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7 Destinations for your 2020 Travel Bucket List

Have you planned your 2020 travel yet? Before you do, check out these fabulous locations.

Choosing a holiday destination is trickier than ever these days. With the world at our finger tips and travel being super accessible, we really are spoilt for choice. Whether you are looking to relax on a leisurely cruise or go on an adventurous escapade, we are certain you will find the perfect destination on this ultimate 2020 travel bucket list.

Travel Department’s escorted tours are the perfect way to get local insights, find some hidden gems and get an authentic travel experience with experienced guides. It’s the best way to see more of what a country has to offer and there are currently thousands of dates on sale as part of their special offer on 2020 holidays.

Western Canada and the Rockies

If a trip that combines stunning outdoor landscapes with vibrant city life sounds good, then a journey through the Great White North is the holiday for you. The national parks of the Rockies span thousands of kilometres across mountains, glaciers, alpine forests and valleys. Wilderness lovers will be in their element here.

Even in the metropolis of Vancouver, you can’t escape the natural beauty of Canada. Just take a walk along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to see exactly what we mean.

Take the tour: This 10-night guided holiday takes in Vancouver, snow-covered highlands, glaciers and more. You’ll visit Wells Gray Park, with its deep canyons, roaring waterfalls and volcanic cones. Other highlights include a Snowcoach ride on the Athabasca Glacier, or the chance to enjoy 360 degree views of the mountain village of Whistler from a gondola. You can also take a walk high above the treetops on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, one of Vancouver’s biggest tourist attractions.

India

India, with its buzzing cities, warm climate and rich food culture is the perfect place for travellers to delve into an authentic experience and enjoy a world away from the office. Once considered the richest country in the world, its spices and gold meant it even made it on to Christopher Columbus’s bucket list.

Today, visitors are still left in awe at what the country has to offer. From the iconic Taj Mahal to the Pink City of Jaipur to the bustling food markets, it truly is the land of milk and honey.

Take the tour: Visit some of India’s most iconic landmarks and explore the regions of Dehli and Rajastan with this 11-night guided tour. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Old Dehli’s bustling streets and visit the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi. The itinerary also includes a visit to the majestic Taj Mahal, a guided tour of Jaipur – the Pink City – and Jodhpur – the Blue City, and a tour of the “Venice of the East” when you explore Udaipur.

Japan

Perhaps one of the fastest growing travel destinations in the world, the wonderfully exotic country of Japan has something for everyone. A seamless blend of new and the old awaits travellers who can enjoy both the high-tech culture alongside the ancient traditions and architecture.

A foodie’s paradise, Japan has long been a revolutionary of the gastronome world. Producing some of the globe’s most exciting and experimental chefs, travellers who enjoy trying new and innovative dishes will love it here.

Take the tour: Visit imperial palaces, stunning countryside, and the bright lights of Tokyo on this 12-night guided tour to this magical country. You’ll take a tour of the traditional city of Kyoto and Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, with a local guide. There’s the chance to take a guided tour of the fateful Hiroshima, travel on the famous bullet train, see Mount Fuji from the Komagatake Ropeway Cable Car, and have a local show you around Toyko city.

The Montenegro Riviera

Take things at a leisurely pace and enjoy sandy beaches, glassy lakes, forest covered mountains and quaint little towns along the way. The Montenegro Riviera, which has been referred to as the ‘Secret Seaside’, is the perfect destination for those looking to relax and soak up some sunshine.

Take a trip back in time while you’re there, with a visit to the old town of Budva. Getting lost inside this walled city means wandering along some beautiful medieval streets. Be sure to try some of the local restaurants, Budva is especially known for its wide selection of desserts.

Take the tour: Take in the coast of Montenegro, do a walking tour of Budva and enjoy guide boat trips down this famous river with this 7-night holiday. Among other things, you’ll explore Cetinje, drive along the spectacular Serpentine Mountain Road and spend a day touring the stunning Boka Bay.

South Africa

From food and wine to nature and wildlife, nowhere offers more adventure than the rainbow nation. The vibrant city of Cape Town welcomes almost two million travellers each year thanks to the array of activities on offer there. The city’s proximity to lots of popular tourist attractions makes it a great place to base yourself during your stay.

Visit the notorious Robben Island where Nelson Mandela served 18 years of his prison sentence or, for stunning panoramic views of the cityscape, take a cable car up Table Mountain.

South Africa is road trip heaven, with the Garden Route taking in views of vineyards and ocean scenery. Stop along the way to visit breath-taking waterfalls and a place so beautiful they named it God’s Window!

Take the tour: Cape Town, the Garden Route and safari adventures await on this 13-night holiday. You’ll also take in a tour at a local winery, tour along the breathtaking Cape Peninsula, and travel out to Robben Island. Your guide will show you the beautiful Garden Route and Route 62. The packed itinerary also includes trips to the incredible Tsitsikamma National Park and Forest, a safari to Kariega Game Reserve and much, much more.

Central Europe

Close to home and rich in history, central Europe is ideal for those looking to travel, discover and relax. Taking a cruise along the river Danube is a fantastic way to see several countries on one trip. Some of the most exciting places to stop off include Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. From grand palaces to Gothic cathedrals, romantic lanes to sweeping vineyards, a trip through Europe is one you will never forget.

Take the tour: Cruise the Danube, visit a vineyard and explore some of Europe’s most impressive cities on this 7-night trip. The trip will start in the ancient Passau City before a seven-day cruise that will take in guided tours of the historical cities of Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Linz, Munich and more with expert local guides.

Russia (Moscow and St Petersburg)

Russia will satisfy your wanderlust like nowhere else, with its abundance of art, literature and history. Visit Red Square in Moscow and see one of the most photographed places in the world - St. Basil’s Cathedral. You will instantly recognise it by its colourful domes and cartoonesque structure.

The port city of St Petersburg is a cultural melting pot and attracts travellers from every corner of the earth. Here you can explore a 17th century fortress or get lost in a gallery that has over two million works of art.

Take the tour: Get an insider’s view of Russia’s two most impressive cities and visit their biggest landmarks with this 9-night holiday. See the Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and Boshoi Theatre and take a tour of the Kremlin with your guide. An excursion to St Petersburg will take in the Winter Palace, former home of the Tsars, and a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress. Other amazing experiences include a visit to Catherine the Great’s former palace and a tour of Peterhof Palace and Park, often called the ‘Russian Versailles.’

Book your tour now and save money

If any of these tours take your interest, you can now get even better value on Travel Department’s guided holidays. With flights, accommodation and tours included, there are thousands of dates on special offer for their 2020 holidays until June 30.

You can explore the world’s best cities and locations, visit iconic landmarks with local guides who understand the history and culture of the place, and enjoy having someone else do all the heavy lifting when it comes to planning! It’s the best way to see a new destination through the eyes of a local and get a real sense of a place when you visit.

Make sure that you see more of a destination by signing up to an escorted tour with Travel Department now.

This article originally appeared in the Irish Independent on the 30th May. 

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