x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Travel Deals: Get outdoors for a nature, history or adventure tour

Trips this week include warrior training in Mongolia, a photography holiday in Iceland and birdwatching in Spain.

Mongolia

Pioneer Expeditions has a one-of-a-kind Mongolian adventure that takes visitors back to the time of Genghis Khan, the military leader. Stay in a ger camp, a three-hour drive from Ulaanbaatar, the capital, and attend a shaman ceremony, try on a "deel" costume, cook a traditional meal and learn to lasso horses, besides warrior training and lessons in archery and riding.

The nine-day trip costs £2,150 (Dh12,500) per person, including accommodation, all meals, local transport, riding expeditions (with 4x4 support), lessons in battle tactics, archery and Mongolian wrestling, and a short tour of Ulaanbaatar. International airfare not included. Visit www.pioneerexpeditions.com for more information and to book.

Iceland

Capture the Northern Lights on a photography holiday in Iceland. Highlights of the trip include a drive through the spectacular scenery of Iceland's south coast, a visit to the natural ice caves beneath the Vatnajökull Glacier, an afternoon by the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon and a visit to the Skógar Folk Museum.

The eight-day trip costs from Dh9,600 per person, including lessons conducted by a photography tutor and photo development, accommodation close to Glacier Lagoon, daily breakfast and lunch, local transport, and transfers to and from Reykjavik airport. International airfare not included. Departures in April, September and October. For more details, visit www.responsibletravel.com.

Spain

This week-long birdwatching trip in eastern Spain is based in Quatretondeta, a tiny mountain village in the Alicante Mountains. Accompanied by an ornithologist, you'll explore woods, miles of olive terraces and the dramatic Barranco del Sinc gorge while keeping an eye out for Bonelli's eagles, nightingales, wrynecks and golden eagles (there are 19 breeding pairs in the mountains) and other species. Also included in the trip is a full day at Valencia's Albufeira lagoon, famous for its rich birdlife.

From €850 (Dh4,120) per person, full board, including airport transfers, round-trip cruise to Albufeira and entrance fees to sites, parks and projects. International airfare not included. For more information, visit http://mountainwalks.com.

Turkey

Enjoy a hot-air balloon ride over Cappadocia and explore the landscape of the region on this seven-day trip organised by Journey Anatolia. Highlights include accommodation in a troglodyte hotel with spacious cave or stone rooms, a whirling dervish ceremony at a restored caravanserai, and visits to frescoed cave churches, monasteries, Ihlara Canyon and the valley of "fairy chimneys".

The trip costs from Dh3,780 per person, based on two sharing, including some meals, a hot-air balloon ride and two full-day guided tours in the area. International airfare not included. Visit www.journeyanatolia.com for more details and to book.

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