Best of Touring 2022 - IG Members

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HAND - P I CKED OF F ERS & EXCLUS I VE HOL I DAYS Best of Touring

Unique Experiences

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Explore so much more on the open road See more of North America page 39

It’s time to get into the festive spirit Festive tours at home and abroad page 49

Take your next holiday off the beaten track A new experience awaits page 63

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This latest edition of Best of Touring brings you an array of tours across the globe, with options for all ages, budgets, and fitness levels. Your dream tour is waiting just on the horizon. Whether you are embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to a fresh destination or rediscovering the charm of an old favourite from a new perspective, touring is a great way to experience the very best your destination has to offer. Perhaps you have a hunger to embark on a longer, more complex trip in search of something new and undiscovered. Or maybe your perfect tour lies a little closer to home, immersed in the familiar landscapes of Europe. Whatever it may be, we have a wide selection of tours to inspire you. Whether you plan to travel with friends or family, or solo; tour travel is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to see the world, with the minimum of fuss and with the help of expert guides to make sure that you don’t miss out on any must-see experiences while you travel. Welcome As the world continues to open up and faraway lands ease their restrictions, it is time to rediscover the joy of travelling.

13 Unique experiences

35 Going solo

39 Endless options in North America

The times of daydreaming about travel have passed, it’s time to find your next perfect holiday and experience the true pleasures of touring.

We hope you enjoy this edition and it gives you the inspiration you need.

Advertised offers are based on 2 adults sharing a standard room unless otherwise stated. Single supplements apply. All offers are subject to availability and can change without notice and may go up or down in price. All offers requiring a flight will be inclusive of return flights and overseas transfers from the UK unless otherwise stated and is based on the cheapest UK departure airport and travel date. All information is correct at time of print, Itineraries can be changed and amended without notice and will be confirmed at time of booking. Selected advertised offers are not combinable with any current promotion(s) unless otherwise stated. Any supplier promotion(s) advertised in this mailer are subject to their terms and conditions and may be withdrawn at any time. COVID: Select suppliers will require guests to be fully vaccinated before travel. Proof of vaccination and the dates given may be required at the airport prior to boarding. Failure to provide this evidence may result in denial of boarding at the guest’s own expense, however current government guidelines at the time of booking may change prior to departure resulting in a change to this information. Due to evolving health protocols, some imagery and messaging may not accurately reflect current destination offerings, or the public health standards and government requirements that modify or limit these offerings. Experiences, features, itineraries, and guest conduct rules vary by supplier and destination and are subject to change without notice. Supplier terms and conditions apply please contact your local Hays Travel branch for the most up to date information.

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14 FOOD & CULTURE

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26 NATURAL WONDERS

34 SOLO TOURS

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50 BEST SELLERS

63 Off the beaten track

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64 CITY ADVENTURES

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What do I need to bringwithme? None of our tours require any specialist equipment, and safety equipment will be provided for our more active tours. It’s worth checking your itinerary to see if comfortable footwear, activewear, or anything else is recommended, and researching your destination ahead of time to check for weather conditions or cultural norms around clothing. Other than that, just pack as you would normally, and enjoy a comfortable and safe trip.

Tour travelling is a varied and interesting way to see new places, and ensures that you don’t miss out on any of your chosen destination’s best sights and attractions. Using the knowledge of an experienced local guide, you’ll be able to save yourself hours of research or guesswork and get recommendations that you can trust.

It’s important to remember that tours come in all different shapes and sizes, with different fitness levels, transport and accommodation options. Perhaps the appeal of tour travel for you is a knowledgeable guide explaining the intricacies of famous architecture in a European capital. Perhaps you like to get out into nature and see wildlife on hikes, or perhaps you dream of winding down the window of your car as you cruise down Route 66, stopping off at storied cities in the United States

of America. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a tour to suit you.

Tour travel is simple and enjoyable. No need to worry about booking flights, accommodation or searching for restaurant recommendations, and most of your experiences will be guided by an expert. It’s also an immersive and educational experience, and a great way to get a feeling for a destination. Taking in the sights, sounds, tastes, and culture of somewhere, and creating lasting memories of your trip.

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You’ll be following a tour guide around all day We believe the best travel memories are the ones you make yourself. Your experienced, local tour guide will ensure you see the top sights, and give you tips and recommendations to ensure you have a great trip, while giving you enough freedom to relax and enjoy the location in your own way.

Tour travel means sitting in a coach all day

Coach travel can be a great way to see a destination, but it isn’t for everyone. Our tours accommodate all levels of fitness and mobility, and whatever your preference, you’ll find a tour for you. Explore a region by rail, hike a mountain trail in an area of outstanding beauty or rent a car and drive yourself, immersing yourself in the sounds of the local radio, or singing along to your travel playlist.

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Once-in-a-lifetime experiences unfold one-by-one on our Grand Tours; from seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza and Niagara Falls, to a journey across the entire length of the USA.

Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

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Mount Rushmore

Skywalk, Grand Canyon

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

24 day tour Trans American Adventure

Day 9: Chicago - Minneapolis First stop today is Madison, then on to Minnesota. Day 10: The Mall Of America Enjoy an orientation tour of downtown Minneapolis before an excursion to the Mall of America. Day 11: Minneapolis - Oacoma Head into the rich farmlands of South Dakota. Stay overnight on the shores of the Missouri River. Day 12: Oacoma - Custer Behold the granite faces of Mount Rushmore. Day 13: Custer - Cody Overnight in Buffalo Bill’s frontier town of Cody. Day 14: Cody - West Yellowstone Travel through Shoshone National Forest to splendid Yellowstone National Park. Day 15: Yellowstone National Park Return to Yellowstone National Park to explore further. Day 16: West Yellowstone - Jackson Travel south into the Wild West town of Jackson. Day 17: Jackson - Salt Lake City Today, drive to Salt Lake City. Enjoy a city tour on arrival. Day 18: Salt Lake City - Cedar City Visit Bryce Canyon National Park, with its breathtaking cliffs, then head west to Cedar City. Day 19: Cedar City - Grand Canyon National Park First stop today is Zion National Park, then continue to Grand Canyon National Park. Day 20: Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas Continue to the unique phenomenon of Las Vegas. Day 21: Las Vegas A free day to explore Las Vegas. Day 22: Las Vegas - Los Angeles Head for Los Angeles, America’s second largest city. Day 23: Los Angeles Start the day with a sightseeing tour of Tinseltown.

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Niagarra Falls

Mount Rushmore

Bryce Canyon National Park

Zion National Park

Las Vegas

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Washington DC Area

Dearborn

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Badlands National Park

Custer

Yellowstone National Park

Salt Lake City

Cedar City

Grand Canyon National Park

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Day 1: New York City Welcome to the ‘Big Apple’. Explore at leisure. Day 2: New York City Enjoy a tour of the city’s major attractions, including Broadway and the Empire State Building. Day 3: New York City - Washington DC Area Head south to Philadelphia, then Washington DC. Day 4: Washington DC Area The nation’s capital is a sightseeing treasure trove. Day 5: Washington DC - Niagara Falls, Canada Travel through Pennsylvania Dutch Country and cross the Rainbow Bridge to Canada. Day 6: Niagara Falls, Canada - Dearborn Get up-close to the base of the falls on a sightseeing cruise. Then, head to Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit. Day 7: Dearborn - Chicago Visit the Henry Ford Museum. Reach Chicago in the late afternoon and enjoy a city tour. Day 8: Chicago Today is at leisure.

Reasons to love this ♥ Discover New York City’s most famous landmarks ♥ Explore the nation’s capital, Washington, DC ♥ Get up close to the thundering Niagara Falls ♥ See the reliable blow of Yellowstone’s Old Faithful geyser ♥ Gaze in awe at the Grand Canyon ♥ See the footprints of the stars in LA ♥ Marvel at dramatic landscapes in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks ♥ Visit the country’s largest shopping mall - The Mall of America Your holiday includes ✓ 6 breakfasts ✓ Tour manager, international flights, hotels and overseas transportation

There’s more to love , more included and more to add . Contact us today for details.

Day 24: Los Angeles Depart anytime today.

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Souk, Cairo

Al Deir - The Monastery, Petra, Jordan

Felucca on the Nile

15 day tour Egypt & Jordan Adventure

Day 7: Luxor Visit the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon. Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West Bank of the Nile. Day 8: Luxor - Amman Fly to Amman, Jordan via Cairo. You have free time to explore Amman on arrival. Day 9: Jerash & Dead Sea Enjoy a guided visit to the ancient town of Jerash, followed by a visit to the Dead Sea. Return to Amman for the night. Day 10: Amman - Petra Start the day with a guided visit to the intricate Madaba mosaics, enjoying the panoramic views from Mt Nebo and a visit to the crusader castle at Karak. Continue to Wadi Musa, just outside of Petra, for the evening. Day 11: Petra Start early to visit iconic Petra. Enjoy a guided walking tour, then opt to hike up to the top of the treasury or explore on your own. Day 12: Petra - Wadi Rum Opt to visit Little Petra in the morning before continuing to Wadi Rum. Head out on a 4x4 excursion during the day, before a traditional dinner and overnight at a Bedouin desert camp. Day 13: Wadi Rum - Aqaba Journey to the Red Sea, where you can explore or relax on the beach. Optional Aqaba Boat Trip with Snorkelling from £37pp. Day 14: Aqaba - Amman Journey back to Amman. En route, stop at a G Adventures-supported community café for lunch. Day 15: Depart Amman Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast. Depart at any time.

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Day 1: Cairo Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities until your evening welcome meeting with your CEO and group. Optional Islamic and Coptic Cairo Tour from £43pp. Day 2: Cairo - Aswān Enjoy a visit to the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx before a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. Day 3: Aswān Enjoy free time before visiting a Nubian village for a home-cooked dinner with a local family. Day 4: Aswān Spend the day exploring Aswan at your leisure. Optional Philae Temple Sound and Light Show from £36pp. Day 5: Aswān - Kom Ombo Enjoy a relaxing ride on a felucca (traditional Nile sailboat) and travel down the river, watching the scenery glide by. At night, sleep on the deck under the stars. Day 6: Kom Ombo - Luxor Tour Kom Ombo Temple before driving to Luxor. En route, visit the Temple of Karnak.

Reasons to love this ♥ Expert local leaders showcase the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures ♥ Immerse yourself in local communities, enjoying traditional meals ♥ Enjoy a great balance of guided excursions and free time ♥ Sail down the Nile on a traditional felucca ♥ See the Great Pyramids of Giza ♥ Discover the ancient site of Petra ♥ Spend a night under the stars at a Bedouin Camp Your holiday includes ✓ 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners ✓ Tour manager, international flights, accommodation & overseas transportation

There’s more to love , more included and more to add . Contact us today for details.

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Machu Picchu

Rio de Janeiro

Iguazú Falls

18 day tour Grand Tour of South America

the archaeological site of Raqchi and watch the sunset at La Raya. Day 8: Lake Titicaca, Bolivia Wake up to see the sunrise over Lake Titicaca. Travel by road to Huatajata in Bolivia. Visit Copacabana and its shrine en route. See the cultural exhibition at the Andean Roots Eco Village and discover how reed boats are constructed and meet a spiritual Kallawaya healer. Day 9: Uros Iruitos - La Paz Take a hydrofoil cruise to the Uros Iruitos floating reed islands and visit the Quewaya Sustainable Project. Continue overland to bustling La Paz for an afternoon tour. Day 10: Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina Fly to Buenos Aires, a city of grand architecture and European influences. Day 11: Buenos Aires Enjoy a morning city tour including a visit to the cathedral, La Boca district, and the Recoleta cemetery. Day 12: Buenos Aires A day at leisure or take optional excursions. Day 13: Fly to Iguazú/Iguaçu Fly to Iguazú and take a half-day tour of the Brazilian side of the falls for panoramic views. Day 14: Iguazú Time at leisure to enjoy the various nearby walkways on the Argentinian side. Day 15: Fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Fly to Rio, set among mountains, tropical forests, and golden beaches Day 16: Rio de Janeiro Enjoy a full-day tour of Rio de Janeiro, including Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Day 17: Fly to London In the evening fly to London with British Airways, arriving the following day. Day 18: Arrive London

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Day 1: Fly to Lima, Peru Day 2: Lima

Reasons to love this ♥ Immerse yourself in a coast-to-coast, multi-country experience ♥ Enjoy overnight stays at Machu Picchu & inside Iguaçu National Park ♥ Journey across the altiplano in a luxury sleeper train ♥ Visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca and stay on its shore Your holiday includes ✓ Stay in 5-star accommodation ✓ 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners ✓ Tour manager, international flights, hotels and overseas transportation Why not add + A pre-tour expedition cruise to the Galapagos Islands and discover their fascinating wildlife. Ask for details. There’s more to love , more included and more to add . Contact us today for details.

Enjoy a morning tour of Lima, including the colonial centre and a stop at the historic Cordano tavern for a pisco sour. Day 3: Fly to Cuzco - The Sacred Valley Fly to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire. Transfer to the Sacred Valley, via the local market in Pisac and Ollantaytambo Inca fortress. Day 4: Machu Picchu Take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu and explore the spectacular Inca city. Day 5: Cuzco The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, return to

Cuzco by train. Day 6: Cuzco Enjoy a morning tour of Cuzco and San Blas. Day 7: Luxury train to Puno

Take the Belmond Andean Explorer sleeper train across the altiplano to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Enjoy majestic vistas from the stylish lounge car. Stop by

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Turaida Castle

10 day tour Grand Baltic Explorer

viewing platform to see the city from a different angle. The tour ends at the famous Riga Central Market where you’ll stop at a fish bar and enjoy a buffet of local fish

specialities (as well as meat and cheeses). Optional Riga Open-Air Museum from £15pp. Day 6: Rundale Palace - Siauliai - Vilnius

En route to Lithuania’s capital, we’ll call at the pilgrimage site of the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai, as well as Rundale Palace. This evening, enjoy the traditional atmosphere of Senoji Trobele restaurant and be entertained by a folk show performed by local musicians and dancers. Day 7: Vilnius Discover Vilnius with a guided tour of its UNESCO-listed Old Town, one of the largest surviving medieval towns in Europe. Optional Trakai Island Castle from £15pp. Day 8: Druskininkai - Grutas Park - Warsaw On the way to Warsaw, stop to explore the spa town of Druskininkaiand. Enjoy a traditional dinner at a restaurant in Warsaw. Day 9: Warsaw Discover the best of Warsaw as your Tour Manager and local guide point out all the highlights on today’s tour. There’s Castle Square, which fronts the Royal Castle, Sigismund’s Column, and St John’s Cathedral. Day 10: Warsaw - UK: You’ll head to the airport today for your flight back to the UK.

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Holiday of a lifetime, every time.

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Tallinn

Riga

Vilnius

Warsaw

Helsinki

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Druskininkai

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Day 1: UK - Helsinki Upon arrival you’ll have some free time to explore at your leisure and find a spot for dinner to sample the local cuisine. Day 2: Helsinki - Tallinn Join your Tour Manager on a stroll around the city’s historical centre. Notable sights include Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, the Parliament building, and Finlandia Hall. In the afternoon, take the ferry to Tallinn. Day 3: Tallinn Enjoy a walking tour of Tallinn to discover Toompea Castle, Town Hall Square, and the Russian orthodox Alexander Nevskij Cathedral. Optional Kadriorg Palace from £15pp. Day 4: Turaida Castle - Sigulda - Riga The drive to Riga allows the chance to enjoy further sightseeing into Latvia, firstly with a stop at the reconstructed medieval Turaida Castle. Later, visit the pretty town of Sigulda. Day 5: Riga Explore Riga today on a walking tour with a local guide. Sightseeing will include the Dome Cathedral, Riga Castle, and St Peter’s Cathedral. Here, take the lift up to the

Reasons to love this ♥ Explore Turaida Castle and the town of Sigulda ♥ Indulge in fine-dining in one of Riga’s renowned restaurants ♥ Enjoy a lunch experience at Riga Central Market Your holiday includes ✓ Private Chauffeur Service or FREE Airport Parking ✓ 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners and welcome drink ✓ Local Flavour - Lunch experience at Riga central market ✓ Tour manager, international flights, accommodation & overseas transportation

There’s more to love , more included and more to add . Contact us today for details.

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Herd of elephants bathing in Jungle River, Sri Lanka

17 day tour Grand Tour of Sri Lanka

Day 7: Passikudah - Dambulla Embark on a journey to Sri Lanka’s second ancient city, Polonnaruwa. Afterwards, continue to the scenic town of Dambulla. Day 8: Dambulla & Sigiriya Explore the awe-inspiring Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Enjoy Visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, followed by a stop at a typical Sri Lankan spice garden. Afterwards, head to Kandy’s famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth. Day 10: Kandy Explore the famous botanical gardens of Peradeniya. Then, enjoy a tour of the city followed by some time at leisure. Day 11: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya Journey to Nuwara Eliya. En route, you will make a stop at a tea plantation. Day 12: Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe A morning tour of Nuwara Eliya is followed by lunch, with views over the misty landscapes beyond, before continuing to Udawalawe. Day 13: Udawalawe - Tissamaharama Embark on morning jeep safari, followed by a visit to the Elephant Transit Home, just outside the park. Depart for Tissamaharama to enjoy lunch and the rest of the day at leisure. Day 14: Tissamaharama & Yala National Park the rest of the day at leisure. Day 9: Dambulla - Kandy After some free time, enjoy a jeep safari in the nearby Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s largest national park. Day 15: Tissamaharama - Mirissa Departing Tissamaharama, you will travel to the sleepy This morning will be at leisure or choose an optional whale-watching excursion (seasonal). Late this morning you will travel to Galle. Day 17: Mirissa - UK Transfer to Colombo airport for your flight back to the UK. coastal resort of Mirissa. Day 16: Mirissa & Galle

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Day 1: UK - Colombo Depart London on an overnight flight to Colombo. Day 2: Colombo On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Colombo for a welcome dinner. Day 3: Colombo An introductory half-day city tour visits the vibrant temples and bazaars of Pettah. After lunch, enjoy free time. Day 4: Colombo - Anuradhapura Today, head north to the ancient city of Anuradhapura. En route, visit Mihintale and its nearby sacred mountain peak and temple complex. Day 5: Anuradhapura - Passikudah Enjoy a half-day tour in Anuradhapura City. Marvel at the sacred Bodhi tree, the oldest authenticated tree in the world. Enjoy lunch before travelling to Passikudah. Day 6: Passikudah Today is at leisure to enjoy the powder-white sands and emerald-blue waters on Sri Lanka’s laid-back, less-visited east coast.

Reasons to love this ♥ Tour the cities of Colombo, Kandy & Galle ♥ Relax on beautiful, golden beaches ♥ Climb to the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress ♥ Explore Dambulla Rock Temple ♥ Visit the ancient capital, Anuradhapura ♥ Discover tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya ♥ Safari in Udawalawe & Yala Parks Your holiday includes ✓ All meals daily ✓ Tour manager, international flights, accommodation & overseas transportation Why not add + Extend with a Sri Lanka Beach stay from £299pp + Extend with a Maldives Beach stay from £799pp There’s more to love , more included and more to add . Contact us today for details.

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Great Barrier Reef

Queenstown

Sydney Harbour

18 day tour Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef Today, you will get the chance to snorkel or dive at one of the natural wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef, on a full-day cruise. Day 9: Daintree/Cape Tribulation Travel north to the majestic Daintree River, where you will stop to enjoy an informative river cruise. After, travel onto Cape Tribulation Beach, where the ‘Rainforest meets the Reef’. Day 10: Auckland Fly from Cairns to Auckland. Day 11: Auckland Experience Auckland like a local through the eyes of a passionate guide. Explore some important historic sites and learn about the fascinating Maori culture and history along the way. Day 12: Hobbiton Take a trip back to ‘Middle Earth’ and go on your own little adventure through this famous movie set. Day 13: Wellington Today, travel on the Northern Explorer train and journey through the heart of the North Island, from Auckland to Wellington. Day 14: Wellington Enjoy an educational, extended tour around New Zealand’s arts and culture capital. Day 15: Queenstown Fly to scenic Queenstown and enjoy some free time. Day 16: Milford Sound Journey to Milford Sound and enjoy the views from the comfort of a glass-roofed coach, then board a spectacular cruise to the mouth of the fiord. Day 17: Skippers Canyon Enjoy a half-day 4WD tour down the Skippers Road. Hacked by hand and clinging to the sheer cliffside, this road is one of the most adventurous roads in the world. Day 18: Depart Queenstown Enjoy some last minute shopping before flying home.

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Blue Mountains

Great Ocean Road

Great Barrier Reef

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Day 1: Sydney Enjoy your first night in Sydney at leisure. Day 2: Blue Mountains

Reasons to love this ♥ Fully flexible itinerary ♥ Snorkel at the incredible Great Barrier Reef ♥ Sample some of Australia’s best wines in Hunter Valley ♥ Visit the penguins of Phillip Island ♥ Take a trip to ‘Middle Earth’ in Hobbiton ♥ Cruise the Scenic Milford Sound ♥ Enjoy a 4WD tour along the thrilling Skippers Road Your holiday includes ✓ 17 nights’ 4* hotel accommodation ✓ All transport between destinations and to/ from included activities ✓ Selected sightseeing activities ✓ All flights

Enjoy a guided tour to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains. Enjoy stunning views of dramatic cliffs, unspoiled bushland, deep canyons, and lush rainforest. Day 3: Hunter Valley Tour Australia’s oldest and best-known wine region, which boasts 150 top-class wineries, as well as boutique breweries. Day 4: Melbourne Fly from Sydney to Melbourne, then enjoy free time. Day 5: Phillip Island Today you’ll head on a full-day Philip Island Tour, where you will encounter stunning scenic views and iconic wildlife, including some adorable penguins. Day 6: Great Ocean Road Enjoy a full-day tour of the Great Ocean Road and its world-famous rock formations, including the 12 Apostles. Day 7: Port Douglas Fly from Melbourne to Cairns, then transfer to Port Douglas. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

There’s more to love , more included and more to add . Contact us today for details.

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Discover our truly unforgettable holidays Unique Experiences

Travelling as part of a tour can often get you access to places, events, and even accommodation that usually isn’t open to the general public, so you can experience something that you would never be able to do as part of a regular package holiday, or if you had booked your flights and accommodation on your own. How exciting! Our tours allow you to meet expert local guides with insider knowledge and insights, bringing a human

touch to guided travel. While restaurants, bars, and museums can give you an overview of a place’s history and culture, you’ll have a far more authentic experience dining with a local family, learning specialist cooking techniques, or getting amongst the hustle and bustle of a local olive farm and seeing how the day-to-day works. Maybe you’d like to take a step back in time to an era of Hollywood opulence and decadence, and visit an old LA movie theatre, which once

played host to legends such as Charlie Chaplin, and is now closed to the general public. These are the kinds of experiences you can enjoy when travelling as part of a tour. So for a totally unique trip that you’re sure to be talking about for years to come, not to mention a chance to learn amazing facts and history about a new destination, be sure to give tour travel a shot.

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FOOD & CULTURE

Discover the very heart of each destination through its food and culture; from exploring local markets and tasting delicious cuisine to experiencing iconic sites and ancient history.

Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan

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House boat in backwaters, Kerala

15 day tour Southern India & the Backwaters of Kerala

highlights: the Meenakshi Amman Temple, known as southern India’s Taj Mahal. Visit the temple at dusk by tuk tuk. Day 9: Kumily This morning, re-visit the temple in daylight, plus tour the nearby Nayak Palace, then drive west to Kumily. Day 10: Periyar Wildlife Reserve Rise early to enter the local wildlife sanctuary for a guided nature walk. The reserve has a small population of rarely seen tigers, however, the birdlife is absolutely excellent. The rest of the day is at leisure until an afternoon visit to one of the numerous local spice plantations. Day 11: Kerala Houseboat Overnight This morning, travel towards the Kerala coast to discover the enchanting Keralan backwaters. Experience an overnight stay on a Kerala Houseboat. It’s a wonderful way to travel; passing paddy fields, coconut palms, and colourful local houses. Day 12: Kumarakom Rise early and enjoy breakfast, then depart the houseboat and transfer to Kumarakom. The rest of the day is at leisure. Early evening, enjoy a sunset boat cruise on Lake Vembanad. Day 13: Kumarakom Today is at leisure. Day 14: Cochin This morning, make the short journey to Cochin for your last night.

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Day 1: UK - India Take your overnight flight to Chennai. Day 2: Arrival Chennai On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Chennai. Day 3: Mahabalipuram Enjoy a guided tour of Chennai before travelling south to Mahabalipuram. Day 4: Pondicherry Travel south to Pondicherry and on arrival enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful old French colonial centre. Day 5: Tanjore We continue our journey south to Tanjore. Day 6: Tanjore Today, explore Tanjore’s extraordinary Brihadeeswara Temple. Day 7: Chettinad Transfer to the nearby region of rural Chettinad. This evening, sample some of the region’s unique cuisine, served on a banana leaf. Day 8: Madurai Further explore Chettinad in the morning. In the afternoon, we drive to Madurai for one of the tour’s real

Reasons to love this ♥ Visit Chennai’s Fort St George ♥ Tour elegant Pondicherry, a French colonial outpost until 1954 ♥ See the breathtaking Meenakshi Amman Temple of Madurai ♥ Cruise the picturesque backwaters and canals of Kerala overnight on a houseboat ♥ Enjoy a nature walk through Periyar National Park ♥ See the extraordinary World Heritage Site of Tanjore’s Brihadeeswara Temple

Day 15: India - UK Fly home to the UK.

♥ Visit Cochin on the Malabar Coast Your holiday includes ✓ Overnight house boat cruise

✓ 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 4 dinners ✓ Tour manager, international flights, accommodation & overseas transportation

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12 day tour Treasures of Georgia & Armenia Discover ancient ruins, vineyards, snow-capped mountains, and welcoming locals on this unique tour through the cultural treasure-troves of Georgia and Armenia.

Haghpat Monastery and Church, Armenia

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Mtskheta, Georgia

Reasons to love this ♥ Enjoy tours of Tbilisi, Yerevan, and Mtskheta ♥ Marvel at Haghpat Monastery

Your holiday includes ✓ 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners

♥ Explore the Old Town of Dilijan ♥ Take in breathtaking vistas at the enchanting Lake Sevan

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8 day tour Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples Discover one of the most beautiful corners of Europe on this tour of Italy. Explore the legendary Amalfi Coast and some of the most wondrous sites from throughout history.

Blue grotto in Capri island

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Reasons to love this ♥ Explore the amazingly-preserved Roman town of Herculaneum ♥ Take a boat trip to the stunning island of Capri

Your holiday includes ✓ 7 breakfasts & 7 dinners ✓ Tour manager, international

♥ Discover the mysteries of Pompeii ♥ Spend a full day touring the breathtaking Amalfi Coast

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Busy Tokyo Street

Himeji Castle with Mount Fuji

Bamboo Forest, Kyoto

12 day tour Japan - Land of the Rising Sun

Day 6: Kanazawa Journey to Kanazawa today and visit the Kenroku-en Garden. Here you’ll get a glimpse of Japan’s past at Nagamachi’s Nomura Samurai House and visit the Higashi Chaya-Gai geisha district, followed by a gold leaf-decorating class. Day 7: Shirakawa-Go & Takayama Journey to the UNESCO-listed village of Shirakawa-Go. Visit the Wada-ke house, built by one of the region’s wealthiest families, then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before journeying to Takayama. Continue to Nagoya for an overnight stay. Day 8: Nagoya and Fujinomiya Visit the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Continue to Fujinomiya and the Mount Fuji World Heritage Centre, where you’ll visit the Fuyinomiya Sengen shrine. Spend the night in Mishima. Day 9: Hakone National Park & Tokyo Journey to beautiful Hakone National Park, dominated on clear days by the cone of Mount Fuji. Visit the atmospheric Hakone Shrine, near the shore of Lake Ashin, take a cruise on the lake, and ride the cable car above the Owakudani Valley. Travel through the volcanic landscape to Tokyo. Day 10: Tokyo A fascinating day awaits that will include Asakusa, ancient Buddhist Senso-ji temple, Nakamise shopping street, a sushi-making experience, a bird’s-eye view of the city from the observation floor of Shinjuku’s government buildings, a stroll along the tree-lined avenues of Yoyogi park, the Meiji Shrine, and a visit to world-famous Shibuya Crossing. Day 11: Tokyo Enjoy Tokyo at your leisure. Day 12: Japan - UK Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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Day 1: UK - Japan Fly overnight to Osaka. Day 2: Arrival Meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Day 3: Himeji Castle Head to Himeji’s extraordinary White Egret Castle. Enjoy a tour of the extraordinary 14th century fortress, then take a stroll around the adjoining Kokoen Gardens, before an included lunch and tour of a traditional sake brewery. Day 4: Nara & Osaka Board the train to Nara, where sights include Todai-ji temple’s Great Buddha, the sacred deer of the Nara Koen Park, and Kasuga Taisha shrine. Return to Osaka by train for a guided exploration of Dotonbori. Day 5: Kyoto Discover Japan’s former imperial capital, including the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine’s red torii gates, the spectacular Kiyomizu-dera temple, and the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion. After lunch, wander the streets of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka before heading to Arashiyama’s bamboo forest.

Reasons to love this ♥ Explore Hakone National Park for a glimpse of fabled Mount Fuji ♥ Discover Himeji, Japan’s best-preserved feudal-era fortress ♥ Take the train to Nara ♥ Experience bustling Osaka ♥ Journey to Kanazawa, with its famous gardens ♥ Discover Shirakawa-Go’s traditional thatched houses ♥ Stay in modern Nagoya Your holiday includes ✓ 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 1 dinner ✓ Tour manager, international flights, accommodation & overseas transportation

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Colourful streets of Havana

12 day tour Cuban Discovery

continuing to the Cuevo del Indio (Indian Cave), where you will board a boat to sail on an underground river. See the eye-catching Mural de la Prehistoria and end your day with a visit to a cigar factory or museum. Day 6: Santa Clara - Cayo Ensenachos Continuing your adventure, arrive in Santa Clara, the site of the last battle of the guerrilla war in 1958. Days 7-8: Cayo Ensenachos Enjoy two full free days at leisure, with all food and drink included, to relax and enjoy the facilities at your beachfront hotel. Day 9: Trinidad - Cienfuegos Your journey continues to Trinidad, a World Heritage Site which has been hailed as one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the world. Visit either the Trinidad History Museum, where history buffs will be in their element, or the Museo Romantico. Then, continue to Cienfuegos. Day 10: Cienfuegos Soak up the history of Cienfuegos, known affectionately as the ‘Pearl of the South’. Characterised by palaces overlooking a beautiful Caribbean bay, star attractions include Parque Jose Marti, with its imposing cathedral. Day 11: Havana Return to Havana Airport for your flight back to the UK. Day 12: UK Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting to collect you for the journey home.

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Day 1: UK - Havana Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Havana. Day 2: Havana Enjoy a walking tour, starting in the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit a rum factory or museum, then the rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, witness the cannon firing at La Cabaña Fortress, a daily tradition to announce the historical closure of the city gates at 9pm. Day 3: Hemingway Museum Head to Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s home - the setting in which he scribed many of his best-known works. Enjoy a Cuban cocktail lesson and spend a relaxed afternoon at your leisure. Day 4: Las Terrazas - Viñales Valley Travel by coach to Las Terrazas Eco Mountain Resort, an ‘eco-village’ created in the 1960s, and take a tour of a 19th Century coffee plantation. Your journey then continue to the lush Viñales Valley. Day 5: Viñales Valley The inspiringly beautiful Viñales Valley is interspersed with dramatic rounded limestone formations known as mogotes. Visit a farmer’s tobacco plantation, before

Reasons to love this ♥ Photograph colourful vintage cars and drink mojitos in Havana ♥ Tour Viñales Valley and Cienfuegos ♥ Visit cigar and rum factories or museums ♥ Witness Havana’s 9pm cannon ceremony ♥ Enjoy a Cuban cocktail lesson ♥ Relax at your beachfront hotel in Cayo Ensenachos Your holiday includes ✓ VIP door-to-door travel service ✓ All-inclusive food & drinks during your stay in Cayo Ensenachos ✓ 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 9 dinners ✓ Tour manager, international flights, accommodation & overseas transportation

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Tobacco plantation, Viñales Valley

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Hoi An, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

20 day tour Vietnam & Cambodia Odyssey

Day 9: Hoi An Embark on a walking tour of the town, taking you past the major sites including the Pagoda Bridge. Later, explore the myriad of silk and tailor shops. Days 10-11: Nha Trang Journey to the coastal city of Nha Trang, home to one of the most beautiful bays in the word. Spend a day island hopping, before returning to board the overnight train to Saigon. Days 12-13: Saigon Arrive at Saigon and set off on a tour of the city’s highlights, visiting the Reunification Palace, Cathedral, and Ben Thanh Market. Next, travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, used during the Vietnam War. Days 14-16: Mekong Cruise Enjoy three nights cruising along the fascinating network of rivers in the Mekong Delta. From Can Tho, journey through picturesque waterways to Phnom Penh. The cruise finishes with a sunset cocktail party. Day 17: Phnom Penh After breakfast, transfer to Phnom Penh by speedboat for a tour of the capital of Cambodia. Visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. Day 18: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap Enjoy guided tours of Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the infamous Killing Fields. Then, continue by coach to Siem Reap. Day 19: Siem Reap Watch the sunrise at the Angkor Wat complex, before visiting Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm; undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor. Conclude the day with an Apsara dance performance. Day 20: Siem Reap - UK Depart Siem Reap for your return flight back to the UK via Saigon.

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Saigon

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Day 1: UK - Hanoi Depart London on your overnight flight to Hanoi. Days 2-3: Hanoi Transfer to your hotel to relax before enjoying a traditional Water Puppet Performance. The next morning, enjoy a full-day tour of this historic city, including its Old Quarter. Days 4-6: Halong Bay Cruise Set off on a two-night cruise around Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the cruise you’ll enjoy a cookery demonstration, morning Tai Chi, and visits to some of the bay’s more untouched areas. Day 7: Hue Enjoy a visit to Vietnam’s former capital, situated on the banks of the Perfume River. Tour the major sites, including the Citadel, Imperial Palace, and Tomb of the Emperor. Day 8: Hue - Hoi An Board the train for a trip along the Reunification Railway that links Hanoi to Saigon. Snake along the coast, past jungle-covered cliffs and white beaches, before reaching Hoi An.

Reasons to love this ♥ Admire the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay ♥ Experience four scenic train journeys through Vietnam ♥ Tour Hanoi, Saigon & Phnom Penh ♥ Explore the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels Your holiday includes ✓ 2 nights Halong Bay Cruise ✓ 3 night cruise on Mekong Delta ✓ 16 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 13 lunches & 15 dinners ✓ Tour manager, international flights, accommodation & overseas transportation Why not add + A Cambodia Beach stay from £299pp + A Laos City stay from £949pp

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