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 North Vietnam Up Close tour, you’ll experience it all like a local would – by taking part in a 6am tai chi class. Follow up with a refreshing breakfast, then head out and explore some limestone caves.
On a 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.
Our West Coast Wanderer tour ticks off some of California’s biggest names. Think Los Angeles, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Yosemite National Park. One of the best stops is the Bryce Canyon National Park. Under the heat of the searing Utah sun, you’ll drive straight through the Navajo heartlands and empty desertscapes. Park up and take a beer down to the canyons to watch an extraordinary sunset.
Few travel experiences beat going on safari in the Kruger National Park, and our South Africa Explorer 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. p>
Beijing, the ancient city of Xi’An, the water town of Zhujiajiao and the Yangtze River – this tour’s not called Once-in-a-lifetime China for nothing. The jewel in the crown’s got to be China’s most famous landmark – nothing quite prepares you for the awe of standing on the edge of the Great Wall of China. Escape the crowds with a guide, who will take you to the Huanghuacheng area. It’s hidden away from the crowds and awash with wildflowers in the spring.
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.
The stylish Sol Beach House Phu Quoc sidles up to white sands and is a 30 minutes’ drive from Duong Dong Town.
Located on the gloriously unspoiled Matapalo Beach, Riu Guanacaste is a five-star beauty that feels like your own private paradise.
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