There are many international destinations where you can enjoy a legit exotic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. But with the pandemic and travel restrictions, it can be quite tricky to find a destination that's both near and open. To help you with the painstaking work of looking into where to go, we have done a rundown of destinations with a flight time of close to five hours from Qatar.
So what are you waiting for? Scribble these spots right away and get your travel logs out, enjoy the adventure, romance, and exhilaration of a trip abroad!
A gorgeous destination, Armenia is a Eurasian country that was once an important part of the Silk Route. From ancient monasteries, historical sites, amazing cuisine, picturesque landscapes and more, there's plenty to do in Armenia starting from the capital, Yerevan, also known as "Pink City." Don't miss riding the world's longest cable car, the Tatev Aerial Tramway. If you'd like to ski, head to Tsaghkador Ski Resort.
Georgia, known to its residents as Sakartvelo, is a Eurasian country popular with travelers coming from GCC countries because of its proximity. It's famous for its high mountain ranges, incredible landscapes, and delicious food. You can ski in the winter, hike the mountains during summer, swim in the Black Sea, or enjoy the famous landmarks throughout Georgia.
Straddling both Europe and Asia, Turkey is famous for its incredible architecture and landscapes. Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey which is historically known as Constantinople and Byzantium. The sightseeing here will impress even the most monument-weary visitor. There is a dazzling array of other things to do throughout the city which include checking out the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Place, and many more. Do visit the covered markets and haggle for carpets, jewelry, handicrafts, spices, and a vast array of other items.
Some of the popular spots in this East-meets-West destination are the Mosque of Hala Sultan, the Church of Saint Lazarus, Medieval Castle, and Larnaka Salt Lake which becomes filled with pink flamingos during winter. The laidback vibe and ancient history of Larnaca (Larnaka) are perfect for travelers who want to explore the best of both worlds.
From ancient monuments, world-class museums to relaxing beaches - Athens has it all! Acropolis Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Parthenon, Erechtheion, Temple of Hephaestus, Herod Atticus Odeon, there are so many beautiful places to visit in Athens.
A popular destination for couples, Maldives is a nation composed of more than a thousand beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean. It's known for its pristine waters, gorgeous beaches, soft sand, and resorts with water bungalows. Maldives' waters are also filled with colorful underwater life.
According to Visit Maldives, "All nationalities receive a 30-day visa on arrival, provided that you have a valid passport, an onward flight ticket, and a reservation at a tourist facility or enough funds to cover your stay in the country."
Okay, Seychelles doesn't fit in the under 5 hours flight but it's close enough. This place is popular for its white sandy beaches and clear waters. The island paradise has three main islands - Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue where tourists can stay and tour around. Aside from the beaches, travelers can scuba dive, trek through the rainforests, walk around tropical gardens, and wander around the capital city of Victoria.
Seychelles is a visa-free country for any nationality. However, according to Experience Seychelles, "all visitors, including children must be in possession of a valid passport for the entire duration of stay, a return or onward flight ticket, proof of a booking confirmation for accommodation (for the first three nights at least, including contact details), and sufficient funds for the length of stay (approximately €135 / $150 per day). It is on the presentation of these documents that you will be granted and issued free of charge a Visitor’s Permit which is valid for three months from the date of issue."
Previously written by Khadiza Begum; Updated by Darlene Madrid
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