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Family ADVENTURES


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explore Taking your family on holiday presents a great opportunity to spend precious time together whilst enjoying another part of the world. Choosing something which will excite everybody can be challenging but I think you’ll be inspired by the trips within this brochure. We’ve drawn on over a decade’s experience of taking all kinds of families on adventures across the globe. Many of the team here at Explore, including me, are parents and we’ve tried most of our holidays to ensure they’re appealing and relevant. I’m lucky to be heading to Ecuador shortly with the family, a whole new experience for us all. We love to get your feedback and I’m pleased to say that many of you re-book with Explore; we have some customers who have travelled with us practically since we began! We appreciate and act on your comments and we love to see your amazing photos of the memorable holidays you’ve enjoyed. We’re rolling out some new family trips in this brochure, which all offer authentic adventures and allow you to discover the sites and culture of the country you visit. We’ve included memorable highlights such as seeing pink dolphins in Thailand, kayaking around the canals of Venice and visiting a cheetah conservation centre in Namibia. On our Family Adventures you’ll probably travel with three or four other families, accompanied by an Explore Leader. Our leaders take care of all the daily arrangements so that you can relax and enjoy your time away. If you want to create a trip of your own, our dedicated Tailormade team can help. You can use our suggested itineraries or be as imaginative as you like and we’ll help to build your perfect holiday. We’ve made certain that there is truly something for everyone.

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Why Explore? We’ve been operating adventurous and inspiring trips for over 35 years and draw on this experience to ensure all our holidays are just right. Many of us at Explore are parents so we understand the different needs of families on holiday. We also try out our family adventures ourselves, and continually assess how we can improve our exciting range of trips. So if you are looking for a holiday which combines fun, adventure, activity and relaxation, we’d love to help you. We are proud to announce that 97% of our customers would book with us again. Independently verified reviews September 2016

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WHY EXPLORE?

EXCITING ADVENTURES YOU WON’T GET ELSEWHERE Trusted and ATOL Protected

Explore Leaders

2017 marks our 36th year of operating adventure holidays. In that time, we have earned the trust of thousands of customers who travel with us every 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.

Our small group holidays are accompanied by an Explore Leader to take care of day-to-day arrangements. They are the best in the business - the awards they’ve won prove it! Explore Leaders have first-hand local knowledge and are there to ensure you have an amazing travel experience. We are immensely proud of the work that our leaders do; the passion they hold for their countries is infectious and helps to inspire the minds of explorers both young and young at heart.

100% Guaranteed Departures Rest assured that all Explore Family Adventures are guaranteed to run as soon as the first family books. Once your booking is confirmed your holiday won’t be cancelled by us for any reason other than force majeure. You can look forward to your trip and begin packing your case in the knowledge that once you’re booked, you’re going – guaranteed! You can rely on Explore to provide not only your precious family holiday but all the wonderful memories you’ll be bringing back as well.

Small, Sociable Groups Our family groups usually comprise between 10 to 18 people of all ages, including solo parents, multiple child and grandparents. Our trips will take you all over the world to places you’ve always dreamed of visiting. You’ll discover different cultures, meet the locals and have lots of new experiences. We can’t wait to welcome you.

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

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EXPLORE GIVES YOU MORE With our Family Adventures we give you the best value and quality, so that you can afford to take that special trip all together. Our prices include all accommodation, the services of an experienced Explore Leader (except on Private Trips), and the activities and meals described in the itinerary. In addition, we are pleased to be able to offer special discounts to our regular travellers and to those who organise their own group.

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EXPLORE GIVES YOU MORE

ADDED VALUE

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Group Discounts

Adventure travel is all about shared experiences, so why not club together with friends, relations or other families and book one of our family adventures as a larger group? If you get a group of 6-9 people together you’ll save 5%. For groups of 10 people or more you’ll save 10%. For more details go to www.explore.co.uk/familydiscounts

Loyalty Discount We are proud to say that we have many customers who have been booking their holidays with us year-on-year. To thank our families who choose to book with us again, we offer a 5% discount on your second and all subsequent group or private family holidays with Explore. So go on, if you are considering another trip we will make it worth your while! The discount is applied per person, not per booking. Terms and conditions apply – please see www.explore.co.uk/familydiscounts

Little Extras Explore provides those little extras, especially for little travellers. To keep our younger explorers entertained we send a free Huxley the Hippo cuddly toy, with the older children receiving a pack of Explore playing cards to our UK customers. We love hearing about what Huxley has got up to on his travels – and he loves having his picture posted on our Facebook page! Do share your adventures with Huxley with us.

Transfers Included You can relax as we include transfers to and from the arrival airport for all family small group trips. So whether you arrange your own flights or book them through Explore, you can arrive at your destination knowing that your transfer to your trip start point is sorted out. Please go to www.explore.co.uk/transfers for details.

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CHOOSING YOUR TRIP You may already know which trip you desire but if you’d like some inspiration, you’ve come to the right people! We’re here to help you choose the perfect holiday for you and your family. Our trips are categorised by theme, accommodation rating and trip pace to provide an idea of what you can expect. Of course, you are the experts on what your family will enjoy but, to assist, we’ve rated each trip on the child age we feel it is most suitable for, based on the itinerary. By using this information we hope you will be able to choose the holiday that’s perfect for all the family. If you need any help or advice do give us a call; we’d be pleased to hear from you.

Family Adventures If you want to create a trip of your own, our dedicated Tailormade team can help. You could use our suggested itineraries as a starting point or be as imaginative as you like! We will build your perfect holiday. Working to your budget we can include exactly what you want to do and see with complete flexibility of dates.

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A WORLD OF CHOICE

HOLIDAY THEMES AND ACTIVITIES The best bit about Explore is our huge selection of unique and exciting worldwide experiences – what will you choose? We’ve categorised the main theme of each trip to help you easily find the one that best fits your family’s interests.

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Discover ancient and contemporary cultures, visit iconic sites and explore the world’s most inspiring landscapes.

Discover the world’s most beautiful rivers and seas by boat, with exploration, fun and relaxation along the way.

Enjoy getting active in the great outdoors as you try activities as diverse as sea kayaking, zip-wiring, canoeing, whitewater rafting, canyoning and mountain biking.

Witness first-hand some of the most remarkable wildlife on the planet.

Explore some of the world’s most impressive mountains, valleys and hills on foot. Enjoy being able to explore more remote places.

Venture into pristine winter landscapes by snowshoe, ski, dogsled or snowmobile. Try out activities like iceskating, snow tubing and igloo building.

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

Trip Pace All of our trips are graded by pace because we want you to love your Explore holiday. If you want to make the most 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, choose one with a relaxed pace. On our cycling, walking and activity trips those graded easy and moderate are suitable for most fit and active families. 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. Please give us a call if you are unsure. Trip Pace: Relaxed These are easy-paced trips with plenty of time to relax. Absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings. 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 Pace: Full On On fast-paced trips you will see and do loads as they move quickly on from place to place. With busy days and some early starts, they’re packed full of amazing experiences.

Your Family Needs Solo Parents All of our family adventures are great for solo parents. About a quarter of all the families travelling on our holidays are solo parent families. The beauty of our group holidays is that you can share your experiences with the other families on your trip; it’s a great way of making new friends, whatever age you are! Child Ages The best person to decide whether a trip is suitable for your children or not is you but, as a guide, we’ve given each holiday a ‘most suitable for’ age rating.

This information is displayed on each trip page like this:

MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 8+

See trip pages or our website for details, including minimum age requirements. If you have older children and prefer to travel just with families who have children of a similar age, we have some trips with dedicated departures for those aged 11 years and older. Please use the age search facility or the dates and prices section on our website for details.

Accommodation Grade We use a range of accommodation on our trips, which is carefully chosen for its location and character. You’ll find an accommodation grade on each trip page; the definitions of these grades are given below. 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 but 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. The comfortable rooms will usually have en-suite facilities. Premium Our premium 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. Triple Rooms Triple-sized can be a real benefit to larger families who want to stay in the same room. Triple rooms are available on selected trips on a number of night stops within the holiday. A discount may be applicable on the cost of the trip for families booking triple rooms. If this sounds just what you need, please ask our Sales team for further information.

Private Trips On selected trips, if the dates we are operating do not match your family holiday requirements, then you could book 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. Private Trips are highlighted with this symbol in the brochure:

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FLIGHTS

Fly me FROM... If you would like to book a flight inclusive holiday with Explore, we are delighted to be able to offer you a range of flight options. We can organise flights from most of the UK’s regional airports and from Dublin. These are either direct flights or via an onward connecting point to your final destination. Flight inclusive packages booked with Explore are fully bonded. This means that we will manage any changes required in the event of changes to your holiday or airline schedule changes after you have booked. If however you choose to book your own flights, you are responsible for the associated costs of any changes. Group Flights On many holidays we hold a small group of competitively priced seats with a specified airline which exactly fit the departure and return dates and times. Our flight inclusive holiday price includes these flights. These flights will depart from a London airport however regional connections may also be available. When you choose to travel on a group flight you will pay only the deposit for your holiday at the time of booking and we manage any changes thereafter.

Contract Flights Where we do not hold group flights, we negotiate rates with a number of preferred airline partners. These fares are highly competitive and are a great option if you are considering extending your stay before or after your trip. You may be required to pay a higher than normal deposit for your holiday in order to secure the best available fare to match your requirements.

‘Best fare of the day’ We will seek to match the best fares available in the open market including those from low cost carriers such as easyJet. These fares fluctuate on a daily basis and an additional non-refundable payment of the full airfare will be required. For each of the above options, Explore charge a small administration fee. Once you have booked a flight with us as part of your holiday, we are responsible for managing any changes that may affect your flight. In most instances, flight upgrades may also be available – please ask us for details when making your flight inclusive holiday booking.

Booking your own flights: You may prefer to purchase your own flights and book with Explore on a ‘Land Only’ basis. Whist you may get the best available flight price, we need 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. And just like our ‘Best fare of the day’ airfares you will usually have to pay in full at time of booking. • In the event that your trip is amended or cancelled, you will be liable for the cost of any changes or cancellations that could affect your flight ticket 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 flexible and refundable.

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CONNECT WITH US

Connect With Us

One of the best things about travel is all the interesting stories and pictures you can share with family and friends. Here at Explore we love seeing all your holiday photos, videos, tweets and updates too! Tag or mention us in your posts so we can share your incredible stories.

family photo competition…

WIN £250

Explore Worldwide

Enter the best photos taken on your family adventure and you could win up to £250 in Explore holiday vouchers – plus the possibility of seeing them used in next year’s brochure and on our website! All you need to do is send your photos as attachments to familyphotos@ explore.co.uk by 31 May 2017 and you are in with a chance.

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Holiday Planner We operate our trips during the school holidays because we know how difficult it is to take children out of school during term-time. To help you plan your time away, the page opposite shows which trips run in each of the holiday periods. By the way, if you want the freedom of choosing your own dates, you can select a Private Trip or go Tailor-made. The trip pages in this brochure show in which months each holiday operates. Please see the dates and prices section on our website for full details of departure dates.

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HOLIDAY PLANNER

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Croatian Active Adventure

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Cruise Croatia

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Croatia

Croatian Active Adventure and Cruise Croatia

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Finland

NEW Finland Winter Adventure

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NEW Finland Summer Adventure

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NEW French Alps Adventure

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Caique Cruise

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Land of Ice and Fire

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Winter Iceland Adventure

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In the Shadow of Vesuvius

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Tuscan Active Adventure

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Active Sicily

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NEW Cycle Tuscany Adventure

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Slovakia Winter Adventure

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NEW Romanian Winter Adventure

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Legends of Lycia

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Cruising the Turquoise Coast

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Legends of Lycia and Cruising the Turquoise Coast

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Okavango Adventure

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Egypt

Egyptian Adventure

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The Lost City of Petra

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Rock the Kasbah

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Atlas Adventure

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Kasbahs and Camels

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Namibia

NEW Namibian Adventure

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Oman

NEW Oman Adventure

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South Africa

Discover South Africa

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Kruger, Kwazulu and Coast

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Tanzania

Serengeti, Safari and Zanzibar

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Cambodia

Cambodia Adventure

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China

Beijing to Hong Kong

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Taj, Tigers and Palaces

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Indian Discovery

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Malaysia - Borneo

Land of the Orang-utan

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Sri Lanka - Maldives

Sri Lanka and Maldives Adventure

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River Kwai and Jungle Adventure

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Tropical Islands and Jungle

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Ancient Jungle and Tropical Beaches

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Thailand

Thai Hilltribe Adventure

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NEW Thailand and Burma Adventure

FTB

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Vietnam Vietnam - Cambodia Thailand

Discover Vietnam

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Saigon to Bangkok Explorer

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Belize Adventure

FBZ

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Canadian Adventure

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Canadian Winter Adventure

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Costa Rica

Rainforest Adventure

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Cuba

Viva Cuba!

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Ecuador/Galapagos

Ecuador and the Galapagos Adventure

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NEW Mexico Adventure

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Nicaragua

Active Nicaragua

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Peru Adventure

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Inca Trail Adventure

FPT

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Into the Wild West

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NEW Yellowstone Adventure

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THE EXPLORE ETHOS Leading the way‌ All of our group family trips are led by an Explore Leader who has first-hand local knowledge of the country you are visiting. They give you a unique insight into the culture and will help uncover well-hidden gems that other travellers can only dream of. Learning about ancient sites, local food and traditions has never been so much fun; especially when it’s relayed in the passionate, light-hearted and inspiring way for which our Explore Leaders are famous. In addition, they also take care of daily arrangements so you are never left struggling to find where your hotel is or how to find a restaurant for your evening meal. With logistics taken care of, you can focus on enjoying your precious time away.

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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THE EXPLORE ETHOS

Going local... We really believe in taking you to the heart of the country you are visiting. y 95% of our Explore Leaders are from the place you are visiting, ensuring your family experiences the country through the eyes of a local.

y We generally stay in locally-owned hotels and on some trips,

also homestays, to better understand and learn about local culture.

y We support the Born Free Foundation and the Mahouts Foundation and are passionate about the fair treatment of animals on our trips.

y We are preventing people from cutting down the Amazon

rainforest by working with local communities through Cool Earth.

Get to know the locals by trying out some of these! y Learning Arabic with local families in Morocco y Cooking pizza in Italy y Joining in with school kids at the Yaowawit School in Thailand

y Dropping in at Mrs Nani’s home where she shows us how to

make traditional Vietnamese rice paper

y Skateboarding with the locals in a Cape Town urban park y Putting into practice your new-found Bedouin skills in the

Jordanian desert

y Kayaking from an eco-lodge and sleeping in a Sri Lankan

mud house

Caring for our Planet At Explore we’re passionate about enriching lives through adventure travel. Take a look at what we’ve been up to over the last 12 months.

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Europe For a fabulous holiday the huge continent of Europe is hard to beat because it’s near and so diverse. It’s a treasure trove of ancient wonders, new experiences and awesome activities, all waiting to be found. Eat some of the world’s best ice cream and discover storybook forts and ruins as you wander along time-worn streets. Explore frozen mountains and fiery volcanoes and kayak around stunning islands; or meet the animals in colourful, rural landscapes. For a family, a European adventure is a smart way to realise everyone’s dreams.

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TRIP ONLY 7 DAYS FROM £1599 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FIC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 7+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 2 nights simple guesthouse, 2 nights standard guesthouse, 2 nights standard hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 6 breakfasts are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver, boat crew, activity guide(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18.

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Hike on a glacier, explore lava tube caves and spot whales

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y Catching fresh seafood y Wallowing in the thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon

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Visit Gullfoss waterfall and geysers. Drive to Thingvellir and on to a Viking heritage centre.

Walk along the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Explore the west coast of Iceland and try caving.

Cruise to the islands of Breidafjordur, try freshlycaught seafood and drive to Reykjavik.

Optional whale watching or time in the capital. Drive to the airport where the trip ends.

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A holiday of a lifetime, we wanted to stay in Iceland when it was time to go home. Exciting variety of things to do and see. So many wonderful highlights! Juliet Pickering

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £1599 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FWI ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 8+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 3 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard farm stay, 2 nights standard guesthouse. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. TRANSPORT: Minibus, boat. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

magic moments y Experiencing a powerful earthquake simulator

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Iceland is a landscape full of wonder, whales, waterfalls and wilderness

lessons in the frozen landscapes

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This adventure allows us to explore the stunning beauty of Iceland’s volcanic landscape with its snow-covered glaciers, steaming geysers and lava fields. We also experience an earthquake simulator, learn survival skills in winter landscapes, enjoy a Viking heritage centre, walk on a glacier and watch wildlife including whales in their natural habitat. There's time to admire the thundering falls at Gullfoss and, if we are lucky, we may even experience the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights. DAY

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Visit a working farm and a Viking heritage centre.

Explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and try out a cave adventure.

Visit waterfalls and hot springs. Drive to Reykjavik for a Viking necklace decoration lesson.

Enjoy a whale watching trip from Reykjavik’s harbour which brings you close to local wildlife.

Swim in the thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon and drive to the airport where the trip ends.

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We take a lot of awesome holidays, but this was the best ever. Life changing, you won't be disappointed! Kristen Pressner

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TRIP ONLY 7 DAYS FROM £1649 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FSF ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 8+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 6 nights standard cabins, 1 night standard hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader, activity guide(s), driver(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

magic moments y Watching brown bears in their natural habitat

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Finland is a wonderland country packed with adventure and exciting activities. Our base for the trip is in Kylmaluoma found in the northeastern part of the country and where we enjoy canoeing, rafting, visiting a reindeer farm and even watching brown bears in their natural habitat. A week's adventure for all the family including a night in Finland's charming capital, Helsinki.

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Guided walking sightseeing of Helsinki before flying to Kuusamo Airport and driving to Kylmaluoma.

Drive to Oulanka National Park for white water rafting and visit a reindeer farm.

Walking trip in the wilderness. Finnish sauna available in the evening.

Canoeing trip on the lakes and rivers nearby the accommodation.

Wilderness skills lesson with fire making, orientation and fishing being taught.

Drive to Oulu airport where the trip ends.

The log cabins within the camping area of the Kylmaluoma Hiking area has a kitchen and dining/lounge area. There is a single bed plus a bedroom-alcove with two bunk beds (total of 5 beds per cabin). Facilities include heating, toilet and shower. There is also a restaurant and reception area plus a traditional Finnish sauna.

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Free morning for optional activities. Drive to the Russian border to Arola farm where we observe Brown Bears.

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*Aged 5-11 years on date of departure. †Adult price applies to 12+ year olds with reduction for 12-15 year olds. Please see page 99 for more information.

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TRIP ONLY 4 DAYS FROM £995 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FWF ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 9+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 4 nights standard hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus. STAFF: Explore Leader, activity guide(s), driver(s) GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

magic moments y Travelling in an especially designed off-road vehicle

AN Action packed snow sports holiday with a difference

y Sledging down snowy slopes

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Husky sledding, Snowmobile safari, Off-road vehicle, Sledging Downhill skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice fishing, Igloo building

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Finland is a winter wonderland and on this trip we experience a range of adventure and activities. Our base for the trip is at the Paljakka ski area located in the north-eastern part of Finland where we can enjoy the snow-covered landscape and many exciting snow-based activities that include; husky sledding, a snowmobile safari, sledging, skiing downhill, travelling in an off-road vehicle, snowshoeing and even the chance to build an igloo. This is a great winter adventure and you may also even get the chance to see the Northen Lights. DAY

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Husky safari and snowmobile adventure and then take an off road vehicle up the slopes.

Morning guided skiing on the slopes with afternoon snowshoeing.

Try out ice fishing with optional skiing and then learn how to build an igloo.

Drive to Kajaani airport where the trip ends.

The hotel in the Paljakka ski resort is surrounded by beautiful winter landscapes and is a short distance to the slopes. The family run hotel which only has 24 en-suite rooms, offers family rooms that can take between 2 and 5 people plus it has a cafeteria for breakfast and restaurant for main meals. There is free Wi-Fi at the hotel and a sauna.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL DEC FEB APR Go online for departure dates *Aged 8-11 years on date of departure. †Adult price applies to 12+ year olds with reduction for 12-15 year olds. Please see page 99 for more information.

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TRIP ONLY 6 DAYS FROM £629 TRIP CODE: FRW ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 6+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple ice hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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This short winter break heads into the heart of the Transylvanian Alps. We learn winter survival lessons and how to make bread as well as wildlife tracking. There are a couple of treasure hunts around Bucharest and Sighisoara to bring these sightseeing trips to life along with the chance to try ice skating in the capital. The highlight of the trip is a visit to Bran Castle, better known as the setting for Bram Stoker's Dracula and a night in the Ice Hotel where we sleep in a room made entirely of ice - a truly unique experience! DAY

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Discover the legendary Bran Castle and learn how to track wildlife with a local expert.

Cable car up to the Ice Hotel for our overnight stay. Try out sledging and a winter survival lesson.

Visit Sighisoara en route to Viscri, where we learn to make bread and how to make a horse shoe.

Drive to Bucharest for a treasure hunt quiz around the city and optional ice skating.

Trip ends in Bucharest.

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Sleep in an ice hotel and explore Dracula's Castle whilst discovering the beauty of the Transylvanian Alps Please note; the FRWR trip departs in February and April and follows the same route as the FRW, although it does not stay in the Ice Hotel but a guesthouse close by. There will still be a visit to the Ice Hotel.

*Aged 4-11 years on date of departure. †Adult price applies to 12+ year olds with reduction for 12-15 year olds. Please see page 99 for more information.

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £995 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FPW ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 9+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 2 nights standard hotel, 5 nights standard guesthouse. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader, activity guide(s), driver(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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y Sledging down slopes in Slovakia at night

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On this adventure we explore the stunning natural beauty of Poland and Slovakia’s landscapes with their snow-covered mountains and beautiful towns. We also have the opportunity to experience a wide range of unusual and typical winter activities including; funtools, (a type of bike on skis), riding in a snow cat vehicle, snow tubing on air-filled wheels and night sledging as well as snowshoeing, ice skating and cross country skiing - a real winter adventure! DAY

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Morning ice skating. Afternoon optional skiing with a snow cat ride for dinner in the mountains.

Try your hand at snowtubing on an inflatable ring plus an afternoon cooking lesson.

Drive to Krakow with afternoon free to explore.

Drive to the airport where the trip ends.

The hotel is situated in the centre of Tatranska Lomnica, near to the ski slopes and at the foot of Lomnicky Peak, the second-highest point in the High Tatra Mountains. All the en-suite rooms are comfortably furnished with most having balconies with views of the mountains of the High Tatras or Tatranska Lomnica. There is also a restaurant and cafe which has free Wi-Fi access.

Join trip in Krakow and explore the city on foot.

Morning A group activity departure to awaits with a the High Tatras challenge to with afternoon assist someone snowshoeing. who is hidden under piles of snow.

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*Aged 7-11 years on date of departure. †Adult price applies to 12+ year olds with reduction for 12-15 year olds. Please see page 99 for more information.

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Mountain bike trials Adventure parc Alpine walks Cooking lessons Survival lessons

WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights premium hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, cable car. STAFF: Explore Leader, activity guides, driver(s), cook. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 16.

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Bourg-Saint-Maurice White water rafting

y Staying in a mountain chalet hotel with home cooked meals prepared

y Using crampons and ropes

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y Taking on the adventure park challenges including rope swings and an aerial runway

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y Rafting down the Isere River

Lac du Chevril Lake Alpine walks Cooking lessons Survival lessons

Mountain bike trials

with its exhilarating rapids

Tignes Lake Blob Jump Jumping Slide

y Practicing your French language skills

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Aside from the incredible mountain and lake views, there are so many things in Tignes to keep everyone in the family busy. With included walking, rafting and adventure rope park activities in our week’s adventure, combined with some free time to either relax or swim in the chalet's pool, we have designed the trip with children (and adults!) in mind. We stay at the Chalet Hotel Rosset in the heart of Tignes-le-Lac which offers a great combination of comfortable accommodation, spacious public areas and scenic views across the lake. Bourg-Saint-Maurice

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Join trip in Geneva and transfer to our alpine chalet.

Try out white water rafting on the Isere River with its exhilarating rapids.

Walk in the Vanoise National Park and try an alpine cooking lesson.

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walking on the Grande Motte glacier and afternoon adventure park.

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Drive to Geneva airport where the trip ends.

The Chalet Hotel Rosset is ideally located in Tignes with panoramic views of both the lake and mountains. There is a dining room, a comfy lounge area with a terrace, an indoor swimming pool and a bar. There are 21 en-suite bedrooms all decorated to a high standard. Restaurants, gondola lifts and bike trails are also close by. Wi-Fi is available.

Chevzil Lake

Free day Morning blob with optional jumping and a TIGNE LAKE trip to the jumping slide Mountain bike trials medieval town Adventure into the lake, parc Alpine walks of Annecy and with afternoon Cooking lessons further walks Survival for optional lessons or cycling in mountain bike the area. trails.

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*Aged 11 years on date of departure. †Adult price applies to 12+ year olds with reduction for 12-15 year olds. Please see page 99 for more information.

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Insider View "The week is full of great activities including mountain biking, a survival skills lesson, white water rafting and even a jumping slide into the lake." Karl Bolton Family Programme Manager at Explore

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £895 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FPY ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 12+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights standard hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

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Set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Pyrenees, the town of Sort is an ideal location for an activity holiday. We abseil down gorges, kayak and whitewater raft along rivers and explore the beautiful surroundings of Aigues Tortes National Park. There is time each day to relax at our hotel and enjoy its inviting swimming pool. All activity equipment is provided and no previous experience is necessary.

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Whitewater raft for 14km along the exhilarating Noguera River.

Transfer to the beautiful Aigues Tortes National Park for a walk around Sant Maurici Lake.

Drive to Geri de la Sal village for a morning in an open-kayak along the Noguera River.

There is the option to go kayaking or canyoning or try hydrospeed (river boarding).

Drive to Barcelona airport where the trip ends.

The hotel is situated in the Pyrenees and offers a range of facilities including; a bar, restaurant, lounge, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, gym, tennis courts, sun terrace and a large garden area. There is even a spa and wellness area as well as a sauna. The en-suite bedrooms also offer free Wi-Fi and have views over the garden or local town. Triple rooms are usually in the form of an apartment which is located at the hotel with direct access to the pool and garden area.

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Free day Abseil, jump for optional and slide down mountain the Estaron biking, horseCanyon. riding or simply relax in town.

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*Aged 11 years on date of departure. †Adult price applies to 12+ year olds with reduction for 12-15 year olds. Please see page 99 for more information.

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Insider View “Due to its location, Sort and its surrounding Pyrenees area has its own microclimate with an average of 300 days of sunshine each year. This has made the area one of the sunniest places in Spain and a rival to the temperatures and weather of the Mediterranean coastline. Our Pyrenees trip takes full advantage of this climate, and provides an extensive range of outdoor pursuits that include white-water rafting and mountain biking. One of the great things about this tour is that we stay at one hotel for the whole week, so you can settle in and enjoy the pool or even spa facilities after the activity adventures.� Karl Bolton, Family Programme Manager at Explore

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A great trip staying in the Italian Lakes and Venice

y Kayaking along the shores of Lake Garda

y Taking a cable car up Monte Baldo for spectacular views

y Scrambling and clambering over rocks as you try out canyoning

y Exploring Venice's canals by kayak

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Canyoning

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y Using suspended cables and bridges on the Via Feratta climbing course

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A week of adventure and activities in beautiful Northern Italy, with the idyllic setting of Lake Ledro near Lake Garda and the grand architecture and cultural heritage of Verona and the ever amazing floating city of Venice. A multi-active week with canyoning, walking, climbing and even kayaking along the canals in Venice!

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Join trip in Venice and drive to Lake Ledro. Relax or swim in the lake.

Enjoy some time at the Via Ferrata climbing course with the opportunity for kayaking on Lake Garda.

Take a cable car to Monte Baldo and walk on top of the mountain.

Canyoning including scrambling over rocks and jumping down the gorge.

Travel to Venice by bus and water taxi via a stop in Verona.

Explore Venice by kayak including paddling along the Canal Grande. Optional mask making.

Free day to explore the beautiful city of Venice or take a water taxi to the beach.

Trip ends in Venice.

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JUL AUG

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £995 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FNA ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 7+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights standard hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, ferry, train, on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

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EXPERIENCE THE AMALFI COAST AND STUNNING POMPEII

y Making your own Italian pizza and eating it!

y Walking around the crater rim of a live volcano

y Meeting the buffaloes

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Vesuvius 1281m Crater walk

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y Journeying back in time

Bay of Naples

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Clifftop town, Agriturismo & local villages

Ruins at Pompeii Amalfi Scenic walks

Positano Amalfi

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This charming corner of Italy is renowned for its superb scenery, mouth-watering cuisine and fine weather. Along the dramatic coastline we visit the Roman city of Pompeii and the majestic Greek temples of Paestum. We walk on the summit of Vesuvius where we can look down into its vast volcanic crater. Join us in making classic Italian pizza, or simply enjoy the sunshine by the hotel pool.

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Join trip in Naples and transfer to the Sorrento Peninsula.

Visit Pompeii and walk on the crater rim of the brooding volcano of Vesuvius.

Morning tour of the Sorrento Town; Afternoon visit agriturismo farm and pizza making.

Take a hydrofoil to Capri and discover its scenery with a boat cruise around the island.

Enjoy a free morning in Sorrento then continue on to Maiori where we have a walking tour.

Visit a working buffalo farm and the magnificent Greek Temples of Paestum.

Explore the seaside town of Amalfi with free time to take one of several walks nearby.

Drive to Naples airport where the trip ends.

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The trip was very well organised and we enjoyed every moment of the trip, made extra special with our guide.

Angela Crook

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*Aged 5-11 years on date of departure. †Adult price applies to 12+ year olds with reduction for 12-15 year olds. Please see page 99 for more information.

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £995 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FTY ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 12+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights standard agriturismo. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Minibus, bicycle, on foot, train. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver, activity guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Villetta Kayaking on Lake Vagli

y Holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa with one hand

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Rio Maggiore ‘Cinque Terre’ trails

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Lucca Walled town

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This energetic trip explores one of Tuscany’s hidden gems, the Garfagnana Valley. We combine varied outdoor activities with time to relax by the pool at our beautifully restored Tuscan villa. Kayak on a mountain lake, walk the Cinque Terre coastal path and cycle on the ancient city walls of Lucca. At the end of each day we return to our homely farmhouse and enjoy home-cooked Tuscan cuisine.

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Join trip at Pisa airport. Drive to our Tuscan farmhouse and working farm.

Kayak on a nearby lake, try climbing in an adventure park and visit a fortress.

Travel by train to the Cinque Terre coast for walking and swimming in the clear bays.

Morning walk in the Apennines with superb panoramic views. Relax at the farmhouse.

Optional visit to Lucca for a cycle or walk or explore Pisa and see the famous leaning tower.

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Canyoning An exhilarating activity 25km downhill involving bike ride abseiling, through jumping medieval and sliding villages and downriver back to the (suitable for all). farmhouse.

Trip ends at Pisa airport.

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ACCOMMODATION This trip stays at an agriturismo - accommodation located on a working farm. We use two different properties. Both provide a charming family atmosphere for your holiday with a swimming pool that has views of the Tuscan landscape with comfortable, rustically furnished en-suite rooms. They provide home-cooked, traditional Italian meals, often using produce from the farm. Wi-Fi is available.

*Aged 11 years on date of departure. †Adult price applies to 12+ year olds with reduction for 12-15 year olds. Please see page 99 for more information.

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Insider View “As the Explore Leader for this Tuscan Family Adventure since the origins of the trip, I am still amazed and excited every time I do the trip. It allows one to discover a part of Tuscany that most never see and in a way that brings out the best of the area in every sense. It is such a varied and busy trip, with activities from trekking in the mountains to biking downhill, coastal walking and beach time. We also go jumping off rocks and waterfalls and slide down a river while canyoning! One still gets the chance for some Italian culture in Lucca or Pisa, beautiful scenery and great home cooking and accommodation. One week is nearly not enough! Try the Tuscan Active Adventure, you won’t be disappointed." Rupert Yates Bell, Explore Leader.

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Tree climbing in Buffardello Park

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Lake Vagli Kayaking Ser chio

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Grotta del Vento caves

Canyoning, Local market and pizza making

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Adventure is not just for families with teenagers - this trip is especially designed for families with younger children but with enough activities and exploration to satisfy an older child. Tuscany is a perfect location - an area that offers excitement with a rich historical and scenic backdrop. We combine varied outdoor activities with time to relax by the pool at our beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse. Kayak on a mountain lake, take on a rope course, visit the ancient city of Lucca and at the end of each day return to our farmhouse and enjoy home-cooked Tuscan food. DAY

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Canyoning in the Turrite Valley and discover the local caves.

Climbing in an adventure park in San Romano with a free afternoon.

Free day with optional sightseeing of Lucca or Pisa.

Visit the local market in Castelnuovo and kayak on Lake Vaglito.

Visit to a cheese factory and have a battle reenactment in a castle followed by pizza making.

Walking in the Orecchiella National Park and see bears in a refuge.

Trip ends at Pisa airport.

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An adventure that is perfect for families with younger children

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £1099 TRIP CODE: FCTY ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard agriturismo. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, bicycle, train. STAFF: Explore Leader / cycle guide, activity guide(s). BIKE: 21 gear hybrid bike. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Beautiful scenery, great cycling and classic Italian food experiences

y Cycling along peaceful roads and cypress treelined country lanes

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Discover the quintessential Tuscan landscapes as we ride along the meandering Arno River cycle paths that take you from one monumental artistic city to the next. Visit some of Italy's most famed cultural centres such as Pisa and its world-renowned Leaning Tower, Lucca and the renaissance capital of Florence as well as Vinci, where Leonardo da Vinci was born. Pedal through a picture perfect Tuscan landscape, taste the many local specialties and even try out rafting, ice-cream tasting and pasta making. DAY

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Cycle through Pisa, past its famous monuments and into the surrounding countryside.

Follow the Serchio River to Lucca and cycle on the city walls, and explore the impressive piazzas.

Cycle a loop passing some of Lucca's prestigious villas and stroll through their luxurious gardens.

Ride past the Padule di Fucecchio wetlands nature reserve on your way to birthplace of Leonardo.

After a ride to see the sights of Vinci and its museum, travel by car and train to Florence.

A full day to explore many monuments, churches, museums and piazzas of this magnificent city.

Trip ends in Florence.

On this journey you cycle 148 km over six days (an average of 25 km per day). The rides mostly follow well-asphalted country lanes and quiet secondary roads (busier near the major towns) and there are some sections with cycle paths and gravel roads. The terrain is flat with some hillier sections on the last two cycling days.

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £995 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FSI ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 12+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple tree tent. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD, boat. STAFF: Explore Leader, activity guides, boat crew, driver(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

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Multi activity island adventure

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Aeolian Islands

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Sicily is an island that offers adventure with a rich historical backdrop. This trip blends a variety of activities with the cultural highlights of Palermo and Taormina. Activities include; sea kayaking, snorkelling, cycling, a water park, climbing, archery, power fan (free falling from a high platform attached to a safety harness), walking on Mount Etna and a pasta/pizza cookery lesson. Activities are graded easy and just require an enthusiasm for adventure! Each evening we return to the comfort of our hotel and on one night experience sleeping in a tree tent! DAY

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Join trip at Palermo airport and drive to our hotel.

Discover a vibrant and historical city with a cooking lesson of pasta or Sicilian pizza.

Chose from a range of activities in an adventure park and stay in tree tents.

Visit Etnaland, a water park with 14 slides all designed for excitement and adventure.

Enter another world as you ascend Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe.

Morning walk in the Alcantara Gorge with sea-kayaking in the afternoon.

Imagine Greek and Roman life at the impressive ruins of Taormina with afternoon snorkelling.

Trip ends at Catania airport.

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It was fantastic to pass all the stress of organising and keeping busy to Explore, the tour leader was amazing and made it such a great experience. Sarah Venn

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £1059 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FSY ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 4+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights standard hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD, boat, train, cable car. STAFF: Explore Leader, activity guide(s), boat crew, driver(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Busy and varied centre based activity trip

y Exploring the volcanic landscape of Mount Etna

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y Visiting a butterfly house and a farm where we horse ride

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Adventure is not just for families with teenagers - this trip is especially designed for families with younger children but with enough activities and exploration to satisfy an older child. This holiday blends a variety of activities including; snorkelling, a water park, climbing, taking a cable car up Mt Etna, visiting an organic farm and a pizza cookery lesson. Activities are graded easy and just require an enthusiasm for adventure! Each evening we return to the comfort of our hotel that we stay in for the whole of our stay. DAY

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Join trip in Letojanni at our family run hotel.

Forest trails, butterflies and a journey to the centre of the earth!

Speed boat to the Blue cave with swimming and snorkelling.

Try a high rope obstacles course with bridges, climbing walls, zip lines and canopy walks.

Cable car and 4x4 up Mt Etna to explore lunar landscapes of the highest volcano in Europe.

Visit Etna Land water theme park which includes 14 slides and a wave pool.

Circumnavigate Mount Etna by train and visit an organic farm for pizza making.

Trip ends after breakfast in Letojanni.

The family run hotel is located in central Letojanni with easy access to all the included activities to minimise travelling time. There is a terrace garden and a furnished sun roof with a swimming-pool plus a large lounge, bar, restaurant serving local and international dishes, a TV hall and a veranda-garden where the buffet breakfast is served.

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £785 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FCA ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 8+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights premium hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader, activity guide(s), driver(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18.

magic moments y Enjoying the thrill of whitewater rafting

y Learning to rock climb y Going for gold in a sea

Trogir UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Holiday lived up to our expectations and more. Truely fantastic. Tobin Payne-Cook

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Join us for a week of exciting activities in stunning Croatian landscapes. Based on an island just off Trogir and by the beautiful Dalmatian coast, we enjoy the thrills of whitewater rafting, try out sea kayaking and take the challenge of canyoning through caves and waterfalls. There is also time to discover Croatia’s historic sites or relax, making this the ideal trip for all the family.

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Join trip at the hotel on Ciovo Island near Trogir.

Walk around the local villages on Ciovo Island including a visit to a monastery.

Whitewater raft down the rapids on the Cetina River, passing caves and towering cliffs.

Free day to discover Krha National Park or explore Omis, once a pirate base.

Canyon through the Cetina Gorge, discovering waterfalls, pools and underground tunnels.

The family-run hotel is located on the Island of Ciovo, 4 km from the historic town of Trogir. The hotel overlooks the beach and has a restaurant, large pool, bar and a terrace area with views over the coastline. All rooms are en-suite and have air conditioning, satellite TV and a mini bar. Wi-Fi is available in the lobby of the hotel.

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Optional Sea kayak Trip ends visit to Split, along the Trogir at Split airport. a UNESCO coastline, World Heritage exploring Site, which is isolated bays famous for its and white sandy ancient walls. beaches.

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Insider View “This trip would appeal to anyone who fancies an adventure with lots of laughing along the way. The white water rafting was a particular highlight – a little adrenaline rush and a great way to see the beautiful Cetina river. All of the activities, like the canyoning and the sea kayaking involved a lot of giggling and it was great spending quality time with my daughter and for her to see mum in a different light. As we had hoped, our trip to Croatia was truly memorable and we both think of this as our best holiday ever.” Anna Sheldon, Admin Manager at Explore

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £1099 TRIP CODE: FDC ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Relaxed MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 13+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights simple boat. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Boat, bus. STAFF: Explore Leader, activity guide(s,) boat crew, driver(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

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Take to the seas on our Oldtimer boat and explore the beautifual dalmatian Islands

y Learning to windsurf off Brac Island

y Kayaking in clear blue waters

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Split airport

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Home to over a thousand islands, the Croatian Adriatic offers some of the best cruising in the Mediterranean. We travel to the scenic islands of Vis, Korcula, Hvar and Brac on board a traditional Oldtimer wooden boat. Unwind as you swim in crystal clear seas off the coast with sandy beaches, ancient villages and pine-forested trails that we explore plus enjoy the delicious local cuisine along the way. There will also be the chance to get active on our included cycling, windsurfing and sea kayaking excursions. DAY

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Sail to a small bay near Vela Luka for swimming and walks on shore.

Cruise to the island of Korcula with included windsurfing lesson before docking in Lumbarda.

Travel to Hvar and explore the town on foot including the Citadel and Dominican Monastery.

Cycle through the countryside on Hvar Island and sail onto Brac Island.

A short cruise to Sofia Island where we can try out the local produce at an olive oil factory.

Sail to Trogir where the trip ends.

Join trip Cruise to Vis in Trogir. Island via Settle into Bisevo where our cabins on we visit the board the boat. Blue Cave. Sea kayaking near Vis Town.

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A fantastic way to see the Croatian islands. The tour was varied and loads of fun.

Susannah Jones

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TRIP ONLY 15 DAYS FROM £1949 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FCAC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 8+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights simple boat, 7 nights standard hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 11 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Boat, bus, on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader, activity guide(s), boat crew, driver(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 18.

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Combine a week on a relaxing cruise with a week of activity

y Relishing the challenge of whitewater rafting

y Try canyoning through rushing waterfalls and hidden caves

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UNESCO World Heritage Site

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y Sea kayaking around the coastline near Trogir

Scenic walk

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Canyoning & whitewater rafting Zadvarje

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This two-week adventure takes in the best of Croatia with a week in a beach hotel, followed by a seven-night cruise around the islands off the Dalmatian coast on a traditional Oldtimer boat. Our itinerary includes rafting, canyoning, walking and sea kayaking. During our cruise, we discover beautiful islands, impressive medieval architecture and traditional Croatian cuisine.

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Join trip at your hotel on Ciovo Island near Trogir.

Discover Ciovo Island on foot.

Whitewater rafting down the rapids on the Cetina River.

After a free day, we canyon through the Cetina Gorge.

Optional visit to Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sea kayak along the turquoise waters of the Trogir coastline.

Join the boat in Trogir before cruising to Vis Island via Bisevo. Sea kayaking near Vis Town.

Travel to a small bay near Vela Luka for swimming and walks.

Sail to the medieval island of Korcula with afternoon windsurfing lesson.

Cruise to Hvar and enjoy exploring the citadel and traffic-free marbled streets.

Cycle through the countryside on Hvar Island before sailing to Brac Island for a swim.

Cruise to Sofia Island for our last night before we sail on to Trogir where the trip ends.

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £449 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FLL ACCOMMODATION: Standard ACTIVITY GRADE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 8+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights standard hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. STAFF: Explore Leader, activity guide(s), boat crew, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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From/To Dalaman Airport

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On this active family holiday to Turkey we uncover the rich history and beautiful landscape of ancient Lycia. We canoe from the ancient city of Xanthos to the beach at Patara, kayak over the sunken ruins of Kekova and explore the foothills of the Taurus Mountains. Based in the beautiful harbour town of Kas, we spend our evenings exploring the cobbled streets and enjoying local Turkish cuisine.

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Join trip at Dalaman airport and drive to Kas.

Take a gulet cruise and swim and snorkel from the boat.

Visit the Taurus Mountain foothills where we take a walk and enjoy a typical Turkish lunch.

Free day with option to visit the Greek island of Meis (or in Turkish, Castellorizo).

Drive to Xanthos where we canoe down river to Patara Beach and enjoy a swim in the warm sea.

Free day with option to visit the ancient city of Myra (where the legend of Santa Claus began).

Discover the sunken city of Kekova and visit Simena castle by sea kayak.

Trip ends at Dalaman airport.

The hotel is located in the centre of Kas and is a short walk from the sea. The en-suite rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV and hairdryer. Hotel facilities include; restaurant, two swimming pools one with water slide, three bars, massage room, Turkish bath and fitness centre. Wi-Fi is available in the spacious lobby.

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £625 TRIP CODE: FCE ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Relaxed MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 8+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights simple boat. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Boat, bus. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, cook, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Dalyan Visit Caunus and Iztuzu Beach by riverboat

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Aga Limani

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Saklikent Gorge

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the therapeutic mud and enjoying tasty Turkish food

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y Learning some Turkish words and how to play backgammon

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Travel with us to the warm waters of southern Turkey. Sailing on a traditional gulet, we explore the beautiful shores of the Turquoise Coast. Along the way we snorkel in secluded coves, discover uninhabited islands and relax on the golden sand of Iztuzu beach. We wander through Roman ruins, and gaze at the settlement of Kekova, submerged beneath the Med.

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Travel by riverboat to the ruins at Caunus. Visit Iztuzu Beach before sailing to Yessica Island.

Cruise to the beautiful Bay of Kekova, stopping to swim en-route.

Optional kayaking to the sunken city of Kekova before cruising to the harbour town of Kas.

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Cruise to Sail to Kalkan Gemiler Island with an and swim and optional trip snorkel in the to Saklikent warm waters of Gorge and to the Turquoise the ancient city Coast. of Xanthos.

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Sail along Trip ends the Turquoise in Fethiye Coast towards harbour. Fethiye, Please note: stopping for Gulet itinerary swimming and may vary snorkelling. depending upon local conditions.

Brilliant trip. We loved the food, the places, the history, and the sunshine. I can't recommend it highly enough. Jane Stephenson

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TRIP ONLY 15 DAYS FROM £1099 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FLLC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 8+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights simple boat, 7 nights standard hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Boat, bus on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader, activity guide(s), boat crew, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Dalyan Visit Caunus and Iztuzu Beach by riverboat

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Dalaman

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ancient ruins

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Aga Limani

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Simena Kekova Island Sunken ruins

This two-week adventure in Turkey allows us to uncover beautiful landscapes and the rich history of ancient Lycia. Canoe from the ancient city of Xanthos, discover hidden beaches along the coastline, sea kayak over sunken ruins and explore ancient villages in the Taurus Mountains. The first week is based in the harbour town of Kas with its cobbled streets and street cafe culture followed by a week sailing along the coast on a traditional gulet. DAYS

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Free day with option to visit the Greek island of Meis (or in Turkish, Castellorizo).

Canoe down river to Patara Beach.

Free day with option to visit the ancient city of Myra (where the legend of Santa Claus began).

Discover the sunken city of Kekova and travel to Simena castle by kayak.

Join gulet (traditional sailboat) in Fethiye.

Travel by riverboat to the ancient rock tombs and ruins at Caunus.

Sail via Tersane Island to Gemiler Island for sunset. Optional walks on nearby islands.

Sail to Kalkan and then on to the beautiful Bay of Kekova.

Option to explore the sunken city of Kekova by sea kayak. Cruise to Kas.

Sail along the Turquoise coast towards Fethiye where the trip ends.

Join trip Drive to the in Dalaman Taurus Mountain and transfer to foothills where Kas where we we take a walk. enjoy a gulet Visit beautiful cruise across Kaputas beach. the bay.

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £579 TRIP CODE: FGC ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Relaxed MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 8+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 6 nights simple boat, 1 night standard hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches are included. TRANSPORT: Boat, bus, ferry, on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

magic moments

Travel along an unspoilt coastline that is away from the tourist crowd

y Jumping off the boat into the sea

y Snorkelling amongst the rocky coves for sea life

y Sailing around the Evian

EVIA ISLAND

coastline - be a captain for the day

ERETRIA

Ancient city-state Walk to temple Picturesque villages

PANAGIA

y Visiting tranquil fishing villages and meeting the locals

GREECE

y Explore ancient Eretria and monuments of Greece

NEA STYRA

Swimming Secluded islands

ATTICA

AEGEAN SEA

STIRA Stunning Coastline

PETALI

MARMARI KARYSTOS

Old venetian castle

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We experience traditional Greece on this relaxing cruise around the quiet coves and harbours of Evia Island. Join our captain, Thanos, on board a traditional Greek motorised sailing boat and explore the forts and ruins scattered along this historic coastline. Along the way we drop anchor at tranquil fishing villages and visit the local taverna to sample the delicious local Mediterranean cuisine.

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Join trip in Athens and travel to Rafina to catch a ferry to Evia and board our caique.

Sail to Bouros Bay, where we swim and snorkel and then on to Karystos.

Cruise to Panagia and visit a church with its 2,500 year old trees and a stream full of turtles.

Sail to Eretria and its ancient baths, mosaics and the Temple of Dafniforos Apollo.

Swim and snorkel before sailing to Nea Styra with its beautiful coastline.

Chance to swim in the bay at Porto Lafia before cruising to the fishing village of Marmari.

Sail towards the Petali Islands and on to Karystos where we overnight in a hotel.

Drive to Athens where the trip ends. Please note: itinerary may vary due to local conditions.

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A very relaxing happy tour with plenty of time for swimming and snorkelling and seeing local places of interest.

Ruth Bailey

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middle east AND

africa These two diverse regions will surpass all your family’s expectations for an unforgettable holiday. Choose between the exotic, ancient Middle East with its kasbahs, camels and desert camps or the breathtaking national parks and wildlife reserves of magnificent Africa. Live like a nomad in the vast sands of Morocco, conquer North Africa’s highest summit or float in the Dead Sea. Search for your favourite animals and canoe on a crater lake in Tanzania. Marvel at the vast plains surrounding Mt. Kilimanjaro or gaze at incredible Victoria Falls. Visit friendly Swahili towns or simply relax on palm-fringed beaches.

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TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £579 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FAT ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 2 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel, 1 night standard kasbah, 1 night simple camping, 1 night simple gite. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, minibus, bicycle, on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), cameleers. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

magic moments y Travelling by mule to a

y Living like a nomad in a

Mule ride & valley hike

TOURZA

Tizi-n-Tichka

Bike ride AÏT BEN HADDOU OUARZAZATE

camel caravan through the Sahara!

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Atlas Film Studios

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Camel ride & desert camp

Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia

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An active adventure in the Moroccan wilderness exploring North Africa’s highest mountains and the world’s largest desert. We ride mules in the High Atlas and cycle the southern mountain slopes. We explore the great Sahara Desert by camel and sleep among the dunes. We also discover the ancient city of Marrakech and experience the evening street entertainment on the Djemma el-fna square.

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Join trip in Marrakech.

Drive to the High Atlas mountains and take a mule trek to the remote village of Tripza.

Hike in the valleys of the southern Atlas. Visit Ait Ben Haddou, used in many film sets.

Cycle to Ouarzazate and visit the Atlas Film Studios. Drive south to the oasis of Tamnougalt.

Camel ride through the Sahara to the remote Tiraf dunes and camp Bedouinstyle under the stars.

Return to Marrakech and experience the sights of the souks and medina with a local guide.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

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From start to finish my son and I totally enjoyed the trip it was above and beyond our expectations

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Insider View “Rock the Kasbah is a trip that provides an insight into the depth of this fascinating country. Focusing on the beauty of the Atlas Mountains and the silence of the Sahara Desert, this trip enables you to explore the interior of Morocco through a multiple array of activities and accommodation. Follow in the ancient footsteps of the Berber nomads as they would once have travelled through Morocco and experience mule riding and hiking in the mountain regions and riding camels and sleeping in a nomad tent in the Sahara Desert. This trip is a wonderful balance of culture and activities that takes you into the heart of Morocco.� Shy Bankale, Operations Manager at Explore

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£765† £715* 9 ADULT PRICE

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TRIP ONLY 9 DAYS FROM £499 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FMA ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 7+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 6 nights premium hotel, 2 nights standard hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 8 breakfasts are included. TRANSPORT: Minibus, on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), cameleers. GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

magic moments y Getting to know the locals at a Berber village

our was excellent, loved it all. Great balance between activities and pool time.

y Haggling in the

Alexander Roy

village souks of the Atlas mountains

ATLANTIC OCEAN

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windswept beach

MARRAKECH

City tour

y Exploring Marrakech’s

ESSAOUIRA

HIGH ATLAS

Ancient fortified fort, city tour, camel rides

manically mad medina

Walks & Berber villages

OUIRGANE

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Offering gentle walks, local Berber hospitality and majestic views of dramatic landscapes, the High Atlas mountains provide the perfect location for a family holiday in Morocco. We also relax on the coast at the ancient fishing port of Essaouira and visit the vibrant and beautiful city of Marrakech.

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Join trip in Marrakech.

Discover the magic of Marrakech before driving on to Ouirgane in the High Atlas mountains.

Explore the area with walks to nearby Berber villages and have lunch with a family.

Travel over the Tizi n’ Test pass via Tin Mal mosque to our hotel in Taroudant.

Drive to Tiout for walks in the area and visit a Berber family for lunch and drink mint tea.

Visit an Argan oil cooperative en route to Essaouira where we have an orientation walk.

Morning camel ride with afternoon to relax on the coast.

Return to Marrakech and enjoy an evening visit to the Djemma el-fna square.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

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TRIP ONLY 15 DAYS FROM £1199 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FKT ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 9 nights premium hotel, 3 night simple camping, 1 night standard hotel, 1 night premium riad. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 11 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Minibus, bicycle. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), cameleers. GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

magic moments y Hiking in the High Atlas and having lunch with a local family

y Biking on dirt roads to the

Great trip, excellent range of activities which suited our family and have left us with many, many happy memories. Matthew Short

ATLANTIC OCEAN

surreal Atlas Film Studios

MARRAKECH

Tens

Water park City tour Arabic Lesson

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ESSAOUIRA

a camel in the Sahara

Painting, optional surfing

Accro Park

OUIRGANE

y Sleeping under the stars

Tizi n’ Tichka

Cooking class Hike

and making Berber bread

HIGH ATLAS

y Visiting film locations for Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia

Tizi n' Test

MOROCCO OUARZAZATE

Ait Ben Haddou

Film studio Arabic lesson

TIDRI DUNES

OULED BERHIL 0 km

ZAGORA

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Camel trek Hike

Pottery Observatory

This two-week adventure uncovers the very best that Morocco offers. We travel through the High Atlas Mountains passing fortified Kasbahs, and into the heart of the Sahara where fertile oases contrast with vast sand dunes before reaching the chilled-out coastal city of Essouira. On our way we ride a camel to a desert camp, spend a night sleeping under the stars, cycle to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit film sets from block-buster movies, learn how to cook a traditional Berber meal and have the opportunity to try surfing in the Atlantic. DAYS

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Join trip in Marrakech with sightseeing of the city by calesh and then an Arabic lesson.

Cross the High Atlas to Ouarzazate and visit a film studio to see movie sets.

Cycle to Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified city that has been used in numerous films.

Drive to Zagora via Draa Valley and stay in a hotel that has an observatory on its roof.

Camel ride to the remote Tiraf dunes in the Sahara and camp overnight.

Travel across the Anti-Atlas and Tizi n Test pass and learn to cook a traditional Berber meal.

Enjoy a hike in the High Atlas before visiting a local Berber family for lunch.

Travel along the High Atlas to Tahanaoute and then onto Marrakech and relax in a water park.

Drive to Essaouira, with an included painting session and explore the town.

Free day to enjoy the beach with an optional windsurfing lesson.

Return to Marrakech and spend the evening in Djemma el-fna square.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

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£1299† £1229* 10 ADULT PRICE

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TRIP ONLY 10 DAYS FROM £699 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FNF ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 7+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple felucca, 1 night simple overnight train. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, train. STAFF: Explore Leader, boatcrew, driver(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

magic moments

CAIRO

Giza Pyramids Sphinx

y Unforgettable views of

Museum of Pharaonic wonders

JORDAN

the Pyramids

SAUDI ARABIA

LOWER EGYPT

The N

y Winning the race on

RED SEA

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a camel ride across the dunes

SAFAGA

y Sleeping under the stars on our felucca on the River Nile

Hatshepsut Temple & visit Valley of the Kings Edfu Horus temple

y Being able to cool down

UPPER EGYPT

with a dip in the pool

ASWAN

High Dam Optional Philae Temple visit Lake Nasser

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Visit Karnak by calesh

St Simeon’s Monastery camel trek

y Viewing fantastic marine life in the Red Sea

Boat trip to coral reefs

150 km SUDAN

On this family holiday to Egypt we sail down the River Nile by felucca (a traditional sailing boat), ride camels through the desert and swim in the warm waters of the Red Sea. Join us as we explore one of the ancient wonders of the world, the Great Pyramids of Giza and discover the Valley of the Kings, home to the famous tomb of Tutankhamun.

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Join trip in Cairo.

Discover the Sphinx and the magnificent Great Pyramids of Giza. Visit the Egyptian Museum.

Free day to explore Cairo and take an overnight sleeper train to Aswan.

Ride camels across the desert to St. Simeon’s Monastery. Visit a Nubian family for dinner.

Optional visit to Abu Simbel temples and set sail down the Nile by felucca.

Continue sailing to reach the impressive temple of Kom Ombo.

Discover the Valley of the Kings and its tombs, including Tutankhamun’s.

Travel by calesh (a horse-drawn carriage) to Karnak and then drive to Safaga on the coast.

Enjoy a boat trip to the coral reefs. Swim, snorkel and search for marine life.

Trip ends in Safaga.

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TRIP ONLY 9 DAYS FROM £949 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FJD ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 8+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple tented camp. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD. COLOMBIA STAFF: Explore Leader, camp crew, driver(s), cameleers, local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18.

magic moments

JERASH

Ancient Roman city

AMMAN

Dead Sea swimming

y Floating like a cork on the Dead Sea

Madaba mosaic workshop visit

Dead Sea

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Crusader castle

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Rock-carved city Dinner in Little Petra Visit a local family for dinner

y Spending the night sleeping in a Bedouin camp

Explore desert by 4WD

y Visiting a local family for dinner

AQABA

Red Sea port

WADI RUM

Bedouin camp and Bedouin experience Optional camel trek

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Lost cities, Crusader castles and Indiana Jones film settings are all part of this family holiday to Jordan. We visit the ruins of the Roman city of Jerash and explore the spectacular lost city of Petra. We camp in the dramatic desert of Wadi Rum, discover the Crusader castle of Kerak and travel to the Dead Sea to experience the sensation of floating on the surface of its salty waters.

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Visit the ruins of Jerash, one of the great cities of the Roman Empire and Madaba.

Float in the Dead Sea and travel along the King’s Highway via Kerak castle.

Explore Petra which has scarcely changed in 2,000 years. Bedouin dinner in Little Petra.

Morning free to visit Petra again and dinner with a local family in Wadi Mousa.

Travel by fourwheel drive in the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum to our Bedouin camp.

Travel to Aqaba and swim in the Red Sea with an optional snorkelling trip over the coral reefs.

Drive to Amman airport where the trip ends.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL APR JUL AUG OCT DEC

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £1556 pp flight inclusive. Trip code: PJFJD

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TRIP ONLY 7 DAYS FROM £1299 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FOM ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 9+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 4 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple camping, 1 night simple tented camp. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD, boat. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, camp crew, cook, driver(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18.

magic moments

A great adventure in a Middle EASTERN country that is lesser known than its neighbours

y Winning a camel race across the dunes

y Sleeping under the stars in the desert

Gulf of Oman

y Cooling down with a dip in

Dolphin watching Royal capital

MUSCAT

Jebel Akhdar

the pool and ocean

WadiTiwi

NIZWA

y Visiting a turtle reserve y Watching dolphins swim

FINNS BEACH

Holy city Cattle Market

Sinaw

WAHIBA SANDS

by your boat in the Gulf of Oman

Beach camp, Camel ride meet Bedouin family

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Qahid Dunes

Turtle sanctury

ARABIAN SEA

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On this adventure, we discover the diverse landscapes of Oman from the soaring dunes of the Wahiba Sands and the Green Mountains of Jebel Akhdar to the royal capital of Muscat. Our journey takes us into the wilderness of the desert, camping on spectacular beaches and swimming in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman. We camp under the stars where we meet a Bedouin family and have a camel ride, enjoy a boat cruise to see dolphins, learn how to cook a traditional Bedouin meal and visit a turtle reserve to watch them nesting. DAY

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Join trip in Muscat.

Walking excursion of Muscat including the Grand Mosque, Bait Al Baranda Museum and Muthra Souk.

Dolphin watching trip before driving to Wadi Tiwi and onto Finns Beach with a cooking lesson.

Drive to Sur to visit the Dhow shipyards and then to Ras Al Hadd and a turtle reserve.

Travel to the desert where we camp, meet a local family and enjoy a camel safari.

Drive to Nizwa via Sinaw where we visit a traditional Bedouin market.

Visit a goat auction, Nizwa Fort and the Jebel Akhdar mountain range. Trip ends at Muscat airport.

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Serengeti, Safari and Zanzibar TANZANIA

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TRIP ONLY 12 DAYS FROM £2599 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FTZ ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 3 nights premium lodge, 2 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 2 nights premium tented camping, 2 nights standard bungalow. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Minibus, 4WD, flight. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 16.

magic moments

SERENGETI NP Game drives

KENYA

SERONERA

y Seeking out predators in

NGORONGORO CRATER

the Serengeti, an iconic national park

4WD game drive Olduvai gorge

y Canoeing on a crater lake y Swimming in the crystal

Kilimanjaro 5895m

KARATU ARUSHA LAKE MANYARA NP

TANZANIA

clear waters off Zanzibar

NORTH COAST BEACH

y Walking on the slopes of Kilimanjaro

y Meeting local tribes in

STONE TOWN ZANZIBAR SPICE ISLE

NORTH COAST

their villages

Swimming & relaxation

STONE TOWN

Sultan’s Palace

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On this exhilarating family holiday we track Africa’s greatest wildlife, visiting three of Tanzania’s famous safari parks in search of the Big Five. We walk through coffee plantations and past waterfalls on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, canoe on a crater lake and visit local tribes in their villages. From the mainland, we fly to the exotic Spice Island of Zanzibar, where we explore the narrow streets of Stone Town and unwind beside the Indian Ocean. DAY

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Join trip in Moshi. Visit a Masai village and walk through coffee plantations on Kilimanjaro.

Explore the forest in the foothills of Kilimanjaro and take a walk to the Mataruni waterfalls.

Canoe on a crater lake and visit the Meserani Snake Park where you can handle snakes.

Optional morning walk and then spot wildlife around Lake Manyara on your first game drive.

Drive to Serengeti through the Rift Valley. Visit Olduvai Gorge and game drive on the plains.

Discover the variety of game that lives in the Serengeti including zebra, lion and giraffe.

Descend into Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest volcanic crater, with wildlife viewing.

Fly to Zanzibar with optional trip around the island to discover the range of spices produced.

Relax on the Indian Ocean coast at Nungwi, renowned for its white sandy beaches.

Trip ends in Stone Town.

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Okavango Adventure BOTSWANA - ZAMBIA

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TRIP ONLY 12 DAYS FROM £2049 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FOA ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 2 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 3 nights simple camping, 2 nights standard house boat, 2 nights premium lodge. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: 4WD, boat. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, camp crew, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

magic moments y Spending time on a houseboat on the Okavango Delta

Highlights were camping, wildlife at Moremi and the houseboat

Jessica Wyman

y Cruising the waterways

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Chobe NP game drive

Chobe’s elephant country Tsodilo Hills

y Feeling the spray of the mighty Victoria Falls

LIVINGSTONE

KASANE

Victoria Falls

XAKANAXA CAMP

OKAVANGO DELTA

Moremi Game Reserve Game drives

MAUN

ZIMBABWE

OKAVANGO HOUSEBOAT

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Zambezi river crossing

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MAKGADIKGADI SALT PANS

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Join us on a journey through the untouched wilderness of Botswana and Zambia. We explore the game parks and reserves of Moremi and Chobe in search of Africa’s best wildlife. Along the way we marvel at the incredible Victoria Falls and stay on board a private houseboat in the tranquil oasis of the Okavango Delta.

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Join trip in Livingstone and check into your hotel.

See the wonder of Victoria Falls on the shores of the Zambezi River with optional rafting.

Travel to Chobe National Park, enjoy game drives around the park and track herds of elephants.

Morning game drives with afternoon game viewing by boat.

Drive across the Caprivi Strip to our house boat.

Explore the waterways of the Okavango Panhandle in a private houseboat.

Visit Tsodilo Hills, believed by locals to be the birthplace of mankind and drive to Maun.

Drive into the Xakanaka area of the Moremi Game Reserve.

Game drives in Moremi in search of Africa’s unique wildlife.

A second day of viewing game on the flood plains.

Drive back to Maun with evening cultural show.

Trip ends in Maun.

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Insider View “The holiday was full of highlights, but best of all were our 3 days at Moremi in the Okavango Delta. To camp in the wild, surrounded by the sights and sounds of Africa, was simply magical and a privilege we’ll remember forever. On our game drives, we saw lion, leopard, elephant, hippo and much more, but the children were equally fascinated by frolicking mongooses, cheeky monkeys and the stern-looking troop of baboons. We also loved getting up close to the exhilarating roar of Vic Falls, relaxing aboard the houseboat, spending time on the tranquil Okavango Panhandle, and the boat trip at sun-down through the spectacular wildlife-rich floodplains of the Chobe River. Here we saw elephants swimming across the river using their trunks as snorkels another wildlife highlight!" Peter Crane, Head of Product Strategy at Explore

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TRIP ONLY 13 DAYS FROM £1589 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FNW ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full on MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 12+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 2 nights standard guest house, 3 nights standard lodge, 1 night premium lodge, 2 nights simple lodge, 2 nights standard chalet, 2 nights premium hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: On foot, 4WD, cycle. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guides, activity guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

magic moments

ETOSHA NP OKAUKUEJO Game drives

y Walking up the world’s highest sand dunes in Sossusvlei

Cheetha reserve

OMARURU

ERINDI Rock painting and Game drives living museum

y Watching wildlife in a great

NAMIBIA

national park, Etosha

y Kayaking along Walvis Walvis Bay Lagoon Kayaking, Living desert museum

Bay by the coast in Swakopmund

y Discovering desert wildlife

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including gecko’s and lizards

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rock art of the Himba people

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NAMIB DESERT

Highest dunes on Earth, Cooking lesson Sossusvlei Namibrand NR

y Viewing ancient Bushmen

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SESRIEM CANYON

150 km

We explore the dramatic canyons, towering sand dunes and magnificent wildlife parks of the Namib landscape as well as get the chance to meet the San Bushman to learn about their culture and way of life. There is a cooking lesson in the wilderness and we have a ‘living desert’ excursion. Staying in a range of lodges, chalets and guesthouses along the route, we track elephant, rhino and lion through the Etosha National Park. As well as visiting a cheetah conservation centre, we explore Swakopmund where we kayak along the Atlantic coast and cycle around the town. DAY

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Drive to Erindi Private Game Reserve and enjoy an afternoon game drive.

Travel to the famous Etosha National Park via a cheetah conservation centre .

Game drives in Etosha National Park. Drive to Omaruru and see ancient rock paintings.

Visit a living museum of the San Bushman and learn about their way of life.

Travel to Swakopmund via the granite peaks of Spitzkoppe.

Kayak in Walvis Bay with afternoon free for optional activities. Cycle excursion of the town with free afternoon.

Discover the desert with a local expert, and search for wildlife.

Explore Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. Drive to Windhoek and cycle to the township.

Trip ends in Windhoek.

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Travel into the desert and view amazing wildlife


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TRIP ONLY 12 DAYS FROM £1195 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FZK ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 8+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights standard lodge, 2 nights simple hut, 2 nights standard beehive huts. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: 4WD, boat. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

magic moments y Seeking out the Big Five y Walking in the bush in the

TSHUKUDU GAME RESERVE Blyde River Canyon NP

KRUGER NP Game drives (Big 5)

Kingdom of Swaziland

SABIE

GRASKOP

Johannesburg

y Sleeping in a beehive hut y Looking for dolphins in the

Game walk (Non-Predator)

Indian Ocean

MLILWANE

SWAZILAND

SOUTH AFRICA

y Spotting hippos and crocs

Boat Trip

KOSI BAY

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From the game lands of Kruger National Park to the beautiful coastline of the Indian Ocean, South Africa is a wonderful destination for a family holiday. We experience many of the country’s natural and cultural highlights including a visit to a traditional Zulu village. We are also able to view some of South Africa’s unique wildlife, from big cats to bottlenose dolphins.

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Join trip in Johannesburg. Drive to Graskop enjoying views of the lowveld (low bush).

Spend two nights in Kruger National Park with game drives in search of the Big Five.

Try wildlife tracking at Tshukudu Game Reserve famous for its lion rehabilitation centre.

Travel to Mlilwane Sanctuary in Swaziland where we sleep in traditional beehive huts.

Travel to Kosi Bay on the coast and take a boat in search of bottlenose dolphins.

Visit a traditional Zulu village and then on to St. Lucia Wetland Park.

Trip ends in Durban.

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A perfect way to see a country through an ‘off the beaten track’ approach but with some comfort.

Dimos Dimitriadis

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TRIP ONLY 12 DAYS FROM £1299 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FCP ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 9+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 1 night standard guesthouse, 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple lodge, 1 night standard lodge, 1 night standard tree house, 1 night standard cabin. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD, boat, ferry. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

magic moments y Searching for seals, dolphins and whales

y Experiencing rafting down

Our guide was excellent - knowledgeable, flexible and great with the kids. Michelle Lateu-Smith

the Breede River

y Staying in a tree house y Being first to the top of

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Skatepark Robben Island District Six Museum Table Mountain

Table Mountain

Hout Bay Seals

game drive

Swellendam

Cape of Good Betty’s Bay Hope

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Cango Caves Wigehandel Farm Featherbed NP Safari TSITSIKAMMA NP Snorkelling, Canopy tour OUDTSHOORN Kayaking Knysna Ostrich Farm

Ladismith

CAPE TOWN

y Searching for lions on a

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BREEDE RIVER

Tree house

Rafting

Hermanus Whale watching (June-Nov)

INDIAN OCEAN

PLETTENBERG BAY

Optional whale watching (June-Nov)

SCHOTIA RESERVE Game Drive Port Elizabeth

100 km

From the top of Table Mountain to dramatic sea cliffs, beautiful sandy beaches and underground caverns, South Africa’s Garden Route is a remarkable setting for this varied holiday. There are a wide range of adventures included from game viewing and boat trips, to rafting and whale watching. We explore the dramatic coastline, visit the vibrant city of Cape Town and venture deep into the caverns of the Cango Caves.

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Join trip in Cape Town and summit Table Mountain (walk or cable car).

Take a ferry to see Nelson Mandela’s prison on Robben Island.

Visit Seal Island, Hout Bay and Cape Point and then learn to skateboard with local children.

Visit a museum explaining life under apartheid, drive to Cape Point and go whale watching.

Whitewater rafting down the Breede River.

Explore Cango Caves and visit an ostrich and butterfly farm plus a local school.

Visit Schotia Game Reserve, famous for its lion population and enjoy an evening game drive.

Trip ends in Port Elizabeth.

Visit a farm Enjoy the beach Morning and then sea at Plettenberg walk and kayak along to Bay. Stay in a snorkelling in a coast before tree house. marine park. travelling onto Plettenberg.

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Insider View “Our Family Discover South Africa trip is an amazing way to discover the main highlights and culture that the country has to offer, whilst partaking in numerous fun activities along the way. South Africa is truly a beautiful country, I never knew how scenic a place could be! I really enjoyed the Round the Bend Camp; after a full day of exploring we arrived at this superb place to play and relax together, a perfect end to the day. My kids absolutely loved the chance to spend a day careering down a river on a raft, it’s a thrill that they are constantly asking to relive. Searching for the big 5 was the main draw however, and it was fantastic seeing the lions and elephants close up. Overall, it was a spectacular 12 day trip that I would recommend everyone to experience once in their life" Kerry Edwards, Adventure Travel Consultant at Explore

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asia Asia is an exotic and exciting continent for a family holiday and if you go once you’ll want to return. Each country has its own unique charm and some of the world’s oldest cultures can be found. Friendly locals welcome you to bustling cities and rural villages to see exquisite architecture and learn how to cook traditional dishes. The river journeys and tinkling waterfalls will mesmorise you, while soaring mountains beckon with some of the world’s highest peaks. There are also dreamy beaches, teeming rainforests and dense jungle – you’ll find everything here.

It’S all About SpoTting TigErs in IndIa

WalKing the GreAt Wall of ChiNa 60

the cu chi TunNels in VieTnam

ExpLoRing JunGles in ThaIland


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ADULT PRICE

TRIP ONLY 14 DAYS FROM £1679 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FQCH ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 8 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple overnight train, 2 nights simple hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, flight, train. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

Mutianyu Walk the Great Wall Kite flying

MONGOLIA

magic moments

BEIJING

y Meeting the giant pandas at Chengdu

Sleeper train

Yellow River

y Cooking traditional dishes

Terracotta Army site Army figure workshop Calligraphy class

for lunch

XIAN

CHINA

y Bamboo rafting down the

Yangtse River

Li River

CHENGDU

y Enjoying sleeper train

Panda Research Centre

slumber parties

LONGJI

Stay in Pingan village houses and village walk

y Making Terracotta

GUILIN

Army figures

YANGSHUO Cooking lesson

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VIETNAM 480 km

Travelling across China by train and plane, this fast-paced journey takes us from the imperial palaces of Beijing to the skyscrapers of Hong Kong. Trip highlights include Xian’s Terracotta Army (and making your own army figure), giant pandas in Chengdu and the rural town of Yangshuo. We also walk through the vast Dragon’s Backbone rice terraces, stay in traditional village houses, fly kites and meet the local Zhuang tribes. DAY

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Join trip in Beijing.

Time to explore the Imperial Palaces of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen square.

Visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu and fly kites before taking a sleeper train to Xian.

Visit the Terracotta Army collection and get the chance to make your own warrior in a workshop.

Fly to Chengdu and visit the Panda Research Centre and then fly to Guilin.

Walk between the villages of Longji Old Zhuang and Pingan staying in a traditional village house.

Included lesson in Chinese cooking with a free afternoon in Yangshou.

Take the sleeper train to Hong Kong.

Free time to explore Hong Kong and wander through the night markets.

Trip ends in Hong Kong.

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FESTIVAL DEPARTURE Harbin Ice Festival Travelling across China by train and plane, this fast-paced journey gives all the famous highlights of the country all within a week as well as the famous Harbin Ice Festival. Trip code: FCHF


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TRIP ONLY 13 DAYS FROM £999 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FKB ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 9+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 9 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple boat, 2 nights simple homestay. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight, rickshaw. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18.

DELHI

magic moments

City tour by rickshaw

INDIA

y Sleeping overnight on cosy houseboats

y Watching the sunset at the

Keoladeo National Park Bharatpur To Kochi via Mumbai 0 km

Taj Mahal

y Helping to cook up a spicy

JAIPUR

Amber Palace

AGRA

Historic Fort Taj Mahal visit 100 km

curry at our homestay

y Trekking through the jungle in search of elephants

INDIAN OCEAN

From Mumbai

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KOCHI

y Exploring the ancient

Tour of Fort Kochi Kathakali face painting

Amber Fort

ALLEPPEY

House boat cruise and beach resort

THEKKADY Jungle trek in Periyar NP visit tea factory

MANCOMBO VILLAGE

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Enjoy this fascinating introduction to India as we visit the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunset, explore a hilltop fortress and discover the world heritage monuments of Delhi in the north. In the south of the country, we enjoy jungle treks, curry lessons and cruising along the backwaters on a houseboat in tropical Kerala. After this active adventure, we travel to the coast to relax on sandy beaches.

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Join trip in Delhi. Explore Old Delhi by rickshaw.

Drive to Agra and visit the fort. Explore the Taj Mahal at sunset.

Discover the Keoladeo National Park by rickshaw and drive on to Jaipur.

Drive up to the hilltop of Amber Palace and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Pink City.

Fly to the south and explore former colonial settlements. Meet the Kathakali dancers.

Visit Mattancherry Palace and drive to Thekkady.

Walk through the jungle in search of wildlife and learn how to cook a curry.

Stroll through coconut plantations and paddy fields or hire bikes to explore temples.

Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala staying on our houseboat.

Free time to relax at our beach resort near Alleppey where the trip ends.

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£1379† 1299* 11

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ADULT PRICE

TRIP ONLY 10 DAYS FROM £699 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FMG ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 8 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD, rickshaw, train. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

magic moments y Discovering the impressive

An excellent action packed trip suited to families of all ages

hilltop fortress of Amber Palace

DELHI

India Gate & Chandni Chowk

y Searching for tigers - who

INDIA

will be the first to spot one?

Keoladeo National Park Bharatpur

y Racing through the streets of Old Delhi in tuk-tuks

AGRA

y Meeting the locals

Camel Safari

JAIPUR

PUSHKAR

and helping to make a traditional curry

y Riding through the desert on a camel

Amber Palace

PACHEWAR

Stay in fort Walking tour of village, Cooking Lessons 0 km

Historic Fort Taj Mahal

RANTHAMBORE NP Tiger Safari

100 km

Enjoy this fascinating introduction to northern India as we search for the Bengal Tiger in its natural habitat and visit the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunrise. We also visit a hilltop fortress, explore villages and take a camel safari across sand dunes. This varied holiday takes us from the bustling streets of Delhi, to the desert plains of Pushkar.

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Join trip in Delhi. Explore the Old and New quarters by rickshaw.

Take a train to Agra and visit its fort. Explore the Taj Mahal at sunrise the following morning.

Travel on rickshaws through the Keoladeo National Park - home to 300 species of birds.

Take a game drive in search of the Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park.

Travel to Pachewar. Explore the village in bullock-drawn carts and stay in a restored fort.

Travel to Pushkar to watch the sunset from Savitri temple where we ride camels into the desert.

Guided sightseeing of the Pink City. Visit the City Palace and drive up to Amber Palace.

Travel by train back to Delhi, where we have free time to explore and do some last minute sightseeing.

Trip ends in Delhi.

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The trip was amazing. My first visit to India was stress free and fun. Dianne Prentice


Insider View “I’m a real fan of India; there is just nowhere else like it on the planet! It is chaotic and colourful, vast and varied, and packed full of interesting buildings and people. It is the kind of place that makes kids’ eyes grow wide with wonder at every turn. For me, the Taj Mahal is definitely the most beautiful building in the world, and to see it at sunrise as it gradually changes colour is a real treat. Visiting the ‘Pink city’ of Jaipur takes you right back to the time of the Maharajas and searching for tigers at Ranthambore is full of exciting anticipation, and if you spot one, a very special moment for the whole family!” Glyn Thorneloe, Asia Product Manager at Explore

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TRIP ONLY 15 DAYS FROM £1829 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FSL ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 8+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 6 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard hut, 4 nights simple boat, 1 night standard camping, 1 night premium hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD, bicycle, boat, flight, rickshaw, train, tuk tuk. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18.

NORTH MALE ATOLL

magic moments

Hulhule

GULHI FALHU

y Staying in a mud house

Male Market visit

with included activities SOUTH MALE ATOLL

y Meeting the locals on a tractor safari

y Tuk-tuk ride and canoeing snorkelling over coral reefs

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Cooking lesson, snorkelling

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Colombo

Belihuloya

Kosgoda Turtle sanctuary 0 km

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RIHIVELI

Habarana, Tuk tuk ride, canoe ride, Minneriya NP Mudhouse farm, cooking lesson Jeep safari Bay of cooking lesson, GIRITALE Bengal kayaking, cycling ANAMADUWA Sigiriya Polonnaruwa Rock Ancient capital Fortress INDIAN cycling OCEAN Peradeniya Botanical KANDY NEGOMBO Gardens Nuwara Eliya Fishing Port Tea factory

BENTOTA

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at Habarana

y Visiting the Maldives and

bo

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elephant orphanage

KUDHI BOLI Snorkelling, island tour, school visit

Visit elephant transit home and National Park

Galle Fort

105 km

Fulidhoo

y Dropping into an

BANDARAWELA

Colombo

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FELIDHOO ATOLL

SRI LANKA

Male

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This exciting journey across Sri Lanka and the Maldives offers a little bit of everything for all the family. We explore dense jungles, discover Buddhist relics and enjoy a fun-filled few days on a traditional dhoni cruise in the Maldives. Animal safaris, tractor tours and nature trails are all part of the adventure in this tropical paradise known as Buddha’s Island.

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Join trip in Negombo.

Drive to Anamadula, stay in an eco-lodge and cycle to Paramakanda Temple.

Included cooking lessons, canoeing, cycling, nature trails and time on the farm.

Take a tuk-tuk ride, board bullock carts and canoe back to the village.

Climb to Sigiriya’s Sky Fortress, discover Polonnaruwa by bike and experience a game safari.

Explore botanical gardens and a tea plantation and catch a train to Bandarawela.

Visit an elephant orphanage before taking optional game drives in the park.

Enjoy time at a turtle hatchery.

Fly to the Maldives. Board our traditional dhoni boat and cruise to the South Male Atolls.

While sailing enjoy snorkelling, fishing and swimming stops. Visit a local school.

Try a cooking lesson and visit Male with its local market before anchoring close by.

Trip ends at Male airport.

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Please note: sailing itinerary is dependent on weather conditions.

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Insider View “This action packed trip really focuses on Sri Lanka’s rich heritage, diverse wildlife and friendly people, all ending with the chance to chill out and relax in the beautiful Maldives. The Mud House is a particular highlight, it’s a beautiful place to stay with plenty of exciting family activities and some fantastic food. It’s also difficult to really explain how stunning the Minneriya National park is and just what a wonderful place it is for wildlife spotting. This trip really is an excellent opportunity to get under the skin of both incredible countries.” Emma Gibson, Database Administrator at Explore

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TRIP ONLY 11 DAYS FROM £1279 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FBN ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 7+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 3 nights simple lodge, 3 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple homestay, 1 night simple hotel, 2 nights standard lodge. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, ferry, flight. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18.

magic moments y Seeing wild Orang-utans at Sepilok sanctuary

y Scaling Mount Kinabalu (11+ departures)

y Exploring smelly, spooky jungle bat caves

The variety of wildlife we were able to see was amazing orang-utans in the wild were particular highlights.

Susan Spalding SOUTH CHINA SEA

y Visiting the Sun Bear

SULU SEA

PULAU TIGA

Swimming & snorkelling TEA

Conservation Centre

PLANTATION /KINABALU NP

SEPILOK

Orang-utan Mt Kinabalu sanctuary, 4095m Canopy walk, Poring Bear sanctuary Hot springs Sandakan KOTA Canopy walk Homestay KINABALU SUKAU Kuala River cruise Penyu Optional Gomantong jungle trek caves Manukan Island

y Relaxing on the sandy beaches

MALAYSIA

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Exotic wildlife, traditional tribes and beautiful beaches are all part of this unique adventure through Borneo. We visit the world’s largest Orang-utan rehabilitation centre as well as one of the world’s few Sun Bear conservation projects and explore the jungle along the Kinabatangan River. Enjoy an exhilarating canopy walk through the tree tops and bathe in bubbling hot springs.

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Join trip in Kota Kinabalu.

Relax, swim or snorkel in the spectacular setting of Manukan Island.

Visit the world’s largest Orang-utan sanctuary in Sepilok at feeding time.

Drive to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre and watch the birds and bats in the Gomantong Caves.

Cruise the Kinabatangan River in search of Proboscis monkeys.

Stay in a longhouse on a tea plantation with views of Mount Kinabalu.

Watch a blow pipe demonstration, try batik painting and learn the dances of the Rungus tribe.

Walk through the tree tops and bathe in hot springs at Poring. Overnight with a local family.

Relax on Pulau Tiga’s beaches with the option to snorkel in tropical seas. Return to Kota Kinabalu.

Trip ends in Kota Kinabalu.

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Please note: On Days 6 to 8 for our 11+ departures, families hike through the forest to a hostel on the flanks of Mount Kinabalu with the option of climbing South East Asia’s highest peak at dawn. For full details see trip notes that are available to download from our website.


Insider View “Borneo is an amazing place to go on a family adventure. The trip discovers many aspects of the island including its unique wildlife of orang-utans allowing for a once in a lifetime experience to see these graceful creatures in their natural environment. The 11+ years departures include a trek up Mount Kinabalu which is one of Asia’s highest peaks.” Chris Ellis, Asia Product Manager at Explore

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TRIP ONLY 11 DAYS FROM £1699 TRIP CODE: FTB ACCOMMODATION: Premium TRIP PACE: Full On MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 8 nights premium hotel, 1 night standard hotel, 1 night standard lodge. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, bicycle, flight. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Vast plains with 3000 temples, Cycle around temples, Bullock cart ride Cooking class

Heho

y Try cooking in the bustling walled old town of Chiang Mai

TACHILEIK

INLE LAKE

Leg rowing fisherman, Stilted villages, Canoe boat trip

y Feeding and bathing elephants

ARAKAN RANGE

y Cycling around the temples

HMONG

Visit tribal village

Tha Ton

PEGU RANGE

CHIANG RAI White temple

Longtail boat trip

CHIANG MAI

of Bagan

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shops of the famous Scott Market in Rangoon for last minute souvenirs

Elephant Sanctuary

Doi Suthep Temple Night bazaar, cooking course

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This exciting journey takes us from relaxed northern Thailand to Burma and the beautiful Inle Lake, the temples at Bagan and the old capital of Rangoon. It’s an adventurous trip that, in just 11 days, allows us to take in Burma’s major highlights and offers us the chance to get to know this fascinating, and until recently, little-visited region. We also have a range of included activities such as canoeing and cycling; during our time in in northern Thailand we learn to cook Thai-style and visit an elephant camp. DAY

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Morning sightseeing of the city with afternoon cooking lesson.

Visit an Elephant Sanctuary and help feed and bathe the animals.

Take a long tail boat to Chiang Rai and visit the White Temple.

Drive to a Lahu Village hill tribe community and overnight by the border.

Cross into Burma from Tachileik and fly to Heho and drive to the magical Inle Lake.

Canoe and take a long tail boat on Inle Lake before flying to Nyaung near Bagan.

Cycle around the temples of Bagan, one of the world’s premier archaeological wonders.

Shop for lunch in a market and cook a Burmese meal. Visit the Ananda Temple.

Fly to Rangoon, visit the Botataung Pagoda and walk along Pansodan street.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

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TRIP ONLY 14 DAYS FROM £1099 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FOT ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 3 nights premium hotel, 2 nights simple overnight train, 2 nights simple guesthouse, 2 nights simple raft house, 2 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Minibus, bicycle, boat, ferry, train, tuk-tuk. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

magic moments

THAILAND

KWAI NOI RIVER Jungle raft house Bamboo rafting

Cycle to cave Pakseng Pier

y Try cooking up a jungle curry

y Experiencing daily school

Kanchanaburi Visit The Bridge Zip-line adventure park

A TRIP THAT UNCOVERS MANY PARTS OF THIS VIBRANT COUNTRY FROM BUSSLING BANGKOK TO THE WONDERS OF THE MEKONG DELTA

Nakhon Pathom

BANGKOK

Longtail boat tour Thai boxing lesson Street food tour

Sleeper train

life with local children

BURMA

y Snorkelling through a kaleidoscopic underwater world

Andaman Sea

y Sliding down tropical rivers on bamboo rafts

Gulf of Thailand Ang Thong Marine NP Snorkeling & walks

Kapong

KOH SAMUI YAOWAWIT Surat Thani SCHOOL Punpin KHAO SOK NP

y Trying out Thai Boxing

Jungle walks, kayaking, local market visit

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This trip is packed full of activities and experiences to give you an insight into traditional Thai life. We stay in raft houses on the famous River Kwai, walk through dense rainforest and experience the warm hospitality of local school children. We try a little bit of everything, from cookery to cycling and cities to beaches.

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Join trip in Bangkok with a tuk-tuk ride to a street food market at Wat Saket.

Try Thai boxing training before cruising the city’s klongs and eating dinner at the street market.

Experience a Thai cooking lesson before driving to the raft houses that float on the River Kwai.

Try out zip lining with a tree canopy course, visit the Death Railway and take a sleeper train south.

Walks and river kayaking in Khao Sok National Park.

Join in with school kids and learn Thai music plus participate in sports activities.

Ferry to Koh Samui, with time to relax on this paradise island.

Take a boat trip into the Ang Thong Marine National Park for snorkelling and swimming.

Catch the ferry back to the mainland and travel on the overnight train back to Bangkok.

Free time in the capital to visit the many temples or hunt for last-minute souvenirs.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

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TRIP ONLY 13 DAYS FROM £1199 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FTT ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Relaxed MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 7+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 6 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel, 2 nights simple overnight train, 2 nights standard lodge. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, ferry, train. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

magic moments

Overnight train to/from BANGKOK Thai boxing lesson, longtail boat tour

A truly memorable trip, with such a wide variety of experiences. We travelled with three boys and all came away buzzing about what they had done.

Gulf of Thailand

y Tropical island-hopping by Thai longtail boat

Surat Thani

y Tracking whooping gibbons along jungle tracks

KHAO SOK NP Jungle walks, & canoe trip

y Watching colourful

THAILAND

kingfisher birds as we canoe through the jungle

Krabi

y Swimming in turquoise seas

Trip to Koh Phi Phi

with brightly coloured fish

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KOH LANTA

Kayaking, longtail boat trip

y Kayaking through caves to

Pakmeng Pier

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Koh Muk Hat Chad Mal NP, visit Tham Morakot, Emerald Cave, optional snorkelling

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Southern Thailand’s warm, clear waters and tropical islands provide a perfect winter getaway. We discover some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and explore ancient jungles that are home to whooping gibbons. A few days in Bangkok, the vibrant capital, adds to a delightful contrast as will trying out Thai boxing and cruising the city’s klongs.

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Try Thai boxing training before cruising the city’s klongs and catching the overnight train.

Stay in Khao Sok National Park where we take a guided jungle walk and a canoe trip.

Take a ferry to Koh Lanta island to relax, swim or watch the local fishermen at work.

Enjoy a full day’s kayak trip, journeying into caves and stopping off at beautiful beaches.

Day trip to the island of Koh Phi Phi by speedboat for swimming and snorkelling.

Take a boat to the strikingly beautiful group of Koh Hai islands to relax for a few days.

Morning relaxing and then travel to Trang where we catch the overnight train back to Bangkok.

Optional city trip of the Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha and Wat Po.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

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TRIP ONLY 13 DAYS FROM £1099 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FTTE ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Relaxed MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 7+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 6 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel, 2 nights simple overnight train, 2 nights standard lodge. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, train, ferry. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

magic moments y Watching and trying out

BURMA

Thai boxing training

Gulf of Thailand

y Swimming and snorkelling

KOH PHANGAN Boat cruise

with wonderful tropical fish

Overnight train from BANGKOK Thai boxing lesson, Longtail boat tour

y Seeing pink dolphins in the South China Sea

y Watching kingfisher birds

Just what my two teenagers and I required: A stimulating and exciting adventure with the Explore safety net and a fabulous guide to hold our hand when required.

KHAO SOK NP Jungle walks, & canoe trip

as we canoe through the jungle

Ang Thong Marine NP boat cruise & walks

Khanom Surat Thani Pink Dolphins boat trip

THAILAND

y Trying out cooking a

KOH SAMUI

South China Sea

Rachel Burford

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70 km

Trip code: PJFTE

Southern Thailand is blessed with warm clear waters, tropical islands, ancient jungles and generous hospitality. We try our hand at Thai boxing before visiting one of South East Asia’s oldest rainforests to unlock its secrets with a guided walk. In the second week we swap land for sea and travel to Thailand’s famous tropical islands plus discover pink dolphins in a marine park. MALAYSIA

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Join trip in Bangkok. Optional visit to a museum giving information about local life.

Try Muay Thai boxing, cruise the city’s klongs (canals) and catch an overnight train south.

Stay in Khao Sok National Park and take a guided walk and canoe ride in the jungle.

Take a ferry to Koh Phangan and relax on the beaches with a boat cruise to explore the island.

Ferry to Koh Samui where we can relax on its white sandy beaches and swim over coral reefs.

Cruise to the beautiful chain of islands that make up the Ang Thong National Marine Park.

Free day to snorkel or relax on the beach with optional cookery course.

Boat trip to see pink dolphins and overnight train back to Bangkok.

Optional city trip to the Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha and Wat Po.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

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TRIP ONLY 15 DAYS FROM £1049 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FTH ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 11+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights premium hotel, 3 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple overnight train, 2 nights simple village house. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry, train. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18.

3-day Hilltribe hike

White Karen Village Pal Doi Suthep temple, cooking class

MAE HONG SON

magic moments

CHIANG MAI

Cycle ride, river boat ride

Elephant nature park visit

LAOS

y Going deep in the jungle to stay with the locals

y Meeting elephants in

Ping

a rescue and rehabilitation centre

Americas Asia

BURMA

y Exploring a labyrinth cave system by torchlight

THAILAND

y Learning how to cook delicious Thai food

y Climbing a dragon staircase

BANGKOK

and swimming in a tropical sea

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Tropical Beaches

For families wanting to create memories to last a lifetime. Sarah Barwell

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This active trip is designed to combine a taste of traditional local life with a jungle trek. Staying in bamboo stilt-houses, home to northern BOLIVIA Thailand’s hilltribes, we have the fantastic opportunity to experience their unique customs. Join us on a river cruise and meet elephants in a rescue centre. Finally we swim in the sparkling waters off a tropical island and discover vibrant Bangkok. CHILE

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Join trip in Bangkok. Option to cruise in longtail boats along the city’s klongs.

Find the Emerald Buddha in the grounds of the Grand Palace. Sleeper train to Chiang Mai.

Climb the 300step Dragon Staircase to Doi Suthep Temple.

Three day jungle trek in Thailand’s northern hills staying with families in bamboo stilt houses.

Cycle ride across a bridge to visit a local temple. Afternoon boat ride on the River Pai.

Drive to Chiang Mai where you can try a Thai cookery lesson. Meet elephants at a sanctuary.

Travel by overnight train, bus and ferry to the tropical island of Koh Samet.

Relax on the beach, take a boat trip around the island or try some water sports.

Return to Bangkok where there’s time for some last minute shopping.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

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TRIP ONLY 14 DAYS FROM £1089 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FCM ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 9+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 12 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple homestay, WHAT WILL WE EAT? 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, tuk tuk. STAFF: Explore Leader, boatcrew driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Explore Angkor Temples, Night markets, Optional zip-line course, Ceramic making

y Taking part in a cooking lesson at La Rose, a Khmer restaurant

y Visiting a war museum that includes a tank, jet fighter and helicopter

SIEM REAP BATTAMBANG Lake Tonle Sap

Temple complex Killing Fields War Museum Bat Cave

CAMBODIA

Kompong Thom Kampong Floating village boat cruise

y Visiting a market and buying ingredients to cook with

BARAY

Village home stay

PHNOM PENH

Royal Palace City tour, Cooking, Foot massage and Martial arts lesson, Tuk tuk to local market, Eat deep fried spiders!

y Imagining being a tomb-raider at the Angkor Temples

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SIHANOUKVILLE

Boat trip

y Relaxing in one of the

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world’s most beautiful bays Cambodia is perfectly suited for a family adventure with activities to suit all ages such as cooking a traditional meal and cruising along the Mekong River plus plenty of opportunities to meet local children and their families. Starting in the vibrant capital of Phnom Penh, we continue on to the world-renowned jungle temples of Angkor, the colonial town of Battambang and the floating villages at Kampong. The trip ends with a few days of relaxation on the sandy beaches in Sihanoukville. DAY

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Join trip in Phnom Penh and enjoy a sightseeing cruise to Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s oldest shrine.

Take a tuk tuk to a local market and have a cooking lesson.

Visit a Khmer Village where we stay with a local family and experience local life.

Drive to Siem Reap to watch a traditional dance show and then visit the famous night market.

Discover the walled city of Angkor Wat including Angkor Thom, the Tomb Raider’s temple.

Journey to Battambang and visit the war museum, the temple of Wat Ek Phnom and a cave full of bats!

Drive to Phnom Penh via Kompong Luong floating village.

Take part in a foot massage lesson and learn the martial art of Bokator.

Relax at the beach in Sihanoukville and boat trip to a marine reserve.

Return to Phnom Penh where we visit a local school.

Trip ends in Phnom Penh.

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TRIP ONLY 11 DAYS FROM £995 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FQVN ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 9+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 7 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train, 1 night simple homestay, 1 night standard junk boat. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, bicycle, boat, flight, train. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

CHINA

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City tour, optional cooking class

HALONG BAY

Stay on junk boat Limestone caves & sea kayaking

Sleeper train

VIETNAM

GULF OF TONKIN

Hai Van HUE Pass Martial arts, Historic kite flying port and making Danang

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LAOS

Boat ride, wood painting, cycle ride

y Sea kayaking on the clear blue waters of Halong Bay

y Crawling through secret war tunnels at Cu Chi

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

If you would like to extend your trip with a few days exploring Cambodia, visit our website for details of our Discover Vietnam and Angkor Wat extension.

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £2099 pp flight inclusive.

Trip code: FQVNA

Trip code: FJFVN

CAMBODIA

y Exploring thriving Ho Chi Minh City by cyclo

y Trying your hand at an

Cu Chi Tunnels

ancient martial art

HO CHI MINH CITY

y Spending a night sleeping

Cyclo tour

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THIS ITINERARY COVERS THE WHOLE OF THE COUNTRY with THE opportunity to MEET the LOCALS AND DISCOVER their way of life

Experience an exciting introduction to Vietnam as we travel along the coast from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. On this fun-filled adventure, we sea kayak around the island cliffs of Halong Bay and descend into the maze of tunnels remaining from the Vietnam War. We also learn a martial art, make kites and cook a Vietnamese meal.

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Join trip in Hanoi. Enjoy an orientation walk of the old quarter.

Explore the ancient city including Ho’s Mausoleum and the One Pillar Pagoda.

Cruise on Halong Bay on board a traditional junk boat and sea kayak around the bay.

Take the Reunification Express sleeper train to Hue.

Travel to the Tu Duc Royal Tombs. Try kite making and visit the Imperial Palace.

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Explore the old quarter in cyclos (cycle carriages with a seat).

Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels which the Viet Cong used as a hideout during the Vietnam War.

Travel to the Mekong Delta for a homestay where we have a cooking lesson and cycle on pathways.

Cruise to Cai Be floating market and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City where the trip ends.

Make Free day in Hoi traditional An to explore wood paintings, the cultural cruise on sights. the Perfume River, and try a martial arts lesson.

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Insider View It’s hard to imagine a better location for a family adventure than Vietnam. All the ingredients for a great trip are there. Great food, spectacular scenery, multiple forms of transportation from rickshaws to trains, intense historical sites, plus opportunities for biking and kayaking. There’s a lot to experience with enough variety to keep the whole family interested.” Trevor Saxty, Explore North America HQ

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TRIP ONLY 14 DAYS FROM £999 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FQBK ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 9+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 9 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard bungalow, 1 night premium hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, bicycle, boat, taxi. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

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Golden sand beaches and fascinating floating markets

y Zipping around Angkor by tuk-tuk THAILAND

y Crawling through the secret war tunnels

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Poipet

SIEM REAP

y Cruising along the

Visit Temples of Angkor by tuk tuk

Lake Tonle Sap

Mekong River

y Chilling out on the beaches

BURMA

CAMBODIA

PRANBURI

VIETNAM Cu Chi Tunnels

PHNOM PENH

of Koh Chang

Gulf of Thailand

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Cooking lesson, school visit

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HO CHI MINH CITY

Cai Be Floating Market

Raider temple

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This action-packed journey across Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand takes us to many of South East Asia’s great sights: from vibrant cities to dense jungles and tropical beaches. We explore the Cu Chi tunnels from the Vietnam War, discover the impressive temples of ancient Angkor where Tomb Raider and many other movies have been filmed and visit the floating markets of the Mekong Delta.

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Join trip in Ho Chi Minh City.

Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels used in the Vietnam war and travel around Old Saigon on a cyclo.

Cruise on sampans, cycle on the Mekong Delta pathways and visit the floating markets.

Speedboat ride to Phnom Penh, visit a market, prepare a traditional lunch and visit a school.

Drive to lively Siem Reap, home to the Angkor Wat Temples and explore the site in tuk tuks.

Catch the ferry to the palm-fringed beaches of the Thai island of Koh Chang; relax or swim.

Travel to vibrant Bangkok where you can visit the city’s sights.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

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Well organised - well balanced between culture and fun for the children and adults alike.

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americas Whether you want action or relaxation – or both The Americas offer plenty for you and your family. There’s the deserts, lakes and canyons of the Wild West and the vibrant cities of the Big Apple and Boston USA. For wildlife a Canadian Adventure watching bears and whales or boating through the jungle in Belize are incredible. Or perhaps your family would like to make chocolate in the Costa Rican rainforest - or explore Havana, Cuba, in an old American car. For ancient civilisations follow in the footsteps of the Incas trekking along the mountain trail to Machu Picchu.

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TRIP ONLY 13 DAYS FROM £1395 TRIP CODE: FAS ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 5 nights simple camping, 2 nights simple cabins, 1 night simple teepee, 1 night simple hogan, 3 nights premium hotel. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Maxiwagon, 4WD. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 13.

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To be honest it’s hard to pick out one or two particular highlights as the entire trip was fabulous.

y Cycling in the dramatic scenery in Moab

y Staying in a tepee and

Jeanette Barrowcliffe

a hogan

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y Listening to mesmerising Indian folklore stories around the campfire

BRYCE CANYON

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Explore Zion NP

splash through the whitewater rapids on a raft

y Four-wheel driving through a Navajo reservation

LAKE POWELL

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Optional rafting

Optional helicopter flight IMAX cinema

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Navajo jeep Monument drive Valley

KAYENTA Tuba City

Williams

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Experience the Wild West as we explore the deserts, lakes and canyons of Arizona and Utah. Walking to the rim of the Grand Canyon, we have breathtaking views of the Nevada Desert. We also visit the famous Las Vegas Strip to explore the bustling city and spend a night under the stars in Monument Valley.

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We explore the city and visit the famous Strip.

Walking on the trails of Zion National Park, we visit its waterfalls, ravines and valleys.

Discover the multi-coloured landscape of Bryce Canyon and stay in a teepee.

See the sights of the magical landscapes of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Visit Arches National Park before driving to Dead Horse Point in Utah National Park.

Travel through Monument Valley where we sleep in a hogan - used by the Navajo people.

Visit Navajo National Monument before driving on to Lake Powell for optional activities.

Try a variety of walks at the Grand Canyon, with optional helicopter ride over the canyon.

Drive along Route 66, the legendary road to Las Vegas.

Trip ends in Las Vegas.

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Insider View “The American Wild West is such a great place to bring kids. Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon, hogans and an optional helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon are just a small part of this amazing trip in some of the northern hemisphere’s most stunning scenery. They’ll recognise the landscapes of Monument Valley from a variety of films and music videos and will love spending time with the Navajos and staying the night in a tepee, traditional Navajo hogan or camping. A trip with so much variety that both adults and kids alike will love.” Joanna Rolls, Senior Operations Manager at Explore

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TRIP ONLY 12 DAYS FROM £1599 TRIP CODE: FYS ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 6 nights simple camping, 2 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple cabin. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Maxiwagon, on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver, local guide, activity guide. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 13.

magic moments y Discovering dinosaur fossils

Discover the spectacular scenery of Yellowstone National Park

and bones CODY

y Experiencing a western gun flight and learning about Buffalo Bill

Bufferloo Bill Centre

YELLOWSTONE NP Old faithfull Geyser Norris Geyser Basin Hikes

Idaho Falls

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y Watching erupting geysers and gurgling hot springs whilst looking for wildlife in Yellowstone

y Walking in some of the

Grand Teton NP

Great Salt Lake

USA’s finest national parks

y Gazing at the 10 mountain summits in the Grand Teton area

Hikes Rafting Ferry

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175 km

This adventure discovers some of the most beautiful National Parks in America as we follow scenic park trails through spectacular scenery from waterfalls and rivers, to hot springs and canyons. Watch geysers spout water hundreds of feet in the air in Yellowstone National Park, meander along the shores of dramatic glacial lakes in Grand Teton, explore the old cowboy western towns of Cody and Jackson and glimpse dinosaur fossils and petroglyphs in Dinosaur National Monument. DAY

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Join trip in Salt Lake City.

Drive to Yellowstone National Park via Idaho Falls.

Explore Yellowstone with its geysers, hot springs and mud volcanos.

Discover the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and walk up Mount Washburn.

Visit Mammoth Hot Springs and Lamar Valley before driving to Cody.

Explore Cody including a cowboy show and Buffalo Bill museum.

Visit Yellowstone Lake and Hayden Valley as we drive through Grand Teton NP to Jackson.

A full day exploring and hiking in the Grand Teton National Park.

White water rafting with optional mountain biking. Travel to the Flaming Gorge Area.

Visit the Dinosaur National Monument and drive to Salt Lake City.

Trip ends in Salt Lake City.

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TRIP ONLY 14 DAYS FROM £1799 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FCN ACCOMMODATION: Simple TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 8 nights simple camping, 2 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple yurt, 1 night standard ranch. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Maxiwagon, boat, on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 13.

magic moments

Explore glaciers, waterfalls, hidden canyons and all the beauty and wildlife the Canadian Rockies have to offer

y Watching Canada’s wildlife including bears and whales

Mount Robson 3954m

y Travelling on an Ice Explorer vehicle to discover a glacier

JASPER NP Lake cruise, Canyon hike

Canoe trip

Mount Columbia 3750m

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Hike, cultural centre

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y Making a traditional

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Hike, hot springs

Sulphur Mountain 2451m

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City tour, treetop adventure

PACIFIC OCEAN

BANFF NP

Gondola ride, grizzly bear refuge

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Indian drum

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From hot springs, emerald-green lakes and rushing waterfalls to the amazing cities of Vancouver and Calgary, this trip explores many of Canada’s highlights with a number of walks in national parks. We discover the vast Athabasca Glacier and Falls, the Island of Victoria and Lake Louise. Along the way we have the chance to see whales and visit a bear sanctuary, hike through numerous national parks, travel on an Ice Explorer vehicle and canoe along a stunning lake. DAYS

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Morning whale watching cruise and sightseeing in Victoria. Optional visit to Butchart Gardens.

Ferry back to the mainland and Treetop Adventure; drive on to Whistler.

Visit an Indian cultural centre and make a mini drum. Walk along a lakeside trail.

Morning canoeing and head to Mount Robson Provincial Park for a walk along Fraser Canyon.

Walk in Maligne Canyon and drive to Maligne Lake.

Drive to Banff along the Icefield Parkway using an Ice Explorer vehicle to discover the glacier.

Visit Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Sanctuary and Yoho National Park.

Drive to Lake Louise with walks in the area and then on to Banff with a visit to the hot springs.

Hike in Banff National Park and drive to Calgary airport where the trip ends.

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Travel to Head to Wells Clearwater and Gray Provincial stay in rustic Park for an cabins on a overnight working ranch. canoe and camping trip.

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£1679† £1579* 8

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ADULT PRICE

TRIP ONLY 8 DAYS FROM £999 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FCW ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 3 nights standard hotel, 4 nights standard chalet. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Maxiwagon STAFF: Explore Leader / driver. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 15.

magic moments y Looking out for buffalos,

Igloo building, Snow slide, Cross country skiing, Ice fishing, Snowshoeing

red deer, black bear, wolves and alpine ibex

LAC-SIMON MONTREAL

y Building (and sleeping in!)

City tour

an igloo

y Sleeping in a

Montebello Parc Omega

Sugar Shack Tour

wilderness cabin

y Winter activities including

CANADA

snowshoeing, ice fishing, and even snow sliding

USA

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OTTAWA

largest frozen canal

0 km

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21 km

From snow-capped mountains to cosmopolitan cities, this trip explores Canada’s natural winter highlights with a number of activities thrown in, all set in beautiful surroundings. We are based in purpose-built cabins located in the wilderness where we have the opportunity for plenty of activity from snowshoeing, ice fishing and cross country-skiing to winter survival lessons and even snow sliding.

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Join trip in Montreal.

Travel to Montebello to view wildlife before continuing on to Lac Simon where we sleep in cabins.

Walk on a snowshoe trail and try out ice fishing. Afternoon winter survival lessons.

Cross-country skiing plus snow sliding down the mountain on an inflatable rubber tube.

Optional dog sledding, snowshoeing trails or snow mobile ride. Afternoon build a Quebec igloo.

Drive to Ottawa and explore on foot and then skate along the world’s longest skating road.

Travel back to Montreal stopping off at the Sugar Shack before a walk in the city.

Trip ends at Montreal airport.

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A brilliant holiday! Laurent, our leader, went beyond the call of duty to ensure we all had the best time and experiences. Helen Schofield

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Mexico ADVENTURE IS

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£2685† £2499* 15 ADULT PRICE

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TRIP ONLY 14 DAYS FROM £1799 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FMX ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard jungle lodge. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 13 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s), activity guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

magic moments y Cruising through mangrove forests and watching flamingos

y Visiting Chichen Itza, one of the new seven wonders of the world

Discover ancient temples and beautiful beaches Boat trip to see flamingos

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IZAMAL

MERIDA Colonial town Piste Chichen Itza Tortilla making

y Swimming in numerous sink holes with crystal clear waters

RIO LAGARTOS

Sink holes Mayan museum Local markets City tour

TULUM

CAMPECHE

Beach

Forts and pirate museum

CHICANNA Eco-lodge

y Discovering the Mayan

EK Balam Temple Mayan village Sink hole and Hammock making

BACALAR LAKE

Kayak

site of Calakmul within a tropical forest

y Making a tortilla and a

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hammock! The Yucatan Peninsula once was once part of a great civilization of the world - The Maya. Even today, the people of the peninsula still speak their ancient language and practice traditions and age old customs. Our adventure takes us to their archaeological ruins, some of which are still largely covered in subtropical forests. We also visit a number of charming colonial towns and cities with vibrant markets as well as swim in amazing sink holes, learn how to make tortillas and kayak on a lake. DAY

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View wildlife along the mangrove forests. Drive to the colonial town of Izamal and make a tortilla.

Visit the wonder of Chichen Itza before driving to Merida. Swim in a sinkhole.

Discover the city of Merida with its markets and museums.

Travel to Campeche via a visit to the Hacienda Yaxcopoil and the port of Champoton.

Morning in Campeche before driving to Chicanna eco lodge.

Visit the Maya city of Calakmul where we scale the pyramids for amazing views.

Drive to the Caribbean town of Bacalar for swimming and kayaking.

Drive to Tulum for two days on the beach.

Trip ends in Cancun.

Join trip Travel to Rio in Cancun and Lagartos via Ek transfer to your Balam where hotel. we make a hammock.

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£2369† £2199* 15

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TRIP ONLY 14 DAYS FROM £1589 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FBZ ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple lodge. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

magic moments y Spotting monkeys in the trees

y Staying in a jungle lodge y Taking a boat through

Our tour of Belize more than lived up to our hopes and expectations. In fact it far exceeded them!

Keith Cutler MEXICO

the jungle to an ancient Mayan site

Lamanai Boat to Mayan Jungle site

CROOKED TREE Wildlife Sanctuary

y Walking on forest trails

Community Baboon Sanctuary

on the lookout for the elusive jaguar

Optional Mayan city Tikal

y Snorkelling with small

SAN IGNACIO Xunantunich ‘El Castillo’

GUATEMALA

sharks and rays

Caracol 0 km

60 km

CAYE CAULKER Coral reef

Belize City Belize Zoo

Blue Hole Hu m Higmingb hw ird ay

COCKSCOMB Jaguar Reserve Forest trails

BELIZE

PLACENCIA Beach

Belize is home to very diverse cultures, an array of exciting wildlife and numerous animals that inhabit its rainforests and seas. Experience the historic and living culture of the Maya as we travel through jungles to discover ancient pyramids and visit local markets. On the Caribbean Island of Caye Caulker, we have the opportunity to relax and snorkel with a wide variety of marine life including stingrays and turtles on the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere. DAY

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Join trip in Belize City.

Visit a baboon reservation and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary where we cruise on the lagoon.

We travel by boat upriver into the rainforest where we find Lamanai, an ancient Mayan pyramid.

We travel to Belize Zoo and learn about local wildlife before driving on to San Ignacio.

Crossing the river by ferry, we visit the ancient Mayan site of Xunantunich and its pyramids.

Free day in San Ignacio with optional visit to Tikal in Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Travel along the Hummingbird Highway to the Blue Hole for a swim and then continue to the coast.

Free day in Placencia with the opportunity to snorkel on the barrier reef.

Travel to the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Reserve and stay in a jungle lodge.

Drive to Belize City and take a water taxi to the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker.

Return to Belize City by water taxi where the trip ends.

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£2579† £2399* 16

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ADULT PRICE

TRIP ONLY 15 DAYS FROM £1699 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FNI ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 10 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple cabins. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 14 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, bicycle, boat, ferry. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18.

magic moments y Surfing in the Pacific Ocean y Staying on a volcanic island

We had a fantastic experience and loved the holiday from beginning to end!

Charlotte Hobley

HONDURAS

in Lake Nicaragua

y Zip-wiring through the

San Jacinto Hot Springs

tree tops

LEON

y Swimming and snorkelling in the Caribbean

Isla Juan Venado NR Crocodile spotting

y Looking for crocodiles

Cerro Negro Climb Volcano 1080m

NICARAGUA

Lake Managua

MANAGUA

Chocoyero-El Brujo NP

PLAYA LOS CARDONES

Mombacho Ecomovil & canopy tour

Surfing Visit local school

Puerto Asese Kayak to Las Isletas

Rivas San Jorge

PACIFIC OCEAN 0 km

CORN ISLAND

GRANADA

60 km

Swimming

OMETEPE ISLAND Swimming

Maderas 1326m

CARIBBEAN SEA

Lake Nicaragua

COSTA RICA

From zip-wiring through tree-top canopies to climbing an active volcano, Nicaragua is a wonderful destination for a family adventure. We search for crocodiles in mangrove-lined forests, track monkeys in Chocoyero El Brujo National Park and kayak on Lake Nicaragua. We also visit a local school, surf and stay on a volcanic island, before relaxing on the golden beaches of Corn Island.

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Join trip in Managua.

Drive to the Natural Reserve Isla Juan Venado. Cruise through the forests searching for crocodiles.

Trek on Cerro Negro, an active volcano.

Visit Leon, learn to surf on Pacific Ocean waves at Playa Los Cardones and visit a local school.

Discover the Momotombo chocolate factory and travel by boat to the volcanic island of Ometepe.

Visit a small farm at the foot of Maderas Volcano and swim in the sheltered bays.

Back on the mainland try zip-wiring through treetop canopies in Mombacho Volcano National Park.

Explore Granada, visit the Masaya market and drive to Masaya Volcano National Park.

Short cycle ride to Puerto Asese and kayak through the islands on Lake Nicaragua.

Fly to the Caribbean and stay on Corn Island for three nights of relaxation and swimming.

Return to Managua and visit Chocoyero Natural Reserve with its rainforests and monkeys.

Trip ends in Managua.

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£2365† £2199* 16 ADULT PRICE

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TRIP ONLY 15 DAYS FROM £1499 TRIP CODE: FCLT ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full On MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple camping. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, car, 4WD, on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20.

magic moments y Cruising around Havana in an old American car

y Camping out in a hacienda

Great holiday with lots of variety. Loved going around Havana in the classic cars, Trinidad with its colourful buildings and best of all the walking in Topes.

Sarah Kay

in the forest

y Swimming in jungle pools y Everyone learning to

LAS TERRAZAS Cayo Levisa White beaches

salsa dance!

Jungle Pools

HAVANA

Old American car ride

CUBA

Soroa

y Chilling out on the beach at the end of an exciting trip

VINALES

Santa Clara

Caves and walks

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Cueva de los Peces Bay of Pigs

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CIENFUEGOS PLAYA ANCON

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TOPES DE COLLANTES

Trinidad Colonial Town Playa Ancon Golden Beach

An action-packed holiday for adventurous families. We swim in jungle pools, shower in waterfalls and hike along forest trails. We camp out at traditional haciendas in the mountains and have the opportunity to experience the thrill of zip-wiring through the tree tops. From cruising around the vibrant capital city of Havana in a 1950s American car to snorkelling in the warm waters in the Caribbean, Cuba is the ideal destination for a fun-filled family holiday. DAY

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Explore Havana in a 1950s American car. Enjoy a salsa dancing lesson.

Discover the Vinales valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore the tobacco fields close by.

Day trip to Cayo Levisa where we can relax on beautiful white sand beaches.

Drive to Soroa where we visit an orchid garden. Option to walk to a local waterfall.

Swim in jungle pools, hike through forest trails and take an optional zipwire through rainforests.

Travel to Cienfuegos and visit Cuevas de los Pesces and Playa Giron Museum (Bay of Pigs).

Drive back to Havana. Visit Che Guevara’s Mausoleum in Santa Clara en route.

Trip ends in Havana.

Sightseeing in Drive to the Stay by the the colonial mountains beach near the town of of Topes de colonial town Cienfuegos Collantes of Trinidad with optional National Park where we boat trip in the where we spend can swim in local bay. two nights turquoise camping. seas.

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Insider View “A fascinating insight into this truly unique Caribbean Island. Teenagers and adults alike were intrigued by the revolutionary history and the unique style of communism which still prevails. Visiting ration shops and having no internet for 2 weeks were all part of the culture shock that is Cuba! About 20-30% of all cars are old American classics, mostly from the 50s. Be ready for the heat and 90% humidity in summer; I’d recommend bringing lightweight wicking clothing that dries easily. Also make sure that you bring all the toiletries and medicines that you think you will need, as they are hard to come by in Cuba." Ashley Toft, Managing Director at Explore

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Rainforest Adventure COSTA RICA

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£2579† £2399* 16 CHILD PRICE

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TRIP ONLY 15 DAYS FROM £1679 Triple room option available TRIP CODE: FCC ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Full on MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 8+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver, boat crew, driver(s), local guides. GROUP SIZE: Generally 12 - 18.

magic moments

Lake Nicaragua

CARIBBEAN SEA NICARAGUA

y Learning how to make chocolate

y Standing in awe beneath an imposing active volcano

PUERTO VIEJO SARAPIQUI Chocolate tour

FORTUNA Arenal 1633m

Sea turtles

TORTUGUERO NP

MONTEVERDE RESERVE

Irazu Siquirres 3432m Cooking lesson Guápiles Cloud Forest Poás Optional 2707m Guayabo Zip-wiring Canopy tour

y Watching crocodiles sunbathe

SAN JOSÉ

y Cooking a traditional dish

Coffee plantation

for lunches

y Swimming in the

Quepos Optional conservation centre

Pacific Ocean

Cartago

TURRIALBA

Serpentarium & optional rafting

COSTA RICA

MANUEL ANTONIO NP

Sandy beaches

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Towering volcanoes, long sandy beaches and unspoilt tropical rainforest are all part of this holiday to Costa Rica. Travelling from the Caribbean to the Pacific, we cruise through jungle waterways, discover forest trails, learn how to make chocolate and prepare a traditional meal. Search for exotic wildlife on an exciting journey through this diverse and friendly country.

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Explore San Jose, the capital city. Visit the volcanic crater of Poas and a coffee plantation.

Travel to Turrialba visiting a serpentarium and an ancient ceremonial centre at Guayabo.

Explore Tortuguero National Park as we cruise through waterways searching for wildlife.

Travel by boat and bus to Sarapiqui for wildlife spotting and learn how to make chocolate.

Drive to Costa Rica’s most active volcano, Arenal. Option to relax in thermal springs.

Learn how to prepare a local dish and visit a conservation project in the Santa Elena Reserve.

Enjoy walking on trails in Manuel Antonio National Park and relax on golden beaches.

Optional visit at a centre to learn how to preserve the rainforest before returning to the capital.

Trip ends in San Jose.

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Insider View “Costa Rica has everything to offer and more. From flying through the jungle on zip wires to whitewater rafting, walking on swing bridges fixed high up in the tree top canopy and walking on the slopes of a volcano. To balance all the activities, you’ll want to spend some time relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio! Costa Rica is also home to great bird and wildlife sightings - watch out for monkeys swinging through the trees or try and spot sleepy sloths as they chill out and hang from branches. The ‘Tico’s’ as the Costa Rican’s are locally known are warm and welcoming and they will help to make your visit to Costa Rica one you will never forget.” Yvonne Ramsay, Senior Operations Manager at Explore

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Ecuador and the Galapagos Adventure ECUADOR

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£3959† £3659* 15

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ADULT PRICE

TRIP ONLY 14 DAYS FROM £2999 TRIP CODE: FGE ACCOMMODATION: Standard TRIP PACE: Moderate MOST SUITABLE FOR AGES: 10+ WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? 4 nights premium hotel, 1 night premium hacienda, 5 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard guesthouse, 2 nights standard lodge. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners are included. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, flight, on foot. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guides, naturalist(s). GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

magic moments y Visiting bustling Indian

OTAVALO

markets in Otavalo

Indian Market, meet local family, Condor rescue centre

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On this trip we combine a visit to the Enchanted Isles of the Galapagos with the main highlights of Ecuador. Explore the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’, ride on the ‘Devil’s Nose’ railway, visit the colonial city of Quito and barter for goods at the colourful market in Otavalo. Furthermore, we search for wildlife not just in Amazonia but also the Galapagos which are host to an abundance of wildlife and natural wonders not found anywhere else in the world. DAY

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Drive to Cotopaxi National Park, stopping to admire Cotopaxi Volcano.

Transfer to the Amazon Region visiting indigenous villages and canoeing along its rivers.

Drive to Banos to view its waterfall and thermal baths and continue on to Riobamba.

Travel on the Devil’s Nose train journey and drive on to Guayaquil.

Fly to the Galapagos and explore Santa Cruz Island and the highlands to Puerto Ayora.

Sail to Isabela Island which is formed of five volcanoes and see flamingos gathered around lakes.

Travel to Tintoreras Islands to see a variety of wildlife, including Galapagos Penguins.

Visit the turtle nesting ground and the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Catch the ferry to Baltra Island and then fly back to Guayaquil where the trip ends the following day.

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magic moments y Experiencing the cultural wonder of Machu Picchu

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This family adventure follows in the footsteps of the Inca people and visits one of the world’s most incredible sites - Machu Picchu. We raft, bike and walk with the emphasis also on exploring and understanding the country. We visit the ancient capital of Cusco, learn how to weave traditional clothing, make local dishes, experience colourful markets and stay in an Andean village where the Inca Trail porters are from.

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Cooking lessons with free time to explore Cusco.

Explore Misminay Village with overnight homestay.

Take a train to Aguas Calientes and bus to Machu Picchu where we visit the site.

Visit Aguas Calientes market with optional dip in the hot springs. Return to Cusco.

Try out a chocolate class. Trip ends in Cusco on Day 11.

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Follow in the footsteps of Incas and Spanish explorers as we trek along the famous mountain trail to Machu Picchu. We also discover the ancient capital of Cusco and visit the colourful Pisac Market. Stepping off the beaten track we experience traditional life with an overnight stay in a mountain village. Along the way there’s the opportunity for rafting and mountain biking in the Sacred Valley.

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Visit Pisac market and Awanacancha to see llamas.

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP If you would like to extend your trip with a few days in the Amazon, search our website for the Inca Trail Adventure and Amazon extension. Trip code: FPTA Book early Places on the Inca trail are strictly limited and permits can sell out up to 9 months in advance.


Insider View “The Inca Trail is something I had always dreamed of completing and the memories of this iconic trek will stay with me forever. The scenery is absolutely beautiful and so diverse, from snow-capped mountains to cloud forest. You also have access to so many Inca sites whilst on the trail, where there isn’t a single other person. You literally have it all to yourself! The absolute highlight for me was walking through the Sun gate after trekking for 4 days and seeing Machu Picchu for the first time. It was very emotional as we had worked so hard to get to that point! The altitude wasn’t too much of a problem, just remember to take lots of short breaks and drink water little and often. Another top tip is to take a warm coat, hat and gloves as the evenings can be chilly.” Emily Bland, Customer Support Executive at Explore

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About Explore Family Trips Please carefully read through the following information about booking an Explore Family 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 and Trip Notes. All the trips featured in this brochure are either family group trips with fixed departure dates (these are detailed on our website), or Private Trips with the option to select your preferred departure date.

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Frequently Asked Questions Am I eligible to book an Explore Family Adventure?

For our purposes, a family is defined as having a minimum of two people, with at least one adult over the age of 18 and one child under 18.

What are the age limits?

Because of the active nature of Family Adventures, we provide guidelines regarding the minimum age that we feel is most suitable for each trip. This ranges from 4 to 13 years, depending on the level of activity involved and overall suitability Please check individual trip pages for information about this and also refer to the table on page 13. We offer some trips that are exclusively for families with children aged 11 or over. These are identified in the table on page 13. Whilst we don’t have a maximum age, we do recognise that at some point during our customers’ journey with us, they will reach an age where we will have to review the fitness and ability to participate in the trips they’ve chosen to book. Should you be 80 years old or older at the time of travel, we will ask you to get your GP to complete and sign a form confirming your fitness to travel. Explore will send this to you at the time of inquiry.

Travelling with Teenagers

All our trips have a minimum age, usually around 5 or 8 years old, but recognizing that older teens often prefer to travel with others their own age, we’ve planned plenty of choices for teenage families. There are two options for Teenagers:

Trips suitable for 11+

These trips are designed specifically for families with older children in mind, full of activity, adventure and new experiences. They include our more challenging trekking trips in Peru and Thailand and centre-based multi-activity trips in Europe. They are all ideal for families with children aged between 11 and 17.

Departures suitable for 11+

Lots of our other trips are ideal for 11+ years too, even if the minimum age is lower, so we’ve reserved some specific dates exclusively for families with children aged between 11 and 17. Please check the dates and prices pages on our website for details.

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. The price at the time of booking may be different. The latest guide prices for each trip departure can be found on our website: www.explore.co.uk The guide price shown already includes any applicable reduction of the Air Passenger Duty (APD) for children.

What is our price guarantee?

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?

Group size usually ranges from between 10 to 18 people and the average group size is usually 12 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. You will typically be travelling with between three and five other families. We very occasionally have groups that are smaller than six or seven people. On rare occasions, you may be the only family on the trip!

Explore Leaders

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.

Who is responsible for my children?

Please note that Explore Leaders are not expected to be child-minders. Parents and guardians booking on Explore Family Adventures agree to take full responsibility for any children travelling with them at all times.

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.

Is parental consent needed?

What is included?

What are the itineraries like?

Transport, meals and accommodation: all details are outlined in the individual trip itinerary. Explore Leader: the services of an Explore Leader are included on nearly all trips (except Private Trips). In most cases the Explore Leader will accompany you for the full duration of the trip. On some trips a local representative may be provided instead (this will be outlined in the individual Trip Notes). 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.) Activities, equipment, sightseeing and visits: please see individual Trip Notes for details.

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. 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.

What’s not included?

The price of the trip does not include: visa fees, vaccinations, passport costs, international departure taxes, insurance premiums, excess baggage charges, optional trips 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.

Any child under the age of 16 wishing to participate in the activities can do so only with the full consent of their parent or guardian. Explore Family Adventures offer a wide variety of experiences and activities which allow you to really get to know an area and to see beyond the normal tourist facade. Of course we include the better known sights but we understand that you should have the flexibility to do your own thing. We therefore build in free time for you to either take part in optional excursions or to explore independently - an important part of any trip.

What type of accommodation is there?

Wherever possible, we try to include accommodation which best reflects the local area in which we are travelling. For example, this could be a Berber village house in Morocco, a Bedouin camp in Jordan’s Wadi Rum or a safari lodge in Botswana. 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). In exceptional circumstances, we may use simple hotels with more basic amenities. Several trips include camping. We provide all the necessary equipment (for example two-person tents), but you are likely to need your own sleeping mats and sleeping bags. You will not have to cook, but on some trips you may be asked to help with the camp chores. 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?

We will room your family in the most appropriate way using a mixture of twin, triple, double and single rooms as necessary. Please note that sometimes a triple room may be a twin room with an additional bed added. We will leave it to you to decide who shares with whom in your family group. We will do our very best to give you rooms next to each other but we can’t promise this. In exceptional cases, where accommodation is limited, for example on boat-based trips, one or more of you may need to share with members of another family. On some trips a night or two may be spent in communal sleeping areas, for example in a village house, or an overnight train. On certain trips there may be the opportunity to pre-book triple rooms. Please speak to our Sales team for details and prices.

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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 Family Adventure. We use everything from buses, boats and trains to camels and donkeys. You may even find all these on the same trip.

Do I need the ability to swim?

On many of our trips, there will be water based activities, boat excursions or swimming opportunities. For your own personal safety and enjoyment, an ability to swim is therefore strongly recommended.

What about altitude?

Several Family trips reach elevations of 2500 metres or more. We allow time for acclimatisation and usually the body acclimatises well to spending extended periods of time above this altitude. It is difficult to predict who is at risk from altitude sickness but if you have a heart or respiratory problem we advise you not to risk extended travel or trekking at high altitudes.

What about trip changes?

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 constantly 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.

What are guaranteed departures?

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

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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. 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 about in-flight meals?

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 inter-continental 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.

What about 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.

What are the 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 we 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

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(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.

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 and that you sign up to the government travel alert service. For the UK, the FCO alert service can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ email-signup. 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.

What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?

How can I be prepared?

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. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any point in time if you do not fully insure your pre-existing medical condition.

What about travel insurance?

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 authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

What about Foreign Office Advice?

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice Unit - www.gov.uk/ foreign-travel-advice - provides detailed information about your destination.

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.

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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 2595 all the details of your chosen holiday (including the price) with us at the time of booking.

What about Consumer peace of mind

Explore is a fully bonded Tour Operator licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (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 No. 5207 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 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.

Professional Service and Continual Improvements

Exclusive Membership

Monitoring Standards

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.

Financial Security

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 / Web Sites

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.

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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. AITO endeavours to monitor quality standards regularly. All customers should receive a post-holiday questionnaire, the results of which are scrutinised by the Association.

Sustainable Tourism

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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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 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.

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Visa requirements should be confirmed with the relevant embassy or consulate. Unless otherwise stated (see ‘Y’ below), 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 July 2016. 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.

Lone parents travelling with children

Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. For further information on exactly what will be required at immigration please contact the consulate of your destination country (this information can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice)

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.

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Visas and Immunisations Quick Reference Chart

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A summary of requirements is listed in the chart on the left. 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 http://nathnac.net – 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 may also be obtained on arrival. [2] From March 2016 any visitor to Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) prior to travel. [3] 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). [4] You must have a tourist card pre departure - tourist cards can be issued by Explore or Cuban Consul. [5] Visa fee waived if arriving and departing under certain conditions, otherwise visa issued on arrival. [6] Visa may also be obtained on arrival. [7] Valid International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever required if arriving after

transiting infected/endemic area or if travelling on Amazon extension (Peru). [8] 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. [9] Single entry visa only on arrival. [10] Passport must have more than six months validity and must be undamaged. [11] Tetanus booster recommended. Visa can be purchased through www.evisa.gov.tr. It is advisable to print a paper copy to take with you. [12] 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). [13] No visa required for British nationals making a single entry before 30JUN17 and not staying for longer than 14 days.

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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.

2. To secure your booking

(Please refer to Clause 17 “Late Bookings”) To secure a booking, we or our authorised travel agent must receive payment of the minimum deposit of 10% of the total trip price, per person, (or full payment if booking within 60 days of the start of your trip or at an earlier stage for some trips). A higher deposit will be payable if any supplier(s) requires additional payment at the time of booking / prior to balance due date. On occasions, full payment for a service such as your flights may be required at the time of booking. The applicable  deposit will be confirmed at the time of booking. 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

No. 5207 The air holidays in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 2595. 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 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.

3. Payment for your trip

The balance of all monies due must be received by us or our authorised travel agent not later than 60 days before the start of your trip. For certain trips, full payment must be received sooner. We will tell you at the time of booking when this is the case. Deposit and balance payments must be made in the same currency and sufficient payment should be sent to ensure the company receives the total invoiced price as guaranteed. If you don’t pay your balance by the

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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 for which 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 change this charge if the card issuer or merchant provider’s charges to us vary. 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

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cancellation charges shown below are those which will apply to most trips. However, some suppliers have conditions which require the payment of higher or different charges (including the imposition of 100% cancellation charges well in advance of the normal balance due date) which you will have to pay in the event of cancellation. You will be advised at the time of booking if this is the case for your trip. a) 60 and more days before trip start date – loss of deposit b) 59-42 days before trip start date – 30% or loss of deposit if higher c) 41-28 days before trip start date – 60% d) 27-14 days before trip start date – 90% e) Less than 14 days before trip start date – 100% Amendment charges 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

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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. You should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting or excluding protection for the type of activities included in your trip. You must ensure that all travel insurance purchased meets your particular requirements and you should arrange supplementary insurance if need be.

9. 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, other supplier or third party 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 re-routing. Please note, a change of airline, any advertised mode of transport, named

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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 41-28 days: £20 27-14 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, 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 6 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.

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This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which any supplier agrees to provide for you where the 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

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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 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

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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 2016. 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 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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y Names Most airlines now require your full first name, middle name (if you have

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one) and surname. These must be provided exactly as they appear on your passport, otherwise boarding may be denied.

Passenger Information (API/APIs) y Advance Some governments require you to provide personal information from your passport, before travel. We will advise you if this is required.

conditions y Booking When you book, you will be asked if you have read and understood the Booking Conditions and General Information (p.99-106) – 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.

and Ability y Fitness You must be sufficiently fit and healthy to be able to take part in all included elements of the trip.

y Visas Please leave adequate time to obtain all visas and make sure you have enough space in your passport for stamps.

To secure a booking we require a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the trip price. Occasionally, a higher deposit is required but you will be advised about this at the time of booking. A higher deposit will be required if any travel partners require additional payment at the time of booking (or before the date at which the full balance becomes due). If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking. Occasionally, full payment for a particular service (such as your flights) may be required at the time of booking.

Final Payment

A final invoice will be sent to you nine weeks before departure. This must be paid no later than eight weeks before departure.

Cheque, Debit and Credit Cards

We accept Visa and Mastercard for which 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 change this charge if the card issuer or merchant provider’s charges to us vary. 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.

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 106.

Insurance y Travel Is mandatory for all customers on all Explore trips. Please see page 101 or visit www.explore.co.uk/insurance

Medical Conditions y Pre-existing Must be declared to your insurers.

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