Iconic Kimberley

On is Iconic Kimberley trip explore the Mitchell Plateau and Purnululu National Park on this epic 4WD adventure. Stay at APT’s exclusive wilderness lodges and discover natural wonders including the iconic Bungle Bungle Range and Mitchell Falls.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Broome

Arrive in Broome, where we meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel, Broome’s iconic Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa. Settle in and enjoy the evening at leisure. Head to the Sunset Bar and Grill and soak up the views of Broome’s incredible sunset as you enjoy a welcome dinner.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

Day 2: Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek

Journey on the Gibb River Road to Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above pristine white sands and fossils lay embedded in the gorge walls. Next it’s on to Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range. Wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel and emerge on the other side to a serene oasis.

Hotel: APT’s exclusive Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge, 2 nights

Day 3: Bell Gorge

Back on the Gibb River Road, travel to Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. You might like to hike to the lower pool of the gorge and enjoy a dip in the waterfall below. Alternatively, relax in the shade and enjoy a spot of birdwatching.

Day 4: Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge, Drysdale River Station

Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to Galvans Gorge, where a refreshing swim awaits. Then, continue to the beautiful Manning Gorge, where you’ll enjoy lunch before arriving at the historic cattle station of Drysdale River Station.

Hotel: Drysdale River Station

Day 5: Mitchell Plateau, King Edward River

Explore the Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art galleries of the Mitchell Plateau before a swim in the clear waters of the King Edward River.

Hotel: APT’s exclusive Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge, 2 nights

Day 6: Mitchell Falls

A world of waterfalls awaits your discovery today. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls and view rarely seen rock art. See Big Mertens Falls, then enjoy an included helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls, or you can hike back to the vehicle with your guide.

Day 7: Gibb River Road, El Questro

Bidding the Mitchell Plateau goodbye, rejoin the Gibb River Road and ford the Durack and Pentecost rivers on the way to El Questro, an incredible cattle station come nature reserve that covers a staggering 700,000 acres.

Hotel: El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort, 2 nights

Day 8: El Questro

Hike to Emma Gorge where you’ll be rewarded with a swim beneath a towering droplet waterfall. Afterwards, head to Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring tucked away in a secluded pocket of rainforest. Relax as you soak in the hot springs and leave feeling revitalised.

Day 9: Purnululu National Park, Echidna Chasm

Journey into Purnululu National Park, home to the famed black and orange striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range. Travel the Spring Creek Track before hiking to Echidna Chasm, a natural cleft in the rock. Later, arrive at your lodge in the heart of the national park.

Hotel: APT’s exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, 2 nights

Day 10: Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge

Explore the magic of Purnululu for yourself and discover the depth of the Bungle Bungle Range. Created by the constant erosion of river movements over 20 million years, the range has both geological and Indigenous cultural significance. Start with a walk along Piccaninny Creek, before stopping at Cathedral Gorge. You might like to take a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungle Range (own expense). Toast the day with a glass of bubbly as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle Range.

Day 11: Ord River, Kununurra

Travel to Lake Argyle today, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere. From here, set out on a wildlife cruise along the mighty Ord River. Explore this ecological system that has developed from the damming of the river to create an area rich in native wildlife and flora.

Hotel: Kununurra Country Club Resort

Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort

Day 12: Depart Kununurra

Your journey comes to an end today with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin Share FromSolo Traveler From
April: 30$8,795.00$10,795.00
May: 06, 16, 19, 22$8,895.00$10,895.00
June: 01, 06, 11, 20$8,995.00$10,895.00
July: 03, 06, 1620, 26$8,995.00$10,895.00
August: 07, 11, 20, 24$8,895.00$10,895.00
September: 03, 06$8,795.00$10,795.00
** Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
Transport:Custom-designed 4WD vehicle
Accommodation:6 nights at APT Wilderness Lodges & 5 nights outback accommodation
Guide: Expert Driver-Guide & additional guides on selected walks
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Kent: The Garden of England

Open a treasure box of storybook castles, secret tunnels and enchanting gardens as we dedicate six days to England’s exquisite South East. On our travels we’ll see why Whitstable has been dubbed the ‘Pearl of Kent’, wander the exquisite gardens of Kent’s most famous castles and discover the tales that make Canterbury the jewel in the county’s crown.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: London

A capital filled with rich history and culture, London is where we’ll meet for the start of our incredible journey. Tonight, we’ll get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner.

Hotel: Wellington by Blue Orchid

Day 2: London – Chartwell House – Sissinghurst – Canterbury

After breakfast, we’ll set a course for our first historic stop: Chartwell House. Many of us will know the public face of Sir Winston Churchill, but a chance to see inside Chartwell will give us a glimpse into his private home. From the library to the sitting room and study, this red stone manor is a time capsule brimming with insights into 1930s family life. Next, we’ll set our sights on the world-renowned Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens. Created by the poet and writer, Vita Sackville-West, this is one of the most famous gardens in England – featuring a particularly special collection of old garden roses. After enjoying some free time to stroll the colourful grounds, we’ll move on to Canterbury – where we’ll spend the evening at our leisure.

Accommodation: Abode Hotel or similar

Day 3: Canterbury – Kent Countryside and Coast – Maidstone

Our day will begin with a locally guided visit to the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. The oldest working church in England, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to medieval ruins, an oak-roofed Chapter House and a staggering gothic nave. Then: we’ll move on to the picturesque Kent countryside – filled with quaint villages bursting with character and unspoilt coastal vistas. Tonight, we’ll come together for a delicious included meal – sharing photos and stories of the day’s adventures.

Hotel: Leeds Castle or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Maidstone – Faversham – Whitstable – Maidstone

This morning we’ll take some time to explore Leeds Castle on a guided tour of the famous moat, the areas below stairs and the grand bedrooms (some of which were favoured by King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson during their frequent stays). Then: onwards to the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham, where we’ll be treated to a tour – with the chance to sample some award-winning beers. We’ll round off the day with a seaside stroll in the quaint town of Whitstable before returning to our idyllic accommodation for the evening.

Day 5: Maidstone – Tenterden – Rye

Next stop: historic Tenterden, a quintessentially English town overlooking the valley of the River Rother. After taking a wander around with our expert Tour Leader, we’ll pull up a chair and get comfy at the Chapel Down winery – where we’ll clink glasses over an included wine tasting. Our final destination of the day will be the charming market town of Rye. Here, we’ll spend the rest of the day at our leisure – with plenty of free time to visit the Rye Heritage Centre and explore the time-honoured town centre.

Hotel: The Mermaid Inn or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Rye – Dover – Rye

Today we’ll dedicate some time to exploring Rye’s cobbled lanes and timber-clad houses, experiencing some of the magic that inspired writers and artists such as Henry James and Paul Nash. After tracing the shoreline and spotting those famous white cliffs, we’ll arrive at Dover Castle: the gateway to the English coast. This fortress boasts evocative interiors that tell centuries of historic tales, not to mention far-reaching views from the Great Tower and dark medieval tunnels with covert cannons every few paces. The afternoon will see us back in Rye, where some free time will allow for the chance to see more of the town before our farewell dinner.

Day 7: Rye – Hever Castle – London

Our journey may be coming to a close, but we have one more stop before returning to London – the enchanting Hever Castle. We’ll have the opportunity to wander through Anne Boleyn’s childhood home and gaze upon the large collection of antique furniture, books and Tudor paintings housed here. Then, we’ll make tracks back to London – where we’ll say our goodbyes.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 10$3,019.00$3,789.00
May: 01$3,019.00$3,789.00
June: 12, 26$3,109.00$3,889.00
July: 17$3,109.00$3,889.00
August: 07$3,109.00$3,889.00
September: 11$3,109.00$3,889.00
September: 25$3,019.00$3,789.00
October: 09$3,019.00$3,789.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 Dinners
Transport: Premium mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 6 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Best of Spain

Discover southern Europe’s diverse Iberian Peninsula and Spain’s rich culture, warm hospitality and festive spirit. This experience is designed over 10 days to experience: the vibrancy of Madrid, Lisbon and Seville; ‘must see’ towns of Toledo, Baeva and Ubeda; tastings in Spain’s prestigious wine and olive oil regions; 5 UNESCO World Heritage listed sites; and of course, flamenco, paella and tapas!

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Madrid

Beautiful, majestic and relaxed. Welcome to Spain’s capital Madrid and the start of this amazing journey to experience the best of Spain. On arrival, transfer to your hotel to freshen up before enjoying the rest of the day to explore at your leisure.

Hotel: Hotel Preciados or similar, 3 nights

Day 2: Madrid

Enjoy a guided tour of this amazing city with its historic landmarks, beautiful gardens, bustling squares, thriving nightlife and incredible shopping. Visit Plaza de Oriente, Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid Cathedral, Plaza de la Villa, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcalá and the Prado Museum. The afternoon is yours to perhaps enter Prado Museum, the Royal Palace, the exquisite gardens of Retiro Park or just relax.

Day 3: Madrid – Toledo – Madrid

Enjoy a full day excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage town Toledo that hosted Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Imperial City’s old town located on a mountain with a 150-degree view. Visit the imposing Alcázar fortress, Toledo’s impressive Cathedral, the Bridge of San Martin and the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Afterward, enjoy leisure time for an independent lunch, perhaps a visit to a Damascene steel workshop or a tasting at a Marzipan store, before returning to Madrid..

Day 4: Madrid – Córdoba

Journey by train through Castilla–La Mancha, a symbol of Spanish culture with its vineyards, sunflowers, mushrooms and olive plantations. On arrival in Cordoba, you will be whisked away to a winery for wine tasting, before checking into your Córdoba hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Balcón de Córdoba or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Córdoba

Today explore Córdoba, the most populated city in the world during the 10th century when it was the capital of an Islamic Kingdom. Enjoy a guided tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed old town including ‘Mezquita’ or the Great Mosque. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Day: 6 Córdoba – Úbeda – Baeza – Granada

Today visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed towns of Úbeda and Baeza, famed for their outstanding early examples of Italian Renaissance architecture introduced to Spain in the 16th Century. Enjoy time to stroll the towns and be treated to a tasting of olive oil, Andalusia’s world famous export. Continue to Granada, where the evening is yours to stroll the streets of this stunning town, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Hotel: Hotel Alhambra Palace or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Granada

Enjoy a guided tour of Palace Alhambra, one of the world’s most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture with its exquisite rooms and gardens. The afternoon is free to enjoy at your leisure to perhaps explore El Albayzín, the Medieval Moorish district with narrow winding streets and stunning views to Alhambra. Alhambra and Albayzín are UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites.

Day 8: Granada – Ronda – Seville

Depart for the beautiful ‘white village’ of Ronda, perched atop a deep canyon with its three impressive bridges and Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Ronda, the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain. Enjoy time to wander the town before continuing to Seville in Andalusia, Spain’s 4th largest city and the home of Flamenco. You will have time to relax and freshen up before an organized dinner and flamenco performance.

Hotel: Gran Melia Colon or similar, 2 nights
Day 9: Seville

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Seville, an economic centre of the Spanish Empire with Europe’s 3rd largest old town. Visit the 14th century Alcázar Palace, the oldest European royal residence still in use. Continue to Seville Cathedral, the world’s largest. Both Palace and Cathedral are UNESCO World Heritage listed sites. Finish by exploring ‘Barrio de Santa Cruz’, the old Jewish quarter. The quarter’s labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys were designed to protect locals from the summer sun. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 10: Depart Seville

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning and you will be transferred to the airport or train station.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 24$5,290.00$7,790.00
May: 30$5,790.00$8,290.00
June: 20$5,790.00$8,290.00
September: 05$5,790.00$8,290.00
October: 09$5,290.00$7,790.00
2021 Dates & Prices
April: 24$6,090.00$9,190.00
May: 29$6,390.00$9,490.00
June: 26$6,390.00$9,490.00
September: 04$6,390.00$9,490.00
October: 09$6,090.00$9,190.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Transport: Airport Transfers, Deluxe VIP transport & premium class train
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Highlights of Northern Spain

With cosmopolitan cities and ancient villages, rolling vineyards and rugged mountains, Northern Spain is as unforgettable as it is eclectic. Experience the finest sights and tastes often missed by other travellers on a journey to the heart of this diverse region.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Barcelona – Cadaqués – Girona

After meeting in Barcelona, we’ll kick off the tour with a visit to the Salvador Dalí Museum-House in Cadaqués – where we’ll see the surrealist artist’s workshop, library and gardens. We’ll then make our way along the sun-kissed Costa Brava to Girona: where a welcome dinner awaits.

Hotel: Hotel Museu Llegendes de Girona or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Girona

This morning we’ll roll up our sleeves for a Spanish cooking class (with our very own creations on today’s lunch menu). Then: we’ll see the likes of the cathedral, the Esglesia de Sant Feliu and the medieval Sant Pere de Galligants on a walking tour of Girona. After that, the rest of the day will be yours to spend at your leisure.

Day 3: Girona – Siurana – Besalú – Cardona

First today: a guided tour and cheese tasting session at a traditional farm in Siurana. Then: it’s onwards to the medieval village of Besalú – a hidden treasure filled with Romanesque architecture. After continuing on to Cardona (where we’ll tour the imposing Castle), we’ll round off the day with an included dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Bremon or similar

Day 4: Cardona – Alquézar – Boltana

This morning we’ll take things underground on a tour of Salt Mountain’s famous mine. After returning to the daylight, we’ll make tracks to the unique Bodega Sommos winery for an included wine tasting session. Beautiful Boltaña is where we’ll rest our heads tonight.

Hotel: Hotel Monasterio de Boltaña or similar

Day 5: Boltana – Jaca – Olite

Our first stop of the day will be Jaca, where we’ll have the chance to stroll around the charming old town before we move on to the Monastery of Leyre this afternoon. Here, we’ll delve into Navarre’s fascinating history – ticking off the St Virila Abbey Church, the coffer holding the remains of the first kings of Navarre, and the Porta Speciosa doorway. Our last stop of the day will be Olite, where we’ll tuck into a sumptuous dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Joyosa Guarda or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Olite

Today will begin with an exploration of the magnificent Olite Royal Palace: the medieval castle that was once the seat of the Court of Navarre. After an insightful morning, the rest of the day will be yours to spend strolling the city’s underground galleries or seeking out exceptional Spanish fare in the local restaurants.

Day 7: Laguardia – Pamplona – Laguardia

Onwards to Pamplona – the capital of Navarre. Here, we’ll spend some time spotting historic landmarks such as Pamplona Cathedral and the Plaza del Castillo before hitting the road to the hilltop city of Laguardia.

Hotel: Hotel Eguren Ugarte or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Laguardia – La Rioja – Laguardia

After a walking tour of the walled old quarter of Laguardia, we’ll make tracks to La Rioja – where we’ll be lucky enough to visit two distinguished wineries, and enjoy tasting sessions accompanied with authentic tapas. Then: it’s back to Laguardia we go for an evening spent at your leisure.

Day 9: Laguardia – San Sebastián – Hondarribia

Today it’s out of the countryside and onwards to the coast, as we set a course for San Sebastián – where we’ll have some free time to explore. The afternoon will see us travelling towards Hondarribia, with a stop at the scenic Monte Igueldo Mirador along the way. Tonight, we’ll pull out all the stops with a farewell dinner at a fantastic local restaurant.

Hotel: Hotel Jaizkibel or similar

Day 10: Hondarribia – Getaria – Bilbao

There’s still plenty to do before our tour comes to a close! First on the agenda: a visit to an artisan anchovy producer in Bermeo, where we’ll taste some of the delicious locally sourced seafood. After that, we’ll move on to Bilbao, where we’ll enjoy one last walking tour (and a trip to the Guggenheim Museum, to boot). Then: time to say goodbye.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
August: 05, 19$4,579.00$5,729.00
September: 02, 16$4,669.00$6,069.00
September: 23$4,399.00$5,279.00
October: 07, 21$4,399.00$5,279.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport: Premium mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 9 nights in boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Discover Portugal

From cosmopolitan Lisbon to Porto’s medieval cobblestone streets, and from the remote Douro Valley to Roman ruins and world-famous pilgrimage sites, this tour will give us a taste of the real Portugal, which still basks in the glow of ancient customs.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Lisbon – Sintra – Queluz

Our journey will begin in Lisbon, where we’ll meet the group and kick off our itinerary with a visit to a tile painting atelier. You’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at producing your own keepsake before we move on to Sintra. We’ll enjoy a welcome dinner in a restaurant in Queluz this evening – accompanied by an atmospheric Fado performance.

Hotel: Pousada Palácio de Queluz or similar

Day 2: Queluz – Óbidos – Nazaré – Alvados

Today we’ll visit the historic medieval village of Óbidos before moving on to the charming fishing town of Nazaré. After taking some time to explore, we’ll hit the road to Alvados – where a Portuguese cookery lesson and sumptuous dinner awaits. Ready to roll up those sleeves?

Hotel: Cooking & Nature Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Alvados – Tomar – Alvados

After breakfast we’ll continue our journey to captivating Tomar, where we’ll visit the World Heritage-listed Convent of Christ. Before we return to Alvados, there’s a treat in store for the foodies among us: a visit to a local olive oil producer, where we’ll have the chance to taste some of the produce.

Day 4: Alvados – Coimbra – Viseu

Today we’ll travel to Coimbra, where we’ll visit the famous University (the oldest in Portugal) – which houses the remarkable Joanina Library. After some free time in the medieval city centre, our road will take us to Viseu – where a traditional cheesemaker will let us in on the secrets behind Viseu’s delicious buttery cheese (with the chance to taste some for ourselves).

Hotel: Hotel Palacios dos Melos or similar

Day 5: Viseu – Lamego – Douro Valley

First today: we’ll have some time to explore Viseu at our own pace before we move on to historic Lamego – the home of the beautiful 18th-century Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies. Tonight, there’s another sumptuous dinner in store at our hotel in the Douro Valley.

Hotel: Hotel Quinta Nova or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Douro Valley – Pinhão – Peso Da Régua – Douro Valley

This morning we’ll travel through scenic, vineyard-dotted landscapes to Pinhão – where we’ll take to the water for a leisurely ride in a rabelo boat. We’ll then trade Pinhão for sun-soaked Peso da Régua before indulging in a wine tasting session in historic Quinta Nova.

Day 7: Douro Valley – Amarante – Penafiel – Braga

After heading to sleepy Amarante this morning (where we’ll see the 16th-century São Gonçalo Church), we’ll set a course for Aveleda Winery in Penafiel. Here, we’ll savour a glass of the region’s famous green wine and learn more about the winemaking process before we move on to lovely Braga.

Hotel: Hotel Vila Galé or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Braga

Onwards to Guimarães, where we’ll learn about the castle, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and the historic city centre on a walking tour with a local guide. Then: take some time to explore the pretty town of Braga. While you’re here, be sure to tick off the Bom Jesus Sanctuary – it’s one of Portugal’s most famous attractions for good reason. This evening, we’ll tuck into one last dinner together – with a traditional folk dance performance as the grand finale.

Day 9: Braga – Porto

Our journey will end in Porto, where we’ll tick off some important landmarks – including the Clérigos Tower, Aliados Avenue, the cathedral and the Ribeira district. This afternoon we’ll have enough time to visit the famous port wine cellars (and indulge in a tasting) before our trip ends.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
August: 17$4,579.00$5,729.00
August: 28$4,669.00$6,069.00
September: 14, 20$4,669.00$6,069.00
September: 27$4,579.00$5,729.00
October: 03, 09, 19$4,579.00$5,729.00
October: 24$4,299.00$5,159.00
November: 02, 25$4,299.00$5,159.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 20, 31$4,299.00$5,159.00
February: 28$4,299.00$5,159.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners,
Transport: Premium mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 8 nights in boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Turkey in Depth

Istanbul, the Aegean and Cappadocia to the rugged northeast plateaus and the Black Sea. Get under the skin of Turkey on this 17-day Peregrine journey from Istanbul. Travel to the clear coastal waters and ancient cities of the Bodrum Peninsula and discover the otherworldly landscapes of the Cappadocia region. Explore Kars – a transit point between Anatolia and the Caucasus – a place often overlooked on Turkey adventures. Continue on a train journey to Erzurum – a stronghold for the Seljuks of Anatolia – and wander through cities and villages of the Black Sea region before circling back to Istanbul. Your local leaders will show you the best this country has to offer, and with plenty of free time to experience Turkey independently, you will get to see this ancient nation on another level.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul, the continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans have all called home. Your welcome meeting will take place at 1 pm today, after which the group’ll head out to explore the Old City of Istanbul, visiting the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free for you to explore and there are plenty of sights left to see, including the Archaeology Museum and Hagia Sophia.

Hotel: Legacy Ottoman Hotel

Day 2: Bodrum

Transfer to the airport after breakfast for a 1-hour flight to Bodrum, a modern resort town that was once the ancient city of Halicarnassus. Here, along the southern end of Turkey’s Aegean coast, lies the original Mauosoluem, which the group will visit during an afternoon walking tour of Saint Peter’s Castle, the Underwater Archaeological Museum, the Ancient Theatre and Mindos Gate. Potentially finish up at Cevat Sakir Caddesi, a main thoroughfare surrounded by alleys and streets hosting the local fish markets and a number of mayhanes (taverns), where you can select your own catch of the day and have it prepared for dinner.

Hotel: Manastir Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Bodrum

There’s a reason Bodrum is considered a boating paradise. Spend a day sailing off the beautiful peninsula on a gulet, a traditional wooden sailing vessel originating in this area. Sit back on the deck and soak up some sun as the boat sails down the coast with stops to swim, snorkel and explore the shore, as well as a break at the small island of Kara Ada. Enjoy lunch on board and a relaxing afternoon before returning to the hotel in the evening.

Day 4: Selcuk

Drive to Selcuk this morning after breakfast (approximately 3 hours). Check into the hotel then take a walk through this sprawling town lying at the base of the ancient fortress on Ayasoluk Hill. Visit the last remaining column of the Temple of Artemis and the 14th-century Isabey Mosque, then journey to gorgeous little village of Sirince, nestled in the hills outside Selcuk. This was a predominantly Greek village before WWI and the narrow streets host beautifully decorated houses, silversmiths, leather shops, jewellers and market stands. Enjoy a special Peregrine Moment and meet Pervin, from whom you’ll learn the art of manti (Turkish ravioli) whilst relaxing over a glass of the local fruit wine.

Hotel: Kalehan Hotel or similar

Day 5: Selcuk – Overnight Train

Wake up early this morning to beat the crowds and head to Ephesus, one of the best-preserved classical cities in the Eastern Med and arguably the greatest Greco-Roman site in the world. Tour around the amphitheatre, stroll the marble streets once walked by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and beautifully restored Library of Celsus. Return to the hotel to relax before checking out and heading to the Ephesus Museum, then transfer to Izmir for an overnight train to Konya, in Central Anatolia. The train will arrive in Konya at 7.30 am, so enjoy the first-class sleeping compartments and included dinner in the restaurant car (with backgammon lessons courtesy of your Peregrine leader).

Train: Konya Mavi Train

Day 6: Konya – Cappadocia

Arrive early in Konya, an important Roman city, and tuck into a full Turkish kahvalti (breakfast). Konya is the home of the mystic Sufi practice of whirling and after breakfast you’ll visit the mausoleum of Mevlana, a famous mystic, as well as the museum housing manuscripts of his work and various mystic artefacts before driving three hours to the captivating region of Cappadocia. Check in to the hotel then head out with your leader to stretch your legs on a valley walk. Your leader has their own special place to introduce you to.

Hotel: Heybe Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Cappadocia

This mornig you can choose whether to take an optional hot air balloon rise over Cappadocia. Even if you don’t choose to take a flight, it’s worth getting up just to see the balloons rising with the sun. Have a relaxing breakfast from your terrace overlooking the valley then visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, which features houses, churches and monasteries carved into the soft cliff faces. Later in the afternoon, take a guided tour of Kaymakli, a troglodyte cave-city. Next, meet a local rug master and learn about the strong tradition of rug making from early nomadic styles to now. Head back to the hotel in Goreme. The rest of your day is free. Maybe take a relaxing Turkish bath to unwind after a long day experiencing some truly incredible history.

Day 8: Istanbul

Drive to the airport after breakfast for a 1.5-hour flight back to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel on arrival and enjoy a free afternoon. In the evening take the ferry to Kadikoy on Istanbul’s Asian shore. Take a walk around this lively area and find a harbourside spot for dinner with your travelling companions.

Hotel: Legacy Ottoman Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 9: Istanbul

This morning after breakfast you will have the day to further explore the city. You may like to ask your group leader for suggestions on how to spend your time. The Spice Market is very close to your hotel and a cruise on the Bosphorus never disappoints. Keep in mind that there will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary at 6 pm and you’re welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.

Day 10: Kars

Transfer to the airport after breakfast for a two-hour flight to the north eastern province of Kars. This town is known for the ruins of Ani, a medieval Armenian city once called the City of 1001 Churches. Historians believe it sustained a population of 100,000 at one stage, and the rugged ruins present a haunting scene on the high plateau near the Turkish-Armenian border. Arrive mid-afternoon and check in to the hotel before taking a walking tour around town to see the castle and Kumbet Camii – a beautiful Armenian church now converted into a mosque. In the evening, perhaps enjoy some roasted goose (a local specialty) for dinner, and you may even be lucky enough to catch some local musicians playing the baglama.

Hotel: Kars-ı Şirin Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 11: Kars

This morning, head out of town to a small Malakan village called Bogatepe for a local organic breakfast. Continue with a visit to the Bogatepe Cheese Museum, tasting a few samples of Kars’ gruyere – a little taste of Switzerland in Eastern Anatolia. Then, explore the local region this afternoon, including a visit to the Ani Ruins. Ruled by a vast array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries – from the Byzantines to the Ottomans – the city of Ani once housed many thousands of people, becoming a cultural hub and regional power under the medieval Bagratid Armenian dynasty. The crumbling, rust-coloured brick Cathedral of Ani guards this deserted city, perched alone on the remote highlands of North Eastern Turkey. Return to Kars for the evening.

Day 12: Erzurum

After an early breakfast, make your way to the train station for an 8.30 am departure on the Dogu Express. This train connects the north-east of Turkey with Ankara, the capital, but the group will hop off at Erzurum after a 4-hour journey through spectacular scenery. Erzurum, the largest city in eastern Anatolia, sits at 1950 metres and was a stronghold for the Seljuk Empire during the 12th and 13th centuries. Spend the afternoon exploring important Seljuk sites like the Cifte Minareli Medrese, the Mongol-built Yakutiye Medrese and various distinctive tombs. Try a cag kebab in the evening – a horizontally stacked kebab and a local specialty.

Hotel: Hotel Zade or similar

Day 13: Amasya

Enjoy a leisurely morning before departing for Amasya, a journey of approximately 5.5 hours. Amasya sits in a valley on the banks of the Yepilrmak River. It was once the capital of the Pontic Kingdom and the tombs of the Pontic Kings are carved into the cliffs behind the town, making an impressive sight when lit at night. Today, the town is famous for both its timber houses and lush orchards. Take a walk around the town centre then join a local family for a home-cooked meal in the evening.

Hotel: Apple Palace Hotel or similar

Day 14: Safranbolu

Travel to Safranbolu this morning, a journey of around 4.5 hours. Safranbolu is a UNESCO-listed town that played a key role in the caravan trade over several hundred years. The town influenced architecture all over the Ottoman Empire as a result of its trade-related prosperity, and this architecture is still well preserved. Spend the afternoon strolling through town and enjoy a special Peregrine Moment tasting saffron-flavoured Turkish delight – a regional specialty and favourite of many Ottoman sultans. The group will also visit Hidirlik Hill for superb views over the town, and spend the evening staying in a local konak (a large Ottoman house).

Hotel: Akce Konak Hotel, 2 nights

Day 15: Safranbolu

Depart for a half-day tour to Amasra after a traditional Turkish breakfast. Drive through the countryside, mountains and little villages to arrive in what is arguably one of the prettiest villages on the Black Sea. Amasra is well loved by Turkish tourists but not yet popular with foreign travellers, especially when compared with some of the Mediterranean or Aegean destinations. Take a tour of the town including the Byzantine citadel and Old Bazaar and look down from the bridge into the bright blue water. Return to Safranbolu in the afternoon for some free time wandering around the Old Bazaar and watching the traditional craftsmen at work. Coppersmiths, cobblers and saddle-makers will go about their business then you can go about yours, picking somewhere for dinner and a drink before spending another night in a traditional konak.

Day 16: Istanbul

Depart for Istanbul after breakfast, arriving mid-afternoon for some last-minute exploration and shopping. Walk through the bazaars or visit the sights you may have missed earlier in the trip before meeting up with the group in the evening to enjoy an optional farewell dinner. Toast Turkey and all its treasures you’ve discovered, then perhaps share one last Turkish delight together.

Hotel: Legacy Ottoman or similar

Day 17: Depart Istanbul

Today, there are no activities planned after breakfast. You’re free to depart your accommodation at any time, and hotel check out is midday.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 24$4,465.00$5,500.00
2021 Dates & Prices
April: 10, 24$4,290.00$5,325.00
May: 15$4,290.00$5,325.00
August: 28$4,290.00$5,325.00
September: 25$4,290.00$5,325.00
October: 09$4,290.00$5,325.00
Inclusions
 
Meals: 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Private air-conditioned bus
Flight: Flight Ticket: Istanbul - Bodrum - Istanbul - Kars
Rail: Overnight Train: Selcuk - Konya
Accommodation: 15 nights accommodation
Guide: English speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Northern Turkey Explorer

Explore the rugged plateaus, ruins and towns dotting the northeast of Turkey. Explore some lesser-known sights of Turkey on this nine-day small-group adventure through the north eastern Anatolia region. Soak up the history of Istanbul before flying to Kars, near the Armenian border, exploring the ruins of Ani, then travel along the Black Sea through the historic towns of Amaysa and Safranbolu. From sampling regional specialties like saffron-flavoured Turkish delight to relaxing on the Black Sea’s coast, the history buffs, food lovers and sun seekers will delight in the rustic splendour of Turkey.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul – the continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans have all called home. You’ll meet your group at 6 pm this evening and can then join them for an optional group dinner or strike out on your own to find some Turkish delight. There’s plenty to do if you arrive early too, why not visit the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, or take a stroll across the Galata Bridge.

Hotel: Legacy Ottoman

Day 2: Kars

Transfer to the airport after breakfast for a two-hour flight to the north eastern province of Kars. This town is known for the ruins of Ani, a medieval Armenian city once called the City of 1001 Churches. Historians believe it sustained a population of 100,000 at one stage, and the rugged ruins present a haunting scene on the high plateau near the Turkish-Armenian border. Arrive mid-afternoon and check in to the hotel before taking a walking tour around town to see the castle and Kumbet Camii – a beautiful Armenian church now converted into a mosque. In the evening, perhaps enjoy some roasted goose (a local specialty) for dinner, and you may even be lucky enough to catch some local musicians playing the baglama.

Hotel: Kars-ı Şirin Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Kars

This morning, head out of town to a small Malakan village called Bogatepe for a local organic breakfast. Continue with a visit to the Bogatepe Cheese Museum, tasting a few samples of Kars’ gruyere – a little taste of Switzerland in Eastern Anatolia. Then, explore the local region this afternoon, including a visit to the Ani Ruins. Ruled by a vast array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries – from the Byzantines to the Ottomans – the city of Ani once housed many thousands of people, becoming a cultural hub and regional power under the medieval Bagratid Armenian dynasty. The crumbling, rust-coloured brick Cathedral of Ani guards this deserted city, perched alone on the remote highlands of North Eastern Turkey. Return to Kars for the evening.

Day 4: Erzurum

After an early breakfast, make your way to the train station for an 8.30 am departure on the Dogu Express. This train connects the north-east of Turkey with Ankara, the capital, but the group will hop off at Erzurum after a 4-hour journey through spectacular scenery. Erzurum, the largest city in eastern Anatolia, sits at 1950 metres and was a stronghold for the Seljuk Empire during the 12th and 13th centuries. Spend the afternoon exploring important Seljuk sites like the Cifte Minareli Medrese, the Mongol-built Yakutiye Medrese and various distinctive tombs. Try a cag kebab in the evening – a horizontally stacked kebab and a local specialty.

Hotel: Hotel Zade or similar

Day 5: Amasya

Enjoy a leisurely morning before departing for Amasya, a journey of approximately 5.5 hours. Amasya sits in a valley on the banks of the Yepilrmak River. It was once the capital of the Pontic Kingdom and the tombs of the Pontic Kings are carved into the cliffs behind the town, making an impressive sight when lit at night. Today, the town is famous for both its timber houses and lush orchards. Take a walk around the town centre then join a local family for a home-cooked meal in the evening.

Hotel: Apple Palace Hotel or similar

Day 6: Safranbolu 

Travel to Safranbolu this morning, a journey of around 4.5 hours. Safranbolu is a UNESCO-listed town that played a key role in the caravan trade over several hundred years. The town influenced architecture all over the Ottoman Empire as a result of its trade-related prosperity, and this architecture is still well preserved. Spend the afternoon strolling through town and enjoy a special Peregrine Moment tasting saffron-flavoured Turkish delight – a regional specialty and favourite of many Ottoman sultans. The group will also visit Hidirlik Hill for superb views over the town, and spend the evening staying in a local konak (a large Ottoman house).

Hotel: Akce Konak Hotel or simila, 2 nights

Day 7: Safranbolu 

Depart for a half-day tour to Amasra after a traditional Turkish breakfast. Drive through the countryside, mountains and little villages to arrive in what is arguably one of the prettiest villages on the Black Sea. Amasra is well loved by Turkish tourists but not yet popular with foreign travellers, especially when compared with some of the Mediterranean or Aegean destinations. Take a tour of the town including the Byzantine citadel and Old Bazaar and look down from the bridge into the bright blue water. Return to Safranbolu in the afternoon for some free time wandering around the Old Bazaar and watching the traditional craftsmen at work. Coppersmiths, cobblers and saddle-makers will go about their business then you can go about yours, picking somewhere for dinner and a drink before spending another night in a traditional konak

Day 8: Istanbul 

Depart for Istanbul after breakfast, arriving mid-afternoon for some last-minute exploration and shopping. Walk through the bazaars or visit the sights you may have missed earlier in the trip before meeting up with the group in the evening to enjoy an optional farewell dinner. Toast Turkey and all its treasures you’ve discovered, then perhaps share one last Turkish delight together

Hotel: Legacy Ottoman

Day 9: Depart Istanbul 

Today, there are no activities planned after breakfast. You’re free to depart your accommodation at any time, and hotel check out is midday

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
November: 01$2,400.00$2,930.00
2021 Dates & Prices
April: 18$2,310.00$2,840.00
May: 02, 23$2,310.00$2,840.00
September: 05$2,310.00$2,840.00
October: 03, 17$2,310.00$2,840.00

Inclusions
 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned bus
Accommodation: 7 nights comfortable hotel & 1 night Boutique Hotel
Flights: Air Ticket: Istanbul - Kars
Rail: Dogu Express: Kars - Erzurum
Guide: English speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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A Journey through Germany

Follow the course of true love along the Romantic Road on this picturesque journey through Germany, where the snow-capped Bavarian Alps provide a dramatic backdrop to half-timbered chalets and fairytale castles.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Munich – Regensburg – Weltenburg – Bamberg

After meeting the group in Munich, we’ll board the coach and move on to our first stop of the tour: Regensburg. Here, we’ll have enough time to stop off for a light lunch before we move on to Weltenburg Abbey – where we’ll be treated to a tour and beer tasting session. This evening we’ll celebrate our first night together with dinner at a restaurant in Bamberg.

Hotel: Hotel Bamberger Hof Bellevue or similar

Day 2: Bamberg – Würzburg – Rothenburg

This morning we’ll take to the streets of Bamberg on a walking tour, starting with a stroll around the Old Town. Then: it’s onwards to the splendid Würzburg Residence. After taking some time to explore this Baroque palace, we’ll continue our journey along the Romantic Road – passing through pretty Weikersheim and Creglingen on our way to Rothenburg.

Hotel: Hotel Goldener Hirschor similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Rothenburg – Dinkelsbühl – Nördlingen – Rothenburg

Today we’ll venture out of Rothenburg and into brightly-coloured Dinkelsbühl, where we’ll have the chance to explore at our own pace. Nördlingen’s next! Here, we’ll have some free time to discover the town’s medieval walls, towers and parapet paths before we return to Rothenburg.

Day 4: Rothenburg – Ladenburg – Landau – Baden-Baden

We’ll leave Rothenburg behind us today and continue our journey to Ladenburg. The wine lovers among us are in for a treat as we move on to the countryside near Landau – where a vineyard tour awaits! Once we’ve taken a look around, we’ll have the chance to taste some of the wine for ourselves. And after that? We’ll ‘press’ on to the spa town of Baden-Baden.

Hotel: Heliopark Bad Hotel zum Hirsc or similar

Day 5: Baden-Baden – Hausach – Sankt Georgen – Triberg – Freiburg

This morning we’ll say farewell to Baden-Baden and set a course for Hausach. Here, we’ll board a train and travel the Black Forest Railway to Sankt Georgen, admiring some stunning scenery and passing through a grand total of 37 tunnels along the way. After a stop to stretch our legs in Triberg this afternoon, we’ll move on to Freiburg.

Hotel: The Alex Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Freiberg – Todtnau – Todtmoos – Sankt Blasien – Freiburg

Today we’ll venture to Todtnau –a town nestled in the heart of the Black Forest – and the village of Todtmoos, where we’ll have time for lunch. Afterwards, we’ll set off to visit a local café to discover the history behind the famous Black Forest gâteau. When we’ve learnt how to make the confection like a true Black Forest local, we’ll have the chance to indulge in a sample or two. Then: it’s back to Freiburg for the evening.

Day 7: Freiburg – Lindau – Ammergau Alps

First today: a stop at the picturesque village of Bodman-Ludwigshafen. Later, we’ll take in some marvellous views of Lake Bodensee on our way to Lindau – before making tracks to the Ammergau Alps, where we’ll settle down for a farewell dinner together at our hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Hirsch or similar

Day 8: Ammergau Alps – Neuschwanstein – Oberammergau – Munich

The imposing Neuschwanstein Castle (known as the ‘castle of the fairytale king’) will be our first port of call today before we move on to Oberammergau. Later this afternoon, our tour will come to a close back in Munich.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 10$3,449.00$4,489.00
June: 07, 21$3,449.00$4,489.00
July: 12$3,389.00$4,239.00
August: 16, 23$3,389.00$4,239.00
September: 13, 20$3,449.00$4,489.00
October: 04, 11$3,389.00$4,239.00
December: 06, 13$3,289.00$3,949.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation
Rail: Black Forest Railway: Hausach - Sankt Georgen
Accommodation: 7 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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Journey Through The Himalayas

Experience a jungle stay in Chitwan and explore the impressive jungle by jeep. Discover the lively and eclectic lanes and bazaars of Kathmandu, where you can find arts, crafts and delicious food. Visit one of the holiest Hindu temples in Kathmandu dating back to the fifth century.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Dhulikhel

On arrival in Kathmandu be transferred to Dhulikhel.

Hotel: Dhulikhel Mountain Resort

Day 2: Dhulikhel to Kathmandu

Rise early to enjoy sunrise views in Dhulikhel before setting out on the scenic journey to Kathmandu.

Hotel: Vivanta Kathmandu, 3 nights

Day 3: Kathmandu

This morning, visit Pashupatinath which is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Day 4: Kathmandu

Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square which used to be the palace of the kings. Delve deeper into Hindu traditions as you interact with Ex-Kumari of Patan.

Day 5: Kathmandu to Chitwan

Fly to Bharatpur before continuing the drive to Chitwan. On arrival a naturalist will explain the schedule for your upcoming stay. Stay the next two nights at Jungle Villa resort.

Day 6: Chitwan

Gain a fascinating insight into Chitwan as you drive through the rugged trails of the jungle on a jeep ride. Continue on a local village walk and experience a local ethnic cultural dance.

Day 7: Chitwan to Lumbini

This morning, drive to Lumbini. Lumbini is the place where the Buddha, known as the Tathagata was born.

Hotel: Lumbini Hokke, 2 nights

Day 8: Lumbini

Venture to Lumbini Garden, this sacred garden is a small complex lying at the southern end of Lumbini. It marks the place where the Buddha is reputed to have been born.

Day 9: Lumbini to Pokhara

Travel to Pokhara. Pokhara is a remarkable place for its natural beauty as well as most dramatic sceneries in world.

Hotel: Temple Tree Resort, 2 nights

Day 10: Pokhara

Rise early to visit Sarangkot and be amazed as the sun rises over Himalayas. Later, visit Bindhyabasini temple. This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Cruise the waters of Phewa Lake on a traditional boat.

Day 11: Pokhara to Bandipur

Rise early and drive to Bandipur. Bandipur has miraculously preserved its old time cultural atmosphere with passage of time.

Hotel: Old Inn Bandipur

Day 12: Bandipur to Kathmandu

Start your day with a drive to Kathmandu. This afternoon is free at leisure.

Hotel: Vivanta Kathmandu

Day 13: Kathmandu

Enjoy breakfast before being transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Kathmandu Daily: From $3,577.00Price on application

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 1 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Kathmandu - Bharatpur
Accommodation:12 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English-speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Vintage Nepal

Experience the diversity of Nepal from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Chitwan National Park. This Vintage Nepal adventure encompasses much of what makes Nepal so beloved by travellers. Whether you’re exploring the exotic capital of Kathmandu, discovering Pokhara, beneath awe-inspiring snow-capped peaks, or exploring the rural beauty around the hilltop village of Tansen, finding spirituality in Lumbini – the birth place of Buddha or exploring Chitwan National Park in search of big game. Undoubtedly the amazing flight to view Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) up-close will take your breath away. Nepal is incredible. You’ll be left with no doubt why so many return to the country time and time again.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal! On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met at the airport by a Peregrine representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Join an important group meeting at 6 pm, followed by an optional group dinner at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.

Hotel: Hotel Shangri-La or similar

Day 2: Kathmandu

In the early morning, you will make an attempt at the Mount Everest scenic flight. This amazing experience will take you over Sagamartha National Park, through a crescendo of the highest peaks in the world, climaxing by getting up close to Mount Everest. Later in the morning, explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. You will visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where you can observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. You will also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of your afternoon in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration.

Hotel: Annapurna Hotel or similar

Day 3: Nagarkot

Travel to Nagarkot in a private vehicle. On the 3-hour journey, there are two stops at UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way, starting with Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is revered as one of the world’s few well preserved ancient cities, playing host to a wondrous range of exotically designed temples and statues. Then wander to the ancient temple of Changu Narayan, erected in dedication to the Lord Vishnu and site of numerous legends. Upon arrival to Nagarkot, prepare for an overnight stay at Club Himalaya, renowned for its unrestricted view of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Changu Narayan and the surrounding areas.

Hotel: Club Himalaya or similar

Day 4: Pokhara

Wake up and witness an early morning 180-degree sunrise view before travelling to Kathmandu airport by chartered coach. From here, you will fly to Pokhara with an estimated flight time of 30 minutes – if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the spectacular Himalayan mountain chain to the north. On arrival, take a boat ride across the lake of Phewa Tal, the second largest lake in Nepal. The visit to the Peace Pagoda afterwards grants excellent views of the mountains including the Annapurnas, the famous fishtail peak of Machhapuchhare and a glimpse back across to Pokhara. Next comes a visit to the International Mountain Museum, which is full of fascinating tales and exploits from climbing expeditions of the past – some ending in triumph and others in tragedy. After this, you have the day free to explore peaceful Pohkara and its surrounds.

Hotel: Shangri-La Village or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Pokhara

Enjoy a free day for further exploration of the peaceful surroundings of Pokhara. Your group leader can advise you of sightseeing opportunities – maybe take a boat for a row out on the lake, explore the Hindu temple or Buddhist monastery, or simply pick up some souvenirs and relax in your hotel.

Day 6: Tansen

Travel by private vehicle to Tansen on a 5-hour drive. Formerly known as the capital of the Magar kingdom Tanahun, Tansen is now known as the home of the United Mission Hospital, a partnership between 20 Christian organisations and Nepal that sees over 100,000 patients per year. During your stay, visit Tansen town, the palace museum, a dhaka topi (traditional hat) and brass bottle workshop and experience an interaction with the locals.

Hotel: Hotel Shrinagar or similar

Day 7: Lumbini

An optional hike to the Rani Mahal is available today. Rani Mahal translates to ‘Queens Palace’, as the site was built as a monument of love to the deceased youngest wife of former general Khadga Samsher Rana, Tej Kumari Devi. Your other option is to travel to Tansen Hill station where panoramic views of Annapurna and Tansen valley can be seen, and Tansen town lies nearby should you wish to continue exploring it. Later this afternoon drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Hotel: Hotel Hokke or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Lumbini

This morning head out of Lumbini to Tilaurakot, which houses the ruins of ancient Kapilvastu – the capital of the Sakya kingdom and where Buddha spent his youth as Prince Siddhartha. Also, explore Nighlihawa and Gotihawa, which are closeby to Tilaurakot and have broken Ashoka pillars and other relics. Enjoy lunch and then return to Lumbini in the afternoon. There’s also the option to explore Lumbini’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lumbini is known as the holiest place of one of the world’s great religions and the area contains important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from as early as third century BC. Discover the serenity of the Maya Devi Temple, the statue of Little Buddha, and the Bodhi Tree, which is very close by your accommodation.

Day 9: Chitwan National Park

After breakfast, prepare to be picked up and driven to Chitwan National Park (approximately 4 hours). After arriving and settling in, meet the camp staff and resident naturalists who will discuss the park’s habitat conservation program. There’s some flexibility with activities in this area, which may vary depending on the time of year and known wildlife movements and locations. A late afternoon safari is an experience like none other, showing the varied and exciting flora and fauna of the park. Enjoy dinner with your group and relax at your accommodation’s bar while discussing the day’s sightings or listening to the song of the jungle.

Hotel: Kasara Resort or similar, 2 nights

Day 10: Chitwan

After breakfast, leave the lodge for an early morning trip to begin a dugout canoe adventure on the Rapti River. This exhilarating ride offers chances to spot marsh mugger crocodiles along with the various birds that inhabit the riverbanks. Tiger sightings are rare these days, but the magnificent creatures inhabit the park so it’s not to be ruled out. Upon your return to dry land, an organised program will help fill the rest of the day and may include further excursions by jeep or a visit to one of the nearby villages.

Day 11: Kathmandu

Drive to Chitwan Airport on a 1-hour drive before flying back to Kathmandu. The afternoon is yours to enjoy, so perhaps engage in some shopping or just relax at your hotel. A farewell dinner will be held at the Utsav Restaurant, featuring an authentic night of local cultural food and dance.

Hotel: Hotel Shangri-La or similar

Day 12: Kathmandu

Your Nepalese adventure comes to an end after breakfast today. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with any onward travel arrangements.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 10$4,200.00$5,435.00
October: 31$4,085.00$5,320.00
November: 07$4,085.00$5,320.00
2021 Dates & Prices
March: 06$4,280.00$5,515.00
April: 17$4,280.00$5,515.00
September: 25$4,280.00$5,515.00
October: 09, 16$4,280.00$5,515.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Accommodation:9 nights Hotel accommodation & 2 nights Lodge accommodation
Guide:English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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