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THE 12 TRIPS OF CHRISTMAS

Where will you be on Christmas Day? On the sofa, glued to the telly, lounging in your PJs with the rest of the nation? Treat yourself to a Christmas with a difference. Wake up on a houseboat on the Okavango Delta; take a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake; ride a cable car up Monserrate or walk on the Perito Moreno Glacier…   Explore picks 12 top Christmas Day ‘moments’ on trips running this December.  Limited places available.  Book now to avoid a disappointing, sofa-based Christmas.   
 
Cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia - Cambodia Highlights – departs 22 December, from £1,725pp
This short twin-centre adventure focusses on the iconic highlights of Cambodia. Discover the sights of the capital city of Phnom Penh and learn about the dark days of the Khmer Rouge before driving to Siem Reap. Cruise the largest lake in the region, Tonle Sap, on Christmas Day and see floating villages before spending three full days exploring the vast complex of the Temples of Angkor.

Walk or kayak in Khao Sok National Park – Simply Thailand – departs 17 December, from £2,119pp
Take an overland adventure through tropical southern Thailand, from the bright lights and glittering temples of Bangkok to the palm-fringed and white sand beaches of Krabi. Along the way, learn about the Bridge over the River Kwai, visit cave temples, camp on a remote beach, spend time getting to know locals and explore one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Using a variety of transport and staying in a selection of simple accommodation, it's an adventurous trip that combines some of Thailand's best highlights with remote hideaways, away from the main tourist trail.

Visit Trinidad and the Bay of Pigs, Cuba - Cuba Libre! – departs 23 December, from £2,999pp
This remarkable journey through Cuba explores the island's revolutionary history and its modern, vibrant Caribbean culture. Travelling across the breadth of the country, discover beautiful colonial architecture and a lively music scene in Trinidad and Cuba. Pass through glorious countryside, rich with exotic birds and flowers, and camp out in the forested Escambray Mountains. The sea is never far away, with spectacular coastlines and tropical islands to enjoy. On Christmas night, stay with the locals in privately run casas particulares in Trinidad, an excellent way to get a deeper experience of local life. 

Explore Solola Market on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Ancient Lands of the Maya – departs 13 December, from £2,299pp
Explore the ancient lands of the Maya on this trip We visit the early Mayan cities of Tikal, Quirigua and Copan (in Honduras). We also travel through the Guatemalan highlands, spending time in traditional mountain villages and local markets, including the colourful San Tomas Festival in Chichicastenango. On the way, we explore Lake Atitlan by boat and search for the elusive Quetzal bird in Biotopo Nature Reserve.

Wake up on houseboat in the Keralan backwaters – South Indian Images – departs 17 December, from £2,426pp
Take a cultural journey with us across this colourful landscape, from intricately carved temple complexes to lush jungle backwaters and historic harbour ports. By train, bus and riverboat we climb to the heights of the Western Ghats and drop down to the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean. This fast-paced adventure includes a little bit of everything southern India has to offer.

Take a cable car up Monserrate, Colombia - Contrasts of Colombia – departs 16 December, from £3,979pp
Colombia is currently one of South America's most exciting destinations, with a rich cultural heritage, many areas of outstanding natural beauty and a notoriously friendly and welcoming population. Join us in our discovery of the country that is \ magical realism\ personified, through the colonial cities of Cartagena, Bogota and Popayan, the beautiful wax palms and coffee farms of Armenia, and the blossoming cultural hub of Medellin.

Explore the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina - Adventures in Patagonia – departs 16 December, from £4,135pp
Patagonia is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. On this trip through Argentina and Chile, we walk among the glacial lakes and mountain ranges of Torres del Paine National Park, discover the captivating city of Buenos Aires and admire views of the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier. Along the way we visit Ushuaia - the world's southernmost city, and enjoy walks through the spectacular scenery of Los Glaciares National Park.

Christmas Day at the Taj Mahal - North India Explorer – departs 17 December, from £2,125pp
Explore the diverse cities and landscapes of North India by train, bus and traditional sail boat. From the palaces of the 'Pink City' of Jaipur to the pilgrimage centre of Varanasi and the magnificent Taj Mahal, we uncover the country's fascinating architectural and religious heritage. We also cruise along the Ganges watching daily rituals of the villages that flank this sacred river.

Wake up on an Okavango houseboat and view wildlife by boat - Botswana Wildlife Safari – from £4,239pp
Nearly a fifth of Botswana's landscape is designated for wildlife protection: we enter Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve to track Africa's greatest animals in their natural habitat. We also stay on a houseboat on the Okavango Delta, a huge freshwater oasis in the Kalahari desert, and visit the raging Smoke that Thunders - Victoria Falls.

Take a catamaran trip on Praslin Island, Seychelles - Tropical Island Hopping – departs 18 December, from £3,049pp
Unwind in the beautiful islands of the Seychelles. Explore the palm-lined beaches of Praslin and visit the forest of Vallée de Mai, home to the famous Coco de Mer Palm. Hike along forest trails to Trois Frères peak to enjoy spectacular views over the island and its beach fringed shores. Cycle around the paradise island of La Digue, pedalling from one palm lined beach to another and only stopping for a freshly caught seafood lunch or a gentle swim. The Seychelles are an iconic destination but it is possible to get off the beaten path and discover a different side to these tropical islands.

See the sunset from Jebel Barkal, Sudan - Highlights of Ancient Nubia – departs 19 December, from £3,449pp
Travelling through the scenic Nile Valley and into the desert we discover Sudan, a country with more pyramids than Egypt and some of the friendliest people on the planet. We visit well-preserved sandstone temples, tombs engraved with images of the pharaohs and the many pyramids of the Royal Necropolis of Meroe. We will experience the warm hospitality of the Nubian people and stay in a traditional village house.

Walk in colourful, colonial Vinales – Cuba Highlights on Foot – departs 23 December, from £2,065pp
On this walking tour of Western Cuba we experience local hospitality whilst staying in family-run guest houses, and hike through some of Cuba's best natural tropical reserves. We also discover the glamorous past of Old Havana, and the lively musical nightlife of colonial Trinidad. As we travel we learn about modern day Cuba and its complex past, culminating in a visit to the mausoleum of the national hero Che Guevara. 

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Notes to Editors:
About Explore: Explore is an adventure travel tour operator with 36 years’ experience in organising small group, tailor-made and self-guided trips to some of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Wherever your passions lie, whether wildlife, culture, walking and trekking, a voyage to the Polar Regions, cycling or a family adventure, Explore takes you far beyond the tourist spots into the heart of the country you’re visiting. With over 600 trips in 130 countries, Explore’s breadth of choice, combined with award-winning tour leaders and commitment to responsible travel, ensures an exciting and authentic travel experience.
 

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