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Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

13 days, Tokyo, Japan to Kyoto, Japan

Take a mind-blowing tour of historic, cultural and modern Japan.

Ever-welcoming and always fascinating, Japan is a land of ancient cultures, austere traditions and groundbreaking technology. Experience the best that this diverse country has to offer from the excitement of lively Tokyo to the sacred resting places of shoguns at Nikko. Feast on local delights at a Takayama market, make a sobering visit to the Hiroshima Peace Park and explore magnificent Kyoto temples. 

Iceland Discovery

10 days, Reykjavik, Iceland to  Reykjavik, Iceland

Visit Iceland and see glaciers, geysers and geothermal hot springs.

Travel to Iceland and delve into the ancient land of Vikings and volcanoes on this 10-day Icelandic adventure. Marvel at geothermal hot springs, witness the steamy eruptions of a giant geyser, touch the tongue of Europe's biggest glacier, see lava that's still warm after 20 years and scale giant waterfalls. The ancient, untamed beauty of Iceland will stay with you forever.

Jordan Discovery

8 days, Amman, Jordan to Amman, Jordan 

Travel through Jordan on a comfort-style Intrepid adventure.

The sweeping desert and echoing formations of Wadi Rum, the hidden, hand-hewn facades of Petra and the ancient Roman ruins at Jerash all make Jordan a true adventurer’s paradise. With its sole focus on Jordan, this an inspiring Middle Eastern journey.

Broome to the Bungle Bungles (Original)

5 days, Broome, Australia to Broome, Australia

Enter the extraordinary landscape of the Kimberley, Australia's wildest region. 

A region of astounding natural beauty and great spiritual significance, Western Australia's Kimberley region is Australia untamed. And while the roads here can be rough and distances between attractions far, that doesn't mean you need to put aside weeks to travel here. This 5-day inland adventure takes in several of the Kimberley's highlight attractions, plus a whole host of lesser-known favourites. Weave through the boulders and chasms of the Bungle Bungles, spot crocodiles on a wildlife cruise through Geikie Gorge, encounter Dreamtime stories in the Mimbi Caves and learn the legend of Jandamarra on a tour of Tunnel Creek.

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Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

Day 1: Tokyo
Konnichiwa! Welcome to Japan. Bursting with contemporary urban culture, there are many sides of Tokyo to explore, from fascinating museums and world-class shopping, to neighbourhood backstreets lined with restaurants and karaoke bars. Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm tonight. You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please check with hotel reception or look on the reception noticeboard for where and when the meeting will take place. If you're going to be late, please call our local emergency number if you can to inform our local team. Have your insurance and next of kin details on hand as we'll be collecting them at this meeting. Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to explore Tokyo’s exhilarating nightlife. Perhaps take a walk down Shinjuku’s Memory Lane. This crowded alley of busy restaurants and bar stalls started in the 1940s and quickly gained infamy as a black market drinking quarter. Today, it is still one of the best spots to try some of Tokyo’s famed ‘fast food’ dishes.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities
Tokyo - Hamarikyu Garden - JPY300
Tokyo - Shinjuku Garden - JPY200
Tokyo - Edo Tokyo Museum - JPY600

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2: Tokyo/Nikko
Enjoy a couple of free hours this morning. Perhaps see the historic Asakusa area. This is one of the older and more traditional parts of Tokyo, and is often called the temple district. Here you can stop by Senso-ji, the city’s oldest temple – founded almost 1,400 years ago when Tokyo was nothing more than a fishing village. Next, catch an express train (approximately 1 hour) and then a local train (approximately 1 hour) out of Tokyo towards Nikko. You’ll enjoy a pleasant ride, with beautiful views of the countryside. Japanese trains also have trolley carts with snacks such as bento boxes (Japanese lunch boxes), green tea and beer. Once you arrive in Nikko you’ll have free time to spend as you wish.

Accommodation
Ryokan (1 night)

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 3: Nikko
Nikko has been a sacred city since the middle of the 8th century, and is overflowing with beautiful shrines and temples. Perhaps visit the Toshu-gu Shrine, a resting place of a Tokugawa shogun who was one of the most powerful rulers of the country. The shrine contrasts with the traditional minimalist style commonly used throughout Japan. Instead, every corner of this monument is covered in intricate gold leaf, lacquer work, paintings and patterns. Here you can also visit the Museum of Art at the back of the temple complex. This 1920s mansion has one of the country’s most beautiful collections of sliding doors and screens decorated by the best Japanese painters of the day. You can also pay a visit to the red-lacquered Shin-ky? bridge, one of the town’s most famous landmarks, and the Buddhist temple of Rinn?-ji, home to fearsome statues and an elegant garden.

Accommodation
Ryokan (1 night)

Included Activities
Nikko - Toshogu Shrine

Optional Activities
Nikko - Bus to Chuzenji Lake (return) - JPY2200
Nikko - Imperial Villa - JPY510

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 4: Hakone
Leaving Nikko, you’ll board a local train followed by two bullet trains and finally a bus on your way to Hakone. Total travel time can vary depending on the connections, but we will usually arrive by mid afternoon. Once in Hakone, take a boat across Ashinoko Lake and then ride a cable car over the surrounding mountains. The area around the lake offers plenty of stunning views, and you may even catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji in the distance if weather conditions are clear. Depending on arrival time and weather, you may do these activities today or on Day 5. You’ll be staying at a family run guesthouse with shared facilities and a lovely outdoor onsen. Men and women always enter separate baths and no clothing or swimming costumes are allowed.

Accommodation
Ryokan (1 night)

Included Activities
Hakone - Lake Ashino-Ko boat trip
Hakone - Cable car

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 5: Hakone
Today is a free day in the lake, mountain and onsen area of Hakone. Perhaps visit the boiling sulphur springs, or the Hakone Jinja – the red-gated Shinto shrine. There’s hiking trails in the national park, such as from Togendai to Owakudani, and from there to Mt Komagatake, passing the peaks of Mt Kanmurigatake and Mt Kami. There’s also the great collection of art at the Hakone Open-Air Museum and the Pola Museum of Art, an eclectic mix that includes work by the likes of Renoir, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gallé. Ask your leader for some suggestions and tips about what to do in this famous onsen region.

Accommodation
Ryokan (1 night)

Optional Activities
Hakone - Open Air Museum - JPY1600
Hakone - Checkpoint Museum - JPY500
Hakone - Onsen (hot spring bath) - JPY1200

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 6: Takayama
Travel by shinkansen (bullet train) towards Takayama. You’ll reach speeds of 270 kilometres per hour and it will take around 4 hours to get there. Takayama is a charming Edo period town located in the Japan alps, famous for its traditional inns, sake breweries and the museum of Hida Folk Village. The latter is your first stop, an outdoor museum where the traditional thatched-roof architecture unique to the area has been relocated in a delightful mountain setting as an effort to preserve traditional Japanese culture. Discover the techniques used to build farmhouses that could withstand fierce winters and long periods of isolation due to snow-closed roads. The thick thatching kept in warmth and the roofs were angled so as to minimise snow build-up. Each house is like it’s own self-contained museum, with displays of personal items and traditional tools. You’ll then have free time to explore the many art galleries, local markets and museums, or simply wander the streets of this delightful little town.
We will stay in a delightful local Ryokan where our dinner is prepared by our host and you'll get to try a variety of Japanese food that's both beautiful to look at and to taste.

Accommodation
Ryokan (1 night)

Included Activities
Takayama - Hida Folk Village

Optional Activities
Takayama - Bike hire (per day) - JPY800
Takayama - Merchant House - JPY700
Takayama - Festival Float Museum - JPY820

Meals Included
Dinner

Day 7: Takayama
The Gifu prefecture is known to produce many fine altitude vegetables, and today you’ll visit morning markets that date back over 600 years. Browse the stalls of seasonal vegetables brought in from the surrounding countryside, set up by local farm women from 6am every morning. While browsing the food markets look out for the unique local style of pickles, the bags of miso wrapped in leaves, Genkotsu ame (soy bean candy), preserved fish, spices, and the delicious marshmallow treat of owara tamaten. The rest of the day will be free to spend as you wish. The alpine climate and crystal clear mountain waters are perfect for creating sake, so why not visit a local brewery for a taste of the region's prized signature drop. Takayama is also very famous for hida beef. Don't forget to take the chance to try some A5 level marbled beef while you are in town!

Accommodation
Ryokan (1 night)

Included Activities
Takayama - Market visit
Takayama - Sake Brewery Tasting

Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Day 8: Hiroshima
Travel by train for approximately 5 hours to Hiroshima. Visit the Genbaku (A-Bomb) Dome in the Peace Memorial Park and Museum (admission not included), both of which emotionally stand testament to the fateful day in August 1945 when Hiroshima was chosen as target for the first ever wartime use of the atomic bomb. The dome was just metres from where the bomb detonated so it was able to retain its shape; the fact that it looks almost exactly as it did after the bombing means it serves as a reminder and symbol of peace. The memorial park serves the same purpose, and has museums, memorials and monuments dedicated to the memory of victims, education on what lead to the bomb’s use, as well as advocating world peace.
In the evening, maybe try one of the city’s signature dishes for dinner – okonomiyaki, a kind savoury pancake of egg, cabbage, soba noodles, and meat or seafood.

Accommodation
Ryokan (1 night)

Included Activities
Hiroshima - Peace Park & A - Bomb Dome

Optional Activities
Hiroshima - Miyajima Island - JPY450
Miyajima - Itsukushima Shrine - JPY300
Hiroshima - Peace Museum - JPY200

Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 9: Hiroshima
If you haven't done it yesterday, visit the Peace Memorial Park and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in the morning. Then make your way to the nearby island of Miyajima with its famous 'floating' Torii Gate and the grand Itsukushima-jinja Shrine. Keep your eyes out for inquisitive and hungry deer that roam the streets.
In your free time, with so much to do in the area, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Why not visit the sprawling city-centre green space of Chuo Park, or the serene Shukkeien Gardens. You could stop by the magnificent Hiroshima Castle, which originally dates from the 1590s. It was destroyed by the bomb but reconstructed in all its glory in the 1950s, and now holds an informative museum in its five stories. There are numerous other musuems scattered about the city, and the wonderful Shukkeien garden is the perfect place to decompress on a break from sightseeing. Winding across the stone bridges past graceful teahouses and waterfalls can make you feel like you’re in another world. For something a bit louder, there’s the local baseball and soccer teams (if the day is right), or endless shopping choices. Ask your leader for tips, suggestions and directions.

Accommodation
Ryokan (1 night)

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 10: Kyoto
Leave Hiroshima today and head to Japan’s most impressive samurai castle at Himeji by train (approximately 1 hour). The building, which has survived earthquakes and war since the mid-16th century, was restored to its full glory in 2015. The moats, baileys, towers and walled alleyways were ingeniously designed to trick attackers – perhaps so intimidatingly that they were never in fact tested. Explore the castle that was once home to over 10,000 samurai families and look out over the castle grounds and the city below from the seventh floor.
Continue on a 1 hour train ride to Kyoto. Originally founded as Heian-kyo (literally “tranquillity and peace capital”) by Emperor Kammu in 794, Kyoto had its golden age during the imperial court's heyday from 794 to 1185. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years (the name means “Capital City”) but the emperor and government are now located in Tokyo. With over 2,000 temples, shrines and gardens, Kyoto is a great place to get lost in. Spend some free time getting acquainted with Kyoto and walking through the historical streets.
In the evening, head out to Gion, the famous Geisha district. Even today you can observe the age-old tradition of geisha girls visiting members of the wealthy elite. This unfolds in small teahouses tucked away in tiny back streets, or hit up the city’s izakayas (traditional Japanese pubs), live music venues, theatres or nightclubs.

Accommodation
Ryokan (1 night)

Included Activities
Himeji - Himeji Castle
Kyoto - Gion District walk

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Days 11-12: Kyoto
With its many cultural landmarks and historical sites, and the abundance of traditional arts and literature, Kyoto is regarded as the cultural heart of Japan. Kyoto is a city that lends itself to walking, and there are a number of walks available. Your tour leader will take you to visit two of the best temples depending on the season this morning.
Afterwards, it's your free time to explore this charming ancient capital. You will have almost one and half free days here to explore, which is a decent amount of time for Kyoto as there are a lot to see and experience here. Your tour leader will be able to help you with making the most out of your time here.
Fushimi Inari is definitely one of the most photographed temples in Japan. For the more active, going up the mountain following the red Tori gates is a great way to enjoy the shrine and it also offers a great view of Kyoto city. Otherwise, maybe go to Arashiyama and enjoying wondering through the bamboo forest, or cycling along Kamon River.
A gentle stroll through the nearby eastern hills along the ‘Path of Philosophy’ that links Ginkaku-ji, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, with Nanzen-ji Temple is recommended. This walk can be extended south through well-preserved ‘old town’ areas to Kiyamizu-dera (Temple of Clear Water) from where there is a justifiably famous view across a wooded gorge toward Kyoto. Also recommended, for those visiting in spring, is a visit to the theatre for a presentation of Miyako Odori (the Cherry Blossom Dance) performed by elaborately dressed maiko (apprentice geisha), or a visit to the extravagantly decorated Kinkakuji temple, immortalised in Yukio Mishima’s novel “The Golden Pavilion”. Another great stop is the architecturally impressive Higashi Honganji temple and the almost surreal Sanjusangendo, home to 1,001 statues of Kannon. In the evening, head out to Gion, the famous Geisha district. Even today you can observe the age-old tradition of geisha girls visiting members of the wealthy elite. This unfolds in small teahouses tucked away in tiny back streets. Nishiki market is a great covered food street for you to sample
You can also check out if any of our Kyoto urban adventures tours would interest you.

Accommodation
Ryokan (2 nights)

Included Activities
Kyoto - Temple/Shrine entrance (2)

Optional Activities
Kyoto - Bike hire (per day) - JPY800
Kyoto - Sanjusangendo Temple - JPY600
Kyoto - Obanzai Cooking Class - JPY3800
Kyoto - Kiyomizu Temple - JPY500
Kyoto - Tea Ceremony with Maiko - JPY2000
Kyoto - Kinkakuji Temple - JPY500

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 13: Kyoto
There are no activities planned for the day and you’re able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time is 10 amm. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Iceland Discovery

Day 1: Reykjavik
Hallo! Welcome to Iceland. The world's northernmost capital of Reykjavik lies just below the Arctic Circle. The city sees around four hours of sunlight a day in winter and 22 hours or more in summer. Surrounded by volcanic peaks and crystalline ocean, and boasting a vibrant arts and nightlife scene, Reykjavik's contrasts are utterly beguiling. Why not arrive early and head to the National Museum, which depicts the history of Iceland from the 9th century (when the first Vikings from mainland Scandinavia arrived and settled) to the present day, or join locals who gossip and chatter in the Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool.

Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night)

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2: Golden Circle / Hvolsvollur Valley
Make an early start to beat the crowds on the 'Golden Circle' route. Head first to Thingvellir National Park, home to the Parliament Plains and location of Iceland's first parliament. Thingvellir also contains the Silfra fissure, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates slowly pull apart. The resulting gap is partly filled with fresh water and is clearly visible. From here head to the Geysir geothermal area, checking out the Strokkur Geyser – get a thrill as the geyser swells with blue water before erupting and shooting a cloud of water some 20-30 metres in the air. Be spellbound by the immense beauty and sheer power of the Gullfoss (Golden) double waterfall on the Hvita River, before proceeding to a remote farm the Hvolsvollur region. Since the arrival of the first settlers to Iceland, deforestation has made space for pastures. Join the effort to counteract this and head out into the hills surrounding the property to plant trees. Later, pay a visit to the immense Seljandsfoss waterfall, where a you can trek behind the 65-metre high cascade showers moss covered rock. In the evening, get cooking with your group for a self-catered dinner at our guesthouse.

Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities
Golden Circle (Thingevellir National Park, Strokkur Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall)
Responsible Travel Tree Planting Activity

Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Day 3: South Coast / Skaftafell National Park / Jokulsarlon
Begin the day with a visit to the breathtaking Skogafoss waterfall. At 25-metres wide with a 60-metre drop, this waterfall roars. You can feel it’s power up close with an hour-long walk up a windy set of stairs up to a stunning viewpoint. The black sands and bizarre, rectangular rock formations of Reynisfjara are up next. Then, travel to Skaftafell National Park, where you have the option to traverse the mottled blue, grey and black face of Svinafellsjokull, one of the tongues of Vatnajokull. If you would prefer, you can take a visit to the Skaftafell Visitor Centre and the Skaftafell Glacier Lagoon, where icebergs jut from the still water. Cap off a busy day by cruising between jagged icebergs in an included boat tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. From here it is not far to our overnight stay, picturesquely located on another lagoon sheltered by a black sandbar.

Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Boat Tour
Skaftafell National Park

Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 4: East Fjords / Egilsstadir
Take a scenic drive along the rugged coast of the East Fjord’s, making stops along the way. Enjoy spectacular views of high mountains, deep fjords, spectacular waterfalls, glaciers, and quaint fishing villages. Make stops along the way at small but notable towns like Faskrudsfjordur, where historical ties have resulted in street signs written in French. Stop at the wooded village of Egilsstadir, home to the mythic Lagarfljot Wyrm – a serpentine monster that allegedly lives in the lake the town sits beside. You’ll have a free evening to do as you please in this charming little spot, perhaps head out for dinner in town – local specialties include reindeer and mushrooms.

Accommodation
Hostel (1 night)

Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 5: Seydisfjordur / Modrudalur Valley
Journey further through this black and green wonderland, making a stop in Seydisfjordur, a bohemian and quirky town filled with multi-coloured houses that sit beaneath steep, towering mountains. Continue along mountain roads into the Icelandic interior and the highland village of Modrudalur. At 469 metres (1,539 feet) above sea level, Modrudalur Valley is the highest inhabited place in Iceland, and snow can be seen almost year round. You’ll arrive around lunchtime, and the rest is up to you. As a relatively flat valley, it’s the perfect place to break out your hiking shoes.

Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night)

Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 6: Lake Myvatn
From Modrudalur you will drive to the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall, Europe's mightiest waterfall. It’s so powerful that the vibrations can be felt in the nearby rocks. The falls are 100-metres wide, with a 45-metre drop down into the craggy shores of Jokulsargljufur canyon below. Then, continue to Lake Myvatn, where recent and old volcanic activity has shaped the landscapes of the area, making it one of the most interesting geological regions in the northern hemisphere. Watch steam rise from the red, sulphuric terrain of Namaskard and its hard to believe you’re on Earth and not Mars. Take a walk around the lava stacks and caves of Dimmuborgir and then observe the massive pseudo craters of Skutustadir. Soak yourself in hot blue waters with an included dip in the Myvatn Nature Baths. Later, enjoy an included dinner at your guesthouse for the evening, nearby Narfastadir.

Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities
Lake Myvatn
Dettifoss Waterfall
Namaskard Boiling Mud Pools, Dimmuborgir & Skutustadir Crater Group

Optional Activities
Myvatn Nature Baths - ISK4300

Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Day 7: Akureyri / Gauksmyri
This morning, drive to the impressive Godafoss waterfall (the Waterfall of the Gods). It’s said that into this 30-metre-wide, gently curving waterfall, a pagan priest symbolically threw the idols of the Norse gods in the year 1,000, signifying Christianity becoming Iceland’s official religion. From Godafoss continue on to Akureyri. Situated at the head of Iceland's longest fjord, Akureyri is the nation's second largest city. Embark on a short guided tour of the town, taking in the striking church and other local sights. If you’re travelling between May and December, you might have the option to partake in a whale watching excursion. Otherwise, there is plenty more to see, including museums and botanical gardens. In the afternoon, journey on to Gauksmyri, where you'll spend the night.

Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities
Godafoss Waterfall
Optional Activities
Akureyri Whale Watching Excursion - ISK19990

Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Day 8: Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Continue your journey into Snaefellsnes National Park, home to the magnificent Snaefellsjokull Glacier, which played a starring role in Jules Verne's 1864 novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. Ditch your luggage at your family-run guesthouse and then head to the basaltic pebble beach Djupalonssandur. Visit a rural church and the white beach at Budir, and Arnarstapi, where a short stroll along the coastal cliffs exposes you to rich bird life and other wonders of nature. If you’d like, you could bath in the natural pools of Lysuholslaug (open seasonally only), or perhaps explore the land on horseback with a short ride around Lysuholl. In the evening, you may wish to partake in a cooking class, learning the art of Icelandic fare.

Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities
Snaefellsnes National Park
Optional Activities
Lysuholslaug Thermal Pool (seasonal) - ISK1000
Lysuholl Riding Centre - Free

Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 9: Reykjavik
Today head back towards Reykjavik to complete your circuit of Iceland, passing beautiful Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord) along the way. Upon arrival at midday, enjoy a one-hour guided walking tour of the city, through the pedestrian zone and the Hallgrimskirkja church – intended to resemble glaciers and mountains. The rest of the evening and afternoon are yours for the taking with pleenty of sights to choose from. Later in the evening you may wish to have a final dinner with your fellow travellers.

Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities
Reykjavik Walking Tour

Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 10: Reykjavik
Today is departure day and time to say 'sjaumst'. As there are no activities planned, you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time is at midday. If you are departing later, you can arrange to store your luggage at the hotel. As limited time is spent in Reykjavik on this trip, it’s recommended to stay a few extra days. We are happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Please ask your travel consultant for details.

Optional Activities
Blue Lagoon - ISK9500
Whale Watching (Seasonal) - ISK9000
Volcano House - ISK1590
Whales of Iceland Museum - ISK2900
Saga Museum - ISK2100
Settlement Exhibition - ISK1650
Perlan Museum - ISK2900
Harpa Concert Hall - Free
Maritime Museum - ISK1650

Meals Included
Breakfast

Jordan Discovery

Day 1: Amman
Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Jordan, a cosmopolitan and contemporary city steeped in biblical history. On arrival at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel and your adventure begins by meeting your group at 6 pm. If you do happen to arrive early, highlights include the citadel with its amazing sweeping views of Amman, the Jordan Museum – home to the Dead Sea Scrolls – or the Roman Theatre, right in the middle of downtown Amman. Either way, get out on to the streets this evening for an optional group dinner or to explore on your own and pick up a coffee from one of the cafes, partnering it with an ara’yes, a toastie filled with spicy mincemeat.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2: Wadi Rum
After breakfast today you’ll journey down the Desert Highway to the spellbinding Wadi Rum (4.5hours), a landscape of rugged sandstone mountains standing tall among an ochre desert floor. Meet your Bedouin hosts on arrival, then take a browse around the excellent and informative visitor's centre and some free time for lunch before heading into this desolate, romantic area. Transport into the Rum is by way of rather rickety old jeeps operated by the local Bedouin community, part of an attempt by the Jordanian Government to bring much-needed income into this region - an initiative we also support. They are safe and good fun. Take a tour including a visit to several of Wadi Rum's distinctive rock formations and an opportunity to soak in the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. Meet up with your new Bedouin friends and ride camels to your traditional Bedouin tent situated deep within Wadi Rum. The Bedouins live in scattered camps throughout the area and you'll enjoy an evening with at one of these camps.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities
Wadi Rum - Desert Jeep tour
Wadi Rum - Camel ride (30 min.)

Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Day 3: Aqaba
Enjoy a spectacular sunrise at your desert camp and maybe check out a few more of the local Wadi Rum sites or just take a walk through this vast emptiness. Depart Wadi Rum mid-morning for the city of Aqaba on the Red Sea. Check into your hotel on arrival and head out for a brief orientation of Aqaba with your leader.The small Ottoman Mamluk Fort, dating from the 14th century and from where Lawrence of Arabia rode to Cairo, is worth a look. Otherwise, most of the fun is to be found in the water. Acquaint yourself with the hotel's pool or head to the beach – some of the best snorkelling in the world can be found around the untouched coral reefs just south of the town.

Accommodation
Desert camp (1 night)

Optional Activities
Aqaba - Snorkelling Boat trip - JOD35

Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 4: Petra
Travel to the fabled city of Petra and enjoy free time on arrival. This site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was discovered by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss explorer and was described by John William Burgon as 'a rose-red city half as old as time'. Simply put, it's an incredible ancient site you'll probably recognise from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade if nothing else.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Day 5: Petra
Take a guided tour of UNESCO-listed site of Petra. Make your way through the long, narrow path, known as the Siq, past towering cliffs until you get your first glimpse of the iconic Treasury. This intricately-decorated building was hand-carved out of the rock and served as an important caravan centre for goods from India, China and Arabia.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities
Petra - Guided tour

Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Day 6: Amman
Depart after breakfast the is morning for the ancient Crusader castle at Shobak which makes an imposing sight as you make the short drive up to it. It was originally built to protect the eastern flank of the Latin Kingdom and its trade routes to the sea, before it fell to Saladin in 1189. Stroll the site and discover a small chapel, original gatehouse, and find out where a long, dark secret passage leads. Continue half an hour to the ancient village at Dana, on the edge of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, where local artisans sell attractive silver jewellery and charms. Drive on to Madaba (approximately 3 hours), home to a number of fine Byzantine mosaics. Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George and see an impressive mosaic map of the Holy Land that clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. You will arrive in Amman in the late afternoon, where you can spend the evening in one of its several fine restaurants.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities
Shobak - Shobak Castle
Dana - Ancient Village Visit
Madaba - St Georges Church

Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 7: Amman
Today you will leave Amman for a short drive north (approximately 1 hour) to Jerash, once one of the grandest ancient Roman cities in the world. These are some of the best Greco-Roman ruins around. Reaching its zenith as a favourite of the emperor Hadrian, it has a striking collection of archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets, and is a beautiful place to spend a morning exploring. Grand ionic columns encircle the city's centrepiece, the Oval Plaza, a wonderfully atmospheric place to linger after exploring Jerash's riches. Then, you’d better have brought your swim gear as you can wash off the dust from exploring with a dip like no other. Drive approximately 1.5 hours to the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level). This isn’t actually a sea but a super-salty lake (dead because of the lack of life in it) where the density of the water means you’ll go for a float, not a swim. Spend some time relaxing here and get some classic floating pictures. The mud here is supposed to have healing properties, so why not cover yourself from head to toe for a nutrient-rich natural mineral mud bath. Afterwards you will return to Amman for the evening (approximately 1 hour). Maybe spend your final night at one of the many bars and restaurants in West Amman, or ask your leader about the traditional cafes dotted around the city where locals spend their evenings.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities
Dead Sea - Visit including lunch
Jerash - Roman ruins

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch

Day 8: Amman
Your trip will end today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12 noon and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Amman.

Meals Included
Breakfast

Broome to the Bungle Bungles (Original)

Day 1: Geikie Gorge & Fitzroy Crossing
Hitting the road east, stop in at Old Fitzroy Crossing before joining a local National Park Ranger on a guided cruise through majestic Geikie Gorge. Carved between the Geikie and Oscar ranges over time, Geikie Gorge is an awe-inspiring place that's home to a huge array of wildlife. Learn about the region's intriguing geology during the cruise, and be sure to keep an eye out for its freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. In the evening, camp by the Fitzroy River and tuck into our famous Kimberley BBQ.

Included Activities
Permits for National Park entry, walks & gorge visits
Guided Geikie Gorge Cruise

Meals Included
Lunch
Dinner

Day 2: China Wall & Purnululu National Park
En route to Purnululu National Park, stop in at the old gold rush town of Halls Creek for a gander at Australia's version of the China Wall. Purnululu is better known as the home of the Bungle Bungles, unique orange and black-striped 'beehive' formations that are over 20 million years old. On arrival there'll be time for setting up and settling into camp before witnessing a memorable bush sunset. See the evening out with a delicious dinner, then fell asleep under canvas amid the sounds of the bush.

Included Activities
Permits for National Park entry, walks & gorge visits
Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
Echidna Chasm Walk

Optional Activities
Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight - AUD375

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 3: Bungle Bungles
Spend today exploring the extraordinary landscape of Purnululu. It might be hard to believe, but up until the 1980s it was only locals who knew that the Bungle Bungles existed. To protect its unique landscape, the area was made a national park in 1987 and now has World Heritage status. We'll explore the Echidna Chasm, known for its towering Livistonia Palms, and take a short walk into Cathedral Gorge where towering rock walls create a natural amphitheatre (2-3km). In the afternoon there'll be the chance to take a scenic flight and get a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (Flight is optional and at own expense).

Included Activities
Permits for National Park entry, walks & gorge visits

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 4: Mimbi caves and Fitzroy Crossing
Bidding farewell to Purnululu, travel to the Mimbi Caves: one of Western Australia's largest cave systems and oldest identified sites of human occupation. Located in the heart of Gooniyandi Country, these limestone caves are also of profound spiritual significance. On a guided tour through Mimbi's pools, fossils and ancient rock art, a local Gooniyandi guide will explain the concept of the Creation-time through traditional stories. At the end, share fresh damper and billy tea with the Gooniyandi traditional owners before continuing on to Fitzroy Crossing.

Included Activities
Permits for National Park entry, walks & gorge visits

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch

Day 5: Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek
Following a night by the Fitzroy River we head west into Bunuba country. Once a Devonian reef, this terrain is over 350 million years old and home to a diverse array of plants and animal. In the company of a local Bunuba guide, explore the 750-metre cave system of Tunnel Creek. While touring the cave and its stalactites, hear the story of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800s. Freshen up with a swim in the waterhole at the end of the tunnel, then travel on to the geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m high, enjoy a picnic lunch and search for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and traditional bushtucker. The Gibb River Road then takes us out of the Napier Ranges and into Broome via the Derby ‘Boab Prison Tree’ before heading back to Broome as the sun sets.

Included Activities
Permits for National Park entry, walks & gorge visits
Tunnel Creek exploration walk
Bunuba Cultural Experience

Optional Activities
Horizontal Falls Scenic Flight (Broome, half day) - AUD745
Pearl Farm Tour Ride (Broome, 4hrs) - AUD90
Camel Ride Broome, 30mins - AUD40

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch

 

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