Enhancing Authentic Experiences Through Handpicked Accommodation
Submerge in to local life with Egypt Uncovered, Thailand Uncovered and Nepal Uncovered staying on a traditional felucca sailboat and camping in the desert in Egypt, sleeping in village huts and raft-houses in Thailand and under the stars on the banks of the Trisuli river while on a rafting voyage in Nepal. These small-group specialists offer the chance to scratch the surface of destinations, knowing that travellers will gain a deeper understanding and a more authentic experience by handpicking local accommodation options as opposed to choosing uncharacteristic, corporate hotel chains in the itineraries.
Traditional Nile Cruise & Sand Camps On The Pharaohs & Deserts Tour – From Just £659
Egypt Uncovered (www.egypt-uncovered.com / 0845 130 4849) is offering a 14-day Pharaohs and Deserts tour departing on 11 May and 10 August from £659 per person. A great introduction to this ancient country, the trip begins in Cairo with a tour of the famous pyramids, Sphinx at Gisa and the Egyptian Museum. Travellers then board a comfortable sleeper train to Aswan, visiting the High Dam at Lake Nasser and then driving into the desert to tour the spectacular temples at Abu Simbel. In the afternoon, join a felucca sailboat to travel down the Nile, relaxing on board and enjoying an evening of entertainment by the local boat crew. After exploring Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and Karnak, the desert adventure begins in Wadi Hitan, camping under the cliffs with beautiful views over the rock formations and sands below. The tour also travels to the White Desert, which boasts magnificent colours and terrain and is an ideal camping spot for a night under the Egyptian sky.
Tribal Village Huts & Raft-House Stays On Thailand Encounters Tour – From Just £599
Thailand Uncovered (www.thailand-uncovered.com / 0845 130 4849) is offering a 12-day Thailand Encounters tour departing on 5 May from £669 per person and on 28 July from £599 per person. Starting in the vibrant, colourful capital of Bangkok, with its majestic monuments and neon nightlife, the tour then moves to Kanchanaburi and the temples of Ayutthaya where guests stay in a rustic floating raft-house. This is followed by a trip to Chiang Mai, the adventure capital of the north, for jungle trekking, bamboo rafting and an elephant ride. Following a scenic walk, travellers will arrive at the traditional Karen village of Baan Mae Jok for the night in order to learn more about the culture of the local hill tribes before returning to Bangkok. The price includes all transport, accommodation on a mixed-board basis, admission fees to all the tourist sites and a rucksack, water canteen and lifejacket for trekking. Flights excluded.
Sleep Under The Stars On The Nepal Explorer – From Just £699
Nepal Uncovered (www.nepal-uncovered.com / 0845 130 4849) is offering a 15-day whirlwind tour of Nepal departing on 5 May from just £699 per person and on 29 September from £799 per person. The Nepal Explorer tour gives guests the chance to experience all this diverse country has to offer and includes 14 nights’ accommodation in local hotels, trekking lodges, tents and safari lodges on a mixed-board basis as well as a trekking pack (sleeping bag, trekking poles and down jacket). The itinerary includes time exploring the ancient city of Kathmandu, a short trek in the foothills of the majestic Annapurna mountain range, white-water rafting on the Trisuli river and a range of wildlife safaris in Chitwan National Park. Flights excluded.
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