Enjoy savings made possible by travelling as part of a group of like-minded people on our escorted small group holidays. Group sizes are usually restricted to a maximum of 25 and a minimum of 10, so you are able to get the best out of your experience.
As well as general interest group tours, which reveal the world’s most fascinating cultures, magnificent wildlife or spectacular landscapes, Cox & Kings also organises Royal Academy of Arts tours focused on art, architecture and archaeology, and single travellers group tours.
We are also able to organise private group tours for clubs or societies, weddings or other special occasions.
Tour manager: Cox & Kings tour managers are carefully selected for their travel experience and organisational abilities. Your tour manager will meet your group on arrival and will escort you throughout your journey (unless otherwise specified).
Expert local guides: On most tours, in addition to the services of the tour manager, Cox & Kings escorted group tours also benefit from the knowledge of local guides who accompany each excursion. In some cases, where appropriate, the tour manager will also act as the local guide. Where possible, your entrance fees are included in the holiday price.
Airport representatives: For all group departures where six or more people are travelling on the same flight from London Heathrow or Gatwick, a Cox & Kings representative is available to assist with check in and any seat requests you may have during the main check-in period.
Scheduled flights: Cox & Kings uses only the services of scheduled airlines for all international and most internal flights. All prices are based on Economy Class flights; Cox & Kings offers excellent upgrade rates if required and details of these are shown on the tour pages. Flight schedules may mean that some early morning departures or arrivals may be unavoidable.
Comfortable land travel: For road journeys, Cox & Kings uses buses of a size appropriate to the size of the group, with air conditioning where this facility is available. On rail journeys, groups are booked in the best available class on the train.
Small group sizes: To enhance your enjoyment of the tour, we like to keep our groups small and manageable. Therefore, numbers are normally restricted to a maximum of 25 and a minimum of 10 people.
Extensions: Cox & Kings is happy to arrange for you to extend your stay beyond the escorted group tour dates. We have suggested extension options for most tours online, but our specialist consultants would also be delighted to design a tailor-made extension for you, either pre- or post-tour, to fit in with your interests. Group tour extensions are operated on the same basis as private travel unless other members of the main tour group choose to take the same extension, in which case the relevant services may be shared.
We have highlighted the standard of accommodation featured on a tour immediately above the tour itinerary.
In some cases, tours include some departures in one category and some in another: you can see and select the different tour types under ‘tour variations’. For these tours, the itinerary is generally the same and just the standard of accommodation varies. However, if there are any variations in the excursions included, these are shown within the itinerary.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
Luxury: These tours will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout.
Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.
Discovery: This type of holiday is best suited to the hardier traveller, as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more arduous activities, such as trekking.
As the cost of maintaining a room for one person can be almost as high as it is for two, most hotels around the world charge more per person for a single-occupancy room than for a shared twin room. In addition, many single-occupancy rooms are the same as twin / double rooms. Our Single Travellers group tours, however, do not include any single supplements.
Travelling through verdant countryside
and captivating mountain scenery, this
comprehensive journey traverses Cuba
from west to east. Explore historic cities
and colonial towns, learn about the
Cuban revolution and its legacy, and soak
Travel to the main highlights of this
fascinating country on this tour, designed
specifically for the single traveller.
Discover the Roman ruins at Jerash, the
biblical site of Mount Nebo, and Petra,
the rock-hewn city lost to the world for
This comprehensive Holy Land tour
contrasts the modern city life of Tel Aviv
with one of the oldest cities in the world,
Jerusalem. Marvel at the biblical and
historical sites that lie around the Sea of
Galilee, experience life on a traditional
Take in the highlights of Alaska on this
non-exclusive group tour, combining
travel by land and by sea. Begin cruising
from Vancouver with a chance to enjoy
the scenery, wildlife, native culture and to
learn about gold-rush history. Disembark
Travellers to Albania and Macedonia can
discover a rich variety of archaeological
and historical sites, along with
spectacular mountain scenery and a
wealth of art treasures. Journeying
across these two countries, often referred
to as the ‘cradle of th...
Known as the ‘Cradle of the Balkans’,
Albania and Macedonia are home to
a wealth of natural and historic sites,
from Lake Ohrid and the well-preserved
Ottoman town of Gjirokastër to the
important but lesser-known Roman
ruins at Butrint and Apollonia....
Combining breathtaking natural beauty
with a well-preserved cultural legacy,
the sultanate of Oman is one of the
least known yet most exciting tourist
destinations in the Middle East. Taking in
magnificent forts and palaces, the rolling
dunes of the...
This small group tour explores central
India's national parks in search of tigers.
Kanha is equally known for its wild dogs,
leopards and sloth bears. Satpura offers
the opportunity for walking safaris and
nights under canvas while Pench...
Over the centuries, Moorish Spain has
captured peoples’ imagination thanks
to its strategic location, fertile land,
distinctive culture, unique architecture
and the romantic fables associated with
the region. Andalucía was a rich Roman
Explore the spectacular highland
countries of Armenia and Georgia, the
world’s oldest Christian nations, both
containing a treasure trove of ancient
ruins, churches and monasteries together
with centuries-old folk traditions. In
this little-known corne...
Discover outback life, Aboriginal culture
and history, and get up close to native
wildlife on this introductory non-exclusive
group tour to Australia. Highlights
include the major sights of Uluru (Ayers
Rock), the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney
Travel to two industrial cities of northern
Spain that have each influenced the
development of modern art and
architecture. Start in the vibrant city of
Barcelona, seeing how Gaudí and his
contemporaries shaped its landscape,
noticing in particular...
The Bay of Naples was once one of the
greatest centres of classical Roman
civilisation. The excavated remains of
Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Villa
Oplontis, entombed in ash in the Mount
Vesuvius eruption of 79AD, provide a
special glimpse into this...
The remote Kingdom of Bhutan, with
its fascinating cultural heritage and
beautiful mountain scenery, was off
limits to tourists until 1974. Today, the
country continues to preserve its customs
and age-old traditions, as revealed in
This is the quintessential African safari
experience that combines the untamed
wilderness of the iconic Okavango
delta with comfortable mobile camping
accommodation. The Letaka expeditions
are privately guided throughout and
a safari chef and camp...
Bulgaria offers a wealth of historical
monuments, fine mountain scenery
and warm hospitality. This varied tour
begins in Sofia, visiting the National
Historical Museum, where the fabulous
prehistoric Thracian treasures are
displayed. Continue to Veliko...
Join a group of like-minded solo
travellers on this journey to Burma
(Myanmar). Fully escorted by an expert
local guide, your group will explore the
highlights of this fascinating country,
discovering Buddhist monuments in
Pagan (Bagan), tranquil Inle...
Travel into the heart of polar bear
country on this small group tour that
stays in an authentic wilderness lodge
60km from civilisation. Each day you
will be taken out into the wild to see
the Arctic landscapes and wildlife.
The surrounding waters are...
This escorted small group tour to
Canada’s Arctic takes in the highlights
of the area with two full days on the
tundra in search of wildlife, including
polar bears and visits to local museums
for an insight into Inuit culture and the
heritage of the...
Discover the highlights of western Canada on this 12-day escorted group tour, including a journey through the Canadian Rockies with two days on board the Rocky Mountaineer. This tour gives a great introduction to two of Canada's favourite provinces - Alberta...
This tour provides a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to see and photograph
polar bears and their cubs in the wild.
Accommodation is in a remote lodge
over 160km from civilisation, providing
unrivalled access to the bears’ denning
areas and the Hudson Ba...
This exhilarating tour will take you to
the northern reaches of Nunavut when
the sea ice is melting and marine
mammals can be found travelling north
along the ice floe edge. Pods of narwhals
can be seen resting only metres from the
edge while an...
Discover the best of western Canada
on this 12-day escorted tour, including
travelling through the Canadian Rockies
with an option to upgrade to two days
on board the Rocky Mountaineer.
Visiting national parks, picturesque
towns, glaciers, turquoise...
Discover the highlights of western
Canada on this 12-day escorted tour
while staying in some of the best
accommodation available. Visit small
alpine towns, wake up overlooking
turquoise lakes, explore cosmopolitan
cities and see the stunning scenery...
This comprehensive tour of China visits
the treasures of Beijing, the Terracotta
Warriors at Xian, picturesque scenery
between Guilin and Yangshuo, and
the pandas at Chengdu. Cruise the
Yangtze river and visit the Three
Gorges Dam, before ending the...
Discover a different side to China on this
journey from Beijing to Shanghai. Fully
escorted and travelling with a group of
solo travellers, enjoy cycle rides along
ancient city walls, learn the secrets of
Chinese cooking and try your hand...
Experience a taste of India on this outstanding introductory tour of the country's most remarkable sights. Exploring the Golden Triangle, this journey combines travelling from the country's capital city Delhi to the wondrous sites of the Mughal capital of...
The princely state of Rajasthan is India at its colourful and iconic best, home to magnificent, ornate palaces and majestic forts which were once the domain of lavish ruling dynasties. Following a tour of Delhi and the astoundingly beautiful Taj Mahal in...
The princely state of Rajasthan is India at its colourful best, home to magnificent, ornate palaces and majestic forts. Following a tour of the sights of imperial Delhi, travel through the heart of the historic state of Rajasthan, discovering its culture and...
Russia’s two greatest cities provide an ideal base from which to explore
the country’s rich and diverse cultural and historical heritage. Moscow is
now the epicentre of the ‘new Russia’, while St Petersburg is renowned for
its magnificent palaces,...
The Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily,
is as culturally rich as it is beautiful. It
is home to superb Norman architecture,
vibrant Roman floor mosaics, Arabinspired
gardens, and probably the finest
Greek temples to be found anywhere in
From a rich history and long-held
traditions to a remarkable artistic
legacy, picturesque landscapes and
superb cuisine, discover all aspects of
this extraordinary Italian region on
this expansive tour. Visit the great rival
Renaissance cultural cities...
Considered the birthplace of western
civilisation, Greece’s influence still
resonates today in the fields of
architecture, science, engineering and
philosophy. Incorporating the classical
sites of Olympia, Delphi, Mycenae
and Epidaurus, this tour also...
Turkey has played a major role in the
history of the Mediterranean world.
Due to its strategic location straddling
two continents, it has been a crucial
crossroads and staging post on the
trade routes between east and west.
This tour combines the...
Situated at the very tip of the Iberian
peninsula and only just separated
from Africa by the Straits of Gibraltar,
Andalucía has witnessed many different
power struggles throughout its history
which have influenced its culture.
Travelling by train,...
Explore the paradise discovered by artists in the south of France at the beginning of the 20th century. Visit Matisse's celebrated Chapelle du Rosaire and the Fondation Maeght, which contains a stunning collection of artwork by Braque, Miro and Giacometti....
The island of Crete was the homeland
of the Minoan civilisation 4,000 years
ago. The Romans, Byzantines, Arabs,
Venetians and Ottomans all left behind
their legacy as well. The rich cultural
blend that is Crete today mirrors these
past influences. Visi...
Explore the highlights of Cuba on an
overland tour of a fascinating country –
one that is on the cusp of great changes.
Stroll along the atmospheric streets of
historic colonial cities such as Havana
and Trinidad, and, as a contrast, explore
Explore Canada’s eastern provinces on
this 10-day escorted group tour, including
the fascinating cities and beautiful
scenery of Ontario and Quebec. Spend
time in Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City
and Montreal while enjoying the comfort
This 13-day group tour visits the
highlights of Australia’s East Coast.
Beginning in Cairns, the trip starts with
a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef before
travelling south through the tropical
Atherton Tablelands. Enjoy the exquisite
This journey provides a special
opportunity to experience the Galapagos
islands and observe their remarkable
wildlife at close quarters. See giant
tortoises and a number of indigenous
bird species, and swim with sea lions,
penguins and perhaps even sea...
This tour offers a privileged insight into
the secrets of ancient Egypt. Travel with
expert Egyptologist Jocelyn Gohary to
Cairo, Giza, Luxor and Aswan to uncover
the history of the pyramids, the Sphinx
and the Valley of the Kings, as well...
Starting from India’s historic capital,
Delhi, this journey for single travellers
continues to Agra to see the sun rise at
the Taj Mahal. Search for elusive Bengal tigers in
Ranthambore, and continue to the
majestic forts and grand palaces of
In the 15th century, Florence was an
immensely wealthy and powerful citystate,
where the principal Florentine
families were able to commission great
architects and artists to adorn their city
with buildings, statues and paintings. As
This comprehensive tour takes in the
best of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia,
staying in character hotels throughout.
The journey begins in the relatively
untouched country of Laos, exploring
the ancient temple town of Luang
Prabang and its French colonial...
Explore the diverse cultural influences that
have created the rich heritage of northern
India. This tour encompasses the holy city
of Varanasi, the resplendent Taj Mahal,
Jodhpur’s blue-washed houses, and the
beautiful lakes and palaces of Udaipur.
Revealing South America’s cultural
and scenic diversity, this tour focuses
on the continent’s cultural and natural
highlights. Crossing the Andes through
Peru to Lake Titicaca, the journey
continues through Bolivia’s capital of
La Paz and on to...
The delicate scent of spices, the sound of temple bells, exotic flora and fauna, and beaches all characterise southern India. This journey travels through colonial hill stations and tropical backwaters, discovering a rich cultural and historical heritage....
Greece is steeped in mythology and
history. Its glorious past is evident in
the beautifully preserved sites and
monuments found throughout the
modern country. This tour focuses on the
classical Greek highlights found in the
mainland, including Delphi,...
Guyana offers magnificent natural treasures, and its rivers, jungles and savannas teem with wildlife, including jaguars and abundant bird varieties, as well as rare flora. The highlands are home to the world's tallest single-drop cascade, the mighty Kaieteur...
Offering an inspiring introduction to Gujarat, this rail journey aboard the luxurious Deccan Odyssey travels to some of India's hidden gems. A round-trip from Mumbai (Bombay), the pulsating commercial capital of India, it includes visits to the exquisite Jai...
Experience the best of Japan on this
10-day tour, travelling with a group of
solo travellers and escorted throughout
by an expert local guide. Alongside
tours of Japan’s major sights and cities,
including the gardens and temples of
Discover the legacy of the Aztec, Mayan
and Spanish empires on this outstanding
tour of Mexico’s finest sites. Explore
magnificent pyramids and temples,
colourful colonial cities with their
indigenous influences, and the natural
beauty of valleys,...
First settled by the Vikings in 874,
Reykjavik is the world’s most northerly
capital city and one of the smallest,
making it easy to explore on foot. Framed
by the majestic Mount Esja and Faxafloi
Bay, the city enjoys a wonderful natural
The areas of west and southern Iceland incorporate a host of natural wonders and stunning scenery to explore, all shaped by the country's most powerful natural phenomena, its active volcanoes and vast glaciers. From the ...
This exciting journey features a 10-night cruise that starts from Dibrugarh and sails downstream along the Brahmaputra river. The river cruise offers visitors the opportunity to discover the ancient capital of the Ahom Kings, visit Hindu monasteries on one o...
Travelling from Delhi, the Indian capital,
to Mumbai, regarded by Rudyard Kipling
as ‘the Mother of Cities’, this classic
journey aboard the luxurious Deccan
Odyssey travels across the north Indian
plains. En route, visit the astonishing Taj
The Indian Sojourn is a classic journey aboard the luxurious Deccan Odyssey, taking you from Mumbai to New Delhi. Along the way, look for tigers in the renowned Ranthambore wildlife reserve, visit iconic monuments, majestic forts, and ancient...
The fantastically rich and varied history
of Iran has left behind an unparalleled
cultural heritage. This tour reveals
the best of that legacy, including the
supreme Islamic architecture of Isfahan
and Shiraz, the ancient Achaemenian
The fantastically rich and varied history of Iran has left behind a dramatic cultural heritage. This tour reveals the best of that legacy, including the supreme Islamic architecture of Isfahan and Shiraz, the ancient Achaemenid capital of Pasargadae and the...
Istanbul, capital of the great Ottoman
empire, enjoyed more than four centuries
of imperial patronage, resulting in
one of the most dramatic skylines in
the world. Its mosques and palaces
are complemented by exquisite tile
decoration, fine woodwork and...
On this MasterChef Travel holiday, discover stunning views, gastronomic delights and an unrivalled display of Greek and Roman archaeological treasures all in the company of a local guide. Taste the finest buffalo mozzarella, sample limoncello made from the...
Discover the finest architectural masterpieces of Palladio and the charming cities of Padua and Vicenza. Wander through some of Italy's best fresh produce markets and stroll along the winding alleys of ancient medieval towns, all in the company of Sara...
Feed the body and mind on this trip to the timeless landscape of Tuscany, famed for its cuisine and fascinating medieval architecture. Explore the cultural city of Siena and the smaller yet no less significant towns of San Gimignano and Volterra. Sample the...
Feed both the body and mind on this superb tour of Emilia Romagna. Discover the riches of a splendid gastronomic region as you meet with local producers and sample some of the finest food in Italy. Along the way, cook with a Michelin-starred chef, taste fine...
Travel with expert Suzanne Perrin to
experience the celebrated temples,
stunning gardens and traditional crafts
during the beautiful Sakura (cherry
blossom) or Momiji’ (maple) season. See
the scenic views of old Kyoto and Nara,
Hiroshima’s Peace Park...
Discover the cultural heritage of Japan
on this exciting journey through the
country’s main island of Honshu. Visit
the tranquil Kenroku-en garden and the
castle of Kanazawa before exploring
the imperial city of Kyoto with its many
temples and shrines....
Jerusalem is considered to be one of
the most spiritual and holy centres
of the world by three major religions:
Christianity, Judaism and Islam. During
its extensive and tumultuous history,
Jerusalem has been home to a number of
faiths and nationalitie...
Starting and finishing in Mumbai, this journey explores some of mainland India's best-kept secrets aboard the luxurious Deccan Odyssey. Discover the fascinating history of the Deccan through the outstanding ancient monuments of the once powerful kingdoms of...
In the centenary year of the great
Arab revolt, travel with expert lecturer
and archaeologist Dr Faulkner who,
as co-director of a pioneering series
of excavations into TE Lawrence, has
exclusive behind-the-scenes access
to sites not open to the wider...
Since regaining independence in 1991
and joining the EU, Lithuania, Latvia and
Estonia are flourishing. The countries’
rich and colourful history can be best
appreciated in their capital cities, which
all possess beautiful architecture, while
Travel to the holy city of Amritsar and McLeod Ganj, home to the Tibetan government-in-exile. Explore the north-west Indian regions of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, from the Golden Temple through the foothills of the Himalaya to...
Stay in a beautiful lakeside location on
Lake Como, surrounded by panoramic
vistas and pristine waters. During this
6-day itinerary take a boat trip on
Lake Como to the delightful town of
Bellagio; travel on the Bernina Express,
a scenic narrow-gauge...
Accompanied by expert lecturer Denise
Heywood who has lived in the region,
begin your tour in serene Luang Prabang
in Laos, filled with glittering temples.
Cruise on the Mekong river to sacred
caves before flying to Vientiane. End the
tour with a stay...
Discover the impressive cultural heritage
of Lisbon and Sintra through Romantic
palaces, azulejo tiles and outstanding
art collections. Lisbon was the starting
point for voyages of discovery in the
14th to 15th centuries and many
Much of Madagascar’s exotic flora
and fauna is found nowhere else on
Earth. This tour offers an opportunity
to discover the island’s extraordinary
natural history along with its stunning
scenery, idyllic beaches and fascinating
culture, which is based...
Visit Madrid and its Golden Triangle
of Art with expert art historian Colin
Bailey. Tour the world-renowned Museo
del Prado, an extraordinary gallery
with unrivalled collections by masters
such as Goya, Velázquez, El Greco,
Rubens, Titian and Bosch....
One of the leading luxury trains, the Deccan Odyssey is all set to take you on an 8-day royal journey through some of India's most enigmatic destinations. The itinerary includes a visit to the wine capital of India - Nashik, colorful Kolhapur, portuguese...
On this return train journey from Mumbai, the Deccan Odyssey explores off the beaten track whilst clients can still enjoy the comforts and amenities of luxury train travel. Highlights include the wonderous and fascinating cave temples at Ajanta & Ellora....
From Red Square and the Kremlin in
Moscow to the imperial palaces of St
Petersburg, this 7-day tour of Moscow
and St Petersburg visits some of the best
attractions that Russia has to offer. Both
cities are renowned for their world-class
Arts and culture form an integral part
of Mexican society. Influences stretch
back to pre-Columbian times, when the
great cities of the Aztecs, Maya and
many others were created. Themes and
patterns from these ancient cultures
are still visible in the...
Mongolia is a vast country with
spectacular natural beauty, largely
untouched by the modern world.
From the Gobi desert to snow-capped
mountains and grassy steppes where
wild horses and nomads roam, this is
one of the world’s last great...
Morocco, with its famous medieval
mosques and citadels, is truly the
jewel of North Africa and exudes a
sense of living history. What’s more,
this fascinating destination, set amid
the backdrop of the stunning Atlas
mountains and the shimmering...
Moscow, the epicentre of the 'new Russia', is where ancient monasteries and churches mix with Soviet-era architecture and skyscrapers. This 4-night break takes in the incredible cultural and artistic heritage of Russia's capital, from the reign of the tsars...
Namibia is one of the world’s last great
wilderness countries. This tour visits the
magnificent sand dunes of the Namib
desert and the German colonial town of
Swakopmund. Travelling inland, you can
experience the wildlife of Damaraland
Located between the Caribbean Sea and
the Pacific Ocean, the small country of
Costa Rica is one of the most ecologically
diverse places on Earth. This journey
visits some of the major national parks in
the country and explores the astonishing
This non-exclusive escorted group tour
with Moatrek ventures off the beaten track
to offer a truly unique experience of New
Zealand. Travel in spacious, comfortable
coaches for 10-18 people accompanied by
knowledgeable and friendly Kiwi guides
This non-exclusive group tour offers a
comprehensive journey of New Zealand,
taking in highlights of both the North
Island and South Island. Visits include a
geothermal reserve in Rotorua; a cruise
in the Bay of Islands; a visit to Te Papa,
Explore one of the most beautiful
countries in Arabia with expert Chris
Bradley, author of the Berlitz Guide to
Oman. The Sultanate offers more than
2,000km of coastline facing the Indian
Ocean and Arabian Sea, high mountains,
vast deserts and oases...
Small in size yet possessing a superb
biodiversity, Costa Rica and Panama
offer a wide variety of eco-systems
including volcanoes, rainforest and cloud
forest, lakes, lagoons and beaches. This
tour visits the incredible Panama Canal
as well as a...
Patagonia is one of the world’s
great wilderness areas with vast
plains, towering peaks, huge skies
and enormous glaciers. Patagonian
culture is intertwined with that of the
European pioneers and gauchos, and this
fascinating journey through four...
This journey takes in the dramatic
Andean scenery and traditional cultures
of both Bolivia and Peru. Travel from
historic Lima to the Sacred Valley and
colonial Cuzco, explore ancient Incan
sites and discover the breathtaking
scenery of the Bolivian...
Renowned for the remarkable legacy
of the Incas, Peru was in fact home
to countless ancient civilisations.
Venturing off the tourist trail, this tour
visits northern Peru, where you can
discover the wealth of history displayed
by the pre-Inca Moche,...
Known as ‘the heel of Italy’, the region
of Puglia offers some of Italy’s most
remote coastline and countryside full
of rural charm, dotted with ancient
sites and whitewashed towns. The
neighbouring Basilicata region is a rustic
area with both historic...
Situated upon the heel of Italy, Puglia
& Basilicata encompass a wide stretch
of Italy’s beautiful Adriatic coastline.
As well as boasting some of Italy’s best
food and finest wines, these provinces
contain a treasure trove of fascinating
The small town of Ravenna hides a
glittering past. In 401AD, the city
became the capital of the western
Roman empire and mosaic-decorated
churches were built.
Ravenna flourished during the early
sixth century under the Ostrogoths,
Explore the imperial cities of Fez, Rabat,
Meknes and Marrakech, all former or
current capitals of Morocco and known
for their architecture, monuments and
vibrant souks. The tour also travels
through the country’s diverse landscapes,
from the Atlantic...
Transylvania and Bucovina are two of
the most beautiful areas in Romania,
with their fine scenery and historic towns
and villages. This tour concentrates on
the country’s wonderful architectural
tradition, exemplified in the baroque
For over 2,000 years, the obelisks of imperial Egypt, older than Rome itself, have been at the heart of the city's story. Erected by emperors as symbols of their power, they were excavated centuries later by popes, so that they could be set up again as...
When the papacy returned to Rome in
1420, after more than a century in exile,
Pope Martin V found the city in ruins.
Humanists, patrons and artists sought to
return Rome to its former glory, inspired
by the classical remains. This process
Onion-domed churches, medieval monasteries, traditional crafts and beautifully unspoilt countryside characterise the string of ancient settlements to the north-east of Moscow, known as the Golden Ring. Starting in Moscow, take a detour via these quaint towns...
Sicily is home to fine Greek temples,
exuberant Roman floor mosaics, Arab-inspired
gardens and superb Norman
architecture. Alongside this, the island
features magnificent scenery and
beautiful wild flowers. Visit the island’s
principal sites, including...
This tour encompasses the highlights of the eastern states of South Africa with a particular focus on the fascinating province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. This less-explored South African province is home to the Zulu people and is rich in cultural and scenic...
South Africa provides a wealth of
spectacular sights and experiences. Start
with the charm of the Western Cape, the
world-renowned South African Winelands
and the picturesque Garden Route. Fly to
Johannesburg and explore both old and
new aspects of thi...
This escorted tour combines the
highlights of New Zealand’s spectacular
South Island with a 2-night stay in
the nation’s capital, Wellington.
See thousands of glow-worms glisten
in the caves at Te Anau, marvel at the
imposing Franz Josef glacier, learn...
Exceptionally beautiful and tranquil,
the south Indian state of Kerala is
characterised by meandering rivers, rice
fields, spice plantations, verdant hills and
palm-fringed beaches. This gently paced tour takes in the
most captivating areas, including...
Discover the varied sights, sounds and
flavours of this enchanting country,
touring the fascinating cities of Hanoi
and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the
Vietnam war-era Cu Chi tunnels, and
the historic pearls of Hué and Hoi An.
A cruise on the Mekong...
Andalucía is one of Spain’s most scenic
regions, strewn with superb Hispano-
Moorish architecture. As well as including
two of Spain’s greatest sites – the
Alhambra in Granada and the mosque
in Cordoba – this tour explores some
of Andalucía’s prettiest...
This exploratory journey through
Central America takes in the natural and
cultural wonders of Panama, Costa Rica,
Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and
Guatemala, with an option to extend to
Belize. Discover highlights ranging from
Chile is an extraordinarily beautiful
country, encompassing just about every
type of landscape on Earth, from the
arid desert of the north, through verdant
lakes and pastures to the soaring peaks
and glaciers of Patagonia. This expansive
Enliven the senses on this overland
journey through Cuba with its blend of
colours, flavours, aromas and sounds.
Discover the faded colonial grandeur
of Havana and Trinidad, the delightful
rolling countryside with its tobacco and
coffee plantations, th...
This tour picks out the best of Jordan’s
magnificent cultural heritage and
stunning landscapes. Visit the classical
city of Jerash, the biblical site of Mount
Nebo, and Petra, the rock-hewn city.
The shifting sands of Wadi Rum and
the curative waters o...
Picturesque Lake Maggiore, just south of
the Alps, is a relaxing holiday destination
with a temperate climate, pristine
mountain views and splendid villas
dotted around the lake. This well-paced
6-day itinerary includes a boat trip on
Lake Maggiore, a...
Situated in the heart of Europe,
Poland has wonderful historical and
cultural attractions as well as beautiful
countryside, dotted with medieval towns,
castles and villages. This tour includes
3 nights in Krakow’s beautiful old town,
as well as...
Explore the celebrated highlights of
Brazil, Chile and Argentina, combining
spectacular natural wonders with some of
southern South America’s most exciting
cities. Start in Santiago at the foothills
of the Andes, discover the extraordinary
This outstanding introductory tour to
the island nation of Sri Lanka, formerly
Ceylon, combines the cultural triangle’s
ancient cities with scenic hill country,
man-made marvels and abundant
wildlife. Explore Kandy, the last Sinhalese
city to fall to...
The island nation of Sri Lanka has a
wealth of cultural, archaeological and
natural treasures. This comprehensive
tour visits both the popular and some
of the lesser-known sites in northern,
central and southern Sri Lanka, offering
a full flavour of th...
This fascinating journey explores the diverse
highlights of the Kashmir valley, discovering
ancient monuments, shrines, and remote
Built over 300 years ago by Peter the Great as his 'window on the west', St Petersburg is a city unlike any other. In between the peaceful riverside walkways and canals the city is packed with the grandiose relics of tsarist days: visit grand parks, imperial...
St Petersburg is one of the most majestic
and compelling cities in the world, much
of it unchanged since the 18th and 19th
Conceived by Peter the Great as a
‘window to the west’, it is home to
sumptuously decorated and furnished
Early Portuguese sailors named Taiwan
Ilha Formosa, meaning ‘beautiful island’,
due to the breathtaking scenery, which
still impresses modern visitors today.
The energetic capital, Taipei, is home to
possibly the best collection of Chinese
Discover the highlights of Australia’s
south on this 11-day itinerary, beginning
in Sydney and travelling west along the
coast to Melbourne and Adelaide. Visit
charming coastal towns and indulge in
the gourmet food and drink produced
in this region....
This exclusive Telegraph tour reveals the compelling history, cultures, religions, politics and modern life of India, undoubtedly one of the world’s most rewarding travel destinations.Including time spent in the company of acclaimed travel and histor...
Burma (Myanmar) has a rich cultural
heritage and a long, eventful history.
This journey visits the highlights of this
diverse country, beginning in Mandalay
then on to the thousands of pagodas in
ancient Pagan (Bagan). Visit beautiful
Inle lake, famous...
Experience a taste of India on this
outstanding introductory tour of the
country’s most celebrated sights.
Exploring the Golden Triangle, this
journey combines imperial Delhi with
the legendary Taj Mahal at Agra and a
3-night stay in the princely city...
The region of Emilia-Romagna in
northern Italy has a remarkable cultural
heritage. The city of Bologna is home to
the oldest university in the western world
while the small town of Ravenna was
once the capital of the western Roman
Follow the Way of St James, the
pilgrimage route to the cathedral of
Santiago de Compostela, where the
remains of Saint James the Apostle,
the patron saint of Spain, are said to
be buried. This 9-day tour starts in the
Basque Country and continues...
The largest and most populous of the
Greek islands, Crete was home to the
Minoans, who established one of Europe’s
earliest civilisations. As a strategic
gateway to the eastern Mediterranean,
the island has been ruled by all the main
For centuries, the island of Cyprus has
attracted the major powers of the
Mediterranean, resulting in a colourful
mosaic of cultures and traditions.
Northern Cyprus is a quiet haven of
unspoilt natural beauty, ancient Roman
cities, crusader castles,...
With its wealth of folkloric heritage,
picturesque villages and wonderful
scenery, Romania is fascinating to
explore. This tour discovers the country’s
highlights, including Transylvania’s
fortified Saxon churches, Bucovina’s
Machu Picchu is perhaps the most
breathtaking archaeological site in the
world. Yet Peru also offers a wealth of
other magnificent ancient, colonial and
scenic sights. Staying in good hotels with
great character and with some free time
to relax, this...
Colombia is fast becoming a favoured
destination for travellers. This journey
explores the best of this fascinating
country, travelling from Andean peaks
to tropical Caribbean coastlines. Visit
the mountain capital of Bogotá with its
Malta is the largest island of the Maltese
archipelago and offers over 7,000 years
of intriguing history. Isolated in the
middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the
islands have been of strategic interest
to a succession of rulers, resulting in
This introductory tour of Peru includes the
country’s most famous sights. Starting
in Lima, the tour explores Peru’s ancient,
colonial and scenic wonders including
Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas,
Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu
The delicate scent of spices, the sound of
temple bells, exotic flora and fauna and
beaches all characterise Tamil Nadu and
Kerala. This journey travels through hill
stations, tropical backwaters and
temple-laden towns while staying in
some of the...
The Bay of Naples was once one
of the greatest centres of Roman
civilisation. The excavated remains of
Pompeii and the well-preserved ruins
of Herculaneum offer an unrivalled
glimpse into the everyday life of the
Roman elite. Combined with the...
The culinary and cultural highlights of both European and Asian Istanbul will be revealed on this superb city break with MasterChef Travel. View the priceless treasures of the Topkapi Palace and admire the striking architecture of the Blue Mosque. Visit...
The MasterChef Travel getaway offers a culinary break with a difference. Askham Hall is a 13th-century stately home turned restaurant-with-rooms and the Lake District's newest luxury hideaway. Taking the very best from the hotel gardens and surrounding farms...
Travelling in the footsteps of St Francis
and the painters of the early
Renaissance, explore and study the
glowing frescoes of Italy’s 14th- and
15th-century painters. From Simone
Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti, and Giotto’s
workshop on the walls of the...
Set on the Silk Road, Uzbekistan has
played host to waves of conquerors and
nomads. On this tour, see the legacy they
left behind in the towering fortresses
of Khiva and Bukhara and the Islamic
architecture of Samarkand, once some of
the most powerful...
Visit the most magnificent cities of the
ancient Silk Road with Islamic expert
Diana Driscoll. These include Uzbekistan’s
second largest city, Samarkand, built
by the infamous 14th-century Emperor
Tamerlane; the medieval city of Bukhara,
This tour aims to go behind the scenes
to explore some of Venice’s lesser-known
gems that lie beyond the regular tourist
trail. Much of Venice remains more or
less as it was more than 500 years ago,
with many important works of art still in
Escorted throughout by an expert local
guide, join a group of like-minded solo
travellers on a tour of the varied sights,
sounds and flavours of Vietnam, followed
by a visit to one of the cultural highlights
of south-east Asia – the Angkor Wat
Brazil is full of contrasting scenery,
fascinating history and distinctive
cultures, due to its African, European
and native influences. This tour offers
an outstanding introduction to the
highlights of Brazil, including the
seasonally flooded Pantanal...
This introductory tour of Chile and
Argentina takes in the most spectacular
sights of the two countries. Starting in
Santiago the tour visits the colourful
port of Valparaiso before heading south
to Patagonia to see mountain peaks,
Offering an outstanding introduction
to Argentina and Brazil, this journey
combines the elegance of Buenos Aires
with exotic and flamboyant Rio de
Janeiro. The tour also visits the aweinspiring
waterfalls of Iguazú – shrouded
in their own mist, they...
Land of the Pharaohs and home to such
magical man-made wonders as the
Pyramids, Egypt is a fascinating country
whose history is immersed in the lifegiving
waters of the Nile. On this group
tour, exclusively designed for single
travellers, combine a sta...