Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
I don’t know about you but the older I’m getting the more an escorted vacation appeals,(although I’m not picking up my pension up or entitled to a bus pass just yet) well Riviera Travel have just introduced three new ones, and to be honest I can’t decide which one I would choose they all look great, I suppose it depends on what your interests are, but I’ll bet whichever one you chose you wouldn’t be disappointed.
This 11 day tour is a nature lover’s dream, with a trip to the remote Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, renowned for its incredible birdlife, seeing the extraordinary Monteverde Cloud Forest from above on the superb hanging bridges and a three night stay at Manuel Antonio overlooking the Pacific Ocean and one of Costa Rica’s most popular National Parks.
Tour the fascinating capital, San Jose and explore the area around the perfect cone of the still active Arenal Volcano.
For those feeling adventurous, there is an opportunity to try out the exhilarating ‘zip line’ tour through the rainforest.
11 days from £2,099 per person
Helsinki, Tallinn & Riga
This enchanting eight day adventure commences with three nights in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, with a guided tour of this coastal melting pot of Scandinavian and Russian influences, including a visit to the Suomenlinna Fortress, an impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site straddled across six of Helsinki’s islands.
Next, journey across the Gulf of Finland to Estonia aboard a modern, comfortable ship, before settling in the Estonian capital of Tallinn for two nights. This includes a walking tour of the charming Medieval Lower Town and the hilltop Upper Town, and a visit to the picturesque Kadriorg Park with its fairy-tale Swan Lake manicured gardens and a guided tour of its crowning glory baroque palace.
A relaxing countryside drive from Tallinn to Estonia’s cultural capital Tartu gives you time to enjoy the impressive museums, university-town atmosphere, and Old Town.
The final destination is the Latvian capital Riga, with a walking tour of the riverside Historic Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage gem boasting a mix of gothic and Art Nouveau architecture.
8 days from £799 per person
Malaysia, Borneo & Singapore
This new two-week tour offers the perfect combination of the hustle and bustle of city life with the calm and serenity of nature.
Arriving in Malaysia, there are lots of ways of seeing this beautiful country, such as touring the historic George Town in Penang by cycle rickshaw, travelling on the Penang Hill funicular railway, taking the train through the centre of Peninsula Malaysia from Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur or on foot, with a guided walking tour of the fascinating multi-cultural legacies of Malacca.
Next, fly to Borneo and visit the renowned Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, with the opportunity to experience a ride on the steam-driven North Borneo Railway.
Spend three nights at the luxurious five-star Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, with its own nature reserve, golf course, and mile-long beach.
A two-night stay in Singapore with a tour of the city and its famed Botanical Gardens draws this tour to a satisfying close.
14 days from £2,099 per person
These tours are now available to book online at www.rivieratravel.co.uk or by calling 01283 744370.