28 March 2019
The world is home to so many iconic sights and adventures, so deciding where to go on your next holiday can be a tough decision. To help whittle down the options, we have pooled together the expertise of our Travel Counsellors to come up with a list of our favourite tours and expedition cruise for each continent, giving you some idea of what you can see and do on each one.
Embark on a sensational cruise with Holland America Line from Vancouver to discover America’s last great frontier. Sail the fabled Inside Passage, one of the world’s most scenic sea lanes, where you can admire the dramatic Sawyer Glaciers and the wonderful waterfalls before reaching the Alaskan capital of Juneau.
Your next stop is Skagway, where you can ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway, or peruse the many restored buildings and wooden boardwalks of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. After a stop in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the majestic Glacier Bay National Park, your cruise moves on to Ketchikan, with its many shops and houses built right out over the water.
Explore the stunning scenery of South Vietnam on an incredible tour to some of the region’s top destinations. With vibrant cities, quaint villages and dramatic landscapes, a Vietnam family adventure has it all.
Discover the rich culture by joining in traditional dance performances, encountering hill tribes, dining at street stalls and taking on several excursions and experiences which will deliver an immersive Vietnamese experience.
From an overnight cruise down the waterways of the famous Mekong Delta to traversing the sprawling mountain plains of the Dalat highlands, this tour takes you to the great outdoors, giving you the chance to appreciate Vietnam’s beautiful landscapes. There are also plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with the lively Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s biggest city, and all it has to offer.
This tour is also ideal for families with enthusiastic child-friendly guides, in addition to limited travel distances meaning that youngsters won’t feel overwhelmed, allowing them to explore at a more leisurely pace.
“Overall, Vietnam was excellent value. The service was great, the people were friendly and curious and there was really good food. The guides were all very patient, flexible and knowledgeable, and language was rarely a problem since almost everyone spoke English.”
Richard, Travel Counsellor
Starting in Torquay and stretching all the way to Allansford, the Great Ocean Road is Australia’s quintessential road trip. See natural phenomena such as the 12 Apostles sea stacks, the Gibson Steps and the London Arch, stop off at one of the many quaint towns or cities along the way, or take advantage of a multitude of atmospheric beaches.
Experience the Frozen Continent’s wildlife and natural beauty on a Highlights of the Frozen Continent cruise with Hurtigruten. Your expedition will start in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, famed for its tango dancing, street art and football, before you fly south to Ushuaia, where the MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits in dock. Your voyage will begin with a crossing of the famous Drake Passage, during which you’ll be able to attend lectures on the environment, watch films about Antarctica and use the ship’s facilities including the pool, hot tubs and wellness centre.
Spending five days in Antarctica, you’ll get to go ashore and explore breathtaking scenery including cracking glaciers and sea ice, and encounter penguins – with ample opportunities to sight whales and seals on deck.
TC tip: Attend a session with Hurtigruten’s onboard photographer, who can show you the basics of expedition photography so that you can capture incredible images of your amazing trip.
Sail away on a voyage with Hurtigruten to Norway and be wowed by a front-row view of the jaw-dropping aurora borealis. On one of these magical excursions, you’ll visit a multitude of beautiful Norwegian ports in search of the Northern Lights – and if you don’t manage to catch the spectacular show first time around, Hurtigruten will take you on another six- or seven-day voyage completely free with the Northern Lights Promise, which is valid from October to April inclusive.
Cruising between October 2019 and April 2020, Northern Lights expeditions include exclusive charter flights to Bergen, Norway from a choice of nine UK regional airports, plus transfers to and from the ship. Excellent facilities include a fitness room, a children’s play area and a library. Choose when you eat as part of the full-board flexible dining options and enjoy complimentary tea, coffee and Wi-Fi throughout your voyage.
Become acquainted with one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological sites on an Inca Trail tour. Embrace cultures past and present in the hills surrounding the Peruvian city of Cusco and take in incredible views of the Sacred Valley as you travel by rail to Machu Picchu. Perched high above the Sacred Valley, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ survives to this day as the best-preserved relic of Inca civilisation.
“Peru and Machu Picchu is one of the most popular holidays I book. The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be one of the best in the world. In just 26 miles, it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels.”
Judith, Travel Counsellor
Go in search of the Big Five on a family safari in South Africa. Start your tour in Johannesburg, the country’s biggest city, where you can gain a greater understanding of South Africa’s history at Mandela House and the Apartheid Museum before leaving for Madikwe Game Reserve. Staying in a Safari Lodge, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy several game drives in an attempt to spot lions, buffalo, rhinos, boar and the other animals that call the park home.
Following your safari experience, it’s on to Cape Town, renowned for its range of attractions including Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront, and then Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, located in an ancient forest and surrounded by rolling hills and majestic mountains.
If you would like to book your tour or expedition cruise, contact your Travel Counsellor today and take advantage of a range of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.