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Romania vacation, the Beauty of Yesterday

Romania vacation, the Beauty of Yesterday

Small group tour to rediscover enchanting rural Romania
From £1,075 to £1,150 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 11 Sep
2018: 7 May, 25 Jun, 17 Sep
Romania adventure vacation

Romania adventure vacation

An amazing tour exploring medieval Europe and Transylvania
From £1,950 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 10 Sep
2018: 3 Jun, 9 Sep
Tailor made tours of Oman

Tailor made tours of Oman

Privately escorted mystical trip of stunning Oman
From US $1,999 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Bhutan vacations, cultural tours

Bhutan vacations, cultural tours

Discover Bhutan for a once in a lifetime experience
From £1,275 11 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 27 Aug, 7 Sep, 17 Sep, 25 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 23 Oct, 28 Oct, 9 Nov, 15 Nov, 24 Nov, 3 Dec, 9 Dec, 16 Dec, 22 Dec, 26 Dec
Oman small group tour

Oman small group tour

Ancient spice trails, Wahiba Sands, superb coastal scenery
From £1,799 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 22 Oct, 19 Nov
2018: 4 Feb, 1 Apr, 21 Oct, 18 Nov
£100 discount per person off November Oman small group tour
Santo Antao hiking vacations, Cape Verde Islands

Santo Antao hiking vacations, Cape Verde Islands

Trek in Cape Verde on the beautiful island of Santo Antão
From US $1,029 to US $1,584 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Algeria vacations, Desert and History

Algeria vacations, Desert and History

Explore the history and culture of Algeria
From £2,699 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 22 Oct
2018: 18 Mar, 21 Oct
South Korea vacation

South Korea vacation

Explore the Land of the Morning Calm
From US $3,715 to US $3,875 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 2 Sep, 14 Oct
2018: 27 Oct
Late availability on the these dates: 02 Sep, 14 Oct
Albania walking holiday

Albania walking holiday

A wild and rugged landscape with historic folkore
From US $1,125 to US $1,205 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 25 Aug, 8 Sep
2018: 8 Jun, 6 Jul, 10 Aug, 24 Aug, 7 Sep
Late availability on the these dates: 25 Aug, 08 Sep
Georgia and Armenia vacation

Georgia and Armenia vacation

Churches, monasteries, snow capped mountains, lakes and waterfalls
From US $2,355 to US $2,405 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep
2018: 26 May, 16 Jun, 30 Jun, 21 Jul, 1 Sep, 22 Sep
Haiti vacation, small group

Haiti vacation, small group

Discover Haiti on this tour to the Caribbean's hidden gem
From £2,175 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 12 Nov
2018: 1 Apr, 11 Nov
Activity vacation in Montenegro

Activity vacation in Montenegro

An active villa holiday at stunning Lake Skadar, Montenegro
From £495 to £695 7 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 29 Apr, 6 May, 13 May, 20 May, 27 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct
Nicaragua walking tour vacation

Nicaragua walking tour vacation

An easy walking tour
From £2,725 14 days ex flights
Tailor made: Daily departures until October
Transylvania vacation accommodation

Transylvania vacation accommodation

Stay at a Count's guesthouse
From €36 to €49 per person per night
Accommodation
Georgia cultural vacation, Georgia Explorer

Georgia cultural vacation, Georgia Explorer

Trek amongst Georgia's untouched villages and mountains
From £1,995 to £2,035 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 17 Sep
2018: 17 Jun, 16 Sep
Kyrgyzstan vacation, small group

Kyrgyzstan vacation, small group

Explore Kyrgyzstan's striking alpine landscapes and lakes
From £1,895 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 22 Jul, 19 Aug
Iran cultural vacation

Iran cultural vacation

A captivating land dripping with history and culture
From £2,699 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 10 Sep, 8 Oct
2018: 6 May, 9 Sep
Belarus tour, Forgotten Europe

Belarus tour, Forgotten Europe

Explore the culture and traditions of Europe's wild east.
From £1,799 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 18 May, 17 Aug
Bulgaria self guided hiking vacation

Bulgaria self guided hiking vacation

Explore the hidden delights of Bulgaria's Rodopi Mountains
From US $804 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Romania hiking vacation, 'Along the Enchanted Way' tour

Romania hiking vacation, 'Along the Enchanted Way' tour

Explore the stunning scenery of remote Romania
From £1,795 to £1,845 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 25 Aug
2018: 25 May, 24 Aug
Georgia & Armenia cultural vacation

Georgia & Armenia cultural vacation

Journey to the furthest reaches of Europe
From £1,999 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 24 Sep, 30 Sep
2018: 2 Jun, 22 Sep
£100 off September 30th 2017 small group tour
Canoeing vacation in Montenegro, Lake Skadar

Canoeing vacation in Montenegro, Lake Skadar

Wilderness canoeing holiday at a vast lake in Montenegro
From £545 to £645 7 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep
Iraq Kurdistan vacation

Iraq Kurdistan vacation

Iraqi Kurdistan is a fascinating place of sheer beauty
From £2,999 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 10 Sep
2018: 15 Apr, 16 Sep
New Zealands Subantarctic Islands cruise, including Macquarie

New Zealands Subantarctic Islands cruise, including Macquarie

Wildlife voyage to the Subantarctic inc Macquarie Island
From US $6,600 to US $9,900 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 1 Dec, 21 Dec
Georgia cultural vacation

Georgia cultural vacation

Fascinating cultural tour of Georgia
From £1,425 9 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 9 Jun
Sudan vacation

Sudan vacation

Visit pyramids & meet desert nomads
From £2,199 to £2,899 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 13 Oct, 29 Dec
2018: 3 Mar
Falkland Islands tour, birds and wildlife

Falkland Islands tour, birds and wildlife

A comprehensive Falklands birds and wildlife adventure
From £4,185 15 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Falkland Islands wildlife tour

Falkland Islands wildlife tour

10 day Falklands birds and wildlife adventure
From £2,894 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Congo and Rwanda mountain gorillas tour

Congo and Rwanda mountain gorillas tour

See gorillas in remote mountains of Rwanda and Congo
From US $2,709 11 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 26 Aug, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 7 Oct, 21 Oct, 4 Nov, 18 Nov, 2 Dec, 16 Dec, 30 Dec
Turkmenistan adventure vacation

Turkmenistan adventure vacation

Desert adventure in the bizarre Turkmenistan
From £2,795 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 18 Apr, 8 Oct
Bhutan vacations, cultural tours
From
£1,275
excluding flights
Flying into Bhutan over the Himalayas and then the sharp right to get down into the narrow valley to line up with the runway. Exciting, definitely! I loved the greenery, the steep valleys and sometimes roaring rivers. (more)Basia Filzek
The highlight was the trek up to the Tiger's Nest Temple in Bhutan. What a wonderful day - it was really challenging, but so worth it when you get to the top. Also the 4 day hike in the Annapurna region - amazing mountain scenery and I met great people along the way. (more)Melanie Moehl
The best part was the time spent in Bhutan, especially the trek up to the Tiger's Nest. The Bhutan element was life enhancing. Kathmandu was in striking contrast and a challenging experience for all my senses! (more)Bob Shearwood
Romania adventure vacation
From
£1,950
excluding flights
Excellent...there were too many highlights for us to single out any one experience as the most memorable. Every day was memorable and for all the right reasons. (more)Gerald Sherry
Successful (more)Marcia Westreich
One of the most memorable things was the beautiful Carpathian countryside and the people working in the fields as of yesteryear. The haymaking and haystacks were fascinating and we all fell in love with rural Romania. (more)Joan Houston
Activity vacation in Montenegro
From
£495
excluding flights
The memorable parts were hiking, wild swimming and kayaking. And seeing bats! (more)Sarah Haines
The kayaking trip across the lake. The stunning views over glass like water were fantastic. Not to mention the wonderful lunch half way through to give us the energy we needed to get back! (more)Oliver Dancey
I loved the kayaking trip and all the wild swimming. The lakes and the plunge pools were all so beautiful. (more)Sophie Blackman
Nicaragua walking tour vacation
From
£2,725
excluding flights
Wildlife encounters in the tropical forest - howler monkeys, a sloth, racoons and porcupines plus too many species of birds to name. Guides were likeable and knowledgeable (more)Stephen Osgerby
The beauty of the country and the people was the highlight. Some of the most warm and friendly people I have ever come across. Very safe in the areas we travelled and absolutely amazing art for very little money. Loved it!! (more)Rene McRogers
Romania vacation, the Beauty of Yesterday
From
£1,075
excluding flights
The rich history and culture, the variety of landscapes, the natural beauty and the glorious food. (more)Heather Rushton
EXCELLENT, our guide Alexandra was first class....Hard to say as so many wonderful bits. Maybe visiting the fortified church in the village where Prince Charles has bought a house, and then going by horse and cart to visit the brick maker. (more)Peter Hartnall
It is difficult to pick out the 'most' memorable as the whole vacation was absolutely wonderful. The guide made it possible to visit small museums and 'cottage industries' such as a rural tile maker, which involved a pony cart ride, none of which would have been possible without her local knowledge. (more)Julie. Stokes
Oman small group tour
From
£1,799
excluding flights
The entire trip was excellent and memorable. The most memorable was seeing the green turtles at night laying eggs. It was incredible! Wahiba Sands was also spectacular. (more)Sheryl Padjen
Traveling into the desert was the most memorable. Very highly. The guide was excellent, arrangements were very smooth. (more)Fiona McFarlane
There were several memorable moments: turtles on the beach in Ras al Jinz, sunset in the desert, villages in Jebel Akhdar, Misfat and Al Hamra (more)Victoria Johnson
Transylvania vacation accommodation
From
€36
per person per night
the locale was wonderful - very peaceful and a beautiful peek into a different way of life. (more)Ilana Trachtenberg
The peace and tranquillity of this beautiful valley was stunning. All the staff and guides - particularly Gabo - were friendly and knowledgeable, and did their utmost to make us feel comfortable and at home. Just fantastic, we would like to return to appreciate this special place at another time of year, probably spring or autumn. (more)Clio Whittaker
It was the perfect 'get away from it all' trip where you really felt like you were stepping back in time. The location, nature and wildlife were stunning and I particularly enjoyed meeting many different people staying at both the guesthouses. (more)Melanie Johnson
Tailor made tours of Oman
From
US $1,999
excluding flights
Excellent and tour guide (Abdullah) was really excellent (more)Karen Shaw
Oman is a "must see" country and I would thoroughly recommend everyone to go. Lovely, wonderful, gentle people, so proud of their heritage and a most beautiful country. (more)Vivien Gainsborough Foot
The whole trip was fabulous, we loved every part of the itinerary. The best bits were swimming outdoors in the Wadi Bani Khalid and in the Bimmah sinkhole, and also seeing turtles on the beach at night (we were lucky). (more)Anisha Palan
Canoeing vacation in Montenegro, Lake Skadar
From
£545
excluding flights
It was amazing to be so busy and active and yet be so refreshed. (more)Philippa Throssell
The kayaking was amazing, the lake is so quiet and often ( nearly always) you are the only people out there! The scenery is stunning, it's quite amazing. (more)Kay Audoire
The whole trip was amazing, stunning scenery and lovely villa. We loved the hikes, out in the countryside seeing the local landscapes and the amazing insects.... Ben and Emma have immersed themselves in the local community, employing local people and the lunch at Tanya's (a local villager, where we stopped off on a hike) was amazing. (more)Liz Cush
Iran cultural vacation
From
£2,699
excluding flights
The beauty, the stunning artistic design in so many aspects -- the carpets, the miniatures, the jewellery, and above all the architecture through the ages. Our jaws got sore from dropping in awe every time we entered another glorious mosque. (more)Mar Thomson
Very good vacation (more)Mandy Conway
Be prepared to be welcomed everywhere! The Iranians are delightful people! (more)Danica Trim
Algeria vacations, Desert and History
From
£2,699
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The Roman ruins of Algeria are always a highlight, even more when one is blessed with a very good Guide as we had. Algiers is very beautiful, as far as I know the only Art Nouveau town, beautiful, despite the decay and rainy weather. Tips? Brace yourself for long drives (mainly from the desert onwards) and the nuisance of local security, which is not really intended to our security, as they often forget their own relay... Local benefits? Local people did... (more)maria camilo
Georgia & Armenia cultural vacation
From
£1,999
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The friendliness of the local people, in all three countries, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. I was happy to see many efforts at preserving local buildings, e.g. churches and monasteries, especially after the Russian occupation which closed (even destroyed), places of worship. The guides for both the Armenian and especially the Georgian sections were very knowledgeable and helpful. All three drivers did a great job, on sometimes, precarious roads, steering clear of wandering... (more)Judy Schneider
Georgia cultural vacation
From
£1,425
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Almost everything we saw in Georgia was memorable and exciting! Tips? Ladies, take a skirt for the churches and monasteries. Local benefits? We certainly managed to visit individuals in their homes and bring a little benefit,and this was always very interesting. I'd like to be able to w a l k to a restaurant where possible. Overall rating? Excellent! (more)Anna Cooper
Iraq Kurdistan vacation
From
£2,999
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The visit to the battlefield of 331BC Guagemela where Alexander the Great defeated Darius III was particularly good because of the excellent talk on the history and strategy employed. However the scenery in the mountains, the Kurdish people and the many historic and cultural site were all interesting and memorable. Tips? The more you have read about the area first the more I think you get from the trip. Be prepared to be flexible and enjoy it as it comes. Local... (more)Jenny Maddick
Sudan vacation
From
£2,199
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The visit to Meroe. Mind blowing! The pyramids in the daytime WOW, but even better at sundown. A very big shame that there were no G&T`s to go with the atmospheric feeling of history. When you stay in tent city, it`s fantastic with the night sky and no light pollution. Eating and sleeping, with the stars, all around you, then you have arrived in paradise.If you are lucky to go on this trip and have Kahlid as your guide, then you are in for a treat.If you think the desert... (more)Geoffrey Hermsen
Bulgaria self guided hiking vacation
From
US $804
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Seeing all the beautiful wildflowers. May was a wonderful time of year to be there. Also the very warm welcome we received from local people in the smaller villages. Tips? You need to be aware that the trekking company in Bulgaria promotes the opportunity for solo travelers to save costs by traveling with a couple who've already booked. As you are mainly staying in very small places if someone else books the same dates you are likely to end up spending every evening... (more)Ruth Bradshaw
French Riviera vacation, with morning yoga
From
€805
excluding flights
The excursions which were well thought out and very informative. So much we wouldn't have known if it wasn't for Benoit. Corrines cookery lesson was amazing too and very relaxed. (more)Brenda Muir
By the end of the week (helped by the glorious weather) I had laughed a lot, had some hugely interesting conversations, seen some beautiful places, learnt a lot of interesting facts, made some new friends, eaten some delicious food, tried lots of new things and completely relaxed. I practically cried when I had to leave, I'd loved it so much! (more)Ali James
Sudan vacation, Desert Explorer
From
US $4,155
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The most memorable part of my journey in Sudan was the Sudanese people, I have never experienced just a warm welcome in my life, it will for ever stay with me. Tips? Just book it, don't ponder about it and worry about safety, I never felt as safe and for me it was a trip of a lifetime. Local benefits? The trip was linked with a local tour operator, who were directly involved or had links with local projects just as schools and education. Also they employed... (more)Cathal Murphy
Mongolia adventure vacation
From
US $2,518
excluding flights
Going over the sand dunes and staying in gers or in tents in what seemed to be in the middle of nowhere and then a herd of goats and sheep comes along. (more)Josephine Tanti
The space and serenity of Mongolia. And watching sunrise and sunset caily in front of your eyes. (more)Kat Kassim
Amazing. Trip of a life time.....The amazing landscapes were very memorable as were the Mongolian people and their culture. The wild camp sites were a huge highlight of the trip. (more)Paula Ridge
Albania walking holiday
From
US $1,125
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The walk Theth to Valbona is tough, but worth the effort Tips? Berat is worth a visit, but takes up a lot of travel time Local benefits? Walking in Theth and Valbone used local hotels, guides, horses and minibuses so certainly benefited local people. Overall rating? An excellent introduction to Albania, a country that more should visit, with a very knowledgeable Albanian tour leader (more)Bob Handley
Burkina Faso small group tour
From
£1,899
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Fascinating to visit many local tribes & see & hear about their varied customs & beliefs - an anthropologists dream. Most memorable for me were informal visits to villages & meeting the lovely welcoming people. Tips? Probably not the best trip for a first time visitor to Africa. Practise your French. Take eye drops to help with the heat & dust! Local benefits? Definitely a benefit to local people - the number of tourists has dropped due to the problems... (more)Joan Godman
Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova holidays
From
£2,599
excluding flights
It was tops! Good pace for all ages, all drivers were on time so it was SO smoothly run, I didn't feel like I missed out on anything in the countries we saw at all! (more)Hannah Jover
The "banya" Russian style sauna was fantastic. Running out of the sauna having vodka and salo and running back into the sauna was a great experience. (more)Anil Kashyap
Ghana, Togo and Benin vacation, gold and magic
From
£2,299
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The festival for the local king in Kumasi on day 11 was a highlight. Another highlight was a visit to a village of semi nomadic people on day 9. They had a sort of water festival that day. Around 100 women in color full dresses carried a jar of water on their head, singing, and emptied the water in front of their chief. Visit to the slave forts and to several markets were very interesting. Tips? Do not have high expectations about hotels or restaurants, but... (more)Annie Krefting
Gerewol festival vacation in Chad
From
£1,999
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Interacting with the Mbororo people was a very rewarding experience. They were friendly and very obliging when it comes to taking photos. The work which had been done before the trip started in order for the group to be accepted was obviously of the highest standard. Tips? Arrive a day earlier to acclimatize as it is a very hot destination and it is better to be well rested before the start of the trip. I arrived a day earlier and left Chad later than most of the... (more)Tony Camacho
Iran in depth group tour
From
£4,295
including UK flights
Memorable parts? Iran the country - the people, the bustle, the food, the antiquities - it was a revelation; can't wait to go again ! Tips? Go with an open mind and leave negative preconceptions behind. Many Iranians will want to talk to you, to say Hello and practise their excellent English. Do respond and make new friends. Local benefits? Yes, we used entirely local amenities, restaurants, bazaars and travel services. Overall rating? This was very good.The success... (more)Mike Watson
Uzbekistan small group tour
From
US $1,785
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The whole trip was memorable but plov night really sticks in the mind. The locals were very friendly which added a bit of magic. Tips? Take your own tonic it is not available anywhere in the country! Local benefits? We certainly put some investment into the country not sure how much benefit it was. Environmentally no idea of our impact. Overall rating? Great, nice group, well rounded tour (more)Dominic Long
Georgia and Armenia vacation
From
US $2,355
excluding flights
Best bit: The hike up to the Gergeti monastery in Georgia. Wonderful location. (more)Paul Rooney
Content, guide and transport, very, very good. (more)Mark Bowman
Small group Albania vacation
From
US $1,005
excluding flights
We loved Albania so it is hard to think of one memorable part but the visits to the Blue eye, Gjirokaster, Butrint & Berat stand out. (more)Tony Barker
A brilliant experience. Fun, educational and eye-opening. (more)Kay Emblen-Perry
I feel that it supported local conservations in terms of restricting visitor numbers to archaeological sites, local museums. (more)Theodore John Levin
Albania small group vacation
From
£999
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Stumbling on a Sunday Farmers Market in a field near Korca. As far removed from the equivalent in my home city as one could imagine. The Albanian one was in a field with local farmers selling livestock to one another (goats and piglets being loaded into the boots of Mercedes) when not sat around at pop-up bars drinking beer. A glimpse of traditional Albania with a modern twist Tips? Local benefits? Yes to the first, not obviously to the last two. Albania... (more)Brian Hague
Burkina Faso holiday, Festival of the Dancing Masks
From
£2,099
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Visting the Lobi villate of Kampti with all its fetishes in full display. Tips? Drink plenty of fluids and bring plenty of money and storage space for all the souvenirs you are likely to buy. The quality and variety are amazing. Local benefits? Staying at local hotels, buying souvenirs and drinks (at inflated prices) definitely helped the local economy and local people. Overall rating? Different and enjoyable. (more)Dominic Turnbull
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