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Madagascar in depth, small group tour

The world’s fourth largest island is an incredible place of unique traditions and astonishing biodiversity, so distinctive from anywhere that it is sometimes dubbed the ‘island continent’. This three week trip aims to show curious visitors some of its recognised highlights but also delve a little further off the beaten track to uncover the rural life and forgotten landscapes of this charming country. Starting in the capital Antananarivo we travel west through lands seldom visited by tourists to the town of Miandrivazo, the start point for an exciting three day journey on the Tsiribinha River, passing isolated villages, looking out for wildlife and camping on the shore overnight. When we ... Read more >
From £2,799 excluding flights

Romania holidays, Transylvania to the Danube Delta

Romania is a stunning land of fairytale castles, beautiful towns, rural traditions and great countryside that is waiting to be explored. This tour takes you not just to the historic sites but goes far beyond this for an in depth insight into one of Europe’s most enchanting destinations. From the capital Bucharest we head into Transylvania, home of the Dracula legend and some exceptionally well preserved towns that hark back to the days when the region was dominated by the Saxons, full of magnificent churches and well preserved merchant’s houses. Further into the trip we explore the rural heritage of the country, staying in small villages where people still use horses and carts to get ... Read more >
From £1,799 excluding flights

Bulgaria mountains and monasteries Tour

Bulgaria is one of the most charming countries of Eastern Europe, and on this short tour we uncover the diversity of this little visited destination, straddling the border between Christian Europe and the old Ottoman Empire. Rila Monastery is undoubtedly one of the highlights, a fortified complex with gorgeous frescoes and carvings, and after exploring here we continue to the small village of Gorno Draglishte where we discover Bulgaria’s rural traditions. After sampling some of the country’s excellent wines at Melnik we head into the Rhodope Mountains and the picturesque village of Leshten, with its well preserved houses, then explore the magnificent scenery surrounding Trigrad, with its ... Read more >
From £1,099 excluding flights

Nigeria holidays, lost kingdoms

Discover one of Africa’s most vibrant and exciting countries on a trip that will challenge your preconceptions. A much maligned nation, Nigeria suffers from a bad reputation that discourages most travellers, but this trip shows you that there’s another, much more appealing, side to the country. Starting in the mega city of Lagos – surely one of the liveliest on earth – we head to the coastal town of Badagry, linked to the slave trade and with dark secrets to uncover. From here we travel to the old Yoruba city of Abeokuta with its grand Afro-Brazilian buildings, and climb the sacred Olumo Rock, a holy site for local people. Moving further we head to the virtually unknown Idanre Hillls for an ... Read more >
From £3,349 excluding flights

Sierra Leone and Liberia holiday

An innovative and completely unique itinerary combining two of West Africa’s least visited countries. Sierra Leone and Liberia are united by a unique African history, freed Afro-American slaves, and more recently civil war, dominated by thickly forested mountains and pristine Atlantic beaches. Having been off limits for some time, both countries are in the process of shaking off their past troubles, and have a huge amount to offer the Africa enthusiast. We start in Freetown to explore lively markets and discover the history of the slave trade, then head into the interior and the lush forests of Tiwai Island and Gola, home to some of West Africa’s most iconic and fascinating wildlife, ... Read more >
From £3,849 excluding flights

Uzbekistan tours

Uzbekistan is perhaps the most evocative country in Central Asia, with its splendid old Silk Road cities that conjure up images of its glorious past. This short trip is designed to show the very best that the country has to offer within just a week. We start in the capital Tashkent, seeing its historic quarter and bustling bazaar before flying west to the walled city of Khiva. Exploring this architectural gem is like entering another era, with imposing mosques, minarets and tombs around every corner, all superbly preserved. Crossing the Kyzyl Kum desert we reach Bukhara, once a powerful khanate and with monuments dating back a thousand years, including the impressive Chor Minor mosque, the ... Read more >
From £1,049 excluding flights

Ethiopia tour

One of only two countries in Africa never to have been colonised, Ethiopia is a truly fascinating land unlike anywhere else on the continent. With a wealth of unique cultures, incredible ethnic and natural diversity, and some of Africa’s finest historic monuments, Ethiopia offers a kaleidoscope of experiences which delight both new and experienced travellers to Africa. This trip encompasses both the north and the south of the country to show the best that it has to offer. From Addis we head south to the tribal lands of the Omo Valley, meeting some of the most traditional tribal groups on the planet – the Konso, the Karo and the Mursi, best known for their outlandish body decorations and the ... Read more >
From £3,599 excluding flights

Armenia holiday, Ancient Armenia

Uncover the secrets of a truly enchanting corner of Europe on a short trip that shows you a side of the continent you never knew existed. We start in Yerevan, a vibrant and rather charming city with some splendid architecture, and explore some of its key sites before heading into the surrounding countryside. At Khor Virap and Noravank we visit ancient monasteries that date back to the emergence of Christendom, and in Dilijan wander around the old centre and meet the Molokan people, one of Europe’s smallest, but most traditional ethnic groups. We discover the stunning churches of Echmiadzin and visit Kurdish and Yazidi villages where lifestyles have changed little for centuries, uncovering ... Read more >
From £999 excluding flights

Morocco and western Sahara tour

Discover the wild and untamed lands of southern Morocco and the Western Sahara, where nomadic traditions, picturesque kasbahs and the raw beauty of the desert combine. Starting in the ever exotic city of Marrakech, the end point of the Saharan camel caravans of old, we journey through the lands of the Berbers and across the mighty High Atlas Mountains, to the magical landscapes of the Draa Valley, encountering huge dunes and semi-nomadic people living in the desert. From here our journey into the arid lands south begins, travelling south through endless horizons and stopping at small desert towns along the way, the romance of the Sahara getting ever closer. From Tarfaya we enter the ... Read more >
From £2,749 excluding flights

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 Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova holiday kicks off in Belarus where a combination of Soviet architecture and characterful places of worship make the capital, Minsk, a real sight to behold. Next stop is the country’s spiritual capital, Polotsk, which provides a fascinating historical back story that few other travellers will have previously encountered. Moving on to the rural landscapes around Disna, this Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova holiday invites you to ... Read more >
From £2,599 excluding flights

Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro tour

Explore Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro, a stunning and unusual part of the continent on the borders of Christian Europe and the old Ottoman Empire. In Albania we first visit the citadel of Kruja, with its deep connection with Albanian culture and impressively preserved buildings, then head to the region of Mirdita where we step back in time to discover feudal traditions, unique villages and the real spirit of Albanian culture. Crossing into Montenegro we discover its stunning national parks and natural beauty, then return to Albania to the traditional villages and alpine scenery of Thethi. Crossing Lake Koman by boat we continue to Kosovo to explore the pristine mountainous countryside, ... Read more >
From £2,099 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 £2,299 excluding flights

Azerbaijan small group holiday

Perched on the very edge of Europe, Azerbaijan occupies an unusual position both geographically and culturally, intertwining elements of Russia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and Central Asia. This short trip takes you on a journey through a land that has remained shrouded in mystery for centuries. We start in Baku, the oil rich capital which blends the ultra-modern with the staunchly traditional, visiting its historic quarter and marvelling at the unique architecture here. Outside of the city are strange geological phenomena – flaming mountains and bubbling mud volcanoes – which has given Azerbaijan the name ‘land of fire’. In the mountains we visit unique communities and historic towns ... Read more >
From £1,049 excluding flights

Sao Tome tour

The island nation of São Tomé and Principe is one of Africa’s most pleasant surprises, a near tropical paradise awash with atmospheric colonial reminders, beautiful coastline and fascinating wildlife. This short Sao Tome tour offers an excellent introduction to the country, starting in the capital with its unique Portuguese-Creole flavor. From here we head into the interior, hiking to the pretty Lagoa Amelia and then driving south to São João with its gorgeous black sand beaches. Continuing to the southernmost tip we look for turtles laying eggs at night, take a trip to the tiny Rolas Island on the equator line, then travel by boat up the west coast to Mucumbli, our base for exploring Obo ... Read more >
From £1,625 excluding flights

The Caucasus tour, Russia's wild frontier

The Caucasus lie at the southern edge of Russia, a wild land of fiercely independent people that were not incorporated into the Tsar’s Empire until the mid 19th century. This is the land of legends, an untamed landscape of imposing peaks, hidden medieval villages and customs that stretch back to the dawn of human settlement – in our eyes perhaps the most exciting part of Europe. This trip takes you on an unusual journey through the collection of semi-autonomous republics that mark Moscow’s limit of control, places that few outside of Russia have even heard of. Starting in Nalchik we travel across the mountains to North Ossetia, home to traditional stone built villages, some of the best ... Read more >
From £3,499 excluding flights

South Sudan cultural tour, 9 days

There are few places left in Africa that compare to South Sudan, a wild and untamed world that is home to some of the continent’s most traditional ethnic groups, living in the same way as their ancient forefathers. Based on our own personal experience of the world’s newest country, this short trip takes you deep into the tribal heart of a truly fascinating part of the continent. From the boom town capital of Juba we head out to the homelands of the Mundari people, known for their distinctive tribal scarring and the regular wrestling contests that take place between their villages – we should be able to witness one of these incredible spectacles, but we don’t recommend taking part! We ... Read more >
From £3,999 excluding flights

Kazakhstan holiday, Steppe to the Silk Road

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 £1,799 excluding flights

Burkina Faso holiday, Festival of the Dancing Masks

This nine day Burkina Faso holiday takes you to the hidden cultural heritage of West Africa where ancient traditions and proud tribal customs form the backdrop to a unique travelling experience. Your Burkina Faso holiday starts in the country’s capital city of Ouagadougou where an urban environment and traditional West African lifestyles collide in a confusion of colour and excitement. Departing for the West African bush takes this Burkina Faso holiday into the realm of the Kassena where characterful house decorations and adornments make for some highly impressive designs. As this Burkina Faso holiday continues you’ll find yourself on wildlife drives looking for elephants, monkeys and ... Read more >
From £2,099 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 that date back millennia and bear witness to the diverse civilisations that once ruled here. This short trip takes you on a journey to discover a place that for many years was simply off limits to western travellers, but rivals any of its better known Middle Eastern counterparts. We start in the ancient city of Erbil, dating back an incredible seven thousand years and with a fascinating citadel to explore that gives you a real idea of how important this region once was. From here we step into the footsteps of Alexander the Great at the ancient battle site of Gaugamela, and join ... Read more >
From £2,949 excluding flights

Cameroon holiday, Tribal lands

Straddling both West and Central Africa Cameroon is alive with the traditions and customs of more than two hundred and fifty different ethnic groups, a cultural mix that is at once enchanting and more than a little magical. This trip takes you to the heart of a country much neglected by tourism, exploring lands that have seldom been visited by outsiders. Starting in the steamy city of Douala, chaotic and mesmerising, we head west to the tribal kingdoms of the highlands taking in dramatic waterfalls and lush forests on the way. We discover lands ruled by traditional chiefs that have changed little in centuries, centred around royal courts and nobles that govern in an almost feudal manner. ... Read more >
From £2,299 excluding flights
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