Each year, millions of tourists visit Japan for a glimpse of its mountain-dotted landscapes and tucked-away onsens. To catch all of the region’s highlights, however, your best bet is following an expert-curated itinerary. On our Japan Rising trip, you’ll see the deer on Miyajima Island, for example, which – according to folklore – are considered sacred messengers from the gods. You’ll also experience the city lights of Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, watching sumo wrestlers train and learning how to make sushi.
Get under the skin of the buzziest city in Latin America with a four-day trip to Mexico City. You’ll be in the hands of our Local Insider, who knows all the top-secret spots around town. Explore the Condesa and Roma district; visit Frida Kahlo’s house and sample Mexico’s other favourite tipple, mezcal. You’ll even spend an evening cheering on luchadores at a wrestling match. Round off your adventure with a boat ride on the canals of Xochimilco – soundtrack provided by los mariachis.
From whipping up a Middle Eastern feast in a family home in Bethlehem to trying craft beers at Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market, this seven-day trip will show you both the traditional and the modern faces of Israel. Scratch beneath the surface of the Holy City with tours led by both Israeli and Palestinian guides, and take a bicycle tour of Tel Aviv’s lively food markets, including the vibrant Carmel Market, is another treat for the tastebuds.
Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, has a rich and fascinating history. At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, it’s characterised by an eclectic mix of architectural styles and cultural influences. You’ll get under the skin of the city with our Local Insider by your side on this nine-day trip, which includes a guided walking tour of Tbilisi’s old quarter, a hearty lunch of khachapuri (traditional cheese-filled bread), and a visit to the Museum of Georgia. At the Dezerter Bazaar, Georgia’s largest food market, you’ll purchase fresh ingredients to use in a Georgian cooking class.
You won’t just discover Cape Town inside out; you’ll see it from top to bottom during this ten-day South African tour. You’ll stroll the V&A Waterfront, letting the salty smell goad you into tasting the catch of the day. Catch the hip vibes in the old suburb of Woodstock and discover the kaleidoscopic homes in Bo-Kaap during a cooking lesson. Get a bird’s eye view of the city from atop Table Mountain then SUP the Cape Peninsula where the penguins offer a different perspective of Cape Town living.