Emirates: More of Europe to explore

SINGAPORE, 7 September 2018: As travellers gain an appetite for new destinations that offer distinct experiences [1] Emirates is extending greater connectivity to emerging destinations in Europe.

Thanks to Emirates’ codeshare partnership with fellow Dubai-based carrier flydubai, travellers can now gain access to new travel options and seamless connectivity to  206 destinations.

For a limited period, passengers can book special economy class fares to select destinations within Emirates’ expanded network.

To take advantage of attractive fares, bookings must be made by 17 September for travel by March 2019.

Promotional fares to select destinations in Europe are as follows [2]:

City Economy Class Fares from (SGD)
Sofia* $1129
Catania* $1299
Dubrovnik* $1599
Krakow* $1279
Helsinki** $1139
Zurich $1139
Munich $1179
Paris $1139
Barcelona $1219
London Gatwick $1139

*Flights operated by flydubai
**Flights will commence on 10 October 2018

Here are five destinations in Europe within the Emirates and flydubai codeshare network where travellers can create an authentic travel experience:

Sofia, Bulgaria

The Snail House at Sofia, Bulgaria (Image credit: @asigetlost)

Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is commonly overlooked by visitors heading straight to the coast or ski resorts. Yet, the modern city boasts an eclectic mix of Ottomon mosques, domed churches, tram rides and historical monuments. Visit the Monument to the Soviet Army, a historical monument commemorating the role of Russia in World War II, constantly vandalised with pop culture references by protesters.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik (Image credit: @lydiaspencerowen)

The massive stone walls encircling the distinctive Old Town in Dubrovnik belie the true character of the city. Soak in the old town charm of Dubrovnik in a charming stroll, and marvel at the Venetian architecture of the Baroque Dubrovnik Cathedrale. Hop on a cable car ride, which offers a breathtakingly picturesque and panoramic view of the Old City and its ancient walls and forts. In the evening, head outside the walls of Old Town to catch the stunning sunset over the Adriatic Sea.

Catania, Italy

Mt Etna, Catania (Image credit: @ennerre)

An ancient port city, Catania is located in east Sicily. The coasts of Sicily are heralded as some of the most pristine in the world, with sparkling blue waters as far as the eye can see. Embark on an intimate sailing trip with your loved one against the beautiful landscape of Capomulini, and enjoy a romantic dinner in the bay lulled by the sea.

Sicily is also home to Europe’s tallest volcano and UNESCO World Heritage site, Mount Etna, which stands at more than 3300 metres high. Early risers can catch the captivating sunrise from the slopes of Mount Etna for a dreamy experience unlike any other.

Krakow, Poland

Wawel Cathedral, Krakow (Image credit: @simon.domin)

One of the cheapest and hippest cities in Europe, Krakow is the cool little sister of Poland’s capital, Warsaw. Take a break from the fairy-tale-like architectures and discover the mythical beginnings of Krakow by visiting Wawel Dragon’s Den – a limestone cave where a legendary ferocious dragon is said to have lived and given Krakow its name. Thereafter, make a trip to the Wawel Cathedral, an expansive religious compound housing a bundle of bones rumoured to belong to a local dragon.

For the daredevils, sneak underground to Rynek Underground, an archaeological site beneath Krakow’s Old Town, for an immersive medieval tour of 14th-century Krakow.

Helsinki, Finland

Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki, Finland (Image credit: @cansuuyazici)

Surrounded by the Baltic seas, archipelago islands and nature spots, Helsinki is the capital of Finland, famed for its beautiful snowy white winters. The Temppeliaukio Church, a subterranean, minimalistic house of workship carved out of nature’s bedrock, is a must-visit for those looking to skip the usual tourist hotspots.

Experience rural Finnish life by staying a couple of days at Seurasaari Island, best known for its open-air museum, Museum of Seurasaari, and unprecedented proximity to nature. Top the trip off by living the longstanding Finnish tradition of ending the day with a relaxing experience at the many saunas peppered around Helsinki.

For more information on Emirates, including how to book flights and a complete list of terms and conditions visit www.emirates.com/sg.

[1] According to Travel Trends from Chan Brothers Travel, 2018
Airfares are inclusive of taxes and surcharges and are subject to currency fluctuation. Blackout dates and other terms and conditions apply.