Travelers are combining visits to multiple countries in shorter journeys to maximize their experiences and enrich their travels, says agency network Virtuoso. According to the 2020 Virtuoso Luxe Report, ‘Country Coupling’ is a key trend in upscale travel that sees globetrotters opting for diverse destinations that are close in proximity but very different in style.
3. Zermatt, Switzerland to Cairo, Egypt
Zermatt offers the highest peaks in the Swiss Alps, where travelers can see the iconic Matterhorn, stay in quaint wooden chalets, walk the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge and sample apres-ski activities. Consider pairing this experience with a visit to Egypt, where the frosty slopes of Zermatt can be exchanged for the slopes of the pyramids of Giza. Nonstop flights from Geneva to Cairo are four hours, and travel time from Geneva to Zermatt is three-to-four hours by train.
2. Dublin, Ireland to Reykjavík, Iceland
Enjoy some aged whiskey in Dublin or fish and chips at the century-old Leo Burdock Christchurch, or take a day trip to Blarney Castle or the Cliffs of Moher. Combine this with a visit to Iceland’s capital city Reykjavík and experience helicopter tours, whale watching or even the Northern Lights. A nonstop flight from Dublin to Reykjavik is between two and three hours.
1. Kruger National Park, South Africa to Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
From safari to sand, this tour combination offers it all. Visit Kruger National Park and encounter the abundant wildlife of its private reserves. Witness an African sunrise aboard a hot air balloon, or discover the park’s rich history at the Albasini Ruins. Combine this with a visit to the secluded Bazaruto Archipelago. These stunning islands off the coast of Mozambique offer turquoise water, pristine coral reefs and thriving marine life.
Flights from Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport are less than an hour, and flights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos, Mozambique are two to three hours. Travelers can transfer from Vilanculos to one of the six islands by helicopter or boat but should keep in mind that flights to Bazaruto do not run daily.
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