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12 • Vacations

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Winter 2018

Detours

STOPPING IN SINGAPORE

While Singapore is often not the Far East

traveller’s final objective, it makes a fascinating

stopover en route to the beaches of Bali or

the attractions of Australia. Its airport, Changi,

consistently ranks as the best in the world.

This city state of five million is an exotic

cultural mix of Asian peoples. To sample this

heady brew, head to the Buddha Tooth Relic

Temple in Chinatown, the peaceful Lian Shan

Shuang Lin Buddhist monastery, the colourful

Sri Mariamman Hindu temple and to the huge

Sultan Mosque. All this contrasts wonderfully

with the ultra-modern Marina Bay Sands

SkyPark, floating 200 metres above the city.

CAPTIVATING CAPITAL CITY: REYKJAVIK

Break up your transatlantic trip to Europe with a stop in

Reykjavik, Iceland – one of the most captivating capitals of

the world. Icelandair offers stopover fares at no additional

cost. Reykjavik is just 40 minutes from the airport and, once

there, it’s eminently walkable. See the iconic Hallgrimskirkja

church, the waterfront Harpa Concert Hall, the Icelandic

parliament and Tjörnin lake. On longer stopovers, head out

of town to see Europe’s largest waterfall, Gullfoss, the hot

springs of Geysir, and evocative Thingvellir National Park.

Leave time for a soak in the world-famous Blue Lagoon too.

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EXPLORING DUBAI

Chances are that one of these days your

long-distance flight will take you through

Dubai – so plan a day or two to stopover

here and explore. Futuristic Dubai includes

The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building;

the Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest

shopping malls; the glittering 3.2-kilometre-

long Dubai Water Canal; and the remarkable

artificial island of Palm Jumeirah. To

experience traditional Dubai, take a cultural

trip into the desert to meet Bedouin people.

Here you can enjoy their gracious hospitality

and perhaps learn about falconry and the

importance of camels to life in the desert.

CITY CENTRE: ZÜRICH

As one of the most centrally positioned major

airports in Europe, a layover in Zürich is a natural

break on your way to Eastern Europe, the Middle

East or Africa. It’s just a few minutes from the

airport to the city centre by the efficient Swiss

train service – so there’s no excuse not to go

exploring on even short layovers. Look for walking

tours through the picturesque Old Town. Don’t

miss the coffee and chocolate shops and a stroll

along the Lake Zürich promenades. With more

time, you can take a ferry ride on the lake, a trip

up the neighbouring summit of Uetliberg and, of

course, sample Swiss cuisine such as fondue.

VICTORIA HARBOUR, HONG KONG

ISLAND OF PALM JUMEIRAH

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BUDDHA TOOTH RELIC TEMPLE, SINGAPORE

GULLFOSS WATERFALL, REYKJAVIK

FIRST STOP: HONG KONG

This World City is the natural stopover for trips to China and

Southeast Asia. Cathay Pacific offers free or reduced cost

tours for stopover travellers. Hong Kong is an intense, at times

almost overwhelming, experience and the perfect introduction

to Far Eastern destinations. Orient yourself with incredible city

views by taking the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak. The harbour

and city views from the Star Ferry ride across to Kowloon

are equally magnificent. Then plunge in to the maelstrom of

street markets, food stalls, festivals and historic sites of this

remarkable place. For a sense of serenity amidst the mayhem,

visit the Chi Lin Nunnery and nearby Nan Lian Garden.

HOTLIST

Best Stopover Cities.

By Chris Robinson

Airlines are offering more opportunities to stopover in hub cities en route to your

destination – often at no extra cost. Here are our recommendations

for the best add-on destinations.