Top 5 Attractions In Sydney

Sydney is one of Australia’s largest and most populous cities, and it’s also one of the world’s most beautiful travel destinations. The city is home to plenty of iconic attractions, a stunning skyline, an impressive harbour, many architectural marvels and golden sand beaches. Brightsun Travel offers cheap flights to Sydney from UK, available all year round. Check out our favourite 5 attractions in the city below.

1. Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House is definitely one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated on Sydney’s dazzling harbour and features a unique architectural design, with sloping white roofs that are shaped like sails. In addition to the opera house, Sydney Opera House also has a concert hall, cinema, theatres, studios and exhibitions, as well as many bars and restaurants. This remarkable building is not to be missed.

2. Sydney Harbour Bridge

Standing next to the Opera House is Sydney Harbour Bridge, another iconic landmark of the city.  The bridge rises to 134 metres above the water, making it the world’s largest steel arch bridge. Visitors can stroll or cycle across the bridge, or alternatively opt to do the BridgeClimb experience, ascending to the top of the bridge arch for some panoramic city and harbour views.

3. Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney Tower Eye is Sydney’s tallest structure which boasts a 360 observation deck, allowing unparalleled views of the city and excellent photo opportunities. The fantastic landmark also has a 4d cinema experience and an open air glass-floor viewing platform, as well as two revolving restaurants and a coffee lounge, so there are plenty of places to chill out whilst admiring Sydney in all of its glory.

4. Royal Botanical Gardens

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens offers a serene oasis amidst the bustling city. There are 7,500 plant species to admire here as well as bird species and flocks of fruit bats. There is a hop-on and off train that takes visitors on a tour of the grounds, free guided tours and plenty of picnic spaces, so you could easily spend the day here, relaxing and admiring the beautiful trees and plant life.

5. Taronga Zoo

Look forward to enjoying close-up encounters with renowned Australian wildlife at Taronga Zoo. Highlights of the zoo include koala encounters, a lemur walk-through exhibit and a roar and snore experience which allows visitors to stay overnight at the zoo. This is definitely one of Sydney’s top tourist destinations which offers phenomenal views of Sydney’s skyline and harbour.

Flights

Brightsun Travel offers cheap tickets to Sydney from UK, taking you to the heart of this cosmopolitan capital. Why not fly with Etihad Airways – a world-class airline that was awarded with Australasia’s Leading Airport Lounge, Middle East’s Leading Airline – First Class and Middle East’s Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment in 2017.

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Top 5 Reasons To Visit Perth

Perth is Western Australia’s vibrant capital city which is renowned as the world’s most isolated capital. Situated between the great Outback and the Indian Ocean, the city is considerably far from any other Australian cities, but despite its distance, there are so many reasons to fall in love with Perth – it’s definitely worth making the effort to visit. Brightsun Travel offers cheap air tickets to Perth, allowing you to explore this glorious city. Below are the top 5 reasons why you should visit Perth.

The Glorious Weather

Perth offers around 3000 hours of sunshine each year which is more than any other Australian capital city, so pleasant weather is pretty much guaranteed all year round here. The city has very warm summers and mild winters, which means the fun outdoor culture is ongoing throughout the year, with plenty of outdoor sports, bbqs, picnics, festivals and other outdoor activities to enjoy.

The Stunning Beaches

Perth faces the Indian Ocean, allowing visitors access to many beautiful beaches with white sands and dazzling blue waters. Cottesloe is a much loved beach destination – it’s located just outside of central Perth and it offers some excellent snorkelling opportunities. Another favourite is Scarborough Beach which has a plethora of restaurants, cafes, shops and ice-cream kiosks. There are also many smaller and uncrowded beaches in Perth which make for an excellent retreat.

The Amazing Wildlife Encounters

Perth offers visitors some unforgettable wildlife experiences. Between September and June, travellers have the opportunity swim with wild dolphins in the ocean on an unforgettable boat trip. Relatively close to Perth is Heirisson Island, a nature reserve home to wild kangaroos – this is an unmissable experience.  Another amazing wildlife encounter opportunity near Perth is at Penguin Island, where visitors can discover penguin colonies.

The Thriving Art Scene

There are museums and galleries galore in Perth. The city’s main art venues are situated together in Perth Cultural Centre, which makes for an enriching day out. The Art Gallery of Western Australia definitely a top must visit – this exhibits a captivating collection of local masterpieces. Perth is also home to plenty of fascinating street art; the city hosts an annual street art festival and you can embark on interesting walking tours of Perth’s painted alleys.

The World-class Food & Wine

Perth is the ultimate foodie’s paradise! There are countless top quality local restaurants and markets to visit here, and the Northbridge suburb of Perth offers a tantalising melting pot of international cuisines. Perth is located close by to two major wine-growing regions so the local wine is definitely up to scratch. Swan Valley is well worth a day trip, as not only can you taste some of Perth’s top wines, but you can also visit a chocolate factory.

Flights

Contact Brightsun Travel about your next Australian break and discover our cheap flights to Perth which are available all year round. This year Qantas is launching an exciting nonstop service from London to Perth, which makes this city even more appealing.

Dar Es Salaam – A Coastal City Surrounded By Lush Islands

Dar Es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania, and, once a sleepy fishing village, is now East Africa’s second busiest port. The city is an exotic mix of atmospheric music, historical buildings and busy fish markets. The city also boasts its own beaches, as well as an array of tropical islands to explore off its coastline, including the incredible archipelago of Zanzibar. Brightsun Travel has cheap air tickets to Dar Es Salaam , where you reach Tanzania’s beautiful coastal city, surrounded by a host of island paradises.

A Coastal City

In Dar Es Salaam, you can explore bustling fish markets at dawn, and learn about the diverse tribes of Tanzania in the city’s National Museum and open-air Village Museum. A day wondering around the city will also expose you to beautiful architecture and captivating sounds. The city’s buildings reflect the unique mix of Arabic, African and Indian influences on the region, as does its music scene, which is one of the most exciting music scenes in all of East Africa. The city also boasts its own beaches including the lively Coco Beach, a favourite weekend spot for local residents, with food stalls by day and live music at night.

Zanzibar

The vibrant archipelagos of Zanzibar are within easy reach from Tanzania’s coastal city. Zanzibar boasts beautifully preserved architecture dating back to the 19th century and a vibrant music scene reflecting a mix of Swahili, Arabic and Indian influences. Zanzibar Town, a World Heritage site, is full of gardens, historical buildings, old forts and vibrant markets. About 12 kilometres from Zanzibar Town is the uninhabited island of Chumbe, with incredible shallow-water coral reefs protected by marine sanctuaries, providing a popular ecotourism spot.

Diving & Snorkelling

Tanzania’s best snorkelling and diving opportunities include the uninhabited Bongoyo and Mbudya Islands where you will find sandy beaches set against lush vegetation. Mafia Island and Pemba Island, also part of the Zanzibar archipelago, offer a slightly more off-the-beaten-track taste of island life, with incredible scuba diving sites in protected marine reserves. Pemba Island or ‘Green Island’ has a strong spice growing economy and a traditional fishing community, as well as unspoiled reefs at its edges and oceans full of life, including a high concentration of dolphins.

Getting there

Brightsun Travel has a range of cheap flights to Dar Es Salaam all year round, so that you can experience all that this atmospheric city and its surrounding islands have to offer this holiday.

Delhi And The Golden Triangle

Delhi, the diverse capital of India, is a major attraction in itself. But combine a trip to Delhi with neighbouring Jaipur and Agra and you could experience one of the most classic tourist routes in all of India. Brightsun Travel’s Golden Triangle tours covers three of India’s most well-known and picturesque cities – Delhi, India’s vibrant capital, Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur, or India’s ‘Pink City’. Contact Brightsun for cheap flights to Delhi and incredible tours and holiday packages, and organise your perfect tour of India this holiday.

Delhi

In Delhi you can explore the old and the new in India, including historic buildings dating back to the 6th century, such as forts, monuments and shrines, alongside a growing contemporary arts and fashion scene that’s taking the city by storm. Start at Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, before shopping in eclectic bazaars, modern malls and vast spice markets. And when you need a break from the bustle of the city, Delhi is littered with peaceful parks, some containing ancient ruins, to while away an Indian afternoon.

Jaipur

From Delhi you can travel easily to the legendary city of Jaipur, the capital of India’s Rajasthan state, forming part of the Golden Triangle circuit. From New Delhi you can fly IndiGo to Jaipur in just under an hour, or take a train or car to travel just 260 kilometres. The city of Jaipur, or the ‘Pink City’, is known for its rose-coloured sandstone architecture, royal palaces, like the central City Palace complex, and colourful markets with traditional shops selling antiques and handicrafts.

Agra

India’s northern city of Agra is a short 100 minute train journey from Delhi on the Gatimaan Express, and is the third point along the Golden Triangle route. Agra, a thriving city with a strong craft industry, most famously boasts the Taj Mahal, an iconic building in India and a World Heritage site. When in Agra you can choose to experience the Taj Mahal at sunset from Mehtab Bagh or ‘Moonlight Garden’, or by day, complete with a tour of its surrounding Mughal architecture.


Getting there

Brightsun Travel offers Delhi flights from UK, on British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Jet Airways and Air India, getting you there in just over 8 hours from London. From Delhi, Brightsun Travel can organise a range of connecting flights and holiday packages across India so you can explore the classic Golden Triangle tour for yourself this holiday.

Explore Incredible Natural Landscapes From The Heart Of Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, situated in the diverse state of Gujarat, is a nature lover’s ideal landing point in India. From the city’s many parks and lakes, to its surrounding wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks, Ahmedabad provides access to some of India’s prime eco-tourism destinations. When you are ready to go, Brightsun Travel has cheap tickets to Ahmedabad all year round.

1 Kankaria Lake

You don’t have to leave the centre of the city to discover some of Gujarat’s natural highlights. In the heart of Ahmedabad is the picturesque Kankaria Lake, with recreational areas that will keep the family entertained all day long.

2 Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary

Just 10 kilometres from the centre of Ahmedabad is the Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary. Here you will find hundreds of species of birds, attracted by its freshwater lakes and marshes.


3 Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

65 kilometres west of Ahmedabad you can explore over 250 islets providing sanctuary to hundreds of species of birds, making it one of the best places for bird watching in India.


4 Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Just 150 kilometres from Ahmedabad, Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, covering over 600 square kilometres, is a haven for sloth bears, big cats, flying squirrels and the endangered pangolin.

5 Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary

Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Gujarat’s smallest wildlife sanctuaries, but a trip here would provide you with the opportunity to spot some of India’s rarest wildlife, including the Indian wolf.

6 Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary

In Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary in south Gujarat you can spot leopards, crocodiles, and several species of birds in dense forests, and stay in one of the Forest Department’s holiday cottages.

7 Purna Wildlife Sanctuary

With dense forests and hundreds of species of plants, this wildlife sanctuary in south Gujarat is just as much about its greenery as it is its wildlife, which includes jungle cats, four-horned antelopes and hyenas.

8 Gir National Park

To the west of Ahmedabad, Gir National Park’s claim to fame is its sizable population of Asiatic lions. The park has diverse flora and fauna, plus dramatic landscapes to explore.


9 Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary

The Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary in north Gujarat is a famous spot in India, home to several threatened wildlife species, including the desert fox, Indian pangolin, and chinkara or Indian gazelle.


10 Ranthambore National Park

Travel across the border to Rajasthan and you could experience the incredible Ranthambore National Park, one of the best places in India to spot tiger in its natural jungle habitat, and World Heritage forts nestled in dense jungle.


Getting there

Brightsun Travel has Ahmedabad cheap flights offers all year round so you can explore India’s famous natural landscapes this holiday.

 

Explore The Old And New In Bengaluru

Bengaluru, or Bangalore, is India’s third largest city, nestled in the south of the country. It is a lively cosmopolitan city at the heart of the state of Karnataka, with historic neighbourhoods sitting comfortably next to stylish districts boasting an array of clubs and restaurants. Brightsun Travel has a range of Bengaluru flights from UK taking you to one of India’s most diverse urban centres. In Bengaluru you can enjoy a tour of India’s historic side in its many temples and palaces, and rub shoulders with a young hip crowd in up and coming neighbourhoods littered with bars, boutiques and breweries.

The Old

Chokkanathaswamy Temple

Chokkanathaswamy Temple is the oldest temple in the city, dating back to the 10th century, with impressive stone carvings and ancient Tamil inscriptions.

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace

This teak palace in the heart of the city is a delight, with beautiful motifs lining the palace walls and grand paintings to enjoy.

The Bangalore Palace

The Bangalore Palace is a Tudor style building with elegant interiors and a beautiful garden to explore.


Malleswaram District

Malleswaram is littered with memorials, temples, quaint shops, historical hotels and traditional restaurants serving an array of Indian food.

Devanahalli Fort

Just 35 kilometres outside the city is the Devanahalli Fort dating back to the 15th century, covering 20 acres, and full of beautiful temples and courtyards.


The New

Orion Mall

Orion Mall boasts ultra modern bowling alleys and gleaming boutiques, alongside karaoke bars that’ll keep you entertained into the early hours.

UB City

In Bengaluru you can shop for luxury items in UB City, one of the city’s best-loved shopping malls.

Pub Culture

Locally known as India’s ‘pub city’, Bengaluru brews some of India’s best beer, and all across the city you can visit microbreweries and go on tasting tours.

MG Road

On Bengaluru’s main high street, MG Road, you can casually stroll past arts, crafts and book stores, and eat at high end dining restaurants.


Indiranagar

In up and coming neighbourhoods like Indiranagar, you will find contemporary boutiques and high-end fashion brands lining the streets.

Flights

For your ultimate city break in Bengaluru, contact Brightsun Travel about some  Bengaluru cheap flights offers, including non-stop flights from London to Bengaluru with British Airways, getting you there in under 10 hours. Alternatively, you could fly with Air India and experience new Economy Class cabins with improved illumination, in-flight entertainment systems, traditional Indian cuisine and decadent high teas.

Get Cheap Flights To Melbourne, Australia’s Culinary Capital, With Great Ocean Drives

One of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne boasts an amazing food and arts scene, trendy inner city neighbourhoods, plus the world famous Great Ocean Road, right on its doorstep. Here are our top 3 reasons why Melbourne should be on your radar for your next holiday.

#1 Cool, Cosmopolitan Neighbourhoods

Melbourne is a cool collection of trendy inner city suburbs. In the east you’ll find markets full of celebrity chefs. In the south there’s the laid-back bayside suburb of St Kilda, home to some of the best restaurants in the world. Go north and discover cutting edge art and food scenes. Our favourite is the northern, graffiti-lined neighbourhood of Fitzroy, and its close neighbour Collingwood, with neon-lit croissanteries with queues around the block, and flagship Melbourne brands in crumbling Victorian buildings.


#2 Ancient Forests & Foodie Tours

From Melbourne you could take a short train ride to the cool misty forests of the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Take a 2 hour hike and you could encounter wombats, wallaby, and possum, and marvel at some of the tallest trees in the world. A little further outside Melbourne are the wine regions of the Yarra Valley and the Macedon Ranges, and historical Daylesford, where you can drink water straight from natural springs and dine at the region’s best and oldest bakeries.

#3 Great Ocean Drives

Melbourne boasts one of the world’s most scenic coastal roads, the Great Ocean Road. Take an hour’s drive outside the city and you could be enjoying stunning coastal views, winding through lush greenery, and visiting quaint rural towns. Stop off for a picnic at Bells Beach, famous for hosting international surfing championships. Then visit the Twelve Apostles, a breathtaking collection of limestone stacks jutting out of the ocean, and end up in Warnambool, one of the best whale-watching spots in the world.


When to go
The summer months of November to January are Australia’s hottest and most popular, but accommodation prices can be high and beaches will be busy. Go in October or May and catch the beginning or the end of the sun, and have the beach to yourself. Travel between June and August, and get rock bottom winter flight prices, plus the chance to see whales off Victoria’s eastern coast.

Flying to Melbourne

Talk to Brightsun Travel about our incredible range of cheap flights to Melbourne, including comfortable flights on the new A380 aircraft with Qantas, luxury flights with Singapore Airlines, voted the best in Business class travel by Skytrax in 2016, and round trips with Emirates, featuring exciting stopover tours in Dubai.

 

Harare’s Top 10

Harare is a top destination in Africa for those seeking some of the continent’s best spots for wildlife viewing, and to reach one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the incredible Victoria Falls. But visitors have a lot to do and see before heading off on safari in Harare. When you are ready to go, Brightsun Travel offers cheap tickets to Harare from UK all year round, so you can have a city break with a difference.

Our Top 10

Harare has many galleries, parks and gardens to enjoy, as well as an array of bars and restaurants. And Harare’s attractions don’t end there. In Harare you will find craft markets alongside archaeological sites, plus pretty churches and cathedrals and impressive museums. Here are our top 10.

1 Galleries

Harare is full of contemporary galleries, like the Delta Gallery and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, showcasing contemporary, local and African artists.

2 Cathedrals & Churches

Visit the Central Baptist Church on a Sunday for a taste of local life in Harare, or stroll past the Anglican Cathedral and admire classic sandstone architecture.


3 Museums

In the National Archives of Zimbabwe you can explore the history of Rhodesia and modern Zimbabwe, a perfect introduction to the country and the capital.

4 Parks

In Harare Gardens, the largest of the city’s parks, you can relax away afternoons in peaceful surroundings, away from the bustle of the city centre.


5 Gardens

In the National Botanic Gardens you can take a picnic, bike ride or leisurely walk and enjoy a haven of peace inside the city.

6 Woodlands

The Mukuvisi Woodlands is a natural woodland where you can spot a range of wildlife just 7 kilometres from the centre of the city.


7 Nightlife

In Harare you can experience the city’s vibrant music scene in its many cafes, clubs and bars, which regularly hold Afro-jazz concerts.

8 Markets

Head to the Avondale Flea Market and join the locals haggling for a bargain, and come away with anything from clothes to electrical goods.

9 Archaeological Sites

Zimbabwe’s answer to Stonehenge, Chiremba Balancing Rocks, dating back to the Stone Age, can be found a short drive outside the city, and well worth a visit.


10 Food

Finish your city tour by sampling the local delicacy ‘Sadza’, a thick white porridge made from corn, served in traditional eateries.

Getting there
Brightsun Travel offers numerous cheap flights to Harare, so you can design your perfect African city break this year.

5 Ways To Take A Historical Tour Of India

In India you can visit the world famous Taj Mahal, and surround yourself with palaces and temples in Rajasthan and Bengaluru. Fly into Ahmedabad and you could track India’s independence movement, or head to Chennai and experience India’s historical and cultural hub. Contact Brightsun Travel for India cheap flights offers all year round, and go on a historical adventure this holiday.

The Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle tour covers India’s most well known cities – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. In Delhi you can marvel at impressive buildings dating back to the 6th century and witness Gandhi’s final resting place. In Agra, you will find the world famous Taj Mahal, an iconic World Heritage site. Finally, discover India’s legendary city of Jaipur, famous for its rose-coloured sandstone architecture.

 Rajasthan
A tour of Rajasthan can cover some serious historical ground, owing to the region’s incredible forts, palaces and temples. In Rajasthan you can ride on elephant back to Amber Fort, an opulent palace overlooking the Maota Lake, marvel at Jantar Mantar, a stone and marble crafted observatory, and visit the World Heritage site of Ranthambore Fort in Ranthambore National Park.

Ahmedabad
Even though Ahmedabad is the sixth largest city in India, and a major commercial hub in the state of Gujarat, it offers visitors a long and rich history to explore. In its charming old quarter, there are many museums, temples and mosques to enjoy, plus notable buildings that were at the centre of India’s independence movement in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Bengaluru
In Bengaluru you can enjoy a tour of India’s historic side in its many temples and palaces, like the Chokkanathaswamy temple, dating back to the 10th century. Head to the Malleswaram district and stumble across memorials, temples and historical hotels. Alternatively, head to Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and the Bangalore Palace and explore elegant interiors and beautiful gardens.


Chennai
Chennai is a historical hub in India, boasting historic sites aplenty and an incredible list of museums. Start at Fort St George and explore St Mary’s church and the St George Museum. Visit the Government Museum, one of the oldest in India, and trace Indian history back to the 2nd century BC. Travel 60 kilometres south, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mahabalipuram.


Book
Brightsun Travel Manchester has a wide range of holidays and hotel packages to India, plus direct and cheap flights to India from UK so you can experience everything the incredible country has to offer this holiday.

10 Must Sees In India’s Historical And Cultural Hub

Chennai is a cultural hub in India, boasting historic sites aplenty, an incredible list of museums and galleries, and several dance and music schools to enjoy. Brightsun Travel has cheap tickets to Chennai from London to get you there on budget and in style this holiday.

1. Fort St George

Fort St George is a hugely important historical temple in Chennai, constructed during the British rule, housing St Mary’s church and the St George Museum, with incredible art works on show.


2. Kapaleeshwar Temple

A religious attraction as well as an architectural one, the temple has structures built in true Dravidian style, common to south India, where you will find regular festivals and an atmospheric place to while away a Chennai afternoon.


3. The Government Museum

Chennai’s museum headliner is the Government Museum, which explores Indian history and culture back to the 2nd century BC, and one of the oldest museums in all of India.


4. Thousand Lights Mosque

This massive 3-domed white mosque, nestled in the heart of the city, is an architectural gem. Best visited at night, the mosque is illuminated by 1000 oil lamps.

5. National Art Gallery

The gorgeous National Art Gallery is one of the oldest art galleries in the country, and a beautiful red stone building dating back to the 18th century, showcasing incredible Indian sculptures and art works.


6. Kalakshetra

Kalakshetra is a leading dance school in the city, set in beautiful grounds in south Chennai, where you can roam the complex by day, and see a traditional dance performance at night.

7. Elliott’s Beach

Elliott’s Beach, a popular hang out since colonial times, has plenty of restaurants to enjoy, plus memorials and temples scattered along its well-kept shores, including the Ashtalakshmi Temple and the atmospheric Karl Schmidt memorial.


8. San Thome Church

A beautiful white structure in the heart of the city, and a strong reminder of the city’s colonial past, housing important tombs, a museum, an on site library and an incredible interior to explore.


9. Mylapore

Mylapore is known as the epicentre of culture in Chennai and is the oldest neighbourhood in the city, with many of the top religious attractions in its boundaries.

10. Mahabalipuram

When you are ready to venture out of the city, you could visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mahabalipuram, an ancient town with spectacular temples, just 60 kilometres south of Chennai.

Flights

Contact Brightsun Travel about a wide range of Indian holiday packages, as well as Chennai flights from UK, so that you can access all that this incredible Indian city has to offer this holiday.