Experience the hustle and bustle of DUBAI as the contrasting modern skyline sits alongside the old town. Dubai has so much to offer from theme parks to water parks, indoor skiing, some of the largest shopping malls in the world, diversity of cuisine and of course the famous Fountain Show with the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world.
Often overshadowed by Dubai, Abu Dhabi is a mere 45 minutes from Dubai and offers an equally exciting stopover experience with daily connections from Dublin. From Formula One racing events, Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld to the cultural attractions such as the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Popular excursions to consider are Desert Safari’s, Yas Island or simply plan a round of golf at one of Abu Dhabi’s top courses.
Sri Lanka offers amazing cultural experiences from the tea plantations in the central highlands and the world heritage Sigiriya Rock with the palace ruins at it’s summit. To the south you’ll find the national parks of Yala where you have the possibility of seeing Elephants and Leopards in their natural environment. To the east you’ll find the best remote beaches on the island and to the North the Tamil region has retained a unique character and culture, one which owes as much to Hindu India as to Buddhist Sri Lanka.
Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Yala harbours 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka.
A balance of traditional and contemporary, Istanbul is the hub that connects Europe and Asia. From the Ottoman Palaces and Mosque’s to the bustling markets and modern shopping malls, Istanbul offers so much to see and is the perfect “city” add-on to your holiday in Maldives