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20 October, 20202 minute read

5 long haul group tours to inspire

We think holidays are precious. They’re something to look forward to, as well as something to be enjoyed. They build excitement as the countdown begins before departure. They create memories that can be treasured forever. They open our eyes to the wonders of our beautiful world and give us the chance to meet wonderful people who are both welcoming and generous in spirit. They can have a profound effect on us – and move us to tears of joy and amazement.

But more than that, our long-haul escorted tours have been created with great care and precise detail. We know that taking an extended period to explore the other side of the world is a big deal, which is why all our long-haul holidays combine a mix of unique experiences, breathtaking landscapes and even days to just relax. And alongside our expert tour managers and local guides, each destination will be brought to life so that all you have to do is soak it all in and enjoy every moment. With over 200 fantastic different escorted tours, it is impossible to choose our favourites. However, we think these five long-haul holidays below will inspire your wanderlust.

Australia and New Zealand

For a holiday of a lifetime why not combine two magical destinations into one trip? Not only will you see the best highlights in each captivating country, our Australia and New Zealand tours will also give you the chance to do as much or as little as you want with plenty of rest days factored into this epic journey.

We’ll head to the ochre-coloured landscapes of the Outback, where you’ll be left speechless by the sheer scale of Uluru. We’ll learn about Australia’s ancient indigenous culture and see the mesmerising marine life in the Great Barrier Reef. In New Zealand, we’ll be stunned by the different scenery from the North and South Islands. From soaring mountains and glistening glaciers, lush rainforests and sweeping beaches, it will be impossible to tire of the landscape.


We couldn’t write about inspirational long-haul holiday without mentioning our Ultimate 2020 Titan tour, as voted for by the pubic in our Titan Awards. Travel to Canada and discover the true meaning of the ‘great outdoors’. It has charming and cosmopolitan cities that are cultural hubs with strong ethnic ties, as well as cool and laidback chic. Endless landscapes are made up of glistening glaciers and snow-capped mountains, sweeping beaches and dense forests, combined with thundering waterfalls and emerald lakes.  On our Canada tours you can experience the infamous Rocky Mountaineer and see the soaring peaks of the Rockies. You’ll wander the buzzy waterfront of Ontario and discover the French colonial architecture in Quebec. Hear the mighty roar of the Niagara Falls and hear legendary Viking tales in Nova Scotia and see pretty colourful houses in Newfoundland. For the ultimate outdoors experience put Canada top of your list.

Costa Rica

If you fancy channeling your inner David Attenborough, then there is nowhere on earth quite like Costa Rica.  Costa Rica is fast becoming one of the top destinations to see a dizzying array of wildlife. It has a phenomenal 500K different species and accounts for six per cent of the world entire species population. Meanwhile, Costa Rica is also one of 20 countries with the highest biodiversity in the globe. So, we think that our Costa Rica wildlife holidays are really the best ways to get up close with a vast number of different animals, birds and insects. From the elusive jaguar and the colourful red-eye tree frog to sloths and toucans, discover nature at its best as the rainforest comes alive right in front of your eyes. Drive through banana plantations and sail along natural waterways. Walk along the base of an active volcano and even take some time to relax on the stunning Pacific coast beach. Just remember to bring a spare battery for your camera - you’re going to need it…

Keel-billed Toucan sitting on the branch in the forest, Boca Tapada, Costa Rica


Feel like Indiana Jones and discover a land full of surprises on our Jordan holidays. Explore ancient wonders and epic desert landscapes. Wander colonnaded Roman streets, climb Crusader fortresses and set eyes on the mystic and magical Petra – and watch the sunlight dance on the pink stone of this magnificent archaeological site. This ancient city is considered one of the world’s most culturally treasured UNESCO sites and seeing really is believing.

On our Jordan with Ancient Petra tour takes in this incredible wonder – as well as Mount Nebo to stand on the spot from which Moses is believed to have surveyed the Promised Land. We’ll also walk in the footsteps of Bedouin tribes and experience the sheer raw beauty of the desert as well as feel the healing qualities of the Dead Sea.  Not only are our Jordan tours full of fascinating tales but will take you on an adventure of a lifetime.

Ancient city of Petra, Jordan

Vietnam and Cambodia

A celebration of colour, enduring traditions and endless landscapes, our Vietnam and Cambodia holidays will show why both destinations are simply captivating. Be hypnotised by outstanding coastlines, bustling cities, green mountains, immense jungles full of wildlife, as well as the eclectic mix of delicious Asian cuisine. In Vietnam, we’ll be introduced to the country’s absorbing history and see pristine temples and elegant French colonial architecture in lively Saigon, as well as the pretty streets along the riverbanks of Hoi Ann. We’ll sail on a traditional junk boat on the emerald green waters of Halong Bay and feel astonished by the towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Meanwhile, a Cambodia tour wouldn’t be complete without wandering amongst the ancient stone ruins of Angkor Wat, the country’s most cherished and enduring symbol. 

If you’ve been inspired by our long-haul holidays, why not get in touch with one of our travel advisors who can help plan your next dream holiday. Or order our Worldwide brochure for more escorted tours.


Ting has a serious case of wanderlust. Having travelled to over 40 countries, it’s her mission in life to make her way through her ever-growing list. Her two young sons have also caught the travel bug, and recent trips have seen them making snow angels in Iceland while watching the Northern Lights, as well as walking alongside elephants in South Africa.

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