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Exploring Northern Cyprus

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has plenty of charm and history to explore, from Crusader castles to pretty harbor towns to often-deserted beaches.

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June 8, 2015 by | Comments Off

Top Ten Summer Festivals in Ljubljana

Ljubljana Castle.

  The vibrant, on-trend capital city of Slovenia becomes a cultural hotspot in summer, with a series of cultural happenings to rival any major European city. Here are the top ten summer festivals in Ljubljana, when the streets of the old town will be filled with music, poetry and dancing. Promenade Concerts Every Sunday in […]

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June 3, 2015 by | Comments Off

Exploring the History of Malta on a Sightseeing Tour

Ghar Dalam cave

The Viator Malta Sightseeing Tour: Blue Grotto, Marsaxlokk and Ghar Dalam offers the best of what the island has to offer in terms of landscapes, and a great introduction to the prehistoric heritage of the island, including a visit to the Tarxien temples. After having spent some days exploring Malta’s cities and its more recent history, I was looking forward to getting away from the crowds, and exploring a historical period of which I know absolutely nothing.

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June 1, 2015 by | Comments Off

European Destinations to Escape the Crowds This Summer

The popularity of many European cities has exploded, so much so that it’s relatively difficult to find uncrowded European destinations in summer. While Paris, Rome and London remain the heavy hitters, there are a number of lesser-known places just as worthy of visiting throughout the continent.

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May 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments

May Top Photos of the Month: Ciao, Italy!

Say, “Ciao!” to Italy this spring by taking a look at Viator’s May Top Photos of the Month!

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May 5, 2015 by | Comments Off

6 Highlights of the Basque Country in Spain

San Sebastian

While most of Spain is instantly recognizable from its rolling fields of wheat and hills of olive groves stretched out beneath wide blue skies, the farther you head north, the more you begin to realize just how diverse this southern European nation is. By the time you reach the Basque Country on the northern coast next to France, it feels almost as if you’ve left Spain and, well, according to many locals, you actually have.

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April 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments

10 Must-Try Food and Drinks of Southern Italy’s Puglia Region

It’s easy to be well-fed in Puglia, Italy. Situated in the southern heel of the boot-shaped country, the region is known for its broad plains and limestone hills, as well as its simple, rustic cuisine: handmade orecchiette pasta,creamy burrata cheese, and tons of locally harvested seafood. If you love good food and drink, here are ten treats you won’t want to miss.

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April 28, 2015 by | Comments Off

Map: 27 Game of Thrones Filming Locations to Visit in Europe

The otherworldly landscapes seen on-screen in the Game of Thrones are as captivating as the dragons, direwolves and white walkers that make the story so unique. From the icy wilderness North of the Wall to the soaring fortress of King’s Landing, many of the show’s most memorable scenes were shot in real-life locations dotted all […]

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April 24, 2015 by | Comments Off

Discovering the World of Game of Thrones in Croatia

View of the city and bay

Battling the wind on top of the ramparts, the view over Dubrovnik’s terracotta-tiled rooftops is familiar. Perhaps it’s because I’ve seen it in a million travel brochures, but when my guide pulls out a screen shot of King’s Landing, it clicks into place. I can see a CGI-generated giant Sept of Baelor replacing Dubrovnik’s more modest cathedral and the towered Red Keep replaces Fort St. Lawrence (Lovrijenac) on top of the craggy rock, but the houses and some of the smaller churches still play a guest role in bringing Westeros’ capital, King’s Landing, to life.

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April 9, 2015 by | Comments Off

10 Norway Destinations for the Frozen Fan

Lofoten island in winter

Garnering Oscar nominations, number one hit songs and more than $1.2 billion at the U.S. box office since it was released back in November 2013, Disney’s “Frozen” has fast become the most successful animated film of all time and, with a hotly anticipated sequel in the works, this is the perfect time to set out on a “Frozen”-inspired adventure.

The onscreen kingdom of Arendelle might be fictional, but the icy wonderland was famously based on Norway, where the vast fjords, alpine villages and snowy peaks appear tailor-made for the big screen. It doesn’t even have to be snowing to enjoy the fairy-tale landscapes — fans can follow in the footsteps of Elsa, Anna and Sven all year-round. To help plan your itinerary, here are ten of the most beautiful Norway destinations that inspired “Frozen.”

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April 6, 2015 by | Comments Off

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