Hot List ... what's new this winter

| November 30, 2017

Cox & Kings’ Katie Cosstick suggests the best of what’s new this winter.

Ushuaia and mountains seen from the Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego,

Cruise around Cape Horn

Launching in January, the brand new Ventus Australis expedition ship will sail four-night itineraries between Punta Arenas in Chile and Ushuaia in Argentina. Sailing through the Strait of Magellan around Tierra del Fuego and the notorious Cape Horn, the ship will navigate some of the world’s narrowest fjords and glacial channels. The cabins, which can accommodate 210 passengers, have floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for watching the stunning scenery. Highlights include Wulaia Bay, where Darwin landed in 1833, the wildlife-rich Ainsworth Bay and Pia glacier. 

Sea lions, Beagle Channel, Argentina

Sea lions basking in the Beagle Channel in Argentina

Cox & Kings can include this cruise on any tailor-made itinerary to Chile or Argentina as well as the Splendours of Chile group tour. 

Glamping in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan family behind Dilmah Tea and the Tea Trails and Cape Weligama hotels opens their third property in November 2017. Wild Coast Tented Camp, on a pristine beach just outside Yala National Park, features 28 tented ‘cocoon suites’ each with high vaulted ceilings and panoramic windows. With daily wildlife drives in search of elephants, sloth bears and the illusive leopard, the camp offers luxury in the heart of nature.

The glorious bedroom

Inside a cocoon suite

See more about Cox & Kings' private tours of Sri Lanka here.

Discover the Irrawaddy delta

Next spring, Pandaw starts cruising Burma’s (Myanmar’s) Irrawaddy delta starting in Rangoon (Yangon). Featuring 2,500 square kilometres of wetland, jungle and waterways, the delta is home to prolific birdlife, picturesque countryside and pretty towns, with markets, temples and mosques that can be explored on daily excursions. The seven-night itinerary is on board the MV Katha Pandaw, which has just two decks to allow for navigating through shallower channels and under low bridges.

RV Katha Pandaw with a buffalo

RV Katha Pandaw with a buffalo

Speak to one of Cox & Kings' Far East experts about including this river cruise. See more about Burma here

Luxury in the Okavango

Opening in Botswana’s wildlife-rich Okavango delta in December 2017, Qorokwe Camp overlooks a large lagoon and features nine tented suites, including a larger one for families with its own splash pool. An expert guide will take you out twice a day to help you spot the Big Five as well as bushbabies, tiny frogs and malachite kingfishers. You will be able to explore the delta from the land in a 4x4 and from the water in small mokoro boats. While other areas of the delta dry out, the Qorokwe has water year round so wildlife viewing is outstanding.

Qorokwe Tented Suite

Qorokwe tented suite

See more about Cox & Kings’ safaris to Botswana here

European Capital of Culture 2018

Expect to hear a lot about Malta next year as Valletta is declared European Capital of Culture. The historic city dates back to the Knights of St John in 1530, and its winding streets are lined with cafes, restaurants and lively markets. Look up and you’ll see painted wooden balconies jutting out from the buildings. It seems to be the more colourful and brighter the better! The city is moving away from large hotels, favouring smaller boutique hotels in converted palaces.

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

See more about Cox & Kings' short breaks to Valletta here.  

New direct flights

From May 2018, you’ll be able to fly direct from Gatwick to Toronto with British Airways and from March 2018, Qantas will start flying direct from Heathrow to Perth. This new flight will not only be the longest international route from the UK – clocking up almost 17 hours for the outbound flight – but also the first to fly non-stop to Australia. From March, Qantas will resume flying to Sydney via Singapore rather than Dubai, which gives a new possibility for a stopover. Jet Airways has also just introduced its third daily flight to Mumbai, leaving Heathrow at lunchtime and flying back in the morning.

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