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Cold is Cool in Iceland this Summer
Three things to know before visiting Iceland

Jo Payne, one of our Product Managers, has just returned from her first ever visit to Iceland and wants to share with you 3 things that she wishes she had known before:


1) Easy to visit

Having decided to travel just 3 weeks ahead of departure, I was amazed that a return flight with easyJet from Manchester was only 150. Only a 2-hour flight, but a world away.  I'm already planning my next visit!


2) Icelandic food is amazing

Getting psyched up for puffin and whale was an error! Fresh fillets of arctic char, whole sides of salmon or the thick, lush Icelandic yogurt, Skyur, kept me well fed and asking for more throughout the week!


3) Cold is Cool!

The weather defines Iceland. Changeable, mysterious, moody but also outright glorious! Heading for a cooler summer climate, simply embellishes the weird and wonderful natural phenomena of Iceland!

 

>> For more insights read Jo's blog                            >> View all Iceland holidays                    
Value-Added Family Adventure
Added-Value Family Adventures

Go all inclusive with KE

Still not sorted for your late summer or autumn break? The cost of feeding, hydrating and extra activities for the kids can blow your budget on many holidays. Let us make the decision easy for you - with our TOP 6 best value all-inclusive family late breaks departing in August and at October half term. 

 

1) Morocco, Moroccan Magic, Kids 595 LO

2) Slovenia, Julian Alps Multi Activity, Kids 595 LO

3) Bulgaria, High Jinks Multi Activity, Kids 595 LO

4) Nepal, Kathmandu to Chitwan, Kids 595 LO

5) Romania, Transylvania Treasures, Kids 695 LO

6) India - Tigers, Temples and Taj, Kids £895 LO  

 

>> View Family Value Holidays
Everest Marathon for Mortals
Everest Marathon for Mortals

1 KE leader, 1 Sherpa and 8 KE runners

"Returning home after this year's spring season in Nepal was strange. Usually nobody takes much notice, most either hardly notice that I've been away or after so many years leading KE groups have now got used to it. This season was different.  On the 29th May with my friend Phanden Sherpa I ran the Everest Marathon and friends, family, work colleagues, neighbours and most people I meet are keen to know all about it." Tom Richardson, Phanden and a bunch of KE clients took on the Everest Marathon and won... they are all winners in our eyes. Read about Tom's experience and find out how well they all did.

 

>> View Tom's Everest Marathon blog
>> View Everest Marathon 2014
2014 Cheeky Preview
La Gomera - Jewel of the Canaries
What's NEW?

Our product team have been busy beavering away creating new and exciting adventures to enjoy in 2014. With our new brochure out in the autumn, we're delighted to provide a sneaky peak at some of the holidays already online. Enjoy some winter sun, and check out our La Gomera - Jewel of the Canaries walking holiday. Although La Gomera is in the Canaries don't expect it to be hot and dusty, it's wonderfully lush and green. Far from the tourist hot spots, the island can only be reached by ferry from Tenerife. Another new addition will take you cycling through the stunning coastal mountains of Eastern Spain. Our  Cheeky Cols of Costa Blanca promises to reward you with twisting road climbs, enviable year round climate, and excellent bike hire.

 

 >> View What's New in 2014
Vote for KE

British Travel Awards

We are delighted to have been nominated for: Best Small Adventure Tour Operator. But to win we need your support! Vote for us and let the world know that KE are the best!  You may even win a holiday in the prize draw!

 

>> Cast your vote
2014 Photo Comp

Our June Winner is...

Jennifer Fielden who took this stunning photo of Mount Fitzroy in Patagonia in February 2013. She wins 25 of Cotswold vouchers and is in the draw for aniPad Mini. Send us your best travel shots and you could be our next winner!

 

>> View entries on Pinterest
Turning Japanese

Sushi, Sake & Shrines

Product Manager Alison Bembridge recently visited Tokyo to attend a Travel Conference and learn a little bit more about this incredible country. Read Alison's blog to find out why she has fallen, just a little bit, in love with Japan.

 

 >> Read Japan blog
Nanga Parbat Tragedy
Trekking in the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan

The importance of booking with ABTA

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our trips to Pakistan over the next few months. Following the tragic murder of the group of climbers at Nanga Parbat BC on the 22 June, the FCO now advise against all but essential travel to the region of Gilgit-Baltistan.  This highlights the importance of booking with an ABTA operator such as KE; all our clients have either been transferred to alternative trips or have received a full refund. This ban on travel to one of the most beautiful, but poorest, areas of the world will have a huge impact on the economy of the extremely hospitable people of the Karakoram. We are hoping for a speedy reversal of the FCO's decision, so we can return to this region as soon as possible. Dates for 2014 are already available.

 

 >> View all Karakoram Holidays
Mount Etna Makes a Blast
Mount Etna walking holidays

UNESCO adds volcano to list

The World Heritage Committee recently added 19 new sites to its list of places with 'outstanding universal value'. Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, is one of them. Located on the east coast of Sicily, its eruptive history can be tracked back 500,000 years. With black lava, beautiful blue sea, and wonderful cuisine, you too can explore the upper slopes of Etna on our explosive Sicily and the Aeolian Islands holiday. Why stop there? The  Hill Forts of Rajasthan and the Namib Sand Sea are also newly listed and already KE classics. Many of our adventures feature World Heritage Sites, but the highest count of all goes to our Samarkand and the Silk Road discovery tour ticking off 4 - Samarkand, Shakrisabz, Bukhara and Khiva!

 

>> View Discovery holidays to UNESCO Sites
2014 Dates

80% now on web

With many of our 2014 dates now online, you've no reason not to plan your next adventure holiday in Nepal, Morocco, Jordan or Bhutan. Search online or give our Sales team a call to help you find your perfect holiday for 2014.

 

 >> Search for a 2014 holiday
Polar Discounts
15% discount on Polar Cruises

15% off Cruises

Book on one of our Polar Cruises before 31st August 2013 and you will get a fantastic 15% off the land only price! Not only that! Book before the end of 2013 and you will receive a FREE PHD Yukon Down Jacket worth 284!

 

>> View Polar Cruises 

Extreme Biking!
Mountain biking in Peru

Peru Biking

Think the Tour de France looks challenging? Check out the latest antics of our man in Peru, mountain biking in the Inka Avalanche race last month! Thankfully our Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu ride is much more pleasant.

 

>> View Video
49% Repeat Bookings in 2013
KE Staff out and about - Colin in Morocco

Why? We know what we're talking about

More and more of you return to KE year after year and we believe the main reason is our in-depth knowledge of the places we visit. A typical feedback from our latest One Week Toubkal trek was; "Colin (from the office) was on our trip. Whilst he was an excellent general addition to the team we felt this was also a real positive reflection on KE - the fact that you ensure all your staff are familiar with the experiences your clients have is excellent." Later this year you could bump into Vanessa on Kilimanjaro, Diane in Turkey, Chloe trekking to the Matterhorn, Jenni in Sri Lanka and many more of our Keswick office staff 'out-and-about'. Even the directors continually join trips; Tim will be biking in Montenegro and Bhutan with KE groups, while Glenn is just about to join an extreme sportive event - cycling around Mont Blanc in under 24hrs, 330 kms with 8000 metres of climbing!

 

 >> Learn more about KE staff
Win a Pair of Fizan Trek Poles
Win a pair of Fizan Everest Trekking Poles

In our monthly prize draw

Win a pair of Fizan Everest Trekking Poles donated by outdoor specialists Allcord. Everest Trekking Poles are designed without compromise to deliver the highest performance for adventures ranging from easy trail walking holidays, trekking to Everest Base Camp or climbing the Worlds highest peaks. Supplied with three sizes of basket you can quickly set the pole up for use in a wide range of conditions ranging from mud to neve and powder snow.

 

To enter recommend a friend who would like to receive the latest KE Adventure brochure. Email their name and address and don't forget to include your own details in case you win!    

 

Our June winner of a Deuter Spectro Backpack is John Ward, Congratulations!

 

 >> Recommend a friend to enter
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