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A Letter from Shiraz

Our Ukrainian-based, multi-lingual, and ever-popular tour leader, Anna Andrusyk, recently returned to Shiraz with our September Treasures of Persia and the Caucasus group. This is her brief account of re-visiting this remarkable Iranian city, after two years' absence.This magnificent and wonderful,  sandy-yellowish country with amazing ancient history and fantastic sightseeing, has greeted me in the same hearty way as it did two years ago. Once again, clad in my brightly-coloured scarf, m
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SUPPORTING CONSERVATION

In today’s conservation-conscious world, leaving a small or minimal footprint on the environment is an important part of responsible travelling and tourism. Actively supporting local communities and conservation projects, goes one step further. Travelling responsibly These days we are all very conscious of minimising any negative impact on the environment in the destinations we visit. This goes beyond correctly disposing of our litter – particularly those ubiquitous water bottles – and b
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Feeling the Heat in Turkmenistan

An intrepid group of Australians enjoy an exclusive dinner party in the Karakum Desert as the flames from the Darvaza gas crater warm the night air. Few places on earth inspire the same kind of awe and wonder as Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell. Located in the heart of the Karakum Desert—a little over four hours from Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat—the Darvaza Gas Crater has been blazing for almost half a century and shows no sign of stopping.  Sign of the Apocalypse, or Scientific Bungle
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Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

You may think you’ve seen and done it all when it comes to jet setting and sightseeing. You’ve climbed the Eiffel Tower, watched the sun set over Mt. Fuji, even gone on a festive sled ride through the frozen Russian tundra. However, one of the most meaningful and transformative travel experiences is being able to get up close and personal with a new environment, ecosystem, and culture—and what better way to do so than to come face to face with one of the rarest, most endangered creatures o
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