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Top 10 Landmarks Word Travellers Choice TripAdvisor

1. Machu Picchu – Peru

One of the most significant urban creations of the Inca Empire is this amazing Machu Picchu which stands between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basin, at a height of 2430m above sea-level. With an extraordinary natural backdrop of dramatic landscapes along with its giant walls, wonderful terraces and ramps makes Machu Picchu #1 on the list of Top Landmarks in the world.

2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center – Abu Dhabi, UAE

The biggest mosque and one of the most significant national icons in the United Arab Emirates is this magnificent man-made creation constructed over a 12-year span with designers, constructors, suppliers and materials from all over the world. Now, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an incredible attraction – not just for its size but also for its remarkable architecture.

3. Taj Mahal – Agra, India

Taj Mahal is a universally admired man-made work of art, a testament of love, an immense mausoleum of white marble, the jewel of Muslim and a spectacular masterpiece of the world’s heritage. This wonderful Indian icon was built between 1631 and 1648 by the popular Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife and till date, this masterpiece invites hundreds and thousands of tourists.

4. Great Cathedral and Mosque – Cordoba, Spain

This Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba has a fascinating story behind it – once a medieval Islamic mosque, now has been converted into a Roman Catholic Christian Cathedral in the popular Spanish city of Cordoba, Andalusia. The cathedral stands out for its astonishing Moorish architecture.

5. St. Peter’s Basilica – Vatican City, Italy

St. Peter’s Basilica is the most astounding work of Renaissance architecture, located in the beautiful Vatican City. This Late Renaissance church is considered to be one of the holiest Catholic sites with “the greatest of all churches of Christendom.” The iconic dome of St. Peter’s Basilica is said to dominate the skyline of Rome.

6. Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Angkor Wat is one of South-East Asia’s prominent icons – once a Hindu temple, now has been converted into a Buddhist temple. It is also the best-preserved temple built with a mix of Khmer and Kalinga architecture. This landmark also appears on the Cambodian national flag and a key attraction for all visitors.

7. Bayon Temple – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Yet another Cambodian landmark which has secured a place on the top 10, is the richly decorated Bayon Temple built in the late 12th-13th century. The unique feature of the Bayon Temple is that it comprises of a multitude of serene and massive stone faces carved on the multiple temple towers.

8. Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood

Also known as the Church on Split Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, this wonderful church is St. Petersburg’s prime attractions. The church stands out for its unique brightly coloured walls, the predominant Baroque and Neoclassical architecture, as well as for its 7500+ square meters of mosaics.

9. Gettysburg National Military Park – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg National Military Park is a popular attraction in the Pennsylvania which takes the visitors back to the Battle of Gettysburg – showcasing a multitude of properties related to the Gettysburg Battlefield from reserves, supply, hospital locations to the Eisenhower National Historic Site that displays over 40,000 American Civil War artefacts.

10. Ancient City Walls – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Considered to be one of the greatest fortification systems of the Middle Ages, the Walls of Dubrovnik are a series of defensive stone walls built to protect the citizens of Dubrovnik. This complicated and sophisticated structure, reinforced by 3 circular and 14 quadrangular towers, 5 bastions, 2 angular fortifications, and the massive St. John’s Fortress depicts a truly outstanding effort.

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Places to Explore Before They Could Disappear Forever

Seychelles, Venice, Maldives and many other impressive attractions may be gone forever – find out why, by skimming through the Infographics on the “Places to Explore before they could disappear forever.”

Despite the fact that the world has reached a point where almost every exquisite destination is made accessible for tourists, what daunts the travel arena right now is that these tourist attractions may not remain the same or may even disappear in the next 50-100 years due to obvious natural reasons such as rising sea levels, global warming and deforestation. Thus, it is time for the leisure seeker, the explorer and every traveller out there to push these destinations to the top of their bucket list and start checking these off sooner before these incredible destinations disappear.

Browse through the colourful infographics and catch a glimpse of the top 7 destinations which could disappear forever. The list includes the beautiful Lady Musgrave Island, a part of the stunning Great Barrier Reef which is predicted to disappear within the next 100 years due to the increasing coral bleaching, pollution, and Rising Ocean temps. Also on the list is the greatest disappointment for the romance-seeker – the wonderful city of Venice is not going to remain the same in the next few years with the severe flooding. The gorgeous islands of Seychelles and Maldives are also predicted to disappear within the next 50 years. Thus, it is time for all the couples and beach lovers out there to book cheap flights to Maldives, Seychelles and other amazing destinations before you start regretting what you had missed.

Travel Center UK offers flights to these exotic destinations at unbeatable rates – Enjoy while it lasts!

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Places You Did Not Know it Existed 2014

According to the famous author, Judith Thurman – “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”

If you are such a dreamer, it is time to explore what the Earth has hidden from us all these centuries. We at Travel Center UK have put up an attractive infographics which gives a glimpse of the top 6 places which you did not know it ever existed but now, these are probably on top of every dreamer’s bucket list.

These sights ranging from bright colourful mountain ranges to lakes covered in pink waters will stun every visitor. Scroll through the infographics on the “Top 6 Places you did not know it existed-2014” and surprise yourself with every mystery behind these stunning places.

Ever imagined of bright-multi-coloured mountain ranges just as how a 5 year old kid would paint his first mountain? Your imagination can be a reality since something like this actually exists and this stunner has of course stolen the number one spot on the list. Located in Gansu, China this breath-taking mountain range is covered in a spectrum of colours which come from the mineral deposits and red sandstone that slowly built up over the many million years.

Securing the second spot on the list is The Marble Cathedral, located in Chile. The name might suggest it is just a religious landmark but it is not exactly what it sounds. The Marble Cathedral got its name for its structure – this is entirely a natural attraction which due to the erosion of calcium carbonate on the shores of Lake General Carrera has transformed into a cathedral-looking-structure. What is more fascinating is this gorgeous sight is accessible by a small boat.

Find out what other fascinating spots you did not know it actually existed by browsing through our colourful inforgraphics, list them in your travel bucket-list, book cheap flights to the destinations and surprise yourself with what the world has still got to show you!

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TripAdvisor reveals the winners of Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014

The world’s leading travel site, TripAdvisor announced the winners of its sixth annual Travellers’ Choice awards; honouring close to 500 destinations which secured top spots in the world’s top destination list as well as in individual lists catered specifically for Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Asia, Canada, the U.K, the U.S, and so on.
Travellers’ Choice Awards are ranked based on the millions of reviews and opinions posted by TripAdvisor travellers and taking into consideration the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for attractions, hotels and restaurants in destinations around the globe for a period of 12 months.
Stated below are the Top 10 destinations which made it to the Travellers’ Choice World Destination List, 2014:

1. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul sky-rocketed 11 spots higher from its rank on the previous year’s list to the No.1 spot, this year. A holiday here is all about the gorgeous mosques, the grand bazaars filled with thousands of shops to browse through, the Turkish baths and the absolutely breath-taking architecture.

2. Rome, Italy

Rome jumped two spots from previous year’s list and takes the No.2 this year. Rome should certainly be on each and every traveller’s bucket list – the city is filled with giant halls of outdoor museums, piazzas, bustling open-air markets and impressive historic sites. Most importantly, taste the cappuccino and indulge in a plate of authentic pasta – Delicious as ever!

3. London, England

London maintains its No.3 spot from the previous year. This highly-developed city is where history meets fashion, art, food and of course good British ale. A holiday in London is a mix of everything and caters to all kinds of leisure seekers – music, food, culture, museums and nightlife.

4. Beijing, China

Beijing pushed itself 17 spots higher to the No.4 rank on the global list. Beijing boasts a wealth of history – from ancient monuments to the modern architectural buildings. The city also offers diverse sightseeing activities from gorgeous temples, magnificent palaces and of course the incredible Great Wall of China.

5. Prague, Czech Republic

The beautiful city of Prague of Czech Republic has successfully climbed four steps higher to grab the No.5 spot on the list this year. This fascinating capital is filled with incredible cathedrals, historic towers, glittering canals spiced up with an energetic culture, art and music scene.

6. Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech jumps 13 spots from last year. This city that belongs to Morocco will take you on an exciting journey through the bustling streets filled with donkey carts, street vendors, snake charmers and story-tellers. Marrakech is all about the colours, sounds and unique aroma!

7. Paris, France

Paris took a tumble down by six spots from previous year but still holding a prestigious place in the top 10. This city of romance does not need any explanation. Paris is just simply beautiful and provides a unique feel with a mix of leisure, liveliness and love.

8. Hanoi, Vietnam

A new but worthwhile addition to the Top 25, ranked at 8 this year is this charming Vietnamese capital. Hanoi is home to lovely lakes, parks, boulevards, monuments, colonial architecture, and over 600 uniquely built temples and pagodas.

9. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap jumped 13 spots higher from previous year. This unique city of Cambodia appears to be most popular and major tourist hub in the country. Siem Reap offers diverse range of touristic offerings including the Angkor temples. A safe, friendly and pleasant town to experience a unique holiday!

10. Shanghai, China

Safely securing Spot No.10 – after a 13 spot-jump from previous year; the largest and the most cosmopolitan city of China has impressed tourists offering a unique sense of experience to holiday in the past, present and future, all at the same time.

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Bucket Lists and Great Adventures

Swimming with sharks or relaxing on a gondola in Venice. What is your dream vacation? Yes! We all have that particular adventure in mind, the ‘Big One’ to last a life-time. Listed below are some of the best bucket list travel agendas. See which one best suits you and who knows with cheap flights from Travel Centre UK that dream adventure may just come true.

1. Bungee Jumping in New Zealand

Oh yes! Every serious traveller’s ultimate dream. Queenstown, New Zealand is loved for its extreme sporting activities and if bungee jumping isn’t enough to get the adrenaline pumping you could always ride a speed-boat down the most outrageous rapids, guaranteed to thrill.

2. Honeymooning in Maldives

Gorgeous blue oceans and sandy beaches on which to relax and admire a glorious sunset is about every couples dream. And where better to spend a romantic honeymoon than on the secluded beaches of Maldives. Get planning and follow the royal couple Kate and Wills who enjoyed a second honeymoon on the islands.

3. Swimming with the Sharks

On the bucket list of most thrill seekers this dangerous activity is actually quite fun, of course from the confines of a cage. That’s right, admire the Great Whites of South Africa from a safety cage or swim with the more gentle Reef Sharks in the warm waters of the Caribbean.

4. Gondola rides in Venice

The stuff that movies are made of, a gondola ride on the canals of Venice on a moonlit night will win over any lover. Whizzing by the Rialto Bridge over the glistening waters of the Grand Canal with historical St. Mark’s Square in the background add to that magical ride.

5. South African Safari

A journey of epic proportions not just for wild life enthusiasts, but also for nature lovers and wine connoisseurs. Start your journey with the urban chic of Cape Town. Check out the famous wine country and stay at the finest Safari lodges on the cape. Penguins, Leopards of Sabi Sands and mighty Lions of the Sahara are yours to enjoy.

6. Splendours of Bhutan

Gorgeous Bhutan is a paradise of tranquillity. No wonder many Londoners’ dream of this culturally rich and fascinating country. Ancient monasteries built along beautiful cliffs, the quiet calm of those at prayer amidst some of the highest peaks in the world is a stark contrast to Bhutan’s other lure of adventure sports such as hiking, biking and mountain trekking.

7. Visiting Easter Island-Chile

Exotic Chile beckons many; one pull is the fascinating rock carvings of the Moai on Easter Island. Little is known of this fascinating collection which is also why Easter Island offers one loads of solitude far from the maddening crowd. Find yourself exploring this islands volcanoes or enjoying horseback riding in total peace. An added bonus is your cheap flight lands in Santiago a chic hub of great seafood restaurants and lively clubs.

8. Loads of Romance in Bali

Fall in love all over again in the beautiful tropical climes of Bali, Indonesia. World class spas, five star hotels and gorgeous sun kissed beaches beckon you. Jungle treks, professional diving and dining under the glistening stars are on the cards here.

These are some of the wistful holidays on the bucket list many Britishers. What’s your desire? Browse the extensive destination list of affordable flights on Travel Center UK and decide. Make that dream holiday a reality. Happy journeys!

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