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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 £1,195 to £1,229 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 7 May, 25 Jun, 17 Sep
Kamchatka vacations, small group tour

Kamchatka vacations, small group tour

Explore the region of Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula
From £1,799 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 12 Jul, 26 Jul, 8 Aug, 23 Aug
Romania adventure vacation

Romania adventure vacation

An amazing tour exploring medieval Europe and Transylvania
From £1,849 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 3 Jun, 9 Sep
2019: 2 Jun, 8 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
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: 19 Nov
2018: 7 Jan, 4 Feb, 1 Apr, 21 Oct, 18 Nov
2019: 6 Jan, 3 Feb, 4 Apr, 27 Oct, 17 Nov
£100pp off April small group tour
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: 23 Oct, 28 Oct, 9 Nov, 15 Nov, 24 Nov, 3 Dec, 9 Dec, 16 Dec, 22 Dec, 26 Dec
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: 2018: 10 Jan, 18 Mar, 21 Oct
2019: 9 Jan, 17 Mar, 20 Oct
South Korea vacation

South Korea vacation

Explore the Land of the Morning Calm
From US $3,965 to US $4,025 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 1 Sep, 13 Oct
Albania walking holiday

Albania walking holiday

A wild and rugged landscape with historic folkore
From US $1,315 to US $1,365 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 8 Jun, 22 Jun, 6 Jul, 20 Jul, 10 Aug, 24 Aug, 7 Sep
2019: 7 Jun, 21 Jun, 5 Jul, 19 Jul, 9 Aug, 23 Aug, 6 Sep
Georgia and Armenia vacation

Georgia and Armenia vacation

Churches, monasteries, snow capped mountains, lakes and waterfalls
From US $2,475 to US $2,605 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 26 May, 16 Jun, 30 Jun, 21 Jul, 1 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep
2019: 25 May, 15 Jun, 29 Jun, 13 Jul, 31 Aug, 14 Sep, 21 Sep
Haiti vacation, small group

Haiti vacation, small group

Discover Haiti on this tour to the Caribbean's hidden gem
From £2,175 to £2,385 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 12 Nov
2018: 18 Feb, 1 Apr, 11 Nov
Activity vacation in Montenegro

Activity vacation in Montenegro

An active villa holiday at stunning Lake Skadar, Montenegro
From £495 to £745 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 €49 to €118 per person per night
Accommodation
Georgia cultural vacation, Georgia Explorer

Georgia cultural vacation, Georgia Explorer

Trek amongst Georgia's untouched villages and mountains
From £2,035 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 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: 2018: 6 May, 30 Sep
2019: 5 May, 29 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
2019: 17 May, 16 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 £1,845 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 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: 2018: 2 Jun, 22 Sep
2019: 1 Jun, 21 Sep
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: 2018: 15 Apr, 16 Sep
2019: 14 Apr, 15 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 $7,000 to US $10,400 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 1 Dec, 21 Dec
2018: 29 Nov, 22 Dec
Sudan vacation

Sudan vacation

Visit pyramids & meet desert nomads
From £2,299 to £2,499 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 17 Nov, 9 Dec, 29 Dec
2018: 13 Jan, 3 Feb, 17 Feb, 25 Mar, 31 Mar, 14 Apr
Georgia cultural vacation

Georgia cultural vacation

Fascinating cultural tour of Georgia
From £1,282 to £1,425 9 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 9 Jun, 11 Aug
Saudi Arabia small group vacation

Saudi Arabia small group vacation

Explore the archaeological and cultural heritage of Saudi-Arabia
From £4,895 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 25 Feb, 18 Nov
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
Bhutan vacations, cultural tours
From
£1,275
excluding flights
Bhutan was amazing. We loved the culture, the slow pace and Tigers Nest was the highlight, we loved the hotels, the food and the tour was superb. Our agent in Kathmandu, and our tour operator was excellent. (more)Alan Levy
Tiger's Nest Monastery .. it was the place I was most looking forward to visiting, and was every bit as good as I hoped. However, all of Bhutan was magical .. it's a such a remarkable, pristine country, comparatively untouched by mass tourism. From the moment of landing in Paro valley (it felt like the wings of the plane almost clipped the mountains!) it was an amazing experience. (more)Julia Sahin
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
Romania adventure vacation
From
£1,849
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 kayaking trip around Lake Skadar was beautiful and due to tandem kayaks, hilarious! (more)Hayley New
This was a fantastic vacation with many memorable moments! We loved the beautiful scenery; the walking, wild swimming and kayaking. It was wonderful to be somewhere so peaceful and so stunningly beautiful and to be able to experience the country with such dedicated and enthusiastic people. (more)Esther Ankcorn
Being in an amazing part of the world, with a group of like-minded people, hiking through woods, wild water swimming, swimming in a waterfall, visiting an island monastery. My son and daughter both loved the off-road trip with the land rover, jumping from a village bridge into a river, seeing Golden Orioles and Hoopooes was another highlight. (more)Kyra De Coninck
Transylvania vacation accommodation
From
€49
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
Kamchatka vacations, small group tour
From
£1,799
excluding flights
Memorable parts? There were many great moments. Our group seemed to gel very well, and the Russian team were terrific (although admittedly we had to get the first guide removed after day 3). I loved the rafting section, close to the bears and so peaceful. Shame about the rain. The lunar base camp and Dead Forest were extraordinary. Weather precluded a trip to the Valley of the Geysers, instead we helicoptered to Kuril Lake: what a day! The pilot descended into a volcano crater on the return... (more)Alastair Giddings
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
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
Romania vacation, the Beauty of Yesterday
From
£1,195
excluding flights
There are many to choose from, but Biertan and Viscri stand out for their beauty and country setting. We had a great time. The accommodation was good, the people were friendly and the museum village and Ethnographic museums were wonderful. (more)Rob Moody
The most memorable was the painted monasteries, fortified churches, peasant/rural lifestyle all brilliantly presented by our guide Alexandra. Also the steam train. (more)Ann Lindsay
The rich history and culture, the variety of landscapes, the natural beauty and the glorious food. (more)Heather Rushton
Romania hiking vacation, 'Along the Enchanted Way' tour
From
£1,845
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The doable yet challenging (for me) walks combined with cultural learning. Experiencing the remote villages, lifestyle and food in local accommodation. Sharing it with two terrific guides and a small group of companionable people. Tips? Pack light, take a hat and a good pair of boots and be prepared to soak up a the traditional culture and the magnificent vistas Romania has to offer. Local benefits? I would like to think it did via the local accommodation... (more)Helen Wildash
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
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
Georgia cultural vacation
From
£1,282
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
£2,299
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
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
Waking up in the morning in Gudauri and opening the window to see fresh snow on the Higher Caucasus mountains - spectacular. (more)Maddy Ball
I would definitely recommend this trip (with extension to Azerbaijan), to people who want to see more than the well trodden tourist routes in Western Europe. (more)Judy Schneider
Traveling into the mountains of Georgia was memorable. (more)Rachel Mcgavin
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
€370
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
Azerbaijan small group vacation
From
£1,049
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The entire trip was both memorable and exciting! Azerbaijan is a beautiful country and has a rich culture, I loved the capital city of Baku a cosmopolitan, vibrant place, where the old historic monuments sit alongside new modern landmarks. The genuine openness of the local people was clear to see who were more than happy to help with directions or places to see in the city. The other locations on route had picturesque scenery and showed an insight into everyday Azeri life... (more)Abs Ahmed
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
Uzbekistan small group tour
From
US $1,815
excluding flights
The Registan at Samarkand was the most memorable. Everything just led up to that experience. Excellent, mainly due to highly expert and very likable guide Dilshod. (more)Lesley Prosser
Samarkand and Kiva was the highlights (more)Hewavasam De Silva
The whole trip was memorable but plov night really sticks in the mind. The locals were very friendly which added a bit of magic. (more)Dominic Long
Albania walking holiday
From
US $1,315
excluding flights
The stunning views at the Valbone pass and the boat trip was the most memorable. (more)Rachel Dixon
Swimming in the Blue Eye and walking over the pass from Theth to Valbona. I loved the vacation, the only down side was that perhaps we tried to pack in too much for the short time we had available. (more)Eleanor Dunn
An excellent introduction to Albania, a country that more should visit, with a very knowledgeable Albanian tour leader (more)Bob Handley
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
Climbing the 'Singing Sand Dunes' (Khongoryn Els) at sunset was amazing! It was a big effort to make it to the top, but we were rewarded with once-in-a lifetime views over the vast sand dunes and Gobi Desert while mother nature turned on a spectacular pink and purple hue. (more)Lynette Smith
The space and serenity of Mongolia. And watching sunrise and sunset caily in front of your eyes. (more)Kat Kassim
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
Georgia and Armenia vacation
From
US $2,475
excluding flights
All of it..... everything was memorable. (more)Breeda Duggan
Walking in the national park in Georgia was the highlight. (more)Baron-Vahl Amos
Best bit: The hike up to the Gergeti monastery in Georgia. Wonderful location. (more)Paul Rooney
Georgia small group tour
From
£1,599
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Touching the glacier was the most exciting part. We had a lovely walk up to it through the forest then you emerge and it is so close. Got to be careful though, as the sun heats up the stones start to fall!! Tips? Be aware that there is a lot of time spent in the vehicle, with roads often not in good condition. To see the best of the country they are worthwhile journeys but it does me a lot of car-time. Local benefits? I feel it benefited local people as... (more)Eva Mitchell
Gerewol festival vacation in Chad
From
£1,999
excluding flights
The colorful festival itself with all the singing and dancing was of course the highlight of the tour. All the big smiles and greetings that we received from the tribe members during our stay with them, should be mentioned as well. (more)Fredrik Stenström
Interacting with the Mbororo people was a very rewarding experience...the work which had been done before the trip started in order for the group to be accepted was obviously of the highest standard. (more)Tony Camacho
Small group Albania vacation
From
US $1,005
excluding flights
Loved walking around the Spa town of Vrnjacka Banja in Serbia. Would liked to have stayed here overnight. (more)Anne Higgins
It was a berat--beautiful city (more)James Smith
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
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
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