Tunisia may be the smallest country in North Africa, but its’ strategic position has ensured it an eventful history. The Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Ottomans and French have all invaded and settled the region leaving a fascinating culture of Roman amphitheatres, Turkish mosques, Byzantine churches, Islamic architecture in medieval walled cities and unusual underground dwellings. It is to this rich tapestry of civilisations, that Somerset Tours and Travel invite you to join them on a very special tour in November 2007.
Ancient, vast, evolving and exciting, China is home to one of the world’s longest continuous civilizations with an impressive heritage of history, art, architecture, language and cuisine. It is a country of great contrasts; from picturesque landscapes and panda reserves to mind-boggling construction projects and cityscapes. It is to this exciting phenomenon, the old and the reinvented China, that Somerset Tours & Travel invite you to join them on the tour of a lifetime!
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.
North India and Kashmir are a study in contrasts, seducing travellers with their infinite cultural kaleidoscopes, some introduced by invaders, others by settlers, still others by explorers, missionaries, envoys and traders. It is to these Lands of the Rajputs and hillstations that Somerset Tours & Travel invite you to join them in their unique tour to these alluring destinations..
Sitting on the Equator between Peru and Colombia, Ecuador is the smallest of the Andean republics, but despite its diminutive size, the country is packed with dramatic scenic contrasts, encompassing snow-capped volcanic peaks, palm-fringed beaches lapped by the warm Pacific and the tropical rainforests of the Amazon basin. Ecuador is also home to a diverse population, including a wide range of indigenous groups, while many of its towns and cities boast magnificent colonial architecture. The cream of Ecuador’s attractions are the Galapagos Islands, the famous archipelago whose unique and extraordinary wildlife played a key role in shaping Charles Darwin’s theories on evolution. It is to this extraordinary and charming Latin American country that Somerset Tours invites you to join them on a fully escorted tour in September 2006.
Spectacularly diversified in its landscape, Turkey is also abundant in its archeological wealth. Historically, civilizations succeeded civilizations, all attracted by the natural riches of the country. To name a few, the Hittites, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottoman Turks all left their invaluable vestiges intertwined. Warriors, adventurers, merchants, travellers and migrants alike were constantly attracted by these extraordinary civilizations and it is to this Cradle of Civilisation, this country of magnificent historic treasures, that Somerset Tours & Travel invite you to join them on a 22 day fully escorted tour in June 2006.
It’s the multiple layers of great civilizations that make Mexico so fascinating. From the colonial cities of Cuernavaca and Taxco which have preserved the legacy of the Spanish conquistadors to the amazing testimonies to the magnificence of Mayan culture at Oaxaca, Palenque, Uxmal and Chichen Itza, Mexico is a rich and complex tapestry of history. Somerset Tours & Travel has once again put together a tour combining the best of ancient and modern cultures.
Departing from South Africa on 01 November 2005, the group will fly to Santiago via Sao Paulo. Our first three nights will be spent in Santiago at the Novotel Hotel which is well situated in the residential area of Providencia, close to Providencia Avenue shopping areas and restaurants . While in Santiago we will travel to the east of Santiago in the region of the Andes to visit the award-winning vineyards and wineries of Concha y Torro and Santa Rita.
Media-generated images portray Ethiopia as a country ravaged by famine and drought. Nothing could be further from the truth; the Roof of Africa is fertile and well-watered. The awe-inspiring scenery is dominated by highlands above 2000m and the Rift Valley lakes are spectacular. Ethiopia has an ancient history. The Rift Valley is known as the cradle of humanity; fossils of the oldest known upright hominid, the 3,5 million year old “Lucy” were found here in 1974. It is the Historic and Naturalist routes, that we will explore when we travel to Ethiopia as a group in February 2005.