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Taking a holiday is something we all need to do once in a while and what better than to put your feet up on a tour and let someone take care of the itinerary for you. This way you get to experience the essential sights without the stress of organising entry tickets. So where is hot in 2013?

10. India: Few places on earth can match India for it’s exotic credentials. A tour of India must take in the Taj Mahal with options to visit Jaipur and the Palace of the Winds, Lake Palace at Udaipur and the Ganges at Varanasi. The colourful chaos of cities like Mumbai and New Delhi make a tour of India something that will never be forgotten…

9. San Francisco: One of the most unique and captivating cities in the United States, San Francisco has something for everyone. History at Alcatraz, unique architecture, food that can only be described as exceptional and of course the Golden Gate bridge. Close proximity to California’s wine region as well as Yosemite park make San Francisco one of America’s most enthralling and diverse cities.

8. Cape Town and South Africa: Having recently hosted the Football World Cup in 2010, South Africa is hot right now. As well as world class safari parks like Kruger, theres also the wine region at Stellenbosch, the spectacular Garden Route running along the coast and of course the natural beauty of Cape Town. Add to this magnificent food plus a rich and diverse local culture and history, making South Africa a must visit for an extended tour.

7. Istanbul: Straddling the border between east and west, in more ways than one, is Istanbul. This metropolis boasts among other monuments the spectacular Hagia Sofia – originally a chruch, then a mosque and now a museum. Istanbul’s cuisine is as spectacular and exotic as it sights and of course no visit to the old seat of the Ottoman empire without a visit to the Grand Bazaar – where you can haggle over bags of spices, hand made rugs and more.

6. Beijing and China: China is a fascinating and ancient country with world famous cuisine and compelling culture. A visit must include a tour of Beijing’s Tiananmen square and the Forbidden City the former seat of the Emperor’s of China, as of course is a walk along the Great Wall.

5. East Africa: If you’re looking for a tour that’s a bit more on the wild side, then a trip to Kenya or Tanzania must be on your list. Taking in the excellent Tsavo or Masai Mara to watch lions, wildebeest, giraffes and antelope frolic in their natural habitat is surely one on every travelers bucket list. There’s also the exotic shopping and historical sightseeing opportunities of Zanzibar in Tanzania and Mombasa in Kenya as well as excellent scuba diving and snorkeling along the whole beautiful coastline.

4. Sydney: Australia’s iconic city Sydney has so much to offer and is truly rewarding for a visit of any length. Besides an essential visit to the Opera House and a climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, visitors can take in the best theatre in Australia, excellent shopping and the al fresco dining lifestyle of Darling Harbour. Once you’ve finished taking in the sights you can unwind on the beach at the world famous Manly or Bondi to soak up the sun.

3. Rio De Janeiro: Brazil is about to be in the spotlight thanks to the Football World Cup in 2014, followed by the 2016 Olympics in Rio itself. What better time to beat the rush and take in the sites of one of the world’s most truly breathtaking cities, Rio De Janiero. Climb Corcovado Mountain to see Christ the Redeemer up close and take in the spectacular views. Sip a caiprinha on Ipanema beach while people watching and then go watch a game at the newly revamed Maracanã stadium.

2. London: After the success of the 2012 Olympics, London is hot to visit, as it always is. A truly global city; London hosts excellent historical sites such as the Tower of London, world class shopping from Harrods to Oxford Street, truly exceptional theatre including the famous Dominion Theatre and of world famous sports venues including the Olympic Park and Wimbledon. There is an exceptional choice of companies to take you on all sorts of tours which can also incorporate the rest of the UK.

1. Paris: The city of romance… Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world and rightly so. Splendid architecture and cafe culture abound making Paris a picturesque place to visit any time of the year. Besides the Eiffel Tower, Paris also hosts excellent shopping along the Champs Elysee, the Opera, Montmatre’s Moulin Rouge and Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur cathedral’s among many other spectacular sites. Any tour of Paris must also include a cruise along the river Seine.

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