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Explore launches 22 new trips in 2016/17 Worldwide brochure

The adventure travel specialist, Explore has launched 22 new trips in its 2016/17 Worldwide Adventures collection with 5% off new trips booked before 5 November 2015*. 

With in-depth itineraries, Explore’s latest portfolio offers customers the chance to truly immerse themselves in their chosen destination.

Ashley Toft, Managing Director of Explore, commented “We’re really excited to be launching our new Worldwide Adventures. We’ve worked hard to create a selection of new trips in Europe, Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa giving customers a unique experience and enabling them to get under the skin of their chosen destination.”

He continued, “Whether it’s a walking safari to track Rhino in Matabo National Park, Zimbabwe; enjoying a southern cooking class in Charleston or travelling around the former Yugoslavia by train, we’re confident that our latest collection includes something for everyone.”

The new 16 day Former Yugoslavia Rail Adventure trip offers an exciting exploration through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo.  Uncover the besieged history of Sarajevo with its red-roofed houses; explore the quirky side streets of Belgrade and visit the world famous Stari Most bridge in Mostar. Travel by train and enjoy views of the wild countryside of Tito’s Yugoslavia. This trip departs in May, June, August and September 2016 and costs from £1,597 per person. This price includes return flights; 14 nights’ hotel and one overnight train accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of an Explore leader, driver and local guides.

Explore’s new Kingdom of Swaziland trip is a 10 day journey through the intriguing country of Swaziland, home to the last true monarchy of Africa. Come face to face with Rhino on walking safaris; hike to Malolotja Falls, the highest waterfall in Swaziland and spend the night with the traditional mountain community of Shewula. Spot crocodiles, elephant and giraffe in Mkhaya Game Reserve and learn about the unique beliefs of local witch doctors. This trip departs in May - September 2016 and costs from £2,356 per person. This price includes return flights; four nights’ lodge, two nights’ beehive huts and one night community house accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of an Explore leader and driver.

Explore’s new two week adventure Deep South and Blues travels through six of America’s southern states; Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and North and South Carolina. Experience a taste of the south during a cooking class in Charleston, hike to the waterfalls in the Great Smokey Mountains and visit the legendary Graceland, home to Elvis Presley. Discover the French Quarter in New Orleans and look out for alligators during a swamp tour through Cajun country. There will also be time to visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. This trip departs in June – September 2016 and costs from £3,366 per person. This price includes return flights; 13 nights’ hotel accommodation, transport and the services of an Explore leader and driver.

Explore’s new Discover Northern Sri Lanka is a 16 day trip venturing to the largely undiscovered region of this charming island. Visit Mannar, fringed with palm trees, white sand and wild donkeys; and travel to Jaffna by train where there is the chance to visit the many Hindu temples and learn about the Tamil people’s culture and traditions. Spot sperm whales in Trincomalee, search for leopards in the lush landscapes of Wilpattu National Park and discover the famous cave temples in Dambulla. This trip departs in May – October 2016 and costs from £2,079 per person. This price includes return flights; 13 nights’ hotel and one night camping accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of an Explore leader and driver.

Explore’s new eight day Winter Adventure in Romania offers a chance to discover Romania’s highlights, set against a beautiful winter backdrop. Spend the night in Romania’s only ice hotel, perched above Lake Bâlea, visit Transylvania’s Bran Castle and try snowshoeing and tobogganing through snow-covered landscapes. Discover the Saxon town of Viscri and spend time with a wildlife expert tracking wild boar, wolves and bear. This trip departs in January, February and March 2016 and costs from £811 per person. This price includes return flights; four nights’ hotel and three nights’ guesthouse accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of an Explore leader and driver.

For more information, or to book visit www.explore.co.uk or call 01252 884 723.

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Notes to Editors

*Terms and conditions can be found here.

Full list of Worldwide trips:

Temples of Middle Egypt

Explore’s new 13 day Temples of Middle Egypt trip journeys from Cairo to Aswan. Visit the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza, which has stood on the Giza Plateau for more than 4500 years; explore the ancient limestone tombs of Beni Hasan and enjoy a camel ride to St Simeon’s Monastery before boarding a boat to cruise along the Nile. Experience the extraordinary city of Luxor and learn about the pharaoh Tutankhamun and the 18th dynasty he ruled. This trip departs in March, April, October and December 2016 and costs from £1,197 per person. This price includes return flights; nine nights’ hotel and three nights’ boat accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of an Explore leader and driver.

Machu Picchu and Galapagos

Explore’s new Machu Picchu and Galapagos trip captures two of South America’s major highlights during the 16 day journey. Beginning in Cusco, soak up the rich heritage in the old Inca capital, explore the Sacred Valley including the vibrant Pisac market and discover the majestic ancient site of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Spend six days in the Galapagos, a haven for wildlife and snorkel with giant tortoises in Concha y Perla before visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station. This trip departs in May, August and October 2016 and costs from £3,971 per person. This price includes return flights; eight nights’ hotel and six nights’ guesthouse accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of an Explore leader, driver and naturalist.

Best of the Rockies

The new 16 day Best of the Rockies trip journeys through the Rocky Mountains and the beautiful National Parks in Canada and the USA. Walk along the narrow gorge of Maligne Canyon, travel along Icefields Parkway; stretching through the rich landscapes of pristine mountain lakes and relax in Miette hot springs with views over the surrounding Fiddle River Valley. Visit Banff, Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks with visits to Yellowstone’s famous geysers, canyons and waterfalls. The journey ends in Salt Lake City, Utah’s capital with a visit to the Mormon temple. This trip departs in June, July and August 2016 and costs from £3,284 per person. This price includes return flights; 12 nights’ hotel and two nights’ cabin accommodation; transport and the services of an Explore leader and driver.

Great Zimbabwe Highlights

Experience the ‘Jewel of Africa’ during Explore’s new 11 day Great Zimbabwe Highlights trip. Discover the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, a city built in the country’s south-eastern hills near Lake Mutirikwe; take a night safari in Hwange National Park and search for elephant, giraffe and lion in game drives. Head to the thunderous Victoria Falls, take in the spectacular vista from World’s View in the Eastern Highlands and enjoy a free day with the options of a helicopter ride or rafting along the Zambezi River. This trip departs in May – September 2016 and costs from £2,356 per person. This price includes eight nights’ lodge accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of an Explore leader, driver and safari guide.

Highlights of Ethiopia

Join Explore on it's new 10 day Highlights of Ethiopia trip, for a chance to discover the country's  historical sites and unique culture. Discover the world famous rock hewn churches of Lalibela, marvel at the inspiring Tissisat Falls and take a mule trek to Ashatan Maryam Church, which is carved into the rock face. Visit Axum’s stelae field filled with monuments dating back to 300-500 AD, believed to have Axum’s ancient rulers’ tombs buried beneath them. This trip departs in March, April, September, October and November 2016 and costs from £1,456 per person. This price includes return flights; seven nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of an Explore leader, driver and local guides.

Baltic Capitals

Explore’s new Baltic Capitals trip offers the perfect introduction for first time visitors to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Begin the eight day journey in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, dotted with ornate Orthodox Church steeples and cobbled streets. Discover the celebrated Trakai Castle; explore Europe’s largest market in Riga, a city famed for its art-nouveau architecture and visit the charming walled city of Tallinn, Estonia where there is time to visit the 17th Century underground Bastion Passages. This trip departs in May – October 2016 and costs from £699 per person. This price includes return flights; seven nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of an Explore leader and driver.

Tuscany Explorer

The new eight day Tuscany Explorer offers an eight day trip to this beautiful region of northern Italy. Visit the leaning tower in Pisa, explore the sloping Il Campo piazza in the heart of Siena and soak up the renaissance city of Florence. Get off the beaten track in the hilltop town of San Quirico D’Orcia, sample the local wines and Pecorino cheese and admire the handicraft of a traditional alabaster carving ornaments in Volterra. This trip departs in May, June, August, September and October and costs from £1,086 per person. This price includes return flights, seven nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, transport and the services of an Explore leader and driver.

Highlights of Portugal

Explore’s new seven day Highlights of Portugal trip offers a fast paced journey from Lisbon to Porto. Navigate the tram system in Lisbon, with time to explore the gothic cathedrals and cobbled streets in this colourful city. Stroll through the old town of Sintra, discover the beautiful landscapes of Serra do Alvao National Park and enjoy port tasting in the historic city of Porto, situated on the banks of the Douro River. This trip departs in May, June, August, September and October and costs from £693 per person. This price includes return flights; seven nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, transport and the services of an Explore leader and driver.

Discover Borneo

Explore’s new Discover Borneo discovers the culture, stunning scenery and exotic animals of Malaysian Borneo during the 15 day trip. Delve into the provinces of Sarawak and Sabah, spend four nights’ with local villagers with a chance to learn about their traditions and search for orang-utans and proboscis monkeys in the dense jungle. Walk in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, take a well-deserved dip in Poring Hot Springs and relax on the beautiful beaches of Beringgis. This trip departs in May, July, August and September 2016 and cost from £2,599 per person. This price includes return flights; 14 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of an Explore leader and driver.

Festivals of Yunnan

Explore’s new Festivals of Yunnan  is a 14 day tour of China experiencing the Chinese New Year celebrations including the Midu Huadeng Festival, known as the flower lantern festival. During the trip guests will visit a giant panda sanctuary in Chengdu, explore the Shaxi Friday market and welcome in the New Year at Dejilin Monastery while watching traditional dances and blessings. Trips depart in February 2016 and cost from £2,747 per person. This price includes return flights; seven nights’ hotel and six nights’ guesthouse accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of a tour leader, driver and local guide.

Highlights of Old Castile

Explore’s Highlights of Old Castile trip discovers the classic cities and beautiful countryside of Spain. Stroll through the pretty streets of Madrid; explore the Roman grandeur of Segovia and discover the sandstone city of Salamanca; including the beautiful Plaza Mayor. Walk along the towering ramparts of Avila’s walls and get the chance to hike through the vast surroundings of Gredos National Park under the majestic Gredos Mountains. Trips depart in May, June, September and October 2015 and cost from £748 per person. This price includes return flights; six nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of an Explore leader and driver.

Highlights of Hidden Catalonia

The seven day Highlights of Hidden Catalonia trip offers a chance to discover the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Girona as well as the Catalan countryside. Walk to Motjuic Castle which offers impressive views over the Mediterranean, wander the unspoilt medieval village of Rupit, nestled in the Pyrenean foothills enjoy a tour of Girona on two wheels. Enjoy a walk along the Path of the Waters offering incredible views over Barcelona and take the funicular down to the city. Trips depart in May, June, August, September and October 2016 and cost from £753 per person. This price includes return flights; six nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of an Explore leader and driver.

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