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Indochina Family Adventure 15 days, Hanoi to Siem Reap trip code

Intrepid’s real life experiences in asia…

Halong Bay

Hanoi

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ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Hanoi Slow-paced and picturesque,

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Hanoi is filled with temples, cafes, parks, tree-lined streets and Physical culturAL

glassy lakes. Families arriving early should get out and explore

Hoi An

by cyclo or on foot and get a taste for French-influenced Asia. Enjoy breakfast at KOTO Restaurant, roam the bustling streets of

From the snow-covered peaks of the Himalaya, to the shimmering dome of the Taj Mahal, to the vibrant markets of Indochina, Asia is home to a host of iconic sights, fascinating cultures, delicious food and mind-blowing panoramas.

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the atmospheric Old Quarter and have fun watching a traditional

Angkor Wat

Siem Reap

water-puppet show. Days 3-4 Halong Bay/Overnight Train Phnom Penh

Set sail for an adventure on beautiful Halong Bay. Thousands of

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limestone peaks dot the turquoise water and there’s plenty of time to explore the islands and their mysterious stalactite-encrusted

• Discover Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter • Watch a traditional water- puppet show • Sail past limestone peaks on beautiful Halong Bay • Make friends with local kids in Hoi An

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• Zoom down the slides at Dam Sen Water Park • Explore the jungles and temples at Angkor Wat

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• See the stone faces of the Bayon at Angkor Wat

caves. A night aboard the boat is a very special experience, with the whole family falling asleep beneath the stars to the gentle lapping of waves against the hull. Days 5-7 Hoi An Stop by China Beach and the Marble Mountains en route to Hoi An. Packed with artisans, tailors and food stalls, this is a bargain-hunter’s heaven. Meet local kids and learn about their lives, admire opulent fabrics in shops and markets, get clothes tailor-made, or take a scenic bicycle ride to the beach. Days 8-9 Ho Chi Minh City Touch down in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. A tasty local-style lunch awaits at the Ben Thanh Market, before free time to explore the winding streets. The

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (12 nts), overnight train (1 nt), overnight boat (1 nt) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight train, overnight boat, minibus, cyclo GROUP SIZE Max 16 MEALS 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner BUDGET See trip notes for additional cost of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Fri & Sun GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 423 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old. 2. Arrival airport to hotel transfer included. Please provide flight details at time of booking. TRAVELLER RATING 4.88 out of 5 Start 2011 02 Jan 07 Jan 09 Jan 08 Apr 10 Apr 17 Apr

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following day, cool off at the Dam Sen Water Park. Days 10-11 Phnom Penh Cross the border into Cambodia. Choose to peruse Khmer sculptures at the museum, see the Silver Pagoda or search for trinkets at the Russian Market. Spend the afternoon winding down on a relaxing river cruise. Days 12-15 Angkor Wat/Siem Reap Fly to Siem Reap where the mysterious ruins of Angkor Wat are waiting to be discovered. Set out on foot and uncover these magnificent temples - monuments that have stood for centuries. In the afternoon, have fun exploring the temples of the Bayon, renowned for the serene stone faces etched on the outside. Enjoy a final night soaking up the culture of Cambodia in Siem Reap before farewelling this special family adventure.

BORNEO SRI LANKA

INDONESIA

Holy Sadhus

Terracotta Warriors

Jungle Camp

Elephant Encounter

India Family Adventure page : 42, HHFA

China Family Adventure page : 46, CBFA

Borneo Family Adventure page : 40, TMFG

Thailand Family Adventure page : 37, TTFA

Spot sadhus in holy Pushkar. These wandering ‘monks’ have left their families and given up all their worldly goods in search of enlightenment.

See the proud Terracotta Warriors. For 2,000 years these statues have stood guard over the first emperor of China, along with 100 chariots and 700 horses!

Camp out in the jungle and keep an eye out for strange hornbill birds and wild orangutans. Then, at night, drift to sleep to the sounds of a jungle orchestra.

Get up close to elephants at a conservation centre. See bath time and watch how these magnificent creatures interact with their mahout caretakers.

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Vietnam Family Adventure 13 days, Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City trip code

Hanoi

Thailand Family Adventure

Halong Bay

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10 days, ex Bangkok

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Hanoi With its leafy streets, tranquil

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lakes and lovely parks, Hanoi is the perfect place to start this adventure. Enjoy breakfast at KOTO, a restaurant helping Hanoi’s

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disadvantaged youth. Jump on board a cyclo and take a ride

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through the Old Quarter, where vendors sell shirts, watches and

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Kanchanaburi to visit the infamous Bridge Over the River Kwai

• Find a ‘poem hat’ in imperial Hue • Meet the friendly local kids in Hoi An • Tuck into some tasty local cuisine • Beat the heat at Dam Sen Water Park

Days 5-6 Hue A former imperial capital and important Buddhist centre, Hue is filled with ancient sites. Discover the Imperial Citadel and the lovely octagonal Thien Mu Pagoda. Later, explore the lively Dong Ba Market and search for ‘poem hats’ between the fruit, vegetable and fish stalls. These hats have shadowy scenes of everyday life which can only be seen when held up to the light. Later, swap the bustle of the markets for the tranquility of the Perfume River with a cruise on a dragon boat. Days 7-9 Hoi An Travel past picturesque rice paddies and verdant mountains to the quaint backstreets of charming Hoi An. Meet local kids on a school visit, shop for handicrafts or head down to the beach on a bicycle. While here, take the opportunity to get clothes tailor-made in rich silks by one of Hoi An’s famous tailors. Days 10-13 Mekong

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Kanchanaburi Cruise through the canals of Bangkok and see the magnificent Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, then perhaps

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and to take a refreshing dip beneath the seven-tiered waterfall in

Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta

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Erawan National Park. Day 4 Ayuthaya Visit the ancient temples

stalactite-filled caves. Take a dip in the warm waters of the South

• Take a cruise past limestone peaks in majestic Halong Bay

the busy streets or shop up a storm in the markets. Days 2-3

explore the city’s colouful floating markets. Afterwards, it’s off to

China Sea and, at night, sleep on board beneath a star-filled sky.

Chiang Mai

ways to see the sights of Bangkok - hail a tuk-tuk to explore

traditional Vietnamese entertainment that started in rice fields centuries ago. Days 3-4 Halong Bay/Overnight train Cruise the

Elephant Conservation Centre/Homestay

ITINERARY... Day 1 Bangkok There are so many exciting

shoes. Then it’s off to an evening water-puppet show, a type of

warm waters of Halong Bay with its towering limestone peaks and

• Explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter by cyclo

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and sprawling ruins of Ayuthaya. There’s plenty of time to learn ACCOMMODATION Hotel (10 nts), overnight train (1 nt), overnight boat (1 nt) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight train, overnight boat, minibus, boat, dragon boat, sampan, cyclo GROUP SIZE Max 16 MEALS 12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner BUDGET See trip notes for additional cost of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Tue, Thu & Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 383 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old. 2. Arrival airport to hotel transfer included. Please provide flight details at time of booking. TRAVELLER RATING 4.97 out of 5 Start 2011 04 Jan 06 Jan 08 Jan 11 Jan 13 Jan 15 Jan 18 Jan 09 Apr 12 Apr 14 Apr 16 Apr 19 Apr

Delta/Ho Chi Minh City Fly to fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City and fill up on traditional cuisine at a local market. The following day, rise early and travel to remote villages to get a taste of rural life and to learn about the local cottage industries. Afterwards, explore the water coconut trees of the Mekong Delta by paddling a sampan around the tributaries, then board a boat to cruise the major

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• Cruise through Bangkok’s canals • Admire the huge Reclining Buddha • Visit the Bridge Over the River Kwai • Enjoy a dip beneath a seven-tiered waterfall • See hippos, gibbons and rhinos at Chiang Mai Zoo • Watch elephants taking a bath • Experience village life at a homestay

about one of the richest periods in Siamese history and maybe even enjoy a fun game of hide-and-seek among the ruins. Day 5 Chiang Mai Get up close to hippos, gibbons and rhinos at the Chiang Mai Zoo. Enjoy the views from the top of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep before an evening at the lively Night Bazaar. Day 6 Elephant Conservation Centre/Homestay Watch elephants splash about during bath time at the nearby conservation centre. Afterwards, spend the night in a small village and be welcomed into the homes of some of Intrepid’s local friends to share a traditional khantohk dinner. Days 7-8 Chiang Mai/Overnight Train Explore a community forest with local guides and learn about the different kinds of herbal medicines and wild foods that

ACCOMMODATION Guesthouse/hotel (6 nts), homestay (1 nt), overnight train (2 nts) TRANSPORT Overnight train, minibus, boat, longtail boat, local bus, songthaew, bicycle, elephant GROUP SIZE Max 16 MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner BUDGET See trip notes for additional cost of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Wed & Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 263 kg pp per trip NOTES Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old. 2. Arrival airport to hotel transfer included. Please provide flight details at time of booking. TRAVELLER RATING 4.93 out of 5 Start 2011 01 Jan 08 Jan 12 Jan 15 Jan 19 Jan 22 Jan 19 Feb 09 Apr 13 Apr

Finish 10 Jan 17 Jan 21 Jan 24 Jan 28 Jan 31 Jan 28 Feb 18 Apr 22 Apr

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can be found here. Back in Chiang Mai, there are loads of fun activities to keep the whole family happy. Take a boat trip down the river, explore the temples or learn the secrets of Thai cuisine in a cooking class. Later, bid farewell to Chiang Mai and board an overnight train bound for Thailand’s bustling capital. Days 9-10 Bangkok There are still so many great sights to see in bustling Bangkok. Ride the Skytrain, find a bargain in the huge shopping centres or have an exciting aquatic adventure at Siam Ocean World.

waterways of the delta. Back in Ho Chi Minh, escape the heat at Dam Sen Water Park for some aquatic family fun. Perhaps pick up some last-minute souvenirs before this adventure ends.

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Bali Family Adventure 11 days, ex Sanur trip code

South Vietnam Getaway

Ko Samui Beach Break

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ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Sanur Stroll along the white-sand

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beaches of Sanur and soak up the relaxed vibe of this haven. Physical culturAL

Witness a traditional Barong dance performance, a raging battle between the good, but mischievous, spirit Barong and his arch enemy, the evil witch Rangda. Later, have fun cooling off in the

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pools and slides at Waterbom and try tasty delights at the night markets. Days 3-4 Nusa Lembongan Appreciate the slower pace of life on this idyllic island. Head off on a boat trip for some

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snorkelling in the waters off the island. Keep watch for sea turtles

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and manta rays amid the colourful coral reefs. Days 5-6 Ubud

Nusa Lembongan

SHORT BREAK

4 days, ex Ho Chi Minh City, departs daily

Return to Sanur and visit the exotic wildlife at the Bali Bird Park. The

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walk-through aviaries and the free-flight bird shows are especially exciting. Continue to Ubud, arriving in time to enjoy dinner at the Sjaki-Tari-Us Foundation, a community project supported by the Intrepid Foundation. The following day, meet the cheeky

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SHORT BREAK

5 days, ex Ko Samui

The whole family will enjoy seeing the contrast of the city and the country on this adventure through the highlights of Vietnam’s south. Take a stroll to the War Remnants Museum, visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, sample tasty Vietnamese cuisine and bargain in bustling markets. Then, for a change of pace, head to the meandering waterways and markets of the Mekong Delta for a special homestay.

Treat the family to an island getaway where coconut palm-covered hillsides slope gently down to a secluded beach. Tucked away on tranquil Yai Noi Bay, Coral Bay Resort offers lush, tropical gardens, a swimming pool and comfortable thatched bungalows with huge verandas, ideal for lazy afternoon naps. Snorkel with colourful fish or simply bask on the white sand.

Secrets of Angkor

Chiang Mai & Golden Triangle

inhabitants of a monkey sanctuary. Day 7 Bedugul Travel to the cooler climate of Bedugul and get a taste of spirituality while visiting a lakeside temple. At night, join locals at a nearby market and feast on fresh produce from the surrounding area. Days 8-9 Lovina Stop at the mountain retreat of Munduk on the way to

• Go snorkelling over colouful coral reefs • See cheeky monkeys at a sanctuary

Lovina. Rise early the next morning and board a canoe to enjoy a sunrise dolphin-watching adventure. Try to spot these playful creatures as a golden sun rises for the day. Days 10-11 Sanur Take a dip in the therapeutic waters of the Banjar Hot Springs, then return to Sanur where this tropical family adventure ends.

Thailand Family Beaches 10 days, ex Bangkok trip code

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (10 nts) TRANSPORT Minivan, boat, outrigger boat GROUP SIZE Max 16 MEALS 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional cost of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 305 kg pp per trip NOTES Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Start 2011 09 Apr 16 Apr 02 Jul

Finish 19 Apr 26 Apr 12 Jul

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jump in a tuk-tuk and take a tour through the busy streets. Stop Physical culturAL

SHORT BREAK

3 days, ex Siem Reap, departs daily

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Bangkok Arrive in steamy Bangkok,

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at colourful markets, ornate temples and a historic fortress to get a taste of Thailand’s capital. Days 3-4 Khao Sok National

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SHORT BREAK

3 days, ex Chiang Mai, departs daily

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Get set to uncover the secrets of Angkor with the whole family. Explore the temples, from Angkor Wat to Ta Prohm - the vine-entwined ruin from the Tomb Raider movie. Trek through the steamy jungle to see Hindu sculptures carved into a riverbed more than a thousand years ago. Sample Khmer cuisine, see Siem Reap by remork and meet locals living in floating fishing villages on Tonle Sap.

Experience the charm of Thailand’s north on this journey to the Golden Triangle. Visit an elephant camp, explore the Chiang Dao Caves, stop by an opium musuem, ride in a longtail boat and relax in hot springs. Taking in the rich history, scenic beauty and range of cuisines and cultures, this adventure takes the whole family through all the best parts of the fascinating north.

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Park Journey to Khao Sok National Park and enjoy an elephant THAILAND May - Oct Nov - Apr Year round

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Ko Tao Ko Samui Khao Sok NP Ao Nang/Krabi Phuket

ride through rainforest terrain before staying overnight in a lodge nestled within the park. The following day, take a boat trip to visit traditional raft houses. After lunch, go swimming and tubing, then hike to a vantage point to take in stunning views of limestone mountains. For trips May-Oct (East Coast)…Days 5-6 Ko Samui Travel to the beauty of Ko Samui and spend time exploring the pristine beaches, swimming holes, rock formations and waterfalls. Days 7-8 Ko Tao Catch a ferry to the tropical waters of Ko Tao. Relax on the beach, sample fresh seafood and be amazed by colourful coral reefs and fish while on a snorkelling trip. For trips Nov-Apr (West Coast) Days 5-6 Ao Nang/Krabi Admire the limestone cliffs and secluded beaches of the Phi Phi Islands while on a boat trip. There’s also time for some snorkelling or swimming, so make the most of the balmy water and sunshine!

• Ride a tuk-tuk in bustling Bangkok • Visit traditional Thai raft houses

Days 7-8 Phuket Stop off at a waterfall and meet the furry residents of the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project en route to Phuket. The following day, admire tropical fish on a snorkelling adventure and shop up a storm at Phuket’s shops and markets. Both itineraries…Days 9-10 Bangkok In free time, sample local food or indulge in a Thai massage before this relaxing family trip ends.

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ACCOMMODATION Hotel/guesthouse (6 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight train, ferry (east coast only), boat, minivan, songthaew GROUP SIZE Max 16 MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches BUDGET See trip notes for additional cost of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed NOTES 1. Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old. 2. Arrival airport to hotel transfer included. Please provide flight details at the time of booking. TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Start Finish 2011 19 Feb 28 Feb 03 Mar 12 Mar

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3 days, ex Bangkok, departs daily

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Take family time out from the chaotic streets of Bangkok and discover the ancient ruins of World Heritage-listed Ayuthaya. Pay tribute to POWs who perished building the infamous Bridge Over the River Kwai. Delve into WWII history in the War Museum and at the Allied Cemetery in Kanchanaburi, then round off this short adventure amid the buzz of Bangkok’s night markets.

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TTAX

SHORT BREAK

3 days, ex Chiang Mai, departs daily

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Pull on your walking boots, stretch those leg muscles and take the family to the hills in this adventure-packed trip in northern Thailand. Make new friends on a hike through remote villages and learn about jungle survival from the locals. Get up close to elephants and sleep in a bamboo hut. This short trip is ideal for those families looking to escape the cities and get a taste of the real Thailand.

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Borneo Family Adventure 11 days, ex Kota Kinabalu trip code

Sri Lanka Family Adventure

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Giritale

ITINERARY... Day 1 Kota Kinabalu Welcome to Sabah, a place

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where ancient traditions and exotic wildlife thrive. Choose to Physical culturAL

visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village to tour the mystical House of

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Sepilok Orangutan Reserve

Pulau Tiga NP

Skulls and learn about ancient legends, or perhaps delve into local

Kinabatangan Jungle Camp/Homestay

history at the Sabah State Museum. The nearby islands are great for swimming and snorkelling. Days 2-3 Kinabalu National

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ITINERARY... Day 1 Negombo Enjoy a stroll along the beach to

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palaces and its famous reclining granite Buddha. Day 4 Giritale Keep an eye out for wildlife during a leisurely bike ride through

trails, explore waterfalls and enjoy a relaxing soak in thermal pools

the Minneriya National Park, then enjoy scrumptious local fare for

• Stand in the shadow of Mt Kinabalu • Soak in thermal pools at Poring Hot Springs

local homestay provides the opportunity to interact with villagers and learn about their unique way of life and how they contribute to the preservation of the area’s ecosystem. Spend a night camping in the steamy jungle, trying to spot wildlife such as macaques, proboscis monkeys, crocodiles and perhaps even wild orangutans. Days 6-7 Sepilok Orangutan Reserve Visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary to see these cheeky creatures feeding and playing. The following day, meet the residents of the Sepilok

• Make local friends on a village homestay • Experience a night sleeping in the wild on a jungle camp • Get up close to gentle orangutans • Swim with sea turtles in Pulau Tiga National Park

Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where orphaned orangutans

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of the walled city of Polonnaruwa to discover ornately decorated

Park, home to Borneo’s highest peak, Mt Kinabalu. Hit walking

family. Days 4-5 Kinabatangan Jungle Camp/Homestay A

Kandy

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Dambulla Cave Temple and its well-preserved Buddhist murals and

Park Get a taste of mountain life heading into Kinabalu National

the treetops on a canopy walk - there is something for the whole

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seafood. Day 2 Dambulla Caves/Giritale Marvel at the sacred statues en route to Giritale. Day 3 Polonnaruwa Explore the ruins

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see the daily catch drying in the sun before enjoying a feast of fresh

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lunch. Days 5-6 Sigiriya/Kandy Dramatic, flat-topped Lion Rock

at Poring Hot Springs. Perhaps visit a butterfly farm or take to

• Be enchanted by the ancient legends and traditions of Sabah

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13 days, ex Negombo

ACCOMMODATION Hotel/guesthouse (5 nts), family-share bed and breakfast (3 nts), jungle camp (1 nt), homestay (1 nt) TRANSPORT Plane, minibus, speedboat, longboat, local bus GROUP SIZE Max 16 MEALS 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional cost of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Mon, Fri & Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 193 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old. 2. Arrival airport to hotel transfer included. Please provide flight details at time of booking. TRAVELLER RATING 4.75 out of 5 Start 2011 03 Jan 08 Jan 15 Jan 09 Apr 11 Apr 16 Apr 18 Apr

are cared for before being released back into the wild. Take a walk along jungle trails and try to spot these ‘men of the forest’ in their natural habitat. This will be a magical experience for young and old Day 8 Pulau Tiga National Park Enjoy an entire day

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• Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple • Cycle the Minneriya National Park • Hike to the summit of mighty Lion Rock • Learn all about traditional Sinhalese dancing • Take a scenic train journey through Sri Lanka’s highlands

visit a bubbling mud volcano, or simply relax on the white-sand

• Try to spot leopards in Udawalawe National Park

beaches. Days 9-11 Kota Kinabalu Take a boat trip to Snake

• Relax on the beach

of beachside bliss at an idyllic island getaway. Swim in the clear, turquoise waters, snorkel among colourful fish and sea turtles,

dominates Sigiriya’s forested countryside. Magnificent 360-degree views from the palace atop the summit make the steep climb worthwhile. Afterwards, learn about the medicinal and culinary uses of spices on a visit to a spice garden, before continuing to Kandy. From this colourful highland city, join pilgrims as they visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Learn about fast-paced,

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (12 nts) TRANSPORT Minibus, train, jeep, bicycle GROUP SIZE Max 14 MEALS 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional cost of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sun NOTES Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Start Finish 2011 03 Apr 15 Apr

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traditional Sinhalese dancing under instruction from a local teacher, then perhaps go on an optional white-water rafting adventure. Day 7 Nuwara Eliya Journey by train through Sri Lanka’s highlands, past rolling green hills, pine forests and tea plantations, to Nuwara Eliya. Spot monkeys on a visit to the delightful Haggala Botanical Garden and learn all about tea production at a plantation. Day 8 Embilipitiya Continue through picturesque countryside, rich with incredible scenery and stunning viewpoints. Arrive in the oasis of Embilipitya for a relaxing afternoon. Day 9 Udawalawe National Park Embark on a game drive through the spectacular Udawalawe National Park to spot elephants, water buffalo, deer and - with luck - a leopard. Afterwards, enjoy an unforgettable visit to the Elephant Transit Home where orphaned elephants are

Island, a breeding ground for the yellow-lipped sea krait, then

cared for before being returned to the wild. Day 10 Mirissa Relax

return to the mainland and stay at a seaside guesthouse. There are

on the beach and take a dip in the calm, clear waters of Mirissa.

plenty of optional activities - why not picnic on a nearby island,

Perhaps hire a bike, take a fun cooking class or go whale watching.

soak up some sun on the beach or explore the coastline by kayak?

Days 11-12 Ahangama Take a short trip to the charming colonial city of Galle or watch surfers tackle the breaks on the beaches at Ahangama. Day 13 Negombo/Colombo Airport This special family adventure ends on arrival at Colombo Airport or, if staying on after the trip, there’s the option to continue to Negombo.

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India Family Adventure 10 days, ex Delhi trip code

Kerala Family Adventure

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

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11 days, ex Kochi

Delhi

ITINERARY... Day 1 Delhi Vibrant and exciting, Delhi is a great

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introduction to the subcontinent. Head to the Crafts Museum to Physical culturAL

green mountains and peaceful backwaters, Kerala is spectacular

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admire colourful textiles, sculptures and shrines, and perhaps use free time to browse the markets, which sell everything from spices

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Kochi With gorgeous beaches, lush,

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to saris. Families arriving early may also wish to visit the ruins of

Munnar Head to the Kodanad Elephant Training Centre and Ranthambore NP

Travel out across the dunes riding on ‘ships of the desert’ - camels.

watch these gentle giants being fed and bathed by their mahouts.

Back in Pushkar walk among pilgrims and sadhus - devout holy

Help out by scrubbing the elephants behind their ears - but be

men - on the lakeside ghats, or take an early-morning stroll to a

prepared to get wet! Afterwards, continue to Munnar. For exciting encounters with the animal kingdom, pay a visit to the Eravikulam

hilltop temple for amazing views over this mellow town. While

• Soak up the ancient spirituality of chilled-out Pushkar • Ride a ‘ship of the desert’ out over the sand dunes • Be dazzled by the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur • Go on safari in the Ranthambore National Park • Imagine life as a king at the Red Fort • See the murals and carved marble on the stunning Taj Mahal

cruise, passing by giant Chinese fishing nets. The next day, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kochi and visit local school kids. Days 3-4

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Qutb Minar or the Indira Gandhi Museum. Days 2-3 Pushkar

• Discover colourful saris and fragrant spices in Delhi

at every turn. Begin this family adventure with an optional sunset

here, why not go shopping in the bazaar or sip a steaming glass of chai? Days 4-5 Jaipur Discover the ornate, pink-hued Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of the Winds’, then explore the Amber Fort. Spend free time in Jaipur strolling the winding streets, or take in the excitement of a Hindi movie at the Raj Mandir Cinema - an experience for the whole family not to be missed. Days 6-7 Ranthambore National Park A safari through this national park offers the chance to see deer, wild boar, leopards, monkeys and, with luck, the elusive and endangered Bengal tiger. After a thrilling

National Park, then learn about tea production on a visit to a local

ACCOMMODATION Hotel/guesthouse (7 nts), resort (2 nts) TRANSPORT Train, jeep, bus, auto rickshaw, camel, cycle rickshaw GROUP SIZE Max 14 MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional cost of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Tue & Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 293 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old. 2. Arrival airport to hotel transfer included. Please provide flight details at time of booking. 3. A small surcharge applies to departures over Christmas and New Year. TRAVELLER RATING 4.80 out of 5 Start 2011 04 Jan 08 Jan 15 Jan

safari adventure full of animal encounters, spend the night relaxing in a comfortable resort. Day 8 Agra Visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikr, then wander through Agra’s impressive Red Fort and imagine how royalty lived many years ago. See India’s most recognisable monument, the beautiful Taj Mahal. Built

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plantation. Days 5-6 Madurai Journey through beautiful hills covered in tea and spice plantations on the drive to Madurai. Visit a magnificent palace, learn about Indian history at a museum and mingle with pilgrims at temples. Keep an eye out for the temple elephant who might bless you with his trunk! Days 7-8 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Back in Kerala grab the chance to learn more

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about local life. Join a cooking class, view a traditional martial arts performance or visit a spice plantation. A gentle cruise on Lake

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• Meet elephants and their mahouts • Take a cruise along Kerala’s backwaters

Periyar provides ample opportunity to spot elephants, deer and a wide variety of bird species. Day 9 Alleppey/Kerala Backwaters Cruise along the backwaters on a a rice barge and spot kingfishers, parrots and eagles. Read a book, fish with the crew, or try playing carrom, a board game that’s popular with locals. Days 10-11 Kochi The adventure ends back in delightful Kochi.

by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz, this

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (9 nts), rice barge (1 nt) TRANSPORT Minibus, boat, rice barge, auto rickshaw, cycle rickshaw GROUP SIZE Max 14 MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner BUDGET See trip notes for additional cost of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sun GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 NOTES Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Start Finish 24 Jul 03 Aug 2012 2011 07 Aug 17 Aug 01 Apr 11 Apr 13 Feb 23 Feb 23 Oct 02 Nov 10 Apr 20 Apr 18 Dec 28 Dec

‘teardrop on the face of eternity’ lives up to all expectations. Spend time admiring the delicately carved marble, intricate calligraphy, detailed murals and arched doorways - this is truly one of the grandest structures ever built! Days 9-10 Delhi Catch the train back to the bustling streets of Delhi. Why not stay a little longer to

Taj Mahal Extension

Highlights of India

Varanasi Extension

explore this fascinating city a little more? Visit the stunning Jama Masjid or Humayun’s Tomb to uncover more of India’s history, or spend time shopping for treasures in the colourful bazaars.

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3 days, ex Delhi, departs daily

5 days, ex Delhi, departs daily

3 days, ex Varanasi, departs daily

India is rich in culture, colour and character, and this mini adventure provides a taste of this amazing country for the whole family. Experience a sensory overload in the busy streets of Delhi, where commuters, animals, food and cultures collide. Wander through markets, explore temples and visit historical sites. Almost everything is for sale in the city’s backstreets, from spices to saris. Travel from Delhi to Agra to see the iconic Taj Mahal. Worked on by more than 20,000 builders and artisans, this majestic monument is testament to the Emperor Shah Jahan’s love for his second wife, Mumtaz. This short break also includes a visit to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri and the impressive sandstone Red Fort, which houses a palace, mosque and harem quarters within its 2.5 km-long walls. Sample spicy curries, bargain at the markets and interact with locals to get a true feel for this unforgettable city.

Experience the best sights and delights of India. Begin in the busy streets of Old Delhi, an area laced with a maze of narrow alleys and pulsing with energy, noise and beguiling aromas. Wander through the crowded bazaars, snack on the delicious street-vendor food and purchase a souvenir or two. Transfer to Agra and see the splendour of the Taj Mahal at sunrise - truly one of the world’s great experiences - and explore the vast grounds of the imposing Agra Fort. Tour the magnificent, deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, then head to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and take an excursion to the hilltop Amber Fort. Later, visit the sandstone palaces and bustling bazaars of the Old City, and grab the chance to catch a lively Bollywood film. Everyone in the family can taste the flavours and meet the people of India on this compact, but fun-filled, adventure.

Explore holy Varanasi - an atmospheric blend of temples, river ghats and bazaars. Take a cycle rickshaw to the Old City and walk the maze of twisting alleys with a guide. Sail on the Ganges at night to witness a moving Aarti ceremony. With a driver and a private car, learn about traditional silk weaving in Benares and explore the ruins of Sarnath, where Buddha performed his first sermon. Home now to temples built by Tibetan, Chinese, Thai, Burmese and Japanese Buddhists, this is a peaceful spot to meet local monks. Watch pilgrims perform holy rituals on an early-morning boat ride when the Ganges is bathed in a magical light. From dawn to dusk, the ghats along the river are thronged with thousands of devotees absolving their sins, hoping to attain eternal salvation or ‘nirvana’. Visiting Shiva’s city is a must on any family visit to India and this short break covers the city’s main highlights.

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Nepal Family Adventure 12 days, ex Kathmandu trip code

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Everest Teenage Trek

N EPAL

ITINERARY... Day 1 Kathmandu/Bhaktapur Wander the

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Trisuli Centre

Pokhara

timeless, cobblestone streets of this ancient city to discover the

ITINERARY... Day 1 Kathmandu/Bhaktapur Transfer from

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colourful Kathmandu to Bhaktapur for the exciting adventure

Nuwakot

vibrant culture of Nepal. Days 2-3 Nuwakot Enjoy a morning

Bandipur

tour of Bhaktapur, then visit Nepal’s most important Hindu

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temple, Pashupatinath, and the impressive Bodhnath Stupa.

Mt Everest Royal Chitwan NP

of the Nepalese countryside on a walk around the Nuwakot

• See ancient temples and shrines in Kathmandu • Stay on a farm in scenic Nuwakot • Head to the hills on an overnight trek • Learn all about Nepalese culture • Meet friendly locals in Bandipur • Spot rhinos on a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park • Pay a visit to a crocodile farm • Perhaps try chai tea

Namche Hike

Day 3 Fly to Lukla, trek to Monjo (2840 m - 5 hrs) Return to Kathmandu for a flight to Lukla. Trek to the village of Phakding, then continue to Monjo to stay overnight in a traditional teahouse.

area. Afterwards, head to the Trisuli Centre where visiting nearby

Day 4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m - 3 hrs) Trek through

villages will provide interaction with friendly locals and insight into

forests of magnolia and fir trees to reach Namche Bazaar, which

Nepalese culture. Day 5 Pokhara Travel to lakeside Pokhara and breathe in the fresh air on a walk in the mountains, or perhaps spend an afternoon by the hotel swimming pool. In the evening, feast on local cusine or relax in the the hotel. Day 6 Foothills Trek Take a hike through charming villages in the Annupurna foothills. Time has stood still in these simple communities and this a great chance to meet the welcoming locals. See a spectacular sunset, then camp overnight. Day 7 Pokhara Soak up the dramatic

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts), farmhouse (2 nts), tented camp (2 nts) TRANSPORT Plane, jeep, private vehicle, canoe, local/tourist bus, elephant GROUP SIZE Max 14 MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional cost of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Mon GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 399 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. Minimum age for children on this trip is 6 years old. 2. Arrival airport to hotel transfer included. Please provide flight details at time of booking. TRAVELLER RATING 4.70 out of 5 Start 2011 10 Jan 17 Jan 04 Apr

Finish 21 Jan 28 Jan 15 Apr

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Lukla

Kathmandu/Bhaktapur

Nepalese life go by at a cafe. Day 8 Bandipur After breakfast, travel to the idyllic hilltop town of Bandipur. Stroll the streets and admire the traditional houses of this charming town. Days 9-10 Royal Chitwan National Park Venture into the wilds of the

the cafes and markets of Namche Bazaar. Day 6 Trek to Thame (3820 m - 5 hrs) Follow an ancient trail, stopping along the way at historical homes and small villages. Day 7 Trek to Khumjung (3780 m - 6 hrs) Hike to the village of Khumjung and visit the

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monastery. Day 8 Trek to Phortse Gaon (3810 m - 6-7 hrs)

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Trek past massive glaciers and snowy peaks to Phortse Gaon, which offers insight into the Sherpa life and culture. Day 9 Trek to

mountain scenery on the trek back to Pokhara. Afterwards, choose to take a boat out onto the lake, cycle to a local village or watch

offers a first breathtaking glimpse of mighty Mt Everest. Day 5 Acclimatisation day Namche Bazaar Spend a day relaxing in

N E PA L

• Gaze up at mighty Mt Everest • Learn all about Sherpa culture

Tengboche (3860 m - 4½ hrs) Traverse a wooden suspension bridge and walk through pine forest to Tengboche. Day 10 Trek to Monjo (2835m - 6 hrs) Retrace the path on the descent to Monjo. Day 11 Trek to Lukla (2860 m - 5 hrs) Return to Lukla, passing Phakding on the way. Days 12-13 Kathmandu Fly back to Kathmandu and go shopping or sip spicy chai.

Royal Chitwan National Park to enjoy a thrilling jeep safari, a visit

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (1 nt), guesthouse/simple teahouse with shared facilities (9 nt), guesthouse (2 nt) TRANSPORT Plane, private car, local/tourist bus GROUP SIZE Max 14 MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional cost of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Mon GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed NOTES Minimum age for children on this trip is 12 years old TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Start Finish 2011 10 Apr 22 Apr 16 Oct 28 Oct

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to a crocodile farm and a canoe expedition. Seeing rhinos up close in their natural environment here is a definite highlight the whole family will treasure forever. Days 11-12 Kathmandu Take a brief, but spectacular flight back to Kathmandu. Perhaps stay on after the trip ends to shop in the markets, visit Durbar Square or climb to the

Chitwan Extension

Walking Annapurna

Nepal Farmstay Experience

top of Swayambhunath for views of the valley.

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ahead. Day 2 Balthali to Panauti day hike Using Bhaktapur as a base, head out on a day hike. Pass through lush countryside under the shadow of the Himalayas on the way to historic Panauti.

Kathmandu

Journey to Nuwakot to spend a night amid the scenic surrounds of a farm guesthouse. Day 4 Trisuli Centre Enjoy the beauty

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

13 days, ex Kathmandu

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4 days, ex Kathmandu/Chitwan, departs daily

5 days, ex Pokhara, departs daily

3 days, ex Kathmandu, departs daily

Once home to a royal hunting reserve, the vast Royal Chitwan National Park is now widely recognised as one of the best parks in Asia. Take the family to an enchanting lost world of towering trees, swampy marshes and twisting vines. Discover rhinos, crocodiles, pythons, deer and even rare dolphins. Head deep into the jungle to search out shy sloths and - fingers crossed - the elusive Bengal tiger, and hear the excited chatter of brilliantly coloured birds in the trees overhead. Take the opportunity to visit an elephant breeding centre. Get up close to these noble creatures and meet their mahout caretakers. Enjoy a taste of local culture with a traditional dance performance by the Tharu tribe and sleep in thatch-roof bungalows located on the edge of the park. End this wild adventure in magical Kathmandu, where plenty of options for sightseeing and shopping await.

Hike through one of the most naturally beautiful and remote regions on the planet on this active adventure for the whole family. Leave Pokhara behind and enter a world of welcoming villagers, terraced fields, alpine meadows and rhododendron forest set against a backdrop of snow-clad peaks. Begin with a walk to the suspension bridge that crosses the Modi River, then ascend through densely shaded forest to spend a night soaking up the atmosphere in a traditional teahouse. For the next four days, traverse rocky terrain, lush forests and fast-flowing rivers, stopping to rest in rural villages inhabited by friendly locals who lead a simple, traditional life. The highlight of this unforgettable journey is reaching Tara Top, a prime vantage point, which offers 360-degree panoramas of the awesome Annapurna region. On a clear day, the view from here is simply breathtaking!

Swap the busy city streets of Kathmandu for the simple farm life of Nuwakot. The ‘Famous Farm’ is an imposing manor house and two charming cottages set on a terraced hillside above a fertile valley. The farm itself is a delight of quiet corners and verdant niches with terraces of colourful, organic crops. Explore the area with a local guide and visit the former citadel. The palace complex was constructed in the 18th century and served as an important stop on the thriving Tibetan-Kathmandu Valley trade route. Spend free time here hiking or mountain biking through the picturesque countryside, or simply relaxing on the farm. Afterwards, return to Kathmandu feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Perhaps take a final shopping expedition at the colourful markets to pick up souvenirs. This short break is all about enjoying the fresh air, serenity and simple lifestyle of rural Nepal with the family.

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China Family Adventure 14 days, Beijing to Hong Kong trip code

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ITINERARY... Days 1-4 Beijing There is much to see for

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Xi’an

everyone in the family to enjoy in bustling Beijing. Hire a bike and Physical culturAL

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Beijing

C H IN A

the intricate maze of markets. Enjoy a tour of the alleyways and houses of the hutongs and explore Tiananmen Square and the imperial Forbidden City. Watch a thrilling acrobat performance and walk along the world’s most famous wall. Built to keep out Yangshuo

the ‘barbarians of the north’, the Great Wall of China rises high on

Guilin Hong Kong

mountain ridges and stretches more than 6,000 km. See the epic scale of this incredible feat of ancient engineering on a cable car ride. Day 5 Shaolin Head to the legendary Shaolin Temple to see

• Be amazed by a death-defying acrobat performance

amazing kung fu performances and to share in ancient wisdom.

• Wander along the Great Wall of China

stone soldiers who have stood to attention for more than 2,000

• Practise kung fu with masters in Shaolin • Come face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an • Whip up some delicious Chinese cuisine in Yangshuo

Why not take part in a class for the ultimate Shaolin experience? Days 6-7 Xi’an See the Terracotta Warriors - thousands of ancient years. Afterwards, perhaps enjoy the sunset over Xi’an from atop the city walls, or nibble on delicious food from the evening markets. Days 8-11 Yangshuo Fly to Guilin, then continue to Yangshuo,

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (11 nts), overnight train (2 nts) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight train, train, minibus, car, ferry, cable car, local bus, subway, tram, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 14 MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional cost of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 970 kg pp per trip NOTES Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old TRAVELLER RATING 4.73 out of 5 Start 2011 26 Mar 02 Apr 09 Apr 16 Apr

where thousands of towering limestone karsts rise majestically from lush surroundings. Choose to explore the magical countryside by bike, try your hand at calligraphy or take a boat ride along the Li River as it winds between the mystical peaks. Visit a local market and learn the secret of Chinese cooking using fresh produce from nearby farms. Days 12-14 Hong Kong Vibrant Hong Kong is jam-packed with things to do - take a tram up Victoria Peak for panoramic views and see the city lit up at night on a cruise across the harbour. Perhaps visit Ocean Park, Disneyland or Stanley Market to pick up some mementos of this fantastic Chinese experience.

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18 Jun 25 Jun 02 Jul 16 Jul 30 Jul 13 Aug

01 Jul 08 Jul 15 Jul 29 Jul 12 Aug 26 Aug

28 Sep 17 Dec 28 Dec 2012 04 Jan 31 Mar

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4 days, ex Beijing, departs daily

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join the locals as they ride in the city, or take a rickshaw through

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11 Oct 30 Dec 10 Jan 17 Jan 13 Apr

04 Apr 20 Jun 27 Jun 21 Jul

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This is a trip for those families that want to leave no stone unturned in one of the great cities of the world. Blending the old with the new, this short break takes in the people, history, architecture and food of bustling Beijing and the wonder of the Great Wall. Launch into this adventure with a visit to the Temple of Heaven Park. Watch locals dance and practise tai chi, perhaps joining in and working up an appetite for a dumpling lunch. Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City for a touch of history. Explore the streets by bicycle, soak up the ancient atmosphere of the hutongs,and sip on refreshing green tea. Of course, no trip to China is complete without a wander on the Great Wall, and this trip is no exception. Trek along the Mutianyu section of the wall and choose a spot to indulge in a picnic lunch with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Return to Beijing and enjoy a traditional reflexology foot massage.

• See Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City • Enjoy a picnic on the Great Wall of China

Great Wall Mutianyu

C H IN A

Beijing

17 Apr 03 Jul 10 Jul 03 Aug

Total Top End - Australia trip code

PISE

SHORT BREAK

4 days, ex Darwin, departs daily

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Travel from Darwin and venture deep into the wilderness of Kakadu National Park. Steeped in Dreamtime history, learn how this unique landscape helps maintain Indigenous tradition and culture. The whole family will be captivated by the park’s ever-changing terrain and untamed beauty. View some of the world’s finest Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr Rock, take a dip beneath Edith Falls, visit the historic mining area of Pine Creek and explore Katherine Gorge by cruise boat or canoe. Journey to Litchfield National Park to take a walk through beautiful rainforests and cool down in one of the park’s picture-perfect swimming holes. Along the way, tap into Aboriginal culture, take an exciting crocodile-spotting cruise and sample local specialities such as kangaroo. In the evenings, bunk down in permanent safari tents and fall asleep under the stars. There’s something for everyone on this four-day adventure in a land of beauty, mysticism and culture.

• Spot exotic wildlife in Kakadu National Park • Inspect ancient Aboriginal rock art

Central Rock & Canyon - Australia trip code

PISR

SHORT BREAK

3 days, ex Alice Springs, departs daily

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Central Australia is a rugged land of Dreamtime legends, endless vistas and immense beauty. This short break explores this mythical region, while taking in a slice of Aboriginal history and culture. Journey from Alice Springs to ancient Uluru, stopping along the way at a camel farm. Walk the perimeter of Uluru and learn about Indigenous culture, then witness the rock’s changing hues at sunset. Enjoy daybreak over Kata Tjuta before heading off on a hike through the spectacular Valley of the Winds. Travel through red sand dunes on the way to Kings Creek Station and discover the Lost City and the Garden of Eden on a walk past the towering walls and tranquil rockpools of Watarrka. Experience camping in the Australian Outback in spacious, permanent safari tents and tuck into a traditional camp-oven dinner, cooked in the coals of a fire. The Dreamtime stories and family memories of this ancient land will live on long after this trip has ended.

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• Watch Uluru change colour at sunset • Enjoy bush hikes through dramatic landscapes N ORTH E R N TE R R ITORY Watarrka NP (Kings Canyon)

Alice Springs

Kings Creek Station Kata Tjuta Uluru (Ayers Rock) (The Olgas)

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