Jun 22nd, 2004, 10:57 AM
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I just had an unexpected windfall of 2 weeks holiday, first two weeks in July, before a new job. PLEASE HELP! Where can we go that's a) not in Europe or LATAM (been there too much lately) and b) not mid-rainy season? We'd like something with a nice mix of architecture and culture.

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Jun 22nd, 2004, 12:12 PM
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Go to the Galapagos. We loved the trip we took with Inca Floats. Loved Turkey (sort of non Europe)
What is LATAM?
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Jun 23rd, 2004, 10:52 AM
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Hmm. Been to Turkey, but could always go again. Any other ideas? Where are you going this summer?

"LATAM" = Latin America

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If you're looking for architecture, try the Pyramids. Egypt is a great destination but remembers that it will be real Hot in July. But it's not all that expensive, so something to think about.
Jun 23rd, 2004, 12:24 PM
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Just got back from Western Europe. Stuck here till Feb, then plan Panama, then Baltic next summer (good July destination, but Europe). Galapagos is very different from rest of LATAM.
You are posting on Africa/ME board so I assume you have done lots there. We loved our So Af, Botsw, Zimb (a mess now) trip.
Then there is always So Pac. esp New Zealand. Loved that! Went with a group called Black Sheep.
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Jun 24th, 2004, 05:41 AM
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I'd have said Turkey too, but if you've been there and done that - how about Thailand? Granted Bangkok is pretty steamy in July but it's generally not raining. Or China? Or Hong Kong?

And there's always Australia!!
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Jun 24th, 2004, 05:53 AM
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If you're looking for something a little different, Australia and New Zealand are great destinations.
I wouldn't try to combine both countries in your two week time frame. I would do either Australia or New Zealand(my favorite of the two.)

New Zealand has breathtaking countryside and the two weeks could be used to travel both the North and South Island or just the South Island w/ plenty to do. And you can learn a little of the Maori culture while there.

I would suggest looking at the Australia/South Pacific forum to get ideas if you are interested in traveling down under. It has a wealth of info there.
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Jun 24th, 2004, 10:59 AM
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All great ideas- thanks! Been to Bankgok + Egypt (LOVED it!), and New Zealand/Australia are a bit too...Western- but we're now seriously thinking of safaris in Africa (Tanzania/Bots/Kenya). Never ever been to that part of Africa, so any advice would be very appreciated!

Where in the Baltics are you going? Another interesting option...

Thanks so much!
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Jun 24th, 2004, 11:13 AM
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Baltic trip- usual places- Start in Berlin, Copenhagen,Tallinin, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Helsinki,Stockholm. Smithsonian Journeys has a trip on the MS Silver Cloud. Most people on Fodors talk board don't approve of taking packaged tours. We like to do it that way 'cuz we're old & lazy.
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