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Oman

Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is a country located in West Asia. Oman is one of the oldest human-inhabited places on Earth.
It is situated on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, and spans the mouth of the Persian Gulf. It shares land borders with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen, while sharing maritime borders with Iran and Pakistan.Golden desert dunes and soft-sand beaches, 16th-century forts and busy souqs, imposing mountains and grand canyons — Oman’s offerings are diverse and accessible and make a great place to visit in the Middle East.

UK: Scotland – Hogmanay in Pitlochry via St Andrews

Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the old year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year in the Scottish manner. It is normally followed by further celebration on the morning of New Year’s Day.
Some of the more famous historic ways to ring in the new year include exchanging gifts such as black buns and whisky, while many others partake in the classic tradition of first footing — which refers to the first person stepping into your home on January 1 determining your luck for the year ahead.

Zambia: Victoria Falls, Devils Pool

Devil’s Pool is adjacent to the famous Livingstone Island situated on the edge of the Victoria Falls. Guests can choose to enjoy an exhilarating swim to the edge of the falls during their Livingstone Island visit. The Devil’s Pool is usually open between mid-August and mid-January – depending on Zambezi water levels.The spot is said to have been given its name from the Leni Lenape, an Indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands who believed Devil’s Pool to be an interface between good and evil.

UK: Scotland – Torridon

This is one of the most stunning parts of the North Coast 500. The Torridon is set in 58 acres of parkland at the end of a magnificent sea loch, The Torridon has one of the most spectacular and idyllic locations in the country. The area is superb for hiking, kayaking, fishing and mountain biking. Beinn Alligin means the Mountain of Beauty or Jeweled Mountain – and it lives up to the name offering one of the Torridon ridge traverses, with spectacular views and stunning terrain. It includes a traverse of the Horns, which offer reasonably straightforward summer scrambling. Challenging but worth every step (in good weather!).

Ethiopia

Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela with its rock-cut Christian churches from the 12th–13th centuries. Aksum is the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.

Arctic Cruise: Day 7

Day 7: Thursday, 30 June 2022. The Northernmost Post Office in the world and our last day at sea celebrated in style on the zodiacs with champagne!

Arctic Cruise: Day 6

Day 6: Wednesday, 29 June 2022. Another highly exciting day – we sailed right up to the ice floe!! 81 Degrees North! Woo!Hoo! Absolutely spectacular to be surrounded by the ice floe….

Arctic Cruise: Day 5

Day 5: Tuesday, 28 June 2022. Our most spectacular day of our cruise in the Zodiac. The colours were superb as was the loud cracks of ice quakes all around us. Awe inspiring and magnificent.

Arctic Cruise: Day 4

Day 4: Monday, 27 June 2022. WALRUSES! POLAR BEARS! THIS is why we came to the Arctic – Magnificent!

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