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Egypt cultural holiday, small group

This 9-day Egypt tour serves up all the main Pharaonic highlights in and around Cairo and the Nile Valley as well as a relaxing overnight felucca sailboat cruise on the River Nile and time by the Red Sea at Hurghada. Cairo highlights at the start and end of the trip include its world-famous Egyptian Museum and the colour and the bustle of Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. Whisked by overnight sleeper train to Aswan, guests will enjoy attractions including the beautiful island temple of Philae, before boarding a traditional felucca for an overnight cruise on the Nile with grand views of its timeless riverside life. Arriving at Luxor, you'll discover the incredible array of ancient sites – from the ... Read more >
From £879 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 29 Sep, 06 Oct, 13 Oct, 19 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 03 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov, 01 Dec, 08 Dec, 15 Dec, 22 Dec

Bhutan tours, tailormade

Hidden in the Himalayas between India and China, the independent Bhutanese people have largely lived a life of isolation from the world, and have succeeded in maintaining their cultural and spiritual heritage, preserved in age-old traditions. Bhutan exudes a special charm, a feeling of calm and serenity, which envelopes you the instant you arrive. The people are deeply religious, following the Lamaist form of Buddhism, and monasteries, temples and religious monuments are dotted across the landscape. Nearly three quarters of the land area is covered by forests, and the country has a wealth of biodiversity, with dazzling snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and beautiful rural landscapes. Any ... Read more >
From £1,870 excluding flights

Bird watching tour in Bhutan

Birdwatching is one of Bhutan's star attractions, and if you like to indulge your birdwatching habit while exploring new and beautiful parts of the world, then Bhutan really should be high on your list of places to visit. With a unique and rich Buddhist culture, spectacular Himalayan scenery, and one of the most diverse and rich ranges of birdlife on the planet, a specialist birdwatching tour in Bhutan is a really special experience. The best birding is in the east of the country, which requires a fairly long itinerary with plenty of driving, but we make regular stops and explore various Dzongs and monasteries along the way. The tour also features an easy 3-day walking section saying in ... Read more >
From £4,249 excluding flights

Turkey & Greek Islands small group holiday

This fabulous two week Turkey and Greek islands tour invites travellers to enjoy the very best of both worlds with the ancient sites of Athens and Ephesus combining effortlessly with the sun-kissed Aegean islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Samos. Starting in Athens, your Turkey and Greek islands tour explores the Acropolis and Parthenon prior to extending into the Aegean and Greek island-hopping back to the mainland and the south coast town of Kusadasi. The Roman ruins of Ephesus are next on the agenda with natural thermal and limestone baths in Pamukkale and Heirapolis, and the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, both above and below ground, offering unique insight into the east of Turkey ... Read more >
From £ excluding flights

Garden Route tour, South Africa

There are just some scenic stretches, around the world, that really need to be seen, first-hand, to truly be believed. South Africa's Garden Route is one such 'must do' road trip destination, and this week-long tour provides every opportunity to find out why. Starting out in Cape Town you'll instantly be transported to some of South Africa's best-loved sites with the wine regions around Stellenbosch one of this tour's historic and naturally appealing highlights. An ostrich farm awaits in Oudtshoorn before you drive through the Outeniqua Mountains after a guided tour of the captivating Cango caves. Plettenberg Bay provides accommodation for the night – no camping on this tour – with plenty ... Read more >
From £899 excluding flights

Israel holidays, small group tour

This Israel holiday is a small group tour that offers an excellent eight day introduction to the Holy Land. You’ll visit the most significant historical and religious sites, starting in stylish, busy Tel Aviv, then taking in the excavations of Caesarea and Megiddo, before travelling to Haifa, a lovely port town on the Mediterranean Sea. From Haifa, we board a boat and travel across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. We will explore Tabgha, the Mount of the Beatitudes, and also the picturesque Golan Heights, with its valleys, grazing land and snow capped mountains. Next, visit Nazareth and then push on south, following the River of Jordan until we reach Jerusalem. Here, spend time in the Old ... Read more >
From £1,299 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 07 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 04 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov, 02 Dec, 09 Dec, 16 Dec, 23 Dec

Small group tour of Turkey

This small group tour of Turkey gives a great introduction to this fascinating country. Beginning with a full day tour of vibrant Istanbul, we then move on to explore many of Turkey’s most ancient and intriguing sites. We visit Gallipoli for a fully guided tour of this World War I battlefield site, before travelling to Troy, where the famous war of Homer’s Iliad played out, and to the ancient city of Pergamum, with its beautiful Acropolis. We’ll take in the ruined Roman city of Ephesus, before visiting Pamukkale, where white calcium terraces known as travertines create an otherworldly landscape. In Hierapolis, another Roman site, you can take a dip in the famous hot springs and on our way ... Read more >
From £599 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 29 Sep, 06 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 03 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov, 01 Dec, 08 Dec, 15 Dec, 22 Dec

Turkey cultural tour & gulet cruise holiday

Over 12 unforgettable days, discover the magic of Turkey from the exciting city of Istanbul to the ancient historical sites like Troy and Ephesus, plus its traditions from wine to carpets – then enjoy three days of glorious cruising along the coast in a traditional gulet boat to the beautiful resort of Fethiye. Begin with a dive into the rich fabric of Istanbul, including the stunning Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya museum and Topkapi Palace. Your visit to the tranquil wooded landscape of the Gallipoli battlefields provides poignant contrast as you learn about the WW1 fighting that raged here, remembered in stunning memorials to all who fell. A far more ancient conflict provides the echoes at ... Read more >
From £1,049 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 29 Sep

Turkey small group tour

This Turkey small group tour is a great 10 day introduction to this fascinating country. Begin in busy and beautiful Istanbul, visiting its memorable landmarks: the 17th century Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace and the famous Hippodrome. From here, move on to the world famous historical sites of Troy, Pergamum and the Roman ruins of Ephesus. We will visit the bizarre calcium terraces at Pamukkale and the hot thermal pools at Hierapolis, and travel along the historical Silk Road to Konya, where we see the former home of the original Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes. There is a full day to explore the surreal landscape of Cappadocia, with its towering rock pinnacles and underground homes, and we ... Read more >
From £819 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 29 Sep, 06 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 03 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov, 01 Dec, 08 Dec, 15 Dec, 22 Dec

Namibia and Botswana safari

This two week Namibia & Botswana tour offers the perfect introduction to these interesting and culturally unique countries. As well as a getting a glimpse of Zimbabwe and its most spectacular natural heritage site of Victoria Falls. Travelling in a small group on an overland truck specially designed for long trips through this wide variety of terrain, your journey starts in Namibia at its adventure hub of Swakopmund. If you arrive early you will have an option to take on a variety of experiences here from skydiving to sand boarding. One of the cultural highlights of our time in Namibia is meeting the Himba people, semi-nomadic bush people who share with us some of the fascinating aspects ... Read more >
From £1,549 excluding flights

Kruger safari holiday in South Africa

If you’re starved of time but hungry for animal action this four day safari holiday in South Africa’s Kruger National Park is certainly one to add to the wish list. Observing lions, elephants, leopards and rhinos in their natural environment is a truly magical experience and certain to take your breath away no matter how many times you witness them. As this four day holiday utilises permanent accommodation in safari campsites you can rest assured of an authentic experience as well as front row seats for the greatest natural show on earth. This very popular small group holiday starts out from Johannesburg and heads east, through the province of Mpumalanga, en-route to Kruger National Park. ... Read more >
From £599 excluding flights

The Grand Southern Africa safari

The 20-day Cape Town to Victoria Falls route provides an unforgettable exploration of myriad southern Africa wonders, taking in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe – a grand safari done in no-camping style and comfort! From Cape Town, dip into the Cederberg Mountain Region en route to Namibia. Your experiences in one of Africa's most strikingly diverse countries include hiking in the amazing Fish River Canyon, the epic red dunes of the Sossusvlei desert, the atmospheric Skeleton Coast town of Swakopmund plus a visit with the Himba bush tribe. You'll also enjoy abundant wildlife viewing in the Etosha National Park before discovering the colonial history of the capital Windhoek. ... Read more >
From £2,549 excluding flights

India tours, tailormade

Land of the Maharajas; of majestic palaces and stunning monuments; of towering mountains, dusty deserts, and thick jungles; of culturally diverse peoples - India is a country that is sure to live up to expectations. India is also rightly well-known for its numerous national parks, which are home a wide variety of animal and plantlife, India is perhaps best known as being one of the last refuges of the endangered and enchanting Royal Bengal tiger. We have a small range of Indian tours & services ideally suited for the active traveller. Whether you want us to arrange your hotel accommodation before you arrive in India (including your airport pickup) or a tour of Northern India we can ... Read more >
From £990 excluding flights

Turkey small group tours

As an all-encompassing tour of Turkey, this fantastic two week adventure will follow ancient trading trails leading from Istanbul and take travellers into a world where time stands still and accommodation is nothing short of first-class. Guided tours of Istanbul set the scene prior to travelling to the WWI battlefields of Gallopoli and the ancient city of Troy before continuing south to Kusadasi and touring the Roman ruins of Ephesus and the wine growing region surrounding the village of Sirince. This tour of Turkey follows the coastline eastwards via Fethiye, Perge and Aspendos before picking up the ancient Silk Road to Konya and onwards to Cappadocia where curious rock formations and ... Read more >
From £1,479 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 29 Sep, 13 Oct

Tanzania small group tour, savannahs & sands

This Tanzania small group tour is a ten day trip starting in Nairobi, Kenya and ending in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with a wide array of adventures in between. Travelling in a specially designed overland expedition vehicle with maximum twenty travellers and seating for 25, there is plenty of room for everyone. We head straight over the border to Tanzania and have a chance to enjoy a three day camping safari to take in the country’s wide array of wildlife at the likes of Ngorongoro crater and of course the great Serengeti National Park with opportunities for game drives. Please note that the Serengeti experience is an optional extra which you can purchase in advance of your holiday as one ... Read more >
From £1,299 excluding flights

East African budget overland tour

An spectacular 3-week wildlife odyssey that takes you through the very heart of the African continent. Starting in Victoria Falls all the way north to Nairobi, passing along Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar and the Serengeti. This is an 'accommodated' tour, staying in hotels and lodges rather than camping. Visit Zambia’s finest game reserve which is the Luangwa National Park, with some of the largest populations of leopards. East you visit Lake Malawi which is the third largest lake in Africa and also the eighth largest in the world. As we head north we travel through Tanzania to stop at the majestic spice island of Zanzibar. This island is best known for its pristine beaches ... Read more >
From £2,079 excluding flights

Israel classic small group tour

This Israel small group tour follows a carefully crafted itinerary around not only some of Israel’s most celebrated ancient and sacred sites but also into the Palestine and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Starting in Tel Aviv where you have a day to enjoy the business and beaches of Israel’s second city in terms of population size, we then head north to take in the ancient coastal site and superb Roman ruins of Caesarea . More ancient wonders await inland at Israel’s largest archaeological site in Megiddo National park. Also known as Armageddon, it is mentioned in the Bible as a place of apocalyptic battle. There are many more Biblical spots along the way of course, including ... Read more >
From £1,399 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 06 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 03 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov, 01 Dec, 08 Dec, 15 Dec, 22 Dec

Bolivia small group tour

Over 15 days this small group holiday in Bolivia takes you through some of the most dramatic scenery on the South American continent: barren salt flats, Amazonian rainforest, pampas grasslands where anacondas prowl, and bubbling volcanic craters. It’s an eye-opening itinerary designed to give you a far deeper insight into Bolivian nature and culture than tours that pass through more quickly. This trip has too many highlights to cover here, but they include a wander around the infamous Witches Market of La Paz. Here you can have your fortune read, pick up a good luck trinket in the form of a dried llama foetus, or a traditional folk remedy for whatever ails you. It certainly won’t be ... Read more >
From £1,589 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 19 Oct, 23 Nov

Kenya & Uganda small group holiday

This two week adventure takes you through the magnificent lakes and wildlife parks of Kenya, across Uganda and the Equator, and up into the jungle for some trekking to visit the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Starting in Nairobi we first head out to the famous Masai Mara game reserve where we’ll have several included game drives to view the wildlife in one of Africa's most iconic game reserves. We then head north, stopping for more game viewing at Lake Nakuru, before crossing the border into Uganda where our next stop is Jinja, famous as the point where the River Nile flows out of Lake Victoria. There are optional Nile cruises and great white water rafting available here. Next we head ... Read more >
From £1,399 excluding flights

Thailand holiday on a shoestring

Welcome to paradise on a shoestring. An ideal trip for travellers wanting to see the best of Thailand while sticking close to a budget, this itinerary sees you travel from the bustling Khao San Road in Bangkok to the wilds of Khao Sok National Park, and then on to Koh Phangan, an island with far more to offer you than its legendary Full Moon parties. Over eight days packed with fun activities, you’ll take a cruise down the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, stopping off to explore important temples such as Wat Arun and Wat Pho with its famous reclining gold Buddha. You’ll indulge in a deeply relaxing Thai massage at a local spa, and even have the chance to try Muay Thai boxing – Thailand’s ... Read more >
From £520 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 23 Sep, 25 Sep, 28 Sep, 02 Oct, 06 Oct, 09 Oct, 13 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 26 Oct, 30 Oct, 02 Nov, 04 Nov, 07 Nov, 10 Nov, 13 Nov, 21 Nov, 23 Nov, 25 Nov, 28 Nov, 30 Nov, 02 Dec, 08 Dec, 10 Dec
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