Picking one single country to visit can be a challenge – so why not cross a few borders while you’re away? These trips pack in a glut of different cultures, food and experiences...
Fly through Central America Mexico, Belize & Guatemala
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Whizz through Central America without missing its best bits on Tucan Travel’s 9-day Mexico to Guatemala Flyer
tour. Using efficient air links to cut down on travel time, pack in the Mayan wonders of Chichén Itzá and Tikal, snorkelling amid colourful coral in Belize and charming colonial towns such as lovely Antigua.
Visit a trio of cracking capitals Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia Tallinn, Estonia (Shutterstock)
Be enchanted by Eastern Europe on Regent Holidays’ 10-day Baltic Capital Cities
tour. Visit the baroque buildings and soaring spires of Vilnius’s UNESCO-listed Old Town – the largest in Europe; head to Riga to explore its medieval and art nouveau architecture and Soviet-style central market; and finish off your trip in Tallinn, a charming maze of cobbled streets, 14th-century churches and a bustling town hall square.
Trek, tour and beach bask Nepal, India & Maldives
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Spend an epic month cutting through Asia on World Expeditions’ 29-day Summit to Sea
trip. Marvel at Kathmandu’s Durbar Square before trekking amid villages below the Annapurnas. Then change tempo: fly to India to explore Delhi, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and Agra’s Taj Mahal. Finally, zip to the Maldives to board a dhoni sailboat and cruise between paradise isles! Bliss.
See Europe, old and new Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia & Kosovo
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Cram in seven countries on Explore’s 16-day Former Yugoslavia Rail Adventure
. Walk around big Balkans cities – Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Dubrovnik… – and escape to wild beauties like Plitvice National Park and Lake Ohrid. Also, enjoy the ever-changing train carriage views.
Roam Africa’s wild west Ghana, Togo & Benin
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Join Dragoman for a loop linking three little-known nations on its 21-day West Africa between Accra and Accra
overland trip. In Ghana, sleep out at Lake Volta and visit the slave trade ruin of Fort Prinzenstein. In Togo, hike in the Mont Klouto region and peer into Togoville’s Vodun culture. In Benin, visit Tata Somba villages, the stilt town of Ganvie and the lions of Pendjari NP.
Gorge on glorious wildlife Ecuador & Costa Rica
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Witness nature at its very best on Tribes' 16-night Galápagos & Costa Rica
combination. Spend the first week cruising Ecuador’s isles: spot giant tortoises, seals, boobies and bubbling volcanoes. Then switch to Costa Rica to see sloths, monkeys and agoutis in Manuel Antonio NP and get a different jungle view with a canopy trek near Arenal.
Have a mini Arctic odyssey Sweden, Finland & Norway
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Aurora Zone’s 8-day Three Countries – The Grand Aurora Tour
offers an abundance of winter wonderland. Stay at Sweden’s ICEHOTEL before racing through Finnish Lapland in a husky sled to look for the northern lights. Be trendy in Tromsø – ‘the Paris of the North’ – learn the ways of the Sámi people, meet reindeer, rev a snowmobile through the Norwegian wilds and warm up in a sauna. Round off your adventure with one final hunt for the aurora.
See lesser-visited South America Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana & Guyana
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Bypass the tourists by heading to the continent’s little-visited north on Journey Latin America’s 18-day Coq of the Rock: Trailblazing the Guianas
trip. Kick off in Caracas before flying and canoeing through Canaima NP to reach Angel Falls. Then look for jaguars and harpy eagles on safari in Guyana, explore Dutch-influenced Paramaribo and cruise to the former penal colony of Îles du Salut.
Pedal through the Alps Germany, Austria & Switzerland
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Cycle through a trio of nations in the heart of Europe on Headwater’s 10-night Lake Constance Cycling
trip. Circle the lake, taking in sites such as St Gallen, with its eighth century Benedictine abbey; Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall, a castle by Europe’s largest waterfall; the narrow streets of Konstanz; and Bregenz, where you can take a cable car up Pfänder mountain to see your entire route.
Traverse the Silk Road China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey
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Cover a legendary thoroughfare as you join Wild Frontiers on a Great Silk Road Adventure
. On this huge 47-day trip you'll tick off no fewer than 15 UNESCO sites, including China’s Tiananmen Square and Terracotta Army, Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and Turkmenistan’s ancient city of Merv. Gawp at Tehran’s Golestan Palace before a trip to Samarkand in Uzbekistan captures your whole trip in one city: a melting pot of Asian culture.
Cover Europe and Asia UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & China
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Get under the skin of 17 – yes, 17! – countries on Oasis Overland’s mammoth London to Beijing
trip. Zip through Europe, visiting Romania’s UNESCO medieval town of Sighisoara, little Luxembourg and Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. Swap bitesize Europe for vast Asia: visit the Turkmenistan’s ‘White City’ of Ashgabat, swelter in the Gobi Desert, hike Huanglong National Park and complete your odyssey with Beijing’s historical riches. And more. No wonder it takes 119 days. Phew!
Marvel at Mayan magic Nicaragua, El Salvador & Honduras
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Travel From the Pacific to the Caribbean
on KE Adventure’s 14-day tour and hit the ground running in Nicaragua’s Granada – one of the oldest cities in the New World. Explore Ometepe Island and its San Ramon waterfall, kayak through El Salvador’s mangrove forests of Esteron and peer into the dormant volcano Tecapa’s crater lake. Round off by delving into the Mayan ruins of Joya de Ceren and Honduras’ Copan and spotting howler monkeys and dolphins in Jeanette Kawas National Park. Cuyabeno National Park, Ecuador (Shutterstock)