Want to take a trips with an award-winning guide? These adventures are led by this year's World Guide Awards winners and highly commended entrants – so you'll be in excellent hands!
Lift the lid on Laos With Gold guide, Mark Steadman
Mark Steadman leads you through the country he calls home on Wild Frontiers’ Laos Unlocked trip. Wander UNESCO-listed Luang Prabang, ponder the mysteries of the Plain of Jars, explore the 4,000 Islands region, wind down at the town of Champasak, delve into caves and waterfalls, and meet locals at remote villages along the way. Who: Wild Frontiers | When: 14 Feb & 9 Oct 2016 | How long: 14 days
Spot game in Namibia With Silver winner, Orlando Haraseb
Private nature reserve in Namibia (Shutterstock)
Orlando Haraseb reveals the wonders of northern Namibia on Audley’s Kaokoland Discoverer trip. Spot lions, rhinos and elephants on safari in Etosha NP, visit the semi-nomadic people of Kaokoland and Opuwo, admire Epupa Falls, discover rock art in Damaraland and finish on the Skeleton Coast, searching for seals. Who: Audley | When: TBC | How long: 15 days
Mountains and castles in Ethiopia With Bronze winner, Sue Guthrie
Pack in the best of Ethiopia on Explore’s Blue Nile & Lalibela trip. Join passionate guide Sue Guthrie for a historic journey, visiting the walled city of Harar, the rock-carved churches of Lalibela and the castle of Gondar. There are impressive natural sights too: thundering Tississat Falls, the rugged Simien Mountains and wild Awash NP. Who: Explore | When: Nov 2015-Dec 2016 | How long: 14 days
Choose from India & Nepal With Monty Bhatt, winner of the Outstanding Contribution Award
Annapurna South in the morning (Shutterstock)
Join Dheeraj ‘Monty’ Bhatt on Intrepid’s Delhi to Kathmandu trip to see north India and Nepal at their best. Fall for New Delhi, the Taj Mahal and the temples of Madhya Pradesh, then sail down the Ganges and cross into Nepal. Hop on a rickshaw and explore the Maya Devi Temple, spot rhinos and monkeys in Chitwan NP, canoe down the Rapti River and finish in Kathmandu. Who: Intrepid | When: Nov 2015-Feb 2016 | How long: 15 days
Camp out in Morocco's Sahara With Highly Commended guide, Hamid Oumezdou
Moroccan kasbah in Atlas Mountains, Morocco (Shutterstock)
Live and breathe the mighty desert on KE Adventure’s Edge of the Sahara Trek. Drive from Marrakech through the Atlas Mountains and the Draa Valley with Morocco expert Hamid Oumezdou. From the palm groves of Ouled Driss, hike through rippling sand and sleep under star-filled skies, including a climb up the high dunes of Zahar for most the unforgettable sunset. Who: KE Adventure | When: Nov 2015-May 2016 & Oct 2016-May 2017 | How long: 8 days
Seek adventure in Sri Lanka With Highly Commended guide, Asanga Rajapakse
Elephants in Sri Lanka (Shutterstock)
Discover the secrets behind the island’s temples and cuisine with Intrepid’s Circle Sri Lanka tour. Highly commended guide Asanga Rajapakse will reveal the mysteries behind the ruins of Anuradhapura and 1,000-year-old Polonnaruwa and lead you into Dambulla’s cave temples. You’ll then clamber up rock-top Sigiriya, get creative at a cooking class in Haputale and round off your trip in cosmopolitan Colombo.
Who: Intrepid | When: 16 Jan | How long: 15 days
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