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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Top Must-Visit Attractions in Magnificent Rome

St. Peter's Basilica, believed to be the buria...
St. Peter's Basilica, believed to be the burial site of St. Peter, seen from the River Tiber.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Roberta Stuart

When planning your itinerary, make sure to include these top must-visit attractions when exploring Rome.
As the capital of Italy, millions of tourists from around the world visit Rome to see up close and personal the magnificent and famous historic sites and soak in the rich cultural heritage of the land. Surrounded by seven hills and built on the Tiber River, a trip to this city at anytime of the year will prove its beauty cannot be overstated. Suffice to say, it is pulsating with innumerable attractions, giving you a heady combination of its old grandeur and its vibrant modern lifestyle.
If you have already booked your Rome luxury hotel, make sure to create an itinerary ahead of time to maximize your stay. While the city is now particularly well known as an exceptional shopping destination, you definitely don't want to miss out sightseeing its classic beauty too.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Honeymoon Holidays For Winter Brides

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thailand ko phi phi 02 (Photo credit: FriskoDude)

By Claire Bryant

December Brides

Whilst the shops in England are crammed full of seasonal shoppers sheltering from the rain and making last-minute purchases, the seasonal vibe in Australia is much more laid back with beach barbecues and faux-snow scenes a distant memory. The temperature in Australia during December has been known to reach 40 degrees Celsius, making a welcome change from a Christmas at home in the UK. As Australia is such a large destination, you are spoilt for choice when deciding where to head for your luxury honeymoon, so a multi-centre trip would appear to be the best option. You and your new husband could even opt for a tailor-made honeymoon around the country. However, we recommend spending the first couple of days of your honeymoon holiday alone on the secluded Hayman Island, located in Australia's Whitsunday Islands. Here you can enjoy each other company whilst recovering from the stresses and strains of organising a wedding. Your next stop could be the rainforest location of Bloomfield, where you can spend a couple of days in a rainforest room listening to the sounds of nature, before retreating to an island on the Great Barrier Reef where you can relax for the last few days of your honeymoon holiday.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Finding the Best Deals While Shopping in Rome

English: Piazza Navona, Rome Fran├žais : La pla...
English: Piazza Navona,(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So you planned a vacation or a business trip to Rome, and now you need to figure out where to go shopping. Where do you find the best deals?

You can find all of the famous designer names in Rome such as Armani, Prada, Gucci, Valentino, Dolce e Gabbana, and Versace. And many of these prestigious fashions originate here and in Milan (a few hours north).

Monday, September 17, 2012

6 Things To Be Aware Of Whilst Travelling In Italy

Apse of Bramante's Santa Maria delle Grazie, M...Apse of Bramante's Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)By Paulus Van Henderson

Since Italy hosts over half of the world's great art treasures, any lover of art and history is assured of a richly rewarding experience, which will be all the more rewarding and less frustrating if you know a few things first. As with any country, there are local customs, traditions and ways of doing things that can seem a little strange to the unwary visitor. But importantly, as visitors, it is our responsibility to know as much as possible beforehand so that we don't risk causing offence unnecessarily.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Honeymoon Holidays For Autumn Brides

By Claire Bryant

September Brides

September Brides should head to beautiful South Africa for their luxury honeymoon, where they can choose to stay in a boutique hotel with breathtaking views overlooking Table Mountain. The whale season is reaching its peak on the island of Hermanus and a boat-trip watching the gigantic blue mammals breach out in front of you and your new husband will certainly give you both some incredible memories of your luxury honeymoon. The problem with South Africa is that there is just so much to do and if you and your fiance have loads of destinations in mind, then why not arrange a tailor-made honeymoon which combines a tour of the famous wine regions with a stay at a big five game reserve. The Shamwari Game Reserve is an award-winning destination and on a stay here you can combine a big five safari with animal conservation. The stunning Victoria and Albert Waterfront in Cape Town with its Victorian-esque buildings has a number of stunning restaurants and wine bars that you and your new spouse can toast your nuptials in.
October Brides

October is the perfect time of year for a honeymoon holiday in Egypt. The destination has many excellent resorts from the diving hotspot of Sharm El Sheikh to the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. However for your luxury honeymoon where could be more romantic than the ancient world wonder of Giza's pyramids. The Mena House Oberoi with its dramatic views overlooking the towering great pyramid is ideal for romantic honeymoon holidays and the hotel was a personal favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. You can combine your stay with a romantic cruise down the River Nile stopping off at Agatha Christie's Aswan and enjoying a luxury afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel where 'Death on the Nile' was penned. The river cruise takes in some spectacular sites including the Valley of the Kings and the tomb of Tutankhamen. A romantic champagne felucca ride is the perfect ending to your luxury honeymoon and simply must be experienced whilst on your Egyptian honeymoon holiday.
November Brides

November Brides should definitely take their honeymoon holidays in the historic country of Cuba. This Caribbean island has more to offer than just turquoise waters and white sand beaches, with the ancient colonial streets of historic Havana taking you back in time to the days of the Revolution. A tailor-made honeymoon will see you and your loved one combining the grandeur of the vibrant Capital with the picturesque beauty of the Varadero peninsula, where you can take a catamaran tour through the calm azure seas, before enjoying the once in a lifetime experience of swimming with dolphins. For a lifetime of unique memories, Cuba is the one honeymoon holiday destination not to be missed.
Claire Bryant is a honeymoon holiday expert for key2holidays. Key2holidays has a dedicated team of experienced travel consultants to share their knowledge and help you to plan and book the perfect honeymoon holiday They also offer tailor made holidays to Australia, Cuba, the Caribbean, Italy, the Far East, the Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles, South Africa, Dubai and the Arabian Gulf and Egypt.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Luxury Hotels in Rome - The Top 5

The Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna in Rome.The Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna in Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Alexander Brey

What do you look for in a luxury hotel? Location is important, along with value for money. It is not the cost which matters, but whether you feel you got what you paid for. Chandeliers in the foyer and original wall art not may not be enough to enhance your vacation, but thoughtful additional services, a comfortable room which is sound-proofed, drinks and snacks immediately to hand and an unpacking and pressing service may be exactly what you are looking for. Rome has hundreds of hotels, from budget B&Bs to well located business hotels. We help you narrow down the choice, and spell out exactly the pros and cons of 5 of the most popular luxury hotels in the Eternal City.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Rome's Most Romantic Hotels

The Villa Borghese, Rome, houses the Galleria ...The Villa Borghese, Rome, houses the Galleria Borghese. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Rome's Most Romantic Hotels

By Tom Ingrams

One of the most spectacular cities in the world, Rome is like a living museum, with fountains around every corner and piazzas packed with pavement cafes from which to watch the world go by. There are little better romantic experiences than taking a stroll through these amazing streets or sharing a bottle of wine as night falls over the River Tiber. So here are the best places to stay for that special weekend for two - the most romantic luxury hotels in Rome.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Five Superb Destinations For a Luxury Honeymoon

Deutsch: MaldivesDeutsch: Maldives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Five Superb Destinations For a Luxury Honeymoon

By Claire Bryant

Planning a luxury honeymoon is a challenging proposition. There are so many destinations to choose from, each offering a very different experience, and of course you want a romantic honeymoon that you'll remember forever! But whether you are looking for a desert island retreat or a cultural city break, an ultra luxury experience or an unspoilt wildlife holiday, there are some countries that are just made for a luxury honeymoon - here are five of the best...