Out of all of the cities in the world, New York is the destination on everyone’s wish list. If you’ve never been there before, why not make 2018 the year you experience the Big Apple? Exploring this epic city is literally like stepping onto a film set, with iconic sights at every corner. You can even take a TV and Film locations tour to see the exact spots where the biggest blockbusters and TV shows were filmed. There’s pretty much never a bad time to visit, either. Head there in November to join in the Thanksgiving celebrations, visit in January or February for cheap West End show tickets, or taste your way around New York in July, when restaurant reservations are surprisingly easy to come by. Stay at the RIU Plaza Times Square to be within walking distance of Central Park, Times Square and The Empire State Building.
This futuristic metropolis is constantly adding record-breaking architecture and bigger-is-better attractions to its impressive landscape. It's not only a shoppers' and sunbathers' paradise, it's great for kids too, with theme parks, waterparks and paddle-friendly beaches to visit. New attractions for 2018 include the Dubai Frame, a 150-metre-high bridge that looks a bit like a giant picture frame, the brand-new CityLand mall, and the world's longest zip-line - because, of course, the UAE just have to beat all the other world’s best zip-lines. It's not just about shopping and skyscrapers either. Take a day trip to Abu Dhabi, and you'll be able to get your culture fix at the Louvre and Guggenheim museums. For a luxurious escape, stay at the Hyatt Regency Dubai, which lines up a rooftop pool and a revolving restaurant.
New York might be known as the city that never sleeps, but Las Vegas boasts its own 24/7 credentials if you're after an action-packed holiday. It's not all about Hangover-style stag do's either, there's something for families, couples, adventure seekers, and luxury lovers, too. Keen shoppers will love to bag a bargain at the outlet malls, foodies will love to buffet hop between the hotels, and nature lovers can take a hiking trip to the nearby Grand Canyon. In Las Vegas, the fun starts as soon as you step into your hotel, with a range of opulent, themed boltholes for you to choose from. Pick the centrally-located MGM Grand to be within reach of all the best attractions. This place has 15 restaurants onsite, a club, and a state-of-the-art spa, too.
If you've done New York plenty of times before, why not head to its northern neighbour, Boston? This city is one of the oldest in the US and packs in plenty of European charm and stylish architecture. There's even a beach nearby if you fancy getting your sunbathing fix. Visit in September to November and you’ll get to see the stunning New England fall foliage in every shade of autumnal colour. And, for an all-American holiday, book your stay at the Boston Park Plaza, which has a guestbook featuring all but two US presidents. This hotel was built in 1927 and combines old school glamour and a historic past with modern interiors. The onsite restaurant specialises in local New England cuisine, so you can taste Bostonian classics like lobster roll and clam chowder.
Iceland is the place to visit in 2018. Not only is it your best chance to see the northern lights before sightings become less frequent, Game of Thrones is rumoured to be returning there for filming in 2018, so you might be lucky enough to spot Jon Snow and co. Stay in the heart of Iceland's hipster-esque city, Reykjavik, and you'll get to taste Icelandic cuisine, experience the local traditions, and be in the best spot for exploring the countryside, too. Our holidays to Iceland include a northern lights spotting trip and a Golden Circle tour, so you'll be able to make the most of your stay and see the best bits of the country.
Thanks to its burnt red-coloured walls, this 12th-century city is known as the Red City. This place is all about souks, snake charmers and spice stalls. By day, you can haggle for bargains and explore the maze of stalls, and by night you can catch street performers and snake charmers in the Jemaa el-Fna square, and taste delectable Moroccan cuisine. Stay at the TUI SENSIMAR Medina Gardens to be right in the heart of the action, as this place is just five minutes’ away from the souks. The gorgeous adults-only hotel blends original Arabic features with contemporary style, and has its own spa where you can experience a traditional hammam or take your pick from a menu of massages.
It might not have been a bucket list city before, but Lisbon has been sneakily and steadily rising in popularity, and it's easy to see why. The small city boasts Instagram-worthy pastel architecture, a stunning 400-year-old castle, a nearby beach and loads of flea markets and museums. Best of all, it's pretty wallet-friendly too, so a visit there won’t break the bank. Head there in 2018, and you might be able to watch the Eurovision Song Contest which will be held in the city, taking place in Portugal for the first time. If you want to get a taste of Lisbon's best attractions, book our Spirit of Iberia trip with Marella Cruises. Along with Lisbon, this packed itinerary includes Casablanca, Cadiz, Gibraltar and Malaga.
The TUI SENSIMAR Medina Gardens is set in the heart of Marrakech, plus it's all wrapped up in traditional Moroccan good looks.
The Boston Park Plaza boasts a glamorous history, contemporary interiors and a convenient, central location.
The strip’s biggest hotel, the MGM Grand, lines up pool parties headlined by famous DJs, a supersized nightclub and 15 restaurants.
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