Day trip

The hanging monasteries of Meteora

The hanging monasteries of Meteora

Crowning the rocks of the Kalambaka region in Greece, the hanging monasteries of Meteora are a place like no other. A centre of spirituality for centuries, visiting this UNESCO Heritage Site is a must in any trip to the Hellenic Republic.

During my stay in Thessaloniki, I took an incredible day tour to Meteora with Ammon Express. Read more to discover with me this unique site with breathtaking landscapes!

Pella & Vergina: following the path of Alexander the Great

Pella & Vergina: following the path of Alexander the Great

With a kingdom that expanded all the way to Asia, Alexander the Great is one of the most emblematic figures of ancient Greece. Born in Macedonia in 356 BC, a visit to northern Greece is a great opportunity to discover the origins of one of the greatest emperors of all time.

During my stay in Thessaloniki, I took a guided visit with Ammon Express to Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great and the historical capital of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia, as well as Vergina, home to the Royal Tombs of Aigai where Alexander's father Philip II is buried.

GPSMyCity Travel App: the best self-guided city walks

GPSMyCity Travel App: the best self-guided city walks

As an independent traveller, there's nothing more helpful when organising my next trip than reading the experience of other fellow travellers so that I can plan my own walking tours and get to experience the city as a local. How many times I've wished that I had access to those incredible tips while on route? If you also love independent travel and getting off the beaten track, you may want to check the GPSMyCity App!

Alexandria: day trip from Cairo

Alexandria: day trip from Cairo

Founded by Alexander the Great, the city of Alexandria is one of the most modern cities in Egypt in spite of its fascinating role in ancient history. Located 2h 30m north from Cairo, this wonderful city often forgotten in a visit to Egypt.

During my last free day in the land of pharaohs, I decided to take a day trip from Cairo to this historical city that once was the centre of knowledge of the western world!

Touring Cairo, the city of a thousand minarets

Touring Cairo, the city of a thousand minarets

Best known for the three Pyramids of Giza, the city of Cairo has much more to offer outside of the Giza plateau. With millennia of history that span through all civilisations, a day visiting Cairo will give you the chance to discover some of the most relevant civilisations in the history of mankind.

My full day visit included the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel of Saladin with the majestic Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Coptic Cairo to enjoy the beautiful Hanging Church, and the labyrinthine Kahn el-Khalili bazaar. I finished the day by enjoying a breathtaking sunset and the sound and light show in the Pyramids of Giza.

Have a look to find out what to expect from this chaotic yet emblematic city!

Karnak Temple, exploring the East Bank of the Nile

Karnak Temple, exploring the East Bank of the Nile

Once the main place of worship of the Theban Triad, the stunning Karnak Temple in the city of Luxor is the biggest religious building ever constructed. The complex is so large that it constitutes an entire city of temples built over a period of 2,000 years.

This is what you can expect from a visit to the most prominent temple in the East Bank of the Nile!

Visiting Edfu & Luxor Temple

Visiting Edfu & Luxor Temple

Located in between the cities of Aswan and Luxor and dedicated to God Horus, the impressive Edfu Temple is a must in any trip to Egypt.

After arriving back in Luxor for the second time, I walked in the heat to also explore Luxor Temple on the East Bank of the Nile. A magnificent example of Egyptian architecture that changes completely when visiting by day and by night. That's why I decided to visit both times!

Abu Simbel temples, the High Dam & Philae Temple in Aswan

Abu Simbel temples, the High Dam & Philae Temple in Aswan

South of Aswan and next to the Sudanese border hides one of the most impressive temples of ancient Egypt: Abu Simbel, a Nubian monument carved out of the mountainside over 3,200 years ago. Almost destroyed in the 60s after the construction of the High Dam, these temples were moved stone by stone to an artificial hill made above the dam to protect them from the floods.

In the fourth day of my Essential Egypt tour, I visited these fascinating temples along with two of the big highlights of the city of Aswan: the High Dam and Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis.

The Valley of the Kings & Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor

 The Valley of the Kings & Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor

The city of Luxor, which for centuries was the capital of Pharaonic Egypt, is home to some of the most impressive monuments of this ancient civilisation.

During my first day in Luxor, I explored the West Bank of the River Nile, where two of the most impressive funerary sites are located: the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut temple.

Tallinn, the gem of the Baltic: one day trip from Helsinki

Tallinn, the gem of the Baltic: one day trip from Helsinki

One of the most beautiful and impressive medieval cities in Europe, the city of Tallinn is an absolute delight for any traveller. Walking through the cobblestone streets of its Old Town will transport you back in time, while visiting the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral will make you discover the Russian past of a the city that, surprisingly, has become a reference for digital innovation.

During my visit to Finland, I decided to visit Tallinn in a one day trip from Helsinki. Whether you’re also going to Tallinn for a day or maybe you have decided to dedicate some additional time to this fascinating city, discover in this article how to make the most out of your visit to the capital of Estonia!