Embark on your own odyssey around ancient Greece on this exciting eight-day trip. You and a small band of voyagers will island-hop to the volcanic landscape of Milos and the unfinished ancient temple of Portara on Naxos, plus take an unforgettable trip to the mainland to wander around the Acropolis in Athens. History welcomes you into every port, and if you’re seeking a deep dive, Atlantis Books in Santorini has a well-read history lesson ready to stick in your backpack.
The adventurous and the academic alike will love this nine-day expedition through Jordan. It goes without saying that an afternoon spent wandering ancient Petra will send you into a state of awe, especially after hiking through sandstone mountains to reach the back entrance. Visits to Amman’s Roman Theatre and other archaeological treasures will guide you through the city’s history. For a more intimate view of yesterday, you’ll attend a cooking class with a local family to prepare traditional meals and spend the night with a Bedouin family in Wadi Rum to learn how they’ve prospered in the Jordanian desert for generations.
You’ll meet tonnes of locals during this week-long historical trip in Jerusalem. Two of them – one Jewish and one Arab – will walk you through the Holy Land, and you’ll encounter many more when you reach the waters of the Dead Sea, step on the sacred grounds of Bethlehem, and eat your way through Tel Aviv’s foodie markets. It’s a life-changing journey and all yours on this easygoing Israel holiday.
Egypt may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you plan to party and travel, but just wait until you experience a felucca cruise along the Nile. The best way to travel solo in Egypt is by joining a trip, and this 10-day option takes out all the hassle, leaving you free to socialise. Start by visiting the pyramids of Giza, before travelling south to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. From here you’ll board your Nile cruise ship for a multi-day voyage upriver to Aswan, where you’ll have a cocktail party as the sun sets over the country.
An eight-day journey into Croatia’s countryside will leave you in awe of the nation’s natural beauty, as you island-hop your way around the glorious Dalmatian coast. After exploring the ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, you’ll head over to Hvar, one of the sunniest islands in Europe. Next up is a visit to Vis, a former Yugoslav military base where nature has taken hold, before you set sail again for the olive groves and vineyards of Korcula. The historical trip ends in Dubrovnik, after you’ve explored the best of the Dalmatian coast.