From the wilderness of Chile to the cosmopolitan city of Copenhagen, Telegraph Travel has revealed its top destinations for 2017. We’ve added some insider information about taking a cruise holiday to some of these incredible locations.
Crowned European Capital of Culture in 2017, Copenhagen is a colourful coastal city. Ancient castles, brightly painted houses and charming eateries fill the city. As well as once being home to famous author Hans Christian Andersen, this cosmopolitan city is the perfect blend of fascinating history and modern culture.
With a 6,000 kilometre coastline, the unforgiving but beautiful mountains of Patagonia and the mysterious Easter Island, it’s little wonder that Chile made it onto the list. Nature enthusiasts will love exploring the country’s diverse landscape and ecosystems, while city folk can soak up the culture in Punta Arenas, a vibrant city on the Strait of Magellan.
Whether you’re eager to practise your French in Quebec or scale the Rocky Mountains, a cruise to Canada is a great way to explore the world’s second largest country. Admire the picture-perfect coast from Vancouver all the way up to Alaska. If you fancy doing some wildlife-spotting, look out for the resident bears, moose and bald eagles.
Famous for its majestic wilderness, and rugby, New Zealand is a beautifully diverse country. New Zealand is made up of mainly two islands, north and south. The north island is much more active than the south, and is home to the capital, Wellington. If you’re looking for those classic alpine peaks and lakes, head to the south island.
As the largest country in the world, Russia has drawn a lot of attention as a travel destination. While some areas are sprawling with wild forests, brown bears and icy mountains, Russia is also home to St Petersburg, an architecturally stunning city on the Baltic Sea coast. Explore hidden gems such as Kizhi Island and the historic town of Uglich, as well as the grand Goritsky Monastery and vibrant city of Yaroslavl.
Renowned for being home to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, Peru has long been a bucket-list destination among travellers. The country’s capital city, Lima, also deserves some attention. Here you can roam the streets to explore Peru’s unique history, culture and food. The port city of Pisco, known for its grape brandy, is also worth a visit.
Sitting in the North Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda has long been known for its treacherous yet beautiful reefs, pretty pastel houses and lush landscape. As it is British island territory, Bermuda has a unique culture, a blend of British and American. The island’s capital, Hamilton, is an excellent place to soak up the atmosphere. Explore Bermuda on a Caribbean cruise.
Famous for its steep streets, trams and eclectic mix of cultures, there’s so much to see in San Francisco. Lombard Street is the city’s most renowned road, lined with stunning Victorian houses. Catch a ferry over to Alcatraz Island, cycle over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge or just wander around and get lost in the beautiful streets.
Sprawling deserts and long coastlines combine in Oman, a nation on the Arabian Peninsula. This fascinating country offers opulent architecture in the form of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and a maze of shops in a souk on the waterfront Muttrah Quarter. Swimmers can take a dip in the country’s many fjords or khors.