Sightseeing & Walking HolidaysWe believe that sightseeing holidays should not be all about trudging around in groups looking at statues and monuments, or taking a bus around a city listening to a pre-recorded tape about the local points of interest. We believe that the best experiences come from a sightseeing walk in good spirits and good company, with friendly and knowledgeable guides who can make a place come to life for visitors.
Our walking holidays that are classified as ‘Sightseeing Holidays’ have itineraries with special historical or sightseeing interest – everything we find fascinating about a particular location, and more besides, has a home on our itineraries for a good sightseeing walk.
Often in towns or cities, these holidays usually involve lower grade, easier walking and allow free leisure time if you want it to further explore these fascinating locations. Take a look at the selection below to get started on a sightseeing walk.
John has been a compulsive traveller and walks leader since high school. Having completed the Three Peaks challenge of ascending Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon within 24 hours he's also clearly got an adventurous streak. These days he leads mainly in Greece and Turkey with the odd trip to other destinations which have attracted his attention.
Our Sightseeing & Walking Holidays
Explore stunning gardens under the Mediterranean sun.
In our week's French walking holiday on the Cote d'Azur our garden visits will be combined with local walks - for example the Friedrich Nietzsche path from Eze down to the sea or the walk around the peninsula at Cap Ferrat. Under the Mediterranean sun Nice and the Cote d'Azur offer some garden gems.
All the pleasures of the south of France
Come take a guided sightseeing and hiking holiday in France based in Avignon. We discover Roman archaeology in Arles and Nimes, visit the Palais des Papes and the famous Pont d’Avignon, ramble in the area of St Remy and see the incredible Pont du Gard aqueduct.
A great week's walking amongst some magnificent Alsatian countryside.
One week guided walking holiday in the magnificent Alsatian countryside on the French-German border. Based in Kayserberg, we can walk to some famous wine villages such as Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé as well as enjoying some excellent local cuisine.
Belgium’s historic landscape and battlefields of the Flanders Fields
NEW The Ypres Salient is the curved front line which formed around the city of Ypres during WW1 and was the site of some of the fiercest and most senseless fighting of the war. This isn’t a battlefields tour, but we'll walk and discover the beautiful undulating countryside and villages of the Flanders Fields battles along the way.
A city of great architecture, open spaces and culture.
NEW A week of sightseeing and guided walks in the vibrant city of Barcelona. In Spain, walking can be an urban pleasure too! Nestling between the mountains and the sea, Barcelona is a combination of unique architecture, wide open spaces and two-and-a-half miles of expansive beach front.
Gentle rambling with a smattering of natural history in south-west Spain.
A gentle guided walking holiday in south-west Spain. We visit stunning National Park areas where days can be spent spotting magnificent birds and wildlife and basking in the Spanish sunshine - all enjoyed in the acme of luxury. Walking Spain has never been so sweet...
Discover a Balearic biosphere; nature, archeology and comfortable island life walking in Minorca
An invigorating week of walking and sightseeing, with ambles amongst gentle undulating hills, walks along deserted beaches and hikes through a spectacular gorge; we could even walk down from Monte Toro, the highest point on the island.
A journey to Seville, Córdoba and Granada
Explore two diverse flavours of Andalucia.
This holiday takes in two contrasting areas of Andalucia and allows us to explore the beautiful Andalucian city of Malaga a vibrant city that effortlessly combines the best of ancient and modern Spain and a rural traditional town Priego de Cordoba, surrounded by olive trees and mountain ranges set in an idyllic location ideal for walking.
Walking on Skopelos and the Pelion peninsula.
Island hopping mixed with alluring charm that’s unique to Greece. You will be walking the unspoilt Sporades islands and the Pelion peninsula, discovering picturesque mountain villages and ancient architectural delights. A fabulous holiday for true Greek enthusiasts with stunning walks, a little island hopping and plenty of swimming opportunities.
A circular holiday from Rhodes.
This relaxed island hopping holiday takes us on an alternative journey to a part of Greece where time seems to stand still. Walking amongst ancient ruins and in secluded, unspoilt countryside, discover each island’s unique place in history.
A journey into ancient Greece where history and mythology merge. Visit the original Olympic stadium.
This holiday leads us on a journey through ancient Greek history and mythology to classical sites and museums with spectacular collections, coupled with easy countryside and coastal walking. This journey will take us from the sacred site of the oracle at Delphi to the bustling metropolis of Athens with its iconic Parthenon and new contemporary Acropolis Museum
An exploration of Greece's Alpine secret.
Karpenissi holds an enviable position at the head of the spectacular Karpenisiotis Valley, on the southern slopes of Mount Tymfristos. Here is a region where we can see Greece at its most beautiful. Our walking programme will take us deep into the countryside with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, across valleys, towards lakes, rivers and waterfalls.
Walking the Southern Peloponnese from a base on the Mani peninsula.
In the springtime the natural beauty of the Mani in the Southern Peloponnese comes alive with an abundance of flora and our walks will allow time to appreciate the outstanding scenery. Discover the flowers of the Peloponnese, visit archaeological sites and enjoy easy walking in hill country and coastal landscapes.
Leisurely walking on the Greek Island of Rhodes.
NEW A holiday of wonderful leisurely walks with great scenery and ample time to appreciate Rhodes' beauty. Enjoy the island’s endless sandy beaches, array of buildings, traditional cuisine and great climate, which even in winter is ideal, when the days are generally mild and bright.
Walking and cooking.
A one week holiday in Tuscany. During our stay we’ll mix easy walking, some sightseeing and practice at Italian cooking. The walking is fantastically varied with walks along open grassy ridges on the Appenine Watershed and relaxed strolls through historic villages. We also have the opportunity to do some sightseeing in Florence or Lucca.
11 days enjoying the fantastically varied Tuscan countryside.
A wonderful variety of walking and sightseeing experiences on this two-centre Tuscan holiday featuring the high hill-town of Volterra near the medieval Manhattan of San Gimignano. Our second centre is the exquisite, hill-town of Massa Marittima
Great hotel, world class sites.
One and two week holidays combining sightseeing and guided walking on the Sorrento Peninsula and the Lattari Mountains. We visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, Amalfi, Ravello and Naples and, perhaps, Capri.
Enjoy the charm and beauty of the most picturesque lakes in the world.
The most picturesque in the world, Lakes Maggiore and Como in Italy resonate with romanticism. On this holiday, enjoy Italian walking amongst the green mountains, above blue waters and through ancient villages which carry the patina of ages gone by.
A feast of art, history, culture and countryside.
It was in Tuscany that the art and knowledge of the ancient world was rediscovered and reinterpreted in the middle ages. From our centre in Montecatini Terme, an easy and relaxed spa town we can explore some of the finest renaissance cities.
Easy walking in Southeast Sicily, Malta & Gozo
NEW Follow in the footsteps of BBC4’s Inspector Montalbano to Sicily plus explore Malta & Gozo; These islands central position in the Mediterranean has made them the hub of history as Romans, Normans, Arabs, Spanish and other great powers have all left their mark.
A week in the Eternal City.
Rome - a perfect city in which to enjoy the pleasures of sightseeing and walking in Italy. The city oozes history and charm and much of the historic centre is pedestrianised. Rome is a surprisingly easy city to navigate on foot. From our centrally located hotel most parts are within easy reach and we will make use of public transport to reach further afield.
Art and countryside under the Tuscan sun.
NEW Tuscany was evidently at the front of the queue when things of beauty were handed out. The landscapes seem to have been plucked from a Renaissance painting and many art works still reside in the buildings for which they were created. Splitting our time between Siena and Florence we enjoy an aesthetic feast.
A week in and around Italy's most distinctive city.
Magical… unique… no words can fully do justice to Venice, the most serene of cities. It is a city built on water, a city which owes its fame and fortune to the sea. During our week here we take in the Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica, and other treasures created over 1000 years of the Venetian Republic.
The mysterious architecture of Italy’s heel.
Alberobello is in the heel of Italy’s boot in Apulia offering easy walking, a hospitable hotel, unusual landscapes, a laid-back atmosphere, mysterious architecture and a bit of quirky lifestyle. It’s the fascinating capital of the Trulli region where the curious cylindrical buildings with limestone conical roofs dominate our centre.
Sicily’s historical wonderland – Selinunte, Agrigento, Syracuse and Palermo.
Many civilisations, including the Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans were all major contributors to the culture, landscape and architecture of Sicily - the Mediterranean’s largest island. We explore the archaeological delights of the island from four centres, Selinunte, Agrigento, Syracuse and Palermo.
A journey from Marrakech to Madrid.
A chance to walk Spain in the footsteps of generations past. Follow the trail the 8th century Moors crossed from Africa to the Iberian Peninsula by train and foot. Travelling from Marrakech to Madrid we follow the tradition and influence of the Moors from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech to the beautiful hill top town of Ronda, and then on to the modern city of Madrid.
Walking from two coastal towns - Agadir and Essaouira
NEW Morocco’s Atlantic coastline, with its mile upon mile of sandy beaches; dotted with small villages and historic towns and with its temperate climate, is a stark contrast to the Atlas; you can be sure this holiday will offer a wonderfully different Moroccan experience.
One week or 11 days exploring Marrakech and the mountains and valleys beyond.
Inside the old city walls we’ll discover the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs and the Djemaa el Fna square with its street entertainers and colourful souks. We’ll also spend time away from the city walking in the High Atlas Mountain range and Ourika Valley, visiting traditional villages, Berber souks and enjoying the stunning scenery.
From the Atlas Mountains to the southern oases on the edge of the Sahara.
NEW Our two week Southern Morocco adventure starts in Marrakech where the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque set against the snowy peaks of the High Atlas is one of travel’s great images. The souks by day and the Djemaa el Fna square by night create an unforgettable start to our trip. Heading south we cross the High Atlas descending into the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs
7 days in the Emerald Isle.
This holiday is ideally located to enjoy not only the beautiful Wicklow Mountains that extend south of Dublin along the coast and inland, but also the cultural and social delights of Dublin's fair city
With lakes, castles and stunning alpine views too!
Our holiday is based in the charming small Bavarian village of Bad Kohlgrub in the Ammer valley. During our week we’ll walk to beautiful lakes and waterfalls near Bad Bayersoien and Murnau, walk in and around the high mountains above Oberammergau and Garmisch, and visit some stunning Rococo buildings.
Walk to the end of Europe!
There’s the Algarve, and then there’s the real Algarve! If you wish to see the latter, come and join us on this two-centre holiday which features six of the finest walking routes across the Algarve, the most westerly extension of the Grand European walking route E4/GR13.
Explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe
NEW The western Algarve’s varied geology helps produce a rich diversity of scenery from granitic mountains to dramatic limestone escarpments and sea cliffs offering a glorious mix of coastal, mountain and inland scenery. We’ll see different facets of these varied landscapes.
Exploring undiscovered Portugal by train.
Of all the countries in western Europe Portugal is perhaps the least well known, its language the least recognisable and its many delights unexplored by the British. We make use of various trains ranging from the comfortable to the rickety but characterful to travel across Portugal from Oporto to Lisbon with some delightful walking along the way
Three centres, Oporto, Miranda and Regua.
Travelling on one of the world’s most spectacular railway lines, this walking holiday makes its way up the Douro Valley in Portugal towards the Spanish frontier. The central and upper reaches of the valley are truly beautiful and you will find Natural Parks and ancient towns where time has stood still.
The cities and parks of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius.
Experience the diverse historical and cultural past on a walking holiday that takes in the three capitals of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and several of their National Parks.
Exploring Russia’s Imperial Cities.
NEW A walking and sightseeing holiday to Moscow a city with all that is finest and most frustrating in Russia and to St Petersburg, truly one of the great cities of the world. During our stay we'll visit the Kremlin and Novodevichy Convent, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Winter Palace, the Hermitage, the Cathedral of the Peter-Paul Fortress and much more
A classic route through six capitals of Europe.
NEW The Orient Express is the best known train in the world. We will follow the original route of the first train which ran in 1883 through France, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Romania and then take the route introduced in 1889 through Bulgaria to Istanbul and the Orient.
Festive enjoyment of two great central European cities
NEW During our first departure we will explore the traditional Christmas Markets, such as the charming and romantic display at Charlottenberg Castle, located in the most beautiful squares in the city. During our second departure we will see in the New Year with the locals and watch the impressive fireworks display from one of many locations around the city.
A fascinating insight into the best of Polish walking heritage, landscape and culture
Poland is a fascinating place, the mountains are beautiful and unspoilt and the cities are prosperous and welcoming. We explore Warsaw, the capital, Krakow one of the finest cities in Europe and Zakopane at the foot of the Tatra Mountains for some beautiful hiking!
Celebrate the wonders of Christmas in two of the finest cities on the Danube
Vienna is captivating; its grand architecture is particularly impressive dressed in fairy lights, candles and festive decorations. We’ll explore Vienna’s delights: the city’s circular central point, District 1, its focal point being the stunning St Stephen’s Cathedral.
A land of lakes, mountains, canyons and history.
Macedonia is a stunningly beautiful place. The views across Lake Ohrid remain unsurpassed, the Matka Canyon as impressive as ever. The country's natural and cultural attractions make it an enticing destination for a walking holiday.
Discover a rocky lunar landscape in Cappadocia.
Cappadocia has a unique and distinctive landscape created by ancient volcanic eruptions. Erosion created a mystical land of uniquely formed tufa and basalt capped rock towers. We’ll visit the Ihlara Valley; once a favourite retreat of the Byzantine Monks and walk part of the beautiful Ihlara Gorge. We stroll past vineyards, poplars and pistachio trees.
Two weeks and two centres in Turkey
Combine our Cultural Week in Istanbul holiday with a week in Captivating Cappadocia to make a two-week two-centre sightseeing and easy walking holiday in these culturally rich and diverse regions of Turkey.
Where continents divide; a great week in a fascinating city.
Turkey is full of cultural treasures, and nowhere has more tradition to enchant and delight than the cultural capital, Istanbul. Explore the Aya Sofya, the mosaics and frescoes in St Saviour, and the Topkapi Palace. Let us take you on an exciting walking holiday through Turkey’s historic streets and alleys.
Turkey’s Mediterranean Hideaway
NEW Kas is the answer to any northern European’s winter blues. Our walks follow very scenic sections of roughly four to six miles along the Lycian Way. They are lead by a local guide who will also be able to bring to life the sites we visit.
A walled city of intriguing narrow streets, squares and fine buildings in one of the most spectacular settings in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Enjoy this old city of Dubrovnik chosen as a world heritage site by UNESCO lying on the coast of the southern most tip of Croatia on our walking and sightseeing holiday. We can follow the course of Medieval Dubrovnik’s aqueduct, explore the Elafiti Isles or visit the charming seaside town of Cavtat during our busy week.
Walking the hill country of southern Europe's Fjordland.
Stunningly beautiful, remote, exotic, in the heart of the Balkan Mountains you will discover Montenegro on our walking holiday. Its coastline boasts fine beaches, lovely old towns and amazing flora and fauna. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is recognised as one of the most beautiful bays in the world and best explored on foot.
Hiking the spectacular landscapes of a forgotten country.
Enjoy the spectacular landscapes of a forgotten country on our guided hiking and sightseeing holiday to Jordan, a hospitable and historic land of many surprises and home to the most spectacular sights including the lost city of Petra and the beauty of Wadi Rum; this is a majestic and captivating country.
The beauty of Northern Cyprus: beautiful landscape, good walking and delicious cuisine.
Our days offer a variety of experiences as we walk on the slopes, in valleys and along tracks with excellent views as we ramble our way across the countryside. And after a great day in the Kyrenian hills, we can relax and enjoy the many facilities that our hotel has to offer.
Explore the wonder and beauty of an unspoilt area of North Cyprus
NEW During our two centre holiday in Northern Cyprus, we will spend our first five days exploring the delights of Kyrenia and our following four days in the beautiful coastal Karpaz region.
A journey through Israel & Palestine.
Positioned between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and at the centre of the three major religions, the Holy Land is an extraordinary destination. This journey will lead us through ancient history, culture and religions and offer great walking in stunning surroundings.
Experience rural Serbia with winter walking or snowshoeing
NEW Fancy something a little bit different? Look no further and join us for a superb week of snowshoeing and/or winter walking in the little known yet very beautiful mountains of Serbia, whilst staying somewhere a little more unusual.
Enjoy sparkling winter walking in Fussen and the magical area of Oberammergau and King Ludwig’s castles.
Füssen's attractive location on the edge of the Alps never fails to captivate visitors; formed by imposing peaks and an idyllic lake land area, it lies at an altitude of 800-1,200 meters; the highest town in Bavaria!
A festive atmosphere in a city best seen on foot.
We’ll take in the city’s highlights in a series of sightseeing walks and excursions to discover Berlin’s history, cultural influences, and its magnificent architecture. December is a lovely time to visit. Anyone wishing to experience the charm of the Weinachszauber - a Winter magic - has to come to Berlin
A wonderful journey through the North and South Islands.
A walking tour of New Zealand is the holiday of a lifetime. The mountains, rivers and fjords of New Zealand are among some of the world’s most dramatic natural features.
Enjoy an easy paced insight into the multitude facets of Nepali culture.
NEW Nepal: Learn something of the ancient crafts practised in the Kathmandu Valley for millennia, have a go at pot making or try your hand at making momos (traditional Tibetan steamed dumplings). Stroll through villages where tourism has had no impact and local life continues unchanged.
16 days Tea House Trek in Nepal with five nights trekking, staying in ‘Tea Huts’
Nepal is famous for mountains, and rightly so having all the biggest in the world but we should also explore other aspects of this diverse and fascinating country. The flora and fauna of Chitwan park is amazingly accessible, expect to see Rhino and a huge variety of birdlife to enthral even the most disinterested birdwatcher.
Seeing the best of Nepal with the comfort of a hotel bed each night.
A Nepal trekking holiday to see the best of the country’s mountains & valleys with the comfort of a hotel bed at the end of each day. Amazing mountain vistas, walking amongst Himalayan foothills, getting an idea of how Nepali life is lived, enjoying the great cultural heritage of the cities and having some up close wildlife encounters from the back of an elephant.
Discover a different and changing world.
Hong Kong is a beguiling place to visit; an overbuilt teeming metropolis but with the attraction of stunning walking in the backdrop of the New Territories
Visit some of the great cities and an exciting mountain region.
NEW China is a country of contrasts and a visit leaves the traveller with lasting impressions of its magnificent past, interesting present and very friendly people. It’s an exciting country to visit, so different from our own and constantly in a state of change.
A fascinating introduction to The Land of the Rising Sun
NEW A country of extreme contrasts, Japan is surely one of the most exciting and beautiful destinations on the planet. In this new holiday we have selected the areas that we feel give a good introduction to Japan in a short time...
A scenic journey (mostly by train) from Southern Ontario to New York City: Niagara Falls, stunning gorges, great views
and perhaps a little shopping to finish.
This holiday takes in the Canadian region of Ontario before continuing by rail across the border into the beautiful New York State region for some fantastic walking and sightseeing. Where possible on this trip our travel will be by train, evoking a feel of times past and enabling us to view the fast changing local scenery in comfort.
Witches, autumnal colours and stunning mountain views, plus a glimpse of Montreal.
Boasting rivers, forests, lakes and mountain ranges, this holiday offers exceptional scenery as well as an insight into the quirky town of Salem, famed for it’s 17th century witch trials. Expect some classic views of America at its best from historical Boston to remote wilderness around Jay Peak on the border with Canada.
An exhilarating fun week in 'The Big Apple'.
Talk a walk around America’s best known city. New York is probably the most energy-charged city in the world and perfect for a week long USA walking break. This is a city to explore on foot; we cover all the ‘must-see’ attractions, including the quirky and the unusual such as a visit to the Smithsonian Museum of The Native American – often overlooked by visitors.
A walk through spectacular, iconic American scenery.
This USA walking holiday takes in the truly majestic landscapes of the south western United States. Spend time hiking the canyons of Utah, Nevada and Arizona before hiking the Grand Canyon in Arizona; The scale, colour and sheer majesty of the scenery is awe inspiring and a truly unforgettable experience.
Shining mountains, pristine lakes and a big volcano.
This USA walking holiday centres around three different but equally beautiful National Parks - Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton. On this USA hiking break you will experience incredible mountain lakes, beautiful wildlife and quaint western towns whilst walking the National Parks of the Mid-West
A journey to the Avenue of the Volcanoes, Spanish Colonial cities and exceptional wildlife reserve.
The combination of Ecuador’s dramatic history and scenic variety make it a colourful, exhilarating place to explore. A journey to the Avenue of the Volcanoes combined with a three-day cruise around and a two-night stay on the Galápagos Islands, our holiday offers the best of this diverse country.
Caribbean Island Hopping: St Lucia, Martinique, Dominica & Antigua
NEW Caribbean island hopping brings with it a real sense of freedom as you explore several islands experiencing their own distinct flavours, rhythm and culture.
The Caribbean’s natural beauty; the Helen of the West Indies.
St Lucia is one of the chain of Windward Islands in the Caribbean. The island has so much to offer from the inland tropical rain forests that house some of the world’s most beautiful plants and fruits, to the rare and exotic wildlife, coral reefs, waterfalls, and numerous trails into the hills and through rain forests that provide an exciting alternative to beach life.
A West Indian experience. Relaxed walking, cultural heritage and rum punches – all from an idyllic luxury beach hotel.
Barbados is one of the jewels of the Caribbean, exotic white palm fringed beaches, old plantation houses, botanical gardens and a relatively unspoiled interior. We’ll enjoy relaxed walks, exploring villages, walking the rugged coastline and beaches in the north and east of the island and in the central highlands keep an eye open for the green monkeys and migratory birds.
Exploring the rainforests, volcanoes and wildlife reserves of a wonderful diverse country.
Spanning its Caribbean and Pacific coasts, the mountains of Costa Rica divide the country into a variety of distinct climatic zones with a sheer scenic beauty that makes walking Costa Rica particularly enjoyable. This density of wildlife and biodiversity is seen in few other places in the world. The forests are alive with interesting and at times brilliantly coloured creatures.
The lost land of the Incas.
Peru walking holidays offer unsurpassed natural attractions from soaring Andean peaks to the huge depth of the Colca Canyon to the steamy Amazon jungle. Of the man made structures Machu Picchu is merely the most famous of the stunning remains of the pre-Spanish era. The birdlife in particular is incredible and Peru offers the chance to see a fantastic number of species.
A wonderful journey through an island forgotten by time.
Cuba! A land of political intrigue, the turquoise blues of the Caribbean, lush tropical forests, and colourful flora and fauna. We'll walk in the fascinating landscapes of Cuba discovering its rich colonial history, dating from the landing of Columbus. Trinidad and Havana are World Heritage Sites.
A captivating journey through a colourful country
NEW Mexico; a country with perhaps the finest Hispanic heritage in all the Americas and many of the world’s greatest natural, cultural, scenic and historic wonders. This is a truly diverse holiday, including mountain walking (at an easy pace), history, culture and wildlife.
A magical trip through Argentina and Chile.
NEW In this (relatively) small area where Argentina and Chile border Bolivia we have a microcosm of South America. From the high border pass at Paso de Jama (4200m) surrounded by Andean peaks where nothing grows to the abundant wine valleys around Cafayate, this is as diverse an adventure as you could imagine.
Fantastic wildlife and tropical beaches in between two iconic cities.
The Iguazu Falls, where the Iguazú River drops over the most impressive waterfalls on the planet must surely be the highlight of this magical trip. We start in Rio, ’Cidade Marvilhosa’ the ’marvellous city’, one of the most photogenic places in the world travelling towards Buenos Aires, the home of tango and asado, the Casa Rosada and Eva Peron.
Travel away from the tourist trail in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia
Indochina contains some of the most remote and beautiful scenery in Southern Asia. This Eastern journey promises to be the holiday of a lifetime. Highlights include Angkor Wat in Cambodia, a cruise down the Mekong river and a visit to the Golden Triangle - the meeting point of Thailand, Burma and Laos.
An eclectic mix of the best from the southern tip of Africa
NEW South Africa is an unforgettable experience. This holiday allows you to experience what makes South Africa incredible, from the breathtaking scenery and world class cuisine to a glimpse of the big five.
Walking and sightseeing in Cape Province.
Walking in South Africa is varied and wonderfully scenic in the southernmost part of the country. We’ll walk in the mountains which surround Stellenbosch, visit the famous Cango Caves, walk in the Tsitsikamma National Park and visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens plus much more...
Exploring nature's wonder-land; walking, game viewing and sightseeing in wonderful South Africa!
Explore KwaZulu Natal’s soaring Drakensberg Mountains, the Royal Natal National Park and also enjoy game drives and game walks with rangers, see the daily rural life of a Zulu community and take an unforgettable step back into history - Rorke’s Drift, Fugitives Drift and Spieonkop beckon
An adventurous journey through the high mountains.
On a map Bhutan, Darjeeling and Sikkim look as if they are squeezed between India and China. And in a way they are, as the Himalayas were thrust upwards when the earth’s tectonic plates collided some 80 million years ago. This walking holiday introduces a magnificent high mountain region with stunning views, new experiences and different cultures.
A Journey through lesser known India.
Southern India offers a whole new experience to visitors familiar with the landlocked mountains and sun baked plains of the north. The monsoons keep the land lush and fertile and it has an almost tropical feel with verdant coconut groves, thousands of miles of coastline, green plains and undulating hills.
A journey through India’s Royal Heritage.
NEW There are few countries on earth which can offer the enormous variety of India. Trekking through this land of sharp and fascinating contrasts we begin with sightseeing in Delhi, before we travel by train to Agra where we visit the Taj Mahal – one of the “new seven wonders of the world”.
Exploring the colour, history, culture and wildlife of Sri Lanka.
Although largely a sightseeing holiday, we’ve included some good walking through magnificent countryside. The name Ceylon, still widely used, was introduced in 1815 when the island came under British Colonial rule and the economy blossomed with extensive tea and rubber plantations being developed.
A Journey to the Hill Stations of Himachal Pradesh.
The hill state of Himachal Pradesh, sandwiched between Punjab and Tibet, encompasses the verdant Himalayan foothills, where we’ll find orchards and subtropical forests, to deep gorges, pretty villages, roaring rivers and pine forests of the mountains.
From Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi
On our Vietnam journey we discover a country of beautiful landscapes, we travel through the country from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in the south to Hanoi in the north, visiting cities, mountains, deltas, magnificent beaches and four stunning World Heritage Sites along the way.
Discover the wonders of this enchanting land.
NEW Burma is a country in the very infancy of modernisation, an enchanting, colourful land full of natural wonders, inspirational scenery, ancient temples and monasteries, diverse cultures and tradition. Join our walking and sightseeing holiday for an opportunity to explore a unique culture before tourism takes a strong hold.
Elephants, zebras, wild country and sub-tropical beaches; a taste of the real South Africa.
The Eastern Cape is uniquely unspoilt. This amazing region is full of traditional African villages and experiences for you to explore. Join us as we travel from the mountains of the Great Karoo through rolling hills to the idyllic beaches of the Transkei’s Wild Coast, exploring all the area has to offer on the way.
Enjoy Christmas in the land of scenic beauty.
NEW As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town’s spectacular geographical location and diversity of cultures make it a wonderful place to spend your festive break. We offer walking in the Cape of Good Hope and Silvermine Nature Reserves, on Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill in Cape Town and we'll also explore the ‘Mother City’
Through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Take a walking holiday in Southern Africa and explore the entire region. We take you on tour of the spectacular scenery and changing cultures of Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia including Victoria Falls, Game Viewing, and Table Mountain.
All aboard Shongololo “The Good Hope Express”; this really is exploring South Africa in style!
This unique touring concept allows us to enjoy the train as if it were a travelling hotel. The train travels throughout the night as we sleep in our comfortable cabins and we awake in a new and exciting location. We will explore with our own dedicated transfer vehicle, and enjoy a new, exciting and unique experience every day!
A Journey through Northern Tanzania.
The Serengeti is probably the most famous national park on earth, but it is not the only jewel in Tanzania’s crown. Our journey starts at the base of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. From here we head east to the Usambara Mountains for walks between villages and to viewpoints over spectacular scenery
Wide horizons, breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife.
NEW Namibia; a country of magnificent contrasts with three distinct areas, the long narrow coastal Namib Desert, with its high dunes, dry riverbeds and beautifully eroded landscape. The central plateau with its rugged mountains interspersed with sand-filled valleys and endless plains and finally the fantastic red sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert.
Unforgettable encounters with wildlife in Uganda & Rwanda
NEW An African adventure holiday, combining both Uganda and Rwanda in the heart of East Africa. We will be captivated by the beauty of the rolling green hills, tea plantations and lush thriving rainforest, bursting with wildlife and home to the most thrilling primates.
The beating heart of Africa.
NEW Lake Malawi is not the country's only magnificent sight; we will be spoilt by the lush green beauty of the Zomba Plateau. In Zambia, we have three days to experience South Luangwa National Park...
Mountains, apes and rock churches.
This tour follows the ’Historical Circuit’ which is just packed with cultural and scenic treasures in what must be among the most beautiful countries on Earth; Ethiopia.
Two of Europe's most beautiful riverside capitals - an Adagio holiday
Against the backdrop of the romantic Danube, Vienna and Budapest present a wealth of impressive buildings, beautiful gardens, museums and monuments. Centuries of Habsburg rule have infused the cities with history and music. The two December departures will allow plenty of time for exploring the spectacular Christmas markets of both cities.
The English Lake District made easy... NEW
NEW The English Lakes are beautiful at any time of year. The majestic fells and tranquil waters have attracted lovers of magnificent scenery for more than two centuries with walkers and writers alike rejoicing in the unique vistas. Our week of leisurely half day walks and visits to cultural highlights captures both sides of the Lakes.
Walk back in time to discover idyllic vilages, mystical ancient monuments & Georgian Bath
NEW Wiltshire is a beautiful place to walk and is full of idyllic towns and villages that have been around for hundreds of years and nestle perfectly in the surrounding hill country. Walking around them is like taking a step back in time.
Rugged and remote islands with a fascinating history.
The Orkney Islands have something for everyone. There's stunning coastal walking, fascinating history, World Heritage archaeological sites and beautiful scenery. May departures are intended for keen birdwatchers!
Lowland strolls in the tranquil Broads and natural beauty of the northern coast.
There's no getting away from it, Norfolk is pretty flat; the soaring heights are elsewhere. But this corner of East Anglia does have a great variety of unique scenery to enjoy. From the meanderings of waterways of the Broads wetlands to lovely shoreline walks along the Norfolk Coast Path, there are views from over nature reserves, salt marshes and grazing meadows.
Odysseys through the land of Fjords.
The coast and fjords of Norway are made for cruising; there is no more beautiful scenery on earth. ‘I never want this day to end’ is how one of our clients described a day in the fjords. We think that says it all.
Here's your chance to walk where only reindeer normally tread!
Sail with us all the way north beyond the Arctic Circle into the land of the midnight sun, to Norway's North Cape, Lotofen Islands, Bear Island and Svalbard - just 800 miles from the North Pole. Here's you chance to walk where only reindeer normally tread!
And the spectacular Northern Lights.
Still in the full grip of a real winter, as Norway approaches the spring equinox there is plenty of daylight (Tromsø has about 8 hours of daylight at the end of February), yet at night it is the best time of year to appreciate the spectacular displays of the Northern Lights.
Historic cities and magnificent Baltic Coast scenery.
Sample the splendours of Europe’s northern capitals of culture. St Petersburg is the jewel in the crown, but cobbled streets of Tallinn and the islands of Stockholm are sights that will live long in the memory.
Exploring mountains, volcanoes and gorges of the Canaries.
It is our cruises to the Canaries that really show best what Cruise & Walk is all about - a new island each day, real mountain walking, at a time of year when the weather in northern Europe makes a cruise to the warm south seem even more appealing.
Cruising the Europe and Africa's Atlantic coast and islands
On this cruise we don’t quite reach the Tropics, but the mild climate of the Azores, Madeira and the Canaries is a welcome contrast to a northern European winter. Add to that a dash of Iberia and a taste of Morocco and you have a very pleasant way to build up to Christmas.
Northern waters have amazing scenery - glaciers falling into the sea, geysers, volcanoes and fjords
Iceland is not the just the land of ice and fire that many imagine - it is warmed by the gulf stream and has surprisingly mild weather in summer and early autumn. From Reykjavik we walk in the Thingvellir National Park, where the European and American continents meet, creating a landscape with the appearance of a crevassed glacier.
Coastal walking and sightseeing in the spring sunshine.
In the spring the Iberian coastline is fresh and inviting; even around Almeria plants are in bloom after the sparse winter rains. Our cruise combines coastal walking with sightseeing, from the wild coast of the Algarve to the splendours of Gaudi’s Barcelona.
Sail south into the colourful sights and atmosphere of Iberia.
Sail south into the colourful sights and atmosphere of Iberia. In spring and autumn it is difficult to think of a nicer place to be than on the shores of the Mediterranean or on Spain or Portugal’s Atlantic Coast.
Discover the diverse coast and sail around the UK & Ireland.
In the British Isles we are never far from our amazing coast, yet few are familiar with more than summer holiday beaches. Roam around the British Isles with us and the diversity becomes apparent.
A Caribbean holiday full of exotic contrasts.
NEW Join us on a fly-cruise trip to the Caribbean, you'll experience wildlife, rainforest trails, waterfalls and palm-lined beaches. We use local agents and nature guides in most ports for our walks and excursions.
Fly-cruising journeys south to the Atlantic islands and beyond
These holidays venture south visiting the Canaries and Cape Verde Islands. Our magical mix of destinations now includes the coast of West Africa. The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa, a sliver of land stuck into Senegal, famous for its beaches, national parks and the heaving markets of Banjul.
Towers, Temples & Dragons
NEW A taste of the exotic - sailing from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo, through the Java and Celebes Seas with ports of call in the Indonesian Islands of Java, Komodo and Makassar, Cebu in the Phillipines, and the Japanese Island of Naha on the way...
Discover the great trading gateways of the Far East
NEW From Toyko to Hong Kong sailing the East China Sea, with ports of call in Kobe (Kyoto) and Nagasaki in Japan, South Korea's honeymoon island of Jeju, and capital city Seoul. We have two days in Beijing before continuing to Dalian and Shanghai before arriving in Hong Kong.
Islands, Idylls and the exotic!
NEW Sailing from Hong Kong through the South China Sea to Singapore visiting Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand along the way. Ports of call include Chan May, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam, Sihanoukville in Cambodia and Laem Chabang and Koh Samui in Thailand.