How do you begin to get an authentic taste of Africa’s southerly nation? Well, thanks to the expert guidance of our Local Insider, this trip is a satisfying three-course meal. To start, we’ll delve into the cultural diversity of Cape Town, forged in the fires of the country’s complex past. Next on the table – after Table Mountain, of course – is an exploration of the Garden Route’s sublime natural bounties, from limestone caves to luscious national parks, epic coastlines and endless vineyards. Your dessert? A luxurious stay on a stunning safari game reserve, where you can join us in search of the Big Five and bask in the glory of the South African wilderness.
Few people have spent the night in a hillside Buddhist temple, but you’ll be one of them by the end of this 10-day delve into South Korea. You and your trip mates will also get a true taste of the country with a traditional cooking class in Busan and rice-based dishes such as bibimbap and makgeolli in Jeonju. In addition, you’ll see the scenery change as you whizz through the countryside by train, hike to Ulsanbawi Rock in Seoraksan National Park and cycle through the temples, rock carvings and pagodas in Gyeongju.
Who wouldn’t want five days in a volcanic archipelago that’s one of the foremost destinations for wildlife viewing in the world? Get up close and personal with the amazing marine life in the Galápagos as your small group kayaks in the clear blue waters of the Itabaca Channel and snorkels around the well-photographed formation of Kicker Rock. Also, get your selfie with the loveable giant tortoises at El Chato nature reserve, swim with sea lions and hike through cactus forests home to hybrid iguanas.
Adventures for solo travellers don’t get any better than this journey into the frosted landscapes of Iceland. During your five-day sightseeing spree, you’ll spend time outside soaking up the big-sky scenery in all manner of fun-filled activities. Warm yourself up in natural hot springs, keeping an eye out for the Northern Lights, after hiking the Sólheimajökull glacier. Who needs traditional sand when you have black volcanic beaches lapped by the Atlantic? Everyone will love the super jeep tour through the Golden Circle, sharing geothermal-baked bread on the way home.