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Our Local Life tours take you beyond the tourist track and into this heart of authentic Asia, where extraordinary connections and cultural discovery are intertwined with the stories and smiles shared with the locals. Swap your tour bus for a bicycle, a public train or two feet – and experience the lesser-known local charms of Asia while supporting, sustaining and respecting the places you explore. A Local Life tour means discovering a side of Asia you wouldn’t see otherwise – and letting the local experts help you uncover a slice of your Asia along the way.
A first-time visit to Asia is a feast for the senses. Stunning architecture, fascinating history and exotic flavours are all part of the experience. And on a first visit, the highlights and top spots should be high on your travel list – but there’s so much more waiting beyond the surface.
The Master Class product line is a range of private experiences designed to connect travellers with unique life-learning opportunities in Asia, suitable for groups, FIT or events. From Thai boxing classes with former professional fighters to mixology workshops in worldfamous hotels, each Master Class experience offers access to exclusive locations and meets some of Asia’s most inspiring people. Through interaction with a local docent, travellers will do more than just observe. Each Master Class is designed to offer meaningful opportunities for interaction unlike anything your clients have experienced before.
Our Essence tours are highlights experiences with a twist. Each Essence tour features dedicated local guides, unique routes, topnotch food and authentic local experiences. An Essence journey promises a true discovery of local culture without missing out on the top attractions you simply can’t miss. Get a fascinating first look at local culture in style and comfort, with unique opportunities for cultural immersion.
LUXE Buffalo Luxe is a premier division of Buffalo Tours, striving to provide the very best in customised luxury touring in Asia. With VIP transfers, luxury accommodation and exclusive cultural encounters, our passionate guides and knowledgeable destination concierges are dedicated to providing the very best introductions and the warmest welcomes to whichever countries you choose to visit. With over two decades of experience and a strong local presence in 11 different Asian destinations, we are confident in our ability to provide unrivalled quality holidays in the region. 3
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Whether it is a homestay in rural Cambodia or a visit to an artisan village in Vietnam, each of our tours explore local communities and environments while respecting, preserving and sustaining their way of life. All of our journeys are designed to guide you in your own unique discovery of Asia.
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Unearth the secrets of Vietnam’s exotic charm on a 12-day whirlwind odyssey. Take in the mayhem of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, sail through magical Halong Bay, soak up the ancient splendor of Hue and Hoi An and discover the sleepy Mekong Delta region in an illuminating and comprehensive journey. itinerary
About Destination Kaleidoscopic and ever-changing, Vietnam is a nation on the move. While its biggest cities race into the modern age, rural towns and mountain villages maintain a magical timelessness. Along 1,900 miles of coastline lies some of Asia’s most astounding natural scenery, but its allure lies in the fascinating juxtaposition of old and new. Discover this country of contrasts, where opposing cultural forces coexist in fascinating harmony.
Day 1-3: Hanoi Hanoi Start your journey in the frenetic streets of Hanoi, Vietnam’s historic capital city. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the country’s oldest university, the Temple of Literature, for an in-depth look at the nation’s fascinating history. In the city’s Old Quarter, meander through a frenzy of labyrinthine streets on a cyclo, the city’s pedal-powered rickshaw. Wind down with a stroll around West Lake and its charming residential enclaves, and sample some of the area’s best street snacks in locally owned eateries. After the sun sets, embark on a guided street food adventure in the heart of downtown Hanoi. Day 4-5: Halong Bay Halong Bay Escape the city on a tranquil overnight cruise through Halong Bay, Vietnam’s spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site. Board a traditional wooden junk and set sail through a scenic panorama of over 2000 towering limestone cliffs draped in dense jungle foliage. Explore hidden coves by kayak, kick back with a cocktail on board and enjoy fresh seafood delicacies.
Day 6-8: Hue & Hoi An Fly to the breathtaking central coast in Vietnam and arrive in Hue, a former Imperial capital. Explore the stately Tu Duc Royal Tomb and its magnificent walled Citadel before heading onward to Hoi An, a former trading port with architecture dating as far back as the 15th Century. Wander through this enchanting ancient town on a guided walking tour, keeping an eye out for Hoi An’s iconic silk lanterns and tailor shops. Afterwards, kick back and enjoy a meandering boat journey down Perfume River. Day 9-12: Ho Chi Minh City & Mekong Delta Travel to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city that pulses with urban energy. Head off for an evening street food adventure before a guided wander through Cho Lon, the city’s vast Chinatown district. Get an in-depth look at Vietnam’s torrid war history at the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace before exploring downtown Saigon’s best post-colonial French architecture. Finally, embark on a journey into Vietnam’s “rice bowl” for a closer look at local lifestyles in the Mekong Delta. Visit a family-owned coconut processing plant, sail on a restored teak river cruiser and explore the iconic chocolate waterways in sleepy Ben Tre. Inclusions • 10 nights hotel accommodation • 1 night cruise cabin • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 2 dinners • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary 7
Vietnam Highlights | 12D
Vietnam Explorer | 16D Sapa
Ha Long Bay
Hue Da Nang Hoi An
The earthy scent of sandalwood fills the air with an almost supernatural allure, blending harmoniously with the pleasing fragrance of fresh fruit and exotic flowers. A land of sweet lotus, emerald rice fields and flooded paddies glistening like mother of pearl, Vietnam will seduce you with its charming rural simplicity. From the magnificent karst islands of Halong Bay, to the sprawling city of Saigon, brimming with life, this incredibly diverse nation offers a cornucopia of natural and cultural experiences that beckons you with the enticing allure of adventure and discovery.
Embark on an adventurous and in-depth 16day tour into the heart of Vietnam’s cultural and scenic wonders. In an expedition from north to south, explore the towering limestone cliffs of Halong Bay before uncovering rustic villages in Sapa and the Mekong Delta, stopping off for a dose of urban discovery in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City during your journey.
Ho Chi Minh City
itinerary Day 1-2 Hanoi Start your journey in the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. Let Hanoi’s finest performers entertain and educate, as they tell the story of village life with creative acrobatics, modern dance and the innovative use of Asia’s most iconic material, bamboo. Explore the history and heritage of Vietnam through its works of art, visiting galleries and private studios with local artists, led by a resident expert who lives and breathes the Vietnamese art scene. Finally, leave the noise of the city behind as you board a private seaplane and land elegantly in the Bay of Descending Dragons. Day 3-6 Halong Bay & Hue In Halong Bay, visit the spectacular Tien Ong Cave, take a traditional boat to Cua Van fishing village, and relax on a pristine white sand beach among the jungle-clad limestone karsts. In the evening, look up at the stars, admiring the surreal beauty of the bay whilst sipping a glass of wine. After a business class flight, enjoy a traditional Hue style dinner at the Tha Om Garden House with the owner, Mr Vinh. The next day, float gently down the peaceful Perfume River by boat, visiting the opulent tombs of Vietnamese Emperors.
Day 7-9 Danang & Hoi An Travel by sea to Hoi An, stopping by the Cham Museum in Danang. In Hoi An, meet up with Chef Tran Duc - owner and founder of the Mango Rooms restaurant and well loved culinary personality. Explore Hoi An Ancient Town, the 200-year old Tan Ky House, and the famous Japanese Covered Bridge. Afterwards, hop on a cyclo and head out toward Cam Thanh Village, to visit a local family and experience authentic village life. Before continuing your journey, spend a full day accompanied by fashion consultant and personal shopper, Daniel Lunn. Day 10 -12 Saigon Spend a night on the town in Saigon with a sunset tour on the back of an iconic vintage Vespa scooter. Drive through Chinatown before motoring through District 4, famous for its gritty nightlife and street seafood, and far enough outside of the city centre that few visitors ever visit. The next day experience the sights and sounds of this vibrant southern metropolis with a private car. Your last dinner is specially arranged at KOTO restaurant, a fantastic social enterprise bringing life changing skills to disadvantaged kids since the mid-1990s. 8
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Day 1-5: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Sapa Begin your adventure in Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital city brimming with history and postcolonial charm. Meander by traditional cyclo through bustling alleyways in the vibrant Old Quarter and West Lake District before heading out under the cover of night for a taste of the capital’s street food culture. Then, escape the urban jungle with a journey to Cat Ba Island and Halong Bay, the backdrop for your scenic adventure within the bay’s famous limestone karsts and caves. Unwind on a private beach before heading back to Hanoi for your sleeper train bound for Sapa.
• 12 nights hotel accommodation • 1 night cruise cabin • 2 nights sleeper train • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 2 dinners • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary
Day 6-7: Sapa Discover vibrant ethnic minority cultures and magnificent tiered rice paddy fields in the mountain outpost of Sapa. Spend the next two days trekking through thick bamboo forests, past cascading waterfalls and along rustic mountain trails into the heart of Cat Cat, Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages. Here, get an in-depth look at the traditions and lifestyles of the Black H’mong with a visit to a local home and a Batik painting workshop. Inclusions • • • • • • • • •
11 nights in premium hotel rooms 2 day / 1 night Violet Halong Bay Cruise Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 6 dinners All road transport Sea plane to Halong Bay from Hanoi and business class flights to Hue and Saigon Sightseeing, classes and entertainment as specified Entrance Fees English speaking guides Private airport transfers and departure loung access in Saigon
Day 8-10: Hoi An Depart the north and fly to the central coast, home to the historic port town of Hoi An. Explore the rich tapestry of Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese cultural influence immortalized in the town’s beautifully preserved architecture before a guided cycle to surrounding villages. Here, get a hands-on lesson in crab fishing using a traditional bamboo basket boat while enjoying this region’s idyllic scenery fit for a postcard. Day 11-16: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta Travel south to bustling Ho Chi Minh City, and dive into the frenetic urban energy of Vietnam’s largest metropolis. Explore downtown Saigon’s best-kept street food secrets, embark on guided tour into the city’s historic Chinatown district and soak up the energy of this chic urban hub. Finally, wrap up your journey in the magical Mekong Delta. In Chau Doc, explore floating markets and riverside villages by river cruiser before taking in the mysterious allure of Tra Su Nature Reserve, home to a magical flooded eucalyptus forest. 9
Luxury Vietnam | 10D
Beach Escape with a Difference | 4D Escape the dense, buzzing cities of Vietnam on a relaxing beach break in the charming ancient port town of Hoi An. Known for its architectural splendor, breezy shopping avenues and glowing paper lanterns, this coastal gem is a perfect escape from the urban jungle. Day 1: Arrive Hoi An Arrive in Hoi An Ancient Town and set off on a guided walking journey along its famous cobblestone walking streets. During the journey, explore sleepy alleyways and quaint walking streets lined with beautifully preserved 15th to 19th Century architecture. Along the way, learn about the tiny coastal town’s history as a major trading port for Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese merchants. Day 2: Hoi An - Cua Dai Beach Spend the day at your leisure at the beautiful Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa, located between pristine Cua Dai Beach and Thu Bon River. Enjoy your day along the beaches only a short walk from your hotel, or head back into central Hoi An to peruse the town’s famous souvenir shops and tailors.
Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh | 3D Make the most of a journey from Vietnam to Cambodia on an in-depth, off the beaten track excursion through the heart of the Mekong Delta. Explore sleepy Buddhist monasteries, float through Tra Su Flooded Forest and spend a night on the banks of the Bassac River in a journey connecting bustling Ho Chi Minh City and rustic Phnom Penh. Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Chau Doc Start your journey on-board the Song Xanh sampan for a private cruise into the heart of the Mekong Delta. Arrive in Sa Dec, home to a peaceful Buddhist Monastery, and meet some of the young nuns in training here. Continue cruising a short distance down the Mekong before docking and taking private transport onward to Chau Doc, a sleepy delta town at the confluence of three vital rivers. Stay on the riverbank or in a mountain retreat overnight.
Day 2: Chau Doc - Khmer Village Tour Take a drive to a traditional Khmer village and learn about the distinctive form of Buddhism practiced in the local monastery. At Tuc Dup Hill, meet a war veteran at its summit and explore the hill’s maze of hidden tunnels used by Viet Cong soldiers. Then, meander by paddle boat through Tra Su Nature Reserve, a magical flooded eucalyptus forest and bird sanctuary. A picnic in the trees and panoramic views of surrounding mangrove at a nearby vantage point wrap up your stay in this mysterious forest retreat.
Day 3: Hoi An Cycling Tour Set off today on a cycling journey into the idyllic countryside surrounding Hoi An. Journey past grazing water buffalo and emerald rice paddy fields to arrive at Cam Thanh Village, a former shelter for locals during the war. Now famous for its charming thatched-roof cottages, meet a local family who calls this quaint rural village home before trying your hand at crab fishing in a bamboo basket boat! Continue on to a small lantern workshop to learn how the region’s iconic handicrafts are made during a hands-on lesson. Don’t forget to take your own creation back with you on your cycle back to central Hoi An.
Day 3: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh Cross over the border between Vietnam and Cambodia by speedboat bound for Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s historic capital city brimming with crumbling colonial architecture and exotic energy. Spend your day exploring the city’s dynamic mix of peaceful temples and bustling markets.
Day 4: Hoi An After spending your last night on the pristine coast of Hoi An, wake up for breakfast and enjoy a few more hours of exploring the sand and surf here. Meet your guide later and head to the train station before continuing on to your next destination. 11
Halong Bay - Full Day Group Tour | 1D Leave the hustle and bustle of Hanoi behind on a journey to UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay, Vietnam’s most incredible natural wonder. This breathtaking archipelago is famous for its unique karst topography that rises from endless stretches of jade waters – the perfect backdrop for your cruise through the heart of the bay’s stunning scenery. Enjoy lunch onboard, sip a cocktail from the deck and explore the depths of Paradise Cave along the way.
Essence of Hanoi: Monuments and Alleyways | 1D Experience the wonders of Hanoi, a millennial old city whose charms are seemingly endless! From the resting ground of Uncle Ho, the ancient Temple of Literature to the Old Quarters labyrinth of alleyways famous for its specialty products and general frenzy on this encapsulating full day tour.
Hanoi Street Eats| ½D With food stalls on every corner, Hanoi is famous for its street food cuisine. This local street eats walking tour has been designed to enable you to enjoy some of the very best of Vietnam’s street food. You’ll be guided through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter stopping along the way to sample some of the many local delicacies on offer.
Bac Ha Market | 1D Explore the vibrant mountain market of Bac Ha, where some of Sapa’s most colorful ethnic communities congregate to swap goods and stories. Start with a guided exploration of the market stalls before heading north to Hoang A Tuong Palace, famous for its ‘oriental baroque’ architecture. Wrap up your day at nearby Truong Do Village for a tasty Tay ethnic minority lunch with a local family, and a boat journey down the Chay River. 12
Hue - Half Day Cycling & Lunch with Nuns | ½D Discover the best of central Vietnam’s idyllic countryside on a cycling journey beyond the historic city of Hue. Set off in the early morning and pedal past emerald rice paddy fields, wallowing water buffalo and quaint village homes before exploring Thanh Toan Bridge. Arrive at Tu Hieu Pagoda just in time for the monks’ morning chant. Receive a traditional Buddhist blessing next door and enjoy a vegetarian lunch with local nuns before cycling back to Hue city center.
Charming Hoi An | ½D Discover charming Hoi An’s historical landmarks and best-kept secrets at a leisurely pace. On a guided stroll, meander through quiet alleyways for a closer look at this former trading port’s collection of architecture inspired by Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese cultural influences. During your journey, pass by the scarlet Chua Ong Pagoda and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge before setting sail down Thu Bon River.
Hoi An Countryside Cycling | ½D Set off by bicycle on a meandering journey through Hoi An’s tranquil outskirts bound for Cam Thanh Village, a traditional community surrounded by emerald rice paddy fields. Once a shelter for locals during the war, Cam Thanh is now famous for thatched-roof cottages and its untainted rural charm. Spend your time here chatting with a local family, roll up your sleeves at a lantern workshop and try your hand at catching crabs in a traditional ‘basket boat’ - the same way that local fishermen here have done for centuries!
Saigon Chinatown | ½D Explore the crumbling urban charm of Saigon’s Cho Lon, one of the largest and oldest Chinatown districts in the world. Explore food stalls and dazzling Sino-French architecture at Binh Tay market, weave through buzzing back alleys by cyclo, visit a traditional communal house and discover the secrets behind Cho Lon’s Chinese medicine trade in a family-owned shop. Wrap up your journey down the Saigon River on-board the Lady Hau, a beautifully restored rice barge. 14
Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa
Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa
Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa
Victoria Chau Doc Hotel
Only 200 km north of Ho Chi Minh City, the four star Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa is located at Mui Ne, one of the most idyllic destinations on the Vietnamese coastline, replicating a traditional fishing village, with elements inspired by the ancient Cham Empire.
Victoria Nui Sam Lodge
ÊMM Hotel Saigon
Discover Hoi An, splendor of past Annam, proudly listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Here, visitors can explore the vestiges of the glorious Cham Kingdom. Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa replicates a traditional fishing village with small streets, water ponds and village houses with clay tiled roofs.
Nestled among the slopes of North Vietnam's mountainous region is Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, built in the style of a traditional chalet in perfect harmony with the natural scenery. This stone & wood construction blends seamlessly with the surrounding environment, overlooking Indochina's highest peak, Mount Fanxipan.
ÊMM Hotel Hue Centrally located between Saigon’s District 1 and District 3, ÊMM Hotel Saigon is just a short walk from the historic Notre Dame Cathedral and Unification Palace, with a variety of restaurants, shopping centres and local markets. ÊMM Hotel Saigon features funky décor in bright colours, with a trendy rooftop restaurant and bar, as well as a fitness centre.
Situated in the heart of the former Imperial Capital of Hue, ÊMM Hotel Hue is the ideal base from which to discover the city’s fascinating history and culture. This cheery hotel features a colour scheme inspired by ancient Hue itself, highlighted by imperial jade and royal purple. A restaurant and pool-side bar as well as a mini-gym.
ÊMM Hotel Hoi An is located only minutes away from the famous Ancient Town, as well as the picturesque beaches of Cua Dai and An Bang. Guests can make use of complimentary bicycles to explore the surrounding countryside, as well as enjoy beach privileges at the luxury Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa.
ÊMM Hotels & Resorts is a collection of 3 and 4-star hotels in Vietnam. “ÊM” in Vietnamese means "tranquility and comfort”, and the extra “M” stands for “Modern”. ÊMM embodies an “East meets West” concept combining traditional Asian hospitality with a young and dynamic theme.
ÊMM Hotel Hoi An Built in colonial style with low-rise French architectural design, the four star Victoria Chau Doc Hotel blends perfectly with its natural surroundings. The hotel is located on the banks of the Bassac River crossing and is an ideal base to explore the fascinating Chau Doc region.
Victoria Can Tho Resort Located on the slopes of Sam Mountain, the three star Nui Sam Lodge is the latest addition to Victoria's suite of hotels and resorts. The 36 stone bungalows and villas nestled on the side of this spiritual mountain, home to dozens of pagodas and temples, offer guests and visitors a unique experience in a truly magnificent location.
The only luxury hotel in the centre of the Mekong Delta, the four star Victoria Can Tho Resort blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river. Close to Can Tho town, this quiet retreat lies on the banks of the Hau River, set amidst gardens with a plethora of exotic plants.
Victoria Xiengthong Palace Located in the heart of the UNESCO protected site in Luang Prabang, surrounded by the golden spires of the town’s famous Buddhist temples, Victoria Xiengthong Palace was the last residence of the Laos Royal Family. Facing the Mekong River, this beautiful property is the ideal location for travelers looking for authenticity, calm and immersion into the Lao culture. 16
Victoria Hotels & Resorts is a highly-recommended collection of boutique properties in Vietnam and Laos, combining an elegant colonial style with a generous dash of authentic local charm. The details make the difference at Victoria, where genuine hospitality and heartfelt service meets simple sophistication and refinement.
Located in the spectacular Mai Chau Valley, Mai Chau Lodge offers the perfect base for travelers in search of stunning landscapes, authentic cultural encounters with local ethnic groups, as well as absolute relaxation, delicious food and friendly service. For more active visitors, Mai Chau Lodge offers many outdoor activities ranging from biking and trekking to kayaking and rock climbing. 17
Cambodian Adventure | 11D
Set off on a whirlwind discovery of Cambodia’s top spots and hidden gems, designed with an adventurous twist. A perfect blend of the highlights and the lesser-explored destinations rarely frequented by tourists, this spectacular journey uncovers the kaleidoscope of cultures and stories that make Cambodia so unique. Connect the dots between post-colonial Phnom Penh, historic Siem Reap and breezy Battambang with in-depth homestays and village getaways. itinerary Day 1-3: Phnom Penh Start your adventure in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, a lively city looking to the future. Set off on a guided, day-long exploration of the city’s architectural marvels, including the crumbling remnants of Phnom Penh’s colonial past. Explore the surrounding farmland on a guided bicycle journey, stopping at Khmer villages to see traditional stilt houses and silk weaving before cycling back to Phnom Penh through villages and rice fields. Day 4-6: Siem Reap Settle into the excitement and culture of Siem Reap with a visit to Phare, the Cambodian Circus – a spectacular acrobatic extravaganza and part of an NGO empowering young Khmer artists to share their stories through performance. Then, put an adventurous twist on your exploration of the Angkor temples with a journey through the sprawling temple site by bicycle! Follow weaving, dusty paths to iconic ruins like The Bayon and Ta Phrom before heading onward to lesser known sites and the thousand-year old spiritual reservoir of Western Baray. Sum up your time in Siem Reap with an escape to Chansor Village, a rustic community in the rural outskirts of the city. This is a unique opportunity to learn about rural lifestyles in Cambodia through hands-on discovery, including a night in a village homestay.
About Destination The birthplace of magnificent ancient civilizations and the focal point of devastating human tragedy, Cambodia is a dynamic and enigmatic nation with a story to tell. Its landmass encompasses vast plains and delta lowlands once host to the mighty Khmer Empire, and now to a dynamic collection of art-deco cities, sleepy rural villages and historic temple landmarks. Despite its tumultuous history, Cambodia is a nation looking to the future – and a destination whose stories are worth uncovering firsthand.
Day 7-8: Battambang Arrive in the charming city of Battambang, famous for its uncommonly friendly locals and fascinating architecture. During your time in this sleepy city, explore beyond the city center with a guided journey to the surrounding rural temples. Whilst not as large as some of Angkor’s wonders, these sacred sites offer a more intimate experience and are home to a collection of intricate Hindu carvings etched into crumbling temple walls. Afterwards, climb the nearby mountain of Phnom Sampeou and learn about local myths and legends centerd around this spiritual location. Wrap up your time here with a visit to a local NGO, which works to preserve the traditional arts nearly wiped out during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Day 9-11: Kep - Phnom Penh Kep - Phnom Penh Return to Phnom Penh briefly before heading to the seaside town of Kep, a former holiday haunt of Khmer royalty. All that remains today is an aura of relaxation and escape, as its opulent past is all but forgotten. Visit a former royal residence and witness stunning views of this peaceful corner of the country before a boat trip to nearby Rabbit Island for a unique insight into the lives of locals in fishing villages. Make sure to catch one last dip in the idyllic Gulf of Thailand before returning to Phnom Penh for your departure.
Siem Reap Battambang
Inclusions • 9 nights hotel accommodation • 1 night home stay accommodation • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 1 dinner • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary 19
Cambodian Highlights | 7D
Vietnam and Cambodia Luxury Cruise | 11D
On a luxurious cruise from the sprawling waterways of the Mekong Delta up to the towering spires of Angkor Wat, get a unique insight to riverside life rarely explored by tourists. Set off on excursions by small boat and on land, and discover the magic of little-visited communities just a stone’s throw away from the tranquil riverbanks. itinerary Make the very most of a short stay in Cambodia with a seven day highlights odyssey from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. A mesmerizing blend of ancient allure and post-colonial charm, meander through the dazzling historical architecture of the capital city before setting your sights on the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat.
Day 1-3: Mekong Delta Meet in Ho Chi Minh City and head south to the sleepy gateway city to the Mekong Delta, My Tho. Enjoy your first Mekong sunset aboard your luxurious cruise liner with welcome drinks before mooring midstream in Cai Be, a sleepy delta town with a rustic charm. In the morning, board a traditional Vietnamese sampan to get closer to the hubbub of Cai Be’s famous floating market. Then, marvel at the resourcefulness of locals in the Delta with a visit to a rice-processing factory and village famous for its hand-woven bamboo mats. Continue cruising past stilted villages on the riverbanks en route to the border.
itinerary Day 1-3: Phnom Penh Start your journey through the Land in the Khmer Kingdom in the historic capital, Phnom Penh. This thriving and dynamic city grew from the meeting point of Tonle Sap River and the mighty Mekong as it makes its way into Vietnam. Here, visit the Royal Palace that stands as a testament to the magnificence of the 19th Century Khmer dynasty. Head onward to the National Museum, where centuries’ worth of treasure serve as a timeline for the rich history of the region. At the Museum of Genocide, witness how the country’s sordid past nearly decimated the vibrant heritage and culture of Cambodia. Wrap up your time in the capital with a visit to a nearby silk weaving community, whose age-old traditions are now only threatened by the rapid modernization of the region. Day 4-5: Angkor Wat In contrast to the elegant riches in the Royal Palace, the temples at Angkor stand as a reminder of the ancient Khmer peoples’ mastery of construction over a thousand years ago. Witness the sheer tenacity with which ancient Khmer structures have grappled with the encroaching jungle over the centuries. Along a journey to Angkor’s most famous temples, see the proud gate of Angkor Thom standing guard over a vast bridge flanked by snakes, and explore the jungle engulfed structure at Ta Phrom. Wrap up the adventure with a visit to the smiling stone faces of the Bayon and the magnificent Angkor Wat, the crown jewel of this ancient civilization’s mesmerizing architecture. Day 6-7: Siem Reap Get an intimate look at the lifestyles of rural Cambodia with a visit to a small, rustic community village outside of Siem Reap. Learn traditional methods of farming, fishing, and animal husbandry with hands-on demonstrations alongside the locals, and explore the farmland on the back of ox cart before enjoying a traditional lunch with a local family. The humbling friendliness of the local villagers will provide a fitting end to your brief stay in Cambodia, while supporting the preservation of the country’s traditional communities. 20
Day 4-5: Phnom Penh Arrive in the city once known as the ‘Paris of the East’, and dive into the local culture here with a crash course in Cambodian history, from the sobering realities of the Killing Fields to an enchanting Aspara dance performance. Hear a comprehensive lecture on the modern history of the country before exploring its bustling capital by cyclo, a traditional bicycle rickshaw that still dominates much of this city’s streets. On your final day here, travel just out of town to a charming village specializing in silk production, and learn about how artisans here create these beautiful pieces of heritage using traditional wooden looms.
Inclusions • 6 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary
“Contrast the past, present and future of Cambodia in this tour that showcases everything that makes this country such a fascinating destination.” Panya Thin - Country Manager
Day 6-7: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey – Kampong Chhnang Rise early to climb the 303 steps to the summit of the pre-Angkorian temple Wat Hanchey, and marvel at the stunning panoramic views of the sunrise. After descending, get the rare opportunity to talk with some local monks for a unique look at their lives of piety. Cruise onwards to Kampong Cham and visit the kitsch Wat Nokor – a modern Buddhist structure squeezed into the ruins of an 11th Century temple. Then, begin your journey up the narrow Tonle River towards Kampong Chhnang – a whole village built on stilts, balancing precariously above the fertile soil. In this tranquil setting, enjoy an evening of traditional Cambodian dance classes. Day 8-11: Tonle Sap – Siem Reap Awake to the majestic Tonle Sap Lake – so vast that it is sometimes impossible to see where the water ends and the land begins. Home to more species of fish than any lake in the world, the lake is also the home of a resplendent variety of rare birds. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as your cruise comes to an end near Siem Reap, just a stone’s throw from the lake’s edge. Disembark and visit the oft-neglected Rolous Temple group that was once the center of the Khmer civilization and spend a day seeing the highlights. Finish your Cambodian adventure by getting out into the countryside and visiting a sustainable community village project.
Hanchey Temple Kampong Cham Phnom Penh
Ho Chi Minh City
Inclusions • 7 nights cruise cabin • 3 nights hotels accommodation • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 6 dinners • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers 21
Luxury Cambodia | 12D
A Cambodia itinerary highlighting the most exclusive and immersive experiences the country has to offer. Explore Angkor Wat in whole new ways with helicopter rides, sunrise yoga and guided conservation tours, and discover the rural charm of Battambang and the Tonle Sap villages. Wrap up your luxury adventure with a 3 night stay in one of the most exclusive resorts in all of South East Asia, on Song Saa private island. itinerary
Chansar Community Village | 1D
Day 1-4: Siem Reap Begin your exploration of Siem Reap with a scenic helicopter ride over the World Heritage Angkor Wat, taking in the breathtaking span of the temple complex. The next day delve deeper into the temples alongside a local stone conservationist, to deepen your understanding of this historical site and learn the intricate details of its preservation. Get off the beaten path with a hike up to Phnom Krong hill for sunrise yoga overlooking the temples and later enjoy a private dinner and ballet performance among the temples themselves. In between immersing yourself in Angkor Wat, take an excursion out to Tonle Sap Lake to experience the rural side of Cambodia.
About 25 miles outside of Siem Reap, a visit to the sleepy village of Chansar is a fantastic opportunity to explore authentic lifestyles in rural Cambodia, while contributing to the sustainability and support of traditional Khmer culture. On a day-long adventure beyond the Angkor temples, explore this community village by ox cart and watch as craftsmen and farmers employ traditional methods for their trade. Mingle with friendly villagers, get a hands-on look at local farming methods and settle into the slower pace of rural Cambodian life.
Angkor Wat Temples and Ox Cart Ride | 1D
Day 5-6: Battambang Drive out to the sleepy town of Battambang, with its crumbling French architecture and peaceful atmosphere. Explore 11th century temples and hear the myths and legends of times gone by, alongside stories of the French occupation. The highlight of visiting Battambang is riding the famous bamboo train which cruises through the countryside at a breezy 15km/h. While in town, take the opportunity to visit one of Cambodia’s most successful non-profits, the Phare Ponleu Selpak who have helped 100s of families improve their lives through the medium of art. Day 7-8: Phnom Penh Cambodia emerged from civil war in the early 1990s, but the world is still grappling with this genocide. Learn more about Cambodia’s brutal history in Phnom Penh with visits to the Choeung Ek Killing Fields and the S21, Toul Sleng Museum. This is an important part of any trip to Cambodia and helps you to truly appreciate the warmth and generosity of its people. Spend the rest of your time in the country’s capital exploring exotic post-colonial and Art Deco architecture throughout the city. Day 9- 12: Sihanoukville Feel a world away from civilisation in your overwater bungalow on the exclusive private island of Song Saa. Spend four days here indulging in the quiet beauty of this remote location and take advantage of sunrise yoga classes, afternoon snorkelling excursions and trips into the tropical rainforest. 22
Siem Reap Battambang
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11 nights in premium hotel rooms Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 4 dinners All road transport and Angkor Wat helicopter ride Sightseeing and entertainment as specified Entrance Fees English speaking guides Private airport transfers
Rise early to visit the best of Angkor’s mighty temples just after the sun rises. During your whirlwind journey, explore the jungle enveloped structure of Ta Prohm – one of the only Angkor temples left largely as it was discovered - before visiting the ambiguous stone smiles of the Bayon. Finish your temple tour with the inspiring Angkor Wat Temple before lunch. In the afternoon, escape by traditional ox cart to a local farm, passing rice fields, water buffalo and local children before learning how to make the staple food of Cambodia: sticky rice.
The Story of Phnom Penh | 1D The rich history of Phnom Penh spans many eras, and this city tour explores the historic gems central to the capital’s heritage. Begin your journey back in time with an exploration of Phnom Penh’s ancient history at the National Museum, home to a vast collection of centuries-old Angkorian artifacts. Continue your discovery at the elegant and distinctive Grand Palace and the colonial buildings from Phnom Penh’s French-colonial days as the ‘Paris of Indochina’. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant supporting hospitality training for disadvantaged Khmer locals, explore a handful of bustling local markets and wrap up your day with a tuk tuk ride back to your hotel. 23
Thailand Amazing Adventure | 8D
Thailand Mae Kampong Chiang Mai
Open your eyes to Thailand’s colorful history and culture on an in-depth expedition beyond Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Discover lively markets, thriving jungles and hilltop villages on a city-tocity adventure passing through Thailand’s lesser-explored cultural highlights – the perfect highlights journey with a twist. itinerary Day 1-2: Bangkok Explore the lesser-known sites outside of Bangkok’s city proper, from the idyllic Koh Kret Island to the massive seafood emporia of Mahachai Market. On Koh Kret, a bus and ferry ride away, cycle through the lush farmlands and rural villages of this car-free island, and try your artistic hand in the local pottery village. On a day of market adventures, begin at Mahachai before travelling by train through the famous Rot Fai Market, where you can buy from vendors as they approach the train’s windows. Wrap up your time in the capital with a visit to Amphawa’s lively floating market.
About Destination From north to south, Thailand is so vast and diverse that exploring its length is a study in contrasts. It’s fascinating northern cultures and heritage are framed by stunning mountain scenery, while its breezy southern beaches seem worlds away from its frenetic capital city. But throughout this dynamic nation is its most central cultural element – its steadfastly kind and distinctly careful locals. The Land of Smiles has a little something for every kind of traveller looking to soak up the charm of Asia’s exotic gem.
Day 3-4: Kanchanburi West of Bangkok, discover the rich nature and fascinating culture of the Kanchanaburi province. At the Thailand-Burma Railway Center and the Allied War Cemetery, delve into the troubled history of railway’s construction and pay homage to the thousands of prisoners of war who perished here. Experience the remarkable sights and sounds of the River Kwai on an exhilarating longtail boat ride down the river, passing incredible caves and waterfalls along the way. On your final afternoon, encounter the customs and flavors of the local Mon tribe, an ethnic minority originally from Myanmar. Day 5-6: Mae Kampong Wrap up an exciting escapade along the River Kwai before flying north to charming Chiang Mai. Witness the age-old agricultural techniques and local traditions still thriving today at Mae Kampong, a nearby tea producing village, and tuck in for the night at a homestay high up in the mountains. In Mae Kampong, discover the village’s eco-tourism projects, enjoy a relaxing foot massage from the village’s experts and cook dinner with the locals as you watch the glorious sunset over the rolling landscape.
Day 7-8: Chiang Mai From city center to thriving jungle outskirts, explore all that Chiang Mai has to offer on the journey’s final two days. Fly high above the rainforest canopy on the wildly thrilling Flight of the Gibbons. Spot monkeys and other exotic flora and fauna as you zipline through the forest canopy, and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch in a quaint Thai village. Relax in Chiang Mai and meander through the city’s intricate temples, including the shining golden Wat Doi Suthep and the ancient, towering Wat Chedi Luang. Inclusions • 4 nights hotel accommodation • 1 night homestay accommodation • 2 nights floating raft accomodation • Breakfast daily • All road transport • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary “This tour is full of exploring – islands, swamps, rivers and even a zipline to get the pulse racing.” Kenneth Joergensen - Country Manager 25
Thailand Fun and Safari | 10D
Art of Nature | 9D
From north to south, city to jungle, enjoy an unforgettable adventure fit for the whole family. With visits to kid-friendly museums and exhibits, easy treks through Thailand’s monkey filled forests, and a relaxing few days of kite surfing, sea and sand in Hua Hin, explorers of all ages will enjoy this exhilarating journey through the Land of Smiles. Thailand’s abundant nature runs the gamut. From vibrant gardens to sweeping mountain ranges to exquisite beaches, discover the depths of Thailand’s beauty from north to south. On this eye-opening journey through forests, jungles and countryside, spend time with Thai locals and discover their customs and lifestyles firsthand.
itinerary Day 1-2: Bangkok Discover Bangkok on an action-packed tour through the capital city’s wonders. Hidden underground, a massive underwater world containing a range of sea creatures and interactive exhibits is perfect for the whole family. High above the city, take in sweeping views from a revolving deck over a buffet feast. Dive into the past as you weave through Bangkok’s charming side streets, and travel by boat and tuk tuk to the city’s largest and oldest monuments before enjoying a leisurely foot massage at Wat Pho. To sum up your time in the capital, witness a spectacular performance of dance, acrobatics and special effects to learn more about enchanting Bangkok. Day 3-4: Kanchanburi Head to Railway Market, a lively, colorful scene where shouting vendors showcase goods for passing train passengers, and on to the magical Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Glide through the crowded waterways aboard a traditional boat past buyers and sellers camped in canoes. Visit an authentic fishing village and watch locals searching for ark shells using sliding boards across the mud – an exhilarating show for kids and adults alike! Join the locals at work on oyster and mussel farms before tucking in for a night in your tented hotel in the wilderness. Wake up and smell the nature on a glorious jungle adventure past cascading waterfalls and exotic wildlife - keep your eyes peeled for monkeys!
Day 1-2: Bangkok - Chiang Mai Break out of Bangkok’s hustle and bustle on a serene bicycle ride outside of the city limits. After crossing the vast Chao Phraya River by ferry, pedal through an older image of Thailand amongst the winding waterways, patches of jungle and quaint villages. The next day, travel north to Chiang Mai and spend time exploring the abundant natural parks in its vicinity. Discover the Royal Project, which helps local hill tribes like the Hmong with agriculture and sustenance, and relax in the bountiful, flower-blanketed wilderness of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Kanchanaburi Bangkok
Day 3-5: Doi Inthanon Traipse through the lush wilderness around Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest peak, and breathe in the invigorating mountain air as you splash in the glistening waterfalls and take in stunning panoramas from the misty summit. Join Hmong villagers in religious and cultural activities, from meeting the village shaman to crafting batik. En route to Chiang Rai, visit the Golden Triangle, the area where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar converge. Travel onward the Big Buddha and Doi Sa Ngo Mountain, and glide down the Mekong River in a traditional longtail boat.
Day 5-7: River Kwai - Hua Hin Visit the Bridge over the River Kwai and explore a fascinating side of history at the interactive Thai-Burma Railway Museum. Ride the notorious Death Railway, and enjoy dramatic views from the mountainous route - stopping at Plearnwan Eco Vintage Village along the way. Next, it’s off to the airport to fly south to Hua Hin. Here, encounter numerous species at the Wild Life Rescue Center and learn how to care for and bathe the rescued elephants who call this place home. Trek through untouched rainforest to Pa-La-U Waterfall and swim in the natural emerald pools beneath a vibrant jungle canopy.
Day 6-7: Chiang Rai - Hua Hin Visit two of the most vibrant attractions of the Chiang Rai region. Doi Tung Royal Villa, built by Thailand’s Princess Mother, is a true architectural marvel with its gold teakwood floors and restored pinewood interiors. At Mae Fah Lung Garden, meander through the landscaped jungle filled with hundreds of different plants and flowers, and find peace in the garden’s serene rock and water gardens. Fly south to Hua Hin Beach, whose white sides and soaring palms look out onto the turquoise expanses of the always-warm Gulf of Thailand.
Day 8-10: Hua Hin The whirlwind adventure wraps up with a few days of surf and sun in Hua Hin. First up, a visit to Vana Nava Waterpark offers fun for adventurers of all ages. At this ecologically and community-friendly waterpark set on a plot of tropical land, encounter some of Thailand’s most exotic species while enjoying slides, rides and other theme park attractions. Spend quality time swimming, playing and relaxing on Hua Hin’s golden beaches. With shallow waters that are warm year-round, Hua Hin’s climate is ideal for family fun in the sun.
• 9 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 3 dinners • All road transfer by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers
Day 8-9: Hua Hin Explore the limestone mountains, mangrove forests and marshy wetlands around Hua Hin during a journey through Khao Sam Roi Yod, Thailand’s first coastal national park. From a pineapple plantation to a fishing village to vast beaches, the day of breathtaking nature concludes with a trek deep into Phraya Nakhon Cave, where soft light streams in and stalactites hang above around the pavilion built by King Rama V. To conclude the adventure through beautiful Thailand, enjoy time at your leisure soaking in the surf, sun and sands of Hua Hin Beach.
Inclusions • 7 nights hotel accommodation • 1 night homestay accommodation • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 1 dinner • All road transport • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary 27
Siam Gastronomic Discovery | 9D
Unseen Isaan – Hidden Culture | 9D
Experience the very best of Thailand with an exotic and flavorful journey to the country’s most fascinating culinary hubs. Eat your way from north to south, craft specialties with the locals and treat yourself to sweet, savory and spicy Thai delicacies as you travel from bustling Bangkok and Chiang Mai to Phuket’s island paradise.
A nine-day adventure through northeastern Thailand reveals a side of Thai culture largely untouched by tourism. Meet and learn from local artisans, villagers and farmers who comprise this colorful region, explore remote wilderness on moonlit jungle treks, bicycle tours and raft rides, and experience Thailand’s flavors, friendliness and vibrant culture firsthand
itinerary Day 1-3: Bangkok Unleash your inner culinary artist as you learn the traditional art of Thai fruit carving and experience the most luxurious cooking class that Thailand has to offer. Watch and learn from the masters before crafting delicious Thai specialties of your own. Embark on a thrilling tuk tuk ride through Bangkok’s vibrant streets at night while sampling street food and famous delicacies along the way, from skewers and roti to bugs! Discover ancient wonders at Ayutthaya Historical Park and explore the gilded architecture at the Bang Pa In Palace. Finally, fly onward to Chiang Mai and enjoy dinner at a Lanna-style restaurant on arrival.
itinerary Day 1-3: Bangkok Explore the best of Bangkok’s thriving culture, from the capital city’s glistening temples to its enchanting outskirts. Visit the gleaming, elaborate architecture at Wat Traimit and Wat Pho, cruise down the Chao Phraya River at sunset, and take in the ringside intensity of a live Muay Thai fight. On the way out of Bangkok, a pit stop at Wat Phraputthabat reveals Buddha’s Footprint, an important Thai Buddhist landmark. Visit a winery adjacent to Khao Yai National Park for a wine tasting session before checking in for a relaxing evening amidst stunning nature.
Day 4-6: Chiang Mai Meander through Chiang Mai’s old streets in a pedal-powered rickshaw and eat your way through the charming markets before enjoying a foodie adventure under the stars. The next day, take in incredible panoramas from the top of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a golden pagoda set in the hills on Chiang Mai’s outskirts, and join a local family for a home-cooked meal that you help prepare. Fully satiated on northern Thai fare, fly to Phuket to begin the journey’s southern leg with a cruise through Phang Nga Bay.
Day 7-9: Phuket Visit a local market to see hundreds of exotic ingredients and taste refreshing fruits, interact with sellers and buyers and discover a marvelously colorful side of Phuket life. Indulge in an island cooking class before spending time relaxing and digesting on Phuket’s world-famous white sand beaches. By night, please your taste buds with a street eats tour in Phuket Town, sampling freshly barbequed meat, traditional boiled rice and Thai-style macaroons. Grab a farewell snack the next day before catching your flight to your next destination.
Day 4-6: Khao Yai Discover the nature and culture of northeastern Thailand’s jungles, temples and villages. Trek through Khao Yai National Park and enjoy a revitalizing dip in one of its many cascading waterfalls before returning to the jungle by moonlight to spot the nocturnal wildlife here. Later, visit to Phimai Historical Park, the most important Khmer monument in Thailand, followed by a cooking class at Somtam Station. Try your hand at crafting authentic dishes before paying visits to the region’s villages to learn the arts of weaving and batik painting from the friendly locals. Day 7-9: Loei Encounter a side of Thailand distinct from the main tourist jaunts. Raft in the glorious Huay Kratang Mountain Lake, hugged by breathtaking greenery in every direction. Tuck in for two nights at the solar-powered Sirila Farm Tent Camp, where romantic relaxation is abundant with campfires, stunning sunset views from your tent’s veranda and sumptuous BBQ feasts. Cycle around the nearby villages and lush plantations, spotting everything from dragon fruit to cashews and coffee, and visit the farmers and villagers who call this beautiful region home.
Inclusions • 8 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 6 dinners • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary
Khao Yai Bangkok
Inclusions • 6 nights hotel accommodation • 2 nights tented camp • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 2 dinners • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary
“This culturally rich area of Thailand is very much off the beaten track – a real rarity nowadays.” Nuk - Operations Manager 29
Romantic Luxury Escape | 12D
Luxury Thailand | 8D
Koh Tao Island
Koh Samui Island
Set off on an unforgettable journey to Thailand’s most romantic locales on this luxurious honeymoon getaway. From enchanting, modern cityscapes to lush wilderness to expansive white sand beaches, Thailand offers the ultimate blend of romance, discovery and relaxation. Explore cities, islands and magical beach escapes on a highlights journey with a romantic touch. itinerary Day 1-3: Bangkok - Chiang Rai Kick off the week with a romantic evening high above Bangkok’s sparkling skyline. Choose from a list of elegant restaurants to enjoy a luxurious feast as the city twinkles below. Discover Bangkok’s lively culture on a day tour through the capital’s glistening temples and iconic cultural destinations, all from the peaceful perch of a private longtail boat that whisks you down the Chao Phraya River. Kick back and enjoy a puppet show at Klong Bang Luang Artist Village on your final night, before flying to Chiang Rai and settling in for a revitalizing spa treatment at the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa. Day 4-6: Chiang Rai Embark on a private tour throughout the incredible Golden Triangle – an area where three countries’ borders converge. Visit Tha Khi Lek in Myanmar or Don Sao Island in Laos, or take part in a high-end cooking class. Next up, visit the White Temple as you travel through the mountains to Chiang Mai, and marvel in its intricate glass carvings and pure white facades. On a breathtaking sunrise journey, give Alms at the Doi Suthep Temple in a ritual believed to lead to a better next life. In the evening, enjoy a river cruise along the illuminated Ping River. Day 7-9: Chiang Rai - Koh Samui Float up, up and above bountiful trees, streams and rice fields on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride above Chiang Rai’s countryside, enjoying a celebratory Champagne toast and breakfast upon landing. Transfer south to Koh Samui and find bliss on the white sands of this stunning tropical island. Set off on an evening cruise through the Gulf of Thailand and enjoy the colorful sunset reflecting off the still waters in every direction, and later fall asleep to the sound of waves calmly drifting ashore. 30
Day 10-12: Koh Tao Speed across the turquoise Gulf of Thailand, past the rolling landscape of Koh Phangan and to the island paradise of Koh Tao. Known for its quiet beaches and world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, Koh Tao’s charm and serenity are unrivaled. Indulge in a romantic dinner at Koh Tao’s upscale Haad Tien Beach Resort, set on the island’s most remote beach, and conclude your romantic journey with long walks on Koh Tao’s golden sandy beaches, dips in the clear waters, and relaxing nights under the vast starry sky. Inclusions • 11 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 dinners • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary
“Stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, and great accommodation make this package the ultimate honeymoon for couples looking for something really special.” Praw - Product Team Leader
This 12-day Thailand itinerary features the very best in luxury travel without compromising on adventure and immersive cultural experience. Head to the back alleys of Bangkok and Chiang Mai with a celebrity chef, learn Batik from a world-renowned artist and get up close and personal with elephants alongside expert conservationists. End your trip in 5* luxury on one of the Andaman coast’s most exclusive islands.
itinerary Day 1-2: Bangkok The clash of modernity and tradition in the metropolis of Bangkok is the perfect introduction to this dynamic country. Uncover the secrets of the world-famous cuisine on a street eats tour alongside a local Chef and learn the history of ancient Siam on a full day tour of the city’s sites. Indulge in rooftop cocktails and foot massages to relax in this buzzing city. Day 3-5: Chiang Rai Check into the Four Seasons Tented Camp and step back into a time of early exploration and unmatched luxury. Spend you first day at leisure, enjoying the 5* facilities, before an exploration of the glittering temples and wild jungles of the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Take the opportunity to meet the rescued elephants of the camp and learn all about their lives and wildlife preservation from your expert guides. Day 6-8: Chiang Mai Drive through the spectacular northern mountains and tropical rainforests to reach Chiang Mai. Explore your foodie side here with a street eats tour, private countryside dinner and champagne breakfast. Then discover your creative nature with cooking classes and a Batik art workshop, taught by the artist who hand-painted the world’s largest Batik mural. There is a lot to learn in this charming city. Before departing, take it all in on a hot air balloon ride over the city and surrounding villages.
Inclusions • 8 nights in premium hotel rooms • A 3 night all inclusive package at the Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chiang Rai • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 8 dinners • All road transport • Sightseeing, spa services and entertainment as specified • Entrance Fees • English speaking guides • Private airport transfers 31
Coral Island & Racha Island by Speed Boat | ½D Jet off by speedboat across the glistening Andaman to Racha Island, famous for its pristine white beaches and world-class snorkeling. Discover the vibrant underwater life at Kon Kae Beach and Ter Bay, where crystal clear water makes it easy to explore the area’s colorful species coral and fish. Relax on the peaceful beach of Patok before a delicious lunch on Coral Island. Spend the rest of the afternoon resting, swimming or sunbathing on the island.
Phang Nga ATV and White Water Rafting | 1D Take a break from the beaches and embark on a wild adventure throughout nearby Phang Nga Province. Kick things off with a thrilling ATV journey across tropical rainforests and over glistening streams, discovering the rolling landscape of Song Phraek along the way. Later, hop aboard an inflatable raft to embark on a breathtaking ride over white waters, soaring over rapids as you travel down the free-flowing river. Wrap up your journey with an invigorating dip in a majestic jungle waterfall.
Phuket Heritage Walk | ½D Bangkok Dessert Island ½D by Bike
Taste of Chinatown | ½D
Travel by boat, bus and ferry to Koh Kret, a man-made island a short trip from central Bangkok. Disembark at the bustling Nonthaburi pier and explore the lively market nearby – the perfect place to stretch your legs and catch your breath. Since no cars are allowed on the island, the clean air is a welcome departure from the capital city! Hop on a bicycle and explore Koh Kret, visiting a charming garden of Buddha sculptures and a bustling pottery village, where you can try your hand on the potter’s wheel for a hands-on discovery of Thai heritage and local culture.
Kick off this foodie adventure with a hearty bowl of congee, a breakfast favorite amongst Thailand’s Chinese immigrants. Discover local Chinese food shops, businesses and temples as you navigate the hustle and bustle of Yaowarat Road. Sit down for a tea tasting session at a local shop, and visit the glistening Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit on this flavorful adventure through one of Bangkok’s most colorful neighborhoods.
Traditional Village Life and Erawan Waterfall | 1D
Explore Bangkok like a true local, taking advantage of the city’s public transit alongside city commuters. Sail over the cityscape on-board the Skytrain, buzz through the city on a thrilling tuk-tuk ride and hop aboard a river boat to cruise towards the capital’s most famous temples – the perfect city tour with a twist! Along the way, marvel at the intricate designs and gleaming golden spires at the Grand Palace and the adjacent Wat Pho, and step back in time at the Jim Thompson House Museum. After your city excursion, kick back and enjoy a luxurious foot massage beside the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho.
Arrive in the morning in the lush province of Kanchanaburi, only a few hours’ drive away from the Thai capital. In the tiny village of Nong Khao, visit a local shrine to make offerings to the spirit of the village before exploring the area’s pious Buddhist nature. With demonstrations from local farmers, learn about the village’s rice pounding and dessert making routines. Wrap up your day at the base of the Erawan Waterfall, a seven-tiered natural wonder that’s home to wild monkeys and exotic birds! 32
Travel back in time to Phuket’s past life as a major port for Andaman Sea merchants on a guided journey by foot. Start the day like a local with a visit to the bustling wet market, where shop keeps trade and haggle the same way they’ve done for decades. Stroll the quaint streets of Phuket Town past Sino- Portuguese shops and the grand mansions of European traders. From eclectic temples and museums to a traditional Malay tea house, discover Phuket’s colorful blend of cultures at a pace perfect for cultural discovery.
The Story of Bangkok | 1D Phuket Street Eats | ½D Set off on a culinary tour through Phuket’s winding roads and open-air night markets for a taste of the city’s famously exotic flavors. Begin with a cold drink and a snack atop Khao Rang before heading into the market, where the aromas of chili, garlic and spices fill the night air. Sample famous boiled rice and freshly barbequed meat skewers as you navigate through the hungry market crowds. Finish up with a sweet treat of Thai-style macaroons and a short stroll along glittering Talang Road. 33
Laos Family Retreat | 6D
Uncover family fun and adventure in two of Laos’ most fascinating cities, sleepy Luang Prabang and post-colonial Vientiane. Put a fun, experiential spin on cultural discovery with visits to local villages and handicraft workshops, get up-close and personal with elephants and visit Laos’ very own “theme park” at the weird and wonderful Buddha Park, home to Indochina’s strangest artwork!
About Destination As one of the least-populated countries in Asia, Laos holds within its borders enough uncharted allure and scenic beauty to astound every visitor who steps foot there. But what enchants visitors to Laos most is its spiritual intrigue, which permeates its distinctly laid-back capital city through to its tiny rural villages. With the scent of burning incense or chanting of Buddhist monks, travellers here are unlikely to find another destination more ethereal or fascinating.
Day 1- 3: Luang Prabang Start your adventure in laid-back Luang Prabang, the epicenter of Laos’ spiritual charm. In the city, sample local delicacies and bargain for handicrafts in the night market alongside your local guide. Then, set off on an in-depth excursion to ethnic minority villages just beyond the city center, and learn how to make a traditional H’mong flute with a local master along the way. Mingle with artisans at a traditional arts center – and perhaps try your hand at weaving - before exploring the city’s most iconic temples. The next morning, set your alarm clocks early for the magical almsgiving procession, and wrap up your time in Luang Prabang with an elephant ride at Elephant Village and a dip at Tad Sae Waterfall. Day 4-6: Vientiane Fly to Vientiane, Laos’ sleepy capital, for a city tour starting at the city’s oldest-surviving monastery, Wat Sisaket. Head next to Hor Phrakeo, a museum that was once the Lao Royal Family’s personal chapel before a stop at Patouxai, Vientiane’s Arc de Triomphe. The next day, journey out of the capital to explore the weird and wonderful statues in Buddha Park, located on the banks of the Mekong River. This collection of oddly-shaped statues is the life’s work of monk and mystic Bunleua Sulilat, whose creations wouldn’t be out of place in a Tim Burton film. Make sure your camera is ready to snap photos alongside a giant pumpkin with a demon head or a skeletal Buddha!
Inclusions • 5 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 1 dinner • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary 35
Laos In Depth | 13D Discover the very best of former-Indochina’s least populated nation on this comprehensive journey through tranquil Laos. With visits to iconic landmarks, experience the humble lifestyles of the country’s friendly locals on off-the-beaten track excursions beyond the highlights. Start your journey within the spiritual allure of Luang Prabang, stroll around the mysterious Plain of Jars and stay in a tree house accessible only via zip line before kicking back in a vast and breathtaking archipelago in the heart of the mighty Mekong River.
Luxury Laos | 9D
Let the beauty and tranquillity of Laos charm you with its serene natural landscape, intricately decorated temples and time-honoured spiritual traditions. Visit ancient Khmer ruins and discover isolated waterfalls, deep in the untouched primordial jungles of this uniquely peaceful country. In Vientiane, romantic cafes and golden temples dot the city. In Luang Prabang, throngs of monks wander the streets carrying nothing but an alms bowl. Known as the “Land of a Million Elephants and the White Parasol”, Laos perfectly blends the wildness of its untamed countryside with the sophistication of its ancient culture.
Day 1-3: Luang Prabang Begin your journey in rustic Luang Prabang, and witness the serene almsgiving ritual at the break of dawn. Learn about the diverse ethnic communities with in-depth excursions to surrounding ethnic minority villages. These fascinating areas are the perfect opportunity to witness traditional lifestyles in rural Laos.
• 10 nights hotel accommodation • 2 nights tented camp accommodation • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 1 dinner • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary
Day 4-5: Xieng Khouang – Vang Vieng Explore the mysterious Plain of Jars, an archaeological marvel with a mysterious and fascinating story. Learn about the folklore that surrounds this collection of immense, jar-like vessels, dating back thousands of years, before heading onward to Vang Vieng, on the banks of the Song River – perfect for a kayaking or trekking excursion. Day 6-9: Vientiane – Pakse Arrive in Asia’s sleepiest capital city, Vientiane, in time for a leisurely city tour exploring Victory Monument, ancient Wat Sisaket, Hor Pha Keo and iconic That Luang – the city’s most historic landmarks. Then, embark on a short journey beyond the city limits and into the heart of surrounding villages. On a gentle trek into the forest, explore the emerald rice paddy fields and wilderness brimming with Laos’ treasured bloom, the orchid. Finally, head onward to Pakse and its small, outlying village of Ban Nongluang. Hike, climb and zip line your way to a tree house perched 10 meters above the forest floor for a night within the wilderness. Day 10-13: Pakse – 4,000 Islands Embarking from Pakse, visit the ancient Wat Phou Temple Complex that pre-dates Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat by more than a century. Then head onward to Khong Island via an elephant trek past more temple ruins. Here, settle in for a relaxing cruise into Si Phan Don, or 4000 Islands, a vast and beautiful archipelago within the Mekong River. Sail between rustic floating villages and keep an eye out for the rare pink Irrawaddy Dolphin that calls this area home, before returning to Pakse. 36
“The real charm of Laos reveals itself more and more as you discover its depth. Really get to know this enchanting country in this 13 day adventure.” Touy Syhalath - Country Manager
Day 1-3: Luang Prabang Upon arrival, spend your day exploring Luang Prabang, a sacred place of golden temples and saffron robed monks. Discover the flavours of traditional Lao food at the 3 Nagas, a fine dining restaurant in one of the most ancient houses of the old town, a UNESCO heritage site. Accompanied by an expert in the city’s rich history and architecture, learn about the ancient Buddhist temples and French colonial buildings which coexist to create the unique culture of this former royal capital of Laos. On the last day in Luang Prabang, experience the ancient alms giving ceremony before visiting the amazing Kuang Si Waterfall. Day 4-5: Vietiane & the Bolaven Plateau Arriving in Vientiane, arguably the quietest capital city in South East Asia, begin a whirlwind tour starting at Wat Sisaket, Vientiane’s oldest-surviving monastery with its thousands of Buddha statues. Admire Pha That Luang, an immense gold covered stupa and the symbol of Laos, making sure not to miss the impressive hand painted frescos that adorn the internal walls. After delighting in the charms of Vientiane, journey to the Bolaven Plateau with its rich volcanic soil, perfect for growing Arabica and Robusta coffee, visiting a coffee producer’s cooperative to learn about community based agriculture in Laos. Day 6-9 Southern Laos Witness the Pha Pheng Waterfall on the very southern tip of Laos where a swirling torrent of water pumps thousands of litres of water into Cambodia every second. Cruise the archipelago on board an old wooden ferry that has been lovingly restored, with two large open-air decks, bar and a restaurant. Enjoy a sunset cruise and dinner, before docking riverside for the night. The cruise continues to Champasak where you will see Vat Phou, an 11th century temple complex that predates Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat. Explore the ruins and climb to the site’s highest temple for a breath-taking view of this ancient landscape. Have lunch on board the boat before sailing on. During the dry season, enjoy a private sunset cocktail party or light supper on the beach at “Turtle Island,” in the middle of the Mekong, before continuing to Pakse for your departure flight.
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8 nights in premium hotel rooms 3 day / 2 night Vat Phou Cruise Breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 3 dinners All road transport Sightseeing and entertainment as specified Entrance Fees English speaking guides Private airport transfers 37
Hidden Northern Laos | 9D
Luang Prabang - Elephant Protection Day Tour | 1D Discover seldom-visited villages and communities on an in-depth, adventurous excursion into the wild north of Laos. Set off from historic Luang Prabang to uncover tiny ethnic minority communities and rustic farming villages in Muong La and Phouhipi National Park. Trek to secluded waterfalls and rock formations, sail down the Ou River and weave along quiet jungle paths onboard a four-byfour. This is the perfect, off-the-beaten-track odyssey with a dose of cultural discovery.
Meet Laos’ gentle giants on a full-day excursion in the outskirts of historic Luang Prabang, to Elephant Village – a local center focused on the protection and rehabilitation of the country’s elephants. Through expert demonstrations, learn about the work the mahouts do before embarking on an elephant ride into the jungle. Wade into the banks of the Nam Khan River for an elephant bathing session, and wrap up your journey with a boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall.
Vietntiane - Buddha Park Tour | ½D
Take a stroll around the wonderfully quirky Buddha Park along the Mekong River in the outskirts of Vientiane. This bizarre theme park was built under the guidance of Bunleua Sulilat, a mystic who combined Buddhism and Hinduism to create a uniquely fantastical religion with hundreds of believers, many of which helped sculpt this collection of bizarre Buddha statues, in the process. Explore the overgrown artworks, from the skeletal Buddha to a giant pumpkin with a demon head!
Vientiane - Orchid Day Trek | 1D Laos
Set off into the wilderness surrounding Vientiane to discover the network of trails brimming with orchids just beyond the city limits. On a guided excursion into the jungle brush, take a refreshing dip in a serene waterfall, learn about the plants used by locals to create herbal medicine and experience firsthand the traditional farming methods still used by Lao farmers today.
itinerary Day 1-3: Luang Prabang Start your voyage in Luang Prabang, Laos’ rustic and alluring UNESCO World Heritage site. On your first day, set off to visit ethnic minority villages – the perfect place to get an in-depth look at traditional Lao arts and heritage. Explore the city’s glittering Buddhist architecture back in the city center, and pay a visit to a local NGO that supports literacy in Laos. Early the next morning, witness the tranquil ceremony of almsgiving as hundreds of saffron-robed monks walk the city roads to collect offerings of rice. Wrap up your stay with a visit to an elephant village, the site of your elephant ride into the jungle! Day 4-5: Muong La Journey by car deep into Laos’ little-explored northern reaches en route to Muong La, and follow winding roads flanked by spectacular vistas along the way. Stay at a local guesthouse in this rustic town, and gather your energy for a day of exploration on board a four-by-four. During an exhilarating ride, visit a collection of local villages and disembark to trek into areas rarely explored by outsiders. Hike up to an isolated waterfall for mesmerizing views of spectacular rock formations, and wrap up your time within Phouhipi National Park exploring Khamu and H’mong heritage in seldom-visited villages. Day 6-9: Ban Somjam – Muong Ngoi – Luang Prabang Deep within the northern Laos wilderness, explore plantations and villages famous for whiskey production before cruising down the Nam Ou River en route to Ban Somjam. This charming village surrounded by majestic limestone rock formations is a great place to interact with local children who rarely meet foreign visitors. Back onboard, continue cruising downstream to Muong Ngoi, a riverside village enveloped in mountains. During your stay, journey to a collection of caves that were once shelters for locals during the secret bombing of Laos. Then, sail further down river to the confluence of the Mekong and Ou River stopping by the Pak Ou Caves, famous for hundreds of Buddha statues housed within, before returning to historic Luang Prabang. 38
Luang Prabang ½D Cultural Explorer Inclusions • 7 nights hotel accommodation • 1 night homestay accommodation • Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 3 dinners • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers
Dive into the daily life of Luang Prabang’s locals on this distinctive full-day tour. Learn about three distinct ethnic cultures in Laos: the H’mong, Khmu and Lao Loum. Carve your own H’mong flute, cook traditional river weed salad and chat with local families. Along your journey, directly support the community with visits to artisanal shops and literacy programs while also exploring some of the major architectural highlights of the city.
Classic Myanmar | 14D
Discover the enchanting story of Myanmar with a classic tour of its most iconic destinations. Between exploring Yangon’s charming colonial architecture and the vast temple plains of Bagan, watch the one-legged rowers on Inle Lake and witness the longest teakwood bridge in the world. Sum up an unforgettable journey to the ancient cities of Amarapura, Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin with a few days beachside at Ngapali on the Bay of Bengal. itinerary Mandalay
Day 1-2: Yangon Delve deep into the cultures of the former capital, Yangon, Myanmar’s largest and most bustling city. Explore the charms of this cultural melting pot on a full-day excursion to admire golden temples, fading colonial architecture and the historic Scott Market. Along the way, see the colossal reclining Buddha of Htat Gyi Pagoda and in the evening, opt to take part in the Buddhist ritual of lantern lighting at the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda.
About Destination Once described by novelist Rudyard Kipling as “quite unlike any place you know about”, Myanmar emerged from decades of seclusion only a short while ago. Despite the passage of time, though, the nation retained the same fascinating aura of mystery that once captivated the wordsmith. Timeless, mysterious and utterly magical, Myanmar is perhaps one of Asia’s last remaining destinations to explore a culture that time forgot - and discover for yourself what still makes Burma the “Golden Land of Asia”
Day 3-6: Bagan Hop on a short flight to Bagan and discover the vast, rustic plain home to thousands of temple ruins scattered across the dusty landscape. Explore this important archeological marvel, and watch the sunset from atop the 11th Century Shwesandaw Pagoda. Set off from the jetty across the river to Tant Kyi Taung, the hilltop temple said to house a tooth relic of Buddha. On a cruise along the Irrawaddy River, take in the picturesque countryside en route to Mandalay. Day 7-8: Mandalay Disembark your cruise in Mandalay to spend a few days exploring this historical area and its surrounding ancient capitals - starting with Sagaing’s impressive stupas scattered across the hill. Walk along the world’s longest wooden bridge, U Bien, after witnessing the ornate carvings adorning the Bagaya Kyaung teakwood monastery. Drive onward to Pyin Oo Lwin and explore the remaining colonial buildings of this former British hill station before taking a stroll through the vibrant botanical gardens nearby. Day 9-11: Inle Lake Journey to Heho, the gateway to Inle Lake, and cruise across the vast expanse of stilted houses, floating gardens and fishermen famous for their unique, one-legged rowing technique. Cruise to the village of Indein, with crumbling 16th Century stupas perching along the bank before a visit to a handful of local handicraft shops specializing in iron work, jewelry, silk and cheroot cigars. Finally, fly onward to Ngapali for a relaxing beach break. Day 12-14: Ngapali Beach Nestled on the southwestern coast of Myanmar, spend the next two days settling into the rural calm of this rustic beach escape. Explore rural fishing villages, meander breezy coastal trails and kick back on gloriously untainted beach enclaves.
Bagan Inle Lake
Inclusions • 11 nights hotel accommodation • 2 nights cruise cabin • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary
“This ‘greatest hits’ package of Myanmar showcases the ancient, colonial and spiritual history of this amazing destination.” Joanne Craig - Country Manager
Essence of Myanmar | 11D
Myanmar Adventure | 13D
Explore the spellbinding magic of Myanmar on a luxurious highlights odyssey by road and river. Soak up Yangon’s post-colonial charm and witness the sunrise over Bagan’s mystic plains, before embarking on an in-depth cruise exploring lesser seen cultural highlights along the Irrawaddy River. Designed for the discerning explorer, this tour visits the country’s hidden gems and classic destinations in style.
Witness the vast and breathtaking natural wonder of Myanmar on an expedition through the country’s rural countryside and ancient cities. Set off from the former capital Yangon bound for the temple-dotted plains of Bagan. During the journey, stop off to explore crumbling ancient architecture in Mandalay before a challenging trek to Kalaw, a rustic hill station far from the tourist track. Float along Inle Lake, explore centuries-old stupas in Indein and meet Myanmar’s famously kind locals on this adventurous tour.
Day 1-3: Yangon - Bagan Arrive in Yangon, the former capital and largest city in the country, to explore the cultural and historical highlights amongst the bustle of urban life. Stroll through streets lined with rustic colonial buildings and around the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda and its towering golden spire. Fly onward to the vast, temple-dotted valley of Bagan, seat of the Pagan Kingdom. Take in the breathtaking view of the site’s 2000 ancient temples with meals overlooking panoramic vistas. For unrivaled views of the temples at sunrise, opt to spend a morning drifting up above the plain on a hot air balloon! Day 4-5: Bagan – Sagaing - Amarapura Embark on a cruise aboard the Sanctuary Ananda along the Irrawaddy River, taking in the colorful cultures along the riverbank of this mighty waterway. Stop at a hidden pagoda to witness a magical oil lamp ceremony, explore the pagoda-sprinkled Sagaing Hill and discover the spiritual serenity of “the City of Immortals” in Amarapura. On a Yangon three day cruise from here, watch the sun set over U Bien Bridge and cruise into the heart of lesser-explored Myanmar. Day 6-7: Mandalay Disembark to tour the ancient cities surrounding Mandalay, the last royal capital of Myanmar. Within this historic city surrounded by an ancient moat, explore the country’s fascinating heritage at Mahamuni Pagoda and Puthodaw Pagoda, home to the largest Inclusions book in the world. Visit the magnificent reconstructed palace in the heart of the city • 7 nights hotel accommodation before ending the day with romantic sunset views atop Mandalay Hill. • 3 nights cruise accommodation • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Day 8-11: Inle Lake Fly to Heho for the final leg of your journey around the banks of Inle Lake. Start off with • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle a wine tasting at the renowned Red Mountain Estate, then glide across the lake flanked • Sightseeing as specified by rolling mountain scenery. Wander the narrow waterways, spotting floating gardens, • Entrance fees markets and 16th Century stupas from aboard your boat. Watch the incredible work of • Local English speaking guide local artisans’ forging iron, weaving silk and crafting delicate jewelry here before either • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary returning to Yangon or travelling to Ngapali for a well-earned beach break. 42
Day 1-5: Yangon - Bagan Start your adventure in the frenetic former capital of Yangon. Embark on a guided city tour for a closer look at its fascinating juxtaposition of fading colonial architecture and golden temples. In the city center, hop aboard the circle train - a favorite among Yangon’s urban dwellers - and rub shoulders with local commuters. Then, fly onward to Bagan, home to 2000 centuries-old temples scattered across the vast and rustic scenery. Connect the dots between the plain’s most famous temples by bicycle, following dusty paths along the way. Day 6-8: Mandalay Set sail from Bagan bound for historic Mandalay, passing through rural countryside along the Irrawaddy River. Disembark and head onward to the ancient cities just outside of the center, walk across the longest teakwood bridge in the world at U-Bien Bridge and explore the scattered stupas dotting Sagaing Hill. Then, hop on a bicycle and head to the outskirts of Mandalay – pass bustling local markets, tiny villages and waving children before catching your breath with a cup of famous Burmese tea. Wrap up your time in Mandalay with a tour of the former capital, including a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the largest book in the world. Day 9-10: Kalaw After flying to Heho, drive onward to Kalaw, a former colonial hill station perched in the cooler climate of the mountains. Explore the sleepy charm of the town center and the colorful central market before catching a train to Thazi, the starting point of your trek through the plain. Hike past farmers and buffalo tending to their fields, weave through pine forests and wander through small hamlets for an up-close look at rural lifestyles in this little-explored corner of the Myanmar wilderness. Day 11-13: Inle Lake – Indein Travel onward to Inle Lake, a vast yet serene landscape enveloped by majestic mountain scenery. Drift past floating gardens, stilted houses and rowers plying their oars with one leg, before winding through waterways to overgrown stupas at Indein on the far bank of the lake. Disembark to explore a collection of artisanal handicraft shops and try your hand at rolling a cheroot cigar for a souvenir! On your final day, wrap up your journey with a flight back to Yangon.
Inclusions • 12 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary 43
Jewels Of The Irrawaddy 9D Yangon To Bagan Embark on an upstream cruise along the Irrawaddy River for a glimpse at lesser-explored destinations in the heart of Myanmar. Weave through magical rural scenery and explore ancient cities, pastoral villages and historic wartime landmarks on a leisurely glide connecting colonial Yangon and the mesmerizing temple landscape of Bagan. Day 1-2: Yangon – Danuphyu Board your ship, the Belmond Orcaella, and depart from the dock in Yangon. Sit down for breakfast as your cruiser chugs out of the city and rural countryside unfolds. The next morning, stop at Danuphyu, a town that was an important strategic point during the Anglo-Burmese War. Watch locals here expertly roll cheroot cigars, visit a memorial at a local university and enjoy a talk on Burmese literature and poetry at a local tea shop. Day 3-4: Danuphyu - Pyay Cruise onwards and spend a day relaxing on board while making your way toward one of Myanmar’s most historic towns. Along the way, enjoy an astrology and longyi tying demonstration, which you can wear during the evening’s cocktail party. Arrive the next day in Pyay, the ancient capital and home to Sri Ksetra, the largest Pyu site ever discovered. Explore ancient artefacts excavated within this historic walled site. Day 5-6: Pyay - Magwe Sail through the morning and stop in the quaint village of Gwechaung for an afternoon ride on an oxcart through the countryside. In the evening, dine at Min Hla Fort, the site of an epic battle during the third AngloBurmese War. The next day, arrive at the trade port of Magwe and hop in a tuk tuk for a tour of a local market and the famous Myathalon Pagoda. Enjoy an afternoon tea and a Burmese puppet show aboard the ship in the evening. Day 7-9: Bagan - Yangon Disembark in Sale, and head to Yout-Saun-Kyaung, an ornately carved wooden monastery built in the 19th Century. From there, take a bus to Bagan, a vast and rustic plain littered with thousands of temples, pagodas and stupas dating back to the 11th Century. This breathtaking landscape is the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist ruins in the world, and truly a sight to behold. Over the next few days, visit a few of the most magnificent temples, explore neighboring villages and ride through the plains on a bicycle or private horse and cart. 44
The Strand Cruise | 5D Cruise from the temple-dotted landscape of Bagan to the former royal capital of Mandalay via the Irrawaddy River. Explore some of the country’s most iconic temples and breathtaking sunsets over rural landscapes from the deck – stopping to explore quiet villages and fascinating vestiges of crumbing ancient architecture on land excursions during the journey. Day 1: Bagan Start your journey with breakfast in a secluded garden at one of the oldest lacquer factories in Bagan before you head out to the 2000 temple ruins across 60 square miles of vast plains. Tonight, board your ship for a luxurious cruise up the Irrawaddy River. Day 2: Bagan - Tant Kyi Taung Watch as picturesque countryside landscape unfolds while crossing the river to Tant Kyi Beach. Head to the hilltop monastery Tant Kyi Tuang and take in an unrivalled view over Bagan’s plains before returning to the ship and cruising onwards, enjoying afternoon tea onboard. Day 3: Mingun Watch as picturesque countryside landscape unfolds while crossing the river to Tant Kyi Beach. Head to the hilltop monastery Tant Kyi Tuang and take in an unrivalled view over Bagan’s plains before returning to the ship and cruising onwards, enjoying afternoon tea onboard. Day 4: Mandalay Reach your final stop in Mandalay, the second largest city and last royal-capital of Myanmar. Visit the major pilgrimage site of Mahamuni, including the incredible ornately-carved teak monastery Shwe In Bin and U-Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world. Next, explore Sagaing and Ava by a horse-drawn cart, arriving at a secluded temple in Ava. After your climb to the top, relax with a champagne cocktail and enjoy the sunset overlooking the temples of Sagaing Hill. Day 5: Mandalay Disembark your cruise in Mandalay today to wrap up your journey through Myanmar’s stunning river scenery. Many more cruises available in Myanmar and beyond, ask your travel agents for details.
Rangoon by Rail | 1D All aboard the Rangoon Rail! Start your day among the locals with a ride on the circle train departing from downtown, a 28 mile circular route through the greater Yangon area where you’ll rub shoulders with cages of chickens and women balancing baskets of goods on their heads. Don’t be surprised if you attract a few curious glances, too - foreigners are not a common sight here! Along the way visit the prison where Aung Suu Kyi was held on three separate occasions, and enjoy a cup of savory tea in a local tea shop.
Dala Urban Discovery | 1D Discover the rural township of Dala, only a quick ferry ride across the river from Yangon. Feel the rush of the crowd as commuters jostle alongside vendors, and women hawk an assortment of snacks from trays perched on their heads. See how the countryside locals live with a trishaw ride along the Dala waterfront and through tree-shaded lanes. Then, drive to Baung Daw Gyoke Pagoda - also known as the Snake Temple – where pythons in tangled knots drip from the windows and slither freely among the devotees and nuns! End your visit with a stop at the 1,000 Buddhas, a replica of those in Monywa near Mandalay. 45
Luxury Malaysia | 4D
From glistening skyscrapers to rolling tea fields, and 7 course dinners to gourmet picnics. From a luxury modern loft to a premium suite in an old colonial house, this four day tour takes you through a whirlwind of contrasts in captivating Malaysia. itinerary Day 1-2: Kuala Lumpur and the Cameron Highlands On arrival in Kuala Lumpur check into the unique Loft room of the luxurious Villa Samadhi Hotel and spend your day relaxing into the pace of the city. In the evening, begin your tour of the city’s most extravagant skyscrapers. Watch the sun set and the lights of the city wake up, before moving on to the iconic Petronas Towers. Reach new heights with exclusive access to the upper floors for the best views. Your final stop of the night features up close and personal views of the two towers at Marini’s on 57, with an exquisite 7 course feast. Spend the next morning discovering the fascinating history of Malaysia’s metal mining industries before making your way to the beautiful Cameron Highlands.
About Destination Multi-cultural cities, primordial rainforests, tropical island paradise – Malaysia is a dazzling mosaic of cityscape and untamed wilderness. Orangutans swing through prehistoric jungle canopy while mosques calls-to-prayer ring through historic city avenues. A vivid blend of post-colonial heritage, swaying palm trees and frenetic urban hubs, Malaysia is the ultimate gateway to the energy of the Asian region with enough adventure for even the most seasoned of explorers.
Day 3-4: Cameron Highlands and Kuala Lumpur Wake up early to enjoy panoramic views of the tea fields from your balcony in the Jim Thompson Suite of the Cameron Highlands Resort. After breakfast, experience a private tea Master Class with a local expert and take a picnic among the endless, rolling tea fields. Head back to Kuala Lumpur to spend the evening immersing yourself in Malay cuisine at the incredible Bijan restaurant. Under the guidance of one of Kuala Lumpur’s most talented and experienced sous chefs, Mohd Shawal Basry, learn how to make your own Malay dish before sitting down to an exquisite meal in the vibrant atmosphere of this award-winning restaurant. Before departing the city indulge yourself at the award-winning Ritz-Carlton Spa Village.
Inclusions • 3 nights in premium hotel rooms • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinners • All road transport and an optional upgrade to make the journey to the Cameron Highlands by helicopter • Sightseeing and classes as specified • Entrance Fees • English speaking guides • Private airport transfers
“This Highlights of Malaysia and Singapore Tour gives everyone a crash course of both countries, enjoy the vibrant lion city and mystical legendary Malaysia.” Azlin Binti Aziz - Country Manager 47
Cameron Highlands Escape | 7D
Borneo Wilderness & Wildlife | 14D
Kota Kinabalu Kinabalu Park
Soak up the urban energy of Kuala Lumpur and the rustic beauty of the Cameron Highlands on a single, fascinating cultural escape. Explore the very best of Malaysia’s vibrant capital city, embark on an adventure to lush rolling mountains and tea plantations, and wrap up your journey on the island of Penang – home to a vivid blend of cultural heritage and coastal charm. Penang
itinerary Day 1-2: Kuala Lumpur Upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, enjoy the city’s charms at leisure before enjoying a five-star evening dinner at 57, the city’s highest rooftop bar. The next morning, visit the iconic Petronas Twin Towers that erupt from the city’s magnificent skyline as the international symbol of Malaysia. After the sun sets, dine on an extravagant dinner at a rotating restaurant high above the cityscape, and get a taste of the cross-cultural flavors of Malay cuisine while savoring unrivaled panoramic views. Day 3-4: Kuala Lumpur - Cameron Highalnds Head north today, bound for the beautiful Cameron Highlands, an extended hill station where rolling mountains are lush with vegetation and the region’s famous tea plantations. Drive through Tapah Town towards the majestic Iskandar waterfall and, after a refreshing stretch, journey onward to a spectacular viewpoint taking in breathtaking scenery. The next day, continue on to the highest summit of the area, en route to the Mossy Forest. Here, discover the incredible biodiversity that the forest hides within its lush interior. On your final day, take a tour of a tea factory for a taste of the region’s agricultural traditions. Day 5-7: Penang Descend from the mountains en route to Penang, and take in the charm of this breezy island destination. Enjoy some free time to explore the area at your leisure, before heading out for a guided tour of the island’s best street food –considered by many to be the best in Asia! Roll up your sleeves for a specialized cooking class at Tropical Spice Garden, and craft delightful specialties while surrounded by hundreds of plant species from around the world. Afterwards, enjoy the fruits of your labor at lunch, and take in the views before returning back to hotel to relax on your final night. 48
Journey into the heart of one of the world’s oldest rainforests in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, where untamed wilderness hides rare wildlife and heart racing adventure. Hike under the cover of dense rainforest canopies, trek up the nation’s tallest peak, discover nocturnal creatures on a night safari and explore vast caves on an odyssey discovering the jungle’s natural gems. itinerary Day 1-4: Kota Kinabalu – Kinabalu Park Land in the coastal city of Kota Kinabalu, and start your adventure at the Marine Ecology Research Center for a closer look at coral conservation efforts. After spending some time enjoying this breezy seaside region, venture inland to Kinabalu Park, the first UNESCO site established in Malaysia. See the beauty and bounty of the ancient jungle, and hike up the mountain for a night’s stay deep within the wilderness.
Inclusions • 6 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 1 dinner • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • English speaking driver cum guide • Round trip transfers “A tour of city, highlands and beaches comes together with a bonus mouthwatering “cook for yourself” foodie surprise.” Yana Halim - Product Executive
Day 5-9: Sandakan – Sukau – Borneo Rainforest Lodge Descend Mount Kinabalu for a leisurely night in Sandakan before venturing back into the wild. Hang out with orangutans at the rehabilitation center before heading to the rustic countryside of Sukau. Here, watch an array of species emerge from morning to night on gentle cruises along the Kinabatangan River. Finally, journey onward through the rainforest to your lodge, and set off on nature trails and a nocturnal safari observing jungle wildlife under the cover of night. Day 10-14: Kuching - Mulu Catch a flight to the city of Kuching for some well-earned relaxation before heading to Bako National Park. Explore the diversity of peninsular wildlife on guided jungle excursions, and take in the scenery from the charming coast boasting distinctive geological formations. Venture on to Mulu, home to a collection of breathtaking caves, and hike into the caves’ depths just in time to see bats emerging as the sun sets. Wrap up your time here with a visit to a neighboring village, and see how the locals in the area make traditional crafts and clothing by hand. Spend your final night kicking back and relaxing at your resort in Mulu.
Inclusions • 11 nights hotel accommodation • 2 nights sleeper on the mountain dorm • Breakfast daily, 11 lunches, 8 dinners • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Driver cum guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary “To know Borneo is to love Borneo, Sabah – “The Land below the Wind”. A journey of wild, marine and jungle life experiences not to be missed by any nature lover.” Caroline Tan - Regional Manager 49
Borneo Scenic Wonders | 8D
Langkawi Adventure | 5D
Explore the lush jungles, incredible wildlife and local customs of Borneo on this journey through Sabah. Visit stunning national parks, learn the customs of the Iban people, hang out with the native orangutans and venture into dark caves on this epic excursion into the heart of this ancient jungle hiding the region’s most fascinating cultural gems. itinerary Day 1-3: Kuching - Batang Ai Arrive in Kuching for a leisurely wander around the city, tasting some of the most famous local dishes here. Then, set off into the countryside on a drive along lush paddy fields and tiny rustic villages, stopping to catch a ferry ride to your resort nestled along the lake. Cruise across the lake toward Engkari River, home to the Iban people. Visit the local longhouse, enjoy a traditional dance performance and get an up-close look at the Iban art of blow piping in this tiny community well off of the beaten track. Day 4-6: Kota Kinabalu - Kinabalu Park Today fly to the seaside city of Kota Kinabalu for a restful night before catching a flight to Sandakan. From here, head to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, and enjoy breakfast surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle. Afterwards, venture deeper into Kinabalu Park and cruise along Sabah’s longest river, while dense foliage on the riverbank unfolds. The next morning, cruise to Ox-bow Lake for bird watching and an excursion into the rainforest on foot. Day 7-8: Sandakan From Sandakan, set off to Semut Hitam Cave, and learn how swiftlet birds’ nest - the most expensive culinary delicacy in the world - is harvested from cave walls. Hike onward to the cave’s mouth and continue back toward Sandakan, where relaxation awaits before setting off to explore the city. Along the way, pay a visit to the Sim Sim Water Village and the central market for a look at locals in the flurry of their daily shopping. Wrap up your adventure with a leisurely day in the city before catching your onward flight. 50
Experience Malaysia’s tropical allure at its best with a five-day tour of picturesque Langkawi. With plenty of time to relax by the beach and rejuvenate in hot springs, adventure unfolds with snorkeling at Pulau Payar Marine Park and along a mangrove safari.
itinerary Day 1-2: Langkawi Arrive in Langkawi and make your way to the luxury seaside hotel. Unwind at the resort or explore the lush green rainforest at your doorstep. Immerse yourself in local traditions at a showcase of batik paintings and discover the island’s folklore before dipping in the rejuvenating hot springs of Air Hangat, believed to have therapeutic powers. Embark on a romantic sunset dinner cruise aboard a luxury yacht, and drift along the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea as you feast on a Malay barbeque and sip cocktails from the open bar.
Indonesia Batang Ai
Inclusions • 7 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 4 dinners • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Driver cum guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary
Day 3: Langkawi Explore Langkawi’s unique natural beauty, from the thriving jungle ecosystem to the pristine beaches on the coast. Embark on a mangrove safari, discovering the diverse wildlife along the riverbanks. Weave your way from Kilim to the Bat Cave to see thousands of dangling bats, wade with stingrays and snap photos of native White Head Eagles diving headfirst into the water. Unwind in the gentle surf at Tanjung Rhu Beach or lay out on the sparkling white sand before enjoying a tasty seafood lunch. Wrap up your evening at the resort for free time and relaxation. Day 4-5: Langkawi Travel to Palau Payar Marine Park for a magical day of snorkeling. A collection of four islands, Pulau Payar is surrounded by colorful coral reefs and enchanting marine life. Soak up the sun on board the deck of a catamaran as you spot different species of coral below in the clear blue waters. Spend the rest of the day diving into the depths of the sea or sunbathing on the idyllic white beaches. Enjoy the evening and next day relaxing on Langkawi, taking in the stunning scenery to wrap up a beautiful few days.
Inclusions • 4 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Driver cum guide • Round trip transfers
“Mysterious island of Langkawi, surrounded by turquoise sea; a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills; a place to hide away from civilization, just to chill and soak under the sun.” Azlin Binti Aziz - Country Manager 51
Marine Ecology Research Centre Visit | ½D Experience the warm, wildlife-rich reefs of the idyllic Tunku Abul Rahman Marine Park on Malaysia’s southern coastline. Set off from the jetty by boat, following the coast brimming with Malaysia’s most vibrant underwater life. Arrive at the Marine Ecology Research Center here to observe ground-level marine conservation of endangered aquatic animals from around the world. Through guided demonstrations and conversations with local experts, learn about the cutting-edge approach leading Malaysia’s fight against reef deterioration - and help to support the preservation of this unique wildlife during your visit.
Pulau Payar Marine Park | 1D Make your way to Pulau Payar Marine Park, home to a collection of four islands surrounded by brightly colored coral reefs and a variety of marine life, for an unforgettable day of underwater discovery. Catch some sunshine on board the deck of a catamaran, and keep an eye out for different species of coral below. Spend the rest of the day snorkeling into the depths of these clear waters and sun bathing on secluded beaches before exploring an underwater observatory.
Georgetown Discovery | ½D Get to know charming Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a guided stroll around a historic neighborhood south of Little India. Along the way, pass by murals adorning the crumbling facades of the area’s historic architecture, and keep an eye out for bizarre iron street art that tells the story of Georgetown’s history. Discover the impressive spirituality of the area at the Street of Harmony, where impressive landmarks symbolize the peaceful coexistence of the city’s three major religions. Wrap up your day in Georgetown with a stroll to Little India, a technicolored enclave bursting with the sights and smells of flowers, spices and incense.
Kuala Lumpur Urban Discovery | 1D Watch the vibrant story of Kuala Lumpur unfold through its magnificent architecture on this illuminating city stroll. Take in the city’s famous landmarks, from futuristic high rises to centuries-old colonial structures. Along the way, get an in-depth lesson on how architecture here tells the story of Kuala Lumpur’s transformation from a former tin mining town to Malaysia’s cosmopolitan capital city.
Kuala Lumpur Street Eats | ½D Dive into the heart of Malaysia’s vibrant food scene, with a guided culinary discovery along Petaling Street in Chinatown. Browse the fragrant stalls of this bustling food mecca, home to a veritable gold mine of street food treasures, including wonton noodles, Portuguese grilled fish and chicken rice. Next, sample some muah chee, a famous delicacy sold exclusively from a traditional stall attached to a motorcycle! Then, while enjoying a stroll along pre-war shop houses, indulge in a wide variety of other classic Chinese treats that have made this part of town so famous.
Kampong Sungai Sireh Village Tour | ½D Get an authentic look at village life in Kampong Sungai Sireh, just a short drive from Kuala Lumpur. Venture through the rice paddy fields of one of the country’s most important agricultural regions before trying your hand at traditional farming methods still practiced here. Taste freshly-plucked produce grown at the nearby orchard, then grab a fishing rod and catch your lunch at a freshwater stream. Finish up with a stroll through the village and chat with locals before exploring typical wooden kampong houses, hovering precariously above the ground on stilts! 52
Singapore and Malaysia in Context | 7D
itinerary Day 1-2: Singapore Begin your adventure in vibrant Singapore, a tiny island-state home to a vivid tapestry of cultures. Discover the city’s diversity firsthand on a guided tour of its most unique ethnic neighborhoods. Along the way, explore old shop houses which used to house opium dens in Chinatown, admire ornately-decorated mosques and shops in Kampong Glam, and soak up the frenetic energy of Little India, brimming with wet markets, food courts and boutiques.
About Destination As Asia’s answer to the economic powers of the West, Singapore is a dazzling super-city with enough urban wonder to rival the world’s most vivid cityscapes. From its humble beginnings as a sleepy fishing village, this glittering city emerged as an epicenter of Eastern modernity in only a few short decades. Despite its size, Singapore packs the punch of even the biggest metropolitan hubs – and remains one of the region’s most fascinating destinations for travellers on the hunt for urban adventure.
Day 3-4: Singapore – Malacca Travel back in time with a brief boat ride to Pulau Ubin, one of the few remaining traditional areas in Singapore. Explore the island’s charming collection of historic architecture and rustic heritage by bicycle, and pedal through the lush greenery en route to Chek Jawa Wetlands. Head onward across the Straits of Johor to Malaysia and Malacca, where a magical blend of Malay and Chinese culture blossoms among post-colonial landmarks like St. Peter’s Church, Port De Santiago, and the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. Day 5-7: Kuala Lumpur On the way to Kuala Lumpur, stop at Putrajaya, a fascinating showcase city home to dazzling architectural wonders. Arrive in the capital for a rest before discovering the city’s unique heritage on a guided walking excursion, visiting the British colonial headquarters, Independence Square, and finally the Old High Court and Jamek Mosque. Enliven the senses with a stroll through the aromatic streets of Little India and Chinatown, and sample a selection of the country’s iconic street food at the Central Market. Spend the afternoon and evening exploring at your leisure before enjoying a sophisticated dinner at Atmosphere 360, a revolving restaurant perched 282 meters above the city!
Explore the urban jungles, historic landmarks and breathtaking landscapes of Singapore and Malaysia on a whirlwind journey to the greatest hits. Soak up the futuristic urban energy of dazzling Singapore, cycle through the rustic island outpost of Pulau Ubin, wander along historic avenues in Malacca and experience a kaleidoscopic blend of cultures in Kuala Lumpur.
SINGAPORE Inclusions • 6 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 1 dinner • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers
“This tour gives a great overview of some of the highlights of Singapore and Malaysia and gives some background of the rich past of this thriving corner of the world” Caroline Tan - Regional Manager
Little Red Dot City Highlights | ½D
Singapore Family Adventure | 3D
Get a taste of Singapore’s vibrant culture and exotic flavors with a whirlwind journey to the city-state’s most iconic destinations. Wind through the hub’s sparkling cityscape before diving into the hubbub of Bugis Village Market and the historic Raffles Hotel. Snap photos at Merlion Park, stroll the Civic District’s glittering high street and wind down at the famous Orchid Gardens for the ultimate urban escape.
Explore the very best of Singapore’s family-friendly destinations in an action-packed four-day adventure! Stroll along the pristine streets of the city for your first day, absorbing bustling metropolitan culture and sampling street treats. Enjoy breakfast with the orangutans at the open-concept Singapore Zoo, get your heart racing at Sentosa Theme Park, and enjoy a dazzling stage showcase telling the story of Singapore’s fascinating history. Wrap up your journey with a ride on the Skyline Luge and a visit to the S.E.A. Aquarium, for an up-close and personal discovery of Asia’s most vibrant sea life.
Day 1: Singapore Arrive and unwind at your hotel before embarking on a tour of Singapore under the cover of night. Watch as the metropolis lights up, starting with a guided walk through Bugis Village’s souvenir and street food stalls. Kick back aboard a “trishaw” en route to the nearby Raffles Hotel, an icon of the country’s colonial past. Sip a Singapore Sling here, at the very bar where it was created! Take in the mesmerizing skyline from Marina Bay Sands Skypark, and enjoy a beautiful water show set against the dazzling harbor to wrap up your first night in the city. Day 2: Singapore Embark on a day-long excursion in the Little Red Dot, starting with a journey on board a traditional bumboat down the Singapore River. Savor the views from Merlion Park, pay a visit to the commercial hub in Civic District and marvel at Singapore’s breathtaking architectural feats, before getting your shopping fix at the world-class shopping area along Orchard Road. Finally, unwind at the National Orchid Garden, home to over 60,000 plants from around the world. Day 3: Singapore On your final morning, relax at your hotel or take a pleasant stroll through Singapore’s colorful urban center as the city stirs to life. Grab a few last-minute bites of hawker fare before convening at your hotel and heading onward to the airport toward your next destination. 56
Local Flavors Walking Tour | ½D Weave through the bustling backstreets of Chinatown for an indepth discovery of some of the area’s most iconic architecture, and a taste of local living in the city. Walk along shop houses’ narrow, intersecting walkways to a traditional cafe for coffee and crispy toast - a local favorite - and peruse bustling wet market stalls brimming with fresh vegetables and even live frogs! Hop on the train to Little India, where rows of shops selling produce and spices in a dizzying array of vibrant colors await. Meet a friendly local shopkeeper to see how saris and flower garlands are made before finishing up at Tekka market.
Singapore Taste of ½D Chinatown Sink your teeth into a variety of flavors with influences from Indian, Chinese and Malay cuisine! This cultural excursion uncovers just why Singaporeans are nothing short of enamored with food. Sample the city’s most famous culinary icons in bustling hawker centers, local restaurants and at famous street stalls – and get a taste of chicken rice, satay skewers and delightful chilli crab along the way. 57
Singapore Highlights | 3D
Uncover the history of the tiny island nation of Singapore. Start your adventure onboard a traditional bumboat sailing for Merlion Park, home to Singapore’s iconic lion-shaped statue and water fountain. Take in beautiful views of the Marina Bay waterfront before heading down the historic boulevards of Civic District. Then, continue down the chic shopping strip of Orchard Road, the heart of Singapore’s glitzy commercial center. Finally, enjoy a bit of peace and quiet in the National Orchid Garden to wrap up your whirlwind city adventure.
Luxury Indonesia | 11D
With pristine white beaches, clear blue waters, and lush green rainforests teeming with wildlife, few places on earth deserve the description “island paradise” as much as exotic and extravagant Bali. The island is world famous as a wellness retreat and offers the ideal opportunity to relax and unwind in the sun, indulging in spa treatments, meditation and yoga. With a rich culinary history and unmatched natural beauty, Bali is a destination which will entice and stimulate your every sense, leaving you in a state of perfect bliss. itinerary
About Destination Amid growling volcanic landscapes, lush rainforest and palm-fringed beaches lies some of Asia’s most fascinating heritage and history. The Indonesian archipelago is home to over 17,000 islands and 300 languages, and boasts an extraordinary collection of ethnic groups and cultures within its island borders. Truly the last frontier for unforgettable adventure, Indonesia is a destination where the most breathtaking travel odysseys await in frenetic cities, rustic villages and far-flung island escapes.
Day 1-3: Ubud The first days on the island will be spent in complete relaxation at the luxurious Uma by COMO jungle retreat, a paradise of tranquillity. Let the rural simplicity and exotic atmosphere of Bali seduce you, exploring the charming countryside of Ubud and learn about the fascinating spirituality of the Balinese people. Travelling by private car, visit the village of Sebatu and its stunning collection of working temples. Discover its legendary holy waterfall, surrounded by jungle, and participate in an ancient cleansing ritual before spending the rest of the day indulging in revitalizing spa treatments, as well as a delicious and healthy meal at the famous Bagus Jati wellness resort. Day 4-7: Ubud & Seminyak At the COMO Shambhala Spa, diverse activities such as yoga, meditation, spa treatments and massages have been arranged to calm the mind and rejuvenate the body. Enjoy a traditional Indonesian “family-style” lunch under the open air alang-alang roof, besides an idyllic waterfall-fed pond. Transferring to the beautiful Alila Seminyak beachside hotel, bask in the sun and luxuriate under palm trees in this tropical Shangri-La. Your private helicopter awaits near Benoa Harbour, ready to whisk you off on a tour of the island, flying over gorgeous river valleys and picturesque rice fields. Witness amazing aerial views of Lake Bratan with its famous water temple and the nearby botanical gardens.
Day 8-11: Seminyak In a traditional Javanese house, learn the secrets of Indonesian cuisine with Chef Degan, famous as a judge on Master Chef Indonesia. Leave the restaurant with a full stomach and copies of the recipes you’ve learnt so you can recreate them at home. On your own private luxury catamaran, cruise into quiet hidden coves, snorkel around beautiful reefs and sip cocktails on the deck as the sun warms your skin. Finally, prepare for the ultimate gourmet experience with a “food safari” of the islands finest restaurants, spending your last night in paradise sipping delicious tropical cocktails while watching the sun melting into the horizon.
“Bali is a dream for most; it’s a destination you grow up dreaming about. I have to admit, it really lives up to its reputation and is absolutely a ‘bucket list’ destination.” Peter Chirstiansen - Country Manager 59
Lombok Romance | 7D
Java Overland Adventure | 6D
Make your way from Java to Bali, adjacent islands on the southern edge of the Java Sea. Along the scenic journey, discover how cultures change, overlap and merge as you move from West to East. From cultural performances and visits to holy temples, tours of busy markets and glistening palaces and spectacular sunrise treks, enjoy this majestic island jaunt through one of Indonesia’s liveliest regions.
Explore the untainted beauty of Lombok on this romantic week-long escapade. Journey to rustic artisan villages, visit the secluded beaches of Lombok Sengiggi and discover untouched marine habitats on an intimate island-hop across the Lombok coast’s stunning islets.
Day 1-2: Sasak Villages The trip commences at the blissfully peaceful Sengiggi Beach, where you can unwind poolside and stroll along the coast’s white sands. Venture towards Kuta Beach and explore Lombok’s enchanting village life. Kick back on a scenic horse-drawn cart ride through picturesque Banyumulek Village, and take a dip in the pristine waters of Lombok’s best beaches. Then, ride up the coast to Lombok’s most magnificent lookout point and visit a traditional village set high up in the mountains.
Day 3-4: Lombok Sengiggi Lovers’ paradise awaits in the heart of your stay in Lombok, with ample time to relax and indulge in romantic activities. Bask in a luxurious couple’s massage, take a long stroll across the soft sands and feast on a sumptuous starlit meal. An outrigger from Tawun Beach carries you over the sparkling turquoise waters for a glorious day exploring Lombok’s pristine islets. Float in the isolated waters off of “Honeymooners Island,” with no one else around but the colorful marine life. Enjoy a freshly-grilled catch-of-the-day and conclude the island jaunt with a secluded dive off of Gili Nanggu. Day 5-7: Gili Trawangan Get a glimpse of island life at the lively Gunung Sari Morning Market, and taste local flavors as your guide leads the way. At Baun Pusuk Monkey Forest, nestled within the lush Lombok jungle, handfeed native monkeys and take in sweeping views of the soaring mountain range. Relax, and explore the sleepy seaside towns by horse-drawn cart, foot and bicycle. Swim in the clear waters and discover vibrant marine life on snorkeling excursions, or enjoy leisurely strolls along the peaceful beaches, enjoying this languid end to your journey. 60
Sasak Village Gili Nanggu
Inclusions • 6 nights beachfront hotels or resorts • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers
Day 3-4: Surakarta - Bromo Explore more of Java’s cultural and religious wonders with visits to Prambanan Temple and Mangkunegaran Palace, two of the region’s most incredible architectural sites. The wealth of sculptural detail at Prambanan, a Shiva temple, makes it one of the best examples of Hindu art in the world, and the stunning combination of geometric shapes and plush furnishings at Mangkunegaran is truly awe-inspiring. After a day of cultural exploration, set off on a relaxing drive to Bromo, passing varied terrains along the route. In Bromo, get a good night’s sleep in preparation for tomorrow’s adventure. Day 5-6: Bromo Catch sunrise over Mount Bromo, making your way to the top of Mount Tengger on the back of an agile pony. Traverse a sea of sand as you make your way towards the crater rim, and marvel in the array of colors that envelop the early morning sky. The next day, embark on a thrilling off-road adventure through villages and plantations and into the rainforest. Hike v’s rim and take in the unrivaled views below before descending along the mountain’s breathtaking trail and boarding your ferry to Bali.
Day 1-2: Yogyakarta Your introduction to Java begins with a delicious, authentic feast of Indonesian specialties, followed by the breathtaking Ramayana dance performance. After a relaxing night at a deluxe hotel in Yogyakarta, spend an action-packed day discovering the city’s rich history. Catch a glimpse of the colorful architecture at the Sultan’s Palace and marvel at the simple yet stunning designs and turquoise baths at Tamansari, or the Water Palace. Wrap up your time in this historic city with a guided discovery of the Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist monument in the Southern Hemisphere which dates back over 1000 years.
Inclusions • 5 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide 61
Bali Adventure | 7D
Exotic Bukit Lawang, Orangutans and Lake Toba | 6D
Prepare to experience the best of Bali’s natural wonder on this epic escapade across the island. Journey through treetops, over white water rapids and up the steep edge of a volcano. Whether travelling by boat, raft or on foot, this Balinese adventure will enliven your senses with a healthy dose of heart-racing fun.
Day 1-3: Ubud - Mount Batur From the charming town of Ubud, embark on thrilling adventures from the crashing rivers below to the towering mountains above. Head shortly out of town for ride of a lifetime over 33 white water rapids, soaring over waterfalls and cliffs past stunning backdrops of rainforests and rice fields. The next day, wake up before the sun for a challenging trek to the top of Mount Batur. Hike along the rocky trails that cling to the volcano’s edge for an unrivaled view the black lava below.
Day 4-5: Bedugul - Munduk Explore the depths of the rainforest from top to bottom. Scale a breathtaking high ropes course, tiptoeing amid the sights and sounds of the forest canopy. Travel to the gateway of the Munduk territory, lush with rolling farmland, untouched rainforest and sparkling lakes and rivers. Set off for a heart-racing drive in a Finn Komodo, an off-roading vehicle made for jungle terrain, and paddle canoes past the mandarin and coffee orchards that flank Tamblingan Lake. Wrap up your time here with excursions to the region’s ancient temples and a bustling local market. Day 6-7: Munduk Village - South Bali Discover North Bali by foot on a scenic trek in and around Munduk Village. Stroll past coffee, clove, vanilla and avocado plantations and see local farming life unfold here. A stop at the Red Coral Waterfall is a fantastic opportunity to refresh under the turquoise stream before continuing on through rainforest, rice fields and spice gardens. On the final day of your journey, explore South Bali’s lively local culture with visits to seaside temples, colorful fruit and flower markets and exquisite shrines. 62
Get up-close and personal with Indonesia’s remarkable wildlife on this tropical tour through North Sumatra. Whether tracking orangutans in their rainforest home or boating to traditional rural villages, this eye-opening adventure reveals a colorful side of Indonesia’s nature, culture and history.
Day 1-3: Bukit Lawang The journey begins with a city tour of Medan’s cultural highlights, taking in the intricate architecture and lively designs of the Sultan Palace, Great Mosque and more. Visit traditional rubber and palm plantations en route to Bukit Lawang for a glimpse at agricultural lifestyles in this area, and head to Bukit Lawang’s outskirts to encounter orangutans deep in the tropical rainforest. Explore the quaint historical village of Bukit Lawang and marvel at the region’s vibrant flora and fauna. As you travel south towards Berastagi, stop at the sparkling Sembahe River and take a dip in its crisp waters.
Inclusions • 6 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers
Day 4-6: Samosir Explore the marvels of Sumatra - traditional homes, cascading waterfalls and majestic palaces. Take a trip back in time at the traditional village of Dokan, where the picturesque straw houses and local textiles add color and charm to the quaint walking streets. Be sure to bring your camera to the stunning Sipiso-piso Waterfall, one of North Sumatra’s most spectacular natural highlights. Later, cross to Samosir Island by ferry boat, gliding across the bright blue waters of Lake Toba toward the large volcanic island in its center. Explore Lake Toba and its surrounding areas with a guided excursion to nearby villages, performances and ancient tombs before crossing back to Parapat for the scenic drive north to Medan.
Indonesia Inclusions • 5 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers 63
Flores Overland Adventure | 8D Discover the lush beauty of Flores Island on this coast-to-coast journey. On a tour that is equal parts adventurous and relaxing, experience Flores Island’s pristine beaches, vivid underwater life, geologic landmarks and rich culture.
Island Hopping - Bali and Gili Trawangan | 7D
Experience white sands and turquoise seas on a blissfully serene holiday connecting Bali and the Gili Islands. Spectacularly scenic and brimming with Indonesia’s unique Balinese culture, this island hop packs relaxation, adventure and culture into an unforgettable tropical tour.
Day 4-5: Riung An early morning wakeup call gets you to the Kelimutu Volcano in time to catch the sun rise over the colorful lakes below. Make your way towards Flores Island’s north coast, stopping en route to witness the island’s incredible nature from magical viewpoints overlooking vast tropical scenery. From the panorama over the bay at Nuabosi to Pengga Jawa’s green stone beach, the journey is long but awe-inspiring. In Riung, snorkel at the vibrant National Park’s 17 islands and visit flying foxes in the coastal mangrove forests before taking a rejuvenating dip in the Soa Hot Spring. Day 6-8: Labuan Bajo Visit the traditional mountain village of Bena, and enjoy sweeping views of Mount Erie. As you journey west towards Ruteng, make a pit stop at the mystical Lake Ranamese, surrounded by dense forests and lush vegetation. Embark on an archeological adventure at Liang Bua, the cave where the bones of the short Homo floresiensis – also known as “the Hobbit” - were excavated 10 years ago. Visit the Spider Web Rice Fields and marvel in their unique geometric design before hunkering down in Labuan Bajo for the final night of the tour. 64
Day 1-3: Maumere Bay The seaside adventure kicks off at Sea World Club, a magnificent beachfront resort on Flores Island. The lush mountains in the distance provide the perfect backdrop for relaxing in the calm surf and exploring the breathtaking beaches. The next morning, jet across sparkling blue waters to Maumere Bay for a day of snorkelling through this enchanting underwater world. Depart from Maumere towards Paga Beach, stopping en route at a traditional fishing village for a glimpse into authentic local life. Enjoy a peaceful night in the small hilltop village of Moni.
itinerary Day 1-3: Kuta Kick off your journey on the picture-perfect white sands of Kuta Beach, and opt to explore the bustling town or hit the shopping circuit in Seminyak. Hop over to Tanah Wuk for a day of river tubing down the rolling Penet River, a stunning ride taking you past lush vegetation, unexpected waterfalls and mystical caves. En route to Candidasa, visit the stunning Hindu religious site of Besakih, and admire the terraced spired temples that cling to Mount Agung’s slopes. Inclusions • 7 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers
Day 4-7: Gili Trawangan Dive and snorkel through one of the world’s most magnificent underwater zones: Tulamben Bay. On Bali’s northeast coast, Tulamben boasts three unique dive sites and a stunningly diverse underwater ecosystem. Head onward to Gili Trawangan, where a horse-drawn carriage awaits to transport you across the island, untouched by motorized vehicles. As the journey concludes, find pure bliss amid the remote island’s paradisiacal white sands and crystal clear waters before cruising back to South Bali.
Inclusions • 6 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide 65
Bali High Ropes and Ulun Danu Temple Tour | 1D Kick off the day with a daring romp through the treetops of Bedugul Botanical Gardens’ lush jungle landscape. Tiptoe along the high ropes course as you get up close and personal with the sights and sounds of the forest canopy. Back on solid ground, explore the lakeside towers of Ulun Danu Temple and enjoy an authentic Indonesian lunch. During an afternoon stroll through Candi Kuning, taste local fruits along a guided walk through the lively market’s countless produce stalls.
Bali White Water Rafting | ½D Adventure awaits, and this action-packed journey through 33 rapids delivers! The wild ride begins as soon as you reach the river’s edge, setting off on a wild journey over white waters and thrilling terrain. Along the ride, take in the stunning backdrops of untouched rainforest, towering cliffs and glowing rice fields. Unwind with a hot shower at the ride’s end before feasting on a sumptuous buffet.
Eastern Bali Highlights | 1D A winding drive along Bali’s southeastern coastline drops you at quiet Kusamba Beach, famous for its black sand. Witness traditional salt mining and bask in the warm seaside breeze before heading to Goa Lawah, or “Bat Cave,” where you can marvel at the sight of thousands of sleeping bats hanging overhead. Later, explore Eastern Bali’s quaint seaside towns, from the ancient fishing village of Candi Dasa to the lush sculpture gardens in Amalpura.
Mount Batur Sunrise Trek | 1D Begin this adventure bright and early with a challenging uphill climb, from 1200 meters to 1700 meters above sea level. Experience sweeping views from the peak of Mount Batur while the morning sky changes colors, and feast on a hearty breakfast as the sun appears beyond the horizon. Basking in the cool mountain breeze, head around the still-active volcanic cone and marvel in the massive crater left from a recent eruption and the centuries-old black lava.
Jamu Organic ½D Remedy Workshop Get a hands-on look at the making of Jamu in an in-depth workshop with a local expert. Start your journey on the outskirts of Sigaran, an idyllic Balinese village famous for the traditional Indonesian medicine’s production. Stroll through the rolling countryside where Jamu’s principal ingredients are harvested, and witness the production of Jamu products before crafting your own body scrub, mask, and oil using the village’s age-old techniques. Indonesia
Kuta Street Eats | ½D Discover a hidden side of Kuta on an in-depth excursion to the area’s warungs. These family-owned businesses play an essential role in local Balinese life, and are a lively gathering point for the residents here. Learn how these quirky structures evolved as you meander through Kuta’s back alleyways, stopping en route for a smattering of Indonesian dishes. Savor a refreshing juice on Kuta Beach and mingle with Batak surfers coming in from the night’s waves before ending the journey with a visit to the Bali Bombing Memorial.
Sanur Sunrise | ½D Gear up early for a cycling adventure through the tree-lined roads of sleepy Sanur. Catch the sunrise over the beach and visit bustling Sindhu Morning Market. Refuel with a chocolate pancake with fried banana or yellow rice before peddling to the Mertasari Temple, quiet in the early morning hours except for a small amount of pious locals making offerings to the gods. Make your own offering before cycling to a quaint beachside gazebo to devour a traditional Balinese meal. 66
China Highlights | 13D
Experience China’s breathtaking natural landscapes and rich history side by side on this compact 11-day adventure. Visit China’s biggest attractions, including Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall whilst also experiencing lesser-known attractions. Venture to the start of the ancient Silk Road; get friendly with Pandas in Chengdu and climb to the summit of Mount E’meishan before embarking on a relaxing cruise down the Yangtze River. itinerary Day 1-3: Beijing Discover the rich culture of Beijing, from the bustling markets full of unusual seafood, through the ancient Hutong alleyways. Delve into history at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and learn about China’s ancient history and modern past. Kick back in an authentic Chinese rickshaw as you ride through Beijing’s narrow streets, catching a glimpse of daily, traditional life away from the city’s soaring modern skyscrapers. Journey to the Great Wall of China and hike along the wall’s high ridges, taking in the age-old views and uncovering the ancient landmark’s awe inspiring past.
About Destination With a continuous history of five millennia, China is a mesmerizing blend of ancient and contemporary, old and new. Locals in this vast and fascinating country remain deeply rooted in dynastic philosophy while its soaring skyscrapers and cityscapes sprint into the 21st Century. Perplexing and compelling, China is truly a destination ripe for cultural discovery and unforgettable adventures. Uncover the dynamic urban energy and scenic allure of China on in-depth journeys through cities, wilderness and historic landmarks.
Day 7-9: Chengdu - Chongqing Visit the Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu, a world-class research facility and home to many of the gentle giants. Stroll down Chengdu’s Jin Li Street and marvel in traditional Chinese architecture dating back nearly 1,000 years. Enjoy a river cruise to the Giant Buddha, the largest stone Buddha in the world. Ascend by cable car to the summit of Mount Emei and hike in the forests before heading to Dazu, an ancient city full of UNESCO listed caverns and temples. In Chongqing, board a luxurious five-star cruise, your home for the next three relaxing nights. Day 10-13: Yangtze River Cruise - Shanghai Glide down the Yangtze River for three days aboard the grand Victoria Yangtze River Cruise. Relax on the decks as you take in spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, and savor authentic cuisine and top-notch onboard service. Learn about the importance of the Yangtze River, the longest in Asia, and enjoy the unrivalled views of the glittering night sky. Disembark at Yichang and head to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai and spend a leisurely day shopping, exploring and relaxing before your departing flight the next day.
Inclusions • 9 nights hotel accommodation • 3 nights cruise cabin • Breakfast daily • All road transport by air conditioned vehicles • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary
Day 4-6: Beijing - Chengdu Wander through the tranquil grounds and serene temples at the Summer Palace in Beijing, and marvel in the intricate décor and stately prayer rooms at the sacred Temple of Heaven. Conclude your stay in Beijing on a high note, with a viewing of the spectacular “Red Theatre Kung Fu show” show. Travel to Xi’an and discover its fascinating history as the hub of the ancient Silk Roads, and visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, one of China’s most significant Buddhist shrines. Explore Xi’ans ancient history before continuing your journey in Chengdu.
“With a country the size of China it’s impossible to see it all in even a lifetime, but this tour packs in the highlights to make sure you leave without feeling like you’ve missed out.” Pankaj Pradhan - Regional Manager
Classical China | 11D
Yunnan Scenic Adventure | 16D
Get a glimpse of sacred monuments, delve into local culture and explore ancient villages on this culture-filled tour of China. Visit the start of the ancient Silk Road in Xi’an, learn about China’s Hui Muslim ethnic minority and explore the French Concession enclave in Shanghai. This 11-day tour won’t disappoint those wanting to peel back the layers of China’s rich history, complete with visits to China’s most famous attractions, including the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and the Terracotta Warriors.
itinerary Day 1-3: Beijing Upon arrival in Beijing, transfer with your guide to enjoy spectacular views of Bird Nest Olympic Stadium. Explore Beijing’s ancient, lively alleyways by rickshaw, savor unrivalled views of old Beijing from Drum Tower, and browse the vibrant markets of the Wangfujing district. Embark on a full day exploration of the city’s spiritual monuments, including the Temple of Heaven and Yonghe Temple. Scale the Great Wall of China’s high ridges while uncovering the ancient landmark’s awe-inspiring past, and stroll through the picturesque grounds of the Summer Palace.
Day 4-6: Beijing - Xi’an Discover the rich history at the Forbidden City as you wander through its courtyards and courtrooms. Settle in aboard the night train from Beijing to Xi’an, and enjoy a beer as you relax in the soft sleeper car and mingle with locals. Explore the ancient city of Xi’an, including a visit to the tomb of Emperor Jing and an exhilarating bicycle ride along the Xi’an City Wall. Visit Xi’an’s famous Muslim district and discover the exotic local cuisine. Fly to Guilin and visit the beautiful Reed Flute Cave before enjoying a leisurely stroll around Shan Lake.
Day 9-11: Shanghai Roam around People’s Square and learn about Shanghai’s past and present at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre, the Shanghai Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Visit the ritzy French Concession enclave, and stroll through Fuxing Park and lose yourself in the charming backstreets. From Xintiandi to Tianzifang, discover Shanghai’s thriving cultural variety and colorful way of life, and relax in the picturesque Yu Yuan Gardens before unwinding with a traditional massage or acupressure session. Spend the final night of your journey out on the town in Shanghai. 70
Explore magical Yunnan Province on this 16-day tour through some of China’s most spectacular landscapes. Discover ancient cultures, exotic traditions and extraordinary landscapes on this unforgettable trip, starting in the majestic capital of Beijing. Hike the Great Wall and visit Tiananmen Square before heading to the snow-capped mountains of Lijiang, home to China’s Naxi ethnic minority. Visit the Jade Snow Dragon Mountain, marvel at Pudacuo National Park and see the majestic Tiger Leaping Gorge in Shangri-La. Sail down the Li River in Yangshuo before ending your tour in modern Shanghai. itinerary
Inclusions • 10 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily • All road transport by air conditioned vehicles • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary
Day 1-4: Beijing Explore Beijing and take in its sights. Stroll through Tiananmen Square and visit the Forbidden City. At the enchanting Summer Palace, wander around the tranquil grounds and hike to the top of Longevity Hill. Travel to the Great Wall of China, where you can scale the iconic ridges, settle down for a picnic lunch amidst stunning views and ride a cable car or toboggan. Continue the journey at the Sacred Way, Bird Nest Olympic Stadium and the Temple of Heaven, and encounter Beijing’s colorful alleyways and modern skyscrapers on a rickshaw tour. Day 5-8: Lijang - Dali Fly to Lijiang and take in the lush landscapes at the base of Elephant Mountain. As you wander the streets of Lijiang’s old town, admire the distinctive architecture and views of snow-capped mountains in the distance. Embark on a full day adventure to the Jade Snow Dragon mountain range, and enjoy a relaxing cruise on Er Hai Lake. Learn about the ancient traditions of the Bai ethnic minority group, including an opportunity to experience their sacred Three Tea Ceremony. Visit The Three Pagodas, located between Dali and Cangshan Mountain, and enjoy free time exploring Lijiang.
Day 9-11: Shangri-La - Guilin Encounter breathtaking nature along the relaxing drive to Shangri-La, from the bends of the Yangtze River to Tiger Leaping Gorge. Upon arrival in Shangri-La, known by Tibetans as “Eden on Earth,” be greeted by the sights of serene grasslands and snowy peaks. Learn about Shangri-La’s long history as you wander through the ancient streets and be greeted by a well preserved village. Venture to Pudacuo National Park and witness China’s rich natural diversity as you hike through the ancient streets and be greeted by a well preserved village. Transfer to Kunming and enjoy a hike through the enchanting Stone Forest before flying to Guilin. Day 12-16: Guilin - Shanghai Hike along the picturesque Longji Rice Terraces between Guilin and Longsheng, and interact with local farmers and fisherman. From Yangshuo, enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Li River, breathing in fresh air while savoring magnificent views of the karst landscape. Wander the maze of ancient streets in Yangshuo, and visit the region’s otherworldly caves. Discover China’s largest metropolis, Shanghai, visiting the thriving business center and taking in the sprawling waterfront. Spend the end of the journey exploring Shanghai at your leisure, from the stunning modern architecture to the vibrant nightlife. Inclusions • 15 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily • Transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles • Sightseeing as mentioned • English speaking guide (supplements apply for other languages) • Domestic flights as per itinerary • Trains as mentioned 71
Day 7-8: Yangshou Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Li River towards Yangshuo, admiring the stunning looming karst mountains en route. Bike through the peaceful countryside past toiling rice farmers and herds of grazing water buffalo, and drop in on some small villages along the way. Spend the night in Yangshuo before flying to Shanghai the following morning. Take a thrilling ride aboard the Maglev, Shanghai’s high-speed train, and visit the bustling city’s thriving business center. Sightsee in the Lujiazui district, marvel at the sprawling architecture along the Huangpu River and hit the shops on Nanjing Road.
China Explorer | 15D
Taste of China | 14D
Experience the romance of China’s breathtaking natural wonders and historical attractions on this 15-day whirlwind. Visit famous attractions such as the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and the mysterious Terracotta Warriors. See the multi-colored lakes of the Nine Village Valley in Sichuan, visit the towering stone pillars of the Wulingyuan Scenic Area and indulge in a cruise along the tranquil Li River. End the tour relaxing at a beachside resort on sunny Hainan Island in the South China Sea. itinerary Day 1-4: Beijing Discover the vibrant culture of Beijing, and learn the city’s ancient and modern history at Tiananmen. Kick back in a traditional rickshaw on a scenic ride through Beijing’s colorful streets and narrow alleyways. Journey to the Great Wall of China and hike along the wall’s high ridges, taking in the spectacular views and ponder the enormity of this incredible landmark; travel down the wall by cable car or toboggan. Meander through the picturesque grounds of the Summer Palace, and visit the architecturally stunning Temple of Heaven.
Day 12-15: Yangshou - Hong Kong Transfer to Yangshuo and enjoy a marvelous daytime cruise down the Li River, breathing in the fresh air and taking in the spectacular karst landscapes. Visit local farms as you traverse the riverbanks by golf cart, and interact with the region’s friendly local farmers and fisherman. Ascend up Yao Mountain by cable car and explore the centuries-old temples built on the summit. Fly to Hong Kong to experience this iconic destination for two nights, including a stunning view from Peak point and a tour of the old Stanley Market. 72
Day 5-8: Xi’an - Chengdu Walk along the earthen pits of the First Qin Emperor’s mausoleum and the Terracotta Warriors just outside of historic Xi’an. In the heart of the city, climb the City Wall while learning about the ancient capital’s starring role in the establishment of the Silk Road before tasting the distinctive dishes of the Muslim Quarter. Then, set off to Chengdu, home of the Giant Pandas, and pay a visit to the home of these revered creatures before learning the secrets of Sichuan cuisine in a cooking course, guided by a professional chef.
Day 9-11: Shanghai Delve deep into the heart of Shanghai with a journey to Pudong, a residential district far from the bustling center of Shanghai and well off of the tourist track. Sample the locals’ street food here, including tasty dumplings and tofu flower, before finishing off with a shared family-style meal in a local restaurant. Next, stroll through the peaceful Yu Yuan Gardens and along wide, breezy boulevards in the city’s French Concession for an indepth look at Shanghai’s most charming local lifestyles. Finally, set off on an optional evening excursion to the Shanghai ERA Acrobats for a unique and exhilarating showcase of dazzling performance art!
• 14 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily • All road transport by air conditioned vehicles • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary
Day 12-14: Hong Kong Explore Hong Kong’s fascinating blend of East and West on a stroll through Wan Chai, home to the city’s most iconic culinary specialties. Sample everything from milk tea, puffy egg waffles, clay pot rice and wok-kissed noodles before taking in the iconic Hong Kong cityscape on a cruise aboard the Star Ferry. Try your hand at Hong Kong’s very own voodoo magic, Da Siu Yan, alongside a local practitioner, before wrapping up your local adventure in the nearby fishing village to explore the wet markets, old pirate hideouts and local lifestyles in this historic coastal enclave.
• 13 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 5 dinners • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary
Day 8-11: Chengdu - Guilin Stroll through the dazzling Minshan mountain range before flying to Chengdu. In Chengdu, visit the Panda Conservation Centre and get to know these gentle giants. Continue to Leshan and board a river cruise to pay a visit to the Giant Buddha. Take the cable car up to the top of E’meishan Mountain and visit the Wan Nian Temple. Transfer to Guilin and hike the grand coiling platforms of the Longji rice terraces before indulging in a relaxing night cruise sailing the Four Lakes and enjoying the stunning view of the city at night.
Day 1-4: Beijing Begin your journey in the vivid capital city of Beijing, home to Tiananmen Square and the magnificent Great Wall. Set off to sample a selection of much-loved culinary specialties on Ghost Street, the city’s bustling street food district with a fascinatingly spooky past, before exploring the labyrinthine hutong alleys for a rare glimpse at the lifestyles of Old Beijing. Get an in-depth look at the ancient Chinese sport of cricket fighting alongside local experts in the heart of Beijing’s historic residential blocks before wrapping up your time in the capital with a visit to the vast and breathtaking Temple of Heaven.
Day 5-7: Xi’an Begin your time in Xi’an with a visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Explore the city’s rich history and culture as you scale the Xi’an City Walls, visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and feast on traditional dumplings during a spectacular cultural performance. Travel to Jiuzhaigou, a gorgeous biosphere reserve on the edge of the mystic Tibetan Plateau, and spend a day discovering this stunning national park. Journey to the turquoise Nuorilang Lakes, through the towering trees of the Primeval Forest and along the rolling hills of the Ri Ze Valley.
Savor the heritage, culture and flavors of China on a journey through its mostloved historical and culinary hubs. Set off from Beijing bound for Hong Kong, travelling through dense residential blocks, breezy local boulevards, vast historical landmarks and vivid foodie enclaves. During the journey, get a taste of the country’s most renowned dishes and treats for a whirlwind gourmet excursion of epic proportions.
The Wonders of China | 12D Gourmet Beijing: ½D Ghost Street
Uncover the secrets behind Beijing’s most popular food district, the hauntingly delicious Ghost Street. Once home to the city’s funeral industry, it’s now a late night grub hub! Learn about the neighborhoods dark history during a guided wander around stalls and sample some of the best sizzling dumplings, barbeque, Peking duck and savory desserts in town.
Beijing Back Streets | ½D Xi’an
Explore authentic local living in Beijing with a guided discovery of the city’s hutongs - narrow and labyrinthine alleyways home to an Old Beijing style of living. Explore these densely-populated residential blocks alongside your guide, sample favorite local street food, meet chatty residents at a local park and learn the secrets of Beijing’s bizarre culture of cricket fighting from a “Cricket Master” during the journey.
Discover the very best of magnificent China in a whirlwind highlights journey to its most famous landmarks and icons. Set sail along the Li River, witness the glittering city skyline of vibrant Shanghai, explore the country’s 5000-year story in historic Beijing and trek the towering rice terraces of Longsheng on this dynamic ‘greatest hits’ journey. itinerary
Day 1-3: Shanghai Dive into the fascinating metropolis of Shanghai with a guided stroll along the Bund, promising unrivaled views of the city’s eclectic skyline blending European edifices and futuristic skyscrapers. Walk along Shanghai’s oldest shopping strip on Nanjing Road and enjoy a cocktail in the city’s tallest building before heading out of the city to visit Luzhi, an ancient water village lovingly known as “the Venice of China.” Meander along canal roads and serene walking avenues here before a visit to the peaceful Lingering Garden, one of the four famous Classical Gardens in China. Day 4-8: Guilin –Yangshuo – Xi’an From Guilin, embark on a hike along the centuries-old rice terraces carved into the mountainside in Longsheng, and enjoy spectacular views along the “Dragon’s Backbone” at its summit. Then, set off on a leisurely cruise of the Four Lakes and along the Li River, arriving just in time for a nighttime performance of “Impression Liu Sanjie” on the water. Then, travel onward to Xi’an, a majestic ancient capital and home to the famous Terracotta Warriors and the historic gateway of the Silk Road.
Day 9-12: Beijing Arrive in the vibrant capital city of China to explore the country’s most magnificent landmarks. During your stay in this historic metropolis, visit Tiananmen Square and explore the depths of the Forbidden City for a fascinating glimpse at China’s past lives. Then, explore the dazzling Summer Palace before embarking on a trek to explore the ancient watchtowers of the Great Wall. Sum up your journey with a charming look at locals exercising outside of the grandiose Temple of Heaven and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet pandas at the Beijing Zoo.
• 11 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers • Domestic flights as per itinerary
Hong Kong & Macau Adventure | 6D
Experience the best of China’s bustling island cities on an urban adventure through Hong Kong and Macau. In vibrant Hong Kong, enjoy magnificent panoramic views atop Victoria Peak and visit the former pirate hideout at Cheung Chau. Wrap up your adventure in Macau, home to Asia’s most beautiful collection of Portuguese architecture.
itinerary Day 1-2: Hong Kong After a morning of independent exploration, spend your afternoon visiting the highlights of Hong Kong on a guided city tour. Ride up the steepest tram in the world to stunning panoramas at The Peak and drive onward to the historic fishing port of Aberdeen, where skyscrapers overlook traditional junk and fishing boats along the harbor. Stop by a jewelry factory to witness how craftsman create stunning art using precious stones before getting your shopping fix at Stanley Market – the perfect place to try out your bargaining skills!
Day 4-6: Macau In the morning, venture by ferry to the island of Macau, located on China’s southern tip. Meander around this charming former Portuguese colony before enjoying a spectacular evening show, “The House of Dancing Water.” The next day, visit the centuries-old Ruins of St. Paul, once among the largest Catholic churches in the region and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the stunning Portuguese architecture in Largo de Senado, Macau’s lively paved town square, and stroll along the Old City Walls as the sun sets. Finish off your day at the casino for some high rolling fun!
Inclusions • 5 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • Local English speaking guide • Round trip transfers
The world’s most vertical city is Asia’s shining beacon of modernity, emerging from a century of British colonial rule. Contemporary Hong Kong might exude the glitz and glam of the nouveaux-riche, but a common thread of history and heritage connects the locals in this thriving metropolis. With a fascinating juxtaposition of international influence and proud nationalism, Hong Kong’s dynamic charm cements it as a prime destination to explore where East meets West.
Day 3: Hong Kong – Cheung Chau Set off by ferry bound for Cheung Chau, a small but thriving island southwest of Hong Kong. Discover the traditional Chinese architecture of Pak Tai Temple before unwinding at Tung Wha Beach, where stretches of white sand beaches feature bronze age carvings. On board a wooden sampan, cruise into a typhoon shelter en route to the hideout of notorious pirate Cheung Po Tsai. After a scrumptious dim sum lunch, spend the remainder of the afternoon at Tin Hau, a 200 year-old temple dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea.
“Enjoy two fascinating cities in one trip. Visit Hong Kong, explore the vibrant city and its outlying islands and then visit Macau, a destination rich in history, culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Center.” Sandy Ho - Country Manager
Hong Kong Backstreets Tours | ½D Spend a day like a local in Hong Kong’s residential backstreets, exploring hip neighborhoods, charming alleyways and the city’s most fascinating traditional rituals. Chug across the harbor on Hong Kong’s famous Star Ferry, and hop on a double-decker tram en route to a city flyover. Here, get a unique hands-on look at “villain hitting”, Hong Kong’s unique ritual, sometimes considered the city’s very own “voodoo” magic! Stroll onward to a historic fishing village and follow your guide through narrow alleyways and a frenetic wet market to Main Street East, once a hangout for pirates! Now brimming with chic bars and restaurants, this is a favorite haunt for young, trendy locals in Hong Kong. Wrap up your day with a game of mah-jong with a local family in one of the area’s oldest residential blocks.
Explore Street Food | ½D Prepare for a culinary journey with an exotic twist on this half-day street eats excursion! First up, sink your teeth into the ultimate street sweet, puffy egg waffles, and sip a cup of “milk tea” at a Hong Kong-style café. After a ride on a double-decker tram, arrive at Causeway Bay and savor a bowl of clay pot rice filled with meat and topped with fresh green onion. Finally, snack on some deepfried breadsticks before grabbing a stool at a local pop-up stall with everything from wok-kissed noodles to fried rice.
Geopark Coastal Treasures | 1D In the north-eastern region of the New Territories, Geo Park is a UNESCO recognized beacon of natural beauty in Hong Kong. Set off on an illuminating hike passing through fascinating geological formations forged by volcanoes millions of years ago. Head next to Sai Kung, or “Hong Kong’s back garden”, passing hidden beaches and gorgeous scenery along the way. After your day of discovery, kick up your feet and enjoy some fresh seafood by the shore.
Explore Lantau Island | 1D Embark on an adventure to Lantau, one of the most beloved outlying islands of Hong Kong. Ride the ferry to one of the city’s longest beaches before setting off to visit a quaint fishing village, where stilted homes balance precariously above tidal flats. Arrive next at the revered Po Lin Monastery and hike up to the marvelous 34-meter Buddha statue. Finish off by soaring along the rugged mountainside, suspended by cable car for incredible panoramas on the way back down to Hong Kong.
Historic Macau | 1D
Just an hour outside of Hong Kong, Macau boasts a vibrant display of European architecture and World Heritage Sites. Explore the mesmerizing blend of old and new here on a tour visiting the island’s best cultural and historical landmarks. Witness the incredible stone facade of the once-towering St. Paul’s Cathedral, and head onward to visit the defensive network of the Old City Walls, one of Macau’s many Portuguese structures. In the oldest temple in the city, get an in-depth look at Taoist traditions before wrapping up your tour at the casino for some high-rolling fun!
Vibrant Hong Kong | ½D Get an intimate view of the Island on this half-day tour around the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong! Ride up the steepest tram in the world to the famous views of The Peak, promising unrivaled views of the cityscape below. Then, head back down for a quick drive to the historic fishing port of Aberdeen. Visit a jewelry factory here to learn about how craftsmen use precious stones in their creations before getting your shopping fix at Stanley Market – a perfect place to try out your bargaining skills! 78
Japan Highlights | 14D
Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto for an epic discovery of Japan’s most fascinating highlights. Explore magical mountain retreats in Takayama and Shirakawa-go, dip into onsen hot springs in the shadow of Mount Fuji, witness dazzling Edo period architecture in Kyoto and soak up the contemporary energy of Hiroshima – the perfect greatest-hits itinerary with plenty of independent exploration. itinerary Day 1-4: Tokyo - Hakone Arrive in ultra-modern Tokyo, Japan’s glittering capital city. Set off on independent excursions through the vibrant heart of youth culture in the backstreets of Harajuku. Here, traditional Buddhist temples co-exist with thriving contemporary culture, from the ancient Buddhist temples of Asakusa to the oldest Geisha district in the city. Escape the bustle of the city as you set off by train bound for Hakone, on the outskirts of Mount Fuji. Settle in for a traditional experience within an old-fashioned ryokan inn, and enjoy a delicious multi-course meal before a soak in the onsen hot springs.
About Destination Nestled on the eastern frontier of Asia, the magical nation of Japan is a juxtaposition of past and future. A stone’s throw from the vibrant, neon glow of downtown Tokyo hides peaceful Zen gardens pictures of simplicity and calm. Contemporary art museums flank centuries-old Buddhist temples and skyscrapers erupt from cityscapes a bullet train ride away from the towering natural wonder of Mount Fuji. For the culturally curious, Japan is a hub of adventure waiting to be uncovered.
Day 9-14: Hiroshima - Kyoto Arrive in Hiroshima, a vibrant cosmopolitan city on the island of Honshu. Now a hub for contemporary arts and culture, set off on a wander to explore breezy boulevards, great food and charming art museums. Ride the ferry out to the famous floating Torii Gate, one of the country’s most iconic symbols, before catching the bullet train onward to historic Kyoto. Settle in for some downtime here before setting off to explore city icons like Nijo Castle and the rock garden of Ryoan-ji. Take in the panoramic views of the city from atop Kiyomizu Temple before a traditional tea ceremony, and head onward to Nara for an optional day trip to explore this former capital.
Inclusions • 13 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily, 3 dinners • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • English speaking guide where specified • Round trip transfers
“You won’t want to leave after spending two weeks in Japan, as this tour is packed full of the absolute best of this majestic country.”
Day 5-8: Takayama - Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa Set off on a scenic train ride into the mountains, and reach the secluded area of Takayama. Get a taste of the town’s unique culture shaped by its fresh water sources and established sake breweries, before venturing to the World Heritage City of Shirakawa-go. The area is famous for its creative Gasho Zukuri style houses, shaped like hands in prayer and designed to withstand heavy snowfall. Stay with a Japanese family at a minshuku, and witness the exquisite craftsmanship of these Japanese architectural icons. From here, head to the seaside city of Kanazawa, the epicenter of Japan’s Edo period heritage. Within the traditional districts of the geisha and samurai, get a fascinating firsthand look at the country’s history.
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Ski Japan | 11D
Japan Signature | 8D
Conquer the scenic slopes of Japan on this adventurous excursion to Niseko. In the vibrant capital of Tokyo, explore Japan’s dynamic metropolitan energy before heading north to Annapuri Mountain, home to the country’s best ski resorts, powdery snow and majestic mountain scenery. itinerary
Day 1-3: Tokyo Arrive in Tokyo, a capital city whose urban districts are bathed in a neon glow. Explore the city’s cherry trees and temples flanked by soaring skyscrapers and glittering nightclubs before taking a tour of the beautiful Meiji Jingu, an important Shinto shrine from the Imperial period. In a city where traditional culture blends with futuristic allure, a wander through this mesmerizing cityscape promises a mosaic of tasty street food, exhilarating nightlife and historic icons. After soaking up the best of the capital, head onward to Niseko for your ski retreat in the far north. Day 4-11: Niseko Arrive in Niseko, where your alpine adventure begins! With your seven-day pass, take to the slopes. You’ll have access to all four main resorts on Annapuri Mountain, taking in the spectacular views of volcanic Mount Yotei. Niseko is world famous for its powdery snow, with hills for every level of skier or snowboarder.
Optional: Sapporo Set off on an optional day’s escape from the slopes to Sapporo. Located an hour and a half from Niseko, the city is the fourth biggest in Japan, and home of the famous Sapporo beer brewery. Here, enjoy optional day excursions including Nijo Fish Market or Maruyama Park, featuring the principal shrine of the region. Or, set off for a challenging climb up Terebi-to Tower - a lookout promising breathtaking views of the city at sunset - or visit the Sapporo Winter Sports Museum within the Olympic Stadium. Opt for an illuminating guided visit to Sapporo Beer Garden, home of the nation’s first beer brewery, and spend your time here exploring the museum or sampling a collection of fresh beer! Inclusions
itinerary Day 1-2: Tokyo Arrive in Japan’s futuristic urban hub, and take in the incredible architecture from aboard a train from the airport. Hop off at Asakusa, the historical district and location of your hotel. Here, get a unique glimpse at the Tokyo of yesteryear among its traditional architecture. Visit ancient Buddhist temples independently on a wander through the area’s fascinating avenues. The following evening, meet your guide for a guided stroll among neon lights of Tokyo’s famous Kabukicho district, the country’s largest entertainment district. Walk past an array of bustling bars, restaurants and theatres for a taste of Japan’s thriving nightlife. Day 3: Hakone Escape the chaos of the city for a relaxing day in Hakone, home to delightful onsen hot springs in the shadow of Mount Fuji. Zip out of Tokyo on a bullet train ride to Fuji-Hakone National Park, a far cry from the frenetic urban hub’s glittering city lights. Arrive at the station and set off to explore a few art galleries before cruising across Lake Ashi – a great place to catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji. As the sun sets, discover the simple majesty of Edo period architecture at a ryokan inn, complete with tatami mats and a traditional multi-course kaiseki meal. Spend your evening in this serene Inclusions location within the park. Day 4-6: Kyoto Today, get a firsthand look at Japan’s fascinating heritage and history with a short journey to Kyoto. Home to some of the world’s finest temples and gardens, spend your first day here enjoying the city independently. On your second day, visit the highlights of the city alongside a local guide for a closer look at the city’s history. Choose to either head north to the Golden Pavilion and Zen gardens, or wander Nishiki Market to try some delicious delicacies unique to the region. Wrap up your time in Kyoto in the Gio Quarter – famous for its traditional teahouse culture - and a Buddhist vegetarian meal. Day 7-8: Tokyo Return to Tokyo for one last night in the frenetic capital city. Head out to explore the city on your final evening, or simply kick back with a hot bowl of udon and some sake before your departure.
• 7 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • English speaking guide where specified • Round trip transfers
“We’ve tried to pack as much food as we can into this itinerary, so whether it be sushi or soba – there’s something to look forward to all the time.”
• 10 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily • All road transport by air conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing as specified • Entrance fees • English speaking guide where specified • Round trip transfers
Explore Japan beyond the glittering urban exterior on this compact, eight-day journey. Embark on a city excursion among the neon lights of Tokyo before visiting ancient temples in Kyoto and relaxing in a traditional Hakone inn near Mount Fuji. Wrap up your journey in Kyoto exploring beautifully preserved Zen gardens and shrines.
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Tsujiki Fish Market | 1D Rise with the sun to discover the source of Japan’s finest sushi, at Tsukiji Fish Market. As the city’s epicentre for seafood products, local chefs and food lovers from all walks of life congregate here to peruse the morning market’s staggering selection of fresh fish. Weave through Styrofoam boxes overflowing with the day’s catches while exploring the selection of stalls selling everything from fresh-pressed tofu to knives! Along the way, learn about Japan’s famously fresh cuisine and this market’s starring role in the country’s food culture. Wrap up your journey with a taste of seafood delicacies within the market.
Tokyo Highlights City Tour | 1D Get lost in the iconic neon lights of Tokyo’s famous Kabukicho area, on an evening tour of Japan’s largest entertainment district. Stroll past an array of bustling bars, restaurants and theatres, making stops along the way at a few hole-in-the-wall haunts famous with the locals. Discover the depths of Golden Gai, an area home to some 200 bars and eateries housed within a collection of densely packed alleyways. After savoring some Kabukicho delicacies, travel back in time with a walk through Omoide Yokocho, a small neighborhood of Japanese pubs constructed and decorated in charming, pre-war fashion.
Kyoto Cooking Class | 1D Discover the simplicity of Japanese cuisine as you learn to prepare a hearty home-style lunch. Visit the home of a Japanese chef and witness firsthand how some of the nation’s best traditional dishes are made, with recognizable ingredients you can find back home. Then, roll up your sleeves to make a few of Japan’s most iconic treats - including sushi, tempura and teriyaki. After you’ve mastered the techniques alongside your expert host, tuck into a delightful lunch you helped prepare from scratch! 84
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