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Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journeys

Let us take you on a journey… A journey like no other, one that will wow your friends around the dinner-party table and leave you with astonishing memories to last a lifetime. We have carefully selected seven incredible destinations, flicked through our ‘Black Book’ of exceptional contacts to source the most charismatic expert guides, and present to you Ampersand’s Unusual Escorted Journeys.

A selection of group tours for people who would not ordinarily consider travelling with others, you will join a small group of like-minded Ampersand clients who are accustomed to the very best. Let us guide you around some of our favourite destinations, under the chaperone of our charming, diverse and distinctly different guides.

We think an expert’s insight is all too vital, which is why each of our escorted journeys, filled with extraordinary private access experiences, have been designed with our selected experts in mind. After all, what better way to explore a destination than in the company of someone who knows the lie of the land and can delve beneath the surface to bring it all vividly to life?

Just as the experts are a varied group, so are the journeys themselves. Some broaden the mind, and some are all about immersion in different cultures…

Click on one of the below links and see where we’re taking you:

Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to Sri Lanka

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11 days from £5,100

Our unusual tour to Sri Lanka explores this bountiful and spirited nation with Ampersand's Sri Lankan founder and managing director,...

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Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to Rajasthan, Diwali

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12 days from £5,600

There’s nowhere in India quite as magnificent as the Land of Kings, particularly during India’s visually spectacular Festival of Lights....

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Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to the Western Cape

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10 days from £5,890

Let us whisk you away to the glorious sunshine of the African summer. The ravishing Cape Winelands are at their...

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Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to Angkor & Beyond

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10 days from £6,595

The re-discovery of the ancient Kingdom of Angkor is accredited to the French archaeologist Henri Mohout, whose expedition in 1860...

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Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to Punjab & Kashmir, Holi

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11 days from £4,450

Hop on a magic carpet ride through India’s colourful festival of spring, Holi. Ampersand’s Unusual Escorted Journey to Punjab &...

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Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to Ireland, Spring 2019

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10 days from £4,500

Spring 2019 Ireland is home to some of the world’s finest historical homes, medieval castles and influential gardens. We have created...

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We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
- Susan Ford, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India

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