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Worldwide SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS


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Explore From our first tour in Egypt to our latest trips in Tajikistan and Jamaica, we’ve been creating holidays all over the world for more than 37 years. We love embracing different cultures, getting under the skin of a country and creating experiences that go beyond an ordinary holiday. The best advice comes from people who’ve experienced it, so we’ve spent lots of time travelling to every corner of the globe to make sure we’ve been there, done that. That way you know you’re in capable hands from the moment you book, to the moment you return home. You’ll get up close and personal with the destinations and communities you travel through, seeing top tourist sites as well as going off the beaten path and visiting hidden gems. We pair local, family-run hotels with unique accommodation like Bedouin camps, teepees, raft houses and boats. We leave no stone unturned to make sure you have a truly authentic experience. And when you travel with us, you support the people and places we visit, leaving only footprints and taking only memories. This year we are launching 14 brand new trips, including a winter exploration in Russia and a journey travelling along the iconic Pamir Highway and across the Tien Shan into Kazakhstan. Our local Explore Leaders are enthusiastic and passionate about their region. Whether you’re curious about culture, history or community, your leader will share first-hand knowledge and unique insight you wouldn’t get elsewhere.

Get closer with Explore.

Hannah Methven Worldwide Programme Manager

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Why travel with us? When travelling with us you’re sure to discover more than you could ever learn from a guide book. Exploring with other like-minded people will create more memorable experiences and give you stories to tell and photos to cherish for years to come.

Expert knowledge Experience is the best advice. We’re a company of travellers who’ve been exploring every corner of the globe for over 37 years. From Moldova to Senegal, Bolivia to Japan, we’ve been there, done that, so you know you’re in good hands.

Small groups Embrace new experiences and share them with others – like seeing the northern lights, sailing the backwaters of Kerala or exploring Machu Picchu. Our small groups have a maximum of 18 people, so you enjoy the perfect balance between travelling and socialising with like-minded people in the world’s most incredible destinations.

Explore Leaders Our leaders are passionate about their region. Usually leading in their home country, they’re hand-picked and trained by our UK team. Sharing their first-hand knowledge and unique insight, they ensure you have unforgettable memories in the most extraordinary destinations.

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Ways to travel Small groups

Explore Beyond

Sharing your adventure with like-minded travellers is all part of the small group trip experience. Our groups generally comprise of 8 to 14 people, with a maximum group size of 18 on our most popular trips.

Unique. Exclusive. Original. Our pioneering Explore Beyond trips are for our most intrepid travellers. We think of our Explore Beyond trips as going back to our roots – providing truly off-the-beaten-track adventures that often tie in with one-off events like festivals and solar eclipses.

Combine and extend your trip Take the time to relax or see more at the end of your holiday. From combining Thailand and Burma or adding a few extra days on the white-sand beaches of Cuba, extending or combining your trip gives you the opportunity to experience more. Trips that can be combined are highlighted on the page, or alternatively simply ask when you call.

Private trips Flexible, adaptable and built for you, our private trips are perfect if you want to travel independently and need to choose your own departure date. You’ll get a local guide and the same itinerary as our group trips, but with more flexibility.

Cycling and walking holidays Our cycling and walking holidays come in all shapes and sizes, from challenging treks to relaxing rambles, gentle pedalling to intense cycling. Whether you want to walk through vineyards in Tuscany or cycle along the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, there is a trip to suit you. Contact your travel agent or visit exploreworldwide.co.nz

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Choosing your holiday From the fairytale castles of Romania to the big game of South Africa, we have a wide variety of destinations and adventures to choose from. Choose the type of holiday, the pace you want to travel, and the accommodation grade that suits you.

What type of holiday? Do you want to discover ancient cultures, sail beautiful rivers, or enjoy spectacular festivals? Whatever you want, we’ve got a trip to suit you. We’ve categorised all our holidays with these icons to help you decide.

Discovery

Boat Journeys

Discover ancient Get out on the and contemporary water and cruise cultures, visit the beautiful iconic sites and rivers and seas explore the world’s visiting remote most inspiring places only landscapes. reachable by boat.

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Cycling

Festivals

Multi-activity

Rail Journeys

Walk and Trek

Wildlife

Use pedal power to explore your chosen destination in-depth.

Meet locals, discover cultural heritage and become immersed in the fun and spontaneity of a traditional festival.

Experience exciting outdoor activities, including kayaking, zip-wiring, whitewater rafting and mountain biking.

Enjoy the journey as much as the destination. See changing landscapes and wake to a new destination each day.

Explore the world’s most impressive landscapes on foot.

See the world’s most spectacular wildlife. From vivid jungle birds, lions in the Serengeti or slumbering sloths in Costa Rica.

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Winter Activity Snowshoe, see the northern lights, dogsled, snowmobile or even build an igloo, all in winter landscapes.


What’s your pace? We know everybody travels differently. Some like to see everything they can, while others like to sit back and enjoy the view. That’s why we’ve graded our holidays according to pace. Choose from Relaxed, Moderate or Full On.

Relaxed

Leisurely mornings with plenty of time to relax, this is the easiest pace of all our trips so there’s lots of time to immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate

Want to see more without filling your day from dawn to dusk? Choose a moderate pace and you’ll have busy days with some downtime too.

Full On

Busy days and some early starts mean you’ll get to see more. Packed from morning to night, our full on trips are loaded with amazing experiences.

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Explore Leaders Our leaders are more than just your typical guide. They’re your local expert, your itinerary organiser and travel guru. Hand-picked and trained by our UK team, they are passionate about their region, sharing first-hand knowledge and unique insight so you experience new cultures, discover authentic experiences and make unforgettable memories in the most extraordinary destinations.

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Passionate and knowledgeable, they show you local traditions, cuisine and lifestyle, so you get a sense of your destination’s unique identity.

Hassle-free travel Our leaders’ goal is to make sure your trip goes smoothly every step of the way. From the moment you arrive to the moment you return home, they organise all your tour logistics. From booking your train tickets to dinner reservations, they can take care of everything you need. Your leader briefs you on what’s happening each day, so you can spend less time worrying about your schedule and more time exploring your destination.

Lifelong memories On every trip, there are moments you’ll treasure forever. From spotting rhinos in South Africa to watching the sun rise over the Taj Mahal, you’ll never forget an Explore holiday. Whether you’re looking for something adventurous or a more relaxing trip, our leaders will help you find those special memories that last forever.

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Accommodation

Grades We know that finding the right place to stay is just as important as the destination and activities. All our accommodation is carefully chosen for location and character. Countries have varying standards and on some holidays a range of grades are used. Simple

Our simple accommodation is perfect for those who enjoy camping, teepees, guesthouses and family-run establishments providing a no-frills experience with adequate amenities. Sleeping arrangements are simple, sometimes with en suite facilities.

Standard

Mid-range accommodation offering a good level of service in keeping with a country’s culture. The rooms are comfortable and often include en suite facilities as well as other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool.

Premium

Hand-picked and chosen for character, location or local importance, these properties have excellent facilities and a higher level of comfort and service. They provide the perfect wind down after an active day. 10

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Unique places to stay

Visit the legendary Bran Castle and snowshoe through the Carpathian Mountains above Lake Balea before snuggling into your polar sleeping bag in Romania’s only ice hotel. Winter Adventure in Romania, WRO, page 61

After wildlife watching in the Serengeti, learn from a local villager about life on the coffee plantation in the grounds of a colonial era working farm. Serengeti Lodge Safari, TL, page 108

Take in the dramatic mountain passes of the Silk Road, before spending the night in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt, insulated by sheepskins against the cool mountain night. Mountain Kingdoms of the Silk Road, KR, page 160

Spend a night sampling the truly local delicacies of Bolivia’s Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, enjoying food grown in the grounds of the eco lodge or caught in the waters of the sacred lake. Highlights of Bolivia, BA, page 251

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Explore benefits Your loyalty rewarded Once you travel with us, you’re part of the Explore family. To thank you for your loyalty, we offer a 5% discount on your fifth to ninth trip you book with us and 10% on your tenth and all subsequent trips. You can use this discount on all Explore small group, selfguided and private trips and you can combine it with group discounts, available for parties of six or more.

Travelling as a group? We love group travel. So if you travel with 6 or more people, you save 5% on all our trips. If you’re an even bigger group of 10 or more, you save 10%!

Recommend a friend Did you enjoy your holiday with us? Recommend us to a friend, and we’ll give you an extra $150 off your next trip with us. And as a little thank you, we’ll give them $75 per person off their first Explore holiday.

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The trip was wonderful and there were many highlights. Probably the most memorable moments for me were the walk up to The Dragons Back Bone through the Dong villages and our stay in Yangsho. Seeing the beautiful countryside was very special. China On A Shoestring

What our customers say

Judith, Nottingham | Trip code: QCH

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A great trip, with many surprises: not least the friendliness of everyone we met and our excellent Explore Leader who was extremely knowledgeable about every site we visited.

Great mix of natural wonders, history and culture. From historic cities like Dubrovnik and Split, the beauty of the Dalmatian Coast and the wonders of the National Parks at Plitvice Lakes and Krka. This trip shows you there’s more to Croatia than just the obvious.

Golden Road To Samarkand

Highlights of Croatia

Jacqueline, Crawley Trip code: UZ

Rodger, Braunton | Trip code: DD

Prepare to be TOTALLY CAPTIVATED. An excellent programme, a great depth and breadth of activity for those interested in history and culture of the region.

Ancient Macedonia | Tanya, Torquay | Trip code: AM

THE highlight of the tour was definitely being in the main plaza at Tikal in the afternoon as the light starts to fade. Most other tourists have already gone for the day and the jungle comes back to life. Being so quiet the wildlife is very relaxed and you get to see lots of animals that might otherwise have stayed further away.

Discover Belize Andrew, Great Staughton | Trip code: BL

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Responsible travel

We care about the destinations we visit and are committed to enriching the lives of the local people we meet along the way. Whether it’s getting under the skin of the culture, engaging with the communities who live there or helping to protect the animals we see and their natural environments, we aim to leave only footprints and take only memories.

Community

Environment We work together with our Explore Leaders to ensure we have a positive impact on the places we visit. From kickstarting small, self-sustaining businesses, such as vertical vegetable gardens in Cambodia, to raising funds to provide basic sanitation to families in Asia or farming tools to families in Africa; we’re committed to supporting sustainable economic growth within the communities we visit.

We’re proud to partner with Cool Earth as our carbon offsetting initiative helping to protect 937 acres of rainforest and 225,000 trees. New this year, we are now working with Water-to-Go to offer our customers 15% discount on filter bottles which provide safe drinking water worldwide, therefore reducing the number of plastic bottles used on our trips. On top of that, another 15% from every bottle purchased goes back to Explore’s Start-Up Fund.

Education Education is the key to a sustainable and responsible tourism industry. We work with the University of Surrey, lecturing Travel, Tourism and Hospitality students on a number of topics relating to running a tour operator, as well as supporting with work experience placements and post-graduation job opportunities. We’re also proud to partner with the German government on an initiative which aims to develop staff, at all levels, within the tourism industry in a selection of countries, including Macedonia and Georgia. By sharing our skills and knowledge of risk management, we’re improving the health and safety standards for visiting travellers.

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Caring Caring for for our planet

$60,000

43 GOATS

$5,000

DONATED TO MORE THAN 20 DIFFERENT CHARITIES

DONATED TO THE CLEAN WATER PROJECT

and projects all over the world

in Kenya to help provide 150 water filters

225,000 TREES PROTECTED AGAINST DEFORESTATION

in the Amazon Rainforest through our carbon offsetting initiative with Cool Earth

18 CALVES AND 3 COWS

gifted to families in Africa with our partnering charity Send a Cow

12 MONTHS OF GIVING

$7,000 DONATED

to local schools, hospitals and charities by our staff raised through cake sales, raffles and doughnut deliveries

4 ASIAN ELEPHANTS

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WATER-TO-GO filter purchased using the 15% discount code, the use of 400 plastic bottles is avoided

THE GREEN ENERGY

SAVED FROM A LIFE OF WORKING

in tourism camps and now living wild in forest homes protected by Mahouts

OVER $10,000 RAISED SINCE PARTNERING

PRODUCED BY OUR HQ ROOFTOP SOLAR PANELS

with charity Toilet Twinning in 2014, providing 110 toilets to families around the world without access to basic sanitation

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What’s new?

We’re always working to find new destinations to visit and new experiences. From lush rain forests in Borneo encountering beautiful orang-utans, to discovering a Soviet time-capsule on a short-break in Moldova, our trips offer culture, scenery, wildlife and history around the world. Get under the skin of each place you visit and come away with a flavour of life there. No matter what your interests or the pace you want to travel, we have something for everyone. See below for our latest additions and where you could be exploring next.

Highlights of Turkey Visit all the must-see sights, see incredible historical architecture and experience true Turkish culture and cuisine. Trip code: TRH, see page 80.

Felucca Sailing on the Nile

Namibia Camping Safari

Sail along the historical Nile aboard a traditional felucca boat and uncover colossal ancient wonders among vast desert landscapes.

Explore the dramatic canyons, towering sand dunes and magnificent wildlife of Namibia.

Trip code: NF, see page 93. 16

Trip code: NC, please see our website.

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Explore Jamaica Discover Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, coffee plantations and brightly-coloured birdlife with plenty of time to sample delicious food and relax on white-sand beaches.

South Africa’s Garden Route Travel across South Africa’s spectacular east and west cape and watch elephants in Addo National Park.

Trip code: JAM, see page 236.

Trip code: SGR, see page 117.

Winter in Russia

Simply Rockies and Vancouver Island

Discover Moscow and St. Petersberg in the snow before travelling north to experience the villages and landscape of rural Russia. Trip code: RUW, see page 58.

Travel through the heart of the Rockies staying in simple wilderness hostels and campsites to fully appreciate the beauty of Canada’s national parks.

Simply Japan Immerse yourself in Japanese culture, from Samurai castles to neon-lit Tokyo, as well as views of iconic Mount Fuji and time with the photogenic snow monkeys. Trip code: QJS, see page 175.

Active Turkey! Walk and cycle in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains, discover Kekova Bay’s sunken city by sea kayak and relax for a week on the beautiful Turquoise Coast. Trip code: MAT, see page 81.

Trip code: QRK, see page 211.

Along the Pamir Highway

Moldova Short Break

Borneo Wildlife Highlights

Take in the spectacular ever-changing scenery of rugged mountain passes, raging rivers and remote villages along the Pamir Highway.

Stay in the Soviet time-capsule of TransDniestr, visit Bender Ottoman fortress and follow Yuri Gagarin’s footsteps into a wine cellar.

Discover the primary rainforest in Borneo’s Danum Valley and search for wildlife including the world’s gentlest primate – the orang-utan.

Trip code: TAJ, see page 162.

Trip code: MOD, see page 59.

Trip code: BN, see page 206.

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Classical Sicily - Trip code: CS

Turkey in Depth - Trip code: TU

Northern Lights with Expert Astronomer - Trip code: SNL

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Discover Chernobyl - Trip code: KCY


Europe From quaint medieval towns, sweeping valleys beneath soaring mountain peaks and darting fish in turquoise waters; Europe offers endless possibilities for the ideal holiday. Within easy reach, Europe is ideal for both short breaks and longer trips. Watch griffin vultures soar over limestone canyons in Serbia, discover the devastated former cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum beneath Mount Vesuvius, or enjoy traditional Hellenic cuisine in waterfront tavernas. You’ll uncover so much variety, you’ll want to come back for more.

• U  ncover a Soviet time capsule in Moldova’s breakaway territory of Trans-Dniester (Trip code: MOD, page 59) • S  ea kayak above sunken ruins and colourful marine life in Turkey (Trip code: MAT, page 81) • E  xplore Spain’s traditional Moorish architecture visiting the grand and iconic Alhambra Palace (Trip code: QAH, page 24)

Insider View “When I think of travelling in Europe I dream about the food, from tucking into freshly baked custard tarts in Lisbon to warming up with a hearty beef and barley stew in an ancient Romanian village. An experience that will stay with me forever is wandering through the thick winter snow in the deserted streets of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Then just a few weeks later drinking red wine next to the crystal blue waters of Puglia’s coast. Europe is such a unique and enchanting place.” Clare Collins Product Team

Albania 69/73

Greece 72/74-77

Poland 38/40-41/44-46/51

Austria 38-39

Hungary 38-40

Portugal 27-29

Belarus 42-43/52

Iceland 20-22

Romania 60-63/70

Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Italy 30-36

Russia 45/51/56-58

Bulgaria 70-72

Kosovo 65/69

Serbia 65/67-68/70

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Latvia 47-51

Slovakia 38-40

Czech Republic

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Lithuania 47-52

Slovenia 64-65

Denmark 51

Macedonia 65/69/72

Spain 24-26/100

Estonia 47-51

Malta 37

Sweden 51

Finland 23/51

Moldova 55/59

Turkey 78-81

Germany 51

Montenegro 65/67

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Northern Lights with Expert Astronomer ICELAND

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Expert astronomer Andrew Green accompanies this trip to Iceland in search of the spectacular northern lights. By day, explore the famous ‘Golden Circle’ including Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur Geyser, as well as unwind in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. Once the sun has set the focus turns to the night sky in the hope of spotting the aurora borealis.

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Optional single rooms are available from $390 TRIP CODE: SNL TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 2 nights simple hotel and 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 3 breakfasts are included.

Expert Astronomer This trip is accompanied by our astronomy expert Andrew Green. Andrew has travelled the world giving presentations and lectures, he loves to travel and share his knowledge and passion for astronomy and space exploration. He is also a published photographer and is happy to give tips on photographing the night sky. He has been working with Explore for over ten years, travelling with us to China, Chile, Easter Island, the USA and Australia to view solar eclipses along with many trips to Iceland for the aurora borealis.

ICELAND Thingvellir

REYKJAVÍK Keflavík airport Blue Lagoon

Skogar Folk Museum

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Join trip at Keflavik Airport. Swim in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. Travel to Gullfoss, our base for the next two nights. Stay up to watch the night sky and search for the aurora.

Explore the south coast and the dramatic balsalt cliffs on the beach at Vik. This evening, expert astronomer Andrew Green will give a lecture on the northern lights.

Discover Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’. Watch water cascade in to the Kvita River at Gullfoss Falls, stand on the MidAtlantic ridge in Thingvellir National Park and count the minutes between Strokkur Geyser’s regular eruptions. Travel to Reykjavik.

Trip ends at Keflavik Airport.

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Icelandic Winter Adventure ICELAND

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Travelling to Iceland in winter offers a chance to explore the stunning volcanic landscape with its snow-covered glaciers, steaming geysers and lava fields. Discover traditional fishing villages on Hrisey Island, ride in a snow cat or super jeep, walk on a glacier and hopefully observe wildlife, including reindeer and whales in their natural habitat. At night, focus on the sky in the hope of experiencing the natural phenomenon of the northern lights.

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Optional single rooms are available from $810 TRIP CODE: ICE TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple hotel, 3 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 9 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included.

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Join trip at Keflavik Airport. Transfer to the city on the Flybus shuttle service.

Scenic drive to the ‘capital of the north’, Akureyri, through wild and volcanic countryside.

Experience a snow tractor ride, take a boat to Hrisey Island and sample Icelandic beer.

See Godafoss Waterfall, the volcanic area of Lake Myvatn and take a dip in a natural geothermal pool.

Travel to Egilsstadir on the east coast stopping to visit the town of Seydisfjordur on the way en route to Egilsstadir.

Follow the coastal road to Hofn. Set away from major towns Hofn is a good location for spotting the northern lights.

See newlyformed icebergs in the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the imposing basalt cliffs at Vik.

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Discover the Free time waterfalls to explore and geysirs of Reykjavik. Iceland’s ‘Golden Take a whale Circle’. Return to watching trip or Reykjavik. relax in the Blue Lagoon.

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Land of the Midnight Sun ICELAND

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Visiting Iceland is an other-worldly experience where the sun shines through the summer nights, landscapes are packed with volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs and glaciers, and Viking culture meets Elvish mythology. This comprehensive journey ticks off the highlights including Dettifoss Waterfall, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the lesser-visited Eastern Fjords. Take a walk between two continents at Thingvellir National Park, see the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall and check out the Great Geysir.

$6140 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1140 TRIP CODE: SUN TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 4 nights simple hotel, 3 nights simple guesthouse and 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included.

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BORGARNES Thingvellir National Park

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HOFN Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon boat trip

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Join trip at Keflavik Airport. Transfer to the city on the Flybus shuttle service.

Climb the 370 steps to the top of Skogafoss Waterfall and explore Reynisfjara’s black sand beach.

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Take a boat ride Explore on Jokulsarlon Iceland’s rugged and remote Glacial Lagoon Eastern Fjords to get up before enjoying close to giant a traditional icebergs and search for seals Icelandic meal lounging on the and sleeping in a restored 1940’s floating ice. farmhouse. JAN

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Enjoy views of the fjords and the North Atlantic while taking a dip in Hofsos’ cliffside pool.

Discover the waterfalls and geysirs of Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’.

Trip ends in Reykjavik. Return to the airport on the FlyBus shuttle service.

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Feel the ground Free day in shake underfoot Akureyri, at thundering Iceland’s ‘capital Dettifoss of the north’. Waterfall, There is the explore the chance to join a harbour town food tour, visit of Husavik Lake Myvatn before reaching or take a whale Akureyri. watching trip. JUL

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Brown Bear Weekend FINLAND

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Sparsely-populated North Eastern Finland is an untamed expanse of unspoilt natural beauty. The dense taiga forest with its many rivers and lakes offers a haven to the elusive European brown bear. Spending a night in a specially prepared observation hide, we aim to observe this amazing animal in its natural habitat during this exciting short break. During the day relax with a traditional Finnish smoke sauna and dip in the lake, spend some time birdwatching or just sit back and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

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TRIP CODE: AFB TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: Simple 2 nights simple lodge and 1 night simple hide. MEALS: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners are included.

Accommodation The Wild Brown Bear Centre’s remote location makes it ideal for wildlife spotting and relaxing in the tranquil surroundings. The lodge is simple with basic sleeping accommodation and shared bathroom facilities. There is also a dining room area, auditorium and two saunas. The wildlife watching hides are equipped with comfy chairs, beds in the back and basic toilet facilities.

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Drive to Kajaani or Oulu Airport where the trip ends.

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This morning, walk and learn about the wildlife that inhabits the taiga forest. In the evening take a short walk to a hide for an exciting night looking for bears!

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Highlights of Andalucia SPAIN

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Andalucia is blessed with culture, history, mountain scenery and plenty of sunshine. On this trip visit the iconic cities of Granada, Seville and Cordoba as well as spending a couple of nights off the beaten track in a traditional posada. Visit the stunning Alhambra Palace, Alcazar Palace and Cordoba Mezquita, three jewels of Moorish architecture from the golden era of Al-Andalus. In the Sierra de Arcena National Park walk through the verdant rolling landscape to see the rural villages Andalucia is known for.

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Optional single rooms are available from $300 TRIP CODE: QAH TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Simple 4 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple guesthouse and 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodation On days four and five stay in a guesthouse that is full of rustic character and rural charm. It has a courtyard, garden, terrace and communal lounge filled with books.

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CORDOBA Mezquita

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GRANADA SIERRA DE RONDA

This trip includes countryside walks on two days for an average of three hours per day. Walks are graded as easy to moderate.

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Join trip in Granada. Spend two nights in the El Realejo neighbourhood of Granada. Free time to sample tapas and wine in the Plaza Campo del Principe.

Walk in Granada including the Moorish quarter. Explore the elaborately carved corridors and gardens of the Alhambra Palace.

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Hike through the countryside to the white village of Alajar. Chance go to Aracena to see the remarkable array of stalagmites and stalactities in the Cave of Wonders.

Walk through the wooded hillsides to Galaroza village in the scenic Valley of the Ribera de Jabugo. Public bus to Seville.

Explore Seville’s Mudejar architecture. Chance to visit the Alcazar Palace and the city’s immense Gothic cathedral or watch an authentic flamenco show.

Trip ends in Seville.

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Public bus to Travel to Castano Cordoba. Visit the del Robledo village Mezquita Mosque in the Sierra Aracena which has a Christian National Park, with cathedral planted in its rolling hills dotted the centre. Explore with cork trees and the city on foot. forests of oak and sweet chestnut.

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Moorish Andalucia SPAIN

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An Explore favourite that combines the charming Moorish architecture of Andalucia’s highlight cities of Granada, Cordoba and Seville with scenic walks in places of outstanding beauty. Experience the wild mountains of Cazorla, Ronda and Grazalema taking in the ancient towns, white-washed villages, olive groves and deep gorges where vultures may be spotted soaring above. Of course no visit to Andalucia would be complete without visiting the Alcazar in Seville, Mezquita Mosque in Cordoba and the magnificent Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens in Granada.

$3070 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $460 TRIP CODE: SP TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel and 3 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

Why not cycle? Andalucia by Bike

Explore on two wheels with our moderate grade cycle holiday. Trip code: CSP

SPAIN CORDOBA

Ubeda

Mezquita & Juderia

SEVILLE

GRANADA GRAZALEMA Benaocaz

There are a number of included and optional full and half day countryside walks on this trip which are graded as easy to moderate.

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Visit ancient Full day El Ubeda en Chorro Gorge route to the walk with picturesque the chance mountain of spotting town of vultures Cazorla. soaring above on the way.

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Drive to Visit Granada. Alhambra Walking tour Palace and of the old silk the beautiful trading area gardens of and Moorish Generalife. Quarter. Free Chance to afternoon in sample tapas. Granada. JUL

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Travel by train to the ‘white town’ of Ronda with an orientation tour to see the famous bridge over the gorge. OCT

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SIERRA NEVADA

RONDA

SIERRA DE RONDA

Orientation Train to Free day in walk of Cordoba. Visit Cordoba. Seville’s the famed Option to historic centre Mezquita walk to and visit to Mosque and Viana Palace Alcazar Palace the Jewish and watch to admire Quarter, a flamenco the Mudejar Juderia. show this architecture. evening.

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El Chorro Gorge walk

Alcazar

Walking Details

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Free day in Public bus to Ronda with Grazalema, the chance which is to enjoy the perfect walks in the base for dramatic walking in the El Tajo Grazalema Gorge. Parque Natural.

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Return to Seville where the trip ends.

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Walking the Gran Isla SPAIN

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The Canary Islands offer some of the best walking anywhere in southern Europe – the routes on the island of Gran Canaria are particularly rewarding. Staying on quiet trails in Aguimes on the eastern side and La Aldea de San Nicolas on the western side of the island, discover dramatic volcanic landscapes, steep gorges and high peaks, and semi-tropical valleys as we explore the Gran Isla on foot. Enjoy Canaraian cuisine and sangria dining alfresco in picturesque villages.

$1720 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $350 TRIP CODE: LOC WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

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WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3 to 6 hours along undulating, wellmaintained trails. In addition, there is an optional more demanding walk on day 5 to Pico Castellet.

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Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal SPAIN - PORTUGAL

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This unique two-country trip provides a fascinating journey from Madrid to Porto through the Ribera del Duero region of Spain and the Douro wine lands of Portugal. Sample regional vintages at local bodegas, explore national parks and river gorges and visit beautiful historic cities and picturesque villages. This journey ventures away from popular routes, showcasing a less-visited part of Europe.

$3260 12 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $820 TRIP CODE: MWW WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel and 1 night premium hotel.

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MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 1.5 to 4 hours. The terrain is gently undulating through woodlands, along boardwalks and cobbled streets.

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Madeira Island Discovery PORTUGAL (MADEIRA)

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Discover Madeira’s highlights and learn why it’s known as ‘the pearl of the Atlantic’. This trip is based in the sun-drenched coastal city of Funchal and has a mix of full and free time. From here explore the island to find out more about its short but turbulent history and see the dramatic mountainous scenery criss-crossed by levadas and colourful tropical flora. Experience everything from making rum to setting out on the Atlantic Ocean to the Desertas Islands in the hope of spotting dolphin, whale, and monk seal.

$1590

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TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $460 TRIP CODE: MDR TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included.

Accommodation Our centrally located hotel in Funchal is 10 minutes’ walk from the beach and 5 minutes’ from the Old Town. Facilities include a bar, rooftop outdoor swimming pool and restaurant.

Sao Vicente

MADEIRA

Encumeuda Calheta

Pico da Torre Camara de Lobos

Ribeira Brava Cabo Girao

PORTUGAL

Madeira airport

FUNCHAL

Why not walk?

DESERTAS ISLANDS

Self-Guided Walking in Madeira

Explore on foot with our moderate grade self-guided walking holiday. Trip code: WSMP

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Free day to explore. Chance to take the ferry to Porto Santo and relax on the white-sand beach or take a Jeep tour to the east of the island.

Sail to the uninhabited nature reserve of the Desertas Islands in search of monk seal, whale and dolphin.

Free day with the chance to take the cable car to Monte Botanical Gardens and to have the exhilarating experience of returning by street toboggan.

Trip ends in Funchal.

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Full day tour of the Walking tour Learn about rum north of the island of Funchal and making and try including taking in afternoon tea at poncha. Visit the the sea views from Reid’s Hotel, which Ethnographic Cabo Girao cliff. Easy was once frequented Museum and sample walk following by Churchill. wine at Blandy’s. a scenic levada trail through Madeira’s tropical flora.

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Highlights of Portugal PORTUGAL

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This fast-paced trip crams in plenty in just eight days. In the traditional Explore style it uses a range of transport such as having the opportunity to jump on a ferry for a seafood lunch on the docks in Lisbon and taking the train to Porto and Sintra. See the highlights, but also places not normally included by travel companies. Most exploration is done on foot, including walking up through the gardens in Sintra to see the Palacio de Pena and exploring the backstreets of Coimbra. Along the way try Ginjinha – a local sour cherry liqueur and have a wine tasting in the Douro Valley.

$2140 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $570 TRIP CODE: HOP TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Why not cycle? Cycling Portugal – Porto to Lisbon

Explore on two wheels with our moderate grade cycle holiday. Trip code: CPL Braga (optional)

PORTO

PESO DA REGUA

Port tasting

Lamego

Wine tasting Optional Douro River boat trip

COIMBRA

PORTUGAL Batalha Monastery Alcobaca

Sintra Walk to Pena Palace

LISBON

Explore on foot & by ferry

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Visit the village of Lamego en route to Peso da Regua in the Douro Valley. Enjoy a wine tasting. Chance to take a boat trip along the river.

Train to Porto. Explore the city on foot and have a port tasting. Free afternoon. Opportunity to visit Matosinhos and sample barbecued fish on the seafront.

Free day in Porto. Visit the Neoclassical Palacio da Bolsa or nearby Braga or Guimaraes.

Trip ends in Porto.

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Join trip Train to Sintra. Stroll Explore Lisbon Visit the largest in Lisbon. Join the in the old town on foot. Chance monastery in Explore Leader on and gardens to the to take the ferry Portugal at Alcobaca a short evening hillside Palacio de across the Tagus with its impressive orientation walk to Pena and Moorish Estuary to Cacilhas Gothic architecture. get a first impression Castle. Option to for a seafood lunch. See the ornate of this colourful city. visit the Pena Palace Opportunity to go to unfinished chapels of or the Gothic Quinta a Fado performance Batalha Monastery. Regaleira. this evening. Arrive in Coimbra.

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Azores Island Hopping PORTUGAL (AZORES)

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Bathed in the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, these nine volcanic islands rise up from the mid-Atlantic ridge. On a series of easy walks we explore five of these lush unspoilt islands: San Miguel, Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial. Discover crater lakes, extinct volcanoes, thermal springs, deep gorges and craggy coastlines. There are also opportunities to take boat trips in search of whales and dolphins. Spend time in picturesque fishing villages and the UNESCO town of Angra do Heroismo.

$2960 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $860 TRIP CODE: AZ WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel and 2 nights premium hotel.

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MEALS: 13 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included. WALKING DETAILS: This is a flexible trip with included walks on 4 days plus additional optional walks. Included walks are between 2 to 4 hours.

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Levada Trails of Madeira PORTUGAL (MADEIRA)

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Following Madeira’s unique network of narrow irrigation channels known as levadas and ancient footpaths, this tour incorporates some of the best walking trails on this beautiful volcanic island. Enjoy a variety of picturesque walks to discover rocky shorelines, waterfalls and stunning mountain vistas. Hike to Madeira’s highest peak Ruivo (1,862m), and spend time absorbing the delights of the laid-back capital, Funchal with its with beautiful gardens, historic buildings and colourful farmers market.

$1500 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $350 TRIP CODE: TM WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

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WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3 to 5.5 hours. Walks are mainly along levadas and ancient paths.

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Amalfi Coast Walking ITALY

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A relaxed walking holiday exploring the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Enjoy walks across clifftops, through woodland and into natural parks, culminating in the celebrated ‘Walk of the Gods’ – one of the world’s greatest coastal hikes. There is also time to explore Amalfi, Positano and Capri, and the chance to visit Pompeii and Ravello. Stay at a welcoming family-run agriturismo that serves up tasty home-produced food and wine.

$2040 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $500 TRIP CODE: NAW WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard agriturismo.

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MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2.5 to 6 hours. Please see website for more details.

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A Taste of Emilia Romagna ITALY

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Discover and enjoy the exceptional food and wine of Emilia Romagna. Ramble through its beautiful landscapes, from the Apennine foothills to the Po River Delta. Learn the secrets of how Parma ham, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, tortellini and Lambrusco wines are made. Explore the architectural treasures of Bologna, Modena, Ravenna and the canals of Comacchio, the region’s ‘little Venice’.

$2200 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $550 TRIP CODE: TOER WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included.

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WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for an average of 3 hours. Please see website for more details.

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Highlights of Puglia ITALY

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The ‘heel of Italy’ is an area more densely populated by olive trees than by people; it has a relaxed atmosphere, sunny climate, attractive coastline and rolling countryside. This trip is designed to be a great introduction to the highlights of Puglia and Basilicata, staying in the quirky trullis and sassis, as well as in the beautiful Baroque city of Lecce. Take a coastal walk in Otranto and there will be the chance to visit the Castellana Caves, as well as the opportunity to sample traditional bread and locally produced olive oil, cheese and wine along the way.

$2420 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $480 TRIP CODE: PUL TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodation In Alberobello stay in authentic trulli round houses with white-washed dry stone walls and pointed ‘witch’s hat’ roofs. In Matera stay in sassi cave dwellings where each room is unique in size, shape and decor and either within the caves or in the ancient entry buildings.

Why not walk?

BARI Castel del Monte

Walking in Puglia and Basilicata

Altamura

Explore on foot with our easy to moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: PU

Putignano

ALBEROBELLO

ITALY

MATERA LECCE

Why not cycle?

Otranto Optional coastal walk

Puglia on Two Wheels

Explore on two wheels with our easy grade cycle holiday. Trip code: CIP

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Join trip in Bari. Transfer from Bari Airport to the city centre by train. Free on arrival to discover the characterful old town.

Tasting of the unique stonebaked bread, pane di Altamura. Visit to medieval Castel del Monte and stay in sassi in Matera.

Guided tour of Matera’s cave dwellings and rock carved churches. Chance to go to Gravina and into its underground labyrinth.

Tasting of mozzarella at an agriturismo and wine in Cantina Albea. Orientation tour of Alberobello and stay in a trulli.

Free day in Alberobello. Option to take the train to visit Monopoli on the coast or the Castellana Caves.

Visit a historic underground olive press for a tasting before going to Otranto for a coastal walk. Arrive in the Baroque city of Lecce.

Guided walking tour of Lecce to see the Basilica di Santa Croce and the cathedral. Free afternoon to visit the Museo Faggiano to learn more about the city’s history.

Trip ends in Lecce. Transfer by train to Bari Airport.

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Highlights of the Amalfi Coast and Puglia ITALY

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This Puglia and Amalfi Coast holiday combines the fascinating trullis of Alberobello and Matera’s sassis found in the ‘heel of Italy’ with Amalfi’s colourful coastline and the world-famous archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. There’s the chance to eat pizza in one of Naples’ famed pizzerias, sample wine and cheese and then burn off the calories on one of the best coastal walks in the world, the ‘Walk of the Gods’. Travelling by coach, ferry and train, this holiday is the perfect introduction to the highlights of southern Italy.

$2180 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $470 TRIP CODE: PNP TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Accommodation In Alberobello stay in authentic trulli round houses with white-washed dry stone walls and pointed ‘witch’s hat’ roofs. In Matera stay in sassi cave dwellings, where each room is unique in size, shape and decor and either within the caves or in the ancient entry buildings.

Bari

ITALY

Putignano

NAPLES

ALBEROBELLO MATERA

Herculaneum Pompeii Positano

Walking Details

Bomerano

AMALFI AREA

The ‘Walk of the Gods’ takes in wonderful sea views from the cliff tops and is graded as a moderate walk taking around five hours.

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Join trip in Naples. Afternoon walking tour of the historic city centre with the Explore Leader. See the exterior of the Castle Dell’ovo, Royal Palace and the Galleria Umberto.

Take the train to discover the extensive ancient sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum with a local guide. Arrive in the Amalfi area.

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Free day in Matera. Chance to visit Gravina and go down into the underbelly of the city in the Sotterranea.

Sample local wine in Cantina Albea and mozzarella in an agriturismo. Explore UNESCOListed Alberobello. Tasting menu of local specialties for dinner and overnight stay in a trulli.

Trip ends in Alberobello.

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Follow the ‘Walk Drive to the unique of the Gods’ from city of Matera in Bomerano to Basilicata. Guided Positano to take in tour of the ancient the coastal views. sassi cave dwellings Time in Positano to and rock carved visit the artisan shops. churches in this Scenic ferry trip along impressive valley the Amalfi coast. setting. FEB

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Highlights of Naples and the Amalfi Coast ITALY

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The sun-drenched region of Campania isn’t short on well-known attractions and this trip explores the colourful Amalfi Coast, Bay of Naples, and legendary ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Discover the atmospheric streets of Naples’ old quarter and have the opportunity to go underground in the fascinating Napoli Sotterranea or see the wealth of Roman artefacts at its prestigious museum. Visit the town of Amalfi and neighbouring Ravello, stride along the scenic ‘Walk of the Gods’ and have the option to climb to the crater rim of Mount Vesuvius.

$2250 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $470 TRIP CODE: NAP TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Walking Details The ‘Walk of the Gods’ takes in wonderful sea views from the cliff tops and is graded as a moderate walk taking around five hours.

NAPLES ITALY

Vesuvius optional crater walk 1281m

Herculaneum

Pompeii

Bay of Naples

Ravello

MINORI

Bomerano Positano

MAIORI Amalfi

SORRENTO

Optional boat to Capri

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Join trip in Naples.

Walking tour of Naples to see the open air markets, narrow alleyways and the ornate glass covered shopping arcade of Galleria Umberto. Chance to go underground in Naples Sotterranea.

Discover the well-preserved city of Herculaneum. Free time to walk to the crater rim of Vesuvius. Train to the Sorrento Peninsula.

Free day on the Sorrento Peninsula with the option to take the ferry to the island of Capri to see the villas of Anacapri and sea cave of the Blue Grotto.

Visit historic Pompeii by train to see the Forum, Temple of Jupiter and magnificent villas on a guided tour. Free afternoon in Sorrento to visit the artisan shops.

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Take the ‘Walk of Drive on the coastal the Gods’ from road to Amalfi with Bomerano to time to explore the Positano and relax in town. Bus to Ravello this colourful coastal on the hillside above town. Ferry along with its mix of the coastline. Stay architecture showing for the next two both Moorish flair nights in the Amalfi and aristocratic Coast region. excess. SEP

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Ancient Sicily ITALY (SICILY)

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Sicily is an ideal destination for anyone interested in ancient history. There are many sites within close proximity including the Valley of the Temples, Taormina’s Greek theatre and the elaborate mosaics at the Villa Romana. This holiday is accompanied by Antonio Marretta who will ensure that our experiences are brought to life through his knowledge and enthusiasm. As well as the extensive history, the island is blessed with a sunny Mediterranean climate, delicious food, a rugged coastline and Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna.

$4390 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $740 TRIP CODE: SCS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 14 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included.

Specialist Guide This trip is accompanied by Antonio Marretta. With a degree in History and Political Science, a specialisation in Art and Archaeology and over 25 years’ guiding experience, there are not many questions that Antonio does not know the answer to and he delights in sharing his love of Sicily.

Tyrrhenian Sea

Tindaris

PALERMO Solunto

Ferry to Erice Mozia Island

Cefalu Cathedral

Monreale Taormina Greek Theatre

Segesta

MARSALA

3323m Mt Etna Cable car & 4WD (optional)

SICILY Enna

GIARDINI NAXOS

Catania airport

Selinunte

PIAZZA ARMERINA

Heraclea Minoa

Villa Romana & Morgantina excavations

Neapolis Archaeological Zone

AGRIGENTO

SYRACUSA

Valley of the Temples

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Ionian Sea

Ortygia Island Ragusa Noto

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Discover the Drive via the See the In Agrigento See historic Enjoy the Excursion to Greek theatre Baroque city visit the Valley Heraclea views from the ruins of the amazing and Roman the hilltop Roman town of Noto and mosaics at of the Temples Minoa. Drive ampitheatre medieval Villa Romana including the to Marsala. medieval town at Solunto, in Neapolis largest Doric Ferry trip to of Erice and abandoned in Ragusa to del Casale Archaeological the authentic temple ever visit the site Greek ruins AD 300. Free and the Park. In historic small Sicilian excavations constructed of the old at Segesta afternoon Ortygia Island town of Piazza and museum at and the Phoenician en route to in Palermo to visit Zisa see the Pretusa Armerina. Morgantina. archaeological town on Mozia Palermo, museum. Island. Sicily’s capital. Palace. Fountain.

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Option to go Free day up Mount in Giardini Etna by cable Naxos to car and 4WD relax in this to see its traditional craters and coastal town. lava fields. Trip ends Explore in Giardini Taormina this Naxos. afternoon. Go online for departure dates


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Classical Sicily ITALY (SICILY)

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Sicily is the largest of the Mediterranean islands and has been a favourite destination for travellers since ancient times with the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Elymians, Romans and Greeks all having left their mark. As well as the wealth of historical sights, Sicily is home to Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna, along with rolling hills and dramatic rocky coastlines. No visit to Sicily is complete without trying the island’s renowned fresh seafood, mouth-watering cheese and fine wine. This all-encompassing one-week trip takes in these highlights of Sicily.

$2460 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $380 TRIP CODE: CS TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with Malta and Gozo Discovery (Trip code: MLA) to make a two-week comprehensive holiday of these varied Mediterranean islands. Trip code: MLAS

Why not cycle? Cycling in Sicily – Trapani to Mount Etna

Explore on two wheels with our moderate grade cycle holiday. Trip code: CPE

Erice Mountain-top town

PALERMO

Monreale Segesta

MARSALA

Taormina

SICILY

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Discover See the colourful Enjoy the views Visit the Palatine Explore the Opportunity to go up Syracusa’s Neapolis and intricately over the coast from Chapel and Monreale picturesque fishing Mount Etna by cable Archeological Zone designed mosaic the characterful Cathedral with a village of Cefalu and car and 4WD coach with a local guide floors at Villa Romana hilltop medieval local guide. Free enjoy the coastal to see its craters and and the beautiful del Casale and the town of Erice and afternoon in Palermo scenery en route to lava fields. Guided Ortygia Island. Drive towering columns at see the Greek ruins with time to visit the the seaside town of walking tour of to the small town of Agrigento’s Valley of at Segesta. Drive to Botanical Gardens Giardini Naxos. Taormina including Piazza Armerina. the Temples. Arrive in Palermo, the island’s or the extensive the Greek theatre. Marsala. capital. catacombs.

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Cycle Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice ITALY

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On this cycle journey we ride down the magnificent glacial valleys of the South Tyrol, past the jagged backdrop of the Dolomites to the beautiful setting of Lake Garda. After a catamaran ride across the lake we swap natural highlights for the grand architecture and cultural heritage of Verona and Venice. Along the way we ride on traffic-free cycle paths, sample the local wine and stay in charming alpine towns.

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BIKE: 21 gear custom made hybrid bikes. E-Bike available.

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Wine Trails of Classic Tuscany ITALY

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Rolling hills, medieval hilltop towns and enjoying great food and wine are all part of this walking holiday among the iconic landscapes of southern Tuscany. Ramble through the vineyards of Chianti, along avenues of cypress trees and on ancient pilgrimage trails. Explore historic Montalcino and Montepulciano, take in the sights of marvellous Siena and soak up the atmosphere of Renaissance Florence.

$2000 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $510 TRIP CODE: LTY WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel and 3 nights standard guesthouse.

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MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3.5 to 5 hours. Please refer to the website for more details.

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Malta and Gozo Discovery MALTA

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Explore the fascinating islands of Malta and Gozo. See some of the most impressive and best-preserved ancient sites in the Mediterranean, including megalithic temple ruins. In the capital of Valletta admire impressive fortifications and see colourful Maltese fishing boats in its bustling harbour and spend time on the quieter and greener sister island of Gozo. These sun-drenched islands have a wealth of historic attractions, contrasting island lifestyles and of course wonderful Mediterranean food and wine to sample along the way.

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Combine your trip This trip can be combined with Classic Sicily (Trip code: CS) to make a two-week comprehensive holiday of these varied Mediterranean islands. Trip code: MLAS

Ta Pinu Basilica Dwejra Point

Zebbug Marsalforn Ramla Bay Calypso Cave

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VICTORIA Xaghra Ggantija Temples

Mgarr Harbour

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Mdina Walled Cities of Vittoriosa Cospicua & Senglea Mnajdra & Hagar Qim Temples

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Walking tour of the Three Cities – Senglea, Vittoriosa and Cospicua. Try fresh seafood in the charming town of Maraxlokk. Grand Harbour cruise to see the city ramparts.

Explore the temples at Hagar Qim and Mnajdra. Chance to take a boat to the Blue Grotto. Sample sun-dried tomatoes, bread, olive oil, wine and more at Malta Sunripe.

Visit the fortified medieval city of Mdina and Rabat’s catacombs and Roman Domus. Admire flora in the San Anton Botanical Gardens and the impressive Mosta Dome.

Trip ends in Sliema.

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Take in the coastal See Fungus Rock at Walking tour of view at Xlendi Valletta and visit Dwejra and option before a walking to Saint John’s to take a boat trip on tour of Victoria. Visit the inland sea. Scenic Co-Cathedral and the UNESCO-Listed walk to Xwejni Bay the Grandmaster’s Ggantija megalithic Palace. Take in the and the traditional temple at Xaghra. view over the Grand fishing village of Walk along the sea Marsalforn. Ferry to Harbour from the from Calypso’s Cave Upper Barrakka Malta. to Ramla Bay. Gardens.

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Highlights of Eastern Europe POLAND - SLOVAKIA - HUNGARY - AUSTRIA - CZECH REPUBLIC

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This trip is perfect for first time travellers to Eastern Europe as it combines well-known cities and beautiful mountain scenery. Travel by a mix of rail and road to discover the historic cities of Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague. Explore the medieval town of Banska Stiavnica and go underground in the Open Air Mining Museum. Walk amid the spectacular scenery of the Tatra Mountains and in the ‘garden of Europe’ at Chateau Lednice. See the mountains from a different perspective while rafting through the Dunajec Gorge.

$3170 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $660 TRIP CODE: CZ TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel and 4 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

Walking details The walk on day four of this trip is for around five hours and is graded as moderate. There is an easier alternative option available around the shore of Lake Strbske.

POLAND KRAKOW

Salt mine (optional)

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CZECH REP.

MIKULOV

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Orientation Rafting in Hike through Train to Drive to Free day in Drive to walk of the Dunajec the rolling Banska Budapest Budapest Bratislava Old Quarter. Gorge and hillsides of Bystrica with via Hronsek with the in Slovakia. Option to visit visit to Spis the Tatra a tour on wooden opportunity Afternoon Auschwitz or Castle en Mountains arrival. Visit church and to visit a orientation the elaborate route to to the Green the UNESCO- Sebechleby. thermal bath walk of the Old chambers of the Tatra Lake and the Listed Banska Walking tour or join a Town’s maze Wieliczka Salt Mountains in Great White Stiavnica. on arrival. Danube River of medieval Mine. Slovakia. Lake. boat trip. streets.

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Budapest to Prague Adventure HUNGARY - SLOVAKIA - AUSTRIA - CZECH REPUBLIC

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On this holiday discover the historic European capital cities of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague and travel between them by a combination of rail and road. In Mikulov see the Jewish Cemetery and enjoy a wine tasting, and while in Prague there’s the option to take a boat trip along the Vltava River or visit the Cold War Nuclear Bunker Museum. Take a break from exploring the charming towns and cities with a scenic walk around the UNESCO-Listed castle grounds of Chateau Lednice, which is known as ‘the garden of Europe’.

$1630 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $390 TRIP CODE: CZP TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Krakow to Budapest Adventure (Trip code: CZK) to make a two-week holiday discovering the Highlights of Eastern Europe. Trip code: CZ

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Join trip in Budapest. Explore the city on a short walking tour.

Drive to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Walking tour of the Old Town’s maze of medieval streets and the chance to visit Castle Hill.

Train to Vienna to spend the day exploring. Guided walking tour to see the main highlights. Chance to take a cruise back along the Danube River.

Walk in the landscape gardens of Chateau Lednice. Wine tasting and visit the Jewish Cemetery in the small town of Mikulov.

Taking in the views on the train to Prague. Guided walking tour to see the city’s best known sights including the ghetto, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.

Free day in Prague with the chance to cruise on the Vltava River or visit Konopiste Castle or the Cold War Nuclear Bunker Museum.

Trip ends in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Krakow to Budapest Adventure POLAND - SLOVAKIA - HUNGARY

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Discover the historical European cities of Krakow and Budapest on foot and while in Krakow have the opportunity to visit the emotive site of Auschwitz or the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Explore the pretty medieval town of Banska Stiavnica, including a visit to the Open Air Mining Museum – home to a network of tunnels dating back to the 17th century. Enjoy walks amid the spectacular scenery of the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia and experience the thrill of rafting in the vast Dunajec River Gorge past the tree-covered limestone cliffs.

$1790 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $340 TRIP CODE: CZK TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard guesthouse and 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Walking details The walk on day four is graded as moderate and takes around five hours.

Why not cycle? Krakow to Budapest Cycling

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Explore on two wheels with our moderate grade cycle holiday. Trip code: CPI

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Salt mine (optional) CZECH REP.

Dunajec Gorge rafting

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Walking tour of Krakow Old Town. Chance to visit Auschwitz to learn about the events that took place here during World War II or Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Rafting in Dunajec Gorge pass towering limestone cliffs blanketed by forests. See the Romanesque and Gothic Spis Castle en route to the Tatra Mountains.

Scenic hike in the High Tatras up to Green Lake with the option to extend to the Great White Lake. Alternatively take an easier walk at Lake Strbske.

Train to the pretty town of Banska Bystrica with an orientation walk on arrival to see the main sights. Option to visit the Slovak Uprising Museum.

Excursion to the UNESCO-Listed medieval town of Banska Stiavnica with a visit to the Open Air Mining Museum to see the tunnels.

Drive to Budapest via Hronsek wooden church and Sebechleby village. Walking tour on arrival to see the Castle District and Fisherman’s Bastion.

Trip ends in Budapest, Hungary.

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Highlights of Poland POLAND

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Explore the historical highlights of Poland and the country’s greatest cities – Warsaw, Wroclaw and Krakow. Travel between the cities by train, passing through glorious countryside, before being immersed in old towns filled with medieval buildings, historic squares, chic pavement cafes and micro-breweries. Explore the cities on foot with local guides and visit the impressive Wieliczka Salt Mines with its elaborate salt-carved chambers. There’s also the opportunity to learn more about Poland’s troubled past by visiting Auschwitz and Schindler’s Factory.

$1680 TRIP ONLY

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Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Highlights of Krakow, Lviv and Kiev (Trip code: KLK) to make a two-week holiday. Trip code: KWK Add on Highlights of Kiev, Minsk and Vilnius (Trip code: KMV) to make a three-week trip. Trip code: KWR

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Stare Miasto Lazienki Palace

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Old Town and Centennial Hall CZECH REPUBLIC

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Medieval square Auschwitz (optional) Wieliczka Salt Mines

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Join trip in Warsaw, Poland. The Old Town was almost entirely destroyed during World War II but has been wonderfully restored. Free time on arrival to explore.

Guided walking tour of Warsaw’s Old Town to see the Gothic churches and ornate palaces. Chance to visit Wilanow Palace known as the Polish Versailles.

Travel by train to the city of Wroclaw. See Bohemian, Hungarian, Austrian and Prussian architecture – keep an eye out for gnomes!

Free day in Wroclaw, built on 12 islands with bridges over the many canals – it’s known as the ‘Venice of Poland’. Option to see the Panorama of Raclawice painting.

Train to Krakow. Evening orientation walk of Europe’s largest medieval square to see the colourful town houses and the covered market in the vast cloth hall.

See the wonders of the Wieliczka Salt Mines. Walking tour of Krakow’s UNESCO-Listed Old Town, Wawel Hill and Castle.

Chance to visit Auschwitz and Schindler’s Factory. Explore the Jewish Kazimierz District. Traditional Jewish dinner with Klezmer music.

Trip ends in Krakow.

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Best of Belarus BELARUS

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Belarus is a country full of intrigue, with a noticeably Soviet feel to it thanks to its distinctive Brutalist architecture. Belarus appeals to visitors that are looking to discover a different side to Europe. Spend a night in UNESCO-Listed Nesvizh Castle and visit Mir Castle. Uncover Minsk’s Soviet history and see the unique Brazilian-Belarusian fusion street art. In stark contrast, discover the variety of flora and fauna in Berezinsky National Park and the Naliboksky Reserve.

$2350 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $280 TRIP CODE: MI TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

Polotsk

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BEREZINSKY NP

Lake Naroch

Ales Los Farm Augustow Canal

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Hiking Canoeing (optional)

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Soviet city tour

Naliboksky Reserve

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Mir Castle

NESVIZH CASTLE UNESCO-Listed

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Brest Fortress

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Guided tour of Vitebsk which straddles the mighty Dvina River. Visit to the Chagal Museum. Free afternoon in Vitebsk.

Drive to Berezinsky National Park. Go hiking in the home of the largest marshland in Europe.

Visit Lake Naroch en route to Ales Los Farm to learn about folk music. Walk in the Naliboksky Reserve.

Walking tour of Hrodna before visiting Neman glassworks. Boat trip on the Augustow Canal before arriving in Brest.

Visit to the red-bricked Brest Fortress, Gothic Mir Castle and overnight at the UNESCOListed Nesvizh Castle.

Local food tasting at Rosy Eco Village and vodka tasting at the Dudutki Ethnographic Museum. Drive to Minsk.

Trip ends in Minsk.

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Discover Minsk’s Drive to Soviet past Vitebsk, known and Brazilianas the cultural Belarusian street capital of art. Chance Belarus. Stop for lunch in en route in the parliament Khatyn village canteen. and Polotsk.

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Belarus Short Break BELARUS

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This short break is designed to give a taster of everything that makes Belarus a great destination. Experience Soviet history in Minsk, historic castles, rolling countryside and rural traditions – all in just five days. Spend three nights in the capital city of Minsk and a night in the UNESCO-Listed Nesvizh Castle. In the city view a Brazilian-Belarusian street art collaboration and have the chance for lunch in the parliament canteen. At Rosy Eco Village meet families that have left the rat race for a more traditional lifestyle and sample their homemade produce.

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Have you considered? Ales Los Farm folklore and local music

A unique short break Wolf Watching in Belarus. Go on safaris deep in the forest in search of wildlife. Trip code: WOF

Rosy Eco Village

MINSK Soviet city tour and street art

Why not cycle?

Mir Castle

BELARUS

Cycle Belarus Short Break

Explore on two wheels with our easy grade cycle holiday. Trip code: CBE

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Join trip in Minsk, Belarus. Free time on arrival to get a taste of the city and to sample Belarusian cuisine such as the beef stew, machanka.

City tour to discover Minsk’s Soviet past. See the Great Patriotic War Museum, the city market, unusual Central Library building and Brazilian-Belarusian fusion street art. There’s time to have lunch in the Parliament House canteen.

Excursion to UNESCOListed Mir Castle. Lunch and overnight stay at Nesvizh Castle. See a mix of Renaissance, Baroque and NeoGothic archiecture and the largest landscape gardens in Europe.

Visit to Rosy Eco Village where there are 40 selfsufficient homesteads for a local food tasting. At Ales Los Farm learn about folk music and the musical heritage that was almost lost during the Soviet years.

Trip ends in Minsk.

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Polish Winter Adventure POLAND

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The pine-covered peaks of the Pieniny Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for this short break in the crisp Polish winter. Spend an exhilarating few days snowshoeing through the stunning snow-covered surroundings and go for a walk through the dramatic Dunajec Gorge. A highlight of this trip for many is the torch-lit horse-drawn sleigh ride and evening spent with the locals tucking into traditional and rustic Polish food accompanied by folk music. There’s also time to uncover the architectural delights of the UNESCO-Listed city of Krakow and join a cooking class.

$910 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $180 TRIP CODE: PW TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 4 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Christmas Departures On our Christmas and New Year departures spend three nights in a premium hotel, enjoy additional meals and extra festive touches. For more details please see our website.

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Walking tour Wawel Castle (optional)

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Sleigh ride Dunajec Gorge walk

Pieniny NP Snowshoeing SLOVAKIA

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Join trip at Krakow Airport and drive to Szczawnica, nestled in the Pieniny Mountains. Christmas and New Year departures stay in Sromowce Nizne.

Walk in Dunajec River Gorge and snowshoe in the mountains. Take an evening sleigh ride followed by food and music. The snowshoeing and walking is graded as easy and is suitable for beginners.

Half day snowshoeing on the high slopes of the Pieniny Mountains to take in the winter vistas. Free afternoon to enjoy winter activities.

Drive to Krakow for a walking tour of the historic centre. Chance to visit Wawel Castle, Schindler’s Factory or join a cooking class.

Trip ends in Krakow.

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Highlights of Poland and Kaliningrad POLAND - RUSSIA (KALININGRAD)

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Discover the fascinating history of Western Poland and the little-known Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. On this week-long trip see the spot where World War II began in the Westerplatte of Gdansk, the ruins of Hitler’s bunker ‘the Wolf’s Lair’, the secret military city of Baltiysk and the only pre-atomic era submarine left in Russia. As well as learning about the abundant and fascinating history, visit an amber mine, coastal spa town of Svetlogorsk, the Great Masurian Lakes and stroll amid the rolling sand dunes and twisted trees of the Curonian Spit National Park.

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LITHUANIA Curonian Spit NP Svetlogorsk Yantarny Baltiysk

GDANSK

Malbork Castle

ZELENOGRADSK

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Elblag Canal Wolf’s Lair

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Join trip in Warsaw.

Tour of Warsaw including the Warsaw Uprising Monument. Deep in the woods visit Hitler’s secret bunker, ‘Wolf’s Lair’ en route to Gizycko.

Drive across the border into the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Guided tour including the Konigsburg Cathedral.

Visit Baltiysk, home to a Russian naval base and once a forbidden city. See the amber mines at Yantarny and stroll along the promenade in Svetlogorsk.

Free day in Kaliningrad city. Chance to visit the Bunker Museum and see a pre-atomic era submarine at the Museum of the Oceans.

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Explore the See Malbork Solidarity tunnels of Fort 5 Castle, built by the Movement tour of and a World War I Teutonic Knights. Gdansk including cemetery en route Chance to take the Westerplatte to the Curonian the ferry on the and Free City of Spit. Walk along Elblag Canal and Danzig. Option to trails past golden see how boats are visit the Second sand dunes. transported by rail World War over the hills. Museum. AUG

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Highlights of Krakow, Lviv and Kiev POLAND - UKRAINE

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On this fast-paced trip, travel from Krakow in Poland to Lviv in Ukraine and then on to the capital city of Kiev. Along the way discover the winding cobbled streets in Lutsk, spend the night in Soviet-style Zhytomyr and stroll through the leafy ‘Tunnel of Love’ at Klevan. In Krakow there’s the chance to walk to Liban Quarry, to see an abandoned replica of the Nazis’ Plaszow Labour Camp. In Kiev explore the the huge and ornate monastic complex at Lavra with its labyrinth of catacombs and see the towering Mother Motherland statue.

$1640 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $320 TRIP CODE: KLK TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Highlights of Kiev, Minsk and Vilnius (Trip code: KMV) to make a two-week holiday. Trip code: KLV Alternatively combine it with our Highlights of Poland (Trip code: KWW) to make a two-week trip. Trip code: KWK BELARUS

Klevan Tunnel of love

Lutsk

KIEV

POLAND ZHYTOMYR KRAKOW

Lavra Monastery Complex

LVIV

Optional excursion to Auschwitz

Explore on foot

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Join trip in Krakow, Poland. Take an evening walk of the old town with the Explore Leader.

Free day in Krakow. Chance to visit the huge chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mines, go to Auschwitz or walk to Liban Quarry.

Early morning public bus to Lviv. Walking tour of the cobbled streets in Lviv’s Old Quarter and see it’s three different cathedrals.

Free day in Lviv. Option to visit the Brewing Museum and sample the beers, wander through the unique Lytschkiv Cemetery or join a chocolatemaking masterclass.

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Cycling the Baltic States LITHUANIA - LATVIA - ESTONIA

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Explore the Baltic States by bicycle on this guided route through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Cycle through national parks and medieval towns, past feudal castles and picturesque fishing villages. The mild climate makes touring by bicycle an especially appealing way to discover the lovely countryside and coastal cycle routes of the Baltics.

$2040 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $430 TRIP CODE: CBS CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included.

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BIKE: 8 gear Kalkhoff Voyager hybrid bikes with front suspension or similar. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot ESTONIA - LATVIA - LITHUANIA

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This walking trip visits the three Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Discover their cultural heritage and explore some of their many national parks. Walk along the Curonian Spit, discover the ruins of medieval fortresses hidden in the forest, try bog walking and explore different ecosystems. Visit the capitals of each country, see the ‘Old Town’ UNESCO World Heritage Sites and walk around Lithuania’s beautiful 15th century Trakai Castle.

$1940 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $570 TRIP CODE: ELL WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

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WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 1.5 and 5 hours. Terrain is gently undulating and doesn’t go over 50m above sea level.

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Our Top Pick “I didn’t know what to expect when I travelled to the Baltics, but they blew me away! Each of the cities has its own personality and they are filled to the brim with history including the recent Soviet era. I saw dense forests, windswept sandy coastlines and lots of stork nests in the countryside. The food is mouthwateringly good – I recommend the beer, dumplings and the cheese dip with garlic dunking toasts.” Clare Collins

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“Very interesting trip that packs a lot into a week. Highlight was Lithuania especially the Hill of Crosses, which was an extraordinary place. The KGB museum in Vilnius was given a special poignancy because of the tour leader’s personal experience” Simon, Stone “Excellent and enjoyable trip with a good itinerary for one week. Our local guide was very knowledgeable. She provided valuable insights into the Baltic States and shared childhood memories on their fight for independence in 1991.” Sabine, London

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Baltic Capital Cities LITHUANIA - LATVIA - ESTONIA

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• See medieval Tallinn, Art Nouveau Riga and Baroque Vilnius

This trip is the perfect introduction for first time visitors to the Baltic States. Explore the three capital cities on foot, as well as visiting the KGB Museum in Vilnius, Europe’s largest market in Riga and going underground in the tunnels beneath medieval Tallinn. Experience the peaceful rolling countryside with an overnight stay in historic Pakruojis Manor, founded in 1531. While here enjoy a traditional beer tasting and dinner created from local produce and using age-old techniques as well as visiting Trakai Castle, Kaunas, the Hill of Crosses and Parnu on the Baltic Sea.

• Stay in historic Pakruojis Manor and enjoy a beer tasting

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• Learn of the Soviet past at the KGB Museum in Vilnius

$1760

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Optional single rooms are available from $570 TRIP CODE: BAT TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Gulf of Finland

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BALTIC SEA

ESTONIA Parnu

RIGA

Christmas Departures

Hill of Crosses

On our Christmas and New Year departures spend three nights in a premium hotel, enjoy additional meals and extra festive touches. For more details please see our website.

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PAKRUOJO DVARAS

LITHUANIA KALININGRAD

Kaunas

VILNIUS Trakai Castle BELARUS

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Orientation walking tour of Vilnius to see the main sights and Baroque buildings. Visit to the KGB Museum to learn about the region’s emotive history.

Visit to Trakai Castle and Kaunas. Step back in time with an overnight stay at Pakruojis Country Manor. Sample a traditional dinner and beer tasting.

Visit the Hill of Crosses en route to Riga, Latvia’s capital. Walking tour on arrival to view the Art Nouveau architecture and main sites.

Explore Riga Central Market, the largest in Europe, housed in old zeppelin hangars. Free afternoon in the city to perhaps visit Riga Castle.

Drive via the pretty seaside town of Parnu to Tallinn, Estonia’s charming capital. Home to a well-preserved Hanseatic centre.

Walking tour of the turrets and cobbled squares of Tallinn and visit the historic Bastion Tunnels. On some departures visit the Dominican Monastery with a monk.

Trip ends in Tallinn.

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Historic Baltic Republics ESTONIA - LATVIA - LITHUANIA

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Discover the historic Baltic Republics on this trip through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Explore the maze of cobbled streets in Tallinn, visit the lively local market in Riga, and admire the beautiful Baroque churches in Vilnius. As well as time spent in the cities, see wooden windmills on Estonia’s largest island, the opulent Rundale Palace, and the rolling sand dunes and twisted trees on the Curonian Spit. No trip to the Baltics would be complete without sampling the delicious local cuisine along the way such as meat filled cepelinai dumplings.

$3020 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $740 TRIP CODE: HB TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 14 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included.

Gulf of Finland

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BALTIC SEA

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SAAREMAA KURESSARE

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Parnu

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Sigulda

Rundale Palace

KLAIPEDA Curonian Spit NP

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Hill of Crosses

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KALININGRAD

KAUNAS Pazaislis Monastery

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Trakai Castle

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Join trip in Tallinn, Estonia. Walking tour and free time to visit the Maritime Museum.

Tour of Saaremaa Island including Koguva village and the Kaali Meteorite Crater.

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Walking tour of Riga’s old town to see the Freedom Monument and the cathedral.

Visit 18th century Rundale Palace and the Hill of Crosses en route to Klaipeda in Lithuania.

Explore the Curonian Spit National Park. See the Hill of Witches, twisted trees and amazing sand dunes.

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Walking Stop in Cesis tour of Tartu in the Gauja including National Park Toomemagi and Sigulda Cathedral en route to Hill and Riga, Latvia. the ‘kissing Visit the students’ medieval statue. Turaida Castle.

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Walking tour Drive to Walking tour of historic Vilnius via the of Vilnius Kaunas large Baroque including the including the Pazaislis Chapel of 13th century Monastery and the Dawn. castle ruins. red-bricked Trip ends Chance to visit Trakai Castle, in Vilnius. the Holocaust set on an island Memorial. in a lake.

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Adventure Around The Baltic Sea FINLAND - ESTONIA - LATVIA - LITHUANIA - RUSSIA (KALININGRAD) - POLAND - GERMANY - DENMARK - SWEDEN

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Get a taster of the many highlights and get off the beaten track on this unique three-week journey of discovery around the Baltic Sea. This diverse region has much to offer including the star-shaped Fortress of Finland, the medieval walled city of Tallinn, the rolling sand dunes of Curonian Spit National Park and the historic port city of Gdansk. It is also packed with once-in-a-lifetime experiences like bog shoe walking, staying in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, seeing the hippy community of Christiania Freetown and sipping vodka in a secret Cold War bunker.

$6650 22 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1740 TRIP CODE: BSE TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 21 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 21 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included.

FINLAND STOCKHOLM

HELSINKI Lahemaa NP

TALLINN

Nynashamn

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Old Believers Community

TARTU

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VISBY Ligatne Secret Bunker

Gotland Island Oskarshamn

KALMAR

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Liepaja

Oland Island

Cold War Museum Lund Malmo

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GDANSK MIEDZYZDROJE

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Join trip in Helsinki. Visit the UNESCOListed Fortress of Finland.

Ferry to Tallinn. Go into the Bastion Tunnels and onto a real submarine in the Maritime Museum.

Bog shoe walking in Lahemaa National Park. Visit the Old Believers near Lake Peipsi.

Visit the Secret Bunker at Ligatne, Turaida Castle in Sigulda and explore Riga on foot.

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Chance to Venture Ferry to See Oresund Ferry to enjoy the inland to Denmark. Bridge, Oland Stockholm. beach in Berlin. Walking Stone Ship Explore Kolobrzeg. Visit the tour of Burial, Lund on foot Relaxing Berlin Wall Copenhagen Cathedral including and hiking in Memorial including and Kalmar the old town Swinoujscie, and East Side Christiana Castle. Stay and Ice Bar. the ‘Land of Gallery. Freetown. on Gotland Trip ends in 44 Islands’. Island. Stockholm. AUG

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Highlights of Kiev, Minsk and Vilnius UKRAINE - BELARUS - LITHUANIA

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On this fast-paced holiday, travel from Kiev in Ukraine through to Minsk in Belarus, finishing up in Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius. Along the way, travel by overnight train, visit the UNESCO-Listed Nesvizh and Mir Castles and have the chance to go to the KGB Museum. At Antanas Cesnulis Sculpture Park the sculptor and his wife take us on a guided tour of his wooden folk art carvings. In the health resort of Druskininkai there’s the chance to go on lakeside walks, hire a bike or relax in one of 20 different bath houses.

$1940 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $350 TRIP CODE: KMV TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Highlights of Krakow, Lviv and Kiev (Trip code: KLK) to make a two-week holiday. Trip code: KLV Add on Highlights of Poland (Trip code: KWW) to make a three-week trip. Trip code: KWR

LITHUANIA Trakai Castle

VILNIUS

MINSK

DRUSKININKAI Mir Castle Hrodno

Nesvizh Castle

BELARUS

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Walking tour of Kiev including the towering statue of Mother Motherland. Overnight train to Minsk.

Guided tour of Minsk including the uniquelyshaped library and Victory Square. Option to visit the Stalin Line Military Museum.

Full day excursion to UNESCO-Listed Nesvizh and Mir Castles to admire the architecture and gardens.

Explore Hrodna en route to Druskininkai. Free time for lakeside walks, cycling and to experience the local bath houses.

Explore the wooden carvings at the Antanas Cesnulis Sculpture Park with the sculptor himself. Photo stop at Trakai Castle. Arrive in Vilnius.

Walking tour of Vilnius including the Chapel of the Dawn. Option to visit the KGB Museum to learn about the troubling period in the country’s Soviet past.

Trip ends in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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Discover Chernobyl UKRAINE

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Back in 1986 the Number 4 nuclear reactor at Chernobyl exploded and since then an exclusion zone has been in place around the plant and nature has reclaimed everything left within it. On this exciting long weekend spend two full days accompanied by an expert guide, stay overnight in Chernobyl and spend time exploring Pripyat, Chernobyl 2 and meet a self-settler – one of the few people who returned to their home after the accident. In Kiev visit the Chernobyl Museum, and the huge monastic complex and catacombs at Lavra.

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Optional single rooms are available from $170 TRIP CODE: KCY TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 3 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included. PLEASE NOTE: In order to be permitted to enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and to travel on this holiday you must be at least 18 years old.

Explore photography Capture outstanding travel photos on our Chernobyl Photography Short Break. Travel to the capital Kiev and spend two days in Chernobyl accompanied by David Short, our photography expert to get the best images of this unique site. Trip code: KCB

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Join trip in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital. Our time in Kiev is busy visiting the city’s many highlights, so there is little free time and you may wish to consider extending your stay.

Explore Kiev on foot including Mother Motherland and visit the Chernobyl Museum. See the ornately decorated Lavra monastic complex with its expansive catacombs.

Discover the abandoned ruins of Pripyat including the fair ground and football stadium and the New Safe Confinement structure around the infamous Reactor Number 4. Stay overnight in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Discover the secret Soviet Duga Radar and the military town of Chernobyl 2, the children’s summer camp and meet those still living in the Exclusion Zone. Return to Kiev.

Trip ends in Kiev.

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Lavra Monastery Complex

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Ukraine in Depth UKRAINE

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Ukraine is a vast country which is still largely undiscovered and feels like one of Europe’s last frontiers. Its Soviet history, stunning natural beauty and colourful traditions make it a truly unique travel destination. Take in the highlights starting from the capital city of Kiev, down to Odessa on the Black Sea coast and across into the Carpathian Mountains. During the journey stay overnight in the enthralling Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, relax in the beautiful city of Lviv, stroll through Klevan’s ‘Tunnel of Love’ and visit the control room of a decommissioned nuclear missile base.

$2620 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $670 TRIP CODE: UKA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included. PLEASE NOTE: In order to be permitted to enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and to travel on this holiday you must be at least 18 years old.

Lutsk

LVIV

Klevan Tunnel of Love

CHERNOBYL

ZHYTOMYR

KIEV

UKRAINE Lake Synevyr Strategic Missile Force Museum

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Explore Kiev Visit the Odessa Option to go to see the control room guided walk wine tasting colourful of a deincluding or bargain churches commissioned Devil’s hunting in and towering nuclear House and Odessa’s statues. missile base. Mother-infamed Metro to Drive to Law Bridge. markets. the Lavra Odessa on the Overnight Monastery. Black Sea. train to Lviv.

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Guided walking tour of Lviv. Free day with the opportunity to take a chocolate making masterclass. MAY

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Excursion Visit the city to Synevyr of Lutsk and Lake, Shypit walk through Waterfall Klevan’s and Gemba ‘Tunnel Mountain of Love’. in the Zhytomyr Carpathians. orientation walk. JUL

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Stop off See abandoned at the Pripyat and Museum of Reactor Astronautics Number 4. en route to Stay overnight Kiev. Chance in the to visit the Chernobyl Museum of Exclusion Corruption. Zone. OCT

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Discover the secret Soviet Duga Radar. Meet those still living in the Exclusion Zone. Return to Kiev.

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Discover Ukraine and Moldova UKRAINE - MOLDOVA

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Travel through Ukraine and get a taste of Moldova on this journey off the main tourist trail. Discover the unique breakaway state of TransDniester, which harks back to the days of the USSR, and spend two days inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Get under the skin of the Soviet history in Kiev, Chisinau, Lviv, Odessa and the attractive city of Chernivtsi. Experience going inside the control room of a decommissioned nuclear missile launch site and in stark contrast explore the dramatic gorge at Orheiul Vechi, home to unusual rock carved monasteries.

$3840 16 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $660 TRIP CODE: UAM TRIP PACE: Full on ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train and 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners are included. PLEASE NOTE: In order to be permitted to enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and to travel on this holiday you must be at least 18 years old.

CHERNOBYL LVIV

KIEV UKRAINE

KAMIANETSPODILSKYI CHERNIVTSI MOLDOVA

CHISINAU

Strategic Missile Force Museum

Tiraspol

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Explore Kiev Visit the Odessa Visit Tiraspol, Walking tour including the control room guided walk. the capital of Chisinau. Santa Sophia of a decomm- Chance to of TransVisit to Cathedral. issioned visit the Dniester. Orheiul Metro to the nuclear wetlands Walking tour Vechi and Museum of missile base. in Dneister and tasting of walk to the Great Drive to National Kvint brandy. the Cave Patriotic Odessa on the Park. Monastery. War. Black Sea.

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Walking Walking tour Walking tour of of Kamianets- tour of Lviv. Chernivtsi. Podilskyi Chance Free day including to join a to visit the the castle chocolate Crystal Cave and visit making of Ternopil to Khotyn masterclass. or to go for Fortress. Overnight a hike. train to Kiev. JUL

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Free day in See Discover the Kiev. Chance abandoned secret Soviet to visit the Pripyat and radar and Chernobyl the infamous meet those Museum Reactor still living in and take the Number the Exclusion metro to the 4. Stay Zone. Return monastic overnight in to Kiev where complex at Chernobyl. the trip ends. Lavra.

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Treasures of the Tsars RUSSIA

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This trip is an introduction to the mega-city of Moscow, including the iconic Red Square and Kremlin, as well as coastal St. Petersburg with its historic buildings, peaceful canals and the huge Hermitage Museum. It is also an opportunity to discover the more traditional and rural side of Russia, travelling through the rolling countryside of the Golden Ring region. Admire the coloured onion domes and towering spires of ancient churches in some of the country’s oldest cities; Sergiev Posad, Vladimir and Suzdal.

$2770 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $490 TRIP CODE: GR TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included.

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Hermitage Museum

Peterhof Palace ESTONIA

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RUSSIA

ROSTOV VELIKY

Sergiev Posad

Suzdal

DVORIKI

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MOSCOW Red Square Kremlin

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Explore historic Suzdal and the Field Museum of Wooden Architecture en route to Rostov Veliky for a tour of the Kremlin.

Take a boat trip along the Volga and explore Yaroslavl. Overnight train to St. Petersburg.

Tour of St. Petersburg. Free time to visit the many historic buildings including Saint Isaac’s Cathedral.

Option to visit the Saint Peter and Paul Fortress. Discover fine art in the Hermitage Museum.

Excursion to the Peterhof Palace and Gardens known as the ‘Russian Versailles’.

Trip ends in St. Petersburg.

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Discover Excursion to the At Sergiev Posad Moscow’s most Kremlin with a see the Trinity spectacular chance to visit Monastery of metro stations. the Armoury Saint Sergius. Free time in Red and see the In Vladimir visit Square to visit imperial jewels. Saint Demetrios Saint Basil’s Church. Stay in Cathedral. a woodland hotel.

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Moscow and St. Petersburg RUSSIA

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On this one-week trip explore Russia’s two most important cities and travel on the Red Arrow overnight train. In Moscow, take in the Kremlin, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the chandeliers and statues in its famed metro stations and have the chance to see Lenin’s embalmed body in its Red Square mausoleum. Discover the contrasting architecture of St. Petersburg, with its European influences and vast, flamboyant palaces. Admire the artwork in the Hermitage Museum and visit the extravagant Peterhof Palace with its golden statues and cascading fountains.

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Optional single rooms are available from $230 TRIP CODE: WR TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Have you considered? Travel on the Nordkapp Adventure to discover lesservisited Russia and northern Norway. For full details please refer to the website. Trip code: NKP

Hermitage Museum

ST PETERSBURG

Peterhof Palace

RUSSIA

Red Square Kremlin

MOSCOW

Lenin Hills & Novodevichy Monastery

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Join trip in Moscow.

Tour of Moscow’s most spectacular metro stations. Free time in Red Square to visit Saint Basil’s Cathedral.

Excursion by Moscow metro to the Kremlin. Visit the Armoury Museum to see the glistening imperial jewels.

Free day in Moscow to see the Soviet statues in Muzeon Park. Overnight Red Arrow train to St. Petersburg.

Discover St Petersburg. Free time to visit the city’s historic buildings including Saint Isaac’s Cathedral.

Option to visit Saint Peter and Paul Fortress. See the fine art inside the Hermitage Museum.

Excursion to the Peterhof Palace with its elaborate gardens and opulent interior. Chance to visit Yusupov Palace where Rasputin was murdered.

Trip ends in St. Petersburg.

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Winter in Russia RUSSIA

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This winter trip begins in the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, before heading north to explore the lesser-known Republic of Karelia. Here discover the UNESCO-Listed wooden churches on Kizhi Island by hovercraft and experience the traditional Russian transport method of dogsledding. Spend some time away from the bustling cities, exploring Kivach Nature Reserve and the tiny village of Kinerma, which has been voted the most beautiful village in Russia. Get a taste for traditional rural life, visiting the Karelian houses and trying homemade pies.

$2860

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Optional single rooms are available from $400 TRIP CODE: RUW TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple overnight train. MEALS: 8 breakfasts and 3 lunches are included.

Kivach State Nature Reserve

Matrosy Dog sledding

Kizhi Island

PETROZAVODSK

Kinerma village

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Join trip in Moscow.

Tour of Moscow taking in Red Square and the Kremlin. Overnight train to St. Petersburg.

Orientation tour of St. Petersburg including the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.

Visit the Winter Palace and the Hermitage. Overnight train to Petrozavodsk.

Explore Petrozavodsk and Kondopoga’s Church of Assumption. Visit Kivach Nature Reserve.

Take a hovercraft on Lake Onega to Kizhi Island, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Winter dog-sledding experience and lunch in traditional tchum. Visit Kinerma and Karelian house.

Free time to explore Petrozavodsk before taking the fast train back to St. Petersburg.

Trip ends in St. Petersburg.

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Moldova Short Break

New Trip

MOLDOVA

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Having successfully emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, this short break is designed to give a taster of everything that makes Moldova a unique destination. Explore the capital city of Chisinau and also Tiraspol, the capital of the breakaway territory of Trans-Dniester, which harks back to the days of the USSR. In stark contrast, in the Moldovan countryside discover the dramatic gorge at Orheiul Vechi, which is home to unusual early Christian rock-carved monasteries. Along the way taste the famed Moldovan wine, Kvint brandy and traditional hearty Moldovan cuisine.

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Orheiul Vechi Dubasari Cricova Wine Cellar

CHISINAU Bendery Fortress

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Join trip in Chisinau, Moldova’s capital.

Walking tour of Chisinau. Visit to Cricova Wine Cellar and dinner with wine tasting at Carpe Diem Wine Bar.

See the Bendery Ottoman fort. Tour of Tiraspol, the capital of Trans-Dniester. Kvint Brandy tasting and join a local family for dinner.

Visit Tiraspol Market and Dubasari en route to Orheiul Vechi. Walk to the Cave Monastery. Traditional dinner with folk music.

Trip ends in Chisinau.

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Highlights of Romania ROMANIA

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Romania is a beautiful country still steeped in tradition. Even on the streets of the capital, Bucharest, new cars travel beside horse and carts; it’s truly a world where old meets new. On this highlights trip discover dramatic mountains, medieval towns and fairytale castles, travelling into the legendary home of Dracula – Transylvania. See the great work done at the Libearty Bear Sanctuary, admire Viscri’s fortified church and visit Alba Lulia’s brilliantly restored historic citadel. There’s also time to relax in the stunning natural surroundings of the Apuseni Natural Park.

$1840 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $360 TRIP CODE: ROM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night standard guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Why not walk? Trekking the Transylvanian Alps

Explore on foot with our moderate to challenging grade walking holiday. Trip code: TTA

CLUJ-NAPOCA APUSENI NATURAL PARK Optional trekking, SIGHISOARA kayaking, cycling Alba Lulia Citadel

Viscri Fortified Church

Bran Castle, Libearty Bear Sanctuary

Brasov

MOIECIU

Sinaia Peles Castle

ROMANIA

BUCHAREST

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Join trip in Bucharest.

Walking tour of Bucharest to discover the old town, Revolution Square and the Village Museum. Chance to visit the Palace of Parliament.

Drive into the countryside to Sinaia, known as the ‘pearl of the Carpathians’. See the decadent interiors of Peles Palace and legendary Bran Castle.

Visit the Libearty Bear Sanctuary, a home for rescued bears. Discover the medieval city of Brasov and Viscri. Arrive in colourful Sighisoara.

Walk in Sighisoara’s winding cobbled alleys, past pastelcoloured buildings. Explore the star shaped citadel of Alba Lulia. Arrive in Apuseni Natural Park.

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Free day in Apuseni Drive to Cluj-Napoca Natural Park to enjoy for an orientation the mountain vistas walk of the Baroque and go walking, city to see Taylor’s cycling or kayaking Bastion. Free (available from June afternoon to go to September). to the Botanical Gardens.

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Winter Adventure in Romania ROMANIA

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On this winter trip discover Romania’s most famous attractions, captivating towns and cities and natural beauty. Highlights include a stay at the Ice Hotel in the mountains above Lake Balea, visiting legendary Bran Castle, the colourful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sighisoara and the historic city of Sibiu. Make the most of the winter scenery with a wildlife tracking excursion accompanied by a local expert, as well as the chance to go snowshoeing and try the unusual activity of truffle hunting.

$1700

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TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $270 TRIP CODE: WRO TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 3 nights standard guesthouse, 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse and 1 night simple ice hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.

Accommodation Ice Hotel Sleep in bedrooms made entirely of ice, including the beds. You are provided with a polar sleeping bag and a soft mattress. Toilets are located just outside the hotel in the cable car building. A hot shower will be available to use. N HIA AT INS RP TA CA OUN M

Sighisoara

VISCRI SIBIU

Brasov

ICE HOTEL Lake Balea MOIECIU Bran Castle

Sinaia

ROMANIA

BUCHAREST

Palace of Parliament BULGARIA

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Join trip in Bucharest.

Walking tour of Bucharest including Revolution Square. Visit the opulent Palace of Parliament. Stop in Sinaia en route to Moieciu.

Discover Brasov including the Black Church before visiting the legendary Bran Castle. Wildlife tracking with a local expert.

Visit the UNESCOListed town of Sighisoara, which was the birthplace of Dracula, en route to Viscri, to visit a fortified church.

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Drive back to Bucharest for a free afternoon. Possibility to see street art in Garajul Ciclop or visit the Museum of Romanian Art.

Trip ends in Bucharest.

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Drive to Lake Balea. Chance to go tubing Take the cable car up or tobogganing. to the Ice Hotel for Cable car back down our overnight stay. and drive to the Chance to go snow Baroque city of Sibiu shoeing. Traditional for a walking tour dinner in the chalet. along the cobbled streets.

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Transylvanian Long Weekend ROMANIA

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The word Transylvania conjures up images of a mystic land steeped in history and legends; the home of Dracula. Experience the highlights of this region on this short break. Romania is ruggedly beautiful – uncover its dramatic mountains, medieval towns and fairytale castles. See the towering turrets of Bran Castle, the opulent interiors of Peles Castle and the Saxon fortifications in Brasov. There is also the opportunity to see European brown bears emerge from the thick forests to feed at a local reserve.

$1320 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $200 TRIP CODE: BU TRIP PACE: Full on ACCOMMODATION: Standard 3 nights standard guesthouse and 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 4 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

N HIA AT INS RP TA CA OUN M

Brasov Black Church

TRANSYLVANIAN ALPS MOIECIU

Bear watching Bran Castle

Sinaia

Pelisor & Peles Castles

ROMANIA BUCHAREST

Palace of Parliament BULGARIA

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Tour of Bucharest including the Palace of Parliament. Evening spent bear watching from hides in the forest.

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Walk above the village before visiting the elaborately decorated Peles and Pelisor Castles. Chance this evening for further bear watching.

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Visit the legendary Bran Castle. Walking tour of Brasov including the Black Church and old city walls. Free time to explore.

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Drive back to Bucharest Airport where our trip ends.

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Best of Romania and the Danube Delta ROMANIA

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Enter a land of remote villages, ancient customs and beautiful scenery on this Romanian adventure. Visit walled medieval towns and painted monasteries in the Bukovina Hills, take a historic steam train journey through the remote Vaser Valley and walk in the forested Carpathian Mountains. The myths of Dracula’s Transylvania will unravel at Bran Castle, before spending two days cruising along the backwaters of the Danube Delta – one of Europe’s largest wildlife sanctuaries and a paradise for birdwatchers and photographers alike.

$2760 11 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $400 TRIP CODE: TD TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple boat and 1 night standard guesthouse. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included.

Walking details This trip includes walks on four days for an average of three hours per day. Walks are graded as easy to moderate.

Accommodation

Sapanta

Viseu de Sus

Vasar Valley trek

Putna

SUCEVITA

Painted Monastery

BORSA Moldovita Monastery

Prislop Pass

BISTRITA

MOLDOVA

N HIA AT AINS RP CA UNT MO

On days eight and nine stay aboard a pontoon – a barge style vessel resembling a large house boat. It has a sun deck, dining room and twin berth en suite cabins.

ROMANIA Sighisoara

BACAU

TRANSYLVANIAN Brasov

ALPS

DANUBE DELTA

MOIECIU Bran Castle

Tulcea

Pelisor Castle (optional)

Birdlife & pontoon cruise

BUCHAREST BULGARIA

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City tour of Visit the famous Visit Barsana Bucharest Bran Castle Monastery, including and medieval the Merry the Village cities of Brasov Cemetery and Museum. and colourful have lunch Chance to Sighisoara in a villager’s visit Pelisor before arriving home. Palace. Arrive in Bistrita. in Moieciu.

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Narrow gauge train in the forested Vaser Valley. Scenic alpine hike through meadows to Moieciu.

Chairlift in the Rodna Mountains. Ridge walk on Prislop Pass. Visit Moldovita painted monastery.

Walk through wooded valleys to the huge Sucevita and Putna monasteries. Drive to Bacau.

From Tulcea cruise on the Danube Delta by pontoon boat – a barge resembling a large house boat.

Explore the maze of channels and birdwatch in the Danube Delta. Chance to spot white pelicans and cormorants.

Cruise back to Tulcea where our boat journey ends after lunch. Drive back to Bucharest.

Trip ends in Bucharest.

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Alpine Lakes of Slovenia SLOVENIA

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Slovenia is one of the most beautiful countries in the Balkans with its glistening glacial lakes, steep mountain cliffs and grassy meadows. The laidback capital city of Ljubljana is perfect for exploring on foot with the main attractions close by and the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River flowing through its centre. Lake Bled is probably the most photographed place in the country and it won’t disappoint. There’s also the chance to discover the red-roofed Venetian architecture of Piran on the Adriatic coast, the fascinating caves at Skocjan and the dramatic Predjama Castle.

$2250 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $460 TRIP CODE: SO TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Why not walk? Walking in Slovenia

Explore on foot with our easy to moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: WSO

AUSTRIA Mt. Triglav TRIGLAV NP 2864m Savica Waterfall

Lake Bled

Lake Bohinj

Mt. Vogel 1922m

Skofja Loka

SLOVENIA

LJUBLJANA

Nova Gorica ITALY

Predjama Castle

Skocjan Caves

IZOLA Piran Optional visit CROATIA

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Join trip in Ljubljana.

Visit medieval Skofja Loka, one of the oldest towns in Slovenia. Free time at Lake Bled with the option to take a gondola boat to the island.

Easy walk to Savica Waterfall in the mountainous Triglav National Park. Cable car up Mount Vogel for views over the Julian Alps.

Free day at Lake Bohinj. The area is rich in flora and fauna. Chance to walk in Mostnica Gorge, cycle or raft on the Sava Bohinjka River.

Take the most scenic railway journey in the country to Nova Gorica. Visit the UNESCO-Listed Skocjan Caves. Arrive in coastal Izola and take a walk around the town.

Free day to take the public bus to the neighbouring Venetian-style town of Piran, Portoroz or Koper or to relax and swim from the nearby beach at Izola.

Visit the dramatic cliff-hugging Predjama Castle on the way back to Ljubljana. Opportunity to visit Ljubljana Castle and climb the tower for a great view.

Trip ends in Ljubljana.

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Former Yugoslavia Rail Adventure SLOVENIA - CROATIA - BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - MONTENEGRO - SERBIA - MACEDONIA - KOSOVO

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On this 16-day adventure discover Europe’s newest countries, travelling by rail through some of the Balkans’ most inspiring scenery. With war and communism reigning for much of the 20th century, former Yugoslavia remains relatively undiscovered by most travellers, however now there are thriving new capitals and untouched countryside to be explored. This fast-paced trip gets under the skin of Tito’s Yugoslavia, as well as visiting Europe’s oldest lake, Lake Ohrid and Croatia’s largest national park, Plitvice, to see its iconic cascading waterfalls.

$3570 16 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $880 TRIP CODE: YUG TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 14 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 15 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.

SLOVENIA ZAGREB

LJUBLJANA

Lake Bled (optional)

ROMANIA

Novi Sad

Plitvice National Park

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

BELGRADE

CROATIA SARAJEVO

SERBIA

MONTENEGRO Dubrovnik Kotor

KOSOVO PRISTINA

PODGORICA

ALBANIA

SKOPJE

MACEDONIA

OHRID

Boat trip on Lake Ohrid

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Join trip Free morning Guided tour in Ljubljana. in Ljubljana of Zagreb Tour of with the followed Slovenia’s option of by Plitvice capital and a boat trip National Park chance to visit along the to explore its Lake Bled and river. Train glistening take a boat. to Zagreb in lakes and Croatia. waterfalls.

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Train journey to Sarajevo. Discover its mismatched architecture. Option to see the Sarajevo Tunnel.

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Train to Drive to Mostar, Podgorica, guided tour stopping in on arrival Old Town and a free Dubrovnik and evening to Montenegro’s experience dramatic the relaxed Kotor. atmosphere.

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One of the most scenic rail journeys in Europe through wild countryside to Belgrade.

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Excursion Tour Serbia’s to Novi Sad captial, to see the Belgrade. Free Petrovaradin afternoon Fortress. before an Traditional overnight barbecue train to dinner with Skopje. music. AUG

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Rail journey to Bitola followed by a city walk and an afternoon visit to discover the ancient city of Heraclea.

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Drive to the Drive to lakeside town Pristina, of Ohrid, Kosovo’s via Galicica capital city via National Park. the tranquil Visit Saint Mavrovo Naum and take National Park. a boat ride to Trip ends the lake. in Pristina. Go online for departure dates

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Highlights of Croatia CROATIA

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Holidays to Croatia offer the chance to discover historic cities, pretty red-roofed coastal towns and natural beauty. This one-week trip takes in the best places to visit in Croatia including UNESCO-Listed Dubrovnik, which has been wonderfully restored, the coastal city of Trogir and the sprawling Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Of course no highlights trip would be complete without walking amongst the shimmering lakes and cascading waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park and there’s also the option to go to the lesser-visited but no less spectacular Krka National Park.

$2150 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $540 TRIP CODE: DD TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Why not walk? Walks and Coastal Towns of Croatia

Explore on foot with our easy to moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: CO

Why not cycle? Cycle the Dalmatian Coast

PLITVICKA JEZERA

Explore on two wheels with our moderate grade cycle holiday. Trip code: CCD

Plitvice Lakes NP trails & waterfalls

Zadar

CROATIA TROGIR

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

SPLIT

ADRIATIC SEA

Ston

DUBROVNIK

Old City walking tour

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Join trip in Dubrovnik.

Free day. Chance to visit neighbouring Montenegro, Lokrum Island Nature Reserve or join Holy Mass and see a folklore performance.

Tour of Dubrovnik and visit the Maritime and Ethnographic museums. Chance to visit the Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries. Drive to Split.

Free day in Split. Option to visit and wander among the waterfalls in the Krka National Park or to go to the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery.

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Tour of Split Full day in the Plitvice Explore the ancient including the Lakes National Park to capital of Zadar Diocletian’s Palace, admire the 16 crystal including the Sea with its maze of blue lakes cascading Organ and Sun narrow alleyways, over travertine Salutation. Walking churches, crypts and barriers and tour of Trogir courtyards. Drive to waterfalls, including Saint Plitvicka Jezera. surrounded Lawrence Cathedral. by verdant flora. JUL

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Journey Through the Balkans CROATIA - MONTENEGRO - SERBIA - BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

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Travelling through the heart of former Yugoslavia, discover four countries that have been shaped by a rich but turbulent history. Against a backdrop of jagged mountain peaks and dramatic coastlines, explore several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, fascinating old towns and the beautiful scenery of Durmitor National Park. Ride the rails on the historic Sargan Eight Railway, see traditional sweater making in Sirogojno Open Air Museum and go underground in Tito’s Nuclear Bunker.

$2870 12 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $460 TRIP CODE: YD TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included.

Accommodation On day five stay in Sirogojno Open Air Museum. On day six stay in a mountain village that was created by the film director, Emir Kusturica, for his movie ‘Life is a Miracle’. On day 11 in Cavtat stay in one of a number of private pensions. Each is unique in size and decor. BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA SARAJEVO

SERBIA MOKRA GORA Sargan 8 Railway

Tito’s Bunker

Gorazde ‘Bridge Over The Drina’

SIROGOJNO

Mileseva Monastery

MOSTAR Durmitor NP

ZABLJAK

CROATIA Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik airport

CAVTAT

Djurdjevica

MONTENEGRO Tvrdos Monastery Moraca Monastery

TREBINJE DOBROTA Kotor

VIRPAZAR Lake Skadar

ADRIATIC SEA

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Tour of Chance to Visit Moraca medieval swim on the Monastery Kotor. Boat Budva Riviera. and walk trip in the Opportunity around the bay to view to join a boat Black Lake the rugged trip on Skadar in Durmitor mountains Lake to spot National Park and the birdlife. before arriving islands. in Zabljak.

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Visit Mileseva Monastery with a local priest. Guided tour and overnight stay in Sirogojno Open Air Museum.

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Trip ends in Cavtat, Croatia.

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Highlights of Serbia SERBIA

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Make the most of a week by uncovering the highlights of the intriguing country of Serbia. Take the chance to learn about the nation’s recent and ancient history in both Belgrade, once known as the capital of Yugoslavia, and Novi Sad. Get acquainted with the country’s wilder side by visiting both Tara National Park and the Uvac Special Nature Reserve where there’s the chance to spot vultures soaring above the river gorge. Along the way experience wonderful Serbian hospitality, and sample the hearty cuisine and the fruit brandy, rakia.

$1640 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $240 TRIP CODE: SRB TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

Have you considered? Discover four Serbian Summer Festivals along with the country’s highlights. Trip code: SEF

Accommodation

ROMANIA

Novi Sad

On day four stay in a mountain village that was created by the film director, Emir Kusturica, for his movie ‘Life is a Miracle’.

BELGRADE

SABAC

On day six stay in Sirogojno Open Air Museum in a variety of simple rustic wooden cottages that are typical to the Dinaric Alps of Serbia.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Bajina Basta Tara NP

Topola St. George’s Church & the Mausoleum of Karadjordjevic

Zlatibor

MOKRA GORA Sargan 8 Railway

SIROGOJNO Uvac Canyon

SERBIA

SJENICA

ALBANIA MACEDONIA

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Join trip in Belgrade.

Walking tour of Belgrade to see the highlights such as Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan Park. Option to join a Danube River boat trip.

Train to Novi Sad. Guided tour of the highlights ending at Petrovaradin Fortress. Arrive in Sabac this evening.

Traditional lamb lunch in Bajina Basta’s oldest pub and rakia tasting. Sunset walk in Tara National Park to admire the view. Drive to Mokra Gora.

Ride on the historic Sargan Eight narrow gauge railway. Fish lunch en route to Zlatibor mountain resort with free time to shop at the market and take in the scenery.

Griffon vulture spotting in the Pester Highlands. Boat along the river to Usac Cave. Time for a picnic lunch before driving to Sirogojno Open Air Museum.

Hearty lunch cooked in clay pots at the Terzica Avlija Cultural Museum. Visit St. Georges Church and King Peter’s House to learn about the first Serbian uprising.

Trip ends in Belgrade.

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Undiscovered Balkans ALBANIA - KOSOVO - MACEDONIA

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Discover three fascinating countries on this two-week trip, including one of the world’s newest countries: Kosovo. Independent since 2008, Kosovo is often referred to as ‘newborn’. Along with Albania and Macedonia, this is a region that most travellers still know little about. On this trip explore each country’s treasures, from the rich history to the incredible scenery including dramatic mountains, peaceful lakes and verdant valleys. Visit stunning churches, hike through the alpine mountains of Valbona meeting local shepherds, and relax on the shores of Lake Ohrid.

$2760 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $640 TRIP CODE: KOA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

Pristina

VALBONA VALLEY

PEJA

Decani Monastery

Gracanica Monastery

KOSOVO PRIZREN

Rahovec

SHKODRA SKOPJE

ALBANIA

Tetovo

MACEDONIA KRUJA TIRANA

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Lake Ohrid

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Join trip Travel through Alpine hike, in Kruja. Visit the mountains stop for a to the the bazaar picnic along picturesque the way and and citadel. Valbona Drive to meet a local Valley, Shkodra and shepherd’s surrounded see Rozafa family. by jagged Fortress. mountain peaks.

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Enter Explore the Visit Drini In Rahovec Kosovo and Peja Highlands i Bardhe we visit local visit the and see the Waterfall, wine makers UNESCOimpressive Gracanica and stop at Listed frescoes in Monastery the Serbian Decani the church and Pristina enclave village Monastery complex of en route to of Hoqa e on the way Peja Patriarch. Prizren. Vjeter. to Peja. FEB

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Walk in Discover the Sharr Skopje, the Mountains colourful National Park Tetovo before driving Mosque to Skopje in and drive to Macedonia, the lakeside via Matka town of Canyon. Ohrid. AUG

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Explore Ohrid town and Saint Naum on the shores of beautiful Lake Ohrid, with the opportunity to take a boat ride.

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Drive to Cable car up Albania’s Mount Dajti, capital, Tirana. hike to the Walking tour summit of on arrival Tujani. including Trip ends Et’hem Bey in Tirana. Mosque and Skanderbeg Square. Go online for departure dates

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Grand Tour of Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria ROMANIA - SERBIA - BULGARIA

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On this trip experience the highlights of three fascinating countries. In Romania explore Bucharest before heading out into the Transylvanian countryside to the famed castles of Peles and Bran and see the amazing rock carved statue of King Decebalus towering above the Danube River. In Serbia visit the main cities, as well as the impressive natural rock formations found in Devil’s Town. Lastly discover Bulgaria, including the Rila Monastery and Plovdiv’s Roman Theatre. Spend time in the Rose Valley and relax on the Black Sea Coast.

$3050 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $670 TRIP CODE: RSB TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard guesthouse and 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 14 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

ROMANIA SIBIU

Corvin Castle

Novi Sad

Bran Castle

MOIECIU Peles Castle

BELGRADE

Viminacium

BAILE HERCULANE BUCHAREST

Orsova King Decebalus Rock

SERBIA VELIKO TARNOVO

NIS

BULGARIA BALCHIK Kaliakra Fortress

Devil’s Town

KAZANLUK

SOFIA

Shipka

Varna

Plovdiv Rila Monastery

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Tour of Visit the See Corvin Discover Bucharest’s legendary Castle and the the ancient main sights. Bran Castle. immense King Roman Visit to Sinaia Drive to the Decebalus’ ruins at and the medieval Rock. Arrive Viminacium. opulent Peles town of Sibiu in the spa Drive to Castle en and marvel town of Baile Serbia’s route to rural at the city Herculane. capital city, Moieciu. walls. Belgrade.

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Excursion to Novi Sad with the chance to visit Petrovaradin Fortress. Belgrade walking tour.

See the rock formations at Devil’s Town. Discover the main sights in Nis including Skull Tower.

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Drive Visit the Take Shipka to Sofia, Roman Mountain Bulgaria. Theatre in Pass to the Walking tour Plovdiv. Go Russian of the city to the Rose Memorial and visit the Museum and Church. Visit stunning Rila a Thracian the medieval Monastery. tomb in the Tsarevets Rose Valley. Fortress. AUG

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Spend time on the Black Sea Coast and explore Varna, Balchik and Kaliakra Fortress.

Drive back to Bucharest in Romania where the trip ends.

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Best of Bulgaria BULGARIA

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Bulgaria is a mysterious country mostly off the radar of the mass tourism market, yet there is so much to see and do here. It has a long history that is still evident in its towns and cities including communist monuments, ancient Roman amphitheatres, Thracian tombs and medieval fortresses. It isn’t short of natural highlights either, with an astonishing seven mountain ranges, wildlife-filled forests and the Black Sea Coast. This trip is the perfect introduction to Bulgaria and takes in these highlights and more.

$2050

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TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $530 TRIP CODE: BOB TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included.

Have you considered? Witness the bright costumes and quirky celebrations at the Bulgaria Winter Surva Festival and see abandoned Soviet monuments. Trip code: BUG

BULGARIA

Arbanasi Nativity Church

VARNA

Veliko Tarnovo Hilltop fortress Shipka Memorial Church

SOFIA

KAZANLUK

UNESCO-Listed Nessebar

Rose Valley

Rila Monastery

PLOVDIV

Burgas Sea Garden

Roman Amphitheatre

Avramovo Dobarsko

Stara Zagora Roman mosaics

Velingrad Spa town

BANSKO

Bachkovo Monastery

Mountain railway

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Join trip in Sofia.

Walking tour of Sofia including the murals in Saint Nedelya Church. Visit the impressive Rila Monastery with its iconic striped brickwork.

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See Roman mosaics, the old Soviet Buzludzha Monument and the golden domes of Shipka Memorial Church. Arrive in Kazanlak.

Explore a rose oil distillery, UNESCO-Listed Thracian tomb and the old wooden buildings in the Etar Ethnographic Museum.

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See folk traditions Explore Plovdiv and try cheesy including the banitsa pastry in Roman Theatre Dobarsko village. and Ethnographic Ride the mountain Museum. Excursion narrow gauge to Bachkovo Rhodope Railway. Monastery set Visit the spa town within a remote of Velingrad. forested valley. JAN

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Visit Burgas Sea On our drive Garden and the back to Sofia historic coastal see the amazing town of Nessebar. frescoes in Arrive in Varna. Arbanasi Nativity Chance to visit Church and the the largest fortified walls and landscaped park ramshakle lanes of in the Balkans. Tsarevets Fortress. OCT

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Trip ends in Sofia.

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Ancient Macedonia BULGARIA - MACEDONIA - GREECE

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Travel through Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia to uncover the lost empire of Alexander the Great. Discover the ancient capital of Vergina, ruins of Heraclea and colourful mosaics at Pella. Learn of the regions’ religious importance on an overnight stay at Saint Joakim Osogovski Monastery, at Rila Monastery and on a boat trip along the Mediterranean Coast to Mount Athos. On this trip explore the shores of Lake Ohrid, beaches of Thassos Island, the Pelister National Park and take a boat trip through Matka Gorge.

$2810 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $510 TRIP CODE: AM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel and 1 night standard monastery. MEALS: 14 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

SERBIA

SOFIA

St Joakim Osogovski Monastery MONTENEGRO KRIVA

PALANKA

SKOPJE

BULGARIA Rila Monastery

Kratovo

BANSKO

Matka Gorge Mavrovo NP

MACEDONIA

Keramoti

LAKE OHRID PELISTER NP St Naum Monastery

DAY

Join trip in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Guided city tour of Sofia. Travel to Macedonia. Stay in Saint Joakim Osogovski Monastery.

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Visit Kratovo Discover the Scenic drive Walking tour Boat trip to in the crater towering to Ohrid via of Ohrid. the Springs of an extinct sides of the Mavrovo Take in the of Lake volcano. See dramatic National view from Ohrid. Visit Kale Fortress Matka Gorge. Park. See the the Church of Saint Naum and the Church Chance for carvings at Saint John at Monastery of Saint Spas. a boat trip Saint Jovan Kaneo. Free and Galicica Tour of Skopje. above the Bigorski time to relax. National dam. Monastery. Park.

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Thassos

THESSALONIKI Rotunda Kastro

Ouranopoli Mount Athos

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Scenic drive on the Halkidiki Peninsula. Boat trip to see Mount Athos. Ferry to Thassos Island.

Explore historical Philippi before driving on to Bansko in the Pirin Mountains of Bulgaria.

Visit Rila Monastery with its colourful frescoes. Return to Sofia where the trip ends.

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See the Visit the ancient sights birthplace of of Heraclea Alexander before the Great at arriving in Pella and the Thessaloniki, UNESCOGreece for a Listed guided city ancient city tour. of Vergina.

KAVALA

Heraclea

GREECE

DAY

Philippi

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DEC

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Highlights of Albania ALBANIA

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Albania is a country away from the main tourist trail. Offering a diverse range of unique attractions that are waiting to be discovered; experience its stunning natural scenery and wealth of historic sites on the journey from the Adriatic Coast across the White Mountains to the peaceful shores of Lake Ohrid. Along the way are villages where time appears to have stood still and the rural lifestyle has gone unchanged for generations. Whatever your interest, there is something for everyone to discover in Albania.

$1800 11 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $360 TRIP CODE: AB TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included.

Why not walk? Walking Albania

Explore on foot with our moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: ALW

Why not cycle?

KRUJA

Cycle Albania

Durresi Roman Amphitheatre

Explore on two wheels with our moderate to challenging grade cycle holiday. Trip code: CAB

TIRANA

MACEDONIA

Petrela Fortress Elbasan Fortress

Lake Ohrid

ALBANIA

POGRADEC

Gur-i-Topit 2,120m Red Mosque Fortress

Apollonia

BERAT

KORCA

WHITE MOUNTAINS

Vlora

PERMETI

LLOGARA NP

Walks

Walks

Barmash Pass 1,757m

GJIROKASTRA Fortress

ADRIATIC SEA SARANDA

GREECE

Butrint

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DAY

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Join trip in Tirana, Albania’s capital.

Visit Petrela Fortress and Bektashi World Centre. Explore Tirana including the old bazaar and Et’Hem Bey Mosque.

Go to Elbasan Fortress. Stop in the fishing village of Lin en route to Pogradec on Lake Ohrid.

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Drive via Drive to Voskopoja to Permeti on Korca. Explore one of the the Old Town most scenic and visit the routes in cathedral Albania, the and Medieval Barmash Pass. Museum. Countryside walk in Benja. FEB

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Walk to Leusa See the Karstic Church. Drive Spring, known to UNESCO- as ‘the blue eye’ Listed and explore Gjirokastra. Butrint, one Visit the of the great castle and archaeological Ethnographic sites. Museum. JUN

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Walking tour of Berat including the fortress and Red Mosque. Visit the Roman amphitheatre in Durresi.

Trip ends in Kruja.

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Visit Ali Pasha See Flag Fortress Square and en route the Muradi to Llogara Mosque in National Park. Vlora. Visit Afternoon the ancient hike and stay Roman site of overnight in the Apollonia. national park. SEP

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Greek Island Wanderer GREECE

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Spend time in Greece’s bustling and historic capital, Athens, before heading off to explore the gleaming waterfront harbours, beautiful coves and long sandy beaches of the Cyclades Islands. Travelling by ferry visit the islands of Syros, Paros, Santorini and Naxos. Take exploratory walks and relax in beachside tavernas enjoying the local cuisine. Syros is the capital of the Cyclades and Santorini is probably the best known of the islands, and is one of the most picturesque areas in the Aegean with its white-washed churches and blue-domed roofs.

$2660 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $880 TRIP CODE: GW TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 14 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included.

Walking details There’s the opportunity to take walks on eight days of this trip, which are graded as easy to moderate.

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SYROS GALISSAS

Explore on foot with our moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: WAT

Option of coastal walks

DELOS PAROS

Optional boat trip to Mykonos and Delos

NAXOS TOWN

Paros town

NAXOS Optional village walk

DRIOS

Beaches CYCLADIC Optional ISLANDS caique trip (GREECE)

Fira

MEGALOCHORI

SANTORINI

Optional coastal walks and volcano boat trip

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DAYS

Join trip in Athens.

Walking tour of Athens. Chance to visit the Acropolis and see the changing of the guard at Parliament.

Ferry to Syros. Opportunity for an easy walk from Kini to Galissas.

Chance to enjoy a variety of coastal walks before catching the afternoon ferry to Paros.

Options on Paros include a walk along the Byzantine road and a caique boat cruise.

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Ferry to Opportunity Chance to Opportunity Free day in Option to Ferry back to Santorini to walk to take a boat to visit the Naxos with walk from Athens where with the Fira. The walk trip to see Minoan ruins the chance the white the trip ends. chance for a offers great an active at Akrotiri to go on a full village of wine tasting sea views volcano, before taking day visit to Kynidaros at Avantis from the lip of swim in warm the ferry to the ancient to Eggares Estate in a caldera. springs and Naxos. sites of Delos and visit the Messaria. cruise to and Mykonos Olive Press Thirisia. by boat. Museum. MAY

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Peloponnese Explorer GREECE

FROM

Take a journey back in time to the historical Peloponnese region of Greece, steeped in myths and legends with tales of Hercules, and the Argonauts. Explore the magnificent ancient ruins of Olympia and discover the Byzantine ghost town of Mystras. Visit the Acropolis in one of the world’s oldest cities, Athens, the Temple of Apollo in Delphi and the Kingdom of Agamemnon in Mycenae. There’s also time to enjoy boat trips and discover the very south of mainland Greece on the Mani Peninsula with its wild landscapes.

$3180 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $650 TRIP CODE: GX TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included.

Mt. Parnassos 2499m

DELPHI Gulf

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ATHENS

GREECE OLYMPIA

Mycenae

Epidavros

NAFPLION PELOPONNESE Mystras

Sparta

PYLOS Gytheio

AREOPOLIS

Optional boat trip

Monemvassia (optional tour)

Vathia

MANI MEDITERRANEAN PENINSULA SEA

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Orientation Public bus to Walk to walk of Nafplion with Palamidi Athens an orientation Fortress. including a walk on Public bus to guided tour arrival and Epidavros to of the famed the chance to see the wellAcropolis. stroll to the preserved local beach. ancient theatre.

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Drive to Free day in Discover Drive to the Free day in Visit Nestor’s Guided tour Areopolis Areopolis. the Mani harbour town Pylos with the Palace and of Delphi on the Mani Option to Peninsula of Pylos via opportunity tour of including the Peninsula join a trip to including the ruins of to visit the Olympia, Temple of via the Monemvasia the fortified medieval Venetian once home to Apollo and fascinating on a small village of Mystras fortress at the ancient visit to the ancient ruins island off the Vathia and perched in Methoni or go Olympic museum. at Mycenae. coast. Cape Tenaro. the Taygetos swimming at Games. Mountains. the beach.

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Visit Lower Delphi en route back to Athens for the final evening. Trip ends in Athens.

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Greek Island Cruise GREECE

FROM

Discover traditional Greece on this relaxing cruise around the quiet coves and harbours of Evia. Greece’s second largest island is only a stone’s throw from Athens and yet surprisingly it remains a hidden gem. Experience delicious Mediterranean cuisine in waterfront tavernas, uncrowded beaches, clear blue waters and impressive archaeological sites. On this unique boat trip join our Explore Leader, Thanos, aboard his traditional Greek caique boat around this historic coastline and swim and snorkel in the warm Aegean Sea.

$1530 TRIP ONLY

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DAYS

TRIP CODE: GC TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: Simple 6 nights simple boat and 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 6 lunches are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Greek Odyssey (Trip code: HOG), to make a two-week trip. Trip code: HGC

Accommodation MV Isidoros II Our historic caique has a large sundeck with boat ladder and a comfortable indoor galley for meals. There are two double cabins on the main deck and six twin cabins on the lower deck. All are small, cosy and en suite.

EVIA ISLAND ERETRIA

Ancient city-state Walk to temple

Picturesque villages

AEGEAN SEA

PANAGIA STYRA

GREECE

NEA STYRA

Stunning coastline

Why not walk?

MARMARI PETALI

Athens airport

Greek Cruise and Island Walking

Rafina port

Swimming Secluded islands

KARYSTOS

Old Venetian castle

Explore on foot with our easy grade walking holiday. Trip code: GCW

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Join trip at Athens Airport. Drive to Rafina to take the ferry to Evia Island to board the traditional wooden caique. Settle in on board and meet the crew.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast bought by our crew from the local market. Cruise through a sheltered fjord to moor in Panagia fishing village.

Stop-off at the Porto Buffalo lagoon to swim and snorkel in its warm, azure waters. Moor in ancient Eretria, the birthplace of the Latin alphabet.

Opportunity to shop and relax in Eretria, known for its gold and silver jewellery, or visit the Eretrian Museum. Cruise to Nea Styra with its beautiful beaches.

Cruise via peaceful Porto Lafia to the fishing village of Marmari. Opportunity to have dinner in one of the charming seafront tavernas.

Cruise around the exclusive Petali Islands and swim in turquoise waters. Continue to Karystos to moor for the night.

Chance to visit the Venetian mountain castle of Castello Rosso and sample sweet dessert wine in the oldest wine estate in Greece, Montofoli.

Ferry to Rafina then transfer to Athens Airport where the trip ends.

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Greek Odyssey – Highlights of Mainland Greece GREECE

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Greece is full of ancient wonder, with myths and legends centred on its well-preserved historical cities, but it’s also a stunning country with rocky islands, rolling hills and crystal clear coastal waters. On this fast-paced trip entrances and guided tours of all the must-see ancient sites are included. Experience the highlights including Athens Acropolis, Olympia, Mycenae and ancient Epidavros. Get off the beaten track on a number of scenic walks such as to the gravity-defying Meteora Monasteries and Delphi Stadium at sunrise.

$2640

8

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $520 TRIP CODE: HOG ACTIVITY GRADE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Combine your trip For a two-week holiday spend an additional night in Rafina and then join the Greek Island Cruise (Trip code: GC) around Evia. Trip code: HGC

KASTRAKI

Meteora Monasteries

GREECE DELPHI Diakopto Kalavryta Mycenae

OLYMPIA

NAFPLION

Piraeus

RAFINA ATHENS

Poros Galatas Epidavros

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Join trip in Athens.

Explore Athens on a walking tour to see Psiri Street art, hidden Roman ruins and the unusual Anafiotika district. Visit the Acropolis. Free afternoon.

Take a catamaran to Poros Island with time for a swim. Visit ancient Epidavros and Mycenae. Tour of Nafplion on arrival.

Chance to go cycling in Nafplion. Photo stop at the Cyclopean Fortress of Tiryns en route to Olympia for a guided tour of the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

Scenic rack railway journey to Diakopto through Vouraikos Gorge. Stop in the pretty red-roofed town of Galaxidi on the coast with time to have dinner here.

Sunrise hike along Kaki Skala to take in the view over ancient Delphi Stadium. Tour of Delphi and visit to the museum. Drive to the peaceful village of Kastraki.

At Meteora visit the Great Meteoron and Roussanou Monasteries. Walk to take in the views of the other monasteries. Drive to Rafina on the coast.

Trip ends in Rafina.

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Turkey in Depth TURKEY

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Turkey is a country of contrasting landscapes and immense cultural riches. This all-encompassing trip visits the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, explores impressive ancient sites, such as Aphrodisias and Ephesus, discovers the unusual natural landscapes of Pamukkale and Cappadocia and visits the World War I battlefields at Gallipoli. Journey along the Turquoise Coast of Lycia, with its stunning beaches, small seaside towns and the possibility of spotting loggerhead turtles in their natural habitat.

$1950 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $500 TRIP CODE: TU TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 14 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included.

Topkapi Palace Blue Mosque

ISTANBUL

Gallipoli

CANAKKALE

Museum of Anatolian Civilisations

Troy Pergamon Acropolis

SELCUK

ANKARA

TURKEY

Ephesus

EGIRDIR

Aphrodisias

Kaymakli

Konya Mevlana Museum

DALYAN Caunos Iztuzu Beach

URGUP Goreme Valley

PAMUKKALE

Olympos

KAS

Optional boat trip

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

DAYS

DAYS

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DAY

Join trip in Istanbul. Tour to the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Chance to visit the Basilica Cistern.

In Ankara see Ataturk’s Mausoleum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations. Visit Kaymakli.

Explore the remarkable Uchisar Castle and Goreme Open Air Museum in Cappadocia.

See the home of the Whirling Dervishes in Konya. Stay in the lakeside town of Egirdir.

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Journey to Free time in Boat ride Visit the Kas via the Kas on the to the amazing white ancient town Turquoise rock-carved terraces of of Olympos. Coast with tombs at Pamukkale See the the chance to Caunos. and the fascinating sea kayak or Chance to ancient Chimaera – visit ancient swim at the Roman spa the eternal Xanthos. beautiful town of flame. Iztuzu Beach. Hierapolis.

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Discover the See Pergamum famed Greco- Acropolis in Roman sites the typical of Aphrodisias Turkish town and Ephesus of Bergama including the and the ruins Temple of at Troy en Artemis. route to Canakkale. OCT

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Ferry to the World War I battlefields at Gallipoli including Anzac Cove and the Lone Pine Cemetery.

Trip ends in Istanbul.

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Treasures of Turkey TURKEY

FROM

Enjoy a week exploring some of Turkey’s best Greco-Roman sites, including Ephesus, Aphrodisias and the impressive Temple of Apollo at Didyma. In Pamukkale, like the ancients before us, we can enjoy a dip in the hot mineral waters of the ancient spa or visit the ruins of Hierapolis. After a tranquil boat journey through the reeds to Caunos, there will be a chance to spot endangered loggerhead turtles at Iztuzu Beach. There will also be time to relax at a thermal spa in Salihil and amongst the olive groves on the banks of scenic Lake Bafa.

$1120 TRIP ONLY

8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from $250 TRIP CODE: TA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Accommodation On day three stay in lakeside chalet style accommodation set among peaceful olive groves at Lake Bafa. On day five stay in a thermal spa hotel which has outdoor and thermal pools, a Turkish bath, sauna and massage room.

TURKEY

SALIHLI Sardes Birgi Ephesus

SELCUK PAMUKKALE

Buldan

Priene

LAKE BAFA Didyma

White travertine hillside Hierapolis

Aphrodisias

Milas Riverboat trip Caunos Iztuzu Beach

Dalaman

DALYAN FETHIYE

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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Join trip in Dalyan.

Riverboat excursion to ancient rockcarved tombs at Caunos and the beautiful Iztuzu Beach. Opportunity to swim or visit the Turtle Conservation Centre.

Drive via UNESCOListed Stratonikeia, the Gumuskesen Monument at Milas and the Temple of Zeus to Lake Bafa, which is home to over 220 bird species.

Stop for a swim at the beach en route to the Temple of Apollo at Didyma and the ancient Greek ruins at Priene. Arrive at Selcuk.

Visit the great Greco-Roman city of Ephesus and the painted mansion in the UNESCOListed town of Birgi on the way to our thermal spa hotel in Salihli.

Discover the ancient synagogue at Sardes and the textile town of Buldan. See the white mineral terraces at Pamukkale and ancient spa town of Hierapolis.

Visit the fascinating GrecoRoman city of Aphrodisias with its well-preserved theatre and stadium. Drive to Fethiye on the Aegean coast.

Trip ends in Fethiye.

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New Trip

Highlights of Turkey TURKEY

FROM

Discover the contrasts of Turkey and experience its delicious cuisine and captivating culture on this one-week highlights trip that travels down the west coast. Explore the historic capital city of Istanbul, which straddles the border between Europe and Asia, the world-renowned ancient Greco-Roman sites of Ephesus and Troy, and relax in the riverside resort of Dalyan on the Turquoise Coast. Also walk among the unique white travertine terraces of Pamukkale and in the haunting World War I battlefields of Gallipoli.

$1290 TRIP ONLY

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DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from $300 TRIP CODE: TRH TRIP PACE: Full on ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner included.

Topkapi Palace Blue Mosque

GALLIPOLI PENINSULA

ISTANBUL

Gallipoli

CANAKKALE

Troy

Pergamon Acropolis

TURKEY

SELCUK Ephesus

Caunos

DALYAN

PAMUKKALE White travertine terraces Hierapolis

Dalaman airport

Optional visit to Iztuzu Beach

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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Join trip in Istanbul. Free on arrival to haggle in the impressive Grand Bazaar.

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Guided tour of the famed Greco-Roman city of Ephesus including the Library of Celsus and visit to a local carpet weaver before driving to Pamukkale.

Explore the white terraces of Pamukkale and historic ruins of the Roman spa town of Hierapolis. Arrive in Dalyan.

Riverboat trip to ancient Caunos to view the rock-carved tombs. Chance to take a mud bath and swim at Iztuzu Beach, which is perhaps the best beach in Turkey.

Trip ends in Dalyan.

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Istanbul walking tour Visit to the World Discover Troy, where to the Blue Mosque, War I cemeteries legend says Ulysses Topkapi Palace and and memorials at devised the Wooden to see street art Gallipoli including Horse strategy, and in Yeldegirmeni. Anzac Cove and the the acropolis at Chance to visit the Lone Pine Cemetery, Pergamon en route Basilica Cistern. before taking the to Selcuk. ferry to Canakkale.

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Active Turkey!

New Trip

TURKEY

FROM

This active trip to Turkey is a wonderful way to explore the Mediterranean coastline, charming villages and impressive mountains. The first and last nights will be spent at a charming family-run hotel in Kayakoy and the rest of the trip in the traditional harbour town of Kas. Walk and cycle in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains, canoe from ancient Xanthos to Patara Beach, sea kayak in Kekova Bay to see the sunken city and snorkel on a gulet boat trip. There are ample opportunities to sample Turkish cuisine and swim in the clear blue waters of the Turquoise Coast.

$910 TRIP ONLY

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DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from $290 TRIP CODE: MAT TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches are 2 dinners included.

Why not cycle? Cycle Turkey

Explore on two wheels with our moderate grade cycle holiday. Trip code: CTT

From/To Dalaman airport

TURKEY TAURUS MOUNTAINS

KAKAKOY

Taurus foothills walk Kuruova Xanthos

Oluklar Yaylasi Taurus foothills cycling

Canoe to Patara Beach

MEDITERRANEAN Boat trip Snorkeling SEA

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Visit ancient Xanthos before canoeing on the river. Stop for a riverside barbecue lunch. Go swimming at Patara Beach.

Trek in the ruggedly beautiful foothills of the Taurus Mountains with a picnic lunch along the way. Take in the views from Bozkava summit.

Early morning sea kayaking in Kekova Bay to view the ruins of the sunken city. Visit to Simena Castle to admire the view over the bay.

Free day to go scuba diving, horse riding or there’s the chance to visit the Greek island of Meis. Alternatively, relax in Kas or beside the hotel pool.

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Classic Egypt with Nile Cruise - Trip code: EG


Middle East AND

Egypt

Uncover history stretching back through millennia in unrivalled archaeological sites and sleep under starlit skies in vast Arabian deserts. Feel the warm welcome while discovering ancient sites; wander through Jerusalem’s historic streets, savour the delicious flavours the region has to offer and snorkel in the colourful, underwater world of the Red Sea’s coral reefs. Set upon endless expanses of sand and fringed by sparkling seas, the Middle East is full of sights to explore.

• S  ail through history, past colossal ancient monuments as you travel up the River Nile on a traditional felucca boat (Trip code: NF, page 93) • Wander through bustling bazaars in Iran’s Isfahan, brimming with stunning textiles and fragrant spices (Trip code: IR, page 89) • D  iscover the Rose City of Petra enclosed by labyrinthine canyons and vast sandy desert (Trip code: JD, page 85)

Insider View “If the Middle East was a recipe it would read; take some of the most hospitable people on the planet and add to the mix great food and incredible sites. Throw in fabulous desert scenery, with a huge river and clear seas. Finally add in exotic aromas, a constant hubbub of noise, bustling markets, vast cities and traditional villages. The end result is a region that should be on everyone’s wish list. My personal highlight – being invited for dinner by an Iranian family because ‘you are a visitor to our country’. Wonderful.” Simon Grove Product Team

Arabian Sands - Trip code: OM

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Our Top Pick “So much is experienced on this trip. The ancient sites of the north, the southern desert regions including Petra and Wadi Rum, and the warm waters of the Red and Dead Seas. My highlights and memories of this will always be of exploring the crusader castles, discovering the Treasury of Petra after walking along the Siq, and being mesmerised by the sunset and stars in Wadi Rum.”

“Trip was a standout – Jerash, crusader castles, Petra, Wadi Rum, all exceeded our expectations as did the Dead Sea.” Jennifer, Adelaide “Jordan is an unbelievable country full of fascinating landscapes and wonderful people. The itinerary is full on but everyday is different and something new to discover. The trip was perfectly organised and I only wish I could have stayed in Wadi Rum forever!” Bryony, UK

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Jordan Discovery JORDAN

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• Explore the aweinspiring rose city of Petra

Discover the wild beauty and perfectly preserved heritage of Jordan. Spend two days exploring the fabled rock-hewn city of Petra, visiting evocative Crusader castles and Roman ruins. Embrace the desert experience in Wadi Rum and live the Bedouin lifestyle for a night. There is also time for snorkelling among the coral reefs of the Red Sea and an obligatory float on the Dead Sea.

• Sleep under the stars in the desolate Wadi Rum Desert

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• Snorkel in the clear waters of the Red Sea and float in the Dead Sea

$1940

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Optional single rooms are available from $410 TRIP CODE: JD TRIP PACE: Full On

SYRIA Jerash Ancient Roman city

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple tented camp.

AMMAN

Dead Sea swimming

MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included.

Mt Nebo Madaba St George’s Church

Dead Sea

Kerak Crusader castle

ISRAEL

JORDAN Shobak Crusader castle

PETRA

Rock-carved city

WADI RUM

Why not walk?

Desert camp Optional camel ride 4WD desert safari

Spice Trails of Petra

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Explore on foot with our moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: TP

Optional snorkelling in the Red Sea

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Join trip in Amman.

Visit Jerash, a wonderfully preserved Roman town, before a trip to see the mosaic map of Madaba and views from Mount Nebo.

Explore Shobak Castle and drive down the King’s Highway to Petra. Take a chance to see Petra at night, lit by hundreds of candles.

Take a guided tour of the rose city of Petra, the ancient city carved into rock including the famous facade of the Treasury.

Free time to discover Petra. Trek to the Monastery or High Place of Sacrifice for views over the Negev Desert.

Travel through Wadi Rum Desert in a 4WD. Spend the night in a Bedouin camp in the desert.

Travel to Aqaba for a relaxing day, opportunities to snorkel, swim and take a boat trip on the Red Sea.

Depart from Aqaba and descend to the lowest point on Earth for time to float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea.

Trip ends in Amman.

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Treasures of Jordan JORDAN

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Discover Jordan’s historical sites and far-reaching desert landscapes while staying in comfortable hotels on this exciting journey. Explore the rose city of Petra, the Roman ruins at Jerash and take in the view over the Holy Land from Mount Nebo. Experience the thrill of a Jeep safari or camel ride through the sand dunes of Wadi Rum followed by an evening in a luxury desert camp. There’s also time to snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea before descending to the lowest point on Earth for an obligatory float in the Dead Sea.

$2420

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Optional single rooms are available from $770 TRIP CODE: DJD TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Premium 7 nights premium hotel and 1 night premium tented camp. MEALS: 8 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.

SYRIA Jerash Ancient Roman city

Dead Sea Swimming

AMMAN Mt Nebo Madaba St George’s Church

Dead Sea

Qasr Al Kharana Castle

Kerak Crusader castle

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Rock-carved city

WADI RUM AQABA Optional snorkelling in the Red Sea

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City tour of historic Amman including a 6,000 seat Roman theatre. Explore the imperial city of Jerash.

Visit desert castles and palaces, including Qasr Al Kharana. See the mosaics of Madaba and take in the endless views from Mount Nebo.

Encounter the magnificent ‘lost city’ of Petra. Orientation tour of this incredible archaeological site.

Free day in Petra to uncover the secret sights, quiet trails and stunning views over the Wadi Araba.

Travel to Wadi Rum Desert. Opportunity to take a Jeep safari over the dunes before camping overnight in deluxe tents.

Travel from the desert to the Red Sea town of Aqaba. Free time to relax, swim or snorkel.

Visit the Crusader castle of Kerak. Descend to Earth’s lowest point and float in the saline waters of the Dead Sea.

Trip ends in Amman.

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Luxury Desert Camp Jeep Safari and optional camel ride

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Prophets and Petra JORDAN - ISRAEL

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Discover fascinating historical and cultural sites on this journey through Jordan and Israel. Explore the immense deserts of Negev and Wadi Rum and visit the ancient city of Jerash and fortress of Masada. Stroll through the historic streets of Jerusalem and among the impressive rock-cut tombs at Petra. The adventure continues by staying in a kibbutz in Israel and the chance to sleep under the stars in the vast expanse of Wadi Rum.

$2870 11 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1010 TRIP CODE: MH TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard hostel, 1 night simple tented camp and 1 night standard kibbutz. MEALS: 10 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.

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Sea of Galilee SYRIA

Caesarea (optional)

Old Jaffa (optional) Tel Aviv

Jerash

Qumran Scrolls

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Wailing Wall

KIBBUTZ KALIA Masada

Dead Sea

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Rock-carved city EGYPT

WADI RUM Bedouin-style camp

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Take a guided city tour of Amman then visit the magnificent Roman site of Jerash.

Float in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. Afternoon guided tour of Petra’s most famous monuments.

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Enter Israel, visit Qumran and the Masada Sky Fortress. Spend the night in a traditional kibbutz.

Discover the Mount of Olives, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and take a city tour of Jerusalem.

Visit the new and old cities of Jerusalem. Explore the City of David and Old Herodian Road.

Free day for optional visits of Nazareth, Jericho and the Sea of Galilee.

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A full free day Enjoy a Jeep Travel to the to discover safari in Wadi Red Sea town more of the Rum, followed of Aqaba. Free ‘rose city’, by an evening time to relax, including under the swim or join Jebel Harin stars in a a snorkelling for vast views traditional trip. over Wadi Bedouin camp. Araba. FEB

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Holy Land ISRAEL

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Explore some of the Holy Land’s greatest cultural and religious sites on this journey across Israel. Roam through the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, visit the Church of the Nativity and the Wailing Wall. Descend to the lowest point on Earth to float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, enjoy local Bedouin hospitality and take a cable car to the impressive sky fortress of Masada for views across the desert and mountains in the distance.

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Mount of Beatitudes Capernaum Boat trip Lake Tiberias (Sea of Mt Carmel Galilee) Nazareth

Akko Visit Druz villages Haifa Visit Bahai Gardens

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Caesarea

THE HOLY LAND

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES JORDAN

TEL AVIV City tour Old Jaffa

Visit the Holy sites

JERUSALEM

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Bethlehem Church of the Nativity

Jericho Mt of Olives

Qumran

EIN BOKEK Camel ride (optional)

Ein Gedi Dead Sea swimming

Masada Sky Fortress

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City tour of Tel Aviv, Caesarea and Old Jaffa. Enjoy panoramic views from Mount Carmel and visit the Akko fortification.

Visit the Annunciation Church in Nazareth. Head to the Sea of Galilee. Overnight stay in a kibbutz.

Guided tour of the kibbutz, visit Jericho and learn about the scrolls of Qumran, followed by a float in the Dead Sea.

Ascend the Masada Sky Fortress by cable car. Visit Ein Gedi. Opportunity to attend light and sound show in the Tower of David.

Explore Jerusalem with visits to the Nativity Church and the Israel Museum, home to the historical Dead Sea Scrolls.

Take in the view from the Mount of Olives before exploring Jerusalem’s biblical trail on a walking tour.

Trip ends in Jerusalem.

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Treasures of Iran IRAN

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• Explore the colourful and ornate architecture of Iran’s mosques

• Discover Darius the Great’s ancient Persian capital, Persepolis • Learn about the Iranian culture and enjoy their famed hospitality

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This comprehensive trip uncovers the treasures of ancient Persia while offering a fabulous insight into life in modern day Iran.

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Visit sights including the Towers of Silence in Yazd, the impressive cliff-face rock tombs at Naqsh-e Rustam and the mighty Persepolis. Discover intricately decorated Persian architecture at the surreal pink mosque and Shah Cheragh shrine in Shiraz. Spend time exploring the capital city of Tehran and soaking up the atmosphere of the impressive Imam Square in Isfahan while experiencing the warmth and hospitality of the Iranian people.

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Optional single rooms are available from $960 TRIP CODE: IR TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel.

TEHRÀN

Golestan Palace and National Museum

MEALS: 13 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

GREAT SALT DESERT

Kashan Fin Gardens

ABYANEH Ancient mudbrick village

ISFAHAN Mosques and palaces

IRAN

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Ateshkade Fire Temple and Towers of Silence

Pasargadae Naqsh-e-Rustam

SHIRAZ

Persepolis Reliefs

Tombs and Shrines

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Visit the Golestan Palace and National Museum of Iran.

Drive to Yazd, visit the Towers of Silence and the Zoroastrian Fire Temple.

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Free day in Tehran. Wander through the colourful bazaars or possibly visit Saad Abad Palace complex.

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Iran in Depth IRAN

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Discover ancient assassins’ castles, Zoroastrian fire temples, troglodyte villages, fine Islamic architecture, a rock-hewn necropolis and welcoming Iranians on this three-week grand tour of Iran. Explore northwest Iran, a rural mountainous paradise rarely visited by tourists where we eat dinner by the Caspian Sea; wander through colourful bazaars and stay with locals; uncover Persian history at Persepolis; watch a local wrestling show in Yazd and see incredible mosaic art in Isfahan.

$5920 21 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1430 TRIP CODE: ID TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 18 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium cave hotel and 1 night simple local house. MEALS: 20 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.

Babak castle

TABRIZ Fish bazaar

KANDOVAN

ANZALI MASULEH

Troglodyte village

Alamut Castle

TAKAB

UNESCO Takht-e Soleyman

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Ali Sadr caves

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National museum

City tour

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Mosques and palaces

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Fire temples and Towers of Silence

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Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rustam

Nasir ol Molk Mosque

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Visit the National Museum, Golestan Palace, Tajrish Bazaar and Reza Abbasi Museum in Tehran.

Explore Alamut Castle and Islamili Fort at Rudkhan. Stay the night in a local house.

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Take a city tour of Tabriz then drive to the troglodyte village of Kandovan. Stay in cave hotel.

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Arabian Sands OMAN

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Discover the diverse landscapes of Oman on this exciting journey, from the majestic green mountains of Jebel Akhdar to the soaring dunes of the Wahiba Sands. Travelling through the desert wilderness, visit spectacular beaches, swim in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman and see turtles nesting on the beach. Camp under the stars, eat with an Omani family, take a boat trip on a traditional dhow and experience Oman’s rich culture with visits to Muscat and Nizwa.

8 $2650 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $610 TRIP CODE: OM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple camping. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

GULF OF OMAN

MUSCAT

Jebel Akhdar

Royal capital

FINNS BEACH NIZWA

WadiTiwi

Wild Camping

RAS AL HADD

Holy city Cattle Market

OMAN

Sinaw Bedouin market

Visit turtle reserve

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Dhow shipyards

Wild Camping

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Join trip in Muscat. Explore the walled city and Portuguese fortresses.

Visit the Grand Mosque and drive to the desert camp at Finns Beach. Time to relax and swim in the sea.

Learn the history of Oman at the dhow boatyard. Late evening excursion in search of turtles nesting on the beach.

Drive deep into the heart of the shifting Wahiba Sands for amazing sunset views, and a night camping under the stars.

Cross the desert, stopping at a Bedouin market town on the way to Nizwa, the former capital.

Visit Nizwa Fort, have lunch with an Omani family and drive to the Jebel Shams viewpoint to see Oman’s ‘Grand Canyon’.

Return to Muscat. Opportunity to enjoy a sunset cruise on a traditional dhow vessel, looking for dolphins.

Trip ends in Muscat.

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Classic Egypt with Nile Cruise EGYPT

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On this Egyptian experience uncover the wonders of the Great Pyramids of Giza, visit the Valley of the Kings, home to the famous tomb of Tutankhamun and wander the treasure-filled halls of Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, home to numerous world-famous artefacts and treasures. Board a Nile cruise boat in the vibrant Nubian city of Aswan and set sail to explore the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo on the way to Luxor, where the temples of Karnak and Queen Hatshepsut await.

$2040 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $680 TRIP CODE: EG TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights premium hotel, 3 nights premium riverboat and 1 night overnight train. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Extend your trip Snorkel in the Red Sea, relax on the beach and enjoy the facilities of a premium hotel with a four-day Red Sea extension. Trip code: EGR ISRAEL JORDAN

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Kom Ombo Temple St Simeon’s Monastery (optional)

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High Dam Philae Temple (optional) Lake Nasser

Abu Simbel Rock temple (optional) SUDAN

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Discover the Free day in Discover magnificent Cairo is a chance Aswan, Pyramids of to return to including Giza, Sphinx and the extensive time to visit the Egyptian Egyptian Museum Philae Temple Museum. to explore and enjoy a further. Take an traditional overnight train Nubian village to Aswan. dinner.

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Explore Edfu Temple. An afternoon enjoying the premium facilities on the riverboat. Evening arrival into Luxor.

Disembark in Luxor and visit Karnak Temple. Chance to watch Karnak’s evening sound and light show.

Explore Deir El Medina, an ancient Egyptian village and visit the royal tombs within Valley of the Kings.

Trip ends in Luxor.

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Choose to take An early morning a boat journey option to visit and camel Abu Simbel. ride to visit Relax aboard a St Simeon’s luxurious Nile Monastery. riverboat while Board river cruising to Kom cruise boat. Ombo Temple.

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Felucca Sailing on the Nile EGYPT

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Pioneered by Explore over 30 years ago, this adventurous 10-day trip visits Egypt’s most famous sites, including the Pyramids at Giza; the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. An overnight train journey will be followed by sightseeing in Aswan before spending time sailing along the lifeline of the country; The Nile River. Travelling upriver in traditional feluccas, this wooden sailboat experience will be a chance to unwind while watching the daily life that occurs on the river banks and to escape from normality by sleeping out on deck under a starlit sky.

$1590 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $370 TRIP CODE: NF TRIP PACE: Full on ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple hotel, 3 nights simple felucca and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Extend your trip Relax on sandy beaches, snorkel in the warm Red Sea and enjoy the facilities of a premium hotel with a four-day Red Sea extension. Trip code: NFR

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Join trip in Cairo.

Explore the Pyramids at Giza and a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. Overnight train to Aswan.

Early morning arrival into Aswan. An opportunity to visit the High Dam and Philae Temple.

Free day to explore Aswan city, or choose to wake with the sunrise to visit the rock temples of Abu Simbel.

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Arrive into Luxor for a caleche ride to Karnak Temple Complex. Free evening to sample some street food.

An early start to visit Queen Hatshepsut Temple and Luxor’s famous Valley of the Kings.

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Zululand and Kruger Wildlife - Trip code: ZK

The Lost Continent - Trip code: MD

Blue Nile and Lalibela - Trip code: ET

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Imperial Cities and Desert - Trip code: MR


Africa Navigate through aromatic medinas, search for wildlife across endless plains, and explore colourful markets to experience the diversity of Africa. Discover the vast continent that is Africa. Take in Madagascar’s ever-changing landscapes, taste delicious Creole cuisine on the palm-fringed islands of Mauritius, Reunion and the Seychelles, and come face-to-face with mountain gorillas in their native Ugandan habitat. These are just some of the amazing experiences awaiting you, and are sure to leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

• Watch the sun set over the mighty Zambezi after seeking the Big Five in Botswana’s grasslands (Trip code: OZ, page 111) • L  isten to musicians along Cape Town’s modern V&A waterfront before ascending Table Mountain for a spectacular city vista (Trip code: SGR, page 117) • B  e tempted by fragrant tagines and the aromas of sweet mint tea in vibrant Moroccan souks (Trip code: MMR, page 97)

Insider View “Listening to the early morning calls of the indri lemurs in Madagascar is an experience that rivals standing among a 40-strong herd of elephants as they slowly passed our Jeep in the Serengeti. While exploring the narrow passages of Morocco’s historic, ornate medinas is just as gratifying as sipping on locally produced wines in the rolling vineyards of the South Africa’s Western Cape. I couldn’t choose a favourite country in Africa because it always changes every time I visit!” Naomi Jackson Product Team

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Zambia

Mauritius

126

South Africa

Zimbabwe

Morocco

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AFRICA

Imperial Cities and Desert MOROCCO

FROM

Enter the world of ancient Morocco on this journey through the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes and Marrakech. Explore colourful souks, walk through gorges in the towering Atlas Mountains and discover the capital city of a bygone era at Volubilis. Travel into vast deserts with the option to camp out under the stars. Enjoy time with the locals and travel through the land of the Berbers to the beautiful Atlantic Coast to relax in the tranquil port town of Essaouira.

$1640 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $330 TRIP CODE: MR TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel and 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included.

ATLANTIC

King’s residence Rabat

OCEAN

Volubilis FES

Old Medina

MEKNES Imperial city

CASABLANCA HIGH ATLAS

Midelt

MOROCCO

ESSAOUIRA MARRAKECH OUIRGANE

TODRA GORGE

ERFOUD

Valley of 1000 Kasbahs

AIT BEN HADDOU

Rissani

MERZOUGA Optional 4WD Camel Ride

SAHARA DESERT

ALGERIA

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Join trip Visit the Discover the Explore Fes, Drive over the in Casablanca. extraordinary imperial city the artisan Middle Atlas Hassan II of Meknes capital of Mountain Mosque. and visit Morocco range and Take a city the ancient with its maze discover tour of Rabat Roman site of narrow rich Berber and continue of Volubilis, streets and culture and to Meknes. Morocco’s vibrant heritage. former capital. markets.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

96

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

DAY

DAYS

DAY

Optional 4WD or camel ride into the Sahara Desert. Take a chance to camp out under the stars.

Explore the magnificent Todra Gorge. Free time for walks and treks.

Visit the UNESCO fortified Berber settlement of Ait Ben Haddou and the Valley of 1,000 Kasbahs.

6

MAY

7/8

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9

AUG

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Cross the Stroll around Wander Trip ends highest pass the 15th around the in Marrakech. in Morocco century incredible city through coastal town of Marrakech. the Atlas of Essaouira, Explore Mountains. or relax on the markets, Join a family beach. kasbahs and for mint tea. mosques.

OCT

NOV

DEC

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Highlights of Morocco MOROCCO

FROM

Discover the highlights of captivating Morocco on this fast-paced trip covering the country’s highlights. From the iconic imperial cities of Marrakech, Fes and Meknes, with their vibrant souks, medinas and ancient Roman ruins, to the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and the friendly Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains. This trip provides an excellent introduction to a charming, exotic country only a few hours away from home.

$1120

9

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $280 TRIP CODE: MMR TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard auberge and 1 night standard guest house. MEALS: 8 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

FES

Optional tour in Volubilis Meknes

MOROCCO BENI MELLAL

ahs 00 K asb ey of 10 Vall

MARRAKECH BOU THARAR HIGH ATLAS

TODRA GORGE MERZOUGA

Erg Chebbi Dunes

ALGERIA

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DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Marrakech.

On a guided walk through the bustling souks, discover traditional Moroccan architecture including Bahia Palace.

Visit the imperial city of Meknes with the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the infamous tyrant.

Explore Fes, the artisan capital of Morocco, taking in the contrasting old medina and Ville Nouvelle, plus the Royal Palace.

Scenic journey across the Middle Atlas Mountains, home to the independent Berber people.

Chance to take a camel ride through the Sahara Desert and hike the world-famous Todra Gorge.

Spend time in a traditional Berber village and travel along the Valley of 1,000 Kasbahs.

Drive over the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass in the High Atlas Mountains on the way back to Marrakech.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

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3

JAN

FEB

4

MAR

APR

5

MAY

JUN

6

JUL

AUG

7

SEP

OCT

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NOV

DEC

9

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AFRICA

Grand Tour of Morocco MOROCCO

FROM

Explore a wonderful world of mountains, markets and medinas on this three-week grand tour of Morocco. Discover Andalucian-influenced architecture in Rabat and Chefchaouen, meet the proudly independent Berbers – the masters of the Atlas Mountains – and spend a couple of nights under the stars with desert nomads. Wander through souks and barter with merchants over intricately decorated artwork in the cities of Marrakech and Fes, and relax by the beach at the bohemian towns of Mirleft and Essaouira.

$2410 20 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $520 TRIP CODE: MGT TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 15 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard kasbah and 2 nights simple camping. MEALS: 19 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.

CHEFCHAOUEN ATLANTIC OCEAN

RABAT Meknes Imperial city

Casablanca

FES

Middle atlas moutains

HIGH ATLAS

MOROCCO

ESSAOUIRA Beach time

TINGHIR

MARRAKECH OUARZAZATE TAROUDANT

Todra gorge walk

Valley of 1000 Kasbahs

ERFOUD

ERG CHEBBI Nomad camp Camel Ride

Igherm region

ZAGORA

MIRLEFT

TATA

Sand dunes

ALGERIA

Surf Lesson

SAHARA DESERT

DAY

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Join trip in Marrakech, try a traditional clay-baked tagine.

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3

DAYS

JAN

DAYS

DAYS

DAY

Drive over Berber lands, take a camel ride in the desert and sleep in a nomad camp.

Walk through ochrecoloured cliffs at Todra Gorge and try fresh dates from a plantation.

Visit the fortified Berber settlement Ait Ben Haddou and walk among the UNESCOListed ruins.

4/5

6/7

Visit Hassan Explore the Cross the Rif II Mosque, mountainous, Mountains the largest Andalucian- and wander mosque in influenced the huge Morocco and town of colourful drive to the Chefchaouen. market of imperial city Walk around Fes. of Rabat. the kasbah.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

98

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MAR

APR

8/9

MAY

10

JUN

JUL

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11/12

DAYS

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Travel Relax on the Search for Wander Explore around the by 4WD beach, try the rare Marrakech’s historic port through surfing or bald ibis at Djemaa town of the Sahara soak up the Sous-Massa el-Fnaa Essaouira, visit and visit a Desert and cosmopolitan National the Jewish sleep under vibe on the Park and hammam. a starlit sky Atlantic Coast then explore Quarter and Trip ends in swim in the in a nomad at Mirleft. Taroudant’s Marrakech. sea. camp. Market. AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

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Southern Oasis Cycling MOROCCO

FROM

Surrounded by the Jebel Sarhro mountain range, we cycle through kasbahs, tribal villages and cool oases in the Draa Valley. Trek by camel to a nomad desert camp in the Sahara, explore one of the world’s most impressive canyons, Todra Gorge, and ride through remote Berber heartland in the High Atlas.

$1630 TRIP ONLY

8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from $180 TRIP CODE: CSO CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple camping.

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MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 27 gear Cannondale Off Road or Trail mountain bike with front suspension.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

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Toubkal Climb MOROCCO

FROM

This walking trip in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco culminates in the ascent of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4,167m). Trek through the valley of Imlil, past Berber villages and over beautiful passes, zigzagging up towards the Neltner Refuge. From here ascend Toubkal – a rewarding trek with panoramic views over the Atlas Mountains. There is also an opportunity to climb Jebel Ouanoukrim (4,086m).

$920 TRIP ONLY

8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from $90 TRIP CODE: MJ WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Simple 3 nights simple village house, 2 nights simple mountain refuge and 2 nights standard hotel.

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MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 5 days for an average of 4 to 6 hours per day. Max. altitude 4,167m, paths generally welldefined with rocky mule tracks.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

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AFRICA

Moorish Spain to Marrakech MOROCCO - SPAIN

FROM

Discover the Moorish architecture of Granada and Cordoba, picturesque Andalucian hill villages and the imperial cities of Morocco, including Rabat, Fes and Marrakech. From the train carriage window watch as the architecture changes from white-washed Spanish villages to the characteristic minarets and medinas of Morocco. Along the way, sample traditional Andalucian tapas and enjoy the best of Moroccan cuisine.

$2610 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $450 TRIP CODE: RMO TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included.

CORDOBA

SPAIN RONDA

MALAGA

Visit Pueblo Blancos

ATLANTIC OCEAN

GRANADA

Algeciras

TANGIER

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Medina tour

MOROCCO

Hassan Tower Kasbah des Oudaias

RABAT

FES

Guided walk through Fes El Bali

Casablanca Hassan II Mosque

MARRAKECH

Djemma el-Fnaa Koutoubia, Souks & Medina

DAY

1

Join trip in Malaga.

DAY

2

3

Visit the Explore old town of Grenada Cordoba, a on foot UNESCO including World the winding, Heritage Site. narrow Explore the lanes of the remarkable Albaicin Mezquita. quarter.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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DAY

JAN

DAY

DAY

Guided tour of the magnificent Alhambra Palace and travel to Ronda on the Andalucia Express.

Explore the white villages of Andalucia. Visit Moorish hill villages and a baroque church.

4

FEB

5

MAR

APR

DAY

DAYS

6

DAY

7/8

9

DAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

Explore Marrakech’s old city, the souks and Djemaa el-Fnaa.

Free day to explore Marrakech, or take an optional trip to the High Atlas Mountains.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

11

Travel by Two days Train journey Visit train through to wander to Rabat, Casablanca’s beautiful the souks the capital King Hassain rolling and medinas of Morocco II Mosque countryside. of Fes, for a guided before Cross the famous for tour of the travelling to Straits of its artisanal Hassan Marrakech. Gibraltar to products and Tower and Morocco. culture. Mausoleum. MAY

DAY

10

OCT

NOV

DEC

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Senegal and The Gambia SENEGAL - THE GAMBIA

FROM

On this West African adventure discover tropical Anglo-influenced Gambia and exotic Francophile Senegal, and compare the colonial imprints in this beautiful region. Walk through French colonial towns, see prolific birdlife and visit the megalithic stone circles at Wassu. Explore some of the region’s finest national parks, spend the night sleeping under the stars while travelling down the Gambia River and venture into the channels and mangroves of the Saloum Delta.

$2860 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $410 TRIP CODE: SE TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 4 nights standard rondavel, 1 night simple boat, 1 night simple guesthouse and 1 night simple rondavel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners are included.

MAURITANIA

SAINT-LOUIS Djoudj NP Pirogue safari Birdwatching

DAKAR

Touba Mosque

ISLE DE GOREE NDANGANE

SENEGAL

Saloum NP Delta crossing

TOUBAKOUTA

Wassu Stone Circles

GAMBIA

GEORGETOWN

TENDABA

Kiang West NP Baobolong Wetland Reserve

GUINEA-BISSAU

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Dakar.

Ferry to the Isle de Goree, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its infamous slave history.

Visit the pink lake and meet the locals who make a living by harvesting salt from the lagoon.

Explore Djoudj bird reserve. Discover the charming French colonial town of Saint-Louis.

Morning boat tour of the Langue de Barbarie National Park. Free afternoon in Saint-Louis.

Visit the Touba Mosque, then cross into the Gambia and stay in a traditional rondavel hut.

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2

3

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JAN

4

FEB

5

MAR

APR

DAY

6

MAY

DAY

7

JUN

8

Cruise along Continue our the Gambia boat trip along River on a the Gambia converted River. Cruise groundnut past local boat. Visit settlements the Wassu and spot Stone wildlife and Circles. flora. JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

9

10/11

DAYS

DAY

DAY

Take game drives in Kiang West National Park and look for martial eagles and bateleur.

Return to Senegal for a pirogue trip through the Saloum Delta to see an incredible variety of bird life.

Travel to Fadiout, a peaceful fishing town and then drive to Dakar to explore this vibrant city.

Trip ends in Dakar.

OCT

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NOV

DEC

12

13

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AFRICA

Kingdom of the Ashanti GHANA

FROM

From its lush rainforests to its golden sandy beaches, Ghana is a land of immense natural beauty. On this journey through one of Africa’s friendliest nations we experience its diverse and rich culture, visiting vibrant markets, traditional Lobi villages and the striking mud-stick mosques. We also observe monkeys, track wild elephants and visit the impressive Gold Coast castles to learn about Ghana’s infamous colonial history.

$4100 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $860 TRIP CODE: GN TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

BURKINA FASO

BOLGATANGA

Gondala & Dagonda villages

WA

Lobi villages

ite

a

Volt

Oti

Tamale

Bla

IVORY COAST

Larabanga ck

GHANA

lta

Vo

TOGO

MOLE NP

Wh Foot Safaris

Kintampo Falls

TECHIMAN

Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary Lake Volta

KUMASI

Manhya Palace Kejetia market

no

Ta Kakum NP Canopy walk (optional)

ACCRA City tour

Elmina castle

DAYS

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DAY

3

DAY

4

Join trip Visit UNESCO Explore the in Accra. listed Ashanti 13th century Guided tour Shrine and Larabanga of the capital explore Bunso Mosque, including Fort Arboretum. the oldest Ussher and Drive to building in Independence Techiman. Ghana and Square. visit a monkey sanctuary.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

102

JAN

DAY

DAYS

Take guided safari walks through Mole National Park where elephants, monkeys and 150 birds can be spotted.

Explore the Bolgatanga region in the north – a cultural melting pot and fascinating area.

5

FEB

6/7

MAR

APR

DAY

DAY

8

DAY

9

10

Discover Visit the the tribes of villages of the the Wa, visit Lobi ‘Children animistic of the Forest’ mud-brick tribes and have villages with tea with traditional a tribal chief. artwork.

MAY

JUN

JUL

DAY

DAY

11

12

ANAMABO

DAY

13

DAY

14

Scenic drive Head to Meet with Explore Free time on through small Kumasi, an Ashanti the forest the beach settlements infamous chief and visit canopy walk in Anomabu to Techiman, for its slave a King’s in Kakum and then stopping at a history. Visit Palace before National Park head back beautiful the largest driving to and visit to Accra mud-brick open air the coast. 15th century where the mosque. market in Elmina Castle. trip ends. West Africa.

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

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AFRICA

Cradle of Voodoo TOGO - BENIN

FROM

Discover tribal cultures, ancient voodoo traditions and colonial architecture on this journey across Togo and Benin. Witness traditional rituals, walk through the Atakora Mountains and stay overnight in the stilt village of Ganvie. Trek through virgin rainforest, meet the chiefs of the Bassari tribe and experience fire-dance and a mask ceremony. The highlight of the journey across these two countries is meeting the people of this region, dressed in brightly-patterned clothes and always smiling.

$3890 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $540 TRIP CODE: BWA TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hut, 1 night simple guesthouse and 1 night simple auberge. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

BURKINA FASO Tamberma people, Koussou, Somba villages

ATAKORA

NATITINGOU Tanaka Yom villages

KARA

BENIN

GHANA

SOKODÉ

NIGERIA

TOGO

DANKOLI

Lake Volta

Dassa (Egun mask performance)

Abomey (Gelede mask ceremony)

BOHICON

KPALIMÉ

Lama Forest Ouidah

GANVIE

Calavi (by boat)

LOMÉ

DAY

1

DAY

DAYS

DAYS

Visit villages, witness a fire dance in the evening and meet a Bassar village chief.

Meet the Tamberma people in the remote Atakora Mountains. Cross into Benin.

2

Join trip Take a in Lomé. Tour hike in the the capital rainforest with its with a colonial butterfly buildings and expert and fetish market, discover the filled with indigenous animal charms. plant life.

3/4

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

DAY

5/6

FEB

7

DAY

DAY

8

DAY

9

10

Drive to Walk on Explore the Discover Natitingou. the Taneka Kingdom of the cult of Explore the Plateau, Abomey, visit Gelede and market, relax discover the Royal experience by the pool ancient Yom Palace with their brightly or visit the villages and its temple coloured anthropology meet the walls made of mask museum. Fulani people. human blood. ceremonies.

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

11

12

Spend the night at the beautiful stilt village of Ganvie. Meet a local soothsayer.

OCT

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GRAND-POPO

Mono River

DAY

DAY

13

14

Transfer Attend a by boat to voodoo Ouidah, the ceremony and capital and Zangbeto spiritual mask home of ceremony. voodoo Return to culture. Lomé.

NOV

DEC

Trip ends in Lomé.

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AFRICA

Sao Tome with Kathleen Becker SAO TOME

FROM

This trip is led by Kathleen Becker, author of the Bradt Travel Guide for Sao Tome and Principe. Kathleen will take us into the heart of the country to provide a unique insight into this small and enchanting destination. Discover secluded beaches, snorkel in pristine waters and hike the tropical rainforest. Take a boat trip along the wild west coast of the island to uncover waterfalls and rock formations, with opportunities to visit colonial plantation houses and sample some of the best coffee and chocolate in the world.

$3640 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $700 TRIP CODE: SAT TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 1 dinner are included. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

Lagoa Azul

MIRAMAR Ponta Figo walk

SAO TOME

MUCUMBLI Hike to Lagoa Amelia

Plantations and waterfall walk

SAO TOME & PRINCIPE Sao Joao Plantation

PRAIA INHAME Isle of Rolas Stand on the equator

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Sao Tome.

Explore the colonial heritage and sights of Sao Tome town and visit the national museum.

1

DEPARTURE MONTHS

104

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2

DAY

3

4

FEB

MAR

DAY

DAY

Stand on the equator. Take a boat trip up the west coast searching for hidden waterfalls, marine life and endemic birds.

Free time to spend on the beach, explore on foot or join an optional 25km coastal bike ride.

Morning hike through Sao Tome’s deepest valley and secondary forest to Roca Ponta Figo, a former plantation.

5

Journey down Cruise through the east coast the mangroves stopping at on a local fishing fishing villages boat spotting and beaches colourful birdlife including and swim in swimming stops. clear waters Afternoon off the beach. plantation tour. JAN

DAY

APR

MAY

6

JUN

JUL

DAY

7

AUG

SEP

DAY

8

9

Forest walk Four-hour around guided walk to plantations crater lake of followed by Lagoa Amelia and traditional lunch. visit Botanical Experience Gardens of Bom the rhythm Sucesso to learn of Kimboza about native dancing. flora.

OCT

NOV

DEC

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DAY

10

Free time in the morning. Trip ends in Sao Tome Airport.

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AFRICA

Sudan: Highlights of Ancient Nubia SUDAN

FROM

Travel through the fertile Nile Valley and into the desert on this adventure across Sudan, a country with more pyramids than Egypt and traditional nomadic tribes. Explore well-preserved sandstone temples, tombs engraved with images of the pharaohs and the many pyramids of the Royal Necropolis of Meroe. Experience the warm hospitality of the Nubian people, the bustle of market day and stay in a traditional village house.

$6150 12 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1010 TRIP CODE: BSU TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 3 nights standard guesthouse, 3 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple camping, 2 nights simple village house and 1 night simple tented camp.

Ni

le

MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 8 dinners are included.

SOLEB

NUBIAN DESERT

Temple of Soleb Temple of Sesibi 3rd Cataract

TOMBOS

SUDAN

Kerma Walk up Jebel Barkal

KARIMA

OLD DONGOLA

Merowe Dam cruise Former 4th Cataract Pyramids of Nuri Merowe

Wild camp

BAYUDA DESERT Wild camp Atrun Crater

Atbara Ferry

MEROE

Royal city Necropolis Musawwarat Naga

KHARTOUM

Khalifas House Museum Tomb of the Mahdi Omdurman souk

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Khartoum.

Visit the confluence of the Blue and White Nile. Attend a Nuba wrestling match.

Drive through the desert to the Coptic Christian temples at Old Dongola.

Meet the friendly Sudanese people and explore the beautiful Temple of Soleb.

Visit the 3,000 yearold granite quarries of Tombos and stay in a Sudanese village house.

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3

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JAN

4

FEB

5

MAR

APR

DAY

DAY

6

DAY

7

8

Explore the Visit a Trip to the fascinating petrified local market, Deffufas of forest and a Nile cruise Kerma, mud- sunset trip to and an brick temples Jebel Barkal, afternoon where a holy redvisit to the ceremonies sandstone Pyramids were mountain in of Nuri. performed. the desert. MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

9

10

Drive offExplore road through the Royal the Bayuda Pyramids Desert. See of Meroe, the nomads Sudan’s most gathering famous and salt and wild remarkable camp near site. Atrun Crater. OCT

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NOV

DEC

DAY

DAY

Visit the Elephant and Lion temples of Naga before returning to Khartoum.

Trip ends in Khartoum.

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12

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AFRICA

Blue Nile and Lalibela ETHIOPIA

FROM

Explore one of Africa’s hidden gems on this journey of discovery across Ethiopia. Visit rock-hewn churches, ancient obelisks, huge castles and the forbidden medieval walled town of Harar. Uncover the country’s astonishing natural wonders by exploring the dramatic Tississat Falls, watching the sunrise over Lake Tana and walking in the rugged green Simien Mountains, on the lookout for gelada monkeys and Ethiopian wolves.

$4100 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $580 TRIP CODE: ET TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel and 4 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

Festival Departures

Sacred city Sheba’s Palace

Timkat Festival Join us on selected departures in January to celebrate Timkat, Ethiopia’s most colourful festival. Vibrantly dressed priests use replicas of the Ark of the Covenant to sanctify pools of water, which is used to bless the awaiting masses. It is an unforgettable experience.

DEBARK Medieval castles

Simien Mountains

GONDAR

Lake Tana

BAHIR DAR

Source of the Nile

Boat trip

Rock-cut churches

LALIBELA Mountain mule trek

Tississat Falls

ETHIOPIA Dire Dawa

ADDIS ABABA

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DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Addis Ababa. Fly to Dire Dawa and continue to Harar, the cradle of Islam in Ethiopia.

Explore the historic city of Harar, including the 16th century mosque and colourful market.

Drive through Awash National Park looking for oryx, gazelle and hyena.

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3

DEPARTURE MONTHS

106

ERITREA

AXUM

JAN

DAY

DAY

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5

DAY

6

Return to Fly to Walk to Addis for a Bahir Dar. viewpoint for city tour and Afternoon spectacular visit to the boat trip on view over Ethnographic Lake Tana, Tississat Museum and the source of Falls, also Holy Trinity the Blue Nile know as ‘the Church. River. Water that Smokes’. FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

DAY

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DAY

Drive to Gondar. Explore 17th century castles and Debre Berhan Selassie Church.

Beautiful scenic drive to Debark, our base for the next two nights.

Hiking in the Simien Mountains through incredible vistas searching for gelada monkeys.

Explore the stelae of Axum and search for the Ark of the Covenant.

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and surrounding sites.

Fly back to Addis Ababa where the trip ends.

7

JUN

JUL

8

AUG

SEP

OCT

DAYS

HARAR AWASH NP

Wildlife & waterfalls

NOV

DEC

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AFRICA

Gorilla and Chimp Safari UGANDA

FROM

Join this trip of a lifetime for a chance to see the incredible primates and wildlife of the Ugandan rainforest. Spend two days exploring Kibale Forest, the best place in Africa to spot chimpanzees, cruise the Kazinga Channel, a real highlight and chance to observe herds of elephant at close range. On a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park spot the famous tree-climbing lions, before travelling deep into the rainforest at Bwindi, to experience the ultimate wildlife encounter: getting up-close-and-personal with the mountain gorilla in its natural habitat.

$7380 11 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1010 TRIP CODE: UG TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard lodge, 2 nights premium lodge and 1 night standard bungalow. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners are included.

Accommodation Ugandan Lodges The lodges we use on this trip have been selected either for their excellent position, stunning views, standard or character. On the first night we stay in a tranquil lodge overlooking Lake Victoria while our environmentallyfriendly cottages in Kibale are surrounded by the lush tropical forest home to the chimps. Our lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park is built in the typical African village style, with round ‘bandas’ and grassthatched roof, and is an excellent base to explore the park. In Bwindi we enjoy fantastic views over the rainforest, home to mountain gorillas, while the lodges in Mburo and Bunyonyi overlook verdant hills.

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Crater Lakes Game drive

Lake Edward

Equator 0o

LAKE MBURO NP

Game drives, walking safari

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Drive to Kibale National Park, past villages and rolling hills dotted with tea plantations.

Encounter the chimpanzees of Kibale as they swing through the trees and howl, hoot and play.

Guided walk in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, through small villages, in search of waterfalls.

Game drives and river cruising in Queen Elizabeth National Park to see elephant, kob and hippo.

Drive to Ishasha to look for the famous tree-climbing lions. Travel to Bwindi.

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Entebbe Airport

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Drive to Lake Bunyoni. Explore in a traditional canoe or relax in this stunning location.

Safari on foot through Lake Mburo National Park looking for antelope and and zebra.

Trip ends at Entebbe Airport.

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Serengeti Lodge Safari TANZANIA

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Enjoy a safari adventure across the vast national parks and conservation areas of Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley. Observe the abundant birdlife around Lake Manyara, search for the Big Five in the Serengeti and drive among primeval baobab trees in Tarangire. Take a game drive through Ngorongoro, the world’s largest volcanic caldera and the best place to spot rhino in East Africa. Depending on the time of year, there is also a chance of seeing the herds of wildebeest and zebra on their great migration across the endless plains.

$4710 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $770 TRIP CODE: TL TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard lodge and 3 nights tented camp. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners are included.

Extend your trip This trip can be extended with a four-day trip to the ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar. Trip code: TLZ

KENYA SERENGETI NP Game drives

SERONERA Olduvai Gorge

Naabi Hill Gate

Kilimanjaro 5895m

Ngorongoro Crater

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Meru

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LAKE MANYARA Game drives

Kilimanjaro Airport

TARANGIRE NP Game drives Baobab trees

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Travel to Lake Manyara National Park for our first game drive. Elephants, hippos and a vast array of birds can often be spotted.

Visit Olduvai Gorge, one of the world’s most important paleoanthropological sites. Enter the Serengeti National Park in search of the Big Five.

Full day game drives in the Serengeti, searching for lion, leopard, cheetah and their prey. Spend an evening around the camp fire and watch a spectacular African sunset.

Drive through Maasai settlements and stay in a colonial-style farmhouse. Take a walk through the vegetable gardens and coffee plantation.

Wake up at sunrise to descend into Ngorongoro Crater. This caldera is the perfect place to spot the Big Five.

Explore Tarangire National Park, dotted with ghostly baobab trees and home to the largest elephant population in Tanzania.

Return to Arusha where the trip ends.

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Serengeti, Selous and Zanzibar TANZANIA

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Go off-grid and discover the best of Tanzania on this East African adventure. Explore the waterways and channels of Little Okavango on the shores of Lake Victoria and meet fisherman from the Sukuma tribe. Search for the Big Five while avoiding the crowds in the Serengeti’s Western Corridor, a remote area of the park. Spend a couple of days on game drives and walking around the rivers, lakes and swamps of Selous Game Reserve, the largest reserve in Africa. After so much activity and excitement relax and take in some culture at a boutique hotel on the beach in Zanzibar.

$5690 11 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1010 TRIP CODE: SSZ TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Premium 5 nights premium lodge, 4 nights standard lodge and 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners are included.

Lake Victoria Serengeti game drives Boat trip

KENYA

LITTLE OKAVANGO CAMP MWANZA

NUNGWI Beach time spice tour

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STONE TOWN Dar es Salaam

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Selous Game Reserve

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Fly down to Dar es Salaam and then board a train to Selous Game Reserve.

Full day of game drives in Selous and take a boat trip on Lake Tagalala looking for fish eagle.

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Guided village walk in Nungwi. Afternoon free to relax by the beach or swimming pool.

Take a walking tour around the winding alleys and past the decorated houses of Stone Town.

Trip ends in Zanzibar.

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Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Trek TANZANIA

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Trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5,895m), the highest point in Africa. Following the less-used and scenic Lemosho Route, climb and descend on different paths, walking through the mountain’s varied climatic regions and admiring the changing plant and animal life. Highlights include the ice fields of Kibo, the daunting Barranco Wall and the breathtaking views from the summit itself.

$5010 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $210 TRIP CODE: KC TREK GRADE: Challenging to Tough ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights simple camping and 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners are included.

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WALKING DETAILS: Trek on 8 days for between 3.5 to 7.5 hours except on summit day which is 12 to 14 hours. Please see website for more details.

Extend your trip Spend four days relaxing and exploring on the exotic island of Zanzibar. Trip code: KCZ Enjoy three days on safari in some of Tanzania’s finest national parks. Trip code: KCS

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Botswana Lodge Safari BOTSWANA - ZAMBIA - NAMIBIA

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Travel through Botswana and Zambia on this safari holiday, exploring Chobe National Park and the vast Okavango Delta. Search for wildlife including lion, elephant, giraffe, leopard and wild dog. Swapping land for water, stay on the Okavango Panhandle aboard a houseboat, hoping to spot hippo, crocodile and other wildlife. The trip ends in Zambia, visiting the thundering waters of Victoria Falls.

$6710 12 DAYS TRIP ONLY

TRIP CODE: OZ TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Premium 5 nights premium lodge, 3 nights premium tented camp, 2 nights standard houseboat and 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners are included.

ZAMBIA

LIVINGSTONE

ANGOLA

Zambezi river crossing

NAMIBIA

KASANE Game drive

OKAVANGO HOUSEBOAT

Victoria Falls

ZIMBABWE

CHOBE NP

MOREMI GAME RESERVE Game drives

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Join trip in Maun before travelling to the Okavango Delta. Spend the night in a comfortable tented camp.

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Optional trip Travel to Take game Take a boat to Tsodilo Chobe drives cruise on Hills, where National through the Chobe thousands of Park, home Chobe, River, well San Bushman to the largest looking for known for rock paintings elephant lion, kudu, its elephant can be found. population hyena and and buffalo in Africa. roan antelope. sightings.

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Enter Zambia and encounter the worldfamous Victoria Falls.

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Our Top Pick “I fell in love with Botswana early in my trip as I floated through the Okavango Delta. Brightly coloured birds swooped overhead, hippos and crocodiles cooled themselves at the water’s edge and we had only local fishermen to keep us company. Watching lions as the sun set, leopards strolling past, and elephants swimming and playing in the water are just some of my highlights. I recommend taking a portable charger so you don’t miss the perfect photo opportunity.” Jayne Smith

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“This is a fantastic trip! We had so many opportunities to see the wildlife of Botswana. Our guide was patient with us, very informative and really loved showing off the wildlife of his country.” Robert, Toronto “This tour was magical for me. I was born and brought up in central Africa and returning was very emotional and spiritual. The highlights of the trip for me were the delta on the house boat and camping out in the bush, watching the wildlife and the vast array of bird life.” Jacqueline, Hampshire Independently verified reviews


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Botswana Wildlife Safari BOTSWANA - ZAMBIA - NAMIBIA

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Nearly one-fifth of Botswana’s landscape is designated for wildlife protection. On this trip we enter Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve to track Africa’s greatest animals in their natural habitat. We also stay on a houseboat on the Okavango Delta, a huge freshwater oasis in the Kalahari Desert, and visit the raging ‘smoke that thunders’ as it’s known in the native tongue – Victoria Falls.

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• Viewing one of the natural wonders of the world Victoria Falls

$4500 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from $300 TRIP CODE: BW TRIP PACE: Full On ZAMBIA ANGOLA

NAMIBIA

MEALS:14 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners are included.

Tsodilo Hills rock paintings

CHOBE RIVER AREAS

LIVINGSTONE

Zambezi River crossing

Game drives

OKAVANGO HOUSEBOAT XAKANAXA Game drives

MOREMI GAME RESERVE

Victoria Falls

CHOBE NP

ZIMBABWE

ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights simple camping, 3 nights standard houseboat, 2 nights standard lodge and 2 nights standard hotel.

SAVUTI

Game drives

KHWAI RIVER MAUN

BOTSWANA Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

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Take boat trips around the Okavango Delta Panhandle. Fantastic bird and hippo sightings.

Continue exploring and look for fishermen in traditional mokoros.

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Full day safari. Return to Maun. The area is Afternoon home to many opportunity to different birds take a flight over including fish the Okavango eagle and beeDelta. eater.

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Discover San Journey from Explore Take game Bushman art Botswana to Victoria Falls, drives in Chobe in Tsodilo Hills, Namibia and one of the National Park, viewing 24,000 Zambia in one seven natural famous for its year-old day through the Wonders of the huge numbers paintings at a Caprivi World. of elephant. UNESCO Site. Strip.

Safari through Explore Continue Venture deeper the wetlands of the pans, exploring into the delta Savuti Marsh, a floodplains, Moremi, on the to Xakanaxa region known lagoons and lookout for the hoping to see for large prides deep mopane 400 species of the herds of of lion. forest of Moremi bird found in lechwe and Game Reserve. the area. big cats.

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure SOUTH AFRICA - NAMIBIA - BOTSWANA - ZIMBABWE

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This exciting journey explores the land from the laid-back city of Cape Town, through the Namib Desert and the magnificent national parks of Namibia and Botswana to the thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Combining the most famous destinations with some untouched and remote wildlife havens, this once-in-a-lifetime trip is a comprehensive journey through southwest Africa and its wonderful sights. Either sleep under canvas to enjoy wild surroundings and starlit skies, or alternatively choose to stay in lodges for added comfort at the end of busy days.

$5520 23 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $410 TRIP CODE: SW TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard lodge, 3 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard cabins, 2 nights standard chalet and 2 nights premium lodge. MEALS: 22 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 16 dinners are included.

Camping departures A camping version of this itinerary is also available. Trip code: SW ZAMBIA ANGOLA

CAPRIVI

NAMUTONI RUNDU ETOSHA NP

Victoria Falls

Petrified Forest Twyfelfontein Rock art

CHOBE NP OKAVANGO DELTA PANHANDLE REGION

TOSHARI KHORIXAS MT BRANDBERG SWAKOPMUND

Boat safari Namib Naukluft NP Sossusvlei High dunes

SESRIEM CANYON

NAMIBIA

FISH RIVER CANYON

BOTSWANA

HWANGE NP

ZIMBABWE

Game drives

ORANGE RIVER

SOUTH AFRICA ATLANTIC OCEAN

KLAWER CAPE TOWN

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Join trip in Cape Town. Explore the city including the penguin colony of Boulders Beach.

Travel overland through the winelands and farms to the barren desert of Namibia.

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Explore Fish Climb the Explore Experience Take game Discover River Canyon, highest sand Swakopmund, San Bushman drives in Botswana’s the second dunes on a fascinating, culture and Etosha famed national deepest the planet in coastal town see rock National parks and gorge in the Sesrium and with colonial art, sacred Park, looking cruise the world. Take Sossusvlei. history at the sites and for elephant, Okavango in panoramic end of the the Petrified rhino, giraffe Delta views from the desert. Forest. and lion. Panhandle. crater rim.

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Drive to Chobe National Park; a huge area that has the largest numbers of elephant in Africa.

Spend two days on game drives in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Visit a wild dog conservation centre.

Visit Victoria Falls and enjoy free time at one of the natural Wonders of the World.

Trip ends in Victoria Falls.

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Namibia Lodge Safari NAMIBIA

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On this adventure explore dramatic canyons, towering sand dunes and the magnificent wildlife parks of Namibia. Track the Big Five, discover the huge pans of Etosha and find giraffe at Waterberg Plateau National Park. Visit the coastal town of Swakopmund, with its interesting colonial architecture and meet the Himba people, learning about their culture and way of life as well as the opportunity to view ancient rock art dating back thousands of years.

$4460 12 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $410 TRIP CODE: NL TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard lodge, 2 nights standard cabins, 1 night simple lodge and 1 night premium lodge. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Camping departures A camping version of this itinerary is also available. Trip code: NC

ETOSHA NP Game drives

Lake Otjikoto

TOSHARI Twyfelfontein Rock art

WATERBERG PLATEAU NP

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NAMIBIA Cape Cross Seal Reserve

SWAKOPMUND WINDHOEK Capital city

Walvis Bay Lagoon

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Kuiseb Canyon

NAMIB DESERT

Highest dunes on Earth Sossusvlei

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Travel to Explore Drive to Free day Drive via Cape Sesriem, via the Sesriem Swakopmund, to explore Cross Seal the Namib Canyon. stopping at the colonial Colony to Desert, the See the Walvis Bay town of Damaraland. oldest desert magnificent to look for Swakopmund. Discover rock on the planet. sand dunes of flamingo and Learn about art of the San Sossusvlei. pelican. Namibia’s Bushmen. intriguing history.

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Visit the indigenous Himba village. Make our way to the salt pans of Etosha National Park.

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Game drives Search for Visit the Free morning Trip ends in Etosha. lion, cheetah, Cheetah for walking in Windhoek. Stay up to elephant, Conservation trails or spot a rhino leopard, Foundation. game drives. having a late springbok, Drive to the Visit a local night drink at hyena and Waterberg craft market, the watering giraffe in Plateau. before hole. Etosha. returning to Windhoek. AUG

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Our Top Pick “I always say I wouldn’t visit the same place twice but I have fallen in love with South Africa’s Garden Route. The scenery and the South African sense of humour are highlights for me but my favourite moments were watching the African Penguins at Stony Point, sipping delicious wine in Stellenbosch, and seeing my first wild elephant in Addo Elephant National Park – simply breathtaking.” Naomi Jackson Product Team

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South Africa’s Garden Route

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Trip Highlights • Explore iconic, vibrant Cape Town surrounded by mountains and sea • Discover African penguins, elephants and whales (seasonal)

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• Uncover rugged mountains, endless beaches and rolling vineyards

Discover South Africa’s most iconic stretch of road on this 12-day journey that takes in both the Western and Eastern Cape. Starting in vibrant Cape Town, we’ll see African penguin colonies, taste worldrenowned wines against the stunning backdrop of the Cape Winelands and go in search of Addo Elephants in one of the country’s largest parks. This trip offers an excellent overview of the ever-changing Garden Route scenery: from long, wild beaches and the arid Karoo region to dramatic river valleys and rugged mountain ranges. We’ll explore Tsitsikamma National Park on foot, sleep on the banks of the Breede River and look for whales (in season) from Plettenburg Bay.

$2770 12 DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $570 TRIP CODE: SGR TRIP PACE: Moderate

SOUTH AFRICA

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard cabins and 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 11 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.

ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

OUDTSHOORN Cango Caves

TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK

CAPE TOWN STELLENBOSCH

Game drive

SWELLENDAM PLETTENBERG BAY

HERMANUS

Seasonal Whale watching Port Elizabeth

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Cape Agulhas

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Extend your trip Extend your trip with a four-day visit to the ‘smoke that thunders’, Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls. Trip code: VFE

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Visit Cape Agulhas, Africa’s southernmost tip and meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian oceans.

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Game drives in search of elephant, lion, zebra and buffalo at Addo Elephant National park.

An early-bird opportunity for an additional safari before heading to Port Elizabeth where the trip ends.

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Discover Cango Explore the trails Discover Caves, an of Robberg Nature Tsitsikamma extraordinary, Reserve. Free time National Park, with underground to discover coastal an opportunity to wonderland. Enjoy Plettenburg Bay. explore the canopy views at Knysna walkways and zip Heads. wires.

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Tour of Cape Free day to ascend Enjoy the world Peninsular Table Mountain, renowned National Park, visit Robben Island vineyards of including a chance or explore the Stellenbosch, meet to visit Seal Island Victoria and Alfred the producers and by boat. Waterfront. try South Africa’s famous wines.

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South Africa Highlights SOUTH AFRICA

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Discover the highlights of South Africa on this two-week adventure. Uncover the country’s dark history on a tour of Soweto and explore Kruger, the most famous national park in Southern Africa, with two full days of safari. Fly to the Garden Route for an incredible journey from Tsitsikamma to Cape Town, with some of the best whale watching in the world and an overnight stay in the historic town of Stellenbosch, known for its awardwinning wineries. In Cape Town there is the chance to take a trip to Robben Island or the cable car up Table Mountain.

$3990 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $540 TRIP CODE: SAH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel and 4 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

BOTSWANA

Extend your trip

KRUGER NP Game drives

GRASKOP

Extend your trip with a four-day visit to the ‘smoke that thunders’, Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls. Trip code: VFE

TIMBAVATI GAME RESERVE

JOHANNESBURG Soweto tour

SOUTH AFRICA ATL ANTIC OCEAN Table Mountain

CAPE TOWN STELLENBOSCH

Tsitsikamma NP

Winelands

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Join trip Drive to in Graskop via Johannesburg. the Panorama Tour Soweto Route, with Nelson stopping Mandela at God’s House and Window and the apartheid Blyde River memorial. Canyon.

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Two full days of Return to games drives Johannesburg in Kruger and fly down National Park, to Port searching for Elizabeth. the Big Five and abundant birdlife.

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Discover the winelands of Stellenbosch. Sample the local wines and take a tour of the town.

Transfer to Cape Town where the afternoon is free to explore.

Free day to explore Cape Town. Perhaps visit Robben Island or ascend Table Mountain.

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Eastern Cape Coastal Safari SOUTH AFRICA

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Explore the Eastern Cape on this active adventure to South Africa. Watch huge herds of elephant marching between waterholes and look for the rest of the Big Five in Addo Elephant National Park. Discover waterfalls, huge indigenous forest and various peaks of the Amathole Mountain Range while walking on ancient trails around Hogsback. Paddle up the Kariega River in a kayak, spend a morning mountain-biking in a valley, walk in the largest dune field in the southern hemisphere and sleep under canvas in Amakhala Game Reserve.

$2650 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $500 TRIP CODE: MSA TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard cabins, 2 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard tented camp and 1 night standard lodge. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

HOGSBACK

Walk in the Hogsback Mountains

SOUTH AFRICA

ADDO ELEPHANT NP Game drives

AMAKHALA GAME RESERVE Big Five Safari

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Full day of game drives in search of elephant, lion, antelope, zebra and hyena.

Drive to the quaint town of Hogsback in the Amathole Mountain Range and hike along ancient walking trails.

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Take a kayak trip up the Kariega River. Search for wildlife on a bush walk and game cruise.

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Ride bikes along Drive to Look for the the Bushmans Amakhala Big Five in River Valley Game Reserve. Amakhala Game and explore Afternoon game Reserve and the Southern drive and free learn about Hemisphere’s time to relax in conservation largest coastal the wild setting. at a rhino dune field. foundation.

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Cycle and kayak ON SEA in Bushmans Township tour River region

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Zululand and Kruger Wildlife SOUTH AFRICA - SWAZILAND

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Visit the great game reserves and national parks of South Africa and Swaziland on this journey across KwaZulu-Natal. Search for the Big Five in the renowned Kruger National Park and track both white and black rhinos in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve. Explore Zulu battlefields, discover the wetlands of Greater St Lucia and take a walking safari through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Swaziland.

$2580 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $300 TRIP CODE: ZK TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard lodge, 2 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard rondavel and 1 night simple bungalow MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with South Africa’s Garden Route (Trip code: SGR). Trip code: ZKS

Why not walk? Blyde River Canyon NP

Drakensberg Walks and Wildlife Safari

KRUGER NP GRASKOP

Explore on foot with our moderate grade walking holiday Trip code: WSA

Game drives

JOHANNESBURG

MLILWANE WS

SOUTH AFRICA

DRAKENSBERG Royal Natal NP

Walking safari

SWAZILAND HluhluweUmfolozi GR Game drive (Rhino)

Isandlwana battlefield

Ulundi

(Optional activities)

GREATER ST LUCIA WETLAND PARK

LESOTHO

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Join trip Walk and in Johannesburg. discover the Drive to beauty of the Drakensburg Drakensburg Mountains. Mountains. Free afternoon or walk to nearby San-Bushman paintings.

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Game drives to see lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard, hyena and abundant bird species.

Beautiful drive along the Panorama Route to Johannesburg where the trip ends.

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Enter Walking safaris Travel to Kruger Swaziland, the in Mlilwane National Park. last remaining Wildlife Afternoon game monarchy in Sanctuary drive in openAfrica. Sleep in looking for zebra, top vehicles for dome shaped wildebeest and great wildlife rondavels. impala. sightings.

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South Africa Lodge Safari SOUTH AFRICA - SWAZILAND

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Discover the best nature reserves and national parks in Southern Africa by staying in intimate lodges and searching for wild game. Explore mountainous Ithala on foot, look for turtles in Kosi Bay and head to Tembe Elephant Park, home of the big tuskers. Cross into the Kingdom of Swaziland to find rhino at Mkhaya while staying in stone lodges deep within the reserve. The final destination is the world-famous Kruger National Park to spot the Big Five and try local produce at a traditional braai with South African wine.

$3690 12 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $810 TRIP CODE: SAS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard lodge, and 4 nights premium lodge. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Kruger National Park

LOWER SABIE Game drives

JOHANNESBURG

MANTENGA NATURE RESERVE

Soweto tour

SOUTH AFRICA

MKHAYA GAME RESERVE

SWAZILAND

Rhino tracking

TEMBE ELEPHANT PARK ‘Big Five’ safari

KOSI BAY Relax on the beach

ITHALA GAME RESERVE Walking safari

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Head east to Kosi Bay, a large wetland area. Take a nature walk from the lakes to the ocean.

Free time at Kosi Bay for turtle spotting, kayaking and learning about traditional fishing.

Enter Tembe Elephant Park. Stay in a luxury secluded tented camp in the reserve.

Game drives in Tembe to spot elephant and big cats, as well as 340 different species of bird.

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Join trip Visit Drive to Ithala Guided in Mantenga to Game Reserve. game walk Johannesburg. learn about Afternoon searching Soweto tour fascinating safari for rhino and visiting Nelson Swazi though the other large Mandela culture in mountainous herbivores. House and a beautiful park – home Jeep safari the apartheid park. to numerous in the memorial. giraffe. afternoon.

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Full day of Drive via game drives Sudwala through Caves back to Kruger Johannesburg National Park Airport where searching for the the Big Five. trip ends.

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Remote St Helena ST HELENA - SOUTH AFRICA

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‘Isolation’ is the word most synonymous with this remote and rugged British outpost marooned in the middle of the South Atlantic. Such is its remoteness, almost equidistant between Brazil and Angola, St Helena was chosen as the place of exile for its most famous resident – Napoleon Bonaparte. Taking advantage of a newly-built airport, this trip explores the far-flung wilds of the UK’s second-oldest overseas territory. Wellplaced for the former East India Company shipping routes, the island has a rich history, rugged windswept coastlines and a forested interior.

$7680 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1210 TRIP CODE: BSH TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel and 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 9 breakfasts and 3 lunches.

JOHANNESBURG

Extend your trip Extend your trip with a four-day visit to the ‘smoke that thunders’, Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls. Trip code: VFE

Rupert Valley

ST HELENA SOUTH AFRICA

JAMESTOWN Napoleon Briars Pavillion

Ladder Fort

Boat trip: Coastal fortifications & dolphin spotting

High Knoll Fort

Deadwood Plain Endemic Wirebird

Napoleon’s House Longwood

St Paul’s Cathedral

Napoleon’s Tomb Airport

Central Peaks

SAINT HELENA (UK)

South West Point Look Out

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Join trip This morning Full day Take a boat Visit an18 in Johannesburg. fly to isolated exploring the journey to century Guided tour St Helena. main sights see coastal Plantation of Soweto and Discover the of St Helena, fortifications, House to learn learn about island’s capital including St with the about the South Africa’s city, Jamestown. Paul’s Cathedral opportunity for colonial past. controversial Population of and Ladder Hill seabird spotting. Rural afternoon past. just 714 people. Fort. Visit Rupert’s walk on west Valley. coast. th

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Explore east St Helena, including Deadwood Plain, home to the island’s endemic Wirebird.

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Free morning to enjoy small Jamestown before flying to Johannesburg.

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Explore the Learn about island’s central Napolean’s peaks on foot last years after with lunch at he was exiled Ladder Hill. Free to St Helena, afternoon to including a visit relax. to his last home.

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The Kingdom of Swaziland SOUTH AFRICA - SWAZILAND

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Discover the last true monarchy in Africa on this all-encompassing adventure through Swaziland. The country offers travellers the chance to really get under the skin of Africa to experience its culture and natural beauty. On this trip we get up close and personal with rhino in Mkhaya National Park, explore tranquil Mlilwane as zebra and nyala pass us by and drive up to Execution Rock for sundowners with incredible views.

$2040 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $280 TRIP CODE: SAZ TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 2 nights standard cabin, 2 nights standard rondavel, 2 nights premium lodge and 1 night simple cabin. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Extend your trip

SOUTH AFRICA

Extend your trip with a four-day visit to the ‘smoke that thunders’, Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls. Trip code: VFE

JOHANNESBURG

SHEWULA MOUNTAIN CAMP Rural cultural experience

Malolotja NR Waterfalls

Savanna Research Camp Conservation Talk

MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

MKHAYA GAME RESERVE

Horse, bike and walking trails

SWAZILAND

Game drives

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Join trip in Johannesburg. Cross the border into the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Walk in Malolotja Nature Reserve. Choose to zipline through the canopy or explore walking trails.

Drive via the Lion Cavern mine and Ngwenya Glass Blowing Factory to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary for a walking safari.

Free morning for optional walks or cycling. Sunset safari to Execution Rock for incredible 360 degree views.

Visit a local craft market and candle-making factory. Learn about Swaziland’s conservation efforts with a specialist talk at Mbuluzi Game Reserve.

Guided walk through the village to meet the traditional healer, know locally as a Sangoma. Drive to Mkhaya Game Reserve for a sunset safari.

An early morning walking safari to track rhino, followed by an afternoon game drive looking for white and black rhino, giraffe and crocodile.

Sunrise safari. Return to Johannesburg where the trip ends.

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Malawi and South Luangwa MALAWI – ZAMBIA

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Often referred to as the ‘warm heart of Africa’, Malawi is a hidden gem among its larger Southern African neighbours. We walk across the forested Zomba Plateau offering incredible panoramas over Mozambique and descend to the shores of Lake Malawi. Staying in comfortable lodges and chalets, we cross into Zambia for some world-class game viewing in South Luangwa National Park.

$4710 12 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1390 TRIP CODE: ZA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights premium lodge, 4 nights standard lodge, 2 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple cabins. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners are included.

ZAMBIA

MALAWI

Game drives & walking safari

Lake Malawi

SOUTH LUANGWA NP

KUTI WILDLIFE RESERVE

LILONGWE

Mua Mission

LAKE MALAWI

Wildlife sanctuary

MOZAMBIQUE

Dezda Pottery

Optional watersports & activites

Zomba Plateau Malungundi Stream walk

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Join trip in Lilongwe, Malawi. Take an afternoon guided walk in Lilongwe Wildlife Sanctuary.

Drive to the Zomba Plateau, stopping at the Dedza pottery workshop and local markets.

Explore the forested Zomba Plateau and discover its excellent biodiversity.

Transfer to Lake Malawi, the southernmost of the Great Rift Valley Lakes.

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Free day at Stay A full day Early Free day. A morning Take another walking Lake Malawi, overnight at drive to morning game drive, safari, lay on the Mua Mission, South game drive a walking followed by beach or go a centre Luangwa in South safari or visit an afternoon on a boat dedicated to National Luangwa, out in the trip. preserving Park in searching for the nearby village to Jeep to Malawian Zambia with wild dog and meet the search culture. a picnic lunch lion. traditional for more en route. healer. wildlife.

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ZOMBA

Market

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Trip ends in Lilongwe.

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The Lost Continent MADAGASCAR

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The isolated island of Madagascar is known for its ethereal landscapes and its endemic wildlife. Explore the rainforests, nature reserves and national parks in search of the many species of endangered lemur. Travel from the Malagasy capital Antananarivo, past volcanic lakes and sandstone rock formations to Isalo, Madagascar’s Grand Canyon. This adventure ends with a few days of relaxation on the golden shores of the Indian Ocean.

$4460 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $750 TRIP CODE: MD TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel, 2 nights standard lodge and 1 night simple community house. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Why not walk? Madagascar Wilderness Trek

ANDASIBE

Explore on foot with our moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: MF

Analamazoatra & Mitsinjo Reserves

ANTANANARIVO Ambatolampy Valley

ANTSIRABE AMBOSITRA

RANOMAFANA Rainforest wildlife

INDIAN OCEAN

Walking in Isalo NP Ihosy

TOLIARA ANAKAO

RANOHIRA

MADAGASCAR

Relaxing beach Optional snorkelling

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Join trip Nature walks Visit Explore the in in Andasibe Mantadia colonial Antananarivo. Reserve, National architecture searching for Park, looking and churches the indri, the for black and of the spa largest living white ruffed town of lemur. lemur and Antsirabe. a variety of birds.

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Walk around Journey to Two days Cross the Free time Take a boat the stunning Ranomafana to travel to cactus-filled by the rich to Toliara and crater at National and explore spiny desert turquoise fly back to Lake Tritriva. Park, looking Madagascar’s and visit the waters of Antananarivo. Enjoy a night for rare Grand Canyon Mahafaly the Indian of traditional golden in Isalo Tombs on the Ocean. Boat Malagasy food bamboo National way to the trip to the and dancing. lemurs. Park. coast. reefs of Nosy Ve.

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Visit Trip ends in Ambohimanga, Antananarivo. an ancient palace and fort beautifully located on a forested hill.

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Reunion and Mauritius REUNION - MAURITIUS

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Discover a tale of two islands on this contrasting exploration of Reunion and Mauritius. Volcanic vistas and green fertile calderas are the highlights of rugged Reunion, while on Mauritius we uncover a side of the island rarely seen by most travellers. Find an island rich in culture and geographical importance, with beaches and marine life to rival the best in the world. Try creole cuisine, visit Ile Aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve and see the island’s unique Seven Coloured Sands.

$5330

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TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $810 TRIP CODE: RUM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard guesthouse and 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners.

INDIAN OCEAN SAINT-DENIS

REUNION MAURITIUS

Piton Maido

L’ERMITAGE -LES-BAINS

CILAOS

Cirque de Cilaos

LA PLAINE DES CAFRES

Curepipe Carnegie Library Piton Sainte-Rose

Piton de la Fournaise

Mahebourg Chamarel Seven Coloured Earth Black River Gorges National Park

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Join trip in Saint-Denis, Reunion.

Drive to Piton, a village destroyed by lava. Take a guided stroll through a working spice plantation to discover the many uses of the islands’ produce.

An early start to explore the active Piton de la Fournaise volcano. This afternoon drive along the scenic UNESCO-Listed Cirque de Cilaos.

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Full day tour of southern Mauritius to see Seven Coloured Sands, Grand Bassin and Trou Aux Cerfs.

Optional visit to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden. Trip ends in Blue Bay.

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Ile Aux Aigrettes Optional snorkelling trip

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Free day in Visit The Botanical Walk on the Visit Ile Aux Cilaos to explore Garden of La crater rim of Piton Aigrettes nature the small town, Reunion to learn Maido and take reserve to spot rare visit the market about coffee plants, in the panoramic pink pigeon and or enjoy some palm trees and views of the Mauritius Kestrel. walking trails endemic species. villages below. Fly Afternoon trip around the cirque. to Mauritius. to fishing town of Mahebourg.

BLUE BAY

DEC

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Seychelles Island Hopping SEYCHELLES

FROM

Unwind in the beautiful islands of the Seychelles. Explore the palm-lined beaches of Praslin and visit the forest of Vallee de Mai, home to the famous coco de mer palm. Hike along forest trails to Trois Freres Peak to enjoy spectacular views over the island. Cycle around the paradise island of La Digue, pedalling from one palm-lined beach to another, stopping for a seafood lunch or a gentle swim. The Seychelles have a reputation for honeymoons, but it is possible to get away from the resorts and discover a different side to these tropical islands.

$4510 11 DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1320 TRIP CODE: TI TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard guesthouse and 4 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included.

Vallee de Mai World Heritage Site

GRAND ANSE

Praslin NP

Return ferry to La Digue Baie St Anne Pier

LA REUNION LA DIGUE ISLAND

PRASLIN ISLAND

Fast Catamaran ferry

BEAU VALLON Trois Freres Trail

St Anne Marine NP Victoria

MAHE ISLAND

Morne Seychellois NP

Airport

SEYCHELLES INDIAN OCEAN Anse Royale

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Join trip in Mahe. Relax by the beach and visit a night market.

Explore the capital, Victoria on a walking tour and visit the Botanical Gardens.

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Boat trip to Curieuse Island Marine Park for snorkelling and a barbecue lunch.

Hop on a local bus for a tour of Praslin Island, discovering stunning beaches and tropical nature trails.

Ferry to La Digue. Take a bicycle tour around this laid-back island, cycling between beaches.

Explore an old coconut plantation and meet the resident population of giant tortoises.

Free time to explore La Digue with short walks to a viewpoint or just relax on the beach.

Take a ferry back to Mahe Island where the trip ends.

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Walk along Take a full day Travel on a the Glacis boat trip to catamaran Trois Freres Baie Ternay ferry to Praslin trail for and snorkel and visit the wonderful in the clear UNESCO views over the waters of a World island. coral reef. Heritage Site of Vallee de Mai. JAN

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Trip Name Burma Highlights - Trip Code - Trip code: BUH

Inside Vietnam - Trip code: VN

Buddha’s Island - Trip code: SL

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The Golden Triangle - Trip code: GTI


Asia From the heights of the Himalaya to the jade-green waters of Halong Bay, Asia is a land of incredible diversity. From modern mega-cities to traditional villages, life in Asia blends the past and the present seamlessly. Discover age-old rituals along the Ganges or be transported across Japan in a high-speed bullet train. Taste fragrant curries, seek tigers in the jungle or meet nomads on the Asian steppe. The variety of Asia means that no two days will ever be the same.

• D  iscover orang-utans in the primary rainforest of Borneo’s Danum Valley. (Trip code: BN, page 206) • E  xplore the cities along the Silk Road and sleep in a traditional felt yurt in Uzbekistan’s remote desert. (Trip code: UZ, page 159) • E  xperience the contrasts of tranquil temples and neonlit city streets in Japan. (Trip code: QJS, page 175)

Insider View “The sights, sounds and smells of Asia have an irresistible draw. The cacophony of noise, colour and activity envelops you in the cities such as Tokyo, Bhutan’s towering mountains and thundering rivers give you the sense of being dwarfed, and ancient traditions seep through to modern life in India’s rituals and festivals. But it’s the people that really leave a lasting impression; a warm welcome and a friendly smile are always present and hospitality is second nature to the inhabitants of this fabulous continent.” Glyn Thorneloe Product Team

Armenia 158

Japan

Bhutan 154-155

Kazakhstan 162-163

Sri Lanka

Burma (Myanmar)

Kyrgyzstan 160/162

Tajikistan 162

Cambodia 185/188/190/192-193/196-198

Laos

Thailand

China

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Malaysia

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Georgia

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Buddha’s Island SRI LANKA

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Trip Highlights

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• Search for leopard, elephant and sambar deer in the wild

• Explore ancient capitals, painted cave temples and the dramatic ‘Sky Fortress’

This comprehensive trip of the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ covers Sri Lanka’s many highlights. Discovering ancient cities, rock carvings and gilded temples, we uncover the island’s rich Buddhist history and culture. Other highlights include the spectacular hill country, wildlife-filled national parks and an idyllic tropical coastline where we enjoy some down-time. Along the way, we are welcomed by generous hospitality and friendly faces at every stop.

FROM

• Relax on the white sand beaches of the south coast and soak up the laid-back atmosphere of Galle

$3280 15 DAYS

ANURADHAPURA Wilpattu National Park game drive

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $920 NEGOMBO

Horton Plains Departures from July to December will visit Horton Plains instead of climbing Adam’s Peak.

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Mirissa Optional whale watching (Dec/Apr)

UNAWATUNA Relaxing beach

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Join trip in Negombo.

Take a Jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park to search for leopard.

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Anuradhapura and climb the sacred peak at Mihintale.

Meet the 12m tall Standing Buddha at Aukana before exploring Dambulla’s painted cave temples.

Discover the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and drive to Sigiriya.

Climb the famous ‘Sky Fortress’ at Sigiriya, Lion’s Rock.

Watch the sacred Temple of the Tooth ceremony in Kandy.

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Join pilgrims for a night time ascent of Adam’s Peak. Drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Take a train along a picturesque mountain route to Bandarawela.

Free time to relax on Unawatuna beach.

Visit the Madu Ganga wetland reserve before a city tour of Colombo.

Trip ends in Colombo.

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Buduruvagala Rockface carvings

Elephant transit home and National Park

Galle Old Dutch port

Combine your trip

Lion's Rock

NUWARA ELIYA

INDIAN OCEAN

MEALS: 14 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Polonnaruwa Ancient capital

SIGIRIYA

KANDY DALHOUSIE Adam’s BANDARAWELA Peak

COLOMBO

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse and 1 night standard tented camp.

Explore on foot with our moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: WSL

SRI LANKA

Fishing Port

TRIP PACE: Moderate

This trip can be combined with our Maldive Dhoni Cruise (Trip code: MC) for a relaxing Indian Ocean adventure. Trip code: SLM

GIRITALE

Aukana Buddha Dambulla

TRIP CODE: SL

Bay of Bengal

Bodhi Tree

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Highlights of Sri Lanka SRI LANKA

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Join this one-week trip exploring Sri Lanka’s highlights, searching for leopard and elephant in Wilpattu National Park and discovering the country’s ancient Buddhist temples at Mihintale and Dambulla. We climb the spectacular Lion’s Rock, travel through lush green tea plantations and stop in Kandy to visit the revered Temple of the Tooth before relaxing on the pristine sandy beaches of the west coast.

$2050 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $450 TRIP CODE: SLH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Maldive Dhoni Cruise (Trip code: MC) for a relaxing Indian Ocean adventure. Trip code: SLHM

East Coast Itinerary

Wilpattu National Park Jeep safari

Departures from July to October will visit the beaches of Trincomalee on Sri Lanka’s east coast.

ANURADHAPURA

Mihintale Peak

SIGIRIYA

Lion's Rock

NEGOMBO

KANDY

Temple of the Tooth, Tea gardens

SRI LANKA

UNAWATUNA

Beach, Whale watching (December – April)

INDIAN OCEAN

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Travel north to Wilpattu National Park and take an afternoon Jeep safari in search of leopard and elephant.

Take in fabulous views from Mihintale before sharing a meal with locals in Habarana and exploring the unique cave temples at Dambulla.

Climb to the top of Sigiriya’s dramatic Lion’s Rock and travel to the island’s cultural capital of Kandy.

Learn about Sri Lanka’s tea industry then drive to the palm-fringed beaches of Unawatuna.

Free time to explore Galle Fort or relax. Whale watching trips are available during the winter months.

Trip ends at Colombo Airport.

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6

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Maldive Dhoni Cruise MALDIVES

FROM

On this relaxing adventure the days are spent gently cruising among the remote atolls of the idyllic Maldives aboard a traditional dhoni. Eat and sleep on board while sailing between the unspoilt palm-fringed tropical islands of South Male, Felidhoo and Meemu. Along the way we stop at small fishing communities and some of the best reefs and snorkelling sites to see the islands’ famously colourful and abundant marine life.

$2250 TRIP ONLY

8

DAYS

TRIP CODE: MC TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: Simple 6 nights simple boat and 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners are included.

Accommodation Dhoni boat Thought to derive from the Arab Dhow, the Maldivian Dhoni boat is made from coconut wood and constructed by hand. Boats take on average 45 days to complete, often using no detailed plans and relying on knowledge and skills passed down from one generation to the next.

NORTH MALE ATOLL Vaadhoo Caves

SOUTH MALE ATOLL

MALE Emboodhoo Lagoon

GURAIDHOO

MALDIVES FELIDHOO ATOLL

FULIDHOO

INDIAN OCEAN

FELIDHOO ANBARAA

Uninhabitated Island

FENBOA FINOLHU MEEMU ATOLL

Fishing village Bodu Beru performance

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Male. Take an afternoon walk around the town.

Board the Dhoni and cruise to the South Male Atoll. Explore idyllic Kuda Anbaraa Island.

Relax on board or snorkel in the clear waters of the Meemu Atoll seeking out the colourful sea life.

Cruise to Dhiggaru Island for a display of Bodu Beru – the indigenous drum music of the islands.

Discover how the islanders live at the traditional village of Felidhoo.

Discover the exotic underwater life of Hulhidhoo reef before sailing to Fulidhoo.

Sail back to Male, stopping en route to snorkel at Emboodhoo Reef.

Trip ends in Male.

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4

APR

MAY

5

JUN

JUL

6

AUG

SEP

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7

NOV

DEC

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Secrets of Sri Lanka SRI LANKA

FROM

Staying in stylish and comfortable hotels we travel to some of Sri Lanka’s greatest sights. From spectacular ancient Buddhist monuments to lush hill-side tea plantations and fascinating historic cities, all with their own enchanting story. Visit the revered Temple of the Tooth in the central city of Kandy, search for elephant and leopard in Wilpattu National Park and relax by the idyllic Indian Ocean on the palm-fringed coast.

$4710 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1740 TRIP CODE: DSL TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Premium 11 nights premium hotel and 2 nights premium camping. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included.

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

Bay of Bengal

Jeep safari

Sigiriya Lion's Rock

Polonnaruwa Ancient capital

DAMBULLA

SRI LANKA

Cave Temples

KANDY

Temple of the Tooth

NEGOMBO Fishing Port

INDIAN OCEAN

NUWARA ELIYA

Tea plantations Horton Plains walk

BERUWALA GALLE

Old Dutch port

DAY

DAYS

Join trip in Negombo.

Take two Jeep safaris in search of leopard in Wilpattu National Park.

1

DAY

2/3

4

DAY

JAN

DAY

DAY

Travel to the town of Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Tooth and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

Free day to explore more of the holy town of Kandy.

Drive past rolling tea plantations and visit a tea museum en route to Nuwara Eliya.

6

Meet Climb to the the giant ‘Sky Fortress’ Standing at Sigiriya’s Buddha Lion’s Rock. at Aukana Explore the before ancient exploring the city of cave temples Polonnaruwa. at Dambulla.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

DAY

5

FEB

MAR

APR

7

MAY

DAY

8

JUN

JUL

9

DAY

DAY

Trek on Drive south Horton to the Plains, Sri coastal town Lanka’s of Galle and highest explore the plateau, or fortress. take free time to relax.

AUG

SEP

11

12/13

DAYS

DAY

Free time to relax before travelling along the coast to the beach town of Beruwala.

Free time to relax on the pristine beaches of Beruwala.

Trip ends at Colombo Airport.

10

OCT

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DEC

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North Sri Lanka Explorer SRI LANKA

FROM

This trip ventures into unchartered territory to discover the lesser-visited north of the island. Wild donkeys, palm trees and quaint fishing communities characterise Mannar, while Jaffna is a fascinating mix of Hindu temples, colonial charm and Tamil culture. There are many opportunities to spot wildlife including blue and sperm whales at Trincomalee, wild elephant and leopard in Wilpattu and birdlife almost everywhere. Dambulla, Sigiriya and Colombo are also visited making this a wonderful adventure on a beautiful island.

$3260 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $960 TRIP CODE: NSL TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel and 1 night standard camping. MEALS: 14 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.

JAFFNA Delft Island

MANNAR ISLAND TRINCOMALEE Vavuniya WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK Jeep safari ANURADHAPURA

Dambulla

SIGIRIYA

Lion's Rock

KANDY

NEGOMBO

Bay of Bengal

SRI LANKA

COLOMBO INDIAN OCEAN

DAY

1

Join trip in Negombo.

DAY

2

3/4

DAY

DAY

5

6

Search for Explore Travel to leopard and Mannar’s Jaffna by elephant in fishing villages, train via the Wilpattu fort and Elephant National palm fringed Pass. Park. beaches. Enjoy a BBQ under the stars.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

134

DAYS

JAN

FEB

DAY

DAY

7

DAY

8

9

Explore the Bathe in the Discover Walk to islands of Keerimalai Anuradhapura’s the top of Delft and natural spring, ancient ruins, Mihintale, Nagadeepa, visit Jaffna’s a UNESCO the historic just off the Nallur Temple World site where Jaffna coast. and wander Heritage Buddhism was around the Site. introduced to colourful Sri Lanka. market.

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAYS

10

11/12

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13/14

15

Spot whales Visit the Visit the and dolphins world-famous Temple of the at Trincomalee cave temple Tooth at and explore at Dambulla Kandy and the old town. and nearby experience Lion’s Rock. colonial Colombo.

OCT

NOV

DEC

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Active Sri Lanka! SRI LANKA

FROM

Join an active adventure across this spiritual island, cycling along backroads to discover ancient Buddhist cities, trekking through verdant mountains and rafting the white waters of the central highlands. We search for leopard in Wilpattu National Park, climb to the spectacular ‘Sky Fortress’ at Sigiriya and, at the end of our journey, relax on the white sandy beaches of this tropical paradise known as Buddha’s Island.

$3690 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $880 TRIP CODE: ASL TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard camping, 1 night simple guesthouse and 1 night standard lodge. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

Horton Plains Departures running in November and December will walk on Horton Plains instead of ascending Adam’s Peak.

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

Bay of Bengal

Jeep safari

SRI LANKA

SIGIRIYA POLONNARUWA

Padeniya

KANDY

Temple of the Tooth

NEGOMBO Fishing Port

Colombo

DALHOUSIE Adam’s Peak

KITULGALA

Trek to waterfall Whitewater rafting

BELIHULOYA

INDIAN OCEAN HIKKADUWA

DAY

1

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2

DAY

3

DAY

DAY

4

5

Join trip Cycle on quiet Ride to the Climb Sigiriya’s in Negombo. backroads ancient Lion’s Rock before taking capital of to the 5th a Jeep safari Anuradhapura. century ‘Sky in Wilpattu Discover Fortress’. National Park. Dambulla’s Explore incredible Polonnaruwa cave temples. by bike.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

DAYS

DAY

6/7

DAY

8

9

DAY

DAY

10

11

Take a Jeep Trek on the Relax in the Return from Trek through safari in Knuckles small town Adam’s Peak. tropical Minneriya Range. Visit of Dalhousie Raft the white forests before National Park, Kandy’s before an waters of the travelling to searching Temple of the overnight Kelani River. our camp at for elephant, Tooth. ascent of Belihuloya sambar deer Adam’s Peak. by bus. and birdlife.

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

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DAY

12/13

14

Cycle along Free time to backroads relax, with and through the option to small villages spend time before driving in Galle or to the coastal go whale town of watching Hikkaduwa. (seasonal).

NOV

DEC

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Kerala Backwaters + Highlights of Sri Lanka INDIA - SRI LANKA

FROM

Join this trip exploring Kerala in South India and the nearby paradise island of Sri Lanka. We cruise the famous Kerala backwaters by houseboat, trek in search of wildlife in Periyar National Park and visit hilltop tea and spice plantations. Along the way we discover colonial Kochi and spend a night in a family run homestay. In Sri Lanka we search for leopard and elephant in Wilpattu National Park, explore the country’s Buddhist temples and spend time relaxing on tropical beaches.

$4300 16 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $920 TRIP CODE: KSL TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 4 nights premium hotel, 2 nights simple homestay and 1 night simple boat. MEALS: 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

Gulf of Mannar

Wilpattu National Park Jeep safari

INDIA KOCHI

ANURADHAPURA

Mihintale Peak

SRI LANKA

INDIAN OCEAN

SIGIRIYA Lion’s Rock

NEGOMBO

Colombo airport

KANDY

INDIAN OCEAN

Temple of the Tooth, Tea gardens

KOCHI

Mattancherry Palace, Harbour cruise

SRI LANKA

ALLEPPEY

Backwaters Cruise Stay in houseboat

MUNNAR

INDIA

Tea Museum

THEKKADY

Periyar National Park Spice garden

CARDAMOM REGION

UNAWATUNA

Beach, Whale watching (December – April)

INDIAN OCEAN

DAY

DAY

DAYS

Join trip in Kochi.

Discover Kochi’s Dutch and Jewish heritage, Chinese fishing nets and Kathakali dancing.

Learn about tea in Munnar before travelling to Thekkady.

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2

3/4

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136

JAN

DAY

DAY

5

6

Take a Spend a day nature walk exploring in Periyar villages. Try National cooking a Park. Drive local curry or to Alleppey learn to play and meet our traditional homestay games. hosts. FEB

MAR

APR

DAYS

DAYS

7/8

DAY

9/10

11

Relax on a Fly to Take a Jeep houseboat, Sri Lanka safari in floating and enjoy a search of through boat ride leopard in the tranquil through the Wilpattu backwaters. Muthurajawela National Free time Wetlands. Park. to explore Kochi. MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

12

13

Share a meal with locals in Habarana before exploring the unique cave temples at Dambulla.

OCT

DAYS

14/15

DAY

16

Climb to Visit a tea Trip ends the top of factory and at Colombo Sigiriya’s relax on Airport. dramatic Unawatuna Lion’s Rock beach. before Optional whale travelling to watching from Kandy. December to April.

NOV

DEC

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South Indian Images INDIA

FROM

Take a cultural journey across this colourful landscape, from intricately carved temple complexes to lush jungle backwaters and historic harbour ports. By train, bus and riverboat we climb to the heights of the Western Ghats and drop down to the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean. This wonderful trip includes a little bit of everything that southern India has to offer – its historic cities, architectural masterpieces, natural wonders and wildlife.

$3580 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1010 TRIP CODE: DS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 5 nights premium hotel and 1 night simple boat. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included.

Chennai (Madras)

BANGALORE MAMALLAPURAM Shore temples Wide beaches

MYSORE

Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hill

Bay of Bengal

BANDIPUR

OOTY

Game drive

INDIA

Toy Train

KOCHI

MADURAI

Mattancherry Palace

Meenakshi Temple

THEKKADY Malabar Coast

DAY

1

DAY

2

DAY

3

Join trip Visit the Take a game at Bangalore ornate 14th drive in Airport. century Bandipur Drive to Mysore Palace National Mysore. before free Park, time to searching explore the for elephant city. and other wildlife.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

DAY

DAYS

DAY

DAY

8

9/10

DAYS

DAY

Early morning game drive before travelling to the old hill station of Ooty.

Explore Ooty on foot and take a ride on the famous Toy Train. Drive to Kochi.

Watch an ancient method of catching fish at the Chinese fishing nets and explore Fort Kochi.

Float through the tranquil Keralan backwaters on a traditional houseboat.

Visit colourful markets and spice plantations. Drive to Madurai.

Discover the Meenakshi Temple’s nine gates, 12 towers and dramatic halls.

4

FEB

5/6

MAR

APR

7

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

11

OCT

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SRI LANKA

BACKWATERS CRUISE

12

DAY

13

DAY

14

Take the train Explore the Trip ends at to Chennai and Shore Temple, Mamallapuram. drive to the a UNESCO beaches of the World Bay of Bengal. Heritage Site, and the 7th century Mandapa Caves.

NOV

DEC

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Kerala Backwaters INDIA

FROM

Unwind on this relaxing exploration of Kerala, a corner of India known by its welcoming locals as ‘God’s own country’. Cruise the tranquil backwaters by houseboat, trek in search of wildlife in beautiful Periyar National Park and visit hilltop tea and spice plantations. Along the way we discover the culture, palaces and history of colonial Kochi, and spend a night in a family-run homestay learning about local life.

$1760 TRIP ONLY

9

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from $410 TRIP CODE: KB TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights premium hotel, 2 nights simple homestay, 1 night simple boat and 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

Extend your trip Travel by train to the Kovalam Beach area and spend two nights relaxing on the beaches. Trip code: KBB

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with Highlights of Sri Lanka (Trip code: SLH) to experience the best of the ‘Paradise Island’. Trip code: KSL

INDIAN OCEAN KOCHI

Mattancherry Palace, Harbour cruise

ALLEPPEY

Why not walk?

Backwaters Cruise Stay in houseboat

MUNNAR

INDIA

Tea Museum

THEKKADY

Periyar National Park Spice garden

CARDAMOM REGION

On Foot in Kerala

Explore on foot with our moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: WIK

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAYS

DAY

Join trip in Kochi.

Discover Kochi’s Dutch and Jewish heritage, Chinese fishing nets and spectacular Kathakali dancing.

Drive through rolling hills of spice and tea plantations to the town of Munnar. Visit a tea museum.

Visit a tea plantation before travelling to Thekkady. Take a walk through a spice garden.

Take a nature walk in Periyar National Park. Drive to Alleppey and meet our homestay hosts.

Spend a day exploring local villages. Try cooking a local curry or learn to play traditional games.

Relax on a houseboat, floating through the tranquil Kerala backwaters. Return to Kochi.

Trip ends in Kochi.

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3

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FEB

MAR

4

APR

MAY

5

JUN

JUL

6

AUG

SEP

OCT

7/8

NOV

DEC

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South India Explorer INDIA

FROM

This overland journey from south India’s Coromandel Coast to the Arabian Sea at Goa is an ideal way to meet the welcoming local people as we travel by public bus, train and boat for most of our journey. Explore intricately carved temple complexes and bustling cities, cruise along the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, climb to the cool heights of the Western Ghats, and spend time relaxing on tropical sandy beaches.

$2410 17 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $600 TRIP CODE: QDS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 8 nights simple hotel, 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple overnight train and 1 night simple homestay. MEALS: 14 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our North India Explorer trip (Trip code: QIN) for a 32-day Indian adventure. Trip code: QIS

Margaon

GOA

HAMPI

Hospet

CHENNAI Chengelpet

MYSORE

MAMALLAPURAM

Maharaja’s Palace

OOTY

Toy Train via Coonor

INDIA METUPALAYAM

Beachside temples (optional)

Coimbatore

Arabian Sea

KOCHI ALLEPPEY

MADURAI Meenakshi Temple

Homestay

QUILON INDIAN OCEAN

DAY

1

DAYS

DAY

2/3

Join trip Relax and at Chennai explore the Airport. shore and Transfer to cave temples the coastal before taking town of a sleeper Mamallapuram. train to Madurai.

4

DAYS

5/6

JAN

FEB

DAY

DAY

DAY

Explore Fort Kochi and watch Kerala’s famous Kathakali dancers perform.

Travel by train across the Western Ghats to the hill station of Ooty.

Ride the on the Toy Train through the Nilgiri Mountains and explore Ooty.

Travel by public bus to Mysore, the ‘City of Palaces’.

7/8

Free time to Drive across explore the the Cardamom incredible Hills. Float halls, through gateways tranquil and towers backwaters of the and stay with a Meenakshi local family. Temple.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

DAYS

MAR

APR

9

MAY

10

JUN

JUL

11

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAYS

12

13/14

Visit Mysore’s Free time grand to explore Maharaja’s the temples Palace and the and ruins of sacred Nandi the ancient Bull. Take a Vijayangar sleeper train capital, to Hospet. Hampi.

OCT

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NOV

DEC

DAYS

DAY

Take a train to Goa. Explore the Portuguese influenced city of Panjim or the beaches.

Trip ends in Goa.

15/16

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North India Explorer INDIA

FROM

Explore the diverse cities and landscapes of North India by train, bus and traditional sail boat. From the palaces of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur to the pilgrimage centre of Varanasi and the magnificent Taj Mahal, we uncover the country’s fascinating architectural and religious heritage. Cruise along the magnificent Ganges, watching the daily rituals of the villages that flank this sacred river and camp for a night on its banks.

$2050 16 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $380 TRIP CODE: QIN TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Simple 10 nights simple hotel, 3 nights simple overnight train, 1 night simple camping and 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our North India Explorer trip (Trip code: QDS) for a 32-day Indian adventure. Trip code: QIS PAKISTAN

CHINA

DELHI

NEPAL

Old Delhi tour

AGRA

Taj Mahal

PUSHKAR

Desert camel safari

Fatehpur Sikri

Amjer

Batoli Ghat

Yam u

na

VARANASI

Allahabad

RIVER BEACH

INDIA

Gan

ges BANGLADESH

JAIPUR

Observatory Palace of the Winds Amber Fort

Ghats Aarti ceremony Sarnath

2 days Ganges sailing

UDAIPUR

Walking tour Ghats Jagdish Temple

KOLKATA

Flower Market

BAY OF BENGAL

DAY

DAY

DAYS

DAYS

DAYS

DAY

Join trip in Delhi.

Hire a rickshaw to explore Old Delhi before taking a sleeper train to Udaipur.

Two full days to explore Udaipur including a walking tour of the old town and the Jagdish Temple.

Travel by train and Jeep to Pushkar. Watch the sunrise from Savitri Temple.

Explore the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur with time to visit the Amber Fort and Palace of the Winds.

Take a train to Agra and spend the afternoon exploring the city.

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2

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JAN

5/6

FEB

7/8

MAR

APR

DAY

9

MAY

10

JUN

DAYS

11/12

Watch the Board sunrise over traditional the beautiful boats and sail Taj Mahal. down the holy Take a Ganges, sleeper train camping to Allahabad. overnight on the river banks. JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

13

14

DAY

DAY

15

16

Float down A free day Choose to the Ganges to explore visit St John’s from Varanasi Varanasi Church, as the sun before taking Mother rises or an overnight Teresa’s house explore the train to or the clay nearby temple Kolkata. modellers complex at village of Sarnath. Kumartuli. OCT

NOV

DEC

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Indian Rail Odyssey INDIA

FROM

Taking to the tracks of India’s extensive railway system, we travel from the holy Sikh city of Amritsar in the north to Kerala’s beautiful backwaters in the south. Uncovering the history of Delhi’s colonial past, exploring the Pink City of Jaipur and visiting the magnificent Taj Mahal, we discover Mughal treasures, search for tigers, relax on tropical beaches, and wander through jungle-lined foothills on this fascinating trip around India.

$4100 21 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1120 TRIP CODE: RIN TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 14 nights standard hotel, 3 nights premium hotel and 3 nights simple overnight train. MEALS: 20 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included.

CHINA (TIBET)

AMRITSAR

Golden Temple Wagah border

PAKISTAN DELHI City tour

NEPAL

Taj Mahal

AGRA

JAIPUR

Palace of the Winds Observatory Amber Fort

Fatehpur Sikri

INDIA MUMBAI

Towers of Silence Ghandi Museum Dhobi Ghats India Gate

GOA

Spice tour

MYSORE

Palace

OOTY KOCHI

Alleppey

DAY

1

Join trip in Amritsar.

DAY

2

DAYS

3/4

Contrast Explore Old the calm Delhi’s winding atmosphere alleys by at the Golden rickshaw. Visit Temple with Humayun’s the lively Tomb before Wagah border driving to ceremony. Agra.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

DAYS

DAYS

DAY

9

10-12

13/14

Watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal and explore the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Visit Jaipur’s hilltop Amber Fort and City Palace Museum. Take a sleeper train to Mumbai.

Experience Mumbai daily life at the municipal dhobi ghats and visit Gandhi’s house.

Travel by train to Goa and wander through Panjim’s wide streets. Take a train to Bangalore.

Discover the grand Mysore Palace and the giant sculpture of Shiva’s sacred bull, Nandi.

5/6

FEB

7/8

MAR

APR

MAY

DAYS

JUN

JUL

DAYS

AUG

SEP

DAYS

DAYS

15/16

17/18

Take two Drive to the safaris in old British Bandipur hill station of National Ooty. Take a Park, ride on the searching Toy Train. for tiger, elephant and wild boar. OCT

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NOV

DEC

Bangalore

BANDIPUR NP

Game drives Toy Train to Coonoor Coimbatore Explore backwaters by houseboat

DAYS

DAY

See the day’s catch at Kochi’s Chinese fishing nets. Relax on a cruise through the backwaters.

Trip ends in Kochi.

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Treasures of Central India INDIA

FROM

On this trip to India uncover the country’s rich history, and its cultural and religious heritage, discovering the vibrant city of Mumbai before exploring the painted caves and rock-cut temples of Ajanta and Ellora. After wandering through the extensive ruins of ancient capitals at Hampi and Hospet, the trip comes to an end in Goa, with its relaxed atmosphere, old Portuguese town and fabulous long sandy beaches.

$2760 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $710 TRIP CODE: CG TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included.

Ajanta Caves Buddhist paintings

Ellora Caves

AURANGABAD Daulatabad Fort

MUMBAI

INDIA

BIDAR

Tombs

Gulbarga Fort & Tombs

HYDERABAD Charminar Golcanda Fort

BIJAPUR

Gol Gumbaz

BADAMI

Aihole & Pattadakal temples

Caves

GOA

Old Goa

DAY

1

Join trip in Mumbai.

DAY

2

3

Discover the Free time to vibrant city of explore more Mumbai. Visit of Mumbai the municipal before dhobi ghats taking the and Mahatma afternoon Gandhi’s train to museum. Aurangabad.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

142

DAY

JAN

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAYS

DAY

Discover ancient Buddhist stories painted on the walls of Ajanta Caves.

Visit Daulatabad Fort and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ellora Caves.

Explore Hyderabad’s lively bazaars and colourful Islamic monuments.

Discover ruined palaces and tombs of Bahamani Kings in Bidar and Bijapur.

Walk through the vast Gol Gumbaz Mausoleum and Jama Masjid Mosque.

4

FEB

5

MAR

APR

6

MAY

7/8

JUN

JUL

9

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

10

11

HOSPET

DAYS

DAY

12/13

14

Visit Spend time Take a day Badami’s exploring the train to cave temples deserted city Goa and and take of Hampi. spend time a tour of See the exploring the Aihole’s temples of Portuguese Hindu Virupaksha influenced temples. and Vittala. old town.

OCT

NOV

DEC

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Hampi Ancient capital of the Vijayanagar kings

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Tribes and Wildlife of Gujarat INDIA

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Dotted with walled cities and small villages inhabited by warm and friendly people, India’s north-western state of Gujarat is a corner of India well worth exploring. Search for wildlife in Gir National Park – the only place in the world where Asiatic lions can be seen in the wild, explore tribal villages and impressive salt pan desert scenery at the Rann of Kutch and visit Gandhi’s ashram in Ahmedabad. Along the way we discover elaborate temples and fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

$2760 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $810 TRIP CODE: GAD TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

BAJANA

BHUJ

Tribal villages Great Rann of Kutch

Little Rann of Kutch

AHMEDABAD

JAMNAGAR

Marine National Park

VADODARA

BHAVNAGAR

Jain Hill Temples

DWARKA

Laxmi Villas, Champaner Archaeological Park

Dwarkadhish Temple

GIR NP

Train from Mumbai

Jeep safaris

MUMBAI

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Continue Discover the Enjoy a Drive to Discover the Travel to exploring UNESCO heritage walk Bajana via incredible Jamnagar Mumbai World of Ahmedabad the Sun salt pan and join the before taking Heritage and visit Temple at landscape world record the train to Site of Gandhi’s Modhera and and tribal chanting at the Vadodora. Champanerashram. the Queen’s villages of Bala Hanuman Pavagadh. Stepwell at the Great Temple. Drive to Rani Ki Vav. Rann of Ahmedabad. Kutch.

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Explore Drive to Gir Take an early Climb to Jamnagar National Park morning safari the top of Marine Park and take an in Gir before Shatrunjaya and drive to evening safari driving to Hill and the holy city searching for Bhavnagar. marvel at of Dwarka. Asiatic lions. the temples. Return to Ahmedabad.

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SEP

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Mughal Highlights INDIA

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Experience chaotic and colourful Delhi, the timeless beauty of Agra’s famous Taj Mahal and the regal architecture of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur on this cultural trip around India’s Golden Triangle. Along the way discover the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, witness Rajasthani village life in rural Karauli and search for Bengal tigers in Ranthambore National Park.

$1630

9

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $300 TRIP CODE: MG TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners are included.

Why not cycle? Cycle India – The Golden Triangle

Explore on two wheels with our moderate grade cycle holiday. Trip code: CIR

DELHI

Chandni Chowk & Humayun’s Tomb

INDIA Bharatpur

AGRA

Amber Fort Fatehpur Sikri

JAIPUR

Palace of the Winds City Palace Observatory

KARAULI

Rural life, Old Palace

RANTHAMBORE

Jeep safari

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Join trip in Delhi. Discover New Delhi’s spectacular buildings.

Explore Old Delhi’s narrow lanes and spice markets before travelling by road to Agra.

Watch the sunrise over the magnificent Taj Mahal. Free time to discover more of Agra and visit the Baby Taj.

Explore the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri and drive to Karauli where we stay in a traditional haveli.

Ride on a camel cart through the town before joining locals on the banks of the Ganges for the evening aarti ceremony.

Search for Bengal tigers and sloth bears during a Jeep safari in Ranthambore National Park.

Take an early morning Jeep safari in Ranthambore before driving to the majestic ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur.

Visit the hilltop Amber Fort and view the incredible facade of the Palace of the Winds.

Trip ends in Jaipur.

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The Golden Triangle INDIA

FROM

Travel through the cultural heart of vibrant northern India and explore the region’s Golden Triangle, from the narrow lanes of Old Delhi to the city of Agra and Jaipur in the Rajasthan Desert. Discover Old and New Delhi, watch the sunset at the Taj Mahal, visit the abandoned red-sandstone settlement of Fatehpur Sikri and discover the Amber Fort and City Palace of Jaipur, the famous ‘Pink City’ of Rajasthan.

$1230 TRIP ONLY

7

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from $330 TRIP CODE: GTI TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Premium 6 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included.

DELHI

Chandni Chowk Qutub Minar

INDIA

AGRA

Fort & Taj Mahal Fatehpur Sikri

JAIPUR

Amber Palace

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Join trip in Delhi. Discover New Delhi including the Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb.

Explore Old Delhi’s spice markets and narrow, winding, busy streets by cycle rickshaw and on foot.

Travel by road to Agra and watch the sunset over the famously beautiful Taj Mahal.

Look back at the magnificent Taj Mahal from Agra’s dramatic Red Fort and visit the impressive Baby Taj.

Visit Akbar’s deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri and the Chand Baori stepwell en route to Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur.

Explore the hilltop Amber Fort and test the astronomical measuring equipment at Jaipur’s observatory.

Trip ends in Jaipur.

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MAR

4

APR

MAY

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Highlights of Northern India INDIA

FROM

Travelling on India’s incredible rail network, this adventure explores the best that north India has to offer. From the dramatic Mughal architecture of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur to a camel safari in the desert at Pushkar. Search for Bengal tigers in Ranthambore National Park and take a river safari in Chambal Sanctuary on the lookout for Gangetic River dolphins, softshell turtles and sarus cranes. In Varanasi, India’s holiest city, take a boat trip on the sacred Ganges to witness the evening aarti ceremony.

$2460 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $710 TRIP CODE: DIH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel, 2 nights standard lodge and 2 nights overnight train. MEALS: 14 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.

Festival Departures Kumbh Mela The world’s largest gathering of people, the deeply spiritual Kumbh Mela, occurs every few years at one of four sacred riverside locations. Joining the millions of pilgrims and holy men as they take to the waters to wash away their sins is an incredible experience, and one that takes you to the heart of Indian culture.

TIBET

DELHI

Old Delhi, Qutub Minar

AGRA

Pushkar Camel Fair Each year in the autumn thousands of people visit the annual fair at Pushkar to trade camels and other livestock, as it has been on this site for centuries. The fair is a huge event, and an ideal time to mix with local families and join in the festivities. For more details please refer to our website.

DAY

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Taj Mahal, Baby Taj

PUSHKAR

Savitri Temple

146

JAN

INDIA

JAIPUR

Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds

CHAMBAL

RANTHAMBORE NP

Bateshwar Temples, River safari

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Sarnath

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VARANASI River Ganges

Jeep safaris

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6/7

Join trip Take a Discover Travel Search for in Delhi. Visit rickshaw ride Jaipur’s through the Bengal tigers Humayun’s in Old Delhi hilltop Amber desert on a on two Jeep Tomb and the and wander Fort and the camel and safaris in Qutub Minar through the incredibly watch the Ranthambore in New Delhi. narrow lanes accurate sunset from National Park. of the spice sundials at the Pushkar’s market. observatory. Savitri Temple.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

NEPAL

FEB

MAR

APR

DAY

DAY

DAY

Watch the sunrise over the beautiful Taj Mahal and discover the dramatic Agra Fort.

Travel to Chambal and take a nature walk through the sanctuary.

Search for Gangetic River dolphins before exploring the riverside temples of Bateshwar.

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MAY

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JUL

10

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SEP

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11/12

13

Travel to Visit the Varanasi and Buddhist join devotees temples for the at Sarnath evening aarti before taking ceremony on an overnight the banks of train to the Ganges. Delhi.

OCT

NOV

DEC

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Free time to explore Delhi.

Trip ends in Delhi.

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Rajasthan – Land of the Maharajahs INDIA

FROM

On this memorable journey we trace the old camel caravan routes through Rajasthan, discovering magnificent forts, ornate temples and delightful market towns. Travelling through desert scenery to the ancient ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer and often staying in old palaces and heritage hotels, we visit the hilltop Amber Fort overlooking the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and watch the sunrise over the incredible Taj Mahal.

$2660 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $740 TRIP CODE: RD TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Premium 10 nights premium hotel and 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

Festival Departures Pushkar Camel Fair Each year in the autumn thousands of people visit the annual fair at Pushkar to trade camels and other livestock, as it has been on this site for centuries. The fair is a huge event, and an ideal time to mix with local families and join in the festivities. For more details please refer to our website.

Old Delhi Qutub Minar

DELHI

BIKANER

THAR DESERT

Junagarh Fort

JAISALMER

Fort, Jain Temple

Why not walk?

Fatehpur Sikri

RAJASTHAN

JAIPUR

JODHPUR

Mehrangarh Fort

AGRA

Amber Fort, City Palace

Taj Mahal, Baby Taj

GHANERAO

Ranakpur Temple, Kumbhalgarh Fort

UDAIPUR

Rajasthan Village Trails

City Palace, Jagdish Temple

INDIA

Explore on foot with our easy to moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: RVT

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Delhi. Explore New Delhi’s wide boulevards and visit the Qutub Minar.

Ride a cycle rickshaw through Old Delhi’s winding lanes. Drive to Agra.

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Watch the Visit View the sunrise over Emperor ornate the beautiful Akbar’s facade of Taj Mahal. deserted city the Palace Visit Agra at Fatehpur of the Winds Fort and the Sikri en before Baby Taj. route to visiting the Jaipur. Amber Fort.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

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DAYS

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9/10

Stroll through Bikaner’s colourful bazaars and visit Bhandasar Jain Temple.

Travel to Jaisalmer in the Thar Desert. Walk through the fort and visit traditional havelis.

Discover the majestic Mehrangarh Fort with its flamboyant Mughal architecture.

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JUN

JUL

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Explore the Visit the Gain an temple town 15th century insight into of Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh the life of the home to Fort before Maharajas beautiful travelling to at the carved Jain the lakeside sprawling Temples. city of City Palace. Udaipur.

OCT

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NOV

DEC

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Indian Wildlife Adventure INDIA

FROM

This adventure takes us deep in to the heart of India, discovering magnificent wildlife and scenery in four different national parks that have one wonderful thing in common: Bengal tigers! In Satpura we venture out by boat, four-wheel drive and on foot in search of sloth bear, leopard and crocodile, while chital, sambar and nilgai are often spotted in Kanha. Pench is the delightful inspiration for Kipling’s Jungle Book and Tadoba takes us off the beaten path to a rarely visited park and tiger reserve. An ideal trip for lovers of wildlife, nature or India.

$4300 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1090 TRIP CODE: WSI TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel and 2 nights standard camping. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 9 dinners are included.

BHOPAL

SATPURA NP

KANHA NP

Canoe, Jeep and walking safari

Jeep safaris

PENCH NP

INDIA

Jeep safaris Nagpur

TADOBA NP

Jeep safaris

MUMBAI

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11/12

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Join trip in Bhopal.

Visit Sanchi, the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence, and the ancient rock-cut Jain hermit dwellings at Udayagiri.

Discover the Bhojesvar Temple and the Stone Age rock shelters of Bhimbetka, the earliest traces of humans in India.

Seek out tigers and other wildlife in Satpura with four safaris by 4WD, boat and on foot.

Travel to Kanha to continue the quest for exotic wildlife with two more safaris.

After a final safari in Kanha, travel by road to Pench National Park.

Follow in the footsteps of Kipling with three safaris at Pench. Drive to Tadoba to continue searching for tigers.

Enjoy three more safaris in Tadoba National Park and fly to India’s commercial capital, Mumbai.

Experience vibrant Mumbai including the Gateway of India. Trip ends in Mumbai.

DEC

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Kolkata to Amritsar INDIA

FROM

Travel on India’s extensive rail network from Kolkata in the Bay of Bengal to Amritsar’s Golden Temple. Explore India’s holiest places including the birth place of Buddhism in Bodhgaya and the sacred city of Varanasi. We also sail along the Ganges in a fishing boat and ride on a steam train to an old Himalayan hill station. Travelling mainly by train we get a chance to mix with local families and really get under the skin of the country.

$2450 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $680 TRIP CODE: RBA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included.

Festival Departures PAKISTAN

Kumbh Mela The world’s largest gathering of people, the deeply spiritual Kumbh Mela, occurs every few years at one of four sacred riverside locations. Joining the millions of pilgrims and holy men as they take to the waters to wash away their sins is an incredible experience, and one that takes you to the heart of Indian culture. For more details please refer to our website.

Wagah Border

SHIMLA 2130m Old Colonial hill station

AMRITSAR

Golden Temple

CHINA

Kalka Toy Train

Ambala

NEPAL

DELHI

City Tour

Taj Mahal Red Fort

AGRA

Fatehpur Sikri Sarnath Buddist Shrines

Yam u

na

INDIA

VARANASI Boat trip

Gan

ges

BODHGAYA

BANGLADESH

Bodhgaya Birth place of Buddhism

KOLKATA

Colonial architecture Hooghly River

BAY OF BENGAL

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DAY

Join trip in Kolkata (Calcutta).

Stroll through Kolkata’s famous flower market and colonial Dalhousie Square.

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6

Travel by train Explore the to Bodhgaya holy city of and visit Varanasi, the site of visit the Buddha’s temples at enlightenment. Sarnath and sail on the Ganges.

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FEB

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7

APR

MAY

DAY

Watch the sunrise over the magnificent Taj Mahal and travel by road to Delhi.

Explore Old Delhi’s spice markets and narrow, winding, busy streets by cycle rickshaw and on foot.

8

Free time Discover to explore Akbar the Varanasi’s Great’s narrow deserted city streets of Fatehpur before Sikri en taking the route to overnight Agra. train to Agra.

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Take the Walk through Take a train to train to Shimla’s Amritsar. Visit Kalka before colonial the Golden boarding the streets and Temple and Toy Train visit Viceregal watch the to the old Lodge, former dramatic British hill home of border station of the British ceremony Shimla. Viceroy. at Wagah. OCT

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NOV

DEC

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Little Tibet INDIA

FROM

Join this journey across the great Himalaya to Little Tibet, the ancient Buddhist enclave of Ladakh on India’s northern border. Here we walk through dramatic scenery, discover mountain caves, and visit Tibetan-Buddhist monasteries. Following one of the world’s highest roads through snow-covered peaks and temple towns, we travel from the hill station of Dharamsala, the home of the Dalai Lama, to the monasteries and barren landscapes of Leh.

$3070 16 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $660 TRIP CODE: LT TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple guesthouse and 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners are included.

Festival Departures Indus Valley hikes Saspol 3500m

Hemis, Daktok and Phyang Certain departures are timed to coincide with the spectacular Buddhist festivals held at the Hemis, Daktok and Phyang monasteries. During these colourful events, the lamas perform masked dances accompanied by drums, cymbals and long horns. Each dance tells a story and the locals come from far and wide in their best traditional clothes to take part in the celebrations. For more details please refer to our website.

KEYLONG

Home of the Dalai Lama

Rohtang La 3977m pass

MANALI

Join trip in Amritsar. Visit the stunning Golden Temple and poignant Jalianwala Gardens.

Drive to Dharamsala. Take gentle walks to explore the town’s many monasteries.

Travel to Mandi and discover several of the town’s 81 temples.

Visit Nagar Castle, overlooking the Kulu Valley. Optional walks in and around Manali.

Cross the Rohtang La Pass (3,977m) on the way to Keylong and visit the Khardang Monastery.

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Free time Climb to the Wind along in Jespa to Baralacha through the enjoy the La Pass Gata Loops, mountainous (4,891m) and 21 hairpin landscape. descend to bends, on the Sarchu. road to Leh.

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JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

DAYS

hi

Holy city of the Sikhs Golden Temple

To Del

AMRITSAR

DAY

JAN

SARCHU Baralacha La 4891m pass

DHARAMSALA

DAYS

4

Hemis Gompa

JESPA

DAY

2/3

Visit Gompas by jeep

Tanglang La 5328m pass Lachlang La 5065m pass

DAYS

DEPARTURE MONTHS

150

INDIA

DAY

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LEH

ALCHI

Alchi Gompa Whitewater rafting optional

Kulu

MANDI Temples

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Visit the monasteries at Thiksey, Tak Tak and Hemis and raft on the Indus River.

Walk to Saspol Caves, Rizong Monastery and Likir Gompa.

Fly to Delhi and explore the narrow streets of Old Delhi, and the wide open avenues of New Delhi.

Trip ends in Delhi.

OCT

NOV

DEC

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Highlights of Assam and Nagaland INDIA

FROM

This adventurous trip sees us heading in to India’s northeastern states of Meghalaya, Assam and Nagaland. After a brief stop in Guwahati we explore the tribal Khasi villages of Cherrapunjee and test their ingenious living tree bridges. We spend time in Kaziranga National Park searching for rhino before moving on to Majuli Island, one of the world’s largest river islands. While in Nagaland we explore Ao Naga and Regma tribal villages as well as visiting Longwa, where half of the village is in India and the rest in Burma.

$5010 16 DAYS TRIP ONLY

TRIP CODE: ANN TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple guesthouse, 2 nights simple lodge, 2 nights simple hut. MEALS: 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners are included.

Festival Departures Hornbill Festival Celebrated each December, this festival is the coming together of all the tribes in Nagaland. Traditional songs and dances are performed by each tribe and there is even a Naga chilli eating contest. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all across the state and enjoy the carnival atmosphere. For more details please refer to our website.

DAY

1

Join trip in Guwahati.

DAYS

2/3

DAY

4

Explore Walk Umananda through Temple. Visit Khasi Elephant Falls Villages to and Shillong the unique Peak on living tree the way to root bridges. Cherrapunjee.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

CHINA

DIBRUGARH Tea factory

MAJULI ISLAND

B

Longwa Village

MON

Nimatighat

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MOKOCHUNG

KAZIRANGA NP Jeep safaris

KOHIMA

GUWAHATI

INDIA

War Cemetery

CHERRAPUNJEE

Living tree bridge walk

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Take a Jeep safari in search of Asian onehorned rhino in Kaziranga National Park.

Cross in to Nagaland and drive to the capital, Kohima.

Meet members of the Angami tribe at Jakhma and Kigwema villages.

Drive to Mokochung, stopping to meet the Regma tribe at Tseminyu Village on the way.

Explore monasteries and fishing villages on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Majuli Island.

Travel to Mon in Nagaland, populated by members of the Aos and Konyak tribes.

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16

Visit Longwa Stay in Village, set traditional tea part in India bungalows and part in on a working Burma. plantation in Dibrugarh. Fly to Kolkata.

NOV

DEC

Trip ends in Kolkata (Calcutta).

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Delhi to Kathmandu INDIA - NEPAL

FROM

This journey takes us from Delhi to some of India’s great cultural sights and into Nepal. We visit the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park and marvel at the incredible Taj Majal. Camping on a riverside beach for the night, we sail along the Ganges to the spiritual city of Varanasi. In Nepal we discover Buddha’s birthplace, search for one-horned rhino, see the snow-capped Himalaya and explore Kathmandu.

$3840 17 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $890 TRIP CODE: DKD TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 1 night simple overnight train and 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 16 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

NEPAL

DELHI

City tour

POKHARA

LUMBINI AGRA

Taj Mahal, Agra Fort

JAIPUR

Buddha’s birthplace

INDIA

CHITWAN NP Jungle walks & Jeep safari

Bharatpur Fatehpur Sikri

Palace of the Winds Observatory

TIBET

KATHMANDU Mt Everest 8848m Bodhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath

Gorakpur

RANTHAMBORE

Ga

2 days Ganges sailing

ng

Game drives

es

Sarnath

Allahabad

VARANASI Burning ghats

CHUNAR

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Watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal. Take an overnight train to Allahabad.

Board sailing boats and float down the Ganges, camping overnight on the river bank.

Visit the bathing ghats in holy Varanasi and visit the Buddhist temples at Sarnath.

Cross the border into Nepal and travel to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Explore Chitwan National Park in search of the famous one-horned rhino.

Drive to Pokhara and walk through villages to the hilltop Peace Pagoda.

6

Join trip Explore Old Visit the Take two in Delhi. Delhi’s spice impressive Jeep safaris Explore New market and Amber Fort, in search of Delhi’s wide take the train City Palace the mighty avenues to Jaipur. and the Palace Bengal tiger. and visit the of the Winds. Travel to Qutub Minar. Agra.

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Transfer to Trip ends Kathmandu in Kathmandu. and explore the markets and the temples of Durbar Square.

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Discover Nepal NEPAL

FROM

An exciting journey through Nepal, starting with the gilded Hindu temples, ancient towns and Buddhist stupas of the Kathmandu Valley. From Pokhara we’ll walk to the Peace Pagoda for panoramic views of the Annapurna range before travelling to the Newari town of Bandipur. We then explore Chitwan National Park, searching for one-horned rhino, sloth bear and leopard by Jeep and on foot.

$2760 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $780 TRIP CODE: DN TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel and 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Why not walk? Annapurna Panorama

Explore on foot with our moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: RT

TIBET

Machhapuchhre ‘Fishtail Peak’ 6993m

POKHARA

HIM ALA YA

Annapurna 2 7937m

Ridge walk

Gorkha

BANDIPUR

Bodnath stupa

KATHMANDU NAGARKOT Himalayan sunrise

KURINTAR

optional rafting

Bhaktapur Medieval town

CHITWAN NP

NEPAL

Jungle walks & Jeep safari

INDIA

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Join trip in Kathmandu.

Walk through the temples and bazaars of Kathmandu’s Durbar Square.

Explore Bhaktapur, the ‘city of devotees’, and drive to Nagarkot.

Watch the sunrise over the Himalaya and explore the villages and farms of Nagarkot.

Try whitewater rafting on the Trisuli River or relax in Kurintar.

Visit Gorkha, the home of the Gurkha soldiers, and walk through local villages.

Drive to Pokhara and explore the town with views of the Annapurna range as a backdrop.

Visit Pokhara’s Mountain Museum and the Tibetan community of Tashling.

Drive to the hilltop town of Bandipur. Visit the temple and stroll through the local bazaar.

Search for the rare onehorned rhino in Chitwan National Park.

Return to Kathmandu. Free time to visit the city’s temples.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

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4

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MAY

7/8

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JUL

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SEP

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DEC

15

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Inside the Hidden Kingdoms INDIA - BHUTAN - NEPAL

FROM

Travel on this cultural adventure from bustling Kolkata and the nearby Sundarbans, through the tea plantations of Darjeeling and into the fascinating Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. Along the way we discover relics of the Raj, ruined monasteries and ancient temples. These aweinspiring religious sites are set against the dramatic backdrop of glorious scenery and the magnificent Himalayan Mountains.

$6650 21 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $980 TRIP CODE: BH TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 18 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium camping and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 20 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Festival Departures

Pemayangste Monastery

CHINA

PELLING

(TIBET)

To Kathmandu tour ends

Festivals in Bhutan Certain departures visit the colourful monastic festivals of Paro and Thimphu, held annually in Bhutan. The festivals are held in the courtyards of the Dzongs and feature elaborate masked dances depicting traditional stories of gods offering protection against evil spirits. The festivals are an important event for the local people, who attend wearing their best traditional dress.

THIMPHU PUNAKHA

Taktsang Monastery

PARO GANGTOK KALIMPONG DARJEELING NEPAL

Himalayan sunrise views

Dochu La Pass 3050m

BHUTAN

PHUENTSHOLING

INDIA

Ghoom Monastery Visit by ‘Toy Train’

BANGLADESH

INDIA

KOLKATA

Colonial architecture Hooghly River

Sunderban

NP

SUNDERBAN TIGER CAMP Tigers & Wildlife

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Join trip in Kolkata (Calcutta) and explore this bustling city.

Cruise the Sundarbans in search of Bengal tigers and other wildlife.

Overnight train to Darjeeling. Explore the town and watch the sunrise over the Himalaya.

Ride the Toy Train to Ghoom Monastery and drive to Pelling.

Discover Sikkim’s Kecheopelri Lake and Pemayangtse Monastery.

Drive to Gangtok via Rabdentse. Visit Drodul Chorten.

Visit Rumtek Monastery and drive to Kalimpong. Arrive in Bhutan.

Discover Bhutan’s captial Thimphu and the Tashichho Dzong.

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Cross the Drive to Dochu La Paro and Pass (3,050m) hike to the on the drive famous to Punakha. Tiger’s Nest Camp on the Monastery. banks of the Mo Chu River.

OCT

NOV

DEC

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Fly to Kathmandu and explore the winding alleyways and busy temples of Nepal’s capital.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

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Festivals of Bhutan NEPAL - BHUTAN

FROM

Peaceful monasteries, jagged Himalayan mountain peaks and deep, green valleys characterise this fascinating journey through the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. The annual monastery festival is the highlight of the social calendar, and we join the celebrations with the welcoming locals. After discovering this unique country’s rich cultural heritage we return to Kathmandu to sample busy and chaotic Nepalese city life.

$6150 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $360 TRIP CODE: BI TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners are included. Each departure visits a different annual festival. Please visit our website for full details.

PUNAKHA

Dzong Valley walks Farmhouse visit

Wangchuk memorial Traditional crafts

THIMPHU

Taktsang ‘Tigers Nest’ Monastery

Wangdi

BHUTAN

Kyichu Lhakhang

PARO From/To

Gangtey Gompa

Dochu La 3050m

PHOBJIKA

Black-necked cranes

Rimpung Dzong

KATHMANDU

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Join trip Fly to Bhutan Cross the Join locals at Watch the Travel into in Kathmandu. and explore Dochu La Pass the Punakha closing the Phobjika the peaceful (3,050m) on Festival. displays at Valley, Paro Valley. the way to Watch the festival winter Punakha. Visit monks before taking home to the Chimmi perform free time black-necked Lhakhang traditional to explore cranes. Visit Monastery. dances. Punakha. Gangtey Monastery.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

DAY

7

JUN

Drive to Thimphu and explore Bhutan’s incredibly relaxed capital city.

JUL

8

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10

Explore Drive to Paro, Thimphu stroll through including the the town impressive and visit the Tashicho museum and Dzong and Dzong. Memorial Chorten.

AUG

SEP

OCT

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Climb up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, overlooking the Paro Valley.

NOV

DEC

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11/12

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13

Fly to Trip ends Kathmandu in Kathmandu. and take a walking tour of Durbar Square and free time to explore the city. Go online for departure dates

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Spirit of Tibet NEPAL - CHINA (TIBET)

FROM

A spiritual and cultural journey across Tibet crossing high passes and discovering peaceful monasteries. In Lhasa we explore the Potala Palace, the Dalai Lama’s former residence, while at Gyantse we admire the sculptures of the Palkhor Choide Monastery. Travelling along the Friendship Highway we visit the Tibet’s North Everest Base Camp in the shadow of the mighty mountain before making our way back to Lhasa for our flight to Nepal.

$4910 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $810 TRIP CODE: TB TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 4 nights premium hotel and 2 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 14 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.

Thong La 5050m Pass

OLD TINGRI

LHASA

Potala Palace

SHIGATSE

Gasto La 5220m Pass

Tashilumpo Monastery Kumbum Stupa

TIBET

SHEKAR

GYANTSE

(China)

Rongphu

Samye Monastery

Gongkar Mindroling Monastery

TSETANG

Yumbulagang Palace

Everest Base camp Mt Everest 8848m

KATHMANDU

Bodnath Stupa Pashupatinath Temple

DAY

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Join trip in Kathmandu.

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2/3

DAY

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5

Explore the Fly to Tibet Cross the city’s bazaars and visit Brahmaputra and visit Yumbulagang River to Pashupatinath Palace – one visit Samye Temple and of the oldest Monastery Bodnath dwellings of the and village. Stupa. Tibetan kings.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

156

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FEB

MAR

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Drive to Lhasa, take a walk around the city and visit the Potala Palace and pilgrim temple of Jokhang. APR

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NEPAL

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8

INDIA

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10

Explore more Drive across Discover of Lhasa Karo La Pass Pala Manor including the (5010m) to and travel to Norblingka Gyantse. Visit Shigatse. Visit Summer the Palkhor the impressive Palace and Choide Tashilumpo the Sera Monastery and Monastery. Monastery. Kumbum Stupa.

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

BHUTAN

11/12

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DAY

Leave the Friendship Highway to visit Everest Base Camp and the monastery at Rongphu.

Cross the Ma La Pass (5200m) and drive through Nepal to Kathmandu.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

NOV

DEC

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ASIA

Discover Georgia GEORGIA

FROM

This short adventure into the Caucasus region of Central Asia uncovers this fascinating state of the former USSR. This trip combines sightseeing of cultural towns and cities and walks in the stunning countryside along with exploration of fascinating historical sights. We also experience warm Georgian hospitality with plenty of opportunities to eat delicious traditional home-cooked food with local families, and to sample some of the region’s famous wine.

$2050

9

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $340 TRIP CODE: GEO TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse and 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners are included.

Mt Kazbeg 5033m Ananuri Castle Uplistsikhe Cave town Gori Stalin Museum

AKHALTSIKHE

Rabath Castle Vardzia Cave town

KAZBEGI

Walk in mountains and dinner with local family Telavi Food Mtskheta Market ancient capital

TBILISI

Old town Walking tour

GEORGIA

RUSSIA Gremi Fort

KVARELI

Sighnaghi Winery visits and wine tasting

AZERBAIJAN

ARMENIA

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DAY

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DAY

DAY

Join trip in Tblisi.

Explore the churches and grand buildings of the Old Town. Take a cable car up to Narikala Fort.

Sample local wines and enjoy a homemade lunch with a family in the ‘Paris of Georgia’.

Further exploration of the wine region of Kakheti and barter with locals at a village fruit market.

Discover historic Uplistsikhe where an entire town has been carved into the mountainside.

Drive west, visiting the Stalin Museum and Rabath Castle, before reaching the cave town.

Stop off at the birthplace of Stalin on the scenic drive into the Greater Caucasus Mountains.

Enjoy a gentle walk through the rolling hills up to the wonderfully located Gergeti Church.

Trip ends in Tblisi.

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FEB

4

MAR

APR

5

MAY

JUN

6

JUL

AUG

7

SEP

OCT

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8

NOV

DEC

9

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Land of the Golden Fleece ARMENIA - GEORGIA

FROM

Journey through the Caucasus region of Central Asia and discover the diversity of a land straddling two continents which once formed part of the ancient Silk Road. Explore lively cities, walk through spectacular mountain scenery, sample the local tipple and learn about the history and culture of some of the most fascinating states of the former USSR. The trip can also be extended by three days to travel into Azerbaijan, a contrasting land that differs immensely in history, culture, religion and wealth.

$3650 16 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $660 TRIP CODE: GF TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel and 3 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 15 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners are included.

Extend your trip This trip can be extended with three days in Azerbaijan, a wealthy nation that offers a fascinating contrast to Georgia and Armenia. Trip code: GFA

Mt Kazbeg 5033m

GUDAURI

Gelati & Motsameta Monasteries

Ananuri

Uplistsikhe cave town Gori Stalin museum

KUTAISI

GEORGIA

Gremi Fort

RUSSIA

TELAVI

Mtskheta

Wine factory and wine tasting

TBILISI AKHALTSIKHE

Batumi Black Sea Coast Vardzia Cave town

Haghpat Monastery

ARMENIA

AZERBAIJAN

Dilijan

LAKE SEVAN YEREVAN

TURKEY

Garni and Geghard

Amberd Fortress Echmiadzin Holy City

Khor Virap Monastery

Lake Sevan Selim Caravanserai The Silk Road Noravank Monastery

Mt Ararat 5137

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Join trip in Yerevan.

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Explore Discover the Marvel at Explore the Drive onto Visit the Walk Stop off Explore the Yerevan, Hellenistic the imposing dramatic Kutaisi to UNESCOthrough the at the atmospheric lying in the temple at Amberd monastery explore this Listed tunnels and birthplace city of Tbilisi shadow Garni before Fortress and of Haghpat, ancient city. monastery stairways of Stalin with its of Mount continuing to sample some then cross into Take a day at Gelati and of the before taking narrow streets, Ararat. the UNESCO- Armenian Georgia and trip to the discover some remarkable a gentle churches, Visit the Listed wine in the continue onto Black Sea of the area’s cave town of walk in the synagogues Holy City of Geghard village of its medieval coastal town underground Vardzia. Kazbegi and mosques. Echmiadzin. Monastry. Areni. capital, Tbilisi. of Batumi. caves. Mountains.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

158

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APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

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Stroll around the farmers market in Telavi and gain an insight into local wine production.

Trip ends in Tbilisi.

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16

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ASIA

Golden Road to Samarkand UZBEKISTAN

FROM

Join us on the ancient Silk Road as we travel through this vast and remote Central Asian landscape. Highlights include the walled city of Khiva, where we discover a maze of twisted alleyways, medieval mosques and tombs. Following the old caravan route south, we see the fine Islamic architecture of Bokhara and Samarkand. We also have the opportunity to experience nomadic lifestyle when we stay in a traditional felt yurt.

$2640 12 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $490 TRIP CODE: UZ TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple hotel and 1 night simple yurt. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Mountain Kingdoms of the Silk Road trip (Trip code: KR). Trip code: KRU

KAZAKHSTAN

UZBEKISTAN Urgench

KHIVA Ancient walled city

Yurt stay and Camel riding

KYZYLKUM DESERT DESERT TASHKENT CAMP Chorsu Yangikasgan Karmana

BOKHARA Ark Citadel Emir’s Palace

TURKMENISTAN

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Tashkent.

Embark on a city tour to explore Tashkent and its eccentric metro stations.

Fly onto Urgench in western Uzbekistan and drive on to ancient Khiva.

Step back in time discovering the ancient and wellpreserved city of Khiva.

Drive along the old Silk Road and take in the wide open scenery on the drive to Bokhara.

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3

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JAN

4

FEB

5

MAR

APR

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8

Learn about A free day Take a camel the rich and in Bokhara ride across extensive to allow the desert history of for further and stay the UNESCO discovery of overnight in World this beautiful a traditional Heritage city. yurt. City of Bokhara. MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

Aydarkul Lake

Bazaar

SAMARKAND

Ulugh Beg Observatory TAJIKISTAN Registan Square

ZERAFSHAN MOUNTAINS

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Drive onto the fabled city of Samarkand and view the madrassahs of Registan Square.

Follow in the footsteps of Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great discovering Samarkand.

Free time to explore before catching the high-speed train to Tashkent.

Trip ends in Tashkent.

9

OCT

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10

NOV

DEC

11

12

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Mountain Kingdoms of the Silk Road KYRGYZSTAN - UZBEKISTAN

FROM

This adventure takes in parts of the ancient Silk Road trading route through the wild mountain landscape of Kyrgyzstan and across the border onto the dusty plains of Uzbekistan. As we journey from Bishkek over mountain passes and through fertile valleys on our way to Tashkent, we have the opportunity to stand on the shores of sublime mountain lakes, sleep in a yurt ‘nomad style’ and walk among ancient walnut forests. We also experience traditional food and warm Kyrgyz hospitality in our homestay, nestled in the foothills of the Baba Ata Mountains.

$3670 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $550 TRIP CODE: KR TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Simple 6 nights simple guesthouse, 3 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple homestay, 2 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple yurt. MEALS: 14 breakfasts and 6 dinners are included.

Why not walk? Walking in Kyrgyzstan

Explore on foot with our moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: WKYZ

Dungan Mosque

Burana Tower

BISHKEK

KAZAKHSTAN

KARAKOL

Chichkan Gorge hike

Issyk Kul

SUUSAMYR VALLEY

TASHKENT

KOCHKOR

Song Kul Lake

TOKTOGUL

Diety-Oguz Gorge Hike

SONG KUL

Yurt Stay

Arslanbob Walnut forest and waterfalls walk

Chorsu Bazaar

UZBEKISTAN FERGANA CITY

Osh

CHINA

KYRGYZSTAN

TAJIKISTAN

DAY

DAY

DAYS

Join trip in Bishkek.

Explore the sights of this young and vibrant city. Soak up the atmosphere in Osh Bazaar.

Travel to Karakol, which sits beside the scenic Issyk Kul Lake. Trek through Djety Oguz Gorge.

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3/4

DEPARTURE MONTHS

160

JAN

DAY

DAYS

5

6/7

Take a dip Experience in the lake the life of a and visit nomad when waterfalls en spending a route to the night in the traditional wilderness in town of a traditional Kochkor. yurt.

FEB

MAR

APR

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12

Take in the Trek past Experience Discover Travel wild mountain alpine lakes great local waterfalls through the scenery of and through food and and take a Fergana the Tien Shan spruce warm Kyrgyz walk through Valley, range on the forests hospitality at the ancient stopping off drive west to around our homestay towering at a bazaar the Suusamyr Chichkan in Djalalwalnut forests before Valley. Gorge. Abad. of Arslanbob. crossing into Uzbekistan. MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

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DAYS

DAY

Cross the breathtaking Kamchik Pass and explore the Uzbek capital’s wonderful architecture.

Trip ends in Tashkent.

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15

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Wonders of the Silk Road TURKMENISTAN - UZBEKISTAN

FROM

This trip showcases the culture and history of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan as we explore the ancient sites and ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Merv and the Parthian Fortress of Nisa. In Uzbekistan, we walk through the streets of the open air museum of Khiva, discover the beautiful blue domes and Islamic architecture of Bokhara and visit the mosques and madrassas of Samarkand.

$3670 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $760 TRIP CODE: SUZ TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

UZBEKISTAN

KAZAKHSTAN

Urgench

TASHKENT

KHIVA

Chorsu Bazaar

Ancient walled city

Ark Citadel Emir’s Palace

TURKMENISTAN

BOKHARA

KYZYLKUM DESERT

Farab

SAMARKAND

Ulugh Beg Observatory Registan Square

City tour & Nisa Fortress

ASHGABAT

Abiverd Fortress

Merv

MARY

IRAN

DAY

1

Join trip in Ashgabat.

DAY

2

DAYS

3/4

Embark on a Visit the city tour of lively Sunday Turkmenistan’s market white-marbled and the capital. once-mighty fortress of Nisa.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

DAY

DAYS

DAY

DAY

Explore the ancient city of Merv, home to an incredible array of relics and artefacts.

Cross the border into Uzbekistan and travel onto the UNESCO city of Bokhara.

Discover the Ark Citadel and Emir’s Palace. Take a walk through the characterful old town.

Continue the journey across wonderful desert scenery to Khiva.

5

FEB

6/7

MAR

APR

8

MAY

DAY

9

JUN

JUL

TAJIKISTAN

10

DAY

SEP

DAY

DAY

Explore the beautiful Registan Square and picturesque Bibi-Khanym Mosque of Samarkand.

Travel to the Uzbek capital, with a tour of the city and a chance to ride the flamboyant metro.

Trip ends in Tashkent.

12

Uncover the Arrive in rich wonders Samarkand of this by train, historic city, visit the including Ulugh Beg the Kunya Observatory Ark and and the Tah-Khauli sacred ShahPalace. i-Zinda. AUG

DAY

11

OCT

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NOV

DEC

13

14

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New Trip

Along the Pamir Highway TAJIKISTAN - KYRGYZSTAN - KAZAKHSTAN

FROM

Join us on this true adventure along the iconic ‘Pamir Highway’ – 1,250 kilometres of road (not all of it sealed!) that connects the ancient trading cities of Dushanbe and Osh. But it’s not limited to crossing just one mountain range, on this epic journey we also traverse the Tien Shan Mountains as we journey across wild Kygryz meadows and up and over the range to the cosmopolitan Kazkah city of Almaty. This is a journey of ever-changing scenery, high mountain passes, raging rivers, isolated villages and hardy people.

$7580 19 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1220 TRIP CODE: TAJ TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Simple 6 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple guesthouse, 4 nights simple homestay, 3 nights simple yurt and 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 12 dinners are included.

Charyn Canyon

ALMATY

Zenkov Cathedral Green Bazaar

KAZAKHSTAN

TEPKE

SONG KUL LAKE Yurt Camp

SUUSAMYR VALLEY

ISSYK KUL

Meadow walk

Fairytale Canyon

KYRGYZSTAN OSH UZBEKISTAN

TAJIKISTAN

KARAKUL

DUSHANBE

CHINA

Ak Baital Pass (4655m)

Navruz Palace

KALAIKHUM

KHOROG

MURGHAB

Pamiri heartland

ALICHUR

AFGHANISTAN

DAY

1

DAYS

2/3

DAY

4

Join trip Set off on Venture into in Dushanbe. the Pamir the Wakhan Explore the Highway Corridor Tajik capital in 4WDs. and take a on a walking Spot Afghan dip in the tour of the villages from Garmchashma city. across the hot springs. Panj River.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

162

JAN

DAY

DAYS

DAY

Continue along the Wakhan valley, visiting the impressive 3rd century Khahkha Fortress.

Climb higher into the Pamirs, crossing Khargush Pass and driving alongside mountain lakes.

Cross Kyzyl Art Pass and travel alongside Lenin’s Peak then descend to the Kyrgyz city of Osh.

5

FEB

6-8

MAR

APR

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9

MAY

DAY

10

JUN

Yashikul Lake

HISSOR

Wakhan Corridor Khahkha Fortress

11

Khargush Pass (4300m)

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Explore Full day’s Two-day this ancient drive through walk through trading the wilds of the Kyrgyz city at the Kyrgyzstan, meadows Kyrgyz end passing and summer of the M-41 Toktogul Lake pastures, – the Pamir to Suusamyr staying in a Highway. Valley. yurt by Song Kul Lake. JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

Drive to Lake Issyk Kul and stay at a local guesthouse in Tepke. Watch a horse and folklore show.

NOV

DEC

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DAY

17

DAYS

18/19

Cross the Spend time border into discovering Kazakhstan the and walk cosmopolitan along the rim city of Almaty. of Charyn Trip ends Canyon. in Almaty.

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Across the Kazakh Steppe KAZAKHSTAN

FROM

On this journey through the largest and richest of the ‘Stans’, explore the leafy streets of Almaty, discover Silk Road history in Turkestan and hike in the lush foothills of the mighty Tien Shan mountain range. We also visit the Cosmodrome at Baikonur where we learn about the Soviet and now Russian space programmes. The trip finishes in Kazakhstan’s wealthy capital, where gleaming glass-fronted buildings unashamedly jostle for position to catch the eye.

$6150 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1520 TRIP CODE: KAZ TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple guesthouse, 2 nights simple hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

KAZAKHSTAN Alzhir Soviet Gulag

ASTANA

Kazakh capital Modern architecture

BAIKONUR

Cosmodrome Buran Spacecraft

ALTYN EMEL NATIONAL PARK AKSU-DZHABAGLY NATURE RESERVE

Kyzlorda

Tien Shan mountains nature walk

TURKESTAN

DAY

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Join trip in Almaty.

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6/7

DAY

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8

Discover the In Altyn Emel Walk the rim Trek through Experience leafy green National of Charyn the beautiful the sweeping streets of Park, take Canyon Aksuexpanse of old Almaty in the before Dzhabagly the Kazakh and try panoramic catching an nature steppe as traditional landscape overnight reserve and we cross by Kazakh food and discover train west. see Silk Road day train to at Green the Singing history in Baikonur. Market. Dune. Turkestan.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

DAY

9

JUN

Spend the day among decommissioned spacecraft, try a cosmonaut’s seat and visit the Space Museum.

JUL

10

ALMATY

Charyn Canyon

Green Market Republic Square

Silk Road city

UZBEKISTAN

Singing Dune, Clay Mountains

KYRGYZSTAN

SHYMKENT

Independance Park Central Bazaar

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Another day Fly to Explore the Visit Alzhir, exploring the Kazakhstan’s new and thought to be ‘star city’ of rich and exuberant USSR’s largest Baikonur. Visit modern architecture of Gulag. Free Yuri Gagarin’s capital, Kazakhstan’s afternoon house. Astana. new postto explore Soviet city. Astana.

AUG

SEP

OCT

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DEC

Trip ends in Astana.

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Land of the Great Khan MONGOLIA

FROM

On this exciting trip, discover everything that is unique and special about Mongolia – the endless blue skies, picturesque steppe, vast desert and welcoming nomadic hospitality. We visit old monasteries, cross the Gobi Desert and enjoy traditional ger (Mongolian yurt) accommodation in the tranquil Mongolian wilderness, as well as soaking up the fascinating culture in the capital, Ulaan Baatar.

$4100 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $600 TRIP CODE: GK TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 9 nights simple ger and 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners are included.

Festival Departures STEPPELANDS

Naadam Festival In July each year, nomads from around the country join together in Ulaan Baatar to celebrate the Naadam Festival. Displays of traditional wrestling, horse riding and archery take place and there is a great party atmosphere. For more details please refer to our website.

Optional walks

KHAN KHETII JALMAN MEADOWS Day walks

ULAAN BAATAR

HOGNO KHAN Erdene-Zu Monastery

MONGOLIA

Bogd Khan Palace Ganden Lamasery

KARAKORUM

SAIKHAN OVOO Ger camp

Moltsog Dunes Dinosaur eggs site

Dalandzadgad

SOUTH GOBI Ger camp

Visit museum & Yol Valley Walk

GOBI DESERT

DAY

DAYS

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Ulaan Baatar.

Travel across the vast steppe to Hogno Khan Mountain and camp in traditional gers.

Explore Genghis Khan’s capital and Mongolia’s oldest monastery, Erdene-Zu.

A full day drive across the steppe to Saikhan Ovoo. Visit Ongi Monastery.

Cross the Gobi desert and meet friendly nomadic families grazing their herds along the way.

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Visit the Visit the Fly to Ulaan Visit Ganden Flaming Yol Valley Baatar. Monastery Cliffs where Museum and Explore the and drive dinosaur take a walk city including to Jalman eggs through the the Natural Meadows were first picturesque Museum and in Terelj discovered in valley. Bogd Khan. National the 1920s. Park.

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South Korea Explorer SOUTH KOREA

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From the cosmopolitan city of Seoul to the ancient Silla capital of Gyeongju, we discover all that South Korea has to offer. Experience one of the last frontiers of the Cold War – the Demilitarised Zone – and see the barrier separating North and South Korea. Take part in a traditional Korean tea ceremony and spend the night in a Buddhist monastery, witnessing the morning temple rituals. Discover Tongdosa Temple, one of the Jewel Temples of Korea, and the beautiful Korean countryside.

$3640

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Why not cycle? Cycle South Korea

Explore on two wheels with our moderate grade cycling holiday. Trip code: CSK

NORTH KOREA

SAMWHASA TEMPLE

DMZ tour

JAPAN SEA

Incheon SEOUL Airport City tour Gyeongbokgung Palace

Yeongju Buseoksa Temple

Jebiwon Buddha Hahoe Mask Museum & folk village

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Homestay Andong

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SOUTH KOREA

Visit Bulguksa Temple Seokguram Grotto Shilla Kiln & Museum Tongdosa Temple Busan

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Discover Seoul’s Gyeongbokgung Palace and stroll through the artist workshops of Insadong.

Visit Ojukheon House, spend a night at Samwhasa Buddhist Temple and take part in a traditional tea ceremony.

Watch the early morning temple rituals and explore Buseoksa Temple. Join the family for dinner at a homestay.

Discover the traditional houses of the Joseon Dynasty at Hahoe Village. Drive to Gyeongju.

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple.

Visit Tongdosa Temple, the largest in the country and travel by highspeed train to Seoul.

Enter the Demilitarised Zone which separates North and South Korea and explore one of the tunnels designed for invasion.

Trip ends in Seoul.

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China Highlights HONG KONG - CHINA

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This action-packed introduction to China takes us from the skyscrapers of Hong Kong to the imperial palaces of Beijing. Cruising along the beautiful Li River to Yangshuo, we pass vast paddy fields and unusual limestone scenery. In Xian we discover the incredible Army of Terracotta Warriors and the Muslim Quarter, while at Mutianyu we walk along the impressive Great Wall.

$2860 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $460 TRIP CODE: HC TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple overnight train. MEALS: 9 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Combine your trip

BEIJING

Tiananmen Square Forbidden City

This trip can be combined with our Walk the Great Wall trip (Trip code: WG) to give a true flavour of China. Spend time exploring the cities, landscapes and history of the emperors before following the Great Wall from the coast back to Beijing. Trip code: HCW

Terracotta Army Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Wooden Mosque Yangtse River

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Guilin

Li River Cruise Limestone scenery

YANGSHUO HONG KONG

Kowloon & Star ferry Temples & markets VIETNAM

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Take a walking tour through Hong Kong to Kowloon Waterfront, Li Yuen Street market and Man Mo Temple.

Free time to explore Hong Kong before taking a sleeper train to Guilin.

Float down the Li River past dramatic limestone scenery to the relaxed town of Yangshuo.

Free time in Yangshuo to try your hand at calligraphy, take a cooking lesson or hire a bike.

Discover Xian’s Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Muslim Quarter.

Meet the magnificent Terracotta Warriors. Take an overnight train to Beijing.

Explore the maze of palaces in the Forbidden City and walk through the infamous Tiananmen Square.

Walk a section of the famous Great Wall at Mutianyu, and see the marvellous structure snaking over the mountains.

Trip ends in Beijing.

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China on a Shoestring CHINA

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Experience the ‘real China’ as we travel across the country with locals on public transport. Discover China’s greatest sights including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Terracotta Warriors. Staying in traditional village houses, we explore rice terraces, uncover dramatic limestone landscapes and visit welcoming tribal families. We also cruise down the Yangtse River and visit endangered Giant Pandas.

$3990 21 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $440 TRIP CODE: QCH TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Simple 8 nights simple hotel, 4 nights standard boat, 4 nights simple guesthouse, 2 nights simple overnight train and 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners are included.

MONGOLIA

Great Wall Tiananmen Square

BEIJING

Yellow River Terracotta Army

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CHINA

Yangtse River (river cruise)

SHANGHAI Maoping

CHENGDU

Pandas

Yichang Chongqing

PINGAN

Rice Terraces Sanjiang Guilin

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Discover Beijing’s Forbidden City, walk on the Great Wall and explore the Summer Palace.

Take a sleeper train to Xian and explore the Muslim Quarter.

Meet the famous warriors of the Terracotta Army.

Float down the Yangtse River, passing the Three Gorges and Fengdu ghost town.

Travel by bullet train to Chengdu and meet the pandas at the research centre.

Learn about traditional China while staying with Yao and Dong families.

Hike from Dazhai to Pingan, along a ridge known as the Dragon’s Backbone.

Free time to explore the riverside town of Yangshuo or take an optional cooking class.

Drive to Guilin and board a sleeper train to Shanghai.

Free time to explore Shanghai’s gardens and temples, or stroll along the Bund.

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China Explorer CHINA

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Travelling by local transport and staying in simple hotels, we experience everyday life in this fascinating country. Discover imperial China’s most famous cultural highlights including the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Wall at Mutianyu and the Terracotta Army in Xian. We finish the trip exploring the vibrant streets of Shanghai, China’s most cosmopolitan city.

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BEIJING

Great Wall Forbidden City

CHINA

Terracotta Army

XIAN

Big Wild Goose Pagoda/Wooden Mosque

Jade BuddhaTemple The Bund

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Join trip in Beijing.

Explore Beijing, discovering the palaces of the Forbidden City and the winding streets and alleys of the Hutongs.

Take a walk on the famous Great Wall at Mutianyu before taking a sleeper train to Xian.

Wander through Xian’s Muslim Quarter to the Great Mosque and visit the Wild Goose Pagoda.

Meet the famous warriors and horses of the Terracotta Army and take the overnight train to Suzhou.

Float down the canals in Suzhou, known as the Venice of the Orient, and explore the town’s famous gardens.

Travel on the bullet train to Shanghai. Join locals for a stroll along the waterfront area known as The Bund.

Free time to explore Shanghai’s modern streets, peaceful Yu Yuan Gardens or Pearl Tower.

Trip ends in Shanghai.

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Yangtse River

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Treasures of China CHINA

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On this fast-paced adventure we explore China’s greatest highlights, from the famous Great Wall and sprawling Forbidden City in Beijing, to Xian’s Terracotta Army and the loveable giant pandas in Chengdu. We spend a few days cruising on the beautiful Yangtse River through the Three Gorges and relax in quiet Yangshuo before heading to the high energy and neon lights of Shanghai.

$4640 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $490 TRIP CODE: YR TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard boat and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

BEIJING

Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

Yellow River

SHANGHAI

XIAN

Terracotta warriors

CHINA

The Bund, Jade Buddha Temple

Yangtse River Yichang

Wuhan

Chongqing

CHENGDU

Panda Research Centre Guilin Li River Cruise

YANGSHUO Karst Scenery

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Walk on China’s most famous landmark, the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, once home to the Ming Emperors.

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Meet the lovable pandas at Chengdu and take the bullet train to Chongqing.

Discover the cliff sculptures at Baoding Shan before boarding a Yangtse River cruise boat.

Sail down the Yangtse and cruise through the spectacular Three Gorges.

Float past the limestone scenery of the Li River on the way to Yangshuo.

Free time to explore the markets, try a cooking class or hire bikes in Yangshuo.

Fly to Shanghai and stroll along the Bund. Visit the Jade Buddha Temple and Yu Yuan Gardens.

Trip ends in Shanghai.

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Kunming to Hong Kong CHINA - HONG KONG

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Journey across southern China from Kunming to Hong Kong and explore ethnic minority villages, vast 1,000 year old rice terraces, and modern cities where ancient China still has more than just a foothold. Experience the Buffalo God Festival, in the company of the Miao tribal people, and explore stone forests, high waterfalls, small villages and a relaxing cruise along the Li River past beautiful and unusual landscape.

$5740 17 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1080 TRIP CODE: KHK TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 14 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 16 breakfasts are included.

CHINA GUIYANG

ZHENYUAN

Buffalo God Festival

RONGJIANG

ANSHUN KUNMING

SHILIN

ZHAOXING LEISHAN JIABANG

1,000 Year Old Rice Terraces

Stone Forest VIETNAM

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Share Visit Drive to the lunch with Huangguoshu old Miao monks at Falls and drive town of the Bamboo to Anshun. Zhenyuan Temple, see Explore and take a the Stone Yunfeng boat trip on Forest and Tunbao the Wuyang drive to villages. River. Qujing.

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Harbin Ice Festival CHINA - HONG KONG

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On this exciting trip through China we explore Beijing and visit two festivals, travelling north to the city of Harbin for the vibrant and creative atmosphere of the annual Ice Festival, and then to Hong Kong with its incredible skyline. Discovering the Terracotta Army in Xian on the way, our trip ends with a bang at the biggest event on the Chinese calendar – New Year!

$4870 11 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $780 TRIP CODE: SHC TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 10 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included.

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Sapporo Snow Festival JAPAN

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This exciting journey takes us to the far north of Japan where we make the most of the winter temperatures, taking an ice-breaker cruise in the Sea of Okhostk before spending time admiring the incredible snow sculptures at the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. We also explore ultra-modern Tokyo, discover tranquil Zen gardens in ancient Kyoto and visit the snow monkeys at Yudanaka.

$9220 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1220 TRIP CODE: JIF TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts and 5 dinners are included.

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Southern China Festivals

Southern China is land of ancient rice terraces, vast grassland plains and towering snow-capped peaks. Most of the region’s people belong to ethnic minorities with a traditional way of life which has remained largely unchanged for centuries. Unusual customs, age-old rituals and friendly smiles wait around every corner in the villages and towns of this fascinating region, and our Southern China trips take us deep into the heart of this timeless and beautiful part of the country.

Festivals of Yunnan

The People of Southern China and their Festivals The tribal minorities of Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan maintain unique traditions and a deep cultural identity. Among them are the Miao tribe who worship the natural world and believe that everything that moves or grows has its own spirit, while the people of the Zhuang practice ancestor worship and shamanistic rituals. The villages of the Dong are distinct for their temple dedicated to the goddess Sasui and the large drum towers that were once used to warn of impending raids, while the Tibetans follow the spiritual teachings of the Buddha. Our trips to this region take in one or more festivals where the culture and traditions are celebrated. This not only gives us a chance to experience these wonderful events, but also to mix with the locals that attend.

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Explore China’s Yunnan Province and welcome in the New Year at Dejilin Monastery. Visit the Ancestor Worship Festival at Zhoucheng and travel to Mizhi village for the Midu Huadeng Festival – also known as the Flower Lantern Festival. Trip code: SFY

Tribes and Festivals of Southern China The centuries-old festivals of the tribes of the Guizhou region are the focus of this trip including the Tiaohuacha Festival, where the young of the Longhorn Miao search for marriage partners, and the Dragon Festival at Leishan, celebrated to give blessings for the coming year. Trip code: SFG

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Yunnan’s Fire Sacrifice Festival Travel through Yunnan to experience the traditional festivals of the Bai and Yi tribes. At the Fire Sacrifice Festival, locals with painted bodies celebrate discovering fire; the Taizhi Festival in Shaxi marks the spread of Buddhism; and at Weishan experience the Jiejingu Ancestor Worship Festival and a celebration of food.

The Tagong Horse Festival of Ancient Kham Journey through the south-eastern part of the Tibetan Plateau to the Tagong grasslands, for the annual Horse Festival. Here, nomads demonstrate their equestrian skills with races and challenges, and celebrate their culture with singing, dancing and nomadic sports. Trip code: STH

Trip code: SFF

Ancient Kham and the Litang Nomadic Festival

Sanyuesan and Sisters’ Rice Festivals

The ancient region of Kham consists of high peaks and vast grassland plains where nomads tend flocks of yak and Buddhist monasteries dot the hillsides. The people here are as interesting as the landscape and spending a day at their annual festival is a wonderful way to experience a unique culture.

Join with the tribes of the Dong and Miao as they meet on important dates in their calendar. The Sanyuesan Festival of the Dong is celebrated with dances, singing and the ‘Dragon Feast’, while the Sisters Rice Festival involves the girls of the local villages preparing rice to offer to their suiters.

Trip code: SLT

Trip code: SSR

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Highlights of Japan JAPAN

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From the bright lights of Tokyo to the tranquil temples of Kyoto, this fast-paced tour explores Japan’s highlights. We take time to reflect at Hiroshima, site of the world’s first atomic attack, before visiting the holy island of Miyajima, dotted with beautiful temples and free roaming deer. In Kyoto we take tea with enigmatic geishas and relax in perfectly manicured Zen gardens.

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Why not cycle? Cycle Japan

Explore on two wheels with our moderate grade cycling holiday. Trip code: CJA

SEA OF JAPAN KANAZAWA

Kenrokuen Gardens

JAPAN HONSHU Himeji Castle

TOKYO Asakusa Temple

KYOTO

Golden Pavilion

Hiroshima Miyajima Island

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Visit Sensoji Temple in Asakusa and take a boat trip on the Sumida River.

Travel on the bullet train to Kanazawa. Stroll through Kenrokuen Gardens and visit Samurai houses.

Transfer by train to Kyoto and explore impressive Nijo Castle and the temples, Zen gardens and Geisha district of the city.

Discover Ryoanji Temple and learn the secrets of perfect Japanese tea in a lesson with a Tea Master.

Visit the emotive Hiroshima Peace Park and museum, and the sacred island of Miyajima with its famous floating gate.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle, known as the White Egret and wander through bamboo groves.

Trip ends in Kyoto.

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Simply Japan JAPAN

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Travelling from super-modern Tokyo, to villages, castles and temples that remain unchanged from the times of the Shogun and Samurai, taking routes that are stunning in their scenic beauty, this trip covers the very best of Japan. Stay in a Buddhist temple and a family-run ryokan along the way, meet snow monkeys and tame deer and learn the tricks of the ninja. Experience the modern and the ancient side by side in this invigorating and fascinating country.

$5940 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $380 TRIP CODE: QJS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 12 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple temple and 1 night simple ryokan. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included.

NAGANO Temple stay

KANAZAWA

Kenrokuen gardens, samurai district

JIGOKUDANI Snow monkeys

TAKAYAMA

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Ryokan stay

City tour

MATSUMOTO Matsumoto Castle

JAPAN KYOTO

HIROSHIMA Peace Park

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Imperial capital, Temples and Zen gardens

SEA Osaka airport

MIYAJIMA Floating gate

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Join the monks for morning prayers and explore the Samurai district of Kanazawa.

Free time in Kanazawa to try sushi at the Omichi Fish Market or discover the ‘Ninja Temple’.

Try Sake in the old town of Takayama and stay in a family-run Ryokan.

Travel by train to Hiroshima and experience the poignant Peace Park and Peace Museum.

Take the ferry to Miyajima Island, meet the tame deer and see the floating torii gate.

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Our Top Pick “Japan is an amazing country, full of surprises at every turn! Beautiful sights abound and the ancient and modern sit respectfully side by side, the latter never detracting from the former. The people are so friendly and polite, especially at the ryokans we stay at; guests are treated with such warmth and kindness that you don’t want to leave!”

“A fascinating journey of vivid contrasts from the bustle of Tokyo to the rural peace of the far south-west. Moving visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Fabulous food, stunning scenery and temples, friendly people.” Peter, London “Fabulous tour, loved it all, loved the different modes of travel, variety of the things we saw, the ryokans were great, food better than expected and guide very good.” Pamela, Poole

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Shogun Trail JAPAN

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• Explore Tokyo’s lively neon-lit streets and nearby Hakone National Park for views of Mount Fuji

• Experience comfortable rail travel at an average speed of 164mph on the bullet train

This action-packed journey by high-speed rail covers many of Japan’s iconic sights. Explore Tokyo’s neon-lit streets, discover Kyoto’s tranquil temples and visit the site of the world’s first atomic attack in Hiroshima. Travelling away from the tourist trail, we uncover the country’s rural charm with a stay in a traditional ryokan on the beautiful island of Hirado, a meeting with a geisha and a visit to rolling tea plantations.

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• Discover Hirado’s rural charm and spectacular scenery

$7330 12 DAYS TRIP ONLY

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HAKONE

Lake Ashi/Mt Fuji

SOUTH KOREA

TRIP CODE: JS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel and 3 nights simple ryokan. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners

HIROSHIMA

Why not walk? Explore on foot with our moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: WJP

Odawara

Nara (optional)

Sasebo 99 Island boat trip

Walk in Japan – Kumano Kodo Trail

Bullet train

City tour

SHIKOKU

FUKUOKA

HIRADO

Fuji

Imperial Capital Temples

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Peace Park

Hirado & Ikitsuki Island tour

KYOTO

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SEA OF JAPAN

TOKYO

KYUSHU

PACIFIC OCEAN

NAGASAKI

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Take a walking tour through Tokyo’s shrines and gardens and take a boat trip on the Sumida River.

Spot Mt Fuji and explore Hakone National Park. Stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan.

Travel by bullet train to Kyoto and explore the Gion district taking tea with a geisha.

Wander around Kyoto’s charming streets, Zen gardens and temples including the Golden Pavilion.

Explore Nijo Castle and experience the history of the Shogun and Samurai in Kyoto.

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Visit the emotive Peace Park and museum at Hiroshima and take the train to Nagasaki.

Discover the colonial legacy and elegant Meiji buildings in the historic sea port of Nagasaki.

Travel through scenic tea plantations and visit a farmer’s house before taking the ferry to Hirado.

Discover the towering basalt cliffs and unspoilt rural beauty of Hirado and Ikitsuki islands.

Explore the castle-town of Hirado and sail among the 99 Islands.

Trip ends in Fukuoka.

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South East Asia Insider View

“I’ve been lucky enough to travel the length and breadth of this incredible and ever-changing region, and what fills me with wonder on every visit is the ongoing grapple between maintaining centuries-old traditions and embracing the modern. But Southeast Asia is a place where the two complement each other perfectly, where towering skyscrapers jostle for position with colourful markets and glittering temples, and where each city, town and village offer their own take on embracing the 21st century. My personal highlight? It’s got to be bicycling through the atmospheric, lantern-filled streets of ancient Hoi An.” Chris Ellis Product Team

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Why not combine your trips? Simply Northern Indochina Trip code: QLT (Page 187)

Chiang Mai Wander along Chiang Mai’s sleepy streets to discover bustling night markets and some of the best street food in the country. Outside the city lies Elephant Nature Park, great for wildlife lovers where elephants can be witnessed roaming around in their natural environment.

This trip combines: (Trip code: QBK) Simply Southern Indochina + (Trip code: QVN) Simply Vietnam = Simply Bangkok to Hanoi Trip code: QBV

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Simply South East Asia This trip combines: (Trip code: QBK) Simply Southern Indochina + (Trip code: QVN) Simply Vietnam +

Luang Prabang Sat at the confluence of two rivers, Luang Prabang is a mix of white-washed French buildings and glittering golden temples. Climb Mount Phousi at sunset for spectacular views of the cityscape, or take a short drive out for the beautiful turquoise Kuang Si Waterfalls.

(Trip code: QLT) Simply Northern Indochina = Simply South East Asia Trip code: QBVL

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Our Indochina Recipe Our South East Asia combinations allow you to mix, match and combine trips to see as much of this exotic region as your busy schedule allows. Whether you’ve got 10 days or four weeks, whether you want to do one country in depth or go on an overland encounter through three, there’s an option to suit every taste and timeframe. See below for a guide of how some of our most popular trips combine to become epic journeys.

CHINA

Slowboat along Mekong River

Pak Ou Caves

HANOI

HALONG BAY

Junk Cruise Limestone cliffs

Old Quarter

LUANG CHIANG PRABANG RAI PAKBENG Buddhist Temples

LAOS

CHIANG MAI Night Markets

Simply Vietnam Trip code: QVN (Page 186)

Gulf of Tonkin

Perfume River Imperial City

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THAILAND Poi Pet

BANGKOK

Temples Emerald Buddha Grand Palace

Danang

HOI AN

Old merchants houses Bike rides Tailors shops

Angkor Wat temple complex

SIEM REAP

BATTAMBANG Boat trip on Tonle Sap

Lake Tonle Sap

PHNOM PENH Gulf of Thailand

0 km

Sleeper train

CAMBODIA

Royal Palace Silver Pagoda Wat Phnom Choeung Ek “Killing Fields”

220 km

VIETNAM

NHA TRANG

Cu Chi Tunnels

Beaches Boat trip

HO CHI MINH CITY

Ha Long Bay Many legends surround the UNESCO-Listed Halong Bay’s towering limestone cliffs and jade green waters. Hear the tales while exploring the bay by traditional Chinese junk boat, spending time sailing into secluded alcoves and discovering hidden caves.

Walking tour My Tho Mekong Delta boat trip SOUTH

CHINA SEA

Simply Southern Indochina. Trip code: QBK (Page 185)

Hoi An

Bangkok

Siem Reap

This mega-city is a metropolis of tuk tuks and mopeds, skyscrapers and glittering golden temples, international restaurants and street food stalls. Motoring along Bangkok’s canals gets you off the main path and allows you to explore the city through the eyes of a local.

Hidden deep in the jungles of Cambodia lies the ancient city of Angkor, a vast complex of intricate temples built to celebrate their ‘God Kings’. Scramble under tree roots at the jungle-consumed temple of Ta Phrom and watch the sunrise at the jewel in the Angkor crown, Angkor Wat.

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Atmospheric Hoi An is a town full of Far-Eastern influences with its Chinese temples, decorative bridges and Japanese merchant houses. Cars are banned here, eradicating any sense of the modern, allowing for peaceful strolls along its lantern-lined streets.

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Burma Highlights BURMA (MYANMAR)

FROM

Half-hidden from the world for decades, Burma (Myanmar) is an exciting and adventurous destination. On this journey we admire the gold-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon and cruise past floating gardens and stilt villages on Inle Lake, as well as exploring the vast temple plains of Bagan. We take a boat on the Irrawaddy River and visit the fabled city of Mandalay, from where we walk over the iconic teak U-Bein Bridge in nearby Amarapura. We also explore the Shan Highlands, walking through the tribal heartlands and discovering the old British hill station of Kalaw.

$3070 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $680 TRIP CODE: BUH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts and 4 lunches are included.

Extend your trip Extend your trip to finish with three days relaxing on beautiful white sands of Ngapali Beach. Trip code: BUHB

Why not walk?

Traditional handicrafts

Mingun Vast plains with 3000 temples

BAGAN

Hidden Trails of Burma

MANDALAY

Amarapura Fly Inwa U-Bein bridge (MaySept)

SHAN PLATEAU

Explore on foot with our moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: HW

Heho Nyaung Shwe

KALAW

Hill station trekking

INLE LAKE

Leg rowing fisherman, stilted villages

ARAKAN RANGE

PEGU RANGE

BURMA

THAILAND

(MYANMAR)

RANGOON (YANGON)

Shwedagon Pagoda Colonial architecture

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Rangoon.

Discover the sights and temples of Rangoon before flying north to Inle Lake.

Cruise Inle Lake by longtail boat and witness the unique rowing style of the local fisherman.

1

2

3

DEPARTURE MONTHS

180

JAN

DAY

DAY

4

5

Explore the Ride a local sprawling train through complex of the Shan over 1,000 Highlands stupas that and drive lie outside to the hill the village of station of Indein. Kalaw.

FEB

MAR

APR

DAY

DAY

6

Explore the tribal Shan Highlands on foot and discover the Buddha images in Myinmathi Cave. MAY

DAYS

7

JUN

8/9

DAY

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

Visit the iconic temples of Bagan and watch the sunset from atop a pagoda.

Return to Rangoon for a last visit to the markets and temples of this unique Asian city.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

11/12

Take a scenic Uncover the Witness drive down ancient cities river life from the of Inwa and on a gentle mountains as Amarapura. cruise down we continue Witness the Irrawady to Kipling’s the sunset River to Mandalay. over U-Bein Bagan. bridge.

JUL

DAYS

10

OCT

NOV

DEC

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Burma in Depth BURMA (MYANMAR)

FROM

This adventurous trip around Burma (Myanmar) takes us to fascinating sights beyond the classic highlights. We travel deep into the Mon State to Ogre Island and join local pilgrims as they admire the sunset from the sacred Golden Rock at Mount Kyaiktiyo. We visit the grand sights of Bagan, discover authentic rural life in and around Pyin Oo Lwin and witness the fascinating world of Inle Lake. We also explore the cities of Mandalay and Rangoon.

$5010 21 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1090 TRIP CODE: BUI TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 20 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 20 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included.

Extend your trip Extend your trip with three days relaxing on the beautiful white sands of Ngapali Beach. Trip code: BUHB

PYIN BURMA OO (MYANMAR) Mingun LWIN MONYWA MANDALAY Shwe Ba Daung Caves

Amarapura Inwa U-Bein bridge

Pakokku

BAGAN

Vast plains with 3000 temples

Nyaung Shwe

KALAW

Hill station trekking

ARAKAN RANGE

SHAN PLATEAU

Heho

PEGU RANGE

INLE LAKE

Leg-rowing fisherman, stilted villages

Mt Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Shwedagon Pagoda Colonial architecture

RANGOON (YANGON)

GOLDEN ROCK Bago Thaton Kawkung

MAWLAMYINE Bilu Island

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Rangoon.

Embark on a walking tour of Rangoon and visit the gleaming stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda.

1

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2

3

DAYS

DAYS

4-6

7/8

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9/10

11/12

Climb the Travel into Visit the Cruise along Golden Rock this littlesprawling the Irrawady to take in visited corner temple River towards the aweof Burma, complex Mandalay, inspiring including of Bagan, taking in Mount Mawlamyine climb up to Monywa and Kyaiktiyo and a ferry to the hill-top the caves at Po in time for Bilu Island. monastery at Win Daung. sunset. Mt Popa.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

Explore Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma and the ancient cities of Inwa and Amarapura. JUL

DAYS

13-15

DAYS

SEP

DAY

DAY

Meet the villagers that make their living on and around the beautiful Inle Lake.

Fly to Rangoon and explore Scott’s Market.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

18/19

Wander Discover through the Buddha Tey Yar Zay images in market before the caves heading to the of Pindaya cool climes of and explore Pyin Oo Lwin. colonial Kalaw.

AUG

DAYS

16/17

OCT

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DEC

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21

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Old Siam and The River Kwai THAILAND

FROM

Venture into the heart of Thailand on this cultural journey. Explore ancient sights and cruise along bustling waterways, see the infamous bridge over the River Kwai and explore ruined temples at the former royal capital of Ayutthaya. We also cruise the Chao Phraya River in a converted rice barge, travel deep into the jungle, visit a Mon village and stay on a jungle raft house on the Kwai Noi River.

$2460 11 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $410 TRIP CODE: OS TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 2 nights premium hotel, 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple raft house and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

Extend your trip This trip can be extended with three days relaxing on the white sand beaches of Koh Samet. Trip code: OSK CHIANG MAI

Doi Suthep temple

Si Satchanalai

THAILAND

LAOS

SUKHOTHAI Ancient city

Ping BURMA Phayuha Khiri

UTHAI THANI KWAI NOI RIVER

Rice barge cruise Chaopraya Dam

Longtail boat trip Stay in Jungle raft house

Nam Tok

AYUTTHAYA

Old Capital Kanchanaburi Bridge over the River Kwai

BANGKOK Temples Grand Palace Markets

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Bangkok.

Take in the Grand Palace and the vast reclining Buddha of Wat Po. Take a sleeper train north.

Explore tranquil Chiang Mai with a walking tour of its charming Old Town.

Visit Elephant Nature Park, and witness elephants roaming in their natural habitat.

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4

FEB

MAR

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DAY

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11

Take in the Cycle through Experience scenery the old capital the sights and on a drive of Siam before colours of a through the boarding a local market countryside to rice barge for early in the Sukhothai. a gentle cruise morning. down the river.

Ride along the Explore the Take a longtail Death Railway surrounding boat down when visiting jungle by river, before the bridge bamboo raft returning to over the River and visit the the bustling Kwai. Stay in a area’s minority metropolis of raft house. villages. Bangkok.

APR

SEP

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

OCT

NOV

DEC

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Islands in the Sun THAILAND

FROM

Cruise between idyllic islands on this tropical journey through southern Thailand, spending time on Koh Yao Noi, Koh Lanta and Koh Hai as well as mainland Krabi. There will be time to swim and snorkel in warm tropical waters against a backdrop of craggy limestone outcrops that are dotted through Phang Nga Bay. We can visit the secret Emerald Cave, and learn to cook a delicious Thai meal or simply relax on beautiful white sand beaches under the shade of a swaying coconut palm.

$2250 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $920 TRIP CODE: TT TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple overnight train. MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included.

Extend your trip Extend your trip for four days staying in a Karen village and watching elephants roam in their natural habitat. Trip code: THE

Surat Thani

Train from/to BANGKOK

THAILAND Phang Nga Bay cruise

NOPPARAT BEACH

KOH YAO NOI

Krabi

Phi-Phi Island Optional visit

KOH LANTA

KOH Trang HAI

Optional walks

Ko Muk Hat Chad Mai NP Visit ‘Emerald cave’

DAY

1

Join trip in Bangkok.

DAY

2

DAY

3

Take in the Cruise by Grand Palace longtail boat and the vast through the reclining majestic Buddha of Phang Nga Wat Po. Bay and then onto Koh Yai island.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

DAY

DAY

4

5

Snorkel in Take a ferry the crystal boat to the clear waters white-sand or explore beaches of the island by Krabi before bicycle. exploring the area by kayak.

FEB

MAR

APR

DAY

DAYS

6

DAY

7/8

9

DAYS

DAY

10/11

12

A free day Cruise Continue Explore A free morning with the further down south to the nearby before option the coast peaceful and Emerald Cave, to take a to the palm lesser-visited trek through boarding the sleeper train speedboat to trees and island of Koh forests or the stunning turquoise Hai. swim amongst to Bangkok. Phi Phi waters of the pristine Islands. Koh Lanta. coral reefs.

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

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NOV

DEC

DAY

DAY

Cruise the Klongs or try out some bargaining at the famous markets of bustling Bangkok.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

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14

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Simply Thailand THAILAND

FROM

This overland adventure takes us from the bright lights and glittering temples of Bangkok to the palm-fringed white sand beaches of Krabi. Along the way we learn about the bridge over the River Kwai, visit cave temples, camp on a remote beach, spend time getting to know locals and explore one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Using a variety of transport and staying in a selection of simple accommodation, the trip combines some of Thailand’s best highlights with remote hideaways, away from the main tourist trail.

$1640 12 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $470 TRIP CODE: QTT TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 4 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple homestay and 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included.

KANCHANABURI

Bridge over the River Kwai, Erawan Falls

BANGKOK

Grand Palace Temples Street food

KHAO SAM ROI YOT Phraya Nakhon Cave Pagoda Beach camping

BURMA

THAILAND KOH PHITHAK

Island Homestay, Snorkelling

Gulf of Thailand

KHAO SOK NP

Jungle night walk, optional kayaking

KRABI

White sand beaches, optional island hopping

DAY

1

DAY

2

DAY

3

Join trip Free day Ride along in Bangkok. in Bangkok the Death Evening with optional Railway and orientation visit to the learn about walk of Grand Palace the infamous Chinatown or explore Bridge over with a the city’s the River chance to try waterways. Kwai. street food.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

184

JAN

DAY

DAY

4

5

Free time in Explore the Kanchanaburi. mangrove Try bamboo reserve at rafting, take a Khao Sam Thai cookery Roi Yort class or visit and camp Erawan Falls. overnight on the beach.

FEB

MAR

APR

DAY

DAY

6

Discover the mystical cave pagoda at Phraya Nakhon and take a boat to Koh Phithak Island. MAY

DAY

7

JUN

8

DAY

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

Drive south to the white sand beaches of Krabi. Free afternoon.

Relax on the beach, visit hot springs, snorkel coral reefs or take a speedboat to Koh Phi Phi.

Trip ends in Krabi.

10

Enjoy the Drive to Khao Free time for warm Sok National nature walks, hospitality in Park and swimming a homestay take a night or kayaking at Koh walk through in Khao Sok Phithak and the tropical National try your hand rainforest. Park. at squid fishing. JUL

DAY

9

OCT

NOV

DEC

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Simply Southern Indochina THAILAND - CAMBODIA - VIETNAM

FROM

Travelling by local transport we experience the variety that South East Asia has to offer. From the vibrant Thai capital of Bangkok, cross the border to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and continue to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Along the way there is the chance to explore the ancient temples of Angkor, cruise between floating fishing villages on Lake Tonle Sap and soak up the atmosphere on Phnom Penh’s leafy French colonial streets.

$1280 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $270 TRIP CODE: QBK TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 9 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 5 breakfasts are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Simply Vietnam (Trip code: QVN) and Simply Northern Indochina (Trip code: QLT) trips. Trip codes: QBV, QBVL

LAOS

Klongs tour

Poi Pet

BANGKOK

Angkor Wat temple complex

THAILAND

SIEM REAP

BATTAMBANG

Lake Tonle Sap

CAMBODIA Royal Palace Silver Pagoda Wat Phnom

Choeung Ek “Killing Fields”

Gulf of Thailand

PHNOM PENH

VIETNAM Chu Chi Tunnels

HO CHI MINH CITY

Old Saigon walking tour

South China Sea

DAY

DAY

DAYS

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Bangkok, with time to explore the city’s klongs, markets and glittering temples.

Engage with local people when travelling by public transport over the border to Cambodia.

Scramble under tree roots at the jungle temple of Ta Phrom and explore the iconic Angkor Wat.

Drive through rural Cambodia past the vast Tonle Sap Lake towards Battambang.

Take in the colonial villas and leafy streets of Battambang before driving onto Phnom Penh.

Learn about Cambodia’s more recent history on a trip to the infamous Killing Fields.

Cross the border into Vietnam and take in the French architecture of Ho Chi Minh City.

Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels or bargain with the locals at the Mekong’s floating market.

Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

1

2

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3/4

JAN

FEB

5

MAR

APR

6

MAY

JUN

7

JUL

AUG

8

SEP

OCT

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NOV

DEC

10

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Simply Vietnam VIETNAM

FROM

Travel on this Vietnamese adventure along the beautiful coast from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Visiting the beaches of Nha Trang, the ancient imperial city of Hue and the historic sea port of Hoi An, this trip offers an authentic experience by using local transport and staying in small and simple hotels. We also board a junk boat in Halong Bay for a cruise amongst magnificent towering limestone islands.

$1690 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $270 TRIP CODE: QVN TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple hotel, 4 nights standard hotel and 3 nights simple overnight train. MEALS: 9 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included.

VIETNAM

Combine your trip

HANOI

Junk Cruise Limestone cliffs

Old Quarter Hoi Chi Minh’s mausoleum

This trip can be combined with our Simply Southern Indochina (Trip code: QBK) and Simply Northern Indochina (Trip code: QLT) trips. Trip codes: QBV, QBVL

CHINA

HALONG BAY

Gulf of Tonkin

Perfume River Imperial City

HUE

LAOS

Danang

HOI AN

Old merchants houses Bike rides Tailors shops

Sleeper train

VIETNAM CAMBODIA

NHA TRANG

Beaches Boat trip Cu Chi Tunnels

HO CHI MINH CITY

Old Saigon walking tour SOUTH My Tho Mekong Delta CHINA SEA boat trip

DAY

1

DAY

DAY

DAY

Cruise past stilted villages in the Mekong Delta. Catch an overnight train to Nha Trang.

Take an optional boat trip out to nearby islands for swimming and snorkelling.

2

Join trip in Crawl through Ho Chi Minh the Cu Chi City. Tunnels and learn about Vietnam’s history at the War Remnants Museum.

3

DEPARTURE MONTHS

186

JAN

DAY

4

FEB

5

DAYS

DAY

6/7

Relax on the Discover Embark on a beautiful the Chinese scenic drive beaches of temples and along the Nha Trang, traditional coast on the or explore by wooden stunning Hai bicycle. houses in the Van Pass. old trading port of Hoi An.

MAR

APR

MAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Explore the Imperial Citadel of Hue and cruise along the Perfume River.

Travel through the towering limestone cliffs of Halong Bay by traditional wooden junk boat.

Uncover the charm of Hanoi’s Old Quarter on a tour of its narrow streets.

A free day in Hanoi with the option to explore the French Quarter by bicycle.

Trip ends in Hanoi.

8

JUN

JUL

9

AUG

SEP

10

OCT

11

NOV

DEC

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Simply Northern Indochina VIETNAM - LAOS - THAILAND

FROM

This exciting journey takes us from bustling Hanoi and beautiful Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam to laid-back Luang Prabang in Laos and by slow boat into northern Thailand. Journey through Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai before arriving in Bangkok, one of Asia’s most exciting cities. Discover Hanoi’s Old Quarter, spend a night on a boat in Halong Bay and explore Chiang Mai’s historic walled Old Town.

$2330 12 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $480 TRIP CODE: QLT TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple hotel, 4 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard junk and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Simply Southern Indochina (Trip code: QBK) and Simply Vietnam (Trip code: QVN) trips. Trip codes: QBVL

VIETNAM HANOI

Slowboat along Mekong River Pak Ou Caves

Old Quarter

CHIANG RAI

LUANG PAKBENG PRABANG Buddhist Temples CHIANG MAI Night Markets

HALONG BAY Boat cruise

LAOS

THAILAND

BANGKOK

CAMBODIA

Temples Emerald Buddha Grand Palace

DAY

1

Join trip in Hanoi.

DAY

2

DAY

3

DAY

JAN

DAY

Witness the monks giving alms at sunrise and discover the beautiful cascading Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Watch Lao life pass by as you cruise along the Mekong River on a slowboat to Pakbeng.

5

Enjoy a Morning Fly to Laos scenic cruise discovering and explore through the the caves and the temples jade green grottos of and French waters of Halong Bay. colonial Halong Afternoon city architecture Bay on a tour of Hanoi. of Luang traditional Prabang. junk boat.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

DAY

4

FEB

MAR

APR

DAY

6

MAY

DAY

7

JUN

8

Continue Discover the along the beautifully Mekong ornate White before Temple on crossing into the journey Thailand and to the driving onto northern city Chiang Rai. of Chiang Mai. JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

9

10

DAY

DAY

11

12

Explore the A free day for Cruise along rose of the an optional Bangkok’s north on an cookery myriad klongs orientation course or (canals) or walk of the Thai Massage; visit the old town of catch a Grand Palace. Chiang Mai. sleeper train to Bangkok.

OCT

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NOV

DEC

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Simply Bangkok to Hanoi THAILAND - CAMBODIA - VIETNAM

FROM

This overland adventure travels from Bangkok over the border into Cambodia, where we have the chance to explore the ancient temples of Angkor as well as delve into the vibrant capital of Phnom Penh. The journey continues to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, before venturing north along the Ho Chi Minh trail via the beaches of Nha Trang and ancient towns of Hoi An and Hue. Ending in the north, we explore the frenetic capital of Hanoi and cruise among the iconic towering limestone cliffs of Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat.

$2640 20 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $450 TRIP CODE: QBV TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 12 nights simple hotel, 4 nights standard hotel and 3 nights simple overnight train. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included.

HALONG BAY

VIETNAM

HANOI

Old Quarter

Boat cruise

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Gulf of Tonkin

g

Perfume river Imperial City

HUE

THAILAND

BANGKOK

Poi Pet

BATTAMBANG Boat on Tonle Sap Lake

LAOS

Angkor temple complex

SIEM REAP

Lake Tonle Sap

CAMBODIA

NHA TRANG

Royal Palace Silver Pagoda

DAYS

1/2

DAYS

3/4

DAY

5

DAYS

DAY

6/7

8

DAYS

DAYS

9/10

11/12

Join trip Explore the Travel Discover Travel Crawl through Relax on the in Bangkok mystical through rural Phnom Penh overland the Cu Chi beautiful and embark jungle Cambodia to on a walking and chat to Tunnels beaches of on an overland temples the colonial tour through locals on a or cruise Nha Trang. adventure to of Angkor, town of the city and public bus to through Catch an Siem Reap, including the Battambang. visit the Ho Chi Minh stilted overnight Cambodia. incredible infamous City. villages in train to Angkor Wat. Killing Fields. the Mekong Hoi An. Delta.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

188

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

DAYS

DAYS

DAY

13/14

15/16

Take in the traditional wooden houses and Chinese temples that line the narrow lanes of Hoi An.

Travel along the majestic Hai Van Pass to Hue. Visit the citadel and cruise the Perfume River.

AUG

SEP

OCT

17

Beaches Boat trip Cu Chi Tunnels

HO CHI

My Tho MINH CITY Old Saigon Optional Mekong Delta walking tour boat trip South China Sea

DAYS

DAY

18/19

20

Enjoy Wander the a cruise streets of the aboard a Old Quarter traditional and witness wooden a traditional junk in water puppet atmospheric show in Halong Bay. Hanoi.

NOV

DEC

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Danang

Ancient town Bike rides Tailors shops

PHNOM PENH Gulf of Thailand

HOI AN

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Inside Vietnam VIETNAM

FROM

Experience spectacular coastal scenery, historic towns and evocative war memorials on this journey through Vietnam. We travel down the coast and along part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail from the capital Hanoi to old Saigon. Along the way, enjoy a cruise among towering karst scenery in Halong Bay, discover floating markets and bustling river life along the Mekong Delta and explore the ancient sea port and Chinese temples of Hoi An.

$2240 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $500 TRIP CODE: VN TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train and 1 night simple homestay. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

Extend your trip

CHINA

VIETNAM

HALONG BAY

HANOI

There are two options to extend your trip:

Old Quarter

Boat cruise

Explore Phnom Penh and the mystical temples of Angkor. Trip code: VNC

Gulf of Tonkin

Spend three days relaxing on the tropical beaches of Phu Quoc Island. Trip code: VB

Imperial Citadel Perfume River cruise

HUE LAOS

China Beach Marble mountain Danang

HOI AN

Ancient Town Beach

CAMBODIA

VIETNAM

Cu Chi Tunnels

HO CHI MINH CITY

Old Saigon

BEN TRE

Homestay Mekong Delta cruise

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Hanoi.

Uncover the ancient charm of Hanoi on a walking tour of the Old Quarter.

1

DAYS

2

3/4

DAY

DAY

5

6

Cruise Take a cruise amongst the along the towering Perfume limestone River to the cliffs and serene Thien hidden caves Mu Pagoda. of Halong Bay.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

Discover the Imperial citadel of Hue. Free afternoon to explore the ancient city.

MAR

APR

DAY

DAYS

7

Drive Discover along the Hoi An’s breathtaking traditional Hai Van pass, wooden taking in houses and the Marble Chinese Mountains architecture. en route. Take a trip to My Lai. MAY

DAY

8/9

JUN

JUL

10

Fly south to cruise through the stilted villages of the Mekong Delta and stay with a local family. AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

11

12

DAY

DAY

13

14

Continue Stroll through Uncover to explore the streets of the myriad the Delta, Old Saigon, tunnels and meeting the visiting underground locals and Independence chambers at learning Palace and the Cu Chi about their War Remnants Tunnels. way of life. Museum.

OCT

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DEC

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia VIETNAM - CAMBODIA

FROM

Explore French colonial cities, vibrant river-side life and lost jungle temples on this fast-paced adventure through Vietnam and Cambodia. We travel using a variety of transport on the journey from Hanoi, taking in the jagged limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, the ancient trading port of Hoi An, the history of Ho Chi Minh City and the stilted houses of the Mekong Delta. We then venture into Cambodia to learn about the haunting tales of the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh, ending with three days to explore the magnificent jungle temples of Angkor.

$3070 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $570 TRIP CODE: VC TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard junk and 2 nights simple overnight train. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner included.

HANOI

Extend your trip

HALONG BAY

Old Quarter

Boat cruise

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M

Spend three days relaxing on the tropical beaches of Phu Quoc Island. Trip code: VB

LAOS Da Nang Marble mountain THAILAND

HOI AN

Ancient Town Beach

VIETNAM

SIEM REAP

Floating Villages

Angkor temples

CAMBODIA

PHNOM PENH

Royal Palace

Cu Chi Tunnels

HO CHI MINH CITY

Old Saigon Gulf of Thailand

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Join trip in Hanoi.

Explore Hanoi on a walk through the narrow lanes of the Old Quarter.

Board a traditional junk boat and cruise through the jade green waters of Halong Bay.

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Cruise Discover the through charming floating old town of villages at Hoi An. Visit Halong Bay, the local before taking market or a sleeper cycle in the train to countryside. Danang. FEB

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Enjoy a free morning before embarking on an overnight train journey to Ho Chi Minh City.

Uncover French architecture on a tour of Old Saigon. Visit the haunting War Crimes Museum.

Barter for exotic fresh fruit at the floating market in the Mekong Delta.

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Learn about Travel the Khmer overland Rouge at the through rural infamous Cambodia to Killing Fields. Siem Reap. Explore Watch the sun Phnom Penh setting over on foot. the Angkor temples. OCT

NOV

DEC

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Cai Be Mekong Delta Cruise Floating Markets

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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Uncover the myriad of tunnels and underground chambers at the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Vietnam Explorer VIETNAM

FROM

Take an in-depth journey across Vietnam visiting ancient colonial towns and experiencing traditional river life along the waterways. Following part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail through the beautiful Central Highlands, we trek, raft and visit tribal villages. We also sea kayak in Halong Bay, cruise among floating markets on the Mekong Delta and uncover recent history in Ho Chi Minh City’s War Remnants Museum.

$4050 21 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $810 TRIP CODE: VE TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 14 nights standard hotel 2 nights simple boat, 2 nights standard junk, 1 night standard lodge and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 19 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners are included.

CHINA

VIETNAM

Extend your trip

HALONG BAY

HANOI

Old Quarter

Boat cruise

There are two options to extend your trip: Explore Phnom Penh and the mystical temples of Angkor. Trip code: VEC

Gulf of Tonkin

Spend three days relaxing on the tropical beaches of Phu Quoc Island. Trip code: VB

Imperial Citadel Perfume River cruise

HUE

LAOS

China Beach Marble mountain Danang

HOI AN

Ancient Town Beach Kon Kotu Bahnar village

KON TUM Pleiku CAMBODIA

VIETNAM NHA TRANG

Buon Me Thout

LAK

Pirogue on Lake Lak Cu Chi Tunnels Can Duoc

LONG XUYEN CAI BE

HO CHI MINH CITY

Old Saigon

Floating market

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Join trip Take a two Kayak Travel in Hanoi. night cruise through along Hue’s Explore the by traditional scenic Perfume narrow lanes wooden junk waters and River to Thien of the Old through the past floating Mu Pagoda. Quarter and towering villages. Take Discover visit the cliffs of an overnight royal tombs One-Pillar Halong Bay. train to Hue. and the Old Pagoda. Citadel.

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Enjoy a scenic journey across the spectacular Hai Van Pass.

Uncover the charm of old Hoi An, with a chance to visit the temples of My Son.

Turn inland and off the main tourist trail, past minority villages to the market town of Kon Tum.

Venture through the Western Highlands and take a boat out onto Lake Lak.

Descend to the coastal plains and onto the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang.

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islands day trip

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Fly to Ho Barter with Discover the Chi Minh the locals underground City and at a floating network of explore the market and the Cu Chi rice paddies visit the rural Tunnels. and stilted islands of the Trip ends villages of Delta. in Ho Chi the Mekong. Minh City.

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Vietnam and Angkor in Comfort VIETNAM - CAMBODIA

FROM

Explore the fascinating sights of Vietnam and Cambodia in comfort when staying in our characterful selection of premium hotels. Visit the Imperial city of Hue, the historic port of Hoi An and modern Ho Chi Minh City. Cruise Halong Bay on a luxury junk and explore the Mekong Delta by boat. We then fly onto Cambodia, spending time exploring Angkor’s magnificent jungle temple complex.

$4190 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1000 TRIP CODE: DVNC TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Premium 12 nights premium hotel and 1 night premium boat. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

VIETNAM HANOI

Old Quarter

CHINA

HALONG BAY Boat cruise

Gulf of Tonkin

Imperial Citadel Perfume River cruise

HUE

Marble mountain Danang

HOI AN

LAOS

Ancient Town Beach

SIEM REAP

Angkor temples Lake Tonle Sap Floating villages

CAMBODIA

Cu Chi Tunnels SOUTH CHINA SEA

CAI BE

Mekong Delta cruise Floating market

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DAY

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DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Hanoi.

Discover the French colonial sights of Hanoi, including a visit to the Old Quarter.

Take an overnight cruise through Halong Bay on a comfortable wooden junk.

Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine on a cookery course in Hoi An.

Walk through the streets of Hoi An and uncover the charm and history of this ancient trading port.

Take a scenic drive past the peaks of the Marble Mountains on the iconic Hai Van Pass.

Visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue, with the option to explore the city by bicycle.

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5

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HO CHI MIN CITY

Old Saigon

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14

Fly to Ho Chi Witness Discover Immerse Minh City daily life the Cu Chi yourself and visit the on a cruise Tunnels for in the Notre Dame through the a fascinating sprawling Cathedral and backwaters insight jungle Reunification of the into the temples of Hall. Mekong resourcefulness the Angkor Delta. of the complex. Vietnamese. AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

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On Foot in Vietnam VIETNAM

FROM

Vietnam is one of the most diverse and exciting destinations in South East Asia and this trip is the perfect way to discover it if you like to make your explorations on foot. Enjoy walking tours around the must-see city sights in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City, and easy walks in the countryside. Rural rambles take us from the stilted tribal villages of the north, to ancient temples in the jungle and the heat and quiet of the sleepy Mekong Delta. A junk cruise among the karst landscapes and still waters of Halong Bay is an undoubted highlight.

$2750 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $340 TRIP CODE: WVN WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple lodge, 1 night simple homestay and 1 night simple overnight train.

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MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

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Mekong Delta and Angkor VIETNAM - CAMBODIA

FROM

Join us on this classic cycle journey through the cities and rural landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia. Cycle past paddy fields and fruit orchards to remote villages where we experience the warm hospitality of local families. We cycle into the jungle to explore the ancient temple city of Angkor and swap our bicycles for traditional boats to cruise the mighty Mekong River.

$3430 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $520 TRIP CODE: CVE CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel and 1 night premium hotel.

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MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 18 gear Giant or Merida mountain bikes with front suspension.

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Spirit of Laos LAOS - THAILAND

FROM

This exciting trip travels the length and breadth of the most charming country in South East Asia. Visit the capital Vientiane, meet friendly hilltribe villagers and discover the mysterious Plain of Jars. Cruise along the Mekong River in traditional slowboats, passing jagged limestone peaks en route to the ancient former capital Luang Prabang. Ending in the deep south we explore the inland Mekong Delta.

$4100 16 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $710 TRIP CODE: LA TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights simple hotel, 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge and 2 nights standard bungalow. MEALS: 15 breakfasts are included.

NONG KHIAW

Village walks, Kayaking Pak Ou Caves

LUANG PRABANG

PHONSAVAN

Temples & Waterfalls

Visit tribal villages, Plain Of Jars

LAOS VIENTIANE

Laos capital, That Luang Stupa City tour

THAILAND Paske Wat Phou Champassak

DON KHONG ISLAND TAD FANE

BANGKOK

Waterfalls Coffee plantations

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Vientiane.

Explore the sleepy Lao capital and visit Buddha Park.

Fly to Phonsavan and discover the ancient capital of Muang Khong.

Discover the three sites of the mystical Plain of Jars in remote Phonsavan.

Drive along scenic mountain roads to Luang Prabang.

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JAN

4

FEB

5

MAR

APR

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Take a Drive to Pass towering Fly to the Drive to walking tour Nong Khiaw. limestone remote Tad Fane, of the town’s Visit hilltribe cliffs and south of discover the temples and villages and Buddhist Laos and impressive visit Kuang kayak on shrines on explore the Tad Fane Si Waterfall. the Nam Ou a longtail 4,000 Islands Waterfalls and River. boat journey region by walk in the to Luang boat. surrounding Prabang. forests. MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

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DAY

Leave sleepy Laos behind on the flight to Thailand’s energetic capital, Bangkok.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

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Highlights of Laos LAOS

FROM

This short trip takes us from the sleepy Laotian capital of Vientiane to the river-side town of Vang Vieng, set to the backdrop of towering limestone cliffs, to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang. Visit glittering temples, explore vast caves and underground caverns, witness monks collecting alms at sunrise and discover cascading waterfalls, all in eight days.

$1230 TRIP ONLY

8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from $340 TRIP CODE: LAH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Inside Vietnam (Trip code: VN) and Cambodia Highlights (Trip code: KCH) tour. Trip code: HIC

VIETNAM

LAOS LUANG PRABANG

UNESCO World Heritage City Kuang Si Waterfall

VANG VIENG

Karst Scenery underground caves

VIENTIANE

Laos Capital That Luang Stupa

CAMBODIA

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Vientiane.

Explore Laos’ sleepy capital with the option to visit Buddha Park or the COPE Museum.

Drive to the riverside town of Vang Vieng. Afternoon walk through rice fields and villages.

Free day in Vang Vieng with the option to cycle, kayak or explore the underground caves.

Scenic drive to the UNESCO city of Luang Prabang. Climb Mount Phousi for sunset.

Uncover glittering temples and French colonial architecture on a walking tour of Luang Prabang.

Discover the natural turquoise rock pools in the cascading Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Trip ends in Luang Prabang.

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FEB

MAR

4

APR

MAY

5

JUN

JUL

6

AUG

SEP

OCT

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NOV

DEC

8

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Cambodia Highlights CAMBODIA

FROM

This short twin-centre adventure focuses on the iconic highlights of Cambodia. Discover the sights of the capital city Phnom Penh and learn about the dark days of the Khmer Rouge before driving to Siem Reap. Spend three full days exploring the vast complex of the Temples of Angkor, witness sunrise at iconic Angkor Wat, see the ‘Tomb Raider’ temple at Ta Prohm and discover the ‘temple of many faces’ at Bayon.

$1280 TRIP ONLY

8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from $270 TRIP CODE: KCH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Inside Vietnam (Trip code: VN) trip. Trip code: VNC

SIEM REAP

Angkor jungle temple complex

CAMBODIA

PHNOM PENH Royal Palace

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Phnom Penh.

Discover some of Phnom Penh’s most iconic sights including the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

Chat to locals on Silk Island or visit Chiso Mountain, topped by an 11th century Khmer temple.

Travel through rural Cambodia to Siem Reap and take a leisurely cruise on Tonle Sap Lake.

Embark on an exploration of the jungle temples of Angkor, watching the sunset at Pre Rup.

Visit Bayon, made up of 216 gigantic faces intricately carved into the towers of the temple.

Uncover Ta Phrom, a temple consumed by the jungle and explore the aweinspiring Angkor Wat.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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FEB

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JUN

JUL

6

AUG

SEP

OCT

7

NOV

DEC

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Heart of Cambodia CAMBODIA

FROM

An exploratory trip that delves deep into Cambodia – a country rarely explored outside of the iconic temples of Angkor. Meet locals in our village homestay in the countryside, motor upriver through the steamy jungles of the Cardamom Mountains and relax on the deserted white-sand beaches of Koh Rong Island. In between exploring the ancient temples of Angkor, visit two fantastic projects in Siem Reap that take fascinating and innovative approaches in tackling some of Cambodia’s modern-day challenges.

$2200 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $410 TRIP CODE: CD TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 5 nights simple hotel, 1 night homestay. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

Extend your trip Spend three days relaxing on the tropical beaches of Phu Quoc Island. Trip code: VB

Why not walk? Cambodian Trails – Angkor and Beyond

Angkor Temple Complex

SIEM REAP

Explore on foot with our easy grade walking holiday. Trip code: TWC

CAMBODIA

Lake Tonle Sap

SAMBOR PREIKUK

Village homestay Cardomom Mountains

CHI PHAT

Jungle walks, swimming Wildlife spotting by riverboat

PHNOM PENH Royal Palace National museum The Killing Fields

KOH RONG

Tropical island White sand beaches

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Siem Reap.

Embark on an exploration of the jungle temples of Angkor, watching the sunset at Pre Rup.

Cycle out to Re-Hash Trash, a project that creates art from plastic waste.

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3

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JAN

DAY

DAYS

4

5/6

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DAY

7

Drive Explore Drive into into rural Phnom Penh’s steaming Cambodia pagodas and jungles of and through learn of the Koh Kong countryside history of the province. to our Khmer Rouge Walk along homestay at the Killing Chhay Chrey at Sambor Fields. River and Preikuk. take a dip. FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

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9

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11

Sunrise boat Leave the Relax on the trip to spot wilds of the beautiful hornbills, Cardomoms white sands eagles and and drive to of the idyllic river birds. Sihanoukville. Koh Rong Search Take a boat Island. for wild to Koh Rong elephants. Island.

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

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VIETNAM

DAY

DAY

12

13

Another Ferry back to day relaxing the mainland on tropical and return Koh Rong. by road Optional to the snorkelling capital. Late and boat trip afternoon to nearby free. reefs.

NOV

DEC

Trip ends in Phnom Penh.

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Beyond the Mekong THAILAND - LAOS - CAMBODIA

FROM

This exciting journey uncovers northern Thailand before travelling deep into South East Asia’s lesser-visited countries of Laos and Cambodia. Cruise along the Mekong River through the countryside of jungle-covered hills and small fishing villages as we journey to Luang Prabang, Laos’ sleepy riverside city. Flying on to French colonial Vientiane then further south to Cambodia, we discover the buzzing capital city of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, the gateway to the epic temples of Angkor.

$4190 16 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $590 TRIP CODE: BM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 5 nights simple hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 14 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Chiang Khong Tha Ton

BAN HOUEI SAI

Pak Ou Caves

LAOS

LUANG PRABANG

CHIANG PAKBENG RAI

King’s Palace

CHIANG MAI

Cookery course (optional)

VIENTIANE Sleepy capital

THAILAND Angkor Jungle temple complex

BANGKOK

Temples Emerald Buddha Grand Palace

SIEM REAP

Lake Tonle Sap

PHNOM PENH City tour Royal Palace

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DAY

DAY

DAYS

DAY

Join trip in Bangkok.

Visit some of the iconic sights of this buzzing city before catching a train to Chiang Mai.

Explore Chiang Mai’s temples and markets. Cruise towards Chiang Rai by longtail boat.

Discover the infamous Golden Triangle en route to crossing the border into Laos.

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JAN

DAY

5

FEB

6

DAYS

DAY

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Pass lush Continue forested hills on to the and sleepy UNESCO villages on a city of Luang gentle cruise Prabang. along the Explore Pak Mekong to Ou Caves and Pakbeng. climb Mount Phousi.

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

DAYS

9

10/11

View the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls before flying to the capital, Vientiane.

Discover Vientiane on foot. Fly to Phnom Penh and visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

12

13

220 km

CAMBODIA

DAYS

DAY

14/15

16

Learn about Travel through Uncover Cambodia’s rural Cambodia the mystical dark history to Siem Reap. temples on a visit to Enjoy the of Angkor the Killing sunset over the including the Fields. magnificent awe-inspiring Angkor Angkor temples. Wat. Fly to Bangkok. OCT

NOV

DEC

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Explore Malaysia MALAYSIA

FROM

This fascinating journey travels from the gleaming metropolis of Kuala Lumpur to the idyllic beaches of Langkawi. Discover colonial buildings in Malacca, visit orphaned orang-utans at Bukit Merah and trek through one of the oldest rainforests in the world in Royal Belum. The trip then takes us to colourful Georgetown where we get the chance to sample some authentic Malay cuisine before ending on the tropical island of Langkawi.

$2410 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $730 TRIP CODE: EM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts and 1 lunch is included.

THAILAND

LANGKAWI Beach

BELUM RAINFOREST Jungle walks

GEORGETOWN Penang

Bukit Merah Orang-utan Island

MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR

China Town Central Market

MALACCA

Colonial architecture INDONESIA

DAY

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Join trip in Kuala Lumpur.

DAY

2

DAY

3

Explore the Visit the vibrant city Hindu of Kuala temple at Lumpur and Batu Caves the colourful before streets and continuing to temples of Malacca for Chinatown. an evening river cruise.

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JAN

DAY

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5

Uncover Free morning centuries to soak up of colonial Malacca’s rule in the unique trading port atmosphere of Malacca. before driving Visit a back to the Kampung capital. house. FEB

MAR

APR

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Witness Explore the Travel important waterfalls and through the rehabilitation lush jungle pre-historic and of Belum Lenggong conservation Rainforest by Valley and work on Bukit boat. Meet take a ferry Merah Orang- the Orang to Penang utan Island. Asli people. Island.

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JUN

JUL

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SEP

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DAY

Discover Georgetown and ride the cliff railway to the top of Penang Hill for wonderful views.

Take a ferry out to the tropical island of Langkawi, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Relax on the palm-fringed beaches or perhaps explore the island’s jungle-clad interior.

Trip ends in Langkawi.

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OCT

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DEC

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Exotic Java and Bali INDONESIA

FROM

This Indonesian journey takes in the exotic islands of Java and Bali. On Java, visit the incredible temples of Borobudur, watch as the sun sets on the Hindu temple of Prambanan and enjoy views of stately Mount Bromo. On Bali, walk through rice paddies, enjoy the Bohemian charm of Ubud and spend time on both black and white sand beaches. There is also the opportunity to take an early morning dolphin safari by boat and snorkel alongside teaming coral reefs.

$2460 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $610 TRIP CODE: JV TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Highlights of Sumatra trip. Trip code: SUM

Why not walk? On Foot in Java and Bali

Explore on foot with our easy grade walking holiday. Trip code: WJB

INDONESIA

Prambanan Hindu Temples

Sultan’s Palace Candi Sukuh Lawu

Borobudur Buddhist Temple Complex

JAVA

CEMORO LAWANG

MALANG

YOGYAKARTA

Explore by bicycle rickshaws TAWANGMANGGU Village trek

Mt Bromo sunrise walk (optional)

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Explore View the Visit the the city intricate and Sultan’s by bicycle well-preserved Palace and rickshaw and carvings in the trek through witness the Borobudur rural villages sunset over Buddhist in the hill Prambanan temple town of Temple. complex. Tawangmanggu.

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Pass rolling Witness the hills, lush pink hue as rice paddies the sun rises and steaming over Mount volcanoes on Bromo. Drive the drive to across the Malang. Sand Sea to Kalibaru.

MAR

APR

MAY

DAY

7

JUN

Trek up to the crater of Mount Ijen and stay at a plantation growing coffee and cocoa.

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8

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Leave Java Spot Learn about and cross dolphins on local farming the strait to an optional techniques Bali by ferry, boat trip in and trek then take the Lovina Beach among rice coastal road and visit paddies in to Lovina Lake Batur. Ubud. Beach.

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SEP

OCT

NOV

LOVINA BEACH

KALIBARU

BALI

Plantation walks Gilimanuk

INDIAN OCEAN

DAY

Dolphin Ketapang watching (optional)

Mt Ijen walk (optional)

DEC

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UBUD

Paddy fields and handicrafts

SANUR BEACH

Denpasar

DAY

DAY

Relax on the beautiful white sand beaches or explore the charming town of Sanur.

Trip ends in Sanur.

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Volcanoes, Dragons and Beaches INDONESIA

FROM

This trip showcases the beautiful and varied islands of Bali, Flores and Komodo. Enjoy spiritual Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali before heading east to the lesser-visited island of Flores. Travel through scenery lush with jungle, paddy fields and dramatic volcanoes, stopping to walk through tribal villages, and admire views of picturesque lakes and volcanoes. Board a boat for a night on the waters of the Komodo Archipelago, stopping on Komodo and Rinca islands to search for the infamous Komodo dragon, before relaxing on the golden sand beaches of Bali.

$2820 12 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $560 TRIP CODE: KM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel and 1 night simple boat. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Exotic Java and Bali trip. Trip code: JV

BALI

LABUAN RUTENG BAJO FLORES

Temples and tombs

KOMODO

UBUD LOMBOK SANUR

Denpasar Golden sand beaches

Komodo dragon safari Boat cruise Pink beach

SUMBAWA INDIAN OCEAN

Tribal villages

BAJAWA

Volcano walk Ende

MONI

RINCA

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Join trip in Ubud.

Visit a traditional Balinese temple and walk among ancient Royal tombs.

Fly to the island of Flores and drive through picturesque countryside to Moni.

Climb Kelimutu volcano for sunrise and views of three crater lakes.

Take a scenic drive along coastal roads and up into lush junglecovered hills to Bajawa.

Start the morning with views of Ebulobo Volcano before trekking through tribal villages.

Pass active volcanoes, dense jungles and rice paddies on the journey to Ruteng.

Embark on an overnight cruise to Rinca Island and take a safari into dragon territory.

Cruise to the mystical island of Komodo to continue the search for dragons.

Explore the market of Labuan Bajo. Fly back to Bali and drive to the white-sand beach of Sanur.

Free time to relax on the beach or snorkel the warm waters of nearby Lembongan Island.

Trip ends in Sanur.

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Bali and Komodo Seatrek INDONESIA

FROM

This voyage through eastern Indonesia cruises between the ‘Islands of the Gods’ aboard a traditional Indonesian Schooner. Stop along the way to explore volcanoes, swim in waterfalls and snorkel colourful coral reefs. Meet traditional local communities and hike inland in search of Komodo dragons, wild horses and other flora and fauna that is unique to this fascinating part of the world.

$6110 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $390 TRIP CODE: ST TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: Premium 6 nights premium boat, 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Senaru

Village Visit, Waterfalls

AMED

Satonda

Volcano rim walk

Pulau Sangean

Coral Reefs Snorkelling

Sleepy East-Bali

Komodo Island

Search for Komodo Dragons Red Beach

BALI SANUR

Gili Islands

Denpasar Bali beaches

LOMBOK

FLORES

Mayo

LABUAN BAJO

Swimming in natural lakes

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Rinca Island

Dragon search continued Island views

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Drive to the sleepy town of Amed in the eastern corner of Bali. Welcome dinner and drinks.

Set sail for the Gili Islands, explore the islands by bike or try out paddle boarding.

Explore Lombok’s cascading waterfalls and visit the thatched-roofed village of Senaru.

Kayak inside the sunken crater lake on Satonda Island, caused by the world’s largest eruption.

Snorkel along the rich reefs of Pulau Sangean and relax on the white sands of Banta Island.

Trek through the savannahlike landscape of Komodo Island in search of dragons.

Ranger-led walk on Rinca Island looking for more dragons. Evening barbeque on the beach.

Witness a ‘caci’ whip-fighting dance on Flores before flying back to Bali.

Trip ends in Sanur.

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Highlights of Sumatra INDONESIA

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On this exciting trip we spend eight days taking in the rugged landscapes and discovering the unique wildlife of Northern Sumatra. Trek through jungles for a chance to spot orang-utans in the wild, scale steaming volcanoes for sunrise and enjoy rural village encounters on this adventurous trip through the biggest island of the Indonesian Archipelago.

$1490 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $410 TRIP CODE: SUM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with our Exotic Java and Bali trip. Trip code: JV

BOHOROK

Orang-utan, Gibbons, Leaf Monkeys

MEDAN

BERASTAGI

Maimoon Palace

Markets Sibayak Volcano

SAMOSIR

Lake Toba Batak Toba Villages SUMATRA

INDONESIA

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Explore Medan before driving north to the tropical jungles of Bukit Lawang.

Walk through the forests and witness orang-utans in their natural environment in Bohorok.

Travel onto Berastagi, passing Batak Karo villages en route.

Trek up Sibayak Volcano for sunrise before travelling onto Samosir Island.

Discover beautiful Lake Toba by boat, with the chance to visit indigenous Batak Toba villages.

Pass remote communities on the journey back to the island’s capital.

Trip ends in Medan.

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Discover Sulawesi INDONESIA

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This adventurous trip takes us well off the tourist trail to experience the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The island lies in the heart of the Indonesian Archipelago and is steeped in tradition and mysticism, perhaps encapsulated best by the Toraja highlanders. The Toraja people have a rich and traditional heritage along with their elaborate funeral celebrations that can last for several days. Discover the Toraja’s ancient culture, as well as thick rainforest, rare wildlife and drive along scenic mountain roads in this little-visited part of Indonesia.

$3280 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $560 TRIP CODE: SUL

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TRIP PACE: Moderate

ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights simple hotel, 5 nights standard hotel.

MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

PALU BESOA VALLEY

Lore Lindu National Park Megalithic Stones

INDONESIA

TENTENA

Waterfalls, Swimming

PENDOLO Lake Poso

RANTEPAO

Toraja Land, Hanging graves

SULAWESI

SENGKANG MAROS

Caves and limestone karsts

MAKASSAR

Fort Rotterdam

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Explore the Travel along Spot birdlife Discover bustling the Transwhile drifting another port city of Sulawesi along the world in Makassar Highway to Walennea Rantepao on foot, Sengkang, River on a with the Tau including Fort with a nature canoe. Tau statues Rotterdam walk en and hanging and Poatere route. graves of the Harbour. Toraja.

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Walk past Drive north A full day’s rice terraces and take a drive into and through boat out on the heart of traditional Lake Tentena Sulawesi to villages. to visit the the rarely Share dinner incredible visited Lindu with a Toraja 12-tier National family. waterfall. Park.

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Uncover wildlife and megalithic stones from our homestay in the Besoa Valley.

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Head back Drink tea in a to civilisation Bugis house on the drive and canoe to Palu, down-river then fly to amongst Makassar. towering limestone cliffs in Maros.

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Kalimantan Adventure INDONESIA

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Kalimantan occupies nearly three-quarters of the island of Borneo and plays host to some of the oldest rainforests in the world. The steaming jungles of Tanjung Puting are a haven for orang-utans, proboscis monkeys and an array of incredible wildlife. The tribal Dayak people live in harmony with this nature, as they have done for hundreds of years. But Kalimantan is not just about the rainforest, there are bustling markets to be explored, rivers to be rafted, delicious local food to be sampled, and island reefs to be discovered.

$4660 16 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $820 TRIP CODE: KAL TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 5 nights simple guesthouse, 2 nights simple boat, 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

S.E.ASIA

PHILIPPINES

BERAU

MALAYSIA

INDONESIA

PANGKALANBUN JAKARTA

MALAYSIA

BERAU

Night Market

BORNEO

MERATUA ISLAND

Tropical beaches Snorkelling coral reefs

KALIMANTAN

INDONESIA

PALANGKARAYA

Dayak Village

PANGKALANBUN

LOKASDO

TANJUNG PUTING

Overnight River Cruise Orang-utan Sanctuary

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Fly to River cruise Drive to Visit an Barter for Walk Pass Dayak Pangkalanbun continues. Palangkaraya active fresh fruit at through longhouses and board a Visit Camp and share diamond Banjarmasin’s forests, past as we float boat for a river Leaky lunch with the mine, cutting floating tribal villages down the cruise through Orang-utan Dayak tribe shop and market before and swim in Amandit Tanjung Puting Sanctuary in a village on diamond exploring a a waterfall. River on a National Park. and take a the Kahayan market in swamp by bamboo raft. nature walk. River. Banjarmasin. canoe.

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Walks through tribal villages Waterfalls Bamboo rafting

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Diamond mine Explore city’s canals

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Fly east to Berau and explore the town’s lively night market and food stalls.

Travel across to the remote Meratau Island by speedboat.

Two days to relax on the beach, snorkel, spot nesting turtles and visit a jellyfish lake.

Catch a speedboat to Berau and fly to Jakarta where the trip ends.

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New Trip

Borneo Wildlife Highlights MALAYSIA

FROM

This 10 day adventure through the wilds of Sabah provides ample opportunities to spot the incredible endemic wildlife found on the island of Borneo. Witness the excellent rehabilitation work being done at the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary, cruise along the Kinabatangan River and onto Oxbow lakes to spot wild proboscis monkeys and walk through the lush primary rainforests of the Danum Valley in search of the conservation area’s rich wildlife. Along the way we also stop in a homestay in the shadow of Mount Kinabalu and have the chance to sample a natural fish spa.

$2550 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $500 TRIP CODE: BN TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple, 1 night simple homestay. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners are included.

KUNDASANG

Mt Kinabalu foothills SEPILOK homestay Orang-utan sanctuary

KOTA KINABALU KK City mosque

SUKAU

SOUTH CHINA SEA

River cruises, proboscis monkeys Lahad Datu

SABAH BRUNEI

DANUM VALLEY

Ancient rainforest pygmy elephants, gibbons and hornbills

MALAYSIA INDONESIA

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Join trip in Kota Kinabalu.

Explore the city’s great mosque and markets. Optional afternoon visit to Mari Mari village.

Drive into Kinabalu Park and onto Himbaan village for a homestay in the shadow of Mt Kinabalu.

Experience a fish spa and visit Poring Hot Springs. Drive onto Sepilok.

Witness the morning feeding at the incredible Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. Continue to Sukau.

Cruise on the Kinabatangan River to search for proboscis monkeys, gibbons and pygmy elephants.

Drive into the lush primary rainforests of the Danum Valley, stopping via Gomantong Caves.

Experience sunrise high up on the observation deck before wildlife spotting on jungle walks.

Another morning in the rich jungles of the Danum Valley. Then fly to Kota Kinabalu.

Trip ends in Kota Kinabalu.

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North Philippines Explorer PHILIPPINES

FROM

This Filipino journey focuses on Luzon, the largest island of the archipelago. Explore the whole island discovering contrasting landscapes which include the incredible 2,000 year-old Banaue rice terraces of the indigenous Ifugao people, the sand dunes of Laoag in the north, and tranquil Pandin Lake surrounded by lush coconut trees in the south. We have the opportunity to hike to the crater lake of Mount Pinatubo volcano as well as explore the teeming megacity of Manila and enjoy the charm of colonial Vigan by horse-drawn carriage.

$4190 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1190 TRIP CODE: PIP TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included.

Extend your trip Extend your trip with four days relaxing on the tropical beaches of Bohul Island Trip code: PIPB

LAOAG

Sand dunes (optional)

CORDILLERA CENTRAL

VIGAN

UNESCO listed Mestizo quarter

SAGADA

Burial caves and hanging cofďŹ ns

BANAUE

Rice terraces, Ifugao minority people

PHILIPPINES MABALACAT

Mt Pinatubo crater walk

MANILA City tour

TAGAYTAY Taal Volcano and Lake

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Join trip in Manila.

Explore the churches and colonial architecture of this bustling city.

Bamboo raft across the tranquil waters of Pandin Lake and enjoy a traditional Filipino lunch.

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Visit the A free day to active Taal explore the volcano sleepy town before flying of Laoag. north to the Optional tropical town trip to the of Laoag. beach.

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San Pablo City Pandin Lake Rafting

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Uncover the colonial splendour of Vigan, with its cobbled streets, grand villas and churches.

Visit the mysterious hanging coffins and the burial cave of Echo Valley.

Climb up to Banga-an village, a wonderful viewpoint over the stunning Banaue rice terraces.

Enjoy a gentle walk taking in rice terraces and passing along deep canyons and gorges.

Climb up to the crater of the Mount Pinatubo, a volcano known for the violent eruption of 1991.

Trip ends in Manila.

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Explore Costa Rica - Trip code: CC

Contrasts of Mexico - Trip code: MX

Rocky Mountains and Pacific Coast - Trip code: RK

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Contrasts of Colombia - Trip code: BCO


THE

Americas

Discover ancient Maya temples, colourful markets and savour home-made meals – your memories will be shaped by the people of the Americas. The Americas are a treat for all the senses; from listening to salsa rhythms in South American pueblos or animal calls in the Amazon Rainforest, plunging into the refreshing waters of cenotes in the Mexican jungle, to watching the sunset cast pink and red hues over the Grand Canyon’s depths. Discovering the Americas will give you stories to tell for a lifetime.

• T  aste delicious Jamaican jerk chicken that will keep you coming back for more. (Trip code: JAM, page 236) • D  iscover colonial architecture in Colombia’s cities before trying fresh coffee in the lush plantations. (Trip code: BCO, page 239) • E  xplore Canada’s vast turquoise lakes, surrounded by evergreen trees below snow-capped mountain peaks. (Trip code: RK, page 210)

Insider View “Part of the reason I love the Americas is the infectious music that fills the streets. I’ve listened to the most incredible jazz bands in New Orleans, watched street performers dance tango in Buenos Aires and heard salsa and reggaeton in Colombia. Recently I revisited both Bolivia and Cuba after 10 years. In Cuba music follows you everywhere, whether you’re sleeping in a hacienda in the mountains or strolling down Havana’s seafront on a Saturday night. Conversely, the utter stillness on Bolivia’s salt flats, coupled with the dream-like mirror reflections, is pure awe-inspiring magic.” Carmel Hendry Product Team

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Chile

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Rocky Mountains and Pacific Coast CANADA

FROM

This remarkable journey across the Rockies combines spectacular mountain scenery with the lush green rainforest found on Vancouver Island. Admire unspoilt views of jagged mountain peaks and explore magnificent national parks, glaciers and waterfalls. Travel from the wilderness to the thriving city of Vancouver, perfectly located by the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by a dramatic mountain landscape. Search for wildlife, including bear, moose and whale and get active with optional activities including canoeing and hiking.

$6150 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $2040 TRIP CODE: RK TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard cabin and 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: No meals are included.

Why not walk? Walking in the Rockies

Explore on foot with our moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: WRK

Mount Robson 3954m Wells Gray PP Crook Meadows Helmcken Falls

JASPER NP

Walks and wildlife

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Athabasca Falls

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Mount Columbia 3750m

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Lake Maligne

fie Ice

Spahats Creek Walk

Banff NP Sulphur Mountain 2451m

CALGARY

CANMORE Visit Kananaskis Country

PACIFIC OCEAN

VICTORIA

USA

This trip also operates in reverse. For more details please see our website. DAYS

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Join trip in Calgary. Head to Canmore, the gateway to the Rockies, situated in the picturesque Bow Valley.

Explore the lakes and pine forests of Banff National Park. Optional Sulphur Mountain cable car ride or hot springs.

Visit worldfamous Lake Louise – one of Canada’s most photographed natural features.

Scenic drive along Icefields Parkway to Jasper. Discover the Columbia Icefields and the Athabasca Glacier.

Spend a full day in Jasper National Park. Explore Maligne Canyon on foot and look out for bear, elk and moose.

Drive via Spahats Falls and Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, to Clearwater.

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Discover Wells Journey to the Gray Provincial pretty alpine Park including village of Helmcken Whistler. Take Falls. Spot a cable car ride wildlife, or go or go hiking canoeing on on mountain the lakes. trails.

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Take a ferry to Vancouver Island and drive to the Pacific Rim National Park’s wild rainforests.

Free day on Vancouver Island for optional sea kayaking, whale watching or black bear spotting.

Spend a day in picturepostcard Victoria, exploring British Columbia’s provincial capital.

Walking tour of the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, where the trip ends.

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New Trip

Simply Rockies and Vancouver Island CANADA

FROM

This overland trip takes us through the heart of the Rockies towards the Pacific Coast, combining lofty peaks and glacial lakes with the temperate rainforest found on Vancouver Island. Using a selection of simple wilderness hostels and some well-located campsites, this trip is a low cost way to explore all the stunning national parks that Canada has to offer. Hike the shores of sparkling Lake Louise, spot bear in the leafy forest of Pacific Rim National Park and find moose grazing under the mountains of Jasper, on a trip that captures Canada’s wild side.

$3690 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $200 TRIP CODE: QRK TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 9 nights simple hostel and 5 nights simple camping. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners are included.

Mount Robson 3954m Wells Gray PP Crook Meadows Helmcken Falls

JASPER NP

Walks and wildlife

CLEARWATER

Athabasca Falls

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MacMillan PP Douglas Firs

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Cheakamus Lake

Coastal hikes Optional whale watching or sea kayaking

Mount Columbia 3750m

CK RO

WHISTLER

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Lake Maligne

Ice

Spahats Creek Walk

Banff NP Sulphur Mountain 2451m

CALGARY

KANANASKIS

PACIFIC OCEAN

VICTORIA

Wilderness Hostel and hikes

USA

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Join trip Travel to Visit worldDrive along in Calgary. Canada’s famous Lake the Icefields Drive to first national Louise and Parkway, Kananaskis park, in Banff. its emerald exploring Country, for Choose a neighbour, glaciers and walks in the cable car ride Moraine Lake, tumbling foothills of or explore the surrounded waterfalls en the Rockies. park on foot. by pine forest. route.

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FEB

Explore Maligne Canyon and keep eyes peeled for bear and moose in Jasper National Park.

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Drive via Discover Travel Spahats Falls Wells Gray through the and Mount Provincial Park mountains Robson - the including the of British highest peak magnificent Columbia to in the Rocky Helmcken the alpine Mountains, to Falls. Canoe on village of Clearwater. the lakes. Whistler.

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Take a ferry Free day for Drive to Visit the to Vancouver optional whale pictureeclectic and Island and watching, sea postcard diverse city drive to the kayaking or Victoria, of Vancouver, beautiful and black bear viewing where the wild Pacific spotting off intricately trip ends. Rim National Vancouver carved totem Park. Island. poles en route. OCT

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Best of the Rockies and Yellowstone CANADA - USA

FROM

This trip is a true journey through the Canadian and American Rocky Mountains, encompassing some of the most beautiful national parks in the world including Jasper and Banff in Canada, and Glacier and Yellowstone in the USA. For anyone who loves being in the outdoors this is the perfect trip. Discover magnificent glaciers, rivers, hot springs and waterfalls, visit explosive geysers and walk around emerald lakes, surrounded by lofty mountains. Search for the famous Yellowstone wildlife including bison and black bear, and explore the Tetons on foot.

$6860 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $2420 TRIP CODE: WUC TRIP PACE: Full on ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel and 2 nights simple cabin. MEALS: 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included.

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CANMORE

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GLACIER NP

Walks in Many Glacier area

MONTANA IDAHO

BOZEMAN

WEST YELLOWSTONE Yellowstone NP, wildlife, hot springs & geysers

JACKSON WYOMING

SALT LAKE CITY UTAH

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Drive to Morning walk Travel along Jasper around Mount the famous National Edith Cavell. Icefields Park. Walk Raft on the Parkway to along Maligne Athabasca Lake Louise. Canyon and River or take Chance to visit Maligne the tram up walk on the Lake. Canoeing Whistler Athabasca available. Mountain. Glacier.

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Walk around Explore Banff Free day. Lake Louise. National Take the tram Take the Park, viewing to the top gondola to wildlife of Sulphur ski resort for around Mountain or magnificent Minnewanka relax in views. Lake. Walk Banff’s hot Continue to in Johnston springs. Canmore. Canyon.

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Drive to Glacier National Park, USA. Explore Many Glacier area with walks around emerald lakes. AUG

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Continue to Discover Travel to Continue Yellowstone Yellowstone Jackson Hole to Salt Lake National Park including the through City and visit via Bozeman famous Old Grand Teton the Mormon and Great Faithful National Temple. Falls. Explore geyser, and Park which Trip ends Mammoth its very own will be in Salt Lake Hot Springs. Grand explored on City. Canyon. foot. OCT

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DEC

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French Canada, Eastern Seaboard and Cape Cod CANADA - USA

FROM

Travel from French-speaking Montreal and Quebec City through rugged national parks to Bar Harbor, and from there follow the dramatic Atlantic coastline down to Boston. Montreal’s culinary delights and liberal, laid-back atmosphere contrast with the unspoilt wilderness of Baxter State Park and the scenic island of Martha’s Vineyard. The rocky granite shore around Maine is punctuated with coves and sandy beaches to explore, and there are opportunities to search for wildlife including whale, beaver, black bear, deer and moose.

$5210 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1420 TRIP CODE: NE TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel and 2 nights standard cabin. MEALS: 2 breakfasts are included.

QUEBEC CITY

CANADA BAXTER STATE PARK Walks & canoeing

BAR HARBOR

MONTREAL

Hike in Acadia NP Whale watching (optional)

Kennebunkport

OGUNQUIT BOSTON

USA

Martha’s Vineyard Island

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Join trip in Montreal.

Explore Montreal on foot, including the Old Port and Jean Talon, the enormous farmers’ market.

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Travel to Visit JacquesQuebec City. Cartier Park Explore the searching cobbled for wildlife streets of including the UNESCO beaver, black Heritage old bear, deer and town on foot. moose.

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Head to the Walks in Walk in the Continue Enjoy a beautiful Baxter State idyllic setting along the boat trip to Baxter State Park. Take the of Acadia ‘granite coast’ Martha’s Park. Explore opportunity National from Maine Vineyard. wild, unspoilt for a moose- Park, through to Ogunquit, Discover forests. Stay spotting safari forest trails exploring gingerbread overnight by boat. and pebble old colonial cottages in lakeside beaches. harbour and historic cabins. towns. settlements.

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Wells Provincetown Cape Cod

Nantucket Island Optional visit

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Free day Head to to discover Boston. Free Cape Cod. day to explore Visit historic the site of Nantucket the infamous Island, or Boston Tea go whale Party, or watching. walk on the Freedom Trail.

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DEC

ATLANTIC OCEAN

WEST YARMOUTH

Trip ends in Boston.

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Yukon Explorer CANADA - USA

FROM

Surrounded by wildlife and spectacular scenery in the Yukon’s awe-inspiring national parks, this trip is an immersion into one of Canada’s wildest landscapes. Follow part of the epic journey of the Klondike Stampeders, a journey that began in 1896 upon the discovery of gold in the Yukon River. Explore the historic towns of Dawson and Whitehorse; take the spectacular mountain railway that links the Yukon to Alaska and spot eagle and grizzly bear in Kluane National Park before traversing the Top of the World Highway, one of Canada’s greatest drives.

$5070 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1610 TRIP CODE: YUK TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 1 lunch is included.

Chicken Village

DAWSON

Walks in Tombstone National Park

Drive along the Top Of The World Highway

TOK

Tintina Trench Viewpoint

CANADA

Five Finger Rapid Viewpoint

USA Optional Kluane NP scenic flight

WHITEHORSE

HAINES JUNCTION

CARCROSS

Smallest desert in the world Whitepass & Yukon Route Railroad

SKAGWAY HAINES

Klondike Gold Rush NP

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Join trip Walk in Travel by Travel to Explore the Travel to Drive over in Whitehorse Carcross ferry to Haines many trails Tok, Alaska, mountain and explore Desert and Haines. Visit Junction via of Kluane through peaks across the sights of take the the heritage the Bald Eagle National Park deserted the Top of this historic historic centre of the Preserve. on foot. Opt villages, with the World city. railroad that indigenous See glacial for a scenic outstanding Highway links the Tlingit people. scenery over flight over the panoramas to Dawson, Yukon and the Kluane glaciers. of the Kluane via Chicken Alaska. Mountains. Mountains. Village.

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Discover the Free day in 19th century Dawson. Visit city of Dawson a working gold with its mine, explore goldrush-era the city by bike buildings. Opt or visit the for a boat trip Jack London on the Yukon Museum. River. AUG

SEP

OCT

DAY

12

DAY

13

Walks in the Travel from Trip ends First Nations’ Dawson to in Whitehorse. Tombstone Whitehorse National via Five Finger Park, home Rapids, a to wildlife major obstacle including on the grizzly bear. Stampede route.

NOV

DEC

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Outdoor Alaska USA

FROM

The Alaskan wilderness offers some of the most remote and untouched landscapes in the world. Discover unspoilt views of Denali, the highest peak in North America, as it pokes out of the snow-capped mountains. See glaciers up close in the Kenai Fjords National Park and explore dramatic waterfalls and emerald-green glacial lakes. Look for grizzly bear and spot moose and caribou as they amble slowly by, or join whale watching trips, sea kayaking expeditions or dog sledding excursions on this adventure into the great outdoors.

$5720 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $2550 TRIP CODE: AKH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel and 4 nights simple hotel. MEALS: No meals are included.

DENALI NP

USA

Eielson Visitor Centre

TANGLE LAKES

Mount McKinley 6194m Denali View South Trapper Creek

ALASKA

Hike to lodge

Glennallen

TALKEETNA

MCCARTHY Guided Hikes Chitina

ANCHORAGE

VALDEZ Thompson Pass Alyeska Keystone Whittier Portage Glacier Canyon

Exit Glacier

GULF OF ALASKA

SEWARD

Kenai Fjords NP Optional cruise

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Anchorage.

Short walk to view the impressive Byron Glacier. Continue to the port town of Seward.

1

DAYS

2

3/4

DAY

DAY

5

6

Discover Visit Portage Visit the the glaciers, Glacier waterfalls birdlife and Visitor of Keystone whales of the Centre. Canyon. Kenai Fjords Take a ferry Drive to National Park. passing the McCarthy past Opt to take a Columbia spectacular cruise around Glacier to rivers and the fjords. Valdez. glaciers.

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FEB

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APR

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7

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Spot wildlife Free day. Head across while Hike, tundra walking amid whitewater and past the towering raft or take glacial lakes mountains of a scenic to Tangle Wrangellflight for Lakes. See St. Elias spectacular magnificent National views of the views of Park. national park. Denali. MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

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14

Hike the Demonstration Travel park trails of the Denali through the in Denali National mountainous National Park’s sled landscapes Park, a great dogs. Drive of Hatcher’s place to try to the old Pass and visit and spot mining town the famous grizzly bear of Talkeetna. gold mine. and caribou. OCT

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DEC

Trip ends in Anchorage.

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Deep South and Blues USA

FROM

This trip is a bucket-list journey through six of America’s southern states, mixing history, music, culture and food to give a real insight into the Southern psyche. Listen to jazz, blues and country music as it oozes out of the very soul of Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans; take a Southern cooking class and look for alligators on a swamp tour; learn about the slave trade and the Civil Rights movement, and be bowled over by the infectious Southern charm. Voodoo, ghost stories and Gothic architecture also go into the mix of this diverse trip.

$5660 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $2000 TRIP CODE: SUS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 1 dinner is included.

NASHVILLE

Country Music Hall of Fame and optional line-dancing class

MEMPHIS

Graceland visit Clarksdale Birthplace of the Delta Blues

ATLANTA

Martin Luther King National Historic site

VICKSBURG

CHARLESTON

Southern cooking class and plantation visit

Augusta Hometown of James Brown

National Military Park

SAVANNAH

Walking tour

NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

NEW ORLEANS

Swamp tour and optional voodoo cemetery tour

DAYS

1/2

Join trip in Savannah. Explore the historic city on foot. Choose to take a river cruise or ghost tour.

DAY

3

4

Wander Discover around Charleston, the Gothic visit Magnolia sculpture Plantation garden and and take a magnolia Southern trees of cooking class. Bonaventure Cemetery.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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Visit the Aiken-Rhett historic house and head to Atlanta via Augusta, the hometown of James Brown.

Drive to Nashville via the Martin Luther King National Site. Evening live music or learn to line dance.

In Nashville, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and have a guided tour of RCA Studio B.

Drive to Memphis. Explore some of its museums including the National Civil Rights Museum.

Experience legendary Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. Optional afternoon visit to Sun Studios.

Travel to Clarksdale, birthplace of the Delta Blues. Visit Vicksburg National Military Park.

Look out for alligators on a swamp tour through Cajun Country. Continue to New Orleans.

Free day in the ‘Big Easy’. Take a voodoo cemetery tour or visit the garden district.

Trip ends in New Orleans.

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6

MAR

APR

7

MAY

8

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JUL

9

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SEP

10

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11

NOV

DEC

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Western USA National Parks Explorer USA

FROM

From the vast landscapes of Death Valley and Zion National Park to the lively cities of San Francisco and Las Vegas, this is a journey through some of the many highlights of America’s southwest. Each day takes us through mind-blowing scenery, from the Grand Canyon and the spectacular rock formations of Bryce Canyon, to walking the trails at Yosemite or feeling on top of the world at the Golden Gate Bridge or Horseshoe Bend. Longer itineraries are also available, including visits to the ancient cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde and watching the sunset over Arches National Park.

$4890 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1790 TRIP CODE: YG TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel and 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: No meals are included.

Extend your trip Longer itineraries are available, which include Moab and Mesa Verde National Park. For more details please see our website.

Great Salt Lake Tioga Pass

YOSEMITE NP

SIERRA

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NEVADA

BISHOP CALIFORNIA

Zion NP Angels Walk Emerald Pools

BRYCE CANYON

Hikes and sunrise views

SPRINGDALE Death Valley NP

Grand Canyon NP Breathtaking views

LAS VEGAS Casinos

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Monument Valley Jeep tour, walk to Horseshoe Bend

Cameron Trading post

ARIZONA

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City tour Chinatown Golden Gate Bridge

PACIFIC OCEAN

USA Mono Lake

A NEVAD

SAN FRANCISCO

DAY

DAY

Join trip in San Francisco.

Visit the city’s highlights, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown.

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2

3

DAY

DAYS

4

5/6

DAY

DAY

7

Drive to Walk the trails Cross Death Journey to Full day of Yosemite of Yosemite Valley on the Zion National walks in Zion over the National Park, way to the Park and National Sierra taking in its iconic city of explore on Park. Options Nevadas spectacular Las Vegas. foot. Chance include and walk to cliffs and Opt for a to visit Angel’s the base of waterfalls, limo ride. the IMAX Landing and Yosemite and looking cinema in the the Narrows Falls. for wildlife. evening. River hike.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

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10

11/12

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DAY

View the sunrise from Bryce Canyon and hike amid its multicoloured landscape of ancient rock formations.

Drive to Monument Valley. Free afternoon. Opt to take a Jeep tour with a Navajo guide.

Aweinspiring views of the Grand Canyon’s south rim. Chance for a helicopter flight.

Drive along the historic Route 66, rich in Americana, to Las Vegas. Check out the casinos of ‘Sin City’.

Trip ends in Las Vegas.

8

JUN

JUL

9

AUG

SEP

OCT

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DEC

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14

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Tastes of Mexico MEXICO

FROM

This two-week adventure defies expectations of precarious piles of nachos or bursting burritos, as we dive into Mexico’s mouth-watering food scene and taste many of the country’s diverse regional specialities. Sample street tacos in the capital, try traditional mole poblano, and tlayudas in Oaxaca. See ceviche being made along the coast, buy food in lively markets and learn how to create tamales in a villager’s home. Discover the many ways that food plays a huge part in the local traditions of this fascinating country.

$2870 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $550 TRIP CODE: MXF TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

Why not cycle? Cycle Mexico – The Yucatan Peninsula

Explore on two wheels with our easy grade cycle holiday. Trip code: CMX

MERIDA

Local icecream and waffles Uxmal Magician’s Pyramid ‘Place of the Gods’ Teotihuacan

MEXICO CITY

CAMPECHE

Ceviche making

PUEBLA

GULF OF MEXICO

Sweet Street and mole

Street tacos

MEXICO

PALENQUE

Lakeside Ranch Cacao workshop

OAXACA

Cooking class and mezcal tasting

Maya Ruins

SAN CRISTOBAL Make tamales

CHIAPA DE CORZO

PACIFIC OCEAN

DAY

1

Join trip in Mexico City.

DAY

2

3

Discover the Explore the city, sampling magnificent street tacos Pyramids and visiting of the Sun laid-back and Moon in Coyoacan, Teotihuacan known for its and head to coffee and Puebla via a churros. cactus farm.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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DAY

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6

Wander Explore Take a Puebla’s Calle the city on cooking class de los Dulces foot. Visit with a local (Sweet Street) the food chef. Buy and try mole markets, try food from sauce. Drive mezcal and the market to the colonial eat hot stone and make city of soup. three typical Oaxaca. dishes. FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

DAY

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9

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DAY

AUG

SEP

11

12/13

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DAY

Visit the Palenque temples and continue to the coast at the old fortress city of Campeche.

Explore the Maya site of Uxmal en route to Merida. Try pibil and taste typical pan dulce, sorbets and local snacks.

Trip ends in Merida.

10

Head to the Visit the cacao Head to the indigenous museum; opt jungles of highland to make your Palenque town of San own chocolate. stopping at a Cristobal via Dinner and local ranch. Chiapa de posh tasting See how they Corzo. Make – a traditional make cacao tamales in a Maya corn and enjoy a local house. drink. lakeside lunch. JUL

GUATEMALA

OCT

NOV

DEC

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Highlights of Mexico MEXICO

FROM

On this exciting introduction to Mexico, travel from the sprawling capital through indigenous villages and beautifully preserved colonial towns into the Maya heartland of the Yucatan Peninsula. Discover the pre-Colombian pyramids of Teotihuacan before journeying to three different Maya sites, culminating in the famous ruins at Chichen Itza. Aside from its rich history, Mexico’s natural highlights are not to be missed; explore the vast Sumidero Canyon by boat, bathe in the cascading blue waters of the Agua Azul Falls and end at the beach on Playa del Carmen.

$2180

9

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $370 TRIP CODE: MXS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: No meals are included.

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with The Best of Western Cuba (Trip code: CN) to make an exciting journey through two distinct countries. Trip code: MXCN

Cancun

MERIDA

Chichen Itza

Colonial city

Uxmal Magician’s Pyramid

MEXICO CITY

‘Place of the Gods’ Teotihuacan

PLAYA DEL CARMEN

CAMPECHE GULF OF MEXICO

MEXICO

PALENQUE

Maya Ruins

Sumidero Canyon Tuxtla

Agua Azul Waterfall

SAN CRISTOBAL

PACIFIC OCEAN

GUATEMALA

EL SALVADOR

DAY

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DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Mexico City.

Explore the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon in Teotihuacan and tour the capital, including Diego Rivera’s famous murals at the National Palace.

Fly to Tuxtla Airport; sail through the vast Sumidero Canyon. Continue to the indigenous town of San Cristobal.

Discover the traditional Maya villages of Chamula and Zinacantan on foot. Free afternoon in San Cristobal.

Discover the caves behind the Misol Ha waterfall, stop for a swim in the Agua Azul Falls and continue to Palenque.

Explore the jungle-clad temples of the Palenque Maya site; head to the walled city of Campeche.

Visit the wellpreserved Maya ruins at Uxmal en route to the lovely colonial city of Merida. Chance to visit the Mundo Maya Museum.

See the ‘yellow city’ of Izamal before discovering the famous temples of Chichen Itza. Continue to the beach at Playa del Carmen.

Trip ends in Playa del Carmen.

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2

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JAN

FEB

4

MAR

APR

5

MAY

JUN

6

JUL

AUG

7

SEP

OCT

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Contrasts of Mexico MEXICO - GUATEMALA - BELIZE

FROM

This exciting journey explores the mysterious land of the Aztecs, Zapotecs and the Maya. From the valleys of Oaxaca in Mexico to the jungles of Guatemala, tour colonial cities and discover ancient sites. See the impressive Maya ruins of Tikal and Palenque, explore the tranquil sites of Monte Alban, Bonampak and Yaxchilan, and discover the pyramids at Teotihuacan. Outside of archaeology, there is plenty to enjoy; take a boat trip through the magnificent Sumidero Canyon, swim in the beautiful Misol Ha waterfall and wander the colonial streets of San Cristobal.

$2760 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $610 TRIP CODE: MX TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple lodge. MEALS: 1 breakfast and 1 dinner are included.

Extend your trip Spend six days snorkelling in Belize and exploring the Maya heartland of the Yucatan Peninsula. Trip code: MXY

Festival Departures Day of the Dead Festival This festival is celebrated throughout Mexico and focuses on family and friends praying for and remembering loved ones who have died. The ceremonies, witnessed in Oaxaca, are a fascinating insight into local culture and beliefs that date back thousands of years. There are four different dates available, including a departure with premium accommodation. For more details please see our website.

MEXICO

Belize City

Tikal

SAN CRISTOBAL

PACIFIC OCEAN

Bonampak & Yaxchilan

FLORES

BELIZE

GUATEMALA

EL SALVADOR

Join trip in Mexico City.

See the city’s highlights including the Anthropological Museum. Visit the Teotihuacan Pyramids.

Walking tour of the colonial city of Oaxaca, and the ancient complex of pyramids at Monte Alban.

Visit the most important Zapotec site, Mitla, and the 2,000 year old Tule tree en route to the isthmus of Tehuantepec.

JAN

SAN IGNACIO

Sumidero Canyon

TEHUANTEPEC

DAY

DEPARTURE MONTHS

Maya Ruins

PALENQUE

Monte Alban

DAYS

4/5

Mixtec & Zapotec site Mitla

OAXACA

DAYS

2/3

GULF OF MEXICO

MEXICO CITY

Anthropology Museum

DAY

1

220

‘Place of the Gods’ Teotihuacan

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FEB

7

DAY

DAYS

8

DAY

9/10

11

Take a boat Discover the Travel to the Explore trip through indigenous important Bonampak the vast village of San Maya site of and Yaxchilan Sumidero Juan Chamula Palenque, ruins. Canyon. on foot. covered in Discover Continue to Free time to rainforest, the wellthe highland explore the and bathe in preserved town of San colourful waterfalls. Maya murals Cristobal. markets. and carvings.

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

12

13

Continue by bus and boat to the Guatemalan rainforest. Optional boat trip on Lake Peten Itza. OCT

DAY

DAY

14

15

Discover the Cross the magnificent Belize border Maya to San Ignacio metropolis on the Macal of Tikal River. Time with its 20 permitting, storey high explore the temples and Xunantunich pyramids. ruins.

NOV

DEC

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Kingdom of the Maya GUATEMALA - HONDURAS - MEXICO

FROM

Visit some of the Maya world’s most spectacular sites on this voyage of discovery through Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. Staying in comfortable hotels, this trip gives a fantastic overview of the vast Maya civilisation, visiting the most important archaeological sites; explore the Maya-Toltec ruins of Chichen Itza, the enchanting jungle-clad labyrinth of Palenque, the metropolis of Tikal, and Copan - one of the best preserved sites in Central America. Aside from the impressive ruins this journey is awash with scenery, from towering volcanoes to picturesque colonial cities.

$4600 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1070 TRIP CODE: DMX TRIP PACE: Full on ACCOMMODATION: Premium 11 nights premium hotel and 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included.

MERIDA Uxmal

GULF OF MEXICO

Izamal Valladolid

Cancun

CHICHEN ITZA

CAMPECHE Champoton

MEXICO

PALENQUE Tikal Bonampak

FLORES

BELIZE

RIO DULCE

GUATEMALA

Quirigua

COPAN

HONDURAS

ANTIGUA

EL SALVADOR

DAY

1

Join trip in Antigua, Guatemala.

DAY

2

DAY

3

DAYS

DAYS

4/5

6/7

DAY

DAY

8

DAY

9

10

Walking Free day. Take Discover Back in Explore Cross into In Palenque. tour of a boat trip to the wellGuatemala, the ancient Mexico by Discover the Antigua, one the villages preserved visit the Maya temples, boat and visit labyrinth of the most around Lake ruins of monuments palaces and the murals at of ancient picturesque Atitlan or visit Copan, at Quirigua. pyramids of Bonampak, buildings and colonial ChichicastHonduras, Continue Tikal, one a superb the tomb cities in enango a UNESCO north via of the most reflection of of the high Central market. World Rio Dulce to remote Maya Maya art. priest Pakal. America. Heritage Site. Tikal. sites.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAYS

11

12/13

Drive along the coast to the historic port of Campeche, stopping for a swim at Champoton.

OCT

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DAY

DAY

14

15

Visit Uxmal, Spend a full including the day at the Governor’s temples of Palace Chichen Itza, and the one of the Magician’s New Seven Pyramid. Wonders of Explore the World. Merida.

NOV

DEC

Trip ends at Cancun Airport.

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Discover Belize BELIZE - GUATEMALA

FROM

Belize is one of Central America’s hidden gems. A hybrid of Caribbean, Latin American and various indigenous cultures, every single town has a different identity. Encounter exotic wildlife, tropical forests and jungle rivers in the Cockscomb Jaguar Sanctuary; discover ancient Maya sites in the leafy canopies of San Ignacio and Tikal, Guatemala, and see endemic birdlife on the stunning lagoon in the Crooked Tree Bird Sanctuary. The trip ends on the island of Caye Caulker, a Caribbean paradise perfect for snorkelling on the Belize Barrier Reef.

$3890 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $920 TRIP CODE: BL TRIP PACE: Full on ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel and 4 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included.

MEXICO

Lamanai Boat to Maya Jungle site

Altun Ha Temple of the Sun

CAYE CAULKER

CROOKED TREE

Coral reef

Wildlife Sanctuary

Maya city

TIKAL

Community Baboon Sanctuary

SAN IGNACIO

Hu m Higmingb hw ird ay

Xunantunich ‘El Castillo’

GUATEMALA Caracol

Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve Forest trails

BELIZE

DAY

1

Join trip in Belize City.

DAY

2

3

DAYS

DAY

4/5

6

Visit the Maya Boat journey Visit baboon site of Altun along the sanctuary Ha and drive river to before to Crooked explore continuing to Tree wetlands the remote Placencia. Free for a sunset jungle ruins time to snorkel birdwatching of Lamanai, off tropical cruise. birdwatching islands or relax en route. on the beach.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

222

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JAN

FEB

DAY

DAY

7

Walk the Explore the Free day. trails of the Xunantunich Visit the Cockscomb archaeological impressive Jaguar site including botanical Sanctuary the massive gardens, go then head to pyramid of El canoeing or San Ignacio. Castillo. explore the Swim at the Cahal Pech Blue Hole. ruins.

MAR

APR

MAY

DAYS

DAY

Discover the great Maya temples of Tikal, Guatemala, that pierce the dense jungle canopy.

Return to Belize City. Take a short boat ride to the idyllic island of Caye Caulker.

8

JUN

JUL

9/10

AUG

SEP

DAY

11

OCT

12

DAY

DEC

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PLACENCIA

Beach

DAY

13

14

Relax on Optional the island, tour to Hol snorkel in Chan Marine the warm Reserve, one waters of the of the best Caribbean snorkelling Sea or spot spots in manatees at Belize. Goff’s Caye.

NOV

BELIZE CITY

Blue Hole

Travel by boat to Belize City where the trip ends.

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Ancient Lands of the Maya GUATEMALA - HONDURAS

FROM

Guatemala is the best place in the world to experience the living Maya culture, through its many indigenous communities that still thrive in the highlands. Contrasting the old with the new, visit the early Maya cities of Tikal, Quirigua and Copan (in Honduras), before travelling through traditional mountain villages where the Maya descendants still wear distinctive and colourful clothing and weave their own traditional textiles. Take a boat trip on Lake Atitlan and explore the remote Cuchumatanes Mountains, as well as the hectic Chichicastenango market.

$3270 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $820 TRIP CODE: GM TRIP PACE: Full on ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights premium hotel, 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel and 1 night standard lodge. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included.

Festival Departures Local celebrations in Guatemala Combine your trip with a local festival. Over Semana Santa (Easter Week), witness fabulous processions in Antigua, where roads are paved by intricate designs of flowers and brilliantly coloured sawdust.

Lake PetĂŠn ItzĂĄ

Sayaxche

DAY

3

DAY

4

Join trip Discover the Travel to in Guatemala archaeological Livingston City. Tour site of Copan, (Guatemala) the colonial with its via the city before magnificent Quirigua heading to collection Maya site. Copan in of Maya Honduras. sculpture.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

BELIZE

Ceibal

MEXICO

GUATEMALA Remote hilltown

LIVINGSTON Rio Dulce

NEBAJ

COBAN Quirigua

SANTA CATARINA Lake Atitlan

Chichica -stenango Market

GUATEMALA ANTIGUA CITY

COPAN

Maya ruins

Colonial town

EL SALVADOR

PACIFIC OCEAN

DAY

DAY

5

6

Boat trip Discover the along the vast Maya cliff-lined temples waters of the that pierce Rio Dulce, the jungle spotting canopy pelicans. at Tikal. Head north Continue to to Tikal. Flores. FEB

MAR

APR

DAY

DAY

7

Visit the impressive Candelaria Caves before driving to Coban.

MAY

DAY

8

JUN

9

Drive to the Explore the hill village Nebaj Valley. of Nebaj Walk through and visit the beautiful the isolated Cuchumatanes Ixil Triangle Mountains to villages, the historic rich in Maya village of Acul. culture. JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAYS

10

11/12

DAY

DAYS

13

14/15

Drive to Lake At Lake Experience Atitlan via Atitlan. Take the bustle the colourful a boat trip to and colour of market of local villages. ChichicaSolola. Views Opt for a stenango over volcanic guided visit Market. peaks. of Panajachel Continue to town. Antigua.

OCT

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NOV

DEC

HONDURAS

1/2

Maya city

FLORES

The highlight of the Day of the Dead trip in October is the Giant Kite Festival in Sumpango, where locals fly home-made kites to honour their dead. For more details please see our website.

DAYS

TIKAL

Explore this elegant colonial city on a walking tour. Trip ends in Antigua.

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The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes NICARAGUA

FROM

Fiery volcanic landscapes, colonial cities and a revolutionary backdrop are all ingredients in this two-week trip. Highlights are watching the molton lava of the Masaya Volcano whirl inside its fiery mouth, or spending the night with a local family while learning about coffee production. Elegant colonial architecture contrasts with an ever-present history of revolution, while boat trips on Lakes Nicaragua and Ometepe, searching for monkeys in deep cloud forest, or enjoying a relaxing stay on the Pacific coastal village of San Juan del Sur help to round off this varied journey.

$2720 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $730 TRIP CODE: NIC TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel and 1 night simple homestay. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

Why not walk? Hiking in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Explore on foot with our moderate grade walking holiday. Trip code: NCR

HONDURAS

SAN RAMON Homestay

LEON

Colonial capital Lake Managua

NICARAGUA

MANAGUA Masaya

GRANADA Lake Nicaragua

PACIFIC OCEAN

Maderas 1394m

SAN JUAN DEL SUR

MOYOGALPA Ometepe Island Volcanoes

COSTA RICA

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Managua.

Explore the capital’s highlights before heading to Leon for a walking tour of this colonial city.

1

DAY

2

3

DAY

4

5

Free morning. Visit the Volcano hiking bubbling or wildlife boat mud pools at trips available. San Jacinto. Afternoon Spend the visit to the night in a UNESCO site homestay of Leon Viejo. at a coffee farm.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

224

DAY

JAN

FEB

Walk in the Selva Negra cloud forest, searching for monkeys and bats. Continue to Granada.

MAR

APR

DAY

DAY

6

DAY

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Free day. Activities include walks to the San Ramon Waterfall or hiking up Concepcion Volcano.

Travel to San Juan del Sur on the Pacific Coast with time to relax at the beach.

Chance for a surfing lesson or canopy tour. Witness mass arrival of turtles (AugustJanuary).

Transfer to Managua where the trip ends.

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Highlights of Costa Rica COSTA RICA

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This trip showcases the main highlights of Costa Rica in just nine days, including its diverse wildlife, imposing volcanoes and beautiful coastline. Head up to the impressive crater at Poas Volcano and go whitewater rafting in the shadow of Arenal’s smoking peak. Explore the wildlife and jungle trails of the Monteverde cloud forest, including searching for the mysterious quetzal. Relax on the white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park after spotting sloths and howler monkeys within the canopy. Costa Rica’s rich and varied ecosystems do not disappoint.

$2050

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Optional single rooms are available from $780 TRIP CODE: BCC TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included.

Extend your trip Spend three nights in the lazy town of Manuel Antonio on Costa Rica’s west coast. Relax on the beach, go snorkelling or whitewater raft on the Savegre River. Trip code: BCCB Lake Nicaragua NICARAGUA

LA FORTUNA Arenal 1633m

MONTEVERDE Cloud forest

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Join trip in San Jose.

Walk to a viewpoint over the volcanic crater of Poas. Head to La Fortuna, at the base of Arenal’s classic volcanic cone.

Free day. Explore the jungle trails and waterfalls beneath the volcano. Opt to go whitewater rafting or relax at the thermal baths.

Visit Arenal Volcano National Park and walk on the flanks of the volcano before heading to Monteverde. Opt for a night walk.

Enjoy the diverse wildlife in Monteverde cloud forest. Look for the elusive quetzal in the jungle canopy.

Drive south to Manuel Antonio National Park via the Carara Biological Reserve, well known for its scarlet macaws.

Walk the trails in Manuel Antonio searching for wildlife and unwind on its stunning whitesand beaches.

Spend a relaxing morning by the coast before returning to the capital.

Trip ends in San Jose.

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Our Top Pick “Costa Rica is an amazing country! We got to see so much wildlife along the way such as toucans, monkeys, snakes, sloths and an anteater too. Trekking through forest and floating along jungle waterways are experiences not to be missed – it’s such a beautiful destination and I would definitely recommend it to anyone!” Holly Jackson

“So many amazing things to see on this tour. We were so lucky with what we saw, from baby armadillos to an anteater, an otter, humming birds, toucans, monkeys, snakes and sloths this tour proved a wildlife paradise.” Sue, Birmingham “Fantastic trip giving a taste of the different parts of Costa Rica. So much wildlife spotting, magical rainforests and cloud forests. Good mix of nature watching and activities.” Laura, Nottingham

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Explore Costa Rica COSTA RICA

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• Spot wildlife in the cloud forest and jungles, from sloths and monkeys to brightly coloured frogs

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• Cruise the jungle waterways of Tortuguero, exploring the rainforest and discovering wildlife

Nature lovers will be in their element in Costa Rica, where a variety of ecosystems play home to diverse wildlife. For a tiny country, Costa Rica packs a huge wildlife punch. Containing 6% of the world’s biodiversity, its thick forests are teeming with life. Birds are prolific, including brightly coloured toucans, hummingbirds and macaws. Sloths, turtles, frogs and capuchin monkeys are also sure to be sighted in this special place. Aside from the bountiful nature, visit Costa Rica for its adventure; fly through Monteverde’s lush canopy on a zip-wire; raft on whitewater rivers; hike on the volcanoes of Arenal or Poas, or choose to relax on white-sand beaches.

• Share the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park with iguanas and capuchin monkeys

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TORTUGUERO NP

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CARIBBEAN SEA Sea turtles

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Sarapiqui Arenal 1633m

$3690 15 DAYS

MONTEVERDE Cloud forest

Irazu 3432m Guayabo

Poás 2707m

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1070

SAN JOSÉ

TURRIALBA

Cartago

Optional rafting

COSTA RICA

TRIP CODE: CC

MANUEL ANTONIO NP Sandy beaches

TRIP PACE: Moderate

PACIFIC OCEAN

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel and 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

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Explore Costa Rica’s capital city and walk to the volcanic crater of Poas.

Drive to Turrialba. Visit the excavated indigenous ceremonial centre at Guayabo.

Optional whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River or visit to the Agricultural Research Station.

Travel by bus and boat to the Tortuguero National Park wetlands, often described as a ‘mini Amazon.’

Cruise the jungle waterways searching for wildlife including monkeys and toucans.

Return by boat to Cano Blanco and drive to Arenal. Possibility to visit the thermal baths in the evening.

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Free day. Walk the jungle trails beneath the Arenal Volcano, discovering waterfalls and wildlife.

Visit Arenal Volcano National Park and walk to the volcano viewpoint. Drive to Monteverde.

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Costa Rica – Coast to Coast COSTA RICA

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Based in comfortable, hand-picked hotels, journey from the Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean through one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. Cruise through jungle waterways, discover cloud forest trails home to the beautiful Resplendent Quetzal, spot howler monkeys, toucans and parrots high up in the canopy, see the crater of an active volcano and zip-wire through the forest. Costa Rica is truly a magical destination, with something for everyone.

$4920 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1570 TRIP CODE: DCC TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Premium 12 nights premium hotel and 2 nights premium lodge. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

Lake Nicaragua NICARAGUA

LA FORTUNA

TORTUGUERO NP

CARIBBEAN SEA Sea turtles

Sarapiqui Arenal 1633m

MONTEVERDE RESERVE

Cloud forest Poás 2707m

Irazu 3432m Guayabo

TURRIALBA

SAN JOSÉ

Cartago

Rafting

COSTA RICA MANUEL ANTONIO NP Sandy beaches

PACIFIC OCEAN

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Join trip in San Jose.

Explore Costa Rica’s capital city and visit the volcanic crater of Poas.

Visit the ruins of the 19th century colonial capital, Cartago before driving to Turrialba.

Try your hand at whitewater rafting or visit the Agricultural Research Station.

Travel by boat along the jungle waterways of Tortuguero National Park searching for wildlife.

Walk the forest-covered trails beneath the Arenal Volcano. An evening visit to thermal baths is available.

Drive to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Chance to take a night walk.

Nature walk in Monteverde cloud forest looking for the mysterious quetzal.

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Central American Highlights GUATEMALA - HONDURAS - EL SALVADOR - NICARAGUA - COSTA RICA

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Central America is a vast land of cultural riches and diverse landscapes. Discover five distinct countries in two weeks from the wonderful indigenous villages found on the banks of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, to the wild paradise of Costa Rica’s jungles. Explore the cobble-stoned colonial towns of Granada and Suchitoto, be surrounded by Maya culture, uncovering the history of this ancient kingdom at the site of Copan, and discover Nicaragua’s revolutionary past. With beaches, volcanoes, jungles and more, Central America’s variety is a magical surprise.

$3640 16 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1010 TRIP CODE: CAQ TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 4 nights premium hotel, 2 nights simple hotel and 1 night standard camping. MEALS: 5 breakfasts are included.

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MEXICO

GUATEMALA CITY COPAN

Chichicastenango Market

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Lake Atitlan Boat trip

Maya Ruins

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City tour

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Volcan Masaya NP

Managua Optional boat trips

Pacific beaches

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Lake Nicaragua Forest walks & bird watching

Rincon de la Vieja 1916m Arenal 1633m

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La Fortuna

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Cross the border into Honduras and visit the magnificent Maya site of Copan.

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Continue to San Juan del Sur. Unwind on Nicaragua’s surfing beaches on the Pacific Coast.

Travel to the wetlands of Cano Negro, Costa Rica. Spot wildlife by boat, including iguanas and herons.

In Sarapiqui, whitewater raft, hike on forest trails or take a zip-wire adventure.

Travel to the Costa Rican capital, San Jose where the trip ends.

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Central American Explorer PANAMA - COSTA RICA - NICARAGUA - HONDURAS - GUATEMALA

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From verdant rainforests to smouldering volcanoes and long sandy beaches, Central America is one of the world’s most magnificent regions. On this epic 25-day adventure, discover the highlights of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. Explore the colonial cities of Leon, Granada and Antigua. Relax on white-sand beaches in the Bocas del Toro archipelago and on Roatan Island. Visit the fascinating ancient Maya site of Copan and discover nature in Monteverde cloud forest and Rincon de la Vieja on this journey across the continent.

$5420 25 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1710 TRIP CODE: CAE TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 21 nights standard hotel and 3 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts are included.

Why not cycle? Cycle Nicaragua to the Panama Canal

Explore on two wheels with our moderate to challenging grade cycle holiday. Trip code: CNCP

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Tikal (optional)

ISLA DE ROATAN

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La Ceiba

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Lake Nicaragua

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Take a Explore the Cross the guided verdant border into walk in the forests, Nicaragua Monteverde waterfalls and catch Cloud Forest and volcanic a ferry to Reserve and features of the volcanic search for Rincon de la island of the elusive Vieja National Ometepe. quetzal. Park.

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The Best of Western Cuba CUBA

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On this exciting introduction to Cuba, explore the captivating capital of Havana and wander through the twisting alleyways of colonial Trinidad. Stay in privately run casas particulares, a term for homestay, and experience local hospitality. Along the way, learn about Cuba’s unique revolutionary history at Che Guevara’s Mausoleum and the infamous Bay of Pigs. Compare this to today’s lively culture during salsa dancing and cocktail classes. In addition, discover Cuba’s spectacular natural beauty, taking in its pristine beaches and unspoilt forests.

$1730 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $310 TRIP CODE: CN TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights simple homestay. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Extend your trip Spend three days relaxing on the golden sands of Playa Jibacoa, on the Caribbean Coast. Trip code: CNB Combine your trip with nine days in Mexico for an exciting journey through two distinct countries. Trip code: MXCN

GULF OF MEXICO

HAVANA

City tour by bus and on foot

CUBA

Vinales Walks in ‘mogotes’ limestone landscape

Santa Clara Che Guevara’s Mausoleum

Cueva de los Peces Swimming

Bay of Pigs

Topes de Collantes Optional visit Playa Ancon (optional tour)

TRINIDAD City tour

CARIBBEAN SEA

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Discover Havana’s faded glamour and amazing vintage cars. Walk through the old district and learn to pair tobacco and rum.

Full day trip to the Vinales countryside. Discover the tobacco plantations in this remarkable landscape of limestone formations.

Drive down the coast to the museum dedicated to the Bay of Pigs, site of the failed 1961 US invasion. Stop to swim in a cenote.

Walking tour through the winding cobblestoned streets of the colonial town of Trinidad. Listen to live music at the Casa de la Musica.

Free day in Trinidad. Head to the Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve for walks and waterfalls, or take a boat to the idyllic island of Cayo Blanco.

Visit the revolutionary battle memorial of the Tren Blindado, and visit Che Guevara’s final resting place in Santa Clara. Return to Havana.

Trip ends in Havana.

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Our Top Pick “There is so much more to Cuba than I realised. The country has a soul which comes through everywhere you go, from the music and cars to the crumbling colonial era architecture. We visit great beaches, tropical jungles in Topes, tobacco fields and limestone valleys in Vinales and vibrant cities including Havana, Camaguey and Trinidad.” Antony Barton Product Team

“I loved this holiday. The country and people are beautiful. Every bar is filled with music, dance and smiling friendly people. The itinerary is perfect and covers so much of the history which was explained to us by our excellent guide.” Gillian, Cornwall “Cuba Libre was an excellent tour – we did so much and saw so much of Cuba and the group were brilliant – we all got along well and it was the best group of people I have ever travelled with!” Anita, West Sussex Independently verified reviews

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• Explore Havana’s outstanding old town and spend the evenings listening to live salsa

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• Swim in refreshing waterfalls in the forest, and camp out in a traditional hacienda

This remarkable journey through Cuba explores the island’s revolutionary history and its intensely unique culture. It’s impossible to truly capture the essence of Cuba, still under the fascinating hold of the revolution. Cigars, rum and the famous American cars are abundant, but so too is the glorious forest, rich with exotic birds. The dramatic limestone landscapes and rolling tobacco fields of Vinales are altogether different from colourful, music-filled Trinidad, and the sea is never far away, with white-sand beaches to enjoy. Plus, a stay in privately run homestays is a closer look at the local culture.

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• Get underneath the revolution with visits to Castro and Che’s mountain hideout as well as the Bay of Pigs museum

HAVANA

$3280 15 DAYS

City tour

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VINALES

Caves, walks & tobacco farms

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Soroa

CUBA

Visit Che’s Mausoleum

Cueva de los Peces

Hikes in the Guamuhaya Massif Bay of Pigs

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TRINIDAD TOPES DE Colonial COLLANTES architecture

SANTA LUCIA

Golden sand beaches

CAMAGUEY

Lively colonial town

TRIP PACE: Full On

CARIBBEAN SEA

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple camping and 2 nights simple homestay.

Holguin Santo Domingo Comandancia de la Plata Castro’s & Che’s refuge

SANTIAGO DE CUBA City tour

MEALS:14 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included. DAY

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Join trip in Havana.

Experience the faded colonial splendour of Cuba’s capital. Learn to pair rum and tobacco.

Drive to Vinales and explore the dramatic limestone landscape and tobacco fields on foot.

Visit the paradise orchid gardens at Soroa and continue to Santa Clara via the Che Memorial.

Travel to Camaguey via Che Guevara’s Mausoleum and Sancti Spiritus.

Free time to explore Camaguey before driving to the picturesque Sierra Maestra Mountains.

Trek through the jungle to the site of Castro’s rebel headquarters; Comandancia de la Plata.

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Explore Santiago de Cuba on foot, including the Moncada Barracks. Drive to the beach at Santa Lucia.

Relax on the beach at Santa Lucia before travelling to Trinidad via the Valley of the Sugar Mills.

Walking tour through the narrow streets and twisting alleyways of the colonial town of Trinidad.

Drive to Topes de Collantes National Park and walk to waterfalls, stopping for a dip. Camp out in haciendas.

In Topes de Collantes, walk to La Batata and El Altar caves, spotting birds en route. Overnight camp.

Visit the museum dedicated to the Bay of Pigs and swim in a cenote (limestone cave).

Free day to explore Havana where the trip ends.

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Classic Cuba CUBA

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Based in comfortable hotels and the occasional homestay, explore this fascinating Caribbean island. The capital, Havana, is all faded glamour and colonial heritage, while the limestone landscape and mogotes of Vinales are simply spectacular. A trip to Fidel Castro’s revolutionary headquarters, deep in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, is a highlight along with watching the amazing salsa dancing of local Trinidad residents in their open-air Casa de la Musica. There is no better way to end a trip to Cuba than relaxing on the sandy beaches of the beautiful island Cayo Ensenachos.

$4050 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1120 TRIP CODE: DCL TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Premium 10 nights premium hotel, 2 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple homestay. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

HAVANA

GULF OF MEXICO

ATLANTIC OCEAN

City tour

CUBA

Las Terrazas

CAYO ENSENACHOS

Santa Clara

Vinales Walk in mogotes landscape

Bay of Pigs Cienfuegos

Coral reefs

SANCTI SPIRITUS

TRINIDAD

Camaguey

CARIBBEAN SEA Santo Domingo Walk to ‘Comandancia de la Plata’ Castro and Che’s refuge

BAYAMO SANTIAGO

City tour

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Drive to Trek through Explore the Bayamo, via the jungle to historically the Valley see Castro’s important of the Sugar revolutionary city of Mills and headquarters – Santiago. the colonial Comandancia Chance to town of de la Plata. visit the El Camaguey. Continue to Morro Fort. Santiago.

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Drive back west through the heart of the island to the colonial town of Sancti Spiritus.

Travel to the sandy beaches of Cayo Ensenachos. Spend three nights in this tropical paradise.

Return to the capital via Santa Clara to view Che Guevara’s memorial and mausoleum.

Visit Las Terrazas and search for wildlife including various species of bird, reptile and frog.

Trip ends in Havana.

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Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle CUBA

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Cycling on quiet roads we explore Cuba’s verdant countryside, colonial towns and revolutionary history. From Havana, cycle past the historic Bay of Pigs and inviting tropical beaches to charming Trinidad where we experience Cuban hospitality in casas particulares. Along the way we learn about modern day Cuba with excellent live music never far away. Finally we visit Che Guevara’s Mausoleum in Santa Clara.

$2250 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $380 TRIP CODE: CSC CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple casas particulares and 2 nights standard hotel.

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MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: See website for more details.

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Cuba Highlights on Foot CUBA

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On this walking trip in Western Cuba experience local hospitality while staying in family-run guesthouses. Hike in the tropical forests of Topes de Collantes, rich in flora and fauna and amongst the limestone mogotes of Vinales. Discover the glamorous past of Old Havana, the lively musical nightlife of colonial Trinidad and learn about modern day Cuba and its complex past, culminating in a visit to the mausoleum of the national hero Che Guevara.

$2040 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from $470 TRIP CODE: SCU WALK PACE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights simple casas particulares. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included.

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WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 1.5 and 4 hours, mainly on unmade paths.

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Explore Jamaica JAMAICA

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Perhaps more than any other Caribbean nation, Jamaica suffers from an overdose of cliches about reggae-listening Rastas, who run on ‘island time’. This trip avoids all-inclusive resorts and gets beneath the skin of the country with visits to a true Rastafarian community, a homestay with the Maroons (descendants of the first escaped slaves) and walks in the stunning Blue Mountains National Park. Beyond this, you’ll still have plenty of time to swim in blue lagoons, sample delicious food (including the famous jerk chicken) and explore miles of white-sand beaches.

$3470 11 DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1430 TRIP CODE: JAM TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple cabin and 1 night simple homestay. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

Festival departure Jamaica’s carnival is pure Caribbean spectacle, with parades full of soca and calypso rhythms. Spend an additional four nights here soaking up the party atmosphere. For more details please see our website. MONTEGO BAY

Luminous Lagoon

Rasta Village

ACCOMPONG MAROON VILLAGE Appleton Rum Distillery

Seven Mile Beach Snorkelling Scuba diving

PORT ANTONIO

JAMAICA

Homestay

NEGRIL

Frenchmen’s Cove Blue Lagoon boat trip

Kingston Bob Marley Museum

BLUE MOUNTAINS Hiking and birdwatching

PORT ROYAL

TREASURE BEACH

Old pirate village

Pelican bar Cooking class

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Join trip in Port Royal (Kingston).

Explore Kingston on foot. Visit the 150 year old Devon House and opt to explore Trench Town.

Visit the Bob Marley museum en route to a coffee plantation in the lush, forested Blue Mountains.

Hike in the Blue Mountains National Park. Find hidden waterfalls and spot endemic birds. Head to Port Antonio.

Swim in the emerald waters of the Blue Lagoon and opt for a boat ride on the Luminous Lagoon.

Witness Rastafari culture at an indigenous village. Drive to Negril and watch daring cliff divers.

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Free day on Visit Appleton the golden- Rum Distillery sands of and drive Seven Mile to Cockpit Beach. Scuba Country. diving and Overnight snorkelling homestay with available. the Maroons.

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Experience village life. Swim at the YS Falls, surrounded by forest, and drive to Treasure Beach.

Free day. Enjoy your last day on the beach, visit the famous Pelican Bar or take a cooking class.

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This journey through the ex-Dutch and British colonies of Suriname and Guyana takes us through colonial cities and dense pristine rainforest in search of wildlife, crossing the Guyanan Shield to learn more about the culture of these two little-visited nations. From tree-top canopies to jungle walkways, mountain summits and forest rivers, look for wildlife including giant river otter, monkeys, harpy eagle and many other varieties of bird. A large part of this adventure is in exploring the unknown and experiencing life amid indigenous communities in the forest.

$6250 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $960 TRIP CODE: GE TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple guesthouse, 2 nights standard lodge and 2 nights simple lodge. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

GEORGETOWN Bourda Market visit

ATLANTIC OCEAN Airport

PARAMARIBO

GUYANA PAKARARAIMA MOUNTAINS Kaiteur Falls Optional excursion

SURINAME IWOKRAMA WALKWAY

DANPAATI RIVER LODGE

Atjoni

Canopy birdspotting

SURAMA ROCK LANDING

Dugout canoe to hammock camp

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Explore Drive to Search for Head to Paramaribo Atjoni. Boat caiman at Georgetown, including trip along night, visit Guyana, its former the Suriname local villages stopping colonial River to by canoe and at the plantations. our stay in take nature Mangrove Sunset boat a nature walks with Heritage trip available. resort. indigenous Trail. guides.

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Trip to Bourda Market with local chef. Option to visit the spectacular Kaieteur Falls. MAY

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Travel to the Search for Iwokrama bird and Rainforest, butterfly one of species from the last walkways untouched set high in tropical the forest forests in the canopy. world. JUL

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Continue Hike up Drive and Trip ends to the Surama fly back to in indigenous Mountain and Georgetown. Georgetown. village of paddle along Chance for a Surama. Take the Burro sunset boat a nature Burro River in trip on the walk to look dugout Demerara for wildlife. canoes. River.

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Highlights of Colombia COLOMBIA

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This once-notorious country now has a reputation for having some of the friendliest locals in South America, a status that is well-deserved. This trip gives first-time visitors a taste of this diverse country, from the towering Andes to the warm seas of the Caribbean. Explore the country’s indigenous history at the fascinating gold museum in Bogota; hike amid the beautiful wax palms of the Cocora Valley and eat a typical lunch in colourful Salento. Discover Medellin’s regeneration and stroll along the lovely cobbled streets of colonial Cartagena.

$3280

9

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $810 TRIP CODE: BCH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included.

Extend your trip Spend three nights exploring the jungle and beach in Tayrona National Park. Trip code: TY CARTAGENA Colonial gem

CARIBBEAN SEA

PANAMA

COLOMBIA

MEDELLIN

Guatape Excursion

‘The Coffee Region’

Zipaquira salt cathedral

Walks in the Cocora Valley

ARMENIA

BOGOTA

PIJAO

Local village and coffee plantation

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Join trip in Bogota.

Explore the capital. Visit the Gold Museum and La Candelaria district, as well as taking a cable car up Mount Monserrate.

View the enormous underground Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira. Fly to the coffee making region at Armenia.

Full day trip to the Cocora Valley and Acaime Rainforest Reserve. Walks in the mountainside and typical lunch in colourful Salento.

Visit a coffee farm and learn how the regional speciality is made, including tasting. Drive to the modern city of Medellin.

Visit Guatape town, known for the intricate carvings found on its buildings. Climb the huge rock of El Penol for views over Lake Guatape.

City tour of Medellin including the cable car. Fly to colonial Cartagena on the Caribbean Coast.

Visit the walled colonial city on foot. Free afternoon to explore the city or relax on the beaches of the Rosario Islands.

Trip ends in Cartagena.

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Contrasts of Colombia COLOMBIA

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Colombia’s rich cultural heritage, many areas of outstanding natural beauty and notoriously friendly population make it one of South America’s most dynamic destinations. See the country’s magical realism personified; walk amid hummingbirds and wax palms in the Andes, taste local coffee, discover Bogota’s cool street art, and go from the mountains to the Caribbean in the charming colonial city of Cartagena. The country has shaken off its turbulent past, and with places like Medellin blossoming into cultural hubs, there’s never been a more exciting time to visit.

$4510 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $980 TRIP CODE: BCO TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

Extend your trip Spend three nights exploring the jungle and beach in Tayrona National Park. Trip code: TY

CARTAGENA

Colonial gem Isla del Encanto Optional boat trip

CARIBBEAN SEA

COLOMBIA

MEDELLIN

Guatape Excursion

‘The Coffee Region’

BOGOTA

ARMENIA

POPAYAN

Silvia Indigenous Market

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Bogota Take a cable Visit the local city tour car up Mount indigenous including Monserrate. market at Paloquemao Fly to Silvia, and local market, historical drive to the Gold Popayan. Armenia, in Museum and the heart of the Botero the coffee Museum. region.

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FEB

Walk amid the wax palms of the Cocora Valley and eat a typical lunch in colourful Salento.

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Learn about Travel to the coffee Medellin and making explore the process in a exciting and coffee farm. diverse city Explore that represents nearby Colombia’s Andean social villages. transformation. MAY

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Discover the Fly to Explore Free day. Trip ends colourful Cartagena on Cartagena Stay in the in Cartagena. lakeside town the Caribbean by bus and city or take a of Guatape Coast, home on foot, boat trip to and climb to several wandering the Rosario El Penol for UNESCO the cobbled Islands for magnificent World streets of snorkelling, views of Heritage the walled swimming and the lake. Sites. colonial city. sunbathing.

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Galapagos ISLANDS

Watch as evolution unfolds before your eyes and discover the wondrous array of bird, land and marine species that thrive on the Galapagos Islands. Renowned as one of the world’s best wildlife experiences, to really explore the islands and see their endemic wildlife, sailing is by far the best way. Watch whales swim by your boat, meet giant tortoises or see penguin chicks take their first steps. Whether you love dramatic landscapes or discovering wildlife in its natural habitat, the Galapagos Islands are waiting to be explored.

• C  ruise the Galapagos aboard the luxurious Yolita II and uncover beautiful wildlife in abundance. (Trip code: GY7A, page 241) • P  lunge into the waters of Española Island and snorkel amid playful sea lions. (Trip code: GX7A, page 241) • H  ike up to Pinnacle Rock for unrivalled panoramic views across the islands. (Tripe code: GM7B, page 241)

Insider View “In the Galapagos the animals are completely at ease with the presence of humans. The wildlife was so abundant that we had to be careful where we put our feet, so as not to step on them. My two most memorable highlights are swimming with playful sea lions and snorkelling at Kicker Rock with a huge Spotted Eagle Ray. It had a wingspan of about two metres and it was gliding through the water, serene and beautiful. It was a privilege and an experience I will never forget.” Claire McCrum Sales Team

Galapagos Adventure - Trip code: GY7A

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Western Islands

Southern Islands

Central Islands

Northern Island

Eastern Island

Isabela and Fernandina

Floreana and Española

Santa Cruz and around

Genovesa

San Cristobal

Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos, formed by six volcanoes, making it one of the world’s most volcanically active places. Fernandina is the youngest of the islands.

The Southern Islands are renowned for their excellent snorkelling sites. Española is the nesting site of nearly all the world’s waved albatross population.

The Central Islands have so much to offer. Walk through giant cactus forests on Santa Fe, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz and relax on whitesand beaches.

Genovesa has developed a reputation as ‘the bird island’ because of the numerous and varied bird species that nest here. It is one of the only places to see red-footed boobies en masse.

Geologically, San Cristobal is one of the oldest of the islands in the Galapagos archipelago. The main highlight is Kicker Rock, which is one of the most famous sites in the Galapagos Islands.

Year round departures from $6520 10 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Galapagos Adventure

Galapagos Explorer

Galapagos Highlights

Galapagos Uncovered

Classic Galapagos

Galapagos Encompassed

VISITING: Western, Central and Northern Islands

VISITING: Southern, Central and Eastern Islands

VISITING: Western, Central and Eastern Islands

VISITING: Southern, Central and Eastern Islands

VISITING: Central and Eastern Islands

TRIP CODE: GY7A

TRIP CODE: GY7B

TRIP CODE: GM7A

TRIP CODE: GM7B

VISITING: Southern and Central Islands

ON BOARD: Yolita II ACCOMMODATION GRADE: Premium GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16

TRIP CODE: GX7A

ON BOARD: Monserrat ACCOMMODATION GRADE: Standard GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20

TRIP CODE: GX7B

ON BOARD: Xavier III ACCOMMODATION GRADE: Standard GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16

For full itineraries and prices, please visit our website.

Cabin options – upgrade from $160 From prices are mainly based on lower deck cabins – why not upgrade your cabin or book a single? Supplements start from $160 for an upgrade and $3,780 for single cabin occupancy.

Extend your trip Combine the Galapagos with the Amazon for the ultimate nature experience. Extend your trip with three days in the Amazon.

More trips available online We also offer three-and-four-night cruises and trips to different islands. For more details please see our website.

Trip code: AE

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Ecuador – Andes to Amazon ECUADOR

FROM

This ambitious journey through the Ecuadorian Andes uncovers the fascinating colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca, and explores the Amazonian wildlife along the Napo River, as well as passing through thermal springs and along winding railway tracks. The stunning scenery along the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’, the excitement of travelling on the Devil’s Nose Railway and the wilderness of the Cajas National Park are just a few of the highlights of this trip, which explores the indigenous heritage and stunning vistas of this beautiful country.

$3170 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $900 TRIP CODE: EC TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard guesthouse, 3 nights standard lodge and 1 night standard hostel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

Extend your trip We have a series of short fouror-five-night Galapagos cruises on offer, aboard the Monserrat yacht. These cruises depart on fixed dates throughout the year, which may match the dates of your Ecuador trip. Alternatively, we offer full 10-day cruises if you would like to extend your trip further and spend it in the company of tortoises, iguanas, seals, bluefooted boobies and the other fantastic wildlife found on the islands.

OTAVALO

Indian Market

PACIFIC OCEAN

QUITO

ECUADOR

Cotopaxi 5897m

MISAHUALLI

Trip codes: GM3A, GM4A, GM3B, GM4B

Explore jungle

Chimborazo 6310m

For more details please see our website or call our sales team. GUAYAQUIL

Sibambe Devil’s Nose Railway

BANOS

Hot springs

ALAUSI

CUENCA

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Walking tour Travel to the of Quito Equator Line. including the Continue Old Town to Otavalo, and Cerro via the Panecillo’s indigenous panoramic village of views. Peguche.

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Explore the famous market at Otavalo and walk the trails around the tranquil Cuicocha crater lake.

Travel down the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’, and trek in Cotopaxi National Park.

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Relax in the Explore the Papallacta Amazon on hot springs foot, spotting and journey toucans and to the monkeys, Amazon and Jungle lodge visiting an by canoe. indigenous community. MAY

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Ride the Discover the Hike in the Trip ends Devil’s Nose colonial city wild and in Guayaquil. Railway, of Cuenca on beautiful one of the foot. Visit a Cajas National steepest panama hat Park before routes in the factory and continuing to world. Visit relax in one the modern the Inca ruins of the city’s city of of Ingapirca. many cafes. Guayaquil. OCT

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Volcanoes and Galapagos ECUADOR - THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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Explore the spectacular highlights of mainland Ecuador as well as the ‘enchanted isles’ of the Galapagos Islands on this two-week trip. As well as its wild volcanic scenery, Ecuador has an interesting blend of cultures, and there is nowhere better to experience this than through haggling over handicrafts in Ecuador’s largest indigenous market at Otavalo, before exploring the old Spanish architecture in the colonial capital Quito. A week on the captivating Galapagos Archipelago, in search of rare species of wildlife, is a perfect end to the trip.

$5940 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1950 TRIP CODE: GPS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel, 4 nights standard lodge and 1 night standard hostel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included.

Peguche

GALAPAGOS

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Laguna Cuicocha

OTAVALO

Indian Market Condor Sanctuary

ECUADOR

(ECUADOR)

ISLA NORTH SEYMOUR ISLA BALTRA

Sierra Negra Volcano hike

Plaza Sur Sea lions

From

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Join trip in Quito. Discover the colonial capital with its splendid churches and cobbled plazas.

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Head south to Discover Experience Return to bustling Banos through the whirling Quito via Otavalo the ‘Avenue of cascade of the Equator the Volcanoes’ the Pailon del Market, shop Line, and for locallyand walk in Diablo Falls. enjoy some Cotopaxi Optional horse made goods free time and visit National Park. riding before to further returning to Cuicocha Lake, explore the surrounded by Quito. city. mountains.

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Pailon del Diablo Waterfall

GALAPAGOS

Charles Darwin Research Station

Snorkelling

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Cotopaxi 5897m

BANOS

PUERTO AYORA

PUERTO VILLAMIL

Lake Limpiopungo Latacunga Market

From Quito to Guayaquil

ISLA SANTA CRUZ

ISLA ISABELA

QUITO

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Machu Picchu and Galapagos PERU - ECUADOR - THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

FROM

Two of South America’s most iconic destinations are combined in this highlights trip. First visit the awe-inspiring ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu. Warm up to the main event by viewing ancient ruins in the Sacred Valley, as well as discovering the still-thriving indigenous cultures in this part of the Andes. Witness the colonial history present in the cities of Cusco and Quito, before spending six days exploring one of the best wildlife experiences on Earth: the Galapagos Islands. Search for unique wildlife including giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies.

$6970 15 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1120 TRIP CODE: GSM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel and 4 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 14 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

QUITO

ECUADOR

(ECUADOR)

ISLA BALTRA

From Quito to Guayaquil

ISLA SANTA CRUZ

ISLA ISABELA Sierra Negra Volcano Hike

Plaza Sur Sea lions From

GALAPAGOS

PUERTO AYORA

Fly to

GUAYAQUIL

Charles Darwin Research Station

PUERTO VILLAMIL

QUITO AGUAS CALIENTES

Snorkelling

Machu Picchu

PERU

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Join trip Explore the Experience Free day in Fly to Quito. in Cusco. Sacred Valley the aweCusco. Walking Walking tour including inspiring Choices tour of the of the old Pisac’s market and majestic include Andean Inca capital. and the Inca site Sacsayhuaman colonial fortress at of Machu Fortress and capital Ollantaytambo. Picchu. Moray and including the Train to Aguas Return to Maras salt historic Old Calientes. Cusco. mines. Town.

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Sacred Land of the Incas PERU

FROM

This journey across Peru is vast in scope and hits many of the country’s incredible sights, including enormous Colca Canyon, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arequipa, magnificent Lake Titicaca and the serene Sacred Valley. Machu Picchu, known as the ‘Lost City’ of the Incas and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is, for many, the reason to visit. But there is so much more to enjoy. Getting to know the locals is a highlight of this trip, and visiting the small Quechua village of Mismanay, where many of the Inca Trail’s porters live, is a fantastic experience.

$3260 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $490 TRIP CODE: PS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse and 1 night simple village house. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

Extend your trip Spend four nights in an Amazon Jungle Lodge. Search for caiman, spot birds and monkeys and experience the solitude of the rainforest. Trip code: PSA

Festival Departures

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Inti Raymi The Festival of the Sun was originally a religious festival celebrated during the Inca Empire, as a feast of the Sun God and Mother Earth, the main Gods of the Inca civilisation. This colourful festival is now celebrated every June in Cusco. There are lots of cultural, musical and artistic displays as well as local food and drink. For more details please see our website.

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PERU

JAN

Sacred Valley of the Incas

AGUAS Madre de Dio s CALIENTES OLLANTAYTAMBO Optional rafting

Machu Picchu

THE ANDES

CUSCO

Walking tour

Andahuaylillas Raqchi

La Raya 4321m

Cruz del Condor

PACIFIC OCEAN

Colca n Canyo

CHIVAY

Ayaviri

Juliaca

TAQUILE ISLAND

PUNO AREQUIPA

Lake Titicaca

Uros Islands

Santa Catalina Convent

CHILE

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Fly to Visit the Drive north to Arequipa. fascinating the altiplano, Free 500 year-old passing herds afternoon Santa Catalina of alpaca. Visit to explore Convent, an Colca Canyon the cobbled enormous and spot streets of citadel within the Andean this beautiful the city. condor flying colonial city. overhead.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

Apurim

LIMA

City tour

FEB

Boat trip on Lake Titicaca to explore the floating islands, home to the Uros people. Homestay on Taquile Island.

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APR

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Visit the Journey over nearby Inca high Andean ruins before passes to reach returning to Ollantaytambo Puno by boat in the tranquil and taking a Sacred Valley. trip to the local Visit Inca and markets. colonial sites on route. MAY

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JUL

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Free day. Go Travel to More time Walking tour whitewater the ancient to explore of the city. Visit rafting or visit mystical site Machu Picchu the imposing the seriously of Machu or choose Sacsayhuaman impressive Picchu by to climb one Fortress and salt terraces train and bus. of the peaks the Inca at Maras and Explore on foot within the site Temple of Moray. with a local itself. Transfer the Sun, guide. to Cusco. Qoricancha.

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SEP

OCT

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Simply Peru PERU

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This overland trip takes us from the Pacific Coast to the heights of the Inca Empire, at the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Along the way, sail on the immense Lake Titicaca, stay in a homestay with a local family who live remotely on one of the islands, and discover the mystical Nazca lines. There are plenty of opportunities to taste Peru’s incredible food, including pisco sours, the famous ceviche, or even guinea pig! Using a variety of transport and a selection of simple accommodation, this trip is a journey through the diverse heartland of Peru.

$2390 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $470 TRIP CODE: QPS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 8 nights simple hotel, 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse, 1 night simple bus and 1 night simple village house. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included.

Extend your trip Why not spend four nights in an Amazon jungle lodge? Trip code: QPSA

Apurim

LIMA

City tour

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PERU

Sacred Valley of the Incas

AGUAS Madre de Dio s CALIENTES OLLANTAYTAMBO Optional rafting

Machu Picchu

THE ANDES

CUSCO

Walking tour

Andahuaylillas Raqchi

La Raya 4321m

NAZCA

PACIFIC OCEAN

Mysterious lines

Cruz del Condor

CHIVAY

Ayaviri

Juliaca

Colca n Canyo

TAQUILE ISLAND

PUNO AREQUIPA

Lake Titicaca

Uros Islands

Santa Catalina Convent

CHILE

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Join trip in Lima.

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3

Follow the Climb viewing Pacific Coast platforms and pass to see the winegrowing lines and visit regions on a pre-Inca sites. public bus to Overnight Nazca. Free coach to afternoon. Arequipa.

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Discover the charming city on foot. Chance to visit the 500 yearold Santa Catalina Convent. FEB

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APR

MAY

DAY

Take a boat trip to explore the floating islands. Overnight homestay on Taquile island.

Travel to Cusco through the windswept altiplano. Optional Titicaca train journey available.

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Public bus to See condors Chivay. Pass at the herds of llama enormous and alpaca river gorge near the trip’s of Colca highest point Canyon. at 4,910m. Drive to Lake Titicaca.

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JUL

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SEP

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Wander Train and bus to Machu Cusco’s Picchu. Visit winding the most streets. spectacular Visit the feat of Qoricancha, engineering the Inca in ancient Temple of America. the Sun. OCT

NOV

DEC

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Peru Encompassed PERU

FROM

Discover the wonderful sights of Peru in comfort when staying in a selection of premium hotels, surrounded at every turn by the majesty of the Andes. This trip combines the magnificent colonial architecture and cobbled streets of Cusco and Arequipa with the historic ruins of the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. Sailing along Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, see how the indigenous communities of the Uros Islands construct their houses entirely out of reeds, before heading to the beautiful Sacred Valley to explore the Inca sites.

$4100 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1030 TRIP CODE: DPR TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Premium 9 nights premium hotel and 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included.

Extend your trip Why not extend your adventure by four days and visit the Amazon? Explore the jungle by dugout canoe and on foot, and discover how the local communities live in this remote place. Trip code: DPRA LIMA

AGUAS CALIENTES

City tour

OLLANTAYTAMBO

PERU THE ANDES

Optional rafting

Machu Picchu

CUSCO

Walking tour

La Raya 4321m

Cruz del Condor

PACIFIC OCEAN

Colca n Canyo

CHIVAY

Ayaviri

Juliaca

PUNO AREQUIPA

Taquile Island Lake Titicaca Uros Islands

Santa Catalina Convent

CHILE

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAYS

Join trip in Lima.

Explore the mix of old and new on a walking tour of Lima. Visit the San Francisco Convent. Fly to Arequipa.

Explore the beautifully preserved colonial city including the mini-city of Santa Catalina Convent.

Travel the high plains of the Andes to Colca Canyon and search for the rare Andean condor.

1

2

3

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

DAY

4/5

FEB

6

DAY

DAY

7

Sail along Journey Lake Titicaca through the and visit Andes to indigenous Cusco via the communities ancient site on Taquile of Raqchi. and Uros Train journey islands. optional.

MAR

APR

MAY

DAY

8

9

Discover Cusco, the old Inca capital, on foot and visit the dramatic Sacsayhuaman Fortress, perched high above the city.

JUN

JUL

DAY

DAY

10

11

Free day Train ride to Opt to visit in Cusco. the ancient Machu Visit the Inca ruins Picchu magnificent of Machu again, before cathedral, or Picchu, taking the sample treats known as the train to the at the San ‘Lost City’ of picturesque Pedro food the Incas. Sacred market. Valley.

AUG

SEP

OCT

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NOV

DEC

DAY

DAY

Free day. Go whitewater rafting , visit old Inca ruins or the impressive saltpans of Maras.

Trip ends in Cusco.

12

13

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Rio to Lima Explorer BRAZIL - BOLIVIA - PERU

FROM

Beginning at the carnival city of Rio, this incredible three-week journey is packed with contrasts. From one of the world’s most famous cities to the astounding wildlife of the Pantanal wetlands, Brazil immediately wows with its diversity. Contrast this with Bolivia’s indigenous culture at the local Tarabuco market, and marvel at the ethereal salt flats with their backdrop of distant mountains, before exploring the incomparable Lake Titicaca. The trip concludes at the fabled ‘lost’ Inca city of Machu Picchu, a suitably impressive end to this epic adventure.

$7740 22 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1420 TRIP CODE: RLE TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 15 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 2 nights simple lodge, 1 night simple overnight train and 1 night simple overnight bus. MEALS: 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

AGUAS CALIENTES Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo

Fly to

CUSCO

PERU

PUNO Copacabana

BRAZIL

BOLIVIA

Sacred Valley of the Incas

LIMA

ISLA DEL SOL LA PAZ

Flight from

RIO DE JANEIRO

Copacabana and Christ the Redeemer

Witches market Santa Cruz

Puerto Quijarro Bolivian border

SUCRE

Tarabuco local market

UYUNI SALT FLATS

POTOSI UYUNI

PANTANAL

Wildlife Reserve Game viewing by boat and on foot

Salt Plains

DAYS

1-3

DAYS

4/5

DAY

6

Join trip Fly to the Final day in in Rio and Pantanal the wetlands explore the wetlands. and drive to city including Spot wildlife the Bolivian Sugar Loaf including border to Mountain. birds, caiman catch an Chance to and monkeys overnight watch a by boat and train to Samba show. on foot. Santa Cruz.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

248

JAN

DAYS

7/8

9/10

DAYS

DAY

Fly to Sucre; visit the huge market of Tarabuco, hosted by the indigenous Yampura people.

Head to the silver mining town of Potosi at 4,090m altitude. Explore and continue to Uyuni.

Full day at the surreal Uyuni Salt Flats. Visit the train graveyard.

FEB

MAR

APR

DAY

11

MAY

12

JUN

DAYS

13/14

DAY

DAYS

15

16/17

Overnight Drive to Lake Free bus to La Titicaca; sail morning to Paz; explore to the Isla del walk on the on foot and Sol and walk island and by cable car, along the soak up the including island’s cliffs, views. Sail to the Witches’ discovering Copacabana Market. ancient Inca and cross ruins. into Peru. JUL

AUG

SEP

Campo Grande

PARAGUAY

CHILE

OCT

Travel through the Andes to Cusco and explore the old Inca capital on foot.

NOV

DEC

Contact your travel agent or visit exploreworldwide.co.nz

DAYS

18/19

DAYS

20-22

Train to Spend a free Aguas day exploring Calientes Cusco before and flying to explore the Lima where unbelievable the ‘lost city’ trip ends. of Machu Picchu. Go online for departure dates


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Top five reasons to trek the Inca Trail with Explore 1

L  ed by our experienced Explore Leaders our four-day trek is designed to stay away from the crowds.

2

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3

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O  ur trek crew are all from local communities, ensuring surrounding villages benefit from your visit.

Inca Trail Trek PERU

FROM

Walk along the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Learn about traditional Andean culture on the four-day trek to the ‘Lost City’, follow rivers through the dramatic Andes mountains, hike past impressive Inca ruins and among cloud forest. Discover the Sacred Valley, visit the lively market at Pisac and explore the historic city of Cusco.

$2350 TRIP ONLY

9

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from $320 TRIP CODE: PQ WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple camping and 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

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WALKING DETAILS: 4-day trek on well defined paths with original Inca steps, walk for an average of 6 hours each day. Max. altitude 4,200m.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

Extend your trip Venture into the Peruvian Amazon spending three nights at a jungle lodge. Trip code: PQA

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

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NOV

DEC

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Machu Picchu and Titicaca BOLIVIA - PERU

FROM

Travelling on some of the planet’s highest roads, traverse the other-worldly Andean landscapes from La Paz to Cusco. Including two days of hiking on the Isla del Sol, discovering ancient ruins and taking in the stunning vistas over Lake Titicaca, this trip combines indigenous cultures and outstanding mountain scenery. There is also the option to do a day hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, perfect for those who want to experience part of this famous walk but do not want to camp. Either way, the visit to Machu Picchu marks an awe-inspiring end to this Andean journey.

$3170 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $670 TRIP CODE: PB TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge and 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

Extend your trip Why not extend your adventure by four days and visit the Amazon? Explore the jungle by dugout canoe and on foot, and discover how communities live in this remote place. Trip code: PBA

Machu Picchu Km 104 Optional day walk

AGUAS CALIENTES Pisac Market CUSCO 3400m Ancient Inca capital

BOLIVIA

Sacsayhuaman

Lake Titicaca

ISLA DEL SOL

PERU

PUNO COPACABANA

Illampu 6362m Moon Island

Start of ‘Inca LA PAZ Pilgrim Way’ World’s highest capital 3636m

DAY

1

Join trip in La Paz, Bolivia.

DAYS

2-4

5

DAY

DAY

6

7

Walking Drive to Walk on the tour of this Copacabana Isla del Sol. eccentric on the Explore the city, including shores ruins of Palacio the Witches’ of Lake del Inca and Market. Titicaca, a watch the Chance to visit key point stunning Tiahuanaco in the Inca sunset over the ruins. Empire. lake.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

250

DAY

JAN

FEB

Boat to the Isla de la Luna and hike past Inca ruins to the island viewpoint.

MAR

APR

DAY

DAY

8

DAY

9

10

Boat return to Traversing the Discover Copacabana Andes by bus, the winding, and cross the arrive in cobbled streets border into Cusco, the of Cusco on Peru. A trip former Inca foot. Visit to the floating capital. Sacsayhuaman Uros Islands Optional Fortress and is available. train journey the colourful available. Pisac Market. MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

11

12

Free day in Cusco. Go whitewater rafting or visit the food market of San Pedro.

OCT

DAY

DAY

13

14

Optional day Explore the walk to Machu ancient citadel Picchu from of Machu KM104 via Picchu and Huinayopt to climb Huayna ruins Huayna Picchu and the Sun peak. Return Gate. to Cusco by train.

NOV

DEC

Contact your travel agent or visit exploreworldwide.co.nz

Trip ends in Cusco.

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Highlights of Bolivia BOLIVIA

FROM

This trip around Bolivia takes in some of the most startling scenery and rich culture in South America. Deep forest awaits in Amboro National Park, where giant tree ferns meet hidden pre-Incan ruins. Condor viewpoints jut out of the Andean foothills, and the conical peak of the Cerro Rico silver mine looms over the historic Potosi town. Find fascinating indigenous culture and colonial heritage in Sucre and La Paz, watch the sun set over magnificent Lake Titicaca and be simply astounded at the ethereal magic of Uyuni’s salt flats. Bolivia is packed with surprises.

$4920 12 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $700 TRIP CODE: BA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel and 2 nights standard cabin. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

BOLIVIA ISLA DEL SOL

Moon Island Amboro National Park - walk in giant fern forest

LA PAZ ‘The City that Touches the Sky’ - 3636m

SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA

SAMAIPATA Walks in the Andean foothills Potosi City tour

Jeep drive over Salt Flats

SUCRE

UYUNI

CHILE ARGENTINA

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Santa Cruz and explore this relaxed and culturally diverse town.

Take a 4WD to Samaipata. Hike to a condor viewpoint in the foothills of the Andes.

Visit the ruins of El Fuerte. Hike through giant fern forest in Amboro National Park.

Fly to the colonial city of Sucre. Visit to a textiles museum, a testament to indigenous artisan roots.

Free day. Discover dinosaur footprints, or the 200 year-old hacienda at La Candelaria.

Half-day tour of the silver-mining capital Potosi and continue to Uyuni.

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2

3

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

4

FEB

5

MAR

APR

DAY

6

MAY

DAY

7

JUN

8

Explore the Fly to La Paz. salt flats City tour by Jeep. including View the Moon Valley, otherworldly the Witches’ cacti Market and a growing on trip on the blindingthe city’s white plains. cable car. JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Free day. Take a tour of the city with a local shoe shiner or visit the Tiahuanaco ruins.

Boat ride to Sun Island on Lake Titicaca. Typical Andean lunch and walk to Pilkokaina ruins.

Boat trip to Moon Island and visit to Inak Uyu and La Chincana ruins. Return to La Paz and fly to Santa Cruz.

Trip ends in Santa Cruz.

9

OCT

Contact your travel agent or visit exploreworldwide.co.nz

10

NOV

DEC

11

12

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Atacama to Machu Picchu CHILE - BOLIVIA - PERU

FROM

This epic trip through the Andes takes us from the ‘thin country’ of Chile to undoubtedly one of South America’s most special sights, the magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru. Along the way the spectacular scenery is astounding, from the bright red Atacama Desert to the magical salt flats of Uyuni and the never-ending Lake Titicaca. The Andean cities of La Paz and Cusco are packed full of eccentricities such as the Witches’ Market and the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and the first glimpse of Machu Picchu is simply unforgettable.

$7380 18 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1410 TRIP CODE: AX TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel, 1 night premium hotel, 1 night standard lodge and 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 17 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Extend your trip Why not extend your adventure by four days and visit the Amazon? Explore the jungle by dugout canoe and on foot, and discover how the local communities live in this remote place. Trip code: AXA

AGUAS CALIENTES

Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo

CUSCO

Sacred Valley of the Incas

PERU

BOLIVIA

ISLA DEL SOL

PUNO Copacabana

LA PAZ San Francisco Church Murillo Square Gold Museum

SUCRE

Tahua Coquesa Mummies

Tunupa 5400m

POTOSI COLCHANI

UYUNI SALT FLATS

CHILE Calama

Fly from

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Santiago. Guided tour of Chile’s scenic capital nestled in the shadow of the Andes.

Free day. Taste wine in the Maipo Valley or discover the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaiso.

1

DAYS

2

3/4

DAYS

5-7

8/9

Travel to the Drive into Discover the Atacama Bolivia. historical Desert. Walk Visit the silver-mining in the surreal magnificent town of Valley Uyuni Salt Flats Potosi and of the Moon and colourful the delightful and visit the lagoons colonial city of El Tatio with nesting Sucre. Geysers. flamingos.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

252

DAYS

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

DAY

DAY

10

11

DAYS

12/13

DAY

DAYS

14

15/16

Fly to the Free day. Explore the Travel by bus Train to Aguas dizzy heights Take a trip islands of to Cusco in Calientes. of La Paz and to the pre- Lake Titicaca. the heart of Experience explore this Columbian Overnight on the former the mystery eccentric city site of Isla del Sol. Inca Empire, of Machu on foot and by Tiahuanaco Cross the visiting Inca Picchu and cable car. or the verdant border to sites and then opt Yungas forest. Puno (Peru). villages en to visit the route. thermal baths. MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Contact your travel agent or visit exploreworldwide.co.nz

VILLA MAR

Siloli Desert Hito Cajon Laguna Verde

SANTIAGO DE CHILE City tour

Cathedral

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Valle de la Luna El Tatio Geysers

ARGENTINA

DAY

DAY

Discover the old Inca capital city of Cusco. Free afternoon to try whitewater rafting or visit Sacred Valley.

Trip ends in Cusco.

17

18

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Wine and Landscapes of Argentina CHILE - ARGENTINA

FROM

Travel up the spine of the Andes, through the heart of Argentina. The northwest region houses some of Argentina’s most inspiring scenery, from colourful mountains and barren salt plains, to spectacular gorges and lunar landscapes. Woven into this tapestry is a strong cultural and gastronomic presence; discover the indigenous heritage still found in the Andean region, manifested in the art, weavings and lifestyle of the locals, and taste authentic Argentinian Malbec in one of the many vineyards. The city of Buenos Aires is a wonderful end to the trip.

$5430 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1320 TRIP CODE: NWA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

PURMAMARCA

Salt Plains

Humahuaca Gorge

PARAGUAY

CACHI CAFAYATE

SALTA

Wine tasting

Quilmes ruins

BELEN

CHILE

VILLA UNION

Talampaya and Ischigualasto NPs

SAN JUAN Aconcagua 6962m

SANTIAGO Inca

USPALLATA MENDOZA

Bridge

Vineyard tour and wine tasting

BUENOS AIRES

ARGENTINA

DAY

1

Join trip in Buenos Aires.

DAY

2

DAY

3

Fly to San Head to Juan and Villa Union, drive to crossing Barreal, ancient visiting the pre-hispanic observatory settlements in El Leoncito and sleepy National Park Andean en route. villages.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

DAY

DAY

DAY

Visit the lunar landscape of Ischigualasto Park, with its bizarre and otherworldly rock formations.

Visit Talampaya National Park, home to Triassicera dinosaur remains. Drive to Belen.

Journey to Cafayate, via the indigenous Quilmes ruins. Taste the wines at a local vineyard.

4

FEB

5

MAR

APR

DAY

6

MAY

DAYS

7

JUN

8/9

DAY

DAY

10

11

Drive Continue Drive the through the to Salta. route of the spectacular Explore the ‘Train to Arrow Gorge northwest’s the Clouds’ to Cachi, main city and before stopping walk through exploring the for walks en San Lorenzo blinding salt route. Gorge. flats nearby.

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

Contact your travel agent or visit exploreworldwide.co.nz

DAY

DAY

12

13

Explore the Fly to UNESCO Buenos Aires. Heritage Walking area of the tour of the Humahuaca eccentric Gorge, La Boca and visit neighbourhood indigenous and arty villages. San Telmo.

NOV

DEC

Trip ends in Buenos Aires.

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Atacama to Paine CHILE

FROM

Chile is often known as the ‘thin country’. Being 4,270km long and only 177km wide, it is a land of extremes from the arid deserts of the north down to the magnificent southern glaciers. Discover the Atacama Desert, a barren landscape peppered with moon-like scenery, hot springs and spouting geysers. In Torres del Paine National Park, explore a rugged wilderness dotted with guanaco and glacier-fed lakes, presided over by looming, jagged mountain peaks. Along the way, sampling the local wine and delicious food will make this a trip to remember.

$6740 13 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1500 TRIP CODE: TDP TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel and 2 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included.

Extend your trip

Optional visit to El Tatio Geysers Calama

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Make the most of your visit to Chile with four days on mysterious Easter Island. Discover the famous Moai Statues that stand sentinel across the rugged coastline. Trip code: TDPE

Valle de la Luna Atacama Salt Lake & desert walks

CHILE

ARGENTINA

Valparaiso

SANTIAGO DE CHILE PACIFIC OCEAN

PUERTO VARAS

Osorno Volcano Petrohue waterfalls Puerto Montt

TORRES DEL PAINE

Mountain Walks

PUERTO NATALES

Punta Arenas

DAY

1

DAY

DAY

2

Join trip Option to visit in Santiago. Valparaiso, Guided the cultural tour of the capital of capital city Chile and including the a UNESCO impressive World Presidential Heritage Palace. Site.

3

DAY

4

5

DAY

DAY

6

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

DAY

DAY

Fly to Punta Arenas. Drive to Puerto Natales, the gateway to Torres del Paine.

Spend the day exploring the park. Spot wild guanaco and condor, and visit the Milodon Cave.

7

Travel to Visit the Free day Travel to Walk through the Atacama village of to discover Puerto Valdivian Desert. Walk Toconao San Pedro. Varas, on forests on in the surreal and explore Take an early the shores the slopes Moon Valley the Salar de morning of Lake of Osorno and watch Atacama, trip to the Llanquihue Volcano, the sun set in home to pink spouting in the looking for the desert. flamingoes. El Tatio Chilean Lake birdlife. geysers. District.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

254

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JUN

JUL

8

AUG

SEP

DAY

9

OCT

10

DAY

DAYS

11

12/13

Walks in Return the park to Puerto discovering Natales by glaciers, bus, or choose waterfalls to return by and lakes on boat, stopping the Hunter’s at the Serrano Trail. Glacier.

NOV

DEC

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Adventures in Patagonia ARGENTINA - CHILE

FROM

Patagonia is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth, and each day spent here takes in another awe-inspiring sight. The glacial lakes and mountain ranges of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks create the impression of walking among giants. The magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier has to be seen to be believed, particularly if you’re lucky enough to witness it calving into the water. Visits to the world’s southernmost city of Ushuaia, and the captivating Buenos Aires, are the icing on the cake of this classic Patagonian journey.

$5900 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1590 TRIP CODE: PA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

Extend your trip

PACIFIC OCEAN

Why not make the most of your trip by spending three days at the spectacular Iguazu Falls, listening to the thundering water on both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. Trip code: PAI URUGUAY

ARGENTINA

CHILE

BUENOS AIRES

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Mt Fitz Roy 3375m

EL CHALTEN EL CALAFATE TORRES DEL PAINE NP TIERRA DEL FUEGO PUNTA ARENAS USHUAIA CAPE HORN

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Buenos Aires.

Tour of Argentina’s eclectic capital, including La Recoleta Cemetery. Optional tango show.

1

DAY

2

3

DAY

4

JAN

FEB

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

10

11/12

DAYS

DAY

DAY

Travel to Punta Arenas in Chile. Continue to Torres del Paine National Park.

Experience the breathtaking glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and jagged mountain peaks.

Nature walks with stunning views of Lake Pehoe. Zodiac trip to Serrano Glacier available.

Head to El Calafate, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park.

View the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier. Have the opportunity to trek on the ice.

Drive to El Chalten. Hike to the base of the Fitz Roy Massif for spectacular views.

Enjoy the scenery through short hikes to waterfalls and lookout points. Fly to Buenos Aires.

Trip ends in Buenos Aires.

5/6

Fly to Walk coastal Ushuaia. trails in Free Tierra del afternoon. Fuego Set sail to National see glaciers Park. or penguins Discover its in the Beagle forests, lakes Channel. and wildlife.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

DAYS

MAR

APR

7

MAY

8

JUN

JUL

9

AUG

SEP

OCT

Contact your travel agent or visit exploreworldwide.co.nz

NOV

DEC

13

14

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Buenos Aires to Rio ARGENTINA - BRAZIL

FROM

Connecting two of South America’s most captivating cities, this trip takes us from the tango-filled streets of Buenos Aires to the samba rhythms in Rio de Janeiro. The thundering roar of the Iguazu Falls has created possibly the best border crossing in the Americas, and this trip explores both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides before heading to the cobbled streets and colonial architecture of Paraty. The tropical island of Ilha Grande with its white-sand beaches is a stunning place to relax, before heading to the carnival city of Rio de Janeiro, watched over by the iconic Christ the Redeemer.

$4710 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1220 TRIP CODE: QBR TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

Parana

BRAZIL SAO PAULO

PARAGUAY

ARGENTINA

PUERTO IGUAZU

Iguazu Falls

Angra

RIO DE JANEIRO ILHA GRANDE

PARATY

URUGUAY

BUENOS AIRES Walking tour

DAY

DAYS

DAY

Join trip in Buenos Aires.

Explore the heart of the city. Sightsee in arty San Telmo and visit the colourful La Boca district.

Free morning. Choose to visit La Recoleta Cemetery. Fly to the Iguazu Falls.

1

2/3

4

DEPARTURE MONTHS

256

JAN

DAY

DAY

5

6

DAY

DAY

7

DAYS

8

9/10

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DAY

11

12

Witness Cross into Fly to Sao Explore the Visit the Head to tropical island the carnival the raging Brazil to view Paolo and cobbled waters of the this side of then drive streets and of Ilha Grande. city of Rio magnificent the falls for to Paraty. white-washed Discover on de Janeiro. Iguazu Falls spectacular Relax on buildings of foot, snorkel in Free time from the panoramas. beaches with the UNESCO the turquoise to wander waters or relax Argentinian Optional their jungled World along side. helicopter mountain Heritage town on the white- Copacabana flight. backdrops. of Paraty. sand beaches. Beach. FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

DAY

DAY

13

14

Walking In Rio. tour of Rio. Options Afternoon include free. Take visiting the the cable car Christ the up Sugarloaf Redeemer Mountain or statue and a relax on Rio’s traditional beaches. samba show.

NOV

DEC

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Trip ends in Rio.

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Pure Brazil BRAZIL

FROM

From the coast to the deep leafy green interior, Brazil is full of contrasts that deserve to be visited properly. This in-depth exploration of Brazil not only passes through the coastal cities of Salvador and Rio de Janeiro, but it encompasses the mysterious Amazon region, the wildlife nirvana of the Pantanal and the thundering waters of the Iguazu Falls. Searching for animals including capybara and caiman is the best way to explore the Pantanal wetlands, while three nights in the remote Amazonia region give another perspective on this huge and varied country.

$7740 14 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from $1330 TRIP CODE: BR TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel and 5 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners are included.

Festival Departures Experience the world’s biggest street party, the Rio Carnival, as well as the more traditional festivities found in Recife. Trip code: RRC

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Amazonian Capital

MANAUS

Amazon

AMAZONIA Lodge Jungle walks

BRAZIL

MATO GROSSO CUIABA

SALVADOR

Brasilia

BOLIVIA

PANTANAL

Wildlife Reserve Game viewing by boat & on foot

Colonial Capital

Parana Sao Paulo

PARAGUAY

RIO DE JANEIRO

Cable car to Sugarloaf

IGUAZU FALLS

ARGENTINA ‘Devil’s Throat’

DAY

1

Join trip in Salvador.

DAY

2

DAYS

3/4

DAYS

DAY

5/6

7

Tour the Travel to In the Journey to jumble of our Amazon Amazon. the Pantanal, cobbled Jungle lodge Jungle walks, the world’s streets of by plane and piranha largest this colonial by boat. See fishing and wetland city. Free the ‘meeting searching for and home time to relax of the caiman in the to prolific on the beach. waters’. waterways. wildlife.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

DAY

DAY

Explore the Pantanal Wildlife Reserve on foot and by canoe, looking for wildlife.

Another full day in the Pantanal to spot wildlife on a Jeep safari and on a boat trip.

8

MAY

DAY

9

JUN

JUL

10

DAY

DAY

11

12

Head out of Explore the Fly to the the Pantanal Brazilian and vibrant city of and fly from Argentinian Rio de Janeiro. Cuiaba sides of Afternoon to Foz do the falls. free to visit Iguacu, Opportunity the Christ the home to the to take a scenic Redeemer majestic helicopter statue. Iguazu falls. flight. AUG

SEP

OCT

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NOV

DEC

DAY

DAY

City tour including the Sambadrome. Take the cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Trip ends in Rio.

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14

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About Explore Worldwide trips Please read carefully through the following information about booking an Explore Worldwide Adventure. When you book (whether by phone, travel agent or online), you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood these pages, as well as our Booking Conditions and Trip Notes. The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations. Therefore, you will benefit from all EU rights applying to packages. Explore will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the package as a whole. Additionally, as required by law, Explore has protection in place to refund your payments and, where transport is included in the package, to ensure your repatriation in the event that it becomes/they become insolvent. More information on your key rights under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 can be found here: www.exploreworldwide.co.nz/ essential-information/terms-and-conditions/package-travel-regulations Travelling on an Explore trip We offer a wide variety of experiences and activities which allow you to really get to know an area and to see beyond the normal tourist facade. Of course we include the better known sights but we understand that you should have the flexibility to do your own thing. We therefore build in free time for you to either take part in optional excursions or to explore independently – an important part of any trip. Your travel companions come from a wide range of locations and backgrounds. However, because we only offer English-speaking trips, the majority will be from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. Everyone will share your passion for adventure travel. Guaranteed departures We guarantee that for departures advertised on our website as being guaranteed, the trip only itinerary will not be cancelled or significantly changed once the first booking is confirmed unless we are forced to do so by a “force majeure” (as defined in our Booking Conditions). There is no minimum group size. This guarantee does not apply to international or UK domestic flights, which may be subject to change or cancellation in accordance with our Booking Conditions. Itineraries From time to time, some elements of our trips may change from those that have been published. This could be the result of inclement weather, a change in the local political situation or in flight or train schedules or other circumstances beyond our control. We will keep you as well informed as possible about these changes. Significant changes to your holiday will be notified as soon as we feasibly can. Minor amendments to your trip will be detailed on your final trip documentation, although our website will be regularly updated should you wish to check the information at any time. You will be provided with a provisional list of your accommodation shortly after booking. While we expect to stay at the accommodation stated, please note that this is subject to change to an equivalent or higher standard at any time. Group size The size of the group on group trips usually ranges from between 8 to 18 people; the average group size is usually 14 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. While every group make up is different, we occasionally have groups that are smaller than six or seven people. Age limits The minimum age on most group trips featured in this brochure is 14. Our minimum age for trips travelling at high altitude is 16 years old. Trips to certain destinations (for example, Chernobyl) have a higher minimum age limit. Please refer to individual trips notes and our website where this is mentioned if applicable. If you are booking a Private Guided Walk and Trek please talk to us at the time of booking about the ages of your party. A parent or adult must accompany people under the age of 18. Fitness and stamina are more important than age. We often find some of our older customers are the fittest in the group! While we don’t have a maximum age, we do recognise that at some point during our customer’s journey with us, they will reach an age where we will have to review their fitness and ability to participate in the trips they’ve chosen to book. Should you be 80 or older at time of travel we will ask you to get your GP to complete and sign a form confirming your fitness to travel. Explore will send this to you at the time of enquiry. Fitness and trip participation All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip. With this in mind, please be aware that (as detailed in our Booking Conditions) if it is felt that any customer is not able to participate in a trip without endangering the health or safety of themselves or any other person (including other group members), or that the presence of the customer on the trip means we will be unable to provide the trip, in whole or part, to other members of the group as advertised and contracted, the Explore Leader at any stage has the right to require them to leave the trip. To ensure that this is never necessary, please make sure that you have fully understood the level of fitness and ability required to complete the

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trip on which you are booking. It is your responsibility to let us know if you have any concerns related to this subject. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your trip arrangements in any way, you must provide us with full details at the time of booking. In certain circumstances, usually on more strenuous trips, we may require you to provide proof of medical fitness before travelling. On many of our trips, there will be water based activities, boat excursions or swimming opportunities. For your own personal safety and enjoyment, an ability to swim is therefore strongly recommended. Several trips reach elevations of 2,500 metres or more. We allow time for acclimatisation and usually the body acclimatises well to spending extended periods of time above this altitude. It is difficult to predict who is at risk from altitude sickness but if you have a heart or respiratory problem we advise you not to risk extended travel or trekking at high altitudes. Trip prices The prices shown in this brochure are for guidance only. They represent the basic per person cost of the trip at the time of publication of this brochure. For Private Guided Walks and Treks and Self-guided holidays the price stated is per person based on two people sharing. The price at the time of booking may be different. The latest guide prices for each trip departure can be found by visiting: exploreworldwide.co.nz No surcharge price guarantee Once we have confirmed your booking we guarantee the price of your confirmed services won’t change: we will not pass on surcharges of any kind. Unlike most other tour operators we will not pass on unexpected additional costs like fuel surcharges and tax increases. What’s included in the trip price? Transport, meals and accommodation: all details are outlined in the individual Trip Notes. Explore Leader: the services of an Explore Leader are included on nearly all group trips. In most cases they will accompany you for the full duration of the trip. On some group trips a local representative may be provided instead (this will be outlined in the individual Trip Notes).  ocal crew: as well as drivers and local guides, interpreters, cooks, helpers and L porters may be provided on some trips (details will be outlined in the individual Trip Notes). Activities, equipment, sightseeing and visits: please see individual Trip Notes for details. For Private Guided Walks and Treks and Self-guided holidays we include accommodation, transport and meals as outlined in the individual trip itinerary. Included transfers We are pleased to be able to include airport transfers for customers booking a flight inclusive or land only trip where the flight arrives on the same day the trip starts and departs on the day the trip ends. Where trips join and end at the designated overseas airport or train station, one arrival and one departure transfer will be provided for the whole group. In order to be included in this transfer please ensure that you arrive at the designated airport or train station for the joining time and book flights departing after the given ending time. Please refer to your trip notes or joining information for further details and see www.exploreworldwide. co.nz/essential-information/know-before-you-go/travel-extras/transfers. You are responsible for telling us your flight details and keeping us updated with any changes. Meal plan Most trips include breakfast, but other meals are often not included. This allows you to try the cuisine in local restaurants and also to choose what and where to eat and how much to spend. We try to keep all-inclusive accommodation to a minimum. Where there is no option, such as when camping, on safari or on some boat-based trips, meals tend to be included. We try to cater for you if you have special dietary requirements but we do ask you to have realistic expectations. In some countries there is a limited choice of food and it may be difficult to cater for all special meal requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any specific dietary requirements.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS Explore Leaders (not applicable to Self-guided Trips)

What’s not included?

Our leaders’ main responsibility is to make sure that all members of the group are well looked after and return home having had a wonderful holiday with some fantastic memories. It is the leader’s responsibility to ensure that the trip runs smoothly and that all the logistics are in place; also to oversee the health and safety aspects of the trip. Our Explore Leaders will be as flexible as possible - within the confines of the itinerary. For example, they can arrange group meals for those that would like to eat with their travel companions. Alternatively, if you would prefer to make your own plans they may offer suggestions for local restaurants. They will also try to make sure that everyone has as much free time during the trip as they wish. In order to keep the trip running effectively, Explore Leaders give regular briefings to talk about what is happening in the next few days, to remind you of timings and what you need to bring for excursions, sightseeing and activities. Often this will be reiterated on notices put up in hotel receptions or other appropriate places. Explore Leaders will also brief the group on safety and general health issues. Explore Leaders are carefully selected and have undergone thorough training in the UK and/or overseas which is generally accepted to be some of the best in the industry. Explore Leaders are chosen for their travel experience, their people skills and their experience of working with groups. Please note that a small number of trips and Private Guided Walks and Treks are accompanied by local representatives instead. This will not affect the enjoyment of your holiday and will be outlined clearly in the individual Trip Notes.

The price of the trip does not include: visa fees, vaccination charges, travel insurance premiums, passport costs, international departure taxes, excess baggage charges, optional tours and excursions, hotel porters or meals (other than those we list as included). We also do not include items of a personal nature; such as laundry, room service charges, drinks or phone calls. Tips for personal service are not included and are usually expected. If you book on a land only basis we do not include flights or trains from the UK or departure taxes. For Self-guided trips we do not include the services of an Explore Leader. Accommodation and rooming arrangements Wherever possible, we try to include accommodation which best reflects the local area in which we are travelling. Where we use hotels, we aim for mid-range accommodation, with the key requirements being cleanliness, safety, comfort and a good location. (The type of room provided and the level of facilities may vary from place to place.) We may also use simple hotels with more basic amenities. Please see the individual Trip Notes for details. All our accommodation is given a rating to describe standards and facilities. You can find this in the individual Trip Notes. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room. On some of these trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided on some nights, but for logistical reasons not all. Individual Trip Notes clarify this. Please note that on rare occasions it may be necessary for customers in single rooms to share bathroom facilities.

Booking Conditions Please read carefully: Explore Worldwide Ltd (“the Company”, “we”, “us” and “our”) company number 01577018 of registered address Nelson House, 55 Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7PA, accepts bookings subject to the following conditions. Except where expressly stated, these conditions only apply to trip arrangements booked by you with us, and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these conditions to “trip”, “booking”, “contract” or “arrangements” mean such trip arrangements unless otherwise stated. Please note: the information appearing in the section headed “About our trips” in our brochure or in these or any comparable sections and any other relevant information on our website and our privacy policy will also form the basis of your contract with us. References in these conditions to such sections include the comparable sections or information on our website. 1. Your trip contract The contract is between the Company and you (“Explore Worldwide” and “you” in these conditions), being any person travelling or intending to travel on a trip operated by us including any person who is added or substituted after booking. We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (except as set out below). We both also agree that any dispute, claim or other matter of any description (and whether or not involving any personal injury) which arises between us must be dealt with by the Courts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland only. No employee of the Company other than a director has authority to vary or omit any of these terms. No promise of a discount or refund will be binding on us unless confirmed by us in writing. 2. To secure your booking (Please refer to clause 17 “Late Bookings”) To secure a booking, we or our authorised travel agent must receive payment of the minimum deposit of 10% of the total trip price, per person, (or full payment if booking within 60 days of the start of your trip or at an earlier stage for some trips). A higher deposit will be payable if any supplier(s) requires additional payment at the time of booking / prior to balance due date. On occasions, full payment for a service such as your flights may be required at the time of booking. The applicable deposit will be confirmed at the time of booking. All clients (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date), whether booking in person, by telephone, via our website, by e-mail or facsimile or by any other means, will be deemed to have agreed to the following four conditions: a) they have read and accepted our Booking Conditions and information pages contained in our brochure and/or on our website. b) they appreciate and accept the risks involved in adventure travel. c) they do not suffer from any pre-existing medical condition or disability which may prevent them from actively participating in the trip. If any person suffers from any medical condition or disability which will or may affect their trip arrangements, please contact us before making your booking to discuss your requirements.

d) the person making the booking confirms that he/ she is at least 18 years old and has full authority to enter into a contract on the basis of these conditions on behalf of all persons named on the booking, will be the point person for all communications relating to the booking, and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions. That person also consents to the use of personal data in accordance with our Privacy Policy and is authorised on behalf of all persons named on the booking to disclose their personal details to us, including where applicable, special categories of data (such as information on health conditions or disabilities and dietary requirements). With the exception of self-guided trips (see below), a booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when we issue a confirmation invoice to you or your authorised travel agent. It is at this point that a contract between us comes into existence. If you book online, any acknowledgement of your booking request we send to you in the meantime is not a confirmation of your booking. Before your booking is confirmed and a contract comes into force, we reserve the right to increase or decrease holiday prices. Where our allocation of air seats has been fully utilised or where it is not possible to offer an air seat from an allocation, we reserve the right to pass on any extra costs incurred. We reserve the right to decline any booking at our discretion. We will communicate with you by e-mail. You must therefore check your e-mails on a regular basis. We may also contact you by telephone and/or post if we cannot, for whatever reason, contact you by e-mail. It is your responsibility to ensure we have up to date contact information for you at all times. Certvin documents may need to be sent by post. References in these conditions to “send” and “in writing” or similar include communication by e-mail. You should contact us by e-mail if you need to do so for any of the reasons mentioned in these booking conditions (for example, to request an amendment). Self-guided trips: We may not be in a position to confirm the costs for all services forming part of your self-guided holiday at the time of booking until your services are confirmed. Where any costs cannot be confirmed, we will provide you with an estimated price for your holiday which will be based on anticipated rates and costs. If you wish to proceed with the booking and we are in a position to do so, we collect

the necessary deposit on the basis that the price you have agreed to pay will be the one applicable to your holiday after confirmation of all costs. Once we have confirmation of all applicable costs, we will issue a confirmation which will show the confirmed price. This price may be higher or lower than the estimated price. It is at this point that our price guarantee will take effect. Any such difference will not be a surcharge and, if an increase, will be payable in full. If, however, any increase between the estimated price and the confirmed price shown on your revised invoice is greater than 8% of the estimated price, you may cancel your holiday and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid us and amendment fees/charges providing you notify us in writing of your wish to do so within 7 days. No compensation will be payable in this situation. 3. Payment for your trip The balance of all monies due must be received by us or our authorised travel agent not later than 60 days before the start of your trip. For certain trips, full payment must be received sooner. We will tell you at the time of booking when this is the case. If you don’t pay your balance by the due date, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and cancellation charges will apply. Any monies paid by you to an authorised travel agent for trips operated by us are held by the agent on our behalf. Deposit and balance payments must be made in the same currency and sufficient payment should be sent to ensure the company receives the total invoiced price as guaranteed. You can pay by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard. 4. If you change or transfer your booking A confirmed group tour departure booking (excluding Private Groups) can be changed or transferred free of charge to a different departure date or trip, up to 60 days prior to departure. NZD $50 per booking admin fee applies to any changes and transfers made to non-group holidays and Private Groups up to 60 days before departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the cancellation charges below. Changes are subject to availability and are limited to one transfer during the lifetime of your booking. It is not possible to rebook back onto the original departure once you have either

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transferred or cancelled your booking. You can request a credit voucher for the amount paid in respect of any cancelled booking, less any non-refundable charges incurred by us or imposed by our suppliers. This must be redeemed within 12 months of issue against a new booking. No further credit vouchers can be requested against the new booking. The voucher cannot be exchanged for cash. No cash refund will be provided if the cost of the new booking is less than the value of the credit voucher. Transfer of Booking: If you or any member of your party is prevented from travelling, in circumstances which we consider reasonable, that person(s) may transfer their place to someone else, subject to the following conditions: a. that person is introduced by you and satisfies all the conditions applicable to the holiday; b. we are notified not less than 7 days before departure; c. you pay any outstanding balance payment, an amendment fee of NZD $50 per person transferring, as well as any additional fees, charges or other costs arising from the transfer. As most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, these charges are likely to be the full cost of the flight / an alternative flight; and d. the transferee agrees to these booking conditions and all other terms of the contract between us. You and the transferee remain jointly and severally liable for payment of all sums. If you are unable to find a replacement, cancellation charges as set out in clause 5 will apply in order to cover our estimated costs. Otherwise, no refunds will be given for passengers not travelling or for unused services. 5. If you cancel your booking Should you wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written or verbal notification is received by us or our authorised travel agent as a percentage of the total trip price per person cancelling, excluding any amendment charges. The cancellation charges shown below are those which will apply to most trips. However, some suppliers have conditions which require the payment of higher or different charges (including the imposition of 100% cancellation charges well in advance of the normal balance due date) which you will have to pay in the event of cancellation. You will be advised at the time of booking if this is the case for your trip. a) 60 and more days before trip start date – loss of deposit b) 59-42 days before trip start date – 30% or loss of deposit if higher c) 41-28 days before trip start date – 60% d) 27-14 days before trip start date – 90% e) Less than 14 days before trip start date – 100% Amendment charges are not refundable if you cancel your booking. We strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance is taken out which includes cover against cancellation charges. Depending on the reason for the cancellation, you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. In the event of the cancellation of a booking where you are liable to pay to us cancellation charges in excess of the amount already paid to us at the time of cancellation, you cannot transfer or add these charges to another booking or use any amounts paid to us in relation to the cancelled booking by way of part payment for another booking. Part cancellation of a booking may result in additional costs being payable by the remaining members of your party. Please also see clause 4. 6. If you have a complaint If you have a complaint about any of your trip arrangements, you must tell both the relevant supplier and our representative at the time. We will provide you with a 24 hour emergency duty telephone number to enable you to contact us directly if your complaint cannot be resolved in country by our representative. It is only if we and the supplier know about problems that there will be the opportunity to put things right. If you don’t complain on the spot this may affect your ability to claim compensation. If your complaint cannot be resolved on the spot you should notify us in writing within 28 days of the end of your trip.

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7. Passports, visas and vaccinations You are responsible for arranging, and must have, a valid, acceptable passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for your entire journey and trip. Any information we give about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal gear etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on our part. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry all required documentation. If your failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly. 8. Travel and cancellation insurance You are responsible for arranging sufficient personal travel insurance. Travel insurance is mandatory for all clients whilst on a trip organised by us. You together with your personal property including baggage are at all times solely at your own risk. Insurance cover for at least US$100,000 emergency medical evacuation plus US$100,000 medical expenses is mandatory. You are wholly responsible for arranging your own insurance and ensuring that you are in possession of private Travel Insurance with protection for the full duration of the trip in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate and appropriate cover including medical emergency helicopter rescue. If you make your own arrangements you should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting or excluding protection for the type of activities included in your trip. You must ensure that all travel insurance purchased meets your particular requirements and you should arrange supplementary insurance if need be. 9. Important: Liability Insurance Limited insurance is held by the us. You acknowledge and accept that there may be no policy covering our liability to you for death,injury, damage or loss occurring anywhere in the world. You also specifically acknowledge that with respect to passenger accident liability cover this cover may be very limited or may not exist at all. You acknowledge that hawse have taken reasonable steps in safeguarding our liability. Although we hold various insurances this booking condition states that you must assume you are not covered by any Company insurance policy, including all liability insurance, for death, injury, damage or any other loss. 10. Trip participation and client responsibility You agree to accept the authority and decisions of our employees, Explore Leaders and agents while on trip with us. If in the opinion of any such person(s) or any other person in a position of authority (such as, for example, an airline pilot or hotel manager), your health, level of fitness or conduct at any time before or during a trip is endangering or appears likely to endanger your health or wellbeing or that of any third party (including any other clients of the Company) or the safe, comfortable or happy progress of the trip, you may be excluded from all or part of the trip without refund or recompense. Where you are excluded, we will have no further responsibility towards you (including any return travel arrangements) and we will not meet any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the exclusion. In the case of ill health, we may make such arrangements we see fit and recover the costs thereof from you. If you commit an illegal act (including, for example, causing any damage) you may be excluded from the trip and we shall cease to have responsibility to/for you as above. No refund will be given for any unused services. When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not precisely known) must be made direct to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier or to us as soon as possible. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. You should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect you if this situation arises.

If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person or have any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the proposed trip and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person in your party develops after your booking has been confirmed. 11. If we change your trip While we will do our best to operate all trips as advertised, we reserve the right to change and correct errors in any of the facilities, services, prices or itineraries described in this brochure and/or on our the website at any time before or after your booking is confirmed. Most changes are minor. Occasionally, we have to make a significant change. If a significant change has to be made, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible, if there is time before departure. For “Guaranteed Departures”, we promise not to make any significant changes to the “land only” itinerary unless we are forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 13). This guarantee does not, however, apply to any international or domestic flights which may be subject to change or cancellation in accordance with these conditions. A significant change is a change made before departure which we can reasonably expect to have a major effect on your trip. If advised of a significant change before departure you will have the choice of accepting the changed arrangements (at additional cost if applicable), purchasing another available trip from us (paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in price) or cancelling the trip with a full refund of all monies paid to us. No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available where a change is a minor one. We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible connecting transport and other arrangements (such as pre or post accommodation) which can be cancelled or changed without charge, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment or other charges you may incur in relation to any arrangements which you have to change or cancel as a result of any change to your trip. Very rarely, we may be forced by “force majeure” (see clause 13) to change or terminate your trip after departure but before the scheduled end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result. 12. If we cancel your trip We reserve the right to cancel a trip in any circumstances but will not cancel a trip less than 6 weeks before the start of the trip except for force majeure (see clause 13), or your failure to make all payments (including the final balance and any surcharge) when due. Please note, except for “Guaranteed Departures”, our trips require a minimum number of participants to enable us to operate them. If any trip does not have the minimum number of participants required to make it commercially viable, we are entitled to cancel it. We will notify you or your travel agent of cancellation for this reason not less than 6 weeks before the start of your trip. For “Guaranteed Departures”, there is no minimum group size and we will not cancel the “land only” itinerary unless forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 13). However, for groups with less than 3 participants, we reserve the right to make changes to the Explore Leader or form of transport as referred to in clause 11. If we have to cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure and the cancellation does not result from your failure to pay, we will offer you the choice of purchasing an alternative trip offered as a result of consolidation or another available trip from us (in either case, paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in

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price) or receiving a full refund of all monies paid to us excluding Annual Insurance premiums if applicable. We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible transport and other arrangements which can be cancelled or changed without charge, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment or other charges you may incur in relation to any transport or other arrangements which you have to change or cancel as a result of the cancellation of your trip. 13. Force majeure Except where otherwise expressly stated in these Booking Conditions we will not be liable or pay you compensation if our contractual obligations to you are affected by “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances”, meaning any event beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken. Examples include warfare and acts of terrorism (and threat thereof), civil strife, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely to the travel destination or remain at the travel destination, the act of any government or other national or local authority including port or river authorities, industrial dispute, lock closure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, chemical or biological disaster, unavoidable technical problems with transport and all similar events outside our or the supplier(s) concerned’s control. Brexit implications: please note that certain travel arrangements may be affected as a result of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union. This could include an unavailability of certain flight routes, access to certain ports and airports and changes to the visa requirements of British citizens travelling to, within or through the EU. Please rest assured that this is something we will continue to monitor and will advise our customers as soon as possible if we become aware of any confirmed bookings that will be affected. However, since this is something which is completely unprecedented and outside our control, we would treat any such changes as Force Majeure, and while we will endeavour to provide suitable alternative arrangements or refunds where possible, we will not be liable to pay you any compensation. 14. Our responsibility for your trip Your booking is accepted on the understanding that you appreciate the possible risks inherent in adventure travel and that you undertake the trips, treks or expeditions featured at your own volition. Due to political and cultural differences, as well as generally tougher physical conditions, travel to many areas of the world involves risks other than those we take in our daily lives. We and the suppliers we work with place extreme importance on the safety of clients. It is important, however, that you realise that you are responsible for making yourself aware (through State Department advisories, Government Tourist Offices and other sources of information) of the risks involved, and are responsible for making your decisions accordingly. No refund will be made for any unused services which are included in the price. We shall not be liable for any delays, deviations or omissions from any trip caused by circumstances beyond our reasonable control, nor for any direct or indirect consequences thereto. We shall not be liable to compensate you for associated expenses incurred as a result of your booking. We only act as agent for the owners, contractors, suppliers of transportation and local operators/agents, and/or other related travel services provided and assume no liability or responsibility for additional expenses howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly from the actions or omissions of such independent parties, accidents, loss or damage to person or property, delays, transport failures, strikes, war, force majeure, Acts of God etc, over which we have no control. Arrangements so made by us will be subject to any special terms imposed by the supplier of these services. We accept no liability for any action or activity undertaken by you arranged independently of us while on tour. We accept no liability for any circumstance arising pursuant to the agreement constituted by acceptance

of these conditions by you save: a) where such circumstance derives directly from a failure by us to use due diligence in the selection of persons for whom it acts as agent; or b) for negligence on the part of its employees causing death or personal injury; or c) to the extent of recovery by you under the insurance cover effected pursuant to these conditions. 15. Optional excursions and activities We and our Explore leaders may provide you with information (before departure and/or when you are on holiday) about optional activities and excursions which do not form part of your pre-booked holiday arrangements and which are available in the area you are visiting. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other providers who are entirely independent of us and they may or may not have their own public liability insurance. They may require a waiver form to be signed. They do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators / providers and / or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. Where an Explore leader collects payment for or otherwise assists in booking any such activity or excursion for you, we and the Explore leader act solely as booking agent for the local operator / provider of the activity or excursion with whom you will have a contract. The local operator / provider’s terms and conditions will apply. We do not guarantee that any optional activity or excursion mentioned in our brochure, on our website or elsewhere will be available to book during your holiday and / or will operate as advertised as these services do not form part of our contract and are not under our control. They may not be available for various reasons. Any prices given in advance are indicative only. We will not be liable if you cannot, for whatever reason, book any such activity or excursion or if the activity or excursion does not operate as advertised. 16. Airlines Airlines featured are not responsible for any acts or omissions of any supplier of transportation or accommodations other than the airline itself, and accordingly, airlines are not liable in respect of either person or property for any loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or irregularity, however occasioned, sustained or suffered in or during any package, journey, trip or tour other than while on the airline. International airlines are subject to international air conventions limiting their liability, the limitations of liability are contained on the reverse side of airline tickets and form part of the terms and conditions of any package. 17. Late bookings We emphasise the importance of making a booking at the earliest opportunity, because of the small group nature of our trips. For bookings received within 6 weeks of departure we reserve the right to pass on any extra costs incurred. For bookings received within 6 weeks of departure the Contract between us and the you comes into existence once full payment has been made and received by us. 18. Brochure / website / advertising material accuracy The information contained in our brochure, on our website and in our other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. However, errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen trip (including the price) with us or your travel agent at the time of booking. Issue date: October 2018 Explore Worldwide Ltd. c/o Adventure World Travel 131 New North Road, Eden Terrace, Aukland, New Zealand

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Data protection privacy statement Explore takes your privacy extremely seriously. We are committed to doing everything we can to protect any personal information provided to us when you enquire about or book a holiday or another travel service with us, when you visit our website, or when you engage with us by other means. This equally applies if someone else makes arrangements on your behalf. For full details of what, why and how we collect and use your personal information, how we protect it and how you can contact us, see our online Privacy Centre at www. exploreworldwide.co.nz/essential-information/terms-and-conditions/privacy-policy or call us on 0800 269 263 so that we can send the details to you. If you handle the arrangements for other travellers, please ensure they are aware of the information contained within our Privacy Centre and they consent to you acting on their behalf in your dealings with us. To enable us to make holiday arrangements for you, we may ask you to provide information such as: • your name, gender, date of birth, contact details; • your preferred rooming arrangements and other special requests (including special categories of personal data such as dietary requirements, which may disclose health matters or your religious or philosophical beliefs, and information about any disability or medical condition which may affect the chosen holiday arrangements); • the name and telephone number of an emergency contact person (whom we will only contact in urgent circumstances while you are away); • your passport and travel insurance details; • details of your payment card or your bank account (this information is processed using a third party payment services provider and is not stored by us); When you call us or correspond with us about your booking, we may record the call for training and quality control purposes and/or keep information on why you contacted us, and the advice we gave you. On your return from holiday we email or post a satisfaction questionnaire to you. This gives us specific feedback on any issue you may have experienced, and statistical data we can amalgamate in order to monitor the quality of our holidays; We will need to share your data with third party service providers, used in the delivery of your purchased holiday arrangements, some of which may be based outside the EEA. These providers include accommodation, restaurants and transport providers; local ground partners and agents, where we use them; equipment hire operators, including our cycling partners and guides, tutors and local attractions where booked on your behalf. We keep the information related to your booking for a period which enables us to handle or respond to any complaints or queries and to fulfil our obligations to our third party suppliers who provided your holiday arrangements. The information may also be retained so that we can continue to improve your experience with us while you engage with and purchase from us. By law we have to keep basic information about our customers for legal and tax purposes for up to 7 years after they cease being customers. If you fail to provide personal information Should you fail to provide data required either by law, or necessary to provide your chosen travel arrangements, we will not be able to provide the services you have

booked or are attempting to book. This may result in Explore being unable to process your booking and be forced to cancel the booking. In this case, we will treat this as a ‘cancellation by you’ in accordance with the relevant Booking Terms & Conditions and notify you accordingly. Marketing communications We may use your information to provide you with brochures, newsletters and other communications if you have provided your prior consent or we are permitted under an identified and assessed legitimate interest. We sell our holidays directly to customers and so sending out brochures and other marketing communications by post from time-to-time is very important to the way we do business. We use data we have collected from bookings, brochure requests and other forms of engagement to decide what marketing information our customers may like to receive, and we have identified this as in our legitimate interest. We do provide an opportunity to opt-out of this direct marketing during the booking or enquiry process and in subsequent communications, or you may contact us at any time to do so. We have found over the years that the majority of people welcome these communications and those who do not are happy to let us know so we can ensure no more are sent. If you ask us to stop sending marketing information, you may continue to receive communications for up to 4 weeks after your requested change while our systems are fully updated. Images From time-to-time, our staff, customers and suppliers may take photographs and video footage of trips in progress, including photos and video footage of our customers. You will be invited to sign a model release form to consent to this. These images may be used in future marketing materials and stored physically and digitally. If you do not wish to be filmed or for your pictures to be taken or used in this manner, please advise your Explore Leader and/or the photographer at the start of your trip. Website use In order for us to provide you with the optimum service, we use ‘Cookies’ on our website. Cookies are small text files sent to your computer when you access our site. Cookies used on our site are anonymous and contain no personal information, but do identify your computer so that you can navigate our site more easily and our website can remember your preferences. For more information about what cookies we use and how to manage them please refer to our Cookie Policy at www.exploreworldwide. co.nz/essential-information/terms-and-conditions/privacy-policy/cookie-policy Contact us It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if any of the details you provide to us should change during the course of your relationship with us. If you need further assistance, would like to make a comment or update your marketing preferences, you can contact us: • By telephone on 0800 269 263 • By email: res@exploreworldwide.co.nz • By mail to Explore Worldwide, c/o Adventure World Travel, 131 New North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland, New Zealand.

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HOW TO BOOK

How to book Book online

Over the phone

Local travel agent

To book online please visit our website exploreworldwide.co.nz

You can call one of our adventure travel consultants on 0800 269 263

Visit your local travel agent for more information on all our trips

Booking Checklist Names

Fitness and ability

Most airlines now require your full first name, middle name (if you have one) and surname. These must be provided exactly as they appear on your passport, otherwise boarding may be denied.

You must be sufficiently fit and healthy to be able to take part in all included elements of the trip.

Visas

Advance passenger information (API/APIs)

Please leave adequate time to obtain all visas and make sure you have enough space in your passport for stamps.

Some governments require you to provide personal information from your passport, before travel. We will advise you if this is required.

Travel insurance

Booking conditions

Is mandatory for all customers on all Explore trips. Please see page 260

When you book, you will be asked if you have read and understood the Booking Conditions and General Information (page 259) – please note that you are legally bound to do so. You will find that a great deal of useful information is included within it.

Pre-existing medical conditions Must be declared to your insurers.

Payment Deposit

To secure a booking we require a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the trip price. Occasionally, a higher deposit is required but you will be advised about this at the time of booking. A higher deposit will be required if any travel partners require additional payment at the time of booking (or before the date at which the full balance becomes due). If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking. Occasionally, full payment for a particular service (such as your flights) may be required at the time of booking.

Final payment

A final invoice will be sent to you nine weeks before departure. This must be paid no later than eight weeks before departure.

Cheque, debit and credit cards

You can pay the deposit and final invoice by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard.

Book early Our Worldwide adventure trips fill up quickly, so to guarantee your choice of trip and departure date it is best to book as early as possible.

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