Historical and Affordable Winter Destinations for You
Don’t you like cold much? Don’t you want to get out into your favorite sunny spots and relax down those sandy beaches? Well, amid different Christmas and New Year travel plans, there comes a completely surprising list of affordable destinations set only for those sunny lovers- the best part being its cheap accommodations. Make the most of these destinations in the coming holiday seasons with affordable flights, subsidized hotels coupled with scenic beauties. Here are five such destinations where you don’t need to dig deep into your wallet –
Traditionally, Rome has been regarded as the Cradle of Western civilization, and therefore, is widely popular as one of the best winter destinations to visit. According to the U.S. News and World Travel Rankings, Rome ranks at the top position in the category of Best Affordable Vacations in Europe region along with the category of Best affordable Winter Vacations Destination.
Rome curates one of the most memorable and picturesque travel itineraries. While there are some of the world’s oldest historical sites to explore such as the Colosseum at Piazza Venezia, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Pantheon in Centro Storico in Rome, the city’s modern-day architecture is also equally mesmerizing. You may be aware of the fact that Rome is also known as the City of Seven Hills. However, there’s an interesting story behind the mythical origins of this European city. According to the legends, the city was founded by the twin brothers Remus and Romulus. They were fathered by the God of War and nourished by a she-wolf. Moreover, Rome’s history, also known as the Eternal City, dates back to the era of Julius Caesar, Octavian, and Hadrian. A bonus tip for all the foodies - don’t forget to explore the delectable Italian cuisine and especially Gelato.
Best Hotels in Rome
Some of its best and affordable hotels include:
- J.K. Place Roma
- Hassler Roma
- Hotel de Russie
How can you save money there?
Buy a Roma Pass in Rome – a money-saving pass which gives you free or reduced admission fee to Churches, Cathedrals as well as free travel on public transportation for three days. Also on Sundays, the fares for museums and other places are a bit lower than usual.
Ranked 13th on the Best Winter Vacation destinations, Agra places itself high on the expectation of thousands who visit daily to have a look at the marvelous white marble sculpture said to have been a spot for lovers. Agra forecasts its place in UNESCO Best world Heritage site with leagues of Mughal architecture and scenic beauty engulfed in it. While a plane ticket to India might be too pricey, you can certainly make that up with your stays at hotels and dining which is pretty cheap as per American standards.
Obviously, Taj Mahal remains the top priority for anyone who visits Agra at any time but the city itself is a showcase for Mughal Architecture and placid art. Apart from Taj Mahal, the old Agra Fort which housed Shahjahan and later Aurangzeb can take you back in 15th-century legend. Do not miss to visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb which was the source of inspiration for Taj Mahal.
Best Hotels in Agra
While some hotels are high in price, most are cheap. Some of the best hotels in Agra are:
- The Oberoi Amarvilas
- Hotel Clarks Shiraz
- ITC Mughal
Quebec City, Canada
Simply put, Quebec City features one of the most serene and picturesque cityscapes in entire Canada. This amazingly designed metropolis is situated on the banks of Saint Lawrence River in Quebec province, where the populace is majorly French spoken. Moreover, the city’s origins date back to the early 17th-Century; therefore, the foundations of this throbbing tourist destination rest upon a heavily. The city’s history is also evident through its major tourist attractions of Palace Royale and Vieux-Quebec, along with the narrow, cobbled streets, Petit Champlain district, bistros, boutiques. and stone buildings. You will be surprised to know that this area was once the site for the majestic Citadel of Quebec and Chateau Frontenac Hotel.
Visit Quebec City for its immaculate medieval heritage, visible through its towering cathedrals, winding cobblestone streets, the smell of fresh cheese and baked bread, and the sound of quaint French pleasantries. The city also holds the distinction of being one of the best Ski destinations in the entire world. To summarize, visit Quebec City for its never-ending travel itinerary of majestic monuments and districts including Battlefields Park, Old Quebec (Vieux-Quebec), and the Montmorency Falls Park.
Best Hotels in Quebec City
- Auberge Saint Antoine
- Le Germain Hotel Quebec
- Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
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