Why there are still good reasons to be excited about the holidays in 2022

Focus on the better days and be inspired by new hotels, tours and openings for the coming year.

While the journeys will be complex in the short term, there is good reason to hope – and to believe – that we will be back on track for adventures in the months to come.

Rather than dwell on the current state of affairs, start dreaming and planning a vacation for 2022 when, hopefully, travel looks easier again.

Raise a glass of good wine

Lisbon, Portugal

You don’t have to leave the country for a fantastic vacation! Catching up with France, Spain and Italy, Portuguese wine has gained notoriety in recent years. The latest project to celebrate the greatest grapes of the Iberian country is the Palácio Ludovice Wine Experience Hotel in Lisbon, which will open on January 15. Overlooking the rooftops of the Chiado district, this former private residence of João Federico Ludovice, architect of King João V in the 18th century, will have 61 rooms. The hotel bar, with an exclusive floor-to-ceiling counter and wine cellar, will feature vintages from the seven main wine regions of Portugal.

Explore America’s Past and Present

Atlanta, United States

Featured by Lonely Planet as one of the best cities to visit in 2022, Atlanta is packed with world-class dining, nightlife and entertainment. Find out why the state capital has earned its place in history by visiting museums such as the Atlanta History Center, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. New attractions include the immersive Illuminarium laser projection show, currently recreating an African safari, and Centennial Yards – a 12 million square foot complex of restaurants, shops and hotels.

Navigate in full awareness

Fjordland, Norway

Showcasing an evolution towards more sustainable high seas travel, Havila Voyages will operate the most environmentally friendly ships along the iconic Norwegian coastal route from Bergen to Kirkenes. Equipped with the world’s largest batteries, the ships are able to sail silently and emission-free through fjords and other vulnerable areas for up to four hours, recharging in numerous ports along the route, using hydraulic power. own.

The 12-day trips will pass through four UNESCO heritage sites and cross the Arctic Circle twice, with excursions including a whale safari, king crab fishing in a frozen fjord, dog sledding in the wild wild arctic or snowmobile across the North Cape Plateau.

Express a creative side

Tallinn, Estonia

A testament to Tallinn’s growing reputation for cutting-edge arts, the Estonian capital will host the 2022 European Design Festival in June. Organized virtually over the past two years, the event features exhibitions, conferences, and design walks. , workshops and lectures – although there are plenty of great reasons to explore the city at other times of the year as well.

Head to Telliskivi Creative City, a former industrial complex turned into an arts hub, with lively and often stimulating street art, cool hangouts, and trendy shops.

Celebrate a great civilization

Egypt

A story that has sparked a thousand Indian Jones fantasies, the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb marks its 100th anniversary in 2022. English archaeologist Howard Carter pierced a wall of mud bricks to find the untouched resting place of the young king, surrounded by 5,000 artifacts. However, the deaths of several people involved in the expedition have led many to believe that he disturbed a pharaoh’s curse.

A century later, interest in Egypt is still strong – especially with the much anticipated (and repeatedly delayed) opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza.

Designed to give travelers a better glimpse into the country’s complex past, Exodus has launched a new 13-day tour accompanied by RCGS Egyptologist, filmmaker, photographer and explorer in residence, George Kourounis, traveling from Alexandria to Abu Simbel. .

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