The Adventure Company pledges money to Comic Relief for Kilimanjaro bookings

A group of showbiz favourites including Cheryl Cole, Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon and Fearne Cotton have abandoned their usual sun-soaked and stylish holiday destinations and are currently tramping their way up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Of course, it’s all in a good cause, with the nine climbers raising money for Comic Relief.

Tour operator The Adventure Company (www.adventurecompany.co.uk) is supporting the cause too, by donating £10 to the BT Red Nose Climb Fund for every passenger booking one of its Kilimanjaro expeditions before 15th March 2009. Customers should quote ‘Red Nose’ when booking.

The Adventure Company offers three routes up Mount Kilimanjaro. The Marangu Route is generally considered the least strenuous and offers the relative comfort of huts at night. The Rongai Route is less busy and offers the best chance of seeing wildlife on the Masai lands. The Machame Route is the most challenging of the three routes and walkers will be rewarded for their efforts with magnificent views. The Adventure Company will also donate money for passengers booking onto Peaks of Tanzania, a longer trip which combines the Machame Route with an ascent of extinct volcano Mount Meru (4,667m). Continue reading

The Adventure Company sets up a new department for private group departures

The Adventure Company has launched a new groups department following increased demand for private departures of its adventure holidays. The department allows customers to book holidays for private groups that fit with their own specific dates and requirements.

A team of group travel consultants is now available to help travellers plan their perfect departure from over 230 trips worldwide with themes including culture, wildlife, outdoors activities and trekking.

The private departures can be organised for any type of group including schools; specialist interest clubs and societies; scouts and guides; friends; families; corporate parties and incentive groups. For groups with specialist interests such as canoeing, photography or nature, private departures also allow itineraries to be adjusted to place more emphasis on their particular area of interest. Continue reading

Discover the world’s most fascinating wildlife with The Adventure Company

With his well-documented travels around the globe to look at different species – decades before the term ‘safari’ entered the English language – Charles Darwin could be considered one of the world’s first wildlife tourists.

Nowadays, as Darwin’s bicentennial approaches, exotic wildlife is considered a key motivator to travel. Here, The Adventure Company lists its top trips for wildlife encounters this year, including two new trips.

• MONKEYS IN SRI LANKA – NEW FOR 2009

Spend two days at the Polonnaruwa Primate Camp and help with research into the local populations of torque macaques and purple faced and grey langurs. Well over 1,000 monkeys live here among the ruins of an ancient city. This trip also includes an elephant back safari, dolphin watching (in season) and a nature walk along Habarana Lake where over 130 bird species have been recorded.

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Deserts, wildlife, mountains and snow: Late availability trips from The Adventure Company

Looking for a change of scene in the next few weeks? The Adventure Company still has availability on the following trips, including some family holidays for the February half term.

FAMILY TRIP – Snow activities in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Winter Experience will no leave no room for boredom over the half-term holiday. This snow-filled week of adventure includes downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and optional snowmobile rides or dog-sledding. Families will also visit a local observatory for a tour of the night sky, join a local family for lunch, visit the impressive Devil’s Throat Cave and have time to relax in Sofia.

Bulgarian Winter Experience runs from 14th – 21st February 2009. Prices start from £639 per child / £899 per adult including flights; or from £499 per child / £719 per adult on a land-only basis. Continue reading

The top five value-for-money family trips from The Adventure Company

The school holidays can be a deceptively expensive time for families to travel abroad – particularly as flight and accommodation prices can rise during the peak seasons.

Those travelling with The Adventure Company will find budgeting for a summer getaway easier since family trips are only scheduled during school holidays, with a wide range of inclusions in the price such as meals, activities and local payments.

Families can also take advantage of a special offer where the second child goes half price on selected trips. This offer is available when booked on a land-only (flight exclusive) basis, although the Adventure Company can organise flights too. Travel must completed by 30th September 2009, so this offer is great for the Summer school holidays.

For more information visit http://www.adventurecompany.co.uk/special-offers.aspx

To help make the family holiday decision even easier, The Adventure Company has calculated its top five value-for-money family trips for summer 2009. These are: Continue reading

New Adventure Collection brochure for 2009/10 offers the perfect blend of comfort and adventure

Holidaymakers tempted by the idea of adventure travel but hesitant about ‘roughing it’ will be able to book a trip in confidence from The Adventure Company’s new Adventure Collection brochure for 2009/10, released this week.

Adventure Collection trips combine off-the-beaten-track cultural experiences, adventure activities and wildlife encounters with high standard travel and hand-picked accommodation for families and groups.

“The Adventure Collection is not about luxury travel – it is about providing our customers with a higher level of comfort while they enjoy the same absorbing, adventure-based itineraries,” explains managing director Claire Wilson. “Customers booking Adventure Collection trips may be entirely new to adventure travel; they may be busy professionals who want rest and relaxation as well as stimulation; older travellers able to treat themselves; or parents who want the reassurance that this holiday will suit their family’s needs.” Continue reading

Follow in the footsteps of Che Guevara with The Adventure Company

Part one of Steven Soderbergh’s biopic of revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara is in cinemas now. Che: The Argentine documents Che’s role in the Cuban Revolution, with part two (to be released on 20th February) following his later activities and eventual demise in Bolivia.

Born in Argentina, Che’s legacy is still widely visible across Latin America. Travellers keen on following the ‘Che trail’ can do so in 2009 with the following trips from The Adventure Company.

Viva la Revolución – Salsa Cubana

50 years on from the Cuban Revolution of January 1959, visit the park where Fidel Castro gave his first speech as leader of Cuba; see Castro’s original command post in the mountains; and Che Guevara’s mausoleum and museum in Santa Clara, where items including his iconic beret and leather jacket are on display. This 16-day trip recalls Cuba’s historic past, stopping at the Bay of Pigs and spending time in colonial Havana, with its classic American cars and rhythmic Salsa beats. The Adventure Company’s Salsa Cubana trip travels the length of the island, exploring its changing scenery including its tobacco fields, lush forests and tropical beaches. Travellers will use bank notes featuring Che’s image to buy souvenirs along the route. Continue reading

Active travellers marching on with plans, says The Adventure Company

Key trekking destinations are more popular than ever, according to specialist operators, The Adventure Company.

Bookings to both Nepal and Morocco are almost 10 per cent ahead of the same time last year, showing that active travellers are the most determined to stride on with their holiday plans says the company.

Trekking trips to the Mera Peak Trek in Nepal and Winter Toubkal in Morocco are currently the best sellers.

‘More people than ever are travelling to Nepal and nearly 500 have already booked trips for 2009, proving that unique long haul destinations are not being ruled out despite the economic situation at the moment.’ says Nicky MacFarlane, product director from The Adventure Company

‘We have found from customer feedback that our trekking holidays are exceptional value for money, due to their relatively low costs and all inclusive nature.’ Continue reading

The Galapagos could be Latin America’s most popular destination in 2009

Tour operator The Adventure Company is expanding its selection of Galapagos Island tours in preparation for what it predicts will be next year’s travel hot spot.

“The popularity of South America has grown hugely in the past few years, making it the most-booked region in our Worldwide Adventures brochure” comments Claire Wilson, Managing Director “In 2009, we are predicting the ‘Darwin effect’ will encourage more visitors to Ecuador and could see the Galapagos Islands join Machu Picchu at the top of the continent’s ‘must-visit’ list.”

The Galapagos Islands are likely to benefit from increased exposure in 2009, celebrating two important anniversaries for Charles Darwin. As well as the 200th anniversary of his birth, 2009 is also the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work, On the Origin of Species. Additionally, 2009 marks 50 years since the creation of the Galapagos National Park, Darwin’s most famous research destination, while Ecuador will also celebrate the Bicentennial of its Independence with a year of cultural and artistic activities planned in Quito. Continue reading

Recreate Paul Merton’s travels in India with The Adventure Company

Following the success of Paul Merton in China last year, Channel Five once again follows the comedian and presenter as he tours India for a new five-part series, starting Wednesday 8th October 2008.

Those inspired to follow in Paul Merton’s footsteps can do so with tour operator The Adventure Company which offers around a dozen off-the-beaten track trips in India.

Paul Merton in India begins in Delhi, where Merton learns about etiquette and encounters street monkeys, before his journey continues across the rugged terrain of the North to the sultry heat of the South. Along the way, the ‘unlikely explorer’ meets interesting characters, discovers amazing wildlife and investigates Indian culture and religious tradition.

Led by local guides, The Adventure Company’s trips to India also aim to get to the heart of the fascinating country and give travellers an insight into life away from the tourist trail.

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