Specialist Expeditions Worldwide

Past Tours

Yorkshire’s Private Country Houses

With privileged, special access we visit three of Yorkshire’s most glorious private houses.


Each remarkable house has an intriguing history . . . [READ MORE]


Architecture, Paintings, Furniture, Tapestries, Plasterwork, Grottoes & Gardens, the variety, quality of craftsmanship and elegance of these superb houses is remarkable. In the course of this 4 day break, we visit the . . . [READ MORE]

Walking & Boating in RURAL BURMA

February Escape: explore deep into the Burmese countryside, close to the CHINESE BORDER and boat through the string of backwaters south of Lake Inle, home to fascinating colourful tribes.

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The Enchanting Emerald Isle

Unhurried, Vibrant & Utterly Charming,

An exploration of luxuriant gardens, magnificent mansions, followed by weaving along with ever-changing views on board the luxurious Belmond Grand Hibernian Train.  We visit the Palladian splendour of . . . [READ MORE]

Exploring the Andaman Sea with Durrell Conservation

TIGERS and TEMPLES, FISH EAGLES and FLAMINGOS, we voyage across the Bay of Bengal to the remote ANDAMAN ISLES and on to INDIA’s west coast. Exploring by ship and zodiac . . . [READ MORE]

Cruising the Irrawaddy, January 2018

Escaping European winter we stroll the colonial streets of romantic RANGOON, now a fascinating mix of old and new.

Lunch in the buzzy RANGOON TEA HOUSE, whilst staying at the glorious . . . [READ MORE]

Exotics in Spring, an April short break

Colour, warmth, TAPAS and TIPPLES, exotic birds and rare orchids.  We will cram our weekend in Southern Spain with the best of Andalucia whilst based in a stylish ex-olive Hacienda.


Polar Bears & Wildlife deep within the Arctic Circle REPEATED in 2018

In 2017 this tour was a huge success – see the comments.  Using the same comfortable ice-class, purpose-built ship, we cruise remote fjords and corners of the strikingly beautiful SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO . . . [READ MORE]

Portuguese Table Wines with Ben Howkins

APRIL 14th - 19th 2016

PORTUGAL – “a treasure trove of indigenous grape varieties.”

The Douro Valley & Lodges of Oporto: a delightful wine tour with BEN HOWKINS & Amelia Dalton.

We will taste wines created by the historic . . . [READ MORE]

Our motor yacht

Boating in the Brazilian Amazon

7th - 22nd October 2015

From the comfort of our private motor yacht,  chartered exclusively for us, we cruise the tributaries of the mighty Amazon, heading up into the tributaries of the Rio Negro before . . . [READ MORE]

Burma past and present

Colonial Yangon occupied our first morning before visiting the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda during a golden sunset followed by a Burmese dinner with French wine, in the company of alumni from . . . [READ MORE]

Wines of the Rhône Valley

11 - 15 June 2014

A specialist wine tour with James Price & Amelia Dalton
“Are there wines to rival the greatest First Growths of Bordeaux and the Grand Crus of Burgundy?” Robert Parker’s answer is a resounding “YES! They are found among the finest wines of the Rhône Valley.”

Sumatra & Super Trees

2 – 8 October 2014

From the sophistication of Singapore to the simplicity of Sumatra, this will be a short tour of contrasts, principally offered to those taking the ORION voyage through INDONESIA.

The Temples of Angkor & Cruising the mighty Mekong

From VIETNAM to CAMBODIA by way of LAOS; temples, rivers and lakes. A cultural and wildlife extravaganza

Spring Glamour: Italian Lakes, Villas & Gardens

15 - 20 April 2015


“The island gardens which dot the Italian lakes are among the most beautiful and beguiling in the world.  But it takes a gardener to explain their fascination” Monty Don.

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Orangutans, Monkeys and Dragons

8 - 20 October 2014

An exotic wildlife voyage to Borneo, Bali & Beyond