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Cross the Ganges plain from Delhi to Kolkata
(Calcutta), taking in the majesty of the Taj
Mahal, remarkable wildlife in Ranthambore,
the spiritual aura of Varanasi and colonial
Lucknow and Kolkata. Finish in the tea
Explore the diverse cultural influences that have created the fascinating heritage of India. This tour encompasses holy cities, the resplendent Taj Mahal, Jodhpur’s bluewashed houses, and the beautiful lakes and palaces of Udaipur. Go in search of the elusiv...
Cross the Ganges plain from Delhi to Kolkata (Calcutta), taking in the majesty of the Taj Mahal and Amber fort, remarkable wildlife in Ranthambore, the spiritual aura of Varanasi and colonial Lucknow and Kolkata. Extend your tour in the tea plantations of...
The delicate scent of spices, the sound of temple bells, exotic flora and fauna, and idyllic sandy beaches all characterise Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This journey travels through hill stations, tropical backwaters and temple-laden towns while staying in some of...
Explore the diverse cultural influences that
have created the rich heritage of northern
India. This tour encompasses the holy city
of Varanasi, the resplendent Taj Mahal,
Jodhpur’s blue-washed houses, and the
beautiful lakes and palaces of Udaipur.
Uncover the rich culture and heritage of
central India on a comprehensive tour filled
with regal splendour, exquisite forts and
palaces, boulder-strewn ruins, rolling hills
and national parks teeming with...
The princely state of Rajasthan is India at
its colourful best. Following a tour of the
imperial sights of Mumbai (Bombay), travel
through the heart of Rajasthan exploring
magnificent forts and ornate palaces,
finishing at the astounding Taj...
This small group tour explores central India's
national parks in search of tigers. Kanha is
known for its wild dogs, leopards and
sloth bears, Satpura offers walking safaris
and nights under canvas, while Pench
inspired Rudyard Kipling’s celebrated...
Experience a taste of India on this
outstanding introductory tour of the
country’s most celebrated sights.
Exploring the Golden Triangle, this
journey combines imperial Delhi with
the legendary Taj Mahal at Agra and a
3-night stay in the princely city...
Explore the iconic sights of India’s famed Golden Triangle, from the magnificent forts of Amber and Agra to the marble magnificence of the Taj Mahal, and experience one of India’s most beautiful national parks - Ranthambore. Find your spiritual side and...
Western Rajasthan and neighbouring Gujarat offer a wealth of architectural wonders, from the magnificence of the Modhera sun temple and the colourful havelis at Sidhpur, to the imposing forts of Jodhpur and the desert fortress city of Jaisalmer. Explore...
The princely state of Rajasthan is India at its colourful best, home to magnificent, ornate palaces and majestic forts. Following a tour of the sights of imperial Delhi, travel through the heart of the historic state of Rajasthan, discovering its culture and...
Starting from India’s historic capital, Delhi, this journey for solo travellers continues to Agra to see the sun rise at the Taj Mahal. Search for elusive Bengal tigers in Ranthambore and marvel at the majestic forts and grand palaces of princely Rajasthan,...
Travel to the holy city of Amritsar and McLeod Ganj, home to the Tibetan government-in-exile. Continue through the foothills of the Himalaya to Shimla. Along the way, appreciate the cultural diversity of the region through its temples, monasteries and...
This tour takes in the beautiful sights and tranquil landscapes of Karnataka and Kerala including the immense Maharajah’s Palace in Mysore, the wildlife of Nagarhole National Park, the lush beauty of Wayanad, a rail ride through the Nilgiri mountains and a...
Journey from the vibrant markets of Hyderabad to Madurai to witness the spectacle of the evening ceremony at the astonishing Meenakshi temple. Continue into the scenic beauty of the Western Ghats, replete with tea plantations and elephants, before crossing...
Sample the cultural and scenic highlights of three of the most distinct countries in South America on this superb introductory tour. Explore sophisticated Buenos Aires, its underground secrets and the Argentinian grassland countryside; get a taste of Chile i...
Patagonia is one of the world’s great wilderness areas and its culture is intertwined with that of the European pioneers and gauchos. This fascinating journey through four national parks in Argentina and Chile reveals the distinct cultures and landscapes of...
Offering an outstanding introduction to Argentina and Brazil, this journey combines the elegance of Buenos Aires with exotic and flamboyant Rio de Janeiro. The tour also visits the awe-inspiring waterfalls of Iguazú, which thunder amid tropical jungle along...
This tour focuses on South America's cultural and natural highlights, revealing the continent's diversity, and passing from high Andean scenery down to the thundering Iguazú Falls. Stop in buzzing cities along the way including Bolivia’s capital of La Paz,...
From Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow to the imperial palaces of St Petersburg, join a group of like-minded solo travellers on a 7-day tour visiting some of the best attractions that Russia has to offer. Both cities are renowned for their world-class...
Russia’s two greatest cities provide an ideal
base from which to explore the country’s
rich and diverse cultural and historical
heritage. Moscow is now the epicentre
of modern Russia, while St Petersburg is
renowned for its magnificent palaces,...
Travel through the heart of the Andes, visiting Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Discover dramatic highland scenery and traditional cultures including the stunning Atacama desert and the otherworldly Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia; Lake Titicaca, legendary birthplace o...
Chile is an extraordinarily beautiful country, encompassing just about every type of landscape on Earth, from the arid desert of the north, through verdant lakes and pastures to the soaring peaks and glaciers of Patagonia. This expansive tour explores Chile’...
Cuba is changing fast, so this is a great time to visit while its exotic and distinctive style remains. Discover faded colonial grandeur in Havana and Trinidad, delightful rolling countryside, tobacco and coffee plantations, the historical sites of the...
Cuba is changing fast, so now is a great time
to visit while its exotic and distinctive style
remains. Discover faded colonial grandeur
in Havana and Trinidad, delightful rolling
countryside, tobacco and coffee plantations,
the historical sites of the...
The journey begins in the relatively
untouched country of Laos. Continue to
Vietnam, a rapidly developing and vibrant
country. Explore the Mekong delta before
a final journey through the captivating
kingdom of Cambodia, ending at majestic
Join a group of like-minded solo travellers on
a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, travelling
from the ethereal limestone karst islands
of Halong Bay in Vietnam to the cultural
highlight of the Angkor Wat temples...
Small in size yet possessing a superb
biodiversity, Costa Rica and Panama
offer a wide variety of eco-systems
including volcanoes, rainforest and cloud
forest, lakes, lagoons and beaches. This
tour visits the incredible Panama Canal
as well as a...
Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the small country of Costa Rica is one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth. This journey explores some of the major national parks and the astonishing variety of wildlife and contrasting...
Take in the natural and cultural wonders of Central America, from tropical landscapes and volcanoes to colonial heritage and superb Mayan cities. Get an insight into the history of the civil war and colourful indigenous cultures, and learn about the amazing...
This introductory tour combines the Cultural Triangle’s ancient cities with scenic hill country, man-made marvels and abundant wildlife. Finish the tour with a relaxing 2-night stay on a palm-fringed...
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination: while
the west and south succumb to monsoon
rains, the period from May to September
is the right time to travel to the rest of the
country. This tour includes tea plantation
tours, sacred Buddhist sights,...
The island nation of Sri Lanka has a wealth of cultural, archaeological and natural treasures. This comprehensive tour visits both the popular and some of the lesserknown sites in northern, central and southern Sri...
This tour picks out the best of Jordan’s
magnificent cultural heritage and stunning
landscapes. Visit the classical city of Jerash,
the biblical site of Mount Nebo and Petra, the
rock-hewn city. The shifting sands of Wadi
Rum and the curative waters of...
This tour combines the biblical sites of
Jerusalem and Bethlehem with the cultural
and scenic highlights of Jordan. Sample
authentic local cuisine and take time to relax
at a spa resort on the shores of the Dead...
In the centenary year of the great
Arab revolt, travel with expert lecturer
and archaeologist Dr Faulkner who,
as co-director of a pioneering series
of excavations into TE Lawrence, has
exclusive behind-the-scenes access
to sites not open to the wider...
Join a group of like-minded solo travellers on
a tour of the highlights of Jordan including
the capital city of Amman, religious sites,
desert landscapes and the remarkable ruins
of Petra. Conclude with time at leisure on the
shores of the Red...
Turkey has played a major role in the history of the Mediterranean world. Due to its strategic location straddling two continents, it has been a crucial crossroads and staging post on the trade routes between east and west. This tour combines the country's...
This comprehensive tour of China visits the
treasures of Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors
at Xian, picturesque scenery between Guilin
and Yangshuo and the pandas at Chengdu.
Cruise the Yangtze river and visit the Three
Gorges Dam, before ending the tour...
Enjoy a taste of China on this outstanding
tour of the country’s principal sights.
In Beijing, explore the Forbidden City,
Tiananmen Square and an excursion to
the Great Wall. See the famous Terracotta
Warriors in Xian and the ancient city of
Discover a different side to China on this
journey from Beijing to Shanghai. Fully
escorted and travelling with a group of
solo travellers, enjoy cycle rides along
ancient city walls, learn the secrets of
Chinese cooking and try your hand...
Taking in a wealth of cultural attractions and
magnificent mountain scenery, this group
tour for solo travellers centres around the
region of Transylvania and its neighbouring
states. Highlights include visits to royal
palaces, fortified churches,...
With its wealth of folkloric heritage, picturesque villages and wonderful scenery, Romania is fascinating to explore. This tour discovers the country’s highlights, including Transylvania’s fortified Saxon churches, Bucovina’s exquisite painted monasteries,...
Visit Transylvania and Bucovina, two of the most beautiful areas in Romania. This tour focuses on the country’s wonderful architectural tradition, exemplified in the baroque town squares, palaces, fortified Saxon churches and medieval Orthodox monasteries...
Discover the legacy of the Aztec, Mayan and Spanish empires on this outstanding tour of Mexico’s finest sites. Explore magnificent pyramids and temples, colourful colonial cities with their indigenous influences, and the natural beauty of valleys, canyons,...
Explore the imperial cities of Fez, Rabat,
Meknes and Marrakech, all former or current
capitals of Morocco and known for their
architecture and vibrant souks. Along the
way, travel through diverse landscapes, from
the Atlantic coast through fertile...
This solo travellers tour to Morocco is ideal
for the first-time visitor. Search out hidden
treasures in Marrakech, exploring the
souks and experiencing the riot of activity
in Djemaa el Fna square. The High Atlas
Mountains beckon with spectacular...
Much of Madagascar’s exotic flora and
fauna is found nowhere else on Earth.
This tour offers an opportunity to discover
the island’s extraordinary wildlife, natural
history, stunning scenery, idyllic beaches and
fascinating culture, which is based on a...
The only African country that has never been
colonised, Ethiopia is also unusual for its
Orthodox Christian heritage. This journey
travels through this enthralling and beautiful
country to discover the layers of history that
have shaped the...
Ethiopia is scenically beautiful and culturally
rich, home to diverse ethnic groups and
unusual wildlife. There is much to experience
on this journey for solo travellers; visit
volcanic lakes, explore the vast Rift Valley
and the rock-hewn churches of...
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania may be small, but they are confident, outward-looking nations, each with their own identity and distinct culture. The countries' rich and colourful histories can be best appreciated in their capital cities, which all possess...
The remote Kingdom of Bhutan, with its fascinating cultural heritage and beautiful mountain scenery, was off limits to tourists until 1974. Today, the country continues to preserve its age-old traditions, as revealed in this tour, which travels through...
Explore the best of Nepal, interacting with
local people as you marvel at medieval
Kathmandu and stay in the heart of the
Himalaya in the lakeside setting of Pokhara.
Enjoy gentle walks against the backdrop of
the spectacular Annapurna range....
This tour explores four of the countries
of former Yugoslavia - Serbia, Bosnia &
Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia -
each with contrasting scenery and distinctive
cultures. Visit the highlights of the region
including Belgrade, Dubrovnik, Mostar,...
Namibia is one of the world’s last great
wilderness countries. This tour visits the
magnificent sand dunes of the Namib
desert and the German colonial town of
Swakopmund before travelling inland to the
national parks to spot rare and exotic...
Early Portuguese sailors named Taiwan
Ilha Formosa, meaning ‘beautiful island’,
due to the breathtaking scenery, which
still impresses modern visitors today.
The energetic capital, Taipei, is home to
possibly the best collection of Chinese
Explore the spectacular highland countries of Armenia and Georgia, the world’s oldest Christian nations, with expert Dr William Taylor. Both countries contain a treasure trove of ancient ruins, churches and monasteries together with centuries-old folk...
From frescoed domes to cubist concrete horseman, Bulgaria is a nation where ancient and modern collides in a truly dramatic way. This unique and varied tour takes in Roman ruins in Plovdiv, beautiful medieval monasteries and three of the largest communist...
Discover the cultural heritage of Japan
on this exciting journey through the
country’s main island of Honshu. Visit
the tranquil Kenroku-en garden and the
castle of Kanazawa before exploring
the imperial city of Kyoto with its many
temples and shrines....
This journey combines the ancient Inca sites of Peru with a cruise through the natural splendours of the Galapagos islands, bringing you into close contact with the islands’ unique...
This fascinating tour takes in the historic
sites of the capital Khartoum before heading
into the desert in search of the remote
ruins of Meroë, Jebel Barkal, El Kurru, Naga
and Mussawarat. The quality of these
archaeological sites rivals Egypt’s,...
The fantastically rich and varied history of
Iran has left behind an unparalleled cultural
heritage. This tour reveals the best of
that legacy, including the supreme Islamic
architecture of Isfahan and Shiraz, the
ancient Achaemenian capital of...
Visit the key cultural and scenic sights of
Oman including magnificent forts and
palaces, the rolling dunes of Sharqiya Sands,
Oman’s highest mountains and picturesque
coastal fishing villages. Discover the warmth
of the Omani people and travel between...
Machu Picchu is perhaps the most breathtaking archaeological site in the world. Yet Peru also offers a wealth of other magnificent ancient, colonial and scenic sights. Staying in good hotels with great character and with some free time to relax, this tour...
The fantastically rich and varied history
of Iran has left behind an unparalleled
cultural heritage. This tour reveals
the best of that legacy, including the
supreme Islamic architecture of Isfahan
and Shiraz, the ancient Achaemenian
Travel from Andean peaks to tropical Caribbean coastlines, passing through the mountain capital of Bogotá, picturesque Villa de Leyva, fertile coffee country, vibrant Medellín and the colonial port of Cartagena, one of South America’s most beautiful towns....
Combine the ancient biblical cities of
Jerusalem, Nazareth and Acre with
cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, while discovering
ancient ruins in coastal Caesarea, Capernaum
on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and
Masada above the Dead...
This introductory tour of Peru includes the country’s most celebrated sights. Starting in Lima, explore Peru’s ancient, colonial and scenic wonders including Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu, perhaps the most...
Set on the Silk Road, Uzbekistan has played
host to waves of conquerors and nomads.
See the legacy they left behind in the
towering fortresses of Khiva and Bukhara,
and the Islamic architecture of Samarkand.
The remnants of more recent Soviet...
Uncover the mysteries of the Bay of Naples, once one of the greatest centres of classical Graeco-Roman civilisation, with experts Dr Steve Kershaw or Stephen Nelson. The excavated remains of Pompeii, Stabiae and Villa Oplontis, entombed in ash in the Mount...
Discover the Malaysian state of Borneo, home
Discover the Malaysian state of Borneo, home
to pristine rainforests and exotic flora and
fauna. From the busy coastal town of Kota
Kinabalu, explore the rainforests of the
Kinabalu National Park, head south...
The Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily, is as culturally rich as it is beautiful. It is home to superb Norman architecture, vibrant Roman floor mosaics, Arab-inspired gardens, and probably the finest Greek temples to be found anywhere in the world....
Discover the old-fashioned charm of Portugal on this 10-day tour from Lisbon to Porto. Along the way explore stylish seaside resorts; historic regional cities including Coimbra, Cascais and Obidos; and the picturesque terraced hillsides of the Douro valley,...
The unique mixture of cultures that influenced Sicily over the centuries has ensured a rich legacy of art, architecture, food and traditions. Visit fine Greek temples, see Roman and Byzantine mosaics, as well as Norman and baroque...
Visit the most magnificent cities of the
ancient Silk Road with Islamic expert
Diana Driscoll. These include Uzbekistan’s
second largest city, Samarkand, built
by the infamous 14th-century Emperor
Tamerlane; the medieval city of Bukhara,
Known as the ‘Cradle of the Balkans’, Albania
and Macedonia are home to a wealth of
natural and historic sites, from Lake Ohrid
and the well-preserved Ottoman town of
Gjirokastër to the important but lesser-known
Roman ruins at Butrint and...
Considered the birthplace of western civilisation, Greece’s influence still resonates today in the fields of architecture, science, engineering and philosophy. Incorporating the classical sites of Olympia, Delphi, Mycenae and Epidaurus, this tour also...
Discover one of the least visited regions of Europe on this exciting new group tour. Moldova may be small, but it's a proud nation, keen to show off their world-class viticulture while Chisinau, is a quirky little capital like no other on the continent....
Discover the cultural and scenic highlights
of Oman on this 9-day journey for solo
travellers. Experience varied terrains as you
travel through Oman’s mountainous interior,
stay overnight in the desert and view the
rugged coastline by both land and...
Journey with a group of like-minded solo travellers from the coastal city of Porto inland to the major religious, historical and intellectual centres of Braga, Guimarães and Coimbra. Along the way, take a river cruise through the terraced vineyards of the...
Known as ‘the heel of Italy’, the region of Puglia offers some of the country's most remote coastline and countryside, dotted with ancient sites and whitewashed towns. The neighbouring Basilicata region is a rustic area with both historic centres and fine...
Uncover Ravenna's glittering past with experts Rowena Loverance or Dr Sally Dormer. In 402AD, the city became the capital of the western Roman empire and mosaic-decorated churches were built. Ravenna flourished during the early sixth century under the...
The capital of Italy is renowned for monuments expressing the power of emperors, popes and dictators.
This tour explores how the emperors from Augustus to Constantine created a language of symbols that has resonated down the centuries, shaping Rome as ‘the...
Andalucía is one of Spain’s most scenic regions, strewn with superb HispanoMoorish architecture. As well as including two of Spain’s greatest sites - the Alhambra in Granada and the Mezquita in Córdoba - this tour explores some of Andalucía’s prettiest...
As a strategic gateway to the eastern Mediterranean, Crete has been ruled by a number of great powers, from the Minoans, one of Europe’s first civilisations, to the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman empires. This tour explores Crete’s scenic and cultural...
We have highlighted the standard of accommodation featured on a tour immediately above the tour itinerary.
In some cases, tours include some departures in one category and some in another: you can see and select the different tour types under ‘tour variations’. For these tours, the itinerary is generally the same and just the standard of accommodation varies. However, if there are any variations in the excursions included, these are shown within the itinerary.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
Luxury: These tours will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout.
Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.
Discovery: This type of holiday is best suited to the hardier traveller, as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more arduous activities, such as trekking.