At Encounters Travel, we offer over 100 tour packages. From the remote salt flats of Bolivia, to the centre of ancient history and culture in Greece, to the far-flung islands of Vietnam, we can take you to almost 40 destinations. We've chosen our most highly-recommended trips to book for travel in March 2020.
March is one of the best times to explore the Indian subcontinent. On this 9-day India tour, you get a chance to see the main highlights of this intriguing destination. It starts in Delhi, a pulsating city that is filled to the brim with history. Besides exploring Old Delhi, you get a chance to see the city's modern side when you visit New Delhi as well. Next you head to Jaipur, known as the "pink city", where you visit several famous landmarks, before heading out into a remote village to get a taste of rural lifestyle in India. Your accommodation here is in a converted palace! You visit the famous Abanheri stepwell, which has 3500 steps, before exploring the natural side of India in Kepladeo National Park. We then pay a visit to the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri, which was the seat of Mughal empire at a point in history. We then experience one of this tour's highlights- taking a Heritage Walk through the farms and villages that are found on the banks of the Yamuna River, on the opposite side of the world-famous Taj Mahal. This experience gives you a chance to get unique perspectives of the famous palace, which most visitors don't get to see. You also support the local community at the same time. The tour does also visit the Taj Mahal itself, which takes places t sunrise. You then head back to Delhi, where you visit the enormous Red Fort and Akshardham temple, after which the tour comes to an end.
Sudan is a little-visited destination, but features fascinating cultural and historical sites and stunning natural scenery. It has a history dating back centuries, and many relics and sites of ancient civilisations are found there. This tour consists of 10 days spent exploring this mysterious land and having a truly unique travel experience. During the tour, you visit the capital city of Khartoum, where you can go to the museums, markets, and tombs found in the city. You explore the temples and pyramids of the Nubian desert. The pyramids of Sudan are not as famous as those of Egypt, but they are just as fascinating and memorable to see in person. Other experiences on the tour include camping out in the desert in a sort of "glamping" style, as well as getting the chance to get a feel of the culture of the Nubian people of Sudan. You can do this tour in reverse, with the destinations visited in the opposite order. It is also a good tour to combine with our Egypt tours.
March is an ideal time to visit South Africa. Summer is transitioning into autumn and the weather is pleasant and mild. It's a good time to go on safari, as big cats are easier to spot (they retreat into the shade in the summer). This incredible tour, which is two weeks long, takes you to some of the best destinations in this unique and diverse country that is filled with natural beauty and fascinating places to explore. You start off by going on safari to see the magnificent elephants and other wildlife in Addo Elephant National Park. You then drive through the arid but beautiful Karoo desert to the small landlocked nation of Lesotho, home to spectacular mountain scenery. Here you also get the chance to see the lifestyle of the Basotho people, who live in this region. You then cross back into South Africa, where the province of KwaZulu Natal offers a host of destinations and experiences, from hiking in the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains to canoeing in the stunning St. Lucia estuary to searching for the Big 5 in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. The tour then takes you into another nation landlocked within South Africa, eSwatini (formerly known as the Kingdom of Swaziland). Here you are able to experience some of the country's natural and cultural highlights, before heading back into South Africa for one of the tour's biggest highlights- the world-famous Kruger National Park. This reserve, the size of a small country, is renowned worldwide for its staggering levels of biodiversity and species of wild animals. The Kruger is located near to the Panorama Route, a famously beautiful scenic route with a number of unique highlights. After visiting the natural phenomena, the tour comes to an end in Johannesburg.
This 8-day Jordan tour combines two destinations that are great to visit during the month of March. It combines historical landmarks with skyscrapers and modern architecture. You first visit Jordan, starting off in the capital city of Amman. You also get the chance to see the fascinating mosaics of Madaba, and the famous Madaba Map: a mosaic believed to be the oldest map in the world of the Middle East during biblical times.
You also spend an entire day exploring the magnificent, iconic site of Petra, an ancient city carved into the rocky valley and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You spend a night out in a Bedouin camp in the vast and beautiful desert of Wadi Rum- an unforgettable experience. You then Return to Amman and fly to Dubai, famous for its super-modern building, hundreds of skyscrapers, malls, and man-made islands. Here you also take a cruise on the Dubai creek, where you are entertained with live music and Tanura dancers. You can also choose to do some optional activities, which include dun-bashing, barbecuing in the desert, and desert sunset photography.
March is a fantastic time to book this tour of the Balkans. As the region transitions from winter to summer, temperatures start to rise. Because it is still not quite peak season, prices are lower and crowds are smaller. These factors make it the ideal time to explore the historic cities and towns. This comprehensive tour showcases the best of six European countries in 11 thrilling days. Its tarts off in Greece, where you visit the famous city of Athens and its iconic landmarks. You also go to the spectacular mountain region of Meteora. Next, you head to Albania, where you make two stops: one Gjirokastra, an ottoman town, and the other in Tirana, Albania's capital. Then it's onto the next country, Montenegro, where you explore historic towns and also visit the magnificent Bay of Kotor. Then it's off to Croatia, where you visit the famous cities of Dubrovnik and Split, before going into Bosnia & Herzegovina. Highlights here include the iconic Stari Most bridge and the city of Sarajevo. The last destination on the tour is Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia.
Experience Greece in the springtime! This Greece tour lasts a week and gives takes you the best destinations in this mythical, legendary country. Greece is renowned for its historical, cultural, and political influence. you start by visiting Athens, the capital, where you visit the famous Acropolis and other landmarks. You then continue the journey westwards, heading toward Mycenae via a picturesque coastal route. Your accompanying guide will provide info and commentary on the significance of each stop that is made. You visit many places that feature in famous Greek myths and legends. This is an interesting and unique experience! The tour also takes to Olympia, where the Olympic Games were born, as well as to Meteora, a truly spectacular natural landscape. This tour can be done in small groups, or privately if you prefer.
This week-long Greece tour explores the Athens Acropolis, Argolis & the beautiful Mediterranean coastal town of Nafplion, ancient sites of Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi, and the amazing scenery and clifftop monasteries at Meteora.
This 9-day India tour is the perfect introduction to this fascinating country, covering the iconic 'Golden Triangle' of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with additional stops at Keoladeo National Park and the Rajasthan village of Tordi.
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From stunning natural landscapes to world-renowned historical and religious sites, Jordan is truly a hidden gem of the Middle East. Jordan will leave you feeling touched by the generosity and kindness of its people.
Located amid rugged desert canyons and mountains in what is now the southwestern corner of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Petra was once a thriving trading centre and the capital of the Nabataean empire between 400 B.C. and A.D. 106. Here's everything you need to know before your visit.