A great overall trip around the key safari destinations within this vast and beautiful country. The Essential Botswana tour has been designed to combine the wilds of the Chobe National Park, with huge herds and abundant big cats with the peaceful relaxation of the Okavango Delta. On this shorter flying safari we stay at Xugana Island Lodge, a spectacular island site which allows guests to not only do land based 4x4 safaris but also boat and mokoro trips to get the most out of the Okavango Delta.
The Born Free Safari combines the lesser known park of Shaba and Ol Pejeta, the ‘Big Five’ destination of the Masai Mara and the luxury of staying in iconic Serena and Sarova hotels, lodges and camps. A country so vast, rich in culture and enjoying an abundance of wildlife, Kenya has so much to offer. Experience dramatic scenery and close encounters with the ‘Big Five’ in Nairobi’s best game reserves.
This fantastic tour combines all of the must-see destinations of South Africa, from the wildlife of Kruger National Park to the scenic Garden Route, and of the spectacular beauty of Cape Town.
Staying on the Zimbabwe side, famed for the most spectacular views, enjoy a few nights exploring Mosai-ao-Tunya – the mighty Victoria Falls. Claimed to be the largest waterfall on the planet and one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, you can view it from air, boat or foot and learn about the flora and fauna as well as the history of David Livingstone and his discovery of the falls.
The Madikwe & Marataba Flying Safari combines two of South Africa’s finest lodges with exciting transfer by light aircraft and it’s such an amazing offer, the flights are free. Hop between Johannesburg and the Madikwe Game Reserve and Marakele National Park spotting the 'Big Five' and enjoying some of South Africa’s best cuisine. Experiences are key in these lodges, relax by the pool at Madikwe, while elephants and giraffe enjoy the water-hole just steps away or enjoy a cruise on Lady Mara spotting hippos snorting along the river with a backdrop of the magnificent mountains beyond.
This 3 night package in Guilin and Yangshao includes airport transfers and private day tours. Add this 5V package to other cities, travelling via China's famous high-speed trains, to build your very own independent tour of China. We recommend Shanghai to Beijing to Xi'an to Chengdu all by high-speed train then flying onto Guilin or Hong Kong before returning home or travelling onwards in Asia.
This 3 night package in Varanasi includes airport transfers and private day tours to see the enchanting & mystical Aarti ceremony on the banks of the River Ganges. You will also go on a boat journey on the River Ganges taking in all the activities happening along the way. We offer a number of other Independent India locations that are easy to link together with internal flights. Explore India your way.
This magnificent journey through two of India’s most celebrated national parks will lead you on a trail of discovery as some of the nest parks in the world to see the famous Royal Bengal Tigers in their natural habitat. From fauna renowned to the region to majestic birds of prey, this tour is sure to leave you with everlasting memories.
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”.
Boasting the tag line of ‘the finest safari destination outside of Africa, Brazil’s Pantanal region truly is wild. One of the best locations to spot jaguars in the wild, the wetlands are also home to anacondas, tapier, capybara, caimen, the giant anteater and so much more. Combine this with a trip to the magnificent Iguassu Falls and to lively Rio de Janeiro and you have ticked off some of Brazil’s finest destinations.
Fly into the heart of the Amazon Rainforest and sleep along the river in one of the jungle’s finest locations. Witness the ‘meeting of the waters’, spot wildlife from a traditional canoe and go fishing for piranhas, an authentic and unbeatable experience. Then it’s back to reality with a few days of exploring the iconic sights and relaxing on the colourful beaches of Rio de Janeiro.
Known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”, the Calgary Stampede puts on a show of the best in rodeo, western heritage and culture. You’ll see chuckwagon races, bull riding, grandstand shows, and you’ll even get two skyrides over Stampede Park.
Turquoise-blue lakes. Free-flowing waterfalls. Snow-capped peaks. You’ll experience everything you might picture when you think of the Rockies. Take to the skies and see those iconic mountains from Banff Gondola and a helicopter ride, drive on an ancient glacier, and simply relax and enjoy the ever-changing landscapes from the comfort of your train carriage. All of that before you set sail over the border into Alaska. See glaciers and ice formations as high as 10-story buildings. And feel the icy sea breeze on your skin as you cruise the Inside Passage.
Timeless cowboy country and the enduring beauty of Canada’s Western wilderness contrast with the ever-progressive Pacific metropolis of Vancouver on this 8 day road trip through the Rockies. Before you reach the thoroughly modern delights of Vancouver, with its chic shopping, world-class dining scene, and memorable coastal experiences (from biking around water-framed Stanley Park to whale watching beyond the bay), you’ll pass through Canada’s past. And it all starts in Calgary — an urban enclave that may have moved with the times but has kept its cowboy culture and rodeo reputation. From ‘Stampede City’ you’ll take the highways into Banff National Park in search of the eternally quaint town of Banff. The famous wintery landscapes of Icefields Parkway beckon as you journey from Banff to the equally cutesy town of Jasper, with the glacier, Lake Louise, and Peyto Lake popular pitstops on the way to Jasper National Park. Following the old trade routes, you’ll travel along Yellowhead Highway to stay in the sports capital of Sun Peaks, witnessing some of the Rockies’ most dramatic scenes en route, including soaring Mount Robson. But Canada’s West keeps a few surprises back for your final journey, from Sun Peaks to Vancouver, with the scenery switching between sagebrush-swathed cattle ranches, Fraser Canyon’s white-water rapids, the drama of Hell’s Gate gorge, and the coastal calm of Vancouver’s rural fringes — all before modern life reappears in stunning Vancouver.
If anywhere perfectly captures the great outdoors, it’s Canada’s West, with its cloud-skirting mountains, forested shorelines, and wildlife-rich waters. Get an instant introduction to the Rockies’ drama and serenity as you visit the town of Banff and Tunnel Mountain Drive, for views of the Bow River Valley. The roads in this part of Canada hold a riot of experiences, whether you’re driving the Icefields Parkway to walk on a glacier, or cruising down Vancouver Island to Victoria for some whale-watching. But the rails rule here, and the journey from Jasper to Prince Rupert gives trackside views of ancient forests, valleys and Mount Robson. You’ll also take to the seas and sail to Port Hardy along the famous Inside Passage, seeing jagged fjords and resident whales and sea lions. And you’ll finish your adventures among all the pizzazz that Vancouver has to offer.
Mixing Canada’s natural coastal beauty with its rugged interior, this unforgettable road trip gives you the complete west Coast experience. You’ll wind through national parks, past emerald-green lakes and lush valleys as you make your way through Banff and Jasper, before staying at a traditional ranch. After a taste of mountain-living, you’ll spend your days sailing along the Sunshine Coast and visiting the rugged Vancouver Island. And your final stop in Vancouver, with its urban buzz and beautiful coastline, makes the perfect ending to your western adventure.
Explore the most eastern city of Canada — St John’s. Full of rich history and culture, the city is known for its colourful row houses, Signall Hill with its mesmerising views, and amazing wildlife. From puffins to humpback whales, you’ll get opportunities to spot them both in their natural habitats on this 3-night adventure, as well as touring the city and it’s surrounds.
Exploring a little area of a large country, this taster to rail journey adventures allows you to see some of the best of the west. Spend a couple of days on board the Rocky Mountaineer, best known for its service and opportunities to see the Canadian scenery from the comfort of your carriage. You’ll tick off all the essentials; racing against raging rivers that run parallel to the train, crossing historic bridges, and meandering through the shifting scenes of ranch land, glaciers, lakes, forests and (of course) those iconic snow-capped mountains.
When you think of Canada, you might think of snow, polar bears and vast landscapes stretching for miles. Well, that’s exactly what you get on this 6-day adventure. You’ll get a glimpse of some of the fascinating arctic wildlife as you venture out on a purpose-made Tundra Buggy®, from polar bears to foxes and ptarmigan. Get closer to the powder-white snow and go dog-sledding with a local musher. And at the end, you’ll make your way to Manitoba’s capital — Winnipeg,
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.
Straight from the pages of a storybook, this trail takes you for romantic rendezvous in some of the South’s most page-turning cities.
One day you’ll be imagining yourself as The Notebook’s Noah and Allie as you glimpse the antebellum mansions and plantations around Natchez. Another as Rhett and Scarlett as you picture life in the Civil War ravaged streets of Atlanta. And another as A Streetcar Named Desire’s Blanche as you wander below the infinitely Instagrammable balconies of New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Of course this is music country too, with attractions that are irresistible to Presley groupies, Dolly devotees, and followers of anyone from BB King to Taylor Swift. Once you’ve checked off favourite guidebook fillers like Graceland in Memphis or the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, you can experience the cities’ soundtracks first hand, hearing them spilling out from the bars of Beale Street in Memphis, as you slink into the jazz rooms of New Orleans, or as you prop up the bar in the honky tonks of Nashville.
If there’s one thing that can vie against the music for attention in the South, it’s the food. You’ll see why when you’re tucking into overstuffed po-boys and sticky beignets in New Orleans, or finger-licking barbecue ribs in Rendezvous in Memphis — as seen on TV’s Man vs Food.
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).
An exciting lodge-based safari taking you from the foothills of Kilimanjaro to the dramatic Rift Valley lakes and the rolling plains of the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.
An inspirational guided tour of South Africa’s natural landscape and rich flora and fauna. From the Cape Floral Kingdom world heritage site to the stunning coastline of Walker Bay, you’ll explore nature trails, walk along cliff paths, meet marine mammals and visit one of South Africa’s newest wine regions.
Visit the rolling grass plains of the Serengeti, the ancient baobab trees of Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, one of the seven natural wonders of Africa.
This 3 night package in Guilin includes airport transfers and private day tours. Choose from 4V or 5V accommodation and add this package to other cities, travelling via China's famous high-speed trains, to build your very own independent tour of China. We recommend Shanghai to Beijing to Xi'an to Chengdu all by high-speed train then flying onto Guilin or Hong Kong before returning home or travelling onwards in Asia.
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.
Positioned between the rolling hills of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, the state of Kerala is one of India’s prized gems. Famous for its tea industry, this destination offers so much. Explore the diverse city of Cochin and the picturesque Munnar which is surrounded by luscious forest and rolling hills. A relaxing cruise on the stunning backwaters of Alleppey is awe-inspiring and calming in equal measure. This vibrant tour will enrich all your senses as you explore this timeless area.
Sapa is Vietnam's premier destination for trekking and best known for its diversity of hill tribes and minority villages. This former French hill station is a remote outpost located at an elevation of 1650 metres above sea level and only accessible by train from Ha Noi. Surrounded by plunging valleys, terraced paddy fields and towering mountains, Sapa is home to a lively central market where hill tribe people from outlying villages, resplendent in their traditional headdresses, gather to buy and sell their wares, meet with friends and catch up on the latest gossip. Gentle walks or more challenging treks, hikes through verdant rice fields and the chance to interact with isolated communities are but a few of the experiences on offer in the remote region that surrounds Sapa.
If you’re going to do any of Canada’s historic rail journeys, this is the one to start with. It takes you through some of Canada’s most famous and fabulous landscapes – and important heritage landmarks. Linking Vancouver with Banff or Lake Louise, with an overnight stop in Kamloops on the way, the passage through BC and Alberta checks off all the essentials. From racing against the raging rivers that run parallel to your carriage, to crossing historic bridges and spots like Craigellachie (where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was hammered in to connect the East and West coasts). Comfort goes without saying, but every detail has been carefully crafted to give you a VIP experience and the best window to see the shifting scenes of ranch lands, glaciers, lakes, forests, and mountains.
Experience the very best of Alberta and British Columbia, from the Rockies to Vancouver Island. You'll spend your days on sightseeing tours, exploring the fascinating Canadian cities on foot, and by road, rail and air. Banff and Jasper will give you your National Park fix, with jaw-dropping mountain scenery and rolling views for miles. Calgary and Vancouver will top and tail your trip, with all the colour and hustle-and-bustle of city life. You’ll even have a few days in Whistler to dip into the outdoor adventures and First Nationals culture of this renowned ski village. If you wanted a way to explore the West, this is it.
Nestled on Farewell Harbour is where you’ll find the beautiful, authentic lodge, awaiting you for an experience like no other. You’ll be transported into the heart of the wilderness, spending your days searching for Orca, sea lions, dolphins, Humpback whales and porpoises. But it’s not just about the marine-life that makes this place so spectacular. You’ll also get to be amongst the grizzlies, watching the bears go about their business within the lush woodland and flowing streams.
Classics are classics for a reason, and this tour of Canada is chock full of them. Even the high points like Niagara Falls, time in the Rockies, and tours of its metropolitan cities only tell half the tale. The open road will take you to historic trails, buzzing modern life, and untouched nature. You’ll also see modern Canada - Lake Ontario’s shoreline communities, as well as ranch lands and agricultural prairielands - as you fly west to Calgary. But nature always steals the show - whether you’re following Rideau Waterway’s rivers and lakes, taking the Sea-to-Sky Highway past fjords and peaks to Vancouver, or adding on a trip to drive on the Athabasca Glacier.