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Ten off-the-beaten-track trips with Exodus Travels

Discovering countries, cultures, environments, cities, mountain ranges, deserts, coasts and jungles; exploring this amazing planet we all live on - that is what Adventure Coordinators and Exodus have in common. You yearn to visit new places and come home with a real sense of what they’re all about. We help you delve into local traditions, cultures, cuisine, lifestyles – anything that contributes to its unique identity. We help you reach some incredible destinations on 500 itineraries across over 90 separate countries. Here are the ten best off-the-beaten track adventure tours with Exodus:

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Europe's Frontier: Moldova & Ukraine Rated: leisurely, 1 out of 10 8 days from $1615 With just 94,000 visitors in 2015 Moldova was one of Europe's least visited countries. Sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania is has always been caught in the middle of an East/West game of tug of war. The capital Chisinau has struggled to shrug off its Soviet past, but this is part of its charm, while the countryside offers historic monasteries and one of the world’s largest wineries. Not to mention ‘independent’ Transnistria, where citizens cling onto their Soviet past, refusing to let go. Western Ukraine by contrast has always looked to Europe. Lviv, the countries cultural capital, certainly feels more Germanic than Soviet, with its historic UNESCO listed old town and charming cafe culture. While its mighty capital Kyiv, is just starting to emerge as a modern European hotspot of culture and nightlife. View trip

Highlights of Georgia & Armenia Rated: leisurely - moderate, 2 out of 10 14 days from $2885 The monasteries, churches and cathedrals of Georgia and Armenia are amongst the oldest in the world. Many are built in stunning locations, surrounded by gardens and forests, perched on top of dramatic gorges or silhouetted before snowcapped mountains. The range of scenery is immense, from Mount Ararat towering majestically over the skyline of Yerevan, to the lush valleys of ancient vineyards across the lowlands of Georgia. Here wine has been produced for almost 10,000 years and there is the opportunity to visit one of its most famous wine cellars. View trip

Tbilisi to Isfahan Rated: leisurely - moderate, 2 out of 10 14 days from $3705 An epic two week journey taking in the very best of Georgia, Armenia and Iran. This combination gives the opportunity to explore three distinctly different cultures with their own authentic traditions and ancient history: Georgia with untouched nature, the Caucasus Mountains, hundreds of monasteries and history of wine making; Armenia with its ancient churches and proud cultural identity; While Iran offers a taste of exotic Persia with stunning mosques, tea houses, bazaars, deserts, and oases. View trip

The Silk Road Rated: leisurely - moderate, 2 out of 10 15 days from $3475 For centuries great caravans of merchants made their way through deserts, across steppes and over mountains, creating trade routes between the great civilisations of the Mediterranean and China. Art and religion spread both East and West and grand cities with impressive architecture sprouted alongside nomadic tribes of eagle-hunters. Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo and uncover the natural and cultural treasures of Central Asia on this two week trip through Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan taking in some of the Silk Road’s best sites, from Bukhara and Samarkand to the Tien Shan Mountains. View trip

Zimbabwe Walking & Wildlife Rated: moderate, 3 out of 10 14 days from $4555 In the east, ridges rise up towards high plateaus broken by gorges and valleys beneath towering peaks. South of here great ruins stand testament to a bygone civilisation that once ruled this land. To the southwest massive granite boulders balance seemingly precariously on top of each other as rhinos graze lazily beneath. Whilst in the west herds of elephants roam through grasslands and Wild dogs go on the hunt in packs. Finally, in the northwest the mighty Victoria Falls thunder over basalt cliffs. This is Zimbabwe as we uncover it hiking through its mountains and on safari through its game reserves. View trip

Walking Wild Greenland Rated: leisurely - moderate, 2 out of 10 10 days from $6265 A spectacular walking journey through the mountain and coastal wilderness of Greenland’s fjorded east coast. During this exciting 10 day itinerary we explore this untouched region, bursting with mountains, icebergs, huge glaciers and rivers. We will combine well-paced daily walks with exploration from the air thanks to two short helicopter flights above the iceberg filled coastal waters, seeing the very best of this unique destination. View trip

Cycle Namibia Rated: moderate, 3 out of 10 13 days from $3325 Namibia is a vast country with wide open spaces and endless skies. Sand dunes gradually turn into granite hills, whilst rocky outcrops give way to vast plains where elephants, giraffes and lions roam. Travelling through the wilderness by bike is undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience the varied landscape of this desert nation. Discover the country’s highlights and hidden secrets on two wheels, watch the sun set over the tallest sand dunes in the world and experience game drives in one of southern Africa’s best game reserves, Etosha National Park. View trip

Cycle Macedonia & Northern Albania Rated: challenging, 5 out of 10 8 days from $1575 The border lands of Northern Albania and Western Macedonia are truly one of the last hidden gems of Europe. Sweeping gorges are carved by crystal blue waters that flow into tranquil lakes, whilst rocky peaks and plateaux rise high above the lush green landscape. Ancient villages, rarely visited by tourists nestle themselves into the valleys, some of which retain a way of life that has been unchanged for centuries. Our carefully chosen route heads through some of the best scenery these fascinating countries have to offer, complimented with some really exciting cycling that equally challenges and rewards. View trip

Cycling in Bhutan Rated: challenging, 5 out of 10 14 days from $7595 Bicycles and Bhutan are a perfect fit. The tiny remote mystical Kingdom of Bhutan is probably the most culturally rich of all the Himalayan Kingdoms and is one of the most inaccessible. Tucked away at the eastern end of the mighty Himalaya, the Land of the Thunder Dragon is a wonderful place for a bike trip with some good paved roads, forests, glacial rivers, wonderful mountain scenery and cultural diversity. The whole country feels serene and is united by its love of the King and GNH (Gross National Happiness) is more important than GNP. This new trip takes us from Paro in the west to Bumthang in central Bhutan. We visit the remote Haa Valley and the capital, Thimpu. Crossing several passes over 3000m, we get wonderful views of the Himalaya. A side trip to the beautiful Gangtey Valley and Punakha Dzong are added highlights as is a visit to one of the masked dance festivals. There are plenty of long mountain climbs and exhilarating descents so a good level of cycling fitness is required. View trip

Cycling Indonesia's Islands Rated: moderate, 3 out of 10 13 days from $2845 Active volcanoes tower over rice paddies and coffee plantations. Jungles fringe tropical beaches on the edge of coral-rich waters. Village and temples dot the landscape where age-old traditions are still followed today. This is the backdrop through which we cycle up to craters and down to fishing villages, along asphalt roads and rainforest trails. On two wheels we explore some of the quieter parts of the islands of Bali and Java uncovering a patchwork of sights, sounds and smells. View trip

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