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The Canadian Rockies & Alaskan Cruise

A wild continent tamed

Conquering this vast continent once meant traversing it by ox-wagon or horse. It meant enduring bracing winds, driving snow and horizontal rain. It meant crossing terrain sometimes as treacherous as it is beautiful.

In spite of all the hazards, the pioneers who tamed Canada and its northern neighbour Alaska saw much in the land to tell them that it was worth the struggle. Those efforts resulted in rail lines that cut through the continent, opening up some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. From the startling beauty of the Rocky Mountains to the serene vistas of the Pacific coastline, this itinerary will transport you on a journey as luxurious as those earlier trails were relentless, with glass dome carriages and sleeper cabins that cocoon you from all the elements, yet still open up the beauty and the wonder.

Inclusions:

  • 5 exclusive Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 22 Freechoice activities and dining
  • 3 memorable Special Stays
  • 37 meals – 16 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 14 dinners
Iceland & Atlantic Canada

On this 13 day cruise from Reykjavik to Quebec City you will love discovering the islands that connect the American continent to the European continent.

Across the Atlantic

Introducing a truly handcrafted itinerary that offers up a one-of-a-kind experience, taking you to locations no cruise yacht has gone before. From the cradle of Viking domination to the elegance of the French Canadian region.

Venture into places you’ve always dreamt of. Whether via helicopter, submarine, Zodiac or kayak we’ll take you to places few have visited, from remote fjords in Iceland and Greenland to the hidden treasure of Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, on Canada’s Atlantic Coast. Commencing in Iceland, you’ll cruise the magnificent Denmark Strait to Greenland, Newfoundland and finally Canada. Explore the glacial landscapes of Greenland’s Skjoldungen Fjord, visit Nanortalik Island by Zodiac and cruise the Labrador Sea before the majesty of Canada reveals itself to you. Epic locations for an epic adventure.

Inclusions:

  • World’s first luxury Discovery Yacht
  • 100% verandah suites
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Five dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Expert Discovery Team
  • All shore excursions
Cairns to Balikpapan

Set off on a thrilling exploration of Australia and Indonesia. Explore exotic islands and little known reefs teeming with underwater life. Visit Darwin, the hub of Australia’s rugged “Top End”, experience local village life in Pare Pare and get a chance to see the mysterious “Stonehenge of Indonesia”

 
Inclusions:
  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI throughout the ship
  • Onboard Gratuities
  • Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society
New York to Bridgetown
Mediterranean Discovery

Try the delicious local cuisine, learn all about the rich history and relax in the sun on this unique 15 day Mediterranean cruise from Istanbul to Venice.

The cradle of culture

A beautiful cruise that offers you more time to go deep into the history, culture and ongoing influence of the magical Mediterranean. Hop on and off spectacular islands, unearth ancient wonders and indulge in some of the most delicious gastronomy on Earth.

Setting sail from bustling Istanbul, Scenic Eclipse will journey down the coastline of Turkey before winding her way through the magnificence of the Greek Islands where you’ll be able to explore the cradle of civilisation. Cruising through the Corinth Canal to astonishingly beautiful Croatia before a romantic farewell in Venice, the ‘city of love’. We’ll take you into the heart of this exquisite part of the world thanks to our ability to moor in small ports. Traverse the astonishing Corinth Canal and experience the wonder of Bozcaada Island, a private island where we exclusively moor. With plenty of Zodiac, kayak, snorkelling, e-bike, helicopter and submarine excursions and even a scuba dive planned, you’ll truly discover every inch of the Mediterranean.

Inclusions:

  • World’s first luxury Discovery Yacht
  • 100% verandah suites
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Five dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Expert Discovery Team
  • All shore excursions
ANZAC Day Mediterranean Discovery

Discover the Europe of your imagination and experience a moving ANZAC Day in Gallipoli on this luxurious 15 day cruise from Barcelona to Istanbul.

Sacred pilgrimage

Culminating in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, an ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli, this beautiful 15 day itinerary explores the north Mediterranean on a journey that is sure to touch your heart.

A really unique cruise that showcases the beauty of the Mediterranean coastline. Follow in the footsteps of ancient civilisations. Soar high and dive below with helicopter, submarine and scuba excursions or spend time discovering the overabundance of ancient ruins scattered across this part of the world. Journey along the Spanish, French and Italian coasts, before arriving in Turkey for ANZAC Day. Along the way you’ll visit the elegant French Riviera city of Cannes, discover the Vatican City in Rome and spend days basking in the Greek island sun. And of course, every day you’ll get to come home to the ultimate in luxury on Scenic Eclipse.

Inclusions:

  • World’s first luxury Discovery Yacht
  • 100% verandah suites
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Five dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Expert Discovery Team
  • All shore excursions
Essential South America

16 days & 15 nights DEPARTS Daily Experience the grandeur and spectacle of South America, crossing this magical continent from Peru to Argentina and Brazil. In only two weeks, explore the beauty of these countries, visiting the glorious mountain stronghold of Machu Picchu, scenic Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires – the Paris of the Americas, as well as the breathtaking Iguazu Falls.

Peru Express

Experience the top highlights of Peru on this independent journey which takes in the colonial beauty of Lima, the natural wonder of the Scared Valley and the mystery of the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu

Luxury Inca Trail

5 Days & 4 Nights The mythical Inca Trail is full of cultural, historical and natural wonders just waiting to be discovered on this private... Trekking the legendary Inca trail has always been considered a feat of endurance and an achievement. Now you can experience that same level of achievement and witness spectacular beauty with the added comfort of luxury facilities previously unavailable for this trek. After a day of inspiring mountain scenery you can relax in comfort and enjoy exotic cuisine and wines plus Peruvian pampering by a professional masseuse. Your troop of expert guides and porters take care of moving the equipment which allows you to trek in comfort.

Brescia and Lake Garda

Garda is the largest Italian Lake: the itinerary starts from the town of Brescia in Lombardy, known for its ancient metallurgical tradition and second only to Milan for population size and economic importance. The city reaches the Riviera of Lake Garda allowing visitors to explore the fascinating natural scenery and examples of fine art.

In Brescia do not miss Piazza della Loggia, the Duomo, the Capitoline temple and the Roman theatre together with the principal Roman archaeological site in Lombardy. Taste the renowned casoncelli bresciani, a pasta dish, or ask for Minestra mariconda and Polenta to match with the precious wines that this land has to offer.

Then head to Gargnano via SS237, located on the western shore of Lake Garda in the middle of the “Parco Alto Garda Bresciano” where you can admire magnificent villas and palaces with beautiful gardens reminiscent of their wealthy past.

Follow the banks of the lake to get to Salo’ where Benito Mussolini seated his Social Republic between 1943 and 1945 before being captured by the Partisans. Then, with just a 40 minutes drive you can finally reach the southern side of the lake and be amazed by the beautiful Desenzano del Garda and the unique Sirmione, an historic Roman village located on a peninsula and only accessible on foot by crossing the old medieval walls of the Scaligero Castle.

Here you can explore the famous Grotte di Catullo, the ruins of a Roman Villa that once belonged to the namesake poet who lived there in the 1st century BC, hire a small boat for a scenic sailing trip on Lake Garda or relax at the thermal spa.

Lucca to Garfagnana and Versilia

The thousand faces of Tuscany can be explored starting from the harsh inland areas marked by rocky spurs with villages to society evenings on the Versilia coast. This itinerary features many interesting and unusual stops.

Start you tour from Lucca and a unique walk around 16th century walls, hiding the old city centre, away from the rest of the urban city. Get lost in the myriad of small streets that make up the old town while you come across some architectural masterpieces such as the church of San Michele, San Frediano, the Guinigi Tower Piazza Anfiteatro. In Lucca you can find some of the most renowned examples of fine Italian products such as extra virgin olive oil that gives a special taste to dishes like traditional spelt soup.

You can then take the SS12 road heading to the medieval villages of Barga and Castelnuovo in Garfagnana, two pearls nestled among the green tops of the Garfagnana area and the Serchio River Valley where you will find on your road the ancient Ponte della Maddalena (also called the Devil’s bridge), a remarkable example of medieval engineering used by pilgrims to cross the river.

In these places time seems to be stopped and the locals still live simply, enjoying the beauty of the landscape that matches perfectly with the goodness of the culinary specialities like the crostini antipasto or the pappardelle with boar. That’s probably why the famous Italian poet Giovanni Pascoli spent many years of his life here between 1885 to 1912.

The SP13 road brings you to the seaside with a 100 km drive which crosses the beautiful Alpi Apuane Regional Park, a route especially loved among bikers for its curves, but equally enjoyable by car in every season of the year.

Nature lovers should definitely stop for a visit at the Botanic Garden in Pian della Fioba. The last stretch of the trip starts when you reach Marina di Massa. From here you can head south along the beautiful Lungomare which on your way to Pisa, crosses some of the most renowned seaside resorts like the charming Forte dei Marmi, the elegant Pietrasanta (and its Marina) or the vibrant Viareggio. Your trip ends in Pisa where in addition to admiring the famous Leaning Tower you can enjoy a walk on the Arno river or visit one of the great exhibitions at Palazzo Blu Art Galley.

Pompeii to the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast lies between the gulf of Naples and Salerno. Crossed by a mountainous ridge, its coastline descends sheer into the blue sea, breaking into a series of rocky spurs. Famous for its mild climate and beautiful scenery, numerous towns are set amidst lush vegetation.

Begin your road trip in Pompeii with an unmissable visit to the excavations of the Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD and on which the excavation work began in the 18th century. Get amazed by the great forums, theatres, and buildings that were once the centre of public life and by the private homes, some with precious mosaic decoration whose magnificence has remained unchanged over the centuries.

Take the SS145 which will bring you down the coast to Castellamare di Stabia and Vico Equense, recently renowned for hosting an annual culinary event held at the beginning of June with the participation of worldwide famous chefs. This could be the perfect opportunity to taste traditional seafood dishes such as pasta with colatura di alici (anchovy sauce) and many others.

Then you could head to beautiful Sorrento to enjoy stunning landscapes as well as a great swim into the Mediterranean Sea; even if it could be considered hard to navigate through the winding roads of the coastline it is definitely the best way to take advantage of what this amazing land has to offer.

Going on with the itinerary, point east to Positano, another pearl of the Mediterrenan where you can visit the old town centre and the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta with majolica decorative cupola. While following on the SS163 you will easily reach the picturesque fishing village of Praiano where you can taste some fresh octopus salad or the typical impepata di cozze (mussel soup with hot pepper).

Last but not least, the beautiful Amalfi is just 10km away, so in less than 30 minutes of breathtaking coastal driving you will reach one of the most iconic towns in Italy. The famous façade looking like a spectacular balcony on the Mediterranean Sea. Amalfi is also famous worldwide for being one of the independent maritime republics competing with Venice, Pisa and Genoa for the dominium of the maritime trades around the year 1000.

Note: To avoid the traffic try not to travel on Saturdays or Sundays during summer season. Drive carefully and watch out because the roads – although spectacular – are mostly tight and curvy.

Umbria - Val Tiberina to Perugia

In Val Tiberina, which crosses Umbria from north to south, the Tiber river unhurriedly meanders through fertile terraces and hills. In this harmonious rural valley landscape, presenting some features of the nearby Tuscan hallows the towns and villages are rich in history, works of art and thriving craft activities.

You can start you road trip in Florence or Siena driving on the A1 highway directly to Citta’ di Castello where you can admire an example of gothic architecture represented by the Palazzo del Comune or the high communal tower and the Duomo.

Following the Tiber river course pointing south you will pass through enchanting landscapes that will gently take you on a discovery of the “green heart of Italy”. The medieval and ancient roman buildings will accompany you during a visit to Gubbio where you will feel like stepping back in time.

Continuing your drive down to Gualdo Tadino you will appreciate the splendour of the Cathedral built by the Lombard masters in the 13th century while a stop in Nocera Umbra is a must for those wanting to taste famous Umbrian truffle dishes, cold cut meats or the unique pecorino cheese. Driving onto the SS3 road will then take you to Assisi in only 30 minutes. The town of Assisi with its 13th century famous basilica of San Francesco is one of the most famous in the Christian world with paintings by Giotto and many other important artists.

Perugia is the final destination; located on a hill dominating the Umbrian plain this historic city has seen the passing of Etruscan and Roman domination, rising as an important urban centre that still presents charming paved streets that open onto unexpected views of countryside or squares in front of old villas.

Salento & The Ionian Coast

The Salentine peninsula is located at the extreme south of the Puglia region. Starting from Brindisi, head south to Lecce to discover the extraordinary examples of baroque art with the church of the Rosario, the 17th century Cathedral, Palazzo Vescovile and the church of Santa Croce. Don’t forget to visit the 16th century Palazzo del Saggio, the renaissance church of San Marco and the 2nd century Roman amphitheatre.

On your way down stop in Maglie to see the 18th century parish church and reach Otranto. The coast opens in several bays with a succession of caves, among them the Grotta Zinzulusa and the Grotta Romanelli with graffiti drawings and traces of prehistoric settlements.

In one hour you can drive through picturesque coastal villages such as Ciolo where there are amazing views of the Adriatic sea. From the iconic suspended bridge, you can easily reach the port village of Santa Maria di Leuca and taste unforgettable seafood dishes.

Then head to Gallipoli and get lost in the picturesque city centre barricaded on the islet called “la cittá”, the castle built at the beginning of the 16th century, and the Cathedral of Sant’Agata. Taste the traditional puccia Gallipolina. Before driving back to Brindisi, stop in Galatina to see an example of Franciscan architecture or simply enjoy the white sand beaches of the Ionian Coast.

Gastronomy note: Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the ragu salentino (meat sauce), Taralli, ciceri e tria (tagliatelle in chick pea broth) and the orecchiette pasta with broccoli.

An English Experience

Manchester
Begin your English self-drive journey in the city that lies in Manchester, the Industrial Revolution’s heartland, where old working canals now sparkle with quayside cafés and contemporary museums. Manchester is easy to walk around on foot and offers copious shopping opportunities from designer, boutique and department stores. There are also a number of fascinating museums and art galleries including the Whitworth Art Gallery – voted Museum of the Year 2015.

Don’t miss the Science and Industry Museum (MOSI), which takes you on a journey through Manchester’s heritage with sights, sounds and even smells. Elsewhere, art lovers will be won over by the fine art and costumes on display at Manchester Art Gallery and the stunning architecture of Manchester Town Hall.

Manchester – Chester
An hour drive in your rental car along the M56 and find yourself at the Roman city of Chester in northwest England. Enjoy the day soaking in Roman history while you stroll through Chester city walls that were first constructed by the Romans in 70 AD, and appreciate the medieval atmosphere that this town has been preserving for many years.

Chester – Lancaster
Travel an hour up north from Chester in your hire car to Lancaster on M56 and M6. The county of Lancashire is famous for its cheese, Lancaster Hotpot, the beautiful Forest of Bowland, the Pendle witches, Lancaster Castle. Lancaster Castle is known as the ‘Queen’s only castle in the north’ filled with history that dates back to 1558. Nowadays, Lancaster Castle welcomes visitors of all ages for daily tours and special events.

Lancaster – Levens Hall
Continue north on the M6 to Junction 36/A590 and follow the signs for Levens Hall and Gardens in Cumbria. With over 100 topiary pieces on show, many in the shape of chess pieces, a wander around Levens Hall is like stepping into Alice in Wonderland. The famous topiary gardens were designed by Monsieur Beaumont in 1694 and are the oldest and most extensive in world, with some designs reaching over nine metres high.

Tour the Lake District National Park by car which gives you the chance to see all of the highlights. The glistening lakes and towering mountains of England’s biggest National Park have inspired artists, poets and writers for generations. A key place to visit when traveling with children include The World of Beatrix Potter, which tells the story of Beatrix Potter, the famous children’s author and illustrator, and features the characters she created from Peter Rabbit to Jemima Puddle-Duck.

Levens Hall – Grasmere
Your next adventure will continue in a unique village known as Grasmere. Take some time to explore the charming shops, tearooms and art galleries as well as the churchyard where William Wordsworth is buried. Don’t leave without trying Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread – the 19th century recipe for this crumbly treat is still top secret. Travel onwards to Alston on the A686, named ‘One of the Greatest Drives in Britain’ owing to the dramatic scenery of the Pennines encountered along its route.

Alston – Vindolanda
Leaving Alston follow the signs for Vindolanda, the journey will take close to 2 hours. An extensive Roman museum located on a former ancient fort just south of Hadrian’s Wall, Vindolanda is a live archaeological site with excavations running in the week during certain months. Excavations aside, the museum is packed full of fascinating Roman artefacts, including Vindolanda’s precious writing tablets – the oldest surviving handwritten documents in Britain.

Alnwick – Durham
Departing Alnwick drive south to the city of Durham, visit Durham Cathedral and Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 11th century. Dominating the city’s skyline, it has starred in Harry Potter films and is one of Europe’s most impressive examples of Romanesque architecture. Make a stop at the Undercroft Restaurant beneath the cathedral before you spend the rest of the morning exploring this charming town.

Durham – York
Hop back into your rental car and depart Durham via the A1M south and an hour and a half later you fill find yourself in the city of York. Venture off to the magnificent York Minster, one of the largest gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe, to admire its tennis court-sized stained glass window, and discover 2000 years of history at the Undercroft – a state-of-the-art attraction housed in chambers beneath the Minster. Vikings invaded the city more than 1000 years ago and you can experience what life was like back then at Jorvik Viking Centre, discovering the sights, sounds and smells on a journey through a Viking village. Only short drive away and you can refuel with afternoon tea at the immensely popular Bettys tearoom, don’t forget to try a Yorkshire Fat Rascal – a plump, fruity scone hand-decorated with a glacé cherry and almond face.

York – Chatsworth
When you have finished exploring York travel south towards Chesterfield, and arrive at Chatsworth. Chatsworth is one of the UK’s most impressive stately homes with vast gardens and parkland rolling as far as the eye can see. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, it has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family, while the house’s elaborate architecture, interiors and one of Europe’s most significant art collections have been evolving for five centuries. As you finish your stay in Chatsworth you may drive back to Manchester for your onward journey on your holiday.

Castles & Vineyards - Surrey and Kent

Experience the region’s rich history and beauty, with thousand-year-old castles, medieval villages and wooded hills criss-crossed with ancient drover’s trails. Spend a day taking in the castles and gardens of beautiful Kent.

Head to the 14th century Bodiam Castle or the historic town of Battle, site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, before heading west into East Sussex and the spectacular coastal landscapes at Beachy Head and Cuckmere Haven.

Lastly, head over into West Sussex, to the historic town of Arundel, dominated by the fairytale Norman castle.

Coast to Coast, Northumberland & Cumbria

Picturesque villages and idyllic countryside, with traditional pubs and tea-rooms at every turn, the Cotswolds offers a glimpse of England at its most traditionally picturesque. South of the Cotswolds lies the county of Somerset, steeped in myth and history. Begin in the North Cotswolds and take tea on the village Green. Head through the southern Cotswolds to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath.

A short drive away lies Castle Combe, often called Britain’s prettiest village, with a high street dating back hundreds of years. From here, drive into Somerset and the town of Glastonbury, which is the spiritual heart of Britain; Glastonbury Abbey is said to be the final resting place of the legendary King Arthur, while the isolated hill of Glastonbury Tor is one of Britain’s holiest places.

Football, Theatre and the Fab Four

Experience a self-drive like no other with five days in Manchester, Liverpool, The Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and Newcastle.

Manchester
Manchester and nearby Salford have a excellent choice of attractions, museums and galleries. Manchester is a city which lies in the Industrial Revelations heartland, where old working canals now sparkle with quayside cafes and contemporary museums. Park your car and explore the city on foot, enjoy some retail therapy at one of the numerous boutiques and centres or explore a number of fascinating museums and art galleries including the Whitwork Art Gallery which was the 2015 Museum of the Year. Football fans can admire 140,000 objects at the National Football Museum or enjoy an evening show at the Royal Exchange Theatre. History buffs can immerse themselves in insightful exhibitions at the nearby Imperial War Museum North or for a large selection of restaurants pursue China town’s wide range.

Manchester – Liverpool
A short drive west of Manchester, Liverpool is officially the World Capital of Pop and Beatles Fans will be in heaven with the history present in this charming city. Stroll down Penny Lane or get your cameras ready for Strawberry Field, the children’s home made well known with John Lennon’s song Strawberry Fields Forever. Take a trip back through memory lane on guided tours of the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney or rock out at the world famous Cavern Club. Albert Dock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and full of fascinating attractions including the Merseyside Maritime Museum here you can discover the untold story of the Titanic. Enjoy an evening at the Philharmonic Hall or dine at one of Hope Street’s renowned restaurants.

Liverpool – Lake District National Park
Drive an hour and 30 minutes up north to Lake District National Park. Along the way call in at Preston or Lancaster, and explore these charming English towns. The Lake District National Park is home to glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains and historic associations. This magical aura has inspired generations of artists, poets and writers. The World of Beatrix Potter tells the story of the famous children’s author, or Rydal Mount and Gardens was home to 18th century poet William Wordsworth. This beautiful area is overflowing with natural beauty and history so be sure to explore it at length.

Lake District National Park – Newcastle
Today’s journey north takes in the A686, which was named ‘One of the Greatest Drives in Britain’ owing to the dramatic scenery of the Pennines encountered along this route. Hadrian’s Wall should not be missed, a perfect example of ancient Roman architecture. Stop at Vindolanda, and witness the live archaeological site or wander the museum packed full of fascinating Roman artefacts. On your way to Newcastle, take a detour along the coast to Bambrugh Castle. Sitting on an outcrop of ancient volcanic rock, it is a majestic site of power and history passed. Continue back down the coast to Newcastle upon Tyne.

Newcastle
The day is yours to explore Newcastle, a city located on the rive Tyne. Visit the Laing Art Gallery or explore Quayside with spectacular views of the Tyne and its bridges. Grainger Town with its sweeping neoclassical thoroughfares and grand monuments is home to shopping in Newcastle. Cross the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and visit the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, one of Europe’s largest galleries located in an old Baltic flour mill. Dine at the rooftop restaurant, famed for its superb food and views.

UK History, Heritage & Culture

Experience a self-drive like no other with five days in Manchester, Liverpool, The Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and Newcastle.

Manchester

Manchester and nearby Salford have a excellent choice of attractions, museums and galleries. Manchester is a city which lies in the Industrial Revelations heartland, where old working canals now sparkle with quayside cafes and contemporary museums. Park your car and explore the city on foot, enjoy some retail therapy at one of the numerous boutiques and centres or explore a number of fascinating museums and art galleries including the Whitwork Art Gallery which was the 2015 Museum of the Year. Football fans can admire 140,000 objects at the National Football Museum or enjoy an evening show at the Royal Exchange Theatre. History buffs can immerse themselves in insightful exhibitions at the nearby Imperial War Museum North or for a large selection of restaurants pursue China town’s wide range.

Manchester – Liverpool

A short drive west of Manchester, Liverpool is officially the World Capital of Pop and Beatles Fans will be in heaven with the history present in this charming city. Stroll down Penny Lane or get your cameras ready for Strawberry Field, the children’s home made well known with John Lennon’s song Strawberry Fields Forever. Take a trip back through memory lane on guided tours of the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney or rock out at the world famous Cavern Club. Albert Dock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and full of fascinating attractions including the Merseyside Maritime Museum here you can discover the untold story of the Titanic. Enjoy an evening at the Philharmonic Hall or dine at one of Hope Street’s renowned restaurants.

Liverpool – Lake District National Park

Drive an hour and 30 minutes up north to Lake District National Park. Along the way call in at Preston or Lancaster, and explore these charming English towns. The Lake District National Park is home to glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains and historic associations. This magical aura has inspired generations of artists, poets and writers. The World of Beatrix Potter tells the story of the famous children’s author, or Rydal Mount and Gardens was home to 18th century poet William Wordsworth. This beautiful area is overflowing with natural beauty and history so be sure to explore it at length.

Lake District National Park – Newcastle

Today’s journey north takes in the A686, which was named ‘One of the Greatest Drives in Britain’ owing to the dramatic scenery of the Pennines encountered along this route. Hadrian’s Wall should not be missed, a perfect example of ancient Roman architecture. Stop at Vindolanda, and witness the live archaeological site or wander the museum packed full of fascinating Roman artefacts. On your way to Newcastle, take a detour along the coast to Bambrugh Castle. Sitting on an outcrop of ancient volcanic rock, it is a majestic site of power and history passed. Continue back down the coast to Newcastle upon Tyne.

Newcastle

The day is yours to explore Newcastle, a city located on the rive Tyne. Visit the Laing Art Gallery or explore Quayside with spectacular views of the Tyne and its bridges. Grainger Town with its sweeping neoclassical thoroughfares and grand monuments is home to shopping in Newcastle. Cross the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and visit the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, one of Europe’s largest galleries located in an old Baltic flour mill. Dine at the rooftop restaurant, famed for its superb food and views.

Mountains And Beaches Of South Wales

This route begins on the east, taking in the vast, rugged landscapes of Northumbria and Hadrian’s Wall, before crossing over to the iconic landscapes of the Lake District in Cumbria.

Head from Newcastle to discover the rich history of the Northumberland coast; the dramatic ruins of Bamburgh Castle and the medieval Alnwick Castle.

Then head for the mythical island of Lindisfarne Head south through the beautiful landscapes of the Northumberland National Park and stop off at Kielder Water.

Head to the Lake District and onto the pretty town of Keswick. Discover the peaks of Scafell and Helvellyn or the tranquil waterside scenery of Windermere and Coniston.

One Day Drive - Windsor To Brighton

The UK is a relatively small country, and it is surprising just how many places can be reached on a day trip from London with a hire car. So, if you have visited all the great museums, ridden on the London Eye, had an adventure on the Tube, and shopped until you dropped on Oxford Street or in Mayfair, try one of these suggestions for a one day self drive day trip from London.

Windsor Castle – This magnificent building is about an hours’ drive from London. Construction first began on Windsor Castle in the 11th century, and it was expanded throughout history. Today, it is classed as a Royal Residence, but it is partly open to public. As well as the incredible sight of the castle itself, you can walk around the inside, where there are exhibitions, state apartments and churches. It is always best to phone ahead to make sure it is open however, as if the Queen is entertaining guests there, some or all of the residence may be closed to visitors.

Brighton – Act like a true Londoner, and head to the coast in your hire car when the sun comes out! It is about a 1.5 hour drive from London to Brighton, located on the south coast of England. Brighton is a popular resort town, but it also has a great arts and music scene, a hipster/Bohemian feel and a beach! When the weather is good (and yes, it can be good in the UK), Brighton beach is THE place to come to on a day trip from London.

Roadtrip From London

For people who are visiting the UK for a week or two, the best thing about hiring a car in London is that you can really get to see a lot of the country. A 5 or 7 day road trip reveals a completely different side to the UK. The following places are suggestions for visits and do not include places to stay: working that out is half the fun of planning your road trip! Instead, these are some of the best parts of southern England.

Starting from London, take the one and a half hour drive to Winchester to see the college and city mill in the historic centre. From there, Salisbury is another half hour drive away, and its main attractions include the magnificent cathedral. From here, the awe inspiring Stonehenge is just another 20 minutes drive. Perhaps you’ll stop here for summer solstice.

Drive towards Avebury, an entire village surrounded by a stone circle. Built and altered over many centuries, it appears as a huge circular bank and ditch, enclosing an area of 28.5 acres. History is about as it’s then on to Bath, famous for its Roman remains, especially the baths themselves. From there, head northwards, where other stops should include Stratford Upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Warwick for its castle, Blenheim Palace, a monumental country house, the university city of Oxford with its outstanding architecture, before returning to London.

The Great UK Road Trip

England

London is the capital of the UK, and it is perfectly possible to spend a week, or even two, without ever leaving there, enjoying all the sights and attractions it has to offer. A ride on the London Eye gives a view out over the city, where Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, and St. Paul’s Cathedral are just some of the main places to photograph and visit.

There is much more to England than just London though. Away from the capital, you can drive though rolling, green countryside, peppered with quaint villages of thatched roof cottages. Historic towns, ancient castles and mysterious stone circles all add to the sense of history, culture and heritage which makes England such an interesting place to visit.

Some of the major points of interest to be included in a self drive tour of England include Windsor for its castle, the incredible stone circle of Stonehenge, Salisbury for its magnificent cathedral, Bath for its Roman remains, the university city of Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and much further north, York. Each of these places is worth spending a half day to a full day in, and notable vibrant cities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool are also worth driving to in a hire car for 2 or 3 day breaks. In fact, you could spend two months in England alone and barely scratch the surface!

Wales

The mountainous country of Wales is an excellent place to spend a week exploring in a hire car. There are some incredibly attractive and awe-inspiring castles here, with perhaps the most famous being Caernarfon Castle. Outdoors enthusiasts will also enjoy the chance to spend time in pristine natural environments and Snowdonia, one of the most beautiful national parks in the country. The Brecon Beacons is also a wonderful place with the mountain scenery, waterfalls, canals and meandering streams.

Scotland

Scotland is the most northern country in the UK, and driving from London to Edinburgh takes approximately 7 hours. Edinburgh is a fine city, and the historic medieval heart has the castle, cathedral, Holyrood house and more to boast as main attractions. It is quite easy to spend 3 or 4 days here, although people on a tighter schedule may want to continue their self drive tour of the UK after 2 days. After all, there are the highlands, the lowlands, the coasts and whiskey distilleries to be visited!

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is not attached to mainland Britain, and so has to be reached by ferry or plane. It is less visited than Ireland, but has all the green countryside and stunning landscapes of its southern neighbour. Away from the cities, the countryside becomes a nature lover’s paradise. The Mourne Mountains are a great place to explore, where centuries old mountain track meander by rivers, lakes and forested areas. The mountains themselves are also very appealing for climbers. The north coast of Northern Ireland is another wonderful place to explore by hire car on a self drive tour. The coastal scenery is outstanding, and no one can fail but to be impressed by the Giants Causeway and unspoilt beaches.

Three Day English Adventure

York

Arrive in the city of York and begin your self-drive journey in the lively city with over 30 attractions to choose from! Drive to the magnificent York Minster, one of the largest gothic cathedrals in northern Europe, to admire its tennis court-sized stained glass window and discover 2000 years of history at the Undercroft; a state of the art attraction housed in chambers beneath the Minster. For unbeatable views stroll along the ancient city walls and stop off at the 14th century Monk Bar, the tallest of four gatehouses along the walls! Vikings invaded the city more than 1000 years ago and you can experience what life was like back then at Jorvik Viking Centre, discovering the sights, sounds and smells on a journey through a Viking village.

Other attractions you are able to drive to include York Castle Museum, which tells the story of York’s social and military past and York’s Chocolate Story where you can sample traditional confectionery and get a taste of York’s chocolate-making history. Travel in your hire car to Yorkshire Museum that houses Roman and Viking artefacts and the elegant Treasurer’s House that is filled with an extensive array of antique furniture, ceramics, art and textiles.

York – Hull

Depart York and commence a scenic drive to the city of Hull that should take no longer than an hour, home to a gloriously gothic 13th-century minster. With historical buildings, bustling shops and lively bars and restaurants, Yorkshire’s only waterfront city is a real hidden treasure. Jump in your rental car and visit the Old Town where you’ll find the free museums quarter. Here you will find Wilberforce House, the birthplace of William Wilberforce, a leading light of the anti-slavery movement. You can also step back in time with 200 years of transport history at the Streetlife Museum of Transport.

As well as plenty of modern bars and restaurants there are historic pubs to visit too, such as Ye Olde White Harte with its Plotting Parlour, the place where the plotting of the English Civil War allegedly took place. Afterwards, spend time at The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, or walk along the marina enjoying the peaceful sound of the boat masts swaying in the wind. With plenty of lively restaurants and traditional pubs overlooking the stunning River Humber, it’s the perfect place to visit at sunset.

Hull – Chatsworth

Travel in your rental car from Hull to Chatsworth in the Peak District National Park; this will take about an hour and a half. Chatsworth is one of the UK’s most impressive stately homes with vast gardens and parkland rolling as far as the eye can see. Make time for Chatsworth’s grand greenery, including the enchanting gardens and famous waterworks such as the 300 year old Cascade, the Squirting Willow Tree Fountain and the impressive gravity-fed Emperor Fountain.

The Peak and Speedwell Caverns are the biggest natural caverns in Derbyshire, with the largest entrance to any cave in the British Isles. In summer, make sure you experience the eccentric Buxton Well Dressing Festival and take a stroll through the heady scented Pavilion Gardens. For something more unusual, journey underground and enter another world as you gaze at Poole’s Cavern’s striking stalactites dating back two million years. Enjoy your last night in Buxton before you drive back in comfort and style to Manchester to extend your Northern England stay.

Belfast To Dublin

Drive from Bangor near Belfast along the A2 coast road to the seaside town of Ballywater, head west to Greyabbey, then south on the A20 to Portaferry. Take the car ferry over Strangford Lough to Downpatrick to visit St Patrick’s grave on Cathedral Hill.

Drive through Clough and on to Newcastle where the Mournes ‘sweep down to the sea’, then on to the fishing port of Kilkeel. Follow the A2 along the coast to Rostrevor, Warrenpoint and along to Newry. From Newry, travel south toward Dublin, through Dundalk and stopping off at Drogheda to see the prehistoric tombs at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. You can see where St Patrick lit the first paschal fire at Slane before returning on to Dublin.

Coast And Country Tour

Begin your tour from Galway city toward Connemara on R336 West, driving through towns of Spiddal, Inverin, Costello Cana and Clifden. From there, head north on N59 to Leenaun in Co. Mayo at the head of the Killary harbour and the Fjord. Enjoy the mountains, Doolough Lake, and the Delphi Valley as you head further north to the town of Louisburgh. On the road east to Westport, make sure you stop at Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain and place of Christian pilgrimage.

From Westport you can take a trip out to Achill Island by driving through Newport then Keel and then up to Dooagh. After you’ve explored the island, head back towards Mulranny and drive north to Bangor Erris to visit Ballycroy National Park. Visit the picturesque Erris peninsula in the Mayo Gaeltacht.

Take the coastal road R314 towards Ballycastle and admire in the wild coastal views to Sligo and Donegal. Visit the Céide Fields in Co. Mayo, a five-thousand-year-old farm settlement. On the return trip, drive through the towns of Castlebar, Claremorris, and Tuam, and enjoy the views over Lough Conn.

Dublin Coastal Route - North And South Coast

Take the Navan Road out of Dublin and head northwest for Tara, the site of a former royal acropolis in an area that is rich in ancient monuments. Continue north to Navan and Slane, and visit the Bronze Age cemeteries of Bru na Boinne, Kings William Glen, Melifont Abbey and Monasterboice. Drive through Drogheda to Dunleer and Dundalk, where you can explore the surrounding countryside. Head further north and drive a loop along the rugged Carlingford Peninsular around Omeath, Carlingford and Ballymascanlon, and back down to Dundalk.

Head back south, through Castlebellingham, Clogher and Baltray, with a great beach and golf course, and on to Drogheda on the River Boyne. Follow the coast road and enjoy a pleasant drive through Balbriggan, Skerries, Rush, Lusk, and detour to Newbridge House in Donabate. Stop by at Howthe and take in the magnificent views from the rocky Hill of Howthe. Drive back to Dublin via Sutton.

Head south from Dublin toward the Wicklow Mountains, and stop at the pretty village of Enniskerry. See the highest waterfall in Ireland at the Powerscourt Estate and Gardens. Drive through the Sally Gap towards Glendalough, one of the most picturesque valleys in county Wicklow, then through Rathdrum and Avoca towards the resort town of Arklow. From here, head north towards the town of Wicklow where you can enjoy great views of the bay, then stop by at Mount Usher Gardens near Ashford just north of Wicklow. Drive on to Greystones and Bray and through the rugged Devils Glen and the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain. On your return into Dublin, drive through Kilkee and Dalkey to enjoy the views of Dublin Bay and the city beyond.

Dublin Midlands Historic Houses And Castles

To see the best historic houses, castles and religious foundations Dublin has to offer, travel from Dublin along the M4 to the beautiful university town of Maynooth. Continue onwards on the M4 to Mullingar where you can visit Belvedere House and Gardens.

Join the N80 to Tullamore and visit the home of the famous Whiskey Tullamore Dew. Drive along the N80 to Moate, then continue on the M6 and travel further on to the bustling town of Athlone on the banks of the River Shannon. Visit the ancient Celtic foundations of Clonmacnoise, and see interesting ruins from the 13th Century. Head south along the N62 to the heritage town of Birr and visit its enchanting castle and then stop off at the castle in Kinnitty. Drive through the Slieve Bloom Mountains onto the gorgeous town Portlaoise where you can see an 800 year old castle at Dunamase. Finally, visit the Irish National Stud and Gardens on the return to Dublin via the N8.

Inishowen, - Co. Derry

Discover the beauty and charm of the northernmost peninsula in Ireland. Begin your self-drive tour at Buncrana with its long sandy beach and ruins of Buncrana Castle that dates back to the 16th Century as well as Doherty Castle. Head north along the R238 to Mamore Gap and take in the magnificent view of the steep, northerly coastline, and onto the seaside town of Dunaff. Here you can see the Fort Dunree Military Museum that overlooks Lough Swilly, as well as the Old Fort Hospital. Driving east, you’ll see fantastic beaches, and stunning scenery as you travel through Clonmany and Ballyliffin, where there is a unique outdoor museum showcasing life in the area from 1840-1970.

Further on the R238 you’ll come to reach Carndonagh with its great ancient monuments, including the 10 arch stone bridge that crosses Trawbrega Bay in Malin. Stand on Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head, and further east you’ll find the Wee House of Malin, a hermit’s rock cell cut into a cliff beside a cottage ruin. Drive further south-east to the resort village of Culdaff, and enjoy the seascape as you head along down to Greencastle, home to the Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium. Follow the R241 onto Moville, then through Redcastle, Muff and down to the walled city of Londonderry.

Ring Of Kerry And Skellig Ring

This circular route is Ireland’s most popular and scenic drives. Beginning at Killarney, take the N70 to Killorglin along the banks of the River Glenbeigh. Follow this cliff section of road, offering unmatched views of the Dingle Peninsular, to the town of Cahersiveen, where you can see the Old Barracks Heritage Centre. Further on, head to Renard where in summer you can take the ferry to Valentia Island, or continue along the way to the magnificent gardens at Glanleam. Take the coastal road to Portmagee, and from here you can take a boat trip and tour to discover the World Heritage listed Skelligs Islands. You can enjoy the panoramic view of the Skelligs from Baile an Sceilge at the top of Coomanaspig.

Start heading east on the R567 to the lovely village of Waterville, which is home to one of Ireland’s top 5 golf courses. Stop off at the Coomakesta Pass for brilliant views of Kenmare Rover, Scariff and Deenish Islands. Further east on the N70, drive through the Derrynane National Park and Staigue Fort, the remains of a circular stone fort that remains within the national park. Stop at the picturesque village of Sneem, and further along to the Heritage town of Kenmare. On the final leg of the Ring of Kerry, keep driving north, via Moll’s Gap and Ladies View for great vistas of the Lakes of Killarney, and at the sixty foot Torc waterfall, before returning to Killarney.

St Patricks Tour - Down and Armagh

Delve deep into Ireland’s history and Saint Patrick. Begin the tour in the city of Armagh, and see both the Anglican and the Roman Catholic St Patrick’s Cathedrals, the County Museum and Saint Patrick’s Trian. Take the Darkley Road through ‘the Fews’ and scenic woodlands of Keady and Newtownhamilton to Newry, where you can visit Bagenal’s Castle, the Killevy Old Churches founded in 517AD and Kilnasaggart Stone.

Follow the Newry Road through Rathfriland, Castlewellan, and Clough, through to the town of Downpatrick. Here you’ll find the Struell Wells, the first holy wells in Ireland, the remains of the Inch Abbey that date back to 1180, the Saul Church, Down Cathedral and St Patrick’s grave. Head to Strangford and take the car ferry to Portaferry, then follow the Portaferry Road to Greyabbey where you’ll find the splendid ruins of a Cistercian Abbey. Heading north drive on to Newtownards and see the Movilla Abbey, then follow the N21 for Bangor where you can visit the north Down Museum and Bangor Abbey.

Ireland Surf And Turf Route

This route will take you along the beautiful coastline south of Wexford and into the marvellous countryside of Carlow. Begin at Wexford, the town that was originally founded by Vikings in the 800 AD. Here you will see Johnstown Castle, Wexford Bullring and the Selskar Abbey. Drive north along R741 coastal road to the beaches at Curracloe and Courtown, and then on to Gorey. From there, head back south toward Enniscorthy on the banks of the River Slaney, where you’ll find The Enniscorthy Castle, St Aidan’s Cathedral and the National 1798 visitor centre.

Return 8km back to take the N80 to the market town of Bunclody. Drive on to Kiltealy and the Georgian city of Borris, then east along to Graiguenamanagh at the foot of Brandon Hill in the beautiful Barrow Valley, and home to the 13th Century Duiske Abbey. Continue through St Mullins to the port town of New Ross, where you can see the Dunbrody Famine Ship, and the Hook Lighthouse, that has been a beacon as early as the 5th Century. From New Ross, head back to Wexford via the N25.

Lihue to Waimea Canyon - Kauai

Start your day with a caffeine hit at Kaua’i Coffee Company, the largest coffee farm in the US. From Līhu’e head west on Highway 50 before taking a small detour through the coffee fields via Route 540. Route 540 will take you back to Highway 50 and into “Kauai’s Biggest Little Town” of Hanapēpē. Visit the unique art galleries or enjoy a stroll on the swinging bridge.

Continuing west, you will reach Waimea. This historic seaport town can be found not far from where the famous Captain James Cook first landed in Hawai’i in 1778. Visit the statue of Captain Cook in the centre of town, a replica of the original statue found in Whitby England.

Take a right at Waimea Canyon Drive (550) and keep driving until you reach one of the islands biggest attractions: Waimea Canyon. Stand in awe at the sweeping views of lush valleys and tropical forest canopies, creating a kaleidoscopic landscape of green, orange, red and purple.

You can also choose to visit Koke’e State Park. Visit the Koke’e Lodge and Museum to get a glimpse of the area’s history, rare and unique foliage and wildlife. Be sure to travel to the end of the road, where a lookout offers visitors a glimpse of the amazing Kalalau Valley.

Head back down Highway 550, leading to route 50 then 530. Soon you’ll arrive at Kōloa, home of Hawai’i’s first productive sugar plantation established in 1835. Many plantation buildings still decorate this historic place, so the area is a treat to the eye.

Stop at Spouting Horn Park and bear witness to the Po’ipū surf shooting through a natural lava tube and up to 18 metres into the air during large swells, listen for the hiss and roar of the water that follows!

Head east back along Lawai Road and Po’ipu Road to finish your day at the inviting ocean waters off Poʻipū Beach Park. From December through May you might even spot humpback whales. It’s also a well-known spot for endangered Hawaiian monk seals to sunbathe on

Road to Hana - Maui

Begin your morning bright and early driving from Kahului to join Hāna Highway. At Ho‘okipa Beach Park watch the pro-windsurfers race around in the winter or swim and sunbathe in the calmer summer months. During winter, wave conditions can be extremely dangerous so read the signs on the beach.

If you’re a confident driver, continue along the Hana Highway, also known as the ‘Road to Hāna’. With over 600 hairpin turns and 54 narrow bridges, the famous Road to Hāna is a bit tricky. Slow down and enjoy the ride, there’s a surprise around every corner. Plan at least 3 hours each way.

The Wai‘ānapanapa State Park is located just a few minutes’ drive past Hāna Airport, where you’ll see a beautiful black sand beach and great coastal hiking trail.

Re-join the Hāna Highway and continue heading east for 10 minutes until you reach the town of Hāna. A magical little hamlet of simple homes and quiet gardens, Hāna’s isolation is the source of its charm. Make sure to fill up your car with petrol here as you won’t find any petrol stations until you drive back past Hāna on your way home.

Haleakalā National Park stretches from upcountry Maui, down the mountain’s flanks all the way to the ocean in the east and to our next stop, the Pools of ‘Ohe‘o. A 30 minute drive along the highway from Hāna, the Pools of ‘Ohe‘o is made up of dozens of beautiful pools fed by fresh water streams from Maui’s famed Haleakalā volcano.

The Kīpahulu side of Haleakalā National Park features lush rainforests, a visitor centre and various hiking trails. If you decide to hike, be prepared for hot and humid weather year round. Kīpahulu is an important cultural site where you will discover waterfalls and coastline views. You might even spot sea turtles, monk seals and dolphins!

Head back towards Kahului, driving west along the southern coast of Maui. Follow the Hāna Highway, which soon becomes the Piʻilani Highway and drive up through scenic Upcountry Maui.

The Big Island - Hawaii

Prepare yourself for a day or two full of excitement and exploration! The big island is one of the most wonderful attractions in Hawaii, with so many things to see and do on both sides Kona & Hilo it will have you busy throughout your whole stay. A suggestion of many tourists who come to stay on the big island is that you try to have a few days on each side of the island to get a real feel for the surroundings.

Collect your car and begin your day by venturing north along the Kona/Kohala Coast on the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway (Hwy 19). You will soon reach the entrance to Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park located on the ma kai side between mile marker 96 & 97. This is an 1160-acre national park which was established in 1978 to preserve, shelter and understand the traditional Native Hawaiian activities and culture that thrived on the site.

Keep driving north along the highway for approximately 32 kilometres until you reach the intersection of Hwy 19 & Hwy 270. Turn left and continue for 3 kilometres to the entrance of Pu‘ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Around 1790, this “place of worship” was constructed by King Kamehameha I as an offering to the gods to ask for success in his campaign to unite the Hawaiian Islands.

From here head back east until you come to the town of Waimea where you will find several cattle ranches including parker ranch which was once the nation’s largest privately owned ranch. Continuing east, you will come to the town of Honoka‘a. Take a 16 kilometre detour from the highway onto Waipi‘o Valley. This will take you to a beautiful photo spot of this immense valley with the black sand beach below. This was the home of many chiefs and an important centre for political & religious life in Hawai‘i.

Once you’re back on Hwy 19, keep driving toward Hilo for approximately 48 kilometres to the small town of Honomū, where you will see the turn off for ‘Akaka Falls State Park. Once at ‘Akaka Falls, take the waterfall loop hike where you will first see 60 meter Kahuna Falls. Continue along the loop to witness towering ‘Akaka Falls, plunging 135 meters from the cliffs above. The hike takes less than an hour and there is a small entrance fee.

Travel back to the main highway for about 6.5 kilometres and continue south to the picturesque town of Hilo. Take your time and discover the art galleries, restaurants, local shops, attractions and don’t forget to check out the popular farmers market which is open 7 days a week; however Wednesday and Saturday are the most popular days.

Only a short distance from Hilo is the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center where the connection between Hawaiian culture and the universe is showcased through a colourful variety of displays and interactive exhibitions. There are daily Planetarium shows, an extensive Exhibit Hall, landscape tours, and a restaurant. The centre is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Tues-Sun (closed Mondays).

Overnight in Hilo town or, if you need to get back to the Kona side of the island, take Kaumana Drive to Saddle Road for a shorter drive across the centre of the island and allow approx. 2 hours for this.

The North Shore - Oahu

Start your day driving for approximately 40 minutes north-west of Honolulu. Take the Queen Liliʻuokalani Freeway, the Veterans Memorial Freeway and then Kamehameha Highway and you will soon reach the turnoff for Dole Plantation. Make a quick stop for some delicious DoleWhip (pineapple ice-cream) before setting off for Haleʻiwa Town.

Continue along the highway until you reach Haleʻiwa. This laid back surfing town is filled with local style and rustic ambiance, as well as quaint shops, understated restaurants and charming art galleries.

Our next stop is Laniākea Beach, one of the best places on Oahu for spotting green sea turtles (honu). To get there, head back onto the highway driving northeast for five minutes. Please remember to be respectful and keep your distance from these amazing, endangered creatures.

A bit further up the road you will find the turn off for Waimea Valley. Wander through this 1,800 acre rainforest and botanical garden to a beautiful waterfall. Situated at the base of the majestic Ko‘olau Range, this valley was once a heavily populated Hawaiian village.

Get back on the highway to discover Waimea Bay. In the winter, ocean swells rising above the North Shore pound the Bay with 10 meter waves. Summers find the bay quiet and gentle-perfect for swimming, snorkeling or diving. Parking at Waimea Valley and walking to the beach is an option.

Make your way onto Pūpūkea Road to explore Pu‘u o Mahuka Heiau State Park. This is a national monument and state historic site, and O‘ahu’s largest Hawaiian heiau (temple). Today, this sacred temple boasts a magnificent view from Waimea to Ka‘ena Point.

Continue driving on the highway to Kahuku, where you will find an array of delicious shrimp trucks. Alternatively, stop at Turtle Bay Resort for beautiful views and a lovely meal. To return to Honolulu, either take the H2 highway through central Oʻahu, back the way you came, or the more scenic coastal route via Kamehameha Highway.

Upcountry Maui

ʻĪao Valley State Park is a peaceful, lush area around Kūkaemoku, also known as ʻĪao Needle, a towering rock pinnacle. Kūkaemoku soars 365 meters high and can best be seen in the early morning. From West Maui, follow Honoapiʻilani Highway then turn left onto Main Street, which becomes ʻĪao Valley Road.

The next stop is Ho‘okipa Beach Park, a great spot to watch pro-windsurfers race around in the winter or swim and sunbathe in the calmer summer months. Simply follow Main Street east, which will become W Kaʻahumanu Avenue. Turn right onto the Hāna Highway and drive along the coast for twenty minutes. Note that during the winter, wave conditions can be extremely dangerous so read the signs on the beach.

Head back down the Hāna Highway the way you came, turn left onto Baldwin Avenue and follow the road to Pā‘ia. The picturesque plantation-era storefronts of Pā‘ia are home to several ethnic eateries and dozens of colourful boutiques offering unique gifts, surf gear and a variety of locally produced art, jewellery and clothing.

Continue up Baldwin Avenue and you will discover another small town, Makawao. The combination of pineapple plantation and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage along with a thriving arts community make Makawao a uniquely enjoyable place to go for a wander.

Next check out the Surfing Goat Dairy. Follow Makawao Avenue, head south on the Kula Highway and drive to the town of Kula. In Kula, you’ll uncover fruitful farming communities that harvest some of Maui’s freshest produce (including the famous Maui onion). The delicious Kula onion is sweet, flavourful and appropriately mellow.

Re-join the Kula Highway driving south, turn left onto Kekaulike Avenue then take a right onto Waipoli Road to visit Ali‘i Kula Lavender Farm. Go on a tour of the farm that is home to approximately 55,000 lavender plants and 45 different species of lavender. Have lunch overlooking the beautiful lavender fields or wonder the shop full of lavender products.

Haleakalā volcano at Haleakalā National Park is also one of Maui’s most memorable attractions. Rising more than 3,050 meters from the sea, a Maui trip is not complete without a visit to the “House of the Sun”. Plan to arrive before sunset, the views will be unforgettable. To drive there make your way to the Haleakalā Highway and follow the signs to reach the visitor centre and summit. You might like to take motion sickness tablets with you as the road winds back and forth up the mountain.

Windward Coast - Oahu

Start your morning early and head east of Waikīkī taking the Kalanianaʻole Highway out to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Here you can snorkel at Hawai‘i’s premier marine conservatories, sheltered in a curved bay of a breached volcanic crater. On arrival you will need to pay a small entrance fee and watch a short educational video. Opens daily at 6am, closed Tuesdays.

Continuing along the Kalanianaʻole Highway stop off at Hālona Blowhole, a lava tube that can shoot water up to 9 metres in the air when the tide is high. Five minutes’ drive up the road you will find Makapu’u Point & Lighthouse, the easternmost point on O‘ahu, known for the Island’s best body surfing.

Return to the highway and drive up the coast to Waimānalo Beach, perhaps the prettiest stretch of pristine white-sand beach on O‘ahu. The shoreline fronts views of the Ko‘olau Range and is perfect for picnics.

Make your way along Kāneʻohe Bay Drive and onto the Kahekili Highway. Go for a wonder around the Byodo-In Temple, which can be found at the base of the 610 meter Ko‘olau Range. A replica of a 900-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan it was built in memory of the first Japanese immigrants that came to O‘ahu to work on the sugar plantations.

Carry on driving north on the Kahekili Highway (turns into Kamehameha Highway) until you reach Kualoa, which was one of the most sacred sites on O‘ahu and is today included in the National Register of Historical Places. Heaps of famous movies were filmed here, including Jurassic Park and The Hunger Games.

Head back towards Honolulu along the Kamehameha Highway and at the end join the Pali Highway. You will soon reach the Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout, one of O‘ahu’s finest views of the sheer Ko‘olau cliffs. Perched over 900 meters above the O‘ahu coastline is the site of the battle of Nu‘uanu, where in 1795 Kamehameha I won the struggle that finally united all islands south of Oʻahu under one rule.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Awaken your senses with the lush and rewarding scenery of the Blue Ridge Parkway, skimming the tops of the Appalachian Mountains connecting the states of Virginia and North Carolina. Start this drive from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, just 120km from Washington, D.C., America’s capital city. This 754km course yields breathtaking panoramas and up close encounters with its expansive forests and meadows.

Heading south, stop at Grandfather Mountain, a 1179m peak, known for the “Mile High Swinging Bridge”. Looking Glass Rock is also worth a visit, a granite fixture standing 1219m tall. When water freezes to the rock face, its surface reflects the sun creating a mirror-like appearance.

Spend the night at The Pisgah Inn, posted atop Mount Pisgah at 1524m elevation, the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The inn holds an on-site restaurant showcasing the landscape with wrap-around windows. End your journey in Asheville, North Carolina- a quirky and delightful hippy town, recognised for delicious craft beers and cuisine as appealing as the abundant nature surrounding the city. Get to know the locals and explore Asheville’s burgeoning art scene.

Chicago to New York City

So we know the USA is a wonderful place to visit, with vast landscapes, delicious food experiences and monuments to visit. But, did you also know driving around Chicago (and even New York) is not as bad or congested as you might think. The city is a grid with easy to follow directions and plenty of road signs to help you feel relaxed and happy behind the wheel.

Throughout the city there are ample car parks and garages in case you need to stop or find somewhere to park to pack up luggage near your hotel. There are so many things to see, do and eat in Chicago.

Chicago is one of the biggest cities in the US and is well-known for its architecture. One attraction that comes to mind is The Sears Tower. Sitting at a modest 108 stories high, it is also known as Willis Tower. At the top of this great skyscraper is the ‘Skydeck’, located at level 99. Bravely step out in one of the glass boxes allowing you to stand and look down at the city below through glass.

Driving down the main strip, Michigan Avenue, spot another great piece of architecture, the silver bean also known as Cloud Gate. This amazing piece is seen by hundreds of tourists daily. If it’s art and history that tickles your fancy then the Art Institute of Chicago is a great idea, with artwork by Grant Wood, Mary Cassatt and many others in the collection.

Driving east from Chicago you will arrive at your first stop – Cleveland, Ohio – the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. Be sure to check out a basketball game while you are here. The games are very entertaining and once you go to one you will want to keep on going back.

Another great attraction for many people who come to this city is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. This is an activity for all types of people and really brings to life the history of Rock and Roll.

Continuing the drive south-east for 2 hours and you will hit Pittsburgh – another unique American city to stop over on your road trip. Full of tourist attractions like the Andy Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium and Mount Washington, Pittsburgh will have you wanting to stay for longer. Season permitting, the sport in Pittsburgh is also a great way to understand the passion of the locals and their city, including Hockey and NFL.

Only 6 more hours to go until you arrive into NYC. The drive into New York City, if travelling during the working week, is fairly congested so it would be an idea to arrive early morning or late at night, or alternatively drop the car off to the airport instead of the city. This gives you more time to head on into the city and start discovering what dreams are made of. Driving over the Brooklyn Bridge is an incredible experience, cruising alongside all the yellow cabs that honk every couple of seconds for people to move out of the way. Enjoy the big apple!

Miami Paradise - Motorcycle

You’ll experience the best of Florida on this tour as your ride through the most southern parts of the USA. Head to Florida City and explore the Everglades National Park and the fragile tropical wetlands. You’ll also experience the excitement of South Beach and the laid back lifestyle of the Florida Keys, plus you’ll travel across the world famous Seven Mile Bridge on the overseas highway.

Take a round-trip of the most southern part of continental USA, Miami and the Florida Keys. Spend a few days in the southern section of the US 1, the highway which hugs the US east coast for over 2,400 miles.

Ride to South Beach to avoid most of the heavy city traffic. A hundred years ago this was just a mangrove swamp until some developers dredged up sand from the ocean floor, paved the swamp and turned it into a tropical getaway.

Cruise for an hour southwest until you reach Florida City, the entrance way to the Everglades National Park. Covering over 1.5 million acres at the far south-western tip of mainland Florida, the Everglades National Park protects the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. A fair portion of the park is actually underwater, and the entire Everglades ecosystem basically a giant, slow-flowing river that is 50 miles wide, but averaging only a few inches deep, so you’ll swap the motorcycle for a canoe to explore.

Soak up the views of the Atlantic and Florida Bay waters on each side of the overseas highway and Seven Mile Bridge down to Key West. The Keys are as much Caribbean as Floridian, and you can’t get this far from the American mainstream without leaving the country anywhere else. Key West itself is quite unique, a laid back community, and still one of the most lively and anarchic places in the USA. Take the opportunity to pose for your photo at the end of the road, the southernmost point in the United States.

Stay for a while or start the journey north back to Miami, stopping in at your favourite places on the way down or new places such as Sugarloaf Key and Key Largo.

New England Fall Foliage

The north east region of the United States, known as New England, is celebrated each autumn (September-November) for its miraculous show of colour as the leaves turn and fall. Start and end this 1,125km tour in Boston, one of America’s favourite historical cities. This path holds an abundance of visually rewarding routes for those seeking the gorgeous hues for which this region is known.

Start your drive from Boston and go south east to Providence, Rhode Island where you’ll find a booming wine scene just an hour away from your starting point. Follow the Coastal Wine Trail and taste regional wines before spending the night in Rhode Island’s capital.

Head back in to Massachusetts for the town of Deerfield, a historic village covered in Maple trees and family homes from the 18th and 19th centuries. On your way to Deerfield, make a pit stop at Old Sturbridge Village and have historic interpreters in authentic costumes transport you back to the 1830s or enjoy fresh cider while apple picking at a nearby farm.

Next, you’ll head north to St. Johnsbury, Vermont, following the Connecticut River through the state of New Hampshire. Known as “Old Man River”, the colourful foliage on this path is sure to please even the most seasoned travellers. Traverse through the White Mountains via Fraconia Notch State Park, where you can take in the sights from the Cannon Aerial Tramway, then follow the Kancamagus Highway to rest in the town of Conway.

Moving back east toward the Atlantic Ocean, enjoy freshly caught lobster on the coast of Maine in the aptly named city of Portland. Once you’re well-fed and ready to move on, head to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a small city offering quaint cafes and beautiful gardens. Upon your return to Boston, stroll through the Boston Common or take a trip across the Charles River to Cambridge and walk the grounds of Harvard University.

Overseas Highway - Florida

Take a convertible on the road for a gorgeous trip through southern Florida on the Overseas Highway, traveling from Miami through the Florida Keys to Key west, America’s “southernmost city”. This route is ideal for scuba divers, seafood lovers and those who just want to relax with the sand and sun.

Known as the “Highway That Goes to Sea”, the Overseas Highway follows the path of the historic Florida East Coast Railroad, which was irreparably damaged by a hurricane in 1935. Rather than rebuilding as it was, the US government decided to create highway on the old rail bed. While this road is rather narrow, it provides views of astoundingly blue water as you glide from key to key.

Pick up your vehicle in Miami and spend a few days enjoying the highly esteemed beaches, cuisine, shopping, art and, of course, nightlife of this famous cultural hub. Get a taste of Cuban culture as you stroll through the neighbourhood of Little Havana, or hit the town at some of South Beach’s high-end clubs and restaurants.

From Miami, start your journey on the Overseas Highway, which covers 181km of this 241km drive. There are five main regions in the Keys: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West. Heading south you’ll find them in this order, each with their own personality and a plethora of options for quick stops or overnight stays. If it’s scuba diving you’re after, select a location between Tavernier and Big Pine Key, a segment of this path said to provide the best water and marine life for diving.

While exploring the immaculate waters and scenery of the Florida Keys, take care to keep a safe distance from all coral and do not feed any animals. This entire region is protected as the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and must be protected.

Going to the Sun Road - Montana

The name itself conjures a vision of something very special, and indeed it is. This road is a spectacular feat of engineering, running east to west through the Glacier National Park. It is a self-drive holiday dream with breathtaking scenery ranging from alpine tundra to cedar forests, incredible glacial lakes to mountains that look as if they have exploded out of the earth.

The hard part will be actually getting out of the park with so many places to stop and enjoy this unique countryside. Major highlights include the Jackson Glacier, the “Weeping Wall” and Logan Pass, where you can hike up to a hidden look-out. It is likely that you will see some of the local wildlife near Logan Pass, including moose, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. If you take the time to visit, there is plenty to see off the Sun Road as well, so take one of the tours hosted by the local rangers.

Montana is not usually a stop-off for Australian tourists, but is definitely worth a visit. It’s not often you get a chance to enjoy countryside as pristine as what you’ll find in this northern American state. Montana is known for its good food, microbreweries and farmers’ markets – don’t forget to try some of the local Huckleberry Pie!

Please note that the Sun Road is only accessible from June to mid-late October depending on the snow fall.

The Blues Highway

Running between New Orleans and Wyoming along the Mississippi Delta, the Blues Highway is a music lover’s paradise. Ease into the relaxed atmosphere; sit back and listen to the sound of the saxophonist on the corner or tap your toe on the terrace of that blues bar offering happy hour.

Visit the birthplace of blues music before being carried to the great cities of New York and Chicago. The Blues Highway, rolls through the countryside where it began.

When planning a self drive road trip along the Blues Highway your tour should certainly include the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis. Experience a short 10 minute drive and enjoy the rest of the day in Sun Studio. Here you will discover the history of the recording studio that was opened in 1950 by the American musician, Sam Philips.

Continue on to the intersection of highways 61 and 49 where guitarist Robert Johnson was said to have sold his soul to the devil to achieve success. Then travel with your hire car through to the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, the Poor Monkey Lounge juke joint (Po’ Monkey’s), and Dockery farms in Cleveland.

The Enchanted Highway - North Dakota

Day Drive: Gladstone to Regent  (56KMS)

The Enchanted highway begins at Exit 72 on I-94 near Gladstone and terminates 30 miles down the road in the small town of Regent.

Beginning with “Geese in Flight” at Exit 72, large metal sculptures are placed along the county highway, each with a parking area and kiosk. The gift shop in Regent has miniatures of each statue available to purchase.

Sculptures include:

Geese in Flight
Deer Crossing
Grasshoppers in the Field
Fisherman’s Dream
Pheasants on the Prairie
Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again
World’s Largest Tin Family

The Seward Highway - Alaska

Alaska is a destination growing quickly on everyone’s to-do list and The Seward Highway is definitely a must-see!

Named by the US government as an All-American Road, The Seward Highway in Alaska extends 125 miles (approximately 200 km) between Seward and Anchorage, and is a destination in itself. The highway winds through a land of remarkable beauty, saltwater bays, frigid blue glaciers, knife-edged ridges and alpine valleys.

Admire the flora and fauna of the westernmost and the northernmost national park in the US – Chugach State Park. Marvel at the silty Turnagain Arm that stretches to the sharp angles of the Kenai Mountains. Spot Beluga whales, their white bodies easily visible in the dark waters of the Kachemak Bay around Bird Point.

Slopes of wildflowers greet visitors at Mount Alyeska while the majestic eagles soar overhead. Watch the trains plow by against great backdrops and meet friendly locals along the way.

The glaciers, icebergs and lush wetlands of Portage Valley will charm as you make your way between Anchorage – a favorite for migratory birds and Seward – the mural capital of Alaska.

The crowning view on the Seward Highway is the approach to Resurrection Bay. The magnificent views you’ll find along this drive are not complete without a slab of a freshly baked pie or some fresh local oysters. The best time for driving along Seward Highway is in the US summer months (July-August), but always watch out for a moose on the road!

Missouri East to West

DAY 1 – ARRIVE ST. LOUIS

Arrive mid afternoon in St Louis, MO and check into one of the many hotels this Gateway City has to offer. Then this evening sit back and relax with an elegant dinner and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mississippi River as we cruise aboard one of the Gateway Arch Riverboats. Overnight St Louis, MO.

DAY 2 – ST. LOUIS

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for the Gateway Arch where we will take a trip to the top of the arch for a magnificent view of St. Louis. While at the Arch visit the Odyssey Theatre for a larger than life glimpse of Lewis and Clark’s Great Journey West and visit the Museum of Westward Expansion which preserves rare artifacts from the days of Lewis and Clark along with exhibits of early day pioneers who helped shape the history of the American West. See one of the largest mosaic collections in the world as we tour the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Enjoy lunch at the Missouri Botanical Garden before we board the garden’s tram for a narrated tour thru the beautiful gardens. Founded in 1859 the Missouri Botanical Garden contains 79 acres of scenic landscaping and sculptures. Highlights include: the Climatron® tropical rain forest; Linnean House, Japanese Garden, and the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Chinese Garden.

Next, tour the World Headquarters of Anheuser-Busch. Visit the historic stable home to the Budweiser Clydesdales and see first hand how the world’s greatest beer is crafted in the Brew House and packaged in the Bevo Packaging Plant. After the tour sample the different brews and relax in the Hospitality Room or browse the gift shop. Select one of St. Louis great restaurants for dinner before returning to the hotel for the evening. Overnight St. Louis, MO area.

DAY 3 – ST. LOUIS TO KANSAS CITY

After breakfast at the hotel we depart for Saint Charles, Missouri’s first state capital between 1821 and 1826. A guide in period dress will take us on a city tour of this historic town located on the banks of the Missouri River. It was here in 1804 where Lewis and Clark met to begin their westward expedition. We’ll take time to stop at the Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center which houses several full-scale replicas of the boats used by Lewis & Clark. The museum above the boats includes a diorama illustrating the highlights of the expedition along with Native American displays. After our tour enjoy some free time shopping for antiques, decorating accents, stained glass, pottery, and framed art, or visit the boutique shops available along St. Charles’ 200 year old Historic Main Street.

Enjoy lunch downtown or at Ameristar Casino which offers several dining areas along with the largest selection of gaming options in the region. This afternoon we depart for Kansas City where we check into our hotel before enjoying dinner at one of Kansas City’s restaurants. Overnight Kansas City metro area.

DAY 4 – KANSAS CITY

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before we begin our day with a driving tour of Kansas City, also known as the “City of Fountains”. The Arabia Steamboat Museum tells the story of a group of men that uncovered the Arabia which had been lost over 100 years earlier when it sank in the Missouri River just north of Kansas City. As the river changed courses the steamboat was buried under a cornfield. The men were amazed when they found that the 200-tons of cargo had been preserved in a remarkable condition. Fine china, clothing, tools, canned food, buttons, cloth, and perfume were among the cargo that the Arabia had on board. At the Hallmark Visitors Center we learn the Hallmark story, from J.C. Hall’s humble beginning in 1910 to the creation of the world’s largest greeting card company. Among the exhibits is the collection of 17 unique Christmas trees created and decorated by Hallmark employees. See a demonstration of hot-foil stamping and the process of die-cutting used in the manufacturing of Hallmark cards.

Next, we will enjoy free time at Crown Center for lunch and shopping. This afternoon includes a tour of the 358,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations. The tour begins with an introductory film before we step into the factory floor where our guide takes us thru the plant explaining the process necessary to produce each motorcycle. This evening enjoy a live performance at one of Kansas City’s theaters, offering award-winning performances. Overnight Kansas City metro area.

Missouri Life on the Mississippi

DAY 1 – ARRIVE HANNIBAL

Arrive in Hannibal, MO. Tour the town with Hannibal Trolley Company Sightseeing Tours. Join them for an old fashioned trolley ride. Step back in time and relive the adventures of Mark Twain’s days in Hannibal. Check into hotel. Dinner at one of Hannibal’s group-friendly restaurants. Overnight Hannibal.

DAY 2 – HANNIBAL

Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum Properties – The Stories Started Here… Discover how a young boy growing up in the small village of Hannibal became one of the world’s most famous authors. A self-guided tour of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Properties gives you the chance to explore the Hannibal of Samuel Clemens’ childhood and experience the beloved stories he created through the power of his imagination. Generally will take 90 minutes to 2 hours.

The Mark Twain Cave Complex – Mark Twain wrote, “By and by somebody shouted, “Who’s ready for the cave? Everybody was. Bundles of candles were procured and straight away there was a general scamper up the hill.” An experienced guide will escort you on a one-hour tour featuring points of interest mentioned in Mark Twain’s writings. Walkways are level and smooth and there are no steps. Persons of any age can easily make the tour. Bring a light wrap as the cave is 52 degrees year around. Wear sensible walking shoes and be sure to bring your camera.

‘Unsinkable Molly Brown’ – Visit the home of Hannibal’s famous survivor of the Titanic. Learn more about the lady herself and her Titanic experience. Generally takes 30-45 minutes.

This evening, enjoy dinner on the Mark Twain Mississippi Riverboat. Cruises on this nostalgic Riverboat start from the landing at the foot of Center Street and depart at 6:30 PM. See this famous river town from the boat that bears the name of its most famous citizen…Mark Twain. Enjoy excellent food, live music, dancing, and beverages aboard the heated/air conditioned Mark Twain during this two-hour cruise. Overnight Hannibal.

DAY 3 – ST. CHARLES TO ST. LOUIS

After breakfast depart for St. Charles. The first stop is the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site the first seat of the state’s government. Its rough hewn timbers and dark wood floors whisper the tales of the state’s first legislature. Interpretive programs help visitors understand how the state’s government was formed and what life was like in the early 1800’s.

Lewis & Clark Boathouse & Nature Center – The Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center is the Discovery Expedition’s permanent home. Situated beside the Missouri River at Bishop’s Landing, the educational facility features exhibits relating to the Lewis and Clark expedition as well as the Missouri River ecosystem. The facility houses a museum dedicated to the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Missouri River habitats, and St. Charles history. The full-size replica boats constructed by the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles and used during the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial are on display.

Depart St. Charles for St. Louis Cathedral Basilica. View the world’s largest collection of mosaic art at the spectacular Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Pope Paul VI called the Romanesque/Byzantine style church “the outstanding cathedral of the Americas.” More than 41 million pieces of tesserae in 8,000 colors fill more than 83,000 square feet. The west chapels are the work of Tiffany and Company and the main altar and another chapel features the work of Gorham. Docent led tours ($2) are available daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Reservations are suggested for tours (314) 373-8240 but guests can walk through anytime between 10am-4pm.

Missouri History Museum – This neoclassical building was built with proceeds from the World’s Fair to honor President Thomas Jefferson’s role in the Louisiana Purchase. It was dedicated in 1913. It was built on the site of the main entrance to the 1904 World’s Fair and was designed by Isaac S. Taylor, who was also the chief architect of the Fair. In 1913 the Jefferson Memorial Building was the only monument of national stature honoring Thomas Jefferson, preceding the more famous domed structure in Washington, D.C., by 25 years. Exhibits include the 1904 World’s Fair, Lindbergh and Seeking St. Louis to name a few.

Driving tour of Forest Park, where the famous World’s Fair of ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ took place in 1904, with such sights as the Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo, Jewel Box, World’s Fair Pavilion, The Muny outdoor amphitheater, and the St. Louis Science Center. Overnight St. Louis

DAY 4 – ST. LOUIS

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for the Gateway Arch where we will take a trip to the top of the arch for a magnificent view of St. Louis. Next visit the Museum of Westward Expansion which preserves rare artifacts from the days of Lewis and Clark along with exhibits of early day pioneers who helped shape the history of the American West.

Visit the Old Court House overlooking the Arch grounds. View exhibitions about the Dred Scott case that made history, artifacts and memorabilia in this self-guided tour. See where it all took place.

Enjoy Historic Laclede’s Landing located just north of the Gateway Arch grounds for lunch. This 9 ½ block historic district is a favorite of the locals for lunch, dinner and nightlife. The district takes its name from Pierre Laclede, St. Louis’ French founder.

Explore Missouri Botanical Garden before we board the garden’s tram for a narrated tour through the beautiful gardens. Founded in 1859 the Missouri Botanical Garden contains 79 acres of scenic landscaping and sculptures. Highlights include: the Climatron® tropical rain forest; Linnean House, Japanese Garden, and the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Chinese Garden.

The City Museum has taken the term “recycling” to dizzying new heights. Housed in the 600,000 square-foot building that was once home to the International Shoe Company, the museum is the brainchild of local artists who created the museum from all sorts of “found stuff.” They didn’t have to go far to find materials for the facility, as the curious curators reclaimed a variety of building materials such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile, and even a couple of abandoned airplanes. There are 4,000 square-feet of man-made caves and tunnels, an enchanted forest with sky tunnels, an aquarium, a working shoelace factory, daily circus performances and much more.

This evening, let your mind wander back to the days of Lewis and Clark, the fur traders, and riverboat gamblers, as you enjoy dinner and a riverboat cruise down the mighty Mississippi, on the Gateway Riverboat Cruise. Gateway Riverboat Cruises is the oldest passenger vessel company operating on the Mississippi. Overnight St. Louis

DAY 5 – STE. GENEVIEVE TO CAPE GIRARDEAU

Depart St. Louis and travel the Great River Road to the French Colonial Country section. The region along the Mississippi River south of St. Louis is French Colonial Country having been claimed by France after an expedition led by Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette. The area is the oldest region settled by Europeans west of the Appalachian Mountains with the founding of Cahokia in 1699, the same year as Williamsburg, the colonial capital of Virginia, and predating New Orleans by nearly 20 years. Although English is the common language spoken in the region today, the French heritage is not forgotten. Ste. Genevieve has more than 150 pre-1825 structures and the region has the largest concentration of French Colonial architecture in the North America. Fort de Chartres, a rebuilt 18th century French Fort, is the Mississippi Valley’s premier site for French Colonial re-enactments.

In Ste. Genevieve, Missouri’s oldest town, a charming, laid-back town, where bicycles stand on the sidewalks without locks and people stroll in and out of inviting little shops filled with antiques, crafts, gifts, sweets and wine. Visit the Great River Road Interpretive Center before enjoying lunch at one of Ste. Genevieve’s unique restaurants including the Old Brick House, the Anvil Restaurant & Saloon, The Hotel Ste. Genevieve Café Or Restaurant St Gemme Beauvais.

Tours of historic sites such as the Felix Valle Historic Site can be arranged. The Jacob Philipson House (historic name) is a one and one-half story, side gabled, limestone dwelling with a merchant store and family quarters. This facility gave Philipson an opportunity to establish a business in the town trading manufactured goods for the fur pelts and lead ore obtained in the Missouri territory. Philipson sold the house in 1824 to the son of Francois Valle, Jean Baptiste Valle. Felix Valle, the fourth son of Jean Baptiste became the owner in 1835. The house, located at the corner of Merchant and Second Street is open to the public all year and is operated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Depart Ste. Genevieve and continue your Great River Road journey to Cape Girardeau. Cape Girardeau, “Where the River Turns a Thousand Tales” is one of Missouri’s earliest settled areas. The Mississippi River has played a significant part in the city’s history especially the early commerce of the steamboats. Riverboats can still be seen docked along the riverfront. Historic Downtown, nestled alongside the Mississippi River, which is a designated Missouri Main Street program city. The downtown highlights include eclectic shops, restaurants, pubs, art galleries and seven outdoor murals, ranging from the expansive “Missouri Wall of Fame” to the colourful “Heritage of Music”. In the downtown area, you will also find several National Historic Register Sites, including the completely restored Glenn House and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church built in 1853.

Cape River Heritage Museum – Revered as a local landmark the Cape River Heritage Museum is located in an old police and fire station dating back to 1908. The museum features changing exhibits about people and events from south-east Missouri. Audio/video, dioramas, personal presentations and hands-on exhibits will enhance your experience.

Check out exhibits such as the Police Memorabilia, Steamboat Photographs, Women’s Suffrage, The Nuns of St. Francis Hospital, and Celebrating Cape Women – Society, Fashion and Education. Included in the exhibits is an autographed letter from Amelia Earhart addressed to the Cape Girardeau Business and Professional Women’s Organization along with scrapbooks from the organisation dating back to the early 1900’s. Other exhibits include the 1936 Sharecropper’s Demonstration, the Missouri State Flag, and 1950’s vintage fire trucks, photos and equipment and gear. Browse through the Museum store and find unique gift items made in Missouri artisans including wooden toys, jewellery, art prints, books written by local authors and more.

Ol Man River - Chicago to New Orleans

The world’s most famous rivers, this tour takes you on a journey from Chicago to New Orleans going through some of the the rural heartland and delightful small towns and cities to which the river gave birth.

 Experience traditional blues music, with a mix of gospel and soul. Great musicians emerge and thrive in the cities from where their music first caught the world’s imagination.

DAY 1 – CHICAGO

Arrive Chicago.

DAY 2 – CHICAGO

This morning take a sightseeing tour of this magnificent city built around Lake Michigan. The afternoon is free to explore the city’s highlights with the curving Lakeside Drive and the stunning views of the skyline, dominated by the John Hancock Center buildings. The view from the top of the building offers a breathtaking panorama over the city and the lake beyond. Stroll the grounds of Millennium Park and take a look at the reflective Cloud Gate Sculpture or cross the Chicago River and head into downtown, with a thriving centre of boutiques, cafés, restaurants and specialist shops, lively by day and night.

DAY 3 & 4 – CHICAGO TO ST LOUIS

Today depart Chicago and head towards St Louis. En route stop at the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, home to thousands of artefacts and memorabilia related to Route 66 – The Mother Road. Stop for lunch at Springfield, Illinois before arriving at St Louis, where you will overnight.

DAY 5 – ST. LOUIS

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for the Gateway Arch where you can take a trip to the top of the arch for a magnificent view of St. Louis. While at the Arch visit the Odyssey Theatre for a larger than life glimpse of Lewis and Clark’s Great Journey West and visit the Museum of Westward Expansion which preserves rare artefacts from the days of Lewis and Clark along with exhibits of early day pioneers who helped shape the history of the American West. Enjoy lunch at the Missouri Botanical Garden before boarding the garden’s tram for a narrated tour thru the beautiful gardens. Founded in 1859 the Missouri Botanical Garden contains 79 acres of scenic landscaping and sculptures. Highlights include the Climatron® tropical rain forest; Linnean House, Japanese Garden, and the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Chinese Garden. Next, tour the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

Visit the historic stable home to the Budweiser Clydesdales and see first-hand how the world’s greatest beer is crafted in the Brew House and packaged in the Bevo Packaging Plant. After the tour sample the different brews and relax in the Hospitality Room or browse the gift shop. Select one of St Louis’ great restaurants for dinner before taking in some authentic St. Louis blues music.

DAY 6 – ST. LOUIS TO MEMPHIS

This morning view one of the largest mosaic collections in the world as we tour the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis We then depart for Memphis, the heartland of gospel and birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll where we stay at the Holiday Inn Select Downtown for the next two nights. This evening you’ll have the chance to enjoy some Memphis barbeque.

DAY 7 – MEMPHIS

Today have a sightseeing tour of Memphis before a visit to Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. Explore the mansion and grounds of his 14-acre estate, your ticket includes exploration of the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, the Lisa Marie Jet and Hound Dog II Jetstar planes. After lunch make a visit to the famous Sun Studio where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and B.B. King first recorded. Continue to Mud Island River Park and the Swiss-made monorail affording great views of downtown Memphis, the Mississippi River and Mud Island River Park. This evening take the opportunity to experience the nightlife of Beale Street.

DAY 8 – MEMPHIS TO NATCHEZ

Continue to follow the Ol’ Man River to Natchez. Along the way make a stop at Clarksdale and the Delta Blues Museum, to give yourself the chance to explore the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues.

DAY 9 – NATCHEZ

Founded in 1716 by the French and named after the Indians who dwelt there, this unique town is recognised as the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River. This morning, visit the Frogmore Plantation, a cotton plantation of the early 1800s and still producing cotton and gin today. Learn of the early Natchez planters and their slaves, following their evolution from the wilderness to the thriving 1850s cotton plantation, beyond the ‘War Between the States’ to a struggling new way of life. Examples of authentically furnished slave quarters can be seen. Later this afternoon go on to the Antebellum Homes of Natchez and this evening enjoy some authentic blues alley entertainment.

DAY 10 – NATCHEZ TO NEW ORLEANS

Today visit the Oak Alley Plantation protected as a National Historic Landmark. It is named after its distinguishing feature, an alley or canopied path created by a double row of live oaks about 800 feet long planted in the early 18th century, long before the present house was built. The alley runs between the house and the Mississippi River. After lunch we continue to New Orleans and a guided city tour. This evening take time to explore the French Quarter.

DAY 11 – NEW ORLEANS

This morning take a guided sightseeing tour of New Orleans. The afternoon is the perfect way to sample the mix of cultures is to stroll along Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, where you will hear traditional jazz wafting through the air, providing a wonderful opportunity to stop and soak up the atmosphere. There are plenty of bars and restaurants for al fresco dining, perhaps sampling some of the city’s famous Creole and Cajun cuisine. The glass enclosed Spanish plaza emporium down by the riverfront is a dramatic contrast to the French Quarter and is well worth a visit.

DAY 12 – NEW ORLEANS

Today take a ride on the famous St Charles Streetcar; visit the Jackson Square Katrina museums or shop at the Riverwalk. The state of Louisiana offers tax-free shopping for international visitors at over 1,000 stores, so shopping in New Orleans offers a unique opportunity. This evening board a Mississippi paddle steamer for an evening of a traditional jazz dinner cruise along the mighty Mississippi.

 DAY 13 – LAST DAY NEW ORLEANS

 Transfer to New Orleans Airport for return flight home.

Orlando to Charleston

DAY 1, 2 & 3 – ORLANDO

America’s family fun capital, Orlando is home to Walt Disney World, Sea World and other famous mega-theme parks, including Discovery Cove and Universal Studios. There’s more going on in the city than just Mickey, Goofy and the gang though. Once you’ve had your fill of the theme parks, adults will also be able to choose from several outstanding golf courses in the area, a family-friendly science centre, plenty of entertainment options and a fine art museum.

DAY 4 – ST. AUGUSTINE

Leave Orlando and begin your journey just two hours away with a stop in St. Augustine, FL. Old World majesty, the quiet strength of a mighty fortress, the promise of a new life free from tyranny and oppression…Those who visit Old City will absorb centuries of colourful adventure. From the coquina stone walls of the Castillo to the lush grounds of Fort Mose, every door, every corner of Old City reveals a story.

DAY 5 & 6 – GEORGIA’S GOLDEN ISLES

Head North from St. Augustine on I-95 to St. Simons Island where the shopping is grand, the food is fabulous and the beach is calling your name. Christ Church and Fort Frederica are just a couple of the excellent attractions that await you on this island.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center, on Jekyll Island is one of the Golden Isles newest attractions. Dedicated to education and rehabilitation of turtles on the East Coast, the Center has displays, turtle tanks and a surgery suite designed so that visitors can watch procedures live.

While you are in the area take advantage of grand historic lodgings such as the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort or the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and fresh seafood caught in local waters at restaurants such as Blackbeard’s Restaurant or Cargo Portside Grill. If you are looking for the freshest seafood possible don’t miss a ride on the Lady Jane. A working shrimp boat, the Lady Jane will drop her nets and bring aboard a catch sure to entertain, educate and fill your stomach!

DAY 7 & 8 – SAVANNAH

Get to know Savannah by experiencing a city tour. The Savannah Visitor Information Center is a good place to join a tour. This will help you get better acquainted with our genteel Southern beauty and give you a sample of the attractions you will want to explore on your own. Next, Savannah’s City Market and River Street have numerous dining establishments to tempt your taste buds. Then it’s time to get a closer look at some of Savannah’s magnificent architecture and 22 splendid squares.

Savannah’s 250-year-old history creates many opportunities to explore various eras of history. Take a tour focused on our antiques, architecture, Black heritage, Civil War history, cemeteries, ghosts or gardens. Savannah has more than 45 historical and cultural attractions. Spend day two discovering the treasures and history that lie within our many house museums, forts and historic sites.

DAY 9 & 10 – CHARLESTON

Just two hours north of Savannah is Charleston, SC, another gem situated on the Southeastern US coast. It is the second largest city in South Carolina and is brimming with rich history, tradition and Southern charm. Charleston is a major tourist destination due to its prominent art, music, food and fashion scenes, and since its establishment over 300 years ago, the historic areas of the city remain intact and as beautiful and picturesque as ever, leaving visitors with an old-world feel.

The city’s annual calendar is sprinkled with various cultural events and fairs, along with a vibrant theatre scene, thus catering to the many interests of its visitors. This has ultimately led Charleston to be recognised as one of the top ten cities for theatre, as well as one of the top 25 art destinations in America.

The Deep South

DAY 1 – ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Arrive in Atlanta and transfer to your hotel. This evening, one may want to visit Underground Atlanta . Located in the heart of downtown, this six-block area was once the city centre. During the 1920’s, construction of the concrete “viaducts” ele­vated the street system one level, thus giving birth to what is now Underground Atlanta. Today it is bustling with activity. Take a guided history tour or enjoy a variety of clubs and restaurants.

DAY 2 – ATLANTA

Spend the day exploring Atlanta from its place in the Civil Rights movement to the iconic attractions of today. Drive to the birthplace of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in the Sweet Auburn district to see the restored King birth home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church where three generations of the King family preached, and Dr King’s burial site. Or visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, next to The Carter Center. The library includes a replica of the Oval Office and Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Peace Prize, as well as seasonal exhibits.

This afternoon, return to downtown. Choose to take the Inside CNN Studio Tour and watch behind-the­ scenes action of the newsroom, or head to the World of Coca-Cola where the famous soft drink’s story is told through fascinating exhibits, a 4-D thea­ter, classic ads and a fully-functioning bottling sta­tion. Also sample more than 70 Coca-Cola products from around the world. In the evening visit the Virginia-Highland district, Atlanta’s most popular neighbourhood for shopping, dining and nightlife.

DAY 3 – ATLANTA TO BLUE RIDGE, GEORGIA

Travel north-west to the gateway of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge was once an elite health resort because of it’s mineral waters, today people visit for its upscale antique and speciality shops, galleries, restaurants and small town atmosphere. This afternoon ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. The railroad connects the towns of Blue Ridge and McCaysville and offers a journey along the beautiful Toccoa River. Cross the blue line in McCaysville and stand in two states at one time, Tennessee and Georgia.

DAY 4 – BLUE RIDGE TO NASHVILLE

En route to Nashville, stop in Chattanooga. The Downtown Riverfront District runs along the Tennessee River and offers visitors museums and cruises along the river. Walk across the nation’s longest pedestrian bridge, the Walnut Street Bridge and enjoy lunch at one of the Riverfront’s many restau­rants. Upon arrival in Nashville, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Rhinestone costumes, seasoned instruments and tear-stained lyric sheets are only the beginning. Here one can also take a tour of Historic RCA Studio B – where Elvis and others recorded over 35,000 songs. This evening, explore the area between Broadway and 2nd Avenue, which is filled with entertainment venues, night clubs and an assortment of restaurants.

DAY 5 – NASHVILLE

This morning, tour the Grand Ole Opry House. Guides provide a rare glimpse of what happens behind the scenes of the world’s most famous country music show. In the afternoon, visit Ryman Auditorium, built in 1892 it is a National Historic Landmark. One can take a self-guided museum tour or a guided backstage tour and record a CD in the new Ryman Recording Studio. This evening, return for a show or concert at this premier performance hall.

DAY 6 – NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS

En route to Memphis, visit Belle Meade Plantation. Once a world-renowned thoroughbred horse farm, today it is a historical site. Period costumed interpreters guide visitors through the 1853 Greek Revival Mansion. Also on site are 7 histor­ic outbuildings, including The Winery at Belle Meade Plantation.

Arrive in Memphis, where the roots of Blues, Country and Gospel music formed in the 1930s. Begin your visit at The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and learn about the explosion of Sun Studio, and Memphis’ musical heyday in the 70s to its global musical influ­ence. Stroll at your own pace through the seven galleries featuring audiovisual programs, instruments, costumes and other musical treasures.

DAY 7 – MEMPHIS

No visit to Memphis is complete with a tour of Graceland. Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and learn of Elvis’ humble beginnings through to his rise to superstardom. See how a rock ‘n’ roll legend lived and relaxed with family and friends. The Graceland experience includes Graceland mansion, Elvis’ Automobile Museum, and Elvis’ custom jets. This evening spend time on Beale Street, the melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock-n-roll, R&B, and gospel. Enjoy the rich, spicy food of the south, cold brew and hot music.

DAY 8 – MEMPHIS TO VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI

Upon arrival in Vicksburg, you may want to visit Vicksburg National Military Park which preserves the site of the Civil War’s Battle of Vicksburg.

DAY 9 – VICKSBURG TO NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Steeped in a rich history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, New Orleans is one of America’s most culturally and historically rich desti­nations. This afternoon, tour some of the city’s various neigh­borhoods. The Garden District homes are still known by the names of the families that built them over a century ago, and the Arts District features the nation­al World War II Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center. The French Quarter is the most famous neighbourhood in New Orleans. Filled with restaurants, nightclubs and bars, it is a unique place to spend the evening.

DAY 10 – NEW ORLEANS

There are 20 historic districts on the National Register in New Orleans, more than any other city in the USA. Inside these districts, an array of architectural styles from different time periods and cul­tures are reflected in individual homes and buildings. Visit homes such as the 1850 House and the Beauregard­ Keyes Home. Also view Houmas House Plantation and Gardens – a Grand Southern Mansion surrounded by the some of the south’s most beautiful gardens.

DAY 11 – NEW ORLEANS TO MOBILE

Before departing New Orleans, make time to enjoy a traditional Louisiana Creole Brunch at Brennan’s. Located in the French Quarter, breakfast at Bren­nan’s is a tradition among New Orleanians. This afternoon, arrive in Destin. Stunning white beaches, challenging golf and world-famous fishing define this Emerald Coast of Florida City. Settle into your accommodation and begin to enjoy its amenities.

DAY 12 – MOBILE

Today, you are free to explore Mobile Bay. Start at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, the 1930s Eden of Mobile’s first Coca-Cola bottler. Tour Fort Gaines, an old federal citadel guarding the bay’s entry, then take a ferry to Fort Morgan. Take scenic Route 9B to Point Clear and ogle gorgeous mansions on its seaside walk before crossing the bay back to Mobile. Visit Fairhope, a resort and arts haven founded as a utopian town in the 1890s. The Fairhope Museum of History has lots of local stories, and the views and sunsets from the public park are spectacular.

DAY 13 – MOBILE TO MONTGOMERY

Depart Destin for Montgomery, the capital of Ala­bama and a centre of activity during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 60’s. This afternoon, visit the Rosa Parks Library and Muse­um. Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old seamstress, sparked the modern civil rights movement by taking a stand and keeping her seat on a city bus. Watch a ren­actment of the events and listen to actual partici­pants of the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. One can also visit the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and see the actual pulpit where Dr Martin Luther King Jr. first preached his message of hope and brotherhood. This evening, explore downtown Birmingham’s many dining and nightlife options.

DAY 14 – MONTGOMERY TO ATLANTA

This morning, visit “Old Alabama Town”. This village features authentic 19th and early 20th century homes and buildings that have been saved from demolition, they have been carefully restored, and reopened to the public as a history museum. Here one will learn how early Americans of all backgrounds lived and worked in Central Alabama.

California - Napa Valley

California State Route 29, fondly known as the Silverado Trail, will lead you around the eastern edge of Napa Valley’s six towns: Calistoga, St Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville and Napa. Take your time savouring some of the best wine the US has to offer while exploring this unforgettable wine region. Napa Valley is very close to the city of San Francisco and there are hundreds of wineries in this area, providing options for every palate and budget.

Built not far from Calistoga, Castello di Amorosa is a medieval replica castle holding 107 rooms over eight levels, both above and below ground. This opulent structure includes a moat, drawbridge, defensive tours, interior courtyard, chapel, torture chamber and great hall. To top it all off, wine is sold in the castle and available for visitors to taste.

For a side of history with your wine, visit the Beringer Rhine House, Napa Valley’s oldest continuously operating winery. The town of Napa also offers a variety of restaurants and hotel options for visitors to revel in this quaint and inviting region, so take your time to explore.

California Nature Trail

Soak up the vast beauty of some of America’s most prized national parks on this venture through Yosemite and Big Sur. Start your trip in the fascinating city of San Francisco, major technology hub and home to Haight Street, Ghirardelli Square and the Golden Gate Bridge, before reconnecting with Mother Nature on this illustrious path.

The first stop is Yosemite National Park, just a few hours east of San Francisco. Yosemite’s pristine landscape is filled with rushing waterfalls, imposing cliffs and colossal monoliths. Popular sites within the park include El Capitan, Half Dome and Tuolumne Meadows. Make sure to plan in advance, as Yosemite hosts 3.5 million visitors annually and it’s necessary to book ahead if you plan to stay in or around the park.

Following Yosemite, travel south to Kings Canyon in Sequoia National Parks, home to the gargantuan Redwood and Sequoia trees. Park and follow foot trails leading high into the alpine wilderness. Next, head west toward the Pacific Ocean to Big Sur, frequently noted as the best view along the Pacific Coast Highway. There’s plenty of space to camp in Big Sur State Park, or a selection of hotels in the town of Big Sur for those seeking a more luxurious option.

Just a quick drive (less than one hour) going north up the coast and you’ll reach Point Lobos State Preserve, hailed “the crown jewel of the State Park System”. Here you can partake in a range of activities from scuba diving to photography to nature study. Point Lobos is home to a variety of unique and endangered flora and fauna, so enjoy these rare finds before heading off to Monterey Bay, where you can relax in the towns of Carmel or Pebble Beach.

The final two stops on this extraordinary road trip are Ano Nuevo State Park and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Check out the Northern Elephant Seal at Ano Nuevo, home to the largest breeding colony of this mammal. Book in advance during winter, as it is peak mating season. Last but not least, travel to California’s oldest state park, Big Basin, home to the largest continuous habitation of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco.

Pacific Coast Hwy 1 - California

If you’re heading to California, consider taking one of America’s most scenic drives: Los Angeles to San Francisco. Heading north west out of LA, the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) will take you along the sparkling coastline of Santa Monica and Malibu Beach. Journey through Ventura County and stop in Santa Barbara. As you continue along the highway, look out for sea lion colonies and wildlife along the coast.

At picturesque Morrow Bay, once an abalone fishing port, stop off at Morro Rock – a volcanic plug. The highway will lead you through the stunning coastal region of Big Sur, where the Santa Lucia Mountains abruptly meet the Pacific Ocean. The region is renowned for its giant Redwood forests and coastal views, stretching for around 140kms.

Continue along the coastline of Monterey Bay, Sand City, Seaside and Marina, then north west to Santa Cruz and your destination of San Francisco. There is much to see and do in this vibrant city, but don’t miss a drive over the Golden Gate Bridge or visit to the former island prison of Alcatraz.

The Pacific Coast Highway spans the entire western coast of the United States, from the Mexican border into Canada, so an alternative (or additional) route is to head north from San Francisco to Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Bring an umbrella, as this region is known to be rainy.

A day’s drive north of San Francisco (10-12 hours), you’ll find Portland, Oregon. This ultra-hip city is divided into four distinct districts, offering something for any interest group. Hit up the Portland’s famous food carts for lunch and take a brewery tour in this city lovingly called, “Beervana”. Catch a glimpse of Mount Hood in the horizon before taking on Portland’s stimulating culinary scene.

Just a few hours north, you’ll reach Seattle, known for its iconic Space Needle, Pike Place Market and Seattle Underground Tour. Visit the Museum of Flight in the home of the Boeing Corporation, or enjoy a cup of coffee at one of Seattle’s many cafes. If you’re looking for a day trip out of the city, check out Bainbridge Island, Tacoma, Leavenworth or Mount Rainier.

Cross into America’s neighbour to the north and experience Vancouver, one of the most enchanting cities in Canada. Stop off at Wreck Beach or head out to the slopes- Vancouver’s location offers remarkably diverse climate and terrain, so it’s not uncommon for visitors to ski and sail in the same day. Take a ride on the Aquabus Ferry and stroll through Stanley Park to enjoy all this city has to offer.

Route 66

One of the most famous highways in the US, Route 66 stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles. Built in 1926, it became the main route for migrants seeking a better life in California. The historical route has now been replaced with modern highways but the townships have preserved the heritage of historical Route 66. After exploring the windy city of Chicago and Lake Michigan, begin your journey through the farmland of Illinois and onto St Louis, Missouri.

From the Mississippi River, Route 66 will take you through Oklahoma City, where the migrant convoys in the 1930’s, once began. Stop off at Oklahoma Museum which tells the story of this historical journey.

Travel through the region of the Cheyenne and Arapao Indians, where they once hunted bison; and onto Amarillo Texas, home to cowboys and oil fields. Stop off at the infamous Cadillac Ranch where you will find 10 tail-finned Cadillacs buried nose first into the sand!

Continue to New Mexico through the hunting lands of the Comanche Indians and onto Alberquerque. Here, take a ride on the aerial tramway to the top of the Sandian Mountains. The city is world famous for its hot air balloon festival in October. Travelling onto Santa Fe, take the famous Tortoise Trail through the small artist-mountain communities. Built in 1610, visit the oldest government building in the US, Palace of the Governors. Continue onto Holbrook, the Petrified Forest National Park, then through Navajo Indian Country toward the Grand Canyon National Park where you can take a helicopter flight or a hike and experience its vast majestic scenery. Stop off at Flagstaff and try your hand star-gazing at the Lowell Observatory.

Journey onto Las Vegas, otherwise known as Sin City, the entertainment capital of the world! Here you may choose to visit the Red Rock Canyon or take a flight over the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Highlights include the Skywalk, shopping and, of course, the nightlife Vegas is renowned for.

From Las Vegas, head west through the Mojave Desert, stopping at the ghost town of Calico. Finally, Route 66 concludes at Santa Monica, Los Angeles – The City of Angels, where you can take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and marvel at the alternative culture along Venice Beach!

San Francisco Bay Loop

This loop drive takes in the best of the Bay Area, a diverse, dynamic, and beautiful region with lively cities, celebrated wine country, and outstanding natural wonders.

Start at the gateway to San Francisco, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, to head north across the Golden Gate Bridge. Explore coastal parklands before heading northeast to Napa and Sonoma wine countries. Continue circling the bay to visit Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, with rides and exotic animals, then onto the East Bay city of Oakland, a hot bed of outstanding restaurants. Drive south to San Jose and the tech-y Silicon Valley, home to Google and Apple, then head to the coat for more family-friendly fun in Santa Cruz.

Finish in San Francisco for shopping, dining, nightlife, and other urban attractions.

The Great California Adventure

With car hire in Los Angeles, you will also have the chance to explore further afield. There are two iconic routes to take; the Pacific Highway and Route 66.

The Pacific Highway goes northwards along the sunny Californian west coast to San Francisco. You could probably drive the route in a day, but you would be missing out on a tremendous amount to see and do along the way. Malibu would be the first logical place to stop off, and by exiting via Topanga Canyon, you would be able to drive by quirky stores, diners and saloons before checking out the views over the San Fernando valley at the Topanga Overlook.

Ventura would also make a great stop, a historic downtown area with plenty of boutique shops. It is perhaps better known for its surfing. Santa Barbara is another buzzy place to take a break, with a good botanical garden and impressive zoo. San Luis Obispo would make another good stop, for its restaurants, gardens and more. But the thing that most tourists head to is Bubblegum Alley. Only in America would a 75 foot long alleyway be covered in bubblegum spat out onto the walls 15 feet high! It is kind of disgusting, but everyone seems to love it. Would you add your gum there?

Big Sur is the next area to either stop, or certainly get out and take plenty of photos. To get there, you will need to cross the Bixby Bridge, and then you will be able to visit all the main sights, such as Pfeiffer Beach, McWay Falls and Big Sur State Historic Park. This area is definitely worth spending a few days in, and is a great place to relax.

Route 66 is popular with many people holidaying with a hire car from Los Angeles though. This iconic route is almost the definitive US road trip. Stretching from Los Angeles to Chicago, it covers some 2,000 miles along the way. Drive the full length, collecting a hire car in LA, and leaving it in Chicago. It is a long trip to make though, and some people can take weeks or even months to complete the entire journey.

Or you can just drive a section or ‘loop trip’, starting and ending in Los Angeles. First drive to London Bridge, and on to visit the Grand Canyon. One of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world, it is certainly a sight at which to marvel. If staying for a few days it is definitely worth a unique, birds eye view hot air balloon ride over the Canyon to take in its enormity.

Next up, stay and play in Las Vegas for a few days. Renowned for the casinos, it has sometimes been described as America’s biggest theme park! Many of the casinos are attractions in themselves and have their own shows. Keep your eyes peeled for pop stars or acts and shows such as the Cirque du Soleil.

If your driving appetite is still not satisfied, continue on Route 66 to rock to the blues beats in Chicago or stop off to see the giant redwood trees in Yosemite National Park, or simply drive back to LA with your winnings.

Whether driving the Pacific Highway or the entire length of Route 66, or experiencing just part of it, a hire car from Los Angeles is perfect for your driving holiday.

The Pacific Coast Scenic Highway

If you’re heading to California, consider take one of the most scenic drives, Los Angeles to San Francisco. Heading north west out of LA, Highway 101 will take you along beachfront of Santa Monica and through the decadent hills of Malibu Beach. Head up through Ventura County and stop at Santa Barbara. As you continue along the highway, look out for sea lion colonies and wildlife along the coast.

At picturesque Morro Bay, once an abalone fishing port, stop off at Morro Rock – a volcanic plug. The highway takes you into the stunning coastal region of Big Sur, where the Santa Lucia Mountains abruptly meet the Pacific Ocean. The region is renowned for its giant Redwood forests and coastal views, stretching for around 140kms. Travel across the impressive Bixby Creek Bridge, which opened in 1932 to connect the residents in winter and is one of the tallest spanning bridges in the world.

The highway then continues along the coastline of Monterey Bay, through Sand City, Seaside and Marina. A popular stop for families, Monterey Bay Aquarium is renowned for its Ocean Sunfish, along with stingrays, jelly fish and sea otters. The waterfront street of Cannery Row is a great place to dine with its many restaurants where the offshore area is home to one of the largest Californian Sea Lion colonies.

Heading further north west onto Santa Cruz and into San Francisco. There is so much to see and do in this vibrant city, but a must is to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and visit Alcatraz. Stop off for a few days and explore the shopping, take a tram ride, dine at Fisherman’s Wharf and drive the 8 hairpin bends of Lombard Street!

Ultimate Southern California

Yes, “something for everyone” might be a cliché, but this trip really is that kind of all-in-one trip.

Visit iconic family destinations such as Disneyland Resort, SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND California, the San Diego Zoo, and Los Angeles attractions including Universal Studios Hollywood. Get grownup fun in the big-city lights of L.A., Hollywood, and Palm Springs.

Add natural splendor with stops in mountain and desert parks, plus a visit to unforgettable Mammoth Lakes.

Utah - Dinosaur Trail

Forget going to the cinemas for some dinosaur action, Utah is home to the most complete record of fossil life anywhere on earth.

Salt Lake City is highly accessible from domestic airports and the perfect city to start a dinosaur adventure. In Salt Lake City, the capital city of Utah, the state’s National History Museum showcases natural wonders from life in ancient times.

Head up state, around half an hour’s drive north, to the town of Ogden for a day trip where you will walk around the George S Eccles Dinosaur Park, sharing the outdoors with 125 life size sculptures. Before you leave the Salt Lake area, head up to the mountain ski resorts if visiting in winter or try some water sports during summer.

Vernal, 200 miles east of Salt Lake, hosts must see attractions for curious visitors. Touch more than 1,500 dinosaur bones embedded in the mountain and try your hand at a fossil dig in the Dinosaur National Monument and the Utah Field House of Natural History.

On the way to Moab, see the greatest collection of Jurassic bones in the world. At Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, a colossal 12,000 specimen have been uncovered!

In addition to the stunning and well known Arches National Park, the Moab area has some unique dinosaur themed trails. Walk alongside prehistoric footprints on the Mill Canyon Dinosaur trail and the Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackway.

Take a trip to the Moab Giants Dinosaur Park when it opens in mid-2015. The park will be mainly devoted to the extensive dinosaur footprints which track the site and transport visitors back in time over millions of years.

From Moab, head east to Colorado or southwest to Arizona or Nevada to continue your USA road trip.

East African Migration Safari

The East African Migration Safari is guided by Richard Ruskin. Join Richard to see the famous wildebeest migration and experience the best of Kenya and Tanzania. This safari’s emphasis is on animals, people, scenery and food. Accommodation is based on 4–5 star properties all with private facilities and is ideal for families, couples or single travellers wanting to experience Africa with a small group.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on twin share basis
  • Most meals (as specified)
  • Game drives, game park and entrance fees
  • Internal flights
  • All transfers
  • 4 x 4 vehicles throughout
  • Game viewing and sightseeing with professional safari guides
  • Specialist guiding by Richard Ruskin
  • Touring as specified
  • African Travel Specialists backpack
     

Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi
On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met and transferred to the FAIRMONT NORFOLK HOTEL for two nights. (B)

Day 2: Nairobi
Today you will be taken on a half day tour of the Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre and Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. In the evening you will be taken for a special welcome dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Nairobi – Samburu National Park
After breakfast, you will travel by road to the Samburu National Reserve. Two nights at Samburu Intrepids. (B, D)

Day 4: Samburu National Park
Today will be spent on morning and afternoon game drives in the Samburu National Park. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Samburu NP – Lake Nakuru NP
This morning you will be taken by road to Lake Nakuru National Park. After lunch, you will be taken on a late afternoon game drive. One night at SAROVA LION HILL LODGE. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Lake Nakuru – Nairobi – Kilimanjaro
This morning you will be transferred by road to Nairobi in time for your scheduled flight to Kilimanjaro. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the MOUNT MERU HOTEL for one night. (B, L)

Day 7: Kilimanjaro – Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro
This morning after an early breakfast, you will be met and transferred to Lake Manyara National Park where you will be taken on a game drive. After lunch you will be taken by road to Ngorongoro Crater. Two nights at NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Ngorongoro
This morning you will descend into the crater for a full day of game viewing with a picnic lunch. In the late afternoon, you will be taken to visit a Masai Village. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Ngorongoro – Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, you will depart for your lodge located in the Serengeti National Park. On the way you will have a picnic lunch and an afternoon game drive en-route to the lodge. Two nights at GRUMETI CAMP. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Serengeti National Park
Today will be spent game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Serengeti National Park – Masai Mara
This morning, you will be transferred to the Grumeti airstrip in time for your scheduled flight to Tarime and then onto the Masai Mara. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in Kenya’s famous Masai Mara. Three nights at KICHWA TEMBO LODGE. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Masai Mara
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. The Mara is one of the best areas to see wildlife especially during the Wildebeest Migration where over 1 million wildbeest and 500,000 zebras fill the plains. It is also a great time for predators like lion, cheetah, hyena and leopard. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Masai Mara
In the morning there is an opportunity to take a balloon safari (additional cost). The rest of the day will be spent seeing the Migration herds and the other game in the Masai Mara. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Masai Mara – Nairobi
This morning you will fly back to Nairobi. Tonight, you will enjoy a private farewell dinner. Overnight at FAIRMONT THE NORFOLK HOTEL. (B, D)

Day 15: Nairobi Depart
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport which will be the end of the safari.

Fly Me Around Kenya

Tailor-made for wildlife, photographic and cultural enthusiasts, this exceptional Kenya safari will take you to three of the country’s most iconic destinations. Your adventure begins at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, where you will have the opportunity to interact with these gentle giants.

Afterwards, you will be taken to the game-rich habitats of Kenya by choosing to spend three nights at Solio Lodge, in the Laikipia Plateau, or three nights at Sasaab, in the Samburu National Reserve. A safari in the Laikipia Plateau offers game drives, guided walks, horseback safaris and an optional helicopter flight around Mount Kenya.

If you choose to travel to the Samburu, you will experience game drives, romantic sundowners, incredible fly camping, guided walks and camelback safaris.

Following your choice of safari in northern Kenya, your adventure will continue to the country’s most venerated game park, the glorious Masai Mara – home to the seasonal Great Migration. Here, you will spend three nights at the award-winning &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, delighting in exceptional safari activities.

INCLUDES:

Seven night’s accommodation on a fully board basis at a combination of &Beyond and The Safari Collection lodges in Kenya.

  • All scheduled road transport as mentioned in the itinerary:
    > Jomo Kenyatta International Airport / Nairobi/Wilson Airport / Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • All inter-camp flights:
    > Wilson/Samburu OR Wilson/Nanyuki
    Samburu OR Nanyuki/Masai Mara/Wilson
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Full board and drinks as per individual lodges
    > Giraffe Manor (Superior room) includes accommodation, all meals, house wines, house soft drinks, house beers, house spirits, laundry, wireless internet access, entrance to the AFEW Giraffe Centre, transportation around the Karen & Langata area (within the check-in and check-out times) and Airport transfers.
    > Solio (Suite) includes accommodation, all meals, house wines, house soft drinks, house beers, house spirits, laundry, bush breakfasts, sundowners, airstrip transfers, game drives, walking, horse riding and mountain biking.
    > Sasaab (Suite) includes accommodation, all meals, house wines, house soft drinks, house beers, house spirits, laundry, bush breakfasts, sundowners, airstrip transfers, game drives, guided bush walks and camel walks.
    > Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp (Superior View Room) includes: meals, tea and coffee, scheduled activities, Kichwa Airstrip transfers and emergency medical evacuation insurance. (optional supplement US$ 35pp to include soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers)
  • Single Supplement: High Season: A single supplement of 50% applies to all single rooms. Remainder of year: A single supplement of 25% applies to all single rooms.
  • Children 5 years and younger do not qualify for the offer and need to be quoted on request.
    &Beyond trading terms apply.
  • The Safari Collection trading terms apply.
     

EXCLUDES:

  • International flights and visas
  • Personal travel, medical and baggage insurance
  • Any items and services not featured on the itinerary
  • All services and items of a personal nature such as drinks, telephone calls and laundry
  • Tips, gratuity to driver/guides and porterage
Rivers and Delta Safari

This safari begins in Zambia at the Victoria Falls, which presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.

The safari then heads to Botswana, visiting Chobe National Park which supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country. The Okavango Delta is next for two nights and is a fascinating and unique wildlife location. It is the worlds largest inland delta and situated in an extremely arid region attracts great concentrations of diverse animals and birds. The climate is at odds with the lush environment and plays an important role in making the Okavango Delta a fantastic safari destination.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this very unique package.

INCLUDES:

  • Return flights from Johannesburg to Livingstone
  • All internal flights
  • All transfers
  • Meals as specified
  • Game activities
     

EXCLUDES:

  • Airport taxes — approx. $390 per person
  • Park fees payable directly — USD 50 per person, per day
  • Personal travel, medical and baggage insurance
  • Any items and services not featured on the itinerary
  • All services and items of a personal nature such as drinks and telephone calls
  • Tips, gratuity to driver/guides and porterage
Wildlife Encounters Package

This is a unique and excellent value for money safari that allows you to see the amazing highlights of the Panorama Route and the Kruger National Park in a relaxed and fun atmosphere with the added value of 2 nights at a private game reserve.

Get the best of both worlds by game viewing in the famous Kruger National Park and then spend a further 2 days in a private game reserve adjacent to the park. Marvel at the splendors of this beautiful part of South Africa known as the “lowveld” as you drive along the Panorama route between the two lodges. If you are short on time but would still like a chance to see the big five, this is a great choice of safari for you.

INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights accommodation at Rissington Inn in a Superior room
  • Full day open vehicle safari in the Kruger National Park
  • Scenic transfer via Panorama Route to Kapama
  • 2 nights at Kapama Buffalo Lodge
  • 4 game drives
  • All meals from Dinner on day 1 to Breakfast on day 5
  • Transfer to Hoedspruit airport
     

EXCLUDES:

  • International and Domestic flights and visas
  • Personal travel, medical and baggage insurance
  • Any items and services not featured on the itinerary
  • All services and items of a personal nature such as drinks, telephone calls and laundry
  • Tips, gratuity to driver/guides and porterage
Wonders of the Nile and Red Sea

Join us on this enchanting tour of Egypt. Taking in all the highlights of an ancient civilization this tour will make you feel like one of the early explorers as you come face to face with some of the most spectacular sights in the world.

Explore the great pyramid of Giza, gaze into the eyes of Tutankhamen, cruise the river Nile like Cleopatra and visit historic tombs and temples along the way.

INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation
  • All transfers
  • Touring as per itinerary
  • Internal flights
  • Meals as indicated
  • English speaking guide throughout
     

EXCLUDES:

  • International flights and visas
  • Personal travel, medical and baggage insurance
  • Any items and services not featured on the itinerary
  • All services and items of a personal nature such as drinks, telephone calls and laundry
  • Tips, gratuity to driver/guides and porterage
Banthai Beach Resort and Spa

Banthai Beach Resort & Spa is located at the centre of Patong Beach, Phuket Thailand and situated on 5 acres of land amid lush tropical gardens facing the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.

The resort features 3 large free-form swimming pools with swim-up bars to complete your holiday experience. Give yourself an extra treat at the Spa with exotic therapies and massages, Fitness Center, Jacuzzis, steam and sauna rooms that will give you relaxation.

Inclusions:

  • 8 Nights at Banthai Beach Resort & Spa
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Superior Room
  • Breakfast daily

Banthai Bonus Inclusions:

  • 3 nights free accommodation
  • 1 x Thai Set dinner for 2 persons
  • Complimentary Mini Bar on arrival
  • 20% Discount on Food and Beverage at the hotel
Kalima Resort and Spa

2 x Deluxe Sea View Rooms (Guaranteed Interconnecting)
Breakfast daily
Return private car transfers
BONUS OFFER
Includes 3 nights free

2 Adults & 2 Children From $1,579 per family

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is located on the Southwest coast of Phuket Island in the secluded Kata Noi Bay, less than an hour from Phuket International Airport. This award winning Phuket beach resort is perfect for those who want to get away from it all; yet still have it all.

4.5*From : $395 per person

 Inclusions:

  • 7 Nights at Katathani Beach Resort Phuket
  • Return airfares with Thai Airways
  • Deluxe Room
  • Breakfast daily
  • Return private car transfers
Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort

At the luxury 5* Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort, an incredible sunrise and stunning sunset begin and end the day in full view from each exquisite guest room. Flavours from east and west find new expression at the hands of talented chefs who transform fresh catch and island harvests into celebrated cuisine. Signature Navasana Spa enlivens body and spirit with luxurious pampering. Surrender to the beauty of Bel Ombre by the sea where refined relaxation embraces you at Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort.

Inclusions:

  • Return Airfare with Air Mauritius
  • Return airport transfers
  • Deluxe Seaview Room
  • Breakfast daily
  • Dinner daily
  • Includes various land & non motorised water sports

Honeymoon Bonus Offers:

  • Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine in room
  • Special fruit amenities upon arrival
  • Honeymoon turndown once during the stay
  • 1 x Honeymoon dinner on the beach
  • 1 x 30 Minutes couple massage at the Navasana Spa
Phi Phi Island Holiday Package

Stay in Phuket and Phi Phi with this Thai island escape holiday package including flights. Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island is located on a heavenly beachfront of powdery soft white sand that gently merges with the Andaman Sea creating sublime hues of aqua-blue. The hideaway resort is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, a place where romantic couples and families can retreat to spend quality time together in a tranquil and serene environment.

  • Return airport transfers
  • Return Phi Phi Island transfers
  • Breakfast daily

Package Accommodation:
– 3 Nights Old Phuket in a Deluxe Room
– 4 Nights Holiday Inn Phi Phi Island in a Garden Bungalow
– 1 Night Old Phuket in a Deluxe Room

Enquire for a holiday package deal with flights from your city!

 

Phuket

Discover the heart of Thai culture in our Club Med Phuket Resort in Kata Bay

There’s a reason why Thailand is called The Land of Smiles, and you’ll discover it when you arrive at your Club Med Phuket accommodation! Amidst green fields and frangipani trees, discover the perfect playground for an unforgettable family holiday in Phuket’s most beautiful bay.

Unleash your inner martial artist with Thai boxing lessons, whip up a yellow curry that’s worthy of a chef’s hat, or just enjoy every moment of your holiday in Phuket relaxing by the tranquility pool. With endless fun for kids and adults, you’ll rediscover happiness and come home just bursting with energy!

Bali Garden Beach Resort

Experience the perfect seaside holiday at the Bali Garden Beach Resort with our exclusive package deal. Located right on the beach, next to Discovery Shopping Mall, across the road from Waterbom Park and a short stroll to the Matahari Shopping Square and the Seni Art Market, the resort boasts a fantastic location.

Bali Gardens offers affordable 4 star accommodation in a beautiful tropical garden setting boasting three swimming pools and our renowned Tari Spa, plus the style, service and warm welcoming smiles that make Bali famous.

With 9 restaurants and 5 bars on property our guests are spoilt for choice. We have a diverse range of restaurants each offering their own individual styles serving quality food at affordable prices. Bali Garden Beach Resort offers a traditional Balinese experience with genuine hospitality in a stunning ocean front location.

Exclusive Bonus Offers:

  • 2 x free 30 minutes aromatherapy massage per room
  • Resort credit of 400,000 rupiah voucher per room which could be used in all restaurants or bar outlets at the resort.
  • Free airport transfer (Bali Garden to Bali Airport)
  • Free coupon book ~ South Kuta Passport which contains 50 coupons with a total value over AU$570 to be redeemed at local shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Also includes a shopping bag and complimentary use of a bicycle.
Bali Niksoma Beach Resort

Make the most of your stay in Bali with our exclusive package deal at Bali Niksoma Beach Resort, a stylish beachfront resort in one of Bali’s most popular locations, Legian beach. Only 25 minutes from the airport and just a short walk to the shopping, nightlife and entertainment district of Legian.

The resort is uniquely designed by combining magnificent Balinese and modern architectures. Designed by Indonesia’s prominent architecture Hadi Prana, this exciting chic resort offers a luxurious and intimate feel.

Inclusions:

  • 1 x Dinner for 2 persons at Hitana Restaurant
  • Invitation to long-staying guest cocktail party at 6-7pm on Mondays
  • 10% Discount on food at Mozarella Restaurants
  • Free welcome and departure beverages
  • Fresh tropical fruit picnic poolside at 1-3pm daily
  • Free Wi-FI in rooms and public areas
  • Turn down service with evening cake daily
Hard Rock Hotel Bali

Nestled against the shores of Bali’s famed Kuta beach on an impressive three-hectare prime site right in the heart of Bali’s entertainment and shopping district, Hard Rock Hotel Bali is Asia’s first Hard Rock Hotel.

For your accommodation in Bali, this Bali resort features 418 tribute rooms and suites fit for a rock star. The walls are adorned with images, memorabilia and icons reflecting the revolution that changed the face of music, fashion and arts, celebrating artistes from the 50’s to late 90’s.

Rockin’ Tots to Grunge Grand Dads, the hotel is here to rock yer socks off!

Inclusions:

  • Deluxe room
  • Breakfast daily

Exclusive inclusions:

  • 1 x two-course lunch for 2 persons at Jamie’s Italian
  • Free Wi-Fi

7 nights from $1,459 per family

Sanur Paradise Suites

Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites located in the heart of Sanur Village is an award winning family resort in Bali. The resort is a 25 minute drive from Bali’s International airport, and just 7 minutes walk through Sanur village to the local shopping centre and surrounding restaurants.

Inclusions:

  • 1 x Dinner for 4 persons
  • 2 Bedroom Suite with breakfast daily
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Kid’s Club and Camp Splash (for children 6 – 12 years)
  • Room upgrade available to Suite with Balcony (from $259 per family).

7 nights from $1,599 per family

Aulani Hawaii - A Disney Resort and Spa

Inclusions:

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Reduced rates – 30% off
  • US$150 resort credit
  • Kids stay FREE
  • No resort fee

5 nights from $1,349 per person

Great Barrier Reef Family Shindig

Highlights
Day 1: Arrive in Cairns
Day 2: Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise
Day 3: Kuranda
Day 4: Depart Cairns

Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • National Park entry fee
  • 3 x Breakfasts
  • 1 x Lunch
  • 1 x Dinner
  • Hat & water bottle for each family member
  • Backpack, educational workbook, stationery pack & sunscreen for every child
Honeymoon in Fiji

The award-winning Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort is a luxurious 5-star resort located in the heart of Fiji’s Coral Coast, just 60 minutes from Nadi. The resort is set on a white sand beach, amongst 40 acres of tall palms and lush tropical landscaped gardens. Designed to reflect a traditional Fijian village, the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort offers a vast array of accommodation options.

There is 6 restaurants and 6 bars onsite and 2 pools including a new adults only pool, perfect for honeymoon couples. The resort offers extensive water activities, a fitness centre, tennis courts and an international standard golf training facility. For relaxation and the ultimate indulgence the amazing Bebe Spa is located on the mountain behind the resort with breathtaking coastal views.

Inclusions:

  • 6 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Ocean View
  • Room Reduced rates – 25% off
  • Talai VIP butler service including FREE welcome drinks, guest services unpacking, ironing and personalised explanations on cultural tours
  • Free champagne and canapes delivered every afternoon
  • Return Nadi Airport coach transfers
  • His and hers Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Sulus
  • Locally produced Fijian gift from the resort
Monte Carlo

A beautiful example of living in ‘Belle Epoque’ style. Respect for tradition, a sense of hospitality and attention to detail make this the most exquisite of historical palaces.

Inclusions:

  • Transfer from Nice Airport to hotel + departure helicopter transfer (free)
  • 3-night stay at the 5* Hotel Hermitage in an Exclusive Seaview Room
  • Enjoy The Magnificent Tour
  • Special offer: buffet breakfast, a box of Laduree sweets in the room
  • Monte Carlo Passport including one way FREE helicopter transfer and Monte Carlo Cercle Card
InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa

The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is decorated in traditional Polynesian style with spectacular views of Moorea.

Inclusions:

  • Return Economy Class Flights with Air Tahiti Nui to Papeete (taxes included)
  • Meet & greet with flower lei upon arrival in Tahiti
  • Shared transfer from airport to your hotel in Tahiti
  • 7 nights at Intercontinental Tahiti Resort & Spa in a Lagoon View Room
  • Buffet breakfast included
  • Shared departure transfer with shell lei from your hotel to the international airport

*Festive Season at additional cost

Ibo Island Resort - Mozambique

Ibo Island Lodge is located on the prime waterfront site where romantic dhows sail out to sea on each high tide. The lodge encompasses magnificent mansions, each over one hundred years old, with coral and lime walls over a metre thick, high lofty ceilings and original beams. Ibo Island is a potential World Heritage Site and, therefore, the rooms have been designed to incorporate the architecture and the style of the original ruins. The lodge accommodates guests in beautifully elegant, yet simple rooms, with indigenous solid teak and mahogany furniture, handcrafted by the people of Ibo.

All nine bedrooms are individual and feature a king size 4-poster, or twin hand-crafted bed, with crisp cotton linen. In keeping with the historical Indian influence on Ibo, the beds are covered in Indian silk throws. Bathrooms are all en suite, with twin basins and large marble showers. All rooms have ceiling fans and air conditioning. Wide verandahs are a traditional feature of all Ibo buildings, but we widened ours considerably to house comfortable plantation-style chairs, with soft cushions from which guests can enjoy drinks and make the very most of either the sea or garden views.

Inclusions:

• Accommodation in a Sea-Facing room
• All Meals
• Bottled water, tea, coffee
• Non-motorised water sports

Priced from $470 per night

Kalahari Luxury

Tswalu Kalahari is the largest private game reserve in Southern Africa. The 5 star Motse Lodge offers a combination of refined elegance, beautiful untouched surroundings and rustic charm. Enjoy 4 luxurious nights exploring Tswalu with its open savannahs in search of a range of animals such as black maned lions, pangolins and aardvarks.

Inclusions:

  • 4 nights at 5 star Motse Lodge Tswalu Kalahari

  • Free return charter flights from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Tswalu

  • All meals and local drinks

  • All game activities including horse riding

  • Private guide, vehicle and tracker

  • Laundry and valet service

Kenya and Tanzania Experience

14 Day Nairobi to Nairobi, Private Safari. Travel through the best of Kenya and Tanzania on your own private safari, with your very own vehicle and guide.

This road safari visits the highlights of East Africa including the magnificent Serengeti and Maasai Mara Game Reserves, the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater and the famous Amboseli National Park.

The itinerary featured in this description is based on five star properties but this itinerary is also available on a 4 star or 3 star level to suite any budget.

Prices include all meals, park fees, safari activities, and exclusive additional activities.

Day 1: Nairobi
You will be met on arrival by your driver and transferred to your Hotel for a safari orientation. You will have time to freshen up before your welcome dinner at Café Magreb, located at the Nairobi Serena Hotel.

Accommodation: Nairobi Serena Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Amboseli
This morning, enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at your Hotel before checking out and departing for Amboseli National Park at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro. You will arrive in time for lunch and then later this afternoon, embark on an afternoon game drive in this stunning park.

Accommodation: Amboseli Serena lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Amboseli
Depart on your early morning game drive in the Amboseli National Park, returning to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, participate in a tree planting ceremony to help rehabilitate the Amboseli ecosystem ravaged by drought and elephants.

Early afternoon spent relaxing at the Lodge before joining your safari guide for your early evening Game drive returning at dusk.

Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lake Manyara
After breakfast and checkout, you will depart for the Tanzania/Kenya border where we clear customs and immigration and meet up with our Tanzanian guide. From here we head for Arusha and a lunch stop before continuing on to Lake Manyara National Park. We will do a game drive on our way to the lodge.

Accommodation: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ngorongoro
We will have breakfast, a game drive and lunch at Lake Manyara before departing for the Ngorongoro conservation area. This afternoon is yours to enjoy the magnificent views over the Ngorongoro crater.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Ngorongoro
Early this morning, we depart the lodge for a full day game drive on the crater floor, including a picnic lunch. This magnificent wildlife area is home to the Big Five plus a vast variety of plains game and birds. Ascend the crater this afternoon for a drive around the crater rim we get an idea of the size of the crater before returning to the lodge.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Serengeti
After breakfast, we check out and proceed to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge. When we enter the park it will be a game drive all the way to the lodge.

Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Serengeti
Today we will do early morning and afternoon game drives throughout the Serengeti national park. Arguably one of the most famous game reserves in the world, the Serengeti is truly a wildlife haven and home to the magnificent wildebeest and zebra migration.

Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Lake Victoria
Breakfast at Serengeti Serena Lodge and check out before departing for Musoma, a small town on the shores of Lake Victoria. Here you will be assisted onto a boat transfer (approximately one hour) to Serenity on the Lake, Lake Victoria. This afternoon we will enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Accommodation: Serenity on The Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Maasai Mara
We will enjoy breakfast overlooking Lake Victoria before checking out and departing by boat back to our vehicle. We will then proceed to the Kenya/Tanzania border at Isebania where we will again complete formalities to leave Tanzania and enter Kenya. We meet up with our Kenyan guide and continue on to the Mara Serena lodge. Once inside the park it will be a game drive all the way to the lodge.

Accommodation: Mara Serena Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Msasai Mara
An early start today with a morning game drive in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve followed by a “Hippo Pool breakfast” by the riverside. A full English breakfast will be cooked before you. Enjoy a glass of chilled ‘buck’s fizz’ while you watch the hippos in the river below.

After breakfast we will return to the lodge for some relaxation for the rest of the morning and then a delicious lunch. In the late afternoon we will once again board the vehicle and go in search of Africa’s magnificent wildlife.

Accommodation: Mara Serena Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Lake Nakuru
Enjoy breakfast before we check out and travel by road to Lake Nakuru Lodge, inside the Nakuru National park arriving in time for lunch. This afternoon we will do a game drive in Nakuru National Park. We can expect to find rhino, buffalo and many other species of game here.

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Nairobi
After breakfast, we will check out and make our way to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch. This afternoon is at your leisure.

This evening your guide will meet up with you again and take you to the world famous ‘carnivore restaurant’ for dinner. As the name suggest, the main ingredient on the menu is meat and with many different varieties to choose from, including some exotic species such as Ostrich and Crocodile this is sure to be a farewell dinner to remember.

Accommodation: Nairobi Serena Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Tour Ends
This morning is at your leisure to enjoy breakfast and then maybe do some last minute shopping in the curio shop before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Accommodation: End of arrangements
Meals: Breakfast

Barcelona Gourmet Package

Explore Barcelona’s cuisine with this 4-night package. This package includes a fabulous tapas walking tour and a hands-on cooking experience. Learn the art of Spanish cooking.

Inclusions:

  • One-way private transfer from Barcelona airport, port or train station to your Barcelona hotel
  • 4 nights at the 4* Hotel Regina with breakfast daily
  • Tapas walking tour and discover the most famous gourmet street of Barcelona: Las Ramblas
  • Visit the Boqueria market and learn the art of Spanish cooking
Explore Paris In Summer

L’Hotel Du Collectionneur is characterised by its elegant rooms and suites feature Art-Deco style furnishings and marble bathrooms, plus flat-screen TVs, minibars and free WiFi.

Inclusions:

  • One-way private transfer from Paris airport or train station to your Paris hotel
  • Giverny and Versaille Mini Bus Tour
  • 2CV + Montmartre and Champagne Tour by night (2hr)
  • 3 Day zone 1-3
Italian Lakes and Tuscany Tour

Explore the palaces of Genoa, seductive Portofino and the craggy Cinque Terre, Tuscany’s medieval towns, the delightful villages and ports that litter Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda, and stay in a Venetian Villa in the Veneto region.

Inclusions:

  • All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
  • 15 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • Welcome drinks Stresa, and Winnie’s Bar beside Lake Garda
  • Breakfast daily
  • 10 dinners including 4 local restaurant dinners – Stresa, Lucca, Tuscan Hills & Lake Garda, plus farewell dinner in our Venetian Villa hotel
  • Lunch in Lucca and a light lunch at Panini Hombre
  • Wine & olive oil tasting in a Tuscan Osteria, pizza and pasta cooking demonstration in Lucca, ‘Parmigiano-Reggiano’ tasting at the Panini Hombre farm and Grappa Museum tour and tasting
  • Entrances: Isola Bella, Abbey of San Fruttuoso, Accademia Gallery Florence, Ferrari Museum Maranello, the Panini family private Maserati collection, Villa and Gardens of Il Vittoriale, Poli
  • Grappa Museum
  • Local guides – Isola Bella, Genoa, Florence, Ferrari Museum, Il Vittoriale by Lake Garda, Verona, Vicenza, Poli Grappa Museum
  • Private boat rides on Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, panoramic train ride on the Centovalli Express train to Locarno, visit Portofino by boat and Cinque Terre boat excursion
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WIFI available on most coaches and at hotels
Eastern Explorer - Toronto to Montreal

Refresh your senses

Canada has natural features of a scale and variety that can make you giddy with wonder. However, even in a land with such a vast array of splendours, the incomparable Niagara Falls stands out as something special.

Cruise to the base of this elemental marvel and you’ll soon be sprayed by the vast quantities of water cascading down in front of you. It’s a refreshing experience like no other. The roar alone is worth the journey, and when you finally walk away from the magnificent cacophony you may feel as if you’ve just arisen from a meditation. Of course, this is only one highlight in an itinerary that also includes Parc Omega, with its wealth of wildlife, and the old towns of Montréal and Québec City, among many other attractions. Enjoy.

Le Méridien Nouméa and Le Paradis d’Ouvéa

Le Meridien Noumea is located on the beachfront overlooking the blue, crystal waters of Anse Vata Bay. Travel North to the Loyalty Island of Ouvéa to stay at Le Paradis d’Ouvéa, a romantic paradise on long, white sandy beaches extending 25km.

Finally enjoy an unforgettable stay in the Isle of Pines “The Island Closest to Paradise”.

Inclusions:

  • Flights Return Economy Class Flights with Aircalin (taxes included)
  • Meet & greet with flower garland upon arrival in New Caledonia
  • Shared transfer from Tontouta International Airport to your hotel in Noumea
  • 1 night at Le Meridien Noumea in a Resort Suite
  • Shared transfer from your hotel in Noumea to the domestic airport
  • Domestic flight from Noumea Magenta Airport to Ouvea + 1 luggage 20kg per adult
  • Shared transfer from Isle of Pines Airport to Hotel
  • 5 Nights at Le Meridien Isle of Pines in a Coconut Grove Bungalow
  • Buffet breakfast in Ouvea
  • Shared transfer from your hotel in Ouvea to the domestic airport
  • Domestic flight from Ouvea Airport to Isle of Pines Airport (via Noumea) + 1 luggage 20kg per adult
  • Shared transfer from Ouvea Airport to Hotel
  • 5 Nights at Paradis D’Ouvea in a Deluxe Lagoon Bungalow
  • Shared transfer from your hotel in Isle of Pines to the domestic airport
  • Domestic flight from Isle of Pines to Noumea Magenta Airport + 1 luggage 20kg per adult
  • Shared transfer from Isle of Pines airport to your hotel in Noumea
  • 3 nights at Le Meridien Noumea in a Resort Suite
  • Shared departure transfer from your hotel to Tontouta International Airport
Velassaru

Velassaru boasts gentle sands leading you to the water’s edge. Soothing vistas across the spectacular turquoise lagoon at sunset. Minimalist contemporary chic meets comfortable natural elegance in your own private hideaway. Five dining venues, each providing a taste of the exotic.

Two innovative bars, the ultimate chill-out. Experiences that immerse you in local culture, underwater explorations that introduce you to our tropical marine world. Days and nights of simple indulgence.

Inclusions:

  • Return Airfares with Singapore Airlines
  • Return Speedboat Transfers
  • Deluxe Bungalow
  • Breakfast daily
Breathtaking Bordeaux

Where romance meets reality

The name Bordeaux has always evoked impressions of quiet sensual pleasure, where the civilised and the natural coexist in easy harmony, and wine lovers are free to engage their favourite pastime – savouring the world’s finest wines.

In fact, the reality of Bordeaux is not that different from the romantic impression most people have of it. Extraordinary landscapes, delicious fare, prepared with a finesse so characteristic of the French, winemaking that has been refined to an art, and a wealth of historical riches, from elegant châteaux to churches that have been around for longer than most of the new world. Visit Grand Cru Class wine estates, explore the Cognac region and sample its famous brandy, and sample fresh oysters from the waters of Arcachon Bay. You’ll find that beautiful Bordeaux is everything you imagined it to be, and more.

Inclusions:

  • Your own butler
  • Laundry concierge
  • Complimentary beverages all day, everyday
  • Six dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary
  • Balcony suites, including a Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers, at your convenience
Châteaux Rivers and Wine

Explore Bordeaux like never before

Essence of Vietnam

Discover the beauty and culture of Vietnam on this 12 day journey, complete with 2 nights in magical Halong Bay. Travel south across the entire country.

Inclusions:

  • Discover Hanoi’s Old Quarter, known as ‘36 streets,’ on your cyclo (ricksharide
  • Explore the picturesque bays and limestone cliffs of Halong Bay on a two night scenic cruise
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang and marvel at the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel
  • Cruise down the Perfume River
  • Take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage listed old quarter
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City and see Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House
  • ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and PORTERAGE
Gems of South East Asia

Get the real taste of South East Asia on this 17 day journey through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, finishing with a luxury river cruise on the Mekong.

Inclusions:

  • 100% one-bedroom balcony suites
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Private butler for all guests
  • Choice of four dining options, from casual fare
  • in River Café to fine dining in Crystal Dining
  • Complimentary on board guest laundry
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers

Highlights:

  • Marvel at Wat Po’s 45m reclining Buddha
  • Explore Bangkok’s Grand Palace
  • Visit Wat Phra That on top of Doi Suthep Mountain
  • Experience an elephant ride at a training camp
  • Witness sunrise over the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex
  • Visit Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm
  • Climb up to Wat Hanchey and meet novice monks
  • Visit floating villages along the Mekong River
  • Explore Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace
  • Enjoy a wonderful performance of Apsara
  • Visit Cai Be’s floating market and a rice factory
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City
Gems of France

You can choose to see it all

The tragedy of any travel itinerary is that it cannot cover everything. By necessity, you have to choose. However, with this itinerary, you can combine some of the very best that France has to offer, North and South.

Treat yourself to a comprehensive itinerary that takes in two of France’s foremost waterways – the Seine, which flows through the heart of Paris and heads through Northern France before entering the open waters of the English Channel; and the Rhône, which heads in the opposite direction, past rolling vineyards, imposing castles and timeless villages, before spilling into the Mediterranean Sea. If all you want is everything, this is the ideal travel itinerary for you.

Inclusions:

  • Your own butler
  • Laundry concierge
  • Complimentary beverages all day, everyday
  • Six dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary
  • Balcony suites, including a Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers, at your convenience

Highlights:

  • Meet your fellow guests at a Captains welcome dinner on board your Scenic Space-Ship
  • Seize the opportunity to take easy paced bicycle rides at your leisure through spectacular scenery and villages
  • Sail along the majestic Seine River through landscapes that have inspired artists for generations
  • Delight in the gastronomic specialties of northern and southern France on board your Scenic Space-Ship
  • Sail to the open waters of the English Channel on board the luxurious Scenic Gem
  • From Tournon experience the charm of days gone by on board an historic steam train journey through picturesque landscapes
  • Learn about French cooking during an on board cooking demonstration
Grand European Tour

Travel through the heart of Europe

From Holland’s windmills and tulip fields to Germany’s fairy-tale castles and the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley, this 15-day voyage presents the highlights of the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Savor a decadent Sachertorte in a Viennese café, enjoy panoramic views of imperial Budapest and appreciate the genius of Mozart. Guests who choose this voyage soon see why it is our most popular itinerary.

Mystical Myanmar

Cruise the Mekong River and explore the culture and traditions of Vietnam and Cambodia over 22 days. HIghlights include Hanoi, Halong Bay and Angkor Wat.

An 18 day journey through untouched Myanmar. Unearth archaeological wonders, spend time on Inle Lake and cruise along the Irrawaddy River in luxury.

From royal Mandalay to entrancing Inle Lake

Myanmar’s exquisite temples hold pride of place in the heart of this mesmerizing country, however Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring power has carved out a few spectacles of her own.

Yangon is the perfect introduction to this incredible country. Navigate the vibrant streets seeking out keepsakes to take home or watch the golden sunset bounce off the Shwedagon Pagoda, there’s always plenty to appreciate in this hidden gem of a city. Take to the waters of the Irrawaddy in unprecedented luxury, as you journey from Pyay to Mandalay. Encounter traditional, untouched villages, have the opportunity to visit the temples of Bagan and marvel at the untold number of pagodas, temples and monasteries. The majestic Inle Lake reveals the ancient practice of one-legged rowing, perfected over centuries this is one of the many unique Myanmar traditions you’ll come across during your time in this striking land.

Inclusions:

  • 100% one bedroom balcony suites
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Private butler for all guests
  • Choice of dining options, from casual fare in River Café to fine dining in Crystal Dining
  • Complimentary on board guest laundry
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet (when signal available)
  • Return airport transfers

Highlights:

  • Experience Inle Lake by comfortable long tail boats and explore the villages and towns in the surrounding countryside with Scenic FreeChoice

  • Visit Myanmar’s first World Heritage Site

  • Explore the former capitals of Sagaing and Inwa

  • Discover the village of Myinkaba, a small village famous for its laquerware workshops.

  • Explore the temples of Bagan with Scenic FreeChoice

  • Try local forms of transport including trishaws and horse carts

  • Visit traditional tea shops and sample local snacks with friendly locals

  • Donate to the saffron-clad monks and novices collecting alms in Mandalay

  • Visit local villages and see how the locals make their livelihood

Portugal's River of Gold

Enjoy the Douro’s beauty & history

Spend two fascinating days and nights exploring Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon. Then sail the Douro River past steeply terraced vineyards to ports of call with charming town squares, colorful castles, baroque mansions and historic monasteries. Visit the Spanish medieval city of Salamanca and sample Portuguese specialties like salt cod, hearty soups and of course the area’s sensational port and tawny wines.

Footsteps of the Seafaring Nations

This cruise truly covers the whole of the Iberian Peninsula, the British Isles and a part of Scandinavia sailing from Barcelona to Bergen over 23 days.

Saltwater in their bones

Discover the history, culture, wildlife and people that make up some of the most adventurous and independent cultures on Earth. Nations built around and dependent upon the might of the ocean. Seafarers always look towards the horizon and this beautiful, exciting journey will allow you to do the same.

On Scenic Eclipse you’ll cruise the coast of Spain, sail out into the vast Atlantic Ocean and head west for the delights of the quirky Scilly Isles, the poetry and passion of Ireland and the rugged crags of the Scottish Isles before landing in the home of the Vikings, Norway. With plenty of opportunities to venture out via Zodiac, kayak, e-bikes, helicopter and submarine, you’ll soon feel the saltwater in your seafaring veins.

Inclusions:

  • World’s first luxury Discovery Yacht
  • 100% verandah suites
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Five dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Expert Discovery Team
  • All shore excursions
Iceland and Atlantic Canada

On this 13 day cruise from Reykjavik to Quebec City you will love discovering the islands that connect the American continent to the European continent.

Across the Atlantic

Introducing a truly handcrafted itinerary that offers up a one-of-a-kind experience, taking you to locations no cruise yacht has gone before. From the cradle of Viking domination to the elegance of the French Canadian region.

Venture into places you’ve always dreamt of. Whether via helicopter, submarine, Zodiac or kayak we’ll take you to places few have visited, from remote fjords in Iceland and Greenland to the hidden treasure of Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, on Canada’s Atlantic Coast. Commencing in Iceland, you’ll cruise the magnificent Denmark Strait to Greenland, Newfoundland and finally Canada. Explore the glacial landscapes of Greenland’s Skjoldungen Fjord, visit Nanortalik Island by Zodiac and cruise the Labrador Sea before the majesty of Canada reveals itself to you. Epic locations for an epic adventure.

Inclusions:

  • World’s first luxury Discovery Yacht
  • 100% verandah suites
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Five dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Expert Discovery Team
  • All shore excursions
New York, NY to Bridgetown

GOURMET CRUISE WITH RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX®

Embark Silver Whisper in New York City, and absorb the best of the Southern Caribbean. As you indulge in idyllic island views, four Relais & Châteaux® guest chefs treat you to the highlights of their craft: Head Chef Jason Joseph of Camelot Restaurant in Cobbler’s Cove, Chef Jacop Jasinki of Ocean House in Rhode Island, Chef Gunnar Thompsonof of Glenmere Mansion in New York and Chef Louis Pacquelin of Auberge St. Antoine in Quebec with each guest chef preparing two marvelous gala dinners. Complementing our restful days at sea, enjoy four cooking demonstrations as an extra treat.

Inclusions:

  • Spacious suites – over 85% with private verandas
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Free WiFi throughout the ship
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • 24-hour dining service
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment lecturers
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Onboard gratuities
Norwegian Fjords

Discover one of the northernmost islands in the world before sailing to the famous Norwegian Fjords on this 13 day cruise from Longyearben to Bergen.

Inclusions:

  • World’s first luxury Discovery Yacht
  • 100% verandah suites
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Five dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Expert Discovery Team
  • All shore excursions
Italy Friuli – Food & Wine of the Adriatic Sea

For an amazingly authentic and all inclusive experience in northern Italy, consider a stay in the region of Friuli. This is a great package for those looking to learn more about local wines and regional foods. Departing from Venice, this six day experience is your chance to connect with locals and enjoy a little piece of regional Italy.

Inclusions

  • Transport
  • Airport pick up (Venice)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) + drinks
  • Five nights 4 star accommodation
  • 24h private English tour guide
  • All cooking classes
  • All wine tastings
  • All entrance fees
Italy Rome – Temptations of the City

Italians are the masters of creating simple dishes that sing with flavour. Regional, seasonal and as fresh as possible, Italy’s cuisine is hearty, satisfying and made with heart. Inspired by the kitchens of the nonna, Italy’s food is authentic and surprising – pizza and pasta are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find on this adventure that travels from Rome to Venice via San Gimignano and Bologna.

Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Transportation, bus, metro, private minibus, train
  • 2 nights stay at a farm
  • 5 nights stay at a hotel
  • Farmstay (2 nights), Hotel (5 nights)
  • Wine Tour and Tasting in Agriturismo
  • Gelato Museum visit including gelato making in Bologna
  • Pasta-making class in Bologna
  • City Food Tour in Rome
  • Welcome aperitivo and stuzzichini in Rome
  • Cicchetti Crawl in Venice
  • City Orientation Walking Tour in Venice
  • Group Tour Leader
Italy, Sicily – Savour Sicily

Known as the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily has a long history of producing a variety of noted cuisines and wines with one of the most important aspects of Sicilian cuisine being the quality of ingredients used. Sicily, like many other areas of Italy, still follows the seasons very closely, resulting in fresh produce which are rich in fragrance and flavour. On this 11 day tour, you will experience the best of Sicily with cooking demonstrations and sightseeing around the island.

Inclusions:

  • Boutique stays in centrally located accommodation, including breakfast
  • Transfers on arrival (Palermo) and departure (Catania/Siracusa)
  • Land transportation in an air-conditioned mini-van, with our own personal driver
  • Ferry to and from the Aeolian island of Salina
  • Lunches and dinners, including beverages, at what we consider to be Sicily’s most memorable and authentic restaurants
  • Cooking demonstrations with Sicily’s best chefs, including recipes and aprons
  • Food related tours and tastings including our favourite pastry shops, Sicily’s liveliest markets, wineries, delicatessens, a dairy and a chocolate factory
  • Entrance fees into the temples of Agrigento
  • Printed maps and guides to help you roam and wander the towns ?in your free time as well as us on hand at all times to provide our knowledge and suggestions on all things Sicilian
Italy, Tuscany – Tuscan Cooking

Have fun and join our cookery and wine tasting holiday in this beautiful part of Northern Tuscany. Combine cooking and wine tasting and learn all the basic Italian cooking techniques and traditions la bella “Garfagnana and Serchio Valley has to offer. We will visit our local market, wander the streets of Barga, known as one of the prettiest villages in Italy and we shall visit Lucca. The most part of the time there are concerts, folk festivals, outdoor food festivals (where you can savour typical products), theatre, Barga Jazz and the Opera Barga.

Inclusions

  • Transfers included (driver will have a sign saying “La Mezzaluna”)
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch
  • Evening meals
  • Wine and soft drinks included in meals (all other drinks are extra)
  • 2 x 4 hour cookery sessions
  • Trip to Barga, Lucca, Local Market
  • Live music with Alex.
  • Wine tasting at Alex’s winery “Per…Bacco! “
  • Local transfers
  • Free time to relax and explore the area
Vietnam, Hanoi

Vietnamese food is one of the most varied and seductive in the world with a delicious mix of food from its colonial visitors and age-old native flavours and techniques. This tour includes cooking demonstrations, cooking lessons with local families giving an unparalleled insight into this beguiling country’s delicious cuisine plus stopping off at all the key highlights en route.

Inclusions

  • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Economy class flight Danang – Saigon
  • Hanoi Market visit and cooking lesson
  • Sampan and row boat journeys in the Mekong Delta
  • Guided sightseeing – Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Ho Ain, Mekong Delta and Saigon
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Maximum group size: 16 travellers
  • 8 nights 4 star and special class hotels, 1 night deluxe junk boat and 1 overnight sleeper train (Junk boat: private cabin, Sleeper train: basic, 4 berth cabin.)
  • Halong Bay Junk boat cruise – swim, kayak, explore caves and floating villages
  • Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration
  • Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 11
  • Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide.
  • Visa approval letter (excl. stamping fee required upon arrival)
Vietnam, Hanoi Region

Most people come to Hanoi ready to eat. In Hanoi, street food is not merely a quaint or exotic culinary excursion, but is central to how people eat and helps define the culture and rhythm of the city.  The food available in Hanoi’s narrow alleys and tree-lined boulevards is just as much a part of the city as its lakes and old-world architecture. In fact, all of these elements combine with the indomitable spirit of the Vietnamese people to produce a lively culinary scene that is both diverse and confronting. 

Inclusions:

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
  • Street food tastings on Day 1 in the evening
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • Departure transfer
Vietnam, Saigon

Vietnamese cuisine is regarded as one of the world’s best, and just like the country’s geographical divisions, the food can also be separated into South, Central, and Northern style. As you travel up the coast on this ten day journey, experience Vietnamese culture, history, beaches, and food. With exclusive cooking courses and meals at top restaurants, this trip is sure to please the taste buds.

Inclusions:

  • Nine nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees and flights as per itinerary
Canadian Rockies Excursion

Pre-Tour Cruise ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Travel from the shoreline to the mountain peaks with two-days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, including a stunning helicopter tour of the Rockies’ legendary looming crags. Start or finish this 13-day journey with a luxurious Alaskan cruise.

Inclusions and highlights:

  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise, Verandah (GoldLeaf) or Ocean-View (SilverLeaf) Stateroom
  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain
  • Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Summit Helicopter Flightseeing
  • Calgary Tower
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff
  • Hotel-cruise terminal transfers in Vancouver
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
Canadian Rockies Getaway

Keep a lookout for a jaw-dropping range of wildlife on this spellbinding 9-day Rocky Mountaineer trip that includes a visit to Yoho National Park and the Columbia Icefields.

Inclusions and highlights:

  • 4 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 4 lunches, 4 breakfasts
  • 8 nights hotel
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise
  • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff
  • Banff tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper and Banff
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass

 

Option: Post-Tour Cruise ms Volendam

16 Nights from $7916

See everything the great west coast has to offer on this 17-day getaway, from the thrashing waves of the Pacific Ocean to the highest peak of the Canadian Rockies, on this all-encompassing cruise and rail experience.

Inclusions and highlights:

  • 4 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise, Verandah (GoldLeaf) or Ocean-View (SilverLeaf) Stateroom
  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners9 nights hotel
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise
  • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff
  • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper and Banff
  • Hotel-cruise terminal transfers in Vancouver
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
Coastal Passage Canadian Rockies

Embark on a journey of beautiful coastal cities and breathing mountain towns. This 8-day journey includes time in Seattle, Vancouver, Banff and Lake Louise.

Inclusions and highlights:

  • 3 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • Rail station transfers in Seattle, Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner (Eastbound)
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches (Westbound)
  • 7 nights hotel
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain
  • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise (or reverse)
  • Lake Louise to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola (or reverse)
  • Summit Helicopter Flightseeing
  • Calgary Tower
Rainforest to Gold Rush on the Rocky Mountaineer

Travel from Quesnel to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer, carving through extreme landscapes including the largest temperate rainforest in the world and the rugged desertification of the Fraser Canyon. Melt back into your seat, or grab the rails and drink in some of the fresh air of the Cariboo Gold Rush Region’s pastoral ranchlands.

Enjoy some of the most breathtaking and varied rail scenery found anywhere in the world on this route. Travel past stunning lakes, through the coastal rainforest and the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon into the vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau. Visit the Gold Pan City of Quesnel, journey through the Rocky Mountain Trench, be awestruck by spectacular Mount Robson, and finish off in the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.

Rocky Mountaineer Journey Through the Clouds

Witness the unparalleled beauty of some of the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies and prepare to do some serious neck-swivelling to peek at eagles soaring through treetops. This route takes you through some of Canada’s most remote and stunning vistas.

Travel through scenic valleys, the Coastal Mountain Range and the Fraser Canyon with its spectacular white water and dramatic landscape. You will follow the route of the Fraser River, home of British Columbia’s largest salmon fishing run, pass by the Albreda Glacier and magnificent Pyramid Falls, and hopefully see wildlife on the way. The highlight of this route is majestic Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Taste of the Rockies Circle with Pre-Tour Cruise

To begin your trip, board the ms Nieuw Amsterdam for a luxurious Alaskan cruise.

Then travel through the awe-inspiring Rockies by train, winding through the picturesque resort town of Banff, past glaciers, rushing falls and majestic peaks, to the quaint town of Jasper.

Inclusions and highlights:

  • 4 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise, Verandah (GoldLeaf Service) or Ocean-View (SilverLeaf Service)
  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 7 nights hotel
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Banff to Jasper
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, and Jasper
  • Hotel-cruise terminal transfers in Vancouver
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
  • Alaskan Cruise aboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Pre-Tour Cruise ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Adelaide To Alice Springs Or V.V.

One night and two days. Roll from the deep green pastures of the South into rich red outback splendour. 

Option 1

  • Taste of the Top End
  • Darwin To Adelaide Or V.V.
  • 6 Days 5 Nights
  • From $487* Per Person Per Day
  • Adult From $2920 Per Person 

Option 2

  • Darwin And Tiwi Islands By Design
  • Darwin To Adelaide Or V.V.
  • 6 Days 5 Nights
  • From $511* Per Person Per Day
  • Adult From $3065 Per Person

Option 3

  • Kakadu Splendour
  • Adelaide To Darwin Or V.V.
  • 7 Days 6 Nights
  • From $475* Per Person Per Day
  • Adult From $3321 Per Person
Darwin to Adelaide 4 Day Ghan

From the Top End to Adelaide with so much in between … a feast of history and culture awaits as you discover every aspect of Darwin and the colorful Northern Territory.

Explore spectacular Litchfield National Park, see the famous jumping crocodiles and discover the wonders of Katherine before making your way into the burning heart of Australia to Adelaide via Alice Springs and subterranean Coober Pedy.

Inclusions and highlights:

  • 3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition (4-day), Darwin to Adelaide
  • 3 nights accommodation Darwin
  • 1/2 day morning tour of Darwin
  • 1 day Litchfield and Jumping Crocodiles Tour
Darwin to Alice Springs

Set off from Darwin at 10am, travelling into the heart of Australia, 1,559km to the iconic outback town of Alice Springs.

Inclusions and highlights:

  • 1 night aboard The Ghan
  • 3 nights accommodation Darwin
  • 1/2 day morning tour of Darwin
  • 1 day Litchfield and Jumping Crocodiles Tour

Option 1

Darwin, Uluru and Kings Canyon

  • Darwin To Alice Springs Or V.V
  • 7 Days 6 Nights
  • From $413* per person per day
  • Adult From $2887 Per Person

 

Option 2

Kakadu Splendour

  • Alice Springs To Darwin Or V.V
  • 6 Days 5 Nights
  • From $371* per person per day
  • Adult From $2221 Per Person

Option 3

The Red Centre

  • Darwin To Alice Springs Or V.V
  • 7 Days 6 Nights
  • From $426* per person per day
  • Adult From $2978 Per Person
Kakadu Splendor

Explore Darwin at your own pace and enjoy a relaxing evening dinner cruise on Darwin Harbour. Visit magnificent Kakadu National Park to discover the sights of Nourlangie Rock, Yellow Water Billabong, Ubirr, Arnhem Land and beyond. Before taking The Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide via the wonder and beauty of Katherine.

  • Prices valid from 01 April 2016 – 31 March 2017
  • From $428* per person per day
  • Package Price*
  • Gold Service Everyday Adult from $3496 pp
The Red Centre

Tour the most popular geographical landmarks of Central Australia and enjoy nibbles and a glass of wine as the sun sets over Uluru.

Then enjoy a magical dining experience under a starlit outback sky, before losing yourself in the comfort and relaxed atmosphere onboard The Ghan as you make your way to Darwin.

 

The Territory Complete

Prepare for a holiday of unimaginable proportions as you step onboard The Ghan to Alice Springs. Marvel at Uluru and explore Kata Tjuta and the Valley of the Winds. Tour Kings Canyon, and take a 4WD safari before rejoining The Ghan and travelling on to spectacular Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and the city of Darwin.

Experience the incredible beauty of Kakadu when you cruise Yellow Water Billabong and East Alligator River whilst gaining an insight into the culture and mythology of the area by your local guide.

Prices valid from 01 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

From $368* per person per day

Package Price*
Gold Service Everyday Adult from $5715 pp

Ultimate Tiwi Islands

From the vibrant sophistication of Adelaide, you’ll enjoy an iconic train journey aboard The Ghan into the Red Center and beyond. Spend an unforgettable three days on Tiwi Islands discovering the local culture and fascinating history.

 

Uluru and Kings Canyon

Leaving from Darwin on The Ghan, experience the wonder of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and Alice Springs before a three day tour taking in Uluru, Kata Tjuta and remarkable Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park. Climb to the rim of this natural wonder or take an easier walk along the Canyon floor.

 

Central American Volcano Adventure

Explore incredibly colourful worlds – both above and below the water – on an epic journey from the sunny beaches of Mexico, through jungle and Caribbean coastline to the volcanic mountains of Costa Rica. Travel to Belize and discover a vibrant marine playground in Caye Caulker, walk through the steamy Monteverde cloud forest and visit the famous Tikal pyramids, arguably the most stunning of the Guatemala ruins. Learn the secrets of the ancient Mayans and pass through jaw-dropping scenery on this Central American adventure.

Highlights:

  • Discover Central America, a land of mysterious Maya ruins, active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles. See the sights and engage in a wide range of optional activities across seven different countries on this epic Latin adventure
  • A few days on Caye Caulker provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy laidback island vibes and exceptional snorkelling on the nearby reefs.
  • A homestay in San Jorge La Laguna invites you to connect with a local family. Sit down for breakfast and dinner with your hosts and work on improving your Spanish
  • Experience an El Salvador of the past in the colonial town of Suchitoto, before savouring the blissful present on the black-sand beaches along its Pacific Coast
  • Hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde in Costa Rica. Get up close to nature among the hundreds of mammal, bird and plant species that call this place home
  • Encounter Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna. Whether it’s reflecting back at you in the lake or heating the thermal pools you’re stewing away in, the magnificent volcano always makes its presence felt
Expedition Djibouti - Footsteps of the Afar

See Lake Assal and Ardoukoba Volcano as you hike, snorkel, swim and camel-trek through Djibouti.


With its mix of hiking, snorkelling and camel riding this trip is not for the faint hearted. However, if you want to experience life like a nomad as we traverse the Djibouti landscape alongside a camel; hike to the top of a volcano; float in one of the world’s saltiest lakes and come face-to-face with whale sharks then this expedition is right up your alley. The scenery is diverse and spectacular, passing everything from volcanoes, hot springs and salt flats to beaches and forests. Hikes to Lake Assal, Ardoukoba Volcano and Foret du Day National Park are rewarded with free time on the beach at Plage des Sables Blancs and sleeping “Belles Étoiles” (under the stars) at Allouli.

Highlights:

  • Get up close and personal with whale sharks in the Bay of Ghoubbet on a snorkelling adventure
  • Sleep overnight in a traditional Afar hut at Campement Touristique d’Asboley, perched on a hill with spectacular views
  • Watch sunrise from the shores of Lake Abbe, which featured in the original ‘Planet Of The Apes’ movie thanks to its famous chimneys, salt flats and hot springs.
  • Join a Nomad Camel Caravan and trek to Lake Assal, the lowest point on land in Africa and one of the world’s saltiest lakes
  • Look for leopards as you hike through the Day Forest National Park
Wild Costa Rica Adventure

Inca Tours does not own any of the hotels, lodges or service providers utilised in making up the tours. As a result Inca Tours is only acting as an agent for the operators and as such does not accept responsibility for any negligence, omissions, errors or differences in standard experienced by passengers when utilising the operators’ products or services. Please Note: for full booking terms and conditions please see the back of our booking form.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive San Jose / Arenal Volcano

On arrival in San Jose you will be met and taken by road to Arenal Volcano.

Day 2 Arenal – Cano Negro National Wildlife Refuge

Full day visit to Cano Negro National Wildlife Refuge.

Day 3 Arenal / Monteverde Cloud Forest

Taken by road from Arenal to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Afternoon canopy walk. 

Day 4 Monteverde / Manuel Antonio NP

Travel from Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve down the Pacific coast to beach-side village of Manuel Antonio. 

Day 5 Manuel Antonio National Park

Morning guided walk of Manuel Antonio National Park. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 6 Manuel Antonio / San Jose

Taken by road to San Jose Airport where you tour ends.

Whale Shark Wonder Week

During April thru to the end of July many of our guests come to visit Ningaloo to tick one BIG item off their bucket list …. swim with Whale Sharks!

So we are making it easy to combine the very best tours that the Ningaloo Reef has to offer… that is our 5 Night Ningaloo Escape & a whale shark tour.

We’ll make all the hard decisions for you with this awesome package…take our advice and get the most out of your visit to the Ningaloo Reef.

Inclusions:

Return Airport Transfers

  • 2 Nights stay at the Ningaloo Reef Resort in a Castaway unit,
  • Whale Shark Day Tour
  • All government charges
  • All snorkel equipment
  • Complimentary pick up from accommodation
  • Full buffet lunch (on Whale Shark tour) and refreshments provided throughout tour
  • 5 Night Ningaloo Escape With Sail Ningaloo
  • 5 Nights Accommodation in a Deluxe Double Cabin
  • Freshly prepared gourmet meals & snacks
  • Tea, coffee, fruit juices & soft drinks
  • Linen and bath towels & beach towels
  • Guided snorkelling & diving activities
  • Snorkelling equipment, Scuba tanks and weights
  • Kayaking equipment & Fishing equipment
Corfu Yacht Charter

Sunsail’s base at Gouvia is nestled between the sea and the rolling green hills of inner Corfu. Perfectly placed to take advantage of the Ionian sailing area, sailors can be stepping onto their yacht 15 minutes after touching down at Corfu Airport.

This area has a huge amount of variety, from the cypress-studded mountainsides and lush olive groves to the rugged coastlines, lively resorts and the secret beaches that appear at every turn. The sailing area is pretty diverse too – south of Corfu are the typical gentle conditions ideal for newly qualified sailors and family holidays, whereas to the north the wind picks up and makes for some pretty spectacular sailing.

The great beaches, terrific watersports, unbeatable nightlife and spectacular history create a sailing holiday that will be hard to forget.

Sailing in Corfu – Ionian

A Greek yacht charter from Corfu is suitable for all levels of qualified sailor. As a cruising ground, the gentle waters of the southern Ionian are a perfect choice for those looking for a no-stress sailing holiday, while more experienced sailors will enjoy the open coastal sailing of the northern Ionian.From April to November, winds are generally north-westerly, ranging from 10 to 15 knots (11 – 17 Mph), with calms in the morning and temperatures averaging 24 – 27ºC (75 – 80ºF).

What’s included ?

To make sure that you get the most out of your Greece Yacht Charter on the Ionian, we have equipped all of our yachts with the highest specification kit to help provide comfort, performance and fun onboard; so all that’s left for you to do is relax and enjoy your sailing holiday with family and friends.

Greece Sailing Adventure - Cyclades Islands

Sail the Mediterranean waters around Greece’s Cyclades Islands

Give in to dreams of sailing the Greek Islands on this seafaring adventure around the renowned Cyclades Islands. Bliss out on Mediterranean waters, swim in turquoise seas, explore ancient towns and delight in fresh Greek food and culture. From laidback non-touristy islands like Small Cyclades to the vibrant holiday mecca of Mykonos, all holiday bases are covered on this eight-day sailing odyssey.

Inclusions:

  • The sight of a Santorini sunset can turn even the most hardened of souls into a romantic. Walk along the volcanic rim of the island past white villages that cling to plunging cliffs
  • Sail across the Aegean Sea on a yacht and island hop through the picture-postcard Cyclades. Swim off the side of the boat and let the waves rock you to sleep each night
  • Feast on fresh seafood at a sleepy waterfront taverna in the Small Cyclades islands, far away from tourists and the rest of the world
  • Step back in time among the Venetian architecture of Naxos and learn about present-day rural life with a daytrip to a country village
  • The chic isle of Mykonos invites you to embrace your hedonistic side with its boutique culture and thumping nightlife
Huahine Dream Cruise - 7 nights Cruise Package

Embark on a seagoing journey with one of the best fleet in French Polynesia! Enjoy an incredible 3-night Dream Yacht Charter experience navigating the stunning seas of Tahiti, then indulge with a stay in a Garden Studio at the Manava Suite Resort. This package also includes a 2 nights stay in the beautiful island of Raiatea, a true piece of paradise! Fill your holiday with memories of all the natural beauty these exotic islands has to offer!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Return Economy Class Flights with Air Tahiti Nui to Papeete (taxes included)
  • Meet & greet with flower lei upon arrival in Tahiti
  • Shared transfer from airport to your hotel in Tahiti
  • 1 night at Manava Suite Resort in a Garden Studio Mandatory Resort Fee included
  • Shared transfer from your hotel to domestic airport
  • Flight from Papeete to Raiatea Shared Transfer from domestic airport to your hotel in Raiatea
  • 1 night at Raiatea Lodge in a Deluxe Lagoon View Room
  • Continental Breakfast included Shared transfer from your hotel to pier
  • 3 nights cruise Dream Yacht Charter in a Double Cabin with private bathroom
    • Includes: all shipboard meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • Shared transfer from pier to your hotel in Raiatea
  • 1 night at Raiatea Lodge in a Deluxe Lagoon View Room
    • Continental Breakfast included
  • Shared transfer from your hotel to domestic airport
  • Flight from Raiatea to Papeete
  • Shared transfer from airport to your hotel in Tahiti
  • 1 night at Manava Suite Resort in a Garden Studio
  • Shared departure transfer with shell lei from pier to the international airport
Luxury Expedition Cruises in Vanuatu and New Zealand

Island Escape Cruises Vanuatu and New Zealand, South Pacific cruises, Vanuatu sailing, Vanuatu islands vacations, Vanuatu cruise ships. On board the Island Passage, you’ll discover the perfectly formed luxury travel experience.

The cruises in New Zealand and Vanuatu are designed to provide the glamour and exclusivity of luxury private motor-yacht cruising, along with an appealing dash of soft adventure. Come along and join us.

Vanuatu is a tropical paradise around 3 hours from both New Zealand and Australia. Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu – just the name is enough to put a faraway look in your eye. Named by Portuguese explorer Pedro Fernandes de Queirós, this island is the largest in the archipelago. It has the Vanuatu’s tallest mountains, the South Pacific’s most delicious beef and the world’s most beautiful beach.

Mountainous and exotically beautiful, Santo has done much for the mystique of the South Pacific. It embraces two contrasting tropical worlds: the western side of the island is wild and untamed with tall volcanic peaks and thick jungle, while the eastern side is a gentle paradise of lush farmland and coral coast. Santo produces copra, cocoa and coffee. It is also famous for its premium beef.

Sail Phuket to Ko Phi Phi

Jump on board and sail between the tropical islands of Thailand

Feel the wind in your hair as you set sail through the paradisical surroundings of Thailand’s west coast. Plunge into the glistening turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea and lie back on powdery white island beaches as this short but sweet sailing adventure gives you a taste of this magnificent part of the world.

Highlights:

  • Leave behind the vibrant, modern pizazz of Phuket and set sail on the beautifully calm waters of the Andaman Sea
  • Explore some of the best beaches of the gulf, sailing in at early morning before the crowds arrive
  • There are few things more relaxing than sleeping out beneath the stars, slipping off to sleep rocked by the gentle pitch of a yacht
  • Feast on delicious food with no effort at all, with the on-board chef whipping up Thai favourites each day
  • Discover the mysterious caves of the lonely island of Ko Hong
  • Luxuriate in the biggest decision of a day being whether to paddleboard or kayak

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