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C U LT U R E & W I L D L I FE 2017/2018 BROCHURE

190 HOLIDAYS

OCEAN ODYSSEY

WHALE WATCHING SAFARIS INTO THE WILD

6 WILDERNESS ESCAPES

A GUIDE TO THE BEST

CULTURAL FESTIVALS PLUS

23 new trips Food adventures African wildlife Multi-country tours


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Discover your world... Have you ever felt unfulfilled at the end of a holiday? Felt short-changed by your precious one or two week’s leave? It can happen even after the most exhaustive research. The holidays in this brochure don’t do that. Exodus now has over forty years of experience travelling in hundreds of distant backwaters. Before we sell any holiday we spend months, even years researching and exploring a destination until we are satisfied that we have discovered its heart and its soul. After almost half a century our clients know they can trust us. They travel with us because they know the journey will expand their horizons, often crossing that blurred line between tourism and genuine exploration. The adventures on offer here are much more than just a box-ticker's bucket list. Exodus’s most crucial core value is our commitment to the countries we take you to. Rather than flying in and flying out, we've spent years developing relationships with the communities we visit. We care about you too and welcome you to this, our newly designed edition. Beware though, if you are travelling for the first time: this could be the beginning of an addiction for which there is no known cure. Emma Garrick, Discovery Programme Manager

CONTENTS

4 YOUR ADVENTURE, YOUR WAY:

97%

6 WHAT'S NEW?

New trips from Europe to South America

10 ASK THE EXPERTS

of our travellers would recommend us to their friends

Ways to travel

FAQs, holiday extensions and grading guidance

12 ONCE UPON A TIME

A journey through ancient towns and ports

16 FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

98%

18 THE CALL OF AFRICA

The sheer spectacle of an African safari

22 THIS IS MY VIETNAM

of our travellers think we design and operate trips to benefit the local community and environment

Five delicious culinary adventures

Celebrating the best of this beautiful country

24 CUBA: A DIFFERENT BEAT

The Caribbean heart and soul

28 INTO THE DEEP

A look at the world's mightiest mammals

30 THE GALAPAGOS

4.7 out of 5 average trip rating based on the past 100 online customer reviews

Islands for all seasons

32 INDIA: NORTH VS SOUTH

The subcontinent's colourful differences

36 ACROSS THE BORDER

Multi-country adventures taking you further

38 INTO THE WILDERNESS

For when you want to get away from it all

42 MAKE IT A DATE

Festivals and fiestas around the globe

44 HAVING IT ALL!

Fancy a new activity every day?

46 COSTA RICA: PURA VIDA!

One of the world’s most biodiverse countries

49 ONE NIGHT IN: AN ECO-LODGE

Sleep deep beneath the jungle canopy

50 ASIA: FOUR SEASONS

From cherry blossom to volcanoes

51 ROSHAN FERNANDO'S SRI LANKA

An interview with our award-winning leader

52 HOLIDAY LISTINGS Find all our discovery and wildlife adventures with essential information from page 52

Cover photograph: Holi Festival in India, AIK p103 Main photograph: Bagan in Myanmar (Burma), AOR & AON p93


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Discover your world... Have you ever felt unfulfilled at the end of a holiday? Felt short-changed by your precious one or two week’s leave? It can happen even after the most exhaustive research. The holidays in this brochure don’t do that. Exodus now has over forty years of experience travelling in hundreds of distant backwaters. Before we sell any holiday we spend months, even years researching and exploring a destination until we are satisfied that we have discovered its heart and its soul. After almost half a century our clients know they can trust us. They travel with us because they know the journey will expand their horizons, often crossing that blurred line between tourism and genuine exploration. The adventures on offer here are much more than just a box-ticker's bucket list. Exodus’s most crucial core value is our commitment to the countries we take you to. Rather than flying in and flying out, we've spent years developing relationships with the communities we visit. We care about you too and welcome you to this, our newly designed edition. Beware though, if you are travelling for the first time: this could be the beginning of an addiction for which there is no known cure. Emma Garrick, Discovery Programme Manager

CONTENTS

4 YOUR ADVENTURE, YOUR WAY:

97%

6 WHAT'S NEW?

New trips from Europe to South America

10 ASK THE EXPERTS

of our travellers would recommend us to their friends

Ways to travel

FAQs, holiday extensions and grading guidance

12 ONCE UPON A TIME

A journey through ancient towns and ports

16 FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

98%

18 THE CALL OF AFRICA

The sheer spectacle of an African safari

22 THIS IS MY VIETNAM

of our travellers think we design and operate trips to benefit the local community and environment

Five delicious culinary adventures

Celebrating the best of this beautiful country

24 CUBA: A DIFFERENT BEAT

The Caribbean heart and soul

28 INTO THE DEEP

A look at the world's mightiest mammals

30 THE GALAPAGOS

4.7 out of 5 average trip rating based on the past 100 online customer reviews

Islands for all seasons

32 INDIA: NORTH VS SOUTH

The subcontinent's colourful differences

36 ACROSS THE BORDER

Multi-country adventures taking you further

38 INTO THE WILDERNESS

For when you want to get away from it all

42 MAKE IT A DATE

Festivals and fiestas around the globe

44 HAVING IT ALL!

Fancy a new activity every day?

46 COSTA RICA: PURA VIDA!

One of the world’s most biodiverse countries

49 ONE NIGHT IN: AN ECO-LODGE

Sleep deep beneath the jungle canopy

50 ASIA: FOUR SEASONS

From cherry blossom to volcanoes

51 ROSHAN FERNANDO'S SRI LANKA

An interview with our award-winning leader

52 HOLIDAY LISTINGS Find all our discovery and wildlife adventures with essential information from page 52

Cover photograph: Holi Festival in India, AIK p103 Main photograph: Bagan in Myanmar (Burma), AOR & AON p93


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Your Adventure, Your Way

YOU R A DV E N T U R E , YOU R WAY We know how difficult it can be to find your perfect adventure. That’s why we offer a range of different ways to travel depending on what suits you. We’re flexible on how and when you travel, and even who you travel with – whether that’s with like-minded travellers on a group trip, or friends and family on a private tour…

Private Adventures The idea is simple: have your adventure tailored to suit you. We can offer most of our holidays as private adventures, perfect if you’d like to travel with a group of friends or family, or fellow club members. We can run these trips with a minimum of just two people travelling, but the more people who travel, the less it costs per person. All you need to do is let us know which trip you fancy, how many people are travelling, and when you’d like to go. And, of course, you still have all the same benefits of a guided group trip, including the all-important local guide and their invaluable knowledge of your destination.

CH R I S T I N E RO O N E Y, L E A D ER

For those of you that are new to Exodus, guided group trips are our most popular type of holiday. Guided exploration, with a small group of like-minded travellers is how we began, and we’ve been doing it for over 40 years now. Our groups are normally between 8-16 people. This means our trips aren’t disruptive to the places we visit, and having a smaller number of guests creates a good group dynamic too. You’ll get to know a range of people who come from different backgrounds but have a shared interest in travel. It also works out better value for money – no enforced premiums for single travellers - as costs of the trip are spread across the group.

Why are our guided trips by far the most popular of all our holidays? It’s simple - with a leader, you get to see the sights, and experience the rhythms and culture of your destination that only comes when you spend time with an expert. “Good footwear, sunscreen and a sense of humour.” For Exodus leader Christine Rooney, the hills and bays of the sublime Amalfi Coast don’t ask for much. It’s why this former language teacher made the ultimate show of solidarity: quitting her job and relocating here to became one of our most popular local experts. “I took an Exodus holiday and was so inspired by our leader I decided to become one myself,” Christine says.

And with a local expert on every adventure, you’ll experience the true nature of your chosen destination. Our passionate and knowledgeable guides are famous for going the extra mile to make sure your holiday is the best it can possibly be! Now leading tours of this stunning southern Italian coast, Christine epitomises what we do best: sharing our enthusiasm of the world around us with our fellow travellers. “You will never forget your first sighting of the coastline here,” she says. “It takes your breath away and touches your soul.” For the past ten years, Christine has been tracing streams through lemon groves, exploring Pompeii, stopping for lunch overlooking the glistening Gulf of Naples. “But it’s the warmth of the people that gives us a real insight into authentic Italian village life.” An experience you can only get when you’re in the safe hands of an Exodus local expert. exodustravels.com/guidedgroups

Around half of our customers travel solo, booking onto small group trips with a mixture of couples, other solo travellers and groups of friends. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people who share the same passion for travel. And on Exodus guided groups you’ll never have to pay more because you’re booking by yourself.

For full holiday listings see from p52

TO N Y W I L S O N, E XO D U S T R AV EL L ER

“Although it was a little more than the regular tiger safari trip we decided that the extra cost would be worth it – and we were not disappointed,” says Exodus Private Adventure customer Tony Wilson. “We were extremely lucky having Krishna as our Exodus guide,” Tony says. “He was very knowledgeable about the area and all of the wildlife. He also seemed to know everyone and managed to arrange for us to switch routes if he had heard a tiger had been spotted." It’s this freedom to redraw the map, and go ‘off-piste’ to make the most out of your time away that gives our private adventures the edge. That and the chance to enjoy more quality time with your travelling companions. “I think my personal highlight was when Krishna heard that a tiger had been spotted in a less-busy area of our zone. He and our driver decided to take a look. As we drove around a corner, the tiger was lying right in the middle of the track resting. Then we saw an elephant being washed. As we weren’t with a large group, the mahout let us get closer to the elephant." “Our private tour meant that we had a guide all to ourselves, whose main job was to look after just the two of us instead of the interests of a whole group. If the chance arises to do something not previously planned, it is a lot easier on a private tour. Before we started, we had decided that we would be happy to see everything and spotting a tiger would be an added bonus. By the end, we had seen ten tigers, including a mother and four cubs! We also saw a leopard, a sloth bear, a jungle cat, wild boar and many different birds and butterflies.”

The Inside Story Guided Groups

A Private Audience

Flexibility There’s a world of life-changing experiences out there – and our trips are hand-crafted to showcase the best, wherever you’re headed. But what happens if you want to take a detour? Linger a while longer? Sometimes, going from A to B, via C really is the only way to travel. So why not indulge the explorer within, and tailor-make a tour that fits you perfectly. On many group trips you can add flexibility before or after your holiday, but on a private adventure almost every element can be tailored to suit your requirements. Our holidays come with flexibility built in. We can sort flight and hotel upgrades, extra nights, regional departures, beach extensions, stop overs and more. Adventures come in all shapes and sizes - so speak to one of our sales experts about flexible travel options and let's make it personal. To find out more, or to arrange your own private adventure on a date to suit you, please ask your travel agent. exodustravels.com/privateadventures


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Your Adventure, Your Way

YOU R A DV E N T U R E , YOU R WAY We know how difficult it can be to find your perfect adventure. That’s why we offer a range of different ways to travel depending on what suits you. We’re flexible on how and when you travel, and even who you travel with – whether that’s with like-minded travellers on a group trip, or friends and family on a private tour…

Private Adventures The idea is simple: have your adventure tailored to suit you. We can offer most of our holidays as private adventures, perfect if you’d like to travel with a group of friends or family, or fellow club members. We can run these trips with a minimum of just two people travelling, but the more people who travel, the less it costs per person. All you need to do is let us know which trip you fancy, how many people are travelling, and when you’d like to go. And, of course, you still have all the same benefits of a guided group trip, including the all-important local guide and their invaluable knowledge of your destination.

CH R I S T I N E RO O N E Y, L E A D ER

For those of you that are new to Exodus, guided group trips are our most popular type of holiday. Guided exploration, with a small group of like-minded travellers is how we began, and we’ve been doing it for over 40 years now. Our groups are normally between 8-16 people. This means our trips aren’t disruptive to the places we visit, and having a smaller number of guests creates a good group dynamic too. You’ll get to know a range of people who come from different backgrounds but have a shared interest in travel. It also works out better value for money – no enforced premiums for single travellers - as costs of the trip are spread across the group.

Why are our guided trips by far the most popular of all our holidays? It’s simple - with a leader, you get to see the sights, and experience the rhythms and culture of your destination that only comes when you spend time with an expert. “Good footwear, sunscreen and a sense of humour.” For Exodus leader Christine Rooney, the hills and bays of the sublime Amalfi Coast don’t ask for much. It’s why this former language teacher made the ultimate show of solidarity: quitting her job and relocating here to became one of our most popular local experts. “I took an Exodus holiday and was so inspired by our leader I decided to become one myself,” Christine says.

And with a local expert on every adventure, you’ll experience the true nature of your chosen destination. Our passionate and knowledgeable guides are famous for going the extra mile to make sure your holiday is the best it can possibly be! Now leading tours of this stunning southern Italian coast, Christine epitomises what we do best: sharing our enthusiasm of the world around us with our fellow travellers. “You will never forget your first sighting of the coastline here,” she says. “It takes your breath away and touches your soul.” For the past ten years, Christine has been tracing streams through lemon groves, exploring Pompeii, stopping for lunch overlooking the glistening Gulf of Naples. “But it’s the warmth of the people that gives us a real insight into authentic Italian village life.” An experience you can only get when you’re in the safe hands of an Exodus local expert. exodustravels.com/guidedgroups

Around half of our customers travel solo, booking onto small group trips with a mixture of couples, other solo travellers and groups of friends. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people who share the same passion for travel. And on Exodus guided groups you’ll never have to pay more because you’re booking by yourself.

For full holiday listings see from p52

TO N Y W I L S O N, E XO D U S T R AV EL L ER

“Although it was a little more than the regular tiger safari trip we decided that the extra cost would be worth it – and we were not disappointed,” says Exodus Private Adventure customer Tony Wilson. “We were extremely lucky having Krishna as our Exodus guide,” Tony says. “He was very knowledgeable about the area and all of the wildlife. He also seemed to know everyone and managed to arrange for us to switch routes if he had heard a tiger had been spotted." It’s this freedom to redraw the map, and go ‘off-piste’ to make the most out of your time away that gives our private adventures the edge. That and the chance to enjoy more quality time with your travelling companions. “I think my personal highlight was when Krishna heard that a tiger had been spotted in a less-busy area of our zone. He and our driver decided to take a look. As we drove around a corner, the tiger was lying right in the middle of the track resting. Then we saw an elephant being washed. As we weren’t with a large group, the mahout let us get closer to the elephant." “Our private tour meant that we had a guide all to ourselves, whose main job was to look after just the two of us instead of the interests of a whole group. If the chance arises to do something not previously planned, it is a lot easier on a private tour. Before we started, we had decided that we would be happy to see everything and spotting a tiger would be an added bonus. By the end, we had seen ten tigers, including a mother and four cubs! We also saw a leopard, a sloth bear, a jungle cat, wild boar and many different birds and butterflies.”

The Inside Story Guided Groups

A Private Audience

Flexibility There’s a world of life-changing experiences out there – and our trips are hand-crafted to showcase the best, wherever you’re headed. But what happens if you want to take a detour? Linger a while longer? Sometimes, going from A to B, via C really is the only way to travel. So why not indulge the explorer within, and tailor-make a tour that fits you perfectly. On many group trips you can add flexibility before or after your holiday, but on a private adventure almost every element can be tailored to suit your requirements. Our holidays come with flexibility built in. We can sort flight and hotel upgrades, extra nights, regional departures, beach extensions, stop overs and more. Adventures come in all shapes and sizes - so speak to one of our sales experts about flexible travel options and let's make it personal. To find out more, or to arrange your own private adventure on a date to suit you, please ask your travel agent. exodustravels.com/privateadventures


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What's New? Europe

What’s New?

EU R OPE 2 Greece

3 Poland

4 Sweden & Norway

BEST FO R A N CIENT HISTO RY

BEST FO R 20TH CENTURY HISTO RY

BEST FOR LONG SUM MER EVENINGS

In Greece, ancient history is never far from the surface. Indeed, on this trip we witness it erupting from the land itself, in a dazzling procession of temples, oncemighty cities as well as beautiful coastline. We’ll visit the Temple of Apollo at Corinth, the vast, spectacularly situated citadel of Palamidi, and the mysterious Neolithic city of Mycenae - one of the major centres of Greek civilisation. We'll call in at captivating Delphi- sight of the omphalos and considered 'navel of the world' where, in Greek mythology, the oracle of Apollo spoke. En route we'll explore the beautiful villages of Menthoni and Koroni.

Poland has disappeared from the map of Europe many times over the centuries, a casualty of the battle line between East and West. But it has emerged as a newly confident and welcoming nation, sure of its place in the world. We’ll visit the grand capital of Warsaw, the cultural heart of Krakow, its 14th century Wawel Castle rising above the Old Town - and the gritty port city of Gdansk, where the Velvet Revolution of 1989 started. We’ll pay a visit to the sobering Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and take in the beauty of the Tatra Mountains, in the delightful spa town of Zakopane.

Highlights of Ancient Greece

Discover Poland

As the days become longer and brighter, the towns and cities of southern Scandinavia positively spring to life. Swedish summers are characterised by those long ‘white nights’, where festivals punctuate the summer months, and seemingly everyone heads out into the sunshine. The streets of Bergen, Oslo and Stockholm come alive with street cafes, farmers markets and entertainers and the weather can be surprisingly warm. Away from the cities, the fjords and mountains become a playground for walkers and adventure seekers. A week in this beautiful region of northern Europe promises to recharge, rejuvenate and reawaken your senses.

exodustravels.com/trip/AGM

exodustravels.com/trip/AWP

Scandanavia In Summer exodustravels.com/trip/ASN

5 Spain 1 Portugal We’re constantly amazed at our home continent’s capacity to surprise and delight. Perhaps that’s why we’re so excited about our clutch of new European trips. These seven are just for starters...

BEST FO R WINE & P O RT

Europe’s westernmost mainland is also one of its most storied: from the 13th century Age of Discovery, when Portuguese explorers set out to trade with the world, to the passion of the traditional Fado singers of the Alfama, it’s a land not afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve. The scholarly towns of Evora and Coimbra, the ebullient capital of Lisbon with its new Culture and Technology Museum a must see, and the riotous Latin-tinged nightlife of Porto - in their own way they all reveal a little of this once-mighty kingdom’s tale. It’s far more laid-back these days: not least along the banks of the languorous banks of the River Douro, Portugal’s wine and Port-producing heartland, where vineyards cling to the side of impossibly steep valleys. Portugal Explorer exodustravels.com/trip/ADO

For full holiday listings see from p52

NEW

For more new trips ... look out for the flag from p52.

6 Romania

7 Serbia

BEST FO R U NESCO BU ILD IN GS

BEST FO R STEPPIN G BACK IN TIME

BEST FO R EMERGIN G D ESTIN ATI O NS

Unjustly, in our opinion, central Spain doesn’t receive nearly the same attention as its beach-fringed coasts. Prepare to discover your new favourite Spain. It’s alive, vibrant and thrilling in the towns of Toledo, Salamanca and Segovia - it whispers ancient tales to you in the mediaeval villages of Pedraza and Avila. It welcomes you to its UNESCO-preserved Baroque cathedrals, monasteries and world-class vineyards and tapas restaurants. So give the coast a miss and head to the heart of this beguiling country.

This trip is for anyone who wants to step back in time and experience one of Europe’s most beautifully wild and fascinating countries. Highlights include Bucharest (considered the Paris of the East), the famous painted monasteries in Bucovina, visiting fairy tale villages and fortified churches in Transylvania, exploring the Vaser Valley by steam train and visiting the famous Bran Castle, home of Dracula. Romania is steeped in culture and tradition and shouldn’t be missed!

Monasteries, caves and pristine nature reserves reveal Serbia to be a land as surprising as it is welcoming. You’ll visit the fascinating laid-back riverside city of Novi Sad, the mediaeval Ravanica Monastery and the therapeutic spas of Vrnjacka Banja for a restorative dip, before travelling to the Zupa wine region to enjoy the country’s other restorative waters - Serbia’s winemaking skills might surprise you. But, then, you could say the same about this quietly charming country itself.

Highlights of Central Spain exodustravels.com/trip/ASE

Highlights of Romania exodustravels.com/trip/AWB

Serbia- Gem of the Balkans exodustravels.com/trip/ADJ


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What's New? Europe

What’s New?

EU R OPE 2 Greece

3 Poland

4 Sweden & Norway

BEST FO R A N CIENT HISTO RY

BEST FO R 20TH CENTURY HISTO RY

BEST FOR LONG SUM MER EVENINGS

In Greece, ancient history is never far from the surface. Indeed, on this trip we witness it erupting from the land itself, in a dazzling procession of temples, oncemighty cities as well as beautiful coastline. We’ll visit the Temple of Apollo at Corinth, the vast, spectacularly situated citadel of Palamidi, and the mysterious Neolithic city of Mycenae - one of the major centres of Greek civilisation. We'll call in at captivating Delphi- sight of the omphalos and considered 'navel of the world' where, in Greek mythology, the oracle of Apollo spoke. En route we'll explore the beautiful villages of Menthoni and Koroni.

Poland has disappeared from the map of Europe many times over the centuries, a casualty of the battle line between East and West. But it has emerged as a newly confident and welcoming nation, sure of its place in the world. We’ll visit the grand capital of Warsaw, the cultural heart of Krakow, its 14th century Wawel Castle rising above the Old Town - and the gritty port city of Gdansk, where the Velvet Revolution of 1989 started. We’ll pay a visit to the sobering Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and take in the beauty of the Tatra Mountains, in the delightful spa town of Zakopane.

Highlights of Ancient Greece

Discover Poland

As the days become longer and brighter, the towns and cities of southern Scandinavia positively spring to life. Swedish summers are characterised by those long ‘white nights’, where festivals punctuate the summer months, and seemingly everyone heads out into the sunshine. The streets of Bergen, Oslo and Stockholm come alive with street cafes, farmers markets and entertainers and the weather can be surprisingly warm. Away from the cities, the fjords and mountains become a playground for walkers and adventure seekers. A week in this beautiful region of northern Europe promises to recharge, rejuvenate and reawaken your senses.

exodustravels.com/trip/AGM

exodustravels.com/trip/AWP

Scandanavia In Summer exodustravels.com/trip/ASN

5 Spain 1 Portugal We’re constantly amazed at our home continent’s capacity to surprise and delight. Perhaps that’s why we’re so excited about our clutch of new European trips. These seven are just for starters...

BEST FO R WINE & P O RT

Europe’s westernmost mainland is also one of its most storied: from the 13th century Age of Discovery, when Portuguese explorers set out to trade with the world, to the passion of the traditional Fado singers of the Alfama, it’s a land not afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve. The scholarly towns of Evora and Coimbra, the ebullient capital of Lisbon with its new Culture and Technology Museum a must see, and the riotous Latin-tinged nightlife of Porto - in their own way they all reveal a little of this once-mighty kingdom’s tale. It’s far more laid-back these days: not least along the banks of the languorous banks of the River Douro, Portugal’s wine and Port-producing heartland, where vineyards cling to the side of impossibly steep valleys. Portugal Explorer exodustravels.com/trip/ADO

For full holiday listings see from p52

NEW

For more new trips ... look out for the flag from p52.

6 Romania

7 Serbia

BEST FO R U NESCO BU ILD IN GS

BEST FO R STEPPIN G BACK IN TIME

BEST FO R EMERGIN G D ESTIN ATI O NS

Unjustly, in our opinion, central Spain doesn’t receive nearly the same attention as its beach-fringed coasts. Prepare to discover your new favourite Spain. It’s alive, vibrant and thrilling in the towns of Toledo, Salamanca and Segovia - it whispers ancient tales to you in the mediaeval villages of Pedraza and Avila. It welcomes you to its UNESCO-preserved Baroque cathedrals, monasteries and world-class vineyards and tapas restaurants. So give the coast a miss and head to the heart of this beguiling country.

This trip is for anyone who wants to step back in time and experience one of Europe’s most beautifully wild and fascinating countries. Highlights include Bucharest (considered the Paris of the East), the famous painted monasteries in Bucovina, visiting fairy tale villages and fortified churches in Transylvania, exploring the Vaser Valley by steam train and visiting the famous Bran Castle, home of Dracula. Romania is steeped in culture and tradition and shouldn’t be missed!

Monasteries, caves and pristine nature reserves reveal Serbia to be a land as surprising as it is welcoming. You’ll visit the fascinating laid-back riverside city of Novi Sad, the mediaeval Ravanica Monastery and the therapeutic spas of Vrnjacka Banja for a restorative dip, before travelling to the Zupa wine region to enjoy the country’s other restorative waters - Serbia’s winemaking skills might surprise you. But, then, you could say the same about this quietly charming country itself.

Highlights of Central Spain exodustravels.com/trip/ASE

Highlights of Romania exodustravels.com/trip/AWB

Serbia- Gem of the Balkans exodustravels.com/trip/ADJ


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What's New? Further Afield

What’s New?

F U RT HER A FIEL D There’s a whole world out there, waiting to be discovered. This season, we’ve made it easier for you to experience more, learn more and witness more on these new adventures to the furthest corners of the globe.

3 Georgia, Armenia & Iran

BEST FO R E XQ U ISITE ARCHITEC TURE

Come with us on an epic journey across Georgia, Armenia and Iran - discover three distinctive cultures, UNESCO churches, glittering mosques and warm, welcoming people. Untouched nature, ancient mausoleums and exotic bazaars: life at Europe’s edge is as fascinating as it is contradictory. Prepare to be amazed as we cross the border from Christian Armenia to Muslim Iran where the language, the landscape, the people and the politics experience an abrupt changing of gears. In Iran the Blue Mosque of Tabriz is a real highlight, but Tehran is a cultural powerhouse, with unrivalled collections and artefacts in its world-class museums. Tblisi to Isfahan exodustravels.com/trip/AXO

4 Russia BEST FO R THE U NE XPEC TED

Journey to the edge of Asia as we explore Russia’s lesser known, but quietly impressive cities. Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest metropolis, will be forever associated with the night of 17th July 1918, when the Tsar of Russia and his family were executed in the forest that encircles the city. We’ll visit Kazan, Russia's Tartar capital - once heart of the Mongol Empire, and the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. A real cultural melting pot, it’s home to the glittering Kazan Kremlin, a fortified city within a city, as well as museums and sacred sites. We’ll also visit the once closed city of Gorky – now Nizhny Novgorod, a city of museums, churches and monuments lining the Volga river. Russia- Last Journey of the Tsars exodustravels.com/trip/ARA

5 Sri Lanka & India

BEST FOR TEMPLES & HIGHL ANDS

Highland tea plantations, historic towns and sweeping beaches – Sri Lanka and Southern India offer a glittering array of attractions, both natural and man-made. India is a land shaped by centuries of worship. In Madurai, one of Tamil Nadu’s most colourful and vibrant cities, we have the opportunity to marvel at the graceful and intricately carved Sri Meenakshi Temple. Probably Sri Lanka’s best-known sight is the rocky bulk of Sigiriya, with its cliff-like walls towering over the landscape of the central provinces. Climb the impressive fortress, visit the royal city of Kandy and discover the traditional spice gardens of this fertile country. Best of Sri Lanka & Southern India exodustravels.com/trip/AKI

1 Malaysia BEST FO R N ATI O N AL PARKS A N D BE ACHES

If Malaysia were to be summarised in one word it would be diversity. The forests of Borneo are teeming with diverse wildlife from Orang-utans to Pygmy elephants, whilst the peninsula's cities seamlessly blend the colonial charm of Malacca and Penang with Kuala Lumpur's modern vibrancy. Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures create a melting pot of food, beliefs and traditions and the beaches of Langkawi can rightly boast being some of the best in Asia – think crystal clear waters, pristine beaches against a backdrop of lush jungle – paradise! Borneo & the Malaysian Peninsula exodustravels.com/trip/ALM

6 Peru 2 Uzbekistan BEST FO R A GLIMPSE O F THE SILK ROAD

Registan Square was once the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand - the beating heart of the fabled Silk Road. And its power hasn’t diminished in the succeeding half a millenia. Taking a week-long expedition to Uzbekistan is like stepping into the pages of a history book: or is it a book of fables? Myth and legend have a habit of fusing with the true and the tangible here. But, from the 2,000-year old streets of Bukhara to a night spent in a traditional yurt, we’ll learn the true story of a land dearly loved by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo. A Week in Uzbekistan exodustravels.com/trip/AXH

NEW

For more new trips ... look out for the flag from p52.

7 Ecuador

BEST FO R ESSENTIAL HI GHLI GHTS

BEST FO R COAST & WILD LIFE

BEST FO R REEF & R AIN FO REST

Lima’s colonial architecture reveals just how chequered this landlocked country’s history has been - the Basilica Cathedral and UNESCO-protected Old Town offer an atmospheric journey through five centuries of Peru’s culture. But perhaps it’s another 15th century city that will linger longest in the memory - the magnificent Machu Picchu set against its Andean backdrop of sugar-loaf mountains, cloaked in dense forests. We’ll explore the Andean highlands, where the Sacred Valley’s ancient temples, fertile farmland and Spanish colonial villages reveal a land that feels as closely connected to its Incan traditions as it ever has.

Isla de La Plata is widely known as mainland Ecuador's ‘little Galapagos’. This stretch of coastline harbours many of the same wildlife species found in the Galapagos, but without the crowds. In season the warm coastal waters become a breeding ground for Humpback whales with their impressive breaching behaviour. Further inland, the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve is a biodiversity hotspot, with its vast bird count and some 20 different species of hummingbird. That just leaves the famous Sacha Lodge in the heart of the Amazon, where days are spent paddling in dug-out canoes looking for wildlife and soaking up the rainforest ambience.

Embark on a sailing adventure around the Whitsunday islands, with a full day’s exploration of the Great Barrier Reef snorkelling over the greatest underwater show on Earth. Enjoy a day trip with Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforest Cableway, with a full day at Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Parks - remote headlands which beautifully combine rainforest, beaches and glistening corals. The Atherton tablelands’ landscape features rainforest, wetlands and savannah, home to tree kangaroos and wallabies for a real Australian encounter.

A Taste of Peru exodustravels.com/trip/APP

Coastal Ecuador & Amazon exodustravels.com/trip/WUE

For full holiday listings see from p52

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Australia's Reef & Rainforest exodustravels.com/trip/WLA


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What’s New?

F U RT HER A FIEL D There’s a whole world out there, waiting to be discovered. This season, we’ve made it easier for you to experience more, learn more and witness more on these new adventures to the furthest corners of the globe.

3 Georgia, Armenia & Iran

BEST FO R E XQ U ISITE ARCHITEC TURE

Come with us on an epic journey across Georgia, Armenia and Iran - discover three distinctive cultures, UNESCO churches, glittering mosques and warm, welcoming people. Untouched nature, ancient mausoleums and exotic bazaars: life at Europe’s edge is as fascinating as it is contradictory. Prepare to be amazed as we cross the border from Christian Armenia to Muslim Iran where the language, the landscape, the people and the politics experience an abrupt changing of gears. In Iran the Blue Mosque of Tabriz is a real highlight, but Tehran is a cultural powerhouse, with unrivalled collections and artefacts in its world-class museums. Tblisi to Isfahan exodustravels.com/trip/AXO

4 Russia BEST FO R THE U NE XPEC TED

Journey to the edge of Asia as we explore Russia’s lesser known, but quietly impressive cities. Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest metropolis, will be forever associated with the night of 17th July 1918, when the Tsar of Russia and his family were executed in the forest that encircles the city. We’ll visit Kazan, Russia's Tartar capital - once heart of the Mongol Empire, and the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. A real cultural melting pot, it’s home to the glittering Kazan Kremlin, a fortified city within a city, as well as museums and sacred sites. We’ll also visit the once closed city of Gorky – now Nizhny Novgorod, a city of museums, churches and monuments lining the Volga river. Russia- Last Journey of the Tsars exodustravels.com/trip/ARA

5 Sri Lanka & India

BEST FOR TEMPLES & HIGHL ANDS

Highland tea plantations, historic towns and sweeping beaches – Sri Lanka and Southern India offer a glittering array of attractions, both natural and man-made. India is a land shaped by centuries of worship. In Madurai, one of Tamil Nadu’s most colourful and vibrant cities, we have the opportunity to marvel at the graceful and intricately carved Sri Meenakshi Temple. Probably Sri Lanka’s best-known sight is the rocky bulk of Sigiriya, with its cliff-like walls towering over the landscape of the central provinces. Climb the impressive fortress, visit the royal city of Kandy and discover the traditional spice gardens of this fertile country. Best of Sri Lanka & Southern India exodustravels.com/trip/AKI

1 Malaysia BEST FO R N ATI O N AL PARKS A N D BE ACHES

If Malaysia were to be summarised in one word it would be diversity. The forests of Borneo are teeming with diverse wildlife from Orang-utans to Pygmy elephants, whilst the peninsula's cities seamlessly blend the colonial charm of Malacca and Penang with Kuala Lumpur's modern vibrancy. Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures create a melting pot of food, beliefs and traditions and the beaches of Langkawi can rightly boast being some of the best in Asia – think crystal clear waters, pristine beaches against a backdrop of lush jungle – paradise! Borneo & the Malaysian Peninsula exodustravels.com/trip/ALM

6 Peru 2 Uzbekistan BEST FO R A GLIMPSE O F THE SILK ROAD

Registan Square was once the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand - the beating heart of the fabled Silk Road. And its power hasn’t diminished in the succeeding half a millenia. Taking a week-long expedition to Uzbekistan is like stepping into the pages of a history book: or is it a book of fables? Myth and legend have a habit of fusing with the true and the tangible here. But, from the 2,000-year old streets of Bukhara to a night spent in a traditional yurt, we’ll learn the true story of a land dearly loved by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo. A Week in Uzbekistan exodustravels.com/trip/AXH

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BEST FO R ESSENTIAL HI GHLI GHTS

BEST FO R COAST & WILD LIFE

BEST FO R REEF & R AIN FO REST

Lima’s colonial architecture reveals just how chequered this landlocked country’s history has been - the Basilica Cathedral and UNESCO-protected Old Town offer an atmospheric journey through five centuries of Peru’s culture. But perhaps it’s another 15th century city that will linger longest in the memory - the magnificent Machu Picchu set against its Andean backdrop of sugar-loaf mountains, cloaked in dense forests. We’ll explore the Andean highlands, where the Sacred Valley’s ancient temples, fertile farmland and Spanish colonial villages reveal a land that feels as closely connected to its Incan traditions as it ever has.

Isla de La Plata is widely known as mainland Ecuador's ‘little Galapagos’. This stretch of coastline harbours many of the same wildlife species found in the Galapagos, but without the crowds. In season the warm coastal waters become a breeding ground for Humpback whales with their impressive breaching behaviour. Further inland, the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve is a biodiversity hotspot, with its vast bird count and some 20 different species of hummingbird. That just leaves the famous Sacha Lodge in the heart of the Amazon, where days are spent paddling in dug-out canoes looking for wildlife and soaking up the rainforest ambience.

Embark on a sailing adventure around the Whitsunday islands, with a full day’s exploration of the Great Barrier Reef snorkelling over the greatest underwater show on Earth. Enjoy a day trip with Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforest Cableway, with a full day at Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Parks - remote headlands which beautifully combine rainforest, beaches and glistening corals. The Atherton tablelands’ landscape features rainforest, wetlands and savannah, home to tree kangaroos and wallabies for a real Australian encounter.

A Taste of Peru exodustravels.com/trip/APP

Coastal Ecuador & Amazon exodustravels.com/trip/WUE

For full holiday listings see from p52

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Australia's Reef & Rainforest exodustravels.com/trip/WLA


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Ask The Experts

A SK T H E E X PE RT S 10 >> Your Adventure Your Way

Everyone at Exodus HQ is passionate about travel and adventure. Between us, we've visited more than 131 countries and have expertise in everything from leading tours to archaeology and mountain rescue. Put simply, we have the hands-on experience and knowledge to answer any questions you may have and can help you when you need it. Here, we answer some of your questions...

I’m looking at booking my first ever solo group adventure. I’m a little nervous. What can I expect? David Richardson, Web Sales Team Leader says... You may be a solo traveller, but trust us, you’re not alone. Many of our holidays are booked by solo travellers – in fact nearly 50% of our trips are made up of customers booking solo. Whatever trip you decide upon, there’s always an inclusive atmosphere, with all activities taking place as a group, and meals are often taken together too – the perfect time to share stories with other fellow travel enthusiasts. Guided group travel is a great way to get to know new people and make lifelong friends - we know many groups who still travel together decades after they shared their first trip. Our travellers mostly come from the UK, but also Europe, North America and Australia, so you get a great mix of people to enjoy your trip with. And you never have to pay a single supplement just because you’re travelling solo. We match you into a twin share room with someone of the same sex.

If the end of your holiday comes too soon, we’ve made it easy to bolt on a blissful bit of extra time. Below is a selection of our favourite holiday extensions...

I love delving into local culture and discovering hidden gems. Are your leaders able to share a sense of what the destination is really like? Emma Garrick, Discovery Programme Manager says... Absolutely. Most of our leaders are local to the country that you’ll be visiting and have expert local knowledge that you just couldn’t get from a guide book. We have experts who are naturalists, historians, geologists, bird watchers and even chefs! We match leaders’ skills and background to the trip to ensure you are led by the best, and most relevant person. On wildlife holidays our guides have a deep understanding of animal behaviour, and on foodbased holidays, they know where the best meals can be found! Where possible they’ll positively encourage local interaction – maybe stopping for tea with a local family, or calling in at a volunteerrun animal sanctuary. Our leaders are ambassadors for their country and are immensely proud to show it off at its best.

What kind of accommodation can I expect when I travel with Exodus? Vicky Boughton, Wildlife Programme Manager says... We know that where you stay on your holiday is an integral part of your trip. That’s why, wherever possible, we use small family-run hotels and guest houses in keeping with local surroundings, selected for their character and location. We offer you the chance to experience as much local life as possible because we know this will only serve to enhance your travel experience – accommodation is no different. Lots of our trips let you stay in unique lodgings; from being welcomed into a ‘Casas Particulares’ where you’ll spend the night with a local Cuban family (see p29), to camping in traditional Bedouin tents, staying on board a Keralan houseboat or sleeping in a rainforest jungle lodge. Staying with local people is often one of the highlights of a trip, and will be something to remember forever.

In addition to the details in this brochure, detailed Trip Notes can be downloaded from each trip page on the Exodus website. They contain useful information about the itinerary, joining the tour or group, visas and vaccinations, accommodation, food, weather and more. Perfect for delving right in!

For full holiday listings see from p52

Extend your trip...

Maldives

Iguazu Falls

After any Sri Lanka trip, you could end your holiday on a very relaxed note on a beautiful coral island resort set adrift in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives is the ultimate in relaxation. Stay a night or two, or as long as you want to stop the world.

The magnificent falls of Iguazu make for a final, dramatic finale to our Patagonia Highlights tour - or you could choose to explore more of Argentina by visiting the contrasting landscapes of the country's northwest Salta region, with its stunning rainbow mountains.

Easter Island

Angkor Wat

After you've marvelled at Chile, travel some 4,000 km west to Easter Island for a close encounter with its fabled Moai statues. The mystery of hundreds of enigmatic faces carved into rock on this tiny volcanic island will leave you in silent contemplation.

Extend any trip to Vietnam with a four day extension that takes in the 9th century wonder of Angkor. This sprawling complex of temples is one of the world's great monuments.

Amazon Rainforest

Cuba

Explore the forests, lakes and rivers of the mighty Amazon on this extension to the world's largest rainforest. You’ll spend three nights at a lodge in the biodiverserich Tambopata Reserve, travelling by motorised canoes to explore the deep, dense jungle.

Cuba’s beaches are among the best in the Caribbean. Extend your time here to enjoy the idyllic island of Cayo Levisa. Stay in a beach cabin and wake up each day to a beautiful stretch of golden sands and inviting turquoise waters.

We’ve also extensions in India, Ethiopia, Rwanda and many other destinations. Speak to our expert sales advisors to see how we can help you squeeze a little more adventure out of your next trip.

Grading Guidance At Exodus, we make it easy to choose your next trip and help best match your level of experience, fitness and stamina. This is your holiday after all - we want you to enjoy it... We use the same grading and activity dial across the entire range of trips we offer, so it’s straightforward for you to compare two seemingly very different experiences. Here are some tips to bear in mind before you make your choice: Our grading system always refers to the amount of physical activity on a trip - whether that’s Activity Level 1: Leisurely (relaxing and suitable for most travellers), or Activity Level 5: Challenging (a good level of fitness is crucial, as the environment may be more remote and challenging). Grading does not refer to any accommodation nights that are perhaps a little out of the ordinary, such as wild camping, or an overnight journey on a sleeper train. Action-packed and busy days can be a feature of any trip, at any grading level. Early mornings for game drives on wildlife trips are the norm, for example. This is when the best sightings take place a crucial part of any wildlife trip. There are generally several early starts on our trips, even if they are graded leisurely or leisurely/moderate so you can make the most of the day. If in doubt, you can always take a look online, at our comprehensive trip notes. There, you’ll also find a detailed day-to-day itinerary, showing you how each day will unfold. And, of course, we’re here to talk through any questions you might have. exodustravels.com/activity-levels


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Ask The Experts

A SK T H E E X PE RT S 10 >> Your Adventure Your Way

Everyone at Exodus HQ is passionate about travel and adventure. Between us, we've visited more than 131 countries and have expertise in everything from leading tours to archaeology and mountain rescue. Put simply, we have the hands-on experience and knowledge to answer any questions you may have and can help you when you need it. Here, we answer some of your questions...

I’m looking at booking my first ever solo group adventure. I’m a little nervous. What can I expect? David Richardson, Web Sales Team Leader says... You may be a solo traveller, but trust us, you’re not alone. Many of our holidays are booked by solo travellers – in fact nearly 50% of our trips are made up of customers booking solo. Whatever trip you decide upon, there’s always an inclusive atmosphere, with all activities taking place as a group, and meals are often taken together too – the perfect time to share stories with other fellow travel enthusiasts. Guided group travel is a great way to get to know new people and make lifelong friends - we know many groups who still travel together decades after they shared their first trip. Our travellers mostly come from the UK, but also Europe, North America and Australia, so you get a great mix of people to enjoy your trip with. And you never have to pay a single supplement just because you’re travelling solo. We match you into a twin share room with someone of the same sex.

If the end of your holiday comes too soon, we’ve made it easy to bolt on a blissful bit of extra time. Below is a selection of our favourite holiday extensions...

I love delving into local culture and discovering hidden gems. Are your leaders able to share a sense of what the destination is really like? Emma Garrick, Discovery Programme Manager says... Absolutely. Most of our leaders are local to the country that you’ll be visiting and have expert local knowledge that you just couldn’t get from a guide book. We have experts who are naturalists, historians, geologists, bird watchers and even chefs! We match leaders’ skills and background to the trip to ensure you are led by the best, and most relevant person. On wildlife holidays our guides have a deep understanding of animal behaviour, and on foodbased holidays, they know where the best meals can be found! Where possible they’ll positively encourage local interaction – maybe stopping for tea with a local family, or calling in at a volunteerrun animal sanctuary. Our leaders are ambassadors for their country and are immensely proud to show it off at its best.

What kind of accommodation can I expect when I travel with Exodus? Vicky Boughton, Wildlife Programme Manager says... We know that where you stay on your holiday is an integral part of your trip. That’s why, wherever possible, we use small family-run hotels and guest houses in keeping with local surroundings, selected for their character and location. We offer you the chance to experience as much local life as possible because we know this will only serve to enhance your travel experience – accommodation is no different. Lots of our trips let you stay in unique lodgings; from being welcomed into a ‘Casas Particulares’ where you’ll spend the night with a local Cuban family (see p29), to camping in traditional Bedouin tents, staying on board a Keralan houseboat or sleeping in a rainforest jungle lodge. Staying with local people is often one of the highlights of a trip, and will be something to remember forever.

In addition to the details in this brochure, detailed Trip Notes can be downloaded from each trip page on the Exodus website. They contain useful information about the itinerary, joining the tour or group, visas and vaccinations, accommodation, food, weather and more. Perfect for delving right in!

For full holiday listings see from p52

Extend your trip...

Maldives

Iguazu Falls

After any Sri Lanka trip, you could end your holiday on a very relaxed note on a beautiful coral island resort set adrift in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives is the ultimate in relaxation. Stay a night or two, or as long as you want to stop the world.

The magnificent falls of Iguazu make for a final, dramatic finale to our Patagonia Highlights tour - or you could choose to explore more of Argentina by visiting the contrasting landscapes of the country's northwest Salta region, with its stunning rainbow mountains.

Easter Island

Angkor Wat

After you've marvelled at Chile, travel some 4,000 km west to Easter Island for a close encounter with its fabled Moai statues. The mystery of hundreds of enigmatic faces carved into rock on this tiny volcanic island will leave you in silent contemplation.

Extend any trip to Vietnam with a four day extension that takes in the 9th century wonder of Angkor. This sprawling complex of temples is one of the world's great monuments.

Amazon Rainforest

Cuba

Explore the forests, lakes and rivers of the mighty Amazon on this extension to the world's largest rainforest. You’ll spend three nights at a lodge in the biodiverserich Tambopata Reserve, travelling by motorised canoes to explore the deep, dense jungle.

Cuba’s beaches are among the best in the Caribbean. Extend your time here to enjoy the idyllic island of Cayo Levisa. Stay in a beach cabin and wake up each day to a beautiful stretch of golden sands and inviting turquoise waters.

We’ve also extensions in India, Ethiopia, Rwanda and many other destinations. Speak to our expert sales advisors to see how we can help you squeeze a little more adventure out of your next trip.

Grading Guidance At Exodus, we make it easy to choose your next trip and help best match your level of experience, fitness and stamina. This is your holiday after all - we want you to enjoy it... We use the same grading and activity dial across the entire range of trips we offer, so it’s straightforward for you to compare two seemingly very different experiences. Here are some tips to bear in mind before you make your choice: Our grading system always refers to the amount of physical activity on a trip - whether that’s Activity Level 1: Leisurely (relaxing and suitable for most travellers), or Activity Level 5: Challenging (a good level of fitness is crucial, as the environment may be more remote and challenging). Grading does not refer to any accommodation nights that are perhaps a little out of the ordinary, such as wild camping, or an overnight journey on a sleeper train. Action-packed and busy days can be a feature of any trip, at any grading level. Early mornings for game drives on wildlife trips are the norm, for example. This is when the best sightings take place a crucial part of any wildlife trip. There are generally several early starts on our trips, even if they are graded leisurely or leisurely/moderate so you can make the most of the day. If in doubt, you can always take a look online, at our comprehensive trip notes. There, you’ll also find a detailed day-to-day itinerary, showing you how each day will unfold. And, of course, we’re here to talk through any questions you might have. exodustravels.com/activity-levels


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Once Upon A Time

ONCE UPON A TIME Have you ever fancied a bit of time travel? These routes are guaranteed to transport you back to some of the world's oldest continually inhabited settlements. Where dusty pathways lead to imposing citadels and mysterious ruins. Where aromatic dishes are served up from recipes handed down through generations. Places where ancient history has never felt more tangibly alive…

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BEST FO R E XOTIC ARCHITEC TURE

Persian Beauty Unveiled

For the culturally inquisitive, Iran offers a feast of ancient sites, a rich culture, and very hospitable people.“I’d wanted to visit Iran for a long time, and it didn’t disappoint,” says Exodus Product Manager Tom Harari of our Journey to Persia trip. Centred on what is now Iran, at its height the Persian Empire stretched from eastern Europe, across Asia, and into North Africa. What remains are the dazzling mosques and madrasses (educational institutes), the grand main squares and the palaces. “It’s an incredibly rich culture - the style of architecture can trace its roots back over 3,000 years, and includes some of the most majestic structures the world has ever seen” Tom says. "The highlight has to be the main square, in Isfahan. That’s by far the most incredible man-made sight I’ve been to anywhere in the world,” he says of the UNESCO preserved, 400 year old city square. It would be hard for anything to match this wonder, but Tom found it: “The hospitality and warmth of the Iranian people surpasses anything I’ve come across on my travels, a real highlight was sampling a home-made meal inside one of the cave dwellings in Maymand,” he says. “There’s an openness here,” he says, “to talk and to share stories of what it’s like to live here, and a desire to rejoin the world. Golnaz, our leader, was fantastic, her knowledge was phenomenal. The history of Iran spans three thousand years, with different periods, different dynasties - and she knew everything!” So why Iran? What is it about the country that makes it such a thrilling prospect to visit? “Its history is omnipresent - Persepolis, the Silk Road, Alexander the Great - the country opens up like chapters,” Tom says, “each of them more dazzling, and more beautiful than the last.” Journey to Persia exodustravels.com/trip/AXP

Discover more ancient cities... For full holiday listings see from p52


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Once Upon A Time

ONCE UPON A TIME Have you ever fancied a bit of time travel? These routes are guaranteed to transport you back to some of the world's oldest continually inhabited settlements. Where dusty pathways lead to imposing citadels and mysterious ruins. Where aromatic dishes are served up from recipes handed down through generations. Places where ancient history has never felt more tangibly alive…

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BEST FO R E XOTIC ARCHITEC TURE

Persian Beauty Unveiled

For the culturally inquisitive, Iran offers a feast of ancient sites, a rich culture, and very hospitable people.“I’d wanted to visit Iran for a long time, and it didn’t disappoint,” says Exodus Product Manager Tom Harari of our Journey to Persia trip. Centred on what is now Iran, at its height the Persian Empire stretched from eastern Europe, across Asia, and into North Africa. What remains are the dazzling mosques and madrasses (educational institutes), the grand main squares and the palaces. “It’s an incredibly rich culture - the style of architecture can trace its roots back over 3,000 years, and includes some of the most majestic structures the world has ever seen” Tom says. "The highlight has to be the main square, in Isfahan. That’s by far the most incredible man-made sight I’ve been to anywhere in the world,” he says of the UNESCO preserved, 400 year old city square. It would be hard for anything to match this wonder, but Tom found it: “The hospitality and warmth of the Iranian people surpasses anything I’ve come across on my travels, a real highlight was sampling a home-made meal inside one of the cave dwellings in Maymand,” he says. “There’s an openness here,” he says, “to talk and to share stories of what it’s like to live here, and a desire to rejoin the world. Golnaz, our leader, was fantastic, her knowledge was phenomenal. The history of Iran spans three thousand years, with different periods, different dynasties - and she knew everything!” So why Iran? What is it about the country that makes it such a thrilling prospect to visit? “Its history is omnipresent - Persepolis, the Silk Road, Alexander the Great - the country opens up like chapters,” Tom says, “each of them more dazzling, and more beautiful than the last.” Journey to Persia exodustravels.com/trip/AXP

Discover more ancient cities... For full holiday listings see from p52


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Cambodia

A country with a gripping history, Cambodia is home to one of the seven great wonders of the world: the awe-inspiring Angkor temple complex, a richly sculptured sprawl of ancient architecture that’s been partly reclaimed by nature. Koh Kong’s cool jungle waterfalls and magnificent mangroves are a relaxing treat, while using a social enterprise to explore rural Battambang on bike, we delve into local life, visiting small businesses making rice paper, dried banana and other produce. You’ll also get to taste the region’s famous fish soup. It’s tangy, tasty, and you’ll wish you could bring some back home. At the very least, you can ask for the recipe! Our highlight: Recent history doesn't get more moving than the 'Killing Fields' of the Khmer Rouge, in the Cambodian Civil War. Cambodia Adventure exodustravels.com/trip/AOA

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Myanmar (Burma)

Alluring and rewarding, Myanmar, also known as Burma, possesses some of the most iconic architecture in Southeast Asia. As well as its elegantly glitzy temples, dive deeper and you'll find colourful markets, artisans making exquisite lacquerware, pavement tea shops and steaming bowls of mohinga (fish rice noodles) to keep your energy levels topped up. When you need some time out, stroll through Sagaing's peaceful pathways, caves and shrines: it's a meditation hideaway for monks and nuns, and you'll soon come to see why, especially in serene Bagan. Our highlight: The glittering Shwedagon Pagoda is 2,500 years old and said to contain eight hairs of the Buddha, as well as 5,500 diamonds. It's a feat of architecture, and humbling to visit. Discover Myanmar (Burma)

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Sri Lanka

Mexico, Belize & Guatemala

Mayan ruins, rituals and customs are peppered across the region – totems of their compelling, mysterious empire. Colourful colonial cities like Antigua, filled with nearly-there ruins and searing volcano views, contrast with the humid forests and jewel blue waterfalls of Chiapas, home to some of the finest preserved Mayan buildings hidden away in its low hills. With pyramids, palaces and temples within walking distance of the lapping Caribbean sea, it's easy to be hypnotised by this region's mesmerising beauty and timeless magic. Our highlight: Up at Uxmal's elaborately carved façades, there are remnants of a ball court used in ritual games that occasionally ended in sacrifice. La Ruta Maya exodustravels.com/trip/AUR

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Jordan

The sheer scope of Sri Lanka's landscape is as remarkable as it is varied: vivid green buzzing rainforests rub up next to expansive river routes, cloud-nudging mountain peaks aside rolling national parks and temptingly lazy beaches. From the trilling bird life that soundtracks your bike ride through Giritale's sleepy country villages, to Kitulgala's fragrant tea factory, and the tended spice and herb gardens of Matale, Sri Lanka is an unforgettable sensory overload. Our highlight: Polonnaruwa - this ancient religious centre is an 800-year old, remarkably well preserved gem. It's UNESCO protected, and also home to inquisitive Torque monkeys.

A country of sandscapes and stories, it's not difficult to hunt out Jordan's hidden treasures. A short hop east of capital Amman are the austere-looking desert castles, a loop of epic rural retreats. Beyond, Petra's world famous Al Khazneh is an architectural wonder amongst the city's pink-tinged tombs and temples: all hand-carved sandstone cliff faces and huge open skies. After a night spent in the Wadi Rum desert sleeping like a Bedouin, easily avoid real life for an extra day by having a float in the salt-heavy Dead Sea. Our highlight: Jerash's amphitheatre is one of the greatest sites in the country: pillars that reverberate with Roman history.

Discover Sri Lanka

Hidden Treasures of Jordan

exodustravels.com/trip/AIL

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BEST FOR UNESCO ARCHAEOLOGY

Hidden Treasures of Sicily

"The trip was a wonderful introduction to Sicily’s rich and varied history and also offered the opportunity to experience its unique natural beauty," says Exodus Aviation Manager, Nicholas Errington. "The Baroque period was showcased in the impressive architecture found in Ortygia (Siracusa), Noto and Ragusa Ibla." Each town has its own character but the mix of architectural styles makes for an object lesson in harmonious urban design. Drama is always present in Sicily - these beautiful towns owe their existence to the devastating earthquake of 1693 which led to their complete re-building. Sicily has been invaded and occupied numerous times during its history, each civilisation leaving their mark today. But for Nicholas, the most impressive monuments are those left by the Ancient Greeks. "Agrigento offers some of the best examples of Greek temple architecture to be found today – the scale of the temples nearly as impressive as they must have been at the time of construction when they were visible many miles out to sea. The temple complex at Selinunte is also extraordinary with its location adjacent to the coast, while the site of the Greek theatre at Segesta is simply magnificent." Ultimately, it's the opulence and sheer beauty of the island's religious spaces that linger longest in the memory: "The iconic ecclesiastical art at Monreale, Palermo and Cefalu is breathtaking," Nicholas says. "The detail, opulence and beauty of the biblical figures and scenes found in these cathedrals are some of the best examples of mediaeval mosaic work found anywhere in the world." Treasures of Sicily

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Cambodia

A country with a gripping history, Cambodia is home to one of the seven great wonders of the world: the awe-inspiring Angkor temple complex, a richly sculptured sprawl of ancient architecture that’s been partly reclaimed by nature. Koh Kong’s cool jungle waterfalls and magnificent mangroves are a relaxing treat, while using a social enterprise to explore rural Battambang on bike, we delve into local life, visiting small businesses making rice paper, dried banana and other produce. You’ll also get to taste the region’s famous fish soup. It’s tangy, tasty, and you’ll wish you could bring some back home. At the very least, you can ask for the recipe! Our highlight: Recent history doesn't get more moving than the 'Killing Fields' of the Khmer Rouge, in the Cambodian Civil War. Cambodia Adventure exodustravels.com/trip/AOA

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BEST FOR TEMPLES & TR ADITIONS

Myanmar (Burma)

Alluring and rewarding, Myanmar, also known as Burma, possesses some of the most iconic architecture in Southeast Asia. As well as its elegantly glitzy temples, dive deeper and you'll find colourful markets, artisans making exquisite lacquerware, pavement tea shops and steaming bowls of mohinga (fish rice noodles) to keep your energy levels topped up. When you need some time out, stroll through Sagaing's peaceful pathways, caves and shrines: it's a meditation hideaway for monks and nuns, and you'll soon come to see why, especially in serene Bagan. Our highlight: The glittering Shwedagon Pagoda is 2,500 years old and said to contain eight hairs of the Buddha, as well as 5,500 diamonds. It's a feat of architecture, and humbling to visit. Discover Myanmar (Burma)

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Sri Lanka

Mexico, Belize & Guatemala

Mayan ruins, rituals and customs are peppered across the region – totems of their compelling, mysterious empire. Colourful colonial cities like Antigua, filled with nearly-there ruins and searing volcano views, contrast with the humid forests and jewel blue waterfalls of Chiapas, home to some of the finest preserved Mayan buildings hidden away in its low hills. With pyramids, palaces and temples within walking distance of the lapping Caribbean sea, it's easy to be hypnotised by this region's mesmerising beauty and timeless magic. Our highlight: Up at Uxmal's elaborately carved façades, there are remnants of a ball court used in ritual games that occasionally ended in sacrifice. La Ruta Maya exodustravels.com/trip/AUR

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BEST FOR DESERTSCAPES

Jordan

The sheer scope of Sri Lanka's landscape is as remarkable as it is varied: vivid green buzzing rainforests rub up next to expansive river routes, cloud-nudging mountain peaks aside rolling national parks and temptingly lazy beaches. From the trilling bird life that soundtracks your bike ride through Giritale's sleepy country villages, to Kitulgala's fragrant tea factory, and the tended spice and herb gardens of Matale, Sri Lanka is an unforgettable sensory overload. Our highlight: Polonnaruwa - this ancient religious centre is an 800-year old, remarkably well preserved gem. It's UNESCO protected, and also home to inquisitive Torque monkeys.

A country of sandscapes and stories, it's not difficult to hunt out Jordan's hidden treasures. A short hop east of capital Amman are the austere-looking desert castles, a loop of epic rural retreats. Beyond, Petra's world famous Al Khazneh is an architectural wonder amongst the city's pink-tinged tombs and temples: all hand-carved sandstone cliff faces and huge open skies. After a night spent in the Wadi Rum desert sleeping like a Bedouin, easily avoid real life for an extra day by having a float in the salt-heavy Dead Sea. Our highlight: Jerash's amphitheatre is one of the greatest sites in the country: pillars that reverberate with Roman history.

Discover Sri Lanka

Hidden Treasures of Jordan

exodustravels.com/trip/AIL

For full holiday listings see from p52

BEST FOR UNESCO ARCHAEOLOGY

Hidden Treasures of Sicily

"The trip was a wonderful introduction to Sicily’s rich and varied history and also offered the opportunity to experience its unique natural beauty," says Exodus Aviation Manager, Nicholas Errington. "The Baroque period was showcased in the impressive architecture found in Ortygia (Siracusa), Noto and Ragusa Ibla." Each town has its own character but the mix of architectural styles makes for an object lesson in harmonious urban design. Drama is always present in Sicily - these beautiful towns owe their existence to the devastating earthquake of 1693 which led to their complete re-building. Sicily has been invaded and occupied numerous times during its history, each civilisation leaving their mark today. But for Nicholas, the most impressive monuments are those left by the Ancient Greeks. "Agrigento offers some of the best examples of Greek temple architecture to be found today – the scale of the temples nearly as impressive as they must have been at the time of construction when they were visible many miles out to sea. The temple complex at Selinunte is also extraordinary with its location adjacent to the coast, while the site of the Greek theatre at Segesta is simply magnificent." Ultimately, it's the opulence and sheer beauty of the island's religious spaces that linger longest in the memory: "The iconic ecclesiastical art at Monreale, Palermo and Cefalu is breathtaking," Nicholas says. "The detail, opulence and beauty of the biblical figures and scenes found in these cathedrals are some of the best examples of mediaeval mosaic work found anywhere in the world." Treasures of Sicily

B E S T F O R M AYA N C U L T U R E

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For the Love Of Food

LOV E FOOD

FOR T HE L OV E OF

FOOD For some, food is just fuel - for us, it’s central to how we appreciate a culture - the sense of place of the destinations we love. The quickest route to the heart and soul of a country? Through its cooking...

SICILY G O O D F O R CU L I N A RY & CU LT U R A L H I S TO RY

Why not try...

1 THAILA ND

GOOD FOR STREET FOOD

Thailand isn't called 'Land of Smiles' for nothing – the country's laid-back, gentle and friendly temperament is everywhere to see, and, trust us, the food's likely to put a smile on your face too. Bangkok's bustling streets are lined with sizzling street food, thirst-quenching fruit shakes and bars serving up crisp Singha (Thailand's beer of choice). In picturesque Chiang Mai, nestled in the rolling northern valleys, you'll find aromatic curries and herb-covered meats inspired by its jungle location. Fancy a go yourself? A Thai chef will teach you the intricacies of your own 'gaeng keow wan gai' green coconut curry. Seriously good. Classic Thailand exodustravels.com/trip/AOE

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GOOD FOR TR ADITIONAL RECIPES

No longer overshadowed by nearby Japan, South Korea's coming into its own: staggering landscapes rub up next to neon-bright cities, with some of the world's tastiest cuisine to try out. Stroll around Seoul's artisanal Insadong neighbourhood for trusty teahouses, and in the picturesque culinary hub of Gangneung – where all the food is produced naturally and according to centuries-old recipes – learn to make your own bibimbap, a fragrant, herby combination of rice, vegetables and meat. At Haeinsa Temple, dig into a healthy Buddhist vegetarian dinner, meet the monks, and partake in one of their spiritually nourishing ceremonies. Unforgettable.

“In Italy you’ll find genuine regional cooking that has strong links to the land and sea,” says Product Manager Marta Marinelli. “And nowhere is that more concentrated and celebrated than in Sicily.” “Food doesn’t get any fresher than this as lots is grown locally in the fertile soil! I love simple but honest flavours and this is what you get in pretty much every meal here. Sicily also boasts some of the best seafood in Italy!” The island’s complex, colourful social history has helped shape a cuisine that both nods to its mainland neighbour, and carves out its own parallel culinary traditions. An island at the crossroads of the Mediterranean trade routes, Sicily's been well placed to soak up and put its own particular spin on cuisines from around the rim of the African, European and Middle Eastern landmasses. “Palermo is a real highlight,” Marta says, of our special guided foodie tour through the historic centre of this fascinating city. Smitten with streetfood, a stroll through Palermo is akin to a saunter down one huge al fresco buffet table. “Carts and kiosks, colourful markets and local bakeries- we sample them all,” Marta says, reeling off a list of personal highlights that read like a shopping list for the world’s best picnic: arancini (fried rice balls stuffed with meat sauce and cheese), panelle (fried chick pea pancake), and sfincione (Palermo's traditional pizza) ‐ "All absolutely delicious." Up in Trapani, learn about the region's unique Arab fusion with a cookery class and history lesson, hopping down to nearby Marsala for a delicious fortified wine-tasting at one of its famous local wineries. But no trip to Sicily is complete without seafood. So a trip to the fishing port of Sciacca is a real highlight. “If we’re lucky, we might have the opportunity to catch some of the fishing boats returning to the port, a real spectacle of local traditions worth seeing,” says Marta.

If food is your thing, this part of Italy is surely already high on your hit list. We’ll explore just what makes this region such a delicious draw, by way of the vineyards of Barolo, a rummage in the forests for the elusive nectar of truffles, a gourmet tasting of Parma ham and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Parmigiano Reggiano dairy.

Sicily Food Adventure

Piedmont & Parma Food Adventure

exodustravels.com/trip/ADY

For full holiday listings see from p52

Discover South Korea exodustravels.com/trip/AOD

3 NORTHERN INDIA G O O D F O R C O M P L E X F L AV O U R S

A compelling country of contrast, India's food traditions change from region to region, but it's in the north where you'll get to experience the most fully-realised and varied Indian cuisine for yourself. Delve into authentic Kashmiri fare at a family-run restaurant in gloriously crazy Delhi, learn about tasty age-old Mughlai cooking at a demonstration in ancient Agra (home to the iconic Taj Mahal), and experience mouthwateringly spicy Rajasthani grub – think spicy curries and potato dishes. Northern India Food Adventure - Premium exodustravels.com/trip/AKC

4 PIEDMONT & PARMA GOOD FOR GOURMET

exodustravels.com/trip/ADW

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For the Love Of Food

LOV E FOOD

FOR T HE L OV E OF

FOOD For some, food is just fuel - for us, it’s central to how we appreciate a culture - the sense of place of the destinations we love. The quickest route to the heart and soul of a country? Through its cooking...

SICILY G O O D F O R CU L I N A RY & CU LT U R A L H I S TO RY

Why not try...

1 THAILA ND

GOOD FOR STREET FOOD

Thailand isn't called 'Land of Smiles' for nothing – the country's laid-back, gentle and friendly temperament is everywhere to see, and, trust us, the food's likely to put a smile on your face too. Bangkok's bustling streets are lined with sizzling street food, thirst-quenching fruit shakes and bars serving up crisp Singha (Thailand's beer of choice). In picturesque Chiang Mai, nestled in the rolling northern valleys, you'll find aromatic curries and herb-covered meats inspired by its jungle location. Fancy a go yourself? A Thai chef will teach you the intricacies of your own 'gaeng keow wan gai' green coconut curry. Seriously good. Classic Thailand exodustravels.com/trip/AOE

2 SOUTH KOREA

GOOD FOR TR ADITIONAL RECIPES

No longer overshadowed by nearby Japan, South Korea's coming into its own: staggering landscapes rub up next to neon-bright cities, with some of the world's tastiest cuisine to try out. Stroll around Seoul's artisanal Insadong neighbourhood for trusty teahouses, and in the picturesque culinary hub of Gangneung – where all the food is produced naturally and according to centuries-old recipes – learn to make your own bibimbap, a fragrant, herby combination of rice, vegetables and meat. At Haeinsa Temple, dig into a healthy Buddhist vegetarian dinner, meet the monks, and partake in one of their spiritually nourishing ceremonies. Unforgettable.

“In Italy you’ll find genuine regional cooking that has strong links to the land and sea,” says Product Manager Marta Marinelli. “And nowhere is that more concentrated and celebrated than in Sicily.” “Food doesn’t get any fresher than this as lots is grown locally in the fertile soil! I love simple but honest flavours and this is what you get in pretty much every meal here. Sicily also boasts some of the best seafood in Italy!” The island’s complex, colourful social history has helped shape a cuisine that both nods to its mainland neighbour, and carves out its own parallel culinary traditions. An island at the crossroads of the Mediterranean trade routes, Sicily's been well placed to soak up and put its own particular spin on cuisines from around the rim of the African, European and Middle Eastern landmasses. “Palermo is a real highlight,” Marta says, of our special guided foodie tour through the historic centre of this fascinating city. Smitten with streetfood, a stroll through Palermo is akin to a saunter down one huge al fresco buffet table. “Carts and kiosks, colourful markets and local bakeries- we sample them all,” Marta says, reeling off a list of personal highlights that read like a shopping list for the world’s best picnic: arancini (fried rice balls stuffed with meat sauce and cheese), panelle (fried chick pea pancake), and sfincione (Palermo's traditional pizza) ‐ "All absolutely delicious." Up in Trapani, learn about the region's unique Arab fusion with a cookery class and history lesson, hopping down to nearby Marsala for a delicious fortified wine-tasting at one of its famous local wineries. But no trip to Sicily is complete without seafood. So a trip to the fishing port of Sciacca is a real highlight. “If we’re lucky, we might have the opportunity to catch some of the fishing boats returning to the port, a real spectacle of local traditions worth seeing,” says Marta.

If food is your thing, this part of Italy is surely already high on your hit list. We’ll explore just what makes this region such a delicious draw, by way of the vineyards of Barolo, a rummage in the forests for the elusive nectar of truffles, a gourmet tasting of Parma ham and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Parmigiano Reggiano dairy.

Sicily Food Adventure

Piedmont & Parma Food Adventure

exodustravels.com/trip/ADY

For full holiday listings see from p52

Discover South Korea exodustravels.com/trip/AOD

3 NORTHERN INDIA G O O D F O R C O M P L E X F L AV O U R S

A compelling country of contrast, India's food traditions change from region to region, but it's in the north where you'll get to experience the most fully-realised and varied Indian cuisine for yourself. Delve into authentic Kashmiri fare at a family-run restaurant in gloriously crazy Delhi, learn about tasty age-old Mughlai cooking at a demonstration in ancient Agra (home to the iconic Taj Mahal), and experience mouthwateringly spicy Rajasthani grub – think spicy curries and potato dishes. Northern India Food Adventure - Premium exodustravels.com/trip/AKC

4 PIEDMONT & PARMA GOOD FOR GOURMET

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The Call Of Africa

THE CALL OF

AFRIC A Your Words

For full holiday listings see from p52

For Exodus customer Sue Miller, a lifelong love affair began on her first Exodus trip to Kenya. It's entirely possible it could happen to you too. Prepare to be seduced.


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The Call Of Africa

THE CALL OF

AFRIC A Your Words

For full holiday listings see from p52

For Exodus customer Sue Miller, a lifelong love affair began on her first Exodus trip to Kenya. It's entirely possible it could happen to you too. Prepare to be seduced.


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The Call Of Africa

ESSENTIAL SAFARIS:

WHY NOT TRY...

BEST FOR GORILL AS

BEST FOR WALKING

BEST FOR WILD CAMPING

Close Encounter

Luxury Bush Camp

Wildlife and Wilderness

A sunny haven of oxbow lagoons, buzzing vegetation and exclusive luxury bush camps await discovery in South Luangwa. Take in wildlife at eye-level on this walking safari of Zambia's finest national park.

A journey into the wilds of Botswana, one of Africa’s most blessed countries. Glide along the Okavango Delta in a traditional dug-out canoe, experience sunset at the eerily silent Makgadikgadi Pans and try wild camping in some of the country’s best national parks.

Plains game abounds in the rolling savannah of the Masai Mara and never far away lay the predators; cheetah, lion, leopard and hyena. This classic overland expedition gets you to the heart of three countries and includes a precious encounter with Rwanda’s Mountain gorillas. Gorillas & Masai Mara exodustravels.com/trip/WYU

South Luangwa Walking Safari exodustravels.com/trip/WZH

Wildlife & Wilderness of Botswana exodustravels.com/trip/WZT

"When I first went on safari in 2009, I wasn’t convinced that this was the sort of holiday I’d like. A once in a lifetime experience, then. No more. It’s safe to say they’ve become a significant and cherished part of my life - and this particular experience is something I've done seven times. And counting. Seeing an abundance of majestic African wildlife in its own habitat, having the privilege to observe these beautiful and endangered creatures at close quarters - that first safari was a magical introduction. I’d never dreamt that I would see elephants, lions, giraffes and cheetahs in the wild, but after my first game drive I was completely spellbound. Gazing at a pride of lions for the first time, watching a baby elephant walking underneath its mother while still learning to control its trunk they were two of my abiding memories from my first safari. And I will never forget seeing my first cheetah, pink-faced from a recent feast, resting out in the open under a flat-topped acacia tree, completely oblivious to its astounded audience. I was also extremely fortunate to witness the wildebeest crossing the Mara River during the migration and running the gauntlet of the submerged crocodiles waiting to pounce. Thrilling stuff!

For full holiday listings see from p52

When curated by people with real passion and expertise, African safaris provide far more than the opportunity to see animals in the wild - they offer the chance to experience a completely different world, where the excitement of the unknown combines with the warm hospitality and friendship offered by what’s become my extended Kenyan family! I have so many happy memories, but top of the list has to be celebrating my birthday whilst in Africa. The day began with hot chocolate and cakes delivered to my tent before setting off on a fabulous early morning game drive with a champagne picnic under an acacia tree on the Mara. During the afternoon game drive we saw Malaika, the famous cheetah who starred in the BBC series, ’The Hunt’, resting and playing with her cubs in the sunshine. The evening was spent around the campfire dancing and jumping with the Maasai people. It was truly a day to remember forever. Then again, each game drive brings new memories and is just as thrilling as the first. The exciting thing is that in nature the unexpected is a given. Sightings are not guaranteed, although the chances are greatly improved by the experienced and knowledgeable guides, and nothing beats the thrill of the chase. On my last safari I was incredibly lucky to see a pride of lions climbing a tree and saw two tiny cheetah cubs being moved to a new

"Seeing an abundance of majestic African wildlife in its own habitat, having the privilege to observe these beautiful creatures at close quarters - that first safari was a magical introduction..."

hiding place by their protective mother. My first sighting of a leopard was not until my third safari but seeing this magnificent creature out in the open was well worth waiting for. The more you go, the more you see, and as time has gone by I have taken great delight in spotting a wide variety of East African birds, a striped hyena, families of mongoose, Wild dogs, clouds of brightly coloured butterflies and heavily scented blossom trees. An experience not to be missed is the hot air balloon flight at dawn over the Maasai Mara. This optional extra enables you to watch the balloons being inflated and then clamber aboard to drift across the plains above herds of elephants, a lonely hippo wallowing in a mud bath, hyenas and lions stalking their prey. Since discovering Exodus, I’ve been fortunate to travel with them to destinations all over the world - quietly observing elephants at midnight at the floodlit waterhole in Etosha National Park; washing an elephant in the stream in Bandhavgarh National Park and camping on the rim of a volcano in the Galapagos. But the happiest and most memorable days of my life have been in Kenya." ● - Sue Miller. Classic Kenya 4WD Safari exodustravels.com/trip/WYM

BEST FOR REMOTE L ANDSCAPES

BEST FOR OPEN SAVANNAH

BEST FOR DIVERSITY

Deep into the desert

Serengeti Safari

Natural Wonders

One of the least populated areas on Earth, where desert elephants, lions and Black rhinos eke out an existence. Days are filled with Namibia’s stark beauty, nights are spent under a blanket of stars with the sound of the bush for company.

Lake Manyara’s colourful ornithological roll call of over 400 recorded species will delight birdwatchers year-round, whilst the Serengeti’s resident lions, cheetahs and leopards make for an adrenaline-pumping safari across open savannah.

Encounter Chobe’s huge elephant herds, criss-cross the Delta’s channels, search for rhinos and leopards in Matobo and spot wild dogs in Hwange. All amongst a backdrop of precariously perched rocks, languid deltas and the thundering Victoria Falls.

Namibia 4WD Desert Safari

Classic Tanzania Safari

Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari

exodustravels.com/trip/WZP

exodustravels.com/trip/WYB

exodustravels.com/trip/WZA

Where else in the world? Land of the Tiger: Disdover India's 'Kipling Country' (WIW, p104) • Wild Sri Lanka: Encounters with whales, leopards, elephants and birds (WIY, p109) • Land of the Jaguar: Boat safari’s in search of Brazil’s largest predator (WAI, p123) • Mozambique Marine Adventure: Whale sharks and Manta rays on this thrilling ocean adventure (WZY, p83)


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The Call Of Africa

ESSENTIAL SAFARIS:

WHY NOT TRY...

BEST FOR GORILL AS

BEST FOR WALKING

BEST FOR WILD CAMPING

Close Encounter

Luxury Bush Camp

Wildlife and Wilderness

A sunny haven of oxbow lagoons, buzzing vegetation and exclusive luxury bush camps await discovery in South Luangwa. Take in wildlife at eye-level on this walking safari of Zambia's finest national park.

A journey into the wilds of Botswana, one of Africa’s most blessed countries. Glide along the Okavango Delta in a traditional dug-out canoe, experience sunset at the eerily silent Makgadikgadi Pans and try wild camping in some of the country’s best national parks.

Plains game abounds in the rolling savannah of the Masai Mara and never far away lay the predators; cheetah, lion, leopard and hyena. This classic overland expedition gets you to the heart of three countries and includes a precious encounter with Rwanda’s Mountain gorillas. Gorillas & Masai Mara exodustravels.com/trip/WYU

South Luangwa Walking Safari exodustravels.com/trip/WZH

Wildlife & Wilderness of Botswana exodustravels.com/trip/WZT

"When I first went on safari in 2009, I wasn’t convinced that this was the sort of holiday I’d like. A once in a lifetime experience, then. No more. It’s safe to say they’ve become a significant and cherished part of my life - and this particular experience is something I've done seven times. And counting. Seeing an abundance of majestic African wildlife in its own habitat, having the privilege to observe these beautiful and endangered creatures at close quarters - that first safari was a magical introduction. I’d never dreamt that I would see elephants, lions, giraffes and cheetahs in the wild, but after my first game drive I was completely spellbound. Gazing at a pride of lions for the first time, watching a baby elephant walking underneath its mother while still learning to control its trunk they were two of my abiding memories from my first safari. And I will never forget seeing my first cheetah, pink-faced from a recent feast, resting out in the open under a flat-topped acacia tree, completely oblivious to its astounded audience. I was also extremely fortunate to witness the wildebeest crossing the Mara River during the migration and running the gauntlet of the submerged crocodiles waiting to pounce. Thrilling stuff!

For full holiday listings see from p52

When curated by people with real passion and expertise, African safaris provide far more than the opportunity to see animals in the wild - they offer the chance to experience a completely different world, where the excitement of the unknown combines with the warm hospitality and friendship offered by what’s become my extended Kenyan family! I have so many happy memories, but top of the list has to be celebrating my birthday whilst in Africa. The day began with hot chocolate and cakes delivered to my tent before setting off on a fabulous early morning game drive with a champagne picnic under an acacia tree on the Mara. During the afternoon game drive we saw Malaika, the famous cheetah who starred in the BBC series, ’The Hunt’, resting and playing with her cubs in the sunshine. The evening was spent around the campfire dancing and jumping with the Maasai people. It was truly a day to remember forever. Then again, each game drive brings new memories and is just as thrilling as the first. The exciting thing is that in nature the unexpected is a given. Sightings are not guaranteed, although the chances are greatly improved by the experienced and knowledgeable guides, and nothing beats the thrill of the chase. On my last safari I was incredibly lucky to see a pride of lions climbing a tree and saw two tiny cheetah cubs being moved to a new

"Seeing an abundance of majestic African wildlife in its own habitat, having the privilege to observe these beautiful creatures at close quarters - that first safari was a magical introduction..."

hiding place by their protective mother. My first sighting of a leopard was not until my third safari but seeing this magnificent creature out in the open was well worth waiting for. The more you go, the more you see, and as time has gone by I have taken great delight in spotting a wide variety of East African birds, a striped hyena, families of mongoose, Wild dogs, clouds of brightly coloured butterflies and heavily scented blossom trees. An experience not to be missed is the hot air balloon flight at dawn over the Maasai Mara. This optional extra enables you to watch the balloons being inflated and then clamber aboard to drift across the plains above herds of elephants, a lonely hippo wallowing in a mud bath, hyenas and lions stalking their prey. Since discovering Exodus, I’ve been fortunate to travel with them to destinations all over the world - quietly observing elephants at midnight at the floodlit waterhole in Etosha National Park; washing an elephant in the stream in Bandhavgarh National Park and camping on the rim of a volcano in the Galapagos. But the happiest and most memorable days of my life have been in Kenya." ● - Sue Miller. Classic Kenya 4WD Safari exodustravels.com/trip/WYM

BEST FOR REMOTE L ANDSCAPES

BEST FOR OPEN SAVANNAH

BEST FOR DIVERSITY

Deep into the desert

Serengeti Safari

Natural Wonders

One of the least populated areas on Earth, where desert elephants, lions and Black rhinos eke out an existence. Days are filled with Namibia’s stark beauty, nights are spent under a blanket of stars with the sound of the bush for company.

Lake Manyara’s colourful ornithological roll call of over 400 recorded species will delight birdwatchers year-round, whilst the Serengeti’s resident lions, cheetahs and leopards make for an adrenaline-pumping safari across open savannah.

Encounter Chobe’s huge elephant herds, criss-cross the Delta’s channels, search for rhinos and leopards in Matobo and spot wild dogs in Hwange. All amongst a backdrop of precariously perched rocks, languid deltas and the thundering Victoria Falls.

Namibia 4WD Desert Safari

Classic Tanzania Safari

Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari

exodustravels.com/trip/WZP

exodustravels.com/trip/WYB

exodustravels.com/trip/WZA

Where else in the world? Land of the Tiger: Disdover India's 'Kipling Country' (WIW, p104) • Wild Sri Lanka: Encounters with whales, leopards, elephants and birds (WIY, p109) • Land of the Jaguar: Boat safari’s in search of Brazil’s largest predator (WAI, p123) • Mozambique Marine Adventure: Whale sharks and Manta rays on this thrilling ocean adventure (WZY, p83)


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This is my Vietnam

this is my

Vietnam Few countries offer a catalogue of wonders as compelling as Vietnam. This long slither of land - stretching about 1,650km from north to south, is industrious see the frenetic bakeries on every street corner of Saigon, ravishing - the sandy beaches of the south coast, and majestic - the towering islands of Halong Bay. We asked three Vietnam explorers to share their stories with us...

A Land of Delicious Possibilities “Young lotus roots salad, fish in clay pots with caramel, gingers, shallots, steamed fishes with five flavours, local noodles, coffee in street cafes - they’re some of the highlights on our Food of Vietnam tour,” says local food hero, and Exodus Leader Phuong Tran. “Everything here is very fresh, and we use lots of seasoning. The way we cook, the way of marinade, the various dipping sauces all play their part. But just as important is the way we enjoy and share food on the table and love to discuss the way we cook." “I take the group to the Thanh Van shop for the best rice paper rolls in Hanoi - the belostomatidae oil sauce (made from crushed giant water bugs) is incredible. In Mekong, the deep fried elephant ear fish is sensational. You can make your own roll with mint and noodles, and dip it in the sweet and sour sauce.” “I want to show people my beautiful country, its food, culture and colourful history. We dive into the street food bars, sharing dishes , seeing small food businesses and cooking with Vietnamese families.” Vietnam Food Adventure exodustravels.com/trip/ALC

In Hanoi, we encourage our groups to share a communal meal at KOTO, a non-profit organisation that provides disadvantaged 16-22 year olds with a two year course in hospitality, English and life skills. Close to the Temple of Literature, this beautiful restaurant is the perfect setting for trying a traditional Vietnamese dish or two!

The People make the Place

Soaking up the Street Life

“It’s such a privilege to experience this beautiful country, still coming to terms with the 150 years of occupation and war,” says Exodus customer Steven Cleveland. “This trip took us from north to south in a hectic but fascinating two week adventure. You'll learn a lot about the recent history which still affects the country today. But, ultimately, it’s the people who make this trip - and make Vietnam what it is." “From its busy markets, to the millions of scooters - and the smiling children playing on the streets it’s hard not to be totally charmed by the place and its culture. Our tour guide's stories about life in Vietnam were one of the highlights of our trip, giving the tour a personal touch that would otherwise have been missing. Linh was a real ambassador for his country,” Steven says. And that’s the Exodus difference, of course. Wherever you go, you’ll be travelling right into the heart of your destination, courtesy of the insights you’ll only get if you’re exploring with someone who really knows. Someone who calls this country home. "And what a country," say Steven, "it’s just stunning. Halong Bay is an obvious must-see, but the temples, pagodas, beaches, jungles and rice fields all help make this country one of the most incredible I’ve ever visited." “The highlight, for me, was kayaking in Halong Bay while the sun set. At first I was unsure about it. Would it be too touristy? I’m so glad I went for it, and I certainly didn’t regret it. Paddling through small caves into areas larger boats couldn't go, we found ourselves completely alone in the most beautiful place.”

“I love the fact that so much of life is played out on the streets,” says Exodus Product Manager Megan Devenish. “It’s great to pull up one of the small plastic stools and just sit back and watch. You’ll see families congregating, children playing games, business meetings being had and very often people having a nap on top of their market stalls! Of course, much enjoyed by a 20p glass of ‘bia hoi’ – a local draught beer served on the streets. “The fact that you can almost see the whole length of the country in just two weeks is a great pull for Vietnam. There is so much variety between the north and south - the history that comes from the country once being split in two is fascinating. Saigon, in the south, is very modern and Hanoi, in the north, a lot more sedate. The history of both cities is starkly different. One thing they both have in common though, is the offering of early morning exercise classes in the parks. "Aerobics is popular - usually enjoyed by friendly groups of people of all ages in the city’s parks at 6am, accompanied by dance music. It’s totally worth joining in!" The Mekong Delta’s lush green fields makes for a refreshing change of pace after the hustle and bustle of the cities. From a religious perspective Catholicism and Buddhism are the two main religions but Cao Dai is a new religion that finds room for all manner of religious and cultural influences. It’s a bit like the country itself - tolerant, welcoming and as deeply connected to the land as it is to its people."

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This is my Vietnam

this is my

Vietnam Few countries offer a catalogue of wonders as compelling as Vietnam. This long slither of land - stretching about 1,650km from north to south, is industrious see the frenetic bakeries on every street corner of Saigon, ravishing - the sandy beaches of the south coast, and majestic - the towering islands of Halong Bay. We asked three Vietnam explorers to share their stories with us...

A Land of Delicious Possibilities “Young lotus roots salad, fish in clay pots with caramel, gingers, shallots, steamed fishes with five flavours, local noodles, coffee in street cafes - they’re some of the highlights on our Food of Vietnam tour,” says local food hero, and Exodus Leader Phuong Tran. “Everything here is very fresh, and we use lots of seasoning. The way we cook, the way of marinade, the various dipping sauces all play their part. But just as important is the way we enjoy and share food on the table and love to discuss the way we cook." “I take the group to the Thanh Van shop for the best rice paper rolls in Hanoi - the belostomatidae oil sauce (made from crushed giant water bugs) is incredible. In Mekong, the deep fried elephant ear fish is sensational. You can make your own roll with mint and noodles, and dip it in the sweet and sour sauce.” “I want to show people my beautiful country, its food, culture and colourful history. We dive into the street food bars, sharing dishes , seeing small food businesses and cooking with Vietnamese families.” Vietnam Food Adventure exodustravels.com/trip/ALC

In Hanoi, we encourage our groups to share a communal meal at KOTO, a non-profit organisation that provides disadvantaged 16-22 year olds with a two year course in hospitality, English and life skills. Close to the Temple of Literature, this beautiful restaurant is the perfect setting for trying a traditional Vietnamese dish or two!

The People make the Place

Soaking up the Street Life

“It’s such a privilege to experience this beautiful country, still coming to terms with the 150 years of occupation and war,” says Exodus customer Steven Cleveland. “This trip took us from north to south in a hectic but fascinating two week adventure. You'll learn a lot about the recent history which still affects the country today. But, ultimately, it’s the people who make this trip - and make Vietnam what it is." “From its busy markets, to the millions of scooters - and the smiling children playing on the streets it’s hard not to be totally charmed by the place and its culture. Our tour guide's stories about life in Vietnam were one of the highlights of our trip, giving the tour a personal touch that would otherwise have been missing. Linh was a real ambassador for his country,” Steven says. And that’s the Exodus difference, of course. Wherever you go, you’ll be travelling right into the heart of your destination, courtesy of the insights you’ll only get if you’re exploring with someone who really knows. Someone who calls this country home. "And what a country," say Steven, "it’s just stunning. Halong Bay is an obvious must-see, but the temples, pagodas, beaches, jungles and rice fields all help make this country one of the most incredible I’ve ever visited." “The highlight, for me, was kayaking in Halong Bay while the sun set. At first I was unsure about it. Would it be too touristy? I’m so glad I went for it, and I certainly didn’t regret it. Paddling through small caves into areas larger boats couldn't go, we found ourselves completely alone in the most beautiful place.”

“I love the fact that so much of life is played out on the streets,” says Exodus Product Manager Megan Devenish. “It’s great to pull up one of the small plastic stools and just sit back and watch. You’ll see families congregating, children playing games, business meetings being had and very often people having a nap on top of their market stalls! Of course, much enjoyed by a 20p glass of ‘bia hoi’ – a local draught beer served on the streets. “The fact that you can almost see the whole length of the country in just two weeks is a great pull for Vietnam. There is so much variety between the north and south - the history that comes from the country once being split in two is fascinating. Saigon, in the south, is very modern and Hanoi, in the north, a lot more sedate. The history of both cities is starkly different. One thing they both have in common though, is the offering of early morning exercise classes in the parks. "Aerobics is popular - usually enjoyed by friendly groups of people of all ages in the city’s parks at 6am, accompanied by dance music. It’s totally worth joining in!" The Mekong Delta’s lush green fields makes for a refreshing change of pace after the hustle and bustle of the cities. From a religious perspective Catholicism and Buddhism are the two main religions but Cao Dai is a new religion that finds room for all manner of religious and cultural influences. It’s a bit like the country itself - tolerant, welcoming and as deeply connected to the land as it is to its people."

Trails of Vietnam exodustravels.com/trip/AOF

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Cuba: A Different Beat

Scratch beneath the sun-kissed surface of salsa, rum, cigars and vintage cars to find a fascinatingly unique country that will whisk you off your feet and drop you back down to Earth feeling like a different person

CU BA A D I FFE R E N T B E AT

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Cuba: A Different Beat

Scratch beneath the sun-kissed surface of salsa, rum, cigars and vintage cars to find a fascinatingly unique country that will whisk you off your feet and drop you back down to Earth feeling like a different person

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Cuban ARevolutions Cuba: Different Beat

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A M A ZIN G CUBAN AT TR ACTIONS Just some of the incredible places you’ll visit on our Cuban adventures, from your guide - Adam Roberts.

uba moves to its own rhythm. The biggest island in the Caribbean Sea, it’s as captivating as it is contradictory. Its fragile economy has created an ecosystem where patched together 1950s Chevys chug past crumbling palaces in the effervescent capital, Havana. Where many of the best beaches lie, refreshingly undeveloped, at the edge of semitropical rain forests, and where old Spanish colonial villages offer a vivid glimpse of this country's turbulent, defiant history. For Cuba Product Manager Adam Roberts the island worked its strange magic on him from the moment he first set foot in its capital. “The first thing I noticed about Havana was the stationary dull flicker of light from above. Not the frantic bright lights of Paris or Buenos Aires, but instead an understated glow, alluring and mysterious in equal measure,” he says. Nothing quite prepares you for this uncompromising film-set of a capital. The steamy cellar bars and tango houses of La Habana Vieja, the historical hotch-potch of grand civic buildings surrounding the Plaza Vieja (Old Square), and the all-human-life-is-here procession of the Malecon (where Havana meets the crashing waves of the sea) combine to create an intoxifying whole. “I suppose it was a heady cocktail of travel weariness and nervous expectation but those silhouettes of people mingling in the city’s warm, dark streets is an image that will stay with me forever,” Adam says. Sure, the island’s as fascinating as it is occasionally frustrating. But Adam wouldn’t have it any other way.

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“Cuba welcomed me like nowhere else on Earth. There’s a tangible weight of history and emotional significance here, but it wears it lightly,” he says. “Yes, at times it’s incomprehensible, and quite often just crazy… but it’s never less than delightful. To discover Cuba is to fall in love and have your world turned upside down." What is it about the island that makes it a world apart? That’ll have something to do with 50 years of isolation. A half century that allowed a refreshingly alternative ecosystem to spring up. “There’s a raw and colourful beauty here,” Adam says. “No shops - not many at least - home-grown food, no advertising, no traffic, no internet. It’s such a privilege to share a small but significant insight into the lives of its people.” There’s a slogan that sums this all up perfectly - ‘Si se puede’: “It started as a propaganda message, now it’s adorned in graffiti across the island - it means ‘Yes you can’,” Adam explains. “The ability to inspire will remain a huge part of Cuba’s legacy as the country gradually emerges into a fast-changing world. The hope is that the coming years will be characterised by fair and sustainable evolution with the islanders’ best interests at heart, but just how the newly thawing relationship with the US will pan out in reality remains to be seen. Cubans already know all about being patient. But my advice? Go now.”

Leading the way For Rayselis Rodriguez, joint winner of 2016’s Tour Leader of the Year Award, showcasing her country’s unique charms comes easy.

“I’m 100% made in Cuba! And what do people need to see most? Cubans! We carry all the contradictions in us. The happiness and the sadness all in one - what I call the Cuban philosophy, it’s not quite “hakuna matata” but we always adapt ourselves to the situation. Life has taught us to be like that. And you need to see the Cubans in their natural environment, do the things we enjoy, come dancing! In the end that’s what will tell you you’re in Cuba and not anywhere else. Cuba is not an easy country, you need to be open minded! But the Cuban sense of humour is not so different to English, and we’re very approachable, you know, we don’t bite! Every client who comes to Cuba wants to come here “before it’s too late”. It’s kind of the slogan of Cuba, come before it changes! On my tours we try to taste Cuba as much as possible in the time. On the first day I ask everyone to leave behind the formality of their home, to try to feel at ease… drink some mojitos, try salsa… I want them to be a little bit Cuban for these days. What people have in common is they want to see the real Cuba, and that’s where you lead them – you’re honest with them, you show them your country and try to satisfy their curiosity. That’s what unites them, an interest in history and culture and having fun too. Havana is my favourite place for history, Viñales is my favourite for landscape, Cienfuegos is my favourite city, and Trinidad of course has a completely unique atmosphere at night… How can I have a favourite in Cuba? The whole island is."

A Cuban take on homestays, 'Casas Particulares' are as authentic as it gets. If getting close to the real Cuba is on your wishlist - welcome home. More memorable and homely than a hotel, with the personal attention of your host, they make for a refreshing and authentic insight into the real Cuba. "Accommodation is, naturally, as varied as Cuban homes are," says Cuba Product Manager Adam Roberts. So expect idiosyncratic touches, heaps of character, simple but homely furnishings and hearty fare. Cleanliness is a given - and all rooms have en suite facilities and either a fan or air conditioning. This is Cuba at its most relaxed and welcoming." "Instead of just scratching the surface of a destination, you get a real insight into the local culture, with the chance to share customs and stories with your host,” says Adam. “You could stay with a doctor, a waiter, a mechanic, or a retired professor – local people are proud to welcome adventure travellers. So one person's experience will never be the same as another's. It’s most definitely one of the unmissable Cuban experiences.” "And if you can brush up on your Spanish, you’ll enjoy your stay even more - you’ll be able to tell your hosts just how you like your eggs in the morning!” Adam laughs. “Actually, our customers tell us that breakfast is usually a real highlight..."

1 Havana Charming Old town and fortified port. People watching, baseball, rum, Buena Vista Social Club, and home of the Castro brothers. 2 Che Guevara (Santa Clara) resting place of iconic revolutionary figure. Visit the mausoleum. 3 Homestays & Salsa (Trinidad and Cienfuegos) stay with locals in ‘Casas Particulares’ and soak up the ever-present music in these colourful coastal towns. We do a salsa class in Trinidad and people love the nightlife here. 4 Bay of Pigs (Playa Larga) Site of the failed CIA-backed invasion of Cuba in 1961. Snorkelling and swimming opportunities here. 5 Beaches & Mojitos (Maria La Gorda & Cayo Levisa) kick back and relax. We offer trip extensions to Cayo Levisa, and MLG features on the mixed activity and family itineraries. 6 Hand rolled cigars (Vinales) The best tobacco plantations can be found in the Pinar de Rio province characterised by dramatic Limestone Karsts and a slow pace of life. 7 Mountain Terrain (Sierra Maestra) Trek to Comandancia La Plata, Fidel Castro’s mountain headquarters. The 26th July movement set up base here in 1956 following their arrival from Mexico on the yacht named ‘Granma’. 8 Remote Baracoa Discovered by Christopher Colombus in 1942 upon landing in Cuba, oldest Spanish settlement on the island. Road access only established in the 1960’s. 9 El Cobre (Santiago de Cuba) ‘Our Lady of Charity’, the most important church and pilgrimage destination in the country for the predominantly Roman Catholic population.

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A TASTE OF CUBA

CUBA MIXED ACTIVITY

CUBA: LA ISLA GRANDE

A multi-sensory experience for a multi-sensory island. Experience the best of Cuba’s beaches, cigars and ‘50s Chevvys - see Cuba's finest exports rolled by hand, savour the mojitos of Havana’s cellar bars, and soak up the sounds of those Latin rhythms with a local dance partner.

Explore the history, musical heritage and idiosyncratic culture of Havana and Trinidad, cycle in Viñales Valley, swim at the Bay of Pigs, and hike the peaks and valleys of Topes de Collantes. Variety - it’s the best way to experience Cuba!

Soak in the faded colonial grandeur of Old Havana, live it up in the lively nightlife of Santiago and the restored splendour of Trinidad, and take time out to relax in Baracoa, a lively coastal town surrounded by rainforest and lush cocoa plantations.

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A M A ZIN G CUBAN AT TR ACTIONS Just some of the incredible places you’ll visit on our Cuban adventures, from your guide - Adam Roberts.

uba moves to its own rhythm. The biggest island in the Caribbean Sea, it’s as captivating as it is contradictory. Its fragile economy has created an ecosystem where patched together 1950s Chevys chug past crumbling palaces in the effervescent capital, Havana. Where many of the best beaches lie, refreshingly undeveloped, at the edge of semitropical rain forests, and where old Spanish colonial villages offer a vivid glimpse of this country's turbulent, defiant history. For Cuba Product Manager Adam Roberts the island worked its strange magic on him from the moment he first set foot in its capital. “The first thing I noticed about Havana was the stationary dull flicker of light from above. Not the frantic bright lights of Paris or Buenos Aires, but instead an understated glow, alluring and mysterious in equal measure,” he says. Nothing quite prepares you for this uncompromising film-set of a capital. The steamy cellar bars and tango houses of La Habana Vieja, the historical hotch-potch of grand civic buildings surrounding the Plaza Vieja (Old Square), and the all-human-life-is-here procession of the Malecon (where Havana meets the crashing waves of the sea) combine to create an intoxifying whole. “I suppose it was a heady cocktail of travel weariness and nervous expectation but those silhouettes of people mingling in the city’s warm, dark streets is an image that will stay with me forever,” Adam says. Sure, the island’s as fascinating as it is occasionally frustrating. But Adam wouldn’t have it any other way.

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“Cuba welcomed me like nowhere else on Earth. There’s a tangible weight of history and emotional significance here, but it wears it lightly,” he says. “Yes, at times it’s incomprehensible, and quite often just crazy… but it’s never less than delightful. To discover Cuba is to fall in love and have your world turned upside down." What is it about the island that makes it a world apart? That’ll have something to do with 50 years of isolation. A half century that allowed a refreshingly alternative ecosystem to spring up. “There’s a raw and colourful beauty here,” Adam says. “No shops - not many at least - home-grown food, no advertising, no traffic, no internet. It’s such a privilege to share a small but significant insight into the lives of its people.” There’s a slogan that sums this all up perfectly - ‘Si se puede’: “It started as a propaganda message, now it’s adorned in graffiti across the island - it means ‘Yes you can’,” Adam explains. “The ability to inspire will remain a huge part of Cuba’s legacy as the country gradually emerges into a fast-changing world. The hope is that the coming years will be characterised by fair and sustainable evolution with the islanders’ best interests at heart, but just how the newly thawing relationship with the US will pan out in reality remains to be seen. Cubans already know all about being patient. But my advice? Go now.”

Leading the way For Rayselis Rodriguez, joint winner of 2016’s Tour Leader of the Year Award, showcasing her country’s unique charms comes easy.

“I’m 100% made in Cuba! And what do people need to see most? Cubans! We carry all the contradictions in us. The happiness and the sadness all in one - what I call the Cuban philosophy, it’s not quite “hakuna matata” but we always adapt ourselves to the situation. Life has taught us to be like that. And you need to see the Cubans in their natural environment, do the things we enjoy, come dancing! In the end that’s what will tell you you’re in Cuba and not anywhere else. Cuba is not an easy country, you need to be open minded! But the Cuban sense of humour is not so different to English, and we’re very approachable, you know, we don’t bite! Every client who comes to Cuba wants to come here “before it’s too late”. It’s kind of the slogan of Cuba, come before it changes! On my tours we try to taste Cuba as much as possible in the time. On the first day I ask everyone to leave behind the formality of their home, to try to feel at ease… drink some mojitos, try salsa… I want them to be a little bit Cuban for these days. What people have in common is they want to see the real Cuba, and that’s where you lead them – you’re honest with them, you show them your country and try to satisfy their curiosity. That’s what unites them, an interest in history and culture and having fun too. Havana is my favourite place for history, Viñales is my favourite for landscape, Cienfuegos is my favourite city, and Trinidad of course has a completely unique atmosphere at night… How can I have a favourite in Cuba? The whole island is."

A Cuban take on homestays, 'Casas Particulares' are as authentic as it gets. If getting close to the real Cuba is on your wishlist - welcome home. More memorable and homely than a hotel, with the personal attention of your host, they make for a refreshing and authentic insight into the real Cuba. "Accommodation is, naturally, as varied as Cuban homes are," says Cuba Product Manager Adam Roberts. So expect idiosyncratic touches, heaps of character, simple but homely furnishings and hearty fare. Cleanliness is a given - and all rooms have en suite facilities and either a fan or air conditioning. This is Cuba at its most relaxed and welcoming." "Instead of just scratching the surface of a destination, you get a real insight into the local culture, with the chance to share customs and stories with your host,” says Adam. “You could stay with a doctor, a waiter, a mechanic, or a retired professor – local people are proud to welcome adventure travellers. So one person's experience will never be the same as another's. It’s most definitely one of the unmissable Cuban experiences.” "And if you can brush up on your Spanish, you’ll enjoy your stay even more - you’ll be able to tell your hosts just how you like your eggs in the morning!” Adam laughs. “Actually, our customers tell us that breakfast is usually a real highlight..."

1 Havana Charming Old town and fortified port. People watching, baseball, rum, Buena Vista Social Club, and home of the Castro brothers. 2 Che Guevara (Santa Clara) resting place of iconic revolutionary figure. Visit the mausoleum. 3 Homestays & Salsa (Trinidad and Cienfuegos) stay with locals in ‘Casas Particulares’ and soak up the ever-present music in these colourful coastal towns. We do a salsa class in Trinidad and people love the nightlife here. 4 Bay of Pigs (Playa Larga) Site of the failed CIA-backed invasion of Cuba in 1961. Snorkelling and swimming opportunities here. 5 Beaches & Mojitos (Maria La Gorda & Cayo Levisa) kick back and relax. We offer trip extensions to Cayo Levisa, and MLG features on the mixed activity and family itineraries. 6 Hand rolled cigars (Vinales) The best tobacco plantations can be found in the Pinar de Rio province characterised by dramatic Limestone Karsts and a slow pace of life. 7 Mountain Terrain (Sierra Maestra) Trek to Comandancia La Plata, Fidel Castro’s mountain headquarters. The 26th July movement set up base here in 1956 following their arrival from Mexico on the yacht named ‘Granma’. 8 Remote Baracoa Discovered by Christopher Colombus in 1942 upon landing in Cuba, oldest Spanish settlement on the island. Road access only established in the 1960’s. 9 El Cobre (Santiago de Cuba) ‘Our Lady of Charity’, the most important church and pilgrimage destination in the country for the predominantly Roman Catholic population.

of the best Cuban experiences

9 Days

12 Days

16 Days

A TASTE OF CUBA

CUBA MIXED ACTIVITY

CUBA: LA ISLA GRANDE

A multi-sensory experience for a multi-sensory island. Experience the best of Cuba’s beaches, cigars and ‘50s Chevvys - see Cuba's finest exports rolled by hand, savour the mojitos of Havana’s cellar bars, and soak up the sounds of those Latin rhythms with a local dance partner.

Explore the history, musical heritage and idiosyncratic culture of Havana and Trinidad, cycle in Viñales Valley, swim at the Bay of Pigs, and hike the peaks and valleys of Topes de Collantes. Variety - it’s the best way to experience Cuba!

Soak in the faded colonial grandeur of Old Havana, live it up in the lively nightlife of Santiago and the restored splendour of Trinidad, and take time out to relax in Baracoa, a lively coastal town surrounded by rainforest and lush cocoa plantations.

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Into The Deep

ALL AT SEA

INTO THE

FIVE UNMISSABLE WHALE WATCHING HOLIDAYS

BLUE WHALE 'Balaenoptera Musculus' Length: 30 metres Weight: 140,000 kg Lifespan: 90 years Diet: Krill Fun Fact: T heir tongues can weigh as much as an elephant.

The longest migrations of any animal on Earth, the annual, graceful procession of our mightiest whales is a super-sized spectacle - once witnessed, never forgotten.

Location:

 orth Atlantic N and North Pacific, Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Best for Blue Whales Search a slice of the Indian Ocean for Blue whales on board a privately chartered yacht. These elusive creatures typically frequent the rich seas off the coast of Sri Lanka between November and April. We may also be lucky enough to encounter Sperm whales, Brydes whales and large pods of Spinner or Bottlenose dolphins. Wild Sri Lanka exodustravels.com/trip/WIY

Best for Humpback Whales On their way to summer feeding grounds in Antarctica, Humpback whales stop off in the warm waters off the shore of Mozambique. The country’s spectacular marine wildlife includes dolphins, sea turtle and dugong. The Bazaruto Archipelago, famed for its coral reefs, also offers clear waters filled with iridescent fish, Manta rays and Whale sharks. Mozambique Marine Adventure exodustravels.com/trip/WZY

HUMPBACK WHALE 'Megaptera Novaeangliae' Length: Weight: Lifespan: Diet: Fun Fact:

13 metres 30,000 kg 50 years Plankton & fish At least three different species of barnacles live on their flippers.

Location: North Pacific, Atlantic, Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean groups.

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hey’re some of nature’s most enigmatic and mysterious creatures, and their annual migration is surely one of the greatest shows on Earth. For millennia, we’ve been captivated by their marine meanderings - but thankfully in these more enlightened times, we’re strictly on their trail to witness and wonder at their stately presence in our seas. “I’ve always had a great love of all things marine when it comes to wildlife – and while swimming with wild dolphins was one of my best encounters to date, the sight of a breaching Humpback whale off the coast of Mozambique will stay with me forever,” says Product Manager Sarah Ahern, when asked for her most indelible marine memories. It’s a feeling shared with Exodus Marketing Manager Natasha Preston: “For my first whale watching trip I chose the Azores - a lush, volcanic archipelago surrounded by

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"I was lucky enough to see the largest living creature - a Blue whale - swimming just 30 metres off the bow! Later that evening, bathed in the midnight sun’s rays, we also saw a pair of Humpbacks slapping their pectoral fins on the water’s surface"

deep indigo waters serenaded by whale song. Choppy seas thwarted my first attempt at finding the aquatic choristers. Luckily the second was more fruitful; as the sun broke through the showers a Fin whale and a calf surfaced beside the Zodiac beneath a double rainbow - so close we could feel (and smell!) the spray from the blows!” Natasha also saw Sperm whales deep diving for squid and plenty of playful Common dolphins, but it was on her once-ina-lifetime adventure around Spitsbergen that she caught sight of the ultimate marine prize: “I was lucky enough to see the largest living creature - a Blue whale - swimming just 30 metres off the bow! Later that evening, bathed in the midnight sun’s rays, we also saw a pair of Humpbacks slapping their pectoral fins on the water’s surface,” she beams. Natasha’s latest whale-seeking endeavour took her along South Africa’s Garden Route

to Walker Bay. Each year between August and December, Southern right whales come into the shallower waters to calf, making this the best place on Earth for land-based whale watching. “Within minutes of arriving I heard the tell-tale blows,” she recalls. “I grabbed my camera and headed along the coastal trail where I found a mother and calf seemingly playing with kelp. To be the only one there witnessing these magnificent mammals together was a real privilege.” Exodus whale watching adventures will take you into the heart of some of the world’s greatest-ever migratory routes - and some of nature's most incredible spectacles. It’s a journey that takes us to vantage points off the coast of all continents, but wherever we’re headed, the real stars are always to be found in the deep blue oceans.

Best for Sperm Whales Of the 80 species of whales and dolphins on the planet, 25 of them have been sighted off the coast of the Azores. Hardly surprising when you realise this sunny archipelago is situated directly between the whales’ breeding grounds and North Atlantic feeding grounds. We’ll scan the horizon for Blue, Sperm and Pilot whales as well as inquisitive Bottlenose dolphins. Azores: Whale & Dolphin Watching exodustravels.com/trip/WSA

Best for Grey Whales The inquisitive and playful Grey whale is one of the most well-travelled of all Earth’s creatures. Look for its barnacleencrusted bulk rising from the seas as it makes its yearly round-trip from Alaskan waters to the warmer Mexican coast.   Journey to the Sea of Cortez

SPER M WHALE 'Physeter macrocephalus' Length: Weight: Lifespan: Diet: Fun Fact:

15 metres 35,000 kg 70 years Fish & squid T hey can hold their breath for up to 90 minutes.

Location: From the poles to the equator, in all oceans.

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Best for Orca Whales Look out from the driftwood-scattered shores of British Columbia, and the next landfall is Japan! Before that, 7,000 kms of open ocean. Somewhere out here, sailing through the silence, are Orca whales. Our Zodiac trips are your best bet to spot them - although shore sightings are common too. Whales & Bears of British Columbia exodustravels.com/trip/WFZ


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Into The Deep

ALL AT SEA

INTO THE

FIVE UNMISSABLE WHALE WATCHING HOLIDAYS

BLUE WHALE 'Balaenoptera Musculus' Length: 30 metres Weight: 140,000 kg Lifespan: 90 years Diet: Krill Fun Fact: T heir tongues can weigh as much as an elephant.

The longest migrations of any animal on Earth, the annual, graceful procession of our mightiest whales is a super-sized spectacle - once witnessed, never forgotten.

Location:

 orth Atlantic N and North Pacific, Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Best for Blue Whales Search a slice of the Indian Ocean for Blue whales on board a privately chartered yacht. These elusive creatures typically frequent the rich seas off the coast of Sri Lanka between November and April. We may also be lucky enough to encounter Sperm whales, Brydes whales and large pods of Spinner or Bottlenose dolphins. Wild Sri Lanka exodustravels.com/trip/WIY

Best for Humpback Whales On their way to summer feeding grounds in Antarctica, Humpback whales stop off in the warm waters off the shore of Mozambique. The country’s spectacular marine wildlife includes dolphins, sea turtle and dugong. The Bazaruto Archipelago, famed for its coral reefs, also offers clear waters filled with iridescent fish, Manta rays and Whale sharks. Mozambique Marine Adventure exodustravels.com/trip/WZY

HUMPBACK WHALE 'Megaptera Novaeangliae' Length: Weight: Lifespan: Diet: Fun Fact:

13 metres 30,000 kg 50 years Plankton & fish At least three different species of barnacles live on their flippers.

Location: North Pacific, Atlantic, Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean groups.

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hey’re some of nature’s most enigmatic and mysterious creatures, and their annual migration is surely one of the greatest shows on Earth. For millennia, we’ve been captivated by their marine meanderings - but thankfully in these more enlightened times, we’re strictly on their trail to witness and wonder at their stately presence in our seas. “I’ve always had a great love of all things marine when it comes to wildlife – and while swimming with wild dolphins was one of my best encounters to date, the sight of a breaching Humpback whale off the coast of Mozambique will stay with me forever,” says Product Manager Sarah Ahern, when asked for her most indelible marine memories. It’s a feeling shared with Exodus Marketing Manager Natasha Preston: “For my first whale watching trip I chose the Azores - a lush, volcanic archipelago surrounded by

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"I was lucky enough to see the largest living creature - a Blue whale - swimming just 30 metres off the bow! Later that evening, bathed in the midnight sun’s rays, we also saw a pair of Humpbacks slapping their pectoral fins on the water’s surface"

deep indigo waters serenaded by whale song. Choppy seas thwarted my first attempt at finding the aquatic choristers. Luckily the second was more fruitful; as the sun broke through the showers a Fin whale and a calf surfaced beside the Zodiac beneath a double rainbow - so close we could feel (and smell!) the spray from the blows!” Natasha also saw Sperm whales deep diving for squid and plenty of playful Common dolphins, but it was on her once-ina-lifetime adventure around Spitsbergen that she caught sight of the ultimate marine prize: “I was lucky enough to see the largest living creature - a Blue whale - swimming just 30 metres off the bow! Later that evening, bathed in the midnight sun’s rays, we also saw a pair of Humpbacks slapping their pectoral fins on the water’s surface,” she beams. Natasha’s latest whale-seeking endeavour took her along South Africa’s Garden Route

to Walker Bay. Each year between August and December, Southern right whales come into the shallower waters to calf, making this the best place on Earth for land-based whale watching. “Within minutes of arriving I heard the tell-tale blows,” she recalls. “I grabbed my camera and headed along the coastal trail where I found a mother and calf seemingly playing with kelp. To be the only one there witnessing these magnificent mammals together was a real privilege.” Exodus whale watching adventures will take you into the heart of some of the world’s greatest-ever migratory routes - and some of nature's most incredible spectacles. It’s a journey that takes us to vantage points off the coast of all continents, but wherever we’re headed, the real stars are always to be found in the deep blue oceans.

Best for Sperm Whales Of the 80 species of whales and dolphins on the planet, 25 of them have been sighted off the coast of the Azores. Hardly surprising when you realise this sunny archipelago is situated directly between the whales’ breeding grounds and North Atlantic feeding grounds. We’ll scan the horizon for Blue, Sperm and Pilot whales as well as inquisitive Bottlenose dolphins. Azores: Whale & Dolphin Watching exodustravels.com/trip/WSA

Best for Grey Whales The inquisitive and playful Grey whale is one of the most well-travelled of all Earth’s creatures. Look for its barnacleencrusted bulk rising from the seas as it makes its yearly round-trip from Alaskan waters to the warmer Mexican coast.   Journey to the Sea of Cortez

SPER M WHALE 'Physeter macrocephalus' Length: Weight: Lifespan: Diet: Fun Fact:

15 metres 35,000 kg 70 years Fish & squid T hey can hold their breath for up to 90 minutes.

Location: From the poles to the equator, in all oceans.

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Best for Orca Whales Look out from the driftwood-scattered shores of British Columbia, and the next landfall is Japan! Before that, 7,000 kms of open ocean. Somewhere out here, sailing through the silence, are Orca whales. Our Zodiac trips are your best bet to spot them - although shore sightings are common too. Whales & Bears of British Columbia exodustravels.com/trip/WFZ


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G A L A PA G O S Exploring the incredible bounty and raw beauty of the Galapagos, one island at a time...

Part archipelago, part biodiversity showcase, the remarkable volcanic islands of the Galapagos are one of the world's foremost destinations for wildlife viewing. Their isolation, protected status and unique habitat harbours a diversity of indigenous plant and animal species unmatched anywhere else on the planet. And what’s so remarkable is the variety not just of the endemic species - but of the islands themselves. This is no blank-canvas backdrop, but a land that offers a spectacle every bit as dramatic and unique as its inhabitants. A mid-ocean tectonic hotspot born in a fiery series of eruptions. “We’ll visit stark lava fields, cactus forests, volcanic craters and mangrove lagoons,” says Exodus Product Manager Vicky Boughton. And that’s just the land. The Galapagos islands are surrounded by warm, turquoise waters offering sparkling clarity and some of the best snorkelling opportunities to instantly immerse you into the other Galapagos - under the water - a world where turtles, sharks, rays and

colourful reef fish are abundant and sea lions love to come and play. "Up close wildlife encounters are assured wherever you’re headed,” Vicky says, “I’ve stepped over snoozing sea lions and iguanas, enjoyed the courting rituals of Blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds, and witnessed giant tortoises stretching up their necks in their ritualised dominance display.” Cruising around the islands, in the company of a local naturalist, allows us to discover the entire archipelago, dropping anchor and heading ashore to experience its highlights. Maybe it’ll be the mangroves of Isabela, the spectacular sunken crater of Floreana, or the weird lava formations of Bartolome. Each landfall complete with its own roll-call of remarkable island inhabitants - from dusty pink flamingoes to sea lions lolling on the sun-warmed sands. “Our small expedition cruises depart weekly and last from seven to 14 nights, with styles of boat to suit all budgets and tastes,” Vicky says. “But, however you visit, you’ll soon realise just what an enchanted

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world you’ve had the privilege to enter into.” You can enjoy a visit to the Galapagos at any time of year, but seasonal variations will affect what you’re likely to see. We’ve given you a head start with our wildlife calendar on the next page to help you plan your visit. To see our full range of Galapagos expeditions see from p119.

BARTOLOMÉ

E S PA Ñ O L A

SAN CRISTOBAL

Galapagos penguins breed here and Green sea turtles nest on the northern beaches.

The oldest and southernmost island has the only breeding colony in the world for the critically endangered Waved albatross.

The first landing point for Charles Darwin in 1835. Nearby Isla Lobos, reachable by boat, is a big nesting site for Blue-footed boobies.

Green Sea Turtle

Waved Albatross

Blue Footed Booby

January: Green sea turtles arrive to lay eggs on the island's beaches. April: Eggs begin to hatch. December: Mating season.

April: Huge numbers of Waved albatross on Española displaying courtship rituals. May: Waved albatross on Española start laying eggs. December: Chicks fledge.

May: Courtship of Blue-footed boobies begins on North Seymour. July: Blue-footed boobies on Española start breeding. October: Blue-footed boobies start raising chicks.

ISABELA

FERNANDINA

SANTA CRUZ

One of the youngest and most volcanically active islands with stark lava fields blackening the landscape.

Known for volcanic eruptions Fernandina is one of the richest marine sites. Galapagos penguins thrive in the cold waters.

Wild giant tortoises live in the highlands. The Charles Darwin Research Station, dedicated to ecology preservation, is found here.

Iguanas

Galapagos Penguin

Giant Tortoise

January: Land iguanas start breeding on the main island of Isabela. April: Eggs hatch on Isabela.

May-December: Nesting season on Fernandina and Isabela. September: See Galapagos penguins in the water.

June: Giant tortoises migrate to the lowlands of Santa Cruz and start nesting. December to April: Hatching season.


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G A L A PA G O S Exploring the incredible bounty and raw beauty of the Galapagos, one island at a time...

Part archipelago, part biodiversity showcase, the remarkable volcanic islands of the Galapagos are one of the world's foremost destinations for wildlife viewing. Their isolation, protected status and unique habitat harbours a diversity of indigenous plant and animal species unmatched anywhere else on the planet. And what’s so remarkable is the variety not just of the endemic species - but of the islands themselves. This is no blank-canvas backdrop, but a land that offers a spectacle every bit as dramatic and unique as its inhabitants. A mid-ocean tectonic hotspot born in a fiery series of eruptions. “We’ll visit stark lava fields, cactus forests, volcanic craters and mangrove lagoons,” says Exodus Product Manager Vicky Boughton. And that’s just the land. The Galapagos islands are surrounded by warm, turquoise waters offering sparkling clarity and some of the best snorkelling opportunities to instantly immerse you into the other Galapagos - under the water - a world where turtles, sharks, rays and

colourful reef fish are abundant and sea lions love to come and play. "Up close wildlife encounters are assured wherever you’re headed,” Vicky says, “I’ve stepped over snoozing sea lions and iguanas, enjoyed the courting rituals of Blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds, and witnessed giant tortoises stretching up their necks in their ritualised dominance display.” Cruising around the islands, in the company of a local naturalist, allows us to discover the entire archipelago, dropping anchor and heading ashore to experience its highlights. Maybe it’ll be the mangroves of Isabela, the spectacular sunken crater of Floreana, or the weird lava formations of Bartolome. Each landfall complete with its own roll-call of remarkable island inhabitants - from dusty pink flamingoes to sea lions lolling on the sun-warmed sands. “Our small expedition cruises depart weekly and last from seven to 14 nights, with styles of boat to suit all budgets and tastes,” Vicky says. “But, however you visit, you’ll soon realise just what an enchanted

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world you’ve had the privilege to enter into.” You can enjoy a visit to the Galapagos at any time of year, but seasonal variations will affect what you’re likely to see. We’ve given you a head start with our wildlife calendar on the next page to help you plan your visit. To see our full range of Galapagos expeditions see from p119.

BARTOLOMÉ

E S PA Ñ O L A

SAN CRISTOBAL

Galapagos penguins breed here and Green sea turtles nest on the northern beaches.

The oldest and southernmost island has the only breeding colony in the world for the critically endangered Waved albatross.

The first landing point for Charles Darwin in 1835. Nearby Isla Lobos, reachable by boat, is a big nesting site for Blue-footed boobies.

Green Sea Turtle

Waved Albatross

Blue Footed Booby

January: Green sea turtles arrive to lay eggs on the island's beaches. April: Eggs begin to hatch. December: Mating season.

April: Huge numbers of Waved albatross on Española displaying courtship rituals. May: Waved albatross on Española start laying eggs. December: Chicks fledge.

May: Courtship of Blue-footed boobies begins on North Seymour. July: Blue-footed boobies on Española start breeding. October: Blue-footed boobies start raising chicks.

ISABELA

FERNANDINA

SANTA CRUZ

One of the youngest and most volcanically active islands with stark lava fields blackening the landscape.

Known for volcanic eruptions Fernandina is one of the richest marine sites. Galapagos penguins thrive in the cold waters.

Wild giant tortoises live in the highlands. The Charles Darwin Research Station, dedicated to ecology preservation, is found here.

Iguanas

Galapagos Penguin

Giant Tortoise

January: Land iguanas start breeding on the main island of Isabela. April: Eggs hatch on Isabela.

May-December: Nesting season on Fernandina and Isabela. September: See Galapagos penguins in the water.

June: Giant tortoises migrate to the lowlands of Santa Cruz and start nesting. December to April: Hatching season.


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India: North vs South

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Much more than the sum of its parts, the Indian subcontinent is a land where ancient and modern fuse to create something altogether more wonderful. So where will you head – the fortresses, bazaars and ghats of the north, or the lush villages and exotic temples of the south?

INDIA:

NORTH SOUTH For full holiday listings see from p52


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Much more than the sum of its parts, the Indian subcontinent is a land where ancient and modern fuse to create something altogether more wonderful. So where will you head – the fortresses, bazaars and ghats of the north, or the lush villages and exotic temples of the south?

INDIA:

NORTH SOUTH For full holiday listings see from p52


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NORTH Feel the magic everywhere you look - from Delhi's colourful bazaars to the Ganges' ancient rituals. Home to the Taj Mahal, and the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, India’s Golden Triangle is perfectly named.

The teeming cities, ochre temples and lavish palaces of North India stand testament to how human intervention can enhance, not detract from the natural world. This is the land of Jaipur’s ‘Palace of the Winds’ and Royal City Palace, Agra’s Red Fort and the sublime Taj Mahal. Visit North India and from Delhi to Varanasi you can soak up the magic of a land that’s as spiritual as it is seductive. We asked local leader Ajay Gupta to share his favourite sights, sounds and sensations. “Our country has a vast demographic and cultural heritage, which all culminate perfectly in northern India. The sights, sounds, smell, and the people themselves are the essence of North India. Our culture teaches us to welcome and treat the guest as a manifestation of God. When I ask my guests what attracted them here; they say the sights and food, but ask them why they come back, and they’ll say - the people. In my opinion, the distinct identity of North India lies in its ability to provide beautiful experiences to every traveller, whatever’s on their wish list; monuments, history, culture, education and even to trace family roots. What’s so great about it as a tourist destination is that it’s a part of our country where you can visit and experience various cultures together in a short trip. The Mughal sights in Agra, blue and pink cities of Rajasthan, traditional and contemporary culture in Old Delhi - a storehouse of many stories. The proximity of the Himalayas can’t help but add another thrilling dimension too, making a quick trip to Ladakh, Kashmir and the hill stations easily possible. Our appreciation and tolerance of each other, and towards many religions and faiths living under one roof is what makes me so proud to show my corner of the world to our guests.”

Highlights of Northern India “Pretty much everything is a highlight,” enthuses Exodus customer Morgan Wallace. “Dawn at the Taj Mahal, sunrise over the Ganges at Varanasi, a rickshaw ride through Delhi...But I think the highlight has to be seeing a tiger up close at Ranthambore!" exodustravels.com/trip/AIC

Colours of Rajasthan Rajasthan's imposing forts, palaces and fortified cities reveal a land with a turbulent past, and we’ll explore the best of them on this tour. But Bundi, with its charming streets cascading down a mountainside to the lake below is a firm favourite. exodustravels.com/trip/AIK

North India Explored No trip to North India could ever really be complete without a visit to the capital of Rajasthan. The pink stucco-clad wonder that is Jaipur, a roll-call of palaces, forts and graceful squares. The lakeside palace of Udaipur offers even more mystical beauty. exodustravels.com/trip/AIJ

SOUTH

Mountains, Temples & Hill Stations As the foothills of the Himalaya reach ever higher, northern India’s contours find space for temples, hill stations and forts perched on seemingly-impossible outcrops. We visit Amritsar's Golden Temple and McLeod Ganj, home to the Dalai Lama.

Lush, languid and replete with legends - South India shows the softer side of the sub continent, with its frill of pale sand beaches, its estuarine backwaters and its steamy forests.

exodustravels.com/trip/AIQ

The Tropical South Exodus customer Sylvia Wilson loved our exploration of the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu - their tea plantations, wildlife sanctuaries and lagoons. “Santo, our guide, had so much knowledge on absolutely everything. The picture he gave us of village life made it very personal.”

South India Explored India’s tropical south has long been in the sights of explorers. Its dazzling colonial architecture punctuate its cities, spice ports and those lofty retreats from the summer heat - the charming hill stations of the British Raj. exodustravels.com/trip/AIS

exodustravels.com/trip/AIT

Classic South India The ‘Golden City of a Thousand Temples' in Kanchipuram is just one, suitably dizzying highlight on this added-comfort exploration of southern India’s charms. Staying in stylish hotels (with a night on a Keralan houseboat) we’ll inspect the wildlife of Bandipur National Park. exodustravels.com/trip/AIU

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India Grand Tour This 31-day trip is your best-ever chance to sample the country's spectacular highlights. We'll admire the palaces of Rajasthan and the hill stations from the British Raj days, spend a day at the beautiful ruined city of Hampi, visit Ranthambore and the beautiful beaches of Goa. exodustravels.com/trip/AII

“The landscape really is lovely, it’s not surprising Kerala is called ‘God’s own country’,” says Exodus leader, Santosh Kumar of his home patch - in the deep south of India. Food is everything here. The climate - slightly cooler than the north, and with its fair share of rain from June to September - informs the region’s dishes: rich with creamy coconut, enlivened with delicate spices and fired up with chilli and tamarind. “Everything is influenced by coconut. South Indian food is infused with spices and served on a banana leaf. It reflects the tropical landscape that’s dotted with spice plantations,” Santosh says. The landscape of forested hills and sinewy rivers has something of the rolling patchwork of England about it. “It’s a gentler, more relaxing experience than the often rugged and frenetic north,” Santosh says. “It definitely offers a more leisurely experience for those visiting India for the first time. A gentler introduction.” And that introduction could be on the sublime Keralan backwaters - bedding down for the night on a traditional houseboat, or exploring the charming colonial architecture of Pondicherry: a little outpost of France set adrift in the Indian Ocean. Then again, it could be the mist-shrouded hill stations of the British Raj: escape routes from the searing heat. “Beautiful cities, ancient spice ports, colourful temples and the vast scenery: it’s all here.” Pressed for favourite experiences, Santosh talks of the sandy beaches of Kerala, the unique and soaring temples of Tamil Nadu - glittering punctuation marks, soaring heavenwards into the azure blue skies. Wandering through the streets, caves and rock carvings of the ancient trading town of Mahabalipuram, marvelling at the magnificently carved Sri Meenakshi temple - a 2,000 year old skyscraper rising from the heart of the ancient city of Madurai, exploring the tea plantations of Kerala - these are the indelible experiences of South India.


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NORTH Feel the magic everywhere you look - from Delhi's colourful bazaars to the Ganges' ancient rituals. Home to the Taj Mahal, and the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, India’s Golden Triangle is perfectly named.

The teeming cities, ochre temples and lavish palaces of North India stand testament to how human intervention can enhance, not detract from the natural world. This is the land of Jaipur’s ‘Palace of the Winds’ and Royal City Palace, Agra’s Red Fort and the sublime Taj Mahal. Visit North India and from Delhi to Varanasi you can soak up the magic of a land that’s as spiritual as it is seductive. We asked local leader Ajay Gupta to share his favourite sights, sounds and sensations. “Our country has a vast demographic and cultural heritage, which all culminate perfectly in northern India. The sights, sounds, smell, and the people themselves are the essence of North India. Our culture teaches us to welcome and treat the guest as a manifestation of God. When I ask my guests what attracted them here; they say the sights and food, but ask them why they come back, and they’ll say - the people. In my opinion, the distinct identity of North India lies in its ability to provide beautiful experiences to every traveller, whatever’s on their wish list; monuments, history, culture, education and even to trace family roots. What’s so great about it as a tourist destination is that it’s a part of our country where you can visit and experience various cultures together in a short trip. The Mughal sights in Agra, blue and pink cities of Rajasthan, traditional and contemporary culture in Old Delhi - a storehouse of many stories. The proximity of the Himalayas can’t help but add another thrilling dimension too, making a quick trip to Ladakh, Kashmir and the hill stations easily possible. Our appreciation and tolerance of each other, and towards many religions and faiths living under one roof is what makes me so proud to show my corner of the world to our guests.”

Highlights of Northern India “Pretty much everything is a highlight,” enthuses Exodus customer Morgan Wallace. “Dawn at the Taj Mahal, sunrise over the Ganges at Varanasi, a rickshaw ride through Delhi...But I think the highlight has to be seeing a tiger up close at Ranthambore!" exodustravels.com/trip/AIC

Colours of Rajasthan Rajasthan's imposing forts, palaces and fortified cities reveal a land with a turbulent past, and we’ll explore the best of them on this tour. But Bundi, with its charming streets cascading down a mountainside to the lake below is a firm favourite. exodustravels.com/trip/AIK

North India Explored No trip to North India could ever really be complete without a visit to the capital of Rajasthan. The pink stucco-clad wonder that is Jaipur, a roll-call of palaces, forts and graceful squares. The lakeside palace of Udaipur offers even more mystical beauty. exodustravels.com/trip/AIJ

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Mountains, Temples & Hill Stations As the foothills of the Himalaya reach ever higher, northern India’s contours find space for temples, hill stations and forts perched on seemingly-impossible outcrops. We visit Amritsar's Golden Temple and McLeod Ganj, home to the Dalai Lama.

Lush, languid and replete with legends - South India shows the softer side of the sub continent, with its frill of pale sand beaches, its estuarine backwaters and its steamy forests.

exodustravels.com/trip/AIQ

The Tropical South Exodus customer Sylvia Wilson loved our exploration of the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu - their tea plantations, wildlife sanctuaries and lagoons. “Santo, our guide, had so much knowledge on absolutely everything. The picture he gave us of village life made it very personal.”

South India Explored India’s tropical south has long been in the sights of explorers. Its dazzling colonial architecture punctuate its cities, spice ports and those lofty retreats from the summer heat - the charming hill stations of the British Raj. exodustravels.com/trip/AIS

exodustravels.com/trip/AIT

Classic South India The ‘Golden City of a Thousand Temples' in Kanchipuram is just one, suitably dizzying highlight on this added-comfort exploration of southern India’s charms. Staying in stylish hotels (with a night on a Keralan houseboat) we’ll inspect the wildlife of Bandipur National Park. exodustravels.com/trip/AIU

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India Grand Tour This 31-day trip is your best-ever chance to sample the country's spectacular highlights. We'll admire the palaces of Rajasthan and the hill stations from the British Raj days, spend a day at the beautiful ruined city of Hampi, visit Ranthambore and the beautiful beaches of Goa. exodustravels.com/trip/AII

“The landscape really is lovely, it’s not surprising Kerala is called ‘God’s own country’,” says Exodus leader, Santosh Kumar of his home patch - in the deep south of India. Food is everything here. The climate - slightly cooler than the north, and with its fair share of rain from June to September - informs the region’s dishes: rich with creamy coconut, enlivened with delicate spices and fired up with chilli and tamarind. “Everything is influenced by coconut. South Indian food is infused with spices and served on a banana leaf. It reflects the tropical landscape that’s dotted with spice plantations,” Santosh says. The landscape of forested hills and sinewy rivers has something of the rolling patchwork of England about it. “It’s a gentler, more relaxing experience than the often rugged and frenetic north,” Santosh says. “It definitely offers a more leisurely experience for those visiting India for the first time. A gentler introduction.” And that introduction could be on the sublime Keralan backwaters - bedding down for the night on a traditional houseboat, or exploring the charming colonial architecture of Pondicherry: a little outpost of France set adrift in the Indian Ocean. Then again, it could be the mist-shrouded hill stations of the British Raj: escape routes from the searing heat. “Beautiful cities, ancient spice ports, colourful temples and the vast scenery: it’s all here.” Pressed for favourite experiences, Santosh talks of the sandy beaches of Kerala, the unique and soaring temples of Tamil Nadu - glittering punctuation marks, soaring heavenwards into the azure blue skies. Wandering through the streets, caves and rock carvings of the ancient trading town of Mahabalipuram, marvelling at the magnificently carved Sri Meenakshi temple - a 2,000 year old skyscraper rising from the heart of the ancient city of Madurai, exploring the tea plantations of Kerala - these are the indelible experiences of South India.


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Across the Border

ACROSS THE BORDER Our multi destination trips show how subtle neighbourly influences know no borders. Why soak up the cultures and rhythms of just one country when you can dive into three or more?

THAILAND COSTA RICA

SERBIA

BOSNIA

NICARAGUA

PANAMA

ESTONIA

MONTENEGRO

LAOS

KOSOVO

LATVIA

CAMBODIA MACEDONIA

VIETNAM

LITHUANIA

ALBANIA

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FOR VOLCANOES & IDYLLIC ISL ANDS

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FOR MONKS & MARKETS

NICARAGUA, COSTA RICA, PANAMA

THAILAND, LAOS, VIETNAM, CAMBODIA

A chance to see both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, this region is fresh for exploration and contemplation. From the white-pillared colonial city of Granada, take a lazy boat ride on Lake Nicaragua and admire its imposing volcano, a spot steeped in local myth, legend and ritual. With eleven different habitats inside Costa Rica's borders - from rainforest to mangrove, beaches to lagoons - its birds, mammals, marine life and flora make for a memorable immersion into the verdant heart of this ecological success story. Eat: Gallo Pinto is one of the most popular dishes in Nicaragua. Fried rice with onion, sweet pepper and red beans boiled with garlic - this speciality is tastier and more special than its humble ingredients might suggest. See: Visit the Panama Canal to see ships navigate Miraflores Locks, one of the most impressive engineering feats of the modern world. Do: The Panamanian uplands of Boquete are an outdoor-lovers’ playground; home to centuries-old coffee farms - enjoy the freshest cup you’ll ever taste, then dive into a natural hot spring. Bliss.

Southeast Asia offers an intense, sublime object lesson in how natural beauty and man-made interventions can combine to create a whole much greater than the sum of its parts. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Indochina peninsula - a long promontory of land stretching southwards towards the islands of Indonesia. This leisurely 30-day trip is the ultimate exploration of the cultures, landscapes and fabled history of this region. We’ll visit the neon bathed streets of Bangkok, where ancient temples rub up against steaming street food shacks, explore the limestone caves of Laos, Vietnam’s islandstudded Halong Bay and the colonial-era architecture of Hanoi before heading on a boat trip along the Mekong Delta and finally a moving visit to Cambodia's Killing Fields. Eat: The local delicacy of the Cambodian town of Skuon is fried spiders - try it if you're feeling brave! See: The Angkor complex. The magnificent Bayon is comprised of 37 intricately carved towers in one single temple. Do: Rise at dawn to experience the daily parade of saffron-robed monks receiving alms in Luang Prabeng.

Discover Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

Thai Indochina Grand Tour

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SERBIA, MACEDONIA, ALBANIA, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA

FOR CHURCHES & LUSH SCENERY

The Balkans have felt under the radar for a long time: often misunderstood, this cluster of countries offer a rare opportunity to delve into an undiscovered corner of Europe. And it's so easy to relish these little-known gems: strolling in the breeze around archaeologically exquisite Lake Ohrid, its ancient churches, fortresses and theatres surveying the serene lake below, you'll wonder why it's taken you this long to get here. The spirited Albanian bazaars and restaurants of Tirana contrast with the working mountain community of Sirogojno and lush Serbian spa town of Vrnjacka Banja, all offering glimpses of the Balkans' past, and hints at its exciting future. Eat: For a Balkan twist on the burger, try Pljeskavica, a grilled dish of spiced meat patty, and the national dish of Serbia. See: Skopje's Vrelo Cave is the world's deepest underwater cave, packed full of stalactites and stalagmites. Do: Belgrade's Nikola Tesla museum is an engrossing celebration of Serbia's greatest inventors and geniuses. Balkan Discoverer exodustravels.com/trip/AVX

FOR UNESCO HERITAGE SIGHTS

Since gaining their independence twenty or so years ago, the tiny Baltic states have wasted no time in indelibly impressing themselves on our imaginations. Here, in the north eastern corner of the European mainland, you’ll find some of the continent’s most perfectly preserved old towns, vast hinterlands of moor, forest and lake, and a scattering of tranquil off-shore islands. When a storm rages in the Baltic, glistening chunks of amber are washed ashore - fossilised remnants of long-vanished forests. With their rich and proud history, it’s no surprise the capitals - Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius - are home to mesmerising architecture, art and venerable cultural institutions. But for real street life, the markets and summer-long programme of music festivals vividly bring these captivating countries to life. Eat: Tallinn’s old town is a warren of wonderful, restaurant-lined streets. Try restaurant Lieb for old-school Soviet atmosphere and hearty food. See: Lithuania’s Rundale palace, designed by the architect behind St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace, is magnificent and monumental. Do: Visit Riga’s central market - housed in five huge airship hangars. All human life (and lots of honey!) is here. Discover the Baltics exodustravels.com/trip/AVV

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Across the Border

ACROSS THE BORDER Our multi destination trips show how subtle neighbourly influences know no borders. Why soak up the cultures and rhythms of just one country when you can dive into three or more?

THAILAND COSTA RICA

SERBIA

BOSNIA

NICARAGUA

PANAMA

ESTONIA

MONTENEGRO

LAOS

KOSOVO

LATVIA

CAMBODIA MACEDONIA

VIETNAM

LITHUANIA

ALBANIA

01 BEST

FOR VOLCANOES & IDYLLIC ISL ANDS

02 BEST

FOR MONKS & MARKETS

NICARAGUA, COSTA RICA, PANAMA

THAILAND, LAOS, VIETNAM, CAMBODIA

A chance to see both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, this region is fresh for exploration and contemplation. From the white-pillared colonial city of Granada, take a lazy boat ride on Lake Nicaragua and admire its imposing volcano, a spot steeped in local myth, legend and ritual. With eleven different habitats inside Costa Rica's borders - from rainforest to mangrove, beaches to lagoons - its birds, mammals, marine life and flora make for a memorable immersion into the verdant heart of this ecological success story. Eat: Gallo Pinto is one of the most popular dishes in Nicaragua. Fried rice with onion, sweet pepper and red beans boiled with garlic - this speciality is tastier and more special than its humble ingredients might suggest. See: Visit the Panama Canal to see ships navigate Miraflores Locks, one of the most impressive engineering feats of the modern world. Do: The Panamanian uplands of Boquete are an outdoor-lovers’ playground; home to centuries-old coffee farms - enjoy the freshest cup you’ll ever taste, then dive into a natural hot spring. Bliss.

Southeast Asia offers an intense, sublime object lesson in how natural beauty and man-made interventions can combine to create a whole much greater than the sum of its parts. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Indochina peninsula - a long promontory of land stretching southwards towards the islands of Indonesia. This leisurely 30-day trip is the ultimate exploration of the cultures, landscapes and fabled history of this region. We’ll visit the neon bathed streets of Bangkok, where ancient temples rub up against steaming street food shacks, explore the limestone caves of Laos, Vietnam’s islandstudded Halong Bay and the colonial-era architecture of Hanoi before heading on a boat trip along the Mekong Delta and finally a moving visit to Cambodia's Killing Fields. Eat: The local delicacy of the Cambodian town of Skuon is fried spiders - try it if you're feeling brave! See: The Angkor complex. The magnificent Bayon is comprised of 37 intricately carved towers in one single temple. Do: Rise at dawn to experience the daily parade of saffron-robed monks receiving alms in Luang Prabeng.

Discover Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

Thai Indochina Grand Tour

exodustravels.com/trip/AUU

exodustravels.com/trip/AOG

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SERBIA, MACEDONIA, ALBANIA, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA

FOR CHURCHES & LUSH SCENERY

The Balkans have felt under the radar for a long time: often misunderstood, this cluster of countries offer a rare opportunity to delve into an undiscovered corner of Europe. And it's so easy to relish these little-known gems: strolling in the breeze around archaeologically exquisite Lake Ohrid, its ancient churches, fortresses and theatres surveying the serene lake below, you'll wonder why it's taken you this long to get here. The spirited Albanian bazaars and restaurants of Tirana contrast with the working mountain community of Sirogojno and lush Serbian spa town of Vrnjacka Banja, all offering glimpses of the Balkans' past, and hints at its exciting future. Eat: For a Balkan twist on the burger, try Pljeskavica, a grilled dish of spiced meat patty, and the national dish of Serbia. See: Skopje's Vrelo Cave is the world's deepest underwater cave, packed full of stalactites and stalagmites. Do: Belgrade's Nikola Tesla museum is an engrossing celebration of Serbia's greatest inventors and geniuses. Balkan Discoverer exodustravels.com/trip/AVX

FOR UNESCO HERITAGE SIGHTS

Since gaining their independence twenty or so years ago, the tiny Baltic states have wasted no time in indelibly impressing themselves on our imaginations. Here, in the north eastern corner of the European mainland, you’ll find some of the continent’s most perfectly preserved old towns, vast hinterlands of moor, forest and lake, and a scattering of tranquil off-shore islands. When a storm rages in the Baltic, glistening chunks of amber are washed ashore - fossilised remnants of long-vanished forests. With their rich and proud history, it’s no surprise the capitals - Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius - are home to mesmerising architecture, art and venerable cultural institutions. But for real street life, the markets and summer-long programme of music festivals vividly bring these captivating countries to life. Eat: Tallinn’s old town is a warren of wonderful, restaurant-lined streets. Try restaurant Lieb for old-school Soviet atmosphere and hearty food. See: Lithuania’s Rundale palace, designed by the architect behind St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace, is magnificent and monumental. Do: Visit Riga’s central market - housed in five huge airship hangars. All human life (and lots of honey!) is here. Discover the Baltics exodustravels.com/trip/AVV

For full holiday listings see from p52


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Into the Wilderness

INTO THE

W I L D E R N ESS

Your Words

For full holiday listings see from p52

There remain a few special places that permit you to experience nature as it's meant to be. Pure. Unadulterated. Raw. Here are our favourites. Time to pause and savour the most remote and rugged regions on the Earth’s surface‌


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INTO THE

W I L D E R N ESS

Your Words

For full holiday listings see from p52

There remain a few special places that permit you to experience nature as it's meant to be. Pure. Unadulterated. Raw. Here are our favourites. Time to pause and savour the most remote and rugged regions on the Earth’s surface‌


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FOUR MORE WILDERNESS

RETREATS

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NAMIBIA

B E S T FO R S TA R RY S K I E S

Namibia’s big skies, deep canyons and vast deserts reveal a landscape that is endlessly changing. It’s home to an equally spectacular roll call of wildlife. The best way to experience the wonder of this southwest African country? From the lodges and campsites of Namibia’s wonderful national parks. Discover Namibia exodustravels.com/trip/AZN

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CHILE

B E S T FO R W I D E H O R I ZO N S

It's a slim country, but Chile manages to find space for real widescreen wonder within its borders. From the jagged peaks of the Andes - South America's rugged backbone - to the otherworldly expanse of the Atacama Desert (the world's most inhospitable) this is a land of wild, remote and extreme beauty. And that's before we reach the ice fields, fjords and big skies of Patagonia: the final, fantastical flourish of the South American landmass.

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Discover Chile exodustravels.com/trip/AAE

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Patagonia, Argentina Himba tribe, Namibia Yosemite National Park, California Torres del Paine, Chile Landmannalaugar Mountains, Iceland

For full holiday listings see from p52

Where can you go to really get away from the rattle and hum of 21st century living? Where do the sounds of nature hold sway over man made interventions? It's becoming an ever-more difficult conundrum. But for one Exodus customer, the answer was obvious... and it lay a long, long way from home. “Wide open spaces, a sense of the outback, the huge distances between towns…” Janette Hopkins’ wish list was unequivocal. She wanted to really get away from it all. In fact, she was prepared to go to the ends of the Earth on her quest to find the ultimate out there adventure. And there was one place that offered all the elements Janette craved - and then some. The jagged edge of Argentina’s deep south: Patagonia. Here, at the southernmost tip of South America, all bets are off. The landscape a constantly shifting tapestry of high steppe, grassland, mountain and glacier. A heady mix. And we discover this elemental territory’s unique catalogue of wonders in our Patagonian Highlights trip. For Janette, it’s an experience that ticked all the right boxes. “It was incredible,” she recalls. “The

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remoteness, the warmth of the people, the empty landscape dotted with little farm houses, and the mountains never too far away in the backdrop…” It’s safe to say Janette’s Patagonian adventure was a roll call of remote, and remarkable beauty. “What I remember most is the fresh, clean air, and the feeling of space,” she says. And as for the sights themselves? “Mount Fitzroy and the peaks of Torres del Paine are quite shy and don't show their faces all the time, peeking out from the clouds as they see fit. Then, suddenly, they appear in a blaze of full technicolour." “You have to walk into the mountains and spend time and a bit of effort to get near them. But when you do, be prepared for them to blow you completely away,” Janette says. “They’re so worth any time or energy expended.” It’s a pure postcard scene - those iconic fingers of bare rock rising above the glacial landscape but nothing beats the real thing. For Janette, the journey took her further, to the isolated archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. “What really brought this home for me was when we were on a small boat in the Beagle Channel watching the seals, sea lions, albatross

"As I stood and enjoyed the view across this huge, remote, wide-open valley, three condors wheeled overhead, giving me a perfect aerial display as I watched, undisturbed, in silence. I was so transfixed I didn't even take a picture!"

and penguins. We saw a ship setting off from Ushuaia for the Antarctic, and I thought ‘Wow, this really is the world's most southern city, next stop Antarctica!’ I really am at the end of the Earth!” For Janette, Patagonia was a revelation outpacing even her wildest wilderness dreams. But one magical moment stood out: “Having had a brilliant day walking through varied terrain, getting closer and closer to Mt. Fitzroy, and soaking in all the surrounding beauty, I found myself in the middle section of the group, some up ahead, having gone to try to see condors in their nesting place, others a distance behind. “As I stood and enjoyed the view across this huge, remote, wide-open valley, three condors wheeled overhead, giving me a perfect aerial display as I watched, undisturbed, in silence. I was so transfixed I didn't even take a picture!” But then again, some moments attach themselves so strongly to our memories, no photograph could ever beat being there. Patagonian Highlights exodustravels.com/trip/AAA

ICELAND

BEST FOR LUNAR L ANDSCAPES

The Earth’s inner turmoil is laid bare, on the surface of the world’s youngest country. You’ll see – literally – the surface of the Earth being torn apart, as the European and American tectonic plates pull in opposite directions. And you’ll hear the roar of Gulfoss before you catch a glimpse of this stupendous waterfall system. Grand Tour of Iceland exodustravels.com/trip/AVD

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YOSEMITE B E S T FO R D R A M A

The scale and grandeur of America’s west is brought vividly to life on this exploration of five national parks. The majesty of the Yosemite Valley, Grand Canyon and the Navajo's sacred Monument Valley will stay with you for life. Hike under the world's largest sandstone cliffs at Zion Canyon, and swim in the clear blue waters of Lake Powell. Western Explorer exodustravels.com/trip/AFL


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FOUR MORE WILDERNESS

RETREATS

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NAMIBIA

B E S T FO R S TA R RY S K I E S

Namibia’s big skies, deep canyons and vast deserts reveal a landscape that is endlessly changing. It’s home to an equally spectacular roll call of wildlife. The best way to experience the wonder of this southwest African country? From the lodges and campsites of Namibia’s wonderful national parks. Discover Namibia exodustravels.com/trip/AZN

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CHILE

B E S T FO R W I D E H O R I ZO N S

It's a slim country, but Chile manages to find space for real widescreen wonder within its borders. From the jagged peaks of the Andes - South America's rugged backbone - to the otherworldly expanse of the Atacama Desert (the world's most inhospitable) this is a land of wild, remote and extreme beauty. And that's before we reach the ice fields, fjords and big skies of Patagonia: the final, fantastical flourish of the South American landmass.

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Discover Chile exodustravels.com/trip/AAE

3 4

5 01 02 03 04 05

Patagonia, Argentina Himba tribe, Namibia Yosemite National Park, California Torres del Paine, Chile Landmannalaugar Mountains, Iceland

For full holiday listings see from p52

Where can you go to really get away from the rattle and hum of 21st century living? Where do the sounds of nature hold sway over man made interventions? It's becoming an ever-more difficult conundrum. But for one Exodus customer, the answer was obvious... and it lay a long, long way from home. “Wide open spaces, a sense of the outback, the huge distances between towns…” Janette Hopkins’ wish list was unequivocal. She wanted to really get away from it all. In fact, she was prepared to go to the ends of the Earth on her quest to find the ultimate out there adventure. And there was one place that offered all the elements Janette craved - and then some. The jagged edge of Argentina’s deep south: Patagonia. Here, at the southernmost tip of South America, all bets are off. The landscape a constantly shifting tapestry of high steppe, grassland, mountain and glacier. A heady mix. And we discover this elemental territory’s unique catalogue of wonders in our Patagonian Highlights trip. For Janette, it’s an experience that ticked all the right boxes. “It was incredible,” she recalls. “The

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remoteness, the warmth of the people, the empty landscape dotted with little farm houses, and the mountains never too far away in the backdrop…” It’s safe to say Janette’s Patagonian adventure was a roll call of remote, and remarkable beauty. “What I remember most is the fresh, clean air, and the feeling of space,” she says. And as for the sights themselves? “Mount Fitzroy and the peaks of Torres del Paine are quite shy and don't show their faces all the time, peeking out from the clouds as they see fit. Then, suddenly, they appear in a blaze of full technicolour." “You have to walk into the mountains and spend time and a bit of effort to get near them. But when you do, be prepared for them to blow you completely away,” Janette says. “They’re so worth any time or energy expended.” It’s a pure postcard scene - those iconic fingers of bare rock rising above the glacial landscape but nothing beats the real thing. For Janette, the journey took her further, to the isolated archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. “What really brought this home for me was when we were on a small boat in the Beagle Channel watching the seals, sea lions, albatross

"As I stood and enjoyed the view across this huge, remote, wide-open valley, three condors wheeled overhead, giving me a perfect aerial display as I watched, undisturbed, in silence. I was so transfixed I didn't even take a picture!"

and penguins. We saw a ship setting off from Ushuaia for the Antarctic, and I thought ‘Wow, this really is the world's most southern city, next stop Antarctica!’ I really am at the end of the Earth!” For Janette, Patagonia was a revelation outpacing even her wildest wilderness dreams. But one magical moment stood out: “Having had a brilliant day walking through varied terrain, getting closer and closer to Mt. Fitzroy, and soaking in all the surrounding beauty, I found myself in the middle section of the group, some up ahead, having gone to try to see condors in their nesting place, others a distance behind. “As I stood and enjoyed the view across this huge, remote, wide-open valley, three condors wheeled overhead, giving me a perfect aerial display as I watched, undisturbed, in silence. I was so transfixed I didn't even take a picture!” But then again, some moments attach themselves so strongly to our memories, no photograph could ever beat being there. Patagonian Highlights exodustravels.com/trip/AAA

ICELAND

BEST FOR LUNAR L ANDSCAPES

The Earth’s inner turmoil is laid bare, on the surface of the world’s youngest country. You’ll see – literally – the surface of the Earth being torn apart, as the European and American tectonic plates pull in opposite directions. And you’ll hear the roar of Gulfoss before you catch a glimpse of this stupendous waterfall system. Grand Tour of Iceland exodustravels.com/trip/AVD

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YOSEMITE B E S T FO R D R A M A

The scale and grandeur of America’s west is brought vividly to life on this exploration of five national parks. The majesty of the Yosemite Valley, Grand Canyon and the Navajo's sacred Monument Valley will stay with you for life. Hike under the world's largest sandstone cliffs at Zion Canyon, and swim in the clear blue waters of Lake Powell. Western Explorer exodustravels.com/trip/AFL


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JA N UA RY

F E B R UA RY/M A R C H

Timkat, Ethiopia

Harbin, China

Matho, Ladakh, India

Ethiopian for ‘baptism’, Timkat celebrates new life at the start of the new year, marking the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. A model of the Ark of the Covenant prodeeds through the streets, before the river is blessed. Then, after being ‘born anew’ a colourful procession of villagers dances, sings, struts and winds its way home to a lavish feast.

The Harbin Ice Festival in northeast China's Heilongjiang province is, by some distance, one of the most amazing spectacles in Asia. Entire cities of snow and ice, beautifully illuminated, animate this city in the deep freeze of mid-winter. And each year, it just gets even better!

The first month of the Tibetan new year sees the mystical Matho festival - whereby specially chosen monks are imbued with powers of foresight and predict the future of this remote mountain village (and yours too, should you enquire). The monks put on an incredible display of acrobatic prowess - including running blindfolded along the steep ramparts of the monastery. Nail biting stuff.

JA N UA RY

Ethiopia in Depth

Harbin Ice & Snow Festival exodustravels.com/trip/ACI

exodustravels.com/trip/AYF

Festivals & Villages of Ladakh exodustravels.com/trip/AIZ

Make it a date

M ARCH

JUNE

J U LY

Holi, India

Sun Festival (Inti Raymi), Peru

Naadam, Mongolia

A multi-coloured grin of a festival, Holi is probably the most well-known and best-loved festival in India. And everyone can dive in, throwing coloured pigments, water and flowers at each other, in this celebration of spring.

A vibrant re-enactment of a once-bloody Inca sacrificial observance of the winter solstice. Sacsayhuamán’s atmospheric ruins are the backdrop for golden chariots, torch-lit processions, music, dancing, and old women with brooms sweeping away evil spirits. There is a mock sacrifice, but no animals were harmed in the making of this terrific production.

Mongolia’s nomadic traditions still flourish on the vast steppes and singing sands of central Asia. From the Gobi desert to Ulaan Bataar, the country’s venerable culture is celebrated at the Naadam Festival: an intoxifying immersion into the rhythms of this proud nation.

Colours of Rajasthan exodustravels.com/trip/AIK

Essential Peru

Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads exodustravels.com/trip/ACM

exodustravels.com/trip/APD

Whatever time of year you visit, there's a world of culture, colour and captivating festivals out there, if you know where to look... S E P T E M B E R /O C T O B E R

OCTOBER

O C T O B E R /N OV E M B E R

Thimpu, Bhutan

Day of the Dead, Mexico

Pushkar, India

One of the biggest festivals in Bhutan is the Thimphu Tshechu. A grand, wonderful proclamation of the county’s dizzying culture, it features dancing monks, fabulously embroidered costumes and masks, sacred rituals, blessings and are huge social events.

Not as macabre as it sounds, this holiday remembers, and respects those who’ve passed over. It’s a way to give thanks, come together with loved ones, and help support those recently deceased on their spiritual journey to the afterlife. It’s also a celebration of life, too. Temporary altars, strung with colourful bunting, delicious sweet breads and ‘halloween’ style costumes and parties animate the bars and streets.

Pushkar’s population soars from 15,000 to a quartermillion people during the Camel Fair, as an itinerant ring of cities appear in the fields around the tiny town. The Pushkar Camel Fair is part religious festival and part county show - with livestock sales, a huge fair and cultural displays. It’s surely the world’s largest pop-up marketplace. Oh, and camels. Lots of camels.

Festivals of Bhutan exodustravels.com/trip/AIB

La Ruta Maya exodustravels.com/trip/AUR

For full holiday listings see from p52

Classic Rajasthan exodustravels.com/trip/AIP


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Make It a Date

JA N UA RY

F E B R UA RY/M A R C H

Timkat, Ethiopia

Harbin, China

Matho, Ladakh, India

Ethiopian for ‘baptism’, Timkat celebrates new life at the start of the new year, marking the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. A model of the Ark of the Covenant prodeeds through the streets, before the river is blessed. Then, after being ‘born anew’ a colourful procession of villagers dances, sings, struts and winds its way home to a lavish feast.

The Harbin Ice Festival in northeast China's Heilongjiang province is, by some distance, one of the most amazing spectacles in Asia. Entire cities of snow and ice, beautifully illuminated, animate this city in the deep freeze of mid-winter. And each year, it just gets even better!

The first month of the Tibetan new year sees the mystical Matho festival - whereby specially chosen monks are imbued with powers of foresight and predict the future of this remote mountain village (and yours too, should you enquire). The monks put on an incredible display of acrobatic prowess - including running blindfolded along the steep ramparts of the monastery. Nail biting stuff.

JA N UA RY

Ethiopia in Depth

Harbin Ice & Snow Festival exodustravels.com/trip/ACI

exodustravels.com/trip/AYF

Festivals & Villages of Ladakh exodustravels.com/trip/AIZ

Make it a date

M ARCH

JUNE

J U LY

Holi, India

Sun Festival (Inti Raymi), Peru

Naadam, Mongolia

A multi-coloured grin of a festival, Holi is probably the most well-known and best-loved festival in India. And everyone can dive in, throwing coloured pigments, water and flowers at each other, in this celebration of spring.

A vibrant re-enactment of a once-bloody Inca sacrificial observance of the winter solstice. Sacsayhuamán’s atmospheric ruins are the backdrop for golden chariots, torch-lit processions, music, dancing, and old women with brooms sweeping away evil spirits. There is a mock sacrifice, but no animals were harmed in the making of this terrific production.

Mongolia’s nomadic traditions still flourish on the vast steppes and singing sands of central Asia. From the Gobi desert to Ulaan Bataar, the country’s venerable culture is celebrated at the Naadam Festival: an intoxifying immersion into the rhythms of this proud nation.

Colours of Rajasthan exodustravels.com/trip/AIK

Essential Peru

Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads exodustravels.com/trip/ACM

exodustravels.com/trip/APD

Whatever time of year you visit, there's a world of culture, colour and captivating festivals out there, if you know where to look... S E P T E M B E R /O C T O B E R

OCTOBER

O C T O B E R /N OV E M B E R

Thimpu, Bhutan

Day of the Dead, Mexico

Pushkar, India

One of the biggest festivals in Bhutan is the Thimphu Tshechu. A grand, wonderful proclamation of the county’s dizzying culture, it features dancing monks, fabulously embroidered costumes and masks, sacred rituals, blessings and are huge social events.

Not as macabre as it sounds, this holiday remembers, and respects those who’ve passed over. It’s a way to give thanks, come together with loved ones, and help support those recently deceased on their spiritual journey to the afterlife. It’s also a celebration of life, too. Temporary altars, strung with colourful bunting, delicious sweet breads and ‘halloween’ style costumes and parties animate the bars and streets.

Pushkar’s population soars from 15,000 to a quartermillion people during the Camel Fair, as an itinerant ring of cities appear in the fields around the tiny town. The Pushkar Camel Fair is part religious festival and part county show - with livestock sales, a huge fair and cultural displays. It’s surely the world’s largest pop-up marketplace. Oh, and camels. Lots of camels.

Festivals of Bhutan exodustravels.com/trip/AIB

La Ruta Maya exodustravels.com/trip/AUR

For full holiday listings see from p52

Classic Rajasthan exodustravels.com/trip/AIP


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Having It All!

MIXED ACTIVITY:

HAVING IT ALL!

Your Words

So many destinations...so much choice. That was the prospect facing Exodus customer, Harriet Hunter-Purvis, as she set about researching the perfect way to celebrate her birthday. But one trip seemed to spring from our pages more than most. “Something about the Sierra de Aitana mixed activity week caught my eye almost immediately,” she says. “It might have been the plethora of experiences the trip would offer me. It could have been the fact that I love rock climbing. Whatever the reason, something about the diverse nature of the surplus activities on offer excited me.” The real beauty of mixed activity trips, though, is that they’re not just for the avid climber. They’re a way for all of us to sample sports and adventures that might be completely new to us. And this thrilling exploration of Spain’s east coast offers the actively-minded a week like no other. From canyoning to kayaking, rock climbing to abseiling, it’s a chance to cram in as many thrills per day as is humanly possible. And no experience is necessary - just bags of enthusiasm. “I’m a non-stop kind of girl,” she laughs. “I love working with ropes,” she says. “I spend whatever free time I have

up rock faces or wild camping. So spending a week using my climbing ability in the beautiful canyons of Valencia or paddle boarding on the Mediterranean, with the only relaxation coming when you settle down for the night, suited me perfectly,” she says. The beauty of the Guadalest Valley, the towering Aitana mountains, and the deep gullies - all just 20 minutes inland from Valencia - was the backdrop for a week that, Harriet says, will stay with her forever. “To say I was keen for each activity is an understatement, but it’s also true that I was frequently tested and pushed to my limit,” Harriet says. “But at least spending a full eight-hour day in the beautifully shaded canyon had softened us from the blazing heat!” “Within a week, my leaders had become family; my climbing skills had become tools of exploration and my taste for Spanish cuisine dangerously ramped up!" “Never could I imagine a future holiday of mine consisting of anything but mixed activity, my head and heart now seek variety, adventure and a true test of nerve.” Sierra de Aitana Mixed Activity exodustravels.com/trip/ASB

4 MORE MIXED ACTIVITY TRIPS

1 SLOVENIAN THRILLS à BRAVE a full day kayaking à MOUNTAIN BIKE through forests and hills à CAREER down 700 metres of zipline Slovenia Mixed Activity exodustravels.com/trip/AVQ

2 ARDECHE ADVENTURE à CYCLE part of the Ardechoise Cyclosportive à ZIPLINE your way through a forest à KAYAK the mighty Ardeche River Ardeche Mixed Activity Week exodustravels.com/trip/ADB

3 PLUNGE INTO PICOS à BRAVE canyoning through a gorge à CANOE the spectacular Sella River à TREK through the famous Cares Gorge Picos Mixed Activity Week exodustravels.com/trip/ASQ

4 FINNISH WILDERNESS à GLIDE through silent forests on a dogsled à EXPERIENCE a thrilling snowmobile safari à BUILD yourself an igloo Finnish Wilderness Week exodustravels.com/trip/CFA

For full holiday listings see from p52


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Having It All!

MIXED ACTIVITY:

HAVING IT ALL!

Your Words

So many destinations...so much choice. That was the prospect facing Exodus customer, Harriet Hunter-Purvis, as she set about researching the perfect way to celebrate her birthday. But one trip seemed to spring from our pages more than most. “Something about the Sierra de Aitana mixed activity week caught my eye almost immediately,” she says. “It might have been the plethora of experiences the trip would offer me. It could have been the fact that I love rock climbing. Whatever the reason, something about the diverse nature of the surplus activities on offer excited me.” The real beauty of mixed activity trips, though, is that they’re not just for the avid climber. They’re a way for all of us to sample sports and adventures that might be completely new to us. And this thrilling exploration of Spain’s east coast offers the actively-minded a week like no other. From canyoning to kayaking, rock climbing to abseiling, it’s a chance to cram in as many thrills per day as is humanly possible. And no experience is necessary - just bags of enthusiasm. “I’m a non-stop kind of girl,” she laughs. “I love working with ropes,” she says. “I spend whatever free time I have

up rock faces or wild camping. So spending a week using my climbing ability in the beautiful canyons of Valencia or paddle boarding on the Mediterranean, with the only relaxation coming when you settle down for the night, suited me perfectly,” she says. The beauty of the Guadalest Valley, the towering Aitana mountains, and the deep gullies - all just 20 minutes inland from Valencia - was the backdrop for a week that, Harriet says, will stay with her forever. “To say I was keen for each activity is an understatement, but it’s also true that I was frequently tested and pushed to my limit,” Harriet says. “But at least spending a full eight-hour day in the beautifully shaded canyon had softened us from the blazing heat!” “Within a week, my leaders had become family; my climbing skills had become tools of exploration and my taste for Spanish cuisine dangerously ramped up!" “Never could I imagine a future holiday of mine consisting of anything but mixed activity, my head and heart now seek variety, adventure and a true test of nerve.” Sierra de Aitana Mixed Activity exodustravels.com/trip/ASB

4 MORE MIXED ACTIVITY TRIPS

1 SLOVENIAN THRILLS à BRAVE a full day kayaking à MOUNTAIN BIKE through forests and hills à CAREER down 700 metres of zipline Slovenia Mixed Activity exodustravels.com/trip/AVQ

2 ARDECHE ADVENTURE à CYCLE part of the Ardechoise Cyclosportive à ZIPLINE your way through a forest à KAYAK the mighty Ardeche River Ardeche Mixed Activity Week exodustravels.com/trip/ADB

3 PLUNGE INTO PICOS à BRAVE canyoning through a gorge à CANOE the spectacular Sella River à TREK through the famous Cares Gorge Picos Mixed Activity Week exodustravels.com/trip/ASQ

4 FINNISH WILDERNESS à GLIDE through silent forests on a dogsled à EXPERIENCE a thrilling snowmobile safari à BUILD yourself an igloo Finnish Wilderness Week exodustravels.com/trip/CFA

For full holiday listings see from p52


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Costa Rica - Pura Vida!

COSTA RICA

PUR A V IDA!

One of the world’s most fragile and varied eco-systems is, also, one of its most protected environments. How did Costa Rica get it so right? Costa Rica is a Central American success story. A slim country with a big impact on the responsible way tourism and eco-systems can co-exist if the will - and the vision - is there. A stable political climate, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, and an enlightened engagement with the natural world coalesce to create a climate as environmentally astute as it is tourist-friendly. “Being a nature guide in Costa Rica is a biologist's dream,” says trained naturalist and Exodus leader Johnny Villalobos. “Diversity is so incredibly rich here that you never come away from a trip empty handed, whether it’s witnessing a volcano erupting, the extravagant plumage of a Quetzal bird or mountain hikes in the cloud forests...I feel like an ambassador for our beautiful country. Not many people can say their office is as beautiful as mine.” For fellow guide, Guillermo Arrieta, it’s a role that comes easily; there’s a lot to be proud of. “Costa Rica's ecotourism industry has developed a game-changing way to protect the vast natural treasures of the country, while bringing economic opportunities to the area,” he says. “We said no to destructive agricultural practices, years before other countries for example.” So how did this tiny country get it so right? By adopting a plan whose tendrils reach far and wide - from the cloud forest canopy to the classroom. “The environmental education in our schools gets children aware of the natural world at a very early age... gets them to appreciate how important it is,” Johnny says, adding that the country’s official tourist board and its hotels and tourist agencies are committed to the CST (Certification of Sustainable Tourism), which fosters the country’s deep-seated environmental values. So what, exactly, are they protecting? Costa Rica rose

For full holiday listings see from p52

from the ocean bed around three million years ago forming a land ‘bridge’ between North and South America. From that point on, species from both regions met, mingled and merged: essentially doubling the number of species, and creating lots of new ones on the way. And they did so against a backdrop of immense variety - nowhere else on the planet enjoys quite so many types of habitat. Five per cent of the world’s biodiversity squeezed into just 0.1% of the Earth’s surface. Rain forests, cloud forests, deciduous forests, maritime forests - and that’s just the forests - rubbing up alongside each other in a country just 200 miles long. “The range of habitats creates an incredibly rich diversity of flora and fauna,” Guillermo says. “Costa Rica gives you the opportunity to travel in a few hours from one ecosystem to another and have different sightings at each.” “One day you wake up in the rainforest looking at monkeys and toucans in Tortuguero, later you’ll find yourself in the canopy, walking into a majestic cloud forest in Monteverde admiring hummingbirds and orchids,” adds Johnny. On another excursion you could be surrounded by Capuchin monkeys and sloths on the glorious beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. With so much to see, it’s hardly surprising that, for Johnny and Guillermo, no two trips - no two days - are the same. “This little country in Central America - with no army, a high literacy rate and a proud conservation success story - is my home,” says Guillermo. “Showing Exodus travellers around is something I will never tire of. It’s a privilege.” “Every time I immerse myself into the country I realise how fortunate I am,” says Johnny. “To show our guests around is great, but showing them our Costa Rican customs, visiting schools and local farmers is just fantastic. Did I mention that I love my job? Pura Vida!”


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COSTA RICA

PUR A V IDA!

One of the world’s most fragile and varied eco-systems is, also, one of its most protected environments. How did Costa Rica get it so right? Costa Rica is a Central American success story. A slim country with a big impact on the responsible way tourism and eco-systems can co-exist if the will - and the vision - is there. A stable political climate, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, and an enlightened engagement with the natural world coalesce to create a climate as environmentally astute as it is tourist-friendly. “Being a nature guide in Costa Rica is a biologist's dream,” says trained naturalist and Exodus leader Johnny Villalobos. “Diversity is so incredibly rich here that you never come away from a trip empty handed, whether it’s witnessing a volcano erupting, the extravagant plumage of a Quetzal bird or mountain hikes in the cloud forests...I feel like an ambassador for our beautiful country. Not many people can say their office is as beautiful as mine.” For fellow guide, Guillermo Arrieta, it’s a role that comes easily; there’s a lot to be proud of. “Costa Rica's ecotourism industry has developed a game-changing way to protect the vast natural treasures of the country, while bringing economic opportunities to the area,” he says. “We said no to destructive agricultural practices, years before other countries for example.” So how did this tiny country get it so right? By adopting a plan whose tendrils reach far and wide - from the cloud forest canopy to the classroom. “The environmental education in our schools gets children aware of the natural world at a very early age... gets them to appreciate how important it is,” Johnny says, adding that the country’s official tourist board and its hotels and tourist agencies are committed to the CST (Certification of Sustainable Tourism), which fosters the country’s deep-seated environmental values. So what, exactly, are they protecting? Costa Rica rose

For full holiday listings see from p52

from the ocean bed around three million years ago forming a land ‘bridge’ between North and South America. From that point on, species from both regions met, mingled and merged: essentially doubling the number of species, and creating lots of new ones on the way. And they did so against a backdrop of immense variety - nowhere else on the planet enjoys quite so many types of habitat. Five per cent of the world’s biodiversity squeezed into just 0.1% of the Earth’s surface. Rain forests, cloud forests, deciduous forests, maritime forests - and that’s just the forests - rubbing up alongside each other in a country just 200 miles long. “The range of habitats creates an incredibly rich diversity of flora and fauna,” Guillermo says. “Costa Rica gives you the opportunity to travel in a few hours from one ecosystem to another and have different sightings at each.” “One day you wake up in the rainforest looking at monkeys and toucans in Tortuguero, later you’ll find yourself in the canopy, walking into a majestic cloud forest in Monteverde admiring hummingbirds and orchids,” adds Johnny. On another excursion you could be surrounded by Capuchin monkeys and sloths on the glorious beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. With so much to see, it’s hardly surprising that, for Johnny and Guillermo, no two trips - no two days - are the same. “This little country in Central America - with no army, a high literacy rate and a proud conservation success story - is my home,” says Guillermo. “Showing Exodus travellers around is something I will never tire of. It’s a privilege.” “Every time I immerse myself into the country I realise how fortunate I am,” says Johnny. “To show our guests around is great, but showing them our Costa Rican customs, visiting schools and local farmers is just fantastic. Did I mention that I love my job? Pura Vida!”


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COSTA RICA N HIGHLIGHTS

FI N D YO U R

COSTA RICA

If you're looking for biodiversity and natural wonders, welcome to paradise...

One night in... AN ECOLODGE

Discover Costa Rica

Discover the hot and humid Caribbean, dense tropical rainforests and misty cloud forests where a marvellous, often bizarre variety of animals await - catatonic sloths, screaming Howler monkeys, toucans and nesting Green turtles. exodustravels.com/trip/WUC

Costa Rica’s Coastal Secrets

From the wildlife rich waterways of Tortuguero to the dense jungle coastline of the Osa Peninsula, an area labelled by National Geographic as 'the most biologically intense place on Earth', Costa Rica reveals its secrets. exodustravels.com/trip/WUR

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ARENAL VOLCANO

Hike lava fields in Arenal National Park and bathe in thermal hot springs. Try a zipline 200m above the rainforest canopy.

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ECO-LODGE

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge is an eco-success story, deep in the rainforest, with a network of hiking trails waiting to be discovered.

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CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK

A practically untouched primary forest, one of the last few remaining in the world. Scientists have recorded half of all of the species in Costa Rica in this area alone.

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MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST

Suspension bridges and canopy tours help you appreciate this magical and misty natural wonderland.

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MANUEL ANTONIO

Beautiful beaches and clear aquamarine waters. Reach the coast via a walking trail through this small national park, home to sloths and White-faced Capuchin monkeys.

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WILDLIFE

Costa Rica is a wildlife paradise, home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity – think Red-eye tree frogs, Green and Leatherback turtles, four monkey species (Squirrel, Howler, White‐faced Capuchin and Spider monkeys), Humpback whales and dolphins.

For full holiday listings see from p52

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Accessible only by boat, this vast network of waterways is remarkably tranquil. Search for monkeys and iguanas in the forest whilst Green turtles nest on the beach.

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BIRDLIFE

Scarlet Macaws, toucans, hummingbirds and the Resplendent Quetzal are some of the most enchanting birds to spot throughout your time here.

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TORTUGUERO

Costa Rica Mixed Activity

Rumbling volcanoes and sweeping, sandy beaches, Costa Rica’s beauty is evident in every corner. On this action-packed adventure you can try whitewater rafting, zip-lining and a catamaran excursion. exodustravels.com/trip/AUF

"It’s founded on totally environmentally friendly concepts. It is pretty small, and simply delightful."

ADVENTURE & ACTIVITY

Whitewater rafting, hot springs, mountain biking, ziplining and snorkelling. Costa Rica offers adrenaline-charged thrills every bit as wild as its flora and fauna!

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

Discover Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge by boat, explore the incredible biodiversity of the cloud forest and try a nocturnal wildlife walk in the foothills of the Tilaran Mountains. exodustravels.com/trip/WUA

Judy Howlett, Exodus customer.

xodus customer Judy Howlett discovers the natural side to Costa Rica in the hidden Esquinas ecolodge. “I love wildlife, and I enjoy photography, so Costa Rica was a natural choice for me.” Part of the trip includes an expedition to the country’s wild and largely undiscovered interior, into the newly created Piedras Blancas National Park, on the borders of which lies the beautiful - and completely carbon neutral - Esquinas Rainforest Lodge. Originally a non-government organisation project combining forest research and nature conservation, the lodge’s profits are used to help protect and develop the nearby village - which in turn, provides the lodge with its warm and welcoming staff. “It’s founded on totally environmentally friendly concepts. It is pretty small, and simply delightful,” says Judy. “There’s a small lake, and you could honestly sit there for ages watching the wildlife.” Accommodation - for no more than 40 guests, is in a series of sympathetically designed chalets: “They’re en suite, really clean, and fairly basic - which is in keeping with the environmental credentials of the lodge. We

were up on the top level, right in the heart of the forest, with trees outside featuring toucans in abundance,” Judy says. Lunch and dinners are served in the sociable dining room at the heart of the lodge - its roof made of 60,000 palm leaves. “The food is delicious. But the highlight has got to be the walking trails you can take straight from the door - accompanied by the soundtrack of the forest's animals - birds, bats, frogs - the works!” “After dinner, you can sit around and chat for a while in the lounge. But most of us went to bed early because we’d been promised a prebreakfast walk to spot a pair of spectacled owls." “The lodge was founded by an Austrian musician who came on holiday to Costa Rica, loved it and bought a house there. Back then, deforestation was a real issue, and he was determined to reforest any land he could. It's an inspirational project.” “I would definitely recommend Costa Rica to anyone interested in wildlife,” Judy says. “Esquinas is so uncommercialised, a real antidote to the hustle of modern life. There were many highlights on this trip, and Esquinas was definitely one of them.” Discover Costa Rica exodustravels.com/trip/WUC


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Costa Rica - Pura Vida!

COSTA RICA N HIGHLIGHTS

FI N D YO U R

COSTA RICA

If you're looking for biodiversity and natural wonders, welcome to paradise...

One night in... AN ECOLODGE

Discover Costa Rica

Discover the hot and humid Caribbean, dense tropical rainforests and misty cloud forests where a marvellous, often bizarre variety of animals await - catatonic sloths, screaming Howler monkeys, toucans and nesting Green turtles. exodustravels.com/trip/WUC

Costa Rica’s Coastal Secrets

From the wildlife rich waterways of Tortuguero to the dense jungle coastline of the Osa Peninsula, an area labelled by National Geographic as 'the most biologically intense place on Earth', Costa Rica reveals its secrets. exodustravels.com/trip/WUR

1

ARENAL VOLCANO

Hike lava fields in Arenal National Park and bathe in thermal hot springs. Try a zipline 200m above the rainforest canopy.

4

ECO-LODGE

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge is an eco-success story, deep in the rainforest, with a network of hiking trails waiting to be discovered.

7

CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK

A practically untouched primary forest, one of the last few remaining in the world. Scientists have recorded half of all of the species in Costa Rica in this area alone.

2

MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST

Suspension bridges and canopy tours help you appreciate this magical and misty natural wonderland.

5

MANUEL ANTONIO

Beautiful beaches and clear aquamarine waters. Reach the coast via a walking trail through this small national park, home to sloths and White-faced Capuchin monkeys.

8

WILDLIFE

Costa Rica is a wildlife paradise, home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity – think Red-eye tree frogs, Green and Leatherback turtles, four monkey species (Squirrel, Howler, White‐faced Capuchin and Spider monkeys), Humpback whales and dolphins.

For full holiday listings see from p52

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Accessible only by boat, this vast network of waterways is remarkably tranquil. Search for monkeys and iguanas in the forest whilst Green turtles nest on the beach.

6

BIRDLIFE

Scarlet Macaws, toucans, hummingbirds and the Resplendent Quetzal are some of the most enchanting birds to spot throughout your time here.

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TORTUGUERO

Costa Rica Mixed Activity

Rumbling volcanoes and sweeping, sandy beaches, Costa Rica’s beauty is evident in every corner. On this action-packed adventure you can try whitewater rafting, zip-lining and a catamaran excursion. exodustravels.com/trip/AUF

"It’s founded on totally environmentally friendly concepts. It is pretty small, and simply delightful."

ADVENTURE & ACTIVITY

Whitewater rafting, hot springs, mountain biking, ziplining and snorkelling. Costa Rica offers adrenaline-charged thrills every bit as wild as its flora and fauna!

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

Discover Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge by boat, explore the incredible biodiversity of the cloud forest and try a nocturnal wildlife walk in the foothills of the Tilaran Mountains. exodustravels.com/trip/WUA

Judy Howlett, Exodus customer.

xodus customer Judy Howlett discovers the natural side to Costa Rica in the hidden Esquinas ecolodge. “I love wildlife, and I enjoy photography, so Costa Rica was a natural choice for me.” Part of the trip includes an expedition to the country’s wild and largely undiscovered interior, into the newly created Piedras Blancas National Park, on the borders of which lies the beautiful - and completely carbon neutral - Esquinas Rainforest Lodge. Originally a non-government organisation project combining forest research and nature conservation, the lodge’s profits are used to help protect and develop the nearby village - which in turn, provides the lodge with its warm and welcoming staff. “It’s founded on totally environmentally friendly concepts. It is pretty small, and simply delightful,” says Judy. “There’s a small lake, and you could honestly sit there for ages watching the wildlife.” Accommodation - for no more than 40 guests, is in a series of sympathetically designed chalets: “They’re en suite, really clean, and fairly basic - which is in keeping with the environmental credentials of the lodge. We

were up on the top level, right in the heart of the forest, with trees outside featuring toucans in abundance,” Judy says. Lunch and dinners are served in the sociable dining room at the heart of the lodge - its roof made of 60,000 palm leaves. “The food is delicious. But the highlight has got to be the walking trails you can take straight from the door - accompanied by the soundtrack of the forest's animals - birds, bats, frogs - the works!” “After dinner, you can sit around and chat for a while in the lounge. But most of us went to bed early because we’d been promised a prebreakfast walk to spot a pair of spectacled owls." “The lodge was founded by an Austrian musician who came on holiday to Costa Rica, loved it and bought a house there. Back then, deforestation was a real issue, and he was determined to reforest any land he could. It's an inspirational project.” “I would definitely recommend Costa Rica to anyone interested in wildlife,” Judy says. “Esquinas is so uncommercialised, a real antidote to the hustle of modern life. There were many highlights on this trip, and Esquinas was definitely one of them.” Discover Costa Rica exodustravels.com/trip/WUC


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Asia: Four Seasons

SPRI N G – A n cie nt & M o d e r n J a p a n

SUM M ER – Vo l c a n o e s & Te m p l e s of I n d o n e sia

Cherry blossom season showcases the softer side of Japan. There’s something incredibly calming about this annual springtime display.

Summer months in Indonesia are cooler, drier and altogether more comfortable. And those clear blue skies make it perfect to take in those stunning volcanic vistas.

exodustravels.com/trip/AOP

exodustravels.com/trip/AOJ

Roshan Fernando's

Sri Lanka We’re passionate about the places we travel to. We believe they reveal the breadth and beauty of the world around us. And we’ll keep exploring. But we know that, ultimately, it’s our local leaders that make each trip a journey of discovery...

ASIA

FOUR SEASONS A continent for all seasons, Asia is a land of contrasts where ancient meets the modern in a head-on rush of culture, tech, tradition and contradiction. And its welcome is as warm and wonderful, whenever - and wherever - you choose to visit. So which season will you embark on your Asian adventure?

Roshan Fernando is one of our local leaders in Sri Lanka, and he’s one of our most highly praised: customers regularly telling us how his ‘fantastic knowledge’ and his ‘boundless enthusiasm’ made a great holiday even better. We couldn’t agree more. It’s not gone unnoticed (although we tend to draw a veil over his ‘terrible jokes’): Roshan has been awarded our Best of the Best in our Leader Awards. For us, Roshan is the complete package: calm, considerate and incredibly well versed in the culture and rhythms of his homeland. Sri Lanka is a land of superlatives. Allow Roshan to open your eyes to its real charms... AU T UM N – Trails of Vie t n a m

WI N TER – Philip pin e s Ad ve nt ure

Vietnam is at its most alluring in Autumn. The temperatures and humidity are lower, making it the perfect time to trek, cycle and paddle around this wonderful country.

Winter in the Philippines, and the tropical rains have subsided, making travel easier - especially to the remote, outlying areas we'll visit on this enchanting adventure.

exodustravels.com/trip/AOF

For full holiday listings see from p52

exodustravels.com/trip/ALB

"It never feels like work when you’re with happy people. Being a guide allows you to interact with a wide variety of travellers. For me, that’s much better than being behind a desk, reading the same script. Travelling around for 15 days with a bunch of Exodus customers... I sometimes wonder whether I’m actually working at all! I love my country, but its people are the real stars. Sri Lankans are very friendly and welcoming. One thing we have to spare in this country is time. We’re never short of it - and it’s reflected in a very relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. As a result there’s always a smile wherever we go. A trip without a laugh is like a kiss without a squeeze. The first thing I do is to get the group to trust me. Having a good sense of humour, funny stories and jokes - they all help us to bond and relax in each others’ company. It’s important for me to show people the ‘real’ Sri Lanka. Talking to people, walking through villages, tea plantations and small farms is a unique experience. Cycling through rice paddy fields and having lunch at a farm house is one of the top highlights, but I like to take groups off the beaten track so they can feel the pulse of this beautiful island.

I’m really proud of the Tsunami Project we were involved in. It was a really good feeling to be a part of something so positive. It’s great to know that still there are lot of good people in this world. I received a lot of money from Exodus’ clients visiting Sri Lanka and donating, as well as from Exodus as a company too. We built 11 houses and bought boats, engines and nets for some of the Tsunami victims. None of this would have been possible had it not been for Exodus highlighting the work that was going on to start the process of rebuilding lives after the tsunami. My island is a country of wonders. They call the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya the eighth wonder of the world, and with good reason. Kandy’s sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine are awe-inspiring, and the leopards and elephants of Yala National Park never fail to bring a smile to my face."

Roshan recommends... Discover Sri Lanka (AIL) Buddhist temples and leopard sanctuaries • Sri Lankan Highlights (AIA) Rock fortresses and elephant safaris • North Sri Lanka Revealed (AKS) Ancient highlights of the undiscovered north and more visited south. See from p108.


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Asia: Four Seasons

SPRI N G – A n cie nt & M o d e r n J a p a n

SUM M ER – Vo l c a n o e s & Te m p l e s of I n d o n e sia

Cherry blossom season showcases the softer side of Japan. There’s something incredibly calming about this annual springtime display.

Summer months in Indonesia are cooler, drier and altogether more comfortable. And those clear blue skies make it perfect to take in those stunning volcanic vistas.

exodustravels.com/trip/AOP

exodustravels.com/trip/AOJ

Roshan Fernando's

Sri Lanka We’re passionate about the places we travel to. We believe they reveal the breadth and beauty of the world around us. And we’ll keep exploring. But we know that, ultimately, it’s our local leaders that make each trip a journey of discovery...

ASIA

FOUR SEASONS A continent for all seasons, Asia is a land of contrasts where ancient meets the modern in a head-on rush of culture, tech, tradition and contradiction. And its welcome is as warm and wonderful, whenever - and wherever - you choose to visit. So which season will you embark on your Asian adventure?

Roshan Fernando is one of our local leaders in Sri Lanka, and he’s one of our most highly praised: customers regularly telling us how his ‘fantastic knowledge’ and his ‘boundless enthusiasm’ made a great holiday even better. We couldn’t agree more. It’s not gone unnoticed (although we tend to draw a veil over his ‘terrible jokes’): Roshan has been awarded our Best of the Best in our Leader Awards. For us, Roshan is the complete package: calm, considerate and incredibly well versed in the culture and rhythms of his homeland. Sri Lanka is a land of superlatives. Allow Roshan to open your eyes to its real charms... AU T UM N – Trails of Vie t n a m

WI N TER – Philip pin e s Ad ve nt ure

Vietnam is at its most alluring in Autumn. The temperatures and humidity are lower, making it the perfect time to trek, cycle and paddle around this wonderful country.

Winter in the Philippines, and the tropical rains have subsided, making travel easier - especially to the remote, outlying areas we'll visit on this enchanting adventure.

exodustravels.com/trip/AOF

For full holiday listings see from p52

exodustravels.com/trip/ALB

"It never feels like work when you’re with happy people. Being a guide allows you to interact with a wide variety of travellers. For me, that’s much better than being behind a desk, reading the same script. Travelling around for 15 days with a bunch of Exodus customers... I sometimes wonder whether I’m actually working at all! I love my country, but its people are the real stars. Sri Lankans are very friendly and welcoming. One thing we have to spare in this country is time. We’re never short of it - and it’s reflected in a very relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. As a result there’s always a smile wherever we go. A trip without a laugh is like a kiss without a squeeze. The first thing I do is to get the group to trust me. Having a good sense of humour, funny stories and jokes - they all help us to bond and relax in each others’ company. It’s important for me to show people the ‘real’ Sri Lanka. Talking to people, walking through villages, tea plantations and small farms is a unique experience. Cycling through rice paddy fields and having lunch at a farm house is one of the top highlights, but I like to take groups off the beaten track so they can feel the pulse of this beautiful island.

I’m really proud of the Tsunami Project we were involved in. It was a really good feeling to be a part of something so positive. It’s great to know that still there are lot of good people in this world. I received a lot of money from Exodus’ clients visiting Sri Lanka and donating, as well as from Exodus as a company too. We built 11 houses and bought boats, engines and nets for some of the Tsunami victims. None of this would have been possible had it not been for Exodus highlighting the work that was going on to start the process of rebuilding lives after the tsunami. My island is a country of wonders. They call the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya the eighth wonder of the world, and with good reason. Kandy’s sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine are awe-inspiring, and the leopards and elephants of Yala National Park never fail to bring a smile to my face."

Roshan recommends... Discover Sri Lanka (AIL) Buddhist temples and leopard sanctuaries • Sri Lankan Highlights (AIA) Rock fortresses and elephant safaris • North Sri Lanka Revealed (AKS) Ancient highlights of the undiscovered north and more visited south. See from p108.


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Europe

H O L I DAY L IS TI N GS The next section features all of our cultural and wildlife adventures. Within, we’ll give you a head start on all the information you need: the highlights each trip features, the activity level they’ll require, the times of the year we depart - and, of course, an idea of their price. If a trip catches your eye, you’ll find a full itinerary, complete pricing information and a comprehensive list of departure dates on our website. Simply visit the specific tour’s unique page - look for the three letter trip code:

Choosing your activity level All of our trips list 'Activity Level' icons as guides to the type of itinerary and level of challenge one can expect to encounter while travelling on our holidays. The information below will give you an explanation of what each Activity Level means so you can make sure you find the right trip for you. exodustravels.com/activity-levels

exodustravels.com/trip/AVD

Online, you’ll also have access to maps, detailed trip notes, reviews and photos. And if you have any questions, you can have a ‘live chat’ session with one of our sales experts.

Specialist Activity Holidays

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Activity level 1: Leisurely Designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the 2 3 4 5 outdoors and want a relaxing trip packed with interest. Activity level 3: Moderate Requires a spirit of adventure and some fitness, as the trip 4 5 6 7 may involve more activities or longer journeys.

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Grand Tour of Iceland 6

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Trip highlights

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Glaciers, geysers, volcanoes The Blue Lagoon • Fascinating heritage • •

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Activity level 5: Challenging Fitness is imperative at this level, as the environment 6 7 8 9 may be more remote and challenging.

At a glance 15 days land only Travel by minibus • 14 nights farms, hotels and simple guesthouses • All breakfasts,11 lunches and 8 dinners included • 24hr daylight on June departures • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Wildlife Encounters

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We love finding new ways of discovering the world to share with our customers, whether that’s new countries, cultures or exciting new activities. Keep an eye out for the NEW flag on the following pages which identify our new additions to the programme. PREMIUM

We have an extensive range of premium adventures at Exodus. Look out for the premium flag at the top of the trip listing. Throughout our holiday listings we’ll share handy tips and information for your next adventure.

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Activity level 7: Tough At this level we recommend previous experience of the 8 9 activity involved.

Split grades: Where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example; Level 2 (Leisurely/Moderate).

Itinerary - day by day 1

Safari ratings

Start Reykjavik.

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In addition to the activity level, each wildlife trip has also been classified with a grade of three, four or five 'paw marks' to help you find the right trip.

Visit Thingvellir volcanic rift, Geysir waterspouts and Gullfoss Waterfall; to Hella.

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Drive east towards Eyafjallajokull Volcano Ice Cap, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls.

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Into Skaftafell to explore the Vatnajokull Ice Cap; to Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with optional boat trip.

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Drive through Eastern Fjords to Egilsstadir.

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Cross volcanic landscapes to Dettifoss Waterfall; to Asbyrgi Canyon.

Designed for people with a general interest in wildlife, but who also want to experience some of the other highlights of the region or country. A more dedicated wildlife itinerary where the majority of time is spent in wildlife rich areas such as national parks or nature reserves. A wholly focused wildlife trip where every aspect - vehicle, accommodation, and guide are geared up to immerse you in, and educate you about the local fauna.

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To Husavik; optional whale watching trip; to Myvatn.

Grand Tour of Iceland

AVD

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Authentic Andalucia

ADH 61

Discover Poland

AWP 68

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In Myvatn including Krafla Volcano; to Akureyri.

Discover Iceland

AVP

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Cycle the Camino de Santiago MWC 62

Highlights of Central Europe

AVU

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Free day to explore Akureyri.

Iceland Northern Lights

CZT

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Camino de Santiago Trek

TSO

Prague to Budapest Ride

MVZ 69

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Drive west to Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Southern Iceland Winter Explorer CZS

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Portugal Explorer

ADO 62

Tatra Winter Activity Week

CVT

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Azores: Whale & Dolphin Watching

WSA 63

Budapest to Prague in Winter

CGA 69

Explore Snaefellsnes N.P., home to Snaefellsjokull Ice Cap, fishing villages, old lava flows and abundant birdlife.

Arctic Lights

Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

CNC 55

Finland Northern Lights

CFL

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Finnish Wilderness Week

CFA

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Brown Bear Encounter

WBW 56

Scandinavia in Summer

ASN 56

Stockholm & the Baltics in Winter

CES

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Cycle the Baltics

MVB

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Discover the Baltics

AVV

57

Mont Blanc Highlights

TWN 58

Mont Blanc Winter Activity Week CEB

58

Ardeche Mixed Activity Week

ADB

58

Cycle the Canal du Midi

MEC 59

62

Highlights of Italy

ADI

63

Treasures of Sicily

ADZ

63

Sicily Food Adventure

ADY 64

Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

ADE

64

Walking in Puglia & Matera

TEV

64

Island Hopping in the Bay of Naples

TDE

65

Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

AVG 65

Walking the Amalfi Coast

TDA

65

Cycle Cilento & the Amalfi Coast MWO 66 Tuscany & Cinque Terre

Walking the French Riviera

TEK

59

Highlights of Central Spain

ASE

59

Picos Mixed Activity Week

ASQ 60

Piedmont & Parma Food Adventure

Walking the Picos de Europa

Walking in Tuscany

ADT

66

TDT

66

ADW 67

TSQ

60

Dolomites Centre-Based Cycling MED 67

Sierra de Aitana Mixed Activity ASB

60

Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

TDF

Walking in Andalucia

61

Slovenia Mixed Activity

AVQ 68

TDS

67

68 69

Highlights of Romania

AWB 70

Carpathian Walking & Bears

WVR 70

12

To Reykjavik, stopping for walk at Eldborg Crater.

Winter in Transylvania

CVX

70

13

Day exploring Reykjanes Peninsula.

Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast

ADD 71

14

Bosnia & Beyond

AVB

71

Free day in Reykjavik; optional sea kayaking or lava-tube caving.

15

Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

MVJ

71

End Reykjavik.

Serbia – Gem of the Balkans

ADJ

72

Balkan Discoverer

AVX

72

Highlights of Albania

AVL

72

Cycling in Albania

MVA 73

Highlights of Georgia & Armenia

AXC 73

Highlights of Ancient Greece

AGM 74

Highlights of Turkey

ATH

74

Lycian Activity Week

ATM

74

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP

OCT NOV DEC

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Russia: Last Journey of the Tsars ARA 75 Moscow to St Petersburg

AVS

75

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O U R D IS COVERY & W I L D L I FE

Europe

H O L I DAY L IS TI N GS The next section features all of our cultural and wildlife adventures. Within, we’ll give you a head start on all the information you need: the highlights each trip features, the activity level they’ll require, the times of the year we depart - and, of course, an idea of their price. If a trip catches your eye, you’ll find a full itinerary, complete pricing information and a comprehensive list of departure dates on our website. Simply visit the specific tour’s unique page - look for the three letter trip code:

Choosing your activity level All of our trips list 'Activity Level' icons as guides to the type of itinerary and level of challenge one can expect to encounter while travelling on our holidays. The information below will give you an explanation of what each Activity Level means so you can make sure you find the right trip for you. exodustravels.com/activity-levels

exodustravels.com/trip/AVD

Online, you’ll also have access to maps, detailed trip notes, reviews and photos. And if you have any questions, you can have a ‘live chat’ session with one of our sales experts.

Specialist Activity Holidays

1 2 We feature 190 trips within our brochure, including selected specialist trips which are highlighted as follows: Winter Adventures 1

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Holiday Listings

Walking & Trekking 2 3

4

1

3

Activity level 1: Leisurely Designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the 2 3 4 5 outdoors and want a relaxing trip packed with interest. Activity level 3: Moderate Requires a spirit of adventure and some fitness, as the trip 4 5 6 7 may involve more activities or longer journeys.

ICELAND

Grand Tour of Iceland 6

7

8

9 Trip Code

8

AVD

1

2 Leisurely

Trip highlights

9

Glaciers, geysers, volcanoes The Blue Lagoon • Fascinating heritage • •

5

Activity level 5: Challenging Fitness is imperative at this level, as the environment 6 7 8 9 may be more remote and challenging.

At a glance 15 days land only Travel by minibus • 14 nights farms, hotels and simple guesthouses • All breakfasts,11 lunches and 8 dinners included • 24hr daylight on June departures • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Wildlife Encounters

1

2 for… Look out

3

Cycling Holidays

4

5

6

NEW

We love finding new ways of discovering the world to share with our customers, whether that’s new countries, cultures or exciting new activities. Keep an eye out for the NEW flag on the following pages which identify our new additions to the programme. PREMIUM

We have an extensive range of premium adventures at Exodus. Look out for the premium flag at the top of the trip listing. Throughout our holiday listings we’ll share handy tips and information for your next adventure.

7

Activity level 7: Tough At this level we recommend previous experience of the 8 9 activity involved.

Split grades: Where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example; Level 2 (Leisurely/Moderate).

Itinerary - day by day 1

Safari ratings

Start Reykjavik.

2

In addition to the activity level, each wildlife trip has also been classified with a grade of three, four or five 'paw marks' to help you find the right trip.

Visit Thingvellir volcanic rift, Geysir waterspouts and Gullfoss Waterfall; to Hella.

3

Drive east towards Eyafjallajokull Volcano Ice Cap, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls.

4

Into Skaftafell to explore the Vatnajokull Ice Cap; to Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with optional boat trip.

5

Drive through Eastern Fjords to Egilsstadir.

6

Cross volcanic landscapes to Dettifoss Waterfall; to Asbyrgi Canyon.

Designed for people with a general interest in wildlife, but who also want to experience some of the other highlights of the region or country. A more dedicated wildlife itinerary where the majority of time is spent in wildlife rich areas such as national parks or nature reserves. A wholly focused wildlife trip where every aspect - vehicle, accommodation, and guide are geared up to immerse you in, and educate you about the local fauna.

TRIP NAME

CODE PAGE

TRIP NAME

CODE PAGE

TRIP NAME

CODE PAGE

7

To Husavik; optional whale watching trip; to Myvatn.

Grand Tour of Iceland

AVD

53

Authentic Andalucia

ADH 61

Discover Poland

AWP 68

8

In Myvatn including Krafla Volcano; to Akureyri.

Discover Iceland

AVP

54

Cycle the Camino de Santiago MWC 62

Highlights of Central Europe

AVU

9

Free day to explore Akureyri.

Iceland Northern Lights

CZT

54

Camino de Santiago Trek

TSO

Prague to Budapest Ride

MVZ 69

10

Drive west to Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Southern Iceland Winter Explorer CZS

54

Portugal Explorer

ADO 62

Tatra Winter Activity Week

CVT

11

Azores: Whale & Dolphin Watching

WSA 63

Budapest to Prague in Winter

CGA 69

Explore Snaefellsnes N.P., home to Snaefellsjokull Ice Cap, fishing villages, old lava flows and abundant birdlife.

Arctic Lights

Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

CNC 55

Finland Northern Lights

CFL

55

Finnish Wilderness Week

CFA

55

Brown Bear Encounter

WBW 56

Scandinavia in Summer

ASN 56

Stockholm & the Baltics in Winter

CES

56

Cycle the Baltics

MVB

57

Discover the Baltics

AVV

57

Mont Blanc Highlights

TWN 58

Mont Blanc Winter Activity Week CEB

58

Ardeche Mixed Activity Week

ADB

58

Cycle the Canal du Midi

MEC 59

62

Highlights of Italy

ADI

63

Treasures of Sicily

ADZ

63

Sicily Food Adventure

ADY 64

Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

ADE

64

Walking in Puglia & Matera

TEV

64

Island Hopping in the Bay of Naples

TDE

65

Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

AVG 65

Walking the Amalfi Coast

TDA

65

Cycle Cilento & the Amalfi Coast MWO 66 Tuscany & Cinque Terre

Walking the French Riviera

TEK

59

Highlights of Central Spain

ASE

59

Picos Mixed Activity Week

ASQ 60

Piedmont & Parma Food Adventure

Walking the Picos de Europa

Walking in Tuscany

ADT

66

TDT

66

ADW 67

TSQ

60

Dolomites Centre-Based Cycling MED 67

Sierra de Aitana Mixed Activity ASB

60

Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

TDF

Walking in Andalucia

61

Slovenia Mixed Activity

AVQ 68

TDS

67

68 69

Highlights of Romania

AWB 70

Carpathian Walking & Bears

WVR 70

12

To Reykjavik, stopping for walk at Eldborg Crater.

Winter in Transylvania

CVX

70

13

Day exploring Reykjanes Peninsula.

Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast

ADD 71

14

Bosnia & Beyond

AVB

71

Free day in Reykjavik; optional sea kayaking or lava-tube caving.

15

Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

MVJ

71

End Reykjavik.

Serbia – Gem of the Balkans

ADJ

72

Balkan Discoverer

AVX

72

Highlights of Albania

AVL

72

Cycling in Albania

MVA 73

Highlights of Georgia & Armenia

AXC 73

Highlights of Ancient Greece

AGM 74

Highlights of Turkey

ATH

74

Lycian Activity Week

ATM

74

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/AVD

Russia: Last Journey of the Tsars ARA 75 Moscow to St Petersburg

AVS

75

For guide prices please see inside rear cover

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EUROPE • Norway, Finalnd

AVP

1

2 Leisurely

Trip highlights

3 Code Trip

4 CZT

15

26

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

Trip highlights

Surreal volcanic beaches • Beautiful south coast • 24 hour daylight for June departures

Search for the Northern Lights • Bathe in Blue Lagoon • Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir and Thingvellir N.P

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by minibus • 7 nights in hotels and guesthouses • All breakfasts,6 lunches and 5 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

NORWAY

Southern Iceland Winter Explorer

Iceland Northern Lights

Discover Iceland Trip Code

ICELAND

ICELAND

ICELAND

5 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned private minibus • 4 nights hotels • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

9 Trip 5Code

CZS 6

1

FINLAND

Arctic Lights

7

2

8

3 9 4 Leisurely/Moderate

5

6

Trip7 Code

CNC8

Trip highlights

Trip highlights

Explore glaciers and lagoons • Gullfoss, Geysir, geothermal plant visit • Search for the Northern Lights

2

3 4 Leisurely/Moderate

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by private minibus • 7 nights hotels • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

Trip 5Code

CFL 6

1

7

2

8

Finnish Wilderness Week 3 9 4 Leisurely/Moderate

Trip highlights

Ideal for Aurora sightings • Dramatic scenery of Vesteralan Islands • Arctic beaches and mountains

FINLAND

Finland Northern Lights 1 9

Trip 5Code

CFA 6

1

7

2

8

9Moderate 4

3

Trip highlights

Northern lights with expert guides • Drive snowmobiles and huskies • Sami reindeer farm

Varied activities in a wilderness location Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing • Lead your own dogsledding team

• •

At a glance

5 days land only • Travel by private minibus • 4 nights in wilderness cabins or Aurora guesthouse • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

55

At a glance

4 days land only • Travel by private minibus • 2 nights log cabins and 1 night wilderness cabin • Full board throughout • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

8 days land only Travel by private minibus • 7 nights wilderness Lodge • All breakfasts and 7 dinners included • Snowshoeing by night departures • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Itinerary - day by day

1

Start Reykjavik.

1

Start Reyjavik.

1

Start Reykjavik.

1

Start Andoy Friluftssenter.

1

Start Harriniva.

2

Drive north to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, explore the Ice Cap, fishing villages, lava flows and birdlife.

2

Drive along south coast stopping at Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls and Reynisfjara volcanic beach; evening Northern Lights excursion.

2

Head east, taking in Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls; on past Vik to the sea stacks at Reynisdrangar.

2

Explore the area on foot; trip to the nearby valley for lunch and ice fishing on Lake Kringelvann.

2

Traditional reindeer sleds ride, evening Northern Lights snowmobile excursion.

1

Start Basecamp Oulanka.

2

Snowshoe hike in national park; free afternoon.

3

3

Dogsledding and transfer to wilderness cabin, evening snowshoe excursion.

3

Drive across Skeidararsandur floodplains to Skaftafell; on to Svinafellsjokull for easy glacier walk. Drive to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.

Tour of Andoya passing through fishing villages on the Arctic coast, including northern Europe’s longest beach; visit world’s largest Northern Lights research base.

Cross-country skiing in the morning; free afternoon.

4

Dogsledding tour; optional ice climbing.

5

Free day in Ruka.

6

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Wilderness skills including igloo building and fire-making.

7

JAN ●

Optional activities including ice climbing, snowmobiling or fatbiking.

8

End Basecamp Oulanka.

3

4

5

Walk to extinct crater of Eldborg, continue to Hvalfjordur fjord and on to Thingvellir N.P.; transfer to Laugarvatn.

3

Visit Geysir, on to Gullfoss Waterfall; continue to Thorsardalur Valley, on to Gjain Canyon; see Haifoss Waterfall.

4

Drive across lunar-like landscape of Fjallabak; optional swim and walk to hot springs; walk to Ofaerufoss Waterfall.

5

To Vatnajokull NP. visit Skaftafell and walk to Svartifoss Waterfall; to the Glacial Lagoon, optional boat ride.

6

Visit Vik; on to basalt columns of Reynisfjara, visit puffin nesting area and the rock arch at southern tip of Iceland; to Reykjavik.

7

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN ●

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL

exodustravels.com/trip/CZT

Months of departure

JAN

Morning visit Leidarendi lava tube cave and the Blue Lagoon; end Reykjavik.

JUL ●

AUG

SEP ●

Visit Skaftafell; easy glacier walk on Svinafellsjokull or Solheimajokull Glacier. Drive to Jokulsarlon; walk to coast to enjoy the beached icebergs and ice formations. Afternoon ice cave visit (weather permitting).

4

See Gullfoss Waterfall; travel to Geysir and the rift valley at Thingvellir.

5

Tour of the Hellisheidarvirkjun geothermal heating plant; into the Blue Mountains for walk past lava flows.

6

Months of departure

End Reykjavik.

8

See Eyjafjallajokull Volcano; visit Gullfoss Waterfall, spouts at Geysir and explore Thingvellir N.P.; on to Reykjavik.

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/AVP

“A brilliant introduction to Iceland, spanning a wide variety of landscapes and locations.” Bryher Mason Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

AUG

SEP

OCT NOV DEC ● ● ●

3

Free day in Reykjavik for optional excursions; snowmobiling or exploring the city.

7

Morning visit Leidarendi lava tube cave; afternoon transfer to airport; end Keflavik.

8

Morning visit local Sami reindeer farm; return to Friluftssenter for free time and hot tub; evening meal in the lavvo.

4

Transfer to Evenes; trip ends.

5

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN ●

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/CNC

End Harriniva.

4

Months of departure

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL

exodustravels.com/trip/CFL

AUG

SEP

OCT NOV DEC

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN ●

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT NOV DEC ●

exodustravels.com/trip/CFA

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN ●

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

“I enjoyed fabulous scenery, learnt new skills, laughed out loud and had enormous fun…”

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/CZS

Our small guided group trips are a fantastic opportunity for couples, singles and friends to travel with like-minded people. Our average group size is 10 - 12, and minimum ages vary from 14-16 years. To find out more about your specific holiday follow the trip URL.

Joanne Griffiths We visit the Andoya Space Center, a fully functional rocket range, regularly launching rockets and weather balloons into the atmosphere for scientific research.

For guide prices please see inside rear cover

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EUROPE • Norway, Finalnd

AVP

1

2 Leisurely

Trip highlights

3 Code Trip

4 CZT

15

26

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

Trip highlights

Surreal volcanic beaches • Beautiful south coast • 24 hour daylight for June departures

Search for the Northern Lights • Bathe in Blue Lagoon • Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir and Thingvellir N.P

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by minibus • 7 nights in hotels and guesthouses • All breakfasts,6 lunches and 5 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

NORWAY

Southern Iceland Winter Explorer

Iceland Northern Lights

Discover Iceland Trip Code

ICELAND

ICELAND

ICELAND

5 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned private minibus • 4 nights hotels • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

9 Trip 5Code

CZS 6

1

FINLAND

Arctic Lights

7

2

8

3 9 4 Leisurely/Moderate

5

6

Trip7 Code

CNC8

Trip highlights

Trip highlights

Explore glaciers and lagoons • Gullfoss, Geysir, geothermal plant visit • Search for the Northern Lights

2

3 4 Leisurely/Moderate

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by private minibus • 7 nights hotels • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

Trip 5Code

CFL 6

1

7

2

8

Finnish Wilderness Week 3 9 4 Leisurely/Moderate

Trip highlights

Ideal for Aurora sightings • Dramatic scenery of Vesteralan Islands • Arctic beaches and mountains

FINLAND

Finland Northern Lights 1 9

Trip 5Code

CFA 6

1

7

2

8

9Moderate 4

3

Trip highlights

Northern lights with expert guides • Drive snowmobiles and huskies • Sami reindeer farm

Varied activities in a wilderness location Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing • Lead your own dogsledding team

• •

At a glance

5 days land only • Travel by private minibus • 4 nights in wilderness cabins or Aurora guesthouse • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

55

At a glance

4 days land only • Travel by private minibus • 2 nights log cabins and 1 night wilderness cabin • Full board throughout • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

8 days land only Travel by private minibus • 7 nights wilderness Lodge • All breakfasts and 7 dinners included • Snowshoeing by night departures • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Itinerary - day by day

1

Start Reykjavik.

1

Start Reyjavik.

1

Start Reykjavik.

1

Start Andoy Friluftssenter.

1

Start Harriniva.

2

Drive north to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, explore the Ice Cap, fishing villages, lava flows and birdlife.

2

Drive along south coast stopping at Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls and Reynisfjara volcanic beach; evening Northern Lights excursion.

2

Head east, taking in Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls; on past Vik to the sea stacks at Reynisdrangar.

2

Explore the area on foot; trip to the nearby valley for lunch and ice fishing on Lake Kringelvann.

2

Traditional reindeer sleds ride, evening Northern Lights snowmobile excursion.

1

Start Basecamp Oulanka.

2

Snowshoe hike in national park; free afternoon.

3

3

Dogsledding and transfer to wilderness cabin, evening snowshoe excursion.

3

Drive across Skeidararsandur floodplains to Skaftafell; on to Svinafellsjokull for easy glacier walk. Drive to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.

Tour of Andoya passing through fishing villages on the Arctic coast, including northern Europe’s longest beach; visit world’s largest Northern Lights research base.

Cross-country skiing in the morning; free afternoon.

4

Dogsledding tour; optional ice climbing.

5

Free day in Ruka.

6

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Wilderness skills including igloo building and fire-making.

7

JAN ●

Optional activities including ice climbing, snowmobiling or fatbiking.

8

End Basecamp Oulanka.

3

4

5

Walk to extinct crater of Eldborg, continue to Hvalfjordur fjord and on to Thingvellir N.P.; transfer to Laugarvatn.

3

Visit Geysir, on to Gullfoss Waterfall; continue to Thorsardalur Valley, on to Gjain Canyon; see Haifoss Waterfall.

4

Drive across lunar-like landscape of Fjallabak; optional swim and walk to hot springs; walk to Ofaerufoss Waterfall.

5

To Vatnajokull NP. visit Skaftafell and walk to Svartifoss Waterfall; to the Glacial Lagoon, optional boat ride.

6

Visit Vik; on to basalt columns of Reynisfjara, visit puffin nesting area and the rock arch at southern tip of Iceland; to Reykjavik.

7

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN ●

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL

exodustravels.com/trip/CZT

Months of departure

JAN

Morning visit Leidarendi lava tube cave and the Blue Lagoon; end Reykjavik.

JUL ●

AUG

SEP ●

Visit Skaftafell; easy glacier walk on Svinafellsjokull or Solheimajokull Glacier. Drive to Jokulsarlon; walk to coast to enjoy the beached icebergs and ice formations. Afternoon ice cave visit (weather permitting).

4

See Gullfoss Waterfall; travel to Geysir and the rift valley at Thingvellir.

5

Tour of the Hellisheidarvirkjun geothermal heating plant; into the Blue Mountains for walk past lava flows.

6

Months of departure

End Reykjavik.

8

See Eyjafjallajokull Volcano; visit Gullfoss Waterfall, spouts at Geysir and explore Thingvellir N.P.; on to Reykjavik.

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/AVP

“A brilliant introduction to Iceland, spanning a wide variety of landscapes and locations.” Bryher Mason Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

AUG

SEP

OCT NOV DEC ● ● ●

3

Free day in Reykjavik for optional excursions; snowmobiling or exploring the city.

7

Morning visit Leidarendi lava tube cave; afternoon transfer to airport; end Keflavik.

8

Morning visit local Sami reindeer farm; return to Friluftssenter for free time and hot tub; evening meal in the lavvo.

4

Transfer to Evenes; trip ends.

5

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN ●

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/CNC

End Harriniva.

4

Months of departure

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL

exodustravels.com/trip/CFL

AUG

SEP

OCT NOV DEC

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN ●

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT NOV DEC ●

exodustravels.com/trip/CFA

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN ●

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

“I enjoyed fabulous scenery, learnt new skills, laughed out loud and had enormous fun…”

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/CZS

Our small guided group trips are a fantastic opportunity for couples, singles and friends to travel with like-minded people. Our average group size is 10 - 12, and minimum ages vary from 14-16 years. To find out more about your specific holiday follow the trip URL.

Joanne Griffiths We visit the Andoya Space Center, a fully functional rocket range, regularly launching rockets and weather balloons into the atmosphere for scientific research.

For guide prices please see inside rear cover

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EUROPE • Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

EUROPE • Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

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FINLAND

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SWEDEN, ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA

NEW

SWEDEN, NORWAY

Brown Bear Encounter 1

2 Leisurely

Trip highlights

3 Code Trip

4 ASN

15

26

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

Trip highlights

Stunning wilderness in eastern Finland • Observe Brown bears from a comfortable hide • Cosy forest basecamp •

At a glance

Norway’s fjords • Flåm railway • Bergen and Stockholm •

9 Trip 5Code

CES 6

7

Cycle the Baltics

8

1

9

2 Leisurely

4

5 Code Trip

6 MVB

Trip highlights

Four countries in one week • Traditional Christmas markets • Hill of Crosses and Trakai Castle

At a glance

At a glance

1 7

3 4 9 Leisurely/Moderate

8 days land only Travel by mini bus • 6 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 overnight ferry • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

1

Start Bergen.

1

Start Stockholm.

1

Start Tallinn; transfer to hotel.

2

Guided wilderness hike; early evening transfer to bear hide for the night.

2

Guided tour of Bergen including funicular railway; free afternoon.

2

Stockholm city tour; overnight ferry to Tallinn.

2

3

Arrive in Tallinn; afternoon city walking tour.

Explore Tallinn; transfer to Lahemaa N.P. for a scenic ride.

3

Canoe on the lake near Basecamp Kuikka; optional overnight bear hide.

3

Morning ferry ride through the Sognefjod to Flåm; afternoon walk to lookout.

4

Free morning in Tallinn; transfer to Riga, afternoon visit Christmas market.

To Kajaani airport; end.

4

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FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP

OCT NOV DEC

5

To Oslo on the historical Flåm Railway.

6

Sightseeing tour of Oslo; free afternoon.

7

Train to Stockholm, Sweden; free evening. Walking tour of Stockholm including the Vasa museum; optional archipelago boat tour.

8

End Stockholm.

9

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JAN

Adam Roberts

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

Transfer to Rundale and the Hill of Crosses; overnight in Vilnius.

7

Vilnius city tour and Trakai Castle. Trip ends in Vilnius.

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Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

“A thoroughly enjoyable short getaway to a beautiful and peaceful destination. Seeing such majestic bears and wolves up close at sunset left us all mesmerised…”

6

Months of departure

Months of departure

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP

OCT NOV DEC

JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN

JUL

AUG

9

SEP

OCT NOV DEC ● ●

exodustravels.com/trip/CES

Discover the Baltics Trip Code

AVV

1

2 Leisurely

Three countries in twelve days Forests and beaches • Palaces, castles and monasteries

Cycle through ‘Estonian Switzerland’ to Otepaa; transfer to Riga.

6

Cycle to Jurmala; transfer back to Riga.

Itinerary - day by day

7

To Sventoji; cycle to Klaipeda.

1

Start Tallinn.

8

Transfer to the Curonian Spit N.P; explore by bike.

2

Tallinn guided tour and free time to explore.

9

Drive to Kintai village; cycle to Vente Cape and Silute; transfer to Vilnius.

3

Explore the pine forests and sandy beaches of Lahemaa N.P.; guided tour around Tartu city.

10

Transfer to Trakai; cycle around town and visit Trakai Castle; return to Vilnius.

4

Tour of Cesis and Gauja National Park.

5

Guided tour of Riga old town; free afternoon.

11

Visit seaside town of Jurmala. 4 5

7

Explore Rundale Palace, the Hill of Crosses and the port of Klaipeda.

8

Transfer to the Curonian Spit and visit the sand dunes.

9

Plokstine Cold War Museum; city tour around Kaunas.

10

Pazaislis Monastery and Trakai Castle.

11

Guided tour of Vilnius; free time to explore.

12

End Vilnius.

3

At a glance

5

4

6

Trip highlights

12 days land only Travel by midi bus • 11 nights hotels • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

3

Guided tour around Riga, afternoon at leisure.

8

8

Start Kajaani; to Kuikka Basecamp.

5

7

1

Day on the fjord, including walk to a cheese farm.

6

ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA

11 days land only 9 days cycling with vehicle support • 10 nights hotels • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

4

5

Cycle through three countries Diverse capital cities • Ride through national parks

Itinerary - day by day

2 8

Itinerary - day by day

9 days land only Travel by rail and private minibus • 7 nights 3-star hotels and 1 night pension • All breakfasts and l lunch included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

3

Trip highlights •

At a glance

4 days land only Travel by private minibus • 2 nights Kuikka Basecamp and 1 night bear hide • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA

Stockholm & the Baltics in Winter

Scandinavia in Summer

Trip Code WBW

57

Full day riding through Lahemma N.P.

Transfer to Peipsi; cycle along lake shore; transfer to Tartu.

End Vilnius.

6

7

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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JAN

“A great way to learn about the history of the Baltic region; and if you go in December, to get in the mood for the festive season.”

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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Alison Payton

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EUROPE • Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

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FINLAND

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SWEDEN, ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA

NEW

SWEDEN, NORWAY

Brown Bear Encounter 1

2 Leisurely

Trip highlights

3 Code Trip

4 ASN

15

26

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

Trip highlights

Stunning wilderness in eastern Finland • Observe Brown bears from a comfortable hide • Cosy forest basecamp •

At a glance

Norway’s fjords • Flåm railway • Bergen and Stockholm •

9 Trip 5Code

CES 6

7

Cycle the Baltics

8

1

9

2 Leisurely

4

5 Code Trip

6 MVB

Trip highlights

Four countries in one week • Traditional Christmas markets • Hill of Crosses and Trakai Castle

At a glance

At a glance

1 7

3 4 9 Leisurely/Moderate

8 days land only Travel by mini bus • 6 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 overnight ferry • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

1

Start Bergen.

1

Start Stockholm.

1

Start Tallinn; transfer to hotel.

2

Guided wilderness hike; early evening transfer to bear hide for the night.

2

Guided tour of Bergen including funicular railway; free afternoon.

2

Stockholm city tour; overnight ferry to Tallinn.

2

3

Arrive in Tallinn; afternoon city walking tour.

Explore Tallinn; transfer to Lahemaa N.P. for a scenic ride.

3

Canoe on the lake near Basecamp Kuikka; optional overnight bear hide.

3

Morning ferry ride through the Sognefjod to Flåm; afternoon walk to lookout.

4

Free morning in Tallinn; transfer to Riga, afternoon visit Christmas market.

To Kajaani airport; end.

4

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP

OCT NOV DEC

5

To Oslo on the historical Flåm Railway.

6

Sightseeing tour of Oslo; free afternoon.

7

Train to Stockholm, Sweden; free evening. Walking tour of Stockholm including the Vasa museum; optional archipelago boat tour.

8

End Stockholm.

9

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JAN

Adam Roberts

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

Transfer to Rundale and the Hill of Crosses; overnight in Vilnius.

7

Vilnius city tour and Trakai Castle. Trip ends in Vilnius.

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

“A thoroughly enjoyable short getaway to a beautiful and peaceful destination. Seeing such majestic bears and wolves up close at sunset left us all mesmerised…”

6

Months of departure

Months of departure

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP

OCT NOV DEC

JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN

JUL

AUG

9

SEP

OCT NOV DEC ● ●

exodustravels.com/trip/CES

Discover the Baltics Trip Code

AVV

1

2 Leisurely

Three countries in twelve days Forests and beaches • Palaces, castles and monasteries

Cycle through ‘Estonian Switzerland’ to Otepaa; transfer to Riga.

6

Cycle to Jurmala; transfer back to Riga.

Itinerary - day by day

7

To Sventoji; cycle to Klaipeda.

1

Start Tallinn.

8

Transfer to the Curonian Spit N.P; explore by bike.

2

Tallinn guided tour and free time to explore.

9

Drive to Kintai village; cycle to Vente Cape and Silute; transfer to Vilnius.

3

Explore the pine forests and sandy beaches of Lahemaa N.P.; guided tour around Tartu city.

10

Transfer to Trakai; cycle around town and visit Trakai Castle; return to Vilnius.

4

Tour of Cesis and Gauja National Park.

5

Guided tour of Riga old town; free afternoon.

11

Visit seaside town of Jurmala. 4 5

7

Explore Rundale Palace, the Hill of Crosses and the port of Klaipeda.

8

Transfer to the Curonian Spit and visit the sand dunes.

9

Plokstine Cold War Museum; city tour around Kaunas.

10

Pazaislis Monastery and Trakai Castle.

11

Guided tour of Vilnius; free time to explore.

12

End Vilnius.

3

At a glance

5

4

6

Trip highlights

12 days land only Travel by midi bus • 11 nights hotels • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

3

Guided tour around Riga, afternoon at leisure.

8

8

Start Kajaani; to Kuikka Basecamp.

5

7

1

Day on the fjord, including walk to a cheese farm.

6

ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA

11 days land only 9 days cycling with vehicle support • 10 nights hotels • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

4

5

Cycle through three countries Diverse capital cities • Ride through national parks

Itinerary - day by day

2 8

Itinerary - day by day

9 days land only Travel by rail and private minibus • 7 nights 3-star hotels and 1 night pension • All breakfasts and l lunch included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

3

Trip highlights •

At a glance

4 days land only Travel by private minibus • 2 nights Kuikka Basecamp and 1 night bear hide • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA

Stockholm & the Baltics in Winter

Scandinavia in Summer

Trip Code WBW

57

Full day riding through Lahemma N.P.

Transfer to Peipsi; cycle along lake shore; transfer to Tartu.

End Vilnius.

6

7

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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JAN

“A great way to learn about the history of the Baltic region; and if you go in December, to get in the mood for the festive season.”

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/MVB

Alison Payton

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SWITZERLAND, FRANCE, ITALY

FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, ITALY

Mont Blanc Highlights Trip Code TWN

1

2

3

4 Moderate

Trip highlights

5 Code Trip

6 CEB

17

28

39 4 Leisurely/Moderate

Spectacular mountain scenery • Cross country skiing and snowshoeing • Stay in charming Les Contamines •

At a glance

Itinerary - day by day

ADB 6

1

7

2

8

3

9Moderate 4

8 days land only • Travel by private minibus, train and bus • 7 nights traditional mountain hotel • All breakfasts and 6 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

At a glance •

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

8

1

9

2 Leisurely

At a glance

Toledo, Salamanca, El Escorial Charming villages and vineyards • Baroque architecture • •

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by private bus, train and public bus • 7 nights 3-star hotel • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

7 days land only Travel by private minibus and train • 6 nights hotels • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Itinerary - day by day 1

Start Madrid.

Walk to Cap Martin Peninsula, passing through Roquebrune Cap Martin.

2

Day trip to Toledo, a city of ‘three cultures’.

3

Cycle from Carcassonne over locks and bridges to Lezignan Corbieres.

High speed train to Segovia; climb the castle tower.

3

3

Bus to Sospel; walk to border of the Mercantour N.P; return by bus.

4

Follow the Canal du Midi from Lezignan Corbieres to Beziers.

Visit the mediaeval village of Pedraza; afternoon wine tasting in Rueda; transfer to Salamanca.

4

4

Free day.

5

5

Train or bus to the mountains above Monaco; coastal path to Eze.

Explore Salamanca including the old University buildings and the cathedral.

6

Morning transfer to Avila; sightseeing and the city walls; afternoon transfer to El Escorial; visit the UNESCO World Heritage monastery.

7

Finish El Escorial.

Rock climbing and abseiling above the Chassezac Gorge.

SEP ●

7

Trip highlights

Centre based in the heart of the Cote d’Azur • Coastal paths and mountain trails • Picturesque mountain villages •

8 days land only • 5 days cycling with vehicle support • 7 nights hotels • All breakfasts and 5 lunches included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

ASE 6

2

4

AUG ●

Trip highlights

Trip 5Code

Loop ride around Carcassonne to the foot of the Montagne Noire.

Guided tour of Chamonix; afternoon snowshoe walk.

JUL ●

39 4 Leisurely/Moderate

2

4

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

28

Start Menton.

Transfer; ascend to the Bel Lachat Refuge and summit the Aiguillette des Houches and Brevent.

FEB

17

1

3

JAN

Start Carcassonne.

Cycle through dramatic vistas and villages.

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

6 TEK

1

3

Months of departure

5 Code Trip

Start Joyeuse.

Half day guided snowshoe walk; afternoon free.

End Chalet Chamonix.

4 Moderate

1

3

8

3

Start Les Contamines.

Transfer; walk to Switzerland and descend into France.

Transfer; walk via Lac Blanc to La Flegere, descend by cable car.

2

1

2

7

1 9

8 days land only • Travel by minibus • 6 nights hotel and 1 night camping • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

High ropes course zipping through the treetops.

Transfer to Italy; climb to Bonatti refuge and traverse above Ferret Valley to Courmayeur.

At a glance •

2

Free day; optional walks, activities or sightseeing.

8 MEC

Highlights of Central Spain

Walking the French Riviera

Traditional French villages • Delicious regional food and wine • Carcassonne and Narbonne

Half day guided cross-country skiing; afternoon free.

6

Code

2

5

7Trip

Trip highlights

Start Chalet Chamonix.

Start Les Houches cross the Col de Voza and continue towards Les Contamines.

6

Spectacular gorge descent • Zip lines, climbing and cycling • Great food and wine

1

4

5

Trip highlights •

At a glance

8 days land only • 7 nights in a comfortable chalet • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included • Alternative spring and autumn itineraries • Single supplement not available •

Trip 5Code

NEW

SPAIN

FRANCE

Cycle the Canal du Midi

Ardeche Mixed Activity Week

Trip highlights

Summits and valleys • Comfortable chalet with jacuzzi • Five Alpine walks •

FRANCE

FRANCE

Mont Blanc Winter Activity Week

5

Free day in Chamonix.

6

Transfer to Megeve for half day dog sledding.

7

Full day guided snowshoe outing.

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN

JUL

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AUG

Kayak the final section, finish at a riverside bar in St. Martin, transfer to hotel.

6

End Les Contamines.

8

First day of the kayak down the Ardeche River; overnight bivouac.

5

SEP

OCT NOV DEC ●

5

Cycle through vineyards from Beziers to Narbonne.

6

Free day in Narbonne to explore the town.

6

Bus to Castellar; walk to the French-Italian border; decend into Menton.

7

Short train ride to St. Jean Cap Ferrat; follow coastal trails along limestone cliff.

8

End Menton.

7

Day trip to the prehistoric cave at Aven d’Orgnac; visit local vineyard.

7

Circular ride from Narbonne around the stunning Sigean Lake.

8

End Joyeuse.

8

End Narbonne

Months of departure

Months of departure

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

JAN

JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/ADB

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/MEC

exodustravels.com/trip/TWN

“We can’t recommend this trip highly enough! The hikes were incredible - challenging, beautiful, varied and expertly guided.” Jennifer Conahan

Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

“We have had the most fun packed, enjoyable and memorable week in the Ardeche!” Simon, Clare & George Parker

A quality local bike hire is included in the overall price of our cycling holidays. Typically this will be a hybrid or mountain bike depending on the nature of the trip. Follow the trip URL to download your trip notes for more details.

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

exodustravels.com/trip/ASE

exodustravels.com/trip/TEK

“The Riviera is beautiful. The walks along the spectacular coastline, up in the hills and through the seemingly timeless villages were all excellent.” Jonathan Boxhall For guide prices please see inside rear cover

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SWITZERLAND, FRANCE, ITALY

FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, ITALY

Mont Blanc Highlights Trip Code TWN

1

2

3

4 Moderate

Trip highlights

5 Code Trip

6 CEB

17

28

39 4 Leisurely/Moderate

Spectacular mountain scenery • Cross country skiing and snowshoeing • Stay in charming Les Contamines •

At a glance

Itinerary - day by day

ADB 6

1

7

2

8

3

9Moderate 4

8 days land only • Travel by private minibus, train and bus • 7 nights traditional mountain hotel • All breakfasts and 6 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

At a glance •

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

8

1

9

2 Leisurely

At a glance

Toledo, Salamanca, El Escorial Charming villages and vineyards • Baroque architecture • •

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by private bus, train and public bus • 7 nights 3-star hotel • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

7 days land only Travel by private minibus and train • 6 nights hotels • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Itinerary - day by day 1

Start Madrid.

Walk to Cap Martin Peninsula, passing through Roquebrune Cap Martin.

2

Day trip to Toledo, a city of ‘three cultures’.

3

Cycle from Carcassonne over locks and bridges to Lezignan Corbieres.

High speed train to Segovia; climb the castle tower.

3

3

Bus to Sospel; walk to border of the Mercantour N.P; return by bus.

4

Follow the Canal du Midi from Lezignan Corbieres to Beziers.

Visit the mediaeval village of Pedraza; afternoon wine tasting in Rueda; transfer to Salamanca.

4

4

Free day.

5

5

Train or bus to the mountains above Monaco; coastal path to Eze.

Explore Salamanca including the old University buildings and the cathedral.

6

Morning transfer to Avila; sightseeing and the city walls; afternoon transfer to El Escorial; visit the UNESCO World Heritage monastery.

7

Finish El Escorial.

Rock climbing and abseiling above the Chassezac Gorge.

SEP ●

7

Trip highlights

Centre based in the heart of the Cote d’Azur • Coastal paths and mountain trails • Picturesque mountain villages •

8 days land only • 5 days cycling with vehicle support • 7 nights hotels • All breakfasts and 5 lunches included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

ASE 6

2

4

AUG ●

Trip highlights

Trip 5Code

Loop ride around Carcassonne to the foot of the Montagne Noire.

Guided tour of Chamonix; afternoon snowshoe walk.

JUL ●

39 4 Leisurely/Moderate

2

4

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

28

Start Menton.

Transfer; ascend to the Bel Lachat Refuge and summit the Aiguillette des Houches and Brevent.

FEB

17

1

3

JAN

Start Carcassonne.

Cycle through dramatic vistas and villages.

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

6 TEK

1

3

Months of departure

5 Code Trip

Start Joyeuse.

Half day guided snowshoe walk; afternoon free.

End Chalet Chamonix.

4 Moderate

1

3

8

3

Start Les Contamines.

Transfer; walk to Switzerland and descend into France.

Transfer; walk via Lac Blanc to La Flegere, descend by cable car.

2

1

2

7

1 9

8 days land only • Travel by minibus • 6 nights hotel and 1 night camping • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

High ropes course zipping through the treetops.

Transfer to Italy; climb to Bonatti refuge and traverse above Ferret Valley to Courmayeur.

At a glance •

2

Free day; optional walks, activities or sightseeing.

8 MEC

Highlights of Central Spain

Walking the French Riviera

Traditional French villages • Delicious regional food and wine • Carcassonne and Narbonne

Half day guided cross-country skiing; afternoon free.

6

Code

2

5

7Trip

Trip highlights

Start Chalet Chamonix.

Start Les Houches cross the Col de Voza and continue towards Les Contamines.

6

Spectacular gorge descent • Zip lines, climbing and cycling • Great food and wine

1

4

5

Trip highlights •

At a glance

8 days land only • 7 nights in a comfortable chalet • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included • Alternative spring and autumn itineraries • Single supplement not available •

Trip 5Code

NEW

SPAIN

FRANCE

Cycle the Canal du Midi

Ardeche Mixed Activity Week

Trip highlights

Summits and valleys • Comfortable chalet with jacuzzi • Five Alpine walks •

FRANCE

FRANCE

Mont Blanc Winter Activity Week

5

Free day in Chamonix.

6

Transfer to Megeve for half day dog sledding.

7

Full day guided snowshoe outing.

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN

JUL

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AUG

Kayak the final section, finish at a riverside bar in St. Martin, transfer to hotel.

6

End Les Contamines.

8

First day of the kayak down the Ardeche River; overnight bivouac.

5

SEP

OCT NOV DEC ●

5

Cycle through vineyards from Beziers to Narbonne.

6

Free day in Narbonne to explore the town.

6

Bus to Castellar; walk to the French-Italian border; decend into Menton.

7

Short train ride to St. Jean Cap Ferrat; follow coastal trails along limestone cliff.

8

End Menton.

7

Day trip to the prehistoric cave at Aven d’Orgnac; visit local vineyard.

7

Circular ride from Narbonne around the stunning Sigean Lake.

8

End Joyeuse.

8

End Narbonne

Months of departure

Months of departure

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

JAN

JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/ADB

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/MEC

exodustravels.com/trip/TWN

“We can’t recommend this trip highly enough! The hikes were incredible - challenging, beautiful, varied and expertly guided.” Jennifer Conahan

Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

“We have had the most fun packed, enjoyable and memorable week in the Ardeche!” Simon, Clare & George Parker

A quality local bike hire is included in the overall price of our cycling holidays. Typically this will be a hybrid or mountain bike depending on the nature of the trip. Follow the trip URL to download your trip notes for more details.

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

exodustravels.com/trip/ASE

exodustravels.com/trip/TEK

“The Riviera is beautiful. The walks along the spectacular coastline, up in the hills and through the seemingly timeless villages were all excellent.” Jonathan Boxhall For guide prices please see inside rear cover

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SPAIN

SPAIN

Trip Code

ASQ

1

2

3

4 Moderate

Trip highlights Canoe on the Sella River • Trek through the Cares Gorge • Cycle along the Camino de Santiago •

5 Code Trip

6 TSQ

1

7

2

8

3

9

8 days land only 7 nights at a family-run hotel • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Walking in Andalucia

Sierra de Aitana Mixed Activity 4 Moderate

1 Trip 5

6 Code 2ASB

Trip highlights

Trip highlights

Dramatic peaks and gorges • Spot Griffon vultures and eagles • Warm hospitality

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only 7 nights hotel • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included • Solo departures available • Optional single supplement – please enquire

3 7

4 8

5 9 6 Moderate/Challenging

7

8

9 Code Trip

2

3 4 Leisurely/Moderate

8 days land only Mini bus to access activities • 7 nights family-run village pension • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Trip Code

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day Start Benimantell. Practice session to learn basic rope work, scrambling and abseiling techniques.

1

Start Arena de Cabrales.

2

Day of canyoning in the Rubo Gorge with optional water slides, jumps and abseils.

1

Start Arenas de Cabrales.

2

Visit the Arenas de Cabrales range.

3

Classic Cares Gorge walk.

3

4

Canoeing along the famous River Sella.

Ascent to Pandescura peak with superb views of the Western Massif.

4

Classic Cares Gorge walk, one of the most popular walks in Spain.

5

Free day; optional activities include caving, canoeing, canyoning or trip to the coast.

6

Summit of Peña Main, a classic viewpoint of the Picos; continue on to Pandebano Col.

6

Walk up to the twin summits of Mancondiu offering fantastic views of the Central and Eastern Massifs.

Trek to the dramatic Simas Limestone Fissures and summit Aitana Peak (1550m).

7

Scenic scrambling along Bernia Ridge.

7

Walk a circuit around Peñon overlooking Algamitas.

8

End Benimantell.

8

End Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

Free day to relax, take a trip to the coast or choose from optional activities including climbing and caving. Spectacular ride on Fuente Dé cable car; afternoon walk and visit the mediaeval village of Potes.

6

Mountain biking along the coastal paths of the old Camino de Santiago; free time at the beach (seasonal).

7

End Arena de Cabrales.

8

7

End Arenas de Cabrales.

8

Months of departure

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

JAN

JAN

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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Our accommodation in the Picos is a cosy family-run hotel. It is the only hotel in Arenas with views of the highest peaks. Free wifi is available too. Nestled in the hills of the Picos, this is a truly idyllic setting for your next adventure.

Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

1

Start Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

Full day rock climbing and abseiling in Guadalest Valley.

2

Gentle walk through olive groves to Villanueva de San Juan; optional tapas lunch.

Canyoning down a remote canyon of sculpted limestone, progressing by a succession of abseils, jumps and scrambles.

3

Fantastic walk in the Sierra de Grazalema.

4

Walk to the Caños Santos Monastery; walk to Setenil, where villas are built into the side of a gorge.

4

Half day sea kayaking or paddle boarding.

5

5

Free day; optional via ferrata, bouldering, or trip to Vila Joiosa’s beach and chocolate factory.

Introduction to Seville; free to explore; return to the Cortijo after dinner.

6

Visit El Chorro Gorge; walk the Caminito del Rey. Enjoy views of the canyon, the massive Guadalhorce Dam and the reservoir complex.

Months of departure

Months of departure

FEB

3

JUL ●

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AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB

7

8

9

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ● ●

exodustravels.com/trip/ASB

Authentic Andalucia

8 days land only 5 days centre-based walking • 7 nights in a converted farmhouse with pool • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners included • Solo departures available • Optional single supplement – please enquire

5

6

SPAIN

At a glance

2

5

Stunning Caminito del Rey Magic moorish villages • Charming city of Seville

1

1

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

TDS

Trip highlights

Bernia Ridge scramble • Rock climbing and abseiling • Beautiful Guadalest Valley

At a glance

SPAIN

SPAIN

Walking the Picos de Europa

Picos Mixed Activity Week

ADH

1

2 Leisurely

3

Marvel at beautiful 5Moorish and ‘Mudejar’7 4 6 architecture; enjoy the gardens of Seville; overnight in Seville.

4

To the white Moorish villages of Andalucia; visit Olvera and Setenil; return to the Cortijo.

5

Free day: explore the countryside around the farmhouse or visit Ronda or Cordoba.

6

Full day in Granada; morning visit the Alhambra; afternoon free to explore; overnight Granada.

7

To the white village of Antequera; short walk in El Torcal Natural Reserve; transfer to the Cortijo.

8

End Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

3

Trip highlights Moorish history Full days in Seville and Granada • Breathtaking Alhambra •

At a glance 8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus • 5 nights in a comfortable converted farmhouse and 2 nights hotels • All breakfasts and 5 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

Months of departure

1

Start Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

2

Half-day guided walk through Algamitas.

JAN

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ● ● ●

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Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ● ● ●

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“The mixture of scrambling, abseiling and trekking made the day so exciting and special.” Harriet Hunter-Purvis

For guide prices please see inside rear cover

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SPAIN

SPAIN

Trip Code

ASQ

1

2

3

4 Moderate

Trip highlights Canoe on the Sella River • Trek through the Cares Gorge • Cycle along the Camino de Santiago •

5 Code Trip

6 TSQ

1

7

2

8

3

9

8 days land only 7 nights at a family-run hotel • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Walking in Andalucia

Sierra de Aitana Mixed Activity 4 Moderate

1 Trip 5

6 Code 2ASB

Trip highlights

Trip highlights

Dramatic peaks and gorges • Spot Griffon vultures and eagles • Warm hospitality

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only 7 nights hotel • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included • Solo departures available • Optional single supplement – please enquire

3 7

4 8

5 9 6 Moderate/Challenging

7

8

9 Code Trip

2

3 4 Leisurely/Moderate

8 days land only Mini bus to access activities • 7 nights family-run village pension • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Trip Code

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day Start Benimantell. Practice session to learn basic rope work, scrambling and abseiling techniques.

1

Start Arena de Cabrales.

2

Day of canyoning in the Rubo Gorge with optional water slides, jumps and abseils.

1

Start Arenas de Cabrales.

2

Visit the Arenas de Cabrales range.

3

Classic Cares Gorge walk.

3

4

Canoeing along the famous River Sella.

Ascent to Pandescura peak with superb views of the Western Massif.

4

Classic Cares Gorge walk, one of the most popular walks in Spain.

5

Free day; optional activities include caving, canoeing, canyoning or trip to the coast.

6

Summit of Peña Main, a classic viewpoint of the Picos; continue on to Pandebano Col.

6

Walk up to the twin summits of Mancondiu offering fantastic views of the Central and Eastern Massifs.

Trek to the dramatic Simas Limestone Fissures and summit Aitana Peak (1550m).

7

Scenic scrambling along Bernia Ridge.

7

Walk a circuit around Peñon overlooking Algamitas.

8

End Benimantell.

8

End Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

Free day to relax, take a trip to the coast or choose from optional activities including climbing and caving. Spectacular ride on Fuente Dé cable car; afternoon walk and visit the mediaeval village of Potes.

6

Mountain biking along the coastal paths of the old Camino de Santiago; free time at the beach (seasonal).

7

End Arena de Cabrales.

8

7

End Arenas de Cabrales.

8

Months of departure

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

JAN

JAN

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/ASQ

Our accommodation in the Picos is a cosy family-run hotel. It is the only hotel in Arenas with views of the highest peaks. Free wifi is available too. Nestled in the hills of the Picos, this is a truly idyllic setting for your next adventure.

Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

1

Start Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

Full day rock climbing and abseiling in Guadalest Valley.

2

Gentle walk through olive groves to Villanueva de San Juan; optional tapas lunch.

Canyoning down a remote canyon of sculpted limestone, progressing by a succession of abseils, jumps and scrambles.

3

Fantastic walk in the Sierra de Grazalema.

4

Walk to the Caños Santos Monastery; walk to Setenil, where villas are built into the side of a gorge.

4

Half day sea kayaking or paddle boarding.

5

5

Free day; optional via ferrata, bouldering, or trip to Vila Joiosa’s beach and chocolate factory.

Introduction to Seville; free to explore; return to the Cortijo after dinner.

6

Visit El Chorro Gorge; walk the Caminito del Rey. Enjoy views of the canyon, the massive Guadalhorce Dam and the reservoir complex.

Months of departure

Months of departure

FEB

3

JUL ●

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AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB

7

8

9

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ● ●

exodustravels.com/trip/ASB

Authentic Andalucia

8 days land only 5 days centre-based walking • 7 nights in a converted farmhouse with pool • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners included • Solo departures available • Optional single supplement – please enquire

5

6

SPAIN

At a glance

2

5

Stunning Caminito del Rey Magic moorish villages • Charming city of Seville

1

1

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

TDS

Trip highlights

Bernia Ridge scramble • Rock climbing and abseiling • Beautiful Guadalest Valley

At a glance

SPAIN

SPAIN

Walking the Picos de Europa

Picos Mixed Activity Week

ADH

1

2 Leisurely

3

Marvel at beautiful 5Moorish and ‘Mudejar’7 4 6 architecture; enjoy the gardens of Seville; overnight in Seville.

4

To the white Moorish villages of Andalucia; visit Olvera and Setenil; return to the Cortijo.

5

Free day: explore the countryside around the farmhouse or visit Ronda or Cordoba.

6

Full day in Granada; morning visit the Alhambra; afternoon free to explore; overnight Granada.

7

To the white village of Antequera; short walk in El Torcal Natural Reserve; transfer to the Cortijo.

8

End Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

3

Trip highlights Moorish history Full days in Seville and Granada • Breathtaking Alhambra •

At a glance 8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus • 5 nights in a comfortable converted farmhouse and 2 nights hotels • All breakfasts and 5 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

Months of departure

1

Start Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

2

Half-day guided walk through Algamitas.

JAN

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ● ● ●

exodustravels.com/trip/ADH

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ● ● ●

exodustravels.com/trip/TDS

“The mixture of scrambling, abseiling and trekking made the day so exciting and special.” Harriet Hunter-Purvis

For guide prices please see inside rear cover

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SPAIN

Trip Code 2MWC

3

4

5 6 Moderate/Challenging

Trip highlights Follow the pilgrims’ route • Explore cathedrals and monasteries • Great food and wine •

8 days land only • 6 days cycling with vehicle support • 7 nights in hotels and Casa Rurales • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day Start Leon.

2

Ride across the plains of Castille through countryside and quaint villages to Astorga. Climb into the mountains of Leon to the Monte de la Cruz de Ferro; descend to Molinaseca. Ride to Villafranca with views across the valleys of Galicia and mountains of Leon; long ascent to the village of O’Cebreiro. Enter Galicia’s landscape of traditional agricultural villages; cycle past Samos monastery on the way to Sarria.

5

Cycle along tree-lined paths to Portomarin, rebuilt on a hilltop in the 1950’s in order to construct a reservoir; continue to Palas de Rei.

6

Short ascents and descents to Monte de Gozo; follow the pilgrims’ route to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

7

End Santiago de Compostela.

8

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

2

3

4 Moderate

AUG ●

SEP ●

Trip highlights

Follow the Way of St James • Cathedrals and monasteries • Galician cuisine

At a glance

At a glance

9 days land only • 6 days point-to-point walking • 8 nights in hotels and pensions • All breakfasts included • Solo departures available • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Start Samos.

2

To Sarria walking through ancient oak forests and quaint villages.

3

Walk through the hills of the Galician countryside to Portomarin.

4

Uphill to the village of Ventas de Naron; on to Palas de Rei.

5

Walk to the town of Melide, and then on to Arza, both famous for their cuisine.

6

The final section to Pedruozo.

7

Walk to Santiago de Compostela.

2 Leisurely

Free day in Santiago de Compostela.

9

End Santiago de Compostela.

Months of departure

JUL ●

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

exodustravels.com/trip/TSO

4

5 Code WSA 6 Trip

• • •

• •

• • •

1

Start Porto.

2

Guided sightseeing in Porto’s UNESCO historic centre; free afternoon.

3

4

5

OCT NOV DEC ●

“Our guide was brilliant and the walking was well paced - if you can walk 10 miles a day you can do this trek.” David Shelton

8

1 9

2 Leisurely

Itinerary - day by day 2

Fly to Pico; transfer to Faial Island and explore Horta; visit Scrimshaw Museum.

Transfer to the university city of Coimbra, Portugal’s former capital.

3

Guided sightseeing of Coimbra; afternoon transfer to rural village; hands-on cookery experience.

4

8

Transfer to Lisbon; guided city tour.

9

Half day excursion to Sintra; visit the UNESCO Pena Palace; dinner with Fado music.

10

End Lisbon.

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

Visit coast of Faial Island to observe land and sea birds; evening walk to the coast to hear the famous shearwaters.

5

Free day on Pico Island; swim with dolphins (optional); fly to Sao Miguel Island.

6

Visit the crater lakes of Sete Cidades and the Fire Lake. Boat trip to the southern part of the island; final whale watching excursion; transfer to Furnas Valley to visit hot springs.

JUL

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

5

6

1

7

2 8 Leisurely

JUL

exodustravels.com/trip/WSA

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

9 3 Code Trip

4 ADZ

5

6

1

7

2 8 Leisurely

Trip highlights

Venice, Florence and Rome • Boat trip on Lake Como • Two nights on the Amalfi Coast

Agrigento, Selinunte, Segesta and Syracuse Explore Baroque Val di Noto • Mt Etna and Zingaro Nature Reserve • •

At a glance

13 days land only • Travel by train, ferry, public and private bus • 12 nights hotels and guesthouses • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

9 days land only Travel by air-conditioned minibus • 8 nights 3 and 4-star hotels • All breakfasts and 1 wine tasting included • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Itinerary - day by day

1

Start Venice.

1

Start in Acireale.

2

Day at leisure to wander the narrow streets of this enchanting city.

2

Excursion and short walk on Mt Etna; afternoon wine tasting.

3

Train to Verona for lunch; continue onto Varenna.

3

4

Scenic boat ride across Lake Como to the picturesque town of Bellagio.

Drive to Syracuse; visit the Greek theatre; on to UNESCO town of Noto.

4

5

Train to Florence; walking tour including food tasting at a market.

Morning visit of Ragusa Ibla; transfer to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples.

5

Visit ruins of Selinunte; drive to the hilltop village of Erice.

6

Walk in Zingaro Nature Reserve; afternoon visit Segesta archaeological site; overnight in Palermo.

7

Morning visit to Monreale Cathedral; guided tour of Palermo.

8

Drive to the fishing village of Cefalu; on to charming Taormina.

9

End in Taormina.

6

Free day in Florence.

7

Transfer into Umbria to agriturismo near Assisi for delicious homemade food.

8

Free day.

9

Morning transfer to Rome; orientation walk to some of the city’s best sights.

10

Free day to explore Rome.

11

Continue to Italy’s most celebrated shoreline, the Amalfi Coast.

12

Free day to visit Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Naples or Mt. Vesuvius.

13

End Amalfi Coast.

Months of departure

JAN

4 ADI

End Ponta Delgada.

8

Months of departure

FEB

Whale and dolphin watching excursion between Faial and Pico Islands.

7

3 Code Trip

Treasures of Sicily

At a glance

8 days land only Travel by air-conditioned private minibus, boats and internal flights 7 nights 4-star hotels All breakfasts and 5 lunches included Internal flights included Optional single supplement – please enquire

Explore the Douro Valley: visit the Douro museum, take a scenic train ride and visit a local vineyard.

Easy walk in the Alentejo countryside; visit megalithic site of Almendres Cromelech; free afternoon.

ITALY

Trip highlights

Visit Sete Cidades Crater and Fire Lake Whale and dolphin watching excursions Excellent birdwatching opportunities

Start Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island.

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7

1

Drive to the UNESCO town of Evora in the Alentejo region; guided city tour.

6

At a glance

Itinerary - day by day

JAN

Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

3

ITALY

Highlights of Italy

Trip highlights

10 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus and train • 8 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night guesthouse • All breakfasts, 1 wine tasting and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

7

8

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

1 9

8

1

FEB

7

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PREMIUM

Azores: Whale & Dolphin Watching

Lisbon, Porto and UNESCO Douro region • Cookery in a rural village • Mediaeval Evora

JAN

JUL ●

5 Code ADO 6 Trip

Trip highlights

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: FEB

9

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Months of departure

JAN

1

Itinerary - day by day

1

4

At a glance

3

8 TSO

PORTUGAL

Portugal Explorer

Camino de Santiago Trek 7 Code Trip

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NEW

PORTUGAL

SPAIN

Cycle the Camino de Santiago 1

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Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

Months of departure

JAN

Months of departure

JUL

AUG ●

SEP ●

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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OCT NOV DEC ●

exodustravels.com/trip/ADI

On this trip spend a day in Penela, one of Portugal’s best kept secrets. Be welcomed by the friendly locals who will demonstrate how some of the finest regional specialities are prepared.

“A great trip for anyone who wants a ‘taster’ of different cities and areas of Italy.” Sue Beesley For guide prices please see inside rear cover

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SPAIN

Trip Code 2MWC

3

4

5 6 Moderate/Challenging

Trip highlights Follow the pilgrims’ route • Explore cathedrals and monasteries • Great food and wine •

8 days land only • 6 days cycling with vehicle support • 7 nights in hotels and Casa Rurales • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day Start Leon.

2

Ride across the plains of Castille through countryside and quaint villages to Astorga. Climb into the mountains of Leon to the Monte de la Cruz de Ferro; descend to Molinaseca. Ride to Villafranca with views across the valleys of Galicia and mountains of Leon; long ascent to the village of O’Cebreiro. Enter Galicia’s landscape of traditional agricultural villages; cycle past Samos monastery on the way to Sarria.

5

Cycle along tree-lined paths to Portomarin, rebuilt on a hilltop in the 1950’s in order to construct a reservoir; continue to Palas de Rei.

6

Short ascents and descents to Monte de Gozo; follow the pilgrims’ route to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

7

End Santiago de Compostela.

8

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

2

3

4 Moderate

AUG ●

SEP ●

Trip highlights

Follow the Way of St James • Cathedrals and monasteries • Galician cuisine

At a glance

At a glance

9 days land only • 6 days point-to-point walking • 8 nights in hotels and pensions • All breakfasts included • Solo departures available • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Start Samos.

2

To Sarria walking through ancient oak forests and quaint villages.

3

Walk through the hills of the Galician countryside to Portomarin.

4

Uphill to the village of Ventas de Naron; on to Palas de Rei.

5

Walk to the town of Melide, and then on to Arza, both famous for their cuisine.

6

The final section to Pedruozo.

7

Walk to Santiago de Compostela.

2 Leisurely

Free day in Santiago de Compostela.

9

End Santiago de Compostela.

Months of departure

JUL ●

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

exodustravels.com/trip/TSO

4

5 Code WSA 6 Trip

• • •

• •

• • •

1

Start Porto.

2

Guided sightseeing in Porto’s UNESCO historic centre; free afternoon.

3

4

5

OCT NOV DEC ●

“Our guide was brilliant and the walking was well paced - if you can walk 10 miles a day you can do this trek.” David Shelton

8

1 9

2 Leisurely

Itinerary - day by day 2

Fly to Pico; transfer to Faial Island and explore Horta; visit Scrimshaw Museum.

Transfer to the university city of Coimbra, Portugal’s former capital.

3

Guided sightseeing of Coimbra; afternoon transfer to rural village; hands-on cookery experience.

4

8

Transfer to Lisbon; guided city tour.

9

Half day excursion to Sintra; visit the UNESCO Pena Palace; dinner with Fado music.

10

End Lisbon.

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

Visit coast of Faial Island to observe land and sea birds; evening walk to the coast to hear the famous shearwaters.

5

Free day on Pico Island; swim with dolphins (optional); fly to Sao Miguel Island.

6

Visit the crater lakes of Sete Cidades and the Fire Lake. Boat trip to the southern part of the island; final whale watching excursion; transfer to Furnas Valley to visit hot springs.

JUL

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

5

6

1

7

2 8 Leisurely

JUL

exodustravels.com/trip/WSA

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

9 3 Code Trip

4 ADZ

5

6

1

7

2 8 Leisurely

Trip highlights

Venice, Florence and Rome • Boat trip on Lake Como • Two nights on the Amalfi Coast

Agrigento, Selinunte, Segesta and Syracuse Explore Baroque Val di Noto • Mt Etna and Zingaro Nature Reserve • •

At a glance

13 days land only • Travel by train, ferry, public and private bus • 12 nights hotels and guesthouses • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

9 days land only Travel by air-conditioned minibus • 8 nights 3 and 4-star hotels • All breakfasts and 1 wine tasting included • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Itinerary - day by day

1

Start Venice.

1

Start in Acireale.

2

Day at leisure to wander the narrow streets of this enchanting city.

2

Excursion and short walk on Mt Etna; afternoon wine tasting.

3

Train to Verona for lunch; continue onto Varenna.

3

4

Scenic boat ride across Lake Como to the picturesque town of Bellagio.

Drive to Syracuse; visit the Greek theatre; on to UNESCO town of Noto.

4

5

Train to Florence; walking tour including food tasting at a market.

Morning visit of Ragusa Ibla; transfer to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples.

5

Visit ruins of Selinunte; drive to the hilltop village of Erice.

6

Walk in Zingaro Nature Reserve; afternoon visit Segesta archaeological site; overnight in Palermo.

7

Morning visit to Monreale Cathedral; guided tour of Palermo.

8

Drive to the fishing village of Cefalu; on to charming Taormina.

9

End in Taormina.

6

Free day in Florence.

7

Transfer into Umbria to agriturismo near Assisi for delicious homemade food.

8

Free day.

9

Morning transfer to Rome; orientation walk to some of the city’s best sights.

10

Free day to explore Rome.

11

Continue to Italy’s most celebrated shoreline, the Amalfi Coast.

12

Free day to visit Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Naples or Mt. Vesuvius.

13

End Amalfi Coast.

Months of departure

JAN

4 ADI

End Ponta Delgada.

8

Months of departure

FEB

Whale and dolphin watching excursion between Faial and Pico Islands.

7

3 Code Trip

Treasures of Sicily

At a glance

8 days land only Travel by air-conditioned private minibus, boats and internal flights 7 nights 4-star hotels All breakfasts and 5 lunches included Internal flights included Optional single supplement – please enquire

Explore the Douro Valley: visit the Douro museum, take a scenic train ride and visit a local vineyard.

Easy walk in the Alentejo countryside; visit megalithic site of Almendres Cromelech; free afternoon.

ITALY

Trip highlights

Visit Sete Cidades Crater and Fire Lake Whale and dolphin watching excursions Excellent birdwatching opportunities

Start Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island.

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7

1

Drive to the UNESCO town of Evora in the Alentejo region; guided city tour.

6

At a glance

Itinerary - day by day

JAN

Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

3

ITALY

Highlights of Italy

Trip highlights

10 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus and train • 8 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night guesthouse • All breakfasts, 1 wine tasting and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

7

8

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

1 9

8

1

FEB

7

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PREMIUM

Azores: Whale & Dolphin Watching

Lisbon, Porto and UNESCO Douro region • Cookery in a rural village • Mediaeval Evora

JAN

JUL ●

5 Code ADO 6 Trip

Trip highlights

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9

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JAN

1

Itinerary - day by day

1

4

At a glance

3

8 TSO

PORTUGAL

Portugal Explorer

Camino de Santiago Trek 7 Code Trip

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PORTUGAL

SPAIN

Cycle the Camino de Santiago 1

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MAR APR MAY JUN ●

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Months of departure

JAN

Months of departure

JUL

AUG ●

SEP ●

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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On this trip spend a day in Penela, one of Portugal’s best kept secrets. Be welcomed by the friendly locals who will demonstrate how some of the finest regional specialities are prepared.

“A great trip for anyone who wants a ‘taster’ of different cities and areas of Italy.” Sue Beesley For guide prices please see inside rear cover

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ITALY

Sicily Food Adventure Trip Code

ADY

1

2 Leisurely

Trip highlights Italy’s most varied gastronomic region • Food and wine tastings • Iconic heritage sites and Baroque cities •

At a glance 8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus • 7 nights 3 and 4-star hotels • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 wine tastings and 1 cookery class included • Optional single supplement – please enquire Itinerary - day by day 2

3

4

5

6

7

4 ADE

5

6

1

7

2 8 Leisurely

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus and train • 7 nights 3 and 4-star hotels • All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner/cookery class and 1 wine tasting included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Start Palermo.

Start Lecce.

Explore Palermo; street food tour; visit Monreale and the Duomo.

2

Day trip to Otranto; visit the historic centre; optional coastal walk.

Transfer to Trapani; cookery class with local chefs; to Marsala for wine tasting.

3

Guided tour of Lecce; to Ostuni; visit an olive farm.

4

Visit the fishing village of Sciacca; transfer to Agrigento; guided tour of the Valley of the Temples.

Easy walk in the Ostuni countryside; visit the archaeological park of Agnano; pasta-making class.

5

To Piazza Armerina; visit Villa Romana; produce tasting; transfer to Ragusa Ibla.

Visit the Castellana caves; on to Alberobello; wine tasting and overnight in a traditional ‘Trullo’ house.

6

Free day; visit Bari, travel to Castel del Monte or explore Trani.

To Modica; visit a famous chocolate factory; explore Noto; to Syracuse.

7

Drive to the Etna region for wine and produce tasting; free afternoon in Taormina.

8

JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL

AUG

SEP ●

15

26

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

59

6

7 Code Trip

TDE8

1 9

2

3 4 Leisurely/Moderate

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

26

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

World-famous coastal walks Visit Amalfi, Ravello and Positano • Best selling trip • •

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned private minibus and boat • 7 nights in a 3-star family-run hotel with pool • All breakfasts and 6 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

8 days land only Travel by private minibus and boat • 7 nights in a family-run 3-star hotel with pool • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners included • Not suitable for severe vertigo sufferers • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Itinerary - day by day

Short walk in Matera’s Rock Churches Park and guided sightseeing in UNESCO ‘Sassi’ district.

2

Circular walk to beautiful Sorrento; free time and limoncello tasting.

2

Sightseeing in Amalfi and glorious Ravello.

1

Start Agerola.

3

2

3

Walk along a canyon trail with prehistoric caves and rock villages.

3

Boat to Capri; walk the unspoilt western coast; optional boat trip to the iconic Blue Grotto.

Naples sightseeing including Piazza Plebiscito and the National Museum.

Impressive walk to Monte Tre Calli for fantastic open views of the Sorrento peninsula.

4

Morning visit Ostuni; afternoon walk through olive groves and vineyards; visit Agnano Archaeological Park; overnight in a farmhouse.

4

Free day in Capri: discover Roman villas or take a boat tour around the island.

Spectacular ‘Walk of the Gods’ to Positano; boat to Amalfi.

3

4

Follow mule tracks and steps down to Amalfi; free afternoon.

5

A walk to explore Capri’s rugged landscape, caves and stunning view points; boat to Ischia.

Free day to relax, visit Pompeii, or take a boat ride along the coast (all optional).

4

5

Drive to Bay of Naples; visit Pompeii; optional walk on the vast crater of Mt Vesuvius.

6

Panoramic coastal walk from Ischia harbour to Sant’Angelo; optional visit to Castello Aragonese.

Visit Herculaneum ruins; up to Vesuvius for short optional walk.

5

6

Walk through the forests of the Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve to Ravello.

7

Boat to Capri; free afternoon to explore the island.

6

Free day; take a boat trip to Capri, visit Naples or Herculaneum.

8

End Bomerano.

7

‘Walk of the Gods’ with superb panoramic views out to Positano.

8

End Agerola.

Morning walk to the the Adriatic coast; transfer to the UNESCO town of Alberobello.

5

Transfer to Bari; end.

8

End Alberobello.

8

End Naples.

Months of departure

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JAN

JAN

JAN

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15

2

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Tim Fearn

Start Agerola.

Months of departure

“A real highlight was eating fresh seafood overlooking the harbour in Sciacca.”

4 TDA

1

Months of departure

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3 Code Trip

Trip highlights

Itinerary - day by day

Sail to pastel-coloured Procida; a walk with spectacular island views; boat to Naples.

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2 Leisurely

Start in Massa Lubrense, on the Sorrento Peninsula.

Months of departure

OCT NOV DEC

9

1

7

OCT NOV DEC ●

1

Start Matera.

Walk over the hills of the Itria Valley; visit Locorotondo; wine tasting in Alberobello.

SEP ●

8

1

Free day; optional visit to Lecce, Polignano or Bari.

AUG

7

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus, public bus and boat • 7 nights in 3-star hotels • All breakfasts and 3 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

7

JUL ●

AVG 6

Coastal towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello • Walk on the famous Path of the Gods • Visit Herculaneum and Mt. Vesuvius

Full day sightseeing in Matera and UNESCO ‘Sassi’ district; overnight in Matera.

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

Trip 5Code

6

FEB

Walking the Amalfi Coast

Trip highlights

Wild scenery on volcanic Ischia • Capri’s iconic ‘Blue Grotto’ • Pastel-coloured Procida •

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus and train • 6 nights 3-star hotels and 1 night farmhouse • All breakfasts, 1 wine tasting and 1 dinner included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

ITALY

ITALY

Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

Trip highlights

Leisurely walks in the Apulian countryside • UNESCO towns of Matera and Alberobello • Delicious regional specialities

1

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Trip highlights

Itinerary - day by day

Months of departure

4 TEV

Baroque Lecce and Matera’s caves • Stay in authentic stone ‘Trulli’ houses • Pasta making and wine tasting

End Taormina.

8

3 Code 9 Trip

Trip highlights •

1

3 Code Trip

NEW

Island Hopping in the Bay of Naples

Walking in Puglia & Matera

Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

ITALY

ITALY

ITALY

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL ●

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AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ● ●

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ● ● ●

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In addition to the information in this brochure, detailed trip notes can be downloaded from each trip page on the Exodus website. They contain useful information about the itinerary, joining the tour or group, visas, accommodation and more.

“Just back from this trip and left wanting to return. You will see all there is to see on the Amalfi Coast.” Diane Harvey

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ITALY

Sicily Food Adventure Trip Code

ADY

1

2 Leisurely

Trip highlights Italy’s most varied gastronomic region • Food and wine tastings • Iconic heritage sites and Baroque cities •

At a glance 8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus • 7 nights 3 and 4-star hotels • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 wine tastings and 1 cookery class included • Optional single supplement – please enquire Itinerary - day by day 2

3

4

5

6

7

4 ADE

5

6

1

7

2 8 Leisurely

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus and train • 7 nights 3 and 4-star hotels • All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner/cookery class and 1 wine tasting included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Start Palermo.

Start Lecce.

Explore Palermo; street food tour; visit Monreale and the Duomo.

2

Day trip to Otranto; visit the historic centre; optional coastal walk.

Transfer to Trapani; cookery class with local chefs; to Marsala for wine tasting.

3

Guided tour of Lecce; to Ostuni; visit an olive farm.

4

Visit the fishing village of Sciacca; transfer to Agrigento; guided tour of the Valley of the Temples.

Easy walk in the Ostuni countryside; visit the archaeological park of Agnano; pasta-making class.

5

To Piazza Armerina; visit Villa Romana; produce tasting; transfer to Ragusa Ibla.

Visit the Castellana caves; on to Alberobello; wine tasting and overnight in a traditional ‘Trullo’ house.

6

Free day; visit Bari, travel to Castel del Monte or explore Trani.

To Modica; visit a famous chocolate factory; explore Noto; to Syracuse.

7

Drive to the Etna region for wine and produce tasting; free afternoon in Taormina.

8

JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL

AUG

SEP ●

15

26

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

59

6

7 Code Trip

TDE8

1 9

2

3 4 Leisurely/Moderate

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

26

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

World-famous coastal walks Visit Amalfi, Ravello and Positano • Best selling trip • •

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned private minibus and boat • 7 nights in a 3-star family-run hotel with pool • All breakfasts and 6 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

8 days land only Travel by private minibus and boat • 7 nights in a family-run 3-star hotel with pool • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners included • Not suitable for severe vertigo sufferers • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Itinerary - day by day

Short walk in Matera’s Rock Churches Park and guided sightseeing in UNESCO ‘Sassi’ district.

2

Circular walk to beautiful Sorrento; free time and limoncello tasting.

2

Sightseeing in Amalfi and glorious Ravello.

1

Start Agerola.

3

2

3

Walk along a canyon trail with prehistoric caves and rock villages.

3

Boat to Capri; walk the unspoilt western coast; optional boat trip to the iconic Blue Grotto.

Naples sightseeing including Piazza Plebiscito and the National Museum.

Impressive walk to Monte Tre Calli for fantastic open views of the Sorrento peninsula.

4

Morning visit Ostuni; afternoon walk through olive groves and vineyards; visit Agnano Archaeological Park; overnight in a farmhouse.

4

Free day in Capri: discover Roman villas or take a boat tour around the island.

Spectacular ‘Walk of the Gods’ to Positano; boat to Amalfi.

3

4

Follow mule tracks and steps down to Amalfi; free afternoon.

5

A walk to explore Capri’s rugged landscape, caves and stunning view points; boat to Ischia.

Free day to relax, visit Pompeii, or take a boat ride along the coast (all optional).

4

5

Drive to Bay of Naples; visit Pompeii; optional walk on the vast crater of Mt Vesuvius.

6

Panoramic coastal walk from Ischia harbour to Sant’Angelo; optional visit to Castello Aragonese.

Visit Herculaneum ruins; up to Vesuvius for short optional walk.

5

6

Walk through the forests of the Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve to Ravello.

7

Boat to Capri; free afternoon to explore the island.

6

Free day; take a boat trip to Capri, visit Naples or Herculaneum.

8

End Bomerano.

7

‘Walk of the Gods’ with superb panoramic views out to Positano.

8

End Agerola.

Morning walk to the the Adriatic coast; transfer to the UNESCO town of Alberobello.

5

Transfer to Bari; end.

8

End Alberobello.

8

End Naples.

Months of departure

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Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

JAN

JAN

JAN

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15

2

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Tim Fearn

Start Agerola.

Months of departure

“A real highlight was eating fresh seafood overlooking the harbour in Sciacca.”

4 TDA

1

Months of departure

exodustravels.com/trip/ADY

3 Code Trip

Trip highlights

Itinerary - day by day

Sail to pastel-coloured Procida; a walk with spectacular island views; boat to Naples.

exodustravels.com/trip/ADE

2 Leisurely

Start in Massa Lubrense, on the Sorrento Peninsula.

Months of departure

OCT NOV DEC

9

1

7

OCT NOV DEC ●

1

Start Matera.

Walk over the hills of the Itria Valley; visit Locorotondo; wine tasting in Alberobello.

SEP ●

8

1

Free day; optional visit to Lecce, Polignano or Bari.

AUG

7

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus, public bus and boat • 7 nights in 3-star hotels • All breakfasts and 3 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

7

JUL ●

AVG 6

Coastal towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello • Walk on the famous Path of the Gods • Visit Herculaneum and Mt. Vesuvius

Full day sightseeing in Matera and UNESCO ‘Sassi’ district; overnight in Matera.

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

Trip 5Code

6

FEB

Walking the Amalfi Coast

Trip highlights

Wild scenery on volcanic Ischia • Capri’s iconic ‘Blue Grotto’ • Pastel-coloured Procida •

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus and train • 6 nights 3-star hotels and 1 night farmhouse • All breakfasts, 1 wine tasting and 1 dinner included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

ITALY

ITALY

Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

Trip highlights

Leisurely walks in the Apulian countryside • UNESCO towns of Matera and Alberobello • Delicious regional specialities

1

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Trip highlights

Itinerary - day by day

Months of departure

4 TEV

Baroque Lecce and Matera’s caves • Stay in authentic stone ‘Trulli’ houses • Pasta making and wine tasting

End Taormina.

8

3 Code 9 Trip

Trip highlights •

1

3 Code Trip

NEW

Island Hopping in the Bay of Naples

Walking in Puglia & Matera

Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

ITALY

ITALY

ITALY

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL ●

exodustravels.com/trip/TEV

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ● ●

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

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SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ● ● ●

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In addition to the information in this brochure, detailed trip notes can be downloaded from each trip page on the Exodus website. They contain useful information about the itinerary, joining the tour or group, visas, accommodation and more.

“Just back from this trip and left wanting to return. You will see all there is to see on the Amalfi Coast.” Diane Harvey

For guide prices please see inside rear cover

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ITALY

Trip Code MWO

1

2

3

4 Moderate

Cilento’s rugged scenery • Cycle along the Amalfi Coast • Explore Amalfi and Ravello •

5 Code Trip

6 ADT

7

8

1 9

2 Leisurely

At a glance 8 days land only • 6 nights 3 and 4-star hotels and 1 night farmhouse • All breakfasts and 1 dinner included • Optional single supplement – please enquire Itinerary - day by day Start in Palinuro, on the southern coast of Cilento.

3 Code Trip

4 TDT

Trip highlights

Trip highlights

Two picturesque regions • Cinque Terre view walk • Explore Lucca and Portofino

1

2

5

3

6

7

4 8 Moderate

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by mini bus and train • 4 nights 3-star hotels and 3 nights farmhouse • All breakfasts and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

4

Vineyards of Alba and afternoon cooking class.

3

Transfer to Castell’ Arquato; wine and cheese tasting.

Transfer to the Sexten Valley; ride via San Candido to Villabassa.

3

5

Bus and cable car to start the ascent of Bärenkopf; return to Seespitze; ferry to Achenkirch.

4

Guided tour of Parma; visit traditional Parma ham vendors with tasting.

Follow the Drau cycle path across the Austrian border to Lienz; transfer to Villabassa.

4

6

Walk up to farm of Pasillalm; descend to Pertisau; ferry back.

5

Free day; enjoy a walk or visit Bolzano, capital of the South Tyrol.

5

Free day.

6

Bus to Steinberg; walk back to Achenkirch over Kögljoch.

7

Head to the Rofan mountain range, walk the Enzianweg path to Steineres Tor; descend to lake; ferry back.

8

End Achenkirch.

6

6

7

Free day on the Amalfi Coast.

Visit Castelnuovo market and the Grotta del Vento caves; transfer to Lucca.

8

End Minori.

7

City tour and afternoon to further explore the town.

7

8

End Lucca.

Head into the Appenino Tosco-Emiliano N.P. to the summit of Monte Prado.

8

End Braccicorti.

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SEP

OCT NOV DEC ●

Free day to visit Lucca, the Cinque Terre, Florence or Pisa. Transfer to ski village Vianova and walk through the Alpi Apuane National Park.

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MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

Visit Parmeggiano Reggiano dairy to sample locally produced cheese.

7

Transfer to Turin; end.

8

6

Transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo; cycle past the famous peaks of Tre Cima di Lavaredo en route to Villabassa.

7

Transfer into the Casies Valley; visit Monguelfo castle; ride to Villabassa.

8

End Villabassa.

Months of departure

Months of departure

JAN

Itinerary - day by day

Circular walk from Braccicorti to market town Castiglione di Garfagnana.

Cycle along the Amalfi Coast to Praiano and Positano.

AUG ●

JUL ●

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AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL

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AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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Months of departure

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FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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“Climbing hills and being rewarded with outstanding views at the top, is how I remember this trip!” Terri Lord

Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

Climbing up the valley to the Seewaldhütte; descend to hotel.

6

JUL ●

Itinerary - day by day

8 days land only Level 3 and 5 walks offered each day • 7 nights 3-star hotel • All breakfasts and 7 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Visit Alba and Serralunga.

5

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

At a glance

8 days land only • 5 days cycling, with some small climbs • 7 nights in the 4-star Hotel Adler • All breakfasts and 6 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

3

Free day to visit Florence or Pisa.

FEB

Beautiful Tyrolean scenery Moderate and challenging walks • Excellent traditional cuisine •

Fly to Munich; transfer to Achenkirch.

Explore Portofino, afternoon transfer to Castelnuovo.

JAN

9 4 Grades 5 Multiple

2

5

OCT NOV DEC ●

3,5 8

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by private and public bus • 7 nights premium hotels • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

7 2

Trip highlights

Spectacular mountain scenery • World renowned Dolomiti cuisine • Leisurely cycling routes •

1 TDF 6

1

4

SEP ●

Trip highlights

9 Trip 5Code

Ride along the Rienz River to Brunico; visit folklore museum; transfer back to Villabassa.

Train to Salerno; scenic ride to Minori, our base for three nights.

AUG ●

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

2

4

JUL ●

26

Visit the vineyards of Barolo and truffle hunt.

Visit the famous Cinque Terre; optional walk between villages.

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

15

2

3

FEB

Explore the ancient village of Campocatino and San Viviano’s Hermitage.

Undulating ride through coastal villages; end in Paestum.

JAN

4 MED

Walk through the Orecchiella National Park.

3

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3 Code Trip

Start Villabassa.

Local cheese factory tour; visit Verrucole Castle, transfer to Cinque Terre.

Months of departure

2 Leisurely

Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

1

2

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1

NEW

AUSTRIA

Arrive Turin; transfer to the hilltop village of La Morra.

To the mediaeval village of Pisciotta; descend to Casalvelino.

Months of departure

9

PREMIUM

Dolomites Centre-Based Cycling

1

Cycle along unspoilt coastline to San Severino.

5

Itinerary - day by day

Start Braccicorti.

2

4

8 Code ADW

At a glance

Start Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.

3

7Trip

Discover Italy’s ‘Food Valley’ • Vineyards and tastings • Traditional truffle hunt

8 days land only • 7 nights farmhouse with pool • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

1

6

1

2

9

Trip highlights

Tuscany’s north western mountains • Family-run farmhouse with pool • Challenging walking on selected dates

5

ITALY, AUSTRIA

NEW I PREMIUM

Piedmont & Parma Food Adventure

Walking in Tuscany

ITALY

ITALY

Tuscany & Cinque Terre

Trip highlights

1

NEW

ITALY

Cycle Cilento & the Amalfi Coast

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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ITALY

Trip Code MWO

1

2

3

4 Moderate

Cilento’s rugged scenery • Cycle along the Amalfi Coast • Explore Amalfi and Ravello •

5 Code Trip

6 ADT

7

8

1 9

2 Leisurely

At a glance 8 days land only • 6 nights 3 and 4-star hotels and 1 night farmhouse • All breakfasts and 1 dinner included • Optional single supplement – please enquire Itinerary - day by day Start in Palinuro, on the southern coast of Cilento.

3 Code Trip

4 TDT

Trip highlights

Trip highlights

Two picturesque regions • Cinque Terre view walk • Explore Lucca and Portofino

1

2

5

3

6

7

4 8 Moderate

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by mini bus and train • 4 nights 3-star hotels and 3 nights farmhouse • All breakfasts and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

4

Vineyards of Alba and afternoon cooking class.

3

Transfer to Castell’ Arquato; wine and cheese tasting.

Transfer to the Sexten Valley; ride via San Candido to Villabassa.

3

5

Bus and cable car to start the ascent of Bärenkopf; return to Seespitze; ferry to Achenkirch.

4

Guided tour of Parma; visit traditional Parma ham vendors with tasting.

Follow the Drau cycle path across the Austrian border to Lienz; transfer to Villabassa.

4

6

Walk up to farm of Pasillalm; descend to Pertisau; ferry back.

5

Free day; enjoy a walk or visit Bolzano, capital of the South Tyrol.

5

Free day.

6

Bus to Steinberg; walk back to Achenkirch over Kögljoch.

7

Head to the Rofan mountain range, walk the Enzianweg path to Steineres Tor; descend to lake; ferry back.

8

End Achenkirch.

6

6

7

Free day on the Amalfi Coast.

Visit Castelnuovo market and the Grotta del Vento caves; transfer to Lucca.

8

End Minori.

7

City tour and afternoon to further explore the town.

7

8

End Lucca.

Head into the Appenino Tosco-Emiliano N.P. to the summit of Monte Prado.

8

End Braccicorti.

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OCT NOV DEC ●

Free day to visit Lucca, the Cinque Terre, Florence or Pisa. Transfer to ski village Vianova and walk through the Alpi Apuane National Park.

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MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

Visit Parmeggiano Reggiano dairy to sample locally produced cheese.

7

Transfer to Turin; end.

8

6

Transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo; cycle past the famous peaks of Tre Cima di Lavaredo en route to Villabassa.

7

Transfer into the Casies Valley; visit Monguelfo castle; ride to Villabassa.

8

End Villabassa.

Months of departure

Months of departure

JAN

Itinerary - day by day

Circular walk from Braccicorti to market town Castiglione di Garfagnana.

Cycle along the Amalfi Coast to Praiano and Positano.

AUG ●

JUL ●

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AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL

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AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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Months of departure

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JAN

JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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Climbing up the valley to the Seewaldhütte; descend to hotel.

6

JUL ●

Itinerary - day by day

8 days land only Level 3 and 5 walks offered each day • 7 nights 3-star hotel • All breakfasts and 7 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Visit Alba and Serralunga.

5

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

At a glance

8 days land only • 5 days cycling, with some small climbs • 7 nights in the 4-star Hotel Adler • All breakfasts and 6 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

3

Free day to visit Florence or Pisa.

FEB

Beautiful Tyrolean scenery Moderate and challenging walks • Excellent traditional cuisine •

Fly to Munich; transfer to Achenkirch.

Explore Portofino, afternoon transfer to Castelnuovo.

JAN

9 4 Grades 5 Multiple

2

5

OCT NOV DEC ●

3,5 8

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by private and public bus • 7 nights premium hotels • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

7 2

Trip highlights

Spectacular mountain scenery • World renowned Dolomiti cuisine • Leisurely cycling routes •

1 TDF 6

1

4

SEP ●

Trip highlights

9 Trip 5Code

Ride along the Rienz River to Brunico; visit folklore museum; transfer back to Villabassa.

Train to Salerno; scenic ride to Minori, our base for three nights.

AUG ●

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

2

4

JUL ●

26

Visit the vineyards of Barolo and truffle hunt.

Visit the famous Cinque Terre; optional walk between villages.

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

15

2

3

FEB

Explore the ancient village of Campocatino and San Viviano’s Hermitage.

Undulating ride through coastal villages; end in Paestum.

JAN

4 MED

Walk through the Orecchiella National Park.

3

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

3 Code Trip

Start Villabassa.

Local cheese factory tour; visit Verrucole Castle, transfer to Cinque Terre.

Months of departure

2 Leisurely

Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

1

2

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

1

NEW

AUSTRIA

Arrive Turin; transfer to the hilltop village of La Morra.

To the mediaeval village of Pisciotta; descend to Casalvelino.

Months of departure

9

PREMIUM

Dolomites Centre-Based Cycling

1

Cycle along unspoilt coastline to San Severino.

5

Itinerary - day by day

Start Braccicorti.

2

4

8 Code ADW

At a glance

Start Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.

3

7Trip

Discover Italy’s ‘Food Valley’ • Vineyards and tastings • Traditional truffle hunt

8 days land only • 7 nights farmhouse with pool • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

1

6

1

2

9

Trip highlights

Tuscany’s north western mountains • Family-run farmhouse with pool • Challenging walking on selected dates

5

ITALY, AUSTRIA

NEW I PREMIUM

Piedmont & Parma Food Adventure

Walking in Tuscany

ITALY

ITALY

Tuscany & Cinque Terre

Trip highlights

1

NEW

ITALY

Cycle Cilento & the Amalfi Coast

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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Slovenia Mixed Activity Trip Code

AVQ

1

2

3

4 Moderate

Trip highlights

5 Code AWP 6 Trip

17

28

39 4 Leisurely/Moderate

Historical cities • UNESCO listed Auschwitz and Malbork Castle • Rural life in the Tatra Mountains •

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus • 7 nights hotel • All breakfasts and 6 dinners included • Family departure scheduled • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned private minibus • 7 nights comfortable hotels • All breakfast and 4 lunches included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

Trip 5Code

AVU 6

7

8

1

9

2 Leisurely

3

4

5 Code Trip

6 MVZ

Trip highlights

Trip highlights

Four capital cities, five countries • UNESCO World Heritage sites • High Tatra Mountains

1 7

2 8

3 9

At a glance

At a glance

14 days land only • Travel by private air-conditioned bus • 13 nights in hotels and pensions • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

4 Moderate

5 Code Trip

6 CVT

1

7

2

8

3

Start Prague.

1

Start Smokovec.

2

Morning guided sightseeing in Budapest; free afternoon and optional Danube cruise.

4

A trip to Zakopane for dogsledding: tour of town, afternoon visit thermal pools at Bukowina Tatranska.

3

Transfer to Vienna; guided sightseeing; traditional lunch at a Viennese café.

5

Transfer to the downhill slopes for skiing or snowboarding.

4

Free day to explore Vienna.

5

To Cesky Krumlov; visit the old town; Christmas Market visit on selected dates.

Guided sightseeing and free time in Prague.

2

Cycle to Cesky Krumlov by the Vltava River.

2

A full day introduction to snowshoeing.

2

Morning whitewater rafting; afternoon optional hike.

3

Sightseeing in Gdansk, transfer to Torun stopping en route at Malbork Castle.

3

Transfer to Cesky Krumlov; time to explore its castle.

3

Ride through the forests and hills to Trebon.

3

Morning canyoning; free afternoon for optional activities.

4

Walking tour of Torun; transfer to Wroclaw.

Visit Telc; the cliff top castle at Znojmo; on to Mikulov in the winegrowing area of Moravia.

4

Cycle along Greenways Trail to UNESCO town of Telc.

5

Transfer to Krakow; en route visit Auschwitz.

Cycle past vineyards to Mikulov.

6

Morning walking tour of Krakow, free afternoon.

Sightseeing in mediaeval Mikulov; to Lednice; visit castle and gardens.

5 6

Ride through the UNESCO grounds of Lednice; transfer to Vienna.

Morning mountain biking around the Soca River; free afternoon.

6

Morning at Zipline Slovenia; free afternoon.

7

End Kobarid.

8

Months of departure

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

Day trip to Zakopane.

7

End Krakow.

8

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JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

7

Months of departure

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6

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL ●

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SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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7

Free day in Vienna.

Bratislava sightseeing; evening transfer to Vienna.

8

Pedal along the Danube Cycle Path; on to Bratislava.

8

Sightseeing; optional evening concert.

9

Transfer to historic Sopron in Hungary; afternoon transfer to Szentendre; guided sightseeing; on to Budapest.

10

Follow the Danube beneath Visegrad Castle; transfer to Budapest.

10

Guided tour of Budapest with free time.

11

End Budapest.

11

To the High Tatra Mountains, stop at Banska Stiavnica and Vlkolinec en route; visit Strbske Pleso Lake; on to Smokovec.

OCT NOV DEC

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Visit the royal town of Skalica; on to Straznice, then Plze for wine tasting; transfer to Bratislava.

12

Free half day; afternoon transfer to Krakow.

13

Morning tour visiting old market, Mariacki Church and Jewish quarter.

14

End Krakow.

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FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

6

Free day to choose from activities and attractions, such as the Belianska Cave.

6

7

Cable car ride up to Hrebienok for downhill sledding, afternoon horse and sleigh tour.

Transfer to Pilsen; tour of the town including the famous brewery; optional visit to a beer spa.

7

On to Prague for a day of sightseeing.

8

End Smokovec.

8

End Prague.

Months of departure

Months of departure

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JAN ●

JAN

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT NOV DEC

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FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT NOV DEC ● ●

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Months of departure

JAN

Cycle to the Slovakia-Hungary border; transfer to Esztergom.

9

Cross country skiing instruction followed by a guided itinerary at Strbske Pleso.

2

Free day for optional activities, including paragliding and advanced canyoning.

8 days land only Travel by private minibus • 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels • All breakfasts and 2 lunches included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Start Budapest; afternoon optional visit to the city thermal baths.

Walking tour of Warsaw, transfer to Gdansk.

5

2 Leisurely

1

2

Day kayaking on the river (various grades).

1 9

Itinerary - day by day

Start Kobarid.

4

8

At a glance

Itinerary - day by day

1

7

Budapest, Vienna and Prague Traditional Christmas markets • Delicious regional cuisine

8 days land only • 7 nights hotel en suite • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner included • Solo and Family dates available • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Start Prague.

1

6 CGA

NEW

At a glance

11 days land only • 8 days cycling with 90% support vehicle • 10 nights comfortable 3 and 4-star hotels • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

5 Code Trip

Trip highlights

Fantastic range of activities • Traditional Slovak culture • Centre based

Start Warsaw.

5

4 Moderate

1

3

9

Trip highlights

1

4

Budapest to Prague in Winter

Tatra Winter Activity Week

Four capital cities steeped in history • Range of cuisines, wines and beers • Rivers, forests and national parks

HUNGARY, AUSTRIA, CZECH REPUBLIC

POLAND, SLOVAKIA

Prague to Budapest Ride

Highlights of Central Europe

Trip highlights

Centre based • Rafting, canyoning, zip-line and biking • Kayaking on the Soca River •

CZECH REPUBLIC, AUSTRIA, SLOVAKIA, HUNGARY, POLAND

CZECH REPUBLIC, AUSTRIA, HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA, POLAND

NEW

POLAND

SLOVENIA

JUL ●

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AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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Slovenia Mixed Activity Trip Code

AVQ

1

2

3

4 Moderate

Trip highlights

5 Code AWP 6 Trip

17

28

39 4 Leisurely/Moderate

Historical cities • UNESCO listed Auschwitz and Malbork Castle • Rural life in the Tatra Mountains •

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus • 7 nights hotel • All breakfasts and 6 dinners included • Family departure scheduled • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

8 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned private minibus • 7 nights comfortable hotels • All breakfast and 4 lunches included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

Trip 5Code

AVU 6

7

8

1

9

2 Leisurely

3

4

5 Code Trip

6 MVZ

Trip highlights

Trip highlights

Four capital cities, five countries • UNESCO World Heritage sites • High Tatra Mountains

1 7

2 8

3 9

At a glance

At a glance

14 days land only • Travel by private air-conditioned bus • 13 nights in hotels and pensions • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

4 Moderate

5 Code Trip

6 CVT

1

7

2

8

3

Start Prague.

1

Start Smokovec.

2

Morning guided sightseeing in Budapest; free afternoon and optional Danube cruise.

4

A trip to Zakopane for dogsledding: tour of town, afternoon visit thermal pools at Bukowina Tatranska.

3

Transfer to Vienna; guided sightseeing; traditional lunch at a Viennese café.

5

Transfer to the downhill slopes for skiing or snowboarding.

4

Free day to explore Vienna.

5

To Cesky Krumlov; visit the old town; Christmas Market visit on selected dates.

Guided sightseeing and free time in Prague.

2

Cycle to Cesky Krumlov by the Vltava River.

2

A full day introduction to snowshoeing.

2

Morning whitewater rafting; afternoon optional hike.

3

Sightseeing in Gdansk, transfer to Torun stopping en route at Malbork Castle.

3

Transfer to Cesky Krumlov; time to explore its castle.

3

Ride through the forests and hills to Trebon.

3

Morning canyoning; free afternoon for optional activities.

4

Walking tour of Torun; transfer to Wroclaw.

Visit Telc; the cliff top castle at Znojmo; on to Mikulov in the winegrowing area of Moravia.

4

Cycle along Greenways Trail to UNESCO town of Telc.

5

Transfer to Krakow; en route visit Auschwitz.

Cycle past vineyards to Mikulov.

6

Morning walking tour of Krakow, free afternoon.

Sightseeing in mediaeval Mikulov; to Lednice; visit castle and gardens.

5 6

Ride through the UNESCO grounds of Lednice; transfer to Vienna.

Morning mountain biking around the Soca River; free afternoon.

6

Morning at Zipline Slovenia; free afternoon.

7

End Kobarid.

8

Months of departure

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

Day trip to Zakopane.

7

End Krakow.

8

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JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

7

Months of departure

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6

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL ●

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SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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7

Free day in Vienna.

Bratislava sightseeing; evening transfer to Vienna.

8

Pedal along the Danube Cycle Path; on to Bratislava.

8

Sightseeing; optional evening concert.

9

Transfer to historic Sopron in Hungary; afternoon transfer to Szentendre; guided sightseeing; on to Budapest.

10

Follow the Danube beneath Visegrad Castle; transfer to Budapest.

10

Guided tour of Budapest with free time.

11

End Budapest.

11

To the High Tatra Mountains, stop at Banska Stiavnica and Vlkolinec en route; visit Strbske Pleso Lake; on to Smokovec.

OCT NOV DEC

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Visit the royal town of Skalica; on to Straznice, then Plze for wine tasting; transfer to Bratislava.

12

Free half day; afternoon transfer to Krakow.

13

Morning tour visiting old market, Mariacki Church and Jewish quarter.

14

End Krakow.

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MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

6

Free day to choose from activities and attractions, such as the Belianska Cave.

6

7

Cable car ride up to Hrebienok for downhill sledding, afternoon horse and sleigh tour.

Transfer to Pilsen; tour of the town including the famous brewery; optional visit to a beer spa.

7

On to Prague for a day of sightseeing.

8

End Smokovec.

8

End Prague.

Months of departure

Months of departure

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JAN ●

JAN

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT NOV DEC

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FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT NOV DEC ● ●

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Months of departure

JAN

Cycle to the Slovakia-Hungary border; transfer to Esztergom.

9

Cross country skiing instruction followed by a guided itinerary at Strbske Pleso.

2

Free day for optional activities, including paragliding and advanced canyoning.

8 days land only Travel by private minibus • 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels • All breakfasts and 2 lunches included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Start Budapest; afternoon optional visit to the city thermal baths.

Walking tour of Warsaw, transfer to Gdansk.

5

2 Leisurely

1

2

Day kayaking on the river (various grades).

1 9

Itinerary - day by day

Start Kobarid.

4

8

At a glance

Itinerary - day by day

1

7

Budapest, Vienna and Prague Traditional Christmas markets • Delicious regional cuisine

8 days land only • 7 nights hotel en suite • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner included • Solo and Family dates available • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Start Prague.

1

6 CGA

NEW

At a glance

11 days land only • 8 days cycling with 90% support vehicle • 10 nights comfortable 3 and 4-star hotels • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

5 Code Trip

Trip highlights

Fantastic range of activities • Traditional Slovak culture • Centre based

Start Warsaw.

5

4 Moderate

1

3

9

Trip highlights

1

4

Budapest to Prague in Winter

Tatra Winter Activity Week

Four capital cities steeped in history • Range of cuisines, wines and beers • Rivers, forests and national parks

HUNGARY, AUSTRIA, CZECH REPUBLIC

POLAND, SLOVAKIA

Prague to Budapest Ride

Highlights of Central Europe

Trip highlights

Centre based • Rafting, canyoning, zip-line and biking • Kayaking on the Soca River •

CZECH REPUBLIC, AUSTRIA, SLOVAKIA, HUNGARY, POLAND

CZECH REPUBLIC, AUSTRIA, HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA, POLAND

NEW

POLAND

SLOVENIA

JUL ●

exodustravels.com/trip/AVU

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

“Loved trying all the different sports and ways of getting around in the snow. Definitely the holiday for adults who want to get in touch with the child in them.” Janet Stevens

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ROMANIA

NEW

ROMANIA

Highlights of Romania Trip Code AWB

1

2 Leisurely

Trip highlights

3 Code WVR 4 Trip

15

26

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

One of Europe’s last great wilderness areas Brown bear observation from a hide Rich folklore and traditions

• • •

At a glance

At a glance

10 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned private minibus • 6 nights hotels, 1 night monastery and 2 nights converted train hotel • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

8 days land only Travel by minibus, horse-drawn cart and on foot 7 nights comfortable guesthouse All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners included Optional single supplement – please enquire

• • • • •

Itinerary - day by day 1

Start Bucharest; transfer to the Carpathian Mountains.

9 Trip 5Code

CVX 6

7

8

1

9 Leisurely 2

8 days land only • Travel by minibus • 7 nights hotels • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

3

Drive to the village of Pupnat and walk back to Korcula.

3

4

Boat to Mljet Island; gentle walk to the peak of Montokuc for panoramic views.

5

Ferry to mainland; visit Ston en route to Dubrovnik.

6

Dubrovnik city tour.

7

Free day in Dubrovnik, or optional trip to Mostar in Bosnia.

8

End Dubrovnik.

Discover the village of Viscri; on to Brasov. Visit the bear sanctuary and the village of Vulcan.

6

Visit Dracula’s Castle and Brasov; observe birdlife.

7

Steam train through the forests.

Brasov city tour; to Bran, Dracula's Castle.

7

Visit brown bear sanctuary; hike to Vulcan.

8

Return to Bucharest; end Bucharest.

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FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

Brandy and wine tasting at the UNESCO site of Sighisoara.

To Bucharest; end.

Months of departure

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OCT NOV DEC ●

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FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

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AUG

SEP

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The UNESCO village of Viscri was saved from deterioration through the initiative of the Prince’s Trust. It’s a great example of how tourism can benefit the inhabitants of remote areas.

Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

Months of departure

JAN

OCT NOV DEC

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Itinerary - day by day

Explore Saxon Sibiu and the village of Sibiel.

4

AUG ●

SEP ●

MVJ 6

1

7

8

2

3

9Moderate 4

Spectacular coastal routes Island hopping • UNESCO city of Dubrovnik • •

At a glance

11 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus • 10 nights hotels and pensions • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

3

6

AUG ●

At a glance

8 days land only Travel by private bus, boat and ferry 7 nights hotels All breakfasts and 1 picnic lunch included Optional single supplement – please enquire

9 Trip 5Code

Trip highlights

Rugged natural beauty • Rich cultural heritage • Enjoy warm hospitality and lunch with local family •

Kotor city tour; boat ride to Gospa od Skrpjela and Perast Islands.

Walk along a high alpine trail.

JUL ●

Trip highlights

Three UNESCO cities Spectacular coastlines Visit Mljet National Park

2

5

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

Explore Trogir; transfer to Split, free time; ferry to Korcula.

Drive to Viseu de Sus in Maramures; decorated eggs museum en route.

FEB

26

2

5

JAN

15

Bucharest city tour and on to Sibiu in Transylvania.

Hike through alpine pastures to Coja and Pestera.

Months of departure

2

4

End Brasov.

4 AVB

Start Dubrovnik Airport; drive to Kotor in Montenegro.

Round trip of Bucovina; visit famous painted monasteries of Moldovita and Sucevita.

10

3 Code Trip

1

4

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

2 Leisurely

Start Trogir.

Horse-drawn cart and hike in Bazra Valley; evening Brown bear watching.

Months of departure

1 9

8

1

3

Visit Bran Castle, home of Dracula; return to Brasov and explore the city.

Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

Bosnia & Beyond

Fly to Bucharest.

Visit Agapia Monastery; transfer to Gura Humorului.

9

CROATIA

1

3

8

7

At a glance

Daywalk visiting Kalibash villages and bat cave.

Visit Biertan, Sighisoara and Viscri; drive to Brasov.

At a glance

2

Drive to Transylvania via Praid.

6 ADD

Visit the People’s Palace; transfer to Targu Neamt.

8

5 Code Trip

Trip highlights

Arrive in Bucharest.

7

4

Mediaeval Saxon villages • Local brandy and wine in Sighisoara • Visit Bran Castle, the home of Dracula •

2

6

3

Trip highlights

1

5

CROATIA, MONTENEGRO, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast

Winter in Transylvania

Trip highlights

Painted monasteries of Bucovina • Classic steam train journey • Mediaeval Transylvania •

CROATIA

ROMANIA

Carpathian Walking & Bears

8 days land only 4 days cycling with vehicle support • 7 nights hotels • All breakfasts included • Solo dates available • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Itinerary - day by day 1

Start Split; ferry transfer to Hvar.

2

Transfer to Cetinje; city tour; drive to UNESCO Durmitor N.P.,visit Ostrog Monastery en route.

Circular ride exploring the island of Hvar, 10km climb before a fantastic descent.

3

4

Gentle walk around Zabljak Plateau with its lakes and traditional highland villages.

Ride along the island to port of Sucuraj; ferry via mainland to Korcula.

4

5

Transfer to the Piva River on the border with Bosnia; lunch and a short walk; drive to Sarajevo.

Free day in Lumbarda; optional visit (with bikes) to picturesque island of Mljet.

5

6

City tour including the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum.

Scenic ride on island of Korcula, from Vela Luka to Korcula town and on to Lumbarda.

7

Drive to Lukomir, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest inhabited village; gentle walk to canyon.

6

Ride through the vineyards of Peljesac Peninsula towards the mainland; transfer to Dubrovnik.

8

Transfer to Mostar for sightseeing and city tour.

7

Free day to explore Dubrovnik.

9

Explore Ottoman town of Pocitelj, Kravica Waterfalls and visit nearby village of Blagaj.

8

End Dubrovnik.

10

Transfer to Tvrdos Orthodox Monastery; wine tasting; continue to Trebinje and then Dubrovnik.

11

End Dubrovnik.

OCT NOV DEC

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MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

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Months of departure

JAN

Months of departure

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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Highlights of Romania Trip Code AWB

1

2 Leisurely

Trip highlights

3 Code WVR 4 Trip

15

26

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

One of Europe’s last great wilderness areas Brown bear observation from a hide Rich folklore and traditions

• • •

At a glance

At a glance

10 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned private minibus • 6 nights hotels, 1 night monastery and 2 nights converted train hotel • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day

8 days land only Travel by minibus, horse-drawn cart and on foot 7 nights comfortable guesthouse All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners included Optional single supplement – please enquire

• • • • •

Itinerary - day by day 1

Start Bucharest; transfer to the Carpathian Mountains.

9 Trip 5Code

CVX 6

7

8

1

9 Leisurely 2

8 days land only • Travel by minibus • 7 nights hotels • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

3

Drive to the village of Pupnat and walk back to Korcula.

3

4

Boat to Mljet Island; gentle walk to the peak of Montokuc for panoramic views.

5

Ferry to mainland; visit Ston en route to Dubrovnik.

6

Dubrovnik city tour.

7

Free day in Dubrovnik, or optional trip to Mostar in Bosnia.

8

End Dubrovnik.

Discover the village of Viscri; on to Brasov. Visit the bear sanctuary and the village of Vulcan.

6

Visit Dracula’s Castle and Brasov; observe birdlife.

7

Steam train through the forests.

Brasov city tour; to Bran, Dracula's Castle.

7

Visit brown bear sanctuary; hike to Vulcan.

8

Return to Bucharest; end Bucharest.

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FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

Brandy and wine tasting at the UNESCO site of Sighisoara.

To Bucharest; end.

Months of departure

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SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ●

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT NOV DEC ●

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MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

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“An excellent winter break. Relaxed but comprehensive.” Marilyn Staib

The UNESCO village of Viscri was saved from deterioration through the initiative of the Prince’s Trust. It’s a great example of how tourism can benefit the inhabitants of remote areas.

Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

Months of departure

JAN

OCT NOV DEC

exodustravels.com/trip/AWB

Itinerary - day by day

Explore Saxon Sibiu and the village of Sibiel.

4

AUG ●

SEP ●

MVJ 6

1

7

8

2

3

9Moderate 4

Spectacular coastal routes Island hopping • UNESCO city of Dubrovnik • •

At a glance

11 days land only • Travel by air-conditioned minibus • 10 nights hotels and pensions • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

3

6

AUG ●

At a glance

8 days land only Travel by private bus, boat and ferry 7 nights hotels All breakfasts and 1 picnic lunch included Optional single supplement – please enquire

9 Trip 5Code

Trip highlights

Rugged natural beauty • Rich cultural heritage • Enjoy warm hospitality and lunch with local family •

Kotor city tour; boat ride to Gospa od Skrpjela and Perast Islands.

Walk along a high alpine trail.

JUL ●

Trip highlights

Three UNESCO cities Spectacular coastlines Visit Mljet National Park

2

5

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

Explore Trogir; transfer to Split, free time; ferry to Korcula.

Drive to Viseu de Sus in Maramures; decorated eggs museum en route.

FEB

26

2

5

JAN

15

Bucharest city tour and on to Sibiu in Transylvania.

Hike through alpine pastures to Coja and Pestera.

Months of departure

2

4

End Brasov.

4 AVB

Start Dubrovnik Airport; drive to Kotor in Montenegro.

Round trip of Bucovina; visit famous painted monasteries of Moldovita and Sucevita.

10

3 Code Trip

1

4

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

2 Leisurely

Start Trogir.

Horse-drawn cart and hike in Bazra Valley; evening Brown bear watching.

Months of departure

1 9

8

1

3

Visit Bran Castle, home of Dracula; return to Brasov and explore the city.

Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

Bosnia & Beyond

Fly to Bucharest.

Visit Agapia Monastery; transfer to Gura Humorului.

9

CROATIA

1

3

8

7

At a glance

Daywalk visiting Kalibash villages and bat cave.

Visit Biertan, Sighisoara and Viscri; drive to Brasov.

At a glance

2

Drive to Transylvania via Praid.

6 ADD

Visit the People’s Palace; transfer to Targu Neamt.

8

5 Code Trip

Trip highlights

Arrive in Bucharest.

7

4

Mediaeval Saxon villages • Local brandy and wine in Sighisoara • Visit Bran Castle, the home of Dracula •

2

6

3

Trip highlights

1

5

CROATIA, MONTENEGRO, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast

Winter in Transylvania

Trip highlights

Painted monasteries of Bucovina • Classic steam train journey • Mediaeval Transylvania •

CROATIA

ROMANIA

Carpathian Walking & Bears

8 days land only 4 days cycling with vehicle support • 7 nights hotels • All breakfasts included • Solo dates available • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Itinerary - day by day 1

Start Split; ferry transfer to Hvar.

2

Transfer to Cetinje; city tour; drive to UNESCO Durmitor N.P.,visit Ostrog Monastery en route.

Circular ride exploring the island of Hvar, 10km climb before a fantastic descent.

3

4

Gentle walk around Zabljak Plateau with its lakes and traditional highland villages.

Ride along the island to port of Sucuraj; ferry via mainland to Korcula.

4

5

Transfer to the Piva River on the border with Bosnia; lunch and a short walk; drive to Sarajevo.

Free day in Lumbarda; optional visit (with bikes) to picturesque island of Mljet.

5

6

City tour including the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum.

Scenic ride on island of Korcula, from Vela Luka to Korcula town and on to Lumbarda.

7

Drive to Lukomir, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest inhabited village; gentle walk to canyon.

6

Ride through the vineyards of Peljesac Peninsula towards the mainland; transfer to Dubrovnik.

8

Transfer to Mostar for sightseeing and city tour.

7

Free day to explore Dubrovnik.

9

Explore Ottoman town of Pocitelj, Kravica Waterfalls and visit nearby village of Blagaj.

8

End Dubrovnik.

10

Transfer to Tvrdos Orthodox Monastery; wine tasting; continue to Trebinje and then Dubrovnik.

11

End Dubrovnik.

OCT NOV DEC

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MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

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Months of departure

JAN

Months of departure

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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SERBIA

Serbia – Gem of the Balkans

Trip Code

ADJ

1

Monasteries, caves and a nature reserve • Wine tastings and warm hospitality • Classic steam train •

At a glance

9 days land only • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus • 8 nights 3-star hotels • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day Start Belgrade Airport.

2

Novi Sad sightseeing including the city museum; transfer to Jagodina.

3

Visit Ravanica Monastery; to the Zupa wine region; lunch and wine tasting; transfer to the spa town of Vrnjacka Banja. Drive along Ibar River Gorge; visit the UNESCO Studenica Monastery complex; transfer to Zlatar Mountain. Morning visit Uvac Special Nature Reserve; cheese tastings at the Zlatar dairy; to Zlatibor Mountain.

6

Morning to Mokra Gora; Sargan 8.

7

Transfer to Belgrade visiting Potpec Pecina Cave or Zlakusa village en route.

8

Half day Belgrade city tour; free time; farewell dinner. End Belgrade

9

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

5

1

6

7

2 Leisurely 8

Highlights of four countries • Emerging cultures • UNESCO sites

JUL

AUG ●

SEP ●

3 Code Trip 9

4 AVL

5

6

1

7

2 8 Leisurely

At a glance 11 days land only Travel by air-conditioned minibus • 8 nights hotels and 2 nights village houses • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

3

9

4

1 Trip 5

6 Code 2MVA

Trip highlights

Trip highlights

Historic UNESCO sites • Wild landscapes and coastline • Warm local hospitality

At a glance

At a glance

3 7

8 days land only 6 days cycling with vehicle support • 5 nights hotels and 2 nights guesthouses • All breakfasts and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

10 days land only Travel by air-conditioned private bus • 9 nights hotels • All breakfasts and 1 lunch included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

Start Tirana; explore the city.

1

2

Visit Elbasan Fortress en route to Pogradec.

2

3

Transfer to the artists’ village of Voskopoj; continue to Korce.

Start Belgrade.

1

2

Belgrade city tour with free afternoon.

3

Transfer to Visegrad; visit bridge on the River Drina and Sirogojno traditional village and open air museum. Ride the heritage railway in Mokra Gora N.P.; visit Drvengrad, a traditional village.

4

Transfer to Skopje in Macedonia, stopping at spa town of Vrnjacka Banja en route.

5

6

7

Drive via the mountain village of Ersek to Permet, famous for food and wine.

4

To Gjirokaster via the characteristic village of Dhoksat.

5

Visit ‘The Blue Eye’ natural water spring; to Butrint and on to Sarande.

6

5 9 6 Moderate/Challenging

Start Pogradec. Transfer to Korce; cycle over Barmash Pass to Germenj. Cycle through high grassy plateaus; descend to Carshove and Benje.

3

4

Valley ride towards Kelcyra; transfer to Gjirokaster for afternoon city tour.

5

Transfer to the Muzina Pass; descend to Sarande via the UNESCO site of Butrint.

10

End Kruje.

JAN

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“This is a really enjoyable, varied trip that gives a great introduction to these interesting countries…”

To Kazbegi village for views of Mt. Kazbek; alpine walk to Gergeti Trinity Church; onto Gudauri.

14 days land only Travel by air-conditioned mini bus • 11 nights hotels and 2 nights guest house • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 3 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

10

To Uplistsikhe pre-Christian cave town; onto Gori, birthplace of Stalin; to Kutaisi.

11

Explore Kutaisi’s UNESCO sites; walk in BorjomiKharagauli N.P.; to Bakuriani.

12

Visit Mtskheta; drive to Tbilisi; free evening.

Itinerary - day by day

13

Visit Signagi and the wine region of Kakheti; lunch and wine tasting; return to Tbilisi.

14

End Tbilisi.

At a glance • •

Visit Tatev Monastery; Silk Road and Lake Sevan via Selim Caravanserai and Noraduz.

Visit to Kruje, on Mt. Kruja, stronghold of the Albanian resistance.

SEP ●

Walking tour of Tbilisi; free afternoon.

9

5

10

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

AUG ●

8

Khor Virap Monastery; wine tasting at Areni village; Noravank monastery; to Goris.

Guided tour of UNESCO site of Berat; to the amphitheatre of Durres; continue to Kruje.

JUL ●

Visit mediaeval churches at Haghpat and Sanahin; cross into Georgia; to Tbilisi.

4

9

JUL

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

To Sevanavank and Haghartsin Monasteries; to 6 7 8 9 Haghpat.

7

Morning visit Geghard Monastery and pagan temple at Garni; afternoon free.

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

5

Historic Yerevan and Tbilisi • Wine tasting in Georgia • UNESCO churches and monasteries

3

FEB

6

Trip highlights

End Vlore.

Day trip to Berat.

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

3 4 Leisurely/Moderate

8

Months of departure

FEB

2

Explore Yerevan and the surrounding area.

9

JAN

1

Start Yerevan.

Transfer to Tirana, Albania with afternoon city tour.

OCT NOV DEC ●

2

Visit Apollonia and Ardenica Monastery; drive to Berat.

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FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL ●

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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AXC

Optional climb to the Llogara Pass; descend to Vlore.

8

FEB

Trip Code

7

Morning city tour of Ohrid and Samuil’s Fortress; afternoon free.

Months of departure

Highlights of Georgia & Armenia

1

To Porto Palermo Bay to visit Ali Pasha Castle; continue to Vlore.

Transfer to Tirana; end.

GEORGIA, ARMENIA

Spectacular coastal ride to the beach of Himare Bay.

7

JAN

9

6

City tour of Skopje with boat ride in the Matka Canyon; visit 14th century monastery.

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

8

8

11

7

Itinerary - day by day

4 8

Rarely visited UNESCO sites Ride from mountain plateaus to sandy beaches • Explore a once isolated country

Months of departure

Months of departure

JAN

1

1

5

AVX 4

Cycling in Albania

Highlights of Albania

Trip highlights

Trip highlights

4

Trip 3 Code

ALBANIA

ALBANIA

Balkan Discoverer 2 Leisurely

73

JUL ●

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AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

“I enjoyed this trip even more than I had hoped - the country is so interesting, the scenery glorious and the food wonderful.”

AZERBAIJAN - 3 NIGHTS Extend your stay in the Caucus region with a short trip to the Land of Fire Azerbaijan. After an overnight train journey from Tbilisi, we arrive in the capital Baku, famous for its blend of historic UNESCO buildings and modern skyscrapers. From here we visit the Ateshgyakh Fire-Worshippers’ Temple, Yanar Dag (burning mountain) and the ancient rock carvings at Gobustan.

Lynne Porteous

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Serbia – Gem of the Balkans

Trip Code

ADJ

1

Monasteries, caves and a nature reserve • Wine tastings and warm hospitality • Classic steam train •

At a glance

9 days land only • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus • 8 nights 3-star hotels • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire •

Itinerary - day by day Start Belgrade Airport.

2

Novi Sad sightseeing including the city museum; transfer to Jagodina.

3

Visit Ravanica Monastery; to the Zupa wine region; lunch and wine tasting; transfer to the spa town of Vrnjacka Banja. Drive along Ibar River Gorge; visit the UNESCO Studenica Monastery complex; transfer to Zlatar Mountain. Morning visit Uvac Special Nature Reserve; cheese tastings at the Zlatar dairy; to Zlatibor Mountain.

6

Morning to Mokra Gora; Sargan 8.

7

Transfer to Belgrade visiting Potpec Pecina Cave or Zlakusa village en route.

8

Half day Belgrade city tour; free time; farewell dinner. End Belgrade

9

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

5

1

6

7

2 Leisurely 8

Highlights of four countries • Emerging cultures • UNESCO sites

JUL

AUG ●

SEP ●

3 Code Trip 9

4 AVL

5

6

1

7

2 8 Leisurely

At a glance 11 days land only Travel by air-conditioned minibus • 8 nights hotels and 2 nights village houses • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

3

9

4

1 Trip 5

6 Code 2MVA

Trip highlights

Trip highlights

Historic UNESCO sites • Wild landscapes and coastline • Warm local hospitality

At a glance

At a glance

3 7

8 days land only 6 days cycling with vehicle support • 5 nights hotels and 2 nights guesthouses • All breakfasts and 2 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

10 days land only Travel by air-conditioned private bus • 9 nights hotels • All breakfasts and 1 lunch included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

Itinerary - day by day

Start Tirana; explore the city.

1

2

Visit Elbasan Fortress en route to Pogradec.

2

3

Transfer to the artists’ village of Voskopoj; continue to Korce.

Start Belgrade.

1

2

Belgrade city tour with free afternoon.

3

Transfer to Visegrad; visit bridge on the River Drina and Sirogojno traditional village and open air museum. Ride the heritage railway in Mokra Gora N.P.; visit Drvengrad, a traditional village.

4

Transfer to Skopje in Macedonia, stopping at spa town of Vrnjacka Banja en route.

5

6

7

Drive via the mountain village of Ersek to Permet, famous for food and wine.

4

To Gjirokaster via the characteristic village of Dhoksat.

5

Visit ‘The Blue Eye’ natural water spring; to Butrint and on to Sarande.

6

5 9 6 Moderate/Challenging

Start Pogradec. Transfer to Korce; cycle over Barmash Pass to Germenj. Cycle through high grassy plateaus; descend to Carshove and Benje.

3

4

Valley ride towards Kelcyra; transfer to Gjirokaster for afternoon city tour.

5

Transfer to the Muzina Pass; descend to Sarande via the UNESCO site of Butrint.

10

End Kruje.

JAN

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“This is a really enjoyable, varied trip that gives a great introduction to these interesting countries…”

To Kazbegi village for views of Mt. Kazbek; alpine walk to Gergeti Trinity Church; onto Gudauri.

14 days land only Travel by air-conditioned mini bus • 11 nights hotels and 2 nights guest house • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 3 dinners included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

10

To Uplistsikhe pre-Christian cave town; onto Gori, birthplace of Stalin; to Kutaisi.

11

Explore Kutaisi’s UNESCO sites; walk in BorjomiKharagauli N.P.; to Bakuriani.

12

Visit Mtskheta; drive to Tbilisi; free evening.

Itinerary - day by day

13

Visit Signagi and the wine region of Kakheti; lunch and wine tasting; return to Tbilisi.

14

End Tbilisi.

At a glance • •

Visit Tatev Monastery; Silk Road and Lake Sevan via Selim Caravanserai and Noraduz.

Visit to Kruje, on Mt. Kruja, stronghold of the Albanian resistance.

SEP ●

Walking tour of Tbilisi; free afternoon.

9

5

10

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AUG ●

8

Khor Virap Monastery; wine tasting at Areni village; Noravank monastery; to Goris.

Guided tour of UNESCO site of Berat; to the amphitheatre of Durres; continue to Kruje.

JUL ●

Visit mediaeval churches at Haghpat and Sanahin; cross into Georgia; to Tbilisi.

4

9

JUL

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

To Sevanavank and Haghartsin Monasteries; to 6 7 8 9 Haghpat.

7

Morning visit Geghard Monastery and pagan temple at Garni; afternoon free.

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

5

Historic Yerevan and Tbilisi • Wine tasting in Georgia • UNESCO churches and monasteries

3

FEB

6

Trip highlights

End Vlore.

Day trip to Berat.

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

3 4 Leisurely/Moderate

8

Months of departure

FEB

2

Explore Yerevan and the surrounding area.

9

JAN

1

Start Yerevan.

Transfer to Tirana, Albania with afternoon city tour.

OCT NOV DEC ●

2

Visit Apollonia and Ardenica Monastery; drive to Berat.

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL ●

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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AXC

Optional climb to the Llogara Pass; descend to Vlore.

8

FEB

Trip Code

7

Morning city tour of Ohrid and Samuil’s Fortress; afternoon free.

Months of departure

Highlights of Georgia & Armenia

1

To Porto Palermo Bay to visit Ali Pasha Castle; continue to Vlore.

Transfer to Tirana; end.

GEORGIA, ARMENIA

Spectacular coastal ride to the beach of Himare Bay.

7

JAN

9

6

City tour of Skopje with boat ride in the Matka Canyon; visit 14th century monastery.

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

8

8

11

7

Itinerary - day by day

4 8

Rarely visited UNESCO sites Ride from mountain plateaus to sandy beaches • Explore a once isolated country

Months of departure

Months of departure

JAN

1

1

5

AVX 4

Cycling in Albania

Highlights of Albania

Trip highlights

Trip highlights

4

Trip 3 Code

ALBANIA

ALBANIA

Balkan Discoverer 2 Leisurely

73

JUL ●

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AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

“I enjoyed this trip even more than I had hoped - the country is so interesting, the scenery glorious and the food wonderful.”

AZERBAIJAN - 3 NIGHTS Extend your stay in the Caucus region with a short trip to the Land of Fire Azerbaijan. After an overnight train journey from Tbilisi, we arrive in the capital Baku, famous for its blend of historic UNESCO buildings and modern skyscrapers. From here we visit the Ateshgyakh Fire-Worshippers’ Temple, Yanar Dag (burning mountain) and the ancient rock carvings at Gobustan.

Lynne Porteous

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EUROPE • Greece, Turkey

EUROPE • Russia

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NEW

GREECE

TURKEY

Highlights of Ancient Greece Trip Code AGM

1

Trip highlights

3 Code Trip

4 ATH

5

1

7

2 8 Leisurely

Trip highlights

Ancient sites of Mystras and Delphi • Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games • Spectacular Meteora - ‘columns in the sky’ •

At a glance

Monuments of the Ottoman Empire • Roman city of Ephesus • Limestone cascades at Pamukkale •

9 3 Code Trip

4 ATM

1

5

2

6

3

7

4 8 Moderate

15 days land only Travel by air-conditioned vehicle • 14 nights comfortable hotels • All breakfasts included • Whirling Dervish Festival departure in December • Arrival and departure transfers included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

5

9

6

7 Trip

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only Travel by private air-conditioned minibus • 7 nights 2-star hotel • All breakfasts and 3 lunches included • Solo departures available • Optional single supplement – please enquire

To Nafplio, visiting Ancient Corinth and Mycenae en route.

2

Morning explore Ancient Epidavros; afternoon visit the fortress of Palamidi.

3

Morning explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mystras; afternoon to Pylos.

4

Explore Ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games.

5

Morning explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Delphi; afternoon visit Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus.

6

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora.

7

1

Start Istanbul.

2

Transfer to Canakkale via Gallipoli peninsula.

3

Visit ancient city of Troy; to Ayvalik.

5

Visit the historic site of Ephesus; to Pamukkale.

6

Explore the limestone cascades of Pamukkale and the Roman ruins of Hierapolis; transfer to Fethiye.

7

Depart Fethiye for coastal town Kas.

8

Free day to rest or choose from many activities.

9

Transfer to city of Antalya.

10

Visit the Greco-Roman site of Aspendos; transfer to Konya, home of the whirling dervishes.

To Athens; end.

8

JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL

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AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

Explore dramatic Saklikent Canyon; afternoon visit Patara beach.

4

Itinerary - day by day 1

Start Moscow.

2

Full day sightseeing tour of Moscow. Evening train to Suzdal.

3

Guided tour of Suzdal and wooden architecture museum.

Full day canyoning; abseil, swim, climb and jump into pools of cool water.

Transfer to Vladimir; sightseeing and free time. Evening train to Nizhny Novgord.

5

City tour of Nizhny Novgord; optional afternoon excursion to Makaryev Monastery; overnight train to Kazan.

5

Free day in Kas: optional paragliding, SCUBA diving or relaxation.

6

Full day sea kayaking; find out how the Turquoise Coast earnt its name.

6 7

From Europe to Asia, crossing the Ural Mountains.

7

Biking day; transfer into the hills and explore the forests and coastal roads.

8

Morning tour of Yekaterinburg; free afternoon.

9

8

End Kas.

End Yekaterinburg.

12

Visit Cappadocia’s Open Air Museum and fairy chimneys.

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

13

Transfer to the UNESCO listed city of Safranbolu.

JAN

14

Explore Safranbolu; transfer to Istanbul.

15

End Istanbul.

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

6

7

8

9

Moscow to St Petersburg 3

Tour of the Kremlin 5grounds and6 Armoury Museum. 4 7 Free afternoon, overnight train.

Trip highlights

4

Three days to explore Moscow • St. Petersburg and Catherine Palace • Novgorod: Russia’s former capital

Morning walking tour of Novgorod. Afternoon visit the Museum of Wooden Architecture (optional)

5

Transfer to Pushkin; visit Catherine Palace; free afternoon.

6

Early departure to St. Petersburg; guided tour; free afternoon; evening visit the Faberge Museum.

7

Morning tour of the Hermitage; free afternoon.

8

End St. Petersburg.

Trip Code

AVS

1

2 Leisurely

3

4

Months of departure

5

RUSSIA

SCUBA diving day; beginners get a ‘Try Dive’ whilst certified divers have 2 guided dives.

To the Cappadocia region; visit the Ilhara Valley and the underground city of Derinkuyu.

11

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Start Kas.

2

3

Visit ancient city of Pergamon; to Selcuk.

4

1

3 4 Leisurely/Moderate

9 days land only Travel by private minibus and train • 7 nights hotels and 1 night overnight train • All breakfasts and 1 dinner included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

2

Russia’s unexplored cities Journey to the edge of Asia • Cathedrals, monasteries and mosques

Itinerary - day by day

1 9

Start Athens.

Trip highlights

1

8 ARA

A week of adrenalin-filled activities • Sea kayak over a sunken city • Mountain bike with exhilarating descents

Itinerary - day by day

Code

Trip highlights •

At a glance

8 days land only Travel by minibus • 7 nights 3-star hotels • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Russia: Last Journey of the Tsars

Lycian Activity Week 6

NEW

RUSSIA

TURKEY

Highlights of Turkey 2 Leisurely

75

Full day in Kazan, Russia's Tarta capital.

At a glance 8 days land only Travel by private minibus and train • 6 nights hotels and 1 night sleeper train • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Itinerary - day by day 1

Start Moscow.

2

Morning tour including Red Square and Lenin’s Tomb.

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

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FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL ●

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL

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AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ● ●

“This was my first ever Exodus adventure and I have to say it was the experience of a lifetime.” Joseph Fox

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THIS TRIP CAN BE EXTENDED IN ST. PETERSBURG Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, St Petersburg is one of Europe’s finest cities. A truly world-class destination, full of beautiful buildings, the list of attractions here is almost endless. Our 3-day extension from Moscow includes a morning orientation tour of the city including the Peter and Paul Fortress.

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EUROPE • Greece, Turkey

EUROPE • Russia

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TURKEY

Highlights of Ancient Greece Trip Code AGM

1

Trip highlights

3 Code Trip

4 ATH

5

1

7

2 8 Leisurely

Trip highlights

Ancient sites of Mystras and Delphi • Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games • Spectacular Meteora - ‘columns in the sky’ •

At a glance

Monuments of the Ottoman Empire • Roman city of Ephesus • Limestone cascades at Pamukkale •

9 3 Code Trip

4 ATM

1

5

2

6

3

7

4 8 Moderate

15 days land only Travel by air-conditioned vehicle • 14 nights comfortable hotels • All breakfasts included • Whirling Dervish Festival departure in December • Arrival and departure transfers included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

5

9

6

7 Trip

At a glance

At a glance

8 days land only Travel by private air-conditioned minibus • 7 nights 2-star hotel • All breakfasts and 3 lunches included • Solo departures available • Optional single supplement – please enquire

To Nafplio, visiting Ancient Corinth and Mycenae en route.

2

Morning explore Ancient Epidavros; afternoon visit the fortress of Palamidi.

3

Morning explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mystras; afternoon to Pylos.

4

Explore Ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games.

5

Morning explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Delphi; afternoon visit Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus.

6

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora.

7

1

Start Istanbul.

2

Transfer to Canakkale via Gallipoli peninsula.

3

Visit ancient city of Troy; to Ayvalik.

5

Visit the historic site of Ephesus; to Pamukkale.

6

Explore the limestone cascades of Pamukkale and the Roman ruins of Hierapolis; transfer to Fethiye.

7

Depart Fethiye for coastal town Kas.

8

Free day to rest or choose from many activities.

9

Transfer to city of Antalya.

10

Visit the Greco-Roman site of Aspendos; transfer to Konya, home of the whirling dervishes.

To Athens; end.

8

JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ● ●

JUL

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AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

Explore dramatic Saklikent Canyon; afternoon visit Patara beach.

4

Itinerary - day by day 1

Start Moscow.

2

Full day sightseeing tour of Moscow. Evening train to Suzdal.

3

Guided tour of Suzdal and wooden architecture museum.

Full day canyoning; abseil, swim, climb and jump into pools of cool water.

Transfer to Vladimir; sightseeing and free time. Evening train to Nizhny Novgord.

5

City tour of Nizhny Novgord; optional afternoon excursion to Makaryev Monastery; overnight train to Kazan.

5

Free day in Kas: optional paragliding, SCUBA diving or relaxation.

6

Full day sea kayaking; find out how the Turquoise Coast earnt its name.

6 7

From Europe to Asia, crossing the Ural Mountains.

7

Biking day; transfer into the hills and explore the forests and coastal roads.

8

Morning tour of Yekaterinburg; free afternoon.

9

8

End Kas.

End Yekaterinburg.

12

Visit Cappadocia’s Open Air Museum and fairy chimneys.

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

13

Transfer to the UNESCO listed city of Safranbolu.

JAN

14

Explore Safranbolu; transfer to Istanbul.

15

End Istanbul.

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

6

7

8

9

Moscow to St Petersburg 3

Tour of the Kremlin 5grounds and6 Armoury Museum. 4 7 Free afternoon, overnight train.

Trip highlights

4

Three days to explore Moscow • St. Petersburg and Catherine Palace • Novgorod: Russia’s former capital

Morning walking tour of Novgorod. Afternoon visit the Museum of Wooden Architecture (optional)

5

Transfer to Pushkin; visit Catherine Palace; free afternoon.

6

Early departure to St. Petersburg; guided tour; free afternoon; evening visit the Faberge Museum.

7

Morning tour of the Hermitage; free afternoon.

8

End St. Petersburg.

Trip Code

AVS

1

2 Leisurely

3

4

Months of departure

5

RUSSIA

SCUBA diving day; beginners get a ‘Try Dive’ whilst certified divers have 2 guided dives.

To the Cappadocia region; visit the Ilhara Valley and the underground city of Derinkuyu.

11

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months:

Start Kas.

2

3

Visit ancient city of Pergamon; to Selcuk.

4

1

3 4 Leisurely/Moderate

9 days land only Travel by private minibus and train • 7 nights hotels and 1 night overnight train • All breakfasts and 1 dinner included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day

2

Russia’s unexplored cities Journey to the edge of Asia • Cathedrals, monasteries and mosques

Itinerary - day by day

1 9

Start Athens.

Trip highlights

1

8 ARA

A week of adrenalin-filled activities • Sea kayak over a sunken city • Mountain bike with exhilarating descents

Itinerary - day by day

Code

Trip highlights •

At a glance

8 days land only Travel by minibus • 7 nights 3-star hotels • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire

Russia: Last Journey of the Tsars

Lycian Activity Week 6

NEW

RUSSIA

TURKEY

Highlights of Turkey 2 Leisurely

75

Full day in Kazan, Russia's Tarta capital.

At a glance 8 days land only Travel by private minibus and train • 6 nights hotels and 1 night sleeper train • All breakfasts included • Optional single supplement – please enquire • •

Itinerary - day by day 1

Start Moscow.

2

Morning tour including Red Square and Lenin’s Tomb.

Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB ●

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ● ●

JUL ●

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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Months of departure

JUL ●

AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ●

Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL ●

AUG

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC

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Months of departure Choose your own date for a private departure, or join our guided groups in the following months: JAN

FEB

MAR APR MAY JUN ● ●

JUL

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AUG ●

SEP ●

OCT NOV DEC ● ●

“This was my first ever Exodus adventure and I have to say it was the experience of a lifetime.” Joseph Fox

Please contact your agent for more information and latest prices

THIS TRIP CAN BE EXTENDED IN ST. PETERSBURG Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, St Petersburg is one of Europe’s finest cities. A truly world-class destination, full of beautiful buildings, the list of attractions here is almost endless. Our 3-day extension from Moscow includes a morning orientation tour of the city including the Peter and Paul Fortress.

For guide prices please see inside rear cover

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NORTH AFRICA • Morocco

NORTH AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST • Egypt, Jordan

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North Africa & Middle East MOROCCO

Trip Code AMH

Marrakech, Mountains & Coast AMG 76 Marrakech & the Sahara

AMS 76 AMH 76

Nile Cruise

AEN 77

Hidden Treasures of Jordan

AXE

A Week in Jordan

AXW 77

• •

77

• •

MOROCCO

MOROCCO

Marrakech, Mountains & Coast

Marrakech & the Sahara 2 Leisurely

Trip highlights • • •

• • • • •

3 Trip

Code

4 AMS

15

26

37 48 Leisurely/Moderate

Desert camel journey Mountain village life Souks of Marrakech

• • •

At a glance

8 days land only Travel by air-conditioned private minibus 5 nights 3-star hotel and 2 nights gite All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners included Premium departures available Optional single supplement – please enquire

Itinerary - day by day