N ‘Is not this one of the most enjoyable puzzle of the new year: where and when starting in the next twelve months?
1. The Sultanate of Oman
Medieval fortresses, Bedouin culture , breathtaking mountains and still wild beaches: Oman occupies a singular place in the Arabian Peninsula. “Thanks to a carefully maintained heritage and a fiercely preserved nature, explains Jean-Paul Labourdette, president of the Petit Futé, Oman has remained an authentic destination. » Travelers of the world offers a 9-day stay from 2,800 euros for the best of Oman at the wheel of a 4×4. Do not miss the fort of Bahla and its oasis, as well as the Land of Incense , In the province of Dhofar, registered by Unesco as World Heritage of Humanity.
The Canada is a star of 2017. The country celebrates its 150 th anniversary this year and opens free national parks for the occasion. From the immense ski area of Whistler, British Columbia, which can be enjoyed until June, to the ever more modern and warm city of Montreal, Canada is rich in its diversity. Marco Vasco offers a 12-day “Splendor of Eastern Canada” package from Toronto to Quebec City via Ottawa and Montreal (starting at 1,899 euros). The icing on the cake is a helicopter overfly of Niagara Falls. For an even more wild experience, the train journey “Rocky Mountaineer,
The Finland will celebrate in December the centenary of its independence: the festivities will be grandiose. The new national park of Hossa – between forests, lakes with crystal clear waters and painted rocks – embodies the nature and adventure of the country. Helsinki, the capital, is less than three hours flight from Paris . 10 days from 2200 €, the stay “Summer Finnish family: reindeer, rafting and wooden chalet” , from Voyageurs du monde, offers a beautiful discovery of the country, with both Helsinki and Lapland.
The port and fortresses of Cartagena de Indias, the capital of the Bolivar Department, are classified as Unesco World Heritage, and Isla Baru is bathed in turquoise water: a dream! ” In the North, the Caribbean coast around Barranquilla has a rainy and sunny season from the end of December to the end of April,” explains Jean-Noël Darde in the guide ” Saisons et Climats”, where and when to go (Hachette, 528 pages, 24 euros ). The most beautiful country in Latin America also benefits from the unique hospitality of Colombians. The visit of Pope Francis at the beginning of this year will serve as a promotion.
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5. The Switzerland of the chalets
Switzerland is betting on returning to nature. The Swiss Alps are expected to attract lovers of the outdoors this summer thanks to a consolidation of rental offers for 250 chalets. These “mountain huts” can be booked online on a single platform, as early as spring. Ideal for a trip to family in car , bicycle or on foot. From Paris, Air France offers a return ticket to Geneva for less than 80 euros in July.
6. The islands of the Azores
It is Portugal in the middle of the North Atlantic, 4 hours flight from Paris, without the crowd of tourists. Islands of legend to discover in July, when it makes a great sun. According to the Guide du Routard, “the Azores have everything from paradise for hikers and nature lovers. From São Miguel to Flores, via Terceira and Pico, these volcanic islands compete with beauty “. The guide Azores du Petit Futé (288 pages, 14,20 euros) lists the many activities available to travelers: whale watching, bird watching, diving, surfing and big game fishing. Gastronomes will not be left out: on the island of Faial, in the lanes of the old port of Horta, It is absolutely necessary to taste the fish at Genuino . A delight!
7. The Dominican Republic
Last year we bet on Haiti . In the other part of the island of Hispaniola, in the east, between the Caribbean Sea and the ocean, the Dominican Republic imposes itself in 2017. It is a very affordable destination: Transat Holidays offers for example A stay 5 nights in a 4-star hotel club at the Occidental Caribe from 892 euros per person. The landscapes and beaches are very varied: go watching the calves in February in the bay of Samana, on the north coast. “The number of whales is at its maximum and the show is in full swing”, according to the guide Seasons and Climates, where and when to leave. The pearl of the Caribbean should change ,
The vast landscapes of Mongolia are emptied: the rural exodus swells Ulaanbaatar, the capital, which concentrates more than 60% of the population . In terms of tourism, the future international airport of Ulaanbaatar could change everything for this authentic and wild country. Tuul – a local French-speaking guide – and Ludivine, a fugitive who fell in love with Mongolia , founded an agency in Ulaanbaatar. Esprit Mongolie proposes to discover the country in 4 x 4, on horseback or on foot, from June to September, in circuits of 2 or 3 weeks.
Paphos, on the south-west coast of Cyprus , will be European Capital of Culture. The program logically built around myths and travels. Many French artists, including Fanny Ardant, will be on the scene theater or dance this summer. All this corner of the island is a marvel. Just next to Paphos, the village of Geroskipou – in ancient Greek Hiero Kipos, which means ” sacred garden ” – is famous for its delights: the famous loukoums of Cyprus. An opportunity also to discover one of the best hotels of the world, the Anassa , in Neo Chorio.
10. Le Havre
Le Havre is a city of architects and architecture , with the masterpieces of Auguste Perret or Oscar Niemeyer. It celebrates its 500th anniversary with the big event “Un été au Havre 2017”, from May to November. The Museum of Modern Art André Malraux (MuMa) will welcome Pierre and Gilles (Gilles is Havre) from 27 May to 20 August. The exhibition “Impression (s) soleil” (September 9 to October 8) will be the occasion to admire Impression soleil levant by Claude Monet, where it was painted by the artist in 1872. Finally, the transatlantic crossing History between Le Havre and New York will revisit the day aboard the Queen Mary 2 , for the operation “500 passengers for 500 years”: embarkation on September 15.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the birthplace of Prince, who died in 2016. The opening of a museum dedicated to the singer of Purple Rain , Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, on the property he owned, is expected to attract visitors. You can already book your tickets . Town of nature, Minneapolis is an example of harmonious town planning. And all the Middle West is worth a visit, to extend the holiday.
12. The region of Grosseto
At the southern end of Tuscany, at the equidistance of Rome and Florence, Porto Ercole and the Grosseto area are to be discovered for two or with family. In Porto Ercole, the Hotel Il Pellicano , has just been ranked first in the “Gold List 2017” of the best luxury hotels in the world published by Condé Nast Traveler. Good news is a (almost) affordable luxury .
13. The Kvarner Islands
The islands of Cres and Losinj, in the Adriatic, in the north of Croatia, paradise for nature lovers. With hidden coves, hiking trails, charming villages, hotels and high-quality well-being , these islands still remain little visited by French tourists. The island of Losinj and Opatija are nevertheless the tourism pioneers in Croatia since they were in the nineteenth th century holiday resorts frequented by the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy.
Pearl hidden on the Sea of Japan , Kanazawa is classified by Unesco as “Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts “. It is equal with Kyoto by the beauty of its gardens and its temples. To change Tokyo and Kyoto, we board a new high-speed train, the Hokuriku Shinkansen, ultra comfortable and affordable.
Safaris away from the crowds, to admire the “big fives” in family at reasonable prices. Terres d’Aventure proposes a ” Zimbabwe: in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes” of 14 days between Zambezi Falls, Lake Kariba, safari and rock paintings bushmen of Matopos, classified as Unesco World Heritage.
Would Athens be the new world capital of the arts? Built by the architect Renzo Piano, the new cultural center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNFCC) will bring together the Opera and the National Library in 2017 and will be transmitted to the Greek State. The SNFCC is located in a beautiful park, a 30-minute walk from the port of Piraeus. Exceptional event, the documenta in Kassel – modern and contemporary art exhibition held in the German city every five years – will share for the first time with another city of Europe , Athens, March 8 to July 16 .
New infrastructures, new luxurious or affordable addresses , development of Airbnb, the red city always seduces. Three hours from Paris by plane, Marrakech takes colors again. Cultural event of the year, the Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech Museum will open in October, just a step away from Majorelle Garden .
18. The Hague
What if you change from Holland in 2017? Forget Amsterdam, overflowing with tourists, and discover The Hague. The city will make the event from 3 June with the big exhibition De Stijl, for the centenary of the movement to which Piet Mondrian belonged at the Gemeentemuseum. But the Hague is also a very nice city center, a great offer of culture (the Mauritshuis) and the seaside, with straw huts in summer. If we add that the Netherlands have won more than 100 Michelin stars in ten years, it remains only to close its suitcase.
From Choquequirao, the inca “sister city” of Machu Picchu, to Lake Titicaca, via Lima, the capital, Peru is worth a long (long) flight. This is THE destination for Philippe Gloaguen 2017, the Backpacker’s Guide, and the archaeological site of Choquequirao is ranked first of places to discover this year by the Lonely Planet. Typical of the country where one can travel without guide, Peru combines the majesty of a grandiose nature and unique archaeological sites.
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From Ménilmontant to Avenue Montaigne via the Louvre Museum, the Ville Lumière is expected to resume its colors in 2017. The Vermeer exhibitions at the Louvre (from 22 February to 22 May), Christian Dior at the Museum of Decorative Arts January 7, 2018) or Gauguin at the Grand Palais (from October 9 to January 22, 2018) will make the event. City of walkers and cyclists, accessible city, the capital sets up a Paris Passlib ‘, from 45 euros, for a day, a weekend or 5 days. The principle ? A transport card that offers discounted access to museums, cruises on the Seine and monuments
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