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These amazing places are just one stop away... Six once-in-a-lifetime trips starting at EDI

Last updated Feb 02, 2023

From Tokyo and Cape Town to the Maldives, did you know some of the world's most amazing places are just one stop away?

If 2023 is the year you plan the adventure of a lifetime, you can start your journey at Edinburgh Airport.

While new transatlantic routes to the likes of Atlanta and Calgary provide direct access to incredible places, they also open up a wealth of opportunities further afield if you're looking to connect to somewhere different.

So use our guide below to plot your next big adventure, and find out which hub airports you can use to access six of the planet's most spectacular destinations.

Tokyo, Japan

Transport yourself to Tokyo and experience one of the world's most interesting places. The Japanese capital is unlike anywhere else you'll find on the planet, with both tradition and innovation at the forefront of what this city does best.

Visit the tiny bars in the Golden Gai, experience the bright lights and buzz at Shibuya Crossing - thought to be the world's busiest intersection - and visit the magnificent Imperial Palace. We're only scratching the surface - see Tokyo for yourself.

Connections to Tokyo via: Amsterdam (KLM), Calgary (West Jet), Doha (Qatar Airways), Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Helsinki (Finnair), Istanbul (Turkish Airlines), London (BA), Paris (Air France), Toronto (Air Canada), New York -Newark (United).

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

When you think Rio you think beaches (Copacabana and Ipanema to name two), landscapes and a vibrant carnival atmosphere. The city is home to all of this and so much more.

Undoubted highlights include a visit to Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city, the Escadaria Selarón steps which are covered with colourful mosaics, and the Pão de Açúcar which can be reached by cable car. And football fans won't want to miss a trip to see the Maracanã - arguably the most famous football stadium on Earth.

Connections to Rio via: Amsterdam (KLM), Atlanta (Delta Air Lines), Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Madrid (Iberia), London (BA), Paris (Air France).

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Las Vegas, USA

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The entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas is known for its mega casinos, extravagant hotels and big-budget shows. There's never a dull moment in this place.

Whether you're visiting the theatrical MGM Grand, complete with its casino, fountains and grand pool; heading to the Top of the World - a revolving restaurant with 360-degree panoramic views more than 1,100 ft in the air; or sampling the fun of the LINQ promenade, you're guaranteed to make memories.

Connections to Las Vegas via: Amsterdam (KLM), Atlanta (Delta Air Lines), Boston (Delta Air Lines), Calgary (West Jet), Chicago (United Airlines), London (BA), New York (Delta Air Lines), New York - Newark (United Airlines), Paris (Air France), Toronto (Air Canada), Washington (United Airlines).

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Sydney, Australia

For many people the adventure of a lifetime means a trip to Australia, and Sydney where you'll find some of the country's most famous landmarks.

Where Rio has the Copacabana, Sydney has Bondi Beach - one of the most instantly recognisable beaches around and located less than 10km from the city centre. The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are two iconic landmarks, while the many parks, harbours and bays make this city a dream for those who love the outdoors.

Connections to Sydney via: Doha (Qatar Airways).

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Cape Town, South Africa

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We can't talk about Cape Town without starting at the Table Mountain National Park - a bucket list staple. Visit Cape Point for unmissable scenery, and venture to the top for the most remarkable views.

While Table Mountain is one of the city's star attractions, there's so much more to Cape Town. Take a tour to Robben Island, visit Boulders Penguin Colony which is home to 3,000 African penguins, head to the V&A Waterfront and try some of the food and wine the area is famous for.

Connections to Cape Town via: Amsterdam (KLM), Atlanta (Delta Air Lines), Doha (Qatar Airways), Frankfurt (Lufthansa), London (BA), Paris (Air France).

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And breathe... If it's a slower pace you're seeking then you'll struggle to top the Maldives.

One of the world's leading holiday destinations, the islands are home to luxury resorts, lush beaches, and plenty of nature and wildlife; all set in the most idyllic surroundings you'll find anywhere.

Connect to Maldives via: Doha (Qatar Airways), London (BA), Paris (Air France)

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