You might think Morocco’s only made up of sand dunes, but it's home to a mountain range, too. The Atlas Mountains stretch across Morocco and Algeria into Tunisia, separating the cooler coastlines from the Sahara. On our Atlas Mountains Tracks of the Nomads Tour, you'll get to explore the souks and squares of Marrakech, plus camp under the stars in the desert. But, the real highlight of the trip is the drive into the mountains in a 4x4. You’ll head up cedar tree-lined hillsides on dirt roads through the Tizi n’Tichka pass to explore a pair of kasbahs. These crumbling settlements were once home to important leaders, with tall walls used to protect locals from invaders. One of them, Ait Benhaddou, which is over 300 years old, scooped world heritage site status from UNESCO. You’ll get up close and personal with the ancient buildings before heading back down the mountainside.
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The Himalayas stretch across several countries, and this mountain range is famous for having the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Over in India, where our tour takes place, is the Shimla peak. On India’s Himalayan Highlights and Train to Shimla tour, you’ll hop on board the UNESCO World Heritage Toy Train and travel up the mountains. The railway track, which was built in 1903, slowly winds its way up to Shimla, allowing plenty of time to take in the view. The town was once a summer escape for the British, and still holds on to its colonial charm – the architecture has been preserved and visitors can tuck into a traditional afternoon tea. You’ll stay in the town overnight, so you’ve got a whole afternoon and evening to explore.
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Our South Korea Unveiled tour ticks off the country’s highlights, including the capital city, Seoul. But the country isn’t just a mecca for tech fans – there’s history and natural beauty on offer, too. This tour takes you into Seoraksan National Park, which is home to the Daecheongbong Peak. You’ll ride a cable car up the 1,709-metre-tall mountain, which has panoramic views across the park. The Gwongeumseong Fortress is also at the top. Legend has it, the castle was built by two generals to avoid war. Once you’ve snapped plenty of photos, you’ll head back down the mountain to visit the Sinheungsa Temple, and its 10-meter-tall Buddha statue.
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You’ll see Japan’s most famous mountain, Mount Fuji, on day four of our Japan Unmasked tour. The iconic landmark’s peak is covered in snow for almost half of the year and can be seen from Tokyo on a clear day. The tour’s other highlights include taking a bullet train to Hiroshima, seeing weapons once used by Samurai warriors, and exploring the bright lights of Tokyo. You’ll also visit Shirakawago, a mountain village that’s been around since the eighth century.
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Author: Lizzie Butler
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