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Head into the great unknown

Why stick to the well-trodden path? With nearly 200 countries in the world, there is always somewhere different to explore. We can take you off the tourist trail, whether it’s to the remote corners of classic destinations or to countries few consider visiting. These overlooked gems promise rare experiences, smaller crowds, and are often more affordable.

Despite flying under the radar, you still benefit from great guides, handpicked accommodation and round-the-clock support with Cox & Kings. Below you can explore some of our favourite destinations for off-the-beaten-track holidays. For more inspiration or to begin planning your adventure, speak to one of our travel consultants to find out more.

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Top off-the-beaten-track destinations

Taiwan: The beautiful island

Early Portuguese sailors named Taiwan ‘Ilha Formosa’, meaning ‘beautiful island’, and you can see why. It’s a place of forests, mountains and wide plains. Today, it’s also home to the energetic capital, Taipei, which houses one of the world’s best collections of Chinese artefacts; as well as tranquil tea plantations and the more traditional city of Tainan.

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Guyana: The Caribbean Amazon

One of the least populated countries, Guyana rarely tops people’s bucket lists. Yet the ‘Land of Many Waters’ has much to boast about, not least one of the largest unspoilt rainforests in South America. It also has an intriguing culture to delve into – a blend of pre-Columbian and colonial influences (it was a UK territory as late as 1966).

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The Caucasus: Where east meets west

The melding of eastern and western traditions is most apparent on Europe’s fringes, where Ottoman minarets and Orthodox steeples share the skyline. This is especially true throughout the nations of the Caucasus, a region replete with natural beauty and historical treasures, yet under the tourist radar. Combine a visit to Azerbaijan, set on the shores of the Caspian Sea, with Georgia, famous for its ancient monasteries and viticulture, and Armenia, one of the oldest Christian countries in the world.

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Colombia: The gateway to South America

Andean peaks, fathomless forests, sun-soaked beaches and Spanish-colonial towns: Colombia has it all. The welcome is as warm as the coffee – grown here in the lush hills of the Paisa region. Yet this South American country is largely untouched by mass tourism, promising you an authentic cultural experience.

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Central Asia: Along the Silk Road

The ancient empires of the West and East traded goods, services and religion along the Silk Road. This trade brought wealth and power to the kingdoms of the crossroads, leaving a legacy of splendid monuments. You can explore this history by visiting the ‘Stans’ of Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Rivalling the region’s ornate architecture: plunging valleys, yurt-studded steppes and snow-capped peaks.

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Small groups promise a more personal touring experience. That’s why Cox & Kings maintains a maximum group size of 18 guests on most tours, and an average of just 14.

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Enjoy round-the-clock support – in person, over the phone and online. This is made possible by our well-travelled staff and unrivalled network of offices in destinations across the world.

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Cox & Kings is a name you can trust. We’ve been helping the curious traveller explore for more than 265 years – longer than any other travel company.

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