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Freedom to Explore

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When you travel with Distant Journeys, we understand that in-between all the included sightseeing and activities, you’ll appreciate having time to enjoy things that interest you most. This is what our Freedom Days are for – days to spend as you please, with a range of optional activities to choose from.

Whether you’re a history buff or a foodie, a nature lover or a thrill seeker; you’ll find a Freedom Day excursion to suit you. You will find the Freedom Day options for your chosen holiday, within the itinerary page.

Below we’ve selected a few of the optional tours you can enjoy on your Freedom Days.

Cable car travelling high over the rainforst canpoy with waterfall in the background

Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Railway, Australia

Available on our tours to Australia, Kuranda is the ‘Village in the Rainforest’. We travel there via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, gliding silently over the world’s oldest rainforest. In Kuranda we spend time with local indigenous people before returning to Cairns is onboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway.

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TSS Earnslaw Steam Ship Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak, New Zealand

When travelling to New Zealand a popular Freedom Day choice is the TTS Earnslaw, a lovingly restored steamship built in 1912. Cruise across picturesque Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm where we watch the dogs rounding up sheep from the hill paddocks, and see the farmer shear a sheep.

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Indian Lassi

Evening Walking Tour, India

If you are travelling with us to India and visiting Jaipur why not join us for a fascinating walk through the streets of Jaipur as evening falls. Visit the bustling market and narrow lanes packed before enjoying tea at the Marigold Hotel.

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Okonomiyaki a traditional savory pancake, famoun in Hiroshima, Japan

Making Okonomiyaki, Japan

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake dish synonymous with Hiroshima region. They have over 2,000 Okonomiyaki restaurants! Made of egg, cabbage and soba noodles and utterly delicious, learn how to make them in a traditional restaurant, before tucking in to enjoy.

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People enjoying a glass of wine, with vineyards and mountains as a backdrop

Cape Winelands, South Africa

Nestled between towering mountains lies the Franschhoek Valley, where splendid South African wines are grown Join our Cape Winelands tour and you can explore some of the finest vineyards in South Africa. In addition to wine-tasting in beautiful vineyards, you’ll also discover the pretty town of Stellenbosch with its  oak tree-lined streets and picture-postcard Cape Dutch buildings.

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Vietnamese lady farmer watering vegetables

Organic Farm & Cookery Class, Vietnam

We cycle from Hoi An through picturesque countryside, passing rice fields and orchards before reaching Thanh Dong, an organic farm run by locals as a community-based project. Join the farmers in their daily work, before using produce harvested from the organic vegetable garden to cook a well-earned Vietnamese lunch with our host.

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Cambodian lady showing tourists how rice is milled by hand

Community Village, Cambodia

Whilst visiting Siem Reap in Cambodia, take the opportunity to learn more about the local communities. Traveling to the village Chansar, take a tour around the village talking to local families, learning about their way of life in this rural community and enjoy a simple yet delicious lunch with our hosts.

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Banff Hot Springs

Banff Upper Hot Springs, Canada

Available across our Canada & Alaska tours is the opportunity to ‘take the waters’ at Banff Upper Hot Springs. At an elevation of 5,200ft, reinvigorate yourself in the Hot Springs’ sulphur water swimming pool and plunge pools, surrounded by Canada’s Rocky Mountains.

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