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On our global adventures we’ve travelled along many tracks. So many, in fact, that we know just what stops us in them: breathtaking views and out-of-this-world vistas.
Whether it’s a city skyline or a natural phenomenon that blows you away, there’s nothing quite like the moment you first set eyes on a perfect panorama. Here are a few of our snow-sculpted favourites…
Magical Winter Landscapes
The Tre Cime in the Dolomites
The Tre Cime are among the most striking sights in the already impressive scenery provided by the Dolomites in northeastern Italy. Exodus product manager Claire Daniel says, “The Tre Cime, which translates as the Three Chimneys, are pretty special.
They’re so distinguishable from the mountains surrounding them. You do see them peeking over as you drive towards them, but when you arrive at the base they suddenly jut out. It’s a view you really have to see to believe.”
The Vesteralen Islands
Transylvania in the Winter
The rugged and wild mountains of Romania are largely unexplored by tourists, and the pristine forests give way to some of the most striking views in the world. There are stunning valleys, meadows and villages to discover with the unique knowledge of our guides – people who live and work here and have explored this terrain for many years.
“Every day there were really good experiences.,” says Exodus traveller Janet Gibbons. Her most inspirational moment? “Perhaps extra worthy of mention was the special day we visited the bear sanctuary, followed by a tasty picnic in the sun overlooking the Carpathian Mountains then a lovely walk to Viscri to see a fortified church and have tea and cake with the priest and his dog!”
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, has seen so many changes over the centuries that many of its tales are told in its skyline, as Exodus’ data analyst Oli Mills explains. “From a viewpoint on top of Toompea Hill, you see so many churches, each designed in a different way which reflects the time in which it was built. There have been so many occupations over the years that the view tells its own story of the city’s history.”
Ancient church spires stand beside glass skyscrapers and while Soviet influence is still visible, the expected grey that comes with is offset by Tallinn’s fairytale charm. This won’t be the only amazing view you’ll catch on this trip – Vilnius and Riga boast old town beauty too, especially in the winter.
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