Royal Heights Tours, Egypt, Greek Islands, Peru, Ecuador, India, Brazil, South America, Kenya, Galapagos, Scotland, Turkey
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CUBA: CULTURE, HERITAGE & MUSIC : 
Havana, Bay of Pigs, Trinidad, Santiago

[February 10-19 2015] THIS IS NOT A BEACH HOLIDAY! The largest Caribbean island, Cuba offers breathtaking mountains and coastal scenery, fascinating history and rich musical culture. The real Cuba is a country caught in a time warp, theoretically Marxist, a supposedly - Communist country in the middle of the Americas, Havana was once one of the world's most fashionable cities. We witness the impact Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Ernest Hemingway have had on this remarkable little Island and the pressures for change pushing in on the country in the 21st Century...[SPECIAL NOTE:Please note that effective April 16 2012 AIR CANADA will no allow you to use AEROPLAN points to book flights to Havana, Cuba]

"What we liked most about this tour [was] Its diversity - we saw a good cross-section of the Cuban way of life combined with its history. We also liked the fact that it was well planned with enough free time" PW Kelowna BC Cuba Jan 2012

See our slide show of Cuba - follow this link


10 Days
Depart Return
02/10/2015 02/19/2015
02/09/2016 02/18/2016
 

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EASTERN EUROPE & THE BALTIC STATES : 
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia & The Czech Republic

[September 1-23 2014] SPECIAL NOTE:It is also possible to take an 18 day tour that starts & ends In Warsaw, Poland and includes Poland, Slovakia & the Czech Republic.... Join Company President Norman Bruce for this special tour of a region which is united by its 20th century history but diverse in religion, language and cultural traditions. Poland’s history has always been dictated by its location, with Germany to its west and Russia/the Soviet Union to its east but it has always had a fiercely independent spirit, typified by the Solidarity independent trade union movement of the 1980s which was instrumental in bringing down the entire Communist system. In the early 20th century Czechoslovakia was one of the 5 richest countries in the world. Its capital, Prague, is today one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The Baltic States are among Europe’s smallest countries, sustained throughout their histories by passionate nationalisms. On this tour we enjoy beautiful mountain scenery, the wild Baltic coastline and gorgeous walled towns with their cobbled lanes & historic buildings.


23 Days
Depart Return
09/01/2014 09/23/2014
 

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GREEK ISLANDS : 
Paros, Mykonos, Delos, Naxos, Santorini & Crete

[Jan 27 2014- 4 spaces left] PLEASE NOTE OUR 2014 DEPARTURE CAN BE COMBINED WITH OUR TOUR TO NORTHERN ITALY: MAY 13- JUNE 14 2014 On our relaxing tour of the Greek Islands we spend 3 or 4 nights on each island, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the islands lifestyle and culture.- an experience not possible on a cruise ship. We travel between the islands by large, sea-going ferries, as the locals do. During our 4 nights on the little-visited island of Paros, we tour this lovely rural island and visit the islands of Mykonos, Delos and Naxos. We enjoy 3 nights on the picture-perfect island of Santorini, including a guided tour of 4,000 year old Akrotiri and a boat trip to two tiny volcanic islands. On Greece’s largest island, Crete, we spend 4 days travelling the gorgeous mountains and coasts. We explore charming towns such as Rythimnon and Hania and take guided tours of Knossos and Phaistos, sites from Europe’s oldest civilization-the Minoans. In Athens we enjoy a guided tour of the city that is the “soul of Western civilization”.

"I liked the fact that it was unrushed - only a couple of early starts. I liked the variety of the islands and the experiences we had." AA Victoria BC Greek Islands May 2013

See our slide show of the Greek Islands - follow this link


16 Days
Depart Return
05/13/2014 05/28/2014
05/12/2015 05/27/2015
05/10/2016 05/25/2016
 

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ICELAND : 
Reykjavik, Egilsstadir, Husavik, Stykkishólmur, Reykholt

On this extremely good-value tour we drive right around the island and visit Iceland’s famous natural wonders, including Geysir [after which all other geysers around the world are named], Vatnajökull [Europe’s largest glacier], many majestic waterfalls and the iceberg-filled lagoon of Jokulsarlon. We also learn about the traditions of this isolated Viking-originated society, including their Icelandic sagas. Travelling in our own coach we are able to experience the remote vastness of rural Iceland, which contrasts so strongly with the dynamic city of Reykjavik - where 60% of Iceland’s 320,000 people live. Set almost on the Arctic Circle, in summer Iceland has 24 hour daylight and wonderful birdlife. This is one of the best places in the world for seabird spotting. See the slide show of our Iceland tour - follow this link


12 Days
Depart Return
07/03/2014 07/13/2014
06/16/2015 06/26/2015
06/14/2016 06/24/2016
 

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INDIA: SOUTH & NORTH : 
House boat in Kerla, Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur, Bombay, Taj Mahal, Goa, Khajuraho

[November 7-December 2 2014] We visit some of the lesser-known UNESCO world heritage sites of South India as well as the famous highlights of the North. We fly most sections of our route so we can explore more areas of the country. However, we travel overland by our own air-conditioned coach on some sections. This allows us to see more of the countryside and typical villages. Hotels on this tour are mainly of an excellent, Western 4 and 5 star standard. We also stay in a former palatial home that has been turned into a hotel. We also spend one night on our air-conditioned houseboats exploring the waterways of Kerla. No visit of Inda would be complete with out a visit to the World Famous Taj Mahal! . Our pre-tour extension of Sri Lanka captures the ‘essence’ of this ancient country as we explore renowned Buddhist sites [many of them world heritage sites] and enjoy spectacular scenery. Our post tour extension to Nepal witnesses the majesty of the Himalayas & cultural highlights of the Kathmandu Valley

“The tour was impeccably organized. We could never have covered so much ground on our own in so short a time. It truly gave us a taste of India. I like the fact that your company is family run and that our fellow tour members were from "home". India Jan 2011 DS Vancouver BC



"loved the old Hindu and Budhist caves ,old Hindu temples...travel on the Ganges River, visiting Gandhi's museum, visiting old castles and forts and of course the Taj .....also Julie was full of fun and information about the culture and history of India" MH Vancouver BC India 2011

See our slide show of India - follow this link


26 Days
Depart Return
11/07/2014 12/02/2014
 

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IRELAND : 
Dublin, the Ring of Kerry & the Cliffs of Moher

On this tour we visit Ireland's famous highlights, including Dublin, the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher. However, we also visit lesser-known but equally fascinating areas such as Connemara and the Aran Islands. Travelling in a small group in our own small coach we are able to get off the beaten tourist path and see something of the unhurried life of rural Ireland. Our tour is unusual in that it covers the whole country, including special places in the north such as the Giant's Causeway and the walled city of Londonderry Escorted by Margaret Rodgers


21 Days
Depart Return
09/13/2015 03/10/2015
 

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KENYA ONLY : 
African Safari & the Coast of Indian Ocean

[updated Feb 26 2014] In 2015 we shall be offering a tour to KENYA & TANZANIA: Oct 3-23 2015. [+ an optional tour to view the mountain gorillas in Rwanda....Please contact us if you are interested!] This is the trip of a lifetime! Kenya is the ultimate safari destination. and the 'jewel of East Africa'. Over the years,we have designed our tour to maximize our time in the best game parks Kenya has to offer. Our safari highlights the Masai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli and Tsavo [among others!] and finishes in Mombassa on the Indian Ocean Coast. We stay in First Class lodges and travel in special safari vehicles with only 6 people per vehicle for the best game viewing & photography experience.

"{The best part was] Being in the presence of so many incredible animals just 'doing their thing', oblivious (mostly) of our excitement & clicking of cameras trying to capture the moment. Also, the delightful people who made up 'the group'. MK Vancouver Kenya Oct 2011


See the slide show of our latest KENYA ONLY tour by following this link


21 Days
Depart Return
10/04/2014 10/24/2014
10/03/2015 10/23/2015
 

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NORTHERN ITALY : 
Tuscany, Umbria, The Lake District & Venice

[SOLD OUT] 2014 DATES: May 29- June 14 2014... PLEASE NOTE OUR 2014 TOUR CAN BE COMBINED WITH THE GREEK ISLANDS: May 13- June 14 2014 On relaxing tour of north central and north eastern Italy we immerse ourselves in the lifestyle and culture of the small towns and art centres we visit. Our focus is on the picture-perfect hill towns of Tuscany where we learn about the food and wines of the region, as well as visiting the great art centres of Florence and Sienna. We learn about the rich history of the area – from the ancient Etruscans through Roman emperors and Popes to the Renaissance. We also enjoy the dramatic scenery of Lake Garda near Verona and end in the unique island city of Venice. We stay mainly in historic hotels that reflect the charm of the small towns we stay in. Please ensure you wear comfortable walking shoes as the pavements in Italy can be uneven and some of the walking tours can take up to two hours. On our optional pre-tour extension in In Rome, we take the opportunity to stay in a monastery close to the Vatican City. Out optional Rome tour includes the Vatican Museums, Coliseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and Plaza Navone. See details at the end of our tour itinerary.

"We were sad to leave Italy. It was wonderful to see so much of the country and all it has to offer. Thank you for your generosity, kindness and exceptional organizational skills. We are so lucky to have won this trip with you!" Northern Italy May 2012, J & S Jerczynski, North Vancouver BC. Winners of the Knowledge Network 'To Italy with Love' contest

"Best thing about the tour: We saw so very much more with you than we could ever have done on our own. I appreciated the fact that I always felt that we were "safe" and in well organized and caring hands." DS Victoria BC Italy & Rome May 2013.

See our slide show of Rome & Northern Italy - follow this link


17 Days
Depart Return
05/29/2014 06/14/2014
 

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PERU, ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS : 
Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu & the Amazon

+optional 5 day pre-tour extension of La Paz, Bolivia & Lake Titicaca, Peru] Peru's extraordinary cultural and archaeological heritage complements its biological richness. Home to the most advanced pre-Columbian civilizations in the New World-most notably the Inca,these cultures have left behind an incredible legacy. walk among the varied fortresses and temples in central Peru and visit the spectacular mountain-top citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We also explore the Amazon Basin in Ecuador around the Napo River before we head out to our 5 Day/ 4 night cruise around the Galapagos islands. Our cruise ship holds a maximum of 16 people allowing you to get 'up close' to these diverse islands.
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SPECIAL NOTE: Galagaogos Cruise section limited to 16 participants


22 Days
Depart Return
11/06/2015 11/27/2015
 

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Southern Italy : 
Palermo, Capri, Pompeii, Naples + Sorrento

On our relaxing tour of Sicily and Southern Italy we enjoy 2 four-night stays and spend 2 or 3 nights at as many hotels as possible, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the lifestyle and culture of the small towns and cities we visit. Sicily is like a separate country, not only being a large mountainous island but being the only part of Italy to have been occupied by the Ancient Greeks and the Norman French. We enjoy the dramatic scenery of this volcanic island and learn about its infamous Mafia culture. The south of Italy is much more rural and traditional than the more-visitted north. We learn about the rich history and customs of the area. We drive along the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, cross the water to the Isle of Capri and explore the unique buried Roman city of Pompeii. We stay mainly in historic hotels that reflect the charm of the small towns we stay in. When in Rome we take the opportunity to stay in a monastery close to Vatican City. This tour can be extended with 2 days in Rome which includes The Vatican before our main tour begins, for those who have not been to Rome before. See details at the end of our tour itinerary.


17 Days
Depart Return
06/27/2015 05/13/2015
 

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VIETNAM, LAOS & CAMBODIA : 
Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Sapa, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, Saigon

[January 6-30 2015] Special Note: Our international airfare includes two nights accomodation in Bangkok on the way over to Vientiane, Laos.... Vietnam is long, thin and mountainous so we fly some sections of our route so we can cover more areas of the country. However, we travel overland by our own air-conditioned coach on several sections. This allows us to see more of the countryside. Due to the poor road conditions in Laos and Cambodia, we fly to and between the sites in these countries. Where possible, we try to spend more than one night in an area. Most of our hotels on this tour are of an excellent, Western 4 star standard. Our tour captures some of the highlights of this beautiful region of the world: we spend a night on a house boat in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the coast is dotted with limestone pinnacles rising vertically from the azure-blue sea We board an overnight sleeper train to Lao Cai in the mountainous north-west of Vietnam where we learn about the local tribal peoples. No visit to Cambodia would be complete without a visit to Angkor Wat, one of the seven wonders of the world. This architectural masterpiece was built in the 12th Century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. See our slide show of Laos,Vietnam & Cambodia - follow this link


25 Days
Depart Return
01/06/2015 01/30/2015