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Luxury Trekking Holidays in Peru – The Salkantay Trail

If someone were to ask you the way to Machu Picchu, you’d probably direct them via the world-famous Inca Trail. After all, is there any other way to get there? Indeed the Inca Trail has led visitors in their millions to this iconic site and its enduring popularity will unquestionably continue, yet another route – the Salkantay Trail –  is quietly emerging from the shadows and provides a tempting alternative to its celebrity sibling. And for those seeking luxury trekking holidays in Peru as an alternative to hardcore camping, then mountain lodges provide welcome rest for sore feet.

Brazil Holidays – Countdown to Rio 2016

As the Olympic lights go out over London, attention turns to the Rio Games in 2016. South America’s largest country, host too to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, finds itself squarely in the global spotlight as it prepares to host two of the world’s biggest sporting events. Demand for Brazil holidays will undoubtedly be at its peak during the summers of 2014 and 2016, yet there’s reason aplenty to visit this vast and varied country outside of its sporting fixtures.

Gorilla Safaris in the Congo

The Republic of Congo wouldn’t necessarily be the first place to spring to mind when considering gorilla safaris. Indeed whilst Uganda and Rwanda are undoubtedly the frontrunners when it comes to mountain gorilla tracking, safaris to Congo (not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of Congo, where only essential travel is recommended by the FCO) are fast gaining popularity, thanks to its unique and thriving population of lowland gorillas.

Palace Hotels of India

India is a rich and contrasting melting pot where authentic simplicity walks hand in hand with opulent grandeur and this fascinating country’s long and distinguished royal and colonial heritage have indelibly left their mark on India’s soul. Travel back to a time of independently-ruled kingdoms and the British Raj and experience this formidable ancestry with a stay in one of India’s magnificent palace hotels.

Riding Safaris in Africa

Think of an African safari and the mind immediately conjures up sepia-infused images of travelling along dusty tracks in a purpose-built 4×4, with mile upon mile of Serengeti plains, the Okavango Delta and the Masai Mara stretching far into the distance, spotting herds of migrating wildebeest, rhino and zebra or catching a glimpse of elephants and lions as they roam their natural habitat. Yet, increasing numbers of intrepid holidaymakers are swapping vehicles for a more authentic type of horse power to experience the diverse and ever-breathtaking landscapes of Africa. Our Africa expert, Albee Yeend, explores some of the best places to experience a riding safari.

Family Safaris in Africa

From an early age, the wildlife of Africa holds a deep fascination.  Our first encounters with lions and elephants are often through the stories we are read and the films we watch as children. As adults, this fascination remains with us as we revisit the wonders of the animal kingdom through our own children as they ‘meet’ lions, elephants, hippos and giraffe for the very first time. For some family safaris in Africa may may seem a daunting prospect, yet there are few places where the hospitality is warmer and the rewards so great.

Alternative Botswana Safaris

A typical day on safari in Africa traditionally begins with an early morning call for a 4X4 drive with your driver and guide to spot game as they prowl in the relative coolness of dawn.  The experience is exhilarating and a first sighting of a line of elephants or a pride of lions is one that will linger long in the memory. A 4X4 need not be your only vantage spot, however, and indeed there are a number of exciting and unusual ‘ring-side seats’ for those seeking more out-of-the-ordinary safari experiences.

Vale! The Val d’Orcia

Despite the notoriety of Tuscany with its famous leaning tower, Florentine magic and ubiquitous Chianti, the Val D’Orcia remains one of the great hidden secrets. Almost equidistant between Pisa & Rome, the area is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to some of the greatest wines Italy has to offer. Set amongst gently rolling hills, ancient fortified hilltop ‘borgos’, natural springs and woodlands, it is also a place of breath-taking beauty  and tranquillity. Cypress tress dot the expansive landscapes, vineyards transcend the lower slopes, olive trees offer up their fruit in abundance and best of all, lying clandestinely below the earth, truffles await their autumn discovery. Red Savannah CEO, George Morgan-Grenville, discovers the beauty of this lesser-known region.