Top 10 of Great Travels 2011

Why not try something a bit different for your next holiday? Great itineraries, from the rural countryside of Rajasthan to the Great Plains of the Maasai Mara and on to the mountainous peaks and sparkling turquoise waters of the South Pacific. Text and travel ideas courtesy of Scott Dunn.

Mayan mysteries, Mexico
Explore the mysteries of the ancient Mayan kingdoms on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Stay in boutique and chic Haciendas before finishing your holiday relaxing on the pure white sands and swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.
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Ultimate Brazil
Brazil has so much to offer. Experience the best of it on a journey through this fascinating country. After the buzzing beats of Rio, the abundant wildlife in the Pantanal, and the colonial town of Salvador, relax on Bahia’s beautiful beaches - the perfect end to this Brazilian adventure.
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Boutique Rajasthan: India off the beaten track
Search out the lesser known (and less touristy) wonders of Rajasthan on this exciting tailor-made trip through the amazing north of India. Explore the countryside seeing the heart of rural India as well as forgotten palaces and stunning wildlife. You'll even have the chance to spot a Royal Bengal Tiger.
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4.- Family-friendly Sri Lanka
For a family holiday with a difference, Sri Lanka is the perfect choice. Watch elephants up close, explore temples and fortresses and visit a tea plantation or two, all with our expert guides, while staying in the finest properties, carefully selected for you.
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5.- Cream of the Cape
Offering beautiful scenery, gourmet food, chic and stylish properties (as well as no jetlag to contend with), South Africa is the ideal choice for a short break away. Enjoy a few nights in Cape Town before whale-watching and then wine-tasting in Franschhoek, the cultural centre of South Africa.
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6.- Wildebeest and watersports
Search out the big five in Kenya’s Maasai Mara on this family-friendly Africa itinerary. Your expert safari guide at Naibor will search out giraffe, wildebeest, elephant, lions and many more. From the Great Plains, head to the coast and the unspoilt island of Lamu to end your African adventure in style.
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7.- Ultimate Australia and New Zealand
From tree houses and whale-watching in New Zealand to jet-boating and bush-walking in Australia, this epic trip explores the highlights of these two magnificent countries. Staying in handpicked properties, explore the North and South Island before heading to Sydney, and the beautiful beaches and secluded spots that Australia has to offer.
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8.- Indonesia by Aman
On this exploration of Indonesia you will visit five of the 17,000 islands that make up this country. Explore the coast and cultural heart of Bali before flying over to the island of Moyo to enjoy your own desert island paradise. Finish your trip exploring the thousand year-old temples on the island of Java at Amanjiwo.
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9.- Caribbean with a difference
Experience two different sides of Caribbean life with this journey to two unique islands. Grenada, known as the Spice Island, offers beautiful volcanic scenery and stunning beaches, follow this with a short hop over to exclusive Mustique for lazy days under swaying coconut palms.
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10.- South Pacific Island hopping
Travel to some of the most stunning scenery in the world when visiting the South Pacific islands. You’ll receive a warm welcome in the Cook Islands, renowned for their friendly people, followed by the spectacular scenery in Bora Bora – mountainous peaks surrounded by crystal clear seas make for the ideal view from your water villa balcony.
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