Fly Pegasus to Iran, Georgia, UAE, Kazakhstan, Qatar and many moreeading low cost airline Pegasus, now flying to over 100 destinations across its wide-reaching international network, offers some of the most exciting off-the-beaten-track destinations on its network this winter: from affordable luxury in sunny Dubai to wine tasting in Georgia and cultural tours of Iran; the lesser-known gems on Pegasus’ network offer the ultimate escape away from the crowds and on a budget. Pegasus flights depart from London Gatwick and London Stansted, connecting these hubs to 59 destinations via Istanbul.
As far as off-the-beaten-path destinations go, Iran is an absolute gem. Tehran offers a great introduction to Iranian culture and living; with its many palaces and museums brimming with history and wonder. Starting a tour from Tehran, visitors can also explore the grandiose palaces and mosques of Isfahan, visit the desert city of Yazd for its unique architecture, immerse themselves in Iranian arts and culture in Shiraz - the city of poets, literature, wine and flowers -and visit the must-see Persepolis boasting wondrous archaeological sites. This winter, guests can also join the Yalda Festival taking place every December celebrating the winter solstice, where Iranians gather together to feast and recite poems from famous Iranian poets such as Divan-e-Hafez.
Pegasus flies to Tehran daily from London Stansted and London Gatwick via Istanbul, with one-way fares starting at just £159.66 including taxes and charges.
Georgia is the perfect winter destination for combining ski holidays with gourmet food and wine tours. Tucked between the Black and Caspian seas and swathed with mountains, Georgia has the kind of terrain adventurous skiers yearn for: peaks reaching 5000 metres, deep valleys and largely untouched slopes. Combine a ski trip with a cultural tour of the capital Tbilisi before heading to Kakheti, Georgia’s top wine region for a wine tasting tour. Youthful and vibrant Tbilisi hosts numerous concerts and festivals ranging from jazz to classical, rock and electronic music to suit every taste.
Daily flights from London Stansted and London Gatwick to Tbilisi via Istanbul start at £141.84 one-way including taxes and charges.
A favourite winter destination for a sun, sea and sand fix, Dubai is a place like no other. With average winter temperatures over 20°C, the sunny city is host to a great variety of events and festivals over the winter period. Visitors can take part in the fun Color Run event on 21 November where 5k runners get doused in different color paints as they run or enjoy watching the Flyboard World Cup on 3-5 December.
Five-times weekly flights from London Stansted and London Gatwick to Dubai via Istanbul start at £213.84 one-way including taxes and charges.
Almaty, one of Pegasus’ furthest routes and in the heart of Kazakhstan, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan business and cultural hub of Central Asia. Visit the region’s orchards to taste their famous apple varieties, go trekking in the surrounding mountains, relax in the Soviet bathhouses and try the food markets for local delicacies. Winter sports enthusiasts can visit Shymbulak ski resort located only 15 km from central Almaty, with great facilities for beginners, professionals and snowboarders alike as well as having the 10,500-square-metre Medeu ice rink.
Pegasus serves Almaty from London Stansted and London Gatwick via Istanbul with one-way fares starting at £225.66 including taxes and charges.
Doha is a rapidly developing and changing city with luxury hotels, skyscrapers, museums, art galleries and restaurants being built to transform the city into a global hub in preparation for the city’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Visitors can get a feel of the city by walking around The Corniche bay, tour around its treasure-filled museums displaying the heritage of Middle Eastern civilisations or go on a safari for a scenic journey across the desert. In January, visitors can enjoy the prestigious Qatar Masters Golf Tournament with world-famous golfers competing for the title or visit the family-friendly Souq Waqif Festival, bringing together street performers, magicians, puppeteers and artists.
Five-times weekly flights from London Stansted and London Gatwick to Doha via Istanbul start at £207.84 one-way including taxes and charges.