Among many natural and cultural treasures, Nepal is beloved for its serene Himalayan landscapes, home to the world’s highest mountain, as well as seven other peaks exceeding 8,000m (26,246ft) altitude. While you won’t be climbing Mont Everest on this 11-day tour, you will meet one of its summiteers, who will give you a first-hand account of what it’s like. There are also plenty of opportunities to experience the great outdoors yourself – from wild camping and white-water rafting along the Seti River to embark on a wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park. You’ll also explore the capital, Kathmandu, glide across Phewa Lake on a rowing boat and enjoy a sunset yoga class at a hilltop retreat in Sarangkot – with magnificent views of the snow-capped Annapurna mountains in the distance.
With its otherworldly landscapes and an extraordinary array of wildlife, the Galápagos Islands, without doubt, contain some of the most beautiful places to travel in the world. Giant tortoises are just one of the endemic species that live here – and you can see them roaming in the wild in the Santa Cruz highlands on our five-day adventure. You’ll also encounter an abundance of sea lions, marine iguanas and magnificent frigatebirds on San Cristóbal and have a chance to spot white-tipped reef sharks as you kayak or stand up paddleboard in the Itabaca Channel. An optional snorkeling or scuba diving trip to Kicker Rock – where eagle rays, sea turtles and Galápagos sharks are among the rich marine life – is an unforgettable experience.
Hellenistic architecture and endless undulations of rust-coloured mountains make Petra one of western Asia’s most impressive sites – but it’s by no means all that Jordan has to offer. From eating piping hot falafel and silky hummus on a street food tour of Amman to hiking through the dramatic, rocky landscapes of the Shaq al Reesh trail, this eight-day Culture Trip tour will allow you to get under the skin of this remarkable country. Explore the capital’s ancient archaeological sites before cooking and camping at a Bedouin settlement in the desert. Avoid the crowds of Petra by entering through the back door entrance, climbing Mount Haron at sunrise and hiking through the lunar-like Wadi Rum valley – before snorkelling in the Dead Sea off the coast of Aqaba. A chance to soak in the Dead Sea and bathe yourself in mineral-rich mud is the perfect way to top off your adventure.
Full of awe-inspiring glaciers, black sand beaches and volcanic lagoons, Iceland’s landscapes are like nothing else on earth. It would be impossible to take in the full extent of its beauty in a single trip, but this five-day adventure will give you a thrilling snapshot of this majestic Nordic nation. Live out your Lord of the Rings fantasies while discovering gigantic waterfalls, cruise across a glacier on a snowmobile and soak in natural geothermal springs – while trying to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights dancing across the night sky. Add a private Jeep tour of the Golden Circle, a visit to a geothermal bakery and a trip to the Blue Lagoon to the mix and it’s an adventure you won’t want to come to an end.
Few countries can rival the pulsating cities, vibrant cuisine and incredible scenery of Vietnam – and our 12-day tour helps you experience it to the fullest. Starting in the vibrant capital, Hanoi, you’ll journey north to the rural district of Mai Chau. Lined with rice paddies and sandwiched between forested mountains, it’s a serene spot – overlooked by many travellers. Other notable highlights include a luxury overnight cruise to Lan Ha Bay – a quieter but similarly idyllic alternative to Ha Long Bay – a Vietnamese cooking class and street food tour in Hue and exploring the lantern-lit streets, historical landmarks and labyrinthine canals of Hoi An.