Flight duration: 12 hours
Language spoken: Japanese
Currency: Japanese yen
What draws visitors to Japan every year? It’s the cherry blossoms blooming in spring, the world-famous mountains, and the delicious sushi dishes. It’s the country’s traditional culture, juxtaposed against towering skyscrapers and high-speed travel. Sound good? Experience all of this and more on our Japan Unmasked tour. Starting in Tokyo, discover some of the city’s famous neighbourhoods, including Harajuku and Ginza. Then, explore the rest of the country – try authentic Japanese cuisine, see Mount Fiji, and visit the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima. This tour is tailed by a cruise on Lake Ashi in Hakone, and a chance to see the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto.
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FACTS: Flight duration: 11 hours
Language spoken: Swahili
Currency: Tanzanian shilling
Choose between swimming in the Indian Ocean and wildlife-spotting game drives on a trip to Tanzania. Visit the Serengeti National Park on our Legendary Landscapes of Tanzania tour and keep your eyes peeled for the locals, including elephants, lions and giraffes. Learn how coffee is made and sample a fresh pot while visiting a local farm in Karatu, and climb into the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s biggest volcanic caldera. If relaxing breaks are more your style, head for Zanzibar, just off Tanzania’s coast. Spend your time island hopping around this archipelago of white-sand beaches and tranquil resorts, or stretch out under a palm tree for a week or two.
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FACTS: Flight duration: 12 hours
Language spoken: Vietnamese
Currency: Vietnamese dong
Rammed with history, dramatic landscapes and vibrant cities, Vietnam has plenty to keep adventurers busy. Pick up breakfast at Can Tho’s Floating Market, and look out over miles of rice paddy fields from Hang Múa Mountain. Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City offers up rooftop bars and war museums. Alternatively, board a cruise around Halong Bay, or catch a water puppet show in Hanoi. You can see Vietnam’s best bits on one of our Multi-Centre breaks. But, if you’d prefer a laidback getaway, try Phu Quoc. The island flaunts footprint-free beaches, bars perched on the sand, plus the chance to experience Vietnamese culture at the night market in Duong Dong.
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FACTS: Ports of call: Two Language spoken: Colombian Currency: Colombian peso Itching to see Central America? Try the Panama Canal Experience and Pride of Panama itineraries with Marella Cruises. Visit several countries across the region, ticking off two ports in Colombia. Santa Marta is its oldest town, home to some of the best beaches in the country. Admire the colonial architecture as you make your way around the city and make sure to stop by Colombia’s oldest church. In Cartagena, cobbled streets lead visitors to brightly-coloured cottages and Colonial cathedrals. Snap pictures of the city from the Convento de la Popa, a 400-year-old monastery, or head to San Felipe de Barajas – a fortress outside of the old town – to learn about the city’s pirate-speckled past.
FACTS: Flight duration: 16 hours
Language spoken: Spanish
Currency: US dollar
Ecuador's Galapagos Islands draw visitors hoping to see the wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Join our Natural Wonders of the Galapagos tour and keep your eyes peeled for Galapagos hawks and giant tortoises on Isabela Island, plus hike up to iguana colonies and across volcanic craters. You’ll also get the chance to plant trees for the island’s reforestation project, Magic Galapagos, as well as visit the Charles Darwin Station to learn about the archipelago's conservation projects. And, while in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, you can head to the very first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Quito Colonial Centre.
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A white sand beach is only footsteps away at the Sol Beach House Phu Quoc.
Dream of Zanzibar is like a small village, adding up six restaurants, four bars and three pools, right by a beautiful white-sand beach.
Paradise Beach Resort is tucked among the palm trees that line Zanzibar's east coast.
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