"Tube Strike? What Tube Strike?" That's what we all want to be able to say to each other this evening (well, us Londoners anyway!), but instead we'll have to suck it up and brace ourselves for a daunting marathon ride home. To combat this impending struggle home, we decided to find some less stressful journeys to take our mind off of it!
A far cry from the London Underground, a picturesque train journey through India will help to melt away those bumbling apologies from staff about yet further delays. Board the luxurious Maharaja's Express train and enjoy comprehensive views of glorious landscapes and plenty of famous sights. Your rail adventure beings and ends in the bustling capital Delhi, where you will gain a real sense of Indian culture.
During your 4 day trip, you'll disembark for a breathtaking visit to the exquisite Taj Mahal, followed by a taste of the high life in the form of a champagne breakfast. After some retail therapy in Agra, return to the comfort of your train for a day in the vibrant Pink City of Jaipur to discover the Amber Fort and an enthralling elephant polo match before your return to Delhi the next day.
Sometimes it's just better to be in control of your own journey and that's where self-drive tours really come into their own, giving you the freedom you crave within your itinerary. An 8-day tour of Eastern Canada fits the bill perfectly here, showing you the very best of Canada's French and English heritage in Ontario and Quebec. Starting in the best possible fashion, you'll experience the jaw-dropping Niagara Falls and discover cosmopolitan Toronto. Next, its on to Ottawa and it's impressive Parliament Buildings, before a glorious drive along the scenic highway to Quebec, racing the impressive St. Lawrence River there.
Once in Canada's oldest city, take in a fulfilling city tour and discover the rich culinary delights on offer. Draw your tour to a close with brief stops in Montreal and Kingston, where you'll gaze upon it's history and 1,000 islands from the deck of a delightful cruise ship returning you to Toronto. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the CN Tower before you fly home though!
We could hardly talk about pleasant journeys without mentioning Australia's Great Ocean Road, one of the most stunning routes to travel anywhere on the planet. Hit the road and bask in the glory of the spectacular landscapes, picturesque towns and gorgeous seafront that line the road in it's entirety.
Start at Victoria's surfing capital of Torquay for a dip and sample the fresh catch-of-the-day at Apollo Bay as you immerse yourself in local life from the very get go. The lush rainforest of Otway then awaits before discovering the entrancing Blue Lake en route to the Coonawarra wine region for a tipple. Then, visit Robe for a brief, history-rich stay and move onto Kingston for a quick dip before you prepare to head home. Enjoy a 6 day, self-drive holiday encompassed by two luxury stays for a truly memorable 13 night stay, including 4 nights in a Vineyard Suite at 5* The Louise.