Top 10 Destinations 2011
...beautiful sandy beaches, delicious cuisine and fine wines, lakes, mountains and adventure, not forgeting the abundant wildlife. This incredible country has got it all. And the most exciting city on the African continent: Cape Town. A cosmopolitan city with a fascinating history and lively nightlife. It’s just you, the open road and some of South Africa’s most spectacular scenery, on our 13-day self-drive journey of discovery…Cape Garden Route, or take a shortbreak to Cape Town.
Jaw-dropping moment...Seeing your first southern right whale at Hermanus, your first lion at Kwandwe, or the view of Table Mountain and Cape Town as you cross over to Robben Island on the boat.
...is bursting back onto the tourism radar. There aren’t many countries that can offer beaches, rainforest, culture and Spanish colonial history.There will be days when you wake up and smell the beans roasting at a plantation in the fertile Coffee Region. Get under the skin of one of Latin America’s most colourful countries with our Cafe Colombia private tour.
Jaw-dropping moment...The walled city and fortress at Colonial Cartagena.
... The Amazon rainforest is true wilderness, as you’ve never seen it before. Explore one of the least inhabited places on the planet. Cruising past orchids and bromeliads that cling to the limbs of overhanging trees, you’ll see colourful birds, iguanas and the occasional monkey mucking about in the branches overhead. Our nine-day expedition voyage will take you to some of the most pristine rainforest in the Amazon.
Jaw-dropping moment...Your first steps into the Amazon Rainforest. This is nature on the grandest scale imaginable.You won’t want to put your camera away…
...enjoy spectacular wildlife safari, relax on the spice island of Zanzibar or conquer Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro on a once in a lifetime adventure.....take your pick! Witness the Great Migration ...Over a million wildebeest, half a million Thompson’s gazelle and 200 000 zebra… all simultaneously on the move. Relentlessly stalked by ferocious predators as only Africa makes them. This is the scene that awaits you on our Serengeti Under Canvas Safari.
Jaw-dropping moment...Hearing what you think is a roll of thunder that lasts for ages… and then realising it’s actually the sound of hooves, as a vast herd of wildebeest speeds into sight...or on the Summit of Kilimanjaro watching the sunrise over Africa.
...immerse yourself in a world of Roman ruins, Crusader castles, Byzantine churches, lost cities. See and hear about the red rose city of Petra and the Nabataen people. Expert guides bring it all to life with colourful stories. Our 14 day private escape to Ancient Jordan and The Red Sea will take you through the many ages of Jordan.
Jaw-dropping Moment...The first glimpse of the treasury at Petra, seen through the narrow gorge of the Siq. Then the slow walk as the rose red carved building finally reveals itself. It’s something you’ll remember forever…
...the rich heritage of the Maharajas’ Rajasthan. The historic cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaiselmer alongside Agra and Delhi. Add in the romance of train travel aboard the Palace on Wheels and you are in a bygone era. Relaxing in the dining car with a G&T, as the sun sets on this desert state just outside your window. Then fly south to the beaches of tropical Goa. Call or drop us an email and we'll arrange your passage to India.
Jaw-dropping moment... It’s got to be the Taj Mahal at Agra. No amount of photos can prepare you for being there in real life…
...an exotic Indian Ocean island of safe beaches, gentle seas, and a mild tropical climate that keeps it warm all year round. Beachfront luxury with service to match. Perfect as a beach and wellbeing break for couples, families, groups of friends, and honeymooners alike. Sweet dreams are really made of this. See our selection of Mauritius hotels and resorts for your relaxing tropical beach break.
Jaw-dropping moment...Long sunset walks along Le Morne Peninsula's 5km beach watching the orange sorbet sky.
...the spectacular cinematic landscapes at the World's End cannot fail to impress. Glacial fjords, icebergs and Mountains, and a myriad islands at the end of the South America.The true wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park is a once in a lifetime destination.Trekking and hiking opportunities beckon amongst the wild beauty of the landscape.
Jaw-dropping moment..The magnificent Torres del Paine
Journey to the southernmost point of the continent and you can follow in the wake of history’s most famous explorers, on an expedition cruise through Patagonia. By sea to the Straits of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego and the mythical Cape Horn. The passage around Cape Horn is writ large in sailing folklore, as one of the most spectacular stretches of water on Earth.
Jaw-dropping moment..Laying eyes on Alakaluf Fjord, with its beautiful waterfalls.
9. Costa Rica
...experience your ultimate adventure in the pristine rainforest, volcanoes and white sand beaches of Costa Rica. All this, plus some of the most exotic wildlife on the planet – including jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, sloths and much more. If you’ve a thirst for adventure and exotic landscapes, then see our private 14-day Costa Rica tour.
Jaw-dropping moment... The incredible molten lava 'shows' at Arenal – one of the ten most active volcanoes on the planet.
...the Incas, Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley… These are just some of the amazing sights you’ll see in Peru, along with natural wonders like Lake Titicaca, the colossal Colca canyon and the Amazon. To ensure you get the most out of a visit to Peru see our 14 day private tour on which you'll have expert guides on hand the whole way. Get ready to soak it all up…
Jaw-dropping moment... It’s a pretty tough call, but Machu Picchu clinches it.
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