plan ahead - Eid al-Adha
Written by Oryx
As the Eid al-Adha festival presents the perfect opportunity for a short getaway, we take a look at six destinations a short jump from Doha where you can make the most of the break, whatever your interests!
Luxor’s sensational split
Once an Ancient Egyptian capital, Luxor is known as the world’s ‘greatest open-air museum’. From the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings to the magnificent sunset views at the majestic temple, Luxor abounds with cultural offerings. The city is divided by the Nile; its east bank has retained its lush green setting surrounding high-end amenities, while the west bank is history-focused, making Nile journeys a spectacular venture during your visit.
Distance: 1896 km
Flight Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Frequency: 4 flights a week
Ancient and modern mix in Istanbul
Nowhere else will you find such diversity of cultures and such period contrasts and, by visiting in October, you get this beautiful city’s best weather to boot! From the majestic Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sophia to the Basilica and Binbirdirek Cisterns – dating back to the 4th century – and the latest styles and goods at the must-visit Grand Bazaar, you’ll clearly see why Istanbul is one of the world’s top cities to visit!
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Moscow: a cool city!
The beginning of October in Moscow is just before ‘cool’ becomes ‘cold’, with temperatures near 10°C. Moscow is best seen on foot, and weather should still allow you to do so, though the Metro transportation is well designed (and some stations are architecturally impressive). The Kremlin is one of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered around the city and borders Red Square, in the city centre. Get warm, and be amazed, at the famed Bolshoi Theatre!
Distance: 3,568 km
Flight Time: 5 hours, 15 minutes
Frequency: 12 flights a week
Larnaca – sun and history
Set upon Cyprus’s southernmost coast, the country’s third-largest city is known for its glorious waterfronts, scenic vistas, and stunning beaches, and, for boating enthusiasts, a 200-berth yachting marina, perfect for temperatures that in October top out at 27°C. Yet within this idyllic setting sit historic gems including the ancient city of Kition, home to temples dating from the 13th century BC, and the Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to 7000 BC.
Distance: 2024 km
Flight Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes
Frequency: 10 flights a week
Evergreen in India
Referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as the ‘Evergreen city of India’, Thiruvananthapuram is characterised by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills and busy commercial alleys, sandwiched between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. In this, one of India’s oldest cities, museums and sites are plentiful, but a venture here is often rooted in a trip to the soft white sands, emerald sea, and swaying palms of Kovalam Beach.
Distance: 3,270 km
Flight Time: 4 hours, 25 minutes