Asia Best Of China Mix the bustle of China’s metropolises with the tranquility of rural life on this phenomenal adventure. Explore hidden corners of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Cycle along ancient city walls and learn about Xi’an’s famed terracotta soldiers. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the gorgeous Li River. Meet and interact with Shanghai’s celebrated acrobats, and watch them train. Along the way, discover how China’s many contrasts make it one of the world’s most intriguing places. Discover Sri Lanka Be enchanted by Sri Lanka on an unforgettable journey. Explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress and refresh your spirit at the unusual Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll spice gardens and tea plantations, and ride through Wilpattu National Park with a forest ranger in search of elephants and leopards. Come away with a deep understanding of why early Arab traders called this island country “Serendib,” a name that gave English speakers the word “serendipity.” Everest Base Camp Trek Everest is more than just a mountain and the journey to its base camp is more than just a trek. Along a route dubbed by some as “the steps to heaven,” every bend in the trail provides another photo opportunity – beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines, and foothills. For active adventurers not afraid to break a sweat, a group of full trekking support staff will bring you close to local cultures before opening a window to the top of the world. Iconic Japan Japan delights in contrasts, revering the past while embracing the future. Your Japanese adventure begins in glittering and massive Tokyo. You will then head, by rail, into the countryside to visit traditional villages, tranquil shrines and classic pagodas. On strolls through geisha districts, restorative visits to ancient temples and gardens, and while enjoying a customary tea ceremony, you can feel the power of this magnificent country, and the traditions it is known for. Mekong River Cruise Experience Cambodia and Vietnam from a truly different perspective – the waters of the mighty Mekong River. Sail for eight days aboard a classic riverboat from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap. Discover the majestic temple complex of Angkor Wat (the largest religious monument in the world), Phnom Penh, roam the famous floating markets of Cai Bei, and explore the stilt village of Chnok Tru. There’s an incredible (and incredibly beautiful) view of Southeast Asia waiting for you. Nepal - Himalaya Highlights Venture into the lively streets of Kathmandu, spend a night at a Buddhist monastery guesthouse, and take in astounding views of the Himalaya in Pokhara: these are just a few of the experiences that await on this journey through Nepal. From the famous rhinos and Bengal tigers of Chitwan National Park to the ancient temples of the Kathmandu Valley, a Pokhara lake tour and a hike to the World Peace Pagoda, encounter the essence of the Himalaya.
Thailand Family Trip Why do some families go all the way to Thailand just to lie on the beach? We don’t know either. This family adventure mixes a whole lot of bona fide Thai experiences – everything from a longboat tour of Bangkok, a meeting with a hill tribe community, a cooking class in Chiang Mai and a somber visit to the infamous bridge over the River Kwai – with a little bit of sand and surf, too. Hey, even the Buddha reclined and relaxed once in a while, right? Vietnam Hike, Bike and Kayak Perfect for the active adventurer, this trip will have you hiking, biking, and paddling through the best of Vietnam. Kayak through Halong Bay’s towering limestone karsts, trek the Mai Chau area, and cycle through small towns for an authentic taste of Vietnam. When you’re not pedaling or paddling, you’ll visit the country’s highlights like the Cu Chi Tunnels and Emperor’s Tomb, or overnight at a local family’s homestay. This tour will keep you grounded in Vietnam’s intriguing culture. Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef This adventure allows you to venture to the 2,300km-long ecosystem off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, comprised of thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. You will experience the beautiful, car-free Hamilton Island, most of which is covered in bushland, and the coast fringed by coral reefs, as your basis to explore the Great Barrier reef before heading to Sydney to spend a few days shopping and sightseeing before heading home. One of many astounding South- East Asian temples, and part of the Angkor temple complex in Cambodia, the Ta Prohm temple’s state of ruin conjures a particularly majestic aura.