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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 £839 excluding flights
Up to £220 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 05 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct, 02 Nov, 09 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 07 Dec, 14 Dec, 21 Dec, 28 Dec

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 £4,299 excluding flights

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

Budget Tonga holiday, swim with humpback whales

Swim with humpback whales on this amazing budget Tonga holiday. Humpbacks visit Tonga each year to breed and have their calves. They also enjoy socialising here, in the wonderfully clear waters. This 10 day small group tour includes three whale swimming safaris. You’ll be fully briefed before and accompanied by professional guides on each six hour adventure out to sea. Your base for seven nights is the tiny island of Ha’apai. Here, as well as the unforgettable whale safaris, you’ll have time to relax on the beautiful beaches, snorkel and take an island tour. You will also explore the main island, Tongatapu, visiting its key sights, shopping in a local market and enjoying a cultural show ... Read more >
From £2,149 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 £1,499 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 05 Oct, 19 Oct

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 £619 excluding flights
Up to £130 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 05 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct, 02 Nov, 09 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 07 Dec, 14 Dec, 21 Dec, 28 Dec

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: 02 Nov, 09 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 07 Dec, 14 Dec, 21 Dec, 28 Dec

Maldives activity holiday

The Maldives have long held a reputation as a tropical paradise among luxury holidaymakers, professional sunseekers and honeymooners. But there is another way to experience these stunning coral islands, their white sand beaches, reefs and turquoise waters, and that is with an action-packed activity holiday that keeps you entertained throughout while still leaving time to embrace the scenery. Dive into eight days of sunsplashed revelry, with organised excursions by sea kayaks, catamarans and jeeps. Picnic on romantic deserted islands, explore underwater with PADI-certified scuba diving lessons, and enjoy the amenities of a luxurious guesthouse on Gan Island in the Laamu atoll, which for any ... Read more >
From £1,549 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 10 Nov, 22 Dec

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 £775 excluding flights
Up to £160 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 05 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct, 02 Nov, 09 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 07 Dec, 14 Dec, 21 Dec, 28 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 £1,799 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 01 Nov, 29 Nov

Bhutan small group tour

This Bhutan small group tour explores this remote and intriguing country, spending eight days here, enjoying a balance of culture and history, with short hikes through the beautiful Bhutanese landscapes to appreciate the scenery. There will be lots of delicious local Bhutanese food to enjoy, too, and you’ll have the chance to learn about traditional Bhutanese culture and the Buddhist lifestyle. This is an eight day tour, which begins in the town of Paro, home to a particularly picturesque airport, where you’ll be met. A visit to the beautiful buildings of Paro Dzong, which are both monastic and civic, which for centuries have administered Bhutan. From here, we cross the Dochu La Pass, ... Read more >
From £1,499 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 01 Oct, 22 Oct, 08 Nov, 19 Nov, 03 Dec, 24 Dec

Jordan holiday on a shoestring

This tour of Jordan provides a great value introduction to the country's major sites including Amman, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. The bustling capital Amman is the springboard for a day trip out to the ancient Roman city at Jerash. One of the largest and best-preserved sites outside Italy, wander amid paved and colonnaded streets, hilltop temples, amphitheatres and spacious public squares. From here, you'll head across to the Dead Sea to enjoy floating effortlessly in its famously salty waters. Heading south along the King Highway towards Petra, you'll experience a wonderfully scenic route taking in deep wadis, olive groves and characterful rural villages. Along the way, ... Read more >
From £499 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 07 Oct, 21 Oct, 04 Nov, 18 Nov, 02 Dec, 16 Dec

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
Late availability on these dates: 26 Sep, 24 Oct, 07 Nov, 21 Nov, 05 Dec

India small group tour

This 9-day exploration of the Golden Triangle route of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra merits its Incredible India tag, mixing classic historic sites with cultural and wildlife experiences. Starting in India's capital, compare the vibrant collage of cultures, religions and languages of New Delhi with the rich historic memories of Old Delhi, from the ancient Mughal Empire to British colonial times – with a chance to savour the old city's fabulous street food too! Next stop is the Rajasthan state capital Jaipur – the gorgeous 'Pink City' home of the Amber Fort, City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory, as well as beautiful craft and food markets. While in Rajasthan, you'll also visit the ... Read more >
From £799 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 12 Oct, 02 Nov, 23 Nov, 21 Dec, 28 Dec

Gangtey trekking tour, Bhutan

This tour provides a great taste of many aspects of Bhutan, including an introduction to its history and culture through visits to several Dzongs, beautiful temples, and other sites. You also get right into the Himalayan foothills with a beautiful fully catered camping trek on the Druk Path route, where you see and learn about rural Bhutanese life in some stunning mountain scenery. The tour starts with your flight into Paro where you first realise what a special and different country you're going to be exploring, with a walk up to Bhutan's most famous site, the Taktshang monastery. Your trek starts from Paro, and you have 7 days walking in beautiful mountain scenery (around 5-6 hours ... Read more >
From £2,679 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 £1,175 excluding flights
Up to £60 off selected dates.
Late availability on upcoming trips

Vietnam small group tours

This 11 day small group tour is ideal for travellers wishing to reconnect with Southeast Asia or discover the delights of Vietnam for the very first time. Featuring a carefully selected blend of classic city highlights and off beat experiences in rural regions you’ll explore overland from Hanoi and Halong Bay to Hue and Hoi An before taking a flight to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta for the final leg of the tour. Old fashioned districts, street food stalls, traditional junk boats and kayaking adventures set the scene prior to an overnight train journey from Halong Bay to Hue’s Imperial City to allow more than enough time to settle into a sunset cruise along the beautiful Perfume ... Read more >
From £1,099 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 12 Oct, 02 Nov, 23 Nov, 21 Dec

Small group tour of Jordan

Dig deep into Jordan's rich history, unique culture and delicious cuisine on a small-group tour that combines iconic sites such as Petra and Jerash with local encounters from a family homestay to time helping out a Bedouin shepherd! After some time exploring Amman (plus its towering 'Desert Castles'), head to Jerash to discover one of the finest Roman sites in the Middle East. You'll also hike to the imposing Aljoun Castle, and discover massive Bronze Age Dolmens before spending a night with a Jordanian family. There are more Roman memories then with the mosaics at Madaba – plus breathtaking views of Jericho from Mt. Nebo. Heading to the Dead Sea, you'll experience the unique aspects of ... Read more >
From £899 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 05 Oct, 19 Oct, 16 Nov, 07 Dec, 21 Dec, 28 Dec

Rajasthan small group tour

Over two weeks, this thrilling small group tour immerses you in the history and vibrant culture of Rajasthan, taking you past iconic landmarks, ancient temples and into areas that many tours seldom visit. Beginning with guided tours of both New Delhi and Old Delhi, and mixing in a flavoursome sampling of local street foods, the itinerary then takes you by overnight sleeper train to Udaipur. Here you’ll have a chance to explore the many temples of Eklingji, a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus, but off the beaten track otherwise. Another highlight is the majestic City Palace with its pavilions, courtyards and hanging gardens. Moving on to Jodphur, you’ll explore on foot some of the most ... Read more >
From £1,499 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 07 Oct, 28 Oct, 18 Nov, 16 Dec, 23 Dec

Egypt budget small group tour

Budget tours of Egypt don’t get any more exciting than this excellent two week itinerary that takes in the highlights of Cairo prior to heading to the temples of Philae and the engineering feat of the Aswan High Dam by overnight train. Time spent exploring the souks and market places of Aswan are matched with an optional visit to Abu Simbel where you’ll be able to see the stunning temples created by Ramses II. Traditional overnight felucca cruises on the Nile are an exceptionally peaceful way to travel with the temples of Luxor, including the Valley of the Kings and the temples of Karnak, adding to the exhilaration of arriving afloat. After also experiencing the lesser-visited Colossi of ... Read more >
From £1,199 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 05 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct, 02 Nov, 09 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 07 Dec, 14 Dec, 21 Dec, 28 Dec
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