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Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova holidays

Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova holidays take you to areas of relatively unexplored Europe where breakaway republics, folklore heritage and resurgent cultural traditions are alive, well and free from the shadow of the Soviet-era. This two week tour kicks off in Minsk where a combination of Soviet architecture and characterful places of worship make the capital of Belarus a real sight to behold. Next stop is the country's 'gateway to the west', Brest, which played a pivotal part in holding back the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in WWII thanks, in no small part, to the impressive 19th century Brest Fortress. After an overnight homestay with a local family, an excellent day trip from Brest ...Read more >
From £2,799 excluding flights

Central Asia overland tour, the stans

This 26 day journey follows the ancient Silk Road through Central Asia where the ‘Stans’: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, provide a fascinating cultural backdrop to what is essentially an adventure through the ages. Starting in Uzbekistan allows this overland tour to hit the ground running with ancient cultural traditions still alive and well and abounding within the walls and amongst the minarets and mausoleums of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. The next ‘Stan’ to discover is Turkmenistan where an exciting and varied itinerary takes travellers to the edge of reason as they experience a night next to the fiery flames of Darwaza, expand reality in the ...Read more >
From £4,999 excluding flights

Bulgaria mountains and monasteries Tour

This Bulgaria mountains holiday, a small group tour of ten days, focuses not only on the country’s stunning natural heritage but also on its cultural highlights and, in particular, its monasteries. A most underrated destination, Bulgaria has a fascinating history thanks to its geography which has seen influences from both Christian Europe and the Ottoman Empire from the south. Starting and ending in Sofia, we head immediately into the Rila Mountains to visit one of the country’s most famous ancient sites: Rila Monastery. The centre of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, it is a fortified complex packed with magnificent frescoes and carvings. Other great monasteries on this trip include ...Read more >
From £1,125 excluding flights

Georgia tour, jewel of the Caucasus

This small group Georgia tour takes you to the jewel of the Caucasus, and one of Europe most fascinating and undiscovered places. You’ll not only see the main highlights, but also get the chance to delve a little deeper, getting to know its proud and cultured people and to understand its complicated history and heritage. The tour kicks off in colourful Tbilisi, full of galleries, parks, and beautiful architecture, from where you’ll head to one of the oldest cities in Georgia and the country’s spiritual heart, photogenic Mtskhehta, which is home to a fine collection of UNESCO listed monuments. A drive into the High Caucasus Mountains comes next, where you’ll visit Mount Kazbek, a place ...Read more >
From £1,149 excluding flights

Madagascar in depth, small group tour

As Madagascar is the fourth largest island on the planet it’s no surprise that it takes some time to cover which is why this three week small group tour really does present an in depth portrayal of both the human and the natural history, well off the typical tourist trail. Throughout the 21 day itinerary travellers will get to experience the hidden highlights as well as the classic points of interest with everything from the capital city, Antananarivo, to the lemur-packed perimeters of Andasibe National Park, allowing for an all-encompassing and varied tour. Travelling overland by 4WD and by river boat provides a unique perspective of life in Madagascar with towns, such as Miandrivazo, ...Read more >
From £2,849 excluding flights

Romania holidays, Transylvania to the Danube Delta

This two week Romania holiday features an excellent variety of iconic landmarks, religious iconography and peaceful countryside settings leading all the way from the historic region of Transylvania to the beautiful bird-watching backwaters of the Danube Delta. Romania is without doubt one of the most enchanting countries in Europe with an incredible collection of historic towns and cities. This tour takes you beyond the tourist points and into the culture of the country where Saxon heritage and well-preserved churches and former merchants’ properties have withstood the test of time to offer insight into the past, and the present. As with all good Romania holidays, we begin in Bucharest ...Read more >
From £2,025 excluding flights

Nicaragua & El Salvador tour

From relaxed bohemian towns and archaeological marvels in El Salvador, to Nicaragua’s charming colonial beauty and pristine jungles, our small group tour to Central America’s biggest and smallest countries shows a different side to this enchanting region. We start our journey in El Salvador with a visit to Cerro Verde National Park, known for its three volcanoes and dramatic scenery. We then drive along the flower route to the traditional town of Nahuizalco and the colourful village of Ataco, before arriving at Joya de Ceren, a miraculously well- preserved archaeological site. We move on to the town of Suchitoto, with its picturesque cobblestone streets and candy-coloured houses, before ...Read more >
From £3,299 excluding flights

Poland tour, the crossroads of Europe

With its location between Germany and the old Russian Empire, Poland has been sandwiched between major world powers, as well as playing an important part in European history in its own right. We start in the city of Krakow, exploring its historic Old Town, with the opportunity to visit nearby Auschwitz for an insight into the country’s often harrowing past. Poland suffered enormously during the Second World War, and while not always easy, it’s difficult to understand the country without confronting this. From this we head to Wroclaw, one of the continent’s best preserved medieval cities with a wealth of impressive architecture and buildings to explore. In Warsaw we learn about the famed ...Read more >
From £2,499 excluding flights

Lebanon tour, Beirut and beyond

Despite its tiny size, Lebanon has a history dating back to the dawn of human civilization, and a wealth of natural attractions to explore – this trip will show you the very best that the country has to offer the visitor, including a few hidden gems that most overlook. Starting in Lebanon’s capital and most cosmopolitan city, Beirut, we uncover what remains of its Ottoman legacy and explore its vibrant souks. Moving away from Beirut we head to Tyre, a UNESCO World Heritage site containing the world’s largest Roman hippodrome, and on to the old Phoenician port city of Sidon, with its more relaxed and traditional way of life. Leaving the cities behind, we venture into the Bekaa Valley’s ...Read more >
From £1,899 excluding flights

Bolivia small group tour, Bolivia uncovered

The neighbouring countries of Chile and Bolivia share some of Latin America’s most remarkable landscapes – this tour takes us from the steamy lowlands of the Amazon jungle to the high altitude deserts of the altiplano. With South America’s largest percentage of indigenous people, and unique species of wildlife that are still being discovered and some of the continent’s best landscapes, Bolivia should be on every traveller’s list. We start our journey in Madidi National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, spanning Andean and Amazonian ecosystems and home to various traditional tribes. Then we fly to Uyuni on the Southern Altiplano, our gateway to one of the most extreme and ...Read more >
From £4,249 excluding flights

In depth tour of Tibet

An in-depth journey to the ‘Roof of the World’, offering a comprehensive insight into this fascinating region and venturing to little visited areas in search of authentic traditions and landscapes that will take your breath away. We start first in Chengdu, and from here travel through the region of Kham – once part of the greater Tibetan lands but now subsumed into China. This is an area of traditional towns and settlements, dotted with watchtowers and old monasteries, and we spend our time here staying with local families and exploring their customs and history. Outside of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, local traditions thrive here, perhaps even more so than in Tibet proper, and it gives ...Read more >
From £3,299 excluding flights

Nigeria holidays, lost kingdoms

Nigeria holidays are always an exciting blend of old and new with preconceived perceptions of what this nation stands for, always best left at home. Don’t let Nigeria’s bad rep put you off as this is a country that welcomes travellers, with open arms, especially in the lost kingdoms where this 12 day tour tends to focus. There’s no other place to start than Lagos so get yourself prepared to get chucked in at the deep end before heading off the mainland to Lagos island and onwards and westwards to Badagry, an important historic city with notorious links to slaving ships past. Next stop on this small group holiday in Nigeria is the ancient city of Abeokuta that boasts an abundance of ...Read more >
From £2,999 excluding flights

Ghana, Togo and Benin holiday, gold and magic

This 12 day Ghana, Togo and Benin holiday is quite rightly entitled 'gold and magic' and as soon as you touch down and start to explore and meet the Ashanti and the smaller communities and tribes living within the bush, you’ll begin to understand why. First stop on this Ghana, Togo and Benin holiday is one of the most vibrant cities in the whole of West Africa, Accra, which promises a colourful introduction to the region as well as traditional voodoo rituals that take you deep into the country's wetlands and swamp districts. Aside from Accra in Ghana you’ll also get to visit the Tamberma communities of Benin that live within fortified 'tata' stilt houses as well as being invited to watch ...Read more >
From £2,675 excluding flights

Armenia holiday, Ancient Armenia

On this short small group Armenia holiday, you’ll discover both the ancient and modern sides of this little visited corner of Europe. The adventure begins with an exploration of the lively city of Yerevan, which is home to several important historic sites. Then you’ll make your way into the countryside, visiting ancient monasteries at Khor Virap and Noravank and meeting one of the continent’s smallest and most traditional ethnic groups in the ancient town of Dilijan. Your exploration of local cultures, heritage and lifestyles continues with visits to the historic churches of Echmiadzin and the ancient monastery of Geghard; visits to local Kurdish and Yazidi villages and time spent with ...Read more >
From £1,075 excluding flights

Kurdistan holiday in Iraq

The ancient land of Kurdistan in the north of Iraq occupies a special place in history, with monuments and cities dating back millennia and bearing witness to diverse civilisations and religions. This short trip introduces a place long off limits to western travellers. We start in the ancient city of Erbil, one of humanity's oldest settlements, before following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great at the ancient battle site of Gaugamela. You'll also join Yezidi pilgrims at Lalish for an insight into Zoroastrianism, one of the Middle East’s most ancient religions. Reminders of the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein provide poignant and thought-provoking reminders of the area's more recent ...Read more >
From £3,099 excluding flights

Gerewol festival holiday in Chad

Few Western travellers will ever get to experience the Gerewol festival – one of the most spectacular in Africa, yet one that has barely been changed over centuries. This week-long festival occurs when the semi-nomadic Wodaabe people travel across the Sahel on foot, camel or donkey, and come together to feast, dance, race and – ultimately – to find a lover or a partner. The classic image from the Gerewol festival is one of young men with elaborately made up faces, ‘displaying’ to young women in order to attract them. Not only does this Gerewol festival holiday allow you to experience these rituals, but having worked in this area for several years, we have built up plenty of local contacts ...Read more >
From £2,425 excluding flights

Kyrgyzstan tour, mountains, lakes and nomads

Kyrgyzstan has to be one of the most striking countries in Asia, with a landscape of towering snow capped peaks, azure blue lakes and alpine forests, populated by iconic wildlife such as bear and snow leopard. Elsewhere nomads move between summer and winter pastures with their vast herds, following a way of life that has remained largely unchanged for generations – Kyrgyzstan is one of the last bastions of nomadic culture in an increasingly modernised world. This two week Kyrgyzstan holiday encompasses the very best the country has to offer, from its scenery to its traditional cultures and its ancient Silk Road monuments. Staring in Bishkek we travel through the Suusamyr Valley to the ...Read more >
From £1,925 excluding flights

Kazakhstan small group tour

One of the world’s largest countries, Kazakhstan is also one of its least known, most visitors to the region preferring to stick to the better known Silk Road sites of Uzbekistan. But for those in the know this giant of a nation also has much to offer and this trip aims to show you some of the hidden highlights of an unexplored land. We start in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s cosmopolitan capital and with a feel that is perhaps more Russian than Central Asian, then head off into the spectacular countryside to Altyn-Emel National Park, with mountains, ‘singing’ dunes and ancient burial mounds, then the extraordinary rock formations of the Charyn Canyon. At Tamgaly we see prehistoric rock carvings, ...Read more >
From £3,299 excluding flights

Mali tour, Mud Mosques and the Dogon

Mali is one of the most rewarding countries in West Africa, a colourful and vibrant destination, dominated by the Niger River, the largest in the region. Once the giant of West African tourism and hugely popular with travellers, its fortunes have suffered greatly in recent years, but we feel that now is the right time to venture back to this incredible place. Starting in the bustling capital Bamako we first head south to the little visited region of Sikasso, home to the Senoufou people and their unique customs. From here we continue to Djenne – a place that needs little introduction due to its imposing mud built mosque, the most impressive in West Africa. We have time to explore its ...Read more >
From £1,849 excluding flights

Amazon and Cloudforest tour in Ecuador

From glittering Andean peaks and balmy cloud forest, to emerald Amazonian rainforest and avian-abundant mangroves, the diversity of landscapes and wildlife in Ecuador belie the country’s tiny size, as does its ethnic make-up. The country is home to Kichwa-speaking indigenas, Afro-Ecuadorians and mestizos, and on this tour, we explore all of its major ecosystems, spending time with traditional communities along the way. We travel north-east to the Amazon rainforest to spot a variety of birds and monkey species by day, and nocturnal creatures by night, spending time with local communities and meeting a shaman who shares his knowledge about the remedies of the rainforest. Then we head to the ...Read more >
From £3,599 excluding flights