HOTTEST destinations for 2019!

Made any travel plans for 2019 yet? Here are the HOTTEST destinations for 2019 to get you thinking about your holidays for this year.

Will you cruise into a South Pacific sunset, or soak in Icelandic volcano heated natural spa’s? Are you dreaming of going on safari, the trip of a lifetime, or setting off to who knows where? No time like the present to start planning your next BIG adventure! Start by checking out these hot destinations, then give us a call and we’ll get you set up with the best deal available.

Bora Bora and the South Seas – Find your own slice of Paradise

Sail into the South Pacific and discover a true paradise on earth among the many island nations. Tahiti, Bora Bora, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga and New Caledonia. All have stunning palm-fringed lagoons, crystal clear waters teeming with colourful, tropical fish, and white or black sand beaches perfect for relaxing. Now all you need is a relaxing cruise to take you there, and you’re all set…. And have we got a cruise or three for you!

Iceland – Vikings and Volcanoes

Popular in 2018, we see this diverse land staying popular in 2019. You’ll find ice and fire with volcanic geothermal activity providing mineral rich, hot pools and springs to soak in for hours while the temperature outside the water is simply freezing, thundering waterfalls, huge glaciers and spouting geysers. Discover panoramic seascapes of blue sea ice and wildlife, magical coloured aurora’s dancing in the sky and a mesmerising modern culture founded by Vikings long ago.

Japan – A Land of Cherry Blossoms and Kabuki

The delicate fall of a cherry blossom can be seen throughout Japan during March and April. Start in the south islands and proceed by land or sea northward from Osaka to Tokyo, Hiroshima to Sapporo and beyond. One the way take in the traditional tea ceremony, the masks of the kabuki stage, the craftsmanship of ceramics, woodwork, kimono and fans. Discover the peace park at Hiroshima, Osaka’ Castle, hot springs and snow monkeys of Nagano, Hokkaido’s ski fields, iconic Mount Fuji and the hi-tech lights of Tokyo’s Ginza District. We can show you the excitement of Japan by land and by sea, all you need do is call.

Alaska – a Photographers Dream

The icy glaciers and vast untamed wilderness call many towards her unspoilt landscapes, mountainous regions and pristine coastlines. The magic of wildlife in their natural habitats, from the flight of a bald eagle, to plains of caribou, moose and grizzly bears through to deep blue oceans of whales, seals, orca and more. Numerous cruiselines sail north and south along the Alaskan Inside Passage to Glacier Bay National Park, the Hubbard and Tracy Arm Glaciers, capital Juneau and frontier towns of Ketchikan and Skagway.

Upcoming destination highlights in this region include visits with the Tlingit First Nations people, Gold Rush frontier town of Fairbanks and haven for wildlife Denali National Park, home to the highest peak in North America – Denali.

Australia – Sun, Sea and Kimberley

From the iconic shores of Sydney with her opera house, and famous bridge spanning her sparkling blue harbour to the rich, red earth and sun bathed billabongs, unique animals and Dreamtime explorers Australia is the place to be in 2019. Discover the Great Barrier Reef, the vineyard of the Barossa, Hunter and Margaret Valleys or take a ride through the outback onboard the Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide via Alice Springs. East to west via the Indian Pacific or circumnavigate onboard any number of cruise ships. Create your once-in-a-lifetime journey of the Lucky Country when you call today.

 Africa – Safari Time!

Again making our most popular list, being a bucket-list destination for many to catch sight of the BIG FIVE – Elephant, Rhinoceros, Cape Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. Yet there is so much more to see and do while there. Explore Capetown’s Table Mountain, Zimbabwe and Zambia’s spectacular Victoria Falls, the hippo’s of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Namibia’s desert sandscapes, the uniqueness of the Maasai and Wildebeest migration through the Great Rift Valley, Uganda’s Silverback Mountain Gorilla to name a few – and we haven’t even touched the magnificent pyramids of Egypt, the souks of Marrakesh and a myriad of interior and west African countries each with their own fascination. Time your inner explorer made a move, and we have lots of ideas to start you off on your next African Adventure.

Galapagos Islands – for the unique and unusual

A great place to spot the rare and unusual, we made sure to add the Galapagos Islands to our 2019 hot spots. This twice-listed World Heritage area is an inspiration for many and is a photographer’s paradise for the rare and unique. Think colourful marine iguana, age-old giant tortoises, bright red crabs, chocolate chip starfish, iridescent parrotfish, hammerhead sharks and sealions rolling in the surf. Spot blue footed boobies, the red breasted Frigate Bird, equatorial penguins, flocks of flamingo and more – many only found in the Galapagos. Make sure to have your cameras ready!

Asia River Cruising – a cruise into culture

Explore the mystic and cultural experiences of Asia from imperial China, to the downtown hustle and bustle of Vietnam and the mystical temples of Cambodia. Think about the Yangtze River in China. There are so many unique, historic and cultural sights to see – the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Terracotta Warriors in Xian, Ming Dynasty palaces and more! And all this marvellous history is contrasted by the hi-tech, fast paced Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong with all of their sparkling skyscrapers! From pandas to dumplings and juggling acrobats – cruise into the unexpected this year.
Or make your destination the beautiful Mekong River as she meanders her way across Vietnam and Cambodia. Definite must sees are Siem Reap (temple complex of Ankor Wat), Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, Hanoi, Da Nang, Hoi An, Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta. Whether it’s the history, cultural diversity, interesting and exotic food, stunning scenery or incredible temples you want, you will find it all on an Asia River Cruise.

New York – The Big Apple

OK so we know this is not a country, but EVERYONE needs to go to New York at least once in their life. It’s a city of soaring skyscrapers that light up the night, the simple serenity of a vast green urban oasis central to an outdoor city lifestyle, the buzz of Times Square and Broadway showcasing music, theatre and the arts, art galleries and museums, shopping meccas and the ultimate foodies paradise. It’s a city full of life, waiting for discovery. Live life as a local and walk the streets, grab a cab, or climb onboard a ferry to see Lady Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge up close and personal.

Where are you off to in 2019? With one simple phone call you could be on your way – speak with our Cruise & Travel Solutions Specialists on 1300 830 786

What is your favourite destination? Share at traveltales@discover365.com.au

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