Have you been idly scanning the travel news recently, looking for inspiration for your next holiday? Fed up of the same old choices being pushed? Weve got the answer to your holiday apathy. Be prepared to be impressed with the brand new range of exciting, luxury, all inclusive packages and self-drive adventures unveiled in recent weeks by leading tour operator, Cox and Kings.
Cox and Kings is one of the worlds most established holiday providers and a safe pair of hands in which to place your perfect break expectations. Their itineraries have been carefully designed to both stimulate (when you feel the need for excitement) and relax ( in the moments when all you really desire, is to immerse yourself in the sunshine, surrounded by beautiful scenery.)
Our team here at Aspen Travel have worked alongside Cox and Kings for many years and are a trusted booking partner for their tours. We are a friendly team of professional travel experts, who can find you the exact holiday to tick all your boxes, as well as answer any questions you might have, find you the best prices and make the booking process as easy as possible. Here we go, lets take a look at the Cox and Kings 2017-2018 collection.
What’s your perception of Canada? Perhaps the country name conjures up an image in your mind of the dramatic majesty of the Rockies, surrounded by a frontier wilderness, which is cloaked in air so fresh, your lungs will feel utterly rejuvenated?
Maybe you picture yourself on the shores of the Great Lakes, staring out at the tranquil, shimmering waters, while bear cubs play in the distant forest and you can hear moose bellowing in the distance.
Or, could you imagine yourself on a city break in some of the Northern Hemispheres most picturesque cities; Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver; taking in the vibrant night life, cultural riches and spectacular views?
Any of these scenarios are entirely possible to experience, but with Cox and Kings, don’t expect the expected. Expect to have your expectations exceeded! You will be pleasantly surprised by the twists and treats on offer, not to mention the thoughtful attention to detail.
Green tourism is on the rise and humans are natural explorers. A desire to travel lies deep within our psyche and is hard to suppress, but the size of the carbon footprint we create sits uneasily on our collective conscience. Now finding the means to travel in a way that won’t damage the environment is becoming ever more popular. Cox and Kings have a solution that can even help with wildlife conservation.
Canada is home to one of the worlds last wildernesses, with much of it still untouched by human problems. In order to allow it to remain this way, Cox and Kings offer a variety of trips that encourage green travel and a responsible attitude to the natural environment.
One such holiday; their new Great Bear Rainforest Cruise, will give you the opportunity to luxuriate on board a sail-powered yacht, which uses only natural wind energy to propel itself. It won’t splutter into the shore, leaving an unwanted carbon trail and it won’t damage any habitats.
If only more visitors could be transported to fragile habitats, using greener methods of transportation, in order to experience the the incredible natural beauty of the flora and fauna within a vulnerable area, then more people could have an understanding of just how important it is to preserve these ecosystems. Accepting responsibility for our environment because of what weve experienced, is surely the first step in us all working harder together on conservation. Let’s look in more detail at the Great Bear cruise aboard this luxury 68 foot yacht, as well as a few more tours from the new holiday range.
View grizzly and black bears in their natural habitat from the complete safety of the deck of a luxury yacht, as you cruise along the waterways of the British Colombian rainforest. Youll pass through temperate forests and rivers valleys, with your every whim catered for, as you immerse yourself in dramatic scenery and an unrivalled wildlife watching experience.
As your journey takes you through landscapes that have stood unchanged for thousands of years, you’ll be privy to the ancient native cultures of remote areas, humpback whales in the water below and awe-inspiring scenes experienced by only a relatively few eyes before yours. This 7 day cruise, which begins with an overnight stay in Bella Bella, near Vancouver, is truly, a remarkable, bucket-list holiday.
Not Grizzlies this time, but polar bears! For this incredible trip of a lifetime, you’ll travel to the far North in search of polar bears as they float on top of islands of drifting, melting sea ice. As you survey the frozen tundra, you’ll hear sea birds calling overhead, watch harp and bearded seals as they swim in the icy waters or nestle together on the land, as well as have the opportunity to see narwhals on the edge of the ice floe.
This is an Arctic safari adventure which takes in the ancient Inuit culture of the region, as well as the incredible wildlife of northern Canada. Youll travel by snowmobile, as you move to and from your basecamp. Trust us, you haven’t really experienced the natural wonder of the extreme North, until you’ve seen enormous icebergs floating past you, captained by polar bears and seals! An experienced local guide will be on hand for the entire trip to escort you through your exploration.
The two packages above are very specific to particular areas and focus sharply on discovering wildlife, but the intuitive team at Cox and Kings know that there are many travellers who would prefer to take part in a larger, all-encompassing trip, that will reveal the highlights of a wider area to them.
Toronto to Vancouver by rail will allow you to pass through vast swathes of Canadian countryside and city landscapes with a view to gaining a broader insight into what makes Canada such an interesting choice of holiday destination.
You will travel on board two very famous Canadian trains; the Rocky Mountaineer and the Canadian, taking in Jasper and the Athabasca Glacier. You’ll see alpine mountain views and scenic ice fields, along with plenty of wildlife, city life and the majesty of the mighty Niagara Falls.
This is a train trip that covers a lot of kilometres and a lot of different landscapes. If you’ve ever wanted to alternate days of watching grizzly bears lazily fishing for salmon in huge, open, outdoor spaces, before embarking on a shopping trip in, or a cultural visit of, a major Canadian cosmopolitan centre, then this is the holiday for you.
Some holidays are obviously more suitable for children and rising in popularity are Cox and Kingss family self-drive tours. These allow an element of independence. You’ll pick up a car at a designated collection point and use the provided itinerary to reach your next destination and booked accommodation. This gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace, within a given time frame, and be able to arrive and depart at a time of your choosing.
Choose from the Western Canada Family Adventure tour, or the Eastern Canada Family Explorer holiday. If you decide to go west, you’ll visit Vancouver, Alberta and British Columbia, discovering spectacular alpine views from the Rocky Mountains in the car, as well as embark on hiking trips and explore whole areas on horseback. There will also be plenty of time to experience the shopping districts, cultural exhibits and many restaurants of Vancouver.
Travel east however, and you’ll have a very different types of of holiday. Instead of looking for wildlife on the side of a mountain, you’ll explore a provincial park and see the majestic Niagara Falls. This trip will take you through Quebec, Toronto and Montreal.
Although this post focuses on Canadas appeal, given its huge popularity and the many different opportunities and different angles it offers visitors to the country, Cox and Kings are offering a large variety of family self drive holidays in their new collection. A couple of other popular new choices are Sri Lanka and Madagascar.
Experience white sands and elephant rides as a family in Sri Lanka. You’ll see leopards in Wilpettu National Park and whales in the sea off Trincomalee, with plenty of relaxing beach time thrown in. Camping in Madagascar is the perfect way to get close to the countrys unique wildlife.
Curious lemurs and chameleons will run up and down trees, trying to get your attention, while brightly coloured butterflies dip and weave, as if for your pleasure, in front of a tropical backdrop. Discover life beside the Mandrare River and see a glorious slice of the world, unspoilt by human development. It’s an eye-opener for all ages.
In addition to providing a brand new range of exclusive, exciting holidays, Cox and Kings are also offering a hefty discount of £100-£150 off selected holidays. If you’d like to take advantage of their offer, or find out more about any of the new packages, please give the Aspen Travel team a call. We’ll be happy to talk you through the itineraries and make suggestions to help you choose the best holiday for your dates and budget. Please get in touch.