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Havana, Bay of Pigs, Trinidad, Santiago
February 10-19, 2015 December 1-10, 2015
February 9-18, 2016 Nov 29- Dec 8, 2016
The largest Caribbean island, Cuba offers breathtaking mountains and coastal scenery, fascinating history and rich musical culture. The real Cuba is a country caught in a time warp, theoretically Marxist, a supposedly – Communist country in the middle of the Americas, Havana was once one of the world’s most fashionable cities. We witness the impact Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Ernest Hemingway have had on this remarkable little Island and the pressures for change pushing in on the country in the 21st Century.
Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
Poland, Slovakia & the Czech Republic Only - 18 Days
Join Company President Norman Bruce for this special tour of a region which is united by its 20th century history but diverse in religion, language and cultural traditions. Poland’s history has always been dictated by its location, with Germany to its west and Russia/the Soviet Union to its east but it has always had a fiercely independent spirit, typified by the Solidarity independent trade union movement of the 1980s which was instrumental in bringing down the entire Communist system. In the early 20th century Czechoslovakia was one of the 5 richest countries in the world. Its capital, Prague, is today one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The Baltic States are among Europe’s smallest countries, sustained throughout their histories by passionate nationalisms. On this tour we enjoy beautiful mountain scenery, the wild Baltic coastline and gorgeous walled towns with their cobbled lanes & historic buildings.
Taipei, Sun Moon Lake, Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Bagan Temples
January 6 – 26, 2016
Travel here is like stepping back in time. Steeped in history, Myanmar remains virtually untouched by the Western world. Now that a decades-old travel ban has been lifted, the people of this enchanting land are once again welcoming travellers. Our Myanmar tour takes you on a journey from Irrawaddy River villages to Buddhist shrines, with diversions away from the main sites and into the heart of the country to discover the peaceful rhythm of Burmese village life and learn the secrets behind local arts and crafts. Taiwan is a large island off the south-east coast of mainland China, first known in the West as Ilha Formosa – “Beautiful Island.” The east coast is dominated by rugged cliffs exposed to the open Pacific Ocean, while the populated west coast faces the Taiwan Strait which separates this island nation from mainland China. Down the middle of the island runs a chain of more than 200 forested mountains soaring over 3,000 metres high.
Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, Saigon
January 6 – 30, 2015
Our international airfare includes two nights accommodation in Bangkok on the way over to Vientiane, Laos…. Vietnam is long, thin and mountainous so we fly some sections of our route so we can cover more areas of the country. However, we travel overland by our own air-conditioned coach on several sections. This allows us to see more of the countryside. Due to the poor road conditions in Laos and Cambodia, we fly to and between the sites in these countries. Where possible, we try to spend more than one night in an area. Most of our hotels on this tour are of an excellent, Western 4 star standard. Our tour captures some of the highlights of this beautiful region of the world: we spend a night on a house boat in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the coast is dotted with limestone pinnacles rising vertically from the azure-blue sea We board an overnight sleeper train to Lao Cai in the mountainous north-west of Vietnam where we learn about the local tribal peoples. No visit to Cambodia would be complete without a visit to Angkor Wat, one of the seven wonders of the world. This architectural masterpiece was built in the 12th Century and covers an area of about 210 hectares
Paros, Mykonos, Delos, Naxos, Santorini & Crete
May 12 – 27 2015 (can be combined with our tour to Southern Italy & Sicily: April 27- May 27 2015.)
May 10 – 25 2016 (can be combined with our tour to Northern Italy: May 10- June 11 2016.)
On our relaxing tour of the Greek Islands we spend 3 or 4 nights on each island, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the islands lifestyle and culture.- an experience not possible on a cruise ship. We travel between the islands by large, sea-going ferries, as the locals do. During our 4 nights on the little-visited island of Paros, we tour this lovely rural island and visit the islands of Mykonos, Delos and Naxos. We enjoy 3 nights on the picture-perfect island of Santorini, including a guided tour of 4,000 year old Akrotiri and a boat trip to two tiny volcanic islands. On Greece’s largest island, Crete, we spend 4 days travelling the gorgeous mountains and coasts. We explore charming towns such as Rythimnon and Hania and take guided tours of Knossos and Phaistos, sites from Europe’s oldest civilization-the Minoans. In Athens we enjoy a guided tour of the city that is the “soul of Western civilization”.
House boat in Kerla, Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur, Bombay, Taj Mahal, Goa, Khajuraho
November 7 – December 2, 2014
(+optional 3 day post tour extension to Nepal)
We visit some of the lesser-known UNESCO world heritage sites of South India as well as the famous highlights of the North. We fly most sections of our route so we can explore more areas of the country. However, we travel overland by our own air-conditioned coach on some sections. This allows us to see more of the countryside and typical villages. Hotels on this tour are mainly of an excellent, Western 4 and 5 star standard. We also stay in a former palatial home that has been turned into a hotel. We also spend one night on our air-conditioned houseboats exploring the waterways of Kerla. No visit of Inda would be complete with out a visit to the World Famous Taj Mahal! . Our pre-tour extension of Sri Lanka captures the ‘essence’ of this ancient country as we explore renowned Buddhist sites [many of them world heritage sites] and enjoy spectacular scenery. Our post tour extension to Nepal witnesses the majesty of the Himalayas & cultural highlights of the Kathmandu Valley.
The Game Parks of Kenya to the Coast of the Indian Ocean
October 4-24, 2014 +SOLD OUT+
February 7-27, 2015 July 11-31, 2015 February 6-26, 2016 July 9-29, 2016 October 1-21, 2016
Kenya & Tanzania in 2015 October 3-23 (details available shortly)
This is the trip of a lifetime! Kenya is the ultimate safari destination. and the ‘jewel of East Africa’. Over the years,we have designed our tour to maximize our time in the best game parks Kenya has to offer. Our safari highlights the Masai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli and Tsavo [among others!] and finishes in Mombassa on the Indian Ocean Coast. We stay in First Class lodges and travel in special safari vehicles with only 6 people per vehicle for the best game viewing & photography experience.
Tuscany, Umbria, The Lake District & Venice
May 26 – June 11 2016
On relaxing tour of north central and north eastern Italy we immerse ourselves in the lifestyle and culture of the small towns and art centres we visit. Our focus is on the picture-perfect hill towns of Tuscany where we learn about the food and wines of the region, as well as visiting the great art centres of Florence and Sienna. We learn about the rich history of the area – from the ancient Etruscans through Roman emperors and Popes to the Renaissance. We also enjoy the dramatic scenery of Lake Garda near Verona and end in the unique island city of Venice. We stay mainly in historic hotels that reflect the charm of the small towns we stay in. Please ensure you wear comfortable walking shoes as the pavements in Italy can be uneven and some of the walking tours can take up to two hours. On our optional pre-tour extension in In Rome, we take the opportunity to stay in a monastery close to the Vatican City. Out optional Rome tour includes the Vatican Museums, Coliseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and Plaza Navone. See details at the end of our tour itinerary.
PERU, ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS 22 Days Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu & the Amazon
November 6 – 27, 2015
Add an optional 5 day pre-tour extension of La Paz, Bolivia & Lake Titicaca, Peru] Peru’s extraordinary cultural and archaeological heritage complements its biological richness. Home to the most advanced pre-Columbian civilizations in the New World-most notably the Inca,these cultures have left behind an incredible legacy. walk among the varied fortresses and temples in central Peru and visit the spectacular mountain-top citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We also explore the Amazon Basin in Ecuador around the Napo River before we head out to our 5 Day/ 4 night cruise around the Galapagos islands. Our cruise ship holds a maximum of 16 people allowing you to get ‘up close’ to these diverse islands.
April 27 – May 13, 2015
On our relaxing tour of Sicily and Southern Italy we enjoy 2 four-night stays and spend 2 or 3 nights at as many hotels as possible, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the lifestyle and culture of the small towns and cities we visit. Sicily is like a separate country, not only being a large mountainous island but being the only part of Italy to have been occupied by the Ancient Greeks and the Norman French. We enjoy the dramatic scenery of this volcanic island and learn about its infamous Mafia culture. The south of Italy is much more rural and traditional than the more-visited north. We learn about the rich history and customs of the area. We drive along the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, cross the water to the Isle of Capri and explore the unique buried Roman city of Pompeii. We stay mainly in historic hotels that reflect the charm of the small towns we stay in. When in Rome we take the opportunity to stay in a monastery close to Vatican City. This tour can be extended with 2 days in Rome which includes The Vatican before our main tour begins, for those who have not been to Rome before. See details at the end of our tour itinerary.
TOUR CAN BE COMBINED WITH THE GREEK ISLANDS (31 Days) April 27- May 27 2015
September 3 – 17, 2015
On this tour we visit Ireland’s famous highlights, including Dublin, the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher. However, we also visit lesser-known but equally fascinating areas such as Galway and Donegal. Travelling in a small group in our own small coach we are able to get off the beaten tourist path and see something of the unhurried life of rural Ireland. Our tour is unusual in that it covers the whole country, including special places in the north such as the Giant’s Causeway and the walled city of Londonderry.
June 10 – 21, 2015 Aug 26 – Sept 6, 2015
June 15 – 26, 2016 Aug 24 – Sept 4, 2016
On this extremely good-value tour we drive right around the island and visit Iceland’s famous natural wonders, including Geysir [after which all other geysers around the world are named], Vatnajökull [Europe’s largest glacier], many majestic waterfalls and the iceberg-filled lagoon of Jokulsarlon. We also learn about the traditions of this isolated Viking-originated society, including their Icelandic sagas. Travelling in our own coach we are able to experience the remote vastness of rural Iceland, which contrasts so strongly with the dynamic city of Reykjavik – where 60% of Iceland’s 320,000 people live. Set almost on the Arctic Circle, in summer Iceland has 24 hour daylight and wonderful birdlife. This is one of the best places in the world for seabird spotting.