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Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia tour

This thrilling tour of the Caucasus region: Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, has all the elements of a classic holiday. Over 19 days you will explore sacred sites, cosmopolitan cities, beautiful scenery and enjoy a rich variety of cultural encounters. A busy itinerary sees you on the move every day, whether it be to a monastery, a local winery, or a fascinating museum. You will travel as part of a small group accompanied by a knowledgeable tour leader, and enjoy an immersive, authentic look at a region that has only in recent years reached the tourism radar. Begin in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, to visit popular locations such as the Cascade and the Vernisage crafts market. Yerevan is an ... Read more >
From £3,120 including UK flights
Late availability on these dates: 19 Oct

Moscow to St Petersburg holiday

Get ready for Russia on this small group tour of its two finest cities. Compare Moscow to St Petersburg – and perhaps be surprised which one you prefer. On a city tour of Moscow, admire Red Square, where you can visit Saint Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Mausoleum. Delve into the Kremlin and its Armoury Museum, and use the city’s impressive metro to get between sights. You’ll travel onwards to St Petersburg overnight on the Red Arrow, a train that’s been running since 1931. In historic St Petersburg you’ll have another city tour, this one to take in the city’s churches and fabulous royal residences. Enjoy the priceless art in the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum, and take an excursion to ... Read more >
From £1,260 including UK flights

Greek Island Cruise

Discover traditional Greece on this relaxing cruise around the quiet coves and harbours of Evia. Greece's second largest island is only a stone's throw from Athens and yet surprisingly it remains a hidden gem. Caique - Spend six nights on a traditional wooden boat where our friendly crew provide a home away from home feel Greek food - Tuck in to freshly prepared breakfasts and lunches on our caique and have the chance for dinner at authentic waterside taverns Aegean Sea - Swim and snorkel every day in the warm, azure waters and look out for sea life in rocky coves. Read more >
From £1,125 including UK flights

Holiday to Malta and Gozo

Malta might be one of the smallest countries in the world but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in character. A sun-drenched Mediterranean archipelago, Malta also boasts several truly ancient religious landmarks, and no fewer than three UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Valletta and the Neolithic temples of Ggantija. You’ll begin with a ferry transfer to spend a few days on the tiny island of Gozo, where you’ll explore the capital, Victoria, with your tour leader. Nearby highlights include the Ggantija, which pre-dates the pyramids of Egypt; Calypso’s Cave, which some believe is mentioned in Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ and a beautiful red sand beach. Returning to Malta itself, ... Read more >
From £1,185 including UK flights

The Lycian Way walking holiday in Turkey

Spend just over a week walking along the beautiful Lycian Way, Turkey’s best known long-distance footpath. This small group walking holiday in Turkey, led by a local guide, takes us along a scenic trail of ancient ruins, time-forgotten Turkish villages and sublime coastal landscapes. This Lycian Way walking holiday covers distances of between eight and 18 kilometres a day, exploring marked trails and old Roman roads that link together little-visited towns and historic sites.  Our guide is on hand to offer interesting insights into the local culture and history, and we’ll stay in village houses, try fresh produce and meet some of the local families. On our way ... Read more >
From £699 including UK flights
Late availability on these dates: 19 Oct

Poland hiking holiday

Hiking is a wonderful way to discover Poland beyond the average city break or Christmas market. The countryside is wonderfully wild, with lynx, bison and wolves, and there are impressive forested mountain ranges, flower-filled meadows and gorgeous lakes. After visiting historic Krakow, you’ll leave the city behind for the Carpathian Mountains, followed by the Tatra Mountains and Dunajec Gorge. You’ll start in the Babia Gora National Park in the Outer Carpathian Mountains, the second highest range in Poland. Next you’ll head over to the trail-tracked Tatra Mountains, where you’ll discover the beautiful Valley of the Five Polish Lakes, hike to the challenging Kozi Wierch summit, and even ... Read more >
From £960 including UK flights

Highlights of Lebanon holiday

See what’s beyond Beirut. Take a week to get to know the real Lebanon with a guided tour of some of its most important sights. Not only will you gain a fascinating insight into this diminutive Middle Eastern nation, but you’ll also eat wonderfully well. Lebanon has a gastronomic reputation that belies its size, and a chequered history. You’ll learn about the civil war as you tour Beirut, the capital, then see ruins that place the country in the context of the Roman empire, and castles that will transport you back to the days of the Crusades. Travelling from site to site by bus, with a group of no more than 16, you’ll explore most of the sites on foot. Starting in Beirut, you’ll travel ... Read more >
From £1,599 including UK flights

Adventure holiday in Jordan

Jordan is nothing short of extraordinary. This nine-day small group tour takes you along the King’s Highway from the capital, Amman, to the iconic rose-red city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site carved into the rocks. From there you’ll explore the magnificent Wadi Rum, once a base for ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, and stay overnight in a desert camp to experience true Bedouin hospitality. And to finish, a few days by the coast in Aqaba, during which you can snorkel over coral reefs in the Red Sea, then take a memorable float in the salty Dead Sea. Already you're tempted, no? Let's explore further... Along the way you will visit ancient crusader castles and Roman ruins, including hilltop ... Read more >
From £1,599 including UK flights
Late availability on these dates: 19 Oct, 02 Nov, 09 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 14 Dec

Canal du Midi cycling holiday in France

A cycling holiday along France's historic Canal du Midi and surrounding countryside. Explore medieval walled towns, Cathar Castles, local markets and of course refuel on delicious French cuisine on route. Canal du Midi - Cycle alongside one of the greatest works of civil engineering of the 17th century Discover rich histories - Beziers, Narbonne and the walled fortress town of Carcassonne Carcassonne - Discover this fascinating and impressively preserved walled fortress. Read more >
From £1,160 including UK flights

Albania walking holidays

You’ll spend a week exploring the highs and lows of Albania on this walking holiday. Cities bookend the trip: artist’s haven Shkodra (“the capital of North Albania”) and Tirana, the pretty-in-pastels actual capital. But it’s the mountains and villages in-between that really appeal. You’ll sail through mountain peaks and skinny waterways on Koman Lake, before stretching your legs in Valbona Valley. The Malesia Highlands are home to strong-minded, independent villagers hardened against the numerous invasions – as well as some stupendously scenic mountain trails. One of the real highlights is sipping herbal mountain tea with weathered Albanians who have stuck it out in Alps for ... Read more >
From £965 including UK flights

Watch brown bears in Finland

Take a long weekend break with a difference with this brown bear watching holiday in Finland. This small group tour takes us to the magnificently wild landscapes of the taiga forest in the northeast of the country. We’ll stay at the Wild Brown Bear Centre near Lentiira lake, where bears roam among the thick forests and bubbling streams. The centre has several specially prepared bear hides, located in an open wetland area where bears come to feed. The hides allow us to watch these endangered brown bears in their natural environment, without disturbing their activity. Summer in northeast Finland only sees a few hours of twilight, so visitors can take advantage of the long evenings to ... Read more >
From £899 including UK flights

Cycling holiday in Poland

This is an ideal trip for cyclists of a reasonable fitness that are looking for a sociable ride with plenty of time to take in the local scenery and culture, rather than cranking out the kilometres. Daily rides are between 20km and 60km, with your luggage transported between accommodations, on a point-to-point route through southern Poland and Slovakia that comes to an end in the handsome Polish city of Krakow. You’ll ride past the unique timber architecture of the Zakopane region, found nowhere else in Europe; through wild forests and marshland; take an exhilarating downhill from the summit of Gubalowka Mountain after the cable car up, and along the lush 'Pieniny Way', a cycle path carved ... Read more >
From £975 including UK flights

Madeira walking holiday

This week-long walking holiday loops around the whole of Madeira, a volcanic island with some seriously scenic vistas. Although the grand cathedrals and near-tropical gardens of Funchal are your start and finish point, it’s really just a very scenic springboard into the mountains and valleys beyond. There’s no doubt that the levadas are a highlight. These traditional stone irrigation channels double as footpaths through laurel forests, past abandoned mills and to waterfalls like the Caldeirao Verde. The Balcony Walk between the peaks of Pico Ruivo and Arieiro is a tightrope challenge – but worth it for the views deep into the valley below. You’ll also get the chance to hike the volcanic ... Read more >
From £955 including UK flights

Bhutan festivals small group holiday

Discover the peaceful beauty of the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan with this two week tour of its natural and historic sights. This is a small group holiday is culture-packed, led by local Bhutanese guides, and we’ll aim to see and do as much as possible in the time we’re here!Our tour starts and ends in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, where we will have the time to browse the dazzling bazaars and temples, before catching a connecting flight to the picturesque city of Paro. From here we’ll drive east, through terraced rice fields and beautiful mountain landscapes, to Punakha. We will visit the interior of the majestic Punakha Dzong, once the seat of the Bhutanese ... Read more >
From £4,060 including UK flights

Gorilla and Chimp safari in Uganda

A once in a lifetime chance to experience the ultimate wildlife encounter: to get up close and personal with the endangered mountain gorilla in their natural habitat, Bwindi national park. Plus opportunities to track chimps and take game drives, this is a perfect trip for wildlife lovers. Kibale National Park - Spend a day tracking chimpanzees through the jungle; as well as the chance to spot another 13 species of primate including the Ugandan red colobus Queen Elizabeth National Park - Safari through Uganda's finest reserve in search of lion, elephant and buffalo Kazinga Channel - Take an exhilarating cruise looking out for hippo, crocodile, elephant and birdlife Read more >
From £4,725 including UK flights

Japan cycling holiday, small group

From ancient Kyoto we ride along quiet roads on the Noto Peninsula into the highlands around Shirakawa-go historic village, taking us firmly off the beaten track. Along the way we will see one of the finest Japanese gardens in Kanazawa, stay in ryokan and enjoy varied mountain scenery and coastal paths. Bullet train to Tokyo where we end our journey. Noto Peninsula - Uninterrupted scenic ride for 8 days Delicious local food - Included traditional Japanese cuisine with locally sourced ingredients Kyoto and Tokyo - Experience the ancient and modern capitals Read more >
From £4,770 including UK flights

Cycling holiday in Italy, Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice

On this cycle journey we ride down the magnificent glacial valleys of the South Tyrol, past the jagged backdrop of the Dolomites to the beautiful setting of Lake Garda. Cross Lake Garda to explore the grand architecture and cultural heritage of Verona and Venice, where our journey ends. Along the way we sample the local wine and stay in charming and elegant alpine towns. Easy cycling - Predominantly traffic-free cycle paths and country roads through the South Tyrol Natural beauty - Cycle with a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks, pristine lakes and gentle alpine meadows Venice and Verona - End on a cultural high in these fine cities Read more >
From £1,599 including UK flights

Peru small group highlights tour

Discover Peru, the sacred land of the Incas, in comfort. Staying in a series of premium hotels, unwind in the tranquil sacred valley, watch condors flying over the Colca Canyon, and visit the awe-inspiring 'Lost City' of Machu Picchu. Lake Titicaca - Visit the floating island communities living on this incredible high altitude lake Cusco - Sip pisco sours after a day exploring the ancient capital city of the Incas Machu Picchu - Travel by train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to this impressive ancient site, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Read more >
From £2,950 including UK flights

Walking holiday in Crete

This island walking holiday on Crete provides the best that the region has to offer. Discover isolated beaches, secluded coves and impressive canyons walking in the White Mountains and through the Samaria and Zaros Gorges. Samaria Gorge - A rewarding hike through Europe's longest gorge Cretan hospitality - Welcoming villages and delicious fresh seafood Loutro - Boat trip along the coast to stay in this traffic free traditional village Read more >
From £999 including UK flights

Iran cultural tour

This comprehensive tour uncovers the treasures of ancient Persia whilst offering a fabulous insight into life in modern day Iran. We visit sites including the Towers of Silence in Yadz, the impressive cliff-face rock tombs at Naqsh-e Rustam and the Persian city ruins at Persepolis. Time is spent exploring the bustling capital city, Tehran and soaking up the atmosphere of the impressive Imam Square in Isfahan, where we'll experience the warmth and hospitality of the Iranian people. Read more >
From £2,420 including UK flights
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