The Most Underrated Countries to Visit in 2024

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Trinity Gergeti Church, Kazbegi, Georgia

Georgia

We can’t get enough of Georgia, a country defined by its ridiculously spectacular landscapes and a culture richer and older than most on Earth. Our nine-day trip embraces every facet of what makes this tiny little nation, nestled amid the Caucasus Mountain on the Eurasian border, so special. You’ll discover the oldest winemaking tradition on the planet – learn about underground fermentation, the toastmaster ceremony and, of course, sample some of the goods for yourself. Hearty local delicacies like khachapuri and churchkhela should keep you fuelled up for our trek through the forests of Lagodekhi National Park, and an epic hike up to Gergeti Church, sat high in the Caucasus. The recovery process is taken care of with a visit to Tbilisi’s traditional sulphur baths – what hasn’t this country got!?

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Next available from 15th Jun 2024

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Tbilisi, Georgia

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Tbilisi, Georgia

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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Train approaching the Duoliang Station in Taitung, on the east coast of Taiwan

Taiwan

China and Japan might dominate the East Asian conversation, but if you want to sample the exotic joys of the Far East in an original way, look no further than the island nation of Taiwan. This place has its own totally distinct sense of identity, infused with influences from a variety of neighbours, from the culinary delights of its bustling city night markets, to the majesty of Buddhist temples and pagodas. Our nine-day Rail Trip loops around the whole island, starting and ending in Taipei. As well as exploring the capital’s most snap-worthy sights and thrilling markets, you’ll also get to discover the cities of Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung. Natural splendour, meanwhile, awaits at Sun Moon Lake, which you’ll boat along and cycle around, as well as visiting a nearby tea factory for a tasting session. This itinerary even turns getting from A to B into an activity itself, as our East Coast National Scenic Area route exemplifies.

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Next available from 17th Aug 2024

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Taipei, Taiwan

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Taipei, Taiwan

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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The Azores, Portugal

We’re taking a narrower focus on this one because, as much as we love Portugal, this volcanic archipelago feels a million miles away from mainland Europe. The Azores are a truly surreal place, forged in volcanic flames that have produced a series of verdant mountains, crater lakes and natural hot springs, and yet they don’t get the same spotlight as distant cousins like Madeira and the Canary Islands. You can discover the Atlantic’s best kept secret with us across six adventurous days on the main island of São Miguel. You’ll cycle around and kayak across the volcanic lakes of Sete Cidades, go canyoning in Ribeira dos Caldeirões and keep an eye out for whales on an optional marine safari. Respite comes in the form of cocktail-making classes, hearty cozido stews and, of course, long soaks in soothing geothermal hot springs.

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Next available from 23rd Jun 2024

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal

DURATION

6

GROUP SIZE

8

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Train from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy among tea plantations in the highlands of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Just like Taiwan sits off the southeastern coast of China, the luscious island nation of Sri Lanka plays a similar role off the southeastern coast of India. Also like Taiwan, this beautiful country is famous for its tea production, with the plantations in central Sri Lanka providing the perfect backdrop for a trio of stunning train rides that you can embark on with our 10-day Rail Trip. Again, this is a loop tour of the island, starting and ending in Colombo. You’ll head inland to explore the otherworldly Sigiriya rock fortress and the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa. The following train route from Kandy to Ella is widely regarded as one of the world’s most scenic, while the journey from Galle – a gorgeous coastal fort town that acts as our penultimate stop – to Colombo isn’t far behind.

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Next available from 24th Aug 2024

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

12

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

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View of Seouls skyscrapers from a streets lined with traditional buildings, South Korea

South Korea

If Taiwan is your alternative to China, then South Korea should act as your alternative to Japan. While Korea’s giant neighbour sweeps up hordes of tourists in the post-pandemic boom (a costly boom, by the way) you can experience an equally unique culture and equally beautiful landscapes in nearby Korea. Like Japan, this is a place where ancient history and high-tech modernity blend seamlessly, and like Japan this is a country that’s at its prettiest during springtime’s cherry blossom season. Join our 10-day tour of the country to sample every facet of its diverse offerings. You’ll experience neon-lit hysteria in Seoul and sample foodie delights in the coastal city of Busan, while natural beauty is abundant in Seoraksan National Park. Experience ancient history in Gyeongju, discover the life of Buddhist monks with a traditional Korean temple stay in Golgulsa, and explore more recent history at the eery Demilitarized Zone, where you can catch a glance over the North Korean border. So how about it? See you in the Far East!

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Next available from 1st Sep 2024

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STARTS AT

Seoul, South Korea

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Seoul, South Korea

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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