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19 holidays found

Rural Laos tour

Your journey begins briefly in northern Thailand, before the short hop over the border into northern Laos: the focus for this trip. Arguably the most scenic and picturesque region of South-East Asia, northern Laos boasts towering mountain ranges and winding valleys covered in rice fields. Dotting the countryside are remote ethnic minority hill tribes where modern life is yet to reach and traditions hold strong. Your days will be spent exploring this rural region on foot along the many trekking routes and by boat following the Nam Ou River. There will be plenty of opportunity to meet the local villagers and learn about their traditional way of life. Having thoroughly explored Laos’ remote ... Read more >
From £1,863 excluding flights

Cambodia tailor made holiday, Beyond The Ordinary

You’ll visit plenty of ‘must see’ destinations on this two-week tour of Cambodia, but at heart, this is an itinerary that’s designed to take you well away from the crowds, to distant and fascinating reaches of the country. Learn the story behind the temple of Preah Vihear and the ghost army; why some of the bamboo houses in a minority village are taller than others; what type of bugs are served for dinner in Siem Reap night markets, and how an Englishman called Jack came to be running a sanctuary for retired elephants deep in the Cambodian forest. Of course, the Cambodian genocide still casts a shadow over the country, and this itinerary doesn’t shy away from addressing the causes and ... Read more >
From £2,334 excluding flights

Sulawesi holiday, 13 days

This thirteen day Undiscovered Sulawesi tour offers an insight into this fascinating island, giving you time to soak up the stunning scenery, dive in the coral reefs, and learn more about its unique culture and traditions. The busy port of Makassar is the gateway to South Sulawesi and the starting point of your journey. After a night exploring the Colonial architecture and sampling the local cuisine, travel north into the Maros region where a breath-taking landscape of lush rice fields and towering cliffs quickly replace the (relatively) bright city lights. Prehistoric cave paintings have been discovered amongst the limestone karsts and there will be time to view these. Lake Tempe is your ... Read more >
From £1,306 excluding flights

Northern Thailand 12 day tour

In addition to the well-known northern cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, you’ll stop at the much smaller towns of Fang and Chiang Kham, close to the Myanmar and Laos borders respectively, where foreign visitors are still somewhat of a novelty. You’ll meet remote minority tribes and trek deep into unspoilt national parks; visit ancient temples, get up close to Asian elephants and generally be wowed by the natural beauty of the north. Highlights - Cycle around the ancient city and ruins of rural Chiang Mai. - Trek through the jungle surroundings of Doi Pha Hom Pok, Thailand’s northernmost national park before meeting with local villagers. - Travel through Mae Chan Valley and its panoramic ... Read more >
From £1,572 excluding flights

18 day Sri lanka tour, private departure

Featuring all five of Sri Lanka's awe-inspiring UNESCO protected ruins; two National Parks with countless wildlife-spotting opportunities and an overnight camping experience; a train ride through beautiful Tea Country; and visits to the heritage cities of Kandy and Galle. All this and still there's time to crash out on one of Sri Lanka's beaches! Highlights Try your hand at cooking Sri Lankan cuisine at the rural Mudhouse eco retreat. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive leopard at Yala NP. Explore the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa by bicycle. Read more >
From £2,798 excluding flights

Philippines holiday, highlands to islands

The first nine days of the trip focuses on the island province of Luzon. You will spend time in the heart of the mountainous Cordillera region, visiting traditional villages and exploring the ancient rice terraces of Banaue, before heading to Vigan – Luzon’s cultural capital and the best-preserved Spanish colonial town in the country. Your final stop in Luzon is Taal Volcano which is reputed to be the world’s smallest active volcano. Swapping highlands for islands, the next week is spent in the southern province of Palawan. Spend three nights on Busuanga Island with its rolling hills, before finishing your journey at El Nido which comprises of a cluster of limestone islands that rise ... Read more >
From £3,157 excluding flights

20 day Japan tour, private departure

Arriving in Tokyo, you'll explore the ancient and the modern, before heading off on the high speed train to Hakone, a volcanic hot springs region, where you can relax in an onsen and take a cable car across scenic valleys, looking out for a glimpse of nearby Fuji. From here, travel through scenic countryside to explore the historic towns of Matsumoto, Kanazawa and Takayama, taking in a samurai castle, Japan's most venerated tea garden and a great deal of beautiful architecture. Taking the train south to UNESCO heritage hotspot Kyoto, you'll learn the secrets of the tea ceremony and experience the elegance of traditional Japanese culture, before a special trip up the mountain for an ... Read more >
From £4,894 excluding flights

Java and Bali holiday in Indonesia

Along with the stunning natural landscape, you will visit the cultural highlights of Yogyakarta and the astonishing Borobudur temple complex. Before finishing with some much needed down time on the northern shores of Bali where you can do as little or as much as you wish. Highlights Travel by train through Central Java’s spectacular volcanic landscape. Watch the sun rise over Mount Bromo and its equally impressive neighbouring gunungs. Wonder at the strength of the sulphur miners at work on the slopes of Mount Ijen. Relax on the north-west coast of Bali. Read more >
From £1,592 excluding flights

Laos tour with Hanoi, private departure

This 14 day tour of Laos and Vietnam starts in the magical city of Luang Prabang, where you will have plenty of time to explore. Travelling east, visit the mysterious Plain of Jars and the Vieng Xai Caves, a virtual city to 23,000 people during the 'Secret War'. Crossing the border into Vietnam at Na Maew, journey into the stunning Mai Chau Valley for some trekking and outdoor opportunities, as well as a visit to the ancient village of Ky Son, all before completing your journey in the culturally enticing city of Hanoi. Read more >
From £2,006 excluding flights

Vietnam off the beaten track holiday

Designed to venture off the well-travelled tourist path, our Vietnam trip is ideal for those wanting to discover a side to the country that most visitors haven't even heard about. We’ve thrown in a few key sites for good measure, as let’s face it they’re ‘key’ for a reason, however this isn’t a fly and flop holiday for the masses: it’s about exploring and experiencing real life and for many, the real Vietnam is to be found in the north. An area of outstanding natural beauty where tourism is yet to impact and traditions hold strong, this itinerary follows an incredible route into the more remote mountainous regions of the north such as Mu Cang Chai and Ha Giang, whilst including some of the ... Read more >
From £2,527 excluding flights

Malaysia holidays, 16 days

It wouldn’t be ‘complete’ without time spent on the country’s tropical beaches, and there is plenty of relaxation time incorporated on Malaysia’s unspoilt east coast and the idyllic island of Tioman. This really is the ultimate Malaysia trip. Highlights Tuck into a fragrant bowl of Nasi Lemak in KL’s Kampung Baru district. Wonder at the unfathomable variety of flora found in the Belum Rainforest (over 3000 species!) The waters around Tioman Island boast some of the best snorkelling opportunities in Malaysia. Read more >
From £2,709 excluding flights

Cambodia off the beaten track tour

This tailormade tour of Cambodia is bursting with unforgettable moments. A packed itinerary includes visits to treasured ancient sites, including the temples of Angkor and the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, as well as sombre reminders of recent history in the Killing Fields. For those of an active disposition, there is the chance of a scenic stand up paddle-boarding trip on the Kampot River, countryside cycling, or trekking to a waterfall through lush mangrove forest. And foodies will be in seventh heaven. Picture a gourmet private breakfast in the beautiful surrounds of Srah Srang as the sun comes up over the temples, or an aromatic tour of the famous Russian market. Then there’s a Khmer ... Read more >
From £1,636 excluding flights

Thailand hilltribes, rainforests and beaches tour

Kicking off in Chiang Mai, the 'Rose of the North', you'll travel through northern Thailand staying with the Lahu and Lisu tribes people, learning about their unique culture and trekking some of Asia's most fascinating rainforest. Learn to cook the fiery northern cuisine at Khum Lanna, before flying south to explore Bangkok. You then journey south, starting at the mesmerising Khao Sok National Park - in particular the unique Elephant Hills luxury camp. Learn about the camp's work, spend time with the elephants, explore the rainforest, kayak on lakes, eat at jungle camps... the list goes on. Once you've packed all this in and hopefully burned off any excess energy, you'll finally reach the ... Read more >
From £2,286 excluding flights

Sri Lanka 13 day itinerary

Your journey begins high in the hills of the island’s interior where tea plantations and forested mountains provide an inspiring introduction to the country. Spend some time soaking up the tranquillity of your surrounds before dropping down into the UNESCO World Heritage City of Kandy for a night. Now for a few days of serious adventure…try your hand at rafting, canyoning and kayaking, before climbing to the summit of Adam’s Peak. Head south to Uda Walawe National Park for wildlife spotting, and engage with elephants at the short-term transit home where they're housed before release back into the wild. Don’t worry, there will still be time at the beach after all this activity... What ... Read more >
From £2,033 excluding flights

South East Asia tour, 38 days

The itinerary kicks off in Cambodia at the Angkor Temples – where better to start, than one of the most iconic temple complexes in Asia? Is Angkor more impressive than the temples of Bagan? Later in the trip, as you travel through Myanmar, you’ll have the chance to find out! Other comparisons can be drawn as you visit the contrasting Asian cities of Phnom Penh, Hanoi and Luang Prabang (to name a few), and cruise both the Mekong and the Ayeyarwady Rivers. Away from the rivers and cities, you’ll trek into the more remote regions of northern Laos, wonder at the awe-inspiring limestone karsts of Halong Bay and soak up the tranquil beauty of Inle Lake. If this all sounds quite busy, don’t ... Read more >
From £7,278 excluding flights

Vietnam off the beaten track holidays

This trip begins in the farm lands and valleys north of Hanoi before journeying to the Central Highlands which is home to over 40 different ethnic groups, and spending the night in a remote tented camp, before continuing further south to Ho Chi Minh City. Finally, relax on the beach at Long Hai - a well-kept secret amongst Saigon-ites for years. Read more >
From £2,041 excluding flights

Vietnam and Cambodia tours

Enjoy the cuisines, the culture, the trekking, the beaches, the journey, the vibrant cities, the temples, the warmly hospitable people... oh, and the little matter of Angkor Wat, along with lesser known, far less visited but equally impressive temples! Read more >
From £2,773 excluding flights

Borneo tailor made tour

Spanning 12 days and a host of unforgettable activities, this tailormade Borneo trip brings together meaningful cultural interactions, majestic scenery and a healthy mix of exercise and relaxation. After a short but lively flight by Twin Otter aircraft to the Kelabit Highlands, you’ll be welcomed by the tribespeople who have now retired from their head-hunting days, you’ll be glad to hear. Expect traditional entertainments and tasty local cuisine as you spend a few nights in a beautiful longhouse. Later in the tour, you’ll visit a Dunsun community for lunch by the riverside, and travel along the Dhapur River aboard a wooden long tail boat, the jungle on either bank echoing to the sounds ... Read more >
From £1,960 excluding flights

Indonesia highlights holiday

Beginning in Kalimantan, the Indonesian region of Borneo, spend three days cruising through the Tanjung Puting National Park on a private houseboat. This bio-diverse rainforest environment is a fantastic place to see orang-utans. Continue onto the island of Java where it’s time for some cultural activities. Explore the ancient Buddhist temple complex of Borobudur and Hindu temples of Prambanan, before climbing Mount Bromo to witness a spectacular sunrise. It’s a short flight from Java to the popular island of Bali, where you’ll spend three days in Ubud, the cultural heart of the island, learning about the local lifestyle. The trip finishes with some R&R time in the Komodo National Park, ... Read more >
From £3,270 excluding flights
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