You get to see part of the world that you haven’t seen before. You enjoy your surroundings in a deeper way when you’re walking through them. You make new friends. And much more. So we’re proud of every holiday we offer.
Maybe you’re looking for something really special, though – perhaps to mark an anniversary or a significant birthday, or to cross an item off your bucket list. If so, then perhaps one of the following might fit the bill.
Here are ten of our most spectacular holidays.
Starting at Le Puy in south-eastern France, follow the historic pilgrim trail to the medieval town or Conques. It’s more than 100 miles through rural France, over 13 nights, and you’ll see many shrines and chapels along the way. Unlike many of the earlier travellers, though, you’ll only have to carry your day pack as we’ll take care of the rest.
Jordan has many treasures. Explore the capital Amman and the ‘Rose Red city’ of Petra. Visit Jerash, the best-preserved Roman city in the Near East. Walk from the hot springs at Ibn Hammad to the Dana Nature Reserve. Admire the spectacular sand dunes of Wadi Rum. See the mighty crusader castles at Shobak and Kerak. Swim in the Dead Sea. View the ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land at Madaba. Over 12 nights, you’ll do it all.
The walks are easy but the sights are spectacular. This two-week trip takes in two national parks – Kruger in South Africa and Hlane in Swaziland – and many other tours and trials, all with an English-speaking local guide. Along the way you’ll meet friendly locals, see breathtaking landscapes, and get up close to some of Africa’s amazing wildlife.
This trip gives you a taste of everything the region has to offer. Over 15 nights between Calgary and Vancouver, you’ll enjoy some of Vancouver Island’s spectacular trails; the mighty Rockies around Whistler; the stunning scenery of Banff National Park; and much more. Make sure your camera has plenty of storage space!
This 15-night holiday starts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and finishes in Santiago, Chile. Between the two you’ll do many walks, including through the awe-inspiring peaks of Patagonia and by the shores of Lago Torre. Look out for alpacas and condors.
Discover the different aspects of Peru in the the lost land of the Incas. Temples, lakes, mountains and fascinating local heritage. Over 17 nights, you’ll see all of Peru’s greatest delights. The capital, Lima. Colonial architecture, including the 16th century Santa Catalina monastery. Arequipa and the dormant El Misti volcano. The Colca Canyon. Lake Titicaca. A train journey to Machu Picchu. And, finally, the Amazonian rainforest.
This holiday covers a huge range of activities. It starts at Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and heads south along the corridor of volcanoes. You’ll visit homes and markets, and learn about local life. (As in all our holidays, we work hard to make sure that our presence benefits local communities.) The trip also includes some colonial cities, the Cajas National Park, and several Galapagos islands. At each of these your guide will be an expert naturalist, to help you appreciate the unique flora and fauna you’ll find there.
This is a challenging trip and a real achievement. The highest point is Kala Pattar, which is two miles below the summit of Everest but still more than 18,000 feet above sea level. You start at Luka, at about 9,000 feet, and are expertly guided to Base Camp in stages and with frequent rest days. Your reward for the hike to Kala Pattar is one of the most breathtaking views of the Everest range. If possible, during your holiday you’ll also meet Kancha Sherpa, now in his eighties, who was a member of the famous 1953 expedition.
This huge feat of engineering could have been designed with bucket lists in mind. (Just don’t tell people that it’s the only man-made structure visible from space – that’s an urban myth.) Our ten-night trip includes walks over several sections of the wall, plus plenty of time to enjoy the famous sights in Beijing, such as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. You’ll also take a boat trip on the reservoir near Panijakou and see the wall underwater; visit the Eastern Qing Tombs; and walk through several small villages to get a sense of local life.
If you live in Western Europe then New Zealand is about as far as you can go – almost the exact opposite side of the planet. So it makes sense, having travelled all that way, to stay for a while. Our complete tour takes 25 nights, staying in selected three- and four-star hotels. It covers all the main cities, plus easy walks in places like Rotorua and Tongariro National Park on the North Island, and Queen Charlotte Sound and the Nelson Lakes on the South Island. You have several optional tours too. After all of that you’ll be able to say, “New Zealand: done!”
You only live once…
… but, as Mae West said, “If you do it right, once is enough.” Which of our ten excites you the most? The challenge of Base Camp? (Not many people can say they’ve made it to 18,000 feet.) Or perhaps the natural wonders of the safari. Whichever you choose, you can be sure of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.