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If you were one of the 4.1m people to watch BBC1's new documentary series 'Lost Land of the Volcano' on Tuesday night it may have whet your appetite to travel to Papua New Guinea and experience this amazing destination for yourself.
Lost Land of the Volcano follows a team of scientists who discovered more than 40 previously unidentified species in Papua New Guinea.
To celebrate the 'Poms' regaining the Ashes we are launching some fantastic new trips to Australia and New Zealand.
Whilst the Bristol Balloon Fiesta is up, up and away our roving in-house reporter can surely top any experience the south-west of England has to offer having been lucky enough to witness the phenomenal migration over the Maasai Mara on a recent trip to Kenya.
What better way to spend a grey summer Saturday than throwing yourself off a 10 storey building - attached to a rope or two of course?! Members of the UK Imaginative Traveller office bravely lowered themselves over the rooftop of Ipswich Hospital and abseiled 45 metres down to safety last Saturday. And in the process raised OVER £500 for local charities! An amazing feat. Many congratulations to all who participated.
With sport enthusiasts gripped with the world's greatest cycling event, the Tour de France, why not have a go at winning your own yellow jersey? The perfect way to experience a country (or several), meandering along on two wheels, stopping at roadside cafes and chatting with the locals on their bikes PLUS getting some great exercise which means you can tuck into your meals with gusto and return from holidays for once, leaner and fitter than when you set off. Vivre le velo!
Day 12, KAZBEGI-TBILISI–Drive to the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. Stop en route at Ananuri to
view the church, fortress and beautiful gardens. Stop for lunch at
Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia. Arrive in Tbilisi.
Day 13, TBILISI – Take an half day walking city tour of Tbilisi
visiting the Old Town: the Metekhi Temple, the "abanotubani", the Narikala
Fortress, the Sioni Cathedral, the Anchiskhati Church, Baratashvili
Street, the Arts Museum, Rustaveli Avenue, etc.. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 11, KAZBEGI–Wake in the Georgian Caucasus! Kazbegi is the gateway to this stunningly beautiful mountainous region near the Russian border. After breakfast trek up to Sameba Trinity Church (2170m) to enjoy the views of Mt. Kazbek (5047m) and surrounding summits. We then trek back down to Kazbegi and have lunch with a local family
where we can participate in making dumplings Then we head through the
Gveleti Gorge to a waterfall and the old Russian border post (now
closed). Return to Kazbegi.
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