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Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:00

Would you leave job, friends, partner and home to explore the world? Ayngelina did and hasn't looked back. With a particular emphasis on cuisine her travel blog site is a treasure trove of mouthwatering inspiration. 

Ayngelina’s blog http://www.baconismagic.ca/ is a wonderful place to source the ideal recipe for travelling around the world. Inspired by the local cuisine in Latin America, Ayngelina left her job, friends, boyfriend and apartment to explore the countries whose food had made her mouth water. We at Dragoman were lucky enough to catch up with the foodie traveller to find out what she learned on her travels, and where the next meal may take her.

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1. You were visiting Latin America when you caught the travel bug. Is there better cuisine than Latin American?

Within Latin America the food can be quite diverse, Mexican food is very different from that in Argentina and Peruvian food is one of the best. My favourite countries for food are Mexico. Peru, Vietnam and Italy. If I had to pick only one to eat for the rest of my life it would be Italian as it’s so diverse from the North to South.

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2. Was it hard to leave everything behind? Did you rent out your apartment? How long did it take for you to sort everything out (visa/money) and then to hop onto the first plane?

I sold everything except a few Rubbermaid bins and left my apartment. When I finally decided to take the leap I still had about 10k left on my student loan and it took me 18 months to pay off the debt and then save 19k to travel. I was fortunate in that I made great money in advertising and had very few expenses. The only visa I’ve ever needed to secure in the last four years of travel was to Brazil and fortunately it lasts as long as my passport.

3. What truly are the most essential items to take with you?

Journal and phone. I say phone because it often doubles as my camera. I don’t travel with a lot of clothing and I only travel with carry on. If I didn’t have the website I could travel really light - right now I have a 40L backpack which fits everything.

4. What are the countries that have surprised you the most and why?

Surprisingly the US and Canada have surprised me the most. I am always shocked at the beauty we have so close to home. The Bear Tooth Pass in Montana is incredible and I recently visited Jasper and it was the first time I had seen the Canadian Rockies.

5. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten abroad?

Definitely balut, which is a developing duck embryo although I have found so many people are shocked that I liked guinea pig in Ecuador so I made a video of it.

6. Has anyone that you’ve met on your travels left a lasting impression?

Oh wow so many people have changed how I see the world and also myself. Although the most momentous is probably when I met my boyfriend Chef Rouge. I was in PEI and so many people told me I had to go to his restaurant, fortunately he was already planning to move to Toronto.

7. You’ve taken a slower approach to travelling. Your piece about poaching an egg was truly touching and honest. What would your advice be to those on a journey to self discovery through travel?

There is no light bulb moment. I thought I’d be on the top of some mountain and finally have clarity about my life and what direction it should go in. That never happened. It was much more gradual and I didn’t know I was changing. But I have learned that life is about admitting you don’t know what you are doing and that is okay.

8. Which cuisines are you still itching to get your chops around? Where will your travels be taking you in the Spring? Will your new love be coming with you?

So much food to eat I don’t know where to start. I’d love to road trip through the American South. India has been on my list for years but I need more energy for that. And if someone wanted to foot the bill I’d be on the next flight to Scandinavia as they are really leading culinary creativity in the world. I don’t have any of those trips planned yet but I am hoping plans to visit Italy in May come through. It will be my 5th time there and I never tire of Italy.

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Unfortunately I’ll probably have to wait to take Chef Rouge with me in autumn - he’s heading into the busy reason for restaurants but I think an autumn or winter visit to Mexico would be a good idea.


If you have not yet discovered Ayngelina’s blog, we would definitely recommend it. It’s a great read, and is only going to get better as it evolves to take in more about her home life, her travels and her wonderful new love.

http://www.baconismagic.ca/

 Try guinea pig in Ecuador with us!

 
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:39

Dave is one of the most dedicated travellers Dragoman has ever met, having started davestravelcorner back in 1996. Davestravelcorner is a blog to lose yourself in, full of advice, guides and anecdotal accounts from travelling around the world. We catch up with Dave in between his travels .....

 

Dave started his blog site following a trek in Nepal close to Everest Base Camp. After reading his accounts from this Nepalese journal we’re surprised to hear that he wanted to carry on travelling: it certainly demonstrates his true dedication to exploring the globe. During the trek Dave was struck down with exhaustion, rendering him unable to walk for parts of the expedition. Dave refused to be put off, and since then has continued to have new, exciting experiences all over the world, working to a number of different budgets.

 

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1. On your travels, you’ve taken in some stunning locations, and you seem to be a genuine aficionado of the great outdoors. Where would you say holds the most awe-inspiring scenery? Argentina looks pretty spectacular to us.


I love mountains. In my travels, some of the most incredible mountain beauty I've come across have been in parts of the Canadian Rockies, the Peruvian Andes, the great Himalayas and some of the European Alps. With that said, parts of Argentina are spectacular – in a different way though, than say in Peru. In Argentina these mountains are more massive looking – not as jagged as in parts of Peru.


2. Was there anything you hoped to discover by travelling?


After my first trip to Nepal (which turned me on to International travel) I craved an environment that was different than the one where I grew up. I craved the sensory overload that travel sometimes brings especially in countries that are inherently different from the "west" - in their customs, religions, food and way of life. I wanted to enrich my perspective on the world, and travel certainly does this.

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3. What items went in your backpack/suitcase the first time you went travelling, and which ones turned out to be completely useless?


Too many clothes! Over numerous trips to both cold and warm weather destinations I learned to pack accordingly, especially the types of clothing for colder environments so that I limit the number of items I brought, yet still stay warm. I would rather do laundry more often than carry a heavier pack or check in luggage on flights.


4. What are the best and worst things about travelling the world?


The best are meeting people from a diversity of cultures, customs, interests and perspectives. The worst for me is having a weak stomach combined with a desire to try all sorts of cuisine. Fortunately, my stomach seems to have caught up to my palate over the years and I rarely have problems with street food anymore!


5. What is the most unusual place you’ve ever slept in?


In the living room inside the home of a village chief of police in North East Yemen. Without a formalized transport system between villages/towns in this part of Yemen - the local chief of police would transport us in his vehicle. When we walked into his home - we saw weapons lining the floor standing upright against the walls. He asked us which weapon we wanted to sleep with! Umm, "I guess I will take that AK47 in the corner".


6. The Australian outback is one place that has captured many people’s imaginations and one area that has certainly intrigued us. What were your experiences there and do you have any tips for those about to embark on an adventure to that part of the world?

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My advice is don't rush through the Outback! It is such a huge part of Australia that you will have to pinpoint where and what you want to see. Highlights for me included Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon National park and riding the Ghan through the interior of the country (one of the world's great train rides). In Uluru, be sure to visit the Aboriginal Centre for the local’s perspective and stories about the region. You can certainly join any of a number of organized tours that explore this region but there is a certain freedom in renting a 4wd and exploring on your own.

This region is so vast - with a population in the entire area less than 700,000 people. Culturally, the Aborigines who have lived in the Outback for thousands of years are very diverse - with language, customs and traditions. I would love to explore more of their heritage on another visit. If you look at a colourful Aboriginal language map of Australia, it will make you dizzy – the country is a patchwork quilt of language diversity.

And the wildlife, which is a mix of introduced and native species. Did you know Australia actually has about one million wild camels?!


7. Which places would you visit again, and which will you never go back to? Why?


I never turn down a trip involving mountains and glaciers. This type of rugged raw beauty has always inspired me. I have not been inspired by parts of Central America during my travels there. But inspiration often comes from experiences and people you meet and I’m never one to totally write off a destination.


8. What should you mentally prepare for when taking up a world travel expedition?


Do not rush a trip like this. Being on the road for month after month can wear on you if you don't take time to stop along the way and recover from the "go, go" that travel brings from a trip of this length. Also bring an open mind for having experiences, some will be good, some will not be but all are an inherent part of travel.


9. What was the first experience that really made you think twice about the way we live life in the West?


Spending some time in Varanasi India. Watching bodies burn next to the Ganges, watching ashes placed in the river, watching people drink this water. Seeing cows and monkeys wandering around the city. Seeing naked people meditating in the middle of roads with people just walking around them. Listening to sitar music in the late night next to flickering candles on the banks of the Ganges with hundreds of people gathered around. Watching kids covered in cow poop attempting to form this cow dung into "cakes" to dry and then use for fuel. Daily life here is so different from what I am used to in the "west".


10. Tell me one thing I’d be surprised to know about you.


I am a fruit fanatic! When travelling in tropical countries I seek out tropical fruit - whether at orchards, growing wild in a rainforest or if in a large city, at local markets.


Log in to see where Dave will be transporting you to next. www.davestravelcorner.com

 

 
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:57

Two very happy and pleased customers have just returned from our Khartoum to Cairo trip ZCK - "Dragoman will be the first name we will give to others whenever they want true adventure.

The only BIG disappointment we had was that the trip came to an end - we could have gone on forever!"

 

 

 
After a week back at home we thought it was time to thank you for a terrific trip.
 
From the first meeting with our crew, Ben and Adam, and getting acquainted with our truck, 'Caprice',
we knew we were all going to get on well.
 
When we reached our first nights wild camping we were filled with confidence that the crew
were true professionals and we felt safe and secure (and well fed)
 
Our Sudanese guide was well informed and gave us all the information any of us asked. The guide in Luxor was terrific and gave us all the information we needed. The journey into the Western Desert was outstanding; the campsite we used was superb. 
 
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Siwa and the hotel were another one of the highlights , a true oasis at an oasis. The north coast El Alamein, Alexandria etc. were everything we could ask for, magnificent accommodation and friendly.
 
The last leg in Cairo was everything we expected, a perfect hotel and a guide who had more information than we could take in.
 
When we compare this trip to a trans-Africa we with another overland operator, we have to say your company are second to none.
 
Ben & Adam have all the skills that your company could ever ask for. They kept the truck serviced; from daily oil and other fluid checks to full servicing including changing those big wheels. And yes, Ben did demonstrate his fire-twirling skills, fascinating. We also met with another Dragoman crew member, Anja, who again was professional, very knowledgeable and friendly.
 
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So to sum up; Dragoman will be the first name we will give to others when ever they want true adventure, we haven't stopped praising you since arriving back in the UK. If all your crew are half as good as Adam and Ben you must be proud of them.
 
Once again many thank to Dragoman for an adventure we will be talking about for many years to come.
 
John and Terry
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
Friday, 14 March 2014 15:43

 

Biggest sale in operator's 33 year history

Dragoman, the world's most respected and trusted overland tour operator, is holding its biggest EVER sale, with 50% off all trips from tomorrow, 12th March until 31st March 2014.

Savvy travellers wanting to make the most of the sale could save up to £1,750 on the cost of a trip.

The discount only applies to departures leaving before 30th June 2014.

Dragoman offers 278 trips to 55 countries throughout Asia, the Americas and Africa. Trips are between 6 days and 235 days in length.

Discounted trips include:

 

La Paz to Quito via the Andes and Amazon 101 days departing 20th April. SAVE £1,750

Was £3500 now £1,750 plus kitty of US$4480.

Trip overview: Travelling from La Paz through to the wilds of the high Altiplano in Bolivia has always meant a journey through the Andes. But now Dragoman have introduced a new way to make the trip, which involves a massive detour across the width of the Amazon Jungle. We head from La Paz onto the wild Altiplano and into the beautiful mountains and glaciers of Chile. Most people who overland through Argentina and Brazil will travel along the stunning routes between Buenos Aires and Rio.Along the way there is a vast amount to see whether it is the two cities themselves, the beautiful emerald coast, the pantanal or the powerful Iguazu Falls. But now for the very best bit and for something of a first: Dragoman has pioneered the route across the Amazon Jungle between Rio and Cuzco. Our new exploratory route cuts straight through the heart of Brazil's Amazon Jungle, crossing into the jungles of Peru and then climbing up the mighty Andes and onto the city of Cuzco, gateway to the Inca empire and the famous trail. From there we hug the Peruvian coastline taking in Colca Canyon, Arequipa and head on to Lima. The journey then takes us into the Ecuadorian Andes, through Cuenca and onto Quito.

 

Kunming - Beijing 37 days departing 13th April.  SAVE £875

Was £1750 now £875 per person plus kitty of US$1,340

Trip overview: Experience the many faces of China on this cross cultural journey from Beijing to the southern city of Kunming. Although this trip packs in all the cultural highlights of the region, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the imperial city of Chende and the Terracotta Warriors, it will particularly appeal to those who thrive on amazing scenery. You'll explore the mountain reserve of Wudang Shan, backdrop to Ang Lee’s ‘Crouching Tiger’ film, see Pandas in Chengdu, take a Yangtze River Cruise, visit the gorgeous town of Lijiang with its minority cultures and stay in Dali finally finishing this trip in Kunming, Yunnan’s laid-back capital.

 

Kathmandu to Xi'an 31 days departing 11th May. Save £800

Was £1600 now £800 per person plus kitty of US$950. 

This is a journey across the ‘Roof of the World’, where you’ll cross high mountain passes – up to 5000m, the highest plateau in the world, encounter an area infused with Tibetan culture before ending in China ‘proper’, with the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an. Starting in Kathmandu en route for Tibet, you’ll thread your way through the Himalayas. Truly, is there any better scenery on earth, we wonder? You’ll see prayer flags snapping in the wind, visit monasteries with burgundy robed monks and witness a way of life unchanged for centuries. After arriving in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, you’ll see the Potala Palace and have plenty of free time to explore this magical city before heading out on a superb overland route, across the almost lunar landscape of the Tibetan Plateau and arriving in Golmud. The journey continues on to Qinghai Lake and the giant Buddha at Bingling Si before ending this rigorous and challenging trip with a luxurious hotel in Xi’an. Definitely a trip for landscape and culture lovers!

For the full list of discounted trips, please visit dragoman.com

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Notes to Editors

T & C's: The 50%  discount is only applicable to overland trips and departures throughout the website run and operated by Dragoman. The discount on selected trips and departures can be applied to land only bookings, and cannot be applied to airfares, travel insurance, extra accommodation, single supplements or visas etc. The discount does not include on the ground kitty payments, payable in US dollars during the duration of the trips. The discount can be applied to new bookings only which depart between 12th March - 30th June 2014. Under no circumstances will this discount be applied to existing bookings. The discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

 

 
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:16

Burma

The release of Aung San Suu Kyi in 2010 and later election to the country's parliament didn't just herald a new era in Burmese politics, it opened the doors to mainstream adventure tourism. Undoubtedly the golden destination of 2013, 2014 will see tourist numbers soar further, a trend that is set to continue over the coming years. Dragoman have several new trips between 4 weeks - 62 days to this beautiful country are the only major overland operator to offer trips there. The 4 week 'Kunming to Bangkok via Burma', takes travellers through three countries in a month: China, Burma and Thailand and costs from £1,900 per person, kitty from US$910. Highlights include trekking through tribal villages in Burma's Shan state, exploring the archaeological wonders of Pagan, relaxing on the Irrawaddy River and visiting the former Royal capital of Mandalay. Inle Lake, Yangon, travelling deep into Burma's Mon state and joining local pilgrims as they admire the sunset from Mount Kyaiktiyo are also a draw.

Ladakh and Kashmir

Set deep in the Indian Himalayas on the Western edge of the Tibetan Plateau and one of the highest places on earth, the season for travelling through Ladakh is short. June-July-August are undoubtedly the best months to visit 'Little Tibet', before the snow makes the high roads surrounding Leh impassable. This new 21 day Ladakh trip, overlanding by 4WD Mercedes Benz truck will see you visiting serene Buddhist monasteries and palaces in Leh, driving along some of the highest roads on earth to the remote and rugged Nubra valley. The trip visits Srinigar before heading back to Delhi and costs from £1080 per person, plus a local kitty payment of US$650.

Bhutan

One of the most isolated countries in the world, Bhutan's strict limit on visitors has enabled it to retain its traditions and religious heritage, making it one of the most untouched destinations on the planet. Again, Dragoman is the first major overland operator to run trips there. It's first 3 week trip between India, Bhutan and Nepal leaves on 25th August 2014 and costs from £2230 per person plus on the ground payment of US$290 per person.

Brand new community Inca Trail Trek

Following the success of their award-winning flagship responsible tourism programme, ' Tarpuy Yachay', Dragoman are now supporting another community, the Ancascocha, and reaching Machu Picchu via an unexplored trekking route. The new “MoonTemple to SunTemple” trek travels through a remote area of the Andes, through small communities and stunning mountain scenery before taking the train to Machu Picchu on day 5. According to Anki Nordin, Destinations Manager for the Americas, “the new trek bears all the hallmarks of a fantastic new experience whilst being an unexploited trekking route.” The operator hopes to replicate the success of Tarpuy Yachay by providing the Ancascocha community with financial and practical support, again, by rebuilding a local school and helping to fund a full-time local teacher.

Sample Packages with the new community trek include: Cuzco to La Paz, 12 days from £555 per person plus local kitty of US£820; Lima to Cuzco, 17 days from £665 per person plus local kitty of US$930 and Lima to La Paz, 22 days from £930 per person plus local kitty of US$1070.

 

 

 

 
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:14

 

Burma

The release of Aung San Suu Kyi in 2010 and later election to the country's parliament didn't just herald a new era in Burmese politics, it opened the doors to mainstream adventure tourism. Undoubtedly the golden destination of 2013, 2014 will see tourist numbers soar further, a trend that is set to continue over the coming years. Dragoman have several new trips between 4 weeks - 62 days to this beautiful country are the only major overland operator to offer trips there. The 4 week 'Kunming to Bangkok via Burma', takes travellers through three countries in a month: China, Burma and Thailand and costs from £1,900 per person, kitty from US$910. Highlights include trekking through tribal villages in Burma's Shan state, exploring the archaeological wonders of Pagan, relaxing on the Irrawaddy River and visiting the former Royal capital of Mandalay. Inle Lake, Yangon, travelling deep into Burma's Mon state and joining local pilgrims as they admire the sunset from Mount Kyaiktiyo are also a draw.

 

Ladakh and Kashmir

 

Set deep in the Indian Himalayas on the Western edge of the Tibetan Plateau and one of the highest places on earth, the season for travelling through Ladakh is short. June-July-August are undoubtedly the best months to visit 'Little Tibet', before the snow makes the high roads surrounding Leh impassable. This new 21 day Ladakh trip, overlanding by 4WD Mercedes Benz truck will see you visiting serene Buddhist monasteries and palaces in Leh, driving along some of the highest roads on earth to the remote and rugged Nubra valley. The trip visits Srinigar before heading back to Delhi. First departure 6 July 2014, costs from £1080 per person, plus a local kitty payment of US$650.

 

Bhutan

 

One of the most isolated countries in the world, Bhutan's strict limit on visitors has enabled it to retain its traditions and religious heritage, making it one of the most untouched destinations on the planet. Again, Dragoman is the first major overland operator to run trips there. It's first 3 week trip between India, Bhutan and Nepal leaves on 25th August 2014 and costs from £2230 per person plus on the ground payment of US$290 per person.

 

Brand new community Inca Trail Trek

 

Following the success of their award-winning flagship responsible tourism programme, ' Tarpuy Yachay', Dragoman are now supporting another community, the Ancascocha, and reaching Machu Picchu via an unexplored trekking route. The new “MoonTemple to SunTemple” trek travels through a remote area of the Andes, through small communities and stunning mountain scenery before taking the train to Machu Picchu on day 5. According to Anki Nordin, Destinations Manager for the Americas, “the new trek bears all the hallmarks of a fantastic new experience whilst being an unexploited trekking route.” The operator hopes to replicate the success of Tarpuy Yachay by providing the Ancascocha community with financial and practical support, again, by rebuilding a local school and helping to fund a full-time local teacher.

Sample Packages with the new community trek include: Cuzco to La Paz, 12 days from £555 per person plus local kitty of US£820; Lima to Cuzco, 17 days from £665 per person plus local kitty of US$930 and Lima to La Paz, 22 days from £930 per person plus local kitty of US$1070.

 

 

 

 
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:11

New for 2014: Brand new “Dragoman-only” Inca Trail Trek

Unique community Inca Trail trek will become flagship Responsible Travel Project

 

Dragoman, the worlds’ leading overland tour operator, has just launched a brand new Inca Trail trek, totally unique to the 32 year old company and its passengers.

 

The new “MoonTemple to SunTemple” trek travels through a remote area of the Andes, through small communities and stunning mountain scenery before taking the train to Machu Picchu on day 5.

 

This is not the first time Dragoman have pioneered an ‘alternative’ Community Inca Trail.

 

Seven years ago, the company was the first to follow a route between Huaran and Lares, along which they established their award-winning flagship responsible tourism project, ‘Tarpuy Yachay’, raising US$10,000 per year for local Quechua Indian communities.  Funds raised helped build a school and fund a full time teacher, complete reforestation and other environmental projects as well as providing the local community with a sustainable, regular income. 

 

Now that Tarpuy Yachay is self-supporting, the thirty-two year old operator believes that the time is right to support other local communities in the area.  According to Anki Nordin, Destinations Manager for the Americas, “the new trek bears all the hallmarks of a fantastic new experience whilst being an unexploited trekking route.” The operator hopes to replicate the success of Tarpuy Yachay by providing the Ancascocha community with financial and practical support, again, by rebuilding a local school and helping to fund a full-time local teacher.

 

Dragoman will continue to fund a teacher on the original route until next year, to assist in a smooth transition.

 

70% of Dragoman passengers have chosen to travel the alternative Inca Trail. It is anticipated that, due to its exclusivity, a similar or greater number will choose this new Inca Trail alternative.

 

Sample Packages including the new community trek:

Cuzco to La Paz, 12 days from £555 per person plus local kitty of US£820.

Lima to Cuzco, 17 days from £665 per person plus local kitty of US$930.

Lima to La Paz, 22 days from £930 per person plus local kitty of US$1070.

For bookings, call 01728 861133 or visit www.dragoman.com

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Media contact

For images or a detailed itinerary, please contact:

Rebecca Scrase

PR Manager

T. 01449 677033

M. 07985 973973

 
Sunday, 06 October 2013 14:19

What will you be doing three months from today? Digesting turkey? Locating batteries? Drinking too much? For those wanting a truly alternative Christmas Day, we’ve cherry picked a few trips which will see you doing something MUCH more adventurous come 25th December.

Where in the world? El Imposible National Park, El Salvador

What you’ll be doing on Christmas Day: Camping in the heart of El Imposible National Park, you’ll be waking up to the sound of the forest  before exploring this incredible park where you may be able to spot pumas, tigrillos or black crested eagles.

How? Antigua to Panama City, 29 days from £1145 per person, kitty of US$730 departing 1st December.

Where in the world? Nazca Lines, Peru

What you’ll be doing on Christmas Day? The morning is spent driving through spectacular if peculiar scenery before reaching Nazca, where you’ll have the chance of a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines before relaxing by the pool.  Treat yourself.  It’s Christmas! 

How?17 days between Cuzco and Lima departing 13th December from £665 per person, kitty of US$930. ,

Where in the world? Burma

What you’ll be doing on Christmas Day:  Get more bang for your buck this Christmas with two distinctly different cultural experiences in the same day.  You’ll spend the morning in China and the afternoon in the go-to destination of the moment, Burma. 

How?Kunming and Bangkok via Burma, 29 days departing 19th December. £1428 per person (was £1680) kitty of US$910.

Where in the world? Jinja, Uganda

What you’ll be doing on Christmas Day:  THE adventure capital of Uganda, our campsite at Jinja is perched on a cliff top from where you can view the raging waters of the White Nile below.  Ditch the post-Christmas dinner board game and why not opt for some white water rafting?

How?  Nairobi Gorilla Loop , 21 days from £970 per person, US$1560, departing 22nd December .

Where in the world? The Bolivian Altiplano

What you’ll be doing on Christmas Day: As the second highest (after Tibet) plateau in the world, traversing this almost inhospitable but truly spectacular landscape is almost impossible to access independently.  Dragoman’s 4WD vehicles make the perfect viewing platform from which to gaze at the scenery and, at 3,750 metres, catch your breath.

How?  La Paz to Santiago , 21 days departing 19th December. The trip costs £760 per person, kitty of US$650.

Where in the world? Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.

What you’ll be doing on Christmas day: Trekking through this impressive national park, where huge volcanic cores jut up from the plateau to high altitudes, you might spot klipspringer, Walia ibex, the gelada baboon or even the endangered Simien fox.  Sure beats the telly.  

How?  Gondar to Addis Ababa, 21 days from £935 US$370. Departing 21st December. 

 
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:49


What will you be doing three months from today? Digesting turkey? Locating batteries? Drinking too much? For those wanting a truly alternative Christmas Day, we've cherry picked a few trips which will see you doing something MUCH more adventurous come 25th December.

Where in the world? El Imposible National Park, El Salvador

What you'll be doing on Christmas Day: Camping in the heart of El Imposible National Park, you'll be waking up to the sound of the forest before exploring this incredible park where you may be able to spot pumas, tigrillos or black crested eagles.

How? Antigua to Panama City, 29 days from £1145 per person, kitty of US$730 departing 1st December.

Where in the world? Nazca Lines, Peru

What you'll be doing on Christmas Day? The morning is spent driving through spectacular if peculiar scenery before reaching Nazca, where you'll have the chance of a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines before relaxing by the pool. Treat yourself. It's Christmas!

How? 17 days between Cuzco and Lima departing 13th December from £665 per person, kitty of US$930.

Where in the world? Burma

What you'll be doing on Christmas Day: Get more bang for your buck this Christmas with two distinctly different cultural experiences in the same day. You'll spend the morning in China and the afternoon in the go-to destination of the moment, Burma.

How? Kunming and Bangkok via Burma, 29 days departing 19th December. £1428 per person (was £1680) kitty of US$910.

Where in the world? Jinja, Uganda

What you'll be doing on Christmas Day: THE adventure capital of Uganda, our campsite at Jinja is perched on a cliff top from where you can view the raging waters of the White Nile below. Ditch the post-Christmas dinner board game and why not opt for some white water rafting?

How? Nairobi Gorilla Loop , 21 days from £970 per person, US$1560, departing 22nd December .

Where in the world? The Bolivian Altiplano

What you'll be doing on Christmas Day: As the second highest (after Tibet) plateau in the world, traversing this almost inhospitable but truly spectacular landscape is almost impossible to access independently. Dragoman's 4WD vehicles make the perfect viewing platform from which to gaze at the scenery and, at 3,750 metres, catch your breath.

How? La Paz to Santiago , 21 days departing 19th December. The trip costs £760 per person, kitty of US$650.

Where in the world? Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.

What you'll be doing on Christmas day: Trekking through this impressive national park, where huge volcanic cores jut up from the plateau to high altitudes, you might spot klipspringer, Walia ibex, the gelada baboon or even the endangered Simien fox. Sure beats the telly.

How? Gondar to Addis Ababa, 21 days from £935 US$370. Departing 21st December.

For bookings, call Dragoman on 01728 861133 or visit www.dragoman.com

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Media contact:
Rebecca Scrase
PR Manager
T. 01449 677033
M. 07985 973973

 
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:47

New for 2013: Burma Overland

Dragoman only large commercial operator to offer overland trips there

 

Dragoman, the worlds’ most reputable and respected overland tour specialist, has just launched Burma as its newest destination for 2013/2014.

 

The thirty – two year old operator, known for pioneering overland routes throughout the world, believes it is the only large commercial tour operator to offer overland trips there.

 

“Burma has been our sister company, Imaginative Traveller’s, biggest seller for 2012 / 2013, so we’re delighted to be able to offer the world’s first overland trips there for travellers who want a genuinely up-close and personal encounter with this amazing country and its people,” says Lauren Ungless, Destination Manager for Asia and Africa.

 

Each trip through Burma will be escorted by a local travel guide along with two other Dragoman crew, providing an immersive, insightful experience in this South East Asian destination.

 

Accommodation is split between characterful, local hotels and camping.

 

Dragoman offers seven overland trips including Burma of between 28 and 88 days. Example tours include: 

 

Kunming to Bangkok via Burma, 4 weeks through China, Burma and Thailand from £1680 per person plus kitty of US$910. There is a 10% discount on the 19th December departure, a saving of over £250 per person. Other departures are: 20th December, 20th February 2014, 30thOctober 2014.

 

Luang Prabang via Burma, 36 days between Laos, Burma and Thailand from £2130 per person plus kitty of US$1030. There is a 10% discount on the 22nd December departure, a saving of £320 per person.

 

Bangkok to Bangkok via Burma, 53 days through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China and Burma from £3040 per person plus kitty of US$1350. There is a 10% discount on the 5th December departure, a saving of over £600 per person.

 

For bookings, contact Dragoman on 01728 861133 or visit www.dragoman.com

 

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