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Moscow or St Petersburg; where to visit in Russia? Moscow or St Petersburg; where to visit in Russia? Travellers to Russia are often faced with a choice between visiting lavish, wealthy Moscow or the smaller ‘cultural capital’, St Petersburg? The... Five Great Rail Journeys Five Great Rail Journeys At Regent Holidays, we scour the globe for trips that offer a travel experience unlike any other. With the Trans-Siberian Railway celebrating its 100th... Faroe Islands 2016; what's new Faroe Islands 2016; what's new Flung far from the Scottish coast and hidden halfway between Iceland and Noway, 18 windswept islands make up the Faroes. Dramatic cliffs battered and...
Five reasons to visit Iceland in summer Five reasons to visit Iceland in summer The winters might steal most of the headlines, but summers in Iceland offer just as many unique experiences. From snorkelling in the rift between continents to... Sao Miguel vs Terceira; which Azores Island should I visit? Sao Miguel vs Terceira; which Azores Island should I visit? These nine tiny Portuguese islands stranded halfway across the Atlantic Ocean prove that when it comes to picking a holiday destination with pristine... 7 Unusual Things to do in Iceland on Holiday 7 Unusual Things to do in Iceland on Holiday With over 40 years’ experience crafting tailor-made trips and group tours that get under the skin of Iceland, our Travel Experts know the country like...
Travels along the North Borneo Railway Travels along the North Borneo Railway At Regent Holidays we know that a lot of our clients are rail enthusiasts.  I like trains as much as the next man - although perhaps not as much as... 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do in the Lofoten Islands, Norway 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do in the Lofoten Islands, Norway At Regent, we love Lofoten. Really, we do – this stunning archipelago caresses the northern curve of Norway’s westerly coast and spoils its... The Faroe Islands with Fiona Halliday The Faroe Islands with Fiona Halliday From the mouths of what looked like hundreds of rabbit burrows dotting the shallow hillside came a low groaning, as if whatever was inside had stomach ache....
A Taste of Iceland - Texture Restaurant Review A Taste of Iceland - Texture Restaurant Review At the only restaurant in the UK where you can try some Icelandic cooking, Rory Boland finds out what Michelin starred Skyr tastes like at Texture This is my... Turkey to Iran - A Journey Through Ancient Persia by Tom Chesshyre Turkey to Iran - A Journey Through Ancient Persia by Tom Chesshyre Welcomed by dignitaries and drums, Tom Chesshyre is on his best behaviour as he becomes one of the first British travellers to cross the border on the Istanbul... Trans-Siberian Railway aboard the Tsar's Gold Private Train Trans-Siberian Railway aboard the Tsar's Gold Private Train As the Trans-Siberian Express Railway approaches its 100th Anniversary Regent Holidays' Travel Specialist,  Peter Wybrow, Journeys through Siberia on...
5 WAYS TO ENJOY THE HERMITAGE 5 WAYS TO ENJOY THE HERMITAGE Formerly the homes of tsars, the five buildings which comprise the Hermitage now house one of the finest art collections in the world.  This year sees the... Travels on the Bam Railway - Part 1 Travels on the Bam Railway - Part 1 Christina Gibbons recently escorted our BAM group tour and writes about the trip in the first of 2 blogs… Main image by Paul Whittle Eat your words... Victory day in Minsk, a very Belarusian celebration Victory day in Minsk, a very Belarusian celebration This is a guest post by Duncan and Diana Hazelden, who travelled with Regent Holidays on a city break to Minsk. Their visit coincided with Victory...
Food of Albania Food of Albania Think of Albania, what thoughts and images pop into your head? I’m sure the last thing that crossed your mind was the cuisine! It’s not as though... Top 5 Dzongs of Bhutan Top 5 Dzongs of Bhutan Bhutan is a tiny landlocked country tucked away in the eastern Himalayas and quite literally squeezed in-between India and China. Located at the boundary of... Village at the end of the world Village at the end of the world Looking out across the Rakitnica Canyon, and back towards the village of Lukomir, I try to think of other places where I’ve felt as cut off from the...
Touring Montenegro's mountainous north Touring Montenegro's mountainous north Montenegro literally translates as ‘black mountain’ so it’s no surprise that this tiny country has its fair share of them. I was on a six day... Hidden Iceland - the experiences you haven't heard about Hidden Iceland - the experiences you haven't heard about Iceland is a bucket list of experiences all on its own. Whether you’re peering down into the belly of a volcano or up at the Northern Lights dancing... Have no fear, it's only North Korea Have no fear, it's only North Korea When The Telegraph published an article before the imminent departure of our groundbreaking ‘Remote North Korea’ tour the bloggers responded with...
North Korea - 1984 all over again North Korea - 1984 all over again In this age we live in of constant connectivity, a world of data roaming, wi-fi and the like, the prospect of a near complete technological de-tox, of... 5 Unusual museums from around the world 5 Unusual museums from around the world Museums aren’t all collections of cavernous chambers full of dusty, old relic after dusty, old relic (not that dusty, old relics can’t be... Inside Moscow's grand kremlin palace Inside Moscow's grand kremlin palace Approaching Moscow’s Kremlin was a magnificent sight. Even under a cloudy, threatening sky, the gold-covered cupolas of the cathedrals and bell towers in...
North Korea by Helicopter North Korea by Helicopter On the 30th August Regents’ clients on the most recent departure of our award winning “Pioneering North Korea Tour” were privileged to be the... An aeroflot adventure to St Petersburg An aeroflot adventure to St Petersburg This is a guest post by Mandy Huggins, who visited St Petersburg with Regent Holidays. Mandy’s favourite destinations in the world are Japan, India and... Top 5 restaurants in Kosovo Top 5 restaurants in Kosovo Traditional Kosovan food is very similar to Albanian cuisine with its Turkish and Balkan influences so expect delicious warm breads, huge plates of grilled...
In search of the northern lights In search of the northern lights Some people chase the sun, endlessly searching for a new summer to melt away the January blues. This winter I am leaving a cold and frosty Heathrow, heading... My Bhutan diary - Part one My Bhutan diary - Part one My trip to marvellously mountainous Bhutan will go down as one of my favourite trips to date. This small Himalayan gem has intrigued me ever since a friend... Favourite foods from around the world Favourite foods from around the world From the grandest tribal feast to the humblest market stall, exotic culinary adventures are to be had at every turn when travelling the globe. Here is a small...
Iceland's epic landscape - trees not included Iceland's epic landscape - trees not included Icelanders love to joke about the diminutive appearance of their country’s trees. As I embarked on my third visit in four years to Iceland’s fabled... The greatest show on the earth... is in the sky The greatest show on the earth... is in the sky 19 September 2012 I first fell in love with the Northern Lights when watching the animated film, The Snowman, as a small child. In the scene where the group... Searching for whales in Iceland Searching for whales in Iceland Husavik, known as the whale watching capital of Iceland,  Husavik is home to an abundance of sealife. On a beautiful crisp May morning, I took a...
Regent's book review: 'Travels in blood and honey: becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo' by Elizabeth Gowing Regent's book review: 'Travels in blood and honey: becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo' by Elizabeth Gowing Regent’s Book Review ‘Travels in Blood and Honey: Becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo’ by Elizabeth Gowing Having rekindled my passion for... Moscow's Novodevichy park Moscow's Novodevichy park Along the banks of the Moskva River you’ll find Novodevichy Park, a quiet and peaceful place away from the hustle and bustle of Moscow city centre.... My favourite Russian salad My favourite Russian salad Salad Olivier One of my favourite Russian salads, which is also know as Russian Salad outside Russia  and wedding salad in Mongolia! The original version...
Travels on the Bam - Part 2 Travels on the Bam - Part 2 Christina Gibbons escorted a group tour on our Bam railway trip. In part 2 of her blog, she writes about the experience… Main image by Paul... Orangutans in Borneo - Gelison's story Orangutans in Borneo - Gelison's story Regent Holidays is proud to support Orangutan Appeal UK. For every Borneo holiday booked,  we will sponsor our chosen Sepilok orangutan, Gelison, in your... A night at the Darvaza gas crater A night at the Darvaza gas crater Our long journey towards the Darvaza Gas Crater begins in Ashgabat. We depart through the Dashoguz Gate and head into the vast Kara Kum Desert, where 160km in...
Don't miss: Tallinn maritime days festival 2011 Don't miss: Tallinn maritime days festival 2011 If you’re visiting Tallinn this week make sure to drop in on the Tallinn Maritime Days festival, one of the major events marking the Estonian... Top 5 Reykjavik summer excursions Top 5 Reykjavik summer excursions When Iceland’s dark winter days come to an end, Reykjavik’s streets spring to life with a profusion of festivals and events throughout the city.... Pancake day - with a Russian twist! Pancake day - with a Russian twist! Try this delicious alternative to Pancakes this Shrove Tuesday – a tasty Russian version! Loosely translated as Butter Pancake Week, Maslenitsa is a...
Secret soviet-style dining in Lviv Secret soviet-style dining in Lviv Lviv’s Restaurant Kryivka is never going to win any awards for fine dining, but what do you need fine dining for when you can order horilka (Ukrainian... Top 5 Russian Kremlins Top 5 Russian Kremlins Although the word Kremlin evokes images of the sturdy, red brick structure on Red Square, kremlin simply means fortress.  In most ancient Russian cities... A journey through the cultural treasures of Armenia A journey through the cultural treasures of Armenia “Where exactly is that?” was the typical response from friends and family when I told them I was travelling to Armenia. As I recited a mantra of...
Greenland - on the top of the world Greenland - on the top of the world The Siberian people of 10,000 years ago must have really believed that the ice was whiter on the other side. Seemingly not content with eking out a meagre... My 5 favourite watering holes in Iceland My 5 favourite watering holes in Iceland Jane Slade takes us on a pictorial tour of her 5 favourite water spots in Iceland – from a relaxing lagoon to majestic waterfalls. BLUE LAGOON For... The Faroes & operation Valentine The Faroes & operation Valentine This is about the occupation of the Faroe Islands by the British during WWII. The Faroe Islands was a ‘county’ of Denmark (now an autonomous...
Akhal-teke horses of Turkmenistan Akhal-teke horses of Turkmenistan One of the more unexpected but undoubted highlights of our tour to Turkmenistan was the visit to the Akhal-Teke Stud Farm, run by the jovial Mr. Gulmedov, near... Made in Taiwan: where to go and what to eat, drink & shop for! Made in Taiwan: where to go and what to eat, drink & shop for! Not so many years ago,  it seemed that every toy, ceramic or electronic item had a ‘Made in Taiwan’ stamp or label on it, and I often wondered... An amazing coincidence An amazing coincidence A recent visit to the second hand book shops of Hay-on-Wye resulted in the purchase of many fine old travel books. As I settled down to read “A Hot...
5 amazing trans-siberian railway stops 5 amazing trans-siberian railway stops A journey on the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok covers nearly 10,000km and a clock-busting seven time zones. A non-stop trip from end... Vietnam - A war legacy Vietnam - A war legacy As a student studying American history and culture I’d learned a lot about the war in Vietnam.  I’d taken many classes covering the history,... The Mergui archipelago The Mergui archipelago Hear the word Burma and it conjures up visions of soaring temple spires, golden stupas, colonial architecture and colourful saffron-robed monks. The removal of...
Unveiling Estonia's treasures Unveiling Estonia's treasures From Bucharest to Tirana and everywhere in between all across Eastern and Western Europe, there they are: the ‘dumplings’ with their bright head... A Georgian food & wine feast A Georgian food & wine feast We arrive on the early morning flight from Munich to Tbilisi, where we meet up with the other members of a large international group here for Georgia’s... Snowmobiling in Iceland Snowmobiling in Iceland Watching BBC1’s Holiday Hit Squad last night, I was delighted to see the feature comparing adventure holidays in Scotland with Iceland. Sorry Scots, but...
After the war: retracing childhood footsteps in Mostar After the war: retracing childhood footsteps in Mostar This blog article was written by Kate Kuchnowska from Regent Holidays’ sister company, Western & Oriental. It was late evening. My mum, young and... Croatia - my private paradise Croatia - my private paradise This blog article was written by Kate Kuchnowska from Western & Oriental. I was 7 years old when I first visited Croatia. It was my first trip abroad... The great wall of... Croatia The great wall of... Croatia If you are driving the Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik on a Croatia fly drive, the glistening turquoise waters of the Adriatic and the beautifully...
My Bhutan diary - Part two My Bhutan diary - Part two First stop for the day was Simply Bhutan, a ‘living museum’ dedicated to traditional Bhutanese culture and a fun look at how life has changed over... Recipe for vietnamese chicken pho (Ga Pho) Recipe for vietnamese chicken pho (Ga Pho) Vietnamese food has to be my favourite world cuisine – all those delicious flavours that we have come to expect from South East Asian cookery –... A day trip to Transdniestr A day trip to Transdniestr The Republic of Moldova has many attractions; such as the charming, tree-lined capital of Chisinau, the fine wineries and underground wine cellars, as well as...
Regent wins at the BTA's Regent wins at the BTA's Regent Holidays are thrilled to be announced as the winner of Best Small Tour Operator to Central & Northern Europe in the prestigious 2014 British Travel... Top 5 quirky museums in Iceland Top 5 quirky museums in Iceland Perhaps it’s the sight of the dancing northern lights, or of midsummer’s sun at midnight. Or maybe it’s the bizarre geological formations, or... Soviet hero cities Soviet hero cities Christina Gibbons has just returned from leading a group tour to Russia’s Soviet Hero cities. Here she writes about some of the highlights. Russian...
A recipe for Ukranian Borscht A recipe for Ukranian Borscht One of my favourite Ukrainian dishes of all time, even in the 33 degree heat wave that Kyiv was experiencing when I visited this summer, is borscht. This... Filming in the motherland: Bondarchuks' "Stalingrad" Filming in the motherland: Bondarchuks' "Stalingrad" One of the more unusual things I did during my time in Russia was participating in a film – not as an actor, but as what is known in Russian as... A journey to Turkmenistan - a country of imagination A journey to Turkmenistan - a country of imagination Regent Holiday’s client Murray Scott travelled with us to Turkmenistan. Here, he writes about the highlights of his trip… The drive into the...
Taroko national park Taroko national park Taroko National Park and its famous gorge is often, and rightly described, as the jewel of Taiwan and is a must-do part of any visitors itinerary. The park... Getting back in the saddle Getting back in the saddle Not having ridden since I was 10 years old, (this was many years ago) I was a bit nervous about getting back on a horse. My fears we un founded, as it was... Biking in Bagan Biking in Bagan After we transfer to the hotel and check in, we’ll head out on bikes and cycle around all the temples, is that ok?” We all looked up thinking...
Time to play Faroe (Islands) Time to play Faroe (Islands) As the coach weaved its way through villages of perfect-looking houses, rolling hills and dramatic coastline I couldn’t think of anywhere that I had... A shark's tail A shark's tail Located along the scenic Snaefellsnes peninsula, travelling North East of Berserkjahraun, lies a museum with a difference. The Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum is... Escape to Cambodia's secret beach retreats Escape to Cambodia's secret beach retreats There’s more to Cambodia holidays than uncovering an intriguing past and seeing an abundance of spectacular temples and charming colonial landmarks. Take...
Discover Russia: the incredible wooden buildings of Kizhi island Discover Russia: the incredible wooden buildings of Kizhi island Travelling along Russia’s historic waterways from glitzy Moscow to imperial St Petersburg is the ideal way to discover the real Russia. I travelled... A eurovision geography lesson A eurovision geography lesson What’s the capital of Belarus?” I recently asked my teenage daughter. “Minsk,” came a swift reply. I was very proud to think that she... 5 unmissable things to do in Budapest 5 unmissable things to do in Budapest With so much to see and do on a Budapest city break it can be difficult to fit everything in. To make things easier for anyone embarking on a trip to this...
Iceland - easy as ABC Iceland - easy as ABC When arriving and departing in Reykjavik, our partners Reykjavik Excursions certainly take the strain and stress out of landing in a new destination and... Vilnius: a perfect weekend getaway Vilnius: a perfect weekend getaway Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city, is located at the heart of Europe and boasts one of the largest Old Town centres in Europe. I love wondering around... How to make perfect photos in Iceland: lights & ice How to make perfect photos in Iceland: lights & ice Iceland is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and natural phenomena and, at nearly every moment, you will be reaching for your camera...
5 unmissable mausoleums & tombs 5 unmissable mausoleums & tombs For the discerning despot, an opulent and ludicrously expensive mausoleum is the preferred option for securing a long and lasting legacy after they’ve... Return to Russia Return to Russia Upon completing my recent Russian visa application form I had to count how many Russian visas I had applied for in the past and to my astonishment discovered I... Bon om touk - Cambodia water festival Bon om touk - Cambodia water festival South East Asia offers an abundance of festivals celebrating everything from your classic New Year extravaganzas to the Thai festival of Loy Krathong (the...
Reykjavik: The Gateway to the New World Reykjavik: The Gateway to the New World I love city breaks. If ever I have a few days off work, I like nothing more than spontaneously booking a flight to somewhere new. Yet so many city break... Borneo Rainforest Lodge and the Wildlife of Danum Valley Borneo Rainforest Lodge and the Wildlife of Danum Valley Borneo, and in particular the Sabah region of Malaysian Borneo, is rightly famed for the richness of its wildlife and the beauty of its landscape. Whilst... Brest Fortress - Brestskaya Krepost Brest Fortress - Brestskaya Krepost Probably one of the most tragic and heroic stories of the Great Patriotic War, the remains of the Brest Fortress stands as a memorial to its defence back in...
Lithuania: The Baltics' Best Kept Secret Lithuania: The Baltics' Best Kept Secret As with any country which has experienced centuries of invasion and occupation, Lithuania is fiercely proud of its culture and language. The latter as ancient... All At Sea In Iceland All At Sea In Iceland The day was finally here that my 8 year old nephew had been looking forward to ever since we had told him we were going to Iceland on holiday. On the first... The World's Most Unusual Foods The World's Most Unusual Foods We at Regent Holidays pride ourselves in never approaching the new and untried with anything less than an enthusiastic open mind. However, there has been the...
Regent Reigns Victorious At The British Travel Awards Regent Reigns Victorious At The British Travel Awards Last week, Regent Holidays ambled down to London for the glamorous British Travel Awards after being nominated in four categories, and we are very delighted to... Trans-Siberian On The Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian On The Tsar's Gold For many, it’s the greatest railway journey you can take. The idea of travelling thousands of miles and crossing seven time zones appeals to the romantic... 5 Of The World's Best Drinks You've Never Heard Of 5 Of The World's Best Drinks You've Never Heard Of "The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to drink it,” Rudyard Kipling so nearly said. Nevertheless there are few better or more...
Vilnius to Warsaw: Sleepless On A Sleeper Train Vilnius to Warsaw: Sleepless On A Sleeper Train This is a guest post by Mandy Huggins, who visited Lithuania and Poland with Regent Holidays. Mandy’s favourite destinations in the world are Japan,... In Pictures: Croatia's Most Beautiful Islands In Pictures: Croatia's Most Beautiful Islands Strewn like glittering jewels across a shimmering, azure blue blanket, the islands of Croatia are one of Europe’s, if not the world’s, most... 3 Indispensable Sarajevo and Belgrade Travel Tips 3 Indispensable Sarajevo and Belgrade Travel Tips Regent Holidays’ resident North Korea and Mongolia expert, Carl Meadows, recently paid a visit to the emerging destinations of Bosnia-Herzegovina and...
Notes From The St. Petersburg Underground Notes From The St. Petersburg Underground This is a guest post by Mandy Huggins, who visited St Petersburg with Regent Holidays. Mandy’s favourite destinations in the world are Japan, India and... North Korea Gone Back In Time North Korea Gone Back In Time It seemed the Chinese border guards were reluctant to let us out of China, checking our North Korean entry permits repeatedly before allowing access to... 5 Essential Things To See & Do In Moscow 5 Essential Things To See & Do In Moscow Seen the Kremlin and St Basil’s? Roamed Red Square? Popped in to say “Dobrey Dyen” to Lenin? Wondering what to do next on your city break to...
5 Highlights Of A Tour To North Korea 5 Highlights Of A Tour To North Korea Visiting North Korea soon? Or perhaps you are just intrigued to see what this endlessly mysterious country has to offer beyond controversial satellite launches... 5 Of The Best Moscow Metro Stations 5 Of The Best Moscow Metro Stations As well as being one of the most efficient and cheapest underground transit systems in the world, the Moscow Metro is also undoubtedly one of the most...