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10 of the best medieval walled cities

<b>(CNN) —</b> For history buffs, photographers and anyone who's ever said "Wow!" there's nothing quite like the sight of a medieval walled city approached from a distance.<p>Then there are the explorations within, tours of castles, walks along the walls and shops and restaurants in medieval squares.<p>Many …

European Travel

The 50 Most Beautiful Views in the World

Even seasoned travelers will tell you that sometimes, they need to take a step back and drink it all in. Thankfully, the world is filled with …

Stairway to heaven: hiking ancient pilgrimage trails in southern Japan

Mountainous Kumano is the holy ground of Japan and pilgrims have been trekking there for centuries. Shrines, mist, forests and waterfalls combine to create an entrancing hike<p>Normally I am not given to praying but the occasion demands it. After bowing twice and clapping twice, I make a silent …

Hiking

20 gifts travelers will actually want

<b>(CNN) —</b> Holiday shopping follows much the same pattern each year: November quickly turns into December, and you still have no idea what gifts to buy.<p>If you're shopping for a traveler, though, we've got you covered.<p>They typically fall into two camps when it comes to travel gear: They're either …

Shopping

Bewitching Hampi: Ancient city of gods, kings and ruins

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's a view that renders speech impossible.<p>We're standing atop Matanga Parvata, or Matanga Hill, after a 30-minute climb that began in pre-dawn darkness up a barely there path laid out hundreds of years ago for worshippers.<p>The rising sun, diffused behind the curtain of a cloudy sky, begins …

Ancient History

Stay the night at a hostel built entirely from shipping containers

You’ll see them instantly, brightly coloured shipping containers stacked on top of each just like at any regular dock or trucking station. But the …

Japan Tours & Vacation Packages

<p>Learn more about Japan<p>Japan is a country with four famously distinct seasons, each with its own characteristic sights and experiences. If you ask a …

Off-peak season travel: Save money and avoid crowds | CNN Travel

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Condor moments: trekking in Patagonia

There’s no better way to enjoy the drama of Patagonia than striking out on the W Trek – one of the most remote walks in one of the most beautiful places on Earth<p>As dusk fell, there on the skyline, at the top of a cliff nearly 100ft above us, was a female puma. Calm and elegant, she looked down on …

South America

Where to go on holiday in 2017: the hot list

Independence days and revolutions, new trails stretching across nations, capitals of culture, inaugural flights and the new Elvis hotel … 40 places to inspire your 2017 travel plans<p>default

Travel

10 Geographically Remote Places to Get Away From It All

Escape tourist traps and beaten tracks with these far-flung and isolated places.<p>Luxury travelers are increasingly heading for resorts on secluded, …

Highlights of Jordan: readers’ travel tips

World heritage sites Petra and Wadi Rum are obviously on the list, but our readers have also enjoyed the cafes of Amman, dramatic nature reserves and hiking to waterfalls – along with lashings of hummus<p><b>Winning tip: a stay in the Dana nature reserve</b><p>Book a night in one of the beautifully renovated …

Travel

Jordan is spectacular, safe and friendly – so where are the tourists?

With tourism to the Middle East in decline, visiting Jordan’s mesmerising sights is now a solitary experience. But the silence and emptiness only add to their allure<p>“You are safe and sound here,” the gift shop owner said, as he handed over some change. At breakfast, the waiter had been similarly …

Travel

The Balkan express: from Belgrade to Bar by railway

Over 435 bridges and through 254 tunnels, this spectacular scenic railway is one of Europe’s most stunning rides<p>Sundown in Montenegro, and the train from Belgrade is winding its way through the mountains. On slopes washed orange by the last rays of the day, villages slide by – idyllic snapshots of …

Trains

Top 10 Most Beautiful Hiking Places around the World

About 13 hiking trails have been rounded up in this whole world and they are considered to be the perfect one to get the next adventure. This is the …

Hiking

Training Your Breathing Muscles to Boost Endurance at Altitude

Your lungs have to work harder in thin air, but you can strengthen them.<p>When I was in high school, just getting into running, I met a family friend from Ghana who had been an Olympic-caliber 800-meter runner in his youth. He advised me to practice holding my breath every night in bed before falling …

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Is Xinjiang the best-kept travel secret in China? | CNN Travel

Xinjiang, China (CNN) — "Bosh bosh!" vendors yell as they yank sheep along by their tails, shoving them from trucks into the pens where they'll be sold to their death.<p>We're in the riotous Sunday livestock market on the outskirts of Kashgar, in the remote Xinjiang province in northwest China.<p>Yaks, …

Travel

25 reasons why it's time you went to Croatia

If you've yet to visit Croatia, what's been keeping you? Visits from British travellers rose by more than a quarter last year on 2015, with 26 per cent more overnight stays recorded by the country's tourist board.<p>And it’s not all down to Game of Thrones (though that has helped). Here are 25 reasons …

Trans-Siberian railway: Alternative routes, other secrets | CNN Travel

Trains

China's Great Wall covered in cement | CNN Travel

(CNN) — It's the repair job that's so ugly you can probably see it from space.<p>A 700-year-old "wild" stretch of China's Great Wall has been covered in a smooth, white trail of cement under orders from Suizhong county's Cultural Relics Bureau, Sina reported on Wednesday.<p>The repairs were carried out …

China

See world's largest cave, Hang Son Doong, in Vietnam | CNN Travel

Vietnam

Hiking The Dragon's Backbone At Longji Rice Terraces

Everything you need to know about hiking and visiting Longji Rice Terraces.<p>Carved into the side of mountains like the stairs of mythical giants, the …

Asia Travel

10 Best Hiking Trails in the World

[section]If everyone placing personal ads who claimed the hobby of “hiking” really did it with any regularity, the earth would have been trampled …

Hiking

11 most luxurious train rides | CNN Travel

CNN

Mustang, an isolated part of Nepal, has caves, hikes and royals | CNN Travel

Nepal

7 flight hacks guaranteed to save you money on your next trip

Shutterstock<p>If you're sick of being overcharged by airlines, turns out there are better ways to book your flights.<p>Nikolas Langes, the co-founder of …

Trekking Nepal’s forgotten teahouse route

Hiking this challenging trail around Mt Kanchenjunga yields rewards that more popular routes don’t, including stays in traditional teahouses that few foreigners ever see.

Hiking

10 Snowy Countries You Should Visit In Winter

When most of us think of a vacation, we imagine sunny beaches and summer getaways. But, there are so many great winter wonders out there that we …