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Top things to do in Cape Town In a city as large as Cape Town, there are hundreds of things to do. Below is a sample of some of them. read more
Explore the Outer Falkland Islands Although questions abound of whose territory between Argentina and Britain the Falkland Islands are, they still remain the epitome of beauty. Tourists in their hundreds call the Islands their homes for at least a few months every year. read more
Experience a 360-degree view of Seattle at the Space Needle Looking for 360-degree view of Seattle? Then check out the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. Visitors climb 520 feet to the observation deck of Seattle's signature building for spectacular views of the city and its surrounding area. read more
Experience a free-flight bird encounter at the Tracy Aviary Do you love birds? The Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, Utah is the oldest aviary in the United States and features exhibits of more than 130 different species of birds. read more
Are you curious about the ancient Incas? Then check out Temple of the Sun in Machu Picchu, Peru. The Temple of the Sun is a semi-circular construction built over a strong rock that contains the sun dial, which the Incas used to "tie down" the sun at the winter solstice each year. Tour the entire complex and see places that were used for various Incan ceremonies. read more
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Apart from checking out the southwestern part of America, particularly West Texas, and enjoying star-gazing activities in its semiarid and arid lands without a single light of the city to conceal the lights of the stars, you should also visit Albuquerque for a great view of the skies at night. See more of the southwest skies in this time-lapse video prepared by Knate Myers.
 
 

So communicate with our travel reps now to get started with your next trip in the US!

St. Joseph's Oratory of Mt. Royal

 

The second largest city in Canada, Montreal, took its name from Mount Royal, which is the triple-decked hill found right in the heart of the city.  

From here, there are other destinations for you to visit and maximize your trip. Read on to learn more on the best places to go when you’re in Montreal.

  • Montreal Harbour Cruise


The best way to explore Montreal is definitely through a harbour cruise, which can be the major highlight of your trip.  It’s recommended to start or end your Montreal stay with a dinner cruise.

  • Old Montreal


Located along the St. Lawrence River is the historical district of Old Montreal.  You could go on guided tours or explore Old Montreal by a caleche.

  • St. Joseph’s Oratory


Canada’s largest basilica, Saint Joseph's Oratory is a pilgrimage for Catholics.  It is a popular destination because of its historical and architectural significance, and its view of Montreal is an added bonus.

  • La Ronde


La Ronde is a major amusement park in Montreal and is one of the well-known Six Flags theme parks.  Must-try rides are the red, blue and yellow Goliath roller coaster.
 

  • Underground City


A major tourist destination, the Underground City in Montreal is a 33 km network of shops, restaurants, shops and pathways that link the metro stations and the city attractions.

  • Bell Centre


Known before as the Molson Centre, the Bell Centre is home of the Montreal Canadians.  It is a modern sports stadium with seating capacity of over 20,000.

  • Parc Olympique - Olympic Stadium


A famous landmark in Montreal is the Olympic Stadium, which, of course, includes the Stadium, the Montreal Tower Observatory, which particular offers the best views of the City, the Biodome and the Insectarium.

So don’t dare miss these travel attractions when visiting Montreal!
 

Get started with your next trip now!

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Situated north of Taiwan’s capital stands Tamsui, which is a small city that constantly attracts local travelers from Taipei.

Tamsui takes pride in numerous historical tourist spots, and many visit it to get an excellent view of the sunset.

Take a peek at the harbor in Tamsui in this video provided by Jason Chen, who shares,
 

Tamsui is a suburban town near Taipei City. It's a huge tourist attraction and is always crowded during the weekends. The boats you see are ferries that travel between the both sides of Tamsui River.
 

So start planning your next travel today!

See Burma’s enticing landscapes in refreshing sunrises and pretty sunsets. read more

 

 

Located in the Balkan Peninsula, Croatia is a Central European country that has become a popular tourist destination due to its many islands and beautiful beaches.
 
With various cultural events, pristine beaches and unique medieval coastal communities, Croatia is indeed one of the must-see countries in the entire world. 
 
Watch Romulic & Stojcic’s video of Croatia, in which the users share,
 
 
The movie you're about to see is a preview of what we would like to do, in regards of representing Croatia as a destination in a different way… Of course, what we ended up putting in this video is merely a fragment of what Croatia has to offer. As photographers who have traveled across our country from one end to another, we are well aware that there is so much more to be filmed. And we are more than happy to do it.
 

Start planning your trip to Croatia as soon as possible!

 

 

 

From Ko Samuik, Ayutthaya and Hua Hin to Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Phuket, the beautiful country of Thailand truly embodies a perfect getaway to any type of traveler.
 
The amazing beaches, sinful cuisine, interesting culture and ideal tropical climate all the more make Thailand an excellent travel destination in Asia.
 
Just take a look at the collection of clips arranged by Kyoto Studio, and be prepared to get wowed by this remarkable nation. 

 


Travelers who love outdoors sightseeing would surely love the Eastern Cape as this presents hundreds of kilometers of unspoiled beaches as well as witness the Big Five collection of rhinos, lions, leopards, African elephants and Cape buffalos.

Watch this video prepared by Michael Struwig regarding the road trip he and his two other friends took to get to Graaff-Reniet, Eastern Cape.

Get some tips and plan your trip to Eastern Cape now!

Roadtrip Part Two & Three [TRAILER] from Michael Struwig on Vimeo.

 

With Beirut’s cultural life at its best, this capital city of Lebanon is now thriving in terms of its press, nightlife and theatres.

Travelers should now forget about the Lebanese Civil War as this remarkable city has now remodeled its nightlife districts, city center, pubs and marina so that it could once more reclaim its tourism glory.

Check out this short video arranged by 80Days, and witness a typical day in Beirut.

 

Destinations like the Kalahari Desert, Namib Desert, the Etosha National Park and the Fish River Canyon Park are among the many reasons travellers are flocking to Namibia. The ecotourism here is booming, as well as the extreme sports opportunities like sandboarding and 4X4ing. 

Joe Louw creatively compiled great clips from his travel in Namibia, and explains, “—travelling through Namibia searching for great photographic locations. A magical place!”

The Kalahari Desert

Poros is a Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf.  It's a small space with a smaller local population, but with a big reputation for incredible sites and beautiful landscapes. 

There are two separate islands - Sphairia and Kalaureia, connected by a bridge over a narrow isthmus. Poros is full of rich, diverse vegetation, with a good road network and adequate tourist infrastruction. 

I came across this article by Cherina Hadley of QuietWanderings.com: "Why I am Dyring to Go Back to the Greek Islands." A fan of this place for many years, Poros holds some wonderful memories for her and she discusses why in her post. There are many things to love, but her passion is held by the food.

 

(Moussaka - lamb mince layered with potatos & eggplant, topped with bechamel sauce)

She also discusses the safety of traveling to Greece now, and many other insights - check out the full article!

When you're ready, contact us to start your next travel adventure! We have a lot of ideas for your summer. 

1. Take a canal cruise.

Put this beautiful city into perspective as you cruise through its criss crossing waterways.

 

2. Anne Frank House.

Relive the tale of a little girl who changed the world as you tour her home.
 

3. Rijksmuseum.

Home to some of the finest historical artefacts in the Netherlands you will be amazed how fantastic the vast collection is.
 

4. Take to the streets on a bike.

By far the best way to get around Amsterdam, you will be able to experience the preferred method of transportation by Amsterdam locals and tour the city in a different way.

 

5. Relax in a café.

One of the most popular things to do in Amsterdam, the café experience will enable you to embrace the culture and do some people watching.

 

6. Stroll around the city at night.

Illuminated bridges, picturesque architecture and cozy cafes enjoy!!

 

7. Red Light district.

Adults only- take a quick stroll through this area and experience something uniquely Amsterdam.

 

8. Heineken Museum.

Delve into the beer making process as well as sample the final product.

 

9. Vodelpark.

The largest park and most famous park in Amsterdam this area is bustling with performers and exhibitions.

 

10. Have and drink. 

With more than 1200 local pubs a bar crawl may be in order.


To plan your next trip, contact us at Royal City Travel!

A trip to Hong Kong is quite the adventure. A vibrant modern city set amidst an ancient culture - it's truly a unique experience. 

I wanted to share this neat video of Hong Kong by 8 Pixels Productions. A beautiful collection of moving images of a summer Hong Kong trip. 

Get inspired and start your next trip today! 

Check out below some helpful hints on what to expect when visting Florence, Italy

 

Average Hotel Prices

Hostel $20-41 dollars USD

1 Star Hotel $44-100 dollars USD

2 Star Hotel $50-160 dollars USD

3 Star Hotel $65-230 dollars USD

4 Star Hotel $95-370 dollars USD

5 Star Hotel $250-650 dollars USD

Transportation

Taxi from airport to city center $37-40 dollars USD

Airport express train to city center $8 dollars USD

Train from Pisa airport to Florence $9 dollars USD

3KM taxi in Florence $9-16 dollars USD

Bus ride in Florence $2 dollars USD

Sightseeing Prices

Uffizi Museum $10 dollars USD

Accademia Gallery $10 dollars USD

Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral climb $12 dollars USD

Average Food Prices

Breakfast $5-11 dollars USD

Lunch $8-15 dollars USD

Dinner $11-22 dollars USD

Beer $3-5 dollars USD

Wine $5-8 dollars USD

Weather

Hi Lo Rain

Jan 50 35 2.9

Feb 54 37 3.7

Mar 59 41 3.2

Apr 66 46 3.1

May 74 52 2.9

Jun 81 59 2.2

Jul 88 63 1.6

Aug 87 63 3.0

Sep 80 58 3.1

Oct 70 50 3.5

Nov 59 42 4.4

Dec 51 36 3.6

Oslo is a global city, with a large and varied number of cultural attractions. The local government invests large amounts of money in cultural installations, facilities, buildings and festivals in the city. There are many parks and seasites and museums, with regular opera performances and a thriving literature scene. 

Here are some ideas for your next trip!

1. Oslo City Hall (Oslo Rådhus), where the Nobel Peace Prize is presented annually.

2. Enjoy a cruise on the Oslo Fjord by tour boat or local ferry.

3. The top of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump provides superb views of the city and fjord.

4. The Kon-Tiki and FRAM Museums recall extraordinary sea voyages by famous Norwegians.

5. The Munch Museum (Munch-museet) exhibits from the thousands of paintings and prints that Edvard Munch left to the city of Oslo.

6. The National Gallery (Nasjonalgalleriet) houses the largest collection of painting and artwork in Norway, including Munch’s The Scream.

7. The Norwegian Folk Museum (Norsk Folkemuseum) offers a taste of historical life through the use of actors in period costume. 

8. Norwegian Resistance Museum (Norges Hjemmefront museet)

9. Vigelands Sculpture Park (Vigelandsparken) presents the works of Gustav Vigeland on a grand scale.

10. The Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskiphuset).

Book today with Royal City Travel!

Here's a great little video by geobeats with some helpful information for traveling. How to stay safe, where to shop, how to get around, what to order and more! 

Inspired yet?

Contact us at Royal City Travel to start your trip today!

We all want the best for our children, and part of that is raising them to be global citizens, with a keen sense of tolerance and cultural awareness. So we read them books, take them to museums, and sometimes, bring them along on our travels to give them a bigger sense of the world. 

How will they respond though? Some kids LOVE traveling, can't get their bags packed fast enough. Others ... aren't as cooperative. Why? And what can we do?

Elaine Ee offers 7 Tips for Bringing Up Good Travelers on the CNN International Blog; specifically, "How to plant the seeds of good travel in your children, before they go on the road."

These tips are actually really helpful. Some of them hadn't even immediately occurred to me ("treat service staff with respect"). Check out the full list!

Another way to make travel with your children easier, is to book through Royal City Travel. We can take care of all the arrangements of your next trip, plus give you some tips on kid-friendly spots to visit. 

Contact us for more info!

Get Inspired. 

This video by youtube.com member kiendlam chronicles his journey across 17 countries, over 343 days, in 6237 photographs. 

From the video's description:

17 Countries. 343 Days. 6237 Photographs. One incredible journey. Follow the adventure at http://kienlam.net/around-the-world and http://kienlam.net

After I quit my job last year, I packed a bag, grabbed my camera and bought a one way ticket to London. 17 countries later, I compiled this time lapse of the many amazing places I came across.

Original Music: "Places and Faces" by William Lam. Will is an extremely talented musical composer whose range is barely touched in this composition he wrote specifically for the video. He's also my little brother. Visit http://kienlam.net to download the MP3.

The list of countries:

USA
England
France
Portugal
Spain
Morocco
Egypt
Turkey
Jordan
Thailand
Indonesia
Japan
Argentina
Uruguay
Chile
Bolivia
Peru

Technical Details:

Shot with a Panasonic Lumix GF-1, 20mm f/1.7 and 14-45mm f/3.5-4.5.

Photography and Video Edited with Lightroom, After Effects and Final Cut Pro.

Music composed in Logic Pro.

Special thanks to Dan Hirons, Joey Seich and Carol Trieu for all your help, support and patience.

To all my fellow travelers whose company made each step of the way all the more memorable and unique, I want you to know that however short an appearance you made in the video, you've left an impact far greater and long-lasting than the few seconds that each city appeared in the video.

To my family, thank you for bearing with me and worrying about my health and safety with every dodgy bus ride and new country I found myself in each day.

 

It's Your Turn.

It doesn't have to be 17 countries, but it is time to start your next journey. 

Make 2012 your year for adventure!

I know where I'm going in 2012!

Video by inspiredbyisland.com

"Iceland is more alive than ever, bursting with energy, activity and hospitality. Take a look for yourself..."

 

I really wanted to share the blog by Janice Waugh - "SoloTraveler". She writes as a woman in her golden years who in 2009 decided to experience the world again. Her blog is full of witty insight plus some great tips on places to visit, food to eat, sights to see. 

What I like best about her writing is her very positive, very contagious attitude that anything and everything is within your reach at any age. 

Below is an excerpt from her latest post, though I recommend you check into her website regularly to see what's she's up to. Right now her adventures have taken her to London. 

"... The latter is what I often feel when traveling solo. On the second day of my trip to London, navigating the Underground alone, I suddenly felt very capable. My confidence soared. For a moment (just a moment as I admit that it is a small accomplishment), I felt exhilarated.

When the announcement came on to “Mind the Gap” it occurred to me that there isn’t one. This feeling of soaring confidence is ageless. It is there to achieve for those in their twenties and those in their nineties. It helps us age brilliantly – at any age.

I wish it for you."