With October half term and the festive season fast approaching, the impending temperature drop in the UK makes for the perfect opportunity to escape for some winter sun. Autumn and winter may draw up the picture of cold, drizzly days but further afield many countries will be moving into dry season – meaning holidaymakers can still enjoy glorious weather. Rickshaw Travel’s selection of bite-size trips can be mixed and matched enabling travellers to tailor their own holiday itinerary.
From Cuba’s glorious beaches to trekking in Chile and Patagonian glaciers, there is plenty to see and do and now is the ideal time to book ahead. Rickshaw has rounded up its top destinations for those seeking a last-minute winter adventure in 2018.
(Combine trips in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos or Myanmar)
Indochina is a melting pot of South East Asian destinations and the perfect spot for those seeking some winter sun. Think buzzing cities in Vietnam, mystical overgrown temples in Cambodia, breath-taking landscapes in Laos, wildlife and beaches in Thailand and fascinating rural villages in Myanmar.
Each country is unique in its own way but they all share one thing in common; an effective domestic flight network, delicious food and glorious scenery.
Rickshaw Travel offers fully-flexible Indochina holidays. Its two-week Sapphire Seas and Towering Temples itinerary, in Vietnam & Cambodia, includes Hanoi, Bai Tu Long Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap & Angkor Wat (£1,638pp including accommodation, excluding flights).
Rickshaw has launched a new Indochina destination page to inspire travellers who want to mix and match destinations in South East Asia: www.rickshawtravel.co.uk/asia/south-east/indochina/
Filled with rum bars, jungle-clad valleys and heavenly beaches, there’s nowhere quite like Cuba. Rickshaw’s trips will take travellers away from the tourist masses so that they can experience what an authentic Cuba holiday really has to offer. Avoid the huge hotels and instead stay in a Casas Particulares, owned and run by local families keen to offer travellers a unique and rare insight into their daily lives.
Travelling with a family? Rickshaw Travel offers 15 days in Havana, Las Terrazas, Cienfuegos, Trinida and Varadero with its Mi Casa Tu Casa itinerary. Activities include horse riding through the rolling hills of Viñales and exploring Las Terrazas, Cuba’s pioneering eco-village. (£1,275pp self-drive / £1,298pp with transfers, including accommodation).
The end of the year sees India at its busiest, and with good reason. The weather is warm and sunny, with clear skies and low humidity, and there’s a festive cheer in the air. Aside from the mountains, where it can get quite chilly, all other areas of this vast and beautiful country offer balmy sunshine. For travellers looking to escape the crowds of the north, Rickshaw’s flexible 14-day south India itinerary is the perfect remedy for a slice of exotic winter sun. Sleep aboard a traditional rice barge on the peaceful backwaters, go in search of wild elephants, and take a break on the shores of the Indian Ocean.
Witness the highlights of this majestic country with Rickshaw’s Wildlife and Waterways of Keralaitinerary. Travel through Bangalore, Mysore, Wayanad, Tholpetty, Ooty, Coonoor, Cochin, Kerala Backwaters, Periyar National Park, Marari and Cochin. This trip is a real eye-opener (£1,275pp standard accommodation / £1,775 in-style accommodation, excludes flights). Planning a winter family holiday? Rickshaw recommends its India With the Family itinerary (14 days, £1,798 per adult, £1,198 per child. Includes accommodation, breakfast, transfers, excursions. Excludes flights.)
Argentina and Chile
For travellers in search of a more active winter escape this year, Argentina and Chile are a winning combination. Discover the classic northern highlights of both destinations in an adventure-packed trip. Sip a glass of wine among the vineyards of the Maipo Valley, visit the bohemian hills of Valparaiso, take in the sights of the driest desert in the world- Atacama – and top it all off with a trip to the cascading Iguazu Falls.
Experience a Taste of Argentina and Chile with Rickshaw’s From Desert Stars To Thundering Fallstwo-week itinerary – visiting Maipo Valley, Valparaiso, San Pedro de Atacama, Salta, Chicoana, Iguazu and Buenos Aires. (£1,898pp standard accommodation / £2,345pp instyle accommodation. Includes accommodation, breakfast, meet & greet in Buenos Aires, transfers, excursions. Excludes flights).
Rickshaw Travel is an independent tour operator committed to providing enriching, immersive travel experiences that take holidaymakers off the beaten path and into the heart of local communities. Christmas and New Year supplements may apply. For more information, visit www.rickshawtravel.co.uk.
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Rickshaw Travel is an independent tour operator based in Brighton. They are committed to providing enriching, immersive travel experiences that take holidaymakers off the beaten path and into the heart of local communities.
Meaningful travel – or travelling in a way that everybody benefits from – is the core ethos of Rickshaw: the traveller benefits from enriching experiences where they learn something new (about the destination, culture, a skill or about themselves) and at the same time the local people, animals and/or environment benefit too.
Rickshaw Travel’s individual approach to independent exploration enables adventurous holidaymakers to visit the heart of a destination and experience the real spirit of a local culture. Rickshaw specialises in offering small-scale, authentic accommodation that truly reflects the character of each destination.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Rickshaw Travel is proud to have built up a team of passionate Travel Specialists who each have extensive travel experience in their own dedicated destinations. They pride themselves on being open and honest about the places they have visited and are on hand to inspire and support travellers. The company’s style of travel is unique – Rickshaw’s dedicated Product Team has worked alongside the company’s in-destination partners to create a choice of carefully selected bite-size trips, typically 2-4 days long, which can be combined to create the perfect itinerary. Rickshaw’s bite-size trips include a range of local excursions, charming authentic accommodation and some transfers to ensure a hassle-free holiday. A minimum of three bite-sized trips must be combined to create a full itinerary.
Protecting nature and wildlife – and encouraging travellers to do the same – is also key for the Rickshaw team. They have recently partnered with Brighton-based organisation, ANIMONDIAL, to develop an animal welfare policy, as well as providing a ‘toolkit’ to help other small travel companies become more responsible. Rickshaw Travel has also committed to supporting the end of elephant riding by signing World Animal Protection’s elephant-friendly pledge and is in the process of auditing trips involving any type of wild animal interaction.
Rickshaw Travel now offers trips in 24 destinations across Asia, Central and South America, including Cuba, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Costa Rica, Peru, Borneo, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Chile, Brazil and Japan. Coinciding with its 10 year anniversary, Rickshaw Travel is excited to be launching brand new trips to Canada this month, with further Canadian itineraries launching in September 2018 as the company further expands its portfolio offering.
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