Published on : Wednesday, October 9, 2019
For gastronomes, nature lovers and culture seekers, Hayes & Jarvis’ 2020 tour programme is packed with new adventures. From roaming with tigers in India to trekking the jungles of Central America; wining and dining in Argentina to experiencing South Africa’s big skies, wildlife and winelands, there are plenty of new itinerary choices. Highlights include:
Argentina’s gastronomic and natural wonders are weaved together in this varied 14-day tour. Making empanadas with the locals in Buenos Aires, enjoying a ranch-style BBQ in the pampas plains; as well as cooking classes, culinary markets and wine tasting in Mendoza all feature in Hayes & Jarvis’ new Culinary Argentina tour. To complement the food focus, the itinerary also features other Argentine experiences including the Humahuaca Gorge near Salta, Iguazu Falls and of course some tango time in the capital.
Prices from £4,799 per person including accommodation, international flights, transfers and excursions as specified.
Costa Rica’s Mystic Jungles
The new 11-day Mystic Jungle tour of Costa Rica is a blaze of colour and experiences. Featuring several national parks, highlights include a fascinating ‘ant tour’ in Sarapiqui to learn more about the life of this leaf cutting insect. For chocolate lovers, there’s also a masterclass in cocoa production and chocolate tasting included. More nature sightings are guaranteed at Cano Negro, home to alligators, kingfishers and rare plants, before the tour heads to Rio Celeste, famed for its waterfall and brilliant blue waters. The final stage of the trip ends on an adrenalin high in Rincon de la Vieja, with visits to volcanic hot springs and zip lines and rock climbing in the canyons.
Prices from £2,899 per person including accommodation, international flights, transfers and excursions as specified.
Birding in Ecuador
Ecuador’s birdlife is as varied as its geography and the new 14-day Birding in Ecuador itinerary includes many of the country’s different landscapes, such as jungle-rainforests, rivers, lakes and mountain slopes, in its quest to see as many species of bird in their natural habitat. After acclimatising in Quito, the itinerary visits the Yanacocha reserve, home to puma, spectacled bear and the critically endangered black-breasted puffleg, the emblem of Quito. The tour continues to the subtropical area of Bellavista, known to be one of the world’s best birdwatching locations, with trips to explore the various valleys, reserves and bird sanctuaries in the cloud forest, each with their own endemic and exotic-sounding birdlife: plate-billed mountain-toucan; the indigo flowerpiercer, the moss-backed tanager, the glistening-green tanager and golden-winged manakins. The final nights are spent in the Antisana Natural Reserve in the highlands of Ecuador – one of the few places in Ecuador where Andean condor remain.
Prices from £5,299 per person including accommodation, international flights, transfers and excursions as specified.
In search of the Tiger in India
As well as taking in the cultural glories of Old and New Delhi and the architectural greatness of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, the new 14-night In Search of Tiger tour journeys through four of central India’s magnificent national parks – Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench and Tadoba – on a quest to glimpse the royal Bengal tiger. Travelling by jeep, visitors will not only encounter tigers in their natural habitat, but an abundance of other creatures including antelope, sloth, gaur, a huge array of birdlife and even an occasional leopard.
Prices from £3,499 including accommodation, international flights, transfers and excursions as specified.
Wings over South India
This new nine-day tour of Southern India offers real insight into the many facets of India’s past, packing in an impressive number of key cultural, historical and natural landmarks. As the itinerary name suggests, travel between the cities is predominately by flight taking advantage of improved connections and infrastructure.
Wings over South India begins in Cochin, a popular hotspot in Kerala, famous for having one of the finest natural harbours in the world and which still serves witness to its Dutch and Portuguese colonial past. After leaving the city, a visit is made to Nagarhole National Park, home to some of India’s most endangered wildlife species and then to the island town of Srirangapatna, the former capital of the Mysore Raj enclosed by the river Kaveri. An extensive tour of Mysore city is also included with its magnificent Maharaja’s Palace. Other sightseeing includes the intricately carved Somnathpur temples, a tour of Pondicherry, the former capital of the French territories in east India and whose legacy remains in the city’s many buildings. Yoga lovers can explore old-style Ashrams whilst taking a pit stop for some traditional Indian tea. The final stop is Mahabalipuram, a beautiful beach resort featuring the intriguing Arjuna’s Penance carving and the twin-spired Shore Temple, which has stood by the sea for 12 centuries.
Prices from £2,299 per person including accommodation, international flights, transfers and excursions as specified.
Discover the Cape, Whales and Winelands of South Africa
With the benefit of being on the same time zone, travellers can make the most of the new seven-night Cape, Whales and Winelands of South Africa tour without fear of jetlag. Cape Town, with its cosmopolitan vibe and strong culinary and cultural offering, is a great place to start. A cable car trip to the summit of Table Mountain sets the scene for ensuing journey that includes the far-reaching views over the city, Robben Island, Cape Peninsula and Atlantic Ocean.
On leaving the city, the world-renowned wine region of Stellenbosch, in the verdant Western Cape awaits. Home to some of the world’s best wineries, with wonderfully inviting cellar door tastings, it set beneath a spectacular backdrop of mountain ranges, rolling hills and pretty homesteads. After plenty of wine tasting it’s onto the coast for whale spotting. Hermanus, a pretty fisherman’s village on the southern coast of the Western Cape, is regarded as the best place to spot Southern right whales from the coastline. Sightings are at their best from June to December.
Prices from £1,799 per person including accommodation, international flights, transfers and excursions as specified.
Grand Tour of South Africa
Perfect for first timers wanting to tick off the must-do experiences, the 14-night Grand Tour of South Africa is a sightseeing showstopper. A South African extravaganza, it features the thrill of a safari in Kruger National Park as well more Big-5 viewing in KwaZulu-Natal’s national parks and wetland reserves. Plus, there’s cultural heritage in Swaziland, the abundant vineyards and welcoming homesteads of the Winelands and a journey along the scenic Garden Route all interspersed with the beach life and buzzing city scenes of Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Prices from £3,899 per person including accommodation, international flights, transfers and excursions as specified.
Please ring Hayes & Jarvis for a final price quotation based on travel dates, and to book.
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