Himalayas: Roof of World

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Not so long ago, a journey to the high and remote regions of the Himalayas entailed a long and difficult expedition on foot with a donkey. Today it is possible to explore these unique and beautiful mountains in an easier way. The Indian Himalayas have some of the most extraordinary scenery in the world. There is something about the majesty and grandeur of these mountains that inspires even the most world-weary of travellers. Somerset Tours & Travel has put together a unique tour to these magical and mystical mountains of northern India and now invite you to join us on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage of discovery.

China: The Wonders of Yunnan & Tibet

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We’ll travel back to Guilin to catch our flight to Kunming. Here we’ll have two nights with time to explore the Bamboo Temple and discover the limestone karst outcrop known as the Stone Forest. The journey to the forest is as beautiful as the landscape that surrounds it. Scattered around the stone forest are villages populated by the local ethnic minority, the Sani.

Authentic Thailand

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Travelling through Lopburi, once an important capital of the Khmer Empire and later the Lanna and Ayutthaya kingdoms, we’ll head on to Sukhothai for two nights. We’ll base ourselves here to explore the Old Town, the Historical Park, containing 200 ruined chedis and visit the local community.

Jewels of the adriatic

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Fully Escorted 18-day Tour (including Slovenia, Croatia, Montengro & Venice)
06 – 23 May 2015

The itinerary then proceeds via the historic town of Pula, best known for its magnificent monuments from the Roman era, and nearby island, Brijuni, proclaimed a national park in 1983 to Rovinj, originally a port built by the Romans. Rovinj was ruled by the Byzantines and Franks from 1283 to 1797 and then passed into Venetian hands. Dominating the town from its hilltop location is the 18th century cathedral, dedicated to the third century martyr St Euphemia. From Rovinj we’ll continue on to Opatija for overnight.

Philippines: Island Style

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Fully escorted 18 day tour: 14 February – 03 March 2014

Graced by dazzling beaches, year-round sun and numerous opportunities for diving, island-hopping and surfing, the Philippines has long attracted a steady stream of foreign visitors. Yet there’s far more to these islands than sand and snorkeling. Beyond the coastline are mystical tribal villages, ancient rice terraces, jungle-smothered peaks and crumbling Spanish churches. Look closer and you’ll see the influence of the island’s rich stew of cultures – Islamic, Malay, Spanish and American – in an exuberant array of festivals, tantalizing food and elegant colonial towns that has more in common with Latin America than the rest of Asia. It is to these emerald islands that we invite you to join us on our tour that we have planned for February/March 2014.

The Captivating Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia)

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Fate placed Georgia and Armenia at the point where the European and Middle Eastern continental plates collide, with a resulting mix in fortunes. Geography has brought the natural beauty of the Caucasus – majestic mountain ranges, snowy peaks, alpine lakes and forests. History, however, has seen the region suffer at the hands of conquering armies passing through – Roman, Persian, Arab, Ottoman Turk and Russian. These factors define the peoples of the Caucasus. They are nations of artists, merchants, poets and stonemasons, fiercely proud of their languages, cultures and homelands. Azerbaijan is more exotic by the standards of its more European neighbours. This ancient land of Zoroastrianism displays a history and scenery that are equally dramatic – from Albanian churches and Baku’s old walled city to the extraordinary beauty of the High Caucasus Mountains. Somerset Tours & Travel now invite you to join them on a tour to this very unique part of the world.