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Ten of the best escorted tours and cruises

Inspired by the spirit of Jules Verne himself, these captivating group tours will transport you to the far corners of the globe, where extraordinary encounters and long-lasting memories await. Our expertise as a small group travel company means we have a collection of amazing tours to take in 2024. Each one showcases not only the highlights of that area but also the hidden treasures that you might miss out on if you don’t take part in a group travel tour. Our top ten escorted tours and cruises exemplify the very essence of a group tour, where you can combine the thrill of discovering new places and meeting new people, with being escorted by your own knowledgeable local guide.

Classical Tour of Albania

Unspoilt, uncrowded, and unique in its culture, Albania is a treasure chest of ancient cities, mystical mountains, museums, castles and coastline, its feast of Ottoman architecture the jewel in its crown. This tour lifts the lid on its riches, of heritage and of nature

More 7 nights from £1045
Grand Canal And Basilica Santa Maria Della Salute, Venice, Italy

Venice from the Water

There is nowhere else on earth like Venice. The busy city’s streets of water and the tiny islands of its lagoon combine in a unique UNESCO enclave. The tour is a similarly fitting combination, quietly based on an elegant boat, with all the sights at the foot of the gangplank

More 4 nights from £1220

A Week on Lake Garda

A wonderfully relaxing week, on and around Lake Garda, this beautiful ‘breather’ is a well-balanced blend of unhurried touring and time at leisure. Tranquillity reigns around the lake, and charming towns add culture and character

More 7 nights from £1375
The Ruins Of Taormina Theater At Sunset, Sicily, Italy

Treasures of Sicily

A veritable feast of Greek and Roman monuments vie for attention amid the Norman, Phoenician and Saracen landmarks of Sicily’s cultural heritage. The island’s astonishing wealth of well-preserved sites bring the ancient past to life and make this our top tour in Italy

More 7 nights from £1595
Amalfi Coast, Positano, Italy

Discover Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast

A supremely scenic week, with Meta di Sorrento as your base, includes the evocative remains of Pompeii, a drive along ‘the divine coast’ to Amalfi, Positano and Ravello, and Capri by boat

More 7 nights from £1595
View To Mir I Arab Madrassa Thru The Old Wooden Carved Door, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Highlights of Uzbekistan

A great value tour of the Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan including Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand, using the high speed railway line to travel between the capital Tashkent and Bukhara

More 7 nights from £1895
Mateus Palace In Vila Real, Portugal

Highlights of the Douro

Cruising the Douro from its mouth on the Atlantic to its crossing into Spain, with daily excursions to medieval towns, majestic palaces, port wine cellars, and vineyard valley landscapes, this beguiling journey includes visits to Guimarães, Lamego, and Salamanca

More 7 nights from £1935

Best of the Basque Country

A superb introduction to Spain’s Basque Country, dipping into the French side for Biarritz, touring to winelands and coastal ports, and visiting cities steeped in history, this is a vibrant and varied experience of the Basque culture, past and present

More 7 nights from £1945
Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The Golden Road to Samarkand

Experience Uzbekistan’s Silk Road cities, from metropolitan Tashkent to Old Khiva’s towers and cupolas, across the Kyzylkum Desert to beautiful Bukhara, and into exotic Samarkand

More 11 nights from £2545

Royal Barge on the Douro

From baroque castles to beautiful bucolic villages, from hilltop medieval ruins to valleys cloaked in the vineyards of age-old wine estates, from mountain scenery to ocean shore, enjoy the ever-changing landscapes of this unique Royal Barge cruise on the Douro

More 7 nights from £2995