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Dubai

Dubai is one of the most exciting, intoxicating cities in the world. Big Time has been booking clients to Dubai for many years. Through numerous visits we know where to stay, where to eat and what attractions to visit to make the very best of your stay. There is so much to see and do in this Arabian jewel.  Whether you are only in Dubai for a few days or on a two week holiday let Big Time Holiday book your perfect getaway.

Visitors are attracted by the year round sunshine, beautiful beaches, luxury shopping, world class family attractions and so much more.

Top ten things to see and do in Dubai.

Burj Khalifa – The world’s tallest building. Take a ride up to the top for an awe inspiring view.

Desert safari – Take an adrenaline fuelled 4X4 tour into the towering sand dunes.

Aquaventure – 17 fun-filled hectares of waterslides that cater for fun seekers of all ages.

Dubai Fountains – Jets of water rise 500ft up to the heavens – Has to be seen to be believed.

Dubai Creek – Take a traditional boat ride across the shimmering waters.

The Gold Souk – A taste of the old Dubai. Bargains can be found if you’re prepared to haggle.

IMG World  – An indoor amusement park packed with rides & games – Kids will love this!

Ski Dubai – An indoor ski resort complete with chair lifts, toboggan run and REAL snow!

Burj Al Arab Hotel – Take a stroll on the beach and drink in the sight of this Dubai icon.

Abu Dhabi – An exciting city where nothing stands still…except perhaps the herons in its mangroves.

When to go?

Dubai attracts visitors all year round thanks to its climate of constant sunshine and low rainfall. The prime months to visit are October to April when the temperatures are cooler. June to August is very hot but this is still a very popular time for families as holiday bargains are plentiful.

Food & drink

The range of dining options is immense and there is something for every taste and budget. Try ‘The Walk’, a one mile strip of hotels, shops and restaurants at the southern end of Jumeirah Beach for a great selection of restaurants (Gary Rhodes Twenty10 & Frankie’s Italian are two of our favourites). Although Dubai is a Muslim country, alcohol is available but by law only within the confines of a hotel. But with around 450 hotels in the emirate, some with up to 26 bars, restaurants and clubs, you won’t be short of places to have a drink.

The Dubai can also be combined perfectly with other destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Thailand, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa and Indonesia.

For all the best prices and advice, make Big Time Holiday your one-stop shop when planning your very own Dubai adventure.

 

Visa

Yes, Indian Citizen require a visa for travel to UAE.

Language:

Arabic

Currency:

UAE Dirham

For all the best prices and advice, make Big Time Holiday your one-stop shop when planning your very own Dubai adventure.

South Africa

South Africa is a huge country. With size comes diversity and there are few countries as diverse as this. South Africa offers busting urban success and alongside spectacular natural scenery and offers the visitor a wealth of experiences makes it one of Big Time Holidays most popular destinations.

The most striking thing about South Africa is it’s natural beauty. The rugged coastline, unspoilt beaches, and spectacular mountains will delight. Iconic Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town is just awe-inspiring and The Garden Route along the cape is just beautiful. No trip to South Africa will be complete without seeking the Big Five in one of South Africa’s National Parks or private Game Reserves. Hospitality doesn’t get much better either, with charming boutique Inn’s and game lodges, large luxury five star hotels or luxury tented camps. You can do it all in South Africa. Get around easily by coach tour or self-drive and you’ll be guaranteed a trip you’ll never forget.

Top Ten things to see and do.

Cape Town – the Mother City and starting point for many. It’s hard to put this city’s beautiful setting into words. Take the revolving cable car to the summit of Table Mountain for views you will never forget.

Whale Watching – get down to Hermanus and take a boat trip to catch the Humpback whale or Southern Right whale on their annual migrations.

Wine Tasting – Head for Stellanbosch and Franschhoek and sample world class wines. The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a unique way to tour the rolling vineyards of South Africas distinguished wine estates.

The Garden Route – if you can tear yourself away from Cape Town, pick up a car and head East towards Port Elizabeth. Mossel Bay is the start of one of the world’s most remarkable stretches of coastline.

Oudtshoorn – For a truly memorable South African experience visit an Ostrich Farm and the Cango Caves.

Boulders Beach – head for Simon’s Town on the Western Cape, and you’ll be treated to the amazing sight of a colony of 2000 endangered African Penguins. Perfect for families the beach is sheltered and safe.

Stay on a Game Reserve – Lion, Leopard, White/Black Rhino & Buffalo.. The large enclosed Game Reserves allow these magnificent creatures to roam in their natural environment while giving you the maximum opportunity to view them.

The Panorama Route – Drive around Graskop in Mpumalanga Province and you’ll find some of South Africa’s most incredible natural scenery including Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and the Three Rondavels.

The Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal – Rorke’s Drift, Spion Kop.. names that are so familiar, but to visit these areas really is a moving reminder of the battles during the Boer & Zulu wars.

When to go?

The answer depends on what you would like to do. For beach lovers, the hottest time is from November to April. The wildlife is at it’s most active in the cooler months of May to October, but if you do visit in the warmer months and take early morning game drives before the sun gets too hot then you’ll be fine. For a touring holiday, anytime is a good time to go.

Food & Drink

South Africa produces some truly world class wines, and a visit to the winelands is a real treat. Food is a delight too, and portions are generous. Chakalaka is a wonderful spicy vegetable dish. Ostrich is commonly found on menus, and steaks & grills are always popular. South African food has been influenced by European and Asian cuisines so you’ll find steaks and Indian dishes often on the same menu.

Big Time Holiday absolutely love South Africa and we are sure you will too so be sure to give us a call when planning your perfect holiday to this amazing country.

Visa

Yes, Indian Citizen require a visa for travel to South Africa.

Language:

English & Afrikans

Currency:

Rand (ZAR)

Egypt

From iconic pyramids that rise from ancient sands and bustling medieval bazaars full of colour, to the endless desert dotted with oases of palm trees, busy cities and modern coastal holiday resorts offering some of the best diving in the world, Egypt is a living museum that’s packed with amazing attractions.

Egypt is a land of contrasts, ancient and modern, green and barren. Beneath the surface throbs a pulsing Arab state that celebrates its heritage while embracing contemporary life.

Egypt’s history is one of the oldest and most evocative of any country in the world. Who can fail to be captivated by the lives of pharaohs like Tutankhamun who ruled for just ten years but is, arguably, the most famous of all the ancient Egyptian kings?

Today, the most popular places to visit are not only the monuments of the Nile Valley and the souks, mosques and madrassas of Islamic Cairo, but also fantastic coral reefs and tropical fish, dunes, ancient fortresses, and monasteries found on the Red Sea region.

Top Ten things to see & do

Pyramids of Giza. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid dates back to 2550BC

Cairo. It’s bustling and busy in ancient Cairo. Egypts fascinating capital of bazaars and mosques.

River Nile Cruise. The quintessential Nile experience. They generally last between three and seven days.

Luxor Temples. The Temple of Karnak  and Luxor Temple are both iconic. Why not view the land of the Pharaohs in a hot-air balloon?

Abu Simbel Temples. Dedicated to the Pharaoh Ramses II and his queen Nefertari, the two temples stand on the shores looking out over Lake Nasser.

Valley of the Kings. No pyramids here, but incredible tombs instead, including the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Aswan. Feluccas (wooden boats) drifting along the river at sunset is one of Egypt’s most enduring sights.

Mount Sinai. Witness the sunrise across the desert landscape. If a three-hour trek sounds too ambitious, stay overnight at St Catherine Monastery, hire a camel and walk down in leisure

Diving in the Red Sea. Teeming with a colourful marine life, the crystal waters are landscaped with coral and dramatic drop-offs.

Snorkelling in Sharm El Sheikh. Don’t fancy diving? Simply wade out with a mask or snorkel and the fish will come to you.

When to go?

Egypt is a huge country with plenty of variety in its climate; when it’s chilly and wet in Alexandria, it can be ravishingly hot in Aswan. The best time to visit most sights, including the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings, or diving in the Red Sea, is from February to April and October to November. During these months the heat reminds you that it’s the ‘Land of the Sun’, but not too hot to be enjoyable. At this time, the skies and sea are a perfect blue.

Food & Drink

Egyptian cuisine combines many of the best traditions of African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking, and is both delicious and healthy. Fruit, such as dates and olives, picked from the trees combine with vegetables, meats and fresh fish, aromatic herbs and spices to create colourful and flavoursome dishes. Although Egypt is a Muslim country, alcohol is available in cafe-style bars, hotels and many restaurants in larger towns, cities and resorts.

For all the best prices and advice, make Big Time Holiday your one-stop-shop when planning your very own Egypt Adventure. With a wealth of personal experience we are well placed to be able to help you plan your perfect trip

Visa


Yes, Indian Citizen require a visa for travel to Egypt.

Language:

Arabic

Currency:

Egyptian Pound

 

Turkey

This is a country right at the heart of the birth of modern civilisation, with empires & kings dating back to the Persians, the ancient Greeks, Alexander the Great and beyond. All have left their mark on this ancient land, with no less than 13 UNESCO world heritage sites, and two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it’s no wonder that Turkey is a favourite for history buffs.

It’s the beach resorts however which entice most visitors, and with prices which remain lower than the rest of the Mediterranean, Turkey is more popular than ever. From modest fishing villages, the resorts of Marmaris, Bodrum, Kusadasi and Altinkum are now commercialised and unrecognisable, offering lively beach holiday for those looking for a huge choice of bars and restaurants. However there are still many resorts in Turkey which offer traditional charm, beauty and peace & quiet, including Turunc, Kalkan & Kas.

Top Ten things to see & do

Ephesus – Step back in time and stroll the marble streets if this incredible open air museum, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, and containing the famous Artemisia, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Instanbul – the largest city in Europe, but not Turkey’s capital. Istanbul was capital of three empires, and has also been known as Byzantium and Constantinople. History is everywhere in this bustling and exciting city.

Turkish Bath – experience one of these for the ultimate in pampering and total relaxation.

Gulet Cruise – Gulets are wonderful traditional wood crafted vessels. You can cruise for a day or up to a week on crystal clear waters exploring the islands and inlets of the beautiful coastline.

Pamukkale – The ‘Cotton Castle’ – An incredible natural wonder. A cascade of pure white calcium carbonate deposits and oyster-shaped pools of hot water said to cure many ailments.

Troy – The story goes that Paris of Troy stole the King of Sparta’s wife Helen, leading to a ten year siege which ended in the famous battle with the Trojan Horse. Come and see for yourself where this legendary story is said to take place.

Cappadocia is a moonscaped region in central Turkey famous for it’s moonscape of cone shaped rock formations. Churches and cave dwellings have been carved into the cones, known as fairy chimneys. Take a hot air balloon flight to see them at their best.

Kalkan and Kas – Kalkan still has a traditional fishing village at it’s heart, and the coastal road to Kas is one of the most beautiful scenic drives anywhere in the world. Kas is a lovely beach resort retaining it’s traditional character and is unchanged in decades.

Antalya – a picturesque old town known as ‘Laleici’ which means Citadel. It has a maze of narrow winding streets leading down to the harbour, in the shelter of ancient city walls.

Olu Deniz – visually stunning with one of the world’s most photographed beaches. Pay a small fee to enter the National Park, and Blue Lagoon. Olu Deniz is a small beach resort which caters for everyone, and is a must see before it becomes commercialised.

 

When to go?

You can visit Turkey any time of year, but in the winter the beach resorts in the west of the country are very quiet and much of the facilities will be closed and flights are limited. The Eastern Mediterranean coastal resorts of Antalya and Side are year-round resorts, open in winter. The summer months are very hot and busy, popular with families looking for guaranteed sunshine. For cheaper prices if you can avoid school holidays, visit in Spring or Autumn when temperatures are still very warm, but pleasant for sightseeing.

Eating & Drinking

Turkey is famous for Raki (Similar to Greek Ouzo), and the local Efes beer is excellent. This is the home of the kebab and tandoori so meat is popular, particularly lamb. Seafood is always fresh and excellent. Visit a lokanta (traditional Turkish restaurant) for a taste of local food and you won’t be disappointed.

If you are tempted by the delights of Turkey, give Big Time Holiday a call for the best prices, and advice on where to go and what to see and do. We’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do.

Visa

Yes, Indian Citizen require a visa for travel to Turkey.

Language:

Turkish

Currency:

Turkish Lira