1. South Korea
If you’re looking to visit the birthplace of K-beauty and Gangnam Style, look no further than Cathay Pacific’s special South Korea summer offer. The airline has partnered with Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) so travellers to Seoul, Busan and the volcanic island of Jeju can stray off the beaten path. The package lets you land in one city and leave from another so you can truly see it all. Not convinced yet? Travellers who avail of this offer are eligible to register for a free one-day pass to Lotte World, which houses the world’s largest indoor theme park! Economy fares start from Dh2,155 and Business Class flights start from Dh7,135 at cathaypacific.ae; the offer is valid until June 30 and applies to bookings made for travel until September 15.
2. Dubrovnik, Croatia
For a summer escape to one of the most enchanting places in the Mediterranean, book Tajawal’s Croatia package starting at Dh2,825 per person and enjoy two, three or four nights in Dubrovnik. This package includes return flights, accommodation, breakfast, transfers and tours throughout this culture rich town. Once you’ve touched down, head to the Old Town (a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site) and visit the Cathedral of the Assumption, built on the site of a 7th century basilica. If you’re in the mood to frolic in the blue waters of the Adriatic ocean, visit any of the tourist-frequented shores like Copacabana Beach or Bellevue Beach. Valid until late 2018; Visit tajawal.ae to book your trip.
3. Sarajevo, Bosnia
There’s never been a better time to explore the Balkans! With balmy summer weather and convenient direct flights to Sarajevo, you can visit Bosnia, a country steeped in history, with Tajawal’s four or five-night deals. You’ll be staying in Sarajevo, a city rich in history that witnessed the start of WW1 as well as the longest siege of a city in modern history. Plus, you’ll get to discover Mostar, a cultural capital and traverse its old streets full of market stalls. Mostar also boasts the Stari Most, a reconstructed medieval-era arched bridge. Packages start at Dh2,875 per person and include flights, hotels, transfers, and tours. Package valid until late 2018. Visit tajawal.ae.
We’ve all watched the Lion King. Now’s your chance to bring your childhood fantasy to life with Tajawal’s Tanzania package. Visit the place that inspired a Disney film with packages starting at Dh8,109 per person. This full-board package includes a return trip as well as four nights in different areas to see all of Tanzania: Arusha, Tarangire, Manayara and Serengeti. You’ll get the best of wildlife and culture: cross an item off your bucket list as you see wildebeest trample across plains and as the sun sets, delight in game drive tours throughout the city. Choose between three, four and five-star hotels to customise your experience. This package is valid until late 2018, so get booking on tajawal.ae.
5. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Starting from Dh4,099 per person, you’ll be able to see the best of Ethiopia with ATS Travel. By night, relax in a four-star hotel (your meals, transfers and return flights are covered!) and use every bit of your four days there to revel in the splendour of Ethiopia. With their guided tours, you’ll be able to spot rare birds, admire the sunset over Lake Hawassa, relax at Bishoftu (a popular tourist resort), and taste several national dishes. On your final day, you’ll end your tour on a high by witnessing ethnic dances and partaking in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony – soon after which you’ll be whisked to the airport so you can bask in the afterglow all the way home. To book your travel, call 04 204 5959; more information at atstravel.com.
Zanzibar isn’t just famous for its spices – it also happens to have an idyllic countryside that’s a perfect break from the bustling city. Book FlyDubai’s two-night holiday package for Dh2,401 per person (including half board and return flights) to live it up in Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa for two nights. This five-star hotel is situated in the rural region of Unguja, a place teeming with culture with plenty of ancient mosques and winding lanes for you to explore. For a dose of heritage, check out The House of Wonders in Unguja, which was the former palace of the second Sultan of Zanzibar. It’s equally exciting today too – it’s home to the Museum of History and Culture of Zanzibar and the Swahili Coast. Valid until September 30; visit flydubai.com.