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REMOTE GEMS OF CHINA FROM LIJIANG TO HUANG SHAN
15 DAYS- Season: Year Round
Highlights: Hiking along a remote, beautiful and untouristed stretch of the Great Wall. Easy bicycling or hiking through an exquisite area outside Lijiang. Meeting with a Naxi family to learn of their matriarchal culture and meeting with a Dongba shaman priest to learn of their animist belief system and ancient pictographic language. Li River cruise and Yellow Mountain. Elective classes in Xi’an and Guilin: Tai Chi, Chinese calligraphy/art; Chinese cooking, Chinese traditional medicine (acupuncture) and/or Chinese chess. Fantastically scenic bicycling excursion outside Yangshuo. Enchanting tea ceremony. Home visit in Beijing’s old Hutong district. Watching children taking after school classes in ballet, music, painting, drawing, opera singing and model making. Optional side trips to Tibet and/or Wolong Nature Reserve to see Giant Pandas!
  • Days 1 - 2 USA TO BEIJING
  • Days 3 - 4 BEIJING
  • Day 5 XI’AN
  • Day 6 XI’AN / LIJIANG
  • Days 7 - 8 LIJIANG
  • Day 9 LIJIANG / GUILIN
  • Day 10 LI RIVER / YANGSHUO
  • Day 11 YANGSHUO / HUANG SHAN
  • Day 12 HUANG SHAN
  • Day 13 HUANG SHAN / HONG CUN / SHANGHAI
  • Day 14 SHANGHAI
  • Day 15 HOMEWARD BOUND
15 days from $5,525 pp*
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BEST OF NORTH INDIA TAJ, TIGERS AND TEMPLES
18 DAYS- Season: October - April
Highlights: Camel trekking to the remote villages and dunes of the Thar Desert. Tracking the Royal Bengal Tiger. Luxuriating in Palace Hotels. Attending a yoga lesson. Watching pilgrims bathe and pray in the Ganges at sunset. Marveling at Ranakpur and the Taj Mahal. Scenic hiking or horseback riding to the Mughal fortress of Kumbalgarh. Elephant ride to Amber Fort. Chandela Temples at Khajuraho.
  • Days 1 - 2 EN ROUTE TO NEW DELHI
  • Day 3 DELHI
  • Days 4 - 5 JAISALMER
  • Day 6 JODHPUR
  • Day 7 VISHNOIS SAFARI & RANAKPUR
  • Days 8 - 9 KUMBALGARH & UDAIPUR
  • Day 10 JAIPUR
  • Days 11 - 12 RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
  • Day 13 FATEHPUR SIKRI/ AGRA
  • Day 14 AGRA
  • Day 15 ORCHHA & KHAJURAHO
  • Day 16 KHAJURAHO & VARANASI
  • Day 17 VARANASI & DELHI
  • Day 18 HOMEWARD BOUND
18 days from $4,000 pp*
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INDIA & NEPAL FROM RANAKPUR TO KATHMANDU
22 Days - Season: October - April
Highlights: Camel trekking to the remote villages and dunes of the Thar Desert. Tracking the Royal Bengal Tiger from the back of an elephant. Scenic flight to Mt. Everest. Luxuriating in Palace Hotels. Marveling at Ranakpur and the Taj Mahal. Scenic hiking or horseback riding to the Mughal fortress. Learning about Buddhism and Hinduism. Whitewater rafting through picturesque valleys. Hiking through Himalayan villages and alongside temples.
  • Days 1 - 3 USA TO DELHI
  • Day 4 DELHI
  • Day 5 MANUAR
  • Days 6 - 7 JAISALMER
  • Day 8 JODHPUR
  • Day 9 RANAKPUR AND KUMBALGARH
  • Days 10 - 11 UDAIPUR
  • Day 12 JAIPUR
  • Day 13 FATEHPUR SIKRI / AGRA
  • Day 14 AGRA / DELHI
  • Day 15 KATHMANDU
  • Day 16 KATHMANDU AND BHAKTAPUR
  • Day 17 NAGARKOT
  • Day 18 PATAN / KATHMNDU
  • Day 19 WHITEWATER RAFTING AND ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
  • Days 20 - 21 ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
  • Days 21 - 22 FLY TO USA
22 days from $5,280 pp*
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BHUTAN ADVENTURE WONDROUS GEM OF THE HIMALAYAS
8 Days - Season: Sept-Nov and March-May
Highlights: Hiking to the incomparable mountainside setting of Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Listening to a private lecture on Buddhism, delivered by a highly respected, reincarnated Lama. Whitewater rafting through pristine Himalayan wilderness near Punakha. Taking a lesson in Buddhist Astrology, Bhutanese cooking and/or archery. Visiting a traditional music school, where you’ll observe students learning to play dranyen, lim, yangchin, piano, violin and guitar. Enjoying a scenic hike to through the ricefields and villages of the verdant Punakha Valley or to Khumsum Stupa. Observing colorful mask and sword dances performed in 17th century Dzongs during festivals. Admiring the traditional architecture and design of Bhutanese houses. Attending colorful archery matches. Helping a farmer with harvesting. Visiting a dance school where you’ll observe young students learning the traditional Bhutanese dances, including the colorful mask dances.
  • Days 1 - 2 EN ROUTE TO THIMPHU
  • Days 2 - 3 THIMPHU
  • Days 4 - 5 METSENA/PUNAKHA
  • Day 5 PUNAKHA - WHITEWATER RAFTING & HIKING
  • Day 6 PARO
  • Day 7 TAKSTANG (TIGER'S NEST)
  • Day 8 HOMEWARD BOUND
8 days from $3,990 pp*
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NEPAL HIMALAYAN MAJESTY
13 Days - Season: October - May
Highlights: Tracking the Royal Bengal Tiger from the back of an elephant. Scenic flight to Mt. Everest. Visiting Nepalese schools. Whitewater rafting through picturesque valleys. Learning about Buddhism and Hinduism. Hiking through Himalayan villages and alongside temples.
  • Days 1 - 3 USA TO KATHMANDU
  • Day 4 KATHMANDU AND BHAKTAPUR
  • Day 5 NAGARKOT
  • Day 6 PATAN / KATHMANDU
  • Day 7 WHITEWATER RAFTING AND ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
  • Days 8 - 9 ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK POKHARA
  • Day 10 POKHARA
  • Day 11 KATHMANDU
  • Days 12 - 13 FLY TO USA
13 days from $3,780 pp*
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MYANMAR & CAMBODIA MANDALAY, MONKS & MONATERIES
14 Days - Season: November - March
Highlights: Hot air ballooning over the ancient kingdom of Bagan at sunset. Elephant back trekking to the jungle ruins of Angkor Wat. Visiting the incomparable Shwedagon Pagoda. Cruising by the villages on stilts and floating markets of Inle Lake. Bicycling near Bagan’s prominent temples and pagodas. Pasting gold leafs on the Maha muni Buddha image in Mandalay. Taking a scenic horsecart ride among the picturesque villages, farms, monasteries and pagodas of Inwa.
  • Days 1 - 2 USA TO BANGKOK
  • Day 3 BANGKOK
  • Day 4 YANGON/INLE LAKE
  • Day 5 INLE LAKE
  • Day 6 INLE LAKE/MANDALAY
  • Day 7 MANDALAY/INWA (AVA)
  • Day 8 MINGUN/BAGAN
  • Day 9 BAGAN
  • Day 10 YANGON
  • Day 11 BANGKOK/SIEM REAP
  • Day 12 SIEM REAP
  • Day 13 SIEM REAP
  • Day 14 HOMEWARD BOUND
14 days from $4,200 pp*
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VIETNAM & CAMBODIA VICISSITUDES OF VIETNAM
16 Days - Season: Year-round
Highlights: Elephant back trekking to the jungle ruins of Angkor Wat. Bicycling through Hoi An and the imperial city of Hue. Cruising through spectacular Halong Bay. Attending a water puppet show. Exploring the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoying a private lesson in Tai Chi. Teaching English to Cambodian students (optional). Taking a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Dining at the home of a former UPI journalist/ photographer. Enjoying a private dinner cruise with Hue's royal Music Show. Learning about traditional farming techniques in a small village.
  • Days 1 - 2 USA TO BANGKOK
  • Day 3 BANGKOK
  • Day 4 SIEM REAP
  • Day 5 SIEM REAP
  • Day 6 SIEM REAP
  • Day 7 HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)
  • Day 8 SAIGON
  • Day 9 MEKONG DELTA(OPTIONAL SIDE TRIP TO DALAT)
  • Day 10 DANANG/HOI AN
  • Day 11 HOI AN/HUE
  • Day 12 HUE
  • Day 13 HANOI
  • Day 14 HANOI
  • Day 15 HALONG BAY
  • Day 16 HOMEWARD BOUND
16 days from $4,620 pp*
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SRI LANKA SMILING LAND OF SERENDIPITY
12 or 15 Days - Season: Year-round (September to April is driest)
Highlights: witnessing puja (prayer offerings) at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Sri Lanka’s cultural capital; hiking to the incredible Sigiriya Rock Fortress (UNESCO); game drives to see elephants, leopards, sloth bears, water buffaloes and birds at Yala and Udawalawe National Parks; touring Polonnaruwa (UNESCO), the second ancient Sinhalese capital; bottle-feeding milk and hand feeding bananas to orphaned elephants at Pinnevala elephant orphanage; observing the striking Buddhist stupas and other impressive highlights of Anuradhapura (UNESCO), the first ancient Sinhalese capital; touring one of the world’s most impressive botanical gardens with a renowned professor of Botany; elephant back trek through Habarana jungle; touring the incredibly historical and well-preserved city of Galle (UNESCO); whitewater rafting down the class 3 Kelaniya Ganga River; plantations of Sri Lanka’s unbelievably lush Coconut Triangle; whalewatching boat ride to see blue whales and sperm whales; visiting the richly painted cave temples of Dambulla (UNESCO); hiking through one of the best spice gardens in Sri Lanka and learning about the many medicinal and culinary uses of the local spices; San Pedro tea plantation and factory in the Central Highlands (UNESCO); cultural show by Kandyan dancers. NOTE: WE WILL GLADLY CUSTOMIZE A SHORTER TOUR IF DESIRED.
  • Days 1 - 3 EN ROUTE TO COLOMBO/SIGHTSEEING
  • Day 4 PINNEVALA/COCUNUT TRIANGLE/HABARANA (ELEPHANT TREK)
  • Day 5 ANURADHAPURA/MIHINTALE
  • Day 6 SIGIRIYA/POLONNARUWA
  • Day 7 DAMBULLA/MATALE/KANDY
  • Day 8 KANDY/PERADENIYA
  • Day 9 KITULGALA (WHITEWATER RAFTING)/NUWARA ELIYA
  • Day 10 ELLA GAP/UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
  • Day 11 YALA NATIONAL PARK
  • Day 12 TANGALLE
  • Day 12 HUE
  • Day 13 TANGALLE/MIRISSA (WAHLEWATCHING)/GALLE
  • Day 14 GALLE
  • Day 15 HOMEWARD BOUND
12 or 15 days from $3,700 pp*
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JAPAN FROM KOYASAN TO KANAZAWA
11 or 15 Days - Season: Year-round (July/Aug is hot/rainy)
Highlights: Attending morning prayer services with monks at a Buddhist monastery, bicycling through Kyoto’s environs, participating in a Japanese tea ceremony and taking private lessons in sushi-making, Zen meditation, calligraphy, Taiko (drum), Tate (Samurai sword-fighting), origami and/or Ninja martial arts. You'll venture far beyond just Tokyo and Kyoto, visiting enchanting places like Takayama, Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Gokayama and Koyasan. NOTE: WE WILL GLADLY CUSTOMIZE A SHORTER TOUR IF DESIRED.
  • Days 1 - 2 EN ROUTE TO TOKYO
  • Day 3 TOKYO
  • Day 4 FUJI-HAKONE NATIONAL PARK
  • Day 5 TOKYO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
  • Day 6 TAKAYAMA
  • Day 7 TAKAYAMA / SHIRAKAWA-GO / GOKAYAMA / KANAZAWA
  • Day 8 KANAZAWA
  • Day 9 KANAZAWA / KYOTO
  • Days 10-11 KYOTO & ARASHIYAMA
  • Day 12 NARA / KOYASAN
  • Day 13 KOYASAN
  • Day 14 KYOTO
  • Day 15 HOMEWARD BOUND
11 or 15 days from $11,575 pp*
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BEST OF SOUTH INDIA KERALA, KATHAKALI & KANCHI
15 DAYS- Season: October - April
Highlights: Studying the photos and quotations of Mahatma Gandhi at Mumbai’s Mani Bhavan museum. Gazing in awe at Ellora’s Kailash. Walking along the quaint, cobblestone streets of Kochi’s historical district and Jew Town. Listening to private lectures on Indian History, Temple Architecture and Hinduism. Participating in a mouth-watering cooking lesson on Keralan cuisine. Overnight cruise aboard an upscale houseboat. Attending a performance of Kathakali, a Keralan dramatization of Hindu epics. Relaxing at the village paradise of Kumarakom, indulging in an Ayurvedic massage and/or going on a birdwatching, hiking or bicycling excursion. Exploring Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary to see wonderful scenery, wild elephants and elusive tigers and leopards. Visiting a spice plantation to learn about the medicinal and other practical uses of many different spices. Interacting with, feeding and riding humanely-treated elephants through a lovely spice plantation near Thekkady. Attending the ceremonies at Sri Meenakshi in Madurai.
  • Days 1 - 2 EN ROUTE TO MUMBAI
  • Day 3 MUMBAI
  • Days 4 - 5 AJANTA & ELLORA; HIMROO
  • Days 6 - 7 KOCHI & MUZIRIS
  • Day 8 ALLEPPEY/BACKWATER CRUISE
  • Day 9 KUMARAKOM
  • Day 10 KUMARAKON/PERIYAR
  • Day 11 PERIYAR/MADURAI
  • Day 12 MADURAI
  • Day 13 CHENNAI OR KANCHIPURAM
  • Day 14 PONDICHERRY & MAMALLAPURAM
  • Day 15 HOMEWARD BOUND
15 days from $3,705 pp*
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BEST OF NORTH & SOUTH INDIA FROM JAISALMER TO KUMARAKOM
22 DAYS- Season: October - April
Highlights: Tracking the Royal Bengal Tiger through Ranthambore. Private lectures on Indian History, Temple Architecture and Hinduism. Camel trekking to the remote villages of the Thar Desert. Strolling through Jaisalmer, Rajasthan’s most beautiful city. Gazing endlessly at the Taj Mahal. Boating down the holy Ganges River to witness the captivating Aarti ceremonies. Palace Hotels of Udaipur and Jaipur. Visiting the Mahatma Gandhi Museum in Mumbai. Staring incredulously at Ellora’s Kailash. Walk along the quaint, cobblestone streets of Kochi’s historical district and Jew Town. Lesson on Keralan cuisine. Overnight cruise aboard upscale houseboat. Kathakali performance. Hiking, birding, biking or indulging in an Ayurvedic massage in Kumarakom. Exploring Periyar to see wonderful scenery and wild elephants. Visiting spice plantations. Feeding and riding humanely-treated elephants through a lovely spice plantation near Thekkady. Attending ceremonies at Madurai’s Sri Meenakshi.
  • Days 1 - 3 EN ROUTE TO DELHI & SIGHTSEEING
  • Days 4 - 5 JAISALMER
  • Days 6 JODHPUR
  • Days 7 - 8 VISHNOIS SAFARI/UDAIPUR
  • Day 9 JAIPUR
  • Days 10 - 11 RANTHAMBORE
  • Day 12 RANTHAMBORE/FATEHPUR SIKRI/AGRA
  • Day 13 AGRA
  • Day 14 VARANASI
  • Days 15 - 17 VARANASI/AJANTA/ELLORA
  • Days 18-20 KOCHI, MUZIRIS & BACKWATER CRUISE
  • Day 21 KUMARAKOM
  • Day 22 HOMEWARD BOUND
22 days from $5,020 pp*
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THAILAND SPLENDORS OF SIAM(WITH ANGKOR WAT EXTENSION)
12 Days - Season: Year-round (November-April is best)
Highlights: easy bicycling excursion through the ancient Thai capital of Sukhothai; enjoying a class in Thai cooking, silk weaving or Thai dancing in Chiang Mai; visiting with the Padaung and Meo people near Mae Hong Son; taking an exciting mahout training course at Lampang Elephant camp; visiting Chiang Rai’s Opium Museum and cruising across the Lao border; listening to a lecture on Buddhism followed by meditation with a monk; partaking in a short elephant back trek through tropical jungle; exploring Bangkok’s canals and the exquisite Emerald Buddha; and taking an easy bicycle ride to hill-tribe villages.
  • Days 1 - 2 USA TO BANGKOK
  • Day 3 BANGKOK
  • Day 4 SUKHOTHAI/LAMPANG
  • Day 5 LAMPANG/MAE HONG SON
  • Day 6 MAE HONG SON
  • Day 7 CHIANG RAI
  • Day 8 CHIANG RAI
  • Day 9 CHIANG MAI
  • Day 10 CHIANG MAI
  • Day 11 CHIANG MAI/BANGKOK
  • Day 12 HOMEWARD BOUND
12 days from pp*
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