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Explore launches tours in Iraq, Kosovo and the Philippines

Added 04 Oct 2012
  • Explore launches tours in Iraq, Kosovo and the Philippines

4 October, 2012

Explore launches tours in Iraq, Kosovo and the Philippines as part of new Discovery brochure

Iraq, Kosovo and the Philippines feature as new destinations in Explore’s latest Discovery brochure. In addition, owing to the popularity of Bangladesh on multi-country tours, it now features as a tour destination in its own right. Customers booking any new tour by 19th November benefit from a 5% discount, on top of any loyalty discount they may already be entitled to.* Explore’s Discovery Collection now offers over 250 adventure holidays in 116 destinations around the world, with prices starting from £248 per person (tour only).**

Explore is the first major adventure travel company to offer tours to the Kurdistan area of Iraq. This undiscovered region is a place of stark beauty, warm hospitality and a rich, if sometimes turbulent, history. What’s more, contrary to popular assumption, there are no FCO restrictions on travel to the area. Travelling through the provinces of Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaymaniya over eight days, the Highlights of Kurdistan tour visits the beautiful mosques, impressive citadels and traditional covered markets of some of the oldest continually inhabited cites in the world. Other highlights include people-watching from chaikhanas (traditional tea houses) and a picnic with the locals on their traditional Friday Holiday. With five departures planned from May to October 2013, the price, from £2,991, includes flights, accommodation, most meals, transport and the services of a tour leader, local guide and driver.

A visit to the world’s third newest country*** is included in Explore’s new Undiscovered Balkans tour. Once again, Explore is one of the first major adventure travel company to include Kosovo in an itinerary and, as well as spending five days in the country, the itinerary also takes-in the unspoilt and little-visited north of Albania and Macedonia. Apart from its recent troubled history, very little is known about Kosovo and, indeed, this region in general. The rich culture and outstanding beauty of this area cannot be over-estimated: This trip takes-in dramatic mountains and lakes and pretty valleys and towns, as well as Kosovo’s rejuvenated wine region. Offering exceptional value-for-money, the price of this 14-day trip is from £1,246 per person, to include flights, bed and breakfast accommodation, four other meals, transport and the services of a tour leader, driver and guides.  Departures are from June to September, 2013.

Setting out from the megacity of Manila, the pace of Explore’s new Philippines Discovery tour soon slows as the trip ventures north to the Cordillera Mountains – home to the 2,000 year-old towering rice terraces of the indigenous Ifugao people and the ancient hanging coffins of Sagada’s burial caves. Other highlights include a visit to the UNESCO-listed colonial quarter of coastal Vigan on a calesa (horse-drawn carriage) and a hike to the crater lake of Mount Pinatubo volcano. Chill-out time is included on the beautiful Coco Beach on the island of Mindoro. With a departure on 24th November, 2013, the 13-day trip costs from £2,491 per person to include flights, B&B accommodation, one lunch, transport and the services of a tour leader and drivers.

A highlight of the new Bangladesh-specific trip is a night spent in a homestay in Haluaghat in the north. This region is home to the traditional Garo people and is incredibly untouched by tourism. As well as exploring the chaotic cities, markets, tea plantations and rivers that the country is famous for, the 13-day Highlights of Bangladesh tour visits the Lawachhara Forest in search of the distinct Hoolock gibbon. With departures in November and December, 2013, the price, from £1,713 per person, includes flights, bed and breakfast accommodation, transport and the services of a tour leader, driver and local guide.

Ashley Toft, Managing Director of Explore, commented “Remaining true to our pioneering spirit, Explore is once again pushing the boundaries with the launch of tours to these little-visited destinations. Offering unique and unforgettable experiences, those who venture on these very special trips are guaranteed to receive a warm welcome and traditional hospitality.”

He continued, “As well as the introduction of these new tours, which benefit from a 5% discount when booked by 19th November, Explore has worked closely with its suppliers to make price savings across its collection. Without compromising on quality, this has resulted in us being able to offer what we believe are the best value-for-money adventure holidays on the market.”

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