The Indian Ocean is home to a large variety of fascinating islands featuring Creole, African, Indian, Chinese and French heritage. On this spectacular island journey we visit five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, starting in Madagascar, often referred to as the Eighth Continent, due to the island’s legendary unique flora and fauna. We explore Mauritius and Rodrigues, islands containing white beaches, quiet fishing villages, fabulous botanical gardens and a fascinating colonial past. We continue to the island of Reunion, which features one of the world's most accessible active volcanoes, emerald forests, tumbling waterfalls and awesome mountainous landscapes. Our journey concludes in the Seychelles, an archipelago offering stunning beaches, marine parks and natural reserves filled with endemic species that are easy to approach.
This extraordinary tour takes us to an extremely complex and interesting part of the world. Persians, Khazars, Arabs, Huns, Turko-Mongols, and Russians have invaded and migrated into the Caucasus and have provided the region with its rich ethnic and linguistic complexity as well as its astounding architecture. As if this diversity were not enough, the Caucasus also offers a variety of pristine landscapes and stunning vistas just waiting to be discovered.
Follow in the footsteps of one of the world’s most fascinating predators on this 13-day small group cultural tour through tiger country. Starting in Mumbai, where we discover the deep history and fascinating culture of this vibrant city, we then continue to Pench, Kanha and Panna national parks, known as three of India’s top parks to see tigers and hundreds of others of species of wildlife. The crowning glory of tiger territory, Kanha, is also the setting of Rudyard Kipling’s masterpiece “The Jungle Book”. We end our journey with a visit to the magnificent monuments of Khajuraho and a stop in Delhi, India’s cultural hub.
We have tailored this unique 15-day journey to provide you with a rare and fascinating glimpse of the best places in the Gulf to experience the sharp contrast between traditional and ultra-modern Arabia in Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar. Wander through mudbrick villages with exotic bazaars and gardens, explore quiet stretches of coast lined with palm trees, travel through beautiful desert and mountain landscapes featuring venerable forts and visit numerous World Heritage Sites. Visit all seven of the United Arab Emirates, which over the past few decades have become some one of the world’s most glamorous, spectacular and futuristic urban destinations and are providing the Islamic world with a model of political stability and religious tolerance.
Central Asia - “Land of the Caravans”. The Silk Road Caravan routes influenced the local cultures, as the routes of communication and trade opened previously isolated societies. We follow these historical trails on our Route of the Caravans journey covering the five “stans”, a Persian suffix meaning "home of", "place of". The region is famous not only for its many branches of the Silk Road, but also as the birthplace of great builders of empires, such as Tamerlane of the Timurids and Babur, founder of the great Moghul Empire. This artistically tailored journey includes visits to 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Bazaars depicting the times of the silkroad, home visits, meeting locals folks, enjoying local cuisines as we journey through time.
This is a journey to Abyssinia, the Ethiopia of olden times, and a discovery of the Ethiopia of today. In this tour we have the opportunity to explore not only the history of the people who reside here but also experience the current lifestyles of the many different tribes of Ethiopia who still practice paganism in their colorful rites and rituals and visit 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Uzbekistan, historically the richest of the “Stans”, has often been referred to as The Land of A Thousand and One Nights. It is culturally a very rich country with very friendly people. Our Splendors of Uzbekistan offers a wonderful opportunity to see this rich civilization. It is after all, the birthplace of Tamerlane and that also of Babur the founder of the Great Moghuls.
Each era of India’s history is different and distinct, and one of the country’s golden ages of architecture, art and culture was that of the Maharajas. During this time, the great Moghul empire built the Taj Mahal and many other grand structures that are even today revered for their majesty. This magnificent heritage is embodied in our India Forts & Palaces tour, which captures the luxury of that era by travelling in the Maharaja way. A deluxe tour with all its comforts, conveniences and pampering, this journey even stays in the same palaces as the Maharajas did. Treat yourself as we travel through some of India’s royal highlights.
An Indian Ocean island going back to human history – almost to the time when it all began. Rich both in culture and archaeology, in scenic splendour and the very friendly people, Sri Lanka has offered to the world a lot. UNESCO has recognized 7 World Heritage Sites in this tiny island and in our 12-day journey we cover 6 of them. Travel through an island that is an eclectic mix of its colonial history, religious traditions and South Asian influence. Sri Lanka’s unique culture, which is authentic to this island, brings together its pluralistic identity. From the coasts of Colombo to the World Heritage Sites in the Cultural Triangle, this tour takes you on a journey through time, covering ancient civilizations, Buddhist era and imperial rule. It ls carpeted with tea gardens,the entire island is teeming with bird life and exotics like elephants and leopards are not uncommon. Breathtaking landscapes, a calm yet dynamic culture.
An artistically safari designed for both individuals and families. In East Africa we start chasing the Big Five and many other species in world renowned game reserves of Masai Mara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Lake Manyara. The 12days wild game safari culminates with a flight down south of the African continent. Here we are treated with a unique experience witnessing the World Heritage Site of the majestic Victoria Falls. From the VFA we have options of yet another but very different game safari in Botswana and to end the African experience at amongst the most beautiful city in the world – Cape Town.
Experience the majestic and serene Himalayas as we explore the highlights of West Bengal and Sikkim in India, the Kingdom of Bhutan and Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. The region is perfect for those who enjoy both rich culture and breathtaking nature, as you will not only see scenic mountains, but also experience ancient Buddhist heritage. This 15-day journey covers the most fascinating sanctuaries in this majestic alpine region.