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| 26 Sep 2018

With Cox & Kings offering 18 solo small group tours, you can visit some of the most incredible places around the world with like-minded travellers. Whether you want to learn more about the Incas, spot endemic wildlife in Madagascar or haggle in Morocco’s vibrant souks, we have tailored tours to suit all interests. As each holiday is intricately designed, there’s more time for you to relax and enjoy yourself with your new found friends.

Yellow walls of a mosque, Marrakech

Mystical Morocco *NEW

Arriving into Morocco’s capital, Marrakech, you can get a feel for the vibrant city by wandering through the medina – the walled part of the town. The souks and the Djemaa el Fna square are the beating heart of the city and as you walk through the labyrinth of streets, you will see towers of spices, colourful tagine pots and gorgeous babouche slippers. Visit the ornate Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia mosque that has a soaring minaret where the muezzin calls Muslims to prayer.

Djemaa El Fna Square with Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech

Djemaa El Fna Square with Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech

Continue on to the Atlas Mountains where you can appreciate utter tranquillity and spectacular views. Learn about rural daily life and have lunch with a traditional Berber family. Finish your holiday in the quaint seaside town of Essaouira, which has a laid-back atmosphere and a Unesco-listed medina. The blue and white painted walls of the 18th-century fortified town are encompassed by sand ramparts.

Babouche

Babouche slippers

Madagascar: Untouched Wilderness *NEW

Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa, has an incredible variety of wildlife, reptiles and birds, of which 90% is endemic. Not only is it home to over 100 species of lemurs, but also around 80 species of colourful chameleons. Making up almost 20% of the island is lush forest; the island also has an interesting geological history with remnants of Triassic and Jurassic eras.

Analamoazotra Reserve

Analamoazotra Reserve

With the help of a specialist naturalist and forest guide, explore Madagascar’s most spectacular landscapes; spot exotic wildlife in the national parks; and walk along the iconic Allée des Baobabs, where the trees tower to a height of about 30 metres high. In the town of Mitisinjo, find out how the conservation and reforestation projects are planning to protect the island’s forests and wildlife.

Bamboo Lemur

Bamboo lemur

Oman Discovery *NEW

In Muscat, visit the impressive Grand Mosque and Royal Opera House, followed by an Omani cooking lesson with local culinary students. Dating back to the 16th century are the forts of Al Jalali and Al Mirani, which are either side of the Al Alam Palace, the ceremonial palace of Sultan Qaboos of Oman.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat

Travel through the varied terrains of Oman’s mountainous interior, visiting the fishing village of Seeb, Wadi Bani Awf canyon and Al Hamra’s date plantations, before heading to the Jabal Akhdar mountains. With terraced fruit orchids and roses alongside dramatic gorges, waterfalls and mountain peaks, the region is extremely picturesque. Witness the sun set over the dunes of Sharqiya Sands, before staying in a traditional Bedoin camp. As you return to Muscat along the coastline, join a boat trip in search of dolphins and see how dhow boats are built.

Dhow boats near Khasab, Oman

Dhow boats near Khasab, Oman

A Taste of Ethiopia *NEW

Ethiopia, in north eastern Africa, is the culture rich country that is home to unusual wildlife. View Addis Ababa, the capital, from the Entoto hills where you will visit Emperor Menelik II’s palace. Spend two nights in the Simien mountains where walia ibex, Ethiopian wolves, Menelik’s bushbuck and gelada monkeys live. Walking through the mountain range, you’ll witness the impressive views of Mount Buhit.

Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Simien Mountains National Park

Gondar, the first capital of the Ethiopian empire, is host to ancient castles and ruins that date back to the 17th century. The Debre Birhan Trinity Church is renowned for its colourful Ethiopian-styled murals. Explore the impressive rock-hewn churches of Lalibela that were built by King Lalibela of the Zagwe dynasty.

Rock Church of St George, Lalibela

Rock Church of St George, Lalibela

Treasures of Peru

Delve into the intriguing history of the Incan Empire with guided tours of Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, the Sacred Valley and one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, Machu Picchu. As an up-and-coming culinary destination, Lima’s restaurants serve mouth-watering cuisine, including traditional Peruvian ceviche – raw fish cured in citrus juice.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Watch the world go by aboard a luxurious train through the Sacred Valley and the verdant, mountain scenery towards Machu Picchu. Peruse vibrant local markets where you can purchase brightly coloured Peruvian prints on the way to Lake Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in the world. Here you can meet the residents of the Uros floating islands and enjoy a home-cooked traditional lunch.

Floating Uros islands, Lake Titicaca

Floating Uros islands, Lake Titicaca

Exotic India

Explore the narrow streets of Old Delhi and the bustling Chandni Chowk market before dining with fellow travellers at the traditional Haveli Dharampura. At the President’s Palace, you can witness the changing of the guard ceremony before continuing on to the grand tomb of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun.

Women carrying water from a stepwell, Jaipur

Women carrying water from a stepwell, Jaipur

In Agra, watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal, before visiting the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and the Agra fort. The Ranthambore national park is home to the elusive Bengal tiger. Staying at Kipling Lodge – named after the famed novelist – you can go in search of these beautiful big cats. Rajasthan, known as ‘the land of the maharajas’ is home to the most beautiful majestic forts, grand palaces and colourful havelis – traditional townhouses. Experience the Indian railway – the fourth largest network in the world – aboard Deogarh’s metre-gauge train, taking in the stunning scenic views.

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra

Find out more about Cox & Kings’ solo group tours here.



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