You may already be familiar with the history and charms of Austria and its connection to the beloved 1965 20th Century Fox musical, The Sound of Music. On your next visit there, let the film’s famous lyric “the hills are alive with the sound of music” inspire you to explore Gesäuse National Park in the Upper Styrian region — a lovely blend of thick forests, verdant pastures and jagged limestone peaks that come with mountain huts for hiking and deep rivers for rafting.
To truly immerse yourself in the landscape, consider hiking the Wachau World Heritage Trail. Views of the sparkling Danube are part of the experience along the 110-mile route, which wends through the steep, stone terraced winegrowing region within the Wachau Valley. Along the way, hikers encounter the Ferdinand Watch Tower above the old towns of Dürnstein, Krems, and see the ruins of the ancient Aggstein Castle. Pause for refreshment at numerous taverns located along the pathway, where lunch can include local specialties such as apricot dumplings made from Wachau apricots.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Lufthansa is starting an innovative new carbon offset program, Compensaid, which will allow customers to purchase CO2 neutral aviation fuels. The platform allows customers to replace the fossil fuel of their flights with sustainable aviation fuel.
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