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Published on September 20th, 2019 | by Crissandra Ayroso

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10 Tours That Take The Path Less Travelled

Guided tours uncover treasured landmarks, monuments and must-sees – off and on the paths less travelled. Our Expert Travellers can help you navigate the exciting twists and turns of paths all around the world with a guided tour expertly matched to your travel style. Here are our top 10 favourite tours that venture paths less travelled. 

1. Meant to Bean in Colombia

pereira coffee zone in colombia

Discover the Andes with Collette Vacations, Experience Colombia 

Stand at the foot of the Andes and learn all about coffee-making in Pereira, Colombia’s coffee zone, on a guided tour with Collette Vacations. Colombian coffee is considered to be some of the best in the world and one of the country’s top exports. Get a glimpse behind the mountain scenes of this coffee-growing region and learn how to brew the perfect cup and Experience Colombia. On this tour, you’ll also see the murals of Medellin’s Comuna 13 with a local resident, and discover Colombia’s beating heart in Bogota.

2. Venture Inward In Bali

sidemen, bali

Discover Sidemen with Intrepid Travel, Beautiful Bali

Sidemen is a peaceful village in Bali. Nestled in the hills, it feels like worlds away from the crowds of the island’s famous beach towns. On Intrepid’s active Beautiful Bali tour, you’ll venture inward and explore Sidemen, meeting local songket (textile) craftspeople along the way, and taking in the scenic surroundings with Mt Agung, Bali’s highest peak, in the background. Do a sunrise trek across Mt Batur’s volcanic rock, visit villages and small towns, and discover Bali with other intrepid travellers.

3. Holy Toledo, You’re Gonna Love This

toledo, spain

Discover Toledo, Spain with Trafalgar, Great Iberian Cities

Between Madrid and Seville, Great Iberian Cities stops at the stunning clifftop city of Toledo, Spain. Your Local Specialist will take you on a walking tour of this charming area and UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll learn about the site of the former capital King Philip II resided before moving his court to Madrid. Encounter Spain’s rich history with Trafalgar’s in-depth knowledge as you walk down cobblestone streets and ancient walls, and see a melting pot of Judaic, Christian, and Islamic culture in the architectural surroundings.

4. #Blessed in Luang Prabang

monks walking a bridge in laos

Discover Luang Prabang, Laos with Topdeck, Asian Fusion

Laos flies under the radar as a popular destination to visit in Asia… for now. Visit Buddhist temples, sacred monuments, and royal palaces in Laos before the crowds beat you to it. On Topdeck’s Asian Fusion tour, you’ll wake up to the sound of the temple gong in Luang Prabang before taking part in an almsgiving ceremony and be blessed by monks. Topdeck thoughtfully blends the must-sees, must-dos, and once-in-a-lifetime must-trys with Asian Fusion. Head out on this enriching journey throughout Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos with other 18-35 something adventure seekers.

5. Europe 101: An Introduction

cathedral in ferrara, italy

Discover Ferrara, Italy with Globus, Continental Introduction

When a tour starts in Paris and ends in Amsterdam, it’s going to be good. Especially when it’s perfectly planned with Globus. On their Continental Introduction tour through Europe, you’re treated to a unique itinerary through France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Holland. You’ll visit Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, City of the Renaissance, and not your typical stop on most Europe tours. Walk through the Este Castle grounds, complete with moat and drawbridge, and learn all about the castle’s dramatic history – including a love triangle that ended in two beheadings. Stroll through the castle and picturesque Ferrara to an opulent marble cathedral nearby, and see the ornate details up close. Get your Europe 101 credit on Continental Introduction and explore roads less travelled with Globus in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Holland.

6. Classic Rock

kerala rock fortress in sri lanka

Discover the Kerala rock fortress with Just You, Sri Lanka – Pearl of the Indian Ocean 

Once you find yourself standing face-to-face with two huge kitty paws made out of solid rock – you’ll know you’ve made it to Sigiriya. See the spectacular World Heritage site also known as Lion Rock and the original entrance to the fortress which was the mouth of a carved lion. Explore on your own and remain in good company with solo traveller specialists Just You, as you navigate the Fortress in the Sky, board an exciting train journey from Kandy to Nanu Oya, and visit a spice garden on Sri Lanka Pearl of the Indian Ocean

7. Good Things Are Worth Waiting For

puglia countryside

Discover the Puglia countryside with Blue-Roads Touring, Slow Food Tour of Puglia

Inspired by the slow food movement, small-group touring company Blue-Roads sets the pace on this tour through Italy’s countryside. Get a taste of Puglia’s food culture in Bari with smooth burrata and silky mozzarella cheeses. Visit a local olive grove and oil mill, sample wine at Castel di Salve cellar, and stop for lunch in Ostuni, also known as the White Village. Then dine in an 18th-century hilltop rural masseria, a country estate. Savour Puglia on this one-of-a-kind foodie adventure with Blue-Roads Touring.

8. Northern Thailand

phitsanoluk in northern thailand

Discover Northern Thailand with G Adventures, Northern Thailand Explorer

Northern Thailand tends to get overlooked for the country’s seductive southern islands. For those eager to go off the beaten path, allow the expert guides at G Adventures to lead the way with the Northern Thailand Explorer tour. Journey northbound and discover unspoiled temple-rich regions, scenic cities along the Mekong, and Phitsanulok, one of Thailand’s oldest and most historic cities.

9. The Magic of Morocco

valley of the roses in morocco

Discover Valley of the Roses with On The Go Tours, Magical Morocco

When the Valley of Roses blooms, miles and miles of fragrant rose hedges colour the landscape a deep vibrant pink and perfume the valley with an intoxicating aroma. Pick your jaw up off the ground and see this magical valley with Morocco specialists On The Go. Magical Morocco visits the souks and medinas in Marrakech and Fes, the blue city of Chefchaouen, and even includes sleeping under the stars in the Sahara.

10. Wine Down on the Danube

austria's wine country along the danube

Discover Austria’s wine country with Avalon Waterways, Active Discovery Danube

Experience Europe your way with river cruise experts Avalon’s Active Discovery tours. Choose a more culturally immersive experience or a more physically active one with Avalon’s unique program. See Europe the way you want. On this Danube river cruise from Linz to Budapest, choose to explore Austria’s wine country by canoe and bike. For a less physically active option, opt for a wine tasting and guided tour instead.

 

Ready to hit the road less travelled? Our Expert Travellers can point you in the right direction. We can help you find a tour that perfectly matches your travel style. Call us at 1-855-796-8359, chat with us online, or drop in at a location near you.

 

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About the Author

Crissandra Ayroso

Crissandra Ayroso is a copywriter for Flight Centre. She loves road trips, beach weather, sampling local wine. She, like Helen Hunt in the 1996 disaster-rama (that’s short for drama) Twister, is a tornado chaser, in the travel sense. She chases moments, all revealing. Whether it’s ordering room service and eating in bed, finding the highest rooftop for the best views of the surroundings, feeling like a small dot in the middle of the ocean on a boat, or getting lost and stumbling upon hidden gems, no moment is too big or small to chase. Just like the category F5 that brought Helen Hunt back together with her estranged husband, respected TV weatherman, Bill Paxton.



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