A year of travels with Imaginative Traveller
January – Kilimanjaro
From January to March temperatures on Kilimanjaro are usually slightly cooler which means that mountain views are normally clearer. This period also avoids the busiest climbing season of June to October allowing you to 'enjoy' your time on this popular mountain more.
Travel Tip - Northern Lights
January is the perfect month to spot the Northern Lights so why not try our exciting and highly unusual NEW Icelandic Winter Highlights and Northern Lights
Serengeti & Kilimanjaro
Tour price from USD 2770 for 14 days.
Visiting: Kenya, Tanzania
Hike through surreal hanging moss forests and moonscapes, Spot monkeys hiding in tropical rainforest, Experience an incredible African sunrise from Mt Kilimanjaro, Tackle the trek to the peak by
February – Rio Carnival
Enjoy seven days of non-stop partying at the world’s biggest fiesta! Experience the pulsating energy of Brazil’s capital, Rio, witness the kaleidoscopic colours of the Sambadrome, take a sunset cruise in Guanabara Bay and visit Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado.
Travel Tip - Inca Trail Closed
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru is closed during February for maintenance. However it is still possible to take the Lares, Community and Quarry Inca trails on a number of our Peru adventure tours.
Rio Carnival Package (Standard)
Tour price from USD 2560 for 7 days.
Join the thousands of Cariocas for a week long frenzy of dancing and celebration in the Sambadrome and across the entire city.
This is our standard style package and offers comfortable clean tourist
March – Nepal
Spring in Nepal sees the Himalayas blooming with wild flowers and fantastic displays of rhododendron. Temperatures are rising but the air is usually still cool enough to provide good mountain views in the mornings. Trails are also quieter than the peak trekking months of September to November.
Travel Tip - Sri LankaIf the mountains do not appeal then how about hitting the gorgeous beaches of Sri Lanka during its dry season. Our Circle Sri Lanka
trip departs EVERY Sunday throughout the year.
Real People of Annapurna
Tour price from USD 664 for 11. Plus a local payment of pp
During Dashain, Nepal's biggest religious festival, you'll find huge 20ft bamboo swings (pings) in most of the remote villages. They say your feet need to leave the ground at least once
April – Turkey
25 April is Anzac Day and a number of our adventure tours to Turkey coincide with a visit to Gallipoli. The itineraries are amended to include a night spent under the stars at Anzac Cove to enable access to the dawn memorial service which takes place at this emotive battlefield site.
Travel Tip - Japan
April is the optimum time to enjoy the stunning cherry blossom displays in Japan. Tokyo offers a number of key sites and there is even special night-viewing at specific locations Try our Land of the Rising Sun tour.
Ottoman is not Just a Footstool
Tour price from USD 1320 for 15. Plus a local payment of pp
In the Ottoman Empire, condemned government officials who were sentenced to death could run for their lives. Literally. They were allowed to challenge their executioner to a foot race from the palace
May – Galapagos
The month of May falls in between both the warm/cold and dry/wet seasons so should provide the most comfortable month for enjoying these spectacular islands. For wildlife, the Blue-footed Boobies start courting and the Green Sea Turtles and Marine Iguanas begin to hatch.
Travel Tip - Self-drive MoroccoTry our NEW tailor-made ‘Self-drive Morocco’ trips
? Ideal for those who enjoy their freedom as well as the support of a back-up team. Head up to the cooler Atlas Mountains pre the heat and tourists of the summer.
Tour price from USD 2688 for 10 days.
Visiting: Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
Get acquainted with Quito's dizzying altitude, Bike around San Cristobal, Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the Galapagos Islands, Scale Isabela's volcano, Snorkel over underwater worlds, Meet
June – Greece
Now is the time to hit the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and hop on board a yacht on our NEW sailing trip between Santorini and Mykonos. Get involved or just sit back and relax and enjoy idyllic beaches, friendly tavernas and crystal-clear waters before the heat (and crowds) of the summer arrive.
Travel Tip - Victoria Falls
In June the Falls have plenty of water without the overwhelming amount of spray of the wet season so you can take photos but not get totally soaked! Plus game concentrations in neighbouring Botswana
are at their highest.
Sail Greece - Santorini to Mykonos
Tour price from USD 1100 for 8 days.
Explore the Church of Panagia Paraportiani in MykonosDreaming of crystal-clear sapphire waters, whitewashed villages, history laden ruins, lively Greek culture and delectable cuisine straight off the
July – Alaska
With a limited tourist window, now is the time to take the opportunity to visit arguably the world’s greatest outdoor playground, Alaska. Brimming with glaciers, whales and grizzlies, spectacular mountain scenery and a stunning coastline, join us on our NEW Alaskan Adventure!
Travel Tip - Ramadan
Ramadan is often perceived as a time to avoid Muslim countries but in fact most tourist destinations see little change. If respectful, you should enjoy a warm welcome and quieter visits of key sites in the Middle East.
Tour price from USD 2591 for 22 days.
Visiting: America, Canada
Soak in Takhini’s mineral springs, Spot grizzly bears and beluga whales, Get swept up by the beauty of the Kenai Peninsula, Be surrounded by the continent's biggest collection of glaciers in the
August – Iceland
NOW is the time to enjoy the dramatic landscapes of this incredibly scenic country. Our Wilds of Iceland trip takes you by super-jeep and foot into the remote interior that few experience. Take a three day trek through the highlands, hike on the largest icecap in Europe and enjoy geothermal pools, glacial lagoons - and volcanoes!
Travel Tip - TibetYou can still enjoy the Himalayas even though the traditionally most popular trekking areas in Nepal are swathed in the monsoon. Take our Tibet Unplugged
trip and visit Lhasa plus the northern Everest Base Camp instead.
The Wilds Of Iceland
Tour price from USD 3055 for 11 days.
This is one of our favourite trips in the brochure. Most tours of Iceland just hug the edge of this wild and extraordinarily beautiful country but this one takes you deep into the incredible
September – Serengeti
If the scene of a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope stampeding across the Mara River between the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania appeals then this is the month to enjoy a safari experience in East Africa. Why not book a balloon trip and witness the spectacle from above?!
Travel Tip - Ranthambore National Park Closed
Ranthambore National Park in India is closed July to September so our Classic Rajasthan
trip visits Mansingh Sanctuary instead. Boasting diverse wildlife from panthers to wild boar, it also contains many rare plant species.
Tour price from USD 598 for 8 days.
Visiting: Kenya, Tanzania
Shop for local wares at Musoma market, Camp beside Lake Victoria, Discover bustling Nairobi city, Travel across the highlands of Kenya, Spot Africa's Big Five in the Serengeti, Discover the
Tour price from USD 598 for 8 days.
Visiting: Kenya, Tanzania
Shop for local wares at Musoma market, Camp beside Lake Victoria, Discover bustling Nairobi city, Travel across the highlands of Kenya, Spot Africa's Big Five in the Serengeti, Discover the Great
October – Costa Rica
July to October is the season when the leatherback turtles of Tortuguero National Park hatch. Meaning ‘turtle catcher’, Tortuguero is renowned the world over for its turtle-laying beaches and you can enjoy an optional night tour on our Classic Costa Rica tour plus experience the explosive Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Skywalk.
Travel Tip - Overland through Burma
October sees the inaugural journey of our NEW Kunming to Bangkok via Burma
exploratory overland expedition, travelling from the little-visited ethnic areas of southern China through the heart of Burma and on to Thailand.
Classic Costa Rica
Tour price from USD 1313 for 15 days.
Visiting: Costa Rica
Stroll through lively markets in San Jose, Explore the jungle in the Tortuguero National Park, Chill out to the sounds of nature in Sarapiqui, Soak off the day in La Fortuna hot springs, Get close to
November – Burma
Enjoy the dry season on our hugely popular Best of Burma trip cruising the Irrawaddy River to Mandalay, visiting the temples of Bagan and the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda, overnighting by the holy Kyaiktiyo Rock and watching the leg-rowing fishermen of Inle Lake. Or choose from SIX other trips to Burma!
Travel Tip - Thailand
November is the month with the least amount of rain in Thailand
and it is not too hot or humid. You can also enjoy the spectacular Festival of Light - Loi Krathong with its decorative floats and firework displays.
Feel the Burm
Tour price from USD 1675 for 15. Plus a local payment of pp
When we talk about getting off the beaten track, we’re talking about Burma: hill tribes who’ve never seen whities, one-legged rowing fisherman, 2000 temples in one valley and a balancing rock
December – Patagonia
Spend Xmas and New Year in one of the world’s most spectacularly scenic areas – Patagonia. At the southernmost tip of South America and shared between Argentina and Chile, Patagonia covers the stunning mountain regions of Fitzroy, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego – otherwise known as the Ends of the Earth.
Travel Tip - Cuba
Enjoy dry, sunny days out of hurricane season – choose from our 9 day Cuba Fantastica
, our 8 day ‘Plus style’ Beautiful Cuba
or our 15 day Complete Cuba
or Best of Cuba
– the latter spending 11 nights out of 14 in homestays.
Tour price from USD 3895 for 15 days.
Visiting: Argentina, Chile
Witness Argentina's Perito Moreno Glacier, Trek the Patagonian wilderness through Argentina and Chile, Camp among the peaks of Chilean Patagonia, Explore the lakes and waterfalls of Torres del Paine