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Group tours aren’t what they used to be.

How to pick the right tour (in 10 easy steps)

Travelling in a group frees you up to focus on having a good time rather than juggling tickets and booking accommodation.

  • by Brian Johnston
Aperitivo time in Palermo.

Italy’s stunning, but slightly seedy, island paradise

This might be the safest and most comfortable way to see the Mediterranean’s largest island, just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot”.

  • by Helen Pitt
You can experience Botswana’s spectacular Okavango Delta in sustainable luxury.

See them while you still can: 19 bucket-list wildlife experiences

At a time when the world’s wildlife is under more pressure than ever, many of today’s wildlife experiences also help with conservation.

  • by Richard Madden and Julietta Jameson

Yes, you read right: The river that’s officially recognised as a ‘legal person’

New Zealand’s longest navigable river has a personality that changes with every twist and turn.

  • by Kerry van der Jagt
Galentine’s Day - a  celebration of sisterhood.

Women are increasingly travelling without men, and who can blame them?

For some women, it’s a relief to travel without a man harrumphing in the background while they shop or complaining when they disappear to the spa.

  • by Lee Tulloch
A freshly caught seafood feast.

What a place: This crayfish capital is New Zealand’s best-kept secret

I felt like I had discovered something very few people know about. I got the feeling most locals would like to keep it that way, too.

  • by Ben Groundwater
The cycling-themed Bright Velo hotel.

High Country’s hottest new stays linked by tasty cycling trail

An old gold-rush pub and a former asylum are two buzzy accommodations, best connected via a two-wheeled picnic.

  • by Belinda Jackson
Take a grand tour of Switzerland.

Adventures made easy: 24 top hassle-free holidays for 2024

Group tours can get you to places you might be nervous to venture solo or, as an individual traveller, simply can’t get to. Here are 24 of the best for 2024.

  • by Brian Johnston

New cross-country tour focuses on experiences unique to Australia

This 13-day, Indigenous-focused guided holiday moves from the city to the outback across Melbourne, Uluru, Sydney and Cairns.

  • by Julietta Jameson
Yamadera Risshaku-ji Temple.

An epic and poetic walk in a Japanese legend’s footsteps

Following in the footsteps of a haiku master on Japan’s main island is poetry in motion.

  • by Catherine Marshall