Do you want to explore a brand new country but you’re a little short on time? Or have a couple of days to stop-over somewhere en-route to your destination? Then our city break tours are the ideal solution.
Geared to provide travellers with a condensed, authentic travel experience, our city break tours provide the chance to experience the unique culture, meet the locals and try the cuisine of the destination they’re visiting - just in a shorter space of time.
Our city break tours are also ideal for a stopover to another destination or for those looking to spend more time exploring after a long stay in a specific country. It could even be used as a taster to a new destination, which could see you coming back for a longer visit!
Our set city break tours always include at least one guided tour to visit sites of interest such as museums, tourist attractions and architectural sites of importance, and also allow free time to explore yourselves to enjoy local markets, restaurants and theatres, and to take time for a little souvenir shopping along the way too.
Our city break tours can also be tailored to fit around your available times and flights, taking into account if you would like a busy sightseeing itinerary or one with more free time built in for you to explore the city you’re visiting at your own pace.
Accommodation options are also varied, and can be tailored to suit your preferred style of hotel, and your budget, whether this be a boutique hotel, a spa hotel, or a luxury five-star hotel.
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Travelling to Greece will have you leaving the Mediterranean country with a deep love for tasty traditional cuisine. Greek culture has some of the world's most delicious food, from hearty slow-cooked meat dishes to rose-flavoured cakes for dessert.
If you love Cairo, it will love you back! Its beautiful chaos can be both infuriating yet beautiful all at the same time - the magnificence of the city will overwhelm you with its beauty and frenetic atmosphere.
Cambodia has become a popular tourist destination in recent times. It has emerged from the shadows of a war-torn past to become a sought-after destination for lovers of nature, culture, and history. Cambodia features many of fascinating sites and landmarks to see and experience.
Every couple wants a fairy-tale honeymoon that they'll remember forever. Beautiful landscapes, enchanting settings, exciting activities, lots of romance... At Encounters Travel, we know just where to find all of this- and more. We've picked our top 5 destinations for that perfect honeymoon experience.
On a tour with Encounters Travel, you will be swept up on exciting, action-packed travel experiences in some of the world's most awe-inspiring destinations.
Our small group tours are perfect for those looking to experience culture, history, nature, and adventure. Group sizes range from between 12 to 20 travellers, giving you a chance to meet new people and make new friends. You can also engage and connect with your guide well, allowing a more meaningful experience.
These are 5 of our most interesting and exciting small group tours on offer in 2019.
There is nothing quite like travelling solo. Exploring new places and experiencing new things by yourself can be an eye-opening and almost life-changing adventure. However, one thing that often puts people off travelling solo is the single supplement. We have put together a helpful guide with all you need to know about single supplements, so that you can book your solo trip with complete confidence.
Visas are required for most nationalities of travellers to Egypt. Only nationals of certain Arab countries are exempt. Several options are available to travellers when acquiring a visa for Egypt. We have put together a comprehensive guide that will provide you with important information to make the process smooth and easy.
Visas are required for most nationalities of travellers to Cambodia. Only nationals of a few countries are exempt. Several options are available to travellers when acquiring a visa for Cambodia. We have put together a comprehensive guide that will provide you with important information to make the process smooth and easy for you.
Nationals from most countries are required to obtain a visa when travelling to Jordan. Only nationals from a small selection of countries are exempt from purchasing a visa for Jordan. We have put together a comprehensive guide that will provide you with important information to make the process smooth and easy for you.
Visas are not required for all nationalities of travellers to Morocco. Only nationals of certain countries are required to obtain a visa when travelling to Morocco. We have put together a comprehensive guide that will provide you with important information to make the process smooth and easy for you.
Visas are required for many nationalities of travellers to Vietnam, except for nationals of about 24 countries, who are exempt from obtaining a visa. Those who require a visa have several options available to them. We have put together a comprehensive guide that will provide you with important information to make the process smooth and easy for you.
We've just launched our 2020 dates in some of our most popular destinations and to celebrate, we're giving you discounts on them!
Is seeing the endangered Mountain gorillas of Uganda on your bucket-list? Then take advantage of this amazing deal!
The Maldives is truly a slice of heaven on earth. From sparkling blue waters to infinite beaches, from colourful coral reef palaces to vibrant local culture, the Maldives offers the chance for a coastal holiday that is relaxing, thrilling, and fulfilling all at once.
There are very few places in the world that can carve a deep, lasting impression on a traveller – India is one of these places.
Thinking about travelling to Africa to experience its wild beauty? Here's some inspiration just for you.
Interested in booking one of our small group tours but you're not sure what to expect? This handy guide will provide you with everything you need to know.
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Egypt is much more than just its famous pyramids! In this article, we dissect what this beautiful country has to offer.
Travelling to Israel? Then its very important to now about Shabbat!
South African cuisine is a lot like the countries diversity and rich history - with delicacies coming from the Cape Malay to recipes deriving from the Dutch settlers.
Find the best places to visit with our list of the top 5 things you simply have to see during your Egypt tour.
Jordan is one of the most intriguing destinations to visit in the Middle East. Rich with historical significance and natural splendour, it offers numerous exciting attractions.
The complex and fascinating country of Morocco offers a wealth of historical, cultural, and natural attractions for the intrepid traveller. We’ve chosen our top 5.
Planning a Maldives tour? Get some insight into the local cuisine you're more than likely to come across!
Croatia’s stunning natural beauty, fascinating historical sights and delicious food has made the country a firm favourite amongst travel enthusiasts. Whilst you can enjoy a trip to Croatia all year round, it is important to know which season best suits your own travel interests and goals.
Have you ever wanted to travel to a country with breath-taking beaches, pristine desert landscapes, noble historic sites, scenic cities and mouth-watering food? Then be prepared to add Israel to your bucket list.
One of the first facts you’ll learn when traveling to Croatia is that many different nations have ruled the territory throughout history. This means that your tastebuds will sample cuisine inspired by a multitude of cultures.
Thinking about planning a trip to South Africa? Here's 10 reasons why the Garden Route should be part of the conversation.
To help fuel your wanderlust, we tapped into 2020’s best adventure travel destinations – ranging from epic Nepal to the Rainbow Nation of South Africa, dreamy Morocco, and more.
South Africa in January is often believed to be the peak season of the summer. The activities and the places to visit aren’t short on excitement, so there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t plan your trip at the start of the year in this dazzling country.
The Cape Winelands offers a myriad of attractions to suit a wide range of individual interests. Situated just 40km east of the city of Cape Town, the Cape Winelands lies shadowed by a mountain range which creates an unforgettable backdrop for the myriad of wineries scattered throughout the region. The sunny blue skies, lush vineyards, world-class wineries, restaurants, art galleries, historic towns and Cape Dutch farmsteads make this region seem as though it is from a fairytale. There is no shortage of things to do in this magnificent area, so we’ve created a handy guide to help you put together your itinerary for visiting the Cape Winelands:
At Encounters Travel, we bring the world to you. We offer tours in 38 different countries, from the most famous and popular destinations, to the lesser-known, hidden gems. These are some of our best tours to be experienced during the month of February.
A great travel photo reveals some aspect of that place’s true character that, though it may have been hidden, seems to have always been there. So why not take a trip around the world - from the Great Pyramids of Giza to the Blue City of Morocco, and more, with our favourite travel photos of January 2020.
The landlocked nation is a paradise for adventurous types, although it also features an abundance of culture with beautiful palaces, temples and shrines adorning the Kathmandu Valley, gorgeous mountain vistas overlooking Pokhara, and national parks rich with wildlife.
The vibrant city of Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is the second biggest city in the country. Hanoi encompasses an interesting mix of the East and the West with visible traces of the country’s rich history. Vietnam was invaded by the Chinese for a long time, later by the French and also by the Americans in the 20th century. Hanoi was named the 8th most popular destination in the world in 2016 by TripAdvisor and is a highly sought after destination for visitors from all over the globe due to its rich historical and cultural heritage, breath-taking scenery and delicious cuisine. Hanoi boasts a myriad of places to see and things to do, so we’ve compiled our top 10 suggestions on the best things to do in Hanoi.
March is the start of one of Nepal's two annual peak tourist seasons and it's also when the temperatures have truly warmed up after winter – with the thawing of many high-altitude trekking trails, river levels primed for whitewater rafting, and some exciting cultural festivals.
The village itself is small, with lots of plants, trees and charming lampposts. Strangely enough, this place will remind you of Hanoi in Vietnam. There you will also find beautiful buildings in the old style. But unlike Hanoi, Bandipur is much less touristy.
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.
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.
Turkey has decided to become visa-free for UK & Schengen travellers!
We asked a few of our Encounters travellers to share at least one of their best and most memorable travel photos from their January trip – tours ranging from Incredible India, Jordan on a Shoestring, Pharaonic Encounters, and more.
The beautiful little country of Nepal offers a wide range of trekking options, ranging from short and easy treks to strenuous and lengthy ones. Each year, Nepal welcomes a large number of visitors who flock to the country for its eye-catching scenery, fascinating cultures and welcoming locals. Here are our top 10 reasons to trek in Nepal:
Jordan is safe and hospitable, however, it suffers guilt by association due to its location in the Middle East. Travellers who take the time to discover and explore this peaceful and friendly nation are rewarded with a warm welcome from locals.
We chat to Mariah Alves, a travel consultant here at Encounters Travel, who shares her lock-down experience and which travel destination she misses the most.
We speak to Mariska Knoesen, a travel consultant here at Encounters Travel, who shares her lock-down experience and which travel destination she misses the most.
We’ve put together a live blog to share the stories of the travel community during this tough period. If you would like to submit your story, please email email@example.com
At Encounters Travel, our adventure overland tours take in many of destinations cultural, scenic and wildlife highlights - often travelling through several countries to give you a truly in-depth experience.
It’s no secret that taking on Africa in the form of an overland safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The rewards are rich and varied; endless horizons, unspoilt bushveld, truly wild places and truly wild animals.
With Encounters Travel you can expect to travel in comfortable, fully equipped and specially designed expedition vehicles, giving you a great vantage point from which to enjoy the scenery and wildlife.
Are worried about travelling with a group of people you don't know? Our private tours might be the solution for you.
Many parents tend to think that travelling with kids until they are grown is not possible but that is far from the truth - family travel is possible. Have a look at our top five countries to visit with your kids before they grow up!
The Grand Egyptian Museum is said to be the world's largest museum that will be solely dedicated to one civilisation.
This guide is all about the Jordan Pass, which is a package that you can pre-book and pay for from the Jordanian authorities before you travel to Jordan which provides you with a free entry visa into Jordan, and a discounted package of entry fees to over 40 different sites in the country. It is well worth purchasing as it both saves you money and makes your travel into and around the country smoother and easier. Read on for much more information about exactly what it includes, what it costs, how to get one and more.
A Morocco tour has a lot to offer travellers - main attractions include the luxurious riad hotels and shopping, as well as the traditional hammam (traditional spa) experiences, Fez and Marrakesh. Adventure-seekers will find the Atlas Mountains Trails and Sahara desert dunes the most popular.
Budget travel isn’t as hard as it seems - no matter your location, there are plenty of places you can visit with a limited budget. If you know the right tricks, even countries we think are expensive can be very accessible.
Travelling alone can be a liberating experience for a woman - you have the freedom to go wherever you want, eat whenever you want, see and do what interests you, and avoid what doesn't. When it comes to solo female travel, negotiation, agreement, or compromise are not required.
The Black-necked crane is the only alpine crane species on the planet and is revered as a symbol of longevity in Bhutan.
Discover the wonders of ancient Egypt at Luxor Temple monument, following in the footsteps of the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs Amenhotep III & Ramses II.