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Welcome to Explore and our Worldwide Adventures brochure. Inside you will find an inspiring selection of holidays which will allow you to explore far-flung corners of the planet as well as some equally fascinating places a little closer to home. In our 35th year we are still finding exciting new places to go and enabling our customers to experience things that independent travellers would struggle to organise. We have trips to suit travellers of all kinds. For a relaxing break, try a boat journey or if you like lots of physical activity take a look at our range of multi-activity, cycling and walking holidays. We have endless options for lovers of culture and history, including trips which coincide with some of the world’s most exuberant festivals. We also have plenty of options to satisfy wildlife and wilderness lovers.

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Whatever type of trip you choose, we will deliver an authentic travel experience. All of our small group trips are accompanied by Explore Leaders who not only take care of the day to day arrangements, but use their local knowledge and experience to deliver personal touches that make each trip truly memorable. All sorts of people travel with Explore – couples, friends travelling together and solo travellers of all ages and backgrounds. If you like to meet new people and follow an itinerary which takes in both well-known highlights and hidden gems, our small group holidays are perfect for you.

I do hope you’ll join us on a trip soon.

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Why Explore? We’ve been operating adventurous and inspiring holidays for over 35 years. In that time we have built up a wealth of travel expertise to draw upon. Our team of dedicated travel experts are passionate about creating trips which take you through some of the world’s most impressive landscapes and bring you into contact with local cultures and people. Join one of our small group adventures or travel tailor-made and you will enjoy a range of unique and invigorating activities on an unforgettable holiday. You can just relax and enjoy the journey, knowing that the itinerary has been carefully thought out using the expertise of our travel partners all over the world.

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WHY EXPLORE?

ABOUT OUR WORLDWIDE ADVENTURES Small, Sociable Groups

Travelling Solo?

On our group trips, there are generally around 8-14 people with a maximum of 18. Sharing the adventure with likeminded people is part of the experience. Our groups are made up of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. Usually half are travelling on their own and the rest as couples or groups of friends. You’ll quickly find yourself making new friends and enjoying the camaraderie.

Our small group trips are absolutely perfect for solo travellers. As soon as you arrive you’ll have a ready-made bunch of travelling companions with whom to share your travel adventures. On many trips at least half of the people in the group are travelling alone – and on some the proportion is even higher – so you’ll be in good company.

Explore Leaders

Trusted and ATOL Protected

The majority of our group trips are accompanied by an Explore Leader. Our leaders are passionate travellers who are bursting with local knowledge. As well as doing all the planning and behind the scenes organisation, they bring each destination to life. Their in-depth understanding of the areas they lead in allows you to get far beyond the popular tourist trails, to the fascinating spots that only the locals know. They are on hand to ensure that you get the most out of your precious time away.

2016 marks our 35th year operating adventure holidays. In that time we have earned the trust of thousands of customers who travel with us year after year. For added peace of mind, we are fully protected by ATOL so that in the unlikely event of any problems with airlines or our other travel partners, your payment is safe.

Loyalty Discounts Over 60% of our customers have travelled with us before and many travel with us again and again. As a way of saying thank you, we offer our loyal customers the following discounts: Save 5% when booking your 5th to 9th Explore trip

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Price Guarantee Once we have confirmed your booking we guarantee that the price won’t change. Unlike many other travel companies, we won’t pass on any unexpected aviation, fuel or currency exchange surcharges once we have received your deposit payment and your booking is confirmed.

Save 10% when booking your 10th and all subsequent Explore trips Please see www.explore.co.uk/ loyaltydiscounts for more information.

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A World of Choice With so many options on offer, it can be hard to know where to start. We’re here to help you choose the holiday that’s perfect for you. We’ve categorised our trips by theme, accommodation rating and activity level to give you a feel for what you can expect. By using this information you can narrow down the choices to hone in on the holiday that’s perfect for you. If you need any help or advice, please give us a call.

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A WORLD OF CHOICE

Holiday themes We have a huge choice of unique and exciting experiences on offer. While each holiday contains a range of included activities, we’ve categorised the main theme of the trip to help you quickly find the one that best fits your interests.

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Trip Pace and Activity Grade

Private Trips

All of our holidays are graded either by pace or activity level. If you want to make the most of every minute of your time away and don’t mind early starts then go for one of our ‘full on’ trips which are jam-packed with experiences. If you want to take it easy however, choose one with a relaxed pace.

On selected trips, if the dates we are operating do not match your holiday requirements, then you could take the option of booking a Private Trip. These follow exactly the same itinerary as detailed in the brochure and on the website, but you choose your own travel date. Private Trips are not accompanied by an Explore Leader but there will be drivers and local guides on hand to assist.

Our cycling, walking and multi-activity trips are all graded to help you judge whether the level of activity is right for you. Those graded easy and moderate are suitable for most fit and active people. If you want to go on a trek graded moderate to challenging, we recommend that you have previous trekking experience and a good level of fitness.

Private Trips are highlighted with this symbol in the brochure:

Extend Your Trip

Trip Pace: Relaxed Easy-paced trips with plenty of time to relax. Absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

If you would like to extend your holiday we can arrange for extra days to be added on to the beginning and/or end of most trips. Call us to find out more.

Trip Pace: Moderate Moderately paced trips provide some busy days with plenty of experiences to enjoy, as well as time to relax along the way.

Trip Dates and Prices

Trip Pace: Full On Fast-paced trips move quickly on from place to place. With busy days and some early starts, they’re packed full of experiences.

The trip pages in this brochure show the months in which each trip operates with a guide price. Please see dates and prices section on our website for full details of departure dates and prices.

Accommodation Grade As a guide, we’ve allocated an accommodation grade to all of our trips. Standards may vary depending on which country you are visiting and on some trips a range of grades are used. All of our accommodation is carefully chosen for its location and character. Simple No-frills accommodation which includes berths on sleeper trains, rooms in village houses, boat cabins, campsites, huts and simple family-run lodges, guesthouses and hotels. Sleeping arrangements are simple and amenities are adequate, sometimes with en suite facilities and occasionally communal. Standard Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.

Tailor-made Holidays If you want to create a trip of your own, our dedicated tailor-made team can help. Using our suggested itineraries as a start point or starting from scratch, we can build your perfect holiday. Working to your budget we can include exactly what you want to do and see with complete flexibility of dates. Give us a call or visit www.explore.co.uk/tailormade-holidays to find out more.

Premium Our comfortable accommodation is hand-picked and chosen for its character, location or local importance. These properties have excellent facilities and a higher level of comfort and service.

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FLIGHTS

Fly me from... If you want to book a flight inclusive trip with Explore, we are delighted to be able to offer you a range of competitive and flexible flight options. We can organise flights from most of the UK’s regional airports and from Dublin. These are either direct to your final destination or via a connecting airport. Flight inclusive packages booked with Explore are fully bonded. We will manage any changes required in the event of any trip or airline schedule amendments after you have booked. If you choose to book your own flights you are responsible for the associated costs of any changes. 1. Group Flights On many trips we hold a group of competitively priced seats with the airline which exactly fit the departure and return dates. Our flight inclusive price usually includes these flights. They depart from London and may offer limited regional connections. When you travel on a group flight you pay only the deposit for your trip at the time of booking and we manage any changes.

2. Contract Flights Where we do not hold group flights, we negotiate rates with preferred airline partners. These fares are competitive and are also suitable if you are extending your stay before or after your trip. You may be required to pay a higher than normal deposit for your trip to secure the best available fare.

3. Market Rate Flights We will seek to match the best fares available in the open market including those from low cost carriers like Easyjet. Fares fluctuate on a daily basis and are almost exclusively based upon a non-refundable pre-payment. For each of the above options, Explore charge a small administration fee. Once you have booked a flight with us as part of your trip, we are normally responsible for managing any changes that might affect your flight.

4. Booking your own flights: You may prefer to purchase your own flights and book with Explore on a ‘Land Only’ basis. You may get the best available flight price, but we would like to make you aware of the responsibilities that this carries: Your flight ticket cost is not necessarily bonded in the event of either airline failure or the failure of the travel agent you booked it through. You will usually have to pay in full at the time of booking. In the event that your trip is amended or cancelled, you will be liable for the cost of your flight which may have limited, or no refund value. If you are planning to book ‘Land Only’ we strongly recommend that you purchase flights (or other associated travel services) that are totally flexible and refundable.

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CONNECT WITH US

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THE EXPLORE ETHOS

The Explore Ethos People choose to travel with Explore for many reasons. Our original, inspiring and great value trips, the service provided by our multi-award-winning leaders and the knowledge that Explore has taken care of all the organisation, planning and logistics.

Going local...

Caring for our Planet

We really believe in taking you to the heart of the country you are visiting while also helping improve the lives of the local communities we visit.

At Explore we’re passionate about enriching lives through adventure travel. Take a look at what we’ve been up to over the last couple of years.

95% of our Explore Leaders are from the place you are visiting, ensuring you experience the country through the eyes of a local. We generally stay in locally-owned hotels and on some trips, also homestays, to better understand and learn about local culture. We support the Born Free Foundation and are passionate about the fair treatment of animals on our trips.

For every flight we book, we donate to TRAINED over 400 leaders from 90 countries

TWINNED All of our toilets at Explore HQ

We are preventing people from cutting down the Amazon rainforest by working with local communities through Cool Earth. PROTECTED 40,080 Trees

Explore Leader Awards Our amazing Explore Leaders are crucial to the success of our group holidays. In order to recognise the contribution of the best of the best, we would like to encourage you to vote for your leader in our annual Explore Leader Awards. The winning leaders receive a cash prize as well as a bursary to spend on a charity of their choice plus the chance to visit the UK. So if your leader has made your holiday extra special, please take a few moments to vote for them by visiting www.explore.co.uk/leaderawards

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Endangered species protected REDUCED Our electrical consumption at Explore HQ by 30%

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A WORLD OF ADVENTURE

A World of Adventure Recognising that people have a variety of travel needs and desires, we have created a range of holiday options which cover just about everything. The one thread that weaves through them all is satisfying the desire to get under the skin of the country you are visiting; to see it, touch it and really get a feel for it.

Even More From Explore... Our Worldwide Adventures brochure is our biggest brochure but we offer a whole lot more! Our suite of brochures is shown below; give us a call or go online to order your copy. Many of our new trips are launched online long before the next brochures are published so also keep an eye on our website, e-newsletters and Facebook page so you don’t miss out.

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Walking and Trekking

Cycling Adventures

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Family Adventures

Explore the world’s most inspiring landscapes on foot either in a small group with an Explore Leader or self-guided. Whether you are an experienced trekker or an adventurous first-timer, we have the perfect walk or trek for you.

Enjoy the freedom of exploring the world on two wheels whether you are a casual cyclist or dedicated enthusiast. Choose to go self-guided or in a small group accompanied by an Explore Leader.

Journey to the Arctic or Antarctica for a wildlife and wilderness spectacle that’s out of this world. Travel aboard an expedition vessel with regular shore landings to get an in-depth feel for these pristine landscapes.

An inspiring selection of adventurous holidays designed specifically with families in mind. Get close to the country you are visiting and enjoy exploring together.

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Europe Europe is as varied as it is large. You’ll be astounded by the cultural and historic diversity, not only from country to country – but from region to region. Wander the cobbled streets of old towns; soak up iconic sights, bathe in history, admire art, indulge in food and follow in the footsteps of legendary characters. Enjoy the outdoors; journey through rolling hills and tranquil mountains, admire jawdropping scenery and experience traditions that have survived from a time gone by. Push yourself to the limit; whitewater raft down churning rivers, trek through valleys and cycle through forests. Europe is waiting to be discovered and it will no doubt surprise you!

Insider View “I find Europe to be an inspiring region; it offers such a large variety from the natural beauty of Iceland to the history of Poland and from the food and wine of Italy to the timeless architecture of Malta. Every time I travel there I experience something new and I’m always eager to return for more”. Clare Collins, Explore Product Manager, Europe

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A short trip that is big on experiences - explore raw, natural wonders and harsh, rugged volcanic landscapes that are rarely found anywhere else on the planet. Discover shooting geysers; experience the thermal warmth of the Blue Lagoon and the ice-cold spray of the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall. Continue the adventure with the chance to take a super-jeep journey across lava fields and through glacial rivers.

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Golden Circle tour of Thingvellir National Park, spouting springs at Geysir and Gullfoss Falls.

Free day in Reykjavik with the chance to ride in a super-jeep or go whale watching.

Trip ends at Keflavik airport.

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Northern Lights Why not join our specialist led short break to Iceland accompanied by our expert astronomer Andrew Green staying in hand-picked locations ideal for viewing the Northern Lights. For more details please refer to trip code: SNL on our website.

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Iceland is a country of spectacular and diverse landscapes. On this circumnavigation of the island, we discover raging waterfalls, remote villages and glistening glaciers. We walk in the wild Skaftafell region, drift between icebergs on Jokulsarlon Lagoon and take in the unique volcanic landscape of Lake Myvatn. We also visit the capital of Reykjavik and explore the famous ‘Golden Circle.’

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Visit Skogar Museum, Skogafoss Waterfall and Fjadrargljufur Canyon. Chance of seeing puffins.

Explore the beautiful Skaftafell region on foot with the option to take a glacier hike.

Get close-up to icebergs by boat on the Jokulsarlon Lagoon before arriving in Egilsstadir.

Experience the might of the thunderous Dettifoss Waterfall en route to Lake Myvatn.

Discover the volcanic area of Lake Myvatn with its bubbling mud pools and steaming craters.

See the beautiful Godafoss Falls and the capital of the north Akureyri en route to Hvammstangi.

Return to Reykjavik with the chance to swim in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.

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This adventure allows us to explore the stunning natural beauty of Iceland’s volcanic landscape in winter with its snow-covered glaciers, steaming geysers and lava fields. We also have the opportunity to experience an earthquake simulator, go dog-sledding, explore a Viking heritage centre, walk on a glacier and hopefully watch wildlife including reindeer and whales in their natural habitat. If we are lucky, we may even experience the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights.

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Scenic drive to the capital of the north Akureyri.

Snow tractor or super-jeep ride; boat to Hrisey Island and local beer tasting.

See Godafoss Waterfall, the volcanic area of Lake Myvatn and swim in the Nature Baths.

The scenery changes as we visit Seydisfjordur or Reydarfjordur en route to Egilsstadir.

Drive the coastal road to Hofn. There is the chance to see the Northern Lights tonight.

See the amazing sight of newly formed icebergs in the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.

Golden Circle tour of Thingvellir National Park, spouting springs at Geysir and Gullfoss Falls.

Reykjavik city tour and free time in the capital with the chance for whale watching.

Trip ends at Keflavik airport.

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Insider View “Iceland is a unique country that takes my breath away! The winter is dark, with 6 hours sunlight, and often below freezing but offers snow-covered landscapes like no other place I have been to. Looking out over a frozen Lake Myvatn with the sun setting behind the snow-capped mountains in the distance is a memory I will never forget. Another highlight is wrapping up warm and waiting out for the Northern Lights to appear and when they do it is just magical. The Icelandic people are brilliant with a wicked sense of humour, very welcoming and have a sense of patriotism that rubs off on any visitor! Also don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the Blue Lagoon or Myvtan Nature Baths or maybe both!” Naomi Jackson, Explore Operations Manager

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A chance to see whales in their natural habitat.

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Experience Iceland’s unique and wild nature on this whale watching holiday. We will be based in the traditional fishing village of Grundarfjordur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, fringed by Breidafjordur. Renowned for the surrounding volcanic landscapes, including the snow-capped Snaefellsjokull Glacier, and array of wildlife in both the air and sea, the fjord offers unparalleled photo opportunities.

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Join trip Whale Full day tour of at Keflavik watching the remarkable airport and morning scenery of the drive to hopefully to see Snaefellsnes Grundarfjordur. orca in winter Peninsula. May see the and humpbacks Northern Lights and more in in winter. summer.

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TRIP CODE: AFB ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights simple lodge, 1 night simple hide. MEALS: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Representative, activity guide(s), driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 14. o 66 N

Observe the rare European brown bear.

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Forest nature walk

LENTIIRA Bear Watching

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Kajaani

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Helsinki

Sparsely-populated North Eastern Finland is an untamed expanse of pristine natural beauty. The dense taiga forest with its many rivers and lakes offers a haven to the elusive European brown bear. Travelling deep into the forest to specially prepared observation hides, we aim to observe this amazing animal in its natural habitat during this exciting short break.

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Join trip at Kajaani airport. Transfer to the Wild Brown Bear Centre in the Finnish countryside.

Guided nature walk followed by an exciting evening spent bear watching from hides.

Free day to relax with the chance to enjoy time in the sauna, a nature trek or to go canoeing.

Drive to Kajaani airport where the trip ends.

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We packed a full week into a weekend. So many activities, all fitting in with animal times to maximise viewing potential. We saw bears, moose, reindeer, wolverine and hare. Kate Morris

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£1992 £1735

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Fjord Norway C OVER

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TRIP CODE: FN ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, ferry, public bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £380

Norway’s magnificent Western Fjords.

ALESUND

Andalsnes

Kylling Bridge

Maloy Nordfjordeid Skagefla

GEIRANGER

LEIKANGER

Rysjedalsvika

Lillehammer

Flam Myrdal

BERGEN Bygdoy 0 km

OSLO

110 km

Towering cliffs, ice-capped mountains and deep blue fjords make up a landscape so majestic it almost defies belief. Travelling by train, boat, bus and on foot, our journey takes us through the greatest of Norway’s fjords and along the most spectacular of train lines. Explore nature at its most impressive, in this land carved by glaciers, on this short, but comprehensive journey through Norway’s Western Fjords.

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Join trip at Oslo airport.

Using a 24-hour Oslo Card we visit the Bygdoy Peninsula and the Viking Ship Museum.

Travel on the scenic Raumabanen Railway and Trolls Road to Geiranger.

Hike above Geiranger Fjord to admire the view before a cruise on the waters.

Travel by boat and public bus along the beautiful West Norwegian coastline.

Ride the famed Flam Railway. Orientation walk of Bergen’s old city.

Full day in Bergen to explore with a 24-hour Bergen Card.

Trip ends at Bergen airport.

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Hard to pick one highlight out - there were so many. Maybe the boat trips along the fjords Charlie

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£768 £569

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Highlights of Andalucia C OVER

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TRIP CODE: QAH ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple guesthouse, 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus, taxi, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £115

COLOMBIA

ECUADOR

Granada, Cordoba, Seville and a taste of rural Spain.

CASTANO DEL ROBLEDO

SPAIN CORDOBA Mezquita

Galaroza

ANDALUCIA

SEVILLE Alcazar

GRANADA Alhambra

SIERRA DE RONDA

Malaga

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Andalucia is blessed with a wealth of culture, history, mountain scenery and sunshine. On this trip we visit the highlight cities of Granada, Seville and Cordoba along with a couple of nights off the beaten track in a typical Andalucian village. We include visits to the stunning Alhambra Palace and Cordoba Mezquita, two jewels of Moorish architecture from the golden era of Al-Andalus. You have the chance to stretch your legs on two guided walks through rolling, verdant landscape (graded easy to moderate).

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Join trip at Malaga Airport and take public transport to Granada.

Visit the iconic Alhambra Palace and afternoon orientation walk of Granada.

Bus to Cordoba. Visit the famed Mezquita Mosque and orientation tour of Cordoba.

Travel to Castano del Robledo village in the beautiful Sierra Aracena National Park.

Walk through rural Spain to the white village of Alajar. Chance to see the Grotto of the Marvels.

Walk through the wooded hillsides to Galaroza in the scenic Valle de Murtiga. Bus to Seville.

Orientation walk of Seville to see the ‘Mudejar’ architecture. Chance to visit the Alcazar Palace.

Trip ends in Seville.

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FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

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Does exactly what it says on the tin - gives you the highlights of Andalucía and whets your appetite to go back.

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TRIP CODE: SP ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus, taxi, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £200

COLOMBIA

ECUADOR

The Alhambra was stunning and the Ronda area… was beautiful. Sandra G

CORDOBA

SPAIN Ubeda

Mezquita & Juderia

CAZORLA

ANDALUCIA

SEVILLE Alcazar

El Chorro Gorge walk Monastery

GRANADA Alhambra

GRAZALEMA Benaocaz

RONDA

SIERRA DE RONDA 0 km

SIERRA NEVADA MEDITERRANEAN SEA

100 km

A perennial Explore favourite that combines Andalucia’s highlight cities with scenic walks in places of outstanding beauty. We spend several days enjoying the wild mountains of Cazorla, Ronda and Grazalema. Included walks are graded easy to moderate. Of course, no visit to Andalucia would be complete without seeing the beguiling Moorish architecture, patios and gardens of Granada, Cordoba and Seville.

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Join trip in Seville.

Orientation walk of Seville’s historic centre and visit to Alcazar Palace.

Train to Cordoba. Visit to the famed Mezquita Mosque and the Jewish Quarter, Juderia.

Free day in Cordoba with the option to watch a Flamenco show this evening.

Visit ancient Ubeda en route to the picturesque mountain town of Cazorla.

El Chorro Gorge walk stopping at a Franciscan monastery on the way.

Drive to Granada. Walking tour including the old silk trading area and Moorish Quarter.

Visit Alhambra Palace and the beautiful gardens of Generalife.

Train to the ‘white town’ of Ronda with an orientation tour on arrival.

Free day in Ronda with the chance to enjoy walks in El Tajo Gorge.

Bus to Grazalema, which is the perfect base for walking in the Grazalema Parque Natural.

Return to Seville where the trip ends.

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Highlights of Hidden Catalonia C OVER

New Trip

7

TRIP CODE: HOC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, train, cable car, funicular. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £95

Breathtaking cityscapes and landscapes

Olot

Banyoles Lake

GIRONA

RUPIT

Mountain village Waterfall walk Vic

Figueres Dali Museum (optional) Explore ramparts Optional cycling

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Discover on foot, funicular & cable car

90 km

This fast-paced trip will show you the other side of one of the world’s great cities and an intriguing insight into the beautiful Catalan countryside. After time in atmospheric Girona, we head into the Catalan hills to a real gem - the old village of Rupit set amongst the most spectacular scenery. Our return to Barcelona is unorthodox - a walk along the Path of Waters giving the most stunning views down on the city, then steeply descending by funicular. There’s also time to cycle down old railway lines or admire surrealist masterpieces.

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Join trip in Barcelona. Evening orientation walk along the Ramblas.

Walk to Montjuic castle, cable car down to beach. Chance to cycle, swim or visit Gothic area.

Time to further explore. Train to Girona to wander around the old town and city walls.

Chance to cycle or visit Dali Museum. Afternoon drive to Rupit in the Pyrenean foothills.

Wander medieval backstreets of Rupit. Walk to nearby waterfall and dramatic escarpment.

Drive to hills above Barcelona. Gentle panoramic balcony walk, funicular and metro to hotel.

Chance to visit Sagrada Familia. Trip ends in Barcelona.

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Explore Catalonia’s best known sights on our new fast-paced trip to Barcelona, Rupit, Girona and more.

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Highlights of Old Castile C OVER

New Trip

7

TRIP CODE: HOO ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £175

An insight into hidden Castile SALAMANCA

Explore on foot, optional bikes & boats

SEGOVIA

Roman Aqueduct

Forest walks Avila City Walls

MADRID

SPAIN

Orientation walk

Sierra de Gredos Walks

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Toledo Wander backstreets

90 km

An action-packed trip blending historic towns with beautiful countryside - this is no coach tour, we explore on foot. We’ll stroll along the famous city walls of Avila, walk beneath the Gredos Mountains through lost villages and have ample time to experience the sights of Salamanca. You’ll see the classic cities of Avila, Toledo and Segovia, and have the chance to wander the forests close to the lush Portuguese border. Sip wine and sample tapas in bustling Madrid, visit Egyptian temples and a cathedral made out of recycled materials!

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Join trip in Madrid, short evening orientation walk.

Further exploration on foot, early afternoon train to Toledo, evening train back.

Drive to the rugged Sierra Norte. Gentle walk. Continue to Segovia to explore the historic centre.

Stroll the ramparts of Avila’s walls, walk in Gredos National Park and drive to Salamanca.

Experience Salamanca on foot, Castile’s most atmospheric city. Chance to visit the countryside.

Morning free - try canoeing or kayaking or explore the street art neighbourhood. Train to Madrid.

Opportunity to visit the Prado - or the Recycled Cathedral. Trip ends in Madrid.

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On our new highlights trip to the Old Castile region we travel from Madrid to Salamanca and Segovia.

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Camino de Santiago FROM FROM

£1160 £995

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TRIP CODE: CDS ACCOMMODATION: Standard TREK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TREKKING DETAILS: 9-day trek with between 3.5 to 6 hours walking a day. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £175

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Following in the footsteps of countless pilgrims since the 9th Century, we walk the legendary route to Santiago de Compostela - the resting place of Saint James, where we claim our pilgrims’ certificate. We walk along the most scenic sections between Leon and Santiago: across the high plains of the Castilian Meseta and into the Galician mountains, discovering Gothic cathedrals, and medieval villages along the way.

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Pyrenees to the Med M O D ER

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TRIP CODE: CPM ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or Radon TCS 6.0 hybrid bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £100 MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAY JUN AUG SEP

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Ride with us on scenic dedicated cycle paths from the foothills of the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean coast. We pedal through northern Spain’s volcanic countryside and ancient walled villages to the port town of Sant Feliu de Guixols. We also stroll through the Ramblas in Barcelona, explore the medieval back streets in Girona and enjoy some delicious Catalan cuisine.

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Northern Spain by Rail JO URN

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TRIP CODE: RSP ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Train, bus, funicular. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £320

So many highlights; the trip to Bulnes in the Picos, the Paradors, Santiago, the food, the scenery. Charalambos Y

ATLANTIC OCEAN

CABO ORTEGAL

Bay of Biscay

Ferrol

CORDILLERA CANTEBRICA SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

OVIEDO

SPAIN

PONFERRADA

0 km

Walks on the Camino Santiago Templar Castle

90 km

LLANES

SANTILLANA DEL MAR

Golfe de Gascogne

BILBAO

Bulnes funicular & walk in Picos De Europa NP

Azpeitia

FRANCE

Basque Railway Museum

LEON

Cathedral (optional)

PREMIUM DEPARTURES On this trip we offer Premium departures that will run an alternative itinerary. For full details please refer to our website.

This very special collection of narrow gauge rail journeys takes us along the spectacular coast of northern Spain and through the Picos de Europa mountain range. We visit the Basque Railway Museum and from Poncebos we climb high into the rugged mountains by funicular. We also enjoy Bilbao and the Medieval cities of Santiago de Compostela and Leon.

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Train to Unquera and funicular up to Bulnes. Walk in the Picos de Europa Mountains.

Train to Oviedo with a free afternoon to explore. You may choose to relax in Plaza Alfonso.

Free day in Oviedo with the chance to visit the Asturias Railway Museum.

Train to Ferrol in Galicia and bus on to Santiago de Compostela.

Free day to explore Santiago. You may like to visit the Folk Museum or the 12th century cathedral.

Train to Ponferrada with the option to visit a Templar castle and walk part of the pilgrim trail.

Train to Leon with the opportunity to visit its cathedral and historic centre.

Free morning in Leon before taking a narrow gauge train through spectacular scenery to Bilbao.

Trip ends in Bilbao.

Join trip in Bilbao.

Bus to Azpeitia Train to Puente to visit the San Miguel Basque Railway and transfer to Museum. Santillana del Chance Mar for a free to visit the afternoon. Guggenheim Museum.

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Moorish Trails FROM FROM

£638 £425

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TRIP CODE: SJ ACCOMMODATION: Standard TREK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TREKKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 4 to 6 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Minibus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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FEB MAR APR MAY JUN SEP OCT NOV

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From our small, traditional hotel in the village of Canillas de Albaida, we explore ancient trails linking picturesque white-washed villages through an Andalucian landscape of vineyards and olive groves. We hike along parts of an old ‘Silk Route’ and have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Alhambra Palace in Granada. In the evenings we can sample some of the delicious local food and sweet wine.

Wine, Walks and Tapas in Spain

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£1347 £1075

EASY

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TRIP CODE: CWW ACCOMMODATION: Standard TREK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 10 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TREKKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 1.5 and 3 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £250 MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAY JUN AUG SEP OCT

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Some of Spain’s best food and wine can be found in the provinces of the Basque Country, La Rioja and Catalonia. On this journey from Bilbao to Barcelona we blend easy walks through wonderful scenery with wine tasting - a great introduction to the quality wine regions of La Rioja, Montsant, Priorat and Cava. There is also a special focus on local cuisine. The walks include part of the Camino de Santiago.

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£857 £499

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Madeira Island Discovery C OVER

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8

TRIP CODE: MDR ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £145

Explore the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’.

Sao Vicente

MADEIRA

Encumeuda Calheta

Pico da Torre

PORTUGAL

Camara de Lobos

Ribeira Brava Cabo Girao

Madeira airport

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Discover Madeira’s highlights and learn why it’s known as ‘the pearl of the Atlantic’. Our trip is based in the sun-drenched coastal city of Funchal. From here we explore the island to find out more about its short, but turbulent history and see the dramatic mountainous scenery criss-crossed by man-made canals (Levadas). We’ll also set out on the Atlantic to the Desertas Islands in hope of spotting dolphins and whales. With a mix of full and free days this holiday lets you make the most of your time on the beautiful island.

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Join trip in the island’s capital Funchal.

Full day tour of the north of the island. Easy walk along a scenic levada trail.

Walking tour of Funchal and visit to an embroidery factory. Afternoon tea at Reid’s Hotel.

Visit to a 16th century sugar mill, Ethnographic Museum and wine tasting at Blandy’s.

Free day to explore. Chance to take the ferry to Porto Santo and relax on the white sand beach.

Boat trip to the Desertas Islands in search of whales and dolphins.

Free day with the chance to walk to Caldeirao Verde Waterfall or visit the Nun’s Valley.

Trip ends in Funchal.

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FESTIVAL DEPARTURES Travel on our departure in April set around the Flower Festival to see the island in bloom and witness the colourful parades. Or if you prefer a winter break then join our trip at New Year to see Madeira’s legendary firework display. For full details please refer to our website.

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£693 £550

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Highlights of Portugal C OVER

New Trip

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TRIP CODE: HOP ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Ferry, public bus, taxi, train, tram. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £125

Braga (optional) Alvao NP Walks & Waterfalls

PORTO

Port tasting

Pinhao vineyards

COIMBRA

Wander backstreets

PORTUGAL Batalha Monastery Alcobaca Try Ginjinha

Obidos

Sintra Walk in hill resort

LISBON

Explore on foot, by ferry and tram

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This fast-paced trip crams in so much in just seven days. In the traditional Explore mould we use a host of forms of transport; trams down Lisbon’s cobbled streets, jump on ferries for a fish meal on the docks and take the train up the Douro Valley. You’ll see the highlights, but also places not normally included by travel companies. We do most of our exploration on foot; the Serra do Alvao National Park to see the Cascata Do Rio Olo and exploring the backstreets of Coimbra. We’ll even try Ginjinha - a local sour cherry liqueur.

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Join trip in Lisbon. Evening orientation walk.

Explore Lisbon on foot and tram. Ferry across the Tagus Estuary to Cacilhas for a fish lunch.

Train to Sintra. Stroll through the old town and hillside palaces. Chance to hear ‘Fado’.

Explore Medieval Obidos. Ginjinha tasting. Visit Alcobaca and Batalha Monastery.

Walk in Coimbra’s historic streets. Train to Porto to explore on foot and have a port tasting.

Train into the Douro Valley to visit vineyards with a short walk to Portugal’s highest waterfall.

Trip ends in Porto.

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Discover the best of Portugal including Lisbon, Porto, the Douro Valley and more on our new 7-day trip.

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Azores Island Hopping M O DER

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TRIP CODE: AZ ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). TREKKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days and additional optional walks. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry, flight, public bus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £285 MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

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Bathed in the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, these nine volcanic islands rise up from the mid-Atlantic ridge. On a series of easy walks we explore five of these unspoilt islands: Sao Miguel, Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial. We discover crater lakes, thermal springs, deep gorges and craggy coastlines. There are opportunities to take boat trips in search of whales, and to spend time in picturesque fishing villages.

Levada Trails of Madeira FROM FROM

£690 £499

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TRIP CODE: TM ACCOMMODATION: Standard TREK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TREKKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for an average of 4 to 5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 15. Optional single rooms are available from £110

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FEB MAR APR MAY JUN AUG SEP OCT

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Following Madeira’s unique network of narrow irrigation channels (known as ‘levadas’) and ancient footpaths, this trip incorporates some of the best walking trails on this beautiful volcanic island. Discover rocky shorelines, waterfalls and stunning mountain vistas. Hike to Madeira’s highest peak Ruivo (1862m), and spend time absorbing the delights of the laid-back capital, Funchal.

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French Pyrenees to Carcassonne FROM FROM

£968 £785

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TRIP CODE: PAC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TREK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TREKKING DETAILS: 6 days trekking with an average of 4.5 hours each day. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £195 MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP

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Discover the Languedoc’s remarkable string of Cathar castles, walking in south-west France. Trekking out of the French Pyrenees through Ariege and Aude, we pass pretty villages nestling in the shadows of dramatic castles. Walking through impressive gorges and vineyards, we enjoy regional French cooking and wines along the way to our final destination - the spectacular fortified city of Carcassonne.

Canal du Midi

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TRIP CODE: CCM ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. BIKE: 21 gear Trek T10 Navigator hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £275

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Cycling some of the tree-lined path along the Canal du Midi, this trip leads us from ancient Roman cities to the Mediterranean coast. Ride through the natural beauty of the Corbières region and absorb the rich history of this region from the 12th century cathedral in Narbonne to the medieval fortress town of Carcassonne.

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TRIP CODE: VFR ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £280

VENICE

St. Mark’s Square Kayaking on the canals

Bologna

FLORENCE

Ponte Vecchio Uffizi Gallery (optional)

Orvieto Wine tasting

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Colosseum Vatican (optional)

Discover three of the most famous cities in Europe on this adventure through Italy. Our historical knowledge will be refreshed in Rome visiting the Colosseum and the Circus of Maxentius; the Renaissance movement will fascinate us in Florence, and Venice will fill our heads with romantic illusions as we drift along the canals. You’ll have the chance to indulge in the local food culture with gelato and pizza making classes or simply by enjoying the local food and wine specialities along the way. ITALY

Naples

Bay of Naples

Clifftop town, Agriturismo & local villages

Vesuvius 1281m Crater walk

Ruins at Pompeii Amalfi Scenic walks

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Capri Boat cruise

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Guided tour of Rome including the Colosseum, the largest surviving Roman amphitheatre.

Free day to explore the fascinating city of Rome with the chance to visit the Vatican.

Drive to Florence, stopping at the hilltop town of Orvieto for a local wine and food tasting.

Morning tour of Florence to see the main sights including the famous Ponte Vecchio.

Travel by road and water to the iconic city of Venice with a lunch stop in Bologna.

Walking tour of Venice followed by an afternoon of fun on a kayaking tour of the canals.

Trip ends in Venice.

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TRIP CODE: NA ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £180

Cultural highlights and the picturesque Amalfi Coast.

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National Museum

ITALY

Vesuvius crater walk (optional) 1281m

Herculaneum Bay of Naples

POMPEII

SORRENTO Boat trip around the island

MAIORI PAESTUM

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Exploring the beautiful Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Naples, this trip takes in the well-preserved Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum and the Greek temples of Paestum. We spend time exploring the atmospheric streets of Naples’ old quarter, go underground in the fascinating Napoli Sotterranea and discover a wealth of Roman artefacts at its prestigious museum. We also explore iconic Capri, the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento and have the chance to climb to the crater rim of Mount Vesuvius.

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Visit to Napoli Sotterranea, the National Museum and tour of Naples. Drive to our hotel at Pompeii.

Chance to walk up Mount Vesuvius. Guided visit to the remarkably preserved Herculaneum.

Guided visit to world-famous Pompeii, pasta tasting and Sorrento walking tour.

Day trip to the beautiful island of Capri by hydrofoil. Chance to visit the Blue Grotto.

Scenic drive along the Amalfi Coast to Maiori. Visit to Amalfi and chance to go to Ravello.

Drive to Paestum with a guided visit to the archaeological site.

Trip ends at Naples airport.

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Sorrento, Amalfi and Ravello were beautiful and interesting; Capri was gorgeous.

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TRIP CODE: NAW ACCOMMODATION: Standard TREK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TREKKING DETAILS: 5 day walks of between 3-5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £250 MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV

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A relaxed walking holiday exploring the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Our walks take us across cliff tops, through woodland and national parks and culminate in the ‘Walk of the Gods’ - one of the world’s greatest coastal walks. There is also time to explore Amalfi, Positano and Capri, with the chance to visit Pompeii and Ravello. Our family-run agriturismo provides us with tasty home-produced food and wine.

Cycle Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice

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TRIP CODE: CDV ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle guide, driver(s). BIKE: 27 gear Maxx Crossmaxx hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, train, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £225

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

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TRIP CODE: SCS ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 14 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), guest lecturer, local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £250

PALERMO Monreale Visit cloisters

Taormina Greek Theatre

Segesta 3323m Mt Etna Cable car & 4WD to lava fields (optional)

SICILY

MARSALA

Enna Selinunte

PIAZZA ARMERINA

Heraclea Minoa

Visit Casale & Morgantina excavations

Ionian Sea

SPECIALIST GUIDE Neapolis Archaeological Zone

AGRIGENTO

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

SYRACUSA

Valley of the Temples

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Ortygia Island Ragusa Medieval town

John Wallace

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Catania

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Cefalu Cathedral

Solunto

Ferry to Erice Mozia Island

Picking a highlight is hard to do as each site was spectacular.

Tindaris

Tyrrhenian Sea

Noto Baroque churches

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On this trip we visit many of the country’s highlights including the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the Greek Theatre of Taormina and the capital Palermo. You’ll be joined by our guest lecturer Mr Antonio Marretta who will ensure that your knowledge and experiences of Sicily are brought to life through the information and enthusiasm he brings to the trip.

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Meet our guest lecturer, Antonio Marretta. See Neapolis Archaeological Zone and Ortygia Island.

Drive via the Baroque city of Noto to Piazza Armerina, a lovely traditional Sicilian town.

See the amazing mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale and the excavations at Morgantina.

Drive via Enna to Agrigento and visit the impressive Valley of the Temples.

See historic Heraclea Minoa and drive via Selinute to Marsala. Ferry trip to visit Mozia Island.

Enjoy the views from the hilltop town of Erice and Greek ruins at Segesta en route to Palermo.

Excursion to the ruins at Solunto. Free afternoon in Palermo to perhaps visit Zisa Palace.

Option to go up Mount Etna to see its craters and lava fields. Explore Taormina this afternoon.

Trip ends in Giardini Naxos.

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Walking tour of Drive via the Palermo and pretty fishing visit to Monreale town of Cefalu Cathedral. Free and Tindari day in Palermo to Giardini to further Naxos. explore.

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TRIP CODE: CS ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £150

An amazing experience to walk around such ancient sites. Denise Mitchell

Erice Mountain-top town

PALERMO

Monreale Segesta

MARSALA

SICILY

Mt. Etna

Taormina

GIARDINI NAXOS PIAZZA ARMERINA

Catania airport

SYRACUSA

Agrigento Valley of the Temples 0 km

Messina

Cefalu Cathedral

Ortygia Island

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This all-encompassing trip takes in the highlights of Sicily as we travel to some of the most impressive and best preserved Greco-Roman sites in the Mediterranean, including the mighty Valley of the Temples and the beautiful mosaics at the Villa Romana. Along the way, we enjoy spectacular scenery, experience the relaxed island lifestyle and sample delicious Sicilian food and wine.

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Explore Syracusa’s Neapolis Archeological Zone and the beautiful area of Ortygia Island.

See the amazing mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale and Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples.

Enjoy the views from the hilltop town of Erice and the Greek ruins at Segesta.

Visit the Palatine Chapel and Monreale Cathedral. Enjoy a free afternoon in Palermo.

Explore Cefalu and enjoy the coastal scenery en route to Giardini Naxos.

Chance to go up Mount Etna to see its craters and lava fields. Afternoon exploring Taormina.

Trip ends in Giardini Naxos.

This trip can be combined with our Malta and Gozo Discovery to make a two-week comprehensive holiday of these varied Mediterranean islands.

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TRIP CODE: TUS ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, funicular. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £200

Explore the best of Tuscany’s rolling hills and historic towns.

FLORENCE

LUCCA

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Pisa airport San Gimignano

CASTELLINA

VOLTERRA

SIENA

MONTEPULCIANO

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SAN QUIRICO D'ORCIA

On this trip we get under the skin of the real Tuscany, from the rolling hills to the beautiful architecture and the famous wines to its leaning tower. We explore the most well known attractions including Siena, San Gimignano and Florence, as well as getting off the beaten track in Castellina and San Quirico D’Orcia. We’ll see traditional alabaster carving in Volterra and taste a variety of local wines and Pecorino cheese. We also admire the magnificent design of Tuscany’s churches and cathedrals and have the chance to enjoy a dip in a thermal pool.

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Funicular to Montecatini Alto to explore. Drive to Lucca with the chance to climb Torre Guinigi.

Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Trip ends at Pisa airport.

Join trip at Pisa airport and drive to the wellpreserved Medieval town of Volterra.

Visit a local Take a walk artisan in in the country, Volterra and visit Coltibuono beautiful San Abbey and Gimignano en enjoy a wine route to Chianti tasting en country. route to Siena.

Free time See a castle Drive to in Siena and join wine Florence to visit the and cheese and walk to cathedral. Go tastings. Chance San Miniato to San Quirico for a thermal Church, Monte. D’Orcia via swim. Arrive in Chance to visit Monte Oliveto Montepulciano. the Academia Maggiore. Gallery.

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Our new trip takes in the beautiful towns of Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca and more.

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TRIP CODE: TTY ACCOMMODATION: Standard TREK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore leader / Driver. TREKKING DETAILS: 5 day walks of between 5-6 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Minibus, taxi, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £225

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A walking holiday exploring the landscapes of Tuscany’s hidden gem - the Garfagnana Valley. Nestled between the ‘marble mountains’ of the Alpi Apuane and the rolling Apennines, this is an area of outstanding natural beauty. In a trip highlight we walk along the celebrated ‘Cinque Terre’ coastal path. Each evening we return to our comfortable agriturismo for some typical home-cooked Tuscan cuisine.

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Trails of the Cinque Terre and Liguria M O DER

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TRIP CODE: WCT ACCOMMODATION: Simple TREK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore leader / Driver. TREKKING DETAILS: 5 day walks with an average of 4-5 hours walking. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £210

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Enjoy day walks exploring the rugged beauty of Liguria’s UNESCO-listed coastline, where steep cliffs plunge into a turquoise sea and colourful fishing villages nestle precariously at their foot. In the Cinque Terre National Park we walk on the ‘Azure Trail’ passing through vineyards and woodland. We discover the chic harbour town of Portofino and spectacular landscapes of Portovenere.

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TRIP CODE: MLA ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £105

Beautiful scenery and interesting history. Jane Ta Pinu Basilica

Dwejra Point

Zebbug Marsalforn Ramla Bay Calypso Cave

GOZO

VICTORIA Xaghra Ggantija Temples

Mgarr Harbour

Cirkewwa

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MALTA

SLIEMA

Valletta

Mdina

Mnajdra & Hagar Qim Temples

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Walled Cities of Vittoriosa Cospicua & Senglea

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Join us and explore the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo. We discover some of the most impressive and best preserved ancient sites in the Mediterranean, including the temple ruins of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra. We explore the capital Valletta and admire its impressive fortifications, bastion walls and imposing churches. We also discover the island of Gozo on some easy and rewarding walks and will get to enjoy a local food and wine tasting.

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Walking tour of Victoria and the Ggantija megalithic temples at Xaghra.

Visit Dwejra and take a scenic walk to Xwejni Bay. Ferry to Malta.

Visit to the fortified city of Mdina, the San Anton Botanical Gardens and the Mosta Dome.

Explore the temples at Hagar Qim and Mnajdra and enjoy a local food and wine tasting.

Trip ends at Malta airport.

Walking tour Walking tour of Valletta of the Three and visit Cities - Senglea, Saint John’s Vittoriosa and Co-Cathedral Cospicua and and the take a Grand Grandmaster’s Harbour cruise. Palace.

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COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Classical Sicily trip to make a two-week comprehensive holiday of these varied Mediterranean islands. Trip code: MLAS

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TRIP CODE: CZ ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel, 4 nights standard guesthouse, 2 nights simple hostel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £280

a fabulous taster of some major cities

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KRAKOW

Salt mine (optional)

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Gorge CZECH Dunajec rafting REP.

MIKULOV

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Vienna City tour

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Mountain walks

TATRANSKA LOMNICA BANSKA BYSTRICA

Banska Stiavnica

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY (optional)

Danube cruise

340 km

On this trip we discover the historic European cities of Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague. We’ll have the chance to explore the Medieval town of Banska Stiavnica, admire ancient architecture in Krakow and wander through the cobbled streets in Budapest. We also enjoy walks amidst the spectacular scenery of the Tatras Mountains in Slovakia and experience rafting in the vast Dunajec River Gorge.

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Free day in Krakow with the option of visiting Auschwitz or the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Rafting in Dunajec Gorge and visit to Spis Castle en route to the Tatras Mountains in Slovakia.

Scenic hike in the Tatras Mountains to the Green Lake and possibly the Great White Lake.

Train to Banska Bystrica with a tour on arrival. Visit the UNESCO listed Banska Stiavnica.

Drive to Budapest in Hungary via Hronsek Wooden Church. We have a walking tour on arrival.

Free day in Budapest with the opportunity to visit a thermal bath or join a Danube boat trip.

Drive to Bratislava in Slovakia and have an afternoon orientation walk.

Train to Vienna in Austria with a city tour and free time here before returning to Bratislava.

Visit to the UNESCO area of LedniceValtice and wine tasting in Mikulov in the Czech Republic.

Train to Prague followed by a walking tour. Free day to explore or maybe visit Konopiste Castle.

Trip ends in Prague.

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TRIP CODE: KWW ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotels. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Train, bus, public bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £180

Discover three of Poland’s most historic and beautiful cities. BELARUS

WARSAW

Stare Miasto Lazienki Palace

POLAND WROCLAW

Old Town and Centennial Hall CZECH REPUBLIC 0 km

KRAKOW

Medieval square Auschwitz (optional) Wieliczka Salt Mines

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UKRAINE

Explore the historical highlights of Poland and the country’s greatest cities, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Krakow. We travel between the cities by train, passing through glorious countryside, before immersing ourselves in Medieval buildings, historical squares, chic pavement cafes and micro-breweries. We explore the cities on foot with local guides and visit the impressive Wieliczka Salt Mines. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about Poland’s troubled past by visiting Auschwitz and Schindler’s Factory.

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Explore Warsaw’s beautifully restored Old Town with the chance to visit Wilanow Palace.

Train to the charming city of Wroclaw with a tour on arrival - be on the look out for gnomes.

Free day in Wroclaw, known as the ‘Venice of Poland’. It’s built on 12 islands with many canals.

Train to Krakow with an evening orientation walk of the Medieval square.

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Explore Krakow Free day in Old Town Krakow and the with a visit to chance to go the Jewish to Auschwitz. Kazimierz Enjoy a District and traditional Wieliczka Salt Jewish dinner Mines. and music.

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Walking around each of the three cities and seeing the beautifully restored buildings and the fantastic squares. June H

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Polotsk

LITHUANIA

RUSSIA

VITEBSK

Augustow Canal

KNYSZYNSKA FOREST

POLAND

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Hiking Canoeing (optional)

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LIDA

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City tour

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Mir Castle

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Lake Naroch

Nesvizh Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Brest Fortress

105 km

Join us to discover the villages, forests and historic cities of Belarus and eastern Poland. We hike in the Berezinsky National Park, which is a haven for an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Explore the rich history of Hrodna (Grodno), Polotsk and Vitebsk, home to the artist Marc Chagall. Visit the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nezvish and Mir Castles. Tour the Belarusian capital of Minsk and visit the 19th century Russian fortress at Brest.

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Join trip in Warsaw.

Cross the border into Belarus. Visit Brest Fortress and overnight at Nesvizh Castle.

Visit UNESCO listed Mir Castle. Drive to the capital of Minsk with a walking tour on arrival.

Free morning in Minsk. Drive to Vitebsk, which is known as the cultural capital of Belarus.

Free morning in Vitebsk. Drive to Berezinsky National Park via the historic town of Polotsk.

Hiking in Berezinsky National Park, which is home to the largest marshland in Europe.

Drive to the historic city of Lida via Naroch, the largest lake in Belarus.

Visit the Augustow Canal en route to Hrodna with a walking tour on arrival.

Drive through the Knyszynska Forest and cross the Polish border to Bialystock.

Drive to Warsaw airport where the trip ends.

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TRIP CODE: PW ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 14. Optional single rooms are available from £85

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The beautiful Pieniny Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for this short break in the crisp Polish winter. We spend an exhilarating few days snowshoeing through the stunning snow-covered surroundings and go for a walk through Dunajec Gorge. We also take a torch-lit sleigh ride, enjoy an evening of traditional food and music with the locals and uncover the architectural delights of Krakow.

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Pedalling in Poland M O D ER

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TRIP CODE: CPP ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. BIKE: 21 gear Unibike Voyager hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £95 MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP

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Poland is an idyllic location for a cycle holiday and we meander through its unspoilt landscapes, medieval towns and traditional timberframed villages. Surrounded by the Beskid Mountains, we cycle on cliff-cut paths along the picturesque Dunajec Gorge and into Slovakia. We will sample some delicious local cuisine and experience a warm welcome from the locals.

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Svetlogorsk Beaches and Baltic Coast

Malbork Castle

Chief town of province (voblast)

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Yantarny Amber mining

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On this short break we explore the little known Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. From Gdansk we will travel to Kaliningrad city before heading out to learn more about amber mining in the beautiful Baltic coastal resort of Svetlogorsk. A full day in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Curonian Spit National Park is our last excursion within the Russian borders before we return to Gdansk via the largest castle in the world, Malbork.

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Kaliningrad city tour. Visit to the spa town of Svetlogorsk and Yantarny amber mining region.

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Full day in the Curonian Spit National Park with its beautiful sand dunes and twisted trees.

Drive via the largest castle in the world, Malbork, back to the pretty Polish port city of Gdansk.

Trip ends in Gdansk.

Visited Gdansk and Kaliningrad and also some rural locations. My highlights were the cities and how they have both recovered since WW2 Nigel G

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TRIP CODE: BAT ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £145

Highlights of the Baltics. Gulf of Finland

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BALTIC SEA Parnu

ESTONIA

LATVIA

RIGA

LITHUANIA KALININGRAD

RUSSIA

PAKRUOJO DVARAS

Hill of Crosses

Kaunas

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This trip is the perfect introduction for first time visitors to the Baltic states. We explore the three capital cities on foot, as well as visiting the KGB Museum in Vilnius, Europe’s largest market in Riga and going underground in the tunnels beneath Medieval Tallinn. We stay overnight and enjoy a traditional beer tasting and dinner in the historic Pakruojis Manor, founded in 1531. We also visit Trakai Castle, Kaunas, the Hill of Crosses and Parnu on the Baltic Sea.

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Join trip in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital.

Orientation walking tour of Vilnius to see the main sights. Visit to the KGB Museum.

Visit to Trakai Castle and Kaunas. We step back in time with an overnight stay at Pakruojis Manor.

Visit to the Hill of Crosses en route to Riga, Latvia’s capital. Walking tour on arrival.

We explore Riga Central Market, the largest in Europe. Free afternoon in the city.

Drive via the pretty seaside town of Parnu to Tallinn, Estonia’s capital.

Orientation walking tour of Tallinn and visit to the historic bastion tunnels below the city.

Trip ends in Tallinn.

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Stay in the capital cities of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, as well as the historic manor estate at Pakruojis.

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TRIP CODE: HB ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 14 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £295

Cities and national parks of the Baltics. Gulf of Finland

TALLINN

BALTIC SEA

ESTONIA

SAAREMAA

TARTU

KURESSARE Old town Cesis

RIGA

Sigulda

Rundale Palace

KLAIPEDA Curonian Spit NP

LATVIA

Siauliai Hill of Crosses

LITHUANIA

KALININGRAD

KAUNAS Pazaislis Monastery

RUSSIA

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Trakai Castle

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Discover the historic Baltic Republics on this trip through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. We explore the maze of cobbled streets in Tallinn, visit the lively local market in Riga and admire the beautiful architecture and baroque churches in Vilnius. We also visit picturesque fishing villages, stunning countryside and sample delicious local cuisine on the way.

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Join trip in Tallinn, Estonia. Enjoy a walking tour and free time to explore.

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

Explore Kuressare including Saint Laurentius Church. Chance to visit the Bishops Palace.

Travel to Tartu, the oldest town in Estonia via the pretty coastal town of Parnu.

Morning walking tour of Tartu including Toomemagi Cathedral Hill and Raekoja Plats.

See Cesis and Sigulda en route to Riga, Latvia. We’ll also visit the Medieval Turaida Castle.

Walking tour of Riga’s old town with free time or the chance to visit Jurmala on the coast.

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

Go to the Curonian Spit National Park to see the Hill of Witches and the amazing sand dunes.

Walking tour of historic Kaunas including the 13th century castle ruins.

Drive to Vilnius via the baroque Pazaislis Monastery and Trakai Castle.

Tour of Vilnius including the Chapel of the Dawn. Trip ends in Vilnius.

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TRIP CODE: HBR ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple overnight train. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, train, metro. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £360

Renowned cities of the former Soviet Union. FINLAND

ST. PETERSBURG Hermitage Museum

TALLINN

BALTIC SEA

ESTONIA Parnu

LATVIA

RIGA

RUSSIA

LITHUANIA

Kremlin

VILNIUS

KALININGRAD POLAND

MOSCOW

Trakai Castle

Mir Castle

MINSK

Nesvizh Castle

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This is the perfect trip to introduce you to the legendary cities of the old Soviet Union. You’ll visit 5 fascinating countries and stay in 6 historic cities. Whilst in the Baltic’s you’ll have the chance to marvel at Tallinn’s Old Town, Riga’s Freedom Monument and Vilnius’s university. In Minsk you can stroll down Independence Avenue. In Moscow you’ll ride the metro to the Red Square and visit the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin. This trip is a must for anyone looking to soak up the history and culture of Eastern Europe.

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Join trip in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

Morning walking tour of Tallinn to see the sights such as Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Drive to Riga, Latvia’s capital, via the seaside city of Parnu. Enjoy a walking tour of Riga.

Head for the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius. Visit the Hill of Crosses and Trakai Castle en route.

Walking tour of Vilnius with an afternoon at leisure and the chance to visit the KGB Museum.

Drive to Minsk, the capital of Belarus and enjoy a walking tour of the main sights.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mir Castle and Nesvizh Palace.

Free day in Minsk before taking an overnight train to Moscow, Russia’s capital city.

Enjoy a tour of the Red Square and Kremlin in Moscow. Take an overnight train to St. Petersburg.

Arrive in St. Petersburg and take a city tour. Excursion to the Hermitage Art Gallery by metro.

Excursion to Catherine the Great’s Palace at Pushkin to see the stunning gardens and interior.

Trip ends in St. Petersburg.

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TRIP CODE: WR ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, train, metro. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £120

A tale of two cities.

Hermitage Museum

ST PETERSBURG Pushkin Catherine’s Palace

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Red Square Kremlin BELARUS 0 km

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Lenin Hills & Novodevichy Monastery

120 km

On this short trip, we explore Russia’s two most important cities in-depth. In Moscow, we take-in the Kremlin, the 16th century Saint Basil’s Cathedral and have the chance to see Lenin’s embalmed body in its Red Square mausoleum. Later, we discover the contrasting architecture of St. Petersburg, with its European influences and vast, flamboyant palaces.

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Join trip in Moscow, Russia’s capital city.

Orientation tour of Moscow by its famed metro including the Red Square. Visit to Lenin Hills.

Excursion on the Moscow metro to the Kremlin. Visit to the Kremlin Armoury Museum.

Free day in Moscow. Chance to visit Lenin’s Mausoleum. Overnight train to St. Petersburg.

Orientation tour of St. Petersburg to see the main sights such as Saint Isaac’s Cathedral.

Visit to the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum. Option to visit Saint Peter and Paul Fortress.

Excursion to Catherine the Great’s Palace at Pushkin. Opportunity to visit Yusupov Palace.

Trip ends in St. Petersburg.

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It really lived up to my dreams. I loved the diversity between Moscow and St Petersburg. Sarah G

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TRIP CODE: GR ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £250

Russia’s ‘Golden Ring’.

ST PETERSBURG Hermitage Museum

ESTONIA

Pushkin Catherine’s Palace

Yaroslavl

RUSSIA Sergiev Posad

Suzdal

ROSTOV VELIKY

VLADIMIR MOSCOW

BELARUS

Red Square Kremlin

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We begin this trip in the megacity of Moscow, travel by train to St. Petersburg and discover Russia’s ‘golden ring’: the historic cities of Sergiev Posad, Vladimir and Suzdal. The golden ring, shows you another side to Russia, away from it’s main bustling cities, you can experience the rolling countryside and see classic Russian architecture in some of its oldest towns and cities. We’ll also see the Red Square and Kremlin in Moscow and visit the majestic Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg as well as the beautiful Palace of Catherine the Great at Pushkin.

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Join trip in Moscow, Russia’s capital city.

Orientation tour of Moscow by its famed metro including the Red Square. Visit to Lenin Hills.

Excursion to the Kremlin with the chance to visit the Armoury.

Drive to Vladimir in Russia’s ‘golden ring’ and visit the Trinity Monastery of Saint Sergius.

Visit historic Suzdal and the Field Museum of Wooden Architecture en route to Rostov Veliky.

Tour of Rostov Veliky and Yaroslav, river boat trip and overnight train to St. Petersburg.

Orientation tour of St. Petersburg to see the main sights such as Saint Isaac’s Cathedral.

Visit to the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum. Option to visit Saint Peter and Paul Fortress.

Excursion to Catherine the Great’s Palace at Pushkin. Opportunity to visit Yusupov Palace.

Trip ends in St. Petersburg.

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TRIP CODE: MOO ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £220

Discover the unique charms of Moldova and Romania. MOLDOVA Iaşi Cricova Wine Cellar

UKRAINE

CHISINAU

Tiraspol

ORHEIUL VECHI

ROMANIA Berca Mud Volcanoes

VALEA LUPULUI Urlateanu Mansion Pelisor Castle (Optional)

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BULGARIA

143 km

Moldova and Romania have emerged from behind the Iron Curtain as fascinating destinations in their own right. We discover Moldova’s capital Chisinau and Tiraspol, the capital of the breakaway territory of Trans-Dniester, which harks back to the days of the USSR. In stark contrast we’ll stay in traditional guesthouses near to the Orheiul Vechi complex with its early Christian monasteries. We explore rural Romania and its captivating capital, Bucharest. Along the way we’ll taste local wine and brandy and have the chance to go whitewater rafting. DAY

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Join trip in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova.

Visit Bendery Fort and Tiraspol, the capital of Trans-Dniester. Tasting of Kvint Brandy.

Chisinau walking tour and wine tasting at Cricova Cellar. Overnight stay at Orheiul Vechi.

Visit the massive and provocative Palace of the Parliament. Free afternoon in Bucharest.

Trip ends in Bucharest.

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Drive to rural Relax in Valea See bubbling Valea Lupului Lupului or the mud volcanoes in Romania chance to go and go for a via the historic whitewater wine tasting city of Iasi to rafting or at Urlateanu tour the main experience a Mansion. sights. four-wheel drive Arrive in excursion. Bucharest.

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Get off the beaten track in Eastern Europe.

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Winter Adventure in Romania C OVER

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TRIP CODE: WRO ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights standard guesthouse, 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse, 1 night simple ice hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, cable car. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £100

N HIA S AT RP AIN CA UNT MO

Sighisoara

VISCRI

SIBIU Brasov

ICE HOTEL Lake Balea

MOIECIU

ROMANIA

BUCHAREST

0 km

BULGARIA

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On this winter trip we explore Romania’s most famous attractions, captivating towns and cities, natural beauty and stay in its fantastic Ice Hotel in the mountains above Lake Balea. We visit the legendary Bran Castle, the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sighisoara and the historic city of Sibiu. As well as making the most of the winter scenery with a wild tracking excursion accompanied by a local expert and the chance to go snowshoeing, you’ll have the opportunity to try the unusual activity of truffle hunting.

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Join trip in Bucharest, Romania’s capital.

Drive to the Baroque city of Sibiu for a tour and free time to explore the cobbled streets.

Head for Lake Balea to take the cable car up to the Ice Hotel for our overnight stay.

Visit the UNESCO listed town of Sighisoara en route to Viscri, where we visit a fortified church.

Free morning with the option to go truffle hunting or take a sleigh ride. Drive to Moieciu.

Excursion to the legendary Bran Castle. Wildlife tracking with a local expert and tour of Brasov.

Drive to Bucharest for a tour and visit Ceausescu’s Palace. Free afternoon to explore.

Trip ends in Bucharest.

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JAN FEB MAR APR

A great value way to experience a night in an Ice Hotel.

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TRIP CODE: BU ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights standard guesthouse, 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 15. Optional single rooms are available from £90

Discover culture and nature in Transylvania. N HIA S AT RP AIN CA UNT MO Brasov Black Church

TRANSYLVANIAN ALPS MOIECIU Bran Castle

Sinaia

Peles Castle

ROMANIA BUCHAREST City tour Ceausescu’s Palace

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Romania is a ruggedly beautiful country and on this long weekend we uncover dramatic mountains, Medieval towns and fairy tale castles. We travel deep into Transylvania - the legendary home of Dracula - and visit the Saxon fortifications in Brasov. In season we have the unique opportunity to watch European brown bears emerge from the thick forests to feed at a local reserve.

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Join trip in Bucharest.

Tour of Bucharest, visits to Peles and Pelisor Castles and an evening spent bear watching.

Visit the legendary Bran Castle and the chance this evening for further bear watching.

Walking tour of Brasov including the Black Church.

Trip ends in Bucharest.

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The scenery and sites were amazing; I’d recommend the Pelisor Palace for its unique and startling collection of Arts Nouveaux. Linda K

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Village Folklore and the Danube Delta C OVER

11

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DAYS

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TRIP CODE: TD ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple boat, 1 night standard guesthouse. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £185

Exploring traditional Romania and the Danube Delta. Sapanta

Vasar Valley Viseu trek Putna de Sus

SUCEVITA

Painted monastery

BORSA

BISTRITA

ROMANIA Sighisoara (medieval town)

TRANSYLVANIAN ALPS MOIECIU

N HIA AT NS RP TAI CA OUN M

Moldovita Prislop Monastery Pass

Brasov

Bran Castle

MOLDOVA

BACAU

GATEWAY TO THE DANUBE DELTA

Tulcea

Birdlife & Ponton cruise

Pelisor Castle (optional)

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Enter a land of remote villages, ancient customs and beautiful scenery on this Romanian adventure. We visit painted monasteries in the Bukovina hills, take a historic steam train journey through the remote Vaser Valley and walk in the forested Carpathian Mountains. We also unravel the myths of Dracula’s legendary Transylvania and cruise along the backwaters of the Danube Delta.

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Join trip in Bucharest.

City tour of Bucharest including a visit to the Village Museum before travelling to Moieciu.

Visit to the famous Bran Castle and Medieval city of Brasov before arriving in Bistrita.

See Sapanta village and the UNESCO listed Merry Cemetery en route to Borsa.

Train up through the forested Vaser Valley and scenic alpine hike to Moisei.

Hike in the Rodna Mountains. Visit the painted monastery of Moldovita.

Walk to Sucevita and Putna monasteries before driving to Bacau.

Cruise along the Danube Delta on a pontoon boat.

Exploring and bird watching on our cruise of the Danube Delta.

Our cruise ends and we drive back to Bucharest for our final evening.

Trip ends in Bucharest.

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We walk on four days of this 11 day trip for an average of three hours per day. Walks are graded as easy with some moderate sections.

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Alpine Lakes of Slovenia C OVER

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DAYS

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TRIP CODE: SO ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £200

Exploring Slovenia’s highlights and the Julian Alps. AUSTRIA

TRIGLAV NP Savica Waterfall

Triglav 2864m

Lake Bled

Lake Bohinj

Vogel 1922m

SLOVENIA

Skofja Loka

LJUBLJANA

Nova Gorica ITALY

Predjama Castle

Skocjan Caves

PIRAN

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Glacial lakes, steep mountain cliffs and forested valleys are all part of this trip in Slovenia. We walk along the shores of crystal clear lakes, through grassy meadows and over rolling hills. We also explore the cobbled streets and Venetian gothic architecture of Piran on the Adriatic coast, as well as visit the underground caves at Skocjan and the dramatic Predjama Castle.

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Join trip in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia.

Visit Medieval Skofja Loka. Free time at Lake Bled with the option to join a boat trip.

Cable car up Mount Vogel. Walk to Savica Waterfall in the beautiful Triglav National Park.

Free day at Lake Bohinj with the chance to go walking, cycling or rafting.

Scenic train ride to Nova Gorica and visit to the UNESCO listed Skocjan Caves.

Free day in Piran to explore the beautiful town and enjoy the nearby beaches.

Visit 16th century Predjama Castle en route back to Ljubljana.

Trip ends in Ljubljana.

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TRIP CODE: YUG ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 14 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Train, bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £295

SLOVENIA

LJUBLJANA ZAGREB

ROMANIA

Novi Sad

Plitvice National Park

This is a journey through Europe’s most evolving region, where the once war-torn countries are developing into fascinating nations rich in history and varying cultures. The rail journeys will offer you a true insight into local life and a chance to see the stunning landscape.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

CROATIA SARAJEVO ADRIATIC SEA

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On this sixteen-day adventure we will discover Europe’s newest countries and travel by rail through some of the Balkan’s most inspiring scenery. After war and communism reigned strong for much of the 20th century, the former Yugoslavia remains relatively undiscovered by many travellers. However, now there are thriving new capitals open for discovery and untouched countryside to be seen. This fast paced trip will get under the skin of Tito’s Yugoslavia, as well as visiting Europe’s oldest lake, Lake Ohrid and Croatia’s largest national park, Plitvice.

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Guided tour of Zagreb followed by Plitvice National Park to explore lakes, caves and rivers.

Train journey to Sarajevo to discover this city’s mismatched architecture and Ottoman influence.

Train to Mostar, guided tour on arrival and a free evening to experience the relaxed atmosphere.

Drive to Podgorica, stopping along the way in Old Town Dubrovnik and Montenegro’s dramatic Kotor.

Today we take our most scenic train ride through valleys and wild countryside to Belgrade.

Overnight train to historic capital, Skopje, for orientation and traditional Macedonian dinner.

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

Travel to the lakeside town of Ohrid, via Galichica National Park, for an afternoon boat ride.

All day transfer to Pristina with a city bus tour on arrival. Trip ends in Pristina.

Guided tour of Excursion Serbia’s capital, to Serbia’s Belgrade, second largest followed by an city, Novi Sad, afternoon to which lies on explore at your the banks of own pace. the Danube River.

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TRIP CODE: DD ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £155

PLITVICKA JEZERA Plitvice Lakes NP trails & waterfalls

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Explore the best of Croatia’s historic and natural highlights on this one-week trip. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik, the historic city of Trogir, the Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the shimmering lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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Free day in Dubrovnik to explore or the chance to visit Korcula or Lokrum Island Nature Reserve.

Tour of Dubrovnik and visits to the Maritime and Ethnographic Museums. Drive to Split.

Free day in Split with the option to visit Hvar Island or the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery.

Tour of Split including the Diocletian’s Palace before departing for Plitvicka Jezera.

Full day in the Plitvice Lakes National Park to walk and admire the beautiful waterfalls.

Tour of Zadar including the sun salutation and tour of Trogir with a visit to the cathedral.

Trip ends in Trogir.

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COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Dalmatian Island Cruise along the Adriatic coast. Trip code: DDC

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TRIP CODE: DC ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple boat. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Boat, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18.

Split airport

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This trip can be combined with our Old Dubrovnik and Dalmatia holiday. MLJET

Trip code: DDC

Home to over a thousand islands, the Croatian Adriatic offers some of the best cruising in the Mediterranean. We travel to the islands of Vis, Korcula, Hvar and more on board a traditional wooden boat. Unwind as we swim in crystal clear seas off the coast of remote islands with sandy beaches, visit ancient villages, explore pine-forested trails and enjoy delicious local cuisine and wines.

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Join trip in Trogir, where we board our traditional boat and settle in to our cabins.

We visit the stunning Blue Cave and give sea kayaking a try before cruising to Vis Island.

Cruise to Vela Luka on Korcula Island. Chance to visit an olive grove with dinner and music.

Cruise to Korcula Town and enjoy windsurfing from Lumbarda.

Head for Scedro Island to swim before arriving in Hvar for a tour and to see the citadel.

Travel to Starigrad for a cycle ride before cruising on to Brac to relax on the golden beach.

Cruise to Solta Island to enjoy our last day of swimming and relaxation.

Cruise back to Trogir where the trip ends.

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ACCOMMODATION The boat is family operated and the cabins are small but cosy. There are 10 twin cabins (bunk beds) on the main and upper decks, with a wash basin in each. There are 4 toilet/showers and 1 separate shower. The boat is equipped with a galley, dining room, spacious sundeck and a boat ladder.

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TRIP CODE: YD ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 10 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 15. Optional single rooms are available from £195

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

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Visit Kustendorf Optional Sargan 8 Railway

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Gorazde ‘Bridge Over The Drina’ Durmitor NP Walk to Black Lake

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CROATIA Dubrovnik City tour

Dubrovnik airport

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Mileseva Monastery

Djurdjevica Tara Bridge

MONTENEGRO Tvrdos Monastery

TREBINJE

Moraca Monastery

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Kotor Fjord boat trip

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Travelling through the heart of former Yugoslavia, we discover four countries that have been shaped by a rich but turbulent history. Against a backdrop of jagged mountain peaks and dramatic coastlines, we explore several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, fascinating old towns and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Durmitor National Park.

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Join trip at Dubrovnik airport and transfer to Djenovici in Montenegro.

Walking tour of Medieval Kotor and a boat trip in the bay.

Chance to swim on the Budva Riviera. Opportunity to join a boat trip on Skadar Lake.

Visit Moraca Monastery and walk in Durmitor National Park before arriving in Zabljak.

Drive to Sirogojno in Serbia via Mileseva Monastery. Visit Sirogojno Open Air Museum.

Drive to Mokra Gora and visit Kustendorf. Chance to ride on the historic Sargan Eight Railway.

Visit the famed ‘Bridge over the Drina’ before driving to Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Explore Sarajevo on our guided city tour including the old town centre of Bascarsija.

Drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mostar for a guided tour and time to explore.

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Stop at Tvrdos Drive to Monastery with Dubrovnik. the chance for Take a walking a wine tasting. tour and enjoy Orientation free time tour of before going to Trebinje. Cavtat.

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TRIP CODE: KOA ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £310

PRISTINA VALBONA VALLEY

PEJA

Decani Monastery

Gracanica Monastery

KOSOVO PRIZREN

Rahovec

Brezovica

SHKODRA SKOPJE

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MACEDONIA

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Discover three fascinating countries on this two-week trip, including one of the world’s newest countries: Kosovo. Independent since 2008, Kosovo is often referred to as ‘newborn.’ Along with Albania and Macedonia, this is a region that is off the beaten track and most travellers still know little about. On this trip you’ll have the chance explore the countries’ treasures from their rich history to their incredible scenery including dramatic mountains, lakes and pretty valleys.

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Join trip in Kruja. Visit the bazaar and citadel. Drive to Shkodra and see Rozafa Fortress.

We drive through the mountains to the picturesque Valbona Valley.

Alpine hike with a stop to meet a local shepherd’s family. Traditional lamb dinner.

Enter Kosovo and visit the UNESCO listed Decani Monastery on the way to Peja.

In Rahovec we visit local wine makers and Hoqa e Vjeter village before driving to Prizren.

Explore historic Prizren and visit the Tzar Dushan Fortress.

Walk in the meadows of Potok in Sharr National Park before driving to Skopje in Macedonia.

Discover Skopje, Teovo Mosque and drive to Mavrovo National Park.

Explore beautiful Lake Ohrid and the Saint Naum Monastery before arriving in Pogradec.

Drive to Tirana in Albania for a walking tour on arrival. Trip ends in Tirana.

Explore the Visit Drini Peja highlands Bardhe and the church Waterfall, a war complex of memorial and Peja Patriarch. the Gracanica Monastery en route to Pristina.

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TRIP CODE: AM ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard monastery. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £250

In the footsteps of Alexander the Great.

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SOFIA

St Joakim Osogovski Monastery MONTENEGRO KRIVA

PALANKA

SKOPJE

BULGARIA Rila Monastery

Kratovo

BANSKO

Matka Gorge Mavrovo NP

MACEDONIA

LAKE OHRID

KAVALA

PELISTER NP

St Naum Monastery

Heraclea

Keramoti Philippi

Pella Vergina

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Thassos Ouranopoli Mount Athos Boat trip

Journey through eastern Bulgaria, northern Greece and Macedonia to uncover the lost empire of Alexander the Great. We explore a range of cultural landmarks including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Lake Ohrid and the Rila Monastery. We also take a boat trip along the Mediterranean coast to the fabled Mount Athos, visit the mosaics of Pella and walk in the pretty Pelister National Park.

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City tour of Sofia before travelling to Macedonia for an overnight stay in a monastery.

Sightseeing in Kratovo and Skopje including Kale Fortress and the Church of Saint Spas.

Excursion to Matka Gorge with the chance for a boat trip on the lake above the dam.

Drive to Lake Ohrid via Mavrovo National Park and the beautiful Saint Jovan Bigorski Monastery.

Guided walking tour of Ohrid. Free time to relax by the lake, enjoy a walk or take a boat trip.

Visit to Saint Naum Monastery and Galicica National Park en route to Pelister National Park.

See the ancient sights of Heraclea and Pella before arriving in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Guided tour of Thessaloniki and visit to the UNESCO listed site of Vergina.

Drive to Kavala via the Halkidiki Peninsula. Boat trip to see Mount Athos and to Thassos Island.

Explore historical Philippi before driving on to Bansko in Bulgaria.

Visit to the famous Rila Monastery. Return to Sofia where the trip ends.

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Insider View “It’s too difficult to choose just one highlight. The combination of ancient sites, beautiful churches and time spent outdoors make this a brilliantly varied trip. There’s a great balance of days packed with activities and free time to explore at leisure. Ohrid was a town I would love to go back to, its location on the shores of a lake give it a relaxed feel and it is home to so much to see and do - both ancient and modern. Other highlights included wandering through the magnificently preserved ancient town of Phillipi, and time on Thassos Island where there’s something for everyone, including walks, museums, shops and a beach for those who just want to relax. I had an amazing time visiting these three countries.” Michelle Bird, Explore Marketing Executive

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Medieval town Roman Amphitheatre

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Durresi

MACEDONIA

Elbasan Fortress

ALBANIA Red Mosque Fortress

Apollonia

Lake Ohrid

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Gur-i-Topit 2120m

BERAT

KORCA

WHITE MOUNTAINS

VLORA

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Llongara NP Walks

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GJIROKASTRA Fortress

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Still emerging from isolation, Albania is overflowing with well kept secrets waiting to be discovered. On this trip, we uncover the remains of past civilisations, from Illyrian tribes and ancient Greeks to the Romans and Ottomans. As we travel from the Adriatic Coast across the White Mountains to Lake Ohrid, we experience unspoilt natural beauty and a traditional rural lifestyle.

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See Petrela Fortress. Walking tour of Tirana and visit the National Museum of History.

Visit Elbasan Fortress and stop in the picturesque fishing village of Lin en route to Pogradec.

Drive via Voskopoja to Korca. Explore the Old Town and visit the Cathedral and Medieval Museum.

Drive to Permeti on one of the most scenic routes in Albania. Countryside walk in Benja.

Visit Leusa and drive in the mountains to Gjirokastra. Visit the castle and Ethnographic Museum.

See ‘The Blue Eye’ and explore Butrint, one of the greatest archaeological sites in the Balkans.

Drive to Vlora on the coast and take a walk in the Llogara National Park. See Muradi Mosque.

Visit ancient Apollonia, Narta Lagoon and Zvernec Monastery en route to Berat.

Tour of Berat including the fortress and Red Mosque. Visit the Roman amphitheatre at Durresi.

Trip ends in Kruja.

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TRIP CODE: GX ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £200

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Take a journey back in time on this historical trip to the Peloponnese region of Greece. We explore the magnificent ancient ruins of Olympia and discover the Byzantine ghost town of Mystras. We visit the Acropolis in Athens, the Temple of Apollo in Delphi and the Kingdom of Agamemnon in Mycenae. We can also enjoy boat trips and relax on the Mani Peninsula.

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Orientation walk of Athens including a guided tour of the famed Acropolis.

Free day in Areopolis. Option to join a trip to Monemvasia on a small island off the coast.

Excursion to the scenic Mani Peninsula including the fortified village of Vathia.

Drive to the harbour town of Pylos via the ruins of Medieval Mystras.

Free day in Pylos with the opportunity to visit the Venetian fortress at Methoni.

Bus to Walk to Drive to Nafplion with Palamidi Areopolis via an orientation Fortress and the fascinating walk on an excursion ancient ruins at arrival and the to Epidavros Mycenae. chance to walk to see the well to the local preserved beach. ancient theatre.

Drive to Athens for your final evening. Trip ends in Athens.

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Visit to Nestor’s Guided tour Palace and tour of Delphi of Olympia, including which was once the Temple home to the of Apollo. ancient Olympic Chance to visit Games. the museum.

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TRIP CODE: GW ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 14 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £300

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Explore the gleaming waterfront harbours, beautiful coves and long sandy beaches of the Cyclades Islands. Travelling by ferry we visit the islands of Syros, Paros, Santorini and Naxos. Join us for exploratory walks or relax in beachside taverns enjoying the local cuisine.

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Walking tour of Athens Plaka (Old Town) with the chance to visit the famous Acropolis.

Ferry to Syros. Opportunity to walk to Stephano’s Cave and along the coast to Azolimnos.

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

You may choose to enjoy a walk along the Byzantine road or perhaps visit Antiparos.

Ferry to Santorini with the chance to partake in a wine tasting.

You might like to join a boat excursion across the lagoon to see the volcanic Kameni islands.

Option to walk up an active volcano, visit warm springs and cruise to tiny island of Thirisia.

Opportunity to walk to the ruins at Thira before taking the ferry to Naxos.

Free day in Naxos with the chance to visit the ancient sites of Delos and Mykonos.

You may decide to walk to the summit of Mount Zeus, which offers great views over the island.

Ferry back to Athens where the trip ends.

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TRIP CODE: GC ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights simple boat, 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew. TRANSPORT: Boat, bus, ferry, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Cruising in quiet Greek waters.

EVIA ISLAND ERETRIA

Ancient city-state Walk to temple Picturesque villages

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STYRA

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Stunning coastline

Swimming Secluded islands

ATTICA

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Old Venetian castle

Athens Rafina

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Experience traditional Greece on this relaxing cruise around the quiet coves and harbours of Evia Island. Join our captain, Thanos, on board his traditional Greek sailing boat and explore the beautiful bays and ancient ruins scattered along this historic coastline. Along the way we drop anchor at tranquil fishing villages and local taverns to sample the delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

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Join trip at Athens airport and transfer to Evia Island to board our traditional wooden caique.

Cruise to Karystos with the chance to swim and visit Costello Rosso Fort.

Chance to enjoy a walk to Agios Dimitrios before cruising to the fishing village of Panagia.

Cruise via the lagoon with its warm, azure waters at Porto Buffalo to ancient Eretria.

Option to shop and relax in Eretria before cruising to Nea Styra with its beautiful beaches.

Cruise via peaceful Porto Lafia to the fishing village of Marmari with its quaint tavernas.

Cruise around the exclusive Petali Islands en route back to Karystos.

Ferry to Rafina then transfer to Athens airport where our trip ends.

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

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From our hotel on the outskirts of historic Bellapais we explore one of the most unspoilt regions of the Mediterranean on this walking trip through North Cyprus’ beautiful Besparmak Mountains. We follow quiet, flower-rich mountain trails and discover imposing Crusader castles, with stunning cobalt sea backdrops. In Kyrenia, we explore the picturesque harbour front and narrow cobbled backstreets.

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Walking through the ancient province of Lycia, this trip follows one of Turkey’s most spectacular and famous coastal trails, the Lycian Way. On our journey from Kayakoy to Simena, we trek through hills, forests and farmland; and along scenic paths overlooking the Turquoise Coast. Along the way we will experience remote village life, relax on golden beaches and discover ancient sites.

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Topkapi Palace Blue Mosque

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CANAKKALE Troy

Pergamon Acropolis

SELCUK Ephesus

Caunos

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Discover the contrasts of Turkey as we explore the fascinating city of Istanbul, learn about the ancient sites of Ephesus and Troy and relax in the riverside resort of Dalyan on the Turquoise Coast. We also visit the unique white travertine terraces of Pamukkale and the haunting battlefields of Gallipoli. En route we will enjoy Turkey’s diverse cuisine and captivating culture.

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Join trip in Istanbul, the capital city which straddles the border between Europe and Asia.

Explore Istanbul including the beautiful Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.

Visit to the World War I cemeteries and memorials at Gallipoli before arriving in Canakkale.

Experience the ancient sites of Troy and Pergamon en route to Selcuk.

Visit the famed Greco-Roman city of Ephesus before driving to Pamukkale.

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

Riverboat trip to ancient Caunos to view the rock tombs and the chance to take a mud bath.

Trip ends in Dalyan.

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From mud baths to walking the white terraces of Pamukkale, this trip really does cover the best highlights of Turkey.

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TRIP CODE: TU ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 14 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £230

So much history and culture. Garry Townsend Topkapi Palace Blue Mosque

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Gallipoli Troy

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Museum of Anatolian Civilisations

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Turkey is a country of contrasting landscapes and immense cultural riches. This all-encompassing trip visits the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, explores rich ancient sites, such as Aphrodisias and Ephesus, discovers the unusual landscapes of Pamukkale and Cappadocia and visits the World War I battlefields at Gallipoli. Our journey also takes us along the ‘Turquoise Coast’ of Lycia, with its stunning beaches and quaint seaside towns.

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Join trip in Istanbul. Walking tour of the city including the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.

Visit Ataturk’s Mausoleum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations in Ankara.

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

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

Journey to Kas via the ancient town of Olympos. See the fascinating Chimaera eternal flame.

Free time in Kas on the Turquoise Coast with the chance to go sea kayaking or visit Xanthos.

Boat ride to the rock tombs at Caunos. Chance to swim at the beautiful Iztuzu Beach.

Visit the amazing white terraces of Pamukkale and the ancient sight of Hierapolis.

Experience the famed GrecoRoman sites of Aphrodisias and Ephesus.

See Pergamum Acropolis and Troy en route to Canakkale.

Travel to the World War I battlefields at Gallipoli before arriving back in Istanbul.

Trip ends in Istanbul.

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Treasures of Turkey. BLACK SEA Topkapi Palace Blue Mosque

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Gallipoli

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Museum of Anatolian Civilisations

Troy

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Goreme Valley

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From the modern capital of Ankara to the ancient ruins of Ephesus we explore the very best of Turkey’s sites, whilst staying in premium hotels. We travel to the volcanic landscape of Cappadocia to discover the underground city of Kaymakli and explore Goreme with its ‘fairy chimneys’ and rock-cut houses. We also visit the white travertines of Pamukkale, walk around historic Istanbul and admire the spectacular scenery of the Turquoise Coast.

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Boat trip to the ancient rock tombs at Caunos and the chance to relax at Iztuzu Beach.

Drive to Pamukkale and explore the famed white terraces and Roman Hierapolis.

Visit remarkable Aphrodisias and the famed city of Ephesus. Stay in Kusadasi.

See the ancient sights at Pergamon and Troy en route to Canakkale.

Travel to Istanbul via the World War I memorials at the battlefield site of Gallipoli.

Walking tour of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Trip ends in Istanbul.

Join trip in Ankara.

Visit the Museum See the fairy of Anatolian tale chimneys Civilisations. at the Goreme Explore Open Air Kaymakli Museum and underground climb Uchisar city in Castle. Cappadocia.

Drive to Konya and visit the Mevlana Museum to learn about the ‘Whirling Dervishes’.

Visit the Discover the Roman theatre mountain at Aspendos citadel of and ancient Termessos Phaselis. With and the Greek overnight ghost town at stay. Explore Kayakoy en Antalya. route to Dalyan.

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TURKEY SALIHLI Sardes Ephesus

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PAMUKKALE White travertine hillside Hierapolis

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Enjoy a week exploring some of Turkey’s best Greco-Roman sites, including Ephesus, Aphrodisias and the impressive Temple of Apollo at Didyma. We also visit the less well known Ionian site of Priene. In Pamukkale, like the ancients before us, we can enjoy a dip in the hot mineral waters of the ancient spa or visit the ruins of ancient Hierapolis. We also tour the ancient harbour city of Caunos and there’s the chance to visit the turtle conservation centre at Iztuzu Beach.

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Riverboat excursion to ancient Caunos and the beautiful Iztuzu Beach.

Visit Ephesus and the painted mansion at Birgi on the way to our thermal spa hotel in Salihli.

Drive via the ancient site of Sardes and textile town of Buldan to Pamukkale and Hierapolis.

Visit the fascinating GrecoRoman city of Aphrodisias. Drive to Fethiye.

Trip ends in Fethiye.

Drive via Stop for a swim Stratonikeia, and to visit Milas and the Didyma and Temple of Zeus the ancient to our lakeside Greek ruins at accommodation Priene en route on Lake Bafa. to Selcuk.

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COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Blue Cruise by gulet along the Turquoise Coast. Trip code: TAC

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COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Historical Treasures of Turkey. Trip code: TAC

Cruising along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.

You can also book this trip in combination with our Walking the Turquoise Coast (Trip code: TRK), The Lycian Way (Trip code: LW) and Active Turkey! (Trip code: MAT).

Dalaman From/To Dalaman Airport

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Arykanda (optional)

Patara & Saklikent Gorge (optional)

KALKAN MEDITERRANEAN SEA 0 km

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Myra (optional)

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Sunken ruins

It was all fantastic! Hard to single out anything. Maria Clarke

On this relaxing sailing holiday we cruise along the beautiful Turquoise Coast on a traditional wooden ‘gulet’. Departing from Fethiye Harbour we explore small bays and islands, discover ancient relics, and swim and snorkel in the warm clear waters that give the coastline its name. We visit the hillside village of Kalkan, the harbour town of Kas and the submerged ancient city of Kekova. There are also opportunities to walk in Saklikent Gorge and visit historical sites such as Patara (the birthplace of Saint Nicholas).

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Join trip in Fethiye and board our traditional wooden gulet.

Set sail to Kalkan with the chance to visit ancient Patara and Saklikent Gorge.

Sail to Kekova with the option to walk to Simena Castle and see the ancient ruins on the coast.

Cruise to Demre Cayagzi with the opportunity to visit ancient Arycanda or Myra.

Heading for the harbour town of Kas via Ucagiz there’s the chance to go sea kayaking.

Sail to Soguksu Cove with the option to visit the ruins devoted to Father Christmas.

Cruise to Tarzan Bay to relax and enjoy swimming in the turquoise waters.

Cruise to Fethiye where the trip ends.

Our traditional wooden gulet has a spacious, partially shaded foredeck, indoor and outdoor lounge areas and a boat ladder. Meals are prepared on board by our chef. There are 7-8 cabins split between having double and twin beds that are all en suite.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

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Active days on the Turquoise Coast. Dalaman

From/To Dalaman Airport

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TAURUS MOUNTAINS

Taurus foothills walk Kuruova Xanthos

Oluklar Yaylasi Taurus foothills cycling

Canoe to Patara Beach

MEDITERRANEAN Boat trip Snorkeling SEA

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This active trip is a wonderful way to explore Turkey’s beautiful coastline, charming villages and impressive mountains. From our base in the traditional harbour town of Kas we travel by bike, boat, canoe and sea kayak to explore the region’s dramatic landscapes and rich culture. We’ll get off the beaten track, visit ancient sites and enjoy relaxing swims in the clear blue waters of the Turquoise Coast.

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Join trip at Dalaman airport and transfer to Kas, a harbour town on the Turquoise Coast.

Sea kayaking in Kekova Bay to view the underwater ruins. Visit to Simena Castle.

Trek in the beautiful West Taurus Mountains. Chance to visit a hamam (Turkish bath).

Visit ancient Xanthos before canoeing on the river with a barbecue lunch. Relax at Patara Beach.

Free day to discover Kas or the chance to visit the Greek island of Meis.

Cycling in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains and visit to Kaputas Beach.

Relaxing gulet boat trip around the bays surrounding Kas. Chance for snorkelling.

Transfer to Dalaman airport where the trip ends.

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COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Blue Cruise by gulet along the Turquoise Coast. Trip code: CE

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TRIP CODE: TE ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £210

BLACK SEA

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Ani Armenian ruins

KARS

Sumela Monastery

ERZURUM Old Seljuk city

Isak Pasha Palace

Ararat 5137m

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Boat trip

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NEMRUT DAGI Hilltop statues

DIYARBAKIR Ulu Mosque

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Ancient palaces, gravity defying monasteries and traditional Anatolian towns are all part of this journey through Eastern Turkey. Travelling deep into the rugged mountains, we admire spectacular views of Mount Ararat and enjoy the sunset from the summit of Nemrut Dagi. Along the way, we discover the beautiful Isak Pasha Palace and the ‘hanging’ Sumela Monastery.

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Explore Erzurum on foot including the Grand Mosque and Three Tombs before driving to Kars.

Visit the ancient Armenian churches at the vast site at Ani and Kars Museum.

Visit the Ottoman Isak Pasha Palace and drive to the city of Dogubeyazit.

Drive to the characterful walled city of Diyarbakir and visit Ulu Mosque.

Visit Harput Castle in Elazig en route to Malatya. See the apricot bazaar and new mosque here.

Drive to Nemrut Dagi to enjoy the view at sunset. See the Roman Cendere Bridge.

Trip ends in Nemrut Dagi.

Join trip in Trabzon.

See the Stop at Boztepe impressive Hill and visit Sumela Ataturk’s House Monastery. Visit and the Kop to Hagia Sophia Pass Memorial Museum and en route to walking tour of Erzurum. Trabzon.

Drive to Van via Boat trip on the Muradiye Lake Van Waterfalls. to Akdamar Explore Island. Visit the the historic Ahlat Museum. Cavustepe, Hosap and Van castles.

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Egypt If you’re looking for true adventure then the Middle East and Egypt have it all. Journey into another world; one of mysterious legends, treasure, enticing history and enchantment. This intriguing land will create memories to last a lifetime – journey on camelback through the great Sahara Desert, be stunned by the sheer scale of Petra, camp under the stars in the Wadi Rum Desert, take dinner with a Bedouin tribe, see the wonders that are the Great Pyramids of Giza, and haggle with the locals in the bustling bazaars. The Middle East and Egypt are truly unforgettable.

Insider View “The Middle East is a beautiful and welcoming collection of countries. I recently discovered Jordan and ventured from the ancient ruins of Jerash in the north, to the cool waters of the Dead Sea. I slept out under the starry night sky at Wadi Rum Desert, and completed my trip at the impressive UNESCO site of Petra.” Caroline Haimes, Explore Product Executive, Middle East

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TRIP CODE: DJD ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights premium hotel, 1 night premium tented camp. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £325

SYRIA Jerash Ancient Roman city

Dead Sea Swimming

AMMAN Mt Nebo Madaba St George’s Church

Dead Sea

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Qasr Kharana Castle

Kerak Crusader castle

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Rock-carved city

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Luxury Desert Camp Optional camel ride or jeep safari 0 km

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Join us on this journey exploring Jordan’s historical sites and far-reaching desert landscapes. Following in the footsteps of ancient civilisations we travel along the King’s Highway to the Crusader castle of Kerak. We also visit the ‘lost city’ of Petra, the Roman ruins at Jerash and the copper-coloured sand dunes of Wadi Rum. There’s time to unwind too, at Aqaba and on the Dead Sea.

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City tour of historic Amman including 6000 seat Roman theatre. Explore imperial city of Jerash.

Visit the castles and palaces of the desert. Tour of Lawrence of Arabia’s headquarters.

Our first encounter with the rose city of Petra. Orientation tour of this incredible structure.

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

Explore Wadi Rum Desert. Optional jeep safari and overnight camp in private tents.

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

Morning visit of Crusader castle of Kerak. Float in the Dead Sea, 400m below sea level.

Trip ends in Amman.

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The excursion to Wadi Rum was amazing; Petra was unbelievable. Christian Howells

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SYRIA Jerash Ancient Roman city

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Dead Sea swimming

Mt Nebo Madaba St George’s Church

Dead Sea

Kerak Crusader castle

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Shawbak Crusader castle

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Discover the wild beauty and perfectly preserved heritage of Jordan. We spend two days exploring the fabled rock-hewn city of Petra, visiting evocative crusader castles and Roman ruins. We embrace the desert experience in Wadi Rum, travelling off the beaten track and experiencing the Bedouin lifestyle for a night. There is time for snorkelling among the coral reefs of the Red Sea and the obligatory float on the Dead Sea!

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Join trip in Amman, the capital of Jordan.

Visit Jerash, the best preserved Roman town in the world before a trip to Christian site Mount Nebo.

Explore crusader castles with trips to Kerak and lesser known Shobak fortifications.

Guided tour of the red rose city of Petra, the ancient city carved into rock.

Free day to discover more of Petra. Trek to the Monastery or High Place of Sacrifice.

Explore Wadi Rum Desert. Optional jeep drives and our own Bedouin camp in the desert.

Relaxing day at Aqaba to snorkel or swim in the Red Sea or optional boat trip.

Float in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Afterwards try some local wine.

Trip ends ends in Amman.

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Rock-carved city

WADI RUM Siq umm

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On this short but action packed trip we explore the ‘Lost City’ of Petra, built by the ancient Nabatean people nearly 2000 years ago. We discover the magnificent rock-cut tomb facades including the famous Treasury, carved from the soft ochre sandstone. We also float in the Dead Sea, travel into the dramatic landscapes of Wadi Rum and camp Bedouin-style in the desert.

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Join trip in Amman, the capital of Jordan.

Float in the Dead Sea. Overnight stay at a secluded traditional desert camp in Wadi Rum.

Take a camel ride in the desert before we encounter the mighty rock hewn city of Petra.

Free day to explore ancient Petra. Visit the monastery, ending the day with an Ottoman bath.

We end our wonderful weekend by travelling back up to Amman where the trip ends.

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We packed a lot into a few days - the main highlight was spending time in Petra, which was spectacular. The trip was well organised with no hitches or issues. The guide was friendly and informative and organised an additional optional walking through the area. Wendy Headington

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11

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TRIP CODE: MH ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 1 night basic tented camp, 1 night simple kibbutz. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, camp crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £380

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

LEBANON

Sea of Galilee SYRIA

Caesarea (optional)

Old Jaffa (optional) Tel Aviv

Jerash

Qumran Scrolls

JERUSALEM

AMMAN

Wailing Wall

KIBBUTZ KALIA Masada

Dead Sea

JORDAN

ISRAEL

PETRA

Rock-carved city

EGYPT

WADI RUM AQABA

Bedouin-style camp

(optional snorkelling)

RED SEA

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On this trip we visit the fascinating historical and cultural sites of Jordan and Israel. We explore the Negev Desert, Wadi Rum and visit ancient Jerash and Bethlehem. We walk through the historic streets of Jerusalem and among the impressive rock-cut tombs at Petra. We also spend the night at a kibbutz and camp out under the stars in Wadi Rum.

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Join trip in Amman, the capital of Jordan.

Guided city tour of Amman. Afternoon visit to the magnificent Roman site of Jerash.

Float in the Dead Sea. Jeep Safari into the the Wadi Rum desert. Overnight in Bedouin Camp.

Walking tour of the rose city of Petra. Afternoon spent discovering this rock cut masterpiece.

Full free day to explore Petra. Ascend steep paths for stunning views or visit the monastery.

Day at leisure at the Red Sea town of Aqaba. Time to swim, snorkel or just relax.

Enter Israel, visit Qumran and the Masada sky fortress. Overnight in a traditional kibbutz.

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

Trip ends in Jerusalem.

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Head to Mount Contrasting of Olives and visits to new the church and old of the Holy Jerusalem. Sepulchre. Explore the City City tour of of David and Jerusalem. Old Herodian Road.

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£1449 £999

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Holy Land C OVER

8

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TRIP CODE: HL ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel, 2 nights simple kibbutz. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £260

Mount of Beatitudes Capernaum Boat trip

Akko Visit Druz villages

Haifa Visit Bahai Gardens

NAZARETH

Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee)

SYRIA

Caesarea

Explore holidays are always a great experience, so many highlights but it was amazing to go to the places that you first learnt about in Sunday School.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

TEL AVIV City tour Old Jaffa

Visit the Holy sites

Jericho

JERUSALEM

ISRAEL

Bethlehem Church of the Nativity

JORDAN

THE HOLY LAND

Barbara L

TIBERIAS Mt Carmel

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Mt of Olives

Qumran

EIN BOKEK Camel ride (optional)

Ein Gedi Dead Sea swimming

Masada Sky Fortress 0 km

30 km

On this journey we explore some of the Holy Land’s greatest cultural and religious sites. We roam through the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem and visit the Church of the Nativity and the Wailing Wall. We take a dip in the Dead Sea, enjoy local Bedouin hospitality and take a cable car to the impressive sky fortress of Masada.

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Join trip in Tel Aviv.

City tour of Tel Aviv and visit to Akko, Caesarea and Old Jaffa. Spend the night in Nazareth.

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

Tour of our kibbutz. Afternoon float in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.

Ascend the Masada sky fortress by cable car. Visit Ein Gedi and Qumran archaeological site.

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Explore Enter the Jerusalem old city of with visits to Jerusalem. Bethlehem, Walk the Jewish Nativity Church Quarter. Visit Mt and the Israel Zion and Last Museum. Supper Room.

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IRAN

£1620 £1250

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14

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TRIP CODE: IR ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £345

ALBORZ MOUNTAINS TEHRÀN

Golestan Palace and National Museum

GREAT SALT DESERT

There is nowhere I have been to on all my travels which has beaten the hospitality and fun I experienced in Iran. Although physically in the Middle East, Iran is distinct from all its neighbours, a culture going back thousands of years.

John Telfer, Product Director

Kashan Fin Gardens

ABYANEH Ancient mudbrick village

ISFAHAN

Mosques and palaces

IRAN

YAZD

Ateshkade Fire Temple and Towers of Silence

Pasargadae Naqsh-I-Rostam

SHIRAZ

Persepolis Reliefs

Tombs and Shrines

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This comprehensive trip uncovers the treasures of ancient Persia whilst offering a fabulous insight into life in modern day Iran. We visit sites including the Towers of Silence in Yazd, the impressive cliff-face rock tombs at Naqsh-e Rustam and the Persian city ruins at Persepolis. Spend time exploring the bustling capital city of Tehran, and soak up the atmosphere of the impressive Imam Square in Isfahan, where undoubtedly we’ll experience the warmth and hospitality of the Iranian people.

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Join trip in Tehran.

Visit the Golestan Palace and the museum of Ancient Iran.

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

Continue south to Shiraz, visit the beautiful Naranjestan Gardens and the Nazir ul Mulk mosque.

Visit the cliff-face rock tombs at Naqsh-e Rustam before exploring the ancient city of Persepolis.

Visit the stunning palaces and pavilions in Pasargade. Drive to Isfahan.

Explore the sites of Isfahan, including the Shah mosque, a masterpiece of Persian architecture.

Travel north to the ancient mud-brick village of Abyaneh, found on the slopes of Mount Karas.

Visit the Fin Gardens and Boroujerdi House at Kashan. Drive to Tehran.

Free day in Tehran to further explore the city.

Trip ends in Tehran.

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OMAN

£1499 £999

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Arabian Sands C OVER

9

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DAYS

8

TRIP CODE: OM ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights basic tented camp. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, camp crew, cook, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 15. Optional single rooms are available from £220

The desert night skies were brilliant.

Gulf of Oman

UAE

Royal capital

MUSCAT

Dhow cruise

Holy city

Jabrin Fort

NIZWA Wadi Shab Sinaw

FINNS BEACH Camp

OMAN

Sur Dhow shipyards

QAHID DUNES Camp

ARABIAN SEA 0 km

130 km

WAHIBA SANDS Beach camp

On this exciting journey around Oman, we discover diverse landscapes; from the majestic Green Mountains of Jebel Akhdar to the soaring dunes of the Wahiba Sands. We experience the wilderness of the desert, visit spectacular beaches and swim in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman. We camp under the stars, have a chance to sail on a traditional dhow and experience Oman’s rich culture with visits to Muscat and Nizwa.

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Join trip in Muscat. Orientation tour of the walled city. Explore Portuguese fortresses.

Visit the Grand Mosque and head to our desert camp at Finns Beach. Enjoy a swim in the sea.

Learn the history of Oman at the dhow building yard. Meet locals at the fishing village of Ayega.

Drive deep into the heart of the shifting Wahiba Sands for amazing sunset photos.

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

Visit 17th century Nizwa Fort, drive to the Jebel Shams viewpoint to see Oman’s grand canyon.

Head back to Muscat. Take a boat trip in a traditional dhow vessel, looking for dolphins.

Trip ends in Muscat.

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An amazing holiday. Everything we hoped it would be. The best was watching the sunrise from the top of the dunes. Peter Brook

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£995 £595

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EGYPT

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Classic Egypt with Nile Cruise JO URN

10

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

10

TRIP CODE: EG ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard boat, 1 night overnight train. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, flight, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £130

Giza Pyramids Sphinx

CAIRO

SAUDI ARABIA

LOWER EGYPT

ile The N

Saw everything I wanted to. The Nile cruise was lovely and the quality of the ship and the food on it were excellent.

JORDAN

Museum of Pharaonic wonders

RED SEA Hurghada

SAFAGA Boat trip to coral reefs Hatshepsut Temple & visit Valley of the Kings

ESNA

Edfu Horus Temple

Lock

UPPER EGYPT

LUXOR

Visit Karnak by calesh

St Simeon’s Monastery camel trek

KOM OMBO

Rachel G

Sobek Temple

ASWAN High Dam

Lake Nasser

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

Abu Simbel optional visit 0 km

150 km

With a 6 day Red Sea and Cairo extension.

SUDAN

Trip code: EGR

On this action-packed journey we discover some of the world’s most remarkable archaeological sites including the Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza. In the vibrant Nubian city of Axum we board our Nile cruise boat, set sail and explore the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo on the way to Luxor, where we visit the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple.

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Join trip in Cairo.

City tour of the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum.

Free day to explore Cairo. Overnight train with the locals down to Aswan.

Take a camel trek to St Simeon’s Monastery or visit Philae temple.

Optional trip to the mighty Abu Simbel and then we board our Nile River cruise.

Cruise down the River Nile. Egyptian cookery class and looking for crocodiles.

Explore the world-famous Valley of the Kings including Tutankhamun’s Tomb. Time for sightseeing.

Trip ends in Luxor.

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Visit Edfu Disembark in temple in a Luxor and visit horse drawn the impressive carriage. Karnack Sail to Kom temple. Ombo temple Optional sound dedicated to the and light crocodile god. show.

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EGYPT

£1197 £799

13

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Temples of Middle Egypt C OVER

New Trip

13

TRIP CODE: NV ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard boat. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £125

ISRAEL

Museum

Giza Pyramids Sphinx

CAIRO

JORDAN

Saqqara Maidum

LOWER EGYPT

Beni Hassan Tomb murals

Al Maniya

WESTERN DESERT

Temple of Seti Abydos

ASSIUT

Valley of the Kings Queen Hatshepsut Temple

UPPER EGYPT

RED SEA

Amarna

Dendera Temple of Hathor

LUXOR

Karnak, optional balloon

Edfu Temple of Horus

ASWAN

Lake Nasser Abu Simbel (optional) 0 km

Kom Ombo Temple of Sobek High Dam

150 km SUDAN

Join us on this in-depth look at some of most extraordinary examples of human achievements over thousands of years. We begin our adventure visiting the Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic Sphinx. We travel from Cairo down to the vibrant Nubian city of Aswan and include visits to Memphis and Saqqara (almost 6000 years old). Admire the great tombs at the Valley of the Kings, the exquisite bas-reliefs in Abydos and superb carving at Edfu.

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Join trip in Cairo, capital of Egypt.

Incredible day at the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum.

Visits of ancient Saqqara and Royal Dashur on route to Al Minya.

Explore the tombs of Beni Hassan and archaeological site of Amarna. Travel to Assiut.

Head to the temples of Abydos and Dendera and then make our way to Luxor.

Free morning in Luxor to experience this historical city. Visit the majestic Karnak temple.

Early start to explore the fascinating Valley of Kings, Tutankhamen’s tomb and Hatshepsut Temple.

Two days to enjoy the colourful town of Aswan. Optional trip to Abu Simbel and Philae Temple.

Take a camel ride to St Simeon’s Monastery. Board our Nile River cruise boat and set sail.

Captivating day visiting the Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples. Overnight on the boat.

Cruise back up to Luxor, absorbing local life by the river and meeting the locals on a calesh.

Trip ends in Luxor.

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MIDDLE EAST AND EGYPT

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£899 £499

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EGYPT

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Nile Felucca Sailtrek JO URN

10

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

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TRIP ONLY

DAYS

10

TRIP CODE: NF ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights basic felucca, 1 night overnight train, 2 nights simple guesthouse, 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, cook, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £60

CAIRO

Giza Pyramids Sphinx

Museum of Pharaonic wonders

JORDAN SAUDI ARABIA

ile The N

LOWER EGYPT

RED SEA

SAFAGA

Hatshepsut Temple & visit Valley of the Kings Edfu Horus temple

UPPER EGYPT

LUXOR

Visit Karnak by calesh

St Simeon’s Monastery camel trek

ASWAN

High Dam Optional Philae Temple visit Lake Nasser

Abu Simbel optional visit 0 km

Boat trip to coral reefs

150 km SUDAN

On this Egyptian adventure we explore the Nile aboard traditional ‘felucca’ sailing boats. We enjoy local food as we sail down the river and sleep under the stars out on deck. We also visit ancient Egypt’s most famous sites including the great Pyramids of Giza, the mysterious Sphinx, Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings.

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Join trip in Cairo.

Incredible day visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum.

Arrive in Aswan via overnight train. Free time to explore Aswan and the Philae Temple.

Optional visit to Abu Simbel: impressive temples that were moved and reconstructed.

Take a camel trek to St Simeon’s Monastery. Board our traditional Felucca to sail down the Nile.

Two full days of sailing on the Nile, with stops for Kom Ombo temple, swimming and village walks.

Horse drawn carriage to Edfu Temple. Arrive in Luxor and visit Karnak, the largest temple in Egypt.

Explore the Valley of the Kings, visit Tutankhamun’s tomb and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

Trip ends in Luxor.

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Trip code: NFR

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP With a 6 day Red Sea and Cairo extension.

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Africa Africa is renowned as the best continent on Earth for wildlife viewing – and it’s no surprise why. Home to the Big Five, rare mountain gorillas and big cats, Africa offers truly unrivalled wildlife spotting. Whether it’s on foot, by four-wheel drive or by boat that you make your journey, you will always be left wanting more. This huge and largely unknown continent offers intrigue at every turn. From the pristine coastlines of South Africa to the red sand roads of Uganda and the green rainforests of Ghana, Africa’s spectacular landscapes will take your breath away. Its natural history, infectious atmosphere and the diversity of its people and tribes will come together to make this a truly unforgettable adventure.

Insider View “I first visited Africa when I was 13 and have been in love ever since, the warm smiles, the incredible scenery, sunsets like nowhere else on the planet and wild game on the great plains. Africa gets under your skin, an itch that can only be satisfied by returning to this truly wonderful and diverse continent.” Jonny May, Explore Product Manager, Africa

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Madagascar

126

Swaziland

Benin

104

Malawi

119

Tanzania

112

Botswana

115

Morocco

92

The Gambia

101

Djibouti

110

Namibia

118/120

Togo

104

Ethiopia

106

Senegal

101

Uganda

Ghana

103

Seychelles

127

Zambia

115/119

Guinea Bissau

102

South Africa

Zimbabwe

118/125

Kenya

112

Sudan

118/121

122/124

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MOROCCO

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£849 £599

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Imperial Cities and Desert C OVER

15

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15

TRIP CODE: MR ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 15. Optional single rooms are available from £150

This was a most enjoyable holiday. Richard Howard

ATLANTIC King’s OCEAN residence

Volubilis

Rabat

CASABLANCA

MEKNES

FES

Old Imperial city Medina

HIGH ATLAS

MOROCCO ESSAOUIRA MARRAKECH TODRA ERFOUD GORGE OUIRGANE AIT BEN HADDOU

The night spent in the desert was a real highlight sleeping out under the stars and seeing a great sunset and sunrise.

Midelt

Deborah Downing

Optional 4WD & Camel Ride

Valley of 1000 Kasbahs Rissani

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £1199 pp flight inclusive.

MERZOUGA SAHARA DESERT ALGERIA

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Enter the world of ancient Morocco on this journey through the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes and Marrakech. We explore colourful souks, walk through gorges in the towering Atlas Mountains and discover desert oases, with the option of spending a night in the desert. We enjoy time with the locals as we travel through the land of Berbers and travel to the beautiful Atlantic coast where we relax in the tranquil port town of Essaouira.

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Visit the extraordinary Hassan II mosque. City tour of Rabat and continue to Meknes.

Tour of the imperial city of Meknes, visit ancient Roman site of Volubilis, the former capital.

Explore Fes, the artisan capital of Morocco with its maze of narrow streets and vibrant markets.

Drive over the Middle Atlas mountain range and discover rich Berber culture and heritage.

Cross the highest pass in Morocco through the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy mint tea with locals.

Stroll around 15th century coastal town of Essaouira, or relax on the beach.

Wander around the incredible red city of Marrakech. Explore markets, Kasbahs and mosques.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Optional fourExplore the Visit the wheel drive magnificent UNESCO or camel ride Todra Gorge. fortified Berber into the Sahara Free time for settlement of Desert Camp walks and treks. Ait Benhaddou under the and the Valley stars. of a 1000 Kasbahs.

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AFRICA

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MOROCCO

£599 £399

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Highlights of Morocco C OVER

9

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DAYS

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TRIP CODE: MMR ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard kasbah, 2 nights standard auberge. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 15. Optional single rooms are available from £120

Beautiful, colourful, mystical experience.

Leigh Gordon, Explore Product Assistant FES

Optional tour in Volubilis Meknes

MOROCCO BENI MELLAL

MARRAKECH BOU THARAR

TINERHIR Todra Gorge

Valley of Roses

HIGH ATLAS 0 km

MERZOUGA

Erg Chebbi Dunes

125 km

ANTI ATLAS

ALGERIA

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

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Join trip in Marrakech, the ‘Red City’.

Tour of the bustling souks and stunning architecture of Marrakech including the Bahia Palace.

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

Explore Fes, the ‘artisan capital’ of Morocco, taking in the medina and the Royal Palace.

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Scenic overland Chance to take journey across a camel ride the Middle Atlas through the Mountains, Sahara Desert home to the and hike the independent world famous Berber people. Todra Gorge.

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Spend time in a traditional Berber village and journey along the ‘Road of a 1000 Kasbahs’.

Drive over the high Tizi n’ Tichka Pass in the High Atlas Mountains as we head back to Marrakech.

Trip ends in Marrakech. Depending on flights there may be free time to explore the city.

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £1459 pp flight inclusive.

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AFRICA

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MOROCCO

£1599 £1299

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Riads and Kasbahs of Morocco C OVER

15

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

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TRIP ONLY

DAYS

15

TRIP CODE: DMR ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights premium riad, 4 nights premium hotel, 3 nights premium kasbah, 1 night premium Auberge. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £495

ACCOMMODATION On this trip our hand-picked accommodation provides a high standard whilst allowing you to experience the character of the traditional riad style architecture and the warm welcome of the Moroccan people.

A wonderful trip with some lovely riads.

Volubilis

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Meknes Imperial city

FES

HIGH ATLAS

MOROCCO

ESSAOUIRA MARRAKECH

Dades Gorge

Midelt

It was made extra special by the wonderful accommodation.

Optional 4WD & Camel Ride

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Tinerhir

Valley of 1000 Kasbahs

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OUARZAZATE Rissani TAROUDANT BOUMALNE MERZOUGA Igherm region OULED BERHIL

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From the imperial cities of Fes, Meknes and Marrakech to the Saharan Sand Sea of Merzouga, we explore many of Morocco’s natural and cultural highlights. We visit local Berber communities in the Anti-Atlas Mountains and travel through the vast Dades Gorge. Along the way we unwind in hand-picked hotels and traditional ‘riads’, which provide an oasis of calm from the bustling cities.

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Explore the medieval city of Fes. Visit the ancient cities of Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss.

Travel to the desert settlement of Erfoud. Visit Gorge du Ziz and the market town of Midelt.

Visit Rissani market and discover the dunes of the Merzouga Sand Sea.

Explore the vast canyons of the Dades River Valley, including the Todra Gorge.

Travel through the ‘Valley of a 1000 Kasbahs’ to one of Morocco’s most iconic villages.

Visit traditional hillside Berber villages and experience local culture in Taroudant.

Travel to the Portuguese fishing port of Essaouira and have a day to relax on the beach.

Explore the bustling red city of Marrakech and visit the traditional souks and Medina.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

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Insider View “I made my first visit to Morocco this year and can’t think why I never went before. Drinking freshly squeezed orange juice and eating street food in Djemma el-fna square was a delight whilst people watching as evening closed in and the square came to life. Getting lost as you discover the different sections of a souk and emerging in alleyways that lead you to charmingly decorated hidden palaces and enclosed gardens is like being inside an elaborate labyrinth. Also buried behind tall walls are beautifully renovated serene riads with stunning decors. Beyond the towns are amazing vistas and cool air as you enter the Atlas Mountains, and life slows down as you join the local Berber mountain people. A place of secrets I will be returning to.� Shy Bankale, Explore Operations Manager

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Join us on this exhilarating trip to Morocco from Marrakech to the desert and from fortified kasbahs to the ocean. Enjoying a perfect mix of culture, adventure and relaxation, we explore the souks of the Red City, overnight in a Bedouin tent near the impressive dunes of Erg Chegaga and cross the desert by 4WD. We also meet the friendly Berbers in the Atlas Mountains and relax in the coastal town of Essaouira.

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TRIP CODE: DKT ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights premium riad, 2 nights premium auberge. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 12. Optional single rooms are available from £350

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Explore southern Morocco in style as we stay in a range of hotels, riad-style accommodation and a mountain retreat in the High Atlas. From the bustling medina of Marrakech we climb into the mountains to visit traditional Berber villages. We enjoy delicious cuisine, explore the old Portuguese town of Essaouira and relax on the beaches of the Atlantic coast.

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TRIP CODE: QMR ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights simple hotel, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus, taxi, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 14. Optional single rooms are available from £80

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On this journey through northern Morocco we visit the great historic cities of Fes and Marrakech. We explore the maze of backstreets and alleyways and discover, acrobats, musicians and storytellers in the lively Djemma-el-Fna square. We also travel to the less-visited Rif Mountains and to the Andalucian walled town of Chefchouan.

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CORDOBA Day trip to the ‘White Villages’

SPAIN Grazalema RONDA ATLANTIC OCEAN TANGIER Medina tour

GRANADA MALAGA ALGECIRAS MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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Hassan Tower Kasbah des Oudaias

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Casablanca Hassan II Mosque

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Discover the Moorish architecture of Granada and Cordoba, the picturesque Andalucian Hill Villages and explore the imperial cities of Morocco, including Rabat, Fes and Marrakech. From our carriage windows we watch as the architecture changes from whitewashed Spanish villages to the characteristic minarets and medinas of Morocco. Along the way we sample traditional Andalucian tapas and enjoy the best of Moroccan cuisine.

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Train journey to Rabat, the capital of Morocco for guided tour of Hassan Tower and Mausoleum.

Visit Casablanca’s King Hassain II Mosque before making our way to Marrakech, the red city.

Tour of Marrakech’s old city. Enjoy the sounds, colours and smells of this historic wonderland.

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

Trip ends in Marrakech.

Join trip in Malaga.

Visit the Guided tour of Free time in Explore the Travel by Two days to old town of the magnificent Grenada. Take white villages train through wander the Cordoba, a Alhambra the Andalucia of Andalucia. beautiful rolling souks and UNESCO World Palace, an Express through Visit Moorish countryside, medinas of Heritage Site. exquisite El Chorro to the hill villages cross the Straits Fes, famous Explore the example historic cliff top and a Baroque of Gibraltar to for its artisanal remarkable of Moorish town of Ronda. church. Morocco. products and Mezquita. architecture. culture.

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TRIP CODE: CSO ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, assistant cycle guide, driver(s), local guide(s). BIKE: 21 gear Stockli XC mountain bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £65 MONTHS OF TRAVEL

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

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This walking trip in the High Atlas culminates in the ascent of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4167m). We begin in the valley of Imlil, trekking through juniper forests, past Berber villages and over passes, climbing steadily to a mountain refuge at Neltner. From Neltner we set out to nearby peaks including Toubkal - a rewarding climb with views of the whole Atlas chain.

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TRIP CODE: AY ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £420

COLOMBIA

Impressive Roman sites and mosaics. Lynn D MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Mausoleum of Mauritania & Tipaza Notre Dame d’Afrique Ketchaoua Mosque

ANNABA

ALGIERS

GUELMA

Tiddis

Djemila

Cherchell

St Augustine Basilica Hippo Regius

CONSTANTINE Lambese

Souk Ahras

Khemissa Timgad

Rhoufi

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AURES MOUNTAINS

ALGERIA M’Zab Valley

GHARDAÏA

TOUGGOURT

Melika

Beni Isguen Oasis

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Algeria is steeped in a rich cultural and archaeological history. On this adventure we discover influences from the Berbers, Romans, Byzantines and Arabs. We explore the coastal capital of Algiers and discover the ancient cities of Tipaza and Cherchell. Travelling across the Sahara Desert to the M’Zab Valley we also visit fortified cities and oasis towns.

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Join trip in Algiers. Orientation tour of the capital.

Explore the ancient ruins of Hippos Regius and the grand basilica of St Augustine.

Visit Souk Ahras and then head to Khemissa, a Roman theatre on top of a 950m hill.

Head to Constantine, a former city destroyed by the Romans in 311AD. Enjoy a city tour.

Travel through the desert dunes of Grand Erg Occidental to the Saharan city of Touggourt.

Two days to uncover the preserved 11th century culture of the historical M’Zab Valley.

Fly back to Algiers. Walking tour of the kasbah and Cathedral of Notre Dame D’Afrique.

Journey to the ancient necropolis of Tipaza and former capital of Mauritania, Cherchell.

Trip ends in Algiers.

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Visit the A fascinating Spend the UNESCO day exploring morning World Heritage the ruins of discovering the Site of Djemila, Timgad, another monumental the most UNESCO amphitheatre important Site, built by at Lambesis. Roman site in Emperor Algeria. Trajan.

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TRIP CODE: SE ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 4 nights standard rondavels, 1 night basic boat, 1 night simple guesthouse, 1 night simple rondavels. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £190

The Senegalese are so warm and friendly. MAURITANIA

Jonny May, Explore Product Manager SAINT-LOUIS Caleche tour

Djoudj NP Pirogue safari Birdwatching Langue de Barbarie

DAKAR

Touba Mosque

ISLE DE GOREE

SENEGAL

SALOUM NP Cross delta by pirogue

Stone circles

GAMBIA

TENDABA

GEORGETOWN

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ELEPHANT ISLAND

GUINEA-BISSAU

On this African adventure we discover two different nations: tropical Gambia and exotic Senegal. We walk through French colonial towns, see prolific birdlife and visit the megalithic stone circles at Wassu. We also explore some of the region’s finest wildlife parks, cruise down the Gambia River and venture into the Saloum Delta by traditional pirogue canoe.

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Join trip in Dakar, capital of Senegal.

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

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

Explore Djoudj bird reserve. City tour of the charming French colonial town of St Louis.

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

Visit the astounding Touba Mosque, then cross into the Gambia and stay in rondavels for the night.

Cruise along the Gambia River on our converted groundnut boat. Visit the Wassu stone circles.

Game drives in Kiang West National Park. Bird watching looking for martial eagle and bateleur.

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

Journey to Fadiout, a peaceful fishing town and then head to Dakar to explore this vibrant city.

Trip ends in Dakar.

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TRIP CODE: GB ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights standard hotel, 3 nights basic camping, 2 nights simple hut, 1 night basic hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Boat, minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £300

SENEGAL

GUINEA BISSAU

CANCHUNGO

QUINHAMEL

An exploration of a fascinating country, untouched by tourists.

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Bolama

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CANHABAQUE

ORANGO 0 km

Witness the most incredible carnival celebrations on the planet in Guinea Bissau. Masks, costumes, colours and dancing are all on display as we join the vibrant carnival as it spreads across the mainland to the islands. Please refer to our website for more details.

GUINEA

POILAO 28 km

On this adventure we sail through the Bijagos Archipelago, a hidden gem with its 88 remote islands off the coast of West Africa. Through rivers, estuaries, mangrove forests and ocean, we discover isolated villages and local tribes practicing animistic ceremonies. This unspoilt paradise is also home to a multitude of bird species as well as the green sea turtle and the salt water hippo that we hope to spot during our journey.

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Join trip in Bissau, the capital located on the Geba River.

Meet animistic tribes as we explore the rainforest in the north of the country.

Sail through mangrove forests and visit remote villages found in isolated ecosystems.

Incredible day with the tribes of the Pepel. A rare chance to witness their beliefs and customs.

Navigate the Bijagos Archipelago and wild camp on the secluded beach on the island of Uno.

Explore Orango Island and search for the extremely rare saltwater hippo. Meet a local king.

Nature walks on Meio Island. Late night turtle nesting and wild camping on the beach.

Traditional lunch on Bubaque. Visit the ethnographic museum and local market.

Walk through the forest and sacred villages on Canhabaque Island or relax by the beach.

Visit to the ghost capital of Bolama and then the trip ends in Bissau.

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TRIP CODE: GN ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 15 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 15 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £375

BURKINA FASO

BOLGATANGA Gondala & Dagonda villages

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Lobi villages

Tamale

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Larabanga

Kintampo Falls

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Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

Lake Volta

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Manhya Palace Kejetia market

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ite Wh Foot Safaris

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Getting close with an elephant in Mole National Park was awesome. Ghanaians are incredibly friendly and to date unspoilt by mass tourism. They’re a stunningly attractive people with perfect poise, carrying outsize loads on their heads, whilst still appearing to be on a catwalk.

Kakum NP Canopy walk (optional)

ACCRA City tour

Elmina castle 0 km

ANAMABO

120 km

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

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Visit a 13th century Larabanga mosque, the oldest building in Ghana and visit a monkey sanctuary.

Spend a phenomenal day on guided safari walks through Mole National Park.

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

Two days discovering the cultures and tribes of the Wa. Visit animistic mud-brick villages.

Scenic drive through small settlements to Techiman, stopping at a beautiful mud-brick mosque.

Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Bosomtwi, a sacred body of water formed by a meteorite impact.

Visit of Elmina Castle, built in the 15th century to fortify the coast and hold slaves.

Incredible exploration of Kakum National Park with a walkway over the rainforest canopy.

Free time on the beach in Anomabu. Head back back to Accra for artisan market visit.

Trip ends in Accra.

Join trip Head to in Accra. Kumasi, Orientation tour infamous for its of the capital slave history. including Fort Visit the Ussher and largest open Independence air market in Square. West Africa.

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TRIP CODE: BWA ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights basic hut, 2 nights simple auberge, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, cook, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £265

BURKINA FASO Tamberma people, Koussou, Somba villages

ATAKORA

NATITINGOU Tanaka Yom villages

KARA

BENIN

GHANA

SOKODÉ

NIGERIA

TOGO

DANKOLI

Lake Volta

Dassa (Egun mask performance)

Abomey (Gelede mask ceremony)

BOHICON

KPALIMÉ

Lama Forest

GANVIE

Ouidah

Calavi (by boat)

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Mono River

On this journey across Togo and Benin we discover tribal cultures, ancient voodoo traditions and colonial architecture. We witness traditional rituals, walk through the Atakora Mountains and stay in a stilt village. We also trek through pristine rainforest, meet the chiefs of the Bassari tribes and witness a fire-dance and a mask ceremony. This enriching trip really gets under the skin of Togo and Benin, two incredible countries that are not frequently visited but have much to offer.

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Visit the vibrant city of Lomo with its colonial buildings and fetish market. Drive to Kpalime.

Take a hike in the rainforest with a butterfly expert and discover the indigenous plant life.

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

Explore the pre-colonial kingdom of Abomey. Witness the cult of Gelede and their ceremonies.

Visit the Portuguese colonial town of Porto Novo and the stilt village of Ganvie.

Boat transfer to Ouidah, capital and spiritual home of voodoo culture.

Meet the Visit the Atakora Walk on the Tamberma Museum, Taneka Plateau people and wander the and discover explore town and ancient Yom their fortified market, meet villages. dwellings in the local artisans Attend a mask remote Atakora or relax by the ceremony in Mountains. pool. Dassa.

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Boat tour on Attend a the Mono River voodoo Estuary through ceremony and mangrove transfer back forests, lagoons to Lome where and fisherman the trip ends. villages.

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ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights standard guesthouse, 3 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard tended camp, 1 night basic camping, 1 night basic village house, 1 night simple village house. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, cook, driver(s). TRANSPORT: 4WD, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £395

SOLEB

NUBIAN DESERT

Temple of Soleb Temple of Sesibi 3rd Cataract

SUDAN

TOMBOS

Kerma

Walk up Jebel Barkal

KARIMA

OLD DONGOLA

Merowe Dam cruise Former 4th Cataract Pyramids of Nuri Merowe

Wild camp Atbara Ferry

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Royal city & necropolis Shendi Musawwarat Naga Omdurman Visit Souk

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Khalifas House Museum Tomb of the Mahdi

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Travelling through the scenic Nile Valley and into the desert we uncover Sudan’s unspoilt cultural and historical heritage. We visit wellpreserved sandstone temples, tombs engraved with images of the pharaohs and the many pyramids of the Royal Necropolis of Meroe. We also experience the warm hospitality of the Nubian people and stay in a traditional village house.

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Confluence of the Blue and White Nile. Afternoon visit to vibrant and colourful Omdurman souk.

Explore the Royal Pyramids of Meroe, Sudan’s most famous and remarkable site.

Visit the Elephant and Lion temples of Naga and visit a local market. Return to Khartoum.

Trip ends in Khartoum.

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Visit the Coptic Meet amazingly Christian friendly temples at Old Sudanese Dongola, an people and ancient city head to the in medieval beautiful Nubia. Temple of Soleb.

Visit the 3000 year old granite quarries of Tombos and overnight in a Sudanese village house.

Explore the Petrified forest fascinating and sunset Deffufas trip to Jebel of Kerma, Barak, a holy mud brick red sandstone temples where mountain in ceremonies the desert. were performed.

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Trip to the local Off road market, a Nile driving through cruise and an the Bayuda afternoon visit desert. Cross of the Pyramids the Nile on a of Nuri. local pontoon to Meru.

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FESTIVAL DEPARTURES

Each day brought a new highlight. Sacred city Sheba’s Palace

Join us on selected departures to celebrate Timkat, Ethiopia’s most colourful festival. Vibrantly dressed priests use replicas of the Ark of the Covenant to sanctify pools of water, which is used to bless the awaiting masses. It is a truly remarkable time to visit Ethiopia and an unforgettable experience. Please visit our website for more details.

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AXUM

DEBARK Medieval castles

Simien Mountains Rock-cut churches

GONDAR

Lake Tana

LALIBELA

Mountain mule trek

Boat trip

BAHIR DAR

Tississat Falls

Source of the Nile

ETHIOPIA Dire Dawa

AWASH NP

ADDIS ABABA 0 km

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Wildlife & waterfalls

195 km

Join us for a journey through one of Africa’s least explored countries. As we travel along the Historic Route, we visit rock-hewn churches, ancient obelisks and the forbidden Medieval town of Harar. We also see many of the country’s astonishing natural wonders, from the dramatic Tississat Falls to the rugged Simien mountain range.

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Join trip in Addis Ababa. Fly to Harar, the cradle of Islam in Ethiopia.

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

Game drive to Awash National Park in the Valley; looking for oryx, gazelle and hyena.

Return to Addis for a city tour, visit to the Ethnographic Museum and Holy Trinity Church.

Fly to Bahir Dar. Visit to the source of the Blue Nile and Lake Tana.

Morning at Tississat Falls. Afternoon boat trip on Lake Tana and visit of the Convent of Mercy.

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

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

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

Fly back to Addis Ababa where the trip ends.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Hiking in Journey and the Simien explore the Mountains stelae of Axum through and search for incredible the Ark of the vistas searching Covenant. for Gelada Monkeys.

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Insider View “Ethiopia is a country of contrasts, green rolling countryside, imposing mountain ranges, heaving metropolises, relics of ancient Christianity and a burgeoning food and drink culture. My favourite memories were sitting in cafes, sipping a macchiato and watching the frantic pace of life pass me by. I loved the coffee ceremonies, sharing injera – a slightly sour pancake, avocado and mango smoothies, I could go on and on about the food and drink! Obviously the stelae of Axum are incredible and strolling around Lalibela is unforgettable, however the memories that stayed with me the most are the people and the landscape, probably because I wasn’t expecting to be so impressed. An intriguing country that deserves its growing popularity.” Jonny May, Explore Product Manager, Africa

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Action packed Ethiopian adventure. Sheba’s Palace

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AXUM

LALIBELA Rock-cut churches

BAHIR DAR

Source of the Nile

Tississat Falls

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Join us on a whistle stop tour of Ethiopia, one of Africa’s least visited but most intriguing countries. Boasting historical sites unrivalled in the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia is a paradise for lovers of culture, history and archaeological sites. On this trip we explore the world famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the stelae fields of Axum and the impressive Tississat Falls. A great introduction to the country for those who like an action-packed journey.

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Join trip in Addis Ababa. City tour of the capital visiting Church of Holy Trinity and museums.

Fly to Bahir Dar. Discover the source of the Blue Nile and try injera - a local speciality.

Journey to Tississat Falls. Boat trip on Lake Tana to find rare churches and art.

Fly to Lalibela. Free time to explore this incredible and ancient town.

Tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a breathtaking cultural and historical experience.

Mule trek to Ashatan Maryam Church and visit other isolated churches.

Fly to Axum. Visit of the stelae field, Axum museum and St Mary of Zion Church.

Explore King Kaleb’s and Queen Sheba’s Palaces. Return to Addis Ababa where the trip ends.

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TRIP CODE: SHE ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Guest Lecturer, boat crew, local guide(s), muleteer(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £235

Yeha

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Sacred city Sheba’s Palace AXUM

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Atsbi churches

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DEBARK Medieval castles Gorgora

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LALIBELA Rock-cut churches

LakeTana

BAHIR DAR Tississat Falls

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On this trip lecturer, writer and photographer Chris Bradley will guide us through Ethiopia’s unique history, myths and legends. We visit many of the country’s natural and cultural highlights, including the Tississat Falls and the rock-cut churches of Tigray and Lalibela. We also explore the Fasiliadas’ castle complex at Gondar and the 3000-year-old temple at Yeha.

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Drive north to Debre Markos, an incredible journey via the epic Blue Nile Gorge.

Find the source of the Nile. Visit Tississat Falls and explore remote churches on Lake Tana.

Explore the lively market town of Gondar. Visit 17th century Fasiliadas’ castle complex.

Drive through the Simien Mountains from Debark to Axum. Short walk to spot Gelada monkeys.

Discover Axum - home to the Ark of the Covenant. Admire the vast stelae, palaces and churches.

Discover the 3000 year old temple at Yeha and travel to Adwa to visit the vast market.

Visit the 16th century Tigray rock-cut churches. Continue to Mekele and Lalibela.

Explore Lalibela, a fascinating archaeological playground including the rock-cut churches.

Fly to Addis Ababa where trip ends.

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TRIP CODE: DJB ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel, 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: 4WD, minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £270

A trip of contrasting landscapes and vast views. ERITREA

DJIBOUTI

Goda Mountains Lake Assal

TADJOURA Former Capital

LAKE ABBE

DJIBOUTI CITY

ARDOUKOBA Visit Volcano

Thriving City

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Dire Dawa

Ethiopian Capital

HARAR

Ancient City

AWASH NP Game drive

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Lake Awasa

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This trip combines the Bale Mountains and some of the most beautiful national parks of Ethiopia with one of the lesser known countries on the tourist map, Djibouti. From visiting the Oromo people, to tracking the rare Ethiopian wolf and seeing the carved stelae in Teya, this adventurous journey also takes us to the lakes and volcanic landscapes of Djibouti, an otherworldy land of lunar landscapes and contrasting colours.

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Visit the carved stelae in Tiya before travelling to Lake Zway and Lake Awasa.

Visit the Oromo people and learn about their way of life.

Meet the Adere people and tour the walled town of Harar, the cradle of Islam in East Africa.

Visit the old steam train station in Dire Dawa, formerly connecting Ethiopia to Djibouti.

Enter Djibouti and enjoy a scenic drive to Lake Abbe through the Afar Depression.

Explore Lake Abbe and its remarkable topography. Drive to the coastal town of Tadjoura.

Discover the Forest Du Day and the Goda Mountains. Free time to snorkel and swim.

Visit the imposing Ardoukoba Volcano. Join a sightseeing tour in the bustling Djibouti city.

Take a snorkelling adventure with whale sharks. Trip ends in Djibouti City.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Walk in the Take a game Bale Mountains drive in Awash to spot the National Park endemic to spot oryx, Ethiopian wolf gazelle, dik-dik and a variety and many of flora and other animals. fauna.

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Gorilla and Chimp Safari

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TRIP CODE: UG ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights premium lodge, 7 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver, local guide(s), ranger(s). TRANSPORT: Minibus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £460

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £3799 pp flight inclusive.

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

CONGO Rwenzori walk Crater Lakes Game drive Kazinga Channel Boat trip

Fort Portal

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Lake George

Equator 0o

QUEEN ELIZABETH NP

Lake Edward

KAMPALA

KIBALE FOREST NP

BWINDI NP

LAKE MBURO NP

Game drives, walking safari

Gorilla search Nature trails

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Join us for a chance to see the incredible primates and wildlife of the Ugandan rainforest. We spend two days in Kibale Forest, the best place in Africa to spot chimpanzees. We cruise in the Kazinga channel, a real highlight and chance to observe herds of elephants at close range. We take game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park to spot the famous tree-climbing lions. We then travel deep into the rainforest at Bwindi, where we experience the ultimate wildlife encounter: we get up close and personal with the mountain gorilla in its natural habitat.

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Join trip in Kampala. Afternoon to relax by the pool or wander around the city.

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

Encounter the chimpanzees of Kibale, an incredibly sensory experience watching them interact.

Guided walk in the foothills of Rwenzori Mountains, meeting local people and finding a waterfall.

Game drives and river cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park to see elephants, kob and hippos.

Drive to Ishaha to look for the famous tree-climbing lions. Head to Bwindi.

Today we come face to face with the Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi National Park.

Free time in Bwindi to explore this beautiful national park, nature trails and village walks.

Head to Lake Bunyoni. Tour of the area in traditional canoe or relax in this stunning location.

Walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park looking for antelopes, elands and zebras.

Trip ends in Entebbe.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

JAN FEB JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

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Kenya and Tanzania Explorer

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TRIP CODE: EA ACCOMMODATION: Basic TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights basic camping, 1 night basic hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, cook, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Safari Truck. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £65

NUNGWI Beach

INDIAN OCEAN

Cora

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Lake Victoria Isebania

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SERENGETI NP SERONERA 4WD Game viewing AREQUIPA in Ngorongoro Crater CAMPOlduvai Gorge Colca Canyon KARATU km (Optional) SIMBA300 CAMP Arusha Lake Eyasi Visit Datoka Tribe & Hadzabe bushmen (optional)

As my first experience of East Africa this was a perfect introduction to the amazing wildlife and wonderful landscapes. Olwen Patrick

TARANGIRE NP

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ZANZIBAR

With a 4 day Zanzibar extension. Trip code: EAZ

On this wildlife adventure we travel through Kenya’s beautiful Rift Valley discovering Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island Nature Reserve and the shores of Lake Victoria. We explore the vast gamelands of the Masai Mara in search of elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo and rhino. We also cross into Tanzania and discover the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater and meet Masai warriors and Hadzabi bushmen.

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Join trip in Nairobi. Head to Lake Naivasha and take high tea on the lawn at the home of Born Free.

Walking safari in Crescent Island Nature Reserve. Meet the local Masai tribesmen.

Drive across the country to enter the Masai Mara, home to the greatest migration on the planet.

Search for the ‘Big Five’ in the Mara. Game drives all day in the fascinating area.

Full day of game drives in the Serengeti searching for cheetah, hyena, zebra, and much more.

Cross the park via Masai settlements and the Olduvai Gorge to our camp at the rim of the crater.

Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a perfect place to see rhino, elephant and cheetah.

Visit a local farm or search for the Hadzabi Bushman, transient people that are rarely seen.

Head to Tarangire National Park for game drives among the ancient and ghostly baobab trees.

Morning game drive and then on to Arusha where the trip ends.

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Enter Tanzania Game drive into and reach the Serengeti, Lake Victoria, home to an Africa’s largest abundance of freshwater wildlife and lake. Time teeming with to relax and lion. swim.

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TRIP CODE: KC ACCOMMODATION: Simple TREK GRADE: Challenging to Tough ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple camping, 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, cook, driver(s), trek guide(s), porter(s). TREKKING DETAILS: 8 day trek with an average of 5 to 7 hours each day, except on summit day which is 12 – 14 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £80

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

KENYA

Lemosho Glades 2100m

With a 4 day Zanzibar Island extension.

BIG TREE FOREST CAMP 2780m

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3500m

Trip code: KCZ

SHIRA TWO 3900m

BARRANCO

Uhuru Peak 5895m

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KILIMANJARO KARANGA NP 4035m

BARAFU

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MILLENIUM CAMP

TANZANIA Mweka Gate 1630m

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Sightseeing/Rest Day

We trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Following the less-used and scenic Lemosho route, we climb and descend on different paths, walking through the mountain’s different climatic regions and admiring the changing plant and animal life. Highlights include the ice fields of Kibo, the daunting Barranco Wall and the breathtaking views from the summit itself.

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Join trip in Moshi, a country town with great views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Ascend on a trail through beautiful rainforest from Lemosho Glades to Big Tree Camp (2780m).

Hike across wild heath to the camp at Shira One (3500m) enjoying views of Mount Meru.

Trek below the ice fields of Kibo to our campsite at Shira Two (3900m).

Cross volcanic landscapes to the Lava Tower before the descent to Barranco Valley (3960m).

Climb the Barranco Wall before reaching our camp in the Karanga Valley (4035m).

Hike across a barren lunar landscape to our camp at Barafu (4640 m).

Trek to the summit at Uhuru Peak (5895m) before the long descent to Millennium Camp (3790m).

Return to verdant forest and trek’s end at Mweka Gate (1630m) before driving back to Moshi.

There’s the chance to take an optional game drive in the morning before the trip ends in Moshi.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £2655 pp flight inclusive.

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Serengeti Lodge Safari

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TRIP CODE: TL ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights standard lodge, 3 nights standard tented camp, 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver. TRANSPORT: 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 12. Optional single rooms are available from £325

‘ Lake Victoria

Being first to find a leopard and watch her. Rosemary Welch

KENYA

SERENGETI NP Game drives

SERONERA Naabi Hill Gate

Olduvai Gorge

Lake Natron

Steep crater 4WD game drive

Kilimanjaro 5895m

NGORONGORO Meru KARATU CRATER LAKE Lake ARUSHA Kilimanjaro Lake Eyasi MANYARA Manyara Airport Game drives

TARANGIRE NP Game drives Baobab trees

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Enjoy a safari adventure across the vast national parks and conservation areas of Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley. We observe the birdlife around Lake Manyara, search for the ‘Big Five’ in the Serengeti and walk among primeval baobab trees in Tarangire. We also take a game drive through Ngorongoro, the world’s largest volcanic caldera.

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Join trip in Arusha. Relax by the pool or have a wander around this small town.

Head to Lake Manyara National Park for our first game drives. Overnight in a safari lodge.

Enter the world-famous Serengeti National Park, stopping at Olduvai Gorge en route.

Game drives in the Serengeti, searching for lions, leopards, cheetahs and their prey.

Drive through Masai settlements and stay in a colonial style farmhouse in Karatu.

Journey into the Ngorongoro Crater, a great place to see rhino, elephant and buffalo.

Explore Tarangire National Park, a sensational landscape dotted with ghostly Baobab trees.

Early morning safari before heading back to Arusha where the trip ends.

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Botswana Lodge Safari

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TRIP CODE: OZ ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights premium lodge, 2 nights standard boat. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: 4WD, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 12.

Amazing to see so many different animals. Sally Fawell

ZAMBIA LIVINGSTONE Zambezi river crossing

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NAMIBIA

KASANE

Game drive

OKAVANGO HOUSEBOAT

Victoria Falls ZIMBABWE

CHOBE NP

OKAVANGO DELTA Game drives

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BOTSWANA Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

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On this safari we travel through Botswana and Zambia, exploring Chobe National Park and the vast Okavango Delta. We search for wildlife including lion, elephant, buffalo and giraffe. Swapping land for water we stay on the Okavango Panhandle aboard our houseboat, searching for hippos, crocodiles and other wildlife. We end our trip in Zambia, visiting the thundering waters of Victoria Falls.

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Join trip Game drives in in Maun and the Okavango enter the mighty Delta, Okavango searching Delta. Overnight for hippo, in a comfortable crocodile and tented camp. a huge variety of birds.

Morning game drive before we head back to Maun and our secluded lodge outside of town.

Stay on our private houseboat on the Okavango Delta Panhandle. Trips along the river.

Optional trip to Tsodilo Hills, where thousands of San Bushman rock paintings can be found.

Head to Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in Africa.

Game drives through Chobe, looking for lion, kudu, hyena and roan antelopes.

Enter Zambia and encounter the world famous Victoria Falls, ‘the Smoke that Thunders’.

Free time in Livingstone for optional activities such as a helicopter ride over the falls.

Trip ends in Livingstone.

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SEP OCT

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Botswana Wildlife Safari BOTSWANA - ZAMBIA

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TRIP CODE: BW ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights standard lodge, 2 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard boat, 7 nights simple camping. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver boat crew, camp crew, local guide(s). TRANSPORT: 4WD, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 12.

Abundance of wildlife in Chobe was exceptional. ZAMBIA ANGOLA

NAMIBIA

SERONDELA Game drives

OKAVANGO HOUSEBOAT XAKANAXA Game drives

MOREMI GAME RESERVE

Game drives

KHWAI RIVER

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Tree Lodge go an av lta Ok De 0 km

Victoria Falls

CHOBE NP

SAVUTI

ZIMBABWE

Tsodilo Hills rock paintings

LIVINGSTONE Zambezi River crossing

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Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

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

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Journey from Botswana to Namibia to Zambia in one day through the Caprivi Strip.

Explore Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

In Botswana for game drives in Chobe National Park, famous for its huge numbers of elephant.

Game drives in Savuti, searching for lion, leopard and the largest flying bird - the Kori Bustard.

Moremi Game Reserve, the most diverse park in Botswana for scenery and wildlife.

Game drives throughout the mighty Okavango Delta. Hippos, crocodile and fish eagles are abundant.

Return to Maun with the opportunity for a flight over the Okavango Delta.

Trip ends in Maun.

Join trip Picturesque Discover San in Maun. boat trips Bushman art Afternoon free around the in Tsodilo Hills. to explore Okavango Delta View 24000 the town. Panhandle. year old Fantastic bird paintings at a and hippo UNESCO Site. sightings.

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Insider View “Staying on the houseboat in the Okavango Delta was a real highlight for me as it’s an amazing and unusual way of travelling and viewing the wildlife in the area. Being able to cruise the waterways of the Okavango Panhandle was fantastic, while trying to spot the elusive delta elephant kept us on our toes. Having dinner and hearing the hippos laughing as they swam by was a daily occurrence. Driving through the plains at sunrise, spotting a leopard in a tree or a pride of lions hunting while gazelle and zebra graze nearby was truly magical. I absolutely loved the wild camping in the parks; hearing the night time calls of hyena and seeing a herd of giraffe walk by the camp was something that I will never forget.” Michelle Holder, Explore Product Executive

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TRIP CODE: SW ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 22 nights standard lodges/hotels (accommodated version). 20 nights simple camping and 2 nights standard hotel (camping version). MEALS: 22 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 15 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, cook, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Safari Truck, 4WD, boat, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £150

An iconic overland journey through Africa ZAMBIA

ANGOLA

ETOSHA NP Game drives

Petrified Forest Twyfelfontein Rock art

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Delta Boat safari

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Namib Naukluft NP Sossusvlei High dunes

Victoria Falls

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This exciting journey is an exploration from the vibrant city of Cape Town, through the Namibian Desert, the magnificent national parks of Namibia and Botswana and to the thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Combining the most famous destinations with some untouched and remote wildlife havens, this once-in-a-lifetime trip is a comprehensive journey through south west Africa and its wonderful sights.

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Overland up to Namibia to Orange River, through winelands and farmland to barren desert.

Explore Fish River Canyon, the second deepest in the world. Time to enjoy this natural wonder.

Climb the highest sand dunes on the planet in Sesrium and Sossusvlei.

Swakopmund, a fascinating coastal colonial town at the end of the desert. Optional dune flight.

Experience San Bushman culture and visit rock art, sacred sights and petrified forest.

Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Free time for adventure activities.

Trip ends in Victoria Falls.

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Game drives Arrive in Head to Chobe Two days in Etosha Botswana National Park game driving National Park, and cruise the for game drives in Hwange abundant Okavango Delta and boat cruise. National Park lion, cheetah, Panhandle, Incredible in Zimbabwe. elephant, huge numbers elephant Visit a wild dog giraffe and of hippo and viewing. conservation rhino. crocodile. centre.

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Malawi and South Luangwa

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TRIP CODE: ZA ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights premium lodge, 4 nights standard lodge, 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple rondavels. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), ranger(s), safari guide(s). TRANSPORT: 4WD, minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 14. Optional single rooms are available from £380

ACCOMMODATION

Exceeded expectations by a wide margin David Smith

Game drives & walking safari

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SOUTH LUANGWA NP

Winner of a prestigious eco-award The lodge we use in South Luangwa is the proud winner of a prestigious eco-award for its commitment to environmentally-friendly policies, sustainability and social responsibility. Right in the thick of one of the most exciting safari destinations and often visited by local wildlife, this comfortable camp provides the best safari experience whilst supporting local schools and sponsoring the education of disadvantaged and orphaned children.

Lake Malawi

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MUA LAKE LILONGWE Wildlife sanctuary MISSION MALAWI MOZAMBIQUE

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Often referred to as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, Malawi is a hidden gem among its larger southern African neighbours. We walk across the forested Zomba Plateau offering incredible panoramas over Mozambique and descend to the shores of the impressive Lake Malawi. Staying in comfortable lodges and chalets, we cross into Zambia for some world-class game viewing in South Luangwa National Park.

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Head to the Zomba Plateau, stopping at the famous Dedza pottery workshop and local markets.

Explore the forested Zomba Plateau and discover the excellent biodiversity found there.

Head to Lake Malawi, the most southern of the Great Rift Valley Lakes.

Day at leisure at Lake Malawi, relax on the beach or take a boat trip, the day is yours.

Visit and overnight stay at Mua Mission, a centre dedicated to preserving Malawian culture.

We cross into Zambia and make our way to our lodge in South Luangwa National Park.

Our first day in South Luangwa, up early and out on safari, searching for wild dogs and lion.

We spend two more days on walking safaris and game drives in this incredible park.

Return to Malawi. Free afternoon to explore Lilongwe and buy last minute souvenirs.

Trip ends in Lilongwe.

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Namib Lodge Safari

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TRIP CODE: NL ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard lodge, 2 nights premium lodge, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Safari Truck. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £215

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ETOSHA NP Game drives

Lake Otjikoto

OKAUKUEJO Outijo

TWYFELFONTEIN Rock art b ua

a-H Ab Brandberg 2573m

Don’t hesitate go to Namibia. It’s an amazing country. The people are friendly and welcoming.

WATERBERG PLATEAU NP KALAHARI DESERT

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Capital city

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SWAKOPMUND WINDHOEK Walvis Bay Lagoon

SESRIEM CANYON

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Cape Escape trip in South Africa.

150 km

Trip code: NLC

From our customised safari truck we explore the dramatic canyons, towering sand dunes and magnificent wildlife parks of the Namib landscape. Staying in comfortable lodges along the route we track elephants, rhinos and lions through Etosha and Waterberg Plateau National Parks. We also visit the coastal town of Swakopmund, with its interesting colonial architecture and meet the Himba people, learning about their culture and way of life.

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Travel to Sesriem, via the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on the planet.

Explore the Sesriem Canyon. Marvel at the magnificent sand dunes of Sossusvlei.

Journey to Swakopmond, stopping at Walvis Bay to look for flamingos and pelicans.

Explore the colonial town of Swakopmond. Optional flight over the skeleton coast.

Drive via Cape Cross Seal Colony to Damaraland. Discover rock art of the San Bushmen.

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

Game drives in Etosha. Stay up to spot rhino having a late night drink at the watering hole.

Search for lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, oryx, hyena, springbok and giraffe in Etosha.

Visit the Cheetah Conservation Foundation. Game drive through Waterberg Plateau Park.

Free morning for walking trails or game drives. Visit a local craft market, before returning to Windhoek.

Trip ends in Windhoek.

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TRIP CODE: CP ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard lodge. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £220

Botlierskop Private Game reserve was the highlight & absolutely beautiful Robberg Peninsula was stunning and worth the walk. Hilary Greenwood

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Botlierskop Cango Caves game drive Table Mountain

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Franschhoek Explore Cape of Good Hope

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Flanked by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the Western Cape boasts incredible beaches, beautiful mountain ranges and unparalleled botanical splendour. This trip takes in South Africa’s highlights as we journey from Cape Town, through the winelands of Stellenbosch and onto the scenic Garden Route. Along our way, we encounter penguins at Boulders Bay, breeding whales in Hermanus (from June to September) and game in the Botelierskop Reserve.

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Tour of Cape of Good Hope, including the resident penguin colony on Boulders Beach.

Take a cable car or walk up Table Mountain, incredible views over the Cape Peninsula.

Explore the world renowned vineyards of Stellenbosch, meet the locals and try some wine.

Scenic drive through wine country to Oudstshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world!

Visit Cango Caves, an underground wonderland of extraordinary structures, millions of years old.

Travel the Garden Route to Kynsna. Seasonal whale watching opportunities and coastal walks.

Discover Tsitisikamma National Park, a marine and forest paradise. Sample local seafood.

Game drive for rhino, giraffe, zebra and buffalo. Enjoy free time in historic Swellendem.

Journey along the Whale route back to Cape Town looking for Southern Right Whales.

Trip ends in Cape Town. Optional visit to Robben Island to uncover Mandela’s past.

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Zululand and Kruger Wildlife

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TRIP CODE: ZK ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights standard lodge, 2 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard beehive huts, 1 night standard Hut, 1 night standard bungalow. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £220

Blyde River Canyon NP

Difficult to pick out any one highlight - the game drive in Imfolozi and the time at Mlilwene, Swaziland were really special.

KRUGER NP GRASKOP Game drives

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SWAZILAND HluhluweUmfolozi GR Game drive (Rhino)

DRAKENSBERG Royal Natal NP

Isandlwana battlefield

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GREATER ST LUCIA WETLAND PARK

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Cape Escape trip in South Africa.

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Trip code: ZKC

On this trip we visit the great game reserves of South Africa and Swaziland. We search for the Big Five in the renowned Kruger National Park and track both white and black rhinos in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve. We also visit the Zulu battlefields, discover the wetlands of Greater St Lucia and take a walking safari through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Swaziland.

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Step back in time to visit the battlefields of the infamous Zulu War and stay in traditional huts.

Game drives amongst the densest rhino population in Africa and over 500 bird species.

Free day to enjoy St Lucia Wetland Park. Walks, game drives, beaches and boat trips are on offer.

Enter Swaziland, the last remaining monarchy in Africa. Experience local hospitality.

Game drives to see lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, hyena and a myriad of birds.

Beautiful drive back to Johannesburg where the trip ends.

Join Walk to 900m trip in high waterfalls Johannesburg. at the end of Drive to Tugela Gorge. Drakensburg Swim in the Mountains, pools by the stunning walks falls. in national park.

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Walking safaris Journey in Mlilwane to Kruger Wildlife National Park. Sanctuary Game drives looking in open top for zebra, vehicles for wildebeest and great sightings. impala.

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Zululand and Kruger Wildlife + Cape Escape

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TRIP CODE: ZKC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 4 nights standard lodge, 2 nights standard beehive huts, 3 nights standard hut. MEALS: 19 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £390

The Zululand and Kruger Wildlife section was brilliant. The highlights were seeing all the animals everyday. Barrie Martin KRUGER NP

Blyde River Canyon NP

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Game drives

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MLILWANE WS Walking safari

SOUTH SWAZILAND AFRICA HluhluweUmfolozi GR Game drive (Rhino) (Optional Ulundi activities)

Isandlwana battlefield

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Bottleskop Cango Caves game drive Worcester OUDTSHOORN Franschhoek Optional Marloth NR Tsitsikamma NP Winelands SWELLENDAM George STELLENBOSCH Plettenberg Bay Hermanus Mossel Bay KNYSNA Riversdale Betty’s Whale INDIAN Bay watching Southern most 0 km 100 km OCEAN (July-Nov) point in Africa

Table Mountain

CAPE TOWN Explore Cape of Good Hope

On this trip we visit the great game reserves of South Africa and Swaziland. We search for the ‘Big Five’ in the renowned Kruger National Park and track both white and black rhinos in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve. We also visit the Zulu battlefields and discover the wetlands of Greater St Lucia. We fly to the iconic city of Cape Town, hike up the legendary Table Mountain and explore the ancient limestone Cango Caves. We also watch the penguins frolic on Boulders Beach and visit the heart of the winelands.

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Cross the border into Swaziland. Take a walking safari in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

Enter the great game lands of Kruger to see the Big Five as well as cheetah, giraffe and zebra.

Stop at God’s Window viewpoint for panoramic scenes over Blyde River Canyone. Fly to Cape Town.

Explore Cape Town, summit Table Mountain, visit Robben Island and enjoy the waterfront.

Experience historic Stellenbosch or take selfguided trails through the picturesque winelands.

Head to Cango Caves to tour the vast limestone caverns. Free time to explore Oudtshoorn.

Drive to Knysna and wander the lush forest and rugged coastline of Tsitsikamma National Park.

Travel the famous garden route back to Cape Town, where the trip ends.

Join trip in Johannesburg. Drive to Drakensberg.

Explore the Take a Track rhinos Drakensberg guided tour of and then head Mountains in Isandlwana, the to St Lucia Royal Natal site of the first Wetland Park National Park major encounter for turtles with a walk in the 19th and whale through Tugela century Anglowatching. Gorge. Zulu War.

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A quintessential African experience.

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MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Horse, bike and walking trails

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Savayna Research Camp Conservation Talk

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Discover the last true monarchy in Africa on this all-encompassing adventure through Swaziland. The country offers travellers the chance to really get under the skin of Africa and marvel at its culture and natural beauty. On this trip we get up close and personal with rhino on walking safaris, hike to the highest waterfalls in Swaziland and stay overnight with a traditional community in the mountains. A wonderful introduction to an intriguing country.

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Hike to the highest waterfalls in Swaziland. Optional zip line canopy tour or walking trails.

Drive via the Lion Cavern mine to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary for a walking safari.

Free morning for optional walks or cycling. Sunset safari to Execution Rock for incredible views.

Visit local craft market. Overnight stay with the Shewula community in the mountains.

Village walking tour meeting a local witch. Drive to Mkhaya Game Reserve for a sunset safari.

Full day of game drives spotting black rhino, elephant, giraffe and crocodiles.

Sunrise safari. Return to Johannesburg where the trip ends.

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Great Zimbabwe Highlights

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TRIP CODE: ZIM ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights premium lodge, 2 nights standard lodge (accommodated version), 7 nights standard camping, 1 night standard lodge (camping version). MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s), safari guide(s). TRANSPORT: Truck. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £25

Discover Zimbabwe’s fascinating wildlife, culture and history.

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Described as the ‘Jewel of Africa’, Zimbabwe is finally receiving the recognition it deserves as a tourist destination in its own right. On this fascinating discovery we visit the Great Zimbabwe ruins, the largest archaeological site in Sub Saharan Africa, track rhino on an unforgettable walking safari and find the World’s View - the grave of Zimbabwe’s founder and empire builder Cecil Rhodes. This green and abundant country also boasts the ‘Big Five’ and one of the natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls - ’the Smoke that Thunders’.

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Join trip in Harare. City tour visiting a local market and the historic buildings of First Street.

Explore the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, left over from a distant empire some 900 years ago.

Head across the country to our wonderful base in Matobo National Park. Enjoy local walks.

Visit World’s View and Cecil Rhodes’ grave. Discover Bushman paintings, and enjoy game drives.

Incredible walking safari to track rhino. Head to Hwange National Park. Optional night safari.

Full day of game drives in Hwange, a great place to see elephant, lion, giraffe and zebra.

Head to the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ Victoria Falls and wonder at these mighty waterfalls.

Free day for activities, including helicopter rides and cultural visits.

Trip ends in Victoria Falls.

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The Lost Continent

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TRIP CODE: MD ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 3 nights simple hotel, 1 night simple community house. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s), ranger(s). TRANSPORT: Minibus, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £250

The wildlife that we saw was special. Jane Roe

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Analamazoatra & Mitsinjo Reserves

ANTANANARIVO Ambatolampy Valley

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Walking in Isalo NP Ihosy

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The isolated island of Madagascar has the most unique landscape of Earth and is the best place to discover exotic and endemic wildlife. We explore the rainforests, nature reserves and national parks in search of the many species of endangered lemur. We travel from the Malagasy capital ‘Tana’ across volcanic lakes and sandstone rock formations to the golden shores of the Indian Ocean.

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Join trip in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

Nature walks in Andasibe Reserve, searching for the Indri Indri, the largest living Lemur.

Walk the stunning crater lake at Tritiva. Enjoy a night of traditional Malagasy food and dancing.

Journey to Ranomafana National Park, looking for rare golden bamboo lemurs.

Two days to travel to and wonder at Madagascar’s Grand Canyon in Isalo National Park.

Cross the cactus filled spiny desert and visit the Mahafaly Tombs on our way to the coast.

Free time by the rich turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Boat trip to the reefs of Nosy Ve.

We leave our beach hideaway and make our way back to the capital, Tana.

Visit Ambohimanga, an ancient palace and fort beautifully located on a forested hill.

Trip ends in Antananarivo.

Visit Mantadia Explore the National Park, colonial looking for architecture black and and churches white ruffed of the spa town lemur and a of Antasirabe. variety of birds.

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TRIP CODE: TI ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Boat, minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £400

Vallee de Mal World Heritage Site

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Return ferry to La Digue Bale St Anne Pier

Praslin NP

LA REUNION

PRASLIN

LA DIGUE Fast Catamaran ferry

BEAU VALLON Trois Freres Trail

St Anne Marine NP Victoria

Morne Seychelles NP

LIMA

MAHE ISLAND

Airport

SEYCHELLES INDIAN OCEAN

PACIFIC OCEAN

Anse Royale 0 km

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CHILE

Unwind with us on the beautiful islands of the Seychelles. We explore the palm-lined beaches of Praslin and visit the forest of Vallée de Mai, home to the famous Coco de Mer Palm. In Morne Seychellois National Park, we hike along forest trails to Trois Frères peak to enjoy spectacular views over the island and its beach-fringed shores.

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Snorkelling and optional walks around Mahe Island. Enjoy the crystal clear waters or just relax.

Board a catamaran to Praslin Island. Take a local bus to explore this peaceful paradise or snorkel.

Visit the World Heritage Site of Valle de Mai, a primeval rainforest in Praslin National Park.

Snorkel, hire a bike or walk through la Digue Vev.

Take a ferry and catamaran back to Mahe Island where the trip ends.

Join trip Optional at Mahe tour of the Island. Take a island or Port stroll around Launay Marine Victoria, the tiny National Park. capital and try Free time to bartering at a explore. local market.

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Take a boat Ferry and oxtrip to the cart ride to our surrounding accommodation island. Snorkel on laid-back and search for Digue Island. giant tortoises. Relax on the beach.

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or visit www.explore.co.uk

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Incredible beaches with wonderfully warm swimming. Iain Rutherford

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Pacific This fascinating region is bursting with variety and contrast and is waiting to be explored. With surprises at every turn, Asia is home to some of the world’s most vibrant cities and serene mountain villages. Travel through Japan on the ultra modern bullet train and explore its cosmopolitan streets, or spend a night with the hilltribes of Thailand and learn about their unique customs. Only in Asia can you step back in time to explore ancient temples, trek through dense rainforests in search of the elusive orang-utan, kayak off paradise beaches, barter for fresh spices at local markets and summit a mountain. Whatever you choose to do in Asia and the Pacific, it’s guaranteed to make you smile.

Insider View “I love Asia for the sheer variety the region offers. From people watching in crowded Indian cities, taking in Burma’s incredible temples or climbing up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan. For me though, without a doubt the highlight is the food, always fresh, often spicy and usually incredibly cheap!” Hannah Methven, Explore Worldwide Programme Manager

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Japan Kyrgyzstan

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Papua New Guinea

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Philippines

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South Korea

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Laos

Burma (Myanmar)

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Malaysia

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Sri Lanka

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Cambodia

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Malaysia (Borneo)

212

Taiwan

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China

168

Maldives

131

Thailand

189

Georgia

161

Mongolia

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Turkmenistan

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Hong Kong

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Nepal

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Uzbekistan

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New Zealand

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Vietnam

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Indonesia

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North Korea

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£1962 £1290

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TRIP CODE: SL ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £330

Excellent! A truly memorable holiday! June Norris-Green

ANURADHAPURA

Willpaththu Bodhi Tree National Park Aukana game drive Budda

SRI LANKA

Fishing Port

COLOMBO

Adam’s Peak

Bay of Bengal

GIRITALE SIGIRIYA

Galle Old Dutch port

This trip can be combined with the Maldive Dhoni Cruise for some serious relaxation following your exploration of Sri Lanka.

Lion Rock

KANDY DALHOUSIE BANDARAWELA

NUWARA ELIYA

INDIAN OCEAN

COMBINE YOUR TRIP

Polonnaruwa Ancient capital

Dambulla

NEGOMBO

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £2224 pp flight inclusive.

Buduruvagala Rockface carvings

Trip code: SLM

Mirissa Optional whale watching (Dec/Apr)

UNAWATUNA

0 km

Relaxing beach

Horton Plains Departures from July to midDecember will visit Horton Plains instead of climbing Adam’s Peak.

105 km

This comprehensive trip of the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ covers Sri Lanka’s many highlights at a relaxed pace. Uncovering ancient cities, rock carvings and gilded temples, we discover its rich Buddhist history and culture. Other highlights include the spectacular Hill Country, wildlife-filled national parks and an idyllic tropical coastline, where we enjoy some down-time. Along the way, we are welcomed by generous hospitality and friendly faces.

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Join trip in Negombo. Relax after the flight on the quiet beaches.

Take a jeep safari in Willpaththu National Park to search for leopards.

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Anuradhapura and climb the sacred peak at Mihintale.

Meet the 12m tall Standing Buddha at Aukana before exploring Dambulla’s painted cave temples.

Discover the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Search for elephants in Minneriya National Park.

Climb Sigiriya’s Lion Rock. Visit Kandy’s sacred Temple of the Tooth.

Join pilgrims for a night time ascent of Adam’s Peak. Drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Take a train along a picturesque mountain route to Bandarawela.

Visit Rawana Ella Falls and travel south to the coastal town of Unawatuna.

Discover the fascinating churches and old houses of Galle Fort. Free time to relax on the beach.

Visit a wetland reserve before a city tour of Colombo.

Trip ends in Negombo.

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Maldive Dhoni Cruise JO URN

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TRIP ONLY

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TRIP CODE: MC ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights simple boat, 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Representative, boat crew, cook. TRANSPORT: Boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

NORTH MALE ATOLL Vaadhoo Caves

UPGRADE YOUR TRIP Certain departures use our premium dhoni boat. For full details please refer to trip code DMC on our website.

MALE

Emboodhoo Lagoon

SOUTH MALE ATOLL

GURAIDHOO

MALDIVES

FULIDHOO

FELIDHOO ATOLL

Everything about the holiday was memorable from the food to the stunning views to the company of our fellow travellers.

INDIAN OCEAN

FELIDHOO ANBARAA

Uninhabitated Island

DHIGGARU

FENBOA FINOLHU

Fishing village Bodu Beru performance

MEEMU ATOLL

Lewis B 0 km

30 km

On this holiday, we cruise among the remote atolls of the idyllic Maldives, aboard a traditional dhoni. We eat and sleep aboard the boat as we sail between the unspoilt palm-fringed tropical islands of South Male, Felidhoo and Meemu. Along our way, we visit small fishing village communities and stop to swim or snorkel at beautiful coral reefs.

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Join trip in Male.

Cruise to the South Male Atoll and explore Kuda Anbara Island.

Snorkel in the clear waters of the Meemu Atoll.

Cruise to Dhiggaru Island for a Bodu Beru display.

Visit the traditional village of Felidhoo.

Discover Hulhidhoo reef before sailing to Fulidhoo.

Sail to Male, stopping en route to snorkel at Embudhoo Reef.

Trip ends in Male.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

JAN FEB MAR APR AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

Thought to derive from the Arab Dhow, the Maldivian Dhoni boat is made from coconut wood and made by hand. Boats take on average 45 days to complete, often using no detailed plans and relying on knowledge and skills passed down through generations.

Go online for departure dates

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8

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TRIP ONLY

DAYS

7

TRIP CODE: SLH ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), naturalist(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £160

Palk Strait

INDIA

Willpaththu National Park Jeep safari

ANURADHAPURA

Mihintale Peak

SIGIRIYA Lion Rock

NEGOMBO KANDY

Temple of the Tooth, Tea gardens

SRI LANKA

UNAWATUNA

Beach, Whale watching (December – April) 0 km

70 km

INDIAN OCEAN

Join us on this one-week trip exploring Sri Lanka’s highlights. From searching for wild leopards and elephants in Willpaththu National Park to exploring the country’s Buddhist temples at Mihintale and Dambulla. We stop in Kandy to visit the revered Temple of the Tooth before relaxing on the pristine beaches of the west coast.

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Join trip in Negombo.

Take a jeep safari in search of leopards in Willpaththu National Park.

Share a meal with locals in Habarana before exploring the unique cave temples at Dambulla.

Climb to the top of Sigiriya’s dramatic Lion Rock before travelling to Kandy.

Learn about Sri Lanka’s tea industry before driving to the beaches of Unawatuna.

Free time to explore Galle Fort or relax. During winter whale watching trips are available.

Trip ends at Colombo Airport.

This trip has been planned so that it can easily be combined with our Maldive Dhoni Cruise.

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Trip code: SLHM Departures from August to November will visit the beaches of Trincomalee on Sri Lanka’s east coast.

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Buddha’s Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise C OVER

£3086 23 DAYS 22 £2325 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

TRIP CODE: SLM ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 14 nights standard hotel, 6 nights simple boat, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 21 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, Explore Representative, driver(s), boat crew, cook. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £330

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

JAN FEB MAR APR JUL

SEP OCT NOV DEC

Go online for departure dates

This trip covers Sri Lanka’s many highlights at a relaxed pace. Uncovering ancient cities and gilded temples, we discover rich Buddhist history and culture. In the Maldives we cruise among the remote atolls of the idyllic Maldives, aboard a traditional dhoni. We sail between the unspoilt palm-fringed islands of South Male, Felidhoo and Meemu visiting fishing communities and snorkelling at beautiful coral reefs.

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Highlights of Sri Lanka + Maldive Dhoni Cruise C OVER

15 £2499 DAYS 14 £1985 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

TRIP CODE: SLHM ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel, 6 nights simple boat. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, Explore Representative, boat crew, cook, driver(s), naturalist(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £160

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

FEB MAR APR AUG OCT NOV DEC

Go online for departure dates

Join us on this trip exploring Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Search for leopards and elephants in Willpaththu National Park, explore Buddhist temples and Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth. We then cruise among remote atolls of the idyllic Maldives, aboard a traditional dhoni. We eat and sleep aboard the boat as we sail between the unspoilt palm-fringed tropical islands of South Male, Felidhoo and Meemu.

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FROM

15 £2400 DAYS 14 £1749 DAYS

FROM

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

TRIP CODE: DSL ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights premium hotel, 2 nights premium camping. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), naturalist(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £725

This is an amazing trip.

Jackie Judge

WILLPATHTHU NATIONAL PARK

Bay of Bengal

Jeep safari

Sigiriya Lion Rock

Polonnaruwa Ancient capital

DAMBULLA

SRI LANKA

Cave Temples

KANDY

Temple of the Tooth

NEGOMBO Fishing Port

NUWARA ELIYA

INDIAN OCEAN

Tea plantations Horton Plains walk

BERUWALA GALLE

Old Dutch port 0 km

90 km

Staying in stylish and comfortable hotels, we travel to some of Sri Lanka’s greatest sights: from ancient Buddhist monuments to tea plantations and historic cities. We visit the Temple of the Tooth in the central city of Kandy, search for elephants and leopards in Willpaththu National Park and relax by the idyllic Indian Ocean coast.

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Join trip in Negombo.

Take two jeep safaris in search of leopards in Willpaththu National Park.

Meet the giant Standing Buddha at Aukana before exploring the cave temples at Dambulla.

Climb to the Sky Fortress at Sigiriya’s Lion Rock. Explore the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

Travel to the town of Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Tooth and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

Drive past rolling tea plantations and visit a tea museum en route to Nuwara Eliya.

Trek on Horton Plains, Sri Lanka’s highest plateau or free time to relax.

Drive south to the coastal town of Galle and explore the fortress.

Free time to relax before travelling up the coast to the beach town of Beruwala.

Free time to relax on the pristine beaches of Beruwala.

Trip ends at Colombo Airport.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

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FROM

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£2079 £1495

16

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

IS

Y

North Sri Lanka Explorer C OVER

New Trip

15

TRIP CODE: NSL ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard camping. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s), naturalist(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, train, bicycle. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £310

JAFFNA Delft Island

MANNAR ISLAND TRINCOMALEE Vavuniya WILLPATHTHU NATIONAL PARK Jeep safari ANURADHAPURA

Bay of Bengal

SIGIRIYA

Dambulla

SRI LANKA

NEGOMBO COLOMBO INDIAN OCEAN

0 km

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This trip ventures into unchartered territory and discovers the less visited north of the island. Wild donkeys, palm trees and quaint fishing communities characterise Mannar, while Jaffna is a wonderful mix of Hindu temples, colonial charm and Tamil culture. There are many opportunities to spot wildlife including blue and sperm whales at Trincomalee, wild elephants and leopards in Willpaththu and birdlife almost everywhere. Dambulla, Sigiriya and Colombo are also visited making this a wonderful adventure on a beautiful island.

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Join trip in Negombo.

Search for leopards and elephants in Willpaththu National Park.

Explore Mannar’s fishing villages, fort and beaches. Enjoy a barbecue under the stars.

Pay a visit to Madu Shrine and travel to Jaffna by train.

Immerse yourself in Hindu temples and Tamil culture.

Visit the world famous cave temple at Dambulla and nearby Lion’s Rock.

Experience colonial Colombo and enjoy high tea at sunset.

Trip ends ends in Colombo.

Discover Spot whales Anuradhapura’s and dolphins ancient ruins, a at Trincomalee UNESCO World and explore Heritage Site. the old town.

Go online for departure dates

MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

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Active Sri Lanka! A C TI

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15 £2082 DAYS 14 £1395 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

TRIP CODE: ASL ACCOMMODATION: Moderate TRIP PACE: Standard ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard camping, 1 night simple guesthouse, 1 night standard lodge. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, activity guide(s), driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, bicycle, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £295

Active Adventure on ‘Buddha’s Island’.

WILLPATHTHU NATIONAL PARK

Bay of Bengal

Jeep safari

SRI LANKA

The country and people were fantastic, made enjoyable by the wide variety of activities.

SIGIRIYA POLONNARUWA KANDY

Temple of the Tooth

NEGOMBO Fishing Port

Colombo

Jennifer W

Padeniya

KITULGALA

DALHOUSIE Adams Peak

INDIAN OCEAN HIKKADUWA

Trek to waterfall Whitewater rafting

BELIHULOYA

0 km

Horton Plains Departures running from July until mid-December will trek on Horton Plains instead of ascending Adam’s Peak.

90 km

Join us on an action-packed adventure across this spiritual island. We cycle backroads to discover ancient Buddhist cities, trek through verdant mountains and raft the white waters of the Central Highlands. We search for leopards in Willpaththu National Park and relax on the white sandy beaches of this tropical paradise known as ‘Buddha’s Island’.

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Join trip in Negombo.

Cycle on quiet backroads before taking a jeep safari in Willpaththu National Park.

Ride to the ancient capital of Anuradhapura. Discover Dambulla’s incredible cave temples.

Climb Sigiriya’s Lion Rock to the 5th century Sky Fortress. Explore Polonnaruwa by bike.

Take a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park, searching for elephants, sambar deer and birdlife.

Trek on the Knuckles Range. Visit Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth.

Relax in the small town of Dalhousie before an overnight ascent of Adam’s Peak.

Return from Adam’s Peak. Try out whitewater rafting on the Kelani River.

Trek through forests before transferring to Belihuloya.

Cycle along backroads and through small villages before driving to the coastal town of Hikkaduwa.

Free time to relax, with the option to spend time in Galle or go whale watching (seasonal).

Trip ends at Colombo Airport.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

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Backroads of Kerala

FROM

FROM

INDIA

EASY

£1828 £1175

14

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

13

TRIP CODE: CKB ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple homestay. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle guide, assistant cycle guide, bike mechanic, boat crew, driver(s). BIKE: 21 or 24 gear Trek 4300 mountain bikes with lockable front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £320

DAILY DISTANCES

THEKKADY

KOCHI

Idukki Reservoir

Sunset cruise

PLANTERS HOMESTAY Tea & spice plantations

Alleppey

MANCOMBU Village houses

INDIA Cruise backwaters Canoe trip

40km

Day 4

35km

Day 5

40km

Day 6

45km

Day 7

45km

Day 8

10km

Day 9

26km

Day 11

30/65km

Optional Rides

VARKALA INDIAN OCEAN

ACCOMMODATION

Veli

Planters Homestay

Trivandrum

KOVALAM

Spend two nights enjoying tasty homecooked food, exploring tea and spice gardens, taking nature walks or swimming in natural rock pools.

40 km

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Day 10

CARDAMOM HILLS

KOLLAM

Day 2

On this cycling trip in southern India we travel into Kerala’s rural backwaters. We ride inland through a landscape of spice, tea and rubber plantations. We also travel along the waterways in wooden canoes, walk through Periyar National Park in search of wildlife and relax on Indian Ocean beaches. Staying in family houses we also enjoy warm Keralan hospitality.

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Join trip in Kovalam.

Morning cycle. Afternoon free to relax on the Malabar coast.

Drive to Veli Lagoon. Visit Anjengo Fort and cycle to Varkala.

Cycle through traditional Keralan villages to Kollam.

Boat trip along Backwaters. Cycle to Mancombu.

Full days cycling through Backwaters’ villages. Afternoon canoe trip.

Drive and cycle to Wagamon; Planters Homestay.

Free to explore Wagamon on foot. Optional cycle rides available.

Drive and cycle to Thekkady. Visit plantations and a tea factory.

Forest walk in search of wildlife. Explore the spice gardens of Thekkady.

Drive to Kuuttikkanam, cycle to Malayattoor and drive to Kochi.

Tour of Kochi by bike followed by an evening boat cruise. Trip ends in Kochi.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Go online for departure dates

JAN MAR OCT NOV DEC

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ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights hn Krishotel, 2 nights simple premium homestay, 1 night simple boat, 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £250

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Pulikate Lake

Palar

K

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Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £1697 pp flight inclusive.

INDIAN OCEAN MUNNAR

KOCHI

THEKKADY

Periyar National Park Spice garden

ALLEPPEY

CARDAMOM REGION

Backwaters Cruise Stay in houseboat

0 km

Tea Museum

INDIA

Mattancherry Palace, Harbour cruise

110 km

Unwind with us on this relaxing exploration of Kerala, a corner of India known by its welcoming locals, as God’s own country. We cruise tranquil backwaters by houseboat, trek in search of wildlife in Periyar National Park and visit hilltop tea and spice plantations. Along the way we discover colonial Kochi and spend a night in a family-run homestay.

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Join trip in Kochi.

Discover Kochi’s Dutch and Jewish heritage, Chinese fishing nets and Kathakali dancing.

Drive through rolling hills to the tea plantation town of Munnar. Visit a tea museum.

Travel to Thekkady and take a nature walk in Periyar National Park.

Visit a spice garden before travelling to Alleppey and meeting our homestay hosts.

Spend a day exploring the villages, try out cooking a traditional curry or learn to play caram.

Relax on a houseboat, floating through the tranquil Kerala backwaters.

Leave our houseboat and return to Kochi. Free time to explore.

Trip ends in Kochi.

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JAN FEB MAR APR AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP With a 2 day Kovalam Beach extension. Trip code: KBB

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Insider View “Kerala is amazing, pictures just don’t do it justice. Cruising the tropical backwaters on the houseboat was my highlight, just watching the gentle pace of life go by amidst the most beautiful scenery. The crew laid on fantastic food, including afternoon tea. I will never forget the colours the brightly painted houses, the beautiful saris, and everywhere is so green. We had a lot of fun at the homestay, Shayla dressed us in her saris, and Nina sang to us. I have never been to India before, but now I really want to explore it further, I loved it.” Julie Holloway, Explore Finance Executive

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Too many memorable moments to pick one. Clare Chennai (Madras)

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MAMALLAPURAM Shore temples Wide beaches

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Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hill

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Take a cultural journey with us across this colourful landscape, from intricately carved temple complexes to lush jungle backwaters and historic harbour ports. By train, bus and riverboat we climb to the heights of the Western Ghats and drop down to the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean. This fast-paced adventure includes a little bit of everything that southern India has to offer.

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Visit the ornate 14th century Mysore Palace before free time to explore the city.

Take two game drives in Bandipur National Park before driving to the hill station of Ooty.

Explore Ooty on foot and take a ride on the famous Toy Train. Drive to Kochi.

Watch the day’s catch at the Chinese fishing nets and explore Fort Kochi.

Float through the tranquil Keralan backwaters on a traditional houseboat.

Visit colourful markets and spice plantations. Drive to Madurai.

Discover the Meenakshi Temple’s nine gates, 12 towers and dramatic halls.

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Take the train Explore the to Chennai Shore Temple, and drive to a UNESCO the beaches of World Heritage Mamallapuram. Site and the 7th century Mandapa Caves.

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The Meenakshi Temple is stunning. Janet Howells

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HAMPI

Hospet

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Maharajah’s Palace

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This overland journey from South India’s Coromandel Coast to the Arabian Sea at Goa is an ideal way to meet the welcoming local people as we travel mainly by local bus, train and boat. We explore intricately carved temple complexes, cruise along the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, climb to the cool heights of the Western Ghats and spend time on tropical sandy beaches.

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Free time to explore the incredible halls, gateways and towers of the Meenakshi Temple.

Drive across the Cardamon Hills. Float through tranquil backwaters and stay with local families.

Explore Fort Kochi and watch Kerala’s famous Kathakali dancers perform.

Travel by train across the Western Ghats to the hill station of Ooty.

Take a ride on the Toy Train before travelling to Mysore.

Visit Mysore’s grand Maharajah’s Palace and the sacred Nandi Bull. Take a sleeper train to Hospet.

Free time to explore the temples and ruins of the ancient Vijayangar capital, Hampi.

Take a train to Goa. Explore the Portuguese influenced city of Panjim or the beaches.

Trip ends in Goa.

Join trip Relax and at Chennai explore the Airport. shore and Transfer to the cave temples coastal town of before taking a Mamallapuram. sleeper train to Madurai.

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It was so relaxing to sail down the Ganges, A chance to relax after the chaos and noise of the cities.

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This trip can be combined with our South India Explorer trip. BAY OF BENGAL

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Explore the diverse cities and landscapes of North India by train, bus and traditional sail boat. From the palaces of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur to the pilgrimage centre of Varanasi and the magnificent Taj Mahal, we uncover the country’s fascinating architectural and religious heritage. We also cruise along the Ganges watching daily rituals of the villages that flank this sacred river.

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Explore the Pink City of Jaipur with time to visit the Amber Fort and Palace of the Winds.

Take a train to Agra and spend the afternoon exploring the city.

A free day to explore Varanasi before an overnight train to Kolkata.

Opt to visit St John’s Church, Mother Teresa’s house or the clay modellers village of Kumartuli.

Trip ends in Kolkata.

Join trip in Delhi.

Hire a rickshaw Two full days to Travel by train to explore explore Udaipur and jeep Old Delhi including a to Pushkar. before taking a walking tour of Watch the sleeper train to the old town sunrise from Udaipur. and the Jagdish Savitri Temple. Temple.

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Watch the Board Float down sunrise over traditional boats the Ganges as the beautiful and sail down the sun rises Taj Mahal. the holy Ganges or explore the Take a sleeper river, camping nearby temple train to overnight on the complex at Allahabad. river banks. Sarnath.

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AMRITSAR

Golden Temple Wagah border

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City tour

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Palace of the Winds Observatory Amber Fort

Taj Mahal

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Fatephur Sikri

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Towers of Silence Ghandi Museum Dhobi Ghats India Gate

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Palace

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Taking to the tracks of India’s extensive railway system we travel from the holy Sikh city of Amritsar to Kerala’s beautiful backwaters. We uncover the history of Delhi’s colonial past, explore the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and visit the magnificent Taj Mahal. Along the way we discover Moghul treasures, track tigers, relax on tropical beaches and explore jungle-lined foothills.

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Contrast the calm atmosphere at the Golden Temple with the lively Wagah border ceremony.

Explore Old Delhi’s winding alleys by rickshaw. Visit Humayun’s tomb before driving to Agra.

Watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal and explore the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Visit Jaipur’s hilltop Amber Fort and City Palace Museum. Take a sleeper train to Mumbai.

See Mumbai daily life at the municipal dhobi ghats and visit Gandhi’s house.

Travel by train to Goa and wander through Panjim’s wide streets. Train to Bangalore.

Discover the grand Mysore Palace and the giant sculpture of Shiva’s sacred bull, Nandi.

Take two safaris in to Bandipur National Park, searching for tigers, elephants and wild boar.

Drive to the old British hill station of Ooty. Take a ride on the Toy Train.

See the day’s catch at Kochi’s Chinese fishing nets. Relax on a cruise through the backwaters.

Trip ends in Kochi.

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TRIP CODE: CG ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £315

Uncovering India’s hidden gems. Ajanta Caves Buddhist paintings

Ellora Caves

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AURANGABAD Daulatabad Fort

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Tombs

Gulbarga Fort & Tombs

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Discover the vibrant city of Mumbai. Visit the municipal dhobi ghats and Mahatma Gandhi’s museum.

Take a train to Aurangabad. Discover Buddhist stories painted on the walls of Ajanta Caves.

Visit Daulatabad Fort and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ellora Caves.

Explore Hyderabad’s lively bazaars and colourful Islamic monuments.

Discover ruined palaces and tombs of Bahamani Kings in Bidar and Bijapur.

Walk through the vast Gol Gumbaz Mausoleum and Jama Masjid Mosque.

Visit Badami’s cave temples and take a tour of Aihole’s Hindu temples.

Spend time exploring the deserted city of Hampi. See the temples of Virupaksha and Vittala.

Take a day train to Goa and spend time exploring the Portuguese influenced old town.

Trip ends in Goa.

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TRIP CODE: GTI ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights premium hotel, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, rickshaw. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £250

We experienced so much in just 6 days.

Hannah Methven, Explore Worldwide Programme Manager

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Chandni Chowk Qutub Minar

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Join trip in Delhi. Visit the Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb.

Explore Old Delhi’s winding streets and spice markets by cycle rickshaw.

Drive to Agra and watch the sunset over the beautiful Taj Mahal.

Look back at the Taj Mahal from Agra’s dramatic fort. Visit the Baby Taj.

Visit Akbar’s deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur.

Explore the hilltop Amber Fort and test sundials at Jaipur’s observatory.

Trip ends in Jaipur.

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP With 3 days in Kashmir. Relax on a traditional houseboat on Lake Dal, Srinagar. Trip code: GTIK

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TRIP CODE: MG ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, rickshaw. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £160

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £1419 pp flight inclusive.

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Chandni Chowk & Humayun’s Tomb

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Keoladeo National Park Bharatpur

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On this cultural trip around India’s Golden Triangle, we experience the bustle of Delhi, marvel at the beauty of Agra’s infamous Taj Mahal and explore the regal architecture of Jaipur. Along the way, we enjoy a rickshaw ride through the famous ornithologist’s paradise of Keoladeo National Park, witness Rajasthani village life in rural Karauli and search for Bengal tigers in Ranthambore National Park.

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Join trip in Delhi. Explore New Delhi’s wide boulevards.

Explore Old Delhi’s narrow lanes and spice markets before driving to Agra.

Ride on a camel cart through the town before joining locals in the evening aarti ceremony.

Search for Bengal tigers and sloth bears during a jeep safari in Ranthambore National Park.

Take an early morning jeep safari before driving to the pink city of Jaipur.

Visit the hilltop Amber Fort and the incredible facade of the Palace of the Winds.

Trip ends in Jaipur.

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Watch the Spot birds sunrise over in Keoladeo the magnificent National Park. Taj Mahal. Free Drive to Karauli time to visit the and stay in Baby Taj. a traditional haveli.

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Insider View “This trip really gives a fascinating cultural insight into India’s Golden Triangle; I experienced so much over the eight days. For a first time traveller to India I found the people very friendly and the local food amazing. The combination of sights, sounds, colours and smells were a brilliant assault on the senses. There were so many highlights that it is always hard to pick just one! I loved arriving at the Taj Mahal early enough to beat the crowds and see the sunrise, it was simply stunning. The Amber Fort in Jaipur is equally impressive. The intricate designs and history within so much of India’s iconic architecture are completely out of this world.” Claire Turner, Explore Marketing Executive

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Discover dramatic Moghul architecture, search for Bengal tigers and watch pilgrims bathing at the ghats in holy Varanasi. TIBET

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Old Delhi, Qutub Minar

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Taj Mahal, Baby Taj

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Travelling on India’s incredible rail network, this adventure explores the best that north India has to offer. From the dramatic Moghul architecture of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur to a camel safari in the desert at Pushkar. We also spend time searching for Bengal tigers in Ranthambore National Park and take a river safari in Chambal Sanctuary on the lookout for Gangetic River dolphins, soft shell turtles and Sarus cranes. In Varanasi, India’s holiest city, we take a boat trip on the sacred Ganges to witness the evening aarti ceremony.

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Take a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi and wander through the narrow lanes of the spice market.

Discover Jaipur’s hilltop Amber Fort and the incredibly accurate sundials at the observatory.

Travel through the desert on a camel and watch the sunset from Pushkar’s Savitri Temple.

Search for Bengal tigers on two jeep safaris in Ranthambore National Park.

Watch the sunrise over the beautiful Taj Mahal and discover the dramatic Agra Fort.

Travel to Chambal and take a nature walk through the sanctuary.

Search for Gangetic River dolphins before exploring the riverside temples of Bateshwar.

Travel to Varanasi and join devotees for the evening aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges.

Visit the Buddhist temples at Sarnath before taking an overnight train to Delhi.

Free time to explore Delhi.

Trip ends in Delhi.

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Pushkar Camel Fair

A wonderful overview of Rajasthan. Kathryn B

Each year in November, thousands of people visit the annual fair at Pushkar to watch livestock being traded, as it has been for centuries. It is an ideal time to mix with local families and share in the festivities.

Old Delhi Qutub Minar

DELHI

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £1918 pp flight inclusive.

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Junagarh Fort Fatehpur Sikri

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Fort, Jain Temple

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Mehrangarh Fort

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On this memorable journey we trace the old camel caravan routes through Rajasthan, discovering magnificent forts, ornate temples and market towns. We travel to the ancient ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer, visit the hilltop Amber Fort overlooking the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and watch the sunrise over the incredible Taj Mahal.

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Join trip in Delhi. Explore New Delhi’s wide boulevards and visit the Qutub Minar.

Ride a cycle rickshaw through Old Delhi’s winding lanes. Drive to Agra.

Watch the sunrise over the beautiful Taj Mahal. Visit Agra Fort and the Baby Taj.

Visit Emperor Akbar’s deserted city at Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur.

View the ornate facade of the Palace of the Winds before visiting the Amber Fort.

Stroll through Bikaner’s colourful bazaars and visit Bhandasar Jain Temple.

Travel to Jaisalmer, set in the Thar Desert. Walk through the fort and visit traditional havelis.

Discover the majestic Mehrangarh Fort with its flamboyant Moghul architecture.

Explore the temple town of Ranakpur, home to beautiful carved Jain Temples.

Visit the 15th century Kumbhalgarh Fort before travelling to the lakeside city of Udaipur.

Gain an insight into the life of the Maharajahs at the sprawling City Palace.

Trip ends in Udaipur.

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Explore four of India’s beautiful national parks

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Joining an adventure deep in to the heart of India, we discover magnificent wildlife and scenery in four different national parks that have one wonderful thing in common: Bengal tigers! In Satpura we venture out by canoe, four-wheel drive and on foot in search of sloth bears, leopards and crocodiles, while Chital, Sambar and Neelgai are often spotted in Kanha. Pench is the delightful inspiration for Kipling’s Jungle Book and Tadoba takes us off the beaten path to a rarely visited park and tiger reserve. An ideal trip for lovers of wildlife, nature or India.

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Visit Sanchi, the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence, and Udayagiri Caves.

Explore Bhojpur and the Stone Age rock shelters of Bhimbetka.

Seek out tigers and other wildlife in Satpura with four safaris by 4WD, canoe and on foot.

Journey to Kanha and continue our quest for wildlife with two safaris.

After a final safari in Kanha, drive to Pench.

Follow in the footsteps of Kipling with three safaris at Pench and drive to Tadoba.

Enjoy three safaris in Tadoba and fly to Mumbai.

Experience vibrant Mumbai including the Gateway of India. Trip ends in Mumbai.

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FESTIVAL DEPARTURES PAKISTAN

Sonepur Mela Festival

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Held during the Hindu month of Kartik, the annual festival of Sonepur Mela is held on the banks of the River Ganges and Gandak, offering pilgrims the chance to dip in the sacred waters and cleanse themselves of sin. The highlight of the festival is witnessing thousands of brightly painted elephants being traded, as they have been for hundreds of years.

SHIMLA 2130m Old Colonial hill station

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Golden Temple

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Ambala

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Taj Mahal Red Fort

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It is impossible to give one highlight, there were so many.

Bodh Gaya Birth place of Buddhism

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Colonial architecture Hooghly River

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Anne Thompson

BAY OF BENGAL

Travel on India’s extensive rail network from Kolkata in the Bay of Bengal to Amritsar’s Golden Temple. We travel to India’s holiest places including the birthplace of Buddhism in Bodh Gaya and the sacred city of Varanasi. We also sail along the Ganges in a fishing boat and ride on a steam train to an old Himalayan hill station. Travelling mainly by train we get a chance to mix with local families and really get under the skin of the country.

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Join trip in Kolkata (Calcutta).

Stroll through Kolkata’s famous flower market and colonial Dalhousie Square.

Travel by train to Bodh Gaya and visit the site of Buddha’s enlightenment.

Explore the holy city of Varanasi, visit the temples at Sarnath and sail on the Ganges.

Free time in Varanasi before taking a sleeper train to Agra.

Discover the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri and watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal.

Ride a cycle rickshaw through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi.

Take the Toy Train to the old British hill station of Shimla.

Walk through Shimla’s colonial streets and visit Viceregal Lodge, former home of the British viceroy.

Take a train to Amritsar. Visit the Golden Temple and watch the dramatic border ceremony at Wagah.

Trip ends in Amritsar.

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Indus Valley hikes Saspol 3500m

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Alchi Gompa Whitewater rafting optional

INDIA

Visit Gompas by jeep

Arriving for the first time in India, nothing can prepare you for the sights, smells and senses.

Hemis Gompa

Tanglang La 5328m pass Lachlang La 5065m pass

SARCHU Baralache La 4891m pass

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Rohtang La 3977m pass

DHARAMSALA Home of the Dalai Lama

Kate Cassidy

KEYLONG MANALI

Holy city of the Sikhs Golden Temple

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Kulu

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

MANDI

With a 5 day Kashmir extension.

Temples

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Certain departures are timed to coincide with annual festivals. For full details please refer to our website.

Accompany us on a journey across the great Himalaya to Little Tibet: the ancient Buddhist enclave of Ladakh on India’s northern border. Here we enjoy walks, discover mountain caves and visit Tibetan-Buddhist monasteries. We follow one of the world’s highest roads through snowcovered peaks and temple towns from the hill station of Dharamsala, the home of the Dalai Lama, to the monasteries and barren landscapes of Leh.

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Join trip in Amritsar. Visit the stunning Golden Temple and poignant Jalianwala Gardens.

Drive to Dharamsala. Take gentle walks to explore the town’s many monasteries.

Travel to Mandi and discover several of the town’s 81 temples.

Visit Nagar Castle, overlooking the Kulu Valley. Optional walks in and around Manali.

Drive to Keylong and visit the Khardang Monastery.

Cross the Rohtang La Pass (3977m) on the way to Jespa.

Climb to the Baralacha La Pass (4891m) and descend to Sarchu.

Wind along through the Gata Loops, 21 hair pin bends, on the road to Leh.

Visit the monasteries at Thiksey, Tak Tak and Hemis and raft on the Indus River.

Walk to Saspol Caves, Rizong Monastery and Likir Gompa.

Fly to Delhi and explore the narrow streets of Old Delhi, and the wide open avenues of New Delhi.

Trip ends in Delhi.

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TRIP CODE: ANN ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights simple hotel, 4 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple guesthouse, 2 nights simple hut, 2 nights simple lodge. MEALS: 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s), naturalist(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 12.

A varied and thoroughly enjoyable trip.

Explore India’s north-eastern states.

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Tea factory

MAJULI ISLAND

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CHERRAPUNJEE

Longwa Village

Celebrated each December, this festival is the coming together of all the tribes in Nagaland. Traditional songs and dances are performed by each tribe and there is even a Naga chilli eating contest. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all across the state and enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

KOHIMA

War Cemetery

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Living tree bridge walk

Hornbill Festival

MOKOCHUNG

KAZIRANGA NP

125 km

BANGLADESH

This adventurous trip sees us heading right off the beaten track and exploring India’s north-eastern states of Assam and Nagaland. After a brief stop in Guwahati we explore the tribal Khasi villages of Cherrapunjee and test out their ingenious living tree bridges. We spend time in Kaziranga National Park searching for rhino before moving on to Majuli Island, one of the world’s largest river islands. Whilst in Nagaland we explore Ao Naga and Regma tribal villages as well as visiting Longwa, where half of the village is in India and the rest in Burma.

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Explore Umananda Temple. Visit Elephant Falls and Shillong Peak on the way to Cherrapunjee.

Walk through Khasi Villages to the unique living tree root bridges.

Take a jeep safari in search of Asian onehorned rhino in Kaziranga National Park.

Cross in to Nagaland and drive to the capital, Kohima.

Meet members of the Angami tribe at Jakhma and Kigwema villages.

Drive to Mokochung, stopping to meet the Regma tribe at Tseminyu Village on the way.

Explore monasteries and fishing villages on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Majuli Island.

Travel to Mon in Nagaland, populated by members of the Aos and Konyak tribes.

Visit Longwa Village, set part in India and part in Burma.

Stay in traditional tea bungalows on a working plantation in Dibrugarh.

Trip ends in Dibrugarh.

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TRIP CODE: QDD ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights simple hotel, 4 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train, 1 night simple boat. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 14. Optional single rooms are available from £250

Bangladeshi people must be the world’s friendliest and it was a huge privilege to visit. Dominique CHINA (TIBET)

DELHI

BHUTAN

City tour

NEPAL

AGRA

Taj Mahal sunrise visit

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utra

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Old Varanasi Aarti ceremony boat trip

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Paharpur Buddhist Temple Puthia Jamindar’s Palace Hindu temples

Mahasthangarh Ancient site

BOGRA

BANGLADESH DHAKA

KUSTIA

City tour

Mausoleum

KHULNA

Benapole

Mongla Sundarbans National Park Mangrove cruise e th f th o Mou anges G

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Take a journey of discovery with us through Bangladesh and India. Along the way we explore ancient citadels, elegant temples and Buddhist monasteries. We take a boat trip through the world’s largest mangrove forest in Sundarban National Park. Crossing into India we travel to Varanasi, where we soak up the atmosphere in the spiritual city known as Benares. We also spend time in the vibrant cities of Delhi and Kolkata.

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Sail to Mongla and disembark. Visit Bagerhat’s Sixty Dome mosque.

Cross into India. Drive to Kolkata, free time to explore one of India’s largest cities.

Take a train to Varanasi. Visit the Buddhist site of Sarnath and sail on the holy Ganges River.

Free day to explore Varanasi before taking an overnight train to Agra.

Visit Agra Fort and the Baby Taj.

Watch the sunrise over the beautiful Taj Mahal. Take a train to Delhi.

Trip ends in Delhi.

Join trip in Dhaka.

Discover Visit the Discover Drive to Dhaka’s UNESCO World the ornate Khulna, Lalbargh Heritage Site terracotta gateway to the Fort, the Pink of Paharpur, temples at Sundarbans. Palace and the the remains of Puthia including Cruise through Liberation War an 8th century the largest mangroves Museum. Buddhist Shiva Temple in and search for Monastery. Bangladesh. wildlife.

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TRIP CODE: DB ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate

CHINA (TIBET)

ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple boat. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, bicycle, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £275

Mahasthangarh

Haluaghat

MYMENSINGH

Paharpur

Khasia Village

RAJSHAHI

SRI MONGAL

Natore Raibari Puthia Temple Town

INDIA

Madhabpur Lake

Lawachara Forest

BOGRA

BURMA

DHAKA City tour

BANGLADESH KHULNA

Harbaria

KACHIKHALI KATKA

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Chaotic cities, forest walks, tea plantations and river journeys are all part of this exploration of Bangladesh. After winding through the Dhaka traffic we explore the sprawling mangrove forests of the Sundarbans, search for Hoolock gibbons, spend time with traditional Garo families and stop for hot, sweet tea at the bazaars and markets we visit along the way. The highlight of the country is the people; with few foreign visitors, those that do travel receive a warm welcome and a chance to experience traditional Bengali hospitality.

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Explore Dhaka’s vibrant streets and take a boat ride on the Buriganga River.

Walk through tea plantations and search for Hoolock gibbons in Sri Mongal.

Travel to Mymensingh, on the banks of the Brahmaputra.

Meet the residents of a Garo village, visit a traditional weaving and handicraft centre.

Discover the ruins of Mahastangarh, the oldest known city in Bangladesh.

Visit the Buddhist Monastery remains at Paharpur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Drive to the university city of Rajshahi, visiting Badha Mosque on the way.

Explore the 16th century terracotta temples at Puthia before driving to Khulna.

Sail through the sprawling mangrove forests of Sundarbans National Park.

Visit Khulna’s Sixty Dome Mosque before returning to Dhaka.

Trip ends in Dhaka.

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17

TRIP CODE: DKD ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 1 night simple overnight train, 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 16 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, rickshaw, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £365

The two days sailing down the Ganges were sublime and the Taj Mahal really is beyond words in real life. Jane Hodd

TIBET

NEPAL

DELHI

City tour

POKHARA

LUMBINI AGRA

Taj Mahal, Agra Fort

JAIPUR

Bharatpur Fatehpur Sikri

Palace of the Winds Observatory

CHITWAN NP

Buddha’s birthplace

INDIA

KATHMANDU

Elephant safari & village walks

Mt Everest 8848m Bodhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath

Gorakpur

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Ga

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ng es Allahbad

2 days Ganges sailing

Sarnath

VARANASI Burning ghats

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CHUNAR

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This journey takes us from Delhi to some of India’s great cultural sights and into Nepal. We visit the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, search for the elusive tiger in Ranthambore National Park and marvel at the impressive Taj Majal. Camping on riverside beaches, we sail along the Ganges to the spiritual city of Varanasi. In Nepal we discover Buddha’s birthplace, search for one-horned rhinos, see the snow-capped Himalaya and explore the capital Kathmandu.

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Join trip in Delhi. Explore New Delhi’s wide avenues and visit the Qutub Minar.

Explore Old Delhi’s spice market. Train to Jaipur and visit the Amber Fort and City Palace.

Take two jeep safaris in search of the mighty Bengal tiger. Travel to Agra.

Watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal. Take an overnight train to Allahabad.

Board sailing boats and float down the Ganges, camping overnight on the river bank.

Visit the bathing ghats in holy Varanasi and visit the Buddhist temples at Sarnath.

Cross the border into Nepal and travel to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Search for one-horned rhinos on an elephant safari in Chitwan National Park.

Drive to Pokhara and walk through villages to the hilltop Peace Pagoda.

Transfer to Kathmandu and explore the markets and the temples of Durbar Square.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

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TRIP CODE: DN ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 4 nights premium hotel, 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s), naturalist(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £360

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £2176 pp flight inclusive.

Machhapuchhre ‘Fishtail Peak’ 6993m

TIBET

Annapurna 2 HIMA LAYA 7937m Bodnath stupa Gorkha KATHMANDU

POKHARA Ridge walk

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KURINTAR

optional rafting

CHITWAN NP

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Elephant safari and walks

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Himalayan sunrise Bhaktapur Medieval town

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Enjoy an enticing introduction to Nepal, starting with a tour of the gilded Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas of the Kathmandu Valley. From Pokhara we’ll walk to the Peace Pagoda for panoramic views of the Annapurna range before travelling to the Newari town of Bandipur. We then explore Chitwan National Park, searching for rhino, sloth bears and leopards.

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Walk through the temples and bazaars of Kathmandu’s Durbar Square.

Watch the sunrise over the Himalaya and explore the villages and farms of Nagarkot.

Try out whitewater rafting on the Trisuli River or relax in Kurintar.

Visit Gorkha, the home of the Gurkha Soldiers.

Visit Pokhara’s Mountain Museum, walk to the Peace Pagoda and relax by the lakeside.

Drive to the hilltop town of Bandipur. Visit the temple and stroll through the local bazaar.

Search for the rare onehorned rhino in Chitwan National Park.

Return to Kathmandu. Free time to visit the city’s temples.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

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21 £3815 DAYS £2949 20 DAYS

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TRIP CODE: BH ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 17 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel, 1 night premium camping. MEALS: 19 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £250

Pemayangste Monastery

CHINA

PELLING

(TIBET)

To Kathmandu tour ends

THIMPHU PUNAKHA

Taktsang Monastery

PARO GANGTOK KALIMPONG DARJEELING

Dochu La Pass 3050m

NEPAL

Himalayan sunrise views

INDIA

Ghoom Monastery Visit by ‘Toy Train’

BHUTAN

PHUENTSHOLING

Three remarkable countries in three weeks. Andrew H

Kantanagar terracotta temple Dinajpur

FESTIVAL DEPARTURES

RANGPUR

Paharpur Buddhist Temple

Festivals in Bhutan

Mahasthangarh Ancient site

Certain departures visit the colourful monastic fesivals of Paro and Thimpu, held annually in Bhutan. The festivals are held in the courtyards of the Dzong and feature monks performing masked dances which depict traditional stories of gods offering protection against evil spirits.

BOGRA

BANGLADESH

Puthia Jamindar’s Palace Hindu temples

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Travel with us on this cultural adventure from the vast Ganges Delta of Bangladesh, through the tea plantations of Darjeeling and into the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. Along the way we explore relics of the Raj, ruined monasteries and ancient temples. These awe-inspiring religious sites are set against the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayan Mountains.

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Take a boat ride on Dhaka’s busy waterways and visit the terracotta temples at Puthia.

Explore Paharpur’s Buddhist monastery and the ornate Kantanagar Temple en route to Rangpur.

Cross into India. Ride on the Toy Train to Ghoom Monastery and explore Darjeeling.

Enter Bhutan and travel to Thimpu, the relaxed capital set on the Wang Chu River.

Cross the Dochu La Pass (3050m) on the drive to Punakha. Camp on the banks of the Mo Chu River.

Drive to Paro. Walk to Taktsang Monastery, set on a cliff face overlooking the Paro Valley.

Fly to Kathmandu and explore the winding alleyways and busy temples of Nepal’s capital.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

Discover Visit a Tibetan Sikkim’s Handicraft Kecheopelri Centre before Lake and visiting Rumtek Pemayangtse Monastery. Monastery. Drive to Visit Gangtok’s Kalimpong. Drodul Chorten.

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14 £3392 DAYS 13 £2585 DAYS

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TRIP CODE: BI ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 3 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, Explore Representative, local guide(s), driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £150

The serenity and beauty of Bhutan and its people will live with me forever. PuiChun Chan

PUNAKHA

Dzong Valley walks Farmhouse visit

Wangchuk memorial Traditional crafts

THIMPHU

Taktsang ‘Tigers Nest’ Monastery

Wangdi Gangtey Gompa

Dochu La 3050m

BHUTAN

Kyichu Lhakhang

PARO

PHOBJIKA

Black Necked Cranes

Rimpung Dzong

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Peaceful monasteries, jagged Himalayan mountains and deep valleys are all part of this fascinating journey through the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. We meet the welcoming locals for whom tradition and ritual are still a way of life and celebrate with them at the highlight of the social calendar, the annual monastery festival. After discovering this unique country’s rich cultural heritage we return to Kathmandu to sample bustling Nepalese city life.

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Join trip in Kathmandu.

Fly to Bhutan and explore the peaceful Paro Valley.

Cross the Dochu La Pass (3050m) on the way to Punakha. Visit the Chimmi Lhakhang Monastery.

Join locals at the Punakha Festival. Watch monks perform traditional dances.

Watch the closing displays at the festival before taking free time to explore Punakha.

Travel into the Phobjika Valley, winter home to black necked cranes. Visit Gangtey Monastery.

Drive to Thimpu and explore Bhutan’s incredibly relaxed capital city.

Discover Tashicho Dzong and Thimpu’s memorial chorten.

Return to Paro and climb up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, overlooking the Paro Valley.

Visit Paro’s museum and dzong before free time to stroll through the town.

Fly to Kathmandu and take a walking tour of Durbar Square.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Each departure visits a different annual festival. Please visit our website for full details.

Go online for departure dates

FEB MAR SEP NOV

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£2672 £1899

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15

TRIP CODE: TB ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £365

The temples were absolutely fascinating, traveling through the countryside and visiting Everest Base Camp was great. Catherine S

Friendship Bridge

NYALAM DZA RONGPHU

KATHMANDU

Bodnath Stupa Pashupatinath Temple

LHASA

SHIGATSE

Gasto La 5220m Pass

Thong La 5050m Pass

Potala Palace

Tashilumpo Monastery Kumbum Stupa

GYANTSE

TIBET

SHEKAR

(China)

Samye Monastery

Gongkar Mindroling Monastery

TSETANG

Yumbulagang Palace

Everest Base camp

Mt Everest 8848m

NEPAL

INDIA

0 km

BHUTAN

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A spiritual and cultural journey across Tibet, crossing high passes and visiting peaceful monasteries. We visit the Potala Palace, the Dalai Lama’s former residence and admire the sculptures of the Palkhor Choide Monastery. We also visit the Tibetan Everest Base Camp in the shadows of the mighty mountain before making our way down the Friendship Highway to Nepal.

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Explore the city’s bazaars and visit Pashupatinath and Bodnath.

Fly to Tibet and visit Yumbulagang Palace - one of the oldest dwellings of the Tibetan Kings.

Take a ferry across the Brahmaputra River to visit Samye Monastery.

Drive to Lhasa and visit the Potala Palace and the pilgrim temple of Jokhang.

Visit the Norblingka, the Summer Palace, and the Sera Monastery.

Drive across Karo La Pass (5010m) to Gyantse. Visit the Palkhor Choide Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.

Travel to Shigatse and visit the impressive Tashilumpo Monastery.

Leave the Friendship Highway to visit Everest Base Camp and the monastery at Rongphu.

Cross the Lalung La Pass (5050m) and enter Nepal at Zhangmu.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

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£1086 £799

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9

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TRIP CODE: GEO ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £135

Landscapes and culture of the Greater Caucasus.

Mt Kazbeg 5033m Ananuri Castle Uplistsikhe Cave town Gori Stalin Museum

AKHALTSIKHE

Rabath Castle Vardzia Cave town

KAZBEGI

Walk in mountains and dinner with local family Telavi Food Mtskheta Market ancient capital

TBILISI

Old town Walking tour

GEORGIA

RUSSIA Gremi Fort

KVARELI

Sighnaghi Winery visits and wine tasting

AZERBAIJAN

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75 km

This short adventure into the Caucasus region of Central Asia discovers one of the fascinating states of the former USSR. We combine sightseeing of cultural towns and cities, walks in stunning countryside along with exploration of fascinating historical sites. Experience Georgian hospitality eating delicious traditional home-cooked food with local families, toasted with plenty of wine - the Georgian way!

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Explore the churches and grand buildings of the Old Town. Take a cable car up to Narikala Fort.

Sample local wines and enjoy a homemade lunch with a family in the ‘Paris of Georgia’.

Further explore the wine region of Kakheti and barter with locals at a village fruit market.

Visit Uplitsikhe, an important and historic city situated on the old Silk Road.

Marvel at Vardzia, where an entire town has been carved into the side of a towering cliff.

Stop off at the birthplace of Stalin on the scenic drive into the Greater Caucasus Mountains.

Enjoy a gentle walk through the rolling hills up to the wonderfully located Gergeti Church.

Trip ends in Tblisi.

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ARMENIA - GEORGIA

£1674 £1354

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Land of the Golden Fleece C OVER

16

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16

TRIP CODE: GF ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £295

Mt Kazbeg 5033m

GUDAURI

Gelati & Motsameta Monasteries

Ananuri

Uplistsikhe cave town Gori Stalin museum

KUTAISI

GEORGIA

Gremi Fort

RUSSIA

TELAVI

Mtskheta

Wine factory and wine tasting

BAKURIANI TBILISI

Vardzia Cave town Haghpat Monastery

ARMENIA

Dilijan

LAKE SEVAN YEREVAN

TURKEY

Garni and Geghard

Amberd Fortress Echmiadzin Holy City

Khor Virap Monastery 0 km

AZERBAIJAN

Lake Sevan Selim Caravanserai The Silk Road Noravank Monastery

70 km Mt Ararat 5137

Journey through the Caucasus region of Central Asia and discover the diversity of a land straddling two continents, which formed part of the ancient Silk Road. We explore lively cities, walk through spectacular mountain scenery, sample the local tipple and learn about the history and culture of some of the most fascinating states of the former USSR.

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Visit the holy city of Echmiadzin and the Hellenistic temple at Garni.

Enjoy the landscape of rolling pine hills and snowcapped peaks from your base at Bakuriani.

Stop off at the birthplace of Stalin before taking a gentle walk in the Kazbegi Mountains.

Stroll around the farmers market in Telavi and gain an insight into the local wine production.

Trip ends in Tbilisi.

Marvel at Cross the Uncover the the imposing border into rock-hewn Amberd Georgia. town of fortress and Explore ancient Uplistsikhe sample some Tbilisi with and the Armenian wine its churches, UNESCO listed in the village of synagogues monastery at Areni. and mosques. Gelati.

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Insider View “A fantastic trip travelling through, and getting off the beaten track in three very different countries. From visiting the cave city of Vardzia and having the chance to explore the interlinked rooms, to walking through the fantastic caves in Motdsmeta the scenery is ever changing. You get to see so much of the different lifestyles of the countries. Whether having a dinner at one of the local guest houses or heading out to explore in the heart of Tbilisi, the sights just keep on coming. The mountain scenery is just stunning, although an unexpected highlight was the on-going dispute between the bus and the cattle over who has the right of way. Invariably the cattle win, such is life in Central Asia. A truly unforgettable experience.� Andy Stenning, Explore IT team

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UZBEKISTAN

£1584 £979

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Golden Road to Samarkand C OVER

12

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

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DAYS

12

TRIP CODE: UZ ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel, 1 night simple yurt. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, flight, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £175

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Mountain Kingdoms of the Silk Road trip in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Trip code: KRU

KAZAKHSTAN

UZBEKISTAN Urgench

Yurt stay and Camel riding

KYZYLKUM DESERT DESERT TASHKENT CAMP Chorsu Yangikasgan

KHIVA Ancient walled city

Aydarkul Lake

Karmana

BOKHARA

Ark Citadel Emir’s Palace

TURKMENISTAN 0 km

Bazaar

SAMARKAND

Ulugh Beg Observatory TAJIKISTAN Registan Square

ZERAFSHAN MOUNTAINS

250 km

Join us on the ancient Silk Road as we travel through this remote Central Asian landscape. Highlights include the walled city of Khiva, where we discover a maze of twisted alleyways, medieval mosques and tombs. Following the old caravan route south, we see the fine Islamic architecture of Bokhara and Samarkand. Along the way we will experience the nomadic lifestyle and stay in a traditional felt yurt.

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Join trip in Tashkent.

Embark on a city tour to explore Tashkent and its eccentric metro stations.

Fly onto Urgench in western Uzbekistan and drive on to ancient Khiva.

Step back in time discovering the ancient and well-preserved city of Khiva.

Travel on the old Silk Route, across the vast open plains to Bokhara.

Learn about the rich and extensive history of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bokhara.

Take a camel ride across the desert and overnight in a traditional yurt.

Step in the footsteps of Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great discovering Samarkand.

Free time to explore before catching the high-speed train to Tashkent.

Trip ends in Tashkent.

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The Cradle of the ancient Silk Road.

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£1995 £1365

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15

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DAYS

15

TRIP CODE: KR ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights simple guesthouse, 3 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple homestay, 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple yurt. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader(s), driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £140

Uzbekistan is a fantastic country, the history is fascinating, and its people friendly. Andy J, Explore

Dungan Mosque

Burana Tower

KARAKOL

BISHKEK

KAZAKHSTAN

Issy Kul

CHICHKAN

KOCHKOR

Gorge hike

Song Kul Lake

TASHKENT

SONG KUL Yurt Stay

ARSLANBOB

Chorsu Bazaar

Walnut forest and waterfalls walk

UZBEKISTAN FERGANA CITY

Diety-Oguz Gorge Hike

Osh

CHINA

COMBINE YOUR TRIP

KYRGYZSTAN

0 km

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TAJIKISTAN

This trip can be combined with our Golden Road to Samarkand trip in Uzbekistan. Trip code: KRU

This adventure takes us along parts of the ancient Silk Road trading route through the wild mountain landscape of Kyrgyzstan and across the border onto the dusty plains of Uzbekistan. As we journey from Bishkek over mountain passes and through fertile valleys on our way to Tashkent we have the opportunity to stand on the shores of sublime mountain lakes, sleep in a yurt ‘nomad style’ and walk amongst ancient AFGANISTAN walnut forests as well as browse through bustling bazaars.

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Join trip in Bishkek.

Explore the sights of this young and vibrant city. Soak up the atmosphere in Osh Bazaar.

Travel to Karakol, which sits beside the scenic Issyk Kul Lake. Trek through Djety Oguz Gorge.

Take a dip in the lake and visit waterfalls en route to the traditional town of Kochkor.

Experience the life of a nomad when spending a night in the wilderness in a traditional yurt.

Take in the wild mountain scenery of the Tien Shan range on the drive west to Chichkan Gorge.

Trek past alpine lakes and through spruce forests around Chichkan Gorge.

Sample local food and experience warm hospitality in the small alpine village of Arslanbob.

Travel through the Fergana Valley, stopping off at a bazaar before crossing into Uzbekistan.

Cross the breathtaking Kamchik pass and explore the Uzbek capital’s wonderful architecture.

Trip ends in Tashkent.

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UZBEKISTAN

£1374 £779

IS

Y

Highlights of Uzbekistan C OVER

8

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

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DAYS

8

TRIP CODE: UH ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £175

Uncover the ancient cities of the Silk Road.

UZBEKISTAN

KAZAKHSTAN

Urgench

KHIVA

KYZYLKUM DESERT

Ancient walled city

TASHKENT Aydarkul Lake

Chorsu Bazaar

BOKHARA

Mosques and SAMARKAND Madrassahs Registan Square, Shah-i-Zinda TAJIKISTAN Mausoleum Complex TURKMENISTAN

ZERAFSHAN MOUNTAINS

0 km

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This short and fast-paced adventure showcases Uzbekistan’s legendary Silk Road cities. We meander through a maze of twisted alleyways, discovering hidden medieval mosques and madrassahs within the walled city of Khiva. Following the old caravan route south through an expanse of desert we drive to Bokhara, where we can barter for handmade silk carpets or beautifully decorated ceramics in ancient trading domes. Finally in Samarkand, we find ourselves in awe of the outstanding Islamic monuments dominating Registan Square.

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Join trip in Tashkent.

Explore Uzbekistan’s vibrant capital on a city tour of Tashkent.

Take in Bokhara’s iconic blue domes and barter with the locals at the ancient traders markets.

Continue the journey east to the historic city of Samarkand.

Visit the Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Registan Square, home to the beautiful blue tiled madrassahs.

Travel back to Tashkent where the trip ends.

Fly to the Travel along open-air the Silk Route museum to Bokhara, of Khiva, a through vast treasure trove open plains of hidden and past old mosques, tombs caravanserais. and palaces.

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TURKMENISTAN - UZBEKISTAN

£2325 £1495

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Y

Wonders of the Silk Road C OVER

14

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DAYS

14

TRIP CODE: SUZ ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader(s), driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £325

Ashgabat was totally unexpected with its amazing architecture. Elspeth Allen

KAZAKHSTAN

UZBEKISTAN Urgench

TASHKENT

KHIVA

Chorsu Bazaar

Ancient walled city

Ark Citadel Emir’s Palace

TURKMENISTAN

BOKHARA

KYZYLKUM DESERT

Farab

City tour & Nisa Fortress

ASHGABAT

Abiverd Fortress

SAMARKAND

Ulugbeg Observatory Registan Square

TAJIKISTAN

Merv

MARY

IRAN

0 km

200 km

This trip showcases the culture and history of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan as we explore the ancient sites and ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Merv and the Parthian Fortress of Nisa. We explore the fabled Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Ashgabat, Bokhara and Khiva.

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Join trip in Ashgabat.

Embark on a city tour of Turkmenistan’s white marbled capital.

Visit the lively Sunday market and the once mighty fortress of Nissa.

Explore the ancient city of Merv, home to an incredible array of relics and artefacts.

Cross the border into Uzbekistan and travel onto the UNESCO city of Bokhara.

Discover the Ark Citadel and Emir’s Palace. Take a walk through the characterful old town.

Continue the journey across wonderful desert scenery to Khiva.

Uncover the rich wonders of this historic city, including the Kunya Ark and Tah-Khauli Palace.

Explore the beautiful Registan Square and picturesque Bibi-Khanym Mosque of Samarkand.

Travel to the Uzbek capital, with a tour of the city and a chance to ride the flamboyant metro.

Trip ends in Tashkent.

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HONG KONG - CHINA

£1949 £1275

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Y

China Highlights C OVER

11

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

10

TRIP CODE: HC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple overnight train. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £195

MONGOLIA Mutianyu Great Wall

BEIJING

Tiananmen Square Forbidden City

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £xxxx flight inclusive.

Terracotta Army Big Wild Goose Pagoda Wooden Mosque Yangtse River

XIAN

CHINA

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Walk the Great Wall trip to give a true flavour of China. Spend time exploring the cities, landscapes and history of the emperors before following the Great Wall from the coast back to Beijing.

Guilin

Li River Cruise Limestone scenery

YANGSHUO

Trip code: HCW

HONG KONG

VIETNAM 0 km

390 km

Kowloon & Star ferry Temples & markets

SOUTH CHINA SEA

Enjoy an action-packed introduction to China as we travel from the skyscrapers of Hong Kong to the imperial palaces of Beijing. We take a cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo, passing vast paddy fields and beautiful limestone scenery. We also visit the incredible Army of Terracotta Warriors in Xian and walk along the Great Wall in Mutianyu.

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Join trip in Hong Kong.

Take a walking tour through the lively streets of Hong Kong.

Free time to explore Hong Kong before taking a sleeper train to Guilin.

Float down the Li River past dramatic limestone scenery to the relaxed town of Yangshuo.

Free time in Yangshuo to try your hand at calligraphy, take a cooking lesson or hire a bike.

Discover Xian’s Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Muslim Quarter.

Walk a section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

Trip ends in Beijing.

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Meet the Explore the magnificent maze of palaces Terracotta in the Forbidden Warriors. Take City and an overnight walk through train to Beijing. infamous Tiananmen Square.

DAY

A taste of the Orient.

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Walk the Great Wall FROM FROM

£1483 £825

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E R AT

E

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CHINA

11

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DAYS

10

TRIP CODE: WG ACCOMMODATION: Standard TREK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TREKKING DETAILS: 6 day walks of between 3 to 6 hours, many of which involve negotiating steep stone staircases. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £155

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

A great way to see rural China off the beaten track.

JINSHANLING GUBEIKOU Simatai

With a 2 day Xian extension. Trip code: WGT

DAILY DISTANCES

Great Wall crossing water Boat trip

PANJIAKOU

Luowenyu

HUANG Jiaoshan -YAGUAN Zunhua EASTERN SHANHAIGUAN QING TOMBS Old Dragon’s Head BEIJING Great Wall meets the sea

Forbidden City

CHINA

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400 km

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Sightseeing/Rest Day

Stretching from the Yellow Sea to the edge of the Gobi Desert, some 4300 kilometres, the magnificent ramparts and watch towers of the Great Wall were built to protect China’s northern frontier from raiding Mongol horsemen. For over 2000 years it has zigzagged over the mountains and rivers of China like a fabulous dragon. Our walk concentrates on some of the most interesting and spectacular sections, and gives us an insight into China ‘off the beaten track.’

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Join trip in Beijing, China’s immense and vibrant capital.

Discover the imperial palaces of the Forbidden City and visit Tiananmen Square on a city tour.

Drive to the coast and walk at the ‘Old Dragon’s Head’ where the Great Wall meets the sea.

Trek along the Great Wall to Jiaoshan Pass, the place where the wall heads into the mountains.

Take a boat to see where the Wall plunges into the Panjiakou Reservoir. Hike to Luowenyou.

Explore the Eastern Qing Tombs before hiking a quiet section of the Wall to Huangyaguan.

Hike past 16 beacon towers along the Wall to Jinshanling.

Walk from Jinshanling towards Simatai considered the most beautiful section of the Wall.

Return to Beijing with the chance to visit the Summer Palace or the Temple of Heaven.

Trip ends in Beijing.

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China on a Shoestring C OVER

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£2249 22 DAYS 21 £1645 DAYS

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TRIP CODE: QCH ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights simple hotel, 4 nights standard boat, 3 nights simple overnight train, 3 nights simple guesthouse, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 14. Optional single rooms are available from £180

MONGOLIA

Great Wall Tiananmen Square

BEIJING

Yellow River Terracotta Army

CHINA

XIAN

Yangtse River Cruise Yangtse River Maoping

CHENGDU

SHANGHAI

Yichang

Pandas

Chongqing

PINGAN

Rice Terraces Sanjiang Guilin

Li River Cruise Limestone scenery

VILLAGE STAYS

0 km

YANGSHUO

480 km

Experience the real China as we travel with locals on public transport on this journey across the country. We visit China’s greatest sights including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Terracotta Warriors. Staying in traditional village houses we explore rice terraces, discover dramatic limestone landscapes and visit tribal families. We also cruise down the Yangtse River and visit endangered Giant Pandas.

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Join trip in Beijing.

Discover Beijing’s Forbidden City, walk on the Great Wall and explore the Summer Palace.

Take a sleeper train to Xian and explore the Muslim Quarter.

Meet the famous warriors of the Terracotta Army.

Float down the Yangtse River, passing the Three Gorges and visiting Fengdu ghost town.

Travel by train to Chengdu and meet the pandas at the research centre.

Learn about traditional China whilst staying with Yao and Dong families.

Hike from Dazhai to Pingan, along a ridge known as the ‘Dragon’s Backbone’.

Free time to explore the riverside town of Yangshuo or take an optional cooking class.

Drive to Guilin and board a sleeper train to Shanghai.

Free time to explore Shanghai’s gardens and temples, or stroll along the Bund.

Trip ends in Shanghai.

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Insider View “This is a fantastic trip for those who want to get under the skin of this fabulous country. Not only do you spend time at the iconic sights such as the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army as well as cruise along the Yangtse, but there is the opportunity to get off the beaten track and experience life in rural China which is truly unforgettable. Travelling by train is a great way to meet the locals, and takes us from one highlight to another. My own personal highlight is the time spent in and around the rice terraces known locally as the ‘dragon’s backbone’. The walk there is truly spectacular.” Simon Grove Explore Head of Product

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TRIP CODE: QCE ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple overnight train. MEALS: No meals are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Train, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 14. Optional single rooms are available from £95

The overnight trains were amazing! Katie S, Explore

BEIJING

Great Wall Forbidden City

Terracotta Army

CHINA

XIAN

Big Wild Goose Pagoda/Wooden Mosque

SUZHOU SHANGHAI

Yangtse River

0 km

Jade BuddhaTemple The Bund 390 km

Travelling by local transport and staying in simple hotels, we experience everyday life in modern China. We also discover imperial China’s most famous cultural highlights including the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Wall at Mutianyu and the Terracotta Army in Xian. We finish the trip exploring the vibrant streets of Shanghai, China’s most cosmopolitan city.

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Join trip in Beijing.

Discover the many palaces of the Forbidden City and Beijing’s Hutongs.

Walk on the Great Wall at Mutianyu before taking a sleeper train to Xian.

Wander through Xian’s Muslim Quarter to the Great Mosque and visit the Wild Goose Pagoda.

Meet the famous warriors and horses of the Terracotta Army.

Float down the canals in Suzhou, known as the ‘Venice of the Orient’.

Travel on the bullet train to Shanghai. Join locals for a stroll along the Bund.

Free time to explore Shanghai’s modern streets, peaceful Yu Yuan Gardens or Pearl Tower.

Trip ends in Shanghai.

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Treasures of China C OVER

16 £2596 DAYS 15 £1995 DAYS

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We packed a lot into the two weeks. Damaris Daniels BEIJING

Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

Yellow River

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Terracotta warriors

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The Bund, Jade Buddha Temple

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On this fast-paced trip we explore China’s main highlights. From the Great Wall and sprawling Forbidden City in Beijing, Xian’s Terracotta Army to the loveable giant pandas in Chengdu. We cruise on the infamous Yangtse River through the Three Gorges and relax in quiet Yangshuo before heading to the neon lights of Shanghai.

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Walk on China’s most famous landmark, the Great Wall, at Mutianyu.

Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, once home to the Ming Emperors.

Visit Xian’s Terracotta Warriors and walk through the Muslim Quarter to the Great Mosque.

Meet the loveable pandas at the Chengdu Research Centre. Take a train to Chongqing.

Discover the cliff sculptures at Baoding Shan before boarding a Yangtse River cruise boat.

Sail down the Yangtse, stopping off to visit the Ghost City at Fengdu and the Three Gorges.

Float past the limestone scenery of the Li River on the way to Yangshuo.

Free time to explore the markets, try a cooking class or hire bikes in Yangshuo.

Fly to Shanghai and stroll along the Bund. Visit the Jade Buddha Temple and Yu Yuan Gardens.

Trip ends in Shanghai.

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What an amazing trip. Fantastic program. Never did I envisage such diversity and colour. Ngaire Daniels MONGOLIA

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We take an extraordinary journey into the mountains of southern China to witness the lives and centuries-old festivals of the minority tribes of the Guizhou region. We’ve timed our visit to coincide with four exciting village festivals. During these colourful and photogenic celebrations everyone turns out in their most spectacular traditional costume to enjoy singing, dancing and sports. For a rare and fascinating insight into the lives of a traditional Miao family, we spend two nights living with them and learning about their customs and traditions.

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Explore the markets of Guiyang before driving to Liuzhi.

Spend the day at the Tiaohuacha Festival of the Longhorn Miao.

Visit Huangguoshu Falls, China’s largest waterfall. Meet the ancient Bouyi tribe.

Attend the Lusheng Courtship Festival and then stay with Miao families in a homestay.

Drive to the Miao village of Xijiang for fantastic views of rice terraces.

Visit Miao villages before joining the residents of Leishan for the Fire Dragon Dance Festival.

Share a feast with the villagers to celebrate the end of the annual festival.

Walk to the Emerald Dragon Pool and explore the towns of Zhenyuan and Shidong.

Witness the traditional dances and clothing displays at the Lusheng Festival.

Watch Miao women parade their finest brocade and silver headwear as the festival comes to an end.

Trip ends in Guiyang.

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Discover Yunnan’s colourful minority festivals.

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TIGER LEAPING GORGE SHAXI Friday Market

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This adventurous trip takes us into China’s Yunnan Province where we spend time watching fascinating annual festivals and discovering ancient minority cultures. We welcome in the New Year at Dejilin Monastery before walking through the dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge and with the chance to watch colourful dances and statues being paraded through towns. This trip explores a rarely visited part of southern China and is a great opportunity to see a lifestyle that few visitors to China ever see.

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Meet the pandas before flying to Shangri La. Visit Songtzeling Monastery.

Watch the New Year celebrations at Dejilin Monastery.

Hike through the Tiger Leaping Gorge to a Yangtse River viewpoint. Drive to Shaxi.

Visit Shaxi’s Friday Market and Xinjiao Temple. Hike to ancient grottoes on Shiboashan Mountain.

Join the locals at Zhoucheng for the annual Ancestor Worship Festival.

Travel to Mizhi Village for the Midu Huadeng (Flower Lantern) Festival.

Drive to Dali, set on the banks of a lake with a beautiful mountain backdrop.

Explore the Chong Sheng Temple and the Three Pagodas.

Walk along trails to the Temple of the Yi People on Weibaoshan Mountain.

Transfer to Kunming, Yunnan’s capital, and visit the town’s flower market.

Trip ends in Kunming.

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Ice & Snow festival

MONGOLIA Mutianyu Great Wall of China

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Tiananmen Square Forbidden City

This trip was really incredible. It was the perfect way to see China for the first time. As this trip is outside of tourist season, all the wonderful places could be experienced without the crowds.

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Chinese New Year Festival Parade & Fireworks Walking tour Star ferry ride

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On this exciting trip through China we experience Beijing and visit two festivals. We travel north to the city of Harbin to enjoy the vibrant and creative atmosphere of the annual Ice Festival. We also travel to Hong Kong, visiting the Terracotta Army in Xian on the way, to join in with the biggest event on the Chinese calendar - New Year!

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Discover Tiananmen Square and Beijing’s Forbidden City.

Walk on the Great Wall and then take an overnight train to Harbin.

Explore the dramatic snow and ice sculptures that are dotted throughout the city.

See the snow sculptures at Sun Island Park. Fly to Xian.

Ride on the famous Star Ferry before watching the New Year Parade.

Welcome in the new year with an incredible firework display over Hong Kong harbour.

Trip ends in Hong Kong.

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Meet the Free time in After a relaxing Terracotta Xian to wander morning take Warriors who through the a short flight to guard the tomb Muslim Quarter Hong Kong. of Qin Shi or walk on the Huangdi. city walls.

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Day walks

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HOGNO KHAN Erdene-Zu Monastery

KHAN KHETII JALMAN MEADOWS

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Bogd Khan Palace Ganden Lamasery

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Ger camp

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Moltsog Dunes Dinosaur eggs site

In July each year, nomads from around the country join together in Ulaan Baatar to celebrate the Naadam Festival. Displays of traditional wrestling, horse riding and archery take place and it’s a great party atmosphere. Please see our website for full details.

Dalandzadgad

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Visit museum & Yol Valley Walk

Ger camp

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The Naadam Festival was undoubtedly the highlight.

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On this trip, we discover everything that is unique and special about Mongolia - the endless blue sky, picturesque steppe, vast desert and welcoming nomadic hospitality. We enjoy traditional ger (Mongolian yurt) accommodation in the tranquil Mongolian wilderness and soak up the culture in Ulaan Baatar.

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A full day drive across the steppe to Saikhan Ovoo. Visit Ongi Monastery.

Cross the Gobi desert and meet friendly nomadic families grazing their herds along the way.

Visit the Flaming Cliffs - where dinosaur eggs were first discovered in the 1920s.

Visit the Yol Valley museum and talk a walk through the picturesque valley.

Enjoy a guided tour of the capital, including the Natural Museum and Bogd Khan Palace.

Visit Ganden Monastery and enter Terelj National Park. Relax, try rafting, horse riding or take optional walks.

Drive to the capital. Free time to explore the city.

Trip ends in Ulaan Baatar.

Join trip in Ulaan Baatar.

Travel across Explore the vast steppe Genghis to Hogno Khan Khan’s capital Mountain and Mongolia’s and camp in oldest traditional monastery, gers. Erdene-Zu.

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Panmunjon Demilitarized zone

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North Korea is one of the most isolated places on Earth and one of the last bastions of Communism. During this fantastic trip through North Korea we explore the outstanding natural beauty of its Kumgang Mountains, admire the flamboyant architecture of its socialist capital Pyongyang and stand on the border separating South Korea’s peninsula. This exciting adventure offers an unusual insight into the country’s political and ideological heritage.

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Walk through Tiananmen Square and discover the palaces of the Forbidden City.

Fly to North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang. Pay respect to Kim Il Sung at the Mansudae Monument.

Drive south to Panmunjon and on to the most fortified border in the world.

Return to Pyongyang and visit the 170m high Juche Tower.

Visit the captured US spy ship Pueblo and Manyongdae, the birthplace of Kim Il Sung.

Drive east to Lake Suijung. Free time to try out an optional mud bath and massage.

Travel in to the heart of the Kumgang mountains and follow gentle walking trails.

Visit Pyongyang’s Liberation War Museum and impressive sculpture park.

Take the overnight train from Pyongyang back to Beijing.

Free time to explore the Chinese capital.

Trip ends in Beijing.

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NORTH KOREA DMZ tour

Incheon Airport

Mt Seorak 1708m Osaerk Mineral springs

SEORAKSAN NP SAMWHASA TEMPLE JAPAN SEA

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City tour Gyeongbokgung Palace

Yeongju Busoeksa Temple

Jebiwon Buddha Hahoe Mask Museum & folk village

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From the cosmopolitan city of Seoul to the ancient Silla capital of Gyeongju, we explore all that South Korea has to offer. We visit one of the last frontiers of the Cold War, the Demilitarised Zone, to see the barrier separating North and South Korea. We also take part in traditional tea ceremonies and witness early morning temple rituals. Finally we spend time relaxing on Jeju - the Island of the Gods.

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Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and stroll through the antique and artist workshops of Insadong.

Stand in the Demilitarised Zone, which separates North and South Korea.

Drive to Mount Seorak National Park and walk on trails to temples and waterfalls.

Spend a night at Samwhasa Temple and join in a traditional tea ceremony.

Visit Buseoksa Temple before joining a host family at our homestay.

Discover the houses of the Joseon Dynasty at Hahoe Village. Take the train to Gyeongju.

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Seokgurum Grotto and Bulguksa Temple.

Free morning to relax before taking a short flight to Jeju Island.

Discover the Manjanggul lava tubes, Ilchubong Peak and Seonggeup Folk Village.

Free time to explore the waterfalls, hiking trails and heritage museums on Jeju Island.

Trip ends at Seoul Airport.

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TRIP CODE: JIF ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £550

ABASHIRI Otaru SAPPORO HAKODATE

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This exciting journey takes us to the far north of Japan where we make the most of the winter temperatures, taking an ice breaker cruise in the Sea of Okhostk before spending time admiring the incredible snow sculptures at the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. We also spend time exploring ultra modern Tokyo, exploring zen gardens in ancient Kyoto and visiting the snow monkeys at Yudanaka.

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Visit the ancient temple of Asakusa and the bright lights of modern Shinjuku.

Fly to Abashiri. Visit Kangoku, a museum dedicated to a fearsome Meiji-era prison.

Cruise on an ice breaker in the Sea of Okhostk. Take a train to Sapporo.

Spend the day admiring the giant snow and ice sculptures of the Sapporo Festival.

Walk along Otaru’s canals, lit up with tea lights as part of the annual Snow Light Path Festival.

Take a train to the trading port of Hakodate.

Chat with traders and sample fresh seafood at the morning market. Fly to Kyoto.

Discover Kyoto’s perfectly manicured zen gardens and beautiful temples.

Travel on the Shinkansen ‘bullet train’ at speeds of up to 300 km per hour.

Visit the 7th century ZenkoJI Temple before meeting the snow monkeys of Yudanaka.

Trip ends in Tokyo.

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Trains, Temples and Samurais.

SEA OF JAPAN KANAZAWA

Kenrokuen Gardens

JAPAN HONSHU Hiroshima

Himeji Castle

TOKYO Asakusa Temple

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From the bright lights of Tokyo to the tranquil temples of Kyoto, this fast-paced trip explores Japan’s highlights. We take time to reflect at Hiroshima, the site of the world’s first atomic attack, before visiting the holy island of Miyajima, dotted with temples and free roaming deer. In Kyoto watch enigmatic Geisha girls and relax in perfectly manicured zen gardens.

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Visit Sensoji Temple in Asakusa and take a boat trip on the Sumida River.

Travel on the bullet train to Kanazawa. Stroll through Kenrokuen Gardens and visit Samurai houses.

Transfer by train to Kyoto and explore the temples, zen gardens and Geisha district.

Learn the secrets of perfect Japanese tea in a lesson with a Tea Master.

Visit the emotive Peace Park and museum and the sacred island of Miyajima.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle, known as the White Egret.

Trip ends in Kyoto.

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The range of places we visited meant we could experience both modern Japan and the traditional culture. Jo Cope

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Peace Park

Hirado & Ikitsuki Island tour

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Lake Ashi/Mt Fuji

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Imperial Capital Temples

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This action-packed journey by high-speed rail covers many of Japan’s iconic sites. We explore Tokyo’s neon-lit streets, discover Kyoto’s tranquil temples and visit the site of the world’s first atomic attack in Hiroshima. Travelling away from the normal tourist trail, we uncover the country’s rural charm with a stay in a traditional ryokan on the beautiful island of Hirado.

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Take a walking tour through Tokyo’s shrines and gardens. Optional visit to Kamakura’s Big Buddha.

Spot Mt Fuji and explore Hakone National Park. Stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan.

Take the ‘bullet train’ to Kyoto (300kmph!) and stroll the streets of Gion, the Geisha district.

Visit the emotive Peace Park and museum at Hiroshima.

Explore the colonial legacy of the historic sea port of Nagasaki.

Travel by ferry through the ‘99 Islands’ to reach Hirado.

Uncover Hirado’s towering basalt cliffs and unspoilt rural beauty. Return to Fukuoka.

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Insider View Japan is a fabulous country of contrasts. Thousands of years of tradition and history blend with high-tech pop-culture to give an unforgettable assault on the senses. Travelling effortlessly by high speed bullet train, we maximise our time on the ground. Japan has much to offer all year round; from the famous cherry blossoms of springtime to the staggeringly impressive maple trees whose red leaves frame the many iconic temples in Autumn. Whether we are wandering through beautifully manicured Zen gardens, sipping matcha tea with Japanese ladies in their beautiful kimonos or being dazzled by the bright neon lights of Tokyo, Japan really does have something for everyone. Margaret McEwan, Explore Head of Governance

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Temple Taipei 101 Night market

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TAROKO GORGE

Overall, this was a fabulous trip! Thanks to this trip, I now have a solid introduction to this beautiful country, and I’m already planning for a return visit to delve more deeply!

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Plum garden

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For a small country Taiwan offers great variety. On this trip we take in the highlights, from the ultra-modern skyscrapers and ancient temples of Taipei to the plum plantations in the cool highlands of Alishan. We take short walks through the dramatic Taroko Gorge and stroll around the picturesque Sun Moon Lake. We also spend time with the monks at Foguanshan Monastery and try our hand at traditional calligraphy.

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Discover Taiwan’s history at the National Museum. Take in views from the 89th floor of Taipei 101.

Walk through the dramatic canyons of Taroko Gorge. Visit the Eternal Spring Shrine.

Travel to Sun Moon Lake and visit Wen Wu Temple. Relax by the lake shore.

Visit a traditional plum garden en route to Alishan.

Drive to Tainan City and visit Chihkhan Tower and Confucius Temple.

Explore the harbour town of Anping and walk down the old streets of Anping Fort.

Visit Kaohsiung City and spend the night at Foguanshan Monastery.

Rise early for a chanting session with the monks before a calligraphy lesson. Train to Taipei.

Free day to explore Taipei.

Trip ends in Taipei.

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Mingun

Traditional handicrafts

MANDALAY Inwa

BAGAN

Vast plains with 3000 temples Optional balloon

Visiting Burma for the first time was heaped with expectations. I was not disappointed. This trip enabled us to see so much of the country traveling by boat, bus, plane and horse cart. We experienced the glory of Burma and its people.

SHAN PLATEAU

Heho Nyaung Shwe

INLE LAKE Leg-rowing fisherman, stilted villages

ARAKAN RANGE

Sue Savage

Amarapura U-Bein bridge

PEGU RANGE

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Shwedagon Pagoda Colonial architecture

This highlights trip takes in the not-to-be-missed sights of Burma (Myanmar). We discover the old colonial buildings, markets and temples of Rangoon. On two wheels we explore some of the temples of Bagan’s sprawling plains. We take to the river in Mandalay and even travel by horse and cart. Inle Lake affords us with many surprises such as ancient temple ruins, floating gardens and a spot of wine tasting, not to mention the famous leg-rowing fishermen. And, throughout our journey the warmth and friendliness of the Burmese people abounds.

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Join trip in Rangoon, with an afternoon to explore this vibrant and colourful city.

Spend the day discovering some of the best and most picturesque temples and stupas in Bagan.

Witness sunrise over the Bagan plains before uncovering some of the lesser visited temples.

Travel across rural Burma to the ancient city of Inwa. Take an evening walk along U-Bein Bridge.

Explore the former royal capital of Mandalay and take a cruise on the Irrawaddy River.

Journey onto the serene waters of Inle Lake, with a chance to sample local wines this evening.

Visit a floating market before taking in the old pagodas and stupas in the village of Indein.

Return to Rangoon to marvel at the magnificent golden Shwedagon Pagoda.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

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JAN FEB MAR APR OCT NOV

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Traditional handicrafts

Mingun Vast plains with 3000 temples

BAGAN

MANDALAY

Amarapura Fly U-Bein bridge (May- Inwa SHAN Sept)

PLATEAU

Optional balloon

Golden temples, colonial hill stations and smiling locals.

Heho Nyaung Shwe

KALAW

Hill station trekking

INLE LAKE Leg rowing fisherman, stilted villages

ARAKAN RANGE

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £2951 pp flight inclusive.

PEGU RANGE

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Shwedagon Pagoda Colonial architecture

With 3 days at Ngapali Beach. Trip code: BUHB

Half-hidden from the world for decades, Burma (Myanmar) is an exciting and adventurous destination. On this journey we admire the goldencrusted Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon and cruise past floating gardens and stilt villages on Inle Lake, as well as exploring the vast temple plains of Bagan. We take a boat on the Irrawaddy River and visit the fabled city of Mandalay, from where we walk over the iconic U-Bein teak bridge in nearby Amarapura. We also explore the Shan Highlands, discovering the old British hill station of Kalaw.

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Discover the sights and temples of Rangoon before flying north to Inle Lake.

Cruise Inle Lake by longtail boat and witness the unique rowing style of the local fisherman.

Explore the sprawling complex of over 1,000 stupas that lie outside the village of Indein.

Travel on a local train to Kalaw and walk through the tribal Shan Highlands.

Drive to the old royal capital of Mandalay and take a boat to nearby Minigun village.

Uncover the ancient cities of Inwa and Amarapura, taking in the sunset over U-Bein bridge.

Witness river life on a gentle cruise down the Irrawady to Bagan.

Marvel at the 1000 year old temples of Bagan. Climb up to the gold-tipped monastery of Mt Popa.

Return to Rangoon for a last visit to the markets and temples of this unique Asian city.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

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Insider View A fantastic insight into a country that has suffered a lot over recent years, and is bound to change a lot over the coming years. The place feels really unspoilt, and the busy itinerary means you see a lot in just 2 weeks, travelling by many different modes of transport, and with lots of interaction with the local people who are as intrigued by you as you are by them! Going into the communities and villages was a highlight for me; particularly seeing the houses on stilts on Inle Lake and seeing the locals go about their daily lives by boat. I also enjoyed the hike in Kalaw through the hills and villages (where we got to see the Explore funded water tank at the local school). Tamsin Crumbie, Explore Customer Support Executive

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TRIP CODE: BUI ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 20 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 20 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £580

Boat trip and rural trekking

PYIN HSIPAW BURMA OO Gokteik (MYANMAR) Mingun LWIN Viaduct MONYWA MANDALAY Shwe Ba Daung Caves

Everyone will have their favourite place but the highlight is the people. Everyone was friendly and welcoming.

Amarapura Inwa U-Bein bridge

Pakokku

BAGAN

SHAN Vast plains with 3000 PLATEAU Heho temples Nyaung Shwe Optional KALAW balloon Hill station trekking INLE ARAKAN RANGE

LAKE

Leg-rowing fisherman, stilted villages

PEGU RANGE

Stuart Mault

Mt Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda

GOLDEN ROCK

Shwedagon Pagoda Colonial architecture

RANGOON (YANGON)

Bago Thaton Kawkung

MAWLAMYINE Bilu Island

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With 3 days at Ngapali Beach. Trip code: BUIB

This adventurous trip around Burma (Myanmar) takes us to fascinating sights beyond the classic highlights. We travel deep into the Mon State to Ogre Island and join local pilgrims as they admire the sunset from the sacred Golden Rock at Mount Kyaikhtiyo. We marvel at the grandeur of Bagan, discover authentic rural life in and around Hsipaw and witness the fascinating world of Inle Lake. We also cross the dramatic Gokteik Viaduct by train and explore the cities of Mandalay and Rangoon.

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Embark on a walking tour of Rangoon and visit the gleaming stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda.

Climb the Golden Rock to take in the awe-inspiring Mount Kyaikhtiyo in time for sunset.

Travel into the littlevisited corner of Burma, including Mawlamayine and Bilu Island.

Marvel at the sprawling temple complex of Bagan. Climb upto the hilltop monastery at Mt Popa.

Cruise along the Irrawady River towards Mandalay, taking in Monywa and the caves at Po Win Daung.

Explore Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma and the ancient cities of Inwa and Amarapura.

Enjoy the cool climes of the colonial hillstation of Pyin Oo Lwin.

Take a scenic train journey across the Gokteik Viaduct and cruise along the Dutawaddy River.

Discover the Buddha images in the caves of Pindaya and explore colonial Kalaw.

Meet the villagers that make their living on and around the beautiful Inle Lake.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

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15

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TRIP CODE: TT ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple overnight train, 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Ferry, train, bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £365

CHILE Surat Thani

Train from/to BANGKOK

THAILAND NOPPARAT BEACH

Phang Nga Bay cruise

KOH YAO NOI

Krabi

Phi-Phi Island Optional visit

KOH LANTA

KOH Trang HAI

Optional walks & elephant ride

Ko Muk Hat Chad Mai NP Visit ‘Emerald cave’

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On this tropical adventure we cruise between Thailand’s idyllic islands in the southern Andaman Sea, spending time on Koh Yao Noi, Koh Lanta and Koh Hai as well as mainland Krabi. We have time to swim and snorkel in warm tropical waters against a backdrop of craggy limestone outcrops that are dotted through Phang Nga Bay. We can visit the secret Emerald Cave, learn to cook a delicious Thai meal, or simply relax on the beautiful white sand beaches under the shade of a swaying coconut palm.

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Join trip in Bangkok.

Take in the Grand Palace and the vast reclining Buddha of Wat Po.

Cruise by longtail boat through the majestic Phang Nga Bay and then onto Koh Yai island.

Snorkel in the crystal clear waters or explore the island by bicycle.

Take a ferry boat to the white sand beaches of Krabi before exploring the area by kayak.

A free day with the option to take a speedboat to the stunning Phi Phi Islands.

Cruise further down the coast to the palm trees and turquoise waters of Koh Lanta.

Continue your journey south to the peaceful and lesservisited island of Koh Hai.

Explore nearby Emerald Cave, trek through forests or swim amongst the pristine coral reefs.

A free morning to relax before boarding the sleeper train to Bangkok.

Cruise the Klongs or try out some bartering at the famous markets of bustling Bangkok.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

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10

TRIP CODE: TTE ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 2 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Ferry, bus, boat, flight, train, tuk tuk. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £191 Kanchanaburi Elephant sanctuary, Bridge over the River Kwai

THAILAND Nakhon Pathom

BANGKOK Grand Palace Night markets

BURMA

FANTASTIC, could not have asked, wished, or requested more than what I got! Fantastic value for money!

Gemma C

Overnight train from Bangkok

KOH Gulf of PHANGAN Isolated Thailand Ang Thong NP optional boat trip

KHAO SOK NP

Surat Thani

Jungle trails 0 km

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coves

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Pristine beaches

South China Sea

On this short summer holiday to Thailand not only do we discover the bright lights of Bangkok, we travel to Kanchanaburi were we can feed and bathe elephants and head deep into Khao Sok National Park where we explore the unspoilt rainforest. Our journey also takes us to the beautiful islands in the Gulf of Thailand, where we discover hidden coves on Koh Phangan island and relax on the picture perfect tropical beaches of Koh Samui.

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Join trip in Bangkok, and explore the city’s glittering palaces and temples.

Help feed and bathe elephants in Kanchanaburi. Visit the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai.

Walk in the steaming jungles of Khoa Sok National Park, one of the oldest in South East Asia.

Swim in the natural waters or canoe the river, taking in the diverse wildlife along the way.

Travel by local ferry to the quiet and idyllic beaches of western Koh Phangan.

Discover hidden bays and picturesque waterfalls on a boat trip around the island.

Learn the secrets of Thai cuisine on a cookery course in Koh Samui.

Relax on the beautiful white sand beaches, or snorkel the warm waters of Ang Thong Marine Park.

Fly to Bangkok. Explore the network of Klongs or barter with the locals at the night market.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

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12

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11

TRIP CODE: OS ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights premium hotel, 3 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple raft house, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £175

CHIANG MAI

Doi Suthep temple

So many vivid memories to treasure: golden temples and prayerful Buddhists; rivers and lush greenery for miles and miles.

THAILAND

LAOS

Ancient city

Ping BURMA

Josephine Breton

Si Satchanalai

SUKHOTHAI

Phayuha Khiri

UTHAI THANI

KWAI NOI RIVER

Rice barge cruise Chaopraya Dam

Longtail boat trip Stay in Jungle raft house

Nam Tok

AYUTTHAYA

Old Capital Kanchanaburi Bridge over the River Kwai

BANGKOK Temples Grand Palace Markets

EXTEND YOUR TRIP With 4 days at the beach on Koh Samet.

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On this cultural journey we venture into the heart of Thailand. We tour ancient sights and cruise along bustling waterways. We see the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’ and explore ruined temples at the former royal capital of Ayutthaya. We also cruise the Chao Phraya River in a converted rice barge, travel deep into the jungle, visit a Mon village and stay on a jungle raft house on the Kwai Noi River.

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Take in the Grand Palace and the vast reclining Buddha of Wat Po. Take a sleeper train North.

Explore the more tranquil Chiang Mai with a walking tour of its charming Old Town.

Free day to relax or take a Thai Cookery Course.

Take in the scenery on a drive through the countryside to Sukhothai.

Cycle through the old capital of Siam before boarding a rice barge for a gentle cruise down the river.

Experience the sights and colours of a local market early in the morning.

Ride along the ‘Death Railway’ when visiting the Bridge over the River Kwai. Stay in a raft house.

Explore the surrounding jungle by bamboo raft and visit the area’s minority villages.

Take a longtail boat down river, before returning to the bustling metropolis of Bangkok.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

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JAN FEB MAR APR AUG OCT NOV DEC

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12

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10

TRIP CODE: QBK ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 5 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader(s), driver(s). TRANSPORT: Public bus, boat, taxi, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 14. Optional single rooms are available from £115

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Klongs tour

Poi Pet

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Angkor Wat temple complex

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BATTAMBANG Boat trip on Tonle Sap

SIEM REAP Lake Tonle Sap

CAMBODIA Royal Palace Silver Pagoda Wat Phnom Choeung Ek “Killing Fields”

Gulf of Thailand

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VIETNAM Chu Chi Tunnels

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Mouths of the Mekong

South China Sea

Travelling by local transport, we experience the variety that South East Asia has to offer. From the vibrant Thai capital of Bangkok we cross the border to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and continue to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Along the way we have the chance to explore the ancient temples of Angkor and cruise between floating fishing villages on Lake Tonle Sap.

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Join trip in Bangkok, with time to explore the city’s klongs, markets and glittering temples.

Engage with the locals when travelling by public transport over the border to Cambodia.

Travel back in time as you uncover the sprawling jungle temples of the Angkor complex.

Pass stilted villages cruising across Tonle Sap Lake towards Battambang.

Take in the colonial villas and leafy streets of Battambang before driving onto Phnom Penh.

Learn about Cambodia’s more recent history on a trip to the infamous Killing Fields.

Cross the border into Vietnam and take in the French architecture of Ho Chi Minh City.

Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels or bargain with the locals at the Mekong’s floating market.

Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

This trip has been planned so that it can be easily combined with some of our other trips in Indochina.

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15

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TRIP CODE: QVN ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple overnight train, 1 night standard junk boat. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Train, bus, boat, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 14. Optional single rooms are available from £165 VIETNAM HANOI

Junk Cruise Limestone cliffs

Old Quarter Hoi Chi Minh’s mausoleum

CHINA

HALONG BAY

Gulf of Tonkin

The highlights of the tour were Hoi An & Halong Bay, both of which were stunning.

Perfume River Imperial City

HUE

Adrian H

LAOS

Danang

HOI AN

Old merchants houses Bike rides Tailors shops

Sleeper train

VIETNAM CAMBODIA

NHA TRANG

Beaches Boat trip

COMBINE YOUR TRIP

Cu Chi Tunnels

This trip has been planned so that it can be easily combined with some of our other trips in Indochina.

HO CHI MINH CITY

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Old Saigon walking tour SOUTH My Tho Mekong Delta CHINA SEA boat trip

On this Vietnamese adventure we travel along the beautiful coast from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. We visit the beaches of Nha Trang, the ancient imperial city of Hue and the historic sea port of Hoi An. Using local transport and staying in simple hotels, we also board a junk boat in Halong Bay for a relaxing cruise around the magnificent towering limestone islands.

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Join trip in Ho Chi Minh City.

Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about Vietnam’s history at the War Remnants Museum.

Cruise past stilted villages in the Mekong Delta. Catch an overnight train to Nha Trang.

Relax on the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang, or explore by bicycle.

Discover the Chinese temples and traditional wooden houses in the old trading port of Hoi An.

Embark on a scenic drive along the coast on the stunning Hai Van Pass.

Explore the Imperial Citadel of Hue and cruise along the Perfume River.

Travel through the towering limestone cliffs of Halong Bay by traditional wooden junk boat.

Uncover the charm of Hanoi’s Old Quarter on a tour of its narrow streets.

Trip ends in Hanoi.

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JAN FEB MAR APR JUL AUG OCT NOV DEC

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TRIP CODE: QBV ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple overnight train, 3 nights simple hotel, 1 night standard junk, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader(s), driver(s). TRANSPORT: Public bus, boat, train, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 14. Optional single rooms are available from £335

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Ancient town Bike rides Tailors shops

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Poi Pet Angkor temple complex

BATTAMBANG

SIEM REAP

Lake Tonle Sap

CAMBODIA

Boat on Tonle Sap Lake

NHA TRANG

Beaches Boat trip Cu Chi Tunnels

PHNOM PENH Royal Palace Silver Pagoda

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My Tho MINH CITY Old Saigon Optional Mekong Delta walking tour boat trip South China Sea

This overland adventure takes us from Bangkok over the border into Cambodia, where we have the chance to explore the ancient temples of Angkor as well as delve into the vibrant capital of Phnom Penh. Our journey continues to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, before we venture north along the Ho Chi Minh trail via the beaches of Nha Trang and ancient towns of Hoi An and Hue. We end in the north in Hanoi and the iconic Halong Bay.

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Join trip in Bangkok and embark on an overland adventure into Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Explore the mystical jungle temples of Angkor, including the incredible Angkor Wat.

Travel through rural Cambodia to the colonial town of Battambang.

Discover Phnom Penh on a walking tour through the city and visit the infamous Killing Fields.

Mingle with the locals on a public bus to Ho Chi Minh City.

Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels or cruise through stilted villages in the Mekong Delta.

Relax on the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang. Catch an overnight train to Hoi An.

Take in the traditional wooden houses and Chinese temples that line the narrow lanes of Hoi An.

Travel along the majestic Hai Van Pass to Hue. Visit the Citadel and cruise the Perfume River.

Enjoy an overnight cruise aboard a traditional wooden junk in the atmospheric Halong Bay.

Wander the streets of the Old Quarter and witness a traditional water puppet show in Hanoi.

Trip ends in Hanoi.

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£2649 30 DAYS 28 £2095 DAYS

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TRIP CODE: QBVL ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel, 6 nights simple hotel, 4 nights simple overnight train, 4 nights premium hotel, 1 night standard junk. MEALS: 19 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader(s), driver(s). TRANSPORT: Boat, public bus, taxi, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 14. Optional single rooms are available from £390

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

JAN FEB MAR APR JUL AUG OCT NOV DEC

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This exciting trip encompasses the highlights of four countries on this classic route through Indochina. We travel overland through Cambodia visiting the temples of Angkor and Phnom Penh before continuing our adventure up through Vietnam by train and along scenic roads. Travel onto sleepy Luang Prabang, where we cruise along the Mekong from Laos onto the colourful hilltribe region of Northern Thailand.

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TRIP CODE: QLT ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights simple hotel, 3 nights standard hotel, 3 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple overnight train, 1 night standard boat. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader(s), boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight, taxi, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 14. Optional single rooms are available from £146

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This exciting journey takes us from bustling Hanoi and beautiful Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam to laid-back Luang Prabang in Laos and by slow boat into northern Thailand. We journey through Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai before arriving in Bangkok, one of Asia’s most exciting cities. Discover Hanoi’s Old Quarter, spend a night on a boat in Halong Bay and explore Chiang Mai’s walled Old Town.

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CHINA

VIETNAM

HALONG BAY

HANOI

Old Quarter

Boat cruise

Gulf of Tonkin

Imperial Citadel Perfume River cruise

In such a varied and full-on trip, it is hard to pick out memorable moments. Kayaking in Halong Bay was spectacular.

HUE LAOS

Ancient Town Beach Kon Kotu Bahnar village

Barbara Campbell

China Beach Marble mountain Danang

HOI AN

KON TUM Pleiku CAMBODIA

VIETNAM NHA TRANG

Buon Me Thout

LAK

Pirogue on Lake Lak Ride elephants Cu Chi Tunnels Can Duoc

LONG XUYEN CAI BE

Floating market

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150 km

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Take an in-depth journey across Vietnam visiting ancient colonial towns and experiencing traditional river life along the waterways. We follow part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail through the beautiful Central Highlands - we trek, raft, and visit tribal villages. We also sea kayak in Halong Bay and cruise among floating markets on the Mekong Delta.

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Join trip in Hanoi. Explore the narrow lanes of the Old Quarter and visit the OnePillar Pagoda.

Embark on a 2 night cruise by traditional wooden junk through the towering cliffs of Halong Bay.

Kayak through scenic waters and past floating villages. Take an overnight train to Hue.

Travel along Hue’s Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Discover royal tombs and the Old Citadel.

Enjoy a scenic journey across the spectacular Hai Van Pass.

Uncover the charm of old Hoi An, with a chance to visit the temples of My Son.

Turn inland and off the main tourist trail, past minority villages to the market town of Kon Tum.

Venture through the Western Highlands and take a boat out onto Lake Lak.

Descend to the coastal plains and onto the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang.

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and explore the rice paddies and stilted villages of the Mekong Delta.

Barter with the locals at a floating market and visit the rural islands of the Delta.

Discover the underground network of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

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TRIP CODE: VN ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train, 1 night simple homestay. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £190

CHINA

VIETNAM

HALONG BAY

HANOI

Old Quarter

Boat cruise

Gulf of Tonkin

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £2297 pp flight inclusive.

Imperial Citadel Perfume River cruise

HUE LAOS

China Beach Marble mountain Danang

HOI AN

Ancient Town Beach

It was great to have a combination of cities and countryside. Each place we visited was so diverse and fascinating.

CAMBODIA

Cu Chi Tunnels

Claire Turner, Explore Marketing Executive

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

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HO CHI MINH CITY Old Saigon

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With 6 days in Cambodia.

SOUTH CHINA SEA

150 km

Trip code: VEC

Experience spectacular coastal scenery, historic towns and evocative war memorials on this journey through Vietnam. We travel along the coast from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Along the way we enjoy a cruise in Halong Bay, discover vibrant river life in a boat along the Mekong Delta and explore the ancient sea port of Hoi An.

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Join trip in Hanoi.

Uncover the ancient charm of Hanoi on a walking tour of the old Quarter.

Cruise amongst the towering limestone cliffs and hidden caves of Halong Bay.

Explore the Imperial citadel of Hue and take a cruise along the Perfume River.

Drive along the breathtaking Hai Van pass, taking in the Marble Mountains en route.

Discover Hoi An’s traditional wooden houses and Chinese architecture. Take a trip to My Lai.

Fly south to cruise through the stilted villages of the Mekong Delta and stay with a local family.

Continue your exploration of the Delta, meeting the locals and learning about their way of life.

Stroll through the streets of Old Saigon, visiting Independence Palace and War Remnants Musuem.

Uncover the myriad of tunnels and underground chambers at the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

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TRIP CODE: VC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple overnight train. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, train, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £245

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Ancient Town Beach

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Angkor temples

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Royal Palace

Cu Chi Tunnels

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Old Saigon Cai Be Mekong Delta Cruise Floating Markets

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Explore French colonial cities, vibrant river side life and lost jungle temples on this fast-paced adventure through Vietnam and Cambodia. We travel using a variety of transport on the journey from Hanoi, taking in the jagged limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, the ancient trading port of Hoi An, the history of Ho Chi Minh City and the stilted houses of the Mekong Delta. We then venture into Cambodia to learn about the haunting tales of the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh, ending with three days to explore the magnificent jungle temples of Angkor.

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Join trip in Hanoi.

Explore Hanoi on a walk through the narrow lanes of the Old Quarter.

Board a traditional junk boat and cruise through the jade green waters of Halong Bay.

Discover the charming old town of Hoi An. Visit the local market or cycle in the countryside.

Enjoy a free morning before embarking on an overnight train journey to Ho Chi Minh City.

Uncover French architecture on a tour of Old Saigon. Visit the haunting War Crimes Museum.

Barter for exotic fresh fruit at the floating market in the Mekong Delta.

Travel up through the Delta and cross the border into Cambodia. Continue to Phnom Penh.

Discover the jungle temple of Ta Phrom and marvel at the wonderfully preserved Angkor Wat.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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Learn about Travel overland the Khmer through rural Rouge at the Cambodia to infamous Siem Reap. Killing Fields. Enjoy the sun Explore Phnom setting over the Penh on foot. Angkor temples.

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TRIP CODE: DVNC ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights premium hotel, 1 night premium boat. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £230

VIETNAM HANOI

Old Quarter

CHINA

HALONG BAY Boat cruise

Gulf of Tonkin

This really was one of the best trips I’ve been on. The country of Vietnam is beautiful, the people are warm and welcoming.

Imperial Citadel Perfume River cruise

HUE

Marble mountain Danang

HOI AN

LAOS

Karin King

Ancient Town Beach

SIEM REAP

Angkor Lake temples Tonle Sap Floating villages

CAMBODIA

Cu Chi Tunnels

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £3036 pp flight inclusive.

SOUTH CHINA SEA

HO CHI MIN CITY

CAI BE

Old Saigon 0 km

Mekong Delta cruise Floating market

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Explore the fascinating sights of Vietnam and Cambodia and stay in a variety of comfortable hotels. We visit the imperial city of Hue, the historical port of Hoi An and Old Saigon. Cruise Halong Bay on a luxury junk and explore the Mekong Delta by boat. We also spend time in Cambodia exploring Angkor’s magnificent jungle temple complex.

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Discover the French colonial sights of Hanoi, including a visit to the Old Quarter.

Take an overnight cruise through the famous Halong Bay on a comfortable wooden junk.

Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine on a cookery course in Hoi An.

Walk through the streets of Hoi An and uncover the charm and history of this ancient trading port.

Travel to the Imperial City of Hue, with a scenic drive on the famous Hai Van pass.

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and visit the Notre Damn Cathedral and Reunification Hall.

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Witness daily Discover the Immerse life on a cruise Cu Chi Tunnels yourself in through the for a fascinating the sprawling backwaters of insight into the jungle temples the Mekong resourcefulness of the worldDelta. of the famous Angkor Vietnamese. complex.

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Insider View “Some of my fondest travel memories are from my time spent cycling through the rural stilted villages in the Mekong Delta. Children would run out from their houses to greet us as we cycled by, and being on two wheels allowed us to really turn off the beaten track and reach places not many tourists usually visit. This trip is a wonderful juxtaposition, blending well-known sights like the mystical jungle temples of Angkor with the lesser known and lesser visited regions of Vietnam and Cambodia. It is where old (colonial Phnom Penh) meets new (Ho Chi Minh City), and where happy futures meet troubled pasts. All of these components came together perfectly to make for a wonderful, varied and above all memorable trip.� Chris Ellis, Explore Product Manger, Asia

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£1992 £1199

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14

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TRIP CODE: CVE ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple homestay. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / cycle guide, bike mechanic, driver(s), local guide(s). BIKE: 18 gear Merida hybrid bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, bicycle, CHINA boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £190 GULF OF TONGKING

DAILY DISTANCES

A classic journey through the cities and rural landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Day 2

LAOS

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43km

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16km

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30km

Day 7 Angkor jungle temple complex

SEAM REAP

CAMBODIA Sambor Prei Kuk Temple

KOMPONG THOM

Kompong Cham Mekong island City tour Weaving village ‘Killing Fields’

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Cu Chi Old Saigon Tunnels CHAU DOC HO CHI MINH CITY Sam Mountain Tan An My Tho sunset SOUTH BEN TRE Vinh Long CHINA SEA Homestay CAN THO Mo Cay Floating market Mekong delta cruise 0 km 150 km

PREMIUM DEPARTURES On certain departure dates we have upgraded the standard of hotels - carefully hand-picked for their character, comfort and location. Please refer to the website and trip notes for more details.

Join us on this classic cycle journey through the cities and rural landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia. We travel past paddy fields and fruit orchards to remote villages where we experience the warm hospitality of local families. We cycle into the jungle to explore the ancient temple city Angkor and swap our bicycles for traditional boats to cruise the mighty Mekong River.

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Join trip in Ho Chi Minh City. Afternoon orientation walk.

Visit the Cu Chi tunnels, and a cycle ride around the countryside.

Bike to the Mekong Delta then take a boat trip to islands.

Cycle and drive via Vinh Long to Can Tho, famous for rice fields and floating markets.

Cruise the floating markets and explore the villages of Can Tho provence.

Drive and cycle to Chau Doc on the Cambodian border.

Take a speedboat to Phnom Penh for an afternoon city tour.

Morning cycle; visit Tuol Sleng and the infamous ‘Killing Fields’.

Cycle along the Mekong River then drive to Kompong Thom.

Early morning cycle to Sambor Prei Kuk temple. Drive to Siem Reap.

Explore Siem Reap by bike and bus and visit the magnificent Angkor temples.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

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JAN FEB MAR OCT NOV DEC

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TRIP CODE: QMA ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights simple hotel, 6 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple homestay. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, ferry, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £194

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4000 Islands boat trip Temples Khone of Angkor Phapheng SIEM REAP Falls River Lake Tonie Dolphins Sap Skuon

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Wat Phou Champassak

SALA KOH TRONG ISLAND

Kratie

Kampong Cham Wat Nokor

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This exciting journey, following the course of the Mekong River, takes us through some of the more remote regions of Laos and Cambodia. We visit Champassak in southern Laos, home to Khone Falls, South East Asia’s largest waterfall, and the Si Phan Don Archipelago, otherwise known as the 4000 islands. We experience village life and have the chance to search for the elusive and rare Irrawaddy River dolphin, as well as explore the cultural cities of Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap - the gateway to the iconic temples of Angkor.

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Join trip in Vientiane. Explore the Buddhist monasteries, stupas and monuments of the capital.

Travel overland through small villages and across scenic mountain passes to Luang Prabang.

Soak up the sleepy atmosphere and colonial beauty of the UNESCO city of Luang Prabang.

Fly to the little visited south eastern corner of Laos and explore Don Daeng Island by bicycle.

Cruise among the 4000 islands and witness the power of nature at the mighty Khone Papheng Falls.

Cross the border into Cambodia and search for Irrawady dolphins in Kratie.

Travel to the capital, stopping off in Skuon to sample the local delicacydeep fried tarantula!

Stroll through the tree-lined boulevards of Phnom Penh or visit the infamous Killing Fields.

Discover the ‘tomb raider temple’ of Ta Prohm and the magnificent Angkor Wat.

Further explore the Angkor temples or cruise past floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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TRIP CODE: LA ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from ツ」310

Walk to tribal villages

LUANG NAMTHA VIETNAM BAN NONG KHIAW HOUEI SAI LUANG Pak Ou caves PRABANG Plain of Jars Temples and PHテ年SAVAN waterfalls Chiang Rai

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Ubon Ratchathani

Pakse Khiang Nkong

Wat Phou Champassak

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BANGKOK

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CHILE

An exciting adventure that moves through the length and breadth of the most charming country in South East Asia. Cruise along the Mekong River in traditional slowboats, passing jagged limestone peaks as we travel to the ancient capital Luang Prabang. We visit the capital Vientiane, meet friendly hilltribe villagers and discover the mysterious Plain of Jars. Ending in the deep south we explore the inland Mekong Delta and raging waterfalls.

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Join trip in Bangkok, with some time to explore this vibrant and bustling city.

Fly north to Chiang Rai and cross the border by longtail boat into Laos.

Travel through the hills to Luang Namtha. Trek through the forests and visit minority villages.

Travel first by bus and then by boat as the journey continues south to sleepy Luang Prabang.

Uncover the charm of the UNESCO city of Luang Prabang with its colonial buildings and waterfalls.

Drive along scenic mountain roads to visit the mysterious Plain of Jars in Phonsavan.

Fly to the capital of Vientiane to explore the variety of Buddhist monuments and temples.

Cruise down the Mekong by boat towards Don Khong Island, exploring this sleepy corner of Laos.

Explore the 4000 islands of the Mekong, with the chance to spot Irrawaddy River dolphins.

Take in the stunning waterfalls at Tad Lo and engage with some of the Khmer ethnic groups.

Free time to experience the beauty of this area before flying back to Bangkok.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

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CHINA

ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £105

From the Killing Fields to the Temples of Angkor.

SIEM REAP

LAOS

Angkor jungle temple complex

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90 km

This short twin-centre adventure focusses on the iconic highlights of Cambodia. We discover the sights of the capital city Phnom Penh where we learn about the dark days of the Khmer Rouge before driving to Siem Reap, from where we cruise the largest lake in the region, Tonle Sap, and see floating villages. We spend three full days exploring the vast complex of the Temples of Angkor, where we marvel at iconic Angkor Wat and pretend to be Lara Croft at Ta Prohm.

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Join trip in Phnom Penh.

Discover some of Phnom Penh’s most iconic sights including the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

Chat to locals on Silk Island or visit Chiso Mountain, topped by an 11th century Khmer temple.

Travel through rural Cambodia to Siem Reap, and take a leisurely cruise on Tonle Sap Lake.

Embark on an exploration of the jungle temples of Angkor, watching the sun set at Pre Rup.

Marvel at Bayon, made up of 216 gigantic faces intricately carved into the towers of the temple.

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70 km Uncover Ta Phrom, a temple consumed by the jungle and explore the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat.

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8

150 km

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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Highlights for us included interacting with local people and of course Angkor, which is spectacular. Julie B

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Insider View “Out of all of the countries I have travelled to, Cambodia is my favourite. It has everything; rich history, incredible views, wonderful people, beaches, jungles and energetic cities. Bouncing back from a turbulent recent history, it is beautifully rough around the edges which gives it a unique charm. Siem Reap is a must, not only for its rich culinary scene but also its proximity to the mind-blowing World Heritage Site, Angkor. Make sure to catch a sunrise or sunset at this huge temple complex; it was a magical experience! Strolling through the streets of Siem Reap smelling the food being cooked in the street kiosks after spending the day exploring temples was just the best way to spend an evening!� Andrew Jackson, Explore Specialist Travel Consultant

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TRIP CODE: CD ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 4 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £161

Angkor Temple Complex

CAMBODIA

SIEM REAP

Irrawaddy Dolphins boat trip

Lake Tonle Sap

KOMPONG THOM

KRATIE

SKUON

KAMPONG CHAM

Deep fried tarantula

PHNOM PENH

Optional cycling

Royal Palace National museum The killing fields

Takeo

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Canal trip to Angkor Borei & Phnom Da

Countryside trip by ‘Remorque’

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Swimming, beaches and local seafood

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An exploratory trip that delves deep into Cambodia - a little-visited but hugely rewarding country. We discover its traditional villages dotted around the beautiful countryside and travel deep into the jungle to discover the ancient temple city of Angkor. We also take a boat trip in search of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin and sample delicious local cuisine on Rabbit Island.

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Join trip in Phnom Penh, with time in the afternoon to explore this lively city.

Travel by speedboat to colonial Kampot, with a chance to stop at the hilltop shrine of Phnom Da.

Take some local ‘remorques’ through the rural countryside to the coastal town of Kep.

Enjoy a gentle exploration of Rabbit Island, with opportunities to swim in the shallow waters.

Explore the palaces and temples of the capital. Sample fried tarantulas en route to Kampong Cham.

Take to the river in Kratie and search for the freshwater dolphins of the Mekong.

Continue the journey through rural Cambodia, visiting silk farms and floating villages.

Witness the ‘Tomb Raider’ temple of Ta Phrom at sunrise.

Continue to explore the jungle temples of Angkor, including the magnificent Angkor Wat.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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TRIP CODE: BM ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 5 nights simple hotel, 2 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple overnight train, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £240

Chiang Khong Tha Ton

BAN HOUEI SAI

Pak Ou Caves

CHIANG PAKBENG RAI

LAOS

LUANG PRABANG

King’s Palace

CHIANG MAI

Cookery course (optional)

VIENTIANE Sleepy capital

A wonderful holiday, all great and with so many highlights I wouldn’t have missed a moment of it!

THAILAND Angkor Jungle temple complex

BANGKOK

Temples Emerald Buddha Grand Palace

Mary Robson

SIEM REAP

Lake Tonle Sap

PHNOM PENH City tour Royal Palace

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CAMBODIA

220 km

This exciting journey uncovers northern Thailand before taking us deep into South East Asia’s less visited countries of Laos and Cambodia. We cruise along the Mekong River through a countryside of jungle-covered hills and small fishing villages as we journey to Luang Prabang, Laos’ sleepy riverside gem. We fly on to French colonial Vientiane then make our way further south to Cambodia, where we discover the buzzing capital city of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, the gateway to the epic temples of Angkor.

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Visit some of the iconic sights of this bustling city before catching a train to Chiang Mai.

Explore Chiang Mai’s temples and markets. Cruise towards Chiang Rai by longtail boat.

Discover the infamous Golden Traingle en route to crossing the border into Laos.

Pass lush forested hills and sleepy villages on a gentle cruise along the Mekong to Pakbeng.

Continue on to the UNESCO city of Luang Prabang. Explore Pak Ou Caves and climb Mount Phousi.

Marvel at the beauty of Kuang Si Waterfalls before flying to the capital, Vientiane.

Discover Vientiane on foot. Fly to Phnom Penh and visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

Uncover the mystical temples of Angkor including the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Go online for departure dates

JAN FEB MAR NOV DEC

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Learn about Travel through Cambodia’s rural Cambodia dark history on to Siem Reap. a visit to the Enjoy sunset ‘Killing Fields’. over the magnificent Angkor temples.

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Jewels of Indochina C OVER

£2999 29 DAYS 27 £2040 DAYS

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TRIP ONLY

TRIP CODE: HIC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 19 nights standard hotel, 5 nights simple hotel, 1 night simple overnight train, 1 night simple homestay. MEALS: 25 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, train, boat, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £415

HANOI

HALONG BAY

Old Quarter

Boat cruise

LUANG PRABANG

Buddhist temples Pak Ou Caves Village caves

VIENTIANE

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Imperial Citadel Perfume River cruise HUE

LAOS

China Beach Marble mountain Danang

THAILAND

HOI AN

Ancient Town Beach

VIETNAM

SIEM REAP

Susan H

on

Laos capital

We enjoyed it all. Glad we visited all three countries. Explore show all aspects of a culture and this is why we travel with you.

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VANG VIENG

Angkor temples

Lake Tonle Sap Floating Villages

CAMBODIA PHNOM PENH Royal Palace Chu Chi Tunnels

HO CHI MINH CITY Old Saigon

BEN TRE

Gulf of Thailand 0 km

Homestay Mekong Delta cruise 200 km

SOUTH CHINA SEA

This comprehensive trip through Indochina takes us to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. We experience river life as we cruise to vast caves and beautiful waterfalls in Laos. In Vietnam we travel from north to south, discovering the jungle-clad islands of Halong Bay, the old city of Hanoi and the Imperial Citadel in Hue. Crossing into Cambodia we explore the charming colonial city of Phnom Penh and visit the incredible temple complex of Angkor.

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Join trip in Vientiane and explore the extensive Buddhist monuments in the sleepy capital.

Travel north through the rural countryside, visiting the local markets of Vang Vieng.

Discover the waterfalls and French architecture in the UNESCO city of Luang Prabang.

Uncover the charm of Hanoi on a walking tour of the Old Quarter.

Take an overnight cruise on a traditional junk amongst the limestone cliffs in Halong Bay.

Cruise along the Perfume River and explore the Imperial citadel of Hue.

Enjoy a scenic drive along the Hai Van Pass. Stroll along the charming old streets of Hoi An.

Sample local produce and engage with the locals at a homestay in the Mekong Delta.

Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels and visit the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.

Learn about the Khmer Rouge at the infamous Killing Fields of Phnom Penh.

Witness sunrise over Angkor Wat. Visit the ‘jungle temple’ Ta Phrom and cruise Tonle Sap Lake.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

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15

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13

TRIP CODE: EM ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, ferry, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £350

Tropical islands, jungles and beaches.

THAILAND

LANGKAWI Beach

BELUM RAINFOREST Jungle walks

GEORGETOWN Penang

Bukit Merah Orang-utan Island

MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR

China Town Central Market

MALACCA

Colonial architecture INDONESIA 0 km

180 km

This fascinating journey takes us from the gleaming metropolis of Kuala Lumpur to the idyllic beaches of Langkawi. We discover colonial buildings in Malacca, visit orphaned Orang-utans at Bukit Merah and trek through one of the oldest rainforests in the world in Royal Belum. The trip then takes us to colourful Georgetown where we get the chance to sample some authentic Malay cuisine before ending our journey on the tropical island of Langkawi.

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Explore the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur and the colourful streets and temples of Chinatown.

Visit the Hindu temple at Batu Caves and ascend the 272 steps for panoramic views of the city.

Uncover centuries of colonial rule in the trading port of Malacca. Take an evening river cruise.

Free morning to soak up Malacca’s unique atmosphere before catching a train back to the capital.

Witness important rehabilitation and conservation work on Bukit Merah Orangutan Island.

Explore the waterfalls and lush jungle of Belum Rainforest by boat. Meet the Orang Asli people.

Travel through the pre-historic Lenggong Valley and take a ferry to Penang Island.

Discover Georgetown and ride the cliff railway to the top of Penang Hill for wonderful views.

Take a ferry out to the tropical island of Langkawi, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Relax on the palm-fringed beaches or perhaps explore the island’s jungleclad interior.

Trip ends in Langkawi.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Go online for departure dates

JAN MAR APR NOV DEC

or visit www.explore.co.uk

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15

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14

TRIP CODE: JV ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), boat crew. TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry, rickshaw. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £243

I think this must have been one of the best trips I have been on. The landscapes were so beautiful and the people lovely.

JM Kyle

Prambanan Hindu Temples Borobudur Buddhist Temple Complex

INDONESIA

Sultan’s Palace Candi Sukuh Lawu

JAVA

Dolphin Ketapang watching (optional)

Mt Ijen walk (optional)

MALANG

YOGYAKARTA

Explore by bicycle rickshaws TAWANGMANGGU Village trek

0 km

CEMORO LAWANG

100 km

Mt Bromo sunrise walk (optional)

INDIAN OCEAN

LOVINA BEACH

KALIBARU

BALI

Plantation walks Gilimanuk

UBUD

Paddy fields and handicrafts

SANUR BEACH

Denpasar

This Indonesian journey takes in the exotic islands of Java and Bali. On Java we visit the incredible Buddhist temples of Borobudur, watch as the sun sets on the Hindu temple of Prambanan and enjoy views of iconic Mount Bromo. On Bali we walk through rice paddies, enjoy the Bohemian charm of Ubud and spend time on both black and white sand beaches. There is also the opportunity to take an early morning dolphin safari by boat.

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Join trip in Yogyakarta.

Explore the city by cycle rickshaw and witness the sunset over Prambanan Temple.

Marvel at the intricate and well-preserved carvings in the Borobudur Buddhist temple complex.

Visit the Sultan’s Palace and trek through rural villages en route to Malang.

Witness the pink hue as the sun rises over Mount Bromo. Drive across the Sand Sea to Kalibaru.

Trek up to the crater of Mount Ijen and stay at a plantation growing coffee and cocoa.

Leave Java and cross the strait to Bali. Take a boat out to spot dolphins from Lovina Beach.

Learn about local farming techniques and trek amongst rice paddies in Ubud.

Relax on the beautiful white sand beach or explore the charming town of Sanur.

Trip ends in Sanur.

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Volcanoes, Dragons and Beaches C OVER

13

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12

TRIP CODE: KM ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 10 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple boat. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), ranger(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £262

Exotic temples, beautiful landscapes and Komodo Dragons.

BALI

LABUAN RUTENG BAJO FLORES

Temples and tombs

KOMODO

UBUD LOMBOK SANUR

Denpasar Golden sand beaches

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Komodo dragon safari Boat cruise Pink beach

SUMBAWA INDIAN OCEAN

Tribal villages

BAJAWA

Volcano walk Ende

MONI

RINCA

100 km

This adventurous trip showcases the islands of Bali, Flores and Komodo. Enjoy spiritual Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali before heading east to the lesser visited island of Flores. Travel through scenery lush with jungle, paddy fields and dramatic volcanoes, stopping to walk through tribal villages, and admire views of picturesque lakes and volcanoes. Board a boat for a night on the waters of the Komodo archipelago, stopping on Komodo and Rinca islands to search for the infamous Komodo dragon. End with time to relax on the golden sand beaches of Bali.

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Join trip in Ubud.

Visit a traditional Balinese temple and walk amongst ancient Royal tombs.

Start the morning with views of Ebulobo volcano before trekking through tribal villages.

Pass active volcanoes, dense jungles and rice paddies on the journey to Rueteng.

Embark on an overnight cruise to Rinca Island and take a safari into dragon territory.

Cruise to the mystical island of Komodo to continue the search for dragons.

Explore the market of Labuan Bajo. Fly back to Bali and drive to the white sand beach of Sanur.

Free to relax on the beach or snorkel the warm waters of nearby Lembongan Island.

Trip ends in Sanur.

Fly to the Take a scenic island of Flores drive along and climb coastal roads up Kelimutu and up into Volcano for a lush junglespectacular covered hills to sunrise. Bajawa.

Go online for departure dates

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New Trip

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

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TRIP CODE: BOO ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple lodge, 4 nights simple homestay, 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £442

SULU SEA KAMPUNG Sepilok Orang utan TUANGSI KAMPANG rehabilitation centre, KIAU Sun bear Conservation BERINGGIS Centre SANDAKAN KOTA Labuk Bay proboscis KINABALU monkey sanctuary SABAH TEA PLANTATION

SOUTH CHINA SEA

SABAH

BRUNEI

INDONESIA

SARAWAK

MALAYSIA Bako NP

KUCHING MONGKOS BIDAYUH

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This exciting trip showcases Borneo’s culture, natural beauty and exotic animals. Our journey takes us through Sarawak and Sabah, the two provinces that make up Malaysian Borneo. On our way not only do we explore the cities of Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, we encounter the warm hospitality of traditional tribes as we stay in rural villages. We spend an exciting night camping in the jungle where we learn a few traditional survival skills and end our adventure with time to relax on some of Borneo’s beautiful beaches.

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Join trip in Kuching.

Embark on a walking tour of the city and take a cruise on the Sarawak River.

Explore the primary rainforest of Bako National Park, with a chance to spot proboscis monkeys.

Visit tribal markets and engage with the locals when staying overnight in a minority village.

Discover the blend of architecture in the capital, before heading north to meet the Bajau tribe.

Uncover traditional ways of life when staying in Kampung Tuangsi village.

Learn some survival skills when overnighting in a bush camp in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu.

Trek through caves, take a dip in natural springs and visit a Malaysian fish spa.

Visit the endemic proboscis monkeys at the Labuk Bay Sanctuary.

Meet the ‘men of the forest’ at the amazing Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre.

Relax in the warm waters of the South China Sea at the idyllic Berringis Beach.

Trip ends in Kota Kinabalu.

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MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAY JUL AUG SEP

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£2419 £1695

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North Philippines Explorer C OVER

15

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TRIP ONLY

DAYS

13

TRIP CODE: PIP ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: 4WD, boat, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £415

LAOAG

Sand dunes (optional)

CORDILLERA CENTRAL

VIGAN

UNESCO listed Mestizo quarter

SAGADA

Burial caves and hanging coffins

BANAUE

Rice terraces, Ifugao minority people

PHILIPPINES

Russell M

MABALACAT

Mt Pinatubo crater walk

A well organised trip with a good variety of things to see and do. I enjoyed all of it, but particularly liked the Banaue rice terraces.

MANILA City tour

TAGAYTAY

San Pablo City Pandin Lake Rafting

Taal Volcano and Lake

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP

120 km

With 4 days on Bohul Island. Trip code: PIPB

Our Philippines adventure focusses on Luzon, the largest island of the archipelago. We explore the whole island discovering contrasting landscapes which include the incredible 2000 year-old Banaue rice terraces of the indigenous Ifugao people, the sand dunes of Laoag in the north, and tranquil Pandin Lake surrounded by lush coconut trees in the south. We have the opportunity to hike to the crater lake of Mount Pinatubo volcano as well as explore the teeming megacity of Manila and enjoy the charm of UNESCO-listed colonial Vigan by horse-drawn carriage. DAY

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Join trip in Manila.

Explore the churches and colonial architecture of this bustling city.

Bamboo raft across the tranquil waters of Pandin Lake and enjoy a traditional Filipino lunch.

Visit the active Taal volcano before flying north to the tropical town of Laoag.

Uncover the colonial splendour of Vigan, with its cobbled streets, grand villas and churches.

Visit the mysterious hanging coffins and the burial cave of Echo Valley.

Climb up to Banga-an village, a wonderful viewpoint over the stunning Banaue rice terraces.

Enjoy a gentle walk taking in rice terraces and passing along deep canyons and gorges.

Climb up to the crater of the Mount Pinatubo, a volcano known for the violent eruption of 1991.

Trip ends in Manila.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Go online for departure dates

FEB MAR APR MAY NOV DEC

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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Discover Papua New Guinea C OVER

14 £6799 DAYS 11 £5399 DAYS

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TRIP ONLY

TRIP CODE: PNG ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple village house. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD, boat, ferry, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £860

Tribal encounters and remote villages.

BISMARK SEA

Blue lagoon boat cruise

SEPIK RIVER

RABAUL

Village homestay

Mt Hagen 1677m Tribal vilages

TARI

PAPUA NEW GUINEA SOLOMON SEA

“Huli Wigmen”

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PORT MORESBY City tour

350 km

Papua New Guinea offers a wealth of wildlife, beautiful landscapes and fascinating ancient tribal traditions. We experience the unique indigenous culture of this truly intriguing destination, as we visit the tribal highlands and spend a night at a homestay in a remote village along the Sepik River. We discover smouldering volcanoes on the island of East New Britain as well as cruise its shores and enjoy the pristine waters of the South Pacific.

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Join trip in Port Moresby with a short tour of the capital before flying north to Mt Hagan.

Venture into the Waghi Valley to meet the warrior tribe known as the ‘Mudmen’.

Meet local villagers when travelling by boat through the dense jungle of the Sepik River region.

Discover the fascinating customs and rituals of the Karawari people at a village homestay.

After thanking the villagers for their hospitality, continue on to visit a local witch doctor.

Take a scenic flight by small charter plane over rugged landscapes to the Southern Highlands.

Learn the unique beliefs of the Huli Wigmen, stemming from ancestral spirits and sorcery.

Return south to relax in the capital.

Trip ends in Port Moresby.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Fly north to Explore the volcanic dramatic island of East volcanic New Britain landscapes and and drive onto cruise through the old town of the warm Rabaul. waters of the ‘Blue Lagoon’.

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New Zealand Explorer C OVER

£4732 22 DAYS 20 £3435 DAYS

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TRIP ONLY

TRIP CODE: NZL ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 17 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 19 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 15. Optional single rooms are available from £1030

COROMANDEL PENINSULA AUCKLAND

Hahei Beach

TAIRUA

Mount Eden

COROMANDEL PENINSULA

Waihi

ROTORUA

TASMAN SEA

NORTH ISLAND

I had ominously high expectations of a holiday that I had to travel half way across the world to experience. Did it reach those heady heights? Yes, in bucket loads. I was surprised and delighted by the contrasting scenery - hot, sulphurous pools, soaring snow-covered peaks.

NEW ZEALAND

SOUTH ISLAND

Greymouth

Optional Tranz Alpine Railway

Glacier walks

OMARAMA Milford Sound Cruise

Waiotapu

NAPIER

Hawke’s Bay Vineyard 160 km

0 km

Oamaru Moerkai Boulders

DUNEDIN

Albatross Centre 0 km

Optional Tranz Alpine Railway

CHRISTCHURCH

OMARAMA Milford Sound Cruise

Gore

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

Timaru

QUEENSTOWN TE ANAU

Ferry crossing

Whales & dolphins

HOKITIKA

160 km

WELLINGTON

Picton

KAIKOURA

Arthur’s Pass NP

Greymouth

Oamaru Moerkai Boulders

DUNEDIN

Albatross Centre 0 km

160 km

This trip combines the best of New Zealand’s North and South Islands. We explore the dramatic landscapes of glaciers, volcanoes and snow-capped mountains and discover the extraordinary wildlife. Witness the magnificent Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, sample wine in the vineyards of Hawke’s Bay, explore the geothermal landscapes of the Maori heartlands and discover Queenstown, New Zealand’s picturesque adrenalin capital surrounded by the magnificent ‘Remarkables’.

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Drive over the Southern Alps. Optional scenic journey on the Tranz Alpine train.

View the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and explore picturesque Lake Matheson.

Free time for jet-boating, rafting and walks in New Zealand’s adventure capital Queenstown.

Join trip in Auckland. Experience the city and view the ancient volcanic cone of Mount Eden.

Explore the Discover Coromandel bubbling Peninsula. Visit mud pools the ‘Hobbiton’ and spouting movie set. geysers in this Continue to volcanic region. Rotorua. Maori evening banquet.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Wine tasting at Hawke’s Bay Vineyard. Wander the fascinating Art Deco city of Napier.

Guided Cross the Cook tour of the Strait. Travel cosmopolitan to Kaikoura to capital of enjoy optional Wellington, activities including the Te including Papa National whale Museum. watching.

Optional helicopter flight over Mount Cook. Head to Christchurch where the trip ends.

Go online for departure dates

JAN FEB MAR NOV

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Boat trip in Visit the the UNESCO Albatross World Heritage Centre and Fjordland Penguin Beach. National Park Discover at Milford Dunedin, the Sound. ‘Edinburgh of the south’.

NE ZEAL NORTH ISLAND

SOUTH ISLAND

SOUTHFOX GLACIER PACIFICGlacier walks OCEAN Mt Cook

Timaru

QUEENSTOWN

NEW ZEALAND

CHRISTCHURCH

Mt Cook

ROTORUA Lake Taupo

KAIKOURA

Arthur’s Pass NP

FOX GLACIER

Gore

Ferry crossing

SEA

Whales & dolphins

HOKITIKA

TE ANAU

WELLINGTON

Picton

TAIRUA Waihi

NEW ZEALAND TASMAN

NAPIER

Hahei Beach

Mount Eden

Waiotapu

Lake Taupo

Hawke’s Bay Vineyard

Sue Hopkins

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The Americas are a land of natural wonders, intrigue and adventure. Home to the iconic Grand Canyon, Amazon Jungle and the Andes mountain range, the Americas are a travellers’ paradise. With so much choice, it’s hard to know where to start. Explore America’s bustling cities, famous monuments and ever-changing landscapes. Learn about the forgotten history of the Incas or kayak off the white sand beaches of the Caribbean. Discover unique wildlife; spot bears in the forest or visit the Galapagos Islands. Experience our planet’s most magnificent wilderness – the glaciers of Patagonia or trek the famous Inca Trail. The Americas really do have it all.

Insider View “What I love about the Americas is the great diversity. You can explore fascinating historical sites, view spectacular landscapes and search for wildlife. My personal highlights include Torres del Paine National Park, Iguazu Falls and Monument Valley.” Linda Harris, Explore Product Manager, Americas

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Belize

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248

Peru

Bolivia

258

El Salvador

235

Saint Lucia

Brazil

262

Guatemala

225

Suriname

243

Canada

219

Guyana

243

The Galapagos Islands

246

Chile

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Honduras

Colombia

245

Martinique

Costa Rica

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Mexico

Cuba

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15

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DENALI NP

USA

Elelson Visitor Centre

TANGLE LAKES

Mount McKinley 6194m Denali View South Trapper Creek Hike to lodge

ALASKA Glenallen

MCCARTHY

TALKEETNA

Guided Hikes Chitina

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Alyeska Keystone Whittler Canyon Portage Glacier

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Travel with us to the untouched parts of Alaska. We tour its beautiful landscapes and discover unspoilt views of snow-capped mountains, sparkling rivers and emerald-green glacial lakes. We look for grizzly bears and spot moose and caribou as they amble slowly by. Join us on this adventure into the great outdoors.

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Short walk to view the impressive Bryon Glacier. Continue to Seward.

Explore the Kenai Fjords National Park; famous for spectacular glaciers, birdlife and whales.

Take a ferry passing the Columbia Glacier to Valdez. Optional cruise around the fjords.

Discover some of the many glaciers and mountains in Wrangell St Elias National Park on foot.

Free day. Options include a sightseeing flight for spectacular views or rafting.

Head west across open tundra and past glacial lakes to Tangle Lakes.

Hike the park trails in Denali National Park; a great place to try and spot grizzly bears.

Drive to the old mining town of Talkeetna and witness spectacular views of Mount McKinley.

Travel through the mountainous landscapes of Hatcher’s Pass and visit the famous gold mine.

Trip ends in Anchorage.

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R Jiggins

Mount Robson 3954m Wells Gray PP Crook Meadows Helmcken Falls

JASPER NP

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Spahats Creek Walk

VANCOUVER ISLAND

We anticipated stunning scenery, but not the quality of wildlife.

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This trip also operates in reverse. Please see our website for more details.

This trip combines the remarkable scenery of the rugged Rocky Mountains with the beautiful Vancouver Island. We admire unspoilt views of jagged mountain peaks and explore magnificent national parks, glaciers and waterfalls. We also visit the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, known as ‘the jewel of North America’, located by the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by a dramatic mountain landscape. Search for wildlife, including bears, moose and whales and get active with options including canoeing, hiking and horse riding.

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Travel to Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park. Optional Sulphur Mountain cable car.

Spend a full day in Jasper National Park. Explore Maligne Canyon and look out for wildlife.

Drive via Spahats Falls and Mount Robson - the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, to Clearwater.

Discover Wells Gray Provincial Park including Helmcken Falls. Optional canoeing and horse riding.

Journey to the pretty alpine village of Whistler. Optional activities include hiking and cycling.

Take a ferry to Vancouver Island and drive to the beautiful Pacific Rim National Park.

Free day for optional whale watching or sea kayaking.

Spend a day in Victoria, exploring British Columbia’s provincial capital.

Walking tour of the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, where the trip ends.

Visit the worldScenic drive famous Lake along Icefields Louise - one of Parkway to Canada’s most Jasper. Discover photographed Athabasca Falls natural and Columbia features. Icefields.

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Yellowstone NP, wildlife, hot springs & geysers

JACKSON WYOMING

SALT LAKE CITY UTAH 0 km

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This trip follows the path of the Rocky Mountains and encompasses some of the most beautiful national parks in the world including Jasper and Banff in Canada, and Glacier and Yellowstone in the USA. A must do adventure for anyone who loves the great outdoors. From glaciers and rivers, hot springs and waterfalls, we will explore on foot and search for wildlife including bison, bears and elk.

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Drive to Jasper National Park. Walk along Maligne Canyon and visit the pretty Maligne Lake.

Free day; options include a float trip on the Athabasca River, walks or Jasper SkyTram.

Travel along the famous Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise. Optional Athabasca Glacier tour.

Walk around Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Cable car to ski resort for magnificent views.

Explore Banff National Park. Walk in Johnston Canyon.

Today is a free day to discover Banff. Walk on Tunnel Mountain or relax in Banff Upper Hot Springs.

Transfer to Glacier National Park (USA). Explore Many Glacier area with walks around emerald lakes.

Continue to Yellowstone National Park via Bozeman and Great Falls. Explore Mammoth Hot Springs.

Discover Yellowstone including its famous geysers, Yellowstone Canyon and waterfalls.

Travel to Jackson Hole through Grand Teton National Park which we will explore on foot.

Continue to Salt Lake City. Tour the city including the Mormon Temple. Trip ends Salt Lake City.

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TRIP CODE: NE ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard cabin. MEALS: No meals are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. TRANSPORT: Minibus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 12. Optional single rooms are available from £600

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BAXTER STATE PARK Walks & canoeing

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Kennebunkport

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Provincetown Cape Cod

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Nantucket Island Optional visit 500 km

5000and m the cosmopolitan cities of Montreal and Quebec City. Join us as we explore the dramatic coastline between Bar Harbor and Boston, Travelling by road and sea, we follow a rocky granite shore punctuated with4000 coves and sandy beaches. From the serenity of Baxter State m Park to the bustling, scenic island of Martha’s Vineyard, we explore the main highlights of French Canada, the Eastern Seaboard and 3000 m Cape Cod. 30 O

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Visit JacquesCartier Park searching for wildlife including beavers, black bears, deers and moose.

Head to the beautiful Baxter State Park. Explore its forests and unspoilt wilderness.

Walks in Baxter State Park. Optional boat safari to try and spot moose.

Join trip in Montreal.

TROPIC OF CANCER Transfer to Explore Montreal, the Quebec City. world’s second Discover the largest French UNESCO speaking city, World Heritage on a city on foot. walking tour.

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Walk in the idyllic200 setting m of Acadia National 0Park, m through forest trailsbellow and sea level cobblestone beaches. -200 m

Transfer to the mainland and continue along the ‘granite coast’ from Maine to Ogunquit.

Explore the site of the infamous Boston Tea Party and take a walk along the Freedom Trail.

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Enjoy a boat Free day to trip to the discover Cape beautiful island Cod. Option to of Martha’s visit the historic Vineyard. Nantucket Island.

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TRIP CODE: SUS ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 1 dinner is included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver, local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Maxiwagon, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 12. Optional single rooms are available from £930

I loved New Orleans – great music and food! Linda Harris, Product Manager

NASHVILLE Country Music Hall of Fame

Great Smoky Mountains Walking trails

ASHEVILLE

MEMPHIS

Optional Graceland visit

CHARLESTON Boat trip to Fort Sumter

Jackson

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National Military Park

SAVANNAH Walking tour

NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

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This two-week adventure through six of America’s southern states offers a great mix of history, music, culture and food. Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans are well-known highlights, but this trip also includes a Louisiana swamp tour, walks in the Great Smokey Mountains, visits to the historic cities of Savannah and Charleston and a Southern cooking class.

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Join trip in Savannah. Walking tour of this historic city. Optional river cruise.

Wander round Bonaventure Cemetery, one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world.

See the highlights of Charleston. Boat trip to historic Fort Sumter. Southern cooking class.

Visit the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon and a historic plantation before heading to Asheville.

Explore some of Asheville’s famous sites. Optional food or brewery tour.

Walk in the Great Smoky Mountains; enjoy great views of mountains and waterfalls.

In Nashville; visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Guided tour of historical RCA Studio B.

Drive to Memphis. Explore some of its museums including the National Civil Rights Museum.

Experience legendary Graceland, home of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley.

Travel to Clarksdale. Visit Vicksburg National Military Park, site of the Civil War Battle.

Look out for alligators on a swamp tour through Cajun Country. Continue to New Orleans.

Discover ‘the big easy’ including its enchanting French Quarter. Trip ends in New Orleans.

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TRIP CODE: YG ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: No meals are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. TRANSPORT: Maxiwagon. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 13. Optional single rooms are available from £825

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This trip combines the dramatic and diverse landscape of Western USA’s greatest national parks with visits to the bustling cities of San Francisco and Las Vegas. We explore narrow gorges in Zion, discover the wilderness of Yosemite National Park and enjoy breathtaking views from the edge of the Grand Canyon.

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Tour the cosmopolitan city of San Francisco including Chinatown and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Explore Yosemite National Park on foot, taking in its spectacular granite cliffs and waterfalls.

Visit the desert lake at Mono. Cross Death Valley on the way to the bustling city of Las Vegas.

Walks in Zion National Park. Hike to Angels Landing. Optional Zion Narrows riverhike.

Day in Bryce Canyon Ma cken admiring zie its remarkable multi-coloured landscape of ancient rock formations.

View the sunrise from Bryce Canyon before heading to Lake Powell via Horseshoe Bend.

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Discover the iconic and majestic vistas of Monument Valley and explore the Navajo Reservation.

Enjoy stunning views of the Grand Canyon, one of the planet’s greatest natural wonders.

Free day at the Grand Canyon. Optional helicopter ride for a unique perspective.

Drive via the famous Route 66 to Las Vegas.

Trip ends in Las Vegas.

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TRIP CODE: YSH ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 16 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: No meals are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. TRANSPORT: Maxiwagon. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 13. Optional single rooms are available from £1100

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Zion NP Deep gorges hikes

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Canyonlands NP

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Lake Powell

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Visit the city’s highlights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf.

Walk the trails of Yosemite National Park; uncover hidden waterfalls and spectacular panoramas.

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From the vast landscapes of Yosemite, Zion and Arches National Parks to the vibrant cities of San Francisco and Las Vegas, we experience many of America’s natural and cultural highlights. We marvel at the Grand Canyon and discover the spectacular rock formations of Bryce Canyon. We also visit the iconic Monument Valley and the archaeological site of Mesa Verde.

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Free day. Optional whitewater rafting or mountain biking.

Visit Mesa Verde, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore the ancient cliff dwellings.

Admire the dramatic landscape of Monument Valley. Hike to Horseshoe Bend.

Marvel at the awe-inspiring views of the Grand Canyon. Optional helicopter flight.

Drive along the historic Route 66 to Las Vegas where the trip ends.

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GEORGIA

ARKANSAS

ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple lodge. MEALS: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner are included. T E X A S STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £225

MISSISSIPPI ALABAMA

LOUISIANA FLORIDA

This tour really was one of many contrasts. Joan Goulstone

EXTEND YOUR TRIP With 6 days in the Yucatan Peninsula. Trip code: MXY

FESTIVAL DEPARTURES

Day of the Dead Festival This festival is celebrated throughout Mexico and focuses on family and friends praying for and remembering loved ones who have died. We will witness the celebrations from Oaxaca. Please refer to our website for more details.

‘Place of the Gods’ Teotihuacan

GULF OF MEXICO

MEXICO CITY

Anthropology Museum

MEXICO OAXACA

Maya Ruins

Mitec & Zapotec site Mitia

PALENQUE

PACIFIC OCEAN

175 km

Belize City

Tikal

CHIAPA SAN DE CORZO CRISTOBAL 0 km

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Sumidero Canyon

Monte Alban

Bonampak & Yaxchilan

FLORES

BELIZE

GUATEMALA

EL SALVADOR This exciting journey explores the mysterious land of the Aztecs, Zapotecs and the Maya. From the valleys of Oaxaca in Mexico to the jungles of Guatemala, we tour colonial cities and discover ancient sites. We visit the impressive Maya sites of Tikal and Palenque, as well as lesser known sites such as Monte Alban, Bonampak and Yaxchilan, and the pyramids at Teotihuacan. We also take a boat trip through the impressive Sumidero Canyon and explore the highland town of San Cristobal.

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Visit the most important Zapotec site; Mitla. Explore the provincial capital Chiapa del Corzo.

Take a boat trip through the vast Sumidero Canyon. Continue to the highland town of San Cristobal.

Discover San Juan Chamula on foot. Free time to visit the House of the Jaguar.

Travel to the important Maya site of Palenque via the Agua Azul Waterfall.

Explore Bonampak and Yaxchilan ruins. Discover the well-preserved Maya murals and carvings.

Continue by bus and boat to Guatemala. Optional boat trip on Lake Peten Itza.

Discover the magnificent Maya metropolis of Tikal with its 20-storey high temples and pyramids.

Cross the Belize border to San Ignacio on the Macal River. Options include canoeing on the river.

Drive to Belize City Airport where the trip ends.

Join trip in Mexico City.

See the city’s Walking highlights tour of the including the colonial city of Anthropological Oaxaca, and Museum. Visit the ancient the Teotihuacan complex of Pyramids. pyramids of Monte Alban.

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TRIP CODE: DMX ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights premium hotel, 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £435

MERIDA Uxmal

GULF OF MEXICO

Izamal Valladolid

Cancun

CHICHEN ITZA

CAMPECHE Champoton

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PALENQUE Bonampak

Tikal

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We cross Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico on this trip visiting some of the most spectacular ancient Maya sites. Staying in comfortable hotels, we discover hidden Maya cities deep in the rainforest and visit beautiful colonial towns. Explore the Maya-Toltec site of Chichen Itza, the enchanting site of Palenque set in dense jungle, the Maya metropolis of Tikal, and Copan, one of the best preserved sites in Central America.

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Guided tour of Antigua, one of the most picturesque colonial cities in Central America.

Free day; options include visiting Lake Atitlan or Pacaya Volcano.

Discover Copan (Honduras), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Back in Guatemala, visit the Maya monuments at Quirigua. Continue north via Rio Dulce to Flores.

Explore the ancient temples, palaces and pyramids of Tikal - an impressive Maya site.

Cross into Mexico by boat and visit the murals at Bonampak. Continue to Palenque.

In Palenque; discover the labyrinth of ancient buildings and the tomb of the high priest Pakal.

Drive along the coast to the historic port of Campeche, stopping for a swim at Champoton.

Visit Uxmal including the Governors Palace. Explore the colonial centre of Merida.

Spend a full day at the temples of Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Trip ends at Cancun Airport.

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Outstandingly good! Rosalind Johnson

MEXICO

Lamanai Boat to Maya Jungle site

Altun Ha Temple of the Sun

CAYE CAULKER

CROOKED TREE

Coral reef

Wildlife Sanctuary

Community Baboon Sanctuary

Maya city

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Xuantunich ‘El Castillo’

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Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve Forest trails

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PLACENCIA

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Exotic wildlife, jungle rivers, tropical forests and lost civilisations are all part of this trip to Belize. We visit lesser-known Maya sites such as Xunantunich and explore the impressive temples of Tikal (Guatemala). There are opportunities to see howler monkeys, toucans, parrots, crocodiles and much more in their natural environment. We end the trip on the island of Caye Caulker, unwinding and snorkelling in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.

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Visit the ancient site of Altun Ha. Drive to Crooked Tree Bird Sanctuary for a sunset cruise.

Boat journey along the river to explore the remote Maya ruins of Lamanai, birdwatching en route.

Continue to Placencia. Free time to snorkel or relax on the beach.

Cockscomb Jaguar Sanctuary before heading to San Ignacio.

Explore the Xunantunich archaeological site including the massive pyramid of ‘El Castillo’.

Option to experience the Maya site of Cahal Pech or canoe on the Macal River.

Discover the great Maya temples of Tikal (Guatemala) that pierce the jungle canopy.

Optional tour to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, one of the best snorkelling spots in Belize.

Travel by boat to Belize City where the trip ends.

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Return to Relax on Belize City. the island or Take a short snorkel in the boat ride to the warm waters of idyllic island of the Caribbean Caye Caulker. Sea.

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TRIP CODE: GM ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights premium hotel, 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel, 1 night standard lodge. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £320

FESTIVAL DEPARTURES Lake Petén Itzá

Festivals in Guatemala

TIKAL

Maya city

Certain departures have been planned to coincide with festivals. On the Semana Santa departure, we can witness some of the impressive processions that mark Holy Week in the colonial city of Antigua. The San Tomas Festival is a mix of Christian and native traditions centred around the famous church in Chichicastenango. The Day of the Dead Festival departure includes the All Saints Day celebrations and a Giant Kite Festival. Please refer to our website for more details.

FLORES Sayaxche

BELIZE

Ceibal

MEXICO

GUATEMALA Remote hilltown

NEBAJ

Lake Atitlan

COBAN Biotopo Quetzal Reserve

Quirigua

COPAN

GUATEMALA ANTIGUA CITY

Maya ruins

Colonial town

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SANTA CATARINA

Chichica -stenango Market

LIVINGSTON Rio Dulce

100 km

On this two-week trip through Guatemala, we explore the ancient lands of the Maya. We visit the early Maya cities of Tikal, Quirigua and Copan (in Honduras). We also travel through the Guatemalan highlands, spending time in traditional mountain villages and visiting local markets. On the way, we explore beautiful Lake Atitlan by boat and search for the elusive quetzal in Biotopo Nature Reserve.

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Discover the archaeological site of Copan. Optional Macaw Mountain trip.

Travel to Livingston via the Quirigua Maya site. Free time to explore this laidback coastal town.

Boat trip along the cliff-lined waters of the Rio Dulce. Head north to Tikal.

Discover the vast Maya temples that pierce the jungle canopy at Tikal. Continue to Flores.

Visit the impressive Candelaria Caves before driving to Coban.

Search for quetzals in the Biotopo Reserve. Stop at the Iximche ruins en route to Santa Catarina.

At Lake Atitlan. Take a boat trip to local villages. Optional Panajachel visit.

Visit the colourful local market of Solola. Spend two nights in the small hill village of Nebaj.

Walk through the beautiful Cuchumatanes Mountains to the historic village of Acul.

Experience the bustle and colour of Chichicastenango Market. Continue to Antigua.

Explore this elegant colonial city on a walking tour. Trip ends in Antigua.

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Insider View “What really sticks in my mind every time I have been to Guatemala is the warmth and friendliness of the people. Guatemala is a land of contrasts from the cool mountainous landscapes down to the hot tropical plains, from bustling cities to relaxed colonial towns and from dense jungle to chilled Caribbean settlements. It is really hard to pick out one particular highlight in Guatemala, however if forced to choose it will always be the remnants of the Mayas, especially the amazing metropolis of Tikal.� Yvonne Ramsay, Explore Operations Manager

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TRIP CODE: NIC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 3 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple homestay. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £270

HONDURAS

Nicaragua is full of surprises! Yvonne Ramsay

SAN RAMON Homestay

LEON

Colonial capital Lake Managua

NICARAGUA

MANAGUA

Masaya

GRANADA Lake Nicaragua

PACIFIC OCEAN SAN JUAN DEL SUR

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Maderas 1394m

CARIBBEAN SEA

MOYOGALPA Ometepe Island Volcanoes

60 km

COSTA RICA

Explore Nicaragua, the ‘land of lakes and volcanoes’ on this two-week trip. We visit the colonial towns of Leon and Granada, the volcanic island of Ometepe and the Selva Negra Cloudforest. A particular highlight is staying with a local family and learning about coffee production. Your journey ends with a relaxing stay at San Juan del Sur on the Pacific Coast.

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Explore the capital before heading to the colonial city of Leon.

Optional hike up Cerro Negro Volcano or Isla Juan Venado tour.

Spend the night with a local family. Visit a coffee farm and participate in the process of coffee making.

Walk in the Selva Negra Cloudforest searching for monkeys and birds.

Ferry to Ometepe Island. Walk in the Charco Verde Nature Reserve.

Free day. Optional walks to the San Ramon Waterfall or Concepcion Volcano.

Travel to San Juan del Sur on the Pacific Coast with time to relax.

Optional surfing lesson or canopy tour. Witness mass arrival of turtles (AugustJanuary).

Transfer to Managua where the trip ends.

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Tour the elegant Visit the city of Granada. Masaya Optional boat Volcano. trip through Las Wander around Isletas on Lake Masaya’s Nicaragua. famous artisan market.

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Highlights of Costa Rica

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TRIP CODE: BCC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £285

Lake Nicaragua

NICARAGUA

A great insight into Costa Rica. Lorraine Williamson LA FORTUNA Arenal 1633m

CARIBBEAN SEA

MONTEVERDE Cloudforest

COSTA RICA

Poás 2707m

SAN JOSÉ PACIFIC OCEAN

MANUEL ANTONIO NP Sandy beaches

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This trip showcases the main highlights of Costa Rica in just nine days including its diverse wildlife, imposing volcanoes and beautiful coastline. View the impressive Poas and Arenal Volcanoes, search for wildlife in the Monteverde Cloudforest including the mysterious quetzal and relax on the golden beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Visit the volcanic crater of Poas en route to Arenal. View the classic volcanic cone of Arenal.

Explore the jungle trails beneath the volcano. Optional whitewater rafting or thermal baths.

Head to Monteverde. Optional night walk or canopy tour.

Enjoy the diverse wildlife in Monteverde Cloudforest and look for the elusive quetzal.

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Drive south Walk the trails in Spend a to Manuel Manuel Antonio relaxing searching for morning by the Antonio National Park. wildlife and coast before unwind on its returning to the stunning whitecapital. sand beaches.

Trip code: BCCB

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Trip ends in San Jose.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP With 2 days on the beach.

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Quetzals of the Cloudforest

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TRIP CODE: CC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £360

Lake Nicaragua

NICARAGUA

LA FORTUNA

TORTUGUERO NP

CARIBBEAN SEA

Costa Rica is outstandingly beautiful and teeming with wildlife - we really loved this holiday.

Sea turtles

Sarapiqui Arenal 1633m

MONTEVERDE Cloudforest

Irazu 3432m Guayabo

Poás 2707m

TURRIALBA

SAN JOSÉ

Optional rafting

Cartago

COSTA RICA MANUEL ANTONIO NP

Jane Barrett

Sandy beaches

PACIFIC OCEAN 0 km

60 km

On this journey through Costa Rica, we discover rich nature and unique wildlife as we explore the towering volcanoes of Arenal and Poas, the lush rainforests of Monteverde and Tortuguero and the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio. The birdlife is a particular highlight and we hope to spot the rare and beautiful quetzal, as well as colourful toucans, hummingbirds, kingfishers and parrots.

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Explore Costa Rica’s capital city and visit the volcanic crater of Poas.

Drive to Turrialba. Visit the excavated Indian ceremonial centre at Guayabo.

Optional whitewater rafting or Agricultural Research Station visit.

Travel by bus and boat to Tortuguero National Park, often described as a ‘mini Amazon.’

Cruise the jungle waterways searching for wildlife including monkeys and toucans.

Walk the jungle trails beneath the Arenal Volcano. Optional thermal baths.

Spend time in the Monteverde Cloudforest looking for the famous quetzal.

Free day in Monteverde. Optional night walk or canopy tour.

Explore Manuel Antonio National Park. Look for wildlife and unwind on its beaches.

Enjoy a relaxing morning by the coast before returning to the capital.

Trip ends in San Jose.

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Insider View “I love nature and wildlife and Costa Rica hands you all this on a plate. A highlight was trekking through the jungle with new friends, taking in the jungle sounds, whilst trying to spot animals which could be hiding in the trees, flying through the sky or even slithering across your path. We saw monkeys, colourful frogs, a tarantula and of course the wonderful slow moving sloth. Also, the macaws are hard to miss as they are very noisy! My favourite sighting was the elusive quetzal. They are beautiful colourful birds and we were lucky enough to spot one early one morning. If you also want a bit of adventure, there are hanging bridges, zip lining and whitewater rafting.� April Harrington, Explore Finance Executive

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Costa Rica: Coast to Coast

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TRIP CODE: DCC ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights premium hotel, 2 nights premium lodge. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £715

Lake Nicaragua NICARAGUA

LA FORTUNA

TORTUGUERO NP

CARIBBEAN SEA Sea turtles

Sarapiqui Arenal 1633m

MONTEVERDE RESERVE

Cloudforest Poás 2707m

Irazu 3432m Guayabo

TURRIALBA

SAN JOSÉ

Rafting

Cartago

COSTA RICA MANUEL ANTONIO NP Sandy beaches

PACIFIC OCEAN 0 km

60 km

Based in comfortable, handpicked hotels, we explore Costa Rica’s diverse landscapes: from unspoilt tropical rainforest to volcanic craters and golden sandy beaches. We search for the rare quetzal in the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve and discover howler monkeys, toucans and parrots as we cruise along jungle waterways in Tortuguero. We also visit the capital city of San Jose, see the active volcano of Poas and explore the beaches and forests of Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Explore Costa Rica’s capital city and visit the volcanic crater of Poas.

Visit the ruins of the 19th century colonial capital, Cartago before driving to Turrialba.

Try your hand at whitewater rafting or visit the Agricultural Research Station.

Travel by boat along the jungle waterways of Tortugero National Park searching for wildlife.

Walk the jungle trails beneath the Arenal Volcano. Optional thermal baths.

Drive to Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve. Optional night walk.

Nature walk in Monteverde Cloudforest looking for the mysterious quetzal.

Free day in Monteverde. Optional butterfly garden or Frog Pond visit.

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In Manuel Free morning Antonio to relax by the National Park, coast before look for wildlife returning to the and unwind on capital. its beaches.

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17

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TRIP CODE: CAQ ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 4 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple hotel, 1 night standard camping. MEALS: 5 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £465

GUATEMALA

MEXICO

Chichicastenango Market

PANAJACHEL

Lake Atitlan Boat trip

GUATEMALA CITY COPAN

Maya Ruins

HONDURAS

ANTIGUA

City tour

NICARAGUA

SUCHITOTO

EL SALVADOR LEON PACIFIC OCEAN

Managua Optional boat trips

Volcan Masaya NP

GRANADA

Pacific beaches

Lake Nicaragua Forest walks & bird watching

SAN JUAN DEL SUR

Rincon de la Vieja 1916m Arenal 1633m

CANO NEGRO

La Fortuna

COSTA RICA

0 km

SARAPIQUI SAN JOSE

180 km

Certain departures operate in reverse. Please refer to our website for more details.

On this two-week adventure through Central America, we discover colonial towns in Nicaragua and El Salvador, explore bustling local markets in the Guatemalan highlands and search for wildlife in Costa Rica. Cruising along Lake Atitlan, we visit local villages - home to the Tzutujil Maya people. We also explore the ancient site of Copan in Honduras and uncover the rich history of the Maya kingdom.

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Join trip in Antigua, Guatemala.

Discover the charming city of Antigua, including some of its spectacular colonial churches.

Cruise on Lake Atitlan to the village of Santiago Atitlan - home to the Tzutujil Maya people.

Wander round the bustling Chichicastenango Market. Overnight in Guatemala City.

Cross the border into Honduras and visit the magnificent Maya site of Copan.

Head to Suchitoto, El Salvador. Explore this picturesque town on the shores of Lake Suchitlan.

Journey to the colonial city of Leon (Nicaragua). Optional Cerro Negro Volcano hike.

Drive to Granada via the Masaya National Park and Volcano. Tour of Granada.

Continue to San Juan del Sur. Unwind on Nicaragua’s surfing beaches on the Pacific Coast.

Travel to the wetlands of Cano Negro (Costa Rica). Search for wildlife (by boat, in season).

In Sarapiqui; option to hike through the rainforest or whitewater raft through jungle scenery.

Travel to the Costa Rican capital, San Jose where the trip ends.

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TRIP CODE: CAE ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 21 nights standard hotel, 3 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £730

Tikal (optional)

MEXICO

ISLA DE ROATAN

Chichicastenango Market or Panajachel (optional)

La Ceiba

ANTIGUA

GUATEMALA

HONDURAS

COPAN

Maya Ruins Tegucigalpa

EL SALVADOR

PACIFIC OCEAN

NIGARAGUA

LEON

GRANADA

Managua Sao Jorge

Lake Nicaragua

OMETEPE

RINCON DE LA VIEJA MONTEVERDE NP

CARIBBEAN SEA ARENAL SARAPIQUI

COSTA RICA

Cahuita Almirante

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PANAMA CITY

BOQUETE

230 km

Canal tour

From verdant rainforests to smouldering volcanoes and long sandy beaches, Central America is one of the world’s most magnificent regions. On this epic 25-day adventure we discover the highlights of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. Explore the colonial cities of Leon, Granada and Antigua. Relax on white-sand beaches in the Bocas del Toro archipelago and on Roatan Island. Visit the fascinating site of Copan and discover nature in Monteverde Cloudfoest and Rincon de la Vieja. 0 km

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Head to the highlands to the town of Boquete. Free time for walks or bird watching.

Relax on the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Optional tours include a boat trip around the islands.

Continue to Costa Rica. Explore Sarapiqui, travel to Arenal and view its impressive volcano.

Take a guided walk in the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve and search for the elusive quetzal.

Explore the verdant forests, waterfalls and volcanoes of Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

Cross the border into Nicaragua and catch a ferry to the volcanic island of Ometepe.

Discover the colonial cities of Granada and Leon. Visit Masaya Market and Volcano.

Enter Honduras. Fly to the Bay Islands. Relax on the beaches of Roatan. Optional diving.

Return to the mainland. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Copan.

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Arrive in Optional trips to Guatemala Lake Atitlan or and drive to Chicicastenango the colonial Market. city of Antigua. Trip ends in Walking tour of Antigua. the city.

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TRIP CODE: CN ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple homestay. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £100

A great 7 days exploring the best bits of Cuba. Miss Claire Evans

GULF OF MEXICO

HAVANA

City tour by bus and on foot

CUBA

Vinales Walks in ‘mogotes’ limestone landscape

Santa Clara Che Guevara’s Mausoleum

Cueva de los Peces Swimming

Bay of Pigs

Topes de Collantes Optional visit Playa Ancon (optional tour)

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On this exciting introduction to Cuba, we explore the captivating capital of Havana and wander through the twisting alleyways of colonial Trinidad, where we stay in privately run casas particulares. Along the way, we absorb the country’s lively culture by learning salsa dancing and how to make Cuban cocktails. We also discover Cuba’s spectacular natural beauty, taking in its pristine beaches, unspoilt forests and the dramatic landscape of Vinales. Learning about Cuba’s fascinating history, we visit Che Guevara’s Mausoleum and the infamous Bay of Pigs.

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Explore the captivating Cuban capital. Cocktail lesson to learn to make some Cuban specialities.

Full day tour of Vinales. Discover its dramatic landscape of limestone formations.

Visit the museum dedicated to the Bay of Pigs, the site of the failed 1961 US invasion.

Wander the winding streets of the colonial town of Trinidad. Included salsa lesson.

Walk in the hills of Topes de Collantes or take a boat to the deserted island of Cayo Blanco.

Visit Che Guevara’s final resting place in Santa Clara. Return to Havana.

Trip ends in Havana.

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £1845 pp flight inclusive.

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TRIP CODE: CL ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple camping, 2 nights simple homestay. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £160

Stay in locally-owned and run private homestays in the heart of colonial Trinidad. HAVANA Cayo Levisa White beaches

City tour

VINALES

Caves, walks & cycling

CUBA

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Visit Che’s Mausoleum

Soroa

SANTA CLARA

Cueva de los Peces

Hikes in the Guamuhaya Massif Bay of Pigs

TRINIDAD TOPES DE Colonial COLLANTES architecture

CAMAGUEY

Lively colonial town

CARIBBEAN SEA Santo Domingo Comandancia de la Plata Castro’s & Che’s refuge 0 km

SANTIAGO DE CUBA

135 km

City tour

This remarkable journey through Cuba explores the island’s revolutionary history and its modern, vibrant Caribbean culture. Travelling across the breadth of the country, we will discover colonial highlights and pass through glorious countryside, rich with exotic birds and flowers. The sea is never far away, with spectacular coastlines and tropical islands to enjoy. We also stay with the locals in privately run casas particulares in Trinidad.

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Visit the museum dedicated to the Bay of Pigs, the site of the failed 1961 US invasion.

Wander through the narrow streets and twisting alleyways of the colonial town of Trinidad.

Walk in Topes de Collantes National Park. Swim in freshwater pools and camp out in haciendas.

Travel to Camaguey via the ‘Valley of the Sugar Mills’ and Sancti Spiritus.

Free time to explore Camaguey before driving to the picturesque Sierra Maestra Mountains.

Trek through the jungle to the site of Castro’s rebel headquarters, Comandancia de la Plata.

Guided tour of Santiago de Cuba including the Moncada Barracks and the Plaza de Revolucion.

Drive to Santa Clara. Visit Che Guevara’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Cuba’s hero.

Walk through the Vinales countryside and admire the spectacular landscape of ‘mogotes’.

Ferry to the tropical island of Cayo Levisa. Snorkel or relax on its white sand beaches.

Return to Havana where the trip ends.

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Insider View “I loved the variety on this trip. Wander around the squares of colonial cities, hike through forests, and immerse yourself in the island’s fascinating history. Music is everywhere and I recommend the salsa lesson in Trinidad. I still came away with two left feet but had a better understanding of where my feet should be! My highlights were camping in Topes de Collantes, taking a classic car ride around Havana and hiking to see Fidel Castro’s hideout - Comandancia de la Plata. Don’t be put off by the concept of the two nights spent camping – the haciendas we use have hot showers and flushing toilets. They also serve amazing food and both have a bar. I definitely recommend the Jincilla cocktail!” Jayne Smith, Explore Adventure Travel Consultant

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TRIP CODE: DCL ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights premium hotel, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £425

Cuba is fascinating, I fell in love with the island on the very first day. Lauren Dunford

GULF OF MEXICO

HAVANA

ATLANTIC OCEAN

City tour

CUBA

Las Terrazas

Santa Clara

Vinales Walk in mogotes landscape

Bay of Pigs Cienfuegos

TRINIDAD

CAYO ENSENACHOS

Coral reefs

SANCTI SPIRITUS

Camaguey

CARIBBEAN SEA

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Santo Domingo Walk to ‘Comandancia de la Plata 0 km

SANTIAGO City tour

135 km

Based in comfortable hotels, we explore this fascinating Caribbean island. We tour the capital, Havana, and travel to the spectacular landscape of ‘mogotes’ in Vinales. We discover Fidel Castro’s revolutionary headquarters, deep in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, visit the infamous Bay of Pigs and explore attractive colonial towns including Trinidad. We end with a couple of days relaxation on the sandy beaches of Cayo Ensenachos.

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Drive to Bayamo, via the ‘Valley of the Sugar Mills’ and the colonial town of Camaguey.

Trek through the jungle to see Castro’s revolutionary headquarters Comandancia de la Plata.

Tour of the historically important city of Santiago. Optional visit to El Morro Fort.

Drive back west through the heart of the island to the colonial town of Sancti Spiritus.

Travel to the sandy beaches of Cayo Ensenachos. Spend three nights in this tropical paradise.

Return to the capital via Santa Clara to view Che Guevara’s memorial and mausoleum.

Visit Las Terrazas and search for wildlife including various species of birds, reptiles and frogs.

Trip ends in Havana.

Join trip in Havana. Tour the highlights including the Capitolio and the Plaza de la Revolucion.

Full day trip to Visit the Explore the the picturesque commemorative winding streets Vinales museum to the of colonial countryside; Bay of Pigs at Trinidad. witness its Playa Giron. Opportunity tobacco Continue to to relax on the and coffee Trinidad. beach. plantations.

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Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle M O D ER

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TRIP CODE: CSC ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple homestay. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle guide, driver(s). BIKE: 24 gear Conor Avenue hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £95

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Experience cycling on quiet roads through the verdant countryside and along the stunning coastlines of Cuba. En route we explore the colonial towns of Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus, Remedios and Trinidad - where we experience Cuban hospitality in casas particulares. We also visit the historic Bay of Pigs, the monument to Che Guavara in Santa Clara and the vibrant capital Havana.

Cuba Highlights on Foot

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TRIP CODE: SCU ACCOMMODATION: Simple TREK PACE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights simple homestay, 2 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TREKKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 1.5 to 4 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, truck. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £90 MONTHS OF TRAVEL

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On this walking trip in western Cuba we experience local hospitality while staying in family-run guesthouses, and hike through some of Cuba’s best natural reserves. We also discover the glamorous past of Old Havana, and the lively musical nightlife of Trinidad. As we travel we learn about modern day Cuba and its complex past, culminating in a visit to the mausoleum of the national hero Che Guevara.

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£2479 £1839

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TRIP CODE: WI ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry, flight, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18.

A good balance of adventure and relaxation. Stunning scenery on all three islands - each with their own identity and beauty. Kate Smith

MARTINIQUE

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MON REPOS Atlantic beaches

RODNEY BAY

Optional Saint-Pierre Volcanic ruins

Gimie 950m

Hewanorra

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Visit Pitons

This unique trip is a fantastic introduction to three very different Caribbean islands, boasting a great combination of walking, beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery. Explore the volcanic islands of Saint Lucia, Dominica and Martinique including their sandy beaches, verdant rainforests and rugged mountains. We will hike through forests, discover waterfalls, stay in remote villages and stroll through local markets. Along the way we also have the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.

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Walk the Des Cartiers Rainforest Nature Trail spotting some of the 30 bird species found here.

Discover the old British Fort on Pigeon Island. Continue to Rodney Bay.

Fly to Dominica and drive to the small mountain village of Laudat.

Optional walks in Morne Trois Pitons National Park including the Boiling Lake.

Walk to Middleham Falls then travel to the island’s capital, Roseau. Optional snorkelling.

Ferry to Fort de France (Martinique); admire the French architecture and visit local markets.

Tour the seaside town of Sainte-Anne and enjoy walks along the beach.

Free day; optional visit to the Saint-Pierre ruins or snorkelling in Anse Mitan.

Return to Saint Lucia and drive to Soufriere. Explore the Morne Coubaril Estate.

Today is free to bathe in volcanic sulphur springs and unwind on pristine beaches.

Trip ends in Soufriere, Saint Lucia.

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Guyana and Suriname Explorer

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TRIP CODE: GE ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 4 nights simple guesthouse, 2 nights simple lodge. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s), rangers(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £330

GEORGETOWN City tour

ATLANTIC OCEAN Airport

PARAMARIBO

GUYANA PAKARARAIMA MOUNTAINS Kaiteur Falls Optional excursion

SURINAME IWOKRAMA WALKWAY

ANAULA NATURE RESERVE

Canopy birdspotting

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Atjoni

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Travel with us to Guyana and Suriname as we search for wildlife and discover more about the culture of these two intriguing countries located on the Guiana Shield. From tree-top canopies to jungle walkways, mountain summits and dense virgin rainforest, we will search for wildlife including many varieties of birds, giant river otters and monkeys. We will also visit the capital cities of Georgetown and Paramaribo and discover some of Suriname’s colonial past.

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Drive to Atjoni. Boat journey along the Suriname River to spend three nights at a nature resort.

Search for caiman at night, visit local villages and nature walks with indigenous guides.

Explore Paramaribo including some former plantations and learn about Suriname’s colonial past.

Head to Georgetown (Guyana), stopping en route at the Mangrove Heritage Trail.

Option to visit the spectacular Kaieteur Falls, the largest single drop waterfall in the world.

Travel to the Iwokrama Rainforest, one of the last untouched tropical forests in the world.

Search for bird and butterfly species from walkways set high in the forest canopy.

Continue to the Amerindian village of Surama. Nature walk to look for wildlife.

Trek to the summit of Surama Mountain for breathtaking views over the rainforest canopy.

Paddle along the Burro Burro River in dugout canoes, fishing and searching for wildlife.

Transfer back to Georgetown where the trip ends.

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FEB MAR SEP OCT

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TRIP CODE: AF ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple camping, 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £185

Venezuela is stunningly beautiful, every day was an adventure.

RMD

COLONIA CARACAS TOVAR

BARINAS

Explore delta by canoe

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VENEZUELA

CIUDAD BOLIVAR

CANAFISTOLA Ranch visit, wildlife viewing

ORINOCO DELTA PUERTO ORDAZ

Canaima 0 km

Angel Falls 975m drop

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4-day canoe trip

KAVAC

Experience the diversity of little-known Venezuela as we travel to some of the most remote regions of the country. Visit native Indians in the Orinoco Delta and witness their culture as well as the natural surroundings of mangrove creeks. Spend four days travelling by motorised canoe to the spectacular Angel Falls and discover the wildlife of Los Llanos Wetlands including alligators, anacondas and giant anteaters.

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Fly to Maturin. Drive to San Jose de Buja then take a boat to the Orinoco Delta.

Stay at a jungle camp in the Orinoco Delta and visit native Warao Indians.

Travel inland to Ciudad Bolivar and fly to Kavac in Canaima National Park.

Four-day journey travelling by motorised dugout canoe to the base of Angel Falls.

Fly over Angel Falls (dry season) or trek to the base of the falls (wet season).

Continue to Canaima. Optional excursion to Salto el Sapo Waterfall. Fly to Caracas.

Drive to Canafistola, wildlife viewing en route.

Stay on a cattle ranch in the wetlands of Los Llanos, the largest wilderness area in Venezuela.

Search for alligators, anacondas, armadillos, capybaras and giant anteaters on foot and by boat.

Travel to the farming village of Colonia Tovar, nestled in the cloudforest.

Trip ends at Caracas Airport.

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15 £2599 DAYS 14 £1999 DAYS

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TRIP CODE: BCO ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £665

Volcano Del Totumo (optional)

CARTAGENA

Colonial gem Isla del Encanto Optional boat trip

CARIBBEAN SEA

Really well thought out trip that showed the contrasts of this wonderful country in the limited time available.

PANAMA

P Smith

COLOMBIA VILLA DE LEYVA

‘The Coffee Region’

I go on holiday with an open mind but the expectations I did have were exceeded by the beauty of Colombia.

ARMENIA

Rosalind Bissell

Salt Cathedral

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Rich history and culture combine with outstanding natural beauty to make Colombia one of the most exciting destinations in South America. Join us as we discover the colonial cities of Cartagena, Bogota and Popayan, visit local coffee farms and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Villa de Leyva, nestled in the Andean foothills.

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Bogota city tour including the Gold Museum. Take a cable car to the summit of Mount Monserrate.

Marvel at the underground Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira en route to Villa de Leyva.

Wander around the charming town of Villa de Leyva. Visit the geological site of El Fossil.

Explore ‘the coffee region’, full day trip to the Cocora Valley and Acaime Reserve.

Visit a local coffee farm and learn all about the coffee making process.

Travel to Popayan, also known as the ‘cuidad blanca’ stopping at Buga en route.

Discover the colonial architecture of Popayan. Optional trip to the pretty Purace National Park.

Fly to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Horse-drawn carriage tour of Cartagena. Optional boat trip to the Rosario Islands.

Free day; options include El Totumo mud volcano trip. Fly to Bogota.

Trip ends in Bogota.

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JAN FEB JUL AUG OCT NOV DEC

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Galapagos ISLANDS

The Galapagos Islands have been called the greatest wildlife show on earth. Made famous by Charles Darwin, the Galapagos Islands are a protected heritage site 1000km off the coast of mainland Ecuador. The 18 volcanic islands and 40 islets host an abundance of wildlife and natural wonders not found anywhere else in the world. No amount of hype can prepare you for such a close encounter with nature. Here, you can snorkel with penguins and sea lions, watch 200kg tortoises lumbering through giant cactus forests and enjoy the courtship display of the blue-footed booby and frigatebird, all in startling close-up.

NORTHERN ISLAND

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (ECUADOR)

GENOVESA

Western Islands Isabela and Fernandina CENTRAL ISLANDS

SANTIAGO

BALTRA

FERNANDINA

RABIDA

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To/From Quito EASTERN ISLAND

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Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos, formed by six volcanoes, making it one of the world’s most volcanically active places. Fernandina is the youngest of the islands. Hike to the top of Sierra Negra, the most recently active volcano in the Galapagos Islands View the flightless cormorant, only found in the western islands and spot whales and dolphins at Tagus Cove

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Insider View “Before I went to the Galapagos, I made a list of all the animals I hoped to see during my visit and I couldn’t believe it at the end when I was able to tick them all off! As well as the quantity of wildlife, what really surprised me was how unbothered all the animals were by our presence. It was wonderful and something you can experience in very few places in the world. My stand out highlight was snorkelling with sea turtles; they are amazing animals and very graceful. The Galapagos is a truly remarkable place; there is nowhere else like it on Earth and I really think it has to be visited to be believed. If you have been wondering about going, I would recommend you do; you won’t regret it!” Linda Harris, Explore Product Manager, Americas

Southern Islands Floreana and Espanola The Southern Islands are renowned for their excellent snorkelling sites. Espanola is the nesting site of nearly all the world’s waved albatross population. Discover flamingos at Punta Cormorant and see the waved albatross, the largest bird in the Galapagos Islands View large colonies of the comical looking blue-footed boobies on Espanola

Central Islands Santa Cruz and Central Islands The Central Islands have so much to offer. Walk through giant cactus forests on Santa Fe, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz and relax on white sand beaches. Encounter wild giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz Snorkel at Chinese Hat with Galapagos penguins, rays, turtles and sea lions

Northern Island Genovesa

San Cristobal

Genovesa has developed a reputation as ‘the bird island’ because of the numerous and varied bird species that nest there. It is one of the only places to see red-footed boobies en masse.

San Cristobal is one of the oldest of the islands geologically. One of the main highlights is Kicker Rock which is one of the most famous sites in the Galapagos Islands.

Hike the trail to El Barranco for excellent views, passing large colonies of seabirds along the way Look for hammerhead sharks which are common in Darwin Bay

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Eastern Island

Visit Isla Lobos, named after the large sea lion population that lives here Discover Kicker Rock, rising hundreds of feet above the ocean, inhabited by large numbers of seabirds

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Classic Galapagos - Xavier III

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TRIP CODE: GX7A ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard boat cabin, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners are included. STAFF: Naturalist(s), boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Boat, bus, flight, Zodiac. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. BOAT HIGHLIGHTS: 3 Private bathrooms and air-conditioning 3 Sundeck to enjoy the views Optional single rooms are available from £1400 MONTHS OF TRAVEL

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Remote, spectacular and utterly unique, the Galapagos Islands are a once-in-a-lifetime destination for anyone interested in the natural world. Join us on our best value Galapagos seven-night cruise as we sail to the southern and central islands. Visit a saltwater lagoon and view a colony of sea lions on Rabida Island. Encounter large colonies of marine birds and relax on the sandy beaches of Espanola.

Galapagos Highlights - Monserrat

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TRIP CODE: GM7A ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard boat cabin, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners are included. STAFF: Naturalist(s), boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Boat, bus, flight, Zodiac. GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20. BOAT HIGHLIGHTS: 3 Best passenger to expert ratio 3 Great observation deck Optional single rooms are available from £1499 MONTHS OF TRAVEL

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The Galapagos Islands are an ecological paradise with wildlife you won’t find anywhere else. Spend seven nights embarking on a Galapagos cruising adventure through the archipelago’s western, central and eastern islands. Snorkel with playful sea lions, discover the unusual endemic marine life in secluded bays, visit the tortoise breeding centre on Isabela Island and hike the Sierra Negra Volcano.

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Extend your trip

More trips available online

Upgrade your cabin from £140

Combine the Galapagos with the Amazon for the ultimate nature experience. Extend your trip with three days in the Amazon.

We also offer three and four night cruises and trips to different islands. Please refer to our website for more details.

The price for the Xavier and the Monserrat is based on a lower deck cabin. You can upgrade to an upper deck cabin if you wish for £140 for a seven night cruise.

Trip code: AE

Galapagos Discovery - Queen of the Galapagos

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TRIP CODE: GQ7A ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights premium boat cabin, 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners are included. STAFF: Naturalist(s), boat crew, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Boat, bus, flight, Zodiac. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. BOAT HIGHLIGHTS: 3 Spacious cabins with large windows 3 Al fresco dining area Optional single rooms are available from £1700 MONTHS OF TRAVEL

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Experience the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first dropped anchor off its shores. Spend a week exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago aboard the stylish Queen of the Galapagos catamaran. View vast colonies of sea lions and frigatebirds on North Seymour, snorkel with Galapagos penguins and turtles at Chinese Hat and come face to face with giant tortoises.

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Machu Picchu and Galapagos

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TRIP CODE: GSM ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel, 6 nights standard guesthouse, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s), naturalist(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 15. Optional single rooms are available from £475

Discover more of the Galapagos staying on Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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ISLA BALTRA ISLA ISABELA Optional Sierra Negra Volcano

PUERTO VILLAMIL Snorkelling

ISLA SANTA CRUZ

QUITO

From Quito to Guayaquil

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Plaza Sur Sea lions

QUITO ISLA From GALAPAGOS SAN CRISTOBAL GUAYAQUIL

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This trip encompasses two of the best highlights in South America - Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands. Discover the spectacular ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and spend six days exploring one of the best wildlife experiences on Earth; the Galapagos Islands. Search for unique wildlife including giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. Along the way, we will explore the historic cities of Cusco and Quito.

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Explore the Sacred Valley including Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Train to Aguas Calientes.

Discover the majestic Inca site of Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco.

Fly to the Galapagos. Travel through the Santa Cruz Highlands to search for giant tortoises.

Sail to Isabela Island, where we will spend the next two nights in Puerto Villamil.

Tintoreras Islets trip. Visit the Tortoise Breeding Centre. Return to Santa Cruz.

View the turtle nesting ground at Tortuga Bay and the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Bay boat trip. Discover wildlife including sea lions, pelicans and frigatebirds.

Return to the mainland. Trip ends in Guayaquil.

Free day Fly to Quito. in Cusco. Experience Choices include the Andean Sacsayhuaman colonial capital Fortress and including the Moray and historic Old Maras salt Town. mines.

ARGENTINA

Sierra Negra Volcano walk. Snorkelling at Concha de Perla.

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Volcanoes and Galapagos

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GALÁPAGOS

TRIP CODE: GPS ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate

(ARCHIPIÉLAGO DE COLÓN)

ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard guesthouse, 4 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel, 1 night standard hacienda. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s), naturalist(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 15. Optional single rooms are available from £900

ESMERALDAS

EQUATOR

EQUATOR

PICHINCHA

MANABI

COTOPAXI

LOS RÍOS

Ecuador is a fabulous country, there are new things around every corner! Deborah

TUNGU BOLIVAR

CHIMBORAZO

Peguche Laguna Cuicocha

GALAPAGOS

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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From Quito to Guayaquil

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Cotopaxi 5897m

Banos

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Pailon del Diablo Waterfall

ISLA SAN GALAPAGOS CRISTOBAL From

Charles Darwin Research Station

Snorkelling

MACHACHI

Plaza Sur Sea lions

PUERTO AYORA

PUERTO VILLAMIL

QUITO

Latacunga Market

ISLA NORTH SEYMOUR ISLA BALTRA

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OTAVALO

Indian Market Condor Sanctuary

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National Capital (1,800,000 In 2007) over 2,000,000

over 200,000 On this trip we combine the main highlights of Ecuador with a visit to the ‘enchanted isles’ of the Galapagos Islands, staying in hotels on 100,000We visit a bustling Indian market in Otavalo, tour the colonial capital Quito and explore the spectacular Santa Cruz and Isabelaover islands. other main city discover the captivating world of the Galapagos Archipelago as we search for rare species of wildlife. ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’. We also LOJA other city

ZAMORA CHINCHIPE

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Discover the beautiful Pailon del Diablo Falls. Overnight in a historical hacienda.

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Fly to the Galapagos. Travel through the Santa Cruz Highlands to search for giant tortoises.

Sail to Isabela, the largest island of the Galapagos, formed of five volcanoes.

Take a walk up the Sierra Negra Volcano to admire spectacular panoramas across the island.

Optional Tintoreras Islands visit. Tour the Tortoise Breeding Centre. Return to Santa Cruz.

Experience the Return to Quito bustling Otavalo via the Equator Market, shop for Line, visiting locally-made its interesting goods and visit museum. nearby villages.

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Explore View the turtle Seymour nesting ground Island, home to at Tortuga land iguanas, Bay and the sea lions and Charles Darwin a variety of Research birdlife. Station.

Return to the mainland. Optional city tour of Guayaquil. Trip ends.

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TRIP CODE: EC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard guesthouse, 3 nights standard lodge, 3 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel, 1 night premium hacienda. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £695

Thoroughly exciting and wonderful holiday.

Jadwiga White

OTAVALO

Indian Market

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ECUADOR

QUITO MACHACHI Cotopaxi 5897m

MISAHUALLI Explore jungle

PATATE

Chimborazo 6310m

RIOBAMBA Sibambe Devil’s Nose Railway

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Banos Hot springs

Alausi

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Explore the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ and discover the colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca on this fascinating trip to Ecuador. We also visit Otavalo Market and discover Cotopaxi - one of the world’s highest active volcanoes (5897m), search for wildlife in the Amazon and travel on the exciting Devil’s Nose Railway.

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Walking tour of the capital including the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town.

Travel to the Equator Line. Continue to Otavalo and wander around its famous market.

Walk the trails around the tranquil Cuicocha Lake. View the Peguche Waterfall.

Head to the base of Cotopaxi and walk in the shadow of the conical volcano.

Journey to the Amazon Jungle lodge by canoe, where we will spend the next three nights.

Explore the Amazon on foot and by canoe learning about the local flora and fauna.

Bathe in thermal springs at Banos and marvel at the Pailon del Diablo Waterfall.

Ride the Devil’s Nose Railway, one of the steepest routes in the world.

Discover the lovely colonial town of Cuenca on foot. Visit a panama hat factory.

Drive to Guayaquil stopping at Cajas National Park en route.

Trip ends in Guayaquil.

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TRIP CODE: PS ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard guesthouse, 1 night simple village house. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £235

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Apurim

LIMA

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PERU

With 3 days in the Amazon.

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Trip code: PSA

AGUAS Madre de Dio s CALIENTES OLLANTAYTAMBO

Machu Picchu

THE ANDES

Optional rafting

CUSCO

Walking tour

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Inti Raymi Festival Departure

Andahuaylillas

The ‘Festival of the Sun’ was a religious ceremony during the Inca Empire. It is now celebrated every June in Cusco and is one of South America’s largest pageants. Please refer to our website for more details.

Raqchi La Raya 4321m

Cruz del Condor

PACIFIC OCEAN

Colca

Ayaviri

CHIVAY

Juliaca

TAQUILE ISLAND

Sillustani

PUNO AREQUIPA

Lake Titicaca

Uros Islands

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Experience the land of the Incas as we discover the vast Colca Canyon, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arequipa, sail along Lake Titicaca and unwind in the Sacred Valley. We also travel to Machu Picchu, known as the ‘lost city’ of the Incas and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

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Fly to the colonial city of Arequipa; free afternoon to explore.

Discover the beautiful colonial city. Visit the fascinating 500-year-old Santa Catalina Convent.

Head to the Colca Canyon and search for the Andean Condor.

Traverse Lake Titicaca including Uros Island. Homestay on Taquile Island.

Journey over high Andean passes to reach the Inca capital, Cusco. Optional Andean Explorer train.

Walking tour of the city. Visit the imposing Sacsayhuaman Fortress.

Travel to the ancient mystical site of Machu Picchu by train and bus.

More time to explore Machu Picchu; transfer to the tranquil Sacred Valley.

Free day. Choose from a range of activities, including whitewater rafting.

Fly to Lima. Free afternoon to discover the capital city

Trip ends in Lima.

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Peru is one of the most fascinating countries in South America. Join us on this nine-day trip to discover its main highlights. We will explore the capital city Lima, the old Inca capital Cusco and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We will also visit the colourful Pisac Market and have time to try some exhilarating whitewater rafting.

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Join us on this great value trip as we discover the highlights of Peru including its impressive mountain citadel, Machu Picchu. We sail on Lake Titicaca, visiting the Indian communities on Uros and Taquile Islands, where we stay overnight with a local family. We also discover the colourful cities of Cusco and Arequipa and look out for condors soaring in the majestic Colca Canyon.

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TRIP CODE: DPR ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 10 nights premium hotel, 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £475

LIMA

AGUAS CALIENTES

City tour

OLLANTAYTAMBO

PERU THE ANDES

Machu Picchu

Optional rafting

CUSCO

Walking tour

Andean Explorer Train

La Raya 4321m

Cruz del Condor

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Ayaviri

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Taquile Island Lake Titicaca Uros Islands

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Based in comfortable hotels, we explore Peru - the sacred land of the Incas. We visit the historic remains of Machu Picchu and sail along Lake Titicaca - the highest navigable lake in the world. Along the way we discover the ancient Inca capital Cusco, the colonial streets of Lima and the beautifully preserved city of Arequipa. A particular highlight is the Andean Explorer train journey from Puno to Cusco; watch the stunning Andean scenery pass by from the comfort of the train.

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Ride on the Andean Explorer train through spectacular scenery to Cusco.

Discover the ancient city of Cusco and visit the dramatic Sacsayhuaman Fortress.

Journey to the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, known as the ‘Lost City of the Incas’.

Head to the picturesque Sacred Valley. Optional whitewater rafting down the Urubamba River.

Return to the capital where the trip ends.

Join trip in Lima.

Fly to Arequipa. Travel the high Explore the plains of the beautifully Andes to the preserved Colca Canyon, colonial city search for the including rare Andean Santa Catalina Condor. Convent.

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Why not extend your adventure by three days and visit the Amazon. Explore the jungle by dugout canoe and on foot. Please refer to our website for more details. Trip code: DPRA

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TRIP CODE: PQ ACCOMMODATION: Standard TREK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple camping, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Trek Guide, cook, driver(s), local guide(s), porters. TREKKING DETAILS: 4-day trek walking for an average of 5 hours each day. Maximum altitude 4200m. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. Optional single rooms are available from £105 Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £2244 pp flight inclusive.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP With 4 days in the Amazon.

Trip code: PQA

An amazing life changing experience.

Veronica 5750m

AGUAS CALIENTES

Machu Picchu Winay-Wayna

John Sullivan

To Ollantaytambo/ Cusco

Inti Punku

PHUYUPATAMARCA

Inca Tunnel Sayaqmarka Warmiwanusca Pass 4200m

Salkantay 6271m

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Runkuraqay Pass 3950m

LLAQTAPATA

LLULLUCHAPAMPA

Wayllabamba

Paucarkancha Ocobamba 5126m

Wamantay 5917m 0 km

Piscacucho 82km

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Sightseeing/Rest Day

Join us as we walk along the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We learn about traditional Andean culture on our four-day trek to the ‘The Lost City’ and pass other fascinating Inca ruins en route. We also discover the Sacred Valley, visit lively Pisac Market and explore the historic city of Cusco. For a contrast to the mountains and cloudforests of the trail this trip can also be extended to include the Amazon jungle.

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Join trip in Cusco, the ancient capital city of the Incas. Relax and acclimatise to the altitude.

Explore the fascinating city of Cusco on foot.

Visit to Pisac Market. Opportunity to whitewater raft in the Sacred Valley.

Drive via the Sacred Valley to start of the Inca Trail. Walk to first campsite in Llaqtapata (2625m).

Visit WinayWayna ruins. Descend to ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu from Sun Gate (2438m).

Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opportunity to climb Wayna Picchu. Train to Sacred Valley.

Trip ends in Cusco.

Avoid the crowds on our three night trek, and camp away from the main campsites. Two-man tents are provided with plenty of room for two people and bags. The trek is fully supported by our team of porters who set up and take down the tents, and prepare our meals. They also carry water and all bags except daysacks, under strict guidelines.

Follow trail Cross Dead along the Woman’s river to Pass (4200m). Wayllabamba, Walk through then cloudforest Llulluchapampa and ruins to (3800m). Views Phuyupatamarca (3579m). to snowy peaks.

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Insider View “The trail itself was extremely diverse with so many different terrains and environments – One moment you’re climbing up Dead Woman’s Pass with fantastic views over the mountain range, and just a few hours later you find yourself in cloud forest and jungle; I was constantly in awe of the different views we had throughout the trail. I was slightly apprehensive beforehand as I was unsure if I would be fit enough and how the altitude would affect me - but we were introduced gradually and other than feeling a little more out of breath than normal, the altitude wasn’t a problem and the incredible scenery is good enough motivation to keep you going during the tougher parts!” Tamsin Crumbie, Explore Customer Support Executive

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TRIP CODE: PB ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse, 1 night simple hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight, public bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £195

Best Explore trip I’ve ever done! Kim Parker

Fly to

Machu Picchu Km 104 Optional day walk

LIMA AGUAS CALIENTES

PUERTO MALDONADO Amazon Jungle Lodge

Pisac Market

BOLIVIA

CUSCO 3400m Optional train Sillustani

PERU

ISLAND OF THE SUN

PUNO COPACABANA

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Ancient Inca capital Lake Titicaca

Fantastic locations, beautiful scenery, cultural immersion, historic sites, knowledgeable guides…Exceeded all expectations!

Illampu 6362m

Island of the moon Start of ‘Inca LA PAZ Pilgrim Way’ World’s highest capital 3636m 300 km

EXTEND YOUR TRIP With 3 days in the Amazon. Trip code: PBA See page 259 for details.

Travelling on some of the planet’s highest roads, we traverse the other-worldly Andean landscapes from La Paz to Cusco. Our trip includes a two-day trek centred round the Isla del Sol, visiting ancient ruins and enjoying spectacular views of Lake Titicaca. There is also the option to do a day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, perfect for those who want to experience part of this famous walk but do not want to do the whole four-day trek. ARGENTINA

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Walking tour of the world’s highest capital city. Optional trip to Tiahuanaco.

Drive to Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America.

Walk on the Isla del Sol. Explore the ruins of Palacio del Inca and experience stunning views.

Trek to the Temple of the Sun, sacred to the Incas of ancient America. Boat to Jardin Incaico.

Cross the border into Peru. Optional trip to the floating Uros Islands.

Traversing the Andes by bus (or train, extra cost), we arrive in Cusco, the former Inca capital.

Discover Cusco on foot. Visit Sacsayhuaman Fortress and the colourful Pisac Market.

Free day in Cusco; options include whitewater rafting.

Day walk to Machu Picchu from KM104 via Winay Wayna ruins and the Sun Gate.

Explore the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu before returning by train back to Cusco.

Fly to Lima; optional city tour. Trip ends in Lima.

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TRIP CODE: AX ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: 14 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse, 1 night standard lodge, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 18 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, flight, public bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £580

EXTEND YOUR TRIP AGUAS CALIENTES

With 3 days in the Amazon.

Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo

CUSCO

Fly to

Sacred Valley of the Incas

LIMA

PERU

Optional train

ISLA DEL SOL

PUNO Copacabana

LA PAZ

CHILE Calama

City tour

Trip code: AXA

SUCRE

Cathedral

Tunapa 5400m

UYUNI SALT FLATS

Fly from

San Francisco Church Murillo Square Gold Museum

Tahua Coquesa Mummies

SANTIAGO DE CHILE

Why not extend your adventure by three days and visit the Amazon. Explore the jungle by dugout canoe and on foot. Please refer to our website for more details.

BOLIVIA

POTOSI COLCHANI

Every day was filled with delights that have enriched my knowledge of this special continent. The stunning landscapes were vast, varied and beautiful.

VILLA MAR Siloli Desert Hito Cajon

Laguna Verde

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Valle de la Luna El Tatio Geysers

ARGENTINA

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Kathy Parker

Come with us on an Andean adventure as we travel from the Chilean city of Santiago to the magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru. Along the way we explore Cusco, the historical capital of Peru, traverse the spectacular salt flats of Uyuni and visit the city of La Paz, ‘the city that touches the sky’. Other highlights include Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world and the Atacama Desert.

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Join trip in Santiago. Guided tour of Chile’s scenic capital nestled in the shadow of the Andes.

Optional trip to the vineyards of the Maipo Valley or the historic city of Valparaiso.

Travel to the Atacama Desert. Walk in the Valley of the Moon and visit the El Tatio Geysers.

Drive into Bolivia. Visit the magnificent salt flats of Uyuni.

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Potosi and Sucre.

Fly to the highest capital on Earth - La Paz and explore the city.

Free day; optional trip to the preColumbian site of Tiahuanaco.

Explore the islands of Lake Titicaca. Overnight on Isla del Sol. Cross the border to Puno (Peru).

Travel by bus or train (additional cost) to Cusco in the heart of the former Inca Empire.

Train to Aguas Calientes; experience the mystery of Machu Picchu.

Discover the Inca capital city of Cusco. Optional whitewater rafting.

Tour Lima, the ‘city of kings’, where the trip ends.

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TRIP CODE: TDP ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, flight, public bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £600 Optional visit to El Tatio Geysers Calama

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Valle de la Luna Atacama Salt Lake & desert walks

CHILE

ARGENTINA

Valparaiso

SANTIAGO DE CHILE

Excellent coverage of the highlights of the country, particularly the Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine NP and Easter Island.

PACIFIC OCEAN

Mr Paul Sullivan

PUERTO VARAS Chiloe Island (Optional)

Osorno Volcano Llanquihue Lake Puerto Montt

TORRES DEL PAINE

Mountain Walks

PUERTO NATALES PUNTA ARENAS

EXTEND YOUR TRIP With 4 days on Easter Island.

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Magadalena Island Penguins (optional)

Trip code: TDPE

Chile is often known as the ‘thin country’, being 4270km long and only 177km wide, thus making it a land of extremes, from glaciers in the south to deserts in the north. Join us as we discover the arid Atacama Desert, a barren landscape peppered with hot springs and spouting geysers. In Torres del Paine National Park we explore arguably one of the world’s most beautiful national parks. Along the way we tour the capital Santiago and visit the pretty Lake District region.

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Join trip in Santiago. Guided tour of the capital city.

Option to visit Valparaiso, the cultural capital of Chile - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Travel to the Atacama Desert; explore the surreal landscapes of the Moon Valley.

Walk among the desert landscapes of the Atacama, including terrain peppered with hot springs.

Free day; choices include El Tatio Hot Springs or salt flats home to flocks of pink flamingos.

Travel to Puerto Varas, on the shores of Lake Llanquihue in the Chilean Lake District.

Walk through Valdivian forests on the slopes of Osorno Volcano.

Today is free; options include Chiloe Island boat trip, rafting or local walks.

Fly to Punta Arenas and drive to Torres del Paine National Park.

Explore the picturesque national park on foot and discover its glaciers, waterfalls and lakes.

Optional boat trip across to Grey Glacier. Continue to Puerto Natales.

Return to the capital where the trip ends.

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TRIP CODE: PA ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate

PACIFIC OCEAN

ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 4 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £790

EXTEND YOUR TRIP URUGUAY

ARGENTINA

CHILE

With a 3 day Iguazu Falls or Trelew extension.

BUENOS AIRES

Why not extend your adventure by three days and choose to visit the spectacular Iguazu Falls, South America’s most beautiful waterfalls. Alternatively, you can discover the wildlife of the Valdes Peninsula, including elephant seals, sea lions, whales and penguins.

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Please refer to our website for more details.

Mt Fitzoy 3375m

EL CHALTEN CALAFATE TORRES DEL PAINE NP TIERRA DEL FUEGO PUNTA ARENAS

Trip codes: PAI and PAT

USHUAIA CAPE HORN

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Patagonia is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. On this trip through Argentina and Chile, we walk among the glacial lakes and mountain ranges of Torres del Paine National Park, discover the captivating city of Buenos Aires and admire views of the aweinspiring Perito Moreno Glacier. Along the way we visit Ushuaia - the world’s southernmost city, and enjoy walks through the spectacular scenery of Los Glaciares National Park.

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Join trip in Buenos Aires.

Tour of Argentina’s vibrant capital, including the Recoleta Cemetery. Optional tango show.

Fly to Ushuaia; free afternoon to explore the ‘town at the end of the world’.

Walk along coastal trails in Tierra del Fuego National Park; discover its forests and lakes.

Local walks or boat trip across the Serrano River to see the spectacular glacier.

Drive to El Chalten. Hike to the base of the Fitzroy Massif or take a guided walk to Laguna Torre.

Free day in El Chalten. Optional ice trek on Viedma Glacier.

Head to the town of El Calafate on the southern shores of Lago Argentino.

Marvel at the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier. Fly back to Buenos Aires.

Trip ends in Buenos Aires.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Travel by bus Experience the and boat to breathtaking Punta Arenas landscape in Chile. of glaciers, Continue to waterfalls, lakes Torres del and jagged Paine National mountain Park. peaks.

Go online for departure dates

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£2471 £1699

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FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

14

TRIP CODE: QBR ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple bus. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Public bus, flight, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £515

An inspiring great value tour!

Jane Ross

Parana

BRAZIL SAO PAOLO PARAGUAY

ARGENTINA

IGUAZU FALLS

Angra

RIO DE JANEIRO ILHA GRANDE

PARATY

Iguacu

URUGUAY

BUENOS AIRES Walking tour

0 km

540 km

On this exciting overland journey we travel from Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Along the way we explore the coastal town of Paraty - famous for its Portuguese colonial architecture and visit the tropical island of Ilha Grande. A trip highlight is the thundering waters of Iguazu Falls, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.

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Join trip in Buenos Aires.

Explore the bustling streets of Argentina’s capital including the colourful La Boca district.

Free morning to experience more of Buenos Aires. Travel overnight by bus to Iguazu Falls.

Witness the raging waters of the magnificent Iguazu Falls from the Argentinean side.

Cross into Brazil to view the Brazilian side of the falls for spectacular panoramas.

Fly to Sao Paolo and then drive to Paraty.

Explore the cobbled streets and white-washed buildings of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Paraty.

Visit the tropical island of Ilha Grande; discover on foot or relax on the white sand beaches.

Head to the carnival city of Rio de Janeiro. Free time to wander along Copacabana Beach.

Walking tour of Rio. Optional cable car ride to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain.

In Rio; options include visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue and a traditional samba show.

Trip ends in Rio.

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16 £3899 DAYS 14 £3135 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

TRIP CODE: BR ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 5 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight, public bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18. Optional single rooms are available from £500

This is a trip not to be missed. Sian Davies

MANAUS

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Amazonian Capital Amazon

AMAZONIA Lodge Jungle walks

BRAZIL

MATO GROSSO CUIABA

SALVADOR

Brasilia

BOLIVIA

PANTANAL

Wildlife Reserve Game viewing by boat & on foot

Colonial Capital

Parana Sao Paulo

PARAGUAY

IGUAZU ARGENTINA FALLS

RIO DE JANEIRO

Cablecar to Sugarloaf

‘Devil’s Throat’ 0 km

1000 km

On this trip to Brazil we visit the colonial city of Salvador and the ‘Marvellous City’ of Rio de Janeiro. We also discover the Pantanal Wildlife Reserve, searching for animals including capybara and caiman. Along the way, we admire the thundering waters of Iguazu Falls and explore the Amazon Rainforest.

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Join trip in Salvador. Tour the colourful colonial city, free time to relax on the beach.

Travel to our Amazon Jungle lodge by boat. See the ‘meeting of the waters’.

In the Amazon; jungle walks, piranha fishing and search for caiman in the waterways.

Journey to the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland and home to over 600 species of birds.

Explore the Pantanal Wildlife Reserve on foot and by canoe looking for wildlife.

Witness the spectacular Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian and Argentinean sides.

Fly to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. Optional visit to the Christ the Redeemer statue.

City tour including the Sambadrome. Take the cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Trip ends in Rio.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAR JUL SEP

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About Explore Worldwide trips Please read carefully through the following information about booking an Explore Worldwide Adventure. When you book (whether by phone, travel agent or online), you will be asked if you have read and understood these pages, as well as our Booking Conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions Who travels on Explore trips?

Your travel companions come from a wide range of locations and backgrounds. However, because we only offer English-speaking trips, the majority will be from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. Everyone will share your passion for adventure travel.

What is a typical group size?

The size of the group on group trips usually ranges from between 8 to 18 people; the average group size is usually 14 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included.

What is our price guarantee?

Once we have confirmed your booking we guarantee the price won’t change: we will not pass on surcharges of any kind. Unlike most other tour operators we will not pass on unexpected additional costs like fuel surcharges and tax increases.

What about trip prices?

The prices shown in this brochure are for guidance only. They represent the basic per person cost of the trip at the time of publication of this brochure. For Private Trips the price stated is per person based on two people sharing. The price at the time of booking may be different. The latest guide prices for each trip departure can be found by visiting: www.explore.co.uk

What’s included in the trip price?

3 Transport, meals and accommodation: all details are outlined in the individual Trip Notes. 3 Explore Leader: the services of an Explore Leader are included on nearly all group trips. In most cases they will accompany you for the full duration of the trip. On some group trips a local representative may be provided instead (this will be outlined in the individual Trip Notes). 3 Local crew: as well as drivers and local guides, interpreters, cooks, helpers and porters may be provided on some trips (details will be outlined in the individual Trip Notes). 3 Activities, equipment, sightseeing and visits: please see individual Trip Notes for details. 3 For Private Trips we include accommodation, transport and meals as outlined in the individual trip itinerary.

Are transfers included?

We are pleased to be able to include airport transfers for customers booking a flight inclusive or land only trip where the flight arrives on the same day the trip starts and departs on the day the trip ends at the designated airport. Where trips join and end at the designated overseas airport, one arrival and one departure transfer will be provided for the whole group. In order to be included in this transfer please ensure that you arrive at the designated airport for the given joining time and book flights departing after the given ending time. Please refer to your trip notes or joining information for further details and see www.explore.co.uk/ transfers. You are responsible for telling us your flight details and keeping us updated with any changes.

must accompany people under the age of 18. Fitness and stamina are more important than age. We often find some of our older customers are the fittest in the group! Please note if you are over 79 years of age at the time of travel, we may require you to provide proof of medical fitness and full insurance cover.

What are the itineraries like?

We offer a wide variety of experiences and activities which allow you to really get to know an area and to see beyond the normal tourist facade. Of course we include the better known sights but we understand that you should have the flexibility to do your own thing so we build in free time for you to either take part in an optional excursion or to explore independently an important part of any trip.

What type of accommodation is there?

Wherever possible, we try to include accommodation which best reflects the local area in which we are travelling. Where we use hotels, we aim for mid-range accommodation, with the key requirements being cleanliness, safety, comfort and a good location. (The type of room provided and the level of facilities may vary from place to place.) We may also use simple hotels with more basic amenities. Please see the individual Trip Notes for details. All our accommodation is given a rating to describe standards and facilities. You can find this in the individual Trip Notes.

What about rooming?

Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room. On some of these trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided on some nights, but for logistical reasons not all. Individual Trip Notes clarify this. Please note that on rare occasions it may be necessary for customers in single rooms to share bathroom facilities.

What kind of meals are included?

Most trips include breakfast, but other meals are often not included. This allows you to try the cuisine in local restaurants and also to choose what and where to eat and how much to spend. We try to keep all-inclusive accommodation to a minimum. Where there is no option, such as when camping, on safari or on some boat-based trips, meals tend to be included. We try to cater for you if you have special dietary requirements but we do ask you to have realistic expectations. In some countries there is a limited choice of food and it may be difficult to cater for all special meal requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any specific dietary requirements.

What type of transport will there be?

The variety of transport used is another important aspect of any Explore Adventure. We use everything from buses, boats and trains to camels and donkeys. You may even find all these on the same trip.

What about trip changes?

The price of the trip does not include: visa fees, vaccinations, travel insurance premiums, passport costs, international departure taxes, excess baggage charges, optional tours and excursions, hotel porters or meals (other than those we list as included). We also do not include items of a personal nature; such as laundry, room service charges, drinks or phone calls. Tips for personal service are not included and are usually expected. If you book on a ‘Land Only’ basis we do not include flights or trains from the UK or departure taxes. For Private Trips we do not include the services of an Explore Leader or local guides.

From time to time, some elements of our trips may change from those that have been published. This could be the result of inclement weather, a change in the local political situation or in flight or train schedules or other circumstances beyond our control. We will keep you as well informed as possible about these changes. Significant changes to your holiday will be notified as soon as we feasibly can. Minor amendments to your trip will be detailed on your final trip documentation, although our website will be regularly updated should you wish to check the information at any time. You will be provided with a provisional list of your accommodation shortly after booking. Whilst we expect to stay at the accommodation stated, please note that this is subject to change to an equivalent or higher standard at any time.

Explore Leaders (not applicable to Private Trips)

What are guaranteed departures?

What’s not included?

Our Leaders’ main responsibility is to make sure that all members of the group are well looked after and return home having had a wonderful holiday with some fantastic memories. It is the Leader’s responsibility to ensure that the trip runs smoothly and that all the logistics are in place; also to oversee the health and safety aspects of the trip. Our Explore Leaders will be as flexible as possible - within the confines of the itinerary. For example, they can arrange group meals for those that would like to eat with their travel companions. Alternatively, if you would prefer to make your own plans they may offer suggestions for local restaurants. They will also try to make sure that everyone has as much free time during the trip as they wish. In order to keep the trip running effectively, Explore Leaders give regular briefings to talk about what is happening in the next few days, to remind you of timings and what you need to bring for excursions, sightseeing and activities. Often this will be reiterated on notices put up in hotel receptions or other appropriate places. Explore Leaders will also brief the group on safety and general health issues. All Explore Leaders are carefully selected and have undergone thorough training in the UK and/or overseas which is generally accepted to be some of the best in the industry. Explore Leaders are chosen for their travel experience, their people skills and their experience of working with groups. Please note that a small number of trips are accompanied by local representatives instead. This will not affect the enjoyment of your holiday and will be outlined clearly in the individual Trip Notes.

What are the age limits?

The minimum age on all group trips featured in this brochure is 14. If you are booking a Private Trip please talk to us at the time of booking about the ages of your party. A parent or adult

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We guarantee that the advertised “Trip Only” itinerary will not be cancelled or significantly changed unless we are forced to do so by a “force majeure” (as defined in our Booking Conditions). There is no minimum group size. This guarantee does not apply to international or UK domestic flights, which may be subject to change or cancellation in accordance with our Booking Conditions.

What is adventure travel?

Travelling to far-flung corners of the earth involves adapting to living conditions that are often very different from your own. Please be prepared for unusual situations, local differences and unpredictable events. Adventure holidays are not necessarily suitable for people who expect to be pampered or who like everything to go exactly as planned. You should also be aware that some countries around the world have security problems. Unsavoury characters are likely to be active in big cities and street markets; and certain areas may be considered ‘out-of-bounds’ for tourists. However, most crime is opportunistic. Using your common sense will reduce the risks. Unfortunately, no destination can be guaranteed to be safe from terrorism. We constantly monitor the political situation in the regions we visit and will re-route or cancel a trip if we feel it is necessary. If you are concerned about your safety when visiting a particular destination, please contact the Foreign Office or the appropriate embassy. For details see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

What about seating on flights and trains?

Although we are unable to assign specific flight or train seats, it is possible to put special requests through to the majority of airlines and train operators. If you have a special request, please tell us at the time of booking. Please be aware that no guarantee can be made that your request will be successful. Failure to grant your request will not be a breach of contract on our part. Sometimes your allocated seats will not be close to other members of your party.

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We recommended that you check in for your flight or train as early as possible in order to have the best chance of being given alternative seats. If you require specific seats because of a disability or reduced mobility or a medical condition, please make this clear at the time of booking. Subject to safety requirements and availability, EU airlines are required to make all reasonable efforts to arrange seating to meet the requirements of individuals with a disability or reduced mobility. You may be required to provide written confirmation of your disability, reduced mobility or medical condition and fitness to travel from your doctor.

What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?

What about in-flight meals?

What about travel insurance?

Although meals are still provided on most international flights, you should be aware that there is a trend towards them not being included on shorter flights, and particularly those within Europe. On many routes with connections within Europe, a meal will be provided on the intercontinental sector, but not on the sector between the UK and the connecting European airport. We cannot therefore guarantee that a meal will be provided on all flights. If you have a special dietary requirement, please let us know at the time of booking. We will send an automated request through to the airline. Please be aware that in most cases airlines do not confirm individual meal requests, so it is worth double checking that the meal has been ordered at check-in.

What happens when there is a flight schedule change?

When you book a flight-inclusive trip with Explore, your holiday confirmation will contain provisional flight details. The timings, flight numbers or route could change several times before departure. We will confirm final timings with your final documents. We will notify you immediately of any significant airline schedule change which occurs after your tickets have been issued. We recommend that you defer booking any connecting travel to the airport or arrangements such as car parking or overnight hotels until you have received your final documents, with confirmed travel times. Where Explore are arranging domestic regional flights, these will be automatically rebooked to connect with your international flights. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible, non-refundable connecting rail, air or bus tickets, as they usually incur cancellation or penalty charges in the event of a change to the departure time or date.

Banned airlines

In accordance with EU Directive (EC) No 2111/2005 Article 9, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a “Community List” which contains details of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community List is available for inspection at www.europa.eu. In accordance with EU Regulations we are required to advise you of the actual carrier(s) (or, if the actual carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your international flight(s) to and from an EU airport at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we shall inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible. If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban and, as a result, we or the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative, the provisions of our Booking Conditions “If we change your trip” will apply. Please note that we will not book our customers onto banned airlines whose flights may be available for general sale and accessible to the public.

Aircraft weight restrictions

For the purposes of flight safety, it is essential that you adhere to the luggage weight restrictions imposed by the airline you are flying with, particularly when flying on internal flights on smaller aircraft.

How physically fit do I need to be?

All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip. With this in mind, please be aware that (as detailed in our Booking Conditions) if it is felt that any customer is not able to participate in a trip without endangering the health or safety of themselves or any other person (including other group members), or that the presence of the customer on the trip means we will be unable to provide the trip, in whole or part, to other members of the group as advertised and contracted, the Explore Leader at any stage has the right to require them to leave the trip. To ensure that this is never necessary, please make sure that you have fully understood the level of fitness and ability required to complete the trip on which you are booking. It is your responsibility to let us know if you have any concerns related to this subject. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your trip arrangements in any way, you must provide us with full details at the time of booking. In certain circumstances, usually on more strenuous trips, we may require you to provide proof of medical fitness before travelling.

If you, your travelling companions, or anyone upon whom your travel depends (such as a friend or family member) have a pre-existing medical condition, you must disclose this to the insurer’s medical screening helpline when you make your booking. Failure to do so may result in your claim being declined. Please ensure that you receive written confirmation from them that the condition is covered. You must take this written confirmation with you on trip, in addition to the insurance policy itself. If you don’t, you may not have appropriate cover. You must have valid travel insurance. You will need to confirm to your Explore Leader that you are covered by a travel insurance policy at the start of the trip. Please ensure that your documentation shows you as the named policyholder and that the cover is valid for the entire period of travel. It must also indicate that you have cover for (at least) Medical Expenses and Emergency Repatriation in the event of illness or injury. Please ensure that a 24 hour contact telephone number for your Insurance Company is written on your documentation in case of an emergency. If you are unable to provide this information at the start of the trip you will not be able to continue with us unless you purchase a suitable Insurance policy.

Campbell Irvine Direct Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential. If you have not already arranged cover, please contact our recommended Travel Insurance providers www.campbellirvinedirect.com/explore who offer Travel insurance specifically designed to cover travel with Explore or call Campbell Irvine direct on 0207 938 1734. Explore Worldwide is an Introducer Appointed representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd who are authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice Unit (www.gov.uk/foreigntraveladvice) provides detailed information about your destination. We strongly recommend that you read their comments about the country you are planning to visit, both when you book and again just before you leave. We monitor FCO travel warnings and advice and based on them, may cancel trips before departure, or re-route or make other changes to trips operating in or through the country concerned. Any decision we take about whether to operate or cancel a trip or make other changes will always be made in the interests of your safety and security. We will make these decisions at least four weeks before departure, unless we believe that local conditions will improve before the start of the trip.

Be prepared

Whilst we endeavour to provide as much information as possible in our brochure and individual Trip Notes regarding the areas our trips travel to, we would always recommend that you undertake some background research about the places you will be visiting and the type of climate and local conditions you can expect in order to get the most out of your holiday.

Brochure and website accuracy

The information contained in our brochure, website and other advertising material is believed to be correct at the time of printing or publication. However, this information may subsequently change. Please ensure that you check all the details of your chosen holiday (including the price) with us at the time of booking.

Consumer peace of mind

Explore is a fully bonded Tour Operator licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority 2595 (CAA) and by ABTOT. We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2595). All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays* in this brochure or on our website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay, you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate *The flights and flight- inclusive holidays we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Explore has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of Explore’s insolvency, protection is provided for non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK and other non-flight packages excluding pre-arranged No. 5207 travel to and from your destination. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Explore Worldwide Ltd. In the above circumstances, if you have not yet travelled you may claim a refund, or if you have already travelled, you may claim repatriation to the starting point of your non-flight package.

The Association of Independent Tour Operators AITO is the Association for independent and specialist holiday companies. Its member companies, usually owner-managed, strive to create overseas holidays with high levels of professionalism and a shared concern for quality and personal service. The Association encourages the highest standards in all aspects of tour operating.

Exclusive Membership

Professional Service and Continual Improvements

AITO sets criteria regarding ownership, finance and quality which must be satisfied before new companies are admitted to membership. All members are required to adhere to a Code of Business Practice which encourages high operational standards and conduct.

Monitoring Standards

Financial Security

Sustainable Tourism

An AITO member is required to arrange financial protection for all holidays and other arrangements (including accommodation only) booked by customers with the member under the AITO logo. This financial protection applies to customers who are resident in the UK at the time of booking and to most overseas customers who have booked directly with the member. In doing so, the member must comply with UK Government regulations. Members are required to submit details of their financial protection arrangements to AITO on a regular basis.

Accurate Brochures / Websites

All members do their utmost to ensure that all their brochures and other publications, print or electronic, clearly and accurately describe the holidays and services offered.

AITO endeavours to monitor quality standards regularly. All customers should receive a post-holiday questionnaire, the results of which are scrutinised by the Association. All members acknowledge the importance of AITO’s Sustainable Tourism guidelines, which recognise the social, economic and environmental responsibilities of tour operating.

Customer Relations

All members endeavour to deal swiftly and fairly with any issues their customers may raise. In the unlikely event that a dispute between an AITO member and a customer cannot be settled amicably, AITO’s low-cost Independent Dispute Settlement Service may be called upon by either side to bring the matter to a speedy and acceptable conclusion. Explore is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. To contact the association visit www.aito.com

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All members are committed to high standards of service and believe in regular and thorough training of employees. Members continually seek to review and improve their holidays. They listen to their customers and always welcome suggestions for improving standards.

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Inoculation and Health Requirements When trips visit remote areas or developing countries we normally recommend immunisation against typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Parts of East Africa and South America ask for a Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever. Malarial prophylaxis should be taken in many areas.

Country

Visas UK citizens

Minimum time required to issue

Immunisation Yellow Fever

Hepatitis Typhoid A

Others

Country Malaria

Visas

Immunisation

UK citizens

Minimum time required to issue

Yellow Fever

Hepatitis Typhoid A

Others

Malaria

Albania

-

-

-

R

R

-

-

Latvia

-

-

-

-

-

D

-

Algeria

Y

10 days

F

R

R

-

R*

Lithuania

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Argentina

-

-

R

R

R

D

R

Macedonia

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

Armenia

-

-

-

R

R

-

-

Madagascar

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R

Austria

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Malawi

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

-

R

Azerbaijan (3)

Y

2 weeks

-

R

R

-

R*

Malaysia (peninsula)

-

-

F

R

R

D

R*

Bangladesh

Y

1 week

F

R

R

D

R

Maldives

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

-

Belarus

Y

5 days

-

R

R

D

-

Malta

-

-

F

-

-

-

-

Belize

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Martinique (France)

-

-

F

R

R

D

-

Benin

Y

2 weeks

FR

R

R

M

R

Mexico

-

-

-

R

R

D

R

Bhutan (1)

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R

Moldova

-

-

-

R

R

-

-

Bolivia

-

-

FR

R

R

D

R

Mongolia

Y

24 hours

-

R

R

-

-

Borneo (Malaysia)

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Montenegro

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

Bosnia & Herzegovina

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

Morocco

-

-

-

R

R

-

-

Botswana

-

-

F

R

R

-

R

Namibia

-

-

F

R

R

-

R

Brazil

-

-

R

R

R

D

R

Nepal

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R

Bulgaria

-

-

-

R

R

D

-

New Zealand

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Burma

Y

4 days

F

R

R

D

R

Nicaragua

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Cambodia (2)

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R

North Korea (3)

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R*

Canada (16)

Y

-

-

-

-

-

-

Norway

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Chile

-

-

-

R

R

D

-

Oman (2)

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

-

China (6)

Y

4 days

F

R

R

D

R*

Panama

-

-

FR

R

R

D

R

Colombia

-

-

R

R

R

D

R

Papua New Guinea

Y

On arrival

-

R

R

-

R

Costa Rica

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Peru (5)

-

-

FR

R

R

D

R

Croatia

-

-

-

R

R

D

-

Philippines

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Cuba (8)

Y

24 hours

-

R

R

D

-

Poland

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Cyprus

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Portugal (Madeira)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Czech Republic

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Romania

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Djibouti (17)

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

-

R

Russia

Y

7 days

-

-

-

D

-

Dominica

-

-

F

R

R

D

-

Senegal

-

-

FR

R

R

DM

R

Ecuador

-

-

FR

R

R

D

R

Serbia

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

Egypt

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R*

Seychelles

-

-

F

R

R

-

-

El Salvador (14)

-

-

F

R

R

-

R*

Singapore

-

-

F

R

-

-

-

Estonia

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Slovakia

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Ethiopia (12)

Y

On arrival

FR

R

R

DM

R

Slovenia

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Finland

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

South Africa (10)

-

-

F

R

R

-

R*

France

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

South Korea

-

-

-

R

R

-

R*

Georgia

-

-

-

R

R

D

-

Spain

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Germany

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sri Lanka

Y

2 days

F

R

R

D

-

Ghana (11)

Y

7 days

FR

R

R

DM

R

St Lucia

-

-

F

R

R

D

-

Greece

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sudan (3) (4)

Y

2 months

R

R

R

DM

R

Guatemala

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Suriname

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R

Guinea Bissau

Y

2 weeks

FR

R

R

DM

R

Swaziland

-

-

F

R

R

-

R

Guyana

-

-

FR

R

R

D

R

Taiwan

-

-

-

R

R

-

-

Honduras

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Tanzania

Y

On arrival

FR

R

R

-

R

Hungary

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

Thailand (21)

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Iceland

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

The Gambia

-

-

FR

R

R

M

R

India

Y

4 days

F

R

R

D

R*

Tibet (6) (9)

Y

-

-

R

R

D

-

Indonesia (18)

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Togo

Y

2 weeks

R

R

R

DM

R

Iran

Y

9 weeks

F

R

R

D

R*

Turkey (15)

Y

-

-

R

R

D

R*

Israel

-

-

-

R

R

-

-

Turkmenistan

Y

3 weeks

-

R

R

D

-

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Uganda

Y

On arrival

FR

R

R

DM

R

Japan

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

USA (7)

Y

3 days

-

-

-

-

-

Jordan (13)

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

-

-

Uzbekistan

Y

7 days

-

R

R

-

R* R

Kazakhstan (19)

-

-

F

R

R

D

-

Venezuela (5)

-

-

R

R

R

D

Kenya

Y

2 weeks

FR

R

R

DM

R

Vietnam (20)

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Kosovo

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

Zambia

Y

3 days

F

R

R

D

R*

Zimbabwe

Y

4 days

F

R

R

-

R

Kyrgyzstan

-

-

F

R

R

-

R*

Laos

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R

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BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Visas and Immunisations Quick Reference Chart

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A summary of requirements is listed in the chart. We stress that the following information is intended for quick reference only. Y = YES, visa required. R = Immunisation/protection normally recommended. R* = Protection recommended for travel to some areas – please check with your healthcare provider. F = Valid International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever required only if coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. M = Meningitis. Immunisation may be recommended depending on area visited and time of year. D = Diphtheria. Immunisation recommended in some circumstances, seek medical advice. For more information on the subject of vaccinations and health protection, check your individual Trip Notes or consult your booking agent. Further information can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk. For country-specific advice go to www.nathnac.org/travel – an excellent source of information on health risks. Ask your medical practitioner for the latest information and allow time to obtain the appropriate vaccinations. Cholera vaccinations are not officially required by any country. However, in practice, a cholera vaccination certificate may be asked for by border officials when arriving from, or travelling into, an infected area: especially at land borders. Please see Trip Notes for details. The UK Department of Health recommends immunisation against tetanus and polio for all countries.

Vaccinations

Please note that some inoculation programmes require two injections, administered four weeks apart. You should leave plenty of time for this. As a general rule, please note that health requirements and recommendations may change and you must check the current requirements in good time before departure. For holidays in the EU / EEA you should obtain an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) before departure, from the Department of Health. This is available by telephone (0300 330 1350) or online at www.ehic.org.uk An EHIC is not, however, a substitute for appropriate travel insurance.

Special notes (1)

Visa issued on arrival, subject to authorisation from Bhutan government. (2) Visa may also be obtained on arrival. (3) Visa issued subject to authorisation from the relevant Government. Sensitive occupations such as journalist, photographer or defence related occupations may be refused entry. (4) Immigration does not accept any passport with an Israeli stamp (it is possible to request for the Israeli stamp not to be placed on the pages of the passport), or showing Israel as place of birth, nor do they accept any passport which has only an exit stamp from Jordan/Egypt (implying that entry was made via Israel). (5) Valid International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever required if arriving after transiting infected/endemic area or if travelling on Amazon extension (Peru). (6) If you intend to travel to China after visiting Tibet, note that any China visa already obtained will have been cancelled on entering Tibet (Trip Ref TB). (7) Visas not required provided entering by sea or air on a carrier participating in the Visa Waiver Program. It is compulsory for all travellers to the US to provide their personal details online using the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) well in advance of travel (and not less than 72hrs before travel) at a cost of US$14 (£9). (8) Visa not required if holding tourist card issued by Explore or Cuban Consul. (9) Group permit issued in Kathmandu (Trip Ref TB); passport details required in advance. (10) Passport must have two clear blank pages for entry stamp. Please note: Adults travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show additional documentation in order to travel with a minor. More information can be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa. (11) Yellow fever certificate is mandatory. (12) Visas are available on arrival at Addis Ababa Airport. For any other arrival points you should obtain a visa in advance. (13) Visa fee waived if arriving and departing under certain conditions, otherwise visa issued on arrival. (14) Nationals of Canada, Greece, Portugal and USA must buy a tourist card (currently US$10) on arrival valid for 30 days from entry. (15) Visa can be purchased through www.evisa.gov.tr. It is advisable to print a paper copy to take with you. (16) From March 2016 any visitor to Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) prior to travel. (17) Visas are on arrival at airports. If entering at a land border a visa must be obtained in advance. (18) Some points of entry require a visa to be obtained in advance. (19) If staying for 15 days or longer a visa must be obtained in advance. (20) Visas are not required for stays of less than 15 days. For 15 days or longer a visa must be obtained in advance. (21) Passport must have more than six months validity and must be undamaged.

Passports and Visas British and Irish passport holder information

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity and appropriate number of blank pages for your chosen destination. You must also have all visas and vaccination certificates that are necessary to enter or pass through any countries involved in the journey or trip. Visa requirements are listed in individual Trip Notes, but please note that this information is subject to change. If required, visas can be obtained through the Explore Visa Service or the relevant embassy or consulate.

Visas

Visa requirements should be confirmed with the relevant embassy or consulate. Unless otherwise stated (see ‘Y’ opposite), visas are not required for tourist visits of up to 30 days. General Note: Some countries refuse admission to travellers not meeting their accepted standards of dress or appearance (even if they hold a visa). Entry may also be refused to certain countries if your passport bears stamps or visas (valid or expired) for Israel. Please note all visa and vaccination information was compiled in August 2015. Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct, current information in good time before departure and that you act on it.

Visa Swift

We have partnered with Visa Swift; a company who specialise in visa processing. Please visit their website to download visa application forms, follow links to important embassy websites or make general enquiries about their visa service. Visa Swift also offers a full range of passport services including; passport renewals, second passports and replacement passports. The Visa Swift service is easy to use, simply go to their website and enter the trip that you are travelling on. The website will then tell you which visas you need for your trip. At any time, you can track the progress of your visa application online. Please call 0207 405 1616 for more information or visit the Visa Swift site: www.visaswift.com/explore.aspx

Immigration advice

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with any person under the age of 18. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS

Booking Conditions Please read carefully: Explore Worldwide Ltd (‘the Company’, “we”, “us” and “our”) accepts bookings subject to the following conditions. Except where expressly stated, these conditions only apply to trip arrangements booked by you with us and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these conditions to “trip”, “booking”, “contract” or “arrangements” mean such trip arrangements unless otherwise stated. Please note: the information appearing in the section headed “Frequently Asked Questions” in our brochure or in these or any comparable sections and any other relevant information on our website also form part of your contract with us. References in these conditions to such sections include the comparable sections or information on our website. 1. Your trip contract

The contract is between the Company and you (“Explore Worldwide” and “you” in these conditions), being any person travelling or intending to travel on a trip operated by us including any person who is added or substituted after booking. We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (except as set out below). We both also agree that any dispute, claim or other matter of any description (and whether or not involving any personal injury) which arises between us must be dealt with by the Courts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Island only. No employee of the Company other than a director has authority to vary or omit any of these terms. No promise of a discount or refund will be binding on us unless confirmed by us in writing.

position to do so, we collect the necessary deposit on the basis that the price you have agreed to pay will be the one applicable to your holiday after confirmation of all costs. Once we have confirmation of all applicable costs, we will issue a confirmation which will show the confirmed price. This price may be higher or lower than the estimated price. It is at this point that our price guarantee will take effect. Any such difference will not be a surcharge and, if an increase, will be payable in full. If, however, any increase between the estimated price and the confirmed price shown on your revised invoice is greater than 10% of the estimated price, you may cancel your holiday and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid us other than any insurance premiums and amendment fees / charges providing you notify us in writing of your wish to do so within 7 days. No compensation will be payable in this situation.

2. To secure your booking

3. Payment for your trip

(Please refer to Clause 17 “Late Bookings”) To secure a booking, we or our authorised travel agent must receive payment of the minimum deposit of 10% of the total trip price, per person, (or full payment if booking within 60 days of the start of your trip or at an earlier stage for some trips). A higher deposit will be payable if any supplier(s) requires additional payment at the time of booking / prior to balance due date. On occasions, full payment for a service such as your flights may be required at the time of booking. The applicable deposit will be confirmed at the time of booking. See also “How to Book” section. All clients (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date), whether booking in person, by telephone, via our website, by e-mail or facsimile or by any other means, will be deemed to have agreed to the following four conditions: a) they have read and accepted our Booking Conditions and general information pages contained in our brochure and/or on our website. b) they appreciate and accept the risks involved in adventure travel. c) they do not suffer from any pre-existing medical condition or disability which may prevent them from actively participating in the trip. If any person suffers from any medical condition or disability which will or may affect their trip arrangements, please contact us before making your booking to discuss your requirements. d) the person making the booking confirms that he/she is at least 18 years old and has full authority to enter into a contract on the basis of these conditions on behalf of all persons named on the booking and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions. With the exception of self-guided trips (see below), a booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when we issue a confirmation invoice to you or your authorised travel agent. It is at this point that a contract between us comes into existence. If you book online, any acknowledgement of your booking request we send to you in the meantime is not a confirmation of your booking. Before your booking is confirmed and a contract comes into force, we reserve the right to increase or decrease holiday prices. Where our allocation of air seats has been fully utilised or where it is not possible to offer an air seat from an allocation, we reserve the right to pass on any extra costs incurred. We reserve the right to decline any booking at our discretion. We will communicate with you by e-mail. You must therefore check your e-mails on a regular basis. We may also contact you by telephone and/or post if we cannot, for whatever reason, contact you by e-mail. Certain documents may need to be sent by post. References in these conditions to “send” and “in writing” or similar include communication by e-mail. You should contact us by e-mail if you need to do so for any of the reasons mentioned in these booking conditions (for example, to request an amendment). Self-guided trips: We may not be in a position to confirm the costs for all services forming part of your self-guided holiday at the time of booking until your services are confirmed. Where any costs cannot be confirmed, we will provide you with an estimated price for your holiday which will be based on anticipated rates and costs. If you wish to proceed with the booking and we are in a

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The balance of all monies due must be received by us or our authorised travel agent not later than 60 days before the start of your trip. For certain trips, full payment must be received sooner. We will tell you at the time of booking when this is the case. If you don’t pay your balance by the due date, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and cancellation charges will apply. Any monies paid by you to an authorised travel agent for trips operated by us are held by the agent on our behalf. You can pay by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard. A credit card fee of 1.52% is payable (£1.52 per £100) for all payments paid to Explore by credit card. We reserve the right to increase this charge if the card issuer’s charges to us increase. We will advise you if this happens before taking any payment by credit card. This fee does not apply if payment is made by debit card.

4. If you change your booking

a) A confirmed booking can be changed or transferred free of charge to a different departure date or trip, up to 60 days prior to departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the cancellation charges below. Changes are subject to availability and are limited to one transfer during the lifetime of your booking. It is not possible to rebook back onto the original departure once you have either transferred or cancelled your booking. You can request a credit voucher for the amount paid in respect of any cancelled booking, less any non-refundable charges incurred by us or imposed by our suppliers. This must be redeemed within 12 months of issue against a new booking. No further credit vouchers can be requested against the new booking. The voucher cannot be exchanged for cash. No cash refund will be provided if the cost of the new booking is less than the value of the credit voucher. b) If you are unable to travel, in circumstances which we consider reasonable, the booking or your place on the booking may be transferred to another suitable person (introduced by you) up to 60 days prior to departure. Any costs or charges incurred by us or incurred or imposed by any supplier(s) in making the transfer must be paid before the transfer can be made. Any overdue balance payment must also be paid. For flight inclusive bookings, you must pay the charges levied by the airline concerned. As most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, these charges are likely to be the full cost of the flight / an alternative flight.

5. If you cancel your booking

Should you wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written or verbal notification is received by us or our authorised travel agent as a percentage of the total trip price per person cancelling, excluding any amendment charges and insurance premiums. The cancellation charges shown below are those which will apply to most trips. However, some suppliers have conditions which require the payment of higher or different charges (including the imposition of 100% cancellation charges well in advance of the normal balance due date) which you will have to pay in the event of cancellation. You will be advised at the time of booking if this is the case for your trip. a) 60 and more days before trip start date – loss of deposit b) 42-59 days before trip start date – 30% or loss of

No. 5207 The air holidays in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 2595.

deposit if higher c) 28-41 days before trip start date – 60% d) 14-27 days before trip start date – 90% e) Less than 14 days before trip start date – 100% Amendment charges and insurance premiums are not refundable if you cancel your booking. We strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance is taken out which includes cover against cancellation charges. Depending on the reason for the cancellation, you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. In the event of the cancellation of a booking where you are liable to pay to us cancellation charges in excess of the amount already paid to us at the time of cancellation, you cannot transfer or add these charges to another booking or use any amounts paid to us in relation to the cancelled booking by way of part payment for another booking. Part cancellation of a booking may result in additional costs being payable by the remaining members of your party. Please also see clause 4b.

6. If you have a complaint

If you have a complaint about any of your trip arrangements, you must tell both the relevant supplier and our representative at the time. It is only if we and the supplier know about problems that there will be the opportunity to put things right. If you don’t complain on the spot this may affect your ability to claim compensation. If your complaint cannot be resolved on trip you should notify us in writing within 28 days of the end of your trip. If we are unable to mutually resolve your complaint you may call upon the low cost AITO Independent Dispute Settlement Service (details on request). Claims which exceed £2,500 per person or £10,000 per booking or claims which apply principally or exclusively in respect of (or as a consequence of) illness or physical injury are not admissible for settlement under the service. Alternately you can refer your complaint for arbitration under the ABTOT Travel Industry Arbitration Service. An Independent Arbitrator will review the documents relating to any complaint and deliver a binding decision to bring the matter to a close. Details of this scheme are available from The Travel Industry Arbitration Service, administered by Dispute Settlement Services Ltd at 9 Savill Road, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 2NY or from ABTOT, Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1 HG. This scheme cannot however decide in cases where the sums claimed exceed £1,500 per person or £7,500 per booking, or for claims which are solely or mainly in respect of physical injury or illness or the consequence thereof. Please also see clause 1: Your Trip Contract.

7. Passports, visas and vaccinations

You are responsible for arranging, and must have, a valid, acceptable passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for your entire journey and trip. Any information we give about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal gear etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on our part. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry all required documentation. If your failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.

8. Travel and cancellation insurance

You must have travel insurance when you travel with us. You and your belongings are at all times solely at your own risk. You are wholly responsible for arranging your own insurance. You must ensure that you have personal travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the trip in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate and appropriate cover including medical emergency helicopter repatriation. If you make your own arrangements you should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting or excluding protection for the type of activities included in your trip. You must ensure that all travel insurance purchased meets your particular requirements and you should arrange supplementary insurance if need be.

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9. Consumer protection

We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s License issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2595). When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday* from us, you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists the flight, accommodation, car hire and/or other services that are financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). 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. *The flights and flight-inclusive holidays we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Explore has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of Explore’s insolvency, protection is provided for non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK and other non-flight packages excluding pre-arranged travel to and from your destination. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Explore Worldwide Ltd. In the above circumstances, if you have not already travelled, you may claim repatriation to the starting point of your non-flight package.

10. Trip participation and client responsibility

You agree to accept the authority and decisions of our employees, Trip Leaders and agents whilst on trip with us. If in the opinion of any such person(s) or any other person in a position of authority (such as, for example, an airline pilot or hotel manager), your health, level of fitness or conduct at any time before or during a trip is endangering or appears likely to endanger your health or wellbeing or any third party (including any other clients of the Company) or the safe, comfortable or happy progress of the trip, you may be excluded from all or part of the trip without refund or recompense. Where you are excluded, we will have no further responsibility towards you (including any return travel arrangements) and we will not meet any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the exclusion. In the case of ill health, we may make such arrangements we see fit and recover the costs thereof from you. If you commit an illegal act (including, for example, causing any damage) you may be excluded from the trip and we shall cease to have responsibility to/for you as above. No refund will be given for any unused services. When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not precisely known) must be made direct to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier or to us as soon as possible. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. You should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect you if this situation arises. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person or have any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the proposed trip and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your active

participation in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person develops after your booking has been confirmed.

11. If we change your trip

While we will do our best to operate all trips as advertised, we reserve the right to change and correct errors in any of the facilities, services or itineraries described in this brochure and/or on our website at any time before or after your booking is confirmed. Most changes are minor. Occasionally, we have to make a significant change. If a significant change has to be made, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible, if there is time before departure. For “Guaranteed Departures”, we promise not to make any significant changes to the “land only” itinerary unless we are forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 13). However, if a trip, including a “Guaranteed Departure” consists of a group size of 3 or less, we reserve the right to substitute your Explore Leader with one or more local representatives and we may utilise public transport and/or taxis for the whole or part of your trip instead of the advertised trip vehicle. Where this is the case, we will tell you as soon as we are able. Any such change(s) will not be a significant change. This guarantee does not, however, apply to any international or domestic flights which may be subject to change or cancellation in accordance with these conditions. A significant change is a change made before departure which we can reasonably expect to have a major effect on your trip. Significant changes are likely to include the following changes when made before departure; a change of the outward or return international flight departure time to/from the UK (where we have booked your international flight) or of the duration of your trip (excluding international flights) of 12 or more hours, a change of UK departure airport (except between any London airport including Stansted and Luton) to one which is more inconvenient for you (where we have booked your international flight) and, a major itinerary rerouting. Please note, a change of airline, any advertised mode of transport, named accommodation, flight time(s) for any flight other than any international flight to / from the UK or of the flight time(s) for the international flight to / from the UK we have booked this for you of less than 12 hours are not significant changes unless otherwise expressly stated. If advised of a significant change before departure you will have the choice of accepting the changed arrangements (at additional cost if applicable), purchasing another available trip from us (paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in price) or cancelling the trip with a full refund of all monies paid to us. If we have to make a significant change before departure we will as a minimum, where compensation is due, pay you the compensation payments set out in the table below depending on the circumstances and when the significant change is notified to you or your travel agent subject to the following exception. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where we are forced to make a change as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care. Such circumstances are likely to include those listed in clause 13 “Force Majeure”. No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available where a change is a minor one. We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible connecting transport and other arrangements (such as pre or post trip accommodation) which can be cancelled or changed without charge, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment or other charges you may incur in relation to any arrangements which you have to change or cancel as a result of any change to your trip. Period of notification given Compensation to you or your travel agent per person More than 42 days: Nil 28-41 days: £20 14-27 days: £30 13 days or less before the date of travel: £40 Very rarely, we may be forced by “force majeure” (see clause 13) to change or terminate your trip after departure but before the scheduled end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result.

12. If we cancel your trip

We reserve the right to cancel a trip in any circumstances but will not cancel a trip less than 6 weeks before the start of the trip except for force majeure (see clause 13), or your failure to make all payments (including the final balance and any surcharge) when due. Please note, except for “Guaranteed Departures”, our trips require a minimum number of participants to enable us to operate them. If any trip does not have the minimum number of participants required to make it commercially viable,

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we are entitled to cancel it. We will notify you or your travel agent of cancellation for this reason not less than 6 weeks before the start of your trip. For “Guaranteed Departures”, there is no minimum group size and we will not cancel the “land only” itinerary unless forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 13). However, for groups with less than 3 participants, we reserve the right to make changes to the Explore Leader or form of transport as referred to in clause 11. If we have to cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure and the cancellation does not result from your failure to pay, we will offer you the choice of purchasing an alternative trip offered as a result of consolidation or another available trip from us (in either case, paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in price) or receiving a full refund of all monies paid to us excluding Annual Insurance premiums if applicable. We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible transport and other arrangements which can be cancelled or changed without charge, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment or other charges you may incur in relation to any transport or other arrangements which you have to change or cancel as a result of the cancellation of your trip. In addition, we will as a minimum, where compensation is due, pay you the compensation set out in the table in clause 11 above depending on the circumstances and when the cancellation is notified to you or your travel agent subject to the following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where (1) we are forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care (such circumstances are likely to include those listed in clause 13 “Force Majeure”) or (2) we have to cancel because the minimum number of participants necessary for us to operate your trip has not been reached (see above). No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time).

13. Force majeure

Except where otherwise expressly stated in these conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any injury, damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these conditions, “force majeure” means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include whether actual or threatened war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, disease, fire and all similar events outside our control.

14. Our responsibility for your trip

Your booking is accepted on the understanding that you appreciate and accept the possible risks inherent in adventure travel and that you undertake the trips, treks or expeditions featured in our programme at your own volition. (1) We promise to make sure that the trip arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide, as applicable, as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these conditions and the other information which forms part of your contract with us, we will accept responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or personal injury or your contracted trip arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted trip arrangements. Please note, it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers). (2) We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss possessions and loss of enjoyment), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following: the act(s) and/or omission(s) you or any member(s) of your party or the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your trip and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or ‘force majeure’ as defined in clause 13 above (3) Please note, we cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which any supplier agrees to provide for you where the

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services or facilities are not advertised by us and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract. Any optional excursions or activities booked during your holiday do not form part of our contract as these are all arranged for you directly by the suppliers concerned – please see clause 15: Optional Excursions and activities below. In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any advertising material or elsewhere, we only promise to use reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you. (4) The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract – and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred – will be used as the basis for deciding whether the services in question had been properly provided. Please bear in mind that standards of, for example, safety, hygiene, and quality may vary throughout the destinations, services and transport your trip involves and may be lower than or different to those applicable in the UK. If the particular services which gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with the local laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided. This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those services been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature which might lead a reasonable holidaymaker to refuse to take the trip in question. (5) As set out in these conditions, we limit the maximum amount we may have to pay you for any claims you may make against us. We do not, however, limit or exclude our liability for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of ourselves or our employees (providing they were at the time acting within the course of their employment). Where we are found liable for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the maximum amount we will have to pay you is £500 per person affected unless a different limitation applies to your claim under clause 14(6) below. You must ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect your personal belongings. For all other claims which do not involve death or personal injury, if we are found liable to you on any basis, the maximum amount we will have to pay you is twice the price (excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under clause 14 (6) below. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your trip. (6) Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on and/or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, sea, rail or road carrier, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you will be limited. The most we will have to pay you for that claim or that part of a claim if we are found liable to you on any basis is the most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question were that claim made against it (for example, the Warsaw Convention 1929 as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention 1999 for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air, the Athens Convention 1974 for international travel by sea and COTIF, the Convention on International Travel by Rail. Please note: where a carrier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the carrier or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request. (7) Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by ourselves or our employees or, where we are responsible for them, our suppliers. Additionally we cannot accept liability for any expenses or losses incurred by or relating to any business including self-employed loss of earnings. (8) You must provide ourselves and our insurers with all assistance we may reasonably require. You must also tell us and the supplier concerned about your claim or complaint as set out in clause 6. If You have a Complaint. If asked to do so, you must transfer to us or our insurers any rights you have against the supplier or whoever else is responsible for your claim or complaint (if the person

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concerned is under 18, their parent or guardian must do so). You must also agree to cooperate fully with us and our insurers if we or our insurers want to enforce any rights which are transferred.

15. Optional excursions and activities

We and our Explore Leaders may provide you with information (before departure and/or when you are on holiday) about optional activities and excursions which do not form part of your pre-booked holiday arrangements and which are available in the area you are visiting. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other providers who are entirely independent of us and they may or may not have their own public liability insurance. They may require a waiver form to be signed. Optional excursions and activities do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators / providers and / or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. Where an Explore Leader collects payment for or otherwise assists in booking any such activity or excursion for you, we and the Explore Leader act solely as booking agent for the local operator / provider of the activity or excursion with whom you will have a contract. The local operator / provider’s terms and conditions will apply. We cannot accept any liability on any basis in relation to such activities or excursions and the acceptance of liability contained in clause 14(1) of our booking conditions will not apply to them. We do not, however, exclude liability for the negligence of ourselves or our employees resulting in your death or personal injury. We do not guarantee that any optional activity or excursion mentioned in our brochure, on our website or elsewhere will be available to book during your holiday and / or will operate as advertised as these services do not form part of our contract and are not under our control. They may not be available for various reasons. Any prices given in advance are indicative only. We will not be liable if you cannot, for whatever reason, book any such activity or excursion or if the activity or excursion does not operate as advertised.

16. Flights/Transport/Delays

The timings of air, sea, road or rail departures are estimates only. Subject to clause 11 “If we Change your Trip”, we cannot accept any liability for any change, cancellation or delay in your transportation from or to the UK or during your trip whether any change, cancellation or delay is caused by adverse weather conditions, rescheduling by a transport supplier, airline or airport authority, action by air traffic controllers, mechanical breakdown, industrial action or any other event or circumstance outside our control. Where long flight delays result in lost trip time, no refunds are given by hotels or suppliers. Similarly, except where the Denied Boarding Regulations apply, airlines do not offer compensation for flight delays. It is in recognition of the above that our travel insurance policy offers compensation for flight delays over 12 hours (not applicable to flights within a trip itinerary). However, at their discretion your carrier will endeavour to reduce the inconvenience of any delay by providing meals and accommodation, as appropriate for the time of day or night (dependent on local availability), if you are delayed for more than 12 hours. If you incur payments for any services in the event of a delay, we will not accept responsibility for payment unless we have given our prior consent. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline, depending on the circumstance, the airline may be required to pay you compensation, refund the cost of your flight and/or provide you with accommodation and/or refreshments under the EC Regulations No 261/2004 – the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004 where applicable you must pursue the airline directly for the compensation or other payments due to you. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. This includes any disappointment, distress, inconvenience or effect on any other arrangements. The fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations or in respect of any flight cancellation or delay, downgrading of any flight ticket or denial of any boarding as the full amount of your entitlement to any compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations. If for any reason, we make any payment to you or a third party which the airline is responsible for in accordance with the Denied Boarding Regulations, you must, when requested, assign to us the rights you have or had to claim the payment in question from the airline. If your airline does not comply with these rules, you should complain to the CAA at caa.co.uk.

17. Late bookings

We emphasise the importance of making a booking at the earliest opportunity, because of the small group nature of our trips. For bookings received within 6 weeks of your trip start date (or at an earlier stage for certain trips), the contract between the Company and the client comes into existence as soon as full payment has been received by us or our authorised travel agent.

18. Brochure / Website / Advertising material accuracy

The information contained in our brochure, on our website and in our other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. However, errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen trip (including the price) with us or your travel agent at the time of booking. Issue date: September 2015. Explore Worldwide Ltd. Registered Office: Nelson House, 55 Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7PA, UK. VAT No. 358 7552 13.

Data Protection Privacy Statement Your privacy is important to us. We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (“data protection laws”). You confirm that you will only enter information about yourself and those in your party and that such information is true. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, we, Explore Worldwide Limited are a data controller. In order to process your booking, brochure and Trip Note requests, provide your trip and to help us provide you with a more personal service, we need to collect certain personal details from you. These details will include, where applicable, the names and contact details of party members, credit/ debit card or other payment details and special requirements such as those relating to any disability or medical condition which may affect the chosen trip arrangements and any dietary restrictions which may disclose your religious beliefs. If we need any other personal details, we will tell you before we obtain them from you. We need to pass on your personal details to the companies and organisations who need to know them so that your trip can be provided (for example your airline, hotel, other supplier, credit/debit card company or bank). Such companies and organisations may be outside the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein if your trip is to take place or involves suppliers outside these countries. We would also like to store and use your personal details for future marketing and trip review purposes (for example, sending you a brochure or details of new features, trips or special offers which we think may be of interest to you, including by email). All details you give us in connection with your booking (including those relating to any disability or medical condition or your religious beliefs) will be kept by us but we will use only names and contact details for marketing purposes (unless you have indicated that you do not wish us to do so). We may also send you promotional information about selected third parties’ products and services that may be of interest to you. Occasionally we hire other companies to provide services on our behalf, for example providing holiday reviews and mailing information to our customers. We only provide those companies with the personal details relating to our clients which they require in order to deliver the service. They are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose. We will ensure that anyone to whom we pass your details for this reason agrees to treat it with the same level of protection we are obliged to provide. If you do not want us to do any or all of these things, please let us know as soon as possible. Except where expressly permitted by the Data Protection Act, we will only deal with the personal details you give us as set out above unless you agree otherwise. We have appropriate security measures in place to protect this information. You are generally entitled to ask us (by letter or e-mail) what details of yours are being held or processed, for what purpose and to whom they may be or have been disclosed. We will charge a fee to respond to such a request. We promise to respond to your request within 40 days of receiving your written request and fee. In certain limited circumstances we are entitled to refuse your request. If you believe that any of your personal details which we are processing are inaccurate or incorrect, please contact us immediately. Please note telephone calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes. From time-to-time, our staff, customers and suppliers may take photographs and video footage of trips in progress, including pictures of our customers. These pictures may be used in future marketing materials and stored physically and digitally. If you do not wish for your family to be filmed or for your pictures to be taken or used in this manner, please advise your Explore Leader and/or the photographer at the start of your trip. As our privacy statement may change due to developments in the law, we would encourage you to re-read our privacy statement at www.explore.co.uk/privacy-policy from time to time so that you are aware of any changes in how we gather and use personal information.

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HOW TO BOOK

How to book

Book early Our Worldwide Adventure trips fill up quickly, so to guarantee your choice of trip and departure date it is best to book as early as possible.

3 easy ways to book

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Local Travel Agent

Call our Adventure Travel Consultants on 01252 757 575

Visit your local travel agent

Booking checklist

Payment

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Advance Passenger Information (API/APIs)

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Some governments require you to provide personal information from your passport, before travel. We will advise you if this is required.

To secure a booking we require a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the trip price. Occasionally, a higher deposit is required but you will be advised about this at the time of booking. A higher deposit will be required if any travel partners require additional payment at the time of booking (or before the date at which the full balance becomes due). If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking. Occasionally, full payment for a particular service (such as your flights) may be required at the time of booking.

Booking Conditions

Final Payment

Most airlines now require your full first name, middle name (if you have one) and surname. These must be provided exactly as they appear on your passport, otherwise boarding may be denied.

When you book, you will be asked if you have read and understood the Booking Conditions and General Information (p264-270) – please note that you are legally bound to do so. Although many people decide not to read the small print, you will find that a great deal of useful information is included within it. We really appreciate you taking the time to do this.

Fitness and Ability

You must be sufficiently fit and healthy to be able to take part in all included elements of the trip.

Visas

A final invoice will be sent to you nine weeks before departure. This must be paid no later than eight weeks before departure.

Cheque, Debit and Credit Cards

You can pay the deposit and final invoice by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and MasterCard. A credit card fee of 1.52% is payable on all transactions. This fee does not apply if you pay by debit card.

Data Protection Legislation

Explore Worldwide Ltd is registered on the UK Data Protection Register in the UK. For our full data protection and privacy statement please see page 270.

Please leave adequate time to obtain all visas and make sure you have enough space in your passport for stamps.

Travel Insurance

Is mandatory for all customers on all Explore trips. Please see page 265 or visit www.explore.co.uk/insurance

Pre-existing Medical Conditions Must be declared to your insurers.

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To book or enquire:

Tel: 01252 757 575 Visit us online 24 hours a day at:

www.explore.co.uk

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Walking and Trekking

Enjoy the freedom of exploring the world on two wheels whether you are a casual cyclist or dedicated enthusiast. Choose from self-guided or a small group accompanied by a leader.

From mountain treks to gentle walks, our range of walking and trekking holidays enable you to set foot in some of the world’s most inspiring landscapes.

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Polar Voyages

Full of inspirational adventures designed specifically with families in mind; choose from wildlife, discovery and activity holidays around the globe.

Discover the tranquillity, staggering scenery and wildlife as you journey to the heart of the Arctic or the tip of Antarctica with our range of small ship expedition voyages.

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