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china, japan & tibet Intrepid’s real life experiences in china, japan & tibet… From the clash of hi-tech gadgets and serene temples in Tokyo, to the striking karst scenery of China and all the way across the top of the world through sky-high Tibet, experience amazing diversity in northern Asia.

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Ulaanbaatar

JAPAN

MONGOLIA

Seoul

Tokyo

Beijing

SOUTH KOREA

CHINA

Shanghai

Tibet NEPAL

Lhasa

Kathmandu

Hong Kong

Joining Pilgrims

Panda Spotting

Sumo Wrestling

Frontier Living

Tibet Unplugged page : 87, CFRE

Grand China page : 81, CBKL

Highlights of Tokyo page : 89, CJAT

Wild Mongolia page : 82, CBSF

Walk the Jokhang, joining pilgrims as they prostrate themselves on this most holy of circuits. The pilgrims come from all over Tibet to celebrate their faith.

Take time out from exploring Chengdu to get close to furry pandas. Learn about their plight and the efforts to protect this endangered species.

Visit a sumo stable to get a look at Japan’s national sport. Watch the wrestlers limber up before taking on one another in a battle of tactics and strength.

Soak up the lively vibe of Ulaanbaatar, which feels like an enormous frontier town. It’s not unusual to see men in suits rubbing shoulders with ‘cowboys’. Prayer beads, Tibet - Jan Gerrit Siesling


74 China

China Express trip code

CBSB

Physical culturAL

Original

9 days, Beijing to Shanghai Departs every Thursday

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-3 Beijing The journey commences in one of the world’s most interesting cities. Visit iconic sights including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Admire the impressive Great Wall up close and reflect on the enormity and history of this feat of ancient engineering. Use free time for an independent exploration of Beijing’s sights - the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace are both worth a visit. In the evenings, consider feasting on traditional Peking duck at a restaurant or sample some tasty street food at a night market. Days 4-5 Xi’an Travel to Xi’an and spend time exploring this beautiful region. Why not hire a bicycle to cycle around the city walls or join locals in their daily tai chi practise? Uncover ancient history on a day trip to view the ever-vigilant Terracotta Warriors. Archaeologists believe that these warriors and horses were sculpted and placed in battle formation to protect the First Emperor in the afterlife. Afterwards, stop in at a village and enjoy lunch with a local family, then make new friends at Xi’an Hui Ling, an Intrepid Foundation-supported community project for people with learning disabilities. Day 6 Suzhou Journey to Suzhou to relax in the peaceful surroundings of ornate gardens and parks. Perhaps rent a bicycle to explore the streets, canals and alleyways of this charming city that holds onto its heritage despite the presence of development. In free time, choose to visit the Silk Museum to view and learn about the exquisite craftsmanship of this famous Chinese invention. In the evening, why not hit the water on an optional gondola ride to see the elegance of Suzhou from a different perspective? Days 7-9 Shanghai Board a speedy bullet train bound for the thriving metropolis of Shanghai. Futuristic skyscrapers and colonial

• Explore the major sights of Beijing • Walk a section of the iconic Great Wall • Taste local cuisine at street stalls • View the ancient Terracotta Warriors • Visit small villages for a taste of rural life • Make friends on a visit to a community project • Relax in the serenity of perfect gardens • Stroll the tranquil canals in Suzhou • Ride at high speeds on the bullet train • Shop up a storm in sophisticated Shanghai • Marvel at an exciting acrobat performance • Join the bustle in the ‘Paris of the East’

buildings vie for space on the Bund and in Pudong. Explore Shanghai’s complex network of traditional alleyways and perhaps

Start in Shanghai...

snaffle a bargain at the Yuyuan Bazaar or get a taste of Europe

This trip also runs in the opposite direction. See trip code CBSD to start in Shanghai and finish in Beijing.

in the hip French Concession area. Choose to sip cocktails in a modern bar, slurp noodles at a street stall or dine on delicious dumplings at a restaurant. Be amazed by the skill, grace and talent of the energetic Shanghai acrobats at an evening performance - an exciting way to end this memorable trip!

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (6 nts), overnight train (2 nts) TRANSPORT Overnight train, bullet train, local bus, metro, taxi, bicycle GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Every Thu & selected Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 643 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.73 out of 5 Above: Photo Competition, Local boy waving flag, Beijing, China - Chloe Ferres Below: Photo Competition, Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China - Richard Lowe

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trip code

CBRK

Physical culturAL

Basix

20 days, Beijing to Hong Kong

75 China

Beijing to Hong Kong DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-3 Beijing Modern high-rise buildings tower over buzzing, busy streets - a dramatic contrast to the timeless wonder of Beijing’s ancient sites. There is plenty of time to explore this amazing metropolis, from the Forbidden City and Summer Palace to backstreet hutongs packed with tiny shops and eateries. Days 4-5 Great Wall Travel to a lesser-known section of the Great Wall. Take a long walk over steep, remote terrain taking in incredible views of the countryside. Rise early the next morning to catch a sunrise over this great feat of ancient engineering, then return to Beijing and jump aboard an overnight train bound for Xi’an. Days 6-8 Xi’an Formerly one of China’s imperial capitals, there is much to see in Xi’an. Cycle around the city walls, admire the Great Mosque or sample street food at the night markets in the Muslim Quarter. Don’t miss the famed 2,200-year-old Terracotta Warriors - eternally vigilant in guarding the tomb of China’s First Emperor, the proud warriors are positioned in strict accordance with an ancient text on the art of war. Days 9-10 Shanghai Hunt for a bargain in the bustling Yuyuan Bazaar or shop up a storm in some of China’s hippest stores. Gobble Shanghai’s favourite dumpling, xiaolongbao - but do so with caution - these molten morsels easily scald over-eager eaters! In the evening, perhaps catch a thrilling performance by the energetic Shanghai acrobats. Days 11-12 Xitang Escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities for an overnight stay in a traditional guesthouse. Visit ancient villas

• Discover the many faces of Beijing • Walk the Great Wall • Come face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors • Shop for a bargain in the Yuyuan Bazaar • Devour delicious dumplings in Shanghai • Sip tea by a canal in charming Xitang • Explore the mystical countryside around picturesque Yangshuo • Trek through the rice terraces of Longji • Experience rural living at a village stay • Soak up the buzzing atmosphere and energy of Hong Kong

ACCOMMODATION Hostel/basic hotel (13 nts), village guesthouse (2 nts) overnight train (4 nts) TRANSPORT Overnight train, minibus, local bus, metro, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 16 MEALS No meals included BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Wed & Fri GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1430 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.68 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 05 Jan 24 Jan 21 Jan 09 Feb 26 Jan 14 Feb 09 Feb 28 Feb 16 Feb 07 Mar 09 Mar 28 Mar 18 Mar 06 Apr 23 Mar 11 Apr 01 Apr 20 Apr 22 Apr 11 May 06 May 25 May

18 May 06 Jun 27 May 15 Jun 03 Jun 22 Jun 15 Jun 04 Jul 24 Jun 13 Jul 29 Jun 18 Jul 08 Jul 27 Jul 22 Jul 10 Aug 05 Aug 24 Aug 19 Aug 07 Sep 02 Sep 21 Sep 16 Sep 05 Oct 30 Sep 19 Oct

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Above: Photo Competition, The Great Wall, Beijing, China - Peta Smith Below: Photo Competition, Zhuang women sewing, China - Lucy Dawson

and stroll on cobblestone streets alongside the many canals in town. Days 13-15 Yangshuo Dramatic limestone peaks and lush surrounds characterise the unforgettable Guangxi region. Perhaps take it all in on a cycling adventure along picturesque country lanes or wander the backstreets of Yangshuo to discover hole-in-the-wall restaurants and small markets. Days 16-18 Longji Terraces Hike through the magnificent Longji rice terraces that cling precariously to the side of steep mountains. Stay with locals in a hillside village and take day treks to visit other communities throughout the area. Days 19-20 Hong Kong Bounce into the bright lights of Hong Kong. Satisfy shopping urges at the Stanley Market or join the throngs on Nathan Road.

This trip was a real eye-opener and a fantastic journey. Our leader was awesome - a very inspirational person and a true character. Absolutely a five star trip! Ashley Scott-Chalmers, United Kingdom Travelled on the CBRK

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76 China

China Experience trip code

CBSE

Original

21 days, Beijing to Hong Kong Departs every Sunday from March - October

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-4 Beijing Walk a stretch of the Great Wall, check out Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and stop by Beijing Hui Ling, an Intrepid-supported organisation that helps intellectually disabled members of the community. Days 5-7 Xi’an The ancient capital is abundant with cultural marvels including the famous Terracotta Warriors. Perhaps walk or cycle the city wall then devour some tasty morsels at the Muslim Quarter night markets. Days 8-9 Chengdu/Leshan This region is home to spicy Sichuan cuisine, including the much-loved hotpot. Visit the residents of a giant panda reserve and perhaps watch locals practise tai chi in People’s Park. In Leshan, marvel at the world’s largest carved stone Buddha. Days 10-11 Emei Shan With clear mountain streams running through subtropical rainforest and ancient monasteries shrouded by old-growth forest, Emei Shan is one of the most famous Buddhist sites in China. Soak up the immense beauty of the region on a cable car ride. Days 12-16 Yangzi River Travel to Chongqing, gateway to the majestic Yangzi River. Cruise the

Physical culturAL

• Scale the Great Wall of China • See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an • Sample sizzling Sichuan cuisine in Chengdu • Cruise the Yangzi River

river and witness the dramatic scenery of the Three Gorges. Relax ACCOMMODATION Hotel/guesthouse (10 nts), monastery (3 nts), overnight train (4 nts), overnight boat (3 nts) TRANSPORT Overnight train, overnight boat, minibus, motor boat, local bus, metro, taxi, cable car, bicycle GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Every Sun from Mar-Oct & selected Fri GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1499 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.78 out of 5 Photo Competition, Lighting candles, China - Benjamin Wetstone

on board or perhaps enjoy a side trip down a tributary of the river.

Start in Hong Kong

Days 17-19 Yangshuo With limestone mountains towering

Want a trip that finishes up in Beijing? See trip code CBSL for a journey that ends in China’s capital.

over rice paddies and the meandering Li River, Yangshuo is a traveller’s delight. Days 20-21 Hong Kong Experience the electric atmosphere of Hong Kong, where skyscrapers nestle alongside ancient temples and modern city life is only minutes from picturesque islands and beaches.

Classic China trip code

CBKB

Comfort

12 days, Beijing to Shanghai

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-4 Beijing Uncover the treasures of Beijing, from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City to the monumental Great Wall. Work off those delicious Peking duck pancakes with a wander through ancient hutongs. Perhaps visit the Summer Palace, snare a bargain at the markets or hire a bicycle and join the locals pedalling around the city. In the evening, why not attend a Beijing opera performance? Days 5-6 Xi’an This city has been an important cultural centre for thousands of years, the legacy of which is visible in its many temples, museums and galleries. Visit the iconic Terracotta Warriors, the Bell and Drum towers, the Muslim Quarter as well as the Big Goose Pagoda, an impressive structure built to house Buddhist scriptures. Call into Xi’an Hui Ling, a special Intrepid-supported project for people with intellectual disabilities, before feasting on a delicious dumpling banquet. Days 7-8 Yangshuo The idyllic countryside surrounding Yangshuo is just begging to be explored. Take an optional cruise ACCOMMODATION Hotel (10 nts), overnight train (1 nt) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight train, minibus, local bus, metro, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Mon GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1119 kg pp per trip NOTES Arrival airport transfer is included, please advise flight details at time of booking. TRAVELLER RATING 4.84 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 28 Mar 08 Apr 18 Apr 29 Apr 16 May 27 May 13 Jun 24 Jun

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Photo Competition, Beijing festivities, China - Dylan Ju-Wei Toh

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down the Li River or hire a bike to explore nearby villages and meet farmers working with their water buffaloes in the fields. Enjoy a guided walk through a local market before learning the secret of Chinese cooking. Days 9-12 Shanghai/Water Town Get to know Shanghai from the ground level on a guided walk. Relax in peaceful gardens before marvelling at the agility and flexibility of the Shanghai acrobats at a performance. Take a relaxing day trip to a tranquil water town, the perfect place to experience the fascinating old-world China of yesteryear.

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Physical culturAL

• Explore the imperial sights of Beijing • Dine on Peking duck • See the stoic expressions of Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors • Admire mosques, pagodas and temples • Learn to cook local dishes in Yangshuo • Admire Shanghai’s eclectic architecture • Soak up the old-world charm of one of China’s water towns


trip code

CBSI

77 China & Vietnam

South China Express Original

6 days, Hong Kong to Shanghai

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Hong Kong Arrive early to make the most of this city’s vibrant culture, where the East really does meet with the West. Take advantage of the lively nightlife, snare a bargain at one of the many shopping malls or check out the dazzling harbour at night. Be sure to sample some local cuisine - a true Hong Kong highlight. Catch an overnight train to Guilin, a great opportunity to meet new friends. Days 3-4 Yangshuo Take a break from the hectic pace of the city and discover the heart and soul of rural China. The beautiful Li River winds its way past incredible limestone karst mountains through Yangshuo. Get on two wheels and take a cycling tour into the countryside to gain an insight into rural life. Eat lunch at a farmhouse or local cafe and enjoy genuine smiles and friendly hospitality. The lush landscapes are a feast for the eyes, and exploring this area on a bike is an unforgettable experience. Optional activities abound, so why not kayak down the river, learn the fine art of calligraphy, or join a relaxing tai chi class in free time? Days 5-6 Shanghai Jet into the sophistication of Shanghai and soak up the cosmopolitan flair of this thriving city. Stroll along the waterfront Bund to see a fascinating array of Art Deco buildings, explore the old French Concession area or go in search of the ultimate Chinese feast. For a slower pace, explore the many treasures of the Shanghai Museum or head to the Yuyuan Gardens, a lush oasis amid the chaos of this big city. Famed for its fashion, why not shop for stylish clothes and accessories before leaving?

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• Witness the contrasts of modern Hong Kong • Ride with locals on an overnight train trip • Cycle slowly through rural Yangshuo • Admire the Art Deco architecture of Shanghai’s buildings • Hang out in the hip French Concession area in Shanghai • Relax in Shanghai’s immaculately manicured gardens

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (4 nts), overnight train (1 nt) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight train, minibus, local bus, metro, taxi, bicycle GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Tue GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 428 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Start Finish 2011 07 Feb 12 Feb 08 Mar 13 Mar 22 Mar 27 Mar 29 Mar 03 Apr 26 Apr 01 May 10 May 15 May

31 May 05 Jun 21 Jun 26 Jun 05 Jul 10 Jul 19 Jul 24 Jul 02 Aug 07 Aug 16 Aug 21 Aug 30 Aug 04 Sep 13 Sep 18 Sep

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Photo Competition, A free ride, China - Dallyn Guenther

Hong Kong to Hanoi trip code

CBRV

Basix

12 days, Hong Kong to Hanoi

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Day 1 Hong Kong A fusion of East and West, Hong Kong is a glittering world of skyscrapers and shopping malls rising from the South China Sea. Dig a bit deeper and unearth fascinating markets, secluded beaches and serene temples. For those who arrive early, be sure to explore the Temple Street night market and take the Star Ferry across the harbour. Don’t forget to sample dumplings, noodles and more at street stalls. Days 2-4 Kunming The modern city of Kunming has some excellent markets hiding in the quaint backstreets. The impressive Tang dynasty pagodas are worth visiting, and there’s a quiet spot tucked away in the gardens near the West Pagoda where people can meet to socialise and play mahjong. Days 5-6 Jianshui Join locals on a public bus ride to Jianshui. Stroll through the ancient streets and see evidence of a rich history at every turn. Enjoy free time to explore the mansions, temples and villages in the surrounding areas. Days 7-10 Sapa/ Hilltribe Villages Discover the strikingly different countryside of Vietnam. Start at the old French hill station of Sapa and trek through the extraordinary rural mountainscapes that are home to the friendly H’mong, Tay and Dzao people who live a traditional lifestyle. Stop in small villages and stay overnight with welcoming local families along the way - an unforgettable and authentic experience. Days 11-12 Hanoi Get back to the fast pace of city life on an overnight train to Hanoi. Use free time to wander the treelined boulevards, shop for mementos in the Old Quarter or view Hanoi’s famous water-puppet show.

Physical culturAL

• Shop up a storm in hectic Hong Kong • See stately pagodas in Kunming • Meet the locals in ancient Jianshui • Embark on a hilltribe trek from Sapa • Enjoy an overnight homestay in a traditional village • Experience an overnight train ride • Explore the vibrant streets of Hanoi

ACCOMMODATION Basic hotel (8 nts), homestay (1 nt), overnight train (2 nts) TRANSPORT Overnight train, train, minibus, local bus, metro, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 16 MEALS 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Wed GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 858 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.38 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 05 Jan 16 Jan 12 Jan 23 Jan 09 Feb 20 Feb 16 Feb 27 Feb 02 Mar 13 Mar 23 Mar 03 Apr 06 Apr 17 Apr 20 Apr 01 May 11 May 22 May

18 May 29 May 25 May 05 Jun 15 Jun 26 Jun 22 Jun 03 Jul 29 Jun 10 Jul 13 Jul 24 Jul 27 Jul 07 Aug 10 Aug 21 Aug 24 Aug 04 Sep 07 Sep 18 Sep 21 Sep 02 Oct

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Sunny skyline, Hong Kong - Kwok Wai Lam

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78 China

Hong Kong to Shanghai trip code

CBSH

Original

14 days, Hong Kong to Shanghai

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Hong Kong Be captivated by Hong Kong’s bright lights and energetic vibe. For a little space amid the madness, head to the parks or beaches or scale Victoria Peak for great views. Indulge in a dim sum brunch or shop up a storm at Stanley Market. Days 3-4 Fenghuang Learn about the customs and culture of the Tujia and Miao minorities while in Fenghuang. Peaceful and rich in tradition, many of the buildings in the ancient towns stand on stilts to accommodate the flow of the river, a reminder of what much of China looked like before modernisation. Days 5-8 Yangzi River Visit the hydroelectric dam project before jumping aboard a boat for a cruise through the panoramic scenery of the Three Gorges. Days 9-10 Chongqing/Chengdu Discover the capital of Sichuan province, with its spicy cuisine, countless ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt), overnight boat (3 nts) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight train, overnight boat, bullet train, train, minibus, ferry, motor boat, local bus, metro, taxi, bicycle GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Mon GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1310 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.66 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 07 Mar 20 Mar 14 Mar 27 Mar 21 Mar 03 Apr 04 Apr 17 Apr 18 Apr 01 May 02 May 15 May 09 May 22 May 23 May 05 Jun 30 May 12 Jun

13 Jun 20 Jun 27 Jun 04 Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 01 Aug 15 Aug 29 Aug 05 Sep 12 Sep

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City of Shanghai, China

artisans and lively atmosphere. Visit the gentle and endangered residents of the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and stop by Wenshu Temple to mingle with worshippers. Days 11-12 Hangzhou Head to beautiful Hangzhou - a place that has inspired

Physical culturAL

• Experience the buzz of hip Hong Kong • Step back in time in ancient Fenghuang • Cruise the Yangzi River • Rub shoulders with worshippers at Wenshu Temple

many artists and poets. Cycle around the picturesque West Lake and sample some local Dragon Well tea. Days 13-14 Shanghai

Looking for more?

Experience a ride on the world’s fastest train on the way to one of

You can go all the way from Hong Kong to Beijing on the China Encompassed trip. See trip code CBSMC.

the world’s greatest cities. Perhaps wander the Bund, jostle through the Yuyuan Bazaar or peruse ancient treasures in the Shanghai Museum. Hang out in the European-inspired French Concession area, a hub of cafes and restaurants which offers respite from the fast pace of Shanghai.

Explore China trip code

CBSW

Original

15 days, Shanghai to Beijing Departs every Sunday from May - October

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-3 Shanghai Stroll down the elegant Bund, discover the French Concession and admire the fusion of old and new evident in the architecture of Shanghai’s buildings. Day 4 Shaolin Watch kung fu students practise their moves at the legendary Shaolin Temple. For those feeling game, there is the opportunity to attend a class and soak up some of the wisdom. Day 5 Luoyang See more than 100,000 images of Buddha carved into the side of a mountain at Longmen Grottoes. Perhaps visit the White Horse Temple and take an evening stroll around the Luoyang town square. Days 6-8 Xi’an Visit the incredible underground necropolis of the First Emperor, guarded by an eternal army of Terracotta Warriors. Ascend to the top of the Bell and Drum towers, escape the noise of the city in the peaceful Great Mosque and savour some tasty local food from the markets in the Muslim Quarter. Day 9 Chengdu View the endangered residents of the giant panda breeding centre and perhaps sample a vegetarian meal made from an ancient recipe at the Wenshu Monastery. Days 10-11 Sichuan Countryside Head to the mountains for a taste of ancient China. Help pick tea leaves, take a lesson in the game of mahjong and soak up the mountain scenery. ACCOMMODATION Hotel (10 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), overnight train (2 nts) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight train, train, minibus, local bus, metro, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS No meals included BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Every Sun from May-Oct GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1409 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.66 out of 5

Days 12-15 Beijing Travel to China’s capital to explore some of

Gorgeous panda, Chengdu, China

finale to this adventure.

the countries most iconic sights, including the sprawling Forbidden City. In free time, feast on dumplings or rent a bike and cycle to the Temple of Heaven. A walk along the iconic Great Wall is a fantastic

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Physical culturAL

• Experience modern China in Shanghai • Practice kung fu moves in Shaolin • Meet the ancient Terracotta Warriors • Pay a visit to the rare giant pandas • Meet monks at the Wenshu Monastery • Gain insight into rural life in the Sichuan countryside • Set foot on the iconic Great Wall


trip code

CBSNC

79 China

China in Depth Original

28 days, Hong Kong to Beijing

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Hong Kong Be captivated by Hong Kong’s bright lights and spectacular skyline. Days 3-4 Fenghuang With traditional wooden houses built on stilts, the ancient town of Fenghuang is like stepping back in time. Days 5-8 Yangzi River Take a tour of the Three Gorges Dam site in Yichang then enjoy a cruise on the Yangzi River. Days 9-10 Chongqing/Chengdu Cruise into the port city of Fengdu, travel to Chongqing then catch a train to Chengdu and challenge tastebuds with spicy Sichuan cuisine. Meet gorgeous giant pandas on a visit to a breeding centre. Days 11-12 Hangzhou Cycle around the picture-perfect West Lake in Hangzhou. Days 13-16 Shanghai Get to know the treasures of this amazing city by visiting museums, trawling the local bazaars or sitting in a cafe in the hip French Concession area. Day 17 Shaolin Visit the famous Shaolin Temple and watch a kung fu demonstration. Day 18 Luoyang See more than 100,000 rock-carved images of Buddha and discover a series of ancient caves dedicated to various forms of worship. Days 19-21 Xi’an Discover the incredible underground necropolis guarded by the Terracotta Warriors. Day 22 Chengdu Search out the city’s famous hotpot cuisine, relax in a teahouse or indulge in an evening of opera. Days 23-24 Sichuan Countryside Explore a 2,000 year-old town in the heart of Sichuan and enjoy a trek through the surrounding tea terraces. Days 25-28 Beijing Ramble along the Great Wall, walk through Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and soak up the atmosphere of the capital.

Physical culturAL

• Explore the East-meets-West vibe of Hong Kong • Soak up the ancient charms of Fenghuang • Enjoy a cruise down the Yangzi • Meet the gentle giant pandas in Chengdu • Experience modern China in Shanghai • Try a kung fu move or two in Shaolin • See the Buddhas of Longmen Grottoes

ACCOMMODATION Hotel/guesthouse (21 nts), overnight train (3 nts), overnight boat (3 nts) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight train, overnight boat, bullet train, train, minibus, ferry, motor boat, local bus, metro, taxi, bicycle GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Mon from Apr-Oct GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 2647 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.67 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 18 Apr 15 May 02 May 29 May 09 May 05 Jun 23 May 19 Jun 30 May 26 Jun

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Photo Competition, Little friends, Sichuan, China - John Brundall

China Getaway trip code

CBRF

Basix

12 days, Shanghai to Beijing

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Shanghai This bustling metropolis is modern China at its best. Take in the futuristic skyline, stroll the Bund, explore the emerging art scene or grab a bargain at the bustling Yuyuan Bazaar. Days 3-4 Xitang Leave the bright lights of the city behind and step back in time in Xitang. Visit ancient villas and stroll alongside the many canals that crisscross the town. Explore the well-preserved Ming and Qing dynasty buildings and absorb the old-world atmosphere. Days 5-6 Xi’an With a plethora of historical sites and all the conveniences of a big city, Xi’an is a place of contrasts. Explore the Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque or taste exotic food from busy street stalls. Leave time for an optional visit to the ancient Terracotta Warriors, lined up with extraordinary military precision, serving their emperor for eternity.

Physical culturAL

• Experience the modern marvel of Shanghai • Sip tea by a canal in charming Xitang • See imperial Pingyao

Cycle or walk the city walls and take in the views from the top of the Bell and Drum towers. Days 7-8 Pingyao This walled city offers a rare glimpse into the architecture of imperial China. Spend the day exploring the temples, houses, palaces and museums of this former commercial centre. Perhaps hire a bike and cycle the streets or indulge in a relaxing traditional massage. Days 9-12 Beijing/Great Wall The grand city of Beijing is overflowing with both ancient and modern sights. Stroll across Tiananmen Square, explore the Forbidden City, wander through the maze of hutongs and give bargaining skills a workout at the many markets. A chance to see one of China’s most iconic sights - the Great Wall slowly illuminated by the sunrise - is a fitting end to the adventure.

This trip has alot packed into a short time! Our guide was amazing and took care of all the little details so we could be free to focus on enjoying the sites and culture. Elizabeth Lindblad, Germany Travelled on the CBRF

ACCOMMODATION Basic hotel/hostel (8 nts), overnight train (3 nts) TRANSPORT Overnight train, minibus, local bus, metro, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 16 MEALS No meals included BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Mon GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 858 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.77 out of 5 Start 2011 17 Jan 14 Mar 25 Apr

Finish 28 Jan 25 Mar 06 May

23 May 03 Jun 20 Jun 01 Jul 11 Jul 22 Jul 08 Aug 19 Aug 29 Aug 09 Sep

12 Sep 10 Oct 2012 05 Mar 26 Mar

23 Sep 21 Oct 16 Mar 06 Apr

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Photo Competition, Riding on the Great Wall, China - David Bragg

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80 China

Iconic China trip code

CBSAC

Original

14 days, Hong Kong to Beijing

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Hong Kong Arrive early to soak up the East-meets-West vibe of this eclectic city. Take advantage of the dazzling nightlife, sample some street food, admire the shimmering harbour by night or snare a bargain at the markets. Days 3-4 Yangshuo Discover the beautiful scenery and genuine smiles of rural China. Take a cycling tour into the countryside to gain an insight into traditional life and eat lunch at a farmhouse or local cafe. Days 5-7 Shanghai Catch a jaw-dropping performance by the world-famous Shanghai acrobats and spend free time exploring this thriving metropolis. Stroll along the Bund to see a fascinating array of Art Deco buildings, explore the old French Concession area or go in search of a dumpling feast. For a slower pace, explore the many treasures of the Shanghai Museum, admire art at a gallery or head to the Yuyuan Gardens, an oasis of tradition amid the chaos of the big city. Day 8 Water Town Catch a glimpse of the past on a visit to a tranquil water town - a welcome change in pace. Take ACCOMMODATION Hotel (10 nts), overnight train (3 nts) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight train, minibus, local bus, metro, taxi, bicycle GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 2 Lunches BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Tue GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1239 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.68 out of 5

time to appreciate the views of canals crisscrossed by ornamental

Start Finish 2011 22 Mar 04 Apr 29 Mar 11 Apr 26 Apr 09 May 10 May 23 May 31 May 13 Jun

for more than 2,200 years - an eternal army ready to serve.

21 Jun 05 Jul 19 Jul 02 Aug 16 Aug 30 Aug 13 Sep

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• Explore the lush countryside by bike • Sip tea by a canal in a charming water town • See ancient Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an • Walk a section of the iconic Great Wall

bridges. In the evening, board an overnight train bound for Xi’an. Days 9-11 Xi’an Visit the famous ancient Terracotta Warriors who

Free time in Beijing?

have guarded the First Emperor in an underground necropolis

Check out our Urban Adventures - bite sized experiences that are a fun and interactive way to see Beijing.

Days 12-14 Beijing Explore iconic Tiananmen Square and the fascinating Forbidden City. The Great Wall, an incredible feat of engineering, stretches more than 6,000km. See it up close on a day

Fascinating terracotta warriors, Xi’an, China

Physical culturAL

trip before a final night out in lively Beijing.

China Encompassed trip code

CBSMC Original

22 days, Hong Kong to Beijing

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Hong Kong Search out a bargain in the many markets and malls or head to Victoria Peak for fabulous views over the city. Days 3-4 Fenghuang Step back in time to the ancient town of Fenghuang, where locals live a simple, traditional lifestyle. Visit a nearby village and trek to a waterfall. Days 5-8 Yangzi River Cruise gently down the Yangzi River. Experience the scenic beauty of the Three Gorges and learn about the dam project. Days 9-10 Chongqing/Chengdu Home to giant pandas, a Tang dynasty monastery and delicious Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu offers a great chance to meet locals and get a taste of China. Days 11-12 Hangzhou Head to Hangzhou and cycle around the picturesque West Lake. Afterwards, relax with some local Dragon Well tea. Days 13-15 Shanghai A city of contradictions, Shanghai blends 21st century architecture with old-world character. Perhaps stroll ACCOMMODATION Hotel/guesthouse (15 nts), overnight train (3 nts), overnight boat (3 nts) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight train, overnight boat, bullet train, train, minibus, motor boat, local bus, metro, taxi, bicycle GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Mon GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1571 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.66 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 07 Mar 28 Mar 14 Mar 04 Apr 21 Mar 11 Apr 28 Mar 18 Apr 04 Apr 25 Apr 18 Apr 09 May 02 May 23 May 09 May 30 May

23 May 13 Jun 30 May 20 Jun 13 Jun 04 Jul 20 Jun 11 Jul 27 Jun 18 Jul 04 Jul 25 Jul 11 Jul 01 Aug 18 Jul 08 Aug 01 Aug 22 Aug 15 Aug 05 Sep

29 Aug 05 Sep 12 Sep 26 Sep 10 Oct 17 Oct 31 Oct 2012 12 Mar 19 Mar

19 Sep 26 Sep 03 Oct 17 Oct 31 Oct 07 Nov 21 Nov 02 Apr 09 Apr

Photo Competition, Friendly boat man, China - Anne Gilliland

26 Mar 16 Apr 02 Apr 23 Apr 09 Apr 30 Apr 16 Apr 07 May 23 Apr 14 May 30 Apr 21 May 07 May 28 May 21 May 11 Jun 04 Jun 25 Jun

the Bund with its spectacular array of Art Deco style buildings and admire the view across the river to Pudong and the iconic Pearl Tower. Day 16 Water Town Explore the cobblestone streets and canals of a tranquil water town. Days 17-19 Xi’an Complete with horses and chariots, the army of ancient Terracotta Warriors is an amazing sight to behold. Walk or cycle the walls of Xi’an, or perhaps head to one of the city’s gardens to see locals practise tai chi and ballroom dancing. Days 20-22 Beijing Spend a day traversing the ancient Great Wall. Discover the impressive Forbidden City, take a stroll across the vast expanse of Tiananmen Square and be amazed by the contortions of Beijing acrobats.

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Physical culturAL

• Experience the bright lights and buzz of Hong Kong • Cruise through the Three Gorges • Meet the gentle giant panda • Cycle along the magnificent West Lake of Hangzhou • Uncover the history and culture of Shanghai • Feel the serenity in a water town


trip code

CBKL

Physical culturAL

Comfort

21 days, Hong Kong to Beijing

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Hong Kong Discover vibrant Hong Kong, a city that’s characterised by culture and glamour. Shop up a storm on Temple Street and Stanley Market, savour a dim sum brunch, get absorbed in the city’s many museums or cruise across Victoria Harbour aboard the Star Ferry. Days 3-4 Yangshuo Admire the green-topped limestone peaks towering majestically over the Li River en route to picturesque Yangshuo. Discover the region’s gastronomic delights at the market, then master traditional techniques in a cooking class. Days 5-6 Chengdu Learn about the effort to save pandas from extinction at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Use free time in Chengdu to visit gardens, temples and atmospheric teahouses, attend an opera performance or sample a spicy Sichuan hotpot. Days 7-9 Yangzi River Take a relaxing cruise down the legendary Yangzi River. Admire the scenery of the Three Gorges and visit the dam in Yichang. Days 10-11 Shanghai From Art Deco to ultra-modern, discover this city’s eclectic style. Peruse the Shanghai Museum’s exquisite collection of Chinese artwork, visit the magnificent Yuyuan Gardens, discover Shanghainese cuisine and be wowed by an amazing acrobatic performance. Days 12-13 Hangzhou Hop on a fast train to Hangzhou, a beautiful city renowned for its lakes, temples, tea and cuisine. Visit a local village to learn about tea production. In free time, why not choose to spend an afternoon exploring the famous West Lake by boat? Days 14-17 Xi’an Wander the vibrant Muslim Quarter and perhaps visit the peculiar Small Goose and Big Goose pagodas, before finishing the day with a tasty dumpling banquet. Visit the incredible life-sized, ancient Terracotta Warriors, standing guard in eternal protection of the First Emperor. Days 18-21 Beijing Travel to China’s thriving capital to wander Tiananmen Square, see the Forbidden City and explore ancient hutongs on foot. Stroll along the incredible Great Wall or take a cable car ride for a better view of this ancient feat of engineering. In free time, why not browse the markets for souvenirs, hire a bicycle and go for a ride or take part in a tai chi lesson? Celebrate this unforgettable adventure with a sumptuous Peking duck feast.

81 China

Grand China • Indulge in a dim sum brunch in Hong Kong • Uncover the secrets of Chinese cuisine in a cooking class • Explore Yangshuo’s scenic surrounds • Be delighted at adorable giant pandas • Cruise down the Yangzi River • Be awed by the scenic Three Gorges • Stimulate the senses in super Shanghai • Wander in Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter • See the fierce Terracotta Warriors • Devour a traditional dumpling banquet • Discover the famous sights of Beijing • Walk through Tiananmen Square • Stride out along the endless Great Wall • Stroll through Beijing’s ancient hutongs • Feast on delicious Peking duck

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (15 nts), overnight train (2 nts), overnight boat (3 nts) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight train, overnight boat, minibus, local bus, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 18 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 8 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Mon from Mar-Oct GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1667 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. Arrival airport transfer included, please advise flight details at time of booking. 2. A single supplement is available on this trip. For those who book a single supplement, please note it is not available on the Yangzi river boat and you will be required to share for this section of the trip. TRAVELLER RATING 4.84 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 13 May 07 Jun 27 May 21 Jun 10 Jun 05 Jul

24 Jun 08 Jul 22 Jul 05 Aug 19 Aug

19 Jul 02 Aug 16 Aug 30 Aug 13 Sep

02 Sep 27 Sep 16 Sep 11 Oct 30 Sep 25 Oct 2012 17 May 11 Jun

31 May 25 Jun 14 Jun 09 Jul 28 Jun 23 Jul

Above: Photo Competition, The Great Wall, China - Giuseppe Gabusi Below: Photo Competition, Blossom tree in Xi’an, China - Matthias Bill

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82 China & Mongolia

Beijing to Kunming trip code

CBRT

Basix

15 days, Beijing to Kunming

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-4 Beijing Delve into the culture and sights of China’s amazing capital. Explore the city’s hutongs, sample street food or wander through Tiananmen Square. No trip to China is complete without a visit to the Great Wall, so use free time to see this ancient engineering icon. Days 5-7 Zhongwei/Camel Safari Travel to this small city of Zhongwei, situated on the Yellow River and surrounded by desert, farmland and remnants of the Great Wall. Visit the Gao Miao temple, which combines Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism into one. Set off into the golden sand dunes of the Tengger Desert for an overnight camel safari. Enjoy a dinner under the stars before a memorable night of camping in the desert. Days 8-10 Xi’an The lively Muslim Quarter is always

Physical culturAL

• Embark on a desert camel safari • Watch gentle giant pandas at play

full of activity and a great place for a sizzling kebab. Head into the Great Mosque to take time out from the city bustle. A day trip to view the ancient Terracotta Warriors is highly recommended, as is cycling the majestic Ming dynasty wall for great views over the city of Xi’an. Days 11-13 Chengdu A unique mixture of modernity ACCOMMODATION Basic hotel/hostel (9 nts), overnight train (4 nts), camping (1 nt) TRANSPORT Overnight train, minibus, local bus, metro, taxi, camel GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Mon GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1073 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.85 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 02 May 16 May 30 May 13 Jun 13 Jun 27 Jun

04 Jul 25 Jul 15 Aug 05 Sep 26 Sep

18 Jul 08 Aug 29 Aug 19 Sep 10 Oct

17 Oct 31 Oct 2012 09 Apr 23 Apr 30 Apr 14 May 21 May 04 Jun

11 Jun 25 Jun

and old-world charm - Chengdu is sure to delight. This city is the home of spicy Sichuan cuisine so be sure to seek out a traditional hotpot. Perhaps head out to visit the giant pandas or spend free time drinking tea, exploring ancient temples or having a slow, relaxing massage. Days 14-15 Kunming Head to the moderate climate of modern Kunming. Try to stay on after this trip has ended to see the Tang dynasty pagodas or visit the dramatic landscapes

Photo Competition, Laughing local, Beijing, China - Layton Shaffner

of the Stone Forest.

Amazing trip! Our tour leader was unbelievably good. The trip was extremely well planned and great value for money. Will definitely travel with Intrepid again. Francesca Curry, United Kingdom Travelled on the CBRT

Wild Mongolia trip code

CBSF

Original

15 days, ex Ulaanbaatar ITINERARY... Day 1 Ulaanbaatar Locals in traditional dress mingling with workers in business suits, Soviet architecture and a wealth of museums, palaces and monasteries: welcome to Mongolia! Day 2 Amarbayasgalant Monastery Drive through open grasslands to a remote Manchu-style monastery dedicated to the great Buddhist and sculptor, Zanabazar. Spend the night in a ger camp. Days 3-4 Selenge River Relax in the stunning surroundings of the Selenge River. Nature lovers can hike to the volcanic crater at Uran Uul (Pot Mountain). Experience local hospitality during a homestay with a Mongolian family. Learn to make traditional delicacies and get an insight into everyday nomadic life. Days 5-6 Lake Khovsgol Surrounded by rolling grasslands, fir forests and wildflower meadows, Lake Khovsgol is one of Mongolia’s most picturesque destinations. Days 7-9 Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake Set in scenic mountains, the Great White Lake is a beautiful place for a walk. Gaze over the surreal landscape atop volcanic peaks and end the day with a Mongolian barbecue. ACCOMMODATION Hotel (2 nts), ger camp (10 nts), homestay (2 nts) TRANSPORT Russian van, camel GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 12 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat from May-Sep GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1071 kg pp per trip NOTES Naadam Festival surcharge applies on trips departing during the festival (late June/July) TRAVELLER RATING 4.93 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 14 May 28 May 28 May 11 Jun

11 Jun 28 Jun 10 Jul 13 Aug

25 Jun 12 Jul 24 Jul 27 Aug

2012 28 Apr 12 May 26 May 09 Jun 23 Jun 07 Jul

Photo Competition, Local farmer, Mongolia - Brendan Corrigan

30 Jun 14 Jul

Days 10-11 Tsenkher Visit a museum featuring traditional Mongolian costumes, weaponry and art. Enjoy the remote beauty of the region and soak in hot springs. Days 12-13 Karakorum/ Khogno Khan Explore the remains of Karakorum, the capital city built by Genghis Khan in the 13th century. Head into a shifting landscape of sand dunes on a memorable camel ride through the desert. Days 14-15 Ulaanbaatar Return to the capital via roadside shrines and ger communities.

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Physical culturAL

• Explore the palaces and monasteries of Ulaanbaatar • See monks conduct their daily ceremonies • Experience nomadic life on a homestay • Stay overnight in traditional gers • Hike to a volcanic peak • Soak up the beauty of Khovsgol Lake • Soothe sore muscles in relaxing hot springs in Tsenkher


trip code

CBAA

SHORT BREAK

2 days, ex Beijing - departs daily

83 China

Beijing - People & Culture

Beijing - Old & New

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

trip code

CBAB

SHORT BREAK

2 days, ex Beijing - departs daily

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

From the simplicity of ancient hutongs to the vibrancy of the new art scene and modernity of the Olympic precinct, Beijing is truly fascinating. Be immersed in the culture of this city by walking and cycling the streets. Enjoy playing mahjong with locals, negotiate the transit system and shop at the markets - this trip is packed with authentic experiences that will delight, inspire and entertain.

Bejing’s architecture ranges from highly traditional to cutting-edge modernity. From the traditional hutong areas to the ultra modern aesthetic of the Olympic Park, Beijing is a brilliant city that contrasts style like no other. View salvaged treasures and also the latest in art forms at Beijing’s artistic compound. Visit the Great Wall and enjoy a picnic lunch on the wall for an experience to remember.

Photo Competition, Beijing ribbon dancer, China - Dylan Ju-Wei Toh

Photo Competition, Porcelain figures, China - Roxanne Strauss

Total Beijing

Yangshuo Cooking School

trip code

CBACC SHORT BREAK

4 days, ex Beijing - departs daily

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

trip code

CEAY

SHORT BREAK

5 days, ex Guilin - departs daily, subject to availability

Blending the old with the new, this short break takes in the people, the history, the architecture and the food of bustling Beijing. No trip to China is complete without a wander on the Great Wall - and this trip is no exception, with a full day of exploring this icon included. On top of this, hiking, cycling and a cooking class add a fun and active twist to this exciting Beijing experience.

Learn to cook regional Chinese cuisine in a traditional setting. Experience practical cooking instruction, learning different techniques for creating delicious meals. Visit a produce market to peruse ingredients and garner cooking secrets from locals. Stay close to the Li River and the West Street bars and restaurants and immerse yourself in the dynamic cuisine and culture of Yangshuo.

Photo Competition, Forbidden City, Beijing, China - Catherine Bain

Photo Competition, Cooking school results, Yangshuo, China - Erik Seket

Wander the Great Wall

Beijing City Break

trip code

CBAW

trip code

SHORT BREAK

CBAD

SHORT BREAK

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

5 days, ex Beijing - departs daily, subject to availability

3 days, ex Beijing - departs daily

Imagine the Great Wall in all its former glory and tread the elevated highway as it stands today. Dating back more than 2,000 years, the wall was originally built to keep out marauding nomads from the north. Travel with a local guide and picnic amid the breathtaking scenery. Complemented with time in Beijing, this adventure is a fantastic way to see this great land from another perspective.

Launch into a city brimming with life and colour on this exciting city break. With enough time for independent exploration, get to know the brilliance of Beijing by seeing the historical Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, as well as the lesser known attractions - the parks, eateries and markets frequented by locals. Eat, drink, observe and interact to make the most of this Beijing break.

The Great Wall, China - Ma Liang

Grand pond and pavilion, Beijing, China

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84 China & Korea

Tiger Leaping Gorge trip code

CBRM

Basix

12 days, ex Kunming

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Day 1 Kunming Indulge in Kunming’s urban charms by tracking down a bargain at the bustling local markets or modern shopping malls. Days 2-3 Dali Bound by spectacular Erhai Lake on one side and snow-capped mountains on the other, visiting Dali is a real treat. Explore the cobblestone lanes and stone houses of the old town or perhaps take a boat trip. Barter with Bai people at the colourful lakeside markets - a bargain-hunter’s dream. Day 4 Shaxi Step back in time and enjoy the village atmosphere of Shaxi. Learn about the unique cultures and heritage of this remote town which lies in the shadow of the Himalayas. Days 5-6 Shangri-La Be immersed in the Tibetan way of life in Shangri-La. Why not hire a bike and cycle through the countryside to view Tibetan farmers working in the fields? At night, take the chance to join local residents for singing and dancing. Days 7-8 Tiger Leaping Gorge Legend has it that a tiger leapt across the Yangzi to escape a hunter, granting the gorge its name. Arduous but ACCOMMODATION Hotel/guesthouse (10 nts), overnight train (1 nt) TRANSPORT Overnight train, local bus, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS No meals included BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sun GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 787 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.53 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 03 Apr 13 Apr 24 Apr 04 May 08 May 18 May 22 May 01 Jun

12 Jun 26 Jun 10 Jul 31 Jul 21 Aug 11 Sep

22 Jun 06 Jul 20 Jul 10 Aug 31 Aug 21 Sep

09 Oct 19 Oct 30 Oct 09 Nov 2012 01 Apr 11 Apr 22 Apr 02 May 13 May 23 May

27 May 06 Jun 10 Jun 20 Jun 24 Jun 04 Jul

rewarding, this hike along the river traverses the spectacular terrain of one of the world’s deepest gorges. Stay overnight in simple guesthouses and eat at local cafes along the way. Days 9-10 Lijiang Home to the Naxi people, descendants of Tibetan nomads, Lijiang is an enchanting place to visit. Explore the maze of stone streets in this World Heritage-listed town. Stay in the atmospheric old quarter and perhaps catch a traditional music performance. Days 11-12 Kunming Discover ancient temples and mosques as

Photo Competition, Break time, Zhongdian, China - Jenny Piché

the journey comes full circle in Kunming.

Physical culturAL

• Bag a bargain in the markets of Kunming • Relax in the tranquility of Dali • Soak up the village atmosphere of Shaxi • Get a taste of the Tibetan way of life • Hike the stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge • Get to know the culture and customs of the Naxi people • Stroll Lijiang’s historic old quarter

Beijing to Seoul trip code

CBSZ

ORIGINAL

14 days, Beijing to Seoul ITINERARY... Day 1 Beijing Welcome to fast-paced Beijing! Get to know this city by strolling the streets. Don’t forget to sample local fare from street stalls along the way. Days 2-3 Qinhuangdao/Great Wall Admire one of the world’s most recognisable ancient engineering marvels - The Great Wall of China. Day 4 Overnight Boat to South Korea Travel by overnight ferry to the shores of South Korea. Days 5-6 Buyeo Visit the ancient kingdom of Buyeo. See the treasures on display at the National Museum and the remains of a fortress once used to defend the city. Day 7 Gongju See ancient burial tombs set amid beautiful landscapes. Visit the Gongju National Museum then meditate and eat meals with monks on an unforgettable overnight stay at a temple. Day 8 Jeonju Mingle with locals on a visit to a village and learn how to make Korean culinary delicacies in a cooking class. Day 9 Mt Naejang National Park Hike among imposing mountains and peaceful lakes in the scenic Mt Naejang National Park. Days 10-11 Gyeongju Wander through ancient ruins, ACCOMMODATION Hotel (8 nt), overnight boat (1 nt), guesthouse (3 nts), temple stay (1 nt) TRANSPORT Overnight boat, minivan, local train, local bus, subway, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 9 breakfasts BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sun GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1000 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Start Finish 2011 08 May 21 May 29 May 11 Jun

19 Jun 10 Jul 31 Jul 21 Aug

02 Jul 23 Jul 13 Aug 03 Sep

Silk lanterns, South Korea - Mario Ragma

11 Sep 24 Sep 2012 13 May 26 May 03 Jun 16 Jun

24 Jun 07 Jul

Physical culturAL

• View where the Great Wall meets the sea • Take part in temple life on an overnight stay • Learn to make fiery Korean cuisine • See North Korea from the Demilitarized Zone

temples, palaces and pagodas on a walking tour. A visit to the Bulguksa temple complex, including the impressive Seokguram

New horizons...

Grotto, reveals beautiful Buddhist art and architectural treasures.

This is a new trip! Take the opportunity to experience the culture, traditions and natural beauty of Korea.

Days 12-14 Seoul Korea’s capital is a modern city filled with reminders of the past. Visit the impressive Gyeongbok Palace to uncover Korean history and heritage. To catch a glimpse of the other side of this divided nation, take a day trip to the Demilitarized Zone for views of North Korea.

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trip code

CBSD

85 China

China Highlights Original

9 days, Shanghai to Beijing

DEPARTURE

Departs every Sunday from March - November GUARANTEED ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Shanghai A fusion of ancient and modern, Shanghai is the vibrant pulse of new China. Enjoy free time to barter in busy markets, admire museum treasures or scope out the buzzing nightlife at a local bar. Day 3 Water Town Step back in time and enjoy a day trip to one of the region’s water towns, where the tranquil cobblestone streets are lined with traditional village buildings and locals glide along in gondolas. Days 4-6 Xi’an Come face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors who are set out in battle formation, complete with horses and chariots. Stop for lunch at Hui Ling, an Intrepid Foundation project that supports people with intellectual disabilities. Days 7-9 Beijing Tour the city sights, taking in Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. No journey to China would be complete without a Great Wall experience, so spend some time exploring this ancient structure.

Physical culturAL

• Uncover the spirit and style of Shanghai • Sip tea by a canal in a charming water town • Salute the ancient Terracotta Warriors

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (6 nts), overnight train (2 nts) TRANSPORT Overnight train, train, minibus, local bus, metro, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Every Sun from Mar-Nov & selected Sun Dec-Feb GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 643 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. This trip also runs in reverse, see trip code CBSB. 2. A single supplement is available on this trip. TRAVELLER RATING 4.59 out of 5 Photo Competition, Group photo at the Great Wall, China - Giuseppe Gabusi

China Adventure trip code

CBSL

Original

21 days, Hong Kong to Beijing

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Hong Kong Hit the streets, explore the markets or view the city skyline from Victoria Peak. Days 3-5 Yangshuo Cycle through the beautiful Yangshuo countryside, past rustic villages and rice paddies. Days 6-8 Chengyang Step back in time in charming Chengyang. Cross the Wind and Rain Bridge and mingle with locals as they sell their wares. Days 9-10 Chengdu Home to spicy Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu also boasts tea houses and markets. Learn about endangered species conservation on a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Days 11-14 Leshan/Emei Shan See the Grand Buddha at Leshan before journeying to the holy mountain of Emei Shan. Stay in a monastery and visit the mountain summit. Days 15-17 Xi’an See the ancient Terracotta Warriors. Days 18-21 Beijing Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and enjoy a walk on the iconic Great Wall.

Physical culturAL

• Make friends with pandas in Chengdu • Take in the views from Emei Mountain • Stand atop the iconic Great Wall

ACCOMMODATION Hotel/guesthouse (13 nts), overnight train (4 nts), monastery (3 nts) TRANSPORT Overnight train, minibus, taxi, cable car, local bus, metro, bicycle GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sun GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1499 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.53 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 02 Jan 22 Jan 13 Mar 02 Apr 10 Apr 30 Apr 24 Apr 14 May 08 May 28 May 22 May 11 Jun

05 Jun 12 Jun 26 Jun 17 Jul 31 Jul 14 Aug 28 Aug 04 Sep

25 Jun 02 Jul 16 Jul 06 Aug 20 Aug 03 Sep 17 Sep 24 Sep

11 Sep 09 Oct 16 Oct 30 Oct 2012 08 Jan 11 Mar 25 Mar

01 Oct 29 Oct 05 Nov 19 Nov 28 Jan 31 Mar 14 Apr

08 Apr 28 Apr 22 Apr 12 May 06 May 26 May 20 May 09 Jun 03 Jun 23 Jun 17 Jun 07 Jul

Photo Competition, Rice paddy worker, Yangshuo, China - Richard Lowe

Silk Road Train trip code

CBSR

Original

11 days, Beijing to Kashgar ITINERARY... Days 1-3 Beijing Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square and walk the iconic Great Wall. Days 4-5 Xi’an Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors - an eternal army ready to serve and protect their Emperor. Day 6 Silk Road Railway Make friends with local Uyghurs and watch the desert unfold on this spectacular journey. Days 7-8 Turpan Flanked by the Flaming Mountains, this oasis town is still an important stop for travellers. Spend the day admiring architectural gems, vineyards and humble dwellings. Days 9-11 Kashgar Hop back on the train and continue the adventure along the Silk Road. At Kashgar, traders spill into town every Sunday for one of Asia’s largest markets. An eclectic mishmash of products are sold here - carpets, pottery, fresh food, spices and animals. Haggle with locals for a bargain and depart Kashgar with a memento of the journey.

Physical culturAL

• See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an • Ride on the iconic Silk Road Railway • Pick up a bargain at the Kashgar bazaar

ACCOMMODATION Hotels (6 nts), overnight trains (4 nts) TRANSPORT Overnight train, minibus, local bus, subway, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Fri from May-Oct GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1357 kg pp per trip NOTES A flight transfer from Kashgar back to Beijing is available for purchase with this trip. Please enquire at time of booking. TRAVELLER RATING 4.50 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 13 May 23 May 27 May 06 Jun 10 Jun 20 Jun

24 Jun 08 Jul 22 Jul 05 Aug 19 Aug

04 Jul 18 Jul 01 Aug 15 Aug 29 Aug

02 Sep 12 Sep 16 Sep 26 Sep 30 Sep 10 Oct 2012 17 May 27 May

31 May 10 Jun 14 Jun 24 Jun 28 Jun 08 Jul

Photo Competition, Market day, Kashgar, China - Julie Carr

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86 China & Nepal

Mountains & Monasteries trip code

CBST

Original

18 days, Beijing to Kathmandu ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Beijing Welcome to bustling Beijing! Discover the awe-inspiring wonder of the iconic Great Wall on a trip to this impressive feat of engineering. Day 3 Train to the Roof of the World Take one of the world’s great train journeys and soak up stunning landscapes on the climb to reach the Tibetan plateau. Days 4-7 Lhasa/Nam-tso Lake Arrive in Lhasa, a place of beauty and mysticism. Enjoy a cooking class and visit Potala Palace - the former residence of the Dalai Lama, which contains more than 1,000 rooms. Stop by Jokhang Temple - Tibet’s spiritual epicentre which is constantly awash with pilgrims. Admire views of peaceful Nam-tso Lake, a reminder of the simple beauty of nature. Day 8 Samye Spend the night in the atmospheric shadow of Tibet’s oldest monastery. Day 9 Gyantse Hear the monks’ ACCOMMODATION Hotel/guesthouse (14 nts), basic hotel or tent camp seasonal (1 nt), overnight train (2 nts), TRANSPORT Overnight train, private bus, local bus, subway, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Wed GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1357 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.88 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 06 Apr 24 Apr 20 Apr 08 May 04 May 22 May 18 May 05 Jun 08 Jun 26 Jun

22 Jun 06 Jul 20 Jul 03 Aug 17 Aug 31 Aug 14 Sep

10 Jul 24 Jul 07 Aug 21 Aug 04 Sep 18 Sep 02 Oct

28 Sep 12 Oct 26 Oct 09 Nov 23 Nov 2012 04 Apr

16 Oct 30 Oct 13 Nov 27 Nov 11 Dec

18 Apr 06 May 02 May 20 May 16 May 03 Jun 30 May 17 Jun 13 Jun 01 Jul

22 Apr

Above: Photo Competition, Sitting with the monks, Tibet - Nathan Penny Below: Photo Competition, Yak at Scorpion Lake, Tibet - Murray Stanford

morning prayers before taking a spectacular drive across Kamba-La Pass. Make the pilgrim circuit at Pelkor Chode Monastery and see the imposing hill fortress of Gyantse Dzong. A visit to Kumbum Chorten is a memorable experience. Days 10-11 Shigatse Explore one of Tibet’s most spiritually important towns and visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Browse the eclectic mix of goods on offer at the Shigatse bazaar; from slabs of yak butter and fur hats to prayer wheels and rosaries. Meet locals on a visit to a rural community project that improves the lives of visually impaired Tibetans. Day 12 Sakya Travel to the remote township of Sakya which boasts a unique medieval monastery filled with rare artwork. Day 13 Everest National Park Discover one of the world’s highest monasteries, Rongphu, then get higher again, hiking up to Everest Base Camp - the view is out of this world. Day 14 Tingri Journey through high mountain passes to the tiny settlement of

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• Take a walk along the Great Wall Of China • Journey on the world’s highest railway to the ‘roof of the world’ • Travel through the stunning landscapes of mountainous Tibet • Soak up the spiritual atmosphere of Lhasa • Shop for trinkets and treasures in bazaars • Mingle with pilgrims at holy sites • Spend the night near Tibet’s oldest monastery • Visit an organic farm in rural Shigatse • View rare ancient artwork in Sakya • Spend a night near Everest Base Camp • Discover Nepali culture in Kathmandu

Tingri, a former trading town nestled in the shadow of the mighty Himalayas. Day 15 Zhangmu Rise early and hit the road for a drive

Captivating China

across the Tibetan Plateau. As the journey continues, the harsh

Before heading to Tibet, why not see the highlights of China first? See trip code CBSD for more details.

landscape gives way to lush green valleys. Day 16 Dhulikhel Cross the Nepalese border, trek to nearby villages or simply relax and enjoy the panoramic views. Days 17-18 Kathmandu The journey ends in the narrow streets of Kathmandu, with its great food, memorable sights and bustling marketplaces.

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trip code

CFRE

87 Tibet & Nepal

Tibet Unplugged Basix

15 days, ex Kathmandu ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Kathmandu In Nepal’s colourful capital, the constant stream of traffic includes monks, goats and sacred cows. Explore the markets or sit back with a chai at a rooftop restaurant. Days 3-7 Lhasa Visit the Potala Palace, join Tibetan pilgrims as they prostrate themselves along the holy Barkhor Circuit and shop for prayer wheels and carpets at the market outside the Jokhang Temple. Day 8 Gyantse Located in the green farmland of the Nyang-chu Valley, Gyantse’s imposing Dzong, or fortress, dominates the town. Perhaps visit the amazing Kumbum Chorten, decorated with thousands of colourful murals. Day 9 Shigatse Home to Tibet’s best-preserved monastery, Shigatse is the seat of the Panchen Lama, who ranks second to the Dalai Lama. Check out the town’s ancient bazaar, buzzing with local life. Day 10 Sakya With a magnificent monastery exhibiting medieval Mongolian architecture, Sakya is a wonderful place for local interaction. Meet the monks and discover some intriguing Tibetan artwork. Day 11 Everest National Park Travel to Rongphu, one of the world’s highest monasteries, on an exhilarating drive through the mountains. For the energetic, there is an optional two-hour hike to Everest Base Camp. Day 12 Tingri Get a feel for Tibetan life in the tiny settlement of Tingri. Look beyond the colourful prayer flags and vast landscapes to towering Mt Everest. Day 13 Zhangmu Cross the border into Nepal and follow the Arniko Highway snaking its way above the raging Sun Kosi River. Days 14-15 Kathmandu Chill out in a cafe and reflect on this incredible adventure.

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• Explore the colourful chaos of Kathmandu’s busy streets • Join the pilgrims in spiritual Lhasa • Visit the seat of the Panchen Lama • See one of the world’s highest monasteries • Witness the glory of mighty Mt Everest • Experience rural life in the tiny town of Tingri • Cross the scenic Tibetan Plateau

ACCOMMODATION Monastery/guesthouse (14 nts) TRANSPORT Plane, private bus, local bus GROUP SIZE Max 16 MEALS No meals included BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sun GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1274 kg pp per trip NOTES Please note you must provide a clear, scanned copy of your passport before your booking can be confirmed as this is required for the Kathmandu-Lhasa flight TRAVELLER RATING 4.77 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 03 Apr 17 Apr 17 Apr 01 May 01 May 15 May 15 May 29 May 29 May 12 Jun 05 Jun 19 Jun

12 Jun 19 Jun 26 Jun 03 Jul 10 Jul 17 Jul 24 Jul 14 Aug

26 Jun 03 Jul 10 Jul 17 Jul 24 Jul 31 Jul 07 Aug 28 Aug

28 Aug 11 Sep 11 Sep 25 Sep 25 Sep 09 Oct 2012 01 Apr 15 Apr 15 Apr 29 Apr 29 Apr 13 May 13 May 27 May

27 May 10 Jun 03 Jun 17 Jun 10 Jun 24 Jun 17 Jun 01 Jul 24 Jun 08 Jul

On the road to Kathmandu, Nepal - Genevieve Henderson

Kailash Adventure trip code

HNXK

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20 days, ex Kathmandu ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Kathmandu Buy everything from Buddhas to bangles in the busy markets of Kathmandu. Walk through the heart of the old city to Durbar Square and enjoy a visit to Swayambhunath Temple. Days 3-6 Lhasa Steeped in legend and tradition, colourful Lhasa is Tibet’s holy city. Be immersed in the culture and history of this fascinating region with visits to Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. Day 7 Shigatse Drive through rocky terrain, over steep passes and past beautiful lakes on the journey towards Shigatse. Stop in at Gyantze along the way and admire the complex architecture of a local monastery and Kumbum Stupa. Day 8 Sakya Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery then head to the well-fortified citadel of Sakya. Day 9 Saga Start the journey to holy Mt Kailash with a scenic drive to Saga. Day 10 Paryang See where the four great rivers of south Asia diverge from their glacial sources around the mountain. Day 11 Darchen Take in views of the Himalayas on an overnight stop in Darchen.

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• Mingle with pilgrims in spiritual Lhasa • Experience the ancient traditions of Tibet • Take in spectacular views during a trekking adventure on Mt Kailash

Days 12-14 Mt Kailash Traverse high passes, enjoy spectacular vistas and admire what is reputedly the highest freshwater lake in the world on a trekking adventure on Mt Kailash. Days 15-16

Festival magic...

Paryang/Saga Begin the journey towards Mt Everest. Day 17

Contact us for details of departures that experience the Saga Dawa Festival as part of this itinerary.

Rongphu Journey through stunning scenery and small villages en route to Rongphu. Day 18 Everest National Park Visit one of the world’s highest monasteries and grab a chance to venture up to Everest Base Camp. Days 19-20 Kathmandu Celebrate the end of the adventure with a final feast in lively Kathmandu.

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (8 nts), guesthouse (11 nts) TRANSPORT Plane, jeep, bus GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Tue GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1428 kg pp per trip NOTES Please note that we require a clear, scanned copy of your passport at time of booking in order for Intrepid to obtain your Tibet permit TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Start Finish 2011 17 May 05 Jun

31 May 19 Jun 14 Jun 03 Jul 12 Jul 31 Jul

2012 15 May 03 Jun 29 May 17 Jun

12 Jun 01 Jul

Photo Competition, Local woman, Lhasa, Tibet - Dennis Walton

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88 Japan

Land of the Rising Sun trip code

CJST

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14 days, Tokyo to Kyoto Departs every Saturday

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Tokyo Beneath the high-tech gadgetry, neon lights and crowded suburbs is a city steeped in ancient tradition. Visit Ueno Park where delicate cherry blossom trees provide a beautiful backdrop to various museums, or catch the train to Ginza for some retail opulence. Day 3 Nikko Boasting some of Japan’s most renowned shrines and temples, Nikko houses several sacred sites including Toshu-gu Shrine, the resting place of the founding Tokugawa shogun. If ornate architecture and multicoloured carvings don’t appeal, hiking the cedar-covered shores of Lake Chuzenji is a pleasant alternative. Days 4-5 Hakone Relax on a cruise across Ashino-ko before enjoying picturesque views of the region from a cable car ride through the surrounding mountains. Don’t miss the chance to soak in an outdoor onsen. Days 6-7 Takayama Sake from this region is said to be some of the best in the country, while the traditional markets and food festivals make Takayama a treat to visit all year round. Nestled in the Japanese Alps, the Hida Folk Village is a great place to see traditional life. Gobble skewered hida beef and explore. Days 8-10 ACCOMMODATION Hotel (1 nt), traditional inns (12 nts) TRANSPORT Bullet train, express train, bus, ferry, cable car, tram GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Every Sat & selected Tue GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 630 kg pp per trip NOTES All travellers must arrive with a 14-day Japan Rail (JR) Pass. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for more details. TRAVELLER RATING 4.70 out of 5 Photo Competition, Graceful geisha, Kyoto, Japan - Brent Coupar

Hiroshima This reborn city has a vibrant energy that belies its tragic history. The A-Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Museum make for a moving experience, or perhaps visit the nearby island of Miyajima to see the free-roaming deer. Days 11-14 Kyoto Gain insight into feudal Japan at Himeji-jo castle, en route to Japan’s ancient capital. Visit the gold-plated Kinkaku-ji and wander through the geisha district of Gion before bidding new friends farewell.

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• See the big city lights of Tokyo • Soak in a traditional outdoor onsen • Sip superior-quality sake in Takayama • Reflect on the past in Hiroshima • Admire a magnificent golden temple • Delve into geisha culture in Kyoto • Experience the collision of old and new Japan

Taste of Japan trip code

CJKT

Comfort

14 days, Tokyo to Kyoto ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Tokyo Embark on an epicurian adventure beneath the neon lights of Tokyo. The city dazzles with excellent restaurants, making it an ideal launching pad into the diversity of Japanese cuisine. Learn to make soba noodles and visit Tsukiji Fish Market, where more than 400 different types of seafood are sold. Days 3-4 Takayama Nestled in the mountains, beautiful Takayama is a quaint cluster of traditional inns and sake breweries. Check out the town’s 600-year-old morning market, visit the outdoor museum of the Hida Folk Village and sip on some local sake. Days 5-6 Koya-san Steeped in mysticism and religious history, the temples of Koya-san provide a tranquil setting for trying its shojin ryori (vegetarian cuisine) and joining the resident monks in meditation. Days 7-8 Osaka Partake in the local custom of ‘kuidaore’ (to eat until you drop), and indulge in the smorgasbord of delights on Dotombori - Osaka’s ‘eat street’. Don’t miss the local treat of takoyaki (octopus balls), while culinarily courageous diners

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• Visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market • Feast on mountain views and traditional cuisine in Takayama • Combine Zen meditation with great food in Koya-san

can feast on fugu (pufferfish). Days 9-10 Hiroshima Be inspired ACCOMMODATION Hotels (7 nts), traditional inns (4 nts), monastery (2 nts) TRANSPORT Bullet train, train, coach, cable car GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 7 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 630 kg pp per trip NOTES All travellers must arrive with a 14-day Japan Rail (JR) Pass. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for more details. TRAVELLER RATING 4.77 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 12 Mar 25 Mar 26 Mar 08 Apr

09 Apr 23 Apr 10 Sep 24 Sep

22 Apr 06 May 23 Sep 07 Oct

08 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 04 Nov 2012 17 Mar 30 Mar

Photo Competition, Local chef, Japan - Narelle Sheean

31 Mar 07 Apr 14 Apr 21 Apr

13 Apr 20 Apr 27 Apr 04 May

by the beauty of Itsukushima-jinja on the island of Miyajima before sampling the city’s famed okonomiyaki, an egg-based savoury

Winter wanderlust...

pancake. Hiroshima is also renowned for its oysters and momiji

Japan is truly beautiful in winter. See trip code CJSF for a top trip that includes a visit to the Sapporo Snow Festival.

manju, a treat filled with sweet bean paste. Days 11-14 Kyoto Revel in the opulence of Himeji-jo en route to Kyoto, a city steeped in tradition and which boasts incredible natural beauty and a noticeable lack of tall buildings. Learn to prepare traditional cuisine, which emphasises freshness, seasonality and elegance.

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trip code

CJRB

89 Japan

Japan Express Basix DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

9 days, Tokyo to Kyoto

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Tokyo From imperial gardens to skyscrapers, the sights are endless in this frenetic city. Enjoy free time to visit the world’s biggest fish market, hit the shops in Shibuya or discover traditional Tokyo in Asakusa. Days 3-5 Nikko Stroll through forests of cedars that conceal splendid shrines and Physical culturAL

temples, remnants of the wealth and power of a warlord whose family ruled Japan for almost three centuries. Days 6-7 Hakone This mountainous area has some great walks, including the old Tokaido Highway. Hit the waters of Lake Ashino-ko on a boat trip and view breathtaking scenery on a cable car ride. Days 8-9 Kyoto Featuring more than 2,000 temples, shrines and gardens, Kyoto has a picture-postcard vista around every corner. Head out to Gion, the famed geisha district, to observe the traditional teahouses and to catch a glimpse of its elusive kimono-clad residents.

• See the shrines and temples of Nikko • Boat on Hakone’s peaceful lake • Experience ancient traditions in Kyoto

ACCOMMODATION Traditional inns (8 nights) TRANSPORT Bullet train, express train, bus, local train, metro GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS No meals included BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 405 kg pp per trip NOTES You will not be required to purchase a Japan Rail pass for this trip. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for more details TRAVELLER RATING 4.82 out of 5 Start 2011 15 Jan 19 Mar 02 Apr 09 Apr

Finish 23 Jan 27 Mar 10 Apr 17 Apr

16 Apr 24 Apr 23 Apr 01 May 14 May 22 May 18 Jun 26 Jun 10 Sep 18 Sep 24 Sep 02 Oct

01 Oct 15 Oct 29 Oct 2012 14 Jan 24 Mar

09 Oct 23 Oct 06 Nov 22 Jan 01 Apr

07 Apr 15 Apr 14 Apr 22 Apr 21 Apr 29 Apr 28 Apr 06 May 12 May 20 May 16 Jun 24 Jun

Fallen autumn leaves, Nikko, Japan - David Currie

Highlights of Tokyo trip code

CJAT

Original

SHORT BREAK

4 days, ex Tokyo ITINERARY... Day 1 Arrive Tokyo Arrive in the fascinating city of Tokyo. A unique mixture of modernity and tradition - this city is full of surprises. Settle in at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) and get ready for this incredible adventure. Days 2-3 Tokyo See bright lights and big buildings competing for space with tranquil Physical culturAL

Zen gardens, shrines and temples from bygone eras. Try delicate Japanese cuisine, cruise the Sumida River and delve into the city’s high-tech underbelly while travelling on its efficient, world-class public transport system. Experience Japanese culture past and present: visit a sumo stable, enjoy a leisurely river cruise, explore immaculate gardens and don’t forget to sample some of the freshest sashimi on the planet at the Tsukiji Fish Market. Day 4 Depart Tokyo Use free time to explore this amazing city further before bidding farewell to intoxicating Tokyo.

• Cruise the waters of the Sumida River • Relax in immaculate Japanese Zen gardens • Experience the buzz of modern Tokyo

ACCOMMODATION Traditional inns (3 nts) TRANSPORT Bus, ferry, metro GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 3 Breakfasts BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Daily, subject to availability CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 180 kg pp per trip NOTES The minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old TRAVELLER RATING 5.00 out of 5 Photo Competition, City lights, Japan - Daniel Schwartz

Highlights of Tokyo & Kyoto trip code

CJAZC

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SHORT BREAK

7 days, Tokyo to Kyoto ITINERARY... Days 1-3 Tokyo Full of exciting contradictions, Tokyo is a fascinating city to explore. A private guided tour is a great way to explore this enthralling city. See towering skyscrapers alongside Zen gardens, shrines and temples. Try delicate Japanese cuisine, cruise the Sumida River and enjoy the hospitality of a ryokan (traditional inn). Visit a sumo stable, explore the ornate Hamarikyu Garden and sample fresh sashimi at the Tsukiji Fish Market. Days 4-7 Kyoto Glimpse Mt Fuji from the bullet train on the journey to Kyoto. Explore temples such as Kiyomizu-dera and Kinkaku-ji as well as Nishiki-koji Market. Walk along Tetsugaku-noMichi (the Philosopher’s Path), participate in a tea ceremony and learn about mysterious geisha in Gion. Kyoto’s fusion of old and new is magical, and perfectly embodies Japan’s ability to combine ancient traditions with modern living.

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• Sample sashimi at the world’s largest fish market • Visit a sumo stable • Stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan

ACCOMMODATION Traditional inns (6 nts) TRANSPORT Bullet train, train, bus, ferry, metro GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 6 Breakfasts BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Daily, subject to availability CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 315 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.88 out of 5 Tasty sushi and sushimi, Japan - Sally Johnson

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