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Small group holidays to Madagascar

Culturally and geographically unique, Madagascar separated from the African mainland millions of years ago, allowing its flora and fauna to evolve into species found nowhere else on earth. Culturally, too, the island has evolved in a particularly unique way – with seafaring Borneans and Bantu Africans having navigated there way here centuries ago fusing their cultures, cuisines and languages into a curious Malagasy identity. This small group holiday to Madagascar explores the centre and south of this island in just over two weeks, taking in some of its most extraordinary landscapes including the rock pinnacles of the Tsingy de Bemaraha, and the lunar-like landscape of Isalo National Park. ... Read more >
From £2,595 excluding flights
£100 off November small group tour

Burma tailor made holiday

This 10 day Burma tailor made holiday will take you on an incredible cultural history round-trip from the capital Yangon by public transport, internal flights and traditional long tail boats. After waving goodbye, for now, to the British colonial properties and ancient Buddhist temples of Yangon the next stop on this Burma tailor made holiday will be the former royal capital of Mandalay where palaces and monasteries sit side by side surrounded by Buddhist heritage. Bagan, one of Southeast Asia’s most incredible ancient sites, lies in wait after time spent in Mandalay, with a visit to Inle Lake conjuring up sleepy villages and unique fishing techniques prior to flying back to Yangon from ... Read more >
From £2,099 excluding flights

Ukraine cultural tour

One of Europe’s least visited nations, Ukraine has been in the Soviet shadow for decades, hidden from the rest of the world with the result that few are aware of its charms. This trip will astound travellers with the varied delights of this charming nation and make you wonder why you have never visited before. Starting in Kiev we explore the rich cultural heritage and exquisite monuments of this important city, before heading to Lviv, one of the most elegant cities and a delight to explore. But you haven’t really experienced Ukraine until you’ve spent time in its glorious countryside. We stay in the Carpathian Mountains, a treasure house of traditional culture and spectacular scenery, with ... Read more >
From £1,895 excluding flights

Silk Road adventure holiday

China’s far western corner is as remote from Beijing as one can get, both geographically and culturally. Situated on the famed Silk Road of old, this area saw traders from numerous civilisations traversing its arid lands, leaving their footprints in the shape of cultural legacies that one would not necessarily expect to find in China. We follow in their footsteps on this exciting journey to lost cities and awe inspiring deserts and mountains. The city of Kashgar is an ethnographer’s dream, with people from all over Central Asia converging on its Sunday market to buy and sell their produce. We delve into the history of the ancient Silk Road, a centuries old thoroughfare for trade and idea. ... Read more >
From £2,395 excluding flights

Moldova holiday

One of Europe’s quirkiest countries, miniscule Moldova is home to the “breakaway republic” of Transdniestr and the autonomous region of Gagauzia – making it extremely hard to define. Dwarfed by its neighbours Ukraine and Romania, Moldova’s historical and contemporary influences stretch from the Ottoman Empire to Russia, creating an intriguing confluence of cultures which can be explored on this Moldova holiday. Few people know about this region’s wine-producing heritage, but this six-day Moldova holiday takes you to vast, subterranean wine cellars and small family-run wineries with the chance to sample some of these superb wines. You can visit cave monasteries, the 16th century fortress at ... Read more >
From £1,195 excluding flights

Romania adventure holiday

Romania is one of the most exciting parts of Europe, tucked away in a remote corner where few visit and fewer still have much knowledge of. Blessed with large swathes of virtually untouched countryside, much of Romania follows a way of life that has been extinguished elsewhere in Europe, and the centuries old folklore and traditions still thrive in its picturesque villages. Our tour goes right to the heart of this captivating country – rather than simply skim over its highlights we take you not only to important cultural gems such as the medieval towns of Sighisoara and Sibiu in Transylvania, but spend time getting to grips with life in the villages, often staying in rural communities as ... Read more >
From £1,950 excluding flights

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan holiday

This two week Tajikstan and Kyrgystan holiday is one serious road trip, travelling along the famous Parmir Highway, the second highest highway in the world running between Osh in Kyrgyzstan to Khorog in Tajikistan and winding its way through the Parmir Mountains, their 7,000m peaks earning this artery the title ‘roof of the world’. As we travel through remote communities scattered along the Highway and beyond, we stay in welcoming homestays, immerse ourselves in a cacophony of cultures, with each village speaking in a unique dialect. This journey through some of the most exquisite elevated landscapes in the world is more about following in the tracks of ancient traders and explorers than ... Read more >
From £2,295 excluding flights

Omo Valley cultural holiday in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Omo Valley is one of the most culturally diverse regions in all of Africa, a land where tribal traditions still take precedent over anything else and where modernity is still kept largely at bay. On this trip we head into the villages of the various tribes that make up this kaleidoscope of ethnicity, including the Mursi, Karo, Hamer and Konso, learning about their complex customs and experiencing a way of life very far removed from the rest of Ethiopia. Where possible we try to visit local markets, one of the best ways to experience life in the Omo Valley. This is a cultural discovery that can rarely be equalled, visiting some of the most remote people in the world, and to spend ... Read more >
From £2,395 excluding flights

Cultural holiday in Indonesia

The enormous and oddly shaped island of Sulawesi is one of Indonesia’s cultural treasures, but often neglected by western tour companies in favour of better known Bali or Java. Yet it holds a wealth of treasures that should be on every serious traveller’s itinerary, with fascinating ethnic groups following elaborate social practices which cannot be seen elsewhere. Our trip to this remarkable land encompasses both the north and south of the island, starting from the bustling capital Makassar and heading into the Tanah Toraja, an area of highlands where traditional architecture and practices are at their strongest. We explore villages with amazing carved houses where we hope to see some of ... Read more >
From £2,195 excluding flights

East Timor holiday

East Timor is a proud nation now at peace after many years of an independence struggle, a land of amazing variety with many fine examples of its Portuguese colonial past awaiting discovery by the intrepid traveller. On this tour we take in its highlights, starting in the relaxed capital Dili, a lovely place to wander around and soak up the East Timorese atmosphere. We climb up imposing Mt Ramelau, with its superb views over the surrounding area, before exploring delightful old colonial towns and spending time on the idyllic Atauro Island, home to a great eco-lodge with good opportunities for hiking and meeting local people. Heading to the east of the island, we relax on gorgeous beaches ... Read more >
From £3,799 excluding flights

Gerewol Festival in Chad

After the annual rains, the nomadic Mbororo people gather for a unique celebration known as the Gerewol. This is a festival full of colour and has to be considered one of the most off the beaten track and fascinating cultural experiences in the whole of Africa. We will feel privileged to be able to travel to the remote region of Durbali to see the age old traditions of the Mbororo and join them as they celebrate the Gerewol Festival by feasting, singing, dancing and engaging in courtship. In particular, a real highlight is to witness the spectacular way in which the young Mbororo men decorate themselves with make-up and jewellery to impress a prospective partner. During our days at the ... Read more >
From £2,299 excluding flights

Burundi holiday

Nestled away in the hills of central Africa lies Burundi, a tiny nation in comparison to its neighbours but rich in wildlife and culture. Far off the tourist trail, little visited Burundi offers a fascinating insight into the region, with a bustling capital, lush primeval forests and intriguing cultural heritage. We spend time here learning about the culture and customs of the local people with an excellent tour of Bujumbura run by local women. At Rusizi National Park we search for wildlife before moving on to see local cottage industries, impressive waterfalls and the southernmost source of the Nile. We also explore Lake Tanganyika by boat and delve into Burundian heritage at Gitega, ... Read more >
From £2,499 excluding flights

Iran cultural holiday

This fascinating Iran cultural holiday takes place over two weeks and invites a unique opportunity to peel back the veil of mystery surrounding one of the Silk Road’s most enigmatic trading posts. Strategic positioning on the Silk Road has led Iran to have become influenced across the ages with an incredible depth of heritage creating a wealth of wondrous sites to accompany an Iran cultural holiday. From the spectacular shrines and gardens of Shiraz to the ancient pre-Christ landmarks of Persepolis and the restored caravanserai city of Yazd, this Iran cultural holiday leads you to the unique architecture and trading posts where time stands still and travellers hold their breath. Time ... Read more >
From £2,699 excluding flights

Laos and Vietnam overland tour

A unique tour to South East Asia’s best kept secret, Laos, where we get well beyond the tourist trail up North exploring hill tribe villages and taking an unforgettable river journey into Phou Louey National Protected Area to look for flora and fauna. After exploring the amazing former Indochina war caves of Viengsay we cross into Vietnam experiencing the rich culture of the North and staying with local families before ending our journey in Hanoi. Read more >
From £1,899 excluding flights

Burma cultural holiday

From chaotic and charming Yangon, where we take a spiritual Shwedagon tour, to the Shan villages, local schools, and the grave of the first prince of Hsipaw, this is a group tour that really goes beyond the tourist trail. You have the chance to go trekking to the hill tribe villages in Kyaukme and take a spectacular train crossing over the mighty Gokteik Viaduct, add in a cycle tour in Mandalay and visit a project for retired elephants around Kalaw, and you can see why this group tour is so different. Read more >
From £1,899 excluding flights
£100 discount per person off our November small group tour to Burma

Eritrea tour

We offer a stunning tour through Eritrea’s unique and varied landscapes; from amazing mountain ranges (the northernmost reaches of Africa’s Rift Valley) to unique red earth formations, and spend time in gorgeous Asmara, the highland town of Keren and evocative Massawa on the Red Sea coast. Archaeological evidence suggests that the plains and highlands of Eritrea were first inhabited as long as ago as 750BC, during the time of the Queen of Sheba. Visitors today can clearly see traces of the country’s fascinating history, with evidence of early Turkish rule from the beginning of the 16th century, to the arrival of the Italians in the 1880s. A fantastic insight to this little visited corner ... Read more >
From £1,899 excluding flights

Azerbaijan holiday

Neither fully Asian nor European, Azerbaijan is an enigmatic country of medieval architecture, Soviet planning, mud-bubbling volcanoes and “flaming mountains”. This Azerbaijan takes you from the mishmash capital of Baku, with its ancient and very, very modern buildings, to the nearby Absheron Peninsula, with its Temple of the Fire Worshippers and mud volcanoes. Baku sits on the shores of the Caspian Sea, and there will be time to take a boat ride here – across the largest body of inland water in the world. Explore more ancient terrain in Sheki, sitting squarely on Trans-Caucasian trade routes, where caravanserais still stand, and mosques and churches dot the countryside. And in the ... Read more >
From £1,499 excluding flights

Navrus Bayram Festival in Turkmenistan

On the edge of the Silk Road and with a rich history stretching back millennia, Turkmenistan is a land that few have knowledge of. Dominated by forbidding desert and once the abode of fierce tribesmen renowned for their slave trading, the country today is characterised by sharp contrasts, from the futuristic building projects of the capital to remote communities living in tents among the sands. This thirteen day trip is a comprehensive journey through one of the most mysterious places in Asia. Starting in Ashgabat we combine both ancient and modern, visiting the monuments built by the previous ruler Turkmenbashi.In addition we will travel a short distance outside Ashgabat to join the local ... Read more >
From £2,499 excluding flights

Sudan tour, Nubian Desert and the Red Sea

This unique tour offers you the chance to visit amazing archaeological sites of northern Sudan, as well as experiencing the isolation of the desert and the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea. We shall visit the incredible Royal Necropolis at Meroe with its stunning pyramids before crossing foreboding desert landscapes where we hope to meet families of local nomads en route and see ancient petroglyphs. After camping wild in the Bayuda and Nubian deserts we will cross the Red Sea hills arriving at the coast where we join a leisurely cruise on a beautiful two-masted schooner to explore the pristine reefs, beaches and lagoons of this little visited stretch of coast ending in Port Sudan. Read more >
From £3,499 excluding flights

Jamaica tour, Jamaica Discovery

On our small group tour we experience island life as we take it easy on powdery sands; explore lush jungles and the misty Blue Mountains and visit old plantation houses for a taste of history. This captivating culture added to the island’s natural wonders which include white-sand beaches, verdant mountain slopes and tumbling waterfalls means that you get all the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday destination. Read more >
From £2,199 excluding flights
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