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What’s New on isango in December 2014!

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It’s the month to celebrate, New Year is round the corner. This time we have some exciting tours lined up for all you travel enthusiasts.

Check them out here:

1) Irish Whiskey Museum Tour: The first ever in the world, if you’re in Dublin, you know exactly where to check in. Get to taste three different varieties of finest irish whiskeys for a true irish experience. This fantastic museum will unveil the intriguing tale of Irish whiskey.

irish whiskey museum tour

2) Zurich Gourmet Evening Tour with Cheese Fondue: It’s sinful, indulge in chocolate shopping at the famous Lindt Chocolate Factory while your stay at Zurich. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the terrace as you nibble a wide range of appetizers accompanied by Glühwine, a traditional, hot and spicy wine.

Zurich Gourmet Evening Tour with Cheese Fondue

3) Dubai 4-in-1 Desert Tour – One of the best desert experiences is the Dubai 4 in 1 Desert Tour. This should definitely be on your to-do list. The Dubai 4-in-1 Desert Tour combines quad biking, a camel ride, sand boarding and a visit to camel farm, giving you an experience of a lifetime.

Dubai 4-in-1 Desert Tour

4) The Perfume Pagoda Tour From Hanoi: Perfume Pagoda, a Buddhist Pilgrimage site is where you experience a combination of religious pilgrimage, a slow boat trip between poetic mountains and light climbing exercises. This one is the most popular day tour and should definitely be on your list.

The Perfume Pagoda Tour From Hanoi

5) Game of Thrones Tour, Iceland: Yes! It’s the American fantasy drama which is created for HBO that we are referring to here. The tour was devised by an actor who was an extra in the show. The Game of Tour in Iceland visits the same locations used in the show. It’s a must must-to do if you’re in Iceland.

Game of Thrones Tour, Iceland

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Top 5 Christmas Markets You Should Not Miss!

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The holiday season is a time for giving, which means it’s also a time for shopping! Christmas markets are known to pop up all around Europe, providing the best handmade, original gifts and decorations. On top of vendors, many markets provide fun things to do, such as ice skating and light-up christmas tree shows! Some markets even take things a step further, like Basel, Switzerland, where they provide live music and get the community involved with a city run to start the season! Make sure you check these markets, as it’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Munich, Germany:

Germany is known for having some of the biggest celebrations in the world. They celebrate Christmas well before (December 6th) and well after (January 6th) the actual date itself. In the spirit of all this Christmas celebration, markets are “the thing” to see and experience. Munich especially, has some of the best ones around. Make sure you see them all! Here, you can purchase your own Christmas decorations for your house and taste all of the spiced drinks and flavors the city has to offer. These Christmas markets in Munich are located right in the center of everything, so you’ll be able to get the best views of everything as you walk around and take everything in.

munich germany tours

London, England:

Southbank’s Winter Market is filled with the tastiest foods from around the world. Here, you can try everything from Belgium waffles to Swedish hot dogs. One of the best attractions here is the two-story cider mill, which is perfect for a chilly night. Try either a hot, orange cider or one of many flavored cold ones. At the London Christmas market, you can meet so many people from around the world. London is a very diverse city, and people come here to either widen their pallets or find a taste from home. People meet from near and far to simply share a good time, overlooking endless Christmas trees and the best view of the London Eye. Come make the trip and you’ll for sure be leaving with a full belly!

london tour

Brussels, Belgium:

Located right in the city center of Brussels is the annual “Winter Wonders” festival, which runs every year from the end of November to the beginning of January. Here, you can experience the joys of ice-skating, Ferris wheeling, great food and more. It’s something that’s great to take the kids to but also an adult’s most secret get away. Fall in love over and over with the 230+ businesses that set up their merchandise and shop until you drop. People come from all over the world to give you the best of the best shopping selections. The light shows and parades of different Christmas mascots are fun for the whole family!

Brussels, Belgium tours
Vienne, Austria:

You know those famous houses that pop up in the news every year for having the most outrageous Christmas decorations? The Christmas Village Belevedere Palace is a whole market for that! Just walking around can fill your heart with holiday spirit. On top of that, 40 different vendors come in to sell the greatest products in the country and you have 6 different food stations to try out. If you just want it to be an adult outing only, drop the kids off at their own program! Let them ride in their own special railway and take painting classes so they can show their final products to the public. The joy of Christmas is all here!

Viene Tours
Basel, Switzerland:

If you’re in Switzerland, this is the biggest and best market you can find. Here in Basel, you’ll find the market to be set up with exquisite taste, making it one of the prettiest markets to date. The opening ceremony is accompanied with live music, free, mulled wine, tea and soap. The selection of lit up Christmas trees allows for your walk around the market to be a great one, along with different things to try out such as visiting the 190 traders and artisans or trying out the greatest gingerbread yet. Finally, put on your running shoes and take part in the city run! It’s a great way to bring the community together.

Switzerland Tours

 

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Lapland: A Winter Wonderland

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There is a magical land where winter stays for more than 200 days.  It is a place with miles and miles of perfectly piled drifts of virgin snow and icicles hang off the trees like sparkling decorations.  A place where the dark skies are lit by nature’s, very own silent, shimmering light display.  When one sees the Northern Lights, according to legend, the viewer will live happily ever after.

The place Santa Claus calls home, reindeer, sleighs, sleigh bells and all things that remind one of Christmas.  A land that lies north of the Arctic Circle.

Lapland!

Lapland is where winter is a joyful experience – a white, snowy wonderland.  Winter in Lapland is the longest season with a whole lot of great things to do. For instance you could…

Take a Reindeer Sleigh ride:  The reindeer is an integral part of Lapland and its people.  It provided them with nearly everything they needed including travel.  A reindeer sleigh ride is a popular and great experience.  You cannot leave the place without riding a sleigh.

Reindeer Sled Ride

Go Cross-Country Skiing: Cross-Country Skiing is one of those exhilarating joys that combine heart-pumping action while speeding across the snow and experiencing the magical countryside.  You don’t have to be an expert.  It is easy to pick up the basics of skiing.  There is no substitute for the thrill of swooshing your way through forest trails and snow covered landscape.

Cross Country Ski LapLand

Take a Husky sled ride:  Another wonderful way to travel through the Lapland countryside is to be pulled by a team of husky dogs.  This mode of travel is best suited for the Arctic conditions.  You could either control the team or sit back comfortably and admire the passing scenery as the wonderful furry canines do what they thoroughly enjoy.  You could either take a short trip or a Husky safari where you spend the nights at cabins deep in the wilderness.

Husky Safari Ride

Try Snowmobiling Across the Lapland Wilderness:  This activity is a modern, high tech thrill.  It is an exciting adventure as you speed across the frozen Arctic landscape; through snowy forest trails and up hilltops with breath-taking views of valleys and forests.  You could even drive the mobile yourself!

Snowmobile Lapland

Visit Santa Claus On a Family Safari:  This is the ultimate magical, fantastical “fairy tale come to life” experience. There is no one is who cannot be affected by meeting the jolly, red-cheeked Father Christmas at Santa’s Village.  You will also meet the gentle reindeer who pull his sleigh and ride them too.  Astound your friends by sending them a postcard from Santa’s personal post office.

Sanatas Office

All in all whatever you do when visiting Lapland, it is one large, unique and genuine experience.

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10 Quick Facts about New Zealand

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Here are ten quick facts about New Zealand:

1. Voted the ‘ best travel destination‘ by Lonely Planet two years in a row!

2. Invented bungee jumping.

3. Car-crazy – Only about 2% of New Zealanders make their journeys by bus and less than 1% by rail.

4. Around a sixth of cars are more than 16 years old.

5. New Zealand is the first country in the world to see each new day.

6. Had no predatory animals prior to European arrival, making it a paradise for birds – many of them flightless.

7. The first country to give women the right to vote.

8. Home to the largest flightless parrot (kakapo), oldest reptile (tuatara), biggest earthworms, smallest bats, heaviest insect (a weta), some of the oldest trees and many rarest species birds, insects, and plants, in the world.

9. There are nine sheep to every human in New Zealand.

10. Shark and Tatties (pronounced “shark and tay-tees”) is the New Zealand slang term for fish and chips.

That’s our list. Now your turn to share us facts you know about New Zealand in the comment section below!

 

 

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A cause we all support

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Team isango! is actively contributing to raising funds to save the life of a family member of one of our teammates.

This is about Taro, a 38 year old man in Japan, whose life and hope rests on a liver transplant operation.

Team isango! fully supports this cause and wishes Taro and his family all success with this major operation. You can help too by visiting www.savetaro.com and contributing to this life saving campaign. Please join in and help us save a life!

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Walking Cities Part 4: Rome

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If you’ve missed the introduction to this series, click here. For part 2, click here. For part 3, click here.

Colosseum - David Paul Ohmer

Colosseum - David Paul Ohmer

The Times calls Rome a destination that “revolves around activities not passivities”, which makes it the perfect destination for one intent on perambulation. “The Italian spirit makes dining round-table, rough n tumble sport, hugging and kissing in the piazza, all as natural as laughing”, essentially, if you’re going to go to Rome, embrace it, the Italian way. continue reading

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