Khartoum Camels

By Amelia
On: 30th September, 2016

Discovering North Sudan Part I: Khartoum

  • Sudan

Northern Sudan is probably not at the top of everyone's wish list of places to visit but, looking back on a whirlwind week there, I can highly recommend that it should be. In this blog I describe part one of my tour around the golden country that's brimming with culture.


By Guest blogger
On: 1st July, 2016

Chilean Spanish: ¿Cachai, Po, Weón?

  • Chile

You've been to Spain a few times, you've had a couple of Spanish classes and you feel you've more or less grasped the language - and then you go to Chile…

istock spetses

By Kate
On: 1st July, 2016

Eureka Moments

  • Peloponnese

Most people are baffled when we utter the words 'The Peloponnese'. Frequently the response to our suggesting it goes as follows - "Where's that? Greece? I've not heard of that island!?" and that's precisely it; it's not an island. The Peloponnese is a beautiful green section of the mainland…

Amelia fam trip picture children dancing

By Amelia
On: 1st July, 2016

My Top Five in Mongolia

  • Central Asia
  • Mongolia

Have you bagged eight to ten days in Mongolia but curious as to how to fill them? Fear not. My list of must sees and do's in the landlocked nation (given in no particular order) will fill your itinerary to the metaphorical brim.

Church of Spilled Blood Ceiling

By Flora
On: 20th June, 2016

Why St Petersburg Should be your Next City Break

  • Russia
  • St Petersburg

'Why would you want to go to Russia?', has pretty much been the stock response from people for the last decade or so when I've told them I'm heading there, and that's usually followed by a slight shudder and questions about prison camps, Putin and whether the food is terrible. However,…


By Amelia
On: 26th November, 2015

Fes Music Festival

  • Fez

The little known annual music festival of Fes in Morocco is a gem, not only because it is still relatively unknown (therefore retains its authenticity) but also because of the fantastically high standard of musicianship. In a sea of world music festivals to choose from, this one really…


By Amelia
On: 10th June, 2015

Culture in Morocco: a Day Trip to Volubilis

  • Morocco
  • Fez

Any trip to Fes should include a day out to the gorgeous Roman city of Volubilis, probably the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco.

By Amelia
On: 12th May, 2015

Top Five Sights in Uzbekistan

  • Central Asia
  • Uzbekistan

By the end of a twelve day tour of Uzbekistan you might have had your fill of monuments beginning with 'M' - for there are so many Mosques, Mausoleums, Madrassah's, Museums and Markets its enough to make ones' head spin. And the problem is trying to remember them all as they have a habit of…


By Amelia
On: 12th May, 2015

A Day in the Life of a Simoon Tour – an Excursion to Shakrisabz

  • Central Asia
  • Uzbekistan

Simoon Travel's Amelia has just returned from a tour of Uzbekistan. In the first of a series of blogs, Amelia gives a flavour of what it's like to be on a Simoon Travel tour...

By Amelia
On: 23rd February, 2015

Ethiopia Dancing

  • Ethiopia

Ethiopia - a land where the cradle of Christianity, the birth of the coffee bean, and some of the best dancing I have ever seen come together.