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SMALL GROUP TOURING

Asia 2019 | 20 www.bunniktours.com.au

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CONTENTS Asia regional map

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Keep an eye out for these symbols

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Airfares included | Upgrade to business class

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Benefits of Small Group Touring | The Bunnik Way

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Just some of the reasons why Smaller is Better

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Festival & special departures

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Small groups, unforgettable experiences

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How we travel

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Where we stay

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Nothing beats local knowledge

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Photo competition | Connect with us on social media

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How to book a Bunnik Tour | Loyalty discount

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Let’s talk fitness

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Small Print

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SMALL GROUP TOURING JAPAN, CHINA & SOUTH KOREA

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China in Depth

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China’s Silk Road

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South Korea in Depth

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Discover South Korea & Japan

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Japan Discovery

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Colours of Northern Japan

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Discover Winter in Japan

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Circle Hokkaido & Japan Discovery

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SMALL GROUP TOURING SOUTHEAST ASIA

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Highlights of Vietnam

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Vietnam in Depth

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Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

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Vietnam & Cambodia in Depth

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Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

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Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos in Depth

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Highlights of Cambodia & Laos

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Cambodia & Laos in Depth

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SMALL GROUP TOURING INDIA & SRI LANKA

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Sri Lankan Discovery

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60

Northern Sri Lanka

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62

Colours of Rajasthan

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India in Depth

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Southern China & Hong Kong

Colours of Rajasthan & Nepal

FRONT COVER Sapa, Vietnam by Karin Bunnik

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Cruise & Tour

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Welcome to the Bunnik Way of travel We have always been a family of travellers at heart, exploring the world around us with equal parts wonder, good humour and curiosity. A veritable melting pot of cultures, cuisines and contrasting landscapes, Asia holds a special place in our family’s heart and we would love to share our Asia with you. Maximum Group Size 20

Airfares included

Tailored for Australians by Australians

In creating our small group tours we are driven by two guiding principles. First, everything we do is about your experience, which is why we only run tours with a maximum of 20 people—less time waiting, more time exploring. Second, when done properly, tourism can be an incredible force for good that generates economic and social benefits in the places we visit. Our itineraries are crafted to really get to the heart of all that a destination has to offer through a balance of organised sightseeing, special local experiences and time for independent exploration. We know that some of the best experiences are when you wander away from the group and make your own discoveries. More than a checklist, our small group tours connect people, places and cultures, which is an important connection that helps to break down barriers, creates lifelong memories and, best of all, shares the benefits of tourism with all. Discover our passion for this incredible planet and its inhabitants, and experience Asia the ‘Bunnik Way’! Dennis, Marion & Sacha Bunnik

The Bunnik Tours Difference MAX

20 Maximum Group Size 20

Airfares included

No hidden extras

Unique itineraries

Balanced tours

Less time waiting for others, more time with your guide and room to spread out on the bus - small groups really do give you a better holiday experience.

We include return international airfares from Australia as part of the tour package. It allows us to offer you a complete, stress-free holiday package.

Our tours include flights, all sightseeing, many meals and even taxes and tips where appropriate. Our ‘optional extras’ are based on specialinterest activities that don’t always appeal to everyone, meaning they’re truly optional.

Our itineraries are designed to really capture the essence of the places we visit - both on the tourist trail and off it. Multinight stops, unique local experiences and free time combine to create amazing journeys.

Our tours strike the right balance between organised sightseeing and independent free time to explore a destination, discover its secrets and make new memories, or to just simply relax and take it all in.


Baku Urumqi Beijing

Turpan Kashgar

Jiayuguan

Dunhuang

Lanzhou Xiahe

Xi'an CHINA

Chengdu Bikaner

Delhi

Jaisalmer

Zhangjiajie

Pokhara 5 Kathmandu Chitwan Varanasi

Guilin Lijiang Dali

Yangshuo Kunming

Mandalay INDIA

Bagan

Mumbai

MYANMAR

Goa

Changsa

Shangri-La

Jaipur Agra Manvar Jodhpur Ranthambore 3 Udaipur Bundi Orchha Khajuraho

Chiang Rai

Hong Kong

Sapa Hanoi

LAOS 7 Luang

Halong Bay

Prabang Inle Vang Vieng Lake Hue Chiang Vientiane Hoi An Mai Phitsanulok Yangon Ayutthaya THAILAND VIETNAM Kanchanaburi Bangkok

Kochi

Shibaozhai

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Chongqing

NEPAL

Tomijung Lumbini

Yichang

Siem Reap CAMBODIA

Phnom Penh

Jaffna Anuradhapura Sigiriya Trincomalee 1 Polonnaruwa Negombo Kandy Colombo Yala Hikkaduwa

Khao Sok

Saigon Mekong Delta

SRI LANKA

Kuching

Asia There’s a treasure trove of amazing experiences awaiting you in exotic Asia! From sushi making in Tokyo to camel riding in the Thar Desert in northwestern India, as well as visiting all the major attractions, we take time to meet the locals and share some experiences you’ll remember forever.

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10 countries

50+ UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites 20

60+ special experiences

Maximum group size 20

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Sapporo Hakodate Hirosaki Akita

Aomori Morioka Sendai

Nagano Kanazawa Mt Seorak Seoul Muju Jeonju

Tokyo

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Hakone Mt Fuji Osaka Kyoto

JAPAN

Hiroshima

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Geongju

SOUTH KOREA

Sigiriya Visit a traditional village, learn about their daily life and be welcomed into a local home to feast on regional delicacies.

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Sri Lankan Discovery

Chengdu Get up close with the endangered giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. China in Depth

Shanghai

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Varanasi Take a rickshaw down to the holy Ganges River to observe the aarti prayer ceremony, performed at Dashashvamedh Ghat at sunset.

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India in Depth

Kinabatangan Sandakan River Kota Danum Valley Kinabalu Conservation Area 4 Mulu

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MALAYSIA

Sibu Lubok Antu

Kathmandu Explore the backpacker district of Thamel and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Patan Durbar Square by rickshaw.

Luang Prabang Join the locals to experience the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of pétanque and a typical Laotian dinner. Cambodia & Laos in Depth

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Walk through lush rainforest to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Deer Cave and Lang’s Cave in Mulu National Park. Discover Borneo

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Colours of Rajasthan & Nepal

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Mulu

Nagano See the snow monkeys bathing in Jigokudani Yaen Koen’s hot springs in Joshinetsu-Kogen National Park. Discover Winter in Japan

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Gyeongju Visit the UNESCO World Heritagelisted Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, and enjoy a tea ceremony with monks. South Korea in Depth 5


KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THESE SYMBOLS We all love to travel, but we each like to do it differently. Throughout the brochure we’ve tried to make identifying these Bunnik touches easier with a series of easy-to-read icons. Choosing the small group tour to suit you has never been easier.

Highlights

In-Depth

Multi-country

Our Highlights small group tours are perfect for those who don’t have a whole load of time but want to cover the very best a region has to offer.

These In-Depth small group tours are all about the destination and having plenty of time to acquaint yourself with your surrounds, the local culture and all of those must-see sites.

Recognising that Australians have to travel further for our overseas holidays, these multi-country tours make the most of that time away and pack a real sightseeing punch.

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Festival & special departures

Guaranteed departure

Giving you the best of both worlds! We’ve partnered with the world’s leading cruise lines to bring you a seamless experience that combines the benefits of small group land touring, with the luxury of ocean cruising.

Our festival and special departures capture some of the world’s most unique and exciting events and festivals. From the cherry blossom season in Japan and South Korea to the incredible Pushkar festival in India, these tours promise to be something special!

Keep an eye out for this symbol as it indicates the minimum passenger numbers required for a guaranteed departure. Most tours in Asia can depart with as little as 4 passengers! Check the website for up-to-date departure information.

Special experiences

UNESCO World Heritage-listed

Character accommodation

A tour through Asia with Bunnik Tours is not just about clocking up countries or ticking off major sights. Of course we’ll show you the famous attractions, but by staying an extra day here and there, and moving beyond the regular tourist areas, you’ll discover the real essence of the places we visit.

The world is an amazing place with cultural, historical and natural sites needing preservation. We visit an abundance of UNESCO World Heritagelisted sites on our small group tours. Keep your cameras charged!

From staying in a traditional Ryokan in Hakone, Japan to a beautiful tented camp in India’s Thar Desert or floating down the Mekong in a traditional Vietnamese cruise boat, if it’s worth the experience, we’ll include it.

Meals

Nights

Transportation

Breakfast is included daily along with group welcome and farewell dinners. We’ll also include some special dining experiences along the way and meals where it might otherwise be tricky to get it for yourself. We purposefully do not include all meals, so that you have the opportunity to eat outside a hotel setting and really experience life as a local.

We include multi-night stops to give you time to breathe and take in your surrounds. It’s about finding that balance between making the most of your time away and recognising that you are on holidays and need the time to just ‘be’.

We like to mix our transportation up when we travel because we believe it makes for a better holiday. After all, anybody can give you a coach tour. For us it’s all about the experience!

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Airfares included We include return international airfares from Australia as part of the tour package, using only reputable carriers such as Singapore Airlines. It allows us to offer you a complete, stress-free holiday package yet still gives you the flexibility to extend your stay or upgrade to premium economy, business or first class.

We’re flexible Did we mention we’re flexible? If you’d like to fly out to your destination earlier or spend a few extra days away at the end of your tour we’re happy to assist. Anything is possible, just ask our friendly team of consultants.

Upgrade to business class If you are looking for that extra bit of comfort, then we are also able to upgrade your flights to premium economy, business or first class. We have access to some of the best rates in the industry so if you are travelling for an extra-special birthday, celebration or just simply prefer to travel this way then be sure to ask your travel consultant for more details.

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SMALL GROUP TOURING

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Benefits of Small Group Touring Group touring has many wellknown benefits. With all the logistics taken care of, you’re able to sit back and enjoy every moment of your holiday. See more for your money and make great friends along the way.

However, there is one downside to traditional coach touring that nobody talks about - the practicality of travelling in a large group.

because the guide is busy with everybody else. These issues exist on all large group tours, whether they are 3 or 5 star.

There’s a lot of waiting for everybody to catch up or just get on or off the bus, the extra time taken to allocate hotel rooms, check-in or order at a restaurant. Then there is being told where to sit on the bus and not getting the chance to have your questions answered

It is for this reason that Bunnik Tours pioneered the concept of small group touring. Small group touring where our maximum group size will never exceed 20 passengers, where we won’t ever hide behind the vagaries of average group sizes or stretch

the definition of a small group to extend to 40 people. In a small group you still have all the benefits of a group tour, but none of the irritations of travelling with a large group. Because we know that a smaller group makes for some unforgettable experiences.

Travelling the Bunnik Way means touring in a small group made up of like-minded people. People who want to connect with the places and cultures they visit. People who share a love and passion for this incredible planet and its inhabitants. With you in mind, our itineraries include a balance between:

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all the famous landmarks that you rightly expect to see on a tour unique local experiences that only small groups can access plenty of time for independent exploration and discovery. We believe there is no better way to create lifelong memories and really get to the heart of all that a destination has to offer!

Small Groups | Unforgettable Experiences


Just some of the reasons why Smaller is Better

More time with your guide Our low guest-to-guide ratio means you’ll have more one-on-one time to ask questions and take advantage of your guide’s expert local knowledge.

Less time waiting

More space on the bus

Getting on and off the bus, hotel check-ins, comfort stops, meals - with a smaller group everything is easier and quicker, giving you more time to enjoy your holiday.

Our groups are small but our vehicles are not! You’ll have plenty of room to spread out with ample spare seats.

More hotel choice

Better views

Getting off the tourist trail

Big groups stay in the big hotel chains. We have the flexibility to choose from a wider range of accommodation based on factors such as character, service and location.

Being in a small group means you’ll get a better view of the places we visit. You won’t have to jostle with dozens of fellow travellers to get the best views and photo opportunities.

The logistical challenges of large groups mean that they are restricted to places and experiences that can cater for large numbers. Small groups can get off the beaten track and really experience a destination.

More fun!

Being a responsible tourist

Being in a small group means you get to know your fellow travellers and many of our guests establish lasting friendships on our tours.

Bunnik Tours firmly believes that tourism can create understanding between cultures and generate economic and social benefits in the places we visit. Our small tour groups are low-impact and don’t ruin the very places we go to see.

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FESTIVAL & SPECIAL DEPARTURES Witness some of Asia’s most unique and exciting events and celebrations on our selected festival and special departures. Our festival departures include the carnival spectacle of India’s fascinating Pushkar Camel Fair, the pageantry of Sri Lanka’s Kandy Festival, and the incredible winter wonderland of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan. We’ve got all your tastes covered!

Kandy Festival, Sri Lanka

Pushkar Camel Fair, India

Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan

Watch in awe as decorated elephants and thousands of dancers, drummers, torchbearers and whip-crackers in traditional costumes weave their way through the crowds during Sri Lanka’s biggest and most spectacular festival. Our departures include seats to a special viewing gallery to watch the pageant.

Experience one of the world’s largest camel fairs. The festival is held on the banks of Pushkar Lake and is attended by thousands of people each year. Livestock is bought and sold and stalls abound with jewellery and textiles. The festival begins each year with a camel race followed by music and exhibitions.

For more than 60 years, the annual Sapporo Snow Festival has been one of Japan’s most popular winter events. Featuring spectacular sculptures crafted from snow and ice, as well as activities and culinary delights, it’s not to be missed!

Sri Lankan Discovery

Colours of Rajasthan

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Discover Winter in Japan

Cherry Blossom, Japan & South Korea

Autumn Colours, Japan & South Korea

Travelling to Japan or South Korea in spring is a truly magical experience as the cherry blossoms blanket the land in colour. Discover this incredible region while the countries are in full bloom in late March to early April.

The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity in Japan and South Korea for centuries. Discover these beautiful countries while they are bathed in red and gold from midNovember to mid-December.

Japan Discovery / Colours of Northern Japan / Discover South Korea & Japan / South Korea in Depth

Japan Discovery / Colours of Northern Japan / Discover South Korea & Japan / South Korea in Depth

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SMALL GROUPS UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

Small group experience There’s nothing we love more than sharing in some of the unforgettable moments that our small groups experience on tour. Whether you’re cruising down the jungle-fringed Gin Oya River in Sri Lanka, watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat in Cambodia, taking part in the local Wanko Soba tradition in Japan or exploring Beijing’s hutongs by rickshaw, there’s plenty of amazing experiences waiting for you.

Experience China’s wild South

Enjoy traditional Cambodian fare

Thar Desert camel safari

Discover the breathtaking Zhangjiajie National Forest, which provided inspiration for James Cameron’s epic blockbuster Avatar, on a full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wulinyuan Scenic Area in beautiful Southern China.

Discover the life, customs and culture of rural Cambodia as you travel by ox cart through a typical Cambodian village. Meet a local family and learn more about their daily life as they prepare a traditional lunch using locallysourced ingredients.

Drive from Jaisalmer to spend a night in the beautiful tented camp of Manvar in the heart of the vast Thar Desert. Enjoy an evening traversing the rolling sand dunes on a camel safari to experience the enchanting and otherwordly serenity.

Southern China & Hong Kong

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Colours of Rajasthan

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TRANSPORT & ACCOMMODATION

How we travel Like all tour companies, we have clean, comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles. Our small group policy means there are always plenty of empty seats. Where we differ is that we offer much more than just buses. We like to mix it up because we believe it makes for a better holiday. After all, anybody can give you a bus tour. For us it’s all about the experience!

Train

Tuk tuk, rickshaw and ox cart

By ocean, river and sea

Trains are an easy and relaxing way to travel in Asia, and a great way to see some of Asia’s most scenic countryside. Whether you’re zipping through Japan, China or South Korea on board one of their renowned high-speed trains, or taking one of the local trains through India or Sri Lanka, you are guaranteed some fantastic views!

There’s nothing fun about being stuck in traffic while on holiday. Our small group philosophy means we have the flexibility to jump on some of the more unique and local transport. Imagine taking a tuk tuk through Siem Reap to dinner, or travelling through Varanasi or Beijing by rickshaw. You’ll feel like a local and see, smell and hear more of the places we visit!

Whether you’re enjoying a leisurely cruise through the towering limestone pillars of Halong Bay, cruising around Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido or floating through India’s Alleppey backwaters on board a traditional houseboat, one thing is for sure there are few better ways to relax than being out on the water.

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Where we stay Our small group sizes mean we can stay where the big groups can’t. Location, character and cleanliness beat bland chain hotels every time. From a traditional Ryokan in Hakone, Japan to a beautiful tented camp in India’s Thar Desert, if it’s worth the experience, we’ll include it.

Our ratings

Manvar Desert Camp

Traditional Japanese Ryokan

In Asia we use 3- to 5-star hotels - clean, comfortable and in the right location. All rooms have private facilities and daily breakfast is included. We stay in big bustling cities and small scenic towns, historic buildings with varying room sizes and lots of character.

Nestled in the mystical sand dunes of India’s Thar Desert, Manvar Desert Camp is an oasis. The pristine beauty, tranquility and unbelievable silence are truly aweinspiring. Head out from here to explore the everchanging and enchanting sand dunes at sunset on camelback.

After the hustle and bustle of ultra-modern Tokyo, enjoy a slower pace and experience the charm of old Japan with a stay at a Ryokan - a traditional style of Japanese accommodation dating back centuries. Relax in the beautiful on-site hot springs and savour a delicious typical Japanese dinner.

Bhaya Cruise on Halong Bay There are few better ways to experience Halong Bay than spending a night on board the beautiful 4-star Bhaya cruise ship peaceful, relaxing and simply unforgettable.

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NOTHING BEATS LOCAL KNOWLEDGE All of our guides are carefully selected for their expertise, passion and genuine love of their country. Dennis, Marion and Sacha travel yearly around the world, conducting intensive training sessions and sharing their insight into how Australians really love to experience a destination on tour. You’ll find our guides have an energy and enthusiasm that is infectious and once you’ve experienced a Bunnik tour, we’re sure you’ll agree that we have some of the best tour guides in the world. In short, these important members of our family are Bunnik Tours!

Davinder

Canh Hoa

Priya

Davinder hails from the beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir, where his family worked closely with the Royal family. He has a deep passion for travel and has been working as a tour guide for more than 25 years, leading groups all throughout India. His guests appreciate his knowledge and the passion he shows for his country.

As a well-studied and well-travelled tourism scholar, Hoa’s great passion is taking his guests through the history and culture of his much loved home, Vietnam. Hoa has been part of the Bunnik family since 2013 and loves to share his real life experiences, leaving most with wanting more.

Priya is possibly one of the most passionate guides you’ll come across. Always wearing a hearty smile, he is an embodiment of the warm hospitality Sri Lanka is known for. With over 18 years of experience, he still loves sharing his knowledge on history, flora, fauna and social customs, helping all of his guests fall in love with Sri Lanka.

Kathmandu by Priscilla Aster

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Apprentice Geisha in Kyoto

We take great pride in the tours we create and are pleased to say that the images featured in this brochure were taken by Bunnik Tours team members and clients, where possible. We believe they provide a truer representation of the places we visit.

A picture is worth $1,000 voucher Want to see your photo featured in glossy print? Bunnik Insiders can submit their best and brightest photos via our website www.bunniktours.com.au/photocontest You’ll also go in the running for our $1,000 GRAND PRIZE! We have monthly winners who receive a copy of Lonely Planet’s beautiful coffee table guide “The Travel Book”, and our annual winner is awarded the $1,000 Bunnik Tours Voucher grand prize to put towards their next small group tour!

Need more inspiration? Check out our website for inspiring image galleries, travel stories and links to Bunnik Tours’ social media. You can even sign up for our monthly newsletters to keep up to date with the latest travel news and deals. Visit bunniktours.com.au

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BOOKING YOUR TOUR

How to book a Bunnik Tour Planning your holiday is half the fun and it pays to be prepared. You’ll find lots of information on our website including videos, client reviews, loads of photos and more detailed itineraries.

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Deposit

Payment schedule

To confirm your booking, we will need a non-refundable deposit. Other deposits may be required, depending on extra arrangements you book with us.

45 days after your booking has been confirmed, we’ll request a progress payment in order to cover airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges.

Travel safety

Passport & visas

For the latest government advice on travel safety and security please visit and register your holiday on www.smartraveller.gov.au.

Australian travellers require visas for a number of countries. We can help you obtain them. It’s important to note that they can take time to arrange.

Loyalty discount We love to travel and hope you’ll want to again, too! So, on top of other applicable discounts, we’ll give you $100 towards your next tour. And once you have travelled on 4 or more Bunnik Tours, you’ll receive a loyalty discount of $250 per person!

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Tipping Made Easy Tipping is not a part of everyday Australian life, so many of us feel unsure about when or how much to tip. However, tipping is expected in many of the countries we visit and often makes up a large part of people’s wages, so it’s important to get it right.

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Travel insurance You will need to arrange travel insurance. This is not a choice, it’s compulsory, compulsory as we’d hate for something somethingto tohappend happen to toyou youand and you’re not covered.

Your travel documents Your documents, including itineraries and hotel lists, are prepared approximately three weeks before you depart.

For this reason we have developed a program for selected destinations. This simple system sees us collect tips at the time of booking. We then pass these tips to our local staff and they take care of all the tipping. Easy! It is compulsory for logistical reasons that all tour members participate.

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Canopy walkway, Borneo

Let’s talk fitness At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging. We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to prioritise your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours. At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! This is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible tour for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding. Bunnik Tours are for independently-minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:

Bunnik Tours travellers need to:

1. Generous amounts of free time

1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces

2. Lots of walking

2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills

3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/ humid climates 4. Carry their own luggage 5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Please note: Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

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SMALL GROUP TOURING JAPAN, CHINA & SOUTH KOREA

"Japan is a beautiful country - the scenery is just amazing and the Japanese people are so friendly and courteous. And the delicious food was also an absolute highlight!" Maria S Japan Discovery

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Small Groups | Unforgettable Experiences


From Japan's iconic Mt Fuji, to the Great Wall of China and the neon-lit alleyways of South Korea's Seoul, one of the most technologically-advanced cities in the world, there is plenty to discover in beautiful Eastern Asia.

Japan, China & South Korea Snapshot

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Japan

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Like the perfect piece of sushi, Japan manages to effortlessly marry ancient tradition with modern convenience in a simple, yet elegant manner.

China is one of the world's oldest continuous civilisations, with beauty to match. No matter where you go, the remnants of Ancient China aren't far!

Whether you're looking for peace and tranquility or a super-fast WiFi connection, you'll find it in South Korea, the Land of the Morning Calm.

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JAPAN, CHINA & SOUTH KOREA

Despite relations between Japan, China and South Korea stretching back hundreds, and even thousands of years, each country has its own unique history, culture, customs and traditions, and are all fantastic travel destinations in their own right.


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China in Depth

Destinations visited: 1 country

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Character accommodation: 3-night Yangtze river cruise

UNESCO World Heritage: 5 sites

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Airfares & Tips Included High-speed train

Immerse yourself in the beauty and traditions of the Far East on this in-depth journey through modern and ancient China. Explore the cities of Beijing and Shanghai, visit the iconic Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and giant pandas, and cruise the beautiful Li & Yangtze Rivers.

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Yichang Shibaozhai Chongqing

• Top sights • Beijing • Xi'an • Chengdu • Yangtze River

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Li River

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TOP Li River OPPOSITE PAGE LEFT Zhujiajiao Water Town by David Hein OPPOSITE PAGE RIGHT Forbidden City by David Hein

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Itinerary Day 2. Beijing Ride through Beijing’s hutongs (narrow streets and alleys) by rickshaw to explore a different side of the city. We’ll then visit a local home to try some homemade dumplings. After lunch we’ll visit the beautiful Summer Palace and take a dragonboat cruise on Kunming Lake. Tonight we enjoy an authentic Peking Duck banquet for our group welcome dinner. [B,L,D] Day 3. Beijing A must-do for every visitor to China, today we’ll walk a small section of the Great Wall. Built more than 2,000 years ago, and spanning some 6,700 kilometres, the Great Wall is perhaps China’s most iconic attraction. We also visit Sacred Road; lined with huge stone statues, it was originally built to lead the way to the Changling Mausoleum. [B,L] Day 4. Beijing Today we visit Tiananmen Square and explore the Forbidden City. We’ll also discover the beautiful Temple of Heaven, where emperors performed rituals to ensure a good harvest in ancient times. [B,L] Day 5. Beijing - Xi’an We travel to Xi’an by fast train. Highlights of our city tour this afternoon includes the wellpreserved city walls and the Bell Tower. [B] Day 6. Xi’an We see the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses this morning. Later we’ll explore the Muslim Market, passing through its narrow bazaar street filled with local delicacies, snacks and souvenirs. We'll also enjoy a Shadow Puppet show in Xi'an's Muslim Quarter - the famous Silk Road's starting point over 1,000 years ago. [B,L] Day 7. Xi’an - Guilin This morning we fly to beautiful Guilin. Its name means ‘Forest of Sweet Osmanthus’ due to the many osmanthus trees that line the streets of the city. This afternoon we’ll visit the Reed Flute Cave and explore scenic Fubo Hill. [B,L] Day 8. Guilin - Yangshuo A relaxing day cruising the Li River to Yangshuo. Enjoy the stunning views of the dramatic karst mountain landscape and watch colourful village life pass us by. [B,L] Day 9. Yangshuo We’ll take a cooking class this morning and learn some traditional techniques and recipes.

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The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for you to take in this beautiful setting at your own pace. Why not take a stroll down the famous West Street for dinner? [B,L] Day 10. Yangshuo - Chengdu Today we fly to Chengdu, home of the giant pandas. Enjoy an afternoon cup of traditional Chinese tea at Wenshu Temple - Chengdu’s oldest and largest Buddhist temple before soaking up the charming atmosphere of Jinli Old Street. [B,D] Day 11. Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise We get up close with the endangered giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Later we take an express train to Chongqing for our three-night cruise on the Yangtze River, Asia's longest river. [B,L] Day 12. Yangtze River Cruise Enjoy the stunningly captivating scenery as we cruise along the Yangtze. This afternoon we’ll take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, the ‘Precious Stone Fortress’, built during the Ming Dynasty. [B,L,D]

Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to China. Taxes included • 3 economy-class flights within China • Bullet train between Beijing & Xi'An • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding rickshaws and some waterbased activities) Transportation: coach, rickshaw, maglev train, plane, river cruise, cable car, boat & local train Accommodation: • 13 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star) • 3 nights on The Yangtze Century Paragon cruise ship (5 star - Chinese standard) includes quality meals, on board service and some shore excursions Meals: 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Day 13. Yangtze River Cruise Spend the morning relaxing on board and admiring the view before an afternoon shore excursion to Shenny Stream, a smaller tributary of the Yangtze. [B,L,D]

Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides throughout • English-speaking national guide throughout

Day 14. Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang We visit the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, before disembarking in Yichang. [B,L]

Tips: Tipping Made Easy, $230pp AUD pre-paid

Day 15. Shanghai This morning we fly to Shanghai where we'll spend a day touring this magnificent city. Highlights include a visit to Shanghai Museum, a stroll along the Bund and the famous Nanjing Road. We’ll continue to the beautiful Yu Garden and see the lively Yuyuan Market. Tonight we’ll enjoy an incredible acrobatics show at the Shanghai Centre Theatre. [B,L] Day 16. Shanghai We explore Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town dating back some 700 years. Complete with traditional old bridges and small rivers, it’s set against a beautifully stunning backdrop of lakes and mountains. This evening we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,L,D] Day 17. Depart Shanghai Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 18. Arrive Australia

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07, 14, 21, 28

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21

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $1,950 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Beijing Ni hao! Welcome to China and the bustling capital city of Beijing.

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9,195pp

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Dunhuang 2

Travel part of the famous Silk Road and discover the history of ancient dynasties. From stone-carved grottoes and Tibetan temples to bustling bazaars and ancient villages, discover the fascinating culture and diverse scenery of China’s north on this in-depth journey.

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Xi'an

Chengdu

• Top sights • Xi'an • Jiayughuan Pass • Crescent Lake • Turpan • Kashgar

TOP Terracotta Warriors, Xi'An by David Hein RIGHT Monks on the steps of Labrang Monastery by Gill Penney OPPOSITE PAGE Mogao Caves, Dunhuang

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Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Xi’an Welcome to China and the city of Xi’an, gateway to the famous Silk Road. Day 2. Xi’an Enjoy a morning at leisure to relax or explore before we see the well-preserved ancient city walls and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty. We’ll also explore the Muslim Market, and pass through its narrow bazaar street filled with local delicacies and souvenirs - this was the starting point of the famous Silk Road more than 1,000 years ago. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D] Day 3. Xi’an - Lanzhou After breakfast we’ll visit the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Discovered in 1974 by local farmers, the Terracotta Warriors were one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century. More than 6,000 life-sized warriors and horses were sculpted individually and arranged in battle formation to protect the mausoleum of China's first emperor, Emperor Qin Shihuang. This afternoon we fly to Lanzhou. [B,L] Day 4. Lanzhou - Xiahe Today we cruise along the Yellow River to see the Bingling Temple, which is a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculptures. Bingling means ‘ten thousand Buddhas’ in the Tibetan language and the construction of these caves dates back to the Western Jin Dynasty some 1,700 years ago. After lunch we’ll continue east to Xiahe. [B,L] Day 5. Xiahe Begin the day at the most important Tibetan Buddhist monastery outside of Tibet, Labrang Monastery, characterised by its white walls and gilded roof with views out over the city. Later we travel to the site of Bajiao, an old Chinese village inhabited by Tibetans. [B,L] Day 6. Xiahe - Lanzhou - Jiayuguan This morning we return to Lanzhou where we board the fast train to Jiayuguan. [B,L] Day 7. Jiayuguan - Dunhuang The Jiayu Pass is the largest and bestpreserved pass of China’s Great Wall. This morning we’ll visit the pass, along with an amazing portion of the Wall now known as the ‘Overhanging Great Wall’. This afternoon we travel through the vast open desert to Dunhuang. [B,L] Day 8. Dunhuang Visit the incredible Mogao Caves, a system of 492 temples carved into the rock face. Also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes, the caves are a shrine of beautiful Buddhist art. Constructed over a millennium, the caves hold an impressive array of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures. This afternoon we’ll discover the ancient oasis of Crescent Lake, an amazing crescentshaped lake completely surrounded by sand dunes. [B,L]

Inclusions Day 10. Turpan Venture out into the Silk Road’s vast open expanses this morning in the Turoq Valley, visiting Gaochang and the Tombs of Astana. Gaochang was once a prosperous city along the Silk Road, but today not much remains. The city's inhabitants were interred in the Tombs of Astana. Three of these tombs are open for us to explore and we will see the well-preserved paintings on the tomb walls and artefacts dating back to the 5th century. The amazing Flaming Mountains await after lunch where the mountains radiate the heat of the midday sun, so much so that they can appear to be on fire. We also visit the Bezelik Thousand Buddha Caves. Here 57 of the original 83 caves remain, but have been subject to damage over the centuries from foreign explorers. [B,L] Day 11. Turpan - Urumqi Leaving Turpan this morning, we head out to the ruins of a 2,300 year-old city located along the Silk Road, Jiaohe. Now an archaeological site, it is considered one of the oldest, largest and best preserved earthen cities of its time in China. We continue to the Emin Minaret and the Turpan Museum before heading to the Karez Irrigation Site, an indigenous method of irrigation developed by the Turpan people. [B,L] Day 12. Urumqi - Kashgar This morning we fly to Kashgar, another important trading city on the Silk Road, famous for its buzzing Sunday bazaar. We’ll explore the Old City, which was home to the revered and powerful ruler Abakh Khoja. Later we visit Id Kah Mosque, considered the biggest mosque in China. [B,L] Day 13. Kashgar Wander through what was once the Silk Road’s most important trading market, the Kashgar Sunday Bazaar, imagining how Marco Polo and other famous explorers would have stopped here to trade their goods. This afternoon we'll visit the Xiangfei Tomb. The Xiangfei Tomb belongs to his granddaughter who was forced to marry an emperor of the Qing dynasty. She spent 28 years in the Forbidden City, never to see her family again. After her death, her body was brought on a three year journey back to the city. [B,L]

Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to China. Taxes included • 4 economy-class flights within China • 2 train journeys based on 1st class reserved seats • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding some water-based activities) Transportation: coach, boat, train & plane Accommodation: 14 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star) Meals: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 2 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking national guide throughout Tips: Tipping Made Easy, $420pp AUD pre-paid

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26

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23

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Day 14. Kashgar - Urumqi This morning we fly to Urumqi. Here we’ll visit the incredible Heavenly Lake, nestled in the middle of Bogda Peak. Lying 1,900m above sea level, one of the lake’s main water sources is melted snow, meaning it enjoys crystal-clear water. We'll also visit the Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar before our group farewell dinner this evening. [B,L,D] Day 15. Depart Chengdu Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 16. Arrive Australia

Day 9. Dunhuang - Turpan This morning we’ll visit the Dunhuang Town Museum before our afternoon fast train to Turpan, one of China’s oldest cities and one of the Silk Road’s key points since ancient times. [B] bunniktours.com.au

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Liuyuan UNESCO World Heritage: 2 Dunhuang 4 sites Jiayuguan 1

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7,595pp

Airfares & Tips Included Zhangjiajie

Delve into China's rich history and experience its vast natural beauty on this captivating tour of Southern China and Hong Kong. Explore ancient towns, villages and temples, be mesmerised by the haunting landscapes of the Wulinyuan Scenic Area and discover a more modern China in Hong Kong.

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Shangri-La

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2

Changsha

Lijiang 2 Dali 1

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Bullet train

Kunming 2

Hong Kong

• Top sights • Stone Forest in Kunming • Xizhou Bai Minority Village • Dali Ancient Town • Wulinyuan Scenic Area • Hong Kong

TOP Stone Forest, Kunming by Sacha Bunnik RIGHT Hong Kong skyline at night by Yun Xu OPPOSITE PAGE Lijiang Old Town

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Itinerary Day 2. Arrive Kunming Ni hao! Welcome to one of China’s most liveable cities, Kunming. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D] Day 3. Kunming Enjoy a slower start to the day with breakfast and some time at leisure. Our first stop later this morning is the Stone Forest, a vast area of spectacular and intricate limestone formations representative of Southern China’s karst landscape. After lunch in a local restaurant we’ll visit the Jingxing Bird and Flower Market, offering a unique glimpse into the daily life of the locals. [B,L] Day 4. Kunming - Dali This morning we’ll take a bullet train to Dali, known for its relaxed atmosphere and stunning aesthetics. We’ll start our sightseeing in Xizhou Bai, an ethnic minority village full of beautifully preserved ancient architecture. Later we’ll step back in time to visit Dali Ancient Town, where the local Bai population have helped shape its distinctive look and feel. [B,L] Visit the Three Pagodas of the Chongshen Monastery at the base of Cang Mountain, dating all the way back to the 9th century. Day 5. Dali - Lijiang Today we depart for Lijiang, stopping on the way to visit Shaxi Ancient Town, once a stop on the Southern Silk Road. [B,L] Discover Lijiang Ancient Town, which is embraced by the beautiful Lion Mountain in the east, Elephant and Golden Row mountains in the North, and vast fertile fields in the Southeast. Day 6. Lijiang We head out to explore the picturesque Lashihai wetland area. We’ll travel across Lashi Lake and stop at the famous Zhiyun Temple - the first of Lijiang’s five famous lamasery temples. Later we’ll visit Yufeng Temple and meet with some of the minority groups living in the Lashihai Lake area, and also visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shuhe Ancient Town. [B,L]

flight to Zhangjiajie, where we’ll have a free afternoon to explore at our own pace before our group dinner this evening. [B,D] Day 10. Zhangjiajie Discover the breathtaking Zhangjiajie National Forest, which provided inspiration for James Cameron’s epic blockbuster Avatar, on a full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wulinyuan Scenic Area. [B,L] Day 11. Zhangjiajie - Changsha Today we test our mettle on Tianmen Mountain’s formidable Glass Skywalk. Situated some 1,400 metres up the mountain, we’ll need to take the cable car to experience this feat of modern engineering. Tianmen Mountain, also known ‘Heavenly Gate Mountain’, offers spectacular views of the areas natural beauty. With our feet firmly back on solid ground, we continue our journey on to Changsha. [B,L] Day 12. Changsha - Hong Kong We fly to Hong Kong this morning, where we’ll enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Hong Kong has many titles, but it is perhaps best known as one of the world’s primary financial, shopping, culinary and cultural hubs. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this vibrant and densely populated urban centre. [B] Day 13. Hong Kong Explore Hong Kong with a morning tour that includes the relaxed and resort-like Repulse Bay, Aberdeen and Victoria Peak. The afternoon is free for you to shop, explore or simply relax ahead of tonight’s group farewell dinner cruise in Victoria Harbour. [B,D] Day 14. Depart Hong Kong Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 15. Arrive Australia

Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to China. Taxes included • 2 economy-class flights within China • 1 bullet train journey based on 1st class reserved seats • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water-based activities) Transportation: coach, train & plane Accommodation: 12 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star) Meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 3 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking national guide throughout Tips: Tipping Made Easy, $335pp AUD pre-paid

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05, 19

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02, 23

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01, 15

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13

Nov

10

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Day 7. Lijiang - Shangri-La Gaze out over Tiger Leaping Gorge one of the most scenic and spectacular river canyons in the world, situated on the Jinsha River, a primary tributary of the upper Yangtze River. This afternoon arrive in Shangri-La City, the capital of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. We’ll also visit the Yi Village - the Yi are an ethnic minority. [B,L] Day 8. Shangri-La We start the day exploring the Pudacuo National Park and one of its two lakes, Shudu Lake. Pudacao National Park is notably home to the vulnerable black-necked cranes, many rare and beautiful orchids, and a Himalayan Yew, extracts of which are a source of an anti-cancer drug. Later we’ll visit the Gedan Songzanlin Monastery, established during the Ming Dynasty. [B,L] Visit a local Tibetan family in their home to learn about their daily life, culture and traditions. Day 9. Shangri-La - Kunming - Zhangjiajie Enjoy a relaxed morning at leisure until our bunniktours.com.au

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Day 1. Depart Australia

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South Korea in Depth

Destinations visited: 1 country

days:

14

UNESCO World Heritage: 3 sites

Special departures: Experience the magic of Cherry Blossom (Mar / Apr) or witness stunning Autumn Colours (Oct / Nov)

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6,795pp

Airfares & Tips Included

Nami Island

2 Mt Seorak

Seoul (2,2) 4 SOUTH KOREA

The ‘Land of the Morning Calm’, South Korea has become a melting pot of modernity and tradition. From the elegant skyscrapers and ancient palaces of bustling Seoul, to tea ceremonies and martial arts, experience the beautiful contrasts between old and new on this in-depth journey.

Jeonju 1 1 Muju

High-speed train 1 Gyeongju 2 Busan

• Top sights • Korean Folk Village • Sinheungsa Temple • Hanok Village • Bulguksa Temple • Demilitarised Zone

TOP Gyeongbokgung Palace gates RIGHT Kimchi OPPOSITE PAGE Great Unification Buddha

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Itinerary Day 2. Arrive Seoul Welcome to Seoul, the capital of South Korea. This buzzing and vibrant city is a beautiful juxtaposition of modern and traditional, where towering skyscrapers neighbour temples and palaces from centuries ago. Enjoy a group welcome dinner tonight. [D] Day 3. Seoul Stepping back in time, we visit the Korean Folk Village to gain an insight into life during the Joseon Dynasty and enjoy a traditional Korean archery experience. After some free time for lunch along famous Insadong Street, we’ll visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, a collection of museums and historical sites. Surrounded by gardens and ancient stone pagodas, these buildings are home to some of Korea’s best treasures. Later this afternoon we visit the iconic N Seoul Tower and admire the views from the observation deck. [B] Day 4. Seoul - Mt Seorak This morning we travel to the tiny half-moonshaped Nami Island, famous for its stunning scenery and open, grassy fields where ducks, chipmunks, squirrels and peacocks welcome visitors. We’ll then continue to Sokcho in Mount Seorak. [B] Day 5. Mt. Seorak Spend a full day exploring stunning Mount Seorak, visiting Sogongwon Park and travelling to Gwongumseong Fortress by cable car. The views on the way are breathtaking, as we’ll see the ruins of the fortress, the treetops of the Sogongwon area and the imposing Ulsanbawi Rock to the north. We’ll visit Sinheungsa Temple, believed to be the oldest Zen temple in the world. It is recognisable by its Great Unification Buddha statue made out of gilt-bronze that represents the crucial wish of the Korean people for the reunification of the divided country. [B] Day 6. Mt Seorak - Jeonju Departing Mt Seorak, we continue to Jeonju via Pyeongchang, where we visit Naksansa Temple. This afternoon we’ll arrive in Jeonju and visit the Bukchon Hanok Village, a community of more than 800 traditional hanok houses. These houses are generally divided into 2 sections - the Anchae for women and the Sarangchae for men. [B]

81,000 wooden printing blocks between 1237 and 1248. [B]

Day 13. Depart Seoul Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 9. Gyeongju - Busan Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto this morning, where we’ll experience a traditional tea ceremony with monks. Bulguksa Temple contains seven of the National Treasures of South Korea, including two pagodas and statues of Buddha. We’ll explore Chomsungdae Observatory, which dates back to the 7th century, and visit Chonma Royal Tumuli. [B]

Day 14. Arrive Australia

Day 10. Busan We begin our sightseeing of Busan at scenic Igidae Park, where we’ll wander along the trails and admire the rugged natural scenery. We’ll also visit the Oryukdo Skywalk, a glass bridge stretching over the ocean at the dividing point between the East and South Seas. Our next stop is the UN Memorial Cemetery, before lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon we’ll visit the local markets and have some free time to explore. [B,L] Day 11. Busan - Seoul This morning we board the high-speed train to Seoul. In the afternoon we’ll step into the kitchen and learn to make Korea’s national dish - the spicy-sour side dish, kimchi. We’ll also get a chance to try on the hanbok (traditional Korean dress). [B] Enjoy a nanta show - a non-verbal comedy show, and a very popular way to spend an evening in South Korea. Day 12. Seoul Today we visit the DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) separating North and South Korea. Take a peek into North Korea from the Dora Observatory and stop at Dorasan Station and Freedom Bridge. We’ll also take a tour of the Third Infiltration Tunnel by monorail. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace back in Seoul. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner, accompanied by a traditional Korean performance. [B,D]

Inclusions Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South Korea. Taxes included • 1 rail journey in South Korea • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (if using group tour flights) • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles Transportation: coach, monorail & bullet train Accommodation: 11 nights in good quality hotels (4-5 star) Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: English-speaking locally based national guide throughout Tips: Tipping Made Easy, $120pp prepaid

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01

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09, 19, 26

07, 11, 18, 25

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Day 7. Jeonju - Muju We continue towards Muju, visiting beautiful Mount Maisan and the Buddhist Tapsa Temple along the way. This temple complex is constructed entirely from stones, making for a very unusual, but very impressive appearance. [B] Relax at a traditional Korean spa, a very important part of the Korean way of life. Try the unique array of facilities and treatments, including ‘bubble sense therapy’ and ‘sound floating’. Day 8. Muju - Gyeongju Learn all about Korea’s traditional martial art, taekwondo, and witness an amazing demonstration. This afternoon we’ll travel to Mt Gayasan and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Haeinsa Temple. It’s one of the Three Jewel Temples representing Buddha’s teachings, and home to the Tripitaka Koreana - a complete set of Buddhist scriptures engraved on more than bunniktours.com.au

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Jeonju 1 Nami Discover the contrasts and similarities Seoul Island 2 (2,2) - two unique between South Korea and Japan 4 countries brimming with SOUTH culture, tradition KOREA and scenic beauty. Explore the thriving cities, visit ancient temples and traditional villages, 1 Jeonju 1 and and try your hand at their culinary 1 Muju cultural crafts.

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Itinerary Day 2. Arrive Seoul Welcome to buzzing Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D] Day 3. Seoul We visit the Korean Folk Village to learn about life during the Joseon Dynasty. Later we visit Gyeongbokgung Palace before admiring the views from the iconic N Seoul Tower. [B] Day 4. Seoul - Mt Seorak This morning we travel to Nami Island, famous for its stunning scenery and friendly wildlife. We’ll then continue to Sokcho. [B] Day 5. Mt. Seorak Spend a full day exploring stunning Mount Seorak, visiting Sogongwon Park and travelling to Gwongumseong Fortress by cable car, which offers breathtaking views. We visit Sinheungsa Temple, believed to be the oldest Zen temple in the world. [B] Day 6. Mt Seorak - Jeonju We visit Naksansa Temple before stopping at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium en route to visiting Jeonju's Bukchon Hanok Village. [B] Day 7. Jeonju - Muju Visit beautiful Mount Maisan and the Buddhist Tapsa Temple on the way to Muju. This temple complex is constructed entirely from stones, making for a very impressive sight. [B] Relax with a traditional Korean spa, an important part of Korean life. Try the unique assortment of facilities and treatments, including ‘sound floating’. Day 8. Muju - Gyeongju Learn all about Korea’s traditional martial art, taekwondo, and witness an amazing demonstration. We travel to Mt Gayasan and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Haeinsa Temple, home to the Tripitaka Koreana - a complete set of engraved Buddhist scriptures. [B] Day 9. Gyeongju - Busan Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, which contains seven of the country's National Treasures. In the afternoon we’ll explore the centuriesold Chomsungdae Observatory. [B] Day 10. Busan We begin our sightseeing of Busan at scenic Igidae Park to admire the rugged natural scenery. We’ll also visit the Oryukdo Skywalk and the UN Memorial Cemetery. [B,L] Day 11. Busan - Seoul After making our way to Seoul by high-speed train we’ll step into the kitchen and learn to make Korea's national dish, kimchi. We’ll also get a chance to try on the hanbok. [B] Enjoy a nanta show - a non-verbal comedy show, and a very popular way to spend an evening in South Korea. Day 12. Seoul Today we visit the Demilitarised Zone separating North and South Korea. Tonight we farewell South Korea with a group dinner and traditional Korean performance. [B,D] Day 13. Seoul - Tokyo We fly to Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling capital! [B] Day 14. Tokyo Begin the day at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish bunniktours.com.au

Market, one of the world’s largest wholesale markets. We’ll then learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi. Later we’ll stroll through the shopping district of Ginza. [B,L,D] Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian Era, known as a Yakatabune. Day 15. Tokyo An exciting day exploring one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Highlights include Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade. Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional Chanko-Nabe lunch. Early this evening we’ll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of Shibuya, including the famous Shibuya intersection the busiest in the world! [B,L] Day 16. Tokyo - Hakone We begin our morning with a stroll through the beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. We’ll then travel to Lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes We'll also visit a former farming village, Iyashi no Sato Nenba, recently reconstructed as a museum after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966. For the next two nights we stay in an authentic ryokan guesthouse. We’ll have the chance to bathe in natural onsen and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner. [B,D] Day 17. Mt Fuji This morning we'll enjoy great views of Mt Fuji from Lake Ashi before riding the Hakone Ropeway to enjoy magnificent vistas. [B,D] Day 18. Hakone - Takayama We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore on foot. [B] Day 19. Takayama We wander through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago with its famous hatched roofs. This afternoon we discover the traditional art of Japanese rice paper-making in Gokayama. [B,L] Day 20. Takayama - Hiroshima Today we continue our bullet-train journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure in this beautiful city. [B] Day 21. Hiroshima We cruise out to tranquil Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate. This afternoon we’ll visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum, commemorating the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. [B] Day 22. Hiroshima - Kyoto We make our way to historic Kyoto by bullet train. Here we visit the stunning Kinkaku-ji. [B] Day 23. Kyoto Today we explore Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari shrine with path consisting of more than 5,000 gates that wind through the hills at the base of Inari mountain. [B] Day 24. Kyoto Today we discover the art behind Japan’s unique crafts and culinary delights! [B] Enjoy a variety of local activities including sake brewing and tasting, and a chance to dress in a kimono. Then witness a traditional dance performance by Maiko.

Day 25. Kyoto - Arashiyama - Osaka We experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony before touring the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tenryu-ji Temple to enjoy a customary Buddhist lunch. We'll also explore the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest before we make our way to Osaka. [B,L] Day 26. Osaka This morning we'll visit the beautiful Himeji Castle and explore the castle grounds. Later we'll enjoy scenic views from the Umeda Sky Building. Enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner this evening. [B,D] Day 27. Depart Osaka Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 28. Arrive Australia

Inclusions Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included • 1 economy-class flight within Asia • 1 rail journey in South Korea • 4 rail journeys in Japan • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (if using group tour flights) • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles Transportation: coach, monorail, plane, gondola, local train, bullet train & Japanese-style houseboat Accommodation: • 23 nights in good quality hotels (3-5 star) • 2 nights in a traditional ryokan guesthouse including a typical Japanese onsen (hot springs) bath followed by a Japanese dinner Meals: 25 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout South Korea • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout Japan Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $110pp prepaid (Korea only). Tipping in Japan is not expected, however this is at your discretion.

Dates & prices 2019 Departures

2020 Departures

Apr

03

Mar

May

01

Oct

09, 19, 26

07, 11, 18, 25

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $3,750 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Japan Discovery

Destinations visited: 1 country

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Special departures: Experience the magic of Cherry Blossom (Mar / Apr) or witness stunning Autumn Colours (Oct / Nov)

UNESCO World Heritage: 7 sites

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10,895pp

Takayama

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Discover the many different sides of fascinating Japan on this in-depth journey. Explore the metropolis of Tokyo, see iconic Mt Fuji, ride the bullet train, soak up the peace and tranquility of historic Takayama and admire the culture of Kyoto.

Mt Fuji

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• Top sights • Mt Fuji • Shirakawago • Hiroshima Peace Park • Tenryu-ji Temple • Himeji Castle

TOP Mt Fuji by Dennis Bunnik RIGHT Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kyoto OPPOSITE PAGE Asakusa Sensoji Temple, Tokyo by Mirza Ariadi

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Itinerary Day 2. Arrive Tokyo Welcome to Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling capital city. After we check in we'll have the rest of the day at leisure. Day 3. Tokyo Begin the day at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the world’s largest wholesale markets for fish, fruit and vegetables. We’ll then learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi (which we’ll get to enjoy once we’ve finished). This afternoon we’ll stroll through the shopping district of Ginza on our way to dinner. [B,L,D] Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian Era, known as a Yakatabune. Day 4. Tokyo An exciting day exploring one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Highlights include Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade. Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional Chanko-Nabe lunch. Early this evening we’ll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of Shibuya, including the famous Shibuya intersection the busiest in the world! [B,L] Day 5. Tokyo - Hakone We begin our morning with a stroll through the beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. We’ll then travel to Lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes. Visit a former farming village, Iyashi no sato Nenba, recently reconstructed as a museum after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966. For the next two nights we stay in an authentic ryokan guesthouse. We’ll have the chance to bathe in natural onsen (hot springs) and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner. [B,D] Day 6. Mt Fuji Excursion This morning we'll cross Lake Ashi for great views of the majestic and iconic Mt Fuji - a highlight of any trip to Japan! Later we’ll ride the Hakone Ropeway to enjoy magnificent vistas of the volcanic Hakone Mountains and Mt Fuji. En route back to Hakone we'll visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum. [B,D] Day 7. Hakone - Takayama We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore the narrow, traditional streets on foot. [B]

Day 11. Hiroshima - Kyoto Travelling by bullet train, we make our way to historic Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. Here we visit the stunning Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). The temple’s top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf and the pavilion is set amongst beautiful gardens. [B] Day 12. Kyoto We explore the incredible orange torii gates that make up Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari shrine, dedicated to the god of rice and sake in the 8th century. The magical path consists of more than 5,000 gates that wind through the hills at the base of Inari mountain. [B] Day 13. Kyoto Today we discover the art behind Japan’s unique crafts and culinary delights! [B] Enjoy a variety of local activities including sake brewing & tasting, and a chance to dress in a kimono. Then witness a traditional performance by Maiko (Geiko^ apprentices). ^Geiko is the term for Geisha in Kyoto Day 14. Kyoto - Arashiyama - Osaka We experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony before touring the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tenryu-ji Temple, ranked first of Kyoto's five great Zen temples. Here we’ll enjoy a typical Buddhist lunch before walking through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and visiting the Togetsukyo Bridge later. This afternoon we make our way to Osaka, stopping at the Umeda Sky Building (Floating Garden) for scenic views over the central city. [B,L] Day 15. Osaka This morning we visit Himeji Castle, Japan’s largest and most-visited castle. It is regarded as the finest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture. Tonight we’ll enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner. [B,D] Day 16. Depart Osaka Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 17. Arrive Australia

Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Japan. Taxes included • 4 rail journeys in Japan • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (if using group tour flights) • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles Transportation: coach, Japanesestyle houseboat, gondola, local train & bullet train Accommodation: • 12 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star) • 2 nights in a traditional ryokan guesthouse including a typical Japanese onsen (hot springs) bath followed by a Japanese dinner while dressed in traditional yukatas Meals: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: English-speaking locally based national guide throughout Tips: Tipping in Japan is not expected, however this is at your discretion

Dates & prices 2019 Departures Apr

14

May

12, 26

Jul

11

Oct

09, 12, 20, 27, 30

Nov

03, 06, 10, 17

2020 Departures Mar

09, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Apr

01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $1,750 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Day 8. Takayama We wander through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago with its famous gasshō-zukuri (‘like hands in prayer’) thatched roofs, designed to withstand the massive snowfalls of winter. This afternoon we discover the traditional art of Japanese rice paper-making. [B,L] Day 9. Takayama - Hiroshima Today we continue our bullet-train journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya. [B] Day 10. Hiroshima Today we cruise to tranquil Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate. Experience the art of shakushi (Miyajima rice scoop) making, dating back to the 1700s. This afternoon we’ll visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum. [B] bunniktours.com.au

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Colours of Northern Japan

Destinations visited: 1 country

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UNESCO World Heritage: 1 site

Special departures: Experience the magic of Cherry Blossom (Mar / Apr) or witness stunning Autumn Colours (Oct / Nov)

from

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10,795pp Sapporo

Airfares Included

A beautiful journey through Northern Honshu and Hokkaido, taking in the incredible natural colours of the forests, gardens and hidden temples. Ride the bullet train, soak in a natural onsen and stroll through the beautifully preserved streets of historic villages.

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Hirosaki 1 Oga 2

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Matsushima Sendai

• Top sights • Tokyo Imperial Palace • Matsushima Bay • Lake Towada • Oirase Gorge

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• Hokkaido Shrine

TOP Otaru Canal, Otaru OPPOSITE PAGE Entsū-in Temple garden

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Itinerary Day 2. Arrive Tokyo Welcome to Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling, ultramodern capital city. Day 3. Tokyo We begin the day at the grounds of the Imperial Palace, residence of Japan’s Imperial Family, and situated on the former site of Edo Castle. We’ll also visit the Meiji Shrine, an oasis in the heart of the bustling Shibuya district, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji. This afternoon we’ll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of Shibuya before admiring the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian Era, known as a yakatabune. [B,D]

Day 9. Oga Learn about the fascinating legend of Namahage and the tradition of its yearly festival this morning at the Museum. We’ll then tour the Shinzan Folklore Museum and Shrine. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the natural onsen (hot springs) and facilities of our ryokan accommodation. [B,L,D]

Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Japan. Taxes included • 3 rail journeys in Japan • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (if using group tour flights) • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles

Day 10. Oga - Hirosaki Sit back and enjoy the scenic drive this morning to Hirosaki. After stopping for lunch, we’ll discover majestic Lake Towada, the largest crater lake on the island of Honshu. The water here is so clear that you can peer down more than 10 metres into it. We’ll also visit Oirase Gorge, one of the most beautiful river areas in Japan. [B,L]

Transportation: coach, gondola, local train, bullet train & Japanese-style houseboat

Day 4. Tokyo - Sendai This morning we transfer to the station to board the bullet train to Sendai. Here we’ll visit the Sendai City Museum, which houses a reproduction model and digital display so you can imagine it as it stood in its heyday. [B,D] Experience the local cuisine at a special dinner where we’ll try the delicacy of gyutan (beef tongue).

Day 11. Hirosaki - Aomori Wander through the stunning Hirosaki Castle Gardens, one of the best places in Japan to witness the breathtaking cherry blossoms and autumn colours. This afternoon we’ll continue to Aomori via the Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse which offers a glimpse into the spectacular Nebuta Festival held each year in August. [B,D]

Day 5. Matsushima Excursion We spend the day discovering Matsushima and its iconic bay, ranked one of Japan’s most scenic views for centuries. Hit by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, we’ll visit the City Earthquake Memorial Museum and the area devastated by the tsunami. We’ll also visit the Entsū-in Temple. After some free time for lunch, we’ll enjoy a cruise on the stunning bay, dotted with some 260 pine islets. [B]

Day 12. Aomori - Hakodate We board the bullet train for Hakodate on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido. We’ll see the famous star-shaped fort known as Goryokaku and visit the tower observatory for panoramic views. This afternoon we’ll take the Hakodateyama Ropeway to the top of Mt Hakodate and enjoy the views of the city and surrounds. [B]

Day 6. Sendai - Morioka Today we explore the Iwate Prefecture at the easternmost point of the island of Honshu. We’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buddhist temple of Chuson-ji, founded in 850 according to the Tendai sect, and Konjikido Hall. [B] Admire the impressive waterfalls, rock formations and limestone caves on a scenic cruise along the Geibikei Gorge. Enjoy local folk songs sung by the boatmen as they guide us through the spectacular gorge. Day 7. Morioka This morning we’ll discover the garden city of Tono, known as a treasure trove of Japanese folklore, thanks to its legends of spirits, animals and supernatural creatures. Our sightseeing includes the Municipal Museum and Tono Furusato Mura, a recreation of a traditional farming village. This afternoon we’ll explore the Morioka Castle Ruins Park. [B,D] Take part in the local Wanko Soba tradition for dinner tonight. These soba noodles originated in Morioka and Hanamaki; by tradition you quickly eat small servings from small bowls, which are repeatedly refilled. Day 8. Morioka - Oga We depart for Tezukurimura this morning and tour the Japanese Cultural Arts and Crafts mall, where we’ll take part in an indigodyeing experience. [B,L,D] Explore the Kakunodate Aoyagi Samurai Manor open-air museum and discover the rich history and way of life of samurai and their wealthy families.

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Day 13. Hakodate Today we discover the city of Hakodate, starting with the Jomon Culture Centre, which provides insight into the distinctive Japanese culture that has lasted for more than 10,000 years. We’ll also visit the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, the first commercial warehouse in this important port city. Enjoy some time at leisure before we tour the historic Motomachi District. [B]

Accommodation: • 13 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star) • 2 nights in a traditional ryokan guesthouse including a typical Japanese onsen (hot springs) bath followed by a traditional Japanese dinner Meals: 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: English-speaking locally based national guide throughout Tips: Tipping in Japan is not expected, however this is at your discretion

Dates & prices 2019 Departures Apr

23, 30

May

07

Oct

08, 15, 22

Nov

05

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $1,675 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Day 14. Hakodate - Sapporo This morning we take the train north to Sapporo, famous for its ramen and beer. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore. [B] Day 15. Sapporo We spend the morning in the port city of Otaru on Ishikari Bay, and explore its beautifully preserved canal area. Otaru is also famous for its glass and we’ll visit the original Kitaichi Glass Sangokan in a converted fishery warehouse. As well as a place to shop for souvenirs, it is also famous for a grand hall lit with one-of-a-kind oil lamps. [B] Day 16. Sapporo Today we'll visit Hokkaido Shrine, which enshrines three pioneering gods. Discover the history of beer making in Japan and the famous Sapporo brewery at the Sapporo Beer Museum, and enjoy a tasting of ‘Fukkoku Sapporo Bakushu’ - a unique beer brewed according to traditional methods dating from 1881. This evening we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D] Day 17. Depart Sapporo Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 18. Arrive Australia

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Discover Winter in Japan

Destinations visited: 1 country

days:

UNESCO World Heritage: 3 sites

Festival departure: 27 Jan 2020 will experience the Sapporo Snow Festival on Day 13

from

16

$

10,995pp

Sapporo 3

Airfares Included

Experience the winter wonderland of Sapporo’s famous Snow Festival on this journey through culture-rich Japan. See the snow monkeys bathing in hot springs, partake in a traditional tea ceremony, learn about samurai culture and visit iconic Mt Fuji on this special winter tour. JAPAN

• Top sights

Kanazawa 2

• Zenko-ji Temple • Jigokudani Monkey Park

Nagano

1 Yudanaka Takayama

• Historic Takayama • Kenroku-en Garden • Fushimi Inari Shrine

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Hakone

Bullet train

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Itinerary Day 2. Arrive Tokyo Welcome to Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling, ultramodern capital city. Day 3. Tokyo An exciting day exploring one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities. We begin the day at the Edo Tokyo Museum, then learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi (which we’ll get to enjoy once we’ve finished). This afternoon we’ll visit the Imperial Palace Plaza, Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade. [B,L,D] Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian Era, known as a yakatabune. Day 4. Tokyo - Hakone We begin our morning with a stroll through the beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. We’ll then travel to Lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes. Visit a former farming village, Iyashi no Sato Nenba, recently reconstructed as a museum after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966. For the next two nights we stay in an authentic ryokan guesthouse. We’ll have the chance to bathe in natural onsen (hot springs) and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner. [B,D] Day 5. Mt Fuji This morning we'll cross Lake Ashi for great views of the majestic and iconic Mt Fuji - a highlight of any trip to Japan! Later we’ll ride the Hakone Ropeway to enjoy magnificent vistas of the Owakudani Valley, Lake Ashinoko and Mt Fuji. [B,D] Day 6. Hakone - Nagano - Yudanaka Travel by bullet train to Nagano via Tokyo today, and visit the famous Zenko-ji Temple, built during the 7th century. [B,D] See the famous snow monkeys bathing in Jigokudani Yaen Koen's hot springs in Joshinetsu-Kogen National Park. Day 7. Yudanaka - Takayama - Kanazawa We make our way to the historic town of Takayama, where we’ll wander the narrow streets of the old town. We’ll then visit the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago with its famous gasshō-zukuri thatched roofs, designed to withstand the massive snowfalls of winter. [B]

philosopher’s walk, which also serves ‘wagashi’ (Japanese confectioneries). We’ll then explore the incredible orange torii gates that make up Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari shrine, dedicated to the god of rice and sake in the 8th century. The magical path consists of more than 5,000 gates that wind through the hills at the base of Inari mountain. Our last stop is the stunning Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). The temple’s top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf and the pavilion is set amongst beautiful gardens. [B]

Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Japan. Taxes included • 2 economy-class flights within Japan • 3 rail journeys in Japan • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (if using group tour flights) • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles

Day 11. Kyoto Today we discover the art behind Japan’s unique crafts and culinary delights! Enjoy a variety of local activities including sake brewing and tasting, Japanese sweet-making and a chance to dress in a kimono. [B]

Accommodation: • 10 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star) • 3 nights in a traditional ryokan guesthouse including a typical Japanese onsen (hot springs) bath followed by a traditional Japanese dinner

Day 12. Kyoto - Sapporo Enjoy the morning at leisure before we fly to Sapporo, on Japan’s Northernmost island of Hokkaido. Famous for ramen, beer and the annual Sapporo Snow Festival, it was also host to the 1972 Winter Olympic Games. [B] Day 13. Sapporo Our day begins with an orientation tour of the city. Highlights include the Clock Tower and the iconic Hokkaido Shrine, which enshrines three pioneering gods. [B,L] With a history dating back to 1950, the famous Sapporo Snow Festival turns the city into a winter wonderland of crystal-like ice and powdery snow. Enjoy the delights on offer this afternoon including the amazing ice sculptures that line Station Avenue and exquisite works of art in Odori Park. Day 14. Sapporo Today is at leisure for you to enjoy more of the festivities. Why not visit Tsudome with its large snow slides and a snow rafting area, or Fureai Hiroba plaza where you can discover the sculptures up close and enjoy hot drinks in the Ice Bar? Later this evening we’ll enjoy a traditional Japanese farewell dinner. [B,D]

Transportation: coach, plane, gondola, local train, bullet train & Japanese-style houseboat

Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: English-speaking locally based national guide throughout Tips: Tipping in Japan is not expected, however this is at your discretion

Dates & prices 2020 Departures Jan

27

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $1,750 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Day 15. Depart Sapporo Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 16. Arrive Australia

Day 8. Kanazawa We explore one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens, Kenroku-en Garden. Once part of the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle, it features stunning ponds, streams, waterfalls, bridges and tea houses. After lunch we’ll visit Nagamachi Buke Yashiki, a samurai house complete with samurai residents, earthen walls, narrow lanes and canals. [B,L] Day 9. Kanazawa - Kyoto Travelling via bullet train, we make our way to historic Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. [B] Spot the famous Maiko (Geisha apprentices) in Kyoto's famous district of Gion. Enjoy the atmosphere in the early evening as the narrow lanes full of bars, restaurants and traditional tea houses are lit by lanterns. Day 10. Kyoto Spend the day discovering Kyoto’s cultural treasures. We’ll experience a typical tea ceremony at Kano-Shojuan along the bunniktours.com.au

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Circle Hokkaido & Japan Discovery

Destinations visited: 2 countries

days:

26

UNESCO World Heritage: 7 sites

8-night Diamond Princess Cruise

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Korsakov

14,195pp

Airfares & Cruise Included

Take a scenic cruise around the diverse islands of fascinating Japan, visiting cities in Hokkaido and easternmost Russia. Then explore the metropolis of Tokyo, see iconic Mt Fuji, soak up the peace and tranquility of historic Takayama and admire the culture of Kyoto.

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8-night Diamond Princess® cruise

Kushiro Hakodate

Bullet train Takayama

JAPAN

Tokyo (1,3)

2

4

Mt Fuji Yokohama 2 3 Kyoto Hakone 2 2 Bullet train JAPAN Osaka Hiroshima Tokyo Takayama (1,3) 2 4

• Tokyo Bay • Hiroshima Peace Park

Shiretoko Hokkaido

Otaru

• 8-night cruise around Hokkaido • Miyajima Island

Korsakov

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Hiroshima

Mt Fuji 2 3 Kyoto Hakone 2 Osaka

Yokohama

• Kinkaku-ji Temple

TOP Geiko in Kyoto by Graham Meale RIGHT Tenryu-ji Temple OPPOSITE PAGE Diamond Princess Cruise Ship

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Itinerary Day 2. Arrive Tokyo Welcome to Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling capital city. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or begin exploring. Meet your fellow travellers tonight for a group welcome drink and Japanese-style dinner. [D] Day 3. Tokyo - Yokohama Embark Cruise: We transfer to the port of Yokohama to board the Diamond Princess for an 8-night cruise circling the island of Hokkaido. [B,D] Day 4. Cruising at sea Day 5. Kushiro, Japan Day 6. Cruising at sea Day 7. Korsakov (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk), Russia Day 8. Otaru, Japan Day 9. Hakodate, Japan Day 10. Cruising at sea Day 11. Yokohama - Tokyo Disembark Cruise: After breakfast, we disembark and return to Tokyo. Begin the day at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the world’s largest wholesale markets for fish, fruit and vegetables. We’ll then learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi (which we’ll get to enjoy once we’ve finished). This afternoon we’ll stroll through the shopping district of Ginza. [B,L] Day 12. Tokyo Today is free for you to relaxe or explore this amazing city at leisure. [B,D] Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian Era, known as a yakatabune. Day 13. Tokyo An exciting day exploring one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Highlights include Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade. Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional Chanko-Nabe lunch. Early this evening we’ll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of Shibuya, including the famous Shibuya intersection the busiest in the world! [B,L] Day 14. Tokyo - Hakone We begin our morning with a stroll through the beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. We’ll then travel to Lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes. Visit a former farming village, Iyashi no Sato Nenba, recently reconstructed as a museum after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966. For the next two nights we stay in an authentic ryokan guesthouse. We’ll have the chance to bathe in natural onsen (hot springs) and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner. [B,D]

Day 17. Takayama We wander through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago with its famous gasshō-zukuri (‘like hands in prayer’) thatched roofs, designed to withstand the massive snowfalls of winter. This afternoon we discover the traditional art of Japanese rice paper-making. [B,L] Day 18. Takayama - Hiroshima Today we continue our bullet-train journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya. [B] Day 19. Hiroshima This morning we cruise out to tranquil Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate. We’ll sample the art of shakushi (Miyajima rice scoop) making, dating back to the 1700s. This afternoon we’ll visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum. [B] Day 20. Hiroshima - Kyoto Travelling by bullet train, we make our way to historic Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. Here we visit the stunning Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). The temple’s top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf and the pavilion is set amongst beautiful gardens. [B] Day 21. Kyoto We explore the incredible orange torii gates that make up Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari shrine, dedicated to the god of rice and sake in the 8th century. The magical path consists of more than 5,000 gates that wind through the hills at the base of Inari mountain. [B] Day 22. Kyoto Today we discover the art behind Japan’s unique crafts and culinary delights! [B] Enjoy a variety of local activities including sake brewing & tasting, and a chance to dress in a kimono. Then witness a traditional performance by Maiko (Geiko^ apprentices). ^Geiko is the term for Geisha in Kyoto Day 23. Kyoto - Mt Hiei - Osaka We experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony before touring the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tenryu-ji Temple, ranked first of Kyoto's five great Zen temples. Here we’ll enjoy a customary Buddhist lunch before walking through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and visiting the Togetsukyo Bridge later. [B,L] Day 24. Osaka This morning we visit Himeji Castle. Japan’s largest and most-visited castle, it is regarded as the finest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture. This afternoon we make our way to Osaka, stopping at the Umeda Sky

Building (Floating Garden) for scenic views over the central city. Tonight we’ll enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner. [B,D] Day 25. Depart Osaka Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 26. Arrive Australia

Inclusions Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Japan. Taxes included • 4 rail journeys in Japan • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (if using group tour flights) • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles • Port taxes of $130pp (subject to change) Transportation: coach, local trains, bullet trains, gondola, coach, cruise ship & Japanese-style houseboat Accommodation: • 8-nights on board the Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess • 13 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star) • 2 nights in a traditional Ryokan guesthouse including a typical Japanese onsen (hot springs) bath followed by a Japanese dinner party while dressed in traditional yukatas Meals: 23 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 13 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: English-speaking locally based national guide throughout (excluding cruise) Tips: Tipping in Japan is not expected, however this is at your discretion. On board the cruise there is a tipping surcharge to pay of approximately $14pp US per day

Dates & prices 2019 Departures Aug

30

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $4,575 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Day 15. Mt Fuji Excursion This morning we'll cross Lake Ashi for great views of the majestic and iconic Mt Fuji - a highlight of any trip to Japan! Later we’ll ride the Hakone Ropeway to enjoy magnificent vistas of the volcanic Hakone Mountains and Mt Fuji. [B,D] Day 16. Hakone - Takayama We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore the narrow, traditional streets on foot. [B] bunniktours.com.au

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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"Cambodia was fascinating, but Laos was totally unexpected - the Kuang Si waterfall was amazing for its size! Handing out rice to the monks early in the morning and the community blessing were unforgettable experiences." Lea P Cambodia & Laos in Depth

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Southeast Asia's ancient ruins, sandy beaches, lush rainforests, delicious culinary charms, and long-lasting traditions and cultures has made it a favourite region with Australian travellers for decades. It's an amazing and affordable part of the world to explore, and one that is experiencing change and growth at a dizzying pace, so now is the best time to see it!

Southeast Asia Snapshot

9 tours

4 countries

16 special experiences

SOUTHEAST ASIA

Vietnam

Cambodia

From verdant rice terraces to the jutting limestone pillars of Halong Bay and the ever-expanding urban sprawl of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is a explorer's dream.

Cambodia's ancient ruins from the mighty Khmer empire, especially Angkor Wat, are rivalled architecturally by only a few other sites on earth.

Laos

Malaysian Borneo

Laos has blossomed slower than its neighbours, hence its rising star as a travel destination. With a charming air of calm spirituality, Laos stuns travellers with its purity.

The jungles of Borneo are brimming with life and natural beauty, as are its multi-ethnic cities that bring together a surprising number of cultures, languages and traditions.

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Mulu

From the bustling cities of Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, to the fascinating caves of Mulu National Park and the ancient, mesmerising rainforests of the Danum Valley Conservation Area, this is a trip to discover the heart of Malaysian Borneo and its true wilderness.

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1 Sibu

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2 Lubok Antu

• Top sights • Kuching • Mulu • Kota Kinabalu • Kinabatangan River • Danum Valley Conservation Area

TOP Danum Valley Conservation Area, Borneo RIGHT Pygmy elephants, Borneo

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Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Kuching Welcome to Malaysian Borneo and the city of Kuching! Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is divided into 4 states, Malaysian Sabah & Sarawak, the independent Sultanate of Brunei and the Indonesian state of Kalimantan.

Day 10. Kota Kinabalu - Sepilok After breakfast we depart for Sepilok, the world's most famous destination to see orangutans in their natural habitat. This afternoon we'll visit the rainforest discovery centre and walk along the canopy walkway suspended above the rainforest. [B,L,D]

Falls. After lunch the afternoon is yours to explore or relax and bask in the beautiful atmosphere. [B,L,D]

Day 2. Kuching This morning we take a walking tour to orient ourselves in the city. Beginning at the waterfront, we visit Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple and the Chinese Historical Museum, Carpenter Street and India Street. We’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise and group dinner this evening. [B,D]

Day 11. Sepilok This morning we head to Sepilok where we’ll learn about the work being done by the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, situated on 43 square kilometres of protected land at the edge of the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Around 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve, with a further 20 or so housed in nurseries. [B,L]

Day 18. Arrive Australia

Day 4. Lubok Antu Travel by motorised native longboat across the lake into the Engkari River to experience a cultural performance followed by a blow pipe demonstration. This evening we’ll take a short nature walk through the rainforest surrounding our resort, exploring the treetops and rainforest canopy as we walk across a walkway suspended 50 metres above the jungle floor! [B,L,D] Day 5. Lubok Antu - Sibu Today we travel to Sibu, where our sightseeing begins with a leisurely stroll along the mighty Rajang River. Here we’ll see the floating stores that serve the river communities, explore the streets of the old town and visit Malaysia’s biggest market. Enjoy an evening at leisure. [B,L] Day 6. Sibu - Mulu This morning we fly via Miri to Mulu, gateway to the beautiful Mulu National Park. Explore Lang and Deer Caves as you walk along the 3-kilometre plank walk, and see the bats flying out in search of food in the evening. [B,D] Day 7. Mulu We have Wind Cave in our sights today, named so for the fresh breezes that blow through it. Travelling by longboat down the jungle river, we’ll arrive in Wind Cave and take the 200 steps that lead up through the forest to the vast Clearwater Cave. Here we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch and have the opportunity to swim in its subterranean river. Enjoy a relaxed evening at leisure. [B,L,D] Day 8. Mulu - Kota Kinabalu Relax with a morning at leisure before we fly to the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state, Kota Kinabalu. Backed by rainforest and edged by beautiful coastal waters, Kota Kinabalu is known for its bustling markets, beautiful beaches and its stunning waterfront Mosque. Enjoy an evening at leisure. [B] Day 9. Kota Kinabalu This morning we head to visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village. This living museum preserves Borneo ethnic culture, displaying the daily life, traditions and culture of the indigenous people who lived here prior to the introduction of electricity. [B,L,D] bunniktours.com.au

Day 12. Sepilok - Kinabatangan River We start our day at the Sun Bear Conservation Centre before cruising by boat to the Lower Kinabatangan River sanctuary. Cruise a tributary of the Kinabatangan River in search of the long-nosed proboscis monkey, endemic to Borneo. This evening we’ll take a river safari and break for dinner. After dark we'll head out to spot some of the resort’s nocturnal wildlife. [B,L,D] Day 13. Kinabatangan River Enjoy an early start to the morning with a breakfast safari along the river. We’ll meander along the nearby Pitas Oxbow Lake and continue on to visit Kampung Abai, a local fishing village and interact with the local river people (known as Orang Sungai). We’ll return to the lodge to explore the surrounding wetlands for interesting plants, insects and birds in the area, before taking to the water again later to explore more of Kinabatangan and its tributaries. [B,L,D] Day 14. Kinabatangan River - Danum Valley Conservation Area Spend 3 nights in the amazing Danum Valley Conservation Area - Sabah’s largest protected lowland rainforest. Consisting of over 43,000 hectares of ancient rainforest some 130 million years old, Danum Valley Conservation Area boasts extraordinary biodiversity. All 10 of Sabah’s primate species, including orangutans and proboscis monkeys, as well as Asian elephants, rhinos, singing treefrogs, clouded leopard and civet cats, mouse deer and much more can be found here. Enjoy a welcome drink at our rainforest lodge before taking an introductory trek along the Nature Trail, making our way across the canopy walkway. This evening we’ll be treated to a guided safari night drive after dinner. [B,L,D] Day 15. Danum Valley Conservation Area This morning we trek up to the View Point for a stunning outlook over this truly breathtaking rainforest. We’ll also visit Coffin Cliff - an ancient burial site for the area's Indigenous people, the Kadazan-Dusun. We’ll enjoy a break by a natural jacuzzi, with an opportunity to take a dip in the refreshing water before returning to the lodge for lunch. Take the afternoon to enjoy the lodge and the surrounding rainforest at your own pace. After dinner this evening we’ll take a guided night walk along the nature trail. [B,L,D]

Inclusions Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included • 4 economy-class flights within Asia • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding safari vehicles and waterbased activities) Transportation: coach, ferry, motorised longboat, plane & boat Accommodation: • 14 nights in good quality hotels (3-5 star) • 2 nights in riverside lodges along the Kinabatangan River (2-3 star) • 3 nights in Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Danum Valley Conservation Area (3 star) Meals: 16 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking national guide throughout Tips: Payable locally, please allow approximately $275pp

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03

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20

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02, 29

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18

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20

Nov

15

Jul

19

Dec

20

Aug

11

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $1,850 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Day 16. Danum Valley Conservation Area After breakfast we’ll venture back out into the rainforest to see two waterfalls - the delicate Fairy Falls and the beautifully scenic Serpent Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Day 3. Kuching - Lubok Antu Enjoy the scenic countryside, quaint villages, rice paddy fields and pepper and oil plantations as we travel into the heart of Sarawak to Lubok Antu. We stop for lunch in the town of Lachau before arriving at majestic Hydro Lake, where we’ll board a shuttle ferry to the resort. [B,L,D]

Day 17. Danum Valley Conservation Area Depart Kota Kinabalu Today we fly back to Kota Kinabalu to begin our journey home. [B]


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Highlights of Vietnam

Destinations visited: 1 country

days:

13

UNESCO World Heritage: 2 sites

Character accommodation: Vietnamese cruise boat, Halong Bay | River cruise vessel, Mekong Delta

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4,195pp

Hanoi 2

Halong Bay (1)

Airfares & Tips Included VIETNAM

Acquaint yourself with diverse Vietnam, a captivating mix of culture, scenery, people and history. You’ll discover the cities of Hanoi and Saigon and wander the streets of charming Hoi An, cruise breathtaking Halong Bay and observe life on the tributaries of the Mekong.

Danang

3 Hoi An

• Top sights • Hoan Kiem Lake

Saigon (2,1)

• Halong Bay • Hoi An • Cu Chi Tunnels • Cai Be Floating Markets

3

Can Tho Cai Rang

Cai Be Mekong Delta (1)

TOP Locals in Hoi An by Dennis Bunnik OPPOSITE PAGE LEFT Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum by Kristi Rutten OPPOSITE PAGE RIGHT Hanoi at night by Dennis Bunnik

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Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia Day 2. Arrive Hanoi Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before this evening’s group welcome dinner. [D] A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we’ll enjoy a water puppetry performance by a local renowned puppet master where we will go behind the scenes.

Day 4. Hanoi - Halong Bay Today we travel to breathtaking Halong Bay, through the picturesque farming lands and rice paddies of the Red River Delta. Here we’ll board our overnight cruise. After a decadent Vietnamese lunch, we’ll sail past amazing limestone rock formations and have the opportunity to discover hidden caves by boat or kayak. We’ll be able to swim at an exclusive platform and witness a traditional cooking and fruit-carving demonstration. Relax with a sundowner this evening and enjoy the incredible views as the sun sets. You might also like to join the crew fishing for squid later this evening. [B,L,D] Day 5. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An This morning you might like to take part in a tai chi lesson on the sundeck or just sit back and relax as we cruise the waters and islets of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. We'll explore Surprise Cave after breakfast. Return to Hanoi after brunch to fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. [B,Brunch] Day 6. Hoi An We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An. Highlights include the Culture & History Museum, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a historic, UNESCO Heritage-listed house. [B,D]

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Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise subject to prevailing water levels). Day 7. Hoi An The day is at leisure for you to enjoy this picturesque town at your own pace. Hoi An's centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, free from cars and a lovely area to explore on foot. [B] Day 8. Hoi An - Saigon This morning we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). In the afternoon we’ll take a walking tour of the bustling metropolis. Highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Opera House. We’ll also visit the Presidential Palace and the moving War Remnants Museum. [B] Day 9. Saigon Today we travel by boat to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels for a tour with a veteran guide. This network of tunnels served as a base for the Viet Cong and remained undiscovered during the Vietnam War. [B,L] Go off the beaten track to discover Saigon’s a-little-out-of-the-ordinary sights. We’ll visit the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, the Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street and the traditional French-style Fanny’s Ice Cream Parlour, Vietnam’s leading ice cream producer. Day 10. Saigon - Mekong Delta We make our way to the Mekong Delta to board our traditional-style cruise boat. We’ll observe life along the banks of the delta and hop on and off smaller boats on shore excursions, passing villages and rice paddies. Relax on board this evening with an aperitif as the sun sets. [B,L,D] Day 11. Mekong Delta - Saigon This morning we travel to Cai Rang by traditional sampan boat to experience all the action of the floating market - the liveliest market in the Mekong Delta. We’ll also witness rice-paper and coconut candy making, and visit a local farm and tropical fruit orchard. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner back in Saigon. [B,D] Day 12. Depart Saigon Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 13. Arrive Australia

Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Vietnam. Taxes included • 2 economy-class flights within Vietnam • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water-based activities) Transportation: coach, plane, cruise boat, longboat, sampan & riverboat Accommodation: • 8 nights in good quality hotels (4 star) • 1 night on board a Vietnamese cruise boat on Halong Bay • 1 night on board a river cruise vessel on the Mekong Delta Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking national guide throughout • English-speaking local guide on board the Mekong Cruise Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $100pp prepaid

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04, 18

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14, 28

May

02, 16, 30

Dec

12, 26

Jun

13, 27

Jul

11, 25

Aug

08, 22

2020 Departures

Sep

05, 19

Feb

06, 20

Oct

03, 17, 31

Mar

05, 19

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $850 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Day 3. Hanoi An early start this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We’ll visit the flower market, the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee. Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam’s capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains. This afternoon our sightseeing highlights include the Presidential Palace, the beautiful Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. [B,L]

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Vietnam in Depth

Destinations visited: 1 country

days:

19

UNESCO World Heritage: 3 sites

Character accommodation: Vietnamese cruise boat, Halong Bay | River cruise vessel, Mekong Delta

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5,495pp

Airfares & Tips Included

From the bustling city of Hanoi, through the terraced rice paddies of Sapa, breathtaking Halong Bay and historic Hue, to the beaches of charming Hoi An and cosmopolitan Saigon, immerse yourself in exotic Vietnam on this indepth journey.

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Hanoi (2,1) 3

Halong Bay (2)

VIETNAM

Hue

2 3 Hoi An

• Top sights • Sapa • Mt Fansipan

Saigon (2,1)

• Thien Mu Pagoda • Hue's Garden Houses • Saigon

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Can Tho Cai Rang

Cai Be Mekong Delta (1)

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Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia Day 2. Arrive Hanoi Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before this evening’s special experience and group welcome dinner in the Old Quarter. [D] A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we’ll enjoy a water puppetry performance by a local renowned puppet master where we will go behind the scenes.

Day 4. Hanoi - Sapa An early start this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We’ll visit the flower market and the Old Quarter and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee. This afternoon we take a scenic journey through some of northern Vietnam’s breathtaking scenery to the hills of Sapa, stopping at Silver Waterfall (one of the most beautiful in Vietnam) and Heaven Gate along the way. [B,D] Day 5. Sapa We begin the morning in Muong Hoa Valley alongside the largest rice paddy terrace in the Sapa area. In Lao Chai we’ll meet people of the Black Hmong hill tribe, then walk to Ta Van village, home to the Giay minority. [B,L] Day 6. Sapa - Hanoi Ascend beautiful Mt Fansipan by cable car and tram, enjoying spectacular views along the way. This afternoon we return to Hanoi. [B] Day 7. Hanoi - Halong Bay Today we travel to breathtaking Halong Bay, through the picturesque farming lands and rice paddies of the Red River Delta. Here we’ll board our overnight cruise. We’ll sail past amazing limestone rock formations, be able to swim or hike at Titov Island and witness a traditional cooking and fruit-carving demonstration. Relax with a sundowner this evening and enjoy the incredible views as the sun sets. You might also like to join the crew fishing for squid later this evening. [B,L,D] Day 8. Halong Bay This morning you might like to take part in a tai chi lesson on the sundeck or just sit back and relax as we cruise the waters and islets of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. After breakfast we’ll be able to discover one of the limestone caves by boat and this afternoon there is a visit to Virgin Grotto by kayak. Enjoy another beautiful evening aboard. [B,L,D] Day 9. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue Early this morning we’ll explore the Hidden Cave by bamboo boat. After brunch back aboard we’ll disembark and return to Hanoi for our flight to Hue, Vietnam’s former capital and the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty’s emperors. [B,Brunch]

to Thien Mu Pagoda and visit the Imperial Citadel. This afternoon we’ll visit the imperial tombs of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh before enjoying an evening at leisure. [B] Day 11. Hue - Danang - Hoi An Cycle through Hue to visit its famous Garden Houses, many of which have ties with the old imperial court. In the afternoon we’ll depart for Hoi An via the scenic Hai Van Pass. [B,L] Day 12. Hoi An We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An. Highlights include the Culture & History Museum, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a historic, UNESCO Heritage-listed house. [B,D] Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise subject to prevailing water levels). Day 13. Hoi An The day is at leisure for you to enjoy this picturesque town at your own pace. Hoi An's centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, free from cars and a lovely area to explore on foot. [B] Day 14. Hoi An - Saigon This morning we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). In the afternoon we’ll take a walking tour of the bustling metropolis. Highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Opera House. We’ll also visit the Presidential Palace and the moving War Remnants Museum. [B] Day 15. Saigon Today we travel by boat to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels for a tour with a veteran guide. This network of tunnels served as a base for the Viet Cong and remained undiscovered during the Vietnam War. [B,L] Go off the beaten track to discover Saigon’s a-little-out-of-the-ordinary sights. We’ll visit the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, the Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street and the traditional French-style Fanny’s Ice Cream Parlour, Vietnam’s leading ice cream producer. Day 16. Saigon - Mekong Delta We make our way to the Mekong Delta to board our traditional-style cruise boat. We’ll observe life along the banks of the delta and hop on and off smaller boats on shore excursions, passing villages and rice paddies. Relax on board this evening with an aperitif as the sun sets. [B,L,D]

Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Vietnam. Taxes included • 2 economy-class flights within Vietnam • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water-based activities) Transportation: coach, plane, cruise boat, longboat, sampan & riverboat Accommodation: • 13 nights in good quality hotels (4 star) • 2 nights on board a Vietnamese cruise boat on Halong Bay • 1 night on board a river cruise vessel on the Mekong Delta Meals: 16 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout • English-speaking local guide on board the Mekong Cruise Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $140pp prepaid

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Guaranteed departure with 4 or more passengers!

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2019 Departures

Apr

07, 21

Nov

03, 17

May

05, 19

Dec

01

Jun

02, 16, 30

Jul

14, 28

Aug

11, 25

2020 Departures

Sep

08, 22

Feb

02, 16

Oct

06, 20

Mar

01, 15

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $1,525 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Day 17. Mekong Delta - Saigon This morning we travel to Cai Rang by traditional sampan boat to experience all the action of the floating market - the liveliest market in the Mekong Delta. We’ll also witness rice-paper and coconut candy making. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner back in Saigon. [B,D] Day 18. Depart Saigon Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 19. Arrive Australia

Day 10. Hue This morning we'll enjoy a dragon boat cruise bunniktours.com.au

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Day 3. Hanoi Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam’s capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains. A full afternoon of sightseeing in Hanoi. Highlights include the beautiful Temple of Literature, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoan Kiem Lake. [B]

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Multi-country

Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

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Destinations visited: 2 countries

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16

UNESCO World Heritage: 3 sites

Character accommodation: Vietnamese cruise boat, Halong Bay | River cruise vessel, Mekong Delta

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5,295pp

Hanoi 2

Airfares & Tips Included

Halong Bay (1)

VIETNAM

Take a captivating journey across Vietnam and Cambodia. Experience the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and Saigon, cruise Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta, wander through charming Hoi An, discover life on Tonlé Sap Lake and explore the temples of Angkor.

Danang

3 Hoi An

Siem Reap 3

• Top sights • Halong Bay • Hoi An • Cu Chi Tunnels • Ruins of Angkor • Tonlé Sap Lake

CAMBODIA

Tonlé Sap Saigon (2,1) Can Tho Cai Rang

3

Cai Be Mekong Delta (1)

TOP Halong Bay by Priscilla Aster OPPOSITE PAGE Angkor Wat by Priscilla Aster

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Small Groups | Unforgettable Experiences


Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia Day 2. Arrive Hanoi Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure ahead of our group welcome dinner this evening. [D] A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we’ll enjoy a water puppetry performance by a local renowned puppet master where we will go behind the scenes.

Day 4. Hanoi - Halong Bay Today we travel to breathtaking Halong Bay, through the picturesque farming lands and rice paddies of the Red River Delta. Here we’ll board our overnight cruise. After a decadent Vietnamese lunch, we’ll sail past amazing limestone rock formations and have the opportunity to discover hidden caves by boat or kayak. We’ll be able to swim at an exclusive platform and witness a traditional cooking and fruit-carving demonstration. Relax with a sundowner this evening and enjoy the incredible views as the sun sets. You might also like to join the crew fishing for squid later this evening. [B,L,D] Day 5. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An This morning you might like to take part in a tai chi lesson on the sundeck or just sit back and relax as we cruise the waters and islets of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site before disembarking late morning. We'll explore Surprise Cave after breakfast. Return to Hanoi after brunch to fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. [B,Brunch] Day 6. Hoi An We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An. Highlights include the Culture & History Museum, the Chinese Assembly Hall of Fujien Chinese Community, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a historic, UNESCO Heritage-listed house. [B,D] Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise subject to prevailing water levels). Day 7. Hoi An The day is at leisure for you to enjoy this picturesque town at your own pace. Hoi An's centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, free from cars and a lovely area to explore on foot. [B] Day 8. Hoi An - Saigon This morning we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). In the afternoon we’ll take a walking tour of the bustling metropolis. Highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Opera House. We’ll also visit bunniktours.com.au

the Presidential Palace and the moving War Remnants Museum. [B] Day 9. Saigon Today we travel by boat to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels for a tour with a veteran guide. This network of tunnels served as a base for the Viet Cong and remained undiscovered during the Vietnam War. [B,L] Go off the beaten track to discover Saigon’s a-little-out-of-the-ordinary sights. We’ll visit the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, the Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street and the traditional French-style Fanny’s Ice Cream Parlour, Vietnam’s leading ice cream producer. Day 10. Saigon - Mekong Delta We make our way to the Mekong Delta to board our traditional-style cruise boat. We’ll observe life along the banks of the delta and hop on and off smaller boats on shore excursions, passing villages and rice paddies. Relax on board this evening with an aperitif as the sun sets. [B,L,D] Day 11. Mekong Delta - Saigon This morning we travel to Cai Rang by traditional sampan boat to experience all the action of the floating market - the liveliest market in the Mekong Delta. We’ll also witness rice-paper and coconut candy making, and visit a local farm and tropical fruit orchard. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner back in Saigon. [B,D] Day 12. Saigon - Siem Reap Today we'll be flying to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. Tonight we’ll travel by remork to dinner at a local restaurant serving typical Khmer dishes. [B,D] Day 13. Angkor Excursion Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom. This afternoon we’ll explore the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple of Angkor Wat. Enjoy a group dinner this evening accompanied by an Apsara dance performance. [B,D] Day 14. Siem Reap Discover life, customs and culture in rural Cambodia this morning. We’ll take an ox cart ride through a typical village and meet a local family who will prepare lunch for us. After lunch we’ll visit a community school and workshop and learn about their ‘Bottle Building Project’. We’ll travel by remork to a nearby pagoda, where we’ll hear more about Buddhism and local spiritual beliefs, and experience a monk’s blessing. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant. [B,L,D]

Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included. • 3 economy-class flights within Asia • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water-based activities, remork and tuk tuk) Transportation: coach, plane, cruise boat, longboat, sampan, riverboat, remork & tuk tuk Accommodation: • 11 nights in good quality hotels (4 star) • 1 night on board a Vietnamese cruise on Halong Bay • 1 night on board a river cruise vessel on the Mekong Delta Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 6 lunches and 8 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout (Vietnam only) • English-speaking local guide on board Mekong Cruise Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $145pp prepaid

Dates & prices G

Guaranteed departure with 4 or more passengers!

2019 Departures

2019 Departures

Apr

04, 18

Nov

14, 28

May

02, 16, 30

Dec

12, 26

Jun

13, 27

Jul

11, 25

Aug

08, 22

2020 Departures

Sep

05, 19

Feb

06, 20

Oct

03, 17, 31

Mar

05, 19

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $1,050 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Day 15. Depart Siem Reap This morning we’ll cruise Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia. We’ll observe life and see the colourful floating villages. This afternoon we begin our journey home. [B,L] Day 16. Arrive Australia

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Day 3. Hanoi An early start this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We’ll visit the flower market, the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee. Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam’s capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains. This afternoon our sightseeing highlights include the Presidential Palace, the beautiful Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. [B,L]

Inclusions


SMALL GROUP TOURING

Multi-country

Vietnam & Cambodia in Depth

In depth

Tour Snapshot

MAXIMUM

GROUP SIZE

20

Destinations visited: 2 countries

days:

24

UNESCO World Heritage: 6 sites

Character accommodation: Vietnamese cruise boat, Halong Bay | River cruise vessel, Mekong Delta

from

$

7,195pp

2 Sapa

Airfares & Tips Included

3

• Sapa • Mt Fansipan • Hue's Garden Houses • Angkor Wat at Sunrise • Phnom Penh

Halong Bay (2)

VIETNAM

Discover the essence of Indochina on an in-depth journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. Uncover the history behind the cities of Hanoi, Hue, Saigon and Phnom Penh, witness the incredible wonders of Halong Bay and Angkor, and experience the culture of local minorities in Sapa and Tonlé Sap.

• Top sights

Hanoi (2,1)

Hue

2 3 Hoi An

Siem Reap 3

CAMBODIA

Tonlé Sap Phnom 2 Penh Can Tho Cai Rang

3 Saigon (2,1)

Cai Be Mekong Delta (1)

TOP Tonlé Sap Lake by Dennis Bunnik

48

Small Groups | Unforgettable Experiences


Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia Day 2. Arrive Hanoi Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before this evening’s special experience and group welcome dinner in the Old Quarter. [D] A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we’ll enjoy a water puppetry performance by a local renowned puppet master where we will go behind the scenes.

Day 4. Hanoi - Sapa An early start this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We’ll visit the flower market and the Old Quarter and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast. This afternoon we take a scenic journey to the hills of Sapa, stopping at Silver Waterfall and Heaven Gate along the way. [B,D] Day 5. Sapa We begin the morning in Muong Hoa Valley alongside the largest rice paddy terrace in the Sapa area. In Lao Chai we’ll meet people of the Black Hmong hill tribe, then walk to Ta Van village, home to the Giay minority. [B,L] Day 6. Sapa - Hanoi Ascend beautiful Mt Fansipan by cable car and tram, enjoying spectacular views along the way. This afternoon we return to Hanoi. [B] Day 7. Hanoi - Halong Bay Today we travel to breathtaking Halong Bay and board our overnight cruise. Relax with a sundowner this evening and enjoy the incredible views as the sun sets. [B,L,D] Day 8. Halong Bay This morning you might like to take part in a tai chi lesson on the sundeck or just sit back and relax as we continue cruising. Today we discover one of the limestone caves and visit Virgin Grotto by kayak. [B,L,D] Day 9. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue Early this morning we’ll explore the Hidden Cave by bamboo boat. After brunch back aboard we’ll disembark and return to Hanoi for our flight to Hue, Vietnam’s former capital and the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty’s emperors. [B,Brunch] Day 10. Hue This morning we'll enjoy a dragon boat cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda and visit the Imperial Citadel. This afternoon we’ll visit the imperial tombs of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh before enjoying an evening at leisure. [B] Day 11. Hue - Danang - Hoi An Cycle through Hue to visit its famous Garden Houses, many of which have ties with the old imperial court. [B,L] Day 12. Hoi An We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An. Highlights include the Culture & History Museum, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a historic, bunniktours.com.au

Day 13. Hoi An The day is at leisure for you to enjoy this picturesque town at your own pace. [B] Day 14. Hoi An - Saigon This morning we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). In the afternoon we’ll take a walking tour of the bustling metropolis. Highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Opera House. We’ll also visit the Presidential Palace and the moving War Remnants Museum. [B] Day 15. Saigon Today we travel by boat to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels for a tour with a veteran guide. This network of tunnels served as a base for the Viet Cong and remained undiscovered during the Vietnam War. [B,L] Go off the beaten track to discover Saigon’s a-little-out-of-the-ordinary sights. We’ll visit the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, the Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street and the traditional French-style Fanny’s Ice Cream Parlour, Vietnam’s leading ice cream producer. Day 16. Saigon - Mekong Delta We make our way to the Mekong Delta to board our traditional-style cruise boat. We’ll observe life along the banks of the delta and hop on and off smaller boats on shore excursions, passing villages and rice paddies. Relax on board this evening with an aperitif as the sun sets. [B,L,D] Day 17. Mekong Delta - Saigon This morning we travel to Cai Rang by traditional sampan boat to experience all the action of the floating market. [B,D] Day 18. Saigon - Siem Reap This afternoon we fly to Camboadia's Siem Reap, gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. Tonight we’ll travel by remork to dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D] Day 19. Angkor Excursion Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom and the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. We’ll also see the temple of Ta Keo, the amazing ruins of Ta Prohm, the temple of Preah Khan and the Buddhist temples of Banteay Kdei and Banteay Srei, considered the jewels of Khmer art. [B,D] Day 20. Siem Reap Take part in a Khmer cooking class with a local family and learn about their food customs and beliefs. We’ll savour our creations at lunch, overlooking a lily pond. We’ll then cruise Tonlé Sap,to observe life and see the colourful floating villages. [B,L] Day 21. Siem Reap - Phnom Penh An early start to witness the breathtaking views, shadows and reflections of Angkor Wat at sunrise. We fly to Phnom Penh this afternoon. [B] Day 22. Phnom Penh Today we visit the poignant Killing Fields and the notorious Security Prison 21, Tuol Sleng.

The former prison has been turned into a moving museum which stands as a testament to the crimes committed by Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. This afternoon we’ll explore the bustling city by cyclo. Highlights include the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D] Day 23. Depart Phnom Penh Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 24. Arrive Australia

Inclusions Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included • 4 economy-class flights within Asia • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water-based activities, remork and tuk tuk) Transportation: coach, plane, cruise boat, longboat, sampan, riverboat, remork & tuk tuk Accommodation: • 18 nights in good quality hotels (4 star) • 2 nights on board a Vietnamese cruise boat on Halong Bay • 1 night on board a river cruise vessel on the Mekong Delta Meals: 21 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 7 lunches and 10 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout (Vietnam only) • English-speaking locally based guide on board the Mekong Cruise Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $195pp prepaid

Dates & prices G

Guaranteed departure with 4 or more passengers!

2019 Departures

2019 Departures

Apr

07, 21

Nov

03, 17

May

05, 19

Dec

01

Jun

02, 16, 30

Jul

14, 28

Aug

11, 25

2020 Departures

Sep

08, 22

Feb

02, 16

Oct

06, 20

Mar

01, 15

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $1,750 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Day 3. Hanoi Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam’s capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains. A full afternoon of sightseeing in Hanoi. Highlights include the beautiful Temple of Literature, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoan Kiem Lake. [B]

UNESCO Heritage-listed house. [B,D] Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise subject to prevailing water levels).


SMALL GROUP TOURING

Multi-country

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Highlights

Tour Snapshot

MAXIMUM

GROUP SIZE

20

Destinations visited: 3 countries

days:

20

UNESCO World Heritage: 4 sites

Character accommodation: Vietnamese cruise boat, Halong Bay | River cruise vessel, Mekong Delta

from

$

6,595pp

Airfares & Tips Included

Hanoi 2

Luang Prabang

Halong Bay (1)

4

A journey of discovery across classic Indochina. Experience the beauty of Halong Bay, explore beguiling Hoi An and the canals of the Mekong Delta. See the incredible temple ruins at Siem Reap then discover the charm of Luang Prabang - and meet the locals!

VIETNAM

LAOS

Danang

Siem Reap 3

• Top sights • Halong Bay • Hoi An • Ruins of Angkor • Tonlé Sap • Wat Xieng Thong

3

Hoi An

CAMBODIA

Tonlé Sap Saigon (2,1) Can Tho Cai Rang

3

Cai Be Mekong Delta (1)

TOP National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh

50

Small Groups | Unforgettable Experiences


Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia Day 2. Arrive Hanoi Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before this evening’s group welcome dinner. [D] A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we’ll enjoy a water puppetry performance by a local renowned puppet master where we will go behind the scenes.

French-style Fanny’s Ice Cream Parlour, Vietnam’s leading ice cream producer. Day 10. Saigon - Mekong Delta We make our way to the Mekong Delta to board our traditional-style cruise boat. We’ll observe life along the banks of the delta and hop on and off smaller boats on shore excursions, passing villages and rice paddies. Relax on board this evening with an aperitif as the sun sets. [B,L,D] Day 11. Mekong Delta - Saigon This morning we travel to Cai Rang by traditional sampan boat to experience all the action of the floating market - the liveliest market in the Mekong Delta. We’ll also witness rice-paper and coconut candy making, and visit a local farm and tropical fruit orchard. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner back in Saigon. [B,D]

Day 4. Hanoi - Halong Bay Today we travel to breathtaking Halong Bay, to board our overnight cruise. After a decadent Vietnamese lunch, we’ll sail past amazing limestone rock formations and have the opportunity to discover hidden caves by boat or kayak. Relax with a sundowner this evening and enjoy the incredible views as the sun sets. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Angkor Excursion Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom. This afternoon we’ll explore the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple of Angkor Wat. Enjoy a group dinner this evening accompanied by an Apsara dance performance. [B,D]

Day 5. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An This morning you might like to take part in a tai chi lesson on the sundeck or just sit back and relax as we cruise. We'll explore Surprise Cave after breakfast. Return to Hanoi after brunch to fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. [B,Brunch] Day 6. Hoi An We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An. Highlights include the Culture & History Museum, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a historic, UNESCO Heritage-listed house. [B,D] Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise subject to prevailing water levels). Day 7. Hoi An The day is at leisure for you to enjoy this picturesque town at your own pace. [B] Day 8. Hoi An - Saigon This morning we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). In the afternoon we’ll take a walking tour of the bustling metropolis. Highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Opera House. We’ll also visit the Presidential Palace and the moving War Remnants Museum. [B] Day 9. Saigon Today we travel by boat to tour the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels with a veteran guide. [B,L] Go off the beaten track to discover Saigon’s a-little-out-of-the-ordinary sights. We’ll visit the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, the Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street and the traditional bunniktours.com.au

Day 12. Saigon - Siem Reap Enjoy the morning at leisure before our flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. Tonight we’ll travel by remork to dinner at a local restaurant serving typical Khmer dishes. [B,D]

Day 14. Siem Reap Discover life, customs and culture in rural Cambodia this morning. We’ll take an ox cart ride through a typical village and meet a local family who will prepare lunch for us. After lunch we’ll visit a community school and workshop and learn about their ‘Bottle Building Project’. We’ll travel by remork to a nearby pagoda, where we’ll hear more about Buddhism and local spiritual beliefs, and experience a monk’s blessing. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant. [B,L,D] Day 15. Siem Reap - Luang Prabang This morning we’ll cruise Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia. We’ll observe life and see the colourful floating villages. This afternoon we fly to the charming town of Luang Prabang. [B,L] Day 16. Luang Prabang We board a tuk tuk to explore Luang Prabang this morning. Later we’ll discover beautiful Wat Xieng Thong and visit a local handicraft village. [B,D] This evening we join the locals to experience the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of pétanque and a typical Laotian dinner.

Day 19. Depart Luang Prabang Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 20. Arrive Australia

Inclusions Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included. • 4 economy-class flights within Asia • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water-based activities, remork and tuk tuk) Transportation: coach, cruise boat, plane, longboat, sampan, riverboat, remork & tuk tuk Accommodation: • 15 nights in good quality hotels (4 star) • 1 night on board a Vietnamese cruise on Halong Bay • 1 night on board a river cruise vessel on the Mekong Delta Meals: 17 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 7 lunches and 10 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking locally based national guides throughout (Vietnam & Laos) • English-speaking local guide on board Mekong Delta Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $225pp prepaid

Dates & prices G

Guaranteed departure with 4 or more passengers!

2019 Departures

2019 Departures

Apr

04, 18

Nov

14, 28

May

02, 16, 30

Dec

12, 26

Jun

13, 27

Jul

11, 25

Aug

08, 22

2020 Departures

Sep

05, 19

Feb

06, 20

Oct

03, 17, 31

Mar

05, 19

Day 17. Luang Prabang Today we’ll explore the National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace, Haw Kham. We’ll then take a leisurely cruise along the Mekong. Enjoy the typical Laotian cuisine for lunch on board. The boat will also stop so we can explore the Pak Ou Caves. [B,L]

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au

Day 18. Luang Prabang Learn about rice harvesting, the tools that are used and meet the local farming guide this morning at Living

All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $1,525

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Day 3. Hanoi An early start this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We’ll visit the flower market, the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee. Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam’s capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains. This afternoon our sightseeing highlights include the Presidential Palace, the beautiful Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. [B,L]

Lands Organic Farm. We’ll then enjoy a tasting of some typical food made from the rice. This afternoon we’ll explore the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls and visit ‘Free the Bears’, a rescue centre for Asiatic Black Bears. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]


SMALL GROUP TOURING

Multi-country

Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos in Depth

In depth

Tour Snapshot

MAXIMUM

GROUP SIZE

20

Destinations visited: 3 countries

days:

31

UNESCO World Heritage: 7 sites

Character accommodation: Vietnamese cruise boat, Halong Bay | River cruise vessel, Mekong Delta

from

$

8,795pp

2 Sapa

Airfares & Tips Included

Hanoi (2,1) 3

Luang Prabang

Halong Bay (2)

4

Discover the essence of Indochina on this indepth journey. Travel through Vietnam from the hills of Sapa to the bustling Mekong Delta. Explore the history of Angkor, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia and travel north through the countryside of Laos to charming Luang Prabang.

VIETNAM

1 Vang

Vieng

2 Vientiane

Hue LAOS

Siem Reap 3

• Top sights • Sapa Hills • Mt Fansipan • Angkor Wat at sunrise • Phnom Penh • Kuang Si waterfalls

2 3

Hoi An

CAMBODIA

Tonlé Sap Phnom 2 Penh Can Tho Cai Rang

3 Saigon (2,1)

Cai Be Mekong Delta (1)

TOP Monks in Luang Prabang

52

Small Groups | Unforgettable Experiences


Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia Day 2. Arrive Hanoi Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner. [D] A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we’ll enjoy a water puppetry performance by a local renowned puppet master where we will go behind the scenes. Day 3. Hanoi Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam’s capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains. A full afternoon of sightseeing in Hanoi. Highlights include the beautiful Temple of Literature, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoan Kiem Lake. [B]

Day 5. Sapa We begin the morning in Muong Hoa Valley alongside the largest rice paddy terrace in the Sapa area. In Lao Chai we’ll meet people of the Black Hmong hill tribe, then walk to Ta Van village, home to the Giay minority. [B,L] Day 6. Sapa - Hanoi Ascend beautiful Mt Fansipan by cable car and tram, enjoying spectacular views along the way. This afternoon we return to Hanoi. [B] Day 7. Hanoi - Halong Bay Today we travel to breathtaking Halong Bay and board our overnight cruise. [B,L,D] Day 8. Halong Bay Enjoy a morning of tai chi or just relax on deck. Today we discover a limestone cave and visit the Virgin Grotto by kayak. [B,L,D] Day 9. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue Early this morning we’ll explore the Hidden Cave by bamboo boat. After brunch we’ll disembark and fly to Hue. [B,Brunch] Day 10. Hue This morning we'll enjoy a dragon boat cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda and visit the Imperial Citadel. This afternoon we’ll visit the imperial tombs of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. [B] Day 11. Hue - Danang - Hoi An Cycle through Hue to visit its famous Garden Houses, many of which have ties with the old imperial court. [B,L] Day 12. Hoi An We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An. Highlights include the Culture & History Museum, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a historic, UNESCO Heritage-listed house. [B,D] Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise subject to prevailing water levels). Day 13. Hoi An The day is at leisure for you to enjoy. [B] Day 14. Hoi An - Saigon This morning we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh bunniktours.com.au

Day 15. Saigon Today we travel by boat to tour the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels. [B,L] Go off the beaten track to discover Saigon’s a-little-out-of-the-ordinary sights. We’ll visit the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, the Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street and the traditional French-style Fanny’s Ice Cream Parlour, Vietnam’s leading ice cream producer. Day 16. Saigon - Mekong Delta Today we board our traditional-style cruise boat on the Mekong Delta. Enjoy an aperitif as the sun sets this evening. [B,L,D] Day 17. Mekong Delta - Saigon This morning we travel to Cai Rang by traditional sampan boat to experience all the action of the floating market. [B,D] Day 18. Saigon - Siem Reap Today we fly to Siem Reap, gateway to the ruins of Angkor. Tonight we’ll travel by remork to dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D] Day 19. Angkor Excursion Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom and the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. We’ll also see the temple of Ta Keo, the amazing ruins of Ta Prohm, the temple of Preah Khan and the Buddhist temples of Banteay Kdei and Banteay Srei. [B,D] Day 20. Siem Reap Take a Khmer cooking class with a local family and learn about their customs and beliefs. We’ll savour our creations at lunch, overlooking a lily pond. We’ll then cruise Tonlé Sap,to observe life and see the colourful floating villages. [B,L] Day 21. Siem Reap - Phnom Penh An early start to witness the breathtaking views, shadows and reflections of Angkor Wat at sunrise. We fly to Phnom Penh this afternoon. [B] Day 22. Phnom Penh Today we visit the poignant Killing Fields and the notorious Security Prison 21, Tuol Sleng. This afternoon we’ll explore the bustling city by cyclo. Enjoy a group dinner tonight. [B,D]

Day 28. Luang Prabang Learn about rice harvesting and meet the local farming guide at Living Lands Organic Farm. We’ll then enjoy a tasting of some typical food. [B] Day 29. Luang Prabang Explore Kuang Si waterfalls and visit the ‘Free the Bears’ rescue centre before our group farewell dinner cruise on the Mekong. [B,D] Day 30. Depart Luang Prabang Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 31. Arrive Australia

Inclusions Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included • 5 economy-class flights within Asia • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water-based activities, remork and tuk tuk) Transportation: coach, cruise boat, plane, longboat, sampan, riverboat, remork & tuk tuk Accommodation: • 25 nights in good quality hotels (4 star) • 2 nights on board a cruise boat on Halong Bay • 1 night on board a river cruise vessel on the Mekong Delta Meals: 28 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 7 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking locally based national guides throughout (Vietnam & Laos only) • English-speaking local guide on board the Mekong cruise Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $315pp prepaid

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Day 23. Phnom Penh - Vientiane We fly to colonial Vientiane, Laos today. [B] Day 24. Vientiane Explore Vientiane, including the golden stupa of Pha That Luang and the Patuxai Arch. [B] Day 25. Vientiane - Vang Vieng Enjoy a scenic drive to Nam Ngum Reservoir and Dam. We’ll enjoy a lake cruise and visit Ban Keun village and a traditional salt factory before continuing to Vang Vieng. [B] Day 26. Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang Along the way to Luang Prabang we’ll stop at a cable bridge and walk across the river to visit the Hmong village of Ban Phan Thao. [B] Day 27. Luang Prabang Explore Luang Prabang by tuk tuk this morning, visiting the open-air market. [B,D] This evening we join the locals to experience the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of pétanque and a typical Laotian dinner.

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07, 21

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03, 17

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05, 19

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01

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02, 16, 30

Jul

14, 28

Aug

11, 25

2020 Departures

Sep

08, 22

Feb

02, 16

Oct

06, 20

Mar

01, 15

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $2,350 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Day 4. Hanoi - Sapa An early start this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We’ll visit the flower market, the Old Quarter and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast. This afternoon we journey to Sapa. [B,D]

City). In the afternoon we’ll take a walking tour of the bustling metropolis. Highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Opera House. [B]


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Highlights of Cambodia & Laos

Highlights

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20

Destinations visited: 2 countries

days:

10

UNESCO World Heritage: 2 sites

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3,295pp

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Luang Prabang 4

LAOS

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Cambodia and Laos and discover the beguiling towns of Siem Reap and Luang Prabang. Explore the temples of Angkor and visit the floating villages of Tonlé Sap Lake. Tour Luang Prabang by tuk tuk, cruise the Mekong and visit beautiful Kuang Si Falls.

3 Siem Reap

Tonlé Sap

CAMBODIA

• Top sights • Ruins of Angkor • Tonlé Sap Lake • Mt Phu Si • Wat Xieng Thong • Pak Ou Caves

TOP Angkor Thom by Kristi Rutten RIGHT Kuang Si waterfalls by Matt Baldock OPPOSITE PAGE Wat Xieng Thong by Matt Baldock

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Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia Day 2. Arrive Siem Reap Welcome to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. Tonight we’ll travel by remork to dinner at a local restaurant serving typical Khmer food. [D] Day 3. Angkor Excursion Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom. This afternoon we’ll explore the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple of Angkor Wat. Enjoy a group dinner this evening accompanied by a traditional Apsara dance performance. [B,D]

Day 5. Siem Reap - Luang Prabang This morning we’ll cruise Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia. We’ll observe life and see the colourful floating villages. This afternoon we fly to the charming town of Luang Prabang in Laos. The evening is free for you to relax or begin exploring at your own pace. Luang Prabang has some amazing night markets so you may want to begin your discovery there. [B,L] Day 6. Luang Prabang We board a tuk tuk to explore Luang Prabang this morning. We’ll visit the open-air market in the old town and stop to participate in the Big Brother Mouse program, helping young locals practice their English conversation. Later we’ll discover the traditional architecture of Luang Prabang at beautiful Wat Xieng Thong. We’ll also visit the local handicraft village of Ban Xang Khong and then make our way to the

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top of Mt Phu Si for magnificent views over the town and the Mekong River. [B,D] This evening we join the locals to experience the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of pétanque and a typical Laotian dinner. Day 7. Luang Prabang Today we’ll explore the National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace, Haw Kham. We’ll then take a leisurely cruise along the Mekong. Enjoy the typical Laotian cuisine for lunch on board. The boat will also stop so we can explore the Pak Ou Caves. With a history dating back thousands of years, these two caves are shrines to the river spirit and Lord Buddha, and are filled with more than 4,000 Buddha icons. They are set in a dramatic limestone cliff about 12 metres above the river. We’ll disembark in the early afternoon and the rest of the day is free for you to relax or explore. [B,L] Day 8. Luang Prabang Learn about rice harvesting, the tools that are used and meet the local farming guide this morning at Living Lands Organic Farm. We’ll then enjoy a tasting of some typical food made from the rice. This afternoon we’ll explore the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls and visit ‘Free the Bears’, a rescue centre for Asiatic Black Bears. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local barbecue. [B,D] Day 9. Depart Luang Prabang Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 10. Arrive Australia

Travel: • Economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included • 1 economy-class flight within Asia • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water-based activities, remork and tuk tuk) Transportation: coach, plane, longboat, remork, ox cart, remork & tuk tuk Accommodation: 7 nights in good quality hotels (4 star) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $125pp prepaid

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14, 28

Nov

10, 24

May

12, 26

Dec

08, 22

Jun

09, 23

Jul

07, 21

2020 Departures

Aug

04, 18

Jan

05

Sep

01, 15, 29

Feb

16

Oct

13, 27

Mar

01, 15, 29

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $675 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Day 4. Siem Reap Discover life, customs and culture in rural Cambodia this morning. We’ll take an ox cart ride through a typical village and meet a local family who will prepare lunch for us. After lunch we’ll visit a community school and workshop and learn about their ‘Bottle Building Project’. We’ll travel by remork to a nearby pagoda, where we’ll hear more about Buddhism and local spiritual beliefs, and experience a monk’s blessing. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner to farewell Cambodia at a local restaurant. [B,L,D]

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Cambodia & Laos in Depth

In depth

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Destinations visited: 2 countries

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15

UNESCO World Heritage: 4 sites

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4,395pp

Airfares & Tips Included

Luang Prabang 4 1 Vang

Vieng

2 Vientiane

Discover the natural beauty and rich history of Indochina’s two hidden gems. Tour the beautiful bustling city of Phnom Penh, once tarnished by war, explore the amazing temples and ruins of Angkor and Siem Reap, and unwind in the peaceful and charming Laotian cities of Luang Prabang and Vientiane.

LAOS

Siem Reap 3

CAMBODIA

Tonlé Sap Phnom 2 Penh

• Top sights • Angkor Wat at sunrise • Phnom Penh • Vientiane • Wat Xieng Thong • Kuang Si waterfalls

TOP Angkor Wat by Dennis Bunnik RIGHT Royal Palace, Phnom Penh OPPOSITE PAGE Patuxai Arch by Marion Bunnik

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Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia Day 2. Arrive Siem Reap Welcome to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. Tonight we’ll travel by remork to dinner at a local restaurant serving typical Khmer dishes. [D] Day 3. Angkor Excursion Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom and the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. We’ll also see the temple of Ta Keo, the amazing ruins of Ta Prohm, the temple of Preah Khan and the Buddhist temples of Banteay Kdei and Banteay Srei, considered the jewels of Khmer art. [B,D]

Day 5. Siem Reap - Phnom Penh An early start to witness the breathtaking views, shadows and reflections of Angkor Wat at sunrise. After breakfast we’ll return to the site and have time to explore the ruins before our flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. This beautiful city was once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’. Despite being tarnished by war, the city still boasts great charm by way of its traditional architecture and the glistening spires of its palaces and temples. As well, its history is simply captivating. [B] Day 6. Phnom Penh Today we visit the poignant Killing Fields, a stark reminder of the Pol Pot regime, and the notorious Security Prison 21, Tuol Sleng. The former prison has been turned into a moving museum which stands as a testament to the crimes committed by Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. This afternoon we’ll explore the bustling city by cyclo. Highlights include the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and cruising along the riverside. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

We’ll pass through farmlands, the rice paddies of Ban Nadoa village and the small Tam Chang cave. [B] Day 11. Luang Prabang We board a tuk tuk to explore Luang Prabang this morning. We’ll visit the open-air market in the old town and stop to participate in the Big Brother Mouse program, helping young locals practice their English conversation. Later we’ll discover the traditional architecture of Luang Prabang at beautiful Wat Xieng Thong. We’ll also visit the local handicraft village of Ban Xang Khong and then make our way to the top of Mt Phu Si for magnificent views over the town and the Mekong River. [B,D] This evening we join the locals to experience the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of pétanque and a typical Laotian dinner. Day 12. Luang Prabang Learn about rice harvesting, the tools that are used and meet the local farming guide this morning at Living Lands Organic Farm. We’ll then enjoy a tasting of some typical food made from the rice. [B] Day 13. Luang Prabang This afternoon we’ll explore the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls and visit ‘Free the Bears’, a rescue centre for Asiatic Black Bears. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner on a Mekong sunset cruise. [B,D]

Travel: • Economy-class flights between Australia and Asia. Taxes included • 2 economy-class flights within Asia • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water-based activities, remork and tuk tuk) Transportation: coach, plane, longboat, remork & tuk tuk Accommodation: 12 nights in good quality hotels (4 star) Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout (Laos only) Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $175pp prepaid

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Day 14.Depart Luang Prabang Today we begin our journey home. [B]

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Day 15. Arrive Australia

Apr

23

Nov

05, 19

May

07, 21

Dec

03, 17

Jun

04, 18

Jul

02, 16, 30

Aug

13, 27

2020 Departures

Sep

10, 24

Feb

18

Oct

08, 22

Mar

03, 17, 31

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $975 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Day 7. Phnom Penh - Vientiane Enjoy the morning at leisure before our flight to Laos’ charming French colonial capital, Vientiane, characterised by its wide, treelined boulevards and glimmering golden temples and monuments. [B] Day 8. Vientiane Today we’ll explore the city. Highlights of our tour include the golden stupa of Pha That Luang and the Patuxai Arch, inspired by Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. We’ll also see Wat Sisaket and Wat Phra Kaew. [B] Day 9. Vientiane - Vang Vieng We take a scenic drive north to Nam Ngum Reservoir and Dam, an area known for its tranquility and traditional way of life. We’ll enjoy a lake cruise and visit Ban Keun village and its traditional salt factory before we continue to Vang Vieng. [B] Day 10. Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang Along the way to Luang Prabang we’ll stop at a cable bridge and walk across the river to visit the Hmong village of Ban Phan Thao. bunniktours.com.au

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Day 4. Siem Reap Take part in a Khmer cooking class with a local family and learn about their food customs and beliefs. We’ll savour our creations at lunch, overlooking a lily pond. We’ll then cruise Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia. We’ll observe life and see the colourful floating villages. [B,L]

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SMALL GROUP TOURING INDIA & SRI LANKA

"Sri Lanka is a lovely country with friendly people and delicious food. The tour was well planned with great accommodation and attractions, and our tour leader, Priya, was good value with his vast knowledge of the country." David W Sri Lankan Discovery

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For years India has been drawing travellers in with its ancient traditions, natural beauty, delicious food and inspiring artistic heritage. From frenetic Mumbai to the beautiful beaches of Goa and everything in between, India is an explorer's paradise To India's south lays the tiny tropical island of Sri Lanka. With 2,000 years of history and a high concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, what Sri Lanka lacks in size it more than makes up for in looks! Nestled between India and China, Nepal has long attracted trekkers looking for Himalayan conquests, but you'll find plenty more here, too. Beyond intoxicating Kathmandu lay steamy jungles home to exotic birds, tigers, crocodiles and rhinos.

India & Sri Lanka Snapshot

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3 countries

19 special experiences

3 festival departures

INDIA & SRI LANKA

India

Sri Lanka

Nepal

Serene yet frantic, this is a country full of contrasts. Travelling through India promises to be a beautiful, spiritual and lasting experience.

Sri Lanka isn't just world-class teas it's wild safaris, warm nights, endless beaches, rich culture, ancient ruins, and so much more.

As one of the world's greatest travel destinations, Nepal has a lot to offer. Himalayan views, golden temples and charming locals are just the start.

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Sri Lankan Discovery

Destinations visited: 1 country

days:

17

UNESCO World Heritage: 6 sites

Festival departures: 31 July and 4 August 2019 departures will enjoy the Kandy Festival

from

$

5,495pp

Anuradhapura Ritigala Minneriya National Park Sigiriya 4 Polonnaruwa Dambulla

Airfares & Tips Included

Matale

Be charmed by the unspoilt natural beauty, friendly people and ancient history of Sri Lanka. Discover the island’s beautiful culture, lush jungles and fascinating ancient cities. Explore exotic tea and spice plantations and witness the plentiful wildlife in national parks.

2 Kandy

Negombo 2

2 Nuwara Eliya

Colombo 1 SRI LANKA

Tissamaharama 2

Yala National Park Galle 2

• Top sights • Anuradhapura • Polonnaruwa • Sigiriya • Dambulla • Yala National Park

TOP Minneriya National Park by Nat Vallely RIGHT Negombo fish market by Nat Vallely OPPOSITE PAGE Nuwara Eliya by Victoria Hearn

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Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Negombo Welcome to sunny Sri Lanka, the teardropshaped island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 2. Negombo We begin our sightseeing tour at the famous Negombo Fish Markets, a traditional patchwork of fish drying on hessian sacks. [B,D] Cruise along the calm waters of the jungle-fringed Gin Oya River, listening to the tranquil sounds of the abundant birdlife. We'll watch the sunset before joining a local family for a hosted dinner on the banks of the river. Day 3. Negombo - Sigiriya This morning we depart Negombo for Sigiriya, travelling north into the Sri Lankan highlands. On the way we'll stop to see the morning activities of a fish market. [B,D] Day 4. Anuradhapura & Ritigala Excursion We visit the impressive ruins of Anuradhapura, the largest and oldest of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities, dating back to the 6th century. We’ll explore the gleaming white dagobas and Sri Maha Bodhi, before travelling to the Ritigala Medicinal Forest to discover the ruins of an ancient hermitage, set deep in the jungle. [B,D]

Day 6. Sigiriya Today we explore the famous rock fortress of Sigiriya - ‘Lion Rock’. Built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century, this impressive site is located on top of a vast 200-metre-high granite rock, some 750 steps up! [B,L,D] Visit a traditional Sri Lankan village and be welcomed into a local home. Learn about daily life and traditional farming, and then feast on local delicacies! Day 7. Sigiriya - Kandy After breakfast we begin our journey to Kandy, stopping at the stunning Cave Temples of Dambulla. Housing hundreds of statues of Buddha, they are also completely covered in ancient frescoes. We also stop at a spice plantation in Matale. When we arrive in Kandy later this afternoon we’ll visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. [B,D]

Day 10. Nuwara Eliya We tour the picturesque colonial town of Nuwara Eliya. Built by the British in the 19th century to escape the sweltering heat of the lowlands, this town still retains the charm of bygone days. We’ll also visit beautiful St Clair and Devon Falls. [B] Day 11. Nuwara Eliya - Tissamaharama Travelling south towards the coast, we visit the spectacular waterfalls at Ella. This afternoon we arrive in Tissamaharama (or Tissa). Set amongst rice paddies and ruins, it is also the gateway to Yala National Park. [B,D] Day 12. Yala National Park This afternoon we embark on a safari in Yala National Park - the oldest and best-known of Sri Lanka’s national parks. Created in 1938, the diverse range of habitats, including scrub jungle, brackish lagoons, lakes and rivers are home to leopards, elephants, wild buffalo, deer, black bears, macaques, jackals and a variety of birds. It’s believed to have one of the highest-density leopard populations in the world. The national park also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins indicating previous civilisations. [B,D] Day 13. Tissamaharama - Galle Driving along Sri Lanka’s beautiful south coast, we make our way to the Dutch colonial town of Galle. Here we’ll take a city tour and visit its UNESCO World Heritage-listed sea fortress. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B,D] Day 14. Galle We enjoy a scenic cruise along the Madu River, watching locals go about their daily lives. We’ll stop to visit a hatchery that was set up to conserve the turtle population, then visit a moonstone mine at Meetiyagoda. [B,D] Day 15. Galle - Colombo We make our way to the island nation’s capital, Colombo. We’ll take a guided tour of the city, including a stop at the famous Cricket Club Café. Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D] Day 16. Depart Colombo Today is at leisure before we bid farewell to Sri Lanka this evening and begin our journey home. [B] Day 17. Arrive Australia

Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Sri Lanka. Taxes included • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding jeep-safari vehicle and water-based activities) Transportation: coach, jeep, boat & local train Accommodation: • 15 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star) • Day use of hotel on day of departure Meals: 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking national guide throughout (English-speaking national guide/driver for group sizes below 7 passengers) Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $200pp prepaid

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2019 Departures

2019 Departures

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06, 20

Nov

May

04, 18

Jun

15

Jul

06, 20, 31

2020 Departures

Aug

04, 24

Jan

04, 18, 25

Sep

07, 14

Feb

01, 15, 29

Oct

05, 19

Mar

14, 21

09, 23, 30

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $1,650 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Day 8. Kandy The former capital of Ceylon and the last seat of the Sinhalese kingdom, Kandy is known as Sri Lanka’s cultural heart. This morning we visit the Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya, with its beautiful orchid house. [B] Watch a traditional cultural performance by locals. Day 9. Kandy - Nuwara Eliya We travel to the lush tea-growing region of Nuwara Eliya by train and road, visiting a tea plantation to learn about Sri Lanka’s most famous export. Of course, we’ll enjoy a cup or two while we’re there. [B,D] bunniktours.com.au

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Day 5. Polonnaruwa & Minneriya National Park Excursion Our day begins with a visit to the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. Brimming with archaeological treasures, we’ll discover the well-preserved ruins of palaces, stupas, bathing pools and exquisite rock sculptures of Buddha. This afternoon we tour Minneriya National Park by jeep, where we’ll hopefully spot sambar deer and elephants. [B,D]

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Highlights

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Northern Sri Lanka

Destinations visited: 1 country

days:

15

UNESCO World Heritage: 1 site

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4,995pp

Jaffna 2

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Be one of the first to explore Sri Lanka’s emerging north. With a fascinating Tamil culture thanks to its intriguing history, as well as beautiful beaches and an abundance of wildlife, this journey captures the essence of the region in Jaffna, Trincomalee and Passikudah.

Wilpattu National Park Anuradhapura 2 SRI LANKA

3 Passikudah

Batticaloa

Negombo 2

• Top sights

2 Trincomalee

1

Kandy

Colombo 1

• Muthurajawela Marshes • Wilpattu National Park • Anuradhapura • Koneswaram Temple • Matale Spice Plantation

TOP Trincomalee RIGHT Anuradhapura sunset OPPOSITE PAGE Jaffna Public Library

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Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Negombo Welcome to amazing Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean! Day 2. Negombo We discover the unique and diverse ecosystem of the Muthurajawela Marsh on a cruise this morning. This marsh is believed to have originated more than 7,000 years ago and supports more than 300 species of birds and wildlife, including the slender loris. Enjoy a lovely welcome lunch hosted by a local family on an island within the Muthurajawela Marsh. The afternoon is at leisure for you to relax or explore at your own pace. [B,L] Day 3. Negombo - Anuradhapura Today we travel north to heritage-listed Anuradhapura, the largest and oldest of Sri Lanka’s ancient capital cities, dating back to the 6th century. We'll visit the impressive ruins and explore the gleaming white dagobas. Later this afternoon we'll see the Avukana Buddha Statue, built during the 5th century, standing more than 40 feet tall and carved from a large granite rock face. [B,D] Day 4. Wilpattu National Park Excursion Enjoy the morning at leisure before our visit to Wilpattu National Park early this afternoon. The largest of Sri Lanka’s national parks, Wilpattu is famous for its population of elephants, sloth bears, leopards, water buffalo and deer, along with a large variety of birds. We’ll take a safari by jeep through the park to discover all it has to offer. [B,D]

Inclusions the small coastal village of Passikudah this morning. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to relax or discover Passikudah's beautiful beach, which is famous for its golden bay and clear water. [B,D] Day 10. Batticaloa Excursion We spend the day discovering Batticaloa, where the Dutch arrived in the 17th century to overthrow the Portuguese. [B,L] Tour the maze of narrow streets leading up to the impressive Dutch fort, built in 1665, by tuk tuk. We’ll explore the local market and see how a typical family from town would shop for a meal. We’ll then learn to prepare a Sri Lankan meal with the locals and enjoy the results for lunch. Day 11. Passikudah Today is free for you to relax and enjoy the resort atmosphere and your beautiful surroundings. [B,D] Day 12. Passikudah - Kandy This morning we depart for Kandy, Sri Lanka’s cultural heart, the former capital of Ceylon and the last seat of the Sinhalese Kingdom. Along the way we’ll stop at a spice plantation in Matale that grows a variety of spices for which the country is famous, such as cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg. Arriving in Kandy, we’ll visit the Gem Museum. Kandy is a great place to buy gemstones such as sapphires, rubies, tourmalines and spinals, and learn about the design, cutting, polishing and setting processes in a workshop. [B,D] Day 13. Kandy - Colombo Visit the National Railway Museum, housing a collection of old engines, locomotives, rail cars, trolleys and carriages from the past 150 years of railway service in Sri Lanka. We’ll then continue to Colombo. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy before tonight’s group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 6. Jaffna This morning we'll spend some time exploring the Jaffna Peninsula before we visit Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, one of the most significant temples in the region. We’ll also see the important town of Kayts on Velanai Island and visit some locals on a farm. [B,D]

Day 15. Arrive Australia

Day 14. Depart Colombo Today is at leisure before we bid farewell to Sri Lanka this evening and begin our journey home. [B]

Transportation: coach, jeep, boat & tuk tuk Accommodation: • 13 nights in good quality hotels (4 star) • Day use of hotel on day of departure Meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 10 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking national guide throughout (English-speaking national guide/driver for group sizes below 7 passengers) Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $185pp prepaid

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Day 5. Anuradhapura - Jaffna This morning we depart for the north coast and the warm and creative city of Jaffna, capital of the northern province. Sit back and enjoy the scenic countryside as we travel via the small town of Omanthai and Elephant Pass, the ‘gateway to Jaffna’, connecting the peninsula to the mainland. Later we'll visit the Jaffna Fort, built in 1618 following the Portugese invasion, and the public library, which, until a devastating fire in 1981, was one of Asia's largest libraries containing more than 97,000 books and manuscripts. [B,D]

Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Sri Lanka. Taxes included • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding jeep-safari vehicle and water-based activities)

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $1,350 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Day 7. Jaffna - Trincomalee Today we make our way to Trincomalee, on the northeast coast. Beautiful Trincomalee is home to a large and important harbour in the Indian Ocean and boasts some stunningly beautiful beaches. Later this afternoon we’ll discover the sights of Trincomalee on a city tour. Highlights include the famous Koneswaram temple with its imposing statue of Lord Shiva and Fort Frederick. [B,D] Day 8. Trincomalee Early this morning we cruise to look for dolphins, whales and other marine wildlife. Blue, Bryde's and sperm whales, as well as dolphins and the rare orca are often spotted in this area. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. [B,D] Day 9. Trincomalee - Passikudah We travel south through local villages to bunniktours.com.au

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Colours of Rajasthan

Destinations visited: 1 country

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UNESCO World Heritage: 9 sites

Festival departure: 30 October 2019 departure (21day tour) will enjoy the Pushkar Festival (camel fair)

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6,495pp

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Delve into one of India’s best-known and most interesting regions, Rajasthan. Take in modern cities, arid deserts and lush jungles. Admire the beauty of the Taj Mahal, explore historic forts and visit stunning palaces on this fascinating journey.

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Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Delhi Welcome to Delhi, India’s bustling capital! Day 2. Delhi A busy morning touring Old Delhi. We’ll discover the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, take a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk and an exotic spice tour of Khari Baoli market. Enjoy a group welcome dinner this evening. [B,D] Day 3. Delhi - Jaipur This morning we depart for the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur. [B,D] Visit a local market and interact with a local family during a traditional Indian cooking lesson, then sit down with them for dinner. Day 4. Jaipur Our day in the Rajasthani capital begins at the majestic Amber Fort. Built from red limestone and marble by Raja Man Singh in 1592, the magnificent structure has influences of both Muslim and Hindu architecture. We’ll also visit the Palace of Mirrors and the Palace of Winds (or Hawa Mahal), the City Palace Complex and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. [B] India is famous for its palmistry tradition. Today we’ll meet a local palmist who will read the lines of your hand for indications about your personality and destiny, based on Indian astrology.

Day 6. Bikaner - Jaisalmer This morning we travel to Jaisalmer, the ‘Golden City’. We’ll stop along the way at the unusual holy shrine of rats - Karni Mata Temple. This afternoon we’ll tour the Jaisalmer Fort, the Jain temples and the intricate sandstone havelis of the wealthy merchants. [B] Day 7. Jaisalmer - Manvar We drive to Manvar, a beautiful, tented camp in the Thar Desert where we’ll be spending the night. This evening we’ll travel out to the sand dunes on a camel safari to experience the enchanting serenity. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Udaipur We spend the morning touring the sights of this beautiful city. Highlights include the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and the Garden of the Maidens. In the late afternoon we’ll cruise across Lake Pichola to visit the island of Jag Mandir. [B] Day 12. Udaipur - Bundi This morning we depart for the hillside town of Bundi. The surroundings are dominated by an extraordinary palace rising out of the rockface above the town. We'll visit Garh Palace and a local market. [B] Day 13. Bundi - Ranthambore NP Famous for its tiger population, Ranthambore National Park is our destination today. This afternoon we’ll head out on a safari in search of these beautiful predators in their natural environment. [B,L,D] Day 14. Ranthambore National Park Our search for tigers continues today. We’ll also try to spot leopards, hyenas, porcupines, crocodiles, deer and gazelle. [B,L,D] Day 15. Ranthambore National Park - Agra Today we enjoy a short journey on the local train to Bharatpur to visit the deserted yet well-preserved Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. We’ll continue to Agra this afternoon. [B] Day 16. Agra Watch the sun rise this morning over the breathtaking Taj Mahal, coating it in a pearlypink mist. We’ll also explore Agra Fort, known for its fine Mughal architecture, and Baby Taj, otherwise known as the Tomb of Itmad-UdDaulah. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B] Day 17. Agra - Delhi This morning we return to Delhi. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore before our group farewell dinner. [B,D] Day 18. Depart Delhi Enjoy the day at leisure before we begin our journey home this evening. [B] Day 19. Arrive Australia

Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to India. Taxes included • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding jeep & Canter safari vehicles and water-based activities) Transportation: rickshaw, camel, boat, coach, local train & canter Accommodation: • 16 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star) • 1 night at Manvar Desert Camp, a permanent dune safari camp with proper beds and attached bathroom with running hot and cold water facilities • Day use of hotel on day of departure Meals: 17 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking national guides throughout Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $240pp prepaid

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For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $1,575 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Day 8. Manvar - Jodhpur Today we depart for the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B] Day 9. Jodhpur We begin the day exploring a traditional Bishnoi village by jeep. Famous for their passionate commitment to the protection of the environment, Bishnois typically live in distinct hut-like dwellings in groups around Rajasthan. This afternoon we discover the sights of Jodhpur, including the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, the marble cenotaphs, Jaswant Thada and the Clock Tower. [B] Day 10. Jodhpur - Udaipur Today we travel south to Udaipur. En route we’ll visit the marble Jain Temple at Ranakpur, famed for its 1,400 pillars (of which no two are the same). We’ll also visit beautiful Kumbhalgarh Fort with its numerous palaces, temples and gardens. [B] bunniktours.com.au

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Day 5. Jaipur - Bikaner Our journey continues to Bikaner, a vibrant desert town with imposing forts and beautiful temples. This afternoon we explore Junagarh Fort and visit a camel-breeding farm. [B]

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UNESCO World Heritage: 8 sites

Character accommodation: Traditional houseboat, Alleppey

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Discover the many sides to India, from bustling Delhi to the incredible Taj Mahal and the holy city of Varanasi. Search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park, witness the colour and opulence of Mumbai’s Bollywood and cruise the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional houseboat.

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Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Delhi Welcome to Delhi, India’s bustling capital! Day 2. Delhi Departing late morning, we embark on a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Highlights here include Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Tonight we’ll enjoy traditional Indian delicacies at a group welcome dinner. [B,D] Day 3. Delhi A busy morning touring Old Delhi. We’ll discover the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, take a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk and an exotic spice tour of Khari Baoli market. [B] Day 4. Delhi - Varanasi Today we fly to the holy city of Varanasi, the spiritual home of Hinduism and the cultural capital of India. [B] This evening we take a rickshaw down to the holy Ganges River to observe the aarti prayer ceremony, performed at Dashashvamedh Ghat daily at sunset. Day 5. Varanasi We start the day with a boat ride on the Ganges. As the sun rises we’ll watch the devotees who come to perform their purification rituals. [B] Day 6. Varanasi - Khajuraho Enjoy the morning at leisure before our flight to Khajuraho. This evening we’ll experience a garden sound and light show which traces the story of these unique temples from the 10th century to the present day. [B]

Day 8. Khajuraho - Orchha This morning we depart for Orchha, stopping at a rural farm along the way to get an insight into day-to-day life. Upon arrival in Orchha, we visit the Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and the famous Raja Ram Temple, which dates back to the 17th century. [B] Day 9. Orchha - Agra Today we make our way to Agra, home of the incredible Taj Mahal. [B] Visit Gwalior Fort, an impressive 8th-century hill fortress with a perfumed underground pool, then board the Taj Express train to Agra. Day 10. Agra Watch the sun rise this morning over the breathtaking Taj Mahal, coating it in a pearlypink mist. We’ll also explore Agra Fort, known for its fine Mughal architecture, and then step back in time visiting Baby Taj, otherwise known as the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B] Day 11. Agra - Ranthambore As we travel to Ranthambore National Park, we’ll stop to visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. We’ll then take a short journey on the local train to Sawai Madhopur and continue by road into Ranthambore. [B,D] Day 12. Ranthambore National Park Famous for its tigers, Ranthambore National Park is our destination today. We’ll head out

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Day 13. Ranthambore - Jaipur Our search for tigers continues this morning. We’ll also try to spot leopards, hyenas, jackals, porcupines, crocodiles, deer and gazelle. After lunch we depart for the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur. Jaipur is a bustling capital city, a business centre and a metropolis that still manages to retain its age-old charm. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. [B,L,D] Tonight we’ll interact with a local family during a traditional cooking lesson, then join them for dinner. Day 14. Jaipur Our day in the Rajasthani capital begins at majestic Amber Fort. One of the most exquisite creations in the Amber Fort is the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors); its walls are covered with tiny mirrors and when dark can become a dazzling fantasy with the light of a single match. This afternoon, we drive through the famous Johari Bazaar on the way to the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a major landmark of the city. Later we visit the rich and prosperous museums located inside the elegant City Palace Complex and the ancient Jantar Mantar Observatory. [B] Day 15. Jaipur - Mumbai This morning we fly to Mumbai, India’s city that never sleeps. Our afternoon city tour includes the Marine Drive, Mani Bhavan Ghandi Museum, the Prince of Wales Museum and the Hanging Gardens. [B] Day 16. Mumbai Experience the glamour and excitement of Bollywood today. We’ll visit a live shoot, explore famous film sets and perhaps even take a photo with a Bollywood star! Enjoy an afternoon at leisure after lunch. [B,L] Day 17. Mumbai - Goa Today we fly south to beautiful Goa, the easternmost capital of the former Portuguese Empire, on India’s west coast. Strung along Goa's 100-kilometre-long coastline are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and dazzling stretches of golden sand edging the expanse of the Arabian Sea. [B] Day 18. Goa Tour a stunning 300 year-old Portuguese mansion and enjoy a decadent five-course lunch, inspired by the flavours of Portugal and India. [B,L] Day 19. Goa Enjoy a day at leisure to relax in this beautiful beach setting. [B] Day 20. Goa - Kochi The morning is at leisure before this afternoon’s flight to Kochi, a vibrant city situated on India’s south-west coast in the scenic state of Kerala. Facing the Arabian Sea, Kochi has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. The older parts of the city are an unlikely blend of medieval Portuguese, Dutch and English country village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. [B] Day 21. Kochi - Alleppey After breakfast we travel to Alleppey and board a traditional houseboat to cruise through the peaceful backwaters of Kerala. Sit back and relax as we meander through the maze of canals. [B,L,D]

Day 22. Alleppey - Kochi After disembarking, we return to Kochi and spend the afternoon seeing the sights of the city. Highlights include the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St Francis Church. This evening we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner and a classical Kathakali dance performance. [B,D] Day 23. Depart Kochi Tonight we begin our journey home. [B,L] Day 24. Arrive Australia

Inclusions Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to India. Taxes included • 5 economy-class flights within India • 1 train journey between Bharatpur Sawai Madhopur AC Chair Car • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding jeep safari vehicles and water based activities) Transportation: coach, rickshaw, boat, plane, train, jeep/canter & houseboat Accommodation: • 21 nights in a combination of modern and heritage hotels/resorts (3-4 star) • 1 night on board a traditional houseboat with private facilities Meals: 22 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking national guide throughout Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $220pp prepaid

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26

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05

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06

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01

For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $2,125 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

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Day 7. Khajuraho Today we’ll explore Khajuraho’s Chandella Dynasty temples. Originally about 85 temples were constructed, 20 of which still exist today. Some of these structures are amongst India’s greatest works of art. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax or explore at your own pace. [B]

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UNESCO World Heritage: 13 sites

Character accommodation: Manvar Desert Camp

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10,805pp

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Jaisalmer

Experience modern and ancient cities, arid deserts, lush jungles and breathtaking Himalayan views on this journey through India and Nepal. From the Taj Mahal and the Amber Fortress to Pashupatinath Temple and the three ancient Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, this tour is a fusion of wonder, adventure and spirituality.

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Itinerary Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Delhi Welcome to Delhi, India’s bustling capital! Day 2. Delhi A busy morning touring Old Delhi. We’ll discover the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, take a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk and an exotic spice tour of Khari Baoli market. Enjoy a group welcome dinner this evening. [B,D] Day 3. Delhi - Jaipur This morning we depart for the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur. [B,D] Visit a local market and interact with a local family during a traditional Indian cooking lesson before sharing dinner. Day 4. Jaipur Our day in the Rajasthani capital begins at the majestic Amber Fort, built from red limestone and marble by Raja Man Singh in 1592. Later we visit the Palace of Mirrors and the Palace of Winds, the City Palace Complex and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. [B] India is famous for its palmistry tradition. Today we’ll meet a local palmist who will read the lines of your hand for indications about your personality and destiny, based on Indian astrology. Day 5. Jaipur - Bikaner Our journey continues to Bikaner, a vibrant desert town with imposing forts and beautiful temples. This afternoon we explore Junagarh Fort and visit a camel-breeding farm. [B]

Day 7. Jaisalmer - Manvar We drive to Manvar, a beautiful, tented camp in the Thar Desert where we’ll be spending the night. This evening we’ll travel out to the sand dunes on a camel safari to experience the enchanting serenity. [B,L,D] Day 8. Manvar - Jodhpur Today we depart for the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B] Day 9. Jodhpur We begin the day exploring a traditional Bishnoi village by jeep. Famous for their passionate commitment to the protection of the environment, Bishnois typically live in distinct hut-like dwellings in groups around Rajasthan. This afternoon we discover the sights of Jodhpur, including the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, the marble cenotaphs and Jaswant Thada. [B] Day 10. Jodhpur - Udaipur Today we travel south to Udaipur, visiting the marble Jain Temple at Ranakpur, famed for its 1,400 pillars. We’ll also visit beautiful Kumbhalgarh Fort with its numerous palaces, temples and gardens. [B] Day 11. Udaipur We spend the morning touring the sights of this beautiful city. Highlights include the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and the Garden of bunniktours.com.au

Day 26. Tomijung - Pokhara This morning we return to Pokhara and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. [B]

Day 12. Udaipur - Bundi This morning we depart for the hillside town of Bundi. The surroundings are dominated by an extraordinary palace rising out of the rockface above the town. [B]

Day 27. Pokhara We'll travel across Fewa Lake today and visit the Gurkha Memorial Museum. [B]

Day 13. Bundi - Ranthambore NP Famous for its tiger population, Ranthambore National Park is our destination today. This afternoon we’ll head out on a safari in search of these beautiful predators in their natural environment. [B,L,D] Day 14. Ranthambore National Park Our search for tigers continues today. We’ll also try to spot leopards, hyenas, porcupines, crocodiles, deer and gazelle. [B,L,D] Day 15. Ranthambore National Park - Agra Today we enjoy a short journey on the local train to Bharatpur to visit the deserted yet well-preserved Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. We’ll continue to Agra this afternoon. [B] Day 16. Agra Watch the sun rise this morning over the breathtaking Taj Mahal, coating it in a pearlypink mist. We’ll also explore Agra Fort, known for its fine Mughal architecture, and Baby Taj, otherwise known as the Tomb of Itmad-UdDaulah. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B] Day 17. Agra - Delhi We return to Delhi. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore before our group dinner to farewell India tonight. [B,D] Day 18. Delhi - Kathmandu Enjoy a relaxed morning for our flight to Kathmandu this afternoon. [B] Day 19. Kathmandu After breakfast we'll enjoy a full day of sightseeing around frenetic Kathmandu, including Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. [B] Explore the backpacker district of Thamel and UNESCO World Heritagelisted Patan Durbar Square by rickshaw. Day 20. Kathmandu Our tour of Kathmandu continues, which will include the third Durbar Square of Bhaktapur, as well as Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temple. [B] Day 21. Kathmandu - Chitwan Today we fly to Chitwan where we'll begin exploring the national park with our naturalist guide this afternoon. [B,L,D] Day 22. Chitwan National Park We'll start the day with a canoe safari before being led on a nature walk by an elephant, and later by ox cart. This evening we're treated to a Tharu dance performance. [B,L,D] Day 23. Chitwan - Lumbini Today we drive to Lumbini and stop en route to visit Ramgram. This evening we'll explore the beautiful Mayadevi Garden. [B,D] Day 24. Lumbini - Pokhara - Tomijung We fly to Pokhara via Kathmandu, and then on to Tomijung after lunch. [B,L,D] Day 25. Tomijung Join a Gorkha family for lunch in a traditional Nepalese village, and learn about their culture, customs and traditions. [B,L,D]

Day 28. Pokhara - Kathmandu Today we travel back to Kathmandu. Enjoy some last minute shopping, exploration or relaxation before tonight's group farewell dinner. [B,D] Day 29. Depart Kathmandu Today we begin our journey home. [B] Day 30. Arrive Australia

Inclusions Travel: • Return economy-class flights from Australia to India and Nepal. Taxes included • 1 economy-class international flight between India and Nepal • 3 economy-class flights within Nepal • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding jeep & Canter safari vehicles and water based activities) Transportation: rickshaw, camel, boat, canoe, coach, local train & jeep/canter Accommodation: • 27 nights in good quality hotels (3-5 star) • 1 night at Manvar Desert Camp, a permanent dune safari camp with proper beds and attached bathroom with running hot and cold water facilities

INDIA & SRI LANKA

Day 6. Bikaner - Jaisalmer This morning we travel to Jaisalmer, the ‘Golden City’. We’ll stop along the way at the unusual holy shrine of rats - Karni Mata Temple. This afternoon we’ll tour the Jaisalmer Fort, the Jain temples and the intricate sandstone havelis of the wealthy merchants. [B]

the Maidens. In the late afternoon we’ll cruise across Lake Pichola to visit the island of Jag Mandir. [B]

Meals: 28 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners Tour Guides: • English-speaking locally based guides • English-speaking national guide throughout Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $550pp prepaid

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For up-to-date pricing see our website www.bunniktours.com.au Price valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth Single supplement: From $2,750 All prices per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 70 to 71.

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SMALL PRINT CONTRACT These terms and conditions are binding upon Bunnik Tours and upon any persons or entity making the booking, whether on their own behalf or on behalf of any other person or entity. These terms and conditions form the entire agreement between the parties and supersede all prior agreements or understanding, it is subject to the law of the state of South Australia. By making this booking and subsequent payment, you acknowledge you have read and understand your rights and obligations and accept the disclosed terms and conditions. Your contract may also include additional terms and conditions applicable to special offers, and third parties who provide a service in connection with your tour. If you are making a booking on behalf of another person or entity, you acknowledge that you have obtained their authority to make the booking on their behalf and to legally bind them to the terms and conditions set out. Your Itinerary does not form part of the terms and conditions. Amendments may be made to these terms and conditions from time to time, which will be published on our website and we will provide you with the current hard copy version upon request. Any term which is, by its nature, intended to survive termination of the Contract survives termination. By making this booking you agree to comply with these conditions or warrant that you have obtained authority from whom you booked the tour for, and their consent to these conditions. You are responsible for the total price of all the bookings made. We make no warranty about the accuracy of the tour information contained in the Bunnik Tours publicity materials and exclude all liabilities for any errors or omissions in those materials. It is the passenger’s responsibility to check material prior to booking. DEFINITIONS You, your, guest or passenger means the person who makes the booking or attends the tour. Share basis - accommodation shared with other people Contract - this document which includes terms and conditions Force majeure event - means act of God, war, terrorism, fire, flood or any other extreme weather conditions, loss of power, epidemics or pandemics, industry disputes, slow-downs or other strike activities, riots or civil disturbances, acts of government, semi government or other authorities, inability to obtain necessary license or consent or delay caused by sub-contractors, supplies or other third parties (including telecommunications carrier), material shortages or other distribution to the Tour beyond our control. Jurisdiction - South Australia - Australian Consumer Law Website - bunniktours.com.au Itinerary - means the itinerary for your Tour issued by us, subject to amendments made by us from time to time in accordance with the contract. Personal information - means information about you and any other person for who you make a booking, including your name, address, health, medical needs, dietary requirements, disability or other special requirements. Service providers - are 3rd party providers over whom we have no control such as airlines, ground operators and hoteliers. Comprehensive travel insurance - to cover you throughout the whole duration of the tour to cover costs associated with illness, injury, death, loss of or damage to baggage and personal items, cancellations, loss of deposit, medical and hospitalisation expenses, repatriation and curtailments expenses due to illness, the need to return home unexpectedly, evacuation expenses, and accidental death or disability. Bunnik Travel Pty Ltd - Trading as Bunnik Tours DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS All prices are quoted in Australian dollars and must be paid in Australian dollars.

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Deposit A non-refundable deposit per person to secure your Bunnik Tour, together with a completed Fitness to Travel declaration form (Part 1), is required within 7 days from the date of reservation. The amounts to be paid are: All Asia Small Group Tours .................................... $500 pp All Cruise & Tours ................................................... $1,000 pp Payment Schedule 45 days after your booking has been confirmed we will require a progress payment amount to cover airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges. At this stage we will also require a completed Passenger Pre-Registration Form. The progress payment is as follows: All Asia Small Group Tours ................................ $1,500 pp Once payment is received, including your Passenger Pre-Registration Form, we will then issue your flight tickets to avoid airline increases on fuel surcharges and taxes, based on minimum tour numbers being met. Final Balance Payment Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure (90 days prior for Cruise & Tours program). Please note that tour costings are based on using special airfares which require early payment - see Payment Schedule. Separate deposit payments may be required for pre and post tour extensions. We may cancel your booking if either the deposit payment or the final payment is not paid by the relevant due date. In the event of cancellation, the cancellation conditions set out below will apply. BOOKINGS Late Bookings Higher deposit payments are required for late bookings - please refer to your consultant at the time of booking. A guarantee of full payment is required at the time of booking for all bookings received within 4 weeks of departure. Bookings Sold On A Share Basis Bookings may be accepted on a share room basis on the proviso that the person requesting the share reservation agrees that while every effort will be made to match suitability of the passengers including but not limited to age, however we accept no responsibility for any incompatibility between persons sharing twin/triple rooms nor is there a guarantee that a share room can be provided. If a share room is not available at the time of final payment, either the single room alternative, at an additional cost, or the cancellation conditions set out below will apply at your option. SINGLE ROOMS If, by choice or circumstance, a single room is required, then a single room surcharge will apply. While all endeavours will be made to provide you with a single room, if for whatever reason your single room is not available, then you will be provided with a refund for the applicable dates. FLUID PRICING Bunnik Travel operates based on fluid pricing. This is the practice within the travel industry where pricing changes due to a range of factors including, but not limited to, changing airfares, market conditions and spot specials. We therefore reserve the right to change our prices without notice. This can mean that different passengers on the same tour may have been charged different prices. Bunnik Tours will not enter into any correspondence regarding any such variation in pricing. Our current pricing can be found on our website. CHANGES IN PRICE AND MINIMUM NUMBERS Until full payment is made, all tours are subject to availability and prices are subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to change the tour components, departure date, or any other aspect of the tour at our discretion. All tours are based on a minimum number of participants, however if this number is not reached we reserve the right to cancel or re-cost the tour as appropriate. If we re-cost and you decide not to proceed, or if we cancel the tour, your deposit is refundable in full. In all other circumstances, your deposit is nonrefundable. AIRLINE SCHEDULE CHANGES Bunnik Tours is not responsible for any schedule changes imposed by airlines. Whilst we will do our best to reschedule your touring and accommodation, Bunnik Tours is not responsible

for any additional costs nor services missed as a result of an airline-imposed schedule change. TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION Bunnik Travel is not itself a service provider, carrier or hotelier nor do we own aircraft, hotels or coaches. The flights, coach journeys, and other travel and hotel accommodation comprised in your holiday are provided by reputable service providers, carriers and hoteliers on their own conditions. It is important to note therefore that all bookings are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations imposed by the individual service provider, airlines, coach operators, hoteliers and other service providers (including but not limited to shipping, rail, car hire, and restaurant service providers) who provide services in relation to your tour. Some of these terms and conditions may permit the service provider to cancel, delay, divert or substitute services at their discretion, and may limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. It is your responsibility to be aware of and comply with the terms and conditions of each service provider. YOUR OBLIGATIONS You are also obligated to: • Follow the directions of the tour guides at all times to ensure your safety. • Ensure that your passport is valid and does not expire within 6 months from after the last travel date. • Obtain comprehensive travel insurance. • Obtain visas, travel permits, health certificates and other documentation required for the tour. • Behave in a manner that is acceptable and not offensive to other passengers and crew. • Comply with the reasonable instructions while on tour. • Not interfere with fellow passengers’ enjoyment of the tour. • Be respectful to fellow passengers, crew and locals. • Not engage in illegal or undesirable behaviour that is dangerous to yourself and others. • Consult your doctor or travel medical specialists in your home state before travel regarding any inoculations, medications and other health precautions that should be taken in relation to travel within the regions comprising your tour. • Abide by the laws regardless of what country you are in. If you do not comply with the above we can withdraw you from the tour and at your own expense you must make other arrangements and we are not liable for any loss, cost or damage you may suffer or incur. RISK AND LIABILITY While your safety is of paramount concern, it is acknowledged by all parties that there are general risks involved with travelling that are beyond our control. We are not liable to you for any loss, cost or damage you may incur as a result of these general risks which include contact with native fauna, local residents, unforeseen events and travel in remote locations. By making this booking you agree that there are associated risks and you release us unconditionally from all liability including and not limited to: • Tort • Any cause of action including - injury, damage, loss, cost, delay, additional expenses, inconvenience caused directly or indirectly as a result of the inherent risks associated with the tour, • Any force majeure events or other events beyond our control including but not limited to war, civil disobedience, terrorism, insurrection, accidents, explosion, sickness, fire, floods, severe weather, acts of God, acts of Government, alteration or cancellation of scheduled air services, accidents to or failure of machinery or equipment or industrial action. If we or our service providers are affected in any way by a force majeure event, it is our discretion to either vary or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation the tour as we consider necessary without, incurring any liability to you. Each service provider is responsible for the part of the tour it conducts. Service providers are not our agents or employees and are not under our direct control. We therefore do not warrant the performance or service of any service provider.

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Without limitation, you release us from all liability and any claim you may have in relation to the service provider should be raised with them directly. Regardless whether the act arises with omission from the service provider including: • Personal injury • Loss • Damage • Costs & Expenses • Property Damage It is your responsibility to take care and diligence while on tour and you indemnify us against all actions, proceedings, claims, demands, expenses and costs (inclusive of legal costs on a full indemnity basis and whether incurred by or awarded or against us) as a result of, or arising directly or indirectly to being on tour or any act or omission by you in relation to the tour and no refund will be provided of any unused portion of the tour. In the event of any force majeure events, we or the service provider will undertake to make other arrangements to continue the tour in a manner that can be best arranged. You acknowledge that a force majeure event may result in a cancellation of any proposed or planned tours or continuation of the proposed tour. If travel is not possible due to flooding, arrangements will be attempted to be made to continue the tour as best as can be arranged, by other means such as bus or rail. It is also acknowledged by you that the tour may not be able to be provided as advertised and we will use our best endeavours to make alternative arrangements regarding itinerary, travel and accommodation. HEALTH AND FITNESS A minimum level of fitness is required to be able to participate on a Bunnik Tour, you are required to at least: • Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid • Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills • Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates • Carry your own luggage • Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats Passengers 70 years or over must provide a signed Fitness to Travel declaration form (Part 2) from their doctor within one month of making their booking. While we will still confirm your place on your tour, flight tickets cannot be issued until both completed forms have been received. Additional costs may be incurred if completed forms are not received by Bunnik Tours within these time frames. Bunnik Tours generally does not accept bookings for single travellers 80 years of age and over without a travelling companion. Neither our Tour Director nor your fellow travellers are equipped to act as a carer. Passengers must inform us and the service provider of any medical conditions which may affect your ability to participate in the tour. At our discretion we, including the service provider, can exclude you in a tour or in any activity if we consider that you are unable to safely participate in that tour or activity or if we consider your participation may place the safety of other guests at risk. We exclude all liability for any illness, injury or death sustained by you on tour because of any pre-existing medical condition. You release us from all liability arising out of your medical condition, illness, or injury that you may suffer during the tour or as a result of the tour. TRAVEL INSURANCE While travel insurance is not inclusive in the tour fee, it is mandatory for all our clients travelling on a Bunnik Tour to obtain comprehensive travel insurance to cover you throughout the whole duration of the tour to cover costs associated with illness, injury, death, loss of or damage to baggage and personal items, cancellations, loss of deposit, medical and hospitalization expenses, repatriation and curtailments expenses due to illness, the need to return home unexpectedly, evacuation expenses, and accidental death or disability. This should be taken out at time of booking. It is your responsibility to obtain comprehensive travel insurance, however please note that travel

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insurance offered by credit card companies may not be considered adequate cover. AMENDMENT FEES A fee of $250 or more per person, per change plus any further cost we incur will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the price of the booking. Costs and charges may increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made, so you should contact us as soon as possible. Amendments will be made at our discretion and may not always be possible. OTHER CONDITIONS Bunnik Tours reserves the right to cancel or withdraw bookings made for or on behalf of a client at any time at their discretion, in which event no liability with respect to the cancellation or withdrawal shall fall on Bunnik Tours, save that all the monies paid for the booking shall be refunded, less any utilised land or transport content. The arrangement of this holiday constitutes a complete package and as such, an itemisation of costs will not be rendered. No refunds are payable on unused or partially utilised sections of the tour itinerary, where passengers amend, cancel, or otherwise vary arrangements after tour departure. Bunnik Tours does not authorise any overseas suppliers including hotel management to promise refunds on our behalf. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND TAXES It is your responsibility to ensure that all passports, visas, travel permits, health certificates and other documentation required for the tour are obtained and are in order. You must also pay all required taxes, including Australian departure tax and ticket levies, which are payable in relation to the tour. WHEN YOU GET THERE Local representatives: Your documentation states the name and telephone number of our local representatives for any assistance with difficulties or changes. If you need to alter your arrangements once overseas or to add services to your booking you may do this through your local representative. Any additional costs incurred must be paid directly to the supplier of the service and may not be charged back to Bunnik Tours. We cannot be held responsible for any subsequent complaint with arrangements booked directly with suppliers abroad. Cancellations of confirmed services must be notified through Bunnik Tours even if you have advised the local representative. Bunnik Tours does not authorise the employees of any overseas supplier to promise refunds to clients. PRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION For us to process your booking we are required to obtain your personal information. We may also be required to release your personal information to: • Service providers • Customs • Immigration authorities • Security and credit checking organisations In some instances, we may be required to release your personal information to authorities outside of Australia that may not have the same level of protection as Australia. Personal information may include: • Name • Date of birth • Address • Passport details • Visa details • Medical conditions • Phone and/or email • Emergency contact details By making this booking, you consent for us to hold and release your personal information to third parties. You also consent to us using your personal details for marketing purposes. For more details on our Privacy and Data Protection Policy please refer to our website: www.bunniktours.com.au PHOTOS & MARKETING You consent to us using images of you taken during the trip for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable licence to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes. CONSUMER CLAIMS While we endeavour to have all your arrangements

run smoothly, occasionally problems can occur while you are away, in which case it is essential and most practical to try to resolve it locally with the provider of the service. If you are unhappy with your hotel room please inform the duty manager so the situation may be rectified on the spot. If you fail to take these steps a claim to compensation, if any, may be reduced or denied. If you have an unresolved complaint this should be put to us in writing detailing the efforts that were made with the local operator to resolve the issue. Please send this with supporting documentation within 30 days of the date of the service. No claim made after this period will be considered. GENERAL These Booking Conditions are governed by the laws applicable in the State of South Australia, and the parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of South Australia. If part or all of any provision of these Booking Conditions is illegal or unenforceable, it will be severed from these Booking Conditions and will not affect the continued operation of the remaining provisions of these Booking Conditions. We may vary these Booking Conditions from time to time by notifying you in writing. Recent legislation in various states in Australia has highlighted the issue of Age Discrimination. In terms of style and content all persons of all ages are welcome on Bunnik Tours worldwide. CANCELLATION Cancellation of reservation/s must be provided to us in writing and is subject to the following cancellation fees: Bunnik Air & Land Packages (schedule for Asia) 60 days or more before departure .................... loss of deposit & progress payment if applicable 59 to 45 days before departure ................................ 25% 44 to 31 days before departure ................................ 50% Within 30 days of departure .................................... 100% Bunnik Air & Land Packages (schedule for Cruise & Tours) 90 days or more before departure .................... loss of deposit & progress payment if applicable 89 to 75 days before departure ................................ 25% 74 to 61 days before departure ................................. 50% Within 60 days of departure .................................... 100% Special Cancellation Special cancellation charges which may be higher than those listed above apply to cruising, rail tours, specialty accommodation and special event tours. These additional charges are set by our suppliers and vary per supplier. Please check with your consultant at the time of booking. Please note that tour costings are based on special airfares. Depending on the airlines these incur cancellation charges once the tickets have been issued. These charges are in addition to the cancellation charges set out above and in some cases can be as high as 100% once the ticket has been issued. Airlines are responsible for the timing of refunds of air tickets. TRAVEL SAFETY For the latest government advice on travel safety and security please visit and register your holiday on www.smartraveller.gov.au

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