FOR THE CULTURE: A YEAR OF FESTIVALS
Dubai: 30 For 30
We'll bring in the new year in style in one of the fastest growing cities in the world. We'll be celebrating the birthday of one of the founders of CP Travels so nothing is off the table when it comes to doing and exploring everything Dubai has to offer. From dinner in the sky overlooking the city, to desert exploration on the backs of camels, this trip will be action packed. Don't worry, there will be plenty of beach time for water sports and relaxation.
- Scale the Burj Khalifa
- Visit Dubai Mall
- Water show at Dubai Fountain
- Camel Rides through the desert
- Dinner in the sky
- Xline Ziplining
While Myanmar may not be on the top of many people's lists of places to visit it definitely should be. Myanmar is a country full of tradition and culture and we fully intend on exploring as much of it as we can during our stay. We'll participate in the Shwe Saryan Pagoda Festival at Myanmar's most well known temple as well as the Baw-Gyo Festival which features four beautiful gilded gold Buddha statues. The highlight of the trip will be a balloon ride over an ancient temple complex.
- Hot air balloons over Bagan
- Visit Shwdagon Pagoda
- Traverse the countryside by train
- Inle Lake
- Mount Popa
- Ngapali Beach
The annual Holi Festival celebration in India is known for its vibrant display of color and beautiful meaning of unity. Each year the Indian people come together to throw colors and celebrate how the color unifies them and washes away their differences for the duration of the day. The festival starts out quite mild in the morning and grows into a crazy and colorful, almost out of control, party by the afternoon. It is mostly celebrated on the streets with loud music before people retreat to private house parties to eat and continue the celebration.
- Explore the streets of New Delhi
- Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise
- Traverse India by train
- Enjoy the festival of colors
- Visit the world's largest mosque
- Enjoy delicious Indian cuisine
Amsterdam: King's Day
Every year on April 27 Amsterdam turns a very bright shade of orange for King’s Day. It’s a crazy fun celebration when the center of the city is basically car, tram, and bike-free simply because there are too many people on foot. It has a contagious festival-like atmosphere with street vendors, a market day when anyone can sell pretty much anything (except alcohol), and an insane boat parade party on the canals that will have you dancing unconsciously. It’s a festival that can put a smile on everyone’s face! Tips: Bring a jacket, wear orange, bring cash.
- Canal tour of historic Amsterdam
- Walking tours of the city
- Biking through local parks
- Exploring various museums
- Participate in a canal parade
- Party with Amsterdam locals
Taiwan: Lantern Festival
During the Xing Dynasty village watchmen used “fire balloons” as signals to inform the residents of Pingxi that it was safe to return home after raiders attacked. Today the sky lanterns have two main purpose: they display scribbled messages of the hopes and dreams of the purchaser who then release them into the night sky; they represent the end of the Chinese New Year period and their release symbolizes the shedding of outdated ways and embracing the future.
- Visit the sky deck of Taipei 101
- Hike to extraordinary views
- Eat stinky tofu
- Navigate through bustling night markets
- Bathe in world famous hot springs
South Africa & more: Heritage Fest*
Fair warning, this ain't your regular trip to South Africa. We plan on getting outside of the city and in touch with the locals. We'll be immersed in the environment as we go visit south-east Africa's iconic waterfalls, rivers and inland waterways. We'll marvel at the crashing white water of Victoria Falls, the sprawling Okavango Delta and the admire the tranquillity of the natural waterholes in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Be prepared to be changed forever. *Visas required.
Visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Explore the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans,
Wildlife-spotting along the river at Chobe National Park, home of the world's highest concentration of African elephants.
San Diego: Comic con
Comicon has been growing in popularity over the years since the 70’s. It's basically a four-day event for self-proclaimed nerds, geeks, Trekkies, comic book enthusiasts and superhero fanatics. The cool part here is not just meeting your idols but also partaking in the hype of the fantasy world by cosplaying your favorite characters, talking with strangers and making friends with the same enthusiasm with you. It’s a four-day event where you can act like a child and have fun like you don’t care about the whole world.
- Attend the world's largest comic convention
- Sea World San Diego
- San Diego Harbor Cruise
Spain: La Tomatina
La Tomatina takes place in Valencia (Buñol). Around 10 am, the tomato war begins. A few small trucks go inside the town, bringing with them kilos and kilos of tomatoes. They let the tomatoes drop to the ground, which signals the beginning of the party. Most of time, the tomatoes you will get are the mashed or crushed so don't worry about getting hurt, however, you'll definitely get dirty. There are usually some nice locals who don't mind spraying people with water. Goggles are highly recommended.
- Joining the world's largest food-fight
- Visit the beautiful city of Madrid
- Travel through the Spanish countryside
- Enjoy Spanish cuisine
Every beer lover simply must attend the Oktoberfest once in their life! The price of admission includes TWO of those huge steins you see in pictures. Tent hopping is part of the fun and that means drinking even MORE beer. There is a cafe tent where you can sober up with coffee and Black Forest cake, and then either dive in again or go back to your room in Munich to recover.
- Beer Brewery tour of Augustiner
- Beers at the English Garden
- Delicious Beer
- Marienplatz Square & Town Hall
- More Beer
china: Golden week
China’s tourist appeal is emphasized by being so culturally different from countries outside of East Asia. With it's spectacular scenery, exotic culture and rich history China is the place to go if you want a truly unique experience. If you are looking for a trip that will be packed full of new sights, experiences, and opportunities then China is the place to go. Since this trip will cover a large portion of China visas are required.
- Overnight Great Wall of China experience*
- Silk Markets and traditional food
- Shanghai acrobat performance
- Mag Lev train through Xi'an, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Greek Islands: Patrick
To celebrate Patrick's 29th birthday we'll be going on an island hopping adventure through the Greek Isles! Get ready because this is going to be a trip that you won't want to miss. Expect sun, fun, and a great time with even better people.
- Wine caverns and vineyards
- Boat tours through the Aegean
- Delicious Greek food
- A massive party in Ios
- Probably a cake
We'll spend the first part of December exploring the western and southern states, giving a non-traditional view (less the snow) of winter holidays and traditions in America. We'll begin in San Francisco, travel to Arizona, and end in Texas before heading home for the holidays.
- Traverse the Golden Gate Bridge
- Explore the grand canyon
- Visit the Alamo
- Badlands National Park
- Colorado Ghost Ranch