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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
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...
Over the past year in Kanha National Park, sightings of its iconic tigers have been particularly good, especially in the Kisli and Mukki ranges. This small group tour spends 3 days exploring these ranges in search of tigers and the wild dogs, leopards and...
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...
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.
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...
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 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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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,...
From Red Square and the Kremlin in
Moscow to the imperial palaces of
St Petersburg, join a group of like-minded
solo travellers on a 7-day tour visiting
some of the best attractions that Russia
has to offer. Both cities are renowned for
In the centenary of the 1917 Russian
revolution, travel to Moscow with
expert art historians Andrew Spira or
Monica Bohm-Duchen to explore the
art inspired by the Bolshevik seizure of
power and the upheaval that followed.
The movement to ensure that...
St Petersburg has remained unchanged
since the 18th and 19th centuries.
Conceived by Peter the Great as a 'window
to the west', it is home to sumptuous
palaces, impressive cathedrals and
numerous museums, including one of the
world's largest and finest...
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. Visit the
great rival Renaissance cultural cities of
Stay in a beautiful lakeside location on
Lake Como, surrounded by panoramic
vistas and pristine waters. From here
take a boat trip on Lake Como to the
delightful town of Bellagio; travel on
the Bernina Express, a scenic narrowgauge
rail journey over th...
Known as ‘the heel of Italy’, the region of
Puglia offers some of the country's most
remote coastline and countryside, dotted
with ancient sites and whitewashed
towns. The neighbouring Basilicata
region is a rustic area with both historic
Occupying an important position
between Europe and North Africa, Sicily
has interested many great rulers over
the centuries. Their legacies can be
found in the treasures that they left
behind. Delve into the heart and soul
of this captivating island an...
The region of Emilia-Romagna has a
fascinating history and is renowned as
the producer of the best Italian cuisine,
from prosciutto, parmesan cheese and
balsamic vinegar to other specialities such
as tortellini and lasagne. Bologna is home
to the oldes...
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
Travel to the heart of Emilia-Romagna
with experts Olivia Dobell or Andrew
Spira. Home to the oldest university in
the west and world famous for its cuisine,
Bologna is one the most diverse and
overlooked cities in Italy. Graced with an
Uncover the artistic riches of Florence
with experts Siân Walters or Gayna
Pelham. In the 15th century, Florence
was an immensely wealthy and powerful
city state, where the principal Florentine
families were able to commission great
Explore Puglia and Basilicata, situated
upon the heel of Italy, with experts Dr
Colin Bailey or Stephen Nelson. These
provinces encompass a wide stretch
of the beautiful Adriatic coastline and
offer some of Italy’s best food and
finest wines. Discover ...
Uncover Ravenna's glittering past with
experts Rowena Loverance or Dr Sally
Dormer. 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...
Visit Sicily's fine Greek temples,
exuberant Roman floor mosaics, Arabinspired
gardens and superb Norman
architecture with experts Olivia Dobell
or Thomas Abbott. Visit the island’s
principal sites, including the Valley of
the Temples, the Palatine...
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
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
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...
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...
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
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
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...
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 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...
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...
Join a group of like-minded solo travellers
on this journey to South Africa. Fully
escorted by an expert local guide, your
group will explore the highlights of this
fascinating country, spotting Big Five
wildlife in the Eastern Cape, driving some
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
Mezquita in Cordoba – this tour explores
some of Andalucía’s...
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 tour starts in the Basque
Country and continues through...
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...
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....
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
Visit Transylvania and Bucovina, two of
the most beautiful areas in Romania,
accompanied by experts John Osborne
or Rowena Loverance. This tour
concentrates on the country’s wonderful
architectural tradition, exemplified in the
baroque town squares,...
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...
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,...
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...
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 regional...
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.
Travel through classical Greece with
experts Dr Steve Kershaw or Dr
Konstantine Politis. This tour focuses
on the classical Greek highlights found
in the mainland, including Delphi, once
home to the renowned oracle; the
fortified palace complex of...
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...
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...
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...
Discover outback life, Aboriginal culture
and history, and view native wildlife on
this introductory non-exclusive group
tour to Australia. Watch the sun set and
rise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and take
a catamaran cruise out to the Great
Tour the highlights of Australia’s East
Coast. Beginning in Cairns, cruise to the
Great Barrier Reef before travelling south
through the tropical Atherton Tablelands.
Enjoy the exquisite white sandy beaches
of the Whitsunday Islands and a...
Discover the highlights of Australia’s
south, beginning in Sydney and
continuing west along the coast to
Melbourne and Adelaide. Travel along
one of the world’s most scenic drives,
visit Australia’s third largest island,
explore charming coastal towns...
The only African country that has never
been colonised, Ethiopia is also unusual
for its rich Orthodox Christian heritage,
which was maintained even when all
its neighbours embraced Islam in the
seventh century. This journey travels
Since regaining independence in 1991
and joining the EU in 2004, Lithuania,
Latvia and Estonia are flourishing. The
countries’ rich and colourful histories can
be best appreciated in their capital cities,
which all possess beautiful architecture,
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 non-exclusive group tour offers a
comprehensive tour of New Zealand,
taking in highlights across the length
and breadth of the country, from thermal
pools and Maori culture in North Island
to dramatic fiord cruises and rainforest
walks in South...
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, and end your journey with 3
nights in th...
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,
experience the wildlife of Damaraland
and Etosha National Park...
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
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
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....
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...
Discover Bulgaria's historical monuments
and mountain scenery with experts
Rowena Loverance or John Osborne.
Begin in Sofia, visiting the National
Historical Museum and its prehistoric
Thracian treasures. Continue to Veliko
Tarnovo, with its stunningly...
This fascinating tour takes in the historic
sites of the capital Khartoum before
heading into the desert in search of the
remote Unesco-listed sites of Meroe, Jebel
Barkal, El Kurru, Naga and Mussawarat.
The quality of the archaeological sites
Explore the paradise discovered by
artists in the south of France at the
beginning of the 20th century with
expert art historians Gerald Deslandes or
Lydia Bauman. Visit Matisse's celebrated
Chapelle du Rosaire and the Fondation
Maeght, which contains ...
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...
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...
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
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,
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.