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Astro-tourism – travel in pursuit of astronomical phenomena – is the latest travel trend and it’s out of this world! Whether it’s to see the Northern Lights, lunar or solar eclipses, or simply to stargaze, more and more people are booking trips to see celestial events. Unless you’ve been completely in the dark, you’re probably aware that the next solar eclipse will take place on 2nd July, 2019. But if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of this rare event, you’ll need to planet in advance, as the total solar eclipse will only be visible in some parts of Chile…

Many of our South America overland trips end in Ushuaia on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost point of the continent and the so-called “End of the World” – but it doesn’t have to be the end of your trip. Our sister company Imaginative Traveller has just added a range of new polar expeditions in Antarctica, departing from Ushuaia in 2019 and beyond. Although Antarctica is remote, it is rich with human history. Travellers can visit the grave of famous British explorer Ernest Shackleton at a small whalers’ cemetery in Grytvikin, South Georgia. Shackleton sadly died of a heart…

Lonely Planet has revealed its top countries, cities and regions to visit in 2019, no doubt inspiring countless intrepid travellers worldwide for extra entries on their bucket lists. To help you plan your 2019 adventures, we’ve selected some of our favourite Dragoman Overland tours including destinations from the list.   Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan is known for its ragged and unspoilt scenery. Ranking as the #5 country to visit in 2019, this Central Asian country sits on the Silk Road connecting China and the Mediterranean. On this 16-day trip, you’ll stay in traditional yurts at the sublime Song Köl…

Julie has been on the road with us since 2013 and is our Gold Medal winning Wanderlust Guide of the year for 2018!  We asked her a few probing questions about life on the road with Dragoman... Why did you become a guide? Growing up in our family bed and breakfast, we had a large map of the world on the wall; so our guests could place a pin from their country and town of origin. When I turned 19, I set off to explore some of these pins myself. After years of travel experience, I realised that this knowledge could be…

We're so pleased to announce that our very own Julie Gabbott has won Gold at the Wanderlust 2018 World Guide Awards! Out of 4,000 nominations Jules made it into the 10 shortlisted guides, and then went on to win the Wanderlust World guide Award 2018!!!

Overlanding is all about taking the road less travelled, seeing the real country rather than just the highlights. Here's our top reasons as to why you should overland with Dragoman... 1. Getting away from the tourist trail On every overland journey with Dragoman you’ll visit all the must-see highlights in the region - be it the iconic Taj Mahal, the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu, the mighty Victoria Falls, or the phenomenal Great Wall of China! However, by travelling in one of our purpose-built overland trucks, we’ll also get you well off the beaten track and into the heart of…

Our ever-exploring sales consultant, Sarah has recently got back from our Delhi to Mumbai trip and she tells us all that happened on her overlanding adventure...     Day 1 Our trip started early in the morning flying from Gatwick to Istanbul. When we got on our second flight from Istanbul to Delhi, time flew by watching all the new movies back to back! We landed in Delhi early on Day 1 and watched the sun rise over Delhi as we drove to the hotel. We had our group meeting in the evening, then we all went out for a…

We are absolutely delighted that our very own Julie Gabbott has won Gold in the Wanderlust Guide of the Year Awards ceremony!  The award was unveiled at the Royal Geographic Society in London on the 4th October 2018 and Julie who has been on the road with Dragoman since 2013 leading tours through South America, Eastern, Southern and West Africa, India and central Asia to name a few won the very much coveted Gold Medal from a shortlist of ten and over 4,000 guides recommended by Wanderlust readers. The team from Drago HQ were there to support her on the night along…

As the Destination Manager for Africa I love any excuse to get out and experience more of the continent that I love. This time round it was the Danakil Depression on my Addis to Gondar Dragoman trip that was the true highlight. This 3 day stint is one of the lowest and hottest places on earth and was packed with one stunning experience after another. We began with a briefing from one of our guides the evening before we set off. She had 12 rather nervous faces looking intently at her trying to absorb every word of her advice. Mainly,…