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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.
Orangutans and tropical island in Borneo
For those who love time to soak up the sunshine on pristine beaches, this ultimate Borneo getaway promises an exhilarating blend of untamed adventures. Picture embarking on thrilling wildlife escapades along the grand waterways, venturing through ancient dense forests in to find the elusive orangutans, and leisurely wandering along stretches of pristine ivory beaches – all on one holiday! Your adventure begins in Sepilok, where you’ll immerse yourself in the allure of the rainforest. Next, the riverside sanctuary nestled along the Kinabatangan River awaits. Here you’ll head off on a river cruise, keeping your eyes peeled for the elusive Pygmy Elephant and even the formidable reptiles lurking below the waterline. Next, you’ll head to the Danum Valley Borneo Rainforest Lodge where you’ll witness the breathtaking spectacle of Borneo’s renowned wildlife. As the sun goes down, the rainforest comes to life with nocturnal calls, and you’ll feel a little bit like you’re in another world. Conclude your adventure in the vibrant city of Kota Kinabalu, where a swift James Bond-esque speedboat journey to Gaya Island awaits. Here you’ll have the chance to soak up the well-deserved tranquility on the sun-kised shores. The perfect, balanced escape.
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
For the truly adventurous, this Jordan holiday will get you off the beaten track, discovering the hidden gems of the country on your own two feet. Jordan boasts stunning trails with breathtaking views, there’s so much to uncover after you lace up your hiking boots. Starting in Amman, you’ll explore Petra’s trails and head south to Wadi Rum for a desert walk amidst the dunes. Then, you’ll head back north to the Dana Biosphere Reserve for three nights of ecological exploration. The final three nights will be spent in the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, offering a variety of self-guided and guided canyon trails to explore. If you’ve got an appetite for adventure, this itinerary will be ticking a lot of boxes!
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
South Africa: The Ultimate Roadtrip
Few destinations offer as much potential for an unforgettable roadtrip as South Africa. With the freedom of your very own rental car, you’ll be off exploring every nook and cranny of this diverse country, from majestic mountains to expansive coastlines, and from impactful historical landmarks to captivating wildlife encounters. Going wherever the wind (and your four wheels take you!)
Your journey begins in the vibrant city of Cape Town, where you’ll then venture eastward, traversing the lush forests and serene lagoons of the renowned Garden Route. Some of the best driving roads on earth await you here! Plus, there are pristine beaches to amble along, countless wildlife attractions to explore, and national parks to hike through. Next comes the historical leg of your trip where you’ll delve into the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields, soaking up the stories of the Zulu triumph at Isandlwana and the heroic British defense at Rorke’s Drift, followed by a visit to the settler territory of the Escarpment. Finally, your adventure leads you to the Kruger Park, promising an unforgettable safari experience amidst the majestic big game, expertly guided by your lodge ranger.
4 nights Cape Town – 1 night Overberg – 4 nights Garden Route – 1 night Durban – 3 nights Battlefields – 3 nights Escarpment – 3 nights Kruger safari
Undiscovered Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s national parks draw a growing number of tourists year-round (of course, because they are spectacular!). However, for those seeking a quieter side of the country, there are less-explored areas of pristine nature to discover. Starting from San Ramon, you can experience the tranquil cloud forest (much quieter than the more popular, Monteverde!). After exploring the serene forest trails and possibly trying out a canopy zip-lining tour if you fancy it, you’ll head to the less-visited northern region of Turrialba. This area offers not only volcanic landscapes but also opportunities to visit the archaeological site, Guayabo, and local plantations to learn all about the culture in this part of the country. Your journey continues to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, where you can try your hand at activities such as horse riding, zip lining, and rafting through the untouched forests. Moving on to San Gerardo de Dota, you’ll encounter another peaceful cloud forest, with options for a hike down Cerro de la Muerte or alternatives like horseback riding to a waterfall or birdwatching for the vibrant Resplendent Quetzal. Your final destination is the remote wildlife haven of the Osa Peninsula. At the secluded La Leona tented camp, you can savor a genuine wilderness experience, surrounded by scarlet macaws and the untamed black sand coastline. It would be tough to get closer to nature than this.
2 nights San Ramon – 2 nights Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui – 3 nights Turrialba – 2 nights San Gerardo de Dota – 3 nights Osa Peninsula
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