a-la-carte – Custom tours
Bangladesh * Bhutan
* Burma (Myanmar) * Cambodia
* Central Asia * China
Indonesia * Hong Kong
* Iran * Japan
* Korea * Laos * Malaysia
(Borneo) * Mongolia * Nepal
Papua New Guinea * Pakistan
* Russia (Siberia) * Singapore
* Sri Lanka * Tibet * Thailand
* Vietnam *
These custom tours can be reserved separately, combined
or booked as extensions to group tours.
In the 80s we transitioned from arranging primarily group tours to exotic custom adventures, to include exciting, remote and rugged trips as well as deluxe classical journeys. Our eclectic mix of Asia-a-la-carte itineraries has been skillfully created to showcase the best of Asia. They can be booked separately, combined, or as extensions to group tours. Here are some of the most popular, time-tested itineraries for your selection.
We can also arrange trips to Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and the Phillippines.
Our vast knowledge and experience with highly personalized services has won the trust of many well-seasoned travelers. Country specialists, curators and princes accompany and invite you to special local festivals, rites and rituals, diplomatic dinners, museum openings and private home stays. We continue to focus on Tribes, Festivals, Photo and groundbreaking trips. These are just a few samples, the possibilities are endless.
CUSTOM ADVENTURES: If an Asia-a-la-carte tour does not suit you, we can create or modify any of our group or Asia-a-la-carte tours into a custom adventure or design your dream trip. You get to choose the date, the places, the price and the focus. These tours are fully escorted, as are our group and Asia-a-la-carte tours.
PRICES: Asia-a-la-carte tour prices are per person, based on a minimum of 2. Single supplements and solo traveler prices are available. Surcharges will apply during the high / holiday season. Please call us for current prices. To reserve an Asia-a-la-carte tour complete a reservation form and mail it with the non-refundable deposit.
Custom Adventure trip prices range from $250 - $450 per person per day, based on a minimum of 2, and vary from country to country. They typically include charming boutique hotels, where possible, can be upgraded to deluxe, some meals, performances, transportation, sightseeing with local English speaking guides, entrance fees, flights within the country and boat and train fares. Treks, jungle safaris, cruises and rafting trips are all inclusive. Creating custom journeys is complex, and requires detailed planning and in-depth knowledge. Our tiered group and Asia-a-la-carte prices, gives you a good idea of trip costs. To custom design an adventure, mail us a non-refundable itinerary planning fee per our terms & conditions. You will receive one itinerary outline and package price, itemized costs are not available. Itinerary revisions will incur additional charges.
FESTIVALS: We specialize in festival and tribal
adventures that go to seldom – visited areas to experience
these hidden cultures and participate in their local festivals
that offer great photo opportunities. Local festivals can be
included if they are available during your visit. For in-depth
cultural explorations, join our specialized group tours.
5-Day SUNDARBANS SAFARI Departs everyday except Fri
Dhaka * Mongla * Sundarbans Mangrove Forest * Khulna * Dhaka
In Dhaka view Louis Kahn's architecture, see some of the oldest terra cotta buildings and
a small village. Board a paddleboat through the serene natural beauty of the
Sudarbans, ideal for nature lovers and botanists. Cruise along meandering streams to see
crocodiles, monkeys and an exotic variety of birds. You may be lucky enough to spot a
Royal Bengal Tiger!
7-Day HILLTRIBES OF BANGLADESH Departs everyday except Mon and
Chittagong * Bandarbans * Remote Villages * Dhaka
Journey deep into Mru country – up until very recently
closed to outsiders! This tribal rich area is home to over half a million
indigenous people from 16 different ethnic groups. Enjoy a river cruise and
easy jungle hikes
into Mru villages, where the people still wear loincloths and do not cut their
hair and wear them in a topknot.
Observe Jhoom (slash and
burn) cultivation, waist-loom weaving and music
played with bagpipe-like bamboo and gourd flutes.
Buddhist monastery festivals celebrated year round
6-Day TASTE OF BHUTAN
Paro * Punakha * Wangdu * Thimpu
Experience one of Asia's last remaining pristine countries NOW,
before it changes. Visit a thangka painting school where
tudents are committed to preserve this ancient art form. View
impressive monasteries and dzongs (religious and administrative
centers). Drive through the golden green Punakha Valley to Thimpu with
its quaint streets and colorful bazaars. See stunning mountain scenery,
painted farmhouses and exquisitely hand woven museum quality textiles.
Plan your trip around a festival to participate in religious mask dances
and Buddhist rituals.
13-Day HAA VALLEY TREK Mar – Jun, Sep – Nov
Trek through dense forest and breathtaking mountain passes, over rolling hills
and meandering streams, past golden wheat fields and painted farmhouses in the recently
opened Haa Valley. Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery that clings to the edge of a sheer
rock cliff. Sit with Yak herders around a campfire and sip chai in village homes.
Observe a game of archery ‒ Bhutan's popular national sport.
5-Day HIGH COUNTRY TREK Mar – Jun, Sep – Nov
Embark on a moderately strenuous high altitude trek
from Paro to Thimpu. Hike along snow-capped peaks, alpine forests
and remote villages. Visit Buddhist monasteries, a thangka painting
school and a local weekend market known for handmade paper and
Religious & tribal festivals celebrated year round
7-Day TASTE OF BURMA
Yangon * Bagan * Inle Lake * Yangon
Burma is perhaps the most visually stunning country in Asia with its
shimmering golden pagodas, serene lake, colonial-era buildings and
vibrant tribes and markets. View the 11th-13th century pagodas of Bagan's Golden
Age. Travel past flower fields and red hills to Inle Lake and its tribal
and weaving villages and floating gardens. Shop for antiques, lacquer ware, rubies
and textiles and sample delicious French / Burmese cuisine.
4-Day INLE LAKE
Meet diverse tribes with leg rings, bracelets and colorful
turbans bartering in local markets. Admire the mountain scenery and
farmers with water buffalo and ox carts plowing their rice fields.
Travel by long-tail boat to Intha villages built on stilts. View the
floating flower and vegetable gardens and silk and cotton weaving
villages at Inle Lake.
4-Day TRIBAL KENGTUNG
The adventurous can experience the remote scenery and ethnic diversity
of the Mon-Khmer and Tibet-Burmese people living in the Shan Mountain
illages. Photograph the Akhas with elaborate headdresses and beaded
necklaces, chat with the striking black-turbaned Wa women and the silver
and gold belted Palaungs. Enjoy easy hikes to primitive Aeng villages,
or meet these tribes busy bartering in their lively markets each with
their colorful costumes and ethnic jewelry.
7-Day LUXURY BALLOON SAFARI
Float over hundreds of ancient pagodas and calm waters of Inle Lake
in a hot air balloon! Safari in style, reminiscent of the good old
days of luxury travel, to experience the immense natural beauty and
meet the gentle Burmese people on an intimate journey with 8 or
less, in the land of golden pagodas!
3-Day ANCIENT ANGKOR
Enjoy hot air balloon and elephant rides to
view the 12th century Angkor temples, ranked amongst
the world's greatest architectural achievements! See
exquisite bas-relief and sculpture being overtaken by
the jungle at the cultural and spiritual heart of the
4-Day REMOTE TEMPLES OF CAMBODIA
Angkor * Remote Temples * Angkor
Discover the forgotten temples of Cambodia that few tourists
ever see. In the jungles of the north explore these hidden
temples that are almost undisturbed. Camp just outside the
temple in luxury safari tents to experience up close this deeply
7-Day CYCLING AROUND CAMBODIA
Angkor to Phnom Penh
There is no better way to see these exquisite temples up close
than by bike! Also cycle the back roads from Angkor to Phnom Penh
past quaint fishing villages and Tonle Sap Lake to experience
5-Day ANGKOR & HISTORIC PHNOM PENH
View the amazing Angkor temple complex the crowning
jewel of Khmer architecture. Travel to historic Phnom Penh, a vibrant upbeat
city and explore the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Genocide Museum, the
infamous “Killing Fields” and a handicraft market. Spend time at
a local orphanage to lend a helping hand.
CENTRAL ASIA &
Buzkashi Games & New Year festival celebrated
11-Day SPLENDORS OF CENTRAL ASIA departs on Tues
Tashkent * Fergana * Samarkand *
Shakhrisabz * Bukara * Khiva * Tashkent
Recapture the magic while exploring the cities along
the old Silk Road that once transported goods from China
to the west. View medieval fortresses, beautiful gardens
and stunning architecture – home to over 100 minorities.
Admire the cobalt domes at Samarkand and celebrate New
ear at springtime amidst equestrian events. Walk along
Bukhara's ancient streets and view its small squares.
Visit the living museum at Khiva with its palaces,
mosques and intricate tile work. Browse through the
bazaars and shop for carpets, silk embroidery and
ceramics – all the time learning about its colorful past.
15-Day TRIBES OF KALASH & HUNZA (Pakistan)
Lahore * Peshawar * Kalash * Hunza Valleys * Karimabad * Gilgit * Lahore
Pakistan has a rich history that dates back to 2500 BC. Explore
Peshawar's storyteller's bazaar and historic Khyber Pass. View Buddhist
ruins of Gandhara and idyllic Swat Valley with its crafts, orchards,
forests, rivers and snow-mountains. Meet the intriguing Kafir Kalash
tribe in the Hindukush Valley and enjoy Karimabad's stunning scenery and
apricots – the elixir of youth! Visit Gilgit - a thriving frontier town
on the silkroad and historic Lahore with its museums, palaces and
Tribal & monastery festivals celebrated year round
7-Day SCENIC CHINA
Shanghai * Suzhou * Nanjing * Hangzhou
Explore Shanghai's teahouses and cruise along the Bund
with its neoclassical architecture. View Suzhou's classical
gardens and double-sided silk embroidery. Visit historic Nanjing's
tombs, pagodas and temples and relax at Hangzhou's stunning
9-Day KUNMING TO SHANGRILA mid Apr – mid
Kunming * Gyelthang * Deqin * Tiger Leaping
Gorge * Lijiang * Kunming
Explore Tibetan monasteries, Naxi culture and witness the stunning
mountain scenery and the 12,000 ft deep Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Meet people from China’s many ethnic minorities and learn
about the intriguing Dongba religion.
8-Day KUNMING, STONE FOREST, DALI, LIJIANG & LUGU LAKE
Enjoy Kunming's eternal spring weather and visit temples,
museum, bird and flower market and the Stone Forest with its
limestone pinnacles. Visit Dali's old town market with Bai
minorities, fishing villages and scenic Lake Erhai. En route
view an ancient cliff top grotto and enjoy Lijiang's stunning
scenery and old Naxi wooden houses. At Lugu Lake learn about
the Mosuo matrilineal society, where women are in charge!
4-Day TRIBAL LIJIANG
As a recent APA traveler commented; "if Walt Disney had to
create ancient China it would be Lijiang! It was magical and
corner you turned had great surprises." Explore the old town,
pretty lantern lit canals, spectacular Jade Snow Mountain and
stunning moonbeam bridge. Stroll through the park and view rare
pictographic writings at the Dongba center. Meet an eccentric
herbalist and amble around a sleepy little village with courtyards
filled with chilies and corn.
12-Day CHINA SILK ROAD Fri Apr – Oct
Beijing * Xi'an * Jiayuguan * Dunhuang
* Turfan * Kashgar * Shanghai
Traverse the fabled Silk Road to view resplendent palaces,
life-size terra cotta warriors and exquisite Buddhist cave art.
View the ingenious irrigation system in the oasis town of
Turfan, and explore Jiaohe, the oldest and best preserved
earthen city in the world! Visit Kashgar's famous Sunday Bazaar
and meet the desert nomads and other ethnic minorities. Visit
the westernmost part of the Great Wall and Shanghai, a high
energy city of contrasts.
6-Day MT. EMEI & THE PANDAS
Chengdu * Leshan * Mt. Emei * Chengdu
Towering over the sleepy village of Leshan is the massive
Grand Buddha! Hike or take the cable car up to Mt. Emei with its
intense physical and spiritual beauty. You can help at the panda
reserve and see these giant lovable animals in their natural
surroundings. Learn about panda breeding and bamboo ecology. Enjoy
Chengdu's opera and spicy cuisine.
5-Day BEIJING, DATONG & XI’AN
Explore Beijing's Forbidden City, Great Wall, hutongs (alleyways)
and its burgeoning art scene and pearl market. In Datong visit the
Hanging Monastery - a rare combination of mechanics, aesthetics and
Buddhism! Also view one of China's largest grottos at Yuangang and
the life-size army of Terra-cotta warriors in Xi'an.
4-Day TROPICAL XISHUANGBANNA Mon
Jinghong * Menghai * Xiding * Ganlanba *
Menglung * Jinghong
Travel to laid back tribal villages in tropical Xishuangbanna
near the Burma border. Meet the Dai minorities and learn about
their culture and traditions. Visit markets, villages and botanical
gardens filled with exotic plants and wildlife.
5-Day DAZU & YANGTSE CRUISE Mar – Nov
View the amphitheatre of Buddhist sculptures at Dazu and cruise
along winding rivers, past breathtaking canyons and remote villages
on the Yangtse River. Stop at ancient cities, temples, the Three
Gorges and the world's largest and controversial dam project!
17-day DRAGONS, DRUMS & ART: Guizhou Festivals
Shanghai * Guiyang * Kaili * Chong'An Jiang * Shibing
* Zhenyuan * Taijiang * Sandu * Ronjiang * Congjiang * Zhaoxing
* Sanjiang * Guilin * Li River Cruise * Yangshuo * Hong Kong
Do Lusheng (bamboo pipe) music and tribal pageantry excite
you? Have us arrange a private journey to Guizhou to celebrate
their colorful local festivals. We have been taking groups and
individuals to this area since the 80s to study these remote
tribal cultures and see their exquisite embroidery. Escape to
Guizhou's melting pot of over 14 ethnic groups and celebrate
the surrealistic Miao festivals. Visit minority villages where
the native Miao and other cultures remain relatively unchanged.
The mysterious drum towers and graceful covered bridges of the
Dong people have fascinated anthropologists for ages. Drive
past the dragon spine rice terraces to Guilin and a cruise down
the Li River through the eerie Karst formations to rural Yangshuo
and on to Hong Kong.
Tribal festivals & camel fairs celebrated year round
15-Day CULTURAL INDIA
Mumbai * Aurangabad * Udaipur * Jaipur * Agra * Khajuraho * Varanasi * Delhi
Experience the essence of India replete with art, architecture,
legends and lore. The cosmopolitan cities of Mumbai and Delhi offer
fabulous hotels, fine dining, silver streets, jewelry bazaars and
evocative ruins. In Aurangabad see some of the finest Buddhist cave
paintings. Reminisce at fairytale palaces, erotic temples and Jaipur's
old walled city. Meet artists, buy colorful textiles, view fortress
museums, and pilgrims along the Ganges River. Enjoy a magical sunset
over the delicately ethereal Taj Mahal, a symbol of love and outrageous
9-Day BEST OF NORTHERN INDIA
Varanasi * Khajuraho * Agra * Fathepur Sikri
* Jaipur * Delhi
Explore the great cities of Northern India replete with
art, architecture, legends and lore. Experience the essence
of India from the holy Ganges to the erotic temples of Khajuraho,
to legendary Taj Mahal and the Ghost capital of Fatehpur
Sikri. Travel to the pink city of Jaipur with its palaces
and textiles. End your journey in cosmopolitan Delhi with
its fine dining, upscale shopping, evocative monuments and
silver-street in the old city.
11-Day PALACES OF RAJASTHAN
Delhi * Jaipur * Bikaner * Jaisalmer *
Jodhpur * Ranakpur * Udaipur * Mumbai
Travel along the great Indian desert and be pampered at former
maharaja's palaces and hunting lodges. Visit resplendent
palaces museums, and the only living fortress city with filigreed
havelis (mansions). Enjoy a sunset camel safari and shop for
old silver, arts & crafts and textiles. Visit villages,
lake palaces, ancient bazaars, and temples.
15-Day BEST OF INDIA’S WILDLIFE Nov –
Delhi * Jaipur * Agra * 3 Wildlife Parks * Khajuraho * Varanasi * Delhi
Enjoy wildlife safaris in three of India's top wildlife reserves
with the best animal sightings including tigers, blue cow, spotted
deer and exotic birdlife. View the bamboo forests and grassland
ungles. Learn about Project Tiger and be enriched by the artistic
legacy, colorful history and fascinating cultures of India.
8-Day SOUTH INDIA INTERLUDE
Chennai * Mahabalipuram * Cochin * Periyar
* Alleppey * Goa
Travel from bustling Chennai to the beautiful seashore temples with
their intricate rock carvings. Visit an ancient silk weaving town and
spice plantations. Relax on a deluxe rice barge cruise along the
“backwaters” of Kerala. View the Chinese fishing nets, active Jewish
quarter and classical dance performance in Cochin and arrive in Goa,
once a quaint Portuguese fishing village, now a vacation hot spot
with revolutionary standards of luxury.
8-Day BEST OF LEH mid Jun – mid Sep
Journey to Ladakh, known as Little Tibet, and explore its capital
city, Leh. Under rugged snow-capped mountains, explore this
scenic town with spectacular Buddhist monasteries and gompas
(stupas) and breath-taking scenery. See the intricate turquoise
headdresses worn by local women, visit the Tibetan medicine
hospital and, perhaps, discuss with an oracle life’s unanswered
8-Day TREK AROUND LEH mid Jun – mid Sep
Hike past snow-capped mountains, fluttering
prayer flags and remote monasteries on this high
altitude trek. Admire the frescoed halls and splendid
religious art and join a peaceful prayer ceremony.
Zigzag through mountain villages, over clear streams
and barley fields in Ladakh known as "Little Tibet".
10-Day TRIBAL ARUNACHAL PRADESH Oct – May
Calcutta * Dilbrugarh * Khonsa * Longding * Calcutta
Explore Arunachal Pradesh’s recently opened tribal villages set
amidst roaring rivers and deep gorges in the lofty Himalaya. 25
different tribes live here in near isolation retaining their
traditions, animistic beliefs, language and to a large extent
their dress. (Restricted area permits are subject to government
Optional Kaziranga Wildlife extension available.
13-Day INDIA’S LAST FRONTIERS Oct – May
Calcutta * Pasighat * Along * Ziro * Tezpur * Guwahati * Calcutta
Once known as the ‘Hidden Land’, Arunachal Pradesh was completely
closed to all outsiders. A limited number of travelers are now being
permitted to visit this beautiful region covered by natural forests,
turbulent streams, roaring rivers, deep gorges and the lofty Himalaya.
A sentinel of the country in the northeast, this ancient land has been
mentioned in the Hindu epics.
About 25 different tribes inhabit Arunachal Pradesh. Due to its
closure and remote location, these tribes have retained their
intrinsic heritage and remain untouched. It has a patriarchal
society where most locals practice polygamy. Head hunting has
long since ceased and these are peace-loving people. In January
you can participate in the Reh Festivalat Pasighat, celebrated by t
he Idu Mismi tribe to thank for a bountiful harvest. Celebrate the
unity among men with the Hill Miris at the Boori Boot Festival in
Daporijo. In March see Mopin Festival of Adi (Hillman) tribes
proficient in weaving, the Tagin with their unique slant
thatch-roofs, the Nishi and the enterprising Apa Tani tribes of
Ziro. End in Calcutta, the grand old city of the British Raj.
15-Day ORISSA: A Cultural Tapestry
Bhubaneshwar * Pipli * Taptapani * Jeypore * Gopalpur on-sea
* Puri * Calcutta
Journey to vibrant Orissa with its ‘living’ temples, untouched tribal
villages, rich diverse art forms and pristine shoreline! Marvel at the
ancient rock-cut, ornate sandstone temples in Bhubaneshwar. Visit
Jaganath Temple at Puri and the Sun Temple at Konarak, with its
exquisitely preserved sculpture and astonishing erotica.
25 percent of Orissa's population is adivasi (tribal);
they are thought to have descended from pre-Aryan aboriginal
inhabitants and still practice their unique traditions and languages.
Visit the nomadic Langia Soura tribes and drive to Taptapani, a spa
village nestled in the Ghats. Go to Jeypore to meet the Kutia and
Dongria Kondh, Koya and Bonda (naked) tribes who dress in
colorful beads, heavy silver jewelry and little else. Amble in the
weekly market and join the village festivities amongst these tribes
dressed in all their finery. Relax at Gopalpur-on-sea's long pristine
beach and end in colonial yet traditional Calcutta.
16-Day HIMALAYAN FOOTHILLS: KULLU & KANGRA
Delhi * Rishikesh * Shimla * Manali * Dharamshala * Dalhousie
I you wish to get away from it all, have us arrange a spiritually
rejuvenating journey to the intensely beautiful valleys of Kullu and
Kangra in Himachal Pradesh located between Punjab and Tibet. Walk
amongst the surrounding hills and alpine meadows in undisturbed bliss.
Visit nomadic Gaddis and quaint villages.
This region offers magnificent scenery with snow-covered mountain ranges
stretching majestically for hundreds of miles. The Kangra Valley with
its varied cultures, fragile ecosystems, thick pine forests and snow-fed,
crystal-clear streams is flanked in the north by the perpetually
snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain range. This region abounds in ancient
temples and monasteries and is where the famous Kangra School of
miniature painting was born.
Journey to Rishikesh with its peaceful ashrams and go up the mountains to
Shimla, the lovely summer capital of the British. In September celebrate
the famous weeklong Dussehra Festival where about 200 statues of devtas
(Hindu Gods) are brought from the surrounding villages in carved wooden
chariots clad in bright silks under lavishly embroidered parasols.
Rejoice in the festivities and mingle with snake charmers, astrologers,
sadhus (holy men), and gaily dressed Himachali dancers. Drive past
lush tea gardens to Mcleodganj, a small sleepy Tibetan town in the
Kangra valley where the Dalai Lama now lives in exile. Visit the
pine-covered slopes of Dalhousie reminiscent of the Raj. Admire the
glittering dome of the golden temple that rises above the teeming
streets of Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs.
19-Day BEST OF NORTH AND SOUTH INDIA
Delhi * Samode * Jaipur * Agra * Khajuraho * Varanasi * Chennai
* Madurai * Lake Periyar * Kumarakom * Cochin * Goa
Revel in the timeless beauty and cultures of both north
and south India. Sample exotic cuisine, visit palaces,
schools, and a home kitchen to learn authentic cooking.
View the amazing accurate stone observatory and the
often photographed palace of winds in Jaipur. Ride
elephants, view the magnificent Taj Mahal, and the
temples at Khajuraho, built in a burst of creativity in
just 100 years! Enjoy a boat ride on the sacred Ganges
River and a luxury rice barge cruise in Kerala. Relax
and enjoy south India's lush gardens, palm fringed
white sandy beaches, exquisite temple art, spice
plantations, lakes and wildlife. Cruise along Kerala's
backwaters on your luxury houseboat. Visit Cochin's
active Jewish Quarter and enjoy classical dance and
Religious festivals celebrated according to the lunar calendar
3-Day YOGYAKARTA & BOROBUDUR
The beautiful 9th century Prambanam contains over 200 temples and represents the Hindu
cosmos. Borobudur, built between 750 and850 AD is the largest multi-level Buddhist complex
comparable to Angkor and Bagan. Hike in teh countryside and view an active crater
and a scenic lake. Learn about the art of leather puppet making, batik and
silver works and walk along Maliaboro's night market.
23-Day ULTIMATE BORNEO (Malaysia, Indonesia)
Central Kalimantan * Kuching * Batang Ai * Mulu * Sukau *
Sellingan * Kota Kinabalu
This nature lovers tour offers an eclectic mix of European history,
river journeys, rainforests hikes, orangutans being reintroduced
into the wild and national parks that cover over a million acres
and host the world's most diverse flora and fauna. In the riverside
city of Kuching visit museums housed in buildings dating back to
the White Rajahs, Chinese temples and shopping arcades filled with
tribal art and antiques. In rural Sarawak enjoy nature walks to
view pepper gardens, cocoa and rubber plantations and meet the
tattooed Iban clan in their longhouse. Hike to the mangrove forest
for bird watching and explore the world's largest cave complex at
Mulu. View Sukau's jungles, orangutans, bird life and see the
turtles laying eggs.
15-Day DAYAK TRIBES & HOUSEBOAT ADVENTURE IN KALIMANTAN
Journey down the Mahakam River in a houseboat to meet the Benuaq &
Kenyah Dayak Tribes of East Kalimantan. Experience untainted tribal
culture few other westerners have seen. Travel side by side with the
locals in boats and canoes and visit floating markets and remote tribal
villages. Pass through a diversity of terrain, cross a huge lake and
cruise through lush green everglade-type wetlands.View a plethora of
wildlife such as hornbills, proboscis monkeys and maybe even the
elusive freshwater pink dolphins.
Stay in a traditional longhouse in the Dayak villages where the local
practice traditional healing method, hold elaborate funeral processions
and conduct ritualistic ceremonies. Enjoy a ceremonial dance staged by
the entire village and meet some of the "long eared" tribal people.
Traveling these remote areas gives you a true sense of the history
and understanding of its indigenous people. Even though a lot has changed
with the advent of technology and modern commerce, you can still observe
a very proud culture that still practices a lifestyle little changed for
6-Day IRIAN JAYA (PAPUA) Except Mon, Tue
Jayapura * Wamena * Baliem Valley * Jayapura
Travel through thick jungles and meet indigenous tribes. Visit
the lush Baliem Valley. Hike to Dani villages & caves and
markets of Jayapura.
4-Day ORANGUTAN & PROBOSCIS MONKEYS
Bali * Semarang * Sekonyer River * Bali
Travel by riverboat and hike through tropical rainforest to
observe orangutans being reintroduced into the wild. Stay in a forest lodge
and enjoy the antics of a group of long tail macaques and photograph the golden proboscis monkeys.
7-Day FLORES & SUMBA Thu
Bale * Maumere * Waikabubak *
Waingapu * Bali
Explore Kelimutu Volcano with its mountain lakes that continuously change
their colors. Visit remote villages to see exquisite ikat weavings,
animistic religion and megalithic cultures. View old stone graves in the shape
of buffalo horns that symbolize the social status or wealth.
6-Day ACTIVE BALI
Swim, snorkel, practice yoga and hike on the pristine beaches
of northern Bali. Visit weaving villages, museums and a frescoed
courthouse. Take an invigorating temple hike, and enjoy great
dining and shopping in Ubud.
22-Day IRIAN JAYA: A JOURNEY INTO THE STONE AGE
Highland villages * Southern & Central Baliem Valley
Irian Jaya (West Papua) is a last frontier for travel amongst Stone
Age cultures, many of who have experienced little contact with the
outside world. Special charters will take you into the land of the
Yali tribes, a highland civilization. In these mountains you traverse
along reasonably good but steep trails to remote villages. Meet men
who still wear rattan hoops and penis gourds and women in grass/tuber
skirts. Visit the isolated Kombai clan in the lowlands - little has
changed and they remain people on the edge of the Stone Age.
23-Day ULTIMATE IRAN
Ancient Cities, National Park & Desert Culture
From the mountains, rainforests, lush steppes and rich flora and
fauna of the national park to the shimmering desert sands, from
picturesque towns to excellent museums and trendy galleries of Tehran,
Iran has it all. Pass by camel herds and stay close to the Great Salt
Desert. Explore villages that date back thousands of years, visit
Shiraz's splendid monuments, lofty minarets, and the turquoise cupolas
in Isfahan to the Tomb of Daniel - a pilgrimage site. Buy Persian
carpets and tribal rugs, inlaid silver and antiques and sip tea under a
4000-year old Cypress tree!
9-Day GLIMPSE OF PERSIA (Iran)
Tehran * Shiraz * Isfahan * Kashan * Tehran
Visit the most popular cities of Iran to experience
first hand the vivid contrasts of an ancient culture
along with modern influences. Explore incredible bazaars
and regal squares that sit side by side with modern art
galleries, trendy boutiques and fine restaurants. Visit
world class museums and evocative ruins of this fascinating
14-Day PERSIA (Iran): THE LAND OF ANTIQUITY
Tehran * Kerman * Yazd * Shiraz * Persepolis * Isfahan * Kashan * Tehran
Be transported to a land of mosques and minarets, art, antiquity,
history and poetry to experience the culture, cuisine and intense
beauty of Iran. Visit the carpet and calligraphy museums in Tehran.
View mirrored shrines, bazaars, ancient monuments, stunning artwork,
beautiful gardens and old cities as you travel through Iran. Admire
Isfahan's architectural masterpieces and stop at oasis towns to savor
the beauty and learn about its ancient civilization.
A variety of festivals celebrated – Gion (Jul), Takayama
(Oct & Apr), Snow Festival (Feb)
5-Day COUNTRY HOME STAY NEAR KYOTO
Few westerners are privy to staying in an elegant traditional
country home to experience the essence of Japanese hospitality. Your
host will take you around Kyoto, one of the few cities that survived
the bombings. Enjoy a private home concert and a Shiatsu massage.
Learn to wear a kimono, cook Japanese food and particpate in a tea
5-Day EXCLUSIVE HOT SPRING GET-AWAY
Leave the hustle and bustle of Tokyo to enjoy one of Japan's
exclusive hot spring resorts. Relax in a gorgeous ryokan (Japanese inn)
amidst scenic mountains. Have a delicious Kaiseki dinner and rejuvenate
in a therapeutic bath in the privacy of your own room. Enjoy a boat ride,
hike and view Mt. Fuji up close.
5-Day FISHERMAN'S VILLAGE & WORLD HERITAGE SITES
Relax and enjoy the beauty of Japan's seaside at a local fisherman's
house in a small seaside village. You are amongst the lucky few to
stay in a real home, learn healthy Japanese cooking and share dinner
with the local people to experience authentic Japan! Luxuriate in an
outdoor bath overlooking the sea. Observe children practicing the 8th
century Kagura Dance. It is performed to give thanks for a good
harvest and as a purification ritual. A special treat is a visit the
quilt museum to see quilts made from antique kimonos. See gorgeous
pottery at an authentic pottery workshop - known among artists the
14-Day AUTHENTIC JAPAN: Festivals & Country Home Stay
Osaka * Kyoto * Kameoka * Kanazawa * Takayama * Himeji * Osaka
Stay in an ancestral country home and experience Japanese
living first hand! Your host will take you along the back streets of
Kyoto to buy wood-block prints and antique kimonos where the locals
shop! Explore Kyoto's temples, palaces, shrine markets and the geisha
district. Have lunch at a Zen garden, visit a cloisonne museum. Relax
in a local hot spring, meet artists and take the bullet train to charming
Takayama, tucked in the Japanese Alps where you can hike or bike to craft
markets. View Himeji Castle - perhaps Japan's most beautiful surviving
10-Day TASTE OF KOREA
Seoul * Gyeongju * Mt. Sorak * Seoul
Admire superb gardens & palaces in Seoul. Visit the ancient
temples & fortresses at Kyongju. Venture into lush green
valleys and granite peaks of Mt. Sorak National Park. Tour the
DMZ – a legacy of the conflict between North and South.
13-Day SOUTH & NORTH KOREA
Seoul * Gyeongju * Andong * Mt. Sorak * North Korea * Seoul
Tour Seoul, South Korea's center for business, education, and
modern culture. Visit the open air museum at Gyeongju with its
Ginseng Chicken and rejuvenating body scrub. Andong Village has
preserved its 16th century architecture and people live in the
original houses. Visit the mask museum and depending on when you
visit, celebrate a local festival. Explore Mt. Sorak's craggy
mountains, and numerous trails. Cross the border in to North
Korea and view stunning Diamond Mountain. With 12,000 mountain
peaks, valleys, waterfalls, and ponds, it is truly a phenomenal
vision of nature.
Boat races (Oct), That Luang Pagoda festival (Nov)
6-Day CLASSIC LAOS & PREHISTORIC PLAIN OF JARS
View the classical highlights of Vientiane and Luang Prabang and
fly to one of the most intriguing sights in Laos - The mysterious
Plain of Jars with fields of prehistoric stone urns of unknown origins.
5-Day TRANQUIL LAOS BY SLOW BOAT Mon, Thu, Fri, Sun Oct
Huay Xai * Pakbeng * Luang Prabang
Cruise along the Mekong from the Golden Triangle to the Pak Ou
Caves! View the temples, museum and Mt. Phousi in Luang Prabang and
enjoy countryside walks and a swim beneath a multi-tiered waterfall
that tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools.
5-Day RAFTING & KAYAKING IN LAOS Sun Sep - May
Luang Prabang * local villages * Luang Prabang
Since 2005, Laos has promoted cultural and environmental protection.
This fairly challenging trip explores a unique biodiversity
conservation area. Paddle to traditional Khammu and Lanten villages
to experience rural life, view wildlife and jungle flora. Enjoy
thrilling rapids and kayaking, at the same time contributing to
wildlife and forest preservation and helping to boost the local
12-Day BEST OF LAOS Sun, Wed, Fri Sep – May
Pak Beng * Luang Prabang * Pakse * Champasak * Vientiane
Feel like an explorer on a cruise down the Mekong past small
villages to the ancient meditation caves at Pak Ou. Walk along the shop
houses, buy exquisite hand woven silks and photograph monks in the
misty morning in this lovely mountain town. View the beautiful temples
with sweeping roofs and delicate tile work. Travel south and cruise
Lao style to view stunning 4000 island area and evocative 11th century
Khmer ruins at Champasak. Explore Vientiane's ancient temples,
revolutionary museum and the famous morning market.
Boat races, lantern, art & tribal festivals celebrated year
4-Day TAMAN NEGARA JUNGLE SAFARI
Kuala Lumpur * Taman Negara * Kuala Lumpur
Enjoy nighttime hikes in the 130 million year old tropical
rainforest. Look out for nocturnal insects such as the fireflies
amidst the chorus of the rainforest. Walk along the canopy walk
built 130 feet above the ground that brings you closer to the
treetops! Learn about these fragile eco-systems, shoot rapids,
explore caves, and swim in refreshing pools.
4-Day MULU CAVES & HIKING
Kuching • Mulu • Kuching
Explore the largest cave system in the world at Mulu. Hike
through primary forest and view exotic flora & fauna including
pitcher plants, wild orchids and Raffalesia - the largest flower
in the world!
7-Day SARAWAK ADVENTURE
Kuching • tribal longhouse • Batang Ai • Kuching
Explore the riverine town of Kuching. Drive past pepper gardens,
cocoa and rubber plantations. Enjoy nature walks and canoe along
jungle rivers. Visit an Iban clan and view exotic wildlife at
Bako National Park.
23-Day ULTIMATE BORNEO (Malaysia, Indonesia)
Central Kalimantan * Kuching * Batang Ai * Mulu * Sukau * Sellingan * Kota Kinabalu
This nature lovers tour offers an eclectic mix of European history,
river journeys, rainforests hikes, orangutans being reintroduced into
the wild and national parks that cover over a million acres and host
the world's most diverse flora and fauna. In the riverside city of
Kuching visit museums housed in buildings dating back to the White
Rajahs, Chinese temples and shopping arcades filled with tribal art
and antiques. In rural Sarawak enjoy nature walks to view pepper
gardens, cocoa and rubber plantations and meet the tattooed Iban clan
in their longhouse. Hike to the mangrove forest for bird watching and
explore the world's largest cave complex at Mulu. View Sukau's jungles,
orangutans, bird life and see the turtles laying eggs.
MONGOLIA & RUSSIA
New Year (Mar), Eagle (Oct) & Naadam Horse Festival (Jul)
8-Day CLASSIC MONGOLIA mid May – mid Sep
Ulaan Baatar * Terelj National Park * Bayangobi
* Ulaan Baatar
Visit Ulaan Baatar's excellent museums, active temples
and Buddhist monasteries, meet the pastoral nomads and
stay in a comfortable ger (tent) camp to experience
the diverse wilderness, mountain and desert regions of remote
5-Day LAKE KHOVSGOL Sun, Tue mid May – mid Sep
Enjoy the small town feel of Ulaan Baatar. Then fly to spectacular
Lake Khovsgol, home to abundant wildlife. Mongols of the Khalkh,
Buryat, and Darkhat ethnic groups live here during certain seasons;
the Tsaatan reindeer herders live in the mountainous taiga and
forest steppe to the northwest.
10-Day MONGOLIA TO SIBERIA Wed, Sat mid May –
Ulaan Baatar * Ulan Ude * Irkutsk * Lake Baikal
* Ulaan Baatar
Explore Ulaan Baatar before crossing into Siberia. Visit homes
in a traditional Buryat village and enjoy boat rides on Lake
Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest lake. Stay in a
traditional Siberian lodge. Tour the museums and churches in
Irkutsk. Optional extension on the deluxe Trans-Siberian Train
to Moscow and St. Petersburg can be arranged.
18-Day BEST OF MONGOLIA WITH NAADAM HORSE FESTIVAL
Ulaan Baatar * Olgi * Gobi Desert * Karakoram
* Ulaan Baatar
Celebrate the Naadam Festival in July where thousands gather for
archery, wrestling, horse racing competitions and people
watching - a photographer's dream trip! Meet the nomads and eagle
hunters in the seldom visited West Altai Mountains. View towering
sand dunes, dinosaur fossils and the flaming cliffs in the Gobi
Desert. See the famous Przewalski horses and stay in a ger (tent)
camp. Enjoy remote scenery and Mongolian hospitality in this spectacular,
untamed wilderness area. View exquisite art and
antiquity, meet the tribes, and listen to their unique singing.
Buddhist & Hindu religious festivals celebrated year round
13-Day ACTIVE NEPAL & TIBET Tue, Sat Mar –
May, Oct – Nov
Lhasa * Kathmandu * Pokhara * Chitwan National Park * Kathmandu
Explore Lhasa's 1000-room Potala Palace with its sophisticated design, the
holiest temple surrounded by a pilgrim's path and stupendous monasteries.
Take a breathtaking flight over the Himalaya to medieval Kathmandu sprinkled with
ancient temples, exquisite wood carvings, cobbled streets and colorful bazaars. Enjoy
village hikes in scenic Pokhara, elephant rides and a jungle safari to view
abundant wildlife including the tiger!
5-Day KATHMANDU, BHAKTAPUR & NAGARKOT
Tour the highlights of ever-popular Kathmandu. Enjoy a walking tour
of the old town, photograph ancient cities, temples and a royal bath.
Visit an open-air museum and drive past rice terraces and pretty mustard
fields to see a stunning sunrise over the Himalaya. Enjoy village walks
and a Nepali home visit.
7-Day KATHMANDU, WILDLIFE SAFARI & EVEREST FLIGHT
mid Sep – mid Jun
Revel in the art, architecture, temples and old towns in
Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Stay in a jungle lodge and enjoy a wildlife
safari by elephant, jeeps and dugout canoes. Get close to the
"top of the world" on an extraordinary flight around Mt. Everest.
10-Day NEPAL FAMILY ADVENTURE Mar - May, Oct
Kathmandu * Pokhara villages * Chitwan National
Park * Kathmandu
Explore Bhaktapur and medieval Kathmandu’s temple art
& architecture, bazaars and old town. Learn about Nepali
culture in a private home. Hike around Pokhara’s colorful
ethnic villages, visit local schools and view the magnificent
Himalaya. Raft to Chitwan for elephant safaris, jungle hikes,
canoe rides and bird watching.
15-Day FACE TO FACE WITH EVEREST call to
arrange your private journey!
Kathmandu * Lukla * Namche * Tengboche * Kathmandu
The Everest region surrounded by the tallest mountains in the world
offers some of the world's best trekking! Experience the Sherpa culture
and stunning views of the high Himalaya on this challenging high altitude
trek. Begin with a gradual ascent then in earnest till you arrive at the
base camp full of traders and trekkers. Visit a tranquil monastery and
hike to a typical village. Culminate at Tengboche (13,700 ft) with
awe-inspiring views of eight 20,000 plus foot peaks, including Everest!
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
A variety of harvest & tribal festivals celebrated –
Goroko (Sep), Mt. Hagen Sing Sing (Aug)
10-Day PAPUA NEW GUINEA ADVENTURE Bi-monthly Apr –
Jun & Sep - Oct
Port Moresby * Mt. Hagen * Sepik region *
Tari * Port Moresby
Explore the mystical Sepik Region - one
of the world's largest waterways! Visit villages and observe the almost
intact tribal culture, customs, animistic beliefs, art, magic and
sorcery of these flamboyant tribes who are skilled carvers and weavers.
See exotic bird life, high valleys and towering limestone peaks. Tour the
great Tari Basin and the surrounding mountains, home to the Huli wigmen
Spectacular elephant festival celebrated
5-Day ANCIENT CAPITALS OF SRI LANKA
Colombo * Kandy * Polonnaruwa * Sigiriya * Anuradhapura * Colombo
The ancient capitals of Sri Lanka have a history that goes back 2500
years. Before Colombo became the capital, Kandy was the last stronghold
of the Sinhala Kings. Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka?s first capital had a
flourishing civilization and its evocative ruins were discovered in the
early 19th century. Polonnaruwa, rose to fame after the decline of
Anuradhapura whose period of greatness lasted from the 10th-12th
centuries AD. The monuments of this medieval city are relatively well
preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka's past.
12-Day SRI LANKA EXPLORER
Colombo * Sigiriya * Kandy * Pinnawela * Nuwara Eliya * Yala * Galle *
Sri Lanka is ranked amongst the world's most beautiful countries,
with its exquisite monuments, stunning coastline, quaint fishing
villages, 5th century rock fortresses, green scrub jungle, idyllic
tea estates with English charm and cooler climate, Dutch style port
cities, and eclectic boutique hotels! This in-depth tour has it all.
Visit the ancient capitals, an elephant orphanage, Kandy's plethora
of historical buildings and monuments and Colombo's gem market. Walk
in the lush tropical rainforest, meet craftsmen making coir and jute
products; view the 150 Buddha images and murals at Dumbulla Caves
and the 2000 year old Bodi Tree!
7-Day WONDERS OF SRI LANKA
Colombo * Galle * Kandy * Polonnaruwa * Colombo
For those with limited time enjoy this shorter version that
includes the must see sights of Sri Lanka.
Elephant, boat, flower, religious & art festivals celebrated
8-Day THAILAND EPIC
Bangkok * Phimai * Ban Chiang * Sukothai * Chiang Mai * Chiang Rai
Travel from lively Bangkok with its grand art and architecture and
world class cuisine to the exquisite pre-Angkor Khmer temples, silk
weaving villages and prehistoric pottery village. View amazing
Buddhist art in Sukothai and continue to the mysterious Golden
Triangle where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet. View spectacular
mountain top temples, hike in hill tribe villages; enjoy an elephant
safari, the rainforest ecology and a long tail boat ride along the Kok
5-Day LONG NECK TRIBES IN MAE HONG SON
Chiang Mai * Mae Hong Son * Chiang Mai
Meet the interesting long neck tribes who wear numerous brass rings
around their elongated necks and on their legs and live near the
Burma border. Ride an elephant in the scenic jungles and a bamboo
boat ride. Visit a nearby village to see some weaving and enjoy the
scenery and slow pace of this area only a flight away from bustling
Chiang Mai where you will tour the classic highlights.
6-Day ULTIMATE NORTHERN ADVENTURE
Chiang Mai * Lamphun * National Park * Chiang
Visit the living wats (temples) and the local hill-tribes of
Chiang Mai and enchanting Lamphun with its ancient sites and relics,
forests and mountains and delightful lakes. Spend an active day hiking
or biking in a scenic national park with its mountains and waterfalls
and end in the famed Golden Triagle where you can enjoy elephant
safaris and walks in teh scenic countryside.
4-Day THAI COOKING IN CHIANG MAI
Learn Thai cooking the right way in a chef's tropical villa with
helpers to assist you. Visit the market to select the fresh
ingredients then prepare a gourmet lunch that you will taste and
critique later. You will also have time to explore the highlights
of Chiang Mai with its temples, moat, night market, 2 hour long
healing massages and celadon, silk, paper and bronze artifacts.
5-Day KHAO SOK RAIN FOREST Nov - Aug
Wake up to the sound of nature and birds calling in the
jungle around you. View lush tropical vegetation and wildlife as you
canoe through mangrove forests and pristine eco-systems. Drift along
a river passing limestone mountains and cliffs covered with exotic
flora. Get a fantastic bird's eye view of the park on an elephant trek.
Extend your stay to luxuriate at a fabulous beach resort.
4-Day BANGKOK TO AYUTHAYA BY RICE BARGE Sat
Cruise on a deluxe teak rice barge to the ancient capital
of Ayuthaya, known for its stunning ruins. See life on the river
and explore local villages. Bike or walk in the countryside. Visit
pottery and handicraft villages, homes, orphanages and schools.
5-Day TROPICAL ISLAND CRUISE & KO PHI PHI Tue
Cruise aboard a luxury schooner through the blue waters and
karst limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay to remote Ko Phi Phi. Sun
yourself on stunning beaches and snorkel amidst coral reefs.
A variety of festivals celebrated – Losar (Mar/Feb), Saga
Dawa (May/Jun), Litang (Aug)
6-Day LEGENDARY LHASA
Visit timeless Lhasa, its stupendous monasteries and the 1,000-room
Potala Palace. View the impressive roof terraces housing the Dalai
Lama's residences and the prolific religious art. The summer palace
of the Dalai Lama is a large complex of small palaces and chapels
within a walled garden. Visit the Tibetan Herbal Medicine Hospital
and the holiest temple and surrounding bazaar with prostrating
pilgrims, prayer wheels, turquoise and corals.
8-Day CLASSIC TIBET
Lhasa * Tsedang * Gyantse * Shigatse *
Arrive in Lhasa on a trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu, or from
Chengdu via a a scenic train ride. Follow the turquoise blue Yamdrok
Lake to Gyantse with its stunning chorten and distinct Tibetan
character. View living monasteries, yak herders and teh dramatic
mountain scenery of the Tibetan plateau. Tour the highlights of
Lhasa - on every adventurer's wish list!
8-Day REMOTE LHASA, DRIGUNG & NAMSTO LAKE
Your journey begins in Lhasa where you will explore the sacred
Jokhang Temple with its astounding display of chanting and
prostrating pilgrims circumambulating the temple from morning to
night. Drive through a remote, seldom visited part of Tibet with
its beautiful scenery and ancient monasteries. Visit Drigung
Monastery, founded in 1179, with a tradition emphasizing tantric
meditation and Phowa practices. View the stunning Namtso Lake
(15,000ft.) set in a harsh but starkly beautiful landscape. During
the summer months this area is filled with nomadic herders and
their yaks and tents. Visit one of the earliest and largest Buddhist
monastery in Tibet before returning to Lhasa.
11-Day TIBET & EVEREST BASE CAMP Apr – Jun, Oct
Lhasa * Gyantse * Shigatse
* Tingri * Everest Base Camp * Zhangmu *
Begin in the ancient Tibetan capital of Lhasa and explore
the great monasteries, temples and palaces along this route to
Everst Base Camp. View the world's highest mountain and continue
to medieval Kathmandu over high-mountain passes. Visit temples,
bazaars, artisan towns and a Nepali home.
13-Day ACTIVE NEPAL & TIBET Wed, Sat Mar –
May, Oct – Nov
Lhasa • Kathmandu • Pokhara villages • Chitwan
National Park • Kathmandu
Explore Lhasa's 1000-room Potala Palace with its sophisticated
design, the holiest temple surrounded by a pilgrim's path and
stupendous monasteries. Take a breathtaking flight over the Himalaya
to medieval Kathmandu sprinkled with ancient temples, exquisite wood
carvings and cobbled streets and colorful bazaars. Enjoy village
hikes in scenic Pokhara, elephant rides and jungle safari to view
abundant wildlife including the tiger!
MT. KAILASH YATRA with Saga Dawa Festival – call for
9-Day VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS
Saigon * Danang * Hoi An * Hue * Hanoi * Ha Long Bay * Hanoi
Visit Saigon's Chinatown, the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai
Temple. Travel to Danang's Marble Mountain and the artisan town of Hoi
An. Enjoy a Perfume River cruise, imperial Hue and Hanoi's craft
quarter, water puppets, and cruise Ha Long Bay. This tour combines well
with Laos and Angkor packages.
8-Day WAR HISTORY SITES
Hanoi * Hue * DMZ * Danang * Saigon
Begin your adventure in Hanoi, a cultural center that still
retains its French colonial ambiance, despite its war torn history.
Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and DMZ outside of Danang and
journey to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Visit the War Remnants Museum,
take in the cultural highlights and learn about the Vietnamese’
perspective of the war.
6-Day SAIGON, MEKONG DELTA & PHNOM PENH Daily
Enjoy Saigon's exotic colonial ambiance, trendy café's, great food,
excellent shopping, temples, and markets before heading out to the
watery world of the Mekong Delta. Experience Vietnamese rural life
as you pass emerald rice paddies and colorful floating markets. Take
a lovely boat along the river to experience daily living on this
magnificent waterway. Photograph the rows of stand-up boats, quaint
villages, canals and coconut groves and arrive in Historic Phnom Penh
to explore the Palace, museum, market and the Genocide Museum and
4-Day TRIBES & MARKETS BY TRAIN Fri
Travel by train from Hanoi to remote mountain villages and hidden
markets. Hike to picturesque villages and meet tribes wearing
their varied costumes and ethnic jewelry. See tribal art, religious
paintings and textiles.
2-Day HA LONG BAY WITH COOKING
Set sail on a lovely wooden boat through breathtaking Ha Long Bay
and its countless limestone islands and caves. Go swimming on a quiet
beach or sunbathe on deck. Learn innovative French / Vietnamese cooking
and enjoy delicious meals on board. Kayak, go fishing or take a bamboo
rowboat to explore the bay at night. Get energized with Tai Chi on deck
as the sun rises over the bay.
3-Day MEKONG DELTA
Saigon * Can Tho * remote markets * Saigon
Experience rural Vietnamese life in the Mekong delta. Travel by car and by
boat to the best floating markets in the delta with rows of stand-up
boats, floating villages, canals and coconut groves.