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Focus On Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most popular touring destinations, and for a reason. Some of the countries here have it all: a tropical climate, warm (or hot!) all year-round, rich culture, gorgeous beaches, wonderful food and last but not least, relatively reasonable prices. While its history and modern-day politics are complex, most of it is also quite safe for the traveller and easy to get about.

Southeast Asia’s culture is dominantly influenced by the Indians and Chinese as well as its colonizers. Thai, Burmese, Cambodian and Lao culture is heavily Indianized as well as Chinese-influenced in areas such as faith, folklore, language and writing. Malaysia and Indonesia are also influenced by the Indians, Malays and Chinese with a touch of Arab culture due to the large Muslim populations. Vietnam is the most Chinese-influenced country while Brunei’s culture is Malay-influenced. The linguistic saturation here is also immense, as is religious diversity.

Variety of landscape is also overwhelming—from the terraced rice fields of Laos to the soaring limestone pinnacles of Vietnam’s Halong Bay, the verdant jungles of Northern Thailand to the wide, sinewy curves of the Mekong River—the region’s natural attributes defy it’s relatively compact geographical area. And some of the world’s most incredible monuments are superimposed upon this backdrop—the temples of Bagan, Myanmar; the Angkor complex of central Cambodia, Myanmar’s Shwedagon Pagoda, Indonesia’s Borobudur to name just a few—all lend spectacular testimony to the region’s rich cultural and historical legacy.

We are gearing up for another busy season in one of the most popular areas in which we operate; happily the best time to travel to SE Asia coincides with the best time to escape the northern winter! The following are just a few of our most popular itineraries; click through to our website for a complete listing for 2017 /18.

Vietnam & Cambodia
VN2 | 20 Days | Details
Departure date: 7 Nov 2017

Laos & Vietnam
LA2 | 22 Days | Details
Departure date: 31 Oct 2017

Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia
LA3 | 27 Days | Details
Departure date: 31 Oct 2017

Myanmar
SE5 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 26 Nov 2017

Cambodia & Myanmar
SE6 | 19 Days | Details
Departure date: 21 Nov 2017

Vietnam, Cambodia & Myanmar
SE7 | 33 Days | Details
Departure date: 7 Nov 2017

Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia & Myanmar
SE8 | 40 Days | Details
Departure date: 31 Oct 2017

Indonesia (Sumatra, Java & Bali)
ID6 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 11 Mar 2018

Indonesia Discovery (Java, Borneo, Sulawesi & Papua)
ID7 | 18 Days | Details
Departure date: 13 Sep 2017

Malaysia & Brunei
MA4 | 14 Days |Details
Departure date: 26 Feb 2018

Southeast Asia Roundup
TH6 | 16 Days | Details
Departure date: 16 Oct 2017

 

New Things & Updates

Family of penguins, Penguin of Magellan. (spheniscus Magallanicus).

ECUADOR & THE GALAPAGOS NEW TOUR!

This is an exciting addition to our itineraries that include the superlative Galapagos Islands. The most attractive aspect of this trip is that it is not a cruise, but rather a land-based adventure that allows for more time and greater immersion in not only the natural splendour of this special place, but also in its unique and little-known island culture. Though cruises will always be an extremely popular way of visiting the islands and do a fantastic job overall, we are delighted to offer our travellers an alternative that allows you to see and experience what it’s like to live on the islands, either as a descendant of the early settlers, an adventurous entrepreneur, or as an iguana!

This is why we call this an “experiential” adventure; on this special journey you will experience all that this incredible place has to offer the inquisitive visitor, while doing so in a way that promotes sustainable tourism. Add to this a continental component, which provides a sumptuous glimpse into pre- and post-colonial times in the Andes, and an optional 4-day Amazon extension, you have a breathtakingly-varied Ecuadorian experience and one of the most intimate and ‘immersive’ trips we offer anywhere. Click through to our site using the link below for a full trip description, itinerary, and hotel profiles.

Galapagos & Andes
EC10 | 10 Days | Details
Departure date: 24 Nov 2017
Departure date: 1 Feb 2018

Galapagos,  Andes & Amazon
EC11 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 24 Nov 2017
Departure date: 1 Feb 2018

 

SOUTH KOREA REVAMPED

As a result of feedback from past travellers and Tour Leaders, and with the advice of our Korean partners and the Korean National Tourism Organization, we have revamped our entire treatment of this tiny, yet highly complex corner of Asia. At the urging of our savvy customers, we have added more dimension and texture, with less emphasis on shrines and other monuments, and more attention to Korea’s fascinating and unique culture and history, ancient and modern. We have improved the flow of the trip overall and eased up the pace, with enhanced sightseeing and cultural experiences in Seoul and Busan. The most exciting part is the long overdue addition of Jeju Island, Korea’s answer to Hawaii, with a unique culture and stunning volcanic landscape. You can tour South Korea on its own, but most travellers tie it in with our tours of Taiwan and Japan; next departure Autumn 2017.

South Korea
KR1 | 8 Days | Details
Departure date: 12 Oct 2017 

Korea & Japan
KR2 | 20 Days | Details
Departure date: 12 Oct 2017 

Korea & Japan
KR3 | 27 Days | Details
Departure date: 12 Oct 2017 

Taiwan & Korea
TA4 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 5 Oct 2017 

Taiwan, Korea & Japan
TA5 | 27 Days | Details
Departure date: 5 Oct 2017 

Taiwan, Korea & Japan
TA6 | 34 Days | Details
Departure date: 5 Oct 2017 

 

WEST AFRICA NEW TOUR!

West Africa is back on the roster with a refreshed itinerary through five diverse countries, including the reintroduction of Gambia into the fold. This a true off-the-beaten-path adventure through Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Togo and Benin over 19 highlight-packed days.

West Africa - New Tour!
WF2 | 19 Days | Details
Departure date: 1 Nov 2017
Departure date: 11 Feb 2018

 

MONGOLIA IMPROVED!

Our re-designed Mongolia tour, featuring the famed Naadam Festival and comfortable ger accommodation with private bath facilities, is a guaranteed tour with VERY limited space available! Led by Chris Tripodi

Mongolia - Closing Soon!
MN1 | 13 Days | Details
Departure date: 7 Jul 2017

 

ESSENTIAL ARGENTINA NEW TOUR!

This new itinerary covers this stupendous country pretty much from top to bottom. Whereas most of our other trips featuring Argentina also include either Chile and / or Brazil, this one spends almost three glorious weeks covering all the famous highlights of this huge country—Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, as well as Punta Tombo and Peninsula Valdes in time to coincide with the nesting season of the Magellanic penguin and the yearly appearance of the southern right whale. We also head to the up-and-coming northwest region, which features a unique Andean indigenous tradition, remote and desolate altiplano landscapes, and an interesting flora and fauna.

Essential Argentina
AR10 | 19 Days | Details
Departure date: 23 Nov 2017

 

SOUTHERN AFRICA NEW DATE!

Due to impressive demand, we have added a November date for our flagship Southern Africa trip—South Africa, Swaziland, Victoria Falls, Chobe Park, Botswana. This is one of the very first sub-Saharan Africa tours we offered way back in 1995 and it’s still going strong.

Southern Africa
SA2 | 18 Days | Details
Departure date: 1 Sep 2017 – Almost Guaranteed
Departure date: 10 Oct 2017 - Closing Soon
Departure date: 11 Nov 2017 - New Date!

 

SOUTHERN SPAIN & PORTUGAL NEW TOUR!

In response to the overwhelming interest in Portugal of late, and the perennial popularity of our tour of southern Spain, we are pleased to introduce a new itinerary that covers both! Our long-standing tour of Portugal & Spain “forces” you to also include Northern Spain over 24 days; this new, more compact option allows us to include all of the highlights of both regions in a tidy 15-day package. Our slightly off-season dates also take advantage of the area’s mild climate and allow us to visit at a time that’s less crowded and more affordable.

Southern Spain & Portugal
PS6 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 14 Oct 2017
Departure date: 9 Mar 2018

For those of you who have been sitting on the fence, or busy in the garden, or thinking that you still have plenty of time to plan late summer/fall trip, here’s a quick update on some of our more popular journeys at that time:

THE ADRIATIC
Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina & Montenegro
AD1 | 17 Days | Details
Departure date: 22 Sep 2017 – 2 SPOTS LEFT!

THE FIVE STANS
Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic & Kazakhstan
CA3 | 21 Days | Details
Departure date: 23 Sep 2017– 2 SPOTS LEFT!

CLASSIC EGYPT
Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Nile cruise
EG3 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 15 Oct 2017 – 4 SPOTS LEFT!

EGYPT & JORDAN
EG5
| 21 Days | Details
Departure date: 15 Oct 2017 – 4 SPOTS LEFT!

JORDAN & ISRAEL
JO4
| 17 Days | Details
Departure date: 14 Oct 2017 – NOW GUARANTEED!

JORDAN, ISRAEL & EGYPT
JO9
| 29 Days | Details
Departure date: 14 Oct 2017 - ALMOST GUARANTEED!

All tours including Egypt are discounted! Click here for all current discounts.

For those of you disappointed with fully-booked big sellers in the past, we have just added more space for these flagship programs for September/October (all tours maximum group size 18):

The Greek Islands
GI4 | 9 Days | Details
Departure date: 13 Sep 2017

The Greek Islands with Crete
GI6 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 13 Sep 2017

Portugal & Northern Spain
PS2 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 7 Sep 2017

Portugal & Spain
PS3 | 24 Days | Details
Departure date: 7 Sep 2017

Portugal, Spain & Morocco
PS4 | 32 Days | Details
Departure date: 7 Sep 2017

Portugal, Spain & Full Morocco
PS5 | 39 Days | Details
Departure date: 7 Sep 2017

Rome to Florence
IT7 | 10 Days | Details
Departure date: 9 Sep 2017

Rome to Venice
IT1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 9 Sep 2017

UPCOMING TOURS

upcoming-tours

Shanghai

SOUTHEAST ASIA

This is a highlight-oriented regional exploration of Vietnam, Laos, & Cambodia for those looking for a very nicely-priced multi-destination trip in a nice neat +/- 2-week package. Reliable and convenient regional flights link together a thrilling series of iconic sites – Luang Prabang (Laos), Halong Bay, Hoi An, Saigon (Vietnam), Siem Reap and the temples at Angkor. Local cuisines, comfortable 3-star hotels, lots of inclusions, and expert leadership round this out to the quintessential SE Asian experience.

Southeast Asia Circuit
TH6 | 16 Days | Details
Departure date: 05 Jan 2017 - 1 NEEDED TO GUARANTEE!


AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND – SPACE ADDED!

Most people harbour a particular image of Australia, such as the Opera House or Ayers Rock, yet these famous icons do scant justice to the richness of Australia’s natural treasures and its cultural diversity. Australia is an enormous country, and it is this sheer vastness, and the friction between the ancient land steeped in Aboriginal lore and the New World culture being heaped upon it, which gives Australia much of its character. New Zealand is as compact as Australia is huge, but nature has packed amazing variety into this little package. From the sub-tropical and lush bush of Northland, to the beauty of Fiordland National Park, once described by Rudyard Kipling as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.

This combo is so popular this year we’ll we running a second departure for both!

Australia
AU1 | 17 Days | Details
Departure date: 24 Oct 2017

New Zealand
NZ1 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 09 Nov 2017

Australia & New Zealand
AU2 | 31 Days | Details
Departure date: 24 Oct 2017

 

ESSENTIAL CHILE – from top to bottom!

Though technically spring in Chile, this incredible tour of this incredible country will deliver all four seasons on this comprehensive 21-day exploration – indeed you may experience several seasons in just one day! Last year, our long-time head office destination specialist and senior tour leader, Martin Charlton, led this stupendous journey through Chile, from the altiplano of the Atacama region to the sophisticated winelands near Santiago, the wind-swept plains of Patagonia to the subtropical splendour and mystique of Easter Island, this exceptional itinerary covers the gamut over the full length of this fantastic country. Martin’s eye for detail and logistics give us a freshly tweaked and improved itinerary and some spectacular photos, which you can now view via our new “Gallery” feature on our website!

Chile
CL6 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 14 Oct 2017

Chile & Easter Island
CL1 | 21 Days | Details
Departure date: 14 Oct 2017

 

THE BALTICS & NORDIC EXPLORER

We are close to confirming the fall running of a full regional experience that brought Scandinavia back onto our European roster back in 2008. The first week of this 3-week sojourn takes us through the charming and diverse Baltic neighbours of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Hopping across the water to Helsinki, we begin the Scandinavian portion of our journey, with stops in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo. Our modes of travel are as varied as the region—private coach, train, and comfortable overnight ferry. A major highlight is travelling via Norway’s famous Flamsbana, the Flam Railway, one of the world’s most spectacular rail journeys. Have less time? We have created a shorter option featuring only Scandinavia.

Nordic Explorer
NK1 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 22 Sep 2017

Baltics & Nordic Explorer
BS3 | 21 Days | Details
Departure date: 16 Sep 2017

 

SICILY & SOUTHERN ITALY

We recently responded to traveller feedback and the advice of our Tour Leaders and altered this itinerary to ease up the pace of this highlight-packed tour; reviews have been so positive, and the itinerary now reads so well that our ever-popular late summer date is starting to book up for 2017!Sicily is an island of great natural beauty—along the shorelines, spectacular rocky cliffs meet the deep blue, tranquil waters of the Mediterranean, while the rolling hills of the interior are awash in fragrant orange and lemon trees. Though only 4 km separate it from the mainland, this short distance has given the island enough unique history and personality for an entire continent. This distinction becomes apparent to us once our journey crosses the water to visit the highlights of the southern mainland—the Greek temples of Paestum, mysterious Pompeii, and sublime Sorrento, legendary abode of the Sirens.

Sicily & Southern Italy
IT6 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 30 Aug 2017

 

ATLANTIC CANADA – CLOSING SOON!

Summer is a busy time in Atlantic Canada, especially this year as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. As such, space grows scare and our deadline looms for joining us on this special journey. The timing can’t be better! With the weak Canadian dollar—Canadians looking to stay closer to home can finally experience their own country at a relatively good value, and US visitors can take advantage of the best exchange rate in over 10 years! Last summer’s inaugural running of this very special itinerary covering three provinces was a huge hit—travellers enjoyed our small group concept in a place dominated by large coach tours, and the fact that our tour was able to access out-of-the-way places where big coaches cannot venture.

Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island & New Brunswick
AP1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 28 Aug 2017

 

EASTERN CHINA

There is still time to consider the fall departure of our ever-popular foray through Hong Kong and Eastern China is a guaranteed trip with last minute space still available. Past Adventures Abroad travellers to China have appreciated our small-group concept at a destination where much group travel is dominated by huge busloads of 50+ tourists who spend much of their time just getting on and off the bus and being herded into souvenir shops. Our Tour Leaders and local guides put the culture, sites, history and monuments of China first to ensure that your experience is as in-depth, authentic, and personalized as it can be. As a small group, we can get much more done in a day without feeling rushed, get to know our fellow travellers, and dine out at local restaurants to avoid the massive and characterless hotel buffet! Hong Kong, Guilin, Li River, Yangtze River, Shanghai, Xi’an, Beijing

Eastern China
CN2 | 12 Days | Details
Departure date: 11 Sep 2017 – ALMOST GUARANTEED

Hong Kong & Eastern China
CN4 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 08 Sep 2017 – ALMOST GUARANTEED

 

IRELAND

We are very close to guaranteeing our 2-week, full circumnavigation of Ireland, including both the Republic and Northern Island, for September. Though Ireland is rarely associated with more “exotic” destinations, this is a delightfully compelling journey with surprising variety in art and architecture, culture, history, cuisines, landscapes, accents, and, of course, pubs! This itinerary showcases the good, the bad, and the ugly of this ancient and modern land and, in any season, its famous ‘40 shades of green.’

Ireland & Ulster
IE1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 11 Sep 2017 – ALMOST GUARANTEED

TOUR LEADER NEWS

 Peter Barathan in Georgia

Peter Barathan in Georgia

The following Tour Leader assignments are for confirmed tours coming up soon with space available, as well as some new and exciting things a little further down the road. This list is not exhaustive—watch this space every couple of months for news about our leaders, simply the best in the business.


In addition to our regular scheduled trips throughout the year, Jonathan Hodgson has designed a couple of new one-off trips that he will be leading late summer / fall:

Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova  SOLD OUT (2018 date pending)
JHBU | 20 Days | Details
Departure date: 9 Sept 2017

Tasmania & Western Australia  NEW TOUR!
JHOZ | 23 Days | Details
Departure date: 2 Oct 2017

Australia
AU1 | 17 Days | Details
Departure date: 24 Oct 2017

New Zealand
NZ1 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 9 Nov 2017 – ONE SPOT LEFT

Australia & New Zealand
AU2 | 31 Days | Details
Departure date: 24 Oct 2017 – ONE SPOT LEFT

 


 

Victor Romagnoli is, as always, a busy busy guy this summer and fall, with a self-designed tour of Germany, two back-to-back sold-out sorties through Papua New Guinea, and another swing through Ethiopia, Djibouti and Sudan.

Germany
VRDE | 22 Days | Details
Departure date: 30 Jul 2017 – 2 SPOTS LEFT

Ethiopia, Djibouti & Sudan
SD1 | 18 Days | Details
Departure date:  1 Nov 2017 – 2 NEEDED TO GUARANTEE

 


 

Peter Barathan is off to Portugal & Spain this summer… mmmm sangria.

Portugal & Northern Spain
PS2 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 6 Jul 2017

Portugal & Spain
PS3 | 24 Days | Details
Departure date: 6 Jul 2017

 


 

Chris Tripodi heads up our revamped tour of Mongolia this summer. This one is still available but will be closing soon!

Mongolia
MN1 | 13 Days | Details
Departure date: 7 Jul 2017 – CLOSING SOON!

 


 

As September/October is our busiest time for departures, and because many tours are still shaping up or booking up late, we have a lot of leaders standing by to receive their marching orders. Once we fit all the pieces of the puzzle together, we’ll announce a confirmed list of leader placements in our next eNavigator. Watch this space!

 

WHAT A SITE

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur is a Buddhist stupa and temple complex in Central Java, Indonesia dating from the 8th century, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is one of world’s truly great ancient monuments, the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth, and few who visit fail to be taken by both the scale of place, and the remarkable attention to detail that went into the construction. Set as it is in the heart of the verdant Kedu Plain, the backdrop of mighty active volcanoes only enhances the sense of awe and drama. There is no definite written record of who built Borobudur or why it was built. It was likely founded as a religious site in the 8th century at the peak of the Sailendra dynasty in central Java. The construction is thought to have taken a period of 75 years, and completed in about 825 CE.

Borobudur lay abandoned and hidden for centuries under layers of volcanic ash and thick jungle growth. Nobody knows for sure why it was abandoned, although the popular theories are that the local population just became uninterested when there were mass conversions to Islam in the 15th century, or they were simply driven away by a large volcanic eruption. It was never forgotten entirely though, with local folklore ensuring that stories of the great monument lived on.

In 1956 UNESCO began an assessment process for the full scale restoration of the monument. Finally in 1968, a major plan to restore Borobudur was created, and this huge project involved a complete overhaul of the monument up until 1983. The unsteady foundations were stabilized, everything was meticulously cleaned and a major drainage system installed. After the works were finished, UNESCO formally listed Borobudur as a World Heritage Site in 1991. Source: Wikipedia

Both of these tours visit Borobudur:

Indonesia – Sumatra, Java & Bali
ID6 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 12 Mar 2018

Indonesia – Java, Borneo, Sulawesi & Papua
ID7 | 18 Days | Details
Departure date: 13 Sep 2017, 16 May 2018

ACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT

Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador

Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador

Dating from the late XVI century, this hotel lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 2800 meters (9,600 ft) above the sea level, and only two hours north of Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Zuleta is a colonial working farm of 2000 hectares that belongs to the family of Mr. Galo Plaza-Lasso, a former president of Ecuador, for more than 100 years. It was chosen as one of the world’s “Top Ten Finds” by Outside magazine and named one of the best Ecuadorian hotels by ‘National Geographic Traveler.’

The hacienda has 14 beautifully-decorated bedrooms, all with their own fireplace; antique gardens along with cosy living and reading rooms offer a peaceful atmosphere.  Delicious home-cooked Ecuadorian cuisine among other types of gastronomic adventures are offered daily, prepared with organic vegetables, trout and dairy products produced on the Hacienda.

The fortunes of the Plaza-Lasso family are intimately linked with those of the descendants of the Caranqui peoples who had once occupied the ramp mound site on the hacienda’s land. Land reforms introduced during Galo Plaza’s office as president of Ecuador devolved substantial tracts of land back to the Indian peoples, whilst the infamous ‘huasipungero’ land peonange system was abolished. Today the peoples of the region enjoy independence and some prosperity. Many are still farmers, whilst local women are productively engaged in the local cottage embroidery industry. Many of the hacienda’s employees are people from the Zuleta community. Folkloric traditions retain important links to their ancestral past, with the annual celebration of the Inty Raymi – the fiesta of Juan Baptista – the midsummer harvest festivities which interweave community and hacienda, blending the cultural traditions of pre-Spanish, colonial and the present day in a richly evolving cultural fusion.

In relatively recent years, Hacienda Zuleta has moved from being just a dairy and a stud farm into country hacienda-hotel, offering guests and visitors homemade Andean cuisine, a wonderful historic setting, and a wide range of outdoor activities.

Stay at Hacienda Zuleta on our new tours:

Experiential Ecuador
EC10 | 10 Days | Details
Departure date: 24 Nov 2017
Departure date:
1 Feb 2018

Experiential Ecuador with Amazon Extension
EC11 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 24 Nov 2017
Departure date: 1 Feb 2018

 


 

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Adventures Abroad President: Chris Boycott

FEATURE – 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Adventures Abroad President: Chris Boycott

Adventures Abroad Managing Director and founder: Chris Boycott

Message from Chris Boycott, Managing Director and founder

Back in 1987 when I hatched the idea of hanging out my own shingle and starting my own tour company, it was hard to imagine what the world of travel—or the world in general—would look like in thirty years. “Small group” and “soft adventure” were new concepts gaining traction, advertising was limited to newspapers and word-of-mouth, the noisy telex machine clattering away in the corner was the best means of long-distance communication, and cutting and pasting an itinerary together actually involved scissors and a glue stick.

It was also impossible to imagine the challenges we would face. Volcanoes and earthquakes were always par for the course, as were infectious diseases and political insurrections. But terrorism was still a vague spectre on the horizon, and who could have imagined the fallout stemming from the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001? As we now accept taking off our shoes and discarding our water bottles before boarding a flight as a matter of everyday life, one can’t help but wonder what we have gained and lost, and how these things continue to shape the way of the future.

Challenging times will always be there, and I’m very proud that our staff and family of travellers have been such a resilient, flexible, creative, patient and, in many ways, philosophical gang of positive thinkers. I like to think that those of us who travel, who keenly seek out “otherness,” who not only accept diversity, but celebrate it, will one day, truly, inherit the Earth. To live, laugh, learn, and love through travel cannot help but make one a better person—a true citizen of the world. We at Adventures Abroad have always, and will continue to believe in the free movement of peoples and ideas, regardless of where they’re from and what values they hold dear. Moving forward under this ideal is what will see us through the darker days that always seem to lie ahead, and set a positive path for those who follow.

Through the years, I’ve had the honour and great privilege to see my two children, now adults, heading out to explore the world with us, and now on their own. In them and their passion for travel, I see hope for us all. I invite you to join me and the Adventures Abroad family in continuing to reach for this dream through the next 30 years and beyond.

Thank you for your support all these years—see you on the road!

Chris Boycott

Chris’s next trip:
Namibia & Botswana
NA2 | 19 Days | Details

UPCOMING TOURS

Ruins of ancient Apollonia, Albania

Ruins of ancient Apollonia, Albania

Albania & Macedonia

We have enjoyed watching enigmatic Albania open and grow during the last 20 years that we have been offering tours here. Infrastructure improvements and greater reliability of visitor services has made exploring this small but fascinating eastern European state, which was, for many years, closed to tourists, much easier and more comfortable than was just two decades ago. We are also pleased to be one of the first operators to offer tours here, and are very excited about our numerous itineraries that combine Albania with neighbouring countries, including Macedonia, where we visit Ohrid—the “City of 365 churches”—an outstanding mixture of the Western and the Oriental. Albania/Macedonia can also be preceded by our hugely popular Adriatic tour (Slovenia & Croatia), which spends a night in Budva, Montenegro, en route to Tirana. Tours from 14 to 30 days; dates in spring & fall

Albania & Macedonia 
AL1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 04 Jun 2017 - GUARANTEED

Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania & Macedonia 
AD6 | 30 Days | Details
Departure date: 19 May 2017 – SIX SPOTS LEFT

 

“CZ Series”

Our tours beginning in the Czech Republic, with options to the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria (which we affectionately refer to as the “CZ series”), is one of our longest standing family of European itineraries, featuring amazing architecture, compelling histories, unique cultures, stunning landscapes, and great value-for-money. Variety is the name of the game here; it’s no wonder why this is one of our most popular series in Europe. The main problem here is how to choose!

Czech Republic 
CZ1 | 9 Days | Details

Czech Republic & Slovakia 
CZ2 | 13 Days | Details

Czech Republic, Slovakia & Budapest 
CZ7 | 15 Days | Details

Czech Republic, Slovakia & Hungary 
CZ3 | 21 Days | Details

Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary & Romania 
CZ4 | 28 Days | Details

Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania & Bulgaria 
CZ5 | 35 Days | Details

Other combinations, ie Romania & Bulgaria only, also exist; summer and fall dates booking now!

 

Eastern China & Hong Kong

There is still time to consider the spring departure of our ever-popular foray through Hong Kong and Eastern China is a guaranteed trip with last minute space still available. Past Adventures Abroad travellers to China have appreciated our small-group concept at a destination where much group travel is dominated by huge busloads of 50+ tourists who spend much of their time just getting on and off the bus and being herded into souvenir shops. Our Tour Leaders and local guides put the culture, sites, history and monuments of China first to ensure that your experience is as in-depth, authentic, and personalized as it can be. As a small group, we can get much more done in a day without feeling rushed, get to know our fellow travellers, and dine out at local restaurants to avoid the massive and characterless hotel buffet! Hong Kong, Guilin, Li River, Yangtze River, Shanghai, Xi’an, Beijing

Eastern China 
CN2 | 12 Days | Details
Departure date: 10 Apr 2017 - GUARANTEED

Hong Kong & Eastern China 
CN4 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 04 Apr 2017 - GUARANTEED

 

Switzerland

Our comprehensive rail tour of Switzerland is filling quickly for both summer and fall dates. This tour is a rich fondue brimming with highlights. Throughout we make use of the region’s uber-convenient (and scenic!) rail system, including the famed Glacier Express. We even pop into the Principality of Liechtenstein, one of the world’s smallest states! We are also over-the-Alps excited with the popularity of and feedback from our recent Swiss hiking tours, which feature a well-paced combination of walking tours of towns and cities along with some of the country’s most scenic and famous mountain trails. Throw in a few rail journeys (including the world-renown Glacier Express) and spectacular cable-car journeys, and you have a highly-varied and quintessentially Swiss experience.

Switzerland 
SW1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 23 May 2017
Departure date: 13 Sep 2017

Hiking Switzerland 
XSW | 13 Days | Details
Departure date: 26 Jun 2017
Departure date: 01 Sep 2017

 

Microstates of Europe

Join us as we explore the unique culture, history and scenery of these fascinating corners of Europe. These less sizable nations tend to remain under the radar, but each one boasts a distinct culture and myriad attractions and sights. Most are so small that it is hard to even find them on a map, and few travellers know much about what they have to offer. We will examine the history, culture, and inner workings of these smallest independent countries in Europe. These are among the oldest states on the continent and, despite their diversity, they have much in common. San Marino, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Andorra, Vatican City & Luxembourg

Microstates of Europe
MCMS | 20 Days | Details
Departure date: 10 Jun 2017 – 4 SPOTS LEFT
Departure date: 09 Sep 2017 – 10 SPOTS LEFT

WHAT A SITE!

Photo Credit: Martin Charlton

Photo Credit: Martin Charlton

 Al Beidha

A short distance north of Petra, Jordan, lies an area of pale honey coloured rock – Al Beidha in Arabic, ‘the white one’ – the next most important site in Wadi Musa, also included in Petra’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here in the 1st century AD the Nabataeans established a commercial suburb, a place for trading caravans to stop en route between south Arabia and the Mediterranean.

Well before the Nabateans, however, area’s fertile land had been exploited for many millennia by Neolithic groups, who settled here around 7000 BC, hunting animals with flint weapons and gathering wild plants to eat. They also grew wheat and barley and kept goats and sheep. It was first excavated in 1957 when three periods of occupation were detected: the Natufian period in the 11th millennium BC, a Pre-Pottery Neolithic B village with masonry construction in the 7th millennium BC, and a Nabatean period dating to the 1st or 2nd century BC.

Natufian Beidha is characterized as a seasonal encampment, repeatedly occupied over a long period of time. Evidence from lithics recovered along with the layout and position of hearths and roasting areas suggested the occupants were primarily engaged in hunting related activities. This was supported by the absence of permanent buildings, storage, burials and large stone implements.

During the Neolithic stage, the villagers used stone masonry and built a wall around the settlement of round houses with subterranean floors. Many of the materials recovered came from some distance and included Anatolian obsidian and mother of pearl from the Red Sea. Evidence shows it was destroyed by fire c. 6650 BC and then rebuilt with rectangular, overground buildings and specialized workshops. The transition to right-angled buildings shows an important development in human society that may have contributed the eventual development of cities.

Spending three nights in the region allows participants on our tour to explore this very special and important site, often overlooked by groups rushing through in a day. Spending two full days here allows for this very special visit and the chance to re-enter the main site of Petra for relaxed independent exploration on day two.

Source: Wikipedia

 

Visit Petra and Al Beidha on all of your tours that include Jordan:

Jordan 
JO1 | 8 Days | Details

Jordan & Israel 
JO4 | 17 Days | Details

Jordan, Israel & Egypt 
JO9 | 29 Days | Details

Israel with Petra Extension 
IS8 | 14 Days | Details

Egypt & Jordan 
EG5 | 21 Days | Details

All 2017 tours including EGYPT are discounted

NEW THINGS AND UPDATES!

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

A couple of special Tour Leader-designed trips, this time from the desk and imagination of Jonathan Hodgson. In addition to many of our regularly-scheduled he’ll be leading for us in 2017/18, Jonathan is excited to launch two new additions to the special “JH” series of itineraries:

Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova  NEW TOUR!
JHBU | 20 Days | Details
Departure date: 09 Sep 2017

Australia – Featuring Western & South Australia and Tasmania  NEW TOUR!
JHOZ | 23 Days | Details
Departure date: 02 Oct 2017

 

Our re-designed Mongolia tour, featuring the famed Naadam Festival and comfortable ger accommodation with private bath facilities, is now a guaranteed tour with limited space available!

Mongolia
MN1 | 13 Days | Details
Departure date: 07 Jul 2017 – GUARANTEED

 

West Africa is back on the roster with a refreshed itinerary through five diverse countries, including the reintroduction of Gambia into the fold. This a true off-the-beaten-path adventure through Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Togo and Benin over 19 highlight-packed days.

West Africa  NEW TOUR!
WF2 | 19 Days | Details
Departure date: 01 Nov 2017
Departure date: 11 Feb 2018

 

We’re delighted with the feedback from this season’s first three run-throughs of our new tour of Sudan, Djibouti & Ethiopia. This is an up-and-coming region and, with thanks to suggestions from our travellers and Tour Leaders, we have ironed out some wrinkles and re-tooled the itinerary for November onward. We have also confirmed dates for 2018! This is one of the most exciting tours we’ve added to our Africa roster in years and we’re pleased to be one of the only operators offering a trip like this.

Ethiopia, Djibouti & Sudan
SD1 | 18 Days | Details
Departure date: 01 Nov 2017 – LIMITED SPACE

 

We have made an improvement to our tour of ‘The Guyanas’, made possible by the elimination of some now unnecessary backtracking which has allowed us to add another night at the superlative Kabalebo Nature Resort, a nature’s paradise with a level of service and luxury that belies its extremely isolated locale deep in the southern Surinamese jungle. This improves an already popular tour that now includes both Guyana and French Guiana.

“I truly enjoyed the stay at Kabalebo Nature Resort. It was a wonderful mix of comfort and nature, and the staff at the resort were lovely.” Daniele D, San Antonio, TX

“Fantastic! I think the highlight of my trip.” Kathleen S, Edmonton, AB

Guyana, Suriname & French Guiana
GY1 | 12 Days | Details
Departure date: 01 Nov 2017

 

One of our long-standing flagship tours is still going strong after 30 years, and we have managed to secure some scarce additional for our September Northern Italy dates, which are already booking up.

Florence to Venice
IT8 | 8 Days | Details
Departure date: 15 Sep 2017

Rome to Florence
IT7 | 10 Days | Details
Departure date: 09 Sep 2017

Rome to Venice
IT1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 09 Sep 2017

 

We have just guaranteed our 2-week, full circumnavigation of Ireland, including both the Republic and Northern Island, for this spring. Though Ireland is rarely associated with more “exotic” destinations, this is a delightfully compelling journey with surprising variety in art and architecture, culture, history, cuisines, landscapes, accents, and, of course, pubs! This itinerary showcases the good, the bad, and the ugly of this ancient and modern land and, in springtime, its famous ‘40 shades of green.’

Ireland & Ulster
IE1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 08 May 2017 – GUARANTEED

 

Our Balkan Explorer tour is probably the most varied trip we offer in Europe. Over 19 days we immerse ourselves in seven countries that comprise this culturally rich and politically complicated region. Click below for full details and a full listing of countries covered.

Balkan Explorer
BK1 | 19 Days | Details
Departure date: 08 May 2017 – GUARANTEED