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Even without its bloodcurdling myths of Dracula, werewolves, haunted castles and gypsy curses, Romania is an atmospheric destination. And no more so on the spooky holiday of Halloween. Let us introduce you to the beauty of ancient Bucharest, the haunting beauty and mythology of Sighisoara, and spooky Bran Castle (aka Dracula’s castle) in Brasov. For a spine-tingling adventure this Halloween, don’t look past this adventure in Transylvania. Mwahahaha.
Starting at $1225.00+
Even without its bloodcurdling myths of Dracula, werewolves, haunted castles and gypsy curses, Romania is an atmospheric destination. And no more so on the spooky holiday of Halloween. Let us introduce you to the beauty of ancient Bucharest, the haunting beauty and mythology of Sighisoara, and spooky Bran Castle (aka Dracula’s castle) in Brasov. For a spine-tingling adventure this Halloween, don’t look past this adventure in Transylvania. Mwahahaha.
Starting at $1225.00+
Rio Carnival Experience

Take centre-stage in this epic annual event and let the rhythm of Rio take over. Don an elaborate costume and samba your way through the non-stop action as you get swept up in the energy and euphoria of the biggest party on earth. Witness the festivities reach their dizzying climax, join the conga line with the locals, move and shake among the drum-fuelled street festas and revel in the magic celebration of life. With a mix of festival-specific activities and iconic Carnival experiences – you don’t want to miss the party of a lifetime.

Activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - Welcome dinner
  • Rio de Janeiro - Samba Club visit
  • Rio de Janeiro - Christ the Redeemer
  • Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Rio de Janeiro - Bloco experience
  • Rio de Janeiro - Sambodrome (Seating in sector 11)
Highlights
  • Perfect your samba steps at a local club and learn how to blend in with the Carioca crowds, a great introduction for your first night in this pulsating city.
  • Witness a parade of elaborate floats and costumes as samba dancers show off their moves in the Sambadrome – a party that stretches well into the early hours.
  • Leave the guidebook at home and get to know the rhythms of Rio on a city tour of the top sites. See Christ the Redeemer up close and soak up sweet views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.
  • Be a part of the biggest stage in the world – don a costume and take part in the parade – dancing your way down the Sambadrome runway, a truly once in a lifetime experience.
  • Experience the best of Carnival under the safe and knowledgeable guidance of your expert leader. They’re on hand to make sure you have a hassle-free, fun-filled adventure!
Starting at $1965.00+
Mongolia's Naadam Festival

The ancient Greeks may have the Olympics but the Mongols have Naadam. Mongolia’s annual circus-like Naadam Festival is a centuries-old tradition that dates back to the era of the great Khans and their dynasties. Wrestling, archery and horse racing - the three skills that Chingis Khan considered essential for any Mongol warrior - are showcased at the country’s largest celebration of the "three manly sports". Come behind the scenes as we meet the competitors in the lead up to the festival and discover some of Mongolia’s wild outback, visiting ruined monasteries, flaming cliffs and historic cities.

Activities
  • Archery Training Camp
  • Wrestling Training Camp
  • Horse Racing Training Camp
  • Baga Gazriin Chuluu - Hike
  • Tsagaan Suvarga - Hike
  • Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs - Sunset walk
  • Vulture Canyon - Hike
  • Khongoriin Sand Dunes - Sunset walk & camel ride
  • Ongiin Khiid - Ruins
  • Karakorum - Erdenezuu Monastery & Museum
  • Naadam Festival - Opening Ceremony
  • Naadam Festival - Archery events
  • Naadam Festival - Wrestling events
  • Naadam Festival - Horse Racing events
Highlights
  • Go behind the scenes of Mongolia's Naadam Festival and visit the athlete's training camps as they prepare to compete in the 2017 Naadam Festival.
  • Live the nomad life with a family stay at a horse breeder's camp.
  • Experience the phenomenal landscapes of central Mongolia.
  • Attend the Naadam Opening Ceremony and watch athletes compete for glory in wrestling, horse racing and archery.
  • Encounter Mongolia's stunning natural landscape with visits to places such as the Flaming Cliffs and sand dunes of Khongoriin.
Starting at $2935.00+
Mexico City: Day of the Dead Original

Feel the mystical vibes of the weird and wonderful Dia de los Muertos, or the annual Day of the Dead festival, on a five-day cultural exploration of Mexico City. Visit the museums of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and learn all about their fascination with death, wander about the sacred indigenous site of Tepoztlan, participate in a traditional Day of the Dead ceremony and see elaborate altars dedicated to the deceased. This festival is all about rituals, so dive straight in to the spooky and sacrilegious ceremonies that has made this tradition so infamous. Oh, and Mexico City’s tacos will make you feel you’ve died and gone to heaven, too.

Activities
  • Mexico City - City Tour
  • Mexico City - Anahuacalli Museum
  • Mexico City - Frida Kahlo Museum
  • El Tepozteco - Archeological Site Tour (Guide. Transport & Entrance Fee)
  • Mexico City - Day of the Dead altar creation
  • Mexico City - Cemetery visit
Highlights
  • Fiesta the night away in Mexico City and get into the true spirit of this haunting ceremonial festival.
  • Get the low-down on all of the traditions and rituals of the Day of the Dead festival, including taking part in making your own traditional altar offering.
  • Get a taste of local art with a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum in the Coyoacan neighbourhood. Check out the works in her former home, with her art often focused on the notion of death.
  • Explore the historic town of Tepoztlan – a mecca for artists and mystics, with a magical feel in the air. Tour the ancient city and ruins, and climb to the top of the Tepozteco pyramid.
  • All of these festivities will work up an appetite. Luckily Mexico City boasts some of Central America’s best food – from roadside taco stands to fine dining in the heart of the city, you won’t go hungry.
Starting at $995.00+
Papua New Guinea National Mask Festival

There’s so much more to Papua New Guinea than the Kokoda Track. Rivers, valleys, gorges, mountains, volcanoes, lagoons and inlets carve up this country like it’s nobody's business, and this has allowed a multitude of cultures to develop in virtual isolation to each other – and the outside world. There’s no better window to Papua New Guinea’s diverse tribal tapestry than the National Mask Festival – a spectacle of song and dance, rhythm and drama, costume and colour. Take in the re-enacted canoe landing that kicks off the Kinavai Ceremony, watch grown men dance through flames at the astounding Baining Fire Dance, and, either side of the festival itself, discover the fascinating wartime sites, unique local markets, friendly island villages and volcanic hot springs that many visitors overlook.

Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Matupit Island - Day trip
  • Rabaul - Yamamoto's Bunker
  • Rabaul - Karavai Ceremony
  • Rabaul - Rabaul Markets
  • Rabaul - Old Niugini Club
  • Rabaul - Japanese Submarine Base & Tunnels
  • Duke of York Islands - Mioko Island tour & sing sing
  • Kokopo - Bitapaka War Cemetery
  • Kokopo - Blue Lagoon
  • Kokopo - Dolphin watching & snorkelling
  • Kokopo - Kokopo Markets
  • Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer
Highlights
  • Marvel at an active volcano, tuck into a shoreline barbecue and experience a traditional sing-sing in the Duke of York Islands
  • Discover how the World Wars played out in the Pacific. Visit the War Museum in Rabaul and head underground for a tour of the Japanese tunnels in Kokopo
  • Be mesmerised by the chants of the Kinavai ceremony as the canoes paddle across the magical dawn
  • There's nothing in the world like the Baining fire dance. Watch as men engulf themselves in flames to the beat of the bamboo drum and escape unharmed
  • Gain an insight into small village industry on a day trip to the tiny Matupit Island
  • Relax and unwind at the plush Rapopo Plantation Resort when it's all over
Starting at $3840.00+
Southern Comfort USA - New Orleans Jazz Festival

Enjoy classic architecture, history, music and food on this adventure through the Southern states of the USA. Kick things off in Atlanta before heading to the historic cities of Savannah, Charleston and Asheville and the musical cities of Nashville and Memphis before finishing in New Orleans in time for Jazz Fest. See a variety of artists covering all kinds of genres from jazz to zydeco to blues, rock, African, and more. It's not just music either – Southern cuisine, crafts, folk heritage and native cultures all play a role in this action-packed, world-class event.

Activities
  • Savannah - Leader led historical walking tour
  • Charleston - Boone Hall Plantation
  • Nashville - Wildhorse Saloon cover charge & line dancing
  • Memphis - Sun Studio
  • Memphis - National Civil Rights Museum
  • New Orleans - Crawfish Boil
  • New Orleans - Jazz Fest Ticket
Highlights
  • Jazz Fest is one of the best music festivals in North America. As well as being able to listen to all different kinds of music across 12 stages, the festival also attracts some big name international artists. A single day ticket is included in the price of your trip.
  • Embark on a road trip across one of the most colourful, musical and hospitable parts of the USA: the Deep South. This diverse trip takes you through six states and the best of the region's contrasting cities, from the historic settlements of Savannah and Charleston, to the mountain town of Asheville and the musical centres of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans
  • A journey through the USA wouldn’t be complete without a lesson in history. Charleston’s story is told through the former auction rooms of the Old Slave Mart and in the fields of the cotton plantations
  • Experience the pinnacle of pop culture with a visit to Graceland, the iconic home of the ‘King of Rock and Roll’, Elvis Presley
  • Y'all might think you don't like country music, but Nashville’s honky-tonks may well change that. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and then check out a live band in town
  • Lively New Orleans is a great place to round off your trip. Discover French, Creole, Spanish and American influences in the Big Easy's architecture, food, history and music, and you won't find a cocktail more colourful than the city's signature drink, the Hurricane
Starting at $4800.00+
Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival

Full of lush rainforest landscapes, breathtaking cave systems, rolling rivers and lost islands, Sarawak is one of South East Asia’s best kept secrets. Take the opportunity to experience both the culture and the nature of this verdant wonderland on an adventure including the Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival. This annual gathering brings a diverse spectrum of performers and culture to the coastline of the Santubong Peninsula for three days of celebration, allowing you to soak in both the beauty of the area and the artistic essence of its people. Meet local musicians, visit an orangutan sanctuary and delve into national parks on a jungle adventure you’ll never forget.

Activities
  • Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival - 3 day pass
  • Bako National Park
  • Kuching - Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary
  • Mulu NP - Deer & Lang Caves
  • Mulu NP - Wind & Clearwater Caves
  • Mulu National Park - Canopy Walk
Highlights
  • Journey to Kuching, Sarawak to witness the Rainforest World Music Festival in full swing. This unique festival draws in renowned international musicians and indigenous performers of Borneo for not-to-be-missed performances.
  • Spend a night in the home of one of the regular performers of the festival and learn all about the sape – an instrument used by some of Borneo’s indigenous musicians.
  • Borneo offers rare treats for the nature lover – see Orangutans at the Semenggoh Sanctuary and the quirky proboscis monkeys in Bako National Park.
  • Explore one of the world’s largest cave networks and witness a sunset hunting exodus of millions of bats, twisting through the sky like a plume of black smoke in Gunung Mulu National Park.
  • Get a unique perspective on the rainforest of Mulu National Park during an early morning walk through the canopy, which is the longest of its kind in the world.
Starting at $2145.00+
Russia Highlights - New Year

Experience the festive spirit – and spirited festivities – of the Russian New Year on this special Russian Highlights adventure. See Moscow’s famous Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral under a layer of snow and vodka-toast the old year out with a Russian family, then toast the New Year in with champagne. See the glittering treasures of the Armoury Museum, visit the Russian Santa’s residence in Veliky Ustyug and be shown the sights of grand St Petersburg. This small group trip offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness Russia during this special time of the year.

Activities
  • Moscow - Red Square & Lenin's Mausoleum
  • Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury Guided Tour
  • Suzdal - Guided walking tour
  • Yaroslavl - Walking Tour
  • Velikiy Ustyug - Kuznetsovo village visit & lunch
  • St Petersburg - Tea party with local family
Highlights
  • Spend the festive season surrounded by the delights of a Russian winter wonderland. Here's some reasons why Russia is a fantastic place to ring in the new year: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/russia-new-year/
  • Uncover winter legends in the picturesque town of Velikiy Ustyug, home to the Russian Santa Claus Ded Moroz (Father Frost).
  • Experience the history and traditions of the Russian orthodox faith at this important celebratory time of year.
  • Share in unique customs with locals on an overnight homestay in Suzdal. Lend a hand with a traditional feast and ring in the New Year with your hosts.
Starting at $2400.00+
Russia Expedition: Permafrost Railway & Ysyakh Festival

Siberia – the very word has become symbolic for all that is remote, rugged and mysterious. This 15-day Expedition is your chance to discover a region that is as enigmatic to outsiders as it is vast. Travel into Russia’s Far East on the historic Baikul-Amur Railway, then board the new Permafrost Railway to Yakutsk, a city built on frozen ground. Learn the secrets of life in the Sakha Republic and immerse yourself in the traditions of the Yakut people. Celebrate the beginning of summer in what is normally one of the coldest cities on earth, revelling in the sun and warmth with locals during the Ysyakh Festival. Admire the wild beauty of the landscapes and tenacity of the people who call rural Russia home.

Activities
  • Vladivostok - S-56 Submarine
  • Komsomolsk-na-Amure - City tour
  • Tynda - Baikal-Amur Mainline Builders Monument
  • Neryungri - Tekhnopark
  • Nizhny Bestyakh - Yakut horse farm & Siberian village experience
  • Yakutsk - City tour
  • Yakutsk - Melnikov Permafrost Institute
  • Yakutsk - Treasury of the Sakha Republic
  • Yakutsk - Old Town walking tour
  • Yakutsk - Ysyakh Festival
  • Yakutsk - Ysyakh Festival
  • Ust' Buotama NP - Wood Bison Nursery
  • Yakutsk - Buluus Glacier
  • Yakutsk - Kuruluur Waterfalls
  • Ust' Buotama NP - Hiking
  • Ust' Buotama NP - Lena Pillars
Highlights
  • Travel into stunning, sparsely-populated Far East Russian Siberia via two incredible feats of railway engineering – the Permafrost Express and the historic Baikal-Amur Railway – in the short window of summer.
  • Explore Yakutsk, the largest city built on continuous permafrost, and wonder at the unique architecture and cultural practises born of the harsh environment.
  • Celebrate the arrival of summer during the Ysyakh Festival, where the locals perform traditional Yakut sports, dance into the night and feast on local delicacies like roasted horse meat.
  • Stay overnight in Ust-Buotama National Park and visit a bison nursery, hike through evergreen forest and see the towering limestone rock pillars that line the Lena River.
  • Learn about various Yakut traditions on a visit to a horse farm, during lunch with a family in a small village and in tiny regional museums.
Starting at $4420.00+

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