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

How To Plan The Perfect Retirement Vacation

For many, it is one of the most difficult questions to answer:  where do I go for my vacation post-retirement? After years of making your mark in the business world, the time has finally come to find a new focus. The unique opportunity arrives where you can design your own schedule, engage in new cultures, taste different cuisines, admire world wonders and discover another lifestyle that was far removed from your daily routine. Retirement is the perfect time to see the world. Whether it is the first vacation you take after retiring or one you take decades after leaving a post, it is invariably a difficult decision to make. Prior to booking, the amount of questions and concerns that can arise can cause a great deal of stress, so much so that all enjoyment and anticipation in the planning process for your vacation can be ruined. While some travellers prefer to go it alone, booking their own hotels, transportation and activities after hours of destination research and guidebooks, others see the value in relying on travel experts. Do you try out a small group travel tour for seniors or even go with some friends and family? With a professional preparing an itinerary that matches your interests, pairing you up with like-minded individuals who are keen to discover new cultures and explore foreign lands can be highly beneficial in getting a personalized and cultural experience. With so many options, variables and questions that can arise along the way, we decided to compile a quick guide to outline how you can start planning and preparing for the perfect retirement vacation:  

1. Where to go?

The deciding factor on where to go is centred mainly on personal preferences relating to interests and comfort levels. Do you like warm climates and cultural tours with a focus on historic sites? Perhaps exploring the Peloponnese, an area of Southern Greece brimming with fascinating ancient sites, ruins and relics of a bygone age. Or, perhaps you are more inclined to bask in breathtaking vistas and get active while on vacation? In which case, a tour of Patagonia with short hikes along some of South America’s most iconic trails is more likely to pique your interest. patagonia Spectacular Patagonia is a popular destination for the active traveller To keep the planning as simple as possible, why not make a list of your passions/interests and think about how you can incorporate them into a vacation of a lifetime? To name a few points of consideration: historical vs modern, art vs nature, museum visits vs first-hand observations, cities vs nature, wildlife vs culture.  Next, be realistic about how much exercise you want to do and, indeed, how much you will be able to do in your new environment. Remember that many European cities have cobblestone alleys that can only be explored by foot and sometimes the most remote nature reserves in the world can be explored by bus. The terrain you’ll be contending with is a big factor when it comes to choosing a destination, as is the weather – be mindful that hotter climes will take their toll on stamina and endurance. Be sure to consider your destination’s environment when making the final decision on where to go and consider how that might impact your mobility level. cobblestones_kinda Some European countries have terrain that can prove difficult Lastly, decide on a time of year that works with your schedule and what type of climate you’d like to find yourself escaping to. You may consider traveling somewhere warm like Central America during the colder seasons of your country of residence, while getaways in Central and Eastern Europe offer some wonderful sightseeing opportunities while escaping the summer heat. caribbean Central America and the Caribbean offer a great getaway for winter If there’s a specific activity or experience you’d like to enjoy, options might include bird watching in Brazil, photography in Asia, or an in-depth cultural tour that incorporates visits to tribal villages in Africa. Make a list which will at least narrow down the options. If you are travelling independently, you can use the list you compile as keywords to finding a destination that suits you. If you opt for a group tour, you will benefit from your representative’s expert knowledge relating to destinations, their sights, their accessibility, and, ultimately, their suitability for you.  

2. Where to stay?

The multitude of options when it comes to accommodation can be daunting:
  • Do you like to be in the centre of it all or farther afield, more remote and quiet?
  • Do you want five-star luxury, or would well-appointed three- and four-star hotels suffice?
  • Is it just somewhere to rest your head or part of the experience?
  • Where you stay is based heavily on where you go.
If you are booking independently, finding a place to stay will require a lot of research based on all your requirements and the information you can find online or elsewhere. Elements such as optional breakfast inclusion, wifi,, location options, past traveller experience, and so on. If booking a tour, however, accommodation is handled by professionals who have been to the area, who choose accommodation best suited for the type of traveller, and who base their decisions on feedback and recommendations from past clients.  

3. Do I need travel insurance?

While purchasing travel insurance is entirely a matter of personal choice, we  recommend it 100% of the time.   Start by finding out what you are already insured for. Some credit cards, medical plans and homeowners insurance have coverage that extends to travel -  but it’s crucial to read the fine print to ensure you are covered. Having medical insurance abroad is always a good idea. Thinking of accidents, illnesses and more extreme situations is certainly not the fun part of planning  vacation, but invariably it is better to be insured and not need it than face extortionate medical bills if the unforeseen were to happen. Optional insurance coverage would include things like baggage, trip interruption, cancellation, identity theft and political evacuation. You can buy insurance that covers just the basics with a few options, or a comprehensive insurance for every situation imaginable. Do your homework on what you are already covered for, and what you’d like to be covered for just in case.  If in doubt, ask a professional who sells insurance and consult your country’s travel advisories.  

4. Will my medical conditions be an issue?

If you haven’t travelled before, it is difficult to know how your body will react abroad and we’d suggest a tip of 21 days or less as your first vacation. Every day people travel around the globe with medical issues ranging from osteoarthritis, neurological ailments like mild Parkinson’s, to high blood pressure, thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, sleep apnea, and post-cancer treatments. If you have concerns, ask your doctor before you plan your trip whether it is safe for you to travel, and if you get the go-ahead, ensure you bring all your medications with you. Always pack your medications or medical equipment in your carry on, with a few extra doses as availability to prescriptions varies in foreign countries.  

5. What else do I need to know?

Be warned that the perfect retirement vacation often leads to further wanderlust! The more you discover, the longer your list of places to discover becomes. Small-group-travel tours often attract lifelong learners who have led successful careers and are keen to learn about the world around them. This is often true because the smaller groups offer a more personalized and richer cultural experience that you simply won’t find anywhere else. While planning your perfect vacation destination, don’t be surprised if you happen across several more spots that will undoubtedly number among your inevitable next journeys abroad.

Top 3 Travel Destinations For Seniors

It’s a big wide world out there and sometimes the hardest part of taking a trip is deciding where to go. As a lifelong learner, you know you want to travel somewhere with history and learn about a culture that is completely foreign to your own. As someone with a sense of adventure, you’ll want to be active and adventurous, with awe-inspiring nature and fascinating historical site within easy reach. And, most importantly, now enjoying your golden ears, you’ll want to do it comfortably.  Wake up in a clean, cozy room, sample sumptuous local delicacies and have  plenty of time to explore each destination in depth with ample time to recharge between excursions.   With the world at your feet and a near-limitless number of destinations from which to choose, we wanted to make one decision a little easier for you – where to go. We asked our well-travelled clients and senior industry travel professionals about the recommended top travel destinations for seniors. Here are the top three destinations that are consistently top rated: Classical Greece and the Greek Islands greece A civilization that changed the course of history to represent the way of life we know. While recently receiving more bad press than good for economic factors, Greece is nonetheless the founder of democracy, the inventor of the Olympics, home to some of the most idyllic islands in the world, and so much more. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere that inspired generations of artists, philosophers and pioneers with its mythology and be inspired by sites of antiquity dripping with historical significance. Taste the extraordinary flavours of the Mediterranean, brimming with fresh products and family recipes perfected over generations. Discover endless blue horizons as you and your group set sail to your very own Greek Island, away from the crowds.  Marvel at a tapestry of modern wonders weaved with mediaeval charms in each uniquely quaint city and village. Greece is a naturally diverse country with soaring mountains in the north and gorgeous white-sand beaches in the south. It is so much more than just a backdrop to some of the most romantic island getaways.   Greece is an easy destination to get to and a hard place to forget. Spring and fall are the perfect times to visit Greece as the weather is still warm, yet the country sees fewer crowds. Brazil, Chile and Argentina chile Mixing eco-tourism with dynamic and transforming cities, exploring Brazil, Argentina and Chile gives a wide look at life in South America. As the location of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Rio is once again in the spotlight as the city and country upgraded services making travel more comfortable. In Brazil, begin your tour in the Amazon, the world’s largest river and most diverse eco-system. Moving south, you’ll encounter a purpose-built capital more reminiscent of the 1960s than the modern day, before escaping to a far-flung ranch with more birds than people.  Stand in awe beneath Rio’s towering Christ the Redeemer statue that stands watch over the great city, before experiencing the gentle mist from the waterfall platforms that are so close that they almost touch the world-renowned Iguacu Falls. The hustle, bustle and colour of Buenos Aires, the so-called Paris of South America, is truly a sight to behold, and the Swiss-inspired  villages set deep in the lake- and mountain-regions of the Andes are sure to astound. Patagonia will pull at your heartstrings as you tour the pampas, glaciers and mountain ranges that make its beauty famous. Set route for the end of the world, where you’ll cruise the Beagle Channel with its teeming birdlife and breathtaking snow-capped peaks. To warm your fingers and whet your appetite, fly to one of the world’s premier wine regions, Mendoza, where you’ll fall in love with more than the Malbec before crossing the Andes on a series of hairpin switchbacks and finishing in the colonial city of Santiago. Vietnam and Cambodia cambodia Cruise the natural beauty of Halong Bay with emerald green waters, interspersed with over 1,600 scattered islands, each with limestone cliffs rising dramatically out of the waters. Get lost in the eight-and-a-half-century-old Angkor Wat. Criss-cross the maze of temples, overgrown with banyan trees, massive in size and sprawling an area that needs to be seen to be believed. Experience the dazzle of Hanoi, complete with elegant pagodas, interesting museums and local puppet shows. Imagine a culture influenced by the civilizations of China and India as well as the colonial rule of Britain and France; an area with dense jungles, exotic animals, peaceful rivers, and the Mekong Delta with its fertile plains providing a feast of fruits for filling up to your heart’s desire. Planning the perfect retirement vacation starts with selecting a compelling location, rich with cultural experiences and memories to cherish for years to come. Now the only question is, what are you waiting for?
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Chasing glaciers in Patagonia

On the southern tip of South America straddling Chile, Argentina and the Andes lies a wild and far flung region with little settlement but big landscapes. Wide sweeping plains give way to mountains that tower in the horizon with granite peaks that scratch the skyline. Huge glaciers crash into the blue lakes that form at their melting point, and icy breezes blow icebergs to the shorelines. In every direction of Patagonia paints a worthy sight. It truly is a place you need to see to believe. Here are just a few highlights from a recent tour of Patagonia, previously posted on tour leader Rachel’s instagram:  

Take the long way home. @adventuresabroadtravel | | #Chile | | #Patagonia

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All roads lead to adventure. @adventuresabroadtravel | | #Chile | | #Patagonia A photo posted by Rachel Kristensen (@meandertheworld) on

If only there were some views on this walk. Said no one ever. @adventuresabroadtravel || #Argentina || #Patagonia

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Trekking at the end of the world, Ushuaia. @adventuresabroadtravel | | #Argentina A photo posted by Rachel Kristensen (@meandertheworld) on

The more you know, the less you need. -Yvon Chouinard @adventuresabroadtravel | | #Chile | | #Patagonia

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Just a little mountain day dream. A photo posted by Rachel Kristensen (@meandertheworld) on
Mother nature is a beautiful thing. @adventuresabroadtravel | | #Argentina | | #Patagonia A photo posted by Rachel Kristensen (@meandertheworld) on

Ice, ice baby. Did I get that song in your head now? @adventuresabroadtravel | | #Argentina | | #Patagonia

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Don’t forget to look up. @adventuresabroadtravel || #Argentina | | #Patagonia A photo posted by Rachel Kristensen (@meandertheworld) on
—- These photos were taken on Adventures Abroad Tour of Argentina and Chile. For more info on Adventures Abroad and small group tours, click here.

What a site!

mosaic The Greek site of Pella was the ancient capital of King Archelaus of Macedonia at the end of the 5th century BC and birthplace of Alexander the Great. The site is located in northern Greece, about 39 km northwest of Thessaloníki. Excavations by the Greek Archaeological Service begun in 1957 revealed large, well-built houses with colonnaded courts and rooms with spectacular mosaic floors. These mosaics, dating from the late 4th century BC, belong to two categories: those with simply a geometric decoration covering the entire surface of the floor, and those with representative subjects, such as hunts, Amazonomachy (battle of Amazons), and others. The efforts to indicate volume by the use of shading is noteworthy. The colour scale is limited, with most figures being in pale shades against a neutral background. In some cases there is an attempt to suggest the natural space in which the figures move. One mosaic floor bears the artist’s signature: “Gnosis epoesen” (Gnosis made this). Although the city was pillaged by the Romans, it did not cease to exist until the 1st century BC, when it was destroyed, probably by an earthquake. In 30 AD the Roman colony of Pella (‘Colonia Pellensis’) was founded west of the city, at the site of present-day Nea Pella. Visit the site of Pella on Day 8 of our new Greece, Macedonia & Kosovo tour (GM1), next departure 23 May 2016. Greece, Macedonia & Kosovo Tour: GM1 | 15 Days | Departure date: 23 May 2016 | Details

Culinary Adventures: Loukoumades (Honey Puffs)

Many of our Amorgos-bound travellers and guests of the Aegialis Hotel have enjoyed a sweet island specialty that is as addictive as it is easy to make. We bet you can’t have just one :)
Loukoumades (Honey Puffs)

Loukoumades (Honey Puffs)

Ingredients

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cups vegetable oil, or as needed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a small bowl. The water should be no more than 100 degrees F (40 degrees C). Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam. In a large bowl, mix the warm milk, sugar, and salt, and mix to dissolve. Pour the yeast mixture into the milk mixture, and stir to combine.
  2. Beat in the butter, eggs, and flour until the mixture forms a smooth, soft dough. Cover the bowl, and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes. Stir the dough well, cover, and let rise 30 more minutes.
  3. Mix honey and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn off the heat and let the honey syrup cool.
  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Oil should be about 2 inches deep.
  5. Place a large table or soupspoon in a glass of water near the batter. Scoop up about 2 tablespoons of dough per puff with the wet spoon, drop it into the wet palm of your hand, and roll it back into the spoon to create a round shape. Do not over-handle the puffy, soft dough. Drop the dough balls into the hot oil in batches, wetting the spoon each time you make a dough ball. Fry in the hot oil until golden brown on the bottom, and roll them over to cook the other side, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Gently set the loukoumades aside to drain on paper towels.
  6. Place the loukoumades on a baking sheet, drizzle them with honey syrup, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve warm.
Source: www.allrecipes.com

Accommodation Update

Aegialis Perhaps more than any other hotel in the history of Adventure Abroad, the Aegialis Hotel, on the island of Amorogos in Greece’s Cycladic Islands, is our unofficial ‘home-away-from-home.’ This hotel, and the island itself, was “discovered” by one of our first Tour Leaders in 1988, when he found himself “stranded” on Amorgos by a weather-related ferry cancellation. The hotel was new and the island was known only to a few fishermen, the families who had lived there for generations, and just a few adventurous tourists. Today, the hotel is still lovingly run by the local family that built it, and the island still retains its peaceful, authentic, off-the-beaten-path atmosphere. Many of our travellers have returned on their own, and many of our Tour Leaders head there when they enjoy some rare time off. Join us on our hiking tour of Greece (XGI), and you’ll find out why! “Absolutely wonderful! Would have liked to stay longer! The manager is extremely friendly, helpful and personable and the hotel location is a delight.” Karen C., Edmonton, AB, XGI Sept 2015 Hiking the Isles of Hellas Tour: XGI | 14 Days  | Details Departure dates: 07 May 2016, 23 Jul 2016, 10 Sep 2016 www.amorgos-aegialis.com

Tour Leader Update

719 This list represents just a few of our tour leader assignments for trips set to depart in the next few months. The leaders below and others not listed will, of course, be leading other regularly-scheduled tours throughout 2016 and beyond. Chris Tripodi Colombia Tour CM1 | 11 Days | Departure date: 19 Jan 2016 | Details Victor Romagnoli India, Bangladesh, Bhutan Tour VRIN | 28 Days | Departure date: 09 Sept 2016 | Details India and Bangladesh Tour VRIB | 22 Days | Departure date: 09 Sept 2016 | Details Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay & Chile Tour VRAC | 21 Days | Departure date: 14 Feb 2016 | Details Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile Tour With Easter Island Tour VRAE | 27 Days | Departure date: 14 Feb 2016 | Details Papua New Guinea Tour VRPG | 12 Days | Departure date: 14 Sept 2017 | Details | WAITLIST ONLY Jonathan Hodgson The Philippines Tour JHPH | 13 Days | Departure date: 08 Apr 2016 | Details The Philippines, Indonesia & East Timor Tour JHPI | 21 Days | Departure date: 08 Apr 2016 | Details Indian Ocean Islands Tour MCIO | 22 Days | Departure date: 12 May 2016 | Details Kazakhstan & The Kyrgyz Republic Tour JHKK | 15 Days | Departure date: 02 Sept 2016 | Details Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic & Tajikistan Tour JHKT | 22 Days | Departure date: 02 Sept 2016 | Details The Five Stans Tour CA3 | 21 Days | Departure date: 24 Sept 2016 | Details Coming soon Channel & Faroe Islands 2016; Newfoundland & Labrador 2017 Martin Charlton Caribbean Island Explorer MCCB | 21 Days | Departure date: 26 Apr 2016 | Details|WAITLIST ONLY   Please note: above listed assignations are accurate as of publishing date. Factors such as unforeseen placement challenges, illness / injury, personal / family obligations, and other logistical considerations may necessitate adjustments without notice or compensation.

Upcoming Tours Still Available

MONGOLIA 2016

HOVSGOL We are very excited about our newly-revamped tour of Mongolia (MN1) for 2016. We’ve been touring this fascinating destination for years, and are delighted that hitherto inaccessible remote locations are now opening up, with the advent of new air routes and tourist class accommodations. New for 2016 is the Lake Hovsgol region in the far western corner of the country; here we enjoy spectacular lake and mountain scenery and interactions with the local nomadic herds people. Also new is an overnight at Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve, where the complex of high mountains, steppes, rivers, lakes and wetlands are kept in their original condition. As in the past, we also include the Gobi area and the Ikh Nart Chuluu Nature Reserve, as well as the Jalman Meadows and the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. Throughout we make use of unique and comfortable “Ger” style accommodation, which enhances the authenticity of our journey. Mongolia Tour: MN1 | 14 Days | Departure date: 15 Jun 2016 | Details  

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND – winter 2016

Our tour sets down in Australia’s second most populous city, stately Melbourne, to soak up the sights and sounds of an urban centre that has been voted world’s most ‘liveable’ city numerous times. We explore the Yarra Valley, world-famous for its wineries, and stop off in charming, symmetrical Canberra and dazzling Sydney en route to experience a once-in-a-lifetime cruise around the Great Barrier Reef. Via the vast desert of ‘the Red Centre’, we make route to Ayers Rock and King’s Canyon before ending this leg of the tour in Alice Springs. Across in New Zealand, we balance experiencing the country’s incomparable natural beauty with learning about its history and exploring its cultural attributes. We offer Oz as a 17-day trip (AU1), and NZ as a 15-day (NZ1), but most people combine the two (AU2). Feb/Mar 16 booking NOW! Australia Tour: AU1 | 17 Days | Departure date: 09 Feb 2016 | Details Australia & New Zealand Tour: AU2 | 31 Days | Departure date: 09 Feb 2016 | Details New Zealand Tour: NZ1 | 15 Days | Departure date: 25 Feb 2016 | Details  

CHILE & ARGENTINA

Few tour companies offer such a broad range of travel choices in this spectacular region. We cover the gamut, from Buenos Aires, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, to Tierra del Fuego and the magnificent desolation of Patagonia. Argentina and Chile’s National Parks system offer a kaleidoscope of environments ranging from glaciers in the south, through central alpine peaks to the famous Pampas grasslands. Chile’s Easter Island is over 3200 km (2,000 miles) from the nearest population centre, making it one of the most isolated places on Earth. A triangle of volcanic rock in the South Pacific, it is best known for the giant stone monoliths, known as Moai, that dot the coastline. Book your sunny winter holiday today—the Austral summer is short and these trips book up well in advance! Your choices: Argentina & Chile Tour: AR1 | 14 Days | Details Argentina & Iguaza Falls Tour: AR3 | 16 Days | Details Argentina & Chile Tour: CL2 | 19 Days | Details Argentina & Chile with Iguaza Tour: CL3 | 21 Days | Details Chile with Atacama Tour: CL6 | 21 Days | Details Chile (Atacama) & Easter Island Tour: CL1 | 21 Days | Details

Check out combinations of Argentina / Chile with Brazil

 

THE GULF STATES – January guaranteed!

The Persian Gulf is the meeting point between Africa, Europe and Asia, a land of a thousand-and-one-nights and home to some of the most beautiful and mystical scenery in the world. Our tour provides a rare and fascinating glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the Arab Sheikhs, as well as the natural and historical wonders of contemporary Arabia. This trip (Kuwait, Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain) is unique in the touring world and extremely popular—Jan 2016 is filling fast. As with all our trips, these tours are expertly led by an Adventures Abroad Tour Leader and official local support to ensure a smooth and safe journey. The Arab Gulf States Tour: GS7 | 21 Days | Departure date: 25 Jan 2016 | Details  

COLOMBIA & PANAMA 2016

Our new enhanced Colombia itinerary (CM1) has become so popular, we’ve added more capacity for our trip that lands in Bogota on 19 January. New to the mix is the up-and-coming city of Medellin, which is shedding its old shady reputation and enjoying a touristic renaissance; here we will learn about the transformation of Medellin from the most dangerous city in the world into a fascinating melting pot of cultures with possibly the friendliest and warmest people in the world. Also new is the possibility of extending this trip to include our tour of Panama (CM5). Click here to see further combination possibilities with Costa Rica. Colombia Redefined Tour: CM1 | 11 Days | Departure date: 19 Jan 2016 | Details Colombia & Panama Tour: CM5 | 20 Days | Departure date: 19 Jan 2016 | Details  

PERU: NORTH & SOUTH – February 2016

Northern Peru boasts a unique and fascinating cultural history. The entire region is dotted with archeological sites; many of the gold and silver, artifacts, ceramics and weavings made by the Chimu, Moche and Sican people are housed in the Sican and the Royal Tomb of Sipan museums. Near the “White City” of Arequipa is a spectacular attraction: the Colca Canyon. This canyon cuts 3182 m (10,607 ft) into the earth—twice the depth of the Grand Canyon in Arizona! The Colca is shadowed by snow-topped mountains, many of them volcanoes, and sliced by the Colca River. Around Lake Titicaca, traces of a rich Indian past still stubbornly cling, resisting the Spanish conquistadors’ aggressive campaign to erase Inca and pre-Inca cultures and, in recent times, the lure of modernization. When Peruvians talk of turquoise blue Titacaca, they proudly note that it is so large it has waves! Join us on this very comprehensive and varied tour to uncover the secrets of the still little known pre-Inca cultures of Northern Peru and its myriad unique natural wonders, as well as the renowned attractions of the Incan capital of Cuzco and the wonders of Machu Picchu. PR1, PR2 Peruvian Explorer Tour: PR1 | 17 Days | Departure date: 06 Feb 2016 | Details Peru: North & South Tour: PR2 | 20 Days | Departure date: 03 Feb 2016 | Details  

VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

The northern winter is our strongest demand period for our flagship tour of Indochina – Vietnam & Cambodia (VN2), and our dates in January, February, and March are booking now. Not only is this the most comfortable time of year to visit this fascinating region, with its rich and varied history and cultural milieu, it is also currently one of the world’s best travel values. This is 19-day tour, which travels the entire length of Vietnam, from Halong Bay and Dien Bien Phu in the north, to Hoi An, Hué, and Saigon to the south. A highlight of any trip to the region is the temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and astonishing and vast site famous for its well-preserved temples and storied past as one of the world’s great civilizations. Vietnam & Cambodia Tour: VN2 | 20 Days | Details Departure dates: 12 Jan 2016, 02 Feb 2016, 08 Mar 2016  

MYANMAR – You said it!

“Every excursion was excellent. We would not change any of them. All local guides were caring, interesting, and knowledgeable. All hotels surpassed expectations. We had an outstanding leader. He always retained good leadership while getting to know each of us on a personal level. A rare gift! He was fun, had a good relationship with local guides and a huge enthusiasm for the unknown. The best guide the we have ever had with any company.”
Ann S. (Malibu, CA, USA). Our 14-day tour of Myanmar showcases all of the highlights, plus a few relatively unknown surprises, in a nicely-paced, comfortable and highly-varied and comprehensive experience. Next available departure 31 Jan 2016, code SE5. Myanmar (Burma) Tour: SE5 | 14 Days | Departure date: 31 Jan 2016 | Details  

SICILY & SOUTHERN ITALY – Spring 2016

In 2013 we 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 spring date is already almost sold out for 2016! 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. Spring is breathtaking, with rich green fields, plenty of wildflowers, and a soft light that enhances and highlights every corner of this magical land. We still have some last-minute space on our popular trip, code IT6; extensions to Tuscany and Venice are also available. Southern Italy Tour: IT6 | 14 Days | Departure date: 27 Apr 2016 | Details