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To safari is to journey, and Africa is the place. A Friendly Planet tour of Africa offers wildlife viewing that is unimaginable. Bull elephants, lions and rhinos stand feet away from your vehicle. This continent of contrasts features European-style Mediterranean beaches, the Bedouin traditions of the dry Sahara, the world's largest waterfall, and the overwhelming beauty of the vast African bush.
The world's largest continent is as diverse as its vast population. From the silent and sacred Himalayas to glitzy cosmopolitan cities, from the world's highest summit to an entire village inside a Malay longhouse, from gargantuan ancient temples to the human-sized Terra Cotta Warriors, the magnitude of five millennia spreads across a land that must be experienced to be believed.
This long archipelago of island nations, each with its own distinctive culture and flavor, ranges from high-brow beach resorts to unspoiled isles of mountains and rainforests. Steeped in the lore of pirates and Indians, colonization by a plethora of European nations and the Africans they brought with them, have created a rich and diverse tapestry.
Central American destinations like Belize and Costa Rica on the thin slice of land linking North and South America have much in common with their Caribbean island neighbors: white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, an enviable climate, indigenous and Hispanic cultures, eco-tourism and beautiful resorts.
Taking the Grand Tour has never been easier. Walk among Roman and Greek ruins, chase waves on a Mediterranean beach, or test your endurance on an alpine trek. Languages of a dozen nations rise up from London streets. The music of Mozart drifts through his Austrian home. Flamenco guitar enlivens a Spanish square. Open borders and the wide use of the Euro makes touring Europe a breeze.
Its waves lap upon three continents and its temperate breezes once carried the cultures and treasures of antiquity. Experience the breadth of ages at the base of Egyptian pyramids or on a trek through the Holy Land. Our Mediterranean cruises and tour packages allow you to savor timeless cuisine, sunworship on famous beaches, explore medieval towns and cosmopolitan cities in a region where world history meets.
The "cradle of civilization" embraces the ancient and the modern: Roman ruins and Biblical sites, trendy city nightlife and the world's tallest tower. The moon shimmers over the silent desert where Bedouin ride their camels over rippling sand. Oasis resorts lure SCUBA divers and sun-worshippers, while the blue azure waters of the Mediterranean beckon the boating set.
Let a Friendly Planet tour package take you south of the equator to Amazon rainforests and Patagonia peaks. Santiago architecture and Ecuador's baroque cathedrals mark Spanish influence, while market days showcase indigenous crafts. Dance the seductive salsa or the erotic tango. The party never ends during Brazil's Carnaval. Ski Andean resorts or romp in the surf along white sand beaches. Whatever your passion, a South American tour can take it to the next level.
From the English explorer Captain Cook's first visits, to the 1958 film of the same name, the South Pacific has enchanted the imagination with visions of lei-bearing natives and lushly-covered volcanoes. Of world fame is the Great Barrier Reef, the black pearls of Tahiti, and the New Zealand countryside worthy of being a Lord of the Rings movie set.
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