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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker July 14th, 2019

10 Interesting Facts About Casablanca


Located on Morocco's Atlantic coast, Casablanca is where young Moroccans go to seek their fortunes, where business and creative industries prosper - it is the best representation of a modern nation.

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia July 16th, 2019

2019’s Best Honeymoon Destinations


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.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse April 15th, 2018

5 Reasons why Morocco should be your next travel destination


Situated at the foothills of the towering Atlas Mountains and along the northern edge of the Sahara Desert - Morocco boasts a multitude of cultures.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse March 27th, 2018

10 reasons why you should visit Egypt in 2018


Blessed with an abundance of ancient historical sites – here are 10 reasons why you should visit Egypt in 2018.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse October 23rd, 2017

Egypt to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abu Simbel’s discovery


To mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Abu Simbel, Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities is set to host a big celebration.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse September 21st, 2017

Experience our brand new Incredible India tour LIVE on Facebook!


From Saturday 23 September 2017, we'll be showing off our new Incredible India tour with a series of Facebook Live Broadcasts.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse August 30th, 2017

Everything you need to know about the Abu Simbel Sun Festival


Want to see the Abu Simbel Sun Festival in Egypt? This handy guide will provide you with everything you need to know about this unique event.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse August 20th, 2017

A Photo Diary of a Day in Cairo


Thinking about going on an Egypt tour but need some convincing? This photo diary of a day in Cairo might convince you!

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse July 23rd, 2017

5 Things not to miss in Egypt


If you're going on a Egypt tour, you'll want to make sure you get in as much sight-seeing as you possibly can.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse July 19th, 2017

Egypt – in 14 photos


Thinking about planning a holiday to Egypt but need some travel inspiration? We scoured Instagram to find some of the best snaps of Egypt’s top attractions.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse July 12th, 2017

Interested in joining one of our travel photography tours?


Our travel photography tours are extremely popular, that's why we're giving you the opportunity to register.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse June 29th, 2017

Best time to visit Nepal


Nestled between India and Tibet, Nepal is commonly referred to as the 'roof of the world' as it's the highest country on the planet.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse June 15th, 2017

Best time to visit Jordan


Undoubtedly one of the jewels in the Middle Eastern crown, Jordan is steeped in history.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 23rd, 2017

QUIZ: How well do you know Morocco?


Test your knowledge of Morocco with this challenging quiz.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 22nd, 2017

Best time to visit Botswana


If you're looking for an authentic African safari experience, then Botswana should be right at the top of your travel wish list.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 17th, 2017

Best time to visit Morocco


Morocco is right on the doorstep of Europe. In fact, it's so close that you could hop on an hour-long ferry ride from Spain and you'll reach the Moroccan shoreline.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 14th, 2017

QUIZ: How well do you know Egypt?


Consider yourself a boffin on all things Egyptian? Put your knowledge to the test in this quick quiz!

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 14th, 2017

Best time to visit Egypt


Thinking about planning a holiday to Egypt? One of the very first questions you might have is knowing when is the best time to visit.

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Sharon Bentley By: Sharon Bentley March 23rd, 2017

The Great Pyramid of Giza


The Great Pyramid of Khufu in Giza is the oldest structure in existence and is so advanced, even using modern technology, it can't be duplicated today.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 5th, 2017

Pushkar Camel Fair


One of India's most famous travel experiences, the Pushkar Camel Fair, is held in October or November each year during the Kartik Purnima full moon.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie November 29th, 2016

Climbing Mount Toubkal


From Marrakech it’s a just an hour or so drive to the Berber mountain village of Imlil, which is situated in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and surrounded by wonderful mountains views.

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Will Maddicott By: Will Maddicott November 9th, 2016

A Miracle in Nepal


We sit on the banks of the Bagmati River. A monkey picks at some discarded orange peel. A bell tolls and an acrid mist of smoke drifts across the river from the burning Ghats on the opposite bank.

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Sharon Bentley By: Sharon Bentley November 8th, 2016

Vietnam New Year – ‘Tet’


Tet Nguyen Dan is the Vietnam Lunar New Year, which marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring and is one of the highlights of the Vietnamese calendar; bringing with it days of traditions and celebrations.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 24th, 2016

Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Situated in the crater highlands of Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is an UNESCO world heritage site that covers 8,292 km2 and includes important sites such as the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin October 5th, 2016

Primates in Uganda


Uganda could be considered a ‘Primate Trackers’ paradise as it is home to 13 different species of diurnal and 6 kinds of nocturnal primate. They can be found in many of the parks throughout Uganda.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin October 4th, 2016

A brief history of Turkey


Turkey has a long a varied history which dates back as far as 50,000 years where evidence of habitation can be found within a cave at Karain, north of modern day Antalya.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin October 2nd, 2016

Queen Elizabeth National Park


The National Park covers an area of approximately 1978km² and was named after Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her visit in 1954.

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Kirsty Blakeley By: Kirsty Blakeley September 29th, 2016

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum


H? Chí Minh was born in 1890 and was the prime minister (1946–1955) and president (1945–1969) of the North of Vietnam. He was the Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader.

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Kirsty Blakeley By: Kirsty Blakeley September 7th, 2016

Phu Quoc Island


Phu Quoc Island is a 46km long pear-shaped island located off the south coast of Cambodia and to the south west of Vietnam. Although known as Vietnamese, it is also claimed by Cambodia, who calls it Kho Tral.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin August 17th, 2016

Kenya National Parks


Kenya’s Game Reserves and National Parks are some of the best safari parks in the world. An essential part of any holiday to Kenya, game safaris are an unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss.

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Kirsty Blakeley By: Kirsty Blakeley August 17th, 2016

Halong Bay Junk Boats


We have carefully selected a range of different junk boats to use on Halong Bay. Details of our favourites are given below.

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Andy Whitehead By: Andy Whitehead July 3rd, 2016

Sigiriya – palace in the sky


Also known as ‘Lion Mountain’, the imposing rock fortress of Sigiriya rises 200 metres over the surrounding plains and is one of Sri Lanka’s most awe-inspiring archaeological sites and a leading tourist attraction.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin June 26th, 2016

Tanzania National Parks


Tanzania has more land dedicated to national parks and reserves than any other wildlife destination in the world. From rolling grassland, unspoilt coral reefs, these national treasures are all protected by law.

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Will Maddicott By: Will Maddicott June 23rd, 2016

Highlights of Tibet


Tibet is a fascinating and culturally rich holiday destination, which attracts numerous visitors every year. 

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Andy Whitehead By: Andy Whitehead June 23rd, 2016

Kerala – Boats & Backwaters


Famed for its diversity and beauty, Kerala is one of the most charming and captivating regions in India, and is often described as ‘God’s own country’.

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Sharon Bentley By: Sharon Bentley June 23rd, 2016

The Dahabiya


Re-capture the by-gone era of the Nile. Royalty, British Aristocrats and Celebrities alike, cruised the Nile by Dahabiya during the British Colonisation of Egypt, which lasted from 1882 until 1952.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie May 22nd, 2016

Alms giving in Luang Prabang, Laos


Luang Prabang is an UNESCO World Heritage city, but also a small Laos town trying desperately to hold onto its traditional culture within a developing region.

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Jason Pepe By: Jason Pepe May 10th, 2016

Twelve Essentials For Everest Base Camp Treks


So much has been written about Everest Base Camp Treks that it is hard to provide some original thinking on the topic. But, this did not stop me from trying.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 17th, 2016

Wildlife of the Arctic


Overview of the diverse and unique wildlife of the Arctic from polar bears to humpback whale, to walrus and arctic fox.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 11th, 2016

Wildlife of Antarctica


The Antarctic continent is surrounded by a boundless and inhospitable ocean, which in itself takes several days to cross by ship.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 25th, 2016

20 Most Surprising Things about Egypt


Booking a journey to an iconic location, like Egypt, can be an interesting process to say the least. 

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 1st, 2016

Places to Visit in Turkey


One of the leading tourism destinations in the world, Turkey effortlessly combines the old and the new perfectly – the country boasts stunning scenery, a rich history and diverse landscapes.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 1st, 2016

Places to Visit in Nepal


From tropical forests to snow-capped mountains, this beautiful country is as famed for its welcoming people and friendly hospitality as it is for its incredible scenery and wildlife.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 29th, 2015

Things to do in Jordan


Jordan is a fascinating country to visit. A hugely significant country in many religions and cultures, it has a rich history for you to explore and some wonderful places to visit.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 8th, 2015

Egypt Tourist Attractions


Guide to attractions you can see on an Encounters Travel tour of Egypt, including the Pyramids, Sphinx, Luxor and a felucca cruise along the Nile.

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Ruth Johnston By: Ruth Johnston April 29th, 2015

Why Egypt is safe for single ladies


For years I have dreamed of vacationing in Egypt, and I decided now was the time.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders July 9th, 2014

Overview of Turkey


One of the leading tourism destinations in the world, Turkey is a land of contradictions and diversity and effortlessly combines the old and the new.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders July 6th, 2014

Dahab beach resort, Egypt


For those wanting something a little more off the beaten track - there is Dahab.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie May 5th, 2014

A Taste of the Maldives


The sun dipped down below the horizon and the beautiful white sand turned a golden yellow. This was the picture-perfect start to my Maldives trip with Encounters Travel.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders March 12th, 2014

Trekking in Nepal


Nepal offers some of the best trekking to be found anywhere in the world.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders January 20th, 2014

The Colours of Morocco


Morocco was always one of those exotic destinations that I had dreamed about but never thought I'd get the chance to visit.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders September 26th, 2013

Finding Magic in Morocco


I was nervous about meeting new people and traveling to Morocco - a country I considered to bit an exotic location.

 

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin September 2nd, 2013

Trekking in Thailand


Whilst travelling in Thailand at the beginning of 2010, I took part in our two-night trekking tour and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders August 28th, 2013

The Sahara


The Sahara, or the 'Greatest' Desert, as the locals call it, conjures up images of scorpions, snakes, oases and vultures.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders June 10th, 2013

Egypt: Smooth sailing


We glide listlessly aside from a gentle about-turn each time we approach the river.

 

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders April 20th, 2013

A view from the top


Have you ever wanted to climb Everest or see what the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro looks like? Well, Google Street View is now making that possible.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders April 10th, 2013

Uganda’s mountain gorillas


While touring Uganda's lush landscapes, Bridget March gets a heart-stopping close-up with the severely endangered mountain gorillas.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders January 9th, 2013

Taking your Family to Egypt


When I tell people we are taking the kids to Egypt, I get two responses.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders November 23rd, 2012

Beauty survival in the jungle


Now on month 13, I'm exploring the last continent on my world trip itinerary.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders September 26th, 2012

Trekking with Mountain Gorillas


The moment had arrived, our small gorilla trekking group had not been able to sleep given the excitement for what we were about to do!

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders August 19th, 2012

The sandy road less travelled…


Many well travelled people are often looking for the next big thing but before the masses find out about it.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders July 18th, 2012

Amazing Thailand!


What do you think of when you picture Thailand? There are many things that may spring to your mind.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders July 4th, 2012

Israel – A Hidden Gem?


Israel has an incredible past and is shaping up to have an amazing future. It has much to offer travellers from all walks of life.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders June 28th, 2012

Another Part of Egypt…


I reach Dahab in the early afternoon after an eight-hour road journey from Cairo.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders June 19th, 2012

Joy at Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling


I am not a tea lover and I naively didn't imagine how much tea I would consume during our stay at Glenburn Tea Estate!

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders May 29th, 2012

Maldives Magic


The tropical paradise of the Maldives has always seemed like it was reserved for honeymooners and the rich and famous.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders May 7th, 2012

Nepal, more than just a mountain range


When I think about Nepal, the first thing that springs to mind is the image of a snow-covered Everest shooting into the sky with strings of multicoloured prayer flags.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders February 24th, 2012

An Encounter with Marrakech…


Marrakech is a wonderfully vibrant city. It is an explorer's paradise as you can spend days walking through the labyrinth streets of the Medina and never get bored.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 27th, 2011

As Glamorous as Casablanca


No one expected it to be anything out of the ordinary; it was one of hundreds of Hollywood movies released in 1943.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 27th, 2011

Am I Still on Planet Earth?


If ever there was an 'am I still on planet Earth?' sort of a desert, it's Wadi Rum.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 18th, 2011

An Ultimate Peruvian Amazon Adventure


Every adventurer dreams of a truly intrepid travel experience.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 16th, 2011

Tanzania – A Wildlife Paradise


It helps to remember that Tanzania's name is two old African states spliced together.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 11th, 2011

Jesus of Nazareth lived here


Known in the 4,000 year-old city of Jerusalem as 'Haram Esh-Sharif'and 'Western Wall' your guide will explain all this stonework - the remains of the original Fort Antonia.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 8th, 2011

Rose-Red Petra


Built in the 6th century BC as a capitol for the Nabataeans, Petra is your reward for a horse or camel-ride through the Siq, a narrow corridor of cliffs.

 
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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 6th, 2011

Showing off with stonework


Cairo is an African city of 15 million people.  It is hot, hot-headed and frenetic with bustle, bazaars and traffic chaos.

 
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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders November 28th, 2011

Trek the Fabulous Inca Trails


Dominated by the Andean mountain range, and wedged between the South Pacific and Amazon rainforest, Peru is a country that has so much to offer travellers and trekkers.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders November 26th, 2011

A Taste of Marrakesh


Marrakesh is a city in the foothills of Morocco's snow-capped Atlas Mountains.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders November 24th, 2011

Kathmandu: Among the Mighty Himalayas


Landlocked 2,000-year-old Nepal is surrounded by China and India.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders November 16th, 2011

The Palaces of St Petersburg


He stood on the fortress of Nyenskans in Nven-town. Below him was the neck of the Neva River in the Gulf of Finland.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders November 15th, 2011

Turkey – The Blue Mosque


Istanbul began as the city of Byzantium in 667 BC under the ancient Greeks. Later called Constantinople, it became the imperial seat of the Roman Empire.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin October 23rd, 2011

Nile Explorer – May 2009


I've just returned from Egypt, and I wanted to tell you a little bit about my tour.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders September 22nd, 2011

Welcome to the Encounters Travel Blog


Encounters Travel specialises in small group adventure tours to some of the world's most amazing destinations.

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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker July 14th, 2019

10 Places you have to see in Greece


From the Ionian Islands in the west to the pre-Hellenic culture of Crete to the South, and not forgetting the breathtaking scenic views of the mainland, Greece offers a wealth of mesmerizing places to visit.

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia July 16th, 2019

Our Top 5 Small Group Tours in 2019


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.

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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker July 14th, 2019

A checklist for every sight you have to see in Cairo


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.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 12th, 2018

Guide to Ko Samui


Ko Samui is located off of the east coast of southern Thailand in Surat Thani province. Samui is Thailand's 3rd largest Island with a population of over 50,000.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin April 12th, 2017

Guide to Bangkok, Thailand


The buzzing metropolis of Bangkok has been the capital city of Thailand since it was moved from Ayutthaya after the Burmese invasion in 1768.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 9th, 2017

Guide to Abu Simbel


This monumental temple complex was built by King Ramses II (c.1279-1213 B.C.E.) in what was once known as ancient Nubia, as a demonstration of both his worldly and divine power.

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Sharon Bentley By: Sharon Bentley November 29th, 2016

Guide to Petra


Petra is a vast and unique city, half built and half carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans over 2000 years ago.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 6th, 2016

Guide to Marrakech


Founded nearly 1,000 years ago the ochre city of Marrakech is perhaps Morocco’s most well known and visited attraction.

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Mariska Knoesen By: Mariska Knoesen July 27th, 2016

Guide to Greece


Greece is a country of ruins and be prepared to see many very significant ruins indeed! The Capital alone has developed into a modern society whilst the buildings of many centuries past still claim their significance.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin June 26th, 2016

Brief guide to Beirut


Beirut is the capital of Lebanon and has a population of approximately 2.1 million. The city has a history dating back more than 5000 years and has been under the rule of many empires.

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Sharon Bentley By: Sharon Bentley June 23rd, 2016

Hurghada Overview


Hurghada has transformed in recent years from a small Red Sea fishing village into a vibrant tourist hot-spot.

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Kirsty Blakeley By: Kirsty Blakeley June 23rd, 2016

Choeung Ek, Cambodia


Choeung Ek is one of a number of sites known as the ‘Killing Fields’. This area is the most well-known and tourist-visited of the above sites due to its link with the Tuol Sleng Prison (or S-21).

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 17th, 2016

Guide to Longyearbyen


Longyearbyen is the gateway to the Arctic and starting point for many cruise based expeditions operating in the chilly polar waters.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 10th, 2016

Vietnam travel guide


Tours in Vietnam may take in the beautiful sandy beaches of the south or the breathtaking beauty of Halong Bay, the fertile lands of the Mekong Delta or the hill-tribe forests in the north.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 10th, 2016

Thailand travel guide


Thailand tourist attractions are almost too numerous to count and the country offers everything from exciting cities to dense jungles and sun kissed beaches.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 4th, 2016

Bhutan Travel Guide


The Kingdom of Bhutan is both small and remote, tucked away in the mighty Himalayan mountain range between India and China.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 4th, 2016

Israel Travel Guide


Israel intersects countries, continents and religions, situated at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe and home to three of the world’s greatest and most important religions.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 29th, 2015

Morocco Travel Guide


A land of history, tradition and trading, Morocco has long-since captured the imagination of intrepid travellers looking to explore the myths and legends of the great Sahara Desert and the imposing Atlas Mountain range.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie November 22nd, 2015

India Travel Guide


Travel guide to some of the most beautiful and interesting place to visit on an Encounters Travel tour of India.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse February 26th, 2018

A first timer’s travel guide to visiting Egypt


Thinking about planning a holiday to Egypt? This handy travel guide runs you through the entire experience – through the eyes of a first time traveller.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse February 11th, 2018

An early morning trip to Abu Simbel


A trip to the Abu Simbel Temple is an optional tour on Encounters Travel's 9-day Discover Egypt tour, which South African traveller Jarred Manasse experienced in 2018.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse February 6th, 2018

A sunrise hot air balloon ride over Luxor


Encounters Travel's Jarred Manasse recently went hot air ballooning over the Egyptian city of Luxor, which is often dubbed 'the worlds greatest open air museum'

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse November 7th, 2017

Take a spin through Old Delhi: The Spinmonkey Cycle Tour


The Adelaide Review's John Dexter recently travelled on our 9-day Incredible India tour. One of the activities he enjoyed was a cycle tour through the streets of Old Delhi.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse October 25th, 2017

Tour Review: Nepal Exposed


Nicholas and Yvonne Towasser recently embarked on our 10-day Nepal Exposed tour, which gives travellers a taste of the country.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse October 23rd, 2017

Experiencing New Delhi’s Art of Hope Tour


The Adelaide Review's John Dexter recently travelled on our 9-day Incredible India tour. One of the activities he enjoyed was New Delhi's Art of Hope tour.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse October 19th, 2017

Incredible India Tour Review


John Dexter – a writer for Australia’s Adelaide Review tried our brand new Incredible India Tour. We sat down with him to find out his thoughts. 

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse June 7th, 2017

IN PHOTOS: Sheri’s Egyptian Adventure


Sheri Bolton recently went on a 10-day Egypt tour with Encounters Travel from 24 March - 3 April 2017. Here are some of her best snaps.

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Andy Hosie By: Andy Hosie June 23rd, 2016

Kilimanjaro trekking diary


I used to live and work in Tanzania and during that time my work took me to all corners of the Country, which included Arusha, Moshi and Kilimanjaro.

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Bianca Venmans By: Bianca Venmans April 14th, 2015

Egypt: Experience of a lifetime


Egypt was a milestone for me in many ways. It was the 10th country that I have explored and my first time in the continent of Africa.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders August 1st, 2013

A visit to Jordan


After selling Jordan tours for many years and having to cancel two previous trips, I finally made it to Jordan this year and it was definitely worth the wait!

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Kirsty Blakeley By: Kirsty Blakeley December 20th, 2011

Grand Egyptian Adventure – May 2010


Having worked in the UK reservations office for the last four months and from my training and research into this tour, I thought that I knew all there was to know.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse August 8th, 2019

Early Bird Specials! Are you ready to travel in 2020?


We've just launched our 2020 dates in some of our most popular destinations and to celebrate, we're giving you discounts on them!

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse January 31st, 2018

Win a tour to Egypt with Encounters Travel this February!


Do you want to explore the beauty of Egypt in 2018? Encounters Travel is giving one lucky person the chance to win an Egypt tour this February!

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse December 21st, 2017

5 weeks, 16 countries – get ready for our big January sale!


Get your passport ready and make 2018 your year of adventure travel by taking advantage of our amazing travel deals in our big January sale!

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse November 20th, 2017

Get notified once our Black Friday deals go live


Want to know when our Black Friday deals go live? Sign up here and get them straight into your inbox!

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse November 9th, 2017

Win an Egypt tour for two with Encounters Travel


Is visiting the Great Pyramids on your travel wishlist in 2018? Encounters Travel is giving one lucky person the chance to win an Egypt tour for two this festive season!

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse October 16th, 2017

Get up to 40% off our Discover Egypt Tour!


Want to see Egypt's Great Pyramids? Then take advantage of our amazing discounts on our 9-day Discover Egypt small group tour!

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse September 27th, 2017

Win an 8-day Nepal Tour with Encounters Travel


Encounters Travel is once again giving one lucky follower the chance to win an 8-day Nepal tour.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse August 27th, 2017

Win a 9-day India Tour with Encounters Travel


Encounters Travel is once again giving one lucky follower the chance to win a 9-day India tour.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse July 25th, 2017

Win an 8-day Morocco Tour with Encounters Travel


Encounters Travel is once again giving one lucky follower the chance to win an 8-day Morocco tour.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse July 3rd, 2017

Early bird specials! Get 10% off all of our 2018 tours!


We've just released the majority of our 2018 tours and we're offering all our travellers 10% off all departures scheduled for next year until 31 July 2017.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse July 2nd, 2017

Win a 6-day Jordan Tour with Encounters Travel


Encounters Travel is once again giving one lucky follower the chance to win a 6-day Jordan tour.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse June 25th, 2017

Encounters Travel earns certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor


Encounters Travel has been honored with a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence for 2017.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 31st, 2017

WiFi now available on all Egypt Tours!


We are proud to announce that all of our Egypt tours are now fully equipped with WiFi during all sightseeing activities.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 31st, 2017

Win a 9-day Nubian Adventure Tour in Egypt with Encounters Travel


Encounters Travel is once again giving one lucky follower the chance to win a 9-day Nubian Adventure tour in Egypt.

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Ralph Foulds By: Ralph Foulds February 21st, 2016

Zika Virus – Advice for Customers


The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice for a number of countries in relation to the Zika Virus.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 10th, 2016

Morocco desert tours


From the expansive Sahara desert across the border to the sensuous hustle bustle of city life in Marrakesh, you won’t find anywhere else as unique or as rewarding as Morocco.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 7th, 2016

South Africa Tours


A trip to South Africa offers diversity that few other places can match. A photographer’s dream, the iconic landscapes are simply stunning with a seemingly endless array of delights to feast your eyes upon.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 7th, 2016

Uganda Tours


Known as the ‘pearl of Africa’, Uganda may be compact but it has a good infrastructure and is rich in culture and history with an impressive and diverse wildlife population.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 6th, 2016

Namibia Tours


Those embarking upon a trip to Namibia often have expectations of remoteness, endless desert and sand dunes, but there is also an abundance of wildlife and one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 6th, 2016

Kenya Tours


Kenya is one of the most popular African destinations with good reason and Kenya tours have always been very popular with travellers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

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Ralph Foulds By: Ralph Foulds January 5th, 2016

Egypt itinerary changes


Many people considering booking a holiday to Egypt may have some concerns and questions about visiting the country at the moment. We have made some notes which will hopefully be informative and helpful.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 5th, 2016

Botswana Tours


Botswana tours are popular with the discerning traveller, keen to view the incredible sights on offer while enjoying the exclusive and luxurious accommodation offered at the safari lodges.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 5th, 2016

Africa Tours


If you are looking for a destination that offers everything, consider a trip to Africa. This vast continent is as diverse as they come and it is one of those enchanting, special places that touches your soul in a profound way.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders April 24th, 2012

Lest we forget…..


Almost 100 years ago today marks an infamous day in history for our Australian and Kiwi friends.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders April 2nd, 2012

Felucca support boat


We are delighted to bring you some more information about the support facilities boat we are now providing on all our tours that feature a Nile felucca cruise.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders February 12th, 2012

Destinations Show 2012


Last weekend Encounters Travel was at the Destinations Travel Show in London. It was a fantastic weekend with a huge turn out of international travellers.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders October 26th, 2011

Thailand – Flooding Travel Warning


The UK Foreign Office travel advice has been updated with information and advice about the current flooding in Thailand.

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Travel Cuisine


Sharon Bentley By: Sharon Bentley September 11th, 2016

A quick look at food in Nepal


Nepalese food is famous for its nutritional values and flavourful taste. Essentially similar to Indian food, with a big accent on a rice and dal diet, it’s fast to cook and fabulous to eat.

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Kirsty Blakeley By: Kirsty Blakeley June 30th, 2016

Vietnamese Cuisine


Vietnamese food is extremely fresh and flavourful. Their cooking methods are quick and uncomplicated, involve a range of ingredients that work fabulously together.

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Travel Tips


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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia July 16th, 2019

Everything Solo Travellers Need To Know About Single Supplements


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.

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia July 16th, 2019

Visiting Vietnam: Visa Information


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.

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia July 16th, 2019

Visiting Jordan: Visa Information


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.

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia July 16th, 2019

Visiting Cambodia: Visa Information


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.

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia July 16th, 2019

Visiting Egypt: Visa Information


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.

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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker July 14th, 2019

A checklist for every sight you have to see in Cairo


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.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse July 18th, 2017

A quick guide to the restoration of the Taj Mahal


The Taj Mahal, one of India’s most iconic structures, is getting a much need facelift. 

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse June 29th, 2017

Best time to visit Nepal


Nestled between India and Tibet, Nepal is commonly referred to as the 'roof of the world' as it's the highest country on the planet.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse June 15th, 2017

Best time to visit Jordan


Undoubtedly one of the jewels in the Middle Eastern crown, Jordan is steeped in history.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 22nd, 2017

Best time to visit Botswana


If you're looking for an authentic African safari experience, then Botswana should be right at the top of your travel wish list.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 17th, 2017

Best time to visit Morocco


Morocco is right on the doorstep of Europe. In fact, it's so close that you could hop on an hour-long ferry ride from Spain and you'll reach the Moroccan shoreline.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 14th, 2017

Best time to visit Egypt


Thinking about planning a holiday to Egypt? One of the very first questions you might have is knowing when is the best time to visit.

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Ralph Foulds By: Ralph Foulds March 7th, 2017

Train travel in India


Train travel in India can be one of the most rewarding and interesting ways to travel the country.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 7th, 2017

Guide to accommodation in India


Our India tailor-made holidays offer many different styles of hotels.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin September 7th, 2016

Useful Turkish Words


The official language of Turkey is Turkish, which is spoken by approximately 90% of the population. Other minority languages are Kurdish, Arabic, Circassian, Greek and Armenian.

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Kirsty Blakeley By: Kirsty Blakeley August 17th, 2016

Halong Bay Junk Boats


We have carefully selected a range of different junk boats to use on Halong Bay. Details of our favourites are given below.

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Jason Pepe By: Jason Pepe May 10th, 2016

Twelve Essentials For Everest Base Camp Treks


So much has been written about Everest Base Camp Treks that it is hard to provide some original thinking on the topic. But, this did not stop me from trying.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 11th, 2016

Antarctica – what to take?


These notes will give you a brief idea of how to prepare for, and what you may encounter on your voyage. We stress that this is an “expedition” style cruise.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 11th, 2016

Antarctic ‘Basecamp’ cruise options


Antarctic cruises are primarily defined by an exploratory travel programme that spends as much time ashore as possible, combined with educational lectures on board.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 8th, 2015

Egypt Tourist Attractions


Guide to attractions you can see on an Encounters Travel tour of Egypt, including the Pyramids, Sphinx, Luxor and a felucca cruise along the Nile.

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Ruth Johnston By: Ruth Johnston April 29th, 2015

Why Egypt is safe for single ladies


For years I have dreamed of vacationing in Egypt, and I decided now was the time.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders August 27th, 2013

Unusual laws and customs


There are many unusual reasons why people have found themselves faced with hefty fines or in some cases arrested or detained abroad.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 6th, 2012

Economy or business? The choice is simple!


On most Egyptian tours, the long overnight train journey from Cairo down the Nile to Luxor or Aswan is unavoidable. This journey can be taken in two ways.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders June 20th, 2012

Backpack vs Suitcase….


If you have an opinion on this, it will usually be a strong one.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders May 21st, 2012

8 products for less stressful travelling


The most experienced travel gurus know that the key to smart travelling is efficiency. Packing lightweight, compact items that help you navigate your travel experience is best.

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