Small Group Tours

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“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”–Buddha



Traveling with others in a small group helps you see the world through many eyes. This chance to share your journey often enriches experiences and allows you to make bonds and friendships with people you may have never met. Knowledge is shared as well as is special interests. These themes include photography, art, music, culinary, cruising, trekking and wildlife safaris, the list is long. Small group tours allow you see the world as you choose!

Sample Itineraries:

Sacred Bhutan–Thimphu Tsechu Festival (9 days)

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This is a small group tour escorted by Teri, herself, who has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and student of comparative religion for the past 30 years. Dates: September 11 – September 19, 2013 Space is limited This pilgrimage is meant for those persons who seek inner solace through Buddhist values and philosophy. You will [...]

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Discovery Cuba Photo Tour w/William Yu

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Departure October 15 – 23, 2015 On this discovery photo tour of Cuba with internationally acclaimed photographer William Yu, you will have people-to-people activities and cultural exchanges including discussions with locals, visits with artists, musical performances, and more. You will explore Trinidad, one of the best preserved cities in the Caribbean, with a local historian. [...]

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Overland Thailand to Myanmar (9 days)

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Departure through October,2014 This remarkable one of a kind tour is designed for you to see as much of rural Indochina as possible by traveling overland from Thailand to Myanmar. Each place you visit on this journey is a highlight not to be missed and gives you more insight into the culture because you will [...]

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Tell the Story of Bhutan Through Your Lenses (13 days)

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Departure September 20 – October 2, 2013 This is a photo tour workshop to Bhutan with international travel photographer and photography workshop instructor William Yu. The Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan, landlocked between China and India, is one of best preserved wonderlands of the world. With its ancient history, cultural traditions, temples, monasteries, castles, beautiful Himalayan [...]

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Secrets of Japan with Takayama Festival (15 days)

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(Departure October 3 – 17, 2013) Japan is a land of continual contradictions; from sky-scraping cities to rustic rural villages, cutting edge technologies to timeless traditions, this is a country rich in cultural anomalies and fascinating contrasts. Visitors to this island nation will recognize the bright lights and bustle of east coast mega-cities, but will [...]

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Turkish Riviera History & Cuisine (13 days)

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Departures May 15, September 16, October 13 Did you know that by 7th century BC nomads had already started to form settlements in what we now know today as the Turkish Empire? That’s how old this country is which straddles Europe and Asia! Now you can discover the ancient Ottoman’s contributions and the culture which [...]

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Nepal Cultural Photo Tour with Mani Lama

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Departure October 8 -22, 2014 Mani Lama shares his expertise on both Nepal’s diverse culture and photography on this escorted tour to Nepal. Even if you have visited before, these activities have been handcrafted so you become a part of Nepal. Meet Paubha painters, statue makers and woodcarving artists. See the grandeur of the Himalayas. [...]

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Plein Air Art Tour with Becky Joy

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Departure July 12-19, 2014 & July 3-10, 2015 Experience Normandy on this art extravaganza while staying at centrally located Chateaus in Normandy with Plein Air Artist, Becky Joy. Learn to paint plein air style with her while exploring unique settings along waterfront towns, villages and Giverny. See where the impressionists took their inspiration and visit [...]

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Tribal Tour Kenya

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With over 42 tribes, Kenya is truly a country with diverse people and culture. The most popular and dominant being the nomadic people. On this tour you visit The Maasai, a fierce pastoralists tribe that once dominated Kenya. Learn about the Samburu, cousins of the Maasai that have common customs and language (Maa) however they [...]

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Darjeeling & Sikkim Photo Safari

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Departures September, October, March & April The eastern most regions of India, Darjeeling and Sikkim are a photographer’s delight! Snow clad peaks of the Himalaya, Tea plantations rolling down foothills and a rich cultural blend of religions and beliefs. a destination escort guides you on an adventure of scenery, history, and tradition. Shoot these breathtaking [...]

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Pushkar Photo Safari w/Bryan F. Peterson

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Departure TBA No event is more colorful than the annual Pushkar Camel Festival. Join international travel photographer and author of 9 best selling photography books, Bryan F. Peterson, on a photo adventure and learn how to get those amazing shots. Photograph men in bright turbans buying and selling their livestock. Take pictures of women in [...]

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Historical Chile & Easter Island Extension

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Departure September 16 – 25, 2014 Exquisite Santiago, with its neoclassical architecture, colonial style winding side streets and panoramic views of the Andes, boasts both geographical beauty and a fascinating history. This tour is your chance to learn about Santiago’s evolvement from 1541 and discover its wealth of cathedrals, museums and arts. Enjoy Chilean cuisine [...]

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French Countryside Drawing & Watercolor Workshop w/ Sue Averell

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Departure July 11-18, 2015 Discover the French countryside around Normandy on this artisan adventure while staying at centrally located Chateaus. Join Internationally acclaimed artist, Sue Averell, as she shows you how to see your subject through color and line. There will be instruction using a variety of materials including, pen, graphite & colored pencil, charcoal [...]

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Myanmar Monsoon Photo Tour w/ Win Kyaw Zan (10 Days)

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Departure August 13 – 22, 2014 Nature is mesmerizing during the August monsoon in Myanmar! The photography is amazing with rain, umbrellas, colorful clouds, sky, trees, clear air, farmers working in the fields, busy rivers and amazing reflections of life everywhere. Win Kyaw Zan takes you on a photo adventure unlike any other. It rains [...]

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Laos Vat Phou Festival Photo Tour w/ Roger Nelson (10 days)

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Departure Jan 31 – Feb 9, 2015 Laos has a storied history thousands of years old. Many kingdoms have occupied this land. The people that live here today are both friendly and interesting. This tour leads you to some of the most photogenic sites in Laos including the Vat Phou Festival with internationally acclaimed photographer, [...]

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Vietnam Photo Tour w/ Son Nguyen (14 days)

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Departure February 9 – 22, 2015 This tour leads you to some of the most photogenic sites throughout Vietnam including northern hill tribes, ancient capitals and modern cities. You will start your journey in Hanoi with visits to Halong Bay and Sapa. Next you explore central Vietnam, Hue and Hoi An. See people making pottery, [...]

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Ladies Sri Lanka

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For all you ladies who want a getaway of culture, scenic beauty and relaxation the island of Sri Lanka has it all. Visit Colombo and Leslie’s house, the former home of Arthur C. Clarke. Explore the ancient towns of Anaradapura and Polonnaruwa to see ruins of former palaces and temples. Learn about its rich Buddhist [...]

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Silk Route to Bukhara (25 days)

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A cultural tour of China, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan The Silk Road was probably the most important development in human history, which brought close trading and subsequently cultural contacts between the east and the west. Silk Road to Bukhara traces the Silk Road from the place where it started in Xian and the follows its caravan [...]

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Rwanda Gorilla Tracking & Safari

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Departure June 1 – June 9, 2014 This tour, led by the distinguished Dr. Barry Levine, is a rare chance to get to know Rwanda and Masai Mara. Rwanda is a prime destination to visit for you seasoned travelers wanting a once in a lifetime trip. Volcano-studded landscape and gorilla-filled rainforest are prime highlights of [...]

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Black Necked Crane Festival w/ Bumthang(11 days)

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(Departure November) Colorful festivals are very much part of life in Bhutan and the festivities held to celebrate the annual return of the black-necked cranes to the Phobjikha Valley from their summer breeding grounds high on the Tibetan plateau are ones not to be missed. Held annually on November 12, this “welcome” festival for the [...]

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India with Paul Saltzman – A Fusion of Color, Music & Soul (17 days)

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Departure 2015 TBA “Long ago, I realized that if I could only visit one country during the rest of my life it would be—India. It is many, many cultures—an amazing fusion of modern and ancient, of adventures and discoveries. I’ve been there more than 50 times, and each time is a new exploration. It’s the [...]

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Bouvet Expedition Aboard the M/V Ortelius

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Departure March 24–April 21, 2015 (28 nights/29 days) Bouvet – this uninhabited volcanic island was discovered in 1739 by a French naval officer after whom the island was named. In 1825 the British flag was raised only to be occupied by Norway two years later. In 1971, Bouvet Island and the adjacent territorial waters were [...]

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The Balkans Mosaic

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Departures: May 24, Jul 05 & Sep 13, 2014 The Balkans is a land of such great diversity and textures that one gets the blown up by the colors, cultures, hospitality, food, landscape and above the ethnicities. We trace the scene of medieval Europe and the diverse nationalities originating from Serbia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia [...]

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Tribal Myanmar Photo Tour W/ Win Kyaw Zan (12 days)

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Departure: October 3, 2014 Tribal Myanmar remains exotic and mysterious and to visit its remote regions you need a knowledgeable guide. Add a guide who knows the tribal culture in depth, travel and photography and you have a one of a kind tour. While the name Myanmar is synonymous for temples, it is its people [...]

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Silk Road Textiles of Turkey (10 days)

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Departures May 5, September 8, October 6 No where else will you discover colorful handmade ceramics, woven Caftans made on traditional looms and Sultan’s leather slippers except by traveling the Silk Road in Turkey. Visit the Turkish Arts Museum and learn about Turkish nomadic life along with seeing the magnificent Topkapi Palace. Discover the elaborate [...]

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Kenya Birding Safari (14 days)

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Africa is known for its Big Five Game viewing but low and behold where there’s wildlife there is also a wide variety of birds! A photographers paradise, you visit Nairobi National Park’s bird sanctuary and count how many of the 400 bird species you see. Take a boat ride at Lake Naivasha and visit the [...]

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Hornbill Festival Nagaland

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Celebrated from 1st till 7th of December every year in the village of Kisama, Hornbill Festival is an annual cultural extravaganza celebrated by the tribal people in the state of Nagaland. The festival is named after the hornbill, a respected bird that shows up in the folklore of most of the state’s tribes. Its goal [...]

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Textiles of North India (10 days)

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Discover the vibrant and diverse world of costumes and traditions of North India learning about its textiles and symbolic designs. Now’s your chance to learn about their origin which can be traced as far back as the Indus valley civilization when homespun cotton was used for weaving their garments. Visit a craft museum and discover [...]

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JAZZMANDU (10 days)

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(Departure September, October – annually) The Only Jazz Extravaganza in the Himalayas! Music and art allows us to learn about other cultures through its people’s observations, beliefs and self- expression. By exploring the world of music and art you also discover mankind’s fascination with portraying life through various medias as diverse as life’s experience itself. [...]

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Discover Amalfi & Rome (8 days)

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We Do More Than Asia (Departure September – May) Amalfi & Rome is a unique chance to explore 2 regions of Italy in a small group tour. From the spectacular Amalfi coastline to ancient Rome, you enjoy vistas from high cliffs overlooking the Tyrrhenian, visit the ascetic town of Positano Sea, sip limoncello in Sorrento [...]

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Myanmar Revealed

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(Departures September – July) Delve into Myanmar (Burma) on a journey that uncovers the essence of this incredible country at highlight sites, like the thousands of majestic temples filling the Bagan Plains, but also reveals hidden gems such as a light trek to the villages beyond Inle Lake. Full of surprises, discover jumping cats and [...]

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Discover Nature Patagonia (14 Days)

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Experience one of the world’s most pristine wilderness settings on this adventure trip to Patagonia. With specialized guides you get to know in detail this paradise through diving, sea kayaking, hiking, boat excursions and glacier walking. Discover Puerto Madryn and Puerto Deseado (the treasure trove of wildlife), encounter the Perito Moreno Glacier and hike El [...]

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Guided Walking Tour: Venice & Italian Lakes (13 days)

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(Departure September) Strung along the foot of the Alps, for millennia the lakes have been a gateway to the color and life of the Mediterranean world for the pilgrims, traders and armies who marched across the Alps on foot. The walks on the tour follow these same routes, ancient stone paths that wind above the [...]

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A Woman’s Journey to Bhutan (13 days)

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(Departure October 5 – October 17) Note: The itinerary is purely crafted for women traveling and is led by a local Bhutanese woman guide. Nothing offers more of an opportunity to experience life than travel, especially with like minded people. Life is also about deriving happiness out of what we choose to do and understanding [...]

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Discover the Mayans (18 days)

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This tour is a cultural mix of volcanic beauty, ancient Mayan ruins, sparkling Caribbean beaches and colorful colonial towns. Traveling from Mexico’s famous beachside city, Cancun, to the idyllic shores of Playa del Carmen, this trip combines anitquity with adventure. Experience an official new Wonder of the World, Chichen Itza, in Mexico and learn Mayan [...]

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China’s Great Silk Road (13 days)

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(Departures: June – October) One of the world’s great trade routes, the exotic Silk Road has captured the imagination of many, stirring visions of a wondrous and far-off land. Bring the adventure to life on this incredible journey. Experience the rich convergence of cultures and religions as you travel from Xian to Kashgar, passing countless [...]

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Eternal Italy (14 days)

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(Departures September & October) Italy is eternal. Rome, the capital of Italy, has for centuries been a political and religious center of Western civilization as the capital of the Roman Empire and site of the Holy See but Italy’s history dates back much farther than that. Etruscan culture developed in Italy around 800 BC and [...]

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Kerala Photo Safari Tour with William Yu (11 days)

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Departure January 25 – February 4, 2014 This is a photo tour workshop to South India with international travel photographer and photography workshop instructor William Yu. Kerala –a region of India that conjures up images of Aladdin and His Magic Lamp. On this photo essay journey of Kerala cultural heritage and arts you visit scenic [...]

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Pilgrimage for Compassion North India (16 days)

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This is a small group tour escorted by Teri, herself, who has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and student of comparative religion for the past 30 years. (Departure June & July) This tour is your chance to join Indian tradition, pilgrimage, and learn about its ancient culture and deities which have formed the India that [...]

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Discover Peru with Amazon Cruise (16 Days)

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(Departure April – December) No trip can be more exciting than one which includes history, culture, adventure and transport by rail and by cruise. This concise tour to Peru is for the adventurous at heart who wishes to still travel at a comfort level. Explore the colonial heritage of Peru’s capital, Lima, before embarking on [...]

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Discover Paradise: Ecuador & the Galapagos (12 days)

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Explore the lushness of Ecuador on foot, by bus, boat, canoe, zipline, raft and yacht in this active adventure tour. With more than 1600 species of birds, plus 38 more in the Galapagos, 106 endemic reptiles, 138 endemic amphibians, and 6,000 species of butterfly, it is paradise for nature lovers. Explore colonial Quito and shop [...]

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Pedaling the Himalayan Slopes (8 days)

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(Departures 2014: Saturdays, March 15, April 19, May 17, September 20 & October 11) This tour is designed to give cyclists a perfect experience pedaling the winding roads in Bhutan’s Himalayan slopes. Maximum hours of cycling per day does not exceed 5 hours. You are escorted by an experienced cycling guide. The tour is perfectly [...]

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Highlights of Italy (10 days)

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We Do More Than Asia (Departure September – May) ***This is a small group tour*** Step back in time to the Middle Ages and Renaissance period and explore the culture, history, art and architecture of 3 main cities in Italy. Rome’s antiquity can be seen in its Coliseum and Roman Forum. Vatican City tells about [...]

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Indonesia Art & Culture (16 days)

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(Departures September – March) The Indonesian archipelago has been an important trade region since at least the 7th century, when world travelers brought culture, art, religious beliefs and cuisine to the islands. Today, you too, can experience days gone by on this tour. Explore Buddhist monasteries with their many bas relief panels along with Hindu [...]

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Best of Chile & Argentina

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We do more Than Asia Departures March – November Sip Argentina’s trademark wine on a vineyard tour near Mendoza, Admire the dramatic scenery of Chile’s Lakes District, Sample tasty local delicacies in Bariloche, Discover the elegance and charm of Buenos Aires. Best of Chile & Argentina is a concise tour of great food, salsa dancing, [...]

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Explore Laos & 4000 Islands

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(Departures January – November) This small group tour reveals the treasures of Laos through its history, scenery and gracious people. Spend the night in a remote eco lodge as you cruise slowly down the Mekong, stopping at a sacred cave and hilltribe village. Explore the temples of fabled Luang Prabang and join the locals in [...]

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Uncover Italy (15 days)

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We Do more Than Asia (Departures February – November) This is an Intrepid journey, Discovery Style Be charmed by the romantic aura of Venice city , Ride a cable car to a hilltop basilica in Gubbio, Experience Umbria’s religious heart on a visit to Assisi, Hike Mt Vesuvius, Take in sun and sea on the [...]

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Trans Mongolian Adventure w/ Naadam (17 days)

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(Departure June – September) Note: Departure with Naadam is in June/July Mongolia is a wild and rugged land with sweeping grassy plains and alpine mountains. Few tourists get the opportunity to travel to Mongolia, and even fewer can boast spending Naadam festival away from the Ulaan Baatar crowds. Start your adventure in Beijing to see [...]

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Highlights of Bhutan

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Perched high in the Himalayas, the Land of the Thunder Dragon elicits visions of secret kingdoms and mysterious legends. Shadowed by snow-capped Himalayan peaks which shelter a rich, proud Buddhist culture, you visit ancient fortresses and temples and remote villages. Learn about traditional medicine and folk arts, local markets and the ornate and spectacularly-located temples [...]

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Tibet Experience

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(Departures April – October) The striking beauty of this part of the world is brought to life by the smiles of its people. With a complex past, the Tibetan culture is thriving and genuinely unique. Uncover some of the secrets of the history and spirit of this mysterious land on a once in a lifetime [...]

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Himalaya Spirit (12 days)

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(Departures April & May) The mystical Himalayas have seduced travelers for many years. Free your spirit of adventure and explore this unique region. Explore Delhi and its spectacular sites and head to the cooler climes of the mountains and Shimla, enjoying a heritage walk. Visit Manali, with its forests, streams and colorful markets. Experience charming [...]

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Valley of Flowers (16 days)

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(Departures July & August) This cultural tour of India starts in Delhi and Amritsar, before trekking to one of the most beautiful valleys of the mighty Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers, which is one of India’s geographical regions where diverse civilizations and cultures flourish. The Valley of Flowers is a high-altitude Himalayan valley that has [...]

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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Colca Canyon (11 days)

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We Do More Than Asia (Departure July – September) Inca Trail permits are limited Call Now 415-331-3791 For those of you who want to explore the great outdoors and retrace steps of the Incas, this adventure trip is for you! See the temples and art of this ancient civilization in Cusco. Visit the Sacred Valley [...]

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Not all of our tours are listed. Call us to discuss your travel plans 415-331-3791 We’re like you — curious when we hear about a culture or a place and crave to see it for ourselves. That’s what we do. We satisfy your curiosity through genuine cultural and environmental interactions. We arrange private and small [...]

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