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ASIA

SMALL GROUP adventures

LOCAL LEADER knowledge

RESPONSIBLE travel experts

2019

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For some, being Intrepid means pushing one step further across a remote mountain range. For others, it’s trying street food for the first time. It’s sitting cross-legged on the floor sharing a meal with a local family, it’s choosing to travel with a bunch of strangers. It’s an attitude. A willingness to take yourself far from home and open up to new experiences. To be curious, challenged, fearless and open. To be alive.

be OPEN

We travel so we can learn something new about the world that we live in, not to confirm what we think we know. By being open, by challenging our beliefs, we can change how we see the world and may just be able to inspire others to do the same.

be CURIOUS

Which do you trust more: an online review or a stranger’s smile? With a wealth of information available at the touch of a button, it’s easy to forget that the best stories often have no formula. Sometimes the best guide is your gut, a hunch beats a recommendation and the biggest changes come from chances.

be FEARLESS

It’s a mix of anticipation, excitement and fear. You’re heading into the unknown. It’s terrifying for some, second nature to others, and it’s healthy. You’re doing something different, something worthwhile, and though you’ll one day look back on it, you’ll never look back.

be challenged

You know that little voice in your head telling you to just give it a go? Listen to it. We all have boundaries and we all have a responsibility to push them, whatever that looks like.

FIND OUT MORE AT

intrepidtravel.com/be-intrepid


SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES Travel should be about more than just ticking boxes. Sure, the highlights take our breath away, but it’s the simple, spontaneous moments away from the crowds that stay with us the most. Whether it’s exchanging stories at a local homestay or cramming into a tiny restaurant hidden away from the main streets, the real magic happens during moments that can only be experienced as a small group.


5 Benefits OF SMALL GROUPS Real life experiences Travel should deliver moments when you know you’re truly alive and experiencing something special. It could be the first glimpse of something you’ve only ever seen on postcards, but it’s more likely to be finding yourself in the middle of a village football game or sharing laughs with a local family in their home. These kinds of experiences just aren’t possible when travelling with a big group.

Travel like a local We travel the world to keep things local. Wherever we can we’ll use experienced local leaders, stay in small, locally run accommodation and eat at local restaurants. This means that you’re not only getting a real, authentic experience, but also contributing to the local economy.

Travel made easy The world’s a big place, but we’ve put years of research into our itineraries, operators and accommodation so you can focus on having real life experiences. Travelling in a small group means you can spend more time exploring and leave the details to people who live and breathe your style of travel.

Not too big, not too small Our groups are small enough to feel like you’re exploring a destination independently, but big enough to create a good social vibe. Numbers vary depending on where and how you’re travelling, but the average size of a tour is twelve people, which opens up opportunities for experiences the big groups only dream of.

The right balance Travelling in a small group means leaders can strike the perfect balance between planned activities and ‘you time’. There’s always an itinerary, but there are also opportunities to be spontaneous and make the journey a little more you. With the flexibility afforded by being in a small group, you’ll spend more time connecting with the people and places we visit.

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TRIP STYLES Every one of our trips has a particular style. It’s a way to help pick the adventure that best suits you, whether you’re after just the

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essentials, a whole bunch of inclusions or a little bit of both.

Each of our trips has a physical

The choice is yours.

Basix: for travellers on a budget These are amazing experiences at a great price. Basix trips use simple, convenient accommodation and local transport where

rating, so you can tell how physically exerting a trip is and how fit you’ll need to be to enjoy it. As a guide:

possible, and include plenty of free time. Pick and choose inclusions to fit your budget.

Easy and relaxing

Original: Intrepid, as it’s always been

Bring your walking shoes

These are the trips we’ve built our reputation on. Original trips offer a

An average level of fitness required

mix of included activities and free time to explore on your own. They use centrally located hotels and come with a few meals along the way.

Comfort: because you deserve it We’ve smoothed away adventure travel’s rougher edges to craft a style of travel that has an added degree of… comfort, really. Enjoy

Action-packed, physically demanding Full-on active adventure for the more agile traveller

a more relaxed pace, comfortable accommodation and lots of included activities. For more information on our trip styles, visit: intrepidtravel.com/trip-styles Check out our best-selling trips

TRIP themes Are you chasing a culinary journey, or dreaming of an adventure

These itineraries also run in the opposite direction

you and the kids can all enjoy? Think a destination is best seen from the saddle of a bike, or prefer the deck of a small ship with the ocean breeze in your hair? No matter what kind of traveller you are, we’ve got a variety of themed trips to suit every taste.

Food

Expeditions

Cycling

Short Breaks

Family

Festivals

Adventure Cruising

Overland

Sailing

18 to 29s

Active For more information on our themed trips, visit: intrepidtravel.com/theme

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A combination of two or more of our adventures

Exciting new additions to our current range of itineraries

Trips that depart during winter

Selected cycling trips include the option to hire an e-bike


local leaders Born and bred in the regions we visit, our leaders are passionate locals who do so much more than just show you the sights. They know the history of a place, as well as its shortcuts, and are full of insider info. They can lead you to cool backstreet bars and suggest the best way to make the most of free time. On top of that, they bridge language barriers, can point you in the direction of a working ATM and generally make your journey as seamless as possible. With our local leaders, you don’t just see a destination, you experience it. FIND OUT MORE AT

intrepidtravel.com/meet-intrepid-leaders


BE RESPONSIBLE With great travel comes great responsibility. The world is an amazing place and we do what we can to keep it that way. That is why at Intrepid everything is done with four principles in mind: be kind, be aware, be sustainable and be fair. For us, the only way to travel is responsibly, and we want to give our travellers the ability to be responsible too. FIND OUT MORE AT

intrepidtravel.com/be-responsible

The Intrepid Foundation was set up to help local organisations improve livelihoods through sustainable travel experiences. It now supports over 35 local, grassroots organisations around the world and empowers travellers to have a positive impact on the communities they visit. Travellers can give back by supporting a range of projects and not-for-profit organisations. Find out how you can help at theintrepidfoundation.org


be KIND Our travellers and staff are a caring bunch, especially when it comes to animal welfare. That’s why we made the decision to ban elephant rides across all our trips – the first global tour operator to do so – after funding some eye-opening research led by World Animal Protection. We’ve also made it our mission to educate the travel industry in the hope they adopt better animal welfare practices – for all animals.

be AWARE The complicated, uncomfortable reality is that orphanage tourism has led to an industry that is forcibly institutionalising children to attract tourist dollars. It may seem counterintuitive, but visits and donations to these sorts of organisations often do more harm than good. After working closely with researchers, we made the decision to stop visiting orphanages on our trips.

be SUSTAINABLE Sustainability has always been at the core of how we travel and is part of our business at every level. We’ve been carbon neutral since 2010, and our business-wide carbon offsetting initiatives, efforts to minimise single-use plastics on trips and emphasis on minimising impact on local communities are all part of our commitment to the UN Global Compact, and also to the world we’re so lucky to explore.

be FAIR At Intrepid, we know our differences are our strength. This is why we’re committed to promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion across our business. Whether it’s by highlighting positive stories of gender equality like East Africa’s first female truck driver, pushing for a global gender balance of local leaders on trips, or showcasing traveller stories of diversity in our content, we want to make it clear that the future of travel can be fair for everyone.

In 2018, Intrepid celebrated becoming a certified B Corp, making us the largest in the travel industry. More than just a logo, B Corp certification is a rigorous process that helps businesses to be better, and customers to easily identify the difference between good business and good marketing. It demonstrates our commitment to creating positive change for our planet, our people and the local communities we visit. Asia  9


what’s hot There’s a lot to cover in this brochure, so here’s a taste of what we’re most excited about for 2019. We’ve got new takes on beloved classics, a Silk Road escape, cruising adventures and in-depth regional tours.

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Central Asia Explorer For adventurous travellers who prefer the road less travelled: introducing Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Sleep in yurts, see incredible Islamic architecture and visit gorgeous mountain towns. Page 116

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Mergui Archipelago Sailing Adventure Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago might be one of the world’s bestkept secrets. Discover its pristine coastline, vibrant marine life, jungled forests and local cultures. Page 69

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India Himalaya: Hike, Bike & Raft in Ladakh With rocky peaks, dramatic stupas and colourful prayer flags creating the most spectacular backdrop, adventure looms at every corner of India’s Ladakh region. Page 85

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Cycle Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is a region best viewed from ground level. Ride through tea plantations, quaint fishing villages and lush green jungle on a cycling adventure that takes in most of the country. Page 103

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Cambodia Adventure

Vietnam Coastal Cruising

After exploring Angkor Wat – arguably the greatest man-made complex in all of South East Asia – discover Cambodia’s rural landscapes, chilled-out towns and fast-paced cities. Page 29

There’s no better way to experience Vietnam’s must-see icons and lesser-known treasures than on an Adventure Cruise. Our northern and southern coastal cruises have got you covered. Page 73

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Komodo & Flores Adventure

Taiwan Real Food Adventure

Japan Highlights

In an archipelago made up of 17,000 islands, every day in Indonesia can be different: snorkel and experience local cultures in Flores before searching for prehistoric dragons in Komodo on this diverse and thrilling adventure. Page 49

Taiwan’s food scene tends to keep a low profile, but its flavourful cuisine should be on the tip of every foodie’s tongue. Taste it at the source on this hands-on food adventure. Page 127

A new favourite, our express tour of Japan covers the neon lights of Tokyo, the charming coastal town of Kamakura and thousands of years of culture and history in Kyoto. Page 123


CENTRAL ASIA EXPLORER

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MONGOLIA

JAPAN HIGHLIGHTS

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2 INDIA N E PA L HIMALAYA: HIKE, BIKE & RAFT IN LADAKH

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CYCLE SRI LANKA

TAIWAN REAL FOOD ADVENTURE

TAIWAN L AOS

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MYA N MA R

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VIETNAM COASTAL CRUISING PHILIPPINES

VIETNAM

MERGUI CAMBODIA ARCHIPELAGO ADVENTURE SAILING ADVENTURE

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KOMODO & FLORES ADVENTURE

With so many trips on offer it can be hard to keep track of your most wanted. That’s why you can now create an online account and save your favourite trips. Bucket lists are for dreamers, shortlists are for doers, so take the first step towards your next adventure and sign up for an account by visiting:

intrepidtravel.com/shortlist

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Where to go in ASIA If your ideal getaway involves ancient ruins, neon cityscapes, dense jungles and towering mountain peaks, you've come to the right place. These parts of Asia contain some of travel’s most enduring icons, from Cambodia’s vast Angkor complex to the majestic Taj Mahal. Feel history reverberate while walking the Great Wall of China, savour local flavours in the backstreets of Chiang Mai, or, for the ultimate adventure, conquer the climb to Everest Base Camp – the possibilities are endless in this vast and ever‑changing continent.

U Z B E K I S TA N

KFSM

J A PA N

KFSR

CJST

KY R GY Z S TA N

Bishkek Tashkent

Beijing

CJSO

CBSD

T U R K M E N I S TA N

Ashgabat

HNXR Delhi

N E PA L

HHSC

CHINA B H U TA N Shanghai

Kathmandu Paro Thimphu

HNXE

INDIA

HJKB

TLSV

M YA N M A R

TTSM Yangon

Hanoi

THAILAND

T VSF

VIETNAM CAMBODIA Bangkok

HHSS Kochi Negombo Colombo

Hong Kong

LAOS Vientiane

Ho Chi Minh City

HPSH

TKSE

SRI LANKA

INDONESIA

TISE Jakarta

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Tokyo

Kyoto Osaka

Ubud


CHOOSE A TRIP… HH SS

Chennai

Overnight Train

Mysore

INDIA

Coonoor

Negombo

Ranthambhore NP

Overnight Train

Madurai Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Bandarawela/ Tamil Village Kuda Oya

Colombo

Galle Rural Heritage Stay

Southern India 15 days, see page 78

Classic Rajasthan 15 days, see page 76

H N XE

Punakha

Paro Thimphu

Mirissa

Bhutan Discovered 7 days, see page 95

Circle Sri Lanka 15 days, see page 99

HNX R

B H U TA N

Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Kandy S R I L A N K A

Bundi

Udaipur

Kerala Backwaters

Polonnaruwa Dambulla/Sigiriya

Rural Heritage Stay

Pushkar

HJKB

Anuradhapura

Agra

Jaipur

Puducherry

Kochi

HPSH

Delhi

I NDI A

Mamallapuram Mudumalai NP

HHS C

KFSR

KFSM

Annapurna Range

Mt Everest

N E PA L

Kyzyl-Oi

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Everest Base Camp

U Z B E K I S TA N

N E PA L

Kathmandu Ngadi

Jomsom

Lukla

Andijan

Bukhara

Samarkand Gijduvan

Pokhara

U Z B E K I S TA N

Kochkor

Kok-Bel

Tashkent

KonyeUrgench Urgench

Bishkek

Son-Kol Osh

The Uzgen Minaret

K Y R G Y Z S TA N

Darvaza

Khiva

Yerbent Ashgabat

Mary Merv

Kathmandu

Everest Base Camp 15 days, see page 90

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TISE

IN D O N E SI A Kalibaru

J av a

Chiang Mai

Luang Prabang

Pak Beng

THA I L A ND

T TS M

Community Lodge Bagan

Takayama

JAPAN

M YA N MAR

Hiroshima

Mt Fuji

Naoshima

Nikko

Hakone

VIETNAM

Phnom Penh

Ho Chi Minh City

J A PA N

Cambodian Traveller 9 days, see page 24

C BSD

Beijing

Great Wall

Osaka Takamatsu Kotohira Iya Valley

High-speed Train

Matsuyama

Tokyo Kyoto

CAMBODIA

Siem Reap Battambang

Vietnam Express Southbound 10 days, see page 15

C JSO

Mandalay Kalaw Inle Lake

Angkor Wat

Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta

C JS T

Mingun

Bangkok

Hoi An

Thailand & Laos Adventure 13 days, see page 32

Jakarta to Ubud 14 days, see page 46

THAILAND

Overnight Train

VI ET NAM

LAOS

Bangkok

Pemuteran

Halong Bay Overnight Boat

Hue

Vientiane

Ubud

Mt Bromo

TKSE Hanoi

Vang Vieng

B a li Pangandaran Yogyakarta

Tashkent to Ashgabat 10 days, see page 118

T VS F

Mekong River Chiang Khong

Seloliman Nature Reserve

Jakarta

Central Asia Explorer 17 days, see page 116

Annapurna Explorer 16 days, see page 94

Tashkent

T U R K M E N I S TA N

Nagasaki

Himeji castle

CHINA Xi'an Shanghai

Overnight Train

Xitang

Yakushima

Yangon

Best of Myanmar 15 days, see page 59

Japan: Land of the Rising Sun 13 days, see page 121

Southern Japan Experience 12 days, see page 122

China Highlights 9 days, see page 105

…OR CHOOSE A COMBO TRIP

T VSF

TKSE

= TVSKC Best of Vietnam & Cambodia 18 days, see page 23

TLSV

T VSF

= TLSXC South East Asia Uncovered 22 days, enter TLSXC on our website

Combo Trips With so much to see and do in Asia, why not combine adventures and get the most out of this incredible continent. Our combo trips offer something for everyone.

TLSV

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TKSE

= TTSVC South East Asia Loop 30 days, see page 42

HHSS

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HHSC

= HHSZC India South & North 29 days, see page 86

HNXE

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HNXR

= HNXAC Everest & Annapurna 31 days, enter HNXAC on our website

KFSR

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KFSM

= KFSRC Bishkek to Ashgabat 26 days, enter KFSRC on our website

CJST

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CJSO

= CJSTC Ultimate Japan 24 days, enter CJSTC on our website   Connecting flight not included Asia 13


VIETNAM, THAILAND, CAMBODIA & LAOS Crammed with diverse cultures and awash with natural wonders, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos are bound together by the Mekong, whose ebbs and flows are the lifeblood of the region. From the buzzing streets of Ho Chi Minh City to the misty mountain villages of Sapa in Vietnam; the saffron-robed monks and rolling hill country of Laos; the temples and charming villages of Cambodia; the elephant rescue centres of Thailand – these four countries never fail to enchant.

WEATHER Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City Phnom Penh Vientiane Bangkok Chiang Mai

Monsoon 25-35ºC Very hot & dry 35ºC+ Hot & dry 25-35ºC Hot & wet 25-35ºC Pleasantly warm 20-30ºC


Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi, Vietnam

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Vietnam Express Southbound

Hanoi

Overnight Train

10 DAYS, HANOI TO HO CHI MINH CITY

Hue

The bustling markets, tree-lined boulevards and peaceful lakes of Hanoi are a great introduction to modern Vietnam.

Hoi An

VIETN A M

Explore the old imperial capital of Hue in typical Vietnamese fashion – from the back of a motorbike. Cruise the waterways of the Mekong Delta – often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam – in a sampan boat, sampling fish and exotic fruits along the way. Day 1 Hanoi With its French-colonial buildings, graceful boulevards and aromatic cafes, Hanoi has an elegant timelessness. Get lost in the hubbub of Hanoi’s streets and perhaps visit the Temple of Literature or enjoy Vietnam’s fusion of traditional European and modern Asian cuisine. Days 2-3 Halong Bay/Overnight Train Set sail on an overnight Halong Bay cruise. Kick back and enjoy the dramatic scenery, perhaps explore the balmy waters by kayak, and sleep on a boat under a star-studded sky. Return to Hanoi the following day and in the evening, climb aboard the famed Reunification Express for an overnight train ride. Days 4-5 Hue Arrive in a city once appointed as China’s imperial capital due to its beauty and isolation. See Hue’s royal past come to life on a city motorbike tour that includes a visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda. Unwind on a boat cruise down the Perfume River. Days 6-7

Halong Bay Overnight Boat

Hoi An Traverse the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hoi An – once a thriving port town. See how trade remains central to everyday life, with shops offering everything from tailored clothes to custom-made shoes and silk lanterns. Perhaps sign up for an optional cooking class, or simply relax with a drink in one of the many riverside restaurants. Days 8-10 Ho Chi Minh City After a short flight, discover the vibrant streets of Ho Chi Minh City on a sightseeing bus tour, stopping in the War Remnants Museum. Drive to the Mekong Delta and board a boat for Ben Tre. Tour a remote village by tuk-tuk, sample elephant ear fish and jump into a sampan for a paddle through the delta’s mangrove tributaries via the stunning Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise and Phoenix islets. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy a final group dinner at KOTO, a restaurant that provides hospitality training to marginalised youth.

Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta

TVSF

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (7 nts), overnight boat (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Plane, boat, overnight train, private vehicle, taxi, motorbike DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Hanoi Street food by Night Street food is fresh, fast, cheap and a great way to crack into the local scene. Join this Hanoi tour to source the best street eats from markets, food carts, street cafes and other secret spots.

For more info head to urbanadventures.com Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

Vietnam Express Northbound

Halong Bay Overnight Boat

Hanoi

Overnight Train

10 DAYS, HO CHI MINH CITY TO HANOI

Hue

There’s no view of Vietnam quite like the one from the back of a motorbike – tour Hue in the local style before enjoying a boat trip down the Perfume River.

Hoi An

VIETN A M

Vietnam’s limestone wonderland is bound to be a trip highlight – spend a full day (and night) drifting around Halong Bay’s famous peaks on a traditional junk-style boat. Days 1-2 Ho Chi Minh City Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. Leave the city to explore the canals of the Mekong Delta by boat, then learn about local life on a tuk-tuk tour of surrounding villages. Days 3-4 Hoi An Travel to the old port hub of Hoi An and discover centuries-old temples, charming houses and gilded community halls on a walking tour. Perhaps take a cooking class in your free time. Days 5-6 Hue Spend time exploring intricate tombs and pagodas within the crumbling citadel walls. Enjoy a tranquil cruise down the Perfume River before boarding an overnight train to Vietnam’s capital. Day 7 Hanoi Visit the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house on a walking tour. Afterwards, maybe mosey to the Old Quarter to learn about each street’s special trade. Day 8 Halong Bay Float across turquoise waters between weathered limestone peaks and lagoons on a cruise of Halong Bay. Days 9-10 Hanoi Return to the city and tuck into a final group dinner before the trip ends. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Selected Sundays, Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays Enter TVSQ on intrepidtravel.com. See inside cover for prices

Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta

TVSQ

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (7 nts), overnight train (1 nt), overnight boat (1 nt) 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Plane, private vehicle, overnight train, boat, taxi, motorbike

Explore Vietnam

Hanoi

Cat Ba Island Overnight Train

11 DAYS, HANOI TO HO CHI MINH CITY

Hue

Cruise a sea of limestone karsts and blue-green waters on an unforgettable boat trip around Lan Ha Bay. What better place to finish up your Vietnam adventure than Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll have free time to see the Cu Chi Tunnels or join locals exercising in the park. Day 1 Hanoi Arrive in the chaotic capital. Days 2-3 Cat Ba Island Perfectly situated Cat Ba Island will be your base for exploring the limestone cliffs and turquoise water that define Lan Ha Bay. Take a lunch cruise around emerald-green karsts and then jump in a kayak to get a closer look. Return to Hanoi to catch an overnight train to Hue. Day 4 Hue Make the most of free time and perhaps explore the beautiful countryside around Hue by bike, or take a boat cruise down the majestic Perfume River and discover royal relics. Days 5-7 Hoi An Well-preserved Hoi An is a pretty mix of Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples and colourful colonial buildings. Step back in time as you stroll the city’s lantern-lit streets, then board a southbound overnight train. Days 8-9 Phan Rang Enjoy two days of pure relaxation in Phan Rang, a low-key coastal city where swimming, snorkelling and seafood take priority. Days 10-11 Ho Chi Minh City Lose yourself in the hubbub of Vietnam’s largest city. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Hoi An

VIETNAM Ho Chi Minh City

TVRR

Overnight Train Phan Rang Overnight Train

BASIX

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (7 nts), overnight train (3 nts) 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Boat, overnight train, private vehicle, kayak


Hoi An, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Vietnam Discovery

Hanoi Da Bac

Cat Ba Island Overnight Train

15 DAYS, HO CHI MINH CITY TO HANOI

Hue Hoi An

Get a feel for Hoi An’s picturesque surrounds on a bike ride through rice paddies and past idyllic rural village scenes. Experience local life, taste delicious home-cooked food and support community-based tourism with a homestay in a less-travelled part of Vietnam – Da Bac. Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City Maybe slurp down a bowl of pho at a street stall. Days 2-3 Mekong Delta See farmers tending to rice paddies and local life unfold while cruising the canals of the Mekong. Days 4-5 Tuy Hoa Find the perfect spot of sand to lay down a beach towel in this frequently-overlooked coastal city. Days 6-7 Hoi An Fall in love with Hoi An’s delightful Old Town on a walking tour, then get a dose of rural charm on a bike ride through the countryside. Days 8-9 Hue Explore Hue’s ancient imperial ruins. Day 10 Hanoi Soak up the effervescence of the Old Quarter. Day 11 Da Bac Surrounded by rice fields, mountains and rivers, set out on a scenic 6-km trek, then take a boat to your homestay in the Da Bia village. Day 12 Hanoi Unwind with a bia hoi. Day 13 Cat Ba Island See Lan Ha Bay’s foliage-topped limestone karsts by junk-style boat and kayak. Days 14-15 Hanoi Return to Hanoi and perhaps explore the bustling 36 streets of the Old Quarter or browse Dong Xuan Market.

Overnight Train

V IETN A M

Overnight Train Mekong Delta

TVRN

Ho Chi Minh City

BASIX

Maximum group size 16 Homestay (2 nts), overnight train (3 nts), hotel (9 nts) 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Boat, overnight train, private vehicle, taxi, bicycle

Selected Sundays & Tuesdays Enter TVRN on intrepidtravel.com. See inside cover for prices

Scenic Vietnam

Hanoi Da Bac

15 DAYS, HANOI TO HO CHI MINH CITY

Halong Bay Overnight Boat Overnight Train Hue

Get around Vietnam the local way. Travel by motorbike, sampan, junk-style boat and overnight train to really get to the heart of the country. Homestays in Sung village and the Mekong Delta offer a unique view of local life that other visitors aren’t likely to experience. Days 1-2 Hanoi Enjoy a traditional water puppet show and glimpse the city’s diverse past on a guided tour. Days 3-4 Da Bac/Hanoi Travel to the Da Bac region to your homestay in the Sung village. Take a 10-km trek to Da Bia village and a scenic boat ride across the Da Bac Reservoir. Days 5-6 Halong Bay/Hanoi Spend an unforgettable evening floating atop emerald waters surrounded by limestone islands. Return to Hanoi to board a train bound for Hue. Days 7-8 Hue Two days of sightseeing takes you to the Thai Hoa Palace, Forbidden Purple City and Thien Mu Pagoda, followed by a blissful cruise down the Perfume River. Days 9-11 Hoi An Pass through coastal rice paddies to the fishing village of Lang Co. Explore the ancient streets of Hoi An. Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City A half-day city tour includes a vist to the War Remnants Museum. Day 13 Mekong Delta Explore the intricate waterways of the Mekong Delta. Days 14-15 Ho Chi Minh City Be sure to sample the city’s famous street food. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Tuy Hoa

Hoi An

V IETN A M Mekong Delta

TVSR

Ho Chi Minh City

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (10 nts), overnight boat (1 nt), homestay (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt) 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Plane, taxi, private vehicle, boat, overnight train, motorbike

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Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Imperial Citadel, Hue ,Vietnam

Classic Vietnam

Hanoi

Halong Bay Overnight Boat

15 DAYS, HO CHI MINH CITY TO HANOI

Hue

Drift along the scenic waterways of the Mekong Delta for a unique perspective on the region’s rice paddies, fruit and flower orchards, and lush surrounds. This journey is packed with interactions that provide insight into life in Vietnam including an overnight train ride, a guesthouse stay and a special breakfast in Ho Chi Minh City. Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City Watch daily life unfold in Vietnam’s biggest city. Day 2 Mekong Delta Enjoy breakfast at KOTO, an organisation that teaches young people hospitality skills, then cruise the waterways of this lush and fertile region. Days 3-4 Ho Chi Minh City/Phan Rang Get to know Ho Chi Minh City on a half-day tour, then visit the mind-boggling Cu Chi Tunnels before travelling to Phan Rang. Days 5-6 Phan Rang Make a day trip to Vinh Hy Bay for some snorkelling, visiting a salt field and the rock formations of Hang Rai en route. Admire Cham dynasty relics in free time. Days 7-9 Hoi An Walk through Hoi An’s Old Town, then perhaps book some time with a local tailor. Days 10-11 Hue See the ruins of Hue’s Imperial Citadel before gliding down the Perfume River. Day 12 Hanoi Attend a water puppet performance. Day 13 Halong Bay Cruise the jade waters of Halong Bay on a traditional junk-style boat. Days 14-15 Hanoi End your adventure in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Hoi An Overnight Train

VIETN A M

Mekong Delta

TVKT

Hotel (11 nts), guesthouse (1 nt) overnight train (1 nt), overnight boat (1 nt) 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Plane, private vehicle, boat, overnight train

Hanoi

8 DAYS, HO CHI MINH CITY TO HANOI Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels and see old military equipment on display in Ho Chi Minh City’s War Museum for an insight into Vietnam’s tumultuous history.

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Halong Bay Overnight Boat

Hoi An

V IETN A M

Witness a traditional water puppet show in Hanoi and learn the history of this ancient art from the masters.

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

COMFORT

Maximum group size 12

Treasures of Vietnam

Days 1-2 Ho Chi Minh City Visit the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum before heading out to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extensive network of underground tunnels from the Vietnam-American War. Days 3-4 Hoi An Make tracks to Hoi An and discover a port town of centuries-old temples, charming houses and gilded community halls. Wander through the atmospheric Phung Hung Old House and check out the Japanese Covered Bridge. Day 5 Hanoi Take a guided tour of Hanoi including the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house and the Old Quarter. Day 6 Halong Bay Board a wooden junk-style boat and take a leisurely cruise around one of the world’s most beautiful waterways – be sure to have the camera handy when passing though the dramatic karst scenery. Days 7-8 Hanoi Back in the city, choose to visit one of the many fascinating museums or just kick back with a bia hoi (draught beer) in a streetside bar and recount highlights of the trip.

Phan Rang

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

TVKB

COMFORT

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (6 nts), overnight boat (1 nt) 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Plane, private vehicle, boat


Breakfast with Blue Dragon Our Scenic Vietnam (page 17) and Vietnam & Cambodia Adventure (page 40) tours visit Blue Dragon in Hanoi, an organisation that supports children who have been trafficked or live in extreme poverty. Sit down to breakfast while learning about those the program has helped. For more info head to theintrepidfoundation.org

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Best of Vietnam

Hanoi Da Bac

Overnight Train Phong Nha Hue Hoi An

20 DAYS, HO CHI MINH CITY TO HANOI Feel the cool breeze roll off the hills of Dalat, then wander around the lush gardens of this scenic retreat.

VIETN A M Dalat

Visit the mind-boggling Phong Nha and Thien Duong Caves – these labyrinthine systems were used to shelter civilians in the Vietnam-American War. Get to know local families, participate in their daily activities and enjoy homestyle meals during overnight homestays in Da Bac and the Mekong Delta. Days 1-2 Ho Chi Minh City Unearth a world of underground mystery at the Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast subterranean network that connected Ho Chi Minh City to the Cambodian border. Explore Ho Chi Minh City on a city tour that includes the chilling War Remnants Museum. Day 3 Mekong Delta Wind through the intricate waterways of the Mekong Delta, staying overnight with a local family. Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City Return to the city. Days 5-6 Dalat Travel to this elegant French colonial city and see its spectacular gardens. Days 7-8 Phan Rang Visit the hilltop Cham temple Po Klong Garai. See how locals ply their trade on trips to the old pottery village of Bau Truc, a fish market and a salt field. Explore unusual rock formations and coral reefs in Hang Rai. Don a snorkel and discover rainbow coral in spectacular Vinh Hy Bay. Days 9-10 Hoi An Make tracks to World Heritage-

listed Hoi An and seek out some classic Vietnamese fare. Days 11-12 Hue Visit the Imperial Citadel and mysterious Royal Tomb on a guided tour, then take a cruise along the Perfume River. Days 13-14 Phong Nha Visit Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to admire the stunning Thien Duong (Paradise Cave) and Phong Nha Cave. Day 15 Hanoi Pay your respects to Vietnam’s revered revolutionary at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Museum. Day 16 Da Bac Head into the hills and gain insight into the lives of the region’s ethnic people. Spend the night in a local homestay in the Sung village. Day 17 Hanoi Trek through the Da Bac countryside and have lunch by the lake. Return to Hanoi for further exploration. Day 18 Halong Bay Sit back and savour the serene setting of this World Heritage site. Days 19-20 Hanoi Celebrate the end of this Vietnamese adventure with a refreshing bia hoi.

Halong Bay Overnight Boat

Mekong Delta

TVST

Overnight Train Phan Rang

Ho Chi Minh City

ORIGINAL

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Citadels, Karsts & cycle Departing from Hanoi, head to Ninh Binh – home to some of Vietnam’s most iconic landscapes – for a day tour that includes a 12-kilometre cycle session and a sneaky rowboat ride through caves and past rice paddies, villages and limestone karsts. For more info head to urbanadventures.com Ba Be National Park, Vietnam

Hoi An to Hanoi

Cat Ba Island

Hanoi

12 DAYS, HOI AN TO HANOI

Phong Nha

Learn the traditions and history of the ethnic Co Tu people during an overnight stay in the village of Bho Hoong.

Hue Bho Hoong Village Hoi An

Plunge underground on a two-day spelunking adventure through four caves in Phong Nha – a network of over 300 openings and grottoes with more yet to be uncovered. Days 1-2 Hoi An Begin your journey in riverside Hoi An. Day 3 Bho Hoong Village Travel to the small highlands village of Bho Hoong, home of the ethnic Co Tu people. Gain insight into their traditional way of life with a homestay. Days 4-5 Hue Packed with temples, tombs, palaces and pagodas, Hue is the gateway to the treasures of Vietnam’s royal past. Tour the Imperial Citadel and its Forbidden Purple City, then hop on a motorbike for a tour of Tu Duc Tomb and lunch in a Buddhist monastery. Days 6-8 Phong Nha Venture underground into the Tu Lan cave system and spend two days trekking along rock corridors, clambering over boulders, dodging stalagmites and camping out by jungled waterfalls. Day 9 Hanoi Take a guided adventure through Hanoi, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum among other sites. Day 10 Cat Ba Island Cruise past towering emerald karst. Days 11-12 Hanoi Maybe head out for an optional final dinner with new friends. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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VIETN A M

TVSC

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (7 nts), farmstay (2 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), camping (1 nt) 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners Plane, private vehicle, motorbike

Northern Vietnam Adventure 10 DAYS, HANOI TO HANOI

ORIGINAL

Dong Van Ha Giang

Bao Lac

Giang Ta Chai

Marvel at the dramatic mountains of Heaven’s Gate, which soar above the green forests and rice paddies of Ha Giang. Float along the river, viewing magnificent waterfalls and wildlife in Ba Be National Park. A traditional homestay is the perfect way to access the remote parts of this region. Day 1 Hanoi Kick off this Vietnamese adventure in the capital of Hanoi. Perhaps explore the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house or wander the 36 Streets of the Old Quarter. Days 2-3 Sapa Travel to Sapa by bus, then walk past sweeping plantations and local farmers before arriving at your homestay in Ta Van. Trek to Giang Ta Chai before riding the bus back to Sapa. Day 4 Ha Giang Journey north to the Ha Giang province, soak up the natural scenery surrounding this place, then explore the markets and shop fronts. Days 5-6 Dong Van Browse the local wares at Minh Tao market and check out the peaceful Nam Luong village. Day 7 Bao Lac Pay a visit to the bustling marketplace of Bao Lac and learn about the local Black Lo Lo people. Day 8 Ba Be Lake Cruise across the still waters of Vietnam’s largest lake and visit Ba Be waterfall. Stay with a local family and enjoy a homecooked dinner. Days 9-10 Hanoi Return to the bright lights and busy streets of Hanoi. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Sapa

Ba Be Lake

Ta Van

VIETN A M Hanoi

TVSA

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (7 nts), homestay (2 nts) 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Boat, private vehicle


Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

Vietnam: Hike, Bike & Kayak 11 DAYS, HANOI TO HANOI Become immersed in the rural charm of Northern Vietnam’s countryside villages by trekking through terraced valleys and cycling the karst surrounds.

V IETN A M

Sapa

Hanoi Cat Ba Island Mai Chau

Discover the tranquil waters and limestone seascape of Lan Ha Bay on a full-day boat cruise. Then get a closer look on a kayak adventure through this stunning region. Day 1 Hanoi Get lost in Hanoi’s whirl of colour and commotion. Days 2-3 Sapa Trek through valleys, past grazing water buffalo to the tribal village of Cat Cat and home of the Hmong people. Learn about traditional life in the mountains on a homestay. Days 4-5 Hanoi Trek through the lush valleys of Sapa before returning to Hanoi for a warm-up cycle around West Lake. Afterwards, perhaps get a bird’s eye view of the city from a rooftop bar. Day 6 Mai Chau Cycle through Mai Chau valley. Gain real insight into daily life and learn the secrets of local cuisine on a homestay. Day 7 Ninh Binh Enjoy a scenic bike ride through Ninh Binh, famous for its green valleys, karst mountains and conservation areas. Days 8-9 Cat Ba Island Travel to Cat Ba Island and set out on a full-day boat trip to explore the turquoise waters and weathered limestone peaks of Lan Ha Bay. Hop in a kayak for a different view of this stunning seascape. Days 10-11 Hanoi Return to Hanoi for a final night in Vietnam’s capital.

Ninh Binh

TVXA

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (8 nts), homestay (2 nts) 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Private vehicle, bicycle, boat, kayak

Cycle Vietnam

Mai Chau

Hanoi Ninh Binh

15 DAYS, HANOI TO HO CHI MINH CITY

Hue

This two-wheeled adventure will show you all the different sides of this country – from small villages and ancient ruins to the region’s liveliest cities. Think of all the calories you’ll burn and the appetite you’ll work up cycling around Vietnam’s incredible landscape – all the more reason to indulge in the local food. Days 1-2 Hanoi Explore Vietnam’s capital in depth by bike. Day 3 Mai Chau Cycle past karst cliffs, tiny villages and a lush valley to your stilt-house homestay in Poom Coong. Day 4 Ninh Binh Take a scenic ride to Mai Ha and on to Co Luong. Day 5 Ninh Binh Explore Tam Coc and ancient Hoa Lu on two wheels. Day 6 Hue Hop back onto the saddle and explore Hue’s tombs, temples, palaces and pagodas. Days 7-8 Hoi An Conquer the Hai Van Pass and be rewarded with stunning coastal views. Continue to Cua Dai Beach. Day 9 Quy Nhon Cycle the road less travelled all the way to the long beaches and relaxed boulevards of Quy Nhon. Days 10-11 Nha Trang Relax on a boat tour of nearby islands. Day 12 Dalat Tackle mountain roads or flag down the van en route to Dalat. Visit the striking Cham Tower. Day 13 Ke Ga Journey to Bao Dai’s summer palace and Hang Nga Crazy House. Pedal to Ke Ga, a delightful seaside village. Days 14-15 Ho Chi Minh City See the city’s best sights on a cycle tour. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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V IETN A M Hoi An Quy Nhon Nha Trang

Dalat Ho Chi Minh City

TVXB

Phan Thiet

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (12 nts), homestay (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 2 dinners Bicycle, boat, overnight train, support vehicle, taxi

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Real Food Adventure Vietnam & Cambodia Can’t choose between making noodles in Vietnam or munching on fish amok in Cambodia? Chop, slice and chomp your way through the diverse flavours of both countries on this mouthwatering Real Food Adventure combination trip. For more info enter TVZKC on intrepidtravel.com Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vietnam Real Food Adventure 12 DAYS, HANOI TO HO CHI MINH CITY

Hanoi

Halong Bay

Overnight Train Hue Hoi An

Strap on an apron and cook up some classic dishes of north, central and south Vietnam, learning why the country has a love affair with ginger, lime, fish sauce and more.

V IE TN A M

With two nights in Hoi An, there’s lots of time to take in its magic. Prepare noodles with a local family, cycle through herb gardens and be enchanted by the Ancient Town. Days 1-2 Hanoi Celebrate the start of this journey with dinner and a bia hoi (beer) at an open beer hall. Embark on a street food crawl, join a cooking class and learn to make northern Vietnam specialties. Days 3-4 Halong Bay Sail on emerald waters and soak up the tranquillity of Halong Bay. Pick up some fishing tips from a Vietnamese family. Indulge in a delicious feast prepared by an onboard chef. Day 5 Hue Take a motorbike ride around the city’s imperial sites and enjoy a Buddhist lunch at a pagoda. Days 6-8 Hoi An Cycle through herb gardens before whipping up a banquet of regional specialties at the Morning Glory Cooking School. Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City Take a city tour, then learn to prepare traditional dishes from a renowned local chef. Day 10 Mekong Delta Homestay Traverse the winding waterways of the delta. Visit food producers before arriving at tonight’s homestay to prepare dinner with your hosts. Days 11-12 Ho Chi Minh City Return to Ho Chi Minh City for a final feast with new friends. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Cambodia Real Food Adventure

Mekong Delta

TVZY

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Banteay Chhmar Angkor Wat Siem Reap Battambang

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C A MBODIA Phnom Penh

Bite into some Khmer favourites by torchlight while basking in the atmospheric grounds of a ruined Angkorian temple in Banteay Chhmar. Day 1 Phnom Penh Enjoy modern Cambodian fare at an inspiring restaurant providing vocational training to marginalised youth. Days 2-3 Kampot Jump in a cyclo and ride around the capital, taking in the atmospheric food stalls of the Central Market, then visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum before heading to the pretty town of Kampot. Stop by a pepper plantation and hit up the Kep Crab markets for a ‘sea to plate’ lunch. Day 4 Phnom Penh Sizzle up some amok at a Khmer cooking class. Day 5 Battambang Cycle through the countryside, stopping at villages to see how translucent sheets of rice paper become spring rolls. Day 6 Banteay Chhmar Bus to the ancient Banteay Chhmar temple complex and explore the tranquil ruins. Join a family for a home-cooked meal in a Khmer stilt house. Days 7-9 Siem Reap Prepare a village-style lunch with your hosts. Arrive in Siem Reap for a street food tour – chow down on some green mango salad before temple-hopping through breathtaking Angkor Wat.

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12

9 DAYS, PHNOM PENH TO SIEM REAP Visit the famous pepper plantations outside of Kampot. The area is considered by many to produce the best pepper in the world.

Ho Chi Minh City

Kampot

TKZP

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (7 nts), homestay (1 nt) 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Private vehicle, bus, cyclo, remork, bicycle


Classic Cambodia & Vietnam Get to know two noisy siblings forever linked on this Comfort-style journey through Cambodia and Vietnam that minimises the occasional discomforts without sacrificing any of the thrills. For more info enter TKKHC on intrepidtravel.com Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

Halong Bay Overnight Boat

Hanoi

Overnight Train

18 DAYS, HANOI TO BANGKOK Take in the sights of Hue – the Imperial Citadel, Forbidden Purple City, Thien Mu Pagoda and Perfume River – by foot, motorbike and boat. Get a taste of French-inspired riverside life in the mellow city of Battambang and savour idyllic rural scenes in the surrounding countryside. See the incredible temples of Angkor Wat and learn about the intricate architectural details designed to reflect the Hindu cosmic order. Day 1 Hanoi Immerse yourself in the eclectic air of the Vietnamese capital. Get lost in the hubbub of Hanoi’s streets, visit the Temple of Literature or enjoy Vietnam’s fusion of traditional European and modern Asian cuisine. Days 2-3 Halong Bay Set sail on an overnight Halong Bay cruise. Kick back and enjoy the dramatic scenery, navigate the balmy waters by kayak and sleep under a star-studded sky. Later, catch an overnight train to Hue. Days 4-5 Hue Watch the past come to life in the Imperial Citadel. Unwind on a boat cruise down the Perfume River. Days 6-7 Hoi An Traverse the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hoi An, once a thriving port town. Sign up for an optional cooking class or simply relax with a drink in one of the many riverside restaurants. Days 8-10 Ho Chi Minh City Head out to the Mekong Delta for a fascinating day tour and sample local specialties. Days 11-12 Phnom Penh

Get a glimpse of Cambodia’s tragic past on a visit to the Killing Fields. Take a late afternoon sojourn down to Sisowath Quay and watch locals going about their business from a riverside cafe. Day 13 Battambang Stop at Kampong Luong for a boat trip before soaking up the peaceful atmosphere of riverside Battambang. Days 14-16 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Explore the countryside by bicycle before driving to Siem Reap. Learn from a local guide how Angkor’s temples were constructed to reflect the cosmic order. Perhaps journey to the floating villages of Tonle Sap and learn about the inhabitants’ water-based lifestyle. Days 17-18 Bangkok Skip across the border into Thailand and watch the scenery change on the home stretch to Bangkok. Spend a night under the neon lights of the Thai capital, dining on pad thai, taking a river cruise or celebrating with new friends.

Hue Hoi An

THAILAND

Battambang Angkor Wat Siem Reap Bangkok Phnom Penh

CAMBODIA

TVSKC

VIE TN A M

Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (15 nts), overnight boat (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Plane, private vehicle, boat, train, taxi, local bus, motorbike, bicycle, overnight train DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Cambodian Traveller

THAILAND

9 DAYS, HO CHI MINH CITY TO BANGKOK

Bangkok

Confront the sobering history of the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh with included visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Memorial.

Angkor Wat

CAMBODIA

Siem Reap Battambang

Acquaint yourself with frenetic Bangkok, a wonderland of excellent food, winding canals and sprawling night markets. Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam. Touch down in the country’s largest city and enjoy a delicious bowl of pho or go bargain hunting in Ben Thanh Market. Pay a visit to popular cultural sites such as Notre Dame or the eerie Reunification Palace, which has remained empty since the fall of Saigon in 1975. Days 2-3 Phnom Penh Take a local bus across the border to Phnom Penh. A sobering visit to the infamous Killing Fields provides a glimpse into Cambodia’s tragic past. In spare time, head to the Russian Market or Silver Pagoda to experience a lighter side of Cambodian history. Alternatively, take a late afternoon sojourn down to Sisowath Quay and people-watch from a riverside cafe. Day 4 Battambang On the way to Battambang, stop at Kampong Luong for a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Get an appreciation for rural life in this tiny village,

then arrive in Battambang to cherish the city's mellow pace and graceful architecture. Days 5-7 Siem Reap/ Angkor Wat Take a morning bike tour through the countryside. Then wind the clock back to a time when Cambodia was the pre-eminent influence in South East Asia on a visit to Siem Reap. Relish the sacred beauty of the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. In free time, perhaps visit the Landmine Museum. By night, enjoy the carnival atmosphere of Pub Street, ramble through the Old Market or catch a traditional Apsara dance performance. Days 8-9 Bangkok Skip across the border into Thailand and watch the scenery change on the final stretch to Bangkok. For a fitting end to this journey, why not limber up with a massage and then head out for a night on the town with new friends and sample some of Bangkok’s legendary nightlife.

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VIETNAM

Phnom Penh

Benefit from the guidance and knowledge of a local expert as you temple-hop through the dazzling Angkor complex, one of South East Asia’s premier sights.

Ho Chi Minh City

TKSE

ORIGINAL

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Cambodian cook-out Reach the heart of Cambodia through its stomach! Take a trip into the Cambodian countryside and whip up a 3-course meal with this hands-on culinary adventure. Experience rural village life and, best of all, eat your food creation! For more info head to urbanadventures.com Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Best of Cambodia

Angkor Wat Siem Reap

C A MB OD IA

Battambang

14 DAYS, PHNOM PENH TO PHNOM PENH

Homestay

Get your palate around traditional Cambodian cuisine with dinner at a Sambor Prei Kuk homestay and a Kampot pepper plantation visit. After falling for the understated charm of Battambang’s faded architecture and arty cafes, discover the lush surrounding countryside on a scenic bike tour. Days 1-2 Phnom Penh Visit the chilling Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Days 3-4 Battambang See how this city’s facades evoke a certain charm, with French-colonial shopfronts lining the riverside. Explore the surrounding countryside on a half-day bike tour. Days 5-7 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Witness a spectacular sunrise over the Angkor Wat temple complex and spend two days exploring with a guide. Day 8 Homestay Experience rural life on a homestay with a local family. Explore the nearby pre-Angkorian ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk. Days 9-10 Kampot Discover the 7th-century brick temple and stalactite carvings found within the Phnom Chhnork limestone cave complex. Days 11-12 Sihanoukville See how the Cambodians do beach culture in Sihanoukville. Visit nearby islands, explore the tropical Ream National Park or relax under a swaying palm. Days 13-14 Phnom Penh Perhaps check out the capital’s vibrant marketplaces before this adventure ends.

Phnom Penh

Sihanoukville

TKSM

Kampot

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (12 nts), homestay (1 nt) 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Boat, private vehicle, local bus, tuktuk, bicycle

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Classic Cambodia

Angkor Wat

6 DAYS, PHNOM PENH TO SIEM REAP

Siem Reap

Bask in the serene beauty of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, a stark contrast to the sobering history evoked in Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields.

C A MBOD IA

Visit important community projects across the country, from those training disadvantaged youth to organisations helping wildlife. Days 1-2 Phnom Penh Welcome to Cambodia – a nation with a turbulent past but effusive charm. Learn about the tragedy of the Pol Pot era during a tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, then discover a more illustrious chapter in the country’s history on a visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. During free time, delve deeper into Khmer history at the National Museum or hunt for locally made goods in the Russian Market. Days 3-6 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Fly to Siem Reap and join forces with a local guide to discover the history and mythology of Angkor Wat. Hear about the important work being done to protect native Cambodian wildlife on a visit to the Intrepid Foundation-supported Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity. Make use of free time by indulging in a massage, venturing further afield to Banteay Srei or tucking into a sumptuous Khmer feast with the group and recalling the highlights of this memorable adventure. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Phnom Penh

TKKS

COMFORT

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Friends-International Our Cambodia Encompassed trip (page 27) includes a meal at a Friends-International restaurant in Phnom Penh, where delicious, contemporary Khmer food is served up as part of a successful social enterprise supported by The Intrepid Foundation. It’s the feel-good cherry (or sliced spring onion) on top of a great meal. For more info head to theintrepidfoundation.org

Cambodia Express 9 DAYS, BANGKOK TO HO CHI MINH CITY Experience rural Cambodian life from a local’s perspective with a homestay in a traditional village in Kampong Thom province.

TH A ILAN D

Angkor Wat

Phnom Penh Ho Chi Minh City

Get a different angle on the region as you travel through the countryside, from Thailand right the way through to Vietnam. Day 1 Bangkok Tap into the buzz of Thailand’s frenetic capital. If you arrive early maybe grab a tuk-tuk ride through the city. Days 2-4 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Arrive in Cambodia and follow a winding road into the former kingdom of the Khmers to the incredible Angkor Wat temple complex. Marvel at the exquisite beauty of these intricately carved ancient relics with a local guide. While in the area, perhaps head out to the floating village of Tonle Sap or visit the Landmine Museum. Day 5 Homestay Get in touch with rural Cambodian life on an overnight village stay. Relax and unwind with a traditional Khmer dinner with your host family. Days 6-7 Phnom Penh Discover the chilling events of Cambodia’s past at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields. In free time, perhaps explore the Royal Palace or delve into Phnom Penh’s nightlife. Days 8-9 Ho Chi Minh City End the adventure amid the overflowing streets and boisterous vendors of Vietnam’s largest city. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Cambodia Discovery 12 DAYS, HO CHI MINH CITY TO BANGKOK Cambodia’s capital caters to all interests. See Phnom Penh’s best sights from the ground level on an optional cyclo tour or take a sobering visit to the Choeung Ek Memorial. Enjoy the guidance of a local expert as you temple-hop at the dazzling Angkor complex, one of South East Asia’s most stunning sights. Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City If arriving in Ho Chi Minh City early, you may want to check out the Reunification Palace or Notre Dame Cathedral. Days 2-3 Phnom Penh Travel by bus to Phnom Penh and spend spare time perusing the stalls of Tuol Tom Poung Market or unwinding with a traditional massage. A cyclo tour is a fantastic way to get acquainted with this heady city. Days 4-5 Sihanoukville Find a spot beneath the palms on one of Sihanoukville’s beaches or explore the wilds of Ream National Park. Day 6 Homestay Venture into the rural village of Chambok and join a local family in their home. Share a meal with your hosts and be treated to a traditional dance performance. Day 7 Kampong Cham Soak up the faded French architecture of Kampong Cham. Days 8-10 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Spend three days discovering the extraordinary temple complex of Angkor. Days 11-12 Bangkok Cross the border for a final night in bustling Bangkok before this adventure ends. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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C A MBOD IA

Siem Reap Homestay

Bangkok

V IETN A M

TKSD

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (7 nts), homestay (1 nt) 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Private vehicle, local bus

TH A ILAN D Bangkok

Angkor Wat C A MBODIA Siem Reap Kampong Cham Homestay

Ho Chi Minh City Sihanoukville Phnom Penh VIETN A M

TKRS

BASIX

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (8 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), homestay (1 nt) 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner Local bus, private vehicle


Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Chi Phat Homestay, Cambodia

Cambodia: Temples & Beaches 14 DAYS, BANGKOK TO BANGKOK

THAILAND Banteay Chhmar

Bangkok

Get a double dose of Angkor greatness, exploring not only the world-famous complex outside Siem Reap but also the remarkable (and remote) Banteay Chhmar. Venture off the beaten track in the Cardamom Mountains, trekking to rapids and a waterfall and staying overnight with a local family. Day 1 Bangkok Arrive in Thailand. Day 2 Banteay Chhmar Cross into Cambodia and visit the remote Banteay Chhmar temple. Spend a memorable night in a Khmer wooden-stilt home. Days 3-5 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Venture to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor complex. Stop in at the Green Gecko Project and learn how this local initiative helps support disadvantaged youth and their families. Days 6-7 Phnom Penh Take a boat over the Mekong River for some mountain biking. Pedal along peaceful backroads and past lush orchards and rice paddies. Day 8 Chi Phat Trek to the Chhay Chrey rapids for a refreshing swim before settling into an overnight stay with a local family. Days 9-10 Koh Kong City Hike to Tatai Waterfall, then journey to the lovely white beaches of Koh Kong, a sleepy town on the border between Cambodia and Thailand. Days 11-12 Koh Chang Spend free time in Koh Chang, where the jungle meets the sea. Days 13-14 Bangkok Sample Bangkok’s famed nightlife.

Angkor Wat Siem Reap

CAMBODIA Phnom Penh

Koh Chang Koh Kong City

TKSS

Chi Phat

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotels (9 nts), homestay (2 nts), resort (2 nts) 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Cambodia Encompassed 10 DAYS, PHNOM PENH TO SIEM REAP

Angkor Wat Battambang

Siem Reap

C AMB OD IA

Kick things off with dinner at a Friends-International restaurant, combining an excellent local cause with a memorable dining experience.

Phnom Penh

Get behind the scenes of the small industries in and around historic Battambang, from pottery and silversmithing to sticky rice and fish paste production. Day 1 Phnom Penh Touch down in Phnom Penh, a capital city both gritty and charming. Days 2-3 Kampot Take a walk along the river promenade, then set out on a country drive to see pepper farms, salt fields, a limestone cave and a beautiful local beach. Day 4 Phnom Penh Return to Phnom Penh for a poignant day visiting memorials and museums, learning about the horrific genocide that took place here. Days 5-6 Battambang Get a feel for local life in French-inspired Battambang. Hop in a remork for a half-day tour of the surrounding countryside, visiting the stilt-house village of Wat Kor and touring local cottage industry initiatives. Days 7-10 Siem Reap/ Angkor Wat Spend two days exploring the jungle paths and ornate stone carvings of the awe-inspiring Angkor temple complex. Early risers are rewarded with glorious sunrise views over the temples. In the evening, why not seek out delicious Khmer specialties and the happening bar scene. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Kampot

TKKI

COMFORT

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (9 nts) 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Private vehicle, boat, tuk-tuk

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Cambodia: Hike, Bike & Kayak 9 DAYS, PHNOM PENH TO SIEM REAP

Angkor Wat

Siem Reap

Explore the ancient city of Angkor at a leisurely pace, cycling along forest paths to the towering Phnom Bok and the many-faced temple of Angkor Thom.

Day 1 Phnom Penh Arrive in Cambodia’s capital. After meeting your travel group, perhaps head to the lively riverfront area for some street hawker food. Day 2 Phnom Penh Cross the Mekong by local boat and cycle through orchards, rice paddies and villages. Consider touring the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Memorial for an insight into Cambodia’s dark past. Day 3 Koh Trong Pass through the small town of Skuon, where it’s possible to sample an eightlegged snack, en route to Kratie. Take a short boat ride to Koh Trong for an island homestay. Day 4 Steung Treng Enjoy a guided morning walk and perhaps contribute to a local tree-planting effort before returning to the mainland and travelling to Steung Treng. Stop at Wat Phnom Sambok, a hilltop 18thcentury Buddhist monastery, along the way. Climb to the top for a view of the lush forested surrounds and

enjoy an optional lunch at Kampi Creek, where it’s possible to spot dolphins, before arriving in Steung Treng. Day 5 Steung Treng Travel to the village of Voeun Kham where you’ll transfer to a local boat to cruise the Mekong River. Journey to Sopheak Mitt Waterfall and hike through jungle to a lunch spot overlooking the falls. Continue to one of the most picturesque sections of the river and kayak through spectacular flooded forests to Veun Sien village. Day 6 Siem Reap See the quieter side of Siem Reap with a scenic walk through small villages, down sandy dirt tracks, past rice plantations, finishing at a modern pagoda. Days 7-9 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Enjoy two full days to explore the incredible Angkor complex on foot and by mountain bike. Cycle along the wall of the ancient city of Angkor Thom and perhaps enjoy a final group dinner before the trip comes to an end.

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Steung Treng Koh Trong

Phnom Penh

Journey to the remote Ramsar Wetlands and paddle through the spectacular flooded forests that stretch south along the Mekong in a kayak. Sit down to a traditional dinner and gain an insight into Khmer culture with a homestay on the beautiful island of Koh Trong.

C A MBODIA

TKXC

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (7 nts), homestay (1 nt) 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Boat, private vehicle, bicycle, kayak DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Bangkok Chinatown Food Discovery Had enough pad thai to last a lifetime? Join this day tour to experience the Chinese food, culture and architecture of Bangkok’s Chinatown. Wander through wild markets and try foods you’ve never heard of before! For more info head to urbanadventures.com Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Chambok Homestay, Cambodia

Cambodia Adventure

TH A ILAN D

12 DAYS, BANGKOK TO HO CHI MINH CITY Travel into Kampong Speu – a region replete with waterfalls, swimming holes and bat caves – and be treated to Khmer hospitality on a village homestay in Chambok.

Bangkok

Enjoy the guidance of a local expert while temple-hopping between the ruins of the dazzling Angkor complex, one of South East Asia’s greatest man-made spectacles. With its verdant pepper plantations, quirky coffee shops and sleepy river, Kampot is a beautiful place to spend a few days. Day 1 Bangkok Start the journey among bustling markets, weaving tuk-tuks and serene temples. Shop up a storm, enjoy a massage or savour the flavours of Thai cuisine. Day 2 Siem Reap Cross the border into Cambodia and travel to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. Days 3-4 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Explore the epic structures of Angkor Wat temple complex by day and check out Siem Reap’s lively restaurant strip by night. Day 5 Kampong Cham Enjoy a fusion of frontier charm and French colonial character in Kampong Cham. In the dry season you can hire a bicycle to explore the rural island of Koh Paen, which is linked to Kampong Cham by an elaborate bamboo bridge. Day 6 Chambok Homestay Make tracks into the countryside for a local village homestay in a community renowned for its ecotourism. Enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner and dance performance for

a slice of rural life. Day 7 Kampot This chilled-out town also happens to be the durian capital of Cambodia. Sample this pungent and divisive fruit, if you dare. Day 8 Kampot Maybe take a stroll along the riverside under the watchful eye of Bokor Mountain. Day 9 Phnom Penh Travel by private vehicle to Cambodia’s capital. Perhaps use a free afternoon to pay respects at the Choeung Ek Memorial or Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Day 10 Phnom Penh Sidewalks are often used as a third lane for traffic in Phnom Penh, so a cyclo tour around the city is a great alternative to walking and will generally include the central market, US Embassy, Wat Phnom, Mekong riverfront, independence monument and Royal Palace. Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City Explore the sights, scents and delectable cuisine of this fast-paced metropolis. Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City The adventure ends today after breakfast.

TKRR

Angkor Wat C AMB OD IA Siem Reap Kampong Cham Homestay Ho Chi Minh City Kampot V IETN AM Phnom Penh

BASIX

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (7 nts), guesthouse (3 nts), homestay (1 nt) 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner Private vehicle, local bus DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Chambok, Cambodia

Vang Vieng Song River, Laos

Vietnam & Cambodia Explorer

Cat Ba Island

Hanoi

Overnight Train

22 DAYS, HANOI TO BANGKOK Climb aboard Vietnam’s famous Reunification Express for an overnight train ride in the company of locals along the country’s most iconic train route. A homestay in the remote village of Chambok puts you right in the heart of rural Cambodian life. Day 1 Hanoi The capital is an alluring city of contrasts, best discovered on foot. Walk along Hanoi’s pagodastudded lake and perhaps visit some of its rich cultural sights. Day 2 Cat Ba Island Enjoy a relaxing day among the karsts and clear waters of Lan Ha Bay. Day 3 Hanoi Catch an overnight train to Hue from Hanoi. Day 4 Hue Visit royal relics. Days 5-7 Hoi An Step back in time in Hoi An. Days 8-9 Phan Rang Beaches and relaxation await in Phan Rang. Days 10-11 Ho Chi Minh City Wander busy city streets and savour fragrant aromas. Days 12-13 Phnom Penh Maybe get your shop on at the Art Deco Central Market or the colourful Psar Tuol Tom Pong (Russian Market). Days 14-15 Sihanoukville Rest up in this beach town. Day 16 Homestay Enjoy a home-cooked meal and rural vibes. Day 17 Kampong Cham Experience small-town life in Kampong Cham. Days 18-20 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Take in the temples of Angkor. Days 21-22 Bangkok Give in to the energy of Thailand’s capital. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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C A MBOD IA TH A ILAN D Bangkok

TVRKC

BASIX

2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinners Private vehicle, overnight train, local bus, boat, kayak

Luang Prabang Vang Vieng Vientiane

LAOS Angkor Wat

C A MBOD IA

Discover the splendour of Vang Vieng’s limestone landscape. A cycling excursion takes you to ethnic tribal villages and a famous cave complex.

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Overnight Train

Angkor Wat Siem Reap

Hotel (15 nts), overnight train (3 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), homestay (1 nt)

A full day’s guided exploration of Angkor – plus a day of free time – allows you to get the most out of this incredible ancient world.

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Hoi An

Maximum group size 16

12 DAYS, SIEM REAP TO LUANG PRABANG

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

VIE TN A M

Phan Rang Kampong Cham Overnight Train Homestay Ho Chi Minh City Sihanoukville Phnom Penh

Cambodia & Laos Encounter

Days 1-3 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Arrive in Siem Reap – the gateway to Angkor. Temple-hop through the world-famous Angkor complex. Day 4 Kampong Thom Travel by private bus to Kampong Thom and experience local Cambodian life on an overnight family homestay. Day 5 Phnom Penh After a local breakfast, head to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Days 6-7 Vientiane Learn about Cambodia’s tragic past with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Memorial. Fly to Vientiane and pay a visit to Wat Si Saket, a Buddhist temple believed to be the oldest still standing in Vientiane. Days 8-9 Vang Vieng Arrive in the laidback riverside town of Vang Vieng. Explore the limestone karst surrounds by bike, paying a visit to a Khmu or Hmong village and Tham Chang Cave. Days 10-12 Luang Prabang Journey to the former royal capital. Take a dip under Kuang Si Falls, tour the Traditional Art and Ethnology Centre and perhaps visit a bear rescue centre.

Hue

Siem Reap

TKSC

Kampong Thom Phnom Penh

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (8 nts), homestay (1 nt), guesthouse (2 nts) 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner Plane, tuk-tuk, local bus, private vehicle, bicycle, songthaew


Mekong River, Thailand

Laos Traveller: Bangkok to Vientiane

Mekong River

14 DAYS, BANGKOK TO VIENTIANE Situated on the Nam Song River, Vang Vieng is surrounded by towering limestone karsts. Take the chance to explore this sunny, sleepy town by bicycle.

Chiang Mai

Make one of South East Asia’s classic journeys – a cruisy boat trip down the Mekong River. Witness the slow pace of village life and gorgeous riverside scenery. a boat at Huay Xai and begin a leisurely cruise down the Mekong, savouring the beautiful scenery and slow pace of life along the river. Day 7 Mekong River/ Luang Prabang Cruise downriver to Luang Prabang. The former royal capital is an enchanting fusion of traditional Lao architecture and French colonial buildings. Arrive in time to check out the night market food stalls. Days 8-9 Luang Prabang Use free time to learn more about Laos’ culture at the temple of Wat Phra Mahathat or visit the beautiful Kuang Si Falls. Climbing Mt Phousi in time to see the sunset over the Mekong is also well worth the effort. Days 10-11 Vang Vieng Head to the beautiful limestone landscapes of Vang Vieng and explore its caves, soak in its thermal springs or discover the region by bike. Days 12-14 Vientiane Drive past roadside villages to the Lao capital, Vientiane, where this exploration ends.

Pak Beng

Vang Vieng Vientiane

TH A ILAN D

Laos is one of the most relaxed countries around, and the pace of this trip is the same, with plenty of free time to choose your own acitivities in each destination.

Day 1 Bangkok This South East Asian adventure begins in the gloriously chaotic Thai capital. Day 2 Bangkok Take a ferry to Wat Kalayanamit, then continue to the charming (though frequently overlooked) Thonburi neighbourhood. See an interesting mix of Buddhist temples, Catholic churches and Portuguese influences on a walking tour that finishes up at Amulet Market. Use this opportunity to stock up on snacks for tonight’s overnight train journey. Days 3-4 Chiang Mai Arrive in a city famous for its temples and adventurous pursuits. Use free time to go whitewater rafting, zip line or try your hand at a Thai cooking class. Day 5 Chiang Khong Continue towards the border of Laos and the peaceful town of Chiang Khong. Walk the laidback streets or perhaps rent a bike and pedal out to the surrounding countryside. Day 6 Mekong River/Pak Beng Board

Luang Prabang

Chiang Khong

LAOS

Bangkok

TLRC

BASIX

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (7 nts), overnight train (1 nt), guesthouse (5 nts) 7 breakfasts Private minibus, tuk-tuk, riverboat, public bus, overnight train DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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South East Asia Unplugged Hop on a trip that takes in the best of South East Asia, from the majestic Angkor ruins and beaches of Sihanoukville to the frenetic pace of Bangkok. Soak up Hoi An’s laidback vibes and the beauty of Luang Prabang on this 35-day adventure.

City, Country Kuang Si Falls,- Luang Photographer Prabang, Laos

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Haw Pha Bang, Luang Prabang, Laos

Laos Discovery 6 DAYS, VIENTIANE TO LUANG PRABANG

Luang Prabang

Rise with the sun and watch saffron-robed monks receive offerings of food from the faithful as part of an alms-giving ritual.

LA OS Vientiane

Splash in the blue waters of Kuang Si Waterfall, where multi-tiered cascades ensconced in thick jungle give the appearance of a Laotian Eden. Day 1 Vientiane Welcome to Vientiane, a city of gold buildings and green parks. Day 2 Vientiane A full day of sightseeing takes you to plenty of main attractions and spiritual sights including the stone archway of Pratu Xai and golden Pha That Luang. Wrap up the day with a visit to COPE, a fantastic local organisation that assists people with mobility-related disabilities. Day 3 Luang Prabang Stop in at Ock Pop Tok, a sustainable textile business helping women to earn a living. Once the sun goes down, hit the lively night market. Day 4 Luang Prabang Watch locals give offerings during a sunrise alms-giving ceremony, check out the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre and take a lunch cruise along the Mekong River. Explore the Pak Ou Caves, crammed with over 4000 Buddha statues. Days 5-6 Luang Prabang Swallowed by jungle, the falls of Kuang Si look too good to be true. Take a dip to make sure they’re real and then return to town to enjoy a final group dinner. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Thailand & Laos Adventure 13 DAYS, BANGKOK TO VIENTIANE

TTKL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (5 nts) 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Plane, private minivan, riverboat

Mekong River Chiang Khong Chiang Mai

Discover the highlights of World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang with a guide, visiting the Traditional Art and Ethnology Centre and the multi-tiered waterfalls of Kuang Si.

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Luang Prabang

Pak Beng

Vang Vieng Vientiane

TH AILAN D

Take a relaxed journey down the Mekong River and experience the slow pace of village life and breathtaking scenery along the banks up close. Days 1-2 Bangkok Set the scene for this adventure by cruising down the Chao Phraya River and visiting the country’s largest reclining Buddha. Days 3-4 Chiang Mai Renowned for its dazzling beauty, the ‘Rose of the North’ will leave you spellbound – particularly its lively Night Bazaar. Day 5 Chiang Khong Explore the tranquil riverside town of Chiang Khong and hear Laos call from across the Mekong. Day 6 Mekong River/Pak Beng Sit back, relax and watch the Mekong scenery pass by on a river cruise. Days 7-9 Luang Prabang Enjoy a guided tour around the Traditional Art and Ethnology Centre and visit the Kuang Si Falls. Days 10-11 Vang Vieng Creep through caves, swim in natural springs or pick berries at a local mulberry farm. Days 12-13 Vientiane Discover the delights of Laos’ capital, hunting for treasures at the local market or admiring old Buddhist temples as this adventure wraps up.

COMFORT

LAOS

Bangkok

TLSV

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (7 nts), guesthouse (4 nts), overnight train (1 nt) 8 breakfasts Overnight train, longtail boat, private minivan, tuk-tuk, riverboat


Sukhothai, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Highlights of Thailand & Cambodia 16 DAYS, BANGKOK TO SIEM REAP

Chiang Mai Hmong Homestay

Delve into the region’s ancient charms and architectural marvels, from chanting monks in gilded temples to the incredible Angkor complex.

C AMBOD IA

Days 1-2 Bangkok Visit the Emerald Buddha and cruise the tranquil canals. Days 3-4 Chiang Mai Take a scenic drive to the temple atop Doi Suthep, then sample local flavours with a traditional khantohk dinner. The next day, roll up your sleeves for a hands-on cooking class. Day 5 Hmong Homestay Head to the countryside for a barbecue dinner and cultural performance. Days 6-7 Sukhothai Become acquainted with some of the patients at an elephant hospital before continuing to Sukhothai where a scenic bike ride and picnic lunch await. Days 8-9 Kanchanaburi Gain an insight into the darker side of Kanchanaburi’s history with visits to important sights. Day 10 Bangkok Enjoy more time in thrilling Bangkok. Days 11-12 Phnom Penh Visit the Silver Pagoda, Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and Killing Fields of Choeung Ek on a full city tour. Days 13-16 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Gain an insight into the history and mythology of Angkor Wat on a guided exploration of this fascinating site.

Bangkok Phnom Penh

TTKTC

COMFORT

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (9 nts), lodge (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt), resort (4 nts) 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Plane, overnight train, tuk-tuk, private minibus, longtail boat, songthaew

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Cambodia & Thailand Traveller 18 DAYS, HO CHI MINH CITY TO KO SAMUI

THAILAND

Angkor Wat

Bangkok

Battambang

Discover Kampong Luong and the countryside around Battambang with a visit to a floating village and a bike ride around farms and cottage industries. Cruise to Thailand’s Koh Pitak for a taste of real island life. Enjoy a homestay, feast on fresh seafood and meet local fishermen. Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City Arrive in Vietnam. Days 2-3 Phnom Penh Explore the tragic past, opulent imperial buildings and bustling markets. Day 4 Battambang Visit the floating village of Kampong Luong en route to riverside Battambang. Days 5-7 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Temple-hop with a local guide around ancient and immense Angkor. Days 8-10 Bangkok Drive to Bangkok and spend a few days exploring. Visit the impressive Wat Arun and explore the famous khlongs (canals) by boat. Day 11 Ko Pitak Disembark and get into the local scene with breakfast at the Luangsuan Market before taking a 10-minute boat ride to Ko Pitak. Spend the day with the local fishermen and enjoy home-cooked seafood meals. Days 12-13 Chumphon Stay in a beach-front resort and enjoy a full-day snorkelling trip. Days 14-15 Ko Tao Swim and snorkel with reef sharks in coral-filled waters or relax on the palm-fringed beach. Days 16-18 Ko Samui Finish up at Ko Samui, a modern island full of lively bars and eateries.

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Angkor Wat Siem Reap

Kanchanaburi/ River Kwai

Be treated to a delicious home-cooked meal and cultural performance during an enlightening homestay in a Hmong village.

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

TH AILAN D

Sukhothai

CAMBODIA Siem Reap

Phnom Penh Chumphon Ko Pitak

VIETNAM Ho Chi Minh City

Ko Tao Ko Samui

TKSTC

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (9 nts), homestay (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt), resort (6 nts) 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Overnight train, private vehicle, local bus, songthaew, ferry, boat

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Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Beautiful Northern Thailand 15 DAYS, BANGKOK TO BANGKOK

Doi Mae Salong Homestay Golden Triangle Hilltribe Trek Chiang Rai Chiang Mai

Journey to Kanchanaburi and swim beneath the seven-tiered waterfall of Erawan National Park. These glacial blue falls are considered the most beautiful in the country. Experience rural Thai life from a local’s perspective with a homestay in a small village and a trek through scenic and enlightening hilltribe villages. Even the transport on this trip is an adventure – discover the joys of travelling on overnight trains, longtail boats, songthaew and a rafthouse. Day 1 Bangkok Revel in the boundless energy of the Thai capital. Day 2 Kanchanaburi Gaze up at the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho on a longtail boat cruise down the Chao Phraya River. Later, travel by local bus to leafy Kanchanaburi. Day 3 Kanchanaburi Gain an insight into the city’s dark history with a visit to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and Museum, than travel on to Erawan National Park for a swim beneath a seven-tiered waterfall. Day 4 Kanchanaburi Float down the Mae Klong River in a raft house, stopping to see ancient cave temples. Day 5 Ayutthaya Continue on to Ayutthaya, an ancient capital city of many splendid temples. Learn about the heritage of Wat Phra Mahathat before boarding an overnight train. Days 6-7 Chiang Mai Arrive in the vibrant city of Chiang Mai. Use a free day to enhance your culinary prowess in a cooking class, hail a songthaew to Doi Suthep

Temple to hear monks chanting or visit the Elephant Nature Park. Day 8 Doi Mae Salong Head through the undulating valleys of the Golden Triangle. Day 9 Homestay Perhaps learn about the Golden Triangle’s troubled past with a visit to the House of Opium Museum before experiencing village life on an overnight stay. Days 10-11 Hilltribe Trek Make sure your camera is charged for two days of hiking through bamboo forests, tea plantations and terraced rice fields. Day 12 Chiang Rai Explore Chiang Mai’s ‘little sister’, Chiang Rai, before capping off the day with an evening boat cruise along the Mekong River. Day 13 Chiang Mai Enjoy a traditional Thai massage or set off on a bike ride to nearby villages. Days 14-15 Bangkok Return to Bangkok’s busy streets for a chance to hit the Chatuchak Weekend Market or discover the flavours of Chinatown before the trip ends.

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TH AILA N D Ayutthaya Kanchanaburi/ River Kwai

TTSN

Bangkok

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (4 nts), guesthouse (4 nts), hilltribe village (2 nts), homestay (1 nt), overnight train (2 nts), rafthouse (1 nt) 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Private minivan, public bus, longtail boat, overnight train, songthaew, taxi DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Southern Thailand Getaway Whether you’re snorkelling among coral and tropical fish in the glorious Andaman Sea or soaking up the sun beneath swaying palms on a secluded patch of sand, you’re likely to find your version of paradise on this 16-day getaway in Southern Thailand. For more info enter TTSSC on intrepidtravel.com

Ko Pitak, Thailand

Classic Thailand East Coast

Homestay

Chiang Mai

Sukhothai

17 DAYS, BANGKOK TO KO SAMUI

TH AILAN D

Support an important animal welfare initiative and get close to incredible creatures at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital. Cruise to Ko Pitak for a taste of real island life. Enjoy an overnight homestay, feast on fresh seafood and interact with local fishermen. Day 1 Bangkok Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is a vibrant fusion of old and new. Days 2-3 Sukhothai Discover the first capital of the Kingdom of Siam, set amid leafy forests, perfumed gardens and rice paddies. Day 4 Homestay Visit the first elephant hospital in the world, then relax at a homestay. Days 5-7 Chiang Mai Choose to bike between gilded temples or learn new skills at a cooking class. Hit the markets or visit Doi Suthep in free time. Days 8-9 Bangkok See the sights of Bangkok, perhaps exploring the city’s khlongs and temples or hitting up Khao San Road. Day 10 Ko Pitak Enjoy a welcoming homestay. Days 11-12 Chumphon Swim with tropical fish on a full-day snorkelling adventure. Days 13-14 Ko Tao Swim, snorkel, sunbathe and taste delicious local cuisine in Ko Tao. Days 15-17 Ko Samui Leave one paradise and land in the lap of another. Choose to laze the day away in Ko Samui, take an optional Thai cooking class or wander through the forest.

Bangkok

Chumphon

Ko Tao

Ko Pitak

TTSBC

Ko Samui

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (4 nts), resort (8 nts), homestay (2 nts), overnight train (2 nts) 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Public bus, songthaew, private minibus, overnight train, ferry, bike, boat, taxi

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Classic Thailand West Coast

Homestay

Chiang Mai

Sukhothai

TH AIL A N D

16 DAYS, BANGKOK TO PHUKET

Bangkok

Experience daily rural life firsthand on a stay with long-time Intrepid friends in a small Thai village in the country’s north. Meet some furry friends and learn about the great work done at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre in Phuket. Day 1 Bangkok Make the most of a day in Bangkok, an exciting city of skyscrapers and temples, traditions and neon lights. Days 2-3 Sukhothai Hire bicycles and enjoy a few leisurely hours absorbing the local history by bike, stopping for a home-cooked picnic lunch along the way. Day 4 Homestay Spend the night at a traditional homestay. In the evening, be treated to a traditional Thai khantohk dinner and live music performances. Days 5-7 Chiang Mai Discover the secrets of Thai cuisine during a cooking class. Days 8-9 Bangkok Head out to Wat Arun, then climb aboard a southbound overnight train. Days 10-11 Ao Nang/Krabi Hop into a sea kayak and explore the waterways that lead to Ao Thalane’s mangrove forest. Days 12-13 Ko Yao Noi Take a longtail boat around Phang-Nga Bay, enjoying views of jagged cliffs and idyllic islands. Days 14-16 Phuket Visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre before winding down on Phuket’s beaches. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Ao Nang/Krabi Phuket

TTZBC

Surat Thani Ko Yao Noi

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (4 nts) resort (6 nts), homestay (1 nt), overnight train (2 nts), guesthouse (2 nts) 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinner Public bus, songthaew, private minivan, overnight train, speed boat, taxi, bike, boat

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Friends of the Asian Elephant Encouter some gorgeous gentle giants living on our Explore Northern Thailand tour (page 36) and see the work The Intrepid Foundation partner Friends of the Asian Elephant are doing to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants in Thailand. For more info head to theintrepidfoundation.org

Explore Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai

Homestay

8 DAYS, BANGKOK TO BANGKOK Sukhothai

Work up an appetite with a leisurely cycle through the ancient Buddha statues and ruined temples of World Heritage-listed Sukhothai Park.

THAILAND

Pick up some impressive culinary skills and taste delicious local dishes in a Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai. Day 1 Bangkok Nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is a frenetic fusion of traditional and modern. Perhaps visit the Grand Palace or cruise around in a tuk-tuk. Days 2-3 Sukhothai Enjoy the tranquillity of one of Thailand’s original capitals, set amid leafy forests. Take a guided cycling tour around the fascinating ruins and picturesque lakes of Sukhothai Historical Park. Stop for a home-cooked picnic lunch along the way. Day 4 Homestay Visit Friends of the Asian Elephant to learn about the important work done to rehabilitate and protect these amazing creatures. Get a first-hand experience of Thai rural life and be treated to a traditional Khantohk dinner with your hosts. Days 5-7 Chiang Mai Bike between gilded temples in the northern city of Chiang Mai or enjoy a cooking class. Day 8 Bangkok After an overnight train journey from Chiang Mai, perhaps celebrate the end of this epic adventure with a delicious Thai meal. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Thailand: Hike, Bike & Kayak

Bangkok

TTSK

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (3 nts), resort (2 nts), homestay (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Overnight train, private minivan, public bus, songthaew, bike

Hilltribe Trek Chiang Mai

12 DAYS, BANGKOK TO BANGKOK TH A ILAN D

Get the heart pumping on a 3-day trek through scenic northern hilltribe villages and experience rural Thai life. Uncover a different side to the River Kwai with two days of peaceful kayaking down its waters, through tropical forest and past beautiful mountains. Days 1-2 Bangkok Explore quiet backstreets on a bicycle tour and see how locals live in the Thai capital. Days 3-5 Hilltribe Trek Head up to Chiang Mai and spend three days trekking through the thick forests and lush rice paddies of northern Thailand. Stay overnight in traditional Karen villages, discovering intriguing hilltribe customs and dining with friendly locals. Days 6-8 Chiang Mai Cycle along country roads, through beautiful sceneries of fruit orchards and small villages. After the sun goes down, hit Chiang Mai’s popular Night Bazaar. Days 9-11 Kanchanaburi/River Kwai Pay homage to those who perished during the construction of the Death Railway before exploring tranquil Kanchanaburi. After getting a history lesson at the Hellfire Pass Memorial, kayak along the River Kwai. Spend a night in a classic jungle hut. Day 12 Bangkok The journey comes full circle in Bangkok, a city with many fascinating sights still waiting to be uncovered by those with the time. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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River Kwai Kanchanaburi Bangkok

TTXF

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (5 nts), overnight train (2 nts), homestay (2 nts), resort (1 nt), basic hut (1 nt) 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners Overnight train, private minivan, public bus, songthaew, bike, kayak


Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand Real Food Adventure

Chiang Mai

Homestay

8 DAYS, BANGKOK TO CHIANG MAI THA ILA N D

Experience Thai food markets with their fiery flavours and odd locations – floating down a river or over a railway track. Whip up northern Thai khantohk specialties on a homestay outside of Chiang Mai and get a glimpse of Thai life from a local’s perspective. Day 1 Bangkok Hop in a tuk-tuk for a rolling feast through Bangkok’s streets. Snack on pork satay and dine at a restaurant favoured by the royal family. Days 2-3 Kanchanaburi Watch vendors quickly move their stalls out of the way as trains pass through the Maeklong Railway Market while eating khnom krok (rice pudding). Later, learn to make central Thai specialties with a local expert in Kanchanaburi. Day 4 Ayutthaya See some of the city’s historic temples and snack on a local favourite, sweet roti sai mai (candy floss-filled crepe), before filling up at Ayutthaya’s famed boat noodle restaurant. Day 5 Chiang Mai Discover why khao soi is considered Chiang Mai’s signature dish. Day 6 Homestay Be treated to local music as you cook a khantohk feast with your homestay host. Days 7-8 Chiang Mai Help cook a traditional northern Thai breakfast, then return to Chiang Mai to explore the flavours of the Warorot Markets – try the bamboo worms if you’re feeling adventurous.

Ayutthaya

Kanchanaburi

TTZF

Bangkok

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (3 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt) 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Private vehicle, tuk-tuk, overnight train, songthaew

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Cycle Southern Thailand

Bangkok

TH A IL A N D

9 DAYS, BANGKOK TO AO NANG Escape the chaotic Bangkok traffic with a cycling tour that gets away from the tourist traps and into the heart and soul of Thailand’s south. Ride through a sea of greenery on the way to Thailand’s west coast, then wind down on the famous white sand shores. Day 1 Bangkok The Grand Palace, Khao San Road, endless stalls of street food – there’s plenty of entertainment in Thailand’s frenetic capital. Day 2 Bangkok/Surat Thani See the daily lives of those who call Bangkok home on a ride around the city’s backstreets, then board an overnight train to Surat Thani. Days 3-4 Khao Sok National Park Ride west to Ratchaprapha Dam, where hundreds of tiny islands jut out from emerald waters, and then on to Khao Sok. Enjoy free time to explore one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Days 5-6 Khao Lak Pedal down palm-fringed roads on a ride to the Andaman Coast. Arrive in laidback Khao Lak and relax after a day in the saddle. Take a free day to enjoy this beautiful coastal town. Day 7 Phang Nga Cycle inland through rolling hills to Phang Nga. Cruise out onto the bay and visit the extraordinary floating village of Ko Panyee. Days 8-9 Krabi/Ao Nang Ride through beautiful inland landscapes to the classic Thai beachside town of Ao Nang. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Khao Sok NP Khao Lak Phang Nga

TTXB

Surat Thani Krabi/Ao Nang

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (4 nts), overnight train (1 nt), guesthouse (3 nts) 6 breakfasts Bicycle, support vehicle, train, boat

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ao Nang, Thailand

Highlights of Thailand 11 DAYS, BANGKOK TO BANGKOK

Chiang Mai Hmong Lodge

TH A ILA N D

Sukhothai

Whip up a culinary storm and taste delicious local northern cuisine in a Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai. Immerse yourself in the wonders of an ancient tribal culture with a night in the Hmong Lodge, and be treated to a barbecue dinner and Hmong Cultural show. Day 1 Bangkok Arrive in the frenetic Thai capital. Day 2 Bangkok Visit the Emerald Buddha, and take a cruise along the canals to see a different side of the city. Head north on an overnight train journey to Chiang Mai. Days 3-4 Chiang Mai Embark on a scenic drive up to Doi Suthep, a sacred mountain famous for its copperplated chedi and sweeping views. In the evening enjoy a khantohk dinner while being entertained by tribal dances. Day 5 Hmong Lodge See the embroidered dress and silver jewellery worn by the Hmong tribe. Days 6-7 Sukhothai On the way to Sukhothai, stop off at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital. Days 8-9 Kanchanaburi Boarding at Nam Tok station, take a ride along the historic tracks that follow the Kwai Noi River and cross the original wooden viaduct that became better known as the Bridge on the River Kwai. Days 10-11 Bangkok Return to Bangkok and enjoy a final dinner at a local restaurant supporting a good cause. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Kanchanaburi/ River Kwai

TTKK

Hotel (4 nts), lodge (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt), resort (4 nts) 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Longtail boat, overnight train, samlor (cycle rickshaw), private minivan, bicycle

Ranong

8 DAYS, PHUKET TO PHUKET

Khao Lak

Island-hopping through Ko Gum, Ko Kangkaw and Ko Yeepoon offers unique insight into Thailand’s stunning coastal environments, both over and underwater. Days 1-2 Phuket Welcome to Phuket, an island paradise. Spend your first night at a luxurious resort and spa, then visit Phuket’s Big Buddha. Splash about in the clear waters of Nai Harn Beach and relaxing Kata Noi Beach. Days 3-4 Khao Lak Appreciate the natural splendour of Khao Lak with a stop-off at the Ton Chong Fa Waterfall. Spend free time along the Khao Lak shoreline, a place with a serene ambience that washes over you with a tide of its own. Days 5-6 Ranong Wrap up a relaxing stay at Khao Lak by jumping on a private minibus for Ranong. Take an island-hopping adventure, boating and snorkelling between and around Ko Gum, Ko Kangkaw and Ko Yeepoon. Then, visit mining towns and reservoirs, taste traditional deserts and enjoy a folk dance show on a cultural sightseeing trip. Days 7-8 Phuket Return to Phuket. Consider taking a guided walk through the Old City, or share a last dinner near Patong Beach with your new friends. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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COMFORT

Maximum group size 12

Explore Southern Thailand Soak up the sun, sand and beaches of Phuket, often regarded as one of the best seaside locations in Thailand.

Bangkok

TH A ILAN D

Phuket

TTSP

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (2 nts), resort (5 nts) 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch Public bus, private minivan, songthaew, longtail


Thailand Adventures Get the best of both worlds – the jungle of the north and the golden sands of the south – by joining Thai trips together. Combine Bangkok and the Golden Triangle hilltribe villages with either the islands of the east coast or the beaches of the west. For more info enter TTSEC or TTZEC on intrepidtravel.com Ko Tao, Thailand

Thailand Beaches East Coast

Bangkok

THAILA N D

10 DAYS, BANGKOK TO KO SAMUI Discover the best beaches and islands of Thailand’s east coast, from popular Ko Samui to laid-back Ko Tao and gorgeous Ko Pitak. Two in-depth snorkelling trips, one in Chumphon and one in Ko Tao, give you plenty of time to explore underwater worlds alive with coral and colourful fish. Days 1-2 Bangkok Fast-paced and fascinating, Bangkok’s chaotic streets are a traveller’s delight. Visit the incredible Wat Arun, then climb aboard a southbound overnight train. Day 3 Ko Pitak Cruise to nearby Ko Pitak for a welcoming homestay. Feast on fresh local seafood and interact with your friendly hosts. See how local fisherman live and how they make their ingenious fish traps. Days 4-5 Chumphon Spend free time enjoying this beautiful strip of shoreline. Explore marine life and swim with tropical fish on a full-day snorkelling adventure out on the boat. Days 6-7 Ko Tao Soak up the best of beach life on the white sandy shores of Ko Tao, and discover the impressive underwater views of colourful reefs with a snorkelling trip. There’s also plenty of time to simply relax on the beach under swaying coconut palms. Days 8-10 Ko Samui Travel across to Ko Samui and enjoy long white beaches, ancient temples and cooling waterfalls – this time with the addition of lively nightlife.

Chumphon Ko Tao Ko Pitak

TTST

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt), resort (6 nts)

Overnight train, songthaew, ferry, private minivan, taxi, boat

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Thailand Beaches West Coast

Bangkok

9 DAYS, BANGKOK TO PHUKET

TH AILAN D

Discover a true slice of paradise on a sea kayaking trip through the stunning inlets, caves and hidden lagoons of the Ao Thalane mangrove forest. Get into the indulgent beach-loving life on the chilled out island of Ko Yao Noi, and explore the surrounding islands on a boat trip. Days 1-2 Bangkok Head out to Wat Arun, an impressive landmark of Bangkok that sits majestically on the westbank of the Chao Phraya River, then climb aboard a southbound overnight train. Days 3-4 Ao Nang Soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches of Ao Nang, a lively beachside town in Krabi Province. Take a sea kayaking trip through the towering limestone karst formations and wildlife-rich mangrove lagoons of Ao Thalane. Days 5-6 Ko Yao Noi Admire Phang-Nga Bay’s spectacular jagged cliffs and islands on a boat cruise before pulling on a mask for fantastic snorkelling. A tour of Ko Yao Noi provides a fascinating glimpse of daily life on a tropical island. Days 7-9 Phuket Take a refreshing dip under a waterfall en route to Phuket’s Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre. There is so much to see and do on Thailand’s largest island, or simply take it easy with a cabaret show and kick back with a cocktail for a seaside sunset.

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ORIGINAL

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Ko Samui

Ao Nang Phuket

TTZT

Surat Thani Ko Yao Noi

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt), guesthouse (2 nts), resort (4 nts) 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Overnight train, private minivan, speed boat, songthaew, taxi, boat, longtail boat

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Hue, Vietnam

Cambodia & Vietnam Experience

Da Bac

Hanoi

V IETN A M

Overnight Train

26 DAYS, BANGKOK TO HANOI Homestays in the rural villages of Chambok and Da Bac, and in the Mekong Delta will offer the chance to really experience the local way of life. Hoi An is an idyllic pocket of Vietnam that’s best experienced from the seat of a bike. Take a bicycle tour through the countryside past rice paddies and locals plying their trade. Day 1 Bangkok Arrive in Thailand. Days 2-4 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Temple-hop through the famous Angkor complex. Day 5 Kampong Cham Visit Ko Paen or head into the surrounding mountains. Day 6 Homestay Taste rural life and a home-cooked dinner. Days 7-8 Kampot Attractive Kampot is built on a sleepy river overlooked by Mt Bokor. Explore cafes and shops in weathered buildings. Days 9-10 Phnom Penh Enjoy two free days in Cambodia’s capital. Days 11-12 Ho Chi Minh City Savour the sights and cuisine of this fast-paced metropolis. Days 13-14 Mekong Delta Cruise the scenic Mekong. Days 15-16 Tuy Hoa Unwind on the beach. Days 17-18 Hoi An Soak up rural scenes on a bike ride. Days 19-20 Hue Discover the former imperial capital. Days 21-23 Hanoi/ Da Bac Tour Hanoi’s Old Quarter and visit nearby villages. Day 24 Cat Ba Island Explore karst peaks and secluded beaches by boat and kayak. Days 25-26 Hanoi Toast to your adventure at an optional farewell dinner. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Vietnam & Cambodia Adventure

TH A ILAN D

Spend a day in Hue, touring the city’s sights on a motorbike, cruising down the Perfume River and eating lunch at a serene nunnery. Days 1-2 Hanoi Start the day with breakfast at the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation and end it with a traditional water puppet show. Day 3 Da Bac Get to know your Dzao hosts during a homestay. Day 4 Hanoi Explore hillside villages on a 10-km trek, then return to Hanoi. Day 5 Halong Bay Spend an evening on the water. Day 6 Hanoi Visit a ceramics factory before boarding an overnight train. Days 7-8 Hue Relive the opulence of imperial Vietnam within the Thai Hoa Palace and Forbidden Purple City. Days 9-11 Hoi An Stroll the ancient streets of Hoi An. Days 12-15 Ho Chi Minh City/Mekong Delta Enjoy a guided city tour. Later, travel into the Mekong, stay with a local family and learn about local industries. Days 16-17 Phnom Penh Journey to the Cambodian capital. Day 18 Battambang Unwind in peaceful Battambang. Days 19-21 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Relish the sacred beauty of Angkor’s temples. Days 22-23 Bangkok Arrive in Thailand’s glitzy capital. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Hue

Hoi An

C A MB OD IA

Angkor Wat Overnight Train Siem Reap Kampong Tuy Hoa Bangkok Cham Homestay Overnight Train Kampot Ho Chi Minh City Phnom Penh Mekong Delta

TKRNC

BASIX

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (16 nts), guesthouse (3 nts), homestay (3 nts), overnight train (3 nts) 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Boat, private vehicle, overnight train, taxi, bicycle, kayak

Hanoi Da Bac

Halong Bay Overnight Boat Overnight Train

23 DAYS, HANOI TO BANGKOK Encounter the eclectic fusing of eastern traditions with western cultures on this extensive adventure through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

Cat Ba Island

TH A ILAN D

Angkor Wat Siem Reap

Bangkok Battambang Phnom Penh

TVSLC

VIE TN A M

Hue Hoi An

C A MB OD IA

Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (18 nts), overnight boat (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt), homestay (2 nts) 20 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinner Private vehicle, boat, overnight train, local bus, taxi, motorbike, bicycle


KOTO Job creation and training are key factors in the fight against inequality, which is why The Intrepid Foundation supports organisations like KOTO in Vietnam. KOTO empowers young people through training in hospitality, education programs and other forms of financial support. For more info head to theintrepidfoundation.org

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

South East Asia Unplugged 35 DAYS, BANGKOK TO BANGKOK

Mekong River Pak Beng Chiang Khong Chiang Mai

Stay on Cat Ba Island and explore the surrounding aquamarine waters and strange rock formations of Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy the guidance of a local expert as you temple-hop at the dazzling Angkor complex, one of South East Asia’s most stunning sights. Days 1-2 Bangkok Arrive in Thailand. Days 3-4 Chiang Mai Explore the night market. Day 5 Chiang Khong Relax on the banks of the Mekong River. Day 6 Pak Beng/Mekong River Take a scenic cruise. Days 7-9 Luang Prabang Learn about Lao culture on a walking tour. Days 10-11 Vang Vieng Perhaps explore nearby caverns. Days 12-13 Vientiane Admire the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. Days 14-16 Hanoi/Cat Ba Island Cruise between limestone karsts. Day 17 Hue Drift along the Perfume River. Days 18-20 Hoi An Walk historic lanes. Days 21-22 Phan Rang Unwind at the beach. Days 23-24 Ho Chi Minh City Stroll French-infused streets. Days 25-26 Phnom Penh Cross into Cambodia. Days 27-28 Sihanoukville Perhaps check out nearby islands. Day 29 Chambok Homestay Experience rural hospitality. Day 30 Kampong Cham Get a taste of small-town life. Days 31-33 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Marvel at the Angkor complex. Days 34-35 Bangkok Wrap up the adventure back in Bangkok.

Hanoi Luang Prabang

Cat Ba Island

Vang Vieng Vientiane

TH AI LAN D Angkor Wat Bangkok

LAO S

TTRDC

Hoi An

CAMBODIA Phan Rang Kampong Cham

Siem Reap

Homestay Sihanoukville

VI ET NAM

Hue

Ho Chi Minh City Phnom Penh

BASIX

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (22 nts), overnight train (4 nts), guesthouse (7 nts), homestay (1 nt) 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Private vehicle, local bus, boat, overnight train, kayak

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Cambodia & Vietnam Discovery

Hanoi

Halong Bay Overnight Boat

13 DAYS, PHNOM PENH TO HANOI Zip from sight to sight, spectacle to spectacle, on this comfortable adventure that takes long travel days out of the equation by working in a few flights. Go back in time in the ancient trading port of Hoi An. Experience the blend of influences from Europe and Asia in local markets and on nearby beaches. Days 1-2 Phnom Penh Jump straight into the thick of things in historic Phnom Penh. Days 3-5 Siem Reap/ Angkor Wat Fly into Siem Reap. Temple-hop through the Angkor complex and discover its intriguing mythology. Days 6-7 Ho Chi Minh City Embark on a tour of the city and take in the smell of fresh herbs at the Binh Tay Market before heading to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Days 8-9 Hoi An See the Marble Mountains en route to lively Hoi An. Meander past low-tiled houses, visit the Japanese Covered Bridge and perhaps stroll through the local market. Day 10 Hanoi Embark on a half-day city tour, visiting Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda before sitting down to lunch at KOTO. Day 11 Halong Bay Drift away on an overnight cruise in beautiful Halong Bay, perhaps venturing out by kayak. Days 12-13 Hanoi Return to Hanoi and take in a water puppet performance, perhaps rounding out the trip with a few bia hoi (draught beer) at a street cafe. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Hoi An

C A MBOD IA

Angkor Wat Siem Reap

Phnom Penh

TKKCC

VIE TN A M Ho Chi Minh City

COMFORT

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (11 nts), overnight boat (1 nt) 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Plane, private vehicle, boat

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Bangkok by Bike Do your bit to relieve traffic congestion in Thailand’s capital by joining a day tour that trades in the bus for the humble bicycle. Cycle through Bangkok’s backstreets, along canals, past temples and houses to see a side of this city that few visitors do. For more info head to urbanadventures.com Kerala Taj Mahal, houseboat, Agra, India India

Hoi An, Vietnam

South East Asia Loop 30 DAYS, BANGKOK TO BANGKOK Discover South East Asia’s incredible cities, from the calming canals of the Thai capital to the laidback pace of life of Laos’ riverside gem, Luang Prabang. Be dazzled by limestone karst scenery and turquoise waters, then fall asleep beneath the peaceful night sky on a boat trip on Halong Bay. Angkor must be seen to be believed. Explore Cambodia’s mind-boggling Khmer temple complex in depth and witness an unforgettable sunset over this ancient site. Days 1-2 Bangkok Explore beguiling Bangkok and take a longtail boat ride along the city canals. Don’t leave before sampling the street food. Days 3-4 Chiang Mai Admire sweeping views of Chiang Mai from the elevated temple complex of Doi Suthep. Day 5 Chiang Khong Journey through the countryside to peaceful Chiang Khong. Day 6 Pak Beng Take a slow boat down the magnificent Mekong River. Days 7-9 Luang Prabang Visit the sacred Pak Ou Caves and take a refreshing dip in the turquoise pool beneath Kuang Si Falls. Days 10-11 Vang Vieng Admire dramatic limestone cliffs, clamber into nearby caves or float in refreshing waterholes. Day 12 Vientiane Spend some time exploring Laos’ laidback capital. Day 13 Hanoi Vietnam’s capital is as charming as it is picturesque. Days 14-15 Halong Bay Visit this stunning harbour dotted with thousands of limestone islands. Take an

overnight train to Hue. Days 16-17 Hue Appointed as the imperial capital due to its beauty and isolation, Hue is bound to enchant. Days 18-19 Hoi An Traverse the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s most charming old towns. Days 20-22 Ho Chi Minh City Following a short flight, take to the vibrant streets of Ho Chi Minh City on a city tour. Days 23-24 Phnom Penh Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields for a glimpse into Cambodia’s tragic past. Day 25 Battambang Stop for a boat trip at Kampong Luong before arriving at Battambang. Days 26-28 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat Take a bike ride through the countryside before travelling to Siem Reap. Learn from a local guide how the great Angkor temples were created in perfect balance and symmetry. Days 29-30 Bangkok Return to Thailand and get reacquainted with Bangkok.

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Vang Vieng Halong Bay Luang Prabang Overnight Boat Hanoi Pak Beng Chiang Khong Overnight Train Chiang Mai Hue Mekong Vientiane River Hoi An

LA OS

TH A ILAN D

Angkor Wat CA MB OD IA Siem Reap

Bangkok Battambang

Phnom Penh

TTSVC

VIE TN A M

Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (22 nts), guesthouse (4 nts), overnight train (2 nts), overnight boat (1 nt) 23 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Plane, overnight train, longtail boat, private minibus, tuk-tuk, public bus, boat, taxi, motorbike, bicycle DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Cycle Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand 13 DAYS, HO CHI MINH CITY TO BANGKOK See the highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand on this comprehensive, 13-day journey through South East Asia.

TH A ILAN D Kabinburi Bangkok

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City Stretch out your legs on a walk through this city’s maze of alleyways. Day 2 Mekong Delta Ride past farms, through rural villages and along narrow paths, then travel by boat to an island homestay on the Mekong Delta. Day 3 Chau Doc Shake out your sea legs and pedal through bustling settlements along the river before heading to Chau Doc. Days 4-6 Phnom Penh Cycle to the Cambodian border and then transfer to Phnom Penh. Enjoy a leisurely ride around Mekong Island. Visit local artisans selling quality silks and stop for a refreshing drink at a roadside food stall. Days 7-9 Siem Reap/ Angkor Wat Cycle through the ancient city of Angkor on a guided tour, taking in ruins swallowed by jungle in Ta Prohm and the grand temples of Angkor Wat. The best way to see the sprawling complex is from the saddle, as you’ll cover more ground than you

would on foot yet have the opportunity to stop and explore secluded roads and jungle trails tour buses can’t reach. Day 10 Sa Kaew Cross the border into Thailand. Cool off with a swim in the calm waters of the Tha Krabak Reservoir, then cycle on to Sa Kaew for the night. Day 11 Kabinburi Rise with the sun and give alms to the monks at the morning market. Spend the day cycling mostly flat terrain, passing rubber trees, tapioca plantations and rice fields en route to the small town of Kabinburi. Days 12-13 Bangkok The last full day of riding takes you past small villages, rice paddies, farms and shops as you make your way to the Khun Dan Dam, the largest dam in Thailand. Make a stop for lunch along the way, then enjoy a quick swim to cool off. Cap off your cycling adventure with a stroll through the tiny lanes of Chinatown, or a trip to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Angkor Wat

Siem Reap Phnom Penh

TTXC

V IE TN A M

C A MB OD IA

Chau Doc

Beginning in lively Ho Chi Minh City, cycle through the lush surrounds of the Mekong Delta, past riverside villages and rice paddies, and see life from a different perspective. After working up an appetite, fuel up on some of South East Asia’s famously delicious regional cuisine, including banh mi, pad thai, and steamed custard.

Sa Kaew

Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (10 nts), homestay (1 nt), resort (1 nt) 11 breakfasts, 1 dinner Bicycle, support vehicle, public bus, public boat DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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indonesia With over 17,000 islands and hundreds of ethnic groups speaking myriad languages, Indonesia refuses to be typecast. One minute you’re spotting orangutans in the jungles of Sumatra, the next you’re chowing down on an organic acai bowl in Ubud. You could hike the slopes of Mt Batur or kick back on the sugar-white beaches of Gili Air (preferably holding an elaborate, colourful cocktail). Whether you’re after party, peace or paradise, the odds are good Indonesia has got what you’re looking for.

WEATHER Medan Jakarta Yogyakarta Ubud Gili Air Labuan Bajo

Monsoon 25-35ºC Hot & dry 25-35ºC Hot & wet 25-35ºC Pleasantly warm 20-30ºC


Bali & Lombok Adventure Bali’s beauty is no secret, but its spectacular (and quieter) eastern neighbour is often overlooked. See two very different sides of Indonesia on an adventure from Ubud to the Gili Islands. For more info enter TISBC on intrepidtravel.com

Beautiful Bali

Lovina

9 DAYS, UBUD TO SANUR

Mt Batur Ba l i

Climb to the summit of Mt Batur, where, on a clear morning, dazzling sunrise vistas stretch across the Lombok Strait to the peaks of Mt Rinjani.

Days 1-2 Ubud Bali’s largest Hindu town, Ubud, is also its artistic and cultural heart. Enjoy a Balinese cultural performance and a guided walk through the local villages, plus plenty of free time to browse the many craft shops. Day 3 Ubud/Sidemen Take to the backstreets of Ubud and beyond on a bicycle. Stop and admire some of the intricately carved temples along the way. Afterwards, head to the hills and the peaceful, scenic village of Sidemen, set against the backdrop of Mt Agung. Day 4 Mt Batur See the art of songket weaving at a local workshop and venture into the mountains for wonderful views of the volcanic landscape. Days 5-6 Mt Batur/Lovina Rise early and venture out into the cool darkness to climb Mt Batur, and be rewarded with an unforgettable sunrise (weather depending). Continue to the beachside town of Lovina – a great base for your snorkelling trip to the

reef off the coast of Menjangan Island. Swap salt for sulphur with a trip to the Banjar Hot Springs and enjoy a rejuvenating soak. In the evening visit Ibu Wayan to learn about Balinese cuisine and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. Day 7 Lovina/Bedugul Ramble through Seririt Market in the morning. Discover a hidden waterfall in Munduk before travelling inland to the picturesque mountain town of Bedugul. Pay a visit to the enchanting Bali Botanical Gardens, where over 2000 species of native plants are on display in a tranquil setting. Days 8-9 Sanur Travel through impossibly green countryside and past countless rice paddies on the way to Sanur. Stop en route at Lake Bratan for delightful views of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a Hindu-Buddhist temple set on a small island in the lake. Perhaps celebrate the end of this Bali escape with a final group dinner and toast to new friends and new memories.

Ubud

IN D ON E S IA

Get active and immerse yourself in Bali’s shimmering underwater world with a snorkelling trip to the reef near Menjangan Island. Meet songket weavers, witness a traditional Kecak dance performance and visit a Hindu–Buddhist island temple.

Bedugul Sidemen

Sanur

TISA

ORIGINAL

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VW Kombi cocktail safari Hit some of Bali’s best beaches and bars on an afternoon road trip along the beautiful south-west coast. Travelling in style in a vintage VW van, stop for cocktails and to witness a seldom-seen temple built on a rock in the ocean.

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Jakarta to Ubud

IN D ON E S IA Seloliman Nature Reserve

Jakarta

14 DAYS, JAKARTA TO UBUD

Kalibaru

Ja va

Yogyakarta is one of South East Asia’s standout spots – a cycling trip takes you through its backcountry and its beautiful flower-studded fields.

Bali Pangandaran Yogyakarta

Climbing Mt Bromo in the early morning hours is an adventure to remember. If the conditions are right, you’ll be rewarded with a dazzling sunrise over the volcano. Days 1-2 Jakarta Tour temple-filled Chinatown, ‘Old Batavia’ and Sunda Kelapa Port, where the Dutch first landed. Days 3-4 Pangandaran Discover local cottage industries on a visit to a local market and find out about palm sugar and rice cracker production. Glide between impressive caves and massive teak trees of Green Canyon by boat. Days 5-7 Yogyakarta Visit the ancient Candi temple of Borobudur. Day 8 Seloliman Nature Reserve Get back to nature in Seloliman Reserve and enjoy a dinner of local produce. Day 9 Mt Bromo Discover secrets of traditional Javanese medicine on a morning hike. Day 10 Mt Bromo/Kalibaru Rise before dawn to trek up Mt Bromo. Days 11-12 Pemuteran Tour coffee, cocoa and rubber plantations in Kalibaru before travelling to the picturesque beaches of Bali’s Pemuteran. Days 13-14 Ubud With its vibrant local arts scene, bustling marketplace and lush rice paddies, Ubud is the ideal place to wrap up this Indonesian adventure.

Pemuteran

TISE

Hotel (9 nts), guesthouse (4 nts) 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Boat, private minivan, taxi, train, bicycle

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Ba l i Mt Agung

12 DAYS, UBUD TO GILI AIR

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12

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Bali & Lombok: Hike, Bike & Raft

Ubud

Mt Bromo

Gili Air

Amed

Senaru Mt Rinjani

Enjoy a mixture of adventurous activities, from snorkelling to hiking and rafting – perfect for those who love to get their pulse racing.

Ubud

Candidasa

IN D ON E S IA

Get well away from the tourist trail in eastern Bali, visiting lesser-known temples and the villages of Pura Luhur and Bebandem. Days 1-2 Ubud Hit the river for some whitewater rafting down class II and III rapids. Days 3-4 Candidasa Limber up with a cycling trip through the foothills of Mt Agung. Dismount for a long trek through the countryside and finish at the Tirta Gangga Water Palace, where you can wash off the sweat with a dip. Days 5-6 Amed Travel to Pura Luhur and climb the 1700 or so steps to Lempuyang Temple. Consider hiring some snorkelling gear before diving to the wreckage of the USS Liberty. Day 7 Senaru Travel by fast boat to Lombok, then into the hills of Senaru. Day 8 Mt Rinjani Walk through shadowy forests and open fields on the full-day trek towards the crater rim of Mt Rinjani. Day 9 Mt Rinjani/Senaru Get up early to catch the blazing sunrise across Mt Rinjani’s crater. Days 10-12 Gili Air Take a boat to Gili Air, a paradise of beautiful white beaches and blue-green ocean. Snorkel among sea turtles and colourful fish and explore a few different spots around the island. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Lombok

ORIGINAL

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Best of Indonesia This immersive combo trip begins way out in Indonesia’s wild west – on the island of Sumatra – and travels east through Java and into Bali, giving a superb overview of the area’s diversity. Discover a nation with a heart even bigger than its highest mountains. For more info enter TISSC on intrepidtravel.com Sanur, Bali

Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Classic Bali

IN D ON ES IA

9 DAYS, SEMINYAK TO SEMINYAK Lose yourself in the Balinese lifestyle – eat local lunches, visit blissful temples and immerse yourself in the culture.

Candidasa

Ubud

Discover the wreckage of the USS Liberty on a snorkelling trip at Tulamben, witnessing how nature has curiously fused with this man-made structure. Day 1 Seminyak Arrive in this relaxed beach town. Days 2-3 Ubud Visit the Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi temples before arriving at Ubud. Take a leisurely walk along Campuhan Ridge to fully appreciate the lush green surrounds, and see a traditional Kecak dance performance. Day 4 Candidasa Visit the sculpted gardens and pools of Taman Ujung Water Palace, then take a short walk around Tenganan. Continue on to Candidasa for a free afternoon. Day 5 Candidasa Explore the tranquil Puri Agung Karangasem and hop across stepping stones in the water gardens of Tirta Gangga. Day 6 Tulamben Drive to Les Village and get to know the locals over lunch. Visit a local temple and then make the short trek to Les Waterfall. Continue to Tulamben. Day 7 Tulamben Get your snorkel on with trips to Amed Beach and the wreckage of the USS Liberty. Days 8-9 Seminyak Enjoy free time at Seminyak. Perhaps explore the restaurants and beaches before the trip comes to an end.

Tulamben

Ba l i

Seminyak

TIKI

COMFORT

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (2 nts), resort (6 nts) 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch

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Private vehicle

Cycle Bali

Lovina

8 DAYS, UBUD TO SANUR

Kintamani

Ba l i

Escape the tourist hordes and cycle through the island’s heart, from the green hills of Ubud to the laidback beach town of Sanur. Cycle around a breathtaking caldera and over a road made from black lava in Kintamani, taking in views of Mt Batur and a volcanic lake. Days 1-2 Ubud Om Swastiastu! Beginning at Ubud Palace, cycle north through undulating rice fields and terraces. Stop for lunch at a family-run warung, then hop back in the saddle and cycle to the thousand-year-old Tirta Empul Temple before making the mostly downhill ride back to Ubud. Day 3 Mt Batur/Kintamani Transfer to Bayung Gede and then ride to Kintamani. Cycle around the stunning caldera and past black lava fields, taking in views of Mt Batur and the shimmering lake beneath. Day 4 Bedugul Lake Wake very early for an optional hike up Mt Batur. The sunrise, cheeky monkeys and steam rolling from the crater make the early start worth it. Day 5 Lovina After a visit to one of Bali’s main temples, Ulun Danu Baratan, cycle 50 km, mainly downhill, to beachside Lovina. Day 6 Tanah Lot Pedal to the stunning, intricately sculpted Belimbing Rice Terrace, then coast downhill to Tanah Lot Temple. Days 7-8 Sanur Cycle along quiet roads to Sanur. Take a dip in the waters, or grab a well-earned last drink. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Ulun Danu Beratan Tanah Lot

IN D ON E S IA

TIXC

Bayung Gede

Bedugul

Ubud Sanur

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (7 nts) 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Bicycle, support vehicle, boat

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Bangkok to Bali With golden temples and saffron-robed monks, white-sand beaches and bright blue skies, fresh seafood and a host of shopping spots, our 28-day journey from Thailand to Indonesia via the Malay Peninsula is sure to delight those who can’t decide which part of the region to visit.

Lombok, Indonesia

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Ubud, Bali

Java & Bali Explorer 22 DAYS, JAKARTA TO SANUR

Seloliman Nature Reserve

Jakarta

Balance action-packed adventure with the ultimate in relaxation. Hike mountains and cycle country surrounds, then kick back on the beach or soak in a hot spring.

Java

Pangandaran

Yogyakarta

Early morning hikes to the summit of Mt Bromo and Mt Batur are well worth the effort. The sight of this misty volcanic landscape bathed in morning light is as good as it gets. Days 1-2 Jakarta Get acquainted with Indonesia’s capital on a guided walk. Days 3-4 Pangandaran Traverse jungle scenes en route to the Green Canyon. Days 5-7 Yogyakarta See ancient marvels and pedal through scenic countryside. Days 8-9 Seloliman Nature Reserve/Mt Bromo Learn about traditional medicine at this educational reserve. Day 10 Mt Bromo/Kalibaru Rise early and trek Mt Bromo for an unforgettable sunrise. Days 11-12 Pemuteran Glimpse daily life while touring coffee, rubber and cocoa fields. Days 13-15 Ubud Delve into Bali’s cultural centre with a village walk, cultural performance and night market visit. Day 16 Sidemen Chill out in this peaceful village. Day 17 Mt Batur Learn the art of songket weaving at a local workshop. Days 18-19 Lovina Climb Mt Batur for a spectacular view, then head to the coast for some snorkelling. Day 20 Bedugul Walk through clove and coffee plantations to a hidden waterfall. Days 21-22 Sanur Wrap up in this seaside town.

I NDONESI A Kalibaru Bedugul Lovina Mt Batur

Mt Bromo Sidemen Pemuteran Sanur Ubud Bali

TISJC

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (16 nts), guesthouse (5 nts) 20 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Discover Lombok

Labuan Pandan

8 DAYS, SANUR TO GILI AIR

Gili Air

Ba l i

Senaru

Lombok and the Gili Islands are less frequented than their Balinese neighbour, yet offer beautiful mountain scenery and pristine beaches. Visiting the villages of Tetebatu and Senaru provides a fascinating insight into the customs and culture of the local Sasak people. Day 1 Sanur Arrive in the beachside town of Sanur. Day 2 Tetebatu Catch a ferry across the Lombok Strait before stopping for a local lunch en route to Tetebatu. Days 3-4 Labuan Pandan Walk past lush rice fields, clove and coffee plantations to Pringgasela village before driving to Labuan Pandan. Cruise to the nearby coral reef and snorkel in the bright blue waters, eating lunch at a secluded island. When night falls enjoy a fresh seafood barbecue on the beach. With any luck, you might even be treated to some live music from local musicians. Day 5 Senaru Travel onwards to the village of Senaru and spend the night nestled between Mt Rinjani and the steamy jungle of Lombok. Days 6-8 Gili Air Hop aboard a boat to gorgeous Gili Air, where clear waters and white sands await. Laze about on isolated beaches, maybe spot turtles and reef sharks while snorkelling or perhaps cruise over to the other islands of Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno to see which has the better beaches. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Tetebatu Sanur

L o m bok

IN D ON ES IA

TISM

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (3 nts), guesthouse (4 nts) 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Boat, private vehicle


Bali, Komodo & Flores Adventure Indonesia’s islands are scattered like gems across the Indian Ocean, hidden oases of tropical rainforests and colourful reefs. Discover the perfect trifecta of Bali, Komodo and Flores on this odyssey that is equal parts adventure, relaxation and culture. For more info enter TISFC on intrepidtravel.com

Sumatra Adventure

Gunung Leuser National Park

9 DAYS, MEDAN TO MEDAN

Bukit Lawang Medan

Climb Sibayak Volcano, keeping an eye and an ear out for the steaming vapours from the fumaroles as you enjoy a well-earned picnic lunch.

Lake Toba

Gunung Leuser National Park is your best chance to see orangutans in the wild. This diverse ecosystem also harbours 300 bird species and the endangered Sumatran tiger. Day 1 Medan Welcome to Indonesia! Day 2 Bukit Lawang This tranquil haven sits on the banks of the Bohorok River. Day 3 Gunung Leuser NP Trek through Gunung Leuser National Park. This is the best chance in all of Indonesia to see orangutans out in the wild. Day 4 Gunung Leuser NP/Berastagi Search for more wildlife on a morning walk, crossing rivers on the trail leading back to Bukit Lawang. Drive across the mountains to Berastagi, home of the Karo people. Day 5 Mt Sibayak/Berastagi Hike up Sibayak Volcano. It’s a steep adventure but well worth the effort. Enjoy a picnic at the summit then head to the hot springs for a soak. Day 6 Lake Toba Visit Dokan Village and Tongging Village en route to Lake Toba. Upon arrival, visit the plunging Sipiso-Piso Waterfall on the lake’s north side. Day 7 Lake Toba Visit the Stone Chairs and Simanindo Museum. Enjoy a traditional Batak dance performance and check out the Batak King’s grave. Days 8-9 Medan Return to Medan.

Mt Sibayak

Berastagi

IN D ON E S IA

TIST

S u ma t ra

ORIGINAL

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DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Boat, private minivan

Komodo & Flores Adventure 10 DAYS, LABUAN BAJO TO LABUAN BAJO

Labuan Bajo Komodo Island

Explore the lesser-known Indonesian island of Flores and experience the traditional ethnic cultures that live here.

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Moni

I NDONESI A Kalong Island Wae Rebo Ende Ruteng Bajawa

Be on the lookout for the largest living lizard in the wild on a guided exploration of Komodo Island. Days 1-3 Labuan Bajo Spend two days and one night on the water, dropping anchor to search for giant Komodo dragons and snap pics at the aptly-named Pink Beach. Enjoy a full day exploring Indonesia’s underwater paradise, snorkelling amongst corals, tropical reef fish and manta rays. Day 4 Wae Rebo Trek deep into the rainforest for a homestay experience at an ancient tribal village. Sit down to a traditional dinner with the locals. Day 5 Ruteng Visit the incredible spiderweb-shaped Cancar rice fields before arriving in Ruteng. Days 6-7 Bajawa Drive to Bajawa and unwind in a hot spring. Learn about local customs by trekking through several Ngada villages, including one known for its impressive stone formations and ancestral shrines. Stop to enjoy lunch with locals. Days 8-10 Moni/Labuan Bajo Take in spectacular sunrise views of Mt Kelimutu’s three brightly coloured crater lakes. Fly back to Labuan Bajo and perhaps enjoy one final Indonesian feast with the group.

Flores Island

TISK

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (6 nts), eco-lodge (1 nt), overnight boat (1 nt), homestay (1 nt) 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinner Plane, boat, private minivan

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MALAYSIA, PHILIPPINES & PAPUA NEW GUINEA You’re sure to find your version of paradise among these three diverse destinations. Discover vivid rice terraces, crystalline seas and mountains tempered with charming villages on the smattering of islands that make up the Philippines. Watch cultures collide among the mosques, temples and towering skyscrapers of Malaysia, or visit your distant, forest-dwelling relatives the orangutans in Borneo. Explore the rivers, valleys, mountains and volcanoes of Papua New Guinea, and encounter the myriad disparate communities who call these tropical wildernesses home.

WEATHER Kota Kinabalu Kuala Lumpur Port Moresby Manila

Monsoon 25-35ºC Hot & dry 25-35ºC Hot & wet 25-35ºC


Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival Experience not-to-be-missed performances by renowned international artists and indigenous performers, spend time with local musicians and delve into national parks on a Borneo forest adventure you’ll never forget. For more info enter TMSF on intrepidtravel.com Mt Kinabalu, Borneo

Sabah Adventure

Mt Kinabalu Poring Hot Springs

12 DAYS, KOTA KINABALU TO KOTA KINABALU Experience next-level vistas from the top of Mt Kinabalu on a two-day climb that will really get the heart pumping.

Dusun Village

Sepilok

Kota Kinabalu

Day 1 Kota Kinabalu Experience the charm of the capital city of Sabah, a jungle dreamland in the sultry South China Sea. Day 2 Dusun Village Learn about the spiritual, economic and social ties that locals have with Mt Kinabalu on a village homestay. Spend a night nestled in the shadow an imposing mountain. Days 3-4 Mt Kinabalu Head into the unspoilt wilderness of the World Heritage-listed Kinabalu National Park. Then, fuelled by fresh air and stunning views, set off on an energetic hike up Mt Kinabalu. Conquer the sometimes challenging ascent, stopping to admire a diverse range of flora and fauna along the way. Days 5-6 Poring Hot Springs Complete the final ascent up Mt Kinabalu, then descend and soak in the rejuvenating waters of Poring Hot Springs. A walkway in the tree canopy provides magnificent views. Day 7 Kinabatangan River Explore the jungle by boat and

try to spot curious wildlife cavorting through the trees. At night, sleep in a jungle lodge listening for the nocturnal calls of wild orangutans, hornbills and macaques. Day 8 Sandakan Enjoy a morning wildlife cruise, then head to the busy city of Sandakan. Day 9 Turtle Island Spot hawksbill turtles and giant green sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs under the moonlight. Day 10 Sepilok See the soulful eyes of Borneo’s famous creatures on a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Learn about conservation on an optional tour of the Rainforest Discovery Centre or check out the cheeky proboscis monkeys at a sanctuary in Labuk Bay. Days 11-12 Kota Kinabalu Fly back to Kota Kinabalu and spend a final day exploring this laidback capital. On your final evening, perhaps celebrate the end of this adventure with a meal full of Malaysian spice.

Turtle Island

Sandakan

Kinabatangan River

MA LAYS IA (BOR N EO)

Visit the orangutan sanctuary in Sepilok and spend some time in the company of these ‘men of the forest’. Witness nature at its most beautiful with a night on Turtle Island, watching mother turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

Orangutan Reserve

TMSC

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), lodge (3 nts), chalet (1 nt), dormitory ( 3 nts) 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Plane, private minibus, longtail boat, speed boat DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, Borneo, Malaysia

Mt Kinabalu, Borneo

Classic Borneo

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Kota Kinabalu

10 DAYS, KOTA KINABALU TO KOTA KINABALU Spend the night at a tea plantation, sampling delicious local varieties while gazing out over gloriously verdant rolling hills.

Manukan Island

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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TMKB

COMFORT

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Borneo: Hike, Bike & Kayak 9 DAYS, KOTA KINABALU TO KOTA KINABALU This trip will get you biking around village backroads, summitting the heights of Mt Kinabalu, trekking through rainforest and island-hopping by sea kayak. Experience next-level vistas on Mt Kinabalu, descending by the via ferrata – a specially built mountain pathway for climbers. Day 1 Kota Kinabalu Begin this Borneo adventure in the capital of Sabah. Day 2 Kiulu Village/Homestay Cycle towards Tuaran Town, travelling through the picturesque countryside, thick forests and local villages. Day 3 Tanak Nabalu/Homestay Enjoy some short, relaxing hikes before settling in at a homestay. Day 4 Mt Kinabalu Enter the World Heritage-listed national park and trek up Mt Kinabalu. Day 5 Mt Kinabalu/Poring Hot Springs Watch the sun rise over the peak of Mt Kinabalu, then descend by the thrilling ferrata, allowing access to mountain sections normally only open to skilled climbers. Day 6 Lupa Masa Trek the short distance to Lupa Masa Rainforest Camp, a unique stop for the night. Day 7 Kota Kinabalu Return to Kota Kinabalu. Day 8 Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park/Kota Kinabalu Catch a boat to Manukan Island and kayak on the waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Day 9 Kota Kinabalu Wind things up back in Kota Kinabalu. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Kinabatangan River

MALAYS IA (B OR N EO)

Borneo offers rare treats for the nature lover – see orangutans in Sepilok and search for wildlife while cruising the Kinabatangan River. Day 1 Kota Kinabalu Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia. Day 2 Kinabalu National Park/Ranau Venture into Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage site. Days 3-4 Kinabatangan River Appreciate the local brew on a tour of a tea factory, then travel to a riverside lodge before taking a boat trip on the Kinabatangan River. Days 5-6 Sandakan/Sepilok Visit the lively harbourside market in Sandakan and enjoy the local cuisine. Continue on to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and fall in love with these beautiful, big-eyed creatures as they swing gleefully between branches or feed on their special diet of bananas and milk. Days 7-8 Manukan Island Swap jungle paths for the warm waters of the South China Sea and head for Manukan Island – a tropical paradise that is just a stone’s throw away from Kota Kinabalu. Days 9-10 Kota Kinabalu As the adventure comes to an end, perhaps visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village to see how Sabahan ethnic communities once lived.

Sandakan

Ranau Kinabalu NP

Tanak Nabalu Kiulu Village

Mt Kinabalu Poring Hot Springs

Kota Kinabalu Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Lupa Masa

MA LAY S IA (BORN E O)

TMXB

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (3 nts), homestay (2 nts), hostel (2 nts), camping with basic facilities (1 nt) 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Bicycle, kayak, private vehicle


Best of Thailand & Malaysia Visit South East Asia’s buzzing cities and pristine islands on a highlight-packed journey through Thailand and Malaysia. Explore these distinct cultures, from the laidback beachside bliss of Krabi to modern Kuala Lumpur. For more info enter TTSLC on intrepidtravel.com Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Best of Malaysia

Kota Bharu Malay Homestay

15 DAYS, KUALA LUMPUR TO KUALA LUMPUR

Perhentian Islands

Penang

MA LAY S IA

Snorkel the turquoise seas around the Perhentian Islands, a paradise of unspoiled forests and white sands.

Taman Negara NP Kuala Lumpur

Spend time with a local family at a homestay, an authentic experience that gives a real insight into village culture. Day 1 Kuala Lumpur A finely woven tapestry of Indian, Chinese and ethnic Malay cultures gives Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur its distinct identity. Day 2 Melaka Climb into the backseat of a trishaw to explore the colonial streets of historic Melaka. Days 3-5 Taman Negara National Park Venture into ancient rainforest, wander under the canopies and take a boat trip. Days 6-8 Perhentian Islands Swim in sparkling turquoise waters or snorkel among unspoilt coral reef. Day 9 Kota Bharu Discover the secrets of local silversmiths, watch giant kites being flown or learn the art of batik. Day 10 Malay Homestay Help your hosts prepare local dishes while staying in a traditional home. Days 11-13 Penang Travel to Penang and explore historic Georgetown on a walking tour. Make the most of the island’s famed hawker food and spot the unique street art. Days 14-15 Kuala Lumpur Return to Malaysia’s capital and head out in search of the best bowl of mee goreng.

Melaka

TMSA

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (10 nts), guesthouse (3 nts), homestay (1 nt) 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinners

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Wild Sarawak

Kota Kinabalu Limbang Ferry Port

10 DAYS, KUCHING TO KOTA KINABALU

Miri Mulu NP

Discover the colourful history of the Iban people and spend the night in a traditional longhouse with a local family. Follow in the infamous footsteps of tribal warriors on a trek through the wild, dense jungle on the Headhunters’ Trail. Day 1 Kuching Soak up the vibe of relaxed Kuching before heading out into the wilds of Sarawak. Day 2 Bako National Park Hike along pristine jungle trails in the Bako National Park. Look to the trees to try and spot the proboscis monkeys who call the park home. Day 3 Kuching Travel to Semenggoh Wildlife Sanctuary, a rehabilitation centre for orangutans and other native animals. Days 4-6 Mulu National Park Fly to Mulu and explore dense jungle and dark caves. Head downriver by longtail boat and hike to a jungle camp to spend the night on covered open-air platforms. Day 7 Headhunters’ Trail/Longhouse Trek along a section of the Headhunters’ Trail. Take to the river in a longboat and spend the night in a traditional longhouse. Day 8 Labuan Island Take a ferry to Labuan Island for a free afternoon and evening at a beach resort to relax and recover from your trek. Days 9-10 Kota Kinabalu Visit the War Memorial then make the final leg of the journey to Kota Kinabalu. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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ORIGINAL

Bako NP

Labuan Island Longhouse Homestay Headhunters’ Trail

MALAYS IA (B OR N EO)

Kuching

TMSW

ORIGINAL

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Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Best of Borneo

Mt Kinabalu Dusun Village Kota Kinabalu

21 DAYS, KUCHING TO KOTA KINABALU

Limbang Ferry Port

One of the last remaining truly wild places on earth, Borneo offers rare treats for the nature lover including orangutans and quirky proboscis monkeys. Witness nature at its most beautiful with a night on Turtle island, watching mother turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. Follow in the infamous footsteps of tribal warriors on a trek through wild, dense jungle on the Headhunters’ Trail. Day 1 Kuching Get acquainted with the mellow vibe of Kuching. Day 2 Bako National Park Journey to the wildlife-filled rainforest of Bako National Park and wander its pristine trails, keeping an eye out for proboscis monkeys. Day 3 Kuching Meet orangutans and other native animals at the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, perhaps following an optional morning hike in Bako. Days 4-6 Mulu National Park Take a flight to Mulu to explore the ancient jungle, explore the Clearwater and Wind caves and hike to a jungle camp. Day 7 Headhunters’ Trail Tackle a section of the infamous Headhunters’ Trail and trek through dense forest. Spend the night in a traditional longhouse. Day 8 Labuan Island Catch a ferry to Labuan Island for a relaxing free day at a beach resort. Days 9-10 Kota Kinabalu Visit the War Memorial then journey to Kota Kinabalu. Day 11 Dusun Village Learn about the locals’

spiritual, economic and social ties with Mt Kinabalu on a village homestay. Days 12-13 Mt Kinabalu Head into the unspoilt wilderness of Kinabalu National Park. Begin the challenging ascent of Mt Kinabalu, stopping to admire a range of flora and fauna species along the way. Days 14-15 Poring Hot Springs Complete the final ascent up Mt Kinabalu, then descend and soak in Poring Hot Springs’ rejuvenating waters. Day 16 Kinabatangan River Explore the jungle by boat and sleep in a jungle lodge. Day 17 Sandakan Enjoy a morning wildlife cruise, then head to the busy city of Sandakan. Day 18 Turtle Island Spot hawksbill turtles and giant green sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs under the moonlight. Day 19 Sepilok See the soulful eyes of Borneo’s famous creatures on a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Days 20-21 Kota Kinabalu Return to Kota Kinabalu.

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Sandakan Labuan Island Sepilok Kinabatangan Longhouse River Homestay

Miri

Mulu NP Headhunters’ Trail

Bako NP

Kuching

Poring Hot Springs Turtle Island

MALAYSI A (BO R N EO )

TMSXC

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (7 nts), homestay (2 nts), lodge (3 nts), chalet (1 nt), dormitory (7 nts) 16 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners Plane, speed boat, ferry, taxi, longtail boat, private vehicle DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Melaka, Malaysia

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Bangkok to Singapore

Bangkok Overnight Train

15 DAYS, BANGKOK TO SINGAPORE

Khao Sok NP Ao Nang

Homestay

Penang’s reputation as a culinary paradise is well-deserved. Get up-close and personal with Malaysian food and eat where the locals do during a hawker food experience.

Penang

Discover a slice of paradise on an included sea kayaking trip through the stunning inlets, caves and hidden lagoons of the Ao Thalane mangrove forest. Explore the winding and historic streets of Melaka from a different perspective – the back of a trishaw. Day 1 Bangkok Touch down in Thailand’s fast-paced capital. Day 2 Bangkok Escape the excitment of the city with a cruise along the Chao Phraya River. Visit Wat Pho, the largest reclining Buddha in the country, before returning to Bangkok to board an overnight train heading south. Days 3-4 Khao Sok National Park Arrive in Surat Thani, then continue into the verdant Khao Sok National Park. Spend two nights in a bungalow amid ancient rainforest trees. Journey across a lake and trek through jungle to arrive at an intriguing island cave. There’s also plenty of time to swim, kayak or simply sit back and relax. Day 5 Homestay Arrive at a village homestay in Krabi province, a region known for its rubber production. Take a walk through the surrounding area, try your hand at ‘tapping’ a rubber tree (skimming the bark to create a path for milky white latex to run down) and enjoy local food during

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a cooking demonstration. Days 6-7 Ao Nang Make the short journey to the unspoit beaches and incredible karst cliffs of Ao Nang. Take a half-day kayaking trip through the mangrove forest at Ao Thalane. Days 8-9 Penang Travel to the cultural melting pot of Malaysia. Arrive in Penang and enjoy a walking tour through the streets of Georgetown. See the original 19th-century shophouses and the strong cultural identity on display in each neighbourhood. Days 10-11 Kuala Lumpur Absorb Kuala Lumpur’s multicultural mix through its delectable cuisine on a half-day food walking tour. Days 12-13 Melaka Get to know the historic port city of Melaka and admire Chinatown’s unique Peranakan architecture from the back of a trishaw. Check out the city’s many historic sites and quality museums in free time. Days 14-15 Singapore Celebrate the end of this adventure with a Singapore Sling.

Melaka

M A L AY S I A Kuala Lumpur Singapore

TMSM

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (8 nts), guesthouse (4 nts), overnight train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt) 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Private vehicle, public bus, taxi, overnight train, trishaw, kayak, metro DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Philippine Adventure Be mesmerised by the magic of the Philippines on an 18-day trip from Manila to Puerto Princesa. See the fusion of past and present in Manila, be fascinated by the hanging coffins in Echo Valley, and relax on the beach or snorkel among coral and tropical fish in sunny El Nido. For more info enter TOSLC on intrepidtravel.com El Nido, Philippines

Mt Pinatubo, Philippines

Philippines Palawan Island Getaway

Manila

9 DAYS, MANILA TO PUERTO PRINCESA

PH ILIP P IN E S

Enjoy a full day of island hopping and snorkelling off the coast of El Nido. Splash and swim in clear waters and glide among the coral and tropical fish. Spend a day with a Batak tribe, one of Palawan’s indigenous peoples, on a unique village visit. Day 1 Manila Arrive in the Philippines’ chaotic capital. Day 2 Puerto Princesa Discover the sights of Manila on a jeepney tour, then fly to Puerto Princesa, a city considered one of the cleanest and greenest in the Philippines. Days 3-4 San Rafael Beach Hop in a boat for a cruise through Sabang’s famous Subterranean River, an eightkilometre passage of limestone cave that opens onto the ocean. Meet a local guide and set out on a trek to meet the Batak tribe. In the afternoon, chill out on a private beach. Days 5-7 El Nido Journey north to picturesque El Nido and revel in a couple of days of beachside bliss. Head off for a full day snorkelling trip on Day 6, jumping between islands and exploring clear waters and lagoons filled with beautiful coral and tropical fish. Days 8-9 Puerto Princesa See a mesmerising firefly show in the pale light of dusk and enjoy one last group dinner before this Philippines Island getaway comes to an end. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Philippines Discovery 11 DAYS, MANILA TO MANILA

El Nido San Rafael Beach Puerto Princesa

TOSH

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Sagada Ifugao Villages Baguio

Be left breathless by the lush Banaue terraces, millennia-old irrigated rice paddies that stretch like stepping-stones towards the sky. Just 25 years old, the lake-filled crater of Mt Pinatubo is a fresh wonder to explore. Trek to the summit and camp right next to pristine waters in the heart of the volcano. Day 1 Manila Dive into this Philippines adventure in the country’s heady capital. Day 2 Banaue Famous for its stunning rice terraces – the oldest in the world – Banaue is sometimes referred to as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. Days 3-5 Ifugao Villages Set off on a trek through rice fields and forests. Stay overnight in local Ifugao villages and meet people farming rice in the same way their ancestors did 2000 years ago. Days 6-7 Sagada Travel across alpine mountains, stopping off in Bontoc to peruse its museum before arriving in tranquil Sagada. Witness the hanging coffins of Sagada on a guided walk. Day 8 Baguio Relish incredible vistas of tiny villages, deep valleys and verdant rice terraces on a drive through the Cordillera Central range. Day 9 Mt Pinatubo Trek to the summit of Mt Pinatubo and camp for the night near the crater lake. Days 10-11 Manila Finish up back in the megacity of Manila and maybe share a final group dinner to celebrate. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Banaue

PH ILIP P IN E S Mt Pinatubo Manila

TTSL

ORIGINAL

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Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea National Mask Festival

Latangai Island

9 DAYS, RABAUL TO KOKOPO

Duke of York Islands

Marvel at an active volcano, tuck into a shoreline barbecue and experience a traditional sing-sing in the Duke of York Islands. Discover how the World Wars played out in the Pacific. Visit the War Museum in Rabaul and head underground for a tour of the Japanese tunnels in Kokopo. Day 1 Rabaul Arrive in the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’. Day 2 Duke of York Islands Look for dolphins and dugongs while cruising the archipelago, stopping for a barbecue lunch. Stay on Mioko Island and experience a sing-sing (tribal performance). Day 3 Rabaul Visit the Rabaul Markets, gaze at Old Rabaul from the Volcano Observatory, and explore Japanese war tunnels and other sites. Days 4-5 Rabaul/National Mask Festival Rise early to witness the Kinavai ceremony, as chanting and the paddle of canoes pierce the still air at dawn. Experience the National Mask Festival, a diverse and colourful spectacle of ritual song and dance. Be astounded by the Bainings fire dance. Day 6 Kokopo Tour the Bita Paka War Cemetery for a versing in the conflicts that took place here. Day 7 Matupit Island Visit Matupit Island to mingle with locals and learn about their culture. Have a traditional lunch on the beach. Days 8-9 Kokopo Enjoy some free time to swim, snorkel, get a massage or go diving to see a WWII wreck. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Rabaul

Matupit Island

PA P U A N E W GU IN E A

Kokopo N e w Br i ta i n

TESRS

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (7 nts), homestay (1 nt) 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Boat, private vehicle

The Kokoda Track

PAP U A N E W GU IN EA

11 DAYS, PORT MORESBY TO PORT MORESBY Trek the famous Kokoda Track with a cooperative that directly benefits local villages and communities. Hike up the spines of mountains and through valleys of lush rainforest. This adventure invites you to confront your own physical and mental limits. Day 1 Port Moresby Arrive in Papua New Guinea’s capital. Day 2 Kokoda Take a flight over jungle canopies and craggy peaks then drive to Kokoda where the trek begins. Day 3 Isurava Strap on sturdy boots and stride out on the first leg of the Kokoda Track, starting through palm oil and rubber tree plantations and ending with a steep climb. Day 4 Templeton’s Crossing II Begin the day with a stirring visit to the Isurava Battlefield. Day 5 Diggers Camp Reach the highest point of the trek, Mt Bellamy. Day 6 Efogi Head downhill towards the friendly village of Efogi. Day 7 Menari Climb to Mission Ridge and follow the path taken by the retreating Australian soldiers, which ultimately lead to the ambush on top of Brigade Hill. Day 8 Nauro Set off from Menari Ridge for some spectacular views towards Nauro. Day 9 Uaule Tackle the Nine False Peaks to the top of Maguli Ridge on a serious uphill trek. Days 10-11 Owers’ Corner/Port Moresby Return to Port Moresby. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Kokoda

Popondetta

Efogi Nauro Owers’ Corner

Port Moresby

TESA

ORIGINAL

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MYANMAR Compared to many of its neighbours, Myanmar remains relatively untouched. Visitors can expect to be dazzled by shimmering cities of gilded temples, enlivened by emerald green landscapes, and encounter locals who have increasing freedom to engage with visitors – whether on a visit to a family-run workshop in Bagan or an inspiring community project in Pakkoku, or simply mingling with villagers in Kalaw.

WEATHER Yangon Mandalay

Monsoon 25-35ºC Very hot & dry 35ºC+ Hot & dry 25-35ºC


Inle Lake, Myanmar

Bagan, Myanmar

Best of Myanmar

Mingun Community Lodge

15 DAYS, YANGON TO YANGON

Bagan

Exploring the ancient city of Bagan by bicycle is a leisurely and engaging way to access thousands of temples, stupas and pagodas.

MYA N MAR

Get off the tourist track and enjoy a unique local experience at an ActionAid community lodge near Bagan, sharing meals and agricultural work with locals. A full day of walking through the hills and villages of Kalaw is well worth the effort. Get under the surface of rural Myanmar. Days 1-2 Yangon Delve into the heart of Myanmar’s largest city. Discover a melting pot of local culture and colonialism, and see how the city has endeavoured to modernise in recent years. Visit the world-renowned Shwedagon Pagoda and be dazzled by its riches. Days 3-4 Bagan Travel by plane to Bagan and watch the sunset at Shwesandaw Pagoda. Spend two days exploring this phenomenal region comprising more than 2000 gilded stupas, plus a host of timeworn remnants of Myanmar’s ‘Golden Period’. Days 5-6 Community Lodge Take a bus ride to the Pakokku District, and see firsthand the work that The Intrepid Foundation is doing in conjunction with ActionAid to assist the local community in becoming self-sustaining. Take a bike tour through the villages and meet with locals to learn more about the project. Days 7-8 Mandalay Head on to Mandalay, making a stop en route to visit

the stunning pagodas and monasteries of Sagaing Hill. Take a boat trip down the river to the crumbling ruins at Mingun. Days 9-10 Kalaw Travel via the world’s longest teak bridge to the small town of Kalaw. Relish the temperate climate and stunning scenery of this mountain hideaway that serves as the launch pad for trekking adventures in the region. Spend a day doing exactly that, on guided treks. Days 11-13 Inle Lake Continue down winding mountain roads en route to Inle. Explore a labyrinth of caves with a local guide and admire the more than 8000 images of Buddha contained inside. Make tracks to the scenic shores of Inle Lake and spend time cruising around by longtail boat while witnessing the handiwork of the skilled local ‘leg rowers’. Stop for a home-cooked lunch near the lake. Days 14-15 Yangon Farewell scenic Shan State and return to the vibrant city of Yangon.

Mandalay Kalaw Inle Lake

Yangon

TTSM

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (12 nts), community lodge (2 nts) 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Plane, private vehicle, bicycle, boat

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Inle Lake, Myanmar

Bagan, Myanmar

Myanmar Highlights

Mingun Mandalay

9 DAYS, YANGON TO YANGON

Bagan

MYA N MAR

Inle Lake

Stock up on ingredients, cook up a storm during a class, then feast on the results; be guided from market to table by a local master of Myanmar cuisine. Explore Inle Lake on a peaceful canoe trip, followed by a boat tour of its floating gardens, stilt houses and local village industries. Day 1 Yangon Touch down and perhaps head out for a taste of Myanmar cuisine – a heady combination of Mon, Indian and Chinese flavours. Days 2-3 Bagan Discover the staggering archaeological complex that is Bagan. Take up two wheels and explore thousands of temple ruins. The next day, take a cooking class with a local culinary wiz. You’ll feast for a cause, with part of the proceeds going to a local library initiative. Days 4-5 Mandalay Cruise up the lovely Ayeyarwady River to the pagodas of Mingun. Visit the Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery and historic U Bein Bridge. Days 6-7 Inle Lake Drive to Inle Lake, stopping en route to visit the nearby Buddhist caves and admire the mountain scenery. Canoe out on the water, then explore by motorised boat – see local craftspeople and the ingenious floating gardens. Days 8-9 Yangon Fly to Yangon, then discover the holiest shrine in the country, the Shwedagon Pagoda. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Yangon

TRSH

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (8 nts) 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches Plane, bicycle, canoe, boat, private vehicle, songthaew

Classic Myanmar

Mingun Mandalay

12 DAYS, YANGON TO YANGON

Bagan

MYA N MAR

Inle Lake

Experience the incredible sight of Bagan’s ‘Sea of Temples’ and explore the best of the region’s 4000 gilded structures. Explore the forests and villages surrounding Inle Lake, then share a home-cooked dinner with some local Shan friends. Days 1-2 Yangon Soak up the unique atmosphere of this irrepressible city, kicking off with a walking tour of the colonial downtown area. Take in the history, spiritual significance and beauty of the ancient Shwedagon Pagoda complex. Days 3-4 Mandalay Fly to Myanmar’s ‘Jewel City’. Check out the local gold leaf industry and take a boat trip up to the Mingun archaeological site. Days 5-7 Bagan Explore Bagan’s endless temples, pagodas and monasteries until dusk. Take a day tour to visit villages in the Pakkoku area and call in to a community-based tourism project. Days 8-10 Inle Lake Uncover the watery world of Inle Lake, the lifeblood of the region. Take a boat out to see how locals depend on the lake for so many aspects of their lives. Walk through the forests and villages surrounding the Indein ruins complex, finishing with a traditional Shan dinner. Days 11-12 Yangon Fly back to Yangon and discover more of this beguiling city. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Yangon

TTKA

COMFORT

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Microfinance for Women We’ve partnered up with ActionAid to develop a community-based tourism project in Myaing. Visit the village on our Best of Myanmar tour and support the community by donating to a microfinance program providing small loans to women. For more info head to theintrepidfoundation.org

Mandalay, Myanmar

Cycle Myanmar

Mingun Mandalay Myingyan Pindaya Bagan Mt Popa Inle Lake

13 DAYS, YANGON TO YANGON Get off the beaten track and discover Myanmar’s past while cycling around Bagan’s temple-strewn landscape.

MYAN MAR

Ride through toddy palm forests towards Mt Popa, a volcano in the Pegu Range that’s revered as the spiritual home of Myanmar’s 37 Great Nat spirits. Cycle the U-Bein Bridge en route to Mingun, a small riverside town lying at the base of an enormous temple, then cruise along the Ayeyarwady River to Mandalay. Days 1-2 Yangon With its charming colonial-era architecture and pagoda-etched skyline, Yangon bristles with activities and attractions. Day 3 Bagan Catch a flight north to Bagan, an ancient city home to the world’s largest collection of Buddhist temples, pagodas and stupas. Spend a day exploring Bagan’s major sites by bike. Day 4 Mt Popa Cycle past small villages and through groves of towering palm trees to mighty Mt Popa, the mythical home of Myanmar’s 37 Great Nat spirits. Day 5 Myingyan Today’s scenic ride to Myingyan follows narrow, quiet roads typical of Myanmar’s central dry zone. Though mostly flat, the route passes many unbridged sand creeks that wind through palm toddy forests. Day 6 Mandalay Cycle along well-maintained roads through small villages to Tada-U on the banks of the Ayeyarwady, then take the highway north to Mandalay and watch as the

pagoda-dotted hill above the city centre comes into view. Day 7 Mingun/Mandalay Cycle – via the iconic teak U-Bein Bridge – to Mingun, home of the immense but unfinished Mingun Paya, before boarding a boat for a cruise down the river back to Mandalay. Day 8 Pindaya After cycling through the countryside, drive on to Pindaya, a town famous for the thousands of Buddha effigies stocked inside its limestone caves. Days 9-11 Inle Lake Cycle over the rolling hills of the Shan plateau to Nyaungshwe, the gateway to Inle Lake. Cruising around Inle Lake by boat reveals local life from a different angle. Pass through local cottage industries, see the lake’s iconic leg-rowing fishermen, and perhaps take a closer look at some of the floating markets. Days 12-13 Yangon Head back to Yangon and perhaps take in more of the city’s museums and temples before your Myanmar adventure ends.

Yangon

TTXM

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (11 nts), guesthouse (1 nt) 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner Bicycle, support vehicle, plane, boat DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Short Break Adventures

Cambodia’s Secrets of Angkor

South Vietnam Getaway

3 DAYS, SIEM REAP TO SIEM REAP

4 DAYS, HO CHI MINH CITY TO HO CHI MINH CITY

TKAS-O/C

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Uncover the secrets of Cambodia’s mystical Angkor region on this fascinating adventure. Investigate the sacred temples of Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei in the informed company of a knowledgeable local guide. Pay a visit to Ta Prohm and the octopus-like trees that have reclaimed the temple. Trek through the jungle to admire ancient Hindu sculptures, sample spicy Khmer dishes, and meet locals who reside in stilted villages atop the Tonle Sap lake. This is the perfect addition to any holiday in Cambodia.

Observe the contrast between Vietnam’s urban and rural regions while taking in the cultural highlights of the south. Float along the meandering waterways, islands and fruit orchards of the Mekong Delta and stay with a local family. Then negotiate the labyrinthine streets of Ho Chi Minh City on a morning walk, have a sobering visit to the War Remnants Museum and dig into lunch at a traditional Vietnamese restaurant. Visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to the chaos of Ho Chi Minh City.

} Explore the Angkor complex in detail } Witness the biodiversity of Angkor at a conservation centre } Visit Tonle Sap – a village where life and water share a bond

} Discover life on the Mekong Delta during a homestay } Get an underground history lesson in the Cu Chi tunnels } Use a full day to explore the monuments of Ho Chi Minh City

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Halong Bay Junk Cruise

Sapa Adventure

2 DAYS, HANOI TO HANOI

5 DAYS, HANOI TO HANOI

TVAQ-O

TVAG-O

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Prepare to be whisked away from the cosmopolitan streets of Hanoi to World Heritage-listed Halong Bay. Cast away on a traditional boat and set sail through limestone karsts that rise dramatically from emerald waters. Meet the locals as they row between boats, or get active and explore caves by kayak. Opt for a slower pace of life and sit back, relax and soak up this epic landscape while enjoying scrumptious meals cooked onboard. Chat to the friendly crew and enjoy a night under a blanket of stars.

Northwest Vietnam is a captivating mix of natural wonder and colourfully clothed hilltribes. Set on the slopes of a beautiful emerald-green valley, Sapa is the heart of this unique region of Vietnam. Get a real glimpse of life in the mountains with a traditional homestay experience. Meet ethnic minorities at the local market, visit neighbouring villages and hike through iridescent rice terraces, where mist clings to the upper reaches, witnessing how the relaxed current of life has bubbled along here for centuries.

} Weave through limestone karsts in this UNESCO-listed bay } Eat dinner on the bay before taking in a starlit night } Awake to misty morning sights and shimmering waters

} Visit Sapa’s rice terraces, waterfalls, and lush green hillsides } Get a glimpse of real Vietnam in a traditional homestay } Rub shoulders with the locals on an overnight train

Myanmar Golden Rock

Mekong Delta Farmstay

2 DAYS, YANGON TO YANGON

2 DAYS, HO CHI MINH CITY TO HO CHI MINH CITY

TTAC-O

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Discover a country of misty landscapes, ancient treasures and preserved traditions. Be whisked away from colonial Yangon and travel past rice paddies, through countryside and up a mountain to reach the Golden Rock – a huge boulder covered in gold leaf and carefully balanced on the edge of a cliff. Drive through small villages, wander local markets and explore the glittering pagodas of Bago before heading back to the capital of Yangon.

} See Myanmar’s iconic Golden Rock on a two-day adventure } Visit the former southern capital of Myanmar, Bago } Travel to mountaintops in a locally owned open-air truck

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With meandering canals and flourishing farms, the Mekong Delta shouldn’t be missed. Venture down this iconic river and discover landscapes dotted with coconut palms and sprawling rice fields. Be dazzled by coloured orchards, marvel at stilt houses and witness the bustle of passing boats. Stop off at luscious tropical fruit gardens, learn how coconut candy is made, and catch the buzz at a honey farm. Then learn about life on the delta from local hosts, savour freshly picked fruit and gain a true appreciation for this lively area.

} Visit smaller cottage industries that keep the area afloat } Experience local hospitality at a friendly guesthouse } Cycle to a local market and gather fresh produce for lunch

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Short Break Adventures

Chiang Mai & Golden Triangle

Hilltribe Experience

3 DAYS, CHIANG MAI TO CHIANG MAI

5 DAYS, CHIANG MAI TO CHIANG MAI

TTAG-O

TTAX-B

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Experience the serenity of northern Thailand on an in-depth exploration of the infamous Golden Triangle region. Beginning and ending in charismatic Chiang Mai, this includes a tour through the extensive Chiang Dao Caves and a night spent in the charming hill town of Doi Mae Salong. Learn about the region’s chequered history on a visit to the House of Opium Museum, travel down the Mekong River by longtail boat, tuck into regional delicacies and enjoy a hot spring soak on this short but sweet adventure.

} Explore a hilltribe produce market } Take a boat ride down the Mekong River } Sip tea in a traditional Chinese tea house

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Pull on your walking boots, stretch out the leg muscles and take to the hills on a classic Intrepid trek through Thailand’s northern hill country. Walk along winding jungle tracks and through green fields, learning what life is really like for villagers in this remote area and sleeping in traditional bamboo huts. If you’re looking to experience a different side of Thailand and get out into nature, then this is the trip for you.

} Trek along beautiful paths into the hills of Thailand } Meet local villagers } Feast on traditional hilltribe cuisine

Chiang Mai, Thailand - James McGhie

Chiang Mai Adventure

Chiang Mai & Elephants

4 DAYS, CHIANG MAI TO CHIANG MAI

3 DAYS, CHIANG MAI TO CHIANG MAI

TTAV-O

TTAE-O

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Delve into a world of ancient temples, lush forest trails and raucous markets in Chiang Mai. Tackle the world-famous Mae Taeng River rapids by raft, hike through local villages and temperate rainforests, cycle past temple ruins and climb the ancient staircase to the hilltop of Doi Suthep for a glorious view. Combined with shopping opportunities at Chiang Mai’s famous Night Market, this trip is a perfect blend of energetic pursuits and enchanting sights.

Hang out with the gentle giants of the Elephant Nature Park and learn about the plight of this humble animal. Perhaps take the opportunity to try feeding one of these friendly creatures. Feast on delicious and authentic Thai cuisine, ride a songthaew (share taxi) for a scenic drive to the Kad Ton Payom flea market, visit Wat U Mong with its painted pagoda and underground tunnel, and meditate with the monks at Wat Suan Dok.

} Cycle along the Ping River } Explore the incredible ruins of Wiang Kum Kam } Tackle whitewater rapids on the Mae Taeng River

} Feed elephants at a rescue centre } Discover local flavours with a traditional breakfast } Get some basic meditation tips from Buddhist monks

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River Kwai & Ancient Thai Kingdoms

Yogyakarta’s Secret Treasures

3 DAYS, BANGKOK TO BANGKOK

4 DAYS, YOGYAKARTA TO YOGYAKARTA

TTAR-O

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Cover three eras of Thai history on this stimulating short break. Explore relics of one of the capitals of the ancient kingdom of Siam and bear witness to temples, bell-shaped chedis and intricately carved artefacts at Ayutthaya. Travel onwards to the town of Kanchanaburi and pay tribute to the brave POWs who built the infamous Hellfire Pass and Bridge on the River Kwai. Delve further into WWII history on a visit to the War Museum and Allied Cemetery before completing the loop back to Bangkok.

Discover the spiritual and cultural delights of Yogyakarta. Witness the sun setting over Prambanan, a World Heritage-listed collection of temples, and later explore Borobudor, the world’s largest Buddhist temple. Enjoy a traditional Ramayana ballet performance in an open-air theatre. Cycle past evergreen rice paddies in Yogyakarta’s countryside, learning about local industries and gaining an insight into rural life while working up an appetite, then take a walking tour discovering street food with a local guide.

} Be humbled by the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum } Swim in idyllic rockpools fed by waterfalls } Travel by auto rickshaw to the bridge on the River Kwai

} See the magnificent temples of Prambanan and Borobudor } Cycle through rice fields to learn about small local industries } Take a street food tour with a local guide

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sailing & ADVENTURE CRUISING Our Asia sailing and cruising trips follow a simple recipe. Start with a generous scoop of aquamarine water and secret strips of golden sand (remember to remove all traces of tourist crowds). Throw in a handful of rare coral and tropical fish, then leave to simmer while you work on that tan. Slow it right down with a guided trek through the jungle, and serve with a sizzling stir-fry courtesy of your onboard chef. Want to try the recipe for yourself? We’ve got just the trip for you…

WEATHER Mergui Phuket Langkawi Lombok Hanoi Danang

Monsoon 25-35ºC Hot & dry 25-35ºC Hot & wet 25-35ºC Pleasantly warm 20-30ºC


SAILING fleet When sailing the waters of the Andaman Sea, a twin-hulled catamaran – with kayaks and stand-up paddleboards – is our vessel of choice. Our Myanmar boats carry up to eight travellers, plus crew, and consist of four twin‑share cabins, while our Thailand boat carries up to 14 travellers. All vessels have an outdoor hot shower and either ensuite or shared bathrooms. There's plenty of room above deck to stretch out in the sun or read a book.

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Raja Ampat Sailing Adventure The Raja Ampat Archipelago in the West Papua province of Indonesia is often called the ‘Last Eden’ – join us on a limited edition sailing trip and discover why. Explore junglecovered islands, sand cays and coral reefs on this 8-day adventure. Paradise found. For more info enter TSSD on intrepidtravel.com

Mergui Archipelago Sailing Experience

MYA N MAR

Lampi Island Swinton Island

9 DAYS, KHAO LAK TO KHAO LAK Explore unspoilt paradises and remote locations in style and comfort on a wellappointed, 46-foot catamaran.

Thay Yae Island

Anchor in the calm waters surrounding Palu Buda, where you can kayak, paddleboard and snorkel among stunning marine life. Embrace the special experience of interacting with the nomadic seafaring community of the Moken. Day 1 Phuket/Khao Lak Touch down in Phuket and make your way to Khao Lak where your adventure begins. Take the chance to explore before setting sail for Myanmar. Perhaps enjoy an afternoon beach stroll, or settle into a seaside restaurant at sunset and sample some of that delicious southern Thailand seafood. Day 2 Thay Yae Island Transfer to Ranong to board your home for the next week: a superior 46-foot catamaran. Sail through clear turquoise waters to the long stretch of pristine beach at Thay Yae Island. Kayak, snorkel, swim or simply relax in the sun on powder-soft sand. Day 3 Palu Buda Sail north towards Palu Buda, a group of islands with incredible snorkelling opportunities. After an underwater adventure, take a trek through the jungle. Day 4 Lampi Island Head ashore for a taste of village life in Ma Kyone Galet. Meet some of the Moken people in the

local community and learn a thing or two about their culture. Once seafaring nomads, the Moken people were forced ashore by the Burmese military in the 1990s. Day 5 Shark Island After breakfast, journey to Shark Island and go snorkelling, paddling, or just splash about in the crystal clear, coral-rich waters. Enjoy lunch before heading south to Pony Island to anchor overnight. Day 6 Swinton Island Cruise to Swinton Island and arguably the most beautiful beach in the archipelago. Snorkel, swim, and end the day swapping travel stories over a dinner of freshly caught fish. Day 7 Myauk Ni Island Look out for the large fruit bats and abundant birdlife that call this island’s trees home. Day 8 Ranong Start early to watch the sunrise, then farewell your skipper and return to Ranong in a longtail boat. Return to Phuket via private van. Day 9 Khao Lak/Phuket This sailing adventure ends in Khao Lak this morning.

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Palu Buda Myauk Ni Island Ranong

TH AILAN D

Khao Lak Phuket

TSKB

COMFORT

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Phuket, Thailand

Mergui Archipelago Sailing Adventure 9 DAYS, KHAO LAK TO KHAO LAK

MYA N MAR

Lampi Island Swinton Island

Disconnect from the modern digital world and find a different kind of buzz on an incredibly relaxing journey through the islands of Myanmar.

Day 1 Phuket/Khao Lak Fly into Phuket and make your way to the beaches and jungled covered mountains of Khao Lak. Day 2 Ranong/Thay Yae Island Set sail for the first island on this tour of the Mergui Archipelago, where many of the 800 islands here are deserted and yet to be thoroughly explored. Days 3-7 Mergui Archipelago The next five days are full of great snorkelling, lazy sailing, stretching out on untouched, white-sand beaches and gentle exploration of the islands. The marine life isn’t used to many visitors, so be prepared to see moray eels poking their head out of the coral and to pass flurries of large schools of fish while swimming in the clear-blue waters of the region. You’ll be one of the few people on earth to spend time with the Moken – a nomadic people who live their lives roaming the sea. Days 8-9 Ranong/Khao Lak/Phuket Take a longtail boat back to Ranong and finish this sailing adventure on arrival in Khao Lak.

Khao Lak Phuket

TSSB

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Maximum group size 8 Beach hotel (2 nts), overnight boat (6 nts) 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Herbert Wietreich 53 (catamaran), minibus, longtail boat, dinghy

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Phuket Sailing Adventure

Phang Nga Bay

TH A ILA N D

7 DAYS, PHUKET TO PHUKET Slip into the indulgent beach-loving life with walks on the finest white sand, and swimming and snorkelling in the inviting azure waters of Thailand’s best beaches. There are few things more relaxing than sleeping on deck beneath a blanket of stars, especially after feasting on the Thai favourites whipped up by the onboard chef. Day 1 Phuket Cast away on a tropical journey across the Andaman Sea, from the scenic spoils of Phuket to lush Ko Phi Phi. Days 2-7 Sailing Phuket Islands Sail the paradisiacal waters of southern Thailand, where pristine ocean, gorgeous swimming spots and idyllic islands are the order of the day. Over the next few days, delve into mysterious sea caves around the base of Ko Hong, snorkel and mingle with a wealth of curious marine life, chill out on deck with a good book, practice some paddleboarding and enjoy incredible meals cooked with love (and fresh local ingredients) onboard. There’s also the lush jungle, velvety sandbars and blue waters of Ko Phi Phi, the beautiful bays of Ko Yao Yai – where there’s excellent snorkelling, leafy forest trails and sea kayaking to choose from – and beachside bonfires at night. Add spectacular sunsets and lazy days and you have the perfect sailing holiday in Thailand. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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TH AILA N D

Thay Yae Island

Sit back and soak up some of the best beaches in the world. Enjoy a barbecue on a secluded stretch of sand with fish caught fresh that day.

Palu Buda Myauk Ni Island Ranong

Ko Hong Railay Ko Yao Yai Phuket Ko Phi Phi Ko Racha Noi

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Maximum group size 14 Overnight boat (6 nts) 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Derek Kessell 58 (catamaran), dinghy

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Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Ko Yao Yai, Thailand

Sail Phuket to Ko Phi Phi

Phang Nga Bay

4 DAYS, PHUKET TO KO PHI PHI Leave behind the vibrant, modern pizzazz of Phuket and set sail on the beautifully calm waters of the Andaman Sea. Explore some of the best beaches of the gulf, dropping anchor in the early morning before the crowds arrive. Day 1 Phuket Cast away on a tropical journey across the Andaman Sea, from the scenic spoils of Phuket to lush Ko Phi Phi. Sail towards Ko Rang Yai and drop anchor in front of a secluded beach. Day 2 Phang Nga Bay Explore the famous Phang Nga Bay. Enjoy kayaking and gorgeous swimming spots before anchoring well off the beaten path in the north-east part of the bay, watching the sun set from the boat’s deck. Day 3 Ko Hong/Railay Delve into mysterious sea caves around the base of Ko Hong before making the most of a full day on the sea. Strap on a snorkel and mingle with a wealth of curious marine life, or perhaps chill out on deck. After viewing a stunning sunset, have dinner ashore amid the cluster of lively restaurants and bars. Day 4 Ko Phi Phi Make a beeline for the tropical haven of Ko Phi Phi, one of Thailand’s most popular island getaways. Try to spot schools of brightly coloured fish off the coast of Phi Phi before sailing on to Phi Phi Don, where the trip ends. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Ko Hong

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Railay

Phuket Ko Phi Phi

TSSX

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 14 Overnight boat (3 nts) 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Derek Kessell 58 (catamaran), dinghy

Sail Ko Phi Phi to Phuket 4 DAYS, KO PHI PHI TO PHUKET

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Discover a true slice of paradise while kayaking and paddleboarding through the stunning inlets, caves and hidden lagoons of Ko Yao Yai’s mangrove forests. Sip cocktails on the beach while watching the sun slip below the waves over Ko Phi Phi’s iconic shore. Day 1 Ko Phi Phi This water-bound adventure gets underway on the tropical island of Ko Phi Phi, where lush jungle meets velvety sandbars and blue waters blend seamlessly into an even bluer sky. Day 2 Ko Yao Yai Cruise on to Ko Yao Yai, stopping at one of the beautiful bays on the west coast of Ko Phi Phi where you can experience excellent snorkelling. Head ashore to wander down leafy forest trails or choose to stay by the water, lapping up all the spoils. Maybe grab a sea kayak and check out nearby mangroves, before capping off another unforgettable day with a beachside bonfire. Day 3 Ko Racha Set sail across a postcard-worthy landscape of shimmering waters and island-studded bays. Flop straight into the sea for lazy bouts of snorkelling, or maybe just float across the top of the water as the sun beats down from above. Day 4 Phuket Enjoy the last leg of the journey, which sees the bow aimed at Phuket. Stop for a final paddle or snorkel before docking. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Maximum group size 14 Overnight boat (3 nts) 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Derek Kessell 58 (catamaran), dinghy


ADVENTURE CRUISING Adventure Cruise in style aboard this state-of-the-art Motor Sailer. Fully renovated in 2015, the Panorama II is your comfortable home on the seas. All cabins are finished with handsome wood trims and equipped with modern amenities, including air conditioning and a mini-fridge. The restaurant at the lower deck is a perfect indoor setting for meals, while the upper deck offers dining alfresco.

M/S Panorama II Upper Deck - Upper Premium Twin/Double Bed Main Deck - Premium Twin Beds or Double Bed Lower Deck - Twin/Triple Beds Lower Deck - Double Bed

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• Accommodates 48 guests in 25 cabins • Cruising speed of 10 knots • Crew of 16–18 • All cabins fitted with air conditioning, TV, hairdryer, mini‑fridge, central music system, public address system and safe box

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• Range of indoor and outdoor dining and lounge areas • Swimming platform allows you to swim right off the boat when conditions permit • Snorkelling equipment, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and fishing equipment

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Cruising the Thai Islands

Gulf of Thailand

8 DAYS, PHUKET TO PHUKET

Ko Surin Tai

The Andaman Sea is your swimming pool on this adventure cruise – and what a glorious sea it is. Filled with colourful coral reefs and tropical fish, it’s a dream to explore. Travel to Baan Talay Nok village to hear local stories of resilience and gain an insight into what life has been like since the devastating 2004 tsunami. Day 1 Phuket Board your ship in the late afternoon and sail overnight to the Similan Islands. Day 2 Ko Miang Swim and snorkel around Ko Miang, an area renowned for its reefs and vibrant marine life. Day 3 Similan Islands Enjoy a full day to explore the World Heritage-listed Similan Islands. Hike the rainforest interior, relax on boulder-studded beaches or spend time in the gorgeous waters, then sail overnight to Ko Surin Tai. Days 4-5 Ko Surin Tai Learn about the Moken people – a seafaring ethnic group who still mostly live a semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle – on a visit to Tai Moken Village. Day 6 Khao Lak Cruise to Khao Lak, a laidback beachside haven. Day 7 Baan Talay Nok Village Hear incredible stories of survival in a village that was destroyed by the 2004 tsunami. Try your hand at making soap, prepare a tasty local dish and enjoy lunch with local families, then return to the boat for a farewell dinner as you sail to Phuket. Day 8 Phuket Disembark after breakfast. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Similan Islands Ko Miang

Khao Lak Phuket

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Andaman Sea

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Maximum group size 48 Small cruise ship (7 nts) 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Small cruise ship, Zodiac, bus

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Railay Beach, Thailand

Cruising Thailand & Malaysia 8 DAYS, PENANG TO PHUKET Get a snapshot of life in the small coastal town of Ao Nang while joining a local family for a home-cooked meal.

Ko Yao Yai Phuket

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Ko Tarutao Marine NP Langkawi

Malacca Strait

TTMM

Maximum group size 48 Small cruise ship (7 nts) 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners Small cruise ship, Zodiac, bus, songthaew, rickshaw

8 DAYS, BALI TO BALI

Lombok

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Satonda Moyo Island Island

Bali Saringi/Keramat Islands

Do as the locals do – join your village guides for a refreshing swim in the tiered pools of Diwe Mbai Waterfall. Day 1 Bali Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Bali – otherwise known as paradise. Meet your crew, then sail overnight to your first destination. Day 2 Saringi/Keramat Islands With white sand beaches and turquoise waters brimming with coral and marine life, the adjacent islands of Saringi and Keramat offer the perfect setting for a day of beach activities. Day 3 Satonda Island Arrive at Satonda, a breathtaking island largely covered by a crater lake. Enjoy a refreshing dip in its salty waters. Day 4 Banta Island/Rinca Island Set off on an optional hike or relax on the fine sands of Banta. Feast on a beach barbecue at this seldom-visited spot. Day 5 Rinca Island Led by a local ranger, search for dragons at Komodo National Park. Day 6 Moyo Island Pay a visit to a local village, then enjoy a dip in the natural pool beneath Diwe Mbai Waterfall on this forest-covered island. Day 7 Lombok Visit local sarong weavers, hike through the rice paddies and relax at Senggigi beach. Day 8 Bali Disembark in Bali after breakfast.

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Penang

COMFORT

Indonesian Island Cruise Join a local park ranger in search of the fabled Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard in the world, while on Rinca Island.

TH A ILAN D

Andaman Sea Ko Rok Noi

See Ko Yao Yai from a different angle when you tour the island on a songthaew – a two-rowed converted truck. Day 1 Penang Get to know your travel group over a welcome dinner on board your ship. Days 2-3 Langkawi Follow up a walking tour of Penang’s Old Town with lunch at a local market, then set sail for idyllic Langkawi. Soak up jungle vibes while admiring the beautiful Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls. Day 4 Ko Tarutao/Ko Rok Noi Sail to Ko Tarutao National Marine Park in the early morning for a day in the water. Take advantage of onboard kayaks and paddleboards, breaking for a barbecue lunch. Set sail for Ko Rok Noi mid-afternoon. Day 5 Ao Nang After a glorious morning among the white sands, blue-green waters and jungle backdrop of Ko Rok Noi, cruise to the beachside town of Ao Nang for a local dinner. Day 6 Ao Nang Use a free day to try your hand at a Thai cooking class, head out on a snorkelling trip or take a longtail boat to Railay Beach. Day 7 Ko Yao Yai Enjoy a final swim or snorkel before an onboard farewell dinner. Day 8 Phuket Cruise early for Phuket, where the trip ends on arrival.

Gulf of Thailand

Ao Nang

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Banta Rinca Island Island

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Maximum group size 48 Small cruise ship (7 nts) 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners Small cruise ship, Zodiac, bus


Cruising the Coast of Vietnam Can’t choose between Vietnam’s north and south coast? See it all on a 15-day cruise between Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Balancing leisure and discovery, comfort and adventure, this trip has all the makings of an unforgettable voyage. For more info enter TTMX or TTMW on intrepidtravel.com Phong Nha-Ke Bang NP, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

South Vietnam Coastal Cruising

V IETN A M Danang

8 DAYS, HO CHI MINH CITY TO DANANG

Hoi An Ly Son Island Quy Nonh

In a scene that looks more like Namibia than Vietnam, the sand dunes rising from the landscape in Mui Ne are an unexpected delight. Vietnam is a joy to explore on foot, but small ship Adventure Cruising casts this classic destination in a whole new light. Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu My to board the Panorama II. Day 2 Phan Tiet Drop anchor in Phan Tiet to see Vietnam’s largest reclining Buddha at the Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda, and Fairy Spring and the sand dunes of Mui Ne. Days 3-4 Nha Trang A road trip from Phan Tiet leads to glamorous Nha Trang. Visit the Po Klong Garai Cham Towers and learn about traditional pottery methods in Bau Truc. Enjoy free time to soak up the sun and sand, then sail overnight to Quy Nonh. Day 5 Quy Nonh Visit a museum dedicated to a revered emperor who sowed the seed for a nationalist movement, the Twin Cham Towers and some impressive local beaches. Day 6 Ly Son Island Enjoy plenty of time to swim, snorkel, kayak or stand-up paddleboard while cruising around Ly Son Island and its coastal beaches. Day 7 Hoi An Travel by coach to Hoi An for a city tour and optional cooking class. Return to the boat for a farewell dinner. Day 8 Danang Disembark in Danang. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Nha Trang Phan Rang Ho Chi Minh City

Phu My

TTMV

COMFORT

Maximum group size 48 Small cruise ship (7 nts) 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners Small cruise ship, Zodiac, bus

North Vietnam Coastal Cruising 8 DAYS, DANANG TO HANOI

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Hon La Vinh Moc

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is one of Vietnam’s most underrated natural wonders. Spend a day exploring its ancient limstone karst landscape, jungle and caves. Day 1 Danang Enjoy a welcome dinner on board the Panorama II. Day 2 Hue After a short sail to Chan May, drive to Vietnam’s former imperial capital for a vegetarian lunch at a Buddhist pagoda. Visit the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, then sail overnight to Vinh Moc. Day 3 Vinh Moc Gain an eye-opening insight into the history of the American–Vietnam War on visits to the Vinh Moc Tunnels and Khe Sanh Combat Base. Day 4 Hon La Spend the day exploring Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, an unspoiled sprawl of jungle, rivers, caves and limestone karst landscapes. Days 5-6 Halong Bay Soak up some rays on the deck or share a drink with your shipmates during the day-long sail to Halong Bay. Transfer to a small boat to tour this World-Heritage listed seascape of limestone islands and emerald waters. Days 7-8 Hanoi Get acquainted with the city on a walking tour, then watch a water puppet show in a small-scale home theatre, learning about the history of the art from your puppeteer host. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Halong Bay

Hanoi

Board a small boat to cruise around Halong Bay – an emerald-hued, World-Heritage listed wonderland of towering limestone pillars, islets and wave-eroded grottoes.

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Phan Tiet

Hue

TTMH

Chan May Danang

COMFORT

Maximum group size 48 Small cruise ship (7 nts) 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners Small cruise ship, Zodiac, bus

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india, nepal & bhutAN Stitched together by the jagged seams of the Himalayas, India, Nepal and Bhutan have more in common than just this spectacular mountain range. They’re also home to rich natural landscapes, bucolic villages and historical treasures. Listen to a rainbow of flags flapping in the wind outside Everest Base Camp and meet monks in prayer halls in Bhutan. From the steamy jungles of India to the golden pagodas of Nepal and the gravity-defying Tiger’s Nest in Paro Valley, this region is sure to stir you.

WEATHER Delhi Mumbai Kochi Kathmandu Thimphu

Monsoon 25-35ºC Very hot & dry 35ºC+ Hot & dry 25-35ºC Pleasantly warm 20-30ºC Warm & wet 20-25ºC Cool 15-20ºC Cold & dry 0-15ºC Cold & wet 0-20ºC Below freezing -0ºC


Jaipur, India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

India’s Golden Triangle

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8 DAYS, DELHI TO DELHI Visit some of India’s most iconic monuments, including the pink-hued Amber Fort, Agra Fort and an epic symbol of love and loss – the Taj Mahal.

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Jaipur Rural Heritage Stay

Travel the famous Golden Triangle and delve into the history of its forts, the opulence and splendour of its palaces and the buzz and bustle of its markets and bazaars. Venture away from the tourist trail for a taste of rural Indian life. Travel to Karauli for a memorable heritage stay. Day 1 Delhi Welcome to India’s capital, a chaotic medley of bazaars, temples, mosques and colonial buildings. Day 2 Delhi Stroll through the exuberant alleyways of Old Delhi and see the magnificent Jama Masjid, Delhi’s oldest mosque, before learning about the history of the Sikh religion at a local temple. Day 3 Jaipur Considered the gem of Rajasthan, Jaipur’s pink sandstone Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort and lively streets make it a colourful destination. If there’s time, be sure to catch the latest Bollywood blockbuster at the Raj Mandir Cinema, known for its Art Deco splendour. Day 4 Jaipur An optional morning hot air balloon ride is a highlight for many travellers. Later, visit the Amber Fort. Set atop a hill overlooking a lake, this intricately carved structure is a fine example of Rajput architecture. Day 5 Rural Heritage Stay Make tracks for Karauli, a delightful town packed with rural

ambience and traditional temples. After a guided walk of the Old Quarter, be sure to sample some seasonal local sweets made with pumpkin and sesame seeds. Enjoy an evening of traditional music and food during a heritage stay. Day 6 Agra En route to Agra, stop at the one-time capital of the Mughal empire, Fatehpur Sikri, to stretch your legs on a guided walk. Arrive in Agra, where the day culminates with a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal. There’s also the option of visiting Akbar’s Mausoleum, the marble tomb that was saved for the greatest of the Mughal emperors. Day 7 Delhi Visit the massive Agra Fort – a maze of halls, mosques, chambers and gardens – before returning to Delhi for a final taste of the capital. Perhaps feast on traditional aloo gobi with your group – the perfect way to end this tour of India’s Golden Triangle. Day 8 Delhi The adventure ends after breakfast today.

Delhi

HHSN

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (6 nts), heritage property (1 nt) 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Metro, cycle rickshaw, private vehicle, shuttle bus, taxi, auto rickshaw DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Made In Delhi Shopping Tour Explore one of Delhi’s most lively and popular markets on a day tour. Mingle with locals and store owners, try delicious street food and discover the best places to shop for exquisite fabrics, kurtis and souvenirs. Find hidden gems and bag the best bargains with your local guide. For more info head to urbanadventures.com Ranthambhore National Park, India

Classic Rajasthan

Delhi

IN D IA

15 DAYS, DELHI TO DELHI

Agra

Jaipur

Get the adrenaline pumping with a tiger-spotting adventure among the lakes and ancient ruins of Ranthambhore National Park. Explore Rajasthan’s incredible architecture, from the pink-hued city of Jaipur and its sprawling Amber Fort to Udaipur’s grand City Palace. Days 1-2 Delhi Get acquainted with Delhi on a cycle rickshaw tour. Day 3 Agra Gaze upon the iconic Taj Mahal. Day 4 Rural Heritage Stay Venture to a small rural town to your unique accommodation for the night – a former royal residence. Days 5-6 Jaipur Climb to the hilltop Amber Fort before making tracks to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ of Rajasthan. Day 7 Ranthambhore National Park Keep your eyes peeled for tigers as you safari into the heart of the Indian bush. Day 8 Bundi Admire stunning murals at the palace that presides over the town’s Brahmin-blue rooftops. Days 9-10 Rural Heritage Stay Two memorable accommodations await in Bassi: a deluxe tent in which you’ll camp under the stars and a beautiful fortified mansion. Days 11-12 Udaipur See Udaipur’s rolling hills, white marble palaces and blue lakes. Days 13-15 Pushkar/Delhi Share a meal with a local family and learn about life in the desert. Perhaps visit India’s most significant Brahma temple, then return to the hum of Delhi. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Rural Heritage Stay

Pushkar

Ranthambhore NP Bundi

Udaipur

Rural Heritage Stay

HHSC

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (10 nts), heritage property (3 nts), deluxe permanent tent (1 nt) 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners Metro, auto rickshaw, cycle rickshaw, private vehicle, train, 4WD vehicle, bus, safari vehicle

Delhi to Goa

Delhi Agra

Pushkar

15 DAYS, DELHI TO GOA

Udaipur

Stroll the streets of the Heritage Quarter and take in circus-style performances at Chowpatty Beach during a guided walking tour of Mumbai. Goa may be a golden-sand beauty, but there’s more to life here than soaking up sun. Gorge on a sumptuous Goan feast and opt to tour an organic spice farm. Days 1-2 Delhi Arrive in the frenetic Indian capital. Day 3 Agra After being dazzled by the Taj Mahal, see more of Agra’s historic monuments on a motorised rickshaw tour and visit Akbar’s Mausoleum, a sandstone and marble tomb built for the greatest Mughal emperors. Days 4-5 Jaipur Settle into a family-run heritage hotel in Rajasthan’s capital. Visit the hilltop Amber Fort and see the red-stone palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Days 6-7 Pushkar Check out Pushkar’s lively market and stroll around the sacred lake, observing the devout as they worship. Days 8-9 Udaipur Explore twisting alleyways and bazaars selling silver jewellery, shoes, bags and miniature paintings. Maybe take a cooking class or tour the City Palace complex. Days 10-11 Mumbai Pay a visit to Chowpatty Beach, where palmists, magicians and acrobats vie for attention. Days 12-15 Goa Admire whitewashed churches, enjoy some beach time and perhaps finish up with some yoga. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Jaipur

IN D IA

Mumbai Overnight Train Goa

HHRG

BASIX

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (12 nts), overnight train (2 nts) No meals included Auto rickshaw, bus, cycle rickshaw, metro, private vehicle, shuttle bus, taxi, overnight train


Jaipur, India

Jodhpur, India

North India Revealed

Jaisalmer

22 DAYS, DELHI TO DELHI

Thar Desert

Discover the colourful cities of Rajasthan – sandy yellow Jaisalmer, blue Jodhpur, white Udaipur and pink Jaipur – and their beautiful buildings, ancient forts and lively markets.

Overnight Train

Jodhpur

Days 1-2 Delhi Discover the beating heart of Old Delhi before boarding a westbound overnight train. Day 3 Thar Desert Embark on a camel safari into the sand dunes of the Thar Desert to your campsite for the night. Tuck into a traditional Rajasthani dinner as the sun sets over this legendary landscape. Days 4-5 Jaisalmer Perhaps gain an insight into the cultural heritage of Jaisalmer at the local museum, visit the Jain temples or admire the city’s ornate havelis (traditional Indian houses). Days 6-7 Jodhpur Cross the desert to the blue city of Jodhpur. Wander among colourful saris and sparkling bangles in the Sadar Bazaar. Don’t miss the chance to sample the best lassi in the country. Days 8-10 Udaipur Maybe visit some of Udaipur’s dramatic palaces or learn the secret to making perfect Indian thali at a cooking class in India’s most romantic city. Days 11-12 Pushkar Mingle with holy men and

seek out a bargain in side-street bazaars. Early risers can take a walk to Savitri Temple for an inspirational sunrise. Day 13-14 Jaipur See the intricate, pink sandstone latticework of the ‘Palace of the Winds’. Make sure to explore the Royal City Palace and get among the crowds of the city’s bazaars in your free time. Day 15 Abhaneri Take in the awesome sight of the town’s 20-metre deep stepwell before visiting a nearby temple. Days 16-17 Agra The sunrise over the Taj Mahal is worth an early start and bound to be a trip highlight. Later in the day, explore the spectacular Red Fort on the banks of the Yamuna River. Days 18-20 Varanasi The holiest place for Hindus, Varanasi is a city of ritual and ceremony. Walk the ghats for a spiritual experience or hire a boat and see the city from the water. Days 21-22 Delhi Say goodbye to India on your return to the capital.

Agra

Jaipur Udaipur Pushkar Abhaneri

Climb hilltop temples at sunrise and observe pilgrims praying and bathing along the ghats of the Ganges River in two of India’s holiest cities – Pushkar and Varanasi. The Taj Mahal may be one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, but its poetic history and beauty have the power to surprise even the most jaded travellers.

Delhi

Overnight Train

Varanasi

IN D IA

HHRR

BASIX

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (13 nts), camping with basic facilities (1 nt), guesthouse (4 nts), overnight train (3 nts) 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners Auto rickshaw, bus, camel, taxi, cycle rickshaw, local bus, metro, overnight train, private vehicle DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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North India Adventure Rose-hued cities, timeworn desert forts and holy rivers – north India is the subcontinent’s showpiece, a place where ancient ruins punctuate peaceful countryside and everyday life is a riot of colour and noise. Soak it up. For more info enter HHSYC on intrepidtravel.com Mudumalai National Park, India

Tomb of Safdarjung, Delhi, India

Southern India

Chennai

Overnight Train

Mysore

Mamallapuram

15 DAYS, KOCHI TO KOCHI

Mudumalai NP

Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is an intriguing blend of Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English influences. Discover the waterfalls, tea plantations and spice markets of southern India’s Western Ghats, a jungle-clad mountain range older than the Himalayas. Days 1-2 Kochi Visit fragrant spice bazaars, antique shops, Mattancherry Palace and Fort Kochi. Days 3-4 Coonoor Ride the famous Ooty toy train through rolling plantations and learn the secret of making the perfect brew at a tea garden. Day 5 Mudumalai National Park Stay in a jungle retreat at the foot of the Nilgiri Hills. Days 6-7 Mysore View the stained glass windows of the ornate Mysore Palace and take the opportunity to dine with a local family. Day 8 Mamallapuram Travel to Mamallapuram and cycle around the Shore Temple. Day 9 Puducherry Follow the scenic south coast of India to French-influenced Puducherry. Day 10 Madurai Witness a Hindu ceremony in vast Sri Meenakshi Temple. Days 11-12 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Join a guide and explore the jungle of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Day 13 Kerala Backwaters Take a sunset boat tour through the Kerala backwaters. Days 14-15 Kochi Enjoy free time to explore the vibrant streets of Kochi.

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Coonoor

Puducherry Overnight Train

Kochi Kerala Backwaters

Madurai Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

HHSS

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (11 nts), jungle resort (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt) 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Ferry, auto rickshaw, train, private vehicle, 4WD safari vehicle, bus, boat, overnight train

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Indian Getaway

IN D IA

Delhi

11 DAYS, DELHI TO DELHI

Overnight Train

Travelling across India wouldn’t be complete without a sleeper train journey. With padded bunks and vendors selling chai, this is a quintessential Indian experience.

Jaipur Tordi

Agra Overnight Train

The village of Tordi is a place few travellers get to see. Spend a night in a World Heritage-listed palace in this peaceful town. Days 1-2 Delhi Explore Old Delhi with the help of a local guide. Pay a visit to Jama Masjid, the city’s oldest mosque, and learn about Sikh history at Sheeshganj Gurudwara. Days 3-5 Varanasi Follow in the footsteps of Hindu pilgrims and travel to the holy city of Varanasi. Witness devotees bathing in the Ganges River and paying homage to their ancestors. Day 6 Agra Take an overnight train to Agra and ponder the incredible beauty of the Taj Mahal. Day 7 Tordi Travel through the countryside to Tordi. Scramble onto a camel cart for a village tour around the beautiful surroundings. Days 8-9 Jaipur Discover the pink-washed buildings of the ‘Pink City’. Head out on a guided tour of the medieval Amber Fort and hunt for the perfect pottery at the Old Bazaar. Days 10-11 Delhi After a long journey back to Delhi, soak up the last days of this adventure. Perhaps visit Humayun’s Tomb, the 12th-century Qutub Minar or the historic Red Fort. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Varanasi

BASIX

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (5 nts), overnight train (2 nts), heritage property (3 nts) 1 dinner Cycle rickshaw, auto rickshaw, metro, overnight train, private vehicle


Varanasi, India

Tomb of Safdarjung, Western Ghats, IndiaIndia

North India Highlights 9 DAYS, DELHI TO DELHI

Delhi

Discover the man-made wonders strewn across India’s north, from Jaipur’s ‘Palace of the Winds’ to Agra’s iconic Taj Mahal and eponymous fort. Immerse yourself in the spiritual – Delhi’s mosques, Varanasi’s ghats, evening prayer calls, ancient bathing rituals and Ganges candle flower ceremonies. Days 1-2 Delhi Get a taste of Old Delhi’s spiritual side on a walking tour, visiting the city’s oldest mosque and a Sikh temple along the way. Perhaps hop on a cycle rickshaw to navigate the busy streets of the famous Chandni Chowk and see the city’s timeless bazaars and scented spice markets. Day 3 Agra Visit the spectacular Taj Mahal and learn the tragic story behind its construction before visiting the enormous Agra Fort. Days 4-5 Jaipur See why Jaipur is called the ‘Pink City’ during a walking tour. Climb to the hilltop Amber Fort before visiting magical Hawa Mahal. Watch as the building’s ornate architecture becomes a sublime backdrop to an evening sunset. Days 6-7 Varanasi Fly to one of India’s most sacred cities. Soak up the atmosphere of a candle flower ceremony and take a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges. Days 8-9 Delhi Haggle with vendors in colourful bazaars before catching a flight back to the capital.

Jaipur

Agra

IN D IA

HHKH

Varanasi

COMFORT

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (8 nts) 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Plane, cycle rickshaw, metro, private vehicle, train, boat

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Classic South India

Chennai

IN D IA

15 DAYS, CHENNAI TO KOVALAM

Puducherry

With its idyllic lifestyle and contemporary feel, Puducherry is a beautiful seaside town to explore. Go for a boardwalk stroll, kulfi (Indian ice cream) in hand, of course. Take the atmosphere of Darjeeling, add lush tropical jungle, and you have the Western Ghats: a hotspot of biodiversity with waterfalls, spice plantations and a colourful past. Day 1 Chennai Soak up the energy of Chennai, India’s fourth-largest city. Days 2-3 Puducherry Embrace the relaxed fishing-village vibe of Mamallapuram before driving to Puducherry. The next day, enjoy the city’s distinctly European feel on a walking tour. Day 4 Thanjavur Visit the World Heritage-listed Hindu marvel, Brihadeeswarar Temple. Day 5 Karaikudi Step inside the grandiose havelis of Karaikudi. Days 6-7 Madurai Wander through colourful bazaars and visit Sri Meenakshi Temple, a maze of lamp-lit corridors leading to shrines. Days 8-9 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary On the way to Periyar, pass through lush pineapple plantations. Days 10-11 Kochi Encounter Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch influences in delightful Kochi. Day 12 Kumarakom Discover one of rural India’s hidden treasures along the canals of Kerala. Days 13-15 Kovalam Sitting on the Arabian Sea, Kovalam Beach is a great spot to unwind at the end of your trip. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Thanjavur Kochi Kumarakom

Karaikudi Madurai Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Kovalam

HHKS

COMFORT

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (14 nts) 14 breakfasts, 1 dinner Private vehicle, boat

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Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, India

Udaipur, India

South India Revealed

Goa

16 DAYS, TRIVANDRUM TO GOA

Hampi

Overnight Train

A local homestay is a special experience, especially in the lush and serene backwater canals of Kerala. Visit the World Heritage-listed Virupaksha Temple in Hampi, a spectacular monument surrounded by ruins. Day 1 Trivandrum Hang out with the locals on Kovalam Beach or check out the museums, palaces and bazaars. Days 2-3 Varkala Take a dip in the Arabian Sea, practise some yoga or visit the ancient Janardhana Temple. Day 4 Kerala Backwaters Cruise past palm trees, rice fields and coconut groves in a pole boat to reach your homestay. Days 5-6 Kochi Explore the island on a local ferry, then perhaps catch a Kathakali dance performance. Days 7-8 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Journey to a lush park in the Western Ghats Ranges to spot monkeys at play in the wild. Days 9-10 Madurai Weave through chaotic streets filled with bazaars, pilgrims and rickshaws. Days 11-12 Mysore Famous for its silk, incense and sandalwood, relaxed Mysore also boasts amazing temples. Days 13-14 Hampi Wander through the ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire. Days 15-16 Goa Perhaps enjoy a final group dinner before this southern adventure concludes in relaxing Goa. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Overnight Train Kochi Madurai Kerala Backwaters Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Varkala Trivandrum

HHRS

BASIX

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (9 nts), homestay (1 nt), overnight train (3 nts), guesthouse (2 nts) 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Train, boat, private vehicle, public bus, ferry, overnight train

Rajasthan Experience 15 DAYS, DELHI TO DELHI

IN D IA

Mysore

Jaisalmer

Bikaner

Mandawa Delhi

Thar Desert

A camel safari through the remote Thar Desert is not only a highlight of this trip, it also provides the perfect relief from the frenetic streets of Delhi and Jodhpur.

Jodhpur

The tantalising tastes of north Indian cuisine are many and varied, from spicy stuffed baati to sweet saffron-scented kulfi. Day 1 Delhi Welcome to Delhi, India’s rambunctious capital. Day 2 Agra Visit the iconic Taj Mahal. Days 3-4 Jaipur Explore the deserted Mughal kingdom of Fatehpur Sikri before continuing to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Days 5-6 Mandawa Beautifully decorated havelis make for a spectacular open-air museum. Day 7 Bikaner Venture deep into the Thar Desert. Days 8-10 Jaisalmer/Thar Desert Travel through the desert to a sandstone trading centre. Explore markets hidden among the twisting alleys, enjoy a home-cooked dinner and take an overnight camel safari out into the dunes. Day 11 Jodhpur Soak up grand views of India’s ‘Blue City’ from the Mehrangarh Fort ramparts. Days 12-13 Udaipur Rajasthan’s artistic heart is a vision of splendour with white marble palaces and a sparkling lake. Days 14-15 Delhi This magical Rajasthan experience comes to a close back in Delhi on Day 15. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Udaipur

HHKR

Agra

Jaipur

IN D IA

COMFORT

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (6 nts), heritage property (3 nts), camping with facilities (1 nt), resort (4 nts) 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Plane, cycle rickshaw, metro, private vehicle, camel


Udaipur, India

Goa, India

India Real Food Adventure

Delhi Jaipur

15 DAYS, DELHI TO GOA

Udaipur

Meet a passionate local in Agra to learn about Mughal dishes such as keema matar (minced mutton and green peas) and malai ki sabzi (vegetables cooked with cream).

Overnight Train

INDIA

MEXICO

Mumbai

Visit Udaipur’s market to pick up ingredients before preparing your own north Indian thali meal of rice, dal, vegetables, roti, chutney, something sweet and more. Days 1-2 Delhi Tuck into a vegetarian feast at a Sikh temple and meet a spice trader in the Chandi Chowk market district. Day 3 Agra Witness the enduring beauty of the Taj Mahal. Meet a passionate cook in her home for a demonstration and sampling of dishes like Mughlai chicken pulao. Days 4-5 Jaipur Lose yourself in the Palace of Winds, discover the oldest chaiwala (tea vendor) in the city and make your own Rajasthani dishes. Days 6-7 Bijaipur Stay in a 16th-century fortress and dine on traditional desert meals such as ker sangri (spicy beans) and lal maas (spicy meat). Days 8-10 Udaipur Upon arrival in Udaipur enjoy a street food snack tasting and lunch in the Old City. Days 11-12 Mumbai Snack on street foods such as bhel puri (a spicy puffed-rice snack) and visit a restaurant dedicated to Parsi cuisine. Days 13-15 Goa Spend time at a spice plantation. Join a Goan cook for a master class in Portuguese-tinged flavours.

Agra

Bijaipur

Goa

HHZM

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (11 nts), overnight train (1 nt), heritage stay (2 nts) 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Plane, car, metro, private vehicle, train, shuttle bus, overnight train

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South India Real Food Adventure

Bangalore Kodagu

Mysore

12 DAYS, BANGALORE TO KOCHI

IN D IA

Spicy green chillis, mouthwatering mango chutneys and Gawti curries full of garlic are just a few staples of Kodava cuisine – learn more at a hands-on cooking class in Kodagu.

Among the swaying palm trees, lush rice paddies and winding waterways of the Kerala, savour regional favourites at the table of a local family. Day 1 Bangalore Visit a Bangalorean institution to enjoy masala dosa, a stuffed savoury pancake. Days 2-3 Kodagu Walk through a coffee plantation in the Western Ghats and prepare sumptuous Kodava (Coorgi) dishes in a cooking class. Day 4 Mysore Uncover the secrets to the perfect biryani and marvel at the red domes of Mysore Palace. Day 5 Madurai Sample peppercorn semolina, hand-churned ice cream and other Tamil flavours on a street food tour with a local foodie. Day 6 Kanadukathan Take a masterclass in spicy Chettinad cuisine at an impressive 19th-century mansion. Days 7-8 Periyar Visit an aromatic spice plantation, enjoy a guided walk through Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and whip up parotta (layered flatbread) with a Keralan cook. Day 9 Kerala Backwaters Delve into the Kerala backwaters for a homestay. Drift along sleepy rivers on a pole-boat before sitting down to a home-cooked dinner. Days 10-12 Kochi For a fitting end to your journey, take a Keralan sadya (celebration feast) cooking class. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Overnight Train Kochi Kerala Backwaters

Madurai

Kanadukathan

Periyar

HHZI

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (8 nts), homestay (1 nt), heritage stay (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners Private vehicle, boat, overnight train

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Culture Vulture Delhi Make the most of your time in Delhi and take a day tour that covers all the cultural bases. Learn about Gandhi’s life and influence, get a slice of the street food action, explore Hinduism at a local temple, and cup some hot chai in your hands.

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Cycle Rajasthan

Delhi Jaipur

15 DAYS, DELHI TO DELHI

Agra

Pushkar

Take the road less travelled as you cycle through the rural villages and undulating countryside of Rajasthan.

Ranthambhore NP

Venture to the outskirts of Jaipur to discover the rich history and architecture of the Amber Fort with the expertise of a local guide. Day 1 Delhi Get a feel for Old Delhi on a cycle rickshaw tour through its streets. Days 2-3 Jaipur Climb to the hilltop Amber Fort before making tracks to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Day 4 Pushkar Pass several old forts and the holy Pushkar Lake during the ride to sacred Pushkar. Days 5-6 Udaipur Spend a day cycling to the ‘Venice of the East’ and visit City Palace. Day 7 Pangarh Pedal through the Chittorgarh countryside to Pangarh Lake. Day 8 Bijaipur Stay overnight in Castle Bijaipur. Day 9 Bundi Admire stunning murals at the palace that presides over the town’s Brahmin-blue rooftops. Days 10-11 Ranthambhore National Park Embark on a safari in search of deer, monkeys and the elusive Bengal tiger. Day 12 Madhogarh Cycle to rural Rajasthan and stay in a former royal residence. Day 13 Agra Be amazed by the iconic Taj Mahal, a monolithic marvel constructed from marble and inlaid with crystals. Days 14-15 Delhi Visit the Red Fort, then return to the hum of Delhi. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Cycle Kerala

Madhogarh

Bundi Bijaipur

Udaipur

Pangarh

HHXC

IN D I A

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (9 nts), heritage property (3 nts), deluxe permanent tent (1 nt), resort (1 nt) 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch Bicycle, support vehicle, cycle rickshaw, metro, minivan, train

Cherai Beach

Athirappilly Waterfalls

Kochi

8 DAYS, TRIVANDRUM TO KOCHI

Periyar

Cycle to the idyllic backwaters of Kerala, where children often learn to row boats before they ride a bike, and spend a night on a Keralan houseboat. Cool off in the mountain climes of the Western Ghats and maybe even spot a tiger at nearby Periyar National Park. Day 1 Trivandrum Welcome to India! Day 2 Varkala Pedal towards the beach on a flat road. The scenery is memorable, with Kerala on your right and nothing but long stretches of sand, palm trees and the Arabian Sea on your left. Day 3 Kerala Houseboat Cycle to the sleepy backwaters of Kerala and board a houseboat for the evening. Day 4 Periyar Transfer inland for your first ride among the hills of Kerala. Today is a tough but beautiful ride, travelling along winding roads and over verdant green hills. Day 5 Periyar Enjoy an easier ride through the high country and its many tea plantations. Day 6 Kochi Tackle an undulating 35 km stretch this morning before being rewarded by a 20 km downhill stretch to sea level. Days 7-8 Kochi Ride 35 km to Cherai Beach, then take a support vehicle to Athirapilly Waterfalls. Enjoy lunch near the impressive falls then head to Fort Kochi for a guided walking tour of the Mattancherry area and Jewish Quarter. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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INDIA

Kerala Houseboat Varkala Trivandrum

HHXK

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (6 nts), houseboat (1 nt) 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Bicycle, support vehicle, boat


Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, India

Delhi, India

Delhi Thar Desert Jaisalmer Jodhpur Agra Udaipur Varanasi Pushkar Abhaneri Jaipur

Iconic India 37 DAYS, DELHI TO GOA Experience old and new India in the bustling streets of Delhi, where ancient temples stand against billboards advertising Bollywood blockbusters. The city of Madurai showcases southern India at its liveliest. Explore the city’s bazaars and discover the colourful, intricately carved Sri Meenakshi Temple. Golden beaches and age-old fishing villages make Goa one of India’s most tranquil retreats – and the perfect last stop on this epic adventure. Days 1-2 Delhi Discover narrow streets filled with stores selling silk, copper and spices. Days 3-5 Jaisalmer/Thar Desert Sleep under a blanket of stars on an overnight camel safari through the Thar Desert. Days 6-7 Jodhpur Sip on a lassi and admire views of the colossal Mehrangarh Fort. Days 8-10 Udaipur Explore white marble palaces and twisting alleys, then perhaps take a boat ride on the lake. Days 11-12 Pushkar Mingle with holy men in spiritual Pushkar. Days 13-14 Jaipur Witness the gorgeous ‘Palace of the Winds’ and then why not see a Bollywood film. Day 15 Abhaneri Visit the awesome sight of the town’s 20-metre deep stepwell. Days 16-17 Agra Stand in awe of the grand Taj Mahal. Days 18-20 Varanasi Walk the ghats or hire a boat and see the city from the water. Day 21 Delhi Hunt down a curry or three, or maybe pick up some trinkets for friends back home. Day 22

Trivandrum Join the locals for a stroll down Kovalam Beach. Days 23-24 Varkala Sip chai at a cliff-top cafe, munch fresh seafood or visit the colourful Janardhana Temple. Day 25 Kerala Backwaters Enjoy a relaxing homestay. Days 26-27 Kochi Shop in spice bazaars or see the beautiful Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace. Days 28-29 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Be on the look out for wildlife such as bison, wild boar, elephants and spotted deer in this lofty park. Days 30-31 Madurai Discover the Sri Meenakshi Temple. Days 32-33 Mysore Famous for its silk, incense and sandalwood, relaxed Mysore also boasts amazing temples. Days 34-35 Hampi Chill in a cafe over a cup of tea or head to Hampi’s impressive Vittala Temple. Days 36-37 Goa This adventure ends in Goa, famed for its beaches and relaxed pace. Laze on the beach, check out the markets, and indulge in Goa’s delicious cuisine.

IN D IA

Goa Hampi Mysore Kochi Kerala Backwaters Madurai Varkala Periyar Wildlife Flight Not Included Trivandrum Sanctuary

HHRCC

BASIX

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (22 nts), overnight train (6 nts), guesthouse (6 nts), camping with basic facilities (1 nt), homestay (1 nt)

5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Cycle rickshaw, metro, camel, auto rickshaw, public bus, train, private vehicle, overnight train, boat DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Jahangir Mahal, Orchha, India

Panna National Park, India

Unforgettable India

Delhi Agra

15 DAYS, DELHI TO DELHI Situated on the banks of the Betwa River, Orchha has changed little over the centuries. Witness an evening puja (prayer) ceremony at one of the town’s many temples. Hear the success story of how the tigers of Panna National Park were brought back from the brink of extinction to become the thriving population that lives there today. Day 1 Delhi Kick off the adventure in India’s capital. Day 2 Agra Take a train south and visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Days 3-4 Chanderi Soak up the small-town charm of Chanderi. Days 5-6 Orchha Travel to Orchha, a town little changed over the centuries. Enjoy an evening puja (prayer) ceremony and perhaps delve into local flavours on an optional cooking demonstration. Day 7 Alipura Dine at the Alipura Palace. Day 8 Khajuraho The intricate carvings of the Khajuraho temples celebrate Hindu legends, epic battles, and the famed Karma Sutra. Days 9-10 Panna NP/Overnight Train Spend two days on safari in the wilderness, looking for tigers and other creatures. Board an overnight sleeper train to Varanasi. Days 11-13 Varanasi/Overnight Train Ramble the ghats, attend a sunset Ganges candle ceremony and cruise the river, then return to Delhi by overnight train. Days 14-15 Delhi Wander the labyrinthine streets and lively markets of Old Delhi before an optional farewell dinner. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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IN D IA Orchha Chanderi Alipura Khajuraho

HHSU

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ORIGINAL

2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Cycle rickshaw, auto rickshaw, metro, train, overnight train, private vehicle, shuttle bus, van

Overnight Train

Delhi

Jaisalmer Jodhpur Nimaj

Discover the rich history and architecture of the Amber Fort with the expertise of a local guide. The kaleidoscopic magic of the Hall of Mirrors is unforgettable.

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Panna NP

Hotel (8 nts), overnight sleeper train (2 nts), heritage stay (1 nt), resort (1 nt), deluxe permanent tent (2 nts)

11 DAYS, DELHI TO DELHI

Days 1-2 Delhi Explore Old Delhi and visit the impressive Jama Masjid. Day 3 Jaisalmer/Thar Desert Get a taste of nomadic Rajasthani life on an overnight camel safari. Stretch out under a star-studded sky and spot constellations as you drift to sleep. Day 4 Jaisalmer Explore ornate buildings made from the material that dominates the landscape – sand! Day 5 Jodhpur Slurp some of the best lassi in India and wander among thousands of electric-blue buildings that lie beneath hillside Mehrangarh Fort. Day 6 Nimaj Retreat to rural Nimaj and experience a slower kind of Rajasthan life. Days 7-8 Jaipur Discover the ‘Pink City’. Watch a Bollywood blockbuster at an iconic cinema and visit the Rajput architectural masterpiece, the Amber Fort. Day 9 Agra See the romantic monument to end all romantic monuments – Agra’s Taj Mahal needs no introduction. Days 10-11 Delhi Return to Delhi by train and perhaps enjoy a final meal with your fellow travellers.

Varanasi Overnight Train

Maximum group size 12

Rajasthan Adventure Get the chance to travel the way Rajasthani nomads do – by camel. Head into the desert and camp beneath a bed of stars.

Overnight Train

Jaipur

Agra

IN D IA

HHSR

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (5 nts), camping with basic facilities (1 nt), heritage property (3 nts), overnight train (1 nt) 1 breakfast, 2 dinners Cycle rickshaw, metro, private vehicle, camel, overnight train, public bus


Best of India Visit India and follow the famous Golden Triangle. Enjoy the perfect introduction to India’s three most popular destinations - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur - as we explore the icons and discover the secrets of this fascinating region on a 19-day tour. For more info enter HHSGC on intrepidtravel.com Dharamsala, India

Mountains & Mystics of India

Dharamsala/McLeod Ganj Amritsar

Mandi

13 DAYS, DELHI TO DELHI

Shimla

The colonial charm of Shimla Hill Station offers a great introduction to the Himalayas, and the World Heritage-listed ‘toy-train’ is a great way to get there. As the home of the Dalai Lama, tranquil Dharamsala is the ideal place for an enlightening experience of Tibetan spirituality, culture and history. Days 1-2 Delhi Be amazed by the sights, sounds and smells of Old Delhi on a walking tour. Days 3-4 Shimla Journey on the ‘toy train’ to the colonial mountain town of Shimla, where British viceroys once gathered to escape the monsoonal heat. Day 5 Mandi Descend to the banks of the Beas River and discover a town that was once a prominent stop on the salt trading route to Tibet. Days 6-7 Dharamsala/McLeod Ganj Navigate across mountainous roads to the home of the exiled Dalai Lama. Stroll the beautiful gardens of the Norbulingka Institute, which offers a range of on-site workshops and the chance to see the creation of traditional Tibetan art. Days 8-9 Amritsar Visit the Golden Temple, situated in the middle of a sacred lake. Travel to the Wagah border to witness the daily flag ceremony. Days 10-11 Rishikesh Get in touch with spiritual pursuits on a tour of the ‘yoga capital of the world’. Days 12-13 Delhi Return to India’s lively capital for one final curry.

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Delhi

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India Himalaya: Hike, Bike & Raft in Ladakh 11 DAYS, DELHI TO DELHI

Yangthang Hemis Shukpachan

Likir Leh

Whether it’s on a raft, two feet or two wheels, adventure can be found at every paddle, pedal and step in the Ladakh region. Sandwich your adventure with overnight stays in Delhi, India’s chaotic capital that sits in vivid contrast to the peace of the Himalayas. Day 1 Delhi Welcome to chaotic Delhi! Days 2-3 Leh Fly to the high-altitude town of Leh and spend two days acclimatising. Hit the Tibetan market and visit Leh Palace and the Shanti Stupa. Day 4 Likir Experience Ladakh’s famous torrents as you paddle a stretch featuring grade III/IV rapids. Day 5 Yangthang Head to the village of Liker to begin your trek. Hike through villages and cross small passes before arriving in Yangthang, where you’ll camp for the night under the Himalayan stars. Day 6 Hemis Shukpachan Pass through groves of poplar, willow, apricot and apple trees alongside a mountain stream as you hike past Rizong Monastery and Chulichan Nunnery. Day 7 Leh Cross Maptek La (3750 m), pausing to take in the sweeping view before descending to remote Temisgam Village where the trek ends. Days 8-9 Leh Tour Leh’s sights by bike. Embark on a scenic descent from Khardung La on Day 9. Days 10-11 Delhi Return to Delhi for a final evening. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Jaipur, India

Ranthambhore National Park, India

India South & North 29 DAYS, KOCHI TO DELHI The hills, shimmering lakes and royal residences of Udaipur make it one of the most romantic cities in India. Keep on the lookout for leopards, sloth bears, wild boar, elephants, tigers and more on safaris through Periyar, Ranthambhore and Mudumalai national parks. Enjoy a variety of accommodation – from a fortified mansion to a camp site under a blanket of stars in the desert. Days 1-2 Kochi Explore Mattancherry Palace and witness a Kathakali dance performance. Days 3-4 Coonoor Take a ride on Ooty’s famous toy train and visit a tea garden. Day 5 Mudumalai National Park Head out on a safari in search of elephants, sloth bears, leopards and more. Days 6-7 Mysore Discover the riotously colourful interior of the Mysore Maharaja Palace. Day 8 Mamallapuram Cycle around the Shore Temple and see the massive rock carvings. Day 9 Puducherry Visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Day 10 Madurai See the Sri Meenakshi Temple and the Gandhi Memorial Museum. Days 11-12 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Inhale the scents of a spice farm and seek out elephants. Day 13 Kerala Backwaters Share a traditional feast with a local family. Day 14 Kochi Admire the colonial Portuguese, Dutch and British Raj-era architecture of the city. Days 15-16

Delhi Take a cycle rickshaw tour through Old Delhi. Day 17 Agra Be amazed by the iconic Taj Mahal and Red Fort. Day 18 Rural Heritage Stay Journey to rural Rajasthan and stay at a former royal residence. Days 19-20 Jaipur See the Hawa Mahal, the jewel of the ‘Pink City’. Day 21 Ranthambhore National Park Safari into the heart of this stunning park to discover rugged wilderness and hopefully spot exotic animals. Day 22 Bundi Explore the decorative alleyways and visit the 16th-century palace. Days 23-24 Rural Heritage Stay Spend a night camped under the stars and the next in a castle. Days 25-26 Udaipur Fall in love with charming Udaipur. Days 27-28 Pushkar See one of India’s few Brahma temples and journey into the stretching sands of the desert. Day 29 Delhi Return to the hum of Delhi. Perhaps farewell India by treating the tastebuds to one last curry with the group.

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Mudumalai NP Mysore Mamallapuram Coonoor Puducherry Kochi Madurai Kerala Backwaters Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Taj Mahal, Agra, India

India Experience

Delhi Jaipur Agra

Varanasi

23 DAYS, DELHI TO KOVALAM INDIA

From Jaipur’s Palace of the Winds and Royal City Palace to Agra’s Red Fort and the iconic Taj Mahal, India’s man-made beauty will leave you in awe. Delve into India’s deeply spiritual side as you witness ancient bathing rituals on the Ganges, follow the footsteps of pilgrims at Buddhist sites and visit the ghats of Varanasi. Tour a spice plantation and sit down to a delicious home-cooked meal before taking a guided nature walk through the jungle of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Days 1-2 Delhi Get acquainted with Old Delhi on a walking tour, visiting Delhi’s oldest mosque and a Sikh temple. Day 3 Agra Get a taste of India’s rail system on an express journey to Agra. After touring the city from the back of a cycle rickshaw, visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Days 4-5 Jaipur Take a walking tour of the ‘Pink City’ before indulging in a Bollywood blockbuster at a famous cinema. Make sure to snap some pics in front of the Palace of the Winds and Amber Fort. Days 6-7 Varanasi Awash with shrines and temples, Varanasi is one of India’s most sacred cities. Explore the laneways of the Old City on a walking tour and take a sunrise boat ride along the Ganges. Day 8 Delhi Fly back to Delhi. Day 9 Chennai Take a flight to Chennai, where you’ll begin your exploration of India’s south. Days 10-11 Puducherry Embark on a scenic drive to the fishing village of Mamallapuram. Visit

the 8th-century Shore Temple and its mandapams (carved pillars), then continue to the French-infused town of Puducherry. Day 12 Thanjavur Visit the World Heritage-listed marvel, Brihadeeswarar Temple. Day 13 Karaikudi Be sure to sample some spicy Chettinad cuisine after touring the grandiose havelis (mansions). Days 14-15 Madurai Wander through colourful bazaars and lamplit corridors leading to shrines where traditional rituals take place. Days 16-17 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Enjoy a tour and delicious feast at a local spice plantation. Set out on a jungle walk through Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Days 18-19 Kochi Be treated to a classic Kathakali (dramatic dance) performance. Day 20 Kumarakom Discover sleepy Kumarakom in the backwaters of Kerala. Days 21-23 Kovalam Explore ancient sights or laze on the beach before farewelling India.

Madurai

Kochi Kumarakom Kovalam

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Chennai Puducherry Thanjavur Karaikudi Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Jama Masjid, Delhi, India

India & Nepal 19 DAYS, DELHI TO KATHMANDU Discover the man-made beauty that lies across the north of India – from Jaipur’s ‘Palace of the Winds’ and Royal City Palace, Agra’s Red Fort and the iconic Taj Mahal. Be immersed in the spirituality of India – the Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi, the ghats of Varanasi, Kama Sutra carvings in temples and Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Take a jeep safari and jungle walk with an expert resident naturalist in Chitwan National Park, a landscape brimming with exotic bird and wildlife. Days 1-2 Delhi Make a visit to the Jama Masjid, Delhi’s oldest mosque and one of its most impressive buildings, then visit the Sheeshganj Gurudwara to learn about the Sikh religion. Day 3 Agra Learn the tragic story behind the Taj Mahal and take a cycle rickshaw tour of the city. Days 4-5 Jaipur Take a walking tour of the ‘Pink City’, dropping by the opulent Hawa Mahal before visiting the massive Amber Fort. Days 6-7 Varanasi Fly into one of India’s most sacred cities and discover a colourful canvas of temples, shrines and pilgrims. Take a walking tour of the Old City and experience a candle flower ceremony. On Day 7, take a sunrise tour of the Ganges and watch the light gradually illuminate the many ghats and temples along the banks as you pass. Day 8 Delhi Return to Delhi by plane. Days 9-10 Kathmandu Fly to Kathmandu and explore this vibrant city. Weather permitting, take a

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scenic flight over Sagarmatha National Park. Days 11-12 Pokhara Take a boat ride across the second-largest lake in Nepal and visit the Peace Pagoda, where spectacular views of the Annapurnas await. Visit the International Mountain Museum. Days 13-14 Bandipur Explore this hilltop settlement at your own pace. Perhaps choose a hiking trail and trek past traditional Newari houses into verdant forest. Days 15-16 Chitwan National Park Head out across grasslands and through forests on a safari, looking out for great Indian rhino, deer, and exotic bird life. Day 17 Bhaktapur Step back in time on a tour of World Heritage-listed Bhaktapur, the 15thcentury capital of Nepal and the Great Malla Kingdom. Days 18-19 Kathmandu Explore some of Bhaktapur’s famous temples before returning to Kathmandu. Maybe shop for a singing bowl before bidding farewell to your fellow travellers.

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Pokhara Bandipur Chitwan NP

Kathmandu Bhaktapur

Varanasi

INDIA

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Highlights of India & Nepal Adventure and discovery await in this fascinating region. From the sacred River Ganges to the summits of the Himalayas, the bustling streets of Delhi and temples of Kathmandu, discover a unique combo of spirituality, culture and nature. For more info enter HHSEC on intrepidtravel.com Royal Cenotaphs, Orchha, India

Delhi to Kathmandu

Delhi

15 DAYS, DELHI TO KATHMANDU

N E PAL Agra

Explore Old Delhi – where ancient temples stand against billboards advertising Bollywood films – by foot and cycle rickshaw.

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Day 1 Delhi The colourful capital of India will leave a lasting impression. Visit fortified Old Delhi – the crowded, narrow alleyways overflow with sights. Explore India’s largest mosque and stop by a Sikh temple. Day 2 Agra Visit Agra’s most famous monument – the Taj Mahal. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the ornate carvings and bejewelled marble of this mausoleum are truly breathtaking. Spend the afternoon exploring Shah Jahan’s home in Agra, the impressive Red Fort. Days 3-5 Orchha Take a train across classic Indian terrain to one of the most incredible tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh – Orchha Palace. Witness a cooking demonstration by a local family and visit a community project for an insight into paper-making. Day 6 River Ganges Sail down India’s Ganges and see life on the holy Indian river up close. Cruise past villages during the day before camping

overnight on the banks of the sacred river. Days 7-8 Varanasi Nestled on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi is the ultimate destination for Hindu pilgrims. Wander the Old City, take part in a traditional candle-lit flower ceremony and cruise down the river at sunrise, past pilgrims absolving their sins on the ghats of Varanasi. Day 9 Lumbini Cross the border into Nepal and travel to the birthplace of Buddha, the beautiful town of Lumbini. Explore the Maya Devi Temple, one of Buddhism’s holiest sites. Days 10-12 Chitwan National Park Look out for tigers, rhinos, monkeys, deer and Nepalese wild chickens on safari through Chitwan National Park. Days 13-15 Kathmandu Pass rice terraces, deep gorges, rivers and the snow-capped peaks in the Himalayas en route to Kathmandu. Visit the holy sites of Swayambhunath Temple, Bodhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath.

Chitwan NP Kathmandu

River Ganges Orchha

Get a real insight into local life in Orchha – witness a cooking demonstration with a local family, attend a local prayer ceremony and visit a community project. Sitting at the base of the Himalayas, the dense forests of Chitwan National Park offer some of the best wildlife-spotting in Asia.

Lumbini

Varanasi

Overnight Train

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Base Camp Trek, Nepal

Base Camp Trek, Nepal

Everest Base Camp 15 DAYS, KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU View the mighty Himalayan Mountains like never before on a spectacular light aircraft flight over the range.

Mt Everest

N E PAL Everest Base Camp

Kathmandu Lukla

Trek to Everest Base Camp, the starting point for all mountaineering expeditions to the world’s highest peak. Stay in a variety of teahouses. Some of the accommodation can be basic, but it’s all part of an authentic Himalayas experience. Day 1 Kathmandu Rich in artistic and cultural heritage and full of fascinating sights, vibrant Kathmandu is an excellent launching point for the adventure ahead. Early arrivals may want to stroll to Durbar Square, relax in a cafe with a cup of chai, wander the markets or tuck into some local cuisine. Meet your group and leader this evening, then perhaps head out for dinner at a local restaurant. Days 2-13 Everest Base Camp Trek Catch an early morning flight to Lukla and prepare to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Surrounded by some of the world’s most untouched and breathtaking scenery, rest in local teahouses by night and explore the diversity of Himalayan landscapes, traditions and faiths by day. Follow remote mountain paths, crossing glaciers, traversing valleys and climbing vertiginous passes to the foot of Mt Everest, while acclimatising to the high altitudes. From Everest Base Camp, head

back down to Gorak Shep and make the tough trek to Kala Patthar (5545 metres) for exceptional views of Everest, Lhotse and the other jagged peaks of this awe-inspiring region. No doubt this will be an emotional moment, so take some time to let it sink in. On the descent, call in at Tengboche Monastery and the Sherpa Heritage Foundation along the way to learn about Sherpa culture. Return to Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu. Days 14-15 Kathmandu The flight from Lukla to the capital is nothing short of spectacular, with impressive views back across the Himalayan slopes. Soak up more of Kathmandu’s unique atmosphere with a spot of shopping – clothing, pashmina shawls and handicrafts are just a few of the things on offer here. Alternatively, take a trip over the Bagmati River to the adjacent city of Patan, a maze of temples and monasteries.

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Base Camp Trek, Nepal

Everest & Annapurna Conquer Everest's Base Camp, a holy grail for mountaineers, and complete the arduous Annapurna Circuit on this challenging trekking adventure. For more info enter HNXAC on intrepidtravel.com Kathmandu, Nepal

Experience Nepal 10 DAYS, KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU Raft the rapids of the Trisuli River before setting up camp on the bank and sleeping out under the stars.

Kathmandu

Stay in lesser-known places such as Namobuddha and Balthali and discover these hidden gems far removed from the bustle of the capital. site. Afterwards, visit the intriguing Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. Day 6 Pataleban Head out of the Kathmandu Valley towards Pataleban, a place nestled away from the main tourist routes and home to one of Nepal’s few wineries. Stop in Dhulikhel to explore the bazaar, temples and see the valley from a great viewpoint before arriving at your accommodation. Day 7 Pataleban Pass through lush forests home to various bird species, spotted deer and monkeys on a guided half-day hike with a local guide to Indra Daha. Day 8 Trisuli River Raft down the Trisuli River before setting up camp on the bank and sleeping out under the stars. Day 9 Kathmandu Jump back on the water for a morning of white water fun. Enjoy a picnic lunch out in the fresh air before heading back to the busy city streets of Kathmandu. Day 10 Kathmandu The tour ends after breakfast today.

Pataleban

Bhaktapur

This well-rounded trip lets you experience all aspects of the country: tour religious sites, explore ancient trading towns and get active amongst stunning scenery.

Days 1-2 Kathmandu Discover colourful bazaars, labyrinthine alleys, bustling squares and ancient palaces on a heritage walking tour of Nepal’s capital. Visit Pashupatinath, one of the holiest temples for Hindus around the world and see pilgrims spinning prayer wheels at the largest Buddha stupa in Nepal. Day 3 Bhaktapur Venture out to the medieval town of Bhaktapur and lose yourself in its quiet, old-world charm. See century-old temples and squares steeped in history. Day 4 Balthali Make your way to the fringes of the Kathmandu Valley, stopping at the ancient town of Panauti before hiking out to the hilltop village of Balthali. See sprawling green hills and tranquil farms nestled beneath the mighty Himalayas. Day 5 Namobuddha Traverse terrace fields, trek through open pastures, pass quaint villages and cut through dense forest up to Namobuddha, a sacred Buddhist

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Trisuli River

Namobuddha

Balthali

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Gokyo lakes Nepal

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes 19 DAYS, KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU You’ll need a new word to describe the colour blue after seeing the Gokyo Lakes. Enjoy spectacular views of Everest while trekking around these pristine glacial pools.

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Call in at a mountainside monastery, home to Buddhist monks and nuns, and see such treasures as the (alleged) scalp and hand of a Yeti. Day 1 Kathmandu Explore Kathmandu. Day 2 Phakding Fly past giants of the Himalayas. Days 3-4 Namche Bazaar Follow a trail lined with blue pines. Day 5 Mongla Trek the slopes of towering Khumbila. Day 6 Dole Rise above the tree line and pass yak herding settlements. Day 7 Machhermo Climb out of the Dole Valley and past barren alpine scenery. Day 8 Gokyo Trek out of the Machhermo Valley. Day 9 Machhermo Hike up Gokyo Peak for stunning panoramas. Day 10 Phortse Discover Phortse. Day 11 Dingboche Pass old glacial moraines. Day 12 Lobuje Climb the moraines and see tiny memorials built to honour those lost on expeditions. Day 13 Gorak Shep/Everest Base Camp Follow yaks and porters to Base Camp. Day 14 Kala Patthar/Pheriche Head down the valley to Pheriche. Day 15 Namche Bazaar Descend through to Phunki Tenga. Day 16 Phakding Begin the return journey. Day 17 Lukla Farewell the porters. Days 18-19 Kathmandu Return to Kathmandu to reflect on your trek. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Gorak Shep/ Everest Base Camp Lobuje Kala Patthar/ Gokyo Pheriche Macchermo Dingboche Dole Phortse Mongla Namche Bazaar Phakding Lukla

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Maximum group size 12 Hotel (3 nts), teahouse (15 nts) No meals included Plane, private vehicle

Classic Nepal

Annapurna

11 DAYS, KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU Whether it’s flying, hiking, driving or canoeing, this trip will let you experience Nepal’s stunning natural beauty from all angles.

Pokhara Bandipur

Kathmandu Bhaktapur

Chitwan NP

Take a jeep safari and jungle walk with an expert resident naturalist through Chitwan National Park, a beautiful sanctuary brimming birdlife and other wildlife. Days 1-2 Kathmandu Hit the streets of Thamel to see how this heritage driven city has recovered from the devastating 2015 earthquake. Days 3-4 Pokhara Take a boat ride on a lake so still that it reflects the mountains, then visit the Peace Pagoda. Days 5-6 Bandipur Take in the views and explore this incredible settlement – virtually unchanged for centuries – while witnessing the workings of a traditional Newari village. Days 7-8 Chitwan National Park Get to know the residents of this region – rhinos, deer, birdlife and more – on a wildlifespotting safari by jeep and dugout canoe. Day 9 Bhaktapur Visit the former capital of Nepal, Bhaktapur. Spend some time meandering the streets and temples, making sure to explore the 15th-century palace and the fivestorey pagoda at Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Days 10-11 Kathmandu Explore Bhaktapur further before returning to Kathmandu in the late afternoon for a final dinner with the group. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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HNKA

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Spiritual Nepal Cover all spiritual bases on this multi-faith Kathmandu tour. Meet dreadlocked Hindu holy men, learn about Buddhism from a local monk, and then look into your future with a local astrologer. Fingers crossed there’s travel, glory, romance and a lottery win ahead! For more info head to urbanadventures.com

Nepal: Hike, Bike & Raft 12 DAYS, KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU Hike the foothills of the Annapurnas, raft on the Trisuli River, mountain bike in the Kathmandu Valley and cruise across beautiful Phewa Lake.

Australian Camp

Lowang

Pokhara

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Tamang Heritage & Langtang Valley Trek 15 DAYS, KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU An overnight homestay with a local family in Briddim allows you to share stories, experience some traditional home cooking and sleep overnight in a wooden home. Discover a 100-year-old monastery in the village of Gatlang then head out to find Parvati Kunda, the secret lake revered for its apparent powers of fertility. Day 1 Kathmandu Explore the streets of Kathmandu. Day 2 Syabrubesi Climb to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, eventually arriving at the Trisuli Bazaar. Day 3 Gatlang Make the challenging climb to Gatlang, which boasts the 100-year-old Tamang monastery. Day 4 Tatopani Prepare for a knee-busting climb to Chilime. Day 5 Thuman Pass through prehistoric jungles on the way to Thuman. Day 6 Briddim Experience a homestay with a local family.  Day 7 Lama Hotel Continue through the hilly region of Khangjim and Sherpagoan. Day 8 Langtang Visit Langtang National Park, home to red pandas, black bears and snow leopards. Days 9-10 Kyanjin Take the trail up towards the rebuilt village of Kyanjin and enjoy a day to unwind. Day 11 Lama Hotel Head back down the trail, stopping at Lama Hotel. Day 12 Thulo Syabru Descend through corn fields and pass the Trisuli River. Day 13 Nuwakot Unwind at The Famous Farm. Days 14-15 Kathmandu This challenging and satisfying hiking trip comes to an end.

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Kathmandu

Trisuli River

Learn about local ethnic cultures on a hike through the villages around Lawang, home to the Gurung, Magar, Brahmin, Chhetri and Dalit people. Days 1-3 Kathmandu Explore Kathmandu, visiting the iconic Bodhnath stupa and Pashupatinath temple. Enjoy a cruisy cycling trip in the north of the Kathmandu Valley, stopping in villages and tackling single track trails. Day 4 Trisuli River Embark on a rafting adventure along the rapids leading to Muwa Khola and camp out for the night. Days 5-6 Pokhara Enjoy some more rafting, have lunch in Kurintar, then drive to Pokhara. Ride a mountain bike to the Peace Pagoda for spectacular views. Day 7 Lowang Trek from Milanchok to Lawang, passing through Gurung villages along the way. Settle into a homestay. Day 8 Australian Camp Continue trekking to Australian Camp via Dhampus, heading through rhododendron and pine forest, past locals tending the fields. Days 9-10 Pokhara Trek up to Ghattekhola or Phedi (via Kande and Dhukur) to Pokhara. Unwind with a yoga class. Days 11-12 Kathmandu Finish back in the capital and celebrate with a farewell dinner.

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Thuman

Briddim Lama Hotel

Tatopani

Kyanjin Langtang Thulo Syabru

Gatlang Syabrubesi

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Nuwakot Kathmandu

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Annapurna Trek, Nepal

Annapurna Range, Nepal

Annapurna Explorer

Annapurna Range Annapurna Circuit Trek

16 DAYS, KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU Climb to the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit, crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5416 metres to reach a traditional stupa adorned with prayer flags. See two sides of Nepal. Admire both the silence and solitude of the mountains and the bustling streets of Kathmandu. Day 1 Kathmandu Dive into the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. Explore its vibrant city centre and make sure to try a steaming plate of traditional momos. Day 2 Ngadi Drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar, where you’ll have lunch before trekking to Ngadi. Days 3-12 Annapurna Circuit Trek Wander through rice paddies, follow winding trails through sub-tropical forest, cross suspension bridges swaying over raging rivers, pass waterfalls of melted snow and climb steep mountain passes. Over the next ten days you’ll come across isolated mountain communities, each with different ancestral customs and traditions. Be prepared to be inspired, mesmerised, challenged and delighted. Days 13-14 Pokhara Fly to the lakeside town of Pokhara – the perfect place to put your feet up and take a well-earned rest after days of trekking. Days 15-16 Kathmandu Jump back into the pandemonium of Kathmandu – a vivid and wonderful contrast to time spent in the mountains. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Annapurna Sanctuary 16 DAYS, KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU Encounter a myriad of natural wonders during an intense, 10-day trek, including a breathtaking sunrise illuminating the snowy peaks of the Annapurna ranges.

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Jomsom Pokhara

Kathmandu

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Annapurna Range Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

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Pokhara

Following an unforgettable trek, unwind with a free day in Pokhara, enjoying a well-earned hot shower and cold beer. Day 1 Kathmandu Nepal’s capital swarms with life and colour. Day 2 Pokhara Leave Kathmandu and make tracks for picturesque Pokhara, the gateway to some of Nepal’s greatest treks. Days 3-13 Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Hike through lowland pastures and peaceful villages, and be surrounded by beautiful landscapes. The everchanging scenery covers some of the most ruggedly beautiful mountains in the world – it’s easy to understand why Nepal has long been revered by adventure travellers. See thundering waterfalls of melted snow and cross icy rivers, then reward yourself with a soak in the natural hot springs. Day 14 Pokhara Return to Pokhara and enjoy a well-earned shower and post-trek feast. Days 15-16 Kathmandu Journey back to bustling Kathmandu and see the city in a whole new light after days of rugged mountain wilderness. Enjoy an optional farewell dinner with your group to celebrate your Nepal trekking holiday. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Kathmandu

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Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal & Bhutan Journey Discover the colourful world of Nepal and distinctive, remote Bhutan. Head from travellers’ favourite Kathmandu to Asia’s best kept secret on this Comfort-style trip. For more info enter HNKBC on intrepidtravel.com Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan

Bhutan Discovered 7 DAYS, THIMPHU TO PARO

Tiger’s Nest Monastery

One of the happiest places on earth, Bhutan is a paradise with no traffic lights, pristine wilderness and some amazing feats of archery.

Day 1 Thimphu Embark on a winding trip, alongside mountains, rivers, and fields of red rice, from Paro airport to the valley of Thimphu. Visit Nado, Bhutan’s renowned traditional incense maker and the colourful Gagyel Lhendup Weaving Centre before some free time to explore the streets of Bhutan’s capital. Sample Bhutanese cuisine with a group dinner. Day 2 Thimphu Enjoy an early morning walk to Cheri monastery, then return to Thimphu for an afternoon of sightseeing. Visit the Memorial Chorten, Dubthob Nunnery, School of Arts and Crafts and Bhutan’s National Library. Spend time at the Thimphu Handicraft Emporium, a small, family-run enterprise that manufactures paper products using traditional methods, before gazing at Kuenselphodrang, the world’s largest sitting Buddha. Day 3 Punakha Drive to the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. On the way, stop

at Dochu La pass (3048 metres) for a breathtaking view of the eastern Himalayas. Also stop to stretch your legs on a short walk to the three towers of Chimi Lhakhang, situated at the confluence of two rivers before arriving in Punakha. Day 4 Punakha Explore this small town with your leader. Visit beautiful towers of the Punakha Dzong, widely considered the most beautiful dzong in the country, and take an optional hike to Khamsum Valley monastery and take in the view. Day 5 Paro Head back to Thimphu through the Paro Valley – it’s a long day of driving, but the views are spectacular. Day 6 Tiger’s Nest Monastery After an early breakfast, embark on what is bound to be a trip highlight – a hike to the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), a magnificent monastery that clings to a rock cliff 900 metres above the valley floor. Day 7 Paro The adventure comes to an end after breakfast today.

Punakha

Paro Thimphu

Discover Bhutan’s distinctive dzongs, or fortress-monasteries, and pay a visit to arguably the most beautiful one in the country – Punakha Dzong. Though quite vigorous, the uphill trek to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) is richly rewarding and well worth the effort.

BH U TA N

HJKB

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SHort Break Adventures

Taj Mahal Extension 3 DAYS, DELHI TO DELHI

HHAJ-O/C

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Experience the Taj Mahal, India’s enduring monument to love. Beginning in Delhi, get things started with a guided exploration of Old Delhi before journeying to Agra to see this iconic site. Watch the marble change in colour beneath the hot sun, and hear the heartfelt story of its purpose as a shrine to a lost queen. There’s also time to experience the expansive Red Fort and deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri.

} Explore Old Delhi with a local guide } Tour the beautiful Taj Mahal and Agra’s Red Fort } Visit the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri

Varanasi Extension

Kathmandu Discovery

3 DAYS, VARANASI TO VARANASI

4 DAYS, KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU

HHAV-O/C

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HNAH-O

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See life and death collide on the banks of the Ganges. An atmospheric blend of temples, lanes, ghats and bazaars, Varanasi is one of the world’s true holy cities. Sail the Ganges at dawn for a magical experience as the sun rises over pilgrims absolving their sins, and witness life on the banks of this sacred river. Soak up the spiritual atmosphere of an evening candle flower ceremony and visit the important Buddhist site of Sarnath.

Get to know Kathmandu on a deeper level during this four-day break. Visit important Hindu and Buddhist sites and learn from both Buddhist monks and Sadhus – Hindu holy men. Explore Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park and hike to a hidden monastery for spectacular views of the Kathmandu Valley, then take a Nepali cooking class and learn about a social enterprise that’s been helping marginalised local women for 12 years.

} Cruise along the Ganges at sunrise } Wander through Varanasi, India’s spiritual capital } See where Buddha held his first sermon at Sarnath

} Discover Kathmandu’s multifaceted spiritual side } Hike the path to the hidden Nangi Gompa Monastery } Take a Nepali cooking class with the women of Seven Women

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Walking Annapurna

Inside-Out Kathmandu

5 DAYS, POKHARA TO POKHARA

4 DAYS, KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU

HNAA-B

HNAK-B

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This active adventure take you to one of the most beautiful and remote pockets of the world. Hike through alpine meadows, lush forests and rolling fields of wildflowers while trekking in the shadows of snowcapped peaks. Seek refuge at rural villages, meet locals, observe the traditional Nepalese way of life, and enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna region on this unforgettable journey through Nepal.

Discover the beautiful countryside surrounding Kathmandu on an active four-day short break. Trek from Shivapuri to Bhaktapur and meet with monks, watch an unforgettable sunrise and explore medieval towns – all in view of the vast Himalayas. Follow a scenic route through terraced fields, pine forests and gentle hills. Along the way, stay in a simple yet comfortable teahouse and get an up-close look at Nepalese life.

} Admire wildflowers and lush scenery } Stay in Nepal’s remote villages } Behold the glory of the Annapurnas

} Dive into the colour of Kathmandu } Trek through the Himalayas } Stay in a traditional teahouse

Everest in Full Picture

Chitwan Extension

5 DAYS, KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU

4 DAYS, KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU

HNAD-B

HNAC-O

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Perfect for those with limited time in their schedule, this short-butsweet trek through remote villages and up twisting stone steps is a great way to get up close and personal with the world’s tallest mountain and experience life in the Himalayas along the way. Stay in teahouses, cross fast-flowing rivers, climb to the world’s highest hotel and take in unobstructed views of Everest and the surrounding Himalayas.

Once home to a royal hunting reserve, this premier nature park is now the place to spot rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, sloth bears, deer, pythons and – fingers crossed – the elusive Bengal tigers. See endangered gharial crocodiles gliding through the murky Rapti River on a boat ride, head out on a jeep safari and witness a traditional stick dance performance. Conclude this wild adventure with your own exploration of Kathmandu.

} Visit the highest hotel in the world } See Mt Everest in all its glory } Stroll the markets of Namche Bazaar

} Go on safari to see wildlife up close } Spot up to 400 species of bird } Enjoy a traditional Tharu dance

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Sri Lanka No longer obscure to the inquisitive traveller, nor overshadowed by heavyweight counterparts India and Nepal, Sri Lanka is studded with natural, architectural and cultural highlights. Find blissful beaches, rolling green landscapes and delectable food that will blow the mind of even the most seasoned adventurer.

WEATHER Colombo Kandy

Monsoon 25-35ยบC Hot & dry 25-35ยบC Pleasantly warm 20-30ยบC


Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Circle Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura Polonnaruwa

15 DAYS, NEGOMBO TO COLOMBO

Dambulla/Sigiriya

Explore the ruined cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, and wander through the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.

Negombo

Lion Rock at Sigiriya is an amazing rock fortress, one of the true highlights of this country. Ready your camera for superb views from the top. Swap a jungle eco-lodge for the beautiful beach town of Mirissa and enjoy a couple of relaxing days swimming, fishing and living it up in a low-key fashion. Day 1 Negombo Get into the spirit of seaside Sri Lanka in Negombo. Days 2-3 Anuradhapura Journey to Sri Lanka’s most important ancient city. Take a guided cycling tour through the city and surrounding ruins, and perhaps an optional visit to Mihintale – the mountainous birthplace of Sri Lankan Buddhism. Day 4 Polonnaruwa The 1000-year-old remains of Polonnaruwa feature beautiful palaces, temples, stupas and massive stone Buddhas. Day 5 Dambulla Discover Dambulla’s beautifully preserved complex of cave temples and the 150-odd Buddha images adorning them. In the afternoon, relax by the pool or take an optional wildlife safari. Days 6-7 Kandy Climb to the top of Sigiriya, the ancient rock fortress, for glorious views before exploring Sri Lanka’s culture capital. Visit the Temple of the Tooth, Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist site, as well as a nearby tea factory

for a guided tour to learn about Sri Lanka’s best-known beverage. Day 8 Bandarawela Embark on a scenic train journey through the highlands to Bandarawela, then learn the secrets of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine at a local’s house. Days 9-10 Tamil Village Hike through picturesque tea plantations and small Tamil villages to a tea worker’s house for lunch. Spend an evening glamping at an eco-lodge in the jungle. Swim, fish and enjoy a barbecue dinner around a bonfire. Days 11-12 Mirissa Drop by a project that rehabilitates orphaned elephants, then continue to the beautiful beach town of Mirissa for some serious R&R with your accommodation just metres from the water. Rent a bike, swim, or just hang by the beach. Day 13 Galle Stroll around this colonial-era city’s ramparts at dusk. Days 14-15 Colombo Take a train to Colombo, where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour before the trip ends.

Kandy S R I LA N K A

Colombo

Galle

HPSH

Bandarawela/ Tamil Village Kuda Oya Mirissa

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Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Explorer

Jaffna

12 DAYS, NEGOMBO TO COLOMBO Open skies, swaying palm trees and glittering waters – Trincomalee beach is a postcardperfect landscape. Kick back in the sun on this bright and sandy shoreline. Considered off limits for years due to the civil war, the gates to culture-filled Jaffna are open to adventurers once more. Discover Tamil tradition in this colourful city. Day 1 Negombo Relax on Negombo’s sweeping beach. Day 2 Anuradhapura Journey north to Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s former ruling city. Visit Mihintale Hill and the surrounding ancient ruins. Days 3-4 Jaffna Take a train to formerly inaccessible Jaffna. Visit grand temples and tour some of the city’s best sites before cooking a traditional meal with a Jaffna family. Days 5-6 Trincomalee Discover the beach vibes of Trincomalee. Day 7 Dambulla See the World Heritage-listed Dambulla Cave Complex. Consider taking an optional safari into the Minneriya National Park. Day 8 Wasgamuwa NP Learn about an organisation helping to protect elephants and support farmers before searching for wildlife at Wasgamuwa National Park. Days 9-10 Kandy Stop at a fragrant spice garden on your way to Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth. Days 11-12 Colombo Wander the buzzing bazaar in Pettah, Independence Square and Colombo’s museums before an optional farewell dinner. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Trincomalee

Anuradhapura

Dambulla Wasgamuwa NP Negombo

Kandy

Colombo

HPSS

S R I L A N KA

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (11 nts) 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner Private vehicle, train, public bus, bicycle

Simply Sri Lanka

SR I LA N K A Dambulla

8 DAYS, NEGOMBO TO COLOMBO Learn to relax in true Sri Lankan style at Unawantuna. Grab a cocktail at a restaurant, work on your tan on the beach or explore the Dutch colonial buildings in nearby Galle. Kandy is not only a sacred Buddhist city, it’s Sri Lanka’s cultural heart. Visit the goldroofed temple housing Buddha’s tooth before exploring this pedestrian-friendly town. Day 1 Negombo Pull up a deck chair on the beach and look out over the Indian Ocean. Day 2 Dambulla Leave Negombo and head for Dambulla, arriving just after midday. Choose to take an optional jeep safari to a nearby wildlife reserve or check out the Dambulla Caves. Days 3-4 Kandy Rise early to climb to the top of Sigiriya for glorious views. Head to cultural Kandy, stopping en route at an aromatic spice garden. Visit the Temple of the Tooth, Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist site. Days 5-6 Unawatuna Spend free time exploring the palm-tree beaches and unhurried streets of Unawatuna. Perhaps make a side trip to Galle, an atmospheric town of Dutch colonial-era buildings and boutique cafes, and stroll around the city’s 16th-century fort. Days 7-8 Colombo Leave Unawatuna and make the short journey to Galle, where you’ll jump on a train to Colombo. Tour this cosmopolitan city before enjoying a final Sri Lankan feast with your fellow travellers. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Kandy

Negombo Colombo

Unawatuna

HPRS

BASIX

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COLOMBO Eat, Eat, Repeat Sightseeing makes us hungry, which is why we’ve loaded this Colombo walking tour with tons of food stops to keep you fuelled along the way! See the city sites while tasting typical Sri Lankan street food like hoppers, wadai, and kothu from the places where locals love to snack. For more info head to urbanadventures.com Kandy, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike & Kayak

S R I LA N K A Sigiriya

13 DAYS, NEGOMBO TO COLOMBO Encounter Sri Lanka’s rich plant life while hiking through the Knuckles Mountain Range, named for its fist-like appearance. Spot birdlife and watch as Sri Lanka’s forested landscape shifts with the flow of the Kalu Ganga River on a three-day kayaking expedition. Day 1 Negombo Get into the spirit of seaside Sri Lanka in Negombo. Day 2 Sigiriya Visit an ancient rock fortress, then embark on a wildlife safari through Minneriya National Park. Days 3-4 Knuckles Trek through the peaks and folds of the Knuckles Mountain Range, perhaps stopping at villages along the way. Days 5-6 Kandy Visit the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth. Afterwards, enjoy a free day in town to explore the royal palaces and museums. Day 7 Hatton Take a scenic mountain bike trip through the tea plantations of this idyllic countryside. Day 8 Ratnapura Mountain bike across the central highlands towards Balangoda. Days 9-10 Kalu Ganga River Prepare for three big days kayaking along the Kalu Ganga River. Camp overnight at a local village. Days 11-12 Mt Lavinia Explore coastal Kalutara before arriving at Mt Lavinia, famous for its ‘Golden Mile’ of beaches. Day 13 Colombo Your trip ends after breakfast in cosmopolitan Colombo.

Knuckles Kandy Hatton

Negombo Colombo Mt Lavinia

Ratnapura

Kalu Ganga River

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Classic Sri Lanka

SR I LA N K A

8 DAYS, NEGOMBO TO COLOMBO

Anuradhapura

Sri Lanka’s tropical forests were practically tailor-made for a safari adventure. Search for elephants, sloth bears, and sambar deer at Minneriya National Park. Discover evidence of ancient lives carved into the earth, from the cave temple of Dambulla to the soaring fortress of Lion Rock. Day 1 Negombo Ayu-bowan! Welcome to Sri Lanka. Days 2-3 Kandy Make tracks for rainforest-rimmed Kandy and witness a traditional dance performance. Travel into the highlands, where verdant tea plantations cover sloping hills. Day 4 Sigiriya Visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth, which houses a relic of the Lord Buddha (no prizes for guessing which one). In the afternoon explore the mural covered walls of the cave temples of Dambulla. Day 5 Sigiriya Discover the ancient rock fortress that rises 180 metres above the surrounding plains in Sigiriya. Later, take a safari drive through Minneriya National Park and try to spot the elephants, sambar deer and leopards that call it home. Day 6 Anuradhapura Make tracks for some of the country’s best-looking ruins in Anuradhapura, stopping en route to see the Aukana Buddha statue. Days 7-8 Colombo Explore this populous city at your own pace (but try and keep up). Temples, tuk-tuks and trinkets – it’s all here. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Sigiriya Negombo Colombo

HPKS

Kandy

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Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society At the Intrepid Group, we’re the industry leaders on elephant-friendly tourism, which makes our foundation’s partnership with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society a no-brainer. The organisation is fostering stronger human-elephant relationships, helping both parties in the process. For more info head to theintrepidfoundation.org

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure

S R I LA N K A Sigiriya

12 DAYS, NEGOMBO TO COLOMBO Enjoy local hospitality in a variety of Sri Lankan kitchens – tucking into the hot peppers of Tamil, sour curries of Sinhalese and chunky lamprais of Burgher cuisine. Head to the heartland of Sri Lankan tea production in the rolling green highlands of Bandarawela, and get a cup of the country’s signature brew. Treat your palate to magnificent flavours while snacking through the streets of Colombo, trying ‘short eats’ like hoppers and the famous kottu roti. Day 1 Negombo Pull up a deck chair and relish views of the Indian Ocean before a welcome dinner. Days 2-3 Dambulla Wake early to catch the Negombo seafood auctions on the beach. Drive to a coconut plantation for a toddy tasting and join a local family for lunch. See Sigiriya’s fortress and learn about an ancient farming system. Back in Dambulla, wander through a wholesale market and perhaps set out on an evening street food crawl. Days 4-5 Kandy En route to the spiritual heart of the country, enjoy lunch in a fragrant garden in the renowned spice-growing region of Matale. Next, slide in alongside worshippers at Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth, where Lord Buddha’s sacred molar lies. Days 6-7 Bandarawela Spot tiny mountain villages and waterfalls on the train ride to the cool highlands forming the heart of Sri Lanka’s famous tea producing region. Take a walk through the verdant

surrounds to get a crop-to-cup experience. Savour traditional Tamil cuisine in Haputale, eating dosa (crispy rice pancakes) and idli (savoury steamed rice cakes) served with curry sauces. Day 8 Yala National Park Visit a farm to sample buffalo curd and dodol (toffee-like sweets). Search for leopards that lounge in trees, crocodiles that patrol the river and wild elephants that graze the savanna of Yala National Park during an evening safari tour. Days 9-10 Unawatuna Relax on the southern coast’s sandy beaches and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Admire Galle’s Royal Dutch Fort before returning to Unawatuna. Days 1112 Colombo Head north to the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. Get acquainted with the city’s cosmopolitan charm on a guided walk. As the adventure comes to a close, share a traditional Dutch Burgher feast with your new friends.

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Dambulla Kandy

Negombo Colombo

Bandarawela Yala NP

Galle Unawatuna

HPZM

Mirissa

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

Cycle Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura

Polonnaruwa

14 DAYS, NEGOMBO TO COLOMBO

Dambulla

Cycling allows you to get closer to the real Sri Lanka, with a leopard-spotting safari and scenic train trip taking the sightseeing to the next level.

Negombo

Kandy

Colombo

Hatton Tissamaharama

From the sensational seafood of Negombo to the pulsing night markets of Colombo, Sri Lanka is a feast for the senses. Step back in time as you explore Sri Lanka’s most important religious and heritage sites, including the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kataragama. Day 1 Negombo Ayu-bowan! Welcome to Sri Lanka! Days 2-3 Anuradhapura Kick things off with a testride through the city streets, from the hotel to the busy fish market. Cycle on to Chilaw, past gorgeous fishing villages, the scenic Dutch canal, and coconut plantations. The next day, ride to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Anuradhapura for a guided tour. See the sacred Buddhist Bo Tree among the scattered ruins, and visit temples. Day 4 Polonnaruwa Ride through paddy fields and patches of vivid green jungles to Polonnaruwa, stopping en route at Ritigala Monastery. Day 5 Dambulla Explore the Vihara temple, Parakrama statue and Siva temple. Transfer to Dambulla and perhaps browse the colourful wholesale vegetable market. Days 6-7 Kandy Perched among lush greenery, Sigiriya’s ancient rock fortress strikes an awesome pose against the skyline. Those looking for extra cycling

SR I LA N K A

can head to the nearby Hanthana Mountain Range before re-joining the group and heading to Giragama for a tea factory tour. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. Day 8 Hatton Saddle up for a day trip through leafy tea plantations en route to Maskeliya. Day 9 Tissamaharama Cycle along one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Sri Lanka, passing lush pine forest on the way to Balangoda. Later on, visit an elephant sanctuary. Day 10 Yala National Park Colourful and vibrant, the holy city of Kataragama rivals Adam’s Peak in terms of national importance. After some exploring, take a jeep safari through Yala National Park. Days 11-12 Mirissa Catch an amazing sunset from this long curve of coastline. Make the drive to Galle for a stroll around the ramparts of its Dutch fort. Days 13-14 Colombo Travel to Colombo and celebrate the end of your adventure with a final food crawl in the capital.

Yala NP Mirissa

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CHINA & TIBET You don’t get to be one of the world’s oldest civilisations without accumulating a wealth of history, traditions and formidable man‑made wonders. In China, ancient villages and temples stand alongside megacities defined by space-age skylines. In Tibet, centuries of isolation – both chosen and imposed – have manifested in a kingdom steeped in spirituality. Known for its lonely peaks, Buddhist beliefs and yak butter tea, Tibet’s weather is often cold, but the region is warm in spirit.

WEATHER

Monsoon 25-35ºC Hot & dry 25-35ºC Hot & wet 25-35ºC Pleasantly warm 20-30ºC Warm & wet 20-25ºC Cool 15-20ºC Cold & dry 0-15ºC Below freezing -0ºC


Great Wall Marathon Step your running goals up a notch with this challenging marathon course along one of the world’s most iconic monuments. Choose between the full, half or 10 km run, beginning in Beijing before navigating the rough paths, sloping trails and narrow steps of the Great Wall. For more info enter CBSG on intrepidtravel.com Shanghai, China

China Highlights

Beijing

9 DAYS, SHANGHAI TO BEIJING

High-speed Train

See both sides of China’s personality, from the cobbled streets and tranquil canals of Xitang to the modern thrills of Beijing. Get face-to-face with China’s ancient history while gazing at the thousands of centuries-old warriors that make up the Terracotta Army. Walk an original section of the iconic Great Wall and stay at a family-run guesthouse where home-style cooking and warm hospitality await. Day 1 Shanghai Arrive in Shanghai, the vibrant pulse of modern China. Day 2 Shanghai/Xitang Your leader will show you the way through the chaotic streets of Shanghai, taking you past the Art Deco architecture of the Bund and the narrow laneways of the Old Quarter. Travel to the ancient water town of Xitang and stroll its tranquil, lantern-lit canals. Day 3 Xitang/Overnight Train Get a taste of traditional China today. Chill out by the canals, sip cups of steaming tea or learn about local history at one of the many museums. Get lost among the maze of cobblestone streets – a nice break from the chaos of Shanghai. In the afternoon, board an overnight train bound for Xi’an. Days 4-5 Xi’an Arrive in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province and the beginning of the ancient Silk Road. Explore this lively modern city, bursting with some of China’s most famous cultural and historical attractions, on a

Great Wall

walking tour. Perhaps spend some time in the Muslim Quarter, which is home to lively markets and delicious food options. Visit the imposing Terracotta Army, stoic warriors set out in battle formation, complete with horses and chariots. Learn about this incredible archaeological site and the equally fascinating story of its discovery. Drop by a local family’s home for lunch. Day 6 Great Wall Catch a high-speed train to Beijing and then travel into the countryside. Stay at a familyrun guesthouse close to the Wall and learn the art of making Chinese dumplings with your hosts. Days 7-9 Great Wall/Beijing Spend time ambling along the ancient stone pathways of the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall before returning to Beijing. Visit Tiananmen Square and the spectacular Forbidden City, made up of cavernous halls, temples, gardens and courtyards, before the trip ends on Day 9.

C H IN A Xi'an Shanghai

Overnight Train

Xitang

CBSD

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Beijing to Ashgabat If you’re looking for an adventure truly off the beaten path, meet our epic Silk Road trip. Discover unreal landscapes and venture to places few others see on a 41-day journey from Beijing to Ashgabat. For more info enter CBSBC on intrepidtravel.com

Great Wall, Beijing, China

China Experience

Beijing

19 DAYS, BEIJING TO HONG KONG Find peace in one of the holiest places in China as you trek around Emei Shan and stay in a monastery, waking to the sound of drums and morning prayers. Step back in time with a cruise along the scenic Yangzi River, which meanders through the dramatic Three Gorges. Gain insight into rural Chinese life on a scenic bike ride through Yangshuo’s riverside villages, lush rice paddies and limestone mountains. Days 1-3 Beijing/Great Wall Walk a stretch of the Great Wall of China, check out Tiananmen Square and explore the Forbidden City. Days 4-5 Xi’an The ancient capital of Xi’an is abundant with cultural marvels, including the famous Terracotta Army. Explore these astounding statues with a guide. In your free time, perhaps walk or cycle the city walls, then devour some tasty morsels at the Muslim Quarter’s night markets. Days 6-7 Chengdu This region is home to spicy Sichuan cuisine including the much-loved hot pot (meat and vegetables simmered in spicy broth). Visit the furry residents of the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Days 8-10 Leshan/ Emei Shan Marvel at the world’s largest carved stone Buddha in Leshan en route to Emei Shan. Continue and witness golden summits, monks and pilgrims at one of the most famous Buddhist sites in China. Wake

Great Wall

High-speed Train

up to the sound of drums and prayers and explore the beautiful mountains on foot, taking in awesome natural scenery. Days 11-13 Yangzi River Travel to Chongqing, gateway to the Yangzi River. Enjoy a cruise along a river that has inspired poets, writers and travellers over the centuries. Relax onboard or perhaps take a side trip down a tributary of the river. Day 14 Yichang/Overnight Train Tour the Three Gorges Dam project before boarding an overnight train. Days 15-17 Yangshuo With limestone mountains towering over rice paddies and the meandering Li River, Yangshuo is a traveller’s delight. Cycle through the idyllic countryside passing villages, rivers and farms. Days 18-19 Hong Kong Experience the dynamic atmosphere of Hong Kong, where skyscrapers sit alongside ancient temples. Perhaps sample delicious Cantonese dishes with the group before the trip ends.

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Xi'an

High-speed Train

Yangzi River

Chengdu Emei Shan Chongqing Guilin Liuzhou

CBSE

Yichang Overnight Train Yangshuo High-speed Train Shenzhen Hong Kong

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Danxia, Zhangye, China

Mogao Caves, China

China’s Silk Road

Overnight Train

15 DAYS, BEIJING TO KASHGAR Follow the route of the ancient Silk Road, travelling in the footsteps of countless generations of nomads and traders. Explore the incredible, World Heritage-listed Mogao Caves – a beautiful reminder of the Silk Road’s Buddhist history. Discover the ancient rainbow-coloured landscape of Zhangye, a World Heritage-listed site that looks like pots of bright paint have been spilled across sandstone mountains. Day 1 Beijing Welcome to China’s alluring capital. Perhaps visit some of Beijing’s ancient sites, take a casual stroll along the Great Wall or sample dumplings in free time. Days 2-4 Xi’an Discover the quaint shops and lively markets that line narrow alleyways in Xi’an, China’s former imperial centre. Walk through the Muslim Quarter and perhaps visit the important Great Mosque. Check out the renowned Terracotta Army, comprising thousands of life-sized clay warriors poised for battle. Days 5-6 Zhangye Explore Zhangye’s picture-perfect danxia landscapes during a hike through the region’s renowned geological park, where millions of years of erosion have created rainbow rock formations that resemble an oil painting. Day 7 Jiayuguan Catch the sunrise, then a train to Jiayuguan, the last outpost of the Chinese empire before the Silk Road plunges into the desert. Look

out to the desolate Gobi Desert from the ancient battlements of Jiayuguan Fort. Visit the western end of the Great Wall, straddling the Jiayu pass. Days 8-9 Dunhuang Explore hundreds of Buddhist murals and stone carvings contained in the nearby Mogao Caves. This may well be the greatest collection of Buddhist art in the world. Days 10-12 Turpan Once an important staging post on the Silk Road, Turpan is an oasis town famous for its vineyards, stone fruits, melons and the nearby Flaming Mountains. Visit the ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe, one of Xinjiang’s most impressive historical sites and once home to 7000 people. Days 13-15 Kashgar Arrive in Kashgar after an epic overnight train journey through the Tian Shan mountains. Delve into Kashgar’s Sunday markets, alive with traders selling rugs, hats, spices, medicinal ingredients and various other items.

Kashgar

Turpan

Dunhuang

High-speed Train

C H IN A

CBSZ

Beijing

Jiayuguan Zhangye Xi’an Overnight Train

High-speed Train

ORIGINAL

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Taiji Lesson and Local Breakfast in Beijing Take a kick-ass Taiji boxing class with a Yang-style master then tour the Drum and Bell district with its magical towers before stopping to sample an authentic Chinese breakfast, all with your local guide leading the way. Phew! What a morning. For more info head to urbanadventures.com Yangshuo, China

North China Getaway

Beijing Great Wall

12 DAYS, BEIJING TO SHANGHAI

Overnight Train

Stay overnight near the Great Wall at a family-run guesthouse, and watch the sunrise from a perch on the wall itself. Discover the mountain heights of China in Huangshan, where the stunning rock pinnacles of Yellow Mountain peek through atmospheric mists. Day 1 Beijing Arrive in China’s capital, a city of ancient buildings and architectural marvels. Days 2-4 Great Wall Travel by private bus to the Great Wall and walk on original sections of the wall from hundreds of years ago. Score snaps of one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders at sunrise. Days 5-6 Xi’an Sample street food on a walk through the lively Muslim Quarter, and maybe visit the Great Mosque. Later, salute emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s famous Terracotta Army. Day 7 Shanghai Embark on a walking tour of China’s most dynamic city. Days 8-9 Huangshan Translated as Yellow Mountain, the dramatic peaks populating this beautiful area are breathtaking. Day 10 Hongcun Pass through verdant bamboo and pine forests en route to the age-old village of Hongcun. Amble along the quiet cobblestone streets or hire a bike to pedal out to surrounding villages. Days 11-12 Shanghai Perhaps head out to one of Shanghai’s many rooftop bars before the journey ends. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Xi’an

Overnight Train

C H IN A

Shanghai Hongcun

CBRF

Huangshan

BASIX

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South China Getaway 9 DAYS, SHANGHAI TO HONG KONG Contrast the neon lights, glass skyscrapers and glitzy shopping centres of cosmopolitan Shanghai and Hong Kong with the tranquil karst landscapes of Yangshuo. Hike across the beautiful Longji Rice Terraces, following the contours that snake through the mountains of Longsheng, and visiting local communities along the way. Day 1 Shanghai Kick off the journey in one of China’s most dynamic city. Day 2 Shanghai Use free time to visit the Yuyuan Gardens, learn of China’s intriguing history at the Shanghai Museum, experience a traditional teahouse or marvel at Shanghai’s impressive skyline on a river boat ride. Board an overnight train in the afternoon bound for Guilin. Days 3-4 Longji Rice Terraces Arrive in Guilin, then transfer to Longji. Hike around the land known as the ‘Dragon’s Backbone’. Like an undulating dragon’s tail, the terraces make fascinating patterns following the contours of the steep hillside. Gain an insight into local life with guesthouse stays in two nearby villages: Dazhai and Ping’an. Days 5-7 Yangshuo Welcome to some of China’s most epic landscapes. Take a river cruise, jump on a bike and pedal through the rice paddies and karst-dotted fields, or stroll along the river. Days 8-9 Hong Kong Take in the many lights and sights of HK and perhaps see the city’s legendary skyline from the water. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Shanghai

C H IN A Overnight Train

Guilin Longji Rice Terraces

High-speed Train Shenzhen Hong Kong

Yangshuo

CBRS

BASIX

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China Highlights & Harbin Ice Festival Some of China’s most iconic sites become even more beautiful with a dusting of snow. See the essentials – like the Terracotta Army and Great Wall – then head to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival to fully embrace the frozen glory of winter in China. For more info enter CBSIC on intrepidtravel.com Longman Grottoes, China

Explore China

Beijing

12 DAYS, SHANGHAI TO BEIJING This trip is a fascinating story book of ancient and 20th-century history. The Longmen Grottoes are the most stunning remnants of Tang-era Buddhist art in existence.

Lanzhou

Luoyang

Xiahe

High-speed Train Xi’an

Mingle with monks and experience enchanting ambience and mountain scenery in Xiahe. This Tibetan pilgrimage town is the stuff of legend. Days 1-2 Shanghai See the Art Deco-style buildings of the Bund, admire the feng shui of the Yuyuan Gardens and get a taste of Shanghai’s eclectic food scene. Day 3 Luoyang Take a bullet train to Luoyang. Day 4 Shaolin/ Luoyang Visit Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of kung-fu, and meander through the impressive Pagoda Forest. Days 5-6 Longmen/Xi’an Before taking a bullet train to the ancient Silk Road city of Xi’an, visit the Longmen Grottoes, filled with thousands of 4th-century statues of Buddha. In Xi’an, visit the renowned Terracotta Army. Days 7-8 Xiahe Take a bullet train to Lanzhou, then board a bus to the Tibetan town of Xiahe. See saffron-robed monks go about their daily rituals at the Labrang Monastery, then travel to the Sangke grassland and meet some nomadic Tibetans. Days 9-12 Beijing Stroll the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and enter the Forbidden City before visiting Tiananmen Square and a part of Beijing known for its hutongs (old streets and alleys).

Great Wall

High-speed Train

Shaolin High-speed Train

Shanghai

C H IN A

CBKS

COMFORT

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China’s Harbin Ice Festival 5 DAYS, BEIJING TO BEIJING

Harbin Overnight Train High-speed Train

Marvel at Harbin’s vast winter wonderland of sculptures made of snow and ice. Frosty recreations of famous monuments (made to scale!) are a sight to behold. Get the most of your festival experience with the help of an expert local guide. A city walking tour provides an insight into Harbin’s Russian and Jewish heritage. Day 1 Beijing Begin your winter adventure with a lunchtime group meeting in the Chinese capital. Spend some free time exploring before boarding an overnight train to China’s far north-east. Day 2 Harbin Discover Russia’s influence on the city of Harbin on a guided walking tour. Stroll its frosty streets, visiting Saint Sophia Cathedral and its busy main thoroughfare, Zhongyang Dajie. Day 3 Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival Bundle up as you head to the city’s grand festival of ice and snow. See life-size recreations of famous buildings and characters. An elaborate ice Kremlin and enormous seated Buddha have been featured in previous years. Warm up with a game of ice hockey, ice mini putt or a conventional cup of hot chocolate. Revisit the festival in the evening, when sculptures are lit up in a kaleidoscope of colours. Days 4-5 Beijing Return to Beijing by bullet train and perhaps cap off your adventure with a final feast at a trendy hutong eatery. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Beijing

C H IN A

CBSIS

ORIGINAL

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China: Hike, Bike, Kayak & Kung-Fu Love the idea of getting your blood pumping in south China but also want to see the Great Wall? This 15-day adventure combines a trek along China’s best-known structure wirh an active journey from Beijing to Hong Kong. For more info enter CBXGC on intrepidtravel.com Li River, Guilin, China

South China: Hike, Bike & Kayak 9 DAYS, GUANGZHOU TO HONG KONG Marvel at natural and man-made wonders from the saddle of a bike, from the abandoned towers of Kaiping to the limestone karst-dotted Yangshuo countryside.

C H IN A

Yangshuo

Longji Rice Terraces Guilin High-speed Train

Though Hong Kong is famous for its neon lights and towering skyscrapers, it’s also ripe with lush green space and tranquil fishing villages. Explore its calmer side by kayak. Days 1-2 Guangzhou/Kaiping Arrive in Guangzhou, a city known for its avant-garde architecture. Kick off your adventure with a bike ride through nearby Kaiping. Pedal from village to village, stopping to check out the region’s diaolou (multi-storey tower) clusters as you go. Days 3-4 Longji Rice Terrace/Yangshuo Journey to the stunning rice terraces of Longji. Get amongst the lush surrounds, hiking alongside bamboo and chestnut forests, passing waterfalls and fields, then drive to Yangshuo for a different kind of natural beauty. Days 5-6 Yangshuo Tour Yangshuo’s countryside, dotted with limestone karsts and rice paddies, from the saddle of a bike. Pay a visit to a local tea farm to gain an insight into an important element of Chinese culture. Days 7-9 Hong Kong Escape the relentless energy HK is known for and explore its more tranquil parts by kayak. Start at Sai Kung and paddle to caves, uninhabited islands and untouched beaches. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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China: Great Wall Hike, Bike & Kung-Fu 7 DAYS, BEIJING TO BEIJING Tick an epic item off your bucket list and hike an original section of the Great Wall. The views of surrounding countryside and mountain ridges will take your breath away. A lesson from a local master will change how you view kung-fu. Discover how this practice relates to Zen tradition while learning some basic moves. Day 1 Beijing Arrive in China’s grand capital, a city of ancient palaces and temples, architectural marvels and soaring skyscrapers. Days 2-4 Great Wall Spend the next few days hiking the iconic Great Wall, one of China’s most enduring symbols. You’ll often feel you have the wall to yourself as you wander the lesser-travelled Gubeikou and Jinshanling sections. Spend the nights at local guesthouses, where you can learn the art of dumpling-making or perhaps unwind over a game of mahjong. Day 5 Miyun Change gears and cycle through villages, farmlands and orchards. Visit the Underground Palace (Dingling), one of the 13 tombs of the Ming dynasty, before arriving at your kung-fu retreat. Days 6-7 Beijing Find your inner Zen with a lesson in kungfu. Learn basic principles and common misconceptions while being guided through simple moves by a local master, followed by a vegetarian lunch. Return to Beijing where this active adventure comes to an end. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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High-speed Train Guangzhou Shenzhen Kaiping

CBXA

Hong Kong

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (7 nts), guesthouse (1 nt) 1 lunch Private vehicle, high-speed train, subway

C H IN A Ming Tomb Reservoir

Gubeikou Great Wall

Jinshanling Great Wall

Miyun

Ming Tombs Beijing

CBXG

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (2 nts), guesthouse (4 nts) 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Private vehicle


Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Beijing to Hong Kong

Beijing

Xi’an

20 DAYS, BEIJING TO HONG KONG See the contrasts of this vast country, from the glass skyscrapers of Hong Kong to the ancient winding Great Wall to the majestic peaks of Huangshan. Cycle past Yangshuo’s riverside villages, lush rice paddies and limestone mountains and gain an insight into rural Chinese life. Day 1 Beijing Arrive in China’s grand capital. Days 2-4 Great Wall Trek one of the less-travelled sections of the Great Wall and stay a family guesthouse. Days 5-6 Xi’an Sample street food on a guided tour of Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter, then see the fascinating Terracotta Army. Day 7 Shanghai Tour the city’s historical quarters. Days 8-9 Huangshan Discover the region’s dramatic limestone peaks. Day 10 Hongcun Pass bamboo and pine forests en route to the historic village of Hongcun. Days 11-13 Shanghai Explore the 21st-century architecture and oldworld character of Shanghai. Days 14-15 Longji Rice Terraces Arrive in Guilin, then transfer to Longji. Hike around terraced rice fields known as the ‘Dragon’s Backbone’. Days 16-18 Yangshuo Take a river cruise, jump on a bike and pedal through the rice paddies and karst-dotted fields, or stroll along the river. Days 19-20 Hong Kong Take in the many lights and sights of HK and perhaps see the city’s legendary skyline from the water on a cruise.

Overnight Train

C H IN A

Guilin Yangshuo

CBRKC

Overnight Train Shenzhen

Hong Kong

BASIX

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China Real Food Adventure

Great Wall Beijing

12 DAYS, CHENGDU TO SHANGHAI

Overnight Train

Sit down to lunch with locals at a family-owned tea plantation in Sichuan, then spend the night in a Buddhist monastery. Learn to make Shanghai’s famous steamed dumplings – xiao long bao – with a seasoned expert in Shanghai. Days 1-2 Chengdu Start with a spicy hotpot dinner in this World Heritage-listed City of Gastronomy then create Sichuan specialties in a cooking class. Days 3-4 Emei Shan Stop in at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Visit a family-owned tea plantation for a crop-to-cup experience. Later, settle in for an overnight stay in an atmospheric monastery at the sacred mountain of Emei Shan. Days 5-6 Xi’an Try Shaanxi beef sandwiches and persimmon pastries on a food tour in the Muslim Quarter. Visit the incredible Terracotta Army, and enjoy a lesson in the fine art of noodle-making with a local family. Days 7-9 Beijing Take a stroll along the Great Wall, explore the regal courtyards of the Forbidden City and enjoy China’s most iconic dish, Peking duck, in a kaoyadian (roast duck restaurant). Days 10-12 Shanghai Take the train to historic Shanghai and meet a chef who’ll teach you how to create the city’s signature soft dumpling, xiao long bao. Followed by dinner, of course!

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Shanghai

Hongcun Huangshan

Longji Rice Terraces

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Great Wall

Overnight Train

C H IN A

Xi'an

Shanghai

Overnight Train Chengdu Emei Shan

CBZF

ORIGINAL

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Yunnan Adventure From spectacular terrace landscapes in Yuanyang to the dramatic cliff faces of Tiger Leaping Gorge, this 21-day trip takes you on a journey from Hanoi deep into the heart of China. This active adventure features plenty of hiking and activity as well as historical sites and culinary delights. For more info enter CBSYC on intrepidtravel.com Rice terraces, Yuanyang, China

Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

Hanoi to Kunming

Kunming

C H IN A

9 DAYS, HANOI TO KUNMING Explore idyllic Yuanyang in China’s Yunnan province, taking a guided walk around the spectacular rice terrace landscapes built by the local Hani people.

Jianshui

Mengzi

Yuanyang Lao Cai

Step back in time in Jianshui Old Town and Tuanshan Village, where cobbled lanes and grand architecture offer a vivid sketch of Ming- and Qing-era China. Day 1 Hanoi Welcome to Vietnam. If you have time, why not check out the French colonial architecture of the Old Quarter or sample some delicious banh mi. Days 2-3 Mengzi Cross the border into China via Lao Cai and continue to Mengzi. Use free time to sample the town’s famous Yunnan rice noodles and admire its French architecture. Days 4-5 Yuanyang Discover the eye-popping Yuanyang rice terraces, idyllic scenery and local Hani culture. Glimpse daily life on a half-day trek with a local guide, visiting a market along the way. Days 6-7 Jianshui Check out this 1200-year-old ancient town, a veritable outdoor museum of Ming and Qing buildings. See the Zhu Family Garden and the Confucius Temple. Spend time in Tuanshan Village, a fascinating window to the Qing dynasty. Days 8-9 Kunming Set off for Kunming, visiting the Stone Forest – a spectacular forest of towering limestone formations – en route. The 1000-year-old Yuantong temple is also well worth a visit. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Yunnan Explorer

Hanoi

VIETN A M

CBSV

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (4 nts), guesthouse (4 nts) No meals included Private vehicle, public bus, taxi

Shangrila

Tiger Leaping Gorge Lijiang

12 DAYS, KUNMING TO KUNMING In Shaxi, you’ll see one of the best-preserved traditional towns in Yunnan. Stay in a friendly, family-run guesthouse and sample some authentic local cuisine.

C H IN A Shaxi

Experience the legendary Tiger Leaping Gorge with two days of hiking along one of China’s most breathtaking trails. Day 1 Kunming Begin this adventure in the modern capital of China’s Yunnan province. Days 2-3 Dali Following a guided tour of its Old Town, enjoy plenty of free time to explore laidback Dali. Take a day trip to Xizhou, a town famous for its Bai architecture. Days 4-5 Shaxi Spend some time exploring charming Shaxi and its restored buildings, then hike the surrounding mountain trails with a local guide. Days 6-7 Shangrila Travel to an area so beautiful it was named after a mythical utopia and learn about Tibetan Buddhism. Days 8-9 Tiger Leaping Gorge Embark on an arduous but rewarding hike along the river, staying in simple guesthouses en route, and experience the jaw-dropping panoramas of one of the world’s deepest gorges. Day 10 Lijiang/Overnight Train Visit the Naxi people, a matrilineal society descended from Tibetan nomads, then return to Kunming on an overnight train. Days 11-12 Kunming Spend free time in Kunming before your trip comes to an end. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Overnight Train

Xizhou Dali

CBSP

Kunming

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Guesthouse (4 nts), hotel (6 nts), overnight train (1 nt) No meals are included Overnight train, private vehicle, public bus


Everest Base Camp, Tibet

Potala Palace, Tibet

Tibet Journey

Beijing Great Wall

C H IN A

14 DAYS, BEIJING TO CHENGDU Experience one of the world’s greatest train journeys, crossing incredibly mountainous and remote terrain as you travel to the ‘Roof of the World’ in Tibet. Stand in the shadow of the mightiest mountain of them all as you gaze at monolithic Qomolangma –otherwise known as Mt Everest – from the nearby Base Camp. Day 1 Beijing Welcome to Beijing! Explore the atmospheric hutongs and backlanes if you have free time. Days 2-3 Great Wall/Train to the Roof of the World Climb or take a cable car to a well-preserved portion of the Great Wall. Later, take a scenic train ride to the ‘Roof of the World’. Days 4-6 Lhasa Learn to make momos (Tibetan dumplings) before hearing resident monks debate at Sera Monastery. Explore the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Day 7 Gyantse Enjoy a spectacular drive to Gyantse. Day 8 Shigatse Visit Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa before heading to Shigatse. Day 9 Sakya Travel to Sakya monastery. Day 10 Everest NP Arrive at Rongphu Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, while taking in views of towering Mt Everest. Day 11 Shigatse Enjoy a scenic drive back to Shigatse. Day 12 Lhasa Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery before travelling back to Lhasa. Days 13-14 Chengdu Perhaps sample some Sichuan hot pot to mark the end of the trip.

Overnight Train Lhasa Shigatse Sakya Tibet

Chengdu

Gyantse Everest NP

CBSO

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (9 nts), overnight train (2 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), permanent tented camp (1 nt) No meals included

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Tibet Uncovered

Shigatse Tibet

15 DAYS, KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU Accompany devoted pilgrims on their kora (prayer circuit), spinning prayer wheels on a clockwise walk around the perimeter of the vast Tashilhunpo Monastery. An overnight stay near Everest Base Camp, in the midst of the world’s highest peaks, is truly an experience to remember. Days 1-3 Kathmandu Discover Nepal’s capital. Days 4-7 Lhasa Visit Jokhang Temple, check out Sera Monastery, take a cooking class, and discover Potala Palace. Head for the hills to see the dramatic Drak Yerpa Monastery. Day 8 Gyantse Take in spectacular views and snap photos en route to Gyantse. Day 9 Shigatse Home to the best-preserved monastery in Tibet, Shigatse is the seat of the Panchen Lama. Day 10 Sakya Witness medieval Mongolian architecture and mingle with locals. Day 11 Everest National Park Make the exhilarating drive up to Everest National Park and take the scenic hike to the breathtaking Base Camp. Day 12 Shigatse Return to Shigatse and visit Tashilhunpo Monastery. Afterwards, why not join the pilgrims on their kora (prayer circuit). Day 13 Lhasa Journey back to Lhasa. Days 14-15 Kathmandu Back in Kathmandu, chill out in a cafe and reminisce about this incredible adventure. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Kathmandu

CBSN

Lhasa Sakya

Gyantse

Everest NP

ORIGINAL

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CENTRAL ASIA & MONGOLIA Venture into Central Asia, where Silk Road monuments share space with futuristic cities in a varied landscape of grassy steppes, vast desert and lofty mountain ranges. From the extravagant modern monuments of Ashgabat to the centuries-old, blue-tiled minarets in Khiva and the undulating Pamir Mountains, the diverse wonders of this region await truly intrepid travellers.

WEATHER Tashkent Bishkek Moscow Ulaanbaatar St Petersburg Dushanbe

Very hot & dry 35ºC+ Hot & dry 25-35ºC Pleasantly warm 20-30ºC Warm & wet 20-25ºC Cool 15-20ºC Cold & dry 0-15ºC Cold & wet 0-15ºC Below freezing -0ºC


Beijing to St Petersburg Travel from the world’s greatest wall, along the world’s longest railway line, through the world’s largest nation, to the world’s deepest freshwater lake on a 23-day tour. For more info enter CBSQC on intrepidtravel.com Trans-Siberian Railway, Baikal region, Russia

Beijing to Moscow

Moscow

R U S S IA

Kungur

16 DAYS, BEIJING TO MOSCOW

Trans-Siberian Railway Lake Baikal

Embark on one of the world’s most epic train journeys. Cross it off that bucket list as you ride the rails across China, Mongolia and Russia.

Ulaanbaatar

MON GOLIA

Get a taste of the local, traditional lifestyle while overnighting in a ger camp in a starkly beautiful Mongolian national park. Stay on the banks of the world’s deepest lake, Baikal, and try the omul fish. It tastes even better when roasted over a campfire on the shore. Days 1-2 Beijing/Overnight Train Welcome to China’s capital. If you’d like to explore Beijing’s incredible sights, arrive a few days earlier to see icons such as the Forbidden City and Great Wall of China. Then board a train that will carry you on the first leg of this 7500 kilometre journey to Moscow. Days 3-5 Ulaanbaatar/ Ger Camp Cross the border into Mongolia and spend a day getting to know the country’s capital city. Next, journey to Terelj National Park where you’ll spend two nights in a ger camp. Walk through alpine meadows and learn to cook Mongolian dumplings. Day 6 Ulaanbaatar Return to Ulaanbaatar, stopping to snap a pic in front of the huge monument of legendary 13th-century horseman, Genghis Khan. Day 7 TransMongolian Railway Travel across the border through expansive Siberian landscapes. Days 8-9 Lake Baikal Arrive in Ulan-Ude and continue to your homestay on

the shores of sparkling Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake. Feast on local food and perhaps steam away that travel dust in a banya (Russian sauna). Days 10-12 Trans-Siberian Railway The route of the famed Trans-Siberian Railway covers vast terrain, crosses taiga (boreal forest), and travels through five time zones on its way from Asia to Europe. Watch the world go by, chat with fellow passengers and perhaps learn a word or two of Russian on this famous locomotive adventure. Days 13-14 Kungur Break up the journey by stopping in tranquil Kungur for gingerbread and tea with a local family. See one of the world’s biggest ice caves. Days 15-16 Moscow Wander the streets of Moscow, Russia’s capital, and take in the famous Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and the magnificent Kremlin. Perhaps extend your stay in Moscow to witness more of the city’s cultural treasures.

Ulan Ude Ger Camp

Beijing

CH IN A

CBSU

ORIGINAL

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The Great Silk Road Unlock the secrets of the Silk Road on this immersive journey across Central Asia. Spend 32 days travelling from Beijing all the way to Tashkent, across China, into Kyrgyzstan and to the heartland of Uzbekistan. For more info enter CBSAC on intrepidtravel.com Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Central Asia Explorer 17 DAYS, BISHKEK TO TASHKENT

Kyzyl-Oi Tashkent

Stay in a yurt at beautiful Son-Kol, an alpine lake. In mid-summer you may see herds of sheep, goats and horses watched over by herdsmen and their families. Uncover Samarkand’s incredible Registan. This much-photographed public square is one of the true pinnacles of Islamic architecture. Travel to Bukhara, a standout Silk Road city for many travellers. Check out its incredible medressas and minarets and browse the local bazaars for handmade crafts. Days 1-2 Bishkek Get your bearings on a full-day city tour of Kyrgyzstan’s capital. Stroll through Ala-Too Square, or relax with a drink in an open-air cafe. Day 3 Kochkor See the 11th-century Burana tower, enjoy lunch with a local family and pass by the stunning Issyk-Kol. Visit a local women’s handicraft co-op in Kochkor. Day 4 Son-Kol Travel to Son-Kol, an alpine lake. See ancient petroglyphs and visit a nomad camp for an insight into local culture. Day 5 Kyzyl-Oi Travel along gravel roads to the tiny village of Kyzyl-Oi, which is nestled between mountains. Enjoy a picnic on the bank of Kokomeren River in the shade of the trees. Day 6 Kok-Bel Cross the Suusamyr Valley, a high steppe plateau. Stop for beautiful views of Chychkan, surrounded by gorgeous rivers and mountains, perhaps spotting wild boar, deer or some blackberries to pick. Days 7-8 Osh Stop en route to Osh and visit

Bishkek

U ZB E K ISTA N

Uzgen Minaret and the mosque. In Osh, visit the only World Heritage site in Central Asia, the Sulaiman-Too Mountain, and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Fergana Valley. Days 9-10 Tashkent Cross into Uzbekistan via Kokand. Admire priceless ancient relics in the State History Museum, visit Independence Square and perhaps catch a show at the Opera and Ballet Theatre. Days 11-12 Samarkand Visit the sacred Shah-i-Zindah Mausoleum complex, the Bibi-Khanym Mosque and the magnificent Registan. Days 13-15 Bukhara See the palaces and mosques of Shakhrisabz, then continue to Bukhara. Explore the Sitorai Mohi Hosa (the last Emir’s former residence), Ismail Samani Mausoleum, mosques, minarets and other Bukhara treasures. Make a day trip to Gijduvan and take a ceramics workshop in the private studio of a master. Days 16-17 Tashkent Return to the Uzbek capital.

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Samarkand Gijduvan

KFSR

Kochkor

Kok-Bel

Andijan

Son-Kol The Uzgen Minaret

Osh

KY R GY ZS TA N

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (11 nts), guesthouse/homestay (4 nts), yurt (1 nt) 16 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Train, metro, private vehicle DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan

Independence Monument, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Tajikistan Discovery

Bishkek Toktogul

13 DAYS, BISHKEK TO DUSHANBE Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan don’t show up on many travellers’ itineraries, and yet they offer outstanding beauty, simplicity, and a feeling of complete isolation.

Osh Sary Tash Kalai-Khum

Day 1 Bishkek Arrive in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, a city with Russian traits and a dramatic mountain backdrop. Day 2 Toktogul Drive into the wilds of Kyrgyzstan to the small settlement of Toktogul. The expansive terrain exudes a rugged beauty and feels a million miles from anywhere. Day 3 Osh Travel into the Fergana Valley towards Osh, an ancient city where the remains of Russian, Asian, Persian and Muslim empires entwine. Climb up the Sulaiman-Too Mountain, then explore the stalls of Osh Bazaar. Day 4 Sary Tash Cross Taldyk Pass and then settle in for a homestay at this Silk Road junction. Day 5 Murgab Cross the border into Tajikistan. Stop on the shores of Karakul for lunch, a breathtaking spot, no matter the weather. Push on to Murgab via the Ak-Baital Pass, the second-highest road in the world. Day 6 Langar Drive through the picturesque Alichur Valley and over the Khargush Pass to the Wakhan

Corridor, with views of the Pamirs to the right and the Hindu Kush to the left. Visit a chaikhana (teahouse) for lunch before heading to a traditional Pamiri house for the night. Day 7 Ptup Hike to see petroglyphs, then travel to Vrang to visit a Buddhist complex dating back to the 4th century. If time permits, visit the stunning Yamchun Fort. Days 8-9 Khorog Follow the Afghan border on today’s drive, keeping your eyes peeled for ‘ovring’ footbridges that hang between cliff faces and link each village. Arrive in Khorog and spend time souvenir-hunting in the bazaar. Day 10 Kalai-Khum  Hit the road again along the scenic Pamir Highway, past a spectacular gorge and almost vertical villages on the Afghan mountainside. Days 11-13 Dushanbe Check out local sights, and stop in at the excellent National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan before the trip comes to an end on Day 13.

TA J IK IS TA N

Dushanbe

Enjoy homestays in the Pamirs and skirt the Afghanistan border along the famously remote Wakhan Corridor. Wrap up an epic road trip in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s delightful capital. Spend a day exploring its parks, fountains, bazaars and cultural offerings.

K Y R GY ZS TA N

Khorog Ptup

KFST

Murghab Langar

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (7 nts), guesthouse/homestay (5 nts) 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners Private vehicle DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Bishkek to Ashgabat There’s so much more to Central Asia than the ancient glory of the Silk Road, incredible as it is. If you want a wider look at the region, why not explore some more of this vast and diverse landscape on a 26-day trip through Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. For more info enter KFSRC on intrepidtravel.com Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan

Sandjar Mosque, Turkmenistan

Kazakhstan Adventure

Aralsk

K A ZA K H S TA N

10 DAYS, ALMATY TO ALMATY

Kyzyl Orda

Kazakhstan is truly off the beaten track and sees few travellers, especially outside Almaty, and you’ll feel the remoteness of Central Asia on this adventure.

Altyn-Emel NP Turkistan

Surround yourself with the surreal landscapes of the Altyn-Emel National Park, including the mysterious singing sand dunes. Days 1-2 Almaty Spend time exploring what is perhaps Central Asia’s most cosmopolitan city. Days 3-4 Aralsk Travel to an area devastated by Soviet irrigation projects and visit an NGO working to rebuild the lives of those affected. Days 5-6 Turkistan Travel by train to culturally rich Turkistan. Visit the stunning blue and white-tiled Kozha Akhmed Yasaui Mausoleum and explore the ruins of the ghost city of Otrar, then take an overnight train back to Almaty. Days 7-8 Altyn-Emel National Park/Almaty Depart Almaty for two days to explore this national park, the largest reserve in the country. Encounter ancient petroglyphs, burial mounds, a range of rare plants and animals and the Singing Barkhan – a giant sand dune that hums in the wind. Return to Almaty on the second evening. Days 9-10 Almaty Enjoy a free day in the country’s cultural and commercial centre, perhaps taking a Russian sauna. Be sure to organise a farewell dinner with the rest of the group before departing. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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KFSK

Day 1 Tashkent Xush kelibsiz! Days 2-3 Khiva Take a morning flight to colourful Khiva and explore this walled city on a guided tour. Discover blue-tiled minarets, opulent mausoleums and mosques aplenty. Day 4 Darvaza Head to Konye Urgench, a once-great city that still contains the ruins of many monuments from between the 11th and 16th centuries. Continue to Darvaza and set up camp next to the 70-metre-wide crater that has been permanently ablaze here since 1971. Days 5-6 Ashgabat Stop at the desert settlement of Yerbent before arriving in Ashgabat, a unique city that sometimes resembles a sci-fi film set. Spend a few days wrapping your head around the blend of futurism and tradition. Day 7 Mary Stop to roam the ruins of Abiverd en route to Mary. Day 8 Merv/Mary Visit the sprawling World Heritage site of Merv and wander among relics of various empires. Days 9-10 Ashgabat Return to Ashgabat before your Silk Road adventure comes to an end. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Hotel (5 nts), overnight sleeper train (1 nt), guesthouse/homestay (3 nts) 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners Plane, private vehicle, public bus, 4WD vehicle, overnight train, train

KonyeUrgench Urgench

10 DAYS, TASHKENT TO ASHGABAT

Ashgabat rose from the devastation of an earthquake in 1948 and has since enjoyed a surreal and futuristic makeover.

Almaty

Maximum group size 12

Tashkent to Ashgabat Steeped in Silk Road history and immortalised in many great tales, the UNESCOprotected town of Khiva is as photogenic as it is legendary.

Overnight Train

Shymkent

U ZBE K ISTA N Darvaza Yerbent

Khiva

Tashkent

TU R K MEN ISTAN

Ashgabat

Mary Merv

KFSM

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (8 nts), campsite (1 nt) 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Plane, private vehicle, 4WD vehicle


Mongolia’s Naadam Festival Embrace the festive atmosphere at the Naadam Festival, a spectacle of wrestling, horse racing and archery that’s changed little since the 12th century. Attend the opening ceremony and get behind the scenes by visiting athletes’ training camps. For more info enter CBSOS on intrepidtravel.com Ger Stay, Mongolia

Wild Mongolia

Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

Amarbayasgalant Monastery Selenge River

15 DAYS, ULAANBAATAR TO ULAANBAATAR Experience Mongolia’s incredible landscapes by jeep, camel and on foot, from the rolling dunes of Karakorum to the volcanic craters of the Great White Lake.

Lake Khovsgol

Tsenkher

Two homestays with local families allow you to experience nomadic life from the inside – a rare, rewarding cultural experience to remember. Situated in the valley of the Delger River, the Tsenkher Hot Springs offer the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long journey on the road. Day 1 Ulaanbaatar Arrive in a city where Soviet architecture sits alongside ger districts and monasteries. Day 2 Amarbayasgalant Monastery Drive through the beautiful Mongolian countryside to a remote Manchu-style monastery dedicated to Buddhist sculptor Zanabazar. Get your first taste of life in a ger tonight. Day 3 Selenge River Relax in the stunning surrounds of the Selenge River. Keep your eyes peeled for the country’s diverse wildlife en route, such as marmots and various bird species. Hike to the top of Togoo Uul (Pot Mountain), an extinct volcano, and be rewarded with views of the crater’s lush interior. Day 4 Selenge River Embark on another long drive to what is bound to be a highlight of the trip – a stay with a local nomad family in the mountainous outskirts of Ikh Uul. This is a rare opportunity to see how modern Mongolians are preserving an ancient

way of life. Days 5-6 Lake Khovsgol Bid farewell to your host family after breakfast and make tracks for Lake Khovsgol, where you’ll discover a pristine wilderness area home to spectacular fir forests and meadows peppered with wildflowers. Days 7-9 Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake Gaze over this sublime mountainous landscape and enjoy dinner with a local family. Days 10-11 Tsenkher Visit a museum featuring traditional Mongolian costumes and art before enjoying a soak in the hot springs. Days 12-13 Karakorum/Khogno Khan Continue to Karakorum, a town built by the legendary Genghis Khan in the 13th century. Visit the Erdene Zuu Khiid, birthplace of Mongolian Buddhism. Enjoy a camel trek through nearby dunes. Days 14-15 Ulaanbaatar Return to the capital. Conclude this adventure with a cultural performance featuring dance and throat singing.

Ulaanbaatar

Karakorum Khogno Khan

CBSF

MON GOLIA

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (2 nts), tourist ger camp (10 nts), family ger camp (2 nts) 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners Private vehicle, camel DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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japan, korea & taiwan One need only glimpse the shrine-laden gardens of Kyoto at dawn or the breathtaking bluffs along Taiwan’s east coast to be seduced by their beauty. In modern Tokyo, Taipei and Seoul the wonder remains, as 24-hour hedonism, technology, diverse subcultures and culinary quirks coexist.

WEATHER Tokyo Kyoto Sapporo Hiroshima Taipei Seoul

Monsoon 25-35ºC Hot & dry 25-35ºC Pleasantly warm 20-30ºC Warm & wet 20-25ºC Cool 15-20ºC Cold & dry 0-15ºC Cold & wet 0-15ºC Below freezing -0ºC


Mt Fuji, Japan

Ultimate Japan For those who want it all, here’s the Ultimate Japan trip. Embark on a 24-day adventure through Japan’s fascinating past and present, civilisation and nature, people and art. For more info enter CJSTC on intrepidtravel.com Kyoto, Japan

Japan: Land of the Rising Sun 13 DAYS, TOKYO TO KYOTO

Takayama

Relax beside stunning mountain scenery on a visit to one of Hakone’s outdoor onsen. A chance to soak in one of the unique hot springs is an unmissable Japanese experience. Days 1-2 Tokyo Arrive in Japan and explore the bustling, neon-lit streets of central Tokyo. Beneath the bright lights, high-tech gadgetry and crowded suburbs is a city steeped in ancient tradition. Day 3 Nikko Experience Japan’s sleek, modern trains while watching breathtaking Japanese scenery fly by on your way to charming Nikko. Boasting some of Japan’s most renowned shrines and temples, Nikko is home to several sacred sites including Tosho-gu Shrine, the resting place of the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Days 4-5 Hakone Relax on a boat trip across Ashinoko Lake, before enjoying picturesque views of the region on a cable car ride through the surrounding mountains – perhaps catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji looming in the distance. Don’t miss the chance to soak in one of Hakone’s many outdoor onsen. Days 6-7 Takayama Traditional markets and food

festivals make Takayama a treat to visit year-round. Nestled in the Japanese Alps, the Hida Folk Village is a great place to see artisans at work and traditional thatched-roof houses. Spend the night in a family-run ryokan. Days 8-9 Hiroshima This reborn city has a vibrant energy that belies its tragic history – sights like the A-Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park make for a moving experience. Perhaps visit the nearby island of Miyajima to see its famous ‘floating’ torii gate, catch a cable car to the top of Mt Misen, or meet friendly, free-roaming deer. Days 10-13 Kyoto En route to the ancient city of Kyoto, gain insight into feudal history at Himeji Castle. Later, temples framed by golden trimming, like the magnificent Kinkaku-ji, are on the agenda, followed by a wander through the geisha district of Gion. Bid new friends farewell as the sun sets over the Land of the Rising Sun.

Nikko

Tokyo

Traditional Japanese ryokans are an experience in themselves. Sleep on the floor on a tatami mat, keep warm beside an irori hearth, and bathe in an onsen. Japan’s famous railway system is the best way to see the country. It’s clean, efficient, and a Japan Rail Pass is included in the trip price.

JAPAN

Kyoto

Mt Fuji

Hakone

Himeji castle

Hiroshima

CJST

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Kyoto Shopping tour: Tastes of Tea and Sake Take home a piece of charismatic Kyoto on a truly unique shopping tour with a local. Treat your tastebuds to some of the city’s most beloved delicacies such as green tea, wagashi sweets and sake. For more info head to urbanadventures.com Kazurabashi Bridge, Iya Valley, Japan

Japan Express 9 DAYS, TOKYO TO KYOTO

Nikko

The small town of Nikko will surprise you with its World Heritage-listed temples, picture-perfect hiking trails and steamy onsen.

JA PA N Tokyo Kyoto

Customise your own foodie adventure in one of the world’s most acclaimed culinary destinations. Your local leader is full of insider tips on where to eat. Days 1-3 Tokyo Explore Japan’s pulsating capital – a bright and bold collection of downtown streets and serene suburban temples. A visit to Meiji Shrine, surrounded by forest, offers a calming escape from the busy city. Take in quirky youth culture in Harajuku, then in your free time perhaps visit the world’s biggest fish market, hit the shops in Shibuya or discover traditional Tokyo in Asakusa. Days 4-5 Nikko Take a scenic train ride from Tokyo to Nikko, then stroll through forests of towering cedars that conceal splendid shrines and temples. A visit to Tosho-gu Shrine in particular is highly recommended while here. Days 6-9 Kyoto Ride the bullet train to Kyoto. Featuring over 2000 temples, shrines and gardens, Kyoto has a postcard-worthy vista around every corner. Maybe head over to Gion, the famous geisha district, to observe the traditional teahouses and elusive kimono-clad residents. Then, perhaps end the adventure with a quintessential Japanese experience – a night out at a karaoke bar.

CJRB

Maximum group size 16 Ryokan (8 nts) No meals included

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Bullet train, train, metro, public bus

Southern Japan Experience

Naoshima

Feel like Indiana Jones as you cross the kazurabashi vine-built bridges of the hidden Iya Valley, a remote retreat of deep gorges and lush mountains on Shikoku Island. Day 1 Osaka Arrive in Osaka, Japan’s foodie capital. Day 2-3 Takamatsu Journey west to Takamatsu and visit the gorgeous Edo-era Ritsurin Garden. Take the ferry over to Naoshima Island and delve into its lively art scene. Days 4-5 Kotohira Climb the stairs to the Konpira-san shrine, following in the footsteps of pilgrims, for beautiful views over town. Take a day trip to the secluded Iya Valley and check out the atmospheric kazurabashi (vine bridges). Perhaps visit the restored thatched-roof samurai house. Day 6 Matsuyama Ride the ropeway up the hill to Matsuyama Castle, one of Japan’s finest. Maybe enjoy a soak at the historic Dogo Onsen. Days 7-8 Yakushima Explore the enchanting cedar-filled forests said to have inspired the film Princess Mononoke. Days 9-10 Nagasaki Travel to Nagasaki by train. Stroll the harbourside hills, passing churches and temples. Maybe visit Peace Park or the essential Atomic Bomb Museum. Days 11-12 Osaka Return to Osaka, where the trip ends. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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J A PA N Osaka

12 DAYS, OSAKA TO OSAKA Explore the unique island of Naoshima, transformed from a sleepy fisherman’s haunt to a world-class art destination, with sleek and stylish museums and artworks.

BASIX

Takamatsu Kotohira Iya Valley

Matsuyama Nagasaki

Yakushima

CJSO

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (9 nts), ryokan (2 nts) No meals included Train, ferry, public bus, private bus, metro, bullet train


Nachi falls, Nachi, Japan

Nakasendo trail, Japan

Japan: Hike, Bike & Kayak

Matsumoto Tsumago Nakatsugawa

12 DAYS, TOKYO TO OSAKA Trek along Kumano Kodo – a World Heritage-listed pilgrim trail – on your way to Japan’s tallest waterfall, Nachi Falls. Kayak calm waters or lie on a blissful beach at Ise Shima, a well-deserved respite after your biking and hiking feats through this wondrous land. Day 1 Tokyo Arrive in Japan’s capital. Day 2 Narai Leave early for Narai, stopping at the 16th-century Matsumoto Castle along the way. Day 3 Magome Set out on your first hike. See daily life unfold as you pass local villages and climb through the Kiso Valley. Days 4-6 Kyoto Continue hiking along the Nakasendo trail, then catch a train to Kyoto. Bike along the Kamon River, stopping at the Tofuku-ji Temple. Taste ‘zen cuisine’ at a monastery complex, then cycle to Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). Day 7 Koguchi Board a train to Shingu to see one of the Kumano Sanzan before travelling on to Koguchi. Day 8 Kii Katsuura Rise early to hike part of the famous Kumano Kodo. Days 9-10 Ise Shima After a morning visit to Japan’s biggest tuna market, climb to the Shima Yokoyama Observation Deck for an amazing view. Jump into a kayak to paddle around the uninhabited islands of Ago Bay. Days 11-12 Osaka Head to Osaka, where this active adventure finishes up.

Narai

J A PA N Tokyo

Magome Kyoto Osaka

Ise Shima Ago Bay

Koguchi Nachi Falls

Shingu Kii Katsuura

CJXH

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (5 nts), ryokan (6 nts) 1 lunch

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Public bus, metro, bullet train, train, taxi

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Japan Highlights JA PA N

7 DAYS, TOKYO TO KYOTO Savour local flavours from Tokyo to Kyoto with chances to try sumptuous street food, sake, snacks and a few other surprises.

Tokyo Kamakura

Kyoto

With a mix of free time and included activities, this week-long trip is the perfect introduction to Japan’s many delights. Days 1-2 Tokyo Konnichiwa! Welcome to Japan. Explore historic Asakusa, a traditional part of the city. Visit Tokyo’s oldest temple and browse the many interesting stalls that line the streets. Later, enjoy a different side of the city on a short cruise down the Sumida River, alighting at the Hama Rikyu gardens. Visit the quirky fashion and pop culture centre of Harajuku, get your fill of cool and crepes before heading to Meiji Shrine. Days 3-4 Kamakura Get acquainted with Kamakura and surrounds with a ride on the iconic Enoden Electric Railway, then stretch your legs on the Daibutsu hiking trail, walking through lovely green gardens and past the Zeniarai Benten Shrine to the town’s famous bronze Buddha statue. Days 5-7 Kyoto Spend a few hours at Nishiki Market, aka Kyoto’s Kitchen, then head to Gion, where if you’re lucky you may catch a glimpse of geisha shuffling between teahouses. Visit the photogenic Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine and spend some free time in Kyoto. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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CJSH

ORIGINAL

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Snow monkeys, Japan

Sapporo Ice Festival, Sapporo, Japan

Japan: Land of Snow Monkeys

Yamagata

13 DAYS, TOKYO TO KYOTO

Yudanaka

Enjoy some unique winter experiences – admire ‘ice monsters’ (snow-covered trees) in Yamagata and witness ‘snow monkeys’ bathing in hot springs in Yudanaka. Pay a sobering visit to Hiroshima Peace Park and gain an understanding of the tragedies of Japan’s not-so-distant past. Day 1 Tokyo Dive into Tokyo’s neon-lit streets. Day 2 Tokyo/Yamagata Venture to the buzzing Shibuya area and take in both well-known and secret gems, then hop on a train bound for the mountain city of Yamagata. Day 3 Yamagata Take a cable car to the summit of Mt Zao for a spectacular view of the snow-covered landscape and its juhyo (‘ice monsters’, or trees deformed by the weight of snow). Days 4-5 Yudanaka Travel to Yudanaka in search of its famous ‘snow monkeys’ (Japanese macaques). Spend an evening in a traditional ryokan then hike to the Jigokudani Monkey Park, where it’s common to see macaques bathing in onsens covered in snow. Days 6-7 Takayama Take the bullet train to Takayama, a town known for its traditional inns, sake, museums and delicious Hida beef. Days 8-9 Hiroshima Discover this rebuilt and reborn city that has a vibrant energy that belies its tragic history. Days 10-13 Kyoto With over 2000 temples, shrines and gardens, Kyoto is a great place to lose yourself in. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Takayama

JAPAN Hiroshima

Jigokudani Valley

Kyoto

Tokyo

Himeji Castle

CJSS

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (6 nts), ryokan (6 nts) 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner Bullet train, train, metro, public bus, ferry

Japan Winter Festivals 8 DAYS, SAPPORO TO SAPPORO

Asahikawa

The Sapporo Snow Festival is world famous for its huge and elaborate sculptures. Make sure your camera’s ready, as this is a haven for photographers.

Sounkyo

JAPAN

Otaru Sapporo

The picturesque Snow Light Path Festival in Otaru is a true winter experience. Stroll along the river, gathering around snow mounds filled with light. Days 1-2 Sapporo Sip a hot drink as you enjoy spectacular snow sculptures, food and activities at the Sapporo Snow Festival. Days 3-4 Otaru Visit the Nijo Fish Market in Sapporo before heading to the enchanting snow-covered town of Otaru. Sparkling ice statues and glowing lanterns transform this picturesque harbour city into a vista of fairytale proportions during the Snow Light Path Festival. Days 5-6 Sounkyo Sculptures are illuminated with coloured lights, shows are performed on a stage made of snow, and incredible icy domes dot the city during the Sounkyo Ice Festival. Pay a visit to the sake brewery and warm yourself up with a drop of Japan’s national drink. Days 7-8 Sapporo Along with the Snow Festival, Sapporo is famous for its amber brew. Tour the Beer Museum and Brewery and perhaps feast on the city’s legendary jingisukan (grilled mutton) before your frosty winter adventure ends on Day 8. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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CJSWS

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (7 nts) 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Local train, public bus, subway, taxo


Made In Japan Shopping Tour: Cultural Curiosities Spend your day with us browsing Ningyocho, a charming neighborhood in Tokyo known for its traditional souvenirs and goods. Discover (and maybe munch on) some local snacks along the way. For more info head to urbanadventures.com Great Torii Gate, Miyajima, Japan

Classic Japan

J A PA N

Matsumoto

12 DAYS, KYOTO TO TOKYO

Tokyo

An overnight temple stay in Koya-san, surrounded by tranquil scenery, is as peaceful and unique as it sounds. Spend the night in a traditional Japanese ryokan sleeping on a tatami mat. These family-run inns are a true travel experience. Days 1-3 Kyoto Discover Kyoto’s luxuriously landscaped Zen gardens, enchanting temples and famous Gion area – better known as the geisha district. Day 4 Koya-san Steeped in mysticism and religious history, the Koya-san temples are the perfect place to meet monks and learn about traditions during an overnight stay at Shukubo Temple. Days 5-6 Hiroshima Visit Himeji Castle en route to Hiroshima. Take a sobering glimpse into Japan’s darkest moment at the Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Memorial Park. Day 7 Tsumago Head for the mountains and stay in a traditional ryokan. Day 8 Matsumoto Journey further into the hinterland to Matsumoto. Shop for crafts in the merchant district of Nakamachi. Days 9-12 Tokyo Arrive in space-age Tokyo. Lap up all the treasures and spectacles that this astonishing neon-lit capital has to offer. Take a tour of the historic Asakusa area, cruise down the Sumida River, and take in the glitz of the Ginza shopping district.

Kyoto Tsumago Hiroshima

Himeji

CJKJ

Koya-san

COMFORT

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (9 nts), ryokan (1 nt), temple stay (1 nt) 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Bullet train, train, public bus, boat, metro

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Cycle Japan

Wajima Shika

11 DAYS, KYOTO TO TOKYO

Kanazawa

Cycling allows you to get closer to the real Japan. From bicycles to Pokemon, serene temples to the organised chaos of Tokyo, this two-wheeled adventure has it all. End rewarding days in the saddle with amazing feasts of sushi, unagi, tempura or even fugu, all washed down with a traditional sake or Sapporo beer. Days 1-2 Kyoto See the temples and shrines of Kyoto’s lively Gion district, which is known for its geisha and maiko (apprentice geisha). Cycle to the famous bamboo forests of Tenryuji Temple and Ryoanji Temple before completing a scenic loop back to Kyoto. Day 3 Kyoto/Nara/Kanazawa Enjoy a riverside ride to the ancient capital of Nara and see the city’s Giant Buddha and free-roaming deer. Return to Kyoto by train and enjoy the city’s sights. Day 4 Kanazawa Ride past the Kenrokuen Gardens and explore the old geisha and samurai districts. Days 5-8 Noto Peninsula Cycle through the heart of the Noto Peninsula, riding past rugged coastlines, lush rice paddies, and endless green farmland. Stop along the way for traditional meals and soothing dips in onsen. Days 9-11 Tokyo Cycle past famous gardens and main sites using the same paths locals use to cut through this frenetic city. Pay a visit to Tokyo’s famous fish market, then perhaps wrap up this active trip with a final sake. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Suzu Wakura Onsen Takayama

JAPAN Tokyo

Kyoto Arashiyama

CJXC

Nara

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 16 Hotel (4 nts), ryoken (6 nts) 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners Bicycle, support vehicle, train

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Sunchang, Korea

Japan Real Food Adventure 12 DAYS, TOKYO TO KYOTO

Kanazawa

In a city where the motto is ‘kuidaore’ (eat until you drop), embark on a tour of Osaka’s remarkable street food, perhaps Japan’s best.

Tokyo Osaka

Experience the simple pleasures of obanzai ryori – the traditional home cuisine of Kyoto – in a cooking class. Days 1-2 Tokyo Wander down Memory Lane and munch yakitori. Learn the art of making soba noodles, then take a walking tour of the historic district of Asakusa. Days 3-4 Takayama Dodge bargain hunters at Tokyo Fish Market, then enjoy a deliciously fresh sushi breakfast. Take a bullet train to Takayama and sip the local drop at a sake brewery. Stay at a traditional ryokan and enjoy a multi-course dinner prepared using local ingredients, exploring the centuries-old farmers markets the next morning. Days 5-6 Kanazawa Head to Omicho seafood market. Later, take a wagashi (sweets) making class. Day 7 Osaka Savour takoyaki and kushikatsu on a street food tour. Day 8 Koya-san Stay alongside Buddhist monks and eat traditional shojin ryori (monastic cuisine). Days 9-12 Kyoto Encounter customary fermentation methods and expert knife crafters in Nishiki Market and learn to cook obanzai ryori, Kyoto’s traditional style of home cooking. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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JAPA N Takayama

Kyoto

Koya-san

CJZF

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (6 nts), ryokan (4 nts), monastery (1 nt) 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Bus, train, bullet train

South Korea Real Food Adventure

Seoul

8 DAYS, SEOUL TO SEOUL Wash down the other version of KFC – Korean fried chicken – with a glass of Soju, Korea’s national tipple.

Monastery Stay Jeonju

Jeonju is a culinary haven for all things savoury. Dig in to a bowl of bibimbap before learning to make pickled serves of kimchi with a master of the craft. Day 1 Seoul Taste Korea’s famous KFC and maybe wash it down with a cold beer. Day 2 Jeonju Enjoy bibimbap at a famous restaurant, then discover how to make spicy kimchi with a grand master. Day 3 Sunchang Learn how gochujang (fermented red chilli paste) is made and take a stroll around the base of Mt Gangcheon. Day 4 Gyeongju Maybe explore the city’s royal tombs before enjoying a lunch of Korean comfort foods. Spend the night in a monastery, where a traditional martial arts display and vegan dinner await. Day 5 Gyeongju Perhaps rise early for a traditional prayer ceremony and meet a monk to learn about Sunmudo Buddhism over tea. Get an insight into agricultural life at a picturesque apple orchard and sample homemade snacks. Day 6 Busan Wander the aisles of Jagalchi Seafood Market, then savour a clambake lunch by the ocean. Head to a craft brewery for a behind-the-scenes tour and tasting. Days 7-8 Seoul Enjoy a final meal at the Majang Dong Beef Market in Seoul. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Sunchang

Gyeongju Busan

SOU TH K OR EA

CJZK

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (5 nts), monastery (1 nt), hanok (1 nt) 2 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners Train, public bus, private vehicle, taxi


Jiufen, Taiwan

Taiwan Real Food Adventure

Taipei Yilan

9 DAYS, TAIPEI TO TAIPEI Dine at Sin Yeh, a legendary Taipei institution, sample unique flavours at a local night market and set out on delicious street food crawls in Tainan and Jiufen.

Taichung

Sun Moon Lake

Roll up your sleeves for some hands-on, behind-the-scenes food experiences with visits to a tea field, a spring onion farm and a whisky distillery. Day 1 Taipei Get your first taste of this underrated food destination at the Ningxia Night Market. Day 2 Tainan Set out on a street food tour of Anping Old Street. Later on, head to a 100-year-old restaurant for a menu-less meal. Day 3 Taichung/Puli Visit Chikan Lou and a Confucian temple. Sample freshly harvested, grilled oysters at Cigu Lagoon. Day 4 Sun Moon Lake/Yilan Enjoy some cycling around Taiwan’s only natural lagoon, followed by a picnic lunch. Day 5 Yilan Learn the delicate art of making xiao long bao (steamed soup dumplings). Head to a legendary eatery to try their renowned jar-roasted chicken. Day 6 Yilan/Taipei Take part in a tea picking and tasting experience at a tea field, a cooking class at a spring onion farm and a tour and taste at a local whisky distillery. Days 7-9 Taipei Try your hand at some classic Taiwanese dishes with a master local chef, learn about a transformative sweet potato program that supports single mothers and sample street food in Jiufen Village.

Puli

TA IWAN Tainan

CJZT

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (7 nts), guesthouse (1 nt) 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Private vehicle, metro, public bus, bike, high-speed train

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Explore Taiwan

Taipei

Jiufen Yilan

11 DAYS, TAIPEI TO TAIPEI Get behind the scenes of Taiwan’s food culture – join a Taipei street hawker to support a great cause, go oyster collecting in Wanggong, and learn to cook spring onion pancakes. The jagged bluffs of the Qingshui Cliffs are just one of the many spectacular natural landscapes to be discovered on this journey. Days 1-2 Taipei Join the street food social enterprise ‘Sweet Potato Mama’ for a unique tour. Glimpse the past on historic Dihua Street and visit Memorial Hall. Days 3-4 Hualien Visit Danongdafu Forest Park, then head to the Hualien Night Market for its lively atmosphere and street food. See the dramatic Qingshui Cliff before hiking in the gorgeous Taroko National Park. Day 5 Yilan Pick spring onions with locals, then cook delicious pancakes with the day’s yield. Day 6 Jiufen/Taipei Hit the water on a Turtle Island boat cruise and dolphin-watching excursion. Continue to Jiufen and relax among heritage marvels in Old Street, before returning to Taipei. Days 7-8 Sun Moon Lake Explore this idyllic lake and its surrounds by foot, kayak and bike. Day 9 Taichung Continue to fertile Changhua County, known as the ‘breadbasket’ of Taiwan. Stroll through Lukang’s winding streets, then head to the fishing village of Wanggong for local seafood. Days 10-11 Taipei Return to the hustle and bustle of Taipei. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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Taichung

TAI WAN

Lukang Taroko NP Sun Moon Lake

CJSA

Hualien

ORIGINAL

Maximum group size 12 Hotel (8 nts), guesthouse (2 nts) 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches Private bus, metro, public bus, train, boat

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