December 15, 2021
As the calendar turns from 2021 to 2022, Zicasso travelers are making plans for their next vacation.
From Italy to Iceland, Egypt to Morocco, Tanzania to South Africa, these 12 top destinations for the year ahead have much to offer. Learn the art of ancient cuisine. Discover the powerful artistry of preserved ruins. Visit opulent palaces. Explore dream-like landscapes. Observe the splendor of wildlife in natural habitats.
No matter where you visit, your experiences can capture the wonders of the world through nature, culture, heritage, adventure, and relaxation.
Italy is home to some of the world’s greatest artworks, opulent architecture, and favored gastronomy, while the simpler details of life are celebrated in a connection to La Dolce Vita. Stunning paintings, mosaics, and sculptures can range from Roman times to the Renaissance while Italian style is accentuated in the shops, streets, and cafes. Indulge in the endless feast and bask in the spectacular landscapes, whether exploring the Vatican Museum, winding through the hills of Tuscany, gliding down the canals of Venice, or stepping away from the familiar for an authentic discovery of local cuisine and culture.
Greece is the ultimate discovery at the heart of Western Civilization, where rugged mountains meet exotic islands, pristine beaches connect to ancient ruins, and green valleys can give way to preserved villages. Greece is a bounty of exploration, with an astonishing collection of myths and legends steeped into the landscape. Embrace the famous corners of the archipelagos when enjoying the scenic cliffs of Santorini or bask in the lavish Venetian harbors of Crete, climb to new heights at the hanging monasteries of Meteora or traverse the Peloponnese for signs of Odysseus. No matter how you explore Greece, you will find the unforgettable.
Spain is the embodiment of the perfect destination for any kind of traveler, whether eager for thrilling adventures or traveling through time, relaxing on a beach or delighting in mouthwatering cuisine. Striking architecture can reveal the preserved designs of Moorish masters and sunny coastline can fade to the snow-crowned peaks of majestic mountains. Spine-tingling hiking trails, traditional pintxo bars in San Sebastian, and exceptional museum galleries that reveal a timeline of artistic evolution in Europe support an intoxicating heritage further emphasized by a passion for the simple pleasures of daily life. You can experience them all when visiting Spain.
France is endlessly enticing for every kind of traveler as you bask in the glamour of iconic landmarks or embrace world-famous art and architecture. Whether enjoying the views of the Eiffel Tower or wandering the lanes of Mont St. Michel, observing the treasured colors of the lavender fields outside Aix-en-Provence or lounging on the sandy shoreline of Nice’s celebrated beaches, France is sumptuous and charming. Find indulgent cuisine, enjoy the glitz of glossy ski resorts, and embrace the stunning countryside, crowned with mountains or blanketed in vines to capture what makes France so special.
History, gastronomy, wine, culture, heritage, beaches, and a defined rhythm of life demonstrate the splendors of Portugal that have made it an exciting destination for travelers. With a historic link to the sea, a stunning coastline that creates lovely beaches, fairytale castles, and iconic cities that celebrate historic neighborhoods, Portugal is endlessly intriguing. The culture and connection to the past remain sincere and a renowned connection to blissful sunshine will allow you to walk along the coast, explore mountain ranges, sample delicious cuisine shaped by centuries of international exploration, or lounge in local cafes to embrace Portugal’s authenticity.
A winter escapade, a summer excursion, erupting geysers, or the dancing colors of the Northern Lights, Iceland is an endless adventure. The sun never sets in the summer and the Aurora Borealis stretches across the winter night sky. Whales breach the waters near the coastline and the basalt bricks create fascinating towers along the shore. With incredible Viking history, remarkable museums, and a warm culture that welcomes visitors, you can witness parading horses and highlands striped with vibrant rainbow hues that demonstrate Iceland’s surreal and mesmerizing nature.
Morocco is a timeless discovery for travelers, where the rolling sand dunes of the Sahara Desert meet the colorful geometric designs of Moorish imperial architecture. Adventurous travelers, couples seeking romance, families eager for natural and cultural connection, or foodies in search of dynamic flavors will find Morocco an exceptional destination, with captivating character on display throughout the year. Old medinas, lively souks, honeyed pastries, mint tea, luxurious desert camps beneath the stars, colorful towns below mountain peaks, preserved artisan tradition, and winding antique cities can help you understand Morocco’s quintessential charisma.
Egypt is a flirtation with the ancient, an exploration where three distinct cultures converge. Ancient heritage, Muslim tradition, and Coptic representation provide exceptional layers of history that can take you from the Pyramids of Giza to the golden beaches of the Red Sea, antique churches to skylines adorned with minarets. The Nile River creates an enduring oasis in the Sahara, while the Alexandria coastline embraces the Mediterranean ambiance. From legends of the pharaohs to the footsteps of Moses, sunken ruins to tropical paradises hidden beneath the waves, Egypt can bring the dreams of the past to life.
Belize possesses the wonders of a world-class destination on an accessible scale, with natural grandeur and cultural history that can inspire any kind of traveler. Jungle terrain hides stunning wildlife and enticing Mayan ruins, while the crystalline waters reveal the tropical wonderland of the second-largest barrier reef in the world. A Caribbean paradise, Belize can give you adventure deep in the rainforest, a river safari along winding banks, or a relaxing coastal escape on a remote cay. Swim with whale sharks, snorkel with stingrays, hike to hidden caves and waterfalls, or bask in the flavors of traditional local cuisine as you discover a unique paradise.
The Galápagos is a once-in-a-lifetime destination, one that never provides the same experience twice. The collection of volcanic islands embody the beauty and wonders of evolution as seen through the endlessly shifting landscapes and changing wildlife first noted by Charles Darwin. Beyond the remote shores of the Galápagos, Ecuador adds to the tropical setting of the distant islands, with contrasting idyllic beaches, colorful Andean villages, whitewashed Spanish colonial architecture, and the active calls of the Amazon Rainforest for a well-rounded cultural and wilderness experience.
Luxurious beaches, remote lodges, sumptuous accommodations, and famed game reserves teeming with wildlife make Tanzania a top destination that captures the imagination of any kind of traveler. The Great Migration demonstrates the remarkable power of untamed wilderness as the landscape vibrates with the march of millions of wildebeest. Mount Kilimanjaro exudes power and prestige as it looms above the plains. Zanzibar glints with white sands, clear waters, and aromatic spice markets. From exceptional cuisine to opulent safari lodges, Maasai communities to the infamous Big Five, Tanzania is a masterpiece for your senses.
Visiting South Africa is a promise to experience unique wildlife and captivating landscape in comfort. Thrill-seekers can find the adventures they crave and luxury travelers can find glamour in the elaborate urban ambiance of Cape Town or the remote corners of celebrated national parks. Indulge in the world-famous wines and cuisine in the Cape Winelands, uncover remarkable beaches along the Garden Route, embrace the fascinating visions of Africa’s Big Five, and witness a colony of penguins surfing on rolling waves. Townships and museums, sharks and colonial architecture add to South Africa’s natural allure.
Zicasso’s top destinations speak to the excitement of new destinations and the appeal of iconic sites to create your perfect trip. From the ruins of Italy to Africa’s Big Five and Egypt’s stunning pyramids, your preferred vacation can take you anywhere in the world and offer priceless experiences. With access to 101 countries across the globe, your Zicasso travel specialist can help you plan your best trip by designing an itinerary around your preferences, goals, and needs. You can speak with a travel specialist by completing a Trip Request or by calling us at 1-888-265-9707.