Find yourself somewhere amazing

Find yourself somewhere amazing
December 2017
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If you want to be swept away by incredible encounters then take a look at our portfolio of Hosted Small Group Journeys. We’ve crafted these for the more intrepid Australian traveller, to little-explored, off the beaten track destinations with experiences included like glacier hikes in Iceland, travelling the world’s highest driveable pass in Ladakh, a Bactrian camel safari in Mongolia, dinner with locals in a Silk Road home and a captivating coffee baptism in Colombia. Here is a small selection of what’s on offer in 2018. 

Iceland & the Northern Lights

Take this exclusive journey to the cool climes of northern Europe where one of the world’s most stunning visual experiences awaits – the Northern Lights. Best seen during the winter months when the temperatures are low and the night sky is clear and black, the Aurora Borealis lights up the sky in varying shades of green, pink and blue sending out an eerie otherworldly glow. There are myriad opportunities outside of Reykjavik of seeing this incredible phenomenon and ample time to appreciate Iceland’s incredible landscapes.  

10 Days | Iceland & the Northern Lights Twin share per person: $11,895 Single supplement: $1,695 Tour dates 4 – 13 March 2018 22 November – 1 December 2018

Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival

One of the last travel frontiers, Mongolia is vast, remote and strikingly beautiful. Nomads still eke out a living on the steppe and, on this rare visit, you’ll spend two days at the thrilling Golden Eagle Festival in the far west of the country where Kazakh horsemen demonstrate their skills with the prized golden eagle in fierce competition. You’ll be honoured by the Mongol hospitality, bed down in a traditional ger, marvel at Buddhist monasteries and explore some of the wildest landscapes on the planet.  

12 day | Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival Twin share per person: $13,895 Single supplement: $2,995 Tour dates 4 – 15 October 2018

The Ancient Silk Road  

Travel in the footsteps of merchants and marauders, poets and pilgrims along China’s ancient Silk Road. Learn why this overland trade route was such a vital link from East to West and admire the towns and monuments which sprung up along its path. From Beijing, travel to Dunhuang, the last stop for caravans to rest and replenish before facing the inhospitable desert beyond. Traverse the vast hinterland of Asia, admiring rugged and desolate landscapes and once-flourishing oasis cities and trading outposts. Visit sites important to both the Buddhist and Uighur culture and explore cities whose names have captured the imagination for centuries. 

10 Days | The Ancient Silk Road Twin share per person: $9,995 Single supplement: $1,995 Tour dates 10 – 19 June 2018 2 – 11 September 2018   

Iran: A Journey through Persia

This journey reveals a vast and fascinating country with a 5,000 year old history and UNESCO World Heritage sites aplenty. Be dazzled by the ancient cities near Ahwaz, amazed by the architectural delights of Isfahan, the ancient ruins of Persepolis and the mesmerising gardens and bazaars of Shiraz ‒ names which are long-enshrined in the history and legend of Central Asia. Our journey plots a course through Iran’s unique heritage while you observe the pride in which Iranians hold their country and its glorious past and enjoy a warm welcome and local hospitality.  

16 Days | Iran: A Journey through Persia Twin share per person: $11,595 Single supplement: $2,450 Tour dates 9 – 24 April 2018 7 – 22 May 2018 3 – 18 September 2018 1 – 16 October 2018

Ancient Trade Routes of Central Asia

The mountains and deserts of Central Asia are the backdrop for this extraordinary adventure to the heart of the ancient Silk Road. This is one of the world’s most remote and untouched areas and during the Middle Ages was the epicentre of a powerful empire. On this journey you’ll explore Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, two countries steeped in antiquity with a lasting legacy from the warriors and emperors who made their mark. Visit some of the oldest cities in the world, such as legendary Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Each one boasts a glorious architectural legacy that is simply dazzling.

15 Days | Ancient Trade Routes of Central Asia Twin share per person: $11,995 Single supplement: $2,495 Tour dates 6 – 20 May 2018 16 – 30 September 2018 7 – 21 October 2018

Tribes & Traditions of Ethiopia

An incredibly diverse country, Ethiopia is mysterious and full of adventure. This exclusive journey combines the rich history, culture and landscapes of the north with the tribal heritage in the south. You’ll visit the source of the Blue Nile, see the skeleton of ‘Lucy’ and spend a night in the Simien Mountains. There is rare wildlife amidst high peaks, extraordinary rock-hewn churches, World Heritage sites and an incredible number of different ethnic groups in and around the Omo Valley. You’ll explore villages, learn about local customs and wander through bustling markets. It’s an exceptional journey for the adventurous traveller.

16 Days | Tribes & Traditions of Ethiopia Twin share per person: $9,915 Single supplement: $1,665 Tour dates 23 April – 8 May 2018 5 November – 20 November 2018 

Ladakh: Nature & Festivals

Take an extraordinary adventure into the remote and rugged landscapes of Ladakh, a region of northern India shaped by staunch Buddhist traditions and a strategic location at the crossroads of ancient trade routes. With a history and culture more closely related to Tibet, it is one of the highest continuously inhabited areas in the world with the sacred Indus River its backbone. Expect dramatic landscapes of high altitude desert, vast valleys and fluttering prayer flags, centuries old monasteries and temples plus fine examples of Buddhist art and some of the most gentle and hospitable people on the planet.

12 day | Ladakh: Nature & Festivals Twin share per person: $9,195 Single supplement: $2,200 Tour dates 20 June – 1 July 2018 

Deserts, Lakes & Salt Plains

This unforgettable journey through some of South America’s most stunning and untouched landscapes combines off the beaten track adventure with some sophisticated and surprising urban experiences. Meet a sommelier in a Chilean vineyard, wind through the colourful streets of Valparaiso and dine in Santiago’s lively Lastarria neighbourhood. Take in the world’s driest desert – the mighty Atacama – on a host of outdoor expeditions. Spot wildlife in vast landscapes en route to the seemingly endless Uyuni salt flats discovering cactus islands and a dormant volcano along the way. Engage with the local altiplano folk on Lake Titicaca and learn about their floating reed island homes. Each individual experience on this journey shines new light on the Andean spirit.

11 day | Chile, Bolivia & Peru: Deserts, Lakes & Salt Plains Twin share per person: $11,895 Single supplement: $2,050 Tour dates 11 – 21 May 2018 7 – 17 September 2018

Jewels of Colombia with Richard McColl

Discover why Colombia is Latin America’s best kept secret when you explore this fascinating country in the company of Bogotá expat and foreign correspondent, Richard McColl. You’ll focus on two of Colombia’s most famous cultural assets – renowned author Gabriel García Márquez and the great artist Fernando Botero – as well as the abundant natural attractions of the coffee country and the newly happening vibe of Medellín, Colombia’s reborn second city. Bed down in hotels full of character and enjoy plenty of delicious local fare along the way. You’ll be surprised and delighted at every turn.

11 Days | Jewels of Colombia with Richard McColl Twin share per person: $9,085 Single supplement: $1,895 Tour dates 18 – 28 May 2018 16 – 26 November 2018

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