Our Bucket List Travel Destinations for 2023 Travel

You might not be consciously compiling a bucket list of destinations to travel to but you are subconsciously being bombarded by travel programs on TV, posts on social media and blog articles online, and not least friends regaling you with intimate details of their latest holiday to a destination that was 'to die for'! 

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Travel is not only aspirational it is also therapeutic, and our hectic lives demand frequent short breaks as well as a long planned (and saved for) bucket list holiday. You might want to jog on the Great Wall of China or witness an exhilarating Formula 1 Grand Prix race while your partner has ideas of wandering through the streets of Paris or visiting the ancient cities of Italy on a cultural feast. 

Whichever one wins the toss of the dice you can be assured that the holiday will be memorable and that the list will continue to grow as you are influenced by new ideas. If your bucket list of places to visit is currently a little sparse we have a number of ideas that are sure to fire up your wanderlust! 

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GOLDEN TRIANGLE - INDIA 

India is one of the most exotic destinations imaginable and the Golden Triangle will give you a broad experience of this vast and diverse country. Our Golden Triangle Tour embraces the bustling capital city of New Delhi, the pink city of Jaipur overlooked by an ancient fort and finally Agra, home to the magnificent Taj Mahal, started in 1631 to honour the wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. 

Join a set departure tour from R18,270pp departing on 2 March, including flights from Johannesburg, accommodation with breakfast, transfers and sightseeing tours. 

Highlights include:  
Delhi  

City tour of Old and New Delhi which will visit Raj Gar, Red Fort and Jama Masjid. Visit the Qutub Minar (tallest stone tower in India), drive past the grand India Gate, Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President's residence). 

Agra 

Tour of Agra where you will visit the Taj Mahal (a UNECSO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World). Visit Agra Fort situated on the banks of the River Yumana. 

Jaipur 

Visit the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar the Astronomical Observatory. Your tour includes the palace museum as well as time to wander about the local markets. 

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PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL - Manchester United vs Chelsea 

For soccer fans (who is not one after the exciting FIFA World Cup?) why not soak up the atmosphere between these two well-known teams in action.  

This package starts from R14,220 pp and includes a 4 night stay in Manchester at the 4* Park Inn by Radisson City Centre in a double room with breakfast daily, Manchester United vs Chelsea EPL ticket - the Sports Bar, North East/West Quadrant luxury padded seating, access to the 500 Club or the 100 Club lounge, access to the suite 3 hours before kick-off and 1-hour post-match with a meal from the hot and cold station, half time tea and coffee. 

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ITALY BY RAIL 

Soak up the breathtaking antiquities and natural beauty of Italy as you travel by train through rolling countryside and farmlands between stylish Milan, Genova, La Spezia and Rome. Packages start from R16,763pp and include transfers and train tickets, 5 nights' accommodation and breakfast. 

Highlights to see: 
Milan 

The Cathedral Duomo Di Milano is situated right in the centre of the city, overlooked by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade for high fashion shopping, the famous  La Scala Opera House, the stauesque Arch of Peace and the charming restaurants along the old canals - yes Milan also has canals. 

La Spezia 

Explore the colourful  Cinque De Terra or five towns clinging to the cliffside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. 

Rome 

The Eternal City is home to many great sights as well as the stately Vatican City filled with art treasures and the Sistine Chapel with amazing religious frescoes. 

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ROVANIEMI, LAPLAND  - FINLAND 

Surprise the family with something totally different - a white Christmas which they will never forget, near Santa Claus Village which is the gateway city to the Arctic.  Look out for the northern lights, jump over the Arctic Circle or meet with some friendly reindeer. Winter is a truly magical season in Rovaniemi. The scenery is blanketed in snow in this magical season. Four night packages start from R15,430pp and include 4 nights' accommodation in a four star hotel with breakfast and dinner daily. 

Also included is a 2-hour Husky Safari, a hot drink and thermal clothing, winter boots and gloves. A highlight is a visit to Santa's Village - Excluding transfers. 

Start planning your bucket list travel holiday with Thompsons today. Our experienced Travel Experts can give you the best deals on destinations around the world. WhatsApp us now! 

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