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Where to book ahead for 2020

Be first in line for bear watching, Nile cruises, Machu Picchu treks and more...


As we near the end of the year, it’s time start thinking about your 2020 holiday plans. A last-minute trip may have the appeal of spontaneity, but booking ahead gives you a lot more scope when it comes to accommodation and travel dates, as well as the chance of some early bird savings. Certain destinations, such as Peru and Botswana, that are popular with limited availability, will also require plenty of lead time. 
Whether you long for summer days in Tuscany or wild bear encounters in British Columbia, give yourself the satisfaction that your 2020 getaway is booked up and ready to go well ahead of the departure date. Below are six destinations we’d recommend booking now for 2020. 


Canada - Bear Watching

Observing the rare spirit bear in its natural habitat within Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest is a truly enchanting experience. Accommodation must be booked well in advance at the eponymous Spirit Bear Lodge whose expert guides have an intimate knowledge of their surroundings. Enjoy incredible guided excursions in search of these beautiful and elusive creatures. 


Egypt - Nile Cruise

If you’re thinking about a Nile cruise for 2020, now’s the time to book. Our Ultimate Egypt itinerary features a four-night voyage along this legendary waterway, taking in treasures such as the Karnak Temple, Aswan Botanical Gardens and Valley of the Kings. You’ll travel in style aboard the luxury Oberoi Philae with its outdoor plunge pool and sun deck.


Peru - Inca Trail and more

Permits for Peru’s Inca Trail, leading to the lost city of Machu Picchu, are on sale now for 2020 and already selling fast. With only 500 permits allocated per day, advanced booking is essential. But Peru isn’t just for hiking enthusiasts. Other attractions include Lake Titicaca, the Colca Canyon and the wondrous Amazon rainforest, as featured in the BBC’s “Seven Worlds, One Planet”. 



Botswana - from the Okavango to the Kalahari

A highly popular summer destination, we recommend booking now if you want to experience Botswana’s extraordinary natural treasures in 2020, whether it’s the lush Okavango Delta or the arid Kalahari Desert. Due to the country’s high quality, low-impact tourism model, there is a strict limit on the number of guests, beds and vehicles per concession. Get in touch now to secure the best camps. 


Bhutan - Festival Season

Bhutan is at its most vibrant during the festival months of September to November. A lively expression of the country’s deep faith and Buddhist culture, you can expect a mix of colourful costumes, religious ceremonies and traditional dances. Early booking is advised to ensure a room in the best boutique hotels at this time.


Italy - Relais La Corte Dei Papi

An 18-century country house nestled in a scenic Tuscan valley, Relais La Corte Dei Papi is the perfect location for a summer escape. As well as 16 elegantly furnished rooms and suites, facilities and services include a swimming pool, wine tastings and horseback rides through the surrounding countryside. Book ahead for an exclusive take over for weddings or smaller parties.