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Contents Europe 4 - 19 Eastern Turkey: Ancient Mesopotamia & Anatolia 6 Armenia & Georgia: Ancient Lands of Transcaucasia 8 St Petersburg: 250 Years of The Hermitage 10 Western Turkey: The Forgotten Ruins 12 Albania: Landscapes of Illyria 14 Ancient Macedonia: Kingdom of Alexander 16 Georgia In-depth 18 The Middle East 20 - 31 The Sultanate of Oman 22 Iraqi Kurdistan: Land of the Kurds 24 Jordan: Treasures of the Hashemite Kingdom 26 Israel & Palestine: The Cradle of Christianity 28 Iran: The Achaemenid Heritage 30 Central Asia 32 - 39 Uzbekistan: Beyond the Oxus 34 Kyrgyzstan & China: A Journey along The Silk Road 36 Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan: Fabled Silk Road Cities 38

India & The Far East 40 - 59 Laos & Cambodia: A Cultural Journey 42 South India Sketchbook Tour 44 North India Uncovered: A Classic Introduction 46 Burma: Golden Earth 48 Bhutan & Nepal: Land of the Thunder Dragon 50 Mongolia: Land of Nomads 52 Tibet: Ancient Civilisation & Culture 54 Kashmir: A Journey from Srinigar to Ladakh 56 North Korea: The Hermit Kingdom 58 Africa 60 - 73 Ethiopia Uncovered 62 Sudan: Upper Nubia, The Edge of Empire 64 South Africa: Battlefields & Game of KwaZulu Natal 66 Roman Algeria 68 Ancient Tunisia: Colony & Empire 70 Morocco: Imperial Cities & the Atlas Mountains 72 Americas Brazil: Footsteps of the Gold Trail Peru: Ancient Pre Inca Civilisations Guatemala & Honduras: The Maya World A Colombian Journey Traveller Tailor-made Why choose The Traveller? Traveller Tours Calendar 2014-15 Coming Soon

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Dear Traveller We pride ourselves on our expertise and in particular that of our experts in their respective fields. They are from a diverse range of backgrounds – museum curators, archaeologists, cultural historians and authors – but all have an infectious enthusiasm for their subject. Through such expertise we are delighted to have ‘unearthed’ a selection of exciting new destinations and leaders for 2014, with Iran, Israel and South East Turkey now sitting alongside some of our perennial favourites such as Central Asia, Georgia and Burma. We have also broadened our portfolio of lecturers including Louise Nicholson who is accompanying our North India Uncovered, and Rob Caskie on South Africa: Battlefields & Game of KwaZulu Natal. These are two of a handful we are happy to welcome to the Traveller team. It all makes for an intriguing and exciting year of travel.

Justin Wateridge Managing Director

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Europe “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Augustine

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N ew Eastern Turkey: Ancient Mesopotamia & Anatolia With William Taylor 11 – 20 September 2014

William Taylor William Taylor is Chairman of the Anglican and Eastern Churches Association and a writer and broadcaster on the Islamic world and Orthodox Churches. He has travelled extensively throughout the Balkans, Middle East and Central Asia and speaks Syriac, Arabic and Turkish. His PhD was on Orthodox Churches in the late Ottoman period, which drew on archival material from the monasteries of the Tur Abdin.

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From the plains of ancient Mesopotamia to the rolling steppe of Anatolia, journey through time exploring the extraordinary breadth of highlights which this much overlooked part of Turkey has to offer. The tour includes Urartian castles, Armenian churches, the Syriac Orthodox Christian communities of the Tur Abdin as well as ethereal Lake Van and the extraordinary funerary complex at Nemrut Dagi. l l l

A fascinating region just waking up to its potential Dramatic Urartian castles and glittering Lake Van Wonderful food and a warm welcome Day 5 Mardin - Visit Diyarbakir’s 11th century Ulu Camii (Grand Mosque) with its adjoining madrasah and the city’s Armenian and Syrian churches before departing for Mardin. Afternoon visit to Deir-AlZafaran (the ‘Saffron Monastery’), home to a Syrian Orthodox community since the 5th century AD. It is still an active monastery and there will be a chance to meet some of the monks. Overnight in a beautiful converted mansion with views over the rolling plains of

Day 1 London/ Sanliurfa – Fly to Sanliurfa, known as the City of Prophets, via Istanbul. Day 2 Sanliurfa – Morning visit to the 11,000 year old archaeological site of Gobekli Tepe, which is revolutionising our understanding of the development of early societies in Mesopotamia. Return to Sanliurfa visiting Abraham’s Holy Pool with its sacred carp, and the Halil Rahman Mosque, with time to explore the bustling bazaar. Day 3 Nemrut Dagi – Drive northwards for the extraordinary site at Nemrut Dagi, burial place of Antiochus I of Commagene in the 1st century BC, with stops en route at the Ataturk Dam, Karakus Tumulus and Cendere Roman bridge. Afternoon ascent to the great Tumulus with its colossal statues and panoramic views. Day 4 Diyarbakir – Cross the River Euphrates to Diyarbakir, an overwhelmingly Kurdish city famed for its ancient basalt fortified walls. Built of massive black blocks, it’s said to be the longest continuous defensive wall in the world after China’s Great Wall. Spend the afternoon walking parts of the walls. Overnight in a converted traditional caravanserai.

southern Turkey. Day 6 Mardin – Morning sightseeing in Old Mardin with its beautiful Arab-inspired architecture, including the Ulu Camii, Zinciriye Madrasah and atmospheric covered bazaar. Afternoon visit to the Syrian Orthodox limestone monasteries in the remote Tur Abdin. Day 7 Hasankeyf, Lake Van – Leaving the hot plains of Mesopotamia, head north via historic Hasankeyf to Lake Van on the Anatolian plateau. Afternoon visit to the Seljuk tombs at Ahlat. Overnight in Tatvan on the western shore of Lake Van. Day 8 Mount Nemrut, Akdamar Island – Visit the Mount Nemrut Crater before driving along the southern edge of

10 day tour 11 – 20 September 2014 Tour Price including flights £1,995 per person Tour Price excluding flights £1,545 per person Single room supplement £295 per person INCLUDED Flights, Tour Lecturer/Manager, hotel accommodation and food on half board, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 November 2011 Insurance, lunches PRICES £3175

FLIGHTS (Single room supplement £375) Tour price flights - £2675 Flight timewithout from London: 10 hours London Heathrow/ I N C L U S I V E O F Sanliurfa via Istanbul Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, Van/ London Heathrow via Istanbul 2-4 star

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities

Lake Van. Short afternoon ferry across to Akdamar Island

Flight N O Tinclusive I N C L Ubookings D E D made 6 months before

to see the 10th century Armenian Church of the Holy

Insuranceare confirmed as shown. If booking within 6 departure

Cross built in 921, before continuing on to Van, the

months ofTdeparture FLIGH F I L E flight inclusive cost may be subject

ancient Urartian capital of Tupsa.

toLondon changeHeathrow/Bangkok due to flight availability.

Day 9 Van - Travel southeast along a branch of the Silk Road to the 17th century fortress of Hosap. Set on a dramatic rocky outcrop it is the finest example of a

TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

Kurdish castle anywhere in Turkey. Return to Van for a visit to the 3,000 year old citadel with splendid views over Lake Van. Day 10 Van/ London – Return flight to London via Istanbul.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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Armenia & Georgia: Ancient Lands of Transcaucasia With William Taylor 26 May – 8 June 2014

William Taylor William Taylor is a writer and broadcaster on the Islamic world and Orthodox Churches. He has travelled extensively throughout the Balkans, Middle East and Central Asia and speaks Syriac, Arabic and Turkish. His publications include Light from the East, Christians in the Holy Land and Antioch and Canterbury. His PhD was on Orthodox Churches in the late Ottoman period.

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From the shadow of Mount Ararat travel through Armenia’s dramatic mountain scenery to the vineyards of Georgia, the land of Jason and the Argonauts. Follow the rich trail of Christian traditions and art, evident in the superb architectural heritage of the region’s churches. En route, sample fine local food and wine, whilst enjoying the genuine hospitality of the local people. l l l

Exceptional Christian art, sculpture and archaeology Unspoilt mountain and desert scenery Good food, interesting wine and renowned hospitality preserved religious architecture of the 10th – 13th centuries. Cross into Georgia to its capital, Tbilisi. Day 8 Tbilisi – Explore the Georgian capital, including Metekhi, the 18th century royal baths, the mosque, the Islamic quarter and the Fine Arts Museum. Day 9 Gareja, Signagi – East to the wild, dramatic landscapes of Gareja and the rock-cut monasteries founded in the 6th century by David Gareja and the Syrian Fathers, including Udabno and Bodbe Nunnery. On to the fortified walled town of Signagi.

Day 1 London/ Yerevan – Fly to Yerevan.

Day 10 Gremi, Nekresi, Signagi – Visit the renovated

Day 2 Yerevan – Visit the State Historical Museum and

16th - 17th century monastery at Gremi and that at

the National Library, the Matenadaran, which holds

Nekresi, followed by the Tsinandaly Family Estate with

one of the world’s richest depositories of medieval

its extensive parkland and famed wine cellar. Return to

manuscripts and books.

Signagi for the night.

Day 3 Erebuni, Echmiadzin, Khor Virap – Travel to

Day 11 Tbilisi – Drive back to Tbilisi and explore

the Urartian fortress of Erebuni and Echmiadzin, seat

Alaverdi Cathedral, Ikalto Monastery and Shuamta

of the Armenian Patriarch and a place of pilgrimage.

Nunnery. For lunch, sample delicious local cuisine at

Continue to Khor Virap with excellent views of

Gurjaani Wine House.

Mount Ararat.

Day 12 Mtskheta, Gori, Kutaisi – Travel to Georgia’s

Day 4 Garni, Geghard – Visit Garni with its restored 1st

ancient capital, Mtskheta, enjoying dramatic views

century AD Roman temple and the rock-cut medieval

from the Church of Djvari, 11th century Svetitskhoveli

spiritual centre at Geghard, a UNESCO heritage site.

Cathedral and Samtavro. Visit Gori, birthplace of Stalin,

Day 5 Saghmosavank, Hovhannavank – Set in

and Uplistsikhe, an ancient cave town from the 1st

dramatic mountain scenery, visit the 13th century

millennium BC. On to Kutaisi for a walk through the

complexes of Saghmosavank and Hovhannavank.

old town.

Day 6 Lake Sevan – Time to enjoy the scenery and

Day 13 Bagrati, Tbilisi – Visit the splendid Bagrati

Sevan Monastery at Lake Sevan before continuing to

Cathedral, the Gelati Academy complex and 12th

the popular Hagardzin and Goshavank.

century Ubisa Basilica en route back to Tbilisi.

Day 7 Sanahin, Haghpat, Tbilisi – Visit the monastic

Day 14 Tbilisi/ London – Return flight to London.

14 day tour 26 May – 8 June 2014 Tour Price including flights £2,695 per person Tour Price excluding flights £2,275 per person Single room supplement £570 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation and with half board, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 November 2011 Insurance, visas, additional meals PRICES £3175

FLIGHTS (Single room supplement £375) Tour price without flights - £2675 Flight Times: 7 hours London Heathrow/ I N C L U S I V E O F Yerevan via Kiev Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, Tbilisi/ London Heathrow via Kiev 2-4 star

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities

Flight N O Tinclusive I N C L Ubookings D E D made 6 months before

Insuranceare confirmed as shown. If booking within departure 6Fmonths L I G H of T departure F I L E flight inclusive cost may be

LondontoHeathrow/Bangkok subject change due to flight availability. TG911, 1230/0605*

Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow EXTENSION IDEA Bangkok/London Heathrow Add-on a few days in Azerbaijan at the end, TG910, 0110/0715 arranged on a tailor-made basis. Please call for details.

complexes of Sanahin and Haghpat, Armenia’s best

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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N ew St Petersburg: 250 Years of The Hermitage With Katya Galitzine 4 – 9 March 2014

Katya Galitzine Katya Galitzine travelled to the former Soviet Union in 1989, to learn Russian and study sculpture but ended up making St Petersburg her home for 10 years. She studied in the studio of the People’s Sculptor of the Soviet Union and at the Repin Academy of Arts and in 1994, her book “St Petersburg - The Hidden Interiors” was published. Last year Katya was made the Chief Executive of the Hermitage Foundation UK, which gives those travelling in her groups special access to the Hermitage Museum collection.

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With over 3 million pieces of art and culture, the Hermitage Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. The historic rooms, vaults and walls are a veritable treasure trove representing peoples and cultures from all over the world, from Palaeolithic to contemporary times. In short, this trip will be a showcase for the world’s most exquisite and momentous items. l l l

Gain privileged access to the Hermitage’s restricted areas Visit the iconic Catherine Palace & the estate of Pavlovsk Attend a service at one of St Petersburg’s atmospheric cathedrals Day 5 St Petersburg – Morning guided tour of the highlights of the Russian Museum which contains over 30,000 exhibits. After lunch at the newly refurbished Yeliseyev Cafe return to the Hermitage to visit the General Staff Building. This evening there will be a special drinks evening hosted by Katya. Day 6 St Petersburg/ London – On your last day experience a church service at St Nicholas or Vladimirsky Cathedral and have the chance to visit the St Petersburg market place. After lunch transfer to

Day 1 London/ St Petersburg – Transfer to the hotel

the airport for your flight home.

and prepare for an evening meal at Moika with wonderful views over the city. Day 2 St Petersburg – This morning, take a guided city tour, which will include the Peter & Paul Fortress and St Isaac’s Cathedral. In the afternoon be given your first taste of what the Hermitage Museum has to offer, with Katya showing you some of her favourite pieces. Day 3 St Petersburg – Spend the morning at Catherine Palace followed by an afternoon exploring the beautiful estate of Pavlovsk. Day 4 St Petersburg – This morning you will travel by Metro to the Hermitage storage room at Staraya Derevnya. This afternoon, Katya will guide you through the Hermitage’s Golden Treasury and Diamond collection.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

6 day tour 4 – 9 March 2014 Tour price including flights £2,195 per person Tour price excluding flights £1,925 per person Single room supplement £465 per person

Contact us for details of a special anniversary trip in June, also led by Katya Galitzine and incorporating a White Nights Festival Dinner at the Hermitage. 18 days INCLUDED 12 to 29 2011hotel Flights, tourNovember lecturer / guide, PRICES accommodation, some meals, gratuities and £3175 membership to the Hermitage Museum (Single room supplement £375) (Friend of Hermitage) Tour price without flights - £2675 IN CLUSIVE O F EXCLUDED Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star Insurance, additional meals and drinks accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities NOT IN CLUDED FLIGHTS Insurance Flight time from London: 3 hours F L I G H Heathrow/ T FILE London St Petersburg

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N ew Western Turkey: The Forgotten Ruins With Jeremy Seal 10 – 18 May 2014

Jeremy Seal Jeremy Seal is a travel writer, journalist, broadcaster and tour leader. For over twenty years his particular enthusiasm has been Turkey which was the subject of his first book, A Fez of the Heart (1995) and of his last, Meander: East to West Along a Turkish River (2012). This prize-winning book, which tells of Jeremy’s journey through some of Western Turkey’s most picturesque and extraordinary locations, also delves into the fascinating history and culture of the land.

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This is a journey for those who like their ancient sites uncrowded, even empty, so that the atmosphere may be savoured and the stones’ stories heard. Designed to provide a stunning reminder of the sheer abundance of Western Turkey’s ancient Greek, Roman and Carian sites, this tour focuses on little-visited gems in the most picturesque of settings. l l l

Explore Heraclea set in a magnificent lakeside setting Visit the ancient Carian cities of Labranda and Alinda Discover the sleepy village of Kayaköy Day 5 Nysa, Hierapolis, Pamukkale - Explore the remains of Nysa including the Roman theatre, library and gymnasium. An afternoon tour will take in the

9 day tour 10 – 18 May 2014 Tour price including flights £2,325 per person Tour price excluding flights £1,895 per person Single room supplement £270 per person

site of Hierapolis and then you will have time to explore the adjacent ‘travertine’ terraces of Pamukkale, which are remarkable calcite formations formed from mineral deposits. Day 6 Aphrodisias, Kayaköy - Drive south to Kayaköy, stopping at the magnificient site of Aphrodisias, named after the Greek Goddess of Love, en route. The key attraction is the exceptional quality and craftsmanship Day 1 London/ Bodrum, Kapakiri - Arrive Bodrum and

of its sculptures.

transfer to Kapakiri.

Day 7 Kayaköy, Afkule - Leisurely tour of Kayaköy, this

Day 2 Heraclea, Eski Latmos - Explore the ancient site

sleepy village’s signature feature is the abandoned

of Heraclea, and then climb aboard a small local craft

‘ghost town’ of Levissi, the setting of Louis de Berniere’s

and venture across the lake to the island of Ikizada for a

novel Birds Without Wings, which spills across the

relaxed picnic and leisurely walk to a Byzantine

surrounding hillside. An afternoon walk will take you to

fortress. Having returned to the mainland you will then

ruins of Afkule Monastery.

visit the pre-Greek site of Eski Latmos.

Day 8 Kayaköy - Day at leisure in either Kayaköy or the

Day 3 Labranda , Alinda – Take a step off the beaten

nearby town of Fetiye.

track and head west to the site of Labranda, this Carian

Day 9 Kayaköy/ Dalaman - Transfer to airport for flight

sanctuary site was abandoned over 1,000 years ago. Later,

to London Heathrow via Istanbul.

visit the town of Karpuzlu and the nearby site of Alinda. Day 4 Milas, Gerga, Sultanhisar - Drive south to Milas,

INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer / guide, hotel accommodation with full board, gratuities EXCLUDED 18 days Insurance, on day 82011 12 to 29 lunch November PRICES

FLIGHTS £3175 Flight London: 11 hours (Singletime roomfrom supplement £375) Tour priceHeathrow/ without flights - £2675via Istanbul London Bodrum Dalaman I N C L U S /I VLondon E O F Heathrow via Istanbul Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before gratuities departure N O T I Nare C Lconfirmed U D E D as shown. If booking within 6Insurance months of departure flight inclusive cost may be subject F L I Gto H change T F I L due E to flight availability.

London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

visit the town’s market and the recently discovered tomb of Hecatomnus then on the Gerga, a unique, remote site that holds a remarkable array of monuments.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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Albania: Landscapes of Illyria With Rowena Loverance 31 August – 9 September 2014

Rowena Loverance Rowena Loverance worked for over 20 years at the British Museum where she was Head of e-learning and has excavated in Greece and Cyprus. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College, London and a trustee of Culture 24, the UK’s principal online cultural publisher. She edited the Bulletin of Byzantine Studies and is author of Byzantium and of Christian Art, a global account of contemporary cultural themes.

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For those with an interest in the less frequented parts of Europe, Albania, the Illyria of ancient times, holds great attraction especially for the material culture and heritage of Macedonia and Epirus. Enjoy the hospitality of the Albanian people, dramatic coastlines and wild mountain scenery, whilst exploring the ancient Greek and Roman coastal cities of Durres, and the impressive UNESCO site at Butrint. l The impressive UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint l Ancient Ottoman towns, historic mosques and churches l An affordable introduction to a fascinating country Day 5 Antigoneia, Saranda – Visit Antigoneia, an excavation near the site of the battle between Philip V of Macedon and the Roman Consul, which handed Illyria to Rome. Then on to Blue Eye National Park, one of the region’s most beautiful national parks, and Saranda, now named Agioi Saranta, (Forty Saints). Day 6 Butrint – A notable highlight of this tour is impressive Butrint, ancient Buthrotum, described by Virgil as ‘Troy in miniature’. A spectacular location originally thought to have been settled in the 8th Day 1 London/ Tirana, Durres – On arrival transfer to

century BC by Corfiot traders, it fell under the

ancient Durres, established in the 7th century BC, but

influence of both Epirus and Rome. Free time to enjoy

originally settled by the native Illyrian Taulant tribe.

Saranda, a gem on the ‘Albanian Riviera’.

Day 2 Lezhe, Kruja, Durres – After breakfast head to

Day 7 Vlora, Fier – Scenic drive along the coast via Ali

Lezhe to see its Illyrian walls and cathedral, the burial

Pasha’s Castle at Porto Palermo. Travel on via the

site of Skanderbeg, Albania’s most important national

mountain village of Dhermi and the Independence

hero. Travel to Kruja, birthplace of Skanderbeg, where

Museum at Vlora. Overnight in Fier.

the castle has been beautifully restored. Return to

Day 8 Apollonia, Tirana – Drive to ancient Apollonia,

Durres to visit the Roman amphitheatre and ancient

founded in 588 BC and used by Aristotle as a model in

city walls.

his analysis of oligarchy due to the distinct and

Day 3 Durres, Berat – Morning exploring the

separate Greek and Illyrian communities. A vital

archaeological museum. Afternoon drive to Berat, a

stronghold in Caesar’s civil war with Pompey it was

fine example of an Ottoman town, to visit the citadel

later a Christian centre, as witnessed by the monastery

and Church of St Mary, famous for its icon collection.

and church on the site. Continue to Tirana.

Day 4 Byllis, Gjirokaster – Drive to the remarkable

Day 9 Tirana – Morning tour of the capital and the

ancient Illyrian archaeological site at Byllis.

afternoon to explore at your own pace.

Continue to picturesque Gjirokaster, dominated by its

Day 10 Tirana/ London - Return flight to London.

mighty citadel.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

10 day tour 31 August – 9 September 2014 Tour Price including flights £1,845 per person Tour Price excluding flights £1,485 per person Single room supplement £145 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation with half board, gratuities EXCLUDED 18 days Insurance, meals 12 to 29 additional November 2011 PRICES

FLIGHTS £3175 Flight London: 3 hours (Singletime roomfrom supplement £375) Tour priceGatwick/ without flights - £2675 London Tirana IN CLUSIVE O F Flights and all bookings taxes, tourmade lecturer/manager, 2-4 star Flight inclusive 6 months before

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities departure are confirmed as shown. If booking within 6 months inclusive cost may be subject N O T of I Ndeparture C L U D E flight D toInsurance change due to flight availability.

FLIGHT FILE London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* “An eye-opening introduction Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow to Albania TG910, 0110/0715 ancient and

modern, I’m only sorry it couldn’t have lasted longer”. L. Gardner, May 2012

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Ancient Macedonia: Kingdom of Alexander With George Hart 5 – 12 October 2014

George Hart George Hart was for over thirty years a staff lecturer in the British Museum’s Education Department, specialising in Ancient Egypt and the Bronze Age and Classical civilisations of the Mediterranean world. A frequent visitor to North Africa and the Middle East, he is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Egypt Exploration Society. He has previously lectured on tours to northern Greece and Macedonia as well as frequently given lectures on the life and conquests of Alexander the Great.

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Rich in manpower and natural resources, ancient Macedonia provided the foundations for the outstanding successes of Kings Philip II and Alexander the Great and grew from a backwater of Greece to become a wealthy kingdom of well-planned cities. Innovations in art, architecture and other crafts were made under the sponsorship of the royal Macedonian court and today’s archaeological excavations continue to bring to light the immense wealth and importance of this region. l Ancient Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great l Vergina, Macedon’s ceremonial capital and royal burial ground l The treasures of Thessaloniki’s Archaeological Museum for its excellent wines, to visit a winery and sample the local produce. Travel to the picturesque town of Edessa, with its impressive cascading waterfall and visit the ancient city of Longos, currently under excavation. Finally, a visit to the Grotto of the Nymphs, where legend has it Aristotle taught the young Alexander. Day 5 Aiani – A full day trip to the recently excavated site of Aiani, dating back to the 2nd millennium BC. Visit the Archaeological Museum with its impressive finds from the excavation.

8 day tour 5 – 12 October 2014 Tour Price including flights £1,695 per person Tour Price excluding flights £1,380 per person Single room supplement £185 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation with half board, gratuities

Day 1 London/ Thessaloniki – Arrive in cosmopolitan

Day 6 Dion – Pass by Pydna, site of the battle in which

Thessaloniki, Greece’s cultural capital.

the Romans defeated the Macedonians, before

Day 2 Olynthos, Polygyros, Stageira – Travel to the hill

reaching the extensive site of Dion where excavations

top site of Olynthos, a well-laid out classical city which

have uncovered a large city with a fascinating

dates back to the 7th century. Visit the museum at

sanctuary complex. Visit the museum at Dion, which

Polygyros before visiting Stageira, birthplace of

houses finds from the ongoing excavations.

Aristotle, the famous philosopher and tutor of

Day 7 Mieza, Vergina – Visit the tombs at Mieza and

Alexander.

then head to Vergina, the first ancient capital of

I N C inclusive L U S I V Ebookings OF Flight made 6 months before

Day 3 Amphipolis, Philippi – Take a scenic drive

Macedon and site of the theatre in which Philip II was

departure are confirmed as shown. If booking within 6

across the Halkidiki peninsula and through the

murdered. Visit the famous tombs which house an

months of departure flight inclusive cost may be subject

Rendina Gorge. Visit Amphipolis, a city of great

exquisite collection of paintings and sumptuous

to change due to flight availability.

strategic importance during the Peloponnesian War,

treasures.

with its fine fortifications and preserved bridge.

Day 8 Dion, Thessaloniki/ London – Return to

Explore the extensive remains at Philippi, the site of the

Thessaloniki to visit the Archaeological Museum,

battle between the Republicans and Antony and

which features a spectacular exhibition of gold from

Octavian in 44 BC.

burials and excavations in the region. Return flight to

Day 4 Pella, Naoussa – Discover the vast, ancient

London.

EXCLUDED 18 days -additional meals Insurance, 12 to 29 November 2011 PRICES FLIGHTS £3175 time from London: 3 hours Flight (Single room supplement £375) London Heathrow/ Thessaloniki Tour price without flights - £2675 Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities NOT IN CLUDED Insurance

FLIGHT FILE London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

Macedonian city of Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great. Famous for its detailed mosaics, recent excavations have uncovered Hellenistic bath houses and a huge Forum. On to Naoussa, famed in antiquity

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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Georgia In-depth 14 – 26 September 2014

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Georgia has a unique Caucasian culture, a rich Christian Orthodox heritage, dramatic mountain scenery, excellent food, superb wines and a deeply rooted tradition of generous hospitality and song. This 13 day tour provides ample opportunity to experience all of these elements of Georgian culture and history, with additional opportunities to meet our Georgian hosts. l l l

Mtskheta, the spiritual heart of Georgia Magnificent mountain landscapes of Kazbegi The food and wine of the Telavi region Georgia. Visit fascinating Vardzia, the cave town, with its maze of 600 remaining chambers.

13 day tour 14 – 26 September 2014

Day 8 Bakuriani, Gudauri – Visit Timotesubani Church before continuing to the pretty spa town of Borjomi, then on to Gori, birthplace of Stalin. Explore the cave city of Uplistsikhe, a prominent Silk Route site, before continuing up the Georgian Military Highway to Gudauri. Day 9 Gudauri, Kazbegi – Drive to Kazbegi. Optional walk up to Trinity Church for fine mountain views or at leisure to explore the town. Drive to Dariali Canyon

Tour Price including flights £2,485 per person Tour Price excluding flights £2,080 per person Single room supplement £445 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation on mainly full board, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 November 2011 Insurance, additional meals PRICES

Day 1 London/ Tbilisi – Fly to Tbilisi.

and visit the Gveleti waterfall.

Day 2 Tbilisi – Enjoy gentle city sightseeing, including a

Day 10 Gudauri, Tbilisi – Drive back to Tbilisi. En route

walking tour of the Old Town.

visit Ananauri Fortress, one time home of the

Day 3 Tbilisi, Kutaisi – Depart for Kutaisi visiting

tyrannical Aragvi dynasty. Afternoon at the Open Air

fascinating Mtskheta and UNESCO Jvari Church en

Museum of Ethnography.

route. Continue via the towns of Khashuri and Surami

Day 11 Tbilisi, Signagi – Depart for the fortified walled

and the Rikoti Pass to Kutaisi. Visit Sataplia Nature

hill town of Signagi, via the atmospheric David

Reserve, if time permits.

Garedzhe desert Monastery and Bodbe Monastery.

Day 4 Kutaisi, Mestia – Head west to the city of Zugdidi

This is Georgia’s biggest wine growing region and in

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before gratuities

and continue to Mestia driving through the Svaneti

Signagi you will sample some of the local wines and

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region in the foothills of The Caucasus. Visit the Museum,

enjoy fine views of the Kakheti arean and eastern

6Insurance months of departure flight inclusive cost may be

Academy of Gelati and Svanetian house and watchtower.

Caucasus summits.

Day 5 Mestia, Ushguli – Continue deeper into the

Day 12 Telavi, Tbilisi – Drive to Telavi and have a

subject F L I Gto H change T F I L due E to flight availability.

mountains for a day trip to the UNESCO village of

mornings sightseeing including the Palace of King

Ushguli, purportedly the highest inhabited village in

Irakli II and the farmers market. Return to Tbilisi for a

Europe.

free afternoon.

Day 6 Mestia, Bakuriani – Drive to Bakuriani with

Day 13 Tbilisi/ London – Morning at leisure before

sightseeing en route at Latali and Ubisa Churches, the

return flight to London.

£3175

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latter offering some of the best frescoes in Georgia. Day 7 Bakuriani, Vardzia – Drive along the Kura Valley to Khertvisi Fortress, one of the oldest fortresses in

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The Middle East “From afar off they had seen the wisps of greyish grass which distinguished this hollow from other hollows they had passed on their way across the flint-strewn plain, and had turned aside to stop. Luckily, camels had grazed here years before… They were Bedu, and these empty spaces where there was neither shade nor shelter were their homelands.” Sir Wilfred Thesiger, Arabian Sands

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The Sultanate of Oman With Tony Walsh 1 – 11 February 2014

Tony Walsh Tony Walsh has been resident in Oman since 1986 and has led tours and lectured throughout Arabia, for Harvard and Stanford Universities, as well as for The Traveller on a number of occasions. A keen photographer and writer, his great strength is in providing real insight into this enigmatic, charming country which he now calls home.

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One of Arabia’s best kept secrets, this tour explores some of Oman’s 1,000 mile coastline and spectacularly varied scenery, where dramatic mountains meet the desert and large oases surround medieval fortified towns and castles. Epitomised by the legendary Sinbad the Sailor, Oman remains a seafaring nation and its people, immaculately dressed in traditional attire, welcome visitors with a gentle and genuine courtesy. l Medieval forts set in lush wadis l Dramatic desert and mountain scenery l Charming Salalah on the Arabian Sea Day 5 Wahiba Sands – Continue along the coast via

11 day tour 1 – 11 February 2014

Jalaan to the Wahiba Sands, a landscape of monumental dunes. Overnight in the desert in comfortable Bedouin-style tents. Day 6 Wahiba Sands, Nizwa – Journey on by road to

Tour price including flights £3,495 per person Tour price excluding flights £2,795 per person Single room supplement £525 per person

Nizwa, Oman’s ancient capital. En route, visit Sinaw Bedouin Souq and Birkat al Moz, a small charming date oasis. In the afternoon explore Nizwa Fort, one of the oldest and most impressive forts in Oman. Day 7 Nizwa, Muscat/ Salalah – Explore Nizwa, Day 1 London Heathrow/ Muscat – Overnight flight

including the renowned souq and the atmospheric

to Muscat.

livestock market. Return to Muscat for the flight south

Day 2 Muscat – Early morning arrival. Afternoon relaxed

to Salalah in the Dhofar region.

tour along Muscat’s corniche seeing merchants’ houses,

Day 8 Salalah – Visit Salalah Al Balid UNESCO site, the

medieval Portuguese forts and the Sultan’s Palace. Visit

famed port mentioned by Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo,

Muttrah Souq for exquisite jewellery, wooden carvings,

made wealthy from its commerce and export of

ornaments and spices as well as Beit Al Baranda

frankincense and Arabian horses. Continue to Al Husn

historical museum, set in a splendid old house.

Souq and the tomb of the prophet, Job. Afternoon visit

Day 3 Muscat – Enjoy a morning boat trip exploring the

to the UNESCO site at Sumhuram, once another

dolphin-rich waters of the Gulf of Oman. Afternoon

important player on the frankincense trade route.

visit to the Natural History Museum to learn about

Day 9 Salalah – A gentle morning’s walk along a wadi

Oman’s flora and fauna.

(valley) followed by lunch in a local town around its

Day 4 Muscat, Ras al Hadd –Today visit the impressive

small harbour. Afternoon visit to a local craftswoman

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a gift from the present

who creates hand-made clay incense burners.

ruler to his people. Depart along the coast to Ra’s al

Day 10 Salalah – Day at leisure to relax on the beach or

Hadd, with stops en route at Oman’s most beautiful

visit the nearby town of Mirbat.

wadi, Wadi Tiwi, and the dhow yards at Sur, where

Day 11 Salalah/ Muscat/ London – Fly back to London

skilled craftsmen have for centuries made these iconic

via Muscat.

INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation with half board, gratuities EXCLUDED 18 days Insurance, meals 12 to 29 additional November 2011 PRICES

FLIGHTS £3175 Flight London: 8 hours (Singletime roomfrom supplement £375) Tour priceHeathrow/ without flights - £2675 London Muscat Salalah/ Heathrow I N C L U SMuscat/London IVE OF Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before gratuities departure N O T I Nare C Lconfirmed U D E D as shown. If booking within 6

Insurance months of departure flight inclusive cost may be subject F L I Gto H change T F I L due E to flight availability.

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boats. Evening visit to Ra’s al-Jinz Turtle Reserve to look for nesting green turtles.

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Iraqi Kurdistan With Rebecca Bradshaw & William Taylor 28 March – 5 April 2014 26 September – 4 October 2014

Rebecca Bradshaw Rebecca read BA Ancient History and Classical Archaeology and completed her MPhil in Egyptology at the University of Cambridge. From 2010-12 Rebecca lived and worked as an archaeologist in the Sudan, Egypt, Bulgaria and the UK for institutions including the British Museum and the University of Cambridge. Rebecca has carried out independent research and excavated in Kurdistan.

William Taylor William Taylor is Chairman of the Anglican and Eastern Churches Association, and a writer and broadcaster. Full biography on P. 6

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Travelling through the beautiful mountain scenery of this ancient land, you will trace the golden ages of the Assyrians, the Medes and their occupation of the region. Off limits for so long, this promises to be a unique and fascinating journey into a now stable and welcoming country, eager to share its rich history and traditions. l Little visited with a fascinating history and culture l Ancient Erbil, founded in the Assyrian period l Spectacular mountain scenery Hormizd Church, and St Mary’s Convent, church and orphanage. This afternoon travel to the scenic Gara Mountain and visit the ruins of one of Saddam’s palaces. Day 5 Amadiya, Rawanduz – Travel via Sulav Waterfall to the mountain town of Amadiya, an Assyrian hilltop fortress. See the surviving Bab Zebar gate and the 3rd century AD synagogue. Continue to the Mullah Mustapha Memorial, the father of modern Kurdistan, stopping at Shanidar Cave, the find site of a remarkable Day 1 London/ Erbil – Fly to Erbil.

array of Neanderthal remains and tool technologies.

Day 2 Erbil – ‘Arba Ilu’, the ‘City of the Four Gods’, was

Arrive in Rawanduz.

the religious capital of the Assyrian kingdom. Its

Day 6 Suleimaniyah – Drive via the Hamilton Road,

dramatic 30 metre high Citadel dating from the 6th

commissioned in 1928 to bisect the mountains and

millennium BC lays claim to being the oldest

gorges of Kurdistan to the Iranian border. Stop at

continuously inhabited city on earth. Visit the

Bekhal Waterfall and Galy Ali Beg Canyon en route to

Civilisation Museum and Choli Minaret, built by the

Lake Dukan, the region’s largest man-made lake. Arrive

Sultan of Erbil, before taking in Dwin Castle.

in cosmopolitan Suleimaniyah and visit the impressive

Day 3 Dohuk – Tour St Matthew’s Monastery and visit

archaeological museum, home to many Kurdish and

the site of the Battle of Gaugamela where Alexander the

ancient Persian artefacts.

Great defeated Darius III. On to Jirwana to see the

Day 7 Suleimaniyah, Halabja – In the morning visit

world’s oldest aqueduct built by Sennacherib, King of

Suleimaniyah’s bustling bazaar. After lunch you will

Assyria, and the site of Khanis with Assyrian sculptures.

drive to memorial site at Halabja. The town’s monument

Proceed to Lalesh, revered pilgrimage site for Kurdish

was constructed in 2003 to commemorate the atrocities

Yezidis, descendants of the Zoroastrians. Continue via

against the Kurdish people in the area in 1988.

Chwar Stoon Cave where Zoroastrian fire worshippers

Day 8 Qizqapan, Koisinjak, Erbil – Travel to the

performed rituals, to Dohuk.

sculpted caves at Qizqapan for their ancient engravings

Day 4 Dohuk – In picturesque Dohuk visit Al Kosh,

and funerary chambers. Visit the old Jewish

home and burial place of the prophet Nahum. Explore

caravanserai city of Koisinjak on the way back to Erbil.

the impressive Rabban Hormizd Monastery, once

Day 9 Erbil/ London – Morning to explore the capital.

home to 600 cave-dwelling monks, as well as Mar

Afternoon return flight to London.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

9 day tour 28 March – 5 April 2014 (Rebecca Bradshaw) 26 September – 4 October 2014 (William Taylor) Tour Price including flights £3,925 per person Tour Price excluding flights £3,305 per person Single room supplement £470 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation with full board, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 November 2011 Insurance, visa PRICES £3175

FLIGHTS (Single room supplement £375) Tour price without flights - £2675 Flight Time: 7 hours London Heathrow/ I N C L U S I V E O F Erbil via Vienna Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before gratuities departure N O T I Nare C Lconfirmed U D E D as shown. If booking within 6

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Jordan: Treasures of the Hashemite Kingdom With Jennifer Scarce 12 – 21 April 2014

Jennifer Scarce Jennifer Scarce B.A., F.S.A.Scot, was Curator of Middle Eastern Cultures for the National Museums of Scotland, she has also arranged permanent and temporary exhibitions for them. She is now an Honorary Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, a research and travel consultant, freelance curator and author. Jennifer has travelled widely in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe.

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The Jordan River valley is synonymous with 10,000 years of historical events - the Pharaohs, Moses, Alexander the Great, Jesus, the Prophet Mohammed and Lawrence of Arabia are all said to have passed along its way. Travel the length and breadth of this small country, including the ‘Rose Red City of Petra’ one of the new ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ and delight in the endless treasures on offer in this fascinating destination. l World Heritage sites of Umm er-Rasas, Amra and Petra l Jerash, a magnificent city of the Roman Decapolis l The ‘Desert Castles’ of the 8th century Umayyad dynasty Day 5 Mt Nebo, Umm ar-Rasas, Karak, Wadi Feynan – Morning excursion to Moses’ 4th century Memorial Church at Mount Nebo. Then journey south to Umm ar-Rasas, which contains ruins from Roman, Byzantine and early Muslim civilisations. Afternoon visit to the imposing hilltop fortress of Karak, whose galleries, towers and ramparts still echo with the resolve of the Crusaders who built them almost a thousand years ago. Overnight in Wadi Feynan. Day 6 Wadi Feynan, Dana Village, Petra – Morning Day 1 London/ Amman – Arrive Amman.

excursion with a Bedouin shepherd for part of his

Day 2 Amman, Salt – Morning exploration of Amman’s

morning goat herding routine and learn all about life in

acropolis, citadel, archaeological museum and Roman

the desert. Afternoon visit to the charming 15th

Amphitheatre. After lunch head northwest to Salt and

century village of Dana before continuing your journey

explore the city on foot, you will come across wonderful

to Petra.

Ottoman architecture, bustling bazaars and have a

Day 7 Petra – A full day exploring the superb and

chance to visit the Abu Jaber Archaeological museum.

extensive monuments of Nabatean Petra, Jordan’s most

Day 3 Pella, Ajloun, Jerash – Head to Pella, a Decapolis

well-known UNESCO World Heritage site, rediscovered

city, exceptionally rich in antiquities. You then

by Burckhardt two hundred years ago.

continue to Ajloun Fortress, one of the best preserved

Day 8 Petra – Return to Petra for further exploration,

and most complete examples of medieval Arab-Islamic

including the High Place of Sacrifice and Monastery.

military architecture. After lunch drive north to the

Visit ‘Little Petra’ to see rare examples of Nabatean

magnificent 2,000 year old Roman Decapolis city of

Paintings and the prehistoric village at Beidha.

Jerash, originally founded by Alexander the Great.

Day 9 Wadi Rum, Dead Sea – Drive to Wadi Rum, the

Day 4 Amman, Desert Castles, Madaba – Morning

largest and most magnificent of Jordan’s desert

excursion into the desert to visit the extraordinary

landscapes and enjoy a 4x4 excursion into the dunes.

‘Desert Castles’, including Qasr Kharanah, Amra and

Drive on to the Dead Sea with the chance to float in its

the black basalt fort at Azraq. A traditional lunch will be

salty waters.

had with a family from one of the surrounding

Day 10 Dead Sea, Amman/ London – Transfer to

communities. In the afternoon journey to Madaba,

Amman and fly to London.

10 day tour 12 – 21 April 2014 Tour Price including flights £2,495 per person Tour Price excluding flights £1,995 per person Single room supplement £320 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation on half board, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 additional November 2011 Insurance, meals PRICES £3175 FLIGHTS (Singletime roomfrom supplement £375) Flight London: 5 hours Tour price without flights - £2675 London Heathrow/ Amman

IN CLUSIVE O F Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities

Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before

departure are confirmed as shown. If booking within 6

N O T of I Ndeparture C L U D E flight D months inclusive cost may be Insurance

subject to change due to flight availability.

FLIGHT FILE London Heathrow/Bangkok EXTENSION IDEA TG911, 1230/0605* Extend your stay with a fewHeathrow days on the Dead Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Sea, visit Jerusalem or combine with Egypt, Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715 arranged on a tailor-made basis. Please call to discuss.

Jordan’s most important Christian centre, have a walking tour and visit the Church of St George to see its intricate mosaic map of the Holy Land.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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N ew Israel & Palestine: The Cradle of Christianity With Garth Gilmour 8 – 17 September 2014

Garth Gilmour Garth Gilmour is a biblical archaeologist who has worked in Israel and the eastern Mediterranean for over twenty years. He has graduate degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Oxford, and has participated in excavations in Israel, including the Philistine capital cities of Ekron and Ashkelon, as well as in Turkey and Cyprus. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and monographs, and is currently working on material from the British excavations in Jerusalem in the 1920s. He has been leading tours to the region since 1997.

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This tour of Israel packs serious punch, with each day bursting with historical and biblical highlights. Explore the area surrounding the Sea of Galilee with an impressive roll call of Roman and Crusader sites. Head south to The Dead Sea, Bethlehem and the Church of Nativity before ending your journey of, quite literally, biblical proportions in Jerusalem. Discover Jerusalem’s remarkable and world celebrated sites Explore Bethlehem, Jericho and the world’s oldest church Travel north to the beautiful sites and landscapes surrounding the Sea of Galilee l l l

Galilee. End the day with a journey to and tour of Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world. Day 5 Masada, Dead Sea – Ascend to the summit of Masada for a tour of Herod’s palatial retreat and the site of Jewish zealots defeat at the hand of the Romans in AD 73 before heading down to take a dip in the Dead Sea. You will then explore the beautiful botanical gardens at Kibbutz Ein Gedi. Day 6 Bethlehem, Jerusalem – Drive to Qumran to visit the site and see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were

10 day tour 8 – 17 September 2014 Tour Price including flights £3,195 per person Tour Price excluding flights £2,550 per person Single room supplement £650 per person

Day 1 London/ Tel Aviv - Fly to Tel Aviv and overnight

found before driving to the little town of Bethlehem.

in Netanya.

Explore the oldest church in the world, the Church of

Day 2 Netanya, Caesarea, Acre – Visit the Roman and

Nativity, before continuing your journey to Jerusalem.

Crusader site of Caesarea Maritima, once the main

Day 7 Jerusalem – Enter Jerusalem’s walled old city and

Roman political centre of the region. Wander through

explore its distinctive Four Quarters - Christian,

its magnificent theatre and the huge port built by

Moslem, Armenian and Jewish. Start at the Cardo

Herod the Great. Drive further north to the Crusader

located in the centre of the Jewish Quarter where you

fortress of Acre and explore the impressive buildings of

see its ancient Roman road and view the unearthed

the Hospitalier Knights, its medieval caravanserai’s and

main thoroughfare and ancient marketplace lined with

open air souq before ending the day in Tiberias.

columns. You will also visit the Western Wall, the

Day 3 Hazor, Tel Dan, Baneas, Golan Heights – Visit the

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Pools of Bethesda and

fortress city of Hazor, the largest archaeological site in

the magnificently preserved Crusader Church of St Ann.

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before gratuities

Israel, before heading north to beautiful Tel Dan, set in

Day 8 Jerusalem – Spend a second day exploring

departure N O T I Nare C Lconfirmed U D E D as shown. If booking within 6

a national park and the source of the River Jordan.

Jerusalem’s Old City, visiting the Temple Mount, the

Insurance months of departure flight inclusive cost may be

Nearby Baneas (biblical Caesarea Philippi) has more

Western Wall and its archaeological garden, the Western

subject F L I Gto H change T F I L due E to flight availability.

fascinating ancient history to offer prior to a drive up

Wall tunnels and excavations, and the City of David.

the slopes of Mount Hermon to the Golan Heights for

Day 9 Jerusalem – Morning at leisure with an

spectacular views over the Sea of Galilee.

afternoon visit to Yad VaShem, Israel’s memorial to the

Day 4 Capernaum, Tabgha, Sea of Galilee, Jericho –

six million lives lost to the Holocaust.

Explore the fishing village of Capernaum, once home

Day 10 Jerusalem/ London – Spend the morning at the

to Jesus and his disciples, before a visit to neighbouring

Israel Museum before transferring to the airport for

Tabgha, which boasts a number of beautiful Byzantine

your return flight.

INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer / manager, accommodation on half board, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 November 2011 Insurance, additional meals PRICES £3175 FLIGHTS (Single room supplement £375) Tour price flights - £2675 Flight timewithout from London: 5 hours

London I N C L U Heathrow S I V E O F / Tel Aviv Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star

London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

mosaics. Next observe the recently excavated 1st century AD ‘Jesus Boat’ before a boat ride on the Sea of

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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N ew Iran: The Achaemenid Heritage With Sylvie Franquet 14 – 28 September 2014

Sylvie Franquet Sylvie Franquet has studied Arabic and Islamic studies, has led many trips to the Middle East, and has written at length about the region. Iran has recently become the focus of her research and travels, and she has fallen totally under the spell of the country, and started learning Farsi. She lives in London with her husband, the writer Anthony Sattin, and their two sons.

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Iran first gained prominence in the 6th century BC under the Achaemenid dynasty, creators of the Persian Empire, when art and architecture were encouraged to flourish. Further riches survive from the Sassanian Empire, plus splendid buildings from the Islamic period from 642 AD. From then, a near millennium of conquests by foreign powers, have resulted in a spectacular legacy of magnificent tower tombs, mosques, madrasahs and shrines. l l l

The site of Persepolis, one of the wonders of the ancient world Shiraz, famous for poetry, literature and exquisite gardens Isfahan, for fine examples of Islamic architecture Day 7 Shiraz - Tour of Shiraz, the romantic city of poets, literature and wine. Visit the Vakil Mosque, the Pars Museum, its exquisite gardens and the tombs of the great Persian poets, Hafez and Saadi.

15 day tour 14 – 28 September 2014

Day 8 Persepolis – Explore the expansive site of Persepolis, as well as Naqsh-e Rustam, the rock-cut tombs of the kings, Xerxes and Darius I and II. Day 9 Shiraz, Pasargadae, Yazd - Journey to Yazd with a visit to Pasargadae en route, which was the capital of Cyrus the Great and dates back to 546 BC.

Tour price including flights £3,995 per person Tour price excluding flights £3,455 per person Single room supplement £485 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer / manager, accommodation half board, gratuities

Day 1 London Heathrow/ Tehran – Depart London.

Day 10 Yazd – Spend the morning visiting the oasis

Day 2 Tehran – Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour of

town of Yazd, exploring its labyrinth of passages,

Tehran taking in the glittering Golestan Palace built by

bazaars and mud brick streets. Visit a fire temple, the

Nasser al-Din during the Qajar period and the exquisite

soaring Jameh Mosque and Bagh-i-Dolat Abad (tallest

collection of Crown Jewels held in the city’s central bank.

windtower). Afternoon excursion to a ‘Tower of Silence’,

Day 3 Tehran – Continue your exploration of the city

a Zoroastrian funerary site.

including a visit to the Persian Carpet Museum, the

Day 11 Yazd, Meybod, Naein, Isfahan – Journey to

National Museum of Persian antiquities and the Glass

Isfahan via Meybod and Naein.

and Ceramics museum. Late afternoon excursion to the

Day 12 Isfahan – Explore the beautiful Imam square

north of the city to visit the Saadabad Palace complex.

and its ensemble of glorious Safavid architecture. Visit

Day 4 Tehran/ Kerman - Fly to Kerman, a desert

the Sheikh Lotfallah and Imam Mosques, the Ali Qapu

trading city, founded in the 3rd century AD by Ardashir

Palace and the Chehel Soton palace pavilion.

6Nmonths O T I NofCdeparture L U D E D flight inclusive cost may be

1, founder of the Sassanian dynasty. Spend the

Day 13 Isfahan – Drive to the Armenian quarter to take

Insurance subject to change due to flight availability.

afternoon exploring the city’s sights including its

in the Vank Cathedral and its adjoining museum. In

bustling grand bazaar and the Ganj Ali Khan Complex.

the afternoon you will have time at leisure to explore

Day 5 Rayen, Mahan, Kerman - Drive southeast to

the sights at your own pace.

Rayen, in the foothills of the Hezar mountains, with a

Day 14 Isfahan/ Tehran – This morning you will have

stop in Mahan en route. Visit Rayen’s impressive Arg-e-

time to explore the labyrinth of bazaars surrounding

Rayen (citadel) which perches on the edge of a hillside

Imam square, before your flight to Tehran.

overlooking the town. In the late afternoon return to

Day 15 Tehran/ London – Return flight to London

Kerman for the night.

Heathrow.

EXCLUDED 18 days Insurance, meals, 12 to 29 additional November 2011visa PRICES

FLIGHTS £3175 Flight London: 7 hours (Singletime roomfrom supplement £375) Tour priceHeathrow/ without flights - £2675 London Tehran IN CLUSIVE O F Flights and all bookings taxes, tourmade lecturer/manager, 2-4 star Flight inclusive 6 months before

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities departure are confirmed as shown. If booking within

FLIGHT FILE London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

Day 6 Kerman, Shiraz – Full day drive to Shiraz through wonderful arid desert landscapes.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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Central Asia “Then shall my native city, Samarcanda... Be famous through the furthest continents, for there my palace-royal shall be placed, whose shining turrets shall dismay the heavens, and cast the fame of Ilion’s tower to hell.” Christopher Marlowe , Tamerlane the Great

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Uzbekistan: Beyond the Oxus With Chris Aslan Alexander & Emma Dick 11 – 22 April 2014 15 – 26 August 2014

Chris Aslan Alexander Born and raised in Turkey and Lebanon, Chris travelled to Uzbekistan in 1998 to work on content for a guidebook and ended up staying for over 7 years. His book A Carpet Ride to Khiva – Seven years on the Silk Road tells this story. Chris then went on to live in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and speaks fluent Uzbek.

Emma Dick Emma lectures in Cultural and Historical Studies for Textiles and Fashion in London, and is a specialist in Turkish with Islamic art and archaeology and woven and printed textiles.

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Delight in the art and archaeology of the fabled UNESCO cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, two of the oldest cities in the world. Important for their position on the western Silk Road their traditional textiles and crafts survive to this day. Visit the vibrant city of Tashkent, the restored desert oasis town of Khiva and journey across the Kizilkum Desert to see the major monuments from Timur’s reign. l The turquoise domes of Timurid architecture l Registan Square, Central Asia’s finest Islamic ensemble l The bazaars of Bukhara with its traditional artisans Day 7 Bukhara – Explore the Arc Citadel and museum and the Bolohauz mosque before the mausoleum of Sayf al-Din Bukharzi and Buyan Quli Khan, the 19th century palace and harem with its excellent collection of early 18th century costumes and textiles. Later visit Sitarah-i Mah-i Khassah and the Baha al-Din Sufi

12 day tour 11 – 22 April 2014 - Chris Aslan Alexander 15 – 26 August 2014 - Emma Dick Tour Price including flights £2,395 per person Tour Price excluding flights £1,825 per person Single room supplement £195 per person

centre to see a range of textile and craft activities. Day 8 Shakhr-i-Sabz, Samarkand – Depart for Shakhri-Sabz, the birthplace of Timur, which holds the remains of the colossal arch from the Ak Serai or Day 1 London/ Tashkent – Fly overnight to Tashkent.

‘White’ Palace. Continue to Samarkand.

Day 2 Tashkent – Arrive Tashkent. Afternoon tour of

Day 9 Samarkand – Visit the magnificent Registan

the old 16th century sector of the city, including the

Square, the most spectacular architectural ensemble in

craft centre, madrasahs and bazaar.

Central Asia, and Gur-i Amir with its tile decorations

Day 3 Tashkent/ Urgench, Khiva – Fly to Urgench to

and jade slab of Timur’s cenotaph. Take in Bibi

visit three desert fortresses at Ayaz Kala on the edge of

Khanum Mosque and the wonderfully colourful Silk

the Kizilkum Desert. Continue to Toprakkala fortress,

Road Bazaar. Option to return to Registan Square in

ancient capital of Khorezm, before reaching Khiva.

late afternoon.

Day 4 Khiva – Full day exploring this recently restored

Day 10 Samarkand – Tour of the remarkable Shah-i

UNESCO site. Also visit carpet and silk making workshops.

Zinda complex, the Afrasiab Museum with its wall

Day 5 Khiva, Bukhara – Drive to Bukhara across the

paintings and ceramics, and Ulugh Beg’s famous

Kizilkum Desert, home to Bactrian camels.

observatory. Time at leisure in the afternoon.

Day 6 Bukhara – Explore the former capital with its 300

Day 11 Samarkand, Tashkent – See the mausoleum of

mosques, including visits to Maguki-i Attari, the Kalon

the biblical Prophet Daniel before your train journey

(Great) Minaret, Ulugh Beg and Abd al-Aziz madrasahs

back to Tashkent.

and the Ismael Samani mausoleum. See craft and textile

Day 12 Tashkent/ London – Morning sightseeing to

weaving, the 10th century Samanid mausoleum and the

Mustakillik (Independence) Square in the heart of

Chashmah Ayyub shrine. Visit Chor Minor Madrasah

Tashkent, the famous Tashkent Metro and Museum of

with its extraordinary design and Bukhara’s Trade

Fine Art. Afternoon flight to London.

INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation with full board, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 November 2011 Insurance, additional meals, visa PRICES £3175

FLIGHTS (Single room supplement £375) Tour price flights - £2675 Flight timewithout from London: 7 hours London Heathrow/ I N C L U S I V E O F Tashkent Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before gratuities departure N O T I Nare C Lconfirmed U D E D as shown. If booking within 6

Insurance months of departure flight inclusive cost may be subject toFchange dueF to LIGHT I Lflight E availability.

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Domes, the greatest commercial centre of the region.

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Kyrgyzstan & China: A Journey along The Silk Road With Iain Shearer 22 August – 8 September 2014

Iain Shearer Iain Shearer is an archaeologist and Research Affiliate at The Centre For Applied Archaeology University College London. He has worked extensively on development and conflict archaeology and excavated in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Central Asia, Iran and the Arab Middle East. He is currently the Sackler Scholar for Iran and Afghanistan at The British Museum and is a Fellow of The Royal Asiatic Society of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Journeying eastwards by road, rail and air, explore key sites along the Silk Road, one of the world’s oldest and most notorious trade routes. From Bishkek in the heart of Central Asia, this tour traverses the spectacular Tien Shan Mountains to Kashgar, then skirts the northern edge of the magnificent Taklimakan Desert before culminating in Xian, the eastern terminus of this once great trading network. l Kyrgyzstan’s dramatic landscapes l Dunhuang’s Mogao Caves of One Thousand Buddhas l Xian’s extraordinary Terracotta Warriors Day 9 Turpan – Explore Turpan including the 2,000 year old Karez water system, the Emin Minaret and mosque, then on to the famous ruined city of Jiaohe. Day 10 Turpan, Dunhuang – Visit Tuyoq for the region’s oldest Buddha and meet a local Uygur family. Then to the impressive ruins at Gaochang and the Astana Tombs which boast a collection of well-preserved mummies and wall paintings. Later visit the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, on the edge of the Flaming Mountains, before an overnight train to Dunhuang. Day 1 London/ Bishkek – Overnight flight to Bishkek.

Day 11 Dunhuang – Drive to Dunhuang for the Mogao

Day 2 Bishkek – Afternoon tour of Bishkek including

Caves, the world’s richest treasure-trove of Buddhist

the Victory Monument, Ala-Too Square, the Open Air

manuscripts, wall paintings and statuary.

Sculpture Museum and Osh Bazaar.

Day 12 Dunhuang – See the Singing Sand Mountains,

Day 3 Bishkek, Karakol – Drive to Karakol via

where the desert meets the oasis. Visit the Western

Balasagun with its 6 metre high Burana tower and the

Thousand Buddha caves, the White Horse Dagoba and

lakeside Prejvalsky Museum.

Dunhuang County Museum.

Day 4 Karakol, Naryn – Depart for Naryn visiting Kochkor

Day 13 Dunhuang, Jiayuguan – Depart for Jiayuguan

village, a good place to experience rural Kyrgyzstan.

through the arid Gansu corridor. During the afternoon

Day 5 Tash Rabat, Kashgar – Visit the ancient

see the Overhanging Wall.

caravanserai of Tash Rabat, which once served as a

Day 14 Jiayuguan/ Xian – Visit the magnificently

fortress for travellers along the Great Silk Road. Cross

restored fort and the Jiayuguan Museum. Fly to Xian.

the Kyrgyz-Chinese border to Kashgar.

Day 15 Xian – Discover the Terracotta Warriors and

Day 6 Kashgar – Afternoon tour of Kashgar to see

Shaanxi Provincial Museum.

China’s largest mosque and Apak Khoja’s Tomb, the

Day 16 Xian – Explore the Great Mosque, one of China’s

holiest place in Xinjiang for Sufis. Visit Handicraft

largest, and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum.

Street and the old parts of town.

Day 17 Xian – Visit the Han Jing Tomb and museum

Day 7 Kashgar, Turpan – Explore the colourful famous

with their terracotta figurines and burial chambers.

bazaar. Overnight train to Turpan.

Fly to Beijing.

Day 8 Turpan – Leisurely afternoon with visit to Grape

Day 18 Beijing/ London – Fly back to London.

18 day tour 22 August – 8 September 2014 Tour Price including flights £3,995 per person Tour Price excluding flights £3,145 per person Single room supplement £465 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation with full board, gratuities EXCLUDED 18 days Insurance, meals, 12 to 29 additional November 2011visas PRICES

FLIGHTS £3175 Flight London: 10 hours (Singletime roomfrom supplement £375) Tour priceHeathrow/ without flights - £2675 London Bishkek Beijing/ I N C L U London S I V E O FHeathrow Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before gratuities departure N O T I Nare C Lconfirmed U D E D as shown. If booking within 6

Insurance months of departure flight inclusive cost may be subject toFchange dueF to LIGHT I Lflight E availability.

London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

valley, famous for its vineyards and fruit trees.

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Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan: Fabled Silk Road Cities With Iain Shearer 1 – 16 May 2014 11 – 26 September 2014 Iain Shearer Iain Shearer is an archaeologist and Research Affiliate at The Centre For Applied Archaeology University College London. He has worked extensively on development and conflict archaeology and excavated in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Central Asia, Iran and the Arab Middle East. He is currently the Sackler Scholar for Iran and Afghanistan at The British Museum and is a Fellow of The Royal Asiatic Society of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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This tour combines two of Central Asia’s most magical countries, linked by their shared importance along the legendary Silk Road. Explore the riches of Turkmenistan; the ancient capital of Nisa, the mysteries of Gonur Depe and the magnificent UNESCO sites of Merv and Kunya-Urgench. In Uzbekistan discover Khiva’s splendid palaces and mosques, the ancient domes of Bukhara, Samarkand’s spectacular Registan Square and Tashkent, the country’s 2,000 year old capital. l UNESCO World Heritage site of Merv l Samarkand’s Registan Square l Turquoise domes and bustling bazaars of the fabled Silk Road Day 8 Khiva, Bukhara – Cross the infamous Kizilkum Desert, with optional relaxing traditional ‘hammam’ on arrival in Bukhara (not included). Day 9 Bukhara – The former capital, Bukhara boasts over 300 mosques. Tour the city’s impressive highlights including the Kalon Minaret, beautiful madrasahs and Toki Sarrafon Trade Dome. Day 10 Bukhara – Visit Arc Citadel and Buyan Quli Khan Palace and harem with its collection of costumes and textiles. Discover Sitarah-i Mah-i and Khassah.

16 day tour 1 – 16 May 2014 11 – 26 September 2014 Tour Price including flights £3,675 per person Tour Price excluding flights £2,845 per person Single room supplement £335 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation on full board basis, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 November 2011 Insurance, additional meals, visas PRICES

Day 1 London/ Ashgabat – Fly overnight to Ashgabat.

Day 11 Shakhr-i-Sabz, Samarkand – Depart for

Day 2 Ashgabat – Morning at leisure. Afternoon city

Shakhr-i-Sabz, the birthplace of Timur, which holds the

tour including the Carpet Museum.

remains of the colossal arch from the Ak Serai or

Day 3 Nisa, Ashgabat/ Mary –Visit the UNESCO

‘White’ Palace. Continue to Samarkand.

heritage site of Nisa, ancient capital of the Parthian

Day 12 Samarkand – See the beautiful Gur-i Amir,

Empire. Return via Kipchak for Turkmenistan’s largest

Timur’s cenotaph and Registan Square, the most

mosque. Explore Ashgabat’s colourful Russian bazaar

spectacular architectural ensemble in Central Asia.

and National Museum before evening flight to Mary.

Day 13 Samarkand – Discover the remarkable Shah-i

Day 4 Gonur Depe – Drive to Gonur Depe, the centre of

Zinda complex and Ulugh Beg’s famous observatory.

a great 4,000 year old fire-worshipping civilisation, the

Day 14 Samarkand, Tashkent – Visit the ancient city of

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before gratuities

largest archaeological excavation in the Near East.

Afrosiab, including the museum and Mausoleum of the

departure N O T I Nare C Lconfirmed U D E D as shown. If booking within 6

Day 5 Merv/ Ashgabat – Explore Merv, the oldest and

Prophet Daniel. Train to Tashkent.

Insurance months of departure flight inclusive cost may be subject

most completely preserved oasis city on the Silk Route.

Day 15 Tashkent – City sightseeing including the old

toFchange dueF to LIGHT I Lflight E availability.

Fly back to Ashgabat.

16th century sector of the city, Fine Art Museum and

Day 6 Ashgabat/ Dashoguz, Khiva – Fly to Dashoguz

Tashkent’s famous Metro.

and visit the UNESCO site of Kunya-Urgench. Explore

Day 16 Tashkent/ London – Fly back to London.

the masterpieces of the former capital of the medieval

£3175

FLIGHTS (Single room supplement £375) Tour priceHeathrow/ without flights - £2675 via Istanbul London Ashgabat Tashkent/ London Heathrow via Istanbul IN CLUSIVE O F Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star

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Khorezmshah Empire before crossing the border into Uzbekistan. Overnight in Khiva. Day 7 Khiva – Visit the recently restored site of Khiva, with its impressive palaces, mosques and houses decorated in blue and white tiles.

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India & The Far East “Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old.” Rudyard Kipling

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Laos & Cambodia: A Cultural Journey With John Sanday OBE 12 – 24 January 2014

John Sanday OBE John Sanday OBE, FSA is an architect and specialist in historic monuments and sites. John started his career in Asia working for UNESCO in Kathmandu after which he went on to work in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. After spending 3 years with the Getty Foundation in California (1988 -91) John returned to Asia to establish conservation training programmes in Angkor. In 2004 John was awarded an OBE for his contribution to heritage conservation in Nepal and Cambodia. John is presently Global Heritage Fund’s (GHF) Asia Regional Director.

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This cultural journey begins in tranquil Laos, exploring the charming former royal capital Luang Prabang with its blend of traditional Buddhist temples and French colonial architecture. Then fly to Cambodia’s bustling capital, Phnom Penh, a chaotic hub so often overlooked by tourists, before culminating with Angkor for an extended exploration of the spiritual home of the Cambodian people. l l l

UNESCO listed Luang Prabang Phnom Penh’s treasures and secrets The extraordinary temple complex of Angkor Day 7 Phnom Penh/ Siem Reap – Fly to Siem Reap and spend the afternoon at leisure. Day 8 Angkor – Explore the fascinating Roluos group of temples, some of the earliest permanent Khmer structures dating from the late 9th century. In the afternoon you will visit the iconic Angkor Wat, part of the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. Day 9 Angkor – Enjoy a full day of temple visits including Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. In the

13 day tour 12 – 24 January 2014 PRICES Tour Price including flights £3,455 per person Tour Price excluding flights £2,260 per person Single room supplement £395 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation on B&B basis with some meals, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 November 2011 Insurance, additional meals, visas PRICES

Day 1 London/ Luang Prabang – Overnight flight.

afternoon explore Angkor Thom, the last and most

Day 2 Luang Prabang – Arrive in UNESCO protected

enduring city of the Khmer Empire, and the Bayon, its

Luang Prabang, ancient capital of the ‘Land of a

state temple.

Million Elephants’ and renowned for its beautifully

Day 10 Angkor – Experience the beauty of sunrise at

preserved architecture.

Angkor Wat and a morning tour of the exquisite carvings.

Day 3 Luang Prabang – Full day of city sightseeing

Later visit the magical jungle clad ruins of Ta Prohm.

visiting many of the city’s most impressive temples

Day 11 Angkor – Further day of sightseeing at Angkor.

including Wat Mai, Wat Visoun and Wat Xieng Thong, as

Discover the largely unrestored temple of Preah Khan

well as the National Museum. Enjoy a Baci welcome

and the striking redbrick temple of Prasat Kravan.

ceremony this evening.

Enjoy an evening performance of Khmer classical dance.

Day 4 Mekong River – Cruise the Mekong River, the

Day 12 Siem Reap/ London – A last chance to view

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‘heart and soul’ of South East Asia. Visit the

further spectacular temples from this memorable site,

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atmospheric Pak Ou Caves and return via a silk

with an afternoon at leisure and overnight flight via

departure cost may be subject to change F L I G H Tflight F I Linclusive E

weaving village.

Bangkok to London.

London Heathrow/Bangkok due to flight availability.

Day 5 Luang Prabang/ Phnom Penh – Morning flight

Day 13 London – Arrive back in London.

to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s bustling capital with afternoon to explore.

£3175

FLIGHTS (Single room supplement £375) Tour price flights - £2675 Flight timewithout from London: 16 hours London Heathrow/ I N C L U S I V E O F Luang Prabang via Bangkok Flights and allLondon taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star Siem Reap/ Heathrow via Bangkok

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities

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Day 6 Phnom Penh – Morning visit to the National Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of Khmer art, and the Silver pagoda within the Royal Palace. Optional afternoon visit to Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields for an insight into Cambodia’s recent past.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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N ew South India Sketchbook Tour With Maxine Relton RWA 9 – 23 February 2014

Maxine Relton RWA Maxine is a full-time, independent artist. She lives and works in Gloucestershire, teaches and lectures at home and abroad and exhibits widely. Her paintings, prints, drawings and travel journals can be viewed at her studio gallery any time by arrangement. She is an elected Academician at the Royal West of England Academy. All of the sketches shown here illustrate her work painted in situ in India.

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This journey has been designed for those who wish to experience a richly diverse culture combined with a chance to learn the art of quick, vivid sketching, even if you have little or no experience of drawing and painting. Equally welcome are those who simply enjoy sitting back and absorbing the endlessly fascinating sights and sounds. Your trip will make an important contribution to the charitable organisation SCAD (Social Change and Development), an NGO which supports and educates the underprivileged of the district. l l l

Visit the traditional rural heartland of India Amble through spice plantations on elephant-back Spend time in local villages, visiting SCAD projects the afternoon relax or participate in a sketching session with Maxine. Day 8 Thirunelveli, Madurai – Drive to Madurai where you will have some quiet relaxation time before visiting the Great Temple thronged with pilgrims, wedding parties, stalls and shrines. Day 9 Madurai, Thekkady – Drive from Madurai to Thekkady where you cross from Tamil Nadu into the state of Kerala, you then have the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

15 day tour 9 – 23 February 2014 PRICES Tour price including flights £3,440 per person Tour price excluding flights £2,650 per person Single room supplement £615 per person INCLUDED Flights, personal art tuition/tour guide/manager, accommodation full board, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 November 2011 Insurance, additional meals and drinks, visa PRICES

Day 1 London/ Dubai/ Trivandrum - Fly overnight to

Day 10 Thekkady – Enjoy a gentle guided amble

Trivandrum via Dubai.

through the fragrant spice plantations by elephant. In

Day 2 Trivandrum, Kovalam - Transfer to nearby

the evening attend a performance of the ancient

Kovalam with the rest of the day at leisure to acclimatise.

martial arts of Kerala.

Day 3 Kovalam, Thirunelveli - Travel to Thirunelveli

Day 11 Thekkady – A full day of leisure to explore the

along the eastern flank of the Ghats mountains stopping

area at your own pace.

en route for a picnic lunch and to sketch and photograph

Day 12 Thekkady, Backwaters of Alleppey – An early

a rarely visited ancient temple. Arrive at SCAD*.

start in order to reach your houseboat by lunchtime,

Day 4 Thirunelveli – Take a guided walk around the

where you will spend the next few days.

campus and visit various SCAD projects. This

Day 13 Backwaters of Alleppey - Spend the day

afternoon a trip to Thirunelveli town offers a chance to

leisurely cruising along the backwaters, stopping off at

Flight N O Tinclusive I N C L Ubookings D E D made 6 months before departure

visit Pothi’s impressive sari emporium to buy silks or

places of interest en route to experience daily life on the

Insurance are confirmed as shown. If booking within 6 months of

cotton for any clothes to be made up for you.

river banks.

departure cost may be subject to change F L I G H Tflight F I Linclusive E

Day 5 Thirunelveli – Visit a lively local school, followed

Day 14 Backwaters of Alleppey, Cochin – Disembark

London Heathrow/Bangkok due to flight availability.

by an afternoon at leisure or sketching in the lush

the houseboat and drive to Cochin. Afternoon exploring

green shade of the campus.

the historic quarters of Cochin, with a sunset view of

Day 6 Thirunelveli – Explore the tiny 7th century

the famed Chinese fishing nets.

ruined Hindu temple and enjoy views across the paddy

Day 15 Cochin/ London – Return flight to London

fields and banana plantations, with a quick stop in

via Dubai.

Cheranmahadevi to visit the small bustling town. Day 7 Thirunelveli – Meet local women helped by SCAD and learn about the process of sari weaving. In

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£3175

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accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities

TG911, 1230/0605*

Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow * Siem SCAD - This thriving NGO was established in Bangkok/London Heathrow 1985 by an extraordinary man called Cletus Babu TG910, 0110/0715 and a small group of friends. Together they committed themselves to “reach the unreached”, freeing some of India’s poorest and most neglected people from a life of grinding poverty and debt.

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N ew North India Uncovered: A Classic Introduction With Louise Nicholson 1–15 February 2014

Louise Nicholson Journalist, author, conservationist and lecturer – Louise has been leading tours to India for almost 30 years. An art historian by training, she has catalogued Indian art at Christie’s and worked on a TV series about the Mughal emperors. Her dozen books on India include the National Geographic guidebook. Her antecedents include Lord Cornwallis, Governor-General of India 1786-93, while her wide India interests stretch from textiles and gardens to cuisines and literature.

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This Indian adventure is a feast for the senses. With Louise Nicholson’s insights you will experience many sides of this extraordinary country, from vibrant Mumbai and Delhi to the elaborately decorated camels at the annual Nagaur Cattle Fair. Visit the ancient paintings and sculptures of Ajanta and the fairytale palaces of Jodhpur and Udaipur and finally the spell-binding Taj Mahal. Explore the rock cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora Experience the atmospheric annual Nagaur Cattle Fair Soak up the bustling atmosphere of Udaipur and visit the sublime Taj Mahal l l l

Jodhpur’s broad streets and signature blue and white houses add to its quaint charm. Day 8 Jodhpur, Nagaur – Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most the formidable forts in Rajasthan, which sits perched on a 150m high hill overlooking the city. Walk down through the old city discovering local traditions before a visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace and departing for Nagaur. Day 9 Jodhpur, Nagaur – Experience the Nagaur Cattle Fair, which is a thronging display of Rajasthani culture.

15 day tour 1 – 15 February 2014 PRICES Tour price including flights £4,995 per person Tour price excluding flights £4,295 per person Single room supplement £1,185 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer / manager, accommodation half board, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 November 2011 Insurance, additional meals, visa PRICES

Day 1 London/ Mumbai - Fly overnight to Mumbai.

The town becomes a sea of animals, trading over 70,000

Day 2 Mumbai/ Aurangabad – Explore the bustling

bullocks, camels and horses.

seaport of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) where

Day 10 Nagaur, Jaipur – Leave the bustle of the fair and drive

you will see superb examples of colonial architecture.

west to Jaipur, an essential stop on any tour of Rajasthan.

In the early evening fly to Aurangabad.

Day 11 Jaipur – Full day tour of the city including a

Day 3 Aurangabad – After a guided tour of Aurangabad

visit the Amber Fort which is a classic, romantic

drive to the ancient cave temples of Ellora. Visit the

Rajasthani Fort Palace, with rugged time-ravaged walls,

magnificent 8th century Kailasha Temple, possibly the

those who wish can take an elephant ride up to it.

world’s largest monolithic structure.

Day 12 Jaipur, Agra – Drive from Jaipur to Agra. En

Day 4 Aurangabad/ Mumbai – This morning visit the

route you will visit Fatehpur Sikri, situated about

exquisitely carved caves of Ajanta which date back to

twenty miles from Agra, this was the erstwhile capital

100 BC. In the early evening fly back to Mumbai.

of the great Mughal ruler - Emperor Akbar.

Day 5 Mumbai/ Udaipur – This morning you will have

Day 13 Agra, Delhi – Experience the Taj Mahal’s walled

Insurance are confirmed as shown. If booking within 6 months of

some time at leisure before transferring to the airport

gardens in the early morning, before visiting Agra Fort.

departure cost may be subject to change F L I G H Tflight F I Linclusive E

for your flight north to Udaipur. Spend the rest of the

In the early evening take an express train to Delhi.

day soaking up the lakeside beauty and atmosphere of

Day 14 Delhi – Visit Old Delhi, taking a bicycle

this friendly city.

rickshaw through the lanes to Jama Masjid. Lunch in

Day 6 Udaipur – Explore the best Udaipur has to offer,

central Delhi will be followed by visits to Sir Edwin

including a visit to the imposing City Palace which

Lutyen’s Garden city and a number of other sites.

towers over Pichola Lake. In the early evening cruise

Day 15 Delhi/ London – Return flight back to London.

£3175

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accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities

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London Heathrow/Bangkok due to flight availability.

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across the lake to watch the sunset. Day 7 Udaipur, Jodhpur – Drive to Jodhpur via Ranakpur. A true representation of a by-gone era,

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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Burma: Golden Earth With Rory MacLean 13 – 27 March 2014 October 2014

Rory MacLean An acclaimed writer and broadcaster, Rory Maclean is author of nine travel books, including the UK best seller Under the Dragon about his journeys in Burma. Rory’s books have won numerous awards and were shortlisted twice for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Prize. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. A seasoned Burma observer for many years, he’s an ideal companion to help unlock this beguiling country.

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As Burma seeks to shrug off decades of self-imposed isolation and rejoin the world stage, there has never been a better time to visit. Discover ancient Bagan, experience colourful rural life and sail on the historic Irrawaddy River, while learning of Burma’s rich history and potential future. l l l

Bagan, a vast plain of pagodas to rival Angkor Irrawaddy River cruise from Bagan to Mandalay The serene and tranquil waters of Inle Lake Day 8 & 9 Irrawaddy River – Sail upriver observing the unfolding drama of daily river life. Excursions to Yandabo, a small rural village famous for traditional terracotta pots, and the former capital of Ava. Day 10 Irrawaddy, Mandalay – Morning sightseeing in Sagaing, the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Burma and famous for its silversmiths, before disembarking in Mandalay. Afternoon visit to Amarapura for the impressive almost mile long U Bein’s Bridge which spans Taungthaman Lake.

Day 1 London/ Yangon – Overnight flight to Yangon.

Day 11 Mingun, Mandalay – Morning excursion by

Day 2 Yangon – Arrive in Yangon (Rangoon), Burma’s

local ferry to Mingun, home to the world’s largest

former capital.

uncracked bell. Return to Mandalay with a chance to

Day 3 Yangon – Morning at leisure. Afternoon visit to

visit the excellent market or spend at leisure.

the National Museum and old colonial centre,

Day 12 Mandalay/ Inle Lake – Short flight to Heho

concluding at the 2,500 year old Shwedagon Pagoda

visiting Taunggyi en route to Inle Lake. Home of the

for sunset.

Intha fishermen, the unusual ‘one-legged’ rowers, with

Day 4 Yangon/ Bagan – Early flight to Bagan, Burma’s

stilt villages and beautiful pagodas an enchanting place.

ancient capital of 13,000 temples, one of the great sites

Day 13 Inle Lake – Explore the lake by boat visiting the

of Southeast Asia. Afternoon exploring Bagan.

ruined Indein Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung monastery.

Day 5 Bagan – Full day’s sightseeing at Bagan visiting

Day 14 Inle Lake/ Yangon/ London – Early flight back

the great Shwezigon Paya, Ananda Temple and

to Yangon with time to visit Bogyoke market and the

Abeyadana Temple. Evening marionette performance.

Sule Pagoda. Overnight flight back to London.

Day 6 Mount Popa – Optional early morning balloon

Day 15 London – Arrive in London.

ride over Bagan’s thousand year old pagodas (not included in tour price). Drive to Mount Popa, a pilgrimage site for centuries. Day 7 Bagan, Irrawaddy River – Morning visit to a lacquer making workshop, a local speciality. Afternoon embark on your four day journey up the Irrawaddy to Mandalay on the specially chartered RV Amara boat.

15 day tour 13 – 27 March 2014 October 2014* PRICE Tour Price including flights £3,990 per person Tour Price excluding flights £2,995 per person Single room/cabin supplement in hotel & on boat £890 per person Single room supplement in hotel only £375 per person 18 days *Please for October 12 to see 29website November 2011pricing & dates PRICES

GROUP £3175 SIZE Limited to a supplement maximum£375) of 12, due to the size (Single room ofTour theprice boatwithout flights - £2675 IN CLUSIVE O F

Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star INCLUDED accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation N O T I N C L U D Eon D half board with some Insurance lunches, gratuities additional FLIGHT FILE

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Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow FLIGHTS TG910, 0110/0715

Flight time from London: 15 hours London Heathrow/ Yangon via Bangkok Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before departure are confirmed as shown. If booking within 6 months of departure flight inclusive cost may be subject to change due to flight availability.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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Bhutan & Nepal: Land of the Thunder Dragon With Zara Fleming 10 – 22 April 2014

Zara Fleming Zara Fleming is an art historian specialising in Tibetan and Himalayan art, and has travelled extensively throughout these mountain regions. She’s led tours to the Himalaya and beyond for many years and first visited Bhutan in 1976. She is Vice President of the charity, The Tibet Relief Fund.

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For centuries isolated from the forces of change by its inaccessibility, Bhutan is the last surviving kingdom in the Himalayas. Timed for the colourful Paro festival (tsechu) and the first flowering rhododendrons of the spring, experience ancient temples and distinctive monastic fortresses (dzongs) set amidst spectacular mountain scenery. l Experience the Paro tsechu, a colourful and atmospheric festival l Spectacular scenery of the Eastern Himalaya l The charming Bhutanese people Thimphu and visit the School of Traditional Arts and the magnificent Tashicho dzong, built in 1641.

13 day tour 10 – 22 April 2014

Day 7 Thimphu – Explore Thimphu, the early Changangka temple, the Memorial Chorten and the fascinating Textile Museum. In the afternoon drive along the Begana Valley and walk up to Cheri Monastery. Day 8 Thimphu, Punakha Valley – Today drive from Thimphu over the Dochu-la Pass to the Punakha Valley. Visit the beautifully renovated Punakha dzong, built on the confluence of two rivers. An optional evening walk

PRICE Tour Price including flights £3,995 per person Tour Price excluding flights £3,185 per person Single room supplement £470 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation with half board in Nepal and full board in Bhutan, gratuities 18 days 12 to 29 November 2011 EXCLUDED PRICES Insurance and additional meals, visas £3175

Day 1 London/ Delhi – Fly overnight to Delhi.

across the paddy fields to the 15th century fertility

Day 2 Delhi/ Kathmandu – Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal.

temple of Chime Lhakhang, built by the ‘Divine

Day 3 Kathmandu – Explore the city, including Durbar

Madman’, Drukpa Kinley.

Square, the historical heart of Kathmandu, and the

Day 9 Gangtey Valley – Drive to the Gangtey Valley,

hilltop stupa of Swayambhunath. Lunch in the

enjoying the beautiful rhododendrons en route. Visit

medieval city of Patan, then walk around the Tibetan

the hilltop Gangtey Gompa and enjoy a walk in this

area surrounding the Bodnath stupa.

beautiful area.

Day 4 Kathmandu – This morning visit Pashupatinath,

Day 10 Paro Valley – Drive back to the Paro Valley over

the most sacred of all Hindu temples in Nepal, situated

the Chela La Pass to visit its 16th century dzong.

on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. After lunch

Day 11 Paro Valley – Morning walk up to the

Flight N O Tinclusive I N C L Ubookings D E D made 6 months before

continue to Bhaktapur, home of medieval art and

impressive Takstang Monastery, or Tiger’s Nest, built

Insuranceare confirmed as shown. If booking within 6 departure

architecture, also known as the ‘City of Devotees’.

over Padmasambhava’s original meditation cave. A

months ofTdeparture FLIGH F I L E flight inclusive cost may be subject

Day 5 Kathmandu/ Paro – Fly to Paro in Bhutan. This

short visit to see the Drukgyel Dzong, if time allows,

toLondon changeHeathrow/Bangkok due to flight availability.

afternoon attend the impressive Paro tsechu and witness

before visiting the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of

this historical festival, staged in honour of the 8th

the most sacred shrines in the whole of Bhutan. Time

century guru, Padmasambhava. Dance ceremonies are

at leisure to visit the Paro Bazaar.

performed by monks in spectacular costumes, watched

Day 12 Paro/ Kathmandu – Fly back to Kathmandu for

by the local population dressed in all their finery.

overnight stay.

Day 6 Paro, Thimphu – On the final day of the tsechu

Day 13 Kathmandu/ London – Fly back to London

watch the auspicious early morning unfurling of the

via Delhi.

(Single room supplement £375) Tour price without flights - £2675 FLIGHTS Flight 12 hours I N C Ltime U S I Vfrom E O London: F Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star London Heathrow/ Kathmandu via Delhi

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities

TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

giant thangka of Padmasambhava. Drive on to

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Mongolia: Land of Nomads With Jane Blunden 25 July – 7 August 2014

Jane Blunden A writer and journalist living in Gloucestershire, Jane has specialised in Mongolia for the past 30 years.  In the early 80s she played a fundamental role in the reintroduction of wild horses (the Przewalski horse) to the region and has been frequenting Mongolia ever since. Extremely well travelled, an experienced tour leader, and a prolific writer on the topic of Mongolia, Jane is currently updating her 3rd edition of the Bradt Travel guide.  In more recent years she founded the Hibernian Oriental Society with her sister, a specialist in Chinese art.

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Discover how Mongolia is reasserting its strong nomadic roots, while exploring its interpretation and expression of Buddhism. Many monasteries have re-opened, monastic life flourishes and Genghis Khan is once more celebrated as hero and father of the Mongol people. Explore this vast country’s varied landscapes from its expansive steppes to the desert sands of the Gobi. l l l

Explore the upland steppes of the arid Gobi Reserve Overnight in traditional gers & delve into a nomadic way of life The elusive Argali Sheep, the Siberian Ibex and the Przewalski horse Day 6 Hustai National Park – Take a morning trek through the national park with stunning views over the Moltog Sands and the partly forested Hustai Mountains. En route there may be opportunities to see red deer, black vultures and numerous types of raptor such as eagles and falcons. Day 7 Hairhan Mountains, Arburd Sands – Drive across the steppes to the sacred Zorgol Hairhan mountains, where you may be able to see the elusive Argali sheep or Siberian Ibex, having explored the area

14 day tour 25 July – 7 August 2014 Tour Price including flights £3,495 per person Tour Price excluding flights £2,430 per person Single room supplement £395 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation on full board, gratuities

Day 1 London/ Ulaanbaatar – Fly overnight to

you then visit the nearby petroglyphs. Continue your

Ulaanbaatar.

journey across the rolling grasslands to your ger camp

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar – Morning at leisure. Afternoon

in Arburd Sands.

visit to Gandan Monastery, guided by a lama and the

Day 8 Arburd Sands – A full day to discover this

Natural History Museum.

striking area of steppes and sands dunes. Visit a local

Day 3 Harhorin (Karakorum) – Drive to Harhorin

nomadic family and experience traditional Mongolian

(Karakorum), location of the capital of the Mongol

horse racing.

Empire under Ögödei Khan. Visit Erdenezuu Monastery

Day 9 Ulaanbaatar – After breakfast return to

which was the largest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar. Afternoon at leisure.

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities departure are confirmed as shown. If booking within 6

with 1,000 monks and some 100 temples. Although only

Day 10 Ulaanbaatar, Ikn Nart – Depart the capital

months inclusive cost may be N O T of I Ndeparture C L U D E flight D

walls and three temples remain, Erdenezuu is still one of

heading east by train to Ikn Nart, located on the upland

Insurance subject to change due to flight availability.

Mongolia’s most fascinating sites.

of the arid Gobi steppes with huge rock formations and

Day 4 Högnö Khan Mountain – Visit Erdenekhombo, a

crevices scattered across the region.

small temple monastery, and ruined Övgön

Day 11 & 12 Ikn Nart – Explore this amazing Gobi

monastery. Explore the area on foot in the afternoon.

reserve, meeting Gobi nomads and an opportunity to

Day 5 Högnö Khan Uul, Hustai National Park – Depart

visit a nearby prehistoric dinosaur site.

FLIGHT FILE London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

east over the treeless steppes for the Högnö Khan Uul

Day 13 Ikn Nart, Ulaanbaatar – Drive back to the capital.

area, where many nomadic herdsmen live. Continue to

Day 14 Ulaanbaatar/ London – Return flight to London.

EXCLUDED 18 days Insurance, 12 to 29 visa November 2011 PRICES

FLIGHTS £3175 Flight London: 16 hours (Singletime roomfrom supplement £375) Tour priceHeathrow/ without flights - £2675 London Ulaanbaatar via Istanbul IN CLUSIVE O F Flights and all bookings taxes, tourmade lecturer/manager, 2-4 star Flight inclusive 6 months before

Hustai National Park for a late afternoon game drive to see herds of Przewalski horses, which have been reintroduced into the region, having once been extinct.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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N ew Tibet: Ancient Civilisation & Culture With John Bellezza 13 – 25 July 2014

John Bellezza John Bellezza is a prolific writer, research scholar and explorer with over twenty-five years of intensive exploration, research and experience in the Himalayas. John speaks Tibetan, Hindi, Urdu, Western Pahari, Nepali and Spanish. His other distinctions include being selected as one of the 120 greatest contemporary explorers, Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives, by Jason Schoonover and is a senior research fellow in the Tibet Centre, in the University of Virginia.

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This journey takes you into the depths of the Tibetan Plateau through spectacular mountain landscapes. Learn of Tibet’s culture, heritage and deep rooted Buddhist beliefs which permeate through all levels of society. You will explore the capital city of Lhasa, as well as the smaller more traditional cities of Gyantse and Shigatse. l l l

The iconic Potala Palace, winter residence of the Dalai Lama Nam Tso Lake, the cradle of Tibetan Civilisation The cobbled streets of Shigatse and Gyantse Day 7 Nam Tso Lake - Drive north to Nam Tso Lake, a striking azure saltwater lake, the largest in Tibet and the cradle of Tibetan civilisation. Day 8 Lhasa, Gyangtse – Depart Lhasa and continue your journey to Gyangtse. Visit the Great Kumbum pinnacle and roam the cobbled streets of this

13 day tour 13 – 25 July 2014 Tour Price including flights £3,495 per person Tour Price excluding flights £2,540 per person Single room supplement £295 per person

traditional city. Day 9 Gyangtse, Shigatse - Visit a pottery making workshop en route to Shigatse, and the Panchen Lama’s estate. Day 1 London/ Chengdu - Overnight flight to Chengdu.

Day 10 Shigatse - A full day tour of Shigatse, the second

Day 2 Chengdu - Morning at leisure and an optional

largest city in Tibet. Enjoy a visit to the Tashilhunpo

afternoon orientation tour of Chengdu including a visit

monastery, built in 1447 and known in part for the

to the Giant Panda Research base.

grandeur and opulence of some of its decoration. You

Day 3 Chengdu, Lhasa - Fly to Lhasa, the beating heart

will then have time at leisure to explore the bustling

of Tibet, and the home of the Dalai Lama. Afternoon at

markets of the old city.

leisure to acclimatise.

Day 11 Shigatse, Tsetang - Drive from Shigatse to

Day 4 Lhasa - Morning visit to the Norbulingka, the

Tsetang stopping off at the Bon Monastery of

former summer residence of the Dalai Lama. After

Yungdrungling en route. Yungdrungling sits

lunch drive to one of Tibet’s largest monasteries, the

picturesquely above the east bank of the Nyanchu

Sera. It has a population of approximately 600 monks

River near its confluence with the Brahmaputra.

and you will witness their daily and often lively debate.

Day 12 Tsetang, Lhasa/ Chengdu - Visit the Valley of

Day 5 Lhasa - Visit the imposing Potala Palace.

the Kings and learn of prehistoric civilisation in Tibet.

Construction of the Palace began in 1645, taking over

After lunch fly to Chengdu.

50 years to complete and as one of the architectural

Day 13 - Chengdu/ London – Return flight to London.

wonders of the world, it still stands in powerful testament to its creators. Visits today will also include the Jokhang Temple and the Thousand Buddha Wall.

INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation on half board, gratuities EXCLUDED Insurance, additional meals, visas 18 days 12 to 29 November 2011 FLIGHTS Flight P R I Ctime E S from London: 13 hours London £3175 Heathrow/ Chengdu (Single room supplement £375)

Tour price without flightsmade - £2675 Flight inclusive bookings 6 months before I N C L U Sare I Vconfirmed E O F as shown. If booking within 6 departure Flightsof and all taxes,flight tour inclusive lecturer/manager, months departure cost may 2-4 be star

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities

subject to change due to flight availability.

NOT IN CLUDED Insurance FLIGHT FILE London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

Day 6 Yerpa Valley - Drive out of Lhasa to one of Tibet’s holiest cave retreats, Drak Yerpa, which is located in the spectacular limestone cliffs of the Yerpa Valley. After a morning’s exploration in the valley you will visit the Ganden Monastery.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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Kashmir: A Journey from Srinigar to Ladakh With John Bellezza 2 – 16 October 2014

John Bellezza John Bellezza is a prolific writer, research scholar and explorer with over twentyfive years of intensive exploration, research and experience in the Himalayas. John speaks Tibetan, Hindi, Urdu, Western Pahari, Nepali and Spanish. His other distinctions include being selected as one of the 120 greatest contemporary explorers, Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives, by Jason Schoonover and is a senior research fellow in the Tibet Centre, in the University of Virginia.

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In a country full of evocative places, nowhere embodies the mystique and otherness of India, quite like Kashmir. Trace the history of Srinigar from its early Hindu and Buddhist rulers through to the Mughals, the Sikhs and the British. From this predominantly Muslim region of Kashmir, travel to Ladakh, one of the last remaining strongholds of Buddhism in India. l l l

Explore Kashmir’s lesser known waterways of Srinigar’s Dal Lake Stay on a traditional Kashmiri houseboat Attend morning prayer ceremonies at Buddhist monasteries fascinating cities, including a visit to Leh Market, the Central Asian Museum, LAMO and Leh Palace. In the afternoon visit Gompa Soma, drive to Changspa to view the ancient stupa and enjoy a sunset view at Shanti stupa.

15 day tour 2 – 16 October 2014

Day 9 Leh – The day will start with morning prayer at Thiksey monastery – a fitting way to start a day on which you will be shown some of Ladakh’s finest monasteries and palaces, such as Nyarma, Hemis and Shey. Day 1 London/ Delhi – Overnight flight

Day 10 Uleytokpo Camp – A morning exploring Alchi,

Day 2 Delhi – Guided tour of Delhi including a cycle

a treasure trove of Buddhist art and history. This

rickshaw ride through the Old City and a tour of

morning there will also be time to visit the Tibetan

Humayun’s Tomb – beautiful in the late afternoon

settlements of Choglamsar and then later in the day

sunlight.

you will see Ridzong Nunnery and Ridzong Monastery,

Day 3 Srinigar - Fly to Srinigar. Afternoon shikara boat

beautifully situated in a gorge.

trip on Dal Lake.

Day 11 Tingmoshgam – Today, you will visit Da Hanu

Day 4 Srinigar – Explore the ancient city of Srinigar,

to see the Brokpa, the last Caucasian Buddhists of the

visiting the impressive Mughal gardens, the fascinating

Himalaya. Later in the day when you return to

old city and the mosques of Jama Masjid and Hazrat Bal.

Tingmoshgam, there will be time to explore this

Day 5 Srinigar, Gulmarg – A beautifully scenic drive

affluent village and visit its monastery.

from Srinigar to Gulmarg, a hill station in the shadow

Day 12 Back to Leh – Start the day with a breakfast

of mighty Himalayan peaks and a recent winter

courtesy of a local family in a Ladakhi kitchen. Visit the

playground for affluent Indians. Take an easy trek in

oldest village in the region, Tia, known for its

the Himalayan foothills and enjoy a picnic while taking

labyrinthine layout and then go onto Lamayuru

in the fresh mountain air and the spectacular views.

monastery before heading back to Leh.

Day 6 Srinigar – A full day shikara boat excursion,

Day 13 Delhi – Fly to Delhi with the rest of the day

starting with a visit to the floating vegetable market in

at leisure.

the morning and then enjoying a peaceful exploration

Day 14 Delhi/ London - Return flight to London.

of Dal Lake’s waterways, interacting with the local

Day 15 London - Arrive London.

Tour price including flights £3,695 per person Tour price excluding flights £3,095 per person Single room supplement £645 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer / guide, hotel accommodation, most meals, gratuities EXCLUDED 18 days Insurance, meals and drinks, visa 12 to 29 additional November 2011 PRICES

FLIGHTS £3175 Flight London: 8 hours (Singletime roomfrom supplement £375) Tour priceHeathrow/ without flights - £2675 London Delhi IN CLUSIVE O F Flights and all bookings taxes, tourmade lecturer/manager, 2-4 star Flight inclusive 6 months before

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities departure are confirmed as shown. If booking within 6 months inclusive cost may be subject N O T of I Ndeparture C L U D E flight D toInsurance change due to flight availability.

FLIGHT FILE London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

communities that live on, and around the lake. Day 7 Leh – Fly to Leh and have the afternoon at leisure to allow for acclimitisation. Day 8 Leh – Full day to explore one of India’s most

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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North Korea: The Hermit Kingdom With James Hoare 7 – 17 October 2014

James Hoare Jim Hoare has a PhD in Japanese history from SOAS University of London. He joined the British Diplomatic Service as a Research Analyst in 1969 and for the next 30 years worked mainly on China, Japan and the two Koreas. In addition to many visits to the region, he served in the British embassies in Seoul and Beijing, and his last job was as the first British representative in Pyongyang, North Korea, where he established the British embassy in 2001 - 02. He retired in 2003, and since then has been a frequent broadcaster, teacher and writer, mainly on North Korea.

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Practically untouched by tourism, North Korea’s self-imposed isolation, where little has changed in decades, makes it hugely intriguing. Travel is strictly controlled and a government guide will escort you throughout; but the experience is like no other. Gain fascinating insights into a nation still doggedly following a fifty year old political path, where mobile phones and the internet are still unknown and total obedience to the state is unquestioned. For many this is more than enough reason to go. l North Korea’s culture, both ancient and modern l Fascinating insight into this unique ‘pariah’ state l Lecturer’s anecdotal commentary having lived in DPRK for views over the old city and the magnificently preserved Tomb of King Kongmin, 31st King of the Koryo

11 day tour 7 – 17 October 2014

Dynasty. Overnight in a traditional Korean-style inn. Day 7 Kaesong, Pyongyang – Morning visit to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) at Panmunjon, the most heavily fortified border in the world. Continue on to Pakyon Waterfall for lunch. Afternoon visit to the Tomb of King Wangon and the Manwoldae Palace site before returning to Pyongyang along the Friendship Highway. Day 8 Pyongyang – Today head to the Victorious

Tour Price including flights £3,995 per person Tour Price excluding flights £3,115 per person Single room supplement £385 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation on full board basis in North Korea and half board basis in Beijing, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 November 2011 Insurance, additional meals, visas PRICES

Day 1 London/ Beijing – Fly overnight to Beijing.

Fatherland Liberation War Museum, USS Pueblo (a US

Day 2 Beijing – Arrive in Beijing with afternoon briefing.

spy ship captured in 1968), Mansudae Art Studio and

Day 3 Beijing/ Pyongyang – Fly to Pyongyang with

ride the elaborately decorated Metro Pyongyang.

afternoon tour of the Arch of Triumph, Fountain Park

Afternoon to include Pyongyang’s Film Studio, where

and Mansudaue Grand Monument.

you can walk amongst the sets, and optional visit to

Day 4 Pyongyang – Full day’s city tour of Pyongyang

Taesong Department store, one of the only places that

including Kumsusan Palace, Kim Il Sung’s Mausoleum,

foreigners and Koreans can go in together. Dinner at

Revolutionary Martyr’s Cemetery and Kwanbok

the popular Diplomatic Club.

Temple, and Pyongyang Botanical Gardens. After lunch

Day 9 Pyongyang, Beijing – Travel back to Beijing by

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before gratuities

take a lift up the 150 metre high Juche Tower, stroll

overnight train, crossing the border at Sinuiju/ Dandong.

departure N O T I Nare C Lconfirmed U D E D as shown. If booking within 6

through Kim II Sung Square and visit the Foreign

Day 10 Beijing – Morning arrival into Beijing.

Insurance months of departure flight inclusive cost may be subject

Language Bookshop.

Afternoon at leisure.

toFchange dueF to LIGHT I Lflight E availability.

Day 5 Pyongyang, Nampo – View the paintings,

Day 11 Beijing/ London – Return flight to London.

ceramics and lacquerware of the Central Art Gallery before travelling outside the city to the nearby

**Please note that any journey to North Korea is strictly

UNESCO nominated tombs at Kangso and the Koguryo

controlled. It is essential to acknowledge that you will

period tombs at Tokhungni, many with beautiful wall

have no freedom during your stay and that you will be

paintings. Overnight near Nampo.

escorted by government approved guides at all times.

Day 6 Nampo, Kaesong – Drive south to the impressive

Typically the Mass Games are only confirmed at

ancient Korean capital of Kaesong, visiting the Koryo

relatively short notice and may change.

£3175

FLIGHTS (Single room supplement £375) Tour price flights - £2675 Flight timewithout from London: 11 hours London Heathrow/ I N C L U S I V E O F Beijing Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star

London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* EXTENSION IDEA Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Extend your stay in China and visit the Great Bangkok/London Heathrow Wall, Xian’s Terracotta Warriors or further afield, TG910, 0110/0715 arranged on a tailor-made basis. Please call to discuss.

Museum, a preserved Confucian museum, Jannam Hill

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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Africa “If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.” David Livingstone

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Ethiopia Uncovered With William Taylor 2 – 14 February 2014 9 – 21 November 2014

William Taylor is a writer and broadcaster on the Islamic world and Orthodox Churches. He has travelled extensively throughout the Balkans, Middle East and Central Asia and speaks Syriac, Arabic and Turkish. His publications include Light from the East, Christians in the Holy Land and Antioch and Canterbury. His PhD was on Orthodox Churches in the late Ottoman period.

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With immense scenery and a remarkable culture, Ethiopia is a front runner for Africa’s most unique country. The history is ancient yet alive and vibrant, with places like Lalibela, Axum and Gondar possessing a captivating and almost supernatural aura. When combined with Ethiopia’s remarkable people, it is little wonder that the country leaves an indelible impression on all those who visit. l Explore the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, one of the wonders of the ancient world l Visit the auspicious and enigmatic stelae of Axum l Discover the fortresses of Gondar, known as the “Camelot of Africa” Day 6 Lalibela – Fly to Lalibela, known as “The New Jerusalem” and “The Eighth Wonder of the World” thanks to its exceptional 13th century rock-hewn churches. Explore the northern complex of these unique churches, culminating with the masterpiece,

13 day tour 2 – 14 February 2014 9 – 21 November 2014 Tour Price including flights £2,895 per person Tour Price excluding flights £2,340 per person Single room supplement £260 per person

Bet Giorgis. Day 7 Lalibela – Travel north to the remarkably preserved church of Ymrahanna Kristos, built in Axumite style within a huge cave. Return to Lalibela to the southern church complex Day 1 London/ Addis Ababa – Fly overnight.

Day 8 Gondar – Fly to Gondar, known as the “Camelot

Day 2 Addis Ababa - City tour including Mount Entoto

of Africa” due to its many forts and castles.

and the churches of Bet Maryam and Archangel Raguel.

Day 9 Gondar – Full day to explore Gondar, with a visit

Day 3 Addis Ababa - Explore the National

to the Royal Enclosure, the Bathing Palace of Fasilades

Archaeological Museum, the Institute of Ethiopian

and the Debre Birhan Selassie Church.

Studies, Trinity Church (which houses the tomb of

Day 10 Bahir Dar – Drive to Gorgora on the northern

Emperor Haile Selassie) and Emperor Menelik’s

banks of Lake Tana, from where a boat will take you to

Mausoleum.

Bahir Dar. Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile and

Day 4 Axum – Fly to Axum, the ancient seat of an

is home to a number of ancient monasteries, located

empire that extended to Arabia. Explore the stelae park

on islands around the Zenge Peninsula.

(burial place of 3rd and 4th century kings), the

Day 11 Bahir Dar – Visit the source of the Nile and the

Maryam Tsion Cathedral, the ruins at Dungur, the new

Tis Abbay Monastery in the morning before returning

museum and the hilltop tombs of King Kaleb and King

to town for an afternoon at leisure.

Gebre Meskal.

Day 12 Addis Ababa - Fly to Addis with the rest of the

Day 5 Adwa & Yeha – Adwa is of huge significance to

day at leisure (day use of hotel available).

Ethiopians as it was here that Emperor Menelik II

Day 13 Addis Ababa/ London – Return flight to

defeated the Italian Army in 1896 on their first attempt

London.

to colonize Ethiopia. Visit Yeha, Ethiopia’s first city settlement dating back 2,800 years.

INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation with full board apart from B&B in Addis, 18 days - gratuities 12 to 29 November 2011 EXCLUDED PRICES Insurance and additional meals, visa £3175 (Single room supplement £375) Tour price without flights - £2675 FLIGHTS Flight hours I N C LTimes: U S I V E9 O F Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star London Heathrow/ Addis Ababa

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities

Flight N O Tinclusive I N C L Ubookings D E D made 6 months before

Insuranceare confirmed as shown. If booking within departure 6Fmonths L I G H of T departure F I L E flight inclusive cost may be

LondontoHeathrow/Bangkok subject change due to flight availability.

TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow “Exceptional service provided TG910, 0110/0715

by Assefa (local guide). He organised everything to perfection”. Trish Newman, February 2013

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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Sudan: Upper Nubia, The Edge of Empire With Dr Robert Morkot 30 December 2014 – 10 January 2015

Dr Robert Morkot Dr Robert Morkot is a senior lecturer in archaeology in the University of Exeter. He is a leading authority on the relationship between Pharaonic Egypt and Nubia (Kush), and on the 25th Dynasty. He has written several books and many articles including The Black Pharaohs: Egypt’s Nubian rulers, was former Chairman of ASTENE (Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East) and is current chairman of The Society for Libyan Studies.

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Sudan’s Nile Valley, Upper Nubia, abounds with impressive remains of the Egyptian and Kushite empires. A crossroads between Africa and the Mediterranean world for millennia, explore Nubia’s unique fusion of local and Egyptian art and religion. From the UNESCO sites of Gebel Barkal and Meroe through the great temples at Soleb, to Kerma, capital of the first Kushite kingdom. l l l

The pyramids of Meroe set in beautiful desert The remote Coptic church at Dongola The friendliest, most hospitable people Day 7 Nuri, El Kurru – Explore the pyramids and temples of UNESCO Jebel Barkal. Visit the Kushite royal cemetery at El Kurru and the pyramids and royal cemeteries at Nuri. Day 8 Kerma, Tombos – Head east through the Nubian Desert for Selim village and the majestic ‘deffufa’ mudbrick structure at Kerma, seat of the first independent kingdom of Kush. Overnight in Tombos. Day 9 Sai Island, Soleb, Tombos – Drive north to the small village of Abri and take a ferry across the Nile to

Day 1 London/ Khartoum – Overnight flight to Khartoum.

the Island of Sai to visit it’s Ottoman fort, medieval

Day 2 Khartoum – Morning arrival and afternoon visit

church and Kushite cemetery. On to the temple of

to the fine collections of the Sudan National Museum.

Soleb built by Amenhotep III, the best preserved of

Day 3 Khartoum – Continue your city tour of

Sudan’s Egyptian temples.

Khartoum including the historic Omburman for the

Day 10 Old Dongola, Tombos – Visit the archaeological

Khalifa House, tomb of the Mahdi, the historic gunboat

ruins at Old Dongola, where there is a Christian Coptic

The Melik and Omdurman Souq.

temple on the Nile. A leisurely picnic will be taken in a

Day 4 Musawwarat, Naqa, Meroe – Drive to the

Nubian home and you will get the chance to visit some

Meroitic site at Musawwarat es Sufra and on to Meroe

private houses. On to Tombos for the granite quarries

via the well-preserved Lion Temple at Naqa.

and Sebu rock engravings by the Nile.

Day 5 Meroe – Full day exploring the impressive ruined

Day 11 Karima, Khartoum – Journey south through

royal city of Meroe, a UNESCO site.

the western desert via Wadi Muqaddam back to

Day 6 Atbara, Bayuda Desert, Karima - Continue

Khartoum.

north to the royal necropolis of Meroe, the ancient

Day 12 London/ Khartoum – Return flight to London.

Kushite capital. Reach Atbara with the chance to visit the site of the 1889 Good Friday battle between Kitchener’s forces and the Mahdi. Cross the Nile and enter the Bayuda Desert. Overnight in Karima.

12 day tour 30 December 2014 – 10 January 2015 Tour Price including flights £3,995 per person Tour Price excluding flights £3,370 per person Single room supplement £450 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/manager, accommodation on full board, except B&B in Khartoum, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 November 2011 Insurance, visa PRICES £3175

FLIGHTS (Single room supplement £375) Tour price without flights - £2675 Flight Time: 11 hours London Gatwick/ I N C L U S I V E O F Khartoum via Cairo Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before gratuities departure N O T I Nare C Lconfirmed U D E D as shown. If booking within 6

Insurance months of departure flight inclusive cost may be subject toFchange dueF to LIGHT I Lflight E availability.

London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow “A magnificent opportunity Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

to see archaeological sites in Nubia. Good camping, good company and good entertainment”. E. Herbert, November - 2012

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N ew South Africa: Battlefields & Game of KwaZulu Natal With Rob Caskie 3 –12 September 2014

Rob Caskie Rob Caskie was born and raised in KwaZulu Natal and served with Zulu troops, before working as photographic safari guide in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and working alongside David Rattray for many years guiding on battlefields. Whilst specialising in the history and wildlife of South Africa, he also guides in the Sudan, and Antarctica, and conducts regular lecture tours to the UK and delights in sharing his home province with visitors.

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The battlefields of the Zulu and Boer Wars of the late 19th century have come to symbolise the best and worst of human history. Tales of unbelievable bravery abound from these wars, from a time when warfare bore no resemblance to the high-tech combat of today. While many of the stories are from the pages of Boy’s Own, Rob Caskie conveys the emotions and the sacrifice of war in a profound and informed fashion. l Rob Caskie’s deep understanding of Zulu and Boer War history l The battlefields of Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and Blood River l Game drives in the wildlife rich Nambiti Game Reserve Lodge for 2 nights and en route cover the Battle of Colenso (1899), a Boer War battlefield and the site of a humiliating defeat for the British. It was during this time that Winston Churchill was captured while reporting on the Boer War. Nature walk in the afternoon. Day 6 Three Tree Hill – Battle of Spioenkop all morning followed by an afternoon walk to Boer positions on Ntambanyama Range. Day 7 Nambiti Game Reserve – Arrive in time for lunch at Nambiti Hills. Nambiti Game Reserve is rich in birdlife and indigenous flora and is home to elephant,

10 day tour 3 – 12 September 2014 Tour price including flights £2,545 per person Tour price excluding flights £1,795 per person Single room supplement £525 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer / manager, hotel accommodation with full board, gratuities EXCLUDED 18 days Insurance 12 to 29 November 2011 PRICES

FLIGHTS £3175 Flight London: 13 hours (Singletime roomfrom supplement £375) Tour priceHeathrow/ without flights - £2675 London Johannesburg / Durban Durban / London Heathrow I N C L U /S IJohannesburg VE OF

Day 1 London/Durban – Fly to Durban via

rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. Afternoon game drive.

Johannesburg.

Day 8 Nambiti Game Reserve – Morning and afternoon

Day 2 Durban/Isandlwana - Drive to Isandlwana and

game drives, exploring one of KwaZulu Natal’s most

check in to Isandlwana Lodge.

game rich reserves.

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before gratuities

Day 3 Isandlwana – Full day exploration of Isandlwana

Day 9 Nambiti Game Reserve, Durban/ London – One

departure N O T I Nare C Lconfirmed U D E D as shown. If booking within 6

battlefield and Fugitive’s Drift, synonymous with epic

last game drive before driving back to Durban in the

Insurance months of departure flight inclusive cost may be subject

failure from a British perspective and strategic genius

afternoon in time for the evening flight departure.

toFchange dueF to LIGHT I Lflight E availability.

and bravery from the Zulu point of view.

Day 10 London - Arrive London.

Day 4 Isandlwana – Tour of Mangeni Falls and Ingwebeni Ravine (or Blood River) in the morning, sites that saw fierce fighting between Zulu impis and

Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star

London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

Afrikaans Voortrekkers. In the afternoon visit Rorke’s Drift - if Isandlwana was the British military’s nadir then Rorke’s Drift has become a byword for British bravery and fortitude. Day 5 Three Tree Hill - Transfer across to Three Tree Hill

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Roman Algeria With Iain Shearer 1 – 10 November 2014

Iain Shearer Iain Shearer is an archaeologist and Research Affiliate at The Centre For Applied Archaeology University College London. He has worked extensively on development and conflict archaeology and excavated in Afghanistan, The Balkans, Central Asia, Iran and the Arab Middle East. He is currently the Sackler Scholar for Iran and Afghanistan at The British Museum and is a Fellow of The Royal Asiatic Society of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Today it is rare to find a country with such a rich architectural heritage so devoid of tourists. Historically, the heart of the Roman province of Mauretania, five centuries of Roman domination and culture have left a timeless legacy of fine Roman remains. l Wander UNESCO-listed Kasbah of Algiers l The outstanding Roman town of Jemila l Timgad dominated by Trajan’s magnificent arch Day 5 Tiddis, Constantine – Tour the Roman site of Tiddis, then return to Constantine to visit picturesque ‘old’ Constantine, including the bridge suspended over the spectacular gorge of Sidi Mcid, the memorial arch, the Kantara Bridge, the aqueduct ruins, the exterior of the Great Mosque and the excellent museum. Day 6 Annaba – On to the Mediterranean coast and Annaba to visit the ruins of Hippo Regius, including those of the Christian basilica in this town where locally born St Augustine became bishop. A chance to

10 day tour 1 – 10 November 2014 Tour Price including flights £2,795 per person Tour Price excluding flights £2,495 per person Single room supplement £245 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation with full board, gratuities EXCLUDED 18 days Insurance, 12 to 29 visa November 2011

Day 1 London/ Algiers – Fly to Algiers.

view the modern basilica.

Day 2 Tipasa, Cherchell – Drive to beautiful Tipasa, set

Day 7 Guelma, Tebessa – Visit Guelma, founded by

on the shores of the Mediterranean. Explore the Roman

Numidians, conquered by Romans and sacked by the

ruins including the ‘Mauritanian Tomb’, which houses

Vandals. Explore its outstanding restored Roman

the body of Cleopatra and Mark Antony’s daughter. On

Theatre and Byzantine fortress. Continue to Madaure,

to Cherchell, the former Roman port of Caesarea, to

with its fine Roman remains and Tebessa, famed for its

visit its archaeological museum.

carpets, to view the Roman monuments interspersed

Day 3 Algiers, Setif – Tour historic Algiers including the

within the town.

Museum of Antiquities, the Cathedral of Notre Dame

Day 8 Khenchella, Timgad, Batna – Visit the Roman

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities departure are confirmed as shown. If booking within 6

d’Afrique, which mixes Roman and Byzantine styles,

baths at Khenchella, then spend the rest of the day

months inclusive cost may be subject N O T of I Ndeparture C L U D E flight D

and the famous early 16th century Kasbah built as an

visiting Timgad with its splendidly preserved Roman

Ottoman Fort and palace of the local ruler. Travel on

town founded in 100 AD by Emperor Trajan. Continue

to Setif.

to Batna.

Day 4 Jemila, Constantine – Visit Setif Archaeological

Day 9 Lambaesis – Visit ‘Le Medracen’ tomb, then the

Museum, then drive to Jemila, one of the most

fascinating major Roman site of Lambaesis to explore

outstanding Roman sites in Algeria and an excellent

its arches, legionary fortress and gladiator theatre.

example of Roman town planning adapted to a

Day 10 Batna/ London – Return flight to London via

mountain location. Continue to dramatic Constantine,

Algiers.

PRICES

FLIGHTS £3175 Flight 2 hours, 40£375) mins (SingleTime: room supplement Tour priceGatwick/ without flights - £2675 London Algiers IN CLUSIVE O F Flights and all bookings taxes, tourmade lecturer/manager, 2-4 star Flight inclusive 6 months before

toInsurance change due to flight availability.

FLIGHT FILE London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

‘The City of Bridges’.

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Ancient Tunisia: Colony & Empire With George Hart 6 – 16 May 2014

George Hart George Hart was for over thirty years a staff lecturer in the British Museum’s Education Department, specialising in Ancient Egypt and the Bronze Age and Classical civilisations of the Mediterranean world. A frequent visitor to North Africa and the Middle East, he is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Egypt Exploration Society.

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Throughout its eventful history Tunisia has had many guises; as the Phoenician colony of Carthage, as the ‘Granary of the Roman Empire’ and then as the medieval Muslim province of Ifriqiyah. Its development as an important trade centre ensured its centre-stage role, leaving a richly decorated chronicle amply illustrated by Tunisia’s many fine museums, sites and monuments. l l l

Visit Dougga, one of North Africa’s best preserved Roman cities Magnificent amphitheatre of El Jem Explore the holy city of Kairouan Tabarka, a small harbour town overlooked by a Genoese Fort before heading to Bulla Regia with its extraordinary underground Roman villas and the

11 day tour 6 – 16 May 2014

marble quarries at Chemtou. Day 6 Makhtar, Kairouan – Visit Makhtar for its impressive Great Baths and triumphal Arch of Trajan. Continue to Kairouan, one of the holiest cities in the

Tour Price including flights £1,995 per person Tour Price excluding flights £1,595 per person Single room supplement £240 per person

Muslim world. Day 7 Kairouan – See Kairouan’s Great Mosque, the shrines of Sidi el-Ghariani and Sidi Sahab and the Day 1 London/ Tunis – Fly to Tunis.

Aghlabite Pools. Drive onto Sbeitla and visit Sufetula to

Day 2 Carthage – In the morning, visit the spectacular

see the Byzantine basilica of St Vitalis with its

collection of Roman mosaics at the Bardo Museum

beautifully decorated baptistery.

before travelling onto ancient Carthage to explore the

Day 8 El Jem, Monastir – Stop at At El Jem to discover the

Roman Amphitheatre, the Park of the Roman Villas, the

most splendid amphitheatre in the Roman world and the

vast Antonine Baths, The National Museum, Punic

fine collection of mosaics in the Archaeological Museum.

Ports and the ruins of the Tophet.

At coastal Monastir explore the impressive Islamic

Day 3 Thuburbo Majus, Zaghouan, Tunis – Explore the

fortified monastery known as the Ribat of Harthama.

Roman city of Thuburbo Majus with its impressive

Day 9 Monastir, Sousse – Visit the Museum of Monastir

Forum, Capitol Temple, towering Corinthian columns,

and the mausoleum of the first Tunisian president. At

Colonnade of Petronius and Winter and Summer Baths.

Sousse visit the ribat and the archaeology museum

Drive to Zaghouan where Hadrian’s Fountain marks the

located in the Kasbah.

source of the water conveyed over 70 miles by

Day 10 Kerkouane, Tunis – Drive into the Cap Bon

aqueduct to Carthage.

Peninsula to explore the town of Kerkouane, the best

Day 4 Oudna – Discover Oudna, site of the ancient

preserved examples of Punic urban architecture in

Roman colony of Uthina, then drive to Dougga, one of

Tunisia. Visit Nabeul for the archaeology museum and

the best preserved Roman cities in North Africa.

the Roman ruins at Neapolis.

Explore its impressive theatre, dominating capital,

Day 11 Tunis/ London – In the morning drive to Utica,

Square of the Winds, Temple of Juno Caelestis and the

originally a Punic port, with an interesting kasbah. In

Numidian Mausoleum before driving to the harbour

the afternoon visit to Tunis’ Great Souk and the

town of Tabarka.

courtyard of the Great Mosque before your flight back

Day 5 Tabarka, Bulla Regia, Chemtou – Explore

to London.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation with half board, gratuities EXCLUDED 18 days Insurance, meals 12 to 29 additional November 2011 PRICES

FLIGHTS £3175 Flight London: 5 hours (Singletime roomfrom supplement £375) Tour priceHeathrow without flights - £2675 London / Tunis IN CLUSIVE O F Flights and all bookings taxes, tourmade lecturer/manager, 2-4 star Flight inclusive 6 months before

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities departure are confirmed as shown. If booking within 6 months inclusive cost may be subject N O T of I Ndeparture C L U D E flight D toInsurance change due to flight availability.

FLIGHT FILE London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

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N ew Morocco: Imperial Cities & the Atlas Mountains With Sylvie Franquet 24 March – 4 April 2014

Sylvie Franquet Sylvie Franquet studied Arabic and Islamic studies at Ghent University and Cairo University. She has guided many trips to the Middle East and North Africa, and has written at length about the region in travel articles and guidebooks. Sylvie has been travelling in Morocco for over 30 years, visiting the country’s great imperial cities, body surfing on its Atlantic coast and hiking regularly in the stunning Atlas mountains. She lives in London with her husband, the writer Anthony Sattin, and their two sons.

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A trip designed to showcase Morocco’s fascinating history, stunning Islamic architecture, vibrant culture and beautiful landscapes. Sylvie Franquet is no stranger to the joys of travelling in North Africa and knows some of the less frequented souks, streets and alleyways of Morocco’s Imperial cities. Travelling from the old capitals to the Atlas Mountains and finishing in Marrakech you are likely to share Sylvie’s love of Morocco by the end of this trip. l Visit the ancient capitals of Rabat, Meknes, Fes and Marrakech l Travel from Ait Bouguemez to the metropolis of Marrakech l Experience the warmth of Berber hospitality in the Atlas Mountains whitewashed houses in the village’s narrow streets. Day 6 Ait Bouguemez – Drive to Ait Bouguemez, known as Happy Valley due to the demeanour of the local Berber people. Stay at a refurbished 500 year old Kasbah in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Day 7 Ait Bouguemez – Full day walk through friendly Berber villages with a picnic lunch in the shadow of Jebel M’Goun, one of Morocco’s highest mountains. Day 8 Ait Bouguemez – Full day walk through the picturesque valley which at this time of year should be Day 1 London/ Casablanca, Rabat – Drive to Rabat and

carpeted with wild flowers. Take a gentle stroll through

check in to hotel.

the mud-brick villages and have lunch in a Berber house.

Day 2 Rabat – Full day tour of Rabat, taking in the

Day 9 Marrakech – Drive to Marrakech Via Cascade

Kasbah of the Oudaya, King Mohammed V Mausoleum,

D’Ouzoud, located in the Grand Atlas village of

the Andalucian gardens and the Necropolis of Chellah

Tanaghmeilt. The base of the falls is accessed through a

Day 3 Meknes – Drive to Meknes and take a tour of the

shaded path of olive trees while at the summit there are

historic city of Meknes with its authentic medina, Place

numerous old mills that are still in use – a peaceful and

el-Hedim, the beautiful Dar Jamaï Palace, now housing

picturesque spot.

a museum of art, and the lavish mausoleum of Moulay

Day 10 Marrakech – Full day tour of Marrakech, a city

Meknes, the 17th century ruler who made Meknes his

that embodies the charm and inscrutability of

capital. Continue to Fes.

Morocco. In the morning visit Koutoubia Minaret,

Day 4 Fes – Morning visit of the exquisite World

Jardin Majorelle and the Museum of Islamic Art. In the

Heritage listed medina of Fes el Bali, Morocco’s

late afternoon take a stroll along the old city ramparts

spiritual and cultural heart. Take in the elegant

and visit Jemaa el Fna, a magnet for food hawkers,

Medersa Bou Inania, the Batha Museum and the

story tellers and acrobats.

tanneries. In the afternoon drive to Volubilis and tour

Day 11 Marrakech – Free to relax, visit the medina, go

the partly excavated Roman city with its exquisite

shopping in the ancient souks of Marrakech or spoil

mosaics. Back to Fes in the evening.

yourself with a treatment at Ksar Char-Bagh Hammam.

Day 5 Fes – A morning’s cooking class in Fes followed

Day 12 Marrakech/ London – Departure transfer from

by an afternoon visit to Sefrou Bhalil, notable for its

Marrakech.

12 Day tour 24 March – 4 April 2014 Tour price including flights £3,645 per person Tour price excluding flights £3,195 per person Single room supplement £425 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer / manager, hotel accommodation, most meals, gratuities EXCLUDED 18 days Insurance, meals and drinks 12 to 29 additional November 2011 PRICES

FLIGHTS £3175 Flight London: 3 hours (Singletime roomfrom supplement £375) Tour priceHeathrow/ without flights - £2675 London Casablanca Marrakech Heathrow I N C L U S I V/ ELondon OF Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, Flight inclusive bookings made 6 months before gratuities departure N O T I Nare C Lconfirmed U D E D as shown. If booking within 6

Insurance months of departure flight inclusive cost may be subject toFchange dueF to LIGHT I Lflight E availability.

London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

unique cave houses built into the mountainside, and

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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Americas “Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World..” Christopher Columbus

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N ew Brazil: Footsteps of the Gold Trail With David Treece July/August 2014

David Treece David Treece is a translator, researcher and teacher of Brazilian popular music, literature and culture at King’s College London, where he has been Camoens Professor of Portuguese since 2005. He joined King’s in 1987, and in 1996 he created the Centre for the Study of Brazilian Culture and Society. David is the author of numerous publications on Brazilian literature and culture, and his translations include João Guimarães Rosa’s The Jaguar and other stories (2001).

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The Brazilians say, ‘God made the world in six days; the seventh he devoted to Rio’. A visit to this iconic and vibrant city marks the start of your journey through one of Latin America’s largest and most diverse countries. Follow the gold trail from its source in the Minas Gerais region to the port town of Paraty, from where this precious resource made its way to European shores. l l l

Unforgettable panoramic views over Rio de Janeiro The quaint colonial towns of the Minas Gerais region Optional extension to Iguassu Falls

12 day tour July/August 2014

Day 6 Ouro Preto – Explore the town of Ouro Preto (Black Gold), formally known as Vila Rica, whose origins and growth centre around the discovery and exploitation of gold. The town boasts a number of outstanding examples of Baroque architecture as well as the impressive Church of St. Francis of Assisi, designed and sculpted in wood and soapstone by Aleijadinho. Day 7 Congonhas, São João, Tiradentes – Visit the biggest collection of sculptures by Aleijadinho in the city of Congonhas before continuing on to the

Tour price including flights £3,695 per person* Tour price excluding flights £2,815 per person Single room supplement £850 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer / manager, hotel accommodation with half board, gratuities EXCLUDED 18 days Insurance, meals and drinks 12 to 29 additional November 2011

Day 1 London/ Rio de Janeiro – Fly overnight to Rio.

historical city of São João del Rei. Late afternoon drive

Day 2 Rio de Janeiro – Morning arrival and afternoon

on to Tiradentes.

at leisure.

Day 8 Tiradentes – This morning wander through the

Day 3 Rio de Janeiro – Nestled between the mountains

streets of the beautiful colonial city of Tiradentes.

and the sea, Rio is unsurpassed for its natural beauty.

Tiradentes is one of the extraordinary Baroque towns

Today you will drive to the heady heights of the

where the influx of wealth from gold exploitation is

Corcavado, to stand at the foot of the iconic Christ the

clearly reflected in the beauty and quality of the

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12Please dinners, *Flight price may be subject to change. notegratuities this

Redeemer and to the Sugar Loaf for panoramic views

architecture.

tour N Owill T I not N Cbe L Urunning D E D over the period of the World

across the city.

Day 9 Tiradentes, Paraty – Drive south from Tiradentes

Insurance Cup.

Day 4 Petropolis – Drive north to Petropolis, once used

to Paraty, afternoon at leisure in Paraty.

as Brazil’s summer capital when the Portuguese

Day 10 Paraty – Trek to cascading waterfalls and along

Emperor, Dom Pedro Segundo, commissioned a

the old historic gold trail. In the afternoon there will be

summer palace to be built for him and his family in

time to relax and take in the beautiful verdant

1843. Explore the area including visits to the Imperial

surroundings of this coastal town.

Palace and the Gothic Style Cathedral. Afternoon

Day 11 Paraty, Sao Paolo/ London – Morning at leisure

transfer back to Rio.

in Paraty before transferring to Sao Paolo for your

Day 5 Rio, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto – Fly north to

return flight to London.

Belo Horizonte in the Minas Gerais region and drive on

Day 12 London – Arrive London.

PRICES

FLIGHTS £3175 Flight London: 16 hours (Singletime roomfrom supplement £375) Tour priceHeathrow/ without flights £2675 London Rio- de Janeiro Sao I N CPaolo L U S I/VLondon E O F Heathrow Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star

FLIGHT FILE London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

to Ouro Preto.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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Peru: Ancient Pre Inca Civilisations With Hugh Thomson 23 September – 5 October 2014

Hugh Thomson Hugh Thomson is a writer and film-maker whose first book, ‘The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland’, was created after twenty years of exploring Peru. He has previously co-led expeditions to Peru, discovering the Inca site of Cota Coca and extensive finds at Llactapata near Machu Picchu. His research and film making has taken him all over the word in his quest to shine a light on previously unknown treasures and people.

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While Machu Picchu is the poster boy for Peru, the northern part of the country offers some of the greatest archaeological riches in the Americas. Travel along the desert coast, discovering Moche cities and pyramids that pre-date Inca civilisation. Explore northern Peru’s cloud forest that conceals a fortified, ceremonial city that rivals Machu Picchu in it scale and grandeur but does not have the crowds. l l l

Explore Peru’s less frequented historic sites Meet with on-site archaeologists to gain privileged insights Discover historic treasures with a backdrop of rolling valleys Day 7 Leimebamba, Chachapoyas – Explore Kuelap;

13 day tour 23 September – 5 October 2014

the Chachapoyan fortified ceremonial city set in the cloud forest, considered Northern Peru’s Machu Picchu. Explore the Macro towers en route to Chachapoyas. Day 8 Karajia, Huancas – Drive to Karajia and visit a Chachapoyas cemetery, located atop a dramatic gorge overlooking the Utcubamba River. In the afternoon drive to Chachapoyas for a city tour before visiting Huancas. Day 9 Chachapoyas – Day at leisure in the city of the Day 1 London/ Lima – Fly overnight to Lima.

“Warriors of the Clouds”.

Day 2 Lima – Morning arrival and an afternoon tour of

Day 10 Chachapoyas, Chiclayo – Drive to Chiclayo

colonial Lima.

stopping at the vast archaeological site of Tucume,

Day 3 Lima, Trujillo – Morning tour of the extensive

known for its distinctive pyramids and mounds which

Museo Larco before an afternoon flight to Trujillo.

were the residence of the Lords of Tucume.

Day 4 Trujillo – Tour colonial Trujillo and the Moche

Day 11 Chiclayo – Drive to Ventarron, a 4,500 year old

Valley, including the huge Temples of the Sun and

site thought to represent the first evidence of

Moon. Afternoon visit to the ancient adobe city of

civilisation in northern Peru. Visit Huaca Rajada at

Chan Chan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sipan, resting place of the Lord of Sipan and an insight

Day 5 Trujillo, Cajamarca – Visit the El Brujo

into Moche culture. In the afternoon, spend time at the

archaeological site including the Cao Museum and the

Museo Tumbas Reales in Chiclayo, considered one of

temple of Huaca Cao Viejo, home to the mummy of the

the most modern and impressive archaeological

Lady of Cao. Later take a city tour of Cajamarca where

museums in South America.

the Inca Emperor Atahualpa was held hostage by

Day 12 Chiclayo, Lima/ London – Fly to Lima and take

Conquistador Francisco Pizarro.

an overnight flight to London.

Day 6 Cajamarca, Leimebamba – Take a scenic drive to

Day 13 London – Arrive London.

Tour Price including flights £3995 per person Tour Price excluding flights £2995 per person Single room supplement £335 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer, accommodation on a half board basis, gratuities EXCLUDED 18 days Insurance, meals 12 to 29 additional November 2011 PRICES

FLIGHTS £3175 Flight London: 16 hours (Singletime roomfrom supplement £375) Tour priceHeathrow/ without flights - £2675 London Lima via Madrid IN CLUSIVE O F Flights and all bookings taxes, tourmade lecturer/manager, 2-4 star Flight inclusive 6 months before

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities departure are confirmed as shown. If booking within 6Nmonths O T I NofCdeparture L U D E D flight inclusive cost may be

Insurance subject to change due to flight availability. FLIGHT FILE London Heathrow/Bangkok TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

Leimebamba travelling across two cordilleras and the Rio Maranon Canyon. Visit Leimebamba museum and its collection of more than 200 Inca-Chachapoyas mummies.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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Guatemala & Honduras: The Maya World With Dr Nicholas James 25 January – 9 February 2015

Dr Nicholas James Dr Nicholas James is a consultant in management and interpretation of historical resources. Author of Aztecs and Maya, he is a specialist in the social anthropology, history and archaeology of the indigenous peoples of Mexico and Guatemala. He is a member of the Cambridge University Department of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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This tour traces a great triangle through the spectacular Maya World. From the ancient site of Takali’k Abaj, cradle of the Maya empire, head to impressive Copan, the Athens of the Maya world, before culminating with Tikal, the pinnacle of the Empire. Along the way this tour visits some of Central America’s most scenic locations and explores the rich and vivid Maya culture, ancient and modern. l Maya mega-cities of Copan and Tikal l Lake Atitlan and the living Maya culture l Behind the scenes access at Copan Day 7 Iximche, Antigua – Visit the palaces and temples at Iximche, an important highland Maya ceremonial site, and experience a traditional shaman ritual. Day 8 Copan – Drive to Copan (Honduras), considered by many to be the most spectacular ancient Mayan city. Day 9 Copan – Full day exploring Copan, famous for its intricately-carved stelae, archaeological tunnels and excellent museum. Day 10 Copan, Livingstone – Visit Quirigua for the tallest stone sculptures ever erected in the New World. Day 1 London/ Guatemala City, Antigua – On arrival

Travel on by boat along the Caribbean coast to the port

transfer to colonial Antigua.

of Livingstone.

Day 2 Antigua – Meet community guides who will offer

Day 11 Livingstone - Day at leisure to relax in

insights into local textiles and fair trade coffee

Livingstone.

cooperatives.

Day 12 Lake Peten Itza – A boat trip through Rio Dulce

Day 3 Antigua, Takali’k Abaj – Drive to Takali’k Abaj,

Canyon, then drive to Lake Peten Itza, with a visit to the

a major Maya centre of commerce, which saw the

Classic Maya site of Yaxha at sunset.

early development of the Maya calendar and

Day 13 Uaxactun, Tikal – Travel via the ruins of

hieroglyphic writing.

Uaxactun to Tikal, pinnacle of the Maya Empire.

Day 4 Quetzaltenango – Explore highland

Explore Tikal’s towering temples, royal palaces,

Quetzaltenango (Xela), considered by some to be the

pyramids and platforms.

‘capital of the Maya’.

Day 14 Tikal, Antigua – Morning at leisure before flying

Day 5 Lake Atitlan – Visit the Zunil village of Almolongo

back to Guatemala City, and on to Antigua by road.

and the traditional San Francisco market en route to Lake

Afternoon at leisure.

Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America.

Day 15 Guatemala City/ Madrid – Fly back to London,

Day 6 Lake Atitlan – The lake is surrounded by villages

via Madrid.

in which the Maya culture is still prevalent and

Day 16 Madrid/ London - Arrive in London.

16 day tour 25 January – 9 February 2015 Tour Price including flights £3,995 per person Tour Price excluding flights £3,145 per person Single room supplement £385 per person INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation on typically half board, gratuities 18 days EXCLUDED 12 to 29 November 2011 Insurance, additional meals PRICES £3175

FLIGHTS (Single room supplement £375) Tour price flights - £2675 Flight timewithout from London: 16 hours London Heathrow/ I N C L U S I V E O F Guatemala City via Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, 2-4 star Madrid

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities

Flight N O Tinclusive I N C L Ubookings D E D made 6 months before

Insuranceare confirmed as shown. If booking within departure 6Fmonths L I G H of T departure F I L E flight inclusive cost may be

LondontoHeathrow/Bangkok subject change due to flight availability. TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

traditional dress is still worn. Full day boat tour visiting San Juan and Santiago villages.

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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A Colombian Journey With Sarah Woods 16 – 29 October 2014

Sarah Woods Sarah Woods is an awardwinning freelance writer and author of the Bradt guide to Colombia. She has lived and travelled extensively throughout Latin America, but her foremost love is for Colombia. Her great strengths are her enthusiasm and providing real insight into this exciting country which she knows so well.

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Colombia is one of the most remarkable countries in the Americas; a land of extraordinary natural beauty and diversity, as well as outstanding history. From Bogotá, with its fabulous Gold Museum, and charming Villa de Leyva, this tour then heads south to the extraordinary archaeological region of San Agustín, before finishing in Cartagena, one of the most iconic cities in all the Americas. l l l

UNESCO sites of Cartagena, San Agustín and Tierradentro The colonial town of Villa de Leyva Andean scenery, friendly people and local markets when the Guambiano Indians come into town dressed in their traditional anacos to sell their produce and handicrafts. Afternoon scenic journey to Tierradentro along unpaved roads. Day 7 Tierradentro, Popayán – Morning visit to Tierradentro Archaeological Park exploring the incredible subterranean galleries and museums. Visit

14 day tour 16 – 29 October 2014 Tour Price including flights £3,895 per person Tour Price excluding flights £2,945 per person Single room supplement £325 per person

San Andrés de Pisimbaláto to learn about the Paeces community who inhabited this region. Afternoon scenic journey through the Andes to San Agustín along Day 1 London/ Bogotá – Arrive in Bogotá.

unpaved roads, passing through La Plata.

Day 2 Bogotá – Tour the historic centre, the

Day 8 San Agustín – Morning at San Agustín

magnificent Gold Museum and the Botero Art

Archeological Park, a UNESCO site, touring the

Museum. Afternoon cable car up to Cerro Monserrate

enigmatic mesitas, some almost five metres tall.

for incredible panoramic views.

Continue to the ceremonial Fuente de Lavapatas,

Day 3 Zipaquirá, Villa de Leyva – Journey north to

followed by San Agustín’s archaeological museum. An

Zipaquirá visiting the labyrinthine underground Salt

afternoon visit to the Strait of the Magadalena River, a

Cathedral. Continue on to the beautifully preserved

spectacular rocky gorge.

colonial town of Villa de Leyva.

Day 9 Isnos – Head to the remote archaeological sites

Day 4 Villa de Leyva – Morning sightseeing including

of Alto de los Ídolos and Alto de las Piedras, which

the 17th century Dominican Ecce Homo Convent,

boast tombs displaying original paintwork.

founded in the 1620s by the Dominicans, it is an

Day 10 – Neiva/ Cartagena – Scenic drive to Neiva. Fly

important point of evangelization in a region

from Neiva to Cartagena, the beguiling jewel in

populated by indigenous communities. Visits also

Colombia’s crown, with the rest of the day at leisure.

include the Museo El Fósil, with its gigantic 120 million

Day 11 Cartagena – Full day exploring the

year old fossil, and Parque Archeológico de

Cartagena, one of the most fascinating cities in all

Moniquiera, an interesting Pre-Columbian site.

the Americas, with its Caribbean charm and well-

Day 5 Bogotá/ Popayán – Return to Bogotá to catch a

preserved colonial architecture.

flight to Popayán.

Day 12 Cartagena – Day at leisure.

Day 6 Silvia, Tierradentro – Morning visit to the small

Day13 & 14 Cartagena/ London – Fly overnight back to

town of Silvia for market day. Silvia transforms every

London.

INCLUDED Flights, tour lecturer/ manager, accommodation on mainly half board basis with some additional meals included, gratuities 18 days 12 to 29 November 2011 EXCLUDED PRICES Insurance, additional meals £3175 (Single room supplement £375) Tour price without flights - £2675 FLIGHTS Flight 14 hours I N C Ltime U S I Vfrom E O London: F Flights and all taxes, tour lecturer/manager, London Heathrow/ Bogotá via Madrid2-4 star

accommodation, daily breakfast and 12 dinners, gratuities

Flight N O Tinclusive I N C L Ubookings D E D made 6 months before

Insuranceare confirmed as shown. If booking within departure 6Fmonths L I G H of T departure F I L E flight inclusive cost may be

LondontoHeathrow/Bangkok subject change due to flight availability. TG911, 1230/0605* Siem Reap/Bangkok/London Heathrow Bangkok/London Heathrow TG910, 0110/0715

Tuesday into a colourful, bustling, picturesque place

For a more detailed itinerary or to discuss this tour please Telephone: 01285 880 931 or Email: info@the-traveller.co.uk

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Traveller Tailor-made Tailor-made Extensions For those travellers who wish to take the opportunity to extend their tour and explore more, we can easily arrange this for you, on a tailor-made basis. Backed up by our partnership with Steppes Travel, our detailed country knowledge and local contacts means that we can provide extension suggestions and seamlessly add additional arrangements to your itinerary.

Private Tours As well as tour extensions, we also have an impressive track record in organizing Private Tours for societies, schools, colleges and other interest groups, or even for groups of friends. The same meticulous attention to detail goes into the planning of these private bespoke tours as with our own Traveller tours. We can even arrange these to be led by one of our expert lecturers if you wish. Please do contact us if you are interested in arranging a private tour. Organisations who we’ve arranged private group tours for in the past include:

• The Egypt Exploration Society • Sudan Archaeological Research Society • The Victoria and Albert Museum • Oxford Alumni • Eton College

• Christie’s Education • The Saudi British Society • The Roman Society • The English National Opera • Current World Archaeology

The Steppes Travel Partnership Formerly the tour operating department at the British Museum, The Traveller became an independent entity in 2003. In 2010 we became part of Steppes Travel, adding their 24 years of experience to our own team. Steppes Travel now have 45 people in the office, many of whom have been with the company for over 10 years, making them arguably the most knowledgeable team of specialist travel experts in the UK. Furthermore, like us, they travel each year to their region of specialization, which ensures they are fully up to date with new developments.

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Why choose The Traveller? In the Company of Experts Our long association and friendship with the British Museum and other leading academic institutions means we have an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour lecturers. We carefully select our lecturers based on their expertise, unparalleled knowledge, companionship and general affability. While travelling in the company of these experts quite often their influence can facilitate private access to sites and museums not typically open to the public. Small is Beautiful Our average group size is typically 8 – 10 people, far smaller than the larger group tours typically offered by our competitors, a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere, while making the logistics of visits to sites and museums that much easier. 24-hour Emergency Service We do not believe in answer machines so 24 hours a day, 365 days a year your call will be answered by a person who can connect you to one of our team in case of emergency. Financial Protection The Traveller is a fully bonded tour operator (ATOL 6945) that complies with the Civil Aviation Authority bonding ensuring that your booking is fully protected. Many of the flights and flight inclusive holidays in this brochure are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL certificate then the booking will not be protected by ATOL. If you do receive an ATOL certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ ATOLCertificate. If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.

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Traveller Tours Calendar 2014-15 JANUARY Laos & Cambodia: A Cultural Journey

FEBRUARY

The Sultanate of Oman South India Sketchbook Tour North India Uncovered: A Classic Introduction Ethiopia Uncovered

AUGUST 42

Albania: Landscapes of Illyria Uzbekistan: Beyond the Oxus

22 44 46 62

SEPTEMBER

MARCH St Petersburg: 250 Years of the Hermitage Iraqi Kurdistan: Land of the Kurds Burma: Golden Earth Morocco: Imperial Cities & the Atlas Mountains

10 24 48 72

APRIL Jordan: Treasures of the Hashemite Kingdom Uzbekistan: Beyond the Oxus Bhutan & Nepal: Land of the Thunder Dragon

26 34 50

MAY Armenia & Georgia: Ancient Lands of Transcaucasia Western Turkey: The Forgotten Ruins Ancient Tunisia: Colony & Empire Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan: Fabled Silk Road Cities

JULY

Tibet: Ancient Civilisation & Culture Brazil: Footsteps of the Gold Trail Mongolia: Land of the Nomads

Eastern Turkey: Ancient Mesopotamia & Anatolia Georgia In-depth Israel & Palestine: The Cradle of Christianity Iran: The Achaemenid Heritage Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan: Fabled Silk Road Cities South Africa: Battlefields & Game of KwaZulu Natal Peru: Ancient Pre Inca Civilisations Iraqi Kurdistan: Land of the Kurds

14 34

6 18 28 30 38 66 78 24

OCTOBER Ancient Macedonia: Kingdom of Alexander Burma: Golden Earth Kashmir: A Journey from Srinigar to Ladakh North Korea: The Hermit Kingdom A Colombian Journey

16 48 56 58 82

NOVEMBER 8 12 70 38

Ethiopia Uncovered Roman Algeria

DECEMBER Sudan: Upper Nubia, The Edge of Empire

54 76 52

62 68

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JANUARY 2015 Guatemala & Honduras: The Maya World

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Booking Terms and Conditions A full set of our Terms and Conditions can be found on our website. Otherwise, please contact the office for a copy to be sent to you by post.

Photography with grateful thanks to the following contributors: Paul Craven, Illona Cross, Nick Laing, Rosalind Hadley, The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Caucasus Travel, Roger Peter, Tony Walsh, South Sinai Travel, Sally Walters, Jan Wigsten, Malcolm Crowthers.

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Japan: Voyage to the Orient Experience the very best Japan has to offer, from the uber-modern districts of Tokyo to the quaint traditional charm of Kyoto.

Saudi Arabia: Islamic Heartland From the standing stones at Sakaka in the north to the traditional architecture of the south, the Kingdom of Saudi reveals a rich history.

North India Sketchbook Tour With a sketchbook in hand, experience the grandeur, beauty and vibrancy of Rajasthan. As the sun sets over the Taj Mahal, capture its rich colours and textures, under the expert tuition of Maxine Relton.

Central Asian Odyssey: The Five Stans Travel the length and breadth of Central Asia on an epic adventure through the ‘Stans’ including Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

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We are always searching for new tours that offer you an in-depth insight into the heart of the destination. These featured tours are currently in progress – contact us on 01285 880931 to find out more...

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