Country Road, Tien Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan

Great Journeys

Great journeys provide us with curiosity, challenge and contrast that few other trips can. They are often based around history – for example, retracing the footsteps of an explorer – but can be themed on atmosphere, nostalgia or a sense of achievement.

Travel by car, by 4×4, or by train, following some of the worlds greatest scenic journeys. For those of you with the time, you can travel its length in one go, but most will prefer to do it in sections stopping along the way to explore the many sites of interest.

True romantics or explorers amongst you might want to arrange a ‘great journey’ yourselves but don’t underestimate the time it takes and the difficulty of sewing the disparate threads of such a journey together. Our experts and contacts can arrange opportunities that are simply not available to independent travellers. More to the point they are here to help as back up, should things not go to plan – always a possibility on a long and involved journey.

Self-Drive, Andes Region, Bolivia
Andes , Bolivia
The Great Ocean Road Victoria, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
Famous bridge on the garden route, Garden Route, South Africa
Garden Route, South Africa
Foothills, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Self-Drive journeys

Designed to give you the freedom to dictate your own pace, these holidays combine classic self-drive destinations such as South Africa, Namibia and Australia with countries like Morocco, Malaysia and Argentina, where self-drive may not be the first option that springs to mind.

Put yourself back in the driving seat and take the road less travelled on a Steppes self-drive holiday.

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Train passing through Bow valley, Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada
Alberta, Canada
Indian Pacific Train heading Eastbound through Clare Valley, Australia
Indian Pacific Train, Australia
Train from Kandy to the Tea Country, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Bullet Train, Japan
Tokyo, Japan

Rail journeys

Whether it’s a Great Railway journey of epic proportions or a short hop in a rural setting, sometimes the journey itself becomes the destination. Jump on-board, feel like a traveller rather than a tourist and let the landscape speed by.

There can be no better way than immersing yourself into a country and meet the local people than to take to the trains. Our favourite rail destinations include Canada, Australia, Sri Lanka and Japan.

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4x4 vehicles driving through river in Peru
Peru Safari 4x4 Vehicle

4x4 journeys

A new era of travel is emerging, blending the highlights of self-driving, with the luxury of driving your own expedition 4 x4 vehicles. This allows exploration way beyond the normal tourist path and makes for an unforgettable adventure.

Choose from self-drive 4×4 exploration in countries such as Namibia, or guided 4×4 self-drive holidays in Peru. Guided self-drive will be accompanied by a guide vehicle throughout the trip providing communication services, local liaison and back up for driving if needed.

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Holiday Inspiration

Our experts have created and curated these tailor-made holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.


Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Famous bridge on the garden route, Garden Route, South Africa

Self-Drive the Garden Route

Self-drive along the scenic coastline of South Africa’s Garden Route, with its breath-taking scenery.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Self drive in front of Brandberg Mountain, Damaraland, Namibia

Self-driving in Namibia

For the independent traveller, explore this area on a self-drive.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Golden Eagle Railway, Lake Baikal, Russia

The Golden Eagle train

Travel across Russia’s wonderfully unexplored interior on the Golden Eagle train.

Shangri La Express Train, Golden Eagle Silk Road Journey, China

Silk Route by Train

Journey the Silk Route by luxury train crossing five countries through Central Asia; a magical way to see this ancient trading route.

Suggested Holiday Idea

4x4 vehicles driving through river in Peru

4×4 Amazon and Andes Adventure

Embark on a 4×4 self-drive adventure, travelling overland between the desert, the Andes and the Amazon.

Self-Drive, Andes Region, Bolivia

4×4 Bolivian Adventure

Travel by 4WD vehicle and admire the red algae-rich waters of Laguna Colorada which provides vital nourishment to scores of James flamingos.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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