Cycling’s longest climb

On a six-day bike tour through Colombia, Adharanand Finn tackles the world’s longest climb: 82km of continuous uphill pedalling

The Jāmé Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.
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Iran — by luxury train

As more tourists return to the country, a new rail service lets visitors explore in style

The pass between Përmet and Çorovoda in the highlands of Albania
©Andrew Eames

Great Drives: discovering Albania

A new tour operator lets visitors explore the country’s mountains from behind the wheel of a 4x4

Six Chachapoyas funerary statues at Karajia
©Mike Carter

Kuelap, fortress of northern Peru

Mike Carter goes beyond Machu Picchu to a region little visited by tourists – but with some of the greatest archaeological treasures in the Americas

A meadow at Bimthang overlooked by two of Manaslu’s satellite peaks
©Stephen Venables

Great Walks: Manaslu, Nepal

As Himalayan treks get busier, Stephen Venables finds peace among the waterfalls and wildflowers that surround the world’s eighth-highest peak

Great Walks: Hadrian’s Wall

Rory Stewart finds history in almost every step as he follows the Roman wall across northern England

Great Walks: Ethiopia’s clifftop churches

A new chain of community-run guesthouses is opening up Tigray’s dramatic landscapes

Great Walks: Into the hills of Myanmar

In the first of our new series on great walks, Andrew Eames leaves behind the growing tourist crowds for a trek into the pristine Chin Hills

Passing Henley-on-Thames
©Rafal Maciejczyk

Great River Journeys: the Thames

In the last of our series, John McDermott boats down the Thames, whose banks are replete with gentle English eccentricity

Great River Journeys: the Dordogne

In our series on great river journeys, Robert Twigger and family tackle the Dordogne in canoes

Great River Journeys: the wild heart of Europe

In the second of our series on great river journeys, Julian Allason takes a cruise along the Danube from Bucharest to Belgrade

Great River Journeys: sail into deepest Myanmar

In the first of a series on great river trips, a new Orient-Express ship sails up the little-visited Chindwin

Great Drives: Italy’s Mille Miglia

In the final part of our series, Sam Knight joins the Mille Miglia in Italy, once a death-defying race and now ‘the world’s flashiest classic car meeting’

Great drives: New Mexico

In the third in our series, Henry Shukman heads for the empty roads of the south of the state, where the Great Plains meet the mountains

Great Drives: Calcutta to Sikkim

In the second of our series on road trips, Minty Clinch braves tumultuous traffic to explore the hill stations of West Bengal and Sikkim

Great Drives: Iceland

In the first of a series on road trips, Tim Moore sets out in a tiny hire car for a challenging circumnavigation of the country’s dramatic terrain


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