To celebrate World Tourism Day (27th September), we look at some of the interesting activities you can enjoy in a variety of overseas destinations.
From scenic rail journeys through the Swiss countryside to trekking through a sacred valley, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for unique and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the GLT Show on Thursday 11th October.
1. Sit back on a scenic rail journey through the Alps, Switzerland
Switzerland is a mountainous region with scenery that varies from large lakes, to quaint villages and the snow-caps of the Alps. One of the best ways to take in the country’s scenery is, therefore, on a scenic rail journey. The rail networks offers travellers a panoramic view of glaciers, mountain passes and expansive countryside, all from the comfort of their seat.
The Switzerland Travel Centre offers a range of itineraries for groups allowing you to experience the best the country can offer.
2. Explore the picturesque Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Croatia is four times smaller than England but is home to seven UNESCO world heritage sites. According to Visit Croatia, Plitvice Lake is the country’s most popular tourist site and is a must-see for visitors. With 16 terraced lakes, connected by a series of waterfalls, the National Park is the ideal place for those looking to indulge in a bit of natural serenity.
Lyra Hotel Plitvice via Happy Tours offers group stays in the unique location of Plitvice, at the gateway to the park.
3. Come face to face with the Big Five, Uganda
Uganda is home to the entire Big Five, as well as an abundance of other mammals, primates and birds. The diverse landscape of Uganda provides scenery that is as plentiful as its natural inhabitants, from snow-capped mountains to the huge Lake Victoria, it’s definitely the place to go to if you’re looking for an outdoor adventure. A must do is a safari trip, which could lead to you viewing lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes in the wild.
Venture Uganda offers groups the chance to participate in a number of specialist safaris and holidays in Uganda.
4. Trek the Tsum Valley, Nepal
The Tsum Valley in Nepal is one of the remotest Himalayan Valleys. With the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Boudha mountain ranges as its back drop, it’s a picturesque area to visit and is steeped in ancient art, culture and religion, so it offers plenty for groups to explore.
Booking a tour with Alpine Exhibitions Nepal will give your group the opportunity to experience the Tsum Valley, and surrounding Nepal, in a series of outdoor activities and treks.
5. Marvel at monuments and museums, Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands are home to secluded beaches, a lively culture and a large array of monuments, museums and ancient Cathedrals. A notable experience during a stay on the islands is a trip to the Fort Marlborough, an 18th century fortress carved into the rocks.
Looking to plan a European escape for you and your group? Diamond Resorts Europe offers groups the chance to stay on the Balearic Islands, among other European countries.
6. Visit one of the most ancient cities in the world, Israel
Israel offers visitors a unique mix between the past and the present. A visit to Jerusalem, and in particular the Old City of Jerusalem, is a must for groups travelling to the middle-east country. Upon arrival you will pass through one of the seven gates built into the ancient wall, to enter into a town of cobbled streets and an abundance of history.
If a trip to Israel is something that your group would be interested in, then the Israel Government Tourist Office can help with practical advice.
7. Visit the Flower Island, Portugal
Portugal offers visitors a mix between beaches, towns and countryside but one of the highlights is no doubt Madeira, otherwise known as the flower island. The brightly coloured flora and fauna is a botanical lovers paradise and a walk through the High Plateau will give your group views over the valleys and across to the coast.
Whether you choose to visit Portugal or another destination altogether, Travelsphere offers a variety of trips to showcase iconic landmarks and hidden gems.
8. Go to new heights, Benalmadena
The Costa Del Sol (translated as Coast of the Sun) is the ideal location for those looking for a beach-based trip away, but the Southern Spain destination has a lot more to offer to groups than a week spent on a sun lounger.
The Benalmadena Cable Car offers panoramic views of the coast line. Once at the summit, there are a number of walks that can be enjoyed, or groups can head to the dancing horse exhibition or watch a birds of prey show. If heights aren’t your thing, go down into the depths with a visit to the Nerja Caves.
The Sunset Beach Club says it is ideally located for exploring Benalmadena and also offers a range of onsite activities.
You can find out about some of these experiences, plus many more, by meeting exhibitors at this year’s show on Thursday 11th October in Hall 19 at the NEC Birmingham.
You can register for free entry now by filling out the online registration form.