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New year, new tours

Discover a whole world of exciting new holidays that combine comfort and adventure in Saga’s latest Escorted Tours brochure

From the rugged landscape of the Cape Peninsula to the glaciers and simmering volcanoes in Iceland, Saga’s escorted tours take guests to destinations around the globe, providing holidays that combine comfort and adventure. 

The operator, which serves the over-50s market, has launched its latest Escorted Tours brochure, with offerings in destinations from South America to China. All long-haul tours include a VIP door-to-door travel service and visa assistance, and all tours include multiple meals, optional travel insurance, and excursions and visits.

Guests are looked after by a Saga Tour Manager, and there are all-inclusive options on many tours. What’s more, Saga offers dedicated solo traveller departure dates, plus departures from regional airports, meaning it’s easy to see the world regardless of who you’re travelling with or where you are travelling from. 

In 2020, guests can explore Sicily’s ancient past and archaeological delights or be enchanted by nature’s bounty on a Garden Route tour of South Africa. They can bask in the glitz of Los Angeles and San Francisco on a west coast tour of America, or perhaps an epic railway journey appeals, in which case Saga’s two new rail tours traversing China or New Zealand might be just the ticket.

Saga is also offering a low deposit of £99pp when you book by January 31, 2020. Here’s a look at some of the new itineraries on offer.

Discover natural wonders in Iceland

The Garden Route and Beyond
From the West Coast National Park to the rugged landscape of the Cape Peninsula, discover South Africa’s Garden Route and beyond on this exciting new tour. 

The Garden Route stretches for more than 200 kilometres along the country’s south coast and is famed for its natural beauty, coastal vistas, mountains, wildlife and flora. The itinerary, which is 14 nights from £2,499pp, begins with an overnight stay in Cape Town before guests head to Langebaan, a seaside town in the Western Cape province, where they spend a few nights exploring before travelling to Oudtshoorn, known for its ostrich farms and which is situated along the Route 62 wine route. 

Guests will continue to Graaff-Reinet, one of South Africa’s smallest towns, before visiting Knysna, home to a world-famous elephant sanctuary. In Arniston, guests take a morning tour of Cape Agulhas – Africa’s most southerly point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet and many ships have been wrecked. 

The tour includes excursions and visits to the likes of the West Coast National Park, Cango Caves, Valley of Desolation and a Cape Peninsula tour and boat ride. 

South America: Coast to Coast
This South America tour showcases the outstanding natural beauty and cultural treasures of Brazil, Argentina and Chile, offering a taste of the continent’s incredible cities and landscapes. 

The itinerary, which is 15 nights from £3,399pp, begins in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where guests are afforded a few nights to enjoy the city’s beaches and bays, as well as the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on the Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca National Park, which overlooks the city. 

From here, guests will travel to Foz do Iguaçu, a city in the Brazilian state of Paraná and the main base for visiting the astounding Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s largest waterfalls. Gushing over the Argentinian border, these falls stretch for 2.7km and include the 80m-tall Devil’s Throat. The tour includes a ride aboard the Ecological Jungle Train.

Guests are then treated to four nights in the fascinating city of Buenos Aires, where exceptional Malbec, steak and a tango performance await. There’s also a chance to explore Patagonia in Bariloche, an Argentinian town that borders Nahuel Huapi, a large glacial lake surrounded by the Andes Mountains. If that wasn’t enough, the tour takes in Puerto Varas in southern Chile’s Lake District. The itinerary also includes a tour to the Olympic Boulevard, which hosted the 2016 Olympic Games, and Olympic Museum visit in Rio de Janeiro.

Ancient Wonders of Sicily
Journey from Sicily’s capital, Palermo, with its historic centre filled with Norman, Arabic and baroque treasures, to Catania, a city built on the remains of ancient Greek and Roman settlements, on this seven-day tour (from £799pp).

The itinerary starts in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Here, guests will find architecture that encompasses Arabic, baroque and art nouveau styles and get the chance to see the ornate Palermo Cathedral, one of the great sights of Norman Sicily. 

In Catania, visit the Archaeological Park where you can see the remains of temples, tombs, a Roman amphitheatre and one of the largest Greek theatres in existence. There’s also a chance to join optional excursions to Taormina and Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe. The itinerary includes a guided tour of Palermo, entrance to Monreale Cathedral, the Villa Romana del Casale and a guided walking tour of Syracuse and Ortygia.

Wonders of Iceland
This tour offers a great introduction to Iceland, an island of incredible natural phenomena that can be enjoyed all year round.

The itinerary – four nights from £1,099pp – begins in the country’s fascinating capital, Reykjavik, home to the National Museum and Saga Museum, which trace Iceland’s Viking history, and the iconic concrete Hallgrimskirkja church, before visiting the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle tour includes visits to Gullfoss Falls, Thingvellir National Park and Geysir hot spring area. There’s also the Kerid crater South coast tour that visits waterfalls, glaciers, a lagoon, ice caves and the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Plus, guests will enjoy a Northern Lights excursion included on holidays departing October to March, when the natural phenomenon is visible.

For more on Saga’s Escorted Tours programme, see sagaagents.co.uk