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Europe is one of the world’s most popular holiday spots, with travellers from all over looking to explore the diverse destinations offered by this intriguing continent.
Rather than flying straight to Europe, why not consider a holiday within a holiday by stopping over in some of the world’s most fascinating locations? This ensures you’ll break up your long haul flight and get back on the plane feeling rested, well-fed and content as you continue your wonderful adventure.
With a range of premium airline carriers to choose from, all with varying flight itineraries, you can have the chance to enjoy a mini-break before you even step foot in Europe or on your way home.
Here are just some of the delightful stopovers available when making the long haul to Europe:
With jaw-dropping skyscrapers, glitzy hotels and many other luxurious offerings, Dubai is a wonder of man-made design. But scratch beneath the surface of this Middle Eastern city and there is still a pulsating Old World vibe, with Arabian houses, bustling souks (open-air markets) and creeks populated by dhows (traditional sailing boats).
> Things to do in Dubai
Known as the ‘Gateway to Asia’, Singapore is a vibrant tropical destination, world renowned for its shopping, eateries, attractions, style and cleanliness. Just under the halfway point between NZ and Europe, this beautiful island is filled with delights for the curious tourist, including fabulous shopping; unique cuisine and an incredible nightlife.
> Learn more about Singapore
For such a compact island, Hong Kong carries plenty of punch as a commercial hub and holiday destination. The many shopping options, restaurants and bars around the central district are complemented by exciting experiences. Dabble in sport with the annual Rugby Hong Kong Sevens and enjoy the famous Nathan Road which is a magnet for bargain hunting shoppers and diners.
> Learn more about Hong Kong
Mixing old world mystique with the best of modern living, Shanghai is a destination that screams excitement without sacrificing on culture. Once known as the ‘Paris of the Orient’, make sure to allow enough time to indulge in retail therapy inside the giant shopping meccas and the centrally-located pedestrian-friendly Nanjing Road which is a haven with its 600 or more shops.
> What to see in Shanghai
> Read more about our Asian stopover destinations here
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