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Ultimate luxury in the Maldives
The Maldives is the Indian Ocean’s most alluring archipelago with unrivalled luxury and an astonishing underwater world. It’s also home to some of the softest, whitest sand around. Each resort in The Maldives sits within it’s own private island, there’s over a thousand of them them strung out like pearls across the ocean. The clear waters of the Maldives make it one of the best diving and snorkelling destinations in the world. The richness is overwhelming, with manta rays, reef sharks and turtles commonly spotted.
The only thing that makes the Maldives difficult is choosing the right resort out of the hundreds that are on offer. It’s paramount that you get this right as they do wildly differ in style and price. After several trips to Maldives we’ve really narrowed it down and handpicked a few of our favourites that offer quality and value for money. The Maldives really is one of the few destinations that looks as good in real life as it does in professional photos. It makes the perfect beach break after a holiday through Sri Lanka, India or Oman.
Castaway beaches in Thailand
With an intoxicating blend of sacred temples, lively markets and castaway-style beaches, Thailand provides the perfect introduction to Asia, as well as being our top pick for Asia aficionados…the Land of Smiles is always sure to delight. Rural relaxation, ancient cultures and a city buzz will keep a tour of Thailand well balanced for any traveller – families can kick back on jungle-clad islands surrounded by azure waters, couples can trek jungle landscapes to primitive hill-tribe villages in the northern highlands and those seeking adventure and activity will be spoilt for choice; the diving and snorkelling are world-famous, but there are also opportunities for white-water rafting, rock climbing, wakeboarding, kitesurfing and jet-skiing. The people are overwhelmingly friendly, the food is exceptional, and the hotels are fabulous.
South Africa Safari Explorer
Three nights in the Kruger is an excellent way to begin your Safari adventure, you will have amazing experiences with the big and little game that call the park home. From here you head to the Escarpment for two nights and explore the stunning vistas of the area. Driving into Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) you stop here for the night before arriving into the KwaZulu-Natal region and spending three nights on Safari to see what close encounters await with Africa’s big game. The coast opens up more offerings of wild adventures from the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which is home to vibrant wildlife in the game reserve of Lake St. Lucia’s estuary to the ocean Safaris in search of the local marine life such as Whales and Dolphins.
3 nights Kruger Safari – 2 nights Escarpment – 1 night Eswatini – 3 nights KwaZulu-Natal Safari – 3 nights Elephant Coast
Uganda Gorilla Express
This it the perfect trip for those short of time and wanting to get up close to the gorillas in their natural environment. This itinerary visits Uganda’s Bwindi Inpenetrable Forest where you can head out on a thrilling (and perhaps strenuous) gorilla trek, culminating with up to an hour spent observing a gorilla family as they feed, play and interact together. Choose whether to include one or two treks, and spend the remaining time in the forest exploring the wider area – perhaps canoeing on nearby Lake Mutanda on the way to the lodge, or on forest walks to the Nombe Pocket Forest to see the many bird species which thrive in the area. Other highlights include a chance to encounter the local Batwa tribes, with a fascinating insight into their nomadic hunter-gatherer heritage.
1 night Entebbe – 3 nights Bwindi– 1 night Entebbe
Japan with Teenagers
Keeping the whole family happy on a two-week break is never easy, but we have done the hard part for you by designing this well-balanced and exciting itinerary. Travel to see modern skyscraper-filled cities like Tokyo and Osaka, but also experience the traditional and spiritual side of Japan in ancient Kyoto and the mystical island of Miyajima.
Ride the shinkansen bullet trains, learn about feudal samurai warriors and sneaky ninjas, kayak in the waters of the Seto Inland Sea – this is a family holiday like no other. Top this off with visits to two of the world’s most exhilarating theme-parks – Disney and Universal – and you are sure to have an unforgettable journey that is enthralling, entertaining and memorable for everyone.
1 night flying – 4 nights Tokyo – 3 nights Kyoto – 2 nights Hiroshima – 3 nights Osaka
Morocco Family Break
A mere three hour flight across the Mediterranean, Morocco is a wonderful destination for families – Moroccans love children and your young ones will open doors and relax attitudes as you travel around. The sights, sounds and smells of the souqs in Marrakesh will be fascinating for them, as will the bright colours of the Jardin Majorelle where you can weave between the leafy walkways and spot terrapins in the ponds. If you don’t want your family in the thick of the medina, an oasis-like region called the Palmeraie, just outside the city, could be the perfect option for more space and some beautiful hotels.
Thankfully the Agafay Stone Desert and many hotels in the Atlas Mountains are only an hour or so from Marrakesh, so this makes an excellent next stop for a night under the stars followed by adventure with a stunning backdrop. Ending the tour in the relaxing coastal haven of Essaouira, there’s a long stretch of beach ideal for running around on or a camel ride if the kids want the full Moroccan experience!
2 nights Marrakesh Palmeraie – 1 night Agafay – 2 nights Atlas Mountains – 3 nights Essaouira
Active Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s volcanoes, cloud forests and dramatic river valleys lend themselves to outdoor adventure, and this itinerary has been specifically designed for those who like to be as active as possible whilst on holiday. Three nights are first spent in the Turrialba region, which is the perfect base for sampling some of the best white water rafting in the country as well as a superb canyoning tour that sees you abseiling down waterfalls. Continue on to Sarapiqui for horseriding, zip lining and rapelling in the setting of tropical forests before you reach Costa Rica’s activity hub, Arenal. A myriad of activities are on offer here – we have suggested paddle-boarding on the lake, mountain biking and a challenging hike to the beautiful Rio Celeste Waterfall but these can be easily adjusted to suit your individual preferences. In Monteverde you will find some of the best zip lining in the country, before completing your journey in Manuel Antonio. Here you can completely relax on jungle-fringed beaches, but there are also plenty of activities available such as kayaking, fishing, snorkelling and catamaran cruises.
1 night San Jose – 3 nights Turrialba – 2 nights Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui – 3 nights Arenal – 2 nights Monteverde Cloud Forest – 3 nights Manuel Antonio
New Zealand Adrenaline Rush
If you like a bit of adrenaline injected in to your holiday, then New Zealand is the place for you. Aside from the natural thrill of the spectacular scenery there are also endless activities to be enjoyed – from white-water rafting and jet-boat tours to heli-trips and of course the iconic bungy jump. However, if you don’t feel like throwing yourself off a bridge or down a river then there are gentler but equally as exciting options such as 4wd tours, guided kayaking, zip-lining and challenging walks. This self-drive itinerary gives you a flavour of the kind of things you can do whilst there.
2 nights Auckland – 1 night Waitomo – 2 nights Taupo – 2 nights Blenheim – 2 nights Kaikoura – 1 night Christchurch – 2 nights Lake Tekapo – 3 nights Queenstown – 2 nights Te Anau
Self-Drive Oman Adventure
The heart of Oman’s appeal lies in the combination of stunning natural scenery, an attractive and preserved heritage, and a unique, well-managed blend of the ancient and modern Arabian worlds. The good news is that much of this diversity is close together; you can be in the heart of bustling Muscat then in the space of a few hours’ drive find yourself in the back and beyond in the mountains. This of course means that you don’t have to spend too long in Oman, or spend hours on end in the car each day, to see many of the country’s greatest highlights.
This tour showcases all of this, starting with a few days in the capital, Muscat, before working through the forts, mountains and deserts of the interior, finishing back in Muscat. A nice way to do it is to pack some culture into the first few days in Muscat and leave the final section at a beach hotel, a relaxing way of finishing an otherwise jam-packed, thrilling trip.
3 nights Muscat – 3 nights Nizwa and the mountains – 1 night Wahiba Sands – 1 night Muscat
California National Parks Roadtrip
For a true lover of the great outdoors, this trip is the perfect opportunity to take in the sights, sounds and awesome scenery of some of America’s greatest national parks. Start off with a little sightseeing in the fantastic city of San Francisco before strapping on your walking boots and getting up-close to some of the natural wonders in Yosemite National Park, followed by bear spotting and craning your neck up to admire the towering trees in Sequoia National Park. A quick stop in the musical town of Bakersfield before your adventures begin in the extraordinary Death Valley. After all the outdoor action, a little luxury awaits you on your final stop before home, the absolutely fabulous Las Vegas!
2 nights San Francisco – 3 nights Yosemite National Park – 2 nights Sequoia National Park – 1 night Bakersfield – 2 nights Death Valley National Park – 2 nights Las Vegas
Western Canada Express
This is a superb self-drive itinerary through Western Canada; a classic route which takes you from Vancouver through the mountains and valleys of British Columbia and on to the glorious Rocky Mountains in Alberta. The distances between places are fairly long, however, the scenery lends itself to frequent photo stops and whets your appetite for what’s just around the corner, making the journeys as much a part of the experience as the destination.
2 nights Vancouver – 2 nights Whistler – 2 nights Wells Gray – 2 nights Jasper – 1 night Lake Louise – 2 nights Banff
Filled with pristine natural environments, this adventurous trip will take you on a journey covering the highlights of Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia. View the impressive triple peaks of the Torres del Paine National Park, taking in its glistening lakes and catching glimpses of the huge variety of animals which roam in the park. Next, cross over into Argentina to see the mega Perito Moreno Glacier at El Calafate. Time in Patagonia is sandwiched between stops in two of the world’s most fascinating cities: cosmopolitan Santiago and lively Buenos Aires.
1 night on plane – 3 nights Santiago – 4 nights Torres Del Paine – 3 nights El Calafate (Perito Moreno Glacier) – 3 nights Buenos Aires – 1 night on plane
As a country that’s been conquered, contested and coveted by so many of history’s great civilisations, Jordan has a remarkable trove of historical sites and this itinerary aims to showcase them in all their glory. In the north we see Classical cities like Jerash, and the early Islamic monuments of the Desert Castles, before following Herod and the Crusaders down the King’s Highway to Petra. On the way back to Amman we sweep up the remaining sites of the King’s Highway and look at some more Biblical history before heading home.
4 nights Amman – 4 nights Petra – 3 nights Dead Sea
South East Asia
A fascinating discovery of Indochina’s World Heritage Sites, this 18 day holiday is the perfect introduction to the ‘big-ticket’ sights of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Keeping a relatively steady pace throughout, you will tick off the legendary sights and cities of Ayutthaya, Angkor Wat, Luang Prabang, Halong Bay and Hoi An, whilst still enjoying time to relax and explore at your own pace throughout, as well as enjoying the end of the tour relaxing on the white sand beaches around Hoi An and Danang. Should you travel on this tour from November to March, we can end your holiday with a relaxing stay in either Phu Quoc, Con Dao or Phan Thiet to ensure you get the best of the weather.
2 nights Bangkok – 3 nights Siem Reap – 3 nights Luang Prabang – 2 nights Hanoi – 1 night in Ninh Binh – overnight cruise around Halong Bay or Bai Tu Long Bay (2 days/1 night, full board) – 4 nights in Hoi An
Sri Lanka: Ancient Cultures and Coasts
Perfect for history & culture enthusiasts and beach lovers, this 12-day adventure explores five UNESCO World Heritage sites, an unspoiled Sri Lankan beach and a charming fishing town. The trip starts in Negombo with its Dutch canals and fish markets close to the airport. The trip comes inland to Kandy, a gloriously verdant area home to the famous Temple of the Tooth. Continue to the ‘Cultural Triangle’ area, with many of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities. Here you’ll find remnants of ancient civilisations atop giant rocks, temples buried within caves and even roaming wild elephants. The trip then ends on Sri Lanka’s northwest coast, an untouched region famed for its beaches, and in some areas kite-surfing and whale watching! If you love history and want time to relax, this trip is for you.
2 nights Negombo – 2 nights Kandy – 2 nights Sigiriya – 1 night Anuradhapura – 3 nights Northwest Coast Beach
Vietnam Like a Local
Experience the incredible diversity of Vietnam, soaking up the local culture and getting your chance to live like a local on this unmissable 2-week tour. Trek through the valleys of Mai Chau to remote hill tribe villages, cruise around the breathtaking limestone karts of Halong Bay and learn to farm and cook like a local in the enchanting countryside of Hoi An. This popular holiday covers most of Vietnam’s attractions in just two weeks and offers you the chance to fly, cruise and travel by local train to get the very most out of your trip.
2 nights Hanoi – 2 nights Mai Chau – 1 night Ninh Binh – 1 nights cruise around Halong Bay – overnight train from Hanoi to Hue – 1 night Hue – 3 nights Hoi An – 2 nights Saigon