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Worldwide Adventures

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Contents Introduction to Tucan Travel

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Central America

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South America

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Antarctica

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North America

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Europe

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Asia

96-117

Africa

118-133

Tailor Made

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Booking Conditions

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Who are Tucan Travel?

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 to iron out any kinks before the ďŹ rst departures begin. The aim is to run trips in the most authentic and exciting way possible.

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Who are Tucan Travel?

Established in 1987, that November our first group tour departed from Bogota for Lima with just three passengers on board. That first group could never have known that more than 30 years on, Tucan Travel would be running tours in over 70 countries around the world. Today, we have grown in size and experience. We now consist of four large offices across four continents filled with ex-tour leaders and passionate travellers looking to spread their love of the world onto others. With staff on the ground and close connections with embassies, hotels, airlines and local communities we can confidently say that no one knows about our trips like we do.

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.

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Our Travel Styles

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Our Travel Styles

Our Travel Styles Something for everyone

Worldwide Adventures

Our Worldwide Adventures are escorted group tours for adventure travellers from around the world. Often fast-paced and actionpacked, these trips are perfect for anyone aged 18-65 looking for a taste of somewhere and something different. With the perfect balance of included excursions and free time to explore on your own, each trip is carefully designed to maximise your time on tour, allowing you to see as much as possible.

Adventures Group tours for 20s & 30s

Our Adventures for 20s & 30s aim to unite you with other likeminded adventure seekers from all over the world. You can rest assured that you’ll be with a great bunch of people who are near the same age and on the same wavelength as you. These itineraries are all about choice and flexibility. We want you to pay as little as possible for the tour, so you have more to spend when you are out there. This allows you to create a trip that suits your personality and budget. All of our Adventures for 20s & 30s can be found on our website.

Tailor-made Design your own adventure

If you want someone to design your own adventure, our Tailormade team are here to help. They can create bespoke trips in Latin America and Asia to accommodate your preferred routes, accommodation and dates. Many of the tours found in this brochure can be adapted for you by our Tailor-made team.

More information about our Tailor-made tours can be found on our website.

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About Our Tours

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About Our Tours

About Our Tours

Over 2000 Guaranteed Departures With 300 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.

Minimum numbers The minimum numbers required to run our tours is very low - it only takes four people to book onto most of our public transport tours, and ten for any of our tours that travel on our Overland Truck.

Physical Rating Some of our tours can be a little more active than others. Taking into account accommodation standards, activities and the duration of the trip, each tour has a Physical Rating allocated to it. The higher the rating, the more challenging the trip.

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.

67 trips featured in this brochure! Only the most popular tours are in this brochure but we have a huge amount more online. Visit tucantravel.com to see all of our tours.

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Who Travels with us?

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Who Travels with us?

Who Travels with us? Travel with friends

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

A group crusing down a river in the Amazon Jungle, Peru

Perfect for people aged

18-65 Our age range varies across trips, countries and continents. Give an Adventure Specialist a call to find out about who is booked on a departure already.

Exploring St Petersburg, Russia

Go solo Our trips attract a mix of like-minded couples, friends and singles. About 60% of our travellers go solo.

A group walking with rhinos in Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe

No single supplement

On the vast majority of our tours, you will be sharing with another fellow traveller of the same gender.

Chichén Itzá, Mexico

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How will you travel?

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How will you travel?

How will you travel? Transport We want you to make the most of your experience and this includes when travelling from A to B. From colourful chicken buses to four wheel drives, the most appropriate form of transport is always chosen for your comfort and convenience. Depending on the region, we might include lots of short internal flights to connect you to the next highlight en route. These flights allow you to make the most of each destination. Travelling in some parts of the world can be tricky so we ask you to hold on tight as it is all part of the adventure.

Boat on Lake Titicaca, Peru

Types of transport we use Regional Flights

Trains

Tucan Travel overland vehicle, Patagonia - Taken by Kim Mouncer

Tuk-tuk

Public Bus

Overland Truck

Your feet

Taxi

Boat

Tuk-tuks in Thailand

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

Chicken buses in Guatemala

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Where will you sleep?

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Where will you sleep?

Where will you sleep? Accommodation You will mostly stay in small, locally-owned hotels and guesthouses that are chosen for their ambience and location rather than star rating. We look for qualities like character, atmosphere, cleanliness and security and we like to make sure that some of the types of places you sleep in also contribute to the adventure. You will get the opportunity to stay in a variety of different kinds of accommodation while travelling with us.

Hut in Swaziland - Taken by Anneka Buckle

Types of accommodation we use Hotels

Homestay

Hacienda Venecia, Colombia

Camping

Jungle Lodges

Junk Boat

African Rondavels

Overnight Train

Overnight Bus

Giritale Hotel in Sri Lanka - Taken by Kris Hadwin

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.

Amazon Jungle lodges

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Local Payment

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Local Payment

Your Local Payment Our tours in Africa and Patagonia all have Local Payments. 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 flexibility means we can stay in out-of-the-way places which benefit you as well as the local community.

The White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

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

Optional Excursions

Indian Sadhu, Jaipur, India

Our group tours are all about choice and flexibility. There are tonnes of Optional Excursions available on each day of your tour from guided walks to adrenaline activities. Most excursions can be organised once you are on your tour. 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.

Admiring the views of Machu Picchu, Peru

Sloth in the Jungle, Costa Rica

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Welcome to Central America

Welcome to

Central America

Cathedral of Granada, Nicaragua

About Central America From mysterious Mayan ruins to tropical jungles and paradise islands, an adventure in Central America has it all. Discover active volcanoes, haggle in local markets and learn about a huge variety of colourful cultures on any one of our tours. Whether you’re a wildlife lover, a culture buff or an adventure enthusiast, this corner of the world offers it all.

Your Transport

Your Accommodation

On our tours in Central America, we believe that the way you travel is part of the adventure. From speedboats to chicken buses, tuk-tuks to taxis, there are several ways we get you from A to B. One of the most used modes of transport in Central America are your own two feet and we will often walk from the bus stations to the hotel, across borders and up flights of stairs, so it is important you pack accordingly.

We use a huge variety of accommodation in Central America and the type and quality may vary depending on the country you are travelling through. We choose our hotels and cabins based on their location so that you can really make the most of each day of your tour. Our website lists all of the hotel names we use so that you get a good idea of what quality to expect.

About Each Day

Supporting Local Communities

Each tour is jam-packed and we include a number of the biggest and the best highlights in each country. From guided tours of many of the most popular Mayan ruins to entry to some of the most beautiful national parks, there are plenty more opportunities where you will get to choose how you spend your day. A list of optional excursions available on each day of your tour is available online.

Central America is packed with lush rainforest, local communities and diverse wildlife. Throughout Central America we stay in locally owned hotels and we travel on public transport which allows us to reduce our carbon footprint. We also ensure the continued protection of national parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites by incorporating guided tours of some of these into our itineraries.

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Welcome to Central America

Belize Costa Rica Guatemala Fishing Boat, Honduras

Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama

Red-eye tree frog, Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

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Top Five Highlights

Chichén Itzá - Mexico Tikal - Guatemala Caye Caulker - Belize Tortuguero National Park - Costa Rica Casco Viejo - Panama

There are 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Central America

Weather Guide This chart indicates the weather in Central America throughout the year. Please be advised that this is a guide only, and you should check before you travel.

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Mexico City, Mexico Playa del Carmen, Mexico Caye Caulker, Belize Antigua, Guatemala Roatán Island, Honduras Granada, Nicaragua Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Tortuguero, Costa Rica Bocas del Toro, Panama Cold <= 60F, Wet Cold <= 60F, Dry

Cool 60-70F, Wet Cool 60-70F, Dry

Warm 70-86F, Dry Warm 70-86F, Wet

Hot > 86+F, Dry Hot > 86+F, Wet

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Central America Mexico

Mayan ruins in Palenque, Mexico

1349

Magical Mexico | 13 days

From $

Tour Code: ZMA • Mexico City to Playa del Carmen

I’d like my own room: $239

Embrace the magical country of Mexico on this 13 day adventure. From the thriving capital of Mexico City to the sun-kissed beaches of Playa del Carmen, this tour includes the must-see highlights of the country. Climb the pyramids at Teotihuacán, be wowed at Chichén Itzá and enjoy local delicacies in Oaxaca.

Meals: 9 breakfasts included

Day 1 Mexico City This is your arrival day. Tonight you will meet your group and Tour Leader Day 2 Mexico City to Puebla Take a guided tour of Teotihuacán before reaching Puebla, one of Mexico’s oldest towns. Puebla is the place to try the delicious mole sauce, a traditional dish from this region Day 3 Puebla to Oaxaca Travel to Oaxaca, famous for its street food. You can visit a mezcal factory or try grasshoppers at the Benito Juarez Market Day 4 Oaxaca to San Cristóbal This morning you will visit the Monte Albán ruins. In the afternoon you have the option to visit the picturesque town of Santa Maria del Tule see the Tule Tree, the widest tree in the world. In the evening you will board a night bus to San Cristóbal de las Casas Days 5-7 San Cristobal de las Casas Tour the indigenous villages around San Cristóbal de las Casas. Here you can learn about Shaman traditions and buy handmade clothing in the local markets Days 8-9 San Cristobal to Palenque Explore the ruins of Palenque, nestled deep in the jungle Days 10-11 Mérida From Mérida you can visit nearby cenotes and swim in the crystal-clear water Day 12 Mérida to Playa del Carmen via Chichén Itzá Stop off at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichén Itzá on the way to Playa del Carmen Day 13 Depart Playa del Carmen

Included Excursions & Activities Guided tour of Teotihuácan ruins, guided tour of Monte Albán ruins, San Cristóbal de las Casas village tour, guided tour of Palenque ruins, guided tour of Chichén Itzá ruins

Dates Sun 03 Dec 17 Sat 23 Dec 17 Sun 14 Jan 18 Sat 03 Feb 18 Sun 25 Feb 18

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Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 11 nights hotels, 1 overnight bus

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Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Have more time? Add nine days to your trip and finish in Antigua, Guatemala. See Tour Code YMA online.


Central America Mexico

Ruins of Teotihuacán, Mexico

Traditional calaveras at a market, Mexico

“ Everyday was something different and exciting. ” Steven Cosnett, October 2016

Cancún

Cenote, Mexico

Mérida Chichén Playa del Carmen Itzá

Teotihuacán

Mexico City

Puebla

Palenque MEXICO

Oaxaca

San Cristóbal de las Casas

Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico - Taken by Lisa Gregory

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Central America Mexico, Guatemala & Belize

Rio Dulce, Guatemala

Cancún

Playa del Carmen

MEXICO BELIZE San Ignacio Caye Caulker Tikal Flores Belize City Lívingston

Rio Dulce GUATEMALA

Guatemala City

Antigua Tikal National Park, Guatemala

1169

Quetzal Highway | 10 days

From $

Tour Code: QYA • Playa del Carmen to Antigua

I’d like my own room: $299

A short ten day adventure of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, you will enjoy the sand, sea and sun on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula before sampling freshly cooked lobster and world-class snorkelling in Belize. Finally immerse yourself in local cultures and communities in Guatemala.

Itinerary

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 8 nights hotels, 1 night lodge

Day 1 Playa del Carmen This is your arrival day Days 2-4 Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker From one paradise to the next, cross into Belize for world-class snorkelling on the barrier reef Days 5-6 Caye Caulker to San Ignacio From the small town of San Ignacio, you can hike, swim and climb through the Actun Tunichil Muknal caves to see the Crystal Maiden, a crystallised victim of Mayan sacrifice Day 7 San Ignacio to Flores via Tikal Cross into Guatemala for a guided tour of Tikal. Uncover temples hidden in the jungle and howler monkeys up in the trees before continuing to Flores Day 8 Flores to Rio Dulce Journey by bus to the banks of the Rio Dulce before boarding a boat to our lodge on an island on the river. On arrival, enjoy a boat tour of the area and stop for lunch in the Garifuna town of Livingston Day 9 Rio Dulce to Antigua Explore Antigua’s cobbled streets and grab a souvenir in the busy market Day 10 Depart Antigua

Meals: 5 breakfasts included Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating: This tour also runs in reverse: Antigua to Playa del Carmen - Tour Code: QYC

Our Tucan Travel Tip Included Excursions & Activities

Spend extra time in Antigua and climb Mount Pacaya, an active volcano.

Guided tour of Tikal ruins, Rio Dulce boat tour & a visit to Livingston

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Central America Mexico & Guatemala

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Cancún Mérida

Playa del

Chichén Itzá Carmen MEXICO

Palenque San Cristóbal de la Casas GUATEMALA Chichicastenango Guatemala City Panajachel

Antigua

Chichén Itzá, Mexico

1159

Markets & Mayans | 13 days

From $

Tour Code: ZYG • Playa del Carmen to Antigua

I’d like my own room: $199

Visit Mayan sites and traditional villages as you travel through Mexico and Guatemala. Circle the towering Chichén Itzá and explore the surrounding ruins. Learn about indigenous customs and modern religion at San Cristóbal de las Casas. Cross into Guatemala and visit the colourful Chichicastenango Market where indigenous Maya people come to sell their wares before reaching the colonial town of Antigua.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 12 nights hotels Meals: 12 breakfasts included

Itinerary

Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16

Day 1 Playa del Carmen This is your arrival day Days 2-3 Playa del Carmen to Mérida via Chichén Itza Visit the famous Chichén Itzá on the way to Mérida and enjoy the white-washed town’s markets Days 4-5 Mérida to Palenque Travel to Palenque and visit the sprawling site nearby on a guided tour. You can also take a morning hike through the jungle to the Mishol-Ha Waterfall Days 6-8 Palenque to San Cristóbal de las Casas Enjoy Mexico’s richest example of indigenous culture as you tour the villages on the outskirts of San Cristóbal de las Casas. On the right day, you might find a market or festival Days 9-11 San Cristobal de las Casas to Lake Atitlán Crossing into Guatemala, you will stay on the shores of Lake Atitlán, in Panajachel. Take a boat out onto the lake, admire the three volcanoes or explore the surrounding villages Day 12 Panajachel to Antigua Stop off at Chichicastenango Market before continuing to the charming colonial town of Antigua Day 13 Depart Antigua

Physical Rating:

For tours that start and finish in Playa del Carmen, the nearest international airport is Cancún.

Included Excursions & Activities Guided tour of Chichén Itzá ruins, guided tour of Palenque ruins, San Cristóbal de las Casas village tour, Chichicastenango Market

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Central America Mexico, Guatemala & Belize

Snorkelling in Caye Caulker, Belize

2259

Mayan Circle | 22 days

From $

Tour Code: YYC • Playa del Carmen to Playa del Carmen

I’d like my own room: $499

Circle through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala in 22 days on this grand tour of the region’s main highlights. Uncover ancient Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá, Palenque and Tikal. Enjoy snorkelling in Caye Caulker and the beaches of Playa del Carmen. Meet local communities at San Cristóbal de las Casas and admire volcanoes surrounding Lake Atitlán.

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Accommodation: 20 nights hotels, 1 night lodge

Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16

Day 1 Playa del Carmen This is your arrival day Days 2-3 Playa del Carmen to Mérida via Chichén Itzá Tour Chichén Itzá on the way to Mérida Days 4-5 Mérida to Palenque Travel to Palenque for a guided tour of the ruins in the jungle Days 6-8 San Cristóbal de las Casas Tour the indigenous villages surrounding San Cristóbal de las Casas Days 9-11 San Cristóbal de las Casas to Lake Atitlán Relax on the shore of Lake Atitlán at Panajachel Days 12-13 Panajachel to Antigua Haggle for goods in the colourful Chichicastenango Market before heading to Antigua where you can enjoy freshly roasted coffee in the main square Day 14 Antigua to Rio Dulce Spend a night in a quiet lodge on the banks of the Rio Dulce, accessed only by boat Day 15 Rio Dulce to Flores Tour Rio Dulce by boat and visit the Garifuna town of Lívingston before heading to Flores Days 16-17 Flores to San Ignacio via Tikal Visit the Mayan ruins of Tikal before crossing into Belize for San Ignacio, where optional activities await Days 18-20 Tikal to Caye Caulker Snorkel on the barrier reef off Caye Caulker and enjoy fresh seafood cooked on the beach Day 21 Caye Caulker to Playa del Carmen Cross back into Mexico and travel to Playa del Carmen Day 22 Depart Playa del Carmen

Sun 10 Dec 17 Sun 31 Dec 17 Sun 21 Jan 18 Sun 11 Feb 18 Sun 04 Mar 18

Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport

Meals: 17 breakfasts included

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Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Guided tour of Chichén Itzá ruins, guided tour of Palenque ruins, San Cristóbal de las Casas village tour, Chichicastenango Market, guided tour of Tikal ruins, Rio Dulce boat tour & a visit to Livingston


Central America Mexico, Guatemala & Belize

Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Caye Caulker, Belize

“ Awesome. Everything is arranged, you only need to choose what to do each day. There is freedom, no obligation and enough activites to fit each interests ” - Truus Boons, November 2016

Mérida

Chichén Itzá

Cancún

Playa del Carmen Chicken bus, Guatemala - Taken by Lisa Gregory

MEXICO

Palenque

Tikal Flores

San Cristóbal

BELIZE San Caye Caulker Ignacio Belize City Lívingston

Rio Dulce GUATEMALA Chichicastenango Panajachel

Guatemala City

Antigua

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Central America Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua & Costa Rica

Volcano on Ometepe island, Nicaragua

1829

Scenic Granada | 15 days

From $

Tour Code: XGJ • Antigua to San José

I’d like my own room: $429

Honduras and Nicaragua are two of Central America’s best kept secrets where fewer tourists venture than anywhere else on the continent. Explore the Maya site of Copán, known for its remarkable stone sculptures, the sun-kissed beaches of Roatán Island and the colonial town of Granada on the edge of Lake Nicaragua. Finishing in Costa Rica, you will visit four fascinating countries in two short weeks.

Day 1 Antigua Today is an arrival day. Tonight you will meet your group and Tour Leader Days 2-3 Antigua to Copán Travel into Honduras. Take a guided tour of Copán’s Maya ruins Days 4-6 Copán to Roatán Island On Roatán Island you can go snorkelling or scuba-diving on the barrier reef, kayaking, fishing or walking along the miles of beaches Days 7-9 Roatán Island to León Fly to Tegucigalpa, before continuing onwards by minivan to León in Nicaragua. Visit the churches and museums or people-watch from the plazas Days 10-11 León to Granada Travel to the colourful town of Granada. With lots to see within the town, you can also hike the Masaya and Mombacho volcanoes or a take a boat on to Lake Nicaragua Days 12-13 Granada to Ometepe Island Meaning two mountains, on Ometepe Island you can hike up the nearby volcanoes, explore the island by bike or relax in a hammock Day 14 Ometepe Island to San José Your final night will be in Costa Rica’s capital, San José Day 15 Depart San José

Included Excursions & Activities Guided tour of Copán ruins, nights on Roatán Island & Ometepe Island

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Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 14 nights hotels Meals: 14 breakfasts included

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Sat 13 Oct 18 Sat 03 Nov 18 Sat 01 Dec 18 Sat 22 Dec 18

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Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Our Tucan Travel Tip Book an extra night in Antigua before joining the tour. There is plenty to see to keep you busy.


Central America Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua & Costa Rica

Toucans in Copán, Honduras

A local market in Antigua, Guatemala

“ The Scenic Granada tour gave me a snapshot view of Central America, and allowed me to identify places I might like to go back to. There were great people to travel with, but our tour guide, Christobal, was the best. Always helpful, always available. ” - David Cole, November 2016

Roatán Island Street shoe shiners, Guatemala - Taken by Lisa Gregory

HONDURAS GUATEMALA

Guatemala City

Copán

Tegucigalpa

Antigua NICARAGUA León

Managua

Granada

Ometepe Island

San José COSTA RICA

Roatán Island, Honduras

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Central America Costa Rica

1029

Nature Trails | 9 days

From $

I’d like my own room: $239

Tour Code: NCR • San José to San José

This nine day tour in Costa Rica is perfect for the adventure lover. Spot monkeys, sloths, lizards and deer at Manuel Antonio National Park, also home to beautiful, palm-fringed beaches. You can zip-line through the forest canopy at Monteverde Cloud Forest and enjoy volcanic views of Arenal Volcano from La Fortuna.

La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano)

Santa Elena

COSTA RICA

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Itinerary

San José

Day 1 San José This is your arrival day. Tonight you will meet your group and Tour Leader at your predeparture meeting Days 2-3 San José to Manuel Antonio Visit Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most popular national parks. Relax on the sandy beaches and hike through the forest teeming with wildlife. Keep your eyes out for sloths, white-faced monkeys, anteaters and huge iguanas Days 4-5 Manuel Antonio to Monteverde Travel to Monteverde and visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. You can walk across the suspension bridges or zip line above the canopy. For those who want to keep their feet on the ground, take a chocolate and coffee tour or visit the orchid gardens Days 6-7 Travel across Arenal Lake to La Fortuna Hike through the hills around Arenal Volcano from La Fortuna. Thrill-seekers can opt to go canyoning down waterfalls or try white-water rafting Day 8 La Fortuna to San José Return to San José and pick up any last minute souvenirs Day 9 Depart San José

Accommodation: 8 nights hotels

Entry to Manuel Antonio National Park, entry to Monteverde National Park

Meals: 6 breakfasts included Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16

Dates Sat 30 Dec 17 Sun 07 Jan 18 Sat 27 Jan 18 Sat 10 Feb 18 Sun 18 Feb 18

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport

Included Excursions & Activities

Start tour

Manuel Antonio National Park

End tour

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End tour

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Sun 07 Jan 18 Mon 15 Jan 18 Sun 04 Feb 18 Sun 18 Feb 18 Mon 26 Feb 18

Sat 10 Mar 18 Sat 24 Mar 18 Sun 01 Apr 18 Sat 21 Apr 18 Sat 05 May 18

Sun 18 Mar 18 Sun 01 Apr 18 Mon 09 Apr 18 Sun 29 Apr 18 Sun 13 May 18

Sat 09 Jun 18 Sat 23 Jun 18 Sat 28 Jul 18 Sat 18 Aug 18 Sat 15 Sep 18

Sun 17 Jun 18 Sun 01 Jul 18 Sun 05 Aug 18 Sun 26 Aug 18 Sun 23 Sep 18

Sat 06 Oct 18 Sat 03 Nov 18 Sat 24 Nov 18 Sat 08 Dec 18 Sat 22 Dec 18

Sun 14 Oct 18 Sun 11 Nov 18 Sun 02 Dec 18 Sun 16 Dec 18 Sun 30 Dec 18

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Tortuguero Costa | 9 days

From $

I’d like my own room: $199

Tour Code: TCS • San José to San José

Costa Rica is home to a huge amount of wildlife and this tour will take you to some of the best places to see it. From La Fortuna you can hike around Arenal Volcano, in Tortuguero National Park you may be able to see wild green sea turtles come to nest, and in Cahuita you can explore the jungle or relax on some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

Tortuguero National Park

La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano)

Itinerary Day 1 San José This is your arrival day. A hotel representative will be on hand to assist your arrival Days 2-3 San José to La Fortuna Travel to La Fortuna, a perfect place for adventure activities. Hike to nearby waterfalls, indulge in Arenal Volcano’s hot springs or try canyoning or white-water rafting through the jungle Days 4-5 La Fortuna to Tortuguero National Park Navigate dense waterways deep into Tortuguero National Park, looking out for wildlife. At night, you can walk the beaches. If you’re lucky you may spot green sea turtles laying their eggs. During July-October you may even see some hatch! You can learn about their conservation at the visitors centre Days 6-7 Tortuguero to Cahuita In Cahuita you can visit Cahuita National Park. Here you can snorkel on the coral reef, stroll through the rainforest or spend the day in the sea Day 8 Cahuita to San José Spend the morning on the beach before returning to San José in the evening Day 9 Depart San José

COSTA RICA

San José

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 6 nights hotels, 2 nights in lodges

Included Excursions & Activities

Meals: 8 breakfasts included

Guided tour of Tortuguero National Park

Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Dates Start tour

Thu 04 Jan 18 Fri 12 Jan 18 Thu 01 Feb 18 Thu 15 Feb 18 Fri 23 Feb 18

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Cahuita

End tour

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End tour

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End tour

Fri 12 Jan 18 Sat 20 Jan 18 Fri 09 Feb 18 Fri 23 Feb 18 Sat 03 Mar 18

Thu 15 Mar 18 Thu 29 Mar 18 Fri 06 Apr 18 Thu 26 Apr 18 Thu 10 May 18

Fri 23 Mar 18 Fri 06 Apr 18 Sat 14 Apr 18 Fri 04 May 18 Fri 18 May 18

Thu 14 Jun 18 Thu 28 Jun 18 Thu 02 Aug 18 Thu 23 Aug 18 Thu 20 Sep 18

Fri 22 Jun 18 Fri 06 Jul 18 Fri 10 Aug 18 Fri 31 Aug 18 Fri 28 Sep 18

Thu 11 Oct 18 Thu 08 Nov 18 Thu 29 Nov 18 Thu 13 Dec 18 Thu 27 Dec 18

Fri 19 Oct 18 Fri 16 Nov 18 Fri 07 Dec 18 Fri 21 Dec 18 Fri 04 Jan 19

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Central America Costa Rica

Turtle crawling in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

Tortuguero National Park La Fortuna Arenal Volcano COSTA RICA Santa Elena

Cahuita National Park

Monteverde Cloud Forest

San José

Manuel Antonio National Park La Fortuna, Costa Rica - Taken by Rolf Stanley

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Costa Rica Encompassed | 14 days

From $

Tour Code: CER • San José to San José

I’d like my own room: $369

This is the ultimate tour for nature lovers who want to experience Costa Rica’s complete spectrum. From outstanding national parks to volcanoes, exceptional beaches, coral reefs and a plethora of wildlife, Costa Rica has it all. Explore the misty cloud forest of Monteverde, hike around Arenal Volcano, then enjoy some amazing underwater scenery at the reefs of Cahuita National Park.

Accommodation: 11 nights hotels, 2 nights lodges

Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16

Day 1 San José This is your arrival day. Tonight you will have a pre-departure meeting with your Tour Leader Days 2-3 San José to Manuel Antonio Explore the rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park, looking out for sloths, monkeys and iguanas and relax on the sandy, peaceful beaches Days 4-5 Manuel Antonio to Monteverde Walk through the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Here you can whizz over the canopy on the longest zip line in the world Days 6-8 Monteverde to La Fortuna Travel to La Fortuna sitting in the foothills of Arenal Volcano. You can hike through the surrounding valleys, visit the dramatic La Fortuna Waterfall or dip your toes in the hot springs Days 9-10 La Fortuna to Tortuguero Depending on the time of year, watch green sea turtles lay their eggs at Tortuguero National Park by night and explore the waterways and lagoons filled with wildlife by day Days 11-12 Tortuguero to Cahuita Soak up the Caribbean vibes in Cahuita. Visit the nearby national park, where you can snorkel on the coral reef, explore the jungle walkways or relax on stunning beaches Day 13 Cahuita to San José Make the most of your final day in Cahuita before returning to San José this evening Day 14 Depart San José

Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Entry to Manuel Antonio National Park, entry to Monteverde National Park, guided tour of Tortuguero National Park

Our Tucan Travel Tip The best time to see the sea turtle is between July & October.

Dates Sat 16 Dec 17 Sat 30 Dec 17 Sun 07 Jan 18 Sat 27 Jan 18 Sat 10 Feb 18 Sun 18 Feb 18

Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport

Meals: 11 breakfasts included

Itinerary

Start tour

Tour Information

End tour

Start tour

End tour

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End tour

Start tour

End tour

Fri 29 Dec 17 Fri 12 Jan 18 Sat 20 Jan 18 Fri 09 Feb 18 Fri 23 Feb 18 Sat 03 Mar 18

Sat 10 Mar 18 Sat 24 Mar 18 Sun 01 Apr 18 Sat 21 Apr 18 Sat 05 May 18

Fri 23 Mar 18 Fri 06 Apr 18 Sat 14 Apr 18 Fri 04 May 18 Fri 18 May 18

Sat 09 Jun 18 Sat 23 Jun 18 Sat 28 Jul 18 Sat 18 Aug 18 Sat 15 Sep 18

Fri 22 Jun 18 Fri 06 Jul 18 Fri 10 Aug 18 Fri 31 Aug 18 Fri 28 Sep 18

Sat 06 Oct 18 Sat 03 Nov 18 Sat 24 Nov 18 Sat 08 Dec 18 Sat 22 Dec 18

Fri 19 Oct 18 Fri 16 Nov 18 Fri 07 Dec 18 Fri 21 Dec 18 Fri 04 Jan 19

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Central America Costa Rica & Panama

Spider monkey in the rainforest, Costa Rica

1849

San José to Panama City | 14 days

From $

Tour Code: CEP • San José to Panama

I’d like my own room: $449

Travel the Pacific coast of Costa Rica before crossing into beautiful Panama. Encounter cloud forest, jungles, thermal pools, volcanoes, tranquil islands and abundant wildlife. During the journey, you can take an exhilarating canopy zip line over the forest canopy, try canyoning, white water rafting and kayaking. The beaches and reefs of Bocas del Toro will enchant you on your way to Panama City, home to the world’s most famous canal.

Included Excursions & Activities Entry to Manuel Antonio National Park, entry to Monteverde National Park, Bocas del Toro

Dates

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Accommodation: 13 nights hotels

Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16

Day 1 San José This is the arrival day. Tonight you will meet your Tour Leader at the pre-departure meeting Days 2-3 Manuel Antonio Relax on idyllic, palm-fringed beaches and explore the jungle teeming with wildlife Days 4-5 Monteverde Cloud Forest Walk or zipline through the rainforest, sitting above the clouds or take a chocolate and coffee tour Days 6-7 La Fortuna Sitting at the base of Arenal Volcano, hike the surrounding area, visit waterfalls or lounge in hot springs Day 8 San José Return to San José for a night to break up the journey Day 9 San José to Bocas del Toro Cross into Panama and take a boat to the Bocas del Toro archipelago where you can enjoy the beaches, coral reefs and clear waters or hire a bike and explore the island Days 10-12 Bocas del Toro to Boquete Sample some of the sweetest oranges and richest coffee in Boquete, surrounded by sustainable plantations and local communities Day 13 Boquete to Panama City Fly to Panama City where you can visit the Panama Canal, explore Casco Viejo or discover the archaeological site of Panama Viejo Day 14 Depart Panama City

Sun 07 Jan 18 Sun 18 Feb 18

Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport

Meals: 11 breakfasts included

Itinerary

Start tour

Tour Information

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Start tour

End tour

Start tour

End tour

Start tour

End tour

Sat 20 Jan 18 Sat 03 Mar 18

Sun 01 Apr 18 Sat 19 May 18

Sat 14 Apr 18 Fri 01 Jun 18

Sat 07 Jul 18 Sat 25 Aug 18

Fri 20 Jul 18 Fri 07 Sep 18

Sat 13 Oct 18 Sat 01 Dec 18

Fri 26 Oct 18 Fri 14 Dec 18

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Physical Rating:


Central America Costa Rica & Panama

Bocas del Toro Island, Panama

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

“ My

tour leader Scott was very knowledgable and made the whole trip seamless. His knowledge and experience showed. Tour route & lengths of stays in each location were bang on. ” - Lauren Adisson, June 2017

Iguana in Manuel Antonio National Park - Taken by Emma Campbell

COSTA RICA

La Fortuna

Santa Elena Monteverde Cloud Forest

San José

Bocas del Toro

Panama City

Manuel Antonio National Park Boquete David

PANAMA

Beautiful cityscape of Panama

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Central America Visits 7 countries

Sky Bridge, Monteverde National Park, Costa Rica

Travel for as little or as long as you like 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.

Mexico City to Playa del Carmen | 13 days

Playa del Carmen to Antigua | 10 days

Tour Code: ZMA

Tour Code: QYA

See Page 22

See Page 24

Antigua to San JosĂŠ | 15 days

San JosĂŠ to Panama City | 14 days

Tour Code: XGJ

Tour Code: CEP

See Page 26-27

See Page 32-33

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Central America Visits 7 countries

Admiring Teotihuacán, Mexico

Group touring the scenic Caye Caulker, Belize - Taken by Marcus Hunt

Playa del Carmen

Mexico City

BELIZE MEXICO HONDURAS G U AT E M A L A

Antigua

NICARAGUA

COSTA RICA

San José

Panama City

PANAMA

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Welcome to South America

Welcome to

South America

Colourful streets of Cartagena, Colombia

About South America South America is packed with adventures in abundance. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas to Machu Picchu, search for wildlife in the depths of the Amazon Jungle and conquer hiking trails in the remote region of Patagonia. From beautiful beaches to colourful colonial towns, this vast continent offers so much to see.

Your Transport

Your Accommodation

We use the most appropriate form of transport available at the time in South America, whether that is public buses, private vans, regional flights or two-seater tuk-tuks. On your trip through South America, you will cover great distances, crossing diverse terrains and stunning backdrops. Whether you are cruising through the Amazon on a motorised boat, hiking the Inca Trail using your own two feet or catching a quick flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazú Falls, each day is a new adventure.

We use a huge variety of accommodation options in South America, depending on where you are on the continent. Unless you are camping on the Inca Trail or in Torres del Paine National Park, sleeping in lodges in the Amazon Jungle or spending the night in basic hostels on the Uyuni Salt Flats, you will be staying in clean, comfortable, centrally located and locally owned hotels.

About Each Day

Supporting Local Communities

Our tours in South America offer a variety of included excursions and optional activities. We like to include the highlights like the Uyuni Salt Flats, Lake Titicaca or the Amazon Jungle, but we also understand that you like the flexibility to choose your own daily adventures. Each itinerary follows a dedicated schedule, allowing you to see all the highlights of South America whilst still allowing for free time so you can go and explore.

All of our tours operate on a strict ‘leave nothing but footprints’ basis and this is especially the case in South America. Where possible, we stay in eco-lodges, locally owned hotels and guesthouses, giving as much back to the local communities as possible. When trekking on the Inca or Lares Trails, we follow the strict Porters Laws, introduced by the Peruvian Government, putting the health, safety and security of our porters first.

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Welcome to South America

Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile

Toucan in the Amazon Jungle, Peru

Colombia Galápagos Patagonia Peru

Jumping on the Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

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Top Five Highlights

Machu Picchu - Peru Tierradentro - Colombia Iguazú Falls - Brazil Torres del Paine NP - Chile Uyuni Salt Flats - Bolivia

YEARS

The amount of time that Tucan Travel have been operating in South America!

Weather Guide This chart indicates the weather in South America throughout the year. Please be advised that this is a guide only, and you should check before you travel.

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Lima, Peru Amazon Jungle, Peru Machu Picchu, Peru La Paz, Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Bogotá, Colombia Cartagena, Colombia Cold <= 60F, Wet Cold <= 60F, Dry

Cool 60-70F, Wet Cool 60-70F, Dry

Warm 70-86F, Wet Warm 70-86F, Dry

Hot > 86+F, Wet Hot > 86+F, Dry

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South America Getting to Machu Picchu

Getting to

Machu Picchu

Views of Machu Picchu, Peru

The Lost City of the Incas Machu Picchu is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world, set deep in the Andean mountains of Peru. Known as the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed citadel dates back to the 15th century and was originally designed to be completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population and watered by natural springs. Today, the city is visited by adventurous travellers either arriving on the trails that lead to the lost ruins or by bus & train from Cusco.

Your options for getting to Machu Picchu Inca Trail Trek 3 Nights Camping

Highest point 4200m

Closed in February for maintenance

Permits a day

Book 6 months in advance

Physical Rating:

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Lares Valley Trek 2 Nights Camping 1 Night Hotel

Highest point 4600m

All year round!

No Permit? No problem!

Day Trek 5 Hour Hike

Highest point 2730m

Closed in February for maintenance

Permits a day

Book 6 weeks in advance

Book 3 months in advance

Physical Rating:

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Taking the Train 1 Train

2 Buses

2 hours on the train

All year round!

No Permit? No problem!

Book a few days in advance

Physical Rating:


South America Getting to Machu Picchu

Train to Machu Picchu, Peru

Walking the Inca Trail Trek, Peru

Why choose us for Peru? 31 years experience We were founded in 1987, making 2018 our 31st year of operation. That’s 31 years of taking travellers on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, with thousands of travellers enjoying the trek with us over the years.

We are based in Cusco Our Latin American office is based in the heart of Cusco, not far from where the permits need to be purchased. Once we have your deposit and passport details, we can confirm your permit and guarantee your place.

Experienced tour leaders Some of our tour leaders and local guides have hiked the Inca Trek to Machu Picchu more times than they can count so you are in the safest hands. Some have even entered the annual race to the Sun Gate, making it in just a couple of hours.

Camping on the Lares Valley Trek, Peru - Taken by Kris Hadwin

Guarantee your Trekking Permit Book early as the Peruvian government limits the number of people on the Inca Trail to 500 a day and with 300 porters and guides accompanying you on the hike, this route to Machu Picchu sells out fast. In order to book your place on the Inca Trail, we need the following details to obtain a permit. Full Name (as it appears on your passport) Date of Birth Passport Number Passport Expiry Date/Issue Date Nationality

Peruvian Women, Peru

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South America Peru

Inca Trail Trek, Peru

(Inca Trail Trek)

Machu Picchu

Ollantaytambo PERU

Cusco

Admiring Machu Picchu, Peru

Inca Trail Trek | 7 days Tour Code: RPITT â&#x20AC;˘ Cusco to Cusco

Approach the awe-inspiring ruins that are Machu Picchu in the most authentic way possible. The Inca Trail Trek will take you over high Andean passes and across original Inca stone pathways before you arrive at the Sun Gate, with the Lost City of the Incas laid out beneath you.

Itinerary Day 1 Cusco Arriving at your hotel, this evening you will have a pre-trek briefing on what to expect and pack for the Inca Trail Day 2 Cusco to Ollantaytambo via Sacred Valley of the Incas Departing early, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Admire stunning lookout points and enjoy a stop where you can say hello to some llamas. Learn about the wool-making process before taking guided tours of the archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo where you will spend the night Day 3 Inca Trail Trek Begin your trek by crossing the Urabamba River, today is a relatively easy and flat walk through the valley Day 4 Inca Trail Trek The most challenging day, you will reach the highest peak at 4200m, stopping for a celebratory photo before continuing downhill to your campsite Day 5 Inca Trail Trek After being woken up by a cup of hot coca tea, today you will walk through tunnels and down original Inca steps before your final night of camping Day 6 Machu Picchu to Cusco This morning you wake early for your last hike towards the famous Sun Gate. Depending on the time of year, you might arrive in time to see the sunrise. After a guided tour of Machu Picchu you will return to Cusco by train Day 7 Depart Cusco

Included Excursions & Activities Guided tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas, Inca Trail Trek, entry & guided tour of Machu Picchu

Dates This tour departs every Tuesday.

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1299

From $

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like my own room: $99

Tour Information Type of Travel: Your own two feet & local transport Accommodation: 3 nights camping, 3 nights hotels Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners included Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Our Tucan Travel Tip Hire walking poles in Cusco or Ollantaytambo to help you tackle those steep Inca steps.


South America Peru

Group posing on the Lares Valley Trek, Peru

Machu Picchu

Aguas Calientes (Lares Valley Trek) Ollantaytambo

PERU

Cusco

Group trekking on the Lares Valley Trek, Peru

Lares Valley Trek | 6 days Tour Code: RPITL1 â&#x20AC;˘ Cusco to Cusco

Compulsory Single Supplement: $749

When there are no permits available for the Inca Trail Trek or the route is closed for maintenance in February, we offer the Lares Valley Trek instead. It is a fully escorted hike with two nights camping and one night in Aguas Calientes before a bus ride up to Machu Picchu.

Type of Travel: Your own two feet & local transport

Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners included

Day 1 Cusco This evening you will have a pre-trek briefing in Cusco to prepare for the following five days Days 2-3 Lares Valley Trek Hike into the Andes Valley passing Inca burial tombs, local farms, tiny villages and herds of wild llama. The highest point of your trek is 4600m, with amazing views of Aruraycocha Lake Day 4 Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes Arrive in Ollantaytambo and travel by train to Aguas Calientes. Following the Urabamba River, you will enjoy dramatic views and get to relax after a challenging few days of hiking Day 5 Machu Picchu to Cusco From Aguas Calientes, take an early morning bus to Machu Picchu and enjoy a guided tour of the site. After a quick lunch, you will return to Cusco by train and bus Day 6 Depart Cusco

Lares Valley Trek, entry & guided tour of Machu Picchu

Tour Information Accommodation: 2 nights camping, 3 nights hotels

Itinerary

Included Excursions & Activities

1199

From $

Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

No Permit? No Problem As there are no permits needed, the Lares Valley trek is a fantastic alternative when the Inca Trail Trek permits have sold out or when the Inca Trail is closed in February!

Dates This tour departs every Wednesday.

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/lares-valley-trek-and-machu-picchu-package/rpitl1

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South America Peru

Llama by Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo Amazon Jungle

Cusco

PERU

Group walking through the Amazon Jungle, Peru - Taken by Kris Hadwin

Incas & Amazon | 8 days Tour Code: PEIA • Cusco to Cusco

From Cusco, enjoy a quick adventure of Peru’s highlights. You will stay in the heart of the lush Amazon Jungle, enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In just eight days you will experience two cities, one jungle and arguably the world’s most important Inca site.

Itinerary Day 1 Cusco This is your arrival day Day 2 Cusco to the Sacred Valley of the Incas Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo temple. Tonight you will stay in Ollantaytambo in preparation for your adventure to Machu Picchu Day 3 Machu Picchu & Cusco Waking up early, take the train to Aguas Calientes before getting a bus up to Machu Picchu. You will have a guided tour of the site before returning to Cusco in the evening Day 4 Cusco Today is free for you to explore. You could take a chocolate making workshop or enjoy a city tour Days 5-6 Cusco to the Amazon Jungle Fly to Puerto Maldonado. From here you travel by boat deep into the Amazon Jungle. Stay in wooden en-suite huts and explore the rainforest by foot and boat. Enjoy the local cuisine, visit Monkey Island, hike to Caiman Lake and learn about the medicinal plants and delicate ecosystems Day 7 Amazon Jungle to Cusco Return to Puerto Maldonado where you will catch a flight back to Cusco. Enjoy a final night making the most of the city’s nightlife Day 8 Depart Cusco

Included Excursions & Activities Two night Amazon Jungle excursion, guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the train or one day trek to Machu Picchu with a guided tour

Dates This tour departs every Tuesday

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1959

From $

I’d like my own room: $289

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 5 nights hotels, 2 nights in a Amazon Jungle lodge Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners included Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Fancy a hike? Swap the train for a one day trek to Machu Picchu. Speak to our Adventure Specialists for more details.


South America Peru

Start of the Inca Trek, Peru - Taken by Axel Haudiquet

Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo Cusco

Lima

Amazon Jungle

PERU Lake Titicaca Puno

Lake Titicaca, Peru

2679

Andes to Jungle | 11 days

From $

Tour Code: PEIL • Lima to Lima

I’d like my own room: $379

No trip to Peru is complete without a guided tour of Machu Picchu, a visit to the depths of the Amazon Jungle and a boat trip on Lake Titicaca. This tour combines all three into the perfect 11 day adventure.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport

Itinerary Day 1 Lima This is your arrival day Day 2 Lima to Puno Fly to Juliaca where you be met and taken to the small town of Puno, your base for visiting Lake Titicaca Day 3 Lake Titicaca Enjoy a day trip on the world’s highest navigable lake. Meet residents of the floating Uros Island and enjoy lunch overlooking stunning scenery on Taquile Island Day 4 Puno to Cusco Drive through southern Peru on the tourist bus to Cusco Day 5 Cusco to the Sacred Valley of the Incas Take a guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas before spending the night in the town of Ollantaytambo Days 6-7 Machu Picchu & Cusco Waking up early, you have the option to take the train or conquer a one day hike to Machu Picchu. You will have a guided tour of the site before returning to Cusco by train in the evening Days 8-9 Cusco to the Amazon Jungle After a short flight, travel by motorised boat to your lodge in the Amazon Jungle. On guided walks, spot wildlife nearby and admire the density of the jungle Day 10 Amazon Jungle to Lima Fly to Lima and pick up any last minute souvenirs Day 11 Depart Lima

Accommodation: 8 nights hotels, 2 nights in a Amazon Jungle lodge Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners included Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Have more time? You can add the Inca Trail Trek to this tour.

Included Excursions & Activities

See Tour Code PEPT online.

Two night Amazon Jungle excursion, guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the train or one day trek to Machu Picchu with a guided tour, day trip and guided tour of Lake Titicaca

Dates This tour departs every Saturday

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/ andes-to-jungle/peil

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South America Peru & Bolivia

Peruvian women in The Sacred Valley, Peru

Inca Highlights | 11 days Tour Code: PEIH • Lima to La Paz

Immerse yourself in the many facets of Peruvian and Bolivian culture. Enjoy bustling colourful markets, astonishing wildlife and ancient Inca ruins. Explore the desert city of Lima, spot wildlife in the Amazon Jungle, discover the mysteries hidden at Machu Picchu and meet the friendly local folk on Lake Titicaca.

Itinerary Day 1 Lima This is your arrival day Days 2-3 Lima to the Amazon Jungle Head to the steamy tropics of the Amazon Jungle. Stay in eco-lodges and enjoy hikes in the search for wildlife Day 4 Amazon Jungle to Cusco Fly to Cusco and spend the afternoon exploring the city Day 5 Cusco to the Sacred Valley of the Incas Enjoy a guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the Pisac ruins and Ollantaytambo Day 6 Machu Picchu & Cusco From Ollantaytambo you can choose to either take the train or conquer a one day hike up to Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco at the end of the day Day 7 Cusco Today is free for you to explore Cusco or visit the other Inca ruins that surround the city Days 8-9 Cusco to Puno & Lake Titicaca Marvel at Andean landscapes on a scenic journey to the town of Puno. The next day there is a day trip onto Lake Titicaca. Admire the totora reed boats and meet the local communities Day 10 Puno to La Paz Cross into Bolivia and travel to La Paz. Visit the Witches’ Market and pick up a potion or two Day 11 Depart La Paz

Included Excursions & Activities Two night Amazon Jungle excursion, guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the train or one day trek to Machu Picchu with a guided tour, day trip and guided tour of Lake Titicaca

Dates This tour departs every second Tuesday

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2379

From $

I’d like my own room: $339

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 8 nights hotels, 2 nights in a Amazon Jungle lodge Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners included Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Have more time? You can add the Inca Trail Trek to this tour. See Page 46 for more information.


South America Peru & Bolivia

Panoramic view of Plaza de Armas, Lima, Peru

A walk through the Amazon Jungle, Peru

“ I had so much fun exploring South America with Tucan Travel. It was a small group and well organised, I did not have to worry about anything. ” - Abby Roman - December 2016

Group meeting a Peruvian family, Peru - Taken by Salvattore Carlotto

Lima

Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo Cusco

Amazon Jungle

PERU BOLIVIA Lake Titicaca Puno

La Paz

Views of Lake Titicaca from Taquile Island, Peru

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South America Peru & Bolivia

Wiñay Wayna on the Inca Trail Trek, Peru

Machu Picchu (Inca Trail) Ollantaytambo Cusco

Amazon Jungle

Lima BOLIVIA

PERU

Lake Titicaca Puno

La Paz

Amazon Jungle, Peru

Magic of the Incas | 14 days Tour Code: PEMP • Lima to La Paz

Discover the highlights of Peru and experience a taste of Bolivia on this two week tour. Search for wildlife in the depths of the Amazon Jungle, hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and spend some time with the indigenous communities that live on Lake Titicaca.

Itinerary Day 1 Lima This is your arrival day Days 2-3 Lima to the Amazon Jungle Spend two nights staying at a jungle lodge in the Amazon, hiking through the rainforest and taking boat trips spotting wildlife Day 4 Amazon Jungle to Cusco Catch a short flight to Cusco where you have the remainder of the day to soak up the city Day 5 Cusco to the Sacred Valley of the Incas Take a tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting Pisac and the fortress of Ollantaytambo before spending the night nearby Days 6-8 Inca Trail Trek Hike the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu, passing Incan ruins and enjoying dramatic views Day 9 Machu Picchu to Cusco Your final day on the trek will lead you to the spectacular site of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour before returning to Cusco Day 10 Cusco Today is free for you to make the most of Cusco. Take a chocolate-making workshop or visit the Pisco museum Days 11-12 Cusco to Puno and Lake Titicaca Travel to Puno, your base for visiting Lake Titicaca on a day trip Day 13 Puno to La Paz Cross into Bolivia where you will reach dizzying heights in La Paz Day 14 Depart La Paz

Included Excursions & Activities Two night Amazon Jungle excursion, guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, guided Inca Trail Trek & permit, guided tour of Machu Picchu and train back to Cusco, day trip and guided tour to Lake Titicaca

Dates This tour departs every second Saturday.

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View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/magic-of-the-incas/pemp

2959

From $

I’d like my own room: $339

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 8 nights hotels, 2 nights in a Amazon Jungle lodge, 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail Trek Meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners included Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Have more time? Continue to Santiago by combining this tour with our La Paz to Santiago tour. See Tour Code HPS online.


South America Peru

Admiring the views at the Colca Canyon, Peru

PERU

Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo Cusco

Lima Paracas Ballestas Islands

Huacachina Nasca

Lake Titicaca Colca Canyon Puno Arequipa

Candelabra, Paracas, Peru

2539

Peru Explored | 14 days

From $

Tour Code: PECL â&#x20AC;˘ Lima to Lima

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like my own room: $359

Combine beautiful desert landscapes, hoards of wildlife and local communities with the rich Inca history found in Peru. You will see some of the biggest highlights from the Ballestas Islands to Lake Titicaca before ending the tour with a spectacular climax, visiting Machu Picchu.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 11 nights hotels, 1 night guesthouse, 1 overnight bus

Itinerary Day 1 Lima This is your arrival day Day 2 Lima to Paracas Travel along the coast to Paracas Day 3 Paracas to Nasca This morning we will take you on a boat tour around the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands. Spot Peruvian boobies, seals and penguins before returning to shore. You will continue your journey to Nasca, stopping en-route at the Huacachina desert oasis, surrounded by sand dunes Days 4-5 Nasca to Arequipa Before you leave Nasca you can visit the Nasca Lines that are etched into the desert floor. From the hummingbird to the spider, which one will you prefer? Continue to Arequipa, a white-washed colonial city with a wonderful central plaza and a beautiful cathedral Day 6 Colca Canyon Enjoy a guided tour of the Colca Canyon, keeping your eyes out for condors soaring above. Stay in the nearby town of Coporaque Days 7-8 Coporaque to Puno & Lake Titicaca Continue onwards to Puno, where you will take a boat onto Lake Titicaca Day 9 Puno to Cusco Travel to Cusco where you have the evening free Day 10 Cusco to the Sacred Valley of the Incas Follow in the footsteps of the Incas in the Sacred Valley before spending the night in Ollantaytambo Days 11-12 Machu Picchu & Cusco Waking early, you can take either the train or the one day trek to Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco Day 13 Cusco to Lima Fly back to Lima for a final night Day 14 Depart Lima

Meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner included Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Have more time? Spend two nights in the steamy rainforest and add the Amazon Jungle to your tour! See Tour Code PELL online.

Included Excursions & Activities Boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, visit the Huacachina Oasis, guided tour of the Colca Canyon, day trip and guided tour of Lake Titicaca, the train or one day trek to Machu Picchu with a guided tour, guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Dates This tour departs every Monday

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/peru-explored/pecl

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South America Peru

Totora boat on Lake Titicaca, Peru

Complete Peru | 19 days Tour Code: PECP • Lima to Lima

The ultimate, in-depth tour for anyone wanting to lift the lid on Peru. See the biggest highlights, including Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle. View condors swoop over the Colca Canyon, discover the floating Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca and hunt for souvenirs in Cusco’s narrow streets.

Itinerary Day 1 Lima This is your arrival day Day 2 Lima to Paracas Travel to Paracas by public bus Day 3 Paracas to Nasca Enjoy a boat tour of the Ballestas Islands before heading to Nasca, stopping at Huacachina desert oasis on the way Days 4-5 Nasca to Arequipa You can admire the Nasca Lines before taking an overnight bus to Arequipa, a beautiful white-washed city Day 6 Colca Canyon Enjoy a guided tour of the Colca Canyon and admire the spectacular views. Stay in the nearby town of Coporaque Days 7-8 Coporaque to Puno & Lake Titicaca Travel through to the market town of Puno. From here we take a day trip to the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca Day 9 Puno to Cusco Travel to Cusco on a comfortable public bus, passing breath-taking Andean landscapes Day 10 Cusco to the Sacred Valley of the Incas Take a tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas before spending the night in Ollantaytambo Days 11-13 Inca Trail Trek Hike the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu camping en-route Days 14-15 Machu Picchu to Cusco Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco by train. You will have another day to rest your aching legs in Cusco Days 16-17 Cusco to the Amazon Jungle Fly to Puerto Maldonado and descend deep into the Amazon Jungle for a few days Day 18 Amazon Jungle to Lima Return to Lima where you have a final night to enjoy the city Day 19 Depart Lima

Included Excursions & Activities Two night Amazon Jungle excursion, guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Inca Trail Trek & permit, guided tour of Machu Picchu and train back to Cusco, day trip to Lake Titicaca, guided tour of the Colca Canyon, visit the Huacachina Oasis, boat tour of the Ballestas Islands

Dates This tour departs every Monday

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View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/complete-peru/pecp

3499

From $

I’d like my own room: $429

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 11 nights hotels, 1 night guesthouse, 2 nights in a Amazon Jungle lodge, 1 overnight bus, 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail Trek Meals: 18 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners included Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Our Tucan Travel Tip Don’t forget to pack a raincoat for the Amazon Jungle or you can buy plastic ponchos at the local market in Puerto Maldonado.


South America Peru

The hummingbird, Nasca Lines, Peru

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru

“ This trip exceeded our expectations, we loved Peru, its people and cultures, landscapes and history. The whole tour was amazing. ” - Rosemary Toovey - June 2017

Condor flying over Colca Canyon, Peru

Machu Picchu

Lima

PERU

(Inca Trail) Ollantaytambo Amazon Jungle

Cusco

Ballestas Islands Paracas Huacachina Nasca

Colca Canyon

Lake Titicaca Puno

Arequipa

A girl and her puppy in Cusco, Peru - Taken by Eliza Tinnirello

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South America Galápagos

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Galápag� Islands

Turtle in the Galápagos Islands

Discover the Galápagos Islands Quito

EQUATOR LINE ECUADOR

Guayaquil Santiago

Galápagos Sea Lion

Fernandina Rábida Pinzón

Galápagos Giant Tortoise

Daphne

BALTRA Iguana

San Cristóbal

Santa Cruz Santa Fé Charles Darwin Station

Interpretation Centre

Isabela

Town

Blue-Footed Booby

Galápagos Penguin Post Office

Floreana Española

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Galápagos Green Sea Turtle


South America Galápagos

About the Galápagos Fernandina Island the youngest island at 1 million years old

The

Española Island the oldest island at 3.5 million years old

first UNESCO World Heritage Site

Galápagos Penguin (only penguins in the northern hemisphere)

The Galápagos Giant Tortoise (can live for 150 years) Frigate bird, Galápagos Islands

Home to world’s largest Cormorant (and only one unable to fly)

Marine Iguana (only marine lizard in the world)

1835 The year Charles Darwin arrived on HMS Beagle

Sea Lion, most common mammal on the islands

Year round destination!

Dry season June to December, Warm season December to May Blue-Footed Booby, Galápagos Islands

Why visit the Galápagos Islands?

Add on Peru

Famous for the number of unique species, the Galápagos Islands offer wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities. Almost 97% of the land area of the islands is a national park and visits can only be made to specific landing sites with certified naturalist guides. Due to the regulations in place, the animals are less fearful of humans, making the Galápagos Islands a great location for viewing wildlife.

The most popular country to combine with the Galápagos is Peru and many people choose to add it on before or after their cruise. We can organise everything to get you from A to B, book flights, extra nights accommodation and transfers. To find out how this works, speak to an Adventure Specialist.

Our boats

When to visit the Galápagos

Travelling by boat makes the best use of your time. You will often travel to the next island through the night or at mealtimes on board. We use two well-equipped boats in the Galápagos, the Coral I and the Coral II. For more information on the facilities offered on board our boats, see our website.

In general the Galápagos Islands are an all-year round destination for wildlifespotting. The dry season is between June and November when the weather is cooler. We recommend visiting during the wet season between December and June. The seas are warm with more underwater visibility - perfect for snorkelling.

Weather Guide This chart indicates the weather in the Galápagos throughout the year. Please be advised that this is a guide only, and you should check before you travel.

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Quito, Ecuador Galápagos Cold <= 60F, Wet Cold <= 60F, Dry

Cool 60-70F, Wet Cool 60-70F, Dry

Warm 70-86F, Dry Warm 70-86F, Wet

Hot > 86+F, Dry Hot > 86+F, Wet

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South America Galápagos

Coral I and II, Galápagos Islands

Quito ECUADOR

Buccaneers Cove Bartolomé

Baltra

Rábida Black Turtle Cove Dragon Hill SANTA CRUZ

Ayora Port Charles Darwin Reasearch Station Land Iguana, Galápagos

North Galápagos | 7 days

2559

From $

Tour Code: RCGK25 • Quito to Quito

Tour Information With a wealth of wildlife viewing opportunities on offer, this carefully planned itinerary covers the main highlights of the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy a number of daily activities, on land and in the water, but always amidst the stunning wealth of unique wildlife that inhabit these famous islands.

Itinerary Day 1 Quito This is your arrival day Day 2 Quito Enjoy a colonial city tour of Quito and see the iconic San Francisco Basilica Day 3 Quito to Santa Cruz Island Fly to Baltra Island and board your boat. This afternoon you will visit Santa Cruz Island. Look out for the island foxes Day 4 Dragon Hill & Bartolome Island Today you will land at Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island. Head to a lagoon to spot flamingos and hike up Dragon Hill to see the iguanas’ nesting ground. In the afternoon, sail to Bartolome Island where you can snorkel near Galápagos penguins Day 5 Rabida Island & Espumilla Beach Today you will have your first wet landing at Rábida Island which boasts nine Darwin Finch species. This afternoon visit Espumilla Beach where you can meet the playful sea lions Day 6 Black Turtle Cove & Quito Your last visit is Black Turtle Cove where you can see the turtles swimming in the sea. Later you will return to Quito from Baltra Island Day 7 Depart Quito

Included Excursions & Activities Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre & Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre, walking and snorkelling trips throughout

Dates This tour departs every second Friday.

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View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/north-Galapagos/rcgk25

Type of Travel: Small boat - Coral I or II Accommodation: 3 nights hotels, 3 nights on board Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners included Group Size: Maximum 36 Physical Rating:

Our Tucan Travel Tip Snorkelling equipment is provided on our Galápagos tours but if you are a diver you can book to go scuba diving at an additional cost.


South America Galápagos

Isabela Island, Galápagos Island

ECUADOR ECU UADOR AD

Wolf Volcano

Vincente Roca Point

Quito

Santiago

Darwin Volcano

Tagus Cove

Punta Espinoza La Cumbre Volcano

Fenrnandina

Puntas Egas Sullivan Bay

Urbina Bay Alcedo Volcano

Isabela

North Seymour Mosquera Islet South Plaza Santa Cruz Puerto Ayora San Cristóbal Santa Fe Interpretation Centre

Baltra

and Cerro Tijeretas

Sea lions, Galápagos Islands

In-depth Galápagos 2 | 11 days

4389

From $

Tour Code: RCGK32 • Quito to Quito

Tour Information Spend 11 adventure-filled days cruising the clear waters of the unique Galápagos Islands, on a journey you will never forget. From penguins to sea turtles and giant tortoises to sea lions, you will some of the Galápagos Island’s most famous species. Enjoy a mixture of dry and wet landings, snorkel with colourful marine life and soak up the fantastic scenery that is found in this unique corner of the world.

Type of Travel: Small boat - Coral I or II Accommodation: 3 nights hotels, 7 nights on board Meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners included Group Size: Maximum 36

Itinerary Day 1 Quito This is your arrival day Day 2 Quito Discover Quito on an extensive city tour. Visit the point of the Equator and enjoy views from Panecillo Hill Day 3 Quito to Santa Cruz Island Fly to Baltra Island to board your boat. Later you will visit the Highlands Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz Island Day 4 Isabela Island & Fernandina Island Take a dinghy ride around Isabela Island to view Vicente Roca Point and snorkel in the Bolivar Channel. In the afternoon you will visit Fernandina Island home to Galápagos Penguins Day 5 Isabela Island Today you will visit Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove on Isabela Island, famous for their volcanic formations and black sand beaches Day 6 Santiago Island Land on Santiago Island and visit the tidal pool areas populated by fur seals Day 7 Santa Cruz Island View giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island and explore the Charles Darwin Station Day 8 Mosquera Islet & North Seymour Island See sea lions on Mosquera Islet before heading to North Seymour Island where there is a colony of blue-footed boobies Day 9 Santa Fé Island & South Plaza Head to Santa Fé Island where there are plenty of hiking trails taking you close to the wildlife. This afternoon, head to Plaza Island where you can see the cactus forests Day 10 San Cristobal Island & Quito Explore the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before departing for Quito Day 11 Depart Quito

Physical Rating:

Please note The prices listed are per person, based on two people travelling together in a standard cabin.

Included Excursions & Activities Visit the Highlands Tortoise Reserve, visit San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, walking and snorkelling trips throughout

Dates This tour departs every second Monday.

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/in-depth-Galapagos-2/rcgk32

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South America Colombia

Coffee plantation tour, Colombia

Cartagena

COLOMBIA Medellín

Coffee Plantation

Salento

Bogotá

Cocora Valley, Salento, Colombia

1199

Colombia Express | 8 days

From $

Tour Code: CCX • Cartagena to Bogotá

I’d like my own room: $199

A whirlwind adventure to one of South America’s most fascinating countries. Begin the tour in Cartagena and wander down cobblestone streets that are bursting with colour. Fly to Medellín where you can enjoy the sights via cable car, before taking a coffee tour through Colombia’s leafy plantations. Ending in the lively city of Bogotá, this tour is a fast-paced insight into a seriously stunning destination.

Day 1 Cartagena This is your arrival day. Tonight you will meet your Tour Leader and the rest of your group at the pre-departure meeting. Book some extra time here to really explore the city and surrounding area Days 2-3 Cartagena to Medellín Fly to Medellín and explore the city on an orientation tour. Travel on raised trains and in telefericos, visit museums and wander through parks Day 4 Medellín to a Coffee Plantation Stay the night in a hacienda and enjoy a fascinating tour through a coffee plantation. Discover the 100year history of the plantation and learn about the extensive processes which produce the many varieties of coffee. You can buy a couple of bags to take back home Days 5-6 Salento Travel further into the coffee region, staying at the small town of Salento. Take a 4WD up to the Cocora Valley and marvel at the palm trees spread out over the horizon Day 7 Salento to Bogotá Fly to Bogotá and admire the street art in the historic neighbourhood of La Candelaria Day 8 Depart Bogotá

Included Excursions & Activities Public transport tour of Medellín, guided tour of a coffee plantation, Cocora Valley trek

Dates Start tour

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Type of Travel: Mainly private transport Accommodation: 6 nights hotels, 1 night guesthouse Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included

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Thu 05 Apr 18 Thu 19 Apr 18 Thu 03 May 18 Thu 17 May 18 Thu 31 May 18 Thu 14 Jun 18 Thu 28 Jun 18

Thu 12 Apr 18 Thu 26 Apr 18 Thu 10 May 18 Thu 24 May 18 Thu 07 Jun 18 Thu 21 Jun 18 Thu 05 Jul 18

Thu 12 Jul 18 Thu 26 Jul 18 Thu 09 Aug 18 Thu 23 Aug 18 Thu 06 Sep 18 Thu 20 Sep 18

Thu 19 Jul 18 Thu 02 Aug 18 Thu 16 Aug 18 Thu 30 Aug 18 Thu 13 Sep 18 Thu 27 Sep 18

Thu 04 Oct 18 Thu 25 Oct 18 Thu 08 Nov 18 Thu 22 Nov 18 Thu 06 Dec 18 Thu 20 Dec 18

Thu 11 Oct 18 Thu 01 Nov 18 Thu 15 Nov 18 Thu 29 Nov 18 Thu 13 Dec 18 Thu 27 Dec 18

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/colombia-express/ccx

Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Our Tucan Travel Tip The weather in Colombia is very changeable so pack a variety of clothes in order to be prepared for all climates.


South America Colombia

Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Santa Marta

Tayrona National Park

Cartagena

Villa de Leyva

Bogotá Cali

Villavieja

Tierradentro

COLOMBIA

San Agustín Cartagena, Colombia

2129

Classic Colombia | 14 days

From $

Tour Code: CCC • Bogotá to Cartagena

I’d like my own room: $339

A feisty country with some of the most stunning landscapes, adventurers have been drawn to Colombia for many years. This two week tour will take you to some of the country’s highlights as we wander through colonial cities, roam through wildlife-rich national parks which hide sun-kissed beaches and uncover the fascinating ancient stone monuments of San Agustín.

Day 1 Bogotá This is your arrival day. There will be a pre-departure meeting in the evening with your Tour Leader Days 2-3 Bogotá to Villa de Leyva Travel to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva. On the way you will visit Zapiquira Salt Cathedral, an underground church built inside a salt mine Day 4 Villa de Leyva to Villavieja Travel to the small village of Villavieja, perfect for its proximity to the Tatacoa Desert Days 5-6 Villavieja to San Agustín Stay in the small town of San Agustín. Enjoy an included visit to San Agustín Archaeological Park. There are hundreds of statues and burial sites to admire Day 7 San Agustín to Tierradentro Our next stop is Tierradentro, another important archaeological site and home to underground tombs Days 8-9 Tierradentro to Cali Get a taste for salsa in Cali, a vibrant city famous for its dance culture Days 10-11 Cali to Santa Marta Fly to Santa Marta, your base for an included day trip to Tayrona National Park. Relax on its golden beaches Days 12-13 Santa Marta to Cartagena Your final stop is the intoxicating city of Cartagena. Stroll through the old town, admiring the colourful buildings and floweradorned balconies Day 14 Depart Cartagena

Dates Tue 19 Dec 17 Tue 02 Jan 18 Sat 13 Jan 18 Sat 27 Jan 18 Sat 10 Feb 18 Sat 24 Feb 18 Sat 10 Mar 18

Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 12 nights hotels, 1 night guesthouse Meals: 13 breakfasts included

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Mon 01 Jan 18 Mon 15 Jan 18 Fri 26 Jan 18 Fri 09 Feb 18 Fri 23 Feb 18 Fri 09 Mar 18 Fri 23 Mar 18

Sat 24 Mar 18 Sat 07 Apr 18 Sat 21 Apr 18 Sat 05 May 18 Sat 19 May 18 Sat 02 Jun 18 Sat 16 Jun 18

Fri 06 Apr 18 Fri 20 Apr 18 Fri 04 May 18 Fri 18 May 18 Fri 01 Jun 18 Fri 15 Jun 18 Fri 29 Jun 18

Sat 30 Jun 18 Sat 14 Jul 18 Sat 28 Jul 18 Sat 11 Aug 18 Sat 25 Aug 18 Sat 08 Sep 18 Sat 22 Sep 18

Fri 13 Jul 18 Fri 27 Jul 18 Fri 10 Aug 18 Fri 24 Aug 18 Fri 07 Sep 18 Fri 21 Sep 18 Fri 05 Oct 18

Sat 13 Oct 18 Sat 27 Oct 18 Sat 10 Nov 18 Sat 24 Nov 18 Sat 08 Dec 18 Sat 22 Dec 18

Fri 26 Oct 18 Fri 09 Nov 18 Fri 23 Nov 18 Fri 07 Dec 18 Fri 21 Dec 18 Fri 04 Jan 19

Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Visit Zapiquira Salt Cathedral, visit Tatacoa Desert, guided tour of San Agustín Archaeological Park, entry to Tierradentro Archaeological Park, day trip to Tayrona National Park

“ Colombia was a wonderful country to visit and the Tucan Travel tour allowed us to see so many different facets of it. I chose this tour in particular because it covered more of the country, and I wasn’t disappointed! ” - Karen Maclean, December 2016

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/classic-colombia/ccc

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South America Colombia

Local woman in Cartagena, Colombia

3099

Colombia Encompassed | 20 days

From $

Tour Code: CCE • Bogotá to Bogotá

I’d like my own room: $519

Take an immersive tour of Colombia in three weeks as you embark on a round-trip of the country from Bogotá. Enjoy a trip to Tayrona National Park with its golden beaches and tropical jungle, hike through the palm-fringed valleys from Salento and see awesome views from a cable car over Medellín.

Day 1 Bogotá This is your arrival day Days 2-3 Bogotá to Villa de Leyva Travel to Villa de Leyva, a colonial town that has been named a National Monument. Wander the cobbled streets and discover private courtyards each more picturesque than the last Day 4 Villa de Leyva to Villavieja Return to Bogotá and fly to Villavieja, your base for exploring the Tatacoa Desert Days 5-6 Villavieja to San Agustín Discover San Agustín and visit the archaeological site found here Day 7 San Agustín to Tierradentro Another important destination for archaeology, visit the underground tombs at Tierradentro Days 8-9 Tierradentro to Cali Travel to the colourful city of Cali which boasts a fantastic Afro-Caribbean culture Days 10-11 Cali to Santa Marta Fly to the oldest city in Colombia and enjoy a day trip to Tayrona National Park Days 12-13 Santa Marta to Cartagena Admire the colourful architecture and visit the fortress in Cartagena Days 14-15 Cartagena to Medellín Discover Medellín from above as you take a cable car over its barrios Day 16 Coffee Plantation Travel to the coffee region and take a tour of a traditional coffee plantation Days 17-18 Salento From Salento we will take you on a hike through the Cocora Valley Day 19 Salento to Bogotá Return to Bogotá to see any sights you may have missed Day 20 Depart Bogotá

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Meals: 19 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Visit the Zapiquira Salt Cathedral, visit Tatacoa Desert, guided tour of San Agustín Archaeological Park, entry to Tierradentro Archaeological Park, day trip to Tayrona National Park, orientation tour of Medellín, guided tour of a coffee plantation, Cocora Valley trek

Tailor-made

Dates Tue 19 Dec 17 Tue 02 Jan 18 Sat 13 Jan 18 Sat 27 Jan 18 Sat 10 Feb 18 Sat 24 Feb 18 Sat 10 Mar 18

Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 17 nights hotels, 2 nights guesthouses

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Sun 07 Jan 18 Sun 21 Jan 18 Thu 01 Feb 18 Thu 15 Feb 18 Thu 01 Mar 18 Thu 15 Mar 18 Thu 29 Mar 18

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Thu 12 Apr 18 Thu 26 Apr 18 Thu 10 May 18 Thu 24 May 18 Thu 07 Jun 18 Thu 21 Jun 18 Thu 05 Jul 18

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Thu 19 Jul 18 Thu 02 Aug 18 Thu 16 Aug 18 Thu 30 Aug 18 Thu 13 Sep 18 Thu 27 Sep 18 Thu 11 Oct 18

Sat 13 Oct 18 Sat 27 Oct 18 Sat 10 Nov 18 Sat 24 Nov 18 Sat 08 Dec 18 Sat 22 Dec 18

Thu 01 Nov 18 Thu 15 Nov 18 Thu 29 Nov 18 Thu 13 Dec 18 Thu 27 Dec 18 Thu 10 Jan 19

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/colombia-encompassed/cce

Speak to our Tailor-made team about organising the Ciudad Perdida Trek, starting and finishing in Cartagena.


South America Colombia

San Agustín Archaeological Park, Colombia

Cathedral of Bogota, Colombia

“ Colombia, what an amazing country! With this tour I had the chance to see much of this huge country in only three weeks. The diverse landscapes are stunning, the food is tasty, the Colombians so friendly and the history is interesting! ” - Ursina Barbara Schrenk, March 2017

Santa Marta

Tayrona National Park

Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia - Taken by Callum Whiteley

Medellín Villa de Leyva Coffee Plantation

Salento

Bogotá

Cali Villavieja Tierradentro

COLOMBIA

San Agustín

Tatacoa Desert, Colombia

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/colombia-encompassed/cce

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South America Chile, Argentina & Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2739

South America Flyer | 11 days

From $

Tour Code: HSF • Santiago to Rio de Janeiro

I’d like my own room: $429

Sample world class cuisine and wine on this short but sweet tour flying across South America’s principle gastronomic region. Enjoy action-packed days where you can watch tango in one city or samba in another. You’ll also visit the beautiful countryside and vineyards around Mendoza, as well as admiring Iguazú Falls from both Brazil and Argentina.

Day 1 Santiago This is your arrival day. Tonight you will meet your Tour Leader and group at a predeparture meeting Days 2-4 Santiago to Mendoza Travel to Mendoza where you will tour Argentina’s most famous wine region and taste some of the world’s best Malbecs. Enjoy a guided tour at three local wineries, accompanied with a delicious lunch Days 5-7 Mendoza to Buenos Aires Fly to Buenos Aires where you can visit the Casa Rosada and sample some of the most succulent steaks Days 8-9 Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguaçu Catch a flight to Brazil, staying in the small town of Foz do Iguaçu. You will feel the spray of Iguazú Falls from both Brazil and Argentina, each perspective offering a different experience Day 10 Foz do Iguaçu to Rio de Janeiro Fly to your final destination, the electrifying city, Rio de Janeiro. Make sure you book some extra nights so you can check out the world-famous sites and relax on the sun-kissed beaches Day 11 Depart Rio de Janeiro

Dates Sat 30 Dec 17 Sat 13 Jan 18 Sat 20 Jan 18 Tue 30 Jan 18 Sat 10 Feb 18 Sat 24 Feb 18 Sat 24 Mar 18

Accommodation: 10 nights hotels

Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Argentinean winery tour, entry to Iguazú Falls from Brazil & Argentina

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Tue 09 Jan 18 Tue 23 Jan 18 Tue 30 Jan 18 Fri 09 Feb 18 Tue 20 Feb 18 Tue 06 Mar 18 Tue 03 Apr 18

Sat 07 Apr 18 Sat 21 Apr 18 Sat 28 Apr 18 Sat 12 May 18 Sat 26 May 18 Sat 09 Jun 18 Sat 23 Jun 18

Tue 17 Apr 18 Tue 01 May 18 Tue 08 May 18 Tue 22 May 18 Tue 05 Jun 18 Tue 19 Jun 18 Tue 03 Jul 18

Sat 07 Jul 18 Sat 21 Jul 18 Sat 04 Aug 18 Sat 18 Aug 18 Sat 01 Sep 18 Sat 15 Sep 18 Sat 29 Sep 18

Tue 17 Jul 18 Tue 31 Jul 18 Tue 14 Aug 18 Tue 28 Aug 18 Tue 11 Sep 18 Tue 25 Sep 18 Tue 09 Oct 18

Sat 13 Oct 18 Sat 27 Oct 18 Sat 10 Nov 18 Sat 24 Nov 18 Sat 08 Dec 18 Thu 20 Dec 18

Tue 23 Oct 18 Tue 06 Nov 18 Tue 20 Nov 18 Tue 04 Dec 18 Tue 18 Dec 18 Sun 30 Dec 18

This tour gets to Rio in time for Rio Carnival

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Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport

Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch included

Itinerary

Start tour

Tour Information

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Speak with our Adventure Specialists about booking extra nights to enjoy Rio de Janeiro’s excellent beaches.


South America Chile, Argentina & Brazil

Cerro Santa Lucia, Santiago, Chile

Easter Island, Chile

“ A fast-paced, action-packed tour that took in a lot. With the help of our Tour Leader, we got to see things we might have missed out on if we had travelled independently. ” - Alexandra Heredea, November 2016

Easter Island | 7 Days Tour Code: RCLEI

689

From $

This four day tour of Easter Island takes you on a journey across the eerie landscape famous for its iconic moai heads.

Itinerary BRAZIL

Rio de Janeiro

Iguazú Falls

ARGENTINA

Tour Information Type of Travel: Shared service travelling with other clients

CHILE

Santiago

Day 1 Easter Island Transfer from the airport on Easter Island to your hotel Days 2-3 Easter Island Enjoy tours of the island with a guide. You will visit the temple of Akahanga, Rano Raraku volcano and the ruins at Ahu Tongakiri, as well as the ceremonial village of Orongo where you can admire the petroglyphs. Explore the lagoon crater of Rano Kau Volcano and Ahu Akivi where the head statues look out to the sea. Enjoy lunch at Anekena Beach Day 4 Depart Easter Island

Accommodation: 3 nights hotels Mendoza

Buenos Aires

Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch Group Size: Average 12, maximum 20 Physical Rating: Book & Go: While we have set departure dates, you can also travel on any date you want.

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South America Peru, Bolivia & Chile

Traditional reed boat on Lake Titicaca, Peru

Lima

Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo Cusco Lake Titicaca PERU La Paz Puno Uyuní Calama

BOLIVIA

Laguna Colorada San Pedro de Atacama

CHILE

Santiago Sunset in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Peru, Bolivia & Chile | 15 days Tour Code: HPC • Lima to Santiago

Jumping from one country to the next, this short tour takes in three countries in just two action-packed weeks. From the legendary site of Machu Picchu to the salt flats of Uyuni and the modern metropolis of Santiago, you will get a good taste of the continent and some of its most popular highlights.

Itinerary Day 1 Lima This is an arrival day Day 2 Lima to the Sacred Valley of the Incas Today you will be taken on a tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas before staying overnight in Ollantaytambo Day 3 Machu Picchu & Cusco Waking early, take the train or conquer the one day hike to Machu Picchu. Enjoy a a guided tour before returning to Ollantaytambo where a transfer will be waiting to take you to Cusco Day 4 Cusco Today you are free to explore the city Day 5 Cusco to Puno Enjoy a scenic journey to Puno Day 6 Lake Titicaca From Puno you will visit Lake Titicaca. Discover the floating Uros Islands and meet the local communities Days 7-8 Puno to La Paz Cross into Bolivia and explore the bustling city of La Paz Day 9 La Paz to Uyuni Fly to the small town of Uyuni Days 10-11 Uyuni Salt Flats & Laguna Colorada Enjoy a tour of the otherworldly Uyuni Salt Flats, stopping to take photos of the incredible landscapes. You will also visit the remote Laguna Colorada, a beautiful lake home to a number of flamingos Days 12-13 San Pedro de Atacama Drive through the Salt Flats into Chile. Enjoy the lunar landscapes, geysers, salt flats and hot springs of the Atacama Desert Day 14 Calama to Santiago From Calama, fly to Chile’s sprawling cosmopolitan capital, Santiago Day 15 Depart Santiago

Included Excursions & Activities The train or one day trek to Machu Picchu with a guided tour, day trip and guided tour to Lake Titicaca, crossing the Uyuni Salt Flats to Laguna Colorada, entry and guided tour of Valley of the Moon, guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Dates This tour departs every Friday.

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3139

From $

I’d like my own room: $349

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 12 nights hotels, 2 nights in basic, multi-share hostels on the Uyuni Salt Flats Meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners included Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:


South America Bolivia, Chile & Argentina

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

BOLIVIA

La Paz Uyuni

Calama

Laguna Colorada San Pedro de Atacama

CHILE ARGENTINA

Santiago

Mendoza

Buenos Aires

Local market in La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivia, Chile & Argentina | 14 days Tour Code: HBA • La Paz to Buenos Aires

2799

From $

I’d like my own room: $449

Start your tour in La Paz and end it in one of South America’s most popular cities, Buenos Aires. Drive through Uyuni’s salt flats, reflected for miles around under the stunning blue sky, taste world-class Malbecs in Mendoza and learn to tango in Buenos Aires. A short but fulfilling adventure across three exhilarating countries.

Itinerary

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly private transport Accommodation: 11 nights hotels, 2 nights in basic, multi-share hostels on the Uyuni Salt Flats Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners included

Day 1 La Paz This is an arrival day. Tonight you will meet your Tour Leader at a pre-departure meeting Day 2 La Paz to Uyuni Fly to the small town of Uyuni Day 3 Uyuni Salt Flats In a 4WD, your guide will take you across the Uyuni Salt Flats. Create photographic illusions on the breathtaking landscape Day 4 Laguna Colorada Today your tour will take you across rugged and remote landscapes to Laguna Colorada, a beautiful lake speckled with flamingos Days 5-6 San Pedro de Atacama Drive into Chile, passing rugged landscapes along the way. Visit the world’s driest desert, the Atacama Desert and enjoy a guided tour of the Valley of the Moon Days 7-9 Calama to Santiago Fly from Calama near the Atacama Desert, to Chile’s cosmopolitan capital, Santiago. For the best views of the city, take a funicular rail to the top of San Cristóbal Days 10-12 Santiago to Mendoza Cross into Argentina and taste some of the world’s best wines in Mendoza Day 13 Mendoza to Buenos Aires Explore the colourful neighbourhoods and try the tastiest steaks in Buenos Aires Day 14 Depart Buenos Aires

Group Size: Average 12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Our Tucan Travel Tip The Uyuni Salt Flats get extremely cold at night so make sure you pack warm clothes.

Included Excursions & Activities Crossing the Uyuni Salt Flats to Laguna Colorada, entry and guided tour of Valley of the Moon, Argentinean winery tour

Dates This tour departs every second Friday & more regularly in peak season.

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South America Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina & Brazil

Peruvian men knitting on Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Travel for as little or as long as you like 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.

Lima to La Paz | 14 days

La Paz to Buenos Aires | 14 days

Tour Code: PEMP

Tour Code: HBA

See Page 46

See Page 61

Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro | 6 days Tour Code: HBR

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South America Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina & Brazil

Lapa Steps, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Group at the Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia - Taken by Chris Koski

Machu Picchu

Lima PERU BOLIVIA

La Paz

BRAZIL

Rio de Janeiro

CHILE

Iguazú Falls

ARGENTINA

Santiago

Buenos Aires

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South America Patagonia Chile & Argentina

Getting to

Patagonia

Trekking in Patagonia, El Chalten, Argentina

About Patagonia Located in Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is a vast windswept wilderness, famous for its breath-taking landscapes. An adventure here is packed to the brim with towering mountain views, miles of hiking trails and beautiful glaciers. It is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore this remote corner of the world.

Your Transport

Supporting Local Communities

The majority of the travel time is spent on our comfortable trucks. Our overland vehicles vary according to the destination, year and model. They have been modified for comfort and convenience and carry lots of equipment to assist you on your adventure.

The Local Payment is a non-refundable fixed amount which is paid to your Tour Leader in US dollars on the first day of your tour. Your Local Payment allows us to get more money to small businesses and communities who don’t have access to online banking services. Having this cash on hand means that you get to stay in more locally owned hotels, have more excursions included and allows our Tour Leaders to shop for the freshest produce in local markets.

Forward-facing seats & seat belts Two tables, great for playing games Access to the driver’s compartment Cabin to store your daypacks External storage compartments

Power sockets Panoramic windows A safe for passports & valuables Water tanks & storage for bulk supplies A small fridge to keep your food fresh

It can be difficult to withdraw local currencies in Patagonia and nearly impossible to access US Dollars for your Local Payment. Remember to obtain all the cash you may need for your tour before leaving home.

Weather Guide This chart indicates the weather in Patagonia throughout the year. Please be advised that this is a guide only, and you should check before you travel.

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

Santiago, Chile Torres del Paine, Chile Ushuaia, Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina Cold <= 60F, Wet Cold <= 60F, Dry

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Cool 60-70F, Wet Cool 60-70F, Dry

Warm 70-86F, Wet Warm 70-86F, Dry

View online | www.tucantravel.com/destinations/south-america/patagonia

Hot > 86+F, Wet Hot > 86+F, Dry

OCT

NOV

DEC


South America Patagonia Chile & Argentina

About Patagonia Best time to travel

OCT

MAR

Ushuaia is the southernmost town in the world

2,000,000

Overland truck in Patagonia - Taken by Kim Mouncer

People live here.

1,043,076

Buenos Aires

km2

ARGENTINA

That’s 2 people per km2

CHILE

El Chaltén Chilean

Torres del Paine El Calafate National Park Puerto Natales

Argentinian

FACT: The only place outside of Wales where Welsh is still the native language.

Ushuaia

2059

Southern Patagonia | 13 days

From $

Tour Code: PASP • El Chaltén to Buenos Aires

Plus Local Payment: $810 I’d like my own room: $599 Concentrating on just the southern tip of South America, this tour is rich in hiking trails, icy glaciers and windswept landscapes. Packed with adventure, culture and wildlife, each day will bring azure lakes, sweeping forests and granite mountains.

Itinerary

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly by Overland Truck

Day 1 El Chaltén This is your arrival day Day 2 El Chaltén Visit Los Glaciares National Park, venture on hikes and admire the snow-capped landscapes Days 3-4 El Chaltén to El Calafate Take your first journey in the overland truck to El Calafate, the base for a tour of the Perito Moreno Glacier. It is one of two Patagonian glaciers still growing Day 5 El Calafate to Puerto Natales Enjoy a scenic journey to the port town of Puerto Natales Days 6-8 Torres del Paine National Park With three nights camping inside Torres del Paine National Park, there is plenty of time to do the best excursions. Whether you want to hike part of the ‘W’ trek for the best views of the three towers or enjoy cruising over Lake Pehoe, there is something for all types of adventurer Day 9 Torres del Paine to El Calafate Return to El Calafate Days 10-11 El Calafate to Ushuaia We leave our truck to take a short flight to Ushuaia. Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park and admire the dramatic scenery Day 12 Ushuaia to Buenos Aires After enjoying Patagonia, fly to Buenos Aires for a final evening of excellent wine and steak Day 13 Depart Buenos Aires

Accommodation: 4 nights hotels, 3 nights camping, 3 nights hostels, 2 nights guesthouses Meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners included Group Size: Average 15, maximum 34 Physical Rating: This tour also runs in reverse: Buenos Aires to El Chaltén - Tour Code: PAPS

Included Excursions & Activities Guided walks in Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier tour, guided walks in Torres del Paine National Park, entry to Tierra del Fuego National Park

Dates Start tour

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Start tour

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Start tour

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Wed 20 Dec 17 Wed 07 Feb 18 Wed 28 Mar 18 Wed 31 Oct 18

Mon 01 Jan 18 Mon 19 Feb 18 Mon 09 Apr 18 Mon 12 Nov 18

Sat 24 Nov 18 Wed 19 Dec 18 Sat 12 Jan 19

Thu 06 Dec 18 Mon 31 Dec 18 Thu 24 Jan 19

Wed 06 Feb 19 Sat 02 Mar 19 Wed 27 Mar 19

Mon 18 Feb 19 Thu 14 Mar 19 Mon 08 Apr 19

Wed 30 Oct 19 Sat 23 Nov 19 Wed 18 Dec 19

Mon 11 Nov 19 Thu 05 Dec 19 Mon 30 Dec 19

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South America Patagonia Chile & Argentina

Guanaco in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia

3479

Complete Patagonia | 24 days

From $

Tour Code: PACP • Santiago to Buenos Aires

Plus Local Payment: $1160 I’d like my own room: $1239

Don’t miss out on any of Patagonia’s highlights on this 24 day tour. From the alpine wonderland of Bariloche in the north to the imposing towers of Torres del Paine in the south, you will take the 7 Lakes Drive travelling towards Buenos Aires. Conquer world-famous hikes and admire expanding glaciers, this tour will show you how diverse Patagonia really is.

Type of Travel: Mainly by Overland Truck

Itinerary Day 1 Santiago This is your arrival day Days 2-3 Santiago to Pucón Situated in Chile’s Lake District, Pucón is located on the banks of Lake Villarrica. You can hike up Villarrica Volcano Days 4-5 Pucón to Bariloche Enjoy the Swiss influences in Bariloche Days 6-7 Bariloche to Futaleufu Try your hand at rafting in Futaleufu Days 8-9 Futaleufu to Puyuhuapi Continue to Puyuhuapi where you can visit Parque Queulat National Park, famous for its hanging glacier Day 10 Puyuhuapi to Coyhaique Enjoy a scenic drive to Coyhaique. Stop at the Enchanted Forest trail en-route for a spot of hiking Day 11 Coyhaique to Perito Moreno Cross the border into Argentina, staying in the small town of Perito Moreno Days 12 -13 El Chalten Visit Cuevos de los Manos on the way to El Chalten. Admire the artwork on the cave walls Days 14-15 El Chaltén to El Calafate Take a tour of the Perito Moreno Glacier from El Calafate Day 16 El Calafate to Puerto Natales Return to Chile and head to the misty port town, Puerto Natales Days 17-19 Torres Del Paine National Park The next three nights are spent inside Torres del Paine. Conquer the incredible hiking treks here Day 20 El Calafate Return to El Calafate Days 21-22 El Calafate to Ushuaia Fly to Ushuaia, the gateway for exploring Tierra del Fuego National Park Day 23 Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Flying to Argentina’s capital, catch a tango show in beautiful Buenos Aires Day 24 Depart Buenos Aires

Included Excursions & Activities Guided tour of Cuevos de los Manos, guided walks of Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier tour, guided walks in Torres del Paine National Park, entry to Tierra del Fuego National Park

Dates Start tour

Sat 09 Dec 17 Sat 27 Jan 18

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Start tour

End tour

Start tour

End tour

Start tour

End tour

Mon 01 Jan 18 Mon 19 Feb 18

Sat 17 Mar 18 Sat 20 Oct 18

Mon 09 Apr 18 Mon 12 Nov 18

Tue 13 Nov 18

Thu 06 Dec 18

Sat 08 Dec 18

Mon 31 Dec 18

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Accommodation: 8 nights hotels, 3 nights camping, 3 nights hostels, 7 nights guesthouses, 2 nights apartments Meals: 21 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 3 dinners included Group Size: Average 15, maximum 34 Physical Rating: This tour also runs in reverse: Buenos Aires to Santiago - Tour Code: PAPC

“ Phenomenal itinerary, lead by experienced guides ” - Nyrie Palmer, December 2016


South America South America Patagonia Chile & Argentina

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A group in Patagonia, Argentina

Your tour spends a few nights in Ushuaia, the gateway to Antarctica. Postpone your return to Buenos Aires by including an Antarctica cruise. See Page 70 for more details.

Santiago

Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA

Rockhopper penguin, Patagonia, Argentina

CHILE Pucón Bariloche Futaleufu Puyuhuapi Coyhaique Perito Moreno El Chaltén Torres del Paine National Park Puerto Natales

El Calafate

Ushuaia Group photo in Patagonia - Taken by Anneka Buckle

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Adventures for 20s & 30s

Adventures

for 20s & 30s in South America

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DAYS

Travel Mainly by Overland Truck

The longest tour we offer

Add the Inca Trek or Amazon Jungle

Lots of meals included

Local Payment keeps the costs down

The number of countries you can tick off

Cartagena

COLOMBIA Quito

ECUADOR

PERU

Lima

Machu Picchu La Paz

BRAZIL

BOLIVIA

CHILE

Rio de Janeiro

Santiago Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA

Ushuaia

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Adventures for 20s & 30s

Our Best Selling Adventures for 20s & 30s

Inca Explorer 1 Duration: 21 Days Tour Code: BXIE1

PERU

Lima

1129

From $

La Paz

Plus Local Payment: $370

BOLIVIA

Southern Cross Duration: 49 Days Tour Code: BXPA1

PERU Lima

BRAZIL BOLIVIA

2769

From $

Rio de Janeiro

Plus Local Payment: $1020

ARGENTINA

Patagonian Discovery

Santiago ARGENTINA

Duration: 22 Days Tour Code: BXSPD

1749

From $

CHILE

Plus Local Payment: $550

Ushuaia

Cartagena to Rio Duration: 76 Days Tour Code: BXSCR

4289

From $

Plus Local Payment: $1510

Cartagena COLOMBIA ECUADOR PERU

BRAZIL BOLIVIA Rio de Janeiro

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Antarctica

Penguins jumping from iceberg, Antarctica

Classic Antarctica | 10 days

5099

From $

Tour Code: RACA â&#x20AC;˘ Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Tour Information For over two centuries, the remote White Continent has attracted scientists and explorers and now this frozen land has opened its doors to adventure travellers. Journey from the town of Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula and be totally mesmerized by the unique wildlife, majestic icebergs and superb scenery. Sightings of large penguin colonies, magnificent whales, and breathtaking icebergs are common and will make each day more incredible than the last.

Type of Travel: The Ushuaia Vessel Accommodation: 9 nights on board Meals: All meals while onboard Group Size: Maximum 90

Itinerary Day 1 Ushuaia Board your cruise in the afternoon and set sail in the evening through the Beagle Channel Days 2-3 Drake Passage Today we cross the Drake Passage spotting many of the Antarctic seabirds. Our boat has an open bridge policy which means you can join the officers and learn about the navigation, as well as keeping an eye out for whales! You will get you first sightings of icebergs indicating that we have reached the South Shetland islands Days 4-7 South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Peninsula Explore some of the South Shetland Islands and discover a plethora of wildlife. View huge penguin and seal colonies on King George Island and sail to Deception Island where you can swim in the hot springs of Pendulum Cove. Taking a dip in these warm waters is truly an unforgettable experience Days 8-9 Drake Passage Heading north across the Drake Passage you can enjoy some lectures about the region before heading back to Ushuaia Day 10 Disembark at Ushuaia

Included Excursions & Activities Visit the South Shetland Islands, sail across Drake Passage, swim in the warm waters off Deception Island, various lectures by onboard naturalists

Dates Contact an Adventure Specialist for dates and availability.

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Physical Rating:


Antarctica

Sunset in Antarctica

The Ushuaia, Antarctica

Our Tucan Travel Tip Pack your swimming costume as it is possible to swim in the sea at Deception Island, warmed by volcanic currents.

ARGENTINA

CHILE

Seal swimming, Antarctica

Ushuaia

DRAKE PASSAGE

King George Island Livingston Island Deception Island Curverville Island Gerlache Strait Paradise Bay

South Shetland Islands

Adelaide Island

WEDDELL SEA

ANTARCTICA

A group on a zodiac, Antarctica

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Welcome to North America

Welcome to

North America

Monument Valley, Utah

About North America We have a small selection of tours in North America that are perfect for those wanting to experience some of the highlights of the USA and Canada. Admire spectacular views of the Grand Canyon, spot grizzly bears in Alaska, try your luck in Las Vegas and learn about traditional Navajo culture at Monument Valley.

Your Transport

Your Accommodation

North America is famously vast and it can be quite difficult to get to national parks using public transport. This is why we use private vans to get you from A to B. Some of the private vans we use were new for 2016 with A/C, extra-large windows, more leg room and overhead racks for storage. They are comfortable and wellequipped for long drive days through remote corners of the region. Other forms of transport included are ferries, four wheel drives and your own two feet!

We use a combination of hotels and cabins through North America depending on the region. We choose the most appropriate form of accommodation available based on comfort and location ensuring you can make the most of each day of your tour. Where possible, we stay in hotels within walking distance of the main attractions.

About Each Day

Your Meals

Each day of your tour will bring you new experiences and opportunities. Whether you are passing dramatic scenery and crossing vast distances in the comfort of our air-conditioned van, or trekking through stunning valleys or down dusty canyons, the diversity and size of North America will astound you. We try to include many of the key highlights visited on your tour including entry to some of the world’s most famous national parks.

North America is famous for its food from fluffy pancakes dripping in maple syrup to southern-fried chicken and juicy burgers. This is why we don’t include any meals on our trips to allow you to sample as much of the local cuisine as possible. Some Tour Leaders may operate a food kitty on our trips to cover some lunches on travel days. For more details on this, see our website.

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Welcome to North America

Grizzly Bear in Alaska

Las Vegas sign, Las Vegas

Top Five Highlights

Grand Canyon - Arizona San Francisco - California Lake Louise - Alberta, Canada Mounument Valley - Utah Wrangell-St Elias National Park - Alaska

The Las Vegas Strip is the brightest place on Earth when looked at from outer space.

Weather Guide This chart indicates the weather in North America throughout the year. Please be advised that this is a guide only, and you should check before you travel.

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

New York Area, New York Los Angeles, California San Francisco, California Las Vegas, Nevada Miami, Florida Anchorage, Alaska Vancouver, Canada Cold <= 60F, Wet Cold <= 60F, Dry

Cool 60-70F, Wet Cool 60-70F, Dry

Warm 70-86F, Wet Warm 70-86F, Dry

Hot > 86+F, Wet Hot > 86+F, Dry

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North America California, Nevada, Arizona & Utah

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

NEVADA UTAH

Yosemite National Park

Zion NP

San Francisco

Bryce Canyon National Park

Death Valley National Park

Las Vegas

Route 66

CALIFORNIA

Lake Powell Monument Valley Grand Canyon National Park

ARIZONA

Bryce Canyon, Utah

3889

Best of the West | 14 days

From $

Tour Code: RNABW • San Francisco to Las Vegas

I’d like my own room: $1449

Discover the pinnacle of Western America on this 14 day adventure from San Francisco to Las Vegas. Explore world-famous destinations like the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley and spend three days hiking through beautiful Yosemite National Park. Get a taste of Americana culture on Route 66 before ending the tour in the energetic city of Las Vegas!

Type of Travel: Private vehicle Accommodation: 10 nights hotels, 3 nights lodges Meals: 1 dinner included

Itinerary Day 1 San Francisco This is an arrival day Day 2 San Francisco to Yosemite National Park Stop to admire views of the Golden Gate Bridge en-route to Yosemite National Park Days 3-4 Yosemite National Park Explore the beautiful national park and the Giant Sequoia trees Day 5 Death Valley Drive to Death Valley. It is the hottest, driest and lowest place in America. This evening you can enjoy cheese and wine tasting Days 6-7 Death Valley to Zion National Park Enter the Mormon state of Utah and head to Zion National Park. For the best views, challenge yourself with a hike to Angels Landing Day 8 Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon Head to Bryce Canyon National Park and admire the dramatic sandstone spires Day 9 Bryce Canyon to Lake Powell Enjoy a Navajo guided tour of Antelope Canyon before passing spectacular views en-route to Lake Powell. Here you can take a dip in the warm waters Day 10 Lake Powell to Monument Valley Visit Horseshoe Bend and gaze down into the canyon below before travelling to the heart of the Navajo region to Monument Valley. Here you will be taken on a Navajo-guided backroads tour Days 11-12 Monument Valley to Grand Canyon Marvel at the vast size of the Grand Canyon. You can hike into the canyon and along the rim Day 13 Grand Canyon to Las Vegas Drive along Route 66 to the bright lights of Las Vegas Day 14 Depart Las Vegas

Dates

Group Size: Average 10, maximum 13 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley, Navajo guided tour of Antelope Slot Canyon, entry to Yosemite National Park, entry to Death Valley National Park, entry to Zion National Park, entry to Bryce Canyon National Park, Lake Powell & Antelope Canyon, entry to Grand Canyon National Park, Horseshoe Bend, drive Route 66 and stop at the town of Seligman, driving tour of Las Vegas Strip

Our Tucan Travel Tip

Start tour

End tour

Sun 17 Dec 17 Mon 26 Mar 18 Mon 09 Apr 18 Sun 29 Apr 18 Wed 16 May 18

Sat 30 Dec 17 Sun 08 Apr 18 Sun 22 Apr 18 Sat 12 May 18 Tue 29 May 18

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Mon 28 May 18 Fri 08 Jun 18 Tue 26 Jun 18 Tue 24 Jul 18 Sun 29 Jul 18

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Sun 10 Jun 18 Thu 21 Jun 18 Mon 09 Jul 18 Mon 06 Aug 18 Sat 11 Aug 18

Thu 09 Aug 18 Wed 29 Aug 18 Sat 08 Sep 18 Sun 23 Sep 18

Wed 22 Aug 18 Tue 11 Sep 18 Fri 21 Sep 18 Sat 06 Oct 18

Sun 07 Oct 18 Tue 16 Oct 18 Sun 25 Nov 18 Sun 16 Dec 18

Sat 20 Oct 18 Mon 29 Oct 18 Sat 08 Dec 18 Sat 29 Dec 18

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Book an extra few days at the start and end of this tour to make the most of two of the USA’s greatest cities.


North America Nevada, Arizona & Utah

Route 66

UTAH

NEVADA

Bryce Canyon National Park

Zion National Park

Monument Valley

Las Vegas Route 66

Grand Canyon National Park

ARIZONA

Exploring Zion National Park, Utah

1949

Vegas, Valleys & Canyons | 9 days

From $

Tour Code: RNAVC â&#x20AC;˘ Las Vegas to Las Vegas

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like my own room: From $539

Starting and finishing in Las Vegas, this nine day tour is packed with iconic national parks, dramatic lunar landscapes and stunning views. Providing an in depth look at three very different states in the Western corner of the USA, this tour will give you a glimpse into part of the country few tourists really discover.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Private vehicle Accommodation: 8 nights hotels

Itinerary

Meals: No meals included

Day 1 Las Vegas This is your arrival day Days 2-3 Las Vegas to Zion National Park View the Emerald Pools and challenge yourself with a hike to Angels Landing in Zion National Park. Dip your toes in the water at Riverside Walk or wade through The Narrows, for a view inside a natural slot canyon Day 4 Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon Learn about the mysterious hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park and hike amongst them on the Peek-a-Boo Loop trails Day 5 Bryce Canyon to Monument Valley Discover the incredible rock formations in Monument Valley. Here you will be taken on a Navajo-guided backroads tour Days 6-7 Monument Valley to Grand Canyon Stand on the rim of the Grand Canyon and admire its dramatic vastness. Hike into the canyon for a challenge or explore the canyon from different angles Day 8 Grand Canyon to Las Vegas Return to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Enjoy one last meal at one of the many lively restaurants before hitting one of the many casinos, clubs or shows Day 9 Depart Las Vegas

Group Size: Average 10, maximum 13 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley, entry to Zion National Park, entry to Bryce Canyon National Park, entry to Grand Canyon National Park, drive Route 66 and stop at the town of Seligman, driving tour of Las Vegas Strip, Glen Canyon Dam

Dates Start tour

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Sun 17 Dec 17 Wed 17 Jan 18 Sun 11 Feb 18 Sun 11 Mar 18

Mon 25 Dec 17 Thu 25 Jan 18 Mon 19 Feb 18 Mon 19 Mar 18

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Tue 07 Aug 18 Sun 09 Sep 18 Sun 23 Sep 18

Wed 15 Aug 18 Mon 17 Sep 18 Mon 01 Oct 18

Sun 14 Oct 18 Thu 15 Nov 18 Sun 16 Dec 18

Mon 22 Oct 18 Fri 23 Nov 18 Mon 24 Dec 18

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North America Canada

Wells Gray Provincial Park, Canada

BRITISH COLUMBIA ALBERTA Wells Gray Jasper National Park Peyto Lake Provincial Park Icefields Parkway Lake Louise Whistler Banff National Park Calgary

Vancouver

CANADA

Jasper National Park, Canada

2619

Canadian Rockies Adventure | 12 days

From $

Tour Code: RNACA • Vancouver to Calgary

I’d like my own room: $1079

Enjoy world-class hiking opportunities on this adventure through some of Canada’s greatest landscapes. Travel through the heart of the Rockies and enjoy treks through scenic national parks and legendary valleys. Visit breathtaking lakes, admire vast glaciers and relax in hot springs before saying goodbye to nature and ending in the cosmopolitan city of Calgary.

Dates

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Accommodation: 10 nights hotels, 1 night log cabin

Group Size: Average 10, maximum 13

Day 1 Vancouver This is an arrival day Day 2 Vancouver to Whistler Travel through Cache Creek to the adventure hub of Whistler. Here you can zip-line through the trees or try many hiking trails Day 3 Whistler From Whistler you will visit Garibaldi Provincial Park where your guide will lead you on the Cheakamus Lake Trail. It offers breath-taking views of turquoise lakes and lush forests Day 4 Whistler to Wells Gray Provincial Park Drive along the old Gold Rush Trail to Wells Gray Provincial Park. Visit the the famous Helmcken Falls stopping at a number of viewpoints Days 5-6 Wells Gray Provincial Park to Jasper National Park Enjoy three very different hikes in the wilderness landscapes of Jasper National Park Days 7 Jasper National Park to Golden Enjoy a scenic drive through the heart of the Rockies on the Icefields Parkway before heading to Golden. Here your guide will take you on the Parker Ridge Trail to see the Saskatchewan Glacier Day 8 Golden From Golden you will explore Yoho National Park. Here you will hike the Emerald Basin Trail for views of the President mountain ranges Day 9 Golden to Banff Enjoy a guided hike through the Lake Louise region before staying in the town of Banff Day 10 Banff National Park You have the option to ride up the gondola to Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park Day 11 Banff National Park to Calgary Drive to the cosmopolitan city of Calgary famous for its Western roots Day 12 Depart Calgary

Start tour

Type of Travel: Private vehicle and your own two feet

Meals: No meals included

Itinerary

Sat 26 May 18 Sat 23 Jun 18

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Wed 06 Jun 18 Wed 04 Jul 18

Thu 05 Jul 18 Sat 21 Jul 18

Mon 16 Jul 18 Wed 01 Aug 18

Tue 07 Aug 18 Sat 25 Aug 18

Sat 18 Aug 18 Wed 05 Sep 18t

Sat 01 Sep 18 Sat 08 Sep 18

Wed 12 Sep 18 Wed 19 Sep 18

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/canadian-rockies-adventure/rnaca

Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Entry & Cheakamus Lake Trail in Garibaldi Provincial Park, entry & Helmcken Falls Rim Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park, entry & Overlander Falls, Maligne Canyon & Cavell Meadows Trails in Jasper National Park, drive the Icefields Parkway, Parker Ridge Trail, entry & Emerald Basin Trail in Yoho National Park, Lake Agnes Trail visiting Lake Louise, entry & Sulphur Mountain Trail and springs in Banff National Park


North America Alaska

Denali National Park, Alaska

USA

Denali National Park Talkeetna

Alaska Range

ALASKA Valdez

Anchorage

Wrangell-St. National Park

Seward/Kenai Fjords National Park

Bear catching a fish, Alaska

3559

Alaska Uncovered | 12 days

From $

Tour Code: RNAAU • Anchorage to Anchorage

I’d like my own room: $1189

Conquer Alaska on this adventure through one of the most unspoilt regions of North America. Travelling through breath-taking scenery, you will encounter a wonderland of snow-capped mountains, icy glaciers and untamed national parks. There are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife including on the ferry through the Prince William Sound and whilst hiking Denali National Park.

Itinerary

Tour Information Type of Travel: Private vehicle Accommodation: 6 nights hotels, 2 nights cabins, 2 nights lodges, 1 night in a lodge with a shared bathroom Meals: No meals included

Day 1 Anchorage This is an arrival day. Arrive early to make the most of the city Day 2 Anchorage to Seward Travel to Seward first stopping at the Portage Glacier. Seward is our gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park where you can opt for a whale and wildlife-spotting cruise Day 3 Kenai Fjords National Park Today we explore more of Kenai Fjords National Park, taking the Exit Glacier hike for breathtaking views Days 4-5 Seward to Valdez Pass icebergs and islands on the ferry to Prince William Sound to Valdez. It is known as the “Switzerland of Alaska” due to its mountainous landscapes Days 6-7 Valdez to Wrangell-St Elias National Park Admire magnificent glaciers in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and explore the historic area of McCarthy and the Kennecott Mine Day 8 Alaskan Range Drive through the Alaskan Mountain Range arriving at a rustic lodge Days 9-10 Alaskan Range to Denali National Park Go hiking and watch a dog sled demonstration in Denali National Park Day 11 Anchorage Return to Anchorage stopping first at the town of Talkeetna Day 12 Depart Anchorage

Group Size: Average 10, maximum 13 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Ferry through Prince William Sound, entry and dog sled demonstration in Denali National Park, Denali bus pass, entry to Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Talkeetna Ranger Station (depending on availability)

Dates Start tour

Fri 08 Jun 18

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Sun 22 Jul 18

Thu 02 Aug 18

Sun 05 Aug 18

Thu 16 Aug 18

Fri 17 Aug 18

Tue 28 Aug 18

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/alaska-uncovered/rnaau

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Welcome to Europe

Europe Welcome to

Tallinn, Estonia

About Europe From Russia all the way down to Istanbul, we have a number of tours that get under the skin of Eastern and Central Europe. By day you can visit sophisticated cities and quiet villages, art galleries and museums, cathedrals and castles, historic monuments, varied architecture and bustling street cafĂŠs. By night you can enjoy lively bars and excellent restaurants sampling local delicacies from region to region.

Your Transport

Your Accommodation

Europe has some of the best transport infrastructure in the world, with motorways, railways and ferries connecting people with ease and comfort. We will use a variety of transport to get you from A to B on your tour, depending on the departure time, level of comfort and ease of use. You will even use your own two feet, walking between train stations and hotels. With us, you will get to see and experience the way millions of people travel around Europe every day.

In Europe, we use a range of hotels, guesthouses and apartments. We try to stay in the heart of the cities and towns we visit, close to metro stations and key transport links. At Tucan Travel, we know that your time is precious, and this is why we sometimes use overnight trains when the journeys are long. This allows you to make the most of each place we visit.

About Each Day

Supporting Local Communities

Our tours in Europe cover a huge variety of countries and cultures meaning no day is the same. An adventure in Europe includes excursions to some of the ancient citadels, ruins and buildings that are famous across the world. Our knowledgeable Tour Leaders can also help arrange a number of optional excursions which can be found on our itineraries online.

Our tours in Europe are packed with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and we include many guided tours of these locations. The fees for these excursions go back into the maintenance and restoration of the sites, protecting it for future generations to come. We use mainly public transport in this region which keeps our carbon footprint low and stay in locally owned hotels and apartments, putting money straight back into the communities.

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Welcome to Europe

Albania Austria Bulgaria Bosnia & Herzegovina Croatia Czech Republic Estonia Hungary Iceland Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Montenegro Poland Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Turkey

Group at Devils Town, Serbia

City centre of Kraków, Poland

Top Five Highlights

Northern Lights - Iceland St Basil’s Cathedral - Russia Plitvice National Park - Croatia Stari Most - Bosnia & Herzegovina Bran Castle - Romania

Budapest has more thermal springs than any other capital city in the world Weather Guide

This chart indicates the weather in Europe throughout the year. Please be advised that this is a guide only, and you should check before you travel.

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Moscow, Russia St Petersburg, Russia Budapest, Hungary Dubrovnik, Croatia Istanbul, Turkey Reykjavík, Iceland Tallinn, Estonia Czech Republic, Prague Vienna, Austria Belgrade, Serbia Warsaw, Poland Bucharest, Romania Sofia, Bulgaria Cold <= 60F, Wet Cold <= 60F, Dry

Cool 60-70F, Wet Cool 60-70F, Dry

Warm 70-86F, Wet Warm 70-86F, Dry

Hot > 86+F, Wet Hot > 86+F, Dry

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Europe Iceland

Views of Reykjavík, Iceland

Borgarnes ICELAND

Reykjavík Selfoss Kirkjubæjarklaustur

The Northern Lights, Iceland

Northern Lights | 8 days Tour Code: RICNL • Reykjavík to Reykjavík

In eight days maximise your chances of seeing the spectacular Northern Lights as well as packing in some of the top highlights of Iceland. Discover active volcanoes, admire tumbling waterfalls, see icelandic horses and take a dip in the relaxing warm waters of the Blue Lagoon. Staying in handpicked hotels, we chase the Northern Lights on this whirlwind icelandic adventure.

Itinerary Day 1 Reykjavík On arrival you will have an included transfer to take you to your hotel Day 2 Reykjavík to Borganes En-route to Borgarnes there is a stop in the Saga Valley where you can climb the Grábrok Volcanic Crater. On arrival, enjoy a lecture about the Northern Lights before heading into the hotel garden for your first chance of spotting them Day 3 Borganes Take a cruise through the Breiðafjörður Fjord and tour the local area, visiting fishing villages. Tonight, look for the Northern Lights from the hotel’s hot tub Day 4 Borganes to Selfoss Drive along the Golden Circle route to Selfoss, enjoying stops along the way. View bubbling geysers, admire waterfalls and visit a traditional Icelandic Horse Stable Days 5-6 Selfoss to Kirkjubæjarklaustur Stay in Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you will visit a glacier lagoon with floating icebergs Day 7 Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Reykjavík Stop at the black lava sand beaches in Reynisfjara and the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara. Later, return to Reykjavík and take a dip in the Blue Lagoon. Tonight enjoy a final chance spotting the Northern Lights Day 8 Depart Reykjavík

Included Excursions & Activities Six opportunities to see the Northern Lights, entry to Skogar Folk Museum & Turf Houses, Breiðafjörður fjord cruise, visit a geysir geothermal field, visit a traditional shark farmer, Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre, visit Icelandic horse stables, visit a geothermal greenhouse, entry to the Blue Lagoon, arrival and departure transfers

Dates This tour usually departs every Friday and Sunday between October and April.

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2279

From $

I’d like my own room: $599

Tour Information Type of Travel: Private vehicle Accommodation: 7 nights hotels Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included Group Size: Average 30-35, maximum 45 Physical Rating:


Europe Iceland

Blue Lagoon hot springs, Iceland

Akureyri Lake Mývatn Egilsstaðir ICELAND

Reykjavík

Flúðir Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Geysers, Iceland

2149

Circuit of Iceland | 8 days

From $

Tour Code: RICCI • Reykjavík to Reykjavík

I’d like my own room: From $469

Marvel at the unspoilt landscapes of Iceland on this eight day loop around the country. Discover the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ as you hike along black sand beaches, admire vast glaciers and spot unique lava formations. Visit small fishing villages, relax in bubbling pools and see Europe’s biggest glacier.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Private vehicle Accommodation: 7 nights hotels

Itinerary

Meals: 7 breakfasts included

Day 1 Reykjavík On arrival you will have an included transfer to take you to your hotel Day 2 Reykjavík to Akureyri Meet your group in the morning and head to Akureyri. On the way there is a chance to climb the Grábrok Volcanic Crater and visit a natural history and seal museum at Hvammstangi Day 3 Akureyri to Lake Mývatn Enjoy panoramic views of Eyjafjörður Fjord before heading to Lake Mývatn where you can soak in the thermal Mývatn Nature Baths Day 4 Lake Mývatn to Egilsstaðir Start the day with a hike through the lava formations of Dimmuborgir before heading east to Egilsstaðir Day 5 Egilsstaðir to Kirkjubæjarklaustur Pass breathtaking fjord landscapes on the way to Kirkjubæjarklaustur. You can view Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull Day 6 Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Flúðir Drive across the Eldhraun lava field, stopping to visit the Skógafoss Waterfall and the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, before staying at Flúðir Day 7 Flúðir to Reykjavík Travel the Golden Circle route, visiting an Icelandic horse stable. You will return to Reykjavík where you can enjoy a short city tour Day 8 Depart Reykjavík

Group Size: Average 20-30, maximum 30 Physical Rating:

Our Tucan Travel Tip Pack a windproof jacket and waterproof boots to keep you warm when exploring Iceland, as the weather can be very unpredictable.

Included Excursions & Activities Entry to the Natural History & Seal Museum, visit Viðimýri Turf Church, entry to Mývatn Nature Baths, entry to Petra’s Stone & Mineral Collection, Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre, visit Icelandic horse stables, visit a geothermal greenhouse, arrival and departure transfers

Dates This tour usually departs every Friday all year and most Tuesdays in May, October, November and December.

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/circuit-of-iceland/ricci

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Europe Russia

Colourful Russian Nesting Dolls, Russia

St Petersburg RUSSIA

Veliky Novgorod

Moscow

Posing in front of St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

949

Russian Highlights | 7 days

From $

Tour Code: EEHR • Moscow to St Petersburg

I’d like my own room: $169

This week long adventure provides a unique insight into Russia’s history and culture. Wander the Kremlin’s red brick towers and gaze over the city’s iconic onion domes, travel to Veliky Novgorod and visit the oldest cathedral in Russia. Head to St Petersburg where you can enjoy the Venetian-style canal network, neoclassical architecture and European-influenced sophistication.

Day 1 Moscow This is an arrival day. Tonight you will meet your tour leader and group Day 2 Moscow Visit Moscow’s Red Square and admire the spectacular architecture of St Basil’s Cathedral. Enjoy a guided tour of the Kremlin. Admire the metro system’s architecture on the way back to your hotel, the network is beautifully decorated and you can take a tour of the different stations Day 3 Moscow to Veliky Novgorod Enjoy a full day exploring Moscow before taking the overnight train to Veliky Novgorod, one of the oldest cities in Russia Day 4 Veliky Novgorod Enjoy a guided tour of the Novgorod Kremlin and St Sophia’s Cathedral Days 5-6 Veliky Novgorod to St Petersburg The former capital of the Russian Empire, visit the Winter Palace and the Church of Spilt Blood. Here we included a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum with its extensive art collection Day 7 Depart St Petersburg

Included Excursions & Activities Guided tour of Moscow Kremlin, guided tour of St Sophia’s Cathedral, guided tour of Novgorod Kremlin, guided tour of Hermitage Museum

Dates Fri 20 Apr 18 Fri 04 May 18 Fri 18 May 18 Fri 01 Jun 18

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Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 5 nights hotels, 1 overnight train Meals: 6 breakfasts included

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Thu 26 Apr 18 Thu 10 May 18 Thu 24 May 18 Thu 07 Jun 18

Fri 15 Jun 18 Fri 29 Jun 18 Fri 13 Jul 18 Fri 27 Jul 18

Thu 21 Jun 18 Thu 05 Jul 18 Thu 19 Jul 18 Thu 02 Aug 18

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Thu 16 Aug 18 Thu 30 Aug 18 Thu 13 Sep 18

Fri 21 Sep 18 Fri 05 Oct 18 Fri 19 Oct 18

Thu 27 Sep 18 Thu 11 Oct 18 Thu 25 Oct 18

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/russian-highlights/eehr

Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Russian Visa! Everyone needs a visa to enter Russia and to get one, you will need an Invitation Letter. We can issue this letter for you to take to your nearest Russian Embassy or consulate. Ask your Adventure Specialist for more details.


Europe Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & Poland

Warsaw, Poland

Tallinn ESTONIA

LATVIA

Riga

LITHUANIA Vilnius

POLAND

Warsaw

Beautiful city of Tallinn, Estonia

799

Baltic Capitals | 7 days

From $

Tour Code: EEBC • Tallinn to Warsaw

I’d like my own room: $199

This whistlestop tour of the Baltic capitals captures the history of this charming corner of Europe. Discover Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as you wander the old towns of each of their capitals arriving in Warsaw where the city has risen out of the ashes to become a modern metropolis.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 6 nights hotels

Itinerary

Meals: 6 breakfasts included

Day 1 Tallinn This is an arrival day. Tonight you will meet your Tour Leader and group at your pre-departure meeting Days 2-3 Tallinn to Riga Crossing into Latvia, stop in the enchanting city of Riga with its medieval centre and modern city infrastructure. Wander the old town and visit the famous Gothic Church of St Peter’s. You can climb to the top of its spire for panoramic views of the city Days 4-5 Riga to Vilnius Discover Vilnius in Lithuania. Visit Gediminas Castle on the top of Gediminas Hill and Cathedral Square at the base of the hill. Look out for the secret stebuklas tile and when you find it, make a wish. You will also have a guided tour of the KGB Museum Day 6 Vilnius to Warsaw Poland’s capital of Warsaw is your last stop. We arrive in the evening giving you time to wander the Old Town. We recommend booking extra nights to visit the Royal Castle and the Historical Museum of Warsaw Day 7 Depart Warsaw

Included Excursions & Activities

Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

“ I loved the flexibility of this tour, everything was planned by Tucan Travel. This took the stress out of getting from city to city. ” - Kell Karg - February 2017

Entry & guided tour of the Vilnius KGB Museum

Dates Start tour

Fri 30 Mar 18 Fri 13 Apr 18 Fri 27 Apr 18 Fri 11 May 18

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Fri 25 May 18 Fri 08 Jun 18 Fri 22 Jun 18 Fri 06 Jul 18

Thu 31 May 18 Thu 14 Jun 18 Thu 28 Jun 18 Thu 12 Jul 18

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Thu 26 Jul 18 Thu 09 Aug 18 Thu 23 Aug 18 Thu 06 Sep 18

Fri 14 Sep 18 Fri 28 Sep 18 Fri 12 Oct 18 Fri 26 Oct 18

Thu 20 Sep 18 Thu 04 Oct 18 Thu 18 Oct 18 Thu 01 Nov 18

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/baltic-capitals/eebc

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Europe Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia & Czech Republic

High Tatras Mountains, Slovakia

Tallinn ESTONIA LATVIA

Riga

LITHUANIA Vilnius POLAND Warsaw CZECH REPUBLIC Kraków

Prague

High Tatras Mountains SLOVAKIA

Local chicken Prague, Czechbuses Republic in Antigua

1439

Tallinn to Prague | 13 days

From $

I’d like my own room: $379

Tour Code: EETP • Tallinn to Prague

On this short tour you will get to visit the historic old towns of five distinct Eastern-European capitals. Many are well-preserved and there are countless cathedrals, marketplaces, plazas and cobbled streets to be explored. You will also take a guided tour of the harrowing Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Meals: 12 breakfasts included

Day 1 Tallinn This is your arrival day. Tonight you will meet your group and tour leader at a pre-departure meeting Days 2-3 Tallinn to Riga Travel to Riga and explore the UNESCO-listed old town. The city is famous for its Art Nouveau architecture as well as the gothic St Peter’s Church Days 4-5 Riga to Vilnius Cross into Lithuania and travel to Vilnius where you will have a guided tour of the KGB Museum Days 6-7 Vilnius to Warsaw Entering Poland you can compare the Old Town of Warsaw with its lively modern infrastructure Days 8-9 Warsaw to Kraków Explore Kraków, Poland’s cultural and historical city. We recommend visiting Wawel Castle, a royal palace from the Renaissance period. Kraków is also the base for visiting Auschwitz Day 10 Kraków to the High Tatras Mountains Travel to the High Tatras, a mountain range on the border of Slovakia and Poland. There are many hiking trails to explore and you can admire the glacial Štrbské pleso lake Days 11-12 High Tatras Mountains to Prague Spend the morning enjoying the crisp mountain air before catching an overnight train to Prague. The next day you are free to sample some of the city’s finest beers and visit Hradčany Castle Day 13 Depart Prague

Included Excursions & Activities Entry & guided tour of the Vilnius KGB Museum, guided tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Dates Start tour

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Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 11 nights hotels, 1 overnight train

Itinerary

Fri 30 Mar 18 Fri 13 Apr 18 Fri 27 Apr 18 Fri 11 May 18

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Wed 11 Apr 18 Wed 25 Apr 18 Wed 09 May 18 Wed 23 May 18

Fri 25 May 18 Fri 08 Jun 18 Fri 22 Jun 18 Fri 06 Jul 18

Wed 06 Jun 18 Wed 20 Jun 18 Wed 04 Jul 18 Wed 18 Jul 18

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Wed 01 Aug 18 Wed 15 Aug 18 Wed 29 Aug 18 Wed 12 Sep 18

Fri 14 Sep 18 Fri 28 Sep 18 Fri 12 Oct 18 Fri 26 Oct 18

Wed 26 Sep 18 Wed 10 Oct 18 Wed 24 Oct 18 Wed 07 Nov 18

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/tallinn-to-prague/eetp

Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

“ Fabulous tour, excellent way to see Eastern Europe with a good combination of group activities and free time ” - Kyra Thorncraft - March 2017


Europe Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria & Hungary

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary

POLAND

CZECH REPUBLIC Prague

Warsaw

Kraków

SLOVAKIA High Tatras Mountains Vienna AUSTRIA

Budapest HUNGARY

Local chicken Statue of Johann buses Strauss in Antigua in Vienna, Austria

1519

Central Europe Highlights | 11 days

From $

Tour Code: EEXC • Warsaw to Budapest

I’d like my own room: $359

A short adventure from Warsaw to Budapest, travel through five countries, four of which were hidden behind the Iron Curtain for many decades. Learn about the Holocaust at Auschwitz, visit Vienna, one of the most musical cities in the world, enjoy the crisp air up in the High Tatras Mountains and indulge in the hot baths of Budapest.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 9 nights hotels, 1 overnight train Meals: 10 breakfasts included

Itinerary Day 1 Warsaw This is your arrival day. Tonight there will be a pre-departure meeting with your Tour Leader and group Days 2-3 Warsaw to Kraków Travel to Kraków, a city known for its beautiful architecture and historical monuments. From here you will visit Auschwitz Day 4 Kraków to the High Tatras Mountains Cross into Slovakia and stay in the High Tatras Mountains. Enjoy the many hiking trails and discover the glacial lake of Štrbské pleso Day 5 High Tatras Mountains to Prague Spend the morning admiring the mountain views before taking an overnight train to Prague Days 6-7 Prague Visit Hradčany Castle and St Vitus Cathedral for magical views over the city and admire the stunning architecture as you explore the cobbled streets Days 8-9 Prague to Vienna Head to Austria and fall in love with the romantic city of Vienna. Here you can watch an opera or ballet performance in one of the many concert houses Day 10 Vienna to Budapest Sample traditional goulash in Budapest, stroll down the Danube River and grab some souvenirs Day 11 Depart Budapest

Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Guided tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp

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Thu 05 Apr 18 Thu 19 Apr 18 Thu 03 May 18 Thu 17 May 18

Sun 15 Apr 18 Sun 29 Apr 18 Sun 13 May 18 Sun 27 May 18

Thu 31 May 18 Thu 14 Jun 18 Thu 28 Jun 18 Thu 12 Jul 18

Sun 10 Jun 18 Sun 24 Jun 18 Sun 08 Jul 18 Sun 22 Jul 18

Thu 26 Jul 18 Thu 09 Aug 18 Thu 23 Aug 18 Thu 06 Sep 18

Sun 05 Aug 18 Sun 19 Aug 18 Sun 02 Sep 18 Sun 16 Sep 18

Thu 20 Sep 18 Thu 04 Oct 18 Thu 18 Oct 18 Thu 01 Nov 18

Sun 30 Sep 18 Sun 14 Oct 18 Sun 28 Oct 18 Sun 11 Nov 18

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/central-europe-highlights/eexc

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Europe Visits 7 Countries

Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

2039

Balkans in 2 Weeks | 15 days

From $

Tour Code: EETW • Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik

I’d like my own room: $499

Start and end your tour in the charming city of Dubrovnik. In just 15 days this tour includes highlights from seven diverse countries. Visit four UNESCO sites including the Stari Most Bridge and take a boat ride around Matka Canyon. Discover tranquil lakes, ancient citadels and lively towns on this complete adventure through the Balkans region.

Type of Travel: Private vehicle Accommodation: 12 nights hotels, 2 nights apartments Meals: 14 breakfasts included

Itinerary Day 1 Dubrovnik This is your arrival day Days 2-3 Dubrovnik to Sarajevo Travel to Sarajevo, stopping en-route at the picturesque monastery of Blagaj Tekke. Next enjoy a visit to Mostar, famous for the Stari Most Bridge before arriving at Sarajevo in the afternoon. The next day you have free to explore Days 4-5 Sarajevo to Belgrade Cross into Serbia stopping at the capital, Belgrade. Here you’ll visit the Military Museum Days 6-7 Belgrade to Sofia Wander amongst bustling markets and visit the 900 year old Boyana Church in Sofia Day 8 Sofia to Skopje Travel to Skopje, Macedonia’s capital. Admire the many historical monuments including the Kale Fortress Days 9-10 Skope to Lake Ohrid Cruise down the Matka Canyon before traveling to the beautiful town of Ohrid situated on the shores of the lake Day 11 Lake Ohrid to Tirana Heading into Albania the first stop is Berat. Admire the white ottoman houses before continuing to the colourful capital of Tirana Days 12-13 Tirana to Kotor Soak up the charming town of Kotor in Montenegro. Enjoy a coastal meal at the Bay of Kotor or explore Stari Grad, the UNESCO listed Old Town Day 14 Kotor to Dubrovnik On the way to Dubrovnik you will stop at Trebinje for a winery tour and tasting Day 15 Depart Dubrovnik

Included Excursions & Activities Visit Mostar, entry to Blagaj Tekke, entry to the Belgrade Military Museum, Matka Canyon boat ride, visit Berat, stop at Trebinje for wine tour & tasting, 24 hour Dubrovnik city card including access to the Dubrovnik City Walls

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Sun 06 May 18 Sun 20 May 18 Sun 03 Jun 18 Sun 17 Jun 18

Sun 17 Jun 18 Sun 01 Jul 18 Sun 15 Jul 18

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Sun 12 Aug 18 Sun 26 Aug 18 Sun 09 Sep 18

Sun 09 Sep 18 Sun 23 Sep 18 Sun 07 Oct 18

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Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Want to start in Bulgaria? You can also start and finish this tour in Sofia, Bulgaria. See Tour Code EETWS online.


Europe Visits 7 Countries

Skanderbeg Square, Tirana, Albania

Exploring Skopje, Macedonia - Taken by Emma Nelson

Our Tucan Travel Tip Summer in the Balkans can get very hot so remember to pack your sunscreen!

Belgrade

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Kotor, Montenegro - Taken by Jenny Aitken

Sarajevo CROATIA

SERBIA

Mostar MONTENEGRO

Sofia

Dubrovnik BULGARIA

Kotor Skopje MACEDONIA

Tirana

Lake Ohrid

ALBANIA

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Europe Hungary, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania & Croatia

Kotor, Taken by Bryony Battis

Budapest HUNGARY

Novi Sad Belgrade SERBIA CROATIA

KOSOVO

Dubrovnik

Kotor

Pristina Skopje

Tirana

MACEDONIA Lake Ohrid

ALBANIA

Local chicken Group at Devil’s buses Town, in Antigua Serbia

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Budapest to Dubrovnik | 15 days

From $

Tour Code: EEPD • Budapest to Dubrovnik

I’d like my own room: $489

In two weeks combine seven countries travelling from Hungary to Croatia. Starting in the cultural city of Budapest, we enjoy an adventure that includes fortress tours and tranquil boat rides. Visit the bizarre landscapes of Devil’s Town in Serbia and walk the walls of Kruja in Albania. Enjoy coastal views in Montenegro before finishing your tour in the charming city of Dubrovnik.

Type of Travel: Mixture of private and public transport Accommodation: 12 nights hotels, 2 nights apartments Meals: 14 breakfasts included

Itinerary Day 1 Budapest Arrive today and meet your group and Tour Leader in the evening Day 2 Budapest to Novi Sad Cross into Serbia and travel to the artistic city of Novi Sad. It is a cultural hub and boasts over 88 art studios Days 3-4 Novi Sad to Belgrade Take a tunnel tour of the Petrovaradin Fortress before departing for Belgrade Days 5-6 Belgrade to Pristina Head towards Pristina. On the way there is a stop at the peculiar Devil’s Town rock formation Days 7-8 Pristina to Skopje Cross into Macedonia and see the Mother Teresa statue in Skopje Days 9-10 Skopje to Lake Ohrid Travel to Lake Ohrid. Wander through the town and hike to the top of the ancient walled fortress. You can also take a boat out onto the lake Day 11 Lake Ohrid to Tirana On the way to Tirana, stop in the small town of Kruja to visit the Skanderbeg Museum Days 12-13 Tirana to Kotor Crossing into Montenegro head to the pretty city of Kotor. Enjoy a guided tour of the Old Town Day 14 Kotor to Dubrovnik Arriving in Croatia, your final stop is Dubrovnik. Stroll along the city walls and admire views of the Adriatic Sea Day 15 Depart Dubrovnik

Included Excursions & Activities Petrovaradin Fortress tunnel tour, visit Devil’s Town, Matka Canyon boat ride, entry to Kruja City walls and Skanderbeg Museum, stop at Trebinje for wine tour & tasting, 24 hr Dubrovnik city card including access to the Dubrovnik City Walls

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Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

“ Very interesting and rewarding tour visiting less well known parts of the former Yugoslavia with Albania. Excellent itinerary being exposed to varied landscapes and local cultures. ” - Simon Mark Willans - May 2017


Europe Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia & Hungary

The Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Hungary

Budapest SLOVENIA Lake Bled

HUNGARY

Ljubljana

Zagreb

Plitvice National Park BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

CROATIA

Sarajevo Split

Mostar

Hvar Island

Dubrovnik LocalBled, Lake chicken Slovenia buses in Antigua

2139

Dubrovnik to Budapest | 15 days

From $

Tour Code: EEDP • Dubrovnik to Budapest

I’d like my own room: $419

Combine some of the most picture-perfect parts of Eastern Europe on this two week tour. This adventure includes one of Croatia’s most beautiful islands, as well as some fascinating highlights of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia and Hungary. Take a dip in Kravice Waterfall, enjoy a guided tour of the Diocletian’s Palace and visit the tranquil Lake Bled.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mixture of private and public transport Accommodation: 12 nights hotels, 2 nights guesthouses Meals: 12 breakfasts included

Itinerary Day 1 Dubrovnik This is your arrival day. Tonight you will meet your group at your pre-departure meeting Days 2-3 Dubrovnik to Sarajevo Cross into Bosnia & Herzegovina for Sarajevo and its many museums Day 4 Sarajevo to Mostar Admire the poignant Stari Most bridge in Mostar Days 5-6 Mostar to Hvar Returning to Croatia, spend two days on the beautiful island of Hvar. Enjoy al fresco cafes and stroll around the harbour Day 7 Hvar to Split Head to the coastal city of Split and tour Diocletian’s Palace Day 8 Split to Plitvice National Park Admire the many azure blue lakes in Plitvice National Park Days 9-10 Plitvice to Zagreb Your last stop in Croatia is Zagreb. Discover the historic Upper Town with churches from the 17th century Day 11 Zagreb to Lake Bled Cross into Slovenia and visit the charming town of Bled, on the banks of an emerald green lake. You can hire a boat and row across it to an island, home to a small baroque church Days 12-13 Lake Bled to Ljubljana Travel to Ljubljana. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour of the city Day 14 Ljubljana to Budapest Cross into Hungary where your final destination is the cultural city of Budapest Day 15 Depart Budapest

Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Entry to Kravice Waterfall, guided tour of Diocletian’s Palace, entry to Plitvice Lakes National Park, guided walking tour of Ljubljana, tunnel tour in Sarajevo

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Europe Romania

Suceviţa Monastery, Bucovina, Romania

Suceviţa Bucovina Săpânţa Moldoviţa Maramureş Mănăstirea Humorului

ROMANIA

Bucharest Local chicken Merry cemetery buses in Maramureş, in Antigua Romania

929

Hike Romania | 9 days

From $

Tour Code: RRHR • Bucharest to Bucharest

I’d like my own room: $129

Get off the beaten track as you trek through the Romanian countryside. Staying in local guesthouses, you will discover rural villages and rich traditions. This nine day adventure takes you through two regions, Bucovina and Maramureş, as you pass spectacular landscapes, beautiful monasteries and traditional architecture.

Day 1 Bucharest to Bucovina Arrive in Bucharest and meet your group. You will take an overnight train to the region of Bucovina in the evening Day 2 Moldoviţa Arriving on an overnight train, you will arrive in the region of Bucovina and the village of Moldoviţa. Take a stroll and meet the Hutsules community who will show you the art of egg painting. You will also see the unique Moldoviţa painted monastery Day 3 Moldoviţa to Suceviţa Today there is a lengthy hike through the woods to Suceviţa. You have the chance to visit Suceviţa Monastery, another beautiful building that is very well preserved Day 4 Suceviţa to Mănăstirea Humorului Trek for approximately 12km to the rural village of Mănăstirea Humorului. Take a step back in time watching horse-carts go by Day 5 Mănăstirea Humorului to Maramureş A private vehicle will transfer you to the region of Maramureş where you can visit the distinctive old wooden churches. Hiking from here we head to our guesthouse Days 6-7 Maramureş Spend the next two days hiking from village to village in the Maramureş Region, passing wooden churches and stunning views Day 8 Maramureş to Săpânţa We drive to Săpânţa to visit the fascinating “Merry Cemetery”, filled with poetic stories before boarding an overnight train back to Bucharest Day 9 Depart Bucharest

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Type of Travel: Hiking tour Accommodation: 6 nights guesthouses, 2 overnight trains Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners included

Itinerary

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Group Size: Average 6, maximum 14 Physical Rating:

Our Tucan Travel Tip You need to be reasonably fit for this tour: expect hikes of between 3 and 5 hours most days.


Europe Bulgaria

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

BULGARIA

Sofia Simeonovo Govedartsi

Yastrebetz Peak Rila National Park Bansko

Pirin National Park Tevno Ezero Lake

LocalNational Pirin chicken Park, busesBulgaria in Antigua

689

Hike Bulgaria | 9 days

From $

Tour Code: RBHB • Sofia to Sofia

I’d like my own room: $179

Discover the highest mountains in Bulgaria on this nine day adventure. Visit one of Bulgaria’s most famous landmarks, the Rila Monastery. Steep ascents will be rewarded with spectacular views on this unique hiking experience.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Hiking tour Accommodation: 7 nights hotels, 1 night hut near Tevno

Itinerary

Ezero lake

Day 1 Sofia On arrival at Sofia you will be transferred to your hotel in Simeonovo Day 2 Simeonovo to Govedartsi Transfer to Borovets where you will take the cable car to Yastrebetz Peak. From here begin the hike to Mount Musala. Enjoy panoramic views before descending to Govedartsi Day 3 Prekorechki Lakes From Govedartsi enjoy a day’s trekking to the Prekorechki Lakes. Flanked by steep slopes, it’s a challenging hike Day 4 Govedartsi to Bansko We take a chairlift to Seven Rila Lakes. From here, hike to Bulgaria’s largest monastery, Rila Monastery. You will then be driven to Bansko Day 5 Pirin Trek to Tevno Ezero Spend the day hiking through the Central Pirin region to Tevno Ezero Lake. Pass beautiful scenery as you cover great distances before staying the night at Tevno Ezero hut Day 6 Pirin Glacier Lakes to Bansko Discover magnificent views over the Pirin glacial lakes on today’s trek before returning to Bansko Day 7 Mount Vihren Today’s hike is a steep ascent to the highest peak in the Pirin Mountains. Pass glacial lakes before reaching the top of Mount Vihren. You will return to Bansko later today Day 8 Bansko to Sofia Return to Sofia for a final night Day 9 Depart Sofia

Meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 dinners included Group Size: Average 4, maximum 12 Physical Rating:

Our Tucan Travel Tip Pack your hiking boots as this trip is challenging with walks of between 5 and 7 hours each day.

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Europe Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria & Turkey

Bran Castle, Romania

1839

Transylvania Tale | 15 days

From $

Tour Code: EETT • Budapest to Istanbul

I’d like my own room: $379

Turn back time and descend into the dark ages on this tour of Dracula’s region. Medieval castles stand beside heavily fortified towns frozen in time. From ancient Byzantine churches in one town to ottoman mosques in the next, you will be charmed by the country so raw and real right in front of you.

Type of Travel: Mixture of public and private transport Accommodation: 13 nights hotels, 1 night guesthouse

Itinerary Day 1 Budapest This is your arrival day Day 2 Budapest to Eger Take the train to Eger, famous for its traditional wines Day 3 Eger to Baia Mare Crossing into Romania, take a tour of the Maramures Region. Visit the picturesque village of Bârsana and discover the traditional wooden churches. Later, head to the town of Baia Mare Days 4-5 Baia Mare to Sighișoara Visit the historical city of Cluj Napoca before travelling to Sighișoara where we stay inside the citadel Day 6 Sighișoara to Brașov Travel to Brașov stopping en-route at the Viscri Fortified Church and Prejmer Fortified Church Day 7 Brașov From Brașov visit Bran’s Castle, often known as Dracula’s Castle. You will also explore Peleș Castle. It’s elaborate design looks like it could be from a fairytale Day 8 Brașov to Bucharest Continue the journey to Bucharest, where you will have free time to explore Romania’s cultural capital. Discover the eclectic mix of architecture including the Arc de Triomphe that rivals Paris Day 9 Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo Cross into Bulgaria and explore the historical city of Veliko Tarnovo Days 10-11 Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia Travel to Sofia for its many cultural highlights. There are museums to explore, cafes to enjoy and markets to browse Days 12-13 Sofia to Plovdiv Journey to Plovdiv one of Europe’s oldest cities. Here we visit the Roman Amphitheatre Day 14 Plovdiv to Istanbul Arrive in Istanbul in time to try the delicious Turkish cuisine for dinner Day 15 Depart Istanbul

Meals: 12 breakfasts included Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Guided tour of Maramures, visit Cluj Napoca, entry to Viscri Fortified Church, entry to Prejmer Fortified Church, entry to Bran’s Castle, entry to Peles Castle, entry to Plovdiv Roman Amphitheatre

Our Tucan Travel Tip

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When in Bulgaria be aware of the local customs. People nod to say no and shake their head to say yes!


Europe Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria & Turkey

City of Budapest, Hungary

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

“ The itinerary was excellent and has given me a perfect experience of the countries. Everything was well organised, hotels were in ideal locations and our tour leader went above and beyond each day. ” - Katherine Sheehan - September 2016

Eger Baia Mare

Budapest

Cluj-Napoca Sighişoara

HUNGARY

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Viscri Braşov ROMANIA Bucharest

BULGARIA Veliko Tarnovo Sofia Plovdiv

Istanbul TURKEY

A group in Cluj-Napoca, Romania - Taken by Martin Sluman

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Europe Visits 20 Countries

Plitvice National Park, Croatia

Travel for as little or as long as you like 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.

Moscow to Warsaw | 14 days

Warsaw to Budapest | 11 days

Tour Code: EEMW

Tour Code: EEXC

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Budapest to Dubrovnik | 15 days

Dubrovnik to Budapest | 15 days

Tour Code: EEPD

Tour Code: EEDP

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Budapest to Istanbul | 15 days Tour Code: EETT

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Europe Visits 20 Countires

Hagia SoďŹ a, Istanbul

St Petersburg Tallinn RUSSIA

ESTONIA

LATVIA

Moscow

LITHUANIA

Church of the Savior on Blood, St Petersberg, Russia

POLAND

Warsaw CZECH REPUBLIC

SLOVAKIA HUNGARY

Budapest

AUSTRIA

Karageorge Petrovitch monument in Belgrade, Serbia

SLOVENIA

CROATIA

ROMANIA BOSNIA

Dubrovnik MONTENEGRO ALBANIA

SERBIA BULGARIA MACEDONIA

Istanbul TURKEY

Enjoying Prizren, Kosovo - Taken by Emma Nelson

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Welcome to Asia

Asia Welcome to

Woman at Sukhothai, Thailand

About Asia There are so many adventures in Asia to choose from. Discover ancient cities in Thailand, get off the tourist trail in Myanmar or marvel at the majestic complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. See the Taj Mahal at sunrise, visit the floating markets of the Mekong or soak up the cherry blossom in Japan.

Your Transport

Your Accommodation

On our tours in Asia we use the most appropriate method of transport available, whether that is a private van, public bus, tuk-tuk or your own two feet. From cruising on traditional junk boats in Halong Bay, to exploring Delhi on a rickshaw, you will be immersed in the local way of life.

We offer more opportunities to sleep in unique types of accommodation in Asia than on any other continent we run tours in. From junk boats in Vietnam to homestays in the Mekong Delta, we offer unique accommodation to suit the adventure. For all those nights not spent in unique places, we use hotels that are comfortable and centrally located to the sights.

About Each Day

Supporting Local Communities

From the iconic Taj Mahal in India to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, there are some sights that we know you don’t want to miss out on in Asia. We include the biggest and the best highlights in each country so that you don’t have to worry about too many extra costs while on your tour. There are plenty more opportunities where you will get to choose how you spend your day. A list of of your tour’s optional excursions is available online.

The way we treat our world and the creatures in it is of the utmost priority for us at Tucan Travel. In Asia, we do our best to ensure we only visit wildlife centres with an excellent reputation for animal welfare, we support local communities as much as possible and use public transport allowing us to reduce our carbon footprint and share the burden among many others.

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Welcome to Asia

Cambodia China Laos India Japan Malaysia

Indian woman, India

Myanmar/Burma Nepal Singapore Sri Lanka Thailand Vietnam Halong Bay, Vietnam

Top Five Highlights!

Angkor Wat - Cambodia Bagan - Myanmar Taj Mahal - India Bangkok Grand Palace - Thailand Halong Bay - Vietnam

90% of all the rice in the world is eaten in Asia Weather Guide

This chart indicates the weather in Asia throughout the year. Please be advised that this is a guide only, and you should check before you travel.

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Hanoi, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Bangkok, Thailand Phuket, Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand Singapore, Singapore Yangon, Myanmar Mandalay, Myanmar Delhi, India Kathmandu, Nepal Tokyo, Japan Beijing, China Colombo, Sri Lanka Phnom Penh, Cambodia Cold <= 60F, Wet Cold <= 60F, Dry

Cool 60-70F, Wet Cool 60-70F, Dry

Warm 70-86F, Wet Warm 70-86F, Dry

Hot > 86+F, Wet Hot > 86+F, Dry

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Asia Sri Lanka

Fishermen in Galle, Sri Lanka

1979

Jewels of Sri Lanka | 15 days

From $

Tour Code: SRJ • Negombo to Negombo

I’d like my own room: $629

Explore Sri Lanka, the land of hidden temples and caves, sacred Buddhist sites and Hindu shrines. Venture into the British tea plantations, nature reserves and botanical gardens of the hill country. Visit ancient royal capitals, enjoy the urban buzz of leafy Kandy and trek in the sweeping Horton Plains to see giant Buddha statues, before relaxing on Unawatuna’s blissful beaches.

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Accommodation: 14 nights hotels

Group Size Average 10-14, maximum 16

Day 1 Negombo This is your arrival day Days 2-3 Negombo to Anuradhapura Stop at Negombo’s fish market on the way to Anuradhapura where you will visit the extensive religious ruins Day 4 Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa Explore Polonnaruwa with a guided tour through the archeological site Day 5 Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya Head to Sigiriya where you can climb Lion’s Rock rising out of the jungle Days 6-7 Sigiriya to Kandy Stop at the cave temples of Dambulla before continuing to Kandy. In the evening you will get to see a cultural dance show Days 8-9 Kandy to Nuwara Eliya Wake early and take an optional trip to Adam’s Peak in time for sunrise. You will then travel into the Sri Lankan tea plantation region stopping at Nuwara Eliya Day 10 Nuwara Eliya to Ella Explore Horton Plains National Park and trek to ‘World’s End’ before getting the train to Ella Day 11 Ella to Yala National Park Stop at the Ravana Waterfalls before heading to Yala National Park. Enjoy a games drive spotting wildlife Days 12-13 Yala National Park to Unawatuna Visit the Elephant Transit Home before heading to Unawatuna. Relax on the beaches and take a city tour of nearby Galle Day 14 Unawatuna to Negombo Return to Negombo stopping first in the city of Colombo for a short tour Day 15 Depart Negombo

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Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 dinner included

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Included Excursions & Activities Negombo city tour & fish market, visit coconut plantation & toddy tapping, visit Mihintale, visit Anuradhapura ruins, visit Aukana Buddha, visit Polonnaruwa ruins, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Caves, visit Arthur’s Seat Viewpoint, Kandy city tour, evening Puja at Temple of the Tooth, entry to the Royal Botanical Garden, Kandy cultural dance show, tea plantation excursion, guided tour of Nuwaraeliya, entry and trek through Horton Plains National Park, scenic train journey to Ella, game drive in Yala National Park, visit Little Adam’s Peak & Rawana Waterfall, entry to elephant transit home, Sri Lankan cooking class with dinner, Galle city tour, entry to a turtle hatchery, Colombo city tour, visit Meethiyagoda Moonstone Mine, visit a cinnamon plantation


Asia Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Lion Rock, Sri Lanka

Fishing boats, Sri Lanka

â&#x20AC;&#x153; Amazing tour! Great diversity in the country, the landscape, the people, the food were all fantastic. â&#x20AC;? - Michael Halley, March 2017

Anuradhapura

Tea plantations in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Polonnaruwa

SRI LANKA

Kandy

Negombo Colombo

Nuwara Eliya Ella

Yala National Park

Unawatuna

Train to Ella, Sri Lanka

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Asia Nepal

Annapurna Mountain Range reflected on Phewa Lake, Nepal

1119

Highlights of Nepal | 11 days

From $

Tour Code: INHN • Kathmandu to Kathmandu

I’d like my own room: $239

The beautiful Annapurna region of Nepal offers some of the world’s most spectacular vistas and picturesque trails. The incredible Himalayan scenery includes freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams winding through arid landscapes. Trek through quaint villages, encounter friendly local mountain tribes, view impressive flora and fauna and admire many sacred Buddhist and Hindu shrines set against the backdrop of majestic snowcapped mountains.

Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 5 nights hotels, 2 night lodges, 3 nights guesthouses Meals: 8 breakfasts included

Itinerary

Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16

Day 1 Kathmandu This is your arrival day. Tonight you will meet your group and Tour Leader Day 2 Kathmandu to Lumbini Travel to Lumbini said to be the birthplace of Buddha. Here you visit the Maya Devi Temple Days 3-4 Lumbini to Chitwan National Park Head to Chitwan National Park where you can enjoy jungle walks spotting rhino, buffalo or even the elusive tiger. In the evening there is a cultural dance show Day 5 Chitwan National Park to Pokhara Head to the tranquil town of Pokhara nestled on the banks of Lake Phewa, shop for silks as souvenirs or hiking gear for the days ahead here Days 6-7 Annapurna Foothills Spend two days hiking through the Annapurna Foothills with a local guide, sleeping in rustic lodges with incredible mountain views Days 8-9 Pokhara Return to Pokhara where you can relax from your trekking experience. There is an included visit to the Tibetan Refugee Camp where you can get an insight into the Tibetan culture Day 10 Pokhara to Kathmandu Travel back to Kathmandu in time for a visit to the Monkey Temple Day 11 Depart Kathmandu

Included Excursions & Activities Visit the Maya Devi Temple, Tharu cultural dance show, entry to Chitwan National Park, two day Annapurna Foothills trek, hike to the World Peace Pagoda, visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp & Syambhu Nath (Monkey) Temple

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Have more time? In two weeks hike to Everest Base Camp See Tour Code: (RNEVC) on our website for more details.


Asia Nepal

Smiling woman in Nepal - Taken by Kate Finnigan

Lumbini, Nepal

â&#x20AC;&#x153; I really enjoyed my Tucan Travel tour of Nepal. Our guide was excellent and there was so much to see even before you start trekking. â&#x20AC;? - Kathryn Jones, February 2017

Buddha statue in Swoyambhunath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

Annapurna Foothills

Pokhara Lumbini

Kathmandu NEPAL Chitwan National Park

Group photo in the Annapurna Foothills, Nepal

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Asia India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

2319

India in Depth | 22 days

From $

Tour Code: INID • Delhi to Delhi

I’d like my own room: $699

Rajasthan presents a fascinating view into the vibrant heritage of India. During this tour your eyes will be dazzled by blue-painted towns and rose-washed cities populated by women in glittering saris and men in multi-hued turbans. You will visit the majestic Taj Mahal, travel down the Ganges in Varanasi and take a camel safari out into the desert.

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Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 16 nights hotels, 2 overnight sleeper trains, 1 night camel safari camp, 2 nights guesthouses Meals: 19 breakfasts, 1 dinner included

Day 1 Delhi This is your arrival day Day 2 Delhi to Bikaner Travel to Bikaner and visit the Karni Mata Temple, where over 2000 rats live Day 3 Bikaner to Jaisalmer Travel to the desert city of Jaisalmer. Marvel at the markets as camels stand in the sun Day 4 Thar Desert Ride a camel into the Thar Desert and camp under the stars Day 5 Jaisalmer Visit the abandoned Kuldhara Village before returning to Jaisalmer Days 6-7 Jaisalmer to Jodhpur Travel to the ‘Blue City’, Jodhpur. You have the option to visit the Mehrangarh Fort Days 8-9 Udaipur Continue your journey to Udaipur, brimming with lush gardens and marble palaces Days 10-11 Udaipur to Jaipur Take the train to Jaipur and discover the Amber Fort Days 12-13 Jaipur to Agra Head to Agra where we tour the Taj Mahal Days 14-15 Orchha Travel to Orchha and admire the Ram Temple Day 16 Orcha to Basari Get off the beaten track and stay in the traditional village of Basari. Visit a school and meet the local children Day 17 Basari to Khajuraho Travel to Khajuraho and visit the ‘Karma Sutra’ temple Days 18-19 Khajuraho to Varanasi Take an overnight train to Varanasi.The next day take an evening boat trip down the Ganges for best views of the ghats and ceremonies Days 20-21 Varanasi to Delhi Spend the morning enjoying Varanasi before returning to Delhi Day 22 Depart Delhi

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Included Excursions & Activities Evening walk around Karol Bagh, visit Karni Mata temple, camel safari, visit Jaisalmer Fort, visit Kuldhara village, Rajasthani cultural dance show, entry to Udaipur City Palace, Jagdish temple & markets tour, visit Amber Fort, visit Birla Temple, guided tour of the Taj Mahal, Orchha heritage walk, visit Ram Temple, visit Basari Village, Khajuraho Market, visit Karma Sutra Temple, boat ride down the River Ganges, Puja Ceremony


Asia India

Celebrating Holi Festival, India

Indian woman, India

“ India is truely a county of contradictions, so colourful but so drab, noisy then total quiet, billions of people and then you don’t see a soul. This trip to India has changed me forever. ” - Alexandra Robb, October 2016

INDIA River Ganges, Varanasi, India

Delhi

Thar Desert

Bikaner

Jaisalmer

Agra (Taj Mahal) Jaipur

Jodhpur Orchha

Udaipur

Basari Khajuraho

Varanasi

Jodhpur, the Blue City, Rajasthan, India

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/india-in-depth/inid

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Asia Myanmar/Burma

Temples in Bagan, Myanmar

2079

Classic Myanmar | 14 days

From $

Tour Code: BUCM • Mandalay to Yangon

I’d like my own room: $529

Journey into the remote Northern Shan State on this two week tour visiting all of Myanmar’s fascinating highlights. Get off the beaten track hiking through remote villages, cycle through the romantic temples of Bagan, take a boat on Inle Lake before finishing up in Yangon, home to the golden Shwedagon Pagoda.

Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches included

Day 1 Mandalay This is your arrival day Days 2-3 Mandalay to Hsipaw Travel into the Northern Shan State staying at the tiny town of Hsipaw, a place where few other tourists venture. Enjoy a walking tour through the paddy fields passing local villages and quiet monasteries Day 4 Hsipaw to Kyaukme Take a bus to Kyaukme. On arrival trekking to meet the Palaung people living in the remote valleys Day 5 Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin Enjoy a scenic train ride over the Goteik Viaduct to the colonial town of Pyin Oo Lwin Day 6 Pyin Oo Lwin to Mandalay Return to Mandalay and soak up more of the sights Days 7-9 Mandalay to Bagan Bagan has more temples than anywhere else in world. Climb a pagoda for impressive views and enjoy a bicycle tour, stopping at many ancient temples Day 10 Bagan to Kalaw Stop off at the Elephant Conservation Centre en-route to Kalaw. You can help wash and feed them, learning about how they came to the sanctuary Days 11-12 Kalaw to Inle Lake Take a scenic train to Inle Lake. You will visit the villages and workshops on the lake before enjoying a traditional Intha lunch at a local family’s home Day 13 Inle Lake to Yangon Fly to Yangon where you can visit the spiritual Shwedagon Pagoda Day 14 Depart Yangon

Included Excursions & Activities Walking tour of the Shan villages around Hsipaw, mountain walking tour around Kyaukme, train journey over the Goteik Viaduct, Bagan orientation tour, bicycle tour through Bagan, entry to the Elephant Conservation Centre, train journey through Shan Hills to Inle Lake, a full day touring Inle Lake with traditional Intha lunch

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Sat 03 Nov 18 Sat 01 Dec 18 Sat 29 Dec 18

Fri 16 Nov 18 Fri 14 Dec 18 Fri 11 Jan 19

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/classic-myanmar/bucm

Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Our Tucan Travel Tip 89% of Myanmar’s population are Buddhist and your tour includes visits to many monasteries and religious sites. Wear modest clothing when entering temples and pack shoes that are easy to slip on and off.


Asia Myanmar/Burma

Traditional fishermen, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Children playing, Mandalay, Myanmar

“ The tour was a fantastic whirlwind of culture, adventure, laughs and wonderment. A great experience that I will always be a part of me! ” - Thomas Christian Ainsworth, July 2016

Hsipaw MYANMAR Kyaukme

Mandalay

Pyin Oo Lwin

Gotiek Viaduct train journey, Myanmar

Bagan Inle Lake

Kalaw

Yangon Locals in the Northern Shan tea fields, Myanmar

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/classic-myanmar/bucm

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Asia Laos & Thailand

Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang Golden Triangle Chiang Rai Chiang Mai

Vang Vieng Vientiane

Sukhothai

LAOS THAILAND

Bangkok

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

1619

Laos & Thailand | 15 days

From $

Tour Code: SELT • Bangkok to Bangkok

I’d like my own room: $319

Beginning in Bangkok and travelling through Northern Thailand you will uncover ancient ruins, colourful night markets and intricate temples. Crossing into Laos, witness the friendly locals giving alms to the monks, pass lush paddy fields and explore French colonial cities.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 12 nights hotels, 2 nights guesthouses

Itinerary Day 1 Bangkok This is your arrival day Day 2 Bangkok Enjoy a day exploring Bangkok. You will visit the Grand Palace, home to the revered Emerald Buddha Days 3-4 Bangkok to Sukhothai Fly to the ancient capital of Sukhothai. Visit the ruins of this once-royal capital on a bicycle tour Days 5-6 Sukhothai to Chiang Mai Journey to the north of Thailand stopping in Chiang Mai, famous for its night market Day 7 Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Take the tourist bus to Chiang Rai where the evening is free Day 8 Golden Triangle Enjoy a full day tour exploring the Golden Triangle region. Highlights include visiting the breathtaking White Temple and the Opium Museum where you can learn about the Golden Triangle’s opium past. Return to Chiang Rai at the end of the day Days 9-10 Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang Fly to Laos staying at Luang Prabang. Watch monks collecting alms at sunrise Days 11-12 Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng Travel to the small town of Vang Vieng. Enjoy a tuk-tuk trip through the countryside to the Blue Lagoon Day 13 Vang Vieng to Vientiane Head to Laos’ capital which boasts a number of French influences Day 14 Vientiane to Bangkok Return to Bangkok Day 15 Depart Bangkok

Meals: 11 breakfasts included Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Bangkok Grand Palace tour, bicycle tour of Sukhothai, full day tour of the Golden Triangle region including entry to the White Temple and entry to the Black House, trip to and up Mount Phousi with the Tour Leader, watch monks collecting alms, tuk-tuk tour through Vang Vieng countryside to the Blue Lagoon, visit the COPE Centre

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Sat 03 Nov 18 Sat 17 Nov 18 Sat 01 Dec 18 Sat 15 Dec 18 Sat 29 Dec 18 Sat 12 Jan 19

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/laos-and-thailand/selt

“ I fell in love with Thailand and Laos. The people, the food, the many different temples. Each day delivered so many memories ” - Robert Davidson, May 2016


Asia Singapore, Malaysia & Thailand

Floating market, Bangkok, Thailand

THAILAND

Bangkok

Phuket Penang Cameron Highlands Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA

Melaka SINGAPORE

Singapore Batu Caves statue and entrance near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1319

Singapore to Bangkok | 14 days

From $

Tour Code: SESB • Singapore to Bangkok

I’d like my own room: $319

Starting in the glittering lights of Singapore, the adventure continues in Malaysia where you can compare bustling cities with quiet villages, nestled deep in the highlands. Head to Thailand to enjoy the beaches of Phuket, and you can visit some surrounding islands before arriving in Bangkok where ornate golden temples and busy markets await.

Dates Sun 31 Dec 17 Sun 14 Jan 18 Sun 28 Jan 18 Sun 11 Feb 18 Sun 25 Feb 18 Sun 11 Mar 18 Sun 25 Mar 18

Sat 13 Jan 18 Sat 27 Jan 18 Sat 10 Feb 18 Sat 24 Feb 18 Sat 10 Mar 18 Sat 24 Mar 18 Sat 07 Apr 18

Accommodation: 13 nights hotels

Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16

Day 1 Singapore This is your arrival day. Tonight you will meet your Tour Leader and group Days 2-3 Singapore to Melaka Cross into Malaysia stopping in Melaka. Explore Harmony Street, where you can find a number of temples from a variety of religions, including Buddhism and Hinduism. Tonight you will see the city on an evening rickshaw tour Days 4-5 Melaka to Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s thriving capital. Here you can pay a visit to the tallest twin tower buildings in the world, the Petronas Towers Days 6-7 Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands Leave the city behind staying in the lush Cameron Highlands. Enjoy a day viewing the tea plantations, visiting a strawberry farm and taking a short trek through the jungle Days 8-9 Cameron Highlands to Penang Take a heritage walk through Georgetown, Penang and try delicious street food found here Days 10-12 Penang to Phuket Fly to Thailand, stopping at the island paradise of Phuket. Here you can see the big Buddha and relax on the many beautiful beaches Day 13 Phuket to Bangkok Fly to Bangkok where you can visit the Grand Palace Day 14 Depart Bangkok

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Meals: 11 breakfasts included

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Included Excursions & Activities Evening rickshaw city tour in Melaka, visit the KLCC area to see the Petronas Towers, visit Batu Caves and temple with Tour Leader, full day tour of the Cameron Highlands, Penang heritage walk

Our Tucan Travel Tip Your money will go further in Thailand if you bring larger notes with you in USD as you will get a better exchange rate

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/singapore-to-bangkok/sesb

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Asia Vietnam

The Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam

Hanoi Halong Bay

Hue Hoi An VIETNAM Nha Trang

Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta Halong Bay, Vietnam

1239

Vietnam Experience | 15 days

From $

Tour Code: SEVE • Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

I’d like my own room: $239

Immerse yourself in the delights of Vietnam on this in-depth tour of the country. Enjoy hearty bowls of pho in Hanoi, cruise through Halong Bay and visit the citadel in Hue. Get clothes tailored in Hoi An, relax on the beach at Nha Trang and explore floating markets in the Mekong Delta.

Day 1 Hanoi This is your arrival day Days 2-4 Halong Bay & Hanoi Leave Hanoi to spend the night on a traditional junk boat as it cruises around Halong Bay. Visit the large caves before returning to Hanoi where you have free time to explore Days 5-6 Hanoi to Hue Take a short flight to the Hue and visit the Imperial City within the Citadel Days 7-9 Hue to Hoi An Stop at the Marble Mountain and Hai Van Pass en-route to Hoi An. Here you can visit the atmospheric Old Town and admire the spectacular architecture Days 10-11 Hoi An to Nha Trang Take the overnight train to Nha Trang, a beautiful coastal location that boasts turquoise waters and sun-kissed sandy beaches Day 12 Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and soak up the electric atmosphere. Haggle for bargains at the Ben Thanh Market and sample some of the tastiest food in Vietnam Day 13 Mekong Delta Get out of the city and stay with a local family on the Mekong Delta. Learn about village life on the river, visiting a floating market Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City Return to Ho Chi Minh City Day 15 Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Included Excursions & Activities Halong Bay overnight cruise, half day tour of Hanoi, water-puppet theatre trip, visit the Citadel in Hue, visit the Marble Mountain & Hai Van Pass, Mekong Delta homestay with river workshops and visits to the floating market, walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City

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Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 11 nights hotels, 1 overnight sleeper trains, 1 night on a junk boat, 1 night homestay

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Sat 03 Nov 18 Sat 17 Nov 18 Sat 01 Dec 18 Sat 15 Dec 18 Sat 29 Dec 18 Sat 12 Jan 19

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/vietnam-experience/seve

Meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners included Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

“ Well organised. Good hotels with great locations. A good range of activities, taking full advantage of the sights. ” - Christine Staphnill, July 2016


Asia Cambodia & Thailand

A monk in Cambodia

THAILAND Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Bangkok

CAMBODIA Kratie

Battambang

Kompong Cham

Phnom Penh

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

1089

Cambodia Adventure | 10 days

From $

Tour Code: SECA â&#x20AC;˘ Phnom Penh to Bangkok

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like my own room: $179

Get under the skin of Cambodia and explore some of the main attractions as well as charming riverside towns. Try and spot the rare Irrawiddy dolphin in Kratie, and enjoy a trip on the bamboo railway in Battambang. No visit to Cambodia would be complete without seeing Angkor Wat, and we can explore the legendary temple complex in all its glory.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 9 nights hotels Meals: 8 breakfasts included

Itinerary Day 1 Phnom Penh This is your arrival day. Tonight you will meet you group and Tour Leader Days 2-3 Phnom Penh to Kratie Leaving the city you will get a taste of Cambodian countryside in Kratie. Here you can take a boat onto the river to spot dolphins Day 4 Kratie to Kompong Cham Travel to Kompong Cham, home to the local ethnic Cham community. You can take a boat to one of the last remaining wooden pagodas in Cambodia Day 5 Kompong Cham to Battambang Journey to Battambang arriving in the late afternoon. On the way, stop at the Skuon Spider Market where you can dare to try the local delicacy, fried spider Day 6 Battambang Take a trip on the unique Bamboo Railway and sample traditional Khmer wine Day 7 Battambang to Siem Reap Travel to Siem Reap stopping en-route for a quick break at Sisophon Day 8 Angkor Wat Today is undoubtedly a highlight of your trip, as we take you on a guided tour of the Angkor Wat complex. Explore the sprawling temples and see the site where Tomb Raider was filmed Day 9 Siem Reap to Bangkok Fly to Bangkok and spend your final night soaking up the city. Head to the floating markets and sample exotic street food Day 10 Depart Bangkok

Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Visit the Spider Market, Bamboo Railway ride, Khmer wine tasting, visit the Battambang Bat Caves, guided tour of Angkor Wat

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You can start this tour in Ho Chi Minh City adding an extra five days to your tour. See Tour Code SEVB online.

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/cambodia-adventure/seca

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Asia Travel for as long as you like

Friendly locals Sagaing, Myanmar

Travel for as little or as long as you like 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.

Bangkok to Bangkok | 15 days

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City | 15 days

Tour Code: SELT

Tour Code: SEVE

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Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok | 15 days

Singapore to Bangkok | 14 days Tour Code: SESB

Tour Code: SEVB

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Mandalay to Yangon | 14 days Tour Code: BUCM

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Asia Travel for as long as you like

Giving alms to the monks in Luang Prabang, Laos

Mandalay Hanoi

MYANMAR

Mandalay

Halong Bay

LAOS

Hanoi

MYANMAR

Halong Bay VIETNAM

LAOS

Vientiane VIETNAM Cuchi Tunnels, Vietnam - Taken by Marcus Hunt

Yangon

Vientiane THAILAND

Yangon CAMBODIA THAILAND

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C APhnom M B O DPenh IA

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Phnom Penh

Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City

Emperor Tomb, Hue, Vietnam

MALAYSIA

Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA

Kuala Lumpur

Singapore

SINGAPORE

Singapore

SINGAPORE

If you book a longer tour, we include the transport connection to get you there. The red lines indicate these flights. Singapore skyline, Singapore

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Asia Japan

Geisha admiring cherry blossom, Japan

2659

Back Roads of Japan | 10 days

From $

Tour Code: JBR • Kyoto to Tokyo

I’d like my own room: $339

Conflict, peace perseverance and prosperity have each shaped the history of Japan, which you can discover for yourself on this fascinating journey. From the early imperial palaces, traditional temples and sacred shrines, to 20th century memorials to the devastation of war, you can follow the evolution of a nation. Explore modern cities, relax in natural thermal springs and sample delicious cuisine on this adventure through Japan.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 9 nights hotels Meals: 7 breakfasts included

Itinerary

Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16

Day 1 Kyoto This is your arrival day Day 2 Kyoto Today your Tour Leader will take you on a walking tour of Kyoto’s Geisha District Day 3 Kyoto to Hiroshima Take the Bullet Train to Himeji where you can visit Himeji Castle. After lunch continue the journey to Hiroshima Day 4 Hiroshima From Hiroshima you will visit the holy island of Miyajima, famous for the floating Torii Gate Days 5-6 Hiroshima to Nagasaki Travel to Nagasaki where you will visit the Peace Park and Memorial dedicated to the lives lost during World War II Days 7-8 Nagasaki to Fukuoka Take the train to Fukuoka, where you can enjoy a day trip to Yufuin, famous for its hot springs. Here you can take a leisurely walk around Kinrinko Lake Day 9 Fukuoka to Tokyo Fly to Tokyo, Japan’s vibrant capital. Visit the quirky Harajuku district, or spend the night in one of the city’s famous karaoke bars Day 10 Depart Tokyo

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Only have one week? View our seven day Japan Highlights tour from Tokyo to Kyoto. See Tour Code JJH online.

Included Excursions & Activities Walking tour of Geisha District, visit Hiroshima Peace Park & Museum, visit Himeji Castle, visit Myajiima & the Torii Gate, visit Nagasaki Peace Park & Museum, day trip to Yufuin

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Thu 14 Dec 17 Thu 28 Dec 17

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View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/back-roads-of-japan/jbr


Asia Japan

Don’t miss the

Cherry Bl�som The best time to see this is between March & April

Torii Gate, Miyajima, Japan

Traditional onsen, Japan

“ Great value, comprehensive tour of Japan. Reliable professional tour guide. Travel and accommodation of a good standard. A thoroughly enjoyable trip. ” - Valerie Christine West - March 2017

Buddhist temple in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan

JAPAN

Kyoto

Tokyo

Hiroshima Fukuoka

Miyajima Yufuin

Nagasaki

Himeji Castle, Japan

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/back-roads-of-japan/jbr

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Asia China

Shanghai, China

Badaling (Great Wall of China) Juyongguan Pass

Beijing

CHINA

Xi’an Suzhou

Shanghai

Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an, China

1799

Great Wall & Warriors | 9 days

From $

Tour Code: RCGW • Beijing to Shanghai

I’d like my own room: $599

The juxtapositions on this tour couldn’t be starker. In Beijing ancient wonders such as the Forbidden City sit amongst the bustle of modern-day China. Going inland we journey into the heartland where daily life follows centuries-old tradition, before we end in Shanghai where the future is seemingly already here.

Day 1 Beijing This is your arrival day Day 2 Beijing Take a tour of Beijing including Tiananmen Square. This evening you can enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show and a tasty peking duck dinner Day 3 Beijing to The Great Wall of China Today you will travel to Badaling where you walk a section of the Great Wall of China. Tonight you will spend the night at the foot of the wall at Juyongguan Pass Day 4 The Great Wall of China to Xi’an Spend the morning exploring the Great Wall. Later that day we return to Beijing before catching our overnight train to Xi’an Day 5 Xian Arrive in Xi’an and head to the hotel for breakfast. Later you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and enjoy a bike ride on top of the Xi’an city wall Day 6 Xi’an to Shanghai via the Terracotta Warriors Visit Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors before taking an overnight train to Shanghai Day 7 Shanghai Enjoy a city tour including a leisurely cruise down to Huangpu River Day 8 Suzhou Enjoy a day trip to Suzhou. Its series of canals and pretty waterways resemble a likeness to Venice Day 9 Depart Shanghai

Included Excursions & Activities Chinese acrobatic performance, entry to the Great Wall of China from Badaling & Juyongguan, rickshaw ride of Beijing’s hutongs, city tours of Beijing, Badaling, Juyongguan, Xi’an, Suzhou & Shanghai, Huangpu River cruise, Grand Canal cruise, Xi’an city walls bike ride

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Sun 14 Oct 18 Sun 28 Oct 18 Sun 11 Nov 18 Sun 25 Nov 18

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/great-wall-and-warriors/rcgw

Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner included Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:


Asia China

Giant Potala Palace located in Lhasa, Tibet

Badaling (Great Wall of China) Juyongguan Pass

Beijing CHINA Xi’an

Chengdu Lhasa Yamdrok Lake TIBET

The Great Wall of China, China

4049

Take me to Tibet | 12 days

From $

Tour Code: RCTT • Beijing to Lhasa

I’d like my own room: $1019

Discover some of China’s biggest highlights before flying to Tibet. Climb two portions of the Great Wall of China, discover the Terracotta Warriors and meet Giant Pandas in Chengdu. Tibet is a land of spirituality, and from your base in Lhasa, you will be able to compare the Winter Palace and the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama as well as the pilgrimage site, Yamdrok Lake.

Itinerary

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly local public transport Accommodation: 10 nights hotels, 1 overnight sleeper train Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners included

Day 1 Beijing This is your arrival day Day 2 Beijing Enjoy a tour of Beijing and visit the Gate of Heavenly Peace, the main entry to the Forbidden City. Tonight, watch a Chinese acrobatic show Day 3 Beijing to The Great Wall of China Head to Badaling where you walk a section of the Great Wall of China before spending the night at the foot of the wall at Juyongguan Pass Day 4 The Great Wall of China to Xi’an Wake early to beat the crowds at the Great Wall. Return to Beijing before catching an overnight train to Xi’an Day 5 Xian Arrive in Xi’an and take a tour of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Day 6 Xi’an to Chengdu via the Terracotta Warriors Admire Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors before flying to Chengdu. Made of clay, no two soldiers’ faces are the same Day 7 Great Panda Research Base From Chengdu you will visit the Great Panda Research Base, an important breeding centre for this endangered species Day 8 Chengdu to Leshan Travel to Leshan where you will see the Great Buddha, carved into the face of Lingyun Hill Day 9 Leshan to Lhasa Welcome to Tibet! Fly to Lhasa where you visit the Dalai Lama’s Winter and Summer palaces Day 10 Lhasa Today you will visit the Sera Monastery where you will see the young novice monks learning their scriptures Day 11 Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake Enjoy a breath-taking journey towards the Himalayas to Yamdrok Lake. This is one of Tibet’s holiest lakes Day 12 Depart Lhasa

Group Size: Average 10-14, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Chinese acrobatic performance, entry to the Great Wall of China from Badaling & Juyongguan, rickshaw ride of Beijing’s hutongs, city tours of Beijing, Badaling, Juyongguan, Xi’an, Chengdu & Lhasa, 4x4 drive to Yamdrok Lake

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HANOI LAOS Golden Triangle

THAILAND Siem Reap & Ankor Wat

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Chauc Doc (Mekong Delta)

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Watâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Up Cambodia Duration: 8 Days Tour Code: BXWU

THAILAND CAMBODIA Bangkok

VIETNAM

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Ho Chi Minh City

Plus Local Payment: $160

Vietnam Discovered

Hanoi

Duration: 9 Days Tour Code: BXVD

479

From $

VIETNAM

Plus Local Payment: $160

Ho Chi Minh City

Thailand & Laos Duration: 14 Days Tour Code: BXTL

LAOS

789

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THAILAND

Plus Local Payment: $330

Bangkok

South East Asia Loop Duration: 29 Days Tour Code: BXILB

1519

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VIETNAM

THAILAND

LAOS CAMBODIA

Plus Local Payment: $650 Bangkok

View online | www.tucantravel.com/travel-styles/trips/adventures-for-20s-and-30s

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Welcome to Africa

Welcome to

Africa

Children in Kenya

About Africa If colourful landscapes, incredible wildlife encounters and fascinating people is what you are looking for in an adventure, then Africa is your ideal destination. Watch predators stalking their prey in world-famous wildlife reserves and feel the spray on your face from Victoria Falls. Hike through the rainforest in the quest to find wild mountain gorillas and learn about traditional local customs from small, remote villages.

Your Transport

Your Accommodation

The majority of the travel time is spent on our comfortable trucks. Our overland vehicles vary according to the destination, year and model. They have been modified for comfort and convenience and carry lots of equipment to assist you on your adventure.

For the 2018/19 season all of our tours in East and Southern Africa are now fully accommodated, staying in locally-owned hotels , traditional rondavels, safari lodges or guesthouses. At Tucan Travel, we like to make sure that the places you sleep are part of the adventure. Many of the places we stay are in areas of outstanding natural beauty, by lakes, on the beach or in the heart of the city. On our tours in Morocco you will be staying in hotels apart from one night camping at a traditional Berber Camp in the Sahara Desert.

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

On some of our tours in Africa we also use private vehicles, ferries and flights to get you from A to B.

About Each Day

Supporting Local Communities

Our Africa tours are packed with game drives, trips to local communities and national parks. There are lots of opportunities to spot the big five, catch stunning sunrises and enjoy vigorous hikes. We like to include the most popular excursions on our trips so that you don’t have to worry about too many extra costs while on your tour. In addition to the included excursions, you also have free time for optional activities. Each day will bring you the opportunity to see and experience more than you ever thought possible.

The Local Payment is a non-refundable fixed amount which is paid to your Tour Leader in US dollars on the first day of your tour in East and Southern Africa. Your Local Payment allows us to get more money to small businesses and communities who don’t have access to online banking services. Having this cash on hand means that you get to stay in more locally owned hotels, have more excursions included and allows our Tour Leaders to shop for the freshest produce in local markets.

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Welcome to Africa

Botswana Kenya Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Swaziland Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe

Lioness in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Hippo in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Top Five Highlights

Victoria Falls - Zambia Masai Mara National Reserve - Kenya Zanzibar Island - Tanzania Kruger National Park - South Africa Okavango Delta - Botswana

Namibia has the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest population of wild cheetahs

Weather Guide This chart indicates the weather in Africa throughout the year. Please be advised that this is a guide only, and you should check before you travel.

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Marrakech, Morocco Nairobi, Kenya Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda Zanzibar, Tanzania Serengeti NP, Tanzania Livingstone, Zambia Etosha NP, Namibia Cape Town, South Africa Pretoria, South Africa Cold <= 60F, Dry Cold <= 60F, Wet

Cool 60-70F, Dry Cool 60-70F, Wet

Warm 70-86F, Dry Warm 70-86F, Wet

Hot > 86+F, Dry Hot > 86+F, Wet

View online | www.tucantravel.com/destinations/africa

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Africa Morocco

Ait Benhaddou kasbah, Morocco

Rabat

Fes Meknes

Casablanca

MOROCCO

Marrakech

Sahara Desert Todra Gorge

Ait Benhaddou

Camel riding in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

879

Highlights of Morocco | 9 days

From $

Tour Code: RMOHMM • Marrakech to Marrakech

I’d like my own room: $169

An adventure to Morocco provides an exotic, beguiling experience. Uncover medieval ruins in Fes before riding camels into the Sahara desert to stay at a Berber camp. Admire how the colours change on the walls of Todra Gorge and get lost in the maze of souks in Marrakech.

Day 1 Marrakech This is your arrival day Day 2 Marrakech to Casablanca Enjoy a city tour of Rabat on the way to Casablanca. You will see the Hassan Tower and the Royal Palace Days 3-4 Casablanca to Fes Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis on the way to Fes. The next day you can discover Fes on a full day tour. Wander the souks and sample delicious Moroccan tagine Day 5 Berber Camp in the Sahara Desert Ride camels into the Sahara Desert. Tonight you will stay at a traditional Berber Camp, enjoying local food and typical music, sleeping under the stars Day 6 Sahara Desert to Todra Gorge Leave the desert and head to Todra Gorge. Admire the colours of the gorge changing as the sun moves east to west Day 7 Todra Gorge to Ait Benhaddou Travel to the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will visit the famous Kasbahs which showcase Morocco’s clay architecture Day 8 Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech Enjoy a scenic journey through the High Atlas Mountains as you return to Marrakech. Visit the medina and barter for a bargain in the souk Day 9 Depart Marrakech

Included Excursions & Activities Arrival transfer, guided tours of Rabat, Volubilis, Fes, Ait Benhaddou, camel trek into the Sahara Desert, overnight at a traditional Berber Camp

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Type of Travel: Private vehicle Accommodation: 7 nights hotels, 1 night in a Berber Camp in the Sahara Desert

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Sun 14 Oct 18 Sun 28 Oct 18 Sun 11 Nov 18 Sun 25 Nov 18 Sun 16 Dec 18 Sun 30 Dec 18

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/highlights-of-morocco/rmohmm

Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners included Group Size: Average 8-12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:


Africa Morocco

Group wearing traditional Berber clothes, Morocco

Chefchaouen

Rabat Casablanca

Marrakech Essaouira

Fes

Meknes

MOROCCO

Midelt

Sahara Desert Todra Gorge Ait Benhaddou

Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech, Morocco

1129

Best of Morocco | 15 days

From $

Tour Code: RMOBM • Marrakech to Marrakech

I’d like my own room: $269

Taking in all of Morocco’s cultural and scenic gems, this two week tour takes you from the souks of Marrakech to the solitude of the Sahara. From beautiful beaches to dark desert skies and towns painted blue, marvel at some of the most breath-taking regions in the country.

Day 1 Marrakech This is your arrival day Day 2 Marrakech to Casablanca Travel to Casablanca where you can visit the Hassan II Mosque Day 3 Casablanca to Meknes Enjoy a guided tour of Rabat before arriving in the imperial city of Meknes Day 4 Meknes to Chefchaouen Travel to the picturesque town of Chefchaouen. The streets are painted blue and each corner offers multiple photo opportunities Days 5-6 Chefchaouen to Fes Your next stop is one of the world’s oldest medieval cities, Fes. Stroll through the intoxicating souks which will set all your senses alive Day 7 Fes to Midelt Head to the mountains spending a night relaxing in Midelt Day 8 Berber Camp in the Sahara Desert Transfer onto camels journeying to a Berber Camp in the the Sahara Desert Day 9 Sahara Desert to Todra Gorge Gaze into the Todra Gorge, Morocco’s very own Grand Canyon. Take hikes around the rim for beautiful views Day 10 Todra Gorge to Ait Benhaddou Visit the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou Days 11-12 Ait Benhaddou to Essaouira Visit the fish market in Essaouira enjoying fresh seafood at the harbour restaurants. Wander through the whitewashed narrow streets and shop for bargains Days 13-14 Essaouira to Marrakech Return to Marrakech and explore the bustling souk Day 15 Depart Marrakech

Dates Sat 23 Dec 17 Sat 20 Jan 18 Sat 03 Feb 18 Sat 17 Feb 18 Sat 03 Mar 18 Sat 17 Mar 18 Sat 31 Mar 18

Type of Travel: Private vehicle Accommodation: 13 nights hotels, 1 night in a Berber Camp in the Sahara Desert

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Sat 28 Apr 18 Sat 12 May 18 Sat 26 May 18 Sat 09 Jun 18 Sat 23 Jun 18 Sat 07 Jul 18 Sat 21 Jul 18

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Sat 10 Nov 18 Sat 24 Nov 18 Sat 08 Dec 18 Thu 20 Dec 18 Sun 06 Jan 19

Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners included Group Size: Average 8-12, maximum 16 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Arrival transfer, guided tours of Rabat, Volubilis, Chefchaouen, Fes, Ait Benhaddou, camel trek into the Sahara Desert, overnight at a traditional Berber Camp

“ It was a jam-packed tour which really showed all the colours and sounds of Morocco’s diverse and historic cities. ” - Marcus Hunt, January 2016

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/best-of-morocco/rmobm

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Africa Kenya & Tanzania

Dhow boat in the Indian Ocean off Zanzibar, Tanzania

KENYA

Nairobi Serengeti National Park Ngorongoro Crater Arusha TANZANIA

Zanzibar (Stone Town)

Lioness and cubs in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

1879

Serengeti to Zanzibar | 9 days

From $

Tour Code: AFSZ • Nairobi to Stone Town

Plus Local Payment: $680

A perfect nine day tour with world class wildlife viewing opportunities plus a few days relaxing on the beach. Spot the big five in the Serengeti National Park and be one of the first vehicles to enter the Ngorongoro Crater in the morning before wandering Stone Town’s bustling markets.

Type of Travel: Mixture of Overland Truck and private and public transport

Itinerary Day 1 Nairobi This is your arrival day. Tonight you will meet your group Day 2 Nairobi to Arusha Crossing into Tanzania, drive to Arusha, passing Kilimanjaro in the distance Day 3 Arusha to the Serengeti National Park It is time to head to the Serengeti National Park where you will get your first taste of Africa’s amazing wildlife on an afternoon game drive. Tonight you will stay inside the park Day 4 Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater Get back into the safari vehicles for a full day of wildlife watching in the Serengeti. Later today we will take you towards the Ngorongoro Crater where you will spend the night Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Early this morning, we drive into the Ngorongoro Crater, an area filled with non-migratory wildlife, before returning to Arusha in the afternoon Days 6-7 Arusha to Zanzibar North Beach Fly to Zanzibar and spend two days making the most of its beautiful beaches. You can take a dhow sunset cruise or snorkel in the clear waters Day 8 Zanzibar North Beach to Stone Town Enjoy a spice tour before heading to Stone Town Day 9 Depart Stone Town

Included Excursions & Activities Entry & game drives in the Serengeti National Park, entry & game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar spice tour

Dates Start tour

Fri 05 Jan 18 Fri 16 Feb 18 Fri 30 Mar 18 Fri 20 Apr 18

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Sat 03 Nov 18 Sat 24 Nov 18 Sat 15 Dec 18 Sat 05 Jan 19

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/serengeti-to-zanzibar/afsz

Accommodation: 6 nights hotels, 2 nights lodges Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners included Group Size: Average 15, maximum 34 Physical Rating:

“ It was amazing we saw loads of animals - more than I was expecting and finished on a beautiful beach in Zanzibar ” - Catriona Gallagher, October 2016


Africa Kenya & Tanzania

An elephant in Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

KENYA

Masai Mara

Nairobi

Serengeti National Park Ngorongoro Crater Arusha TANZANIA

Zanzibar (Stone Town)

Wildebeest Migration, Masai Mara, Kenya

2539

Safari & Beach | 13 days

From $

Tour Code: AFSB • Nairobi to Stone Town

Plus Local Payment: $890

This 13 day adventure combines some of east Africa’s best safaris with a few nights on the paradise island of Zanzibar. Packed with game drives, fascinating cultures and delicious cuisine, this tour takes in many of the region’s best highlights.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mixture of Overland Truck and private and public transport

Itinerary Day 1 Nairobi This is your arrival day Day 2 Nairobi to the Masai Mara Departing Nairobi early, travel to the Masai Mara. Jump into a safari vehicle for your first game drive Day 3 Masai Mara Today you can enjoy a whole day spotting the big five. Head to the Mara River to see crocodiles waiting to catch their prey and visit a traditional Masai Village Days 4-5 Masai Mara to Nairobi Return to Nairobi where you can meet baby elephants at the Elephant Orphanage Day 6 Nairobi to Arusha Cross into Tanzania and travel to Arusha, the gateway for a safari in the Serengeti Day 7 Arusha to the Serengeti National Park Spend the day spotting the big five before settling down for the night at your lodge inside the national park Day 8 Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater After another day of wildlife-spotting, travel to the Ngorongoro Crater where you will spend the night Day 9 Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Take your final game drive, inside the crater itself, before returning to Arusha Days 10-11 Arusha to Zanzibar North Beach Fly to Stone Town and relax on Zanzibar’s palm-fringed beaches Day 12 Zanzibar North Beach to Stone Town Enjoy a tour of a spice plantation en-route to Stone Town Day 13 Depart Stone Town

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Accommodation: 8 nights hotels, 2 nights lodges, 2 nights permanent tents Meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners included Group Size: Average 15, maximum 34 Physical Rating:

Have more time? Book a few more nights on Zanzibar Island to make the most of the beaches.

Entry & game drives in the Masai Mara, Masai Village visit, Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Centre visit, entry & game drives in the Serengeti National Park, entry & a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar spice tour & local lunch

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Sat 03 Nov 18 Sat 24 Nov 18 Sat 15 Dec 18 Sat 05 Jan 19

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/safari-and-beach/afsb

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Africa Rwanda, Uganda & Kenya

Lake Bunyonyi, Kenya - Taken by Alice Rerden

UGANDA Kampala

Jinja

KENYA

Naivasha RWANDA

Lake Bunyonyi

Nairobi

Kigali

Mountain gorilla, Uganda

1669

Kigali to Nairobi | 11 days

From $

Tour Code: AFKN • Kigali to Nairobi

Plus Local Payment: $470

Beginning in Kigali, discover how Rwanda has flourished in the last decade before heading to Lake Bunyonyi where your search for mountain gorillas begins. Spend an hour with a family of these incredible animals in the heart of the Ugandan forest. Jinja will provide more heart-racing opportunities before ending in Nairobi where you could add on an adventure to the Masai Mara.

Itinerary

Type of Travel: Mixture of Overland Truck and private transport Accommodation: 4 nights hotels, 5 nights permanent

Day 1 Kigali This is your arrival day Day 2 Kigali to Lake Bunyonyi Visit the Rwanda Genocide Museum and Hotel Rwanda before heading to Lake Bunyonyi, your base for the gorilla trekking experience Day 3 Gorilla Trek Today is a highlight as you hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of a family of endangered Mountain Gorillas. Spend an hour with them before returning to Lake Bunyonyi Day 4 Lake Bunyonyi Take a boat onto Lake Bunyonyi and admire the surrounding hillsides, visit a village and school of pygmy schoolchildren Day 5 Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala Travel to Uganda’s capital, Kampala, stopping off at the Equator for an excellent photo opportunity Days 6-7 Kampala to Jinja Head to the adventure hub of Jinja where you could try white-water rafting on the Nile River or tour surrounding villages Days 8-9 Jinja to Lake Naivasha Travel to Lake Naivasha. From here you can spot hippos on the lake, explore the nearby Hell’s Gate National Park or go horse riding Day 10 Lake Naivasha to Nairobi It’s time to return to Nairobi. You can enjoy a final meal at Carnivores restaurant where the food is served on Masai spears Day 11 Depart Nairobi

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tents, 1 night hotel with a shared bathroom Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner included Group Size: Average 15, maximum 34 Physical Rating:

Have more time? Add on three extra days and enjoy game drives in the Masai Mara. See Tour Code AFEA online.

Visit the Nyamata Church Genocide Memorial, Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre & Hôtel des Mille Collines (Hotel Rwanda), guided Gorilla Trek including the permit, boat trip on Lake Bunyonyi, visit Batwa pygmy village

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View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/kigali-to-nairobi/afkn


Africa Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania

Visiting the Giraffe Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

UGANDA

Kampala

RWANDA

Jinja

KENYA

Naivasha Lake Bunyonyi Masai Mara Nairobi Serengeti National Park

Kigali

Ngorongoro Crater

Arusha

TANZANIA

Zanzibar (Stone Town)

Sunset in the Masai Mara, Kenya

3849

Rwanda to Zanzibar | 21 days

From $

Tour Code: AFRZ • Kigali to Stone Town

Plus Local Payment: $1380

A diverse adventure through four countries. Begin your tour in Kigali and learn about Rwanda’s turbulent history. You will then be whisked to Lake Bunyonyi, the base for our Gorilla Trek. We include both the Masai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park for ample wildlife spotting opportunities before heading to the beaches of Zanzibar.

Itinerary Day 1 Kigali This is your arrival day Day 2 Kigali to Lake Bunyonyi Visit the memorials dedicated to the Rwandan Genocide before driving to Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda Days 3-4 Lake Bunyonyi Trek to see the endangered mountain gorillas, nestled deep in the jungle Day 5 Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala Stop at the Equator en-route to Kampala, Uganda’s capital Days 6-7 Kampala to Jinja Head to Jinja, where you can go white-water rafting or explore surrounding villages Days 8-9 Jinja to Naivasha The next stop is Naivasha staying near the lake. Keep your ears out for the sound of hippos! Days 10-11 Naivasha to the Masai Mara Kenya’s most iconic park, watch out for the big five and spot crocs on the Mara River Days 12-13 Masai Mara to Nairobi Heading to Kenya’s capital, visit the Giraffe Centre and Elephant Orphanage for close up experiences with the animals Day 14 Nairobi to Arusha Cross into Tanzania stopping in Arusha Days 15-16 Arusha to the Serengeti National Park & the Ngorongoro Crater Enjoy game drives in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, spotting a diverse array of wildlife Day 17 Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha After a final game drive it’s time to return to Arusha Days 18-19 Arusha to Zanzibar North Beach Fly to Zanzibar. Take a dhow sunset cruise or enjoy a spot of snorkelling Day 20 Zanzibar North Beach to Stone Town Enjoy a tour of a spice plantation en-route to Stone Town Day 21 Depart Stone Town

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Sun 22 Jul 18 Sun 12 Aug 18 Sun 02 Sep 18

Sat 11 Aug 18 Sat 01 Sep 18 Sat 22 Sep 18

Sun 23 Sep 18 Sun 14 Oct 18 Sun 25 Nov 18

Sat 13 Oct 18 Sat 03 Nov 18 Sat 15 Dec 18

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mixture of Overland Truck and private and public transport Accommodation: 10 nights hotels, 7 nights permanent tents, 1 night hotel with a shared bathroom, 2 nights lodges Meals: 20 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 5 dinners included Group Size: Average 15, maximum 34 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Visit the Nyamata Church Genocide Memorial, Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre & Hôtel des Mille Collines (Hotel Rwanda), guided Gorilla Trek including permit, boat trip on Lake Bunyonyi, visit a Batwa pygmy village, entry & game drives in the Masai Mara, Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Centre visit, entry & game drives in the Serengeti National Park, entry & game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar spice tour & local lunch

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/rwanda-to-zanzibar/afrz

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Africa South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe & Zambia

Aerial view of Victoria Falls, Zambia

ZAMBIA

Livingstone ZIMBABWE

Victoria Falls

Bulawayo Tshipise Kruger National Park

Pretoria

Hazyview

Johannesburg

Mlilwane SWAZILAND

SOUTH AFRICA

Lion in Kruger National Park, South Africa

1489

Kruger to Vic Falls | 14 days

From $

Tour Code: AFKF • Pretoria to Livingstone

Plus Local Payment: $360

You will experience four countries in two weeks as you travel from Pretoria, just outside Johannesburg, to Livingstone, Zambia and the mighty Victoria Falls. Learn about the intriguing culture in Swaziland, game drive through Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest national park, and spot endangered rhino in Zimbabwe.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly by Overland Truck

Itinerary Day 1 Pretoria This is your arrival day Days 2-4 Pretoria to Mlilwane Travel to the small yet fascinating country of Swaziland. From Mlilwane you can visit the Mantenga Cultural Village Day 5 Mlilwane to Hazyview Driving back into South Africa, the next stop is Hazyview. This is a scenic journey as you pass the Blyde River Canyon and the Lisbon Falls Days 6-7 Hazyview to Kruger National Park From the overland truck, drive into Kruger National Park to enjoy game drives. The added height means you can see animals further away Day 8 Kruger National Park to Tshipise Cross into Zimbabwe, stopping at the small town of Tshipise Days 9-10 Tshipise to Bulawayo From Bulawayo we will take you on a full day’s excursion in Matobo National Park. You will be able to see rhinos up close in the wild and discover ancient bush paintings Days 11-12 Bulawayo to Victoria Falls Victoria Falls is the small town near the waterfalls of the same name. For the best views, visit them from this side of the border Day 13 Victoria Falls to Livingstone Crossing into Zambia, Livingstone is home to the adrenaline-pumping activities around Victoria Falls. You have free time to make the most of these, as well as the chance to see the mighty falls from this side of the border Day 14 Depart Livingstone

Included Excursions & Activities Entry & game drives through Kruger National Park from the Tucan Travel vehicle, day trip in Matobo National Park including rhino viewing on foot, game drives & visits to the bush painting & boulder formations

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Sun 25 Feb 18 Sun 08 Apr 18

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Sat 17 Nov 18 Sat 29 Dec 18

View online | www.tucantravel.com/tour/kruger-to-vic-falls/afkf

Accommodation: 4 nights hotels, 2 nights permanent tents, 2 guesthouses, 5 nights in rondavels Meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 2 dinners included Group Size: Average 15, maximum 34 Physical Rating:

“ If you love your wildlife, with a beautiful backdrop, want to immerse yourself in other cultures in the company of like minded people from around the world then this is a mustdo trip. ” - Vincent Willams, June 2017


Africa Zambia, Botswana & Namibia

Etosha National Park, Namibia

ZAMBIA

Okavango Delta Divundu Etosha National Park Outjo

Livingstone

Victoria Falls

Kasane (Chobe National Park) Elephant Sands Maun

Swakopmund

Windhoek

BOTSWANA

NAMIBIA

Tucan Travel truck, Botswana - Taken by Callum Whiteley

1519

Botswana & Namibia | 13 days

From $

Tour Code: AFBN • Livingstone to Windhoek

Plus Local Payment: $400

In 13 days get under the skin of Botswana and Namibia. Enjoy a sunset cruise down the river in Chobe National Park before heading to the remote Okavango Delta where you can paddle on traditional mokoros spotting animals from afar. Spot wildlife on game drives in Etosha National Park, and admire the towering sand dunes in the Namib Desert.

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly by Overland Truck Accommodation: 8 nights in hotels, 1 night tented camp, 1 night in a basic hut, 2 nights lodges

Itinerary Day 1 Livingstone This is your arrival day Day 2 Livingstone to Kasane Enter Botswana staying in Kasane, where we visit Chobe National Park. Enjoy a sunset river cruise through the park, best-known for its elephant population Day 3 Kasane to Elephant Sands Spend the night at Elephant Sands lodge, on the banks of a watering hole attracting elephants and other wildlife Day 4 Elephant Sands to Maun Leaving the elephants behind, we travel to the town of Maun Day 5 Okavango Delta From Maun we take a day trip into the Okavango Delta. Paddle the traditional mokoros or swim in the waterways Day 6 Maun to Divundu Cross into Namibia and drive to Divundu Days 7-8 Divundu to Etosha National Park Staying near Etosha National Park, spend the day driving through the reserve spotting wildlife from our truck Day 9 Etosha National Park to Outjo This morning it’s time to leave the Etosha area and continue through Namibia Days 10-11 Outjo to Swakopmund The next destination is Swakopmund, surrounded by the Namib Desert. From here you can try sky-diving, sandboarding or take a quad-bike tour of the desert Day 12 Swakopmund to Windhoek Your last stop is Namibia’s capital, Windhoek. Explore the town, admiring the German influences Day 13 Depart Windhoek

Meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 3 dinners included Group Size: Average 16, maximum 34. Physical Rating:

Have more time? Add five days and travel to Cape Town, which has it all: beaches, mountains, harbours and gardens See Tour Code: AFDD online.

Included Excursions & Activities Sunset safari cruise on the Chobe River, day trip to the Okavango Delta, entry & game drive in Etosha National Park

Dates Start tour

Sat 10 Mar 18 Sat 21 Apr 18

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Thu 22 Mar 18 Thu 03 May 18

Sat 02 Jun 18 Sat 14 Jul 18

Thu 14 Jun 18 Thu 26 Jul 18

Sat 25 Aug 18 Sat 06 Oct 18

Thu 06 Sep 18 Thu 18 Oct 18

Sat 17 Nov 18 Sat 29 Dec 18

Thu 29 Nov 18 Thu 10 Jan 19

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Africa South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana & Namibia

Fighting Gemsbok Antelope in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Southern Africa Adventure | 31 days Tour Code: AFSL â&#x20AC;˘ Pretoria to Cape Town

Plus Local Payment: $980

An in-depth journey through Southern Africa, you will begin in Pretoria and finish in Cape Town, nestled under Table Mountain. Enjoy national parks brimming with wildlife, exciting safaris and sunset cruises.

Itinerary

Dates Start tour

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End tour

Tue 27 Mar 18 Tue 08 May 18

Tour Information Type of Travel: Mainly by Overland Truck

Day 1 Pretoria This is your arrival day Days 2-4 Pretoria to Mlilwane Enter Swaziland and visit the Matenga Cultural Village for an insight into the Swazi culture Days 5-7 Mlilwane to Hazyview & Kruger National Park Back to South Africa to relax in Hazyview. Continue towards Kruger National Park where you can enjoy game drives from our truck Days 8-10 Kruger National Park to Bulawayo via Tshipise Enter Zimbabwe, stopping in Tshipise. Continue to Bulawayo where you will explore Matobo National Park Days 11-12 Bulawayo to Victoria Falls Stay at Victoria Falls where you can visit the famous falls from the Zimbabwean side Days 13-14 Victoria Falls to Livingstone Cross into Zambia and head to Livingstone where there are many adventure activities from bungee jumping to rafting Day 15 Livingstone to Kasane & Chobe National Park Botswana! Visit Chobe National Park from Kasane and enjoy an evening river cruise Day 16 Kasane to Elephant Sands Marvel at the elephants that roam free at Elephant Sands Days 17-18 Elephant Sands to Maun Maun is the gateway for a day trip to the Okavango Delta Days 19-21 Maun to Etosha via Divundu Journey into Namibia stopping at Divundu. Continue towards Etosha National Park and enjoy a full day spotting wildlife Days 22-23 Etosha to Swakopmund via Outjo Spend the night in Outjo before exploring Swakopmund, a colonial town with German influences Days 25-26 Swakopmund to Sesriem via Windhoek Namibiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, Windhoek lies in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains. Stop here before heading to Sesriem, deep in the Namib desert Days 27-28 Sesriem to Fish River Canyon & Orange River Admire spectacular views from Fish River Canyon and travel to Orange River Days 29-31 Orange River to Cape Town via Cederberg Enjoy a wine tasting tour in Cederberg before heading to Cape Town Day 31 Depart Cape Town

Sun 25 Feb 18 Sun 08 Apr 18

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From $

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Sun 20 May 18 Sun 01 Jul 18

End tour

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Tue 19 Jun 18 Tue 31 Jul 18

Sun 12 Aug 18 Sun 23 Sep 18

Tue 11 Sep 18 Tue 23 Oct 18

Sun 04 Nov 18 Sun 16 Dec 18

Tue 04 Dec 18 Tue 15 Jan 19

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Accommodation: 14 nights hotels, 5 nights in rondavels, 3 nights permanent tents, 2 nights lodges, 2 guesthouses, 4 nights basic huts Meals: 30 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 8 dinners included Group Size: Average 15, maximum 34 Physical Rating:

Included Excursions & Activities Entry & game drives through Kruger National Park from Tucan Travel vehicle, day trip in Matobo National Park including rhino viewing on foot, game drives & visits to the bushpainting & boulder formations, sunset safari cruise on the Chobe River, day trip to the Okavango Delta, entry & game drive in Etosha National Park, stop at the town of Solitaire & the Tropic of Capricorn, Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei, Fish River Canyon, wine tasting in Cederberg


Africa South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana & Namibia

Tucan Travel truck stopping at the Tropic of Capricorn, Namibia

Fish River Canyon, Namibia - Taken by Alice Rerden

“ I had a fabulous time on this tour. From the first zebra at Mlilwane to a colourful gecko in the dunes of Swakopmund, the wildlife was amazing. Seeing the ‘Big Five’ at Kruger plus wild dogs was incredible. Walking with the rhinos at Matobo was unforgettable. ” - Judith O’Leary, May 2017

Kasane (Chobe National Park) ZAMBIA

Okavango Delta

Cape Town, South Africa

Livingstone Victoria Falls

Divundu

ZIMBABWE

Etosha National Park Outjo Maun

Swakopmund

Elephant Sands

Bulawayo

Windhoek NAMIBIA

Sesriem

Tshipise BOTSWANA

Pretoria Johannesburg

Fish River Canyon

SWAZILAND

Kruger National Park Hazyview Mlilwane

Orange River SOUTH AFRICA Cederberg

Cape Town

Traditional Swaziland huts, Swaziland

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Africa Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana & Namibia

Masai Warriors, Kenya

Travel for as little or as long as you like 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 | 12 days

Nairobi to Stone Town | 13 days

Tour Code: AFKR

Tour Code: AFSB

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Pretoria to Livingstone | 14 days

Livingstone to Windhoek | 13 days

Tour Code: AFKF

Tour Code: AFBN

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Windhoek to Cape Town | 7 days Tour Code: AFWC

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Africa Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana & Namibia

Elephants at dawn, Tanzania

UGANDA UGANDA

Kigali

RWANDA

Kigali

RWANDA

KENYA

Nairobi KEN YA Nairobi Zanzibar

(Stone Town)

Zebras in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Zanzibar

(Stone Town)

ZAMBIA

Livingstone

Z A M B IZAI M B A B W E

Livingstone Windhoek

BOTSWANA ZIMBABWE

Windhoek

BOTSWANA

NAMIBIA NAMIBIA

Pretoria Okavango Delta, Botswana - Taken by Callum Whiteley

PretoriaS W A Z I L A N D

SOUTH AFRICA

SWAZILAND SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town Cape Town

If you book a tour that connects East Africa with Southern Africa, we include the flight between Stone Town, Zanzibar and Pretoria, South Africa. Tucan Travel truck, Botswana - Taken by Callum Whiteley

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Adventures for 20s & 30s

Adventures

for 20s & 30s in Africa

76 DAYS Travel Mainly by Overland Truck

The longest tour we offer

Add safaris galore

11 The number of countries you can tick off

Lots of activities included

Local Payment keeps the costs down

UGANDA KENYA

NAIROBI

TANZANIA

ZAMBIA

MALAWI

LIVINGSTONE ZIMBABWE NAMIBIA BOTSWANA

WINDHOEK

PRETORIA

SWAZILAND SOUTH AFRICA

LESOTHO

CAPE TOWN

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ZANZIBAR


Adventures for 20s & 30s

Our Best Selling Adventures for 20s & 30s

Big 5 & Beaches

Nairobi

Duration: 11 Days Tour Code: BXABB

899

From $

KENYA

TANZANIA

Plus Local Payment: $280

Dar es Salaam

Safari, Swazi & Zim Duration: 13 Days Tour Code: BXASS

ZAMBIA Livingstone ZIMBABWE

949

From $

Pretoria

Plus Local Payment: $240

SWAZILAND

SOUTH AFRICA

Vic Falls to Cape Town Duration: 19 Days Tour Code: BXAVC

ZAMBIA Livingstone

NAMIBIA BOTSWANA

1119

From $

Plus Local Payment: $360 SOUTH AFRICA Cape Town

Road to Cape

KENYA Nairobi

Duration: 38 Days Tour Code: BXACT

2269

From $

Plus Local Payment: $830

TANZANIA

ZAMBIA

MALAWI

NAMIBIA BOTSWANA SOUTH AFRICA Cape Town

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Tailor-made

Welcome to

Tailor-made tours

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Tailor-made

About Tailor-made Tours Any of the Latin America or Asia tours found in this brochure can be adapted by our Tailor-made department. If you didn’t see your preferred dates, or if you would like to add some more bespoke adventures, our dedicated team can help you create your perfect itinerary. Email tailormade@tucantravel.com for more details.

Accommodation We can book any type of accommodation from a 3* hotel to a 5* boutique lodge. We specialise in providing locally owned accommodation but can also book a specific hotel you have your eye on.

Transport Whether you want a private driver or you would like an authentic experience on public transport, we can organise the best way to get you from A to B. Many of our tours will include regional flights to maximise the time spent at each destination but sometimes there may be a need for overnight transport to get you from one region to the next.

Excursions Each itinerary we create is designed specifically for you, based on your personal preferences. This allows you to have that all important flexibility to ensure you get what you want out of your time away. Whether you want a day tour of the highlights of a city or you want to get under its skin, we can fill the days your way.

Meals At Tucan Travel, we believe that experiencing the local food is one of the best ways to really get to know a region, whether that is freshly made empanadas or sizzling steak, straight off the grill. Our trips can be adapted to suit any dietary requirements and we can arrange cooking lessons, recommend popular restaurants or take you to local markets to try the fresh produce.

The Belmond Hiram Bingham Train, Peru

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Tailor-made Sample Itineraries

Machu Picchu, Peru

Outdoor jacuzzi at the Salkantay Lodge, Peru

Sample Itinerary of Peru | 9 Days An alternative to the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the ultimate journey to Machu Picchu. Hike past the breath-taking Mount Salkantay, staying in comfortable mountain lodges along way. You will take challenging ascents and trek through Inca ruins before spending the evenings relaxing, making the most of the outdoor jacuzzis provided.

Machu Picchu Llactapata

Day 1 Arrive Cusco Day 2 Travel to the mountain village of Mollepata before beginning the hike at Marcoccasa. Arrive at the Salkantay Lodge and enjoy the outdoor jacuzzi Day 3 Enjoy a half day hike to Lake Humantay for pristine views Day 4 Conquer a challenging trek to the Salkantay Pass which is 4,638 metres above sea level Day 5 Hike through a cloud forest before arriving at Colpa Lodge. Enjoy a traditional Peruvian dish, Pachamanca Day 6 Hike through the Santa Teresa Valley passing avocado orchards Day 7 Discover the Inca Llactapata ruins before taking the train to Aguas Calientes Day 8 Waking early, it’s time for a guided tour of Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco Day 9 Depart Cusco

View online, tour code: TMST

Aguas Calientes

Salkantay Trek PERU Molepata

Cusco

Perfect for Adventure

A couple enjoying Chile’s central wine valleys

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sample Itinerary of Chile & Argentina | 10 Days Enjoy a combination of colourful, cosmopolitan cities and lush wine valleys. Argentina and Chile are home to some of the most prestigious vineyards in Latin America and this tour will take you to a variety of vineyards. Enjoy traditional lunches, sample delicious white and red wine and catch a tango show in Buenos Aires. Day 1 Arrive Santiago Day 2 Enjoy a full day tour of colourful Valparaiso Day 3 Travel to Chile’s premier white wine region, the Casablanca Valley. Visit two major vineyards in the area Days 4-5 Fly to Mendoza in Argentina. The next day take a tour of the city visiting the historical centre Day 6 Enjoy a tour of the Uco Valley wine region and discover some of Argentina’s most prestigious vineyards. Visit three wineries, sampling red and white varieties and eating a delicious lunch Days 7-9 Fly to Buenos Aires and enjoy a city tour. You will also get to watch Argentina’s most famous dance, the tango Day 10 Depart Buenos Aires

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Perfect for Honeymoons

Perfect for Culture

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CHILE Valparaiso

ARGENTINA Mendoza

Casablanca

Santiago

Uco Valley

Buenos Aires


Tailor-made Sample Itineraries

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Sample Itinerary of Guatemala | 14 Days Fall in love with Guatemala on this cultural, comprehensive two-week journey, including the country’s best highlights from Antigua to Tikal. Take a whirlwind trip to Honduras to explore the ruins of Copán and enjoy the Caribbean atmosphere in Livingston. Day 1 Arrive Guatemala City Day 2 Enjoy a guided tour of Antigua and visit a coffee farm Days 3-4 Enjoy a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan and visit nearby traditional villages Day 5 Wander through Chichicastenango Market where you can see the indigenous communities trade. Continue to Quetzaltenango Days 6-7 Explore the three towns known as the Ixil Triangle. Nebaj is home to colourful markets, Chajul has a beautiful ornate church and San Juan Cotzal boasts Guatemala’s finest weaving products Days 8-9 Return to Antigua before crossing into Honduras. You will take a tour of the Copán ruins Day 10 Returning to Guatemala, cruise down Rio Dulce to the Garifuna village of Livingston Days 11-12 Uncover Maya ruins in Tikal National Park Day 13 Discover the archaeological site of Yaxhá National Park before returning to Guatemala City Day 14 Depart Guatemala City

View online, tour code: TMGE

Tikal Flores

GUATEMALA Nebaj Chichicastenango Quetzaltenango

Livingston Rio Dulce Copan HONDURAS

Lake Atitlan Antigua

Guatemala City

Perfect for Culture

Local woman, Vietnam

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Sample Itinerary of Cambodia & Vietnam | 11 Days Hanoi

Sample some of the highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam on this 11 day adventure. Wander around the complex of Angkor Wat on a full day tour before heading to Vietnam where you can explore vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. From Hoi An you can soak up sandy beaches or try a traditional Vietnamese coffee as you browse the bustling markets. Finally it’s off to Hanoi where you can soak up the Old Quarter on a cyclo tour! Day 1 Arrive Siem Reap Day 2 Discover the Angkor Wat complex on a full day tour Day 3 Take a trip to Tonle Lake from Siem Reap Days 4-5 Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy a tour of the main sights including the War Remnants Museum Day 6 Travel to Hoi An stopping en-route at the beautiful Marble Mountains Days 7-8 Experience the charm of Hoi An on a walking tour. Admire the old merchant houses and the Japanese Bridge Days 9-10 Fly to Hanoi and enjoy a cyclo tour through the vibrant Old Quarter Day 11 Depart Hanoi

View online, tour code: TVCT

Perfect for Culture

VIETNAM

Hoi An

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat CAMBODIA

Ho Chi Minh City

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Important Information

a) How to book a Group Tour You can make a booking with us in a number of ways. You can either get in touch directly by phone, email or through our website. We are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week with limited opening times on Saturdays. We take Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or Bank Transfers as a form of payment and charge no credit card fees.

Leader easy access to cash to ensure the smooth, day to day running of the tour. It also ensures that more money reaches local communities and the people who truly need it. For more information on the Local Payment, go to tucantravel.com/local-payment

d) Other i) Do you have any age restrictions & do I need to be reasonably fit?

You can change your departure date or group tour at any time outside of 60 days before departure for a small fee of $125 per person, per Component.

Our Group Tours are recommended to anyone aged 18 to 65 years although we do occasionally take 16-17 year olds when accompanied by a guardian. In general, you should be fit, healthy and able to carry your own luggage. Our tours are relatively active and participatory in nature. You will mostly be travelling on public transport, walking long distances and up many flights of stairs, sometimes with your luggage in hand.

i) What Deposit will I have to pay?

If your tour includes the Inca Trek, Lares Trek or Gorilla Trek, we will have to purchase new trekking permits for you so extra costs apply.

We may ask that you sign our Tour Suitability form and anyone with pre-existing conditions should make this known to their Adventure Specialist.

As a sign of your commitment to travel with us, we charge a nominal non-refundable deposit at the time of booking. This money goes towards services which must to be paid for in advance, like internal flights, permits and hotels where there might be limited availability.

A change to Extra Services (pre/post tour accommodation, transfers etc) will incur a smaller $65 fee per booking. Extra Services may be added up to 30 days before departure without charge if available.

ii) Your Brochure & Website don’t match up

Alternatively, we can also take your booking through your local Travel Agent.

b) Deposits, Payments & Charges

v) What if I want to make any changes to my booking?

vi) Can you arrange my international flights? For Group Tours of less than 27 days without the Gorilla Trek, Inca Trail Trek, Lares Trek, Train to Machu Picchu and Amazon Jungle per person: $500; For Group Tours of more than 27 days without the Gorilla Trek, Inca Trail Trek, Lares Trek, Train to Machu Picchu and Amazon Jungle per person: $1000

Absolutely! Once your tour is guaranteed to depart, we can book your international flights to tie in with its arrival and departure dates. The flights must be paid for in full at the time of booking and are generally non-refundable.

c) Cancellations For Group Tours of less than 27 days with the Gorilla Trek, Inca Trail Trek, Lares Trek, Train to Machu Picchu and Amazon Jungle per person: $900 For Group Tours of more than 27 days with the Gorilla Trek, Inca Trail Trek, Lares Trek, Train to Machu Picchu, Amazon Jungle per person: $1400 For Galápagos, Antarctica or Tailor-made Tours per person: 30% of total booking amount or a minimum spend / deposit of: $500 whichever is the highest. ii) When is Full Payment due? On Group Tours, this is requested 60 days before departure. If you are looking to depart within 60 days, full payment is due up front before we can confirm your place on tour. In the unlikely event that we aren’t able to confirm your place, the full amount will be refunded to you. For Galápagos, Antarctica or Tailor-made Tours, full payment is due 90 days before departure however during high seasons or high occupancy this deadline may be brought forward even after you have booked. iii) My tour includes a Local Payment. What is this & when do I pay it? The Local Payment is a non-refundable US dollar cash payment due on the first day of your tour, paid directly to your Tour Leader. The Local Payment helps to keep your tour price as low as possible and gives your Tour

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i) What if I need to cancel? You can cancel your tour at any time by notifying your Adventure Specialist in writing. Cancellation fees vary depending on how far in advance we are notified of cancellation. On Group Tours 60 days or more: Loss of all deposits 59 - 28 days before departure: 50% loss of full payment 27 days or less before departure: 100% loss of full payment On Galápagos Tours, Antarctica Tours or Tailor-made Tours; 90 days or more (or as advised): Loss of all deposits. Within 89 days of departure (or as advised): 100% loss of full payment. International flights are generally non-refundable. If the reason for cancellation is covered by your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. ii) What if you cancel my tour? It’s rare, but it does happen sometimes. Except for Force Majeure or when full payment is not received, we won’t cancel your Group Tour less than 28 days before departure. In the event of cancellation, we will refund all monies paid directly to us or offer an alternative trip of a comparable standard.

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Oops! The information contained in our brochure is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication (August 2017). Errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. Our website will always have the most up-to-date information on it so please check tucantravel.com or with your Adventure Specialist. iii) What about my Financial Protection? With offices in the UK, Australia, Canada and Peru, you are financially protected wherever you are in the world. For clients from the UK, we are members of ATOL and ABTOT, in Australia and New Zealand, we are members of ATAS and in Canada, we are a member of TICO. For more information on what this means for you, go to tucantravel.com/bookingconditions iv) 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

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