On the go tours: Where to go in 2016

Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto.

Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto.

On The Go Tours reveals its 2016’s top-ten iconic travel experiences, so if you’re looking for inspiration for your travels in the new year, look no further!

1.  The Cherry Blossom Festival, Japan

Springtime in Japan means the arrival of “sakura” (cherry blossom) the national flower and a symbol of hope and renewal, and April is the month to experience the incredible nature beauty in places like Kyoto.

2. Undiscovered Burma

There are very few “non-touristy” destinations left in the world and the beautiful country of Burma has started to develop its tourism infrastructure after years of isolation due to political instability. Now is the time to visit this exotic destination.

Trans-Siberian Railway on south lake Baikal

Trans-Siberian Railway on Lake Baikal, Russia.

3. Trans-Siberian Express Railway,  Russia

2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the iconic Trans-Siberian Express Railway, connecting people to and from Russia, China and Mongolia on a journey over fascinating lands full of beautiful landscapes and intriguing cultures. Explore Moscow’s Red Square and the mighty Kremlin before boarding the train for a picturesque voyage across Russia.

4. Meteor gazing in Jordan

A visit to the Dead Sea, 4×4 desert safaris, camel trekking and exploring the incredible sites of Petra (one of the world’s most significant archaeological sites) are all part of the One The Go Tours’ Perseids Meteor Shower tour. This is an eight-day adventure taking place in August 2016 and definitely one for the bucket list.

Jordan, Petra

5. Alternative Everest: Trekking Annapurna, Nepal

Explore the Annapurna region of the Himalayas – a mix of incredible scenery and traditional hill cultures. Spend days enjoying the pristine beauty of the Himalayas, with nights spent in quaint mountain villages getting to know the region with local sherpas as your guides.

6. Safari in Sri Lanka

Take a safari with a difference in 2016. The Wild About Sri Lanka 10-day tour from On The Go Tours includes a stop at Dambulla Rock Temple, cookery demonstration at Kayanwala and a scenic train ride past waterfalls from Kandy to Nuwara Ellya. Travel to Udawalawe National Park for a safari where it’s easy to spot wild buffalo, sambar deer, leopard and Asian elephants.

Leopard at Kotiya Wilpattu National Park

View the incredible wildlife in Sri Lanka.

7. India’s Holi Festival of Colour

Experience India’s most colourful event: the dazzling festival of Holi. Join the locals in celebrating the end of winter with coloured powder bombs, water pistols filled with coloured water and much revelry on the streets including song, dance and street processions.

India - Festival of Holi

Colourful revellers at India’s Festival of Holi.

8. A night at the museum, St Petersburg

On Saturday 21 May 2016, a collection of St. Petersburg’s most fascinating museums will stay open from 9pm until 6am accompanied with special exhibitions, street art and performances.  The late-night activity is enhanced by the Russian “White Nights” when the sun barely sets. Experience the On The Go Tours’ White Nights and Museums six-day sojourn which includes a sightseeing tour of St Petersburg, Moscow and the Kremlin.

9. Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Thailand

This Festival of Lights is celebrated across Thailand and is a fascinating spectacle. Believed to bring good luck, thousands of participants will release lanterns into the sky paying homage to Buddha.

Thailand - Yi Peng Festival

Yi Peng Festival, Thailand. All images courtesy of One the Go Tours.

10. The Great Wall, China

Experience this man-made wonder in a completely different light by spending the night at Juyonguan Pass at the foot of the Great Wall watching the mesmerising sun set and rise, followed by an early-morning hike.

For more information and to book a tour, tel: +44 020 7371 1113 or visit: On the Go Tours website.

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