Winston Churchill famously described Russia as a “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” and this remains an apt description of a place most outsiders know very little about. A composite of the extravagant glories of old Russia and the drab legacies of the Soviet era, Russia is a country that befuddles and beguiles but never bores. It is to this extremely fascinating country that Somerset Tours & Travel invite you to join them on an expedition to explore the historical, cultural and architectural wonders of Russia by participating in a cruise that journeys the imperial waterways from Moscow to St Petersburg.
Cloaked in a thousand shades of green, Costa Rica boasts dozens of national parks and wildlife reserves spanning a spectrum of diverse terrains and eco-systems which are home to an astonishing five percent of the world’s identified living species. The sheer ruggedness of the coasts and the mountainous interior is part of the appeal. Active volcanoes stud the mountain spine while mountaintop cloud forests are worlds apart from the tropical dry forest of the Pacific, the mangroves of the lowland rainforests and the watery world of Tortuguero cut through by natural canals tailor-made for wildlife viewing. Somerset Tours & Travel has put together a 17 day tour to Costa Rica in February 2012 and invites you to join them to experience the thrill that is Costa Rica.
Few people in the modern world are not affected in some way by the ideas, culture and economy of Japan, yet this country remains for many an enigma, an unsolved riddle. Closed to the West until 1853 and separated from continental Asia by both oceans and ideologies, this island nation stands uniquely apart from the rest of the world. From the samurai ethos to industrial efficiency, demure geisha to collective responsibility, Japan’s mystique has fascinated the world for centuries. It is to this enchanting culture, that Somerset Tours & Travel invite you to join them on a fully escorted tour in November/December 2011.
Tuscany is a feast for the senses. Sublime art and breathtaking architecture vie for your attention amid vistas of incomparably romantic landscapes. The vineyards that clamber among timeless hilltop towns provide rich red wines; the bountiful earth offers up food long enjoyed by both kings and peasants. The region also boasts two of Italy’s city highlights – Renaissance Florence and Gothic, brick-built Siena – and an array of handsome villages and ochre towns of fortresses and frescoes.
A visit to Peru is a journey of discovery through archaeological treasures, wildlife, bio-diversity, outdoor adventures, spiritual encounters, gourmet delights, superb shopping and rich folklore. Somerset Tours & Travel invite you to join them on a fully escorted tour to this fascinating country, where an ancient Incan civilization became one of South America’s greatest empires, leaving mysterious remains that have intrigued visitors for centuries.
A journey through peninsula malaysia & the provinces of Sarawak & Sabah on the island of Borneo
Malaysia is an assault on the senses, a cultural fusion of colours, flavours and dialects. The island of Borneo conjures up images of jungle rivers, primeval forests and headhunters. It’s National Parks boast not only a fantastic array of flora and fauna, but magical landscapes and terrific vistas. It is to these “far-from-the-madding-crowd” and off-the-beaten track places of Peninsula Malaysia and Borneo that Somerset Tours & Travel invite you to join them on their unique tour which takes place in September 2010.
Our tour departs from South Africa on 14 April 2009 and flies via Dubai to the Jordanian capital of Amman where three nights will be spent exploring this fascinating city and its surrounds. From Amman, the group will travel to the Dead Sea visiting en route Mt Nebo where Moses is believed to have been buried,… Read more »
The Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan has been guarding its treasures for centuries. Now with strict tourism and conservation ethics firmly in place, Bhutan has opened its doors to foreigners with warm hospitality.
A fascinating 6 day voyage will take us through the calm waters of a labyrinth of spectacular channels and archipelagos of Patagonia in the south of Chile. Without doubt the San Rafael Glacier is a magical spectacle and sailing amongst the incredible icebergs of the wildest shapes is a most awesome experience. Passengers are taken in small boats close to the glacier face where the scenery will be toasted with 12 year old whiskey and million year old ice!
Land-locked and laid-back Laos is the forgotten country of South-East Asia. There is a timeless feel to the dusty streets, riverside cafes and ancient temples of the beguiling capital city of Vientiane and there is little traffic on the streets of Luang Prabang, the former royal capital, now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where monks in orange robes carrying black umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun, are a familiar sight.