About us

Distant Horizons in the UK was initially set up in 1996 following the success of the first Distant Horizons office in the USA which was opened in 1985.

Distant Horizons in the UK has over the last twenty-three years worked with many of the leading UK organisations and societies to develop and plan innovative small party, scholar led journeys to some of the world’s most fascinating places. From the first Asian departure in 1996, our programmes have followed the same model. Whilst our list of destinations has grown so too has our passion for what we do.

Not a day goes by in the Distant Horizons office where we do not learn something new and revealing about our world. We are a small hardworking office and if call us early or late the chances are you will catch someone. It’s a source of much pride to all of us that so many of our travellers are repeat travellers who have, over the years become friends. We have one couple who have travelled with us 12 times in the last 15 years!

We invite you to request one of our trip brochures or phone to discuss a travel idea. With over twenty four years of organizing travel to the less well-travelled parts of the globe, our staff have designed a number of itineraries which seek to unravel areas of unparalleled beauty.

Be part of a small party of travellers, usually less than twenty, with each trip led by a carefully chosen scholar. Enjoy our scholar’s evening lectures and their extensive personal contacts. Enter private homes to view special collections, meet with local officials, journalists and foreign diplomats for up-to-date briefings, and attend traditional dance and musical performances, which bring ancient myths and legends to life.

Under the caring wing of our local guides, discover temples and mosques shimmering with whitewash and delicate tiles. Explore archaeological sites with walls made of brick the colour of old rose, and wander through bustling spice markets. Enter villages surrounded by lush green terraces where everyday baskets and textiles represent intricate and patient work. Drive past majestic landscapes in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles. Enjoy the understated elegance of some of the world’s finest hotels, the colonial charm of a restored villa, or, when these are not available, the simplicity of a modest room. Sample the best of traditional foods with menus selected to introduce local cuisine often in settings of indescribable beauty.