We have a selection of guidebooks to some of our most popular destinations. Written by our specialists, they detail destination information, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send this via a PDF to your email.
January is the perfect time to explore exotic climates in search of cultural gems and winter sun. If you're after adventure, Antarctica is just the ticket as the penguins are out in full force and the landscape is especially dramatic. Wildlife enthusiasts need to get themselves to South Africa to try and spy the big five.
From rugged countryside and dramatic desert to hilltop forts and bustling cities, Rajasthan is a captivating blend of vibrant culture ready to be explored. The weather at this time of year is cool, providing the perfect temperature to delve into the many sites this region has to offer. Explore industrious Delhi, soak up the iconic beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra and wander the pink-hued city of Jaipur. From there, the rest of Rajasthan awaits…
A frozen wilderness of dramatic icefields, turquoise glaciers and glittering icebergs, an expedition cruise exploring this hauntingly beautiful landscape is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The sheer magnitude of the scenery and the chance to see penguins, seals, whales and seabirds in their natural habitat will stay with you forever. Visit in January when wildlife is at its most plentiful and expect to see penguin chicks beginning to hatch.
The Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka
With ancient history, fantastic wildlife, colourful festivals and lush green rolling hills – this tiny teardrop shaped country has a lot to offer. Venture north of Kandy for the Cultural Triangle and explore the famous three UNESCO-listed sites that, when combined into one trip, provide an unforgettable adventure. Bike around the medieval capital of Anuradhapura, visit the extraordinary reclining Buddha at Polonnaruwa, and climb 1200 steps to the top of Sigiriya’s ancient fortress, so you can take in the stunning views.
Cape Town & Kruger National Park, South Africa
What better way to start the year than in South Africa? Cape Town not only offers superb weather in January, but also provides an impressive New Year’s Eve fireworks display and a variety of vibrant events such as Kirstenbosch Sunset Concerts and Cape Town Minstrel Carnival. Once you have explored this incredibly rich city, head onto the sunny Winelands and enjoy a tour of a wine cellar complete with delightful tastings, or take the scenic coastal road trip along the show-stopping Garden Route.
Baja California, Mexico
If you’re a wildlife lover, visiting Baja California at this time of year is a must. Here you can embrace some unforgettable encounters with a number of fascinating whale species during their annual migration, including blue, grey and humpback whales. Whale sharks are also likely to be seen in January, with the opportunity to get in the water and observe these magnificent creatures up close. Baja California is one of our favourite places to holiday in Mexico and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to couples and families looking for relaxation, natural beauty and incredible marine life.