Trips in Development

We’ve been hard at work developing a number of itineraries for new group tours in 2018. We have several recce trips in the pipeline, including a couple of new tours to Japan, along with other new destinations including Papua New Guinea, North and South Korea and the 3 Guianas, as well as some alternative routes through some of our most popular countries, such as Pakistan, Iran and China.

All of the trips listed below are currently in the planning phase and at various stages of development, including a few which were postponed from last year. The full details are yet to be finalised but these popular trips nearly always sell out, so we recommend registering for any which are of particular interest using the links below. We will update this page with the new trip dossiers once they go live on our website in the coming weeks.

Japan
We’re so excited to be introducing Japan in 2018 that we’ll be offering two trips to this wonderful country. Our three week Japan Encompassed itinerary will visit the four main islands of Japan – Kyushu, Honshu, Hokkaido and Shikoku, combining the best of Japan’s natural, historical and cultural highlights. The two week trip will just visit Honshu, focusing on the very best Japan’s largest island has to offer.
Approx. trip length: 2 weeks and 3 weeks
Timing: Autumn 2018 (TBC)

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Papua New Guinea
This 16 day tour will visit the very best of this majestic country, combining the cultural sites and wonderful scenery. By flying between sites we’ll do our best to avoid the country’s developing and sometimes unreliable infrastructure. Highlights include a river trek, a homestay in a local village and encounters with some of the diverse wildlife such as birds of paradise and tree kangaroos (right), which are endemic to PNG. We’ll also enjoy interaction with some of the local tribes, including a visit to a masked festival.
Approx. trip length: 16 days
Timing: September 2018

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Silk Road - Kazakhstan: Across The Kazakh Steppe
Our first group tour focusing solely on Kazakhstan will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi and the amazing modern architecture of Astana and Almaty. There will also be ample opportunity to explore the country’s beautiful mountain and lake scenery, including picturesque Lake Kaindy (right) and the unique landscapes of Altyn Emel National Park, and enjoy an overnight train journey to Taraz.
Approx. trip length: 10 days
Timing: April and September 2018

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Turkmenistan Desert Adventure
A comprehensive tour of Turkmenistan with a focus on experiencing the vast desert scenery of this seldom visited country. Spend six nights wild camping among the desert landscapes of the Karakum Desert and next to the bizarre Darvaza Crater, explore the UNESCO ruins of Gonur Depe and Merv and witness the impressive scenery of Yangisuw and Yangikala Canyons (right).
Approx. trip length: 12 days
Timing: April and October 2018

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The 3 Guianas (Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname)
This new trip combines three of South America’s best adventure travel destinations, offering the chance to discover the cultural contrasts between the Caribbean-flavoured coast and Amerindian villages. In Guyana explore the pristine Iwokrama Rainforest, one of the best places to spot jaguar in the whole continent, and the spectacular 750-metre high Kaieteur Falls – the world’s largest single drop waterfall – where we will have the opportunity to charter a plane to fly over the top. In Suriname discover vibrant capital Paramaribo, spot sea turtles nesting and visit old plantations. In French Guiana visit Devil’s Island, with its eerie prison camp and the Guyana Space Centre.
Approx. trip length: 15 days
Timing: March 2018

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Southern Pakistan
A new tour encompassing the highlights of southern Pakistan, with a strong focus on the country’s cultural sites, along with its forts and deserts. Explore the major cities of Lahore, Karachi, Multan and Islamabad, visit the revered Sufi shrines and discover the sprawling Cholistan Desert.
Approx. trip length: 14 days
Timing: February and November 2018

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Iran: Eastern Desert
Discover the amazing desert scenery of Eastern Iran, travelling from Mashad to Isfahan. Visit the Lut desert, with its interesting yet bizarre rock formations, before exploring the ancient city of Bam and its fascinating citadel (right) and the historic mosques and Zoroastrian fire temples of Kerman. Enjoy homestays and a very local way of life on this journey through a lesser explored region of Iran.
Approx. trip length: 16 days
Timing: September 2018

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India & Nepal: Alternative Delhi to Kathmandu
A fresh new itinerary journeying from Delhi to Kathmandu on a route less travelled. Visit the architectural splendours of Gwalior, Orchha and Khajuraho, before arriving in one of the world’s holiest cities, Varanasi. Crossing into Nepal search for Bengal tigers in Bardia National Park, enjoy a hike between Naundanda and Sarangkot to take in the spectacular mountain scenery and visit the beautiful towns of Lumbini and Pokhara, before exploring Nepal’s historic capital, Kathmandu.
Approx. trip length: 16 days
Timing: February and October 2018

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North and South Korea
A unique opportunity to observe the fascinating differences between North and South Korea on a trip combining the two countries. Starting in Beijing we’ll travel to Pyongyang in North Korea, before visiting Kaesong, one of the few remaining places in the north with an authentic feel of old Korea. From there we’ll visit the DMZ on the 38th parallel and Mt Myohyang, where we’ll visit the Friendship Museum, before travelling back into China to take an overnight ferry to South Korea. There we’ll spend a week exploring the cosmopolitan city of Seoul, traditional Hahoe and the ancient capital of Gyeongju before returning to the capital by bullet train.
Approx. trip length: 16 – 18 days
Timing: October 2018

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Petra and Palestine
A cultural and walking tour encompassing Jordan, with the spectacular UNESCO site Petra (right), and Palestine, with its rich landscapes riddled with long distance footpaths that provide a fascinating insight into a region that has lain at the crossroads of world history for over three millennia. This trip combines the best of each of our ten day itineraries in Jordan and Palestine.
Approx. trip length: 15 days
Timing: March 2018

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Albania
Rugged and less developed northern Albania offers remote scenery in a lesser visited region of the country, including picturesque Valbona National Park (right). With a focus mainly on walking we’ll stay in local guesthouses, enabling plenty of opportunities to meet the locals, including the shepherds. For those who’d like to see more of Albania, this trip will run in conjunction with a new southern Albania walking tour, enabling both tours to be done back-to-back.
Approx. trip length: 8 days each
Timing: May/June and September 2018

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Madagascar Horse Ride
Witness the beauty of Madagascar on horseback with our new two week adventure through this wonderful country. A two-centred ride will split time between the Central Highlands and Isalo National Park, along with three days in-between to explore some of Madagascar’s other highlights, including a visit to see some of the country’s wonderful lemurs.
Approx. trip length: 2 weeks
Timing: Summer 2018

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Saudi Arabia
We’re still awaiting details of precisely when Saudi Arabia will begin issuing tourist visas, but our planned tour will offer a wonderful chance to see behind what has been perceived as one of the world's most closed societies, making it a must for adventure travellers. The itinerary will include a visit to Saudi Arabia's most impressive site, Mada’in Saleh (right), which features 111 spectacular rock-cut tombs, as well as the chance to discover the Red Sea town of Jeddha, the capital Riyadh and the Sarawat Mountains, close to the Yemeni border.
Approx. trip length: 8 days
Timing: February and November 2018

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Antarctica
A true once-in-a-lifetime destination Antarctica is the world’s fifth largest landmass, 98% of which is covered in ice. Alongside its breathtakingly beautiful scenery the ‘Great White Continent’ is home to an array of majestic wildlife, including fur seals, humpback whales, giant albatrosses and thousands of emperor, Adélie and king penguins. We're in the early stages of developing an itinerary to the Great White Continent, chartering our very own cruise ship for around 100 people in early 2020. Provisional plans are to use the Island Sky ship, an all suites, all inclusive small expedition vessel with touches of elegance throughout.
Approx. trip length: 17/18 days (TBC)
Timing: Late 2019/Early 2020 (TBC)

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Sri Lanka
A comprehensive tour of the island incorporating some of the less well known sights. We'll travel north along the west coast, stopping to enjoy the lesser-visited but equally-beautiful Wilpattu National Park and travel back down south by train.
Approx. trip length: 2 weeks
Timing: November/December 2018

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Oman: Fjords of the Musandam Peninsula
A 10 day trip focusing on Oman’s stunning Arabian Coastline. Visit the country’s medieval forts, epic sand dunes and beautiful wadis, before exploring the dramatic fjords of the Musandam Peninsula from the comfort of a privately chartered traditional dhow.
Approx. trip length: 10 days
Timing: March and October 2018

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Nicaragua
A 2-week trip exploring Nicaragua in depth, including its pristine rainforests, towering volcanoes and beautiful colonial architecture. Known as 'The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes' almost 20% of this Central American gem is made up of national parks and protected reserves, making it an ideal location for the adventure traveller.
Approx. trip length: 15 days
Timing: March and October 2018

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Russia: Moscow to Vladivostok
An epic 3-week journey travelling from Moscow to Vladivostok. Covering a considerable distance, the focus will be on the incredible scenery of this vast country via a combination of rail and road travel.
Approx. trip length: 3 weeks
Timing: TBC

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West Africa
A two week trip through Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin, highlighting the music, history, architecture and voodoo culture of these fascinating countries.
Approx. trip length: 2 weeks
Timing: TBC

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