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Angel Falls Venezuela South America

New Things: New Tours & Dates Added

We’ve got a lot of exciting additions to our tour lineup, including a one-time, limited tour to South America’s wild north coast, new tours to Spain & Portugal, additional dates on tours to Sudan, Djibouti and Ethiopia, Iceland, Central America, and more!

Angel Falls Venezuela South America

Angel Falls are located in Venezuela, and it has the longest uninterrupted waterfall on the planet, at 979 metres (3,212 feet). It has a single drop of 807 metres.

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Upcoming Tours

We’ve got lots of exciting upcoming tours that you won’t want to miss. If you’re wanting to travel in Europe, we have lots on offer. Don’t miss Albania, Ireland, our Nordic odysseys, the Channel Isles or our Adriatic tours. If you’re looking forward to travelling to Asia, we have Japan and Ladakh coming up, and in Africa, there’s Kenya and Tanzania, as well as Southern Africa.

Zebra plains africa

Safari tours are a popular option for travellers to Africa hoping to see iconic African wildlife in their natural habitat.

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Algonquin Resort St Andrews New Brunswick Canada

Accommodation Spotlight – Algonquin Resort

An architectural icon, the Algonquin Resort hotel in St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, is a coastal resort hotel, St. Andrews’ most recognized symbol and likely the most photographed building in New Brunswick.

Algonquin Resort St Andrews New Brunswick Canada

The Algonquin Hotel, located in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, was built in 1889, and has a long list of esteemed guests. It is one of the accommodations on our Atlantic Canada tour.

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Moraine Lake Banff National Park Canada

Focus On – Tours of Canada & Alaska!

As a Canadian company, we are often asked why we don’t offer any tours here at home. Previously we were happy to concentrate on overseas destinations and leave tours of Canada and the USA to the many companies that do a great job of hosting the world. But having recently partnered with one of Canada’s foremost inbound tour operators, we are delighted to be able to offer their expertise, experience and passion in line with the Adventures Abroad small group concept, with expert leadership, lots of inclusions, thoughtfully planned itineraries, at a great value.

Moraine Lake Banff National Park Canada

Moraine Lake is an idyllic mountain lake located in Canada’s famous Banff National Park, a short distance from Lake Louise.

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Travel Insurance: Don’t Leave Home Without It!

Travel insurance (or any kind of insurance for that matter), is one of those must-have items that always comes with a rub—who wants to even consider the possibility of having to cancel one’s tour? Or the possibility of getting sick or injured?

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Travel insurance is as important as your passport when travelling. Don’t leave home without it!

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New Things and Updates

Ruins of ancient Persepolis, Iran. Apadana Palace. Departures through 2016 & 2017 now available for booking! Click here to download our complete 2016/17 price book New Tours – Canada! After a few years’ hiatus, we are bringing Atlantic Canada back into our roster! And 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! Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island & New Brunswick (featuring the Fundy Isles) Tour AP1 | 14 Days | Departure date: 22 Aug 2016 | Details — Now Available! Newfoundland & Labrador 2017 Tour — Led by Jonathan Hodgson | JHNL — Available Soon Pushkar Camel Fair Starting from Oct/Nov 2016 all of our Northern India itineraries that visit Pushkar in the fall will include the Pushkar Came Fair, when over 200,000 buyers, sellers and gawkers invade this peaceful, holy village. It is a caliber of mayhem that can only happen in India, an assault of colour, laughter and energy topped with a healthy dose of spirituality. India Tour | IA1 | 15 Days | Departure date: 02 Nov 2016 | Details India Tour | IA2 | 20 Days | Departure date: 02 Nov 2016 | Details India Tour | IA3 | 29 Days | Departure date: 02 Nov 2016 | Details India Tour | IA4 | 33 Days | Departure date: 02 Nov 2016 | Details India & Sri Lanka Tour | IA16 | 40 Days | Departure date: 02 Nov 2016 | Details Iran – Space Added! We have added some additional spring capacity for our recently-improved tour of Iran (IR1). The April combination if Iran and our ever-popular three-country exploration of the Caucasus (AZ1, IR5) has only a few space left! Iran Tour | IR1 | 14 Days | Departure date: 26 Apr 2016 | Details The Caucasus Tour | AZ1 | 14 Days | Departure date: 09 May 2016 | Details Iran & The Caucasus Tour | IR5 | 27 Days | Departure date: 26 Apr 2016 | Details Bhutan Festivals As always, our popular Himalaya programs that visit Bhutan in 2016/17 will include annual festivals—new for spring 2016, the colourful Rhododendron Festival near the Bhutanese capital, which celebrates the rhododendron flower, closely intertwined with several aspects of Bhutanese culture. Central America – NEW TOUR This stupendous tour (VRCA) has been designed by, and will be led by senior Tour Leader, Victor Romagnoli, and features no fewer than six different countries over 33 highlight-packed days. Central America Tour | VRCA | 33 Days | Departure date: 31 Jan 2017 | Details   Dates on Itineraries! This has been a long-time wish-list item – itineraries that include each day’s date and day-of-thee-week! Thanks to our IT department, this obvious yet surprisingly confounding technical improvement means that all itineraries appended to final documents will include this new feature. OUR CURRENT TOP 10 Looking for inspiration in choosing your next adventure? Click here for our top 10 best sellers – the list changes constantly, check back often!

Upcoming Tours

iStock_000051765494_Large_The glacial lagoon Jokulsaurloun, Iceland The ‘Five Stans’ – Spring Booking Now The next running of our ever-popular tour of the Central Asian states collectively known as the ‘Five Stans’—Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and the Kyrgyz Republic (formerly Kyrgyzstan)—is currently booking up and, as usual, will likely run at full capacity. Very few place names conjure images of the exotic quite like Samarkand, Almaty, Khiva, Ashgabat, Bishkek and Turkmenabat, and all are featured in this highlight-packed 21-day sojourn along the fabled Silk Road. The Five Stans Tour | CA3 | 21 Days | Departure date: 02 Apr 2016 & 24 Sept 2016 | Details Taiwan & South Korea — Spring 2016 Now Guaranteed! We’re always delighted when a new tour takes off, and we’re especially excited about this one, which features two fascinating, yet often overlooked, destinations. Travellers on this highlight-packed tour enjoy the stunning contrast between the ancient and the hyper-modern, as well as some stunning natural landscapes, ranging from plunging gorges to soaring peaks, rich forests, and rugged coastlines. Especially popular this spring are our combinations of Taiwan, Korea and our perennially-popular rail tour of Japan, timed to coincide with cherry blossom season. Taiwan Tour | TA3 | 8 Days | Departure date: 22 Mar 2016 | Details Taiwan & South Korea Tour | TA4 | 16 Days | Departure date: 22 Mar 2016 | Details Taiwan, South Korea & Japan Tour | TA5 | 28 Days | Departure date: 22 Mar 2016 | Details Taiwan, South Korea & Japan (extended) Tour | TA6 | 35 Days | Departure date: 22 Mar 2016 | Details Malaysia, Brunei & Indonesia — February / March Now Guaranteed! This has become one of most popular offerings in Asia. Our exciting Malaysia trip is a cultural immersion with a visit to a traditional Serawak longhouse, and a natural history odyssey that includes cave tours, jungle walks, and orangutan and sea turtle encounters, and a foray in to neighbouring Brunei. Indonesia’s constellation of islands straddles the divide between the Asian and Australian continental plates; as a result, the islands offer a stunning variety of topographies and ecologies, mist-shrouded volcanoes and mountains, unexplored rain forests, and thousands of miles of beaches. This is also one of the most culturally diverse nations on earth; both tours can be combined to create a comprehensive regional experience. Malaysia Tour | MA4 | 14 Days | Departure date: 29 Feb 2016  | Details Indonesia Tour | ID6 | 14 Days | Departure date: 13 Mar 2016  | Details Malaysia & Indonesia Tour | MA5 | 27 Days | Departure date: 29 Feb 2016  | Details SRI LANKA We are delighted with the upswing in interest in Sri Lanka, which is enjoying a touristic comeback after several years of peace and stability. It is also benefitting from the recent popularity of Southern India, a region still undiscovered by the mass tourism for which the north is known; this is a charming, laid-back and unique part of the country where relatively low prices make it one of the year’s best travel values. Sri Lanka is a natural and obvious add-on for visitors to the area—consider the “other end of India” and Sri Lanka for your next fall / winter escape! Your best choices: Sri Lanka Tour | LK8 | 8 Days | Departure date: 04 Dec 2016 | Details India & Sri Lanka Tour | IA13 | 14 Days | Departure date: 28 Nov 2016 | Details Southern India (extended) & Sri Lanka Tour | IA14 | 22 Days | Departure date: 20 Nov 2016 | Details China & Tibet Our classic Eastern China trip including a cruise on the Yangtze River is just two travellers shy of guaranteed status for spring 2016. China has always been one of the most attractive travel destinations in the world, partly because so much history exists alongside the new, partly because it is still so unknown to outsiders. Chinese cities have transformed into flashy icons of the market economy, though the people remain rooted in a rich cultural heritage. As it is diverse culturally, with 56 different nationalities, China is also huge geographically, spanning over 49 latitudes from north to south and 5000 km from west to east. We’re also excited about our new itinerary that includes exotic and stunningly beautiful Yunnan province and neighbouring Tibet—perfect for repeat visitors looking for something a little different. China Tour | CN2 | 12 Days | Departure date: 11 Apr 2016 | Details China with Hong Kong Tour | CN4 | 15 Days | Departure date: 08 Apr 2016 | Details Yunnan & Tibet Tour | CH7 | 15 Days | Departure date: 12 May 2016 | Details Iceland & Greenland — July 2016 Now Guaranteed Superimposed on Iceland’s rugged terrain is a resilient and independent culture, fashioned over the years by the descendants of farmers and warriors who fled the tyranny of medieval Scandinavia. In the midst of a landscape both terrifyingly harsh and sublimely beautiful one finds friendly, hospitable people with a very distinct culture and unique sense of humour. In Greenland, the midnight sun is a state of mind. Time makes no sense in this world; you can leave your watch in your suitcase. The ancient culture is still alive in a land blessed with a peaceable people that have never waged war with anyone, and who show great openness to visitors. We have two itineraries featuring these two wonderful lands — new for 2016, an additional Iceland date, slightly off-season and slightly reduced Iceland Tour | IC3 | 12 Days | Departure date: 30 July 2016 | Details — 6 SPOTS LEFT Iceland & Greenland Tour | IC4 | 17 Days | Departure date: 30 July 2016 | Details — 6 SPOTS LEFT Ladakh – Hemis Festival 2016 Often called `Little Tibet’, this wonderfully remote and culturally distinct region in Northern India features breathtakingly situated ancient capitals, temples, and monasteries, and some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the world. This June, our 14-day trip includes the many highlights of Leh and the colours and sounds of the annual Hemis Festival, where monks and laymen wearing spectacular costumes and masks perform elaborate traditional dances. A jeep excursion takes us to the dizzying heights of the Khardung La Pass, at 5470 m / 18,400 feet, the highest drivable pass in the world. The tour continues McLeod Ganj, the home of the Dalai Lama in exile, and the Golden Temple of Amritsar. Our June 2016 is now guaranteed with limited space available Ladakh: Gem Of The Indian Himalaya Tour | IL4 | 13 Days | Departure date: 19 Jun 2016 | Details Essential Tanzania — New Tour! We have seen a tremendous increase in interest in Tanzania of late and, with a vast improvement in tourist infrastructure, accommodations and service, as well as ongoing peace and stability, have given rise to a new itinerary that now allows us to cover this culturally and naturally immense country from top to bottom. We have been covering the northern “safari circuit” for years, but now we are pleased to offer the southern route, which is characterized by huge expanses of wilderness and provides a sense of truly being far away from it all. Our two yearly departures coincide with the best time to visit overall—visit our site for full details, including a route map and a listing of sample hotels and lodges. Ultimate Tanzania Tour | TZ7 | 14 Days | Departure date: 14 Jun 2016 & 05 Oct 2016 | Details

What a site!

SHETLAND

Photo: J. Hodgson

Jarlshof is the best-known prehistoric archaeological site in Shetland, Scotland. It lies near the southern tip of the Shetland Mainland and has been described as “one of the most remarkable archaeological sites ever excavated in the British Isles”. It contains remains dating from 2500 BC up to the 17th century AD. The remains at Jarlshof represent thousands of years of human occupation, and can be seen as a microcosm of Shetland history. Other than the Old House of Sumburgh, the site remained largely hidden until a storm in the late 19th century washed away part of the shore and revealed evidence of these ancient buildings. Jarlshof provides an insight into the way of life of the inhabitants at particularly interesting periods – the late Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish era, Norse era and the Middle Ages. Remains include oval-shaped Bronze Age houses, Iron Age broch and wheelhouses, Viking long houses, a medieval farmstead and 16th century laird’s house. The fascinating interpretation centre houses a hands-on display of local materials traditionally used on site including wool, stone, slate and bone. Visitors can also learn all about prehistoric life and the history of the site. Source: wikipedia Visit Jarlshof on our summer 2016 tours that include the Scottish Isles of Shetland and Orkney. Orkney, Shetland & The Faroe Islands Tour: JHSF | 11 Days | Departure date: 28 Jun 2016 | Details The Channel Isles, Scottish Isles & Faroes Tour: JHCF | 25 Days | Departure date: 14 Jun 2016 | Details

Main Feature – Islands, Islands And More Islands!

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Many of our tours have visited or have featured islands — Greece’s Cyclades, Sicily, New Zealand, Japan, Cuba and Iceland to name just a few — but we are particularly pleased with the popularity and success of new trips that feature multiple island nations or island groups in one regional itinerary. Most of these new trips are 100% unique, and often include remote difficult-to-reach locations and air / sea connections that would be extremely challenging to organize on one’s own. Owing to the experience and knowledge of our Tour Leaders and head office operations personnel, we are proud to offer some of the industry’s most creative and sought after programs including a vast diversity of places you’ve always wanted to visit, or places you maybe haven’t even heard of! Island nations and cultures worldwide have always faced unique challenges involving access to food and fresh water and other resources, the lack of economic and employment opportunities, and the stresses of sheer isolation and remoteness from the rest of the world, or even from neighbours relatively nearby. In many, if not most cases, island peoples have developed a pronounced resilience and a unique and creative approach to life and death. The mother of necessity has also led to an astonishing array of adaptations and solutions to everyday problems, as well as myriad mythologies and belief systems intended to provide comfort and a means to understanding their unique place in a vast and often hostile world. For 2016/17 we are pleased to offer the following special journeys: The South Pacific Tour MCSP | 24 DaysDetails  SECOND 2016 DATE ADDED Islands of the Indian Ocean Tour MCIO | 22 DaysDetails  THREE SPOTS LEFT (2016) The Channel Islands Tour IL3 | 15 DaysDetails Scotland’s Northern Isles & the Faroes Tour JHSF | 11 DaysDetails The Channel Islands, Scottish Isles & Faroes Tour JHCF | 25 Days | Details Caribbean Island Explorer 2016 Tour MCCB | 21 Days | Details  SOLD OUT – 2017 DATES TBA Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island & New Brunswick (featuring the Fundy Isles) Tour: AP1 | 14 Days | Departure date: 22 Aug 2016 | Details — Now Available! Newfoundland & Labrador 2017 Tour — Led by Jonathan Hodgson JHNL — Available Soon