Experience The Haunted History of New Orleans With A Ghost Tour

New Orleans is considered one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Both Salem Massachusetts and Savannah Georgia are also come to mind. During your next visit to New Orleans, be sure to experience the haunted history of New Orleans with a ghost tour. Legends of grisly murders, unruly pirates, voodoo spirits and restless ghosts run rampant across the “Big Easy.”

With popular paranormal TV hit shows like Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, Most Haunted, Ghost Brothers, The Dead Files and Paranormal Witness, ghost hunting is huge. With row after row of above-ground tombs, New Orleans cemeteries are often referred to as “Cities of the Dead.” Whether you are believer or not, here are a few of the haunted history ghost tours of New Orleans and the eerie legends behind them.

Visit the French Quarter’s Most Haunted Locations!

Known for its mystique-laden history, New Orleans is a city where spooky stories lurk around every corner. Now experience them yourself on the remarkable Ghosts and Legends Tour. Come discover New Orleans’ dark side on this two‐hour haunted history ghost tour. Also, it is filled with incredible storytelling about paranormal and haunted places. Hence, you will hear tales of famous hauntings from your local guide. Plus, visit the French Quarter’s most infamous and eerie locations. There are hotspots for paranormal investigators and historical videographers.

Walk around the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Next, visit ghostly sites where ghastly spirits have been documented. In addition, you may even document some yourself. About 90% of tour participants have been able to do that on tours! Also, enter a haunted bar and be on the lookout for paranormal activity. Hear tales of ghoulish goings-on from your expert guide.

Haunted History of New Orleans Ghost Tour

New Orleans Cemetery Tour

This is definitely a ghost tour like no other. It focuses on several different historical Cities of the Dead spots at the end of Canal Street. This tour takes its participants by several cemeteries. In addition, it discusses the history, burial procedures, tomb architecture and local customs.

Enjoy a scenic daytime stroll down famous Canal Street to visit some of the most unique cemeteries in the world. It is less a spooky ghost tour and more an academic experience. Therefore, this walk takes you by the famous above-ground tombs. These CITIES OF THE DEAD, a nickname first used by famous author Mark Twain. Not everyone in New Orleans was buried in these beautifully ornate tombs. Lastly, hear the many folklore, customs, and superstitions.

New Orleans True Crime Tour

The original walking tour company in New Orleans brings to life the New Orleans True Crime Tour. Therefore, many of these stories are not featured on other city tours. This is the most graphic, unedited True Crime Tour ever. Plus, the tour company works heard to research the most notorious crimes including unsolved deaths.

New Orleans has been called the Murder Capital of North America. Now, you can learn about shocking “they almost got away with it” crimes, missing persons and kidnappings. Interestingly, all stories are documented by official police records, newspapers archives, and court records.

Homes of the Rich & Famous Garden District Tour in New Orleans

Explore the lavish Garden District of New Orleans and home to the rich and famous. This elegant neighborhood was built in the 1800’s. As a result, it clearly rivals the beauty and splendor of the world famous, French Quarter.

Hear the fascinating history and learn of the architecture and plant life of the Garden District of New Orleans. Thus, it is a favorite backdrop for movies and television. Plus, hear about the architecture, history, and exotic plant life that gave this area its name. Hence, this is tour you’ll never forget!

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Five Fun Things to Do in Paris, France

Visiting Paris, France has long been a “Bucket List” item for most world travelers. Paris has so much to offer and provides visitors a wide range of both city tours and activities. Often called “The City of Light” due to its stunning boulevards and bridges. Today, there are almost 300 illuminated sites in Paris. For example, churches, hotels, fountains, statues, national buildings and of course monuments.

Yes, the city can get expensive. Yet, there are many free things to do. Can visit some of the beautiful public gardens, like Jardin des Tuileries, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont or Jardin du Luxembourg. In addition, admire the religious architecture of Sacré-Cœur, Saint-Genevieve and Sainte-Chapelle for free. Plus, be sure to see the iconic Moulin Rouge.

There’s no way you’ll get to see all the city’s museums, shops, attractions and districts. Therefore, it is important to plan your own itinerary and experience Paris on your own terms. Yet, don’t miss out on other notable city jewels. These include the Luxembourg Gardens, Musée d’Orsay or Le Marais. Enjoy a relaxing walk along the iconic Champs-Élysées.

With so many options to choose, we are sharing five fun things to do in Paris

Arc de Triomphe

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Located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, the towering Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoléon. The monument honors the Grande Armee during the Napoleonic Wars. Interestingly, the impressive arch is the largest of its kind in the world. You will notice several impressive, intricately carved sculptures. Underneath the arch, travelers will find the names of the battles fought during the first French Republic and Napolean’s Empire. Plus, view names of the generals who fought in them.

Plus, travelers will also find the famous tomb of The Unknown Soldier. The unknown soldier currently buried there is meant to represent all the unidentified or unaccounted for soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. The eternal flame lit when the soldier was laid to rest, has not extinguished since. This occurred in the 1920s. In addition, climb to the top of the famous arch and take in the mighty Paris panorama.

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Worldwide news covered the devastating fire at the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral. On April 15, 2019, the cathedral sustained major damage. For example, its wooden roof and spire collapsed. As a result, the cathedral remains closed to the public until further notice. Plans are for it to reopen in December 2024. In the meantime, visitors can peruse a new exhibit – “Notre-Dame de Paris: at the heart of the construction site.” This free exhibit highlights the ongoing construction work at the site. In addition, see remains from the fire and works of art from the cathedral.

Similar to the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is definitely a Parisian icon. It sits along the picturesque River Seine. Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Gothic masterpiece and considered as one of the best Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world. Construction of the famous cathedral began in the late 12th century. Yet, final touches were not made until nearly 200 years later.

Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur)

Rising high above Paris, the Sacré-Coeur (meaning “Sacred Heart”) looks more like a white castle than a basilica. It towers over the eclectic neighborhood of Montmartre. This masterpiece is easily recognized by its ornate ivory domes. The basilica’s interior is quite impressive. For example, its ceilings glitter with France’s largest mosaic. Beautifully, it depicts Jesus rising alongside the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc. Lastly, be sure to take in the stunning, panoramic views from atop the Sacré-Coeur’s outdoor staircase.

Eiffel Tower

Constructed for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (the World’s Fair), the Eiffel Tower was always meant to be a temporary structure. Gustav Eiffel is chief architect of the Eiffel Tower. A variety of scientific experiments were done on the tower with the hope that any discoveries would help prolong its lifespan.

Versailles Palace (Chateau de Versailles)

Last but not least, the Versailles Palace, is a former seat of power and located 10 miles southwest of Paris in Versailles. Each year, nearly 10 million travelers make the trip from Paris to see Chateau de Versailles. Enjoy all of the gold figurines, dramatic frescoes and cascading crystal chandeliers. Surprisingly, King Louis XIV’s extravagant former residence has pretty humbled beginning. His father, King Louis XIII favored the site for its hunting potential. The original brick and stone lodge was quite modest.

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Bavaria, Germany – The World’s Oldest and Biggest Accomplishments

Bavaria is a paradise for world travelers. Located in the southern region of Germany, Bavaria is quite diverse. From story-book castles to the scenic Alps and fertile Danube plain. But Bavaria not only has several beautiful and famous sites but also holds numerous world records through its 2,000-year history. The region is proud to claim many of the world’s oldest and largest accomplishments.

The largest state in Germany is more than beer, pretzels and lederhosen. It offers stunning landscapes and amazing cities that exude a cultural distinction. Visitors will find beautiful and rugged mountain scenery. Plus, food lovers will discover magical, culinary flavors suit all palates. In addition, one can celebrate countless ancient customs to this day.

Discover intriguing stories about times past. Bavaria’s has a remarkable history. With these stories, impressive and unique historic accomplishments become apparent. For example, learn about the determination, creativity and strength of Bavaria and its people as a culture and lifestyle. Yet, there is more just below the surface. Bavaria is proud to boast several world records. Below are just a few of them.

World Records

1) Oldest Social Housing: Augsburg is Bavaria’s third largest city and by far the oldest with over 2,000 years of history. Its impressive stream and canal system earned the city on the Romantic Road the coveted title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. Augsburg’s most famous son is Jakob Fugger. 500 years ago, the richest man in the world. With his “Fuggerei“, he created a unique monument to charity. In 1521, he signed the charter for the construction of a housing estate in which Augsburg citizens in need, could receive dignified accommodation. Hence, creating the first official social housing in the world. To this day, it still remains the oldest of its kind.

2) Largest Cathedral Organ: Located in the city of Passau, the organ inside St. Steven’s Cathedral is the largest organ in the world. There are 17,974 pipes and 233 registers. Therefore, international travelers need to visit the “City of Three Rivers” and see the amazing cathedral organ. Also, between the months of May and October, enjoy an organ concert.  They take place every day at 12:00pm and every Thursday at 7:30pm.

3) Largest Continuous Ceiling Fresco: The ceiling fresco in the staircase of the Würzburg Residence (photo above) is the largest continuous ceiling fresco in the world. Measuring 19 m x 32 m and restored by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. He’s the greatest fresco painter of the 18th century. Due to the vaulting, its surface area covers 677 m². Once the former residence of the prince bishops of Würzburg. The residence was built between 1720 and 1744 and completed in 1780. Interestingly, it is one of the most important palaces in Europe. In addition, it has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site.

4) Largest glass roof: The transparent acrylic glass pavilion roof of the Munich Olympic Stadium at the Olympia Park is amazing.  The roof was specially designed and built for the 1972 Summer Olympic Games. Also, it measures 85,000 m². Thus, it is the largest glass roof in the world. Today, visitors can book a tour and climb to the glass roof of the stadium. The Olympia Park and Olympic stadium offer many different events throughout the year. Therefore, it is the ideal place to unwind and enjoy the outdoors in magical Munich.

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Enjoy a Luxury Stay at The Reserve at Mayakoba in Mexico

The Reserve at Mayakoba in Mexico is located on 620 acres of pristine lagoons, jungles, and beaches. The luxury resort sits on the scenic shores of the famed Riviera Maya, in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. The Mayakoba Resort is home to award-winning hotels. These include the Fairmont Heritage Place, Banyan Tree Mayakoba and the Rosewood Mayakoba.

In addition, you will find fine restaurants, spas and even a PGA-sanctioned golf course – El Camaleón. Among the 23 restaurants at Mayakoba, there is of course something for everyone taste. Yet, the cuisines may be different, but every meal is prepared to the highest standards. Make your dining choices from Mexican at Aqui Me Qued, La Laguna and the Zapote Bar. Last, for Asian at Agave Azul or Saffron to International cuisine from Cocina Milagro and Oriente.

The Reserve at Mayakoba residences features a design in response to its unique location. Plus, it offers the very rare opportunity to call a piece of this spectacular area home. Hence, this private community appeals to a homeowner’s every last need in mind. From an underground parking on-site and residences available in one to four-bedroom floor plans and 4-bedroom penthouses. Also, by conserving as much of the natural area as possible, the residences are extremely private, shaded, and boast large terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows. Thus, they bring the luxury of nature into the living space.

The Reserve at Mayakoba golf course

In addition, The Reserve at Mayakoba residents receive priority access to the luxury resort’s 23 restaurants and four spas. Don’t forget exclusive access to the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón golf course. El Camaleón blends through the diverse ecosystems of Mayakoba. In addition, golf course views include tropical jungle, dense mangroves, freshwater canals and pristine Riviera Maya oceanfront. The 18-hole PGA TOUR course captures spectacular views in every direction. Finally, golfers of every skill level are welcome. For example, five tee marks at each hole, offer distance options for every player.

Carlos Orozco of the Reserve at Mayakoba comments, “The Reserve at Mayakoba is the culmination of the vision of two leading luxury real estate developers in the region, Sancus Capital and Inmobilia. This partnership, it’s carefully planned architecture and Mayakoba’s unsurpassed natural beauty make it the most exciting project in the Mexican Caribbean. Douglas Elliman’s track record and experience in high end developments makes them the ideal marketing partner for such a unique property. We are very happy with this alliance and believe it is the right formula for success.”

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See the Aurora Borealis From A Glass-Topped “Igloo Cabins” In Finnish Lapland

Finland is well known for its exceptional Aurora Borealis viewing. A six-day tour features accommodations in luxury igloo cabins. These new luxurious igloo-style, glass-roofed cabins are within striking distance of the Finnish tundra. Igloo guests can lie on the luxe queen-sized beds in comfort and warmth while experiencing the magic of the Northern Lights overhead. Plus, rooms are outfitted with low-level red lighting. Thus, it enables guests’ eyes to adjust to the amazing night sky.

The Aurora Borealis program begins in Tromso, Norway and travels first to Kilpisjärvi, Finland. Here, the new two-story Wow House igloo cabins face North for optimal viewing of the Northern Lights. Just 30 miles from the Arctic Ocean, Kilpisjärvi has virtually no light pollution. This is due to a population of a little over 100 residents.

Finland Igloo Cabins - Night

The second stop travels south to Rovaniemi, Finland. It is the capital of Lapland, right on the Arctic Circle. As a result, the Lappish Kammi Suites are ecologically designed to provide clear viewing of the Aurora Borealis. The igloo cabins design extends to full glass domes over the bedroom on the mezzanine level. This, you have a clear view of the night sky.

Daytime activities offer a range of Lapland adventure. From dogsledding, a fat bike tour over the frozen tundra, and snowmobiling to the border point of Norway-Finland-Sweden. While there, meet reindeer and indigenous people in an exploration of Sami culture.

The six-day/five-night “Stars of Scandinavia” tour includes some meals and all transfers. Receive four-star accommodations in Tromso, four nights in luxury glass-roofed “igloos,” and all activities. Airfare is additional. The new concept design by travel experts, recognize a desire for visitors to experience an exciting, socially distanced holiday.

Igloo Cabin Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Tromso in northern Norway. Tromso is often referred to as the “Paris of the North.” Next. transfer to harborside hotel with beautiful views of the fjords. In the evening, start your trip with an adventure. For example, head into the wilderness on a husky dogsled. Next, search for the Aurora as you journey through the snowy landscape.

Day 2: After breakfast, transfer across the border to Finland. After a 3-course dinner, sleep in a design-forward igloo cabin. Hope to see the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed. Due to minimal light pollution, the area of Kilpisjärvi gives you optimal viewing opportunities.

Day 3: Enjoy an exhilarating snowmobile experience to the border meeting point of 3 countries: Finland, Norway and Sweden. Following, experience a fat bike tour over the snow and ice in the local area.

Day 4: Continue your Arctic adventure with a transfer south to Rovaniemi. Once there, check into an igloo-style suite for two nights. Enjoy dinner and sit back to watch the stunning night skies.

Day 5: Continuing, meet the most iconic animal of Lapland – the reindeer. Learn about the local Sami way of life and enjoy a short reindeer sleigh ride. Hopefully the Northern Lights will show themselves tonight for the perfect end to your trip. Plus, view them while staying warm and comfortable in your suite. Simply gaze upward through the sky-view, windowed dome.

Day 6: Check out after breakfast and transfer to airport.

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5 Amazing Cities to Visit in Germany

There are so many cities to visit in Germany. How do you choose which ones to add to your travel list? The European country of Germany has a long, but not always a favorable history. Germany’s many regions provide travelers a wide variety of distinct and rewarding experiences. You can find almost whatever you need – beautiful scenery, great architecture, exciting nightlife, lively festivals, delicious cuisine and much more!

We want to share 5 amazing cities to visit in Germany. First is Duesseldorf, the city by the Rhine river that attracts many visitors through its fun lifestyle and fashion. Leipzig, the city of music, which was home to many famous composers, like Bach and Mendelssohn. Nuremberg, with its historic sights and traditions. Munich, the city that needs no introduction. Last but not least Stuttgart, a must-see for any car enthusiast.

Duesseldorf – Fashion Hub

Duesseldorf is the fashion capital of Germany, and known to set trends. Not only is it home to 800 designer showrooms, it is also lined with many exclusive boutiques, especially at its famous Koenigsallee. Duesseldorf’s Old Town is known to be more unconventional with many restaurants and bars that keep the party going until the early morning.

Leipzig – Music to My Ears

Leipzig lives and breathes music. Its most famous landmarks include the two opera venues, Gewandhaus Orchestra and Leipzig Opera, and it is also the home of the St. Thomas Choir, one of the world’s oldest boys’ choirs. Fun fact: composer Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig and went to university there.

Nuremberg – History Abound

The Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg is a must-see! It is the largest museum of cultural history in the German-speaking region, and contains 1.3 million fantastic exhibits that entertain and educate visitors. Don’t forget to grab a traditional Nuremberg sausage while in town, which has been enjoyed there since the 14th century.

Munich – The Heart of Bavaria

It is no secret that Munich is one of the most beautiful cites in Germany, and a top travel destination. Especially in the summer, the city produces a lifestyle that isn’t easily found anywhere else. Explore the city by bike, relax in one of the many beer gardens, discover beautiful sights and landmarks, like the Marienplatz, and try all of the traditional and new delicatessen.

Stuttgart – Car City

For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Germany is cars. The famous Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart is the only museum in the world to present the history of the automotive industry from start to finish. But why stop there? The beautiful Porsche Museum is also located in Stuttgart and hosts more than 80 unique vehicles.

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Return of the Orient Express – The New Presidential Suite

For the past 140 years, the legendary and iconic Orient Express train has been synonymous with luxury travel. It will begin operating again in 2025. The luxury train – Simplon–Orient-Express, ran from Paris to Constantinople (Istanbul) for more than 80 years (1883–1977).

But beginning in 2025, the famous train will invite travelers to relive the legend aboard 17 original Orient Express cars. Amazingly, the heritage of this legendary train will be on display to a collection of luxury hotels around the world. The historic train cars date back to the 1920s and 1930s. They will be gorgeously adorned with exceptional decor.

Occupying an entire train car of the former Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express, the Presidential Suite features unprecedented dimensions. It measures 69 feet long and 9 feet wide. The 55 square meter space was beautifully designed to accommodate a theatrical “4 Column room.”  Plus, the suite is adorned with the most beautiful Lalique panels and a gas fireplace. Wrapped in embroidered velvet, the spacious bedroom offers a more subtle decor.  Thus, it includes custom-made furniture and is home to an elegant bathroom.

True to its heritage, the Presidential Suite opens onto a unique collector’s item. An “LX” luxury cabin that dates back from 1929. The cabin has two beds and adorned with solid mahogany and Nelson and Prou marquetry. Interestingly, the beds were found aboard the Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express and fully restored. Lastly, the ultimate surprise is the Cabinet de l’Égoïste, a secret room dedicated to good vibes and epicurean festivities.

There will be a global event in Paris, France in late 2025. One month after the Parisian event, the train is heading to Miami, Florida. The dates will be from November 30 to December 4, during the 18th edition of the international Design Miami/ fair. In addition, event guests will discover the legendary train via an original immersive experience, complete with virtual reality.

Orient Express is bringing its virtual immersion concept to the United States for the first time ever at Design Miami. The event will invite visitors to a new space. Bathed in midnight blue, Orient Express’ signature color, and engraved with its iconic star. The journey will discover the future Bar-Car and Restaurant-Car, the Suites and corridors of the train. Plus, learn about the second chapter of the project: the Presidential Suite.

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World’s Tallest Wooden Hotel – Sustainability in Swedish Lapland

The world’s tallest wooden hotel is made almost exclusively from wood and is now open for guests everywhere. The Wood Hotel can be found at the birthplace of cross-country skiing, Skelleftea in Swedish Lapland. The new hotel is part of a five-day and four-night Wood Hotel Experience from Off the Map Travel adventure travel specialists. The VIP experience is a mix of sustainability and nature in a beautiful setting.

The world’s tallest wooden hotel is designed for enjoyment in the forested area of northern Sweden. Welcome are both couples and families. They will experience the hotel along with local adventure and gastronomy. Available from December to March, the Wood Hotel Experience begins with an overnight stay in Stockholm. Next, take a flight to Skelleftea. Once there, guests will be transferred by electric car to the Wood Hotel.

Alex Minnis from Off the Map Travel states, “This is an opportunity for sustainability-minded visitors who search out ‘neo luxury’ looking for culture and escapism all wrapped into one comfortable, climate-sensitive package. Being made out of wood contributes to the building’s being climate-positive as the structure absorbs more CO2 than it uses. It also contributes to comfort and personal well-being, reducing stress and improving sleep.”

The new Wood Hotel stands 75 meters tall. In addition, it has 20 stories and is made almost entirely from spruce and pine sourced from the neighboring forests. Also, it dominates the local skyline. But it seamlessly fits into the town’s natural beauty with its wood construction. The world’s tallest wooden hotel has 205 contemporary rooms. Each is filled with the rich, warm smell of the trees they are built from. In addition to a rooftop spa, the hotel has three stunning restaurants. For example, dine at an Italian café, an Asian restaurant and one with locally sourced, Sami-inspired food.

As part of the experience, guests will create their own gin at Skelleftea’s award-winning distillery. Thus, you will use locally foraged ingredients. Guests can also choose to go snowshoeing to take in the sights of this beautiful part of Swedish Lapland. Later, relax in the hotel’s Vana Spa with its saunas and outdoor pool. Enjoy panoramic views over Skelleftea and its forests. In winter, the new itinerary is perfect for guests to experience the Northern Lights. Take a self-guided walk with well-marked trails that depart directly from the hotel.

Full Itinerary:
1st Day – Arrive in Stockholm and stay overnight in the city
2nd Day – Fly from Stockholm to Skelleftea Airport for an electric car transfer to The Wood Hotel
3rd Day – Lunch at Gin Distillery followed by gin making
4th Day – Morning snowshoeing and afternoon at the hotel’s panoramic Spa
5th Day – Return to Stockholm

A luxury VIP stay at the world’s tallest wooden hotel is priced from £2045 per person (about $2500 USD. The five-day / four-night Wood Hotel Experience itinerary includes all accommodations, daily breakfast, one lunch and gin making, snowshoeing and the rooftop spa. Please note, both flights and travel insurance are additional. Plus, the package can be customized to include excursions such as cross-country skiing.

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Private Iceland Holiday – Sleep in a Glass Igloo in a Frozen Glacier!

Are you ready for an amazing private Iceland Holiday? Enjoy a VIP experience in Iceland and sleep in a glass igloo in a frozen glacier. Wow! The new fully guided five-night/six-day Private Glacier Lagoon Adventure program allows guests to overnight on the lagoon by the Vatnajokull glacier. Plus, this is the first time available.

This Iceland holiday program is designed to optimize the possibility of experiencing the Northern Lights. It is now available for booking with travel dates between mid-January through March 2023. This program is an exclusive one. As a result, it is designed for the utmost in luxury and adventure.

The two new glass igloos are frozen into a secluded lagoon. The are open to guests for their first winter. Thus, offering you the chance to sleep next to a glacier in Iceland. Be part of an exclusive, private tour from Northern Lights specialists Off the Map Travel. Safety is always a top priority. As a result, a tour guide is at your disposal at all times. Also, they can help with recommendations and excursions, including a private glacier hike and sightseeing.

These new igloos encourage connection with nature and the stunning snow-covered wilderness. Plus, they are hidden in dark part of the Fjallsarlon glacial lagoon. Located on the southern coast of Iceland, the transparent igloos sit in a unique position. You can watch the stars and Icelandic Northern Lights, making it the focus of the evening. Your Iceland holiday will be a once in a lifetime experience.

Vatnajokull glacier - Iceland

Alex Minnis, from Off the Map Travel states, “This is a magical way to experience the Northern Lights and the quiet beauty of the Scandinavian winter wilderness. It’s pretty amazing to sleep secluded in an igloo that’s been frozen into a lagoon of glacial meltwater. You get a true feeling of the imposing glacier framed by the vast star-filled arctic sky. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll see the dancing Aurora Borealis.”

Your Iceland experience takes full advantage of this dark setting. Hence, there is no light pollution and the igloos have panoramic glass walls for uninterrupted views north. Another point, the “igloo boats” are accessible only by boat or all-terrain vehicles. They actually float during the summer months and freeze into the ice as the temperatures fall. The igloos measure nine square meters. They come equipped with a cozy and generous double bed, bathroom and panoramic windows. Plus Wi-Fi and hot drinks. The igloos are warmed by central heating. Therefore, this ensures comfortable night sky viewing.

Your five-night, six-day Private Glacier Lagoon Adventure includes a night in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. Next, enjoy a guided road trip with driver to Myrdalsjokull. Take in breath-taking views of the southern coastline. Continuing, guests will then enjoy a privately guided scenic tour and dinner at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon. Following is spending a night beneath the sky in a private glass igloo overlooking the stunning Vatnajokull glacier.

Detailed itinerary – Private Glacial Lagoon Adventure

Day 1

Arrive into Reykjavik and meet your driver for your at the Hotel Borg in the city center and tour. Plus, with the guidance and recommendations of your guide, spend the evening at leisure exploring the city’s museums, restaurants and more.

Day 2

Join your driver once again for a scenic journey to Myrdalsjokull (approx 2.5 hours) along the southern coastline. The glacier in the south of the Icelandic highlands is the country’s fourth largest ice cap, covering nearly 232 square miles, with a highest peak of 1500 meters. It sits atop the notorious and explosive volcano Katla. After, head to Hotel Katla for the evening and overnight.

Day 3

In the morning you will join your guide once again for a tour to explore the most accessible location on the day — perhaps Hekla Volcano or Landmannalaugar. Upon returning back from your day trip, you will then journey to the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon. Next, check-in and have an early dinner before heading to Fjallsarlon for a unique overnight adventure staying in your “igloo boat” overlooking the stunning Vatnajokull glacier.

Day 4

This day is all about glaciers. The day begins with a drive to your private glacier hike along Skaftafell. In addition, this outlet glacier extends from Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe.

Day 5

Travel back along the coastal road stopping at the various viewpoints and natural wonders on the way to Hotel Ranga (approximately3 hours). Relax at the hotel before dinner in the restaurant.

Day 6

Your driver will return you to Reykjavik Airport (approximately 2 hours) for your return flight home. Option to extend your stay if you wish.

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Enjoy the Holidays – 4 Festive Christmas Markets in Germany

Germany comes to mind when people think of a traditional Christmas market. Many of the most beautiful Christmas markets are located in Germany. Hence, the holiday season in Germany is always enchanting with countless Christmas markets.

Germany has many beautiful cities to visit during the holiday season. Enjoy the rich culture and tradition of Germany, while visiting this amazing country during Christmas. Therefore, we want to share with our readers 4 festive Christmas markets: Baden-Baden, Trier, Lübeck and Görlitz.

Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg

Can’t get enough of Christmas? The market in Baden-Baden stays open until January 6th. It offers live performances for the whole family. Look forward to the great variety of market stalls, an enchanting fairy tale street, a carousel, extraordinary gourmet igloos, and much more!

Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate

From November 11, 2022, until December 22, 2022, the oldest city in Germany, Trier, is hosting one of the most spectacular Christmas markets. Visitors can experience different activities daily. For example, they range from historical puppet theater to star tenors or figureheads of the regional music scene.

Plus, in Trier’s Old City, visit its stunning cathedral. It is the perfect backdrop for the little village of Christmas booths. Also, Trier is where the “Mulled Wine Queen” resides and takes the throne yearly for the holiday season.

Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein

Breathe in clear winter air combined with the smell of roasted almonds and fried pastries. Next, drink popular mulled wine as you stroll through the stalls around Lübeck’s Town Hall. This Christmas market has a long tradition in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lübeck. First, it is mentioned in records dating back to 1648. Even today, the historic buildings form the perfect setting for the lively pre-Christmas festivities at the market.

Görlitz, Saxony

The Silesian Christmas Market in Görlitz features special church services reminding visitors of the meaning of Christmas. It invites visitors to sing traditional Christmas carols, and the local choirs frequently perform, contributing to the festive atmosphere. Between magnificent trading houses from Renaissance and Baroque, accompanied by the scents of spices, almonds, and incense, almost 100 merchants and artisans offer their goods.

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Enjoy a Luxury Stay at the Spectacular Mayakoba Resort in Mexico

The spectacular Mayakoba Resort is located on 620 acres of pristine lagoons, jungles, and beaches along the shores of the famed Riviera Maya. The Riviera May is on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. The Mayakoba Resort is home to award-winning hotels such as the Fairmont Heritage Place, Banyan Tree Mayakoba and the Rosewood Mayakoba. In addition, restaurants, spas and a PGA-sanctioned golf course – El Camaleón> Each business preserves and enhances the native landscape.

With some 25 restaurants at Mayakoba Resort, there is something for everyone’s taste. Although the cuisines may be different, every meal is prepared to the highest standards. Choose from Mexican food at Aqui Me Qued, La Laguna and the Zapote Bar. For Asian, it’s Agave Azul or Saffron. Plus, international choices include Cocina Milagro and Oriente to name a few.

In addition, resort residents get priority access to the resort’s twenty-three restaurants and four spas. In addition, there is exclusive access to the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón golf course. El Camaleón blends through the diverse ecosystems of Mayakoba. Included are a tropical jungle, dense mangroves, freshwater canals and pristine Riviera Maya oceanfront. Thus, the 18-hole PGA TOUR course captures spectacular views in every direction.

Mayakoba Resort interior - Riviera Maya, Mexico

The residencies themselves at The Reserve at Mayakoba has a design in response to its unique location. Therefore, they offer a very rare opportunity to call a piece of this spectacular area home. This private community is thoughtfully crafted with the homeowner’s every last need in mind. Including, underground parking on-site. Also, the residences offer one to four-bedroom floor plans and 4-bedroom penthouses.

The goal is to conserve as much of the natural area as possible. Hence, the residences are extremely private, shaded, and boast large terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows. As a result, they bring the luxury of nature into the living space. The Reserve at Mayakoba offers independent entrances to the resort. Also, there is additional security booth access to the residences.

The Reserve at Mayakoba development is from leading asset management firm Sancus Capital Partners in partnership with Inmobilia. The Reserve at Mayakoba will offer exceptional privacy and enviable amenities across 66,408 square meters of landscaped grounds, footpaths, and canals. The design is by prestigious, international architecture studio L35 in association with Sepúlveda Arquitectos. The development will be completed in two phases and comprise eight towers of nine units, for a total of 144 residences.

Carlos Orozco of the Reserve at Mayakoba states, “The Reserve at Mayakoba is the culmination of the vision of two leading luxury real estate developers in the region, Sancus Capital and Inmobilia. This partnership, it’s carefully planned architecture and Mayakoba’s unsurpassed natural beauty make it the most exciting project in the Mexican Caribbean. Douglas Elliman’s track record and experience in high end developments makes them the ideal marketing partner for such a unique property. We are very happy with this alliance and believe it is the right formula for success.”

In addition, this luxury resort provides residents with priority access to the resort’s twenty-three restaurants, there are four spas and the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón golf course. Plus, the Reserve at Mayakoba will offer independent entrances to the resort and additional security booth access to the residences.

Mr. Orozco continues, “The Reserve at Mayakoba exemplifies modern design in delicate balance with the natural environment. Featuring innovative architecture conceived in response to its unique setting, the exciting new development will offer residents a truly unparalleled experience of the Riviera Maya.”

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Photos: Reserve at Mayakoba