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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 £799 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 04 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 01 Sep, 08 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep, 06 Oct, 13 Oct, 19 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct

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

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

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 £479 excluding flights
Up to £140 off. Late availability on these dates: 04 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 01 Sep, 08 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep, 06 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct

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: 04 Aug, 18 Aug, 01 Sep, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 13 Oct

Garden Route tour, South Africa

The world famous Garden Route tour is visited during our 7-day “accommodated” tour. While stopping along the most famous tourist sites along the way, you will be staying at hotels and lodges rather than camping. As we leave Cape Town behind we drive to Stellenbosch. This town is renowned for its wines and historic splendor. After some free time to explore the Cape Dutch scenery, we drive through the majestic Outeniqua Mountains where we visit the Cango caves with its limestone caverns. We also visit an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn where the brave travelers get to meet these long necked birds. The following day we leave for Knysna and its seaside beauties. Next we visit the Tsitsikamma ... Read more >
From £829 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 24 Aug, 07 Sep, 21 Sep, 19 Oct

Thailand holiday on a shoestring

This amazing budget introduction to Thailand includes sightseeing in Bangkok, adventure in the beautiful Khao Sok National Park, and sun, sea & sand on Ko Pha-ngan island, and is a cheap way to start off your travels in Thailand. This 8-day adventure starts in Bangkok with a river cruise and visit to the most important temples of this famous city along with a chance to sample the city's legendary nightlife. You'll then head south on the overnight sleeper train for a jungle adventure in the beautiful Khao Sok National Park. Walk through the jungle or kayak on the lake and spend the night on floating bunglows before taking the ferry to the paradise island of Ko Pha-ngan. After time to relax ... Read more >
From £520 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 01 Aug, 04 Aug, 06 Aug, 09 Aug, 14 Aug, 17 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, 03 Sep, 07 Sep, 10 Sep, 13 Sep, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 25 Sep, 28 Sep, 02 Oct, 06 Oct, 09 Oct, 13 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 26 Oct

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 £1,169 excluding flights
Up to £140 off. Late availability on these dates: 29 Jul, 05 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 02 Sep, 07 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct

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 £629 excluding flights
Up to £300 off. Late availability on these dates: 04 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 01 Sep, 08 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep, 06 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct

Nepal holiday on a shoestring

Dive into exciting, colourful Nepal on this eight-day tour, which gives a great introduction to the country without costing the earth. Visit the capital Kathmandu, beautiful Chitwan National Park where tigers and rhino roam, and peaceful Pokhara in the shadow of the Himalayas. Although this is a holiday on a shoestring, there is still a huge amount included in the trip, to help you relax into your visit and get the best from Nepal. Enjoy a transfer from Kathmandu airport once you arrive, a hotel in the tourist district of Thamel, a walking tour to get a feel for the city and a visit to several iconic Hindu and Buddhist temples and stupas. Also included is public coach travel between ... Read more >
From £599 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 23 Sep, 14 Oct

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 £996 excluding flights
Up to £50 off. Late availability on these dates: 04 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 01 Sep, 08 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep

Maldives activity holiday

The Maldives is rightly known as a tropical paradise and attracts sun worshippers and luxury resort lovers from around the world. However, the Maldives is also fast becoming a great destination for thrill-seeking adventure and water based activities. These include incredible snorkelling and scuba diving, great surfing and windsurfing, sea kayaking safaris and much, much more. Our Maldives Active Adventure tour takes you by sea plane from the cosmopolitan capital of Male to the local island of Gan and the surrounding atolls and islands in search of water bound adventures. Lammu atoll was also used as the location for the planet Scarif in the recent Star Wars Rogue One film. Activities ... Read more >
From £1,429 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 12 Aug, 09 Sep, 07 Oct

Bolivia small group tour

Join us on this 15 day in depth tour of Bolivia's highlights. This tour starts in La Paz with a visit to the main sites of this remarkable city, which is nestled in between the peaks of the Andes. The tour then heads to the dramatic salt flats where the sky is reflected perfectly on the flats like a mirror. We spend three days exploring the flats by 4 wheel drive, this place is like another world, we visit lagoons full of flamingoes as well as volcanoes and geysers. We then leave the salt flats to visit the beautiful towns of Potosi and Sucre. The tour then takes us into the Amazon jungle, we do walks and boat trips exploring the wildlife of the jungle and rivers, we search for monkeys, ... Read more >
From £1,589 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 24 Aug, 21 Sep, 19 Oct

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

Sudan holiday, small group tour

This 10-day adventure takes you in the footsteps of ancient civilisations that made their unforgettable mark in the often-overlooked Sudan, from the pyramids of the Nile Valley to the Nuban civilisation. Begin amid the fantastic museums and markets of the capital Khartoum, before crossing the confluence of the Blue and White Nile to visit Omdurman, the old capital of Sudan. At sunset, watch a Whirling Dervish ceremony near the tomb of Sufi leader Ahmed al Nil. Entering the Nubian Desert, you'll discover a world of incredible historic sites in a startling landscape – from the temples of Naga to the most concentrated pyramid complex in the Nile valley, around the ancient 'Black Pharaoh' ... Read more >
From £1,979 excluding flights
Up to £250 off. Late availability on these dates: 12 Oct, 25 Oct

Namibia and Botswana safari

This two week Namibia & Botswana tour offers the perfect introduction to these interesting and culturally unique countries. It’s the ideal mix of culture, wildlife, active adventure and fun nightlife. Starting in Swakopmund the adventure capital on Namibia, we recommend you arrive early so that you can enjoy many fun options such as skydiving, sand boarding and quad biking. From here we head inland to visit the Himba people, semi-nomadic bushmen, easily recognisable by the distinctive red colour of their skin and hair. We continue on to the Etosha National Park, which boast an amazing abundance of wildlife making it one of Southern Africa's finest and most important game reserves. We spend ... Read more >
From £1,229 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 18 Aug, 05 Sep, 08 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 26 Sep, 03 Oct, 06 Oct, 10 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 24 Oct, 27 Oct

Small group cultural tour of Egypt

A fascinating introduction to the culture and ancient history of Egypt, this 6 day tour includes the services of a local Egyptologist guide to enhance your experience. Taking in all of the main historical sites in Cairo, including the world renowned Egyptian Museum, Great Pyramid and the Giza Plateau, you will then travel south to Luxor to experience the incredible temples and world famous tombs of the Valley of the Kings. Finishing back in Cairo, you will be able to further explore this incredible city at your leisure, or take an optional extra guided tour, before we explore the backstreets of the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar and enjoy time at the evening display of Sufi music and dance at ... Read more >
From £479 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 07 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 04 Sep, 11 Sep, 18 Sep, 25 Sep, 02 Oct, 09 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct

Family culture & adventure holiday to Egypt

This adventure-packed small group package is a perfect opportunity for families to experience Egypt's amazing historic sites and rich culture – combined with a chance to relax by the Red Sea. Cairo provides the springboard to get up close to awe-inspiring 'Wonders of the World' Pyramids and Sphinx, followed by a trip to the vast Egyptian Museum where highlights include the dazzling relics of Tutankhamun plus creepy mummies (of the bandaged kind not parent kind!). You'll also try out a camel ride too!. An overnight sleeper train provides a memorable ride jaunt south to the picturesque town of Aswan on the banks of the River Nile. Here, visit the beautiful temple of Philae, join in on an ... Read more >
From £1,199 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 04 Aug, 18 Aug, 29 Sep, 13 Oct, 20 Oct

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 £1,799 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 23 Aug, 30 Aug, 20 Sep, 27 Sep, 04 Oct
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