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Top 10 for 2020

Imaginative Traveller, the Debenham-based travel specialists, are known for their innovative trips that truly inspire the imagination. They have been creating amazing holidays for nearly 30 years, be it a bespoke tailor made adventure or travelling as part of a small group. As we move into the New Year, their travel experts have compiled a list of the top 10 ultimate holiday destinations that you do not want to miss in 2020.

1. Patagonia

With majestic glaciers and mountains, the vineyards and olive groves of Mendoza, as well as the cobbled streets of antiquated colonial cities. Patagonia has something for everyone from trekking, horse riding, wine and food.


TAILOR
MADE

GROUP TOUR from £3460 for 17 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- El Chalten is the gateway to Mount Fitz Roy –said to be one of the most technically challenging mountains on earth
- Enjoy a full day excursion to the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few advancing glaciers left in the world
- Walk among the woods of the Tierra del Fuego National Park and enjoy a canoe ride on this isolated place as you scan your surroundings for wildlife including the spectacular Magellanic woodpecker, eagles and condors

TRIP CODE
IGGZC

GROUP TOUR from £1.0E+19 for 0 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Drive through the fruitful countryside of the Casablanca Valley and stop by a renowned Chilean winery for a tour and tasting.
- Decipher the hidden messages in the vibrant murals in Valparaiso’s street art scene
- Discover the traditional family meal of a 'curanto' – a meat and seafood smorgasbord – in Puerto Varas, learning the ropes from a local chef in their own home

TAILOR
MADE

GROUP TOUR from £3975 for 14 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Explore otherworldly landscapes and salt plains
- Witness the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls
- Stay at a traditional gaucho estate

 

2. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is renowned for its wildlife with a bizarre variety of animals from catatonic sloths, screaming Howler monkeys, screeching toucans and nesting Green turtles. Throw in the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines and it's the complete package.


TRIP CODE
EWUC

GROUP TOUR from £2499 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Unrivalled wildlife viewing — Howler monkeys, caiman and sloths 
- Visit the beaches and waterways of Tortuguero, an important nesting site for Green turtles
- Verdant rainforest, lush mangroves, lava fields and serene cloud forests
- Wonderful naturalist guides who will share their love of Costa Rica with you!
- Relax on idyllic Pacific coast beaches 
- Stay in comfortable eco-friendly lodges and hotels

TAILOR
MADE

GROUP TOUR from £1195 for 9 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Spot fireflies on a night walk through the Monteverde Cloud Forest
- Spend the day with a family on a traditional Costa Rican farm
- Unwind on the pristine beaches of Manuel Antonio

TRIP CODE
IQVXAC

GROUP TOUR from £1.0E+19 for 0 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- The Pacuare River has been rated as one of the ten top best rivers around the world; not only for its rapids, but also its pristine rainforest surrounds and waterfalls
- Cahuita National Park is home to monkeys, reptiles, toucans and macaws, while its waters contain turtles, barracudas, sea urchins and more than 125 species of fish
- Hop into kayaks and paddle through the waterways of Tortuguero National Park in search of monkeys, sloths, caiman, jaguars, lizards, bats and a gamut of birdlife

 

3. Antarctica

Welcome to the pinnacle of expedition travel – Antarctica.  Amid the Antarctic’s barren beauty you may well encounter orcas, humpback whales, seals and penguins.


TRIP CODE
IGQMDE

GROUP TOUR from £4830 for 11 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- This is the extended, 11-day version of our classic Antarctica cruise, perfect for first time explorers or seasoned adventurers. With an extra day on the Antarctic Peninsula, you will experience more of the Great White Continent. (For the classic 10-day version of this trip, see trip code GQMDT or https://www.intrepidtravel.com/antarctica/discover-antarctica-10-days-122184)
- Freezing is great but freedom is better. Customise your trip with a wide range of optional activities on top of regular Zodiac excursions. Explore the water by kayak, sign up for a photography masterclass, rejuvenate with some onboard yoga and a massage, take a refreshing polar plunge or camp overnight like a true polar explorer.
- Whereas most polar expeditions of this kind have a crew-to-passenger ratio of ten, fifteen or twenty to one, Intrepid expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour have an expedition crew member for every 8 passengers for a greater personal touch.

TRIP CODE
IGQMWJ

GROUP TOUR from £7495 for 11 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- We stop for whales. If conditions allow, we’ll launch the Zodiacs to get a closer look at minke and humpback whales, as well as orcas, during peak season.
- Freezing is great but freedom is better. Customise your trip with a wide range of optional activities on top of regular Zodiac excursions. Explore the water by kayak, sign up for a photography masterclass, rejuvenate with some onboard yoga and a massage, take a refreshing polar plunge or camp overnight like a true polar explorer.
- Whereas most polar expeditions of this kind have a crew-to-passenger ratio of ten, fifteen or twenty to one, Intrepid expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour have an expedition crew member for every 8 passengers for a greater personal touch.

 

4. Madagascar

Thousands of years of isolation in the Indian Ocean has enabled Madagascar to evolve a unique eco-system with an unique array of flora and fauna. The island offers a cacophony of spectacular scenery from high altitude rainforests, mountains and arid deserts to spiny forests and stunning beaches.


TRIP CODE
IYBSN

GROUP TOUR from £2065 for 14 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Stay in a cottage deep within the Ranomafana National Park – surrounded by lush rainforest and countless species of flora and fauna.
- See how many species of lemur you can spot in Isalo, Anadsibe and Ranomafana National Parks (there are 33 different types!).
- Explore the sandstone formations, deep canyons, palm-lined oases and vast grasslands of Isalo National Park – just some of its awesome variety of landscapes.

TAILOR
MADE

GROUP TOUR from £1946 for 14 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Take a short hike to Andasibe National Park, a huge tropical rainforest containing nine species of lemur
- Hike across the Tsaranoro valley, the primary habitat for ring-tailed lemurs
- Journey along the mountain chain of Andringitra, which serves as a transition between green highland and the dry south

TRIP CODE
EMZG

GROUP TOUR from £2599 for 13 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Lush agricultural land of the north with paddy fields and fruit orchards
- Ambositra, the arts and crafts capital of Madagascar
- Isalo National Park, with its amazing rock formations, and natural swimming holes
- Dense rainforest and cascading falls of Ranomafana National Park
- White sand beaches of the fisherman’s village of Ifaty
- Cycling through vilages

 

5. Jordan

The beautiful desert and mountain lands of Jordan are home to some of the world's most impressive ancient ruins, magnificent scenery, and small villages of friendly Bedouin people. Visit the phenomenal ancient rock-hewn city of Petra, with Imaginative Traveller and explore the iconic desert scenery of Wadi Rum.


TRIP CODE
IEESJ

GROUP TOUR from £900 for 8 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Spend a whole day uncovering the majesty and mystery of the world wonder of Petra. The first glimpse of the Treasury from the narrow path of the Siq is unforgettable
- Experience the best weightlessness this side of outer space with an effortless float in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea
- Hop in a jeep and experience the extraordinary desert scenery of Wadi Rum, a rugged moonscape of huge sandstone mountains

TRIP CODE
EMXW

GROUP TOUR from £1349 for 9 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Cycle through spectacular desert scenery
- Visit the UNESCO site of Petra
- Camp under the stars in Wadi Rum

TAILOR
MADE

GROUP TOUR from £1300 for 10 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Go back in time to the ancient capital of the Nabataean Empire at Petra
- More than 400m below sea level the Dead Sea is the lowest point on dry land and its hyper-saline water makes floating not only easy but impossible to resist
- Visit key sites in the Wadi Rum area including Lawrence Spring and the Um Frouth Arch

 

6. Tanzania

From the wide open plains of the Serengeti, home to thousands of hoofed animals and fierce predators, to the lap of luxury in your own Bush Rover camp, a converted landrover with its walnut panelled bathroom located away from the tourist trail to watch the migration.

Tanzania is home to the phenomenal Ngorongoro Crater, packed full of some of the most incredible wildlife in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar with its perfect white beaches.


TAILOR
MADE

GROUP TOUR from £2500 for 8 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Head out at dawn for a foot safari to study the smaller flora and fauna often missed on game drive
- Set off for a full-day game drive before finishing at the Bush Rover, your exclusive mobile camp with private chef, guide and waiter

TRIP CODE
IYTXC

GROUP TOUR from £2685 for 13 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Cycling is the perfect way to enjoy the incredible landscapes of Tanzania. When the going gets tough, ride in the support vehicle, and when it’s time to see wildlife, swap the bike for a jeep or truck
- Kick off your adventure with that cornerstone of all cycling adventures – coffee. Roast, grind and taste your own in the village of Tengeru
- The Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater are two of Africa’s very best wildlife arenas. Fall asleep surrounded by creatures of the African plains and take a safari in search of the rare black rhino

TRIP CODE
IYKXM

GROUP TOUR from £2375 for 8 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Stay in one of Northern Tanzania's most historic buildings and explore the lush tropical surrounds of Marangu
- Taking the Marangu route to climb the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro allows you to stay in the comfort of huts
- Travelling with experienced guides and porters, you'll be in good hands, with one guide for every two passengers

 

7. Borneo

The tropical island of Borneo is the world's third largest island, and famous as being the home of one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Around 140 million years old, the rainforest contain 15,000 species of plants, around 420 varieties of birds and 220 species of mammals, the most famous being the orangutan. 


TRIP CODE
ITMKB

GROUP TOUR from £1610 for 10 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Experience the friendliness and hospitality of the Dusun people while enjoying lunch in a rural village
- Explore the unspoilt wilderness of the Kinabalu National Park while walking trails at the base of the iconic mountain
- Look over gloriously verdant rolling hills of tea with a night at a tea plantation, including a tour and sampling of delicious local varieties

TAILOR
MADE

GROUP TOUR from £2750 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Spot free-roaming orangutans, acrobatic gibbons and proboscis monkeys
- Visit remote villages and tribes in the Meratus Mountains
- Snorkel around the tropical Derawan Archipelago

TRIP CODE
EWOH

GROUP TOUR from £3149 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Orang-utan spotting
- Mulu N.P. with the impressive Deer Cave bat exodus
- River cruising in Kinabatangan
- Luxury jungle lodge in Danum Valley
- Proboscis monkey spotting

 

8. Bhutan

The land of the Thunder Dragon is named #1 Best in Travel 2020 by Lonely Planet. Its Asia’s best kept secret with pristine landscapes nestled deep in the Himalayas; a land of friendly smiles, red-clothed monks and ancient Buddhist temples.


TRIP CODE
IHJKB

GROUP TOUR from £1915 for 7 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- The happiest land on earth, Bhutan is a hidden paradise with no traffic lights, laws governing minimum forest coverage and some amazing feats of archery.
- Only a small number of visitors are allowed into Bhutan each year. Its pretty special.
- The climb to Tigers nest while tough, is a richly rewarding and sobering experience

TAILOR
MADE

GROUP TOUR from £3385 for 18 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Visit the sacred Khechepori Lake, considered by locals as resembling the holy footprints of the goddess Tara
- Visit the impressive Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutan architecture
- Enjoy a day walk to the 'Tiger’s Nest', the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the valley floor

TRIP CODE
ETBC

GROUP TOUR from £3779 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- A short classic trek through the beautiful Bhutanese countryside
- An opportunity to gain an insight into the culture of the people
- Famous cultural highlights; Paro Dzong and Thimpu's Memorial Chorten
- Witness Bhutan's colourful, vibrant festivals (on festival departures)
- Visit the incredible Taktsang 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery

 

9. Morocco

From the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the medieval old town of Fes and the spice markets of Marrakech itself, Morocco has it all.


TRIP CODE
IXMSC

GROUP TOUR from £860 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Visit the grand Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca, one of the most impressive temples in Morocco, before exploring the sights of the country's first imperial city of Meknes
- Under the eye of a local tour guide, feel like you've travelled back to the Middle Ages in the labyrinthine medina of Fes
- Trek through scenic countryside and traditional villages in the Atlas Mountains. Stay in a traditional Berber homestay to better understand the culture and tradition of an indigenous population who have stood the test of time

TRIP CODE
IXMKC

GROUP TOUR from £1190 for 13 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Visit the grand Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca, one of the most impressive temples in Morocco, before exploring the sights of the country's first imperial city of Meknes
- Under the eye of a local tour guide, feel like you've travelled back to the Middle Ages in the labyrinthine medina of Fes
- Trek through scenic countryside and traditional villages in the Atlas Mountains. Stay in a traditional Berber homestay to understand the culture and tradition of an indigenous population who have stood the test of time

TAILOR
MADE

GROUP TOUR from £1540 for 10 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Explore the bustling souks of Morocco
- Admire the views from the summit of Mount Toubkal
- Relax in laidback Essaouira

 

10. The Silk Road

For centuries great caravans of merchants made their way through deserts, across steppes and over mountains, creating trade routes of the Silk Road. Uncover the natural and cultural treasures of Central Asia taking in such sites as Bukhara, Samarkand, and the Tien Shan Mountains


TRIP CODE
EAXF

GROUP TOUR from £2149 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Samarkand and Bukhara : two of the greatest cities on the Silk Road
- Almaty with its leafy streets and cafe culture
- Kyrgyzstan’s spectacular mountain scenery
- Issyk Kul Lake

TAILOR
MADE

GROUP TOUR from £2250 for 11 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Ride the deluxe high speed train “Afrosiab” between Tashkent and Samarkand
- Explore ancient UNESCO Heritage Sites of Merv, Nissa and Urgench
- Spend a night under the stars next to the extraordinary Darwaza Gas Crater

TRIP CODE
IKFZG

GROUP TOUR from £1570 for 10 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Prepare your own tolma (vine-wrapped rice and mince), feast on succulent khorovats (Armenian pork barbecue) and visit a distillery to taste legendary Armenian brandy at the source
- Learn how to make delicious khinkali (Georgian dumplings) and khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) with an expert local foodie
- Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, is awash with culture, colour and beautiful architecture. A bonus at the end of your city tour is a cahakhokbili (chicken stew) feast with a local family

 
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