We hope that 2020 brings you the opportunity to discover new corners of our incredible planet, or perhaps even re-visit some of your favourite spots.
What will you tick off of your travel wish list this year? Our Travel Managers are here to help organise those 'once in a lifetime' experiences to ensure every aspect of your holiday is perfectly planned and you get the very most out of your trip. From advice on when to travel to restaurant recommendations and everything else in between, we have the first-hand experience needed to help plan your best holiday yet! All that remains is deciding where to go; so here's a little holiday inspiration to get your mind wandering...
CALIFORNIA ROAD TRIP
Road trip along the world famous Golden Coast and experience a new level of freedom and adventure. Begin in the rollicking city of San Francisco where you'll be entertained by outlandish locals and wacky street artists as you wander the streets in search of the many hilltop viewpoints which provide incomparable views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Prison and Coit Tower.
The unbound nature of a road trip allows you to choose the destinations of most interest to you whilst also gaining a little taste of those areas you travel through. Pass by Napa Valley for mind-blowing cuisine and exquisite wineries before reaching arguably California's most beautiful stretch of coast, Big Sur. Other must-see cities include Santa Barbara and Santa Monica before you reach your final destination of San Diego. Known as one of America's most family-friendly cities, this sunny spot is popular with surfers, culture enthusiasts and food lovers alike.
This itinerary is just an example to show you some of the incredible places that sit along the California Coast. Our Travel Managers can work to create your own tailor-made journey through all of the destinations that interest you the most for a road trip to remember!
TICK OFF 'THE BIG FIVE' IN KENYA
The original birthplace of safari holidays, Kenya is one of Africa’s top destinations which sees visitors of all ages returning time and time again. From excellent chances of spotting the Big Five on safari, to seeing the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara, Kenya makes an outstanding holiday choice no matter what time of year you travel.
Situated in central Kenya, Laikipia is fast becoming one of the country’s best areas for wildlife, with excellent conservation areas and amazing safari experiences. Perhaps the best-known region of Laikipia is the Lewa Downs Conservancy, which is made up of former ranches and farms. It is now a dedicated black rhino sanctuary and home to the highest population of black and white rhino in East Africa.
The Maasai Mara, one of the most spectacular wilderness areas on the planet, is at the top of visitors’ wish lists and is an absolute must see if it’s your first time in Kenya. Best known for its spectacular Great Migration, one of the natural wonders of the world, the Maasai Mara is a destination not to be missed! Alternatively, the Kenyan Coast offers a great place to escape the crowds and enjoy a luxurious beach retreat on the Indian Ocean, showing a totally different side to Kenya.
Speak to our Africa experts today to find out more about this incredibly diverse continent.
EXPLORE CLASSIC RAJASTHAN, INDIA
Explore the glorious Rajasthani cities of Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur, destinations full of history, culture and an abundance of scenic locations. With so much to see and do during your visit, this Classic Rajasthan itinerary really does have something for all types of traveller.
Jaipur is the capital of India's Rajasthan state. Often referred to as the 'Pink City' due to its rich terracotta buildings, it is home to fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and a futuristic observatory. Amer Fort, the ancient capital of the region, still recalls its heydays in the majestic ramparts rising steeply along the contoured hillsides. Here, elephants still carry visitors in stately splendour to the main palace, through unusually high gateways, obviously designed to accommodate this archaic mode of transport.
Following Jaipur's colourful theme, Jodhpur is known as the 'Blue City' as most of the houses in the old city are painted in shades of blue. Visit nearby Udaipur, a fairy tale city of marble palaces and lakes. The city is dominated by the massive City Palace which overlooks the tranquil Lake Pichola with its romantic island palaces.
MALDIVES - AN ISLAND ESCAPE
Made up of a string of coral atolls in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a picture-perfect destination complete with shallow turquoise waters blending into endless sandy beaches and luxurious accommodation - the perfect place to escape the rat race and indulge in some well-deserved ‘me time’.
The Maldives is perfect for that barefoot luxury Robinson Crusoe experience - the only crowds here are the shoals of exotic fish – over 700 species – that flourish in the warm tropical seas. Offering some of the world’s best scuba diving, the Maldives offer both experienced and novice divers superb underwater conditions for drift diving, wreck diving, night diving and more.
With so many islands to choose from, that’s where we come in! We are on hand to recommend the best resort for every occasion, from romantic breaks and spa retreats to family holidays and gourmet getaways to ensure the perfect island match for you. Click here to read Travel Manager Julia's blog which details her island hopping experience in the Maldives in 2018.