Trans-Siberian Rail Journey

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The Trans-Siberian is more than just a railway. It’s a journey into the psyche of modern Russia; a triumph of engineering; a movable feast through the largest, and perhaps, most mysterious nations on earth. Crossing seven time zones between Moscow and Beijing, the 7621 kilometer train track blazes a trail through some of the bleakest… Read more »

Israel: Treasures of the Holy Land

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Israel may be renowned for its mystical past, disputed present and uncertain future, but there is more than what meets the international headlines. Fascinating archaeological sites, a wealth of natural beauty spots an a cultural diversity matching anywhere else in the Middle East are enough for a trip in their own right. The modern state… Read more »

Sudan: Nubia: Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs

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The ancient Egyptians knew Sudan as the Land of Kush – a source of ivory, gold, spices and incense. It was power and the promise of great hidden treasures that made Sudan – the largest country in Africa – the object of invasion and exploration for much of its long and tumultuous history. This land… Read more »

Morocco: Grand Tour

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The mere suggestion of Casablanca, Marrakesh and Rabat stirs a hint of spice in the nostrils. Morocco has been thoroughly mythologised, and for good reason ~ the light is shimmering, the art extraordinary and the region’s history comes alive in its Imperial medieval cities, Roman ruins, Berber Kasbahs and Islamic monuments. It is to this… Read more »

Iran: Antiquities of Ancient Persia

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The Middle East’s best-kept secret, Iran forms a footbridge between Europe and Asia, and has hosted some of the great invaders from Genghis Khan from the East and Alexander the Great from the West. A visit to Iran is a voyage of contrasts; women clad in black, mosques bejeweled and dazzling desert towns with twisting… Read more »

Egypt: In the Footsteps of the Pharaohs

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Egypt has captured the imagination of travelers since ancient times. It is a multilayered history lesson, with relics left by pharaohs, Greeks, Romans, Christians and Arabs and through everything Egypt’s lifeblood since the dawn of history, the majestic River Nile, flows on. Somerset Tours & Travel invites you to join them on a journey of… Read more »

South Italy, Sicily & Malta: In the Wake of Ancient Empires

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For thousands of years, waves of civilizations have left their imprint on the Mediterranean. Three destinations that are considered the crossroads of this complex history are southern Italy, Sicily and Malta. Somerset Tours & Travel now invite you to join us on our exceptional journey to discover these ancient empires. We’ll be exploring the perfectly… Read more »

Classic India: Rajasthan, Agra, Khajuraho & Varanasi

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Without question, India is the most engaging, colourful, chaotic, spiritual and life-affirming country in the world. It is an assault on the senses – all of them, nearly all of the time. The diversity of its cultural riches, from temple sculptures, architecture and murals to the artistry of ordinary people in a land where much is still made by hand, rivals the best of the Italian Renaissance. Our tour is India at it’s most extraordinary! We now invite you to join us on our fully escorted tour to Rajasthan, Agra, Khajuraho & Varanasi in 2016.

Enchanting South India

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Everyone wants a piece of India. From Aryan, Afghani and Persian invasions of the British era, people from distant lands have sought to possess India’s treasures for themselves. But a funny thing always happens: India takes these foreigners and makes them Indians. Defying the doctrine of “us” and “them”, India weaves races, cultures and philosophies into a tapestry that grows richer and more intricate every day. In January/February 2011, Somerset Tours & Travel gives you the opportunity of experiencing yet another side of India, and that is the gentle, laid back side of it, packaged as South India: Tamil Nadu and the backwaters of Kerala.