NEW THINGS AND UPDATES

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MAXIMUM 18
In case you missed it elsewhere in this issue, from 2017 onward, all of our tours will carry a maximum of 18 participants! Some of our special trips and walking tours might have a smaller maximum complement, but no tour will ever exceed 18.


SUDAN, DJIBOUTI & ETHIOPIA – NEW DATE ADDED
This one is flying off the shelves! For 2017 we will be offering at least three dates for this exciting new trip, including a NEW DATE running 05-21 Jan 2017, tour code SD1.

North Sudan, Djibouti & Ethiopia 
SD1 | 17 Days | Details
Departure date: 05 Jan 2017

 

ICELAND – SEPTEMBER
We’re very excited that our first September tour of Iceland has just concluded to rave reviews! Daylight hours are a little shorter, but prices are a bit lower too, and the weather this time around proved even better than our summer date! Two dates available: 29 Jul-09 Aug & 02-13 Sept 2017, code IC3

Iceland
IC3 | 17 Days | Details
Departure date: 29 Jul 2017
Departure date: 02 Sept 2017

 

CARIBBEAN ISLAND EXPLORER – 2017 DATE ADDED
This one was supposed to be “one-time-only,” but it was such a hit that we decided to offer this unique itinerary again in 2017. This one covers no fewer than seven Caribbean island nations over 21 highlight-packed days. Click here for the names of each island visited, code MCCB. Maximum group size 16

Caribbean island Explorer
MCCB | 21 Days | Details
Departure date: 25 Apr 2017

MONGOLIA – REVAMPED ITINERARY
For 2017, we have fully re-worked our itinerary to more easily and comfortably access the delights of this enigmatic destination. Previously, our accommodation in traditional “gers,’ was charming, but now we can deliver gers with full en-suite bath facilities. We also include a more authentic version of the annual Nadaam Festival. MN1, 07-19 July 2017 – one date only!

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

SOUTH PACIFIC – NEW DATE
This is an itinerary 100% unique to AA—what better way to knock eight South Pacific nations off your list than in one extremely varied 24-day trip? Due to popular demand, we have just added a second date, 16 Jun-09 Jul 2017.

South Pacific
MCSP | 24 Days | Details
Departure date: 16 Jun 2017

THE GUYANAS – NOW WITH MORE GUIANA!
Improved inter-country connections have smoothed the way to make this a true rendering of all the Guyanas, existing and previous. We have replaced Trinidad (previously included due to air connections) with a 4-day swing through French Guiana to round out our 13-day program also including Guyana and Suriname (previously Dutch Guyana). Next trip 24 Feb-08 Mar 2017, code
GY1.

The Guyanas
GY1 | 13 Days | Details
Departure date: 24 Feb 2017

JAPAN – SPRING 2017 DATE ADDED
The famously iconic cherry blossoms that festoon our spring Japan departure are packing them in once again—we’re delighted to add a second date for this highly-varied rail tour that highlights all the exotic elements that make this one of our all-time favourite destinations.
This unique trip is available three dates only for 2017; click the codes for full details.

Japan By Rail
JP1 | 13 Days | Details
Departure date: 05 Apr 2017 - FULL
Departure date: 07 Apr 2017
Departure date: 19 Oct 2017

Japan By Rail
JP2 | 20 Days | Details
Departure date: 05 Apr 2017 - FULL
Departure date: 07 Apr 2017
Departure date: 19 Oct 2017

For information on NEW SPECIAL TOURS to be led Jonathan Hodgson, Victor Romagnoli, and others click here

WHAT A SITE!

Egypt - Monastery of St. Simeon

With our 30-year anniversary right around the corner, our minds turn nostalgically to our very first tour and one of our favourite sites of all time—Upper Egypt’s San Simeon Monastery. Not only is this a unique and fascinating place, the overall experience is further enhanced by our preferred means of accessing it—the venerable ‘Ship of the Desert’—the regal and iconic camel. We are also very pleased to be working with the descendants of the same local family, the Magdi’s, who have supplied camels to our groups since 1987!

The monastery itself is located near the town of Aswan, and is one of the largest and best- preserved Coptic monasteries of all Egypt. The monastery was given the name St. Simeon by archaeologists and travellers, but earlier Arabic and Coptic sources called it Anba Hatre, after an anchorite who was consecrated a bishop of Syene (now Aswan) by Patriarch Theophilus (AD 385-412). Anba Hatre married at the age of eighteen; tradition provides that just after the wedding, he encountered a funeral procession which inspired him to preserve his chastity and later become a disciple of Saint Baiman. After eight years of ascetic practices under the supervision of his teacher, he retired to the desert and applied himself to the study of the life of Saint Antony.

Nowadays, the lower level of stone is mostly intact, but the upper level of mud-brick has vanished. Inside the monastery there is a small church where icons and paintings are still visible. The walls are painted with pictures of the apostles and angels in bright colours and Byzantine style but many of the frescoes were deliberately defaced by the Muslim invaders.

All of our tours of Egypt include an excursion to this special place. Ever wanted to ride a camel? Here’s your chance!

For 2017, all of our tours that include Egypt have been discounted! Click here for the full list, and visit the ‘Tour Leader & Staff’ section of this newsletter for a special 30th Anniversary tour led by Martin Charlton.

UPCOMING TOURS

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COLOMBIA & PANAMA – JANUARY

In the last few years, Colombia has shed it’s former shady reputation, with vast improvements to policing / security and socio-economic conditions and opportunities. These positive changes have enabled us to recently expand our itinerary for this amazingly varied destination, and we have seen a huge bump in travellers’ interest in this unspoiled natural and cultural gem.

Colombia
CM1 | 12 Days | Details
Departure date: 16 Jan 2017

Colombia & Panama
CM5 | 21 Days | Details
Departure date: 16 Jan 2017

Our product manager, Rick Unrau, will be travelling to Colombia later this month and will be sharing photos on our Facebook page—click and follow along!

 

UGANDA & RWANDA – JANUARY

The scenery is different, the vegetation is different, the
climate is different, and, most of all, the people are
different from anything elsewhere …
in the whole range of Africa”

…so said Winston Churchill about Uganda

 The outstanding natural beauty of Uganda’s people and landscapes has always stirred inspiration in travellers. The forbidding mountains act as a foil to the softer meadows and broad savannah, while the dry uplands contrast with the swamplands of the lake shores. In Rwanda, we include two nights in the Dian Fossey’s stunning Parc National des Volcans, where we include a trek to encounter the mighty mountain gorilla. This comfortable, fully-escorted and guided safari features a land of rolling hills, tranquil lakes, the snow capped ‘Mountains of the Moon,’ rainforests and jungles, gorillas and glorious butterflies outnumbered only by the plentiful birds.

This tour is almost guaranteed—gorilla permits are in short supply and sell out early. Book now for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Uganda & Rwanda
UG1 | 13 Days | Details
Departure date: 08 Jan 2017

Uganda, Rwanda & Kenya
UG2 | 21 Days | Details
Departure date: 08 Jan 2017

Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya & Tanzania
UG2 | 27 Days | Details
Departure date: 08 Jan 2017

 

NAMIBIA & BOTSWANA – APRIL

What a spectacular combination—two of our favourites on the African continent in one highly-satisfying, highlight-packed exploration of two of the continent’s most friendly, safest, and well-developed neighbours. Coastal landscapes, unique flora and fauna, the world’s highest dunes in the world’s oldest desert, colonial towns, indigenous cultures; and the natural splendour of the Okavango, the world’s largest inland delta teeming with wildlife, all add excitement and immense dimension to the overall experience. We like April in this region—the extreme heat of summer has passed and the country is experiencing its annual transition to the dry season when landscapes are still (relatively) green and skies are clear and impossibly blue.

Namibia
NA1 | 11 Days | Details
Departure date: 11 Apr 2017

Namibia & Botswana
NA2 | 19 Days | Details
Departure date: 11 Apr 2017

 

SOUTHERN INDIA & SRI LANKA – FEBRUARY

The southern states of India offer a rich heritage ethnically and culturally distinct from that of northern India. Palm-fringed seashores, fertile rice fields, upland tropical forests, the most intricately carved temples and calm ocean lagoons complete the picture. An overnight houseboat journey past villages down the picturesque backwaters of Kerala, the best in Indian temple art at Mahabalipuram, and the spectacular Maharaja’s Palace in Mysore are just some of the highlights of our expanded Southern India itinerary.Those who extended their trip to the idyllic island of Sri Lanka enjoy its breathtaking mountains, meandering rivers, dense forests, golden beaches, distinct culture, and stupendous historical sites. Adventures Abroad is pleased to be one of very few tour operators offering a comprehensive exploration of these fascinating destinations.

Our favourite itinerary:

INDIA & SRI LANKA TOUR
IA14 | 22 Days | Details
Departure date: 20 Feb 2017

Visit our website to peruse our wide array of India offerings

 

ITALY OFF SEASON—MARCH

The first running of our super-saver off season Italy tour was a hit for all the hoped for reasons. Martha B. of Newmarket, ON had this to say about her November trip:

“This was my third tour with AA…. I’ve wanted to tour northern Italy and this tour interested me because I expected cooler temperatures. The weather turned out to be perfect (no rain) and touring the various venues was pleasurable.… no line-ups and no crowds!”

Travel off-season and SAVE!

Next departure:

Italy Off Season
IT20 | 12 Days | Details
Departure date: 16 Mar 2017

 

MOROCCO – MAY FILLING QUICKLY

Exotic Morocco, the kingdom called al-Maghreb al-Aqsa, “the furthest land of the setting sun,” in Arabic, lies only a short 1½ hours away by ferry from Europe, but Morocco’s culture, peoples, food and sights seem a world away. Spanish and French colonialism have left its subtle mark on a land which was once called home by Carthaginians and ancient Romans. These influences, and those of a colourful melting pot of African, Arabic and Berber peoples, combined with sunny beaches, and the endless sand dunes of the Sahara, make Morocco one of Africa’s most fascinating destinations.

Morocco has been extremely popular of late, and our May 2017 tour is already almost guaranteed!

Morocco
MO5 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 07 May 2017

Click here for combinations with Portugal & Spain

MAIN FEATURE – 30th Anniversary

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MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE 18!

As we at Adventures Abroad look forward to 2017, our 31st year of operation, we continue to pride ourselves on our adaptability and the high value we place on the feedback provided by our very special family of travellers. When we launched in 1987, from a home basement office and a 1×1 inch newspaper ad for a tour of Egypt, the concept of small group adventure travel was fresh and exciting. Gone were the days when your only group touring option involved 45 people on a bus touring ten countries in ten days—the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation was demanding something more personal, intimate, interactive, experiential, and environmentally sustainable.

It rapidly became a competitive marketplace as everyone jumped on the ‘adventure’ travel bandwagon. There were plenty of roadblocks—political unrest, terrorism, new infectious diseases, economic uncertainty—but the one thing that ensured our ongoing viability in an ever-changing world, was our intrepid clients and our ability to listen to adapt to their needs and wants.

Today, ‘small group’ travel is here to stay, and our commitment to providing meaningful, interactive, culturally and environmentally sensitive travel experiences is as strong as ever. For 2017 and beyond, we continue to respond to our travellers and the travel market environment—as part of this ongoing commitment, we are pleased to announce that from 2017 onward, our groups will be limited to a maximum of 18 participants.

All the more reason to book your next adventure as early as possible!

To mark our 30th anniversary, all tours that include Egypt have been discounted! Click here for the full listed of discounted tours, and watch this space for more anniversary specials and events throughout 2017.

Tour Leader News

Peter Barathan in Georgia (tour AZ1)

Peter Barathan in Georgia (tour AZ1)

During their Christmas / New Year hiatus, our Tour Leaders had some downtime to consider a series of prying questions about their personal proclivities. In this issue, we feature three of our leaders, simply the best in the business!

PETER BARATHAN

  1. What can’t you travel without?
    I hate to say it but I can’t travel without my phone. It’s my compass, my camera, my alarm clock, my book, my wallet, my pen and my paper, and anything else I want it to be. Still trying to figure out how to make it my cocktail.
  2. Favourite beach?
    Pre-tsunami, I’d say Unawatuna, Sri Lanka, but it hasn’t been the same since, so I’ll say the beaches of Palawan, Philippines, specifically El Nido beach.
  3. Favourite secret getaway?
    Tsoi-Lik Island, Papua New Guinea, a true island paradise.
  4. Favourite food item or cuisine?
    Favourite cuisine is easily Malaysian/Singaporean food: Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa, Paper Dosa, Char Kway Teow, Satay and Roti Prata. YUM!
  5. When on the road, what home comfort do you miss the most?
    Without sounding too sappy, I’d have to say my future wife (I might get in trouble if I didn’t).
  6. Which country makes the best coffee or tea?
    Although I’ve never been, I haven’t tasted anything better than the wild beans from Ethiopia, and yes, I had Luwak coffee in Indonesia.
  7. Best sunset?
    I’ve yet to see the sun create a more beautiful setting than Angkor Wat, Cambodia and Bagan, Myanmar.
  8. Favourite city or town?
    Impossible to pick just one, but right up there would be Florence, Italy and Cape Town, South Africa.
  9. Where do you want to get next?
    I would love to tour the ancient sites of Israel.
  10. What’s the worst piece of travel advice you’ve received?
    I haven’t received bad advice first hand, but the worst I’ve ever heard is: don’t go to South Africa, you’ll get ebola.
  11. What’s the longest you’ve been away from home?
    Longest I’ve been away from home is probably about one and a half years.

 

PAM SCHEWE

  1. What can’t you travel without?
    My headlamp. Helps with finding your way in your dark and works so well for reading your guide books in bed.
  2. Favourite beach?
    Too many to name just one but those on Fraser Island, Australia and on Aitutaki in the Cook Islands are right up there.
  3. Favourite secret getaway?
    Albert’s Place on the Fijian Island of Kandavu.
  4. Favourite food item or cuisine?
    Mango sticky rice for dessert!
  5. When on the road, what home comfort do you miss the most?
    My favourite people.
  6. Which country makes the best coffee or tea?
    Southern Vietnamese coffee is the BEST.
  7. Best sunset?
    Near Darwin in Northern Australian—I’ve never seen a sky that colour of purple ever since.
  8. Favourite city or town?
    Hoi An, Vietnam
  9. Where do you want to get next?
    The Maldives and/or Madagascar
  10. What’s the worst piece of travel advice you’ve received?
    “Trust me!”
  11. What’s the longest you’ve been away from home?
    16 months through Australia, New Zealand and Fiji
  12. Fan or air conditioning?
    That depends. Is it a hand held fan being waved by a handsome young man??
  13. Window or aisle seat?
    Window. I love being able to look out the window and be reminded I’m in a chair… in the sky!
  14. Swimming with dolphins or shark diving?
    Definitely dolphins
  15. Last tour led?
    South East Asia—Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia
  16. Next destination?
    Malaysia and Indonesia

 

ANDRES FERNANDES

  1. What can’t you travel without?
    An alarm clock
  2. Favourite beach?
    Manuel Antonio
  3. Favourite secret getaway?
    I’m good KEEPING secrets
  4. Favourite food item or cuisine?
    Italian or Mediterranean
  5. When on the road, what home comfort do you miss the most?
    Do cats count?
  6. Which country makes the best coffee or tea?
    Please don’t say Colombia
  7. Best sunset?
    Cape Sounion [Greece] forever
  8. Favourite city or town?
    I like to keep my mind open to new discoveries
  9. Where do you want to get next?
    Italy and/or Greece
  10. What’s the worst piece of travel advice you’ve received?
    Can’t remember
  11. What’s the longest you’ve been away from home?
    7 weeks
  12. Fan or air conditioning?
    I’d have to say AC
  13. Window or aisle seat?
    Aisle seat
  14. Swimming with dolphins or shark diving?
    Diving, anytime!
  15. Last tour led?
    With AA Morocco
  16. Next destination?
    San Salvador

WHAT A SITE! The Nubian Pyramids

Famous Meroe pyramids

The Nubian pyramids were built by the rulers of the ancient Kushite kingdoms in what is present-day northern Sudan. The Kushites built these pyramids some 800 years after the pyramids of Ancient Egypt were built. They are thought to have similar workmanship of the pyramids of Ancient Egypt, but on a much smaller scale. The area of the Nile valley known as Nubia, was home to three Kushite kingdoms during antiquity. Approximately 255 pyramids were eventually constructed at three sites over a period of a few hundred years to serve as tombs for the kings and queens of Napata and Meroë. The most extensive Nubian pyramid site is at Meroë, which is located between the fifth and sixth cataracts of the Nile, approximately 100 kilometres north of Khartoum. During the Meroitic period, over forty queens and kings were buried there. Visit this and other spectacular sites on our new tour.

Sudan, Djibouti & Ethiopia
VRSD | 17 Days| Details
Departure date: 03 Nov 2016 – ONE SPOT LEFT (MALE WILLING TO SHARE)

Sudan, Djibouti & Ethiopia
SD1 | 17 Days| Details
Departure date: 26 Jan 2017

Source: Wikipedia

New Things!

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THE ‘WILD COAST’ OF SOUTH AMERICA – NEW TOUR

This is yet another unique and intriguing itinerary from the desk of legendary senior Tour Leader and destination specialist, Martin Charlton, who designed and will lead this tour in fall 2016:

“Join me on this exciting trip on which we explore Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Venezuela and the Caribbean island of Curaçao. From the astonishing Kaieteur Falls in Guyana to the breathtaking Angel Falls in Venezuela, we’ll open the door to the least-visited corner of South America and the Caribbean. The three countries that make up ‘The Guianas’: Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana are all quite different from each other, as well as the other countries of South America. Few travellers venture here into the northeast corner of South America, but, those who are willing to leave the tourist circuit far behind in search of genuine, personal, eye-popping adventure are amply rewarded! Curacao, with it’s rich history dating back to the 16th century, is home to the UNESCO protected Willemstad boasting fascinating old buildings and excellent museums. Here remnants of plantations dot the countryside. Venezuela provides the ultimate Angel Falls Adventure: Experience the natural beauty of the world’s highest waterfall. Join me on this one-time only offering!”

The Wild Coast of South America
MCGV | 18 Days | Details
Departure date: 04 Nov 2016 - Limited to only 16 travellers

 

SUDAN, DJIBOUTI & ETHIOPIA – NEW 2017 DATE

Our November 2016 booked up so quickly that we have secured space for an additional date of this unique and fascinating foray well off the beaten path in this up-and-coming region that features the pyramids of Nubia, the otherworldly landscapes of Djibouti and the intrigue of eastern Ethiopia.

Sudan, Djibouti & Ethiopia
SD1 | 17 Days | Details
Departure date: 26 Jan 2017 - Led by Jonathan Hodgson


ICELAND – NEW DATE

With the spectre of climate change and favourable general press reviews of the destination, we have had a huge upswing in interest in Iceland—our July/August 2016 date sold out long ago, so we have added an early September departure for this superb 12-day itinerary; 2017 booking now

Iceland
IC3 | 12 Days | Details
Departure date: 03 Sept 2016 - ALMOST GUARANTEED


CENTRAL AMERICA with Victor Romagnoli 2017

Senior Tour Leader, Victor Romagnoli’s comprehensive tour of Central America was such a hit in 2014 that he has decided to offer it again with a tweaked itinerary. This a big trip, with six countries over 33 highlight-packed days!

Central America
VRCA | 33 Days | Details
Departure date: 31 Jan 2017


SOUTHERN SPAIN & PORTUGAL – NEW TOUR

With a massive upswing of interest in both Southern Spain and Portugal, this one was obvious. Of course we’ve been touring both for years, but this new itinerary allow you to combine the south of Spain with our existing Portugal program without ‘forcing’ you to include the north.

Southern Spain & Portugal
PS6 | 15 Days| Details
Departure date: 15 Oct 2016
Departure date: 10 Mar 2017


MARCH DATES ADDED

After a very busy March, we’ve decided that we need more options / departures for March 2017. In addition to our new Spain / Portugal trip announced above, we now offer the following for the month of March 2017 onward:

The Yucatan & Belize
MB1 | 12 Days| Details
Departure date: 04 Mar 2017

Nicargua & El Salvador
NI2 | 13 Days| Details
Departure date: 12 Mar 2017

Colombia
CM1 | 11 Days| Details
Departure date: 14 Mar 2017

Classical Greece
GC2 | 9 Days| Details
Departure date: 15 Mar 2017

Australia & New Zealand
AU4 | 17 Days| Details
Departure date: 19 Mar 2017

India: Top to Bottom
I23 | 17 Days| Details
Departure date: 07 Mar 2017

Upcoming Tours

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ALBANIA – FALL 2016

We have enjoyed watching this enigmatic country open and grow during the last 20 years that we have been offering tours here. Infrastructure improvements and greater reliability of visitor services have made exploring this small but fascinating eastern European state, which was, for many years, closed to tourists, much easier and more comfortable than it 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; next trip fall 2016

Albania & Macedonia
AL1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 9 Oct 2016

Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania & Macedonia
AD6 | 30 Days | Details
Departure date: 23 Sept 2016


IRELAND

We don’t have a lot of summer tours on our roster, but one of our all-time favourites is our 2-week circumnavigation of Ireland & Ulster (Northern Ireland). While not regarded as “exotic” as a lot of our other offerings, this is a surprisingly varied trip, with a richness in history and culture to rival anything on the continent, and a gorgeous, rugged landscape that truly shines like a emerald during the warm summer months. And believe it or not, Ireland also offers one of our best culinary experiences, with bountiful, fresh, locally-produced seafood, fruits, meats, and, of course, potatoes! Travelling in a small group means that we get to enjoy charming local restaurants and pubs instead of international hotel buffets. Guinness anyone?

Ireland
IE1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 26 July 2016


SOUTHERN AFRICA – SUMMER

Travellers in the Northern Hemisphere don’t always think about Africa as a summer destination, but we most certainly do, as this is a stunning time of year, especially in Southern Africa, which enjoys largely cool and dry weather and none of the northern crowds who tend to visit in the winter (Austral summer) months. It is also a perfect choice for our travellers who like to escape summer heat at home. These dates rarely sell out, and feature nice small groups of 10-15 travellers—if you’ve ever fancied an African adventure, consider visiting “off-season” and enjoy uncrowded sites and (usually) lower airfares. Your choices:

Southern Africa
SA2 | 18 Days | Details
Departure date: 16 Jul 2016
Departure date: 02 Sept 2016

South Africa & Namibia
SA5 | 25 Days | Details
Departure date: 20 Jul 2016
Departure date: 06 Sept 2016

South Africa, Namibia & Victoria Falls
SA3 | 29 Days | Details
Departure date: 16 Jul 2016
Departure date: 02 Sept 2016

Namibia
NA1 | 12 Days | Details
Departure date: 02 Aug 2016
Departure date: 19 Sept 2016

Namibia & Botswana
NA2 | 19 Days | Details
Departure date: 02 Aug 2016
Departure date: 19 Sept 2016


KENYA & TANZANIA – SUMMER

The northern summer coincides with the best time to witness one of the natural world’s most incredible spectacles—the annual wildebeest migration. The weather is dry and relatively cool, many animals are starting to give birth, and birds are especially abundant and busy. Staying in lodges and travelling in special vans with pop-up roofs, we’ll venture into some of East Africa’s greatest wildlife parks and reserves. Family groups in particular enjoy chances to meet the proud Samburu and Maasai peoples, see their homes and learn about their traditional ways of life. This is an excellent choice for your first safari and for those who prefer the comfort and amenities of hotels and lodges, as opposed to camping. We also offer an extension to the island of Zanzibar—beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs and the magic of historic Stone Town.

Kenya & Tanzania
KT4 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 01 Jul 2016
Departure date: 15 Sept 2016

Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar
KT1 | 20 Days | Details
Departure date: 01 Jul 2016
Departure date: 15 Sept 2016

Kenya & Tanzania Family Safari
70A | 12 Days | Details
Departure date: 21 Jul 2016

Kenya & Tanzania Family Safari with Zanzibar
71A | 16 Days | Details
Departure date: 21 Jul 2016


NORDIC ODYSSEYS

Since this trip was introduced in 2008, it has become one of our most popular regional European experiences. The first week of this 3-week sojourn (code BS3) 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? This series can be broken up into shorter pieces—next departures June-Sept 2016:

The Baltic States
BS1 | 9 Days | Details
Departure date: 01 Jun 2016 – ONE SPOT LEFT
Departure date: 04 Aug 2016
Departure date: 17 Sept 2016

The Baltics, Finland, Sweden & Norway
BS3 | 21 Days | Details
Departure date: 01 Jun 2016 – ONE SPOT LEFT
Departure date:  02 Aug 2016
Departure date: 17 Sept 2016

Nordic Explorer
NK1 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 08 Aug 2016
Departure date: 23 Sept 2016


NORTHERN ITALY – AUTUMN 2016

This two-week cultural program highlights all the special sights, sounds, scents, and tastes that have made this magical place a must for even the most seasoned traveller. This is a highlight-packed though well-paced journey from Rome to Siena, Pisa, the Cinque Terre, Florence and Venice via Ravenna and Verona. Our special brand of group travel allows for a thorough and varied experience, with the greater flexibility afforded by our small group size. Dining out at local restaurants is a huge added bonus of our tours of Italy; try that with a group of 50! And, of course, our flexible module system presents a number of different tours and combinations to chose from, such as our newly-improved itinerary for Sicily and Southern Italy:

Rome to Florence
IT7 | 10 Days | Details
Departure date: 03 Sept 2016
Departure date: 10 Sept 2016 – LIMITED SPACE

Northern Italy
IT1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 03 Sept 2016
Departure date: 10 Sept 2016 – LIMITED SPACE

Northern & Southern Italy
IT2 | 24 Days | Details
Departure date: 31 Aug 2016

Italy & the Adriatic
AD9 | 30 Days | Details
Departure date:  10 Sept 2016


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 (code I14) 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 also 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. This is a very special travel experience offered only twice a year

Ladakh
I14 | 13 Days | Details
Departure date: 19 Jun 2016 - GUARANTEED AND CLOSING SOON
Departure date: 08 Sep 2016


CHANNEL ISLES – SUMMER 2016

They’re not English, they’re not French, they’re kind of European, but kind of not… they’re the Channel Islands! Guernsey, Herm, Sark, Jersey and the Isle of Wight (not technically a Channel Isle, but since we’re in the neighbourhood…), feature on this new itinerary (IL3) of those tiny semi-autonomous and cultural distinct islands the lie between England and France. Our June trip led by Jonathan Hodgson is guaranteed and closing soon; only a couple more travellers will confirm our Aug/Sept date

The Channel Isles
IL3 | 13 Days | Details
Departure date: 14 Jun 2016
Departure date: 30 Aug 2016


ADRIATIC HIKING – CLOSING SOON

We have limited space on both of our two remaining 2016 departures on this perennially popular tour of Croatia & Montenegro, which features day hikes on well-worn paths and coastlines, and non-hiking travel / sightseeing days on a well-paced and highlight-packed 14-day program. This has become, by far, our most popular and well-received hiking tour—May will be closing soon and Sept is starting to fill.

Croatia & Montenegro Hike
XAD | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 05 May 2016 – 3 SPOTS LEFT
Departure date: 16 Sept 2016


ADRIATIC – SEPTEMBER FILLING FAST

Our non-hiking cultural tour of Slovenia & Croatia, which also pops into Bosnia and Herzegovina & Montenegro, is already half-subscribed for our one fall 2016 date. This comprehensive regional exploration continues to be one of our most popular offerings since it’s launch in 2001. Since then, infrastructure and services have improved greatly, and the cuisines and wines are some of the most interesting in the Mediterranean basin.

The Adriatic Tour
AD1 | 17 Days | Details
Departure date: 23 Sept 2016


JAPAN – AUTUMN 2016

With our spring Japan tours departing imminently, we turn our attention to another winning fall season for our Japan programs, even more popular this year than last. This is one of those tours that just sells itself, with many 2016 participants referred by travellers from previous years. Value, the comprehensive nature of the itinerary, knowledgeable Tour Leaders, and the mystical allure of Japan itself has made this a perennial favourite. Highlights: Tokyo, Kamakura, Osaka, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, Kumamoto and more.

Japan
JP1 | 12 Days| Details
Departure date: 20 Oct 2016

Japan
JP2 | 20 Days | Details
Departure date: 20 Oct 2016

Korea & Japan
KR2 | 21 Days | Details
Departure date: 12 Oct 2016

Korea & Japan
KR3 | 28 Days | Details
Departure date: 12 Oct 2016

Taiwan, Korea, Japan
TA6 | 35 Days | Details
Departure date: 05 Oct 2016

Accommodation Spotlight – Algonquin Resort

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The Algonquin Resort is a coastal resort hotel in the Tudor Revival style, in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. An architectural icon of New Brunswick, the hotel is the most famous symbol of St. Andrews and one of the most photographed buildings in the province. The original Algonquin hotel was a massive wooden Shingle Style building built in 1889 by the St. Andrews Land Company, established in 1883 by an American businessmen. Designed by a Boston architecture firm, it contained 80 guest rooms and opened in June of that year. By the late 19th century, the residents of St. Andrews and businessmen from Montreal and New England helped to develop the summer tourism that the hotel was creating among residents of humid inland cities of North America. The hotel’s guests have included heads of state and royalty, including Presidents of the United States Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson, HRH Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as Sir John A. Macdonald and virtually every Prime Minister of Canada since its Confederation.The hotel was sold in 2012 to New Castle Hotels and Resorts and Southwest Properties and in 2012 underwent renovation and restoration. In 2013 the resort was reopened as a property of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. Our new Atlantic Canada tour (AP1) ends in St Andrew’s with a sumptuous stay at this iconic property.

Atlantic Canada
AP1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 22 Aug 2016Led by Serra Hughes

http://algonquinresort.com/

Focus On – Canada & Alaska!

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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 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. Made all the more salient with the recent drop of the Canadian dollar, we think that it is the perfect time for Canadians to experience an adventure at home, and for our US clients to take advantage of the best (or worst!) exchange rate in over a decade. For 2016, we are pleased to offer the following new adventures, with departures planned into 2017 and beyond.  


Churchill Polar Bears
AVPB | 8 Days | Details
Departure date: 14 Oct 2016

Canada’s new Museum of Human Rights; Assiniboine Park & Journey to Churchill exhibit; Enjoy the thrill of polar bear viewing on two full-day Tundra Buggy excursions; Explore the culture of Churchill by visiting historical museums and unique gift shops  


Ultimate Rockies
AVUR
| 12 DaysDetails
Departure date: 17 Aug 2016

Vancouver City Tour & Stanley Park; Mount Robson Visitor Centre; Jasper National Park & Tram; Maligne Canyon & Maligne Lake; Icefields Parkway; Columbia Icefields with Ice Explorer Ride; Lake Louise; Yoho National Park; Banff Gondola.  


Alaska, Yukon, Alberta & British Columbia
AVAY | 21 Days | Details
Departure date: 28 Jun 2016

Alaska Highway; SS Klondike Sternwheeler; Five Finger Rapids & Carmacks Boardwalk; Diamond Tooth Gerties; Top of the World Highway; Sternwheeler Discovery cruise; Denali National Park; Tundra Wilderness Tours; Prince William Sound Cruise; Kluane National Park & Reserve; Mount Edziza Provincial Park; Mount Robson & Jasper National Park; Columbia Icefields & Ice Explorer ride; Lake Louise Banff National Park  


Atlantic Canada
AP1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 22 Aug 2016  - Led by Serra Hughes

Historic Halifax & South Shore heritage route; Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Green Gables; Cabot Trail–one of Canada’s grandest roads; Charming St John; Bay of Fundy–world’s largest tides; The remote and little-touristed Fundy Isles; Travelling as a small group in an area dominated by large bus tours!