With over 400 adventures to choose from, compiling a shortlist of 'Top Trips' is always tricky. It is almost impossible to appeal to every kind of adventurer, but here we might just have succeeded.
Our formula is simple: avoid well-trodden tourist paths and travel deep into the soul of a country. Not only accompanied by a group of like-minded people, but a knowledgeable Exodus leader too – who can bring a destination to life better than a passionate individual, adding insight you would otherwise miss out on? Free yourself from the burden of heavy, out of date, guidebooks.
If you’re looking for culture, embark on an exotic exploration of Northern India, discover the ancient wonders of Jordan or sail the Nile in Egypt. Fauna fans can go wild in Costa Rica, Botswana or even Madagascar.
Those wanting to stretch the legs might want to tread the trails of Tuscany or meander along the scenically spectacular Amalfi Coast, while those looking for something really different, Burma is our pick.
Set your pioneering spirit free in Burma; navigate colonial cityscapes, meander through a mystical maze of glittering pagodas and sit in peaceful reflection beside the unearthly Inle Lake. Venture deep into a realm where fertile hills cocoon winding waterways and jewel-encrusted stupas sparkle. Burma is still largely untouched by the outside world and it retains an enigmatic, old-world charm – for now.
There are two options to experience Burma:
Burma Highlights (AOR)
|A Week in Jordan (AXW) |
A dusty haze settles around the edges of rose-red Petra, blushing in the Middle Eastern sun, before you settle into a traditional Bedouin camp for a night spent under the stars. Step back in time at the Roman ruins of Jerash, slipping between the shadows of huge columns in the footsteps of history. This superb introduction to the Middle East overflows with history, desert adventures and the chance to float in the waters of the Dead Sea.
|Nile Cruise (AEN) |
Sail down the River Nile, the thin slice of water breathing life into Egypt. Step on board for relaxing days on the water with regular excursions to the iconic sites – Cairo, the Valley of the Kings at Luxor - and of course, the mighty pyramids.
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|Discover Costa Rica (AUC) |
With its rich volcanic soil, the tropical climate of Costa Rica supports an eco-system of incredible biodiversity encompassing thick jungle, cloud forest, mangrove swamp, Pacific and Caribbean coastline. The result is a destination with abundant wildlife; in the hilly interior sloths lay dormant, Howler monkeys swing amongst the canopy and flamboyant toucans screech and soar overhead.
|Discover the Cape (AZR) |
Experience the buzz of cosmopolitan Cape Town before the heading into the tranquil Winelands to sample the local produce. Journey along the magnificent Garden Route with time for whale watching in the right season, spend time with the resident penguins at Boulders Beach and enjoy a host of gastronomic delights in Franschoek. This laid-back itinerary is the perfect introduction South Africa.
|Highlights of Botswana (AZT) |
Venture along Botswana’s fertile spine, the Okavango Delta before exploring Chobe National Park home to large concentrations of elephant and lion. Moremi National Park teems with wildlife, from buffalo to wild dogs. Camping gives the gift of intimacy with natures, allowing you to delve deep into animal habitats without intruding. Another highlight is a visit to the Zambezi’s magnificent Victoria Falls.
|Highlights of Northern India (AIC) |
Hop between India’s most vibrant, colourful sites – the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, the gleaming white minarets of the Taj Mahal at sunrise and the golden glow of the Amber Fort. Take a trip to Varanasi on the banks of the holy River Ganges and there’s a chance to spot the elusive tiger in Ranthambore National Park. This is Kipling country at its best.
|Madagascan Discoverer (AZM) |
Nestled in the Indian Ocean off Africa's east coast, this unique island is home to intriguing endemic species, diverse national parks and a startling shoreline. Spend time looking for Madagascar’s wide-eyed and bushy tailed residents in the island’s lush forests. Trek around Monkey Canyon and through the unique karstic landscape of Tsingy of Bemaraha, swim in natural pools and walk in the shadows of the baobabs at sunset.
|Patagonian Highlights (AAA) |
Imposing, snow-capped mountains stand ruggedly in the wild and mountainous south of Argentina and Chile, fringed by huge icy lakes and windswept grasslands. Discover the sheer-sided peak of Mount Fitzroy in Los Glaciares National Park and the immense Perito Moreno Glacier. The trip culminates in Ushuaia - the most southerly city in the world.
Vietnam Adventure (AOV)
|Walking in Tuscany (TDT) |
Trek amidst the jagged 'marble mountains' of the Alpi Apuane and the rolling spine of Italy, the Apennines, threading between the hilltop and lakeside villages where the traditional way of life lives on. If you want to get away from it all, the little enclave of Garfagnana tucked up in northwest Tuscany is the perfect spot.
|The Amalfi Coast (TDA) |
One of the most famous and arguably the most picturesque walking routes in Italy. Walk through tranquil towns and villages nestled up in mountains that rise dramatically out of the Mediterranean. Aside from the stunning daywalks, this trip is the recipe for the perfect break with plenty of opportunities to indulge in the local specialities.