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Worldwide ADVENTURES


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Explore In our 36 years of planning small group trips we’ve become the experts in adventure travel. We’re passionate about discovering the world, and we eat, sleep and breathe every single one of our pioneering trips – travelling to a wide range of exciting destinations from Italy to India and everywhere in between, taking in both the iconic wonders of the world and spectacular lesser-known destinations that only the most adventurous get to see. We know that everyone has their own idea of what makes a holiday special; it could be sleeping under a blanket of stars in the Sahara Desert, walking through the rainforest in search of wildlife, cycling around the vineyards of northwest Argentina or visiting ancient sites that bring history to life. Our collection of Worldwide trips offer all of this and so much more, from activity-based adventures that’ll get your heartrate going every day to relaxed safari holidays where animal sightings will peak your adrenaline for very different reasons. You can choose from over 600 trips across more than 130 countries and our holidays are ideal for couples, friends and solo travellers alike, experiencing new cultures and making lasting memories alongside like-minded explorers as part of the group experience. This year we have developed new trips across the world, including the virtually unknown Indonesian regions of Sulawesi and Kalimantan, hidden corners of Eastern Europe and reimagined holidays to Mexico with a twist that food-lovers will enjoy. Join us and see what the world has to offer.

Hannah Methven Worldwide Programme Manager

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Asia AND THE Pacific

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WE ARE EXPLORE

We are Explore Over 36 years’ experience in planning adventurous trips around the world means we’ve had plenty of time to perfect our holidays.

The Explore Way Sending you around the world is important business – discovering new cultures, meeting friendly communities and trying different experiences. We don’t take this lightly and as such we follow five values to ensure that we’re always providing the best service to our staff, our suppliers, the communities we visit and most importantly: you.

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Trusted

Adventurous

Fun

Responsible

Passionate

To do the right thing, and provide a safe and honest experience from start to finish.

Our trips are tried and tested for adventure, and we never stop seeking pioneering new ways to explore.

Fun is first and foremost: from start to finish, every element of your trip is designed to be exciting.

From sustainable tourism to supporting family-run hotels, we’re responsible in all that we do.

About travel and discovering the world, but also providing the best customer service we can – every time.

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WE ARE EXPLORE

Going local... We really believe in taking you to the heart of the country you are visiting.  95% of our Explore Leaders are local to the destination where

they guide, ensuring you experience the country through the eyes of a true local  Staying in locally-run hotels and homestays supports

communities and families, and offers a better understanding of cultures  Supporting charities such as the Born Free Foundation and

Mahouts Foundation looks after the animals we see on our trips  Working with communities in the Amazon through Cool Earth,

we help to prevent deforestation of the rainforest

Explore new cultures  Be part of a Guinness World Record by visiting Bala

Hunaman Temple in Gujarat, where continuous chanting has taken place since 1964  Throw back a shot of vodka and dine on Soviet-style canteen cuisine (removing your gas mask first) at Ligatne Secret Bunker in Latvia  Join local fishermen to fish for squid in Thailand, learning the

trade and, if you’re lucky, cooking your catch on board the boat  Learn about the Xhosa people on a tour of Langa Township in

South Africa, designed to celebrate the colours and music of the region  Cycle between three vineyards in Argentina’s Mendoza

region and have lunch at a terrace where you can choose from different empanada kiosks

Caring for our Planet Take a look at what we’ve been up to over the past few years.

At Explore we believe in enriching lives through adventure travel.

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Non-recyclable coffee cups thrown away in the UK each year

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EXPLORE BOUGHT ALL HQ STAFF A REUSABLE CUP

ALL ELEPHANT RIDES

and continue to work with Mahouts to ensure best animal practice

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around the world in education and training

built in Inndein Village Burma

175 EXPLORE STAFF AND CUSTOMERS

cleaning beaches throughout the world in July

£56,000 DONATED TO MORE THAN 45 DIFFERENT CHARITIES

and projects all over the world

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for the homeless in Vietnam

12 MONTHS OF GIVING

400 ACRES

£3,600 DONATED

to local schools, hospitals and charities by HQ staff raised through cake sales, raffles and marathons

OF RAINFOREST PROTECTED

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to local communities in Morocco, Borneo and Malawi

with our roof top solar panels at Explore HQ

FUND LAUNCHED - £3,000

OF CO2 EMISSIONS SAVED

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WHY TRAVEL WITH EXPLORE?

Why travel with Explore? We have been creating inspiring trips around the world for the last 36 years, drawing on our experience to plan the perfect holidays. From small group journeys to Asia and the Americas to once in a lifetime, tailor-made trips to Africa, each of our holidays is tried and tested down to the last detail. Here’s why an Explore holiday is different to any other. 

Leading the way

Each of our trips is accompanied by one of our awardwinning Explore Leaders, chosen for their first-hand knowledge of your chosen region and personally trained to Explore’s high standards by our team in the UK. They are your insider, better than any guide book, with a specialist understanding of the sites, local customs and where to get your fill of the best local food.

Small, sociable groups

Sharing your adventure with like-minded travellers is all part of the small group experience. Our groups usually comprise of eight to 14 people, with a maximum group size of 18 on our most popular trips. You’ll meet people from all walks of life, and usually half of the group are solo travellers, while the rest are couples or friends.

A company of travellers

Our Product team put together all of our pioneering Worldwide trips, and they travel far and wide to seek out the most unusual and inspiring elements to add to each one – last year they spent a total of 453 days on the road searching for new experiences and making sure each trip was the best it could be. These moments are called our ‘Explore twists’, and you’ll find them on every trip we sell.

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WHY TRAVELGIVES WITHYOU EXPLORE? EXPLORE MORE

Shared experiences

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Imagine seeing the Pyramids of Giza, Machu Picchu or the Taj Mahal – now imagine experiencing it with other like-minded travellers, sharing experiences that you can talk about for years to come. We have Explore friendships going back 30 years, with groups still meeting up for reunions decades after they travelled with us.

On all our group trips we provide a complimentary transfer, provided you arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. This is a great way to start your travels, offering you that little extra peace of mind and comfort.

Your loyalty: rewarded

Solo Travellers If you’re travelling solo you won’t be travelling alone. When you join one of our holidays you’ll be sharing the experience with other adventure-loving travellers. Our holidays have no compulsory single supplements but the offer the option to book your own room if you prefer a bit of space.

Around 60% of our customers book with us again, including our longest-standing traveller who has travelled on 90 trips with us. We’re very proud of these numbers, so to reward our repeat customers we offer a loyalty discount of 5% off when booking 5-9 trips, and 10% off when booking your 10th trip and beyond. It’s just a small way to say thank you.

Combinations and extensions

Price Guarantee

Our itineraries aren’t set in stone: you can add extensions or choose one of our combination trips. Visit Thailand, Burma and Vietnam in two weeks on a comprehensive tour of Asia, or spend a few nights on the white-sand beaches of Cuba – the possibilities are (almost!) endless.

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

We are proud to announce that 98% of our customers would book with us again. Independently verified reviews – August 2017

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A WORLD OF CHOICE

A World of Choice There’s an Explore trip for everyone, whether you want to discover hidden regions and lesservisited routes, or take in a country’s highlights.

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CHOOSING YOUR TRIP

Choosing your trip Our choice of trips is constantly expanding to allow for exciting new destinations. While each holiday contains a range of included activities, we’ve categorised each trip with a theme, pace and accommodation grade to help you quickly find the one that best suits you. If you need any help or advice then give us a call and we can talk you through all of your options.

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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.

Use pedal power to explore your chosen destination indepth.

Enjoy the spectacle of a traditional festival.

Challenge mind and body with a range of adventure activities.

Epic train journeys using iconic rail routes.

Explore the world’s most impressive landscapes on foot.

Witness firsthand some of the most remarkable wildlife on the planet.

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Trip Pace

Accommodation Grading

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

As a guide, we’ve given an accommodation grade to all of our trips. Standards may vary depending on which country you are visiting and on some holidays a range of grades are used. All of our accommodation is carefully chosen for its location and character.

Relaxed These are easy-paced trips with plenty of time to relax. Absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings. Moderate Moderately paced trips provide some busy days with plenty of experiences to enjoy, as well as time to relax along the way. Full On Fast-paced trips move quickly on from place to place. With busy days and some early starts, they’re packed full of experiences.

Walking & Cycling grades On our Walking and Cycling adventures we grade each itinerary from Easy to Challenging to give you an indication of what to expect. Use this alongside the detailed route information to decide which holiday is best for you.

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Simple No-frills accommodation which includes berths on sleeper trains, rooms in village houses, boat cabins, campsites, huts and simple family-run lodges, guesthouses and hotels. Sleeping arrangements are simple and amenities are adequate, sometimes with en suite facilities and occasionally communal. Standard Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Rooms will be comfortable and have en suite facilities. Premium Our premium accommodation is hand-picked to offer a little extra comfort after a day on the road. These properties have excellent facilities and a higher level of comfort and service.

Private Trips Our group trips operate on set dates, so if there isn’t a departure to suit you then consider choosing a Private Trip. These follow exactly the same itinerary as our group trips, but you’re able to choose your own travel date, and you’ll be travelling with your choice of companions rather than a group. Private Trips offer flexibility as well as the chance to experience one of our tried and tested group trips as your own exclusive holiday. These trips are ideal for get-togethers or celebrations when you can enjoy time away with friends and family. Private trips aren’t accompanied by an Explore Leader but local drivers and guides will be on hand to assist.

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For special occasions, holidays of a lifetime or simply to build your own adventure, our Tailormade team can custom-make your trip based on your interests and what you want to see. Just like our small group trips, a tailor-made holiday is all about the experience, from bush walks with Maasai guides in the Serengeti to camping in Jordan’s Wadi Rum. All of our holidays are based on the same philosophy: to get under the skin of your chosen destination through authentic experiences.

 Complete Flexibility With a tailor-made holiday you have the flexibility to choose how long you want to travel for, where you go and how you get around. Choose the date you want to travel and how you want to get there – let us take care of the rest and provide suggested itineraries until it’s exactly to your requirements.

 Dedicated Specialists From start to finish, from when you first get in touch with us until you arrive home, our Tailormade team will look after your trip every step of the way, sharing a wealth of knowledge including personal highlights from their extensive travels.

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We aim to take you beyond the tourist trail and know that accommodation and transportation can be just as important as the destination itself. As such, we offer a variety of accommodation choices from authentic riads to luxurious lodges and travel options including self-drive, trains and river cruising. If you want to create a trip of your own, our dedicated Tailormade team can help.

Tell us your dream holiday and we’ll plan your perfect itinerary.

Vietnam • Peru • Sri Lanka • Morocco • Tanzania • Jordan • Costa Rica • Botswana • India • South Africa

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We have been pioneering small group journeys for the last 36 years, taking travellers to incredible destinations around the world. Our Explore Beyond collection is our modern incarnation of this, offering innovative trips specifically designed to provide a more intrepid travel experience.

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We think of our Explore Beyond trips as going back to our roots – providing truly off the beaten track adventures that often tie in with one-off events like festivals and solar eclipse departures. Others might be unpolished recce adventures, where you can help us test out the itinerary of proposed new trips.

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Brazilian Amazon by Boat Explore the vast Amazon River between the cities of Belem to Manaus, sailing on different boats to get close to the thriving communities and fascinating wildlife. Trip code: BAM

Argentinian Wine and Eclipse Sample rich, full-bodied Argentinian wines under the lofty peaks of the Andes, viewing a magnificent solar eclipse on a once-in-alifetime journey. Trip code: NWW

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WHAT’S NEW?

What’s new? Each year we create exciting new trips to add to our collection of Worldwide holidays, giving you a choice of unusual destinations far and wide. This year we’ve added exciting new adventures in Europe, including exploring inside the Exclusion Zone surrounding Chernobyl and more trips to Eastern Europe in Romania, Bulgaria and Belarus. In Africa we’ve added new holidays exploring the north and south of Tanzania, plus a multi-activity adventure in South Africa. In Asia you’ll find reimagined versions of old favourites, such as India and Nepal, alongside brand-new trips to Kazakhstan, Sulawesi and Kalimantan. We’ve tasted our way around Mexico to bring you a food-lovers trip to remember, and developed grand journeys between Peru and Brazil and around captivating Colombia. 12

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“Sitting down with a map and working out where we can create our next adventure is the best part of our job. We start with a blank piece of paper and research and tweak until we end up with an itinerary we know people will love.” Hannah Methven Worldwide Programme Manager


WHAT’S NEW?

New trips for 2018 Ukraine in Depth Explore Soviet history, stunning natural beauty, traditional culture and spend time in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

For Trip Details See Page 58

Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania Discover Dracula country, Roman ruins, waterfalls, castles, spa towns and the coast in this three-country trip.

For Trip Details See Page 74

Multi-active South Africa Climb Table Mountain, view incredible wildlife, hike and kayak on a tour of the Western Cape.

For Trip Details See Page 123

Across the Kazakh Steppe Visit leafy Almaty, national parks, canyons, steppes, Silk Road cities and the capital of Kazakhstan.

For Trip Details See Page 171

Did you know? Our longest running trip is Turkey in Depth. Here are some of the highlights you will get to experience on the trip:

Tastes of Mexico Eat your way around Mexico: tacos in Mexico City, mole in Puebla, tamales in Oaxaca, mezcal and tequila.

For Trip Details See Page 227

• Discovering Istanbul’s incredible architecture • Walking among Cappadocia’s unique fairy chimneys • Relaxing on golden beaches on the Turquoise Coast See page 82 for more details.

Look out for more New Trips There are so many fantastic new trips to choose from we couldn’t list them all here, but you can find out which trips are new to the brochure by looking for the New Trip logo on each of the trip pages. Alternatively, just give us a call and we can tell you all about our new holidays.

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FLIGHTS

Flights We can offer you a wide range of options from different airports and with a choice of over 90 airlines. All of our flight-inclusive packages are fully bonded, so if there are changes to your holiday once you have booked we will manage this for you, offering peace of mind. Should you choose to book your own flights you would be responsible for any cancellations or delays.

Why book your flights with Explore? • Total financial protection and security • Any pre-flight delays or cancellations will be handled by our UK team; it’s our job to get you there • Management of your holiday if the airline changes flight times

Upgraded air travel For a special occasion or if you’re just looking to push the boat out, consider travelling in premium economy, business or first class. For a great start (or end) to your trip treat yourself to extra legroom, premium dining, superior service and that satisfied feeling of turning left on the plane. Just ask us for a quote at the time of booking.

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Fly me from... Wherever you’re travelling from, we can organise flights from most of the UK’s regional airports, as well as Dublin. You can choose from direct flights which get you to your destination as quickly as possible, or if the route isn’t available we can arrange indirect flights changing en route. Remember, we can fly you out earlier (or to return later) if you want to extend your trip.

British Airways Preferred Partner We’re proud to be a British Airways Preferred Partner, maintaining an excellent relationship with the airline to offer you the best possible choice of flights.

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STAY IN TOUCH

Stay In Touch Explore Leader Awards

Get social

Our Explore Leaders are what make our group trips so successful, so to recognise their contribution we award a yearly prize for the best of the best. We encourage all of our customers to join in by voting for their Explore Leader in our annual Explore Leader Awards – did your Leader go the extra mile? Did they have you in stitches throughout? If your Leader made your holiday extra special then take a few moments to vote for them at www.explore.co.uk/leaderawards

One of the best things about going away is all the interesting stories and pictures you can share with family and friends when you return – you can share them with us too on our social media pages! Tag or mention us in your posts so we can share your incredible stories.

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Calendar Photo Competition

WIN £250

When you look back on your photos of your holiday, are there any that you’re particularly proud of? If you consider yourself a budding photographer then why not enter your favourite photographs from your Explore trips into our Calendar Photo Competition? You could win up to £250 in Explore holiday vouchers and even see your photo in print in our annual Explore calendar. Entering is easy – just send your photos as attachments to marketing@explore.co.uk by 31 October 2018 to be in with the chance of winning – but don’t forget to include your name and details of where the photo was taken! For full details and terms and conditions please visit explore.co.uk/calendar

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Europe Short flight times, varied scenery, a wealth of history and fascinating cultures to explore: what’s not to love about holidays in Europe? From Slovenia’s peaceful Alpine lakes to Turkey’s sun-beaten coast, discover the variations of the continent on a small group journey that ticks all the adventure boxes. Visit iconic sights such as Athens’ striking Acropolis; Moscow’s grand Soviet architecture; Norway’s breathtakingly beautiful fjords or Andalucia’s strong Moorish influences. Trips through Europe can take you along mighty rivers, through canyons and mountain ranges, across glittering cities and tiny villages – the possibilities are almost endless.

IT’S ALL ABOUT Seeing the Northern Lights

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Spotting brown bears in Finland Exploring Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone


DESTINATIONS Albania 73/77  Belarus 45/55 Bosnia & Herzegovina 69/71  Bulgaria 74 Croatia 67/69 Czech Republic 41 Demark 51 Estonia 51/54 Finland 22/51 Germany 51 Greece 76/78 Hungary 41/67  Italy 33  Iceland 18 Kosovo 69/73 Latvia 51/54 Lithuania 51/54 Macedonia 69/73/76 Malta 40 Moldova 62 Montenegro 69/71 Norway 23  Poland 42/47 Portugal 29  Romania 62/74  Russia 48/51/55/59  Serbia 69/71/74 Slovakia 41 Slovenia 68 Spain 24 Sweden 51 Turkey 82  Ukraine 50/56  Regions with a new trip

INSIDER VIEW “I never tire of travelling to Europe as there’s always something new to discover. I love natural beauty and I’m an absolute history buff, so there’s no shortage of places to excite me; whether I’m walking past rushing waterfalls in Iceland, marvelling at Romanian castles or exploring cave dwellings in Basilicata. I was also lucky enough to travel to Chernobyl recently and that has to be the most exciting and fascinating place I’ve ever been to.” CLARE COLLINS Product Manager, Europe

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A jam-packed trip to see the best of what Iceland has to offer over a long weekend. Explore rugged, volcanic landscapes and get out on the water in Breidafjordur Bay. Also, take the opportunity to try some tasty Icelandic produce including ice-cream and beer. Tick Iceland’s most famous highlights from your bucket list; geysers, Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and the Blue Lagoon.

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Discover Iceland in miniature, Snaefellsnes Peninsular. Boat trip in Breidafjordur Bay.

Golden Circle tour of Geysir hot spring, Gullfoss Waterfall and Thingvellir National Park.

Trip ends in Reykjavik. Departure transfer via public Flybus.

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

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Free day in the ‘capital of the north’, Akureyri, with a chance to visit the stunning Lake Myvatn.

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

Golden Circle tour of Geysir hot spring, Gullfoss Waterfall and Thingvellir National Park.

Trip ends in Reykjavik. Departure transfer by public Flybus.

Join trip at Keflavik Airport. Arrival transfer by public Flybus.

Climb the 370 Take a boat ride Explore steps to the top on Jokulsarlon Iceland’s of Skogafoss Glacial Lagoon rugged and Waterfall to get up remote Eastern and explore close to giant Fjords before Reynisfjara’s icebergs and enjoying a black sand spot seals. traditional beach. Icelandic meal.

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Icelandic Winter Adventure

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Optional single rooms are available from £395 TRIP CODE: ICE TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple hotel, 3 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches are included.

This was a really great trip through amazing scenery in a geologically fascinating landscape.

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This adventure allows us to explore the stunning natural beauty of Iceland’s volcanic landscape in winter with its snow-covered glaciers, steaming geysers and lava fields. During the trip there will also be opportunity to travel by boat to Hrisey Island, ride in a snow cat or super jeep, walk on a glacier and hopefully observe wildlife, including reindeer and whales in their natural habitat. If we are lucky, we may even experience the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights. DAY

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

Snow tractor or super jeep ride. Take a boat to Hrisey Island and local beer tasting.

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

The scenery changes as we continue our journey around the east coast en route to Egilsstadir.

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

See newlyformed icebergs in the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.

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

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EXPERT ASTRONOMER This trip is accompanied by our astronomy expert Andrew Green. Andrew has been actively involved in astronomy and space for over 40 years and has travelled the world giving presentations and lectures. He has a degree in Geo-Science / Planetary Geology and is a fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society. He is the director and senior lecturer of StarDome - Astronomy and Astronautics, and his business also incorporates one of the UK’s largest and most popular mobile planetaria, which has brought the universe to hundreds of thousands of people. Andrew loves to travel and share his knowledge and passion for astronomy and space exploration. He is also a published photographer and is happy to give tips on photographing the night sky. He has been working with Explore for over nine years, travelling with us to China, Chile, Easter Island, the USA and Australia to view solar eclipses along with many trips to Iceland for the aurora borealis.

Seeing the Aurora and the Blue Lagoon were the absolute highlights of a really interesting trip.

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Skogafoss Myrdalsjökull Vik i Myrdal

Expert astronomer Andrew Green accompanies this trip to Iceland in search of the spectacular Northern Lights. By day, we’ll explore the famous Golden Circle including Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur Geyser, and learn about the volcanic eruption of 2010 at Eyjafjallajokull Museum that caused chaos around the world, as well as unwind in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.

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Join trip at Keflavik Airport and swim in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Explore the south coast. Lecture on the Northern Lights from expert astronomer Andrew Green.

Golden Circle tour of Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss Falls. Northern Lights viewing in Reykjavik.

Trip ends at Keflavik Airport.

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The view of the Northern Lights was astonishing and a memory which will live with me forever.

Shirley, Portsmouth

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Brown Bear Weekend

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

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

Seeing a brown bear was a real privilege – such an amazing experience.

Pamela, Fareham

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Forest nature walk

LENTIIRA Bear Watching

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

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Join trip at Kajaani or Oulu Airport. Transfer to the Wild Brown Bear Centre in the Finnish countryside.

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

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

Drive to Kajaani or Oulu Airport where the trip ends.

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A lovely peaceful location that had a real ‘back to nature’ feel about the place.

Margaret, Ipswich

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Highlights of Norway

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Optional single rooms are available from £315 TRIP CODE: FN TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included.

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED? On our Nordkapp Adventure discover lesser-visited northern Norway and Russia. For full details please refer to the website. Trip code: NKP

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Skagefla

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Andalsnes

Kylling Bridge

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Briksdal Glacier Leikanger Lillehammer

Flam Myrdal

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Towering cliffs, ice-capped mountains and deep blue fjords make Norway’s famously dramatic scenery. Using the very efficient public transport system we experience travelling by train, boat, public bus and on foot. Our journey takes us along the most spectacular train lines, including trips on the famous Flam Railway and the scenic Raumabanen Railway. We explore a land carved by glaciers and vibrant cities on this journey to discover Norway. DAY

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Join trip at Oslo Airport. Airport transfer by public shuttle bus. Walking tour of the capital, Oslo.

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

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

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Travel along the Boat from Full day in Trip ends beautiful West Leikanger to Bergen to at Bergen Norwegian Flam and ride the explore with a Airport. coastline, famed railway. 24-hour Bergen Airport transfer stopping Orientation Card. Option by public at Briksdal walk of Bergen’s to ride on the shuttle bus. Glacier, on the Bryggen Floibanen way to Skei. Waterfront. Funicular.

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Highlights of Andalucia

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Optional single rooms are available from £140 TRIP CODE: QAH TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Simple 4 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple guesthouse, 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

A great way to explore Andalucia.

Tina, Ashford

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SPAIN CORDOBA Mezquita

Galaroza

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Alcazar (optional)

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Malaga

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

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

Visit the iconic Alhambra Palace and go on an orientation walk of Granada.

Public bus to Cordoba. Visit the famed Mezquita Mosque and explore the city.

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

Hike through rural Spain to the white village of Alajar. Chance to see the Cave of Wonders.

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

Explore Seville on foot to see the Mudejar architecture. Chance to visit the Alcazar Palace.

Trip ends in Seville. Departure transfer by public bus.

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A wonderful itinerary jam packed with the highlights of three vibrant cities as well as village life and beautiful easy walks.

Prue, Surrey

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Moorish Andalucia

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A great tour to see all the main Andalucian cities.

Kim, Buxton

SPAIN CORDOBA

Ubeda

Mezquita & Juderia

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El Chorro Gorge walk

Alcazar

GRANADA GRAZALEMA Benaocaz

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

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Orientation walk of Seville’s historic centre and visit to Alcazar Palace to admire the Mudejar architecture.

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

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

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

El Chorro Gorge walk with the chance of spotting vultures soaring above on the way.

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

Visit Alhambra Palace and the beautiful gardens of Generalife. Free afternoon in Granada.

Travel by train to the ‘white town’ of Ronda with an orientation tour on arrival.

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

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

Return to Seville where the trip ends.

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Highlights of Old Castile

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Optional single rooms are available from £210 TRIP CODE: HOO TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

A great way to visit several historic and beautiful old towns.

Andrew, Bedford SALAMANCA

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Roman Aqueduct Arapiles

La Pedriza Forest walk Catedral de Justo

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

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Train to Madrid. Afternoon free with the opportunity to visit the Prado Museum or Huerta District.

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Join trip in Madrid.

Walking tour of Visit Catedral Free morning Free morning in Experience Madrid including de Justo. Drive in Segovia. See Candelario. Salamanca on the Templo de to the rugged Avila’s medieval Drive to foot. Chance Debod. Sierra Norte for walls. Drive Salamanca via to visit the Afternoon train a gentle walk. to Candelario the Napoleon cathedral, to Toledo with a Continue to mountain town in versus Wellington university and walking tour on Segovia with Gredos National battlefield site Art Nouveau arrival. a walk on arrival. Park. at Arapiles. Museum.

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I really enjoyed this trip. It’s a beautiful part of Spain and the rewards of exploration are great. I loved all the places visited.

Rach, North of England

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Northern Spain by Rail

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Optional single rooms are available from £410 TRIP CODE: RSP TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel , 3 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included.

PREMIUM DEPARTURES On this trip we offer Premium departures that are based on the same itinerary as shown here but include nine nights staying in premium hotels and two nights in standard hotels. There is also one dinner included. For full details please refer to the website.

A superb way to see Northern Spain! Wonderful scenery, amazing historic towns, fantastic accommodation and a brilliant guide.

Susan, Shepley

CABO ORTEGAL ATLANTIC OCEAN

Bay of Biscay

Ribadeo

OVIEDO CORDILLERA CANTEBRICA SPAIN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA PONFERRADA

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Bulnes funicular Walk in Picos De Europa NP

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On this holiday we have the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of Northern Spain as we travel by rail along its spectacular coast. Our journey takes us through a number of regions including the unique Basque area and Spain’s oldest national park, the Picos de Europa mountain range. Along the way we’ll stay in a variety of historical cities, including Santiago de Compostela, Leon, Bilbao and Oviedo. It’s the ideal way to see the highlights of the lesser-visited north of Spain. DAY

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Train to Puente San Miguel. Free afternoon in Santillana del Mar with the chance to visit Altamira Cave.

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

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

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

Train to Ribadeo in Galicia. Relax on Praia das Catedrais Beach en route to Santiago de Compostela by bus.

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

Train to Ponferrada with the option to visit a Templar castle or the rock formations at Las Medulas.

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

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

Excursion to the coast including the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, Mundaka and a wine tasting.

Trip ends in Bilbao. Depending on your flight time perhaps visit the Guggenheim Museum.

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Andalucia by Bike SPAIN FROM

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For full details of this and similar trips visit explore.co.uk/cycling or order a copy of our Cycling Adventures brochure

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights Standard Hotel, 2 nights Simple Hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant Lite hybrid bike.

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Discover the beauty and diversity of Andalucia as we explore the region by bike. We cycle on quiet backroads with varied scenery from stunning natural parks to deserts, canyon lands and mountains. Along the way we discover a rich Moorish heritage reflected in the food, language and architecture, most notably in Seville, Cordoba and Granada. We also spend time in Tarifa, Ronda and a unique cave hotel in Guadix.

Camino de Santiago

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WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 9 days for between 3.5 to 7.5 hours along the historic Camino Frances. Please see website for more details.

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Following in the footsteps of countless pilgrims since the 9th century, we follow the legendary route Camino Frances (French Way) to Santiago de Compostela – the resting place of Saint James, where we claim our pilgrims’ certificate. Walk the most scenic sections between Leon and Santiago, across the high plains of the Castilian Meseta and into the Galician mountains.

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Walking the Gran Isla

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WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3 to 6 hours along undulating, well maintained trails. In addition, there is an optional more demanding walk on day 5 to Pico Castellet. Please see website for more details.

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

Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

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WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 1.5 to 4 hours. The terrain is gently undulating. Please see website for more details.

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

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Madeira Island Discovery

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Optional single rooms are available from £215 TRIP CODE: MDR TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches are included.

A great introduction to the ‘must see’ bits of Madeira.

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Sao Vicente

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Encumeuda Calheta

Pico da Torre Camara de Lobos

Ribeira Brava Cabo Girao

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Discover Madeira’s highlights and learn why it’s known as ‘the pearl of the Atlantic’. Our trip is based in the sun-drenched coastal city of Funchal. From here we explore the island to find out more about its short but turbulent history and see the dramatic mountainous scenery criss-crossed by levadas and colourful tropical flora. We also set out on the Atlantic Ocean to the Desertas Islands in hope of spotting dolphin, whale, and monk seal. With a mix of full and free days this holiday lets you make the most of your time on Madeira. DAY

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Full day tour of the north of the island. Easy walk following a scenic levada trail through Madeira’s tropical flora.

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

Visit a 16th century sugar mill, the Ethnographic Museum and sample local wine at Blandy’s.

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

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

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

Trip ends in Funchal.

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So many highlights! Tasting Madeira wine, cake and rum! The day on the boat to the Desertas Islands, seeing pilot whales, dolphins, monk seals and swimming off the boat will be forever in my memory!

Marion, Taunton

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Highlights of Portugal

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Optional single rooms are available from £220 TRIP CODE: HOP TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included.

Braga (optional)

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Port tasting

Lamego

Wine tasting

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PORTUGAL Batalha Monastery Alcobaca

Sintra Walk to Pena Palace

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This fast-paced trip crams in plenty in just eight days. In the traditional Explore style we use a range of transport such as jumping on a ferry for a seafood lunch on the docks in Lisbon and taking the train to Porto. We see the highlights, but also places not normally included by travel companies. Most of our exploration is on foot, including walking up through the gardens in Sintra to see the Moorish Castle and Palacio de Pena and exploring the backstreets of Coimbra. We’ll even try Ginjinha – a local sour cherry liqueur. DAY

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Train to Sintra. Stroll around the old town and up through gardens to the hillside Palacio de Pena and Moorish Castle.

Explore Lisbon on foot. Ferry across the Tagus Estuary to Cacilhas for a seafood lunch. Chance to hear Fado music.

Visit Alcobaca and Batalha Monastery before arriving in Coimbra. Walk through the historic streets.

Visit to the village of Lamego en route to Peso da Regua in the Douro Valley. Enjoy a wine tasting.

Train to Porto. Explore the city on foot and have a port tasting. Free afternoon. Chance to dine in a local home.

Free day in Porto with the chance to visit nearby Braga or Guimaraes independently by train.

Trip ends in Porto.

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Excellent tour of the highlights of Portugal. I’d definitely recommend it as a great way to see the main sites and get a flavour of a fascinating country.

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Azores Island Hopping

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£1739 14 DAYS £1295 14 DAYS

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WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days plus 6 additional optional walks. Included walks are between 2 to 4 hours. Please see website for more details.

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

Levada Trails of Madeira

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WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3 to 5.5 hours. Walks are mainly along levadas and ancient paths. Please see website for more details.

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Following Madeira’s unique network of narrow irrigation channels known as levadas and ancient footpaths, this tour incorporates some of the best walking trails on this beautiful volcanic island. Discover rocky shorelines, waterfalls and stunning mountain vistas. Hike to Madeira’s highest peak Ruivo (1,862m), and spend time absorbing the delights of the laid-back capital, Funchal.

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Amalfi Coast Walking

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WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2.5 to 6 hours. Please see website for more details.

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

A Taste of Emilia Romagna

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WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard agriturismo MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for an average of 2.5 hours. Please see website for more details.

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

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Highlights of Puglia

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Optional single rooms are available from £235 TRIP CODE: PUL TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 3 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse, 2 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

ACCOMMODATION In Alberobello we’ll stay in authentic trulli round houses with whitewashed dry stone walls and pointed ‘witches hat’ roofs. In Matera we stay in sassi cave dwellings where each room is unique and either within the caves or in the ancient entry buildings.

BARI Castel del Monte

Putignano

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

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Tasting of the unique stone-baked bread, pane di Altamura. Visit to Castel del Monte and stay in Matera.

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

Olive oil tasting before visiting Otranto for a coastal walk. Arrive in the Baroque city of Lecce.

Walking tour of Lecce. Free afternoon in the city and the opportunity to listen to Taranta music.

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

Guided tour Tasting of of Matera’s mozzarella cave dwellings. and wine. Chance to go Orientation tour to Gravina of Alberobello and into its and stay in a underground Trulli. labyrinth.

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Highlights of Southern Italy

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Optional single rooms are available from £270 TRIP CODE: PNP TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 3 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner is included.

ACCOMMODATION In Alberobello we stay in authentic trulli round houses with whitewashed dry stone walls and pointed ‘witches hat’ roofs. In Matera we stay in sassi cave dwellings, where each room is unique and either within the caves or in the ancient entry buildings.

Bari

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Putignano

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Herculaneum Bomerano

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This full on trip combines the fascinating trullis and sassis found in the ‘heel of Italy’, with Amalfi’s stunning coastline and the world-famous archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. We’ll travel by coach, but in true Explore spirit also by ferry and by train. We’ll have the chance to eat pizza in one of Naples’ famed pizzerias, sample wine and cheese, and then burn off the calories on one of the best coastal walks in the world, the ‘walk of the Gods’. This holiday will give you the perfect introduction to the south of Italy. DAY

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Join trip in Naples. Discover the historic city centre with your Explore Leader.

Take the train to explore the ancient sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Arrive in the Amalfi area.

Follow the ‘walk of the Gods’ from Bomerano to Positano. Scenic ferry trip along the Amalfi coast.

Drive to the unique city of Matera in Basilicata. Guided tour of the ancient sassi cave dwellings.

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

Sample local wine and cheese. Orientation tour of Alberobello and overnight stay in a trulli.

Trip ends in Alberobello.

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Highlights of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

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NAPLES

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Bay of Naples

Ravello Amalfi

Bomerano Positano

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

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Tour of Naples. Chance to go underground in Naples Sotterranea or visit the National Museum.

Take the train to ancient Herculaneum before walking to the crater rim of Mount Vesuvius.

Free day in the Sorrento area with the option to take the ferry to the island of Capri.

Visit historic Pompeii by train to see the Forum, Temple of Jupiter and magnificent villas.

Take the ‘walk of the Gods’ from Bomerano to Positano and relax in this colourful coastal town.

Drive on the coastal road and take a scenic ferry ride to Amalfi. Visit Ravello on the hillside above.

Trip ends at Naples Airport.

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Ancient Sicily

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SPECIALIST GUIDE

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

This was a comprehensive trip covering a large area of Sicily.

Di, Loughborough

Tyrrhenian Sea

Tindaris

PALERMO Solunto

Ferry to Erice Mozia Island

Cefalu Cathedral

Monreale Taormina Greek Theatre

Segesta

MARSALA

The guest lecturer, Antonio, was excellent throughout. He was always informative and interesting and cheerful.

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

SICILY Enna

GIARDINI NAXOS

Catania airport

Selinunte

PIAZZA ARMERINA

Heraclea Minoa

Villa Romana & Morgantina excavations

Ionian Sea

Neapolis Archaeological Zone

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SYRACUSA

Valley of the Temples

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Rita, Nottingham

‘ Ortygia Island

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Sicily is an ideal destination for anyone interested in ancient history, as there are so many sights to see within close proximity. We visit many of the highlights including the Valley of the Temples, the Greek Theatre of Taormina and the amazing mosaics at the Villa Romana. We will be joined by our guest lecturer Antonio Marretta who will ensure that our experiences of Sicily are brought to life. As well as immersing ourselves in the history we will enjoy the sunny Mediterranean climate, delicious food and wine and relaxing beside the coast. DAY

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

Drive via the Baroque city of Noto and medieval Ragusa to Piazza Armerina.

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

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

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

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

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

Walking tour of Palermo and visit to Monreale Cathedral. Free day in Palermo to explore further.

Drive via the pretty fishing town of Cefalu and Greek ruins at Tindari to Giardini Naxos.

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

Free day in Giardini Naxos to relax in this traditional coastal town. Trip ends in Giardini Naxos.

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Classical Sicily

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Optional single rooms are available from £175 TRIP CODE: CS TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

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

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour, the superb guide helped to make it memorable.

Carole, Glasgow

Erice Mountain-top town

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Monreale Segesta

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Messina

Cefalu Cathedral

Taormina

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Mt. Etna

GIARDINI NAXOS PIAZZA ARMERINA

Agrigento Valley of the Temples

Catania airport

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This all-encompassing round-island trip takes in the highlights of Sicily as we travel to some of the most impressive and best preserved GrecoRoman sites in the Mediterranean, including the mighty Valley of the Temples and the beautiful mosaics at the Villa Romana. Along the way, we enjoy spectacular scenery, experience the relaxed island lifestyle and sample delicious Sicilian food and wine. We will also stroll through the narrow medieval streets of the hilltop town of Erice and have the chance to take a cable car up Mount Etna. DAY

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

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

Enjoy the views over the coast from the characterful hilltop town of Erice and see the Greek ruins at Segesta.

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

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

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

Trip ends in Giardini Naxos.

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Highlights of the tour for us were the Villa Romana del Casale with its amazing mosaics, the Greek temple ruins at Segesta and above all the Palatine Chapel in Palermo and Monreale.

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Cycle Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice ITALY

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For full details of this and similar trips visit explore.co.uk/cycling or order a copy of our Cycling brochure

CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear custom made hybrid bikes. E-Bike available.

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

Trails of Hidden Tuscany

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For full details of this and similar trips visit explore.co.uk/walking or order a copy of our Walking and Trekking brochure

WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 5 to 6 hours. Please refer to the website for more details.

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

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Malta and Gozo Discovery

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Optional single rooms are available from £110 TRIP CODE: MLA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included.

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

A great tour that shows all of the key places.

Fiona, Cupar

Ta Pinu Basilica Dwejra Point

Zebbug Marsalforn Ramla Bay Calypso Cave

GOZO

VICTORIA Xaghra Ggantija Temples

Mgarr Harbour

Cirkewwa

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Valletta

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Mnajdra & Hagar Qim Temples

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

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Guided walking tours of Victoria and the Ggantija megalithic temples at Xaghra.

Visit Dwejra and take a scenic walk to Xwejni Bay. See the traditional fishing village of Marsalforn. Ferry to Malta.

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

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

Trip ends in Sliema.

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

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An enjoyable and relaxed tour providing an insight into the history and character of Gozo and Malta and their people.

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Budapest to Prague Adventure

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HUNGARY - SLOVAKIA - AUSTRIA - CZECH REPUBLIC

£799 £670

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Optional single rooms are available from £150 TRIP CODE: CZP TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Krakow to Budapest Adventure to make a two-week holiday discovering the highlights of Eastern Europe. Trip code: CZ

The highlights – definitely the wine-tasting in Mikulov.

Linda, New Malden

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Vienna City tour

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On this holiday we discover the historic European capital cities of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague and travel between them by a combination of rail and road. In Mikulov see the Jewish Cemetery and enjoy a wine tasting, and whilst in Prague have the option to take a boat trip along the Vltava River. We’ll take a break from exploring the charming towns and cities with a scenic walk around the UNESCO-listed castle grounds of Chateau Lednice, which is known as ‘the Garden of Europe’. DAY

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Join trip in Budapest, Hungary. This afternoon join the Explore Leader on a short walk.

Drive to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, with a walking tour on arrival and chance to visit Castle Hill.

Train to Vienna to spend the day exploring. Chance to take a cruise back along the Danube River.

Walk in the grounds of Chateau Lednice. Wine tasting and Jewish Cemetery visit in Mikulov.

Train to Prague with a walking tour to see the ghetto, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.

Free day in Prague with the chance to visit Konopiste Castle or the Nuclear Bunker Museum.

Trip ends in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Great overview of the cities and a wonderful visit to a smaller town in the Czech Republic. Miro, the tour leader, was outstanding; phenomenal at organizing everything. Highly recommend this trip. Candace, Cambridge

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Highlights of Eastern Europe

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A fantastic trip, one of the best I’ve ever done.

Sandra, Sheffield

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Salt mine (optional)

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Gorge CZECH Dunajec rafting REP.

MIKULOV

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Vienna City tour

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Mountain walks

TATRANSKA LOMNICA BANSKA BYSTRICA

Banska Stiavnica

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Danube cruise

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This trip is perfect for first time travellers to Eastern Europe as we visit the region’s best known cities as well as exploring the beautiful mountain scenery. Travel by a mix of rail and road to discover the historic cities of Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague. Explore the medieval town of Banska Stiavnica and go underground in the Open Air Mining Museum. We also enjoy walks amid the spectacular scenery of the Tatras Mountains in Slovakia and experience rafting in the vast Dunajec River Gorge. DAY

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

Drive to Budapest in Hungary via Hronsek wooden church. Walking tour on arrival.

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

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

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

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

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

Trip ends in Prague, Czech Republic.

Join trip in Krakow, Poland.

Orientation Rafting in walk of the Dunajec Gorge Old Quarter. and visit to Spis Option of visiting Castle en route Auschwitz or the to the Tatras Wieliczka Salt Mountains in Mine. Slovakia.

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Krakow to Budapest Adventure

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£999 £799

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Optional single rooms are available from £155 TRIP CODE: CZK TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard guesthouse, 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Budapest to Prague Adventure to make a two-week holiday to five countries. Trip code: CZ

A great variety of experiences packed into a week.

Angela, Wales

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Salt mine (optional) CZECH REP.

Dunajec Gorge rafting

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TATRANSKA LOMINICA BANSKA BYSTRICA

Banska Stiavnica

BUDAPEST

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On this trip discover the historical European cities of Krakow and Budapest. In both we’ll explore on foot and whilst in Krakow we have the chance to visit the emotive site of Auschwitz. Explore the pretty medieval town of Banska Stiavnica, including a visit to the Open Air Mining Museum – home to a network of tunnels dating back to the 17th century. Enjoy walks amid the spectacular scenery of the Tatras Mountains in Slovakia and experience the thrill of rafting in the vast Dunajec River Gorge. DAY

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Walking tour of Krakow Old Town. Chance to visit Auschwitz or Wieliczka Salt Mine.

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

Scenic hike in the High Tatras up to Green Lake with option to extend to the Great White Lake.

Train to Banska Bystrica with orientation walk on arrival. Option to visit the Slovak Uprising Museum.

Excursion to UNESCOlisted Banska Stiavnica with a visit to the Open Air Mining Museum.

Drive to Budapest via Hronsek wooden church and Sebechleby village. Walking tour on arrival.

Trip ends in Budapest, Hungary.

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Highlight was the High Tatras for me, spotted a chamois high above us traversing the heights.

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Highlights of Poland

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COMBINE YOUR TRIP

This trip can be combined with our Highlights of Krakow, Lviv and Kiev trip to make a two-week holiday. Trip code: KWK Alternatively combine it with our Highlights of Kiev, Minsk and Vilnius trip and Highlights of Krakow, Lviv and Kiev trip to make a three-week adventure. Trip code: KWR

A thoroughly enjoyable tour that managed to be both very interesting and great fun at the same time. Andrew, Cirencester WARSAW

Stare Miasto Lazienki Palace

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Old Town and Centennial Hall CZECH REPUBLIC 0 km

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Medieval square Auschwitz (optional) Wieliczka Salt Mines

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

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

Travel by train to the charming city of Wroclaw with a tour on arrival – look out for gnomes!

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

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

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Visit to Chance to visit Wieliczka Salt Auschwitz. Mines. Walking Explore the tour of Krakow Jewish Kazimierz Old Town District. including Wawel Traditional Hill and Castle. Jewish dinner and music.

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Trip ends in Krakow.

I discovered a new culture and an extremely rich history that I knew nothing about before I came. I really enjoyed this adventure. Highlights were all of the Polish restaurants, the beautiful cities, and the Jewish Quarter in Krakow! Sandra, Stoke-on-Trent

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Belarus Explorer

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Polotsk

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VITEBSK

RUSSIA

BEREZINSKY NP

Lake Naroch

Augustow Canal

KNYSZYNSKA FOREST

POLAND

WARSAW

HRODNA

MINSK

LIDA

Kruszyniany

Hiking Canoeing (optional)

City tour

Mir Castle

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NESVIZH

BIALYSTOK

Nesvizh Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site

Brest Fortress

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Join us on this exploration of the villages, forests and historic cities of Belarus and eastern Poland. Along the way we spend a night in Nesvizh Castle and visit the 15th-century Mir Castle, both fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and take a walking tour through the streets of Minsk. Discover the incredible variety of flora and fauna while hiking in Berezinsky National Park and learn about the rich history of Hrodna, Polotsk and Vitebsk, home to the artist Marc Chagall. DAY

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

Visit UNESCOlisted Mir Castle. Drive to the capital Minsk, with a walking tour on arrival.

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

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

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

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

Visit the Augustow Canal en route to Hrodna. See the medieval and Baroque architecture on a walking tour.

Drive through the Knyszynska Forest, visit a wooden mosque and cross the Polish border to Bialystok.

Drive to Warsaw Airport where the trip ends.

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Belarus Short Break

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£799 £499

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Optional single rooms are available from £55 TRIP CODE: BEL TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches are included.

Ales Los Farm folklore, local music Rosy Eco Village

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Mir Castle

BELARUS

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

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Join trip in the capital city of Minsk, Belarus.

Discover Minsk’s local foods, Soviet past and BrazilianBelarusian fusion street art.

Excursion to UNESCOlisted Mir Castle. Lunch and overnight stay at Nesvizh Castle.

Visit to Rosy Eco Village for a local food tasting and to Ales Los Farm to learn about folk music.

Trip ends in Minsk.

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Polish Winter Adventure

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£599 £399

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CHRISTMAS DEPARTURES On this trip our Christmas and New Year departures will follow an alternative itinerary. For full details please refer to the website.

KRAKOW

Walking tour Wawel Castle (optional)

POLAND Nowy Sacz

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Sleigh ride Dunajec Gorge walk 20 km

Pieniny NP Snowshoeing SLOVAKIA

The beautiful Pieniny Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for this short break in the crisp Polish winter. Spend an exhilarating few days snowshoeing through the stunning snow-covered surroundings and go for a walk through Dunajec Gorge. Take a torch-lit horse-drawn sleigh ride and enjoy an evening of traditional food and music with the locals. We will also uncover the architectural delights of Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town and have the chance to join a cooking class to make Polish specialties such as pierogi – delicious stuffed dumplings. DAY

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Join trip at Krakow Airport and drive to Szczawnica, nestled in the Pieniny Mountains.

Walk in Dunajec River Gorge, go snowshoeing and enjoy a sleigh ride in Szczawnica.

Snowshoeing on the high slopes of the Pieniny Mountains to take in the beautiful views.

Drive to Krakow for a walking tour of the historic centre. Chance to visit Wawel Castle.

Trip ends in Krakow.

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One of the best tours I’ve been on! I loved walking in the snow and snowshoeing in the peaceful mountains. The views were amazing. The sleigh ride and BBQ was another highlight!

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Kaliningrad Short Break

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£745 £599

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Very interesting trip to a little known part of Russia.

Richard, Hove

Curonian Spit NP Svetlogorsk

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Yantarny

Malbork Castle

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On this short break we explore the little-known Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. From Gdansk we will travel to Kaliningrad city before learning more about amber mining in the beautiful Baltic coastal resort of Svetlogorsk and Yantarny. We spend a full day in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Curonian Spit National Park walking among the rolling sand dunes and bizarrely twisted trees. We return to Gdansk via the largest brick-built castle in the world, Malbork, which was once home to Teutonic knights. DAY

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Join trip at Gdansk Airport and drive across the border to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

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

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

Drive via the huge Teutonic Gothic castle of Malbork, to the pretty Polish city of Gdansk. Evening tour.

Trip ends in Gdansk.

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There are lots of interesting things to see and do. There aren’t many holidays where you move from exploring a Soviet sub to attending an organ concert in the cathedral within 10 minutes.

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Highlights of Poland and Kaliningrad

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£1099 £899

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Curonian Spit NP Svetlogorsk Yantarny Baltiysky

GDANSK

LITHUANIA

ZELENOGRADSK

KALININGRAD (RUSSIA)

KALININGRAD Malbork Castle

Wolf’s Lair

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

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Join trip in the capital city of Poland, Warsaw.

Tour of Warsaw. Visit to Hitler’s bunker ‘the Wolf’s Lair’ en route to the Great Masurian Lakes.

Enter the fascinating Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Guided tour of Kaliningrad city.

Visit the secret city of Baltiysk, amber mines at Yantarny and coastal spa town of Svetlogorsk.

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

Explore Fort 4 and the Hill of Glory en route to the sand dunes and twisted trees of the Curonian Spit.

See the huge Malbork Castle, built by the Teutonic Knights, and the Elblag Canal. Arrive in Gdansk.

Solidarity Movement tour of Gdansk. Option to visit the Second World War Museum.

Trip ends in Gdansk, Poland.

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Highlights of Krakow, Lviv and Kiev

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£945 £699

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Optional single rooms are available from £145 TRIP CODE: KLK TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Highlights of Kiev, Minsk and Vilnius to make a two-week holiday. Trip code: KLV

BELARUS

Alternatively you can combine it with our Highlights of Poland to make a two-week trip. Trip code: KWK

Klevan Tunnel of love

Lutsk

KIEV

POLAND

Or combine it with both of these trips to make a three-week adventure. Trip code: KWR

ZHYTOMYR KRAKOW

Optional excursion to Auschwitz

Lavra Monastery Complex

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Explore on foot

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

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Visit the city of Lutsk and the Tunnel of Love. Walking tour of the Soviet architecture in Zhytomyr on arrival.

Visit to the Museum of Astronautics. Tour of Kiev on arrival including Mother Motherland.

Take the metro to Arsenalna and Lavra Monastery. Opportunity to visit the Museum of Corruption.

Trip ends in Kiev, Ukraine.

Join trip in Krakow, Poland. Evening walk of the old town with our Explore Leader.

Free day Walking tour Free day in in Krakow. of Lviv’s Old Lviv. Option Chance to visit Quarter and see to visit the Wieliczka Salt the cathedral. Brewing Mines or Liban Free afternoon. Museum or join Quarry. Take an Option to a chocolateovernight train visit Lytschkiv making to Lviv. Cemetery. masterclass.

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Adventure Around The Baltic Sea

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FINLAND - ESTONIA - LATVIA - LITHUANIA - RUSSIA (KALININGRAD) - POLAND - GERMANY - DENMARK - SWEDEN

£3135 22 DAYS £2925 22 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £795 TRIP CODE: BSE TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 21 nights standard hotel. Meals: 21 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included.

FINLAND STOCKHOLM

HELSINKI Lahemaa NP

TALLINN

Nynashamn

ESTONIA

Old Believers Community

TARTU

SWEDEN

VISBY Ligatne Secret Bunker

Gotland Island Skrunda Abandoned Military Town

Oskarshamn

KALMAR

RIGA

Liepaja

Sigulda

LITHUANIA

Lund Malmo

LATVIA

KLAIPEDA

COPENHAGEN

Curonian Spit NP

DENMARK

KALININGRAD

RUSSIA

Gedser Kolobrzeg

Rostock Swinoujscie

GERMANY

Lake Peipsi

GDANSK MIEDZYZDROJE

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On this epic three-week journey around the Baltic Sea we’ll experience nine different countries, as we travel from Helsinki down through the Baltics to coastal Poland, Kaliningrad and Germany then back into Scandinavia, ending in Stockholm. We see many highlights along the way from fairytale old towns to scenic islands, Soviet war relics to alternative hippy communities. Appreciate how the scenery, culture and cuisine changes and see areas that few tourists visit as we work our way around this coastal region. DAYS

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Join trip in Helsinki. City tour by tram and foot and visit the Fortress of Finland.

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

Go bog shoe walking in Lahemaa. Visit the Old Believers near Lake Peipsi. Arrive in Tartu.

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

Discover the abandoned military town of Skrunda and old sea forts at Liepaja. Arrive in Klaipeda.

Travel into the Curonian Spit National Park in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad via Fort 4.

Drive to Gdansk for a walking tour on arrival including the Free City of Danzig.

Chance to enjoy the beach in Kolobrzeg. Relaxing and hiking in Swinoujscie, the Land of 44 Islands.

Walking tour of Berlin. Chance to visit the Berlin Wall Memorial and East Side Gallery.

Ferry to Denmark. Walking tour of Copenhagen including Christiania Freetown.

See Oresund Bridge, Lund Cathedral and Kalmar Castle. Stay in Visby on Gotland Island.

Ferry to Stockholm. Explore on foot including the Ice Bar. Trip ends in Stockholm.

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\\ Seeing medieval Tallinn, Art Nouveau Riga and Baroque Vilnius

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel.

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\\ Staying in historic Pakruojis Manor and enjoying a beer tasting

MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included.

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TRIP CODE: BAT

Optional single rooms are available from £245

\\ Learning of the troubled Soviet past at the KGB Museum in Vilnius

The trip comes highly recommended!

Lisa, Aberdeen

Gulf of Finland

TALLINN

BALTIC SEA

ESTONIA Parnu

LATVIA

RIGA

PAKRUOJO DVARAS

Hill of Crosses

LITHUANIA KALININGRAD

Kaunas

RUSSIA

BELARUS

VILNIUS Trakai Castle 0 km

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

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Join trip in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital.

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

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

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

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We explore Riga Central Market, the largest in Europe, housed in old zeppelin hangars. Free afternoon in the city.

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

Walking tour of the turrets and cobbled squares of Tallinn and visit to the historic Bastion Tunnels below the city.

Trip ends in Tallinn.

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The history was a real highlight for me, learning about their ancient past and the recent break from the Soviet Union. I loved staying at Pakruojis Manor, in Lithuania, and exploring the beautiful surrounding grounds.” LYDIA BRITTON Marketing Manager

My personal highlight was the visit to Pakruojis Manor, but especially the Brewer and Partner at the beer tasting.

Paul, Wakefield

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The beautiful buildings in all capitals were outstanding, particularly in Riga.

“Before I visited the Baltics, I was expecting to find a stark post-Soviet country. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The architecture is beautiful and each capital has a stunning skyline. The cities are unique and they feel very different to one another. The food was delicious and in the evening it was lovely to sit outside, drinking locally brewed beer.

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Historic Baltic Republics

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ESTONIA - LATVIA - LITHUANIA

£1499 15 DAYS £1299 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £335 TRIP CODE: HB TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 14 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included.

A wonderful trip – full of variety.

Linda, New Malden Gulf of Finland

TALLINN

BALTIC SEA

ESTONIA

SAAREMAA

TARTU

KURESSARE Cesis

RIGA

Sigulda

Rundale Palace

KLAIPEDA Curonian Spit NP

LATVIA

RUSSIA

Hill of Crosses

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KALININGRAD

KAUNAS Pazaislis Monastery

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Trakai Castle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walking tour of historic Kaunas including the 13th century castle ruins. Chance to visit the Holocaust Memorial.

Drive to Vilnius via the Baroque Pazaislis Monastery and red-bricked Trakai Castle.

Walking tour of Vilnius including the Chapel of the Dawn. Trip ends in Vilnius.

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Russia, Belarus and the Baltics

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ESTONIA - LATVIA - LITHUANIA - BELARUS - RUSSIA

£1999 15 DAYS £1799 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £385 TRIP CODE: HBR TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included.

A great way to see five countries in two weeks.

Gavin, Edinburgh ST PETERSBURG

FINLAND

Hermitage Museum

Pushkin Catherine’s Palace

TALLINN

BALTIC SEA

ESTONIA Parnu

LATVIA

RIGA

RUSSIA MOSCOW

LITHUANIA

Kremlin, Red Square

VILNIUS

Trakai Castle

Mir Castle

MINSK Nesvizh Castle

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This is the perfect trip to introduce the legendary cities of the old Soviet Union, visiting five fascinating countries and staying in six very different historic cities. Whilst in the Baltics we explore Tallinn’s Old Town, Riga’s Freedom Monument and Vilnius University. In Minsk we stroll down Independence Avenue, and in Moscow we ride the metro to the Red Square and visit the Hermitage Art Gallery in St. Petersburg. This adventure is a must for anyone looking to soak up the history and culture of Eastern Europe. DAY

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Join trip in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

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

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

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

Walking tour of Vilnius including the old university. Chance to visit the KGB Museum.

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

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

Free day in Minsk before taking an early evening flight to Moscow, Russia’s capital city.

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

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

Excursion to Catherine the Great’s Palace at Pushkin to see the gardens and Amber Room.

Trip ends in St. Petersburg in Russia.

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Highlights of Kiev, Minsk and Vilnius

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£1075 £799

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Optional single rooms are available from £160 TRIP CODE: KMV TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP LITHUANIA

This trip can be combined with our Highlights of Krakow, Lviv and Kiev trip to make a two-week holiday. Trip code: KLV

Trakai Castle

Or you can combine it with our Highlights of Poland and Highlights of Krakow, Lviv and Kiev trips to make a three-week adventure. Trip code: KWR

VILNIUS

Mir Castle Hrodno

Nesvizh Castle

BELARUS

Very good trip with an excellent guide.

Paul, Dudley

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DRUSKININKAI

Grutas Park

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On this fast paced holiday we travel from Kiev in Ukraine through to Minsk in Belarus, finishing up in Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius. Along the way we travel by overnight train and visit the UNESCO-listed Nesvizh and Mir Castles. We also have a walk in Grutas Park, where a collection of old Soviet sculptures are on display and stay overnight in the health resort of Druskininkai, where we have the chance to go on lakeside walks, hire a bike or take in the view from the cable car. DAY

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Join trip in Kiev, Ukraine.

Walking tour of Kiev. Free afternoon to visit Lavra Monastery. Overnight train to Minsk.

Tour of Hrodna en route to Druskininkai. Free time for lakeside walks, cycling or visit a spa.

Visit to Grutas Soviet Statue Park and photo stop at Trakai Castle. Arrive in Vilnius.

Walking tour of Vilnius including the Chapel of the Dawn. Option to visit the KGB Museum.

Trip ends in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Guided tour of Full day Belarus’ capital, excursion to Minsk, including UNESCOthe library and listed Nesvizh Victory Square. and Mir Castles Option to to admire the visit a military architecture museum. and gardens.

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Discover Chernobyl

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£699 £499

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Optional single rooms are available from £75 TRIP CODE: KCY TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 3 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner are included. PLEASE NOTE: In order to be permitted to enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and to travel on this holiday you must be at least 18 years old.

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BELARUS

CHERNOBYL

You might also like our Chernobyl Photography Short Break. Travelling to the capital Kiev and spending two days in Chernobyl you will be accompanied by David Short, our photography expert. Trip code: KCB

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Fascinating to see the eerie desolation of the Chernobyl plant and the way that nature has reclaimed the town.

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Lavra Monastery Complex

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

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Explore Kiev and visit the Chernobyl Museum. See the spectacular Lavra monastic complex.

See abandoned Discover the Pripyat and secret Soviet Reactor radar and meet Number 4. Stay those still living overnight in in the Exclusion the Chernobyl Zone. Return Exclusion Zone. to Kiev.

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Thank you for a lovely trip. I really enjoyed it and it exceeded all my expectations, and at a great price.

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Ukraine in Depth

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Lutsk

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Klevan Tunnel of Love

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

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Explore Kiev. Option to visit Chernobyl Museum. Metro to the impressive Lavra Monastery.

Visit the control room of a decommissioned nuclear missile base. Drive to Odessa on the Black Sea.

Odessa guided walk. Chance to join a gastronomic tour or go underground in the catacombs.

Option to go wine tasting or bargain hunting in Odessa’s famed markets. Overnight train to Lviv.

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

Excursion to the beautiful Synevyr Lake and Shypit Waterfall in the Carpathian Mountains.

Visit the city of Lutsk and walk through Klevan’s Tunnel of Love. Zhytomyr orientation walk.

Stop off at the Museum of Astronautics en route to Kiev. Chance to visit the Museum of Corruption.

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Treasures of the Tsars

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Optional single rooms are available from £265 TRIP CODE: GR TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included.

Excellent locations, great to see Golden Ring towns and superb accommodation.

Philip, Leeds

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Hermitage Museum

Peterhof Palace ESTONIA

Yaroslavl

RUSSIA Sergiev Posad

ROSTOV VELIKY DVORIKI

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MOSCOW Red Square Kremlin

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

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Tour of Moscow’s most spectacular metro stations and the Red Square. Visit to Lenin Hills.

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

Tour of Yaroslavl, and boat trip along the Volga River. Overnight train to St. Petersburg.

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

Excursion to the Visit Vladimir Kremlin with the and the Trinity chance to visit Monastery of the Armoury and Saint Sergius. see the imperial Stay in a jewels. woodland hotel.

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Visit the Excursion to Winter Palace the Peterhof and Hermitage Palace and Museum. Gardens known Option to visit as the ‘Russian Saint Peter and Versailles’. Paul Fortress.

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Excellent. Well worth the extra days to go off into the countryside.

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\\ Exploring Moscow’s main sights such as the Red Square, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Kremlin

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train.

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\\ Visiting St. Petersburg’s worldfamous Hermitage Museum and the gargantuan Winter Palace

This was an excellent tour in a fascinating country. I absolutely loved the whole of my time in Russia.

\\ Discovering Peterhof Palace and Gardens including its fountains and opulent decor

Becky, Manchester

Hermitage Museum

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Peterhof Palace

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STAFF PICK On this one-week trip we explore Russia’s two most important cities in detail. In Moscow, we take in the Kremlin, the 16th-century Saint Basil’s Cathedral, see the chandeliers and statues in its famed metro stations and have the chance to see Lenin’s embalmed body in its Red Square mausoleum. Later we discover the contrasting architecture of St. Petersburg, with its European influences and vast, flamboyant palaces. Whilst here we admire the artwork in the vast Hermitage Museum and visit the Peterhof Palace. HAVE YOU CONSIDERED?

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Join trip in Moscow, Russia’s capital city.

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

Excursion by Moscow metro to the Kremlin to visit the Armoury Museum and see the imperial jewels.

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

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

Visit the Winter Excursion to Palace and Peterhof Palace Hermitage with its elaborate Museum. Option fountain filled to visit Saint landscape gardens Peter and Paul and opulent Fortress. interior.

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A fantastic way to get a glimpse of Russia and its two greatest cities in a short time.

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On our Nordkapp Adventure discover lesser-visited Russia and northern Norway. For full details please refer to the website.

“Russia is a world away from everything I’m used to and a new experience for me – with its rich history and culture, there’s something to see every step of the way. Although there were many highlights, what really stood out for me was the visit to Sergiev Posad Monastery. With the beautiful structures, hypnotic hymn singing and detailed artwork covering every wall and ceiling, this place was truly magical. I was also inspired by the dedication of the young Russian monks, who devote their life to their religion and the spirit of the monastery. There was something about this place that left you feeling hopeful.”

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Moldova and Romania

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Optional single rooms are available from £185 TRIP CODE: MOO TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included.

This was a fascinating trip. I loved all of it.

Douglas, Grays

MOLDOVA Iaşi

ROMANIA

UKRAINE

CHISINAU

Cricova Wine Cellar

Tiraspol

ORHEIUL VECHI

Berca Mud Volcanoes

VALEA LUPULUI Urlateanu Mansion

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

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Visit Bendery Fort and Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria. Taste the local Kvint brandy.

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

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

Trip ends in Bucharest.

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Drive to rural Relax in Valea See bubbling Valea Lupului Lupului. Chance mud volcanoes in Romania via to go whitewater and go for a the historic city rafting or wine tasting of Iasi where discover cave at Urlateanu we take a short churches by Mansion. Drive walk of the four-wheel to Bucharest. sights. drive.

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Transnistria and Moldova were fascinating socially, culturally and economically.

David, North Berwick

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Highlights of Romania

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Optional single rooms are available from £170 TRIP CODE: ROM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included.

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

Viscri Fortified Church

Bran Castle, Libearty Bear Sanctuary

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Sinaia Peles Castle

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

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Join trip in the capital city of Romania, Bucharest.

Walking tour of Bucharest including the Village Museum. Chance to visit the Palace of Parliament.

See Peles Palace and legendary Bran Castle. Overnight in Moieciu in rural Transylvania.

Visit the Libearty Bear Sanctuary, Brasov and Viscri village en route to medieval Sighisoara.

Walk of Sighisoara’s fortifications and explore Alba Lulia Citadel. Arrive in Apuseni Natural Park.

Free in Apuseni Natural Park to go walking, cycling, kayaking or take a horse and cart ride.

Orientation walk of Cluj-Napoca including Saint Michael’s Church. Free afternoon in the city.

Trip ends in Cluj-Napoca.

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Winter Adventure in Romania

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£945 £699

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Optional single rooms are available from £125 TRIP CODE: WRO TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 3 nights standard guesthouse, 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse, 1 night simple ice hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included.

Joanna, Birmingham

N HIA AT INS RP TA CA OUN M

Romania is a hidden gem of a country. Beautiful towns and villages, very picturesque especially in the snow.

Sighisoara

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ICE HOTEL Lake Balea MOIECIU Bran Castle

Sinaia

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

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Join trip in Bucharest, Romania’s capital.

Explore Bucharest and visit to Ceausescu’s Palace. Visit Sinaia en route to Moieciu.

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

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

Drive back to Bucharest for a free afternoon. Chance to view art at the Brukenthal National Museum.

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Visit the Drive to Lake UNESCOBalea. Take the listed town of cable car up to Sighisoara en the Ice Hotel for route to Viscri, our overnight where we visit stay. Chance a fortified to go snow church. shoeing.

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Highlight was definitely the Ice Hotel and snow sports.

Emma, Nottingham

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Transylvanian Long Weekend

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Romania is beautiful and the people were so friendly, and the food was fantastic.

Caroline, Worthing

N HIA AT INS RP TA CA OUN M

Brasov Black Church

TRANSYLVANIAN ALPS MOIECIU

Bear watching Bran Castle

Sinaia

Pelisor & Peles Castles

ROMANIA BUCHAREST 0 km

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Ceausescu’s Palace

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Romania is a ruggedly beautiful country and on this long weekend we uncover dramatic mountains, medieval towns and fairytale castles. We travel deep into Transylvania – the legendary home of Dracula – and visit the Saxon fortifications in Brasov. We also have the unique opportunity to go into wildlife watching hides to hopefully see European brown bears emerge from the thick forests to feed at a local reserve.

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An enjoyable long weekend. The highlights for me were visiting Bran Castle which is a delight and watching brown bears in the wild.

Drive to Bucharest Airport where our trip ends.

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Best of Romania and the Danube Delta

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£1399 11 DAYS £1199 11 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £195 TRIP CODE: TD TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple boat, 1 night standard guesthouse. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners are included. We walk on four days of this 11 day trip for an average of three hours per day. Walks are graded as easy with some moderate sections.

Beautiful old towns, lovely scenery, and the stunning painted monasteries.

Janet, Trowbridge Vasar Valley Viseu trek Putna de Sus

Sapanta

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Painted Monastery

BORSA

Moldovita Prislop Monastery Pass

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Sighisoara

TRANSYLVANIAN ALPS MOIECIU

MOLDOVA

N HIA S AT IN RP TA CA OUN M

ROMANIA

BACAU

Brasov

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Tulcea

Bran Castle

Birdlife & pontoon cruise

Pelisor Castle (optional)

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Enter a land of remote villages, ancient customs and beautiful scenery on this Romanian adventure. Visit painted monasteries in the Bukovina Hills, take a historic steam train journey through the remote Vaser Valley and walk in the forested Carpathian Mountains. We also unravel the myths of Dracula’s legendary Transylvania and cruise along the backwaters of the Danube Delta, which is one of Europe’s largest wildlife sanctuaries and a paradise for birdwatchers and photographers alike. DAY

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

Visit to the famous Bran Castle and medieval cities of Brasov and Sighisoara before arriving in Bistrita.

Traditional lunch in Sapanta village and see the UNESCO listed Merry Cemetery en route to Borsa.

Take the narrow gauge train up through the forested Vaser Valley. Scenic alpine hike to Moisei.

Ridge hike in the Rodna Mountains. Visit the painted monastery of Moldovita.

Exploring and bird watching on our cruise of the Danube Delta. Chance to spot white pelicans and cormorants.

Cruise ends after lunch and we drive back to Bucharest for our final evening.

Trip ends in Bucharest.

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Walk through Cruise along the wooded Danube Delta valleys to the on a pontoon huge Sucevita boat – a bargeand Putna style vessel monasteries. resembling a Drive to Bacau. large house boat.

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Highlights of Hungary

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Holloko

Esztergom

Visegrad

Recsk Gulag

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Tiszafured Bird watching cruise and walk

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BALATONFURED AREA Tihany Peninsula walk

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On this trip by rail and road, we’ll explore Hungary’s best known highlights as well as its lesser-known attractions. In Budapest we’ll see the emotive monument of the Shoes on the Danube and visit the Hospital in the Rock. We’ll stay in the charming town of Eger, which was included in the Telegraph’s list of ‘European cities you never thought to visit – but probably should’ before relaxing on the shores of Lake Balaton. We also visit the Soviet labour camp of Recsk Gulag and have the chance to taste Bull’s Blood Wine. DAY

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Join trip in Budapest, Hungary.

Explore Budapest including a trip by funicular, the Shoes on the Danube and the Hospital in the Rock.

Danube Bend excursion to Szentendre, Visegrad and Esztergom. Chance to visit Gellert Thermal Bath.

Take the train to Eger. Visit Recsk Gulag. Tasting at Bolyki Pince. Winery, carved into a former quarry.

Bird watching on Tisza River. Option to try Bull’s Blood Wine in the Valley of Beautiful Women.

Visit to Balatonfured and easy hike on the Tihany Peninsula. Relax beside Lake Balaton.

Free day on Lake Balaton with the opportunity to kayak or learn to make tasty goulash.

Drive to Zagreb with a tour on arrival. Possibility to visit the Museum of Broken Relationships.

Trip ends in Zagreb, Croatia.

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Alpine Lakes of Slovenia

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AUSTRIA Mt. Triglav 2864m

TRIGLAV NP Savica Waterfall

Lake Bled

Lake Bohinj

Mt. Vogel 1922m

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Skofja Loka

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Predjama Castle

Skocjan Caves

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

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Join trip in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia.

Visit medieval Skofja Loka. Free time at Lake Bled with the option to join a boat trip or visit the castle.

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

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

Scenic train ride to Nova Gorica and visit to the UNESCO listed Skocjan Caves. Arrive in coastal Piran.

Free day to explore the Venetian Gothic town of Piran and relax on nearby beaches.

Visit the dramatic cliff hugging Predjama Castle en route back to Ljubljana.

Trip ends in Ljubljana.

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A very well-balanced trip which included the contrasts of two lovely lakes, castles and the splendour of Piran.

Alan, Horsham

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Former Yugoslavia Rail Adventure

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SLOVENIA - CROATIA - BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - MONTENEGRO - SERBIA - MACEDONIA - KOSOVO

£1849 16 DAYS £1499 16 DAYS

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SLOVENIA ZAGREB

LJUBLJANA

Lake Bled (optional)

The trip was great with so many things to see and do. Sarajevo and Zagreb were my favourites but each place had its charms.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Plitvice National Park

BELGRADE

CROATIA SARAJEVO

SERBIA

MONTENEGRO Dubrovnik Kotor

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Robert, Jamaica

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Novi Sad

SKOPJE

MACEDONIA

OHRID

BITOLA

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

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Join trip in Ljubljana. Sightseeing tour of Slovenia’s capital and chance to visit Lake Bled.

Free morning in Ljubljana with the option of a boat trip along the river. Train to Zagreb in Croatia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drive to Pristina, Kosovo’s capital city via the tranquil Mavrovo National Park. Trip ends in Pristina.

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Old Dubrovnik and Dalmatia

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A great cultural insight into Croatia.

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PLITVICKA JEZERA Plitvice Lakes NP trails & waterfalls

Zadar

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Explore the best of Croatia’s historic and natural highlights on this one-week trip. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Dubrovnik, which has been wonderfully restored after the war in the early 1990s. We visit the historic city of Trogir, the Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the shimmering lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park. There’s also the chance to visit the nature reserve on Lokrum Island, which is home to a mini ‘dead sea’ and a Benedictine monastery. DAY

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Free day in Dubrovnik to explore. Chance to visit Montenegro or Lokrum Island Nature Reserve.

Walking tour of Dubrovnik and visit the Maritime and Ethnographic museums. Drive to Split.

Free day in Split with the option to visit Krka National Park or the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery.

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

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

Explore the ancient capital of Zadar before taking a walking tour to Trogir’s Saint Lawrence Cathedral.

Trip ends in Trogir.

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My favourite part of the tour was visiting Plitvice National Park and its amazing waterfalls.

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Journey Through the Balkans

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA SARAJEVO

SERBIA MOKRA GORA Sargan 8 Railway

Tito’s Bunker

Gorazde ‘Bridge Over The Drina’

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Mileseva Monastery

MOSTAR Durmitor NP

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CROATIA Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik airport

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Djurdjevica

MONTENEGRO Tvrdos Monastery Moraca Monastery

TREBINJE DOBROTA Kotor

VIRPAZAR Lake Skadar

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

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Walking tour of medieval Kotor and a boat trip in the bay to view the rugged mountains.

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

Visit the famed Bridge over the Drina before driving to Sarajevo. Guided tour on arrival.

Free day in Sarajevo to perhaps join a tunnel tour to learn about the Sarajevo siege.

Visit Tito’s Bunker en route to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mostar for a guided tour and time to explore.

Stop at Tvrdos Monastery with the chance for a wine tasting. Orientation tour of Trebinje.

Drive to Dubrovnik. Take a walking tour and enjoy free time before going to the small coastal town of Cavtat.

Trip ends in Cavtat, Croatia.

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Visit Moraca Visit Mileseva Ride on the Monastery Monastery with historic Sargan and walk in a local priest. Eight Railway. Durmitor Guided tour and Stay overnight National Park overnight stay in in the wooden before arriving Sirogojno Open film set village in Zabljak. Air Museum. of Kustendorf.

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Highlights of Serbia

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Good variety of sights and experiences.

Sally, London

ROMANIA

Novi Sad

BELGRADE

SABAC BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Bajina Basta Tara NP

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

Zlatibor

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Sargan 8 Railway

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We’ll make the most of our week to uncover the highlights of this intriguing and varied country, Serbia. Take the chance to learn about the nation’s recent and ancient history in both Belgrade, once known as the capital of Former Yugoslavia, and Novi Sad. Visit the country’s wilder side, including Tara National Park and Uvac Special Nature Reserve in the west. Along the way we’ll experience the wonderful Serbian hospitality and try the hearty cuisine, such as stuffed vine leaves followed by a glass of Rakia. DAY

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Walking tour of Serbia’s capital. Option to join a Danube River boat trip this afternoon.

Train to Novi Sad. Guided tour and see Petrovaradin Fortress. Arrive in Sabac this evening.

Traditional lunch and Rakia tasting. Sunset hike to Banjska Stena. Drive to Mokra Gora.

Ride on Sargan Eight narrow gauge railway. Lunch in Zlatibor mountain resort. Drive to Sjenica.

Griffon vulture spotting in the Pester Highlands. Boat to Usac Cave. Stay in Sirogojno Museum.

Lunch at Terzica Avlija Cultural Museum. Visit St. Georges Church and King Peter’s House.

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An enjoyable holiday with a good group of people and a number of varied activities. Highlights would be the day we went on the boat trip, climbed up to the vantage point to see the vultures and then went on to the caves.

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Undiscovered Balkans

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Pristina

VALBONA VALLEY

PEJA

Decani Monastery

Gracanica Monastery

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Rahovec

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

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

Travel through the mountains to the picturesque Valbona Valley. surrounded by jagged mountain peaks.

Alpine hike with a stop for a picnic along the way and to meet a local shepherd’s family.

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

In Rahovec we visit local wine makers and stop at the Serbian enclave village of Hoqa e Vjeter.

Walk in the Sharr Mountains National Park before driving to Skopje in Macedonia.

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

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Explore the Visit Drini Peja Highlands Bardhe and see the Waterfall, impressive Gracanica frescoes in Monastery and the church Pristina en route complex of to Prizren. Peja Patriarch.

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Explore Drive to Albania’s Cable car up beautiful Lake capital, Tirana, Mount Dajti, Ohrid and the for a walking hike to the Saint Naum tour on arrival summit of Tujani. Monastery including Et’hem Traditional before arriving Bey Mosque dinner in Tirana. in Pogradec. and Skanderbeg Trip ends Square. in Tirana.

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Grand Tour of Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria

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ROMANIA SIBIU

Corvin Castle

Novi Sad

Bran Castle

MOIECIU Peles Castle

BELGRADE

BAILE HERCULANE

Viminacium

BUCHAREST

Orsova King Decebalus Rock

SERBIA VELIKO TARNOVO

NIS

BULGARIA BALCHIK Kaliakra Fortress

Devil’s Town

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

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See Bucharest’s main sights. Visit to Sinaia and the opulent Peles Castle en route to rural Moieciu.

Visit the legendary Bran Castle. Drive to the medieval town of Sibiu and marvel at the city walls.

See Corvin Castle and the immense King Decebalus Rock. Arrive in the spa town of Baile Herculane.

Discover the ancient Roman ruins at Viminacium. Drive to Serbia’s capital city, Belgrade.

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

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

Drive to Sofia, Bulgaria. Walking tour of the city and visit to the stunning Rila Monastery.

Visit the Roman Theatre in Plovdiv. Go to the Rose Museum and a Thracian tomb in the Rose Valley.

Take Shipka mountain pass to the Russian Memorial Church. Visit the medieval Tsarevets Fortress.

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

Drive back to Bucharest in Romania where the trip ends.

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Best of Bulgaria

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BULGARIA

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Arbanasi Veliko Tarnovo

SOFIA

Shipka

Nessebar

Stara Zagora

Rila Monastery

Avramovo Dobarsko

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Bachkovo Monastery

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Bulgaria is a mysterious country mostly off the radar of the mass tourism market, yet there is so much to see and do here. It has a long history that is still evident in its towns and cities including communist monuments and ancient Roman amphitheatres, Thracian tombs and medieval fortresses. It also isn’t short of natural highlights, with an astonishing seven mountain ranges, wildlife-filled forests and the Black Sea coast. On this trip we aim to give you the perfect introduction to Bulgaria by taking in a mix of all this and more. DAY

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Walking tour of Sofia. Visit the impressive Rila Monastery en route to Bansko in the Pirin Mountains.

See folk traditions in Dobarsko village. Ride the mountain narrow gauge Rhodope Railway.

Explore Plovdiv including the Roman Theatre. Excursion to Bachkovo Monastery.

See ancient Roman mosaics and the Neolithic Dwellings Museum. Drive over the Shipka mountain pass.

Explore a rose oil distillery, Thracian tomb and the Etar Ethnographic Museum in the Rose Valley.

Visit Burgas Sea Garden and the historic coastal town of Nessebar. Arrive in Varna on the Black Sea Coast.

Discover the amazing frescoes in Arbanasi Nativity Church and Tsarevets Fortress.

Trip ends in Sofia.

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Ancient Macedonia

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Interesting cities, stunning scenery and much to see.

Elaine, Manchester SERBIA

SOFIA

St Joakim Osogovski Monastery MONTENEGRO KRIVA

BULGARIA

PALANKA

SKOPJE

Rila Monastery Kratovo

BANSKO

Matka Gorge Mavrovo NP

MACEDONIA

Keramoti

LAKE OHRID PELISTER NP St Naum Monastery

Philippi

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Pella Vergina

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THESSALONIKI Rotunda Kastro

Ouranopoli Mount Athos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the ancient sights of Heraclea before arriving in Thessaloniki, Greece for a guided city tour.

Visit the birthplace of Alexander the Great at Pella and the UNESCO listed site of Vergina.

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

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

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

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Highlights of Albania

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KRUJA TIRANA

Durresi Roman Amphitheatre

MACEDONIA

Petrela Fortress Elbasan Fortress

Lake Ohrid

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Gur-i-Topit 2120m Red Mosque Fortress

Apollonia

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LLOGORA NP Walks

PERMETI Walks

Barmash Pass 1757m

GJIROKASTRA Fortress

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

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See Petrela Fortress. Walking tour of Tirana including the old bazaar and Et’Hem Bey Mosque.

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

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

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

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

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

Visit Ali Pasha Fortress en route to Llogara National Park. Afternoon hike and stay overnight in the national park.

See the Murati Mosque in Vlora and visit ancient Apollonia en route to Berat.

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

Trip ends in Kruja.

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Greek Island Wanderer

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DELOS NAXOS TOWN NAXOS

PAROS Paros town

Optional walk Mt Zeus 1001m

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Optional tour to Stalactite Caves

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MEGALOCHORI SANTORINI

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

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

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

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

Options on Paros include a walk along the Byzantine road or a visit to Antiparos.

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

Activities include a walk from Fira along the coast to Oia or perhaps a trip to Red Beach.

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

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

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

Options include a walk to the summit of Mount Zeus, which offers great views over the island.

Ferry back to Athens where the trip ends.

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Peloponnese Explorer

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A good degree of variety; historical sights, walking and swimming.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Greek Island Cruise

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TRIP CODE: GC TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: Simple 6 nights simple boat, 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Greek Odyssey – Highlights of Mainland Greece, to make a two week trip. Trip code: HGC

ACCOMMODATION

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

One of the best holidays I have been on.

Peter, London

EVIA ISLAND ERETRIA

Ancient city-state Walk to temple

Amazing views, fabulous sunsets and delicious food.

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Picturesque villages

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Swimming Secluded islands

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Experience traditional Greece on this relaxing cruise around the quiet coves and harbours of Evia Island. Join our Explore Leader, Thanos, on board his traditional Greek sailing boat and explore the beautiful bays and ancient ruins scattered along this historic coastline. Along the way we drop anchor at tranquil fishing villages and local tavernas to sample the delicious Mediterranean cuisine, as well as plenty of time to take a refreshing dip in the Aegean’s azure waters. DAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Greek Odyssey – Highlights of Mainland Greece

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Optional single rooms are available from £260 TRIP CODE: HOG ACTIVITY GRADE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Greek Island Cruise around Evia. Trip code: HGC or Greek Cruise and Island Walking. Trip code: HGW

Superb tour all round.

Judith, London

KASTRAKI

Meteora Monasteries

PORTARIA Domokos

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Bralos

DELPHI Diakopto Kalavryta Mycenae

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Poros Galatas Epidavros

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On this fast-paced trip we get to experience the highlights of mainland Greece including the Acropolis in Athens, Olympia, Mycenae and ancient Epidavros. We get off the beaten track with a number of included walks to see the most scenic sights, such as the Meteora Monasteries and ancient Delphi stadium at sunset. We take in the country’s natural beauty from its rocky mountains to the pretty island of Poros.

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Explore Athens on a walking tour to see Psiri Street art and more. Visit the Acropolis. Free afternoon.

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

Chance to go cycling in Nafplion. Photo stop at Tiryns en route to Olympia for a guided tour.

Rack railway to Diakopto through Vouraikos Gorge. Tour of Delphi. Sunset hike along Kaki Skala.

Visit Delphi Museum. Travel from Bralos to Domokos. Drive to the peaceful village of Kastraki.

At Meteora we visit the Great Meteoron, Roussanou and Agia Triada Monasteries. Arrive in Portaria.

Walk in the hillside village of Portaria. Option to join a cooking workshop. Drive to Rafina.

Trip ends in Rafina.

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I loved the tour. The itinerary was so interesting and varied, there was always a walk through the most beautiful countryside. Jacqueline, London

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Turkey in Depth

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£1099 15 DAYS £899 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £240 TRIP CODE: TU TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 14 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included.

Tour lived up to expectations and more... really loved it!

Helen, Louth Topkapi Palace Blue Mosque

ISTANBUL

Gallipoli

CANAKKALE

Museum of Anatolian Civilisations

Troy Pergamon Acropolis

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Ephesus

EGIRDIR

Aphrodisias

DALYAN Caunos Iztuzu Beach

URGUP Goreme Valley

PAMUKKALE

Kaymakli

Konya Mevlana Museum

Olympos

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Turkey is a country of contrasting landscapes and immense cultural riches. This all-encompassing trip visits the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, explores rich ancient sites, such as Aphrodisias and Ephesus, discovers the unusual natural landscapes of Pamukkale and Cappadocia and visits the World War I battlefields at Gallipoli. Our journey also takes us along the Turquoise Coast of Lycia, with stunning beaches, small seaside towns and, if we’re lucky, we may spot loggerhead turtles in their natural habitat. DAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience the famed GrecoRoman sites of Aphrodisias and Ephesus.

See Pergamum Acropolis and the ruins at Troy en route to Canakkale.

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

Trip ends in Istanbul.

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Treasures of Turkey

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£799 £499

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Optional single rooms are available from £120 TRIP CODE: TA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included.

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SALIHLI Sardes Birgi Ephesus

SELCUK PAMUKKALE

Buldan

Priene

LAKE BAFA Didyma

White travertine hillside Hierapolis

Aphrodisias

Milas Riverboat trip Caunos Iztuzu Beach

Dalaman

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

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Riverboat excursion to ancient Caunos and the beautiful Iztuzu Beach.

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

Visit the fascinating Greco-Roman city of Aphrodisias. Drive to Fethiye.

Trip ends in Fethiye.

Drive via Stop for a swim Visit Ephesus Stratonikeia, and to visit and the painted Milas and the Didyma and mansion at Temple of Zeus the ancient Birgi on the to our lakeside Greek ruins at way to our accommodation Priene en route thermal spa on Lake Bafa. to Selcuk. hotel in Salihli.

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Egypt The Middle East is so much more than just the desert that blankets much of its vast expanse. Imagine rolling dunes as far as the eye can see, dusty Bedouin camps where you’ll be welcomed with hospitable smiles and sweet mint tea, crumbling ruins baking under the hot sun – the Middle East is full of sights to explore. From Jordan’s magnificent rosy-hued Petra to Iran’s intricate blue-tiled mosques, the Middle East offers plenty of ancient splendours to uncover. Follow part of the Spice Route, navigate the Via Dolorosa through Jerusalem or glide down the Nile on a cruise boat – all part of the Middle East experience.

IT’S ALL ABOUT Exploring the Holy Land

Cruise along the River Nile

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Camping under the stars in Oman


DESTINATIONS Egypt

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Iran

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INSIDER VIEW "I rediscovered Petra after 30 years and later that week freewheeled 1,000m down to the Dead Sea. There’s always a reason to return to the Middle East and always something new to try. Eating falafel from a market stall, chatting in a tea house on the Nile or listening to the dusk call to prayer – I really can’t think of a better place to be." JOHN TELFER Product and Operations Director

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Discover Jordan

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\\ Exploring the awe-inspiring rose city of Petra

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

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\\ Sleeping under the stars in the desolate Wadi Rum Desert

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

Optional single rooms are available from £195

\\ Snorkelling in the clear waters of the Red Sea and floating in the Dead Sea

SYRIA Jerash Ancient Roman city

AMMAN

Dead Sea swimming

Mt Nebo Madaba St George’s Church

Dead Sea

Kerak Crusader castle

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JORDAN Shobak Crusader castle

PETRA

Rock-carved city Explore desert by 4WD

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

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

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

Take a guided tour of the rose city of Petra, the ancient city carved into rock.

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

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

Travel to Aqaba for a relaxing day, snorkel, swim or take a boat trip in the Red Sea.

Float in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Trip ends in Amman.

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A fabulous tour of a wonderful country. Jordan is a diverse destination with amazing natural beauty, great history and archaeology. Colin, Wolverhampton

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“I don’t know how you would cram anymore highlights into this trip. There are the obvious ones – the Treasury, floating in the Dead Sea and Crusader Castles. Then there are moments that surprise you. Standing at Mount Nebo looking out across the ‘Promised Land’; watching the beautiful sunset from a Mars-like rock in Wadi Rum and climbing through a Nabatean dam to view the Treasury from above. And of course there’s the delicious hummus!”

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Treasures of Jordan

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£1645 £1145

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Optional single rooms are available from £435 TRIP CODE: DJD TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Premium 7 nights premium hotel, 1 night premium tented camp. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included.

SYRIA Jerash Ancient Roman city

Dead Sea Swimming

AMMAN Mt Nebo Madaba St George’s Church

Dead Sea

ISRAEL

Qasr Al Kharana Castle

Kerak Crusader castle

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PETRA

Rock-carved city

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Discover Jordan’s historical sites and far-reaching desert landscapes whilst staying in comfortable hotels on this exciting journey. Explore the rose city of Petra, the Roman ruins at Jerash and the copper-coloured sand dunes of Wadi Rum. There’s also time to wander the streets of Aqaba and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea, finishing the trip with an obligatory float in the Dead Sea. DAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

Float in the Dead Sea, 400m below sea level.

Trip ends in Amman.

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The depth of knowledge of Moussa, the Explore Leader was invaluable, and his suggestions for places to eat were excellent. Geoffrey, Sedgefield

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Prophets and Petra

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£1799 11 DAYS £1299 11 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £495 TRIP CODE: MH TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple tented camp, 1 night standard kibbutz. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

LEBANON

Sea of Galilee SYRIA

Caesarea (optional)

Old Jaffa (optional) Tel Aviv

Jerash

Qumran Scrolls

JERUSALEM

AMMAN

Wailing Wall

KIBBUTZ KALIA Masada

Dead Sea

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ISRAEL

PETRA

Rock-carved city EGYPT

WADI RUM Bedouin-style camp

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

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

Float in the Dead Sea. Travel by 4WD into Wadi Rum Desert. Spend the night in a Bedouin camp.

Discover the rose city of Petra on a walking tour.

Free time to explore Petra. Ascend steep paths for stunning views or visit the monastery.

Travel to the Red Sea town of Aqaba. Time to swim, snorkel or just relax.

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

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Discover the Visit the new Free day for Mount of and old cities optional visits Olives, the of Jerusalem. of Nazareth, Church of the Explore the City Jericho and the Holy Sepulchre of David and Old Sea of Galilee. and take a Herodian Road. city tour of Jerusalem.

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Trip ends in Jerusalem.

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Holy Land

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Optional single rooms are available from £460 TRIP CODE: HL TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard kibbutz. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included.

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

Akko Visit Druz villages Haifa Visit Bahai Gardens

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DEGANIA BET

Caesarea

THE HOLY LAND

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES JORDAN

TEL AVIV City tour Old Jaffa

Visit the Holy sites

JERUSALEM Bethlehem Church of the Nativity

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Jericho Mt of Olives

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Masada Sky Fortress

Explore some of the Holy Land’s greatest cultural and religious sites on this journey across Israel. Roam through the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem and visit the Church of the Nativity and the Wailing Wall. Swim in the Dead Sea, enjoy local Bedouin hospitality and take a cable car to the impressive sky fortress of Masada.

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City tour of Tel Aviv and visit to Akko, Caesarea and Old Jaffa.

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

Tour of the kibbutz by a resident. Afternoon float in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.

Ascend the Masada Sky Fortress by cable car. Visit Ein Gedi and Qumran archaeological site.

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Explore Take in the Jerusalem view from the with visits to Mount of Olives the Nativity before exploring Church and the Jerusalem on a Israel Museum. walking tour.

Trip ends in Jerusalem.

This is a wonderful tour with so much to see and learn. The Explore Leader was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout, giving an unbiased point of view in the face of challenging political issues. Priscilla, Trowbridge

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Highlights of Iran

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Optional single rooms are available from £320 TRIP CODE: HIR TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included.

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National Museum

GREAT SALT DESERT

KASHAN

Fin Gardens

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Imam square

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Visit the most important and impressive sights and cities on this adventure through Iran. Explore the beautiful cities of Shiraz and Isfahan, uncover Persian history at the impressive Persepolis and stay in a traditional hotel in Kashan. The real highlight of any trip to Iran is meeting the locals, arguably the friendliest and most hospitable people on Earth, always ready to welcome visitors with a smile.

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Explore the sights of Shiraz. Visit the ‘pink mosque’ Nasir-Al-Molk and the Arg Citadel.

Discover the ancient bas-reliefs of Persepolis and the Necropolis of Darius the Great.

Drive to Isfahan, via Pasagarde, the tomb of Cyrus the Great.

Spend a full day walking around Isfahan’s Imam Square including the Shah’s mosque.

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Take a morning Drive to Kashan Travel to trip to the and visit the Fin Tehran for Friday Mosque Gardens and a tour of and Pigeon extensive bazaar Golestan Tower. Free complex. Palace and the time to explore Reza Abbasi Isfahan. Museum.

Trip ends in Tehran.

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Treasures of Iran

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£2299 15 DAYS £1799 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £475 TRIP CODE: IR TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included.

TEHRÀN

Golestan Palace and National Museum

GREAT SALT DESERT

The Treasures of Iran trip was amazing, a jampacked itinerary of amazing sights around the country with enough rest time that the pace and amount of activity was very well balanced.

Kashan Fin Gardens

ABYANEH Ancient mudbrick village

ISFAHAN Mosques and palaces

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Tess, London

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Ateshkade Fire Temple and Towers of Silence

Pasargadae Naqsh-e-Rustam

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This comprehensive trip uncovers the treasures of ancient Persia while offering a fabulous insight into life in modern day Iran. Visit sights including the Towers of Silence in Yazd, the impressive cliff-face rock tombs at Naqsh-e Rustam and the mighty Persepolis. Discover intricately decorated Persian architecture at the surreal pink mosque and Shah Cheragh shrine in Shiraz. Spend time exploring the capital city of Tehran and soaking up the atmosphere of the impressive Imam Square in Isfahan while experiencing the warmth and hospitality of the Iranian people. DAY

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Visit the Golestan Palace and the museum of Ancient Iran.

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

Continue south to Shiraz, visit the beautiful Naranjestan Gardens and the Nasir-AlMolk mosque.

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

Drive to Isfahan via Pasagarde, the tomb of Cyrus the Great.

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

Take a chance to experience zurkhaneh, a traditional Iranian evening of wrestling, poetry and singing.

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

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

Free day in Tehran to further explore the city.

Trip ends in Tehran.

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Iran in Depth

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IRAN

£3289 21 DAYS £2699 20 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £750 TRIP CODE: ID TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 18 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium cave hotel. 1 night simple local house. MEALS: 20 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.

Babak castle

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The Iran in Depth trip is amazing. So many highlights it is difficult to select from them, but the main highlight has to be the Iranian people. We have never encountered such a welcoming, hospitable, generous, warm-hearted people as the Iranians.

ANZALI MASULEH

Troglodyte village

Alamut Castle

TAKAB

UNESCO Takht-e Soleyman

QAZVIN

Ali Sadr caves

TEHRAN

HAMADAN

National museum

City tour

IRAN Fire temples and Towers of Silence

ISFAHAN

YAZD

Mosques and palaces

IRAQ

Roy, Wylam

Fish bazaar

KANDOVAN

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Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rustam

Nasir ol Molk Mosque

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

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

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

Visit the Guilan Rural Heritage Museum in Fuman. Drive to Bandar-e Anzali on the Caspian Sea.

Travel north to Tabriz and discover Babak Castle, a former stronghold of the Khurramites.

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

Explore sacred Zoroastrian fire temples at Takht-e Soleyman. Drive to Takeb.

Visit the caves of Ali Sadr and then take a city tour of Hamadan including Lion Stone and Avicenna Tomb.

Spend two days exploring Isfahan and its incredible Islamic architecture.

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Visit the Discover the colossal site Towers of of Persepolis Silence in Yazd and then spend and then spend two full days the afternoon visiting shrines wandering and mosques in around the mudShiraz. walled old town.

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Drive back to Tehran where the trip ends.

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Arabian Sands

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OMAN

£1629 £1245

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Optional single rooms are available from £290 TRIP CODE: OM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple camping. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners are included.

GULF OF OMAN Royal capital

MUSCAT

Jebel Akhdar

WadiTiwi

FINNS BEACH

NIZWA Holy city Cattle Market

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WAHIBA SANDS Camel ride Meet Bedouin family

Qahid Dunes

Dhow shipyards

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

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

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

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

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

Visit Nizwa Fort and drive to the Jebel Shams viewpoint to see Oman’s ‘grand canyon’.

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

Trip ends in Muscat.

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Great trip, beautiful country, hospitable people, fun adventures, good itinerary and wonderful memories made. Highly recommend this trip.

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MIDDLE EAST AND EGYPT

Classic Egypt with Nile Cruise

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Snorkel in the Red Sea, relax on the beach and explore the capital with a six-day Red Sea and Cairo extension.

Giza Pyramids Sphinx

CAIRO SAUDI ARABIA

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Our Explore Leader Mohamed was knowledgable and very passionate about his country and its culture and brought Egypt to life for us.

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Valley of the Kings Queen Hatshepsut Temple Edfu Temple

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LUXOR Karnak Temple

Kom Ombo Temple St Simeon’s Monastery (optional)

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

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Discover the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum.

Free day to explore Cairo. Take an overnight train south to Aswan.

Take a camel trek to Saint Simeon’s Monastery or visit Philae Temple.

Free time to visit Abu Simbel before boarding a Nile River cruise boat.

Explore Deir El Medina, an ancient Egyptian village and free time to explore the west bank.

Trip ends in Luxor.

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Africa Welcome to Africa, a vast continent of plunging canyons and towering sand dunes. This land of contrast is home to fertile deltas that flood vast desert plains, perfectly conical mountains capped with snow, pink lakes that resemble frothy milkshakes and stone-cut churches hewn from solid earth. Africa’s main draw is, of course, its wildlife, whether tracking the Big Five through shimmering bushveld, quietly observing mountain gorillas or swimming with kaleidoscopic marine life on the Indian Ocean coast. The vast continent is home to an impressive array of species and wildlife events, including the Great Migration: known as the greatest wildlife show on Earth.

IT’S ALL ABOUT Shopping in a Moroccan bazaar

Walking safaris through the bush

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Discovering ancient pyramids in northern Sudan Relaxing on Indian Ocean beaches


DESTINATIONS Benin

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Botswana

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Seychelles  South Africa

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 Regions with a new trip

INSIDER VIEW “It’s the sounds I remember from Africa. Whether it be listening to the beat of the drums and songs from a small village in West Africa, being woken by roar of a lion, the crisp snap of a twig as a huge mountain gorilla shuffles or the pouring of boiling water into a glass crammed with mint in Morocco, every noise tells a story in this incredible continent.” SIMON GROVE Head of Product

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Imperial Cities and Desert

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An exceptional trip visiting the four Imperial cities, the desert and the Atlas mountains.

Robert, Tadley ATLANTIC King’s OCEAN residence

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MOROCCO ESSAOUIRA MARRAKECH TODRA ERFOUD GORGE OUIRGANE AIT BEN HADDOU

Midelt Optional 4WD Camel Ride

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Enter the world of ancient Morocco on this journey through the Imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes and Marrakech. Explore colourful souks, walk through gorges in the towering Atlas Mountains and discover desert oases, with the option of camping out under the stars. Enjoy time with the locals and travel through the land of the Berbers to the beautiful Atlantic coast to relax in the tranquil port town of Essaouira. DAY

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Visit the extraordinary Hassan II Mosque. Take a city tour of Rabat and continue to Meknes.

Discover the Imperial city of Meknes and visit the ancient Roman site of Volubilis, Morocco’s former capital.

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

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

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Optional fourExplore the Visit the wheel drive magnificent UNESCO or camel ride Todra Gorge. fortified Berber into the Sahara Free time for settlement of Desert. Take a walks and treks. Ait Ben Haddou chance to camp and the Valley out under the of 1,000 stars. Kasbahs.

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Cross the highest pass in Morocco through the Atlas Mountains. Join a family for mint tea.

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Stroll around Wander the 15th around the century incredible city coastal town of Marrakech. of Essaouira, Explore markets, or relax on the kasbahs and beach. mosques.

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AFRICA

Highlights of Morocco

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Optional tour in Volubilis Meknes

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Valley of Roses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trip ends in Marrakech.

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I had the most amazing time on this trip. I saw so many stunning views of Morocco. The camel trek is an absolute must!

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Riads and Kasbahs of Morocco

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Optional single rooms are available from £585 TRIP CODE: DMR TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Premium 6 nights premium riad, 4 nights premium hotel, 3 nights premium kasbah, 1 night premium auberge. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included.

ACCOMMODATION

Riads and Kasbahs On this trip our accommodation is of a high standard whilst allowing you to experience the character of the traditional riad-style architecture and the warm welcome of the Moroccan people.

I really felt that I had seen a lot of Morocco after this trip and learnt a lot about Berber life with the help of our excellent tour guide, Lahsen.

Elaine, Bristol

Volubilis

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Meknes Imperial city

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ESSAOUIRA MARRAKECH

Midelt

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Dades Gorge

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Optional 4WD Camel Ride

Valley of 1000 Kasbahs

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OUARZAZATE Rissani TAROUDANT BOUMALNE MERZOUGA Igherm region OULED BERHIL ALGERIA

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From the Imperial cities of Fes, Meknes and Marrakech to the Saharan sand sea of Merzouga, explore many of Morocco’s natural and cultural highlights. Visit Berber communities in the Anti-Atlas Mountains and travel through the vast Dades Gorge on the way to the beaches of Essaouira. Along the way unwind in premium hotels and traditional riads, which provide an oasis of calm from the bustling cities.

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Take a tour of the Imperial city of Fes and explore the Royal Palace, mosques and souks.

Visit ancient Meknes and Volubilis and wander through the holy city of Moulay Idriss.

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

Visit Rissani market and discover the dunes of the Merzouga sand sea.

Drive across the southern slopes of the Atlas Mountains and walk through the Todra Gorge.

Walk through Berber villages and kasbahs set amongst fertile fields in the Dades Gorge.

Travel through the Valley of 1,000 Kasbahs to one of Morocco’s most iconic villages.

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

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

Explore the traditional souks and medina of Marrakech.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

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AFRICA

Marrakech Express

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Optional single rooms are available from £95 TRIP CODE: QMR TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included.

TANGIER

CHEFCHAOUEN ATLANTIC OCEAN

RIF MOUNTAINS

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Visit the historic cities of Marrakech and Fes on this journey through northern Morocco. Explore the maze of backstreets and alleyways and discover acrobats, musicians and storytellers in the lively Djemma el-Fnaa square in Marrakech. Discover the lesser-visited Rif Mountains, wander the streets of the Andalucian-style walled town of Chefchaouen and meet people from all backgrounds on a range of public buses and trains that are used on this adventure. DAY

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Explore Tangier including the medina. Take a public bus to the mountain village of Chefchaouen.

Spend the day exploring the blue houses of Chefchaouen and climb the 15th century battlements of the kasbah.

Cross the Djebela Mountains to the Imperial city of Fes. Optional visit to a hammam in the afternoon.

Walking tour of Fes. Wander through the souks and see the Bou Inania Madressa.

Travel by train to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Visit the Hassan Tower and kasbah.

Morning train ride to Marrakech. Free afternoon to explore this fascinating city.

Walking tour of the city, visiting Djemma elFnaa, medinas, souks and the mighty Koutabia Mosque.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

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AFRICA

Grand Tour of Morocco

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Optional single rooms are available from £250 TRIP CODE: MGT TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 15 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard kasbah, 2 nights simple camping. MEALS: 19 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included.

CHEFCHAOUEN ATLANTIC OCEAN RABAT

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Meknes Imperial city

HIGH ATLAS

Beach time

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Surf Lesson

TINGHIR

Todra gorge walk

Valley of 1000 Kasbahs

Nomad camp Camel Ride

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

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Visit Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco and drive to the Imperial city of Rabat.

Explore the mountainous, Andalucianinfluenced town of Chefchaouen. Walk around the kasbah.

Cross the Rif Mountains and wander the huge colourful market of Fes.

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

Walk through ochre-coloured cliffs at Todra Gorge and try fresh dates from a plantation.

Visit the fortified Berber settlement Ait Ben Haddou and walk amongst the UNESCO-listed ruins.

Travel by 4WD through the Sahara Desert and sleep under a starlit sky in a nomad camp.

Relax on the beach, try surfing or soak up the cosmopolitan vibe on the Atlantic coast at Mirleft.

Search for the rare bald ibis at Sous-Massa National Park and then explore Taroudant’s Market.

Wander around the historic port town of Essaouira, visit the Jewish Quarter and swim in the sea.

Explore Marrakech’s Djemma elFnaa and visit a hammam. Trip ends in Marrakech.

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AFRICA

Southern Oasis Cycling

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£749 £599

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For full details of this and similar trips visit explore.co.uk/cycling or order a copy of our Cycling brochure

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 27 gear Cannondale Off Road or Trail Mountain bike with front suspension.

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

Toubkal Climb

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WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Simple 3 nights simple village house, 2 nights simple mountain refuge, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 5 days for between 4 to 6 hours, plus optional additional trekking. Max. altitude 4,167m. Please see website for more details.

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This walking trip in the High Atlas culminates in the ascent of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4,167m). Begin in the valley of Imlil, trekking through juniper forests, past Berber villages and over passes, climbing steadily to a mountain refuge at Neltner. From here ascend Toubkal – a rewarding trek with views of the whole Atlas chain. There is also an opportunity to ascend the nearby peak of Jebel Ouanoukrim (4,086m).

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AFRICA

Moorish Spain to Marrakech

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£1369 13 DAYS £1159 13 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £210 TRIP CODE: RMO TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included.

CORDOBA Day trip to the ‘White Villages’

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RONDA ATLANTIC OCEAN TANGIER

MALAGA

GRANADA

Algeciras

Medina tour

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Hassan Tower Kasbah des Oudaias

RABAT

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Casablanca Hassan II Mosque

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

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

Visit Casablanca’s King Hassain II Mosque before travelling to Marrakech.

Explore Marrakech’s old city, the souks and Djemma elFnaa.

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

Trip ends in Marrakech.

Join trip in Malaga.

Visit the Guided tour of Free time in old town of the magnificent Grenada. Take Cordoba, a Alhambra the Andalucia UNESCO World Palace, an Express through Heritage Site. exquisite El Chorro to the Explore the example of historic clifftop remarkable Moorish town of Ronda. Mezquita. architecture.

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

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AFRICA

Senegal and Gambia River Cruise

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£1739 13 DAYS £1399 13 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £200 TRIP CODE: SE TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 4 nights standard rondavel, 1 night simple boat, 1 night simple guesthouse, 1 night simple rondavel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners are included.

MAURITANIA

SAINT-LOUIS Caleche tour

Djoudj NP Pirogue safari Birdwatching Langue de Barbarie

DAKAR

Touba Mosque

ISLE DE GOREE NDANGANE

SENEGAL

Saloum NP Cross delta by pirogue

TOUBAKOUTA

Wassu Stone Circles

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On this African adventure discover tropical Anglo-influenced Gambia and exotic Francophile Senegal and compare the colonial imprints in this beautiful region. Walk through French colonial towns, see prolific birdlife and visit the megalithic stone circles at Wassu. Explore some of the region’s finest wildlife parks, cruise down the Gambia River and venture into the Saloum Delta by traditional pirogue canoe. DAY

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

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

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

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

Visit the Touba Mosque, then cross into the Gambia and stay in a rondavel for the night.

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

Continue our boat trip along the Gambia River. Cruise past local settlements and spot wildlife and flora.

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AFRICA

Kingdom of the Ashanti

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Optional single rooms are available from £410 TRIP CODE: GN TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

BURKINA FASO

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Gondala & Dagonda villages

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Lake Volta

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

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

Spend the day on guided safari walks through Mole National Park.

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

Discover the tribes of the Wa, visit animistic mudbrick villages with traditional artwork.

Visit the villages of the Lobi tribe and have tea with a Wa chief.

Scenic drive through small settlements to Techiman, stopping at a beautiful mudbrick mosque.

Head to Kumasi, infamous for its slave history. Visit the largest open air market in West Africa.

Meet with an Ashanti chief and visit a King’s Palace before driving to the coast.

Explore the forest canopy walk in Kakum National Park and visit 15th century Elmina Castle.

Free time on the beach in Anomabu and then head back to Accra where the trip ends.

Join trip Visit UNESCOin Accra. listed Ashanti Orientation tour Shrine and the of the capital cocoa research including Fort centre in Ussher and Koforidua. Independence Drive to Square. Techiman.

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Cradle of Voodoo

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BURKINA FASO Tamberma people, Koussou, Somba villages

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

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

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

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

Drive to Natitingou and visit the market and anthropology museum.

Attend a voodoo ceremony and Zangbeto mask ceremony. Return to Lome.

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Sao Tome with Kathleen Becker

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Lagoa Azul

Ponta Figo walk

Knowing nothing about the island before we went, it was very interesting to learn its history, especially since Kathleen Becker is so knowledgeable and an excellent guide.

Monte Cafe

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Waterfall walk Ribeira Afonso

Sao Joao Plantation

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

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

Journey down the east coast stopping at fishing villages and beaches. Afternoon plantation tour.

Cruise through the mangroves in canoes and swim in clear waters off the beach.

Stand on the Equator. Take a boat trip up the west coast searching for hidden waterfalls.

Free time to spend on the beach or explore on foot or hire bikes.

Morning walk through Sao Tome’s deepest valley to Roca Ponta Figo, a former plantation.

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Visit Bom Rainforest Beach time in Sucesso walk around the morning. Botanical Bombaim Trip ends at the Gardens and plantation to airport. walk to ancient waterfalls. Spot crater lake. endemic birds Night out in Sao en route. Tome town.

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Sudan: Highlights of Ancient Nubia

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Temple of Soleb Temple of Sesibi 3rd Cataract

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TOMBOS Kerma Walk up Jebel Barkal

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Merowe Dam cruise Former 4th Cataract Pyramids of Nuri Merowe

Wild camp Atbara Ferry

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Royal city Necropolis Musawwarat Naga

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

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

Trip to the local market, a Nile cruise and an afternoon visit the Pyramids of Nuri.

Drive off-road through the Bayuda Desert. Cross the Nile on a local pontoon to Meroe.

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

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

Trip ends in Khartoum.

Drive through Meet the the desert to friendly the Coptic Sudanese Christian people and temples at Old explore the Dongola. beautiful Temple of Soleb.

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Blue Nile and Lalibela

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

An excellent trip. Sue’s passion for her job and in-depth knowledge of the country gave us a very good taste of Ethiopia. There was variety in what we saw – history, wild life, culture, scenery and Ethiopian life – so something for everyone.

Sacred city Sheba’s Palace

DEBARK Medieval castles Lake Tana

BAHIR DAR

Source of the Nile

Simien Mountains

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Rock-cut churches

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Tississat Falls

ETHIOPIA Dire Dawa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage rockhewn churches of Lalibela and surrounding sites.

Fly back to Addis Ababa where the trip ends.

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Hiking in Explore the the Simien stelae of Axum Mountains and search for through the Ark of the incredible vistas Covenant. searching for gelada monkeys.

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Gorilla and Chimp Safari

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Every activity in the itinerary offers an amazing experience that you will not forget.

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

Lawrence, Nottingham. CONGO Rwenzori walk Fort Portal Crater Lakes Game drive Kazinga Channel Boat trip Lake Edward

UGANDA KAMPALA

KIBALE FOREST NP Lake George

Entebbe Airport

QUEEN ELIZABETH NP LAKE MBURO NP

BWINDI NP

Game drives, walking safari

Gorilla search Nature trails

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

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

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

Guided walk in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, meeting local people and finding a waterfall.

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

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

Today we come face to face with the mountain gorilla in Bwindi National Park.

Free time in Bwindi to explore this beautiful national park, nature trails and village walks.

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

Take a walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park looking for antelope and and zebra.

Trip ends at Entebbe Airport.

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Serengeti Lodge Safari

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP This trip can be extended with a four-day trip to the beaches of Zanzibar. Trip code: TLZ

Excellent accommodation and food throughout and the itinerary was perfect.

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SERENGETI NP Game drives

SERONERA Naabi Hill Gate

Olduvai Gorge

Lake Natron

Steep crater 4WD game drive

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NGORONGORO Meru KARATU CRATER LAKE Lake ARUSHA Kilimanjaro Lake Eyasi MANYARA Manyara Airport Game drives

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

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Head to Lake Manyara National Park for our first game drive.

Enter the world-famous Serengeti National Park, stopping at Olduvai Gorge en route.

Game drives in the Serengeti, searching for lion, leopard, cheetah and their prey.

Drive through Maasai settlements and stay in a colonial-style farmhouse in Karatu.

Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, the perfect place to see rhino, elephant and zebra.

Explore Tarangire National Park, dotted with ghostly baobab trees.

Early morning safari before heading back to Arusha where the trip ends.

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Serengeti, Selous and Zanzibar

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Lake Victoria Serengeti game drives Boat trip

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NUNGWI Beach time spice tour

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Selous Game Reserve

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

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Meet the Sukuma tribe, float in canoes amongst the papyrus grass for bird watching.

Search for the Big Five on a full day of game drives in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti.

Board a boat from camp and cruise down to Speke Bay on Lake Victoria to find hippo and crocodile.

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

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

Early game drive, visit a Maasai village to meet a local family and learn about their way of life.

Walking safari in Selous. Take a flight to the spice island of Zanzibar to stay on the beach.

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

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

Trip ends in Zanzibar; there is the option of extending the holiday by the beach.

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Top five reasons to trek Kilimanjaro with Explore 1. Our ascent rate is slow and

safe, resulting in a much higher than average summit success rate of 95%

2. Our Kili Trek Leaders are

regularly voted as among the best in the world and are first aid and altitude trained

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Gamow bags are carried on all treks for emergency use

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established and reputable Kilimanjaro specialist

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from the local area and revenues from our treks benefit the local economy.

Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Trek

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For full details of this and similar trips visit explore.co.uk/walking or order a copy of our Walking and Trekking brochure

TREK GRADE: Challenging to Tough ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights simple camping, 2 nights standard lodge.

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MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners are included.

Spend four days relaxing and exploring on the exotic island of Zanzibar. Trip code: KCZ

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

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Enjoy three days on safari in some of Tanzania’s finest national parks. Trip code: KCS

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

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Botswana Lodge Safari

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The variety of accommodation added to the experience.

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ZAMBIA LIVINGSTONE Zambezi river crossing

ANGOLA NAMIBIA

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OKAVANGO HOUSEBOAT

Victoria Falls ZIMBABWE

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OKAVANGO DELTA Game drives

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

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Travel to Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in Africa.

Take game drives through Chobe, looking for lion, kudu, hyena and roan antelope.

Take a boat cruise on the Chobe River, well known for its elephant and buffalo sightings

Enter Zambia and encounter the world-famous Victoria Falls.

Free time in Livingstone for optional activities such as a helicopter ride over the falls.

Trip ends in Livingstone.

Join trip Take a game Explore in Maun on the drive through Moremi Game Okavango Delta. the Okavango Reserve and Spend the night Delta. Look for the Khwai in a comfortable hippo, crocodile River area, both tented camp. and a huge spectacular variety for big game of birds. viewing.

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Morning game Stay on a private drive before houseboat on we drive back the Okavango to Maun and Panhandle. our secluded lodge outside of town.

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\\ Spending three nights on a houseboat in the Okavango Delta Panhandle

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

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\\ Exploring Botswana’s finest game reserves

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

\\ Viewing one of the natural wonders of the world Victoria Falls A trip which will get you close, and occasionally very close, to wildlife, experience wild camping under huge African skies and the immense spectacle of Victoria Falls. Iain, Portsmouth

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Game drives

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

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

Continue exploring and look for fisherman in traditional mokoros.

Discover San Bushman art in Tsodilo Hills, viewing 24,000-year-old paintings at a UNESCO Site.

Journey from Botswana to Namibia and Zambia in one day through the Caprivi Strip.

Explore Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural Wonders of the World.

Take game drives in Chobe National Park, famous for its huge numbers of elephant.

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Explore the pans, floodplains, lagoons and deep mopane forest of Moremi Game Reserve.

Continue exploring Moremi, on the lookout for the 400 species of bird found in the area.

Venture deeper into the delta to Xakanaxa hoping to see the herds of lechwe and big cats.

Eat dinner under a starlit sky, prepared by our chef in our wilderness camp.

Return to Maun. Take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.

Trip ends in Maun.

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“I fell in love with Botswana early in my trip as I floated through a maze of waterways in the Okavango Delta in our small boat. Brightly coloured birds swooped overhead, hippos and crocodiles cooled themselves at the water’s edge and we had only local fishermen to keep us company. Watching lions by the Chobe River as the sun set, leopards stroll past our truck, and elephants swim and play in the water are just some of my highlights. Choose this trip if you want a wildlife-focussed experience and don’t mind giving up a few home comforts for being so close to animals that you are woken by the sound of lions roaring nearby.”

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure

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ETOSHA NP

Bwabwata NP

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Petrified Forest Twyfelfontein Rock art

OKAUKUEJO KHORIXAS MT BRANDBERG SWAKOPMUND

Victoria Falls

CHOBE NP HWANGE Okavango NP Delta Boat safari

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Namib Naukluft NP Sossusvlei High dunes

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This exciting journey explores the land from the laid-back city of Cape Town, through the Namib Desert and the magnificent national parks of Namibia and Botswana to the thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Combining the most famous destinations with some untouched and remote wildlife havens, this once-in-a-lifetime trip is a comprehensive journey through southwest Africa and its wonderful sights. DAYS

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Climb the highest sand dunes on the planet in Sesrium and Sossusvlei.

Explore Swakopmund, a fascinating coastal colonial town at the end of the desert.

Experience San Bushman culture and see rock art, sacred sights and petrified forest.

Take game drives in Etosha National Park.

Join trip Travel overland in Cape Town. through the Explore the city winelands and including the farms to the penguin colony barren desert of of Boulders Namibia. Beach.

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Arrive in Drive to Chobe Spend two days Visit Victoria Botswana National Park; on game drives Falls, one of and cruise the a huge area in Hwange the natural Okavango Delta that has the National Park Wonders of the Panhandle. largest numbers in Zimbabwe. World. of elephant in Visit a wild dog Africa. conservation centre.

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Namibia Lodge Safari

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COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Cape Escape holiday in South Africa. Trip code: NLC ETOSHA NP

Game drives

This really was the trip of a lifetime! A packed itinerary of adventures led by Lucky, our amazing host who was so friendly, so knowledgable and so hardworking – a real credit to the tourist industry and we considered ourselves the ‘lucky’ ones to have him.

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SWAKOPMUND WINDHOEK Capital city

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Highest dunes on Earth Sossusvlei Namibrand NR

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On this adventure explore dramatic canyons, towering sand dunes and the magnificent wildlife parks of Namibia. Track the Big Five, discover the huge pans of Etosha and find giraffe at Waterberg Plateau National Parks. Visit the coastal town of Swakopmund, with its interesting colonial architecture and meet the Himba people, learning about their culture and way of life. DAY

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Travel to Sesriem, via the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on the planet.

Explore the Sesriem Canyon. See the magnificent sand dunes of Sossusvlei.

Journey to Swakopmund, stopping at Walvis Bay to look for flamingo and pelican.

Explore the colonial town of Swakopmund. Optional flight over the Skeleton Coast.

Drive via Cape Cross Seal Colony to Damaraland. Discover rock art of the San Bushmen.

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

Visit the Cheetah Conservation Foundation. Drive to the Waterberg Plateau.

Free morning for walking trails or game drives. Visit a local craft market, before returning to Windhoek.

Trip ends in Windhoek.

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Cape Escape SOUTH AFRICA

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\\ Standing on the top of Table Mountain and look out over Cape Town and Robben Island

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard lodge.

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\\ Sampling award-winning wines in the vineyards of Stellenbosch \\ Exploring the rolling hills and coastlines of the Garden Route

This was a very enjoyable and varied tour with a good mix of options. Isabella, Beckenham

SOUTH AFRICA Botlierskop Cango Caves game drive Table Mountain

CAPE TOWN

Worcester Optional Marloth NR

Franschhoek Explore Cape of Good Hope

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Tsitsikamma NP

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STAFF PICK Flanked by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the Western Cape boasts incredible beaches, beautiful mountain ranges and unparalleled botanical splendour. This trip takes in South Africa’s highlights on a journey from Cape Town, through the winelands of Stellenbosch and on to the scenic Garden Route. Along the way, encounter penguins at Boulders Beach, breeding whales in Hermanus (from July to November) and big game in the Botlierskop Reserve.

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Tour of Cape of Good Hope, including the resident penguin colony on Boulders Beach.

Take a cable car or walk up Table Mountain for incredible views over the Cape Peninsula.

Explore the world-renowned vineyards of Stellenbosch on a wine tasting tour.

Scenic drive through wine country to Oudstshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world.

Choose to visit Cango Caves, an underground wonderland of extraordinary structures, millions of years old.

Travel the Garden Route to Kynsna. Seasonal whale watching opportunities and coastal walks.

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Discover Tsitsikamma National Park, a marine and forest paradise. Sample local seafood.

Search for rhino, giraffe, zebra and buffalo on a game drive in Botlierskop.

Journey along the whale route back to Cape Town looking for southern right whales.

Optional visit to Robben Island to uncover Mandela’s past. Trip ends in Cape Town.

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“This was my first visit to South Africa so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it did not disappoint! From the colourful city of Cape Town to the rolling lush green hills of Stellenbosch, it was fantastic and had something for everyone. I find it difficult to pick a favourite part as it was just so varied but the wildlife is definitely a strong contender. I saw so much more than I had anticipated. The morning game drive at Botlierskop Game Reserve was excellent. A real highlight for me was being able to watch the sleeping lions from a stone’s throw away.”

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South Africa Highlights

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£2499 16 DAYS £1795 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £275 TRIP CODE: SAH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel, 4 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

BOTSWANA

KRUGER NP Safari

The activities and experiences were varied and stimulating, ranging from exciting wildlife viewing, stunning mountain and coastal scenery, wine tasting, hiking, boat trips and immersion in the poignant history of the country.

JOHANNESBURG Soweto tour

SOUTH AFRICA

Table Mountain

CAPE TOWN STELLENBOSCH

Sally, Ruislip

Tsitsikamma NP

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Port Elizabeth

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Discover the highlights of South Africa on this two-week adventure. Uncover the country’s dark history on a tour of Soweto and explore Kruger, the most famous national park in Southern Africa, with two full days of safari. Fly to the Garden Route for an incredible journey from Tsitsikamma to Cape Town, with some of the best whale watching in the world and an overnight stay in the historic town of Stellenbosch, known for its awardwinning wineries. In Cape Town there is the chance to take a trip to Robben Island or the cable car up Table Mountain. DAY

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Return to Johannesburg and fly down to Port Elizabeth.

Explore Tsitsikamma National Park and Plettenberg Bay, two highlights of the Garden Route.

Walk through Robberg Nature Reserve before driving to Knysna.

Join trip in Drive to Johannesburg. Graskop via Take a tour of the Panorama Soweto including Route, stopping Nelson Mandela at God’s House and Window and the apartheid Blyde River memorial. Canyon.

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Free time Whale watching Discover the Transfer to Cape Free day to to explore at Hermanus winelands of Town where the take optional Knysna. Take (July - November). Stellenbosch. afternoon is free trips to Robben an optional Explore Sample the local to explore. Island, Cape township Fernkloof wines and take Point or tour or scenic Reserve. a tour of the climb Table walks. town. Mountain.

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Multi-Active South Africa

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£2180 12 DAYS £1299 10 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £240 TRIP CODE: MSA TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 3 nights standard cabin, 2 nights simple cabin, 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard farmstay, 1 night standard guesthouse. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners are included.

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Walk in the Hogsback Mountains

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ADDO ELEPHANT NP Game drives

Cycle in Bushmans River Gorge

AMAKHALA GAME RESERVE Big Five Safari

KARIEGA RIVERSIDE CAMP

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Canoe trip up the Kariega River

Explore the Eastern Cape on this active adventure to South Africa. Watch huge herds of elephant marching between waterholes and look for the rest of the Big Five in Addo Elephant Park. Discover waterfalls, huge indigenous forest and various peaks of the Amathole Mountain Range while walking on ancient trails around Hogsback. Paddle up the Kariega River in a kayak and stay the night in a riverside bush camp. Spend a morning mountain-biking in a valley and walk in the largest dune field in the southern hemisphere. DAY

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Full day of game drives in Addo Elephant Park searching for the Big Five.

Drive in to the Amathole Mountain Range and hike along ancient walking trails.

Full day of walks to waterfalls and through indigenous forest from the town of Hogsback.

Travel to the coast and meet people from the Ekuphumleni community.

Take a kayak trip up the Kariega River; search for wildlife on a bush walk and game cruise.

Paddle down the river and take a coastal walk to Kwaaihoek rocks.

Ride mountain bikes along the Bushmans River Valley and walk on the dune field.

Look for the Big Five in Amakhala Game Reserve and learn about conservation at a rhino foundation.

Trip ends in Port Elizabeth.

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Zululand and Kruger Wildlife

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SOUTH AFRICA - SWAZILAND

£1745 12 DAYS £1099 10 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £240 TRIP CODE: ZK TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard lodge, 2 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard rondavel, 1 night simple bungalow MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Cape Escape trip in South Africa. Blyde River Canyon NP

Trip code: ZKC

KRUGER NP GRASKOP

MLILWANE WS

SOUTH AFRICA

Walking safari

SWAZILAND HluhluweUmfolozi GR Game drive (Rhino)

DRAKENSBERG Royal Natal NP

Jen, London

Game drives

JO’BURG

My first safari, and a great experience. A busy itinerary but one that allowed us to get the most from our time. The beehive huts were a real highlight, with warthogs and impala wandering round at our doors!

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Isandlwana battlefield

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Visit the great game reserves and national parks of South Africa and Swaziland on this journey across Kwa Zulu Natal. Search for the Big Five in the renowned Kruger National Park and track both white and black rhinos in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve. Explore Zulu battlefields, discover the wetlands of Greater St Lucia and take a walking safari through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Swaziland.

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Walk and discover the beauty of the Drakensburg Mountains. Free afternoon.

Visit the battlefields of the Zulu War at Isandlwana and then drive to St Lucia.

Game drives amongst the densest rhino population in Africa and over 500 bird species.

Free day to enjoy St Lucia Wetland Park. Walks, game drives, beaches and boat trips are on offer.

Enter Swaziland, the last remaining monarchy in Africa. Sleep in dome shaped rondavels.

Walking safaris in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary looking for zebra, wildebeest and impala.

Journey to Kruger National Park. Game drives in open-top vehicles for great wildlife sightings.

Game drives to see lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard, hyena and abundant bird species.

Beautiful drive along the Panorama Route to Johannesburg where the trip ends.

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Zululand and Kruger Wildlife + Cape Escape

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£2695 22 DAYS £2165 20 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £490 TRIP CODE: ZKC TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel, 7 nights standard lodge, 2 nights standard rondavel, 1 night simple bungalow. MEALS: 19 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners are included.

An excellent introduction to South Africa and Swaziland.

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KRUGER NP

Blyde River Canyon NP

GRASKOP

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Game drives

JO’BURG

MLILWANE WS Walking safari

SOUTH SWAZILAND AFRICA

HluhluweUmfolozi GR Isandlwana Game drive (Optional (Rhino) activities) EDWWOHĆHOG

GREATER ST LUCIA WETLAND PARK

DRAKENSBERG Royal Natal NP

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Bottleskop Cango Caves game drive Worcester OUDTSHOORN Franschhoek Optional Marloth NR Tsitsikamma NP Winelands SWELLENDAM George STELLENBOSCH Plettenberg Explore Bay Cape of Hermanus Mossel Bay Good Betty’s KNYSNA Riversdale Whale Hope INDIAN Bay watching Southern most 0 km 100 km OCEAN (July-Nov) point in Africa

Table Mountain

CAPE TOWN

Visit the most beautiful and important sites in South Africa and Swaziland, searching for the Big Five in the renowned Kruger National Park and tracking both white and black rhino in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve. Visit the Zulu battlefields and discover the wetlands of Greater St Lucia. Fly down to the iconic city of Cape Town, hike up Table Mountain and explore the ancient limestone Cango Caves. Find Africa’s only penguin colony on Boulders Beach and visit the award-winning wineries in Stellenbosch. DAY

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Explore the Drakensberg Mountains in Royal Natal National Park.

Stop at God’s Window viewpoint for panoramic scenes over Blyde River Canyon. Fly to Cape Town.

Explore Cape Town, climb Table Mountain, visit Robben Island and enjoy the waterfront.

Experience historic Stellenbosch or walk selfguided trails through the winelands.

Head to the famous Cango Caves to tour the vast limestone caverns.

Drive to Knysna and walk the verdant forests of Tsitsikamma National Park.

Travel the famous Garden Route back to Cape Town, where the trip ends.

Take a guided Track rhino tour of and travel to St Isandlwana, the Lucia Wetland site of the first Park for turtle major encounter spotting in the 19th and whale century Anglowatching. Zulu War.

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Cross the Enter the great border into game lands Swaziland. Take of Kruger to a walking safari see the Big in Mlilwane Five as well as Wildlife cheetah, giraffe Sanctuary. and zebra.

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South Africa Lodge Safari

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£2385 14 DAYS £1699 12 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £500 TRIP CODE: SAS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard lodge, 2 nights premium lodge, 2 nights premium tented lodge. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners are included.

Panorama Route

Kruger National Park

LOWER SABIE Game drives

JOHANNESBURG Soweto tour

MANTENGA NATURE RESERVE

SOUTH AFRICA

MKHAYA GAME RESERVE

SWAZILAND

Rhino tracking

TEMBE ELEPHANT PARK

KOSI BAY

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Discover the best nature reserves and national parks in Southern Africa by staying in intimate lodges and searching for wild game. Explore mountainous Ithala on foot, look for turtles in Kosi Bay and head to Tembe Elephant Park, home of the big tuskers. Cross into the Kingdom of Swaziland to find rhino at Mkhaya while staying in stone lodges deep within the reserve. The final destination is the world-famous Kruger National Park to spot the Big Five and eat a traditional braai. DAY

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Free time at Kosi Bay for turtle spotting, kayaking and learning about traditional fishing.

Enter Tembe Elephant Park. Stay in a luxury secluded tented camp in the reserve.

Game drives in Tembe to spot elephant and big cats.

Enter the Kingdom of Swaziland. Game drives in Mkhaya to see white and black rhino.

Travel to Kruger National Park, South Africa, for game drives.

On safari searching for the Big Five. Evening wine tasting and traditional braai.

Drive the famous Panorama Route back to Johannesburg where the trip ends.

Join trip in Visit Mantenga Drive to Ithala Guided game Johannesburg. to learn about Game Reserve. walk searching Soweto city fascinating Afternoon safari for rhino and tour visiting Swazi culture though the other large Nelson Mandela in a beautiful mountainous herbivores. House and park. park – home Game drives in the apartheid to numerous the afternoon. memorial. giraffe.

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The Kingdom of Swaziland

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£1645 10 DAYS 8 £995 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £130 TRIP CODE: SAZ TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 3 nights standard cabin, 2 nights standard rondavel, 2 nights premium lodge. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Cape Escape trip in South Africa. Trip code: SCP

I loved my time in Swaziland. Every day seemed to get better than the one before.

Carl, Bromley

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JO’BURG

SHEWULA MOUNTAIN CAMP Rural cultural experience

Malolotja NR Waterfalls Drive to

JO’BURG MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Horse, bike and walking trails

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MKHAYA GAME RESERVE

Game drives

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Discover the last true monarchy in Africa on this all-encompassing adventure through Swaziland. The country offers travellers the chance to really get under the skin of Africa to experience its culture and natural beauty. On this trip we get up close and personal with rhino in Mkhaya National Park, explore tranquil Mlilwane as zebra and nyala pass us by and drive up to Execution Rock for sundowners with incredible views. A wonderful introduction to an intriguing country. DAY

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Walk in Malolotja Nature Reserve. Choose to zipline through the canopy.

Drive via the Lion Cavern mine to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary for a walking safari.

Free morning for optional walks or cycling. Sunset safari to Execution Rock for incredible views.

Visit a local craft market and candle-making factory. Drive to Shewula Mountain Camp.

Village walking tour to meet a local witch doctor. Drive to Mkhaya Game Reserve for a sunset safari.

Full day of game drives spotting white and black rhino, giraffe and crocodile.

Sunrise safari. Return to Johannesburg where the trip ends.

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An excellent trip from start to finish. Each day seemed to offer something new and different. There was such a variety of experiences that it is difficult to state a favourite.

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Malawi and South Luangwa Safari

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£3045 14 DAYS £2295 12 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £656 TRIP CODE: ZA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights premium lodge, 4 nights standard lodge, 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple lodge. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners are included.

Game drives & walking safari

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SOUTH LUANGWA NP

Lake Malawi

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MUA LAKE LILONGWE Wildlife sanctuary MISSION MALAWI MOZAMBIQUE

Dezda Pottery

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Zomba Plateau Malungundi Stream walk

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Often referred to as the ‘warm heart of Africa’, Malawi is a hidden gem among its larger Southern African neighbours. We walk across the forested Zomba Plateau offering incredible panoramas over Mozambique and descend to the shores of Lake Malawi. Staying in comfortable lodges and chalets, we cross into Zambia for some world-class game viewing in South Luangwa National Park.

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Drive to the Zomba Plateau, stopping at the famous Dedza pottery workshop and local markets.

Explore the forested Zomba Plateau and discover its excellent biodiversity.

Transfer to Lake Malawi, the most southern of the Great Rift Valley Lakes.

Free day at Lake Malawi, lay on the beach or go on a boat trip.

Stay overnight at Mua Mission, a centre dedicated to preserving Malawian culture.

Drive to South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.

Early morning game drive in South Luangwa, searching for wild dogs and lion.

Free day. Take another game drive, a walking safari or visit a village.

Spend another day exploring on foot or by 4WD.

Return to Malawi and a enjoy a free afternoon to explore Lilongwe.

Trip ends in Lilongwe.

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The Lost Continent

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£2685 17 DAYS £2035 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £335 TRIP CODE: MD TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 1 night simple community house. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners are included.

Hearing the Indris early morning — wonderful.

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Analamazoatra & Mitsinjo Reserves

ANTANANARIVO Ambatolampy Valley

ANTSIRABE AMBOSITRA

RANOMAFANA Rainforest wildlife

INDIAN OCEAN

Walking in Isalo NP Ihosy

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The isolated island of Madagascar is known for its ethereal landscapes and its endemic wildlife. Explore the rainforests, nature reserves and national parks in search of the many species of endangered lemur. Travel from the Malagasy capital Antananarivo, past volcanic lakes and sandstone rock formations to Isalo, Madagascar’s Grand Canyon. This adventure ends with a few days of relaxation on the golden shores of the Indian Ocean.

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Nature walks in Andasibe Reserve, searching for the indri, the largest living lemur.

Visit Mantadia National Park, looking for black and white ruffed lemur and a variety of birds.

Explore the colonial architecture and churches of the spa town of Antsirabe.

Walk around the stunning crater lake at Tritiva. Enjoy a night of traditional Malagasy food and dancing.

Journey to Ranomafana National Park, looking for rare golden bamboo lemurs.

Two days to travel to and explore Madagascar’s Grand Canyon in Isalo National Park.

Cross the cactus-filled spiny desert and visit the Mahafaly Tombs on our way to the coast.

Free time by the rich turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Boat trip to the reefs of Nosy Ve.

Travel back to Antananarivo by boat and by plane.

Visit Ambohimanga, an ancient palace and fort beautifully located on a forested hill.

Trip ends in Antananarivo.

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AFRICA

Reunion and Mauritius

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REUNION - MAURITIUS

£4199 16 DAYS £2965 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £550 TRIP CODE: RUM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard guesthouse, 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners.

INDIAN OCEAN SAINT-DENIS TROU AUX BICHES

REUNION

Pamplemousses, SSR Botanical Gardens Port Louis Cooking class

Piton Maido

L’ERMITAGE -LES-BAINS

CILAOS

Cirque de Cilaos

LA PLAINE DES CAFRES

Piton Sainte-Rose

MAURITIUS FLIC EN FLAC

Piton de la Fournaise

Mahebourg Black River Gorges National Park

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Discover a tale of two islands on this contrasting exploration of Reunion and Mauritius. Volcanic vistas and green fertile calderas are the highlights of rugged Reunion, while on Mauritius we uncover a side of the island rarely seen by most travellers. Find an island rich in culture and geographical importance, with beaches and marine life to rival the best in the world. Learn to cook creole food, explore Mauritian bazaars and spend time star-gazing with a local astronomer. DAY

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Drive to Piton, a village destroyed by lava. Visit a spice plantation and Grand Anse creek.

Explore Piton de la Fournaise volcano and meander along the UNESCO Cirque de Cilaos.

Visit the embroidery house and local village of picturesque Cilaos, drive to Saint Gillies.

Walk on the crater rim of Piton Maido. Fly to Mauritius.

Explore the south of the island, dormant volcanos and Hindu temples.

Trip ends in Flic en Flac.

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Visit Ile Aux Take a snorkelling Tour of Port Explore the Discover the Aigrettes. trip in Blue Louis and have botanical Tamarin salt Afternoon trip Bay Marine lunch in colonial gardens and pans and their to fishing town Park. Spend mansion where trip to historical historical of Mahebourg the evening we will learn town of Cap importance. and explore the stargazing to cook Malheureux. Martello Tower market. with a local creole food. Free time on the museum visit. astronomer. beach.

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AFRICA

Seychelles Island Hopping

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SEYCHELLES

£2920 11 DAYS £1999 13 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £585 TRIP CODE: TI TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard guesthouse, 4 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included.

Vallee de Mal World Heritage Site

GRAND ANSE

Praslin NP

Return ferry to La Digue Bale St Anne Pier

LA REUNION

PRASLIN

LA DIGUE Fast Catamaran ferry

BEAU VALLON Trois Freres Trail

St Anne Marine NP Victoria

MAHE ISLAND

Morne Seychellois NP

Airport

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Unwind in the beautiful islands of the Seychelles. Explore the palm-lined beaches of Praslin and visit the forest of Vallee de Mai, home to the famous coco de mer palm. Hike along forest trails to Trois Freres Peak to enjoy spectacular views over the island. Cycle around the paradise island of La Digue, pedalling from one palm-lined beach to another, stopping for a seafood lunch or a gentle swim. The Seychelles have a reputation for honeymoons, but it is possible to get away from the resorts and discover a different side to these tropical islands. DAY

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Explore the capital, Victoria on a walking tour and visit the Botanical Gardens.

Walk along the Glacis Trois Freres trail for wonderful views over the island.

Take a full-day boat trip to Baie Ternay and snorkel in the clear waters of a coral reef.

Travel on a catamaran ferry to Praslin and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallee de Mai.

Free time to explore La Digue with short walks to a viewpoint or just relax on the beach.

Take a ferry back to Mahe Island where the trip ends.

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Boat trip to Hop on a local Ferry to La Explore an Curieuse Island bus for a tour of Digue. Take a old coconut Marine Park Praslin Island, bicycle tour plantation for snorkelling discovering around this and meet and a barbecue stunning laid-back island, the resident lunch. beaches and cycling between population of friendly people. beaches. giant tortoises.

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Asia AND THE

Pacific

Bright, bold, full of flavour: Asia’s sights are just like its cuisine. From fragrant coconut curries in Thailand to rich, spicy stews in Rajasthan, eat your way around the east and you’ll discover lands of contrast, where colourful markets rub up alongside colonial mansions and modern skyscrapers overlook ancient streets. Staying in authentic accommodation affords the best way to experience Asia’s plentiful charms, from the gentle rocking of a Keralan houseboat to the grand elegance of a maharajah’s palace. Visit China’s bustling cities, Indonesia’s tiny islands, Mongolia’s wide steppes or Japan’s neon-lit streets and take it all in.

IT’S ALL ABOUT Travelling along the Silk Road

Wandering through paddy fields

Riding camels in Rajasthan

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Picking tea in Sri Lanka


DESTINATIONS Armenia

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Bhutan 162 Burma (Myanmar)  Cambodia

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China

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Georgia

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Hong Kong

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 India

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 Indonesia

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Iran

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Japan

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 Kazathstan 171

Kyrgyzstan 168  Laos

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Malaysia

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Malaysia (Borneo)

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Maldives

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Mongolia

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Nepal

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New Zealand

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North Korea

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Philippines

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South Korea

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Sri Lanka  Thailand

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Turkmenistan

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Uzbekistan

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Vietnam

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INSIDER VIEW “Our undying passion for Asia lies in its contrasts. One day you can be in a bustling megacity, where ancient monasteries jostle for position with gleaming skyscrapers, the next you can be amongst rural villages staying with a family where things have remained unchanged for generations. It is these incredible contrasts, so intrinsic to Asia, that has led to 52 visits between us, and many more yet to come!” GLYN THORNELOE, Product Manager – I ndian Subcontinent and North Asia CHRIS ELLIS, Product Manager – Central and South East Asia

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Buddha’s Island SRI LANKA

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FROM

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£2079 16 DAYS

TRIP PACE: Moderate

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

£1529 15 DAYS

\\ Exploring ancient capitals, painted cave temples and the dramatic ‘Sky Fortress’

MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included.

Optional single rooms are available from £420

\\ Relaxing on the white sand beaches of the south coast and soaking up the laid-back atmosphere of Galle

Ian, Milton Keynes

\\ Searching for leopard, elephant and sambar deer in the wild

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse.

TRIP ONLY

Well paced with plenty of variety. A remarkable range of historical sites yet to be fully investigated. Thoroughly enjoyed the safari and whale watching trips.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

TRIP CODE: SL

ANURADHAPURA

Wilpattu Bodhi Tree National Park Aukana game drive Budda

GIRITALE

Polonnaruwa Ancient capital

Dambulla

NEGOMBO

SRI LANKA

Fishing Port

COLOMBO

COMBINE YOUR TRIP

Lion's Rock

NUWARA ELIYA

Buduruvagala Rockface carvings

Mirissa Optional whale watching (Dec/Apr)

Galle Old Dutch port

UNAWATUNA

Trip code: SLM

SIGIRIYA

KANDY DALHOUSIE Adam’s BANDARAWELA Peak

INDIAN OCEAN

This trip can be combined with the Maldive Dhoni Cruise for some serious relaxation following your exploration of Sri Lanka.

Bay of Bengal

Relaxing beach

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Horton Plains Departures from July to mid-December will visit Horton Plains instead of climbing Adam’s Peak.

STAFF PICK This comprehensive trip of the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ covers Sri Lanka’s many highlights at a relaxed pace. Uncovering ancient cities, rock carvings and gilded temples, we discover the island’s rich Buddhist history and culture. Other highlights include the spectacular hill country, wildlife-filled national parks and an idyllic tropical coastline where we enjoy some down-time. Along the way, we are welcomed by generous hospitality and friendly faces at every stop. DAY

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Join trip in Negombo. Relax after the flight on the quiet beaches.

Take a jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park to search for leopard.

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Anuradhapura and climb the sacred peak at Mihintale.

Meet the 12m tall Standing Buddha at Aukana before exploring Dambulla’s painted cave temples.

Discover the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Search for elephant in Minneriya National Park.

Climb the famous ‘sky fortress’ at Sigiriya, Lion’s Rock.

Watch the sacred Temple of the Tooth ceremony in Kandy.

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Join pilgrims for a night time ascent of Adam’s Peak. Drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Take a train along a picturesque mountain route to Bandarawela.

Visit Rawana Ella Falls and travel south to the coastal town of Unawatuna.

Discover the fascinating churches and old houses of Galle Fort.

Free time to relax on the beach.

Visit the Madu Ganga wetland reserve before a city tour of Colombo. Return to Negombo.

Trip ends in Negombo.

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DEPARTURE MONTHS JAN

“Photographing leopards, elephants, eagles, egrets, kingfishers, monkeys and masses of other wildlife side-by-side with some of the most stunning archaeological sites just takes your breath away. I filmed egrets flying past baby elephants, stayed in a hotel overlooking the jungle and walked above the clouds at Adam’s Peak. The Sri Lankan people were warm, kind, friendly and engaging, all with big smiles on their faces. Just an amazing experience from start to finish!”

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Highlights of Sri Lanka

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SRI LANKA

£1499 £949

8

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7

Optional single rooms are available from £200 TRIP CODE: SLH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip has been planned so that it can easily be combined with our Maldive Dhoni Cruise. Trip code: SLHM

EAST COAST ITINERARY Departures from August to early November will visit the beaches of Trincomalee on Sri Lanka’s east coast. Wilpattu National Park Jeep safari

ANURADHAPURA

Mihintale Peak

SIGIRIYA

Lion's Rock

NEGOMBO

KANDY

Temple of the Tooth, Tea gardens

SRI LANKA

UNAWATUNA

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INDIAN OCEAN

Join us on this one-week trip exploring Sri Lanka’s highlights, searching for leopard and elephant in Wilpattu National Park and exploring the country’s ancient Buddhist temples at Mihintale and Dambulla. We climb the spectacular Lion’s Rock, travel through lush green tea plantations and stop in Kandy to visit the revered Temple of the Tooth, before relaxing on the pristine sandy beaches of the west coast.

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Join trip in Negombo.

Take a jeep safari in search of leopard in Wilpattu National Park.

Share a meal with locals in Habarana before exploring the unique cave temples at Dambulla.

Climb to the top of Sigiriya’s dramatic Lion’s Rock and travel to Kandy.

Learn about Sri Lanka’s tea industry then drive to the beaches of Unawatuna.

Free time to explore Galle Fort or relax. Whalewatching trips are available during the winter months.

Trip ends at Colombo Airport.

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This trip has been one of the best holidays I’ve been on. Sam the guide was incredible – he was very knowledgeable and passionate about his country and this showed in all the stories he told us. Deborah, Huntingdon

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Maldive Dhoni Cruise

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MALDIVES

£1699 £1099

9

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TRIP ONLY

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8

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

NORTH MALE ATOLL

This tour was absolutely amazing. The staff and boat were brilliant and made some real memories for a lifetime. Loved exploring the different areas and cultures and our Explore leader was so knowledgeable and such a nice guy.

Vaadhoo Caves

SOUTH MALE ATOLL

Emboodhoo Lagoon

GURAIDHOO

MALDIVES FELIDHOO ATOLL

FULIDHOO

INDIAN OCEAN

FELIDHOO ANBARAA

Uninhabitated Island

FENBOA FINOLHU MEEMU ATOLL

Anthony, Dubai

MALE

DHIGGARU Fishing village Bodu Beru performance

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On this relaxing adventure our days are spent gently cruising among the remote atolls of the idyllic Maldives aboard a traditional dhoni. We eat and sleep on board while sailing between the unspoilt palm-fringed tropical islands of South Male, Felidhoo and Meemu. Along the way we stop at small fishing communities and some of the best reefs and snorkelling sites to see the islands’ famously colourful and abundant marine life.

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Join trip in Male. Take an afternoon walk around the town.

Cruise to the South Male Atoll and explore Kuda Anbara Island.

Relax on board or snorkel in the clear waters of the Meemu Atoll.

Cruise to Dhiggaru Island for a display of Bodu Beru – traditional drum music of the islands.

Meet the locals at the traditional village of Felidhoo.

Discover the exotic underwater life of Hulhidhoo reef before sailing to Fulidhoo.

Sail to Male, stopping en route to snorkel at Embudhoo Reef.

Trip ends in Male.

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ACCOMMODATION

Dhoni boat

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Thought to derive from the Arab Dhow, the Maldivian Dhoni boat is made from coconut wood and constructed by hand. Boats take on average 45 days to complete, often using no detailed plans and relying on knowledge and skills passed down from one generation to the next.

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Buddha’s Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise

FROM

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SRI LANKA - MALDIVES

£3349 23 DAYS £2799 22 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £420 TRIP CODE: SLM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 14 nights standard hotel, 6 nights simple boat, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 21 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners are included.

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This trip covers Sri Lanka’s many highlights, searching for the island’s famous wildlife, and exploring its ancient cities and gilded temples to uncover rich Buddhist history and culture. In the Maldives, cruising the idyllic islands aboard a traditional dhoni, we sail between the unspoilt palm-fringed islands of South Male, Felidhoo and Meemu, while visiting fishing communities and snorkelling at beautiful coral reefs.

Highlights of Sri Lanka + Maldive Dhoni Cruise

FROM

FROM

SRI LANKA - MALDIVES

£2679 15 DAYS £2199 14 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £200 TRIP CODE: SLHM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 6 nights simple boat. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners are included.

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Join us on this trip exploring Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Search for leopard and elephant in Wilpattu National Park, and explore Buddhist temples and Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth. Cruise among remote atolls of the idyllic Maldives, aboard a traditional dhoni, eating and sleeping on board the boat as we sail between the unspoilt palm-fringed tropical islands of South Male, Felidhoo and Meemu.

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Secrets of Sri Lanka

FROM

FROM

SRI LANKA

£2995 15 DAYS £2399 14 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £995 TRIP CODE: DSL TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Premium 11 nights premium hotel, 2 nights premium camping. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners are included.

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

The Secrets of Sri Lanka trip was overall fantastic. Great, well chosen locations and mostly well paced. The hotels were excellent. Pauline, Wallington

Bay of Bengal

Jeep safari

Sigiriya Lion's Rock

SRI LANKA

Polonnaruwa Ancient capital

DAMBULLA

Cave Temples

KANDY

Temple of the Tooth

NEGOMBO Fishing Port

NUWARA ELIYA

INDIAN OCEAN

Tea plantations Horton Plains walk

BERUWALA GALLE

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Staying in stylish and comfortable hotels we travel to some of Sri Lanka’s greatest sights. From spectacular ancient Buddhist monuments to lush hill-side tea plantations and fascinating historic cities, all with their own enchanting story. We visit the revered Temple of the Tooth in the central city of Kandy, search for elephant and leopard in Wilpattu National Park and relax by the idyllic Indian Ocean on the palm-fringed coast.

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Take two jeep safaris in search of leopard in Wilpattu National Park.

Meet the giant Standing Buddha at Aukana before exploring the cave temples at Dambulla.

Climb to the Sky Fortress at Sigiriya’s Lion’s Rock. Explore the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

Travel to the town of Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Tooth and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

Explore more of the holy town of Kandy.

Drive past rolling tea plantations and visit a tea museum en route to Nuwara Eliya.

Trek on Horton Plains, Sri Lanka’s highest plateau, or take free time to relax.

Drive south to the coastal town of Galle and explore the fortress.

Free time to relax before travelling along the coast to the beach town of Beruwala.

Free time to relax on the pristine beaches of Beruwala.

Trip ends at Colombo airport.

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North Sri Lanka Explorer

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FROM

SRI LANKA

£2149 16 DAYS £1599 15 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £400 TRIP CODE: NSL TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard camping. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 4 dinners are included.

JAFFNA Delft Island

MANNAR ISLAND TRINCOMALEE Vavuniya WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK Jeep safari ANURADHAPURA

Bay of Bengal

SIGIRIYA

Dambulla

Lion's Rock

SRI LANKA

NEGOMBO COLOMBO

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This trip ventures into unchartered territory to discover the lesser-visited north of the island. Wild donkeys, palm trees and quaint fishing communities characterise Mannar, while Jaffna is a fascinating mix of Hindu temples, colonial charm and Tamil culture. There are many opportunities to spot wildlife including blue and sperm whales at Trincomalee, wild elephant and leopard in Wilpattu and birdlife almost everywhere. Dambulla, Sigiriya and Colombo are also visited making this a wonderful adventure on a beautiful island. DAY

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Search for leopard and elephant in Wilpattu National Park.

Spot whales and dolphins at Trincomalee and explore the old town.

Visit the world-famous cave temple at Dambulla and nearby Lion’s Rock.

Experience colonial Colombo and enjoy high tea at sunset.

Explore Travel to Jaffna Mannar’s fishing by train via the villages, fort and Elephant Pass. palm fringed beaches. Enjoy a BBQ under the stars.

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Explore the islands of Delft and Nagadeepa, just off the Jaffna coast.

APR

Bathe in the Discover Walk to the top Keerimalai Anuradhapura’s of Mihintale, natural spring, ancient ruins, a the historic visit Jaffna’s UNESCO World site where Nallur temple Heritage Site. Buddhism was and wander introduced to round the Sri Lanka. colourful market.

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Trip ends in Colombo.

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Active Sri Lanka!

FROM

FROM

SRI LANKA

£2295 15 DAYS £1695 14 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £450 TRIP CODE: ASL TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard camping, 1 night simple guesthouse, 1 night standard lodge. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners are included.

Absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t have imagined doing so much if I had booked individually... For me the best bit was jumping out of the raft after completing the rapids and just floating downstream on the river.

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

SRI LANKA

Horton Plains

SIGIRIYA POLONNARUWA

Padeniya

KANDY

Dale, Great Bardfield

Bay of Bengal

Jeep safari

Temple of the Tooth

NEGOMBO Fishing Port

Colombo

DALHOUSIE Adams Peak

INDIAN OCEAN HIKKADUWA

KITULGALA

Trek to waterfall Whitewater rafting

BELIHULOYA

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Departures running from July until mid-December will trek on Horton Plains instead of ascending Adam’s Peak.

Join us on an action-packed adventure across this spiritual island, cycling along backroads to discover ancient Buddhist cities, trekking through verdant mountains and rafting the white waters of the central highlands. We search for leopard in Wilpattu National Park, climb to the spectacular sky fortress at Sigiriya and at the end of our journey, relax on the white sandy beaches of this tropical paradise known as Buddha’s Island.

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Cycle on quiet backroads before taking a jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park.

Ride to the ancient capital of Anuradhapura. Discover Dambulla’s incredible cave temples.

Climb Sigiriya’s Lion’s Rock to the 5th century Sky Fortress. Explore Polonnaruwa by bike.

Take a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park, searching for elephant, sambar deer and birdlife.

Trek on the Knuckles Range. Visit Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth.

Relax in the small town of Dalhousie before an overnight ascent of Adam’s Peak.

Return from Adam’s Peak. Try out whitewater rafting on the Kelani River.

Trek through forests before transferring to Belihuloya via Bogowantalawa and Balangoda.

Cycle along backroads and through small villages before driving to the coastal town of Hikkaduwa.

Free time to relax, with the option to spend time in Galle or go whale watching (seasonal).

Trip ends at Colombo Airport.

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Kerala Backwaters + Highlights of Sri Lanka

FROM

FROM

INDIA - SRI LANKA

£2695 17 DAYS £2099 16 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £475 TRIP CODE: KSL TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 4 nights premium hotel, 2 nights simple homestay, 1 night simple boat. MEALS: 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Maldive Dhoni Cruise for a 3 week holiday discovering the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. Trip code: KSM Gulf of Mannar

INDIA

Wilpattu National Park Jeep safari

KOCHI

ANURADHAPURA

Mihintale Peak

SRI LANKA

INDIAN OCEAN

SIGIRIYA Lion’s Rock

NEGOMBO

Colombo airport

KANDY

INDIAN OCEAN

Temple of the Tooth, Tea gardens

MUNNAR

KOCHI

INDIA

Mattancherry Palace, Harbour cruise

SRI LANKA

Tea Museum

THEKKADY

Periyar National Park Spice garden

ALLEPPEY

Backwaters Cruise Stay in houseboat

CARDAMOM REGION

UNAWATUNA

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Join us on this trip exploring Kerala in South India and the nearby paradise island of Sri Lanka. We cruise the famous Kerala backwaters by houseboat, trek in search of wildlife in Periyar National Park and visit hilltop tea and spice plantations. Along the way we discover colonial Kochi and spend a night in a family run homestay. In Sri Lanka we search for leopard and elephant in Wilpattu National Park, explore the country’s Buddhist temples and spend time relaxing on tropical beaches. DAY

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Discover Kochi’s Dutch and Jewish heritage, Chinese fishing nets and Kathakali dancing.

Drive through rolling hills to Munnar and take a nature walk in Periyar National Park.

Visit a spice garden before travelling to Alleppey and meeting our homestay hosts.

Spend a day exploring villages and try out cooking a traditional curry or learn to play caram.

Relax on a houseboat, floating through the tranquil backwaters. Free time to explore Kochi.

Fly to Sri Lanka and enjoy a boat ride through the Muthurajawela Wetlands.

Take a jeep safari in search of leopard in Wilpattu National Park.

Share a meal with locals in Habarana before exploring the unique cave temples at Dambulla.

Climb to the top of Sigiriya’s dramatic Lion’s Rock before travelling to Kandy.

Visit a tea factory and relax on Unawatuna beach. Optional whale watching from Dec to Apr.

Trip ends at Colombo Airport.

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South Indian Images

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A fantastic trip with a good variety of activities.

Linda, Bristol Chennai (Madras)

BANGALORE MAMALLAPURAM Shore temples Wide beaches

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Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hill

Bay of Bengal

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Mattancherry Palace

Meenakshi Temple

THEKKADY Malabar Coast

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Take a cultural journey across this colourful landscape, from intricately carved temple complexes to lush jungle backwaters and historic harbour ports. By train, bus and riverboat we climb to the heights of the Western Ghats and drop down to the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean. This wonderful adventure includes a little bit of everything that southern India has to offer – its historic cities, architectural masterpieces, natural wonders and wildlife.

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Visit the ornate 14th century Mysore Palace before free time to explore the city.

Take a game drive in Bandipur National Park, searching for elephant and other wildlife.

Early morning game drive before travelling to the old hill station of Ooty.

Explore Ooty on foot and take a ride on the famous Toy Train. Drive to Kochi.

Watch the day’s catch at the Chinese fishing nets and explore Fort Kochi.

Float through the tranquil Keralan backwaters on a traditional houseboat.

Visit colourful markets and spice plantations. Drive to Madurai.

Discover the Meenakshi Temple’s nine gates, 12 towers and dramatic halls.

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Take the train Explore the to Chennai Shore Temple, and drive to a UNESCO the beaches of World Heritage Mamallapuram. Site, and the 7th century Mandapa Caves.

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Trip ends at Chennai Airport.

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Kerala Backwaters

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with a twoday Kovalam Beach extension. Trip code: KBB

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Highlights of Sri Lanka to make a two week holiday. Trip code: KSL

An exploration not a holiday! It is great for seeing the real life of Indians living in both the highlands and river deltas of Kerala.

Alternatively combine it with our Highlights of Sri Lanka + Maldive Dhoni Cruise to make a three week trip. Trip code: KSM

Linda, Bristol

This is more than a trip to the backwaters. You experience Kochi, a booming Indian city, before climbing high into the mountainous Ghat hills.

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Backwaters Cruise Stay in houseboat

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Mattancherry Palace, Harbour cruise

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Unwind with us on this relaxing exploration of Kerala, a corner of India known by its welcoming locals as God’s own country. Cruise the tranquil backwaters by houseboat, trek in search of wildlife in beautiful Periyar National Park and visit hill-top tea and spice plantations. Along the way we discover the culture, palaces and history of colonial Kochi, and spend a night in a family-run homestay learning about local life.

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Discover Kochi’s Dutch and Jewish heritage, Chinese fishing nets and Kathakali dancing.

Drive through rolling hills to the tea plantation town of Munnar. Visit a tea museum.

Travel to Thekkady and take a nature walk in Periyar National Park.

Visit a spice garden before travelling to Alleppey and meeting our homestay hosts.

Spend a day exploring villages and try out cooking a traditional curry or learn to play caram.

Relax on a houseboat, floating through the tranquil Kerala backwaters. Return to Kochi.

Trip ends in Kochi.

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South India Explorer

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Optional single rooms are available from £350 TRIP CODE: QDS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 8 nights simple hotel, 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple overnight train, 1 night simple homestay. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included.

Saw and learned a lot in this fantastic country.

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Hospet

CHENNAI Chengelpet

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Maharajah’s Palace

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‘Toy Train’ via Coonor

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Beachside temples (optional)

Coimbatore

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This overland journey from South India’s Coromandel Coast to the Arabian Sea at Goa is an ideal way to meet the welcoming local people as we travel mainly by local bus, train and boat. Explore intricately carved temple complexes and bustling cities, cruise along the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, climb to the cool heights of the Western Ghats, and spend some relaxing time on tropical sandy beaches.

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Relax and explore the shore and cave temples before taking a sleeper train to Madurai.

Free time to explore the incredible halls, gateways and towers of the Meenakshi Temple.

Drive across the Cardamom Hills. Float through tranquil backwaters and stay with local families.

Explore Fort Kochi and watch Kerala’s famous Kathakali dancers perform.

Travel by train across the Western Ghats to the hill station of Ooty.

Ride the on the Toy Train through the Nilgiri Mountains and explore Ooty.

Travel by public bus to Mysore, the ‘City of Palaces’.

Visit Mysore’s grand Maharajah’s Palace and the sacred Nandi Bull. Take a sleeper train to Hospet.

Free time to explore the temples and ruins of the ancient Vijayangar capital, Hampi.

Take a train to Goa. Explore the Portuguese influenced city of Panjim or the beaches.

Trip ends in Goa.

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North India Explorer

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Optional single rooms are available from £230 TRIP CODE: QIN TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Simple 10 nights simple hotel, 3 nights simple overnight train, 1 night simple camping, 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our South India Explorer trip. Trip code: QIS

An amazing trip to North India and it was definitely an adventure. Sarah, Bognor Regis

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Old Delhi tour

AGRA

Taj Mahal

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Desert camel safari

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Observatory Palace of the Winds Amber Fort

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2 days Ganges sailing

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Explore the diverse cities and landscapes of North India by train, bus and traditional sail boat. From the palaces of the Pink City of Jaipur to the pilgrimage centre of Varanasi and the magnificent Taj Mahal, we uncover the country’s fascinating architectural and religious heritage. We also cruise along the magnificent Ganges, watching the daily rituals of the villages that flank this sacred river and camping for a night on its banks.

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Travel by train and jeep to Pushkar. Watch the sunrise from Savitri Temple.

Explore the Pink City of Jaipur with time to visit the Amber Fort and Palace of the Winds.

Take a train to Agra and spend the afternoon exploring the city.

A free day to explore Varanasi before an overnight train to Kolkata.

Opt to visit St John’s Church, Mother Teresa’s house or the clay modellers village of Kumartuli.

Trip ends in Kolkata.

Join trip in Delhi.

Hire a rickshaw Two full days to to explore explore Udaipur Old Delhi including a before taking a walking tour of sleeper train to the old town Udaipur. and the Jagdish Temple.

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Watch the Board In Varanasi. sunrise over traditional Float down the beautiful boats and sail the Ganges as Taj Mahal. Take down the holy the sun rises a sleeper train Ganges, camping or explore the to Allahabad. overnight on the nearby temple river banks. complex at Sarnath.

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Indian Rail Odyssey

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Golden Temple Wagah border

PAKISTANDELHI City tour

Taj Mahal

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Palace of the Winds Observatory Amber Fort

Fatephur Sikri

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Towers of Silence Ghandi Museum Dhobi Ghats India Gate

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Spice tour

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Palace

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Taking to the tracks of India’s extensive railway system, we travel from the holy Sikh city of Amritsar in the north to Kerala’s beautiful backwaters in the south. Uncovering the history of Delhi’s colonial past, exploring the Pink City of Jaipur and visiting the magnificent Taj Mahal, we discover Mughal treasures, search for tigers, relax on tropical beaches, and wander through jungle-lined foothills on this fascinating trip around India.

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Contrast the calm atmosphere at the Golden Temple with the lively Wagah border ceremony.

Explore Old Delhi’s winding alleys by rickshaw. Visit Humayun’s Tomb before driving to Agra.

Watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal and explore the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Visit Jaipur’s hilltop Amber Fort and City Palace Museum. Take a sleeper train to Mumbai.

Experience Mumbai daily life at the municipal dhobi ghats and visit Gandhi’s house.

Travel by train to Goa and wander through Panjim’s wide streets. Take a train to Bangalore.

Discover the grand Mysore Palace and the giant sculpture of Shiva’s sacred bull, Nandi.

Take two safaris in Bandipur National Park, searching for tiger, elephant and wild boar.

Drive to the old British hill station of Ooty. Take a ride on the Toy Train.

See the day’s catch at Kochi’s Chinese fishing nets. Relax on a cruise through the backwaters.

Trip ends in Kochi.

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Treasures of Central India

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Ajanta Caves Buddhist paintings

Ellora Caves

AURANGABAD Daulatabad Fort

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Gulbarga Fort & Tombs

HYDERABAD Charminar Golcanda Fort

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Aihole & Pattadakal temples Hampi Ancient capital of the Vijayanagar kings

Caves

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On this trip to India we uncover the country’s rich history, and its cultural and religious heritage, discovering the vibrant city of Mumbai before exploring the painted caves and rock-cut temples of Ajanta and Ellora. After wandering through the extensive ruins of ancient capitals at Hampi and Hospet, we end the trip in Goa, with its relaxed atmosphere, old Portuguese town and fabulous long sandy beaches.

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Discover the vibrant city of Mumbai. Visit the municipal dhobi ghats and Mahatma Gandhi’s museum.

Free time to explore more of Mumbai before taking the afternoon train to Aurangabad.

Discover ancient Buddhist stories painted on the walls of Ajanta Caves.

Visit Daulatabad Fort and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ellora Caves.

Explore Hyderabad’s lively bazaars and colourful Islamic monuments.

Discover ruined palaces and tombs of Bahamani Kings in Bidar and Bijapur.

Walk through the vast Gol Gumbaz Mausoleum and Jama Masjid Mosque.

Visit Badami’s cave temples and take a tour of Aihole’s Hindu temples.

Spend time exploring the deserted city of Hampi. See the temples of Virupaksha and Vittala.

Take a day train to Goa and spend time exploring the Portuguese influenced old town.

Trip ends in Goa.

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Tribes and Wildlife of Gujarat

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£1999 14 DAYS £1345 13 DAYS

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Appeals to all the senses – a visual feast.

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Tribal villages Great Rann of Kutch

AHMEDABAD

Little Rann of Kutch

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Marine National Park

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Dwarkadhish Temple

GIR NP

Laxmi Villas, Champaner Archaeological Park

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Dotted with walled cities and small villages inhabited by warm and friendly people, India’s north-western state of Gujarat is a corner of India well worth exploring. Search for wildlife in Gir National Park – the only place in the world where Asiatic lions can be seen in the wild, explore tribal villages and impressive salt pan desert scenery at the Rann of Kutch and visit Gandhi’s ashram in Ahmedabad. Along the way we discover elaborate temples and fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites. DAY

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Continue exploring Mumbai before taking the train to Vadodora.

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ChampanerPavagadh. Drive to Ahmedabad.

Enjoy a heritage walk of Ahmedabad and visit Gandhi’s ashram.

Drive to Bajana via the Sun Temple at Modhera and the Queen’s Stepwell at Rani Ki Vav.

Explore the incredible salt pan landscape and tribal villages of the Great Rann of Kutch.

Travel to Jamnagar and visit the Marine National Park and local bazaar.

Discover the Dwarkadhish Temple and the holy town of Dwarka.

Drive to Gir National Park and take an evening safari.

Early morning search for Asiatic lions at Gir before driving to Bhavnagar.

Climb to the top of Shatrunjaya Hill and marvel at the temples. Return to Ahmedabad.

Trip ends in Ahmedabad.

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Mughal Highlights

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The tour was amazing. Susan, Darlington

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Chandni Chowk & Humayun’s Tomb

INDIA Keoladeo National Park Bharatpur Amber Fort Fatehpur Sikri

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Palace of the Winds City Palace Observatory

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Fort & Taj Mahal

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On this cultural trip around India’s Golden Triangle experience the hustle and bustle of Delhi, marvel at the beauty of Agra’s celebrated Taj Mahal and explore the regal architecture of Jaipur. Along the way we enjoy a rickshaw ride through the famous ornithologist’s paradise of Keoladeo National Park, witness Rajasthani village life in rural Karauli, and search for majestic Bengal tigers in Ranthambore National Park.

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Join trip in Delhi. Discover New Delhi’s spectacular buildings.

Explore Old Delhi’s narrow lanes and spice markets before driving to Agra.

Watch the sunrise over the magnificent Taj Mahal. Free time to visit the Baby Taj.

Spot birds in Keoladeo National Park. Drive to Karauli and stay in a traditional haveli.

Ride on a camel cart through the town before joining locals in the evening aarti ceremony.

Search for Bengal tigers and sloth bears during a jeep safari in Ranthambore National Park.

Take an early morning jeep safari before driving to the pink city of Jaipur.

Visit the hilltop Amber Fort and view the incredible facade of the Palace of the Winds.

Trip ends in Jaipur.

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The Golden Triangle

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Optional single rooms are available from £290 TRIP CODE: GTI TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Premium 4 nights premium hotel, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included.

This is an incredible trip, perfect for first timers to India.

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Chandni Chowk Qutub Minar

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Fort & Taj Mahal Fatehpur Sikri

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Travel with us through the cultural heart of vibrant northern India. We explore the region’s Golden Triangle, from the narrow lanes of Old Delhi to the city of Agra and Jaipur in the Rajasthan Desert. Explore Old and New Delhi, watch the sunset at the Taj Mahal, visit the abandoned red sandstone settlement of Fatehpur Sikri and discover the Amber Fort and City Palace of Jaipur, the famous Pink City of Rajasthan.

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Join trip in Delhi. Visit the Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb.

Explore Old Delhi’s winding streets and spice markets by cycle rickshaw and on foot.

Drive to Agra and watch the sunset over the beautiful Taj Mahal.

Look back at the Taj Mahal from Agra’s dramatic fort. Visit the Baby Taj.

Visit Akbar’s deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur.

Explore the hilltop Amber Fort and test sundials at Jaipur’s observatory.

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An amazing experience and introduction to North India’s culture, history and people. So much was seen in just one week and our guide was a bottomless well of knowledge.

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Highlights of Northern India

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Optional single rooms are available from £385 TRIP CODE: DIH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 2 nights overnight train. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included.

Fantastic trip seeing the highlights of Northern India. Our trip leader was amazing – enthusiastic, energetic, knowledgeable, and organised.

Amy, New York

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Old Delhi, Qutub Minar

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Taj Mahal, Baby Taj

PUSHKAR

Savitri Temple

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Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds

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Travelling on India’s incredible rail network, this adventure explores the best that north India has to offer. From the dramatic Mughal architecture of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur to a camel safari in the desert at Pushkar. Search for Bengal tigers in Ranthambore National Park and take a river safari in Chambal Sanctuary on the lookout for Gangetic River dolphins, soft shell turtles and Sarus cranes. In Varanasi, India’s holiest city, we take a boat trip on the sacred Ganges to witness the evening aarti ceremony. DAY

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Join trip in Delhi. Visit Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minar in New Delhi.

Take a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi and wander through the narrow lanes of the spice market.

Discover Jaipur’s hilltop Amber Fort and the incredibly accurate sundials at the observatory.

Travel through the desert on a camel and watch the sunset from Pushkar’s Savitri Temple.

Search for Bengal tigers on two jeep safaris in Ranthambore National Park.

Watch the sunrise over the beautiful Taj Mahal and discover the dramatic Agra Fort.

Travel to Chambal and take a nature walk through the sanctuary.

Search for Gangetic River dolphins before exploring the riverside temples of Bateshwar.

Travel to Varanasi and join devotees for the evening aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges.

Visit the Buddhist temples at Sarnath before taking an overnight train to Delhi.

Free time to explore Delhi.

Trip ends in Delhi.

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Rajasthan - Land of the Maharajahs INDIA FROM

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FESTIVAL DEPARTURES

Pushkar Camel Fair Each year in the autumn, thousands of people visit the annual fair at Pushkar to trade camels and other livestock, as it has been on this site for centuries. The fair is a huge event, and an ideal time to mix with local families and join in the festivities.

The most interesting and colourful trip I have been on. Heritage hotels were amazing... more like suites than rooms.

Michael, Malmesbury

Old Delhi Qutub Minar

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THAR DESERT

Ronald, Leicester

For the sheer variety of ‘experiences’ this tour of Rajasthan would be difficult to beat.

Junagarh Fort Fatehpur Sikri

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Fort, Jain Temple

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Amber Fort, City Palace

Mehrangarh Fort

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Ranakpur Temple, Kumbhalgarh Fort

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On this memorable journey we trace the old camel caravan routes through Rajasthan, discovering magnificent forts, ornate temples and delightful market towns. Travelling through desert scenery to the ancient ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer and often staying in old palaces and heritage hotels, we visit the hilltop Amber Fort overlooking the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and watch the sunrise over the incredible Taj Mahal.

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Join trip in Delhi. Explore New Delhi’s wide boulevards and visit the Qutub Minar.

Ride a cycle rickshaw through Old Delhi’s winding lanes. Drive to Agra.

Watch the sunrise over the beautiful Taj Mahal. Visit Agra Fort and the Baby Taj.

Visit Emperor Akbar’s deserted city at Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur.

View the ornate facade of the Palace of the Winds before visiting the Amber Fort.

Stroll through Bikaner’s colourful bazaars and visit Bhandasar Jain Temple.

Travel to Jaisalmer, set in the Thar Desert. Walk through the fort and visit traditional havelis.

Discover the majestic Mehrangarh Fort with its flamboyant Mughal architecture.

Explore the temple town of Ranakpur, home to beautiful carved Jain Temples.

Visit the 15th century Kumbhalgarh Fort before travelling to the lakeside city of Udaipur.

Gain an insight into the life of the Maharajahs at the sprawling City Palace.

Trip ends in Udaipur.

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Delhi to Mumbai

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Optional single rooms are available from £175 TRIP CODE: DTM TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included.

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DELHI

Chandni Chowk Qutub Minar

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Game drives

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City Palace Jagdish Temple

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AHMEDABAD Gandhi’s Ashram

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Travelling between two of India’s most iconic cities, Delhi and Mumbai, we search for tigers and other wildlife at Ranthambore National Park, discover India’s largest fort at Chittorgarh, and visit the spectacular ‘City of Lakes’ at Udaipur. In Gujarat, we explore the jungle ruins of the ancient Polo Forest’s and meet its indigenous people en route to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Ahmedabad, where we take a walk around the city and visit the ashram of the ‘Father of India’, Mahatma Gandhi. DAY

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Join trip in Delhi. Explore New Delhi’s wide boulevards and magnificent monuments.

Explore the narrow lanes and spice markets of Old Delhi. Take the train to Sawai Madhopur.

Search for Bengal tigers and sloth bears in Ranthambore National Park.

Discover the vast Chittorgarh Fort en route to Udaipur.

Explore the palaces and temples of Udaipur, and take a boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Jeep safari in the Polo Forest to discover ancient temples and tribal villages. Drive to Ahmedabad.

Enjoy a heritage walk of Ahmedabad and visit Gandhi’s Ashram.

Take a tour of Mumbai including the famous Dharavi slum area.

Trip ends in Mumbai.

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Indian Wildlife Adventure

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£2669 15 DAYS £2099 13 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £520 TRIP CODE: WSI TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard camping. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 9 dinners are included.

The highlight was definitely the day we saw two tigers at a waterhole in Tadoba. Susan, Diss

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SATPURA NP

KANHA NP

Canoe, jeep and walking safari

Jeep safaris

PENCH NP

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Jeep safaris Nagpur

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This adventure takes us deep in to the heart of India, discovering magnificent wildlife and scenery in four different national parks that have one wonderful thing in common: Bengal tigers! In Satpura we venture out by canoe, four-wheel drive and on foot in search of sloth bear, leopard and crocodile, while Chital, Sambar and Neelgai are often spotted in Kanha. Pench is the delightful inspiration for Kipling’s Jungle Book and Tadoba takes us off the beaten path to a rarely visited park and tiger reserve. An ideal trip for lovers of wildlife, nature or India. DAY

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Visit Sanchi, the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence, and Udayagiri Caves.

Explore Bhojpur and the Stone Age rock shelters of Bhimbetka.

Seek out tigers and other wildlife in Satpura with four safaris by 4WD, canoe and on foot.

Journey to Kanha to continue the quest for wildlife with two safaris.

After a final safari in Kanha, drive to Pench.

Follow in the footsteps of Kipling with three safaris at Pench. Drive to Tadoba.

Enjoy three safaris in Tadoba and fly to Mumbai.

Experience vibrant Mumbai including the Gateway of India. Trip ends in Mumbai.

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Kolkata to Amritsar

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£1799 16 DAYS £1199 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £420 TRIP CODE: RBA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included.

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Wagah Border

SHIMLA 2130m Old Colonial hill station

AMRITSAR

Golden Temple

A very interesting, enjoyable and varied trip, made all the better by our guide, who was extremely knowledgeable and well organised.

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City Tour

Taj Mahal Red Fort

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Fatehpur Sikri

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Kalka Toy Train

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VARANASI Boat trip

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Bodhgaya Birth place of Buddhism

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Travel on India’s extensive rail network from Kolkata in the Bay of Bengal to Amritsar’s Golden Temple. Explore India’s holiest places including the birth place of Buddhism in Bodh Gaya and the sacred city of Varanasi. We also sail along the Ganges in a fishing boat and ride on a steam train to an old Himalayan hill station. Travelling mainly by train we get a chance to mix with local families and really get under the skin of the country.

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Stroll through Kolkata’s famous flower market and colonial Dalhousie Square.

Travel by train to Bodhgaya and visit the site of Buddha’s enlightenment.

Explore the holy city of Varanasi, visit the temples at Sarnath and sail on the Ganges.

Free time in Varanasi before taking a sleeper train to Agra.

Discover the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Ride a cycle rickshaw through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi.

Take the Toy Train to the old British hill station of Shimla.

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Walk through Take a train to Shimla’s colonial Amritsar. Visit streets and visit the Golden Viceregal Lodge, Temple and former homer watch the of the British dramatic border viceroy. ceremony at Wagah.

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Little Tibet

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£2295 17 DAYS £1449 16 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £350 TRIP CODE: LT TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple guesthouse, 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners are included.

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Hemis, Daktok and Phyang Certain departures are timed to coincide with the spectacular Buddhist festivals held at the Hemis, Daktok and Phyang monasteries. During these colourful events, the lamas perform masked dances accompanied by drums, cymbals and long horns. Each dance tells a story and the locals come from far and wide in their best traditional clothes to take part in the celebrations. For full details please refer to our website.

Indus Valley hikes Saspol 3500m

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ALCHI

Alchi Gompa Whitewater rafting optional

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Hemis Gompa

Tanglang La 5328m pass Lachlang La 5065m pass

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DHARAMSALA Home of the Dalai Lama

Rohtang La 3977m pass

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SARCHU Baralache La 4891m pass

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A fabulous trip, crammed full of activities and experiences.

Visit Gompas by jeep

Holy city of the Sikhs Golden Temple

Kulu

MANDI Temples

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Join us on a journey across the great Himalaya to Little Tibet, the ancient Buddhist enclave of Ladakh on India’s northern border. Here we walk through dramatic scenery, discover mountain caves, and visit Tibetan-Buddhist monasteries. Following one of the world’s highest roads through snow-covered peaks and temple towns, we travel from the hill station of Dharamsala, the home of the Dalai Lama, to the monasteries and barren landscapes of Leh. DAY

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Drive to Dharamsala. Take gentle walks to explore the town’s many monasteries.

Travel to Mandi and discover several of the town’s 81 temples.

Visit Nagar Castle, overlooking the Kulu Valley. Optional walks in and around Manali.

Cross the Rohtang La Pass (3,977m) on the way to Keylong and visit the Khardang Monastery.

Free time in Jespa to enjoy the mountainous landscape.

Climb to the Baralacha La Pass (4,891m) and descend to Sarchu.

Wind along through the Gata Loops, 21 hair pin bends, on the road to Leh.

Visit the monasteries at Thiksey, Tak Tak and Hemis and raft on the Indus River.

Walk to Saspol Caves, Rizong Monastery and Likir Gompa.

Fly to Delhi and explore the narrow streets of Old Delhi, and the wide open avenues of New Delhi.

Trip ends in Delhi.

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Highlights of Assam and Nagaland

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£3175 17 DAYS £2395 16 DAYS

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TRIP CODE: ANN TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple hotel, 4 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple guesthouse, 2 nights simple hut, 2 nights simple lodge. MEALS: 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners are included.

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Hornbill Festival Celebrated each December, this festival is the coming together of all the tribes in Nagaland. Traditional songs and dances are performed by each tribe and there is even a Naga chilli eating contest. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all across the state and enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

This is a really unique experience so different from usual India, its uncrowded, quiet and no hassle. The Hornbill festival is something not to be missed – tribal and spectacular.

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KAZIRANGA NP Jeep safaris

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Living tree bridge walk

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This adventurous trip sees us heading in to India’s northeastern states of Meghalaya, Assam and Nagaland. After a brief stop in Guwahati we explore the tribal Khasi villages of Cherrapunjee and test out their ingenious living tree bridges. We spend time in Kaziranga National Park searching for rhino before moving on to Majuli Island, one of the world’s largest river islands. Whilst in Nagaland we explore Ao Naga and Regma tribal villages as well as visiting Longwa, where half of the village is in India and the rest in Burma. DAY

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Explore Umananda Temple. Visit Elephant Falls and Shillong Peak on the way to Cherrapunjee.

Walk through Khasi Villages to the unique living tree root bridges.

Take a jeep safari in search of Asian onehorned rhino in Kaziranga National Park.

Cross in to Nagaland and drive to the capital, Kohima.

Meet members of the Angami tribe at Jakhma and Kigwema villages.

Drive to Mokochung, stopping to meet the Regma tribe at Tseminyu Village on the way.

Explore monasteries and fishing villages on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Majuli Island.

Travel to Mon in Nagaland, populated by members of the Aos and Konyak tribes.

Visit Longwa Village, set part in India and part in Burma.

Stay in traditional tea bungalows on a working plantation in Dibrugarh. Fly to Kolkata.

Trip ends in Kolkata (Calcutta).

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Highlights of North India and Nepal

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£1799 13 DAYS £999 12 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £320 TRIP CODE: HDK TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners are included.

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DELHI

City tour

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LUMBINI Buddha’s birthplace

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Taj Mahal, Agra Fort

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Travel between two great cities on this exciting journey from Delhi to Kathmandu. Watch the sunset over India’s most famous monument, the Taj Mahal, and explore holy Varanasi, set on the banks of the Ganges. In Nepal, visit the birthplace of Buddha before searching for one-horned rhino in Chitwan National Park, and exploring the temples, backstreets and markets of Kathmandu.

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Join trip in Delhi. Visit the Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi.

Explore Old Delhi’s winding streets and spice markets by cycle rickshaw.

Drive to Agra and watch the sunset over the beautiful Taj Mahal.

Look back at the Taj Mahal from Agra’s dramatic fort. Take an overnight train to Varanasi.

Explore Varanasi and join devotees for the evening aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges.

Visit the Buddhist temples at Sarnath. Free time to explore Varanasi.

Cross the border into Nepal and travel to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Discover the Maya Devi Temple and the World Peace Pagoda. Drive to Chitwan.

Take a jeep safari in search of one-horned rhino in Chitwan National Park.

Early morning nature walk in Chitwan. Drive to Kathmandu.

Explore Kathmandu’s busy markets, Durbar square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

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Delhi to Kathmandu

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£2449 18 DAYS £1799 17 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £400 TRIP CODE: DKD TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 1 night simple overnight train, 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 16 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners are included.

Every day the itinerary was packed and included everything from historic sites, busy cities and wildlife. Joanne, Southsea

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DELHI

City tour

AGRA

JAIPUR

Palace of the Winds Observatory

Buddha’s birthplace

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Taj Mahal, Agra Fort

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CHITWAN NP Jungle walks & jeep safari

Bharatpur Fatehpur Sikri

Mt Everest 8848m Bodhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath

Gorakpur

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This journey takes us from Delhi to some of India’s great cultural sights and into Nepal. We visit the Pink City of Jaipur, search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park and marvel at the incredible Taj Majal. Camping on riverside beaches, we sail along the Ganges to the spiritual city of Varanasi. In Nepal we discover Buddha’s birthplace, search for one-horned rhino, see the snow-capped Himalaya and explore Kathmandu.

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Join trip in Delhi. Explore New Delhi’s wide avenues and visit the Qutub Minar.

Explore Old Delhi’s spice market and take the train to Jaipur.

Visit the impressive Amber Fort, City Palace and the Palace of the Winds.

Take two jeep safaris in search of the mighty Bengal tiger. Travel to Agra.

Watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal. Take an overnight train to Allahabad.

Board sailing boats and float down the Ganges, camping overnight on the river bank.

Visit the bathing ghats in holy Varanasi and visit the Buddhist temples at Sarnath.

Cross the border into Nepal and travel to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Explore Chitwan National Park in search of the famous onehorned rhino.

Drive to Pokhara and walk through villages to the hilltop Peace Pagoda.

Transfer to Kathmandu and explore the markets and the temples of Durbar Square.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

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Discover Nepal

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£1899 16 DAYS £1199 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £380 TRIP CODE: DN TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 4 nights premium hotel, 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners are included.

This really was a discovery of Nepal as a whole country not just the mountain. Jennifer, Loughborough

Machhapuchhre ‘Fishtail Peak’ 6993m

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TIBET

HIM ALA YA

Annapurna 2 7937m

Ridge walk

Gorkha

BANDIPUR

Bodnath stupa

KATHMANDU NAGARKOT Himalayan sunrise

KURINTAR

optional rafting

Bhaktapur Medieval town

CHITWAN NP

Jungle walks & jeep safari

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An exciting journey through Nepal, starting with the gilded Hindu temples, ancient towns and Buddhist stupas of the Kathmandu Valley. From Pokhara we’ll walk to the Peace Pagoda for panoramic views of the Annapurna range before travelling to the Newari town of Bandipur. We then explore Chitwan National Park, searching for one-horned rhino, sloth bear and leopard by jeep and on foot.

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Walk through the temples and bazaars of Kathmandu’s Durbar Square.

Explore Bhaktapur, the ‘city of devotees’, and drive to Nagarkot.

Watch the sunrise over the Himalaya and explore the villages and farms of Nagarkot.

Try whitewater rafting on the Trisuli River or relax in Kurintar.

Visit Gorkha, the home of the Gurkha Soldiers.

Drive to Pokhara and explore the town with views of the Annapurna range as a backdrop.

Visit Pokhara’s Mountain Museum and the Tibetan community of Tashling.

Drive to the hilltop town of Bandipur. Visit the temple and stroll through the local bazaar.

Search for the rare onehorned rhino in Chitwan National Park.

Return to Kathmandu. Free time to visit the city’s temples.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

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Inside the Hidden Kingdoms INDIA - BHUTAN - NEPAL FROM

£3945 22 DAYS £3195 21 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £495 TRIP CODE: BH TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 18 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium camping, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 20 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners are included.

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Pemayangste Monastery

PELLING

Festivals in Bhutan Certain departures visit the colourful monastic fesivals of Paro and Thimphu, held annually in Bhutan. The festivals are held in the courtyards of the Dzongs and feature elaborate masked dances depicting traditional stories of gods offering protection against evil spirits. The festivals are an important event for the local people, who attend wearing their best traditional dress.

THIMPHU PUNAKHA

Taktsang Monastery

PARO GANGTOK KALIMPONG DARJEELING NEPAL

Himalayan sunrise views

Dochu La Pass 3050m

BHUTAN

PHUENTSHOLING

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Ghoom Monastery Visit by ‘Toy Train’

A fantastic and varied itinerary. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see this part of India and Bhutan.

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Colonial architecture Hooghly River

Robert, Stowmarket

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To Kathmandu tour ends

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Travel with us on this cultural adventure from bustling Kolkata and the nearby Sundarbans, through the tea plantations of Darjeeling and into the fascinating Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. Along the way we discover relics of the Raj, ruined monasteries and ancient temples. These aweinspiring religious sites are set against the dramatic backdrop of glorious scenery and the magnificent Himalayan Mountains.

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Join trip in Kolkata (Calcutta) and explore this bustling city.

Cruise the Sundarbans in search of Bengal tigers and other wildlife.

Overnight train to Darjeeling. Explore the town and watch the sunrise over the Himalaya.

Ride the toy train to Ghoom Monastery and drive to Pelling.

Discover Sikkim’s Kecheopelri Lake and Pemayangtse Monastery.

Drive to Gangtok via Rabdentse. Visit Drodul Chorten.

Visit Rumtek Monastery and drive to Kalimpong. Enter Bhutan.

Discover Bhutan’s captial Thimphu and the Tashichho Dzong.

Cross the Dochu La Pass (3,050m) on the drive to Punakha. Camp on the banks of the Mo Chu River.

Drive to Paro and hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Fly to Kathmandu and explore the winding alleyways and busy temples of Nepal’s capital.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

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Festivals of Bhutan

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£3795 14 DAYS £2945 13 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £185 TRIP CODE: BI TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel, 3 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners are included.

A wonderful opportunity to spend time in this unusual country, with its smiling people, against the backdrop of the Himalayas.

Alison, Bristol

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Dzong Valley walks Farmhouse visit

Wangchuk memorial Traditional crafts

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Taktsang ‘Tigers Nest’ Monastery

Wangdi Gangtey Gompa

Dochu La 3050m

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Kyichu Lhakhang

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PHOBJIKA

Black Necked Cranes

Rimpung Dzong

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Peaceful monasteries, jagged Himalayan mountain peaks and deep, green valleys characterise this fascinating journey through the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. The annual monastery festival is the highlight of the social calendar, and we join the celebrations with the welcoming locals. After discovering this unique country’s rich cultural heritage we return to Kathmandu to sample busy and chaotic Nepalese city life.

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Fly to Bhutan and explore the peaceful Paro Valley.

Cross the Dochu La Pass (3,050m) on the way to Punakha. Visit the Chimmi Lhakhang Monastery.

Join locals at the Punakha Festival. Watch monks perform traditional dances.

Watch the closing displays at the festival before taking free time to explore Punakha.

Travel into the Phobjika Valley, winter home to blacknecked cranes. Visit Gangtey Monastery.

Drive to Thimphu and explore Bhutan’s incredibly relaxed capital city.

Discover Tashicho Dzong and Thimphu’s Memorial Chorten.

Return to Paro and visit the town’s museum and Dzong.

Climb up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, overlooking the Paro Valley.

Fly to Kathmandu and take a walking tour of Durbar Square.

Trip ends in Kathmandu. Each departure visits a different annual festival. Please visit our website for full details.

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Abode of the God-Kings

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NEPAL - CHINA (TIBET)

£2999 16 DAYS £2345 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £390 TRIP CODE: TB TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 4 nights premium hotel, 2 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included.

Monasteries, palaces, the culture and people were fascinating. The Tibetan landscape was out of this world and visiting Mt. Everest Base Camp was absolutely amazing!

Brenda, Canada

SHIGATSE

Gasto La 5220m Pass

LHASA

Potala Palace

Tashilumpo Monastery Kumbum Stupa

SHEGAR

GYANTSE

TIBET (China)

Samye Monastery

Gongkar Mindroling Monastery

Dza Rongphu

TSETANG

Yumbulagang Palace

Everest Base camp

KATHMANDU

Mt Everest 8848m

Bodnath Stupa Pashupatinath Temple

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A spiritual and cultural journey across Tibet, crossing high passes and discovering peaceful monasteries. In Lhasa, we explore the Potala Palace, the Dalai Lama’s former residence, while at Gyantse we admire the sculptures of the Palkhor Choide Monastery. Travelling along the Friendship Highway, we visit the Tibet’s North Everest Base Camp in the shadows of the mighty mountain before making our way back to Lhasa for our flight to Nepal. DAY

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Explore the city’s bazaars and visit Pashupatinath and Bodnath.

Fly to Tibet and visit Yumbulagang Palace - one of the oldest dwellings of the Tibetan Kings.

Cross the Brahmaputra River and explore Samye Monastery.

Discover the Potala Palace and the pilgrim temple of Jokhang.

Visit the Norblingka, the Summer Palace, and the Sera Monastery.

Drive across Karo La Pass (5,010m) to Gyantse. Explore the Palkhor Choide Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.

Discover Palor Manor and the monastic city of Tashilumpo.

Travel along the Friendship Highway to Shegar.

Visit Everest’s North Base Camp and the monastery at Rongphu. Drive to Shigatse.

Drive to Lhasa and fly back to Kathmandu.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

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Discover Georgia

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GEORGIA

£1325 £959

9

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Optional single rooms are available from £150 TRIP CODE: GEO TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners are included.

A really interesting trip with a varied itinerary.

Linda, Cambridge

Mt Kazbeg 5033m Ananuri Castle Uplistsikhe Cave town Gori Stalin Museum

AKHALTSIKHE

Rabath Castle Vardzia Cave town

KAZBEGI

Walk in mountains and dinner with local family Telavi Food Mtskheta Market ancient capital

TBILISI

Old town Walking tour

GEORGIA

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RUSSIA Gremi Fort

KVARELI

Sighnaghi Winery visits and wine tasting

AZERBAIJAN

ARMENIA

This short adventure into the Caucasus region of Central Asia uncovers this fascinating state of the former USSR. We combine sightseeing of cultural towns and cities and walks in the stunning countryside along with exploration of fascinating historical sights. We also experience warm Georgian hospitality with plenty of opportunities to eat delicious traditional home-cooked food with local families, and to sample some of the region’s famous wine. DAY

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Explore the churches and grand buildings of the Old Town. Take a cable car up to Narikala Fort.

Sample local wines and enjoy a homemade lunch with a family in the ‘Paris of Georgia’.

Further explore the wine region of Kakheti and barter with locals at a village fruit market.

Discover historic Uplistsikhe where an entire town has been carved into the mountainside.

Drive west, visiting the Stalin Museum and Rabath Castle, before reaching the cave town.

Stop off at the birthplace of Stalin on the scenic drive into the Greater Caucasus Mountains.

Enjoy a gentle walk through the rolling hills up to the wonderfully located Gergeti Church.

Trip ends in Tblisi.

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Good introduction to Georgian culture and history and of course, wine making. Malcolm, Lichfield

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Land of the Golden Fleece

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ARMENIA - GEORGIA

£1949 16 DAYS £1529 16 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £325 TRIP CODE: GF TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners are included.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP This trip can be extended with 3 days in Azerbaijan, a wealthy nation that differs hugely to the traditional countries of Georgia and Armenia. Trip code: GFA

Mt Kazbeg 5033m

GUDAURI

Gelati & Motsameta Monasteries

Ananuri

Uplistsikhe cave town Gori Stalin museum

KUTAISI

GEORGIA

Gremi Fort

RUSSIA

TELAVI

Mtskheta

Wine factory and wine tasting

BAKURIANI TBILISI

Vardzia Cave town Haghpat Monastery

ARMENIA

AZERBAIJAN

Dilijan

LAKE SEVAN YEREVAN

TURKEY

Garni and Geghard

Amberd Fortress Echmiadzin Holy City

Khor Virap Monastery 0 km

Lake Sevan Selim Caravanserai The Silk Road Noravank Monastery

70 km Mt Ararat 5137

Journey through the Caucasus region of Central Asia and discover the diversity of a land straddling two continents which once formed part of the ancient Silk Road. We explore lively cities, walk through spectacular mountain scenery, sample the local tipple and learn about the history and culture of some of the most fascinating states of the former USSR. The trip can also be extended by three days to travel into Azerbaijan, a contrasting land that differs immensely in history, culture, religion and wealth. DAY

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Explore Yerevan, lying in the shadow of Mount Ararat. Visit the Holy City of Echmiadzin.

Discover the Hellenistic temple at Garni before continuing to the UNESCO listed Geghard Monastry.

Marvel at the imposing Amberd Fortress and sample some Armenian wine in the village of Areni.

Cross the border into Georgia. Explore ancient Tbilisi with its churches, synagogues and mosques.

Uncover the town of Uplistsikhe with its streets, churches and homes carved into the mountainside.

Visit the UNESCO-listed monastery at Gelati and discover some of the areas underground caves.

Enjoy the landscape of rolling pine hills and snowcapped peaks from your base at Bakuriani.

Walk through the tunnels and stairways of the remarkable cave town of Vardzia.

Stop off at the birthplace of Stalin before taking a gentle walk in the Kazbegi Mountains.

Stroll around the farmers market in Telavi and gain an insight into the local wine production.

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Golden Road to Samarkand

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UZBEKISTAN

£1749 12 DAYS £1149 12 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £225 TRIP CODE: UZ TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel, 1 night simple yurt. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP Discover the mysterious and mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan by combining this trip with our Mountain Kingdoms of the Silk Road trip. Trip code: KRU

The architecture was breathtaking, a photographers dream.

Francesca, Gloucestershire

KAZAKHSTAN

UZBEKISTAN Urgench

KHIVA Ancient walled city

Yurt stay and Camel riding

KYZYLKUM DESERT DESERT TASHKENT CAMP Chorsu Yangikasgan Karmana

BOKHARA Ark Citadel Emir’s Palace

TURKMENISTAN 0 km

Aydarkul Lake

Bazaar

SAMARKAND

Ulugh Beg Observatory TAJIKISTAN Registan Square

ZERAFSHAN MOUNTAINS

250 km

Join us on the ancient Silk Road as we travel through this vast and remote Central Asian landscape. Highlights include the walled city of Khiva, where we discover a maze of twisted alleyways, medieval mosques and tombs. Following the old caravan route south, we see the fine Islamic architecture of Bokhara and Samarkand. We also have the opportunity to experience the nomadic lifestyle when we stay in a traditional felt yurt.

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Embark on a city tour to explore Tashkent and its eccentric metro stations.

Fly onto Urgench in western Uzbekistan and drive on to ancient Khiva.

Step back in time discovering the ancient and well-preserved city of Khiva.

Drive along the old Silk Road and take in the wide open scenery on the drive to Bokhara.

Learn about the rich and extensive history of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bokhara.

A free day in Bokhara to allow for further discovery of this beautiful city.

Take a camel ride across the desert and stay overnight in a traditional yurt.

Drive onto the fabled city of Samarkand and view the madrassahs of Registan Square.

Follow in the footsteps of Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great discovering Samarkand.

Free time to explore before catching the high-speed train to Tashkent.

Trip ends in Tashkent.

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Mountain Kingdoms of the Silk Road

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KYRGYZSTAN - UZBEKISTAN

£2225 16 DAYS £1599 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £165 TRIP CODE: KR TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Simple 6 nights simple guesthouse, 3 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple homestay, 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple yurt. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 6 dinners are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP Discover the incredible Islamic architecture of Uzbekistan when combining this trip with our Golden Road to Samarkand trip. Trip code: KRU

If you have a sense of adventure then this is an amazing tour. This part of the world has breathtaking scenery and lovely, friendly people.

Karen, Adelaide

Dungan Mosque

Burana Tower

KARAKOL

BISHKEK

KAZAKHSTAN

Issy Kul

CHICHKAN

KOCHKOR

Gorge hike

Song Kul Lake

Diety-Oguz Gorge Hike

SONG KUL

Yurt Stay

TASHKENT

Arslanbob Walnut forest and waterfalls walk

Chorsu Bazaar

UZBEKISTAN FERGANA CITY

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This adventure takes us along parts of the ancient Silk Road trading route through the wild mountain landscape of Kyrgyzstan and across the border onto the dusty plains of Uzbekistan. As we journey from Bishkek over mountain passes and through fertile valleys on our way to Tashkent, we have the opportunity to stand on the shores of sublime mountain lakes, sleep in a yurt ‘nomad style’ and walk among ancient walnut forests. We also experience traditional food and warm Kyrgyz hospitality in our homestay nestled in the foothills of the Baba Ata Mountains. DAY

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Explore the sights of this young and vibrant city. Soak up the atmosphere in Osh Bazaar.

Travel to Karakol, which sits beside the scenic Issyk Kul Lake. Trek through Djety Oguz Gorge.

Take a dip in the lake and visit waterfalls en route to the traditional town of Kochkor.

Experience the life of a nomad when spending a night in the wilderness in a traditional yurt.

Take in the wild mountain scenery of the Tien Shan range on the drive west to Chichkan Gorge.

Trek past alpine lakes and through spruce forests around Chichkan Gorge.

Cross the breathtaking Kamchik Pass and explore the Uzbek capital’s wonderful architecture.

Trip ends in Tashkent.

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Experience Discover Travel great local waterfalls through the food and and take a Fergana Valley, warm Kyrgyz walk through stopping off at hospitality at the ancient a bazaar before our homestay in towering walnut crossing into Djalal-Abad. forests of Uzbekistan. Arslanbob.

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Tashkent to Tehran

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UZBEKISTAN - TURKMENISTAN - IRAN

£3640 20 DAYS £3049 19 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £620 TRIP CODE: TTT TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 15 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 17 breakfasts are included.

UZBEKISTAN TURKMENISTAN Kow Ata Underground lake

TEHRAN

Farah

SAMARKAND

Abiverd

Merv

MARY

Bajigiran Golestan Palace & Museums

Madrassahs Navoi Theatre

BOKHARA

ASHGABAT

Gokdepe

TASHKENT

Ark Citadel Emir’s Palace

City tour & Nissa Fortress

Bibi-Khaaym Mosque Ulugh beg Observatory Registan Square

MASHHAD

IRAN

Holy Shrine of Emam Reza

AFGHANISTAN

Kashan Chehel Sotoun Palace Imam Square

ISFAHAN

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This overland exploration offers the opportunity to discover some of the lesser-travelled stretches of the ancient Silk Route. This pioneering journey travels west from the vibrant Uzbek capital of Tashkent, through little-known Turkmenistan, to reach the Iranian metropolis of Tehran. Moving from Central Asia into Persia, we encounter fascinating cities, rich archaeological sites and unique and contrasting cultures.

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Explore the capital before catching the new highspeed train to Samarkand.

Discover the beautifully ornate minarets and madrassas of Registan Square.

Drive to Bokhara and explore the narrow winding alleyways of the old quarter.

Cross into Turkmenistan and encounter the great Silk Road city of Merv.

In Ashgabat, explore the white marble buildings, visit Nissa Fortress and the oriental bazaar.

Drive out of the city to discover the clear warm waters of Kow Ata underground lake.

Cross the border into Iran and continue onto the sacred Shia city of Mashhad.

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Discover the Spend time Travel onto Iran’s holy shrine exploring Isfahan, capital and take of Emam including the a tour of the Reza before Chehel Sotoun, Golestan Palace boarding an Imam Square and National overnight train and the Museum. to Isfahan. Armenian Quarter.

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Wonders of the Silk Road

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TURKMENISTAN - UZBEKISTAN

£2440 14 DAYS £1699 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £365 TRIP CODE: SUZ TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

Wow. What a fantastic tour. Highlights for me were staying in the old madrassa at Khiva and stepping back in time in Samarkand.

Lisa, Derby

UZBEKISTAN

KAZAKHSTAN

Urgench

TASHKENT

KHIVA

Chorsu Bazaar

Ancient walled city

Ark Citadel Emir’s Palace

TURKMENISTAN

BOKHARA

KYZYLKUM DESERT

Farab

SAMARKAND

Ulugbeg Observatory Registan Square

City tour & Nisa Fortress

ASHGABAT

Abiverd Fortress

TAJIKISTAN

Merv

MARY

IRAN

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This trip showcases the culture and history of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan as we explore the ancient sites and ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Merv and the Parthian Fortress of Nisa. In Uzbekistan, we walk through the streets of the open air museum of Khiva, discover the beautiful blue domes and Islamic architecture of Bokhara and visit the mosques and madrassas of Samarkand.

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Embark on a city tour of Turkmenistan’s white marbled capital.

Visit the lively Sunday market and the oncemighty fortress of Nissa.

Explore the ancient city of Merv, home to an incredible array of relics and artefacts.

Cross the border into Uzbekistan and travel onto the UNESCO city of Bokhara.

Discover the Ark Citadel and Emir’s Palace. Take a walk through the characterful old town.

Continue the journey across wonderful desert scenery to Khiva.

Uncover the rich wonders of this historic city, including the Kunya Ark and Tah-Khauli Palace.

Arrive in Samarkand by train, visit the Uluugh Beg Observatory and the sacred Shah-i-Zinda.

Explore the beautiful Registan Square and picturesque Bibi-Khanym Mosque of Samarkand.

Travel to the Uzbek capital, with a tour of the city and a chance to ride the flamboyant metro.

Trip ends in Tashkent.

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Across the Kazakh Steppe

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KAZAKHSTAN

£3499 15 DAYS £2999 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £895 TRIP CODE: KAZ TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 5 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners are included.

ASTANA

KAZAKHSTAN

ARALSK

Kazakh capital Modern architecture

BAIKONUR

Rusting ships in the desert

Cosmodrome Buran Spacecraft

ALTYN EMEL NATIONAL PARK

Singing Dune, Clay Mountains

Kyzlorda

TURKESTAN

ALMATY

Silk Road city

UZBEKISTAN

KYRGYZSTAN

SHYMKENT

Independance Park Central Bazaar

Charyn Canyon

Green Market Republic Square

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On this adventure through the largest and wealthiest of the ‘Stans, we explore the leafy streets of Almaty, discover Silk Road history in Turkestan and uncover eerie rusting ships in the middle of the desert where the Aral Sea once flowed. We also visit the cosmodrome at Baikonur where we learn about the Soviet space programmes and, if we are lucky, encounter a rocket launch. The tour finishes in Kazakhstan’s wealthy capital, where gleaming glass-fronted buildings unashamedly jostle for position to catch the eye. DAY

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Discover the leafy green streets of old Almaty and try traditional Kazakh food at Green Market.

In Altyn Emel National Park, take in the panoramic landscape and discover the Singing Dune.

Walk the rim of Charyn Canyon before catching an overnight train to Shymkent.

Uncover centuries of history in the ancient Silk Road cities of Shymkent and Turkestan.

Experience the sweeping expanse of the Kazakh steppe as we cross by day train to the Aral Sea.

Explore a once-thriving harbour town and the eerie remains of ships stricken in the sands.

Catch the train to the iconic Soviet Cosmodrome at Baikonur.

Spend the day among decommissioned spacecraft, try a cosmonaut’s seat and visit the Space Museum.

Fly to Kazakhstan’s rich and modern capital, Astana.

Explore the new and exuberant architecture of Kazakhstan’s new postSoviet city.

Trip ends in Astana.

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Land of the Great Khan MONGOLIA FROM

£3199 15 DAYS £2249 13 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £420 TRIP CODE: GK TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 9 nights simple ger, 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners are included.

FESTIVAL DEPARTURES

Naadam Festival In July each year, nomads from around the country join together in Ulaan Baatar to celebrate the Naadam Festival. Displays of traditional wrestling, horse riding and archery take place and there is a great party atmosphere. Please see our website for full details.

STEPPELANDS Optional walks

Day walks

ULAAN BAATAR

HOGNO KHAN

Very relaxed, felt very safe and in good hands. Gobi Desert was an emotional experience. Everything was very good but a visit to a family ger produced amazing results.

Erdene-Zu Monastery

MONGOLIA

Bogd Khan Palace Ganden Lamasery

KARAKORUM

SAIKHAN OVOO Ger camp

Moltsog Dunes Dinosaur eggs site

Dalandzadgad

Macy, Chelmsford

KHAN KHETII JALMAN MEADOWS

SOUTH GOBI

Visit museum & Yol Valley Walk

Ger camp

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On this exciting trip, we discover everything that is unique and special about Mongolia – the endless blue sky, picturesque steppe, vast desert and welcoming nomadic hospitality. We visit old monasteries, cross the Gobi Desert and enjoy traditional ger (Mongolian yurt) accommodation in the tranquil Mongolian wilderness, as well as soaking up the fascinating culture in the capital, Ulaan Baatar.

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Travel across the vast steppe to Hogno Khan Mountain and camp in traditional gers.

Explore Genghis Khan’s capital and Mongolia’s oldest monastery, Erdene-Zu.

A full day drive across the steppe to Saikhan Ovoo. Visit Ongi Monastery.

Visit the Yol Valley Museum and talk a walk through the picturesque valley.

Fly to Ulaan Baatar. Explore the city including the Natural Museum and Bogd Khan.

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Cross the Gobi Visit the desert and Flaming Cliffs meet friendly where dinosaur nomadic eggs were first families grazing discovered in their herds the 1920s. along the way.

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Visit Ganden Relax, try Drive to the Monastery and rafting, horse capital. Free drive to Jalman riding or take time to explore Meadows in optional walks in the city. Terelj National beautiful natural Park. surroundings.

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Trip ends in Ulaan Baatar.

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Inside North Korea

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CHINA - NORTH KOREA

£3399 14 DAYS £2799 13 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £450 TRIP CODE: KO TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners are included.

CHINA Flight to Beijing

Dandong Sinuiju border town

NORTH KOREA (DPRK)

Overnight train from

BEIJING

WONSAN PYONGYANG

Nam

LAKE SIJUNG Im

jin

Mansudae Monument Juche Tower Film studios

Walks in Kumgang

Ancient capital

KAESONG

YELLOW SEA 0 km

Panmunjon Demilitarized zone

Tomb of King Kongmin

SOUTH KOREA 100 km

North Korea is one of the most isolated places on Earth and one of the last bastions of communism. During this fantastic trip through the country, we explore the outstanding natural beauty of its Kumgang Mountains, admire the flamboyant architecture of its socialist capital Pyongyang and stand on the border separating South Korea’s peninsula. This exciting adventure offers an unusual insight into the country’s political and ideological heritage. DAY

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Walk through Tiananmen Square and discover the Forbidden City. Board the overnight train.

Explore North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang. Pay respects to Kim Il Sung at the Mansudae Monument.

Drive south to Panmunjon and on to the most fortified border in the world.

Return to Pyongyang and visit the 170m high Juche Tower.

Drive east to Lake Sijung. Free time to try out an optional mud bath and massage.

Travel in to the heart of the Kumgang Mountains and follow gentle walking trails.

Visit Pyongyang’s Liberation War Museum, sculpture park and captured US spy ship, Pueblo.

Take the train from Pyongyang to the Chinese border town of Dandong.

Discover the eastern tip of the Great Wall and Tiger Mountain. Fly to Beijing.

Free time to explore the Chinese capital.

Trip ends in Beijing.

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South Korea Explorer

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SAMWHASA TEMPLE

DMZ tour

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Incheon SEOUL Airport City tour Gyeongbokgung Palace

Yeongju Busoeksa Temple

Jebiwon Buddha Hahoe Mask Museum & folk village

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Homestay Andong

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Visit Bulguksa Temple Seokguram Grotto Shilla Kiln & Museum Tongdosa Temple Busan

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From the cosmopolitan city of Seoul to the ancient Silla capital of Gyeongju, we discover all that South Korea has to offer. Experience one of the last frontiers of the Cold War – the Demilitarised Zone – and see the barrier separating North and South Korea. Take part in a traditional Korean tea ceremony and spend the night in a Buddhist monastery, witnessing the morning temple rituals. Discover Tongdosa Temple, one of the Jewel Temples of Korea, and beautiful Namsan Mountain. DAY

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Discover Gyeongbokgung Palace and stroll through the artist workshops of Insadong

Spend a night at Samwhasa Buddhist Temple and take part in a traditional tea ceremony.

Visit Buseoksa Temple before joining a host family for dinner at our homestay.

Discover the traditional houses of the Joseon Dynasty at Hahoe Village. Drive to Gyeongju.

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Seokgurum Grotto and Bulguksa Temple.

Take a walk at Namsan Mountain and visit Tongdosa Temple. Travel by high speed train to Seoul.

Enter the Demilitarised Zone which separates North and South Korea.

Trip ends in Seoul.

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China Highlights

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COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Walk the Great Wall trip to give a true flavour of China. Spend time exploring the cities, landscapes and history of the emperors before following the Great Wall from the coast back to Beijing. Trip code: HCW Mutianyu Great Wall

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Tiananmen Square Forbidden City

Terracotta Army Big Wild Goose Pagoda Wooden Mosque Yangtse River

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Li River Cruise Limestone scenery

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This action-packed introduction to China takes us from the skyscrapers of Hong Kong to the imperial palaces of Beijing. Cruising along the beautiful Li River to Yangshuo, we pass vast paddy fields and unusual limestone scenery. In Xian we discover the incredible Army of Terracotta Warriors and the Muslim Quarter, while at Mutianyu we walk along the impressive Great Wall.

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Take a walking tour through the lively streets of Hong Kong.

Free time to explore Hong Kong before taking a sleeper train to Guilin.

Float down the Li River past dramatic limestone scenery to the relaxed town of Yangshuo.

Free time in Yangshuo to try your hand at calligraphy, take a cooking lesson or hire a bike.

Discover Xian’s Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Muslim Quarter.

Walk a section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

Trip ends in Beijing.

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Meet the Explore the magnificent maze of palaces Terracotta in the Forbidden Warriors. Take City and an overnight walk through train to Beijing. infamous Tiananmen Square.

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China on a Shoestring

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Great Wall Tiananmen Square

BEIJING

Yellow River Terracotta Army

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Yangtse River (river cruise)

SHANGHAI Maoping

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Pandas

Yichang Chongqing

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Rice Terraces Sanjiang Guilin

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Li River Cruise Limestone scenery

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Experience the ‘real China’ as we travel across the country with locals on public transport. Discover China’s greatest sights including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Terracotta Warriors. Staying in traditional village houses, we explore rice terraces, uncover dramatic limestone landscapes and visit welcoming tribal families. We also cruise down the Yangtse River and visit endangered Giant Pandas.

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Discover Beijing’s Forbidden City, walk on the Great Wall and explore the Summer Palace.

Take a sleeper train to Xian and explore the Muslim Quarter.

Meet the famous warriors of the Terracotta Army.

Float down the Yangtse River, passing the Three Gorges and Fengdu ghost town.

Travel by bullet train to Chengdu and meet the pandas at the research centre.

Learn about traditional China whilst staying with Yao and Dong families.

Hike from Dazhai to Pingan, along a ridge known as the Dragon’s Backbone.

Free time to explore the riverside town of Yangshuo or take an optional cooking class.

Drive to Guilin and board a sleeper train to Shanghai.

Free time to explore Shanghai’s gardens and temples, or stroll along the Bund.

Trip ends in Shanghai.

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China Explorer

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BEIJING

Great Wall Forbidden City

Terracotta Army

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Travelling by local transport and staying in simple hotels, we experience everyday life in this fascinating country. Discover Imperial China’s most famous cultural highlights including the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Wall at Mutianyu and the Terracotta Army in Xian. We finish the trip exploring the vibrant streets of Shanghai, China’s most cosmopolitan city.

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Discover the many palaces of the Forbidden City and Beijing’s Hutongs.

Walk on the Great Wall at Mutianyu before taking a sleeper train to Xian.

Wander through Xian’s Muslim Quarter to the Great Mosque and visit the Wild Goose Pagoda.

Meet the famous warriors and horses of the Terracotta Army.

Float down the canals in Suzhou, known as the Venice of the Orient.

Travel on the bullet train to Shanghai. Join locals for a stroll along the Bund.

Free time to explore Shanghai’s modern streets, peaceful Yu Yuan Gardens or Pearl Tower.

Trip ends in Shanghai.

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A great trip led by an efficient, knowledgeable, interesting and warm tour leader. I felt as though I have seen a small part of the ‘real’ China.

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Treasures of China

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The most amazing trip, which far exceeded our expectations!

Jane, Welwyn BEIJING

Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City Yellow River

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Terracotta warriors

CHINA Yichang

SHANGHAI

The Bund, Jade Buddha Temple

Yangtse River Wuhan

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Panda Research Centre

Guilin Li River Cruise

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On this fast-paced adventure we explore China’s greatest highlights, from the famous Great Wall and sprawling Forbidden City in Beijing, to Xian’s Terracotta Army and the loveable giant pandas in Chengdu. We spend a few days cruising on the beautiful Yangtse River through the Three Gorges and relax in quiet Yangshuo before heading to the high energy and neon lights of Shanghai.

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Walk on China’s most famous landmark, the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, once home to the Ming Emperors.

Walk through Xian’s Muslim Quarter to the Great Mosque and discover the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

See the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors and fly to Chengdu.

Meet the lovable pandas at Chengdu and take the bullet train to Chongqing.

Discover the cliff sculptures at Baoding Shan before boarding a Yangtse River cruise boat.

Sail down the Yangtse and cruise through the spectacular Three Gorges.

Float past the limestone scenery of the Li River on the way to Yangshuo.

Free time to explore the markets, try a cooking class or hire bikes in Yangshuo.

Fly to Shanghai and stroll along the Bund. Visit the Jade Buddha Temple and Yu Yuan Gardens.

Trip ends in Shanghai.

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Tribes and Festivals of Southern China

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Optional single rooms are available from £315 TRIP CODE: SFG TRIP PACE: Relaxed ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple homestay. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included.

ALTERNATIVE TRIPS The incredible and unique festivals of southern China are also featured on several other trips to the region. Trip codes: SFY, SFF, SNM, SSR, SLT, STH

Not only did we see several festivals, we actually participated in one, a fire dragon festival.

Graham, Coffs Harbour

Walk to Emerald Dragon Pool

Shibing

Shidong Lusheng Festival

GUIYANG

Longga Longhorn Miao village Tiaohuacha Festival

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Huangping

Minyang Temple Flower & Bird Market Jiaxiulou Tower Renmin Square

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Taijiang Xijiang

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Miao village homestay

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Huangguoshu Waterfalls

Fire Dragon Dance Festival

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Take an extraordinary journey into the mountains of southern China to witness the lives and centuries-old festivals of the minority tribes of the Guizhou region. We’ve timed our visit to coincide with four exciting village festivals. Colourful and photogenic celebrations, everyone turns out in their most spectacular traditional costume for singing, dancing and sports competitions. For a rare and fascinating insight into the lives of a traditional Miao family, we spend two nights living with them and learning about their customs and traditions. DAY

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Explore the markets of Guiyang before driving to Liuzhi.

Spend the day at the Tiaohuacha Festival of the Longhorn Miao.

Visit Huangguoshu Falls, China’s largest waterfall. Meet the ancient Bouyi tribe.

Attend the Lusheng Courtship Festival and then stay with Miao families in a homestay.

Drive to the Miao village of Xijiang for fantastic views of rice terraces.

Visit Miao villages before joining the residents of Leishan for the Fire Dragon Dance Festival.

Share a feast with the villagers to celebrate the end of the annual festival.

Explore the towns of Zhenyuan and Shidong and walk along the Wuyang River.

Witness the traditional dances and clothing displays at the Lusheng Festival.

Watch Miao women parade their finest brocade and silver headwear as the festival comes to an end.

Trip ends in Guiyang.

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Harbin Ice Festival

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ALTERNATIVE TRIP If you are short on time why not consider our one-week Highlights of Harbin Ice Festival trip. Trip code: SHF

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On this exciting trip through China we explore Beijing and visit two festivals, travelling north to the city of Harbin for the vibrant and creative atmosphere of the annual Ice Festival, and then to Hong Kong with its incredible skyline. Discovering the Terracotta Army in Xian on the way, our adventure ends with a bang at the biggest event on the Chinese calendar – New Year!

Sapporo Snow Festival

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This exciting journey takes us to the far north of Japan where we make the most of the winter temperatures, taking an ice-breaker cruise in the Sea of Okhostk before spending time admiring the incredible snow sculptures at the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. We also explore ultra modern Tokyo, discover tranquil Zen gardens in ancient Kyoto and visit the snow monkeys at Yudanaka.

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Highlights of Japan

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The itinerary was excellent and the places visited very interesting.

Margaret, Southport

SEA OF JAPAN KANAZAWA

Kenrokuen Gardens

JAPAN HONSHU Himeji Castle

TOKYO Asakusa Temple

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Hiroshima Miyajima Island

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From the bright lights of Tokyo to the tranquil temples of Kyoto, this fast-paced tour explores Japan’s highlights. We take time to reflect at Hiroshima, site of the world’s first atomic attack before visiting the holy island of Miyajima, dotted with beautiful temples and free roaming deer. In Kyoto we take tea with enigmatic Geishas and relax in perfectly manicured Zen gardens.

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Visit Sensoji Temple in Asakusa and take a boat trip on the Sumida River.

Travel on the bullet train to Kanazawa. Stroll through Kenrokuen Gardens and visit Samurai houses.

Transfer by train to Kyoto and explore the temples, Zen gardens and Geisha district.

Learn the secrets of perfect Japanese tea in a lesson with a Tea Master.

Visit the emotive Hiroshima Peace Park and museum, and the sacred island of Miyajima.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle, known as the White Egret.

Trip ends in Kyoto.

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Very intense and fulfilling introduction to a fascinating country.

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Shogun Trail

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£3295 12 DAYS

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MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Optional single rooms are available from £325

\\ Experiencing comfortable rail travel at an average speed of 164 mph on the bullet train

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Fuji

Imperial Capital Temples

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Peace Park

City tour

Bullet train

Odawara

Nara (optional)

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SEA OF JAPAN

\\ Discovering Hirado’s rural charm and spectacular scenery

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Lake Ashi/Mt Fuji

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Hirado & Ikitsuki Island tour

\\ Exploring Tokyo’s lively neonlit streets and nearby Hakone National Park for views of Mount Fuji

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple ryokan.

Sasebo ‘99 Island boat trip

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STAFF PICK “Japan has always been on my list of must-see places. I love Japanese Zen gardens so it was a delight to be able to visit Kyoto and get inspiration for my own – more humble garden – back home. A trip to Hiroshima was something I particularly wanted to do and it proved to be unforgettable; spending time at the Peace Memorial as the sun was setting was a profoundly moving experience. Japan is an utterly enchanting country. Fast-paced, ultramodern and effortlessly efficient city life blends seamlessly with centuries of tradition, making it a truly wonderful place to visit.”

This action-packed journey by high-speed rail covers many of Japan’s iconic sights. Explore Tokyo’s neon-lit streets, discover Kyoto’s tranquil temples and visit the site of the world’s first atomic attack in Hiroshima. Travelling away from the tourist trail, we uncover the country’s rural charm with a stay in a traditional ryokan on the beautiful island of Hirado, a meeting with a geisha and a visit to rolling tea plantations.

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Take a walking tour through Tokyo’s shrines and gardens.

Spot Mt Fuji and explore Hakone National Park. Stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan.

Travel by bullet train to Kyoto (at 300kmph!) and explore Gion, the geisha district.

Wander around Kyoto’s charming streets, temples and Zen gardens.

Experience Shogun and Samurai history in Kyoto.

Visit the emotive Peace Park and museum at Hiroshima.

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Discover the colonial legacy of the historic sea port of Nagasaki.

Travel through scenic tea plantations and take the ferry to Hirado.

Uncover Hirado’s towering basalt cliffs and unspoilt rural beauty.

Explore the castle-town of Hirado and sail among the 99 Islands.

Trip ends in Fukuoka.

Japan is stunning. My expectations were high and this trip far exceeded anything I could have imagined!

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TRIP CODE: BUH TRIP PACE: Moderate

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\\ Cruising past stilted villages on Inle Lake seeing leg-rowing fisherman

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel.

£1649 14 DAYS

MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches are included.

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\\ Discovering ancient Mandalay and walking across the U-Bein Bridge at sunset \\ Exploring Bagan’s vast plains studded with ancient temples

Traditional handicrafts

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Vast plains with 3000 temples

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, which provided a varied and interesting insight into Burmese culture, with opportunities to meet people in villages and see their local industries. The people were very hospitable and friendly, and I felt welcome at all times.

Amarapura Fly Inwa U-Bein bridge (MaySept)

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Heho Hill station trekking

INLE LAKE

Leg rowing fisherman, stilted villages

ARAKAN RANGE

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Shwedagon Pagoda Colonial architecture

Extend your trip to finish with three days relaxing on beautiful white sands of Ngapali Beach.

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Half-hidden from the world for decades, Burma (Myanmar) is an exciting and adventurous destination. On this journey we admire the gold-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon and cruise past floating gardens and stilt villages on Inle Lake, as well as exploring the vast temple plains of Bagan. We take a boat on the Irrawaddy River and visit the fabled city of Mandalay, from where we walk over the iconic teak U-Bein Bridge in nearby Amarapura. We also explore the Shan Highlands, walking through the tribal heartlands and discovering the old British hill station of Kalaw.

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Discover the sights and temples of Rangoon before flying north to Inle Lake.

Cruise Inle Lake by longtail boat and witness the unique rowing style of the local fisherman.

Explore the sprawling complex of over 1,000 stupas that lie outside the village of Indein.

Ride a local train through the Shan Highlands and drive the hill station of Kalaw.

Explore the tribal Shan Highlands on foot and discover the Buddha images in Myinmathi Cave.

Take a scenic drive down from the mountains as we continue to Kipling’s Mandalay.

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Tour the city of Mandalay before taking a boat upriver to the unfinished pagoda of Mingun.

Uncover the ancient cities of Inwa and Amarapura, taking in the sunset over U-Bein bridge.

Witness river life on a gentle cruise down the Irrawady River to Bagan.

Visit the iconic temples of Bagan and watch the sunset from atop a pagoda.

Free day to climb up to the gold-tipped monastery of Mt Popa or cycle around Bagan’s temples.

Return to Rangoon for a last visit to the markets and temples of this unique Asian city.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

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“It doesn’t take long after arriving in Burma to understand why it is known as ‘The Golden Land’. It was a special feeling to be amongst the locals visiting the beautiful gold leaf temples to make offerings and meditate. In between the pagodas and temples we visited, one of my absolute highlights was our gentle hike one morning through the hills of Kalaw. We saw rural life in Burma as we passed through local villages, and were greeted en route by children riding their buffalo! Throughout the trip our Explore Leader showed us things you simply wouldn’t see on your own.”

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Undiscovered Burma

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP Explore the vast temple plains of Bagan on the three day Bagan extension. Trip code: BARP BURMA

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Golden Rock

Bago

Hpa An Cave of Ten Thousand Buddhas

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Shwedagon Pagoda Twente

Colonial Town

Thanbyuzayet Start of ‘Death Railway’ Ye

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Shwe Taung Zar Pagoda Reclining Buddha

MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO White sand beaches

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Starting in the bustling metropolis of Rangoon, we soon escape the traditional tourist trail as we set off on an exploratory tour of the far south of Burma. Venturing into an area that few tourists have been before, we visit faded colonial towns, cruise amongst tropical islands, encounter traditional Burmese fisherman and camp overnight on unspoilt white sand beaches. There are opportunities to snorkel, kayak and sample fresh seafood caught straight from the ocean the very same day. DAY

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Discover the sights of Rangoon on a walking tour of the city. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Drive to Kyaiktiyo, stopping at Bago en route. Witness the sunset at the Golden Rock.

Explore the cave of 10,000 Buddhas at Hpa An before continuing onto Mawlamyine.

Take a boat to Bilu Island and walk along the leafy boulevards of the Strand.

Drive to Dawei and discover old colonial buildings and bustling local markets.

Fly south to the port of Myeik with the chance to visit a working boatyard.

Take a speedboat out to the remote Mergui Archipelago, camp overnight on the beach.

Snorkel tropical reefs, discover unspoilt white beaches and encounter local fishermen.

Cruise back to Myeik, stopping by some of the traditional Burmese fishing vessels.

Fly to Rangoon and explore the village of Twente, famous for its pottery and artisans.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

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Burma in Depth

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP Extend your trip with three days relaxing on the beautiful white sands of Ngapali Beach. Trip code: BUIB

PYIN BURMA OO (MYANMAR) Mingun LWIN MONYWA MANDALAY Shwe Ba

Daung Caves

A well-organised and busy itinerary which encompassed all of Burma’s highlights. Our tour leader was exceptional and her efficiency made this a truly memorable trip.

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ARAKAN RANGE

SHAN PLATEAU

Heho

Nyaung Shwe

KALAW

Hill station trekking

PEGU RANGE

INLE LAKE

Leg-rowing fisherman, stilted villages

Mt Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Shwedagon Pagoda Colonial architecture

Nigel, Exeter

Amarapura Inwa U-Bein bridge

Pakokku

Vast plains with 3000 temples

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GOLDEN ROCK Bago Thaton Kawkung

MAWLAMYINE Bilu Island 0 km

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This adventurous trip around Burma (Myanmar) takes us to fascinating sights beyond the classic highlights. We travel deep into the Mon State to Ogre Island and join local pilgrims as they admire the sunset from the sacred Golden Rock at Mount Kyaiktiyo. We visit the grand sights of Bagan, discover authentic rural life in and around Pyin Oo Lwin and witness the fascinating world of Inle Lake. We also explore the cities of Mandalay and Rangoon. DAY

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Embark on a walking tour of Rangoon and visit the gleaming stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda.

Climb the Golden Rock to take in the awe-inspiring Mount Kyaiktiyo in time for sunset.

Travel into this little-visited corner of Burma, including Mawlamyine and a ferry to Bilu Island.

Visit the sprawling temple complex of Bagan, climb upto the hilltop monastery at Mt Popa.

Cruise along the Irrawady River towards Mandalay, taking in Monywa and the caves at Po Win Daung.

Explore Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma and the ancient cities of Inwa and Amarapura.

Wander through Tey Yar Zay market before heading to the cool climes of Pyin Oo Lwin.

Discover the Buddha images in the caves of Pindaya and explore colonial Kalaw.

Meet the villagers that make their living on and around the beautiful Inle Lake.

Fly to Rangoon and explore Scott’s Market.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

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Cycle Burma

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£2599 16 DAYS £1949 14 DAYS

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For full details of this and similar trips visit explore.co.uk/cycling or order a copy of our Cycling brochure

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches are included. BIKE: 21 gear Cannondale Trail 8 mountain bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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On this trip we get closer to the wonderfully friendly local people with bike rides between the major highlights. Cycle to the ancient capital of Mandalay, temple-studded plains of ancient Bagan, the colonial hill station of Kalaw and stilt villages of Inle Lake. We also cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River and admire jewel-encrusted pagodas in Rangoon.

Mekong Delta and Angkor

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£2239 15 DAYS £1549 13 DAYS

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For full details of this and similar trips visit explore.co.uk/cycling or order a copy of our Cycling brochure

CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 18 gear Giant or Merida mountain bikes with front suspension.

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Join us on this classic cycle journey through the cities and rural landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia. Cycle past paddy fields and fruit orchards to remote villages where we experience the warm hospitality of local families. We cycle into the jungle to explore the ancient temple city of Angkor and swap our bicycles for traditional boats to cruise the mighty Mekong River.

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Old Siam and The River Kwai

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP This trip can be extended with three days relaxing on the white sand beaches of Koh Samet. Trip code: OSK

CHIANG MAI

If you want a real taste of Thailand in just 10 days, this is the way to do it. An amazing experience: the mad fun overnight train, discovering all forms of local transport, our day exploring Chiang Mai on our own, the serene voyages on our private converted rice barge with meals cooked on it from scratch.

Doi Suthep temple

THAILAND

LAOS

SUKHOTHAI Ancient city

Ping BURMA Phayuha Khiri

UTHAI THANI KWAI NOI RIVER

Rice barge cruise Chaopraya Dam

Longtail boat trip Stay in Jungle raft house

Nam Tok

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Old Capital Kanchanaburi Bridge over the River Kwai

BANGKOK Temples Grand Palace Markets

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On this cultural journey we venture into the heart of Thailand. We explore ancient sights and cruise along bustling waterways. We see the infamous bridge over the River Kwai and explore ruined temples at the former royal capital of Ayutthaya. We also cruise the Chao Phraya River in a converted rice barge, travel deep into the jungle, visit a Mon village and stay on a jungle raft house on the Kwai Noi River.

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Take in the Grand Palace and the vast reclining Buddha of Wat Po. Take a sleeper train north.

Take in the scenery on a drive through the countryside to Sukhothai.

Cycle through the old capital of Siam before boarding a rice barge for a gentle cruise down the river.

Experience the sights and colours of a local market early in the morning.

Ride along the Death Railway when visiting the bridge over the River Kwai. Stay in a raft house.

Explore the surrounding jungle by bamboo raft and visit the area’s minority villages.

Take a longtail boat down river, before returning to the bustling metropolis of Bangkok.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

Explore Visit Elephant tranquil Chiang Nature Park, Mai with a and witness walking tour elephants of its charming roaming chainOld Town. free in a natural habitat.

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Indochina Encounter

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£1149 12 DAYS £599 10 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £125 TRIP CODE: QBK TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 8 nights simple hotel, 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 5 breakfasts are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip has been carefully put together so that it can be easily combined with some of our other trips in Indochina. Trip codes: QBV, QBVL, QBLB

I loved everything about this trip, it has the perfect balance and to visit three very different countries in such a short space of time was wonderful. LAOS

Helen, London Klongs tour

Poi Pet

BANGKOK

Angkor Wat temple complex

THAILAND

SIEM REAP

BATTAMBANG

Lake Tonle Sap

CAMBODIA Royal Palace Silver Pagoda Wat Phnom Choeung Ek “Killing Fields”

Gulf of Thailand

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VIETNAM Chu Chi Tunnels

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Old Saigon walking tour

125 km Mouths of the Mekong

South China Sea

Travelling by local transport we experience the variety that South East Asia has to offer. From the vibrant Thai capital of Bangkok we cross the border to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and continue to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Along the way we have the chance to explore the ancient temples of Angkor, cruise between floating fishing villages on Lake Tonle Sap and soak up the atmosphere on Phnom Penh’s leafy French colonial streets.

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Join trip in Bangkok, with time to explore the city’s klongs, markets and glittering temples.

Engage with local people when travelling by public transport over the border to Cambodia.

Uncover the sprawling jungle temples of the Angkor complex.

Drive through rural Cambodia past the vast Tonle Sap Lake towards Battambang.

Take in the colonial villas and leafy streets of Battambang before driving onto Phnom Penh.

Learn about Cambodia’s more recent history on a trip to the infamous Killing Fields.

Cross the border into Vietnam and take in the French architecture of Ho Chi Minh City.

Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels or bargain with the locals at the Mekong’s floating market.

Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Simply Vietnam

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£1389 15 DAYS £799 13 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £125 TRIP CODE: QVN TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple hotel, 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple overnight train. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch.

VIETNAM

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HANOI

This trip has been carefully put together so that it can be easily combined with some of our other trips in Indochina.

Junk Cruise Limestone cliffs

Old Quarter Hoi Chi Minh’s mausoleum

Trip codes: QBV, QBVL, QBLB

Gulf of Tonkin

Perfume River Imperial City

If you have looked at this holiday but remain unsure, you should book it. The tour is full on and fairly hectic but I loved every minute of it, I’ve seen and experienced so much in two weeks and would do it all over again.

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Danang

HOI AN

Old merchants houses Bike rides Tailors shops

Sleeper train

VIETNAM CAMBODIA

NHA TRANG

Beaches Boat trip Cu Chi Tunnels

Kyoto, London

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HALONG BAY

HO CHI MINH CITY

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Old Saigon walking tour SOUTH My Tho Mekong Delta CHINA SEA boat trip

On this Vietnamese adventure we travel along the beautiful coast from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. We visit the beaches of Nha Trang, the ancient imperial city of Hue and the historic sea port of Hoi An. This trip offers an authentic experience by using local transport and staying in small and simple hotels. We also board a junk boat in Halong Bay for a cruise amongst magnificent towering limestone islands.

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Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about Vietnam’s history at the War Remnants Museum.

Cruise past stilted villages in the Mekong Delta. Catch an overnight train to Nha Trang.

Take an optional boat trip out to nearby islands for swimming and snorkelling.

Relax on the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang, or explore by bicycle.

Explore the Imperial Citadel of Hue and cruise along the Perfume River.

Travel through the towering limestone cliffs of Halong Bay by traditional wooden junk boat.

Uncover the charm of Hanoi’s Old Quarter on a tour of its narrow streets.

A free day in Hanoi with the option to explore the French Quarter by bicycle.

Trip ends in Hanoi.

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Discover Embark on a the Chinese scenic drive temples and along the coast traditional on the stunning wooden houses Hai Van Pass. in the old trading port of Hoi An.

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Backroads from Hanoi to Bangkok VIETNAM - LAOS - THAILAND FROM

£1639 14 DAYS £1099 12 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £235 TRIP CODE: QLT TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple hotel, 1 night standard hotel, 3 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple overnight train, 1 night standard boat. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip has been carefully put together so that it can be easily combined with some of our other trips in Indochina. Trip codes: QBVL, QLB, QBLB

My traveling buddy and I loved everything about our trip. The itinerary is fast paced so we were grateful for the two-day slowboat ride on the Mekong River! Our guides were all excellent; they were knowledgeable and personable.

VIETNAM HANOI

Slowboat along Mekong River Pak Ou Caves

Old Quarter

CHIANG RAI

LUANG PAKBENG PRABANG Buddhist Temples CHIANG MAI

HALONG BAY Boat cruise

LAOS

Night Markets

THAILAND

BANGKOK

Overall, this was an amazing trip! I highly recommend this company and this trip.

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Temples Emerald Buddha Grand Palace

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This exciting journey takes us from bustling Hanoi and beautiful Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam to laid-back Luang Prabang in Laos and by slow boat into northern Thailand. We journey through Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai before arriving in Bangkok, one of Asia’s most exciting cities. Discover Hanoi’s Old Quarter, spend a night on a boat in Halong Bay and explore Chiang Mai’s historic walled Old Town.

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Enjoy a scenic cruise through the jade green waters of Halong Bay on a traditional junk boat.

Morning discovering the caves and grottos of Halong Bay. Afternoon city tour of Hanoi.

Fly to Laos and explore the temples and French colonial architecture of Luang Prabang.

Witness the monks giving alms at sunrise and discover the beautiful cascading Kuang Si waterfalls.

Watch Lao life pass by as you cruise along the Mekong River on a slowboat to Pakbeng.

Continue along the Mekong before crossing into Thailand and driving onto Chiang Rai.

Discover the beautifully ornate White Temple on the journey to the northern city of Chiang Mai.

Explore the rose of the north on an orientation walk of the old town of Chiang Mai.

A free day for an optional cookery course or Thai Massage; catch a sleeper train to Bangkok.

Take an optional cruise along Bangkok’s myriad klongs (canals) or visit the Grand Palace.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

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Rivers, Roads and Rail to Rangoon

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£1825 12 DAYS £1169 11 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £210 TRIP CODE: QBU TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel, 1 night simple overnight train, 1 night simple boat. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip has been carefully put together so that it can be easily combined with some of our other trips in Indochina. Trip codes: QLB, QBLB Mingun

MANDALAY

Vast plains with 3000 temples

Amarapura, Inwa U-Bein bridge

BAGAN

SHAN PLATEAU

Heho

The Burmese people are great as is their country; for a snapshot of a country this tour has it all. Do it!

Leg rowing fisherman, stilted villages

CHIANG RAI White Temple

ARAKAN RANGE PEGU RANGE

Stephen, Ravenscar

Tachileik

INLE LAKE

CHIANG MAI

Doi Suthep Temple Night Bazaar

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This exciting journey takes us from relaxed northern Thailand to the beautiful and serene Inle Lake, across the central plains of Burma to the temples of Bagan, before ending in the old capital of Rangoon. We make use of a variety of means of transport, driving through the ever-changing scenery on a bus ride to Bagan and travelling between Mandalay and Rangoon on a colonial railway line originally built by the British. Also included is a leisurely overnight river cruise along Burma’s biggest waterway, where we sleep out atop the boat and under the stars. DAY

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Free time to explore the walled city of Chiang Mai before driving north to Chiang Rai.

Step back in time as you cross the border from modern Thailand to traditional Burma. Fly to Inle.

Discover the iconic one leg-rowing fisherman when cruising Inle Lake by longtail boat.

Witness ever-changing scenery when taking a bus from the high Shan Plateau to the plains of Bagan.

Take a guided tour amongst some of the most spectacular 1,000 year-old temples of Bagan.

Enjoy an overnight cruise along the Irrawady River, taking in the rural scenery en route.

Disembark in the former capital of Mandalay, with the option to visit U-Bein Bridge for sunset.

Visit the old kingdoms of Amarapura and Inwa before catching a sleeper train south to Rangoon.

Embark on a tour of Rangoon, taking in the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda and Scott’s Market.

Trip ends in Rangoon

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Indochina Encounter and Good Morning Vietnam!

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£1849 22 DAYS £1289 20 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £235 TRIP CODE: QBV TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 11 nights simple hotel, 5 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple overnight train. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included.

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Poi Pet

Danang

Angkor temple complex

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Lake Tonle Sap

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Boat on Tonle Sap Lake

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Beaches Boat trip Cu Chi Tunnels

PHNOM PENH Royal Palace Silver Pagoda

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Ancient town Bike rides Tailors shops

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This overland adventure takes us from Bangkok over the border into Cambodia, where we have the chance to explore the ancient temples of Angkor as well as delve into the vibrant capital of Phnom Penh. Our journey continues to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, before we venture north along the Ho Chi Minh trail via the beaches of Nha Trang and ancient towns of Hoi An and Hue. We end in the north where we explore the frenetic capital of Hanoi and cruise among the iconic towering limestone cliffs of Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat. DAYS

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Explore the mystical jungle temples of Angkor, including the incredible Angkor Wat.

Travel through rural Cambodia to the colonial town of Battambang.

Discover Phnom Penh on a walking tour through the city and visit the infamous Killing Fields.

Mingle with the locals on a public bus to Ho Chi Minh City.

Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels or cruise through stilted villages in the Mekong Delta.

Enjoy a cruise aboard a traditional wooden junk in atmospheric Halong Bay.

Wander the streets of the Old Quarter and witness a traditional water puppet show in Hanoi.

Trip ends in Hanoi.

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Relax on the Take in the Travel along beautiful traditional the majestic beaches of Nha wooden houses Hai Van Pass Trang. Catch an and Chinese to Hue. Visit overnight train temples that line the citadel to Hoi An. the narrow lanes and cruise the of Hoi An. Perfume River.

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Northern Indochina Encompassed

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£2725 21 DAYS £2059 19 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £435 TRIP CODE: QLB TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple hotel, 5 nights standard, 2 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple overnight train, 1 night standard boat, 1 night simple boat. MEALS: 18 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included.

Vast plains with 3000 temples

Mingun Amarapura, Inwa U-Bein bridge

MANDALAYSHAN PLATEAU

VIETNAM

Heho

BAGAN

INLE LAKE Leg rowing

Slowboat along Mekong River

stilted villages

CHIANG RAI White Temple

PAKBENG

ARAKAN RANGE PEGU RANGE

HANOI

Old Quarter

Pak Ou Caves

HALONG BAY Boat cruise

LUANG PRABANG

Buddhist Temples

CHIANG MAI

LAOS

Doi Suthep Temple Night Bazaar

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This trip combines our Backroads of Hanoi trip with Rivers, Roads and Rails to Rangoon – allowing for a comprehensive journey through northern Indochina. Combine the rich history of northern Vietnam with traditional ways of life in Laos, along with the garden cities of northern Thailand, and incredible temples and pagodas of Burma. This three-week trip is varied, diverse and action packed!

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Take a traditional junk boat through the scenic waters of Halong Bay.

Fly to Luang Prabang and explore the temples of this UNESCOlisted city.

Enjoy a slowboat cruise along the Mekong River towards Thailand.

Explore the ancient Lanna Kingdom of Chiang Mai and visit the bustling night market.

Encounter the mysterious White Temple on the drive north to Chiang Rai.

Cross into Burma and discover Inle Lake and its various traditional industries by longboat.

Visit a school for young monks and walk along the U-Bein Bridge for sunset in Mandalay.

Take an overnight train to Rangoon, visit the incredible golden Shwedagon Pagoda.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

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Simply Thailand

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£1389 13 DAYS £749 12 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £200 TRIP CODE: QTT TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 4 nights standard hotel, 2 nights stardard lodge, 2 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple homestay, 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners are included.

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Bridge over the River Kwai, Erawan Falls

BANGKOK

Grand Palace Temples Street food

KHAO SAM ROI YOT Phraya Nakhon Cave Pagoda Beach camping

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THAILAND KOH PHITHAK

Island Homestay, Snorkelling

Gulf of Thailand

KHAO SOK NP

Jungle night walk, optional kayaking

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White sand beaches, optional island hopping

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This overland adventure takes us from the bright lights and glittering temples of Bangkok to the palm-fringed white sand beaches of Krabi. Along the way we learn about the bridge over the River Kwai, visit cave temples, camp on a remote beach, spend time getting to know locals and explore one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Using a variety of transport and staying in a selection of simple accommodation, it’s an adventurous trip that combines some of Thailand’s best highlights with remote hideaways, away from the main tourist trail. DAY

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Free day in Bangkok with optional visit to the Grand Palace or explore the city’s waterways.

Ride along the Death Railway and learn about the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai.

Free time in Kanchanaburi. Optional bamboo rafting, Thai cookery class or visit Erawan Falls.

Explore the mangrove reserve at Khao Sam Roi Yort and camp overnight on the beach.

Discover the mystical cave pagoda at Phraya Nakhon and take a boat to Koh Phithak Island.

Enjoy the warm hospitality of our homestay at Koh Phithak and try your hand at squid fishing.

Drive to Khao Sok National Park and take a night walk through the tropical rainforest.

Free time for nature walks, swimming or kayaking in Khao Sok National Park.

Drive south to the white sand beaches of Krabi. Free afternoon.

Relax on the beach, visit hot springs, snorkel coral reefs or take a speedboat to Koh Phi Phi.

Trip ends in Krabi.

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Vietnam Explorer VIETNAM FROM

£2399 23 DAYS £1799 21 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £390 TRIP CODE: VE TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 14 nights standard hotel 2 nights simple boat, 2 nights standard boat, 1 night standard lodge, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 19 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners are included.

CHINA

VIETNAM

HALONG BAY

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Old Quarter

Boat cruise

Gulf of Tonkin

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Imperial Citadel Perfume River cruise

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Explore Phnom Penh and the mystical temples of Angkor. Trip code: VEC

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China Beach Marble mountain Danang

HOI AN

Ancient Town Beach

Spend three days relaxing on the tropical beaches of Phu Quoc Island. Trip code: VB

Kon Kotu Bahnar village

KON TUM Pleiku

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The variety of experiences was amazing! Some aspects were beyond expectation, such as the Halong Bay cruise and the visit to the tribal village.

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Susan, Guernsey

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Take an in-depth journey across Vietnam visiting ancient colonial towns and experiencing traditional river life along the waterways. We follow part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail through the beautiful Central Highlands where we trek, raft, and visit tribal villages. We also sea kayak in Halong Bay, cruise among floating markets on the Mekong Delta and uncover recent history in Ho Chi Minh City’s War Remnants Museum.

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Join trip in Hanoi. Explore the narrow lanes of the Old Quarter and visit the OnePillar Pagoda.

Take a two night cruise by traditional wooden junk through the towering cliffs of Halong Bay.

Kayak through scenic waters and past floating villages. Take an overnight train to Hue.

Travel along Hue’s Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Discover royal tombs and the Old Citadel.

Enjoy a scenic journey across the spectacular Hai Van Pass.

Uncover the charm of old Hoi An, with a chance to visit the temples of My Son.

Turn inland and off the main tourist trail, past minority villages to the market town of Kon Tum.

Venture through the Western Highlands and take a boat out onto Lake Lak.

Descend to the coastal plains and onto the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang.

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and explore the rice paddies and stilted villages of the Mekong delta.

Barter with the locals at a floating market and visit the rural islands of the Delta.

Discover the underground network of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Inside Vietnam

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CHINA

VIETNAM

HALONG BAY

HANOI

Old Quarter

Boat cruise

EXTEND YOUR TRIP There are two options to extend your trip:

Gulf of Tonkin

Explore Phnom Penh and the mystical temples of Angkor. Trip code: VNC Imperial Citadel Perfume River cruise

Spend three days relaxing on the tropical beaches of Phu Quoc Island. Trip code: VB

HUE LAOS

China Beach Marble mountain Danang

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Ancient Town Beach

This was a very well organised trip with lots of interesting places to see and learn about. I loved the different forms of trains and aeroplane.

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Corinne, East Grinstead

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Cu Chi Tunnels

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Old Saigon

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Experience spectacular coastal scenery, historic towns and evocative war memorials on this journey through Vietnam. We travel down the coast and along part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail from the capital Hanoi to old Saigon. Along the way we enjoy a cruise among towering karst scenery in Halong Bay, discover floating markets and bustling river life along the Mekong Delta and explore the ancient sea port and Chinese temples of Hoi An.

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Uncover the ancient charm of Hanoi on a walking tour of the Old Quarter.

Cruise amongst the towering limestone cliffs and hidden caves of Halong Bay.

Take a cruise along the Perfume River to the serene Thien Mu Pagoda.

Discover the Imperial citadel of Hue. Free afternoon to explore the ancient city.

Drive along the breathtaking Hai Van pass, taking in the Marble Mountains en route.

Discover Hoi An’s traditional wooden houses and Chinese architecture. Take a trip to My Lai.

Fly south to cruise through the stilted villages of the Mekong Delta and stay with a local family.

Continue your exploration of the Delta, meeting the locals and learning about their way of life.

Stroll through the streets of Old Saigon, visiting Independence Palace and War Remnants Musuem.

Uncover the myriad tunnels and underground chambers at the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Vietnam Express

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Optional single rooms are available from £200 TRIP CODE: VF TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches are included.

CHINA

VIETNAM

HALONG BAY

HANOI

Old Quarter

Boat cruise

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Spend three days relaxing on the tropical beaches of Phu Quoc Island.

Gulf of Tonkin

Trip code: VB

Imperial Citadel Perfume River cruise

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China Beach Marble mountain Danang

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Ancient Town Beach

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HO CHI MINH CITY

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For those that are short on time, this trip is a chance to experience the highlights of this fascinating country on a fast-paced journey that travels the length of Vietnam. Wander through the streets of the charming Old Quarter of Hanoi, experience travel on an overnight train, discover ancient Hoi An and cruise through the myriad waterways in the tropical Mekong Delta, all in just 10 days.

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Discover the colonial charm of Hanoi on a walking tour through the city’s narrow streets.

Free morning to explore more of Hanoi. Afternoon drive to the majestic Halong Bay.

Cruise past limestone karsts on a traditional junk through Halong Bay. Catch a train south.

Embark on a tour of Hue, taking in the Imperial Citadel and the Perfume River.

Enjoy the scenic mountain roads on the drive over the Marble Mountains to Hoi An.

A free day to explore the narrow streets and Chinese temples in the ancient port of Hoi An.

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and explore the city’s curious mix of old and new.

Encounter the floating markets and myriad waterways in the Mekong Delta.

Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

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\\ Cruising past the towering limestone cliffs of Halong Bay

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard junk, 2 nights simple overnight train.

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\\ Bartering for fresh fruit at Cai Be floating market in the Mekong Delta

MEALS:12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner included.

Optional single rooms are available from £275

\\ Discovering the iconic jungle temples of Angkor in Siem Reap.

This tour was incredible. It took us on various modes of transport down through Vietnam and into Cambodia. Along the way we ate fantastic food at reasonable prices, saw how people live in different parts of the country and got a real feel for the environment we were in.

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Old Quarter

LAOS Da Nang Marble mountain THAILAND

HOI AN

Ancient Town Beach

Spend three days relaxing on the tropical beaches of Phu Quoc Island.

VIETNAM

SIEM REAP

Trip code: VBS Floating Villages

Angkor temples

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Royal Palace

Cu Chi Tunnels

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Old Saigon Cai Be Mekong Delta Cruise Floating Markets

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Explore French colonial cities, vibrant river-side life and lost jungle temples on this fast-paced adventure through Vietnam and Cambodia. We travel using a variety of transport on the journey from Hanoi, taking in the jagged limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, the ancient trading port of Hoi An, the history of Ho Chi Minh City and the stilted houses of the Mekong Delta. We then venture into Cambodia to learn about the haunting tales of the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh, ending with three days to explore the magnificent jungle temples of Angkor.

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Explore Hanoi on a walk through the narrow lanes of the Old Quarter.

Board a traditional junk boat and cruise through the jade green waters of Halong Bay.

Cruise through floating villages at Halong Bay, before taking a sleeper train to Danang.

Discover the charming old town of Hoi An. Visit the local market or cycle in the countryside.

A free day with options to visit My Son temples or take a cookery course.

Enjoy a free morning before embarking on an overnight train journey to Ho Chi Minh City.

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Uncover French architecture on a tour of Old Saigon. Visit the haunting War Crimes Museum.

Barter for exotic fresh fruit at the floating market in the Mekong Delta.

Travel up through the delta and cross the border into Cambodia. Continue to Phnom Penh.

Learn about the Khmer Rouge at the infamous Killing Fields. Explore Phnom Penh on foot.

Travel overland through rural Cambodia to Siem Reap. Watch the sun setting over the Angkor temples.

Discover the jungle temple of Ta Phrom and the wonderfully preserved Angkor Wat.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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“This was my first trip to SE Asia and looking back I still can’t believe how much I saw in 15 days. Every single day delivered an incredible experience: vibrant cities, beautiful landscapes and an insight into the fascinating history of two very different countries all brought to life by our Explore Leader. Choosing highlights is tough but if pressed I would say they were taking a swim amongst the limestone islets of Halong Bay, making spring rolls in a Hoi An cookery class, learning about the Vietnam War from a fresh perspective and watching sunrise at Angkor Wat.” JAYNE SMITH Customer Sales and Support Supervisor

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Vietnam and Angkor in Comfort

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£2599 16 DAYS £1999 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £495 TRIP CODE: DVNC TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Premium 12 nights premium hotel, 1 night premium boat. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner are included.

VIETNAM HANOI

Old Quarter

CHINA

HALONG BAY Boat cruise

Gulf of Tonkin

Imperial Citadel Perfume River cruise

This was our first time on a tour holiday so we were not sure what to expect, but we loved it. It was packed with busy days but with time for relaxation. The accommodation was excellent.

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Marble mountain Danang

HOI AN

LAOS

SIEM REAP

Angkor temples Lake Tonle Sap Floating villages

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Cu Chi Tunnels

Marie, Northampton

Ancient Town Beach

SOUTH CHINA SEA

CAI BE

Mekong Delta cruise Floating market

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Explore the fascinating sights of Vietnam and Cambodia in comfort when staying in our characterful selection of premium hotels. We visit the Imperial city of Hue, the historic port of Hoi An and modern Ho Chi Minh City. Cruise Halong Bay on a luxury junk and explore the Mekong Delta by boat. We then fly onto Cambodia where we spend time exploring Angkor’s magnificent jungle temple complex.

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Discover the French colonial sights of Hanoi, including a visit to the Old Quarter.

Take an overnight cruise through Halong Bay on a comfortable wooden junk.

Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine on a cookery course in Hoi An.

Walk through the streets of Hoi An and uncover the charm and history of this ancient trading port.

Take a scenic drive past the peaks of the Marble Mountains on the iconic Hai Van Pass.

Visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue, with the option to explore the city by bicycle.

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Hall.

Witness daily life on a cruise through the backwaters of the Mekong Delta.

Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels for a fascinating insight into the resourcefulness of the Vietnamese.

Immerse yourself in the sprawling jungle temples of the Angkor complex.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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Mekong Adventures

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£2099 16 DAYS £1399 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £230 TRIP CODE: QMA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights standard hotel, 5 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple homestay. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included.

LAOS LUANG PRABANG

Ancient Royal Capital

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Pakse

DON KHONG ISLAND

4000 Islands boat trip Temples Khone of Angkor Phapheng SIEM REAP Falls River Lake Tonie Dolphins Sap Skuon

Wat Phou Champassak

SALA KOH TRONG ISLAND Kratie

Kampong Cham Wat Nokor

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This exciting journey, following the course of the Mekong River, takes us through some of the more remote regions of Laos and Cambodia. We visit Champassak in southern Laos, home to Khone Phapheng Falls – South East Asia’s largest waterfall, and the Si Phan Don Archipelago – otherwise known as the 4,000 Islands. We experience village life, search for the elusive Irrawaddy River dolphin, as well as explore the cultural cities of Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap – the gateway to the iconic temples of Angkor. DAYS

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Join trip in Vientiane. Explore the Buddhist monasteries, stupas and monuments of the capital.

Fly north to explore the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang and its beautiful surroundings.

Soak up the sleepy atmosphere and colonial beauty of the UNESCO city of Luang Prabang.

Fly to the little visited south eastern corner of Laos and visit Wat Phou temple.

Explore the rural villages of Don Daeng Island on foot and by bicycle.

Cruise among the 4,000 Islands and witness the power of nature at the mighty Khone Phapheng Falls.

Cross the border into Cambodia and search for Irrawady dolphins in Kratie.

Travel to the capital, stopping off in Skuon to sample the local delicacy – deep fried tarantula!

Stroll through the tree-lined boulevards of Phnom Penh or visit the infamous Killing Fields.

Discover the ‘tomb raider temple’ of Ta Prohm and magnificent Angkor Wat.

Further explore the Angkor temples or cruise past floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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Spirit of Laos

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£2599 17 DAYS £1999 16 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £335 TRIP CODE: LA TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights simple hotel, 4 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 2 nights standard bungalow, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 15 breakfasts are included.

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Village walks, Kayaking Pak Ou Caves

LUANG PRABANG

PHONSAVAN

Temples & Waterfalls

Visit tribal villages, Plain Of Jars

LAOS VIENTIANE

Laos capital, That Luang Stupa City tour

THAILAND TAD LO

Waterfalls

Paske Wat Phou Champassak

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DON KHONG ISLAND 100 km

This exciting adventure travels the length and breadth of the most charming country in South East Asia. We visit the capital Vientiane, meet friendly hilltribe villagers and discover the mysterious Plain of Jars. Cruise along the Mekong River in traditional slowboats, passing jagged limestone peaks as we travel to the ancient former capital Luang Prabang. Ending in the deep south we explore the inland Mekong Delta.

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Explore the sleepy Lao capital and visit Buddha Park.

Fly to Phonsavan and discover the ancient capital of Muang Khong.

Discover the three sites of the mystical Plain of Jars in remote Phonsavan.

Drive along scenic mountain roads to Luang Prabang.

Take a walking tour of the town’s temples and visit Kuang Si Waterfall.

Drive to Nong Khiaw. Visit hilltribe villages and kayak on the Nam Ou River.

Pass towering limestone cliffs and Buddhist shrines on a longtail boat journey to Luang Prabang.

Fly to the remote south of Laos and explore the 4,000 Islands region by boat.

Drive to Tad Lo and explore the surrounding villages and temples in the Bolaven Plateau.

Leave sleepy Laos behind on the flight to Thailand’s energetic capital, Bangkok.

Trip ends in Bangkok.

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Cambodia Highlights

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£1199 10 DAYS 8 £599 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £125 TRIP CODE: KCH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP Spend two weeks exploring the length of Vietnam before experiencing the highlights of Cambodia. Trip code: VNC Spend three days relaxing on the tropical beaches of Phu Quoc Island. Trip code: VBS

An amazing trip in an amazing country.

Anne, Lymington

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Angkor jungle temple complex

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PHNOM PENH Royal Palace

This short twin-centre adventure focuses on the iconic highlights of Cambodia. We discover the sights of the capital city Phnom Penh where we learn about the dark days of the Khmer Rouge before driving to Siem Reap, from where we cruise the largest lake in the region, Tonle Sap, and see floating villages. We spend three full days exploring the vast complex of the Temples of Angkor, where we witness sunrise at iconic Angkor Wat, see the ‘Tomb Raider’ temple at Ta Prohm, and discover the ‘temple of many faces’ at Bayon. DAY

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Join trip in Phnom Penh.

Discover some of Phnom Penh’s most iconic sights including the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

Chat to locals on Silk Island or visit Chiso Mountain, topped by an 11th-century Khmer temple.

Travel through rural Cambodia to Siem Reap and take a leisurely cruise on Tonle Sap Lake.

Embark on an exploration of the jungle temples of Angkor, watching the sunset at Pre Rup.

Visit Bayon, made up of 216 gigantic faces intricately carved into the towers of the temple.

Uncover Ta Phrom, a temple consumed by the jungle and explore the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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This trip was a great introduction to the beautiful country of Cambodia. Our tour leader was fantastic and really shared his passion for the temples with us. Emma, Stowmarket

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Heart of Cambodia

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Optional single rooms are available from £190 TRIP CODE: CD TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Spend three days relaxing on the tropical beaches of Phu Quoc Island. Trip code: VBS

Angkor Temple Complex

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SIEM REAP

Irrawaddy Dolphins boat trip

Lake Tonle Sap

KOMPONG THOM

KRATIE

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Deep fried tarantula

PHNOM PENH

Optional cycling

Royal Palace National museum The killing fields

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KAMPOT

Canal trip to Angkor Borei & Phnom Da

Countryside trip VIETNAM by ‘Remorque’ Rabbit Island Swimming, beaches and local seafood

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An exploratory trip that delves deep into Cambodia – a little-visited but hugely rewarding country. We discover its traditional villages dotted around the beautiful countryside and travel deep into the jungle to discover the ancient temple city of Angkor. We uncover tragic recent history in Phnom Penh, take a boat trip in search of the rare Irrawaddy River dolphin in Kratie, and sample delicious local cuisine on Rabbit Island.

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Join trip in Phnom Penh, with time in the afternoon to explore this lively city.

Travel by speedboat to colonial Kampot, with a chance to stop at the hilltop shrine of Phnom Da.

Take some rickshaws through the rural countryside to the coastal town of Kep.

Enjoy a gentle exploration of Rabbit Island, with opportunities to swim in the shallow waters.

Take to the river in Kratie and search for the freshwater dolphins of the Mekong.

Continue the journey through rural Cambodia, with a visit to a traditional silk farm.

Cruise on Tonle Sap Lake visiting floating villages.

Witness the ‘Tomb Raider temple’ of Ta Phrom at sunrise.

Continue to explore the jungle temples of Angkor, including the magnificent Angkor Wat.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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Learn about Explore the the horrors of palaces and Cambodia’s temples of the Khmer Rouge capital. Sample regime on a visit fried tarantulas to the Killing en route to Fields. Kampong Cham.

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Beyond the Mekong

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£2499 17 DAYS £1979 16 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £285 TRIP CODE: BM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 5 nights simple hotel, 3 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included.

Chiang Khong Tha Ton

Pak Ou Caves

LAOS

LUANG PRABANG

CHIANG PAKBENG RAI

A fascinating and very varied trip. There were many highlights, such as the amazing Angkor temples, the laid-back atmosphere of Luang Prabang, cruising down the Mekong River; there were so many of them.

King’s Palace

CHIANG MAI

Cookery course (optional)

VIENTIANE Sleepy capital

THAILAND Angkor Jungle temple complex

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Temples Emerald Buddha Grand Palace

Richard, Bristol

BAN HOUEI SAI

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Lake Tonle Sap

PHNOM PENH City tour Royal Palace

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This exciting journey uncovers northern Thailand before taking us deep into South East Asia’s lesser-visited countries of Laos and Cambodia. We cruise along the Mekong River through the countryside of jungle-covered hills and small fishing villages as we journey to Luang Prabang, Laos’ sleepy riverside city. We fly on to French colonial Vientiane then make our way further south to Cambodia, where we discover the buzzing capital city of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, the gateway to the epic temples of Angkor. DAY

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Visit some of the iconic sights of this buzzing city before catching a train to Chiang Mai.

Explore Chiang Mai’s temples and markets. Cruise towards Chiang Rai by longtail boat.

Discover the infamous Golden Traingle en route to crossing the border into Laos.

Pass lush forested hills and sleepy villages on a gentle cruise along the Mekong to Pakbeng.

Continue on to the UNESCO city of Luang Prabang. Explore Pak Ou Caves and climb Mount Phousi.

View the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls before flying to the capital, Vientiane.

Discover Vientiane on foot. Fly to Phnom Penh and visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

Learn about Cambodia’s dark history on a visit to the Killing Fields.

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Travel through Uncover the rural Cambodia mystical temples to Siem Reap. of Angkor Enjoy sunset including the over the awe-inspiring magnificent Angkor Wat. Fly Angkor temples. to Bangkok.

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Trip ends in Bangkok.

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Highlights of Laos

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£1379 10 DAYS 8 £499 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £160 TRIP CODE: LAH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip has been carefully planned to combine with our Inside Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights tours, offering a thorough and exciting exploration of Indochina. Trip code: HIC

VIETNAM

LAOS LUANG PRABANG

UNESCO World Heritage City Kuang Si Waterfall

VANG VIENG

Karst Scenery underground caves

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Laos Capital That Luang Stupa

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This short trip takes us from the sleepy Laotian capital of Vientiane to the river-side town of Vang Vieng, set to the backdrop of towering limestone cliffs, to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang. We visit glittering temples, explore vast caves and underground caverns, witness monks collecting alms at sunrise and discover cascading waterfalls, all in eight days. This trip can also be combined with our Inside Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights trips, for a comprehensive tour of Indochina. DAY

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Join trip in Vientiane. Meet our fellow explorers for sunset drinks over the Mekong River.

Explore Laos’ sleepy capital with the option to visit Buddha Park or the COPE Museum.

Drive to the river-side town of Vang Vieng. Afternoon walk through rice fields and villages.

Free day in Vang Vieng with the option to cycle, kayak or explore underground caves.

Scenic drive to the UNESCO city of Luang Prabang. Climb Mount Phousi for sunset.

Uncover glittering temples and French colonial architecture on a walking tour of Luang Prabang.

Discover the natural turquoise rock pools in the cascading Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Trip ends in Luang Prabang.

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Explore Malaysia

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£1899 14 DAYS £1199 13 DAYS

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Good trip providing an insight into such a diverse country.

Karen, Portsmouth THAILAND

LANGKAWI Beach

BELUM RAINFOREST Jungle walks

GEORGETOWN Penang

Bukit Merah Orang-utan Island

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KUALA LUMPUR

China Town Central Market

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MALACCA

Colonial architecture INDONESIA

This fascinating journey takes us from the gleaming metropolis of Kuala Lumpur to the idyllic beaches of Langkawi. We discover colonial buildings in Malacca, visit orphaned orang-utans at Bukit Merah and trek through one of the oldest rainforests in the world in Royal Belum. The trip then takes us to colourful Georgetown where we get the chance to sample some authentic Malay cuisine before ending on the tropical island of Langkawi.

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Explore the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur and the colourful streets and temples of Chinatown.

Visit the Hindu temple at Batu Caves before continuing to Malacca for an evening river cruise.

Uncover centuries of colonial rule in the trading port of Malacca. Visit a Kampung house.

Free morning to soak up Malacca’s unique atmosphere before driving back to the capital.

Witness important rehabilitation and conservation work on Bukit Merah Orangutan Island.

Explore the waterfalls and lush jungle of Belum Rainforest by boat. Meet the Orang Asli people.

Travel through the pre-historic Lenggong Valley and take a ferry to Penang Island.

Discover Georgetown and ride the cliff railway to the top of Penang Hill for wonderful views.

Take a ferry out to the tropical island of Langkawi, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Relax on the palm-fringed beaches or perhaps explore the island’s jungleclad interior.

Trip ends in Langkawi.

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Exotic Java and Bali

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£1899 15 DAYS £1175 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £300 TRIP CODE: JV TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip has been carefully planned to be easily combined with our Highlights of Sumatra trip. Please contact our reservations team for more information.

A full-on tour of some of the key sights of eastern Java and Bali. The highlights were the volcanoes Bromo and Ijen, and the ancient monuments of Prambanan and Borobodur.

James, Cork

INDONESIA

Prambanan Hindu Temples

Sultan’s Palace Candi Sukuh Lawu

Borobudur Buddhist Temple Complex

CEMORO LAWANG

JAVA

MALANG

YOGYAKARTA

Explore by bicycle rickshaws TAWANGMANGGU Village trek

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Mt Ijen walk (optional)

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Mt Bromo sunrise walk (optional)

LOVINA BEACH

KALIBARU

BALI

Plantation walks Gilimanuk

INDIAN OCEAN

UBUD

Paddy fields and handicrafts

SANUR BEACH

Denpasar

This Indonesian journey takes in the exotic islands of Java and Bali. On Java we visit the incredible temples of Borobudur, watch as the sun sets on the Hindu temple of Prambanan and enjoy views of stately Mount Bromo. On Bali we walk through rice paddies, enjoy the Bohemian charm of Ubud and spend time on both black and white sand beaches. There is also the opportunity to take an early morning dolphin safari by boat.

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Explore the city by cycle rickshaw and witness the sunset over Prambanan Temple.

View the intricate and well-preserved carvings in the Borobudur Buddhist temple complex.

Visit the Sultan’s Palace and trek through rural villages in the hill town of Tawangmanggu.

Pass rolling hills, lush rice paddies and steaming volcanoes on the drive to Malang.

Witness the pink hue as the sun rises over Mount Bromo. Drive across the Sand Sea to Kalibaru.

Trek up to the crater of Mount Ijen and stay at a plantation growing coffee and cocoa.

Leave Java and cross the strait to Bali by ferry, then take the coastal road to Lovina Beach.

Spot dolphins on an optional boat trip in Lovina Beach and visit Lake Batur.

Learn about local farming techniques and trek among rice paddies in Ubud.

Relax on the beautiful white sand beaches or explore the charming town of Sanur.

Trip ends in Sanur.

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Volcanoes, Dragons and Beaches

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COMBINE YOUR TRIP The trip has been carefully planned to be easily combined with our Exotic Java and Bali trip. Please contact our reservations team for more information.

BALI

LABUAN RUTENG BAJO FLORES

Temples and tombs

KOMODO

UBUD LOMBOK SANUR

Denpasar Golden sand beaches

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SUMBAWA INDIAN OCEAN

Tribal villages

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Volcano walk Ende

MONI

RINCA

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This adventurous trip showcases the islands of Bali, Flores and Komodo. Enjoy spiritual Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali before heading east to the lesser-visited island of Flores. Travel through scenery lush with jungle, paddy fields and dramatic volcanoes, stopping to walk through tribal villages, and admire views of picturesque lakes and volcanoes. Board a boat for a night on the waters of the Komodo Archipelago, stopping on Komodo and Rinca islands to search for the infamous Komodo dragon, before relaxing on the golden sand beaches of Bali. DAY

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Visit a traditional Balinese temple and walk among ancient Royal tombs.

Fly to the island of Flores and drive through picturesque countryside to Moni.

Climb Kelimutu volcano for sunrise and views of three crater lakes.

Take a scenic drive along coastal roads and up into lush junglecovered hills to Bajawa.

Start the morning with views of Ebulobo volcano before trekking through tribal villages.

Pass active volcanoes, dense jungles and rice paddies on the journey to Ruteng.

Embark on an overnight cruise to Rinca Island and take a safari into dragon territory.

Cruise to the mystical island of Komodo to continue the search for dragons.

Explore the market of Labuan Bajo. Fly back to Bali and drive to the white-sand beach of Sanur.

Free to relax on the beach or snorkel the warm waters of nearby Lembongan Island.

Trip ends in Sanur.

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Highlights of Sumatra

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£1399 10 DAYS 8 £699 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £180 TRIP CODE: SUM TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP The trip has been carefully planned to be easily combined with our Exotic Java and Bali trip. Please contact our reservations team for more information.

BOHOROK

Orang-utan, Gibbons, Leaf Monkeys

MEDAN

BERASTAGI

Maimoon Palace

Markets Sibayak Volcano

SAMOSIR

Lake Toba Batak Toba Villages SUMATRA

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On this exciting adventure we spend eight days taking in the rugged landscapes and discovering the unique wildlife of Northern Sumatra. We trek through jungles for a chance to spot orang-utans in the wild, scale steaming volcanoes for sunrise and enjoy rural village encounters on this adventurous trip through the biggest island of the Indonesian Archipelago.

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Explore Medan before driving north to the tropical jungles of Bukit Lawang.

Walk through the forests and witness orang-utans in their natural environment in Bohorok.

Travel onto Berastagi, passing Batak Karo villages en route.

Trek up Sibayak Volcano for sunrise before travelling onto Samosir Island.

Discover beautiful Lake Toba by boat, with the chance to visit indigenous Batak Toba villages.

Pass remote communities on the journey back to the island’s capital.

Trip ends in Medan.

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Excellent tour. Lots of activities providing information on the geology, wildlife, history and lifestyle of Sumatra.

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Discover Sulawesi

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£2629 15 DAYS £1799 13 DAYS

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PALU BESOA VALLEY

Lore Lindu National Park Megalithic Stones

INDONESIA

TENTENA

Waterfalls, Swimming

PENDOLO Lake Poso

RANTEPAO

Toraja Land, Hanging graves

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SENGKANG MAROS

Caves and limestone karsts

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This adventurous trip takes us well off the tourist trail as we visit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The island lies in the heart of the Indonesian Archipelago and is steeped in tradition and mysticism, perhaps encapsulated best by the Toraja highlanders. The Toraja people have a rich and traditional heritage along with their elaborate funeral celebrations that can last for several days. We discover the Toraja’s ancient culture, as well as thick rainforest, rare wildlife and drive along scenic mountain roads in this little-visited part of Indonesia. DAY

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Explore the bustling port city of Makassar on foot, including Fort Rotterdam and Poatere Harbour.

Travel along the TransSulawesi Highway to Sengkang, with a nature walk en route.

Spot birdlife as we drift along the Walennea River on a canoe.

Discover another world in Rantepao with the Tau Tau statues and hanging graves of the Toraja.

Walk past rice terraces and through traditional villages. Share dinner with a Toraja family.

Drive north and take a boat out on Lake Tentena to visit the incredible 12-tier waterfall.

A full day’s drive into the heart of Sulawesi to the rarely visited Lindu National Park.

Uncover wildlife and megalithic stones from our homestay in the Besoa Valley.

Head back to civilisation on the drive to Palu, then fly to Makassar.

Drink tea in a Bugis house and canoe down-river amongst towering limestone cliffs in Maros.

Trip ends in Makassar.

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Kalimantan Adventure

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£2895 17 DAYS £2329 16 DAYS

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ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights simple hotel, 6 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel.

MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

S.E.ASIA

PHILIPPINES

BERAU

MALAYSIA

INDONESIA

PANGKALANBUN JAKARTA

MALAYSIA

BERAU

Night Market

BORNEO

MERATUA ISLAND

Tropical beaches Snorkelling coral reefs

KALIMANTAN

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PALANGKARAYA

Dayak Village

PANGKALANBUN

LOKASDO

TANJUNG PUTING

Overnight River Cruise Orang-utan Sanctuary

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Diamond mine Explore city’s canals

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Kalimantan occupies nearly three-quarters of the island of Borneo and plays host to some of the oldest rainforests in the world. The steaming jungles of Tanjung Puting are a haven to Orang-utans, proboscis monkeys and an array of incredible wildlife. The tribal Dayak people live in harmony with this nature, as they have done for hundreds of years. But Kalimantan is not just about the rainforest, there are bustling markets to be explored, rivers to be rafted, delicious local food to be sampled, and island reefs to be discovered. DAY

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Fly to Pangkalanbun and board boat for a river cruise through Tanjung Puting National Park.

River cruise continues. Visit Camp Leaky Orang-utan Sanctuary and take a nature walk.

Drive to Palangkaraya and share lunch with the Dayak tribe in a village on the Kahayan River.

Visit an active diamond mine, cutting shop and diamond market in Banjarmasin.

Barter for fresh fruit at Banjarmasin’s floating market before exploring a swamp by canoe.

Walk through forests, past tribal villages and swim in a waterfall.

Pass Dayak longhouses as we float down the Amandit River on a bamboo raft.

Fly east to Berau and explore the town’s lively night market and food stalls.

Travel across to the remote Meratau Island by speedboat.

Two days to relax on the beach, snorkel, spot nesting turtles and visit a jellyfish lake.

Catch a speedboat to Berau and fly to Jakarta where the trip ends.

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Discover Borneo

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£2549 16 DAYS £1799 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £450 TRIP CODE: BOO TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple lodge, 4 nights simple homestay, 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners are included.

SULU SEA KAMPUNG Sepilok Orang utan TUANGSI KAMPANG rehabilitation centre, KIAU Sun bear Conservation BERINGGIS Centre SANDAKAN KOTA Labuk Bay proboscis KINABALU monkey sanctuary SABAH TEA PLANTATION

SOUTH CHINA SEA BRUNEI

SABAH

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MALAYSIA Bako NP

KUCHING MONGKOS BIDAYUH

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This exciting trip showcases Borneo’s culture, natural beauty and exotic animals. Our journey takes us through Sarawak and Sabah, the two provinces that make up Malaysian Borneo. On our way not only do we explore the cities of Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, we encounter the warm hospitality of traditional tribes as we stay in rural villages. We spend an exciting night in a homestay in the jungle where we learn a few traditional survival skills and end our adventure with time to relax on the idyllic Berringis Beach. DAY

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Embark on a walking tour of the city and take a cruise on the Sarawak River.

Explore the primary rainforest of Bako National Park, with a chance to spot proboscis monkeys.

Visit tribal markets and engage with the locals when staying overnight in a minority village.

Discover the blend of architecture in the capital, before heading north to meet the Bajau tribe.

Uncover traditional ways of life when staying in Kampung Tuangsi village.

Learn some survival skills when staying in a homestay in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu.

Trek through caves, take a dip in natural springs and visit a Malaysian fish spa.

Visit the endemic proboscis monkeys at the Labuk Bay Sanctuary.

Meet the ‘men of the forest’ at the amazing Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre.

Relax in the warm waters of the South China Sea at the idyllic Berringis Beach.

Trip ends in Kota Kinabalu.

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North Philippines Explorer

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£2549 15 DAYS £1945 13 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £580 TRIP CODE: PIP TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Extend your trip with four days relaxing on the tropical beaches of Bohul Island Trip code: PIPB

LAOAG

Sand dunes (optional)

CORDILLERA CENTRAL

VIGAN

UNESCO listed Mestizo quarter

A great mix of the cultural and natural history of the Philippines: World-famous rice terraces and the Colonial city of Vigan and exceptional accommodation throughout. I loved everything about this trip.

SAGADA

Burial caves and hanging coffins

BANAUE

Rice terraces, Ifugao minority people

PHILIPPINES MABALACAT

Mt Pinatubo crater walk

MANILA City tour

TAGAYTAY Taal Volcano and Lake

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San Pablo City Pandin Lake Rafting

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Susan, Bangkok

Our Philippines adventure focuses on Luzon, the largest island of the archipelago. We explore the whole island discovering contrasting landscapes which include the incredible 2,000 year-old Banaue rice terraces of the indigenous Ifugao people, the sand dunes of Laoag in the north, and tranquil Pandin Lake surrounded by lush coconut trees in the south. We have the opportunity to hike to the crater lake of Mount Pinatubo volcano as well as explore the teeming megacity of Manila and enjoy the charm of colonial Vigan by horse-drawn carriage. DAY

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Explore the churches and colonial architecture of this bustling city.

Bamboo raft across the tranquil waters of Pandin Lake and enjoy a traditional Filipino lunch.

Visit the active Taal volcano before flying north to the tropical town of Laoag.

A free day to explore the sleepy town of Laoag. Optional trip to the beach.

Drive south along the coastal road to the UNESCO listed city of Vigan.

Uncover the colonial splendour of Vigan, with its cobbled streets, grand villas and churches.

Visit the mysterious hanging coffins and the burial cave of Echo Valley.

Climb up to Banga-an village, a wonderful viewpoint over the stunning Banaue rice terraces.

Enjoy a gentle walk taking in rice terraces and passing along deep canyons and gorges.

Climb up to the crater of the Mount Pinatubo, a volcano known for the violent eruption of 1991.

Trip ends in Manila.

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New Zealand Explorer

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£4999 21 DAYS £3949 19 DAYS

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COROMANDEL PENINSULA AUCKLAND

Hahei Beach

TAIRUA

Mount Eden

Waihi

AUCKLAND Mount Eden

TASMAN SEA

ROTORUA Waiotapu

Lake Taupo

NEWTASMAN SEA ZEALAND

NAPIER

Hawke’s Bay Vineyard

The New Zealand Explorer was really fantastic, with stunning scenery; an interesting, varied tour of towns, beaches, walks and wildlife. The Coromandel beaches were amazing as was kayaking into Cathedral Cove. Seeing the geothermal, bubbling muddy pools at Rotorua and the geyser was very impressive.

NORTH ISLAND WELLINGTON

Picton

Ferry crossing

160 km

KAIKOURA

Whales & dolphins

NEW ZEALAND

Optional Tranz Alpine Railway

Arthur’s Pass NP Optional Tranz Alpine Railway

FOX GLACIER

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

Glacier walks

CHRISTCHURCH

Mt Cook

OMARAMA

Milford Sound Cruise

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

Timaru

QUEENSTOWN Albatross Centre

Picton

KAIKOURA

Whales & dolphins

Greymouth

CHRISTCHURCH

Moerkai Boulders

SOUTH ISLAND

HOKITIKA

TE ANAU 160 km Gore

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Hawke’s Bay Vineyard

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Oamaru Moerkai Boulders

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Albatross Centre 0 km

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New Zealand is the land of giants, with jaw-dropping scenery and dramatic landscapes around every corner. Each day on this three-week trip is an adventure, exploring glaciers, volcanoes and snow-capped mountains, discovering wildlife and sailing through fjords. Rotorua’s brightly coloured geothermal pools are fascinating, the magnificent Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are a marvel and the adrenaline capital of Queenstown is perfect for adventure-lovers. No trip to New Zealand would be complete without sampling the local wine in the picturesque vineyards. DAYS

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View the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and see the mirror reflections in Lake Matheson.

Journey to the adventure capital of Queenstown. Free time for jet boating, rafting, or walking.

Take a boat trip in the UNESCO World Heritage Fjordland National Park at Milford Sound.

Visit the Albatross Centre and Penguin Beach. Discover Dunedin.

Opportunity for a helicopter flight over Mount Cook. Head to Christchurch where the trip ends.

Join trip in Auckland. Experience the city and view the volcanic cone of Mount Eden.

Explore the Discover Wine tasting Coromandel bubbling mud at Hawke’s Peninsula. Visit pools and Bay Vineyard. the Hobbiton spouting geysers Wander the movie set. in this volcanic fascinating Art Continue to region. Evening Deco city of Rotorua. Maori banquet. Napier.

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Americas Plunging canyons, swirling waterfalls, vast deserts and rainforests teeming with life: the Americas’ great outdoors is what makes it so appealing for an adventure. Add to this a fascinating mix of cultures, delicious and traditional national dishes and myriad ancient monuments to explore and you’ve got the perfect destination for an exciting trip. Whatever you’re interested in, you’ll find it in the Americas. View an incredible array of wildlife in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, take in amazing ancient ruins in Peru, eat your way around Mexico’s traditional dishes or sample Argentina’s famous wines. The choice is yours.

IT’S ALL ABOUT Hunting for geysers in Yellowstone

Seeking out Maya ruins in Mexico

Meeting wildlife in the Galapagos 218

Standing on the edge of Iguazu Falls


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Chile

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Saint Lucia

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 Regions with a new trip

INSIDER VIEW “For me, the New World has always conjured up romantic thoughts of ancient civilisations, exotic cultures and pioneering voyages. The modern-day Americas don’t disappoint, and from the vast open parks of the USA to the lively traditions of today’s Maya and Quechua societies in Guatemala or Peru, the continent bursts with living history. It’s an amazing place, where adventure waits around every corner.” CARMEL HENDRY Product Manager, Americas

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THE AMERICAS

Outdoor Alaska

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£3545 15 DAYS £2495 14 DAYS

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DENALI NP

USA

Eielson Visitor Centre

TANGLE LAKES

Mount McKinley 6194m Denali View South Trapper Creek

ALASKA

Hike to lodge

Glennallen

MCCARTHY

TALKEETNA

Guided Hikes Chitina

ANCHORAGE VALDEZ

Thompson Pass

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The Alaskan wilderness offers some of the most untouched landscapes in the world. Discover unspoilt views of snow-capped mountains, sparkling rivers and emerald-green glacial lakes, searching for whale, grizzly bear, moose and caribou on the way. The glaciers of the Kenai Fjords National Park and the spectacular views of Denali are just some of the highlights of this adventure into the great outdoors. DAY

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Short walk to view the impressive Bryon Glacier. Continue to Seward.

Visit the waterfalls of Keystone Canyon. Drive to McCarthy past spectacular rivers and glaciers.

Spot wildlife while walking amid the towering mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Free day. Options include a flight for spectacular views of the national park or rafting.

Head west across open tundra and past glacial lakes to Tangle Lakes.

Hike the park trails in Denali National Park, a great place to try and spot grizzly bears.

Drive to the old mining town of Talkeetna and witness spectacular views of Denali.

Travel through the mountainous landscapes of Hatcher’s Pass and visit the famous gold mine.

Trip ends in Anchorage.

Explore the Visit Portage glaciers, birdlife Glacier Visitors and whales of Centre. Take a the Kenai Fjords ferry passing National Park. the Colombia Opt to take a Glacier to cruise around Valdez. the fjords.

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Rocky Mountains and Pacific Coast

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An amazing adventure through Canada’s Rockies and coast. The scenery and wildlife were the stars of the show. Joanna, Manchester Mount Robson 3954m Wells Gray PP Crook Meadows Helmcken Falls

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This remarkable journey across the Rockies combines spectacular mountain scenery with beautiful Vancouver Island. Admire the unspoilt views of jagged mountain peaks and explore magnificent national parks, glaciers and waterfalls. Travel from the wilderness to the thriving city of Vancouver, perfectly located by the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by a dramatic mountain landscape. Search for wildlife, including bear, moose and whale and get active with optional activities including canoeing, hiking and horse riding. DAYS

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Explore the lakes and pine forests of Banff National Park. Optional Sulphur Mountain cable car ride.

Spend a full day in Jasper National Park. Explore Maligne Canyon and look out for wildlife.

Drive via Spahats Falls and Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, to Clearwater.

Discover Wells Gray Provincial Park including Helmcken Falls. Canoeing and horse riding is available.

Journey to the pretty alpine village of Whistler. Option to go hiking or cycling.

Take a ferry to Vancouver Island and drive to the beautiful Pacific Rim National Park.

Free day on Vancouver Island for optional sea kayaking, whale watching or black bear spotting.

Spend a day in Victoria, exploring British Columbia’s provincial capital.

Walking tour of the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, where the trip ends.

Visit worldScenic drive famous Lake along Icefields Louise – one of Parkway to Canada’s most Jasper. Discover photographed Athabasca Falls natural and Columbia features. Icefields.

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Best of the Rockies and Yellowstone

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Drive to Jasper National Park. Walk along Maligne Canyon and visit Maligne Lake.

Morning walk around Mount Edith Cavell. Optional float trip on the Athabasca River or Jasper Sky Tram.

Free day. Take the tram to the top of Sulphur Mountain or relax in Banff’s hot springs.

Transfer to Glacier National Park, USA. Explore Many Glacier area with walks around emerald lakes.

Continue to Yellowstone National Park via Bozeman and Great Falls. Explore Mammoth Hot Springs.

Discover Yellowstone including its famous geysers, and its very own Grand Canyon.

Travel to Jackson Hole through Grand Teton National Park which will be explored on foot.

Continue to Salt Lake City. Tour the city including the Mormon Temple. Trip ends in Salt Lake City.

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Travel along Walk around Explore Banff the famous Lake Louise. National Icefields Lunch at the lake Park, viewing Parkway to then gondola wildlife around Lake Louise. to ski resort Minnewanka Chance to visit for magnificent Lake. Walk the Athabasca views. Transfer to in Johnston Glacier. Canmore. Canyon.

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French Canada, Eastern Seaboard and Cape Cod

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My highlights were cycling in Acadia National Park and visiting Martha’s Vineyard. Julie, Poole

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QUEBEC CITY

BAXTER STATE PARK Walks & canoeing

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Hike in Acadia NP Whale watching (optional)

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Wells Provincetown Cape Cod

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Nantucket Island Optional visit 500 km

Travel from French-speaking Montreal and Quebec City through rugged national parks to Bar Harbor, and from there follow the dramatic Atlantic coastline down to Boston. Montreal’s culinary delights and liberal, laid-back atmosphere contrast with the unspoilt wilderness of Baxter State Park and the scenic island of Martha’s Vineyard. The rocky granite shore around Maine is punctuated with coves and sandy beaches to explore, and there are opportunities to search for wildlife including whale, beaver, black bear, deer and moose. DAY

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Visit JacquesCartier Park searching for wildlife including beaver, black bear, deer and moose.

Head to the beautiful Baxter State Park. Explore its forests and unspoilt wilderness.

Walks in Baxter State Park. Take the opportunity for a moosespotting safari by boat.

Walk in the idyllic setting of Acadia National Park, through forest trails and pebble beaches.

Transfer to the mainland and continue along the ‘granite coast’ from Maine to Ogunquit.

Enjoy a boat trip to the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. Discover gingerbread cottages.

Free day to discover Cape Cod. Option to visit the historic Nantucket Island.

Head to Boston. Free day to explore the site of the infamous Boston Tea Party, or take a walk along the Freedom Trail.

Trip ends in Boston.

Join trip in Montreal.

Explore Travel to Montreal on Quebec City. foot, including Explore the the Old Port cobbled streets and Jean Talon, of the UNESCO the enormous Heritage old outdoor town on foot. farmers market.

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Yukon Explorer

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Chicken Village

Walks in Tombstone National Park

Drive along the Top Of The World Highway

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Tintina Trench Viewpoint

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Five Finger Rapid Viewpoint

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Smallest desert in the world Whitepass & Yukon Route Railroad

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Klondike Gold Rush NP

Surrounded by wildlife and spectacular scenery in Yukon’s awe-inspiring national parks, this trip is an immersion into one of Canada’s wildest landscapes. We follow part of the epic journey of the Klondike Stampeders, a journey that began in 1896 upon the discovery of gold in the Yukon River. Explore the historic towns of Dawson and Whitehorse; take the spectacular mountain railway from Carcross to Skagway, and spot eagle and grizzly bear in Kluane National Park before traversing the Top of the World Highway, one of Canada’s greatest drives. DAYS

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Join trip in Whitehorse and explore the sights of this historic city.

Walk in Carcross Desert and travel by the old mountain railway to Skagway.

Spot wildlife in the Klondike Gold Rush National Park, home to brown bear, caribou and eagles.

Travel by ferry to Haines. Meet a totem master carver, still carving in the tradition of the indigenous Tlingit people.

Travel to Haines Junction via the Bald Eagle Preserve. View superb glacial scenery.

Explore the many trails of Kluane National Park on foot. Optional scenic flight over the park.

Travel to Tok through deserted villages, with outstanding panoramas of the Kluane Mountains.

Walks in the First Nations-owned Tombstone National Park, home to rich flora and fauna.

Travel from Dawson to Whitehorse via Five-Finger Rapids, a major obstacle on the Stampede route.

Trip ends in Whitehorse.

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Drive over Discover the mountain peaks 19th-century across the city of Dawson Top of the World with its Highway to clapperboard Dawson, via buildings. Chicken Village.

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Deep South and Blues

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£3599 14 DAYS £2699 13 DAYS

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Every day brought highlights! A great experience of all that is Southern – the history, the music, the food, and the legendary hospitality. I thoroughly recommend this tour. Denise, London NASHVILLE

Country Music Hall of Fame and optional line-dancing class

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Graceland visit Clarksdale Birthplace of the Delta Blues

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Martin Luther King National Historic site

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Southern cooking class and plantation visit

Augusta Hometown of James Brown

National Military Park

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Swamp tour and optional voodoo cemetery tour

This trip is a bucket-list adventure through six of America’s southern states, mixing history, music, culture and food to give a real insight into the Southern psyche. Listen to jazz, blues and country music as it oozes out of the very soul of Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans; take a Southern cooking class and look for alligators on a swamp tour; learn about the slave trade and the Civil Rights movement; and be bowled over by the infectious Southern charm. Voodoo, ghost stories and Gothic architecture also go into the mix of this diverse trip. DAYS

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Wander around the Gothic sculpture garden and magnolia trees of Bonaventure Cemetery.

See the highlights of Charleston. Visit Magnolia Plantation and take a Southern cooking class.

Visit the AikenRhett historic house and head to Atlanta via the hometown of James Brown.

Drive to Nashville via the Martin Luther King National Site. Evening line dancing class available.

In Nashville, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and have a guided tour of RCA Studio B.

Drive to Memphis. Explore some of its museums including the National Civil Rights Museum.

Experience legendary Graceland, home of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley.

Travel to Clarksdale, birthplace of the Delta Blues. Visit Vicksburg National Military Park.

Look out for alligators on a swamp tour through Cajun Country. Continue to New Orleans.

Free day to discover the Big Easy, or book an optional voodoo cemetery tour.

Trip ends in New Orleans.

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Western USA National Parks Explorer

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£2995 15 DAYS £2295 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £860 TRIP CODE: YG TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: No meals are included.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Longer itineraries are available, which include Moab and Mesa Verde National Park. Please refer to the website for more details.

Overall a truly fantastic experience. Highlights definitely Zion and Bryce Canyon but everything was great. Tips – just go with the flow and enjoy vistas like you’ve never seen before! Great Salt Lake

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From the vast landscapes of Yosemite and Zion National Parks to the lively cities of San Francisco and Las Vegas, this is a journey through some of the many highlights of America’s southwest. Each day takes us through mindblowing scenery, from the Grand Canyon and the spectacular rock formations of Bryce Canyon, to standing on the Golden Gate Bridge and walking the trails at Yosemite. Longer itineraries are also available, including visits to the ancient cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde and watching the sunset over Arches National Park.

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Visit the city’s highlights, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown.

Drive to Yosemite and walk to the base of Yosemite Falls.

Walk the trails of Yosemite National Park, taking in its spectacular granite cliffs and waterfalls.

Visit the desert lake at Mono. Cross Death Valley on the way to the iconic city of Las Vegas.

Journey to Zion National Park and explore. Chance to visit the IMAX cinema in the evening.

Full day of walks in Zion National Park. Options include Angel’s Landing and the Narrows River hike.

View the sunrise from Bryce Canyon and admire its multi-coloured landscape of ancient rock formations.

Drive to Monument Valley. Free afternoon. Use the time to walk through Antelope Canyon.

Enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the Grand Canyon. Chance for a helicopter flight.

Drive along the historic Route 66 to Las Vegas and check out the casinos.

Trip ends in Las Vegas.

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Tastes of Mexico

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£2095 15 DAYS £1295 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £265 TRIP CODE: MXF TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 lunches, 2 dinners are included.

This trip gives you the perfect opportunity to try the real flavours of Mexico – it’s not just about tacos and chillies, it’s all about the handed-down traditions and recipes you don’t see on any restaurant table. Yvonne Ramsay, Senior Operations Manager MERIDA

Local icecream and waffles Uxmal Magician’s Pyramid ‘Place of the Gods’ Teotihuacan

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This two-week adventure defies expectations of precarious piles of nachos or bursting burritos, as we dive into Mexico’s mouth-watering food scene and taste many of the country’s diverse regional specialities. Sample street tacos in the capital, try traditional mole poblano, and tlayudas in Oaxaca. See ceviche being made along the coast, buy food in lively markets and learn how to create tamales in a villager’s home. Discover the many ways that food plays a huge part in the local traditions of this fascinating country. DAY

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Discover the city, sampling delicious street tacos and visiting laidback Coyoacan.

Explore the magnificent Pyramids of the Sun and Moon in Teotihuacan and head to Puebla.

Wander Puebla’s Calle de los Dulces (Sweet Street) and try mole sauce. Drive to Oaxaca.

Explore the colonial city on foot. Try mezcal and eat hot stone soup. Opt to visit the Mitla Maya site.

Learn to cook like a local. Buy food from the local market and make and eat three typical dishes.

Head to the highland town of San Cristobal via Chiapa de Corzo. Make tamales in a villager’s house.

Visit the cacao museum; opt to make your own chocolate. Dinner and ‘posh’ tasting – a traditional corn drink.

Head to Palenque stopping at a local ranch. See how they make cacao and enjoy a lakeside lunch.

Visit the Palenque temples and continue to the coast at Campeche. See ceviche being prepared.

Try pibil on route to Merida. Taste typical pan dulce, sorbets and local snacks.

Trip ends in Merida.

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Highlights of Mexico

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COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with our Best of Western Cuba itinerary to make an exciting journey through two distinct countries. Please refer to the website for more details. Trip code: MXCN

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Chichen Itza

Colonial city

Uxmal Magician’s Pyramid

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‘Place of the Gods’ Teotihuacan

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN

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On this exciting introduction to Mexico, travel from the sprawling capital through indigenous villages and beautifully preserved colonial towns into the Maya heartlands of the Yucatan Peninsula. Discover the pre-Colombian pyramids of Teotihuacan before journeying to three different Maya sites, culminating in the famous ruins at Chichen Itza. Aside from its rich history, Mexico’s natural highlights are not to be missed; explore the vast Sumidero Canyon by boat and bathe in the cascading blue waters of the Agua Azul Falls. DAY

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Explore the magnificent Pyramids of the Sun and Moon in Teotihuacan and tour the capital.

Fly to Tuxtla Airport; boat trip through the vast Sumidero Canyon. Continue to San Cristobal.

Discover the traditional Maya villages of Chamula and Zinacantan on foot.

Bathe in the cascading Agua Azul waterfalls and continue to the town of Palenque.

Explore the jungle-clad temples of the Palenque Maya site; head to Campeche.

Visit the well-preserved Maya ruins at Uxmal en route to the lovely colonial city of Merida.

See the ‘yellow city’ of Izamal; continue to the famous temples of Chichen Itza.

Trip ends in Playa del Carmen.

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Contrasts of Mexico

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MEXICO - GUATEMALA - BELIZE

£1895 16 DAYS £1195 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £295 TRIP CODE: MX TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 1 night simple lodge. MEALS: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner are included. EXTEND YOUR TRIP Spend six days exploring the Maya sites and cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula. Trip code: MXY

FESTIVAL DEPARTURES

Day of the Dead Festival This festival is celebrated throughout Mexico and focuses on family and friends praying for and remembering loved ones who have died. Witness the celebrations from Oaxaca. Please refer to the website for more details.

There was a sense of independence about the trip. We toured sites when no one was around. We had a full taste of many different aspects of Mexico and we went to hard to get to places in interesting ways. Patrick, Saffron Waldon ‘Place of the Gods’ Teotihuacan

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Sumidero Canyon

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This exciting journey explores the mysterious land of the Aztecs, Zapotecs and the Maya. From the valleys of Oaxaca in Mexico to the jungles of Guatemala, tour colonial cities and discover ancient sites. See the impressive Maya ruins of Tikal and Palenque, explore the tranquil sites of Monte Alban, Bonampak and Yaxchilan, and discover the pyramids at Teotihuacan. Outside of archaeology, there is plenty to enjoy; take a boat trip through the magnificent Sumidero Canyon, swim in the beautiful Misol Ha waterfall and wander the colonial streets of San Cristobal. DAY

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Visit the most important Zapotec site Mitla. Explore the provincial capital Chiapa del Corzo.

Take a boat trip through the vast Sumidero Canyon. Continue to the highland town of San Cristobal.

Discover San Juan Chamula on foot. Free time to explore the colourful markets of San Cristobal.

Travel to the important Maya site of Palenque and bathe in the Agua Azul Waterfall.

Explore Bonampak and Yaxchilan ruins. Discover the well-preserved Maya murals and carvings.

Continue by bus and boat to the Guatemalan rainforest. Optional boat trip on Lake Peten Itza.

Discover the magnificent Maya metropolis of Tikal with its 20-storey high temples and pyramids.

Cross the Belize border to San Ignacio on the Macal River. Option to explore the Xunantunich ruins.

Drive to Belize City Airport where the trip ends.

Join trip in Mexico City.

See the city’s Walking tour highlights of the colonial including the city of Oaxaca, Anthropological and the ancient Museum. Visit complex of the Teotihuacan pyramids at Pyramids. Monte Alban.

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Kingdom of the Maya

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£2875 16 DAYS £2199 15 DAYS

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MERIDA Uxmal

GULF OF MEXICO

Izamal Valladolid

Cancun

CHICHEN ITZA

CAMPECHE Champoton

MEXICO

PALENQUE Tikal Bonampak

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Visit some of the Mayan world’s most spectacular sites on this voyage of discovery through Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. Staying in comfortable hotels, this trip gives a fantastic overview of the vast Maya civilisation, visiting the most important archaeological sites; explore the Maya-Toltec ruins of Chichen Itza, the enchanting jungle-clad labyrinth of Palenque, the metropolis of Tikal, and Copan, one of the best preserved sites in Central America. Aside from the impressive ruins this journey is awash with scenery, from towering volcanoes to picturesque colonial cities. DAY

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Guided tour of Antigua, one of the most picturesque colonial cities in Central America.

Free day. Visit the rustic villages around Lake Atitlan or the hectic market of Chichicastenango.

Discover the well-preserved ruins of Copan, Honduras. a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Back in Guatemala, visit the Maya monuments at Quirigua. Continue north via Rio Dulce to Flores.

Explore the ancient temples, palaces and pyramids of Tikal, an impressive Maya site.

Cross into Mexico by boat and visit the murals at Bonampak. Continue to Palenque.

In Palenque. Discover the labyrinth of ancient buildings and the tomb of the high priest Pakal.

Drive along the coast to the historic port of Campeche, stopping for a swim at Champoton.

Visit Uxmal including the Governors Palace. Explore the colonial centre of Merida.

Spend a full day at the temples of Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Trip ends at Cancun Airport.

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Discover Belize

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Thoroughly enjoyed the temples and learning about the Mayan civilisation. The bird life was incredible, loved the howler monkeys and the snorkelling was out of this world, especially swimming with sharks.

MEXICO

Lamanai Boat to Maya Jungle site

Altun Ha Temple of the Sun

CAYE CAULKER

CROOKED TREE

Coral reef

Wildlife Sanctuary Community Baboon Sanctuary

Maya city

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Xunantunich ‘El Castillo’

GUATEMALA Caracol

Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve Forest trails

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Belize is one of Central America’s hidden gems. A hybrid of Caribbean, Latin American and various indigenous cultures, every single town has a different identity. Encounter exotic wildlife, tropical forests and jungle rivers in the Cockscomb Jaguar Sanctuary; discover ancient Maya sites in the leafy canopies of San Ignacio and Tikal, Guatemala, and see endemic birdlife on the stunning lagoon on the Crooked Tree Bird Sanctuary. The trip ends on the island of Caye Caulker, a Caribbean paradise perfect for snorkelling on the Belize Barrier Reef. DAY

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Visit baboon sanctuary en route to Altun Ha. Drive to Crooked Tree Bird Sanctuary for a sunset cruise.

Explore the Xunantunich archaeological site including the massive pyramid of El Castillo.

Free day. Options to visit the botanical gardens or canoe on the Macal River.

Discover the great Maya temples of Tikal, Guatemala, that pierce the jungle canopy.

Return to Belize City. Take a short boat ride to the idyllic island of Caye Caulker.

Relax on the island or snorkel in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Optional tour to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, one of the best snorkelling spots in Belize.

Travel by boat to Belize City where the trip ends.

Boat journey Visit Blue Walk the along the river National Park trails of the to explore Sink Hole before Cockscomb the remote continuing to Jaguar Maya ruins Placencia. Free Sanctuary of Lamanai, time to snorkel before heading birdwatching or relax on the to San Ignacio. en route. beach.

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Ancient Lands of the Maya

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£2285 16 DAYS £1575 15 DAYS

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FESTIVAL DEPARTURES

Local celebrations in Guatemala Lake Petén Itzá

Coincide your trip with a local festival. Over Semana Santa (Easter Week), witness fabulous processions in Antigua, where roads are paved by intricate designs of flowers and brilliantly coloured sawdust.

TIKAL

Maya city

FLORES Sayaxche MEXICO

BELIZE

Ceibal

GUATEMALA Remote hilltown

San Tomas Festival in December is centred around Chichicastenango’s church, where fireworks are lit and dancers perform in bright costumes.

LIVINGSTON Rio Dulce

NEBAJ

COBAN Quirigua

Lake Atitlan

The highlight of the Day of the Dead trip in October is the Giant Kite Festival in Sumpango, where locals fly homemade kites to honour their dead.

GUATEMALA ANTIGUA CITY

COPAN

Maya ruins

Colonial town

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SANTA CATARINA

Chichica -stenango Market

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Guatemala is the best place in the world to experience the living Maya culture, through its many indigenous communities that still thrive in the highlands. Contrasting the old with the new, visit the early Maya cities of Tikal, Quirigua and Copan (in Honduras), and travel through traditional mountain villages where the Maya descendants still wear distinctive and colourful clothing, and weave their own traditional textiles. Take a boat trip on Lake Atitlan and explore the remote Cuchumatanes Mountains, as well as the colourful Chichicastenango market. DAYS

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Discover the archaeological site of Copan, with its wellpreserved hieroglyphs.

Travel to Livingston via the Quirigua Maya site. Free time to explore this laidback coastal town.

Boat trip along the cliff-lined waters of the Rio Dulce. Head north to Tikal.

Discover the vast Maya temples that pierce the jungle canopy at Tikal. Continue to Flores.

Visit the impressive Candelaria Caves before driving to Coban.

Drive to the small hill village of Nebaj and visit the Ixil Triangle villages.

Walk through the beautiful Cuchumatanes Mountains to the historic village of Acul.

Drive to Lake Atitlan via the colouful local market of Solola.

At Lake Atitlan. Take a boat trip to local villages. Opt for a guided visit of Panajachel town.

Experience the bustle and colour of Chichicastenango Market. Continue to Antigua.

Explore this elegant colonial city on a walking tour. Trip ends in Antigua.

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The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes

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£1995 14 DAYS £1275 13 DAYS

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The Masaya volcano rim visit was very impressive – you can see the magma lake at the bottom of the crater! Mother Nature at one of her extremes.

SAN RAMON Homestay

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Colonial capital Lake Managua

NICARAGUA

MANAGUA Masaya

GRANADA Lake Nicaragua

PACIFIC OCEAN

Maderas 1394m

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Ometepe Island Volcanoes

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Explore the wonderful volcanic landscapes, colonial cities and coastal towns of Nicaragua on this two-week trip. A highlight is watching the red molton lava of the Masaya Volcano whirl inside its fiery mouth, spending the night with a local family and learning about coffee production. Elegant colonial architecture, boat trips on Lake Nicaragua and Ometepe, searching for monkeys in the cloudforest and enjoying a relaxing stay at the Pacific coastal village of San Juan del Sur help to round off this diverse journey. DAY

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Explore the capital’s highlights before heading to the colonial city of Leon for a walking tour.

Free day in Leon. Optional hike up Cerro Negro Volcano or boat trip to spot wildlife on Isla Juan Venado.

Visit a coffee farm and participate in the process of coffee making. Spend the night with a local family.

Drive to Granada. Walk in the Selva Negra Cloudforest, searching for monkeys and bats.

Ferry to Ometepe Island. Walk in the Charco Verde Nature Reserve.

Free day. Activities include walks to the San Ramon Waterfall or Concepcion Volcano.

Travel to San Juan del Sur on the Pacific Coast with time to relax.

Chance for a surfing lesson or canopy tour. Witness mass arrival of turtles (AugustJanuary).

Transfer to Managua where the trip ends.

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Discover Visit the active the elegant Masaya Volcano. cobbled streets Wander around of Granada. Masaya’s Optional boat famous artisan trip through Las market. Isletas on Lake Nicaragua.

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Costa Rica Canopy and Coast COSTA RICA

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\\ Spotting wildlife in the cloudforest and jungles, from sloths and monkeys to brightly coloured frogs

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\\ Cruising the jungle waterways of Tortuguero, exploring the rainforest and discovering wildlife

MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners are included.

Optional single rooms are available from £535

\\ Sharing the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park with iguanas and capuchin monkeys

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TORTUGUERO NP

LA FORTUNA

CARIBBEAN SEA Sea turtles

Sarapiqui Arenal 1633m

MONTEVERDE Cloudforest

Poás 2707m

Irazu 3432m Guayabo

TURRIALBA

SAN JOSÉ

I can’t fault this holiday from beginning to end. We had wonderful wildlife sightings, whilst the rafting and zip-wiring added a few thrills to the holiday.

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Nature lovers will be in their element in Costa Rica, where a variety of ecosystems play home to diverse wildlife. Explore the lush cloudforest of Monteverde, the towering volcanoes of Arenal and Poas, the thriving waterways of Tortuguero and the stunning white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio, hidden beneath the leafy canopy of the National Park. The birdlife on this trip is a particular highlight, including brightlycoloured toucans, hummingbirds, kingfishers and macaws. Sloths, poison dart frogs and capuchin monkeys are also sure to be sighted in this special place.

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Explore Costa Rica’s capital city and walk to the volcanic crater of Poas.

Drive to Turrialba. Visit the excavated indigenous ceremonial centre at Guayabo.

Optional whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River or visit to the Agricultural Research Station.

Travel by bus and boat to Tortuguero National Park, often described as a ‘mini Amazon.’

Cruise the jungle waterways searching for wildlife including monkeys and toucans.

Return by boat to Cano Blanco and drive to Arenal. Possibility to visit the thermal baths in the evening.

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Free day. Walk the jungle trails beneath the Arenal Volcano, discovering waterfalls and wildlife.

Visit Arenal Volcano National Park and walk to the volcano viewpoint. Drive to Monteverde.

Spend time in the Monteverde cloudforest looking for the famous quetzal. In the evening, choose to do a canopy walk.

Free day in Monteverde. Possible activities include visiting a butterfly farm, orchid garden or birdwatching.

Walk the beautiful trails of the Carara Biological Reserve and head to Manuel Antonio.

Explore Manuel Antonio National Park. Look for wildlife and unwind on its beaches.

Enjoy a relaxing morning on the coast before returning to San Jose where the trip ends.

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“If you crave adventure, you will love Costa Rica. Zipwiring through the jungle canopy with the howler monkeys, whitewater rafting through rolling rapids and walking along the edge of the sea, feeling the sand between your toes whilst spotting toucans and parrots from the jungle-lined shore, is a life-enriching experience. I found the idea of finding sloths hanging from telephone cables and lizards running across water so intriguing. How can you not love a country whose fun phrase and way of life is Pure Life? By the end of the trip I was saying Pura Vida to everyone I met.”

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Highlights of Costa Rica

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP Spend three nights in the lazy town of Dominical, on Costa Rica’s west coast. Relax on the beach, go snorkelling or take a whale watching trip in Ballena National Park. Trip code: BCCB Lake Nicaragua NICARAGUA

The wildlife seen was greater than expected, the country and people were wonderful and our tour leader was exceptional, his knowledge of fauna and flora was excellent, especially about birds.

LA FORTUNA Arenal 1633m

MONTEVERDE Cloudforest

COSTA RICA

Poás 2707m

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MANUEL ANTONIO NP 0 km

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Sandy beaches

This trip showcases the main highlights of Costa Rica in just nine days, including its diverse wildlife, imposing volcanoes and beautiful coastline. Head up to the impressive crater at Poas Volcano and go whitewater rafting in the shadow of Arenal’s smoking peak. Explore the wildlife and jungle trails of the Monteverde Cloudforest, including searching for the mysterious quetzal. Relax on the white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, after spotting sloths and howler monkeys within the canopy. Costa Rica’s rich and varied ecosystems do not disappoint. DAY

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Visit the volcanic crater of Poas en route to Arenal. View the classic volcanic cone of Arenal.

Explore the jungle trails beneath the volcano. Opt to go whitewater rafting or visit thermal baths.

Visit Arenal Volcano National Park before heading to Monteverde. Choose a night walk or canopy tour.

Enjoy the diverse wildlife in Monteverde Cloudforest and look for the elusive quetzal.

Drive south to Manuel Antonio National Park via the Carara Biological Reserve.

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Walk the trails in Spend a Manuel Antonio relaxing searching for morning by the wildlife and coast before unwind on its returning to stunning whitethe capital. sand beaches.

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A beautiful country with friendly people.

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Costa Rica: Coast to Coast

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Lake Nicaragua NICARAGUA

TORTUGUERO NP

LA FORTUNA

CARIBBEAN SEA Sea turtles

Sarapiqui Arenal 1633m

MONTEVERDE RESERVE

Cloudforest Poás 2707m

Irazu 3432m Guayabo

TURRIALBA

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Cartago

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COSTA RICA MANUEL ANTONIO NP Sandy beaches

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Based in comfortable, handpicked hotels, explore Costa Rica’s diverse landscapes: from unspoilt tropical rainforest to volcanic craters and golden sandy beaches. Walk the trails of the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve in search of the rare quetzal, and cruise along jungle waterways in Tortuguero, spotting howler monkeys, toucans and parrots in the treetops. Walk to the crater of the active volcano, Poas, explore the beaches and forests of Manuel Antonio National Park, and visit the capital city of San Jose on this in-depth tour of Costa Rica. DAY

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Explore Costa Rica’s capital city and visit the volcanic crater of Poas.

Visit the ruins of the 19th century colonial capital, Cartago before driving to Turrialba.

Try your hand at whitewater rafting or visit the Agricultural Research Station.

Travel by boat along the jungle waterways of Tortugero National Park searching for wildlife.

Walk the jungle trails beneath the Arenal Volcano. An evening visit to thermal baths is available.

Drive to the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve. Chance to take a night walk.

Nature walk in Monteverde Cloudforest looking for the mysterious quetzal.

Free day in Monteverde. Available excursions include a butterfly garden or frog pond visit.

In Manuel Antonio National Park, look for wildlife and unwind on its beaches.

Free morning to relax by the coast before returning to the capital.

Trip ends in San Jose.

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Central American Highlights

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GUATEMALA - HONDURAS - EL SALVADOR - NICARAGUA - COSTA RICA

£2395 17 DAYS £1695 16 DAYS

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MEXICO

GUATEMALA CITY COPAN

Chichicastenango Market

PANAJACHEL

Lake Atitlan Boat trip

Maya Ruins

ANTIGUA

HONDURAS

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SUCHITOTO

EL SALVADOR LEON PACIFIC OCEAN

Volcan Masaya NP

Managua Optional boat trips

Pacific beaches

SAN JUAN DEL SUR

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Lake Nicaragua Forest walks & bird watching

Rincon de la Vieja 1916m Arenal 1633m

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On this adventure through Central America, discover five distinct countries in two weeks. Explore the lovely cobblestoned colonial towns of Granada, Leon and Suchitoto, wander through the lively markets in the Guatemalan highlands and search for wildlife in Costa Rica. Be surrounded by Maya culture and uncover the rich history of this ancient kingdom at the ancient site of Copan in Honduras, bringing this into the present day through visits to the local villages on the banks of Lake Atitlan, and the wonderful indigenous market of Chichicastenango. DAY

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Discover the charming city of Antigua, including some of its spectacular colonial churches.

Cruise on Lake Atitlan to the village of Santiago Atitlan – home to the Tzutujil Maya people.

Wander round the bustling Chichicastenango Market. Overnight in Guatemala City.

Cross the border into Honduras and visit the magnificent Maya site of Copan.

Head to Suchitoto, El Salvador. Explore this picturesque town on the shores of Lake Suchitlan.

Journey to the colonial city of Leon, Nicaragua. Afternoon free to relax or hike up the Cerro Negro Volcano.

Drive to Granada via the Masaya National Park and Volcano. Tour of Granada.

Continue to San Juan del Sur. Unwind on Nicaragua’s surfing beaches on the Pacific Coast.

Travel to the wetlands of Cano Negro, Costa Rica. Search for wildlife (by boat, in season).

In Sarapiqui. Option to hike through the rainforest or whitewater raft through the jungle.

Travel to the Costa Rican capital, San Jose where the trip ends.

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Central American Explorer

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PANAMA - COSTA RICA - NICARAGUA - HONDURAS - GUATEMALA

£3145 26 DAYS £2495 25 DAYS

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Tikal (optional)

ISLA DE ROATAN

Chichicastenango Market or Panajachel (optional)

La Ceiba

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COPAN

Maya Ruins Tegucigalpa

EL SALVADOR

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PACIFIC OCEAN

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Managua Sao Jorge

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PANAMA CITY Canal tour

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From verdant rainforests to smouldering volcanoes and long sandy beaches, Central America is one of the world’s most magnificent regions. On this epic 25-day adventure, discover the highlights of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. Explore the colonial cities of Leon, Granada and Antigua. Relax on white-sand beaches in the Bocas del Toro archipelago and on Roatan Island. Visit the fascinating site of Copan and discover nature in Monteverde Cloudforest and Rincon de la Vieja on this journey across the continent. DAYS

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Head to the highlands to the town of Boquete. Free time for walks or bird watching.

Relax on the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Stay on the beach or take a boat trip around the islands.

Continue to Costa Rica. Explore Sarapiqui, travel to Arenal and view its impressive volcano.

Take a guided walk in the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve and search for the elusive quetzal.

Explore the verdant forests, waterfalls and volcanoes of Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

Cross the border into Nicaragua and catch a ferry to the volcanic island of Ometepe.

Return to the mainland. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Copan.

Arrive in Guatemala and drive to the colonial city of Antigua. Walking tour of the city.

Chance to visit Lake Atitlan or Chichicastenango Market. Trip ends in Antigua.

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Discover the Enter colonial cities Honduras. of Granada Fly to the Bay and Leon. Visit Islands. Relax Masaya Market on the beaches and the active of Roatan. volcano. Diving is available.

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Cuba Libre!

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CUBA

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\\ Experiencing the faded glamour of Havana and dancing at the Casa de la Musica

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\\ Walking through mountain forests and swimming in freshwater pools \\ Relaxing on beautiful beaches, including those on Cayo Levisa Island

There were so many interesting and different things to see and do in Cuba that it is difficult to choose a highlight, however we particularly enjoyed trekking in Topes de Collantes National Park and experiencing the haciendas. Generally we enjoyed the history, colonial architecture, the cars, birds, the rainforest, beaches, sun and the rum. Sandra & Stephen, Birmingham

HAVANA City tour

Cayo Levisa White beaches

VINALES

Caves, walks & cycling

ATLANTIC OCEAN Visit Che’s Mausoleum

Soroa

CUBA

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Cueva de los Peces

Hikes in the Guamuhaya Massif Bay of Pigs

TRINIDAD TOPES DE Colonial COLLANTES

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SANTIAGO DE CUBA City tour

This remarkable journey through Cuba explores the island’s revolutionary history and its intensely unique culture. Travel across the breadth of the country and discover beautiful colonial architecture and lively music scenes in Trinidad and Havana. Pass through glorious countryside, rich with exotic birds and flowers, and camp out in the forested Escambray Mountains. The sea is never far away, with spectacular coastlines and tropical islands to enjoy. Plus, get closer to the local culture during a stay in privately run casas particulares in Trinidad.

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Experience the faded colonial splendour of Cuba’s capital. Enjoy an evening cocktail class.

Visit the museum dedicated to the Bay of Pigs, the site of the failed 1961 US invasion.

Wander through the narrow streets and twisting alleyways of the colonial town of Trinidad.

Drive to Topes de Collantes National Park and walk to waterfalls, stopping for a dip. Camp out in haciendas.

In Topes de Collantes, walk to La Batata and El Altar Caves.

Travel to Camaguey via the Valley of the Sugar Mills and Sancti Spiritus.

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Trek through the jungle to the site of Castro’s rebel headquarters, Comandancia de la Plata.

Explore Santiago de Cuba on foot, including the Moncada Barracks and the Plaza de la Revolucion.

Drive to Santa Clara, the final resting place of Cuba’s hero, Che Guevara. Visit his memorial site.

Visit Che Guevara’s Mausoleum before continuing to the limestone landscape of Vinales.

Ferry to the island of Cayo Levisa. Snorkel or relax on its white-sand beaches before returning to Vinales.

Walk in the spectacular Vinales landscape before returning to Havana where the trip ends.

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“Cuba has so much to offer. A big highlight for me was seeing the collections of old classic cars, still very much in use today, being driven around the cobbled streets of Trinidad and the fading colonial buildings of Old Havana. I also had the chance to experience the amazing turquoise waters of the Caribbean coast. This tour offers so much variety, from discovering the history of the revolution and strolling through grand plazas to experiencing rainforests and waterfalls, not to mention delicious cocktails! Staying in the casas gave a real insight into Cuban family life – my hosts were warm and welcoming.” ANTONY JAY Adventure Travel Consultant

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The Best of Western Cuba

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Optional single rooms are available from £150 TRIP CODE: CN TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights simple homestay. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Spend three days relaxing on the golden sands of Playa Jibacoa, in an all-inclusive hotel. Go snorkelling or sea kayaking off the Caribbean coast. Trip code: CNB

This was just the holiday in Cuba I wanted, incorporating activities and free time, visiting significant sights and learning Cuba’s history with time to swim in the Caribbean. Rosalind, Coventry GULF OF MEXICO

HAVANA

City tour by bus and on foot

CUBA

Vinales Walks in ‘mogotes’ limestone landscape

Santa Clara Che Guevara’s Mausoleum

Cueva de los Peces Swimming

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On this exciting introduction to Cuba, explore the captivating capital of Havana and wander through the twisting alleyways of colonial Trinidad. Stay in privately run casas particulares, a term for homestay, and experience local hospitality. Along the way, learn about Cuba’s unique revolutionary history at Che Guevara’s Mausoleum and the infamous Bay of Pigs. Compare this to today’s lively culture during salsa dancing and cocktail classes. In addition, discover Cuba’s spectacular natural beauty, taking in its pristine beaches and unspoilt forests. DAY

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Explore the captivating capital. In the evening, learn how to make Cuban cocktails, followed by a salsa class.

Full day tour of Vinales. Discover its dramatic landscape of limestone formations.

Visit the museum dedicated to the Bay of Pigs, the site of the failed 1961 US invasion.

Wander the winding streets of the colonial town of Trinidad.

Walk in the hills of Topes de Collantes or take a boat to the deserted island of Cayo Blanco.

Visit Che Guevara’s final resting place in Santa Clara. Return to Havana.

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Staying in casas particulares was a wonderful experience. I especially enjoyed my stay with a lovely family in Havana. They treated me as one of the family! Sandra, Greater London

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Classic Cuba

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£2845 16 DAYS £2195 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £695 TRIP CODE: DCL TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Premium 10 nights premium hotel, 2 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple homestay. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners are included.

The trip was wonderful! Amazing country, incredibly lovely and hospitable people, fantastic tour leader and accommodation. Lavinia, London HAVANA

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City tour

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Las Terrazas Vinales Walk in mogotes landscape

CAYO ENSENACHOS

Santa Clara

Bay of Pigs Cienfuegos

Coral reefs

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City tour

Based in comfortable hotels and the occasional homestay, explore this fascinating Caribbean island. The capital, Havana, is all faded glamour and colonial heritage, while the limestone landscape and mogotes of Vinales are simply spectacular. A trip to Fidel Castro’s revolutionary headquarters, deep in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, is a highlight, along with wandering the old colonial streets of Trinidad. There is no better way to end a trip to Cuba than by relaxing on the sandy beaches of the beautiful island Cayo Ensenachos. DAYS

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Drive to Bayamo, via the Valley of the Sugar Mills and the colonial town of Camaguey.

Trek through the jungle to see Castro’s revolutionary headquarters – Comandancia de la Plata.

Explore the historically important city of Santiago. Chance to visit El Morro Fort.

Drive back west through the heart of the island to the colonial town of Sancti Spiritus.

Travel to the sandy beaches of Cayo Ensenachos. Spend three nights in this tropical paradise.

Return to the capital via Santa Clara to view Che Guevara’s memorial and mausoleum.

Visit Las Terrazas and search for wildlife including various species of birds, reptiles and frogs.

Trip ends in Havana.

Join trip in Havana. Discover the highlights including the Capitolio and the Plaza de la Revolucion.

Full day trip to Visit the Explore the the picturesque commemorative winding streets Vinales museum to the of colonial countryside. Bay of Pigs at Trinidad. Walk amid Playa Giron. Opportunity its tobacco Continue to to relax on the and coffee Trinidad. beach. plantations.

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Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle

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For full details of this and similar trips visit explore.co.uk/cycling or order a copy of our Cycling brochure

CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple casas particulares, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: See website for more details.

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Cycling on quiet roads we explore Cuba’s verdant countryside, colonial towns and revolutionary history. From Havana we cycle past the historic Bay of Pigs and inviting tropical beaches to charming Trinidad where we experience Cuban hospitality in casas particulares. Along the way we learn about modern day Cuba and excellent live music is never far away. Finally we visit Che Guevara’s Mausoleum in Santa Clara.

Cuba Highlights on Foot

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For full details of this and similar trips visit explore.co.uk/walking or order a copy of our Walking and Trekking brochure

WALK PACE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights simple casas particulares. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 1.5 and 4 hours, mainly on unmade paths. Please see website for more details.

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On this walking trip to Western Cuba experience local hospitality whilst staying in family-run guest houses, and hike through some of Cuba’s best natural tropical reserves. Discover the glamorous past of Old Havana, the lively musical nightlife of colonial Trinidad, and learn about modern day Cuba and its complex past, culminating in a visit to the mausoleum of the national hero Che Guevara.

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Windward Isles and French Antilles

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£3499 13 DAYS £2799 12 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £625 TRIP CODE: WI TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included.

It was an outstanding travel experience. I was hoping to explore as much of the 3 islands visited as possible, and this particular tour allowed our group to do this. Kenneth, Nebraska

CARIBBEAN SEA Damoiseau Distillery

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Airport

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Trois Pitons Diablotins 1447m

GOSIER Crayfish Waterfall

MON REPOS Atlantic beaches RODNEY BAY Gimie 950m Hewanorra SOUFRIERE

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ROSEAU Gingerbread architecture

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For those who traditionally associate the West Indies with sun, sea and sand, this exploration of three very different Caribbean islands will surprise and delight. The journey begins in St Lucia, whose Pitons provide a dramatic backdrop to its beaches and nature trails. Also discover Guadeloupe and Dominica, two contrasting islands that are perfect for hiking through rainforest, swimming through underwater hot springs, bathing in cascading waterfalls and tasting the local rum. Along the way, take the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the warm Caribbean waters. DAY

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Walk the Des Cartiers Rainforest Nature Trail, spotting some of the 30 bird species found here.

Visit the old plantation at Morne Coubaril. Free afternoon to snorkel or relax on the beach.

Free day in St Lucia. Choose to go snorkelling, diving or climb Gros Piton.

Visit the old British Fort on Pigeon Island before flying to Guadeloupe.

Visit Crayfish Falls and Botanical Gardens. Relax on the beach at Grande Anse or go on an optional hike.

Walk the craggy cliffs of Castle Point. Visit a rum distillery and the distinctive cemetery at Morne a L’eau.

Ferry to Dominica. Explore the colourful capital of Roseau.

Rowboat up the Indian River, visit Fort Shirley and walk the rainforest trails of the Cabrits National Park.

Walk in the rainforest of Morne Trois Pitons National Park and cool off in the Titou Gorge.

Free day. Chance to go whale watching, snorkelling at Champagne Beach or hike to the Boiling Lake.

Trip ends in Roseau, Dominica.

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Guyana and Suriname Explorer

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£4135 15 DAYS £3145 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £485 TRIP CODE: GE TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple guesthouse, 2 nights standard lodge, 2 nights simple lodge. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners are included.

GEORGETOWN City tour

ATLANTIC OCEAN Airport

PARAMARIBO

GUYANA PAKARARAIMA MOUNTAINS Kaiteur Falls Optional excursion

SURINAME IWOKRAMA WALKWAY

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Canopy birdspotting

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This journey through the ex-Dutch and British colonies of Suriname and Guyana takes us through colonial cities and dense pristine rainforest in search of wildlife, crossing the Guianan Shield to learn more about the culture of these two little-visited nations. From tree-top canopies to jungle walkways, mountain summits and forest rivers, look for wildlife including giant river otters, monkeys, harpy eagles and many other varieties of bird. A large part of this adventure is in exploring the unknown and experiencing life amid indigenous communities in the forest. DAY

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Explore Paramaribo including its former plantations and learn about Suriname’s colonial past.

Drive to Atjoni. Sail along the Suriname River to spend two nights at a nature resort.

Search for caiman at night, visit local villages and walk with indigenous guides.

Head to Georgetown, Guyana, stopping en route at the Mangrove Heritage Trail.

Option to visit the spectacular Kaieteur Falls, the largest single drop waterfall in the world.

Travel to the Iwokrama Rainforest, one of the last untouched tropical forests in the world.

Search for bird and butterfly species from walkways set high in the forest canopy.

Continue to the indigenous village of Surama. Take a nature walk to look for wildlife.

Hike to the summit of Surama Mountain for breathtaking views over the rainforest canopy.

Paddle along the Burro Burro River in dugout canoes, fishing and searching for wildlife.

Transfer back to Georgetown where the trip ends.

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Contrasts of Colombia

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Optional single rooms are available from £500 TRIP CODE: BCO TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners are included.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

CARTAGENA

Colonial gem Isla del Encanto Optional boat trip

Spend three nights exploring the jungle and beach in Tayrona National Park. Please refer to the website for more details.

CARIBBEAN SEA

Trip code: TY

If there is anyone out there who is undecided about this trip, I would say to them to just go ahead and book it. You will definitely not be disappointed. The people of Colombia were very friendly, polite and welcoming. It felt safe to be there and the places that we visited had a calm and unhurried atmosphere.

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Guatape Excursion

‘The Coffee Region’

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Silvia Indigenous Market

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Colombia is currently one of South America’s most exciting destinations, with a rich cultural heritage, many areas of outstanding natural beauty and a notoriously friendly and welcoming population. See the country’s magical realism personified, through the colonial cities of Cartagena, Bogota and Popayan, the beautiful wax palms and coffee farms of Armenia, and the blossoming cultural hub of Medellin. Explore local towns and markets, and discover the traditions of this engaging place. DAY

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Bogota city tour including Paloquemao local market, the Gold Museum and the Botero Museum.

Walk amid the wax palms of the Cocora Valley and eat a typical lunch in colourful Salento.

Visit a local coffee farm and learn all about the coffee making process.

Travel to Medellin and explore the city that represents Colombia’s social transformation.

Discover the colourful lakeside town of Guatape and climb El Penol for magnificent views of the lake.

Fly to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Explore Cartagena by bus and on foot, wandering the cobbled streets of the walled colonial city.

Free day. Stay in the city or take a boat trip to the Rosario Islands for snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing.

Trip ends in Cartagena.

Take a cable car Visit the local to the summit indigenous of Mount market at Silvia, Monserrate and transfer before flying to to Armenia, in Popayan. the heart of the coffee region.

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Highlights of Colombia

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Optional single rooms are available from £380 TRIP CODE: BCH TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Spend three nights exploring the jungle and beach in Tayrona National Park. Please refer to the website for more details. Trip code: TY CARTAGENA Colonial gem

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PANAMA

COLOMBIA

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Guatape Excursion

‘The Coffee Region’

Walks in the Cocora Valley

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Zipaquira salt cathedral

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Local village and coffee plantation

Gold museum and cable car

This once-notorious country now has a reputation for having some of the friendliest locals in South America, a status that is well-deserved. This trip gives first-time visitors a taste of this diverse country, from the towering Andes to the warm seas of the Caribbean. Explore the country’s indigenous history at the fascinating gold museum in Bogota; hike amid the beautiful wax palms of the Cocora Valley and eat a typical lunch in colourful Salento. Discover Medellin’s regeneration and stroll along the lovely cobbled streets of colonial Cartagena. DAY

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Bogota city tour including the Gold Museum. Take a cable car to the summit of Mount Monserrate.

View the underground Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira. Fly to Armenia and the Coffee Country.

Full day trip to the Cocora Valley and Acaime Rainforest Reserve. Walks amid the wax palms.

Visit a coffee farm and taste the regional specialty. Drive to the modern city of Medellin.

Climb the huge rock of El Penol for incredible views over Lake Guatape.

City tour of Medellin including cable car. Fly to colonial Cartagena on the Caribbean coast.

Visit the walled colonial city on foot. Free afternoon to relax on the Rosario Islands.

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Ecuador Discovery

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£2345 15 DAYS £1499 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £765 TRIP CODE: EC TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard guesthouse, 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners are included.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP We have a series of short four-or-fivenight Galapagos cruises on offer, aboard the Monserrat yacht. These cruises depart on fixed dates throughout the year, which may match the dates of your Ecuador trip.

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Indian Market

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ECUADOR

QUITO MACHACHI Cotopaxi 5897m

Alternatively, we offer full 10-day cruises if you would like to extend your trip further and spend it in the company of tortoises, iguanas, seals, blue-footed boobies and the other fantastic wildlife found on the islands.

MISAHUALLI Explore jungle

PATATE Chimborazo 6310m

RIOBAMBA

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Sibambe Devil’s Nose Railway

GUAYAQUIL

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Banos Hot springs

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This ambitious journey through the Ecuadorian Andes uncovers the fascinating colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca, and explores the Amazonian wildlife along the Napo River, as well as passing through thermal springs and along winding railway tracks. The stunning scenery along the Avenue of the Volcanoes, the excitement of travelling on the Devil’s Nose Railway and the wilderness of the Cajas National Park are just a few of the highlights of this trip, which explores the indigenous heritage and stunning vistas of this beautiful country. DAY

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Walking tour of the capital including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town.

Travel to the Equator Line. Continue to Otavalo and wander around its famous market.

Walk the trails around the tranquil Cuicocha Lake. View the Peguche Waterfall.

Travel down the Avenue of the Volcanoes, and trek in Cotopaxi National Park.

Visit the Papallacta hot springs and journey to the Amazon Jungle lodge by canoe.

Explore the Amazon on foot and by canoe, learning about the local flora and fauna.

Bathe in thermal springs at Banos and walk to the cascading Pailon del Diablo Waterfall.

Ride the Devil’s Nose Railway, one of the steepest routes in the world. Visit the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

Discover the lovely colonial city of Cuenca on foot. Visit a panama hat factory.

Hike in the wild and beautiful Cajas National Park before continuing to the modern city of Guayaquil.

Trip ends in Guayaquil.

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Galapagos ISLANDS

A trip to the Galapagos Islands is an unforgettable experience. As Charles Darwin put it, “The Natural History of this archipelago is very remarkable: it seems to be a little world within itself”. Indeed, many of the abundant species found on the 18 volcanic islands and 40 islets cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. There is a lot of deserving hype surrounding the islands, but you don’t need to be a biologist to appreciate one of the few remaining places where human interference has been kept to a minimum. Here, you can snorkel with penguins and sea lions, watch 200kg tortoises lumbering through giant cactus forests and enjoy the courtship display of the blue-footed booby and frigatebird, all in startling close-up.

INSIDER VIEW "No TV documentary can prepare you for the abundance of wildlife found in the Galapagos Islands. It truly is a unique place and the harmony between man and wildlife was special to witness, especially in San Cristobal and Puerto Ayora towns, where sea lions take up residence on benches and walkways during the day. They even visit the local markets to get the offcuts of fish – it’s clear who rules the roost here! The animals simply aren’t afraid of humans, and my absolute highlight was snorkelling with sea lions; they’re like playful puppies and they’re so intrigued by you." TAMSIN CRUMBIE Operations Manager

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Southern Islands

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Floreana and Espanola

Santa Cruz and others

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San Cristobal

Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos, formed by six volcanoes, making it one of the world’s most volcanically active places. Fernandina is the youngest of the islands.

The Southern Islands are renowned for their excellent snorkelling sites. Espanola is the nesting site of nearly all the world’s waved albatross population.

The Central Islands have so much to offer. Walk through giant cactus forests on Santa Fe, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz and relax on whitesand beaches.

Genovesa has developed a reputation as ‘the bird island’ because of the numerous and varied bird species that nest there. It is one of the only places to see red-footed boobies en masse.

Geologically, San Cristobal is one of the oldest of the islands in the Galapagos archipelago. One of the main highlights is Kicker Rock which is one of the most famous sites in the Galapagos Islands.

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Galapagos Highlights

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Galapagos Encompassed

VISITING: Western, Central & Northern Islands

VISITING: Southern, Central & Eastern Islands

VISITING: Western, Central & Eastern Islands

VISITING: Southern, Central & Eastern Islands

VISITING: Central & Eastern Islands

TRIP CODE: GY7A

TRIP CODE: GY7B

TRIP CODE: GM7A

TRIP CODE: GM7B

VISITING: Southern & Central Islands

ON BOARD: Yolita II ACCOMMODATION GRADE: Premium GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16

ON BOARD: Monserrat ACCOMMODATION GRADE: Standard GROUP SIZE: Generally 14 - 20

TRIP CODE: GX7A

TRIP CODE: GX7B

ON BOARD: Xavier III ACCOMMODATION GRADE: Standard GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16

For full itineraries and prices, please visit our website explore.co.uk/galapagos

Cabin options – upgrade from £130 Lead-in prices are mainly based on lower deck cabins – why not upgrade your cabin or book a single? Supplements start from £130 for an upgrade and £1,640 for single cabin occupancy.

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Combine the Galapagos with the Amazon for the ultimate nature experience. Extend your trip with three days in the Amazon.

We also offer three-and-four-night cruises and trips to different islands. Please refer to the website for more details.

Trip code: AE

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Volcanoes and Galapagos

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ECUADOR - THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

£3615 16 DAYS £2799 15 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £950 TRIP CODE: GPS TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard guesthouse, 5 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches are included.

For me, the highlights were the equator line, the clear vistas of the volcanoes, and the wildlife on the Galapagos. Emma, Luton Peguche

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Laguna Cuicocha

OTAVALO

Indian Market Condor Sanctuary

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QUITO MACHACHI

Lake Limpiopungo

ISLA NORTH SEYMOUR ISLA BALTRA

Optional Sierra Negra Volcano

Latacunga Market

From Quito to Guayaquil

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ISLA ISABELA

Plaza Sur Sea lions

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Explore the spectacular highlights of mainland Ecuador as well as the ‘enchanted isles’ of the Galapagos Islands on this two-week adventure. As well as its wild volcanic scenery, Ecuador has an interesting blend of cultures, and there is nowhere better to experience this than through haggling over handicrafts in Ecuador’s largest indigenous market at Otavalo, before exploring the old Spanish architecture in the colonial capital Quito. A week on the captivating Galapagos Archipelago, in search of rare species of wildlife, is a perfect end to the trip. DAYS

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Travel the Avenue of the Volcanoes route and walk in the immense Cotopaxi National Park.

Discover the beautiful Pailon del Diablo Falls before continuing to Banos.

Fly to the Galapagos. Travel through the Santa Cruz Highlands to search for giant tortoises.

Sail to Isabela, the largest island of the Galapagos, formed of five volcanoes.

Take a walk up the Sierra Negra Volcano to admire spectacular panoramas across the island.

Free morning with the chance to visit the Tintoreras Islets. Tour the Tortoise Breeding Centre. Return to Santa Cruz.

Explore Seymour Island, home to land iguanas, sea lions and a variety of birdlife.

View the turtle nesting ground at Tortuga Bay and the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Return to the mainland. Choose to take a guided city tour of Guayaquil. Trip ends.

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Machu Picchu and Galapagos

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The Galapagos Islands were just breathtaking. Snorkelling with the sea lions, turtles and sharks, was the highlight for me. Jerome, Burnham

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Two of South America’s most iconic destinations are combined in this highlights trip. First visit the awe-inspiring ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu. Warm up to the main event by viewing ancient ruins in the Sacred Valley, as well as discovering the still-thriving indigenous cultures in this part of the Andes. Witness the colonial history present in the cities of Cusco and Quito, before spending six days exploring one of the best wildlife experiences on Earth: the Galapagos Islands. Search for unique wildlife including giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. DAYS

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Explore the Sacred Valley including Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Train to Aguas Calientes.

Experience the awe-inspiring and majestic Inca site of Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco.

Free day in Cusco. Choices include Sacsayhuaman Fortress and Moray and Maras salt mines.

Fly to Quito. Experience the Andean colonial capital including the historic Old Town.

Fly to the Galapagos. Travel through the Santa Cruz Highlands to search for giant tortoises.

Sail to Isabela Island, where we will spend the next two nights. Visit the Tortoise Breeding Centre.

Sierra Negra Volcano hike. See the surrounding colours caused by lava flow.

Tintoreras Islets trip. Return to Santa Cruz by speed boat.

View the turtle nesting ground at Tortuga Bay and the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Boat trip around the bay. Discover wildlife including sea lions, pelicans and frigatebirds.

Return to the mainland. Trip ends in Guayaquil.

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Sacred Land of the Incas

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP Spend four nights in an Amazon Jungle Lodge. Search for caiman, spot birds and monkeys and experience the solitude of the rainforest. Please refer to the website for more details. Trip code: PSA

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The Festival of the Sun was originally a religious festival celebrated during the Inca Empire, as a feast of the Sun God and Mother Earth, the main Gods of the Inca civilisation. This huge, colourful festival is now celebrated every June in Cusco and is one of South America’s largest pageants. Cultural, musical and artistic displays are performed by indigenous people in traditional dress, and there are plenty of chances to try out local food and drink. Please refer to the website for more details.

Sacred Valley of the Incas

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The whole trip was excellent. Machu Picchu and the magic of the condors were awesome.

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This adventure across Peru is vast in scope and hits many of the country’s incredible sights, including enormous Colca Canyon, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arequipa, magnificent Lake Titicaca and the serene Sacred Valley. Machu Picchu, known as the ‘lost city’ of the Incas and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is, for many, the reason to visit. But there is so much more to enjoy. Getting to know the locals is a highlight of this trip, and visiting the small Quechua village of Mismanay, where many of the Inca Trail’s porters live, is a fantastic experience. DAY

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Discover the beautiful colonial city. Visit the fascinating 500-year-old Santa Catalina Convent.

Drive north to the altiplano, passing herds of alpaca. Visit Colca Canyon and spot the Andean condor.

Boat trip on Lake Titicaca to explore the floating islands. Homestay on Taquile Island.

Visit the nearby Inca ruins before returning to Puno by boat.

Journey over high Andean passes to reach Ollantaytambo in the tranquil Sacred Valley.

Free day. Choose from a range of activities, including whitewater rafting.

Travel to the ancient mystical site of Machu Picchu by train and bus.

More time to explore Machu Picchu. Transfer to Cusco.

Walking tour of the city. Visit the imposing Sacsayhuaman Fortress and the Inca Temple of the Sun, Qoricancha.

Trip ends in Cusco.

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Spirit of the Incas

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP Why not stay four nights in the Amazon? Please refer to the website for more details. Trip code: QPSA

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Discover the highlights of Peru on this great value trip, on a journey towards the impressive mountain citadel of Machu Picchu. Sailing on the immense Lake Titicaca, visiting the indigenous communities on the Uros and Taquile Islands and staying overnight with a local family are just some of the many highlights. The majestic Colca Canyon is incredible in scope and a great place to spot condors soaring overhead.

Highlights of Peru

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP Visit the verdant Amazon Jungle. Please refer to the website for more details. Trip code: PHIA

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This is a whirlwind trip around one of the most fascinating countries in South America, giving just enough flavour to tempt you back for another visit. In only nine days, explore the modern capital Lima, the old colonial city of Cusco and the magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Experience local traditions at the market in the Quechua village of Pisac, and use the spare time wisely to try some exhilarating whitewater rafting.

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Peru Encompassed

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£2695 15 DAYS £1999 13 DAYS

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP Why not extend your adventure by four days and visit the Amazon? Explore the jungle by dugout canoe and on foot, and discover how the local communities live in this remote place. Please refer to the website for more details. Trip code: DPRA

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Machu Picchu

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CUSCO

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Discover the wonderful sights of Peru in comfort when staying in a selection of premium hotels, surrounded at every turn by the majesty of the Andes. This trip combines the magnificent colonial architecture and cobbled streets of Cusco and Arequipa with the historic remains of the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. Sailing along Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, see how the indigenous communities of the Uros Islands construct their houses entirely out of reeds, before heading to the beautiful Sacred Valley to explore the Inca sites. DAY

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Explore the mix of old and new on a walking tour of Lima. Fly to Arequipa.

Explore the beautifully preserved colonial city including Santa Catalina Convent.

Travel the high plains of the Andes to Colca Canyon, search for the rare Andean condor.

Opt to visit Machu Picchu again, before taking the train to the picturesque Sacred Valley.

Free day. Go whitewater rafting down the Urubamba River, or visit Inca ruins.

Trip ends in Cusco.

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Sail along Lake Journey Discover Cusco Free day in Journey to the Titicaca and through the on foot and visit Cusco. Perhaps ancient Inca visit indigenous Andes to Cusco the dramatic visit the ruins of Machu communities via the ancient Sacsayhuaman magnificent Picchu, known on Taquile and sites of Raqchi Fortress. cathedral, or as the Lost City Uros Islands. and Sillustani. sample treats at of the Incas. the San Pedro food market.

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Grand Tour of Peru

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Optional single rooms are available from £600 TRIP CODE: PGT TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 16 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge, 1 night simple guesthouse, 1 night simple village house. MEALS: 20 breakfasts, 2 lunches are included.

Valley of the pyramids

CHACHAPOYAS Kuelap fortress

TARAPOTO

CHICLAYO

Jungle walks and waterfalls

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Pre-inca temples of the sun and moon

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Ancient ruins of Machu Picchu

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This adventurous trip around Peru includes all the fascinating sights beyond the classic highlights. Travel up to the archaeological paradise in the north and explore the pre-Inca ruins near the desert of Chiclayo, before traversing the Andes and taking the new cable car to the ancient city of Kuelap. After relaxing in a jungle lodge at Tarapoto, we journey to the south, and visit the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu, exploring the Sacred Valley and admiring the sunset over Lake Titicaca, before staying overnight with an indigenous family on one of the lake’s islands. DAYS

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Join trip in Lima. Tour the colonial city.

Fly to Trujillo and explore the ancient temples and the ruins of Chan Chan before relaxing on the beach.

Drive to Chiclayo, visiting the archaeological complex of El Brujo en route.

In Chiclayo. Visit the Valley of the Pyramids at Tucume and the Royal Tombs of Sipan.

Journey into the Andes, visit the ancient city of Kuelap. Hike to the Gocta Falls.

Drive into Amazonia and relax at the lodge, or hike to one of the many waterfalls.

Fly to Cusco. Visit Qoricancha, once the most important temple in the Inca empire.

Take the train to Machu Picchu and spend the afternoon visiting the impressive ancient citadel.

Chance to visit Machu Picchu again, or head to the local markets before returning to Cusco.

Free day in Cusco. Choose to explore the Sacred Valley, with rafting or a visit to Pisac market available.

Bus to Puno and visit Lake Titicaca. Overnight with a local family in village house.

Explore Taquile Island and take a boat back to Puno. Trip ends at Juliaca Airport.

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Rio to Lima Explorer

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£4695 24 DAYS £3795 22 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £725 TRIP CODE: RLE TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard lodge, 3 nights simple hotel, 1 night standard overnight train, 1 night simple overnight bus. MEALS: 21 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners are included.

AGUAS CALIENTES Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo

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Sacred Valley of the Incas

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PUNO Copacabana

ISLA DEL SOL LA PAZ

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Witches market Santa Cruz

Puerto Quijarro Bolivian border

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Beginning at the carnival city of Rio, this incredible three-week journey is packed with contrasts. From one of the world’s most famous cities to the astounding wildlife of the Pantanal wetlands, Brazil immediately wows with its diversity. Contrast this with Bolivia’s indigenous culture at the local Tarabuco market, and marvel at the ethereal salt flats with their backdrop of distant mountains, before exploring the incomparable Lake Titicaca. The trip concludes at the fabled ‘lost’ Inca city of Machu Picchu, a suitably impressive end to this epic adventure. DAYS

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Join trip in Rio and explore the city including Sugar Loaf Mountain. Chance to watch a Samba show.

Fly to the Pantanal. Spot wildlife including birds, caiman and monkeys by boat and on foot.

Final day in the wetlands and overnight train across the border into Bolivia.

Fly to Sucre; visit the huge market of Tarabuco, hosted by the indigenous Yampura people.

Head to the silver mining town of Potosi at 4,090m altitude. Explore and continue to Uyuni.

Full day at the magnificent Uyuni salt flats, the highest on the planet.

Overnight bus to La Paz; explore on foot and by cable car, including the Witches Market.

Drive to Lake Titicaca; sail to the Isla del Sol and walk along the island’s cliffs and beaches.

Free morning to walk on the island. Return to Copacabana by boat and cross into Peru.

Travel through the Andes to Cusco and explore the old Inca capital on foot.

Train to Aguas Calientes and explore the unbelievable ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu.

Spend a free day exploring Cusco before flying to Lima where the trip ends.

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Led by our experienced Explore Leaders our four-day trek is designed to stay away from the crowds Full service camping is provided including three hearty meals a day served in a dining tent You only carry a daysack; porters carry your main luggage and all camping equipment under strict guidelines We allow three nights in Cusco to acclimatise to the altitude before the trek Our trek crew are all local people, ensuring surrounding communities benefit from your visit

Inca Trail Trek

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WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple camping, 1 night simple guesthouse.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Venture into the Peruvian Amazon spending three days at a jungle lodge run by the Infierno indigenous community.

MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 4 days for between 6 to 9 hours on the 3 longer days. Max. altitude 4,200m. Please see website for more details.

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Walk along the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Learn about traditional Andean culture on the four-day trek to the ‘lost city’ and pass other fascinating Inca ruins en route. Discover the Sacred Valley, visit the lively market at Pisac and explore the historic town of Cusco.

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Machu Picchu and Titicaca

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£2435 15 DAYS £1499 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £315 TRIP CODE: PB TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse, 1 night simple hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners are included.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Head to the vivid green rainforest of the Amazon for four days and relax in a lodge. Please refer to the website for more details. Trip code: PBA

A great first experience of South America

The tour is packed with so many contrasting experiences that for me they were all highlights but it has to be the Sacred Valley and the coming through the Sun Gate to see Machu Picchu for the first time – it literally takes your breath away.

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Machu Picchu Km 104 Optional day walk

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Amazon Jungle Lodge Pisac Market CUSCO 3400m Ancient Inca capital

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Lake Titicaca Sillustani

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Travelling on some of the planet’s highest roads, traverse the other-worldly Andean landscapes from La Paz to Cusco. The trip includes a two-day trek centred round the Isla del Sol, visiting ancient ruins and enjoying spectacular views of Lake Titicaca. There is also the option to do a day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, perfect for those who want to experience part of this famous walk but do not want to do the whole four-day trek. Either way, the visit to Machu Picchu marks an awe-inspiring end to this Andean adventure. DAY

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Walking tour of this eccentric city, including the Witches Market. Chance to visit Tiahuanaco ruins.

Drive to Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America.

Walk on the Isla del Sol. Explore the ruins of Palacio del Inca and experience stunning views.

Trek to the Temple of the Sun, sacred to the Incas of ancient America. Boat to Jardin Incaico.

Cross the border into Peru. A trip to the floating Uros Islands is available.

Traversing the Andes by bus, arrive in Cusco, the former Inca capital.

Discover Cusco on foot. Visit Sacsayhuaman Fortress and the colourful Pisac Market.

Free day in Cusco. Optional excursions include whitewater rafting.

Optional day walk to Machu Picchu from KM104 via HuinayHuayna ruins and the Sun Gate.

Explore the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu before returning by train back to Cusco.

Trip ends in Cusco.

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Highlights of Bolivia

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Optional single rooms are available from £375 TRIP CODE: BA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard lodge. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners are included.

The salt flatlands were a highlight. Rosalind, Coleraine

BOLIVIA

ISLA DEL SOL

Moon Island

CONCEPCION Jesuit missions

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Worlds highest capital 3636m

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SUCRE Hacenda La Candelaria visit

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This Bolivian adventure takes in some of the most startling scenery and rich culture in South America. Immersing ourselves first in Santa Cruz’s UNESCO Jesuit circuit with its intricately painted churches, we then travel into the mountains, visiting the silver-mining town of Potosi and discovering the colonial architecture of Sucre. Heading onto the altiplano, we explore the ethereal salt plains, where oddly shaped cacti live on the blinding salt desert, and fly up to the magical Lake Titicaca to eat like a local and watch the sunset over the Inca ruins. DAYS

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Join trip in Santa Cruz and explore this relaxed and culturally diverse town.

Travel to Concepcion via San Javier, visit the UNESCO heritage Jesuit Mission churches.

Visit a local weaving workshop and return to Santa Cruz.

Fly to Sucre. Visit to a textiles museum, a testament to indigenous artisan roots.

Discover the indigenous community of La Candelaria, known for their textile production.

Half day tour of the silver-mining capital Potosi and continue to Uyuni.

Free day. Wander around the eccentric city or visit the Tiahuanaco Ruins.

Boat ride to Sun Island on Lake Titicaca. Typical Andean lunch and walk to Pilkokaina ruins.

Boat trip to Moon Island and visit to Inak Uyu and La Chincana ruins. Return to La Paz and fly to Santa Cruz.

Trip ends in Santa Cruz.

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Atacama to Machu Picchu

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£4275 20 DAYS £3499 18 DAYS

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AGUAS CALIENTES

Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo

Why not extend your adventure by four days and visit the Amazon? Explore the jungle by dugout canoe and on foot, and discover how the local communities live in this remote place. Please refer to the website for more details.

CUSCO

Sacred Valley of the Incas

PERU

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ISLA DEL SOL

PUNO Copacabana

LA PAZ

Trip code: AXA

San Francisco Church Murillo Square Gold Museum

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Tahua Coquesa Mummies

Tunapa 5400m

POTOSI COLCHANI

UYUNI SALT FLATS

A great trip. The scenery was unbelievable, especially in Bolivia, which just took my breath away – the Salt Flat has to be seen, it’s extraordinary.

CHILE Calama

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Cathedral

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This epic adventure travels from the ‘thin country’ of Chile, across the Andes to undoubtedly one of South America’s most special sights, the magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru. Along the way the spectacular scenery is astounding, from the bright red Atacama Desert to the magical ethereal salt flats of Uyuni and the never-ending sparkling blue of Lake Titicaca. Cities such as La Paz and Cusco are packed full of eccentricities such as the Witches Market and the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and the first glimpse of Machu Picchu is simply unforgettable. DAY

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Free day. Taste wine in the vineyards of the Maipo Valley or discover the historic city of Valparaiso.

Travel to the Atacama Desert. Walk in the Valley of the Moon and visit the El Tatio Geysers.

Drive into Bolivia. Visit the magnificent Uyuni Salt Flats and colourful lagoons with nesting flamingos.

Discover the delightful UNESCO World Heritage cities of Potosi and Sucre.

Fly to the dizzy heights of La Paz and explore this eccentric city on foot.

Free day. Take a trip to the preColumbian site of Tiahuanaco or the verdant Yungas forest.

Explore the islands of Lake Titicaca. Overnight on Isla del Sol. Cross the border to Puno (Peru).

Travel by bus to Cusco in the heart of the former Inca Empire, visiting Inca sites and villages en route.

Train to Aguas Calientes. Experience the mystery of Machu Picchu and then opt to visit the thermal baths.

Discover the Inca capital city of Cusco. Free afternoon to try whitewater rafting.

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Wine and Landscapes of Argentina

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£3995 19 DAYS £3125 17 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £740 TRIP CODE: NWA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 16 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included.

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Salt Plains

Humahuaca Gorge

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Wine tasting

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Take an adventure across the Andes, journeying into the heart of Argentina. The northwest region houses some of Argentina’s most inspiring scenery from colourful mountains and barren salt plains, to spectacular gorges and lunar landscapes. Woven into this tapestry is a strong cultural and gastronomic presence; discover the indigenous heritage still found in the Andean region, manifested in the art, weavings and lifestyle of the locals, and taste authentic Argentinian Malbec in the many vineyards. The city of Buenos Aires is a wonderful end to the trip. DAYS

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Drive to Belen via one of the region’s nut harvesting gardens.

Journey to Cafayate, via the indigenous Quilmes ruins. Taste the wines at a local vineyard.

Continue to Salta, driving through high arid cactus deserts down to fertile forest.

Drive the route of the Train to the Clouds before exploring the blinding salt flats nearby.

Explore the UNESCO heritage area of the Humahuaca Gorge, and visit indigenous villages.

Join trip Journey across Drive to San Visit Talampaya in Santiago and the Andes Juan via El National Park, tour the city to Mendoza. Leoncito home to many including the Cycling tour National Park dinosaur magnificent through and observatory. remains from views from vineyards. Wine the Triassic Santa Lucia tasting included. period. Hill.

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Atacama to Paine

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£3995 15 DAYS £3225 13 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £695 TRIP CODE: TDP TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included.

Optional visit to El Tatio Geysers Calama

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Valle de la Luna Atacama Salt Lake & desert walks

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP Make the most of your visit to Chile with four days on mysterious Easter Island. Discover the famous Moai Statues and hike the hills of this enigmatic place. Refer to the website for more details.

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Valparaiso

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Trip code: TDPE

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This was an absolutely fantastic trip starting with the most breathtaking views of the Atacama Desert at sunset with a pink light spreading over the red of the rocks.

Osorno Volcano Petrohue waterfalls Puerto Montt

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Mountain Walks

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Chile is often known as the ‘thin country’, being 4,270km long and only 177km wide, thus making it a land of extremes from the arid deserts of the north down to the magnificent southern glaciers. Discover the Atacama Desert, a barren landscape peppered with hot springs and spouting geysers, which is commonly known as the driest non-polar desert in the world. In Torres del Paine National Park we explore arguably one of the world’s most beautiful national parks. Along the way tour the capital Santiago and visit the pretty Lake District region. DAY

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Option to visit Valparaiso, the cultural capital of Chile – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Free day. Choices include El Tatio Hot Springs or salt flats home to flocks of pink flamingos.

Travel to Puerto Varas, on the shores of Lake Llanquihue in the Chilean Lake District.

Walk through Valdivian forests on the slopes of Osorno Volcano.

Fly to Punta Arenas and drive to Puerto Natales near Torres del Paine National Park.

See Torres del Paine by bus and on foot. Visit the Milodon Caves.

Explore the picturesque national park on foot and discover its glaciers, waterfalls and lakes.

Return to Puerto Natales by bus, or choose to return on Zodiac boat.

Return to the capital where the trip ends.

Travel to Visit the the Atacama atmospheric Desert. Explore village of the surreal Toconao before landscapes exploring of the Moon the Salar de Valley. Atacama.

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Adventures in Patagonia

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£3745 15 DAYS £2699 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £775 TRIP CODE: PA TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included.

PACIFIC OCEAN

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Why not make the most of your adventure by choosing one of our short extensions?

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Spend three days at the spectacular Iguazu Falls, listening to the thundering water on both the Argentinian and Brazilian side. Alternatively, discover the country’s thriving wildlife on the Valdes Peninsula, home to many species including elephant seals, sea lions, whales and penguins.

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Mt Fitzoy 3375m

Or, tick another country off your list with four days in Uruguay. Visit the lovely cobbled streets of Colonia and spend two nights on a working estancia (ranch) eating traditional food and exploring the estate on foot or on horseback.

EL CHALTEN CALAFATE TORRES DEL PAINE NP TIERRA DEL FUEGO PUNTA ARENAS USHUAIA CAPE HORN

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Patagonia is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth, and each day spent here brings another awe-inspiring sight. The glacial lakes and mountain ranges of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks create the impression of walking among giants. The magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier has to be seen to be believed, particularly if it is possible to witness it calving into the water, and visits to the world’s southernmost city of Ushuaia, and the captivating Buenos Aires, are the icing on the cake of this epic journey. DAY

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Tour of Argentina’s vibrant capital, including the Recoleta Cemetery. Optional tango show.

Fly to Ushuaia. Free afternoon to explore the ‘town at the end of the world’.

Walk along coastal trails in Tierra del Fuego National Park. Discover its forests and lakes.

Travel by bus and boat to Punta Arenas in Chile. Continue to Torres del Paine National Park.

Experience the breathtaking landscape of glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and jagged mountain peaks.

Local walks or take a boat trip across the Serrano River to see the spectacular glacier.

Head to the town of El Calafate on the southern shores of Lago Argentino.

View the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier. Have the opportunity to trek on the ice.

Drive to El Chalten. Hike to the base of the Fitzroy Massif for spectacular views.

Enjoy the scenery through short hikes to waterfalls and lookout points. Fly back to Buenos Aires.

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Buenos Aires to Rio

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£2895 15 DAYS £1995 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £575 TRIP CODE: QBR TRIP PACE: Full On ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple bus. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included.

Loved the hotel in Paraty, family run and friendly! Jessica, Essex Parana

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Connecting two of South America’s most captivating cities, this trip takes us from the tango-filled streets of Buenos Aires to the samba rhythms in Rio de Janeiro. The thundering roar of the Iguazu Falls has created possibly the best border crossing in the Americas, and this trip explores both the Argentinian and Brazilian side before heading to the cobbled streets and colonial architecture of Paraty. The tropical island of Ilha Grande with its white-sand beaches is a stunning place to relax, before heading to the carnival city of Rio de Janeiro. DAY

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Explore the enchanting streets of Argentina’s capital including the colourful La Boca district.

Free morning to experience more of Buenos Aires. Travel overnight by bus to Iguazu Falls.

Witness the raging waters of the magnificent Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian side.

Cross into Brazil to view this side of the falls for spectacular panoramas. Optional helicopter flight over the falls.

Fly to Sao Paolo and then drive to Paraty.

Explore the cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Paraty.

Visit the tropical island of Ilha Grande. Discover on foot, snorkel in the turquoise waters or relax on the whitesand beaches.

Head to the carnival city of Rio de Janeiro. Free time to wander along Copacabana Beach.

Walking tour of Rio. Afternoon free. Take the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain or relax on Rio’s beaches.

In Rio. Options include visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue and a traditional samba show.

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Pure Brazil

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Optional single rooms are available from £625 TRIP CODE: BR TRIP PACE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 5 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners are included.

FESTIVAL DEPARTURES Experience the world’s biggest street party, the Rio Carnival, as well as the more traditional festivities found in Recife. Trip code: RRC

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Amazonian Capital

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Amazon

AMAZONIA Lodge Jungle walks

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Wildlife Reserve Game viewing by boat & on foot

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Tour the colourful colonial city. Free time to relax on the beach.

Travel to our Amazon Jungle lodge by plane and by boat. See the ‘meeting of the waters’.

In the Amazon. Jungle walks, piranha fishing and searching for caiman in the waterways.

Journey to the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland and home to over 600 species of birds.

Explore the Pantanal Wildlife Reserve on foot and by canoe, looking for wildlife.

Another full day in the Pantanal to spot wildlife on a jeep safari and on a boat trip.

Fly to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. Afternoon free to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue.

City tour including the Sambadrome. Take the cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain.

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About Explore Worldwide trips Please read carefully through the following information about booking an Explore Worldwide Adventure. When you book (whether by phone, travel agent or online), you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood these pages, as well as our Booking Conditions and Trip Notes.

Frequently Asked Questions Who travels on Explore trips?

Your travel companions come from a wide range of locations and backgrounds. However, because we only offer English-speaking trips, the majority will be from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. Everyone will share your passion for adventure travel.

What is a typical group size?

The size of the group on group trips usually ranges from between 8 to 18 people; the average group size is usually 14 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included.

The minimum age on most group trips featured in this brochure is 14. Our minimum age for trips travelling at high altitude is 16 years old. Trips to certain destinations (for example, Chernobyl) have a higher minimum age limit. Please refer to individual trips notes and our website where this is mentioned if applicable. If you are booking a Private Guided Walk and Trek please talk to us at the time of booking about the ages of your party. A parent or adult must accompany people under the age of 18.

Once we have confirmed your booking we guarantee the price of your confirmed services won’t change: we will not pass on surcharges of any kind. Unlike most other tour operators we will not pass on unexpected additional costs like fuel surcharges and tax increases.

Fitness and stamina are more important than age. We often find some of our older customers are the fittest in the group! Whilst we don’t have a maximum age, we do recognise that at some point during our customer’s journey with us, they will reach an age where we will have to review their fitness and ability to participate in the trips they’ve chosen to book. Should you be 80 or older at time of travel we will ask you to get your GP to complete and sign a form confirming your fitness to travel. Explore will send this to you at the time of enquiry.

What about trip prices?

What are the itineraries like?

What is our price guarantee?

The prices shown in this brochure are for guidance only. They represent the basic per person cost of the trip at the time of publication of this brochure. For Private Guided Walks and Treks and Self-guided holidays the price stated is per person based on two people sharing. The price at the time of booking may be different. The latest guide prices for each trip departure can be found by visiting: explore.co.uk

What’s included in the trip price?

 Transport, meals and accommodation: all details are outlined in the individual Trip Notes. E  xplore Leader: the services of an Explore Leader are included on nearly all group trips. In most cases they will accompany you for the full duration of the trip. On some group trips a local representative may be provided instead (this will be outlined in the individual Trip Notes). L  ocal 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. F  or Private Guided Walks and Treks and Self-guided holidays we include accommodation, transport and meals as outlined in the individual trip itinerary.

Are transfers included?

We are pleased to be able to include airport transfers for customers booking a flight inclusive or land only trip where the flight arrives on the same day the trip starts and departs on the day the trip ends at the designated airport or train station. Where trips join and end at the designated overseas airport or train station, one arrival and one departure transfer will be provided for the whole group. In order to be included in this transfer please ensure that you arrive at the designated airport or train station for the 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 explore.co.uk/transfers. You are responsible for telling us your flight details and keeping us updated with any changes. Please note transfers are not included for Self-guided trips.

What’s not included?

The price of the trip does not include: visa fees, vaccination charges, travel insurance premiums, passport costs, international departure taxes, excess baggage charges, optional tours and excursions, hotel porters or meals (other than those we list as included). We also do not include items of a personal nature; such as laundry, room service charges, drinks or phone calls. Tips for personal service are not included and are usually expected. If you book on a ‘Land Only’ basis we do not include flights or trains from the UK or departure taxes. For Self-guided trips we do not include the services of an Explore Leader.

Explore Leaders (not applicable to Self-guided Trips)

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 and Private Guided Walks and Treks are accompanied by local representatives instead. This will not affect the enjoyment of your holiday and will be outlined clearly in the individual Trip Notes.

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What are the age limits?

We offer a wide variety of experiences and activities which allow you to really get to know an area and to see beyond the normal tourist facade. Of course we include the better known sights but we understand that you should have the flexibility to do your own thing so we build in free time for you to either take part in an optional excursion or to explore independently – an important part of any trip.

What type of accommodation do we stay in?

Wherever possible, we try to include accommodation which best reflects the local area in which we are travelling. Where we use hotels, we aim for mid-range accommodation, with the key requirements being cleanliness, safety, comfort and a good location. (The type of room provided and the level of facilities may vary from place to place.) We may also use simple hotels with more basic amenities. Please see the individual Trip Notes for details. All our accommodation is given a rating to describe standards and facilities. You can find this in the individual Trip Notes.

What about rooming?

Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room. On some of these trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided on some nights, but for logistical reasons not all. Individual Trip Notes clarify this. Please note that on rare occasions it may be necessary for customers in single rooms to share bathroom facilities.

What meals are included?

Most trips include breakfast, but other meals are often not included. This allows you to try the cuisine in local restaurants and also to choose what and where to eat and how much to spend. We try to keep all-inclusive accommodation to a minimum. Where there is no option, such as when camping, on safari or on some boat-based trips, meals tend to be included. We try to cater for you if you have special dietary requirements but we do ask you to have realistic expectations. In some countries there is a limited choice of food and it may be difficult to cater for all special meal requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any specific dietary requirements.

What type of transport will we travel in?

The variety of transport used is another important aspect of any Explore Adventure. We use everything from buses, boats and trains to camels and donkeys. You may even find all these on the same trip. Please refer to individual Trip Notes for details.

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 regularly updated should you wish to check the information at any time. You will be provided with a provisional list of your accommodation shortly after booking. Whilst we expect to stay at the accommodation stated, please note that this is subject to change to an equivalent or higher standard at any time.

What are guaranteed departures?

We guarantee that the advertised Land Only itinerary will not be cancelled or significantly changed after the first booking is confirmed unless we are forced to do so by a “force majeure” (as defined in our Booking Conditions). There is no minimum group size. This guarantee does not apply to international or UK domestic flights, which may be subject to change or cancellation in accordance with our Booking Conditions.

What should I expect from 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.

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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. 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: 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.

How can I be best prepared?

Whilst we endeavour to provide as much information as possible in our brochure and individual Trip Notes regarding the areas our trips travel to, we would always recommend that you undertake some background research about the places you will be visiting and the type of climate and local conditions you can expect in order to get the most out of your holiday.

What about seating on flights and trains?

Although it is possible to request specific seats from the majority of airlines and train operators, it’s important to note that the carrier may ask you for an additional fee to pre-book your seats in advance. To ensure your request is fulfilled we recommend that you contact the airline/train operators directly via their website and use their ‘manage my booking’ facility. Although this facility will be available for the majority of flights and train bookings, there are some airlines that don’t enable this option. If you find you’re not able to access your booking directly through the airline/train website, then please contact Explore with your seating request and we’ll submit it on your behalf. It’s important to note that we are unable to guarantee your seating requests and that failure to grant your request will not be a breach of contract on our part. Sometimes seats are booked as part of a block booking (allocation) – the relevant airline/train will automatically allocate your seating and so it is possible that you might not be close to other members of your party. For these journeys you’ll be unable to check in online and so we recommend arriving and checking in at the airport/train station as early as possible so that you have a better chance of selecting alternative seats should the need arise. If you require specific seats because of a disability/reduced mobility/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 are 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.

Tell me about 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. Please refer to your Trip Notes for full details.

How physically fit do I need to be?

All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip. With this in mind, please be aware that (as detailed in our Booking Conditions) if it is felt that any customer is not able to participate in a trip without endangering the health or safety of themselves or any other person (including other group members), or that the presence of the customer on the trip means we will be unable to provide the trip, in whole or part, to other members of the group as advertised and contracted, the Explore Leader at any stage has the right to require them to leave the trip. To ensure that this is never necessary, please make sure that you have fully understood the level of fitness and ability required to complete the trip on which you are booking. It is your responsibility to let us know if you have any concerns related to this subject. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your trip arrangements in any way, you must provide us with full details at the time of booking. In certain circumstances, usually on more strenuous trips, we may require you to provide proof of medical fitness before travelling.

Do I need be able to swim?

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

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

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 if I have a pre-existing medical condition?

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 your travel insurer’s medical screening helpline when you purchase your insurance policy. 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. If you have any concerns in this respect please call us.

What about brochure and website accuracy?

The information contained in our brochure, website and other advertising material is believed to be correct at the time of printing or publication. However, this information may subsequently change. Please ensure that you check all the details of your chosen holiday (including the price) with us at the time of booking.

What about consumer peace of mind?

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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 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 No. 5207 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 / Websites

All members do their utmost to ensure that all their brochures and other publications, print or electronic, clearly and accurately describe the holidays and services offered.

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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 postholiday 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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BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Inoculation and Health Requirements When trips visit remote areas or developing countries we normally recommend immunisation against typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Parts of East Africa and South America ask for a Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever. Malarial prophylaxis should be taken in many areas.

Country

Visas

Immunisation Yellow Fever

Hepatitis Typhoid A

UK citizens

Minimum time required to issue

Malaria

Albania

-

-

-

R

R

D

-

Argentina (1)

-

-

R

R

R

D

R

Armenia

-

-

-

R

R

-

Azerbaijan

Y

3 days

-

R

R

Belarus (2)

Y

6 weeks

-

R

R

Belize

-

-

F

R

R

Benin

Y

2 weeks

FR

R

Bhutan (3)

Y

On arrival

F

Bolivia (4)

-

-

FR

Bosnia & Herzegovina

-

-

Botswana

-

Brazil

-

Visas

Immunisation

UK citizens

Minimum time required to issue

Yellow Fever

Madagascar

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

Malawi

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

-

Malaysia

-

-

F

R

-

-

Maldives

Y

On arrival

F

D

-

Malta

-

-

F

-

R

Mauritius

-

-

R

M

R

Mexico

-

-

R

R

D

R

Moldova (15)

-

R

R

D

R

Mongolia

Y

-

R

R

D

R*

Montenegro

-

-

F

R

R

-

R

Morocco

-

FR

R

R

D

R

Hepatitis Typhoid A

Others

Malaria

-

R

R

D

R*

R

R

D

-

-

-

D

-

F

R

R

-

-

-

R

R

D

R

-

-

R

R*

D

-

24 hours

-

R

R

D

-

-

-

R

-

D

-

-

-

-

R

R

-

-

Namibia

-

-

F

R

R

-

R R

R

Bulgaria

-

-

-

R

R

D

Nepal

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

Burma

Y

4 days

F

R

R

D

R

New Zealand

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Cambodia (5)

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R

Nicaragua

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Canada (6)

Y

-

-

-

D

-

North Korea (16)

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R*

Chile

-

-

-

R

R

D

-

Norway

-

-

-

-

-

D

-

China

Y

4 days

F

R

R

D

R*

Oman

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

-

-

Colombia

-

-

FR

R

R

D

R

Panama (17)

-

-

FR

R

R

D

R

Comoros

Y

On arrival

R

R

R

-

R

Peru (18)

-

-

R

R

R

-

R

Costa Rica

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Philippines

-

-

F

R

R

D

R*

Croatia

-

-

-

R*

Poland

-

-

-

R*

-

D

-

Cuba (7)

Y

1 week

F

R

R

D

R

Portugal

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Czech Republic

-

-

-

R*

-

-

-

Reunion (France) (19)

-

-

F

R

R

-

-

Romania

-

-

-

R

R

D

-

D

Denmark

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Others

Country

D

Dominica

-

-

F

R

R

D

-

Russia (20)

Y

10 days

-

R

R*

D

-

Ecuador (8)

-

-

FR

R

R

D

R

Sao Tome (21)

-

-

F

R

R

-

R

Egypt

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

-

R*

Senegal

-

-

FR

R

R

M

R

El Salvador

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Serbia (22)

-

-

-

R

-

D

-

Estonia

-

-

-

R

R*

D

-

Seychelles

-

-

F

R

R

-

-

Ethiopia (9)

Y

On arrival

FR

R

R

M

R

Slovakia

-

-

-

R

R*

D

-

Finland (10)

-

-

-

-

-

D

-

Slovenia

-

-

-

-

-

D

-

Georgia

-

-

-

R

R

-

-

South Africa (23)

-

-

F

R

R

-

R*

Germany

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

South Korea

-

-

-

R

R

-

R*

Ghana (11)

Y

7 days

FR

R

R

M

R

Spain

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Greece

-

-

-

-

-

D

-

Sri Lanka (24)

Y

2 days

F

R

R

D

R*

Guadeloupe (France)

-

-

F

R

R

D

-

St Lucia

-

-

F

R

R

D

-

Guatemala

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Sudan (25)

Y

3 weeks

FR

R

R

M

R

Guyana

-

-

FR

R

R

D

R

Suriname (26)

Y

On arrival

FR

R

R

D

R

Honduras

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Swaziland

-

-

F

R

R

-

R

Hungary

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

Sweden

-

-

-

-

-

D

-

Iceland

-

-

-

-

-

D

-

Tanzania (27)

Y

On arrival

FR

R

R

M

R

India

Y

4 days

F

R

R

D

R*

Thailand (28)

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Indonesia (12)

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

The Gambia

-

-

FR

R

R

M

R

Iran

Y

9 weeks

F

R

R

-

R*

Tibet (29)

Y

-

-

R

R

D

-

Israel

-

-

-

R

R

-

-

Togo

Y

2 weeks

FR

R

R

M

R

Italy

-

-

-

R

-

D

-

Turkey (30)

Y

-

-

R*

R*

D

Japan

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

Turkmenistan

Y

4 weeks

-

R

R

D

-

Jordan (13)

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

-

-

Uganda (31)

Y

On arrival

FR

R

R

M

R

Y

Y

-

-

Ukraine

-

-

-

R

R*

D

-

-

D

-

Uruguay

-

-

-

R

-

D

-

Kazakhstan

Y

1 week

F

Kosovo (14)

-

-

-

Kyrgyzstan

-

-

F

R

R

-

R*

USA (32)

Y

3 days

-

-

-

D

-

Laos

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R

Uzbekistan

Y

7 days

-

R

R

-

R*

Latvia

-

-

-

R

-

D

-

Vietnam (33)

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Lithuania

-

-

-

R

-

D

-

Zambia

Y

3 days

F

R

R

-

R

Macedonia

-

-

-

R

-

D

-

Zimbabwe

Y

4 days

F

R

R

-

R

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Visas and Immunisations Quick Reference Chart A summary of requirements is listed in the chart. We stress that the following information is intended for quick reference only. Y = YES, visa required. R = Immunisation/protection normally recommended. R* = Protection recommended for travel to some areas – please check with your healthcare provider. F = Valid International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever required only if coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. M = Meningitis. Immunisation may be recommended depending on area visited and time of year. D = Diphtheria. Immunisation recommended in some circumstances, seek medical advice. For more information on the subject of vaccinations and health protection, check your individual Trip Notes or consult your booking agent. Further information can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk. For country-specific advice go to 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.

(25) Visa issued subject to authorisation from the relevant Government. Sensitive occupations such as journalist, photographer or defence related occupations may be refused entry. Immigration does not accept any passport with an Israeli stamp (it is possible to request for the Israeli stamp not to be placed on the pages of the passport), or showing Israel as place of birth, nor do they accept any passport which has only an exit stamp from Jordan/Egypt (implying that entry was made via Israel). (26) Under International Health Regulations,a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from all countries. (27) Only a single entry visa is available on arrival. (28) Passport must have more than six months validity and must be undamaged. (29) Group entry permit issued in Kathmandu, passport details must be submitted to Explore in advance. Any customer with a current Chinese visa for planned future travel should note this will be cancelled on entering Tibet. Visa issued subject (28) Passport must have more than six months validity and must be undamaged. (29) Group entry permit issued in Kathmandu, passport details must be submitted to Explore in advance. Any customer with a current Chinese visa for planned future travel should note this will be cancelled on entering Tibet. Visa issued subject to authorisation from the relevant Government. Sensitive occupations such as journalist, photographer or defence related occupations may be refused entry. Some non-EU nationalities are barred from entry consult Explore for more information. (30) Tetanus booster recommended. Visa can be purchased through www.evisa.gov.tr. It is advisable to print a paper copy to take with you. (31) A visa approval letter must be obtain prior to obtaining an Uganda visa via www.visas.immigration.go.ug (32) 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). (33) No visa required for ‘British Citizen’ passport holders making a single entry before 30JUN18 and not staying for longer that 14 days. After this date and all other nationalities should consult the embassy.

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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) Yellow fever is only recommended for those travelling to Iguazu falls. (2) Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 3 months from the date of entry into Belarus. Visits of 5 days, arriving and departing to Minsk can be arranged visa free. (3) The visa is issued on arrival, subject to authorisation from the Bhutanese government. (4) Yellow fever in only recommended for those travelling to the Lower Andes. (5) Visa may also be obtained in advance. (6) An Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) is required prior to travel. (7) You must have a tourist card pre departure - tourist cards can be issued by Explore or the Cuban Consul. (8) Yellow fever in only recommended for those travelling east of the Andes (Amazon Extension). (9) E-Visas approval letters are available via www.evisa.gov.et/#/home or visas on arrival at Addis Ababa Airport. For any other arrival points you should obtain a visa in advance. (10) Tick-borne encephalitis vaccination and a Tetanus booster is recommend for travel to some parts of the country. (11) Yellow fever certificate is mandatory. (12) Some points of entry require a visa to be obtained in advance. (13) Visa fee waived if arriving and departing under certain conditions, otherwise visa issued on arrival. (14) Rabies protection is recommended for travel to some parts of the country. (15) Tetanus booster recommended. (16) Visa issued subject to authorisation from the relevant Government. Sensitive occupations such as journalist, photographer or defence related occupations may be refused entry. (17) Yellow fever in only recommended for those travelling east of Panama City. (18) Yellow fever in only recommended for those travelling to jungle areas below 2,300mts. (19) Passport must state British Citizen to be exempt from requiring a visa. (20) Russian travel vouchers and authorisation must be obtained before a visa can be applied for. This process begins approximately 8 weeks before travel. (21) No visa required for British nationals for stays up to 15 days. (22) Tetanus booster recommended. (23) 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. (24) The Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) can be obtained online.

Passports and Visas British and Irish passport holder information

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity and appropriate number of blank pages for your chosen destination. You must also have all visas and vaccination certificates that are necessary to enter or pass through any countries involved in the journey or trip. Visa requirements are listed in individual Trip Notes, but please note that this information is subject to change. If required, visas can be obtained through a Visa Service or the relevant embassy or consulate.

Visas

Visa requirements should be confirmed with the relevant embassy or consulate. Unless otherwise stated (see ‘Y’ opposite), visas are not required for tourist visits of up to 30 days. General Note: Some countries refuse admission to travellers not meeting their accepted standards of dress or appearance (even if they hold a visa). Entry may also be refused to some countries if your passport bears stamps or visas (valid or expired) from certain countries. Please bear this in mind when booking/traveling to these destinations as it can negatively affect your future travel plans. Please note all visa and vaccination information was compiled in August 2017. 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.

Travcour

We have partnered with Travcour; 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. Please call 020 8543 1846 for more information or visit www.travcour.com

Immigration advice

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with any person under the age of 18. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS

Booking Conditions Please read carefully: Explore Worldwide Ltd (‘the Company’, “we”, “us” and “our”) accepts bookings subject to the following conditions. Except where expressly stated, these conditions only apply to trip arrangements booked by you with us and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these conditions to “trip”, “booking”, “contract” or “arrangements” mean such trip arrangements unless otherwise stated. Please note: the information appearing in the section headed “Frequently Asked Questions” in our brochure or in these or any comparable sections and any other relevant information on our website also form part of your contract with us. References in these conditions to such sections include the comparable sections or information on our website. 1. Your trip contract

The contract is between the Company and you (“Explore Worldwide” and “you” in these conditions), being any person travelling or intending to travel on a trip operated by us including any person who is added or substituted after booking. We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (except as set out below). We both also agree that any dispute, claim or other matter of any description (and whether or not involving any personal injury) which arises between us must be dealt with by the Courts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Island only. No employee of the Company other than a director has authority to vary or omit any of these terms. No promise of a discount or refund will be binding on us unless confirmed by us in writing.

2. To secure your booking

(Please refer to Clause 17 “Late Bookings”) To secure a booking, we or our authorised travel agent must receive payment of the minimum deposit of 10% of the total trip price, per person, (or full payment if booking within 60 days of the start of your trip or at an earlier stage for some trips). A higher deposit will be payable if any supplier(s) requires additional payment at the time of booking / prior to balance due date. On occasions, full payment for a service such as your flights may be required at the time of booking. The applicable deposit will be confirmed at the time of booking.. All clients (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date), whether booking in person, by telephone, via our website, by e-mail or facsimile or by any other means, will be deemed to have agreed to the following four conditions: a) they have read and accepted our Booking Conditions and general information pages contained in our brochure and/ or on our website. b) they appreciate and accept the risks involved in adventure travel. c) they do not suffer from any pre-existing medical condition or disability which may prevent them from actively participating in the trip. If any person suffers from any medical condition or disability which will or may affect their trip arrangements, please contact us before making your booking to discuss your requirements. d) the person making the booking confirms that he/she is at least 18 years old and has full authority to enter into a contract on the basis of these conditions on behalf of all persons named on the booking and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions. With the exception of self-guided trips (see below), a booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when we issue a confirmation invoice to you or your authorised travel agent. It is at this point that a contract between us comes into existence. If you book online, any acknowledgement of your booking request we send to you in the meantime is not a confirmation of your booking. Before your booking is confirmed and a contract comes into force, we reserve the right to increase or decrease holiday prices. Where our allocation of air seats has been fully utilised or where it is not possible to offer an air seat from an allocation, we reserve the right to pass on any extra costs incurred. We reserve the right to decline any booking at our discretion. We will communicate with you by e-mail. You must therefore check your e-mails on a regular basis. We may also contact you by telephone and/or post if we cannot, for whatever reason, contact you by e-mail. Certain documents may need to be sent by post. References in these conditions to “send” and “in writing” or similar include communication by e-mail. You should contact us by e-mail if you need to do so for any of the reasons mentioned in these booking conditions (for example, to request an amendment). Self-guided trips: We may not be in a position to confirm the costs for all services forming part of your self-guided holiday at the time of booking until your services are confirmed. Where any costs cannot be confirmed, we will provide you with an estimated price for your holiday which will be based on anticipated rates and costs. If you wish to proceed with the booking and we are in a 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

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price may be higher or lower than the estimated price. It is at this point that our price guarantee will take effect. Any such difference will not be a surcharge and, if an increase, will be payable in full. If, however, any increase between the estimated price and the confirmed price shown on your revised invoice is greater than 10% of the estimated price, you may cancel your holiday and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid us and amendment fees / charges providing you notify us in writing of your wish to do so within 7 days. No compensation will be payable in this situation.

3. Payment for your trip

The balance of all monies due must be received by us or our authorised travel agent not later than 60 days before the start of your trip. For certain trips, full payment must be received sooner. We will tell you at the time of booking when this is the case. If you don’t pay your balance by the due date, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and cancellation charges will apply. Any monies paid by you to an authorised travel agent for trips operated by us are held by the agent on our behalf. Deposit and balance payments must be made in the same currency and sufficient payment should be sent to ensure the company receives the total invoiced price as guaranteed. You can pay by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard 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 group departure booking can be changed or transferred free of charge to a different departure date or trip, up to 60 days prior to departure. A £50 per booking admin fee applies to any amendments made to all non-group holidays up to 60 days before departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the cancellation charges below. Changes are subject to availability and are limited to one transfer during the lifetime of your booking. It is not possible to rebook back onto the original departure once you have either 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. The cancellation charges shown below are those which will apply to most trips. However, some suppliers have conditions which require the payment of higher or different charges (including the imposition of 100% cancellation charges well in advance of the normal balance due date) which you will have to pay in the event of cancellation. You will be advised at the time of booking if this is the case for your trip. a) 60 and more days before trip start date – loss of deposit b) 59-42 days before trip start date – 30% or loss of deposit if higher

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c) 41-28 days before trip start date – 60% d) 27-14 days before trip start date – 90% e) Less than 14 days before trip start date – 100% Amendment charges are not refundable if you cancel your booking. We strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance is taken out which includes cover against cancellation charges. Depending on the reason for the cancellation, you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. In the event of the cancellation of a booking where you are liable to pay to us cancellation charges in excess of the amount already paid to us at the time of cancellation, you cannot transfer or add these charges to another booking or use any amounts paid to us in relation to the cancelled booking by way of part payment for another booking. Part cancellation of a booking may result in additional costs being payable by the remaining members of your party. Please also see clause 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 1HG. This scheme cannot however decide in cases where the sums claimed exceed £1,500 per person or £7,500 per booking, or for claims which are solely or mainly in respect of physical injury or illness or the consequence thereof. Please also see clause 1: Your Trip Contract.

7. Passports, visas and vaccinations

You are responsible for arranging, and must have, a valid, acceptable passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for your entire journey and trip. Any information we give about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal gear etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on our part. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry all required documentation. If your failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.

8. Travel and cancellation insurance

You must have travel insurance when you travel with us. You and your belongings are at all times solely at your own risk. You are wholly responsible for arranging your own insurance. You must ensure that you have personal travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the trip in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate and appropriate cover including medical emergency helicopter rescue. If you make your own arrangements you should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting or excluding protection for the type of activities included in your trip. You must ensure that all travel insurance purchased meets your particular requirements and you should arrange supplementary insurance if need be.

9. Consumer protection

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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. The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Explore Worldwide Ltd and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following: non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK; non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland, which are sold to customers outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland; additional services provided, if part of the package as required by AITO. 1, 2, 3 and 4 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK and Republic of Ireland are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Explore Worldwide Ltd.

10. Trip participation and client responsibility

You agree to accept the authority and decisions of our employees, Explore Leaders and agents whilst on trip with us. If in the opinion of any such person(s) or any other person in a position of authority (such as, for example, an airline pilot or hotel manager), your health, level of fitness or conduct at any time before or during a trip is endangering or appears likely to endanger your health or wellbeing or any third party (including any other clients of the Company) or the safe, comfortable or happy progress of the trip, you may be excluded from all or part of the trip without refund or recompense. Where you are excluded, we will have no further responsibility towards you (including any return travel arrangements) and we will not meet any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the exclusion. In the case of ill health, we may make such arrangements we see fit and recover the costs thereof from you. If you commit an illegal act (including, for example, causing any damage) you may be excluded from the trip and we shall cease to have responsibility to/for you as above. No refund will be given for any unused services. When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not precisely known) must be made direct to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier or to us as soon as possible. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. You should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect you if this situation arises. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person or have any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the proposed trip and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs.

You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person in your party develops after your booking has been confirmed.

11. If we change your trip

While we will do our best to operate all trips as advertised, we reserve the right to change and correct errors in any of the facilities, services 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 once the first booking has been confirmed 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 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

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the “land only” itinerary unless forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 13). However, for groups with less than 3 participants, we reserve the right to make changes to the Explore Leader or form of transport as referred to in clause 11. If we have to cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure and the cancellation does not result from your failure to pay, we will offer you the choice of purchasing an alternative trip offered as a result of consolidation or another available trip from us (in either case, paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in price) or receiving a full refund of all monies paid to us if applicable. We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible transport and other arrangements which can be cancelled or changed without charge, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment or other charges you may incur in relation to any transport or other arrangements which you have to change or cancel as a result of the cancellation of your trip. In addition, we will as a minimum, where compensation is due, pay you the compensation set out in the table in clause 11 above depending on the circumstances and when the cancellation is notified to you or your travel agent subject to the following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where (1) we are forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care (such circumstances are likely to include those listed in clause 13 “Force Majeure”) or (2) we have to cancel because the minimum number of participants necessary for us to operate your trip has not been reached (see above). No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time).

13. Force majeure

Except where otherwise expressly stated in these conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any injury, damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these conditions, “force majeure” means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include whether actual or threatened war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, disease, fire and all similar events outside our control.

14. Our responsibility for your trip

Your booking is accepted on the understanding that you appreciate and accept the possible risks inherent in adventure travel and that you undertake the trips, treks or expeditions featured in our programme at your own volition. (1) We promise to make sure that the trip arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide, as applicable, as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these conditions and the other information which forms part of your contract with us, we will accept responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or personal injury or your contracted trip arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted trip arrangements. Please note, it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers). (2) We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss possessions and loss of enjoyment), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following: the act(s) and/or omission(s) you or any member(s) of your party or the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your trip and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or ‘force majeure’ as defined in clause 13 above (3) Please note, we cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which any supplier agrees to provide for you where the 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.

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(4) The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract – and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred – will be used as the basis for deciding whether the services in question had been properly provided. Please bear in mind that standards of, for example, safety, hygiene, and quality may vary throughout the destinations, services and transport your trip involves and may be lower than or different to those applicable in the UK. If the particular services which gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with the local laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided. This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those services been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature which might lead a reasonable holidaymaker to refuse to take the trip in question. (5) As set out in these conditions, we limit the maximum amount we may have to pay you for any claims you may make against us. We do not, however, limit or exclude our liability for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of ourselves or our employees (providing they were at the time acting within the course of their employment). Where we are found liable for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the maximum amount we will have to pay you is £500 per person affected unless a different limitation applies to your claim under clause 14(6) below. You must ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect your personal belongings. For all other claims which do not involve death or personal injury, if we are found liable to you on any basis, the maximum amount we will have to pay you is twice the price (excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under clause 14 (6) below. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your trip. (6) Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on and/or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, sea, rail or road carrier, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you will be limited. The most we will have to pay you for that claim or that part of a claim if we are found liable to you on any basis is the most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question were that claim made against it (for example, the Warsaw Convention 1929 as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention 1999 for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air, the Athens Convention 1974 for international travel by sea and COTIF, the Convention on International Travel by Rail. Please note: where a carrier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the carrier or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request. (7) Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by ourselves or our employees or, where we are responsible for them, our suppliers. Additionally we cannot accept liability for any expenses or losses incurred by or relating to any business including self-employed loss of earnings. (8) You must provide ourselves and our insurers with all assistance we may reasonably require. You must also tell us and the supplier concerned about your claim or complaint as set out in clause 6. If 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

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and which are available in the area you are visiting. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other providers who are entirely independent of us and they may or may not have their own public liability insurance. They may require a waiver form to be signed. Optional excursions and activities do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators / providers and / or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. Where an Explore Leader collects payment for or otherwise assists in booking any such activity or excursion for you, we and the Explore Leader act solely as booking agent for the local operator / provider of the activity or excursion with whom you will have a contract. The local operator /provider’s terms and conditions will apply. We cannot accept any liability on any basis in relation to such activities or excursions and the acceptance of liability contained in clause 14(1) of our booking conditions will not apply to them. We do not, however, exclude liability for the negligence of ourselves or our employees resulting in your death or personal injury. We do not guarantee that any optional activity or excursion mentioned in our brochure, on our website or elsewhere will be available to book during your holiday and / or will operate as advertised as these services do not form part of our contract and are not under our control. They may not be available for various reasons. Any prices given in advance are indicative only. We will not be liable if you cannot, for whatever reason, book any such activity or excursion or if the activity or excursion does not operate as advertised.

16. Flights/Transport/Delays

The timings of air, sea, road or rail departures are estimates only. Subject to clause 11 “If we Change your Trip”, we cannot accept any liability for any change, cancellation or delay in your transportation from or to the UK or during your trip whether any change, cancellation or delay is caused by adverse weather conditions, rescheduling by a transport supplier, airline or airport authority, action by air traffic controllers, mechanical breakdown, industrial action or any other event or circumstance outside our control. Where long flight delays result in lost trip time, no refunds are given by hotels or suppliers. Similarly, except where the Denied Boarding Regulations apply, airlines do not offer compensation for flight delays. It is in recognition of the above that our travel insurance policy offers compensation for flight delays over 12 hours (not applicable to flights within a trip itinerary). However, at their discretion your carrier will endeavour to reduce the inconvenience of any delay by providing meals and accommodation, as appropriate for the time of day or night (dependent on local availability), if you are delayed for more than 12 hours. If you incur payments for any services in the event of a delay, we will not accept responsibility for payment unless we have given our prior consent. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline, depending on the circumstance, the airline may be required to pay you compensation, refund the cost of your flight and/ or provide you with accommodation and/or refreshments under the EC Regulations No 261/2004 – the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004 where applicable you must pursue the airline directly for the compensation or other payments due to you. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. This includes any disappointment, distress, inconvenience or effect on any other arrangements. The fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations or in respect of any flight cancellation or delay, downgrading of any flight ticket or denial of any boarding as the full amount of your entitlement to any compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations. If for any reason, we make any payment to you or a third party which the airline is responsible for in accordance with the Denied Boarding Regulations, you must, when requested, assign to us the rights you have or had to claim the payment in question from the airline. If your airline does not comply with these rules, you should complain to the CAA at caa.co.uk.

17. Late bookings

We emphasise the importance of making a booking at the earliest opportunity, because of the small group nature of our trips. For bookings received within 6 weeks of your trip start date (or at an earlier stage for certain trips), the contract between the Company and the client comes into existence as soon as full payment has been received by us or our authorised travel agent.

18. Brochure / Website / Advertising material accuracy

The information contained in our brochure, on our website and in our other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. However, errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen trip (including the price) with us or your travel agent at the time of booking. Issue date: August 2017 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. 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 explore.co.uk/privacy-policy from time to time so that you are aware of any changes in how we gather and use personal information.

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HOW TO BOOK

How to book

Book early Our Worldwide Adventure trips fill up quickly, so to guarantee your choice of trip and departure date it is best to book as early as possible.

3 easy ways to book

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Over the Phone

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Local Travel Agent

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Booking Checklist

 Names Most airlines now require your full first name, middle name (if you have one) and surname. These must be provided exactly as they appear on your passport, otherwise boarding may be denied.

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

Conditions  Booking When you book, you will be asked if you have read and understood the Booking Conditions and General Information (Pages 268 - 275) – 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. must be sufficiently fit and healthy to be able to take part in all  You included elements of the trip.

Fitness and Ability

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

Visas

Travel Insurance

Pre-existing Medical Conditions

Is mandatory for all customers on all Explore trips. Please see page 269 or visit explore.co.uk/insurance Must be declared to your insurers.

Payment Deposit

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

Final Payment

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

Cheque, Debit and Credit Cards

You can pay the deposit and final invoice by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard 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. From January 2018 no credit card fee will be charged.

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 274.

Price Guarantee

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

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Worldwide Brochure 2018  

Explore has launched its brand new 2018 brochure with 26 new trips.

Worldwide Brochure 2018  

Explore has launched its brand new 2018 brochure with 26 new trips.

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