Albania and Bulgaria are considered among the best travel destinations in the world this year. Two publications ranked these Eastern European countries among the world’s top 10 destinations: CNN and Lonely Planet.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov offers a ray of sunshine for those who want a free-visa zone between the EU and Russia. At a press conference the Minister told reporters Russia and the EU are much closer to an agreement. So far the EU has stonewalled every attempt by the Kremlin to free up travel and tourism between Russia and the rest of Europe.
Exchange rates can sometimes turn the best vacation deal into a nightmare. The recent Swiss Franc valuation caught ski vacationers by surprise. When expensive Alps ski resorts get even more expensive, many European skiers just stay home. Fortunately there is another solution. Skiing the Carpathians, Slovenian Alps, Caucasus, and other Eastern European resorts almost always costs half as much.
Tallinn, Estonia hosts the 15th Annual Talinn Graphics Triennial, a celebration and discovery of various art genres. Held at the Kumu Art Museum, the exhibition is slated to showcase some extraordinary art from the Baltics, as well as last year’s artist of the moment Óscar Muñoz. For art lovers headed toward Estonia or the other Baltic states, this is a unique opportunity to grab hold of fine emerging artistic wonder.
The Black Sea from the deck of a luxury yacht is the prefect seagoing fantasy vacation for those headed to Bulgaria. Yacht adventures, whether charter or tour driven, are some of the most romantic and interesting vacation ideas you can imagine. Seeing Bulgaria’s coast from your own hotel room afloat, that is the way to travel in style.
ITF SlovakiaTour 2011 kicks off in Bratislava, Slovakia this month. From the 20th to the 23rd of January, Slovakia hosts one of Europe’s largest travel expos. Thousands of visitors are slated to attend this year’s event to see the latest travel exhibitions from industry leaders.
Ukraine’s Chatyr – Dag holds untold wonders for the outdoors adventurer, but none more fascinating than Marble Cave. Only very recently discovered, this subterranean marvel is already Europe’s second most visited spelunker site. The three main chambers of Marble Cave are available for visitors to explore via guided tour. For the really adventurous professional explorer, only half the cave has been explored so far.
Thursday Russian Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas Eve with the traditional Holy Supper. All over Eastern Europe January 6th and 7th are a time to praise Christ and share with friends and family. From Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, and the children playing in the snow, all Russia gives and received holiday wishes.
One of the oldest Macedonian traditions is the Vevčani Carnival, which is estimated to be over 1,400 years old. The carnival is celebrated January 13 and 14 every year, and is dedicated to Saint Basil the Great.
Hungary has many wonderful cultural and natural wonders to entice visitors, but none more impactful than her warm spas and springs. For a Winter getaway, surely no place can be more appealing than a spa experience that is literally out of another world. Budapest’s warm spas will heal what ails you.
Bulgaria’s Grisha Ganchev is a controversial figure to say the least. One thing is certain however, the industrialist believes in helping the people of his country climb out of the current economic crevass. A €100 million auto plant in the remote village of Bahovitsa will produce 120o jobs and 50,000 inexpensive autos for people in the Balkans.
When visiting Kosovo during the Winter months, one of the top activities worth pursuing is hiking in the Sar Mountains. This Balkans mountain range offers almost unparalleled challenge and breathtaking vistas for the newcomer and veteran hiker alike. The Kosovo Valley below, and Šar Mountains National Park also offer rare encounters with some 20 unusual wildlife species.