Destination of the week: Anywhere, on a shoestring
The upmarket tour operator Kuoni now has a no-frills option: Shoestring. This was originally a Dutch company, but is now based in Lugano in Switzerland – where Kuoni's HQ is located.
The concept of Shoestring ( www.shoestring.co.uk) is simple. It offers itineraries to a wide range of destinations, at a fixed price throughout the year for the ground arrangements (transport, accommodation with breakfast, and guiding). The air fare varies.
A three-week tour through Indonesia from Jakarta via Bali to Lombok costs £499; air fares from the UK for next month are around £550.