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Croatia has been a hidden holiday gem for centuries. This beautiful Balkan country plays host to pretty fishing villages, famous ancient ruins and a genuinely diverse environment complete with pine forests, rolling hills, pebble beaches and crystal clear waters. George Bernard Shaw once said "Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik” and when you experience Croatia for yourself, it’s not hard to see why.
Dubrovnik, also known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic” has an alluring charm that can be compared to that of Venice or Amsterdam. The main pedestrian area, Placa is a melange of cafés, shops and excellent restaurants. The Placa is also the perfect place to spend long lazy lunches dining on authentic Croatian food such as fresh seafood and crispy-skinned lamb from the spit.
Dubrovnik has a long and varied past. It was built in the 13th century while its well-preserved city walls and towers were built from the 14th to the 16th centuries. The city is home to many beautiful and exquisite buildings. Churches, monasteries and museums ornamented with finely carved stone recall an eventful history and a vibrant artistic tradition. Its architectural gems include the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, Dominican Monastery, Jesuit Monastery, Onofrio Fountain, Fort St. John, St. Blaise’s Church and Sponza Palace, not to mention the mighty City Walls which have protected the Old Town and Harbour of Dubrovnik for centuries. These magnificent walls surround the marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. Beyond the city is a heavenly landscape of beaches, wooded peninsulas and a sea strewn with lush islands.
From ancient Roman ruins to chic cafes, world famous art to exceptional food, a holiday to Italy never fails to impress. Italy deservedly takes its place as a centre of art, history and culture in Europe and boasts more UNESCO world heritage sites than any other country in the world.
We offer a wide selection of Italy holidays including Lake Garda, Lake Como, Rome, the Sorrento Coast, Sicily and Tuscany.
Spain is a spectacular and diverse country, the north resembling the rolling, green hills of Ireland and the south giving you a taste of Moroccan landscapes and architecture. It is known for its culturally diverse heritage, having been influenced by many nations throughout its history. After Italy, Spain is the country with the second highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Its tremendous history is reflected in its prehistoric cave paintings, Moorish palaces, ancient castles, narrow twisting old streets, Gothic and Renaissance cathedrals as well as some very distinctive modern architecture. Spain is also well known for its sunny Mediterranean climate.
Discover ancient civilisations and unique customs on a truly inspirational holiday to China where you will be taken on engaging and inspiring excursions and stay in luxurious accommodation. China is a magical clash between ancient culture and 21st Century Asian metropolises. Given this vast country’s rich history and unique customs it’s not surprising that our China holidays have become a favourite on the long-haul holiday scene. From Beijing’s unique blend of ancient imperial palaces, imposing stone walls, oriental gardens to the intense colonial past of Shanghai. Take a journey through Xi'an, one of the oldest cities in Chinese history that has been the capital of some of the country's most important dynasties. Xi'an is also home to the Terracotta Army, over 8,000 figures of warriors & horses that were manufactured in 120 BC.
From the north, the snow-capped Himalayas overlook the colourful and passionate people of India. This Asian country is defined by a diverse culture with many festivals celebrated with dancing and music. India also has the biggest film industry in the world. Indian architecture is said to represent the diversity of country and local traditions can be seen in many buildings. One of the most famous Indian monuments, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the Taj Mahal. Located in Agra, this mausoleum, or tomb, was built by a Mughal Emperor for his beloved wife in the 17th century.
Discover the rich history and cultural traditions of Burma, from Bagan to Mandalay. This incredible holiday includes excursions to the ancient imperial capital of Inwa, a boat trip on the Ayarwaddy River, the Indein Temple Complex, the Buddha statues at the Pindaya caves and much more.
Australia, the sixth largest country in the world, is made up of culture-rich metropolitan cities, beautiful white-sand beaches and vast desert outback. The mainland of Australia is comprised of five states: New South Wales, the Northern Territory, the Southern Territory, Queensland, and Victoria.
New South Wales has more than a thousand kilometres of Pacific coastline and a consistently mild climate, attracting a constant stream of visitors. The city of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory makes an excellent base to explore the region's natural wonders including the famous, Uluru – or Ayers Rock. Cairns in Queensland is the perfect place to stop if you want to explore the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.
New Zealand is an island country located in the south-western Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia. New Zealand has many different landscapes, environments, and ecosystems to enjoy. You can discover stunning rugged countryside & mountains, spectacular glaciers, volcanic plateaus, subtropical forests and miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches. This epic landscape has been used in many films, including Lord of the Rings. New Zealanders are known for their honesty, friendliness and openness. The Kiwis have a unique and dynamic culture with British, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences.
The Bahamas consists of 700 islands, located on the southeast of the US state of Florida the islands are renowned for the warm climate. There is almost an island for every water based activity, sailing in Abacos, kayaking around the cays of Exumas and pirates tales in Nassau. Nassau is also home to other kinds of entertainment, such as casinos, duty-free shopping and water parks.
Canada is the world's second largest country and occupies most of North America, from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west. Canada is known for having a multicultural society with British, French and aboriginal traditions mixed with the US culture and customs brought by migrants. Landscapes include the great Rocky Mountains in Alberta to Niagara Falls in Ontario and also extensive, lightly populated or unpopulated areas of wilderness. Canada also has some of the most bustling cities in the world, including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal.
An island located in the northern Caribbean Sea, Cuba has a tropical climate that is moderated by the surrounding waters. The capital, Havana, has some incredible colonial architecture and the countryside boasts beautiful beaches and luscious fields of sugar cane. Cuban music truly expresses Cuban culture. Influenced by Spanish and African culture, Cuban Son music has in turn influenced musical styles like salsa, rumba and mambo. Provocative dance is also associated with Cuba - dancing was a way for people to break free and rebel against oppression.
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic made up of 50 individual states. The country covers most of North America lying between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Washington is the capital, where the American President resides in The White House. Each state in America has something different to offer; from the expanse and tranquillity of the Grand Canyon to the bustle of New York, there will always be more to see and explore.
Argentina in South America lies between the Andes in the west and the Atlantic Ocean in the east and south. It possesses some of the world's tallest mountains, expansive deserts and impressive waterfalls. With strong European influences, Argentina is said to have European sensibilities but with Latin American passion. The capital, Buenos Aires, has many European styles of architecture and wide boulevards but also has a rich authentic culture with Tango music and dancing everywhere you turn.
Venture to Brazil, an exuberant country bursting with breathtaking landscapes, a unique culture and a nation of jovial people, who have wonderful spirit and a great passion for life. It is the largest country in South America, once a colony of Portugal which will play host to the 2016 Olympic Games. The dazzling “Carnival” with its spectacular street parades and vibrant music, has become one of the most potent images of Brazil and the country is also famous for football, samba, tropical beaches, the magnificent Amazon Rainforest and the spectacular Iguaçu Falls. Rio de Janeiro is known as the cultural capital of Brazil and the city, overlooked by Sugarloaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado, offers you the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches on which to unwind. Brazil is an amazing country where you will enjoy an incredible holiday while you celebrate life!
Egypt is an explorers paradise, Land of the Pharaohs, cradle of civilization and over 7,000 years of fascinating history. Our Egypt holidays are perfect for experiencing some of the greatest wonders on earth. The mammoth monuments of Ancient Egypt always overwhelm and remnants of ancient cities and temples such as the Great Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings are sites to behold. From the clamour of its colourful souks to the glorious vision of the Pyramids, Egypt has been attracting explorers for years. The vast Egyptian landscape will invigorate your body, mind and soul. No other country on earth is as enigmatic or majestic
The Republic of South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa. The long coastline stretches across both the Atlantic and Indian oceans. South Africa is known for its diversity, with eleven official languages and different ethnic groups, including Caucasian, Indian and racially mixed communities. South Africa offers stunning natural scenery, vast open spaces, lively cosmopolitan cities and is particularly rich in plant biodiversity. South Africa is also world renowned for its safaris. The famous Kruger National Park is one of the most popular wildlife-watching spots in the world.