Peru’s Machu Picchu is the spectacular lost city in the clouds, perched 2,400m up in the misty valleys of the Andes. Thousands of travellers every year make the trek along the Inca Trail from the ancient capital of Cuzco, traversing the steep mountain peaks and the ruins of Ollantaytambo. It’s a rewarding trek and friendly Peruvian porters, guides and chefs help make it as fun as possible. Whether you’ve only got a week, or want to work it into a longer South American itinerary, there’s a Machu Picchu adventure that fits your bill.
Safari means ‘journey’ in Swahili and Kenya is a land of wildlife documentary heaven, playing host to the largest animal movement in the world during the annual migration into the Masai Mara, which is home to the ‘big five’ – elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard.
The Mombasa area on Kenya’s east coast also boasts endless white beaches, coral reefs and an ancient and exotic culture, so you could double up for the best of both worlds.
Closer to home, take an escorted tour to Italy’s great cities: Rome, with its iconic Coliseum and St Peter’s Basilica; Florence with its sublime galleries, and magical Venice, the city on water. Or what about the magnificent Italian Lakes – Garda, Como and Maggiore – with their dramatic scenery, picturesque towns and old-world charm? You can also explore the beautiful hilltop towns of Tuscany and the Chianti wine region, or the jewels of the spectacular Amalfi coast: Sorrento, Positano, Ravello and Capri.