When a simple road trip just won’t cut it, this journey gives you the best of all worlds — taking you by rail, road, water, air, and even ice, so you get the full Western Canada experience. The al fresco adventures roll from start to finish, taking you deeper into the soul and scenery of each stop — from travelling over a glacier in a custom-designed Ice Explorer to hovering above the Rockies in a helicopter. It’s not just the wild Rockies that give you the outdoor exploits — in Vancouver you’ll take a sea safari to see seals playing at Pam Rocks, or hop on a bike for an urban tour covering everything from Granville Island to Gastown, and the seawall to the rainforest of Stanley Park. Not all the adventures are adrenaline-packed though. You’ll float down Bow River in Banff, spying views of mountains and hoodoos on a gentle journey. You’ll glide across Lake Louise in an authentic 26-foot cedar strip canoe as your guide shares tales of the early explorers and local wildlife. And, of course, you’ll take the ultimate ‘put your feet up’ adventure on the Rocky Mountaineer, seeing the sights from the comfort of a train that’s world-famous for its luxury and lookout stops.
While many hightail it to the slopes, Canada’s Rockies-framed West isn’t just snow and après-ski. Four incredible journeys await: trailing the seaside towns north of Vancouver, sailing the Inside Passage, driving the super-scenic Yellowhead Highway, and traversing those Rocky Mountains themselves. Jumping off point for many, Vancouver doesn’t just satisfy urbanites, it puts you minutes from natural adventures like walking the treetop Capilano Suspension Bridge. Neighbouring Victoria’s an ideal second stop, with its flower-packed Butchart Gardens, while journeying north promises treats like Duncan’s countless totem poles, seaside stopovers in Campbell River and Port Hardy, and orca and humpback whale watching in the Johnstone Strait. Every journey’s eye-opening. Swapping wheels for water, a cruise along the Inside Passage showcases the rugged Pacific Northwest. While Yellowhead Highway takes you along Skeena River valley for insights into native Canadians: first at ‘Ksan Indian Village, then at fur trade revealing Fort St James National Historic Site. Reaching the Rockies, the drives and views get no less spectacular: crossing their highest passes, journeying through national parks like Jasper and Banff, taking Ice Explorer trucks onto Athabasca Glacier, and stopping at spots like Lake Louise, and Craigellachie, where the ‘Last Spike’ was driven into place for the railroad linking Canada coast to coast in 1885.
There are few sights more mind-blowing, or unnerving, than that first glimpse of white fur against white snow as you cross the tundra in search of polar bears. It doesn’t matter how good HDTV gets, there’s simply no comparison to seeing wild creatures in wild locations. After a night in Winnipeg you’ll fly to the remote northern community of Churchill, your base for two days of polar bear tracking. You know you’re heading into barely charted territory when you need a specially constructed vehicle. Agile and cosy, your Tundra Buggy® is your home-from-home on the frozen plains, as you cross them in search of polar bears. Travelling with in-the-know locals, for whom the tundra is their backyard, means you can head straight to the bears’ favourite haunts for optimum viewing opportunities. But this isn’t just polar bear country and, as you journey through remote ice fields, you could also spot caribou, arctic fox, snowy owls, and other arctic dwellers. For two days on the tundra, your buggy’s your home: you’ll even take your lunch on board. But you’ll return to bed down in the comforts of Churchill at night, reenergising before heading back out onto the ice again.
If you don’t like following the crowd when you travel, this limited edition trip gives you the ultimate alternative — taking you into the beautiful ‘back of beyond’ in Canada. In a little window of opportunity, for a few short weeks in the summer we take a handful of lucky travellers from Winnipeg to Churchill for unfiltered adventures in the great outdoors. You’ll ‘meet the locals’ with a boat journey along the Hudson Bay in search of Arctic wildlife, including its resident Polar Bears. You may even forget to pick up your camera, as you’re quickly absorbed by the sight of them swimming in the bay, playing along the river estuaries, and sunbathing on the cool rocks along the riverbank. The water’s the setting for many of our adventures around Churchill, like witnessing the unlikely grace of the charmingly sociable Beluga Whale pods that we set off to see on our boat trip — you can also add on experiences to get even closer to the whales. The Polar Bears and Beluga Whales may steal all the headlines here but, as you climb aboard an all-terrain Arctic Crawler™ for a trip across the stunning tundra, you’ll soon see this wilderness has many hidden stories to reveal.
The Pearl of the Antilles, Cuba is filled with Latin rhythm, colonial charm and revolutionary zeal. Lying at the heart of Spain’s once great American empire, today it provides a rich mix of natural and historic highlights that include World Heritage sites, beautiful Caribbean beaches and the iconic reminders of one of the 20th century’s most pivotal events. Our Cuban Experience tour takes you from its bustling capital and across a landscape liberally sprinkled with historic gems, captivating scenery and wonderful colonial architecture.
As the name suggests, this is the perfect trip around Sri Lanka for first-timers ticking off some essential sites and experiences. From climbing the spectacular Sigiriya Rock to safari in Minneriya, the Essential Sri Lanka will leave you feeling totally immersed in the culture and history of this beautiful country while leaving enough time for a relaxing beach stay. The best bit? Travelling with your very own local driver/guide — they will make your experience in Sri Lanka truly special with expert knowledge, local insights and a personalised service.
Set before the mesmerising backdrop of some of the most breathtaking landscapes in South East Asia, Vietnam’s rich and diverse cultural heritage re ects a rare complexity of styles. A compelling destination with colourful local traditions and fascinating cultures and histories.
Cherry-picking only the finest finds in California and Nevada, and travelling like a VIP in a private 16 seater plane, gives you more time to experience each stop. Zigzagging from its cooler-than-cool cities to its hotter-than hot coastal havens, the classics come together to create the definitive guide to the West.
Las Vegas, San Francisco, LA: the golden triangle’s a must for any West coast wanderer. Throwing you in the deep end, Las Vegas comes with an unashamedly flamboyant flurry of pinging slot machines, million-dollar shows, and all-you-can-squeeze-in dining and shopping.
Leaving Las Vegas, its complete antithesis awaits in Yosemite; a serene valley whose flamboyance comes from the drama of sights like Tunnel View, El Capitan, and Bridalveil Falls.
One may be super-sized and the other merely 49 square miles, but sprawling LA and mini San Francisco share one thing: endless attractions. The names trip off the tongue: Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, and Santa Monica Beach; San Fran’s Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf. And, linking the two, the Central Coast’s laced with its own attractions, from Morro Bay to Carmel’s stunning 17 Mile Drive.
The fastest route from A to B isn’t always the best. That’s why when we take you from San Fran to LA, we go the long way round. A detour taking in seven National Parks.
It also takes in gold rush country: leaving San Francisco’s fog-draped hills, you’ll follow the old prospector trails to ‘gold rush capital’ Sacramento, Old West infused Virginia City, and the once rough and tumble railroad town Elko; and track the pioneer’s route along Humboldt River.
By going ‘off road’ you get to see America’s contrasts, from scorched Mojave Desert to lush Lakes Tahoe and Powell, and from Route 66’s ageless Seligman to eternally evolving Las Vegas. And you get to stop off in whimsically named spots like Snake River Outlook, a prairieland of wild buffalo and moose, and Craters of the Moon National Monument, with lunar landscapes so realistic the first men on the moon trained there.
But it’s seeing seven national parks that make a detour so worthwhile: the geyser-packed Yellowstone, the snow-dusted peaks of Grand Teton, the boundless sandstone curves of Arches, the Colorado-carved ravines of Canyonlands, the ‘wrinkle on the earth’ of Capitol Reef, the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, and the eye-defying depth of Grand Canyon. And all before arriving in LA.
Getting off the beaten track isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. As some head in search of the world’s best-kept secrets, others know there’s a reason some places aren’t secret at all. The highlights of San Francisco, LA, Las Vegas and San Diego* (optional) take you on a delightfully well-trodden path; with their iconic sights and nearby national parks drawing in the West’s best dining, shopping, and nightlife.
Stomping ground of the rich and famous, LA’s filled with photo opportunities: the finish line of Route 66, those legendary ‘Baywatch’ lifeguard towers, the white letters of the Hollywood sign, your favourite Walk of Fame star, maybe even an Instagram-worthy shot of your dinner with the Queen Mary’s Captain.
That’s if you’ve any memory left after snapping the landmarks lining the West’s shoreline, from San Francisco, where the piers of Fisherman’s Wharf and boutiques of Union Square vie for attention, and the chance to visit Monterey and Carmel adds photo finds, down to San Diego, California’s second largest city.
Of course, you’ll need a large lens to capture the towering height of Yosemite’s Half Dome and Yosemite Falls, the scale of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam, the mountain backdrop of Palm Springs, and the megamonoliths to extravagance in Las Vegas.
Sometimes clichés are a good thing, and the Northwest’s reputation for great coffee is proof. With more baristas roasting beans than you can shake a tub of cocoa powder at, this region guarantees to provide your caffeine fix – after all, it’s where StarbucksTM first launched. And, starting you off in sophisticated Seattle, you’ll quickly settle into that famous coffee bar scene, checking out neighbourhoods like the cool downtown Waterfront.
But, as you travel down this strip of coast, you’ll discover coffee’s only part of its story. Swapping city life for the Northwest’s untamed volcanic landscapes, with a journey through Mount Rainier National Park and past Mount St Helens, you’ll end up in Portland; contrastingly flat, it’s known for its walkability and, weirdly, food vans.
The Northwest nature trail continues with the 40-mile long wind-sculpted Oregon Dunes, the wild beaches and crashing surf around Coos Bay, and the ever-photogenic lighthouses of Oregon’s coastline. These make way for the giants of Redwood National Park, rivalling skyscrapers in their height; for serene countryside dotted with timeless towns like pretty Mendocino and historic Eureka; and for the exclusive wine estates of Sonoma Valley. All before you return to urban living, and the coffee shops beyond the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
As the name suggests, this is the perfect trip around Sri Lanka for first-timers ticking off some essential sites and experiences. From climbing the spectacular Sigiriya Rock to ‘safari-ing’ in Minneriya to drinking freshly picked tea, the Essential Sri Lanka with Nuwara Eliya will leave you feeling totally immersed in the culture and history of this beautiful country. The best bit? Travelling with your very own local driver/guide — they will make your experience in Sri Lanka truly special with expert knowledge, local insights and a personalised service.
Our Sri Lanka Explorer tours are designed to fit in with you, these three-night packages fit perfectly into the middle of your Sri Lanka beach stay. From climbing the spectacular Sigiriya Rock to safari in Minneriya, this tour around the Cultural Triangle will leave you feeling totally immersed in this beautiful country. The best bit? Travelling with your very own local driver/guide — they will make your experience in Sri Lanka truly special, with expert knowledge, local insights and a personalised service.
Occupying the northern portion of Borneo, the jungles and rivers of Sabah are home to a rich mix of tribal diversity and rare wildlife. These ancient jungles provide a haven for wild orangutans, pygmy elephants and tribal cultures whose traditions have endured for centuries. This fascinating Jungles and Orangutans trip takes you on a journey into the heart of this captivating land, following the meandering course of the Kinabatangan River and taking you deep into the beautiful landscapes of the “Land Below the Wind”.
Getting you into grassroots America, this trip may start in New York City and Washington D.C, but it soon swaps cosmopolitan and political powerhouses for the weird, wild, and wonderful sights sweeping the States’ south-east corner. Beginning with statement landmarks like the Empire State Building and Times Square, then the White House and US Capitol Building, images of NYC and D.C fill your camera before you’ve even touched the South. Moving from (relatively) contemporary to colonial, Williamsburg emerges like a veritable open-air museum, before you break into Great Smoky Mountains National Park, discovering how Appalachian farmers exist in a wilderness as far from D.C’s cut and thrust as you can feel. With a playlist of country music, blues, and jazz, this region also provides America’s bassline, with Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans in its backyard. And no visit’s complete without an invite into Elvis’s Graceland or a stroll below the ostentatious balconies of Bourbon Street. The big sights are a must, but there’s nothing quite like seeing less-mapped places, like the 65-acre gardens of Southern estate Bellingrath, horse ranch-rich Orcala, and Florida Panhandle’s sands at Pensacola (although, given you’re heading that way, we thought you’d like to check out familiar faces like Kennedy Space Center and Miami Beach too).
Nothing epitomises Canada quite like the drama of its natural territories. Sandwiched between arguably the West’s most dynamic cities, the land strip from Calgary to Vancouver’s peppered with national parks, scenic highways, and outdoor adventure. Taking you from sky to sea, flying into Calgary puts you tantalisingly close to the cloud-skimming Rockies, which lure you in before propelling you towards coastal Vancouver. Famous for its annual stampede, Calgary’s more than Stetsons; it’s a vibrant city of skyscrapers ripe for sightseeing. Equally well-stocked with soaring towers, a Vancouver tour reveals history in Gastown, beaches in English Bay, and totem pole sprinkled Stanley Park. Between the two, Banff, Yoho, and Glacier National Parks hold the archetypal attractions of Canada’s wilderness: bijou towns like hot springs hideaway Banff; mountain scenery, with all the lakes, forests, and peaks that promises; and the exhilarating possibility of spotting wild elk and bears. The easiest way to experience it is on passes like Trans-Canada Highway, with its ever-changing views of icefields, canyons, forests, and glacial streams, and Sea-to-Sky Highway, passing fjords and peaks. But every traveller’s different, so you can handpick additional adventures like helicopter trips over the Three Sisters mountains, Ice Explorer rides on a glacier, and floatplane flights over Garibaldi Park’s alpine lakes, peaks and meadows.
Picture Canada and you might imagine remote wilderness, but a little square of its East Coast couldn’t be more different. This is a place where tall pines move over for skyscrapers, where bears make way for city slickers, and where campfires and trading posts swap places with world-class dining and shopping venues. Its relatively small scale makes it an easy place for a whistle stop tour, letting you fit four city breaks into one holiday and promising unrivalled day trips, from a sightseeing tour of Niagara Falls to whalewatching on the St Lawrence River. Giving you a cheat sheet into all you need to know about the East’s cutting-edge cities, a comprehensive tour of key sights is the best way to start each stay, before you head off to unearth your own favourite neighbourhoods. Straight-talking Toronto’s packed to the rafters with cosmopolitan cool, from Chinatown’s authentic buzz to sleek modern masterpieces like the cloudpiercing CN Tower. Shifting to Ottawa, you’ll find the modernity of its culture at odds with the history of landmarks like the parliamentary buildings and World Heritage listed Rideau Canal. In Québec City, a tour within the old city walls reveals its French influences. And in Montréal, you’re shown its old-world charm and contemporary chicness existing side-by-side.
This essential tour of Sri Lanka combines the main sites of the Cultural Triangle with some wonderful wildlife experiences and a some well-deserved beach time. Climb Sigiriya, explore ancient temples and European forts and even spot leopards and whales. The best bit? Travelling with your very own local driver/guide – they will make your experience in Sri Lanka truly special with expert knowledge, local insights and a personalised service.
From the spectacular views at Sigiriya and impressive sculptures at Polonnaruwa to the beautiful tea plantations around Nuwara Eliya and the famous Yala National Park, you really will feel like you’ve touched every corner of this exciting destination on this guided tour.
As epic as the drama it inspired, America’s Deep South doesn’t disappoint for sprawling plantations, antebellum mansions, and civil war stories straight from the pages of Gone with the Wind. A true Southern Belle, Atlanta gives a behind-the-scenes look at places that inspired its most famous daughter, Margaret Mitchell. Rambling around Stately Oaks Plantation, which gave her the idea for Tara, and seeing the film’s costumes at Road to Tara Museum, it’s easy to see why Atlanta claimed her starring role. Stepping into Civil War settings, you’ll see Charleston and Augusta’s historic sights persevering in spite of the ravages of nature and wars. And you’ll witness the antebellum architecture which added to the novel’s romance in Savannah, home of the old cotton exchange; in Beaufort, also featured in Forrest Gump; and in Natchez, where you get to explore one of these gracious mansions. Picking picture-book routes, like Pensacola’s Panhandle-skirting roads and the 444 mile Natchez Trace Parkway, makes your journey as exciting as your destinations. Of course, you can’t visit without hearing the sounds of The South, as country music fills Nashville’s streets, the blues spill from Beale Street bars in Elvis’s heartland of Memphis; and jazz bands make music in New Orleans’ French Quarter and on its Mississippi steamboats.
A chance to explore the fascinating Golden Triangle of India, a great trip for first timers or those looking for a shorter tour. Your journey begins in Delhi, where you have an opportunity to visit Old Delhi, before continuing to Agra and the iconic Taj Mahal then onwards to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur.
This wonderful introductory tour of India's rich and cultural history explores the sights and sounds of the Golden Triangle, including the iconic Taj Mahal, with the added experience of spotting tigers in the beautiful Ranthambore National Park, one of the best places in the world to see these majestic animals.
Welcome to a land of timeless traditions and fast-moving technology where you're just as likely to come across shrines and temples as you are skyscrapers and neon lights. Travelling by bullet train from Tokyo you'll quickly become immersed in Japanese culture as you pass through the realms of Mount Fuji and Hiroshima prior to experiencing the blossom-strewn gardens of Nara and Kyoto. This fascinating tour focuses on culture incorporated with the essence of the past and Japan's most iconic locations. Trips are timed to include some of the country's key festival, including: blossoming cherry trees; the Takayama festivities and Gion festival.
There’s no deeper way to discover a destination, than to see it with someone who actually lives there. One of our local friends greets you at each new city on this trip — ready to share its iconic sights, its hidden secrets, and their favourite neighbourhoods.
In LA, they’ll take you out for the day to the beaches (like bodybuilder-lined Muscle Beach), the celeb hangouts (like boutique-lined Rodeo Drive), and the big-name attractions (like the star-lined Walk of Fame). The next day, they’ll reveal skyline and Hollywood sign views from Griffith Observatory — or you can ask them to arrange add-ons like a studio tour (they’ll even tag along to a concert or ball game if you fancy adding one on).
Another of our Californian friends will join you for a two day journey up the famous Central Coast highways, showing off swanky seaside spots like Malibu, famous attractions like Route 66’s End of the Trail, and scenic sights like Carmel’s 17 Mile Drive and Monterey’s Cannery Row.
Introducing you to their charming home city, you’ll join our San Franciscan friend for a stroll through Chinatown, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf, and for ‘must-do’ experiences like biking across Golden Gate Bridge, riding an historic cable car, sailing across the Bay by ferry, and dining at one of their favourite Chinatown restaurants.
Ending your adventure under the neon canopies of Las Vegas, our ‘in-the-know’ local shares the highlights of The Strip and Downtown, before you’re free to experience the shows, casinos, and day trips to spots like the Grand Canyon at your leisure.
If you’re going to do it, we say ‘do it big’, and this isn’t called THE Great American Crossing for nothing. Powering from Washington D.C. to San Francisco, landscapes morph from urban jungles, past pastoral scenes, thundering waterfalls, raging rivers, mountains, national parks, mesmerising deserts and canyons, peaceful lakes, and wild beaches; before throwing you back into city life again. Packing in some of the States’ most talked about metropolises, you get a multitude of ‘city breaks’, seeing the highlights of Philadelphia, Washington D.C, Chicago, Las Vegas, LA, and San Francisco, with experiences from a Chicago Architectural Cruise to a tour round the famous Ford plant. Away from bright lights and city sights, America’s historic dramas unveil themselves. Like a time traveller, you’ll be on Civil War battle elds as you visit Gettysburg, in Steinbeck’s Great Depression era on Monterey’s Cannery Row, or back in Route 66’s heyday at its birthplace, Seligman, where little’s changed in 60 years. Time stands still in America’s National Parks and Heritage Areas too. You can still imagine the thunder of bu alo as you cross Badlands NP, hear the thunder of Niagara Falls, and be wowed by spectacles like Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, Grand Teton’s crests, Bryce Canyon’s amber sandstone, and the Grand Canyon’s sheer immeasurable scale.
They say it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. We agree. Much more than its guidebook favourites, authentic Canada’s delivered in the places and panoramas between them. Of course classics are classics for a reason, so a trip to Niagara Falls, time in the Rockies, and tours of its metropolises are a must, from Toronto, Ottawa, Québec City, and Montréal in the East, to Calgary, Banff, Whistler, and Vancouver in the West. But they only tell half the tale. Hitting the open road reveals historic trails, unfurling modern life, and untouched nature. The past is present as you drive through French-Canadian villages along Chemin du Roy; as you track early settlers’ routes along St Lawrence River to Montréal; and as you take the Trans-Canada Highway, seeing the same icefields, canyons and forests railroad engineers and fur traders would have in the mid-1800s. Some journeys present modern Canada, like Lake Ontario’s shoreline communities, the ranch lands of the West, and central Canada’s agricultural prairielands, seen as you fly East to West. But nature always steals the show, whether you’re following Rideau Waterway’s rivers and lakes, driving through the Rockies, taking the Sea-to-Sky Highway past fjords and peaks to Vancouver, or adding on a trip to drive on the Athabasca Glacier.
This fascinating tour of Cape, Kruger and the Falls will give you a true flavour of Southern Africa’s history, culture and natural beauty. Experience the hustle and bustle of South Africa’s second largest city, Cape Town, rub shoulders with the furry and feathery at Kruger National Park and experience the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River.
A wonderful tour where you’ll see and savour the immense richness of this beautiful region. From the wilds of Kruger National Park to the cosmopolitan sophistication of Cape Town, you’ll come to understand why South Africa is dubbed ‘A World in One Country’.
Home to fascinating historic sites and unique culture, China will excite and amaze you. This journey discovers modern Shanghai, historic Beijing, the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriers and finishes with seeing the iconic Pandas and beautiful Guilin.
As if it was made for road trips, the cities and sights of Eastern Canada and its neighbouring US states are separated only by short and stunningly scenic highways. We’re talking roads like Canada’s 1,000 Islands Parkway, running parallel to St Lawrence River. Tracks into the rolling farmland of upstate New York’s Finger Lakes Region, towards the Gettysburg battleground. Rural routes into the Amish heartland of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Not forgetting, of course, America’s most beautiful backyard, New England, where highways are swaddled by forested hills, dramatic mountains, and bijou villages with white steepled churches. The roads may be scenic, but the stops are no less spectacular. In Boston, Beacon Hill’s cobblestones and gas lamps and the Freedom Trail’s landmarks deliver unique charm. In Quebec City, a walking tour of the walled metropolis reveals its French- avoured UNESCO credentials. In Ottawa, parks make way for Parliament’s power. In Toronto, driving through the skyscrapers reveals the world’s tallest free-standing structure, CN Tower, and, in Washington D.C and Philadelphia, capture classics like the White House and Liberty Bell. However, nowhere packs quite the punch of Niagara Falls, hearing the thunder of Horseshoe Falls as you walk along Table Rock, and seeing it in style dining up the iconic Skylon Tower.
Experience the mountain park settings of Banff, Jasper and Whistler as well as the cosmopolitan port cities of Vancouver and Victoria on this stunning trail through Canada's famous Rocky Mountains and beyond.
Packing four capital-quality cities into a tiny slither of colossal Canada, this densely populated patch of land’s a far cry from the endless wilds surrounding it – but it also gives you easy in-roads to explore that wild and wonderful space. Sometimes it’s a spot where civilisation has claimed nature, like at Niagara Falls where you sail and soar for incredible views. A boat ride on the Hornblower takes you to the foot of the falls, while a trip up Skylon Tower gives you the view from above. You could even add a helicopter tour over the waters. Other times it’s places the wild has clung onto its untamed natural status, like the dramatic Canadian Shield plateau; the stunning trails into the immense wildlife-stuffed forests of Algonquin Provincial Park; the serene 1000 Islands waters ripe for your boat cruise; or perhaps St Lawrence River, where you could opt to head off on a whale watching expedition. Knitted together by cosmopolitan cities, you’ll return to urban outposts between each scenic stop: touring Toronto’s top attractions, seeing Ottawa’s parliamentary sights, and undoubtedly being charmed by Québec City and Montréal, the world’s second largest French city, and by the French Canadian villages linking the two along the historic Chemin du Roy byway.
Sri Lanka’s east coast is still a bit of a secret so get there before the crowds and explore this stretch of pristine beachfront. Explore the Cultural Triangle with your very own local driver/guide, including a climb of Sigiriya and a safari in Minneriya, before relaxing on the beach or enjoying the water based activities this coast has to offer, including whale watching.
It’s no secret New England’s one of the most popular places for an American road trip, and for good reason. This collection of states, from tiny Rhode Island to seaside-lined Maine, holds some of America’s most important history, most wow-worthy scenery, and most charming communities. Your adventures start and end in Boston, ‘cradle of American liberty’, where sightseeing is made easy by the 2.5 mile long Freedom Trail, which leads you to 16 significant landmarks. But this is more than a city break, and you’ll get to visit off-track places like Salem, a town unable (and unwilling) to shake of its 17th century witch hunt connections. Taking the scenic route, you’ll also travel to Cadillac Mountain in Maine; the White and Green Mountains, where you might spot the odd bear or moose; celebrated Plymouth Rock; and the sand dunes of Cape Cod. You could get your own snapshot of America’s most photographed lighthouse (no, we don’t know how they know that either) at Cape Neddick – and those on Cape Cod and cutesy Martha’s Vineyard (apparently less-photographed, but no less postcard-worthy). You’ll stay in quintessentially American towns like the tiny waterfront community of Bar Harbor and swanky Newport, with its coastal dining venues and ‘gilded mansions’.
China’s longest river, the Yangtze snakes its way across almost 6,400 km from the eastern fringes of the Tibetan Plateau, traversing some of the most spectacular vistas in the country and an area where the pace of village living remains untouched, to the glittering lights of Shanghai. This tour encapsulates the essence of China, with the highlight of 3 nights afloat on one of the world’s greatest rivers.
This is the essential China tour, introducing the key sights, including the Mu Tian Yu section of the great wall, which takes you away for the main crowds and gives you fantastic opportunities to explore and take photos; the modern metropolis of Shanghai; the historic Beijing, home to some of the most stunning architectural wonders in the world including the Imperial residences and the iconic Great Wall and Xi’an, the site of one of the world’s most important archeological treasures: the army of 2,200-year-old famous Terracotta Warriors with life-size soldiers, chariots and horses buried to protect the tomb of the first Qin emperor.
Beautiful scenery, colonial charm and some of southern India’s most culturally important cities, this astonishing journey captures the essence of this incredible region. You will visit the ancient temple at Madurai and enjoy the artistry of Mysore and Somnathpur, explore the rich variety of flora & fauna of Nagarhole National park before heading into the forested Nilgiri Hills. After riding the famous Mountain Railway near Ooty you then drive to Cochin, to enjoy its historical and natural treasures. Explore the natural diversity of Periyar and the backwaters of Kumarakom before heading to Chennai the capital city of Tamil Nadu state.
America delivers on all its descriptions. The Painted Desert really does look like a dye-splattered canvas. Monument Valley really does look like it’s stuffed with sculptures. Phoenix really does feel like it’s risen from the desert ashes. Mammoth really is mammoth. And the Grand Canyon really is, well, Grand.
Of course, some places have created a name for themselves, like Las Vegas. Gloriously gaudy and gratuitously glitzy, with its famous (often infamous) casinos, it’s a manmade attempt to rival the West’s larger-than-life natural showpieces.
To take in the best of the West, you need to experience its super-fast cities like LA and San Francisco, and its Hollywood starlet hangouts like Palm Springs and the OC. But those who just jet between LA, San Fran and Vegas miss the West’s real soul.
That’s only found in its bounty of deserts, canyons, lakes, and mountains: places like the Sonoran Desert, where you discover America’s most biologically diverse desert ecosystem; the vivid sculptural rocks of Sedona, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon NP and Zion NP; the rim of the Grand Canyon, as you stare a mile down into its belly; the summit of Mammoth Mountain as you take breakfast with a view; and the foot of Yosemite’s rainbow-luring waterfalls.
America’s hideaways for work and pleasure come together on this cover-it-all tour of America’s vast West. It embraces the studio-packed city of Los Angeles; the western ‘on location’ sets of the Painted Desert, Monument Valley, and Kanab, aka Little Hollywood; and LA’s equally cool urban neighbours, San Diego and San Francisco.
But Westerners aren’t just about business, and their big backyard’s packed with heady pleasures in the shape of fresh air recreation, lose-yourself scenery, and party playgrounds like Las Vegas, which you get to experience like a local.
Places like Palm Springs, Mammoth Lakes, and Lake Powell lure natives with their glorious golf courses, snow and water sports, and other outdoor pursuits, reaffirming the West coast’s famous addiction to anything healthy.
The plentiful national parks provide incomparable scenery for you to dip into, and you’ll witness the crimson monoliths of Sedona, the vastness of the Grand Canyon, the forests, waterfalls, and rugged landmarks of Yosemite, and the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, where campfires and constellations await on clear nights.
Back on the coast, seaside hideouts of in-the-know Californians trail down the Central Coast, and you’ll check off scenic Carmel, the canneries of Monterey, and the beaches of Malibu and Santa Barbara on your way back to LA.
Picking just one city break is never easy. So why should you? America’s Eastern Seaboard is punctuated by attraction-packed cities close enough to fit into one trip. Bookended by the Big Apple, you’ll start and end ‘on location’ at film set favourites like Central Park, the Empire State Building, and Times Square. The city that famously never sleeps is lit by Broadway’s neon bulbs, and ready to reveal just why bed isn’t beckoning. When your batteries need recharging, you can travel up the camera-ready region of Finger Lakes en route to Niagara Falls. A regular on bucket lists, you can view Horseshoe Falls from famous Table Rock, and as you lunch up Skylon Tower. Some mock the States for its lack of history, but there’s more than enough here to satisfy any academic. You can explore lands unchanged since the 1850s in the Amish homeland of the Pennsylvania Dutch; and lands unchanged for centuries as you travel along Susquehanna River in the Appalachian Mountains. You’ll step into history at Gettysburg Civil War National Battleground, see the birthplace of American liberty in Philadelphia, and feel the modern buzz of Washington D.C, with all-embracing tours under the skin of their trademark sights.