Discover the wonderland of Catherine's Palace and Park near St Petersburg

3 days in Saint Petersburg

We spoiled ourselves with a decadent long weekend in beautiful St. Petersburg, a destination fit for royalty. The city's plentiful palaces, museums, churches and restaurants are best enjoyed in spring or summer when the days are long and the temperature moderate.  The 3 days in this "itinerary" are interchangeable, but be aware that most museums…

View over Padar island in Komodo National Park

Indonesia island hopping – 2 week itinerary

With thousands of islands extending more than 5000 km from east to west, it is difficult, if not impossible, to do justice to Indonesia in just two weeks. The three parts of the country covered in this itinerary (Eastern Java, Komodo, and Kalimantan) are relatively close together, but very different in terms of climate, landscape,…

Diving with manta rays in Komodo National Park

Komodo diving and dragons – 5 days liveaboard

The best way to see the wildlife and scenery above and below the waters of Komodo National Park in Indonesia has to be a liveaboard diving cruise. Above water you will see giant Komodo dragons, otherworldly landscapes and idyllic deserted beaches, underwater there is an unbelievably rich marine life, from manta rays, turtles and sharks,…

Lunar landscape of Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National park

East Java’s volcanoes – 4 day itinerary

A road trip is the best way of taking in two of the most scenic volcanic landscapes of East Java: Kawah Ijen, with its sulphurous turquoise crater lake, and the majestic Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. This 4-day sample itinerary starts from Banyuwangi and ends at Surabaya, but you can also do this trip the other way around. Day…

Travel Wiser Mozambique

Mozambique, Swaziland and Kruger Park – 3 week road trip itinerary

You might not have heard of Mozambique as a holiday destination, but that is not because it’s not worth going! With a coastline of more than 2000 km, Mozambique has plenty of pristine beaches where you can unwind at wonderful eco lodges and dive with the big stuff. The interior is still very undeveloped, but…

Walking safari at sunset in the Kruger Park

Kruger National Park – 4 days self drive safari

The Kruger National Park is probably Africa’s most famous game reserve, a must visit for any wildlife lover. The largest national park in South Africa, it is home to more species of large mammal than any other. Besides the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo and leopard) you can see anything here from giraffe to…

Swaziland nature and wildlife Travel Wiser blog post

Swaziland nature and wildlife – 4 day itinerary

Tiny landlocked Swaziland is often overlooked in favor of its big neighbor, South Africa. But it offers similar opportunities for wildlife watching and some amazing and varied landscapes, all for low prices and so close together you can do it all in a day (if you would want to). Swaziland itinerary highlights: Rhinos, elephants and…