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Madagascar

Lemurs, Madagascar

The Big Five aren’t the only animals that are worth travelling for when it comes to African wildlife. Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, is a paradise for wildlife lovers. It’s a biodiversity hotspot with about 90 per cent of the species living on Madagascar to be found nowhere else on Earth. The island was marooned when supercontinent Gondwana broke up 180 million years ago. In the island’s forests, half the world’s chameleons and 28 species of lemur are to be found. Five-star luxe has found its way to Madagascar’s shores in the last few years. And last June saw the opening of ultra-luxe Miavana on the private island of Nosy Ankao. You can now experience this biodiversity hot spot in style.

Our Classic Madagascar tour offers a great introduction to this fascinating country, and we’ll make sure your trip is tailor-made to suit you.

Seychelles

Mahe Beach, Seychelles, Indian Ocean

There are island paradises and then there are the Seychelles – granite and coral islands, made up of lush forests, black-rock formations and some of the world’s best beaches. And from 24 March 2018, it’s going to be easier than ever before to get to the 115-island nation in the western Indian Ocean.

Described as a game-changer for the Seychelles tourism scene, British Airways are set to fly nonstop from Heathrow to Mahé twice a week.

Discover more about our luxury Seychelles holidays.

Nashville

Nashville has a big hit on its hands. Long known for the Grand Ole Opry, the stomp of cowboy boots and the twang of steel guitars, in recent years Nashville has shaken off its good-ol’-boy image. The city’s pulse is beating to a new stylish and eclectic rhythm. This change of tune was aided by the ABC television programme Nashville, which bolstered the city’s image, and an influx of entrepreneurial millennials that have moved to the city in droves in recent years. Bustling with new artisanal businesses, Nashville’s food scene is buzzing and once-sleepy neighbourhoods like Germantown and 12 South are new hubs of cool.


See our suggested Honky tonks & rock 'n' roll discovery itinerary for a flavour of what Nashville can offer.

Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Asia

For years, Thailand and Vietnam have stolen the spotlight in this part of the world. In 2018, however, the star of the show is going to be Cambodia. There’s more to this fascinating country than sacred Angkor Wat and sense-saturating Phnom Penh. Battambang is an artistic haven blessed with early 20th-century French colonial architecture and a creative buzz. In the remote northeastern region of Ratanakiri, known as the Jewel Mountains, adrenalin adventures abound. Around Sihanoukville, there’s a heavenly choice of palm-shaded bays and tropical islands where the slow pace of life will effortlessly entice.

To get an idea of the types of tailor-made trips we offer, see our Undiscovered Cambodia tour.

Tasmania

Tasmania, Australia

In recent years Tasmania has gladly shed its slightly twee island image. The last stop on the way to Antarctica is enjoying a renaissance. This sea-change was kicked off by the opening in 2011 of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), an innovative art gallery. The emergence of a swathe of chic resorts and hotels has also done wonders for the island’s reputation. Not to mention, the island has a growing reputation as a gourmet hot spot, thanks to its rich produce and innovative chefs at work here. This glorious wilderness off the southern coast of Australia retains its empty roads, clean air and pristine beaches, but otherwise, modern Tassie is all-change.

See our suggested Self-drive Tasmania itinerary for a bespoke holiday that will tick all the boxes.

The Indian Himalaya

Himalaya, India

The hottest destination on the Indian subcontinent right now is Ladakh and the Indian foothills of the Himalaya in the province of Jammu and Kashmir. The big draw for travellers is the chance of spotting a snow leopard – one of the planet’s most elusive and endangered creatures. There are said to be between 4,080 and 6,590 of these shy creatures remaining in the cold, high mountains of Central Asia. Sightings are rare and exceptional but Ladakh’s Hemis National Park is gaining a bit of a reputation. In this icy habitat, 200 snow leopards are thought to live and with the help of expert trackers, you might, just might, get lucky.

We suggest a nine-night package to take in all that the Indian Himalaya has to offer.

Egypt

Giza, Egypt

This isn’t the first time Egypt’s been on our ‘where to go next’ list, but it’s back because this ancient country is awash with optimism right now. There are new hotel openings to entice, such as the 39-storey St Regis in the heart of old Cairo. New tombs are being discovered regularly. A trio of rock-tombs were unearthed 200 kilometres south of Cairo and another was found on the left bank near the Valley of the Kings. And most excitingly, the world’s largest archaeological museum, the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) will open in 2018 in Cairo. All that and no queues at the pyramids and temples... Get there fast, before folk flood in again.

We’ve been creating holidays to Egypt for over 30 years, take a look at our Classic Egypt itinerary for just a flavour of what we can offer.

Argentina

Argentina, South America

Argentina is having a moment. On the continent, all eyes and expectations are turning southwards. 2018 will see Norwegian Airlines opening a subsidiary flying domestic and regional services in Argentina’s interior, opening up this destination like never before. With restaurants like Tegui in Buenos Aires dishing up culinary wonders, Argentina’s food scene is getting noticed. The country was crowned South America’s leading culinary destination 2017 at the World Travel Awards. Now’s the time to explore Buenos Aires; bright-spark Salta in the northwest with its surrounding vineyards and boutique estancias; or explore the epically beautiful Lake District.

Get inspired for your next Latin American adventure with our suggested Classic Argentina holiday.
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