Ready to take your trips to the next level (but not sure you're ready for the Great Himalaya Trail at a robust £17,990)?
We've got five very big breaks that will ultimately deliver quite a lot of bang for your buck.
Take two months off and embark on a really big adventure that will deliver big game while you travel through nine countries. It's a self-drive overland expedition, starting from Nairobi and concluding in Cape Town, with wildlife viewing at iconic safari destinations such as the vast Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Okavango Delta inBotswana, and visits to the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, the mighty Victoria Falls, and the tea plantations and wineries of Zanzibar.
If you're a true explorer, follow the paths of the early explorers and get insight into the history of the legendary expeditions of Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott. Abundant wildlife encounters include King, Gentoo and Southern Rockhopper penguin rookeries, along with Minke and Orca whale sightings. Stop at the research bases of Ross Island, follow the fringe of the pack ice through the Amundsen Sea and, weather-permitting, step back in time to visit the huts of famed British explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott.
Food lovers can discover the gastronomic wonders of northwest Italy: Barolo wine, cured meats and hand-crafted cheeses. This trip is all about beautiful hotels, stunning walks, fascinating culture and exceptional food and wine. Meet local producers and winemakers and try a cooking class with a Piedmontese chef. Visit Parma, the gourmet capital of Emilia Romagna, walk part of the Via Francigena pilgrim route and discover an untouched area of Tuscany before descending to the Gulf of Poets to explore the quaint villages of Cinque Terre.
Discover the very best local culture of Peru and Ecuador on an exceptional itinerary that combines the magic of Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca with the Indian markets of Otavalo, the stunning ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ in Ecuador and the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. Highlights include the Sacred Valley, the heartland of the Inca Empire, the colonial architecture atQuito and Cuenca, the famous Devil’s Nose Train and of course the grand finale, a relaxing cruise to the Galapagos archipelago.
Discover a region of tiny Buddhist monasteries and secluded villages that are isolated from the rest of Bhutan for many months of the year. The once-annual trek crosses eleven high passes over 4,500m, and the Snowman Trek is one of the world’s most challenging trails across the backbone of Bhutan, amid a constant backdrop of 7,000m peaks. It is undertaken by only a handful of trekkers each season and accesses Lunana, the most remote region of the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon.
The Trans Siberian train journey has captured the imagination of travellers for decades. Starting in Beijing, witness the iconic attractions of the Chinese capital, cross the Gobi desert to Ulaanbaatar, and visit the vast Mongolian steppe for a taste of nomadic life staying in comfortable ger camps. After passing the heart of Siberia at Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest and largest freshwater lake, soak up Russia’s vast history as you head to the iconic cities of Moscow and St Petersburg, your final stop.
Or you could just hike the Great Himalaya Trail...