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If your travel plans have been affected recently, the disappointment of not being able to go on a much-longed for holiday can be unsettling. However, that is the beauty of wanderlust - our wonderful world is worth the wait. As travel experts, we know that a holiday is more than just sun, sea and relaxation. It’s more than just good food, wine and company. It’s about memorable moments, experiences that are profound, spellbinding and immersive. And with several new escorted tours added to our extensive portfolio of holidays for 2021, we reveal our top picks of the best travel experiences for next year.


Feel humbled by majestic wildlife

Sri Lanka’s calming laidback vibe will certainly get you in the right mindset for some amazing wildlife encounters. Nothing will beat the visceral feeling of seeing animals in the wild. Walk in the footsteps of Sir David Attenborough and take a sharp intake of breath as you watch a herd of elephants cross your path or feel entranced by the sight of Sri Lanka leopards stalking their prey through the immense open grasslands. Yala National Park close to the Indian Ocean has the highest concentration of these beautiful big cats in the world. And seeing so many magnificent creatures up close will be an awe-inspiring moment - one that will forever remain in your memories. 

In Africa, there are plenty of chances to spot the Big Five - lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos - as well as other countless of species across this wildlife rich continent. From the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya to Kruger National Park in South Africa our wildlife holidays will excite and overwhelm. Seeing gorillas in Rwanda or watching meerkats frolicking in Namibia, these are life-changing moments.

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka


Gasp at moving landscapes 

Imagine settling back in a plush seat, as the rumbling of wheels against the track creates a gentle rhythm. As you sip a cool glass of champagne, your eyes hungrily take in the epic scenery as it glides past. From snow-covered peaks to jagged glaciers carved into mountains, as well as aqua marine lakes and dense evergreen forests, a rail journey across Canada’s Rocky Mountains really is an experience like no other. And synonymous with sheer elegance is one of the best luxury train tours in the world - the Rocky Mountaineer. With its glass dome coaches, passengers won’t miss a thing, as well as enjoying first class service travelling on the breathtaking route from Vancouver to British Columbia. 

If you fancy an opulent rail journey closer to home, then a spending the night onboard the Venice-Simplon Orient Express is an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Dine on gourmet meals and drink vintage wine as you trundle through the incredible Swiss Alps and wake up in your sumptuous private cabin and feel like a movie star. After boarding a private water taxi, arrive in beautiful Venice where your Italian adventure can begin.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express


Let music stir your soul

Lose yourself in the tango heartbeat of Argentina. It’s impossible not to let the passion and rhythm of this stirring dance enthrall. Our South American tours take you to the heart of South America and Buenos Aires, the home of this mesmerising dance which began in 1902 when it hit the ballroom of the Teatro Opera, and inhabitants embraced this emotionally-charged and improvised dance throughout the country. But South America’s rich musical influences aren’t just confined to Argentina - there’s the Brazilian Samba, Andean folk music and Columbian Salsa. 

Head to North America and you’ll discover a wholly different genre of music in the shape of jazz, rhythm and blues. For music fans a holiday to the USA wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the South - including Tennessee and New Orleans, home to some of the greatest music legends such as Elvis, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. Our USA music tours take you to on a musical journey that will inspire and astound. Dance the night away and immerse yourself the in the eclectic sounds of this diverse region.

The Tango, Buenos Aires


Discover diverse culture and history

A land steeped in tradition, legends and spirituality, New Zealand’s Maori’s culture is at the core of this wonderful country. The indigenous inhabitants who arrived from Polynesia in canoes, settled in the northern territories, and to this day they still practice the impressive war dance the Haka, perform traditional dances and celebrate their ancestry through art, food and festivals. Immerse yourselves in a dynamic culture, meet welcoming members of the community against the backdrop of jaw-dropping scenery and be prepared to be wowed at every turn.

New Zealand’s neighbour, Australia, is an ancient landscape. Here you will find ochre rocks that are tens of thousands of years old in the vast Australian outback and a multi-cultural diversity which has been formed from the oldest existing culture anywhere - the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were the First Peoples and have existed in the continent for 60,000 years. 
Our Australia and New Zealand tours take you to the other side of the world to give you adventures that are both enriching and meaningful. As well as a deeper understanding of some of the world’s most endearing cultures that are as old as time. 

Maori culture


Our brand new Worldwide brochure is out now and you can find all these experiences and more in carefully curated holidays that will create perfect travel moments.

Article published on: 15th April, 2020

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Ting

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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