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Adventures Group tours for 20s & 30s

Celebrating 30 years of adventures

2017-2018


Small Group Adventures

Trips created by Travellers

At Tucan Travel, we believe that the best things come in small doses and that’s why we specialise in small group tours. Travelling with fewer people allows you to have a more personal experience while still retaining all of the social aspects of travelling in a group.

Each one of our tours has been designed by people with extensive knowledge of highlights and hidden gems around the world. All of our tours are tested out in advance by Tucan Travel to iron out any kinks before the first departures begin. The aim is to run trips in the most authentic and exciting way possible.


Contents Introduction to Tucan Travel

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North America

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Central America

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South America

40-71

Asia

72-89

Africa

90-111

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Experienced Tour Leaders & Specialist Guides

Responsible & Sustainable

We only hire Tour Leaders who share our key values and who want to show the part of the world they work in to you. They are resilient, passionate, inspiring and energetic. All of our Tour Leaders are supported on a daily basis by local guides and office-based staff, many of whom are former Tour Leaders themselves.

We believe that it is our responsibility to care for our planet, protect it from damage and secure its future for generations to come. We work within our strict Responsible Travel Guidelines and believe that the true rewards of travel come from experiencing a different culture while giving something back to the communities who make us welcome.


Who travels with us? Travel with friends

Solo Travellers Welcome Of our passengers travel solo

One of the best things about travelling is the people you meet along the way. Our tours allow you to share the adventure with friends you haven’t met yet. As long as you are relatively fit, able to carry your own bags and enjoy meeting new people, you will fit right in.

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Our trips are perfect if you are travelling on your own. The vast majority of our tours don’t have a compulsory single supplement so you can share with another fellow traveller of the same gender.


Group Size

Location, Location, Location

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The maximum group size on our truck-based trips.

Our tours attract people from all over the globe giving you the chance to make friends from all walks of life.

The average number of people in a group is 12.

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More Trips Available Online This brochure only features a tiny snippet of what we have available online. Visit tucantravel.com to browse all available options.

Travel for Longer Think of your trip as a tiny piece of a puzzle. Most of our tours in this brochure are short sections of much longer trips and they can all be combined to form an extended adventure through the region of your choice.

Over 4000 Guaranteed Departures With 450 tours departing regularly in over 70 countries, there is something for everyone. To give you security when making a booking, our website clearly displays which tours are guaranteed.

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Monk at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Little girl in traditional dress, Peru - Taken by Eliza Tinnerello

Teotihuacan, Mexico - Taken by Lisa Gregory

Discover We use this symbol when referring to a specific selection of tours. These trips are available to book on their own on any departure date but work best when combining them with a group tour or cruise.

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How will you travel? At Tucan Travel, we believe that how you travel is also part of the adventure. From riding alongside the locals on public transport to jumping on board our big yellow truck, we choose the more appropriate form of transport for your comfort and convenience.

Types of transport we use Public Transport

Overland Truck

Private van & trailer

Book your flights with us We can book your flights when you book your group tour. We can find flights that match your tour’s start and end dates or offer you some flexibility if you want to travel for a little longer.

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Where will you sleep? Our group tours are packed with a huge variety of accommodation types around the world. From campsites to lodges, hostels to hotels, we choose where to stay based on ambience, location, character and cleanliness.

Types of accommodation we use Hotels & Hostels

Camping

Extend your stay Should you want to stay a little longer at the start or end of your tour, we can arrange extra nights accommodation for you. It’s easy, all you have to do is contact an Adventure Specialist.

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Your Local Payment The Local Payment helps us to keep your tour price as low as possible. It is a non-refundable, fixed amount which is paid to your Tour Leader in US dollars on the first day of your tour and goes towards its smooth running. The money is put straight back into the local economy, often to small suppliers in remote locations without banking facilities. Having this exibility means we can stay in out-of-the-way places which benefit you as well as the local community.

In South America It can be very diďŹƒcult to access US Dollars in South America. Remember to obtain all the cash you will need for your Local Payment before leaving home.

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Baby mountain gorilla, Uganda

Cycling along Death Road, Bolivia

Optional Excursions Our group tours are all about choice and exibility. We want you to pay as little as possible for your tour so you have more to spend when you are travelling. There are tonnes of Optional Excursions available on each day of your tour from guided tours to adrenaline activities. Most excursions can be organised once you are on your tour. Those that need to be booked in advance are mentioned in this brochure. Your Tour Leader will advise you on the best excursions to do and help you to book them. For a full range of Optional Excursions, see our website.

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North America

Welcome to

North America

Looking out over the Grand Canyon, Arizona

About North America New for 2017, we have a selection of tours that head to the USA and Canada! Search for bears in Alaska, go celeb-spotting in LA and say aloha to Hawaii. Trek through Canada’s greatest national parks, play your hand in Las Vegas and dance the night away in New Orleans.

Your Transport

Your Accommodation

There is no better way to travel around North America than in a mini-van pulling a trailer behind it. On our camping trips, the little trailer carries everything you might possibly need for a real adventure from sleeping mats to a gas stove while on our hotel based trips, the trailer has plenty of room for the occasional souvenir or shopping trip.

We use a combination of hotels and campsites through North America depending on the region. All equipment is provided on our camping tours apart from your sleeping bag so you don’t have to worry about packing a tent into your backpack. Where possible, we camp inside national parks or stay in hotels within walking distance of the main attractions. Campsites in North America have some of the best facilities and depending on the time of year, you may be able to upgrade to cabins.

Your Meals

Stay Connected

Get ready for a feast. North America is known for its huge portions, from fluffy pancakes to greasy burgers. On our camping trips, your Tour Leader will run a food kitty for meals around the campsite. You will be able to show off your culinary skills as you take it in turns whipping up a dish or two for your group. When not camping, only a few meals are included so there is plenty of opportunities to sample the local cuisine.

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With free wifi on board our minivans, it has never been easier to make friends and family jealous back home. While it isn’t unlimited and you have to take it in turns, those long drive days will whizz by faster as you can upload photos, chat with family and choose that perfect Instagram filter.


North America

Iconic Las Vegas sign, Nevada

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

The average price per day of our trips

Most Instagrammed places Grand Canyon - Arizona The White House - Washington DC Bourbon Street - New Orleans Fishermans Wharf - San Francisco Mauna Kea Volcano - Hawaii

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North America

Road to LA

Tour Code: BXNSF

United States of America

9 DAYS

Hit all of the highlights between San Francisco and Los Angeles, visiting some of the west’s most iconic cities and national parks. Feast on favourite american meals, stand beneath ancient trees and wander from natural wonders to cities that never sleep, each day will bring a new adventure.

Days 1 - 3 San Francisco & Yosemite National Park: Begin your journey in the exciting city of San Francisco, home to the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable car and the largest Chinatown in the USA. Make sure you check out the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf. After stopping at the Golden Gate Bridge to walk across it, we leave the city for Yosemite National Park. With dramatic cliffs and dense forest, there is fantastic hiking and stunning waterfalls to be explored. Yosemite is also home to oldest trees in the world, the giant Sequoias. Days 4 - 5 Las Vegas: Hit the Las Vegas strip for an epic few days of partying, sightseeing and gambling. After a few drinks by the pool, we pile into a stretched limo for a tour of the city’s biggest highlights visiting the Bellagio’s dancing fountains and Fremont Street before partying the night away. Away from Las Vegas’ dark side, enjoy a spot of shopping, catch a show or get an adrenaline rush by going up the Stratosphere. Day 6 Grand Canyon National Park: One of the greatest natural wonders of the world, the size of the Grand Canyon is something you can’t even begin to imagine. Stand on the edge of

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the canyon and admire the views, stretching out as far as the eye can see. You can enjoy several hikes into the canyon or around its rim. Catch stunning sunrises and sunsets and make the most of every minute spent camping close by. Day 7 Colorado River: Up early this morning, we drive west to Seligman, Arizona, the birthplace of Route 66 with a quirky feel to it. Grab some souvenirs or treat yourself to a milkshake before heading to the Colorado River where you can swim and enjoy the dramatic scenery. Tonight you will stay in Laughlin. Days 8 - 9 Los Angeles: We head back to the Pacific Coast and to the City of Angels, home to the stars and the Hollywood sign. Walk down the Walk of Fame, people watch at Venice Beach or enjoy incredible views from the observatory.

This tour also runs in reverse Los Angeles to San Francisco See Tour Code: BXNLA on our website

Handstand at the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Start tour Sat 07 Jan 17 Sat 21 Jan 17 Mon 06 Feb 17 Sat 18 Feb 17 Sat 04 Mar 17 Sat 18 Mar 17 Fri 31 Mar 17 Sat 15 Apr 17 Sat 22 Apr 17 Sat 20 May 17 Sat 10 Jun 17 Sat 17 Jun 17 Sat 24 Jun 17 Sat 08 Jul 17

End tour Sun 15 Jan 17 Sun 29 Jan 17 Tue 14 Feb 17 Sun 26 Feb 17 Sun 12 Mar 17 Sun 26 Mar 17 Sat 08 Apr 17 Sun 23 Apr 17 Sun 30 Apr 17 Sun 28 May 17 Sun 18 Jun 17 Sun 25 Jun 17 Sun 02 Jul 17 Sun 16 Jul 17

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Yosemite National Park, California

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Grand Canyon Route 66

Included on your tour: Visit the highlights of Las Vegas in a super-stretch limo, stop for photos on Route 66, tour Hollywood’s Walk of Fame & famous sign, entry to Yosemite & Grand Canyon National Parks

Los Angeles

Colorado River

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Los Angeles Loop

Tour Code: BXNLL

United States of America

16 DAYS

Travel in an anti-clockwise direction from LA back to LA on this two week tour. Visit national parks, waterfalls and bustling cities. Enjoy delicious cuisine, crazy nights out and challenging treks on this all-encompassing adventure.

Days 1 - 3 Los Angeles & San Diego: After a day in the City of Angels we head south to San Diego, home to the biggest zoo in the world. Get up close and personal with the gorillas or catch a glimpse of the Giant Pandas. At San Diego Zoo there is the chance to see and learn about more rare and endangered species than anywhere in the world. Day 4 Lake Havasu & Colorado River: Head into Arizona and drive through the Mojave Desert. Take photos of Salvation Mountain and learn about how London Bridge was relocated here. To cool off, take a dip in Lake Havasu or enjoy some watersports. Days 5 - 6 Grand Canyon National Park: One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon’s size is one to behold. To best admire the views, hike around the rim or if you’re feeling adventurous, enjoy a full day’s hike into the canyon itself to see the colourful rock formations, beginning the hike at sunrise. Days 7 - 8 Las Vegas: Bright lights and neverending nights out await in Las Vegas. You will enjoy a limo ride down the strip before a big night out. You could catch a show, enjoy

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a spot of shopping or explore each of the hotel’s themes. Days 9 - 11 Death Valley National Park & Yosemite National Park: We spend a day in Death Valley, the hottest, driest and lowest place in North America. On the right day, you can fry an egg on the ground but use a skillet as you don’t want to make a mess. After staying overnight in Bishop, next stop is Yosemite National Park with its dramatic cliffs, lush forests and where the oldest trees in the world can be found. Enjoy hiking through the forests and discover waterfalls and wildlife. Days 12 - 13 San Francisco: Home to the cable car, the Golden Gate Bridge and the largest Chinatown in the USA, San Francisco is packed with things to see. Enjoy a guided tour of Union Square, Chinatown, Lombard Street and Pier 39 catching a glimpse of the noisy sea lions that reside there. Day 14 Pacific Coast: We drive slowly back to Los Angeles, enjoying the stunning scenery of the Big Sur. Stop at McWay Falls and wander along the cliff-edge, admiring views of the dramatic Pacific Ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins off the shore.

Days 15 - 16 Santa Barbara & Los Angeles: Stop for a quick shop or soak up the sun on the beach in Santa Barbara before returning to Los Angeles.

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Sun 22 Jan 17 Tue 31 Jan 17 Tue 28 Feb 17 Tue 14 Mar 17 Tue 28 Mar 17 Tue 11 Apr 17 Tue 25 Apr 17 Fri 12 May 17 Tue 16 May 17 Tue 30 May 17 Tue 13 Jun 17 Tue 20 Jun 17 Tue 27 Jun 17 Fri 07 Jul 17 Thu 13 Jul 17 Thu 20 Jul 17 Tue 25 Jul 17

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Route 66, Arizona

Watching the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Included on your tour: Locally guided tour of San Francisco’s historic China Town, Lombard Street, Pier 39 and Union Square, limo tour of Las Vegas, tour of Hollywood with a view of the famous sign, Salvation Mountain & nearby sand dunes, Route 66 & stop at Seligman, admission to incredible national parks Yosemite, Death Valley & Grand Canyon

ARIZONA San Diego

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New York to Miami

Tour Code: BXNNM

United States of America

15 DAYS

In two weeks, visit some of the USA’s most iconic cities. Crammed with history and culture, this two week tour takes you to the cities, into the mountains and onto the best beaches on the east coast.

Days 1 - 3 New York Area, Philadelphia & Washington DC: After a day in the big apple, we head south stopping in Philadelphia. You can see Liberty Bell and Independence Hall or grab a delicious philly cheese steak sandwich for lunch. The portions are huge so you might need to share! Continuing our journey, we reach the nation’s capital, Washington DC. There is so much to see and do here. Wander through the National Mall, admiring the many memorials, take a tour of Capitol Hill, see the White House or explore some of the Smithsonian Museum, the biggest museum in the world. Day 4 Appalachian Mountains: We head into the mountains today where the beautiful scenery makes the long day of driving easier. The mountain chain is 1500 miles long and we only have time to explore a tiny corner of it. You can spot wildlife here, if you’re lucky, you might even see a black bear. Days 5 - 6 Nashville: The home of country music, we spend two nights in Nashville, Tennessee. Enjoy some live music and line dancing, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame or enjoy some southern hospitality and feast on hot chicken and ribs.

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Days 7 - 8 Memphis: We head further south into Tennessee. In Memphis we visit Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. You can also take a tour of Sun Studios or dance the night away on Beale Street. Memphis is where Martin Luther King was assassinated and for those interested in the Civil Rights Movement, you can visit the National Civil Rights Museum. Days 9 - 10 New Orleans: New Orleans is the cultural capital of the south with a buzz to its streets like nowhere else in the country. Home to the Mardi Gras, sample the wild nightlife on Bourbon Street. Try gumbo or jambalaya and wander through the French Quarter. Learn about voodoo, the streetcar and New Orlean’s flavoured history. Days 11 - 13 Destin Beach & Orlando: Relax on Destin Beach before reaching Orlando, Florida. There are so many theme parks to choose from here you will be spoilt for choice. Whether you visit Universal Studios to hang out with Harry Potter or you choose to chill with Mickey and Minnie at Walt Disney World, it will be a day to remember.

Days 14 - 15 Miami: Miami’s stunning beaches, incredible restaurants and beautiful people await. Admire the art-deco seafront or relax with a cocktail in hand on South Beach. There is no better place to finish your tour.

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Wed 08 Mar 17 Wed 12 Apr 17 Thu 18 May 17 Thu 08 Jun 17 Thu 22 Jun 17 Tue 18 Jul 17 Thu 03 Aug 17 Thu 17 Aug 17 Thu 24 Aug 17

Thu 17 Aug 17 Sat 19 Aug 17 Thu 24 Aug 17 Thu 31 Aug 17 Thu 28 Sep 17 Thu 12 Oct 17 Thu 07 Dec 17

Thu 31 Aug 17 Sat 02 Sep 17 Thu 07 Sep 17 Thu 14 Sep 17 Thu 12 Oct 17 Thu 26 Oct 17 Thu 21 Dec 17

This tour also runs in reverse: Miami to New York See Tour Code: BXNMN on our website.


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Cross Country USA United States of America

Tour Code: BXNSN

23 DAYS

A cross country adventure through the deep south, visit some of the USA’s historical highlights and most impressive national parks on this 23 day long adventure.

Days 1 - 3 New York Area, Philadelphia & Washington DC: Heading out of the New York area, we stop at Philadelphia for lunch, sampling the world famous philly-cheese steak sandwich before heading to the nation’s capital, Washington DC. Here, you can visit the Smithsonian Museums, take a tour of Capitol Hill or get a glimpse of the White House.

Days 10 - 14 Louisiana, Texas & Santa Fe: Search for gators with a final night in Louisiana before crossing into Texas, the Lone Star state. We will spend two nights in Austin, another city with a vibrant music scene and a night in Amarillo. We drive along Route 66 to Santa Fe where you can shop for cowboy boots and hats.

Days 4 - 6 Appalachian Mountains & Nashville, Tennessee: Heading out of the city we enter the Appalachian Mountainsand enjoy a stunning day of driving. Look out for cougars, deer and black bear. Into Tennessee, you can go white-water rafting at Ocoee where we spend the night before reaching Nashville, home of country music.

Days 15 - 17 Monument Valley & Grand Canyon National Park: Heading into Navajo country, we camp inside Monument Valley, waking up for sunrise. You can learn about the Navajo culture on a jeep ride and admire the dramatic landscapes. Next stop is the Grand Canyon, an absolute highlight on this tour. The size and depth of the park is unbelievable and you can enjoy some incredible hikes into the canyon.

Days 7 - 9 Memphis & New Orleans: The birthplace of rock ’n’ roll, in Memphis you can tour Sun Studios. For the history buffs, you can see the place that Martin Luther King was assassinated. Crossing into Louisiana we reach New Orleans, home of the Mardi Gras. Stroll down Bourbon Street for some of the best nightlife the country has tov offer. Try delicious southern cuisine and admire the quaint French Quarter.

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Days 18 - 21 Lake Powell & Zion National Park & Las Vegas: Take a dip in Lake Powell’s warm waters and relax on the shore. We visit the incredibly beautiful and dramatic Horseshoe Bend. In Zion National Park we can hike up the switchbacks to Angels Landing where stunning views of the valley below await. Arriving in Las Vegas, you will enjoy an included limo tour of

the highlights before a big night out. Day 22 - 23 Los Angeles: Leaving the slot machines behind, we head out of the desert to the beach, ending the tour in Los Angeles.

Departs between 4 and 9 times a month between April and October.

This tour also runs in reverse Los Angeles to New York See Tour Code: BXNSL our website.


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Memphis Skyline, Memphis, Tennessee

Monument Valley, Utah

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Transport: Private van & trailer with FREE Wifi

Group Size: Maximum 13

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Texas/Louisiana Austin

New Orleans LOUISIANA

Included on your tour: Locally guided bike tour of Washington DC, including Lincoln Memorial, White House & Smithsonian, cruise the Las Vegas Strip in a super-stretch limo, short walk in the Appalachian Mountains, overnight stay in Monument Valley, guided tour of LA including the Walk of Fame & view of Hollywood sign, admission to Monument Valley, Grand Canyon and Zion National Park

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Western Canada Adventure

Tour Code: BXNCA

Canada

14 DAYS

This tiny corner of Canada happens to be one of the most beautiful. Packed with wildlife, national parks, stunning lakes and adventurous activities, each day will provide you with millions of memories and tonnes of adventures.

Days 1 - 3 Vancouver & Whistler: Leaving Vancouver, drive along the old Gold Rush Trail to Whistler, the winter sports capital of Canada. With stunning scenery, snow capped mountains and emerald blue lakes, in the summer there is plenty to do including mountain biking, hiking, zip-lining or flying over the glaciers. Day 4 Wells Gray Provincial Park: Spend the day at Wells Gray Provincial Park, full of stunning meadows filled with bear, bison and wildflowers. Marvel at the stillness before spending the night inside Jasper National Park. Days 5 - 6 Jasper National Park: Jasper National Park is Canada’s biggest and its size will leave you stunned. Hire a bike to explore as much of the park as possible, enjoy some of the famous trails by foot or horseback ride through the Canadian Rockies. Day 7 Lake Louise: Drive the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise and enjoy the stunning views from the van. Arriving at Athabasca Glacier, strap on the crampons for a quick hike on icy terrain. This afternoon hike to Plain-of-SixGlaciers at Lake Louise, rent canoes or sit back

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and admire the amazing views of the stunning blue lake. Days 8 - 9 Banff National Park: Next up is Banff National Park where 1600 kilometres of trails await to be explored. Hike the popular Sundance Canyon Trail admiring the rolling hills, flowing streams and narrow canyons. Ride the Banff Gondola to Sulphur Mountain and visit Banff’s hot springs. Days 10 - 11 Yoho National Park: Enjoy whitewater rafting in Yoho National Park, admiring the dramatic scenery at every turn. We visit Emerald Lake where you can hire canoes to take onto the water. The views are truly unbelievable and you won’t believe the colour of the water, flanked by dramatic mountains and pine trees. Day 12 Okanagan Valley: Driving into the Okanagan Valley, we stop at Canada’s renowned vineyards to sample the local produce. Buy a couple of bottles to enjoy around the campfire. Tonight is your final night of camping under the stars.

Days 13 - 14 Okanagan Valley & Vancouver: We return to Vancouver for some last minute shopping and sightseeing.

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Group at Lake Louise, Canada

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Included on your tour: Guided walk on the Athabasca Glacier, Sulphur Mountain hot springs, the Icefields Parkway, Takakkaw Falls & Emerald Lake, enty to the following national and provincial parks – Wells Gray, Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise & Yoho

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Alaska Explorer

15 DAYS

Tour Code: BXNAE

United States of America

Get off the beaten track and explore some of Alaska’s most iconic national parks. From grizzly bears to moose and eagles, this tour is packed with wildlife, dramatic scenery and stunning coastlines. Admire vast glaciers, sample deliciously fresh fish and hike through windswept regions. You won’t want to leave.

Days 1 - 3 Anchorage & Wrangell-St Elias National Park: Leaving Anchorage we visit Wrangell–St Elias National Park. Included is a half day of hiking to see the continent’s largest assemblage of glaciers and peaks above 16,000 feet. If you are feeling a bit adventurous, try ice-climbing. Tonight we stay in a campsite overlooking the glacier, toasting s’mores by the campfire. Day 4 Tangle Lakes: The best way to enjoy Tangle Lakes is by canoe and you can hire them and go out as a group to tour the area. This evening, visit the beavers or enjoy some fishing before a meal around the campfire. Days 5 - 7 Denali National Park: Packed with wildlife, Denali National Park would take weeks to fully explore. Get around by bus over these two days, packed full of hiking and wildlife watching. You can also splash out on an optional helicopter flight over Mount McKinley, landing on an ice sheet on the mountain. Day 8 - 10 Seward: From Seward we board a boat to tour the Kenai Fjords, the best way to experience the beauty of the park. Watch out for whales and sea otters and listen out for the

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sound of the glaciers crashing down into the sea, a process known as calving. Days 11 - 12 Homer: Homer is a small fishing town but in the heart of bear country. You can join a bear viewing tour to glimpse the elusive animals. Surrounded by dramatic wilderness and stunning ocean, there is heaps to do. The halibut fishing capital of the world, one night, you will enjoy a dinner of freshly caught fish. Day 13 Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is 150 million acres of untouched wilderness and waters. Here you can explore on foot or by canoe, enjoy a spot of fishing or try your hand at river rafting. Here is your last chance to spot the grizzly bear so keep your eyes peeled for him. Days 14 - 15 Anchorage: We reluctantly return to Anchorage where your adventure comes to an end.

Tidewater Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

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Group Size: Maximum 13

Denali National Park

Anchorage Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Included on your tour: Two day bus pass in Denali National Park, Kenai Peninsula wildlife viewing guided cruise, half day glacier-hiking with crampons in WrangellSt Elias, dog sledding demonstration in Denali National Park, admission to national parks - Wrangell-St. Elias, Denali, Kenai Fjords & Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Tangle Lakes

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Seward/Kenai Fjords National Park

Homer

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North America

Hawaii Highlights

10 DAYS

Tour Code: BXNHH

United States of America

Aloha Hawaii! The USA’s 50th state, these islands are crammed with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, lush rainforest and active volcanoes. In ten short days, we explore one of Hawaii’s many islands, snorkelling in clear blue seas, exploring epic caves and hiking through spectacular national parks.

Days 1 - 2 Kailua-Kona & Ho’Okena Beach Park: Start in Kailua-Kona with its beautiful beaches and incredible weather. On the way to Ho’Okena Beach Park, we enjoy homegrown coffee from a local coffee farm, take motorboats on an island tour and enjoy a spot of snorkelling at Kealakekua Bay Park.

Day 6 Akaka Falls State Park & Laupahoehoe Beach: Today we enjoy a beautiful drive to Akaka Falls State Park where waterfalls are in abundance. We hike to two of the most popular to admire the views. Continuing on, we visit the World Botanical Gardens before spending the night by the ocean at Laupahoehoe Beach.

Days 3 - 4 Punalu’u Beach & Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Spot turtles in Punalu’u Beach Park and explore the site on foot before driving to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Home to some of the most active volcanoes in the world, you can view lava fields from Jagger Museum Observatory. Enjoy the many hiking trails viewing smoking ground and walking through old lava tubes. Tonight we camp inside the national park.

Day 7 Waipio Valley, Hawi Town & Spencer Park Beach: First stop is Tex Drive to sample some locally made malasadas, a Hawaiian donut before continuing to Waipio Valley. Take a tour of the valley before arriving in Hawi Town. Here you can wander through the shops before spending the night at a campsite on the beach.

Day 5 Hilo Wailuku River State Park: From Hilo you can explore the Kaumana Cave, formed in 1881 from a volcanic eruption; it is a 25 mile long cave. You can also explore Wailuku River State Park and discover the 80ft waterfall called Waianuenue or Rainbow Falls. This evening, walk down Hilo ‘Walk of Fame’ before enjoying a sunset cruise on Onomea Bay.

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Day 8 Lapakahi State Park & Seven Sister Valleys: With a whole day ahead, here you can splash out on a helicopter ride for the best views of the island. You can enjoy a spot of snorkelling or kayaking or hike to black sand beaches off the beaten track. Tonight, visit the Mauna Kea Observatory for views of the stars. Days 9 - 10 Kiholo Bay & Kona Town: Spot sea turtles in Kihola Bay and enjoy some swimming in the Hawaiian paradise before heading back to Kona Town.

Tropical sunset at Laupahoehoe Point, Hawaii

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End tour Fri 20 Jan 17 Fri 17 Feb 17 Fri 17 Mar 17 Sun 16 Apr 17 Sun 07 May 17 Sun 28 May 17 Thu 08 Jun 17 Sun 02 Jul 17

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Akaka Falls, Hawaii

The view from Waipio Valley, Hawaii

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Hawi Town Waipio Valley Lapakahi State Park Transport: Private van & trailer

Laupahoehoe Beach Spencer Park Beach Akaka Falls State Park

Kiholo Bay Group Size: Maximum 13

Included on your tour: Two nights at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, visit the Kona Coffee Museum & Plantation, visit Pu’uhonua o Honaunua National Historic Park, zodiac boat trip & snorkelling at Kealakekua Bay Park, camping right on the water’s edge, Jagger Museum Observatory, lava tube at Thurston Lava Tube, Kaumana Caves, Akaka Falls, World Botanical Gardens

Kailua-Kona

Ho’Okena Beach Park

Hilo Wailuku River State Park

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Punalu’u Beach

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Central America

Welcome to

Central America Admiring Teotihuacán, Mexico

About Central America NEW FOR 2017! We have a small range of tours that visit Central America. From Mexico all the way down to Panama, get under the skin of this colourful continent. Sip cocktails by the Caribbean Sea in Belize, get off the tourist track in El Salvador and enjoy tours of the biggest and best Mayan ruins.

Your Transport

Your Accommodation

Get ready to travel like the locals do as you crowd into packed public buses alongside everyone’s most treasured belongings. There is no better way to travel in Central America. When not practising your Spanish with your new friend from El Salvador on board the bus, we will shake things up a bit and take a mixture of private vans, short regional flights and overnight sleeper buses to get you from A to B.

While we know you would rather swing on that hammock hanging over the Caribbean Sea at Caye Caulker, we use a mixture of hotels and hostels to rest your head in Central America. Where possible, you will be staying in the middle of the action, close to the main attractions and nightlife so that it is never too difficult to find your way home at the end of the night.

Your Meals

Local Payment

Central America is known for its food. Tacos, refried beans and rice, guacamole and mole are all plentiful here and a walk through the local market will only whet your appetite even more, leaving you with an insatiable hunger for all things delicious. We only include breakfasts in our itineraries leaving you with plenty of opportunities to try every type of local delicacy possible.

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Your Local Payment pays for the little things that go towards the smooth running of your tour. From the odd empanada as a sneaky snack on the side of the road to bus tickets and local taxes, it’s amazing how much the small bits can all add up. The Local Payment means that you don’t have to worry about these little costs and you can concentrate on having as much fun as physically possible on your trip.


Central America

Belize Costa Rica El Salvador Manuel Antonio Chichén Itzá, Mexico NP, Costa Rica

Guatemala Mexico Nicaragua Panama Prague, Costa Rican Czech frog Republic

The average price per day of our trips

Chichén Itzá - Mexico Caye Caulker - Belize Manuel Antonio National Park - Costa Rica Tikal - Guatemala Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica

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Warm 20-30C, Dry Warm 20-30C, Wet

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Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Mexico | Belize | Guatemala

Tour Code: BXCMG

12 DAYS

On this 12 day adventure we travel through three countries in Central America. Combining Mayan ruins, beautiful beaches and colonial towns, this tour includes a diverse array of destinations, from jungle-shrouded UNESCO sites to laid-back islands on the Caribbean Sea. Fall in love with Mexico, Belize and Guatemala as you travel from Mexico City to Antigua.

Day 1 Mexico City: Begin the adventure in Mexico City, Mexico’s lively capital. You can explore the enormous Zocalo, the second largest public square in the world which has been the heart of the city since the Aztec rule. Visit Catedral y Sagrario Metropolitano, and start the tour with a few tequilas in the Zona Rosa area. Days 2 - 3 Mérida: We travel to the ‘white city’ of Mérida, known for its white-washed buildings, leafy plazas and colonial feel. You can explore the markets which sell colourful crafts. From z you can swim in the cenotes, fresh-water subterranean swimming holes that are found within limestone caves. Days 4 - 5 Chichén Itzá & Cancún: Heading to Cancún we first stop at the Maya site of Chichén Itzá where you will have a guided tour. Learn about the sacred cenote and admire the great Pyramid of Kukulcan. In Cancún you can enjoy the lively nightlife and beautiful beaches. Days 6 - 8 Caye Caulker: A night bus takes us into Belize where we will board a ferry heading to the beautiful Caye Caulker. Soak up the laidback atmosphere listening to reggae music

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and sampling fresh seafood. You can spend the day snorkelling in the barrier reef or even opt to fly over the spectacular Blue Hole. Day 9 Tikal & Flores: Crossing into Guatemala we head to Flores, stopping at the breathtaking site of Tikal. Regarded as one of the greatest cities in the Maya world, we enjoy a guided tour of the ancient ruins, nestled deep in the jungle. Days 10 - 12 Antigua: Our last destination in Central America is the colonial city of Antigua. A UNESCO site, Antigua boasts cobbled streets, ornate churches and colourful architecture. From here you can try a number of optional activities including an excursion to a nearby coffee plantation. You can also hike up Pacaya Volcano, the small yet active volcano.

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Sat 20 May 17 Sat 24 Jun 17 Sat 22 Jul 17 Sat 12 Aug 17 Sat 02 Sep 17 Sat 28 Oct 17 Sat 18 Nov 17

Tue 28 Nov 17 Tue 19 Dec 17 Tue 09 Jan 18 Tue 30 Jan 18 Tue 20 Feb 18 Tue 13 Mar 18

Sat 09 Dec 17 Sat 30 Dec 17 Sat 20 Jan 18 Sat 10 Feb 18 Sat 03 Mar 18 Sat 24 Mar 18

Snorkelling in Caye Caulker, Belize

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 30 day Highlights of Central America tour. See Page 38-39 for details.


Central America

Day of the Dead decoration, Mexico

Caye Caulker, Belize

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Mérida

Chichén Itzá

Meals: 7 breakfasts included

Cancun

Transport: Private van, overnight bus, ferry, 2 flights, taxi

Mexico City

MEXICO

Caye Caulker Tikal Flores

Group Size: Average 12, maximum 18

Belize City

BELIZE GUATEMALA

Included on your tour: Guided tour of Chichén Itzá, guided tour of Tikal

Guatemala City Antigua

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Central America

Guatemala to Costa Rica

14 DAYS

Tour Code: BXCGC

Guatemala | El Salvador | Nicaragua | Costa Rica

Travelling from Antigua to San José, with plenty of stops along the way, this tour packs in a huge amount in two weeks. Discover panoramic views of active volcanoes, enjoy a tour of a local coffee plantation and hike through wildlife-rich national parks. From adventure activities like volcano boarding in Nicaragua, to sun-kissed beaches in Costa Rica, you won’t run out of things to keep you busy!

Day 1 Antigua: The adventure starts in Guatemala, in the UNESCO city of Antigua. Wander through the maze of cobbled streets, haggle in markets and visit the Baroque La Merced Church, famous for its ornate yellow and white architecture. Day 2 Ahuachapan Region: We get off the tourist trail, crossing into Central America’s smallest country of El Salvador. We are heading to the Ahuachapan region but on the way we have several interesting stops. Driving through the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range, we take the Flower Route passing charming mountain villages. With panoramic views along the way we stop at a vast coffee plantation where we will enjoy a guided tour and a tasting. Day 3 La Unión: We travel to the coastal town of La Unión, first stopping at the Parque Nacional de Volcanos where we will trek up Santa Ana Volcano. Later we can enjoy a cooking class, learning how to make the traditional dish of Pupusa. Days 4 - 5 León: We take a boat to Nicaragua, heading to León. En route we pass through the cowboy region and views of San Cristobal

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Volcano. León has a huge amount of cultural and historical monuments to explore. You can also enjoy a rum-tasting tour here!

Manuel Antonio National Park, home to beaches, lush forests and lots of wildlife. Snorkel in the ocean, relax on the sand and explore.

Days 6 - 7 Managua & Granada: En route to Granada, we stop at Managua, driving through the old city. View the avenue of communist monuments before continuing to Masaya Volcano which we should reach in time for sunset. We carry on to Granada, situated on the shores of Lake Nicaragua.

Days 13 - 14 San José: The adventure ends in the Costa Rican capital of San José. Enjoy one final meal with your group in one of the city’s many restaurants or visit the Jade Museum for a last taste of culture.

Day 8 San Jorge: We travel to San Jorge, our gateway for an optional overnight excursion to Ometepe Island. Situated in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Island is a tranquil, unspoilt destination flanked by two volcanoes. Day 9 - 10 Monteverde: Welcome to Costa Rica! We head to Monteverde for a taste of adventure. You can zip-line through the trees in Monteverde Cloud Forest or explore the reserve on horseback. Walk above the trees on a series of suspension bridges and spot the wildlife that lives here. Days 11 - 12 Manuel Antonio: Our next stop is Manuel Antonio. From here you can explore

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 30 day Highlights of Central America tour. See Page 38-39 for details.

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Sat 20 May 17 Sat 24 Jun 17 Sat 22 Jul 17 Sat 12 Aug 17 Sat 02 Sep 17 Sat 28 Oct 17 Sat 18 Nov 17

Fri 02 Jun 17 Fri 07 Jul 17 Fri 04 Aug 17 Fri 25 Aug 17 Fri 15 Sep 17 Fri 10 Nov 17 Fri 01 Dec 17

Sat 09 Dec 17 Sat 30 Dec 17 Sat 20 Jan 18 Sat 10 Feb 18 Sat 03 Mar 18 Sat 24 Mar 18

Fri 22 Dec 17 Fri 12 Jan 18 Fri 02 Feb 18 Fri 23 Feb 18 Fri 16 Mar 18 Fri 06 Apr 18


Central America

Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica

Granada, Nicaragua

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Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch included

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Transport: Private van, boat, taxi, public bus

La Unión

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León

Managua Granada

Group Size: Average 12, maximum 18

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San Jorge

Monteverde Manuel Antonio

San José

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San José to Panama City

Tour Code: BXCSP

Costa Rica | Panama

7 DAYS

A week long adventure sampling some of the highlights of Costa Rica and Panama. Enjoy an included excursion to Cahuita National Park, a paradise for beach seekers and wildlife lovers alike. Next it’s onto Panama where you can snorkel in the turquoise waters of Bocas del Toro and soak up the Caribbean culture. End the tour in Panama City where you can discover the world-famous Panama Canal.

Day 1 San José: Arrive in Costa Rica’s lively capital, San José. If you get here early you might be lucky enough to catch a performance in Teatro Nacional, Costa Rica’s most important theatre. Foodies can enjoy a number of restaurants and culture buffs can head to the Gold Museum to view pre-Colombian artifacts. Days 2 - 3 Puerto Viejo: We travel to the laid back village of Puerto Viejo. On the way we can enjoy an included excursion to Cahuita National Park. Relax on the sun-kissed beaches or take a glass bottom boat tour to see the sealife on the reef. You can also stroll through the forest spotting wildlife. From Puerto Viejo there are many optional activites you can do. Visit the Jaguar Rescue Centre where you can see the efforts being made to protect the local wildlife in the area, or discover the indigenous Bribri community. Days 4 - 5 Bocas del Toro: Leaving Costa Rica, we travel by bus into Panama. Jumping on board a speedboat, our next destination is the tranquil Bocas del Toro islands. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, coral reefs and plenty of water sport options. Make the most of this idyllic location with options to dive, snorkel and kayak,

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as well as boat trips to the Mangrove Forest. Days 6 - 7 Panama City: We take a short flight to Panama City, home to towering skyscrapers and the busy hub of the Panama Canal. Hop on board one of the canal transits or visit the old quarter, Casco Viejo, where you can admire the colonial buildings. Other interesting sights include Panama La Vieja, the archaeological site holding ruins of the old Panama City. The adventure comes to an end here but make sure you pick up any last minute gifts from one of the many shopping districts.

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Thu 01 Jun 17 Thu 06 Jul 17 Thu 03 Aug 17 Thu 24 Aug 17 Thu 14 Sep 17 Thu 09 Nov 17

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Thu 30 Nov 17 Thu 21 Dec 17 Thu 11 Jan 18 Thu 01 Feb 18 Thu 22 Feb 18 Thu 15 Mar 18

Wed 06 Dec 17 Wed 27 Dec 17 Wed 17 Jan 18 Wed 07 Feb 18 Wed 28 Feb 18 Wed 21 Mar 18

Sloth in Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 30 day Highlights of Central America tour. See Page 38-39 for details.


Central America

Bocas del Toro, Panama

Red-eyed Tree Frog, Costa Rica

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Meals: 6 breakfasts included

Transport: Private van, public bus, taxi, boat, 1 flight

COSTA RICA Group Size: Average 12, maximum 18

Puerto Viejo

San José

Panama City Bocas del Toro

PANAMA

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Highlights of Central America Mexico | Belize | Guatemala | El Salvador | Nicaragua | Costa Rica | Panama

Tour Code: BXCHC

30 DAYS

In a month, get under the skin of Central America. Travelling through seven countries, you will uncover ancient Mayan sites, relax on tropical beaches and view jaw-dropping landscapes. Hike through lush jungles, discover important ruins and spot a huge amount of wildlife.

Days 1 - 3 Mexico City & Mérida: Arrive in Mexico City before flying to the white-washed city of Mérida. Here you can take a dip in the nearby cenotes. At night Mérida comes alive with music, live theatre and concerts. Days 4 - 5 Chichén Itzá & Cancún: En-route to Cancún we explore Chichén Itzá. Discover the carved stone snake head on the Castillo Pyramid before continuing onto Cancún. Dance the night away in the many lively bars. Days 6 - 8 Caye Caulker: Welcome to Belize! We journey to Caye Caulker, an idyllic island, home to fantastic snorkelling opportunities and sun-kissed beaches. Take heed of the local signs saying to ‘Go Slow’ and relax in this laidback paradise. Days 9 - 12 Tikal, Flores & Antigua: Crossing into Guatemala, we will enjoy a guided tour of Tikal to uncover the ruins nestled in the jungle. After spending the night in Flores we fly to Antigua, a charming colonial city. Fall in love with its colourful architecture and beautiful surroundings. Day 13 Ahuachapan region: We cross into the smallest country in Central America, El

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Salvador. We head to the Ahuachapan region, passing mountainous views and rural villages before stopping at a coffee plantation where we can enjoy a guided tour and tasting. Day 14 - La Unión: Our next stop is the town of La Unión where we will have a pupusa cooking workshop. On the way to La Unión we stop at Parque Nacional de Volcanos. Days 15 - 16 León: We head to Nicaragua, stopping in the colonial town of León. From León we can try a number of optional activities including rum tasting and volcano boarding. Days 17 - 19 Managua, Granada & San Jorge: En route to Granada we drive through the old quarter of Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. After spending a full day in Granada we continue to San Jorge, our gateway for an optional excursion to the tranquil Ometepe Island. Days 20 - 23 Monteverde & Manuel Antonio: Entering Costa Rica we explore some of its most beautiful regions. First we head to Monteverde where you can visit the Cloud Forest, walking across suspension bridges, spotting wildlife. We continue on to Manuel

Antonio. The national park here is packed with beautiful beaches and plenty of wildlife. Days 24 - 26 San José & Puerto Viejo: We travel to San José before heading to Puerto Viejo. This is our base for an included excursion to Cahuita National Park. Snorkel in the coral reef, bask on the sandy beaches and stroll through the forest. Days 27 - 28 Bocas del Toro: Crossing into Panama, we travel to the beautiful Bocas del Toro islands. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and try a range of ocean activities. Days 29 - 30 Panama City: We fly to Panama City, our final destination. Compare the modern skyscrapers with the colonial old town and enjoy one final meal with your group.

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Wed 07 Jun 17 Wed 12 Jul 17 Wed 09 Aug 17 Wed 30 Aug 17 Wed 20 Sep 17 Wed 15 Nov 17 Wed 06 Dec 17

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Central America

Caye Caulker, Belize - Taken by Hattie Seal

Tikal ruins, Guatemala

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Mérida Chichén Itzá Cancún

Meals: 23 breakfasts, 1 lunch included

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BELIZE Tikal Caye Caulker Tikal Flores Belize City

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Included on your tour: Guided tour of Chichén Itzá, guided tour of Tikal, Sierra Apaneca-Lamatepec, Flower Route, guided tour of a coffee plantation, entry and tour of Volcanoes National Park, indigo-dying workshop, Pupusa workshop, night tour of Masaya Volcano, entry to Cahuita National Park

Puerto Viejo

Bocas del Toro

COSTA RICA

Panama City

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South America

Welcome to

South America Admiring Machu Picchu, Peru

About South America South America has it all. Beautiful beaches, epic world wonders, delicious food and the friendliest communities, an adventure in South America will be one you won’t forget! With tours spanning seven countries, ranging from six to 76 days in length, the hard part will be choosing where to go!

Your Transport How you travel from A to B is a huge part of the adventure. Depending on the trip you choose, we will be travelling on a variety of public transport or on our purpose built expedition vehicles. Packed with storage space and camping equipment, our trucks are able to get you to places public transport can’t get to while the public transport trips allow you to travel as the locals do.

Your Accommodation Where you stay will largely depend on which trip you take in South America. On some of our tours, you will camp more than others while the hotels, hostels and dorms we use are chosen for their location and convenience. Sometimes, facilities such as hot water or air conditioning may not be available and bathrooms may also be shared - although this is rare. On trips that include camping, we provide everything but your sleeping bag and mat.

Your Meals

Local Payment

South America offers a huge variety of local cuisines from the freshest ceviche in Peru to succulent and juicy steak in Argentina. Most meals are included whilst camping on our truck based tours and you will have the opportunity to show off your skills in the kitchen. When staying in hotels or hostels, your Tour Leader will be able to recommend the best places to feast on local dishes or stick to western comforts should you prefer.

Your Local Payment pays for the little things that go towards the smooth running of your tour. From meals on the truck trips to local taxes and bus tickets, this Local Payment is put towards all the extra things that you shouldn’t have to worry about when travelling with us. All you have to concentrate on is having as much fun as is physically possible.

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South America

Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile

Exploring the Amazon Jungle, Peru

Colombia Ecuador Patagonia Peru Uruguay Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

The average price per day of our trips

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Optional Excursions from Cuzco There are tonnes of excursions available in South America and most can be booked with the help of your Tour Leader once your group tour is underway. The four below must be booked in advance. For a full list of optional excursions, please see our website.

To book your Inca Trail Trek permit we will need the following: • • • • •

Full name (as it appears on your passport) Date of birth Passport number Passport expiry date Nationality

Getting to Machu Picchu Your group tour will be packed with opportunities to explore the amazing countries you are travelling through and most excursions can be booked once you are already on tour. We allow plenty of time in Cuzco to enjoy many of the optional excursions available from the city. The following need to be booked beforehand so that we can purchase tickets and obtain permits in time for your departure.

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Lares Valley Trek

Taking the Train

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2 nights camping & 1 night hotel included

1 night hotel included in Aguas Calientes

Meals:

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2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners included

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Included: Guided tour of Machu Picchu, guide and porters on the Inca Trail Trek, oneway train tickets, Inca Trail Trek permit

Included: Guided tour of Machu Picchu, guide and porters on the Lares Valley Trek, one-way train tickets

Included: Guided tour of Machu Picchu, return train tickets

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South America

Llama at Machu Picchu - Taken by Sarah White

Workers on the river, Amazon Jungle

Amazon Jungle

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The train to Machu Picchu, Peru

Descend deep into the Amazon Jungle on a two night trip from Cuzco. Staying in jungle lodges you can explore the rainforest, swing in hammocks overlooking the river, learn about the jungle’s many ecosystems and spot a variety of wildlife.

Day 1 Puerto Maldonado & Amazon Jungle: This morning we fly to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Amazon Jungle. After a quick shop in the local market, we board a boat to take us to our jungle lodge, deep in the rainforest. After checking in, enjoy a short hike to a lake filled with caiman. Tonight we will journey back onto the river in the pitch darkness to enjoy the silence and the stars.

Meals: 2 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners included

Day 2 Amazon Jungle: Today is a long day of walking through the forest and exploring narrow waterways by small canoes. The local guide will point out flora and fauna unique to the jungle. You will also get up above the rainforest canopy. This afternoon you will visit the aptly named Monkey Island.

Included on your tour: Caiman spotting, jungle walk, Monkey Island, return flights

Accommodation: Two nights in an eco-friendly jungle lodge Lodges in the Amazon Jungle, Peru

Day 3 Puerto Maldonado & Cuzco: Waving goodbye to the Amazon Jungle, you will take the boat back to Puerto Maldonado to fly back to Cuzco. Group demonstration, Amazon Jungle, Peru

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South America

Rio Carnival Brazil

Tour Code: RBRCE

It’s time to get your ticket to the world’s greatest party. Party as one big group at Rio Carnival, staying close to the Sambadrome. Dance the days away at the lively blocos, relax on the miles of beaches and see the Sambadrome parade from some of the best seats in the house!

Day 1 Arrive Rio de Janeiro: Today is the first day of your Rio Carnival experience! Meeting in the hotel reception we will take you on an orientation walk showing you some of the main sights so you can make the most of your time in this city. Your Tour Leader will point out the nearest public transport stops and best places to grab a bite. This evening you can enjoy an included group dinner to celebrate the start of your adventure. It’s a great chance to meet your new party friends over a caipairinha or two! Day 2 Rio Carnival: Today you can visit our help desks. Pick up your Sambadrome ticket and book any optional excursions to explore the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’. Today is a great day to soak up the atmosphere of Rio Carnival and attend the famous street parties known as ‘blocos’. Keep an eye out for some of the most colourful and elaborate fancy-dress outfits, as these street parties bring out some of the most imaginative revellers! Day 3 Sambadrome Parade: Get your costumes ready, because Sunday is Sambadrome night! You will get an included ticket to the coveted Sector 11, watching the samba schools parade down the runway. These

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are one of the best seats to see the performers finish with a bang! During the daytime why not pack in some of Rio’s famous sights? Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain, take a favela tour or pose in front of the Lapa Steps.

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2017: Fri 24th Feb 17 - Tue 28th Feb 17

Day 4 Rio de Janeiro: Relax on the famous beaches to nurse that hangover. If you don’t want to stop the party fever, why not attend the famous ‘Beatles Bloco’ in the afternoon?

2018: Fri 09th Feb 18 - Tue 13th Feb 18

Day 5 Depart Rio de Janeiro: Your Rio Carnival experience ends after breakfast. If you have added this experience to a group tour, carry on the adventure in the rest of South America!

Included on your tour: Welcome dinner, Orientation walk, Sambadrome ticket - Sector 11

Stay by the beach? You can also stay in a hotel next to Copacabana Beach. See Tour Code RBRCB online.

This tour is part of our Discover range. For more details please see our website.


South America

Rio New Year’s Eve Brazil

Tour Code: RBRNF

Bored of the same old New Year’s Eve celebrations? Why not make your countdown one to remember with our New Year’s Eve experience in the vibrant city of Rio de Janerio. Home to the world-famous Carnival, this city knows how to party.

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro. This afternoon your Tour Leader will take you on an orientation tour, showing you the best way to get around the city. Tonight you will have an included dinner so you can get to know the rest of your group over some caipirinhas! Day 2 Rio de Janeiro: Today you can book some city excursions. Take a cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain, pose in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue and sample some famous Brazilian BBQ. Day 3 Rio de Janeiro: Tonight you will be celebrating New Year’s Eve, Rio de Janeiro style! Many of the ‘cariocas’ traditionally wear white so you may want to spend the day preparing your evening outfit. Watch the fireworks from the city’s famous beaches and dance the night away with your new friends. Day 4 Rio de Janeiro: After a lie-in, why not explore some more of Rio? You can tour the favelas, visit the Lapa Steps or just relax on the sun-kissed beaches. Day 5 Depart Rio de Janeiro: Your time in Rio de Janeiro ends after breakfast.

5 DAYS

4

Nights in

Hotels & Hostels

749

From €

Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner included

Included on your tour: Orientation meeting and welcome dinner.

2017: Fri 29th Dec 17 - Tue 02nd Jan 18 2018: Sat 29th Dec 18 - Wed 02nd Jan 19

New Year’s Eve, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Stay by the beach? You can also stay in a hotel next to Copacabana Beach. See Tour Code RBRNC online.

This tour is part of our Discover range. For more details please see our website. Getting into the Carnival spirit, Rio de Janeiro

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South America

Inca Trek

6 DAYS

Tour Code: BXRPITT

Peru

Four challenging days of trembling knees and quivering thighs, filled with laughter, breath-taking views, delicious food and Inca ruins. The Inca Trek is the best way to reach Machu Picchu, arriving at the Sun Gate in time for the sunrise after three days of trekking through the Andes. It is quite an achievement and a big tick off the bucket list.

Day 1 Cuzco: Arrive early today for time to explore the old city of Cuzco. Wander through the narrow cobbled streets, try a traditional Lomo Saltado for lunch, haggle in the bustling market or explore the cathedrals and museums. Tonight, you will have a pre-trek briefing before enjoying one or two pisco sours with the group.

Day 4 Inca Trail: A long day of hiking awaits. The terrain is not as difficult today as we pass many Incan ruins on the road to Machu Picchu. Arriving at the final campsite, there may be time to visit Wiñay Wayna, a site almost as impressive as Machu Picchu itself. You may even have the sprawling ruins to yourself.

Day 2 Inca Trail: Grab those walking sticks and tie up your hiking boots as we depart for the Inca Trek. Take a group photo under the iconic sign before trekking to our first campsite. Today’s hike will be quite flat with only one steep climb uphill. Tonight, you will enjoy your first delicious meal cooked by your own chef.

Day 5 Inca Trail & Machu Picchu: Today we are woken early to be one of the first groups to reach Machu Picchu. It is only a three hour hike and the route is busy with other eager trekkers desperate to reach the Sun Gate for sunrise. On arrival at Machu Picchu, your guide will give you a tour of the site, explaining its history and significance. After one final selfie, we board the train back to Ollantaytambo where we jump on a bus returning us to Cuzco.

Day 3 Inca Trail: Waking up to a cup of hot coca tea, today you will conquer Dead Woman’s Pass. A steep climb of 1000m, you will hike at your own pace being overtaken by porters who take each step in their stride. Your guide may show you how to chew coca leaves, a local remedy to help with altitude sickness. Arriving at the top of the pass, there is no other way but down as we head to our next campsite. Tonight it may be a bit colder as we are much higher up.

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Day 6 Cuzco: Your tour comes to an end today but you may be able to squeeze in a goodbye breakfast before your group heads off.

Looking to travel for longer? Add this tour to our 21 day Inca Explorer adventure from Lima to La Paz. See Page 56-57 for more details.

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Sat 18 Mar 17 Sat 08 Apr 17 Sat 29 Apr 17 Sun 14 May 17 Sat 20 May 17 Sat 10 Jun 17 Tue 20 Jun 17 Sat 01 Jul 17 Sat 22 Jul 17 Tue 01 Aug 17 Sat 12 Aug 17 Sat 02 Sep 17 Sun 03 Sep 17 Mon 18 Sep 17 Sat 23 Sep 17

Thu 23 Mar 17 Thu 13 Apr 17 Thu 04 May 17 Fri 19 May 17 Thu 25 May 17 Thu 15 Jun 17 Sun 25 Jun 17 Thu 06 Jul 17 Thu 27 Jul 17 Sun 06 Aug 17 Thu 17 Aug 17 Thu 07 Sep 17 Fri 08 Sep 17 Sat 23 Sep 17 Thu 28 Sep 17

Sat 14 Oct 17 Sat 28 Oct 17 Sat 11 Nov 17 Tue 21 Nov 17 Sat 25 Nov 17 Sun 03 Dec 17 Sat 09 Dec 17 Sat 23 Dec 17 Tue 02 Jan 18 Thu 11 Jan 18 Sat 27 Jan 18 Tue 06 Feb 18 Sat 17 Feb 18 Sat 03 Mar 18

Thu 19 Oct 17 Thu 02 Nov 17 Thu 16 Nov 17 Sun 26 Nov 17 Thu 30 Nov 17 Fri 08 Dec 17 Thu 14 Dec 17 Thu 28 Dec 17 Sun 07 Jan 18 Tue 16 Jan 18 Thu 01 Feb 18 Sun 11 Feb 18 Thu 22 Feb 18 Thu 08 Mar 18


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Admiring the view of the Urabamba River on the Inca Trail Trek, Peru

Posing at Machu Picchu, Peru

3

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Conquering the Inca Trail Trek, Peru - Taken by Sarah White

Cuzco

699

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Plus US$250 Local Payment

Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners included

Machu Picchu

Aguas Calientes

Transport: On foot, train, bus Ollantaytambo Inca Trail

Group Size: Average 12, no maximum

PERU Cuzco

Included on your tour: A guided tour of Machu Picchu, guided tour of the Inca Trek and a Inca Trek Permit This tour is part of our Discover range. For more details please see our website.

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South America

Steak, Samba & Wine

12 DAYS

Tour Code: BXSSW

Argentina | Uruguay | Brazil

Starting and ending in two of South America’s most vibrant cities, this tour packs in some of the highlights of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. Relax on beautiful beaches, get a taste of a traditional estancia and feel the spray on your face from Iguazú Falls. From Buenos Aires up to Rio de Janeiro, this 12 day tour will leave you with memories for life.

Day 1 Buenos Aires: You will arrive in Argentina’s colourful capital of Buenos Aires. Get here early and make the most of the city, exploring the vibrant neighbourhoods and catching a tango show. Sample delicious steak and world-class wines as you meet the rest of your group. Day 2 Colonia de Sacramento & Montevideo: We catch a ferry crossing into the small country of Uruguay. First we can enjoy walking around the picturesque town of Colonia de Sacramento. Wander the cobbled streets and admire riverfront views. Later that day we travel to Montevideo, the largest city in Uruguay. Day 3 Montevideo: Today we will take a full day excursion to a traditional estancia. You can get a taste of gaucho culture, experiencing rural life and horse riding through the fields. We will enjoy a delicious lunch on the ranch. Day 4 - 5 Punta del Este: Our next stop in Uruguay is the popular beachside location of Punta del Este. Take a dip in the sea before heading out for a dance in one of the city’s many bars! We have the option to visit the quiet

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coastal town of Piriapolis. Sample a traditional chivito and recover from last night’s antics on the beaches. Tonight we take an overnight bus to Brazil. Days 6 - 7 Florianopolis: We arrive in Florianopolis. It is a diverse city, half of it being on the mainland whilst the other half is part of Santa Catarina Island. Spectacular bridges connect the sides. Make sure you visit Lagoa da Conceição found in the middle of the island, where there are three hiking trails to explore. Day 8 Curitiba: Heading to the city of Curitiba, we can explore the old town. Visit all the sites on a hop on hop off bus including the exotic Botanical Gardens. Days 9 - 10 Foz do Iguaçu: Next we fly to Foz do Iguaçu. The town is our gateway to the spectacular Iguazú Falls. We have an included excursion to the mighty falls, seeing them from both the Argentine and Brazilian borders. Prepare to get wet as you get close to these fantastic falls, and you can even opt to take a helicopter ride over them!

Days 11 - 12 Rio de Janeiro: A flight takes us to our final stop, the exhilarating city of Rio de Janeiro. Visit world-famous sights, enjoy miles of beaches and dance your final night away to the sounds of samba.

Looking to travel for longer? Add extra night’s accommodation on either side of your tour to make the most of two of South America’s most fantastic cities.

Start tour Wed 08 Mar 17 Wed 22 Mar 17 Wed 05 Apr 17 Wed 04 Oct 17 Wed 18 Oct 17 Wed 01 Nov 17 Wed 15 Nov 17 Wed 29 Nov 17

End tour Sun 19 Mar 17 Sun 02 Apr 17 Sun 16 Apr 17 Sun 15 Oct 17 Sun 29 Oct 17 Sun 12 Nov 17 Sun 26 Nov 17 Sun 10 Dec 17

Start tour Mon 18 Dec 17 Mon 01 Jan 18 Mon 15 Jan 18 Mon 29 Jan 18 Wed 14 Feb 18 Wed 28 Feb 18 Wed 14 Mar 18 Wed 28 Mar 18

End tour Fri 29 Dec 17 Fri 12 Jan 18 Fri 26 Jan 18 Fri 09 Feb 18 Sun 25 Feb 18 Sun 11 Mar 18 Sun 25 Mar 18 Sun 08 Apr 18

Meets Rio Carnival. See Page 44 for details Meets Rio in time for New Year Eve. See Page 45 for details


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Local chef in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Iguazú Falls, Brazil

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Hotels & Hostels Group enjoying Brazil - Taken by Rani Krechster

1219

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Plus US$600 Local Payment Brasília

BRAZIL Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch included

Rio de Janeiro Iguazú Falls

Transport: Ferry, public bus, taxi, 2 flights

Curitiba

Florianopolis

URUGUAY Group Size: Average 12, maximum 18

Included on your tour: Lunch at a working estancia, entry to Iguazú Falls from Argentina and Brazil

Colonia Del Sacramento

Buenos Aires

Punta del Este Montevideo

ARGENTINA

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South America

Scenic Ecuador & Colombia

14 DAYS

Tour Code: BXSES

Colombia | Ecuador

Adventure through the heart of Colombia by truck and sample a little bit of Ecuador on this two week adventure. Starting in Cartagena you will discover attractive colonial towns, lively cities, leafy coffee plantations and lush green valleys. Ending the tour in Quito you will lift the lid on two of South America’s most fascinating countries.

Days 1 - 2 Cartagena: Arrive in the vibrant city of Cartagena. Each street boasts more colour than the last. Admire the stunning colonial architecture and floral draped balconies and head to the Café del Mar bar sitting on the historic walls. It’s a perfect place to sip a cocktail and watch the sun go down. Days 3 - 4 En-route & Guatapé: We head to the charming lakeside town of Guatapé. It’s an extremely picturesque destination with beautiful sculptures adorning many of the town’s buildings. Adventure lovers can try a canopy zipline over Lake Guatapé and we include a visit to La Piedra, the 200m rock that surrounds the town. Climb the stairs for majestic views of the town and lake below. Days 5 - 6 Medellín: Our next destination is Medellín. The city is known as “the City of Eternal Spring” due to its pleasant climate. View Medellín from its cable car network and enjoy the many bars and restaurants that make the city so lively. Days 7 - 8 Coffee Finca (Manizales): The next two nights are spent on a coffee plantation. Here you can enjoy a tour of the plantation,

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learning about the coffee growing process that is one of Colombia’s biggest exports. Days 9 - 10 Salento: Today we have a scenic drive passing huge coffee plantations as we head to the charming colourful town of Salento. From here you can enjoy an included hike through the lush green Cocora Valley. Your Tour Leader will be able to point out the variety of flora and fauna including the region’s famous large wax palms, the tallest palms in the world. Day 11 Popayán: We continue south to Popayán, one of the best preserved colonial cities in Latin America. Often referred to as the “white city” you can wander the streets marvelling at the chalk white architecture found here. Days 12 - 14 Otavalo & Quito: Crossing into Ecuador we can enjoy the vibrant market town of Otavalo before heading to Quito, the second highest capital in the world and our final destination on this tour. In Quito you can stand on the equator, sample some excellent cuisine or check out the bars.

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 76 day Cartagena to Rio tour. See page 70-71 for details on how you can combine several tours in South America to form an even longer adventure than this one.

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End tour

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Sun 14 May 17 Sun 25 Jun 17 Sat 12 Aug 17 Sun 15 Oct 17

Sat 27 May 17 Sat 08 Jul 17 Fri 25 Aug 17 Sat 28 Oct 17

Sun 26 Nov 17 Sat 27 Jan 18 Sun 25 Mar 18

Sat 09 Dec 17 Fri 09 Feb 18 Sat 07 Apr 18

This tour also runs in reverse: Quito to Cartagena See Tour Code: BXSSE on our website.


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Jumping in the Cocora Valley, Salento, Colombia - Taken by Laura Vega

Woman in traditional dress Cartagena, Colombia - Taken by Lisa Gregory

3

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10

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Hotels & Hostels Group at Totumo Mud Volcano, Cartagena, Colombia

749

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Plus US$260 Local Payment

Cartagena

Guatapé

Meals: 5 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners included

Medellín

Transport: Tucan Travel vehicle Coffee Hacienda Salento

Group Size: Average 15-24, maximum 34

COLOMBIA

Popayán

Included on your tour: Stay overnight on a coffee farm, visit the Rock of Guatape, drive through Zona Cafeteria, Cocora Valley trek, visit Las Lajas Sanctuary

Otavalo

Quito

ECUADOR

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Northern Peru & Ecuador

14 DAYS

Tour Code: BXSNP

Ecuador | Peru

This exciting adventure travels from the heights of the Andean city of Quito to the coastal capital of Lima, taking in towering mountain landscapes, warm thermal springs, colonial towns and sun-kissed surf beaches. In two weeks get a varied insight into Ecuador and Northern Peru meeting friendly locals along the way.

Day 1 Quito: Arrive in Quito, the second highest capital in the world. Head to the equator, haggle for handmade goods in the markets and enjoy incredible views from atop Panecillo Hill.

Day 9 Huanchaco: We pass the oasis town of Piura as we drive en route to the coastal town of Huanchaco where we will spend one night. Huanchaco has a fantastic selection of restaurants with views of the sea.

Days 2 - 3 Baños: Travel through the Andes to the health resort of Baños. The region is renowned for its thermal springs and you have the opportunity to soak in the hot pools. Alternatively you can try other optional activities, including bridge-swinging and rafting.

Days 10 - 12 Huaraz: Continuing south we travel to Huaraz, a mecca for adventurous hikers and adrenaline-seekers. Due to its location near the Cordillera Blanca mountains there are plenty of outdoor optional excursions to try as well as a number of lively bars to spend the evenings in. Your guide will take you on an included trek around Laguna 69, the spectacular glacier lake in Huascaran National Park.

Days 4 - 5 Cuenca: After two days in Baños we journey to the old colonial city of Cuenca, the birthplace of the Panama hat. You can visit one of these production factories or explore the historic area. Wander along the cobblestone streets and admire the beautiful architecture with many of the buildings dating back to the 16th century. Days 6 - 8 Mancora: Crossing into Peru we head to the beachside town of Mancora. Here you can relax on the beach, learn to surf and sample a pisco sour. Enjoy fresh seafood in one of the many seaside restaurants and dance the night away.

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Days 13 - 14 Lima: Our adventure ends in the gastronomic city of Lima. Make sure you don’t leave the city before visiting its historic centre with some of the best museums in South America. You can also enjoy a final meal with your group in the Miraflores district, home to a variety of delicious restaurants.

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 76 day Cartagena to Rio tour. See page 70-71 for details on how you can combine several tours in South America to form an even longer adventure than this one.

Start tour Sat 27 May 17 Sat 08 Jul 17 Fri 25 Aug 17

End tour Fri 09 Jun 17 Fri 21 Jul 17 Thu 07 Sep 17

Start tour

End tour

Sat 28 Oct 17 Sat 09 Dec 17 Fri 09 Feb 18

Fri 10 Nov 17 Fri 22 Dec 17 Thu 22 Feb 18

This tour also runs in reverse: Lima to Quito See Tour Code: BXSPN on our website.


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A group in Peru - Taken by Trista Campbell

Quito, Ecuador

3

Nights

Camping

10

Nights in

Hotels & Hostels Huarez, Peru - Taken by Nikoleta Gerincova

669

From €

Plus US$230 Local Payment

ECUADOR Quito Baños

Meals: 3 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners included

Cuenca

Transport: Tucan Travel vehicle

Máncora

PERU Group Size: Average 15-24, maximum 34 Huanchaco

Included on your tour: Drive through the Cordillara Blanca Mountain Range, guided Laguna 69 trek

Huaraz

Lima

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South America

Peru Highlights

14 DAYS

Tour Code: BXSPH

Peru

See the best bits of Peru on this two week adventure. Take a day trip to the highest navigable lake in the world, watch condors swoop over the Colca Canyon and choose whether you want to head to Machu Picchu. This adventure combines spectacular Andes landscapes, friendly locals and ancient Inca trails.

Day 1 Lima: We start the adventure in the gastronomical capital of Lima. Visit the historical centre where you can find a number of museums to explore. Famous for it’s cuisine, Lima is home to many bars and restaurants which you can sample on your first night in Peru. Day 2 Arequipa: Today we fly to the UNESCO listed city of Arequipa. Flanked by three volcanoes you can admire the whitewashed buildings that boast a Baroque style of architecture. Sample traditional spicy dishes, people-watch in the central plaza and discover the maze of cobbled cloisters that surround Santa Catalina Convent. Day 3 Colca Canyon: Today we have a guided tour of the Colca Canyon. Discover the vast depths second only to the Cotahuasi Canyon. You may be lucky enough to spot condors swooping over the canyon so bring your camera to catch these impressive views! Days 4 - 5 Puno & Lake Titicaca: We travel to the city of Puno. It is our base for an included day trip to Lake Titicaca. We will

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visit the floating Uros reed islands and meet the Quechua speaking families who call Lake Titicaca home. Admire the traditional reed boats, and soak up the peaceful way of life. After spending the day here, we return to Puno for the night. Days 6 - 12 Cuzco: Taking a tuk-tuk to the bus station, we continue our journey to Cuzco. This fascinating Inca city is our base for a selection of fantastic optional excursions. You have enough time to hike the Inca Trek Trail or the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. These excursions must be arranged when booking your tour. You can also visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, take a chocolate making workshop and explore the hidden ruins in the walls of Cuzco. Days 13 - 14 Lima: A short flight takes us back to Lima where you have a final night with your group in this cosmopolitan city. Enjoy one last pisco sour, visit the sophisticated Barranco district and dance the night away celebrating your Peru adventure!

Want to finish in La Paz? If you would like to add some time in Bolivia, you can also end this tour in La Paz. See Tour Code BXSPB online.

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Start tour

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Sun 12 Mar 17 Sun 02 Apr 17 Sun 23 Apr 17 Sun 14 May 17 Sun 04 Jun 17 Sun 25 Jun 17 Sun 16 Jul 17 Sun 06 Aug 17 Sun 27 Aug 17 Sun 17 Sep 17 Sun 08 Oct 17

Sat 25 Mar 17 Sat 15 Apr 17 Sat 06 May 17 Sat 27 May 17 Sat 17 Jun 17 Sat 08 Jul 17 Sat 29 Jul 17 Sat 19 Aug 17 Sat 09 Sep 17 Sat 30 Sep 17 Sat 21 Oct 17

Sun 22 Oct 17 Sun 05 Nov 17 Sun 19 Nov 17 Sun 03 Dec 17 Sun 17 Dec 17 Fri 05 Jan 18 Sun 21 Jan 18 Sun 11 Feb 18 Sun 25 Feb 18 Sun 11 Mar 18

Sat 04 Nov 17 Sat 18 Nov 17 Sat 02 Dec 17 Sat 16 Dec 17 Sat 30 Dec 17 Thu 18 Jan 18 Sat 03 Feb 18 Sat 24 Feb 18 Sat 10 Mar 18 Sat 24 Mar 18


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Condor at Colca Canyon, Peru

Lake Titicaca, Peru

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Hotels & Hostels On the Inca Trail Trek, Peru

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Plus US$400 Local Payment

Meals: 11 breakfasts included Machu Picchu

Transport: Boat, public bus, taxi, 2 flights, minibus, tuktuk, on foot

Group Size: Average 12, maximum 18

Cuzco

Lima

PERU Lake Titicaca

Colca Canyon

Puno

Included on your tour: Colca Canyon tour, day trip to Lake Titicaca visiting the reed islands and Taquile Island

La Paz

Arequipa

Optional Excursions from Cuzco: The Inca Trek is available from Cuzco and you must book this before you travel. See Page 42 for more details

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Inca Explorer

Tour Code: BXIE1

Peru | Bolivia

21 DAYS

Take in all of the highlights in Peru in a short amount of time on this action-packed adventure. With options to fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines, cruise across the world’s highest navigable lake, and hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you’ll be able to see and do more in three weeks than you ever imagined!

Days 1 - 2 Lima & Huacachina: Arrive in Lima, Peru’s cosmopolitan capital. A short drive takes us to Paracas where you have the option to view the Ballestas Islands by boat, home to a huge amount of wildlife. We continue to the desert oasis of Huacachina. Here you can spend the night on the sand dunes, camping under the stars and riding in dune buggies.

Days 8 - 16 Cuzco: Cuzco is our base for truly special optional excursions that are recommended for anyone visiting Peru. Hike the Inca Trail Trek or the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, spend two nights in the Amazon Jungle or explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. These activities must be requested when you book your tour.

Days 3 - 4 Nazca & Puerto Inca: We continue south to Nazca where we have the chance to see the mysterious parallel lines that occupy the desert floor. Travelling down the coast we arrive in Puerto Inca, an original Inca fishing port. Here we camp by the beach falling asleep as the waves lap against the shore.

Days 17 - 19 Puno: We travel to Puno which is our base for taking an included overnight trip onto Lake Titicaca. Stay with a Quechua family on Amantaní Island and visit the floating reed islands seeing the indigenous locals’ way of life on the lake.

Days 5 - 7 Arequipa: We spend a few days in the charming city of Arequipa. It boasts many architecturally stunning buildings as well as leafy parks and plazas. In Arequipa you can learn about the practice of human sacrifices and see one of the victims, the famous ice princess Juanita. You can also choose to visit the Colca Canyon overnight. It is the second deepest canyon in the world and a fantastic place to see condors.

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Days 20 -21 La Paz: Our final part of the journey takes us into Bolivia, to the dizzying heights of La Paz. Wander through the lively witches market haggling for the most unusual of gifts, and watch a peña show for an insight into traditional music and dance.

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 76 day Cartagena to Rio tour. See page 70-71 for details on how you can combine several tours in South America to form an even longer adventure than this one.

Start tour Sat 10 Jun 17 Sat 22 Jul 17 Fri 08 Sep 17

End tour Fri 30 Jun 17 Fri 11 Aug 17 Thu 28 Sep 17

Start tour

End tour

Sat 11 Nov 17 Sat 23 Dec 17 Fri 23 Feb 18

Fri 01 Dec 17 Fri 12 Jan 18 Thu 15 Mar 18

This tour also runs in reverse: La Paz to Lima See Tour Code: BXEI1 on our website.


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Group at Machu Picchu - Taken by Sarah White

On the Inca Trail, Peru

5

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Camping

15

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Hotels, Hostels & Homestays A group admiring the Nazca Lines, Peru - Taken by Salvattore Carlotto

949

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Plus US$370 Local Payment

Machu Picchu

Meals: 7 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 6 dinners included

Lima

Cuzco

PERU Transport: Tucan Travel vehicle

Huacachina

BOLIVIA

Nazca

Group Size: Average 15-24, maximum 34

Colca Canyon Puerto Inca

Lake Titicaca Puno Arequipa

La Paz

Included on your tour: Overnight trip to Lake Titicaca visiting the reed islands and Taquile Island Optional Excursions from Cuzco: There are a few Optional Excursions available from Cuzco which you must book before you travel. See Pages 42-43 for more details

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Bolivia & Northern Chile

Tour Code: BXSBC

Bolivia | Chile

11 DAYS

Start your adventure in La Paz, before travelling south through colonial towns and characteristic landscapes, all the way to down to Santiago. Marvel at the unearthly salt flats before discovering the world’s driest desert, bubbling geysers and some of the clearest night skies you will ever see! End the tour in style, in a cosmopolitan capital which offers some of the best seafood and wine in the world.

Day 1 La Paz: We begin the adventure in La Paz. Built on a steep valley, each sight will take your breath away. Visit the Valley of the Moon or admire the views from Mi Teleférico, La Paz’ cable-car system. Days 2 - 3 Sucre: We take a short flight to Sucre, the official capital of Bolivia. All the buildings are painted white and you can admire the many colonial buildings that still stand. Outdoor enthusiasts can opt to hire a mountain bike to explore the surroundings of Sucre. Day 4 Potosí: We travel to the mining town of Potosí, famous for its production of silver. You can learn about the challenging conditions that the miners face on an optional tour of the mines. You also have the chance to take a dip in some nearby hot springs. The Tarapaya site has been used for thermal baths since the time of the Incas and it is a perfect place to relax. Days 5 - 6 Uyuni & Uyuni Salt Flats: Leaving the small town of Uyuni we travel the magnificent salt flats. Taking a 4WD we explore the vast salt flats, posing for photos on these surreal landscapes. We visit the remarkable Fish Island covered in giant cacti amid a floor of salt. We

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also explore the Tunapa Volcano, home to mummies from the Aymara period Day 7 Laguna Colorada: We continue our 4WD tour into some of the most remote parts of the Bolivian Altiplano. You will pass incredible landscapes including smoking volcanoes, barren deserts and bizarre rock formations. Our destination is Laguna Colorada, an incredible crimson coloured lake that is speckled with a number of flamingos that gather in the water. Days 8 - 9 San Pedro de Atacama: Passing even more stunning views, the adventure takes us into Chile. The region is famous for its hot springs, bubbling geysers and salt flats and we will pass many on the drive. We travel to San Pedro de Atacama, a town in the middle of the world’s driest desert. From here we will take an included tour to the Valley of the Moon. xThe Atacama Desert also offers some of the clearest night skies in the world, so make sure you bring your camera for prime stargazing. Days 10 - 11 Santiago: We fly to our final destination, Santiago, Chile’s capital. It is a perfect place to end the adventure with a great selection of cosmopolitan bars and restaurants

to enjoy on your last night. Visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes to see an impressive range of fine art, or take the funicular rail to the top of San Cristobal. Here in Santiago, you can taste some of Chile’s finest wines.

Start tour

End tour

Start tour

End tour

Sat 25 Mar 17 Sat 15 Apr 17 Sat 06 May 17 Sat 27 May 17 Sat 17 Jun 17 Sat 08 Jul 17 Sat 29 Jul 17 Sat 19 Aug 17 Sat 09 Sep 17 Sat 30 Sep 17

Tue 04 Apr 17 Tue 25 Apr 17 Tue 16 May 17 Tue 06 Jun 17 Tue 27 Jun 17 Tue 18 Jul 17 Tue 08 Aug 17 Tue 29 Aug 17 Tue 19 Sep 17 Tue 10 Oct 17

Sat 21 Oct 17 Sat 04 Nov 17 Sat 18 Nov 17 Sat 02 Dec 17 Sat 16 Dec 17 Sat 30 Dec 17 Thu 18 Jan 18 Sat 03 Feb 18 Sat 24 Feb 18 Sat 10 Mar 18

Tue 31 Oct 17 Tue 14 Nov 17 Tue 28 Nov 17 Tue 12 Dec 17 Tue 26 Dec 17 Tue 09 Jan 18 Sun 28 Jan 18 Tue 13 Feb 18 Tue 06 Mar 18 Tue 20 Mar 18


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Views of La Paz, Bolivia

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

10

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Hotels & Hostels Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

879

From €

Plus US$340 Local Payment

La Paz

BOLIVIA Sucre

Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinner included

Potosí Uyuni

Transport: Public bus, taxi, 2 flights, minibus, on foot, 4WD

San Pedro de Atacama Calama

CHILE Group Size: Average 12, maximum 18

Included on your tour: Uyuni Salt Flats crossing, visit Laguna Colorada, Valley of the Moon guided tour

Santiago

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South America

Lima to Santiago

Tour Code: BXSLS

Peru | Bolivia | Chile

24 DAYS

In just under a month travel from Lima to Santiago exploring three fascinating countries. Discover ancient Inca territories, relax on floating islands and pass unbelievable landscapes in some of the most remote regions of the Altiplano. Travelling through Peru, Bolivia and Chile you will see more of South America than you thought possible!

Day 1 Lima: The adventure begins in Lima. Home to many attractive colonial buildings and some of the best museums in South America, it boasts a number of fantastic sights to explore. There are also many restaurants to suit your tastes, as Lima has a huge reputation among the foodie scene! Days 2 - 3 Arequipa & Colca Canyon: The next day we fly to the white-washed city of Arequipa, our base for exploring the Colca Canyon. Rivalled only by the Cotahuasi Canyon, we spend the day admiring the impressive depths of this world-famous site. Spot llamas grazing in the valleys and search for condors swooping in the sky. Days 4 - 5 Puno & Lake Titicaca: We journey to the market town of Puno which is our base for a day trip to Lake Titicaca. The highest navigable lake in the world, we spend our time meeting the indigenous locals that live on its tranquil islands. Admire the traditional reed boats and visit the famous floating Uros Islands. Days 6 - 12 Cuzco: Welcome to Cuzco. From here you have the chance to embark on the Inca Trail Trek or the Lares Trek to Machu

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Picchu as well as seeing the Sacred Valley of the Incas on a guided tour. The treks to Machu Picchu must be booked in advance. Days 13 - 16 La Paz & Sucre: A short flight takes us to La Paz. Adrenaline seekers can bike on ‘Death Road’ or you can uncover fascinating objects in the bustling witches market. We continue our adventure in Bolivia flying to the picturesque city of Sucre. Days 17 - 18 Potosí & Uyuni: We travel to the mining town of Potosí. Here you can learn about the silver mines and visit the Casa de Moneda Museum exhibiting artifacts from Potosí’s history. Next we head to the small city of Uyuni, our gateway to the world’s largest salt flats. Days 19 - 20 Uyuni Salt Flats & Laguna Colorada: The next two days are spent crossing the vast stretch of landscape that make up the Uyuni Salt Flats. Taking a 4WD, we tour this unique part of the world. Discover Fish Island home to hundreds of large cacti, stop at the train cemetary, visit the town of Colchani, pass Ollangue Volcano and stop at the crimson water of Laguna Colorada where flamingos can be found.

Days 21 - 22 San Pedro de Atacama: We journey towards Chile passing bubbling mud geysers. Our destination is the small town of San Pedro de Atacama situated in the Atacama Desert. Here we take a tour of the scenic landscapes known as Valley of the Moon. Days 23 - 24 Santiago: Our final stop is Santiago. You can enjoy a contrast from the remote landscapes of earlier as you soak up this modern city. Visit the famous Mercado Central for some of the best seafood in the world and enjoy breathtaking views from the top of San Cristobal.

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A group on the Uyuni Salt Flats - Taken by Chloe Prince

Admiring Machu Picchu, Peru - Taken by Ignacio Tsai

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Included on your tour: Colca Canyon tour, day trip to Lake Titicaca visiting the reed islands and Taquile Island, Uyuni Salt Flats crossing, visit Laguna Colorada, Valley of the Moon guided tour Optional Excursions from Cuzco: There are a few Optional Excursions available from Cuzco which you must book before you travel. See Pages 42-43 for more details.

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Andes to Rio

28 DAYS

Tour Code: BXAR

Bolivia | Argentina | Brazil

From the peaks of the Andes to one of the best cities in the world, this tour is an adventure to sink your teeth into. Travel through the salt flats of Bolivia to Argentina’s cowboy region before tango dancing in Buenos Aires. Feel the spray on your face from Iguazú Falls and end the tour sampling caipirinhas in Rio de Janeiro.

Days 1 - 4 La Paz, Uyuni & Potosí: Start this tour in one of South America’s highest cities, La Paz. From here we travel to Uyuni where you can explore the mesmerising salt flats on an included day excursion. Visit the brilliantly white landscapes stopping off at stunning lakes along the way. We continue to the silver mining town of Potosí. Days 5 - 7 Tupiza & Salta: Heading towards the Argentine border passing landscapes that resemble a wild west film, we stop in the small town of Tupiza. Next we enter Argentina driving through its spectacular wine region. The colonial city of Salta is our base where you can choose to do a number of adventure activities, including rafting and mountain biking. Days 8 - 12 Cafayate & Cordoba: Enjoy the tranquil town of Cafayate, famous for its wine production. Here you can try the local tipple. We continue our adventure through Argentina camping en route until we reach Cordoba. Here we have the chance to visit a traditional estancia, home to real-life cowboys.

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Days 13 - 16 Buenos Aires: We continue our journey to one of South America’s most popular cities, Buenos Aires. Enjoy feasting on succulent steaks and listening to the sounds of tango in this vibrant capital. This is the city that never sleeps so prepare to dance the night away soaking up the excellent nightlife.

Days 27 - 28 Rio de Janeiro: Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Miles of beaches, world famous sights and beautiful people await, as you reach your final destination.

Days 17 - 20 En route, Puerto Iguazu & Foz do Iguaçu: Travelling towards Brazil we have the chance to marvel at the mighty Iguazú Falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian border. Feel the spray on your face as you admire the waterfalls from all angles or you could even get a bird’s eye view with an optional helicopter flight over the falls.

Looking to travel for longer?

Days 21 - 26 Bonito & Parati: Travelling towards Rio de Janeiro we camp along the way stopping at some beautiful Brazilian hotspots. Explore Bonito where you can snorkel in the brilliantly blue waters, these rivers are some of the clearest in the world. Next is the pirate town of Parati, a historic centre that has well preserved colonial buildings.

This trip is part of our 76 day Cartagena to Rio tour. See page 70-71 for details on how you can combine several tours in South America to form an even longer adventure than this one.

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Fri 09 Feb 18 Thu 12 Apr 18 Fri 08 Jun 18

Meets Rio Carnival. See Page 44 for details Meets Rio in time for New Year Eve. See Page 45 for details


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Patagonian Discovery

Tour Code: BXSPD

Chile | Argentina

22 DAYS

On this 22 day adventure explore one of the most remote regions in South America. From Santiago to Ushuaia travel through the heart of Patagonia, conquering epic hiking trails and passing mountainous landscapes. Marvel at stunning glaciers, kayak across vast lakes and trek through windswept forests.

Day 1 Santiago: Start the adventure in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago. Chile’s capital boasts a number of delicious restaurants to enjoy as well as world-class views and plenty of shops to browse. Head to the Museo de la Moda and see fashion items from celebrity history or try a hearty fish stew in the famous Mercado Central seafood market. Days 2 - 4 Pucón: Leaving Santiago we pass breathtaking scenery as we reach the picturesque town of Pucón on the banks of Lake Villarrica. You can climb the Villarrica volcano or enjoy rafting on the lake. Days 5 - 7 Bariloche & Futaleufú: We travel to the alpine town of Bariloche. Enjoy the Swiss influences, including many chocolate shops, and marvel at the stunning views from the nearby cable car. Our next stop is the town of Futaleufú. Try many water sports in the Futaleufú River, including rafting and kayaking. Days 8 - 10 Queulat, Cerro Castillo & Perito Moreno: Next we travel to Queulat where we camp close to Parque Queulat National Park. Here you can visit the spectacular Colgante Hanging Glacier. We then head to Cerro

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Castillo. From here you can visit Cerro Castillo National Park that boasts some beautiful lagoons. Our next stop is Perito Moreno, a small town where we can relax for the night. Days 11 - 14 El Chaltén & El Calafate: Drive past windswept landscapes, passing Mount Fitzroy en route to El Chaltén. From here you can explore Los Glaciares National Park. Next we head to the tranquil town of El Calafate, the base for an excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Marvel at the vast glacier, that is still growing, and keep an eye out for large chunks of ice falling into the water below. Days 15 - 19 Torres del Paine National Park: We arrive at Torres del Paine, home to the epic granite ‘towers’ and the W trek. Spend five nights enjoying the national park, exploring the lakes, glaciers and valleys, plus spotting the wildlife that lives here. You can also take a scenic boat trip across Lago Pehoe for fantastic views of the Grey Glacier. You will have an expert guide who will help you make the most of your time in this national park. Days 20 - 22 En route & Ushuaia: Cover vast distances as we travel to our final destination

of Ushuaia, the most southerly point of South America. You have the option to get your passport stamped with the official ‘End of the World’ stamp at the Ushuaia tourist office. You can also take a train ride passing beautiful scenic views. Your adventure ends here but please speak to our reservations staff about arranging an optional flight to Buenos Aires.

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End tour Sat 28 Oct 17 Sat 16 Dec 17

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This tour also runs in reverse: Ushuaia to Santiago See Tour Code: BXSDP on our website.


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Selfie with a goat, Patagonia - Taken by Anneka Buckle

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Transport: Tucan Travel vehicle, on foot

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Group Size: Average 15-24, maximum 34 El Chaltén El Calafate

Included on your tour: Entry to Parque Queulat National Park, entry to Torres del Paine National Park, views of Mount Fitzroy, 7 Lakes drive

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Southern Cross

Tour Code: BXPA1

Peru | Bolivia | Argentina | Brazil

49 DAYS

From the pristine peaks of the Andes to the world’s most famous beach city this is an epic adventure if ever there was one! We’ll take you through the ancient Inca Empire, across the Chaco of northern Argentina, up to the Iguazú Falls and then we’ll culminate on the coast of Brazil for the world’s best party.

Days 1 - 3 Lima, Huacachina & Nazca: Starting in Lima, we aren’t in the capital for long as we are whisked to the desert oasis of Huacachina. You have the option to sleep under the stars and take a ride on the dune buggies on an overnight desert excursion. Next it’s on to Nazca where you can see the mysterious shapes marked in the sand.

Days 23 - 26 Uyuni, Potosi & Tupiza: Uyuni is our next destination. Visit the spectacular salt flats on a 4WD excursion taking lots of photos. We travel onwards to the mining town Potosí where you can learn about the long history of silver production. Our last stop in Bolivia takes us past rugged landscapes to the town of Tupiza.

Days 4 - 16 Puerto Inca, Arequipa & Cuzco: Camp on the beach of Puerto Inca before heading to Arequipa. In Arequipa, you can spot condors swooping in the sky as well as having the chance to explore the vast depths of the Colca Canyon. We continue our journey through Peru, stopping in Cuzco. The city is our base for many optional excursions including the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle.

Days 27 - 33 Salta, Cafayate & Cordoba: Welcome to Argentina. We stop in the attractive city of Salta, a base for many adventurous optional excursions. Driving past vineyards, we travel to Cafayate where we can sip on local wines. We carry on until we get to Cordoba for a taste of Argentine cowboy culture.

Days 17 - 22 Puno, Lake Titicaca & La Paz: A small market town, Puno is where we can visit the world’s highest navigable lake. Stay with a local family on Lake Titicaca and explore the floating reed islands on this included visit. Crossing into Bolivia we have three days in the city of La Paz, home to the famous Death Road.

Days 34 - 41 Buenos Aires, Puerto Iguazu & Foz do Iguaçu: We travel to the atmospheric city of Buenos Aires. Set your senses alive as you sample world class cuisine and watch sensual tango performances. We travel onwards to Puerto Iguazu, the gateway to Iguazú Falls. Feel the spray on your face from both the Argentine and the Brazilian sides of these waterfalls.

Days 42 - 47 Bonito & Parati: Camping along the way we travel to Bonito. Snorkel in its brilliantly clear lakes in search of tropical fish. Next we travel to Parati, an attractive town with nearby beaches and turquoise water. From here you can enjoy a boat cruise around the bays. Days 48 - 49 Rio de Janeiro: The journey comes to an end in Rio de Janeiro. Relax on its miles of beaches, enjoy spectacular views from Sugarloaf Mountain and samba the night away. It’s the ultimate city to celebrate your epic adventure.

This tour also runs in reverse: Rio de Janeiro to Lima See Tour Code: BXAP1 on our website.

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End tour Fri 28 Jul 17 Fri 08 Sep 17 Thu 26 Oct 17

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Fri 29 Dec 17 Fri 09 Feb 18 Thu 12 Apr 18

Meets Rio Carnival. See Page 44 for details Meets Rio in time for New Year Eve. See Page 45 for details

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Snorkelling in Bonito, Brazil - Taken by Victoria Henson

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Optional Excursions from Cuzco: There are a few Optional Excursions available from Cuzco which you must book before you travel. See Pages 42-43 for more details.

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Quito to Rio

63 DAYS

Tour Code: BXSQR

Ecuador | Peru | Bolivia | Argentina | Brazil

63 awesome days. 5 incredible countries. 1 massive adventure. Travel across the continent as we take you through tropical jungle, desert terrain, wildlife covered wetlands and ancient markets. From the heights of Quito to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, this jam-packed tour provides an extensive insight into South America.

Days 1 - 5 Quito, Baños & Cuenca: Arrive in Quito, one of the highest capitals in the world. Continue through Ecuador, stopping in Baños where you can relax in the thermal springs. Stop in Cuenca before heading to Peru. Days 6 - 16 Mancora, Huanchaco, Huaraz, Lima & Huacachina: Relax on the beaches of Mancora and Huanchaco before driving up to the scenic town of Huaraz. Next is the gastronomical capital of Lima, where there are plenty of sights to see. Our journey continues to the desert oasis of Huacachina, the perfect place for some desert adventure activities! Days 17 - 21 Nazca, Puerto Inca & Arequipa: Driving along the Pan American highway we travel to Nazca where you can see the mysterious lines etched in the sand. Camp under the stars in Puerto Inca before arriving in Arequipa where you can take an overnight trip to the Colca Canyon. Days 22 -30 Cuzco: Cuzco is our base for a some truly special optional excursions. Hike the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu, spend two nights in the Amazon Jungle or explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Inca Trail Trek

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and the Amazon Jungle must be requested when you book your tour. Days 31 - 38 Puno, Lake Titicaca, La Paz & Uyuni: From Puno you will take an overnight trip on Lake Titicaca to see the famous floating islands and stay with a local family. We then cross into Bolivia, arriving in La Paz. Uyuni is our next stop, home to the huge Salt Flats. Here you can take creative photos on a guided day trip! Days 39 - 45 Potosi, Salta, Cafayate & Catamarca: Learn about Potosi’s mining history before saying goodbye to Bolivia and hello to Argentina. Stop in the striking city of Salta before driving through the wine region to Cafayate, where you can sample some of its quality produce. We continue to camp en route as we head towards Córdoba. Days 46 - 55 Córdoba, Buenos Aires, Puerto Iguazu & Foz du Iguacu: Get a taste of cowboy culture in Córdoba. You can visit a local estancia, horseriding in the valleys. Our journey continues to the vibrant capital of Buenos Aires. After three days in this captivating city we head towards Iguazú Falls. Marvel at the 275 different drops from both Argentina and Brazil.

Days 56 - 63 En route, Bonito, Parati & Rio de Janeiro: We travel to Bonito where you can snorkel in its brilliantly blue waters. We continue to our penultimate destination, Parati, a legendary pirate town with history to match. Finally, we end this adventure in one of South America’s most atmospheric cities Rio de Janeiro.

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End tour Fri 28 Jul 17 Fri 08 Sep 17 Thu 26 Oct 17

Start tour Sat 28 Oct 17 Sat 09 Dec 17 Fri 09 Feb 18

End tour Fri 29 Dec 17 Fri 09 Feb 18 Thu 12 Apr 18

Meets Rio Carnival. See Page 44 for details Meets Rio in time for New Year Eve. See Page 45 for details

This tour also runs in reverse: Rio de Janeiro to Quito See Tour Code: BXSRQ on our website.


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La Paz

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Optional Excursions from Cuzco: There are a few Optional Excursions available from Cuzco which you must book before you travel. See Pages 42-43 for more details.

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Cartagena to Rio | 76 days Tour Code: BXSCR This tour also runs in reverse: Rio de Janeiro to Cartagena. See Tour Code: BXSRC on our website.

If you want an extensive adventure through some of the best bits of South America then choose the Cartagena to Rio tour. Travelling for 76 days from colourful Cartagena to Rio de Janeiro, you will discover six very different countries and see some of the biggest highlights like Machu Picchu, the Amazon Jungle and Iguazú Falls. If you don’t have enough time to do this huge trip, you can combine sections together, as shown below!

Combine Tours Together You can start and finish your adventure in any of the cities on the map, travelling for as little or as long as you like. Our tours bolt together so you can travel from Cartagena to La Paz or Quito to Rio de Janeiro if that’s the length of time that suits you. These tours also operate in the opposite direction should you decide to start your adventure in reverse.

Cartagena to Quito | 14 days

Quito to Lima | 14 days

Colombia & Ecuador

Ecuador & Peru Tour code: BXSNP

Tour code: BXSES See Pages 50-51

See Pages 52-53

Lima to La Paz | 21 days

La Paz to Rio | 28 days

Peru & Bolivia

Bolivia, Argentina & Brazil Tour code: BXIE1

See Pages 56-57

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Tour code: BXAR See Pages 62-63


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Our Online Favourites There are many ways you can combine the highlights of South America together. Below are some of our online favourites but check out our website if you want to do something slightly different.

Road to Lima 27 days Cartagena to Lima • Tour Code: BXRTL A group on the Uyuini Salt Flats, Bolivia - Taken by Ignacio Tsai

Tango, Deserts & Incas 35 days Lima to Buenos Aires • Tour Code: BXSLB

Quito to Buenos Aires 49 days Quito to Buenos Aires • Tour Code BXSQB

Colourful South America 62 days Cartagena to Buenos Aires • Tour Code: BXSSA A group at Machu Picchu, Peru

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Welcome to

Asia Exploring Angkor Wat, Cambodia

About Asia Our adventures in Asia showcase some of the most exciting countries on the continent. Visit remote villages, haggle in exotic markets and tick some of the biggest world highlights off your bucket list. Visit the breathtaking Taj Mahal in India, enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas in Nepal and discover four very different countries in South-east Asia.

Your Transport Hold on tight! Asia is known for its motorbikes, traffic jams and fastpaced way of life and we are going to get stuck in. We will use a huge variety of transport in Asia to get us from A to B including tuk-tuks, rickshaws, taxis, trains and buses. There is always something to see out the window and someone interesting on board to chat to so you will never have a dull moment.

Your Accommodation Sleeping is going to be the last thing on your mind on your trip through Asia. We mostly stay in small hotels, hostels and guesthouses which are chosen for the experiences they offer as well as comfort, security and their proximity to the main sights. Sometimes, facilities such as hot water or air conditioning may not be available and bathrooms may also be shared - although this is rare. You may also sleep on overnight sleeper buses and trains as you travel from A to B.

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Travel to Asia hungry. From snakes and scorpions to buffalo steak and the hottest vindaloos, Asia is full of culinary surprises that will challenge your palate and tickle your tastebuds. Where possible breakfasts are included on your tour but you are free to enjoy as much of the local cuisine for lunch and dinner. Your Tour Leader will advise you on where is best to eat and will introduce you to some of the most unusual specialties at your request.

Your Local Payment allows us to take care of the little things so that you don’t have to. From the occasional sneaky snack in a local market to tuk-tuk and taxi rides to your hotel from bus stations, this kitty is put towards all the extra things that you shouldn’t have to worry about when travelling with us. All of you have to concentrate on is having as much fun as physically possible.

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Wat’s Up Cambodia? Thailand | Cambodia | Vietnam

Tour Code: BXWU

8 DAYS

On this eight day adventure visit some of Cambodia’s cultural and historical gems. From the town of Siem Reap where you can visit the legendary Angkor Wat, to the bustling city of Phnom Penh, this tour is a perfect introduction to one of the most fascinating countries in South East Asia.

Day 1 Bangkok: Arrive in the vibrant Thai capital of Bangkok. Enjoy one night here soaking up the atmosphere and trying delicious street food. Days 2 - 3 Siem Reap: Waking early, we cross the border into Cambodia, travelling to Siem Reap. Siem Reap is our base for an optional excursion to Angkor Wat. Make sure you get there in time to enjoy the sunrise. Roam the temple complex, discovering the ruins that have been swallowed by the jungle. Days 4 - 5 Phnom Penh: Travelling through Cambodia, we head to the capital city of Phnom Penh. Learn about the country’s turbulent past during the Khmer Rouge regime on optional excursions to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Alternatively you can take a tuk-tuk around the city and watch the locals haggle in the busy markets. You should also pay a visit to the famous FCC bar, a previous haunt of foreign correspondents. These days it is a watering hole for adventurous travellers from around the world. Day 6 Mekong Delta: We cruise by boat through Cambodia, towards Vietnam and the Mekong Delta to the border town of Chau Doc.

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From here we can explore the villages around the Mekong River and learn about the locals’ way of life on the delta. Days 7-8 Ho Chi Minh City: We continue to our final destination, Ho Chi Minh City where your adventure comes to an end. Wander around the exotic Ben Thanh Market and sample hearty bowls of pho in one of the city’s many restaurants.

Looking to travel for longer?

Angkor Wat, Cambodia - Taken by Rosanna Neophytou

This trip is part of our 29 day South East Asia Loop. See Pages 82-83 for details.

This tour departs every other Saturday. Please visit www.tucantravel.com and enter Tour Code: BXWU for specific dates. Songkran festival, Thailand


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Group Size: Average 8-12, Maximum 18

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Vietnam Discovered Vietnam

Tour Code: BXVD

9 DAYS

In 9 days see the highlights of Vietnam. Strike a bargain in Ho Chi Minh City’s bustling markets before heading to the sun-kissed beaches of Nha Trang. Discover Hoi An’s charming old town and explore the Imperial City of Hue with its ancient tombs and temples. Experience the hospitality of the local people and pass remarkable rice paddies before ending the tour in Hanoi where you can sample deliciously spicy food.

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City: Our adventure begins in the wild and wonderful Ho Chi Minh City. Start your Vietnam experience exploring the busy streets or visiting Ben Than market. Days 2 - 3 Nha Trang: We travel by overnight sleeper bus to the beautiful beachside destination of Nha Trang. While here we will head out on a boat cruise. You can snorkel in the crystal clear waters and enjoy lunch. Days 4 - 6 Hoi An: Our journey continues to the atmospheric city of Hoi An. Admire the alluring architecture and enjoy a bike ride to Hoi An Beach, passing lush green paddy fields along the way. Hoi An is famous for its tailoring, so leave some space in your rucksack and get shopping! Day 7 Hue: Departing Hoi An, we travel north to Hue passing the scenic Hai Van Pass and Marble Mountains. Make sure you have your camera ready to capture these breathtaking views! Situated on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue boasts an impressive Imperial City. Your Tour Leader will take you around the ancient Citadel explaining about the royal emperors that called the city home.

Days 8 - 9 Hanoi: An overnight train will take us to our final destination in Vietnam, its capital Hanoi. Marvel at French colonial buildings and wander down attractive boulevards, stopping to sample traditional Vietnamese coffee. Why not book post tour accommodation and visit Halong Bay, cruising on traditional junk boats?

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 29 day South East Asia Loop.

Posing with a group of monkies, Vietnam

See Pages 82-83 for details.

This tour departs every other Saturday. Please visit www.tucantravel.com and enter Tour Code: BXVD for specific dates.

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Yangtse River Looking out over Halong Bay, Vietnam

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Vietnamese locals, Hoi An, Vietnam

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Group Size: Average 8-12, Maximum 18

VIETNAM Included on your tour: Funky Monkey boat trip, bike ride to Hoi An Beach through paddy fields, walking tour of the citadel in Hue

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Laos & Tribal Thailand Vietnam | Laos | Thailand

Tour Code: BXLT

14 DAYS

Enjoy a 14 day adventure through Laos and Thailand and immerse yourself in the fascinating culture that the region has to offer. This tour touches some of Laos and Northern Thailand’s greatest highlights allowing you to explore the stunning scenery and exotic surroundings of these fascinating countries.

Days 1 - 3 Hanoi: Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam’s striking capital. You have three days to explore the area. Admire the city’s French influences, motorbike culture and delicious street food or take a day trip to Halong Bay. Day 4 Vientiane: We take a short flight across the border into Laos, heading to the quiet capital of Vientiane. Here you can hire a bike for the best way of exploring the sleepy city. Days 5 - 6 Vang Vieng: Travelling north, we pass stunning scenery en route to Vang Vieng. From this tranquil town we can enjoy cycling through the Laos countryside passing lush paddy fields. Our bike tour takes us to the Blue Lagoon where you can take a dip and cool down in the turquoise waters. Days 7 - 8 Luang Prabang: Our adventure through Laos continues as we journey to Luang Prabang, home to some of the friendliest people you will ever meet! Say “Sa bai dee” to the locals and admire the many temples situated in this small town. You will also get the opportunity to watch the local monks collect alms in the morning, a humbling experience that you will remember for life.

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Days 9 - 10 Pakbeng & Thailand’s Golden Triangle: We take a two leg boat journey along the Mekong River towards Northern Thailand. We stop overnight at the riverside town of Pakbeng located deep in the Laos jungle. Enjoy a beer and watch the sun go down over the river. We continue our boat journey to the Golden Triangle where we make our crossing into Thailand. Days 11 - 12 Golden Triangle & Chiang Mai: Welcome to Thailand! We are travelling to Chiang Mai but first we explore the Golden Triangle, the centre of Asia’s illicit opium trade. Discover the Opium Museum and the giant Golden Buddha. We also visit two incredible contrasting temples, the White Temple and the Black Temple. These are unlike any other you will visit in Thailand, and have some striking architectural surprises! On arrival in Chiang Mai you can explore the night market or enjoy a Muay Thai boxing match.. Days 13 - 14 Bangkok: Our final destination is Bangkok, Thailand’s thrilling and lively capital. Explore Bangkok’s Grand Palace where the revered Emerald Buddha can be found. Finally, celebrate the end of your adventure with your new friends on Khao San Road, a famous strip filled with neon lights and popular bars.

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 29 day South East Asia Loop. See Pages 82-83 for details.

This tour departs every other Sunday. Please visit www.tucantravel.com and enter Tour Code: BXLT for specific dates.


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Cycling through the countryside in Vang Vieng, Laos

The White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

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Vientiane

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Road to Vietnam Thailand | Cambodia | Vietnam

Tour Code: BXRV

16 DAYS

From Bangkok to Hanoi, this 16 day adventure takes in some of the best highlights that South East Asia has to offer. Wander through old imperial cities, relax on idyllic beaches and discover the sprawling complex of Angkor Wat as you travel through three diverse countries.

Day 1 Bangkok: Spend the day sightseeing before meeting your group this evening. Check out the restaurants and bars on the Khao San Road while you get to know each other.

can learn about the way of life on the Mekong River. Taking the bus, we travel onwards to Ho Chi Minh City. Spend two nights exploring the streets and sampling delicious bowls of Vietnamese Pho!

Days 2 - 3 Siem Reap: Wake up early to cross the border into Cambodia and travel to Siem Reap. Here you can explore the legendary site of Angkor Wat on an optional excursion. The best time to visit is at sunrise for spectacular views. In the evening enjoy the night markets of Siem Reap.

Days 9 - 10 Nha Trang: Catch one of Vietnam’s famous overnight buses to the beautiful beach location of Nha Trang. Here you will enjoy a boat trip, spending the day cruising the ocean and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters.

Days 4 - 5 Phnom Penh: We travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s bustling capital. Although the city has had a turbulent past, it now boasts lots of highlights that will enchant you. Visit the exquisite Silver Pagoda or the Royal Palace and spend some time browsing the Central Market. For those that want to learn more about the Khmer Rouge regime, the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng S21 Genocide Museum are important and humbling places to visit.

Days 11 - 14 Hoi An & Hue: We travel to Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s most charming towns. Wander down the colourful streets and admire the architecture of the historical Old Town. We can enjoy a bike ride to Hoi An Beach, passing through lush green paddy fields and Vietnamese villages. We continue our adventure travelling to Hue, Vietnam’s former royal capital. We will explore the citadel, exploring the old palaces and shrines which were exclusively home to the emperors and royalty that lived here.

Days 6 - 8 Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City: Cruising down the Mekong River, we cross the border from Cambodia into Vietnam. Staying in the Vietnamese village of Chau Doc, we

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Days 15 - 16 Hanoi: We travel to our final destination, Hanoi, where the adventure comes to an end.

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 29 day South East Asia Loop. See Pages 82-83 for details.

This tour departs every other Saturday. Please visit www.tucantravel.com and enter Tour Code: BXRV for specific dates.


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Cuchi Tunnels, Vietnam - Taken by Marcus Hunt

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A group at Angkor Wat, Cambodia - Taken by Marcus Hunt

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Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Group Size: Average 8-12, Maximum 18

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Included on your tour: Funky Monkey boat trip, bike ride to Hoi An Beach through paddy fields, walking tour of the citadel in Hue

Nha Trang

Phnom Penh Ho Chi Minh City Chau Doc (Mekong Delta)

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South East Asia Loop Thailand | Cambodia | Vietnam | Laos

Tour Code: BXILB

29 DAYS

The South East Asia Loop circles some of South East Asia’s highlights in under a month. Whether you are starting in Bangkok, Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, you won’t miss out on any part of the region’s beauties. From the lush green valleys of Laos, to the riverside villages in the Mekong Delta, the adventure will open your eyes to a beautiful and diverse corner of the world.

Days 1 - 5 Bangkok, Siem Reap & Phnom Penh: Arrive in the Thai capital of Bangkok before travelling to Cambodia. We stop in Siem Reap, our base for exploring the legendary site of Angkor Wat on an optional excursion. Continuing through Cambodia we head to Phnom Penh, the fast-paced capital. Days 6 - 8 Mekong Delta & Ho Chi Minh City: We cruise down the Mekong River from Cambodia and into Vietnam. We arrive at Chau Doc, where we can learn about the way of life on the Mekong River. We continue to Ho Chi Minh City. Here you can spend some time exploring the city’s street food scene. Days 9 - 13 Nha Trang & Hoi An: Our next destination in Vietnam is the beachside spot of Nha Trang. Jump onboard a boat cruise, enjoying cold beers on deck and take a swim in the crystal clear waters. Next we journey to the attractive city of Hoi An. We enjoy a bike ride to Hoi An Beach passing paddy fields. Days 14 - 18 Hue & Hanoi: We continue our adventure travelling to Hue, Vietnam’s former royal capital. Wander around the citadel, exploring the old palaces and learning about

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the emperors of the country. The last part of our Vietnamese leg is Hanoi. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of this bustling city. Days 19 - 21 Vientiane & Vang Vieng: We fly to Laos, to the capital of Vientiane before making our way north to Vang Vieng. The town is surrounded by scenic countryside and we can enjoy an included bike ride to the Blue Lagoon. Although Vang Vieng is peaceful during the day, tonight you can enjoy its party scene with a famous “Bucket Cocktail” Days 22 - 23 Luang Prabang: We travel to the sleepy riverside town of Luang Prabang. Waking early, we visit the monks who collect alms donated from the local villagers. You can also explore the many temples here and sample the delicious French inspired cuisine. Days 24 - 25 Pakbeng & Thailand’s Golden Triangle: We cruise up the Mekong River towards Northern Thailand. We stay overnight in the quiet village of Pakbeng before continuing our boat journey to the Golden Triangle where we cross into Thailand.

Days 26 - 27 Chiang Mai: Driving towards Chiang Mai, we stop off at the Golden Triangle first. Here we visit the Opium Museum, as well as two visually stunning temples unlike any other. Continuing to Chiang Mai, we have time to haggle in the night markets and try steaming bowls of Thai Green Curry. Days 28 - 29 Bangkok: We travel back to where it all began in Bangkok, for one last night with the group!

Want to start in another location? You can also start & finish this tour in Hanoi (BXILH) or Ho Chi Minh City (BXILS) See our website for more details.

This tour departs every other Saturday. Please visit www.tucantravel.com and enter Tour Code: BXILB for specific dates.


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Group at Buddah Park, Vientiane

Kayaking through Halong Bay, Vietnam

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Hoi An Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Group Size: Average 8-12, Maximum 18

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Bangkok Phnom Penh Chau Doc (Mekong Delta)

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Delhi to Kathmandu Express

13 DAYS

Tour Code: BXDK

India | Nepal

This unique, action-packed tour shows you the highlights of both India and Nepal. You can explore the bustling markets of Delhi, taste tea in Darjeeling and watch the sun rise over the mighty Himalayas. This tour will leave you with a lasting impression of the fascinating history of these countries and the spirituality of their people.

Days 1 - 2 Delhi: Set your senses alive as you start this adventure in Delhi, India’s bustling capital. Enjoy an evening walk around the shopping district of Karol Bagh, browsing the many market stalls and delicious food stops. A popular way to discover Delhi is to take a rickshaw tour around the city. Days 3 - 4 Varanasi: You will take an overnight train to Varanasi, one of India’s holiest cities on the banks of the River Ganges. We will take an evening boat trip down the river, watching the locals go about their daily lives. You can also explore the maze of narrow streets, watch religious ceremonies and absorb the culture of this colourful city. Days 5 - 6 Kolkata: Leaving Varanasi, we journey to the cultural city of Kolkata. Enjoy an afternoon orientation walk discovering the local market before exploring the rest of the city. You can visit the Victoria Memorial Hall, a building holding many oil paintings of the English Royal Family as well as exhibits about the history of India. Days 7 - 9 Darjeeling: An overnight train takes us to the peaceful town of Darjeeling, a town

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nestled in the foothills of the Lesser Himalayas and known for its tea plantations. We take a tour of some nearby highlights including the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Happy Valley Tea Garden. For a truly unforgettable experience, climb up Tiger Hill to watch the sunrise over the Himalayan Mountain range. Days 10 - 11 Kathmandu & Nagarkot: We continue our adventure crossing into Nepal. We head to the capital of Kathmandu, a bustling city. Walk around Thamel, a neighbourhood in Kathmandu that offers a variety of stores and restaurants. Wander the maze of streets and find a bargain or two! The next day we journey by bus to Nagarkot, a village famous for its stunning views of Mount Everest and the Himalayas. Days 12 - 13 Kathmandu: We return to Kathmandu for a final night in Nepal. You can visit Kathmandu Palace Square or take a short flight over the Himalayas for spectacular views of Everest before saying goodbye to the rest of your group.

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 22 day Best of India & Nepal. See Pages 90-91 for more details.

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Traveller at the Taj Mahal, India

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Group Size: Average 8-12, Maximum 18

Included on your tour: Karol Bagh walk, evening boat trip on the River Ganges, orientation walk around Kolkata market, evening walk around Darjeeling, excursion to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Happy Valley Tea Garden, Thamel orientation walk

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Forts, Taj & Varanasi

15 DAYS

Tour Code: BXFT

India

Ancient forts, colourful cities, friendly locals, traditional cuisines and holy lands will combine in an explosive assault on the senses on this epic adventure around India. In just two weeks, travel from Delhi, uncovering a melting pot of culture and cuisine along the way.

Days 1 - 2 Delhi: Your adventure begins in the bustling city of Delhi. You will have time to take in the buzz of the capital, visit many of the sights and see the commercial Karol Bagh district on an evening guided walk after your pre-departure meeting. Days 2 - 3 Jodhpur: We travel to the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, home to the spectacular Meharangrah Fort. Make sure you visit the fort for the best views. Our adventure in Jodhpur includes a visit to the Shiva Hindu Temple and an orientation walk around the city. You also have the option to try a cooking class learning how to make traditional Indian delicacies. Days 5 - 6 Pushkar: We make our way to Pushkar, one of the most popular pilgrimage spots for devout Hindus. One of the oldest settlements in India, Pushkar is home to the Brahma Temple which we visit on an included excursion. Days 7 - 8 Jaipur: Travelling south, we head to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Admire the pink buildings and the lively bazaars. Shop for souvenirs, visit the Amber Fort and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the old city.

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Days 9 - 11 Agra: We travel to Agra, home to the famous Taj Mahal which is definitely worth a visit. Marvel at this majestic labour of love, an excursion you won’t forget in a hurry! From Agra you can also explore Agra Fort or catch a Bollywood movie in town. We get the chance to discover Sadar Bazar in the evening. It’s a popular shopping spot and a perfect place to buy some traditional Indian souvenirs to take home. Days 12 - 13 Varanasi: An overnight train journey takes us to Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in India on the banks of the River Ganges. We can enjoy an evening boat trip cruising down the river watching pilgrims take a dip in the sacred waters. You can also explore the narrow alleyways and soak up the atmosphere in this religious city. Days 14 - 15 Delhi: After an action-packed adventure it is time to head back to Delhi for some last minute souvenir shopping. You can enjoy one final meal with your group before ending your magical adventure in India.

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 22 day Best of India & Nepal. See Pages 90-91 for more details.

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Taj Mahal, India

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Best of India & Nepal

Tour Code: BXBI

India | Nepal

22 DAYS

Pack in the highlights of India and Nepal on this 22 day adventure from Delhi to Kathmandu. Discover colourful cities, explore the Taj Mahal from Agra and cruise down the River Ganges. Heading to Nepal, enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas and sip tea in the scenic region of Darjeeling.

Days 1 - 2 Delhi: Your India adventure begins in the energetic city of Delhi. Enjoy an evening walk around the Karol Bagh neighbourhood for your first taste of traditional Indian life in the capital.

Bazaar where you can pick up a souvenir or two. Next we travel to Varanasi, one of India’s holiest cities. Here we can enjoy a boat ride down the River Ganges as well as having time to explore the winding alleyways and fascinating temples.

Days 3 - 4 Jodhpur: We travel towards Jodhpur, known as the ‘Blue City’ due to the number of blue-washed buildings. Here we will visit the 350 year old Shiva Hindu Temple. Make sure you visit the Mehrangarh Fort for incredible views of the city.

Days 14 - 18 Kolkata & Darjeeling: An overnight train takes us to cultural city of Kolkata. Haggle for gifts in the local market or visit the Victoria Memorial Hall. Next we travel to the picturesque town of Darjeeling, famous for its tea production. We explore a tea garden and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute on an included excursion. For fantastic views of the Himalayan mountain range, you can climb up Tiger Hill.

Days 5 - 8 Pushkar & Jaipur: We continue to the sacred pilgrimage town of Pushkar. We will visit Brahma Temple, where you can admire the distinctive red pinnacle. Next we head to Jaipur, a lively city known as the ‘pink city’ due to the hundreds of pink coloured buildings. We explore the dazzling Laxmi Narayan Temple and you can also climb up Tiger Fort to watch the sun go down. Days 9 - 13 Agra & Varanasi: Agra is our base for an optional excursion to the legendary Taj Mahal. A visit to this world wonder is highly recommended and a big tick off the bucket list. In Agra we will take an evening trip to Sadar

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Days 19 - 20 Kathmandu & Nagarkot: We travel in to the beautiful country of Nepal staying in the capital Kathmandu for a night. Next we head to Nagarkot for incredible panoramic views of Mount Everest and the Himalayas. Days 21 - 22 Kathmandu: Returning to Kathmandu you can admire the temples in the World Heritage site of Bhaktapur Durbar Square and enjoy one last group dinner with your group.

Religious man, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Group Size:Average 8-12, Maximum 18

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Africa

Welcome to

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Elephant in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

About Africa Pack your camera and plenty of memory cards. Africa is full of wildlife, local communities, national parks, stunning beaches, deserts and so much more. Travelling on our overland truck, the scenery will change before your very eyes and you will come home addicted and desperate to see more.

Your Transport Ben, Tom, Peeky, Sail, Nik or Sue. Each truck has been named after a member of the Tucan Travel family and it won’t take long to develop an attachment to this larger than life group member. Our trucks have been modified for comfort and convenience. Check out their features below: Forward-facing seats & seat belts Two tables, great for playing games Space to store your daypacks External storage compartments

Power sockets Panoramic, tinted windows A safe for passports & valuables A fridge to keep your food fresh

Your Accommodation Get ready to pitch your tent inside some of Africa’s most famous national parks. Chill out around the campfire on your own remote island in the Okavango Delta or enjoy a party at the campsite in Jinja. Your overland truck will have all of the necessary equipment to make your nights spent camping as comfortable as possible, you will just need to bring your sleeping bag and a mat. Facilities vary between campsites and in some places, it is possible to upgrade to dorms or hotel rooms. In Cape Town, Swakopmund and Zanzibar, you will stay in comfortable hostels sharing with tour mates.

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Most meals are included in Africa. Your Tour Leader will oversee the cooking for the group and it will be all hands on deck as you get involved cooking, cleaning and doing the washing up. There will be stops at the local markets and plenty of opportunities to sample the local cuisine. When meals are not included your Tour Leader will be able to show you the best places to grab a bite, including the infamous seafood market in Zanzibar!

Your Local Payment contributes towards the smooth running of the tour allowing your Tour Leader to access cash when banking facilities are unavailable. It pays for all the little things that make a good tour great including the occasional road-side snack, entry to national parks and costs around the campsite.

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Optional Excursions in Africa There are tonnes of excursions available in Africa and most can be booked with the help of your Tour Leader once your group tour is underway. The four below must be booked in advance. For a full list of optional excursions, please see our website.

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Available from: Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

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This once in a lifetime experience allows you to spend an hour with some of the most endangered creatures on the planet. Hike for up to 7 hours, often through difficult and challenging terrain, to find your assigned gorilla family before returning to your campsite to relive the experience to the rest of your group.

This two night excursion takes you to Kenya’s premier wildlife reserve. Leaving Nairobi in 4WDs you will head to the vast Mara plains, passing Mara herdsmen with their cattle. Staying overnight in permanent tents, spot the big five on two game drives, marval at the reserve’s vast size and visit a traditional Masai village.

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Accommodation: 2 nights in permanent tents

Meals: No meals included

Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners included

Included: Guide and trackers to find your gorilla family, transfers and entry to Bwindi National Park, your Gorilla permit

Included: Afternoon game drive, full day game drive and visit to the Mara River

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Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

Okavango Delta

Available from: Arusha, Tanzania

Available from: Maun, Botswana

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The Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater are home to a huge amount of wildlife and blessed with spectacular views. You will camp in extraordinary places, inside the actual Serengeti National Park and on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Three game drives give you plenty of opportunities to spot the big five.

Spend one night on a remote island in the Okavango Delta. Cruise down the waterways, learn to paddle traditional mokoros, take a dip in the delta and search for wildlife on a walking safari. Spend the night camping with limited facilities under the stars and make the most of this quiet and peaceful destination.

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Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners included

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Included: Afternoon game drive & full day game drive in the Serengeti National Park, morning game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater

Included: Afternoon walking safari, mokoro ride to camp, a swim in the Okavango Delta

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Big Five & Beaches

Tour Code: BXABB

Kenya | Tanzania

11 DAYS

Combine amazing wildlife and paradise beaches as you travel through East Africa’s natural and cultural hotspots. With the option to camp close to the wildlife in the Serengeti National Park, this 11 day adventure will show you an abundance of animals. The final days of your tour will be spent on the idyllic sun-kissed beaches of Zanzibar.

Day 1 Nairobi: Begin the adventure in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. If you have enough time, check out the baby elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary and feed the giraffes at the Giraffe Centre. Day 2 Arusha: We cross into Tanzania for a stunning day of driving to Arusha. We stay in a reptile park in Arusha. You can discover the different types of snakes found in Africa, and learn about the use of anti-venom when treating bites. We also visit the Masai Cultural Museum to learn about the Masai traditions in the region. Days 3 - 4 Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater: You have the option to take a memorable safari excursion to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy game drives spotting the big five in these coveted wildlife hotspots. Camp in the Serengeti and on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater listening to the sounds of nocturnal animals around you. This excursion must be booked in advance, at the time of booking. Those who do not book will enjoy free time in Arusha instead.

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Day 5 Arusha: If you opted to take the exciting safari excursion, you will return to Arusha after a final game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. Day 6 Dar es Salaam: We spend the day driving through Tanzania to the bustling port of Dar es Salaam. Situated on the Indian Ocean, it is our gateway to the exotic islands of Zanzibar. Days 7-9 Zanzibar Island: We spend the next few days soaking up the island of Zanzibar and its city, Stone Town. You can snorkel and swim in the crystal clear waters and relax on the sun-kissed beach. We also take a tour of the nearby spice plantations and enjoy a traditional local lunch. In Stone Town you can explore the seafood market sampling the freshest fish for dinner! Days 10 - 11 Dar es Salaam: In the late afternoon of day 10, we take a ferry back to the mainland, squeezing every last drop out of Zanzibar. Back in Dar es Salaam, our adventure comes to an end. Spend your last night enjoying a cold beer while reminiscing about your adventure.

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 76 day Ultimate African Adventure tour. See Pages 110111 for details on how you can combine several tours in Africa to form an even longer adventure than this one.

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Mon 21 Nov 16 Mon 02 Jan 17 Mon 13 Feb 17 Mon 27 Mar 17 Mon 08 May 17 Mon 19 Jun 17 Mon 31 Jul 17

Fri 01 Sep 17 Fri 13 Oct 17 Fri 24 Nov 17 Fri 05 Jan 18 Fri 16 Feb 18 Fri 30 Mar 18

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Boat in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar

Wildebeest Migration, Masai Mara, Kenya

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Nairobi Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners included

Serengeti National Park

KENYA

Ngorongoro Crater

Transport: Tucan Travel vehicle, 4WD, ferry Arusha

Group Size: Average 15-24, maximum 34

TANZANIA Zanzibar

Included on your tour: Reptile Park & Masai Cultural Museum, Zanzibar spice tour & local lunch Excursions in Africa: There are a few Optional Excursions available in Africa which you must book before you travel. See Pages 92-93 for more details

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Africa

The Garden Route

11 DAYS

Tour Code: BXAGR

South Africa | Lesotho

The scenic stretch of the coastline known as the Garden Route is a truly beautiful area of South Africa. During this adventure there is time to discover the dramatic landscapes of the Tsitsikamma wilderness area, enjoy a safari at Addo Elephant National Park and hike through the mountains in Lesotho before ending the adventure in Pretoria.

Day 1 Cape Town: Arrive in Cape Town, home to the iconic Table Mountain, the windswept and historic Robben Island and the picturesque V&A Waterfront. Enjoy a sundowner on the beach or escape the city to explore some of the surrounding area. Days 2 - 3 Tsitskamma National Park: Driving along the scenic Garden Route we arrive in Tsitsikamma, staying in the adventure hub of Storms River Village. Adrenaline seekers can try black cave tubing or a 216 metre bungee jump! You can also explore Tsitsikamma National Park, a reserve with a small beach, scenic walks and the Storms River suspension bridge. Day 4 Addo Elephant National Park: Continuing along the Garden Route we reach Addo Elephant National Park. The reserve is home to over 450 elephants as well as species of rhino, buffalo, antelope and zebra. We enjoy game drives in the park, spotting wildlife and admiring the beautiful views. Day 5 Hogsback: Travelling onwards we journey to the village of Hogsback. Sitting on the slopes of the Amatole Mountains, it is a stunning region, dominated by three peaks. There is a

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huge amount of birdlife to spot and you may even hear the noise of Samango Monkeys in the canopy above! Days 6 - 7 Lesotho: Entering Lesotho we make our way to Malealea. You can enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery and take optional pony treks across the rolling valleys. There is also a section of walking trails to explore, as you make the most of the ‘Kingdom in the Sky’. Days 8 - 9 Drakensberg: Passing more spectacular landscapes, we make our way back into South Africa. On the way, we drive through Golden Gate National Park, keeping our eyes peeled for zebra, eland and wildebeest. Next it’s on to Drakensberg where you can soak up the mountainous beauty. Rent a bike and explore the area, or hike up to the Amphitheatre. Days 10 - 11 Pretoria: Our last destination is Pretoria. You can take trips into Johannesburg, visiting some of its fascinating museums. You may also choose to visit the Soweto Township or the Mai Mai market. Enjoy one last night camping under the clear African night sky before your adventure comes to an end.

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 76 day Ultimate African Adventure tour. See Pages 110111 for details on how you can combine several tours in Africa to form an even longer adventure than this one.

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Mon 28 Aug 17 Mon 09 Oct 17 Mon 20 Nov 17 Mon 01 Jan 18 Mon 12 Feb 18 Mon 26 Mar 18

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Cape Town from above, South Africa

Elephants in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

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Pretoria Meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners included

Johannesburg

Drakensberg

Transport: Tucan Travel vehicle

Malealea

Group Size: Average 15-24, maximum 34

SOUTH AFRICA Cape Town Oudtshoorn

Included on your tour: Game drives in Addo Elephant National Park, drive through Golden Gate National Park

LESOTHO

Hogsback

Addo Elephant National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park

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Africa

Safari, Swazi & Zim

Tour Code: BXASS

South Africa | Swaziland | Zimbabwe | Zambia

13 DAYS

Enjoy 13 days in four countries. Visit Kruger National Park, peering at the big five from our overland truck, before entering Zimbabwe where you can walk with rhinos in Matobo National Park. Combined with the chance to try adrenaline pumping activities, this tour is perfect for those wanting a “roarsome” Africa experience!

Day 1 Pretoria: Start the adventure in South Africa, staying close to the city of Pretoria. From here you can head to Johannesburg, visiting the Apartheid Museum. Days 2 - 4 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland: We travel to one of the smallest of the African countries, Swaziland. Our base here is the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. You can enjoy a bike ride through the park, spotting herds of wild animals, or visit the Matenga Cultural Village to learn about the traditional Swazi way of life. Days 5 - 7 Hazyview & Kruger National Park: Travelling back into South Africa we stay in the small town of Hazyview for one night, located near Kruger National Park. The next two days are spent exploring South Africa’s premier game reserve, enjoying safari drives on board our Tucan Travel truck. The height of the truck will give you the best views of the park. Kruger is home to the big five, so keep your camera close by! Days 8 - 10 Musina & Bulawayo: We travel to Musina, a small town close to the Zimbabwean border. After staying here one night we cross

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the border, making our way to the town of Bulawayo. Matobo National Park is an excellent and recommended optional excursion. Located in the Matobo Hills, it is home to a large population of endangered black and white rhinoceros. You can walk through the park on foot, to get close to these magnificent creatures. It is a real privilege to see these animals in the wild. Days 11 - 12 Victoria Falls: Driving north, we head towards one of Africa’s biggest highlights, and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Staying in the town of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side, we have the chance to visit the famous cascading falls that define the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Feel the spray on your face as the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ plunges into the roaring Zambezi River. Day 13 Livingstone: After crossing the border into Zambia, your tour comes to an end. We recommend that you book extra accommodation here, to make the most of all the adventure activities Livingstone has to offer.

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 76 day Ultimate African Adventure tour. See Pages 110111 for details on how you can combine several tours in Africa to form an even longer adventure than this one.

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Thu 06 Oct 16 Thu 17 Nov 16 Thu 29 Dec 16 Thu 09 Feb 17 Thu 23 Mar 17 Thu 04 May 17 Thu 15 Jun 17

Tue 18 Oct 16 Tue 29 Nov 16 Tue 10 Jan 17 Tue 21 Feb 17 Tue 04 Apr 17 Tue 16 May 17 Tue 27 Jun 17

Thu 27 Jul 17 Thu 07 Sep 17 Thu 19 Oct 17 Thu 30 Nov 17 Thu 11 Jan 18 Thu 22 Feb 18

Tue 08 Aug 17 Tue 19 Sep 17 Tue 31 Oct 17 Tue 12 Dec 17 Tue 23 Jan 18 Tue 06 Mar 18


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Traditional Swazi huts, Swaziland

Hippo in Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Camping Walking with rhinos in Matobo National Park, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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ZAMBIA Meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners included

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

ZIMBABWE Transport: Tucan Travel vehicle

Bulawayo Musina

Group Size: Average 15-24, maximum 34

Pretoria Johannesburg

Included on your tour: Game drives in Kruger National Park, Entry to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

SOUTH AFRICA

Kruger National Park Hazyview Mlilwane

SWAZILAND

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Africa

Gorillas & Safari

Tour Code: BXAGS

Kenya | Uganda

16 DAYS

What more could you ask for on an African adventure than the chance to visit world famous game reserves, stunning lakes and a trek to meet some of our closest relatives? Mountain gorillas are endangered but are making a comeback in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where they are protected and roam the forests in small family groups.

Day 1 Nairobi: This adventure kicks off in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. If you have enough time, feed the giraffes at the Giraffe Centre or watch the baby elephants play in the mud at the Elephant Orphanage. Days 2 - 3 Lake Naivasha & Eldoret: We travel onwards to Lake Naivasha, spending one night next to the second largest lake in the Great Rift Valley. From here, you can explore Hell’s Gate National Park and see the gorge which inspired Disney’s Lion King! Next we have a scenic drive through western Kenya to the town of Eldoret. Days 4 - 6 Jinja: We travel towards the source of the Nile, crossing the border into Uganda. We stop for two nights in the adventure hub of Jinja. Here you can try white water rafting down the Nile River or hire a mountain or quad bike for the day. Days 7 - 9 Lake Bunyonyi: We continue on to Lake Bunyonyi, our base for an optional gorilla trekking excursion. Hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and see mountain gorillas in the wild. This once in a lifetime opportunity must be booked in advance. Back at Lake Bunyonyi you also have the option to visit

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the Batwa Pygmy village, learning about the traditional cultures practised there. You can also opt to visit Rwanda for the day. Days 10 - 12 Kampala & Nakuru: We travel to the Ugandan capital of Kampala. On the way we stop off at the Equator line where you can enjoy some photo opportunities. Crossing back into Kenya, we spend two nights in the town of Nakuru. From here we can take game drives into Lake Nakuru National Park, one of the best places in east Africa to see rhino. Days 13 - 14 Masai Mara Nature Reserve: This is your chance for a fantastic optional excursion, heading into the Masai Mara. From 4WD vehicles you will explore one of the world’s most famous wildlife reserves. Home to the big five, it is one of the most exhilarating places to spot nature, and you may be lucky enough to see animals hunting! This popular excursion must be booked in advance. Days 15 - 16 Nairobi: For passengers that choose to do the Masai Mara optional excursion, you will now head back to rejoin the rest of the group in Nairobi. Sadly your time in Africa has come to an end!

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 76 day Ultimate African Adventure tour. See Pages 110111 for details on how you can combine several tours in Africa to form an even longer adventure than this one.

Start tour Thu 27 Oct 16 Thu 08 Dec 16 Thu 19 Jan 17 Thu 02 Mar 17 Thu 13 Apr 17 Thu 25 May 17 Thu 06 Jul 17

End tour Fri 11 Nov 16 Fri 23 Dec 16 Fri 03 Feb 17 Fri 17 Mar 17 Fri 28 Apr 17 Fri 09 Jun 17 Fri 21 Jul 17

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Visiting a local village, Uganda

Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

15

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Camping Masai warrior, Kenya

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UGANDA

Meals: 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 15 dinners included

Jinja

Transport: Tucan Travel vehicle, 4WD, on foot

Eldoret

Kampala Group Size: Average 15-24, maximum 34

KENYA

Lake Bunyonyi

Masai Mara

Nakuru Naivasha

Nairobi

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Africa

Vic Falls to Cape Town

Tour Code: BXAVC

Zambia | Botswana | Namibia | South Africa

19 DAYS

Take a journey from the exciting adventure sports capital of Livingstone to the iconic city of Cape Town. Watch incredible sunrises over sand dunes in the Namib Desert and camp by floodlit waterholes in Etosha National Park, where abundant wildlife begs to be photographed. With the option to cruise the Okavango Delta, this is a tour that is packed with adventures.

Day 1 Livingstone: Start the adventure in Livingstone. Get here early to check out the incredible Victoria Falls. Day 2 Chobe National Park: Cross into Botswana, heading towards Chobe National Park. You have the option to take an afternoon cruise along the Chobe River, spotting wildlife on the water’s edge. Days 3 - 5 Maun & the Okavango Delta: Maun is our base for an optional excursion into the Okavango Delta. You must book this excursion in advance. Board a mokoro and paddle along the waterways. We spend the night camping in the bush. You can swim in the delta and try to steer the mokoros yourself. You will then return to Maun to rejoin the rest of the group. Days 6 - 8 Divundu & Etosha National Park: We travel through Botswana into Namibia towards Divundu. On the way we drive through Mahango Game Reserve where you may spot wildlife. Our next destination is Etosha National Park. Here we can enjoy camping close to the watering hole. We will also enjoy game drives from the Tucan Travel truck.

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Days 9 - 13 Kamanjab, Windhoek & Swakopmund: Travelling to Kamanjab we arrive at the Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park where you can get up close and personal with these stunning animals. We continue to the Namibian capital of Windhoek that boasts a German influence and a variety of food. Next we head to Swakopmund. Surrounded by the desert, you can enjoy a number of adventure activities, from quad biking to sandboarding. Days 14 - 16 Sesriem, Fish River Canyon & Orange River: We enjoy a scenic drive through Namibia towards Sesriem. On the way we stop at the Tropic of Capricorn as well as the small town of Solitaire. We arrive at Sesriem Canyon in time for sunset. After a night camping under the stars, we will visit Dune 45, Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, admiring the spectacular desert landscapes. Next we continue towards Orange River, stopping at Fish River Canyon. Rivalled only by the Grand Canyon, we will walk along the rim for the best photo opportunities. Days 17 - 19 Cederberg & Cape Town: Travelling towards our final destination of Cape Town, we first stop in Cederberg. We spend the night in the local vineyard and here you have

the chance to do a wine tasting tour. In Cape Town there are a number of activities to enjoy. Hike up Table Mountain or take a cable car for awesome views of the city. Spend your last night enjoying South Africa’s famous wines with the rest of your group!

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 76 day Ultimate African Adventure tour. See Pages 110111 for details on how you can combine several tours in Africa to form an even longer adventure than this one.

Start tour Wed 19 Oct 16 Wed 30 Nov 16 Wed 11 Jan 17 Wed 22 Feb 17 Wed 05 Apr 17 Wed 17 May 17 Wed 28 Jun 17

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Wed 09 Aug 17 Wed 20 Sep 17 Wed 01 Nov 17 Wed 13 Dec 17 Wed 24 Jan 18 Wed 07 Mar 18

Sun 27 Aug 17 Sun 08 Oct 17 Sun 19 Nov 17 Sun 31 Dec 17 Sun 11 Feb 18 Sun 25 Mar 18


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Victoria Falls, Zambia

Dune 45, Namibia

14

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Camping

4

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Hostels Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park, Namibia - Taken by Mark Douglas

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ZAMBIA Livingstone Meals: 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 13 dinners included

Divundu

Etosha National Park Kamanjab

(Victoria Falls)

Okavango Delta

Chobe National Park

(Cheetah park)

Maun

Transport: Tucan Travel vehicle, 4WD, mokoro

Windhoek Swakopmund

BOTSWANA

Sesriem

Group Size: Average 15-24, maximum 34

NAMIBIA Fish River Canyon Orange River

Included on your tour: Drive through Mahango Game Reserve, entry & game drives (overland truck) in Etosha National Park, Solitaire, the Tropic of Capricorn, Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei, Fish River Canyon

SOUTH AFRICA Cederberg

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Nairobi to Victoria Falls

Tour Code: BXANV

Kenya | Tanzania | Malawi | Zambia

19 DAYS

Discover four countries in 19 days. After leaving Kenya for Tanzania, opt to venture on a safari into the Serengeti National Park before admiring spectacular views from the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. In Malawi you can relax on the shores of Lake Malawi. Ending the tour in Livingstone you can see Victoria Falls and try adrenaline-inducing activities.

Days 1 - 2 Nairobi & Arusha: From the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, we start our adventure travelling first to Tanzania, staying in the city of Arusha. We camp inside a reptile park where we can learn about the different snakes found in the region. We also visit the fascinating Masai Cultural Museum. Days 3 - 5 Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater & Arusha: You have the chance to visit the world-famous Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater on an optional excursion. Enjoy game drives through these wildlife reserves, spotting predators stalking their prey and herds of animals grazing on the plains. This opportunity must be booked in advance. Days 6 - 10 Dar es Salaam & Zanzibar Island: Next we travel towards the paradise island of Zanzibar. Dar es Salaam is our gateway to this spectacular destination. Explore Zanzibar’s sunkissed beaches and the cultural city of Stone Town. We enjoy an included tour of a spice plantation and a delicious local lunch. Snorkel, swim and relax in this truly special corner of the world before returning to Dar es Salaam.

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Days 11 - 12 Iringa & Chitimba: We travel to Iringa. Next we cross the border into Malawi and then we travel towards the shoreline to Chitimba, located next to Lake Malawi. Days 13 - 15 Kande Beach: We head to Kande Beach where you will find a lively resort, perfect for a costume party! On the way we stop off at a local market so you can pick up colourful supplies before heading to the atmospheric lakeside beach. Days 16 - 17 Chipata & Lusaka: Saying goodbye to Malawi we cross into Zambia. First we stay in the market town of Chipata, home to a number of Muslim mosques. We continue through the hottest point of Zambia until we reach the capital of Lusaka. Our campsite here has giraffe and zebra wandering freely! Days 18 - 19 Livingstone: We reach our final destination, the adventure capital of Livingstone. Home to the spectacular Victoria Falls, you can feel the spray on your face from ‘the Smoke that Thunders’. You can also choose to do a number of adrenaline-pumping optional activities including zip-lining over the roaring Zambezi River.

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 76 day Ultimate African Adventure tour. See Pages 110111 for details on how you can combine several tours in Africa to form an even longer adventure than this one.

Start tour Fri 11 Nov 16 Fri 23 Dec 16 Fri 03 Feb 17 Fri 17 Mar 17 Fri 28 Apr 17 Fri 09 Jun 17 Fri 21 Jul 17

End tour Tue 29 Nov 16 Tue 10 Jan 17 Tue 21 Feb 17 Tue 04 Apr 17 Tue 16 May 17 Tue 27 Jun 17 Tue 08 Aug 17

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Tue 19 Sep 17 Tue 31 Oct 17 Tue 12 Dec 17 Tue 23 Jan 18 Tue 06 Mar 18 Tue 17 Apr 18


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Beautiful waterbuck & zebra in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Victoria Falls from Zambia

13

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Camping

5

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Hostels Group at the GiraďŹ&#x20AC;e Centre, Nairobi

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KENYA Nairobi

Serengeti National Park Ngorongoro Crater

Meals: 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners included

Arusha

TANZANIA

Zanzibar

Dar es Salaam

Transport: Tucan Travel vehicle, 4WD, ferry, on foot

Iringa Chitimba

Group Size: Average 15-24, maximum 34 Chipata

ZAMBIA Included on your tour: Reptile Park & Masai Cultural Museum, Zanzibar spice tour & local lunch

Kande Beach

MALAWI

Lusaka

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Road to Cape Town

Tour Code: BXACT

Kenya | Tanzania | Malawi | Zambia | Botswana | Namibia | South Africa

38 DAYS

This popular southbound route encompasses the best of east and southern Africa in just over five weeks. You can witness wildebeest pounding across the Serengeti plains, lions lounging in the Ngorongoro Crater and rescued cheetahs purring at Otjitotongwe. Get a taste of Africa’s spicy history in Zanzibar and experience the power of Victoria Falls.

Days 1 - 5 Nairobi, Arusha, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater: Starting in Nairobi, we cross into Tanzania, staying in Arusha’s Reptile Park. Arusha is our base for an optional excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. You have the chance to spot the big five on multiple safaris. This excursion must be booked in advance. Days 6 - 11 Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar & Iringa: Dar es Salaam is our entry point to the isles of Zanzibar. Relax on the beautiful beaches and discover the markets of Stone Town. We tour a spice plantation and sample a local lunch. You can snorkel in the crystal clear Indian Ocean. We then travel to Iringa, driving through Mikumi National Park along the way. Days 12 - 16 Chitimba, Kande Beach & Chipata: Crossing the border into Malawi we head to the shores of Lake Malawi, staying in the lakeside camp of Chitimba. Next we head to Kande Beach, our base for a costume party! Pick up your outfit in the local market and dance the night away. Continuing on, we head into Zambia and stay in a remote camp near Chipata.

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Days 17 - 20 Lusaka & Livingstone: After camping just outside of Lusaka, we continue to Livingstone where you have several days to visit the mighty Victoria Falls, as well as trying heaps of different adrenaline-pumping excursions. Days 21 - 27 Chobe National Park, Maun, Okavango Delta, Divindu & Etosha National Park: We spend one night close to Chobe National Park before heading to Maun, our base for an optional excursion to the Okavango Delta. We then continue to Etosha National Park where we camp near the watering hole. Days 28 - 32 Kamanjab, Windhoek & Swakopmund: We travel to Kamanjab. You can explore the cheetah park here before passing through Windhoek. Next, it’s on to Swakopmund where you can enjoy thrillseeking activities. Days 33 - 36 Sesriem, Fish River Canyon, Orange River & Cederberg: En route to Sesriem we stop in Solitaire before arriving at Sesriem Canyon. Continue to Fish River Canyon for more spectacular views. We drive towards Cape Town, stopping at a vineyard in Cederberg for the night.

Days 37 - 38 Cape Town: Our final stop is the iconic city of Cape Town. Admire the flat peak of Table Mountain or take a trip to Robben Island.

Looking to travel for longer? This trip is part of our 76 day Ultimate African Adventure tour. See Pages 110111 for details on how you can combine several tours in Africa to form an even longer adventure than this one.

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Sun 18 Dec 16 Sun 29 Jan 17 Sun 12 Mar 17 Sun 23 Apr 17 Sun 04 Jun 17 Sun 16 Jul 17 Sun 27 Aug 17

Fri 01 Sep 17 Fri 13 Oct 17 Fri 24 Nov 17 Fri 05 Jan 18 Fri 16 Feb 18 Fri 30 Mar 18

Sun 08 Oct 17 Sun 19 Nov 17 Sun 31 Dec 17 Sun 11 Feb 18 Sun 25 Mar 18 Sun 06 May 18


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Desert landscapes, Namibia

Zebras at the watering hole in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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KENYA Serengeti National Park Ngorongoro Crater

TANZANIA

Meals: 36 breakfasts, 29 lunches, 25 dinners included

Nairobi Arusha Zanzibar

Dar es Salaam Iringa Chitimba

Transport: Tucan Travel vehicle, 4WD, boat, ferry, mokoro

ZAMBIA

Chipata

Lusaka

Livingstone

Group Size: Average 15-24, maximum 34

Etosha National Park

Divundu

Okavango Delta

Kamanjab

Sesriem

MALAWI

Chobe National Park

Maun

Windhoek

Included on your tour: Reptile Park & Masai Cultural Museum, Zanzibar spice tour & local lunch, drive through Mahango Game Reserve, entry & game drives (overland truck) in Etosha National Park, Solitaire, the Tropic of Capricorn, Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei, Fish River Canyon

(Victoria Falls)

Kande Beach

Swakopmund

NAMIBIA

BOTSWANA

Fish River Canyon Orange River

SOUTH AFRICA

Cederberg

Cape Town

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Southern Africa Circuit

Tour Code: BXASC

South Africa | Lesotho | Swaziland | Zimbabwe | Zambia | Botswana | Namibia

42 DAYS

Starting in the city of Cape Town we travel through the heart of Southern Africa. You can spot the big five in South Africa’s premier national park, Kruger, visit Victoria Falls from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and marvel at the views along Fish River Canyon. This tour can also start and end in Pretoria or Livingstone so the adventure is in your hands!

Days 1 - 5 Cape Town, Tsitsikamma, Addo Elephant National Park & Hogsback: Arrive in Cape Town before driving along the Garden Route to Tsitsikamma, our base for lots of optional activities. Next we enjoy game drives in Addo Elephant Park before travelling to the mountainous village of Hogsback. Days 6 - 11 Lesotho, Drakensburg & Pretoria: We enter the “Kingdom of the Sky”, Lesotho, staying in Malealea. You can enjoy pony treks across the scenic landscape. Next we head to Drakensberg, driving through Golden Gate National Park first. We stay here two nights, enjoying bike rides or hiking excursions. Crossing back into South Africa, we arrive in Pretoria. Days 12 - 17 Swaziland, Hazyview & Kruger National Park: We now head to one of the smallest countries in Africa, Swaziland. You can visit the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mantenga Cultural Village. Next it’s on to Hazyview, before visiting Kruger National Park. You can enjoy game drives spotting the big five from the Tucan Travel vehicle.

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Days 18 - 24 Musina, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls & Livingstone: Travelling towards Zimbabwe we stop in the small town of Musina. Crossing the border, we head to Bulawayo, ideal for exploring Matobo National Park. Our last destination in Zimbabwe is Victoria Falls, our gateway to the mighty waterfall. Feel the spray on your face from both sides of the border as we continue into Zambia to the adventure capital of Livingstone. Days 25 - 31 Chobe, Maun, Okavango Delta, Divindu & Etosha National Park : The next few days are packed with wildlife. First we visit Chobe where you can enjoy an evening cruise down the Chobe River, before heading to Maun, our base for an optional excursion into the Okavango Delta. Enjoy walking safaris in the bush and paddle mokoros down the waterways. Driving through Divundu, we travel through the Mahango Game Reserve before reaching Etosha National Park. Days 32 - 36 Kamanjab, Windhoek & Swakopmund: Continuing through Namibia we stop in Kamanjab home to Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park. Next we head to the capital of Namibia, Windhoek. We continue on

to Swakopmund where you can try many adventurous excursions. Days 37 - 40 Sesriem, Fish River Canyon, Orange River & Cederberg: We drive to Sesriem, stopping at the unique town of Solitaire on the way. We arrive at Sesriem Canyon in time for sunset. We can explore the dunes of the desert before heading to Fish River Canyon and Orange River for epic views. Our penultimate destination is Cederberg as we stay the night in a local vineyard. Days 41 - 42 Cape Town: Welcome back to Cape Town! You have time to explore more of the city and enjoy one last meal with your group.

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Peeky the Truck, en-route in South Africa

Matobo National Park, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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ZAMBIA Livingstone Divundu

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Meals: 40 breakfasts, 33 lunches, 30 dinners included

NAMIBIA

ZIMBABWE

Kamanjab

Swakopmund

Bulawayo

Maun

Musina

BOTSWANA

Sesriem

Fish River Canyon

Group Size: Average 15-24, maximum 34

Chobe National Park

Okavango Delta

Windhoek Transport: Tucan Travel vehicle, 4WD, boat, mokoro, on foot

(Victoria Falls)

Johannesburg

Orange River

SOUTH AFRICA Included on your tour: Game drives in Addo Elephant National Park, through Golden Gate National Park, Kruger National Park, drive through Mahango Game Reserve, entry & game drives (overland truck) in Etosha National Park, Solitaire, the Tropic of Capricorn, Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei, Fish River Canyon

Hazyview Mlilwane

SWAZILAND Drakensberg

LESOTHO

Malealea Hogsback

Cederberg Oudtshoorn

Cape Town

Kruger National Park

Pretoria

Addo Elephant National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park

Excursions in Africa: There are a few Optional Excursions available in Africa which you must book before you travel. See Pages 92-93 for more details

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Ultimate Africa Adventure | 76 days Tour Code: BXAUA

If you can’t choose what section of Africa to visit first, then just visit it all on this huge 76 day adventure. Starting in Nairobi and finishing in Livingstone, each day brings new wildlife opportunities, laughter and fun times. There is so much that can be ticked off your bucket list, you won’t know where to start. From the Gorilla Trek to the Masai Mara, Zanzibar Island to the Okavango Delta, this tour has it all. If you don’t have enough time to do this huge trip, you can combine sections together, as shown below!

Combine Tours Together You can start and finish your tour in any of the cities on the map travelling for as little or as long as you like. To find out about each of the sections on this epic adventure, go to the pages listed below.

Nairobi to Nairobi | 16 days

Nairobi to Livingstone | 19 days

Kenya & Uganda

Kenya,Tanzania, Malawi & Zambia Tour code: BXAGS

Tour code: BXANV

See Pages 100-101

See Pages 104-105

Livingstone to Cape Town | 19 days

Cape Town to Pretoria | 11 days

Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa

South Africa & Lesotho

Tour code: BXAVC

Tour code: BXAGR

See Pages 102-103

See Pages 96-97

Pretoria to Livingstone | 13 days South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe & Zambia See Pages 98-99

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Our Online Favourites There are many ways you can combine the highlights of Africa together. Below are some of our online favourites but check out our website if you want to do something slightly different.

Falls, Etosha & Garden Route 30 days Livingstone to Pretoria • Tour Code: BXAFE

Africa Coast to Coast 33 days

Peeky, the Tucan Travel truck - Taken by Mark Douglas

Dar es Salaam to Cape Town • Tour Code: BXACC

Kenya to Cape Town 42 days Nairobi to Cape Town • Tour Code: BXAKC

Gorillas to Cape 53 days Nairobi to Cape Town • Tour Code: BXAGC

Lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

UGANDA KENYA Masai Mara

Lake Bunyonyi

Serengeti National Park

Nairobi

Ngorongoro Crater

TANZANIA

ZAMBIA

Zanzibar

MALAWI

Livingstone (Victoria Falls) Etosha National Park

Okavango Delta

ZIMBABWE

BOTSWANA NAMIBIA

Windhoek

Fish River Canyon

Pretoria Johannesburg

Mlilwane

SWAZILAND SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town

Kruger National Park

LESOTHO Addo Elephant National Park

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A change to Extra Services per booking: €40 Extra Services may be added up to 30 days before departure without charge if available. c) Flights All flights purchased in addition to or in conjunction with any Component must be paid in full at the time of booking and are non-refundable. d) Contract The contract is made between Tucan Ltd in the United Kingdom trading as Tucan Travel (hereinafter “Tucan Travel”- for details, see Clause 20) and the client, being all persons named on the booking as travelling or intending to travel through Tucan Travel. The person making the booking (which is subject to these terms) warrants that they have full authority to do so on behalf of all persons named, and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions. To secure a booking and contract, Tucan Travel requires a non-refundable deposit or full payment as required priced as above per person per Component. 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accommodation or other arrangements) and to substitute alternative arrangements of comparable monetary value without compensation and accepts no liability for loss of enjoyment as a result of these changes. Occasionally, Group Tours clients may be separated into different transport and hotels depending on local conditions and availability at the time of booking. Some Components are operated by trusted partners on our behalf while Components in Iceland, China, Morocco, North America and some in Romania and Bulgaria are operated by trusted tour operators and are not branded as Tucan Travel. You will be notified of the trusted tour operator with final documentation approximately 30 days before the departure date. The Tucan Travel booking conditions still apply. If a major change is known to us, the client will be told at the time of booking. If a major change becomes necessary, Tucan Travel will inform the client as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before departure. The definition of a major change will depend on the individual Component and circumstances and is at the sole discretion of Tucan Travel. When a major change is made the client will have the choice of accepting the change of arrangements, or within seven days of notification of the change, purchasing another available Component or cancelling the Component and obtaining a full refund, provided that the major change is not because of Force Majeure. Force Majeure is war, threat of war, terrorist activity, riot, civil strife or industrial dispute; natural or nuclear disaster, disease, fire or adverse road, river or weather conditions; technical, maintenance or compliance problems with local transport or Tucan Travel vehicles; changes imposed by cancellation or rescheduling of flights by an airline or main charterer, the alteration of airline or aircraft type; or any other similar events beyond the control of Tucan Travel. Tucan Travel is not liable for any penalty charges associated with non-refundable airfares, in the event of a change to a Component departure time, date or airport. All costs incurred due to Force Majeure, such as transport, communication, accommodation, food or other similar items will be passed to the client by way of local surcharges. See Clause 6.

the client makes the booking and pays the deposit. Local Payments (and tipping kitties on some Components) are also variable and subject to change. Correct prices are published on our website and are valid at the date of departure. Tucan Travel reserves the right to impose surcharges on any Component if the increase in price is more than 2% for reasons arising from but not exclusive to changes in entrance fees, government action, currency exchange rates, operations and transport costs, flight changes, airport charges and increased airfares. If the surcharge is equal to or greater than 10% (7% in Canada) clients will be given the option to cancel the booking with a full refund within seven days of being notified of the charge. The above conditions do not apply in the following circumstances: a) In the event of local flight cancellations, overbooking or rescheduling of departure days and times, Tucan Travel reserves the right to pass on any extra costs to the client. In such cases, the client will have the choice to wait for the next available scheduled flight and miss some tour services included or pay any additional costs associated with upgrades or chartering aircraft as a substitute by way of local surcharges. b) Increased costs of permits or entry charges for the Inca Trail Trek, Machu Picchu, Lares Trek, Gorilla Trek, Game Park, National Parks or similar entrance charges to tourist sites and associated operating costs will be passed to the client by way of local surcharges as the increases occur. c) Fuel surcharges due to increases in fuel costs for Flights, Expedition Cruises or Tucan Travel vehicles may be applied and invoiced in advance of your departure if there is adequate time to do so. Fuel surcharges may only be known within a limited time before the departure date and are dependent on world and local fuel prices. Any fuel surcharge applied must be paid in full either in advance or by way of local surcharges as advised, failure to pay will result in the client being prevented from joining the Component without refund.

4. Cancellation a) Cancellation by You The client may cancel the booking at any time provided that the cancellation is communicated to Tucan Travel in writing even if verbal notification of an intention to cancel has been given. Cancellation charges will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received. Cancellation charges are in addition to any insurance, flight or similar service provided plus any additional charges in Clauses 1 & 6. If the reason for cancellation is covered by your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. No refunds will be made for any services not utilised. The date used for calculating cancellation charges is the date from which the first Component within the Package commences regardless of the number of Components. Group Tours, Discover or Extra Services; 60 days or more: forfeit of all deposits. 59 - 28 days: 50% of full payment. 27 days or less: 100% of ful payment. Expedition Cruises or Tailor-made Tours; 90 days or more or as advised in Clause 1b: forfeit of all deposits. 89 days or less: 100% of full payment. b) Cancellation by Us Tucan Travel reserves the right to cancel a Component in any circumstances but, except for Force Majeure or the client’s failure to pay the final balance or one of the conditions detailed in Clause 5, will not cancel a Component less than 28 days before departure. Unless the client fails to pay the final balance Tucan Travel will, upon cancellation, return all monies paid excluding payment for travel insurance, flights, similar services and administration charges or offer an alternative Component of comparable standard. 5. Guaranteed Departures and Minimum Numbers Tucan Travel sets its own minimum numbers for Group Tours based on logistics and will operate tours once minimum numbers have been reached. A number of departure dates are guaranteed to depart and will generally operate regardless of whether minimum numbers have been achieved unless it is for safety or operational reasons. Where minimum numbers have not been achieved, Tucan Travel may choose to either operate the Group Tour or cancel the Group Tour and pay compensation to the client as follows: If cancelling more than 28 days before departure: A full refund of monies paid but no further compensation. If cancelling between 27 - 14 days before departure: A full refund of monies paid and a 5% discount on the current price published online (excluding Local Payment) of a similar replacement Group Tour (see below). If cancelling within 13 days of departure: A full refund of monies paid and a 10% discount on the current price published online (excluding Local Payment) of a similar replacement Group Tour (see below). Notes: Refunds and discounts referred to here apply only to Group Tours cancelled within 28 days as a result of failure to achieve minimum numbers. A replacement may be any Group Tour operated by Tucan Travel up to the value of the original Group Tour booked. Refunds and discounts apply to the cost paid for the land component only and exclude Local Payments, surcharges, Extra Services, insurance premiums and administration charges.

7. Travel Insurance Travel insurance is mandatory for all clients travelling with Tucan Travel. Clients together with their personal property including baggage are at all times solely at their own risk. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. A suitable insurance policy should provide adequate cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during the Component and loss of Component monies through cancellation or curtailment of the Component for insurable reasons. Tucan Travel is able to assist clients in obtaining a suitable insurance policy. Clients making their own arrangements should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for the type of activities available during their Component whether included in the cost by Tucan Travel or otherwise. Clients should satisfy themselves that any travel insurance arranged through Tucan Travel is what they require and should arrange supplementary insurance if need be. The travel insurance cover automatically provided with credit card purchases does not provide adequate cover as standard. Proof of adequate insurance will be requested at the start of your Component, failure to provide this will result in the client being prevented from joining the Component without refund.

6. Prices and Surcharges All prices published in printed brochures and other printed media are “from” prices. Tucan Travel sells Components with variable pricing based on availability, exchange rates, operational costs, travel seasons and years. Correct prices are published on the Tucan Travel website and are valid at the booking date. Any promotions cannot be backdated and are only available when

8. Passports, Visas and Vaccinations It is the responsibility of the client to be in possession of a valid passport, visa permits, vaccinations and preventative medicines as may be required for the duration of the Component. Information about these matters or related items is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of Tucan Travel. 9. Age, Fitness and Participation All clients are expected to satisfy themselves prior to booking that they are fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen Component as described by Tucan Travel. At the least, clients are expected to be able to carry their own luggage over short distances of up to 15 minutes walk and up several flights of stairs if required. Our hotels generally do not have concierge or porter services. Clients are also expected to accept that the Components described are “Adventure Travel” and that travel around and facilities in developing countries will not be of similar standards which they may be accustomed to at home. We do not provide luxury travel. Those aged between 12 and 17 years are accepted on some Group Tours and most Tailor-made Tours, Expedition Cruises and Extra Services operated by Tucan Travel at our discretion provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts full responsibility for them. Some excursions including but not limited to the Inca Trek, Lares Trek and Gorilla Trek have other age limits set by companies or bodies separate to Tucan Travel. The “Adventures for 20’s to 30’s” tours are limited to those aged between 20 and 39 years, however occasionally Tucan Travel may authorise clients outside these ages to travel if they meet certain criteria. Tucan Travel reserves the absolute right to decline a booking at our discretion. Clients agree to accept the authority and decisions of employees, tour leaders and agents whilst on Components with Tucan Travel and our trusted partners. If in the opinion of such person the health or conduct of a client before or after departure appears likely to endanger the safe, comfortable or happy progress of a Component the client may be excluded from all or part of the Package. In the case of ill health, Tucan Travel may make such arrangements as it sees fit and the associated total costs of these arrangements including expenses of Tucan Travel must be paid for by the client. If a client is excluded as above or chooses to leave of their own free will or leaves due to ill health or any other reason there will be no refund of the Package price, Extra Services, surcharges, Local Payment or any local surcharges. All services forming part of the whole Package booked will be forfeit though may be recoverable through the client’s travel insurance in some circumstances. 10. Local Laws


Booking Conditions All participants in Components operated by Tucan Travel and our trusted partners are expected to obey the laws and regulations of the countries visited and any failure to do so will relieve Tucan Travel and its suppliers of all obligations that they may otherwise have under these booking conditions. 11. Illness or Disability Anyone suffering from illness or disability or undergoing treatment for any physical or medical condition must declare the true nature of such condition at the time of booking and make arrangements for the provision of any medication or other treatment which may be required during the Package. Failure to make such disclosure will constitute a breach of these booking conditions and result in such persons being excluded from the Package in which case all monies paid will be forfeit. See Clause 9 for further information. 12. If you have a Complaint If the client has a complaint about any of the Component arrangements the client must bring it to the attention of the tour leader or other representative of Tucan Travel or its suppliers at the time so that they may use their best endeavours to rectify the situation. It is only if Tucan Travel is made aware of any problems that there will be the opportunity to put things right. Failure to complain on the spot will result in the client’s ability to claim compensation from Tucan Travel or its suppliers being extinguished or at least reduced. Should the problem remain unresolved a complaint must be made in writing to feedback@ tucantravel.com within 28 days of the completion of the Component or all claims for compensation will be forfeit. Tucan Travel will endeavour to acknowledge correspondence within 14 days of receipt, and to provide a detailed response to any letter of complaint within 28 days of receipt. Arbitration: If we are unable to mutually resolve your complaint you can call upon the AITO Arbitration Service on www.aito.com or the ABTA Arbitration Scheme on www.abta.com. 13. Our Responsibilities The Components operated or supplied by Tucan Travel have been designed to provide participants with an exposure to the true nature of the environment visited and therefore involve an element of personal risk and exposure to potential hazards over and above those associated with normal “package travel”. All bookings are accepted on the understanding that such risks and hazards are understood by the client and that they undertake all Components, services, treks, optional excursions and other activities at their own volition. These conditions are issued on the sole responsibility of Tucan Travel, but they are not issued on behalf of, and do not commit, any airline whose flights form part of the arrangements. Where air travel as an inclusive Component of the holiday is provided by a scheduled carrier, the responsibility of that carrier will be limited in accordance with its own conditions of carriage. a) Where the client does not suffer personal injury, Tucan Travel accepts liability should any part of the Component arrangements booked with Tucan Travel not be supplied as described and not be of a reasonable standard. In such a case, Tucan Travel will pay reasonable compensation if the Component arrangements had been adversely affected but will pay no compensation if there has been no fault on the part of Tucan Travel or its suppliers and the reason for the failure in the Component arrangements was due to Force Majeure, the client’s fault, the actions of someone unconnected with the Component arrangements or could not have been foreseen or avoided by Tucan Travel or its suppliers even if all due care had been exercised. b) Where the client suffers personal injury or death as a result of an activity forming part of the Component arrangements booked with Tucan Travel, Tucan Travel accepts responsibility unless there has been no fault on Tucan Travel’s part or its suppliers and the cause was due to Force Majeure, the client’s fault, the actions of someone unconnected with the Component arrangements or one which neither Tucan Travel nor its suppliers could have anticipated or avoided even if all due care had been exercised. 14. Optional Excursions and Activities Tucan Travel and our tour leaders and representatives may provide you with information (before departure and/or on tour) about optional activities and excursions which do not form part of your pre-booked Package and which are available in the region you are visiting. Tucan Travel has 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 and they may or may not have their own public liability insurance. They do not form any part of your contract with Tucan Travel even where we suggest particular operators / providers and / or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. Where a tour leader or representative collects payment for, attends and / or completes, or otherwise assists in booking any such activity or excursion for you, we and the tour leader or representative act solely as a booking agent for the local operator or provider of the activity or excursion with whom you will have a direct 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 13 of our booking conditions will not apply to them. 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 Component 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. 15. Flight Bookings Tucan Travel will use its best endeavours to ensure that all flight prices and pre-paid taxes are correct at the time that they are quoted. Airlines reserve the right to amend or withdraw fares

without prior notice. The fare can only be guaranteed when the flight booking has been paid for in full by Tucan Travel and a ticket has been issued. Flight bookings are non transferable. Occasionally airlines cancel or reschedule flights and we may need to contact you to advise the changes or make alternative arrangements. This is beyond the control of Tucan Travel and any additional charges must be paid by the client. Flights included as part of a Component are subject to the local carrier conditions of booking and have their own luggage restrictions which may be a maximum of 15kg. Any luggage charges above 20kg must be paid by the client. 16. Brochure / Website / Advertising Material Accuracy The information contained in our brochure, on our website and in other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. Errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change, therefore please ensure you check all details of your chosen Component (including the price) with us or your travel agent at the time of booking. Tucan Travel cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or unintentional misrepresentation that may appear in the brochure, on our website or in other advertising material. 17. Privacy Policy In order to process bookings Tucan Travel is required to collect certain personal details from you. These details will usually include the names and addresses of party members along with passport details, credit / debit or other payment details and special requirements such as those relating to any disability or medical condition that may affect the holiday arrangements. We take full responsibility for ensuring that proper security measures are in place to protect your information. We must pass some information on to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements (airlines, hotels, transport companies etc.). Such suppliers may be outside continental Europe if your holiday is to take place or involve suppliers outside these countries. The information may also be provided to security or credit checking companies, public authorities such as customs / immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Personal and insurance information will be collected from all clients at the onset of your Component. Once you have travelled with Tucan Travel, you will be asked to complete a client questionnaire where we will collect further details about you and the tour you travelled on. You may also be asked to review your tour on trusted review websites or we may share these reviews with trusted review websites on your behalf. 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We may also access information from social media providers about your use of an App that we run on their website. Photographs, Video & Testimonials: Any image or video taken by any person during your holiday that contains your image or likeness may be used by Tucan Travel for promotional and marketing purposes without charge in all media including but not limited to brochures, website and social media channels. Written feedback supplied to Tucan Travel may also be used in print and online for marketing and advertising purposes. Additionally any photographs, video and text sent to Tucan Travel must be the client’s own and by sending it, the client agrees that Tucan Travel can use it for advertising and marketing purposes. Except where expressly permitted by the Data Protection Act 1998, Tucan Travel will only deal with the personal details you provide as set out above unless you agree otherwise. We may make contact with you or members of your Package by post, email, social media or telephone for the purposes set out. We will also use your information to inform you of offers in the future or to send you brochures. If you do not wish to receive such approaches in the future then please let us know as soon as possible. If we do contact you by email about our new brochures or special offers, you will also be able to unsubscribe yourself from our database at this time. Tucan Travel will assume that you do not object to being communicated with unless you have previously opted out or contacted us. 18. Your Financial Security a) UK Flight Inclusive Components: Tucan Travel is ATOL Protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 6855. This applies to International and/or National flight inclusive Components for clients based in the UK. Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays in this brochure and online are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed in this brochure. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. For more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is 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 the 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. b) Land Only Components i. Clients (excluding Australia, New Zealand and Canada) are financially protected by the UK when booking directly with Tucan Travel. As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Tucan Travel has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of Tucan Travel’s insolvency, protection is provided for non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK and other non-flight packages excluding pre arranged travel to and from your destination. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Tucan Travel. In the above circumstances, if you have not yet travelled you may claim a refund, or if you have already travelled you may be able to continue your holiday or claim repatriation to the starting point of your non-flight package. ii. Clients from Australia and New Zealand: Tucan Travel is a member of ATAS (AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme) which is administered by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). ATAS travel agents have met strict standards and criteria in order to become nationally accredited. Their accreditation means they are the best in the industry, financially viable, credible, well trained & professional businesses. This means you can book your travel knowing you’re in the safe hands of a trusted and reputable travel agent. See www.atas.com.au for more information. All Components for clients from Australia and New Zealand are protected by a client trust account in Australia where monies are held until your departure or the full cost of your services have been paid for by us. iii. Clients from Canada: Tucan Travel is a member of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), a non-profit organisation responsible for enforcing the Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002 and Ontario Regulation 26/05. Tucan Travel’s membership numbers are TICO #50022689 / 50022690. All Components for clients from Canada are protected by a client trust account in Canada where monies are held until your departure or the full cost of your services have been paid for by us. c) Travel Agent bookings: All clients booking through a travel agent (excluding Canada) are financially protected by the travel agent’s own insolvency protection scheme, which you should check carefully before purchasing your travel arrangements. Tucan Travel is not financially liable due to the insolvency of your travel agent for monies held by your travel agent on our behalf. 19. Foreign Office Advice Tucan Travel welcomes clients from around the world however as a British registered company the lead is taken from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Advice Service (FCO) www.fco.gov. uk. Tucan Travel reserves the right to cancel, amend or continue the operation of a tour based on, but not solely restricted to, the advice of the FCO. 20. Tucan Travel Company Information United Kingdom: Tucan Limited is incorporated in England and Wales with limited liability. Registered office: 316 Uxbridge Road, Acton, London W3 9QP. Company Registration Number: 337 0298. VAT Number: GB 702 2687 54. Australia: Tucan Travel Pty Ltd is incorporated in Australia with limited liability. Registered office: Scott Associates, PO Box 20739, World Square, NSW 2002. ACN: 085 587 659. ABN: 77 085 587 659 Canada: Tucan Travel Inc is incorporated in Ontario, Canada. Registered office: 689 St Clair Avenue West, 2nd Floor Front, Toronto, Ontario, M6C1B2. Ontario Corporation Number: 002488113. Business number for GST/HST: 80088 8141 RT0001 21. Amendments Tucan Travel reserves the right to update these booking conditions at any time and publish any updates on our website. All updates take effect 7 days after being published on our website from the Issue Date as shown below on those amended conditions. Bookings conditions may vary according to your country of booking. It is recommended that all clients consult our website at the time of booking and download a copy of these conditions as it will be assumed that all clients have agreed to any amendments at the time of booking and by paying the deposit or full payment. Issue Date: 25 August 2016

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