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Dubai
- The Jewel of the Emirates.



The magnificent city of Dubai has been transformed into a holiday paradise with year round sunshine. From timeless tranquility desert to lively bustle the souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. The emirate embraces a wide variety of scenery in a very small area. In a single day, the tourist can experience everything from rugged mountains and awe-inspiring sand dunes to sandy beaches and lush green parks, from dusty villages to luxurious residential districts and from ancient houses with windtowers to ultra-modern shopping malls.

The emirate is both a dynamic international business centre and a laid-back tourist escape; a city where the sophistication of the 21st century walks hand in hand with the simplicity of a bygone era. But these contrasts give Dubai its unique flavour and personality; a cosmopolitan society with an international lifestyle, yet with a culture deeply rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia. Since earliest times, Dubai has been a meeting place, bringing together the Bedouin of the desert interior with the pearl-diver, the merchant of the city with the sea-going fisherman.

This metropolis on the Arabian Gulf draws travelers mainly from Europe, the Far East, and Africa. What attracts them to Dubai are tax-free, highest-end shopping, dry weather, extraordinary accommodations, gourmet food, and pristine, almost sterile, beaches that go on for miles.

Dubai is also the sports capital of the Middle East, with world-class golf, tennis, horse racing, rally car racing, power boating, rugby, and sailing. There's also indoor snow skiing: At the Mall of Emirates, one of the world’s largest shopping centers, visitors to Dubai can swoosh down five slopes on a “mountain” the size of three football fields. While some foreigners come strictly for the mall experience — there are dozens of them, offering every designer label you can name — the souks are worth a visit. These outdoor markets sell everything from exotic spices to gold and pashminas at fair prices. Keep in mind that bargaining is key: Start at half of what a vendor asks and negotiate up from there. There are also plenty of expert tailors in Dubai, so bring a picture of anything you want replicated and ask your concierge for a suggestion. Fashions can be made up within days (with fabrics that you choose) at a price far below couture.


Zanzibar - Discover the real East Africa

 


Zanzibar is an archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. The two main islands most people visit are Zanzibar and Pemba. Zanzibar is popular with tourists because of its wonderful beaches and the interesting, well-preserved, Stone Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
 
The islands have a rich history due to their geographic location, as many cultures and civilizations have plied its shores for spices and slaves. The Arabic influence remains the strongest to date, with Islam being the predominant religion on the islands.Although part of Tanzania, Zanzibar is semi-autonomous and the people elect their own government.

Stone Town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar and little has changed in the last 200 years. The narrow streets and winding alleyways are lined with grand houses as the original Arab owners vied with each other for the most extravagant. Over 500 examples of handiwork are reflected in the brass-studded, carved wooden doors. The majority of homes in

Stone Town were built in the 19th C when Zanzibar was one of the most important Swahili trading towns in the Indian Ocean. The trading activity between Asia and Africa is evident by the architecture and urban structure of Stone Town.

As the world's oldest functioning Swahili city, many of the landmarks in Stone Town are being restored to their original glory. Coral was used in most of the buildings but has easily eroded leaving most of the houses in a poor state of repair.

A walk along Creek Road takes visitors to the original Stone Town area and the location of the Central Darajani Market, Beit el-Amani, City Hall and the Anglican Cathedral.

While visiting Stone Town, tourists can enjoy 'Spice Tours' which take them on a tour of plantations, sights of historical interest and to some of the ruins. On the tours, tourists can sample many spices, herbs and fruits that are produced on the island and see what they look like growing wild. These include cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, vanilla, breadfruit and lemongrass. Zanzibar is the number one beach location in East Africa. It is a wonderful island, with classic tropical beaches, lush plantations, an incredible history and a fascinating culture.

Although visitor traffic through Zanzibar is now quite high, on the whole it remains resolutely untamed. There are however some beach areas which are definitely worth avoiding.


Brazil - Sizzling & Tropical



Football, Samba, Food, Scenery, Culture, Fashion, and Carnival whatever you read or write about, Brazil has it all. If traveling is your passion, Brazil is your destination. Brazil will take your breath away. For the sporty, the adventurous, the curious. For children, teenagers and adults. For couples, families and friends. For all kinds of people, all the time. With its dazzling beaches, forest trails and lively cities, Brazil will put all your emotions to the test. Pack your bags.

São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are the main gateways to Brazil. Considering the size of the country, the best way to travel throughout Brazil is by air. Flying domestically can be quite expensive. However foreign visitors can travel economically by purchasing air passes from Tam Airlines or Varig prior to arriving in Brazil. With over 5000 miles of coastline, the list of beaches well worth your visit is endless. Therefore, comprising a list of the best beaches is quite the challenge. Particularly because in many cases we begin comparing apples with oranges, as the diversity of the beaches ranges so extensively. We have selected a list of beaches which represent this diversity, and promise satisfaction!

Due to its unique features, Salvador has become one of the main international tourist destinations. The capital of Bahia, famous for its history, the legacy left by people from other continents, its cultural miscegenation, its religious syncretism and its hospitable people, has been the setting and object of study of professionals from diverse areas for many years.

The streets of the Salvador Historical Centre transport the tourist back to the beginning of Brazil’s history. Tourist guides, avid students of local culture, explain how the country’s first city was developed. Up to 1763, Salvador was the capital for the Portuguese Crown in the Americas, and it also stood out as the main port in the southern hemisphere until the 19th Century.

The city is considered the country’s cultural capital. It is the birthplace of many prominent names in the artistic arena, renowned locally and overseas. Tourism and cultural activity are important generators of jobs and income, boosting the arts and the preservation of artistic and cultural heritage. In addition, Salvador boasts many natural beauties: there are 50 km of coastline and several ecological parks.


Thailand - Cruise & Stay Amazing natural beauty


The Kingdom of Thailand draws more visitors than any other country in southeast Asia with its irresistible combination of breathtaking natural beauty, inspiring temples, renowned hospitality, robust cuisine and ruins of fabulous ancient kingdoms. Few countries are so well endowed.

From the stupa-studded mountains of Mae Hong Son and the verdant limestone islands of the Andaman Sea, to the pulse-pounding dance clubs of Bangkok and the tranquil villages moored along the Mekong River, Thailand offers something for every type of traveller.

Bangkok has dominated Thailand's urban hierarchy as well as its political, commercial and cultural life since the late 18th century. Distinctly modern and Westernised, Bangkok is still a sleepy Thai village with a louder soundtrack of traffic and nightlife.

Bangkok proper seethes on the east side of the Mae Nam Chao Phraya (Chao Phraya River), drawing rural Thai folk into its cluttered fold daily. The city is reportedly sinking at a rate of 5cm (2in) every year, but there's too much sànùk (a Thai sense of fun) going on for that to get anyone down. Chiang Mai has a striking mountain backdrop, over 300 temples and a quaint historical aura. It's also a modern, friendly, internationally-flavoured city with much to offer the visitor - food, accommodation and shopping are all top quality and cheap, and the nights are relatively cool.
Thailand's second-largest city and the gateway to the country's north was founded in 1296. You can still see the moat that encircled the original city. Doi Suthep, topped by one of Thailand's holiest wats, rises behind the city, providing a dramatic backdrop and fine views of the city. Party island Ko Samui has long been the locale of choice for paradise-seeking voyagers of all stripes. Its turquoise waters and sun-bleached, sandy bays are lined with multiple bungalows and resorts, a plethora of restaurants to satisfy hungry epicureans, and thumping nightlife providing a soundtrack to the temperate, starry nights. Dubbed 'Pearl of the South' by the tourist industry, Phuket is Thailand's largest, most populous and most visited island. A whirl of colour and cosmopolitanism, Thailand's only island province revolves around and thrives on tourism, but still retains a spark of the real Thailand.

There are a hundred and one ways to pass the day in Phuket. There are also more tourists here than on any other Thai island - it certainly knows how to cater to tourists' every whim. Most flock to the beaches on the southwestern side, which are loaded with amenities and entertainment options.
With cruises in South East Asia, Star Cruises will add a special extra to your Thailand Holiday offering a Freestyle cruise programme with a warm Asian hospitality with fun filled days and entertaining evenings. Offering 2, 3, 5, 7 nights cruise itineraries allowing total flexibility to add a cruise on to your own holiday programme. Allison brothers cruise department will be happy to discuss Star Cruises as part of an Oriental holiday or just as a Fly/Cruise option.


India - A Country made for memories


India is everything that people say it is. Vast, magnificent, noisy, dusty, glorious, colourful, beautiful, maddening and totally unforgettable. Generations of travellers have been seduced by the magnificent Himalayas in the far North to the golden sands of the south coast and from the splendour of the Moghul emperors to the glories of the National Parks in search of the elusive tigers. Indian offers vibrant cities such as Delhi with its grand history and architecture and reminders of the Raj, and Mumbai with its glitz and glamour. Whatever any visitor might want from a country India can offer it. Art and architecture in the palaces and forts of Rajasthan, in the temples of Ranakpur and Puri, in the riches of Hyderabad to the wonders of Cochin and Chennai to the beaches and markets of Goa. In between times India will embrace and amaze all your senses with its colour, scents, music and food. It’s a country made for memories. India’s diverse and ancient religious traditions, its languages and its arts, are all part of its greatness. No nation has contributed more spiritual richness and truth to humanity. The list of winners of the major international prizes in literature, including the Nobel, Booker and Pulitzer Prizes, is filled with Indian writers and poets. Allison Brothers recommends ‘A Golden Triangle’ tour combining the Taj Mahal – Juipur the pink city and Udaipur embracing the wonders and riches of the very best from India.

The Taj Mahal, an embodiment of love and romance, is located in the city of Agra that lies approximately 204 km to the south of Delhi. Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world, and some Western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed. The Taj is the most beautiful monument built by the Mughals, the Muslim rulers of India. Taj Mahal is built entirely of white marble. Its stunning architectural beauty is beyond adequate description, particularly at dawn and sunset. The Taj seems to glow in the light of the full moon. On a foggy morning, the visitors experience the Taj as if suspended when viewed from across the Jamuna river.

Jaipur, the pink city was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, a Kachhwaha Rajput, who ruled from 1699-1744. Initially his capital was Amber, which lies at a distance of 11kms from Jaipur. He felt the need of shifting his capital city with the increase in population and growing scarcity of water. Jaipur is the first planned city of India and the King took great interest while designing this city of victory. He consulted several books on architecture and architects before making the lay out of Jaipur.

Udaipur is a city and a municipal council in Udaipur district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It’s the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar, and the administrative headquarters of Udaipur District. It is also known as the City of Lakes and Venice of the East. The Pichola lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state. It is known for its Rajput-era palaces. Particularly famous is the Lake Palace, which covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Many of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels.



Czech Republic - At the heart of Europe


A true gem of a destination for city breaks and longer stay holidays. The Czech Republic is located at the very heart of Central Europe. This small nation boasts a host of spectacular cultural treasures and a varied, rich tapestry of natural wonders. Don’t miss out of any of the country's natural wonders and set it into its geopolitical context. You will be amazed at how even a small European state can significantly contribute to the world's cultural heritage.
 
The Czech countryside offers a pleasant combination of mountains, water, meadows and forests. The seasonal changes of weather create a unique environment for various leisure activities, relaxation, sports and agricultural activities, without placing a burden on the environment. forests. This diversity and the changing of the seasons have helped to create a unique environment that is home to many rare species of plants and animal life. Czechs love their nature. This is because of its all-year variety and also because it is well-preserved, and visitors are not unnecessarily restricted in moving in it. With some circumspection and care, almost all natural beauties are accessible for entry and free movement, starting from forests, water areas up to hills.

The Czech Republic is a landlocked country located in moderate geographical latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. The climate of the Czech Republic is mild but variable locally and throughout the year. Undoubtedly, the integral part of the history of Czech culture is Czech traditions. The traditions are mostly maintained in villages, especially in the Moravian-Silesian region, where they remain as a sign of the cultural taste of the specific areas. Traditional costumes are increasingly popular among Czech people and are also appreciated by foreign visitors. Prague, Èeský Krumlov, Brno, Telè, Karlovy Vary and many more – the Czech Republic is the treasury of beautiful historical and dynamical contemporary European art.

Prague is a magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church spires, whose image has been mirrored in the surface of the Vltava River for more than a millennium.Walking through the city, you will quickly discover that the entire history of European architecture has left splendid representatives of various periods and styles. There are Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classicist buildings, as well as more modern styles, such as Art Nouveau and Cubist. A poet once characterized Prague as a symphony of stones. 


Tahiti and French Polynesia - South Pacific Adventure


Uncover the beauty of French Polynesia, the perfect tropical getaway or a quiet romantic vacation. Discover what's most exotic and beautiful in the World. Imagine relaxing on the white sand beaches alone on an atoll in Bora Bora or in a Tahiti resort far from home and the stress of your everyday life. French Polynesia in the southern Pacific Ocean. It is made up of several groups of Polynesian islands, the most famous island being Tahiti in the Society Islands group, which is also the most populous island and the seat of the capital of the territory (Papeete). Although not an integral part of its territory, Clipperton Island was administered from French Polynesia until 2007.

Tahiti, often called The Island of Love, is the largest of the 115 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia. The 1,042 sq. km. (402 sq. miles) of Tahiti's surface area consist of mountain peaks reaching over dense rainforests of soft ferns. Waterfalls cascading into cool rivers and streams as well as flat coastal area containing fields of taro and tropical flowers. The beaches on the island of Tahiti vary, you will find black sand beaches on the north east cost and white sand beaches on the south west side of Tahiti. Most of the hotel resorts in Tahiti can be found on the west coast side of the island of Tahiti.

Papeete, the bustling capital of Tahiti and her Islands, contains the government offices, police headquarters, hospitals and clinics, banks, telecommunications center, airline and travel agencies, boutiques and black pearl shops. International cargo freighters, copra ships, luxury liners and sailing yachts share the harbour. A modern city, it hums with happy voices as the daily drama is staged.

Allison Brothers cruises in Tahiti includes a passenger freight adventure cruises around the undiscovered Marquesas Island or a cruise on catamaran Yacht with 17 spacious cabins where you experience a special encounter with local culture and traditions. The on-board French chef will introduce you to marvellous Polynesian cuisine including fresh fish dishes. Allison Brother’s unique range of products in this tropical paradise will give even the most experience traveller the an unforgettable Pacific adventure.

So for further information and reservations of our 7 Wonders please call on 0207 255 4029