23 March 2013
Back door into Petra
Approach the ancient city along Bedouin migration routes and shepherd trails and discover something far more rewarding than a day trip.
In 1812, when the Swiss explorer Johann Burckhardt entered As-Siq, the narrow gorge that runs into the heart of Petra, he was disguised as a Muslim and leading a sacrificial goat. He feigned lack of interest in rumours of a rock-cut city – knowing that local guides would be unwilling to reveal it to an outsider – and instead invented a pretext of making an offering at Aaron’s hilltop tomb. Nevertheless, he was unable to disguise his astonishment when he set eyes on the now-famous façade of the treasury (becoming the first European since the crusaders to do so), arousing the suspicions of his guide, who drew a rifle on him.
1 January 2012
Latin Quarter: Southern Colombia
Colonial towns, haunting deserts and mysterious pre-Inca sites – Colombia’s south is a distinctive and surprising slice of Latin America.
...breakfast the next morning out in the desert was one of my strangest. As the sun rose we ate fruit – small, lurid-pink and shaped like chilli peppers – straight from the top of cacti. They had a crisp, sweet taste, like strawberry. We washed them down with milk, frothy, warm and squeezed fresh from a goat on the Gonzalez family’s farm...
25 March 2011
How will unrest in the Middle East affect tourism?
BBC Fast Track
The past few months have seen great change across Northern Africa and the Middle East. The presidents of Tunisia and Egypt have been deposed after weeks of protests, and unrest continues to spread throughout the region. Rajan Datar looks at how the unfolding events will affect tourism in the Middle East.
Travel The Unknown director, Rahul Aggarwal, speaks about the challenges for travellers and tour operators of the current situation in the Middle East ( 2m 44s and 6m 10s)
11 December 2010
Finding Nagaland: India's Final Frontier
In the north-east of India is a remote state, largely unknown even to Indians. Almost cut off from the world, Nagaland`s rich culture thrives in landscapes of startling natural beauty ...
1 December 2010
Top 50 new trips for 2011
India: Mingle with the Tribes of Nagaland
The Nagaland Hornbill Festival is no ordinary knees-up. Remote Nagaland, often considered India`s true frontier state, is reputedly home to the last head-hunting tribe in Asia....
10 June 2010
Get Lost Magazine
Cartagena and the Carnival – Travel the Unknown
WHAT: From violent to vibrant, former drug baron Pablo Escobar’s stomping ground is loaded with colour, culture, crazy-Colombian (locombian) charisma and cracking good times ...
www.traveltheunknown.com/press/Get Lost Mag - Cartagena and Carnival.pdf
2 May 2010
A land soaked in sunshine...and sorrow
Independent on Sunday
Adrian Mourby discovers Serbia beyond Belgrade.
Its troubled past is unavoidable, but new tours of Serbia offer rich rewards ...
23 January 2010
Trail Of The Unexpected: The root masters of India
The extraordinary bridges over the Khasi river valleys are living works of art ...by Jini Reddy
22 November 2009
It's time to wake up and smell the coffee!
Independent on Sunday
Colombia`s crackdown on drug gangs and rebel forces has opened up areas previously out of bounds to tourists. Adrian Mourby reports.
21 October 2009
Featured in latest Lonely Planet guide
Lonely Planet: Northeast India (2nd edition, Oct 2009)
Travel the Unknown (www.traveltheunknown.com) is an England-based company running specialised tours to the northeastern states.
3 October 2009
Top 50 winter breaks
Travel the Unknown
Only available between October to March when it`s dry enough to travel to the region. Travel the Unknown is a new specialist tour operator to north-east India. One of its highlights is a five-day trip to Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya, where tree roots have been coaxed across the river over hundreds of years to form natural bridges (one a double decker).
How much: From £300 per person, including transport, guides, activities and all-inclusive accommodation but not flights (these can be added on from around £500). It can also be added on to longer tours (0845 053 0352; www.traveltheunknown.com)
13 July 2009
Discover Colombia - safe in the sultry south
Why now? With large parts of the country finally off the FCO ‘no go’ list, Colombia’s reputation for adventure unspoiled by tourism is soaring.
The trip: Travel The Unknown’s Southern Colombia Explorer tour visits quaint villages, the verdant coffee triangle, historic colonial towns and the bizarre Tatacoa Desert; climb a volcano and chill in a traditional farmhouse. Even better, you’ll probably have the hundreds of mysterious statues scattered around San Agustín to yourself.
Who: Travel The Unknown (0845 053 0352, www.traveltheunknown.com)
How long: 14 days
When: monthly departures year-round
How much: from £2,800 (incl flights)
27 May 2009
Our pick of the best trips on offer: Southern Colombia Explorer
Real Travel Magazine
Get to know the Southern parts of Colombia with Travel The Unknown, which has recently introduced this new 14-day trip. highlights include cosmopolitan Bogota, the Salt Cathedral, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva, the Coffee Triangle, the `White City` of Popayan, historic San Agustin and the stunning Tatacoa Desert.
1 March 2009
Paradise Unexplored - North East India
Real Travel Magazine
SEARCHING FOR AN INDIA AWAY FROM THE CROWDS, KARLA DUARTE VENTURED INTO THE COUNTRY’S NORTHEAST
\\\"That’s a hell of a lot of tourists,” I remember thinking as I looked through a friend’s photos of the Taj Mahal. I had wanted to visit India for a long time but I wasn’t after something every Tom, Dick and Harry had done. I wanted something a bit more exotic, a little wilder...
10 November 2008
New Trips we can’t wait to take: Uncover India’s Secret North East
Escape the well-beaten tourist trail and head to India`s little known north-east on Travel The Unknown`s Monks, Tribes and Rhinos tour. Spot tigers and unicorn rhino from the heady heights of an elephant`s back, be awed by Akshardam Temple and relax in a bamboo home on Majuli Island, the world`s largest river island.
Who:Travel The Unknown (0845 053 0352, www.traveltheunknown.com)
How long: 20 days
When: from 21 Nov 2008
5 November 2008
Our Pick of the Best New Trips: Monks, Tribes & Rhinos
Real Travel Magazine
This tour with Travel The Unknown showcases the best of unseen North East India. Rise above the Himalayan Clouds to stunning Tawang, encounter the ancient Apatani tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, relax in traditional bamboo homes on Majuli, the world’s largest river island, visit Assam’s famous tea estates and spot unicorn rhinos on elephant-back in Kaziranga.
1 September 2008
Responsible Tourism: Travel the Unknown
Group Leisure Magazine
This month, we look at how a travel company is embracing responsible tourism.
Not just a thought-provoking subject, responsible tourism can also provide rewarding and fascinating travel experiences, particularly for small groups. Take new adventure travel company Travel The Unknown, which has put it at the heart of its tour operator services. From the selection of destinations to the way that tours are conducted on the ground, every aspect of the chain has been analysed and actions put into place to ensure that tours benefit both groups of travellers and the local communities.
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Travel The Unknown is a UK based tour operator specialising in off the beaten track travel in some of the least explored places on Earth.
We are currently offering tours to North East India: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya; Serbia, Syria and Colombia. Our off the beaten track tours are diverse and include tribal tours, cultural tours, Kaziranga safari trips, mountain trekking expeditions, village tours, Buddhist temple tours and camping in stunning remote places. We also offer festival tours including the Ras Festival in Majuli and many festivals in Arunachal Pradesh including Nyochum, Si-Doni, Losar, Tawang Torgya, and many more. In Colombia the Barranquilla festival is available.
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