Audley makes ‘Best Companies’ list in The Sunday Times

One of the many Audley summer parties

One of the many Audley summer parties

We are pleased to announce that Audley has been named as one of The Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for, achieving position 30!

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Audley London office to open in the spring

The new Audley office in Shepherd's Bush

The new Audley office in Shepherd’s Bush

We are pleased to announce that our new London office will be opening in the spring.

Located in Shepherd’s Bush near the Westfield Shopping Centre, the office will be in the ‘Yellow Building’, the award-winning head office of Monsoon Accessorize, and is within walking distance of Latimer Grove (Hammersmith and City line) and Shepherd’s Bush (Central line). It is also easily accessible from Oxford and Witney and from across London.

We plan to create the same unique culture in London that we have at our New Mill office in Witney.

If you have a passion for sales and wish to work in the travel industry we’d love to hear from you. We are currently recruiting for Country Specialists for our new London office, to find out more visit our Careers website.

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New Audley China, Russia & Central Asia Brochure

The Great Wall of China at Jinshanling

The Great Wall of China at Jinshanling

Our new China, Russia and Central Asia brochure is available to order, download and view online.

Inside you’ll find information covering China, Hong Kong, Tibet, the Silk Route, the Trans-Siberian Railway, Mongolia, Russia and Ukraine.

To help you get the most out of this fascinating region our specialists have put together a collection of their favourite accommodation, places to visit and things to do.

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New BBC series ‘Wild Brazil’

Giant anteater in Brazilian grassland

Giant anteater in Brazilian grassland

Have you been watching the new three-part BBC series Wild Brazil?

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Elephant Diaries on BBC Four tonight

Sheldrick elephant sancturay

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya

I have blogged several times about the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a popular and worthy charity based on the outskirts of Nairobi (you can see these blogs here, here and here).

Following the trials and tribulations of the nursery’s herd of baby elephants, Elephant Diaries is a five-part series starting tonight at 7.30 pm on BBC Four.

To find out more see Elephant Diaries on the BBC website.

If you would like to find out more about an Audley tailor-made trip to Kenya, please ring one of our specialists on 01993 838 510 or contact us online.

Caricaturist visits Audley at Christmas

Nicki has her portrait drawn

Nicki has her portrait drawn

On Christmas Eve we were lucky enough to be visited by who other than…a Caricaturist! (Father Christmas was a little busy).

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New Russian River Cruise

View from the walkway of the Volga Dream

View from the walkway

We were really excited to check out a new boutique river boat sailing between Moscow and St Petersburg on the Volga River recently. The Volga Dream provides an opportunity to visit the remote and secluded villages and towns that are dotted along the river, all while maintaining the style of a boutique hotel, which can be difficult to find in Russia.

The unique and detailed programme offers a revealing insight into the history and culture that makes Russia such a fascinating destination. Maximum passenger numbers of 109 mean that this is one of the most intimate and exclusive cruises on the entire river.

To find out about incorporating this fantastic river cruise into a tailor-made trip to Russia with Audley, call one of our specialists on 01993 838 230 or contact us online.

Christmas Travel Quiz answers and winners


Our Christmas Travel Quiz is always extremely popular and this year was no exception, with over 600 entries. The winners have now been selected by our judges and below is a list of the lucky winners who will each receive a bottle of bubbly in the post.

1. Miss Maria Allan
2. Mr Will Gibb
3. Mrs Elizabeth O’Beirne
4. Dr Eleanor Wasley
5. Mr David Talbot

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Song Saa launch Foundation Festive Appeal

Song Saa Private Island

Song Saa Private Island

The owners of Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia have just launched their Song Saa Foundation Festive Appeal, with the aim of raising in one month $25,000 (£15,300) for the Song Saa Foundation.

The Foundation is very close to the heart of owners Rory and Melita Hunter and central to what they are trying to achieve at Song Saa, with its focus on environmental sustainability, assorted wildlife projects (see my blog about how they saved animals in cruel zoo) but in particular, helping the local community of Prek Svay on the Koh Rong archipelago.

Please take a few minutes to find out more about the appeal by viewing the video above.

Audley teams compete in the Adventure Trail Series

Adventure Trail Series

The Audley staff who ran, biked and kayaked at the Adventure Trail Series

Intrepid, adventurous, off the beaten track, maybe even a little exotic? Not the words to describe my next trip with Audley, but instead a rather damp and exhaustive jaunt 14 specialists took round Cannock Chase in Staffordshire last Saturday.

One of Audley's team scramble over a 10ft obstacle

A team from Audley scramble over a 10ft obstacle

On the menu, a steady starter of a 3km run, followed by a gruelling 20km bike ride, a further heel hurting 4km run, a refreshing 1km splash around a lake on a kayak, another 3km run, a second helping of a 5km bike ride before a final mud-eating crawl through a rope net and scramble over a 10ft a-frame.

This was no picnic but I’m pleased to report that all the Audley athletes finished un-scathed, if a little wet and tired from the Adventure Trail Series event. The objective to all finish the event in our mini-teams of three was accomplished and despite a bike chain snapping mid-way and maybe a slight lack of training (in some teams), everyone did well.

Special mention should also go the Ninja Turtle team (Elisa Scannell, Anna Edgar, Matt Bowling) who shaved a cool 50 minutes off their time from last year and the WitLon Lads (Simon Chaffey and Alex Bentley) who finished in a very respective 30th out of 113 teams!