New Directions... Winter 2018-2019


| February 12, 2019

As we prepare to launch an exciting season of brand new tours to some of the world’s most tantalising places, Nigel Hosking – head of the team who creates them – shares his favourite new journeys for 2019.

Tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park

INDIA: Regal India

As well as a variety of new group tours, 2019 also sees the introduction of a number of excellent private journeys around India. One of the many to catch my eye is our luxury, chauffeur-driven experience, exploring the delights of Rajasthan, staying in distinctive Oberoi properties, and with a chance to extend your trip in search of tigers. Regal India is available as a private journey, for 10 days and 8 nights from £2,655. City Palace on Lake Pichola, Udaipur

City Palace on Lake Pichola, Udaipur

MIDDLE EAST: Luxury in Oman

We continue to expand our tours into one of the most exciting and diverse destinations in the Middle East, Oman. With five-star accommodation throughout, experience this land of mystery and hidden delights in style. Visit historic towns and forts, stunning desert and mountain scenery, markets and bustling souks. You’ll even sail through crystal-clear waters on your own private catamaran, to the marine nature reserve of the Daymaniyat islands. Oman in Style is available as a private journey, for 11 days and 10 nights from £4,195. Bahla fort, Oman

Bahla fort, Oman

FAR EAST: Wildlife in Borneo

Borneo offers a wonderful wealth of experiences and sights, and one of the world’s highest levels of biodiversity. We offer the chance to see endangered orang utans in their natural habitat, as well as experiencing verdant nature trails and treetop canopy walks – teeming with raucous wildlife – finishing off with time to relax at a luxury Shangri-La resort. Borneo Wildlife Adventure is available as a group tour, for 10 days and 7 nights, from £2,395. Mother and baby orangutan, Borneo

Mother and baby orangutan, Borneo

AFRICA: Solo Travellers

For 2019 our expanding range of tours for single travellers includes two new exciting itineraries in Africa – Madagascar and Ethiopia. The latter features two nights in the spectacular scenery of the Simien mountains, while in Madagascar we see the dramatic limestone rock formations at Tsingy in Bemaraha National Park, plus extraordinary baobab trees and the chance to see several species of lemur. Madagascar: Untouched Wilderness is available as a Solo Travellers group tour, for 12 days and 10 nights from £3,995. Ring-tailed lemurs, Madagascar

Ring-tailed lemurs, Madagascar

LATIN AMERICA: A Taste of South America

Featuring the highlights of Peru, Argentina and Chile, our exiting new tour provides a perfect introduction to Latin America, taking in a train journey to Machu Picchu, elegant and colourful Buenos Aires (including its mysterious underground tunnels) and a chance to sample some excellent Chilean wines in Casablanca Valley. A Taste of South America is available as a group tour, for 15 days and 12 nights from £3,295. Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

CANADA: Western Canada

For one of the most comprehensive tours of western Canada, our new self-drive itinerary provides the perfect blend of stunning scenery including rugged mountains, mighty rivers and sparkling lakes. There’s also wine tasting in the fruitful Okanagan region, whale watching along Vancouver Island’s Pacific coast and a stay in a wilderness resort in British Columbia’s backcountry. Ultimate Western Canada is available as a self-drive tour, for 20 days and 19 nights from £3,645. Herbert Lake, Banff National Park

Herbert Lake, Banff National Park

NEW ZEALAND: A culinary adventure

New Zealand has a well-earned reputation for cultural diversity and culinary innovation, and is an exciting destination for discerning foodies. It’s the fusion of ethnic influences and quality product that has enabled this identity to evolve. Our self-drive tour threads you through world-class wine regions and outstanding eateries. There’s also a chance to work it off with scenic bike rides, walks through rainforests and jet boat rides. New Zealand Culinary Adventure is available as a self-drive tour, for 14 days and 13 nights from £2,695. A picnic at a vineyard

A picnic at a vineyard

EUROPE: Historic Bulgaria

We have introduced three inspiring new group tours to Eastern Europe for 2019: Bulgaria; Moldova and Ukraine; and an exciting journey across the southern Caucasus, taking in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. The Bulgaria trip will explore the country’s roots and its ancient cities, blended with a modern environment. And there will, of course, be an opportunity to sample some splendid Bulgarian wines. Ancient & Modern Bulgaria is available as a group tour, for 10 days and 9 nights from £1,375. Rila Monastery, Sofia

Rila Monastery, Sofia

SHORT BREAKS: Exclusive Collection for Lisbon

A particular favourite, I find the appeal of Lisbon extends far beyond its historic architecture, beautiful palaces, narrow cobblestone streets and world-class museums. There’s also the trams, the funicular railways, and the lively and informal restaurants in neighbourhoods like Chiado and Principe Real. And let’s not forget that it’s home of the irresistible Pastéis de Belém custard tarts! We have recently added Pousada de Lisboa to our Exclusive Collection of properties – the perfect base from which to explore this charming European city. Pousada de Lisboa is available as a short break, for 4 days and 3 nights from £755. Pousada de Lisboa

Pousada de Lisboa

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