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.