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VIETNA M 30 CA MBODIA 34 BURM A 36 L AOS 38 INDONESIA 39 M AL AYSIA & BORNEO
CHINA 42 INDIA
NEPAL 56 BHUTAN 57 SRI L ANK A 58 M ALDIVES 60
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A Lifetime of Extraordinary Travel... I’m delighted to share with you the Adventure World global collection for 2015. Our team of destination experts have curated the best in soft adventure experiences from around the world and our travel designers are ready to hand tailor them just for you. It doesn’t matter if your soft adventure is at the ‘softer’ end of the scale, more about enjoying local vino and culinary delights than getting too active. Similarly, if you are about jumping on a bike, clocking up the km’s and getting amongst the locals, that’s great too - our curated trips are suited to a range of adventure ‘appetites’. The Adventure World team are the most passionate travel curators I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Their drive and delight in making our customers dreams come true is evident every day and I’m so pleased to be able to share the fruits of their incredible work with you. As you leaf through the brochure you will see the ‘handpicked’ trips, where our destination experts have created suggested itineraries based on their expert knowledge of the best authentic experiences. We’re particularly pleased this year to launch our Europe selection, and our new South Pacific selection as well as our incredible Asian, African and America’s collections – I know you’ll be spoilt for choice. So please enjoy this collection, I hope it inspires you as much as it does us. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Enjoy!
Fiona Hunt Managing Director Adventure World
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Extraordinary travel adventures
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inter wonderlands, arid deserts, dense rainforests and deep, blue oceans – adventure awaits across the worlds most captivating landscapes. If you have a passion for exploring extraordinary places, Adventure World is the answer. Whatever your adventure style – curious social butterfly or fiercely independent – Adventure World has tailored journeys to not just meet, but exceed your expectations. Whether you know the destination you’d like to enjoy, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to treks and travels with Adventure World. So, what will it be? Discovering the magical Lost City of the Incas in Machu Picchu? Enjoying the peace, tranquillity and natural beauty of Jasper? Or taking a four-wheel drive safari in Chobe National Park, Botswana? Don’t forget to pack your most comfortable shoes, an extra camera battery and your sense of adventure!
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Itâ€™s not enough to have a nice holiday, you want to connect with the people and places you visit; to drive on the gravel roads, tread on the unpaved pathways, clink mugs with the locals, and awaken their spirit in the wilderness. You want to open up your heart and mind to the unfamiliar and unconventional. You hunger for the sort of whimsical, one-of-a-kind experiences that you could regale one day to wide-eyed grandchildren.
At Adventure World we strive to deliver this Bagan, Burma. Visit page 36 to explore Burma.
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“I FELT LIKE I CONQUERED THE WORLD” My bags packed, my training done, I set off for my big adventure. My entire life I’d been fascinated by the orangutans and was finally on my way to see these beautiful animals while trekking through the parks of Borneo. Early one morning, I decided to do it, to climb Mount Kinabalu. I reached the summit just in time for sunrise. I felt like I was on top of the world. That spur of the moment decision gave me an experience that still takes my breath away. – Simon McLachlan
“FLOAT IN THE DEAD SEA – DONE!”
“I DISCOVERED MORE THAN I EXPECTED”
It was on my bucket list, just like everyone else… floating in the Dead Sea. Our guide took us like-minded travellers and in we dived, or slowly waded in backwards as the sign instructed. Legs and arms flailed everywhere until we got our balance and serenely floated on top of the water. For me, a truly amazing experience.
My dream trip to Africa was filled with days out on safari, exploring the savannahs and open plains, viewing the Big Five. This was everything we had expected. Then we stumbled upon a local village and I was introduced to the local villagers. Their smiles and their welcome were warmer than the hot African sun and we were instantly made to feel like family. We went for walks and were shown how they hunt for food. We were invited to share their meal. I discovered there was more to Africa than the wildlife; I found the soul of the continent in its people.
– Michelle Smith
– Sarah Mackenzie
“I NEVER THOUGHT I’D DO IT….BUT I LAUGHED SO MUCH” Everyone knows I’m not usually the adventure type. Nice hotel, time to relax and a glass or two with a great meal are usually all I need. While staying at Lake Louise on my Canadian dream holiday I thought I’d dip my toe in the water and hop in a canoe. How hard could it be? Turned out not that hard really, but thoroughly enjoyable. I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in all my life.
“THEY WERE THE CUTEST THINGS I’D EVER SEEN” A journey to the end of the world sounded like a bit of an adventure. Not many people can brag that they’ve been there. The southern tip of South America, Patagonia, felt like the last wilderness on earth. We felt like we were the only people there, and at times we were…well, aside from some cute wildlife. – Nikki Fulwood
– Lynne Hunter
“IT WAS SO COLOURFUL – IT LIT UP MY SOUL” We just happened to be in the right place at the right time….and it turned out to be the highlight of our trip. The riot of colour and sound drew us in, curious as to what was going on. Stumbling across the Holi Festival made us feel like we were absorbed into the chaos of India, and we couldn’t have been happier. – Jeff Shaw
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What makes us extraordinar y When we travel we like to venture deep into the heart of a local culture and truly experience the lifeblood of a destination – its people. We encourage guests to discover and embrace different ways of life. This might mean meeting or staying with the local people or tribal groups, engaging in local customs, participating in traditional events and festivals, or simply savouring the delicacies of the region.
Uncover the great civilisations Let us transport you to another time and place. From the architectural megastars and ancient ruins to our favourite lesser-known historic gems, you’ll navigate them all with ease. We know the best times to visit the icons and where to find some of history’s most captivating hidden treasures.
Experience the beauty of nature Sometimes we look, but we don’t really see. It’s easy to get so caught up in life that we stop seeing the beauty in the world around us. On an Adventure World itinerary we allow you ample time to soak up the splendour of the natural world so you don’t miss a thing, whether it’s the dramatic fjords of Chile or the musical hum of the African bush. Wildlife and conservation are close to our hearts, so we craft all of our trips so that you are able to experience the wonders of nature responsibly and preserve the delicate surroundings for our animal friends and future generations.
Our Travel Designers We like to think of them as the cupids of the travel world, shooting off their arrows at your dream itinerary with perfect precision. At Adventure World we have teams of Travel Designers dedicated to each region, so while you may have to put up with a bit of excessive enthusiasm at times, rest assured you’ll be getting the best trip recommendations and the most in-depth destination advice. Expect nothing less than your perfect holiday match.
Our ‘Handpicked’ collection If you’re excited about a particular destination but not quite sure how to plan that perfect itinerary, simply select one of our ‘Handpicked’ trips which represent the absolute signature experiences and must see inclusions based on our expert knowledge.
Our Ratings As worldwide accommodation classification standards vary between destinations we have graded properties based on our own rating system. We have taken into account location, authenticity to the destination, ambience, service standards and facilities available.
Standard comfortable property with good dependable services and facilities
Best-in-class property with a complete range of facilities and above average services
Deluxe property with exceptional services and facilities. A truly unique experience
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Uncover the great civilisations
Experience the beauty of nature
Explore the unexplored
Go beyond the tourist faรงade
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Whatâ€™s your travel * style? We know that every one of our travellersâ€™ is unique, so your holiday should be the same. Whether you want to travel with like-minded people or you enjoy having the flexibility to mix and match elements of your holiday, our travel designers can create any journey to suit your trip style. Look for the icons throughout our collection to find the journey that suits your style.
Tatra National Park, Slovakia.
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INDEPENDENT These itineraries offer the flexibility to mix and match options to create your own holiday. They may include transfers, sightseeing, excursions or trip options which may or may not include other travellers.
PRIVATE TRIPS For the ultimate travel experience, we have a selection of personalised journeys which we operate for you and your travelling companions. These can be customised to create your dream holiday.
SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS Small equals intimate allows you the perfect opportunity to travel with like-minded people. Youâ€™ll make new friends on your journey as well as at your destination.
SELF-DRIVE HOLIDAYS For those that travel at their own pace, our self-drive holidays give you the freedom to explore at your leisure. You can drive along the backroads or stop at that quirky looking cafĂŠ; the choice is yours.
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Experience the world with us Family
Culture & Heritage
Walking & Cycling
Festivals & Events
Culture & Heritage Go beyond the tourist faĂ§ade and focus on the lifeblood of any country â€“ its people. Our journeys aim to immerse visitors in the culture and customs of that destination to discover different ways of life.
Festivals & Events There's no better way to gain insight into the heart and soul of another culture than to join in the local traditions and festivities. With fun and authenticity at the core, turn your holiday into a celebration of culture.
Walking & Cycling Our walking & cycling adventures aim to suit all levels of fitness, featuring everything from leisurely walking trips to some of the most challenging and rewarding treks you'll ever undertake.
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Wildlife & Safari Witness first-hand some of the most remarkable wildlife on the planet. From mountain gorillas and polar bears to the legendary African "Big Five", browse through our staggering range of wildlife encounters.
Rest & Relaxation Whether your idea of a relaxing getaway is island-hopping and cocktail-sipping, or recharging with a soothing medley of yoga and pampering in a wellness retreat, we have a trip to suit your travel style.
Culinary Taste your way around the globe with our mouth-watering adventures. With a focus on authentic cuisine, there's a gastronomic journey to suit all foodies, from serious wine buffs to inquisitive tastebuds.
No matter what style of traveller you are we have the ideal experience for you. Whether it is culture and heritage, a wildlife safari, culinary adventure or your next family getaway that you're seeking, our travel experts are committed to tailoring your perfect holiday.
Rest & Relaxation
Wildlife & Safari
Explore some of the world's most extraordinary destinations and pristine coastlines from our exclusive fleet of cruise ships. Experience first-hand some of the most remote and beautiful pockets of the world.
From pure five-star opulence to simple stylish comfort, we tailor-make experiences to stunning destinations all over the world encompassing all levels of luxury.
Winter Whether you long for the thrill of the ski slopes, the mystery of the wilderness, or the serenity of the fire-side Shiraz, come and discover your perfect winter escape.
Photography Our photographic journeys take you to some of the most beautiful or remote pockets of the earth, providing you with rare photographic opportunities to capture the perfect shot.
Travelling by rail is still one of the most romantic ways to take in a country. From Canada to India, travel to some of most picturesque places on earth from the comfort of our luxurious coaches.
Family Create happy memories that you and your family will cherish for a lifetime. From horseback riding on a Texan ranch to a safari in the South African wilderness, these trips are crafted for adventurers of all ages.
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Our leaders on the ground We know that the most memorable experiences aren’t necessarily the ones paraded on the pages of the popular guidebooks. Remember that secluded diving spot in the Galapagos? Or the Sangiovese you sipped in our friend’s vineyard in Tuscany? Or the cheetah cubs you spotted from that private lookout in the Okavango Delta? Our guides are archaeologists, farmers, sommeliers, chefs, photographers, interpreters, writers, mountaineers, divers, and conservationists. They’re also great dining companions, superbly fun to be around, incredibly down to earth, and always keen to swap a travel tale or two. Trust us, you’re in good hands.
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MEE T SOME OF OUR E X TR AORDINARY LE ADERS Tom Rivest
From humble beginnings on the family farm to operating his very own a grizzly bear viewing lodge in British Columbia, Canada, this wildlife guru still prefers to be out in the field, arranging tête-à-têtes with the local grizzlies (most of which he knows by name).
Adi and his family have been sharing the authentic India and illuminating the country’s hidden gems to our guests for more years than they would care to admit! Their hospitable nature and insider knowledge has earned them a slew of awards.
Prashantha De Alwis
Since he was a small child Daniel has been passionate about the ocean. While his love of wildlife led him to become a Fisheries Biologist, he now spends his days navigating the reefs of the Galapagos Islands as a fulltime diving instructor.
Sri L anka
You know karma is on your side if you get Prashantha as your guide. A devoted zoology student, avid bird-watcher, and passionate wildlife conservationist, he loves showing his country to visitors.
Alicia Carolina Rojas Bravo Chile
Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, this modest adventurer began working in the travel industry at just 17 years of age and now swills vino for a living as a fully-qualified sommelier and guide. Based in gritty Valparaíso, she loves educating visitors about the region’s crisp drops.
Mohamed A. Elaal Egypt
This real-life archaeologist and adventurer loves sharing his warm sense of humour, fascinating culture, and encyclopaedic knowledge of all things ‘Egypt’ with visitors to his country. Mohamed has an astounding 30 years of experience in Egyptology.
Daryl Dell’s affinity for wildlife and conservation began on the family farm in the Great Karoo in South Africa’s heartland. Daryl’s tremendous knowledge of the bush is matched only by his enthusiasm for meeting new people from all over the world.
Baba Savute Botswana
It’s no wonder this warm Botswana native speaks of becoming a leader as “something that I was born to do”. As a member of the Bayei tribe, Baba grew up literally surrounded by nature, and now dedicates his life to sharing his mind-boggling knowledge of the land with visitors.
Phonexay Thammavongsa (Mee) SOUTHE AST ASIA
Inspired by her journalist father, Mee was propelled into the travel industry with a profound desire to discover her own country and showcase it to the world. Seeing the awe in travellers’ eyes is the most rewarding part of her job, she says.
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Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Sonia’s social nature and love of travel led her to pursue a career in a the tourism industry. Twenty years later, and this avid photographer and eco warrior is still introducing visitors to all of her favourite botecos (bars) and local hidden gems.
After relocating to Siem Reap in 1991, Sokum became enamoured with the ancient Angkor ruins. During his time working for the UN, his fascination for the temples grew and this soon paved the way for a career as a travel guide, where he is able to share his country’s history and culture with visitors.
Dean, a Melbourne, Australia native, has been walking the Kokoda Track for the last seven years and is still amazed by his jungle backdrop. A true nature lover, Dean is deeply passionate about the environment and the local communities that live along the track.
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Discover your next extraordinary adventure at adventureworld.com Everything you need to get inspired and bring your next extraordinary adventure to life is right at your fingertips with Adventureworld.com. Think of it as a one-stop online resource for all your travel planning and customer service needs. Featuring extended trip itineraries, useful destination information, hot deals, online brochures, travel stories and expert tips from our blog, and much more.
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At Adventure World and parent company The Travel Corporation, we understand that travel matters; it allows us to explore the world and gain a deeper understanding of each destination, its history and culture, through enriching experiences. We also recognise that it is our responsibility to help protect the places we visit and take care of the world around us. Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant and preserved for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide. Adventure World is proud to be an active founder and supporter of TreadRight’s projects and work. TreadRight’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. We encourage each of our partners to use this principle to guide all of their actions, whether at our regional offices or when taking guests around the world. By providing grants to organisations that encourage sustainability in different destinations, we hope to maintain the natural attractions across the world that define each unique region. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ. The foundation has recently launched new project partnerships with WildAid and The Wilderness Foundation. WildAid focuses on reducing the demand for illegal wildlife trade with the strong and simple message: when the buying stops, the killing can too. The organisation has initiatives focused on protecting elephants, rhinos, tigers, sharks and other marine life across the globe. The Wilderness Foundation is a project-driven conservation and leadership organisation that encourages, plans and protects wild lands and wilderness. The organisation is involved with active, sustainable social intervention programs, focusing on four main program areas: conservation, social intervention, experiential education, and advocacy & awareness. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at treadright.org
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AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND EDITION
National Geographic Traveller National Geographic Traveller championed sustainable travel before it became a trend, celebrating journeys that are about place, experience, culture, authenticity, living like the locals, and incredible signature photography. The magazine makes a distinction between tourism and travel, and stresses inquisitive not acquisitive trips. It employs storytelling and you-are-there photography to inspire you to get up and go with the theme of ‘Nobody Knows This World Better’. It eschews fashion and fluff in favour of articles that offer a strong sense of place, inspiring narratives that prompt readers to take trips, while also offering solid service information to help with trip planning. Book a trip with Adventure World and you will automatically receive a complimentary annual subscription to National Geographic Traveller Australia and New Zealand magazine!
National Geographic Live Adventure World has been the proud presenting partner of the National Geographic Live Pacific touring series since its inaugural launch in 2012 across Australia and New Zealand. This robust and widely acclaimed touring speaker’s series presents the world’s top explorers, photographers, filmmakers, scientists, and adventurers who share captivating stories from the frontlines of exploration. Each performance includes awardwinning multimedia and audience interaction. The series offers a lens on our world as only National Geographic can deliver it. Staged in locations across the nation in iconic venues such as the Sydney Opera House and Wellington’s Te Papa Museum thousands have enjoyed the fascinating storytelling that lies behind every iconic National Geographic image.
World Legacy Awards Adventure World is the proud sponsor of the World Legacy Awards, a new initiative of the National Geographic Society. The World Legacy Awards honour the companies, organisations, and destinations that are driving the positive transformation of the tourism industry, showcasing leaders and visionaries in sustainable tourism best practices, and sharing their stories with millions of today’s travellers. The World Legacy Awards align to Adventure Worlds responsible travel philosophy and commitment to sustainable travel and tourism. Scan this page with Layar.
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Bagan, Burma. Visit page 36 to explore Burma.
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“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” - Susan Sontag
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and Get up close h pandas, personal wit China
The stunning landscapes and engaging cultures of Asia are waiting to be explored. One of the world’s most exciting travel regions, South East Asia is an area of contrasts, offering both a wealth of similarities and extreme differences. Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos were once part of French Indochina and comprise diverse and fascinating landscapes, history and culture. Marvel at thriving cities, awe-inspiring temples and friendly people. Mother nature has supplied Borneo with a profusion of flora and fauna. It has bought together diverse heritage, tradition and culture where natural wonders abound with eco treasures from the high mountains to the deep oceans. China is an epic adventure. From dynamic Shanghai to the magical Yunnan province, the sheer diversity of China takes you from noisy cities buzzing with energy to isolated mountaintop Ming Dynasty villages where you can hear a pin drop.
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WHEN TO GO south east asia
South East Asia is hot and humid but there is always somewhere open for travel when other areas may be quieter due to the annual monsoon. Most countries enjoy a ‘cool’ season from roughly December to February, which is the peak time for tourist, and a ‘hot’ season from March to May.
Travel to China is possible all year round, as long as you’re prepared for what the seasons can throw at you. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to early November) can be the best time to be on the road.
Malaysia and Borneo Malaysia and Borneo have short wet seasons but are not a deterrent to travel. Indonesia gets two monsoons. The best time to visit is from May to September. The rains start in September in Sumatra and head east, arriving in East Timor around November or December.
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dur, the Visit Borobu hist temple d d u B t es g r la , Indonesia in the world
See the life-size Terracotta Warriors of Xian, China
CHINA SOUTH KOREA
Discover the amazing sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Mandalay Bagan Luang Prabang
THAILAND Siem Reap Battambang
anite peaks Climb the gr balu, Borneo of Mt Kina
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Flores Komodo Islands
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Asia & India with the experts Jocsan Depaz Adv e n t u re W orld As i a & I n d i a P rod u c t M a n ag er
“Covering a rich diversity of landscapes, cultures and historical narrative, this vibrant region provides a magnitude of sensory experiences. In Asia and India it’s the everyday details that provide the most unforgettable memories; a rainbow of vibrant prints in the markets, or the scent of aromatic spices frying on the street stalls all add to the experience. When crafting our portfolio I always seek out elements that will be focal highlights of the trip which more often than not involve the local people. In Hanoi we offer the opportunity to take to the bustling streets accompanied by a popular food blogger whilst in Malaysia you can engage with the indigenous tribes of Sarawak and stay in a traditional longhouse. I am a big wildlife ambassador and at Adventure World we focus on responsible travel to areas where conservation efforts are boosted by tourism. India is home to over eighty national parks and many wildlife sanctuaries where you have the unique experience to view the Royal Bengal Tiger and in Borneo you can help save the orang-utans by visiting the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.”
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“Our most memorable events included the first view of the Taj Mahal through the arched gateway, sighting tigers on the game drives in Ranthambore, the rickety rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Varanasi. Not to mention the truly spiritual experience of floating the flower and candle arrangements on the Ganges at dawn.” Stuart Reid, Perth WA
“I am so glad I went to Burma; it reminded me of how Vietnam used to be a long long time ago completely untouched and raw.
Jane Bittman Adv e n t u re W orld Tr av el D es i g n er
“My house is like a shrine to Asia and India as every time I’m away I can’t help but pick up a new piece of silverware, ancient trinket or silk. For me shopping in the bustling Delhi backstreets is the ultimate shopper’s experience with its colonial architecture and sweet cooking scents in the air. Cambodia is a hidden treasure where the exquisite temples of Angkor stand silent and proud. Phnom Penh, the Pearl of Asia, capital of Cambodia is often overlooked by visitors. But the city with its cluster of crumbling French colonials is packed with history such as the Royal Palace, a stone showpiece of classical Khmer architecture and the Silver Pagoda on the palace grounds is a jewel encrusted wonder. In China I am always amazed at the truly spectacular achievements; from the ancient structures of Beijing to the incredible craft of the terracotta warriors in Xian and the contrasting boom-city of Shanghai. Sri Lanka has become a popular destination with our Adventure World travellers. Few places can offer such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. I always recommend that visitors to Sri Lanka extend their stay in the Maldives and explore the magnificent coral reefs.”
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The trip was flawless!” M aureen Montgomery, Noosa QLD
“Taking the Lhasa to Beijing train was the perfect way to end our Tibet adventure, the scenery was so stark but yet amazing.” Anthony Bellows , Auckl and NZ
“Loved cycling in Hoi An and seeing the locals and water buffalo in the fields. The cookery class was hilarious and memorable for all the right reasons.” Haley Coulson , Melbourne VIC
| 15 Days / 14 Nights from $4,844* PRIVATE
Let the magic of Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia enchant you on this amazing journey. This trip has it all; from visits to spectacular temples and historical landmarks to discovering the local traditions and hidden charms of the small villages. Experience the region’s culture, bustling city centres, and stunning natural surroundings and meet the warm and friendly people.
Includes 14 nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, English speaking local guides, activities and boat trips as per itinerary, transportation with driver by private air-conditioned vehicles, flights as per itinerary and entrance fees Day 1 Bangkok On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 2 Bangkok - Luang Prabang Upon arrival into the spiritual capital of Laos visit Mount Phousi and climb the steps to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside. Return to your hotel via the evening hill tribe markets. Day 3 Luang Prabang - Nam Ou River and Pak Ou Caves - Luang Prabang This morning enjoy a boat trip on Nam Ou River. Visit Pak Ou Caves and cross the Mekong River to see local villages. After lunch visit the Nam Ou Elephant Farm. Day 4 Luang Prabang - Vientiane For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch monks collecting alms. As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk down the streets collecting offerings from locals. It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Laos people. Return to your hotel before your e-bike trip of Luang Prabang. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Vientiane.
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DISCOVER • Magnificent Angkor Wat at sunset • Luang Prabang on an e-bike discovery trip
Day 5 Vientiane - Hanoi Start your day with visits to local temples before learning about COPE, an association working to help landmine victims. This afternoon visit Buddha Park. Stop and take photos of the Friendship Bridge which was built by the Australian government in 1994 and links Laos and Thailand. This evening board your flight to Hanoi.
• Walk the backstreets and narrow alleyways of Hanoi
Day 6 Hanoi Enjoy a sightseeing excursion of Hanoi.
Day 7 Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An Fly to Danang before continuing to Hoi An. Walk around the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and the colorful market.
• Buddhist and Hindu temples throughout Laos and Cambodia
Day 8 Hoi An - Hue Leave Hoi An for Hue. Its mesmerising tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors reveal fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects.
• Cai Be Floating Markets
Day 9 Hue This morning take a cyclo through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake and continue on to Thien Mu Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River. In the afternoon see the tomb of the former emperor Minh Mang, Khai Dinh’s Tomb and finish the day at the Mausoleum of Tu Duc.
• Lakeside villages in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos
Day 10 Hue - Saigon Transfer to Hue Airport for the short flight to Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by the locals. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing.
Day 11 Saigon - Mekong Delta - Saigon This morning, leave bustling Saigon for Cai Be. Enjoy a cruise around the floating market. Traders work the river and some have been living on these waters for generations. Produce at the market is hung on a pole in front of boats to attract customers. Return to the boat and cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island.
• Cook traditional Vietnamese dishes with local ingredients • COPE, an association working to help landmine victims • Life in the villages along Tonle Sap Lake Additional CHOICES
Day 13 Siem Reap Start your morning at the South Gate of Angkor Thom. End your day with a visit to the temples of the Small Circuit by local remork. The most illustrious of these is Ta Prohm which is unique as it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ one of the most picturesque of the Angkor temples.
• Enjoy a culinary evening in Vientiane with head chef Chandra • Delve further into Cambodia by adding a trip to Battambang to your journey
Day 14 Siem Reap Travel to the countryside to see the temple of Banteay Srey. End your day at the magnificent Angkor Wat and explore the intricate carvings and passageways of this temple. You will be there during sunset, when Angkor Wat is quieter and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light.
• Cross into Burma to continue your South East Asian adventure
* All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
Day 12 Saigon - Siem Reap Located in suburban Saigon away from the well-trodden tourist path, today is not just a cooking class but a genuine insight into a Vietnamese kitchen. Depart early for a local market with your host, to shop for ingredients. Head back to the house to start cooking, where you’ll eventually devour the results for lunch. Rather than having a set cooking class menu see what tickles your fancy. After lunch fly to Siem Reap.
Day 15 Siem Reap On your last day in Siem Reap, embark on a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport.
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Wicked Eats of the East Kaya jam is South-East Asia’s answer to South America’s decadent dulce de leche. This mouth-wateringly sweet curd is made from caramelised sugar, coconut milk and eggs infused with pandan (a faintly nutty leaf). It’s traditionally served on toast and sometimes dipped into a soft-boiled egg! Vietnam has long enjoyed a love affair with coconut rice wine, a lip-smackingly potent beverage masked in the oily flavour and aroma of coconut. A loud, hearty toast of “Mot! Hai! Ba! Yo!” is essential when imbibing this concoction—Vietnamese for “One! Two! Three! Yo!” When the long wooden boats take to the water to face off in the annual Dragon Boat Festival, the Chinese masses collectively lick their lips in anticipation of
zongzi. These delicious parcels are made from sticky rice, stuffed with various fillings and wrapped in bamboo leaves. Local treat num sang khya l’peou (pumpkin custard) is as delicious as it is impressive. The delightful dessert is made from hollowed-out pumpkin, filled with rich coconut custard and steamed to sticky sweet perfection. There’s a good reason why the northern city of Chiang Mai is often simply referred to as “Chiang Mai noodles”. The city makes a good noodle. Adored by locals, the region’s hearty signature dish khao soi comprises of a bowl of egg noodles and a chicken leg topped with a runny coconut curry, crispy noodles, lime, pickled cabbage and spring onions.
Did you know? • The Chinese eat more kilojoules daily than Americans per kilogram of body weight, but suffer less obesity. • The fortune cookie originated in Japan. • If you leave your chopsticks in the bowl, it symbolises death and is very bad luck. • Vietnamese people consume the largest number of instant noodles in Asia. • South-East Asia’s favourite fruit, the durian, is actually forbidden on public transport and in some hotels in Singapore because of its strong smell.
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Rail travel across China is developing at break-neck speed. It is increasingly easy to travel from one province to another by highspeed rail. Your journey from the Great Wall to Halong Bay will pass through the famous Buddhist caves at Longmen, the rice terraces at Longsheng, the remote and karst countryside of Mingshi, the ethnic groups of northern Vietnam and finally to the world-famous Halong Bay.
| 12 Days / 11 Nights from $4,199* PRIVATE
ASIA China &
Great Wall to Halong Bay Adventure
Includes 11 nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, sightseeing with local English speaking guides, transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise and entrance fees Day 1 Beijing Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Should you arrive in time, you’ll be able to visit the Temple of Heaven. Day 2 Beijing The Forbidden City has regained the vivid colours of its former glory. Today take your time to discover this unforgettable destination. The rest of your day will be dedicated to walks around Beihai Lake and Houhai Lake which is encircled by Hutongs, many of which have now been converted into pedestrian streets with charming restaurants and bars. Day 3 Beijing The Great Wall is one of the most famous symbols of China and an experience not to be missed. The Wall stretches for over 6,000km from ancient Manchuria to the fort at Jiayuguan at the edge of the Gobi Desert. Today you will visit the Mutianyu section of the wall. Depending on time, you may also be able to enjoy a picnic on the Great Wall. Once back in Beijing, visit the Summer Palace.
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DISCOVER • Hutongs, the famous Beijing alleyways home to traditional courtyard style homes
Day 4 Beijing - Luoyang You will be transferred to the station for the high speed train to Luoyang. From here you will be driven to Longmen Grottoes, 13km from Luoyang, and the ancient capital of the Northern Wei Dynasty. The caves are spread over a kilometre on both sides of the Yi River. You will see the Cave of 10,000 Buddhas and the Ancestor Worshipping Cave, known for its 17 metre tall seated Buddha.
• Sunrise over magical Halong Bay • Detian Waterfalls, the largest waterfalls in Asia
Day 5 Luoyang - Zhengzhou - Guilin Transfer to Zhengzhou from where you will take the express train to Guilin. A packed lunch will be given to you before boarding the train. Upon arrival, transfer to the city. This region is best known for its ethnic minorities and unique countryside.
Day 6 Guilin - Longsheng - Guilin Today head to the Longsheng area and Huangluo Yao village. The village is inhabited by people of the Red Yao minority. Yao women are characterised by their long black hair which they don’t have the right to cut until they are 16, at which age it is believed they are ready to find a husband. Enjoy a walk through the village. Note that shows are arranged for visitors, however we advise against attending. Enjoy a walk on the “Dragon’s Backbone”, one of the most beautiful stretches of rice terraces in the country. Today the region looks like a succession of humongous staircases, along which various small villages typical of the Dong, Miao, Yao, and Zhuang minorities sit.
• Beijing’s Forbidden City • Beautiful stretches of rice paddies in rural China • Bustling city of Hanoi
Day 7 Guilin - Nanning - Mingshi Transfer to Guilin train station for a high speed train to Nanning where, upon arrival you will be transferred to Mingshi.
LEARN/DO • Cover vast expanses of China aboard high speed trains • Visit Chinese ethnic groups in their local villages • Discover Longmen Grottoes and the Cave of 10,000 Buddhas Additional choices • A rafting trip at Detian Waterfalls • Dinner and cocktails at Jiali Gallery to meet local artists
Day 9 Mingshi - Friendship Pass - Lang Son - Halong Transfer by car to Youyiguan Scenic Area Parking lot where you will take a shuttle bus to the Chinese border. Upon arrival at the Lang Son Border, your guide will meet you and transfer you to Halong Bay. Arrive in Halong City, check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Day 10 Halong Bay This morning head to the jetty to board your Halong Bay cruise. Halong Bay is one of the wonders of the world and many tales have been woven about its creation. Folk law describes that the bay’s islands and islets were created when dragons spat jewels and jade into the area to protect the people of Vietnam. In the afternoon, enjoy some excursions or activities or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the boat anchors for the night. Day 11 Halong Bay - Hanoi As the sun rises on Halong Bay, breakfast is served as your vessel cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
• Extend your journey with a visit to the National Park at Zhangjiajie, recognised as the inspiration behind the movie ‘Avatar’
* All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
Day 8 Mingshi Today journey to the Detian Waterfalls. These are the biggest waterfalls in Asia and are shared between China and Vietnam. Against a backdrop of the waterfalls, the Karst Mountains rise up on the Vietnamese side. A walk allows you to admire the waterfalls and all of their intricacies.
Day 12 Hanoi After breakfast, see the highlights of Hanoi before heading to the airport for your onward flight.
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Vietnam Set before the magical backdrop of some of the most breathtaking landscapes in South East Asia, Vietnam’s rich and diverse heritage reflects the culture, style and history of the country. The country’s recent French colonial history and colourful traditions sit side by side with a past filled with ancient glory and tragedy. This exotic destination offers magical wonders amidst historic and cultural sites. Each city in Vietnam has its own charm and, with the aromas of its world-famous street food, combines to provide an unforgettable travel experience. Halong Bay Halong Bay is one of the scenic wonders of the world. Here the limestone landscape meets the sea to create one of the most stunning natural wonders on earth. It is truly breathtaking.
Saigon Saigon is the bustling, pulsating economic hub of the south and the modern face of Vietnam. It is a frenzy of activity but beneath this façade lies a city of history, culture and charm.
Mekong Delta Known as the food bowl of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is formed by the various streams and tributaries of the mighty Mekong River that split after a 4,350km journey through six countries.
Sapa & Northern Vietnam Sapa and northern Vietnam are some of the least visited yet most beautiful parts of Vietnam. The area is home to a number of ethnic communities and meeting them is a special experience.
Hoi An The ancient town of Hoi An is a great place to wander around. The cobble stoned streets, historical sites and old merchant buildings will have you stepping back to another time.
Vietnamese Street Food Vietnam is a foodie’s paradise and no trip is complete without trying their street food. Walk to some of Hanoi’s best culinary hotspots with a food blogger and taste the best street eats.
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| 10 Days / 9 Nights from $2,355* PRIVATE
Capture the real essence and spirit of Vietnam on this fascinating ten day journey which highlights the best this country has to offer. Unique guided excursions provide you with an insight into the country’s architecture, history and traditional cultures while also introducing you to the friendly local people, spectacular landscapes, amazing cuisine and presenting you with unforgettable experiences.
Includes nine nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, sightseeing with local English speaking guides, transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles, entrance fees and flights as per itinerary Day 1 Saigon On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 2 Saigon Explore Saigon by vespa, taking a unique look at familiar and not-so-familiar landmarks to reveal the city’s culture, religious practices and fascinating history. Head to Tao Dan Park early to catch the bird lovers club and enjoy a local coffee while your guide explains the history and practice of keeping birds in Saigon. The next stop is the monument of Thich Quang Duc, a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death in 1963 to protest against the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem administration. Enjoy a quick stop at the colourful Ho Thi Ky flower market before riding to a funeral home to learn about Vietnamese funeral ceremonies and customs. Roll through China Town to Nhi Phu temple built by Chinese immigrants from Fukkien Province. Leaving China Town, drive through the tunnel to District Two where you will see downtown Saigon from a different perspective.
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DISCOVER • Vietnamese street food on a walking trip of Saigon • The bustling nightlife of Hanoi • Magnificent Halong Bay
Day 3 Saigon Depart early for the drive to Cu Chi district. Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by the Viet Cong during both the French and American wars. In the evening join a walking trip of Saigon to discover the delicious street food that’s loved by the locals. After a short walk, try your first meal of the evening. “Banh xeo” is a large rice pancake filled with vegetables, shrimps and pork. The second stop is a street food place near Tan Dinh Market where you can enjoy a delicious local soup. After another short walk, it is time for a tasty “com suon non nuong muoi ot”, a local dish with rice and pork ribs. Finally end the evening at a live music café.
• The highlights of Saigon by vespa
Day 4 Saigon - Danang - Hoi An After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. On arrival, drive to Hoi An. In the afternoon, take a walking trip of the ancient town centre.
• Tinh Tam Lake by cyclo
Day 5 Hoi An Enjoy Hoi An at your leisure.
• Ancient citadel in Hue
Day 6 Hoi An - Hue Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Drive through Danang and visit the Cham Museum. Day 7 Hue - Hanoi Start your sightseeing in Hue at the Imperial Citadel. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern. From here take a cyclo through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the emperors used to come to relax. After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument, depart to the tomb of the former emperor Khai Dinh. Following the trip, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Hanoi.
LEARN/DO • Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels • See Saigon from a different perspective • History and practice of keeping birds in Saigon
Additional choices • Enjoy a performance at the Hanoi Opera House
Day 8 Hanoi Enjoy a walking excursion through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. Continue to the Temple of Literature. In 1076 Vietnam’s first university was established within a temple to educate Vietnam’s royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and wellpreserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Visit the small but iconic One Pillar pagoda before heading back to your hotel to freshen up and relax before enjoying a night out in Hanoi. Depart in the early evening for Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake where the Water Puppet Theatre is situated. Following the show stroll through the historic Old Quarter to Green Tangerine, a restaurant set in a lovingly restored 1928 colonial villa offering a menu of rich, delicious French/Vietnamese fare. After your meal you may choose to hit Hanoi’s nightspots or if there is a performance at the Hanoi Opera House, why not see a show?
• Spend a morning amongst the rice fields of Hoi An learning about the cultivation of Asia’s major food staple
Day 9 Hanoi - Halong Bay Following breakfast, drive to Halong Bay. Arrive at the jetty and board your junk. In the afternoon, enjoy some excursions or just spend time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night.
• Extend your journey with a visit to the highlands of Sapa and Northern Vietnam
Day 10 Halong Bay Watch the sun rise over Halong Bay while your vessel cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi or Haiphong Airport where your journey ends.
* All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
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Culinary Delights of Vietnam | 10 Days / 9 Nights from $2,577* PRIVATE
Vietnamese cuisine is regarded as one of the world’s best, and just like the country’s geographical divisions, the food can also be separated into South, Central, and Northern style. As you travel up the coast on this ten day journey, experience Vietnamese culture, history, beaches, and food. With exclusive cooking courses and meals at top restaurants, this trip is sure to please the taste buds. Includes nine nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, sightseeing with local English speaking guides, transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles and entrance fees and flights as per itinerary Day 1 Saigon Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at one of the city’s finest restaurants.
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DISCOVER • The nightlife of Saigon from the back of a vintage vespa • Hanoi street food with a local food blogger • One of Hanoi’s best bun cha establishments EXPLORE • Local flower and food markets in Saigon • Traditional Hue and surrounding local villages • Tay Loc Market, rarely visited by tourists TASTE • Pho Cuon, a grilled beef and rice noodle roll • Hoi An cuisine in a cooking class with renowned chef Duc Tram • Dine at La Verticale and enjoy artistic and uncluttered food with diverse flavour Additional choices • Extend your Vietnamese sojourn by heading to breathtaking Halong Bay • From Hanoi, travel up to the northern hills and stay in a traditional stilted house • Before your culinary journey starts, stay with a family in the Mekong Delta 32 EXPLORE MORE | adventureworld.com
Day 2 Saigon Venture off the tourist trail and explore local life. This short trip offers an insider’s view into how the locals live with an exclusive visit to the wholesale flower market and a walking trip through the busy streets of a typical Vietnamese market. After lunch take a stroll to the oldest quarter of the city. This evening experience the night life of Saigon the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage vespa scooter. Stop at a traditional quan where locals congregate for their evening meal for a sampling of street food, and wrap up the evening at one of the city’s local clubs. Day 3 Saigon - Danang - Hoi An Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang from where you’ll drive to the ancient port town of Hoi An. Enjoy lunch at Morning Glory Restaurant. Situated in an elegant traditional style building in the heart of Hoi An’s old town, Morning Glory offers Hoi An specialty street food. Day 4 Hoi An Chef and proprietor Duc Tram from Mango Rooms restaurant creates eclectic and innovative flavours reflective of his worldwide culinary journey. A passionate and talented chef with in-depth knowledge on the Hoi An food scene, Duc will take you on a half day culinary journey embracing a combination of refreshing flavours and beautiful presentations as well as a visit to Hoi An Market to meet the vendors who supply him with some of the finest ingredients in Vietnam after which he will teach you how to make his signature dishes. Day 5 Hoi An - Hue This morning leave Hoi An for Hue. No culinary journey of Vietnam would be complete without a visit to Hue. The ‘royal cuisine’ of Hue originated in the days of the Nguyen Dynasty, when the rulers were served lavish meals. Dine tonight at the private ‘garden house’, one of Hue’s most famous buildings. The lady of the house will personally prepare an extraordinary Vietnamese meal which is served in the traditional manner in the private gardens of her home. Day 6 Hue Enjoy a morning visit to Thien Mu Pagoda. For lunch try some Hue specialty food at Huynh Anh Kim Long. Frequented only by locals, it serves banh uot and bun thi nuong. This afternoon, proceed to Bao La Village, a 500 year old bamboo weaving village, on the road to Thanh Toan Bridge. The covered bridge is unique in that only two exist in Vietnam. After visiting Thanh Toan drive north to the 500 year old village of Phuoc Tich. Day 7 Hue - Hanoi After a morning at your leisure, fly to Hanoi. Day 8 Hanoi Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Hanoi, visiting the city’s major attractions. Finish the day with a Water Puppet show, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. Tonight dine at La Verticale which is located in a charming villa dating back to the 1930’s. The cuisine is considered artistic and uncluttered yet at the same time extremely diverse in flavour. Day 9 Hanoi Today you will indulge in the finest food that Hanoi has to offer with a local expert who will share his passion and knowledge of the country’s delicacies. You will taste regional delicacies and unusual foods while strolling along ‘food alley’ in the heart of Hanoi’s main market. This gastronomic trip will leave you hungry for more and give you a real insight into the colourful lives of the Vietnamese people. Stroll through the Old Quarter and try delicacies, strange food items and listen to an explanation of Vietnamese food practices. Continue through the streets of the Old Quarter to Dong Xuan market to sample some local treats. You will then walk down to Hang Than Street to view ceremonial cake stalls and taste a special French influenced dessert. Continue back into the Old Quarter and walk along Phung Hung Street through temporary market stalls where you can see how the market scene has changed in Hanoi. At the end of the walk, stop at one of the Old Quarter’s busiest coffee shops for a well-earned sit down and coffee. Day 10 Hanoi Your journey ends with a transfer to Hanoi Airport.
* All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
Au Co Cruises
Paradise Luxury I, II, III & IV were built according to the traditional Vietnamese junk design and present a lavish outfit blending subtle harmony with the natural environment. The ships offer luxurious cabins and suites in which to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Halong Bay. These prestigious ships are the only cruisers on Halong Bay to offer complete spa facilities aimed at reviving your senses.
Cruise Halong Bay on Au Co cruises, with a fleet of two luxurious ships featuring state of the art design that represents Vietnamese and Oriental culture at its best. Cruise by some of the bay’s most beautiful islands, visiting caves as well as swimming in the emerald waters. For those looking for luxury, relaxation and something special, you must experience Halong Bay on board an Au Co cruise.
Adventure World loves discovering the splendid beauty of Halong Bay with 360 degree views.
Adventure World loves cruising the natural wonders of this World Heritage Site and remote areas in luxury.
Plying the slow, swirling waters of the Mekong, The Jahan is a romantic cruise liner. No expense has been spared on the interior or exterior, which showcase the talents of local woodworkers, weavers and artists. Discover the romance of a bygone era of travel. Just as Indian art and architecture influenced the Khmer and Cham cultures in the Mekong Delta, the stunning artistry of The Jahan will inspire you, as will the delta’s vibrant beauty.
Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive, the Aqua Mekong incorporates relaxed yet refined public areas. Local sustainable materials and artisanal touches of the Mekong’s multifaceted cultures round out the generous interior spaces designed to welcome guests in the utmost comforts along the fascinating Mekong River. Settle into your elegant suite as the ship begins to cruise on one of life’s most memorable adventures.
Adventure World loves the stunning artistry and elegance onboard the majestic Jahan.
Adventure World loves the shore excursions along this fascinating river visiting villages only accessible by boat.
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Cambodia Dominated by the waters of the mighty Mekong, Cambodia is a country whose breathtaking cultural heritage, staggering natural beauty and at times tragic past cannot fail to leave a lasting impression on visitors. The local people welcome visitors with open hearts and arms to this glorious and mythical land; from the expansive waters of Tonle Sap and the jungle temples of the Khmer Empire at Angkor to the haunting Killing Fields of the late 20th century, this is a land of unforgettable memories. Temples of Angkor Wat Visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking, Angkor Wat is one of the greatest religious monuments in the world. Cycling through the temples gives you a unique perspective and is a great way to gain an in-depth appreciation of the area.
Sihanoukville The beaches of Sihanoukville are some of the most unspoiled in all of South East Asia. Bask in the sun on the brilliant beaches, scuba dive in unchartered waters or hike in Ream National Park.
Phnom Penh Phnom Penh still maintains considerable charm. In addition to the tourist sites, a visit to the notorious â€œKilling Fieldsâ€?, which chronicles the unfortunate years under the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge, is worthwhile.
Battambang Get off the beaten track and discover the charming town of Battambang. It is an architectural treasure trove, boasting well-preserved French colonial architecture, delightful countryside and ancient temples.
Boat journe y on Tonle Sap L ake Floating fishing villages dot the semi-submerged forest that line the flood plain rim of the lake, offering an excellent place to see lakeside rural Cambodia. Experience the lifestyle of the locals with a boat ride to remote villages where few tourists venture.
KHMER Cuisine Cambodian cuisine plays a large part in the enjoyment of any visit to the country. It derives its flavours from locally grown herbs and spices and sweet, sour, salty and bitter are blended seamlessly.
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Discover the real essence of Cambodia on this private journey, experiencing the essential sights such as the Temples of Angkor Wat, the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake, colonial Phnom Penh and the cultural villages surrounding Battambang. Cycle, walk and cruise your way around this charming country to see Cambodia how the locals do.
Includes seven nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, English speaking local guides, transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise and entrance fees Day 1 Siem Reap On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy your first glimpse of Angkor by visiting Roluos, the site of an ancient centre of Khmer civilisation known as Hariharalaya. Enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside on a cow cart ride, a fun way to experience rural Cambodia. In the Roluos Pagoda, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you. Enjoy the spectacular view from above as you ride on a tethered helium balloon flight for an amazing aerial view of Angkor Wat. Day 2 Siem Reap Today discover more Angkor sites on a leisurely bicycle ride. Head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire. Continue to Bayon Temple, a 12th century masterpiece known for its 54 towers representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. Return to the hotel for a relaxing break before spending the early afternoon exploring Siem Reap’s colourful markets. Finish your day with a visit to magnificent Angkor Wat by remork. Enjoy a spectacular sunset as the sun goes down behind the temple.
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DISCOVER • Amazing Ankgor Wat at sunrise and at sunset • Phnom Penh in a cyclo, an original Cambodian means of transportation • Tonle Sap Lake and floating villages
Day 4 Siem Reap - Battambang Embark on a fascinating journey across Tonle Sap Lake where you will pass floating villages and flooded forests portraying life on this lake. This afternoon, explore some of the cultural villages around Battambang. Tonight a special visit awaits you at a School of Music, Visual & Performing Arts that provides education, support and entertainment to poor communities. Dine this evening at Pomme d’Amour with its inventive menu combining French and Khmer cuisine.
EXPLORE • Siem Reap’s colourful markets • Rural Cambodia as the locals do – by cow cart
Day 5 Battambang Spend the morning on a trip that combines walking, a boat ride and then cycling along and across Sangke River to experience the daily life of Battambang. A highlight of the morning is prayers with monks. In the afternoon, head to the Bamboo Train station. The Bamboo Train has been set up by the villagers in order to transport goods and people as there are no regular trains running anymore. Afterwards, continue towards Phnom Sampeau, home to the notorious killing caves, a cruel reminder of Cambodia’s troubled past. Serenity and inhumanity represented in one place make this an interesting visit.
• The daily life of the locals in Battambang
LEARN/DO • A private blessing ceremony with Buddhist monks
Day 6 Battambang - Phnom Penh Today depart for Phnom Penh. Travel via Kampong Chhnang known for its traditional pottery. Continue to Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia. Upon arrival enjoy a traditional Khmer lunch in a picnic hut at the foot of the hill, and then climb the stairs to the top of Oudong Mountain for magnificent views over the plains. Stop at the Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Centre, where you will have the opportunity to see the impressive Jade Buddha, the mummified monk and the brightly painted walls telling the story of the Ramayana, the epic Sanskrit poem that decorates many pagodas in the country.
• Cycle around the sites of Angkor • Ride The Bamboo Train
Day 7 Phnom Penh Enjoy an early morning cruise in Phnom Penh and afterwards visit the highlights of Phnom Penh in a cyclo, a fun way to explore this lively city. This afternoon, gain an insight into Cambodia’s recent dark history on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge used as its main detention and torture centre. A visit that allows you to dig below the surface and understand Cambodia’s history. As a contrast visit the Apsara Arts Association, a local organisation created to promote classical and folkloric dance and music. Most of the young students are orphans or from poor families. This evening watch a traditional dance performance. A farewell dinner will be served at Malis restaurant, renowned for its authentic Khmer cuisine.
• An optional cooking class in Siem Reap with Kethana Dunnet • Join in prayers with monks at Sangke River • Extend your stay by adding a luxurious escape to southern Cambodia’s amazing islands and beaches
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Day 3 Siem Reap An early morning start to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat – a truly memorable experience. The rest of the morning is at leisure or perhaps you may choose to discover the secrets of Khmer cuisine with an optional cooking class with Kethana Dunnet. On the way back to Siem Reap, visit the illustrious Ta Prohm Temple. Ta Prohm has been left largely as it was found: overgrown and with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ one of the most picturesque of the Angkor temples.
Day 8 Phnom Penh Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport.
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Known as “The Golden Land” because of the glittering pagodas, Burma is a country rich in cultural heritage. History enthusiasts can bask in ancient cities and archaeological museums. Nature lovers can discover the lure of Burma’s forests and wildlife sanctuaries. Beach lovers can relax on the pristine beaches and adventure seekers can trek the challenging mountains. Turn back the clock with a trip to a country where there’s no such thing as a 7-Eleven and the journey is often as interesting as the destination. Bagan Bagan is one of the most enchanting and evocative places in Asia. Climb a quiet temple and witness the beauty of a misty dawn breaking over the temples for a truly enchanting experience.
Inle L ake Inle Lake, a freshwater lake, encapsulates the evocative images of this country like no other. While the lake itself is stunning, it’s the communities who live on and around the lake who provide the lasting impression.
M andalay Mandalay conjures up images of a bygone era. Set on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, the city’s Jade Market is an experience that brings the history and culture of Burma to life.
Shwedagon Pagoda No journey to Burma is complete without a visit to the 2,600 year old Shwedagon Pagoda. The most sacred and impressive Buddhist site in Burma, the top of the stupa is encrusted with over 4,500 diamonds.
AUTHENTIC BURMESE CUISINE One of the best ways to discover Burma is through its cuisine. Local ethnic minorities have helped shape the diversity of the food. Burmese cuisine is characterised by its extensive use of fish sauce and ngapi.
Mergui Archipelago Immerse yourself in the paradise-like nature of the Mergui Archipelago and feel the same sense of adventure as the great explorers. Most of the islands are uninhabited and overgrown with lush rainforest down to the white sandy beaches.
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| 10 Days / 9 Nights from $2,747* PRIVATE
This insightful program begins in the captivating colonial capital of Yangon. Through a combination of walking, trains, horse carts, bikes, boats, trishaws and planes, you will learn about local cultures and beliefs in the inspiring towns, cities and landscapes of endearing Burma. From Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin and Inle Lake this is a memorable ten day discovery of the Golden Land.
Passage Through Burma
Includes nine nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, sightseeing with local English speaking guides, transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles, horse cart ride in Bagan, private local boat for Mingun, Kyauk Gu U Min and Inle Lake excursions, entrance fees and flights as per itinerary Day 1 Yangon Yangon’s impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in South East Asia. After lunch enjoy a three hour walking trip. Day 2 Yangon This morning transfer to Yangon railway station to enjoy a ride on the city’s circular train. Disembark at the Kyi Myin Daing market where you can interact with the vendors before heading back into Yangon. Visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70 metre long reclining Buddha before continuing to the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Burma. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend maintains that the original structure was built 2,500 years ago then renovated several times before taking its current shape in the 15th century.
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DISCOVER • Yangon on a walking trip around the city • Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Burma
Day 3 Yangon - Bagan After breakfast, fly to Bagan. From the 11th to the 13th centuries, Bagan was the capital of Burma and the rulers constructed thousands of stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Visit Ananda Temple. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions appear to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed. From here, travel around the area by horse cart, passing unique temples. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Day 4 Bagan Embark on a half day cycling trip toward Kyauk Gu U Min. After exploring the temple, return to the boat for a relaxing cruise back to Bagan. Throughout your cruise you will see fabulous scenes of life on the water.
• Former British hill stations
Day 5 Bagan - Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, depart on a scenic drive to the former British hill station of Maymyo. Many reminders of the colonial era are still present. This afternoon is free at your leisure.
EXPLORE • The temples of Bagan on a horse cart
Day 6 Pyin Oo Lwin - Naung Pain Village - Mandalay Transfer to Pyin Oo Lwin train station where you’ll board the local train to Naung Pain Village. The journey passes through stunning scenery including the Gokhtiek Viaduct. At midday reach Naung Pain Village and transfer back to Mandalay by car.
• Nyaung Shwe by local trishaw • Local crafts of Inle Lake in the villages and markets
Day 7 Mandalay - Mingun - Amarapura - Mandalay Board a private boat for a cruise on the Irrawaddy River to Mingun. Visit the main sites of Mingun and continue your journey to Amarapura. Visit Bagaya Monastery where you will learn about mudras, the statue’s hand gestures. Visit U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge. The bridge was constructed with 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace and, at 1.2km in length, is the world’s longest teak span. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge.
LEARN/DO • Cycle through the local villages and temples around Bagan
Day 8 Mandalay - Heho - Nyaung Shwe This morning fly to Heho from where a scenic drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Visit the morning market where locals gather to buy and sell fresh produce. Continue by local trishaw to the bustling canal which is a hive of activity as boats from the lake come in to unload their wares for distribution to the markets around the country. Hop on your bicycle and cycle toward the village of Khaung Daing. Catch a local ferry across the lake to Maing Thauk Village. From here, ride to Red Mountain Estate and visit Red Mountain Winery, a collaboration between the Pa-Oh people and a French wine expert. Enjoy some wine tasting, sampling several varieties of Red Mountain wine while enjoying the views at the open-air bar. Then descend to Nyaung Shwe.
• Irrawaddy River cruise • Enjoy wine tasting at a vineyard at Inle Lake
Day 9 Nyaung Shwe - Inle Lake - In Dein After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary. From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the village of In Dein. Stroll around the village and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area. Here you can climb the covered stairway to the top of a hill which is covered with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below. Continue along the lake for additional sightseeing.
• Watch the sun rise over Bagan on a hot air balloon flight over the plains and temples • Enjoy a cooking class in the home of a local Inthar family • Extend your journey with a luxury sailing adventure through the Mergui Archipelago * All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
Day 10 Heho - Yangon This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon where your journey ends upon arrival.
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This sleepy country of gilded temples, tangerine-robed monks, rice paddies and friendly people is unlike any other. Whether it’s ecotrekking in pristine jungles, meandering down the Mekong River or living it up in the old Indochinese capital of Luang Prabang, the choices are endless. Now is the best time to visit this rapidly developing country, where the typical rustic scenes that await you are much the same as those that greeted the French colonials many years ago.
Follow the natural contours of Laos on this private journey. From the northern hills and gleaming temples of Luang Prabang, discover the local cultures and dramatic landscapes that have shaped this country. Head south to the charming capital Vientiane before continuing further down the Mekong River. Your journey ends at incredible Sipandon, where the Mekong fans out to create a land of 4,000 islands.
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DISCOVER • Stunning Mekong River • The hidden charms of Vientiane • Impressive Lippi Falls
| 8 days / 7 nights from $2,588* PRIVATE
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Day 1 Luang Prabang Arrive in Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos. Day 2 Luang Prabang For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting alms. After breakfast, begin your e-bike discovery trip of Luang Prabang. Day 3 Luang Prabang Embark on a boat trip to Nam Ou. Stop at Pak Ou caves, cross the Mekong River to visit Ban Khok and Ban Hatkham Villages and return by boat to Nam Ou. After lunch visit Nam Ou Elephant Farm before heading back to the city.
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Day 4 Luang Prabang - Vientiane Transfer to the airport for your flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival, transfer to Buddha Park. Stop at Mai Savanh before continuing to the Laos Disabled Women Development Centre which aims to bring skills to disabled women so that they can become self-sufficient and productive members of the community. Day 5 Vientiane Discover the hidden charms of Vientiane, one of the quietest capital cities in the world, on a full day sightseeing trip. Day 6 Vientiane - Pakse - Wat Phou - Champasak Fly to Pakse. On the confluence of the Mekong and Sedone rivers, Pakse is the most important town in southern Laos. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phou, a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple. The temple was built by the rulers of the Khmer Empire before the construction of Angkor Wat. It served as the most important economic and political centre of the region and is still one of the Lao people’s most revered temples. Transfer to Champasak and enjoy sunset on the Mekong River. Day 7 Champasak - 4,000 Islands Spend a full day exploring the 4,000 Islands, known locally as Sipandon. Travel overland to the village of Ban Nakasan and take a local boat to the peaceful island of Done Khone. Visit the impressive Lippi Falls, which the locals believe act as a trap for bad spirits. To allow access over the waterfalls, a railway and bridge were built - the perfect place to soak in the view. Day 8 Champasak - Pakse After breakfast, transfer back to Pakse.
* All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
Temples, Volcanoes and Dragons
With more than 17,500 islands stretched out like a bejewelled necklace between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Indonesia is truly a place where landscapes contrast and cultures connect. From the mountainous jungles of Sumatra and Kalimantan to the bustling cities and ancient temples of Java, the idyllic shores of Lombok and the remote beauty of Sulawesi and Flores, the options for travellers in Indonesia are endless.
Visit the active volcanoes of Indonesia’s ‘Ring of Fire’, along with local villages. Discover the kaleidoscopic wonders of Flores. Snorkel among enchanting coral gardens, discover Komodo dragons in their natural habitat and visit traditional villages set in volcanic landscapes.
| 14 days / 13 nights from $3,799* PRIVATE
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12 nights hotel accommodation, one night on a local boat in Flores, meals as per itinerary, sightseeing with local English speaking guides, transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles, entrance fees, boat trip to Komodo and flight Denpasar/Ende
Day 1 Jogjakarta On arrival in Jogjakarta, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 Jogjakarta - Prambanan - Jogjakarta Explore Jogjakarta and visit the Hindu temple of Prambanan. Enjoy dinner and a performance with traditional Ramayana Dances.
• Spectacular sunrise at Mt Bromo
Day 3 Jogjakarta - Borobudur - Jogjakarta Visit the ancient temple of Borobudur.
• Magnificent Mt Ijen, a large crater lake • Culture, heritage and scenic wonders of Bali EXPLORE
Day 4 Jogjakarta - Mt Bromo After a scenic train ride to eastern Java, head to Trowulan to visit the archaeological museum and temples before proceeding to Mt Bromo. Day 5 Mt Bromo - Kalibaru Rise early for a sunrise visit of Mt Bromo, travelling by 4WD to a viewing spot with stunning views of the volcano. Continue the journey to Kalibaru. Day 6 Kalibaru - Banyuwangi Explore coffee and spice plantations in the remote area of Kilabaru. After lunch, leave for the region of Ijen near the small town of Banyuwangi.
• Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world
Day 7 Mt Ijen - Lovina Awake early this morning for an excursion to Mt Ijen. Travel by ferry to the island of Bali and continue by road to Lovina Beach
• Enjoy a scenic train ride to East Java
Day 8 Lovina - Ubud Travel through scenic roads to Kintamani with breathtaking views over Mt Batur and Lake Batur. Continue on to Ubud.
• Trek around Komodo Island and see the famous dragons
Day 9 Ubud - Ende After breakfast enjoy a morning trip through Ubud before transferring to Denpasar airport for your flight to Ende.
Day 10 Kelimutu - Ende - Bejawa Start the day with sunrise views on top of Mt Kelimutu. Continue to Ende and drive to the small town of Bejawa.
• Learn batik making, Indonesia’s most famous craft
Day 11 Bejawa - Ruteng Drive to Ruteng with a stop at Bena, a traditional village noted for the unusual architecture of steeped roof wooden houses typical of Flores.
• Get a taste for local life with a horse cart ride through Candirejo village
Day 12 Ruteng - Labuan Bajo Drive to Labuan Bajo and cruise to the islands of Rinca and Komodo, known for their population of Komodo dragons.
• Explore temples at Borobudur and Prambanan with a local archaeologist and photographer * All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
Day 13 Komodo - Labuan Bajo Continue to Komodo Island. Day 14 Labuan Bajo After breakfast visit Batu Cermin Cave before transferring to the
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& Borneo ASIA Malaysia
Malaysia & Borneo Malaysia is a bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese, and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Malaysian Borneo is home to the best wildlife and cultural experiences in Malaysia. Sabah is where youâ€™ll find the awesome Mount Kinabalu. Sandakan is well known for the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary, where the jungle has been set aside as a rehabilitation centre for the orang-utans. Trekking in Sarawak offers an extraordinary experience. Mount Kinabalu Mount Kinabalu is the most spectacular feature in Sabah. The mountain exudes a magical quality that is unbelievable; the granite peaks are constantly veiled in wisps of cloud.
Turtle Island Turtle Island Park, in the Sulu Sea just off Borneo, is all about rescuing the endangered turtles in the area. A visit to the island provides a wonderful insight into the world of sea turtles.
Belum Rainforest Belum rainforest is the largest forest complex on peninsula Malaysia. It is believed to have been in existence for over 130 million years, making it older than the Amazon and the Congo.
M alaysian cuisine Malaysian cuisine is amongst the most diverse and flavoursome in the world. No visit to Malaysia is complete without trying Nasi Lemak and Beef Rendang or following the sweet aroma of satay, the delicious peanut sauce famous throughout the world.
Peninsula M alaysia Modern Kuala Lumpur, Malaccaâ€™s stunning architecture, the wildlife in Taman Negara National Park and the stunning Cameron Highlands are just some of the wonders that await you on peninsula Malaysia.
Trekking Trekking around Sandakan, along with Mulu and Niah National Parks in Sarawak, offers an extraordinary chance to get up close with the flora and fauna of the region.
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This journey is the ultimate Borneo experience. Witness the orangutans in Semenggoh and Sandakan, trek around Bako and Kinabalu National Parks, interact with indigenous tribes and visit their homes and local villages, learn how to cook local foods with an interactive cooking experience, enjoy high tea at Sabah Tea House and cruise along the Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife. Includes 10 nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, transport by local air-conditioned vehicle, bus and boat, sightseeing with English speaking local guides, entrance fees and flight Kuching/Kota Kinabalu
| 11 Days / 10 Nights from $3,677* PRIVATE
Day 1 Kuching On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon visit Semenggoh. Established in 1975 just outside Kuching, Semenggoh Wildlife Conservation Centre is the home of many orang-utans. Today it is a centre for the study of orang-utan biology and behaviour. The centre offers a rare opportunity to view orang-utans in their natural habitat. After your visit, enjoy a river cruise on a traditional boat where you can savour the enchanting sunset over the Borneo skies. Day 2 Kuching - Bako - Kuching Visit the well-preserved National Park at the mouth of the Bako River. Enjoy a scenic drive through the rural countryside to the riverbank and trek along one of the many nature trails in the park. See exotic vegetation and observe wildlife like silver-leaf monkeys, giant monitor lizards and long-tailed macaques.
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Day 3 Kuching Depart Kuching for your drive to Annah Rais, a Bidayuh Longhouse housing around 120 families. The journey passes through scenic countryside filled with rice fields, rubber, cocoa and pepper plantations which intermingle with tropical forest, rivers and mountain ranges. Visit the longhouse and observe the lifestyle of the natives. This afternoon walk to the nearby market for an interactive cooking class. Learn how to cook real Sarawak food in a traditional setting.
DISCOVER • Orang-utans in Semenggoh and Sandakan • Sarawak cuisine with an interactive cooking experience • How the indigenous and ethnic tribes live in their longhouses EXPLORE
Day 4 Kuching - Santubong - Kuching Today, head to Santubong Village and visit the house of the host to get to know all the family members. Walk around the village to meet their neighbours and enjoy the beautiful views of the beach. Return to the house to help prepare and enjoy a nice home cooked lunch with the family. Proceed to Buntal Fishing Village to explore the village and beach. Return to the house at Santubong Village to assist with cooking dinner for the family. Day 5 Kuching - Kota Kinabalu Transfer to Kuching airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. This afternoon spend some time sightseeing in Kota Kinabalu.
• Kinabatangan River and its amazing wildlife
Day 6 Kota Kinabalu Visit Sabah Wetland Mangrove Forest and enjoy a walk through the mangroves. Help reduce CO2 by planting mangrove seeds at Sulaman Lake Forest Reserve. This afternoon, discover the local tribes at Mari Mari Cultural Village. The village operates as a museum preserving Borneo’s ethnic culture and features five different ethnic tribes in one village; the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunting and fishing Lundayeh, the sea gypsy Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe Murut.
• Bako and Kinabalu National Parks on nature treks • Kundasang War Memorial
Day 7 Kota Kinabalu - Kinabalu Park Today you will head to Kinabalu Park. The first stop is Kundasang War Memorial. Established in 1962, this was one of the first memorials to commemorate the Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II. After your visit, head to Poring Hotspring. At the hot springs, a Japanese-style bath awaits you. Take a dip in the pools of hot water which are known to have therapeutic effects and curative properties. Visit the nearby Kipungit Waterfall or trek on a nature trail that leads to a canopy walk. After lunch, journey to Sabah Tea Plantation where you will have the opportunity to learn how tea is harvested and processed in the tea factory. Proceed to Sabah Tea House for high tea.
LEARN/DO • Plant mangrove seeds at Sulaman Lake Forest Reserve • Enjoy a Japanese-style bath at the hot springs
Day 8 Kinabalu Park - Sandakan Continue your journey to Sandakan. On arrival, enjoy lunch at the English Tea House, a colonial restaurant located on top of a hill with panoramic views of Sandakan city. In the afternoon, proceed to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.
• Learn about the ethnic tribes of Borneo Additional choices
Day 9 Sandakan - Sukau Today visit the world’s largest Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, Sepilok. At the centre, witness the orang-utan feeding. Depart for Kinabatangan River, passing by local villages. Enjoy a late afternoon cruise up the Kinabatangan River to search for wildlife including elephants, hornbills, gibbons, and many birds.
• Extend your journey to visit famous Selingan Turtle Island to witness the release of hatched turtles
Day 10 Sukau Wake up to the calls of hornbills and other exotic birds and proceed to Ox Bow Lake to observe wildlife and experience the early morning river. After breakfast embark on a trek in the surrounding jungle. This afternoon take another river cruise upstream of the Kinatabagan River to search for more wildlife. After dinner enjoy a Kinabatangan River Night Cruise, one of the most exciting and adventurous trips you will take while staying here.
• Add a diving excursion to one of the many islands surrounding Borneo • Visit Maliau Basin, Sabah’s lost world
Day 11 Sukau - Sandakan Head back to Sandakan and transfer to airport.
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China One of the most cultural, scenic and historically diverse destinations on the planet, China is a land of incredible contrasts and is developing at a staggering speed. Experience the imperial grandeur of the streets of Xian and Beijing with iconic treasures such as the Terracotta Army and Forbidden City and the classical Chinese gardens, Buddhist temples and caves. See giant pandas amongst the mountain landscapes and medieval water villages which trace their history back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Beijing In China’s capital and its cultural heart, traces of the past are everywhere, often side by side with modern developments. Discover Beijing’s Hutongs, the famous alleyways with traditional courtyard style homes, and explore the immense Forbidden City.
Gre at Wall of China Arguably the most recognisable symbol of China, the Great Wall consists of numerous walls and fortifications that were constructed by independent kingdoms and is today considered one of the most impressive architectural feats in history.
Terracotta Warriors In 1974 peasants digging a well east of Xian stumbled upon one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century, the cache of 8,000 lifesized terracotta figures of soldiers arranged in battle formation.
Yangtze River Cruise Asia’s longest river, the Yangtze, flows from the glaciers of Tibet’s eastern mountain range to Shanghai. Pass through spectacular landscapes on a river cruise and witness river and rural life.
Pingyao Pingyao is the best-preserved medieval city in China. Explore the ramparts of the city by foot and discover some of the ancient Ming and Qing residences that have now been converted to restaurants.
TIBET Tibet is the roof of the world and is without a doubt one of the most remarkable places to visit in Asia. It offers fabulous monastery sites, breathtaking treks and stunning views of the world’s highest mountains.
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Yunnan is China’s southwest frontier; the rugged and exotic region that marks the border with South East Asia. Explore China in depth starting in Beijing before travelling through Dali and along the shores of Erhai Lake to witness the daily life of the Bai fishermen. Travel to the UNESCO listed city of Lijiang, famed for its traditional architecture and home to the Naxi people.
Classic Journey to Yunnan
Includes 12 nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, sightseeing with local English speaking guide, transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise and entrance fees Day 1 Beijing Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Day 2 Beijing Today join the locals and enjoy the sights and sounds of Beijing on this day trip, revealing both the old Beijing and China of today. Travel on the subway to see the Temple of Heaven and meet locals practising kung fu or gymnastics. Enjoy a cup of tea at a local teahouse before visiting a nearby restaurant to taste local delicacies. Finish the day exploring the backstreets and hutongs of Beijing by bicycle. Day 3 Beijing Early this morning, visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Once there, enjoy the early morning sunrise and take some amazing photographs. Afterwards return to Beijing and visit the Summer Palace.
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Day 4 Beijing - Xi’an This morning visit the Forbidden City. Spend time exploring this amazing city before transferring to the train station where you will take a high speed train to Xi’an. The capital of the Empire three times, Xi’an has played a decisive role in the history of the country. The city exported silk and local products to other countries.
DISCOVER • Daily life of the Bai fishermen • Shaxi, a subtle blend of an oasis and a typical Chinese village • Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world
Day 6 Xi’an - Kunming - Dali Visit the tomb of Emperor Jing, before heading to Xi’an airport for your flight to Kunming followed by a drive to Dali. Dali is home to the Bai ethnic minority group. The Bai first settled in the region more than 3,000 years ago and their first dwellings surrounded the lake. The Bai are most distinguishable by their clothing which is predominantly white, from which the Bai take their name which means white in Chinese.
Day 7 Dali Travel along the shores of the lake, discovering the daily life of the Bai fishermen. Shop at the Wase market on the other side of the lake, then head to the Three Pagodas at Chongsheng temple. The temple is a mystical emblem of the town and stands proud at the foot of the Changshan Mountains. Visit the old town of Dali where you can still find some typical Bai homes.
• Explore Beijing like a local • Avoid the crowds and explore Xi’an by bicycle • UNESCO World Heritage site of Lijiang
Day 8 Dali - Shaxi Head to Shaxi, a traveller’s oasis that used to be a major stop on the Tea-Horse Road that ran through the region. Nowadays Shaxi is a subtle blend of an oasis and a typical Chinese village that is unlike anywhere else in China. Enjoy the morning exploring the maze of paved avenues that make up the heart of the old town, or discover the surrounding countryside that is notable for its okra earth.
Day 9 Shaxi - Lijiang Early transfer to Shibaoshan, an impressive collection of temples, caves and stone sculptures. Continue to Lijiang and visit the old town. Crossing the labyrinth of alleyways arrive at “Lion Hill” which offers a fantastic view over the village below. Following a visit to the Mu Palace head to the edge of the old town where you will be able to enjoy the local market and get a feel for the ‘real’ Lijiang.
• Water calligraphy with an optional class in the park • Climb Jade Dragon Mountain • Savour traditional Tibetan food in a small Tibetan house
Day 10 Lijiang Visit Jade Dragon Mountain, which stands majestically to the north of Lijiang. On your way back to Lijiang visit the Baisha village, one of the earliest settlements of the Naxi people. Day 11 Lijiang - Tiger Leaping Gorge - Zhongdian Head to Tiger Leaping Gorge. One of the deepest gorges in the world, this area has become a playground for walkers coming from the world over keen to defy this unforgiving terrain. Continue to Zhongdian, a stop on the old Route of Tea and Horses, a major trade route between the Tibetans and Chinese in ancient times. Zhongdian is also part of “Shangri-la” the mythical paradise of Tibetan Buddhists and imaginary world described by James Hilton. Stroll through the old town.
Additional choices • Visit the dramatic Three Terraced Pavilion, an extremely rare building in a remote area
Day 12 Zhongdian Travel to the small pottery village of Nixi, nestling on a mountain that overhangs Napahai Lake. Stop off at the house of a Tibetan family where you can try “tsampa”, a mixture of yak’s butter, tea and flour.
• Bike ride around Napahai Lake • Visit Tibet before your China adventure and explore this amazing country
* All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
Day 5 Xi’an Today you will explore the marvel of the Terra Cotta Warriors. Afterwards, enjoy a one hour bike ride to discover Xi’an without traffic jams and crowds. During your ride, see the impressive Xi’an ramparts.
Day 13 Zhongdian Transfer to the airport where your journey ends.
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- Hans Christian Anderson
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Immerse yourself in India and the Subcontinent and discover a spiritual heartland awash with sights, sounds and colours. From the desert hills of Rajasthan, the cool hill stations of the Himalayan foothills to the palm fringed beaches of Kerala, the simple villages and the sophisticated modern cities, India is a country of fascinating diversity.
gnificent Visit the ma Taj Mahal
Nepal offers breathtaking mountains, centuries old culture and friendly people whose way of life has changed little over the years. Hidden deep within the Himalayas, the remote mountain kingdom of Bhutan was lost to the outside world for centuries. Shrouded in mystery, this captivating realm developed a culture rich in traditions and religious beliefs. Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences as Sri Lanka.
WHEN TO GO India India has vast climate changes from the north to the south. The most comfortable time to visit most of India is during the cooler months from October to March. The summer months between April and June are hot in central India but an ideal time to visit the hill stations such as Shimla and Darjeeling for a cool retreat. Nepal Nepal has two seasons; the dry season is from October to May and the west season is from June to September. The start of the dry season is considered the best time to travel.
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Bhutan The best time to visit Bhutan is during the dry season, which lasts from October through to May. Although the winter months of December and January can be very cold at night, touring is still possible during this time. Sri lanka Typically tropical, with a northeast monsoon from December to March bringing unsettled weather to the north and east, and a southwest monsoon from June to October, with wet weather to the south and west.
Cruise the backwate in a Kettuvallam
New Delhi Mount Everest
Ranthambore National Park Udaipur
Immerse yourself in mysterious Bhutan
SRI L ANK A Yala National Park
Go on safari in one of Sri Lankaâ€™s national parks
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North India Northern India sizzles with a colourful vibrancy like no other. The splendour and romance of Rajasthan is evident in the glamorous palaces and forts of the maharajas that have been transformed into luxury hotels. The cool hill stations in the Himalayan foothills and tea plantations sit alongside vibrant and chaotic cities. Few people venture to northern India without visiting its most famous monument, the Taj Mahal, however Ranthambore National Park and Varanasi are places not to be missed. Delhi Delhi is sprinkled with glittering gems; captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums, and some of the subcontinents best places to eat. A vibrant melting pot, Delhi encapsulates two very different worlds, the ‘old’ and the ‘new’.
Ranthambore National Park Ranthambore National Park was used by the Maharaja of Jaipur as a private hunting reserve until it became a national park in 1972. The park is considered the best reserve for sightings of tigers.
Varanasi Few places in India are as colourful or charismatic as Varanasi. The city is the beating heart of the Hindu universe, and the Ganges the river of salvation. Watching the sun rise over the Ganges is a spiritual experience.
Darjeeling Home to the world-famous tea that was only planted in the hill station in the mid-19th century, Darjeeling is a destination that enchants on first sight and the views are incomparable.
Himachal Pradesh Surrounded by the splendour of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is a state of amazing landscapes, temples and monasteries. Dharamsala is a fascinating cultural centre and home to the exiled Dalai Lama.
Jaipur Known as the “pink city” due to its pink coloured buildings, Jaipur sits on a dry lakebed surrounded by hills and forts. The Amber Fort is a must see – ride an elephant to reach the fort.
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This journey is a fantastic introduction to the diversity of Indian culture. Take in Delhi’s sights, join pilgrims in the holy city of Varanasi, gaze in awe at Khajuraho’s intricate temple carvings and absorb the magnificent atmosphere at the Taj Mahal in Agra. Explore Rajasthani cities before arriving in the romantic lake city of Udaipur.
Handpicked North India
Includes 16 nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, private vehicle transportation with driver, sightseeing with local English speaking guides, entrance fees, flights as per itinerary and rail travel Khajuraho to Agra Day 1 Delhi Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Day 2 Delhi Today enjoy a full day visit of Old and New Delhi, taking in the Red Fort, Raj Ghat and the largest mosque in India, Jama Masjid, which holds an astonishing 25,000 worshippers. After lunch, continue to India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Day 3 Delhi - Varanasi Transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi, situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges. Few places in India are as colourful, charismatic or spiritual as the bathing ghats lining the Ganges in Varanasi. Visit the nearby buried Buddhist city of Sarnath. Day 4 Varanasi Take a dawn boat ride on the Ganges for an unmatched view of the various ghats and the ceremonies performed by devout Hindus. Later in the morning, enjoy a sightseeing visit of Bharat Temple, Banaras University and Sankat Mochan Temple.
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Day 5 Varanasi - Khajuraho This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Khajuraho. This afternoon visit the world’s finest temple art.
• The sights and sounds of Old and New Delhi
Day 6 Khajuraho - Agra Today you will board the train for your journey to Agra. Day 7 Agra Enjoy a morning visit of Agra, taking in the legendary Taj Mahal, an immense mausoleum covered with intricate marble decorations, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. Afterwards, visit the beautiful Red Fort of Agra.
• Sculptured temples of Khajuraho • Fabled pink city of Jaipur
Day 8 Agra - Jaipur Depart for Jaipur by road, with a stop along the way at Fatehpur Sikri, the fortified ghost city built in 1569 by Emperor Akbar as his capital, and see the stunning mosque and the three palaces that the emperor built for each of his three wives.
Day 9 Jaipur Today enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Jaipur, including the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Palace of the Winds and Jai Singh’s Astrological Observatory. Ride an elephant to reach the magnificent Amber Fort, a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture, set amidst the rugged hills of Jaipur.
• Romantic lake city of Udaipur • The desert fort of Jaisalmer
Day 10 Jaipur - Bikaner Depart by road for Bikaner, a vibrant desert town rarely visited by tourists. On the way visit the Shekhawati region, a semi-desert region famous for its beautifully painted frescoes on the village walls depicting mythological themes and animals. Some of the later frescoes reflect the British influence, with images of steam locomotives and trains.
• Imperial city of Jodhpur
Day 11 Bikaner - Jaisalmer Enjoy a morning sightseeing trip of Bikaner, including the impressive Junagarh Fort which was built between 1589-1594 and is now a composition of different building activities of the many rulers over the subsequent four centuries. Travel by road to Jaisalmer.
LEARN/DO • Enjoy an elephant ride to the Amber Fort
Day 12 Jaisalmer Take in the main sights of Jaisalmer including a visit to Sonar Fort. This afternoon is free to relax and explore the city. End your day with a desert camel ride.
• A boat ride down the Ganges River
Day 13 Jaisalmer - Jodhpur Depart by road for Jodhpur. This afternoon enjoy a visit to this walled city, including the stunning hilltop Mehrangarh Fortress, one of the best preserved forts in India with a strange, yet haunting beauty.
• Indian culture, heritage and history
Day 14 Jodhpur - Udaipur Journey to Udaipur and visit the Jain temple complex. Day 15 Udaipur Enjoy a morning of sightseeing in Udaipur, including the ornate City Palace on the shore of Lake Pichola. Udaipur is arguably known as the most romantic place in India. Spend time enjoying the tranquil lake, the bustle of ancient bazaars, or some of the fantastic restaurants.
Additional choices • Extend your journey to explore Darjeeling, city of the rising sun
Day 16 Udaipur - Delhi Fly to Delhi where you will spend the night in the new city of Gurguon, which is located close to the airport. This evening experience an amazing Bollywood evening at the Kingdom of Dreams Show, which brings to life India’s culture, heritage, art, crafts and cuisine in a magical combination of technology and imagination.
• Venture to southern India to continue your Indian odyssey • Journey to Himachal Pradesh, a state of amazing landscapes
* All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
Day 17 Delhi Your Indian journey ends with a transfer to the airport.
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ASIA India India’s Golden Triangle is a well-travelled route, hosting many of the country’s gems. The area is rich in culture and architecture and the sights and sounds of some of India’s most famous cities will delight. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is home to some of the country’s best bazaars. Weeks can be whiled away in Delhi, and Agra, once the capital of the Mughal Empire, is home to the stunning Taj Mahal.
Essential Golden Triangle | 9 days / 8 nights from $1,818* PRIVATE
A journey to India’s Golden Triangle allows you to perfectly capture the grandeur of the country through the vibrant cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. You’ll visit India’s legendary sites including the epitome of love, the Taj Mahal, and continue to one of India’s most famous national parks, Ranthambore, to search for the elusive tiger. On your way back to Delhi, spend a night at the glorious 475 year old Samode Palace. eight nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, transportation by private vehicle with driver, sightseeing with local English speaking guides and entrance fees
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DISCOVER • Jaipur’s vast city palace • Beauty of Samode Palace • Fatehpur Sikri, India’s legendary ghost town
Day 1 Delhi On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel where the remainder of the day will be at your leisure. Day 2 Delhi Today you will spend the day visiting Old and New Delhi. You will see the Raj Ghat, Red Fort and Jama Masjid and enjoy a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and busiest markets in the city. Day 3 Delhi - Agra Travel by road today to Agra. En-route you will stop to explore the city of Sikandra, the home of the tomb of Akbar, one of the greatest Mughal emperors. Once in Agra, visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and local markets in the afternoon. Day 4 Agra - Ranthambore Journey by road to Ranthambore, with a stop along the way at Fatehpur Sikri, India’s legendary ghost town. Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest and most renowned national parks in northern India. It is home to a wide variety of animals and is famous for its tigers.
EXPLORE • Magnificent Taj Mahal • Ranthambore National Park • Chandni Chowk on a rickshaw
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Day 5 Ranthambore Today you will venture into the park both in the morning and afternoon for wildlife viewing. Day 6 Ranthambore - Jaipur Enjoy early morning wildlife viewing before your overland transfer to Jaipur. Jaipur is a colourful and vibrant city, rich in heritage, culture and architecture, with splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and colourful handicrafts. Day 7 Jaipur Spend the day sightseeing in Jaipur. Visit Amber Fort, the City Palace Museum, Palace of the Winds and Jai Singhs Observatory. Day 8 Jaipur - Samode Journey by road to Samode village where you will stay overnight at the delightful Samode Palace. The Samode Palace stands in splendour overlooking the picturesque village. It is one of India’s most romantic and charming hotels and a perfect example of Rajput-Mughal architecture. Discover the village, exploring the cobbled streets and stone houses of this charming town. Day 9 Samode - Delhi Return to Delhi by road, enjoying the village scenery
* All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
ASIA India Popularly known as the “Land of the Gods”, Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill state nestled in the north west region of the Himalayas. It is known for its diversity and breathtaking pristine natural beauty; from the vast tracts of Trans-Himalayan desert to dense green forests, from apple orchards to cultivated terraces and from the snow-capped Himalayan mountain ranges to lofty hill stations.
Journey to Himachal Pradesh | 8 days / 7 nights from $1,399* PRIVATE
Surrounded by the splendour of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is a state of amazing landscapes, temples and monasteries. On this journey visit Dharamsala, a fascinating cultural centre and home to the exiled Dalai Lama. In Manali visit the Hadimba and Vashisht temples and finish your trip with a fascinating train journey passing through 103 tunnels. seven nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, transportation by private vehicle, sightseeing with local English speaking guides and train journey between Shimla and Kalka
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Day 1 Delhi - Chandigarh Depart Delhi early this morning and travel to Chandigarh. Enjoy an afternoon excursion of Chandigarh visiting the Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Sukhna Lake and Pinjore Garden.
• The Dhauladhar mountain range • Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali
Day 2 Chandigarh - Dharamsala Today you will journey to Dharamsala witnessing some of the most beautiful and breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar range. You’ll arrive late in the afternoon and have time to relax and enjoy the views of high snow-capped mountains and deep boulder strewn gorges.
• Fascinating cultural centre of Dharamsala
Day 3 Dharamsala This morning you will spend time exploring Dharamsala best known as the Dalai Lama’s home. Visit the Tibetan Children’s Village which provides free education to some 2,000 refugee children. You will also visit McLeod Ganj, headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile.
Day 4 Dharamsala - Manali There will be an early departure to enjoy a scenic drive from Dharamsala to Manali, where you will arrive late in the afternoon. The evening will be at your leisure to relax or explore the town.
• The Tibetan Children’s Village • Enjoy a scenic drive through Kangra Valley
Day 5 Manali This morning enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Manali covering Hadimba Devi Temple, built in 1553, Vashishth Temple and it’s well known hot springs, Jagarsuhk’ Solang Valley and the famous Rohtang pass (subject to opening times).
• Spectacular train journey through 103 tunnels
Day 6 Manali - Shimla Drive to Shimla where, on arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy at your own pace. You may want to take a walk down to the famous Mall Street, a very popular place for travellers and locals dotted with many restaurants, bars and clubs.
Additional choices • Spend an additional two nights discovering Amritsar, home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the Golden Temple. The temple sits in the middle of its holy pool and its exterior is gold plated
* All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
Day 7 Shimla Today explore Shimla’s sights including the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, housed in the Viceregal lodge which was built between 1884- 88, Jakhu Temple, Christ Church, Kufri, St. Michael’s Cathedral and Naldhera. Day 8 Shimla - Kalka - Delhi Travel by train between Shimla and Kalka. This is a spectacular journey as the train weaves its way through 103 tunnels all of which were made during the British rule in India. Upon arrival in Kalka you will be driven to Delhi, arriving late in the evening.
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Baghvan Lodge, Pench National Park
Banjaar Tola, Kanha National Park
One of Central India’s lesser known reserves, Pench National Park is situated in the Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh. A typical Central Indian teak jungle, Pench supports a rich variety of wildlife, including the tiger, leopard, wild dog, gaur, sambar, chital and brilliant birdlife. Baghvan is an enchanting lodge aptly named after one of India’s iconic symbols, the Bengal tiger.
The delightful Banjaar Tola Lodge is situated along the banks of the Banjaar River in the heart of Kanha National Park, one of India’s largest national parks. The lodge has its own unique identity. The park is surrounded by beautiful areas of Sal forests, large bamboo stretches and lush green meadows. Herds of animals are found in the central parklands and it’s a bird-watchers paradise.
Adventure World loves this National Park which was the inspiration for Rudyard Kiplings’s “The Jungle Book”.
Adventure World loves the unforgettable opportunity to glimpse some of India’s most prized fauna and flora.
Ananda in the Himalayas
Moksha Himalaya Resort
Ananda is a Destination Spa focusing on holistic wellness that nurtures a combination of the finest ancient Indian traditions of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta as well as the best wellness philosophies. The Ananda Spa is a complete wellness experience offering a range of treatments and activities for the spiritual, adventure seeker and nature lover.
Moksha is situated in the Shivalik Ranges of the mighty Himalayas at a height of over 5,000 feet besides the river Kaushalya in Himachal Pradesh and is built in the lap of nature with luxurious surroundings. It is the ideal destination for those who wish to connect with their inner self and rejuvenate their soul, through yoga, pranayama and meditation and other wellness activities.
Adventure World loves the serenity that surrounds the Ananda at the foothills of the Himalayas.
Adventure World loves this Ayurvedic health retreat that redefines rest and relaxation.
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The Maharaja Express
The Golden Chariot
The Maharaja Express has redefined the luxury travel experience by offering guests the opportunity to explore fabled destinations. It provides a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of India that will leave you with fond memories of this train journey. The train offers five specially crafted itineraries that allow guests to explore the mystical culture of India while feeling like royalty.
The only luxury train in South India, The Golden Chariot offers an insight into the archaeological wealth, abundant wildlife and culture of the area for its esteemed guests. The Golden Chariot beckons you to discover worlds that are enriched with history and culture. Relax as the magnificent scenery unfolds outside your window while experiencing unparalleled luxury inside.
Adventure World loves the most luxurious train in India with gourmet cuisine.
Adventure World loves the luxurious comfort on voyages through time and exotic South Indian locales.
Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Rambagh Palace Jaipur
Itâ€™s hard to believe this floating vision in marble is real. Suddenly you are in a boat, drifting ever closer and the reality doesnâ€™t disappoint. The interior of Taj Lake Palace is as delightful as the exterior. The decorative gilt mouldings, sculpted marble columns, and fine fretwork screens impressed even the Maharaja who held court here in the 1930s. In this royal dream, anything is possible.
Rambagh Palace is an architectural masterpiece. It allows guests to partake in a wealth of experiences that resound with the memories, luxuries and extravagances of a bygone era that has not entirely disappeared. Walk amongst rich textures and opulent furnishings, step out into ornamental gardens and retire to rooms that were once the sanctuaries of kings and princes.
Adventure World loves the gracious hospitality at one of the most romantic palaces in the world.
Adventure World loves this architectural masterpiece that transcends time.
O u r fav o u rite L U X U R Y E X P E R I E N C E S
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South India The tropical southern part of India is vastly different to the north – both in its character, scenery and cuisine. It is renowned for its relaxed, almost spiritual culture, lush scenery, welcoming people, gourmet food and amazing spas and resorts offering the latest in Ayurvedic treatments. Cruise the backwaters of Kerala, discover the old French colonial city of Pondicherry, explore the hill stations dotted throughout the area and kick back on the golden beaches of Goa. This is just a small taste of what southern India has to offer. Kerala Kerala is a tropical state of backwaters, beaches, house boats and Ayurvedic treatments. An ancient port of call for the Chinese, Arabs, Jews, British, French and Portuguese, this history is reflected in its buildings and local culture.
Cruising the back waters on a kettuvallam There’s no better way to discover the backwaters of Kerala than cruising on a kettuvallem. Kettuvallams were the traditional means of transport throughout the canals and backwaters and today they ply the backwaters as houseboats.
Ayurvedic Spa Ayurveda, Sanskrit for “the science of life”, is an ancient system of treatment based on the medicinal value of plants found primarily in India. The practice of Ayurveda is thought to be over 5,000 years old.
Southern Indian Cuisine Southern Indian cuisine is among the most exotic and the area is also home to some of the best cooking schools in the world where you can transform local ingredients into delicious delicacies.
Hill Stations The cool hill stations of southern India are excellent retreats from the bustling and chaotic cities. Laden with lakes, tea plantations, sanctuaries and national parks, they are perfect for escaping the heat.
Goa Beyond the indulgence of the gorgeous palm fringed beaches and celebrated sunsets, Goa is a land rich in cultural history spanning hundreds of years and is a great place to unwind.
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| 17 Days / 16 Nights from $2,955* PRIVATE
Southern India offers beautiful beaches, tropical landscapes, serene hill stations, majestic temples, and a rich tapestry of history. This aromatic journey from Chennai through to Trivandrum explores the diversity of South India from the French colonial capital of Pondicherry and the charming port of Cochin to the wildlife of Periyar and the gentle backwaters of Kerala.
Handpicked South India
Includes 15 nights hotel accommodation, one night houseboat accommodation, meals as per itinerary, transportation by local private vehicle and driver, sightseeing with English speaking local guides and entrance fees Day 1 Chennai On arrival in Chennai, you will be transferred to your hotel. Day 2 Chennai Today you will explore the city of Chennai, visiting Fort St George, St Mary’s Church and Kapaleswar Temple. A temple of Shiva, it was originally built in the 7th century but demolished by the Portuguese. The present temple was erected in the 16th century by the Vijayanagar kings. Day 3 Chennai - Mahaballipuram Start your road journey through southern India and travel to Mahaballipuram visiting the temples which are a UNESCO site. The group of sanctuaries, founded by the Pallava kings, were carved out of rock along the coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. It is known especially for its temples, cave sanctuaries, giant open-air reliefs and sculptures depicting Shiva.
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Day 4 Mahaballipuram - Pondicherry Continue to Pondicherry which was the largest French colony in India. There is a strong French influence in the city, especially in the old quarters with boulevards lined with Mediterranean-style houses and bakeries. Spend some time exploring the city whilst on a city excursion.
• French colonial city of Pondicherry • Southern Indian religion, art and culture
Day 5 Pondicherry - Trichy Travel to Trichy, a city that’s a fine blend of tradition and modernity, that is renowned for its many temples, the most famous being the Rock Temple, a spectacular monument perched high above the city on a rocky outcrop which rises abruptly to tower over the old city.
• Trichy and its renowned temples
Day 6 Trichy Today visit Thanjavur, an important centre of South Indian religion, art and architecture.
Day 7 Trichy - Madurai Continue the journey to Madurai one of South India’s oldest cities and a centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries.
• Hill stations of Munnar and Kodaikanal
Day 8 Madurai Today visit the most popular southern hill station of Kodaikanal, known as the “Princess of Hill Stations” which is 7,200 feet above sea level amidst wooded slopes, enchanting waterfalls and a beautiful lake. It is one of the most popular hill stations in India.
• Vibrant city of Cochin • Madurai, one of Southern India’s oldest cities
Day 9 Madurai - Periyar Travel to Periyar and visit a spice plantation. Day 10 Periyar - Munnar Enjoy a tranquil boat ride on the scenic Lake Periyar to see some wildlife before travelling by road to Munnar.
LEARN/DO • Cruise the gentle Kerala backwaters
Day 11 Munnar At an altitude of 6,000 feet,the hill station of Munnar has an unending expanse of tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains. It is a haven of peace and tranquillity and was the favoured summer resort of the British rulers in the colonial days. Day 12 Munnar - Cochin Continue to the coastal town of Cochin. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is spent at your leisure. Cochin has been drawing traders and explorers to its shores for over 600 years. Nowhere else in India could you find such an intriguing mix of giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses and the crumbling remains of the British Raj.
• Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar • Visit a spice plantation
Day 13 Cochin Explore this vibrant city on an excursion visiting Cochin Fort, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and the Chinese Fishing Nets.
Day 14 Cochin - Alleppey Continue by road to Alleppey to board your kettuvallam for an overnight cruise through the Kerala backwaters. The kettuvallam, or Kerala houseboat, has been part of Kerala’s culture and heritage for many years. The advent of road transport saw a decline in the use of kettuvallams however, six years ago saw the re-emergence of the boat as a means to cruise leisurely through the Kerala backwaters in comfort with lovely home cooked meals and fine levels of hospitality.
• Add a cooking experience at the home of Nimmy Paul, one of the world’s best cooking schools • Extend your journey with a Poovar Island Escape, a resort enveloped in the serene Keralan backwaters
Day 15 Alleppey - Trivandrum Disembark the kettuvallam and continue by road to Trivandrum. Day 16 Trivandrum Explore the sights of the city visiting the Napier Museum and Sri Chitra Art Gallery. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Day 17 Trivandrum Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
* All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
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Since Nepal opened up to tourists in the 1950’s, this tiny mountain nation has had a mystical allure for travellers. Today, multitudes of trekkers are drawn to the Himalayas’ most iconic and accessible hiking trails, from the demanding climb of Mount Everest to the Kathmandu Valley and Annapurna foothill treks. Not only rich in natural beauty, the culture and heritage of Nepal is diverse.
Discover the best of Nepal on this exciting journey. Explore the ancient city of Kathmandu with its ancient temples, shrines, Buddhist stupas and sculptures. Visit enchanting Pokhara with its views of the magnificent Himalayan peaks and beautiful Lake Phewa and search for tigers on an elephant-back safari in Chitwan National Park, one of Asia’s most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries.
| 8 days / 7 nights from $2,022* PRIVATE
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DISCOVER • Ancient cities of Kathmandu and Patan • The religious centres of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath • Mountain scenery of Nagarkot EXPLORE • Chitwan National Park on an elephant jungle safari • Lakeside city of Pokhara • Medieval city of Bhaktapur
Additional choices • Your choice of activities while at Chitwan National Park • Extend your journey with treks through the mountain ranges and to Everest base camp
seven nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, transportation by private vehicle and sightseeing including entrance fees
Day 1 Kathmandu On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Day 2 Kathmandu - Nagarkot Today you will spend the day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley visiting the religious centres of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, with their magnificent stupas. Continue to the medieval city of Bhaktapur, the best preserved of Nepal’s medieval cities, before journeying to Nagarkot with its breathtaking mountain scenery and one of the best places to view the Himalayas. Day 3 Nagarkot - Pokhara Travel by road through spectacular scenery to Pokhara. Pokhara commands some of the most spectacular mountain views in Nepal. With a perfect year-round climate and stunning views of the mighty Annapurna’s on its doorstep, Pokhara has a unique charm. This afternoon visit the Old Bazaar, Kali Temple, Devin’s Falls and Gupteshwor Caves followed by an evening boat ride on Phewa Lake, which sits at the foot of the gigantic peaks. Day 4 Pokhara - Chitwan National Park After breakfast travel to Chitwan National Park where you will spend two nights. Chitwan National Park is one of the best parks in Asia for wildlife spotting and is home to the only significant number of one-horned rhinoceroses surviving in Nepal. Royal Bengal tigers, Gangetic dolphins, monkeys, deer and other species also roam the region. In the afternoon enjoy an elephant jungle safari to observe the abundant wildlife. Day 5 Chitwan National Park Today is yours to discover the park with a full day of activities available in the national park including jungle treks, bird watching, elephant safari, canoe rides and watching elephant bathing. Day 6 Chitwan National Park - Kathmandu After breakfast depart by road to Kathmandu. Day 7 Kathmandu Enjoy a full day sightseeing of Kathmandu exploring the shrines, ancient temples, 2,000 year old Buddhist stupas and ageless sculptures that are set amidst awe-inspiring scenery. Day 8 Kathmandu Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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* All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
Luxury Himalayan Explorer
Visiting Bhutan is a rare and unique experience: a beautiful mountain kingdom that has remained unchanged over centuries. Its Buddhist culture is still richly intact and permeates every aspect of Bhutanese life. Bhutan still retains the charm of the old world, and travellers experience the full glory of this ancient land as embodied in the monastic fortresses, ancient temples and monasteries dotting the countryside.
This journey to Bhutan is the ultimate in comfortable adventure travel. The exploration comprises four days of guided walks around the Paro Valley, visiting the Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, Drukgyel Dzong and the ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakhang. To further experience Bhutan’s culture and landscape, spend a day in the capital, Thimphu. Return to your comfortable home in the mountains each day.
| 7 days / 6 nights from $8,455* PRIVATE
six nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, guided walks and excursions including entrance fees and road permits, services of an experienced English speaking Bhutanese Uma guide, private vehicle transportation and visa fees
• Punakha Valley and its magnificent dzongs
Day 1 Paro On arrival you will be met and transferred to Uma Paro. Once settled, take the opportunity to acclimatise.
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• Luxury services of Uma by COMO lodges
Day 2 Paro - Thimphu - Punakha Travel to Punakha Valley via Thimphu and Dochu La. The capital Thimphu sprawls up the wooded western hillside of the Wang Chhu. The drive into Punakha is truly awe-inspiring as it zigzags up the 3,140m high mountain pass of Dochu La. Up river, deep in the verdant terraced hills, is your home for the next two nights, Uma Punakha.
• Amazing Taktsang Goemba, Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Day 3 Punakha Enjoy a full day exploring the scenic Punakha Valley. Walk up to Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten. Heading down along the riverside the massive architectural edifice of the 17th century Punakha Dzong soon looms into view. In the afternoon a short walk across rice paddies takes you to Chimmi Lhakhang.
EXPLORE • Bustling capital of Thimpu
Day 4 Punakha - Paro Today catch a glimpse of the three shrines which were built to ward off evil spirits near the checkpoint. At the end of the journey the road snakes alongside the Pa Chhu River to your home in the mountains, Uma Paro.
• Scenic Paro Valley • Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten, an elaborate structure with a rainbow of Guru Rinpoche images and superb views
Day 5 Paro Wind your way through pine forests high above Uma Paro to the fortress-like monastery of Zurig Dzong. Traverse across to Ta Dzong and on down to Rinpung Dzong. The trail then leads across Paro Chhu and into Paro town.
Additional choices • Participate in yoga classes at Uma Paro • Relax and enjoy the facilities at Uma Paro • Enjoy a Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath
* All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
Day 6 Paro One of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan is Taktsang Goemba, or Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a ﬂying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. Make an early start to avoid the hot sun during the two hour climb to the Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Descending steeply, you will then climb up to the monastery, entering the main gates which are decorated with murals. Retrace your steps or if time and energy levels allow, head further up to several remote temples and monasteries. Returning to Uma Paro in the afternoon there’s time to relax. Day 7 Paro Transfer to the airport where your journey ends.
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Lanka ASIA Sri
Sri Lanka The tropical island of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is rich in history and tradition. It is the place where the original sou Budhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt. Old colonial powers have long since decamped, but the Portuguese, Dutch and British influences still impact on the culture, religion, architecture and cuisine of this fascinating country. Picturesque beaches dot the coast, while majestic mountains, tea estates and rainforests cover the interior. Be aches Sri Lanka’s glorious beaches are removed from the hustle and bustle. Their beautiful golden sands welcome those interested in swimming, diving, or simply relaxing. You’re sure to find a long stretch of white sandy beach to suit you.
Wildlife Experiences A safari in one of the 14 national parks offers the chance to see some of Sri Lanka’s amazing wildlife - sloth bear, sambhur, mouse and barking-deer, anteater, civet cat, loris, and monkeys such as the purple-faced leaf monkey and grey langur.
Soft Adventure Sri Lanka offers a wide range of options for the adventure enthusiast. Scuba diving has a long history while white water rafting, kayaking and canoeing are some of the newer watersports. Sri Lanka also offers many opportunities for keen hikers and trekkers.
Ancient Cities Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya; their once glorious townships, palaces, temples, monasteries, hospitals and theatres intricately carved and modelled out of stone lay abandoned and forgotten with time amidst the soaring jungles.
Yala National Park Yala National Park is said to be one of best places in the world to view leopards and the best way to experience this is on a tented safari with the true ambience of the British colonial era.
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Discover enchanting Sri Lanka’s well preserved sites with this comprehensive private journey, visiting the ancient cities of Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla, cycling through Polonnaruwa, seeing Kandy from the back of a tuk tuk and visiting the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
| 11 Days / 10 Nights from $1,799* PRIVATE
Handpicked Sri Lanka
Includes 10 nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, entrance fees to Kandy Temple and Botanical Gardens, Cultural Show in Kandy, Galle city trip, transportation by local air-conditioned private vehicle with driver and English speaking guides Day 1 Colombo - Negombo Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Negombo to check in to your hotel. Day 2 Negombo - Sigiriya This morning transfer to Sigiriya. This evening enjoy a thrilling elephant back safari. Day 3 Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya Today you will visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. In the afternoon visit Polonnaruwa and discover the city by bicycle. Polonnaruwa became the capital of Sri Lanka following the decline of Anuradhapura. The golden age of this glorious city was under the reign of King Parakramabahu the first who oversaw the construction of one of the greatest irrigation systems the country has seen, the Parakrama Samudhraya, which covers an area of 6,000 acres. The ruins of the Royal Palace and various buildings and structures can be seen even today. Other highlights of this city are the Gal Viharaya which has three splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Lotus Bath, the statue of King Parakramabahu, Shivan Temple, and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
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DISCOVER • Polonnaruwa by bicycle • World famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Day 4 Sigiriya - Habarana - Dambulla - Sigiriya This morning enjoy a guided visit to organic herb and vegetable gardens during which you can hand-pick fresh, juicy ingredients for your lunch. End your walk with a visit to a traditional hearth kitchen, where the herbs and vegetables selected by you will be transformed into delicious Sri Lankan dishes. This afternoon visit Dambulla Rock Temple, the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2,000 square metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.
• Turtle hatchery in Kosgoda where several species of turtles are protected EXPLORE • Sigiriya Rock Fortress • Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka, by tuk tuk
Day 5 Sigiriya - Matale - Kandy Today travel to Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka. Upon reaching Kandy, you’ll explore the city by tuk tuk. A World Heritage Site, Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings before the country was brought under British rule in 1815. The Temple of the Tooth Relic is the most significant highlight of the city along with the Kandy Lake and the ancient town.
• Organic herb and vegetable gardens from which produce is used to make your lunch
Day 6 Kandy - Pinnawala - Kandy Visit the world famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975 with only seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but it soon became a conservation and educational centre. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
LEARN/DO • Enjoy a train ride to a hill station • Afternoon high tea with magnificent views and aromatic teas • Visit World Heritage Site Galle Fort
Day 8 Nuwara Eliya - Kataragama Enjoy a morning visit to the tea plantation and tea factory, where the best tea is produced. Observe how tea is manufactured and graded. Continue to Kataragama.
Additional choices • Extend your stay at Yala National Park with a two night tented safari
Day 9 Kataragama - Yala - Kataragama Travel to Yala National Park with the largest population of leopard in Sri Lanka. Enjoy a jeep safari in search of wild elephants, boars, buffalo, bears, deers, crocodiles and the elusive leopard.
• Learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine with a culinary demonstration in Kandy
Day 10 Kataragama - Galle Journey by road to Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon, visiting the 16th century World Heritage Galle Fort.
• Visit Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, a historic forest reserve
* All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share.
Day 7 Kandy - Peradeniya - Nuwara Eliya Proceed to the Botanical Gardens before continuing to Peradeniya Station to board the train. A ride in the observation carriage gives you an unparalleled view both of the scenic beauty and culture of the hill country. Upon arrival at Nanu Oya you will be collected and transferred to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s most popular hill station. Sample and experience the aroma and flavour of pure Sri Lankan tea plucked from the highlands while enjoying the magnificent views the tea bar offers with a delectable spread of snacks and pastries at an afternoon high tea.
Day 11 Galle - Kosgoda - Colombo After breakfast visit the turtle hatchery in Kosgoda. Several species of turtles, especially the endangered hawksbill, are protected here. Your journey ends with a transfer to Colombo airport.
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Maldives A cluster of emerald islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Maldives offers the classical fantasy of a tropical oasis. Discover the palm fringed sparkling white beaches, turquoise lagoons, crystal clear waters and coral reefs that teem with colourful marine life. The Maldives features a variety of different resorts, each located on its own island and with its own unique character, ambience and charm. With an average temperature of 30 degrees, itâ€™s the perfect year round destination for a holiday, honeymoon or romantic getaway. Be aches The Maldives is considered to be one of the worldâ€™s premier tropical beach destinations. Virtually all of the islands and atolls in the country are completely surrounded by powdery white sand, over which you pad into warm, turquoise blue water.
Diving & Snorkelling The warm seas of the Maldives have created conditions perfect for one of the worldâ€™s richest coral reef areas. Dives in the Maldives usually take place along a faru, a thila, a channel, or a wreck. Night diving is particularly beautiful.
M ale Male, with its own artificial beach, historic sites, and skyline of candy coloured skyscrapers, manages to be both an island and a city. Male has evolved into a world class city, where bars and restaurants jostle with shops and lively markets.
Culture & Heritage The islands of the Maldives sit along the trade routes of the Indian Ocean, meaning visitors from all around the world have left their mark in these islands. Maldivian people claim South and South East Asian, African and Arabic heritage, and the mixture of cultures can be seen everywhere; from the music played on a local bodu-beru, an instrument that resembles an African drum to the dhoni, unique Maldivian sailboats similar to Arabic dhows.
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Cocoa Island by COMO
Maalifushi by COMO
Located in the South Malé Atoll this luxurious resort offers suites that allow you to slip right into the turquoise lagoon to explore the amazing reef. The carefree, understated luxury experience includes holistic wellness treatments, South Indian-influenced cuisine and world-class diving. The style and design of the overwater suites and villas are unlike any other luxury resort in the Maldives.
The new Maalifushi by COMO is the first luxury resort in the Maldives to open in the pristine Thaa Atoll. With overwater villas and garden suites, it is the ultimate destination to get away from it all. Each overwater villa has its own private terrace for easily slipping into the sea and an infinity pool, while the garden rooms are set into the island’s tropical heart.
Adventure World loves the overwater suites that are inspired by dhoni boats.
Adventure World loves the Shambahala spa philosophy for healthy living.
Vivanta by Taj – Coral Reef
Taj Exotica Spa & Resort
This resort offers a rare combination of a relaxing hideaway with the comforts of a truly world-class resort. Located on Hembadhu, North Male Atoll, the beach villas are located on the smooth white sand, seconds away from the water, offering private sit-outs, sun decks, hammocks and open-air garden showers. On stilts over the turquoise waters, the lagoon villas, with their private sun deck, boast views of the ocean.
Taj Exotica is an exclusive, romantic island resort encircled by the clear blue waters of one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. The resort is on Emboodhu Finolhu, in South Male Atoll and spreads idyllically along a pristine beach and serene lagoon. The awardwinning resort seamlessly extends the magic of the island’s blessed natural beauty in its design and offers the finest in contemporary luxuries and services.
Adventure World loves the exotic ocean views and dramatic sunsets that have to be seen to be believed.
Adventure World loves the resort’s complete seclusion, surrounded by crystal clear waters.
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Brochure Booking Terms & Conditions In these booking terms and conditions the expressions “Adventure World”, “we”, “our” or “us” include Adventure World Travel Pty Limited (Licence No. 2TA5870 A.B.N. 69 122 505 631) and entities that assist or participate with Adventure World Travel Pty Ltd in the provision of the services it agrees to provide (where the context permits, including its and their employee and agents) and the expressions “you”, “your”, “client” or the “passenger” include a person seeking or requiring the services offered by Adventure World, all other persons (if any) included with that person in the booking and that person’s or those persons’ travel agent (if any). 1. VALIDITY This brochure is valid from 01/09/2014 to 31/12/2015. Please carefully read and ensure you understand the following terms and conditions. You must not make any booking unless you understand and agree with the following terms and conditions. 2. 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