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All the signs pointed towards Antigua. The island had warm, steady winds, a complex coastline of safe harbors, and a protective, nearly unbroken wall of coral reef. It would make a perfect place to hide a fleet. And so in 1784 the legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua and established Great Britain's most important Caribbean base. Little did he know that over 200 years later the same unique characteristics that attracted the Royal Navy would transform Antigua and Barbuda into one of the Caribbean's premier tourist destinations.

Antigua BeachThe signs are still there, they just point to different things. The Trade Winds that once blew British men-of-war safely into English Harbour now fuel one of the world's foremost maritime events, Sailing Week. The expansive, winding coastline that made Antigua difficult for outsiders to navigate is where today's trekkers encounter a tremendous wealth of secluded, powdery soft beaches. The coral reefs, once the bane of marauding enemy ships, now attract snorkelers and scuba divers from all over the world. And the fascinating little island of Barbuda -- once a scavenger's paradise because so many ships wrecked on its reefs -- is now home to one of the region's most significant bird sanctuaries.


Antigua (pronounced An-tee'ga) and Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadaloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin.

Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Mount Obama (1319 ft., 402 metres), formerly known as Boggy Peak, located in the southwestern corner of the island. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square miles, lies approximately 30 miles due north. The nation also includes the tiny (0.6 square mile) uninhabited island of Redonda, now a nature preserve. The current population for the nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John's on Antigua.


Temperatures generally range from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. Low humidity year-round.


How to start your Australian adventures? With its vast outback, ancient forests, pristine marine environments and unique wildlife, Australia offers many choices. Challenge yourself or enjoy soft beds and gourmet meals on more luxurious Australia adventure tours.

Learn about Australia’s many adventure journeys, which range from Outback Australia’s 4WD routes to challenging long-distance walks and picturesque sailing trips. Read about places to visit in the remote, rugged Australian outback, from Australia’s Red centre to South Australia’s Flinders Ranges and the magical Kimberley in Western Australia.

Australia is a surfer’s paradise, and we’ll tell you where first-class waves crash across the country, from Victoria’s Surf Coast to Western Australia’s Margaret River. Discover our hot-spots for diving and snorkelling, from Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef to Tasmania’s East Coast Dive Trail. Then learn more about the beautiful Australian places you can canoe or kayak, from dramatic Katherine Gorge to the pristine waters of Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park.


Whether you’re after a laid-back retreat or a fast-paced action holiday, Austria certainly ticks a lot of boxes.

In the Tirol you’ll be surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks, green valleys and mountain streams. The Salzburgerland provides you with unspoilt mountain villages, cascading waterfalls such as Krimml, and lively lake resorts, while the Salzkammergut is a feast for your eyes, with pretty towns dotted along scenic lake shores. Make time to visit at least one of the wonderful cities of Austria - choose from the imperial capital, Vienna with its famous café culture, the musical city of Salzburg and its impressive fortress or, surrounded by mountain peaks, the Olympic city of Innsbruck.

If you love walking, Austria should definitely be one destination to cross off your list. As one of Europe’s premiere walking destinations there’s an extensive range of trails covering mountain terrain, lake shores, valleys and woods. Walking is not the only activity you can get stuck into though – take a dip in crystal clear lakes, spend a day mountain biking, tame the wild waters on a rafting trip or even try out summer glacial skiing. Golf also features highly on the radar, with over 20 courses to choose from in the Tirol alone.

You’d be missing out if you didn’t capture some of Austria’s wonderful local culture too. Music, arts and traditional festivals are held all over throughout the summer months. Tuck in at St Johann’s annual Dumpling Festival or perhaps sit out at a street café and admire local lederhosen-adorned troupes performing live music and dancing in the picturesque town squares.

Don’t forget to sample some of the national dishes either. For the sweet-toothed there’s a fine range of mouth-watering pastries – such as kaiserschmarren, strudel and creamy gateaux. Alternatively if you prefer something more savoury - try out Tiroler gröstl, Wiener schnitzel and käsespätzl. Local breweries produce some of Europe’s finest beers - and wine lovers, you’re covered too. The native wines, mostly from the East, are also really yummy. And you can’t leave without sampling, Austria’s finest export – schnapps.


The best kept secret of The Bahamas is the country’s sheer size and diversity. With 16 major islands, The Bahamas is an unmatched destination, a heart-pounding adventure across 100,000 square miles of the world’s clearest ocean.

Lying off the tip of eastern Florida and stretching southeast across the Atlantic, the Bahamas are made up of some 2,000 islands if you include the cays, offering something for just about every type of traveller. Grand Bahama is ideal for families, with lots of children’s facilities and activities, while Nassau offers a 24/7 party. You’ll also find plenty of outdoor adventure, from diving and snorkelling to golfing and world-renowned bone fishing, along with quiet, romantic islands for enjoying the beautiful coral beaches in relative seclusion, and just about everything in between.

As with most island nations, seafood can be found on many menus in the Bahamas, with the national dish being conch, a kind of mollusc that’s served deep-fried or raw with a twist of lemon. You can also expect many types of fish, rock lobster and crab as well as salt pork and side dishes like pigeon peas, rice, tropical fruit and potatoes. Coconut water and fruit juices are common non-alcoholic beverages, like rum is commonly used in mixed drinks like rum punch. The Bahamas also has its own native brews, like the 7% ABV golden lager Kalik, considered the national beer.

Some of the best local fare can be found among the Arawak Cay’s collection of seafood shacks. No matter where you dine, expect service to be rather slow paced, even in fast food eateries. There are no hurried meals here.

If exciting nightlife is what you’re after, Nassau is where you want to be. The majority of action can be found around Paradise Island and the downtown waterfront. While this may be the tropics, flip-flops and casual attire in general are not acceptable at the trendiest spots, like Fluid known for spinning the latest reggae jams, and Aura at the Atlantis Resort which draws a celebrity crowd to dance to island favourites, hip-hop and top-40 hits. Cover charges, VIP sections and dress codes are the norm.


From monkey-filled forests and ancient temples to beautiful beaches and buzzing bars, holidays to Bali have all-round appeal.

Immortal isle

Of all the 17,500 islands in Indonesia, Bali shouts the loudest. It’s dubbed the Island of the Gods, and you’ll see their handiwork wherever you roam. You’ve got everything from liquorice-black beaches to cloud-shrouded volcanoes and bright-green rice terraces. Island-hopping boat trips are a doddle from here, too – Bali’s just a boat ride away from the party-hard Gili islands, go-slow Lombok, and Komodo which is roamed by its namesake reptiles.

Bali on a budget

Bali’s a holiday destination where you can make your money go further. Spa-goers are in for a particular treat – you can get an hour’s massage for as little as £5. You can also expect to pay just £20 for a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant in somewhere like Kuta. Or, there are hotels where you can go All Inclusive and relax knowing your meals and drinks are paid for in advance

Beaches and mountains

The big names on Bali’s beach scene are Seminyak and Kuta, where the sands are boosted by hip hotels, bars, spas and watersports centres. The island sits within the Coral Triangle, which has the biggest diversity of marine species in the world. In land, you can move from iconic rice terraces to thick forests and lava-spewing volcanoes. Speaking of the latter, a sunrise climb of Bali’s second-biggest is a must-do. From the top of Mount Batur, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views on the whole island.

Cultural corner

Bali’s charms aren’t all natural. A visit to Ubud takes you right to the heart of the island’s soul. It’s Bali’s spiritual centre, so the streets are hemmed with art galleries and museums. Here, you can do as Julia Roberts did in Eat, Pray, Love and shop in the markets, wander around its ornate palace, and dine in the authentic, al fresco eateries.


A tropical island with a surprisingly British feel‚ where cricket and afternoon tea are as popular as sunbathing and watersports. With rugged beauty on the east coast‚ calm beaches in the west and lively resorts in the south‚ plus colonial towns and plantations‚ holidays to Barbados are ideal for sightseeing. Picture yourself on a white coral beach and start planning your idyllic Barbados holiday.


The Western European country of Belgium is known for many things. From medieval towns to Renaissance and Gothic buildings. It is also the main hub of the European Union, showing its striking political and economic structure. Belgium is grounded in its multicultural roots, with its Dutch speaking north, French speaking south and German speaking east, it truly is home to multilingual communities. Belgium is home to many fascinating cities and towns which all have something different to offer. Whether you choose to visit Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp or maybe even Bruges, there is so much to enjoy in this European marvel.

The capital of Brussels has some beautiful sights to see, including picturesque squares and buildings. The Grand Place should be at the top of anyone’s list, it’s the city’s large square which is surrounded by wonderful architecture which will take you back in time, some of them date back to the 14th-century. It’s a wonderful place to explore during the night time as the buildings which encircle the square are lit up and really makes this beautiful square.

Bruges is another quaint and charming city in Belgium, which attracts many tourists due to its great sites and Christmas markets. Visit Markt which is the city’s market square which like Brussels, has many historical buildings surrounding it. It’s a great place to bag a bargain with nice little gifts, or even just to have a walk around and admire the stark architecture.

Antwerp is a big city in Belgium, in fact it is the most populous in the country. It’s located on the River Scheldt and is very close to the Dutch border. Antwerp is home to one of the biggest ports in the world, ranking 2nd within Europe and hitting the top 20 globally. It is a multicultural city which boasts stunning cathedrals and museums. When in Antwerp, take a visit to Museum aan de Stroom, situated along the River Scheldt, it is the largest museum in Antwerp and is quite a recent cultural landmark, opening in 2011. Here, you can learn a whole lot more about the city of Antwerp.


Experience Borneo’s wilderness adventures, pristine beaches and unspoilt forest landscapes.

Sharing the island of Borneo with Indonesia and the tiny sovereign state of Brunei, Malaysian Borneo offers diverse scenery and beautiful beaches, and of course it is home to one of the world's most beloved wildlife species – the orangutan. Split into the two states of Sarawak and Sabah, Borneo welcomes adventurers, aspiring zoologists and botanists and beach lovers to its exceptional landscapes.

Borneo holidays - perfect for...

  • Borneo is one of just two places Orangutans still live in the wild. The best chance to spot these majestic creatures is at one of the rehabilitation centre where they live in a semi-wild state
  • A great option if you are looking for a wildlife and adventure holiday followed by some time spent on the beach
  • Head north to the wilds of the Sukau Rainforest, which is bisected by the winding Kinabatangan River, and stay in a jungle lodge
  • Explore the stunning Mulu Caves, part of Gunung Mulu National Park in the state of Sarawak
  • If you are looking for a rewarding challenge while on holiday you can choose to climb Mount Kinabalu on a two night adventure from Kota Kinabalu

Bulgaria is located in Southeast Europe, in the northeast part of the Balkan Peninsula. Its territory is located between 44°13’ and 41°14’ north latitude, 22°22’ and 28°37’ east longitude. It is a European, Balkan, Black Sea and Danube country. This geographic location places it on the crossroad between Europe, Asia and Africa.

Bulgaria is situated closer to the Equator than the pole. It falls within the southern part of the temperate climate zone with subtropical influence. Its location on the transition line between two climate zones influences the climate, soils, vegetation and animal species. All of them are characterized by great diversity. The country’s geographic position also determines the relatively wide angle of sunlight that falls on the country, making the country predominantly sunny. The official time in Bulgaria is Eastern European Time, which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Time. The Black and the Aegean Sea also influence the country’s climate. The influence of the Mediterranean is extensive for the climate in the southern parts of the country, while the Black Sea influences the climate over an area extending some 40 km inland, supporting diverse flora and fauna. The Danube River is important for the country, both with regard to water resources and for species diversity. Bulgaria’s favorable geographic location creates excellent preconditions for the development of tourism.

Bulgaria is also a transport crossroad, affording access to Western Europe, the Near East and the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. A series of major European transport corridors pass through Bulgaria. These corridors include the international highways that connect Western and Central Europe the Near East and the Middle East (through Beograd to Sofia and Svilengrad), including connections to Baghdad and Basra on the Persian Bay; from the Baltic Sea to the Aegean Sea (from Moscow to Kiev, Bucharest, Ruse, and Stara Zagora to Thessaloniki) and to the Adriatic Sea (from Sofia through Skopje to Drach). Another important transport route is the road from Constanta to Varna, Burgas, Tsarevo, Malko Tarnovo and Istanbul. Bulgaria is also connected to the Trans-European networks that lead from Berlin to Prague, Budapest, Sofia, Thessaloniki, and Istanbul and from Durres to Tirana, Skopje, and Sofia to the Black Sea ports of Varna and Burgas. These transport corridors are also serviced by rail. Bulgaria’s Black Sea ports connect with all other countries that border the Black Sea countries, offering particularly excellent opportunities for the development of transport through the large bays that front Burgas and Varna. Along the Danube River the country connects with the transport corridor that leads to the Rhine and the network of waterways that crisscross Western Europe.

The total length of Bulgaria’s borders is 2,245 km. Of these borders, 1,181 km are on land, 686 km are on rivers, and 378 km are on the sea. Bulgaria borders to the north with Romania, to the east with the Black Sea, to the south with Turkey and Greece, and to the west with Macedonia1 and Serbia. The distances between Sofia and the capitals of the neighboring Balkan states are: Skopje - 239 km, Beograd – 374 km, Bucharest – 395 km, Athens – 837 km, Ankara – 1,012 km. The following checkpoints (BCCP) operate on Bulgaria’s borders – along the Bulgaria-Serbia border – BCCP Bregovo, BCCP Vrashka Chuka, BCCP Kalotina, BCCP Strezimirovtsi, BCCP Oltomantsi; along the Bulgaria-Macedonia border – BCCP Gyueshevo, BCCP Stanke Lisichkovo, BCCP Zlatarevo; along the Bulgaria-Turkey border – BCCP Malko Tarnovo, BCCP Lesovo, BCCP Kapitan Andreevo; along the Bulgaria-Greek border – BCCP Kulata, BCCP Ilinden, BCCP Kapitan Petko Voyvoda, BCCP Ivaylovgrad, BCCP Zlatograd; along the Bulgaria-Romania border – BCCP Vidin (by ferry), BCCP Oryahovo (by ferry), BCCP Ruse – the Danube bridge, BCCP Silistra, BCCP Kardam, BCCP Durankulak; on the river ports – BCCP Vidin, BCCP Lom, BCCP Somovit - Nikopol, BCCP Svishtov, BCCP Ruse, BCCP Tutrakan, BCCP Silistra; at the sea ports – BCCP Balchik, BCCP Varna, BCCP Burgas, BCCP Tsarevo, and at the airports – BCCP Sofia Airport, BCCP Plovdiv Airport, BCCP Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport, BCCP Varna Airport, and BCCP Burgas Airport.


Savvy travellers have been booking holidays to Cape Verde for a while now. And when you see its beaches and lunar-like landscapes, you'll understand why.

The Cape Verde Islands

Cape Verde is located off the west coast of Africa, and is made up of 10 islands floating in the Atlantic Ocean. It takes around six hours to fly here from the UK, and sunny weather throughout the year means there's plenty of choice for when to go. They’re still fairly new to the travel circuit, which makes them a great pick for off-the-beaten-track breaks. But with their long sandy beaches, lively surf and modern hotels, they’re quickly making a name for themselves.


Cape Verde’s most popular island is Sal,, which is known for its striking, moon-like landscape. It’s dotted with colourful, cobbled towns, like Santa Maria on the southern shores, where you’ll find surf shops, traditional restaurants and a pretty square lined with al fresco cafés. The main attraction, though, is the beach, which stretches along the coast for eight kilometres. Watersports are a big draw, but the sea can sometimes get a little choppy, so sunbathing's a popular fallback. The hotels, meanwhile, are like little villages in their own right. RIU has a handful of properties near the seafront – like the Riu Palace Cabo Verde – which line up tonnes of activities and All Inclusive deals that run 24 hours a day.

Boa Vista

You’ll find plenty more in the way of beaches over on Boa Vista, which translates to ‘beautiful view’. In fact, the sugar-coloured sands here halo the coastline for 55 uninterrupted kilometres. Praia Chave deserves a special mention, thanks to its creamy swathes and shape-shifting dunes.

Cultural melting pot

Whichever island you opt for, expect a melting pot of cultures. The Portuguese originally discovered Cape Verde, so there’s a mixture of African, Brazilian and Portuguese influences. You’ll see it in the island’s music, fashion and – perhaps most clearly – the food.


China, home to more than 5,000 years of culture and history, is a fascinating destination. Forever linked to its ancient civilization, friendly people, and many of the world’s most revered treasures – such as The Great Wall, Terra-Cotta Warriors & Horses and the Yangtze River – China also offers a glimpse of the future. From the spectacular architecture and towering skylines in Shanghai (site of the 2010 World Expo) and Beijing (site of the 2008 Summer Olympics), to a wealth of luxury accommodations and exquisite cuisine, China will amaze you with both its vastness and variety of experiences both old and new. Come and see why China is drawing millions of visitors from all over the world, and why each of them returns home smiling. The time is now to visit China, like never before.


Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world; it contains about 5% of the world’s species. The lush wild natural environment can be experienced all throughout the country and is easily accessible to the curious visitor. Costa Rica is a safe paradise. Unlike other countries, Costa Rica enjoys a very stable political climate and economic development, providing visitors with a tranquil setting for their stay. It is one of the few countries in the world with no army. The country and its people have a peaceful disposition, which makes for the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable vacation. Costa Rica offers dreamlike landscapes, kind people willing to share their culture and a safe country to experience natural wonders.

Costa Rica provides the perfect combination of relaxation, adventure, culture, fine cuisine and wildlife. Visitors find in Costa Rica an adventure paradise set in the most beautiful natural and safe environment. It is also the home of four World Heritage sites certified by UNESCO.

Essential Costa Rica is about promoting organic ingredients, unspoiled nature and authentic experiences. It is one of the world’s most unique places. In support of these efforts, the Costa Rica Institute of Tourism (ICT) has developed a Sustainable Tourism Certification (CST) program for those companies that place an extra effort on offering, through their everyday activities, a conscious approach towards preserving the environment and the local community.


Ramsay World Travel have specialised in providing worldwide cruise holidays for over 30 years. When you book with Ramsay World Travel, your cruise holidays are always ATOL and ABTA protected so you can book securely with confidence.

Whether you are new to cruising or looking to dip your toe in the water with a family cruise, we have a great choice of cruise deals to match your needs. Choose from a range of global destinations and trusted cruise lines, as well as a variety of holiday types such as all inclusive, luxury cruising and more.

To find your dream cruise ship holiday, chat to one of our expert travel agents today.


Unspoilt and undisturbed, Cuba is home to salsa dancing, rum, and wonderful beaches with stunning white sands and warm, turquoise waters. Take time to visit characterful Havana, a unique city that's rich in culture. You’ll get to try lots of traditional local food and drink on your holiday to Cuba, too. Sip cocktails made from world-class Cuban rum, and enjoy a hit of intense Cuban coffee. You’ll be ready to indulge in a Caribbean getaway with a difference.


Come summer or winter, Cyprus holidays are the perfect choice for those who dream of a holiday in the sun. Offering fantastic weather all year round, Cyprus is an ideal destination for holidaymakers who prefer flexibility when it comes to their travel times - as well as a country whose dynamic historical and cultural aspects will serve to immerse you in wonder throughout your entire trip.


A historic country in the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic boasts everything from fairytale castles to medieval towns, elegant spa resorts to scenic national parks. And let’s not forget this is also the birthplace of some of the world's finest beer! The Czech Republic’s capital is the culture-filled Prague, with the iconic castle as its centre piece. If you find yourself on a cheap holiday to Prague there is plenty to see including the spa resort of Karlovy Vary, Karlštejn and Konopište castles, and the historic towns of Melník and Kutná Hora all a stones throw away.


Dreaming of dynamic cities, enchanting national parks and cutting-edge cuisine? Holidays in Denmark deliver this and then some.

Denmark is tipped as the happiest nation on the planet for good reason. This captivating Nordic country is all about living well. You’ll spot cool-looking locals biking around the famously clean cities and feel a sense of hygge (cosiness and contentment) in snug cafes. Sleek Danish design is legendary too. The country’s buildings, interiors and bold art installations stand up to the beauty of its wild landscapes.

Amazing architecture in Denmark

Denmark’s cities look like works of art: the Scandinavian country is renowned for its avant-garde architecture. Highlights include the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, with its striking pavilions and glass corridors. Many structures take inspiration from nature too. You’ll see the undulating white forms of The Wave, a residential building in Bølgen, and the jagged Iceberg building at Aarhus’s harbour. Stunning confections like Roskilde Cathedral date back to the Middle Ages.


Dominican Republic is the second largest and most diverse Caribbean country, situated just two hours south of Miami, less than four hours from New York and eight hours from most European cities. Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich culture.

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical island paradise boasts nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers, and beaches.

Discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, the country overflows with fascinating history, museums and exciting cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.

The #1 destination for golf in the Caribbean and Latin America, Dominican Republic delights visitors with 26 designer golf courses amid breathtaking coastlines with mountain backdrops and lush green fairways. With so many beautiful natural settings like romantic waterfalls, breathtaking coasts and idyllic accommodations, Dominican Republic is a top destination for weddings and romance. Many world class-resorts and hotels also cater to meetings and incentive groups who flock to Dominican Republic for excellent, friendly service and dynamic meeting venues.

Dominican Republic offers a fantastic combination of environments to capture your imagination and refresh the soul. And with eight international airports, paradise has never been easier to explore. We invite you to discover our breathtaking island sanctuary and create memories that will last a lifetime.


An elite holiday destination

In the race for the title of the world’s top holiday destination, Egypt runs with the elite – more than 12 million tourists flock here every year. But the country has had an advantage. It’s been in training for the best part of 25 centuries. The ancient Greeks and Romans started holidaying here as far back as the 4th century BC.

Sun, sea and sand

Today, tourists fall into two camps. On one side of the coin you’ve got the visitors who come for the sun, sea and sand. The resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada dip their toes in the clear waters of the Red Sea. Expect white beaches that stretch out like party streamers, some of the world’s best scuba diving sites, and every watersport you can think of.

Ancient history

On the other side of the penny, you’ve got the history enthusiasts, who turn up here to retrace the footsteps of the pharaohs and ancient gods. In Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, you can see Tutankhamun’s death mask and the mummified remains of ancient kings. Then, just outside the city, you can stand in the shadow of the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. In Luxor, meanwhile, you can explore the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Karnak, which is the largest ancient religious site in the world.


Enjoy stress-free travelling on one of our guided and escorted tour holidays, where everything will be taken care of and organised for you. Sit back, relax and enjoy a holiday that has been expertly planned by people who really know your destination.

Whether you choose the easy-going warmth of the Mediterranean or the beguiling beauty of Cambodia and Vietnam, or find yourself in a beach resort or bustling city, ancient temple or ultra-modern shopping mall, our selection of escorted and guided tours have something to suit you. Discover some of the globe’s most exciting, most colourful and most enthralling places in the company of like-minded travellers and an experienced tour manager who will be there to escort you from the beginning of your escorted tour holiday to the end.

Watch your destination unfold before your eyes as our tour managers bring the places you visit to life. From the Great Pyramids at Giza to the Great Salt Lake; from the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal; from rose-red Petra to the Terracotta Warriors; and from the Big Game of South Africa to the glass and steel of glittering Hong Kong, our escorted tours offer an enchanting mix of unmissable attractions and unforgettable experiences.


393 Greek beaches and 9 marinas awarded the Blue Flag for 2013.

Greece once again ranked second place on the Blue Flag quality award list among 49 countries with one beach less compared to 2012, the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature announced at a special event held on 26 May at Voula beach, in Attica. A total of 393 beaches and nine marinas were honored with the quality “Blue Flag” award in Greece.

The «Blue Flag» is a programme of environmental awareness and protection which is implemented every year, on a large scale, in more than 40 countries in Europe and other parts of the world by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). It aims at making marinas better and safer, while at the same time protecting their natural environment, so that we may always enjoy them. The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (HSPN) is responsible for the programme in Greece. It is the oldest conservation organisation in the country and has been active in environmental education and the protection of nature since 1951.

It is not easy for a marina to be awarded the «Blue Flag». It must meet 24 strict criteria, which have to do with the cleanliness of the marina, its organisation, the safety of its visitors, the protection of nature and environmental awareness. Even when a marina is awarded the «Blue Flag», it only keeps it that year and must prove that it deserves it for the following year. The inspectors of HSPN and FEE visit marinas throughout the bathing period and note any problems or shortcomings.

Usually a short period of grace is given to correct them, but a marina may temporarily, or even permanently, lose its flag for serious deficiencies.


Beautiful scenery and idyllic beaches make Grenada an unexpected jewel of the Caribbean. The 'Spice Isle' boasts rainforests, hot springs, tumbling waterfalls, and an abundance of wildlife. With the smell of nutmeg drifting across the island, and small but friendly hotels, you might just decide you never want to leave.


Hungary is the land locked kidney-shaped country at the very heart of Europe which holds a unique place in the continent's soul. Standing as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, it's easy to see why with the jaw dropping capital (Budapest) is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Doubters are easily swayed by the romance of the Danube River as it elegantly splits Budapest in two with the back drop of the iconic Parliament building. You can see that the old communist regime spared no expense in all intricate detailed streets which makes this a city an absolute must see!


Natural Splendours in Iceland

Barren lava fields, bubbling hot springs, and sophisticated cities will make up the unforgettable scenery of your Iceland holiday. With the bright lights of the Aurora Borealis overhead and the active volcanoes in the distance, this is a majestic landscape that's constantly shifting and changing. The capital city of Reykjavik is a hotbed of cultural activity, with plenty of museums, stylish pubs, and artisan shops to explore along its cobblestoned streets. Indulge in some good natured banter with its friendly residents before venturing out of the city for a dip in the steaming Blue Lagoon health spa or a horseback ride through Iceland's alien wilderness.

The Land of Legends

Reykjavik is Iceland's capital city, well known for its relaxed lifestyle, independent boutiques, and charming colourful houses. It is quite compact, making it easy to reach all of the main shops, bars, and cultural attractions from Reykjavik's hotels. One of the greatest pleasures in Reykjavik is exploring it on foot, allowing you to enjoy the unique architecture and go window shopping in its independent boutiques around areas like Laugavegur. Enjoy a traditional runtur pub-crawl before getting a good night's rest for a day of exploration. Further areas to stay include the northern capital of Akureyri, or the whale watching centre of Husavik. For brief Iceland holidays, you'll also find a number of hotels located near the Keflavik airport.


The good life

Postcard-perfect scenery, gorgeous beaches and cities stacked with big-name sights – long-legged Italy manages to pack a lot into its borders. And no matter which part of the boot you plump for, you’ll find fantastic food, fine wines and a healthy dose of la dolce vita.

Explore the boot

In the north, romantic Venice reigns supreme, while nearby Lido di Jesolo supplies the sands. A bit further south lies Campania, home to the dramatic Amalfi Coast and cliff-hugging towns like Sorrento, Ravello and Positano.

Italian islands

Holidays to Italy aren’t just confined to the mainland, though. At the toe of Italy’s boot is Sicily, which ticks off gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins and friendly resorts. And then there’s Sardinia, with its craggy coastline and sun-bleached beaches.


Incredible beaches and a feel-good vibe are just a couple of things you can look forward to on a holiday to Jamaica.


Caribbean good looks

All the Jamaican stereotypes are present and correct in Jamaica. Along the coast, you’ve got white sands fringed by palms, and ramshackle beach bars serving up jerk chicken to Bob Marley beats. Inland, meanwhile, hidden waterfalls, banana plantations and soaring mountains vie for your attention. Best of all, the scenery is served up alongside Jamaica’s famous take-it-easy vibe. And, with the mercury hovering around the 30s for most of the year, it’s always a good time to visit Jamaica.

Popular resorts

The main resorts are Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril. In these towns, beachfront hotels sit shoulder-to-shoulder with reggae bars and bric-a-brac huts. Negril boasts one of the best beaches in Jamaica – Seven Mile Beach. As the name suggests, its size means it’s never tricky to find a good sunbathing spot.

More secluded spots

A sleepier scene comes courtesy of Lucea and Runaway Bay. Here, you’ll find untouched beaches and a snail-like pace. Lucea lines up no fewer than three toothpaste-white strips of sand, plus a castle, a courthouse and a Saturday market for when you’re in the mood to explore. Runaway Bay has its own collection of pearly beaches, plus plenty of nods to the King of Reggae, Bob Marley, as it’s where he was born. Then there’s Trewlany – this serene northern region’s got sugar estates and a lush rainforest among its highlights.

Plenty of history

The island's got its fair share of history, too, thanks to age-old mansions and 18th-century plantations. Rose Hall in Montego Bay is case in point. According to legend, this grand mansion is haunted by the ghost of a white witch. Then there’s Kingston, the island’s capital. The streets here are packed with colonial buildings, and museums that tell the story of its past.


Feel the sand between your toes and the fresh sea breeze in your hair on Jersey’s beautiful beaches. Head for the north and east coast for rock pools teeming with marine life, or south and west for glorious golden sands, washed by the tides each day.

With its unspoiled landscape and unique blend of British and French influences, Jersey really is a place where you can get away from it all.

Located some 100 miles (160 kms) south of mainland Britain, Jersey is the most southerly island of the British Isles. In fact, it's much closer to France, lying just 14 miles (22 kms) from its coast.

Despite its compact size - just 9 miles by 5 miles (14 kms by 8 kms) - Jersey possesses a rich and varied landscape which sends visitors into sensory overload.

Exploring Jersey

You might think that an area of 45 square miles (116 square kms), with a permanent population of over 97,857, would have little but buildings to explore. But approach the Island by air and you'll see lush valleys, well-kept fields and an unspoilt coastline.

Arrive by sea and the rocky grandeur of La Corbière, the sweep of St Aubin's Bay and picturesque Elizabeth Castle merely hint at Jersey's wealth of history and sheer beauty. The scale of both means it easily rivals much larger and perhaps better-known destinations.

Some 450 miles (720 kms) of roadway (a mix of fast routes and quiet rural lanes) create endless opportunities to discover the unexpected and impressive. There's also a 45-mile (72 km) network of narrow country roads known as 'Green Lanes', with a speed limit of 15 mph (24 kph) and priority given to walkers, cyclists and horse riders.


A holiday to Lapland is the ultimate Christmas present. This is the one place in the world that little ones can spend time with Santa on his home turf.

The home of Christmas

Lapland is located in northernmost Finland, deep inside the Arctic Circle. Flights from London to Lapland are around three and a half hours long. Known as Santa Claus’ homeland, this country dishes up the stuff of fairytales – like snow-dusted forests, cosy log cabins, and a population that’s made up of more reindeer than people.

Festive cheer

Lapland pulls out all the stops over the festive period, so there’s nowhere better to get into the Christmas spirit. Storytelling around crackling fires and meet-and-greets with Santa himself are all on the agenda, whether you’re visiting for the day or staying a bit longer.

Winter sports

Santa and his elves are just half the story. Lapland’s snowy countryside was made for exploring and, wherever you stay, winter sports like snowmobiling are as easy to come by as Christmassy activities. Each resort has a different vibe, too, so whether you’re after an action-packed getaway or a relaxing retreat, you’ll find somewhere that suits.

Where to go in Lapland

In Rovaniemi, Lapland’s cosmopolitan capital, you’ve got international-name shops and restaurants, as well as an after-dark scene that rivals any European city. Levi, Pallas, Yllas and Kuusamo, meanwhile, are experts when it comes to snow activities. Then there’s Saariselka, a real winter wonderland, and Luosto and Hetta, secluded spots, which are real Northern Lights territory. If you're looking for a hotel that’s goes the extra mile for families, keep your eyes peeled for our SnowClub tag. Hotels with a SnowClub put on lots of activities and entertainment especially for little ones.


Holidays to Malaysia offer beautiful beaches, ancient tropical rainforests, mouth-watering local cuisine and an intriguing blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European heritage.

Occupying the Malay Peninsula and a large part of north western Borneo this friendly, modern and spectacularly varied country has so much to offer. The vibrant capital city Kuala Lumpur is home to glitzy skyscrapers, colonial architecture and bustling markets.

Beyond Kuala Lumpur you can find verdant tropical jungles, the palm-fringed beaches of Langkawi or Penang along with secluded islands, vast tea plantations, charming historic cities and a wide range of luxurious resorts.

For those looking to get stuck into a real outdoors adventure, Malaysian Borneo offers an abundance of spectacular wildlife, incredible scenery, fascinating culture and unspoilt beaches.


A treasure trove of history blessed with abundant sunshine. Resting in the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta promises clear blue skies and sparkling bays. Soak up a sleepy pace of life and discover a rich history dating back 7,000 years with our selection of Malta holidays. With a strong British influence, the small island nations of Malta and Gozo are a home from home.


We can take you wherever you want to go in Mauritius, including amazing resorts like Bain Boeuf, Trou aux Biches, Grand Gaube, Grand Baie, Point aux Piment, Belle Mare, Le Morne, Blue Bay, and Wolmar. And no matter which one you choose, you can rest assured that you're in for a treat when it comes to cultural quirks - there's just so much to see and do on Mauritius holidays that you could find it difficult to fit it all in!

You may be heading to Mauritius to celebrate your honeymoon, on a romantic getaway, a winter escape or a fun family holiday - but you can be sure that there's plenty to do to suit all tastes. Explore Mauritius' exotic culture, marvel at city architecture, learn to scuba dive, sail, and snorkel or simply enjoy a relaxing holiday on the beach - all of this and more await you on your Mauritius holiday.


From awe-inspiring history to jaw-dropping experiences, a holiday in North Cyprus can certainly raise the heart rate. North Cyprus may be a sleepy backwater, but it is packed full of exciting holiday adventures.

From swimming with turtles, to paragliding off the mountains, some 2500 feet above sea level, a North Cyprus holiday certainly punches well above its weight. Keen ramblers can enjoy hiking in the Five Finger Mountains above Kyrenia, discovering rare indigenous orchids, or exploring the rugged Karpaz Peninsula, where wild donkeys roam free.

Scuba divers will delight in discovering the world under the sea. The clear, warm waters around North Cyprus are home to many different, often rare, species of fish and other sea-life. An exhilarating dive safari will allow you to explore reefs, strange rock formations and even a wrecked plane.


Great food, friendly people, beautiful scenery and a unique culture carved from centuries of incredible history.

The cities, palaces, castles, cathedrals and landscapes are like a readymade movie set. And with such an abundance of local history, Poland holds some very important reminders of the past. Our focus is in the south – in particular the cultural and historic city of Krakow and Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains.

Medieval Krakow, Poland’s former capital, is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and is home to the famous Cloth Hall, Bell Tower and Wawel Castle. Also the old Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, is now a lively area full of excellent restaurants and bars.

Picturesque Zakopane provides you with a real taste of Polish mountain culture. It’s the home of the Highlanders who have preserved the traditions and customs of the area for generations and is an ideal base for a walking holiday.

Poland has a lot of influences from across the borders - however delicious native dishes well worth trying include perogi dumplings and bigos stew. The Highlanders produce some amazing cheeses from sheep milk too. And as Poland is still relatively cheap you’ll get more holiday for your money.


A European favourite

Portugal’s winning combination of sandy beaches, dramatic scenery and world-class golf courses has kept it firmly on the holiday map for decades. And if all that wasn’t enough, the country also has a good weather credentials, basking in around 300 days of sunshine a year.

The Algarve

Curving round the south coast is the Algarve region, which has a dramatic coastline scalloped with sandy bays and secluded coves. Resort-wise, you can choose between large, lively towns and sleepy fishing villages. This pocket of Portugal is also one of the best places in Europe for golfers – and some of the courses are spectacular.


The Portuguese island of Madeira is set in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,000 kilometres away from the mainland. It’s been nicknamed the Floating Garden thanks to its flower-filled botanical gardens. The capital, Funchal, is a real mix of old and new, with cosy tavernas and traditional markets sitting next to swanky wine bars and chic boutiques.

Porto Santo

North of Madeira is tiny Porto Santo. It’s a bit of a newcomer to the travel scene, so tourists are few and far between. Vila Baleira, the only town, is a typically Portuguese affair, with cobbled lanes and whitewashed houses. It’s your gateway to the island’s 10-kilometre-long sandy beach, too.


It's always a good time to travel to Spain. That's because this country in southern Europe has all the ingredients to make your visit an unforgettable experience. Cities which bear the marks of a rich mixture of cultures, monuments and natural spaces awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO, some of the world's most important museums, beaches to suit everybody, a pleasant climate all year round, the healthy Mediterranean diet, typically Spanish traditions such as flamenco and bullfighting... You'll find it very easy to get here thanks to the multitude of international connections available in Spain. Let yourself be captivated by the Mediterranean character and by the openness and friendliness of its people. Surrender to the magic of its streets. This is a place where life is always enjoyed to the utmost.

Before you come
Most of the territory of Spain (over 47 million inhabitants and with its capital in Madrid) is located on the Iberian Peninsula, although the country also has two archipelagos (the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands) and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, on the coast of Africa. All these areas are perfectly connected by means of a wide-ranging and comprehensive transport network (you can reach Spain and move around once there by plane, train, boat, car…) which means that in very little time you can get to major cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Zaragoza, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia… Spain is one of the warmest countries in Europe, and has over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. The Canary Islands, due to their geographic location, have an annual temperature of 22°C along the coastline. Exceptional art and culture
Centuries of history have left behind a spectacular array of monuments. It's no coincidence that Spain is the country with the second greatest number of UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites. What's more, in its over 1,400 museums you'll find masterpieces by great artists such as Goya, Picasso and Velázquez, genuine symbols of Spanish culture. There are numerous cultural sites in all the major cities which no visitors should miss. In Madrid, visitors should make a point of heading for what is known as the 'Paseo del Arte' or 'art avenue', an itinerary which starts at one of the world's most important galleries: the Prado Museum. Barcelona (in the northeast of the country) is another key site – this city is a paradise of Modernism thanks to some of the works created here by the famous architect Gaudí, including the Sagrada Familia cathedral and Güell Park. In southern Spain you'll be captivated by the great Mosque of Cordoba, considered the most important Islamic work in the Western world, and by the gardens and palaces of the Alhambra in Granada, one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Seville and its cathedral, Valencia and its City of Arts and Sciences, Bilbao and its Guggenheim Museum… these are just a few other examples of places to take your breath away. And if you enjoy attending top-flight cultural events, then don't miss key occasions such as the theatre festivals held in Mérida and Almagro, and film festivals such as the one in San Sebastián.

Round-the-clock entertainment
If there's one thing Spain is famous for, it's for the lively atmosphere to be found in its streets at any time of the day or night. During the day you can choose between enjoying a drink or snack at any of the numerous open-air cafes and bars, going shopping… The major shopping centres are open all day between approximately 10 am and 10 pm at night, and department stores and shopping centres are also open on certain Sundays throughout the year. What's more, in coastal areas in the high season, most establishments usually remain open until after 10 pm. And remember, the official currency in Spain is the euro. In this Mediterranean country, and particularly in the cities from Thursday to Sunday, the nightlife is particularly intense. The pubs and discos are open until three in the morning, and in some cases through till dawn. There are also numerous other options available, such as taking in a flamenco show or a musical… And all year round, if you enjoy being part of traditional events and experiencing typical celebrations, Spain is the place to be: the carnival celebrations in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Cadiz (in February), Easter week (in March-April), the Fallas bonfire festival (in March) and the bull-running in San Fermín (in July) are just a few of the festivities which are famous throughout the world. Spectacular landscapes
Here you'll find almost 8,000 kilometres of coastline with some of the best beaches imaginable. You'll be able to bathe in transparent waters, the quality of which is closely monitored and recognised all over the world. The coast will surprise you with its variety: from the peaceful sands of Andalusia and the Mediterranean, including the coves of the Balearic and Canary Islands, and the natural landscapes and cliffs surrounding the beaches in the north. Spain is also one of the countries with the greatest number of spaces holding the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation, and is home to areas of great beauty and ecological value like its 14 national parks, all containing a wealth of treasures such as marshes, volcanoes… Yes to sports
Spain as a country is completely dedicated to sports, and this is the reason it hosts several international sporting competitions such as the Madrid Tennis Open, the Grand Prix motorcycle racing events in Jerez (Andalusia), Catalonia, Region of Valencia and Aragon, and the Formula 1 prizes held in Catalonia and Region of Valencia. Spain's football league is known as the 'league of stars'. What's more, Spain is the birthplace of some world's top sportsmen, such as Rafa Nadal, Fernando Alonso, Jorge Lorenzo, Alberto Contador...
Thanks to its love of sports, Spain offers a whole range of spaces where you can enjoy indulging your favourite sport: nautical activities, golf (it has over 400 golf courses), skiing (Spain is the second most mountainous country in Europe), hiking…

Eating in Spain is a genuine privilege, as it's home to products of unbeatable quality, many of which have been awarded their own designation of origin. This country is also the cradle of prestigious chefs such as Ferrán Adriá, Arzak and Berasategui, so you can be sure to have no shortage of restaurants to choose from. You can also visit wineries and learn all about wine tasting as you sample some of Spain's best-known wines. Remember that lunch is usually served between 1 pm and 3:30 pm, and dinner between 8:30 pm and midnight, although many establishments offer service all day long. When ordering, you can either opt for innovative new dishes or for typical dishes such as paella, gazpacho, Spanish omelette, octopus a feira, cocido (chickpea stew) or the famous tapas or pintxos. In fact 'going out tapas' is a very common custom in Spain, and involves strolling from bar to bar sampling delicious canapés and the house specialities in each place. A country steeped in sensations
Spain is all this and much more. A country known for its friendliness, luminosity and its good-natured high spirits. This is a country which knows how to combine tradition with modernity. For this reason numerous film stars and major royal figures have made their residence here. And that's the reason that famous directors such as Woody Allen choose Spain as the setting for their films. That's also why thousands of pilgrims come here every year to set out on the famous pilgrim route known as the Way of Saint James. Because Spain is the place to be.


Sri Lanka’s reputation as the gem of the Indian Ocean is not unfounded, and a luxury holiday to Sri Lanka really is everything you’d hope it would be. An exotic paradise with an abundance of things to see and do, this is land of impeccable beaches, lush mountain terrain and magnificent wildlife and is also home to no less than eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. It’s this, combined with a well established tourist infrastructure and abundance of first-class hotel resorts, that makes it a destination perfect for those who want to explore, relax, feast and marvel during their 5 star holiday.


Saint Lucia is the perfect destination, whether you're after romance, rejuvenation or adventure. A genuine, natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains, are sure to indulge every taste. Natural waterfalls, breath-taking views, friendly locals and authentic culture impress the most travelled individuals for a holiday with lasting memories.

The perfection of this escape should be shared. Tropical weather, welcoming accommodations, and unexpected adventures await all who travel to this paradise island. Romance can be found at upmarket resorts and intimate inns. Bask together under the Caribbean sun, sail into a champagne sunset, and cuddle beneath the vast starry sky. Discover new romance and re-spark old love over a candlelight dinner on a secluded beach.

For those planning a family getaway, you too can visit Saint Lucia. Enjoy on-site water parks, kids' menus and evening entertainment for everyone. Adventure seekers can surf and sail in the pristine waters. ATV adventures and rainforest zip-lining are family favourites. Relaxation isn't far off either with many resorts offering kids' activities so parents can enjoy a cocktail, a quiet hour together, or a couple's massage. Grab the kids, your partner and your sunscreen; this is a family holiday that everyone will enjoy.


Miles of tropical, sun-drenched beaches, fascinating culture, exotic wildlife, and modern, bustling cities: we love Thailand because it offers a little bit of everything for everybody. Imagine strolling down a stretch of pristine, white sand beach amid a backdrop of lush, verdant jungles one day, then visiting the sumptuous Thai Buddhist wats (temples), resplendent with ornate, gold decor and ubiquitous, orange-robed monks the next. Thailand, land of friendly smiles, will entice you with its fascinating culture, sumptuous food, tropical climate, and stunning beaches.


Just 26 miles long and 10 miles wide, Tobago is the slightly smaller sister island of Trinidad, but it’s bursting at the seams with natural wonders. As soon as you step off your flight in Tobago, you'll be in awe of its beauty - from the volcanic beaches inhabited by Hawksbill turtles to the rejuvenating ‘powers’ of Nylon Pool lagoon, this is a magical eco-destination to explore.


Just two and a half hours from London, Tunisia is a country where you will find your fill of blue sky and sunshine, extraordinary heritage and original traditions.

Home to the ancient city of Carthage with thousands of years of history, the magnificent Sahara desert and beautiful Mediterranean beaches, Tunisia offers a range of activities and sights.

As descendants of indigenous Berbers and a colourful mix of umpteen civilizations, modern Tunisians are a mix of ethnicities that have invaded, migrated to, and been absorbed into the population over three millennia.

As a result, Tunisians are truly Mediterranean, being a "bridge" of peoples between Africa, Europe and the Levant for over 3,000 years. Recorded history commences with the arrival of Phoenicians, who founded Carthage and other North African settlements in the 8th century B.C. Over time, the Romans, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and French realised its strategic importance, claiming it as a hub for regional control and gain. As a major power, Carthage was at the heart of Mediterranean sea-trade, situated close to vital shipping routes. The Roman decline and fall in the 5th century and the capture of Carthage by Vandals in 439 prompted a Berber uprising but the Byzantines defeated both groups in 533. The Muslim conquest in the 7th century dramatically transformed Tunisia’s ethnic make-up, sparking migration from around the Arab world.

Tunisia was a French protectorate from 1881 until independence in 1956 – a 75 year era that further shaped its cultural fusion. Post-liberation Tunisia was led for three decades by Habib Bourguiba. A progressive who furthered secular ideas, Bourguiba introduced some of the most advanced women’s rights in the Arab world. Reluctant to relinquish power he was eventually ousted in a 1987 bloodless coup. Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali took over the reins but stepped aside during the Arab Spring unrest of 2011. Tunisia’s first democratic elections since independence followed 10 months later, prompting large numbers to turn out to vote for Ennahda, a moderate Islamic party. Hamadi Jebali was appointed Prime Minister. Tunisia retains strong political and economic ties with the European Union. The EU accounts for over 65 per cent of Tunisian imports and more than 74 per cent of exports. Holidaymakers from Europe also represent around 80 per cent of Tunisia’s visitors each year.

Tunisia’s landscape is liberally peppered with historical monuments. These pertain to diverse civilizations spanning 3,000 years, from entire ancient settlements to shrines, amphitheatres, bathing houses, churches and cenotaphs. Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Spaniards, Turks, and the French have each left an imprint on the nation’s storied terrain with well-preserved sites and intriguing age-old ruins at every turn. Growing numbers of Tunisia’s multitude of archaeological sites are now open to visitors. Seven sites have UNESCO World Heritage Site status with 46 new additions slated for UNESCO inscription – amongst them the hill-sunk Roman ruins in Oudhna which are smaller than those at El Djem, the site of the largest Roman amphitheatre in North Africa, but are nothing short of jaw-dropping nonetheless.

The sites most visited are those with the easiest access, such as:

    El Kef
    El Djem

Once one of the Islamic world’s greatest and wealthiest cities (12th-16th century) Tunis is easily explored on foot and has 700 monuments including madrasas, palaces, grand residential quarters, crypts, mosques and fountains that testify to its remarkable past. Covering over 250 hectares, the UNESCO-listed portion of Tunis is a fine example of an Arabo-Muslim city with its 8th century central medina, 13th century suburbs and imposing military barracks. It is also possible to visit the world’s largest collection of Roman polychrome mosaics at Tunisia’s national museum and archaeological repository, The Bardo Museum.

At the height of their empire, the Romans had at least 200 cities in Tunisia as their first colony south of the Mediterranean. A legacy of this civilisation is over 26,000 listed sites – many in a remarkable state of preservation with more yet to be unearthed. People flock from all over the world to visit the city of Carthage, a great Phoenician trading empire during the 6th century given its strategic location at the mouth of the Gulf. During the lengthy Punic wars, Carthage occupied the territories that belonged to Rome, which then destroyed its rival in 146 AD.  The town was rebuilt by the Romans on the ruins of the ancient city and visitors can stroll around an extensive archaeological site that dominates a hillside and the surrounding plains. Highlights include the acropolis of Byrsa, the Punic ports, the Punic tophet, the necropolises, theatre, amphitheatre, circus, residential area, basilicas and the opulent Antonine baths.


Turkey is a vast and varied country boasting incredible landscapes and natural wonders bordered by four different seas. Well known as a great destination for relaxing beach holidays, it also offers many sporting activities, some of the world’s most important ancient monuments, welcoming Turkish hospitality and a delicious and varied national cuisine. So come and holiday in Turkey…

As a large country boasting an incredibly varied landscape that can cater for almost every kind of activity, Turkey has it all ­ from relaxing beach and family holidays soaking up the sunshine, city breaks in historic settings to action-packed activity holidays amid stunning scenery. Explore the array of year-round active pursuits available in Turkey, including white-water rafting, trekking, ballooning, yachting and skiing; as well as a huge variety of other things to experience in Turkey: Turkish baths and spas, nature and wildlife and shopping and nightlife just to name a few!


Choose from a fantastic selection of great value hotels, in iconic seaside resorts, bustling cities and relaxing rural retreats. Experience fun filled tribute, theatre and live music breaks, available right across the UK or get the most out of your UK staycation on a Rail break.


The United Arab Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing tourist destinations, has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable holiday, sun, sand, sea, sports, unbeatable shopping, top-class hotels and restaurants, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and welcoming environment.


Discover the USA
Make your own voyage of discovery to the USA
Since Christopher Columbus discovered America, 520 years have now passed.
And now you too are invited to discover America for yourself.

So, why not discover your own American dream?  Take your road to discovery from a long list of desirable holiday destinations:

On horseback, on wheels, or on foot
Along rolling road trips or in immense parks
Through big mountain scenery in the Rockies or the Appalachians
Beside great lakes, in shimmering seas or on top of swelling surf
Bask on sun-drenched beaches
In Hollywood or on Broadway
Across the Great Plains of the Mid-West
To the coast of California
Up the Mississippi or down Route 66
From New York's Big Apple to New Orleans' Big Easy

Choose adventure or plump for peace.
Wherever you go, find your own form of paradise.


Curved around Cambodia and Laos, with China to the north, Vietnam is a country of contrasts. Here, you can discover bustling cities and lantern-lit towns, along with lush rice fields, pretty beaches and limestone islands. There’s a patchwork of cultural influences, too. You’ll see Chinese, French, Indian and Malaysian touches across both the architecture and cuisine – and you’ll notice variations between North and South Vietnam. Although the two regions became one unified country in 1975, they’re still markedly different. So, to get the most out of your Vietnam holiday, it’s best to visit both.

In the North, you can explore the energetic capital, Hanoi, and the peaceful rice terraces of Sapa. And no holiday to Vietnam would be complete without a visit to Halong Bay. This UNESCO-stamped natural wonder is made up of more than 2,000 islands and spans a whopping 600 square miles. You can take a daytrip from Hanoi or, better still, spend a few days sailing around the bay on a cruise.

Elsewhere, in Central Vietnam, you’ll find picturesque Hoi An – an ancient riverside town featuring scented temples, Japanese merchant houses and an 18th-century bridge. You can also unwind on powdery beaches in Da Nang, or explore the impressive Complex of Hué Monuments, which was the political and cultural centre of Vietnam in the 17th and 18th centuries.

And, finally, there’s the South. If you’re into history, this is sure to be a highlight of your Vietnam holiday. Once known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has several must-see sites relating to the Vietnam War. And the remnants of French occupation are felt everywhere, from the landscaped gardens to the city’s very own Notre Dame Cathedral. More interested in nature? Venture into the Mekong Delta. This network of waterways is a world away from Vietnam’s cities, with tangled mangroves, traditional villages and floating markets.

If you want to explore independently, our Travel Specialists will help you plan the perfect itinerary. Fancy hopping over the border into Cambodia, or joining a Vietnam tour? We can sort that, too. Whatever you’re looking for, our Vietnam holidays tick all the boxes.