WELCOME TO UNIQUE DESTINATIONS
– the home of Polar expeditions, intriguing train journeys, hand crafted small ship cruises worldwide and escorted tours to the authentic.
The past year saw our 2nd garden cruise / tour and a visit to the Chelsea flower show to complete the picture. The cruise focussed on the exceptional gardens of the Channel Islands whilst the land tour offered 9 great English gardens in Kent and the Cotswolds skillfully led by David Davidson.
In June I had the good fortune to be invited by the Georgian National Tourism office to experience the highlights of this very special country at the foothills of the Caucasus. This will result in our group tour of Georgia and Armenia in Sep this year.
In Sep we undertook a fairly tough but exhilarating 4 x 4 drive through the Eastern Himalayan valleys. This included the Himachal Pradesh circuit, the Spiti Valley and crossing the highest motorised pass, the Khardung La at 5606m into the Nubra Valley. Thereafter driving from Leh to Kashmir running parallel to the Indus River for a large part of the journey. We hope to repeat the Himachal Pradesh and Nubra Valley experience coupled with exploring the Zanskar Valley – destinations on roads less travelled!
Also planned for the future will be a journey through the Rift Valley of Ethiopia followed by the Simien Mountains and the cultural venues of the North.
In addition to our tours, expeditions, train journeys and cruises as per our standard collection we have been able to research and compile special journeys for the private adventurer – a nice challenge!
To all our travellers of the mind thank you for journeying with us – we trust your horizons have been expanded and the memories stay vivid.
We wish you well for 2016.
Hans & Leo van Heukelum