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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 £2,795 excluding flights

Lebanon food tour

Discover the taste of the Levant - from mouthwatering mezze and heavenly hummus to delicious falafel and scrumptious shawarma. Take a cooking class in the famous kitchens of Le Bristol Hotel, learn the art of sweet-making from the experts at the world renowned Abdel Rahman Al Hallab pastry shop and sample wine in the natural caves of Ksara winery, one of the best wineries in the verdant Bekaa Valley. Visit the iconic archaeological sites of Byblos - birthplace of the alphabet and once the centre of the world’s shipping - and Baalbek - one of the most impressive Roman sites in the world. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Cooking class in Le Bristol Enjoy Beirut's restaurants, bars & clubs Learn the art of ... Read more >
From £1,895 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 £2,595 excluding flights

Wildlife of Costa Rica holiday

Prepare for a wildlife adventure like no other as you discover the incredible flora and fauna of Costa Rica. After arriving into the capital city of San José, head for Sarapiquí Rainforest, widely recognised as one of the world's most important tropical rainforest areas. Take a bird-watching tour as your expert guide helps you to see and hear birds including the great green macaw, great potoo and ocelated antbird. Closely observe bats that are being studied in research projects and visit the acclaimed La Selva Biological Station, before taking an in-depth look at the hard-working leaf-cutter ants that are found in forests across the country. Travel north to the Caribbean coast's magnificent ... Read more >
From £3,395 excluding flights

Belarus explorer holiday

Discover the simple beauty of Belarus as you journey across this peaceful land. Travel from the urban capital of Minsk to traditional Belarusian villages and rural farmsteads in Disna. Explore the fairy-tale facade of Mir Castle, admire the aristocratic architecture of Neswizh and spot bison in the primeval Belovezhskaya Pushcha national park. Finally, explore Khatyn village and the impressive Brest Fortress, and see for yourself how Belarus is emerging from its tragic past as a progressive and curious country. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Historical centre of Minsk Rich diversity of Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park UNESCO-listed Brest Fortress Ancient architecture of Grodno The famous Lida ... Read more >
From £2,595 excluding flights

Laos highlights holiday

Uncover Laos' best secrets. Soak up the ambience of Luang Prabang's off-the-beaten-track charms, explore the historic Wat Xiengthong temple and venture into the wilderness of Kamu Lodge. Marvel at thousands of golden Buddha statues in the sacred Pak Ou caves. Explore the ruins of the Phou Asa Buddhist monastery as you trek through Ban Kiet Ngong. Enjoy safaris in Nam Et Phou Loeuy and a cycling tour of the beautiful 4000 Islands, before rounding up your trip with a serene sunset cruise along the mighty Mekong River. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Wat Xieng Thong monastery Explore the Pak Ou Caves Xieng Khouan Buddha Park The ancient Wat Sisaket temple The mountain temple of Wat Phou Spot Irrawaddy ... Read more >
From £2,295 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

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

Danakil volcano trek in Ethiopia

Considered one of the hottest places on Earth, the Danakil Depression is otherworldly. Located in northeastern Ethiopia you will get an insight into an ancient and often harsh way of life. This is also where our oldest ancestor, Lucy, was discovered. Drive from Addis Ababa to Semera in the Afar Triangle and head north to the nomadic desert village of Ahemed Ela. Discover the villagers' fascinating way of life, and marvel at the villages’ stunning locations in the Great Rift Valley and alongside its lakes an undoubted highlight of this tour is the late night trek to the mesmerising red eruption from the active Erta Alle Volcano where you will camp close to the rim of the volcano. ... Read more >
From £2,195 excluding flights

Moldova cultural tour

Located on the periphery of eastern Europe between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova is quite far off the beaten track. Still trying to move on from the Soviet era, it is a curious mix of past and present. You will get to visit autonomous Gagauzia and explore the self-proclaimed republic of Transinistria. Marvel at monasteries, stop by small villages and meet friendly locals. Become a connoisseur of Moldovan wine after visits to Cricova, Et Cetera and Purcari wineries. Finally, compare the Moldovan, Ukrainian and Russian culinary delicacies you will sample throughout your travels. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Vibrant Chisinau, Moldova's capital city Famous Curchi Monastery Cricova Winery, the world's ... Read more >
From £1,245 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

Classic Burma tour, mystical Myanmar

This tour gets under the skin of the real Myanmar. Explore Yangon's colonial history. Take the jaw-dropping train journey through tropical highlands towards Mandalay. Cross the Ayerwaddy River and explore the village of Inwa by horse cart. Head on to Bagan, where you can explore its collection of ancient temples by bike. Roam through the pine forests of Kalaw and visit an elephant conservation area in the forest. Take the bike (optional) down to the floating villages on Lake Inle. In Yangon, see the dazzling Shwedagon Paya and marvel in awe at the precariously balanced Golden Rock temple in Kyaikhtiyo. Learn about Mon culture in Mawlamyine and in Hpa An enjoy a boat cruise and kayak through ... Read more >
From £2,595 excluding flights

Discover Lebanon holiday

Lebanon offers iconic sites - Baalbek's Roman masterpieces, the remarkable histories and remains of Byblos, Sidon and Tyre, the cavernous Jeita's Grotto and the urban cool of Beirut. But it offers so much more. This tours combines these highlights with some lesser visited but equally charming spots in Lebanon. Ascend 1500-metres into the mountains to find the ruins of Faqra’s Roman temple, explore the countless historical sites, hidden souks and 14th-century mosques of Tripoli, and take in the astounding natural beauty of the Baatara Sinkhole, 160-million years in the making. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Experience Beirut's beguiling mix of antiquity and modernity The stunning cave complex of Jeita's ... Read more >
From £1,295 excluding flights

Oman small group tour, Oman odyssey

Arabia’s best kept secret, unassuming Oman maintains some of the Middle East’s most diverse landscapes and interesting culture. Boasting extravagant mosques, vast fortresses and sumptuous palaces, as well as dramatic deserts and ancient abandoned villages, Oman boasts a unique culture that blends the modern and ancient together perfectly. Delve into Oman's historic maritime history, discover impressive forts, marvel at the contemporary Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and browse the enchanting frankincense stalls of Salalah. Journey across the vast sand dunes of Wahiba Sands and stop to admire the views atop the ‘Grand Canyon of Arabia’. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Dazzling souqs and picturesque backdrops ... Read more >
From £2,995 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

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

Philippines small group tour, treasures of Luzon

Immerse yourself in the deep rooted cultures and traditions of the Filipino people on this tour of Luzon. Starting your journey in the North, visit a colonial Spanish town and greet the tribes who tend to the ancient rice terraces. Be spooked by hanging coffins, and discover crater lakes and volcanic landscapes. Fly south to the lesser-visited Bicol region and continue the volcano trail. Be amazed by panoramic views of the 'worlds most perfect' cone-shaped volcano, Mount Mayon. End your trail of discovery by swimming alongside colourful aquatic wildlife on Ticao Island, or laze on the pristine beaches above. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS The walled city of Intramuros in Manila Soak up Spanish colonial ... Read more >
From £2,995 excluding flights

Cambodia bespoke tour, hidden Cambodia

There’s more to Cambodia than Angkor Wat. Join this exciting tour to visit a side of Cambodia few tourists ever see. Dine with locals in a weaving village, attend a blessing ceremony at a hidden monastery and meet remote tribes near the Laos border. Explore pre-Angkorian temples, Buddhist pagodas, and Hindu shrines, and take a boat to visit remote communities to learn how they live. Search for rare Irrawadi dolphins and spend time with elephants at an Elephant project. Finally experience a homestay, visit a floating village and enjoy a traditional Khmer massage. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Bike the Islands of the Mekong Witness the village life of the Cambodian countryside Visit a floating village in ... Read more >
From £2,695 excluding flights

North East India tour, Living bridges of Meghalaya

Discover the magic of Meghalaya, the 'Scotland of the East'. Wander the bazaars in the hill station town of Shillong. Visit the picturesque town of Jowai in the breathtaking surroundings of the Jaintia Hills, and learn how Mawlynnong maintains its status as 'the cleanest village in India'. Enjoy views of craggy cliffs, rolling hills and waterfalls on your way to Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on the planet. Trek to the incredible Living Root Bridges, and marvel at the ingenuity of the Khasi people who created these feats of living architecture. Finally, visit the Sacred Forest of Mawphlang before returning to Guwahati. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Relax in the charming hill-station of Shillong Marvel ... Read more >
From £1,195 excluding flights
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