Swap Cool Britannia For Travel Hotspots
On An Adventure Tour With Encounters Travel
While 2012 was all about cool Britannia, the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics, it’s time for the UK to take down the nostalgic bunting, lower their pinkies and put their best china away. Encounters Travel is encouraging travellers to swap watching Downton Abbey for a year of discovery, and relieve their itchy feet, with a choice of exotic adventures in hot destinations!
Perfect for singles, couples and friends wanting to add some hot spice to their travel plans, Encounters Travel offer small group trips for adults only to Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East. Plus there are a whole host of discounted tours coming up, with savings of up to £200 per person. Options include:
EXPERIMENT WITH COLOUR IN INDIA Indian Express: Save £50
The perfect introduction to India, this nine-day tour takes place over Holi festival (or the festival of colour) on 27 March. It starts with a visit to Old and New Delhi before heading to the UNESCO world heritage site Agra Fort, the beautiful Taj Mahal at sunset and then on to the mystical abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri and the Keoladeo National Park. The trip finishes at Delhi, after exploring the pink city of Jaipur and spending Holi festival at the nearby Amber Palace, where travellers can take an elephant ride, fly a kite, taste and buy delicious food and even take in a fun Bollywood movie! Available for departure on 23 March for £549 per person (saving £50), the price includes transfers from/to Delhi airport, eight nights’ accommodation in good quality hotels on a mixed-board basis, as well as a local guide throughout.
BARTER LIKE A BERBER IN MOROCCO, Moroccan Mosaics: Save £100
This exotic nine-day tour through the ‘gateway of Africa’ starts with two days exploring Marrakech’s mosques, minarets, spice-filled sensory souks and bustling bazaars, followed by a visit to local Berber villages, impressive gorges and canyons and the highest mountain pass in Africa, as well as a thrilling desert safari near Merzouga. Available for departure on 16 March for £599 (saving £100), the price includes return transfers from/to Marrakech airport, eight nights’ varied accommodation in four-star hotels and a traditional Berber camp on a mixed-board basis, all entrance fees to monuments, as well as an expert local guide throughout.
MEET THE LOCALS IN THE MALDIVES, Maldives Magic: Save £200
This ‘holiday of a lifetime’ destination has previously been reserved for honeymooners and the rich and famous, however this award-winning 10-day tour is perfect for travellers looking to experience ‘real’ Maldivian culture, with visits to numerous deserted islands on a live-aboard sea safari, a stay with locals on an inhabited island and a visit to the tiny capital city of Malé before kicking back at The Royal Island Resort & Spa where facilities include two restaurants, four bars, a spa, watersports and PADI dive centre. Available for selected departures until September for £999 per person (saving £200), the price includes nine nights’ varied accommodation on a mixed-board basis, with snorkelling gear provided and the services of a local tour leader throughout.
Contact Encounters Travel (www.encounterstravel.com / 0800 088 6002).
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