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52 holidays found

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: 01 Dec, 08 Dec, 15 Dec, 22 Dec, 29 Dec, 05 Jan, 12 Jan, 19 Jan, 26 Jan, 02 Feb, 09 Feb, 16 Feb, 19 Feb, 23 Feb

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

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 £2,099 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

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

Small group tour of Great Britain

This small group tour of Great Britain is literally, Britain at its greatest. A week long guided tour, starting and ending in London you will follow a carefully crafted itinerary on a circuit of some of the country’s greatest cities and natural heritage highlights. Transport is on a comfortable air-conditioned 50 seater coach, with maximum group size of 45 people, minimum ten. You will visit all the capital cities of London, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as the city famous for the Beatles, football and a lot of fun – Liverpool. Classical architecture stop offs include York and Cambridge the former for its great York Minster cathedral and the latter for its world renowned university. Both ... Read more >
From £879 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 £599 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 01 Dec, 08 Dec, 15 Dec, 22 Dec, 29 Dec, 05 Jan, 12 Jan, 19 Jan, 26 Jan, 02 Feb, 09 Feb, 16 Feb, 23 Feb

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 £1,429 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 23 Dec

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

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: 17 Jan, 31 Jan, 14 Feb, 28 Feb

Peru & Bolivia small group holiday

Take 21 days out of your normal routine to sign up to a small group tour of Peru and Bolivia, and we promise you that you'll never look back. This all-encompassing three week holiday is packed full of highlights and lesser-known locations to ensure you get to experience South America at her absolute best. Starting out from Lima allows you to travel from north to south along the coast as you go wildlife watching by boat around the bird abundant Ballestas Islands. Leaving the Lima coastline you'll head inland amongst the sand dunes en-route to the palm-fringed oasis of Huacachina where a night under the stars accompanies an authentic desert camp. More magical moments await as you find out ... Read more >
From £1,949 excluding flights

Peru & Inca Trail small group holiday

This 19 day small group tour of Peru includes a four day trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu from Cuzco and the Urubamba Valley. However, there's so much to get excited about pre and post trek. Starting out in the capital of Peru, Lima, you'll travel south to the animal abundant Paracas National Reserve where a birdwatching and marine wildlife boat ride takes you around the absolutely beautiful Ballestas Islands. This is a fantastic opportunity to see some of South America's indigenous species in one of the most important marine sanctuaries on the planet. Next stop is an altogether drier destination as you journey inland towards the Ica Desert in search of some of Peru's best-loved ... Read more >
From £2,299 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: 30 Nov, 02 Dec, 08 Dec, 10 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 £655 excluding flights
Up to £200 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 01 Dec, 08 Dec, 15 Dec, 22 Dec, 29 Dec, 05 Jan, 12 Jan, 19 Jan, 26 Jan, 02 Feb, 09 Feb, 16 Feb, 23 Feb

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: 03 Dec, 17 Dec, 24 Dec, 07 Jan, 21 Jan, 28 Jan, 11 Feb, 25 Feb

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: 27 Nov, 30 Dec, 15 Jan, 12 Feb

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 Dec, 20 Jan, 10 Feb

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 £1,800 excluding flights
Up to £190 off selected dates.
Late availability on upcoming trips

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 £749 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 01 Dec, 22 Dec, 29 Dec, 19 Jan, 09 Feb

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
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