Sometimes the journey can be just as fulfilling and enlightening as the destination itself. Why not peel back the layers of a country by travelling by train, bicycle or boat, you will see so much more from a different perspective...
Houseboat relaxation away from the crowds in northern Kerala, India
In contrast to the popular southern backwaters of Kerala, the northern backwaters are just as tranquil and beautiful, and on board the luxurious Lotus Boat you may find yourselves the only ones cruising between the palm trees. Spend a day on board or chill out completely with a couple of nights. The best months to travel are from November until March although if looking to travel over Christmas or New Year, plan well in advance.
To find out more about a journey through Kerala call our specialists on 01993 838 300.
Travelling through the beautiful scenery of New Zealand on the TranzAlpine Railway
The TranzAlpine trains links Christchurch on the Pacific with Greymouth on the Tasman Sea. This spectacular journey lasts four and a half hours. After the alluvial Canterbury Plains the track rises steadily, hugging the contours of spectacular river valleys, to cross dramatic Arthur’s Pass before descending, through podocarp forest and past Lake Brunner, to the western coast.
To find out more about the TranzAlpine Railway call our specialists on 01993 838 000.
Cycling along the best of Rio's beaches in Brazil
Your guide will accompany you on this two hour cycle ride along famous Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon beaches, stopping en route to drink a cooling coconut water. The beaches are an excellent place to watch cariocas jogging, strutting and walking their poodles in the sunshine. You set the pace and if there is time you will also be able to circle the Lagoa (the affluent area around the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon) before returning to your hotel.
To find out more about this cycling tour in Rio call our specialists on 01993 838 650.
Exploring the real Ecuador by river and rail
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito, with its cobbled streets and colonial architecture, followed by a cruise on the Amazon in search of wildlife onboard the elegant M/V Anakonda. There's even the option of 'glamping' for one night in a luxury tent in the rainforest instead of sleeping on board the boat. Finish your journey on the iconic Tren Crucero from Andes to coast, stopping to admire a variety of sights along the way such as the Cotopaxi Volcano and famous Devil's Nose.
To find out more about Ecuador by river and rail phone our specialists on 01993 838 650.
Experiencing living history in the carriages of Rovos Rail in South Africa
The luxury train Rovos Rail offers numerous journeys to explore South Africa and its neighbouring countries. A typical journey covers two days and a night on the luxury train, travelling between Cape Town and Pretoria, travelling through the Karoo desert, to Pretoria. Stop off at the diamond mine at Kimberley and visit the historic village Matjiesfontein.
To find out more about Rovos Rail phone our specialists on 01993 838 500.
Cycling through India's bustling capital city
Although not for the faint hearted, cycle tours in India’s bustling capital city are a great way to see lots of things you wouldn’t normally. Exploring on two wheels is very rewarding as you sneak down alleyways and mingle with locals. Our guides are pros and can always arrange a cycle rickshaw if you’d rather someone else does the hard work!
To find out more about a Delhi cycle tour call our specialists on 01993 838 300.
Sailing in a privately-owned yacht around Madagascar
Madavoile is a small, privately-owned yacht chartering company which operates out of Crater Bay on the island of Nosy Be, Madagascar. Madavoile is run by Genevieve and Rudy, a couple who have been living in Madagascar for over 15 years, who fell in love with the country and its waters after sailing all over the world. The couple run seven boats which are available for private hire and come with a full crew; there is one small yacht and the others are catamarans of varying sizes taking up to ten passengers. Itineraries are created around your interests and you can charter a yacht for anything from a couple of nights to a few weeks.
To find out more about chartering a yacht phone our specialists on 01993 838 500.
Passing tea plantations and waterfalls on the railway journey to Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka.
The rail route to Nuwara Eliya rises slowly from the subtropical spice and banana trees to pine and eucalyptus forest. From Hatton, the scenery is the most spectacular, passing St Clair and Devon waterfalls on the left hand side and many tea plantations. Look out for Adam's Peak in the distance on the left. After about four and a half hours, you will arrive at Nanu Oya station and then it's a short drive to the 19th century colonial hill station of Nuwara Eliya.
To find out more about this railway journey phone our specialists on 01993 838 300.
Cycling around the Baray and Angkor Thom in Cambodia
Spend half a day exploring the sites of Baray, Wat Suai Anthiat, Angkor Thom and Bayon by bicycle. Cycle alongside the river, stopping for drinks at the pagoda before carrying on toward Angkor Thom whilst taking in the magnificent views. You will eventually reach the Bayon in the centre of Angkor Thom and the East Gate of the city, used in the filming of Tomb Raider. Follow the small jungle trails northwards toward the Victory Gate where your cycle ride will come to an end.
To find out more about this cycling excursion in Cambodia phone our specialists on 01993 838 100.
Spending time on board the 'Tiger Blue' looking our for sharks and dolphins in Indonesia
Better known for Komodo dragons, the Komodo islands are made up of some of Indonesia’s most beautiful beaches, as well as fantastic scuba diving opportunities. One of our specialists spent a week on board the ‘Tiger Blue’ last year, enjoying shark sightings on dives, a pod of dolphins swimming alongside the boat, deserted beach BBQ’s and of course a few Komodo Dragon sightings on island treks!
To find out more about 'Tiger Blue' phone our specialists on 01993 838 100.
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