Save up to £720pp in Explore’s Flash Sale. Choose from more than 500 trips in 120 countries when booked by Monday 17 June 2019.

Explore’s Moldova Short Break gives travellers the opportunity to get a taste of this unique destination. Start by exploring the capital city of Chisinau as well as Tiraspol, the capital of the breakaway territory of Transnistria, which harks back to the days of the USSR. The Moldovan countryside offers a stark contrast, with dramatic gorges, rock-carved monasteries and a chance to taste Moldovan wine, Kvint brandy and traditional hearty Moldovan cuisine.

Moldova Parliament Chisinau

Explore offers departures that also coincide with Victory Day celebrations in Tiraspol and on Independence Day to experience the celebrations. Alternatively, visit Chisinau during the Moldova Wine Festival.

The five-day trip costs from £780pp (saving £90pp if booked before 17 June 2019) and includes return flights, four nights’ accommodation, breakfast, three dinners and an Explore Tour Leader.


Read Mark Bibby Jackson’s adventures in Moldova Wine, Communism and Underground Monks.


Explore’s Walking in New Zealand trip is all about enjoying the best of the great outdoors on foot. Experience the natural beauty and rich Maori heritage of the North Island and the dramatic scenery on the South Island. Drive along Milford Road, one of the finest alpine drives in the world, to Milford Sound and take a boat trip through the fjord. Discover the geothermal Waimangu Valley park with its bubbling mud pools, geysers and steaming lakes. Explore Tongariro National Park and walk to its highest point, the Tongariro Crossing. Spend time in Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown and walk in the shadow of Mount Cook.

The 19-day trip now costs from £5,435pp departing 9-30 November 2019. The price includes return flights, internal transfers, 18 nights’ accommodation, breakfast, one lunch, one dinner and an Explore Leader.

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Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the World.

Visit one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world on Explore’s Family Rainforest Adventure in Costa Rica. Cruise through jungle waterways, discover cloud forest trails, learn how to make chocolate, relax on golden sand beaches and zip wire through the forest canopy.

The 15-day trip now costs from £2,605 per adult and £2,163 per child departing 6-21 July 2019. The price includes return flights, internal transfers, 14-nights’ accommodation, breakfast, four lunches, two dinners and an Explore Leader.


Read Travel Begins at 40’s free Essential Costa Rica Travel Guide for the Over 40s.


Highlights of Lebanon trip includes a walking tour of Beirut, visiting the notorious Green Line before heading south to the scenic Chouf Mountains area. Explore the beautiful architecture of Beitteddine Palace and learn about Lebanon’s ancient past at the Roman ruins of monolithic Baalbek. Stay overnight in the grounds of St Anthony’s Monastery in the beautiful Qadisha Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wake to the sound of bells calling the monks to mass. Feast on Lebanese cuisine and sip on red wine in the Bekaa Valley wine region.

The eight-day trip now costs from £1,369pp departing 30 October – 6 November 2019 and includes return flights, internal transfers, seven nights’ accommodation, breakfast, one lunch, two dinners, and an Explore Leader.

Explore’s Old Siam & The River Kwai trip provides a cultural journey into the heart of Thailand. Visit the ancient monuments of Ayutthaya, explore the bustling walled town of Chiang Mai and cruise along the Chao Phraya River on a converted rice barge. Spend time with the locals from Mon village, sleep in a raft house on the River Kwai and discover the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

The 11-day trip now costs from £1,574pp departing 9-20 November 2019 and includes return flights, internal transfers, 10-nights’ accommodation, breakfast, two lunches, three dinners, and an Explore Leader.


Read Travel Begins at 40’s free Essential Thailand Travel Guide for the Over 40s.


Explore the remains of Pripyat on a tour to Chernobyl

Explore’s Discover Chernobyl short break includes two days exploring inside the Exclusion Zone featuring the town of Pripyat, the Red Forest, Chernobyl Docks and the ‘New Safe Confinement’ structure shell around Reactor 4. Meet a self-settler – one of the few people who chose to return to their home after the accident and has been living within the outer Exclusion Zone ever since. Explore Kiev, take a metro trip to Arsenalna (the deepest station in the world) and visit to the Lavra Historical and Cultural Reserve to see the ‘Monastery of Caves’, which was founded in AD 1051. The 5-day trip now costs from £730pp departing 7-11 November. The price includes flights, transfers, 4-nights’ accommodation, breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner and an Explore Leader.

Spring flowers on the Lycian Way

Discover Turkey’s Turquoise Coast on Explore’s Lycian Way walking trip. Follow unspoilt paths through foothills, forests and farmlands. Experience traditional hospitality and home cooked meals staying in rural village guesthouses.  Visit the abandoned Greek village, Kayakoy, follow the route of the aqueduct to Patara’s Roman ruins and hike to the Sidyma Ancient City. Take a boat trip to see the sunken city of Kekova and stroll around the castle-topped village of Simena, only accessible on foot or by boat. The 8-day trip now costs from £727pp departing 5-12 October. The price includes flights, transfers, 7-nights’ accommodation, breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and an Explore Leader.


*Excludes Polar Voyages and Galapagos Boat trips. The discount is available on all departures dates and applies to land-only prices. See website for full T’s & C’s. For more information, contact Explore at 01252 884 709 / www.explore.co.uk

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