We are always interested to hear about your travels, whether it’s a return trip to a country you love, great moments captured on camera, or the smaller things that help make an enjoyable trip. The next six pages showcase some of the fantastic travel tales and photographs you’ve shared with us this Spring. From family adventures in the Masai Mara, to exploring Vietnam, to a private tea ceremony in Kyoto; we hope you will enjoy reading them as much as we did.
Articles in the 'Journeys & Cruises' Category
The Silk Route has long attracted travellers and adventurers keen to discover this most ancient of trade routes. The accommodation is functional and the roads can be a little bumpy, but you can expect stunning scenery, fascinating history and the joy of discovering some little-visited countries long hidden behind the iron curtain.
Alaska is one of the most rewarding destinations to visit. It is a land of monumental scale with unimaginably panoramic landscapes, virtually undisturbed eco-systems teeming with wildlife, and adventure opportunities second to none. A trip there requires careful thought though, because the travelling season is short and it can take quite some planning to avoid the tourist crowds that disgorge from cavernous cruise ships and articulated coach tours during the all too brief Alaskan summer. We are proud to offer a different approach, actively steering our clients away from the crowds, giving travellers an authentic flavour of this northern state.
Stereotypes of Russia abound: bad food with even worse service, gruff, surly people and ugly, functional buildings. As with all stereotypes, the reality is somewhat different. Modern Russia is a place that fascinates with its history, inspires with its architecture and museums, and delights the senses with some of the world’s best hotels and top class restaurants.
I do not believe it is an overstatement to describe a visit to a polar region as a trip of a lifetime. And I believe that if you visit one end of the earth you will feel an inexorable pull to visit the other. Well, that is what I, a couple of my colleagues, and many of our clients have discovered over the last few years, and this has led to the development of our dedicated team of Polar cruising specialists.
The easiest way to visit a polar region is on a cruise, in our summer time to the Arctic and in our winter time to Antarctica, but these cruises are unlike any other. They are journeys of generally between 7 and 21 days on boats specially designed for navigating these waters.
If you are unsure which to visit first, then I would say where better to start than with a simple question: polar bears or penguins?
The Mekong covers over 4,300 kilometres as it navigates its passage from the Tibetan plateau to the South China Sea. The latter part of this journey is spent meandering through Indochina, forming the lifeblood of this diverse region. Here our Indochina specialists explore some of their favourite highlights along the way.
Andrew Hunt, Audley’s North Africa & Arabia Programme Manager, describes why he thinks the Nile is the most famous river in the world.
The dramatic Alaskan coastline is rich with wildlife and natural beauty; Audley’s Elizabeth Beeson explores the coast and describes the various types of cruise ships available on this wonderful journey.
Sailing on a yacht across calm turquoise waters, visiting deserted tropical beaches, relaxing on deck watching the African sun set over the horizon… this may sound like something for the super-rich only. However at Audley we have found a selection of fabulous private yachts to fit a range of budgets and make those ocean dreams a reality. Here our Africa Specialists share some of their favourites.
Agatha Christie wasn’t the first novelist to set a murdermystery in the Middle East: she followed a noble tradition started by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle. Harry Ring recommends some essential reading for amateur sleuths heading east.
Marc Dolman reveals how an adventure in the Outback can be both relaxing and exhilarating.
Nick Coates, a director at Audley, explains why he was actually glad he went to a business conference.
Olly Clayfield spends a week travelling the Yukon River as one of the pioneers of the recently launched Great River Journey.
Our Australia specialists reveal their favourite parts of the “real Australia”.
From the deck of a boat view Southeast Asia’s traditional waterborne ways of life, which have remained unchanged for centuries.
Our specialists take to the air in planes, balloons and helicopters for a different view of their favourite destinations.
An Audley view of some of the world’s greatest rail “facts”.
Chris Wilson shares his passion for viewing New Zealand’s landscapes from a train.
Michael Codd ventures across theis vast land on The Ghan and The Indian Pacific.
Michael Francis on the comfort and convenience of exploring southern Africa on the Shongololo Express.
Travelling like a king along the rails of northern India.
Mike Foreman, a rail enthusiast, recounts his experiences of Peruvian train travel.
Paul Done heads south-west from Turpan to Kashgar.
An insight into the world’s most efficient railway system - Japan’s bullet trains.
Tom Stapleton discusses his favourite stop-offs on the Trans-Mongolian Railway.
The luxuries of train travel, from South Africa to Southeast Asia.
Nick Giles discovers the best of Chile by driving north to south.
David Bannister recalls the majestic landscapes of Mongolia.
Vicky Nagle takes a cruise to Antarctica.
Audley’s Namibia specialist picks her favourite route fro exploring Namibia by road.
Taking the famous Trans-Siberian Express across Asia.
Huw Owen reflects on the re-emergence of this ancient trade route.
The most spectacular river journeys Southeast Asia has to offer.
A colourful cruise around this famous archipelago.
Our specialists make their suggestions for a “must do” experience in 2003.
Audley’s Mekong river journey follows the river from the fertile delta region in Vietnam, via Cambodia to the mountains of northern Laos.
The answers to all your questions on one of the world’s greatest river journeys.
Our Southeast Asia specialists run-down the region’s top tourist attractions.
Susie Brand takes a journey through the south of India.
Asia’s mighty rivers offer a handful of classic river cruises, here we focus on two of the most famous: the Yangtse in China and Burma’s great Irrawaddy.
John Freeman recounts some of his most memorable moments from his trip to India and Sri Lanka.
Rail travel is a memorable way to discover Asia. Our specialists compare two contrasting styles: the fun nostalgia of India’s toy trains, and the absolute luxury of the Eastern and Oriental Express train from Singapore to Bangkok