The sunrise over Halong Bay in Vietnam is one of nature’s most attention-seeking sights. Imagine a blush-pink sky, painted with streaks of ruby and gold, and the sun rising above the bay’s tiny islands and rugged mountain outcrops. On our Discover Vietnam tour, you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the scenery, thanks to an overnight sailing in this hotspot. Watch the sunrise behind the jungle-covered islands before tucking into a refreshing breakfast.
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On our Costa Rica Grand Tour, home will feel a million miles away – especially during a pre-dawn trek through the rainforest. You’ll rise early and head out with a guide to walk the natural trails in Tortuguero amid brightly coloured flowers and dew-drop-dotted trees. Listen to the sounds of the forest as you walk – you might hear the call of a howler monkey or the croak of a coral-pink-coloured tree frog. A big breakfast awaits at the end of your trek.
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Our West Coast Insider tour ticks off some of California’s biggest names. Think Los Angeles, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and San Francisco. One of the best stops is the Yosemite National Park – it’s got waterfalls, giant sequoia trees and huge rock faces for climbing. Park up and take a beer down to the canyons to watch an extraordinary sunset.
Few travel experiences beat going on safari in the Serengeti National Park, and our Simba Safari tour heaps on the wildlife action. You’ll have the chance to spot big groups of animals – like a ‘tower’ of giraffes, a ‘leap’ of leopards, and a ‘dazzle’ of zebras. The most unforgettable experience is a sundowner game drive, when wildlife sightseeing comes with a backdrop of the sun sinking over the parkland.
Our escorted Simply Bali tour is packed with memorable moments, but one of the top ones has got to be watching a kecak fire dance at a clifftop temple. This Hindu dance includes fire and chanting, and often has up to 150 performers. The traditional dance is almost 100 years old and shows a battle scene between a king and a prince. And the settings are just as good as the actual show. You’ll watch the fire dance at the dramatic Uluwatu sea temple, set on a cliff above the sea.
While visiting Old Delhi, you’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience life with the locals on our Icons of India – Tigers and the Taj Mahal tour. Spend some time exploring the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib – one of the most important religious landmarks for Sikhs in Delhi, Afterwards, you’ll get to volunteer in the kitchens to help prepare lunch for the 10,000-plus people who come to worship here every day. You’ll have lunch yourself here, too.
Leave your rose-coloured glasses at home on a trip to Jordan. This Middle Eastern gem isn’t only home to the ancient city of Petra with its impressive pink sandstone cliffs, it’s got the Dead Sea – the world’s second saltiest body of water – and the sweeping Wadi Rum desert under its belt, too. Discover all three on our Discover Jordan seven-night tour, plus the ruined Roman city of Jerash. You’ll go on a 4X4 adventure, sleep under the stars in a traditional Bedouin camp and soak up photo-ready views from the top of Mount Nebo.
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The Riu Palace Costa Rica has a peaceful setting right on the beach. Enjoy dining in the four à la carte restaurants or chill by one of the four outdoor pools.
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