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CITY BREAK ADVENTURE TOURS

  • Perfect for travellers short on time looking for an authentic travel experience
  • Organised tours and free time
  • Different levels and styles of accommodation available

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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7 Tours | From $505 p/p

Duration:

5 Days

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Egypt

Tour Type:

City Break

Group size:

Min: 1 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 4, L - 0, D - 0

Highlights:

Old Cairo, El Moez Street, All-suite boutique hotel, Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, walking distance from Khan-el-Khalili bazaar


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$700(p/p)

Duration:

4 Days

Country(ies):

Morocco

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City Break

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 3, L - 0, D - 0

Highlights:

Marrakech: Koutoubia Mosque, Djemaa El Fna Square, famous bazaars, optional balloon ride and quad biking


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Duration:

4 Days

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Lebanon

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City Break

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Min: 2 | Max: 12

Meals:

B- 3, L - 0, D - 0

Highlights:

Beirut city tour, Pigeon Rock, historic town of Byblos, Harissa cable car, Jeita Grotto, optional tours to Baalbek, Beittedine Palace, Ksara...


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$565(p/p)

Duration:

4 Days

Country(ies):

Turkey

Tour Type:

City Break

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 20

Meals:

B- 3, L - 2, D - 0

Highlights:

Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, the Grand Bazaar, Bosphorous cruise, panoramic views from Camlica Hill


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$620(p/p)

Duration:

4 Days

Country(ies):

Egypt

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City Break

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Min: 2 | Max: 18

Meals:

B- 3, L - 0, D - 0

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Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum & Tutankhamun display, free time & optional tours, 5-star hotel


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$560(p/p)

Duration:

4 Days

Country(ies):

Egypt

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City Break

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Min: 1 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 3, L - 0, D - 1

Highlights:

Visit the Pyramids, Sphinx & Saqqara, Egyptian Musuem with the famous King Tutunkhamun display, city tour including the Citadel & Khan al Kh...


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$505(p/p)

Duration:

5 Days

Country(ies):

Egypt

Tour Type:

City Break

Group size:

Min: 1 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 4, L - 1, D - 1

Highlights:

Visit the Pyramids, Sphinx & Saqqara, Egyptian Musuem with the famous King Tutunkhamun display, city tour including the Citadel & Khan al Kh...


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$1465(p/p)

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Best time to visit Croatia

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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.

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Israel’s major attractions: Five things you simply must see

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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. 

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What type of food to expect to eat in Croatia

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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.

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10 Reasons why you should explore the Garden Route

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Thinking about planning a trip to South Africa? Here's 10 reasons why the Garden Route should be part of the conversation.

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2020's Best adventure travel destinations

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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.

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Why you should visit South Africa in January

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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.

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Best travel destinations to visit in February

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Use this informative guide to help you book your February holiday.

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Top 10 things to do in Cape Town

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Explore and experience the world-famous city of Cape Town with our pick of its top ten activities. 

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A guide to the Cape Winelands

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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:

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Why you should visit Cambodia in February

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Looking for a unique travel destination for the month of February? A Cambodia tour should be at the top of your list.

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Why you should visit Vietnam in February

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If you’re thinking of travelling to Vietnam, February is your best bet - you can expect dry, bright weather throughout the whole country.

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Top 10 temples to visit in Vietnam

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Vietnam is home to thousands of temples and fascinating places of worship. We've picked out our top ten.

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Top 10 temples to visit in Cambodia

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Its estimated that there are around 4000 temples in Cambodia, we have chosen our top ten for you to visit.

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Top 10 things to do in Phnom Penh

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Planning a Cambodia tour? Then exploring Phnom Penh should be right at the top of your travel to-do list. Here is our selection of the top 10 things to do in Cambodia's busy capital city.

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Recommended Tours: February 2020

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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. 

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Travel images of the month – January 2020

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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.

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Featured tour of the month – Discover Egypt

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If an Egypt trip is on your 2020 bucket list then the Discover Egypt tour is perfect for you – from temples and tombs to pyramids, sailing down the Nile and eating mouthwatering traditional Egyptian cuisine, and so much more. 

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Meet the Team: Gavin De Vos

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Gavin is one of the travel consultants in the Encounters sales team. 

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Exploring Nepal on a budget: Nepal on a Shoestring tour review

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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.

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Top small group tours to Nepal

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Thinking about travelling to Nepal? Do you want to marvel at the natural beauty of Mount Everest? Then our small group tours to this beautiful country are perfect for you. 

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Best destinations to visit in March

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March is a transitional period in many countries, a bridge between summer and winter. We've picked the best destinations to travel to during March. 

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Top 10 things to do in Hanoi

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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. 

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Top 10 things to do in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu is the chaotic, vibrant capital city of Nepal. This is our pick of the best attractions in and around the city. 

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Why you should visit Nepal in March

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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.

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Everything you need to know about Bandipur

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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.

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Chitwan wildlife safari guide

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This handy guide will give you all the information you need to know about experiencing a wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park, located in Nepal.

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Top 10 temples to visit in Nepal

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Visit some of the most beautiful and atmospheric temples in the world in Nepal. We've picked our top ten. 

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Top restaurants in Kathmandu

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Nepalese cuisine might not be as popular as it should be on an international stage, it is often overpowered by its more headstrong neighbouring countries however, don’t mistake this as complacency.

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A packing checklist when going on a Nepal tour

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Proper packing is the first step to making a trip memorable and that’s what this article is the perfect guide of what all you need for your Nepal packing list.

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The Best Festivals in Nepal

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Nepal is a small yet diverse country, with a variety of religions. These are some of the best festivals that are celebrated in the country. 

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10 Interesting Facts about Mount Everest

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Mount Everest is famous for being the highest mountain in the world. Here are some lesser-known facts about the iconic peak. 

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Everything you need to know about Petra

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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.

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Featured tour of the month – Jordan on a Shoestring

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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.

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Turkey set to become visa-free for UK and Schengen area travellers

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Turkey has decided to become visa-free for UK & Schengen travellers!

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Recommended Tours: March 2020

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We've chosen some of the best small tour packages that we have on offer for March 2020. Destinations include India, Greece, the Balkans and more.

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Meet the Team: Ant's Role at Encounters Travel

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Anthony Horrobin, better known as Ant, is the Sales Manager at Encounters Travel. If you've travelled with us, you would have more than likely have had some sort of chat with him before!

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Travel photos of the month – January/February 2020

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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.

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10 reasons to go trekking in Nepal

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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: 

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Jordan tour packing checklist

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If you’re heading to the Middle East on a Jordan adventure, you’ll need to know what to pack and how to pack – we thought we’d help you out and take the guesswork out of things with our Jordan packing checklist.

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Best destinations to visit in April

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Time for an Easter holiday? We've chosen the best places to travel to during the month of April. 

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The Top 10 Sights to See in Jordan

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Jordan is located in the Middle East. Bursting with historical landmarks, as well as spectacular natural landscapes, it offers a myriad exciting attractions. We’ve chosen our top ten must-see sights on a visit to Jordan.

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Wadi Rum Jeep safari guide

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Wadi Rum is a desert region in Jordan. A jeep safari is a wonderful way to explore this spectacular natural landscape. We’ve compiled a handy guide that will tell you all you need to know about discovering Wadi Rum by jeep.

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Why you should visit Jordan in April

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April is one of the most popular months to visit Jordan - and with good reason - the weather is pleasant, and the semi-arid hills of northern Jordan burst into magnificent, knee-high bloom.

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The Best Festivals in Jordan

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Jordan is a small country in the Middle East. With a rich historical, cultural, and religious scene, it offers a range of interesting festivals and celebrations. We've chosen our top festivals that take place in Jordan.  

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10 Interesting Facts About Jordan

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The Middle Eastern country of Jordan is famous for landmarks such as Petra and Wadi Rum. Here we reveal some lesser-known facts about this small nation. 

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Is Egypt Safe

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The question here though isn’t whether or not you should visit Egypt but rather is it safe to visit? The short answer: Yes, Egypt is safe! However, for the long answer, carry on reading.  

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Coronavirus Update

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Please read for details of suspended tours departing up to 21st June, and udpated terms and conditions both for suspended tours, existing future bookings and new bookings. 

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Exploring Jordan on a budget: Jordan on a Shoestring tour

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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.

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Meet the Team: Tara’s Role at Encounters

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Meet Tara, who is the Social Media Manager at Encounters Travel. 

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Lockdown chat with Mariah - Travel consultant at Encounters Travel

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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.

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Lockdown chat with Mariska - Travel Consultant at Encounters Travel

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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.

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LIVE BLOG: How coronavirus has affected the travel industry

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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 jarred@encounterstravel.com

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