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Tours by Region: Asia & the Far East
This distinctive small group journey combines a special visit to remote, spiritual Tibet with a memorable cruise on the Yangtze, China’s fabled “long river.” Adding grace notes to this highly popular itinerary: intriguing Beijing, the extraordinary Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian, and cosmopolitan Shanghai. East meets West in a joyful convergence.
Comprehensive in scope yet briefer in duration than many China tours, this relaxed, well-paced journey combines monumental Beijing, a cruise on the fabled Yangtze, fascinating Xian, and cosmopolitan Shanghai. Traveling in your prized small group, you’ll have the good fortune to meet local people and to experience a host of China’s highlights, both ancient and of the moment.
A singular journey to two distant and devout lands, different in fact yet similar in spirit. Hinduism in Nepal and Buddhism in Bhutan suffuse all aspects of life; in both nations, tradition and belief abide – and surrounding Himalayan scenery casts a truly awe-inspiring spell.
Enter a land where the beauty of the dramatic landscape matches the warmth of the people; where rich traditions endure, religion prevails, and the arts thrive; and where visitors are welcomed as friends. Magical islands, indeed.
It’s a land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity; a jumble of sights, sounds, and tastes that for visitors are truly foreign – and truly fascinating. This well-crafted tour features the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, engages us in local life, and takes us off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa.
From north to south, India beckons with colors of infinite richness, sounds of enduring spirituality, and sights of unending wonder. Such is the marvelous – and mystifying – land we encounter, as our small group journeys from the bustle of Delhi to the colorful south.
In a land of breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people, rewards abound for the thoughtful traveler. And in our flexible and congenial small group we encounter rewards aplenty on this comprehensive journey featuring all the highlights plus the beautiful, remote Mekong Delta, where we spend two days.
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic Turquoise Coast where we board privately chartered "gulet" yachts for a distinctive four-day voyage, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.
With traditions unchanged from time immemorial, a rich Buddhist culture, and diverse ethnic groups, Myanmar presents a singular travel experience. As our small group sets out on the road to Mandalay, we see the spectacular temples at Bagan, colonial Yangon, the hill station of Kalaw, and pastoral Inle Lake – a journey of deep discovery and reward.
Mystical and spiritual, chaotic and confounding, India overflows with riches. While staying at excellent hotels, we travel the classic Golden Triangle: bustling Delhi; Agra, home of the sublime Taj Mahal; and Jaipur, great city of the Rajput. Plus, we search for elusive Bengals at Ranthambore Tiger Preserve; admire Khajuraho’s ancient temples; and absorb the holiness of Varanasi.
It’s a land fashioned from a sultan’s dream; immortalized in myth and ennobled by antiquity. A crossroads of civilization … East and West ... the ancient world and contemporary culture. From splendid Istanbul and stunning Mt. Nemrut to southeastern Turkey’s Bible lands and Cappadocia’s surreal landscape, our small group enjoys a broad view of a fascinating nation.