x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Travel deals: Action-packed adventures

Walk across Scotland or tour Cambodia's little known temples.

Corpach Lighthouse on Loch Eil, Scotland, with Ben Nevis and Fort William in the background. Photolibrary.com
Corpach Lighthouse on Loch Eil, Scotland, with Ben Nevis and Fort William in the background. Photolibrary.com


The beautiful glens of the Scottish Highlands are the venue for this four-night walking holiday, based around accommodation in Fort William. Visitors will set out on daily walks around this west coast town, home to trails that range from the wild to the mild, including the scenic West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way. One of the highlights is a guided walk on Christmas morning along the Caledonian Canal and Loch Linnhe.

The trip, from December 23 to 28, costs from £479 (Dh2,728) per person (the minimum age is 13), including full board, en suite accommodation based on two sharing, celebration dinners, free use of the hotel's leisure club, evening entertainment, daily transfers and the services of experienced guides. The price does not include international flights. To book, visit www.letsgowalking.com.


This two-week temple and history tour of Cambodia strives to push back tourist boundaries with visits to lesser-known sites such as the sacred mountain of Phnom Kulen, the Beng Melea Temple, the pre-Angkor ruined cities of Sambor Prei Kok and Koh Ker, the French colonial town of Battambang, Bokor National Park with its quiet hill station and the scenic coastal towns of Kep and Kampot. Highlights include trekking on Phnom Kulen, an overnight stay in a temple, a river cruise and a cooking class in Khmer cuisine.

The 14-day trip costs from Dh6,550 per person, including most meals, local transport, transfers and accommodation based on two sharing. The price excludes international flights, and there are departures in December, February, March and May. Book through www.responsibletravel.com.


See the mountains and medinas of Morocco on this 15-day all-encompassing trip that starts and ends in Casablanca. Visitors will explore the imperial cities of Marrakech, Meknes and Fez, wander through the souqs and journey through the rugged mountain ranges to the south. Some of the trip's highlights include a camel trek on the edge of the Sahara Desert and a night at a Bedouin camp or under the stars. Also on the itinerary are day-trips to Todra Gorge, the 16th-century kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, and a walk through old villages in the valleys of the Atlas mountains. The holiday ends with a beach break in Essaouira.

From £699 (Dh3,980) per person, including local transport, accommodation based on two sharing, and most meals. The trip begins on December 30. Visit www.exodus.co.uk to book.


Stay in a centuries-old palace in Rajasthan's spectacular Aravalli Hills and explore the Indian state's ancient mansions, temples and lakes with Wild Frontiers's 15-day trip over Christmas and New Year. The tour will also include Delhi, Agra and Chittor. On the itinerary are trips to Agra Fort, the Taj Mahal and a day exploring New Delhi's busy markets and historic sites. You'll also visit the desert city of Fatehpur Sikhri and go on an early-morning wildlife safari in the forests of Chittoor.

From £2,010 (Dh11,448) per person, land-only, the price includes accommodation in Castle Bijaipur and activities such as yoga, walking, cycling, swimming and a night in a camp at Lotus Lake. Visit www.wildfrontiers.co.uk for more information and to book.