List Words : Wanderlust team | 18 March

11 Award Winning Trips. Which one takes your fancy?

The winning tour operators in the 2014 Wanderlust Travel Awards nominate their signature trips

In the latest issue of Wanderlust, we reveal the top tour operators, as voted for by you in our 2014 Reader Travel Awards. They're an eclectic bunch, from regional specialists to tailormade experts. But the one thing they share is that they all know their stuff, and create incredible itineraries that you love. Here we reveal each of the 11 finalists award-winning signature trips. Which one takes your fancy?

The Bells of Borobodor

1. Indonesia

Mix up the highlights

Bamboo Travel's Treasure of Indonesia tour is like a signature cocktail. Pour in great wildlife (orang-utans, Komodo dragons), mix in a dash of history (Borobudur) and finish with a slice of natural wonder (Mount Bromo). Voila: an intoxicating trip! 

Who: Bamboo Travel (More information here

When: Flexible dates 

How long: 17 days 

How much: from £3,695 (inci flights)

An Elephant in Laos

2. Laos & Cambodia

See Asia in style

Selective Asia's signature Laos & Cambodia in Style trip combines wildlife, history and a dollop of luxury. Highlights include Angkor Wat, Luang Prabang and ele-riding at Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp. 

Who: Selective Asia (01273 670001,

When: Flexible dates 

How long: 14 days 

How much: from £1,706 (excl flights)

Walk like a Peruvian

3. Peru

Trek the Inca Trail

Llama Travel's Incas & Conquistadors plus Inca Trail includes the classic hike to Machu Picchu as well as two of Peru's most interesting cities: Cusco and Lima, where you can enjoy colonial architecture and great food. 

Who: Llama Travel (020 7263 3000,

When: Flexible departures, Mar-Nov2014 

How long: 14 days 

How much: from £1,869 (inci flights)


4. India

Drive into Kashmir

Drive over Himalayan passes on Wild Frontiers' High Road to Kashmir trip. Travel into remote Ladakh, visit forts and monasteries, and venture into long-cut-off Kashmir, to stay on a houseboat. 

Who: Wild Frontiers (020 7736 3968,

When: 24 May, 5 Jul & 6 Sept 2014 

How long: 15 days 

How much: £2,395 (excl flights)

San Francisco

5. USA

Take a classic roadtrip

Trailfinders' Best Of The West tour jams the US Pacific Coast's highlights into a 15-day self-drive. Ogle stars in LA, ride a cablecar in San Fran, gamble in Vegas, and explore Yosemite and Death Valley. 

Who: Trailfinders (020 73681200,

When: Flexible 

How long: 15 days 

How much: from £809 (excl flights)

Lakes District

6. England

Amble in the Lake District

HF Holidays' Guided Walking at Derwentwatens a social jaunt up and around three of the Lake District's most beautiful peaks, finishing with Helvellyn, for360-degree views. 

Who: HF Holidays (0845 470 8558,

When: Various dates, Mar-Nov 2014 

How long: 2,4 or 7 days 

How much: from £275

Vietnam Hill Tribes

7. Vietnam

Explore hill country

Audley's signature trip returns to the country where it ran its first tour in 1991: Hidden Hilltribes of Vietnam is an in-depth exploration of the north, including Hanoi, treks into the lush Tonkinese Alps and homestays in remote minority villages. 

Who: Audley Travel (More information

When: Flexible 

How long: 16 days 

How much: from £3,355 (incl flights)

Himalaya looker

8. Nepal

Hike hard in the Himalaya

KE Adventure's Everest The Hard Way Trek puts travellers through their paces over high passes. Acclimatise in the uncrowded Bhote Kosi valley before passing Everest Base Camp to reach the 5,535m Kongma La pass. 

Who: KE Adventure (More information

When: 28 Mar, 26 Apr, 27 Sept, 11 & 25 Oct, 8 Nov 2014 

How long: 22 days 

How much: from £2,275 (incl flights)


9.  Iceland

Self-drive the wild isle

Discover The World's self-drive Iceland Backroads tour sees travellers lead by an iPad loaded with a personal itinerary, from the Golden Circle to the Westman Isles. 

Who: Discover The World (More information

When: Jul, Aug 2014 

How long: 15 days  

How much: from £2,551 (incl flights)

Indian Hotel

10. India

Sleep like royalty

Voyages Jules Verne's Rajasthan Royals is the quintessential tour of India, taking in ten cities (including Agra and Jaipur) with stays at regal residences - dreamy! 

Who: Voyages Jules Verne (0845166 7003,

When: Feb 2014-Mar 2015 

How long: 18 days 

How much: from £1,945 (incl flights)


11.  Chad

Search the Sahara

Undiscovered Destinations' Chad-Soul of the Sahara heads to the desert's least-explored region. Rub shoulders with Tubu nomads and head into the enigmatic Ennedi Mountains to find mystic petroglyphs and incredible fauna. 

Who: Undiscovered Destinations (More information)

When: 11 Oct '14 

How long: 17 days 

How much: £3,299 (excl flights)