On The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator specializing in locally led group tours and tailor-made holidays to worldwide destinations, has revealed its top pick of destinations to visit in 2017. From countries that have emerged in recent years to those with a reason to celebrate in 2017, here are On The Go Tours’ top five recommendations.
Opening its doors to tourism in 2012, Myanmar is still largely undiscovered by mainstream travelers. A trip here is perfect for those seeking an adventure that’s truly off the beaten path. New for 2017, On The Go Tours’ 14-day Best of Myanmar & Beach itinerary takes travelers through a land of ancient traditions and ends on the golden beaches of Ngapali, named Asia’s number one beach by TripAdvisor. From a sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River to visiting the extinct volcano of Mount Popa, explorers will be dazzled by the beautiful cities, landscapes and temples of Myanmar.
Following the devastating April 2015 earthquake, Nepal has been steadily rebuilding itself and the country is now very much open for business, making it a great place to visit in 2017. Nepal is home to 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites and bursting at the seams with cultural and natural wonders. Explorers can visit many magnificent sites during On The Go Tours’ 13-day Annapurna Panorama itinerary. Travelers will track wildlife in Chitwan National Park, relax by picturesque Lake Phewa, sightsee in fascinating Kathmandu and trek through scenic Pokhara Valley in the Annapurna region.
A reversal of fortunes has put Colombia back on the map and the vibrant country is now enjoying a renaissance with travelers flocking there to enjoy its eclectic culture, outdoor adventure and mysterious ruins. The rediscovered gem is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing destinations for young tourists, eco-lovers, and foreign culture enthusiasts. Travelers can discover Colombia in 14-days travelling from Bogota to Cartagena. Highlights include wandering through colonial cities, uncovering the stone monuments of San Agustin and exploring the picturesque national parks.
2017 will see Finland celebrate 100 years of independence in December. With a series of jubilee events planned to take place throughout the country, it is the ideal destination to visit next year. Lapland is proving more popular than ever with international visitors, with a record number of charter flights expected to land in the Arctic region this winter. Known for its vast wilderness and ski resorts, adventurers can embark on a five day journey in Lapland and find themselves captivated in the alluring nature and diverse activities the region has to offer. With visits to the world’s most northern zoo, travelers can also become a certified reindeer driver; all in five magical days.
South Korea’s captivating capital, Seoul, is currently transforming an ageing overpass into The Skygarden. Seoul’s new grand urban project aims to create a raised public space full of local plants and flowers, as well as cafes, street markets, libraries and greenhouses. The opening in April 2017 could not be at a better time, as spring welcomes the arrival of the delicate pink cherry blossoms. Explorers can enjoy the full bloom in Seoul on the seven day South Korean Express tour, which also includes visits to the culturally historic sights of Andong and Gyeongju.