Discover crown jewels of both Peru and Ecuador on this stunning two-week luxury trip from the heights of the Andes, where you visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, to the beautiful Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador.
Begin with one night in the Peruvian capital, Lima, a fantastic place to be introduced to the warm people and fabulous food that the country is renowned for, then fly into the mountainous interior for some adventure while acclimatising to the altitude. Visit vibrant local markets and see lesser known Inca ruins with your private guide before boarding a train to the legendary remained of Machu Picchu. Your guide will really bring this iconic sight to life. Return the next day to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for a unique perspective.
Take the train to the nearby city of Cusco, a fascinating place where opulent colonial Spanish architecture sits on top intricate Inca stonework. Spend three nights here, being shown around the terracotta old town and the bustling food market before a culinary masterclass.
Fly north to another colonial gem – Ecuador’s spectacularly set capital, Quito, where you’ll learn about Andean traditions, its history and meet local artisans. Then end your trip on a high aboard a luxury yacht in the Galapagos. During your four night cruise, hop between the unique islands of the archipelago, getting up close and personal with their incredible, iconic wildlife inhabitants such as giant tortoises, Darwin’s finches and marine iguanas, and snorkelling with sea lions, turtles and penguins.
The luxury trip to Peru and the Galapagos has been designed to make the most of your visit to South America, allowing time to see these highlights in depth, in comfort and travelling at a relaxed pace.
This is a fantastic, compact tour that takes in many of the top highlights of Southern Africa in just one short trip.
All the carefully selected exclusive and private tours will allow you to take things at your own pace and see what you are most interested in.
Take in the magnificent setting, culture and scenery of Cape Town, to the neighbouring Winelands for good food, tranquil countryside and superb wines before heading to the famous Kruger for a stylish safari and the exhilaration of spotting the Big Five. Finally it’s a relaxing two nights spent near to the roaring spectacle and pioneers rendezvous point of Victoria Falls.
Discover the Land of the Rising Sun with a luxury eight-day trip. Your introduction to this fascinating volcanic archipelago takes you to the main island of Honshu with visits to three of Japan’s most important cultural centres. You’ll stay at luxury accommodation at every step of the way with expert guides on hand and our insider recommendations to ensure that you get the most out of each destination.
We begin in Tokyo, Japan’s bright, exciting capital, to explore one of the most modern cities in the world with an exclusive private tour and a stay in an exceptional hotel.
Next we travel to the historical centre of Kanazawa by high-speed bullet train. Kanazawa survives as a beautifully preserved example of medieval Japan and you’ll explore it with private tours to ancient samurai and geisha districts and the spectacular Kenroku-en Garden. You’ll stay in a traditional hot spring ryokan, relaxing in mineral-rich waters before feasting on delicious kaiseki dinners of up to 13 elaborate dishes.
It’s then on to our final stop, Kyoto, the City of Ten Thousand Shrines. Here we discover imperial Japan, catching sight of kimono-clad geisha on their way to engagements and visiting ancient palaces and temples on private, in-depth tours.
For a country full of impossibly pretty and romantic cities, Venice, Florence and Rome perhaps win a hard fought battle as Italy’s most iconic.
This ten day luxury tour splits its nights evenly between the historic triumvirate, beginning in the Venetian Lagoon. Be introduced to Serenissima with a privately guided walking tour of St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace before an unforgettable gondola ride through Venice’s maze of canals.
On your third day, boat to three famous islands, each with its own character and history; Murano and its fine glassmaking, Burano’s brightly coloured fishermen’s houses and rural Torcello, the first island to be inhabited by the Veneti.
Next, take a train south to terracotta Florence and envelop yourself in its Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s ‘David’, Brunelleschi’s great Duomo and the bustling Piazza della Signoria. Based in the city, head out into the surrounding Tuscan countryside to discover the beautiful Chianti region and its renowned wines, and explore rustic Medieval towns such as spectacular Siena.
Then head via Orvieto along a road that leads to Rome, Italy’s capital and largest city. First get your bearings aboard a vintage Vespa through cobbled streets, then visit the vibrant Campo de’ Fiori market to shop for ingredients with a local culinary expert before a private cooking lesson of regional specialities.
Uncover the ancient past on a walking tour from the Roman Forum along the Via Sacra up the Palatine Hill. You’ll see the magnificent Colosseum and astounding Pantheon, two of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering, and find Rome’s other jewels such as the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Spend your final afternoon in the Vatican City, touring the museum, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and grand St. Peter’s Basilica.
This is a unique trip that is perfect for a first time visitor to enjoy Kenya’s most captivating landscapes and diverse range of wildlife with a large dose of luxury and pampering in each destination.
Begin with a night in Nairobi before flying into the Chyulu Hills area, a stunning landscape (on a clear day with views of Kilimanjaro) with fantastic luxury lodges and a great place to relax and settle into the Kenyan pace of life. There’s also plenty of activities here, as well as spotting wildlife, you can engage with the local communities of Masaai in an authentic and rewarding way.
Your next stop in the world famous Masaai Mara. An area famed for its amazing wildlife and sweeping open landscapes. We’ve suggested lodges in the Conservancy areas that border the national park, as these offer a far more exclusive safari than those in the national park and support local communities. Enjoy some of the best game viewing in the world as well as the opportunity for bush walks and night drives.
This action-packed five day trip showcases the highlights of southern Iceland whilst shrouded in snow. A short and concise private tour, it brims with extraordinary natural experiences and unforgettable memories.
Based in cool Reykjavik, we’ll take you snowmobiling across Iceland’s second biggest glacier, inside a cave of shimmering ice and to watch the spellbinding colours of the Aurora Borealis dance across the sky. You’ll also get to soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon and witness the mighty wonders of Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall in the Golden Circle.
Discover three of Australia’s must-sees in style on this ten-day trip, starting in the fabulous city of Sydney before heading to the Red Centre to see Uluru and a final blissful few days on a remote island surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef.
Begin with three nights under the iconic skyline of Sydney, a wonderfully vibrant and welcoming city that is the perfect introduction to Australia. Here, you’ll cruise through the harbour aboard a private motorboat for the best views of the Opera House and bridge before dipping your toes in the waters of Bondi Beach. You’ll also venture into the spectacular Blue Mountains behind the city and meet some of the country’s favourite animals at a wildlife sanctuary.
Next, fly to very middle of the country, a deeply spiritual and wild place, for two nights of luxury in the shadow of red Uluru. You’ll get to hike through the bush, dine on celebrated cuisine and Australian wine, discover cave paintings and gain an insight into the cultural significance of this vivid landscape.
Then, after a night in Cairns, fly out to Lizard Island on the northernmost tip of Great Barrier Reef, a national park shared only with a research station. Relax on one of 24 beaches, snorkel on the famous reef, sail to neighbouring islands aboard a catamaran or explore the interior on nature trails. Whether you’re after a romantic getaway or Cousteau-inspired marine adventure, one could not hope to be in a better place.
A comprehensive and epic adventure through Argentina’s majestic Patagonian landscapes and natural sights.
From the glistening lakes of Bariloche, the granite peaks of FitzRoy, the magnificent glacier region, to the ‘city at the end of the world’, and the solitary shores of Bahia Bustamante teeming with marine wildlife; this is a journey through some of the planet’s more exceptional scenery.
Matched with perfectly positioned, luxury accommodation throughout, and combined with expert guides and excursions tailored to your specific interests, make this ultimate trip to discover the splendid scenery of Patagonia in style
Discover India’s most popular cities – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, otherwise known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ – along with Varanasi, the spiritual heart of India, and the beautiful city of lakes, Udaipur.
This is a wholesome cultural journey where you’ll not only see all the highlights with a private guide but also get a unique insight into life here, by meeting a warm and welcoming roster of locals with some exclusive experiences.
Begin by meeting your very own personal guide who will accompany you for the duration of your adventure, then spend two nights in India’s amiable capital, Delhi. You’ll explore both the jumbled old town and grand architecture of New Delhi, as well seeing the stunning medieval Qutb Minar and Humayun’s Tomb.
Next fly to Varanasi for two nights on the banks of the Ganges in this most holy of cities. Here, witness ancient religious ceremonies on the famous stepped ghats on serene boat trips, be shown the winding back alleys by a local, and visit nearby Sarnath, the site of Buddha’ first sermon.
Fly back west to Agra, home of the iconic Taj Mahal, seeing this perennial testament to love at its most picturesque times – sunrise and sunset. You’ll also visit the imposing Agra Fort, then drive via the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri to Jaipur.
Spend three nights in Rajasthan’s pink capital, Jaipur, a vibrant place home to a collection of India’s most majestic palaces and atmospheric relics. See the famous Amber Fort, the astronomical oddities of Jantar Mantar and learn all about intricate crafts from artisans at the bazaar.
Finally, end your trip with two nights in Udaipur, a scenic little city of palaces surrounded by the Aravalli Hills. As well as seeing Udaipur’s highlights, you’ll be shown around a food and spice market by a resident before a home cooking class.
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