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Posted February 1st, 2016


Founded by a historian with a passion for travel and appreciation of the world’s heritage and its natural wonders, Battered Suitcase recognises that well-travelled people are looking for new and meaningful experiences without compromising on luxury. The company partners ethically and responsibly with local providers to try and ensure that the revenue generated stays in the local economy. Regions covered include Asia and the Indian subcontinent; Australasia; the Americas; Africa; the Middle East; Europe and Great Britain.

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US Deep South, Argentina, Alaska, Ecuador and Galapagos
Bespoke tours to the Americas with Battered Suitcase include
UNESCO World Heritage Sites and historic cultural destinations

Tour operator Battered Suitcase has launched a series of bespoke journeys for independent travellers to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and historic cultural destinations in the Americas taking in the Deep South; Argentina; Alaska and Ecuador with the Galapagos. Since each trip is tailored to suit the individual’s interests, the itineraries are for suggestion only, so every experience is different and travellers can ‘do it their way’ selecting sites, activities and experiences to suit their interests. Tours are either self-drive, with a private driver/guide or, in the case of Alaska, on the railroad.

Battered Suitcase is a fully bonded tour operator with all flights and flight-inclusive holidays financially protected by the ATOL scheme (where applicable) through its membership with the Travel Trust Association. Web: Twitter @ExpertTravelUK.

America’s Deep South – 14-day self-drive heritage journey
Discover the culture and heritage of America’s Deep South on this bespoke, 14-day self-drive heritage journey with tour operator Battered Suitcase exploring the three states along the ‘cotton belt’ where cultural ‘Southern’ elements exist in their most concentrated form – Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee. Immerse yourself in history and learn about the tragic lives of those who suffered whilst working on wealthy family plantations. Follow in the footsteps of Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King; see spectacular scenery in the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site Great Smoky Mountains National Park; hear classics in the home of country music and taste renowned southern cuisine. Options include a private tasting at the Jack Daniels Distillery and a visit to the Tabasco factory, while music enthusiasts will relish a tour of the Historic RCA Studio B, once the recording home of Elvis Presley. America’s Deep South tour is priced from around £3,346 per person including return flights from London, B&B hotel accommodation, car hire, guided tours, visits to museums and attractions of choice, for details visit or call free on 0800 689 1586.

Argentina – 14-day cultural and natural heritage tours
Battered Suitcase is offering a choice of two 14-day bespoke holidays exploring the cultural and natural heritage of Argentina. Both tours start and end in Buenos Aires and also include a visit to Iguazu with its panoramic falls and San Antonio de Areco but that’s where most of the similarities end. The Cultural Heritage Tour has been designed for travellers who wish to discover more about the country’s native and Jesuit legacy. It includes some traditional touches such as a visit to a ranch in the Pampas and the Jesuit ruins of San Ignacio, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The tour then moves to the northern area of Argentina and includes a circuit of the Quebrada de Humahuaca ending in Cordoba, important to the Spanish due to its location on the old route to the region of Alto Perú (Upper Peru, now in Bolivia) conquered in the 16th century. Travellers on the Natural Heritage Tour visit the World Heritage city of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay reached by boat in around an hour from Buenos Aires. Next it’s a flight to Puerto Madryn on the coast where a couple of days are spent observing the huge variety of marine fauna and flora including sea birds, small dolphins and whales as well as a visit to the penguin reserve. A further flight goes to El Calafate with its stunning glaciers and an exciting river trip amongst the icebergs on board a catamaran. The Argentinian cultural or natural heritage tours are priced from around £4,125 per person including return flights from London, internal flights, private driver/guide and accommodation. For details visit or call free on 0800 689 1586.

Alaska - glaciers, northern lights & wildlife - 12-day railroad journey
The Battered Suitcase 12-day adventure through Alaska takes travellers through spectacular scenery on the Alaska State Railroad using the famous trains: Coastal Classic, Glacier Discovery and Denali Star. Travellers can choose from a vast range of sites, experiences and activities for their bespoke itinerary including a chance to experience the Northern Lights as well as glacier visits; wildlife cruises in Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, visit to Whittier; a riverboat discovery tour into inner Alaska and the city of Fairbanks or discover the tundra on a wilderness tour in Denali National Park before relaxing at a cabin dinner and theatre night. Other options include a Talkeetna jet boat safari; museum visits in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city; a tour through the Arctic to cross the mighty Yukon River and the thrill of a dog sled ride with an Iditarod musher. For those looking for a more immersive experience, there is also the option to stay with a local Alaskan family to learn more about how they live; what they learnt from their ancestors to survive in the unique climate using local resources and other traditions passed through the generations. The Alaska journey is priced from around £3,137 per person including return flights from London, railroad tickets, accommodation, tours, activities and museum visits of choice. For details visit or call free on 0800 689 1586.

Spirit of Ecuador and Galapagos – 15-day cultural journey
Experience the true spirit, culture and natural splendour of Ecuador and the Galapagos islands with this 15-day private tour from UNESCO World Heritage Site tour specialist Battered Suitcase. Although small, Ecuador has a rich history, fascinating wildlife and beautiful natural wonders. Tours take in the World Heritage

Site cities of Cuenca and Quito, which were part of the Inca Empire, visits to traditional Indian villages in the Andes, the snow-capped Cotopaxi Volcano and a four-day, full-board cruise landing and exploring the Galapagos. Tailored to suit with prices from £5,561 per person tours include return flights from London and internal flights, B&B accommodation on the mainland with some meals, car with driver, guided tours, visits to attractions of choice and Galapagos cruise. For details visit or call free on 0800 689 1586.

Western Australia - Kakadu and the Kimberley
Bespoke discovery tour; 18 exciting days of adventure

An exciting 18-day bespoke discovery tour of the spectacular Kakadu National Park and Kimberley region in Western Australia has been put together by Battered Suitcase. Created for the independent traveller with a deep sense of adventure, this private tour is a unique experience taking in remarkable and diverse landscapes and amazing wildlife in remote areas often described as a ‘wilderness’ or the ‘out back’.

The itinerary for this self-drive journey is a suggestion only; Battered Suitcase will tailor it to suit the individual so every experience is different.

Located in a protected area of the Northern Territory, Kakadu covers an area nearly half the size of Switzerland. Renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites, the entire National Park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It borders the Kimberley, one of the nine regions of Western Australia. Due to its isolation, the Kimberley’s awe inspiring landscape with its old rock formations, magnificent rivers and vast savannahs, is one of the most undisturbed and natural areas remaining on our planet. Both regions are home to a remarkable variety of wildlife as well as fresh and salt water crocodiles.

The Kakadu and Kimberley discovery tour begins in Darwin and finishes at Broome. It takes in a fantastic variety of experiences including guided safaris; a crocodile cruise; visit to the City of Ruins, a spectacular natural sandstone formation resembling an ancient city, and Gregory’s Tree. This large boab stands on the campsite occupied by explorer Augustus Charles Gregory in the 1850s and is considered a sacred site by the local indigenous people.

The diverse accommodation is with smaller, privately owned providers unique to the region ensuring a totally immersive and personal experience. These include a safari bungalow at Bamurru Plains on the edge of Kakadu overlooking the floodplains frequented by a mass of bird animal life; contemporary, architect designed Cicada Lodge, which opened in 2013 in Nitmiluk National Park, and Bullo River Station, a 500,000 acre cattle ranch. Nights are also spent at the exclusive El Questro Homestead with panoramic views over the Kimberley’s stunning Chamberlain Gorge; Drysdale River and Mount Elizabeth cattle stations; the Mornington Wilderness Camp nature reserve and Spinifex Hotel in Derby.

Available May to October, this once-in-a-lifetime discovery tour is priced from £5,547 per person to include hire of a large four wheel-drive, air-conditioned vehicle with maps and full documentation; 17 nights’ accommodation with most meals and some drinks and selected guided tours of choice. International and local internal flights can be arranged but are not included.

Battered Suitcase is a fully bonded tour operator with all flights and flight-inclusive holidays financially protected by the ATOL scheme (where applicable) through their membership of the Travel Trust Association.

To book the Kakadu and Kimberley discovery tour call Battered-Suitcase for free on 0800 689 1586 or email [email protected]; more details can also be found on
Follow on Twitter @ExpertTravelUK.

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Bremen and Bremerhaven, Northern Germany
Four-day custom designed tour

Experience more than 1,200 years of history on this four-day custom designed tour of Bremen and Bremerhaven in Northern Germany with UNESCO World Heritage Site tour specialist Battered Suitcase. Tailored itineraries from £399 person include return flights, three nights B&B hotel accommodation, selected lunches, guided tours and admission into attractions.

Once part of the Medieval Hanseatic League, Bremen has the only town hall in Germany still in use after 600 years; now a World Heritage Site for its outstanding architecture. See the oldest cask of wine in Germany; discover the art of beer making, visit the Mercedes-Benz factory and experience the world’s climate zones at Klimahaus (Climate House). Then learn how it feels to leave your homeland for the New World at the Emigration Centre.

To book the Bremen and Bremerhaven tour or for more details, visit; call free on 0800 689 1586 or email [email protected]. Follow Battered Suitcase on Twitter @ExpertTravelUK to keep updated with their offerings.
The price quoted is from a London airport, please contact us for quotes from regional airports.

Battered Suitcase is a fully bonded tour operator with all flights and flight-inclusive holidays financially protected by the ATOL scheme (where applicable) through their membership of the Travel Trust Association.


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