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Destination Guides

Amsterdam - Netherlands

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Amsterdam and discover cultural riches of this cosmopolitan city lying on its famous canals.

Biking paradise
Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. Locals and tourists alike often take advantage of a wide network of traffic-calmed streets and facilities for bikers such as bike stands and bike hires.

Amsterdam is a home to many famous, world-class museums covering a range of topics from history, traditional and modern art or design. Top picks include the recently reconstructed The Rijksmuseum, Cobra Museum of Modern Art and the Anne Frank House.

Looking for another way to explore Amsterdam? Take advantage of a very extensive network of canals running through the city centre. The Canal District consists of 3 main canals - Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. Board one of the canal cruises or rent a boat of your own!

Belfast - Northern Ireland

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland and a city packed with history, shopping or culture making it an ideal destination for a vibrant city break.

Titanic Exhibition
Explore the history of one of the most iconic passenger ships ever built. The main exhibition measures over 11,000 square meters and it is a “must-see” of any Belfast visit. This visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from the design and construction in Belfast to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.

The Grand Opera House
This 19th century premier theatre located in city centre, presents a wide range of drama, comedy, dance, opera, musicals or family located in the majestic Victorian main auditorium designed by renowned architect Frank Matcham.

Botanic Gardens
Located close to Queen’s University, Belfast’s Botanic Gardens are a great place for a day out featuring the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine containing some of the oldest seed plants around today. It is also used as a venue for various concerts and festivals.

Bergen - Norway

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Bergen, "The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway” and experience one of the world’s most unspoiled landscapes.

Sea Kayaking
If you are into adrenaline sports or would like to explore the fjords from a different angle, why not try sea kayaking in one of the fjords? You can experience sea kayaking on the Hardangerfjord in fruitful Hardanger in Norway.

Bryggen – The Hanseatic Wharf
Bryggen, the old wharf of Bergen, situated on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, is a reminder of town’s business importance dating from 14th to 16th century. Today, over 62 traditional, wooden buildings remain one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area.

Mount Floyen
Mount Floyen, in Norwegian Fløyen or Fløyfjellet, is one of the seven mountains that surround the city of Bergen. Funicular system – Fløibanen, takes visitors to the top of the mountain in order to enjoy views of the city and also to access further surrounding walking and hiking trails.

Birmingham - England

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Birmingham and experience premium shopping in a cosmopolitan city with more miles of canals than Venice.

The Bull Ring
Packed with over 160 shops and over 25 eateries, this busy shopping centre has an average annual footfall of 38 million people. Built on old market site dating as back as 12th century, the modern Bull Ring offers a quality shopping experience in the heart of Birmingham.

Back to Backs
Last surviving back-to-back houses, also known as Court 15, are now transformed into a fascinating museum offering guided tours to people wishing to step in past and explore lives of working class families in 19th century.

Cadbury World
Currently featuring 14 story-telling zones, Cadbury World, one of the Birmingham’s top leisure attractions, offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about chocolate’s history in general and how the Cadbury itself has been created and grown.

Bodrum - Turkey

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to sunny Bodrum, which has transformed from a small fishing community into an inviting vacation spot favourite by many.

Bitez Beach
This hidden gym, located only 5 minutes from Bodrum, offers a chance to visitors to recharge after a busy night in Bodrum. If you are in a mood for something more active, take a walk on the promenade or get to know why Bitez is a very popular wind-surfing spot.

Castle of St. Peter
This beautiful, prominent landmark of the city, offers spectacular views to its visitors and it also is one of the world's best preserved monuments dating back to medieval times. It is currently a home to The Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

Yalikavak Marina
Very popular with yachters from all around, Yalikavak Marina offers superb facilities and it is definitely worth visiting. In a short walking distance you can also see a renovated windmill, which is presented in town’s logo and it is part of Yalivakak’s history.

Bourgas - Bulgaria

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Bourgas and enjoy historical and welcoming seaside resorts on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria.

Old Nessebar
This UNESCO Heritage-listed site is packed with more than 3 millennia of history and many ancient civilizations. Wander around narrow, cobblestone streets and explore ruins of around 40 churches built throughout the history.

Ravadinovo Castle
Located just a few miles from Sozopol, Ravadinovo Castle is a unique tourist addition to the area. Although this is not a historical structure and its design can be described as slightly unusual for the area, it is a spectacular and romantic place to visit.

Strandja Nature Park
Strandja Nature Park is the largest protected area in Bulgaria located near the Strandja Mountains. This wildlife paradise presents diverse fauna and flora and offers a range of outdoor activities from hiking trails to horse riding and cultural explorations.

Bristol - England

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Bristol and enjoy a combination of attractive, modern architecture, visitor attractions and shopping it has to offer.

Brunel's SS Great Britain
SS Great Britain, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel is an award-winning museum documenting this ship’s history. SS Great Britain has been the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic in 1845. Restored in 1970, it now offers a unique atmospheric experience to its visitors.

Clifton Suspension Bridge
The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the Avon Gorge and the Avon River, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. This distinctive landmark attracts many visitors who enjoy impressive views it has to offer. This bridge has also been a location of a first modern bungee jump in 1979.

Avon Valley Railway
With main station located in Bitton, not far from Bristol, Avon Valley Railway is three-mile-long heritage railway running right to the edge of the scenic Avon Valley, providing amazing views of carefully restored steam locomotives.

Cardiff - Wales

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Cardiff, the Welsh capital, and experience its unique language, combined with its fascinating history and premium entertainment.

St Fagans National History Museum
Located in a village of St Fagans, St Fagans National History Museum is an open-air museum capturing life of Welsh people, their history, culture or agriculture. This venue is also part of National Museum Wales.

Wales Millennium Centre
Thanks to its iconic design, this arts and cultural centre, has already established itself as a world-class venue. Wales Millennium Centre offers wide range of art areas from West End shows to free public performances.

Doctor Who ExperienceThis popular attraction combines an interactive experience along with a permanent exhibition of props, costumes and sets from the popular and iconic TV programme, Doctor Who.

Copenhagen - Denmark

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to culturally-packed Danish capital, which combines historical buildings with modern architecture trends along with many great shopping and eating places.

Originally a busy commercial port, this waterfront district has been transformed into classy restaurant and pubs filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere with surrounded live music. Nyhavn has once been home to Hans Christian Andersen as well.

Freetown Christiana
This part of Copenhagen, initially established by hippies in 1971, is an autonomous area with specific rules and rights. This green and car-free neighbourhood is full of homemade houses, organic eateries or alternative art galleries.

Copenhagen Zoo
One of the oldest zoos in Europe and one of the most visited tourist attraction in Denmark, Copenhagen zoo presents more than 3,000 animals from all around the world including 2013-opened “The Arctic Ring” with polar beers.

Corfu - Greece

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Corfu, a sunny Greek Island in the Ionian Sea and explore its history and heritage of the Old Town and wander on one of the many beautiful beaches.

Vlacherna Monastery
Sometimes also called Vlaheraina Monastery, located close to the southern tip of the Kanoni peninsula, this monastery is one of the most iconic landmarks of Corfu. Small but very charming and atmospheric, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Small village, situated in the North-east of Corfu, has developed from a small fishing village into a popular tourist resort with high-quality accommodation and small local cafes along with beautiful views and coastline walks.

Beaches in Paleokastritsa
Paleokastritsa is a beautiful village along Corfu’s rocky north-west coastline. With six beaches of turquoise water and white sand, this resort is one of the most popular on the island. There are many companies offering boat trips around the area.

Dalaman - Turkey

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Dalaman, the famous spot on the Turkish south coast and enjoy white sand beaches, blue-green waters and the great nightlife it has to offer.

Nights out in Marmaris
Start off with a dinner on a yacht and continue your evening in one of the many party establishments packed in the heart of Marmaris. Famous for its night life, Marmaris offers everything from karaoke bars and 60s disco to high-end modern nightclubs.

Sedir Island
This beautiful island, also known as Cleopatra Island due to its famous historical visitor, is famous for its beach made of seashells, which gives it its unique characteristics. It is said that some of the sand has been brought over from the Red Sea itself for Cleopatra and Mark Antonius.

Olu Deniz Bay
Famous for its famous Blue Lagoon beach, this bay and its well-known beach is one of the most popular and photographed areas in Turkey. This blue flag-winning sand beach is also surrounded by beautiful national park in the background.

Dublin - Ireland

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Dublin, capital of Ireland, and experience its rich history, cosmopolitan atmosphere along with many great independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

Guinness Storehouse
Visit one of the most popular Irish attractions to find out more about one of the most iconic beers worldwide. Embedded in Ireland’s heritage, this former Guinness fermentation plant will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about this beer.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
Located on Kildare Street, this department of the National Museum of Ireland offers unique examples of Celtic and Medieval art such as the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. The museum also features one of the finest collections of prehistoric gold artefacts in Europe.

Temple Bar
Temple Bar is one of the oldest parts of Dublin with its history going all the way back to Vikings. In the modern era, Temple Bar represents Dublin’s cultural quarter at its best. From quirky shops to great restaurants and authentic pubs, Temple Bar has it all.

Durham Tees Valley - England

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Durham and learn about its UNESCO-awarded history, thanks to its castle and cathedral, combined with beautiful natural surroundings.

Durham Castle and Cathedral
The iconic Durham Castle and Cathedral are both listed as World Heritage Sites and are cherished due to their architecture and location. Both located side by side on a prominent hill top site, they offer great views of the city.

Walworth Castle Birds of Prey
Located at the stunning grounds of Walworth Castle Hotel, this award-winning falconry specialises in offering fantastic falconry experiences and daily flying displays on the grounds and nearby ancient woodland.

High Force Waterfall
High Force Waterfall is one of the most spectacular ones in England, located at Forest-in-Teesdale, in the heart of the Durham Dales with a total height of 29m. Surrounded by stunning countryside it is also an ideal place for fishing or wildlife watching.

East Midlands - England

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to East Midlands and escape to one of the countryside activities suitable for the whole family.

Donington Park Circuit
This racing circuit, originally created in the pre-war era, Donington Park is currently home to a large collection of Grand Prix competitions for both cars and motorcycles. It also regularly features special historic events.

Peak District National Park
One of the oldest national parks in the United Kingdom, Peak District is very popular with tourists due to its outdoor recreation opportunities. With more than 202 square miles of access land, there is plenty of space for activities like hiking, climbing or horse riding.

Calke Abbey
This beautiful country house has been built as a Baroque mansion in the beginning of 18th century and it currently serves a story-teller of the dramatic decline of a country house estate with many rooms deliberately not renovated over last decades.

Enfidha - Tunisia

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Enfidha and experience true Tunisian friendliness located in the Gulf of Hammamet.

Hammamet Beach
The Gulf of Hammamet has one of the best beaches in the country. Located both north and south of town, these clean, white-sand beaches offer great relaxation in the sun and are also great for water sports or diving.

Medina of Sousse
This area in Sousse is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list due to its historical importance. An important commercial and military port of the past has now transformed into a lively area with many shops and stalls and it’s also home to the Great Mosque.

Kasbah of Sousse
Built in 9th century on the site of an earlier Byzantine fortress, the Kasbah is one of Sousse's grandest monuments. Khalef el Fata tower, which is 30m high, is one of the oldest towers still standing in North Africa and offers great views of Sousse.

Esbjerg - Denmark

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Esbjerg, 5th most populated Danish city, located on the east coast of Denmark and learn about its fishing history and what it has to offer to its visitors.

Fisheries and Maritime Museum
Embedded in the city’s history, fishing and maritime industries have been essential for its development through the centuries. Visit a great Fisheries and Maritime Museum to learn about it. It also features a superb aquarium in its complex.

Fanø Island
Sometimes written as Fanoe Island, this small island is located close to Esbjerg’s harbour It offers peace and tranquillity in a beautiful setting along with many museum and galleries located on the island.

Man meets the Sea
These 9m tall white sculptures are located in city’s harbour meet all ships coming in the port. Four sculptures were first unveiled in 1995 and remain to date one of the city’s top landmarks.

Exeter - England

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to a historic city of Exeter located in the heart of Devon offering fascinating tourist sites and also being a great starting point for exploring Devon.

Exeter Cathedral
This stunning cathedral, devoted to Saint Peter, was built in the 11th century and is one of the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals in England. This cathedral is one of the finest examples of preserved Gothic architecture featuring many parts older than 500 years.

Exeter’s quayside is one of the most interesting and picturesque area of the city, located just 15 minutes from its city centre. Apart from many historical buildings, it hosts friendly local pubs and cafes and lively events throughout the year.

Exeter's Underground Passages
Explore medieval passages running underneath Exeter’s city centre thanks to unique experience, which is not available anywhere else in the UK. Originally serving to bring clean water through lead pipes, these passages offer interactive and educational experience to their visitors.

Frankfurt - Germany

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Frankfurt and experience one of the European’s business and financial centres with its amazing skyline and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Frankfurt’s old centre features a number of historical buildings dating as back as 14th century including the Römer – city’s first town hall as well as remains of the Roman settlements that gave the name to the place.

Main Tower
Main Tower is the only one in Frankfurt, which is open to public and thanks to that it is very popular with tourists. Its lift takes you to a height of 200m and you can enjoy a good view at Frankfurt and surrounding areas.

Switch off and recharge in one of the Frankfurt’s botanical gardens, which is located over 22 hectares, making it the largest garden of its kind in Germany. Originally established at the end of 19th century it now offers tropical plants from all around the world.

Geneva - Switzerland

Fly from Aberdeen Airport to Geneva and experience high end luxury, combined with the best winter sports that Europe has to offer.

Jet d’Eau, Lake Geneva
Home to the monumental Jet d’Eau, a fountain of water pumped 140 meters into the air. Best viewed at a distance when lit at night, or if you are a bit more adventurous, try the pathway leading right up to the fountain and prepare to get truly soaked!

Ski break heaven
From Anzere to Zermatt, Switzerland is literally full of ski options for winter sports enthusiasts of all levels. Why not try the village of Verbier for some truly steep slopes and almost guaranteed snow all year round.

Rue du Marché
Looking for a bit of retail therapy? Head to the Rue du Marché, just 5 minutes from the train station and home to Swiss watchmakers, luxury souvenirs, and of course – chocolate!

Humberside - England

Gateway to Hull and East Yorkshire, fly from Aberdeen Airport to Humberside and experience the charm and heritage of Northern England.

Hull Museums Quarter
Located in Hull’s Old Town and jam-packed full of history, the Museums Quarter covers a variety of subjects including sea life in the Maritime Museum, transport in the Streetlife Museum, and even dinosaurs in Dinostar – The Dinosaur Experience. There’s something for everyone here.

The Deep, Hull
Dubbed one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, The Deep is home to over 3,500 sea critters including sting rays, sharks and even Gentoo penguins! Visit The Deep and enjoy daily feeding sessions and dive presentations and even the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the animals!

Yorkshire Cycle Routes
Yorkshire’s chalk hills, pretty villages and varied wildlife make it the perfect location for cycling. Host of the Tour de France in 2014, it’s no wonder so many people are flocking here to get on two wheels. Like a challenge? Try the 146 mile, 18 hour circular route around the Yorkshire Wolds.

Ibiza - Spain

Fly from Aberdeen to Ibiza for access to one of the liveliest and diverse tourist destinations in Europe.

Can Marça Caves
Found in the north of Ibiza in the Port of Saint Miquel, these caves are one of the main tourist attractions due to their ancient geological formations and beautiful waterfalls and channels that have been lovingly recovered to allow visitors to enjoy the serene and fascinating surroundings.

Amnesia Nightclub
No night out in Ibiza would be complete without a trip to Amnesia, more of a clubbing institution than a nightclub, and birthplace of the Balearic Beat and the Acid House phenomenon. World famous resident DJs, ice cannons and foam parties are a nightly occurrence – what more could you ask for?

Hippy Market Punta Arabi
The original market in Ibiza and one of the largest! Available from April to October every Wednesday, shoppers can expect to find the many handmade treasures from all over the world – all huddled in winding paths of pine trees and bungalows. It’s a real authentic Spanish shopping experience.

Jersey - Channel Islands

Fly from Aberdeen to Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands and a mix of the very best of Britain and France - see why so many people are enjoying relaxing a bit closer to home.

Mount Orgueil Castle
A stronghold against French invasion for 600 years, Mount Orgueil Castle is steeped in history. Explore a vast network of staircases leading to hidden rooms awash with beautiful artwork and 15th century architecture. Make sure you don’t miss the ‘witchcraft’ exhibit in the cellar or the many lifetime wooden soldiers guarding the castle from attack.

Foodie Heaven
With a plethora of bars and restaurants dotted through Jersey, mixing French foodie flair with the best of British, there really is something to suit every palate and budget. For those with a sense of adventure, why not try the Jersey Michelin Star Experience, and enjoy truly fine dining in such delightful establishments as Tassili and the recently-opened Ormer by Shaun Rankin.

Beautiful beaches
Jersey is home to dozens of sunny, sandy beaches. Try Plemont in the north of the island for rock pools and sea caves, safe bathing and superb surfing conditions when the weather is right. Headed South? Be sure to check out St. Aubin’s Bay which experiences sunny conditions virtually from sunrise to sunset.

Kirkwall - Orkney

Fly from Aberdeen to Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands and enjoy a lively market town with a warm local welcome typical of the Scottish Islands.

Explore the mainland
With Orkney being named the ‘fourth best island in Europe’ and ‘second best in the UK’ in the 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, there’s something for everyone from birdlife to beaches. For the adventurous, make sure you hop some of the 70 islands that make up Orkney – each with a different story to tell and things to discover.

Enjoy local produce
With its extensive coastline, Orkney is blessed with a frequent supply of delicious shellfish and fish. A vast agricultural heritage ensures the production of some of Scotland’s most flavour-rich beef and lamb. Orkney has a big reputation for cheese – be sure to sample some award-winning products of the Orkney Cheese Company during your visit. Finally, of course you can wash it all down with local wine, beer, or of course, whisky – try Highland Park, twice voted the ‘best spirit in the world’.

Norse heritage
Viking imagery remains all throughout Orkney from its glorious past when Norse settlers arrived in the late 8th century. Join the Orkneyinga Saga Trail where you can follow in the footsteps of the Norse at key locations that include St. Magnus’ Kirk, Bishop’s Palace and Dingieshowe.

Kristiansund - Norway

Fly from Aberdeen to Kristiansund, a city on the west coast of Norway full of special and unique architecture, and a rich marine heritage.

The Atlantic Road
Voted as ‘The World’s best road trip’ by The Guardian, this 8 kilometre road jinks and zigzags across magnificent bridges and connects small coastal towns in Western Norway. There are various stop-off points designated to enjoy a spot of fishing, or just take in the spectacular view. Don’t take our word for it – see The Atlantic Road for yourself!

Killer whale safari
The ocean outside of Kristiansund is rich in herring during winter months, meaning killer whales are sure to be in close proximity! For a short period each winter, you can book 6-day expeditions to follow herring fishing boats and see up close these playful and beautiful creatures – a real ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity.

Driving and cycling tours
Few places offer the rich variety of towns, mountains and nature as Kristiansund – drive along the coast or cycle inland and experience majestic mountains. Some suggestions for stopovers include the Todalen Valley – one of Europe’s cleanest and least polluted environments, or Grip – a mini island just 14km wide.

London - England

Fly from Aberdeen to London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Luton and London City airports. Britain’s capital city is like a country of its own with thousands of reasons to visit – there’s something for everyone, all through the year.

Tate Modern
An artistic institution, the Tate Modern is London’s hub of modern and contemporary art. Around every corner you will find works from great artists including Dali, Warhol and Picasso! Entry is free but some exhibitions require an entry fee.

View London from above
London is a city packed full of world-famous landmarks – so what better place to take it all in than atop the tallest building in Western Europe, The Shard. Towering over the cityscape at 1,016ft, you’ll be able to pick out sights such as The London Eye, The Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge from the viewing gallery on level 72.

Theatreland – the West End
London’s West End is undoubtedly the UK’s theatre capital, home to such establishments as The Old Vic and the National Theatre. There are literally hundreds of productions to choose from, but some of the established favourites include The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot and Mama Mia!

Malaga - Spain

Fly from Aberdeen to Malaga, the tourist haven of the Costa del Sol. Sun-soaked Malaga is world-renowned for those seeking a Spanish getaway. From sunshine and sangria, to the luxuries of Marbella, everyone can enjoy this holiday hotspot.

Marbella is a luxurious resort rising to the fore as ‘the playground of the rich and famous’. It’s packed full of upmarket outlets, bars and restaurants and a prime location to sit and watch the world go by, or even do a bit of celeb spotting!

Pablo Picasso Museum
Picasso was born in Malaga, and there’s a fantastic museum there in his honour. The building itself is spectacular, a Renaissance building with elaborate ornament and dating back to the 16th century. Inside you will find more than 200 paintings, early academic works and much more by one of the greatest artists of all time.