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Jo’s Blog: Inspirational Group Tours – something for everyone

Tempted to go further off the beaten track and embark on your greatest adventure yet? I may have the perfect opportunity...

Partnering with experienced, fully insured, tour operators is one of the things I do best – and British, multi-award winning, independently-owned Newmarket Holidays are one of my favourites, providing a varied portfolio of incredible escorted trips throughout the world.

Here’s a flavour of what they offer...

An organised group tour led by a dedicated tour manager and local guides means you have an expert on hand from start to finish. Their local knowledge will turn your holiday wish list into lifelong memories.

A little economic principle known as ‘buying power’ also makes group travel a much more affordable option. All the costs are known before departure – making it easier to plan for the expense of a holiday – because we all know there is nothing more annoying than having to pay for unexpected extras.

An additional undeniable benefit of a group tour is that you automatically have a bunch of ready-made friends who are itching to explore, just like you.

I am a huge fan of the value for money and impeccable standards of customer care that Newmarket Holidays delivers for my clients. From hand-picked accommodations to meticulously organised itineraries, with inclusions that capture the essence of each destination along with the support of guides, eager to illuminate and inform at every turn.

To give you a taste of the adventure that awaits, I have selected four personal favourites from around the world, each of them unique and offer something for everyone.

If you feel inspired, get in touch.


Safaris, Sunsets and Sundowners

Fly to Zimbabwe and follow in the footsteps of the explorer David Livingstone as you venture through veils of mist along the paths that fringe the mighty Victoria Falls.

Embark on 10 days of wildlife watching from the base of a charming, thatched lodge overlooking the Zambezi National Park.

Watch traditional performances by the flickering of a fire, set off on guided nature walks to bird hides and observe vultures flocking to a feeding.

Journey into the Zambezi National Park and cruise along its river while the sun dapples the banks, teeming with wildlife, before dipping beyond the bushland.

Ramble around the elephant-rich Chobe National Park in Botswana and rejig your itinerary with inspiring optional excursions, including a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride to view Victoria Falls from above.


India - Tigers & the Taj Mahal

Uncover northern India’s greatest cities in this perfect introduction to one of the world’s most alluring destinations.

Explore the teeming, colourful cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur that make up the world-famous Golden Triangle. Take a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, enjoy a guided tour of India’s city of love and explore the ramparts, gates, and cobbled paths of Jaipur’s Amber Fort.

Visitors are enchanted by the historic sites that this cultural gem has to offer: the historic Red Fort; the India Gate war memorial; the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque; the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal at sunrise; and the red and pink sandstone of the Palace of the Winds.

From the comfort of a cottage at the Vanaashrya Resort, authentic experiences will see you exploring like a local: dinner with a family in Jaipur, a camel cart ride and an Indian cookery demonstration.

Spend two nights searching for tigers on safari in Ranthambhore, a one-time hunting ground of Indian princes, and complete your holiday with a night in a luxury jungle resort.


Croatia's Istrian Riviera & Lake Bled

Discover the treasures beside the blue Adriatic - Roman glories, stunning scenery and one of Europe’s most beautiful lakes.

Spend a week in a beautifully appointed shore-side hotel in the genteel, colourful resort of Lovran - a favourite destination of the Viennese elite during the Habsburg Empire, and now one of Croatia’s premier holiday havens.

Discover Pula’s stunning Roman amphitheatre, explore the pretty fishing port of Rovinj, join optional excursions to Postojna Caves and the islands of Krk and Cres, and seek out the remarkable Lim Fjord, the one-time hideaway of Captain Morgan.

You’ll enjoy the delights of the Istrian Riviera, journey into beautiful Slovenia to the shores of the emerald-green Lake Bled and spend a day in the spectacular surroundings of Croatia's glorious Plitvice National Park.


Elvis Presley's Memphis, New Orleans & Nashville

From the birthplace of jazz and the cradle of rock ‘n’ roll to the undisputed capital of country music, this unforgettable journey through America’s deep South is infused with magic and mystique.

Beginning in Georgia you'll travel through the world of WC Handy, Robert Johnson, Fats Domino, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and – of course – Elvis Presley.

Stay in New Orleans, the laid-back Big Easy. See Tupelo, the King's birthplace, and Memphis, the “home of the blues”, before heading to the guitar-pickin', banjo-playing songwriters' city of Nashville, Tennessee.

This wonderful holiday is crammed full of highlights, including iron balconies and covered sidewalks of the iconic French Quarter, the sleepy countryside of Alabama, dancing to live music and sampling pork ribs that have led to Memphis’ unofficial position as the Barbeque Capital of America.


For more details, itineraries, and departure dates for any of my recommendations plus a range of other Group tours, please contact me to arrange a chat.


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