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Our goal is to enthuse you about your travels. Our consultants travel to the destinations which you tell us you’d like to visit; between us we have visited 145 countries, flown with 121 airlines and have been aboard 26 cruise lines. We aim to experience those places through your eyes, returning regularly to ensure our knowledge is current and are eager to share our passion with you.
Our travel shows will inform you of the destinations featured in our 2020 Escorted Tour season, beginning in Africa where we explore the highlands and highlights of Ethiopia, followed by the beautifully scenic South Africa.
Ian, along with guest speaker Aaron Russ, will take you on an expedition to Spitsbergen In Search of the Polar Bear – exploring deep within the Arctic Circle. And since we’re in the polar regions, we’ll also provide you with advice on the best ways to visit Antarctica.
Our 2020 Escort Tour season concludes in September with a trip through Timeless Turkey, exclusively for our Solo Travellers Club members. With the warmth of its people and breath-taking landscape – Turkey is back! We’ll also spend some time delving into the more unconventional destination of the Caucasus, and introduce you to our first 2021 escorted tour of The Silk Road.
All shows start at 6pm with refreshments provided. Phone 03 364 3400 or email: [email protected] to register for any, or all, of the below events.
21 January: Escorted tours of Ethiopia and South Africa
Ethiopia is a beautiful country enriched with intriguing history, extraordinary wildlife and some of Africa’s most soulful people. This varied destination offers photogenic wildlife and landscapes that set the country apart from the rest of Africa. Ethiopia is also considered the birthplace of coffee, its richness of culture reflected in every cup! Tour Escort, Sue Verrall, will be in attendance to answer all your questions about one of the world’s oldest civilisations, where the calendar pre-dates the Gregorian and 88 languages give rise to over 200 dialects!
Moving onto Scenic South Africa: Experience South Africa’s immense richness on this escorted tour, encompassing the best of the country’s highlights. From the icons of the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town take in the remarkable topography of the Panorama and Garden Routes, gain an insight into the country’s cultural diversity of Xhosa, Basotho and Swazi tribes and marvel at the spectacle of nature in the conservation sanctuaries of Addo Elephant and iSimangaliso Wetland Parks, while your Private Lodge within Kruger National Park, means that you’ll be as close as anyone can safely get to all creatures great and small. During the evening meet and chat with your tour escorts, Lyndon and Colette Hadden.
28 January: Discover the Polar regions
Guest speaker and experienced expedition leader, Aaron Russ of Wild Earth Travel, joins our resident polar enthusiast Ian Collier as they introduce you to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard and go In Search of the Polar Bear. This expedition cruise takes you deep inside the Arctic Circle within 470 nautical miles of the North Pole. The magnificence of nature, encapsulated by sea ice, huge icebergs and enormous glacier fronts advancing into the sea, is only surpassed by the deafening silence as we go in search of the King of the Arctic, the mighty polar bear.
We then head south to Antarctica.
With the introduction of more purpose-built expedition vessels, exploring these polar regions offers you a new level of comfort and enjoyment. Discover Travel is one of the few Antarctica specialists, with 3 of our 5 consultants having visited this ‘last great place on Earth’. Hear their first-hand experiences of this fascinating continent. As Ian says, “there’s nothing to compare Antarctica to, it’s unique and utterly wonderful. You feel invigorated and humbled at the same time.”
4 February: Escorted Tour of Timeless Turkey for Solo Travellers and discover the Caucasus & Silk Road Odyssey in 2021
Recently returned from his own Turkish Odyssey, and excited to be the escort on our 2020 Timeless Turkey tour, Peter Dunne will talk us through the history and highlights of these fascinating destinations.
With one foot in Asia and the other in Europe, Turkey holds a unique place in history. From Achilles to Alexander the Great, empires have founded and fallen here leaving a complex and fascinating trail through time. Enjoy visits to the opulent Topkapi Palace Museum, exquisite Blue Mosque, world-renowned Grand Bazaar, and historic Gallipoli sites. Explore ancient Ephesus, Cappadocia’s “fairy chimneys”, Göreme’s clustered rock formations, Pamukkale’s travertine terraces, and so much more. With the warmth of its people and breath-taking landscape – Turkey is back!
The Caucasus: Georgia and Armenia may sound like unconventional destinations, but trust us, they ought to top your list of places to visit. With a huge helping of beautiful architecture and delicious cuisine, tour ancient monasteries, stare down massive mountain ranges, mingle with friendly locals, and soak up all the exotic culture of this under-explored region.
Silk Road Odyssey: Our discovery of this vast network of historical significance begins in Kyrgyzstan, exploring rugged alpine and lake scenery before heading to the largely unexplored, and somewhat mysterious, Turkmenistan – a country bound by obscure laws; its capital proudly boasting the highest density of white marbled buildings. Finally, we conclude our journey in Uzbekistan and its impressive jewel-box of Islamic mosques and mausoleums in Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva – all undoubtedly worthy of their UNESCO World Heritage status.