Where to travel… in 2016

| January 7, 2016

Nigel Hosking picks the best new tours offered by Cox & Kings for the upcoming year.



I am genuinely excited to announce our return to Iran. There are few countries with such a remarkable wealth of ancient treasures, timeless landscapes and outstanding cultural heritage. Much has changed in Iran over recent years but the essentials remain untouched. Our exciting new tour includes Isfahan, with its beautiful Islamic architecture, the ancient site of Persepolis, the romantic city of Shiraz and Yadz with its Zoroastrian Towers of Silence.

Treasures of Persia is available as an escorted group tour – 11 Days & 10 Nights from £1,995


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Italian Lakes

The elegant villas and ornate gardens of the Italian Lakes have been drawing the discerning traveller through the ages. For 2016 we have introduced two new tours, to Como and to Maggiore, with their pristine mountain views, splendid villas and botanical gardens. We include a visit to the beautiful Borromean Islands and a breathtaking trip on the narrow-gauge rail journey over the Bernina Pass.

Lake Como: Villas & Gardens is available as an escorted group tour – 6 Days & 5 Nights from £1,095


with William Dalrymple

I am very pleased to tell you about a new programme of tours to India featuring renowned writer, broadcaster, art historian and Indiaphile, William Dalrymple. In Delhi the group will also be joined by journalist and film maker David Reid. Both will give unique and informed insights into India, sharing their love of this endlessly fascinating country.

Inspirational India with William Dalrymple is available as an escorted group tour – 12 Days & 10 Nights from £2,495

Botswana – Tented Safari

For those who like their camping comfortable, their wildernesses untamed, and their groups small (maximum 9 people), our new African safari experiences could be the answer. Featuring two outstanding wildlife areas in the Okavango Delta – Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Concession Area – these tours offer the welcome bonus of private guiding and exclusive campsites (with en suite facilities), allowing you to both enjoy and appreciate this beautiful region.

Botswana: Miracle Rivers is available as a non-exclusive group tour – 9 Days & 6 Nights from £2,775


Polar Bears

This must be on so many travellers’ ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ lists. Staying in a remote lodge, this tour provides the opportunity to responsibly go in search of polar bears and their cubs in the wild, as well as the possibility of seeing the other abundant wildlife in the area such as black bears, wolves, moose and birds. And the icing on the cake is the chance to see the northern lights.

Mother & Cubs Polar Bear Experience is available as a non-exclusive group tour – 7 Days & 6 Nights from £5,895


Tuscan Farmhouse Escape

Palagetto di Sotto is a restored farmhouse, close to the enchanting medieval hill towns of San Gimignano, Volterra and the cultural city of Siena. It’s the perfect base for exploring the timeless countryside, sampling celebrated local wines and olive oil, and learning the secrets of classic Tuscan dishes.

Tuscan Farmhouse Escape is available as an escorted group tour – 6 Days & 5 nights from £1,175

Lisbon & Sintra

I have always found Lisbon to be one of the most friendly, unspoilt cities in Europe, with its impressive tree-lined boulevards, steep winding cobbled streets and impressive art collections. Our short expert-led art tour explores the cultural treasures of this vibrant city and its surrounds, taking in the dazzling royal palaces in Sintra.

Lisbon & Sintra: Portuguese Palaces & Art is available as an escorted group tour – 4 Days & 3 Nights from £995

Hosted B&Bs

We have a new itinerary for 2016, taking in the highlights of New Zealand, with accommodation based entirely around boutique B&Bs. Friendly hosts will provide the added benefit of local knowledge and suggestions, so you can make the most out of your stay, perhaps including some less-visited sights and experiences.

Authentic New Zealand is available as a private self-drive tour – 15 Days & 14 Nights from £1,725


River Cruising

Pandaw Cruises feature luxury river cruising on the great rivers of south-east Asia. We are now offering a Vietnam cruise that explores the spectacular scenery of Halong Bay, the fascinating city of Hanoi and discovers rural life in the little-visited area of the Red River.

Red River & Halong Bay Cruise is available as a private tour – 13 Days & 10 Nights from £2,695

Peru with BA

In 2016, British Airways will be offering direct flights to Lima in Peru for the first time, avoiding plane changes in Europe and shaving hours off travel time. Which means longer to enjoy our introductory private tour, featuring some of Peru’s most famous sights, such as the beautiful Lake Titicaca and of course the spectacular Machu Picchu.

Classic Peru is available as a private tour – 11 Days & 9 Nights from £1,995



Drake Passage, Beagle Channel – names that conjure up images of brave and bold travellers of the past. Yet these days there is no need to be as intrepid, with comfortable and even luxury cruise ships plying the waters of Antarctica, giving us a chance to see spectacular and dramatic scenery as well as a breathtaking array of wildlife.

Classic Antarctica is available as a private tour – 14 Days & 11 Nights from £5,295

Island Hopping

We now have a number of Caribbean island-hopping options, including a tour linking one of Antigua’s most exclusive boutique hotels, The Inn at English Harbour, with the Ottley’s Plantation on St Kitts – an original 18th-century sugar plantation – and the quiet Nisbet Plantation Beach Club on Nevis.

Island Hopping in the Caribbean is available as a private tour – 11 Days & 10 Nights from £2,675

For more information, please visit the website, or call a tour consultant on 020 7873 5000.


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