If you are looking for a holiday that lives up royal expectations in this Diamond Jubilee year, then look no further.
Roam the royal palaces of Northern India, surround yourself in the majesty of Canada’s wilderness, celebrate in Chile, embark on a princely adventure through South Africa or get up close to the wildlife kings in Kenya.
In 1952, the young Elizabeth journeyed to Kenya as a princess, and returned a queen. And yet it was her classic game drives past majestic elephant herds, courtly gazelles and of course the ‘mane’ event – the rulers of the animal kingdom, lions, that made her royal visit a “thrilling experience”.
Nobody could forget the famous photo of Diana as she sat in the unusually static grounds of the Taj Mahal, but northern India offers so much more: the whole region ripples with royal jewels, from the Amber fort to the ruby-pink city of Jaipur. The iconic Maharaja’s Palace provides a royal welcome. India is visceral, a sensory overload fit for a king.
The vibrant maze of Santiago streets puts our Jubilee street parties to shame. A tame afternoon in suburban England pales in comparison with active volcanoes, glaciated peaks and the vast ice fields of Patagonia. Chile’s intoxicating lure surrounded Prince William for no less than 10 extraordinary weeks on his Raleigh Expedition in 2000.
The Rockies are stunning; rugged granite peaks, fir forests and sparkling glaciers interspersed with valleys rich with wildlife - Black and Grizzly bear, deer, moose and coyote. No surprise to anyone that Prince William chose to take the Duchess of Cambridge here directly after the Royal Wedding – the perfect wilderness escape from flag-toting crowds and ‘that’ hat.
Explore the small nation of Lesotho on a journey that also takes you to Swaziland, the Drakensberg Mountains, cosmopolitan Cape Town, and the jewel in South Africa’s crown, Kruger National Park. Following in his mother’s compassionate footsteps, Prince Harry spent time in 'The Forgotten Kingdom' in 2010 when he set up the Sentebale charity to help Lesotho's most vulnerable children.