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Dragoman holds 50% off SALE

Friday, 14 March 2014

 

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.

 

Dragoman launches a brand new Inca trail Trek

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

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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Adventurous Christmas Day Alternatives

Wednesday, 25 September 2013


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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M. 07985 973973

Burma Overland

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

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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Mind the Gap

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Mind the Gap

Why overlanding is the perfect ‘Gap Year’ travel choice

 

With trans-continental trips of up to nine months in length, regular, often guaranteed departures and seamless, carbon-offset transport eradicating the need for costly internal flights, overlanding is the perfect ‘Gap Year’ travel choice.

According to ABTA, 24,000 UK students will be travelling for periods of between six and twelve months during 2013, a figure that is set to increase in coming years due to the rise in tuition fees and students wanting ‘CV-boosting’ travel experiences to set them apart from stiff competition.

Indeed, since tuition fees were introduced, Dragoman has seen a 10% increase in bookings from ‘gap year’ travellers. 

“Since we were founded in 1981, we’ve taken hundred’s of gap year travellers across the world, although South America and South East Asia have overtaken Africa as gap year destinations of choice,” says Charlie Hopkinson, Managing Director.

Charlie cites Dragoman’s product knowledge, experience and safety record, as well as the fact that gap -year students prefer to cut their teeth and gain confidence on an organised trip before travelling independently, as reasons for the company’s enduring popularity amongst younger travellers.

Savvy Gap Year travellers can also save up to 20% of their land costs with Dragoman’s early bird discount by booking six months ahead on selected departures.

 

Here’s Dragoman’s Top Ten Gap Year Trips for 2013 / 2014

The longest trips in the world

For extended, trans-continental trips, Dragoman is the only overland operator to offer trips that cover the entire Silk Route, some 7,000 kilometres between  Istanbul to Beijing or vice versa (96 days from £5100 per person, kitty of US$3370). Gap Year students can save over £500 on this price by booking the 24th April or 22nd June departures, 2014.  New for 2013, Dragoman launched what, at 10,000 miles, must be the longest trip in the world, Anchorage to Ushuaia or vice versa (207 days from £7650 per person, kitty from US$6310).

South America

Machu Picchu remains the Gap Year traveller’s top must-do when travelling to South America.  However, with over 500 people setting off on the classic Inca Trail route every day, the trail has become over-crowded and, some say, over-rated. For the past ten years, Dragoman has been offering clients an alternative Inca Trek, staying with the local Quechua Indian community en route but still ending at Machu Picchu. Over 90% of travellers now opt for this alternative route. The alternative Inca Trail is available on any Dragoman trip starting or ending in Peru.  12 days between La Paz and Cuzco from £555 per person, kitty of US$820; 17 days between Cuzco and Lima from £665 per person, kitty of US$930; 22 days between Lima and La Paz from £930 per person, kitty of US$1070

Rio Carnival

Second only to Machu Picchu, catching the Rio Carnival is often the kingpin on which every other Latin American gap-year trip swivels.  Mindful of students wanting to get the biggest bang for their buck, Dragoman has a whopping 150 trips which either begin, end or stop en-route for Rio Carnival for 2014. Click here for the full selection.

South East Asia

According to ABTA, Thailand is THE most popular Gap Year destination for 2013. Certainly, the ‘land of smiles’ has long been a destination geared up to cater for the gap-year traveller, but it’s our experience that gap –year travellers want a longer and more immersive South East Asian trip than Thailand alone can satisfy. Thailand trips that also take in neighbouring Cambodia, China  and Laos and, new for 2013, Burma, are the hottest gap year tickets to have.  Here’s our most popular South East Asia trips for the gap year traveller:  Kunming to Bangkok via Burma, 28 days from £1680 per person, kitty from US$910; Bangkok to Bangkok via Burma, a 53 day trip through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China and Burma from £3040 per person, kitty from US$3040; Luang Prabang to Bangkok via Burma, from £1810 per person, kitty from US$1030. 

India

An enduring Gap Year favourite, young people have been travelling through India, one dubbed the ‘hippy trail’, for decades.  It’s diverse, it’s intense and, because of the comparatyvely low cost of living there, offers gap year travellers’ real value for money. Dragoman are the only large commercial overland operator to offer a trip which circuits the whole of the sub-continent, 82 days between Kathmandu and Kathmandu from £2825 per person, kitty from US$1840. 

For bookings, Dragoman can be contacted on 01728 861133 or by visiting the website at www.dragoman.com

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Rebecca Scrase

PR Manager

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E.  Rebecca@dragoman.co.uk

South America, s.e.asia, Burma

Inca trail various, ba to rio, zzb, mini loop,

Senior gap year – cental asia, north America and south America, ist – Beijing, Khartoum to cape town.

 *ABTA 

New trips for 2013-2014

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

A Word From MD Charlie about the new Trips

What's New for 2013

Burma, Bhutan, Ladakh, Tibet, North America, Central America, Togo and Benin are just some of the new destinations included in Dragoman's 2013 - 2014 brochure, out next week.

The 50 new trips, the largest amount ever launched in one year by the pioneering overland specialist, represent a major shift in focus for the 31 year old operator.

Having carved out its reputation as an Africa specialist since being founded in 1981, the operator launched in South America in 1989. Now, offering adventurous, off-the beaten track trips to the latter represent over half of its business. This year, it's significant that many of the new trips are forging new routes through Asia and, in its 10,000 mile epic, Alaska to Ushuaia, North America and Central America, too.

Here's what Dragoman think will be the best selling trips and destinations of 2013 to 2014.

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 2012, 2013 will see tourist numbers soar further, a trend that is set to continue over the coming years. Dragoman have two new trips to this beautiful country are the only major overland operator to offer trips there. The 4 week Kunming to Bangkok via Burma, which takes travellers through three countries in a month: China, Burma and Thailand. 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. Dragoman's first Burma departure in 2013 is 15th October 2013 and costs from £2386 per person, which includes a local kitty payment. Flights from £869 per person ex Heathrow.

 

For travellers with more time, there's the 7 1/2 week 'Bangkok to Bangkok via Burma', which traverses Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China and Burma. Cost from £4016 per person which includes a local kitty payment. The first departure is 14th November 2013.

 

Brazil

It's the subject of Michael Palin's next travelogue and with good reason. With the World Cup being held there in 2014 and the next Olympics two years later, Brazil is the latest South American country to have its time in the tourist spotlight. Experiencing Rio Carnival is unarguably the highlight for anyone visiting and for 2013, Dragoman have launched a new bracket in its now three-strong Rio Carnival Package portfolio: Rio Carnival Basic*.  Testament to how hot a ticket this is, the 2013 departure sold out before the brochure was even printed, so our advice is: book early for 2014, when the Carnival is being held between 28th February and 6th March. Package costs £1040 per person, flights ex Heathrow from £649 per person. *Dragoman also offer a Standard Carnival Package and luxury 'Superior Carnival Package'.

 

Rio to Cuzco

For the first time, South America's two most visited cities, Rio and Cuzco, are now linked thanks to a brand new Trans Amazonian highway, and Dragoman are the first major overland operator to offer trips that use it. This 3 1/2 week, holiday-length trip will take travellers across the heart of Brazil via the Amazon Basin; beaches, steaming jungles and icy mountain passes all part of the adventure. The first departure, guaranteed, for 2013 is 14th February. The trip costs from £680 per person which includes a local kitty payment.  Flights ex Heathrow from £899 per person. There are 13 departures in 2013, testament to how popular the operator anticipates this route will be.

 

Ladakh

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 £1231 per person, which includes a local kitty payment. Flights ex Heathrow from £499 per person. Dragoman is the only major overland operator to offer trips in Ladakh.

 

Bhutan

21 days Kolkata to Kathmandu, through Darjeeling, Sikkim and 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 £2200 per person plus on the ground payment of US$270 per person. For travellers with more time, the 3 month long trip, Kolkata to Kolkata via Bhutan takes in India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cost from £6058 per person which includes an on-the-ground kitty payment. Flights ex Heathrow from £599 per person. The first departure is 25 August 2014

 

Anchorage to Ushuaia

Is this the world's ultimate road trip? We think so. Summer sun to summer sun, this 10,000 mile epic, from the wilds of Alaska to the 'end of the world', Ushuaia, will see passengers traverse the entire North American, Central American and South American continents in 30 weeks, the North American section in an iconic bright orange school bus.  First departure is 9th January 2013, second departure 10th August, cost from £10,980 per person which includes local kitty payment. Flights ex Heathrow are from £999 per person.  First departure in 2014 is 2nd January 2014.

 

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

 

Please note, all flight prices quoted include taxes.

 

Media contact

For more information about Dragoman or the new trips it offers, please contact:

Rebecca Scrase

PR Manager

01449 677033

07985 973973

Rebecca@dragoman.co.uk

 

Notes to editors

Dragoman now offers over 110 different overlanding trips of between 2 and 28 weeks to more than 70 countries.

Dragoman has pioneered many overland routes throughout the world. It is the only major UK operator to offer overland adventures; that span the entire Silk Route, from Istanbul to Beijing (West to East Asia); that cover India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and Tibet ; that traverse from Ulaan Bataar in Mongolia to Singapore, just off the coast of Malaysia (North to South East Asia); that extend from Alaska to Argentina and; that circumnavigate almost the entire African continent. 

 

The World’s Best Travel Guides Honoured in Annual Awards

Sunday, 07 October 2012

Suffolk-based travel operator Dragoman scoops gold

It's official! Dragoman, the UK's leading overland travel operator, has the world's best
tour leaders.

Dragoman, who last year celebrated their 30th anniversary, scooped Gold at
Wanderlust magazine's annual 'World Guide Awards' last night.

In a ceremony at London’s Royal Geographical Society (4th October), Italian Luca Alfatti
from Dragoman was presented the Gold Award by author Bill Bryson and Zoologist and
wildlife presenter, Mark Carwardine.

As an overlanding driver, Luca has been with Dragoman for six years and has driven the
length and breadth of South America, Africa and India as well as from London to Beijing
and back again – he even inspired one of his own clients to go on to become a Dragoman
driver.

A fluent linguist in at least three languages, one supporter says how Luca is “always
extremely modest and even describes himself as ‘average’, when he is truly anything but”.
Another says, “he devours reference/guide books in his sleep so no need to pack yours, I
would feel confident to travel anywhere with him”.

Luca wins a £5,000 bursary and plans to support a community in rural Guatemala as he
returns to Central America with Dragoman in 2013. He says, “I used to work in Guatemala
and I know the country fairly well. I will be looking at a community where there is a
project for orphans and abandoned mums”. Luca also plans to spend part of the bursary
to gain some qualification to better himself at his job.

Bill Bryson commented “Luca is an awesome all rounder, knowledgeable with great people
skills and a mechanic. Is there anything he can’t do?!”

The standard of the shortlisted guides this year has been exceptionally high. Wanderlust
Editor in Chief Lyn Hughes said “we were intending to get from ten guides down to three
for the final, but eventually let four go through to the final stage”.

Now in their seventh year, the awards are the only ones of their kind to recognise the
individuals who are at the frontline of so many of our travel experiences. Wanderlust
invited its readers to nominate and vote for guides, with a shortlist from over 1000
nominations, which were then judged by the team of experts who chose just four overall
winners.

This is the second consecutive year that a Dragoman tour leader has been a finalist in the
awards. Last year, Dragoman's Gaetano Barone won the silver gong.

Media contact:

For further information or to organise an interview with Luca, please contact

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Notes to Editors:

Luca has been guiding tours for overland adventure tour operator Dragoman for six years,
and has just been promoted to Destinations Manager for North and South America. The
next trip he’ll lead is the Rio Carnival ‘Standard’ package from 8th-14th February 2013,
from £1,300 per person including accommodation and most meals – flights are excluded.
Book by calling 01728 861133 or through the website at www.dragoman.com.

Dragoman expands small group adventure portfolio

Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Dragoman Overseas Travel Ltd is pleased to announce an expansion of its adventure travel offering with the acquisition of Imaginative Traveller.

From 1 October 2011 the small group adventure specialist Imaginative Traveller will be integrated within the Dragoman portfolio, allowing customers to choose between two distinct travel styles as they explore the world.

New trips! Friends & Family holidays brochure out now

Thursday, 09 June 2011

Dragoman has just launched its first ever ‘Friends and Family Holidays’ brochure to showcase its family adventures and private charter trips.

Dragoman adds three new India trips in 2011

Monday, 06 June 2011

Dragoman, the travel operator who this year celebrates their 30th anniversary, has added three new India trips to its already extensive programme in the subcontinent.

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