Monthly Archives: November 2012

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Travel Inspiration: Big World

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

— Gustave Flaubert

Grand Canyon Big World

Which Type of Traveller Are You?

Why do people travel? Some are looking for an adventure, others are keen to see new sights, while many just want some well earned time off. We understand that people travel for different reasons but we still reckon we’ve got enough experiences to suit all traveller-types, so work out which one you are and we’ll match you to your own UTP destination.

The Adrenaline Junkie

The Adrenaline Junkie

You feel alive when your pulse is racing, you don’t need to look before you leap, you like it when there’s a whiff of danger in the air. Sound familiar? Then Nepal is the place for you. With eight of the world’s tallest mountains, the diverse terrain and stunning mountain ranges make Nepal a hotspot for thrill seekers from around the world. Go trekking in the majestic Himalayas, paraglide over Mount Everest itself, abseil down raging waterfalls and bungee jump from the highest jump points on earth. Want to get your blood pumping? You know where to go.

The Explorer

The Explorer

Sights, sounds and new sensations, these make up your holy-holiday trinity. You feel compelled to experience the beauty the world has to offer first-hand. If that struck a chord, it’s time to visit Montenegro. Montenegro is a country that’s rich with spectacular landscapes. Its marvellous coastline is ripe with olive groves, blessed sunshine and picturesque sandy beaches. While the jaw-dropping scenery is full of astonishing snow-capped mountains, gushing emerald green rivers and breath-taking canyons. Explore Montenegro and discover who you are.

The Historian

The Historian

You’ve got a unique appetite, one’s that only sated with forays into the past. Ancient civilizations, archaeological digs and a pinch of cultural heritage are what you like best. You’re sure to get your fill in Romania. From the untouched Transylvanian rural countryside plastered with villages that still use farming techniques long since passed, the beautifully preserved Saxon villages of Sibiu and Sighisoara, and the capital city dripping with remnants of its communist past, there is everything and more for any fan of history. Get ready to travel through time.

 The Zen Master

The Zen Master

You want to kick back and relax, stretch your legs out and let your daydreams take you far, far, far away. You’ll find peace and quiet waiting for you in Kasbah Bab Ourika, Morocco. Hidden in the spectacular Ourika Valley and known as the gateway to the glorious Atlas Mountains, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful place for a peaceful retreat. Gaze out at magical sunrises and sunsets from the Kasbah’s sunkissed terrace, bask in the alluring aroma of the blooming gardens, and take a dip in the scintillating infinity pool. Welcome to paradise.

By Charles Oben

In Pictures: Jewels of Morocco

A country saturated in colours, here are some of the jewels of Morocco. Come and see the real thing. Click here.

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Top Five: Christmas Getaways 2012

With Christmas fast approaching, ‘tis the season to be jolly. And what better way to celebrate than to treat yourself to a fantastic Christmas getaway. So whether you’re looking for a bit of adventure, or just want to escape the winter blues, here are five of our favourite festive trips to give you some inspiration for Christmas getaways this year.


1. Ice Hotel, Romania

Ice Hotel Romania Christmas Getaway

A trip to the breath-taking Ice Hotel is ideal for a long weekend getaway. Including an evening of glamour spent in the vibrant capital city of Bucharest, prepare to be swept away into the heart of rural Romania through the plains of the Transylvanian countryside. Spend your afternoons in the beautiful towns of Brasov and Sibiu, and explore the ruins of Rasnov Fortress and Romania’s ancient culture at your leisure.  Top it all off with the magical experience of staying at the Ice Hotel. It’s the only way to guarantee snow this Christmas.

2. Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Kasbah Bab Ourika Atlas Mountains Christmas

Sublime relaxation and luxurious surroundings await you at Kasbah Bab Ourika. Perched on a hilltop in the stunning Ourika valley, there’s not a more picturesque setting in which to stay within the majestic Atlas Mountains. Experience magical Christmas sunsets from the Kasbah’s sunkissed terrace, which offers spectacular 360 degree views of the rugged landscape. With gardens blossoming with flowers, stunning views and an infinity pool to die for, the Kasbah Bab Ourika offers the perfect peaceful retreat.

3. Transylvania, Romania

Sibiu Transylvania Romania Christmas Winter

 If you’re after 7 nights of wonder for your Christmas escape, this is the trip for you. With our discovery bus tour, you’ll soon see why Romania is known as the land of choice. The trip includes a fantastic cross-section of the country’s history, culture and architecture, a passage through the rural countryside to the medieval saxon towns of Brasov and Sibiu, and of course, a trip up through the clouds to the stunning, hand-carved Ice Hotel. Escape to a fairytale land this Christmas and expect lots and lots of snow!

4. Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh Christmas Escape

Spend Christmas in exotic Marrakesh and enjoy the sensory overload. The vibrant city has an allure of charm that hits you as soon as you set foot on Moroccan soil. Be careful you don’t get carried away bartering for goods in the Souks, they have everything you could possible imagine. You could always cool down with a leisurely dip in the azure swimming pools of the Palmery if you need a quick breather. And fans of spectacular views can go hot air ballooning over Marrakesh. The sights from up on high will blow you away.

5. Sahara Desert, Morocco

Sahara Desert Morocco Christmas Retreat

Our 3 night Private Desert Tour lets you experience the magic of the Sahara. Things start off with a soothing trip through the Atlas Mountains, along a route so beautiful that you’ll be eager for more. Throughout the voyage you’ll be amazed by the spectacular sights, from the wonderful Kasbah Ait Behnaddou, to the serene Skoura Oasis, and the marvellous Todra Gorge. Of course nothing will compare to the enchanting night in Bedouin tents amongst the towering tunes in the deep desert. And watching the sunrise atop a camel from deep within the Sahara is a one-of-a-kind sight you’ll have to see to believe.

By Charles Oben

Seen anything you like? If you’re interested in booking a trip away this Christmas but need some more information, you can get in contact with us at or give us a call on 0871 662 9521. 

3 Reasons: To Choose Romania’s Ice Hotel Over All Others

It’s no wonder that Romania’s breathtaking Ice Hotel is a favourite amongst travellers. Hand carved by local craftsmen, the Ice Hotel is laced with intricate structures that make each and every corner stunningly unique. Standing at 2000m above sea level and surrounded by amazing scenery, it’s the perfect place to go for your winter getaway.

But what’s Romania’s Ice Hotel got that the others haven’t? Plenty, as it happens. And if you’re still not convinced, here are 3 reasons why you should pick the Ice Hotel Romania above all others.

1. The Landscape

No other ice hotel can offer you the magical experience that comes from being nestled between gorgeous mountainous peaks. While other ice hotels are commonly found next to woodland, or long stretches of monotonous landscape, Romania’s Ice Hotel gives you the chance to sleep amongst the clouds.

Ice Hotel Landscape

2. The Price

You want to have a great holiday, for a great price. Everybody does. Then you’re better off avoiding hotels that will happily charge you an arm and a leg for a one-night stay. Prices at the Ice Hotel Romania are significantly lower and with excellent reviews, you can be sure you’re getting the best possible experience for the best possible price! It’s a winner.

Save Money at the Ice Hotel in Romania

 3. The Full Package

Because Romania’s Ice Hotel is in a remote location, it’s understandable that you might want a bit of help to make the most of your trip. That’s why we don’t just do trips to the Ice Hotel. Booking with us means you can enjoy the Ice Hotel experience as well as enjoying everything Romania has to offer. From visiting medieval Saxon towns in Transylvania, and gliding down the slopes in Romania’s premier ski resort, to creeping through the legendary Bran Castle, home of Dracula, and enjoying the nightlife on offer in Bucharest, we’ve got the full package, ensuring you have an unforgettable holiday.


Head over to our Ice Hotel Handpicked Trips page for more information.

By Charles Oben 

Travel Inspiration: On The Road

“When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon