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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.
Cross the Ganges plain from Delhi to Kolkata
(Calcutta), taking in the majesty of the Taj
Mahal, remarkable wildlife in Ranthambore,
the spiritual aura of Varanasi and colonial
Lucknow and Kolkata. Finish in the tea
The princely state of Rajasthan is India at
its colourful best. Following a tour of the
imperial sights of Mumbai (Bombay), travel
through the heart of Rajasthan exploring
magnificent forts and ornate palaces,
finishing at the astounding Taj...
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...
This tour takes in the beautiful sights and
tranquil landscapes of Karnataka and Kerala
including the immense Maharajah’s Palace
in Mysore, the wildlife of Nagarhole National
Park, the lush beauty of Wayanad, a rail ride
through the Nilgiri mountains an...
Journey from the vibrant markets of Hyderabad to Madurai to witness the spectacle of the evening ceremony at the astonishing Meenakshi temple. Continue into the scenic beauty of the Western Ghats, replete with tea plantations and elephants, before crossing...
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 explores central India's national parks in search of tigers.
Kanha is known for its wild...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
This tour focuses on South America's cultural and natural highlights, revealing the continent's diversity, and passing from high Andean scenery down to the thundering Iguazú Falls. Stop in buzzing cities along the way including Bolivia’s capital of La Paz,...
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
Separated by the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki and St Petersburg share much in common. Helsinki was under imperial Russian control for over a century and the legacy of this era can be clearly seen in the neo-classical architecture still prevalent in the city. St...
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 their world-class...
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, worldclass...
St Petersburg has remained almost unchanged since it was built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Conceived by Peter the Great as a 'window to the west', the city became a living exhibit of Russia’s status as an important European nation. Situated on a network...
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 tour explores Chile’...
Travel through the heart of the Andes, visiting Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Discover dramatic highland scenery and traditional cultures including the stunning Atacama desert and the otherworldly Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia; Lake Titicaca, legendary birthplace o...
Cuba is changing fast, so this is a great time to visit while its exotic and distinctive style remains. Discover faded colonial grandeur in Havana and Trinidad, delightful rolling countryside, tobacco and coffee plantations, the historical sites of the...
Traverse Cuba from west to east, passing through colonial towns, mountain scenery and verdant countryside. Along the way, learn about the Cuban revolution and its legacy, and soak up Afro-Cuban culture and music. The long but rewarding drives through the...
Join a group of like-minded solo travellers on
a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, travelling
from the ethereal limestone karst islands
of Halong Bay in Vietnam to the cultural
highlight of the Angkor Wat temples...
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...
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...
Take in the natural and cultural wonders of Central America, from tropical landscapes and volcanoes to colonial heritage and superb Mayan cities. Get an insight into the history of the civil war and colourful indigenous cultures, and learn about the amazing...
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 explores some of the major national parks and the astonishing variety of wildlife and contrasting...
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...
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination: while
the west and south succumb to monsoon
rains, the period from May to September
is the right time to travel to the rest of the
country. This tour includes tea plantation
tours, sacred Buddhist sights,...
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...
Join a group of like-minded solo travellers on
a tour of the highlights of Jordan including
the capital city of Amman, religious sites,
desert landscapes and the remarkable ruins
of Petra. Conclude with time at leisure on
the shores of the Red...
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...
Discover the splendour of South Africa's Garden Route on this introductory tour taking in quaint towns, magnificent scenery, wildlife and gastronomy. Start in the vibrant city of Cape Town, travel along this compact coastal belt with its wide beaches, lakes,...
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...
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
Denise Heywood leads this tour through
Laos and Cambodia, where she has
lived and worked. Begin 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...
Burma (Myanmar) has a long, eventful
history and, as a result, a fascinating
cultural heritage. Visit the highlights of this
diverse country including the thousands
of pagodas in ancient Pagan (Bagan), the
floating villages of Inle lake and the...
Join a group of like-minded solo travellers
on a fully escorted tour of the highlights
of Burma (Myanmar), discovering Buddhist
monuments in Pagan (Bagan), tranquil
Inle lake, ancient former capital cities near
Mandalay and British colonial history...
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 cuisine and try your hand...
Discover the cultural heritage of Japan on
this exciting journey through the country’s
main island of Honshu. Begin with an
exploration of Tokyo and the nearby Hakone
National Park, visit the tranquil Kenroku-en
garden and the castle of Kanazawa...
Visit Transylvania and Bucovina, two of the most beautiful areas in Romania. This tour focuses on the country’s wonderful architectural tradition, exemplified in the baroque town squares, palaces, fortified Saxon churches and medieval Orthodox monasteries...
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 exquisite painted monasteries,...
Taking in a wealth of cultural attractions and magnificent mountain scenery, this tour for individual travellers centres around the region of Transylvania and its neighbouring states. Highlights include visits to royal palaces, fortified churches, monasterie...
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, canyons,...
Explore the imperial cities of Fez, Rabat,
Meknes and Marrakech, all former or current
capitals of Morocco and known for their
architecture and vibrant souks. Along the way,
travel through diverse landscapes, from the
Atlantic coast through fertile...
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 wildlife, natural history, stunning
scenery, idyllic beaches and fascinating culture,
which is based on a...
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, while the...
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 age-old traditions, as
revealed in this tour, which travels...
Explore the legacies of one of Europe’s great dynastic families, the Habsburgs. Starting in Prague with its gothic architecture, travel to the centre of the Habsburg empire, Vienna, with its imperial palaces. Finish in Budapest, the city divided by the great...
This journey across Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe takes in a wide variety of remarkable landscapes and wildlife. In Namibia, visit the rocky landscapes of Damaraland, the shimmering white saltpan of Etosha National Park and the Caprivi Strip, criss-crossed...
Explore Tanzania’s northern circuit on this
excellent value tour of the country’s most
renowned wildlife reserves. Visit the huge
plains of the Serengeti, the open grasslands
of the Great Rift Valley and the strikingly
This introductory tour to Kenya's most beautiful and varied wildlife areas begins on the slopes of Mount Kenya National Park, one of the world's highest national parks. Continue to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy with its 'Big Five' wildlife; Lake Elmenteita, wher...
This tour explores three of the countries of former Yugoslavia - Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovenia - each with contrasting scenery and distinctive cultures. Visit the highlights of the region including Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Ljubljana and Lake...
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...
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 artefacts
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....
Explore the spectacular highland countries of Armenia and Georgia, the world’s oldest Christian nations, with expert Dr William Taylor. Both countries contain a treasure trove of ancient ruins, churches and monasteries together with centuries-old folk...
Experience contemporary Scandi lifestyle and food with art historian Dr Anne Anderson who will trace the origin of modern design to the clean, cool lines of classic Nordic interiors. The island of Södermalm, gritty setting for Nordic Noir classic The Girl...
Discover Bulgaria's history and scenery with experts Rowena Loverance or John Osborne. Begin in Sofia, visiting the National Historical Museum and its prehistoric Thracian treasures. Continue to the citadel of Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv Roman theatre and Rila...
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...
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
Discover the old-fashioned charm of Portugal on this 10-day tour from Lisbon to Porto. Along the way explore stylish seaside resorts; historic regional cities including Coimbra, Cascais and Obidos; and the picturesque terraced hillsides of the Douro valley,...
Journey with a group of like-minded solo travellers from the coastal city of Porto inland to the major religious, historical and intellectual centres of Braga, Guimarães and Coimbra. Along the way, take a river cruise through the terraced vineyards of the...
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 and...
New England forged the American nation and the American spirit. Boston became immortalised as the starting point of the War of Independence and later thrived as a prosperous centre for arts and education. Fortunes amassed in trade and manufacture were...
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 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
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...
Combine the modern Iranian culture
of Tehran with the ancient sites of the
Achaemenid empire and beautiful Persian
gardens on this comprehensive tour of Iran.
Relatively untouched by tourism, explore
the sights in relative peace and receive a
This journey combines the ancient Inca sites of Peru with a cruise through the natural splendours of the Galapagos islands, bringing you into close contact with the islands’ unique...
Combine cultural visits to major historic and archaeological sites with the natural beauty of the Italian coastline on this 8-day tour to Rome and the Amalfi coast. Guided tours coupled with a day at leisure in each location provide you with the maximum...
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 tour...
Travel from Andean peaks to tropical Caribbean coastlines, passing through the mountain capital of Bogotá, picturesque Villa de Leyva, fertile coffee country, vibrant Medellín and the colonial port of Cartagena, one of South America’s most beautiful...
Turin has always embraced change and innovation. Its energy has transformed the city from stately centre of the House of Savoy to an industrial powerhouse generating more chocolate than France and Belgium combined and Italy’s favourite car, the Fiat...
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,
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, Arab-inspired gardens, and probably the fi nest Greek temples to be found anywhere in the world....
The luminescent coastline of the Côte d'Azur and the craggy Provencal hills have attracted artists, writers, musicians and designers to create paintings and sculpture as well as perfumes, gardens and houses. In the early 20th century, Christian Dior and Coco...
Architect Walter Gropius launched the radical Bauhaus arts movement in 1919 in Weimar, Germany after the devastation of the first world war. The Bauhaus brought together fine arts and crafts to create buildings and interiors for the modern age. Fine artists,...
Known as ‘the heel of Italy’, the region of Puglia off ers 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 centres and fi ne...
Andalucía is one of Spain’s most scenic regions, strewn with superb HispanoMoorish architecture. As well as including two of Spain’s greatest sites - the Alhambra in Granada and the Mezquita in Córdoba - this tour explores some of Andalucía’s prettiest...
Venice has retained its grandeur and maintained its status as one of the most beautiful cities in the world over the centuries due to its unique mixture of unspoilt buildings and innovative inhabitants. This tour with Thomas Abbott will combine visits t...
Travel to the heart of Emilia-Romagna with art historian Andrew Spira. Home to the oldest university in the west and world famous for its cuisine, Bologna is one the most diverse cities in Italy. Graced with medieval towers and uniquely colonnaded streets,...
As a strategic gateway to the eastern Mediterranean, Crete has been ruled by a number of great powers, from the Minoans, one of Europe’s first civilisations, to the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman empires. This tour explores Crete’s scenic and cultural...
The capital of Italy is renowned for monuments expressing the power of emperors, popes and dictators.Dr Nigel Spivey leads a newly devised tour that explores how the emperors from Augustus to Constantine created a language of symbols that has resonated...
This in-depth tour concentrates on
the history, technical innovations
and influence of the movement of
Catalan modernism and its figurehead
Antoni Gaudí. Travel across the vibrant
city of Barcelona with experts Dr
Anne Anderson and Monica Bohm-
Uncover the mysteries of the Bay of Naples, once one of the greatest centres of classical Graeco-Roman civilisation, with experts Dr Steve Kershaw or Stephen Nelson. The excavated remains of Pompeii, Stabiae and Villa Oplontis, entombed in ash in the Mount...
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...
The unique mixture of cultures that influenced Sicily over the centuries has ensured a rich legacy of art, architecture, food and traditions. Visit fine Greek temples, see Roman and Byzantine mosaics, as well as Norman and baroque...
This introductory tour of Peru includes the country’s most celebrated sights. Starting in Lima, explore Peru’s ancient, colonial and scenic wonders including Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu, perhaps the most...
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.
New architecture defines Rotterdam, a city that has constantly re-invented itself over the past century in a bold style distinct from other towns in the Netherlands. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Nieuwe Bouwen architectural movement used light, air and space t...
Enjoy a luxury stay at the Leela Palace Udaipur and receive a free room upgrade, exclusive to Cox & Kings.
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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.