, is the largest shopping complex in Samui’ with a myriad of shops and restaurants. It is located between Chaweng’s Beach Road and the nearby lake.
Visit the flower market and the exotic floating markets in Bangkok.
Have an amazing traditional Thai meal at Blue elephant then sip a drink at the rooftop of Moon Bar at the hip Banyan tree resort, enjoying stunning views of Bangkok
Some good malls to visit: Silom complex, Siam center Bangkok boasting local designs, Terminal 21 and Central Embassy.
Head to outlets where you will definitely find bargains like GRI at Emporium, Bangkok Fashion outlet, Amarin Plaza and Levi’s factory outlets.
Phi Phi Island
Snorkel and dive into the amazingly clear waters of Phi Phi island and visit Maya beach which has figured in the movie the Beach starring Leonardo Di Caprio.
Go Bird Watching endemic rare birds like egrets, bitterns, herons and more.
Namlily is a tiny but charming shop located in the lane right behind Phi Phi Banyan Villa in central Tonsai Village. French owned, this boutique sells customized vintage dresses (vintage dresses transformed to new models) as well as original handbags, shoes, jewelries and other accessories.
An island that has won many travel awards, home to lush green hills ,sandy shores, sacred temples standing among green rice fields and opulent jungles sheltering mischievous monkeys.
What to do:
Visit the magical Sekumpul Waterfalls.
Visit the scenic Indonesian temple the Gunung Kawi
Unwind on Menjangan Island with clear crystal waters, variety of corals, and rainbow-colored fish everywhere .
Get dazzled by Tirta Gangga a breathtaking palace and garden.
Bring back some dried spices and coffee that you could find at local supermarkets.
Shop at Hardy’s Malls, MaidenLove and Kudeta Boutique You can find Stylish multi-brand boutiques in the heart of Seminyak. Seminyak, with its eclectic mix of world-class restaurants, is also a trove of designer boutiques, international surf shops and lifestyle brand outlets.
Watch a cultural dance performance
It is a mystic land hiding sacred lakes, ancient temples, quaint shrines, artistic rituals parades and festivals, remote villages and a legendary valley bordered by verdant mountains.
What to do:
Don’t miss out on the very imposing Boudhanath stupa, believed to house some of the remains of previous great sages and the bones of Buddha.
Visit Kathmandu’s Durbar Square was where the city’s kings were once crowned and legitimized
Discover the Changu Narayan the oldest temple of Nepal with wonderful history, carvings and statues.
Buy your souvenirs from the cashmere outlet and Sk handicrafts export in Kathmandu.
A mixture of subtle flavors and smashing diversity with limestone islands lost in a sea, surreal caves, breathtaking sandy bays protected by coral reefs, shady boulevards, astonishing colonial architecture , more than 600 mystical temples and pagodas and a very healthy widely-admired cuisine.
Spot the unusual breed of turtles swimming in the Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Explore Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter comprising nearly 40 streets packed with shops selling traditional gems and excellent food.
If you are interested in history don’t miss out on the incredible Temple of Literature & National University. It is an excellent historical site that is refreshingly different from traditional temples or other religious sites.
For extensive shopping don’t miss out on the Factory Outlet in the old quarter of Hanoi.
Visit Metiseko (Hoan Kiem District) in Hanoi a chic boutique with silk dresses handmade cushions and purses
Head to indigo store for hand dyed gowns and embroideries (Hang Gai, Hanoi)
A diverse land of glitzy skyscrapers, modern towers, venerated temples, rainforests and lush tropical jungles, colorful festivals ,a gastronomical paradise and a flawless multiethnic fusion of Malay , Chinese, and Indian civilizations.
What to do:
Visit the Petronas Towers, an impressive icon of Kuala Lumpur, dominating the skyline of the city.
The Islamic Arts Museum is one of the finest museums in Malaysia showcasing hundreds of exquisite artifacts, calligraphies, and architectural wonders from the whole Islamic World.
Bukit Bintang offers loads of shops malls (like the Pavillon) along with eateries and a vibrant nightlife.
Berjaya Times Square is a huge mall, accommodating up to 1,000 retail outlets with 65 of them being restaurants.
The Factory Outlet Store (F.O.S.) is a store chain you can find throughout all Malaysia. At the F.O.S. you can find many well-known labels like Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Abercrombie and Fitch and Paul Frank.
Sri Lanka will definitely spellbind you with its 1600 km of pristine palm fringed sun baked to perfection coastline, Blue and humpback whales , a native healing system like Ayurveda , cities engulfed with opulent jungles ancient temples, palaces, monasteries and marvelous tea fields.
In Colombo buy handmade souvenirs from Barefoot shop where you can also sip a cup of coffee on the rooftop.
You can find elegant sarees at Selyn shop.
Visit the interesting, decent shopping mall Odel in Colombo
Visit the orphanage of the elephants in Pinnawala and the temple of the tooth in Kandy where a relic of Buddha’s tooth is kept.
Sigiriya is a unique witness to the civilization of Ceylon with a fascinating king’s palace complex at the summit of the rock. Nearly a miniature city in its own , it consists of a palace, fortified rock fortress, an organized system of cisterns, and various rock carvings and sculptures.
Warm limpid waters sheltering more than thousand species of rainbow-colored fish and underwater creatures, swaying coconut trees powdery beaches, tropical fruits, exotic resorts make it an idyllic worry-free world.
What to do:
Diving, snorkeling riding glass bottom boats.
Travel to the inhabited islands with brightly painted house walls and harbor areas and learn about the local culture.
Go night-fishing and then grill the fish you caught to perfection over red hot ambers and enjoy your delicious meal on a secluded virgin island.
Do not forget to buy souvenirs from Male’s handicraft shops. Most of souvenir shops are in the northern end of Chaandanee Magu which was earlier known as the Singapore Bazaar.
You can buy wooden fish, t-shirts, jewelries, Maldivian woven mat with local natural fibers and many other items.
A multifaceted city oozing exoticism with chaotic markets, domes and turrets, ancient bazaars and a downtown lined with posh eateries and flamboyant boutiques.
What to do:
Explore Swaminarayan Akshardham a fantastic temple showing spirituality at its best.
Travelers and locals flock to the India Gate, the national monument of India that honors the soldiers who died in World War I and the Third Afghan War.
Visit King’s Park Street, a prominent flea market shopping destination in Delhi, with stalls selling clothes, handicrafts, antiques, and artifacts from all over India. Events, exhibitions, folk dances and theater performances will be held there as well, accompanied by regional cuisine and street food.
Check the very posh mall: the Select Citywalk.
Goa still holds the antique Portuguese charm, brimming with quaint churches, mystical temples, magnificent mosques and a delicious cuisine reflecting its history and striking festivals.
What to do:
Walk through the old Goa and reconnect with history discovering where inquisitions used to take place and where slaves used to be sold.
Basilica Bom Jesus is a Jesuit basilica with mortal remnants of St Francis Xavier listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Goa buy your souvenirs from Tuk Tuk shop renowned for havingquirky funny little gifts.
With 22 km of unending sandy golden shores, fizzy turquoise waters, energetic street performers, glitzy mariachis, upscale sidewalk cafes, occasional Mayan festivals and the smells of the rainforest you will have a literal taste of Mexico.
What to do:
Discover the marvels and mysteries of the Mayan culture in Tulum where different ruins and a fortress still remain.
Swim with the dolphins and sea lions at the interactive aquarium.
Discover the fancy stores and restaurants of La Isla.
Buy your souvenirs from Mercado 28 a huge flea market situated in the heart of downtown Cancun where you will find Mexican handicrafts and silver jewelry at half the price of the Hotel Zone.
Time stands still in this uncanny city where glamour mingles with delicate colonial-era architecture on a backdrop of dreamy colored buildings, open air bazaars, charming walkaways bordering the ocean and parties lasting till the wee hours.
What to do
One good place to shop at Galería Comercial Comodoro, which houses Mango, Adidas, Converse, Benetton, and Clarks stores.
Discover outstanding displays of Cuban art at the National museum of beautiful arts.
Get a glimpse of Cuba’s best salsa dance party at Casa De La Musica.
Discover the Bacardi Building an exceptional art-deco landmark that was first built for the Bacardi rum company and which was once the largest building in Cuba.
A city trapped in time, where you will encounter national parks with intimidating indigenous animals, fireflies lighting up the sky above roaring savannas, Blue Mountains and glorious beaches.
Visit Robben Island in Table Bay where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.
Explore the scenic Kruger National Park.
For shopping in Cape Town, discover Red Shed Craft Warehouse for artifacts and traditional South African art and head to Cape Quarter Mall.
In Johannesburg You can find everything that you are looking for at Fourways Mall, Sandton City shopping mall and Killarney mall.
In Johannesburg look out for the ‘Antique Alley an interesting street bursting with all kinds of antique shops and restaurants.
Run away from the hustle and bustle of the modern life and unwind on the hideaways beaches savoring barbequed fish. Or you can contemplate the ocean lapping the endless golden shores and the lush flora. In this idyllic world you will definitely lose track of time.
What to do
Explore the secluded beaches of Praslin National park where you will spot the endemic endangered coco de mer, the Bulbul and the black parrot.
Visit the hectic very colorful market of Victoria with its small shops offering local food and craft items made from coconuts, clothing, jewelries and the hand-dyed sarongs called pareos.
Check the Kreol Fleurage outlets selling unique spicy perfumes with different aromas like vanilla, Ylang Ylang patchouli nutmeg and lemon.
Don’t miss out on Kreolor gold jewelries made in the Seychelles with an exotic timber using coconut shells, takamaka and seashells.
Buy an exotic Eco Friendly T-Shirt at Maki
Mea and Levant
An extremely luxurious skyline, hiding glittering skyscrapers, uber -trendy hotels, upscale shopping malls and avenues, phenomenal artificial islands, marvelous fountains and fancy beachfronts fringed with palm trees.
What to do:
Explore the Palm islands, the three largest artificial islands in the world, located just off the coast of Dubai.
Swim with the dolphins at Atlantis or at the Dubai Dolphinarium.
Enjoy the endless water-sport opportunities as Dubai has some of the whitest and sandiest beaches in the world. Ocean temperatures range from 22°C in winter up to 35°C in summer.
Attend a camel race.
Explore the Burj Khalifa , the tallest building in the world.
Watch the mesmerizing Dubai Fountain which dances to the music. It happens to be the world’s largest choreographed fountain system.
Watch the sunset over the sandy dunes in a hot air balloon.
Dubai is renowned for its huge choice of shopping malls like The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta mall and Dubai Outlet Mall, a very large mall, with many “factory outlets”.
A city looking like a fairytale right out of the Arabian nights featuring lush gardens and parks, green boulevards lining all the streets and roads, sophisticated high-rise buildings, international luxury hotel chains and ultra-modern shopping malls.
Yas Island hosts Abu Dhabi’s Formula 1 track and the new Ferrari theme park, the largest indoor and the only Ferrari branded theme park in the world.
Unveil the charm of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque boasting splendid architectural features from all over the Islamic world.
Discover the Marina Mall, Mushriff Mall, Abu Dhabi Mall and Tchibo Outlet located in Khalidiya Mall.
Sharm el Sheikh
It is one of the finest diving spots in the world with diverse marine life, hundreds of magnetic coral reefs, a dreamy combination of desert and sea, a vivacious social scene and posh shopping boulevards.
What to do:
A trip into the desert would be an unforgettable adventure.
Diving, snorkeling and riding glass bottom boats in Ras Um Sid, where you will find astonishing coral reefs and tremendous variety of sea life.
For an extensive shopping and nightlife head, to SOHO square featuring fancy boutiques, bars and restaurants.
An open-air museum with catacombs, roman amphitheaters, dazzling oriental souks and bazaars, uncanny temples and Pyramids, astonishing parks and gardens. Walk along the Nile promenade and feel the breeze and the exhilarating vibes coming from this majestic city.
What to do:
Visit the pyramids then cruise the mysterious Nile and discover the Valley of the Kings and Queens.
Explore the Egyptian Antiquities museum housing the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts (more than 120,000 items on display).
Citystars is Egypt’s premier shopping mall and is quite comparable to a foreign mall. It offers most international brands.
Zamalek has a number of small, but high-end shops, along with shops selling crafts, jewelry and other items.
Amman is a diverse city with varied architecture, home to numerous churches and a multicultural population. Even within the midst of the ultra-modern commercial center of the city there is evidence of its ancient roots, with colorful ancient souks, Roman ruins, cultural museums and monuments painting a picture of the history of the region.
Visit the Roman amphitheater dating back to more than 2000 year old architecture and well preserved.
Explore the Royal automobile museum showing the royal family cars’ collection (especially king Hussein collections)
Follow the narrow passages that lead you to the wonderful dwellings, tombs caves theatres and obelisks of the whimsical rose red city Petra.
Designer boutiques in neighborhoods such as Sweifieh and Abdoun to traditional Arab souks, Amman has plenty of opportunities to indulge in a spot of retail therapy.
Visit Abdoun Amman Mall and Mecca Mall, the Fashion outlet store, and the Designers Outlet department stores.
At Al Bourgan you will find a selection of crafts and souvenirs with reasonable prices. It’s behind Jordan InterContinental Hotel.
A very serene region Situated at the lowest point of the earth with fabulous shores, naturally therapeutic, poor in pollution, rich in minerals and marked with an exceptional mud. It will guarantee the enhancement of your beauty and comfort.
What to do:
See the major biblical sites like the baptism place and the Mount Nebo housing the remnants of a church commemorating the biblical story of Moises .
A good place you could visit, the Samarah Mall which was opened recently.
Buy sea salts lotions and sops from the famous brand “treasures of the Dead Sea”.
Grab the opportunity to behold Europe’s immense charm and historic wealth and create a treasure trove of lifetime memories. In Istanbul, go back in time and visit the landmarks of the old city of Sultanahmet and venture around the Grand Bazaar for souvenirs. Stroll Around the narrow streets of medieval Bari and discover the catacomb overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
Encounter romantic cities, breathtaking Landmarks and unforgettable landscapes. Walk around the upscale avenues hidden squares and fountains of Barcelona and take a look at the uncanny Sagrada Familia. In Naples explore the seafront and enjoy the mild climate while sipping a coffee at one of the chic cafes dominating the sea.
Admire charming islands, medieval quarters, gorgeous beaches and UNESCO World Heritage sites. While in Dubrovnik meander through the pedestrian cobblestones streets and get dazzled by the old fortification walls overlooking the fiery blue Adriatic. Discover the traditional Blue and White Santorini and its volcanic islets floating on a picturesque bay.