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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 £749 excluding flights
Up to £280 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 02 May, 09 May, 16 May, 23 May, 30 May, 13 Jun, 27 Jun, 11 Jul

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 £919 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 11 Apr, 18 Apr, 25 Apr, 02 May, 09 May, 16 May, 23 May, 30 May, 06 Jun, 13 Jun, 20 Jun, 27 Jun, 04 Jul, 11 Jul

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 £2,199 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 £4,299 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

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 £1,549 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 £2,349 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 £729 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 11 Apr, 18 Apr, 25 Apr, 02 May, 09 May, 16 May, 23 May, 30 May, 06 Jun, 13 Jun, 20 Jun, 27 Jun, 04 Jul, 11 Jul

Abu Simbel Sun Festival tour in Egypt

This unique 9-day Egypt tour starts in Egypt’s capital city of Cairo, before we head to the scenic cities of Aswan and Luxor. The tour is set to fall in line with the Sun Festival held at Abu Simbel’s Temples twice yearly. Abu Simbel was built by King Ramses II (c.1279-1213 B.C.E.). He wanted its internal chamber to light up twice a year – the first time on 22 February, on the anniversary of his ascension to the throne and the second time on his birthday on 22 October. In the early 1960’s, the entire temple complex was moved to higher ground when the Aswan Dam caused Lake Nasser to rise and inundate the area. The two temples were dismantled and raised over 60 meters up the sandstone cliff ...Read more >
From £999 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 £1,379 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 03 May, 10 May, 17 May, 24 May, 31 May, 07 Jun, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 28 Jun, 05 Jul

India small group, temples and palaces

Head to the north of India for 12 days of temples, palaces and making friends with like-minded people that you haven't even met yet. Small groups are amazing for travelling with confidence and sharing unique experiences that will stay with you long after your holiday has finally drawn to a close. This small group tour of India places you on the banks of the mighty Mother Ganges as you visit Varanasi one of the holiest and most spiritual cities on earth. Jaipur, Agra, the Taj Mahal and time spent in the countryside of Rajasthan add to the excitement of cultural discovery with the frenetic energy of Delhi definitely kick starting this 12 day tour like you mean to go on. After getting to ...Read more >
From £1,299 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 16 May

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: 05 May, 23 Jun

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: 16 May

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

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 £695 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 03 May, 24 May

Best of Jordan holiday, 7 days

This 7-day shoestring tour is the perfect introduction to Jordan and includes the county's most notable and famous sights. Our tour will also venture to some less touristy places to give you a real taste of Jordan. The tour kicks off in the capital city of Amman, beginning with the Baptism Site on the River Jordan and continues along the 'Harmony Trail' through the hillside town of As-Salt. When you are here you can learn about the different religions that are practiced by the residents. The tour will give you a thorough excursion of Amman and you will get to view the remarkable Roman ruins at Jerash. You will then be taken south into the desert and along the picturesque King's Highway, ...Read more >
From £629 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 10 May, 24 May, 07 Jun, 28 Jun

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 £2,299 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 01 Jul, 08 Jul

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 Apr

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 £549 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 11 May, 25 May, 08 Jun, 29 Jun

Jordan budget tour, one week

This 8-day shoestring tour is the perfect introduction to Jordan and includes the county's most notable and famous sights. Our tour will also venture to some less touristy places to give you a real taste of Jordan. The tour kicks off in the capital city of Amman, beginning with the Baptism Site on the River Jordan and continues along the 'Harmony Trail' through the hillside town of As-Salt. When you are here you can learn about the different religions that are practiced by the residents. The tour will give you a thorough excursion of Amman and you will get to view the remarkable Roman ruins at Jerash. You will then be taken south into the desert and along the picturesque King's Highway, ...Read more >
From £699 excluding flights
Late availability on these dates: 10 May, 24 May, 07 Jun, 28 Jun
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