For seven nights the Golden Triangle circuit, comprised of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra will be your home. All three of these spellbinding cities bring something different to the circuit, and you’ll hop from one to the other. Delhi, the Indian Capital- home to three World Heritage Sites, the Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb along with the India Gate and Lotus Temple, most of which will feature on your itinerary. Its bustling streets and lively ambiance mean that there’s never a dull moment, but if you’re set on experiencing life like a true Delhiite, be sure to hitch a ride on a rickshaw during your stay.
Your next stop is Agra. Located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Agra Fort, however its most noteworthy definitely has to be the phenomenal Taj Mahal, a veritable symbol of India which is breathtaking to behold.
Then, swap Agra with the “Pink City”. Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan and a vibrant hub of art and flamboyancy. The honey-colored Hawa Mahal, the impressive astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar and the World Heritage Site of Amer Fort are three important landmarks which perhaps helped Jaipur gain the status of number one Indian destination in 2015 by TripAdvisor.
Thailand is a versatile country with a rich and diverse history. During this luxury Twin Centre Holiday, you'll start your journey in Thailand's capital city, Bangkok. Bangkok is one of Asia’s most dynamic and exciting cities where modernity meets tradition in all its glorious aspects. The city seems to breathe out the essence of Thai culture, and holidaymakers can’t help but become immersed in everything Bangkok has to offer. From serene temples to soaring skyscrapers, buzzing tuk-tuks to strolling monks, right down to the frenetic energy of the city and the unruffled calm of the kind locals, Bangkok always manages to surprise, and never fails to charm.
Combine your time in Bangkok to experience its amazing culture, shopping and nightlife and then take it down a notch and relax on the beach, enjoy a massage and sip cocktails as you watch the sun set over the Andaman sea.
From bustling Bangkok take a flight to the peaceful beaches of Phuket, which is one of Thailand’s livelier beach resorts. Known as the Pearl of the Andaman, Phuket has a number of incredible white beaches which sit in the national park, attracting visitors from far and wide with its untouched scenery.
If you’re looking to head off on a spot of island-hopping, Thailand is without a doubt your best bet. As a haven for back-packers, pristine beaches and a handful of islets barely touched by tourism, Thailand is a glittering paradise which promises to exceed visitors’ expectations. The waters sparkle in a shade of topaz, the marine life frolic and thrive beneath the waves and the deluxe hotels offer optimum tranquility.
Out of the plethora of island paradises to choose from, we’ve honed in on a select few which promise to make your 11 night getaway a memorable one. Your first stop on the island-hopping tour is Krabi, “a Phuket-like hideaway, but still unspoiled,” according to The New York Times. Then, you’ll touch down in Koh Lanta, an isolated natural paradise, untouched and boasting a wide array of idyllic beaches and lush, verdant mountains. Later, you’ll be whisked away to Phi Phi, about 25 miles southwest of Krabi town and bursting with bright colours, coral reefs and caves echoing with sea swallows. As the setting of choice in the hit novel, “The Beach,” Phi Phi is a hot spot for travellers and beach-addicts alike. The tour will conclude with a visit to Phuket’s aquamarine shores, where coral reefs and green, jagged rocks rising from the sea are abundant, especially in Phang Nga Bay.
A shimmering backdrop of hotel stays will be your temporary home during your island-hopping extravaganza. Each one is equipped with facilities to ensure maximum rest and relaxation during your stay.
Does spending ten days wandering around World Heritage Sites, visiting exquisite tea plantations and exploring an island once described by Marco Polo as “the finest island of its size in the world” sound like it would float your boat? Well, look no further.
Swap the gloomy, grey clouds of Britain for the glistening sun of Sri Lanka, an exotic island found at the tip of India, whose breathtaking beauty will have you begging for more by the end. Experience not only spectacular safaris and pristine beaches, but also a fascinating culture of honest, hard-working people whose love for their island runs deeper than you could possibly imagine.
Whether your idea of a perfect holiday is to be firmly planted on a sunbed sipping Daiquiris until nightfall, or perhaps tearing up the wilderness while trying your hand at some adventure sports, exotic Sri Lanka has something for every traveler.
Trekking, hiking and supervised dives under the deep, blue surf are on offer for any thrill-seekers out there, and an Ayuryedic wellness holiday may well be overdue for some of you who are looking to unwind from the hustle and bustle of back home. Even business trips don’t have to be all work and no play when visiting Sri Lanka. Our package not only includes excursions, hotels, transfers and dances, but also heritage train rides, bullock cart rides, cooking classes and massages.
Lonely Planet describes Sri Lanka as “endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, rolling surf, fun trains and famous tea.” Why don’t you see if they’re right?
When you find yourself in the backwaters of Kerala, in southern India, you'll be astounded at how appropriate that saying is with the scenery before you. It’s not without reason that Kerala is known as‘God’s own country’. A paradise, nestled between the Western Ghats and the overwhelmingly beautiful Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, Kerala has a little bit of everything that India has to offer.
"Right from the pristine beaches full of colourful and rich culture to delectable cuisines for you to savour, this is one holiday you must make to not just experience but rejuvenate yourself." – Lonely Planet, India 2011.
And when you can do all of this for as little as only £1199 per person, that's almost half what it usually costs, you surely need no reason to pack your bags and find yourself on the ultimate holiday.
This tour offers a fascinating glimpse of India, encompassing the forts, palaces and magnificent monuments of the golden triangle with the enchanting sights and sounds of Rajasthan.
As Lonely Planet so perfectly sums up; “Against a backdrop of palaces and forts, India puts on its greatest show”. And we’ve added more wow factor with safaris and folk dances!
Your journey of a lifetime begins in Delhi where culture, history and escapism blend to such dazzling effect. The title a “Tale of Two Cities” is apt as Delhi bridges together two different worlds. Awaken the senses with an exhilarating rickshaw ride through lively Chandni Chowk.
Next up, discover a love poem in stone at Agra’s romantic Taj Mahal that radiates like a golden trinket underneath the blazing sun. The finest example of archaeological brilliance you will ever see! Enjoy the memorable experience of entering Amber Fort.
Move beyond and you will uncover an India of yet deeper diversity. Ranthambore’s renowned Tiger Forest and its UNESCO fort, home to the mightiest tigress. In Pushkar you will visit the Hindu temple of Bhrama.
Your tour concludes with a stay in one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in India: Udaipur. Here you will take a boat ride across Lake Pichola to wonder at the palaces that rise up from the shore like a soaring cliff of marble: a truly memorable way to end this trip to the gems of India.
The first 4 nights of your holiday will be spent amidst skyscrapers and top-class shopping malls in Dubai. Dubai is in every person’s bucket list and it is no surprise why. Whether it is the Palm Jumeirah or the Burj Khalifa, there is so much that Dubai has to offer. Buildings, the likes of which you have never seen before, greet you in Dubai like no other city in the world. While Dubai might seem like it is all about gold, splendour, shopping, and architecture, there is a lot more to explore in Dubai. Its rich cultural heritage, culinary delights, and wide range of attractions are worth exploring.
For a complete change of scenery, you’ll spend your final 5 nights in Sri Lanka. Bursting with beaches and temples, blessed with wonderful wildlife, packed with UNESCO-listed sites and filled with friendly faces and fascinating culture, Sri Lanka is a vibrant place to visit. A trip to this amazing island near the Indian subcontinent will give you memories that last for a lifetime.
“To awaken alone in a strange town," wrote British explorer and travel writer Freya Stark "is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” So what’s stopping you? Do yourself a favour and travel to the fascinating places of Kerala solo – no one to answer to, no limits and a fresh clean slate for you to splash with the colours of India! Of course, travelling by yourself doesn’t mean you will be alone – unless that is your preference. Sure, you might start your journey by yourself, but you’ll soon discover that our small-group trip allows you to explore Kerala in the company of like-minded people.
As Lonely Planet perfectly sums up: "Kerala is a world away from the frenzy of elsewhere, as if India had passed through the Looking Glass and becomes an altogether more laid-back place". Thus, naturally this part of the world attracts those looking to get up close and personal with the dazzling gems of India. You’ll enjoy the journey even more by sharing the experience with a small group of passionate travelers, over a glass of wine or meal after a packed day of treasures.
Your journey of a lifetime begins in Kochi, the glorious gateway to Kerala, then onto Munnar where you will enjoy the finest tea with new friends. Continue to Thekkady to board the wildlife viewing boat at the Periyar Tiger Reserve before setting out on an enchanting overnight house boat from Alleppey. Your final destination is Poovar where you will enjoy the "paradise" of South India, with its coconut trees and sweeping beaches!
We understand that the first step towards taking a solo holiday may feel daunting, so we're here to ensure you have the perfect adventure from the get go!
In Thailand you can discover how the Grand Palace and the
temples effortlessly entwine with the frenetic streets. Visit Bangkok
and be swept along in the crowds and weave through traffic in a tuk tuk
before venturing to Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
which is regarded as the most important Buddhist Temple in Thailand.
Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. End this thrilling adventure by crossing over the waters of the Chao Phraya River where in 1782 King Rama I built some of the world’s most beautiful temples with the canals earning Bangkok its nickname, “Venice of the East”.
During this fantastic trip, undergo an exhilarating renovation of the senses. Venture into the jungle’s vines and creepers towards Angkor Wat, the 12th century temple and shrine of Khmer art and architecture, a Cambodian mascot with its sculpted towers of lotus blossom and stately surroundings worshiped by Buddhists monks.
Next up is Vietnam with are breathtaking destinations of diverse delights. Travelers are gripped by the sights and sounds, bewitched by their geniality and divine cuisine, captivated by fast-moving cities like Ho Chi Minh, the Mecca in which Vietnam flourishes, and enlightened by the palaces, cathedrals and the thousands of stalagmites of Sung Sot cave.
Such a concoction of history, French colonial influences, and tales of past upheaval ensures a majestic holiday. This trip also includes an Overnight Cruise in the Halong bay, a UNESCO world heritage Site. Full Board and with a lot of Sights & activities along the way.
Lying southwest of the Bay of Bengal and southeast of the Arabian Sea, you’ll find the island country of Sri Lanka, dubbed the “finest island of its size in the world” by Marco Polo. Think rolling landscapes interspersed with a heavenly shoreline which is tickled by turquoise-coloured waters, home to many different aquatic species.
Your first stop will be the small city of Habarana, gateway to the Habarana Jungle and hot spot for safari outings. Enjoy an elephant back ride, explore the hidden crevices of the Dambulla cave complex and then visit the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres high which boasts UNESCO World Heritage status.
Travel next to Anuradhapura, the capital city of the North Central Province and famous for its ancient ruins which have earned its place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. A heavy dose of history awaits you at the Bodhi Tree Temple, a complex containing the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world and vibrating with the chirp of monks and worshipers who swarm to the second most sacred place in all of Sri Lanka.
After goggling some of Anuradhapura’s stunning architectural centre-pieces, including the Brazen Palace and Ruwanweli Seya, prepare to be utterly spoiled as we whisk you off to yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site called Polonnaruwa. As the capital of the island between the 10th and 12th centuries A.D., Polonnaruwa has been declared the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms. What does this mean for you? Picture humungous man-made reservoirs, unspoiled monuments and time-worn temple complexes which radiate beneath the sun’s glow…
Next, you will visit the urban buzz of the city of Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka and replete with age-old places of worship and leafy-green tropical rain forest terrain. Arguably, Kandy’s must-see attraction is the Temple of the Tooth, home to a tooth relic of the Lord Buddha and therefore one of the holiest shrines of the island.
After stopping off at the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya, make your way to the small backpacker-hub of Ella on the southern edge of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. Here, you’ll enjoy excursions to the Horton Plains, Ruwana Waterfall and Yala National Park before venturing to a Turtle Conservation Project.
Weligama is very swimming friendly as well as being popular with surfers. It is also one of the best places in Sri Lanka to learn surfing. Weligama offers plenty of other opportunities for water sports.
After a relaxing three nights’ stay in Weligama, the last night of your tour will be spent in the sprawling city of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s financial and commercial capital. Boasting a vibrant atmosphere and bustling streets filled with a mixture of colonial buildings, ruins and modern shopping districts, Colombo attracts culture-vultures and history-buffs alike.
Nepal is a twinkling paradise of mystical mountain ranges and large, sloping plains which are home to an impressive range of wildlife, religious heritage and cultural charm. Tourists flock from all over the globe to this impressive central Himalayan country not only because of the interesting Hindu and Buddhist heritage flowing through its veins, but also because it houses eight of the world’s tallest mountains, including the jaw-dropping, snow-capped Mount Everest. It’s no wonder why Nepal features only too often on the bucket-lists of mountaineers, rock climbers and thrill-seekers alike.
Your 12 night trip starts in style in Kathmandu, Nepal’s largest metropolis and a hub of the country’s history, art, culture and economy. As a gateway to the Nepalese Himalayas, Kathmandu bursts with exotic landscapes and dazzling monuments, such as the Pashupatinath Temple Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which,along with the Buddhist Bouddhanath holy shrine and Kathmandu Durbar Square, you’ll have the chance to scope out on your second day. You’ll also have the amazing opportunity to visit Patan, also known as Lalitpur, one of the towns which make up the Kathmandu Valley, where you’ll stand in awe at the beauty of the Monkey Temple and find yourself drawn to the enticingly beautiful Tibetan carpets on sale within the Tibetan refugee center.
After a jam-packed couple of days exploring Kathmandu’s hidden crevices and architectural sensations, you’ll take a trip to Chitwan. You will visit Chitwan National Park, whose 932 square kilometers are a haven for Bengal tigers, leopards, crocodiles, monkeys and more. Keep your eyes peeled for these sensational beasts, as well as the endangered one horn rhinos, which roam the plump grassland. In addition to marveling at the colorful flora and fauna, you can also go on elephant rides, jungle canoeing, nature walks and tiger and rhino viewing. Here you will spend 2 nights at the Jungle Villa, a leafy location right in the thick of all the glorious flora and fauna.
When you finally tire of Chitwan National Park charm, you’ll head to Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal. As the starting point for many of the treks to the Annapurna Mountain Range, Pokhara is a lively hub of culture vultures and hiking enthusiasts. It is also home to the Phewa Lake, one of Nepal’s most idyllic spots, perfect for rowing across and gazing at the mesmerizing views of the towering peaks and dense forests which surround it.
The second portion of your trip will see you touch down in Delhi, India. From Delhi, you will be taken to the Mughal city Agra through Yamuna Expressway without complaining about an exhaustive journey through crammed roads. In Agra, you can find the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Agra Fort however the most striking has to be the impossibly beautiful Taj Mahal which you’ll experience on day 9 of your trip. This fabulous building, built by Emperor Shah Jahan, is one of India’s most iconic symbols, displayed on millions of postcards and travel guides worldwide. If you happen to tire of its stunning backdrop and taking photos, Agra also offers a myriad of fascinating tombs and mausoleums, left behind by the Mughal Empire.
The trip concludes with a two night stay in the Pink City of Jaipur, the capital of the Indian State of Rajasthan. In 2015, TripAdvisor ranked this unparalleled jewel of Northern India as the number one Indian destination for the year in its Traveller’s Choice Awards and it doesn’t take a genius to work out why. Its colorful flamboyancy is echoed through landmarks and monuments such as the honey-colored Hawa Mahal, a five storey pyramid-shaped monument, as well as the astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar which, along with Amer Fort, Jaipur’s star attraction, are classed as World Heritage Sites.
Towards the end of the trip you will visit the capital city Delhi. Delhi offers a wealth of temple complexes and shopping destinations, as well as three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the Qutub Complex, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb) and the India Gate, a memorial to the soldiers of the British Indian Army who perished during WWI. After marveling at these impressive landmarks, as well as the Lotus Temple, the Raj Ghat and Chandni Chowk (a marketplace) you’ll then tear through the streets of Delhi on a rickshaw ride like a true Delhiite.
During your five nights’ stay in Sri Lanka, it is safe to say you’ll be spoilt for choice. The island offers a wide range of activities for every type of traveler, whether you are somebody who likes to keep cool as a cucumber poolside with a mojito in hand, or perhaps a secret thrill-seeker at heart whose idea of a perfect holiday involves a bit of rock climbing or a splash of water sports. Our package not only includes excursions, hotels, transfers and dances, but also heritage train rides, bullock cart rides, cooking classes and massages.
The adventure of a lifetime begins in Sri Lanka’s Capital Colombo, a port city, with a rich colonial heritage, religions and cultures. Then you will visit Sigiriya, a historical ancient city sprinkled with royal palaces, Buddhist frescoes and World Heritage Sites. Spend 2 nights’ in Kandy, one of the cultural hubs of the island which also houses the famous Temple of the Tooth, the Matale Spice Gardens as well as Kandy Lake which you will drive around in the evening. No need to fret though, after such a jam-packed day, you’ll be able to rest your weary feet at at Amaya Hills, Kandy.
Next, prepare to be whisked off on a memorable train ride in Sri Lanka’s most popular hill station, Nuwara Eliya through tea plantations, twisting and turning through the mountain tunnels high up in the fluffy clouds. Catch a flight from Colombo to Malé where you’ll be transferred to your Certificate of Excellence Hotel in true A-list style, via speedboat.
There is no better place to relax and wind down than in one of the most stunning corners of the world, the Maldives. In Maldives, your stay will be at Makunudu Island Resort. A 50-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport, Makunudu Island sweeps you into the warm embrace of an original Maldivian retreat. The 6-acre Makunudu Island is a tropical beachfront getaway, steps from spectacular dive spots.
Composed of the five states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Telangana, South India is a glistening paradise of World Heritage Sites, ancient history and pearlescent coastlines – a real feast for the senses.
Our exclusive two-week stay will see you venture to a range of the region’s must-sees – from picture-perfect Pondicherry to mesmerizing Mysore, soaking up natural wonders and cultural gems during jam-packed sightseeing tours and thrilling excursions (including a bullock cart ride, cooking demonstration and jeep safari).
Spend the first half of your getaway in Bangalore, Mysore, Kabini and Coonoor – each one wildly different and unique.
Mysore is an eclectic hub and home to the opulent Mysore Palace and centuries-old, spice-scented Devaraja Market. Visit the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Chamundeshwari Temple and feast your eyes upon the beauty of Brindavan Gardens.
Then, spend a night at a critter-filled jungle resort in Kabini. Go on a safari through this impressive sanctuary spanning a whopping 55 acres before proceeding to the emerald-hued hill station of Coonoor in the state of Tamil Nadu – known for its bright green undulating landscapes and tea plantations (which you’ll have ample time to explore).
For the second part of your trip, you’ll be whisked off to Madurai, Kumbakonam and Pondicherry. Your time in Madurai (an ancient city on the Vaigai River) will be spent visiting the Gandhi Museum and marveling at the techni coloured, awe-inspiring Meenakshi Amman Temple – a real treat to behold.
And then in Kumbakonam, enjoy a rip-roaring bullock ride before making your way to Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a striking French colonial settlement. Meander along the seaside promenade, fringed by the Bay of Bengal, and pass by the Gandhi Memorial statue standing proud at four metres high.
Lastly, you’ll spend three nights at a beach resort in Mamallapuram – a beautiful slice of paradise sitting between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake.
Known for its temples and monuments dating back to the Pallava dynasty, Mamallapuram is a great place for sightseeing – but also equally great for relaxing and unwinding. Resting your head at a luxurious 4* beach resort, you’re free to laze about by the pool or frolic about in the ocean for hours upon hours.
Thailand is a huge country with a multitude of places that you could
choose for an incredible holiday – so why not choose more than one? A
twin-centre holiday to Thailand is the perfect way to see more for less.
During this holiday, you will experience the urban excitement of
Bangkok as well as visit the stunning beaches of Phuket.
in Bangkok why not experience the street markets and even haggle at the
floating market! Soak up the atmosphere in the many bars and
restaurants. Get your culture fix with a trip to the Grand Palace and
Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
After spending 2 wonderful
nights in Bangkok, fly to Phuket, Thailand's largest island and a
stunning slice of paradise. Whether you're travelling as a family,
planning a romantic honeymoon or organising a trip of a lifetime with
friends, a Phuket holiday won't disappoint. Enjoy relaxing on the
island’s stunning beaches, peppered with sleepy coves and spectacular
dive sites or seek out Phuket’s famed nightlife, of course after tucking
into some delicious Thai street food!