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Textiles and crafts of India tour

The northern states of Gujarat and Rajasthan are home to remote villages where tribal communities have been living for centuries and are still practising an ancient way of life. In Gujarat, you will encounter people from the Kutch, Rabari, Meghwal and Muthwa communities and see first-hand how they produce their renowned intricate and delicate textiles. Other highlights in Gujarat include a visit to Gandhi's former residence, the otherworldly salt marshland of the Rann of Kutch and its endemic wild asses. Cross the state border into Rajasthan, known for its forts and palaces, explore its smaller towns and witness a very traditional way of life. The trip finishes in the stunning lake city of ... Read more >
From £2,545 excluding flights

India highlights tour, temples and tigers

Take a heritage walk through the old streets of Delhi, then proceed to Jaipur to admire the intricacy of its forts and palaces. Track tigers in Ranthambore’s jungles, and visit the exquisite Taj Mahal, brought to life at sunrise. Ride camels to an abandoned fort and visit quaint riverside temples in Chambal. Take a boat down the holy river Ganges in the sacred city of Varanasi. Finally head to the glittering Golden Temple in Amritsar and watch free meals being served to thousands every day. Take a trip to the Wagah border between India and Pakistan, renowned for its extravagant ‘retreat’ ceremony. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Marvel at Amritsar's Golden Temple View ceremony at the India-Pakistan ... Read more >
From £2,345 excluding flights

Cuba small group tour, Cuban odyssey

Get under the skin on the real Cuba on this comprehensive tour of the island. Soak up the colonial charm and vibe of Old and New Havana. Take a walk amongst the verdant coffee plantations of Las Terrazas and the rolling tobacco fields in Viñales. After marvelling at thousands of orchid species in Soroa, head south to the Bay of Pigs, one of the most important places in Cuba's illustrious history. Go walking in the evergreen mountains of Sierra del Escambray and continue on to Trinidad, arguably the most enchanting colonial town in Cuba. Visit the once-flourishing Sugar Valley then venture further east to Camagüey, known for its winding cobbled streets, churches and museums. Discover the ... Read more >
From £3,345 excluding flights

North East Brazil holiday, Hidden Brazil

Discover a different side of Brazil in the fascinating and diverse north-east, away from the tourist trail. Begin in picturesque Olinda, one of Brazil's best preserved colonial towns, where you will have the chance to visit local artists at their studios and get a taste for the fascinating mix of cultures that makes this region unique. Explore the buzzing city of Recife before heading to the sleepy town of Igarassu and the island of Itaramarcá, home to a former Dutch fort. Leave the tropical coast behind as you head to Cabaceiras, seeing first-hand the spectacular boulders of this otherworldly landscape. Fly to Salvador and head inland to visit Brazil's most highly regarded tobacco region. ... Read more >
From £2,995 excluding flights

Borneo wildlife tour

Borneo is home to some of the most outstanding natural sights in the world. Explore the rich Bornean jungle canopy, experience pristine wilderness and witness the bat exodus in Mulu National Park. Cruise along the river Kinabatangan, availing of its unique wildlife spotting opportunities. Visit endangered orangutans at Sepilok before searching for their wilder cousins in the Danum Valley and for the rare Sumatran Rhinoceros in Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Private wildlife extensions, including diving and snorkelling, can also be arranged. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Bat exodus at UNESCO-listed Mulu National Park Impressive stalagmites and stalactites Meet the rare Malayan sun bear See the native ... Read more >
From £3,659 excluding flights

Classic Costa Rica tour

Delve into the incredible scenery and nature of Costa Rica on this enthralling tour of the country's spectacular highlights, as well as some hidden gems. Begin your tour in the bustling capital city of San José and explore some of its fascinating museums before making your first foray into nature at the imposing Irazú Volcano. Head into the wilderness of Tortuguero National Park, where turtles, sloths and monkeys are among the inhabitants waiting to greet you. Then, travel south through lush countryside to visit a family-run pineapple plantation before continuing your journey to the spectacular Arenal Volcano National Park. Enjoy views of the perfectly conical volcano and explore the ... Read more >
From £2,695 excluding flights

Uzbekistan small group tour, Uzbekistan odyssey

Discover Uzbekistan's ancient cities, spell-binding architecture and wonderful craftsmanship. Explore Tashkent's madrassas and blue-tiled mosques. Fly west to explore Karakalpakstan province, where you will see Russian avant garde art in the Savistsky Museum and make an optional trip to the Aral Sea. Encounter remote desert fortresses in the Kizil Kum desert and trace the path of the ancient Oxus River to the walled city of Khiva, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Bukhara's beautiful mausoleums and Samarkand's Registan Square and the unique Shah i Zinda complex. Visit Tamerlane's birthplace and get away from the tourist trail to discover real Uzbek culture. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Tashkent's ... Read more >
From £2,095 excluding flights

Bhutan small group tours, best of Bhutan

This tour is ideal for those wanting to experience the diversity of Bhutan as you journey from east to west through this Himalayan kingdom. Set off from Guwahati to the India-Bhutan border leaving behind the subtropical climes of Assam and start your climb into Bhutan's mystical mountains. Drive through the remote eastern towns of Trashigang, Trashiyangtse and Mongar, visit group-free monasteries and wander around sleepy villages. Roam the magnificent valleys of Bumthang, perhaps the most picturesque in the country. Meander your way through jaw-dropping mountain passes to Gangtey and Phobjika Valley, home to rare migratory black-necked cranes in the winter. Visit Bhutan's finest dzong in ... Read more >
From £3,575 excluding flights

Colombia small group tour, Colombian odyssey

This tour takes in the best of Colombia - a country of great diversity in landscape, people and culture. Discover Bogotá's Gothic quarter and wander through rustic Villa de Leyva and the White City of Popayán. Take in the colossal Salt Cathedral, the surreal Tatacoa Desert, and stay on a coffee farm to learn the coffee-making process. Cast your mind back to pre-Columbian times and admire the mysterious statues of San Agustín before feasting your eyes on Botero's oversized statues in Medellín. Finally head north to the charming city of Cartagena and the idyllic Tayrona National Park situated on the shimmering waters of the Caribbean. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS - Wander cosmopolitan Bogotá - The ... Read more >
From £3,875 excluding flights

Classic Peru small group tour

Experience authentic Peru as you discover breath-taking Andean scenery, Inca complexes and colonial cities on this classic tour. Marvel at the grandiose Spanish architecture of colonial Lima and wander down the narrow streets and passages of Arequipa, the 'White City'. Venture into the mountainous scenery of the Yura district, spotting vicuñas as you journey across the extensive plains of the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve. Look out over the surrounding volcanoes from Patapampa and marvel at the vastness of the Colca Canyon, where graceful condors glide above. Experience the fascinating floating islands of Uros and connect with a local family in a homestay on Lake Titicaca. Enjoy an incredible ... Read more >
From £2,445 excluding flights

Lebanon holiday

A turbulent recent history means this beautiful and welcoming country sees few visitors. However a trip to Lebanon is a deeply rewarding experience. Its ancient history, friendly and forward-looking people and wealth of natural beauty, ensures that this small country packs a lot of punch. Come see for yourself. Take a boat through the cave complex at Jeita, journey back in time at the incredible Roman complex of Baalbek and explore Byblos, the birthplace of the alphabet and the ancient heart of world-shipping before indulging in Ksara’s finest wines. Highlights: -The historic Southern towns of Sidon & Tyre -Experience Beirut's beguiling mix of antiquity and modernity -The Temple of ... Read more >
From £1,145 excluding flights

Iran small group tour, UNESCO sites

INTRO Iran is home to 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, each with its own story to tell. Embark on a trip through this ancient land to discover its complex culture, its warm hospitality and the seemingly endless layers of history beneath the surface of this fast-changing country. Visit the sublime Christian monasteries of St.Thaddeus and St.Stephanus, wander the labyrinth Tabriz Bazaar and explore the vast expanse of the former Persian capitals of Pasargadae and Persepolis. Explore mosques, palaces and ziggurats, marvel at ancient water systems and wander beautiful Persian gardens. Finally experience the warmth and welcome of the wonderful Iranian people. New UNESCO sites declared in June ... Read more >
From £5,295 excluding flights

Archaeology tour of Eastern Turkey

Eastern Turkey is home to some of the most important and iconic archaeological sites anywhere in the world. Visit Göbekli Tepe, the world’s first temple, and uncover the origins of civilisation. Discover the enigmatic statue-heads at Nemrut Dagi (Mount Nemrut), and wander the ingenious roof-top streets of Çatalhöyük, the world’s first city. Visit the abandoned underground cities of Cappadocia and journey to Harran, the birthplace of the Prophet Abraham. Paved with a beautiful and varied landscape, a creative culture and a welcoming people, Turkey’s timeless allure and peerless history will leave you longing to return for more. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS - Watch the sunset at Mount Nemrut - Discover ... Read more >
From £2,795 excluding flights

Off the beaten track holiday to Madagascar

INTRO Starting in the capital Antananarivo (Tana), you will head to Miandrivazo where you will board the boat for your 2-3 day ride along the Tsirbihina river taking in its rural sights and bird life. Afterwards drive to the Tsingy de Bemaraha, known for its unique and bizarre limestone pinnacles, and take a short ride along the Manambolo river in a dugout canoe (pirogue). In nearby Kirindy Forest look out for Madagascar's famous lemurs and the fossa, the island's largest predator. Marvel at towering Baobab trees and explore mangroves and harvest your own salt in Tsangajoly. Travel eastwards to Antsirabe and enjoy a city tour by pousse-pousse (colourful rickshaw). Admire the silk production ... Read more >
From £2,995 excluding flights

Ecuador small group tours, Hidden Ecuador

INTRO Experience diverse landscapes and a melting pot of cultures as you uncover some of Ecuador's best-kept secrets. Step back in time in colonial Quito. Descend the verdant slopes of Pinchincha Volcano and venture into the verdant Mindo Cloud Forest to spot the colourful flashes of exotic birds and butterflies. Visit the crater lake of a still active volcano in Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve and discover Otavalo market, the largest indigenous market in Latin America. Enter the unique highlands and explore the mystical Polylepis Forest in El Ángel Ecological Reserve, before taking in the spectacular volcanic views of the Laguna del Voladero. Board La Libertad train for an incredible ... Read more >
From £2,445 excluding flights

Assam tour and Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India

Discover one-horned rhinos, elephants and other wildlife in Kaziranga National Park. Take a boat on the Brahmaputra River to Majuli, one of the largest river islands in the world, before finally entering Nagaland. Bordering onto Myanmar, Nagaland is steeped in history and tribal tradition. Wander through tribal villages and soak up the atmosphere at the Hornbill Festival, where Naga culture is brought to life in colourful song and dance. Visit the solemn WWII cemetery in Kohima then cross into Manipur and wander around India's only women-run market in Imphal and experience the tranquility of Loktak lake, known for its rich birdlife and rural culture Tour Highlights: - One-horned rhino & ... Read more >
From £2,345 excluding flights
Get £250 off any India tours booked before 28th February 2019.

Papua New Guinea small group tour

This 14 day Papua New Guinea small group tour will introduce you to a truly diverse and fascinating country. The tour begins and ends in Port Moresby, the capital, and we use a handful of internal flights so we can explore far and wide, and spend some time on New Britain Island. Discover the remote landscapes around Lake Murray and meet the tribal people living there. Explore the Highlands, one of the first places in the world where agriculture developed and a region that’s home to a rich cultural mix. In the Sepik region, you can travel along the Sepik River and meet the so called Crocodile Men, whose scarified skin resembles a crocodile’s, and see their spirit houses. Stay in Kokopo on ... Read more >
From £6,895 excluding flights

Orissa and Chhattisgarh tours in India

Delve into one of the tribal heartlands of India, starting your journey in Orissa, a state blessed with incredible temples, including the UNESCO Sun Temple in Konark. Discover diverse bird life on Chilika lake and then proceed along the tribal circuit meeting remote communities. Shop for traditional handicrafts and textiles at the bustling tribal markets. Move on to Chhattisgarh, one of India's least explored states, and weave your way through more tribal villages meeting the people who make this region so unique. Stop off at the magnificent Chitrakote Falls before your flight back to Kolkata or elsewhere in India. Highlights: - Explore the 'Temple City' of Bhubaneshwar - Architectural ... Read more >
From £2,395 excluding flights
Get £250 off any India tours booked before 28th February 2019.

Balkans overland tours, small group

Boasting a variety of languages, customs, landscapes and cities to explore, the Balkans offers a fascinating insight into one of Europe’s least visited regions, one rich in history and tradition but with modernity pushing in from every corner. Visit Albania's stone cities, Serbia's Orthodox monasteries and Bosnia's intriguing capital city and famous bridge. Taste wines in Macedonia, admire Ottoman architecture in Kosovo and explore Montenegro's wild nature and beautiful coastal towns. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Visit Belgrade and Serbia’s Monasteries Ghoulish Skull Tower of Nis The capital of Kosovo, Pristina The beautiful city of Pec UNESCO heritage Decani Monastery Wine tasting at Demir ... Read more >
From £3,495 excluding flights

Caucasus small group tour

Explore fascinating Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia, three tiny countries surrounded by the region’s big powers – the Persians, the Turks and the Soviets – on this Caucasus small group tour. This tiny region is incredibly diverse, with impressive mountain scenery, historic towns, ancient cave art and wonderful food and wine. You’ll receive a warm welcome wherever you go, too, from the kind and friendly local people. This 15 day holiday begins in Baku in Azerbaijan and from here, moves through the hills of Georgia to Yerevan in Armenia. Along the way you’ll do more than simply sightsee. Cook lunch with a Georgian family in their home, taste wine in Georgia's Kakheti region and enjoy craft ... Read more >
From £2,595 excluding flights
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