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19th April 2013 Print

Adventure tour company Encounters Travel offer tours to shopping destinations with a difference.

Sunshine and souks in Morocco

For independent travellers wanting to embark on a shopping adventure like no other, and barter in bazaars brimming with fabrics, house ware, leather, spices, medicines, etc, Encounters Travel offers an eight-night group adventure tour of Morocco from £599 per person. Valid for selected departures in June, July and August 2013, the price includes transfers from/to Marrakech airport, varied accommodation in four-star hotels and a traditional Berber camp on a mixed-board basis, all entrance fees to monuments, as well as an expert local guide throughout. International flights excluded.

The Moroccan Mosaics tour begins with two days in Marrakech to explore its mosques, minarets, souks and the bustling bazaars around the Djemaa el-Fna square where intrepid shoppers will find a souk to fulfill every need, before embarking on an exciting drive through the Atlas Mountains, visiting local Berber villages, stopping off at roadside stalls and impressive gorges and canyons. The trip culminates back in Marrakech with two further days to enjoy the city’s exotic delights.

Floating market mayhem in Thailand

A treat for all the senses, Thailand’s bustling streets and shopping districts offer a truly alternative and authentic experience. Encounters Travel offer a Thai Spice tour which gives travellers the chance to delve further in to this country’s local delicacies.  It includes a trip to Mahachai, the largest seafood market in the country, as well as the world famous floating markets at Damnoen Saduk where savvy shoppers can try out bartering skills and hunt for souvenirs or just admire the bustling mayhem of this colourful market.

The exciting six-night Thai Spice tour starts from £499 per person. Valid for departures throughout 2013, the tour comprises two nights at the start and two nights at the end of the tour in Bangkok, visits to the historical cities of Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya and the beautiful Erawan Falls National Park. The price includes airport transfers from/to Bangkok, varied accommodation in hotels and home-stays on a mixed-board basis, all entrance fees as well as a local tour guide during sightseeing and activities. International flights excluded.

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