Situated at the southern end of the Indian Ocean there are a few islands that are close geographically, each with such different characters. First of all, Réunion Island, politically French territory with multiple cultural influences, it offers a very volcanic landscape – out of the ordinary with fantastic possibilities for walks and hikes around the famous Pitons culminating at 3,070 metres of altitude! Further east, Mauritius, a former British colony, with its superb coast offers many activities (beach, water sports, diving, snorkelling), there are the well-known tourist parts but also wilder parts such as the south coast. Finally the island of Rodrigues even further east, which has retained its authenticity and offers some of the most beautiful lagoons in the world. What could be better than to combine them during an exceptional trip.
Want to escape without flying, to sit on the train in the early morning, open your favourite read occasionally glancing at the North Sea? The island of Texel awaits you, as does your bike. Sandy beaches, dunes covered with heather fields, an historical lighthouse, rich populations of birds and seals… The scenery is set for a week of change and iodine.
The Sultanate of Oman is exceptional in more than one way in this region of the world. The Omanis welcome you to their tradional world which is now slowly opening. The spectacular geography of their country takes you from the remote Empty Quarter to the mountain ranges — some exceeding 3,000 metres — via superb and empty coasts. A history flavoured by the multiple cultures of Zanzibar, Iran, and India. All this makes Oman a country apart and to be explored in detail by those who are fascinated by the world of Philby, Thomas, Thesiger, and Morris.
Whether you prefer the mountain to the sea, or vice versa, or like both, Croatia has a lot to offer: explore its magnificent National Parks or take a walk along the rivers, cruise from island to island from Pula to Dubrovnik (over a thousand islands!), from one cultural wonder to another, from one century to another, from one landscape to another, and from one piece of history to another. Whether you are looking for active travel, relaxation or cultural visits, Croatia has it for you.
Vietnam has much to offer; a trip to this country has many magical facets. Stroll through the rice fields of the north, meditate on the shores of Hạ Long Bay or cruise on its waters, marvel at the imperial city of Huế, drift along the Mekong, take a cooking class… or seclude yourself on an heavenly island. Vietnam is a country to be savoured and enjoyed without end.
Myanmar is an irresistible country with its great cultural richness, however it can also rouse a negative response with its well-known internal political situation. Majestic sites like Bagan, Inle Lake, or Mandalay; a multitude of ethnicities that can be found along peaceful backroads; beautiful temples: all this invites you to this meditative journey. By spending your money in its local economy you will help support this friendly population and encourage further the recent political changes.
One thing is certain, you must definitely go to Myanmar.
The initial shock of Havana, with its first delights: its old city, its markets, its nightly impromptu concerts, its small restaurants. For those with rhythm in their soul, a Salsa dance class awaits you, for others a percussion class, or both! Let the atmosphere of Havana seep into you to get the best out of this trip. Then onto Viñales and Trinidad to explore what they have to offer, then head north to Varadero and its chilled atmosphere. And finally back to Havana for a last concert!
Reach the Mediterranean coast by train and embark on this magnificient 16 meter monohull and set sail for Marseille, the incomparable calanques, Toulon, then the west coast of Corsica, Cargèse, Ajaccio, Porto-Vecchio, the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago (Elba, Giglio, Montecristo, Pianosa), Propriano, Bonifacio. Join the boat for a 10 or 20 day cruise, or add a few days on Corsica as a stay-put.
From the beauties of the Draa Valley and the wide expanse of the desert to beautiful coastline of the Atlantic Ocean, passing through Taroudant, the Marrakech South, this journey has all the true flavours of southern Morocco.