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Five Top Travel Destinations for Summer 2024

With summer travel planning in full swing, here are five destinations travelers won’t want to miss as they finalize their 2024 itineraries:


Attend the Verona Ancient Opera Festival 

In the historical setting of the Arena di Verona, the 101st Verona Opera Festival offers open-air spectacles inviting travelers to experience the true essence of Italian opera. From June 7 to September 7, visitors can savor classical music amid the splendor of the ancient Roman amphitheater, built in the 1st century AD and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The festival showcases world-class talent, presenting from beloved classics like La Traviata and Aida to breathtaking renditions of Carmen and Turandot, in truly captivating spectacles. Established as the world's oldest opera festival, the Arena di Verona has showcased iconic opera performances for over a century. A night at the opera in Verona is an evocative journey into the realm of music and drama, allowing travelers to immerse all senses in its enchanting ambiance. For accommodation Cape of Senses is a spa hideaway situated 600 feet above Lake Garda. Less than an hour drive away from Verona, the property offers spectacular views of the surrounding lake and mountains and year-round relaxation and regeneration, encouraging travelers to slow down and reconnect with their senses in a tranquil setting. 


Go Whale Watching in Cape Town 

Beginning in June, travelers can experience the awe-inspiring Whale Watching Season, where the magnificent whale migration takes center stage. Southern right whales undertake their annual journey from Antarctica to Cape Town's coastal haven, arriving in June and lingering until November as they welcome their babies. The spectacle doesn't end there as off South Africa's east coast, travelers can witness the majestic Humpback whales migrating from polar regions to the tropical hotspots of Mozambique and Madagascar for birthing. Adventurers have the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable journey with Stanley Safaris' “Emperors and South Pole Expedition” itinerary, which includes the rare treat of primetime whale watching. This tailored safari to Cape Town and Antarctica begins with 3 nights at Cape Town's Ellerman House, setting the stage for an extraordinary whale-themed adventure.


Sample the Ubud Food Festival in Bali

Between May 31st and July 2nd, the annual Ubud Food Festival brings together travelers, culinary maestros, food aficionados and world-renowned chefs to explore Bali’s unique flavors. Taking place in Ubud, a major center of the Balinese culture, the festival celebrates Indonesia’s rich culinary heritage and traditional flavors from around the world, showcasing from long table lunches to culinary collaborations between Southeast Asia's leading chefs. The perfect opportunity to dive deep into the island’s diverse culinary, guests can look forward to cooking demos, food tours, discussions, workshops, live music and film.

The perfect occasion to take in the most authentic essence of Bali, travelers can round out their itinerary by staying at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Nestled within Ubud, with the Ayung River floating peacefully alongside, the hotel pays homage to the city's rich culture, traditions and holistic healing. Bringing together the finest dishes from each region of the world, the property’s Royal Brunch at Sawah Terrace promises a unique culinary journey. Amidst the enchanting serenity of Ubud, the Royal Brunch takes place each Sunday and blends the richness of local delicacies with the allure of international flavors. The feast's crowning jewel is the perfectly crispy suckling pig, a traditional Balinese dish. 


Celebrate Wildlife During the Galapagos National Park’s 65th Anniversary

As the Galapagos National Park celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, travelers are invited to join Quasar Expeditions on a once-in-a-lifetime experience through the Galapagos. Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the islands are a pristine wonderland of endemic flora, fauna, and treasures waiting to be discovered by travelers of all ages. Founded by Dolores Diez and her husband Eduardo in 1986, the company is family-operated and puts families first. With family-friendly guides, peak wildlife encounteres, and exclusive family savings, Quasar Expeditions offers the ideal adventure for all three generations on its M/Y Grace (16 pax) and M/V Evolution (32 pax). Before or after their departure, travelers are invited to tack on a few extra days at Hacienda Zuleta in in Angochagua, Ecuador, where they can visit Quasar’s newest addition: Huagcha, their two-year old adopted Andean Condor at Condor Huasi, Hacienda Zuleta’s aviary that works to rehabilitate the condors.


Unwind on a Private Island with Crystal Clear Waters in Malaysia

Set off the West coast of Malaysia on its own 300-acre private island exclusive to guests, the five-star Pangkor Laut Resort is a secluded paradise perfect for travelers to relax this summer amid an ancient rainforest, white-sand beaches, and turquoise waters. The island’s Emerald Bay Beach is located on the opposite side of the resort in a quaint, secluded area. Guests can take a dip in the turquoise waters of the Straits of Malacca, or enjoy a casual lunch at the beachside Chapman’s Bar, located right on the white sands. Pangkor Laut Resort also features a range of unique experiences for the whole family to enjoy, including jungle trekking through the island’s ancient rainforest, tai chi and yoga on the beach, or rejuvenating with a signature spa experience at Spa Village Pangkor Laut, the award-winning spa is inspired by the healing traditions of the region that offers authentic yet rejuvenating treatments. The resort’s Spa Villas, perched on stilts over the crystal-clear waters, are also perfect for travelers looking for extra privacy and to escape the chaos of everyday life.




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