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Twenty off-the-beaten-track adventure holidays for 2020

Get off-the-beaten-track in Mongolia

As adventurous travellers are looking for new destinations and experiences, we are finding a real interest in getting off-the-beaten-track, in adventure holidays to destinations where few people travel and where cultures thrive unspoiled by Western influence.

Here are twenty off-beat adventures for 2020.

South-eastern Europe: Secrets of the Balkans

Embrace romance on this 23-day tour through Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria and into Turkey. This itinerary combines the best of the Balkans; a colourful tapestry of cultures, landscapes and traditions, with whimsical villages and walled cities to sparkling waters and stunning national parks. Be charmed by the hearty food and opulent buildings of Sofia, learn the political history of Sarajevo, discover a 10th-century monastery in the Rila Mountains, and spend three nights on the Black Sea Coast. With local guides to illuminate the historic sights and cities along the way, this trip is a feast of ancient cultures, untouched wilderness and some of the best food and drink in Europe. Contact us about this trip.

Eastern Europe Overland Experience

Explore Polish highlights such as Krakow and Warsaw before travelling to Belarus, a corner of Europe that few have visited. Take in the best of the country, from the sleepy capital Minsk to the fortresses at Brest and Mir as well as the historic town of Njasvizh. Spend time exploring the charming Belarusian countryside – one of the last wildernesses of Europe. In Ukraine explore Kiev with its rich cultural heritage before heading to Lviv, one of the most elegant cities. Stay in the Carpathian Mountains, a treasure house of traditional culture and spectacular scenery. Moldova is a fascinating mélange of cultures while Romania is one of the most exciting parts of Europe. Blessed with virtually untouched countryside the century’s old folklore and traditions thrive in its picturesque villages. Contact us about this trip.

Russia - Caucasus Explored

The wild lands of the Caucasus, of fiercely independent people is a land of legends, untamed landscapes and hidden medieval villages. Travel through semi-autonomous republics and break-away states with names like Abkhazia, Aygea and Karachai-Cherkessia. See the City of the Dead, dramatic watchtowers perched on mountain ridges and discover the famed hospitality of the region on this fascinating trip. Contact us about this trip.

Altai Mountains Expedition: Kazakhstan to Mongolia

Go wild – very wild – as you unlock the beauty of the Altai Mountains on an 18-day far-out adventure through Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. Beginning in Nur-Sultan (Astana), travel to the depths of Russia and the Uch-Enmek National Park, making your way to some of the most isolated and spectacular mountain passes in the world. Weave your way into western Mongolia and discover the secrets of the Ice Age with a glacier trek in the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, and see truly wild Takhi horses in Khustain National Park. If you crave those weird and wonderful places, then this is about as uncharted as you can get. So much so, that our inaugural Intrepid Uncharted Expedition, which this trip is based on, sold out in days. This definitely isn’t the usual itinerary you’ll pick up from your local travel agent - unless they are Adventure Coordinators! Contact us about this trip.

Saudi Arabia

One of the most inaccessible places for Western Travellers, home to cosmopolitan cities, anicnet oasis settlements, prehistoric rock art and historic sites built by the same civilization that built Petra in Jordan. You will find a graceful, welcoming people, keen to meet visitors and demonstrate their traditions of hospitality. Contact us about this trip.


Explore the history and culture of Algeria, with French charm and influences ranging from the Romans and the Turkish, through to the older, indigenous culture of the Berbers. On this tour we visit the desert oasis of Taghit, the urban delights of Oran with its Spanish air and fascinating Constantine with its bridges and medina. The undisputed highlights of this small group tour though, are the Roman remains, Ottoman palaces, stunning desert and beautiful scenery. Contact us about this trip.

Tunisia Expedition

Discover living history, rippling desert landscapes and seaside bliss on this 12-day tour through under-the-radar Tunisia. Wander through waterfront medinas where the scent of jasmine floats on the sea breeze. Explore World Heritage-listed Roman ruins without the crowds they normally attract. Hike over sand dunes and under craggy mountains. Feast on spicy Tunisian cuisine, which blends the staples favoured by the nomadic peoples of North African with Italian and Spanish flavours. From vast stretches of pink-hued salt lakes to turquoise coast and palm-fringed oases – this tour reveals the diverse sides of this little-visited Mediterranean jewel.