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OK, firstly I can't comment on Namibia/Namaqualand, but my folks went there many years ago and the stories of huge sand-dunes is something I can't get out of my mind - I need to go at some point, it sounds amazing :) Anyway, the rest: Kruger National Park - you'll be able to see almost all the famous animals of southern Africa here (if you're lucky), aside ...


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Basically, yes, but you'll have to be in a hurry all the time. I personally don't love my trips in a rush. Driving from Haifa to the Golan is about 1.5-2 hours. The Banias reserve is a one day trip. It consists of 2 parts, the waterfall itself, and the antiques. It is very close to Castle Nimrod, and Castle Nimrod can be covered in 2-3 hours: The ...


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You will need a visa for Turkey, but the other countries you have listed (Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Malta) do not require visas from American citizens. Also remember that Crete is part of Greece, although I don't see it on your map, so perhaps this isn't relevant. A Turkish visa is issued at the border to US passport holders and is good for 3 months of ...


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That's entirely possible. Firstly, there are no trains. Seriously. Don't bother trying to find them. In Argentina there's one from Buenos Aires to Rosario, but the bus is cheaper AND faster. There are some tourist trains in North Argentina (near Salta) and yes, there is the train from Cusco in Peru to Aguas Calientes, but that's about it. I'll discuss ...


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Actually there's a third, rarer option. But it's the option I'm on currently. If your trip is going to be longer than 30 days, you can't use a tourist visa - as that's the maximum length, and you can't extend it. You can, however, apply for a business visa and are perfectly entitled to say it's for tourism. I got a letter of support from my company ...


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You have two option to solve this problem. There is two types of visa you can get: touristic and private (homestay) visa. The main difference between them is the form of invitation: For the touristic you must provide the hotel voucher for all time you will be in a Russia. As you going to hitchhike, it will be very expensive to pay for the hotel you not ...


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No, Tokyo is not a disaster area during golden week. However, flights out of Tokyo may well be more expensive, crowded, or already sold out on the first weekend, and queues may be longer. Another factor is that on the national holidays, some (not all) stores will be closed down, as will be banks (and that includes ATMs in most cases). Possibly also some ...


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In my opinion, 8 days are fine to visit Vienna, Salzburg and Hallstatt, but you'll have to speed up a bit to visit the main attractions. I recommend you this route: Vienna-Salzburg-Hallstatt. Spend at least 3 days in Vienna. This city has one of the biggest cultural offers so, even a 3 days time visit won't be enough. Visiting "the Ring", Vienna's city ...


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First of all, if you want to take trains in Switzerland, the website of the national railway carrier is a very important source of information. There you can find the whole train and bus schedule and most tickets you can buy there online. It is also important to mention that in Switzerland you can almost reach every village and every small town by train or ...


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Yes, you are usually required to submit flight and hotel reservations. They do not have to be paid reservations, so you can cancel them afterwards. (VisaRite has some handy samples of what is accepted.) Nobody will care once you're in China as long as you stay out of sensitive regions in western China (Tibet, Tibetan bits of other provinces, Xinjiang, ...


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I did a 5 day tour back in 2008 that may give you some hint - the itinerary is on their website. (well the route and highlights at least). Driving distance-wise, yes I'd say it's doable. What you'll want to consider is time at the places like Isle of Skye (one of my favourite places in the UK), and Glen Coe - whether you want to do some hikes or ...


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Some suggestions: You can visit Trier and Luxemburg. They are close to each other. Distance - 130km Another choise would be Cologne. The Cathedral is a must-see. Distance - 180km. You can also visit Mainz and Wiesbaden. They are very close to each other(on the both sides of Rhine) and well conected with public transport. Distance - 90km. Here is a link ...


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Frankfurt Hahn is in the middle of the Hunsr├╝ck, a beautiful area with small forests and hills and countryside typical of the region. A good destination for family cycling trips. For example, there are a number of rail trails in the area, where former railways were converted into cycling tracks. Photo from Wikimedia Commons I've been cycling on the ...


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Easy. For starters, there's a bus (don't take it) from Venuezuela via Lima and Santiago to Buenos Aires that I was told about while there, takes a week. But gives you an idea of the max time you might spend on buses, given you're doing a bit of tracking around. Lima to Arequipa and then Cusco can be done in 1-4 days depending on what stops you want to do. ...


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I've not stopped much on the west, although can recommend Cumbria - or anywhere in the Lake District really. So Carlisle - very nice town. Part of the start of Hadrian's Wall, which is pretty great to see and walk a segment of. Up the East Coast is another option - you could stop in York, and Edinburgh, before crossing over to Glasgow. Edinburgh speaks ...


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I've been to Berlin a few times, and if I only had a half day I would go check out one of these two abandoned spots (I've been to both already). http://www.impracticalguide.com/2012/07/berlin-abandoned-hospital.html http://www.impracticalguide.com/2012/07/berlin-abandoned-spy-station.html They're not touristy, and I haven't been anywhere like that ...


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This being western Norway, fjords are everywhere. West Norway from Wikimedia Commons If you want to take the bus to Bergen, scroll down. This is probably interesting enough. You might also be interested in taking one of the coastal speedboats to Bergen or Stavanger. From there you might want to head to spectacular Preikestolen. I recommend reading the ...


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It primarily depends on where you apply for a visa and secondarily on what your nationality is. Visa requirements for China differ from embassy to embassy. Typically, in 'the west' they are less strict. You will, most likely be asked to hand over your flight plan, with proof, for entering and leaving the country and you might be asked to show some proof ...


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I assume you are applying for your first tourist (L) visa. I did provide my hotel for my very first visa (a double entry), however for subsequent visas (such as the one year version) I have not been asked by my agent to provide any itinerary at all. Also note that the Chinese visa requirements can change at short notice. My experience is current, and other ...


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Generally speaking, airlines frown upon this because it can be used to circumvent their pricing policies. Here is what the KLM website has to say about it: If you do not take all flights or legs of this journey, or in the specified order, extra costs may be charged. If you just show up in Amsterdam, they might charge you something or even sell you ...


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My experience with public holidays in Japan is that traveling via the roads is a disaster. If you are not driving or taking a bus it should be busy but tolerable, else expect to be moving at a few kilometers an hour-even on the more popular country side roads outside of Tokyo. Getting a car park is also near impossible. Accommodation is also very difficult ...


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Looks like you have timetabled the driving but forgot that each of these places takes time to see. For example Hadrian's wall cannot be seen from the car. Give yourself two hours to go round the museum and perhaps another hour or two to hike along the wall itself. Same goes for the other locations you plan to see such as Skye: "Trotternish Peninsula, ...


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I don't think you'll have problems entering the Yosemite Valley in April. The road you'd be taking would probably be CA State Rte 99, which is clear any season and is one of the major California routes. CA 41 and CA 49 will probably be clear up to the valley, but crossing the range might be problematic (CA 120). Haven't been to Sequoia yet, but its similar ...


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My wife and I did a similar driving trip touching on Edinburgh, Inverness, Skye and a lot of the places you want to see. Days 1, 3, 4 and 5 seem feasible if long, as we did similar trips. I can't comment on Day 6 because we didn't make it down to Glasgow/Stirling. Day 2 raises a big red flag - seeing the Royal Mile and the centre of Edinburgh was ...


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For shopping I'd suggest the area around Kurf├╝rstendamm (not far from Tiergarten). KaDeWe has a large toy section, there's also a Lego store nearby. Actually, you find pretty much everything at KaDeWe (at relatively high prices, of course). There's a whole floor for food which has a designated "sausage stand". Berlin's full of classic architecture. Do you ...


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So much to see... Obviously this is very very very subjective and there is too much too see - so here are a few inspirations from my wife and my experiences. Ypur tastes may vary. 2 of us "did" England, Scotland, Wales, Eire and a splash or Northern Ireland in 2 weeks. Run the whole time. See much. Collapse exhausted when you get home. FWIW our ...


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In general, the only way that you will be guaranteed to have the airline re-accommodate you on a later flight in the event of a delay is to book the flights on the same ticket - which basically means that you need to buy all of the flights together, from the same source. There is no means to "combine" them after booking, even if they are booked on the same ...



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