If you’re trying to plan a refined but laid back vacation but have no idea what to do, you should seriously consider going on a wine tasting vacation. Contrary to popular belief, this type of vacation is not only for the rich and famous. A lot of people choose to go wine tasting rather than sunbathing under the scorching sun. With so many destinations to choose from, you can easily plan your wine tasting vacation according to your needs and budget. To help you with your planning, here is a list of the top 3 wine tasting destinations for 2012.
1. Rioja, Spain
Roija is the oldest among the wine regions in Spain. It is also considered to be the greatest of them all. After all, it has centuries of wine making experience backing it up. This quaint and picturesque countryside is home to almost 600 wineries and vineyards.
The best places to go wine tasting in Rioja are Bodegas Franco-Españolas, Viña Real, and Bodegas Muga. All of these wineries offer wine tasting events by appointment so make sure to book your visit ahead of time especially if you’re going during harvest time which is late September to early October.
2. Danube, Austria
The Danube River is lined with some of the best vineyards in the world. People from all over the world visit Danube not only to experience its wines but also to bask in the beauty of its landscape. The best time to go is during the Lower Austria Autumn Wine Festival in August through November. During this time, almost 800 wine tasting events are held throughout the region.
3. Monterey County, California USA
Monterey County is the premier wine tasting destination in the United States. If you want to take part in the biggest wine tasting event in this region, you should definitely book yourself a seat in the A Taste of Monterey soiree. This event showcases the offerings of more than 85 wineries located across the county. If you are looking for a more exclusive wine tasting event, you can book an appointment in one of the vineyards in Monterey.
Asia is the best place to go if you are looking to have a relaxing vacation under the sun because it is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With so many choices, vacationers will definitely have a hard time deciding where to go. To make things easier for you, we came up with a list of the top 3 beaches in Asia.
1. Boracay Island, Philippines
Boracay Island has consistently made it to the list of Top 10 Beaches in the World for several years. In 2012, it was named as the best island in the world by internationally acclaimed travel magazine, Travel and Leisure.
Boracay is known for its pristine white sand beaches, wide variety of water activities, and happening nightlife. The restaurants that can be found on the island offer a wide variety of cuisines. You will also find a shopping center on the beachfront.
The best time to go to Boracay are during the months of March to early June.
2. Railay Beach, Thailand
If you’re looking for a beach that offers a wide range of activities but away from the hustle and bustle of tourist hotspots, Railay Beach in Thailand is the best place for you. The beach is small enough to get from one place to another. Also, there isn’t much of a nightlife here. But if you’re after enjoying warm waters and sun-worshipping, you can go wrong with Railay Beach.
3. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
Radhanagar Beach is the best destination for couples looking to spend some quality time in a romantically picturesque location. Unlike the other beaches on this list, the sand in Radhanagar Beach is gold in color. There aren’t a lot of dining establishments to choose from but one will never go hungry as hotels and locals are always ready to oblige visitors.
Lima in Peru has successfully gotten away from a bad image into a very grandiose one. Years ago, tourists couldn’t get away fast enough from this city, but not, with all the rediscovered glories of the colonial and the ore-conquistador eras, more and more people from all over the world are visiting over and over again.
It is said that one of the many beautiful things about Lima is its fabulous sunset considered as one of the most magnificent in the world. One of the reasons for this is because it is ideally located facing west directly across the Pacific, allowing the setting sun to magically flood its rays into the beaches.
From the paragliders spiraling the horizon, to the surfers beating the waters, to the bodies lying on the beaches, the scenes in Lima are almost very much Californian. Add the fact that most hotels are world-class and some even have rooftop infinity pools.
This development has been happening to this city in recent years. This is the reason for the undeniable booming tourism.
The City of Kings
Before Lima became a booming tourism city though, it was acknowledged as the City of Kings because it is rich with regal history and legacy brought by the Spanish conquistadores. Fortunately, the forgotten legacy was rediscovered and once again, Lima has been cleaned and restored to show off its colonial gems and other treasures like the cathedrals.
Peru has been very lucky to have missed out on the global recession, and the government was able to remodel the Museo Larco, a place worth visiting because of its galleries of Chimu jewellery in silver and gold that lights up every time visitors approach
If you have always been apprehensive to visit Lima in Peru because of its previous bad image, then there is nothing to worry about anymore. This city has once again claimed its title as the City of Kings, and every visitor will know why.
There are many rivers in Europe that can be rafted, from the arctic north on Iceland and the Scandinavian Peninsula, especially Norway, to the south of the continent in the countries of Spain, Italy and the ones where the Alps are located, such as Austria and Switzerland there are many rivers to be rafted and they offer different experience and require more or less knowledge and practice in rafting. So whether you are a beginner or a professional in white water rafting Europe is probably the best destination to visit.
The great mountain range of the Alps combined with the many fast flowing rivers here are one of the best locations in Europe for rafting. Switzerland and Austria, but also Germany, Italy and France are popular destinations, Rhein is one of the most popular destinations in Switzerland and it is known as the Grand Canyon of Switzerland, another location also in Switzerland is the Lutchine River and it is considered to be a top rafting destination. The river Inn runs in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, but in Austria at the region of Tyrol, the river offers best conditions for rafting. Another popular Alpine destination is the river Noce in Italy, the river is fed by the melting glaciers and goes raging down the wild Val di Sole (Sun Valley), and it offers very exciting rafting and most spectacular sights.
There are also many rafting trips in Europe where you can see the history of the land, such would be a trip on the Vitava river in the Czech Republic, you can see many farms and villages on the trip while paddling more than 80 killometers. Another destination where you can see old and historical places is the Corhu River in Turkey, but this is one of the more extreme trips and it is recommended to more experienced rafters.
If you are going on a visit in one of the most important political countries of the European Union, Belgium than you should surely visit some of the chocolate stores there and try the unique and very tasteful treats. Although Switzerland and Austria are probably better known than Belgium when it comes to the chocolate business, in Belgium it has always been about quality and perfection. Belgium chocolate has raised the standards of quality in chocolate and it is an example of a great product.
Belgium chocolate has been produced centuries back and it has been developed and its quality has been improved for centuries. Today there are many small shops that are still producing chocolate by the original old recipes and made by hand, it is this establishment that are very popular and frequently visited by tourists. Belgian chocolate, same as wine in many countries and cheese in France or Holland, can be tasted at special chocolate tours that include several shops and more types of chocolate.
The chocolate shops in Belgium are especially famous for the pralines; pralines are filled with various creams or nougats, including hazelnut, coffee, some fruit taste or chocolate. Today there are many chocolate companies that are specialized in pralines and they are well – known worldwide, such are Leonida, Neuhaus, Nirvana, Godiva etc. There are actually over 2000 small and large companies operating in the chocolate business in Belgium today. In Brussels there are more than one chocolate museum where you can go and learn about the history of the chocolate and the process of making it, you can also by souvenirs. Walking tours are organized and start at several popular spots in the city and will take you to the most popular and important chocolate locations.