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Planning a big trip for 2022? With travel being (mostly) on pause for the past 18 months or so, there’s something to be said for coming back with a bang. And when it comes to wishlist-worthy adventures, an escorted tour is the perfect way to explore – you pick the destination, and we’ll do the rest. Itineraries, hotel bookings, excursions, transport, we take care of it all. All you have to do is pack your suitcase!  

Need some help deciding where to go? We’ve highlighted five incredible group tours for 2022, plus an alternative option for each one. From wildlife holidays in Costa Rica to cultural tours of Japan, each one offers an array of unforgettable experiences – the perfect trips for rekindling a love of travel.

Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s lush green landscapes hide a dizzying array of creatures, from cheeky monkeys and sleepy sloths, to brightly coloured tree frogs and tiny hummingbirds.

Our two-week Costa Rica wildlife holidays tap into the country’s magical flora and fauna, taking you to the mangroves and canals of Tortuguero National Park, the bird-filled rainforest surrounding Arenal volcano, and the misty cloud forests of Monteverde.

Guided tours of the cities of San Jose and, across the Panama border, Panama City complement the wild elements of this unforgettable holiday. The icing on the cake? A day spent cruising the Panama Canal, enjoying the scenery along this spectacular man-made wonder.

Or try… ‘Wild Borneo’, an adventure that takes you to the rivers and rainforests of Borneo in search of orang-utans, sun bears and pygmy elephants.

Hummingbird flying next to orange flower, Costa Rica


India’s Golden Triangle

Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are the three cities that make up the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’ – our 10-day organised group holidays tick off all three, plus much more.

You’ll begin your trip in India’s colourful, chaotic capital: New Delhi. After an afternoon exploring its sights, you’ll spend the following morning in Old Delhi, where you’ll see UNESCO-listed Humayan’s Tomb and the marble monument to Mahatma Gandhi.

In Agra, you’ll enjoy a memorable day discovering the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Two nights in the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur offers plenty of time to explore the Amber Fort, City Palace and Palace of Winds.

Our escorted tours of India’s Golden Triangle also side-step to allow a couple of days in Ranthambore, a national park that’s home to leopards, sloth bears and the majestic Bengal tiger.

Or try… Uzbekistan. Our organised tour holidays introduce you to the country’s spectacular Silk Road cities, ancient mosques and dazzling madrasahs.

The Taj Mahal, India


Essence of Japan

It’s not hard to see why this is one of our most popular escorted tours. Japan is a truly incredible country, with a rich culture and heritage to discover.

Our guided holidays to Japan aim to give you a real taste of what these islands have to offer, from the neon lights of Tokyo to the hushed temples of Kyoto. Experiences are high on the agenda – think sake tasting, tea ceremonies, bullet train journeys and an optional stay in a ryokan.

What’s more, there are all sorts of special events and festivals throughout the year that we can help you experience, whether that’s the cherry blossoms in spring, the traditional Takayama Festival in the Japanese Alps, or even a sumo wrestling tournament!

Or try… ‘The Best of Sri Lanka’. This small group holiday packages up the best bits of this teardrop-shaped island, from temples and tea plantations, to the wildlife-filled Yala National Park.

Preparing traditional Japanese tea ceremony


Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a real wish-list destination for animal lovers. As well as being home to white-sand beaches, volcanic cliffs and reef-fringed bays, these islands play host to all sorts of incredible wildlife – marine iguanas, lava lizards, seals, sea lions and much, much more.

Our Ecuador holidays include a 4-night cruise around the archipelago, with expert guides to offer extra insight on the amazing wildlife found here. Ports of call include Mosquera Islet, Isabela Island, Rabida Island and Fernandina Island.

There’s time to explore mainland Ecuador, too. A week gives us the opportunity to tour historic Quito and Cuenca, browse for handicrafts at Otovalo market, and drive through the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ in Cotopaxi National Park.

Or try… combining an Alaskan cruise with a tour of the Canadian Rockies. As well as spectacular scenery (snow-capped mountains, powder-blue glaciers), you’ll have the chance to spot whales, bears, seals and more.

Sea lions on sandy beach in the Galapagos Islands


Enchanting Tour of Portugal with an Iberian Cruise

From Coimbra to Lisbon, Seville to Valencia, our Iberian Cruise & Tour itinerary packs a whole host of incredible destinations into one fantastic holiday.

The Portugal tours begin in riverside Porto. The city gave the world port wine, so it only seemed right to include a tasting while we’re here (at the snazzy new World of Wine, no less). Then, it’s south to Lisbon, where we’ll explore the city, sample the local cherry liqueur and take a side-trip to the colourful palaces at Sintra.

A cruise then takes us round the Iberian peninsula to Barcelona, stopping at historic cities including Seville, Valencia and Cartagena along the way.

Or try… the photogenic seaside towns and fjord villages of Norway. ‘The Best of Norway by Rail and Sea’ does exactly what it says on the tin – you’ll admire mountains, waterfalls and forested ravines as you tour the west coast and cruise to the North Cape.

Palace of Pena in Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal


For more 2022 inspiration, browse our website, view our online small group tours brochure, or speak to one of our travel advisors. Not sure if group tours are for you? Have a read of our common touring myths blog – you might be surprised!

Article published on: 17th August, 2021

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Laura

Although she loves a lie-in at home, Laura is often up and about before dawn on holiday. She’s watched the sun rise over the Grand Canyon, Uluru and Angkor Wat, but her favourite was seeing the first light of the New Year sweeping across the yacht-dotted waters of Sydney Harbour.

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