Posted on 20 February 2017 by Martha Hales
Follow in the Footsteps of Marco Polo
Marco Polo, one of the most celebrated sons of Venice, was still in his teens when he set off in 1271 to deliver valuable gifts and letters from the Pope to the Great Khan of China.
Posted on 06 February 2017 by Martha Hales
Galapagos Islands Wildlife Cruise
Almost 1000 kilometres from the nearest continental landmass lies a group of isolated islands which act as a magnet for wildlife and curious humans. This volcanic archipelago is geologically young at between 2 and 4 million years old. This is the key reason the wildlife here is so fascinating - adaptations to the harsh environment are extreme, unique, and still occurring in many species. These islands allow us to see evolution at close quarters.
Posted on 01 February 2017 by Kati Taylor
Industry Insiders: James Brunker Interview
Be it in the high Andes of Chile, on the sweeping plains of Patagonia, or amongst the thriving biodiversity of Ecuador; the South American continent provides ample opportunity to take some great photos. Capturing the magic of a sunset or a vista is easier said than done, however. We caught up with photographer James Brunker to get his insight on documenting the stunning landscapes of South America and tips and tricks of the trade to help you get the most from your photographs!
Posted on 12 December 2016 by Corinne Homer
Off the beaten track in Kyrgyzstan - Live like a nomad and embrace the outdoors
From first looking out onto the endless plains of Kyrgyzstan, you’ll learn that it’s a country of quiet absorption. Pause, observe and reflect - it’s the only way to experience this virtually untouched terrain that surrounds the ancient Silk Road. With rolling hillsides, expansive green meadows, alpine forests and tremendous lakes, Kyrgyzstan will appeal to a trailblazing instinct within you that no urban playground ever could. To get ‘off the beaten track’ here is an understatement - allow yourself to become completely disconnected from the modern world and wrap up in the warm hospitality of the Kyrgyz nomadic shepherds.
Posted on 21 October 2016 by Oliver Horne
Following in the Footsteps of Alexander the Great
In the 4th century CE, a young king of the small state of Macedon set off at the age of 22 on a grand expedition to Asia where, within a decade, he had destroyed and conquered the largest empire the world had ever seen. It stretched across three continents, from Greece and Albania in the west to Egypt in the south and India to the east, covering around two million square miles of territory. The scale of this unpredictable historical turn is hard to imagine. However, with Iran currently becoming increasingly accessible to visitors (major European airlines resumed flights for the first time in years this summer), there has never been a better time to gain perspective on this scale by following in the footsteps of Alexander along his vast and cataclysmic campaign.
Posted on 06 September 2016 by Corinne Homer
Where to go on holiday in early 2017
January usually calls for big jumpers, a permanent umbrella-shaped sidekick and a post-Christmas slump - but it needn’t be so! Elsewhere in the world there are pleasing temperatures and beaming, blue skies between December and April, so now is the time to get organising. Read on for our top picks for the coming year.
Posted on 01 September 2016 by Martha Hales
Jordan's tourist attractions - how many can you fit into a week's itinerary? Make your next week off into something amazing!
Small though it is, the list of attractions in Jordan is a long one. Biblical landscapes compete with convivial towns and historic jewels for your time, yet everything is relatively close by, allowing you to fit a lot into seven days. Embellish your time in this petite country with culinary delights and enriching interactions with Jordanians - hugely welcoming and open hosts. Jordan is without a doubt one of the most fulfilling destinations in the Middle East and only a short haul flight from Europe, making it an ideal target for shorter trips. If you’re happy to spend some time on the road, you should be able to squeeze all of the following into a whistlestop week; if you prefer a more leisurely pace, pick out your favourites from the list. Whatever your priority, fill out our online form and our local experts will do the rest.
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