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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

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

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

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

Pakistan tour, Indus Valley explorer

Southern Pakistan is a land of vast deserts and ancient civilisations, imbued with the mysticism of the Sufi tradition. Thousands of years before western civilisation, some of the first cities were founded here, and its history encompasses the armies of Alexander the Great and the Moghul Empire. On this journey you’ll discover the surprising history of a much maligned country, starting in one of Asia’s most populous cities, the port of Karachi. After exploring this ever changing city we visit the tombs and shrines of Chaukhandi and Makli en route to Mohenjo Daro, one of the world’s great archaeological sites and dating back to the 3rd millennium BC. From here we head to Sukkur to look for ...Read more >
From £3,099 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

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 £3,399 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

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

Tunisia tours, off the beaten track

A popular beach holiday destination, Tunisia isn’t what springs to mind when it comes to off the beaten track travel, but there’s more on offer than just its Mediterranean coastline. Home to shady oak forests and a section of the Sahara, the landscapes of Africa’s northernmost country are varied and even otherworldly in places, comprising golden deserts, lush oases, brightly coloured salt flats and rugged mountains. Inhabited by the ancient Berbers and settled by some of the world’s great civilisations, Tunisia is rich in history and we spend time exploring the Phoenician city of Carthage, once a powerful trading port, as well as the remains of its Roman towns and cities from ...Read more >
From £2,499 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 £2,849 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

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 £2,499 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

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

Ghana small group tour

Ghana is often touted as ‘Africa for beginners’, and is one of the best introductions to this enchanting part of the world. That doesn’t mean that it’s tame or unexciting, though….. This tour travels from the bustling capital of Accra along the coast to Elmina, home to ancient European castles that are among the oldest buildings on the continent, once used to hold slaves. We explore the rainforest on the canopy walkway at Kakum, then head north to the capital of the Ashanti people, Kumasi. After seeing the exuberant Akwasidae festival we continue to Ghana’s premier national park, Mole, to look for elephants, buffalo, and if we’re really lucky, lion. We then meet the Dagomba people with ...Read more >
From £2,925 excluding flights

Paraguay tour

A surprising insight into South America’s hidden jewel, Paraguay. This often-overlooked, but warm and unique country boasts a fascinating, turbulent history, a diverse range of cultures and extreme landscapes. Visit the crumbling city of Asuncion, now experiencing a slow, but glorious transformation - a mixture of Spanish colonial architecture and a new, evolving creative scene. After exploring the capital we follow the ‘circuito de oro’ through local traditional towns, home to local artisans and gold and silversmiths before seeing the impressive Franciscan church at Capiata and Sapucai’s railway workshop. Our next destination is the remote region of the Chaco, where we will stay for two ...Read more >
From £3,299 excluding flights

Argentina desert tour, extreme north

Enjoy the emptiness on this two week holiday in the north west of Argentina, travelling by 4x4 and plane to cover the vast distances. Desert enthusiasts will be in heaven on bumpy drives across the shimmering salt flats, past striking pumice rock formations at Piedra Pomiz and volcanoes like the Galan and Peinado Volcano. From Buenos Aires you’ll fly up to Salta, your gateway to the north, and enter the world of ‘puna’ – high altitude desert. There are difficult roads and long drives, but you’ll be rewarded with remote, desolate valleys. Argentina’s deserts are colourful. There are white sand dunes, sparkling salty plains, and the famous stripy hills, the Quebrada de las Flechas and the ...Read more >
From £3,999 excluding flights