Big sights small crowds

Big Sights. Small Crowds.

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Experience the World, while it’s still quiet

With Peru and Ecuador moving off the red list from Monday, travel is back on the table in a big way.

Here at HA we always do our best to suggest ways to get you off the beaten track, walking the road less travelled and soaking up true authenticity wherever you’re visiting. However, all countries have those truly must-visit experiences and places that can’t be missed. And, with those bucket-list worthy spots, tends to come the crowds! (We tried to keep schtum about Petra, but the word got out.)

For the time being though, with fewer tourists the big sights are so much more peaceful than normal. So, it could just be the perfect time to get back out there to experience some of the most magical places in our world, while they’re quieter than they’ll *hopefully* ever be again. 


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Botswana‘s Okavango Delta and Linyanti Wetlands reserves are a sprawling safari playground, with incredible scenery, untouched wilderness and just about all of the definitive, headline grabbing African wildlife that you could hope to see. And, with game viewing here even more exclusive than it usually is, you’re guaranteed countless memorable wildlife encounters and far fewer tourists to share them with. Plus, with an exclusive chance to save more than £1,000 per person on this Botswana adventure (when travelling within 30 days of booking, and on selected dates), incredible safari sightings could be closer than you think. Contact our Botswana specialist, Kirsty, for more information. (Offer valid at time of writing).

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Peru is set to be moved off the red list on Monday (we couldn’t be happier about this news!). And that means the spectacular Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, nestled high in the Andes Mountains, is ripe for exploring once more. This jewel in the crown of the Inca empire is South America’s most iconic visitor attraction – and it never disappoints. Whether you choose to trek or take the train or bus up, the view at the top will be worth every minute of the journey. Get in quick, to experience this top bucket-list destination for yourself, before the crowds return! Find out more >

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Sri Lanka

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This train ride through Sri Lanka‘s tea hills really is something else. And to enjoy the experience to the fullest, we’ll always book you a window seat. With fewer tourists, there will be more chance to move through the carriages, lean out of open windows and sample tasty delicacies sold by the local sellers who make their way down the aisles. Or, if you have an adventurous streak, sit in an open doorway to feel the breeze as you watch the far-reaching tea terraces whizz by below. An exhilarating journey like no other awaits.
Take me there > 
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Climbing the imposing orange dunes of the Namib desert is a must when in the Sossusvlei region of Namibia. The huge 100m high peak of Dune 45 makes for a bit of a challenge – and a staggering view across the golden plains once you get to the top! Plus, right now, you’re able to take in the sweeping vistas with very little company. Pinch-yourself moments guaranteed. Now is such a fantastic time to visit Namibia, and with great last-minute availability on routes like this two-week self-drive Namibia itinerary, get in touch with Kirsty, our Namibia specialist, to plan your trip today.

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Surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters and immaculate white sandy beaches, we’d understand if Mauritius is calling your name. Whether you visit as a standalone romantic holiday (we’re looking at you honeymooners), or fancy unwinding in paradise after a South African safari adventure, Mauritius makes the perfect island hideaway. Boasting one of the largest unbroken barrier reef systems in the world and fringed by soft sand beaches, it could just be the perfect place to enjoy the peace and tranquility of a perfect post-pandemic getaway. Take me there >

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Just an hour away from Toronto, you can experience the power and roar of what is arguably one of Canada’s most famous icons – the plummeting Niagara Falls. Whether you choose to feel the spray on your face from the water as you cruise to the base of Horseshoe Falls, walk along the White Water Walk boardwalk or venture into the tunnel – Journey Behind the Falls – which takes you behind the cascading wall of water, this is a sight not to be missed. Plus, fewer crowds allows a rare and uninterrupted opportunity to be wowed by this magnificent example of mother Nature at work. Find out more on this sample ‘Canada Icons’ holiday itinerary >

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Petra, once called “the rose-red city half as old as time” and famously voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is a must-see for visitors to Jordan, and for good reason. It’s hard to beat (or put into words) the feeling when you catch your first glimpse of the Treasury Tomb at the end of the dramatic Siq Canyon – and it’s all the more magical without the crowds! HA clients, the Sussexes, visited Jordan last month and said: “A lot of the places were very quiet. It made seeing places so much easier, especially Wadi Rum and also wandering around Petra.” See it all on this Grand Tour of Jordan

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With more than 1000 temples scattered across its 400 square kilometers, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is the most visited sight in Cambodia. With South East Asia being a little slower to open up, we’d recommend getting a trip booked in for 2022. This way, you’ll have a holiday in the diary to look forward to and will travel knowing you’ll not only beat the crowds, but you’ll be supporting a wonderful country in its efforts to reignite tourism, too. The ethereal glow of the sun as it rises over the ancient towers of Angkor is an experience everyone should have when they visit this remarkable side of the world. See the Temples of Angkor and so much more on this ‘Best of Cambodia’ holiday itinerary.

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Not sure where to explore first? No problem. Our friendly team of travel specialists are at the end of the phone ready to chat all things travel and help design a getaway that’s tailored for you. Give us a call on 01242 253 073, request a quote or email us on [email protected].


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