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Highlights of India Tour

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India is a country which is both enchanting and surprising. Bustling cities are entwined with ancient history and enthralling cultures. It’s a destination like no other.

Distant Journeys takes you around India’s Golden Triangle, a classic itinerary visiting the three iconic colourful cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, with the bonus of visiting the beautiful Ranthambore National Park and the spectacular Golden Temple of Amritsar.

Your tour begins in the nation’s capital Delhi, full of astounding architecture and vibrant culture; you will experience both the old and the new in this contrasting city. We continue to the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital. We journey onwards to Ranthambore National Park, a former royal hunting ground and home to the elusive tiger. Next, is the city of Agra – the setting for arguably the most beautiful building in the world, the Taj Mahal – and we finish our tour with the golden sights of Amritsar.

Enjoying quality hotels throughout, and conducted at a relaxed pace, this tour is the perfect way to explore and enjoy the Highlights of India.

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15-day Highlights of India, from £2,995

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Day 1: Depart UK

Depart with Emirates from the UK airport most convenient for you. Choose from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow. Alternatively, you can fly direct to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow at a supplement of £125 per person. In-flight meals and drinks included.

 Shimla Extension

Why not extend your tour by travelling on the iconic Toy Train to Shimla, the eclectic capital of India’s Northern State, Himachal Pradesh? Lying at the foothills of the Himalayas, the once summer capital of the British Raj, Shimla, is famed for its bazaars, markets, and specialist wooden handicrafts – dream perusal for the artistic amongst you! Please see the end of this itinerary section for further details.

Day 2: Delhi, 3 nights

All flights with Emirates to Delhi travel via Dubai. On arrival into Delhi transfer to the five-star Hyatt Regency hotel, where you will enjoy an early evening welcome drink with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager, who will be there to explain more about the delights awaiting you on the tour ahead! In-flight meals and drinks included.

Day 3: Delhi

What a place to begin! Delhi is the perfect introduction to India for those already acquainted, as well as first-time travellers to this remarkable country. Combining the very best of ancient and modern, today’s tour of the city will commence with a traditional rickshaw ride through Old Delhi via the historic Red Fort, the palace of the Mughal Empire, at the heart of the city. Close by is India’s largest mosque, the stunning Jama Masjid, and Chandni Chowk (known as Moonlight Square) – the rich, colourful, bustling central market of the old city. We visit the triumphal India Gate and exquisite Parliament House in New Delhi, before enjoying classic Indian cuisine at the delightful Veda Restaurant. Further exploration of this incredible city will take us to visit Humayun’s Tomb, where the 16th century Mughal Emperor lies, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Qutub Minar – India’s famed red sandstone and white marble minaret. Breakfast and lunch included.

 Day 4: Delhi Freedom Day

Everyone appreciates a little breathing space, and this is the first of our ‘Freedom Days’ where you are able to spend the day as you please and make your holiday a more personal and independent experience. Our Distant Journeys Tour Manager will be on hand to provide help and suggestions; restaurants, activities, excursions and additional sight-seeing. Any help booking such ventures will be provided. Maybe the astonishing complex of Akshardham Hindu Temple and Lotus Temple would stimulate your curiosity? Perhaps you are more inclined to take a walking tour of Delhi’s schools and markets, guided by street children of the Salaam Baalak Trust? Or maybe one of several tours indulging you in India’s fascinating melting pot of cultures, languages and religions? The choice is yours. Breakfast included.

 Day 5: Jaipur, 3 nights

Today begins with our journey to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. En route we visit the Heritage Transport Museum for an interesting self-guided tour through the evolution of India’s motor industry, where car enthusiasts amongst you can revel in such incredible advancements. Later, we continue to opulent Jaipur – stately capital of Rajasthan, where our home for the next three nights is the wonderful Trident Hotel, offering stunning views of Mansagar Lake and Jal Mahal – the eminent Water Palace. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 6: Jaipur

Following breakfast we make the exciting ascent in private jeeps to the majestic Amber Fort – another UNESCO World Heritage Site set amongst the beautiful backdrop of pink hills, and overlooking Maota Lake. Full of nostalgia, and displaying fine Rajput architecture, we first witness the striking façade of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), decorated with intricate latticework. In the afternoon we continue to the City Palace Museum, the decorated ceremonial seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur and home to a breathtaking display of Rajasthani and Murghal art, before visiting yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar – an incredible observatory built in 1726, which still offers accurate astronomical readings today! This evening you will have the option of dining at 1135AD, a sublime restaurant set within the celebrated ramparts of Amber Fort. Breakfast included.

Day 7: Jaipur Freedom Day

Take your opportunity to continue exploring this wonderful city, or enjoy some well-earned relaxation. You may want to join a heritage walking tour through the heart of the old city, learning about the local trades and crafts, or discover the ancient art of hand block printing and how the region’s famous Blue Pottery is created. Alternatively, you could explore a local organic farm and enjoy the scintillating aromas of a live cooking demonstration from a skilled Rajasthani chef. Breakfast included.

 Day 8: Ranthambore, 2 nights

After departing Jaipur we will embark on our journey to Ranthambore National Park, once the private hunting ground of the Maharaja. The park is now celebrated for its wildlife conservation and will offer you the unique opportunity to hopefully witness India’s majestic Bengal Tigers in their natural habitat. We are set to board our open canter vehicles after lunch for our first safari, hoping to capture glimpses of India’s elusive but graceful national animal. The safari will also offer the chance to see sambar deer, marsh crocodiles, sloth bears, monkeys and more than 250 species of bird life. Built in the distinctive style of a traditional Rajput hunting palace, your accommodation for the next two evenings will be the magnificent Nahargarh – set amidst tranquil grounds where dinner will be served. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9: Ranthambore Safari

Rising bright and early, we begin with our second captivating safari into Ranthambore’s National Park, where, under the skilled supervision of local guides, you will explore different areas in your quest to see the varied and enchanting wildlife. After returning to the hotel for breakfast, you will be offered a further opportunity to do as you please, perhaps relaxing beside the hotel’s peaceful pool with a good book! This evening we enjoy a delicious barbecue within the hotel’s scenic grounds, giving you the chance to reflect and share your unique safari experience with your fellow travellers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 Day 10: Agra, 2 nights

After breakfast we will make our way to the ‘Eastern City Gate of Rajasthan,’ Bharatpur, where we enjoy lunch in the serene setting that is Laxmi Niwas Palace. Our journey to Agra continues through the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site that is famed for once being an imperial city of the Mughal dynasty. Built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri was deserted after only 14 years of rule. This abandoned metropolis provides an intriguing insight into life in the time of the Mughal dynasty. Later, we continue to Agra and our wonderful hotel, the Trident Agra. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 11: Agra’s Taj Mahal

Tour Highlight

There are few architectural masterpieces as iconic as India’s magnificent Taj Mahal, and our morning will begin with a visit to this incredible ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of Agra’s Yamuna River. Commissioned in 1632 by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, this breath-taking complex is said to have been constructed by over 20,000 stone carvers, masons, and artists from across India, Turkey and Iraq. After plenty of photo opportunities, we continue to the imposing Agra Fort – built entirely of red sandstone, this was the imperial city of the Mughal rulers, and the place in which India was governed for many years. There is time in the afternoon to do your own exploration, or simply relax if the morning’s stunning sights have overwhelmed you. The evening will offer an opportunity to experience Mohabbat The Taj show, depicting the romance that inspired the Taj Mahal – the love story between Emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Breakfast included.

 Day 12: Amritsar, 2 nights

Tour Highlight

An early breakfast will be followed by transfers to Delhi Airport, where we board our flight to Amritsar, home to the legendary Golden Temple (Sikhism’s holiest shrine). Amritsar was founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das. When illuminated at night, the Golden Temple is a spectacularly radiant sight, and we witness this Indian masterpiece after freshening up at our hotel, the fabulous Hyatt Amritsar. During or visit we will also enjoy the Palki Ceremony, where the Sikh Holy Book is paraded through a crowd of worshippers with accompanying drums and hymns providing the soundtrack to an unforgettable experience at Sikhism’s most significant and most-visited landmark. Breakfast included.

 Day 13: Amritsar

This morning we explore Harmandir Sahib – the huge gurdwara complex surrounding the Golden Temple. There is chance to indulge further in mystical Indian history, including Akal Takhat, where a staggering collection of sacred Sikh weapons can be found, and the unbelievable community kitchens, which produces up to 20,000 meals per day. We also visit the museum before heading to Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden established in 1951 commemorating the massacre by British occupying forces. In the afternoon, we journey to the Wagah Border separating India and Pakistan to witness its daily ceremonial closing of the gates and flag lowering – yet another unique and memorable experience. Breakfast included.

 Day 14: Delhi, overnight

Following breakfast, we board our flight to Delhi, where we will be met by our local guide and transferred to the nearby Pride Plaza Hotel. The afternoon is free for you to take in any last minute sights, enjoy some souvenir shopping, and reflect on the many amazing experiences we have enjoyed over the past couple of weeks. Breakfast included.

 Day 15: Depart India – Arrive UK

We depart Delhi with Emirates and fly via Dubai to your chosen airport, bringing an end to our unforgettable Indian adventure. Alternatively, fly with Virgin Atlantic direct to London Heathrow. Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included.

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Shimla Extension

Why not extend your tour by travelling to Shimla, the eclectic capital of India’s Northern State, Himachal Pradesh?

Four nights from only £695 per person

Shimla was known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’ and was the summer capital during British rule in India (when it was known as Simla). In the 19th-century, the British colonial government retreated from the heat of the Indian summer and found this idyllic tiny hamlet with a temperate climate in the Himalayan foothills.

Strung out along a crescent-shaped ridge, surrounded by steep forested hills falling away on all sides, and with snow-covered mountains as a backdrop, it is little wonder Shimla exerted such a magnetic influence and blossomed into a thriving British hill station. Today, the town still exudes a colonial charm and it retains a certain romance for British visitors.

The Shimla Extension may be added to the beginning of any of our tours to India. Guests choosing to take the Shimla Extension will leave the UK four days earlier than the departure dates featured in the brochure.

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart with Emirates from the UK airport most convenient for you. Choose from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow. If you are travelling on the Highlights of India or Journey Through India itineraries, you also have the option to fly direct to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow. No matter which airline or UK airport you choose, there will be no additional cost. In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2: Delhi, overnight

All flights with Emirates to Delhi travel via Dubai. On arrival in Delhi, we meet our Tour Manager and transfer to the five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 3: Shimla, 3 nights

Tour Highlight

An early start as we take the morning Shatabdi Express train for our wonderful journey north to Kalka. Our comfortable ‘chair-class’ seats are in air-conditioned carriages with large viewing windows. On arrival in Kalka, we board the Himalayan ‘Toy Train’. As you would expect from an historic rail journey on a narrow-gauge railway, carriages are smaller and are not air-conditioned, but this is more than compensated by the increasingly spectacular views across the lower Himalayas. Our rail adventure ends in Dharampur, where we stop for lunch, and the remainder of the journey to Shimla is by road. Shimla was the summer capital of British India, and nicknamed the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. Shimla sits in a stunning location at an altitude of 7,267 feet, sprawling across a crescent-shaped ridge deep in the Himalayan foothills. We spend our three fabulous nights in Shimla at the deluxe Radisson Jass Hotel.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 4: Shimla

The best way to explore Shimla’s most important sights and landmarks is on foot, and this morning we discover the many reminders of British colonial life. During the 19th-century, a stream of British officials and their families travelled to Shimla and created a home away from home, which can be seen in the Georgian, Victorian, mock-Tudor and baronial-style architecture throughout the town. We begin at the buttermilk-yellow Christ Church, overlooking the town, and meander through the pedestrianised streets seeing Scandal Point, Gaiety Theatre and the half-timbered Town Hall.

Arguably the most impressive building is Viceregal Lodge and its beautiful botanical gardens. Built in Scottish baronial style, it was the summer residence of the Viceroy of India, and is now an institute of advanced studies, with some rooms open to the public. In the afternoon, we drive to Shimla’s highest hilltop to visit the vermillion-pink statue of monkey-god Hanuman, and enjoy incredible views of the surrounding area. On the walk back to Shimla, there is an opportunity to stop at the Book Café, a government-funded project to rehabilitate the prisoners of Shimla. Breakfast included

Day 5: Shimla Freedom Day

A Freedom Day in Shimla to relax or further explore this wonderful town at your leisure. Alternatively, you may wish to make the short journey to the Himalayan village of Dhami. Enjoy a walk through the village and its nearby forests, teeming with birdlife, in the company of Kunwar Dushyant Singh, a descendant of the last formal ruler of Dhami. Later, enjoy the wonderful flavours of local Dhami dishes, prepared by Kunwar Dushyant’s family. Please note, this experience is subject to the family’s availability during your visit.
Breakfast included

Day 6: Delhi, 3 nights

Following breakfast, we transfer by road to Chandigarh Airport, where we board our flight to Delhi. We return to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, for the next three nights. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your fellow travellers to become acquainted and learn more about our adventure ahead.
Breakfast included

From this point, please follow day 3 of your preferred itinerary


Departure dates & prices

Our escorted holidays to India are designed to include must-see sights and memorable experiences in your tour price. And the new Highlights of India tour is no exception as so much of what you will experience is already included in the price. That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast and several other meals too, experienced local Tour Manager and several amazing excursions, already paid for.

SPECIAL OFFERS: Please call our team for details.

2020 / 2021 Highlights of India departures

 Departure date Price (pp) Availability Offer
08 March£2,995 Available


Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single occupancy supplement: £895

Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.

Stopovers: Extend your holiday with a stopover in Dubai from £345 per person return.

Visa: An e-Tourist visa is required for travel to India. For more information on applying for your visa and the associated costs, please refer to our Terms & Conditions page

Flight upgrades

Emirates upgrade to Business Class flights from £2,945 per person return.

Virgin Atlantic upgrade to Premium flights from £795 per person return, or Upper Class flights from £1,845 per person return.

Important information

Prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest available booking class and may change, however the correct price will always be confirmed before you book.

So much included

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Choose to fly with Emirates via Dubai from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham
  • Alternatively, you can fly direct with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow. A supplement of £99 per person will apply
  • All domestic flights within India
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty


Carefully selected hotels

  • First class and deluxe hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes


Many meals

  • Daily breakfast, worth £197 per person
  • Five lunches
  • Two dinners


Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Amritsar
  • Visit the Heritage Transport Museum
  • Jeep ride and tour of Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Two safaris in Ranthambore National Park
  • Tour of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Visit to the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Experience Amritsar’s Golden Temple

On the ground

  • Services of an experienced local Tour Manager
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout


100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected

Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Delhi

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Pride Plaza Aerocity Hotel New Delhi

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Radisson Jass, Shimla

Sitting at the foot of the Himalayas, the Radisson Hotel has a stunning, elevated location among scented cedar forests and enjoys wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.  It has a seasonal outdoor pool for guests to enjoy an… Find out more >
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Great ways to explore Fraser Island, a sandy paradise in Australia

Found just off the coast of Queensland in Australia, Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, at a whopping 120 kilometres long. With its beaches, cliffs, rainforests and pools,...

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With the world’s biggest population, China is one of the world’s most fascinating countries, its billions of people having created a rich history, an interesting culture and some of the...

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Found on the banks of the Yamuna river in the Uttar Pradesh region, Agra has become one of the most popular cities to visit in India, with tourists flocking here...

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Japan is one of the world’s most fascinating countries, where the contrast between its imperial history and its futuristic technological developments will simply blow your mind. From historic cities such...

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Around an hour outside of Melbourne, you’ll find one of the finest wine regions in all of Australia: the Yarra Valley. The Yarra Valley wineries are highly-renowned and known as...

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A breath-taking fjord in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island, Milford Sound is an unmissable place to visit in New Zealand, with its stunning landscapes including the Mitre Peak...

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To quote Andy Williams, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, with Christmas just a few short weeks away. While we’re donning our Christmas jumpers and there’s a chance...

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Another year has just flown by and in just a few short weeks, we’ll be marking the end of another decade and welcoming in 2020. Australia is one of the...

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How Christmas is celebrated in China

The festive season has well and truly arrived, with several countries all over the world embracing the Christmas spirit. Traditionally, China is not a Christian country, but it is starting...

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Christmas has quickly crept up on us once again and it’s now just around the corner, with plenty of festive events filling up the calendar and the chance to take...

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You may imagine Shanghai as a vast metropolis filled with towering, illuminated skyscrapers, but there is more to the city than meets the eye, and in the French Concession Area,...

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Bamboo rafting on the Li River

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Cycling in the Yangshuo countryside

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Rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing

Discover the real Beijing with this excellent Beijing hutong tour, which takes you on a rickshaw ride through the streets of Beijing before exploring the city’s famous hutongs on foot....

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Shuanglin Temple tour

The little-known city of Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and China’s best-preserved ancient town, is one of the highlights of our Very Best of China tour, with its fine...

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Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is known for being a cosmopolitan city and a cultural melting pot, but it’s also home to some of the best golf courses in...

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Behold the ancient Chinese martial art of Kung Fu with this amazing Chinese Kung Fu show, hosted at the Red Theatre in Beijing. The Legend of Kung Fu Show first...

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Guilin Lakes and Rivers Night Cruise

Guilin is a city in southern China famous for its natural scenery, including its clusters of limestone Karst hills and its beautiful still waterways, made up of four lakes and...

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Cormorant fishing show at the Li River

Cormorant fishing is an ancient Chinese practice that has been carried out for decades, and is a must-see during your time exploring Guilin and the Li River. The art of...

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Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show

Xi’an is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China, once the centre of many Chinese dynasties. You can learn about one of these fascinating dynasties, the Tang Dynasty,...

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The best food & wine festivals in New Zealand

Thanks to its unique climate, New Zealand has become one of the best countries for wine in the world, with Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay and the Waipara Valley, among others, being...

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The largest city in Australia, Sydney is a city of exceptional culture, offering events throughout the year, museums, venues and art galleries: all set to please lovers of the arts...

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Te Anau – Fiordland Jet Boat

If you’re after some adventure on your New Zealand tour, visiting Te Anau and embarking on an exhilarating jet boat ride will definitely fit the bill. It’s one of the...

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Te Anau – Te Anau Glow-worm Caves Tour

Te Anau is one of the best places to see glow worms in New Zealand, with hundreds of thousands of colourful glow worms lighting up the shadowy caves in an...

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The adventure capital of Queenstown, with its several attractions and proximity to Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is one of the most visited destinations in New Zealand. To...

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Weta Workshop Tour

Go behind the scenes of some of the best-loved movies in history with this tour of the Weta Workshop near Wellington, a studio famous for creating some of the movie...

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5 amazing bars in Beijing you need to visit

The capital city of China, Beijing is a vast sprawling metropolis which also proudly bears special corners of ancient China. At the end of a long day exploring the likes...

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5 of the best ways to enjoy the Whitsunday Islands

Among the most beautiful of the Great Barrier Reef islands, the Whitsunday Islands are becoming a popular tourist destination in their own right, thanks to their stunning scenery and brilliant...

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Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, thanks to its proximity to the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu and the Shotover River. Whether you’re after a thrilling, adrenaline-fuelled...

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Offering a variety of world class sport ranging from cricket to rugby, horse racing and its very own Aussie rules football (AFL), Australia is renowned for its sporting heritage and...

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One of the main reasons that China is such a popular travel destination is its spectacular nature, whether it’s the variety of natural landscapes, which can range from lush forests...

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4 fantastic ways to get up close to animals in Sydney

From kangaroos to koalas, Australia is renowned for its diverse native wildlife. As Australia’s largest city, Sydney is one of the best places to take part in a variety of...

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Meliá Hotel, Bali

The name Bali conjures up thoughts of an exotic tropical paradise, and the reality is every bit as wonderful.  Swaying palm trees, white sand beaches and the warm hospitality of...

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Stopover in style at the four star Rasa Sentosa Resort, a beautiful beachside resort on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.  Perfect for a relaxing break, but close to the numerous exciting attractions of...

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The only beachfront resort in Singapore, overlooking Siloso Beach, the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort is a beautiful resort on Singapore’s Sentosa Island. Sentosa Island is bursting with lively attractions, such...

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A 4-star hotel found on The Terrace, the Grand Chancellor James Cook Hotel is our base in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, during our tour visiting the Very Best of New...

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Just north of Dubai, set in the scenic Al Wadi Desert and 1235-acre protected nature reserve, the Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert offers five-star luxury and a...

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Special Stay – The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

A Hong Kong institution, The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong is known as the Grande Dame of the Far East. Overlooking the city’s Victoria Harbour and built in 1928, the hotel...

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Raffles Hotel Singapore is steeped in history and is undoubtedly the city’s most iconic hotel. Established in 1887, and named after the founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, this was...

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Ritz Carlton Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah

Just north of Dubai, set in the scenic Al Wadi Desert and 1235-acre protected nature reserve, the Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert offers five-star luxury and a...

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Raffles Hotel, Singapore

Raffles Hotel Singapore is steeped in history, and is undoubtedly the city’s most iconic hotel. Established in 1887, and named after the founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, this was...

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The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

A Hong Kong institution, The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong is known as the Grande Dame of the Far East. Overlooking the city’s Victoria Harbour and built in 1928, the hotel...

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Stamford Plaza Melbourne

The Stamford Plaza Melbourne enjoys an excellent location right in the heart of Melbourne, with some of the city’s most popular and important landmarks just a short walk away. A...

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Lotus Blanc Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Offering 4-star luxury, the Lotus Blanc Resort in Siem Reap is a lovely boutique hotel in one of Cambodia’s most popular destinations, and one of the hotels included in our...

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Palace Gate Hotel & Resort, Phnomh Penh, Cambodia

Centred around a lovingly restored French villa, once the seat of the French colonial government, the Palace Gate Hotel and Resort Phnom Penh is as steeped in history as it...

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Victoria Mekong River Cruise

Travelling between Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and Phnomh Penh, the capital of Cambodia, the Victoria Mekong River Cruise is one of the stand-out highlights of our tours of Vietnam departing from...

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Liberty Central Riverside Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

On the edge of Ho Chi Minh City’s Central Business District, overlooking the Saigon River, the Liberty Central Saigon Riverside hotel offers four-star accommodation and a stylish base for your...

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Eldora Hotel, Hue

Located just 500 metres from the Perfume River, the Eldora Hotel in Hue is the perfect base from which to discover Vietnam and the historic city of Hue, once the...

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Silk Marina Resort & Spa, Hoi An

A peaceful oasis and a tranquil retreat from the lively city of Hoi An, the Hoi An Silk Marina Resort is located two kilometres outside of the city, overlooking the...

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Au Co Cruise, Halong Bay

A cruise through Halong Bay on the Au Co is not to be missed. With space for just 66 guests, the cruise is an intimate journey through one of the...

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Pan Pacific Hotel, Hanoi

Enjoying views over West Lake, the Red River and Truc Bach Lake, the Pan Pacific Hanoi offers a calm oasis to relax in during your stay in Vietnam after a...

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7 of the best geothermal pools in New Zealand that’ll make you feel like new

A lakeside town and region on New Zealand’s North Island, Rotorua is one of the most romantic places in New Zealand, famed for its geothermal pools and hot springs. The...

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Beverly Hills Hotel, Umhlanga

With spectacular  views out onto the ocean, the Beverly Hills Hotel offers five-star accommodation in one of South Africa’s premier coastal spots, uMhlanga, in the outskirts of Durban. Established in...

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Great ways to see Kakadu National Park

The largest National Park in all of Australia, covering 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu National Park is one of Australia’s most spectacular places to visit.   There are several reasons why...

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Five Waipara Valley wineries we really recommend visiting

Part of New Zealand’s famous Canterbury wine region, the Waipara Valley is just an hour north of Christchurch and a perfect destination for those who love their food and drink....

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What is an escorted tour?

Escorted tours are becoming an increasingly popular way to travel, especially for those who are keen to visit a destination but don’t enjoy planning the logistics. But what exactly does...

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Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo

Set in the skyscraper district of Shinjuku, one of the liveliest wards in Tokyo, staying at the Keio Plaza Hotel Shinjuku places you in a prime position for exploring Japan’s...

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Takayama Green Hotel, Takayama

The Takayama Green Hotel is set in the heart of the Japanese city of Takayama.  Nicknamed ‘Little Kyoto’, Takayama is a charming and historic town, and at the Takayama Green...

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Hotel Nikko Osaka

Situated in the heart of the sprawling city of Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city, the Hotel Nikko Osaka is a 4-star high-rise hotel offering contemporary rooms, a choice of restaurants and...

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Kyoto Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto

A contemporary hotel with subtle nods to traditional Japanese design, the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel is a peaceful haven, yet it enjoys a great location. Once Japan’s imperial capital, this heritage...

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Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel, Kurashiki

The Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel is located just a short walk from many of the attractions of the historic and cultural city of Kurashiki. Kurashiki is most famous for its...

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Fuji View Hotel, Kawaguchiko

Boasting an extensive 100,000 square metre garden; a lakeside position beside Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchiko), the prettiest of the five Fuji lakes; and great views of Japan’s most famous and highest...

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Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel, Kanazawa

Set at the heart of the ancient castle city of Kanazawa, the Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel is ideally located for exploring the area’s top attractions. Just a short walk away is...

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Rihga Royal Hotel, Hiroshima

Set in the heart of this fascinating Japanese city, the Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima is based in the perfect location for exploring Hiroshima’s attractions and remnants of its unfortunate past. ...

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Radisson Jass, Shimla

Sitting at the foot of the Himalayas, the Radisson Hotel has a stunning, elevated location among scented cedar forests and enjoys wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.  It...

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Le Meridien Hotel, Kochi, Kerala

Le Méridien Kochi is situated in 18 acres, surrounded on each side by the tranquil backwaters of Kochi. Modern and stylish, the hotel offers everything guests could need to enjoy...

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Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, Knysna

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Protea Hotel Knysna Quays, Knysna

With Knysna Lagoon on your doorstep, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays offers waterside accommodation in Knysna, at the heart of South Africa’s famous Garden Route, a highlight of...

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Spice Village Hotel, Periyar National Park

A truly unique place to stay, the Spice Village Periyar is a tribal village set in a real spice garden, in the town of Thekkady on the edge of the...

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Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom, Kerala, India

Set amongst coconut groves and backwater canals, experience the real Kerala at the Coconut Lagoon resort in Kumarakom. Overlooking the Vembanad lake, one of the largest lakes in India, even...

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Trident Hotel, Nariman Point, Mumbai

Let your stresses slip away at the Trident Spa, a luxury spa offering a variety of Eastern and Western treatments, ranging from Swedish massage to Ayurvedic therapies. You can also...

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Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, Delhi

Pride Plaza Aerocity Hotel prides itself on providing true Indian hospitality and a personalised service.  Guest rooms have everything you could need, and you can unwind with a dip in...

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Hyatt Regency, Amritsar

Located just 3 miles from the spectacular Golden Temple and a 30 minute drive from the airport, the Hyatt Regency is the perfect hotel for a relaxing stay in the...

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Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Breeding Centre – Pretoria

Established in 1971, the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Breeding Centre near Pretoria, also known as the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre, is one of South Africa’s leading wildlife attractions,...

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Four ancient palaces in China you won’t want to miss

Alongside a varied and delectable cuisine, thriving metropolitan cities and the breathtaking landscapes you’ll find in China, another reason to visit this diverse and exciting country is its fascinating history....

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Three days in Sydney: the perfect itinerary!

Sydney is Australia’s largest city and one of the world’s most iconic cities, with its perfect blend of landmarks, beaches, culture and activities. But what if you have just 3...

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Purifying Ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple, Bali

The Indonesian island of Bali is renowned not only for its beauty but also for its ancient temples. Tirta Empul temple is among the most famous, its waters said to...

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Jatiluwih Village & The Batukaru Mountains Nature Tour

Discover the ‘real’ Bali and escape off the beaten track with this small group tour to the centre of Bali, visiting mountains, farms, ancient villages and temples. There’s more to...

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Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise

Bali is one of the world’s most beautiful islands, and the Bali Hai cruise is one of the best ways to see the island in all its splendour, taking it...

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Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Temple Tour

Discover ancient temples, meet the local wildlife and explore the countryside of inland Bali with this half-day Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot tour. It’s one of several optional...

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Kecak at Uluwatu Temple in Bali & BBQ seafood dinner

Discover the real Bali with an immersive evening of culture, dance and food on this evening tour to Bali’s Uluwatu temple. If you decide to visit Bali on a homebound...

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Skiing and snow activities in New Zealand that will leave you wanting to hit the slopes

With dramatic mountain scenery and a variety of slopes to tackle, skiing in New Zealand is an epic experience. July and August are the perfect times to hit the slopes...

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8 top Chinese restaurants in Beijing to awaken your tastebuds

As well as history, culture and incredible sights, one of the main delights China has to offer its visitors is its incredible cuisine – take a look at these must-try...

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National Te Papa Museum Wellington

A visit to Te Papa museum is highly recommended, as it offers a fascinating insight into New Zealand’s rich history and cultural heritage.  Entrance is free of charge

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5 of the best activities to do in the Blue Mountains

A stunning National Park and an absolute must-visit while in Australia, the Blue Mountains offers mesmerising natural landscapes just a short distance out of the bright lights of Sydney. Mountains...

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Brisbane – River Cruise & Lone Pine Koala sanctuary

One of the longest rivers in Australia, the Brisbane River offers endless scenic views along the course of its waters, making its way through the bustling East Coast city of...

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Hinterland Day tour and Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo at Beerwah, is a fantastic place to see Australian wildlife, and it was made famous by late conservationist Steve Irwin. The zoo is spread over 1000 acres visitors...

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Stunning North Island beaches that will take your breath away

New Zealand is home to over 15,000km of stunning coastline, and some of the country’s very best beaches can be found on North Island. Alongside its national parks, volcanoes and...

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Sydney: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-Ring-Gai Chase is Australia’s second oldest National Park, and amongst the variety of flora and fauna you’ll also find over 1,000 Aboriginal heritage sites, the most concentrated collection in the...

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Cairns Dinner Harbour Cruise

Enjoy an evening of calm water cruising, taking in the sights and sounds of Cairns by night.  The evening includes a welcome drink, entertainment and a delicious buffet featuring some...

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Darwin: Wetland Experience

Tucked away on Australia’s north coast, Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and the largest city around for hundreds of miles. It’s also the gateway to some of...

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Adelaide: Adelaide Hills & Hahndorf Tour

The Adelaide Hills, east of Adelaide is a region famed for its rugged beauty, mountain views and its cool-climate wines, as well as the historic German settlement of Hahndorf. Our...

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Adelaide – Murray River Highlights Tour

Relax on this lunch-time cruise along the Murray River aboard the Proud Mary boat. Enjoy the spectacular views of this unique river system with its historic cliffs and stunning landscapes....

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Melbourne – Around the Bay Food & Wine Taste Tour

Explore Victoria’s enormous food and wine scene with this wonderful Melbourne food and wine tour. From Melbourne, you’ll to travel around and taste your way around the nearby Bellarine and...

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Melbourne: Around the Bay Sightseeing & Bay Cruise

Escape from the city for a day and discover the beauty of Melbourne Bay, also known as Port Phillip Bay, with a guided Melbourne Bay tour, taking in the stunning...

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Cairns – Wooroonooran Rainforest Tour

Immerse yourself in Tropical Far North Queensland with the Wooroonooran Rainforest Tour.  Enjoy a visit to Eubenangee Wetlands and the Josephine Waterfalls. The tour includes lunch in Innisfail, a cruise...

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Abel Tasman National Park Day Pass

The Abel Tasman National Park may be New Zealand’s smallest, but it’s among one of the country’s most beautiful National Parks, boasting stunning coastal scenery, including golden beaches and sculptured...

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Nelson – Wine, Brews & Views Tour

Nelson is well known for its award-winning local wines and craft beer. This enjoyable tour visits two award winning wineries for wine tasting then a scenic drive to New Zealand’s...

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Cairns Hilton Hotel, Cairns

After a day of exploring Cairns and its many nearby attractions, the Hilton Cairns is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your evening. Set in a wonderful waterfront location,...

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Afternoon Tea in the Grand Lobby, Raffles Hotel

The Afternoon Tea ritual, much like Raffles Hotel, Singapore, was fashioned in the 19th century. A cherished tradition since its founding in Great Britain, the experience journeyed to Asia during...

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Royal Albatross Centre – Dunedin

The Otago Peninsula on South Island’s east coast is a top destination for nature lovers, known for its seals, penguins and seabirds. One of its premier wildlife attractions is the...

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Alice Springs Desert Park Tour

Perfect for those who wish to visit Desert Park without taking the full day Western MacDonnell tour, this morning excursion includes return transfers from your hotel plus admission to Alice...

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Alice Springs Sunset Camel Tour

The dazzling and unique sunsets that pass over Australia’s Red Centre each day are not to be missed during any visit to Australia, and during your time in Australia, you...

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Westland National Park in New Zealand: Recommendations from the experts

Located slightly off the beaten track on the western side of New Zealand’s South Island, Westland Tai Poutini National Park is a place like no other. You’d probably think it...

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Breathtaking landscapes of China you should really see once in your life

Not only home to some of the world’s largest cities and greatest historical treasures, there is a whole array of beautiful scenery in China to be seen during your visit,...

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Brisbane restaurants with a view to die for

A lively and bustling riverside city, Brisbane is home to a host of top restaurants, drawing from a number of international influences and cuisines, from delicious Asian to hearty Italian....

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The best kayaking tours in New Zealand

Surrounded by beautiful oceans, with scenic and tranquil lakes punctuating the inland landscape, New Zealand is a haven for watersports, especially kayaking. A kayak tour of New Zealand is essential...

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Offering 4-star comfort and a peaceful escape from the bustling city of Beijing, the Park Plaza Hotel Beijing boasts modern rooms, excellent facilities and a brilliant location. Set in the...

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The world’s most populous country, China is home to hundreds of cities, including 65 with a population of over a million people. Each of these cities has evolved to offer...

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6 of the best things to do on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

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Australia is a must-visit at least once in your lifetime. It’s a bold statement we know, but Australia is a country you can – and will – fall in love...

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When jetting across the world on a trip down under, spending time sampling and tasting foods is an excellent part of the experience. Today, many Australian restaurants display multicultural menus...

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Sydney is one of the planet’s most cosmopolitan cities: an incredible melting pot of cultures and influences. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s home to some of the most remarkable cultural attractions in...

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Though the UK and Australia are close cousins, each country still has its own unique slang and vocabulary which not only sets it apart from the other but also causes...

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Along with Sydney Opera House, Uluru/Ayers Rock is probably the most iconic image of Australia. This breathtaking sandstone rock formation stands 1,142 feet high, with a circumference of almost six...

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UNESCO World Heritage sites in Australia you simply have to see

Australia is one of the most remarkable places you could ever hope to visit. The only country that’s also a continent, it’s unimaginably vast and packed with wildlife you simply...

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Experience 6 alternative Australian foods

There’s no doubting that Australia is a top gourmet destination – producing great food and wine alike. This is one of the many fantastic reasons to take a trip down...

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Bring your dream of swimming with dolphins to life in Australia

Dolphins have always held a unique fascination for us. One of the most intelligent creatures on earth – in fact, some scientists argue the most intelligent, human beings included –...

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8 Cape Town restaurants the locals really love

Cape Town may have been in the news recently for its water shortages, but this amazing, vibrant city is as far from a culinary desert as you can imagine. In...

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25 facts you didn’t know about amazing Australia

If you have been thinking of embarking on the ultimate Australian adventure for an experience of a lifetime then why not learn a little more about this idyllic country before...

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10 things you need to do on your first visit to New Zealand

A lot of people imagine that New Zealand is little more than a mini-Australia, forever in the shadow of its larger and more widely visited neighbour. Big mistake. New Zealand...

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6 experiences to savour in Australia’s sparkling Barossa Valley

With all the other attractions Australia has to offer, chances are you’ve never heard of Barossa Valley. However, given its prominence in Australia’s wine industry, there’s also a good chance...

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14 Incredible Inventions You Didn’t Know You Had Australia to Thank For

With Australia Day soon upon us, we think it’s time to thank the many Australian inventors who have quite literally changed our world.   We bet you didn’t know that...

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How Many Countries Can You Visit on New Year’s Eve?

The end of December is fast approaching and the year 2018 will be with us before we know it. If you’re the type to party the night away, there is...

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The top animal and wildlife islands in the world

Cute, cuddly and a little wild. Ray Mears that is, not the animals he meets on his latest adventures in the Australian Wilderness. In his latest show (hitting our screens...

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Heartland Hotel Cotswold, Christchurch

At Distant Journeys, we want you to enjoy a range of unique accommodation styles during your trip. So, for your stay in Christchurch, we’ve chosen Heartland Hotel Cotswold, with its...

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Cairns, Flames of the Forest Aboriginal Cultural Experience

Learn about Australia's indigenous Aboriginal people in the timeless and spiritual setting of the world's oldest living rainforest. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, connect with two local indigenous brothers whilst...

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What does Australia do best?

Located on the other side of the word, it is no surprise that you’d expect Australia to be very different than life back home. But what is it about the...

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Mr & Mrs Payne, Wonders of Australia

‘From the very first phone call we made they have delivered excellent service - friendly, reassuring, professional and nothing was too much for them to do’ Mr & Mrs Payne,...

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Mr & Mrs Parry, Wonders of Australia

‘Great holiday, we had the freedom to do our own thing when it suited as well as a range of excursions when we needed them. The Ghan train and the...

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Mr & Mrs Thompson, Wonders of Australia

‘We had such a wonderful holiday, every aspect of the holiday was first class. Our tour guide was brilliant and he was so well informed about almost anything’ Mr &...

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Mr & Mrs Sykes, Magnificent New Zealand

"‘A pleasure to always be answered by a friendly, helpful and efficient member of the Distant Journeys Team’' Mr & Mrs Sykes, West Midlands

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Mr & Mrs Symmons, Magnificent New Zealand

‘As it says on the tin, New Zealand is Magnificent’ Mr & Mrs Symmons, Maidstone  

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Mr & Mrs Barber, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

‘A fabulous holiday which delivered on itinerary, accommodation, travel and value for money. Would certainly use Distant Journeys in the future and recommend to all’  Mr & Mrs Barber, Derbyshire

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Dubai Offer, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Hotel

After all the amazing sights and experiences you will have enjoyed during your tour of India, you might feel like a little rest and relaxation on the way home –...

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Bali Offer, Meliá Hotel

The name Bali conjures up thoughts of an exotic tropical paradise, and the reality is every bit as wonderful.  Swaying palm trees, white sand beaches and the warm hospitality of...

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Mr & Mrs Bryant, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

‘The holiday completely lived up to the high expectations we had after reading reviews online.  The organisation was superb, the tour guides excellent, hotels well chosen for both comfort, facilities...

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Mr & Mrs Gunn, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

From booking to returning home this company does it all. Nothing is too much trouble and booking is very straightforward, as a customer we felt very valued’ Mr & Mrs...

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Mr Garton, Wonders of Australia

‘First class service in every detail. Made booking a holiday a thoroughly pleasurable experience’ Mr Garton, Lancashire

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Mr & Mrs Janssens, Wonders of Australia

‘Our holiday was so much more than we expected. It was perfectly organised and everything we saw was amazing’ Mr & Mrs Janssens, Middlesex

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Mr & Mrs Thompson, Wonders of Australia

‘We had such a wonderful holiday, every aspect of the holiday was first class. Our tour guide was brilliant and he was so well informed about almost anything’ Mr &...

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Ten great facts about cuddly koalas

Australia is known across the world for its abundance of interesting and sometimes deadly wildlife. Luckily this vast country is also home to a much friendlier looking creature…the koala. Native...

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Melbourne’s Coffee culture – Tips on finding a great cup!

Voted as one of the top coffee cities in the world, Melbourne has taken the morning caffeine booster and made it an all-day drink for everyone to enjoy. Now considered the coffee...

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5 activities for a thrill-seeking trip to New Zealand

If you enjoy an adrenaline rush then there is no doubt that a trip to New Zealand will have plenty to offer you. With a range of extreme adventures in New...

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What makes the outback the outback?

When heading on a trip down under, it’s highly likely that a stop in the Australian outback will be top of your to do list. One of the main reasons that...

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Irene Country Lodge Hotel, Pretoria

For your visit to Gauteng, known as South Africa’s economic capital, you’ll be staying in the historical village of Irene. Here, your accommodation will be the enchanting African Pride Irene...

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Ramada Plaza Hotel in Varanasi

A modern 4* property surrounded by tranquil gardens along with two outdoor swimming pools, making it a great place to relax. The Ramada Plaza Hotel, Varanasi, boasts large modern rooms...

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Amari Watergate Hotel Bangkok

The Amari Watergate Bangkok is conveniently located close to all of Bangkok’s main shopping and entertainment areas.  Retreat from the vibrant city life and enjoy the on-site spa and swimming...

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Distinction Hotel, Christchurch

The Distinction Hotel Christchurch is newly refurbished and located right in the heart of the famous Cathedral Square. Described as ‘an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth’ the...

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Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

The Rutherford Hotel is in a central location, putting all of Nelson’s favourite attractions - its thriving artistic and café culture, and many galleries - right on your doorstep. Should...

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Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay, Wellington

Where better to stay during your time in Wellington than on the premier Oriental Parade? Not only does the Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay Welling hotel overlook the beautiful Wellington Harbour,...

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The Franz Josef Glacier: Facts and Figures

Situated in the spectacular Southern Alps, The Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand is a breath-taking site of natural beauty. New Zealand is known across the globe for its magnificent scenery...

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Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier

You couldn’t want for a better location than that of Scenic Hotel Te Pania. Sat on the edge of the picturesque Hawke’s Bay, its surroundings and views are simply stunning...

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Scenic Hotel Auckland

The Scenic Hotel Auckland is excellently positioned right in the heart of Auckland, and just a short stroll from the city’s main restaurants and shops. Enjoy modern comfortable rooms with...

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Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth

Just a short stroll from the famous Swan River is your hotel for your stay in Perth. The Pan Pacific Perth Hotel manages to remain charming and serene while being...

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Pride Plaza Aerocity Hotel New Delhi

A stone’s throw away from Delhi’s International Airport, the Pride Plaza Aerocity has a truly relaxing atmosphere. For example, in preparation for your flight home, you can unwind with a...

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The Gateway Hotel, Varanasi

Located in the ancient temple city of Varanasi and situated within 40 acres of lush landscaped gardens, is The Gateway Hotel. Its surroundings are a great place for a leisurely...

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Trident Hotel, Agra

Your stay at the Trident Hotel Agra puts you ever so close to one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World, the enchanting Taj Mahal. Also close by and...

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Nahargarh Fort Hotel, Ranthambore

The Nahargarh Fort Hotel Ranthambore is a spectacular building within spectacular grounds, with the most spectacular backdrop. The beautifully landscaped formal gardens are surrounded by an impressive 16th century style...

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Trident Hotel, Jaipur

During your tour to India, look forward to a truly relaxing stay at the Trident Hotel, Jaipur. Here you can unwind with a drink or a bite to eat after...

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Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Delhi

Seriously stylish, the Hyatt Regency New Delhi located right in the heart of the city in Delhi’s central business district. Your stay As you’d expect from a five star hotel,...

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Dine at Brijrama Palace in Varanasi

Brijrama Palace is one of the oldest landmarks in Varanasi, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River and surrounded by the vibrant ghats of Varanasi – the word...

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Dinner with the Maharaja’s Family at Khajoorgaon Palace

Dine in splendour in the magnificent surroundings of Khajoorgaon Palace, Lucknow, in the company of the Maharaja’s family. This Lucknow city palace was constructed by HRH Rana Shankar Baksh Singh...

INR 9243/ GBP £117 Read More >
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Mohabbat the Taj show, Agra

Having visited the Taj Mahal, learn more about the love story of Emperor Shajahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal in the Mohabbat The Taj show.  Taking place in the renowned...

INR 3318 / GBP £42 Read More >

Organic Vegetable Farm Visit in India

Leave the city behind and explore a local organic vegetable farm, with a live cookery demonstration followed by lunch.  Just a 45-minute drive from Jaipur, the farm has a glorious...

INR 6320 / GBP £80 Read More >

Block Printing & Blue Pottery Demonstration Tour

Discover the ancient art of hand block printing and creating the region’s famous Blue Pottery on one of our tours of India by taking an optional visit to Sanganer, just...

INR 2765 / GBP £32 Read More >

Heritage Guided Walking Tour of Jaipur

There is no better way to learn about a nation’s culture than through its people. This morning’s guided walking tour takes you through the heart of the old city of...

INR 3002 / GBP £46 Read More >
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Dinner and Cookery Demonstration in an Indian Local Family Home

For a truly authentic taste of local life and Indian dishes, dine with locals in the home of a Rajasthani family, where you will be treated to a cooking demonstration...

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An Introduction to India’s Religions

India is a melting pot of different cultures, languages and religions, which all co-exist happily.  In India, the entire country celebrates each other’s religious festivals.  Hinduism has many gods, whereas...

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Walking Tour by Street Children, Delhi

The Salaam Baalak Trust is a non-governmental organisation actively involved in ameliorating the lives of New Delhi’s many street children.  These children are mostly ones who have run away from...

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Akshardham Temple and Lotus Temple

The Hindu Swaminarayan Group’s Akshardham Temple, Delhi, is considered one of the modern wonders of the world. Inaugurated in 2005 but created using ancient techniques, the lavish sandstone and marble...

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6 reasons to visit Victoria Falls – The World’s largest waterfall

When heading on an African adventure there will certainly be an endless list of places on your bucket list and Victoria Falls is definitely one you will want to cross...

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Hop aboard New Zealand’s most scenic rail journey – The TranzAlpine Express

When deciding on our top ten unmissable attractions in New Zealand the TranzAlpine rail journey easily made the list. But in order to give you a true taste of just how fantastic...

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5 of the best places to shop in Melbourne

Whether you’re looking for the perfect outfit or souvenirs to take home to your family and friends, a shopping day can be a perfect addition to a trip. As one...

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Wonders of Australia – amended itinerary

Day 1 – Depart UK Depart from the UK airport most convenient for you with Qantas / Emirates, at no extra cost: London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow. In-flight...

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5 must-see stops on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most incredible highways, winding for hundreds of kilometres along the coast of Victoria next to the breath-taking Southern Ocean. Taking a...

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New Zealand’s best beaches

As an island nation, New Zealand has close ties to the sea and its people love beach life.  Australian beaches may be better known, but New Zealand has beaches which rank...

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Top 5 water activities to enjoy in Bay of Islands

Boasting 144 breathtaking islands, it’s clear to see why New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is one of the country’s most popular natural beauties. New Zealand tours with Distant Journeys gives...

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Singapore by Night tour

The evening begins with a local Chinese Dinner along the Singapore River with a choice of either Hainanese Chicken Rice or Seafood Nasi Goreng (Menu is subject to seasonal changes). En...

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The best Great Barrier Reef activities you can enjoy in just a day

One of the world’s most popular attractions is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. All year round, tourists flock to the city of Cairns to experience this magical wonder. However, many often...

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8 experiences not to be missed in Uluru (Ayers Rock)

A trip to Australia isn’t complete without a visit to Uluru and its surrounding area. This incredible location gives you the ultimate outback experience with its unique wildlife and red...

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What makes New Zealand’s North and South Islands so unique?

When planning your trip to New Zealand, you’ll soon discover that there are two sides to this wonderful country. There is the North Island which features the popular Bay of...

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10 fascinating facts about the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney is undeniably the best known and most popular of Australia’s cities, packed full of landmarks and world famous attractions. Connecting the northern and southern shores of Sydney’s harbour, the...

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Australian inventions we couldn’t imagine life without

When you think of Australia, chances are you think of the gorgeous climate, the iconic landmarks and the unique wildlife. What you may not immediately be aware of is that...

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5 Exciting ways to discover Maori culture and traditions

On your trip to New Zealand, you may want to know the best places to experience the Maori culture. The country’s unique and remarkable history is still very present within...

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New Zealand’s five Super Rugby teams

Rugby is the national sport in New Zealand, and you’re bound to come across a game when you visit the Land of the Long White Cloud. There is a traditional...

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Discover Barossa Valley – a Wine Lover’s Paradise

The Australians undoubtedly excel in the production of fine wine. So if you’re a true wine connoisseur, a visit to Barossa Valley (Australia’s Wine Country) could be the perfect way...

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5 powerful reasons to choose a combined tour to Australia and New Zealand

If you want to experience the very best of Australia and New Zealand but just don’t know which country to visit first, we have the perfect solution….   It’s no...

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10 things you didn’t know about The Ghan

The Ghan is a world-famous train, which travels a legendary route through the heart of Australia. The wonderful views are ever changing, made even better by being seen from the...

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Recently voted one of the Top 10 Indoor Gardens of the World, the Gardens by the Bay is also Singapore’s number 1 attraction according to Trip Advisor. Featuring more than...

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Our 5 favourite things to do at Table Mountain

The famous Table Mountain is one of South Africa’s finest attractions; in fact it’s one of the top 10 things to do in Cape Town. So if you’ll be embarking...

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Four fantastic reasons to holiday in New Zealand

Why visit New Zealand? It’s a question that has a hundred answers thanks to its fascinating culture and traditions, and breath-taking natural beauty. For the locals who live in New...

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Our top viewpoints for stunning sunsets in Australia

The sunsets in Australia are a truly remarkable sight thanks to the country’s majestic landscapes complementing the falling sun. And with so many stunning sights and landmarks to discover on...

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Top Maori words to learn for your holiday to New Zealand

When it comes to visiting New Zealand, one thing which we believe makes a truly unforgettable tour, is being able to experience the culture in the most authentic way possible....

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5 ways to make the most of a long haul flight

When you book your tour of Australia or New Zealand, you’ll need to prepare for a long haul flight. It can be a chance to enjoy the inflight entertainment or...

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Travel essentials you MIGHT NOT have considered for holidays to Australia

When you’re considering what to pack for Australia, some of the most obvious essentials can easily slip your mind. One way to combat arriving down under without something you need...

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Tipping etiquette in New Zealand. Learn where, who and when to tip!

Yes please, no thank you, pardon me… A little politeness doesn’t cost a thing. Constantly tipping people throughout a lengthy holiday however, does. If you’re dining out each day and...

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5 of the best annual events to enjoy in Sydney

If you’re venturing down under soon and want to know what’s on in Sydney while you’re there, a great place to start is by researching the best events in Sydney...

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Our insiders’ top tips for first time visitors to Australia

  Visiting Australia for the first time? With a wealth of things to discover, it’s important you choose a great tour for first timers – one that offers you ultimate...

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Six films that made destinations in Australia famous

Stunning landscapes and remarkable city views are commonplace in Australia. So, it’s no surprise that movie makers from all over the world turn to this magnificent country to be the...

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Introducing Rooibos Tea, South Africa’s traditional cup!

Your dream tour of South Africa would not be complete without a taste of the famous African red bush tea. The Rooibos tea in South Africa is something you really...

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The best souvenirs to bring back from Australia

When your trip to Australia comes to an end, you’ll be left with many amazing memories. But why not also bring a little piece of Australia back with you in...

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New Zealand’s 7 most romantic destinations

Exploring the world with your other half is an amazing way to travel, especially when you find yourselves amidst some of the most romantic settings New Zealand has to offer....

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Helicopter Flights over Victoria Falls

The best way to truly appreciate the splendour and scale of the Victoria Falls is to view them from the air. Why not take a scenic helicopter ride and enjoy...

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The best places in New Zealand to experience Maori culture

New Zealand is a country with a rich and vibrant history that is still present today. Should you be visiting soon, discovering New Zealand's Maori culture will be a remarkable,...

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Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights

Combine a scenic cruise to Lamma Island with a delicious seafood dinner at a local restaurant; see locals in a fishing village go about their daily lives and enjoy an uninterrupted...

HKD $750 / GBP £78 Read More >
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Afternoon Tea at Tiffin Room, Raffles Hotel

The Tiffin Room has been synonymous with the Raffles Hotel, Singapore, since its establishment in 1892. The restored interior decor includes reinstating the wooden floorboards in the Tiffin Room to...

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Polynesian Spa in Rotorua

Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua lies the Polynesian Spa – a geothermal bathing retreat, where you can experience wellness sourced from Rotorua’s very own backyard. Renowned for its...

NZD $30/ GBP £16 Read More >
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Kakadu Adventure Tour

This wonderful, full day tour is ideal for experiencing the unspoilt beauty of Kakadu; taking in a truly special showcase of Aboriginal culture, rugged landscape, mighty rivers and unique wildlife. ...

AUD $307 / GBP £171 Read More >
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The Top National Reserves and Parks to Visit in New Zealand

For many of us, a trip to New Zealand involves a long haul flight. So when you touch down, the thought of being free to explore the country’s expansive national...

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Darwin City Sights Explorer Tour

The Darwin City Explorer Tour is a perfect way to gain an overview of all the top attractions in the Darwin area. Travelling in air conditioned comfort, this tour includes...

AUD $120 / GBP £67 Read More >

Sunrise Balloon Flight, Melbourne

Enjoy a truly remarkable experience of a sunrise hot air balloon flight over Melbourne - a world-class experience. Your day will begin with an early start, as your ballooning adventure...

AUD $495 / GBP £278 Read More >
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Swim with Dolphins – Swimmer or Spectator options

This day tour from Perth offer visitors a unique opportunity to interact with dolphins in their natural environment. You may see mothers nursing their calves, discover how they use stingrays...

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Zambezi Fishing

Fishing in the mighty Zambezi is best known because of the great freshwater game fish – The Tigerfish, and as a result the Zambezi River has become the number one...

US $ 145 / GBP £116 Read More >
Victoria Falls Horse Safari

Horse Safari, Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls provides a superb wilderness area, with a rugged and varied terrain for horse riding, with experiences available for all levels of rider. Whether you’re a complete novice or...

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Local Village tour

This tour offers a wonderful insight into Zimbabwean rural life and a chance to interact with people of a different culture. This fascinating tour takes us a world away from...

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Chobe National Park, Botswana

Make the most of your time at Victoria Falls by taking a day excursion to the Chobe National Park in Botswana. We take a morning coach journey to the Kazungula...

US $ 170 / GBP £136 Read More >

Soweto Tour

Discover one of Johannesburg's most energetic and fascinating townships on a half-day visit to Soweto, an area known for its rich political history and vibrant trendsetting culture. Soweto is home...

ZAR 925 / GBP £52 Read More >

Johannesburg Tour

Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city and capital of Gauteng province, began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement and is now considered both the economic and cultural centre of South Africa. This...

ZAR 850/ GBP £48 Read More >

Battlefields Tour

A must for all history lovers, this full day tour visits the battlefields of Isandlwana, followed by Rorke’s Drift in the afternoon. The Battle of Isandlwana in 1879 was the...

ZAR 2915 / GBP £164 Read More >

Mountain Splendour Day Tour

For something slightly different during your time in Durban, take a 4x4 drive up the highest road pass in Africa on this full day excursion to visit the Kingdom of...

ZAR 2915 / GBP £164 Read More >

Shakaland Tour

Shakaland, known as 'the greatest Zulu experience in Africa', is an authentic replication of a Zulu 'Umuzi' or homestead. This enjoyable, full day tour includes an opportunity to sample traditional...

ZAR 1855/ GBP £105 Read More >

Oudtshoorn and the Cango Caves

We leave Knysna and travel via George over the breathtaking Outeniqua Pass to the town of Oudsthoorn, where we enjoy a visit to an Ostrich Farm including lunch. At the...

ZAR 1300/ GBP £76 Read More >

Cape Winelands

In recent years, South Africa wines have rightly become world famous for their exceptional quality and value. The Cape Winelands day tour takes you to some of the finest vineyards...

R 1200 / GBP £71 Read More >

Cape Township Morning Tour

This morning tour gives an opportunity to gain insight into the lives of residents of areas of Cape Town not generally seen. You will have the opportunity to meet the...

ZAR 700 / GBP £39 Read More >
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Robben Island

Often described as “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice”, Robben Island is best known as home to Nelson Mandela for 18 of his 27 years...

ZAR 550 / GBP £35 Read More >
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The Best Ways to Discover Nitmiluk National Park

If you find yourself in the northern territory of Australia, visiting Nitmiluk National Park on a tour is a must. The Park (formerly known as Katherine Gorge National Park) plays...

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Our favourite food experiences at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront

When visiting a new country on an escorted tour, the doors of opportunity open when it comes to tasting new foods and delicacies. An escorted tour of South Africa is...

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Gardens in Melbourne – a hidden paradise of tranquility!

An Australia tour wouldn't be complete without visiting Melbourne. This magnificent, vibrant city offers so much more than your standard city break. There are many amazing things to visit in...

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Australia or New Zealand? Which one to pick for your dream holiday

It's a question which stumps many travellers when planning their global adventures - Australia or New Zealand? With each fascinating country offering so many unique opportunities, it can be an...

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Essential sights in and around Durban for first timers

There’s no doubt that your spectacular South Africa Tour will be full of discovery and wonder. So much so, in fact, that you may find yourself struggling to fit in...

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Making a Difference: South Africa’s Amazing Wildlife Conservation Projects

When you choose a holiday to South Africa, it’s likely you will encounter some of the country’s amazing animals. There are many ways to discover the South African wild animals,...

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10 of the best waterfalls in Australia and New Zealand really worth visiting!

Discovering natural wonders are often one of the most fulfilling and memorable moments of a trip. Luckily, many escorted tours to Australia and New Zealand offer an abundance of stunning...

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Our top picks in Perth for amazing art and culture experiences

If you're looking for a taste of Australian art and culture, the city of Perth is hard to beat with its array of attractions ready for you to explore. With...

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10 Interesting Facts About Auckland

Is your magnificent trip to New Zealand on the horizon? Then you’ll hopefully be taking a tour that visits the fantastic city of Auckland. Like many cities Auckland is full...

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Phillip Island – A paradise for nature lovers!

Phillip Island is an essential stop-off point on your dream Australia tour holiday. From seals and penguins to koalas and kangaroos, the island offers a generous collection of Australian wildlife....

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Sensational seafood you have to treat your taste buds to in New Zealand

In most of our blog posts, we talk about the many exceptional sights and experiences on offer on a holiday to New Zealand. What we haven’t touched upon as much,...

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Pinnacles Desert Sunset Tour & Star Gazing

The Pinnacles are one of the most iconic sights in Western Australia: a series of unique limestone rock formations sticking up out of a vast, remote desert. Pay a visit...

AUD $169 / GBP £95 Read More >

Sydney Scenic Helicopter Flight

Enjoy Sydney from the best possible vantage point – by air. You will take a spectacular 20 minute flight in a luxury helicopter, including return transfers from your hotel. The...

AUD $220 / £123 Read More >
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Macau Day Excursion

Macau, a former Portuguese enclave, mixes colonial charm with modern Chinese zest and is just a short hour-long ferry ride from Hong Kong. Sometimes called the Las Vegas of the...

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Lantau Island tour

Hong Kong’s largest outlying island, Lantau Island seems a world away from the high rise modernity of Hong Kong Island. It offers unspoilt countryside, lush green valleys, pristine beaches, reflective...

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Hong Kong Island tour

This half day tour of Hong Kong Island begins with a visit to famous Stanley Market, one of the must-see places for visitors to Hong Kong. You will find an...

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Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Queensland and is situated just 40 minutes’ drive north of Cairns. Your excursion price includes return transport...

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Immerse yourself in the history of the infamous Robben Island

On your tour of South Africa there is so much to see and do – there’s literally something for everyone. For those who love to dig a little deeper into...

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Make a long-haul flight part of your holiday with a stopover in Singapore

Embarking on a tour of Australia and New Zealand from the UK requires a long-haul flight, which can be quite tiring (it’s worth it though!) On top of this, you’re...

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5 surprising facts about New Zealand’s Maori culture

Experiencing a tour of New Zealand means you will no doubt quickly discover how significantly Maori culture has impacted the values and beliefs of the local people. You may have...

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Visiting New Zealand’s North Island for the first time? Here’s what not to miss!

New Zealand’s North Island has many attractions, possibly too many to fit into just one trip. So if this is your first time touring the magnificent New Zealand, you’ll want...

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5 of the very best aboriginal experiences Australia has to offer

Australian aboriginal culture is over 50,000 years old, making it one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures that still exists today. This fascinating aspect of Australian life has attracted tourists...

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Two great ways to discover the ‘Big Five’ in South Africa

A safari is undoubtedly one of the main attractions of a South Africa tour experience. The allure of getting within close proximity of the ‘Big Five’ and seeing the likes...

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Discover the enchanting parks and gardens of Perth

Hustle and bustle is anticipated when visiting a big city. However Perth, the captivating capital of Western Australia, offers something a little more magical – something you may not have...

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10 things you need to see on the beautiful South African Garden Route

If a trip to South Africa is on the horizon, we really need to tell you all about The Garden Route. It’s a remarkable 150-mile long drive, which takes you...

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The top tastes of New Zealand’s street food craze

Food glorious food! Tasting new flavours and experimenting with local delicacies is what travelling is all about. Embark on an escorted tour of New Zealand and you won’t have to...

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Top 10 things to do in Cape Town

If it’s time to decide where to go on your next holiday and you’re looking for a little destination inspiration, we’d highly recommend you take a look at a South...

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5 reasons why you should visit Australia’s Kakadu National Park

Guided tours of Australia and New Zealand are packed full of culture, rare sights and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Many of which, can be experienced with a visit to the breath-taking Kakadu...

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Discover Melbourne’s rooftop culture and the city’s amazing skyline

On your Australia tour holiday it’s important to set aside some time to sit back, relax and have a well-earned rest (with a drink in your hand of course.) So...

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New Zealand’s must-see sights for Lord of the Rings fans

In 2001 the long-awaited Lord of the Rings trilogy hit the big screens all over the globe. High-profile actors such as Sir Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom brought...

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Wildlife wonders to look out for in New Zealand

On your escorted holiday to New Zealand you’ll instantly be greeted by its stunning landscapes and picturesque scenery, all of which is uniquely decorated by its native flora and fauna....

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The best places for a Sydney shopping spree!

Whilst on your escorted tour of Australia, it will be hard to tear yourself away from exploring the stunning landscapes and vast wildlife. But if you can, we recommend you...

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Darwin – Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise

The Dinner Cruise aboard the 'Charles Darwin' is a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the famous Darwin sunset whilst enjoying a delicious Territory style buffet with...

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Alice Springs – Outback Bush BBQ

Alice Springs - Original Outback Bush BBQ Dinner Show A truly unique and authentic experience not to be missed. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian...

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South Africa Climate Guide

Due to its varying regional climates, South Africa is a year-round destination.  South Africa’s coastal regions have the warmest winter temperatures in the country. The east coast is on the...

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See All The Sights On New Zealand’s Top Scenic Flights!

You’ve booked a holiday to New Zealand, you’ve found the perfect tour and your New Zealand itinerary is all set and ready to go. How could it get any better?...

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Travel Extras

Distant Journeys works in partnership with A2B Travel Extras to help you put the finishing touches to your Australia & New Zealand holiday. Whether you’re looking for UK airport hotels,...

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Durban Safari with Rovos Rail

Durban Safari with Rovos Rail Dubbed ‘the most luxurious train in the world’, step aboard to find lovingly restored, wood-panelled coaches with period Edwardian features, and enjoy fine cuisine in...

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Singapore Airlines

[pjc_slideshow slide_type="singapore-airlines"]   Singapore Airlines flies one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world to destinations spanning a network spread over six continents, providing the high standards of care...

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Qantas Airlines

Qantas – Spirit of Australia When it comes to travelling to Australia, Qantas believes your journey should be as memorable as the destination. Look forward to an exceptional level of...

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Emirates Airlines

Boasting one of the youngest fleets in the world, you can rely on the utmost in comfort and the latest in cabin design and inflight entertainment no matter where you’re...

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Currency Cards

A currency card offers an easy way to buy currency and enjoy a great exchange rate before you travel to Australia or New Zealand. Distant Journeys recommends the ‘Global Traveller’...

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The Ghan

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. Prepare to journey deep into the heart of Australia on...

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Indian Pacific

Stepping aboard the mighty Indian Pacific, you’ll feel a great sense of anticipation as this unforgettable Australian adventure begins to unfold. A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, this is a journey defined...

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Dubai – Helicopter Flight Tour

All aboard an exhilarating Dubai helicopter tour. After take-off from Dubai Festival City you will follow the creek winding past the Creek golf course and continue over the Spice Souk...

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Dubai – an Evening of Elegance Dinner Cruise

A fabulous evening on a Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise awaits. This elegant two-and-a-half hour Dubai Marina dinner cruise offers the best sightseeing with fine dining, personalised service and a contemporary...

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Dubai – Desert Safari and Dinner

For a magical and memorable evening, join us on a Dubai Desert Safari tour. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and venture into the mysterious desert in...

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Dubai – Traditional Dubai City Tour

This fascinating half day Dubai City tour provides an insight into Dubai’s rich history. Your tour of Old Dubai passes the Zabeel Royal Palaces, visits historical buildings with their ancient...

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Dubai – New Dubai City Tour

Explore the highlights and landmarks of the city on a half-day tour. From The Palm, Jumeirah and Dubai Marina to Downtown Dubai and The Dubai Mall, see all of the...

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Singapore Night Safari

The Singapore Night Safari is world’s first. Set in 40 hectares of secondary jungle, the mystery and drama of the tropical jungle after dusk unfolds at the Singapore Zoo Night...

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Bangkok – City and Temples Tour

Thailand has over 26,000 temples or Wats (local name). This Half Day City and Temples tour will bring you to three of the most distinguished temples in Bangkok, beginning with...

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Queenstown Climate Guide

Surrounded by mountains and nestled next to Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is popular amongst tourists at any time of the year, as there are activities and sights to see all year...

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Rotorua Climate Guide

Often classed as the most popular holiday destination located on the North Island, Rotorua is located in the heart of a volcanic area, and has a moderate sea climate, which...

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Franz Josef Climate Guide

Franz Josef is totally unique in the fact it has a rainforest climate, yet it is situated just 200m above sea level. Located on the west coast of the South Island, the small...

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Bay of Islands Climate Guide

The Bay of Islands is located at the far north of the North Island, positioned on the east coast. The bay is a natural harbour, and contains 144 islands. It...

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Auckland Climate Guide

Auckland is located on the North Island of New Zealand, and is the largest, and most populated urban area in the whole country. The city can be enjoyed comfortably all...

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New Zealand Climate Guide

New Zealand is blessed with mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine. While the Bay of Islands in the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and...

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Furama Riverfront Hotel in Singapore – Stopover Offer

The unique allure of Asia’s greenest city will have you wanting to come back before you’ve even left. Its beautifully manicured parks and gardens weave between the skyscrapers, creating the...

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Hong Kong Offer, Regal Kowloon

Hong Kong oozes energy. Even if you’re feeling a little tired after your travels, it’s guaranteed to perk you up again. While its skyline of sky scrapers is impressive, you...

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Dubai Offer, Marriott al Jaddaf Hotel

Stay in style at the five star Marriott al Jaddaf when you visit the gateway to Arabia. The numerous malls and labyrinth-like souks are enchanting to explore. And you really can’t...

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Singapore Offer, Copthorne Kings Hotel

There’s just so much to do and see in Singapore, that no matter how many times you visit, you’ll always find yourself wanting to go back again. Maybe it’s the...

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Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand

The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed  in were all of a good standard. Our Coach...

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Mr & Mrs Kell, Magnificent New Zealand

We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would...

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Mr & Mrs Denman, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

Our tour group gelled almost immediately and were a lot of fun, so together with such a wonderful itinerary of magical places, this made for a holiday that will live...

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Mrs Kearney, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

We have just returned from The Highlights of Australia and New Zealand tour and it was absolutely brilliant.  Robin, our tour guide on the South Island was fantastic.  He had...

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Mr & Mrs Bull, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

This holiday exceeded our expectations in every way possible. The itinerary, and the included extras were excellent in every way. Hotels were all excellent and well located with included breakfasts....

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Mr & Mrs Steventon, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

What a trip, I would give it eleven out of ten, and if I could do it all again tomorrow then I would.  All the organisation, excursions, hotels, meals and...

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Mrs P (Bedford), Visions of Australia

Have just returned from Australia with this excellent company. When you phone the company you nearly always speak to the same knowledgeable person, nothing was too much trouble. The trip...

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Mrs F (Kent), Visions of Australia

We had a dream trip to Australia. It ticked all the boxes for what we wanted to see.  We enjoyed the experience of all the places we visited, which we couldn’t...

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Mrs Catchpole, Visions of Australia

An absolutely fantastic tour throughout - we couldn’t fault anything.  The tour manager had an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience.  Nothing was ever too much trouble, she was an...

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Mr & Mrs Bannister, Wonders of Australia

In Australia, Alison, our tour leader, was "the best".  Her organisational skills, advice about optional tours, plans and information for each destination, combined with her knowledge of the places we...

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Mr & Mrs Waters, Wonders of Australia

The organisation and skill devoted to making this special was exceptional. From the tour managers down to the coach drivers and the choice of hotels there is really nothing I...

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Dr Tawfik, Wonders of Australia

We were taken to all the places we wanted to see, accommodated in first class hotels, flew from a town to another without a hitch, had a sight-seeing tour in every...

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Mrs Bridge, Wonders of Australia

We wanted to see as much as we could. Distant Journeys made all this possible and took away any worries we might have had. When you get back & look...

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Mr Thomas, Wonders of Australia

We would not hesitate recommending Distant Journeys to anyone wanting a flexible trip to Australia - this is a fantastic tour with an excellent tour company, at a good price....

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Sheila Hughes, Wonders of Australia

You enabled me to achieve a lifetime's ambition and it exceeded my expectations.  I did some research into choosing which company to travel with, and I am so pleased I selected...

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Mr & Mrs Bridge, Wonders of Australia

Choosing Distant Journeys was the best decision we have ever made. Could they have done any better? Not in our opinion. They are a first class long haul travel company.

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5 questions commonly asked before booking a trip to Australia

Where should you visit? Australia is a vast country with many amazing towns and cities, all worthy of a visit. So where to go? Well, heading down under requires a...

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Bangkok – Grand Palace

Bangkok’s Grand Palace Tour is a “must see” for all visitors to Bangkok. The Grand Palace complex, built in 1782, includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)...

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Bangkok – Floating Markets

A glimpse of everyday life in Thailand can be seen at the Damnern Saduak floating market, situated around 100km south west of Bangkok. This Bangkok floating market can be explored...

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Sydney Climate Guide

Sunny Sydney has the reputation as a surfers’ paradise, and rightly so, with its Mediterranean-style climate complementing its beautiful beaches to make it a top destination for watersports. Rainfall is...

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Cairns Climate Guide

Cairns has a distinctly different climate to anywhere else you’ll get to visit in Australia with Distant Journeys – situated in tropical Queensland, Cairns is a city of two extremes:...

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Melbourne Climate Guide

Melbourne is one of Australia’s most varied cities when it comes to the weather, and is often referred to as having four seasons in one day. Though its weather can...

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Ayers Rock (Uluru) Climate Guide

Situated within Australia’s Red Centre, the climate at Uluru is much more extreme in comparison to the coastal cities you will also get to visit, as it has a semi-arid...

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Alice Springs Climate Guide

Situated within Australia’s Red Centre, the climate in Alice Springs is much more extreme in comparison to the coastal cities you will also get to visit, as it has a...

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Adelaide Climate Guide

Situated within South Australia, Adelaide is the driest of all the Australian state capital cities, and tends to have mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Temperatures are pleasant all...

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Australia – Climate Guide

Australia Climate Australia enjoys temperate weather for most of the year but the climate varies hugely due to the vast size of the continent. The northern states typically experience warm...

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Dunedin – Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

The Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour is the perfect optional excursion for nature lovers. It includes transport to the Otago Peninsula, an Otago Harbour cruise on the ‘Monarch’ and a visit...

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Dunedin – Taieri Gorge Train Excursion

Your Taieri Gorge Train excursion begins at Dunedin’s beautiful railway station. Prepare to embark on a scenic journey into some of New Zealand’s most ever-changing, spectacular and iconic scenery. The...

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Queenstown – Southern Discoveries & Mount Nicholas Farm

Follow the journey of merino wool in a fun, interactive environment from mustering/rounding up sheep through to the creating of Icebreaker clothing. Learn about the history of this family run...

NZD $78 / GBP £41 Read More >

Queenstown – Nomad Safari to Skippers Canyon

The Nomad Safaris Skippers Canyon tour is a half-day heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. The Nomad Safari departs Queenstown to travel the road that...

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Queenstown – Skippers Canyon

The Queenstown Skippers Canyon Tour is the best way to experience all that Skippers Canyon has to offer. The Skippers Canyon Tour takes place in small groups and includes a...

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Queenstown – Wine Trail

Daily Wine Tours from Queenstown On these Queenstown wine tours, group sizes are small and travelling time is kept to a minimum. This means there is plenty of time for...

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Queenstown – Dart River Jetboat Safari

The only jet boat Queenstown operator allowed on the Dart River, the Dart River Jetboat Wilderness Safari is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned...

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Queenstown – Kawarau Jetboat

Experience 60 minutes of unforgettable thrills, spins and exhilaration across three waterways in one of the world’s most stunning locations on a Kawarau Jetboat in Queenstown. Jet across the crystal...

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Queenstown – Shotover Jet

There are few experience as exhilarating, and as quite literally breath-taking as a ride on a Shotover Jet in Queenstown. The ‘Can you handle the canyons?’ jet boat ride experience...

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Queenstown – TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Station

Get a taste of New Zealand’s farming lifestyle at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Situated on picturesque Lake Wakatipu’s south-western shores, the farm is the perfect place to spend a...

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Franz Josef – Glacier Valley Guided Walk

Experience Franz Josef Glacier in all its natural glory on a Franz Joesf Glacier guided walk. Your Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho...

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Franz Josef – Scenic Helicopter Flights

Experience the true untouched beauty and awe inspiring scenery of New Zealand’s South Island on a Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour. This helicopter ride over the Franz Josef Glacier sweeps...

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Rotorua – Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Your tour of the Hobbiton movie set starts with a scenic drive from Rotorua across the Kaimai Ranges to The Shires™ Rest. It then continues with a drive through the...

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Rotorua – Flightseeing

Visit Rotorua’s most remote destinations by your choice of either helicopter, fixed wing aircraft or even floatplane. Popular flightseeing options include exploring New Zealand’s Mount Tarawera which is the site...

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Haast River Safari

On the West Coast of New Zealand, you can experience a Haast River Safari – jet boat tours in fully enclosed river boats. These river boats offer great visibility, while...

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Bay of Islands – Cape Reinga by Air & 4WD

This excursion offers a great way to travel to the top of New Zealand to experience its beauty, history and scenery. Not only does it avoid you needing to take...

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Bay of Islands – Cape Reinga Day Excursion

During your trip to New Zealand, be sure to venture to the very top of the North Island to Cape Reinga. The rolling hills of Northland's rural countryside, breath-taking coastal...

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Bay of Islands – Cultural Waka (canoe) Tour

The Bay of Islands Cultural Waka tour is an interactive Waka canoe experience that provides a rare and unique insight into the Maori ancient customs, rituals and traditions. During this...

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Auckland – Wine on Waiheke tour

Make a day of your trip to Waiheke by adding on the Wine on Waiheke tour. This stunning winery tour combines world class wine set against the backdrop of stunning...

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Auckland – Sky Tower

Experience stunning panoramic 360˚ views of the city from 220 meters high. The Sky Tower has now been part of Auckland’s sky line for 19 years and is the tallest...

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Auckland – Americas Cup Sailing

If there’s one thing you must do in Auckland if you love sailing, it’s an Americas Cup Sailing experience. Feel the thrill of sailing an authentic America’s Cup yacht when...

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Kangaroo Island Tour from Adelaide

Kangaroo Island Australia is South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination. Your Kangaroo Island tour from Adelaide begins early morning when you take a scenic coach journey to Cape Jervis taking...

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Adelaide – Barossa Valley Wineries Tour

Travel from Adelaide through the Adelaide Hills with a stop at the Whispering Wall, famous for its acoustic qualities. Visit the beautiful and historic winery of Château Yaldara, one of...

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Adelaide – Destination Guide

Sights and experiences To help you make the most of your stay in Adelaide during your tour of Australia, we’ve put together our pick of the best things to do,...

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Auckland – Dinner Cruise on Pride of Auckland

Immerse yourself in Auckland’s harbour setting with dinner on a beautiful boat. During an enchanting dinner cruise in Auckland, you will soak up your destination’s atmosphere from the peace of...

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Queenstown – Destination Guide

Queenstown is world famous as one of the centres of New Zealand’s tourist industry, and for good reason. The city sits on the edge of the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and...

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Franz Josef – Destination Guide

The spectacular Franz Josef Glacier is one of New Zealand’s must see sights, and our tours visit it for two nights. Together with the Fox Glacier to the south, it...

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Christchurch – Destination Guide

Christchurch is known as the Garden City or the English City, because it’s the one New Zealand city which is most similar to an English cathedral city. Although it was...

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Sydney – Opera House Tour

The Sydney Opera House is a must-see landmark during your time in Australia. On this tour, you can take in all the mystery and majesty of the Australian icon on...

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Sydney – Red Carpet Package

The ultimate way to experience the most famous Sydney icon – the Sydney Opera House – is the Red Carpet Package. This includes an informative guided tour of the public...

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Sydney – Bridge Climb

Prepare to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge on this exhilarating excursion. Known to Sydneysiders as ‘The Coathanger’, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest (but not longest) steel arch...

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Sydney – Hunter Valley

A flexible boutique wine tour of the picturesque Hunter Valley. Relax in comfortable small-group vehicles for the 2 hour drive north to the Hunter Valley. Along the way your guide...

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Sydney – Blue Mountains

Explore this million-acre World Heritage-listed area. This tour takes you away from the obvious tourist traps to show you the Blue Mountains from an insider’s perspective – from secluded lookouts,...

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Great Barrier Reef – Optional activities during included full day tour

Included in our Australian itineraries is a full day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll be amazed by its magical marine life and colourful coral from the moment you...

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Cairns – Rainforest Dinner in Port Douglas

Port Douglas’ Flames of the Forest is an exclusive, intimate and romantic experience. The Rainforest Restaurant in Port Douglas will transport you into a world beyond your imagination. Completely surrounded...

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Cairns – Kuranda Scenic Rail, Skyrail & Tjapukai

You begin the day with a visit to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, to meet your indigenous guide who will show you through the park, including bush food demonstrations, didgeridoo demonstrations,...

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Cairns – Daintree National Park

Enjoy a day exploring the rainforest and amazing landscapes of the Cape Tribulation wilderness area. In the morning visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre and enjoy an indigenous presentation by...

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Cairns – Hot Air Balloon Flight

Hot air ballooning in Cairns, Australia, is a popular and exhilarating experience. The Atherton Tablelands, also known as the Cairns Highlands, is a much-admired destination for visitors from all around...

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Darwin: Kakadu National Park

The Kakadu National Park tour allows you to experience the unspoilt beauty of Kakadu. Tour Kakadu National Park and take in the spectacular aerial perspectives and a truly special showcase...

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Darwin – Litchfield National Park

Join us on an exciting Litchfield National Park day tour from Darwin. Litchfield National Park is an Aboriginal Dreamtime region that retains its mysterious spirituality in the silence of still...

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