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Essential Botswana

Essential Botswana

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.

From £2939pp (excluding flights)

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Safaris
Born Free Safari

Born Free Safari

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.

From £1585pp (excluding flights)

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Safaris
South Africa Highlights

South Africa Highlights

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.

From £1849pp (excluding flights)

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Guided Tours
Majestic Victoria Falls

Majestic Victoria Falls

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.

From £389pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

Guided Tours
Madikwe & Marataba Flying Safari

Madikwe & Marataba Flying Safari

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.

From £3361pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

Safaris
Independent China – Guilin and Yangshao

Independent China – Guilin and Yangshao

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.

From £635pp (excluding flights)

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Independent Touring
Wildlife of India

Wildlife of India

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.

From £1699pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

Guided Tours
Jungles and Orangutans

Jungles and Orangutans

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”.

From £1275pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

Guided Tours
Sao Paulo, the Pantanal, Iguassu and Rio de Janeiro

Sao Paulo, the Pantanal, Iguassu and Rio de Janeiro

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.

From £2899pp (excluding flights)

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Independent Touring
Sao Paulo, the Amazon and Rio de Janeiro

Sao Paulo, the Amazon and Rio de Janeiro

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.

From £2039pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

Independent Touring
Calgary Stampede Thrill Package

Calgary Stampede Thrill Package

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. 

From £499pp (excluding flights)
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Short Tours
Journey through the Clouds Explorer Westbound with Celebrity Eclipse Post-Tour Alaskan Cruise

Journey through the Clouds Explorer Westbound with Celebrity Eclipse Post-Tour Alaskan Cruise

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. 

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Cruising
Mountain Express

Mountain Express

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.

From £1275pp (excluding flights)

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Self Drive Tours
Mountain to Sea Rail Passage

Mountain to Sea Rail Passage

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.

From £2149pp (excluding flights)

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Rail Tours
Western Explorer

Western Explorer

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.

From £1665pp (excluding flights)

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Self Drive Tours
St John's Experience

St John's Experience

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. 

From £399pp (excluding flights)
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Short Tours
Rocky Mountaineer - First Passage to the West

Rocky Mountaineer - First Passage to the West

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. 

From £919pp (excluding flights)

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Rail Tours
Churchill Town and Tundra Enthusiast

Churchill Town and Tundra Enthusiast

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, 

From £4499pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

Guided Tours
Essential Sri Lanka with Nuwara Eliya

Essential Sri Lanka with Nuwara Eliya

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.

From £1085pp (excluding flights)

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Guided Tours
Sigiriya Explorer

Sigiriya Explorer

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.

From £449pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

Guided Tours
Music Trails of the South

Music Trails of the South

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.

From £1059pp (excluding flights)
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Southern Explorer

Southern Explorer