What’s better than one holiday? Two holidays!
Flight Centre says they have noticed a growing trend for travellers to break up their holiday with a mini-break at their stop over destination. To help travellers get twice the adventure, their 'Double Dip' options make it easy to see more of the world and break up those tiresome long-haul flights.
Here are some of the best stop-over breaks...
Hong Kong and Phuket combined
Choosing between vibrant Hong Kong and exotic Phuket is a common dilemma for many South African travellers. To make the decision easier Flight Centre has an airfare deal that includes both dream destinations at an attractive price. The itinerary begins with a flight from Johannesburg to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific, then on to Phuket for fun in the sun and back home to South Africa.
New York, via London
For many South Africans, the journey to the Big Apple typically includes a flight via London on Virgin Atlantic and this is the ideal opportunity to see two world-class cities for the price of one. In London take in the iconic Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Tower of London amongst others before heading off to New York. Don't forget you'll need a UK and US visa though.
Melbourne, via Perth
If you’re heading Down Under to visit friends and family then opt for one of our double dip flights on Qantas. Get to spend some time in Perth as you wing your way to cosmopolitan Melbourne. In Perth you can escape to the world-famous vineyards of Margaret River. Or head to the coast where you can snorkel the Ningaloo Reef, meet friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia Beach or surf the beaches of Trigg, Scarborough and Cottesloe.
Toronto, via Frankfurt
Lufthansa Airlines can take you to Toronto via their hub, Frankfurt. Expect to enjoy wild northern frontier, grizzly bears, moose, ice hockey teams, snow fields and maple syrup in Canada. But in Frankfurt travellers can sign up for a city tour with the nostalgic tram, the ‘Ebbelwei Express’.
Mumbai, via Dubai
Buy gorgeous cotton and silks especially from Varanasi, Rajasthan, Chennai and Kashmir, jewellery – silverwork and gems such as diamonds, lapis lazuli, Indian star rubies, sapphires and aquamarines, handicrafts including brass work inlaid with silver and leatherwork on your trip to India. And flying on Emirates means a potential stopover in Dubai where you can shop up a storm.
Los Angeles, via London
With places like Hollywood, Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Santa Monica and Venice Beach who wouldn’t want to hit the hotspots of Los Angeles? And don’t miss a daytime stroll on the boardwalk at Venice Beach, a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood and the Hollywood Walk of Fame between La Brea Boulevard and Vine Street. Virgin Atlantic will have you double dipping your way to the land of the stars via London at next to nothing.
Paris, via Amsterdam
The City of Lights and love, Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world and if you fly there on KLM Dutch Airlines you'll also enjoy a stopover in Amsterdam. Think art and museums and Amsterdam is positively bursting at the seams. You’re spoilt for choice with the Rijksmuseum that is packed to the rafters with original artwork by Dutch masters such as Frans Hals, Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer.
Auckland, via Sydney
Fly to New Zealand with a stopover in Sydney on Qantas. When you get to Auckland you can tour the volcanic island of Rangitoto, one of the most popular islands in the Hauraki Gulf and the largest volcanic cone in Auckland – just a 30-minute ferry ride away. Or sample wine at Auckland’s vineyards at Henderson and Kumeu.
Seoul, via Bangkok
Shake off the cold of winter with the Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival in Seoul, South Korea. And getting there couldn’t be easier with Thai Airways who will give you a stopover in gorgeous Bangkok along the way.
Los Angeles, via Dubai
While many travellers still fly to the United State via Europe, Emirates’ rapid growth in recent years has really put the Middle East on the stayover map for South Africans. Passengers taking off with Emirates can stop over in Dubai on the way to many destinations within the US.
For more on these 'DOuble Dip' offers, visit www.flightcentre.co.za or call 0860 400 747.