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“It is good that the journey is slow and awkward; you lose, you have to, all sense of time and urgency, all calculation, all sense of past and future.”– Andrew Harvey, A Journey in Ladakh

Cultural journeys allow us to visit a country’s places of worship, museums which house artifacts from ancient times and simply be in those towns or villages which indigenous people exist. These explorations show us how others begin and end their day and how families perform daily tasks. A cultural adventure allows us to participate with the locals and better understand other people.

Sample Itineraries:

Naga New Year Myanmar (5 days)


(Held annually January) Popularly known as the Land of Festivals because of the countless festivals that take place year round, Myanmar is still a country for discovering remote tribes. Festivals are closely intertwined with Buddhism centering around a spiritual focus of gratefulness and prayer for good over evil. Each January the Naga ethnic tribe’s New [...]

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Photo Journey India: A Fusion of Color, Music & Soul ( 17 days)


Departure September 15 – October 1, 2018 Celebrate India with Beatle’s friend & photographer, Paul Saltzman! No one describes this cultural tour of India better than Paul: “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 [...]

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Discover Kigio & the Mara (7 days)


(Departure Fridays – June to October) Have your own “Out of Africa” adventure beginning in Nairobi with a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum. Take a guided tour of her house, which features rooms designed in both the original decor and with props from the 1985 film. Combine culture and conservation with a visit to [...]

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Venice Carnival


Experience one of the world’s most exciting celebrations in the world, Venice Carnival. This annual Italian festival ends with Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday (Martedi Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday. Masks have always been a key feature of this festival. Traditionally they were made in leather, porcelain or [...]

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Sacred Bhutan–Thimphu Tsechu Festival (9 days)

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Departure September Space is limited This pilgrimage is meant for those persons who seek inner solace through Buddhist values and philosophy. You will have the rare opportunity to visit all the important Buddhist temples and get blessings from important Lamas and Rinpoches. Be a part of the Thimphu Tsechu, one of the largest tsechus or [...]

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Mandela’s Journey (9 Days)


Departure: October – April This well crafted tour takes you back through a historical journey into one of the world’s greatest African leaders. Nelson Mandela was a legend in his own time both in his home country of South Africa and the world at large. The safari begins in Pretoria visitng South Africa’s Historical Landmarks, [...]

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Secrets of Japan with Takayama Festival (15 days)


(Departure October) 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 marvel at the age-old [...]

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Turkish Riviera History & Cuisine (13 days)


Departures May – October 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 has evolved through [...]

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Nepal Cultural Photo Tour with Mani Lama

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Visit A Different Perspective for current photo tours led by Mani Lama 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 & woodcarving artists. See [...]

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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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Myanmar Monsoon Photo Tour with Win Kyaw Zan (12 Days)


Departure July & August 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 about 30 [...]

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North East Tribal Tour (16 days)

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Departure October – April Eastern India remains one of the less frequently visited regions in the world. Its remote tribes and diverse scenery make it India’s last frontier. Now is your chance to discover the Ziro, Apatani, Hong, Tagin, Nishi and Hillimiri tribes. Begin your journey is Assam before heading to the hill station of [...]

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Vietnam Photo Tour w/ Son Nguyen (14 days)

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Visit A Different Perspective for current photo tours led by Son Nguyen 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 [...]

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Magical Lahaul & Spiti


Departures: July, August & September The unknown world of Lahaul and Spiti-Tibetan monasteries, yaks grazing and barren, mountain passes. Plus to add to the adventure both districts are very different. Lahaul has glaciers and Spiti a high desert. A restricted region of Himachal Pradesh has kept both districts intact environmentally and culturally. Trails and lakes [...]

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Clarke’s Odyssey

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Departure: September – May Following the footsteps of Arthur C. Clarke, this tour takes you “out of this world” on a one of a kind adventure in Sri Lanka. Clarke, co-writer of 2001: A Space Odyssey, called Sri Lanka “home” from 1956 until his death in 2008. The draw for him was scuba diving and [...]

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Tribal Laos (12 days)

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Departure: December – April Northern Laos–mysterious and definitely the road less traveled. Rolling countryside and rice paddy fields are abundant as you drive through the hills stopping at remote villages. Weaving is the traditional art and women are seen everywhere making their colorful patterns. The Phongsaly province is a fresh place to explore. Meet the [...]

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Ladies Sri Lanka


Departure: Upon request 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 [...]

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Hill Tribe Trek Northern Laos

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Departure: October – May This unique tour gives you the rare chance to trek the National Protected Area, Northern Laos. Never before have travelers been able to visit this hidden region with colorful tribes in their distinctive hand woven dress. Walk the real trails of the locals picking medicinal plants from the forest. Cruise on [...]

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Cambodia & Private Andaman Sea Yachting

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Departure November – February Join culture with outdoor adventure and you get a wonderful experience in Cambodia, South Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Visit Cambodia’s great temple city, Angkor Wat. By the time you leave you will feel a part of this ancient civilization. Drive through Cambodia’s countryside along the Kulen mountains to the forgotten [...]

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Discover Wellness in Bali (13 days)


Departure: Upon request This tour combines “authenticity” with “well-being” on the island of Bali. A real makeover and “youth therapy” awaits you to relax and most importantly to pamper yourself. In our modern society, everything can become an “emergency leading to stress and fatigue. It is important, even essential to slow down, to inhale calmly [...]

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Discover Colorful San Miguel de Allende (10 days)


Departure: Upon request San Miguel de Allende has a reputation as a haven for artists. Since the 1950s, when Diego Rivera worked there, San Miguel de Allende has attracted painters, sculptors and printmakers. On the streets, it is not unusual to see someone sketching people on the street. Stroll beautiful streetscapes with narrow cobblestone lanes [...]

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Discover the Art of San Miguel de Allende w/Workshop (12 days)


Departure Upon Request San Miguel de Allende has attracted painters, sculptors and print makers since the 1950s, when Diego Rivera worked there. Discover the art of this colorful town and learn about its exciting history. Visit local artisans and hear their insights and secrets into how they create their paintings and sculptures. Meet expatriates and [...]

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Hidden Sardinia: Guided Walking tour


Departure: late spring (Guided by Simon Tancred, Hidden Italy) This guided walking tour of Sardinia is a rare chance to immerse your self in Italy’s “forgotten island”. Explore Sardinia’s pristine natural beauty. Stone megaliths binds the island together from north to south. Cuisine is full of flavors not used elsewhere. The Sardinians are hard-working but [...]

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Beats in India w/Bob Holman


Departure January, upon request for groups 10 more Join Bob Holman on the road in India to discover the Beat poets’ path to satori, free poetry and life’s brim-fullest meaning. After meeting up at Columbia University in New York, many Beats migrated to San Francisco, finding a kind of group consciousness. From there, Allen Ginsberg [...]

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The Colors of Tuscany on Motorcycle

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Discover Tuscany with its rolling hills filled with olives trees and vineyards on a Harley Davidson motorcycle! Visit Italia’s most famous monuments and lovely cities. This motorcycle guided tour will allow you to visit the historical city of Florence, the medieval hill town of Montepulciano, Sienna and its famous Piazza del Campo, Pisa and its [...]

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The Heart of Provence Motorcycle Tour

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Before the French Riviera started attracting famous painters in the beginning of the 20th century and all the international “Jet Set” it was an area of sleepy fishing villages. On this bike tour, you’ll get the opportunity to get into the golden years of this region. Small roads, little villages, take you to where “small [...]

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The Spirit of the Alps on Motorcycle


This tour of the Alps is dedicated to everyone who dreams of riding gorgeous mountain roads on a motorbike. We climb from one valley into the next. There are turns and bends and endlessm superb panoramas. We’ll cross major passes on the highest paved roads of the Alps. We enter the mountains along the northern [...]

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Discover Historical Normandy on Motorcycle


This riding tour is rich in cultural and historical discoveries, without being a cookie cutter tour. Your guide introduces you to every secret nook and corners of this region known as the land of horses that is blessed with an amazing natural beauty. Normandy is also known for being the region where the Allies troops [...]

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Inside Moscow with Golden Ring/St Petersburg (11days)

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Departure on Friday (May 15-Aug 15 2016) On this magical journey to the exotic land of Russia, you see sites which are unlike any others in the world. Learn about Moscow’s colourful history and culture. Discover the Golden Ring, the ancient towns that preserve the memory of the most important and significant events in Russian [...]

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Wild Sri Lanka Safari (14 days)

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The island of Sri Lanka is unmatched for its wildlife for its size. It hosts the largest seasonal concentration if Asian Elephants while being considered a great place for photographing leopard. A wide variety of birds call Sri Lanka their home with the Sinharaja Bird Wave being the largest in the world. With its rich [...]

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Vietnam Art & Textiles Adventure

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Departures September to May Now you can be an insider in Vietnam learning about its art and textiles! This tour has been carefully designed to offer you Vietnam’s must see places as well as activities which immerse you into the arts through meeting locals with options for hands on workshops. Begin your travel in Ngoc [...]

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Luxury Golden Triangle

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Departures mid-September – May Live like a King and a Queen while experiencing the trip of a lifetime! India’s Golden Triangle enthralls you with its amazing cultural sites as you travel in luxury. Diversity makes this trip unique because this area is home to a variety of cultures and religions. On this tour, we will [...]

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Tanzania: Birds & Big Game w/Daniel Edelstein & Edwin Osujaki

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Departure: February 1-13, 2019 Join us on this rare chance to experience Tanzania’s Birds & Big Game with Avian Biologist and bird expert Daniel Edelstein & Tanzanian Ornithologist Edwin Osujaki on an exploration of wildlife, culture and landscapes. This adventure offers special sightings include the calving of wildebeest and zebra during the Great Migration across [...]

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Explore the Real Alaska

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Departures 2018: Tuesday August 14, Tuesday August 28 & Tuesday September 25 Fjords, Fishing, Rafting and Scenic Flight If you are the outdoorsy traveler and looking for a special adventure close to home, then this tour is the one for you! Southeast Alaska has it all – temperate rainforest, the Inside Passage (a protected waterway), [...]

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Picture Myanmar (8 days)

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Picture Myanmar gives you a chance to take photos of sunrises over pagodas, colonial architecture and street markets.  Visit mountains and learn to use natural lighting to shoot outdoor landscapes.  Photograph cottage industries and local artisans. Begin in Yangon ad continue onward tosee the unique Golden Rock Take pictures from a hot air balloon over Bagan [...]

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The Snow Leopard Trek – Upper Dolpo (24 days)


Magical and mystical is the elusive Snow Leopard. It is rated high on the endangered species list with 500 said to remain in Nepal. On this adventurous trek, you walk in the steps of Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard, along the Bheri River, on to Ring-mo, and over Kang La pass, toward Crystal [...]

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Eastern Cape, Bush and Karoo (Self-Drive Tour)

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DEPARTURES: Daily (minimum 2 people) PRICES: Exchange rates differ from time to time. Cost subject to change until paid for & confirmed PRICE INCLUDES: Airport Meet & greet, accommodations as selected and meals as indicated by BLD, two game drives per day while staying at Samara Lodge. NOT INCLUDED: Car rental, international and domestic flights, [...]

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Discover the Reindeer People (15 days)


Mongolia is home to numerous ethnic groups including the Tsaatans or the Reindeer People. Now there are only 400 Tsaatan people in Mongolia and they inhabit the remotest but amazing beautiful mountain taigas. The Tsaatan love their nomadic lifestyle of “breeding reindeer and sleeping in huts”. This tour offers an outstanding introduction to this diverse, [...]

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Best Exotic Marigold Tour


In the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, seven English seniors experience changes in their lives which result in their coincidental departure to be the first guests at the wonderful new Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a hotel “for the elderly and beautiful” located in Jaipur. On this tour you visit the cities and buildings used [...]

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Uncover Myanmar (19 days)


Myanmar translates as union of many people with 135 nations living together in an area twice as large as any European country, yet leaving plenty of remote land to explore. Bordering on five countries -Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, and Thailand – Myanmar takes its influences from all. Land of Temples, Land of Festivals and Land [...]

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Silk Route to Bukhara (25 days)


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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Head for the Hills Vietnam (10 days)


Vietnam’s best kept secret may be its many trekking destinations. The areas of Mai Chau and Pu Long are full of great hiking trails, stunning scenery, and local hilltribes which are just waiting to be discovered. From Hanoi you travel southwest toward the Laos border. The change in scenery is dramatic as you leave behind [...]

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Explore Ancient Siam (7 days)


This tour is ideal for those wishing to discover the traditional Siamese architecture, atmospheric waterways and unspoiled natural scenery of Thailand. Step back in time as you embark on this journey that takes you out of bustling Bangkok into the rustic central Thai provinces. Begin your journey into old Siam with a short train ride [...]

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Paris Luxury Apartment Rentals

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Fabulous short-term and long-term rentals of furnished apartments in select Paris neighbourhoods. From modern pied a terres with designer furnishings to grand historical buildings with Louis XIV tapestries – our goal is to ensure that you find accommodations that perfectly suit your vision of the luxury experience. Luxury apartments at affordable prices! All properties are [...]

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Rwanda Gorilla Tracking & Safari

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Departure June 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 this tour along with attractive vistas around Kigali, a perfect place from which to begin your trip. Track gorillas and discover the world of chimpanzees. Visit [...]

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Eastern Bhutan Textile Tour (16 days)

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Bhutan’s weaving of beautiful textiles is one o its most important forms of art. Knowledge and skills have been passed down generations to generations. The weaving tools used are still handmade and the raw materials natural. On this journey, you have the rare opportunity to compare different aspects of Bhutanese textiles including the process 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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Discover: Lost Kingdom of Mustang (23 days)


The Kingdom of Mustang has always been known as a mysterious and forbidden land until just recently. Now the Upper Mustang region of Nepal is open but for a limited number of trekkers. Lo Manthang (Mustang) is located north of the main Himalayan chain of peaks and is an amazing high altitude desert with its [...]

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Textiles of Gujarat with Workshop(19 days)


(Departure October – March) Grab this chance at learning embroidery the Gujarati way! Learn how the colorful handicrafts and textiles of Kutch express their rich cultural heritage. Join the Kala Raksha workshop for hands on experience. Visit artisans to see them living their art. Discover precious art in local textile museums and explore local villages. [...]

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


Departure NEW DATES Coming Soon “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. [...]

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The Balkans Mosaic


Departures: May, July & September 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 and Albania. A visit [...]

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


Visit A Different Perspective for current photo tours led by Win Kyaw Zan 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 [...]

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Silk Road Textiles of Turkey (10 days)

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Departures May, September, October 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 silk costumes and [...]

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Takthok Festival (14 days)


Departure July Kashmir is open once again to the world! This is the only tour you will find which combines visits to the Golden temple, Dharamshala, Dal Lake and Little Tibet. The four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions and [...]

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Kenya Birding Safari (14 days)


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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Chile-Land of Contrasts (11 days)


Perched between its spectacular Pacific coastline and Andes Mountains, Chile offers a wide variety of climates and landscapes ranging from the Atacama Desert, the rainiest spot on the planet with a Mediterranean landscape in the center, an Alpine district in the mid-south and fjords in the deep south. Now’s your chance to see Chile and [...]

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Tiji Festival in Mustang (19 Days)

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Departure May Trekking Nepal’s most remote region of Mustang is a rare opportunity in itself. But the Tiji Festival is your only chance to be a part of a genuine celebration in this Lost Kingdom and is not to be missed. Walk through medieval villages with spectacular views of the Himalayas to Lo Manthang. See [...]

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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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Departure: Upon request 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. Visit a craft museum and discover textile art from each state. See [...]

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Ladakh: Land of Lamas

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(The Ultimate Traveling Camp Expience in partnership with Cox & Kings)Departure: Upon request Like a dream captured in a snow globe, remote Ladakh is a wildly beautiful high desert valley set between the Kunlun Mountains and the Himalayas. On this journey you meet Ladakhi craftsmen and visit the medieval temples and Buddhist monasteries or gompas, [...]

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Tribal Gujarat w/Rann Utsav

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Departure December Annually The Rann Utsav is called “heaven on earth” because the full moon casts its light over the desert creating a white milky color over all the desert landscape enhancing a “heavenly feeling”. Add visits to the numerous indigenous tribes throughout Gujarat and you have a tribal adventure. See cultural dance, hear folk [...]

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Discover Nubra Valley (9 days)

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Departure Mid-June, July & August Ladakh is like nowhere else you have ever seen–a high altitude desert cut off from the world for many months of the year, keeping its people and wildlife removed from the modern age. Ladakh is home to the confluence of the Indus and the Zanskar, which carry stories from an [...]

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Discover Slovenia (13 days)


Departure May – September Slovenia is one of Europe’s best kept secrets! You will be in awe of its world famous Bled Castle. Discover Bohinj, one of the most beautiful places in the heart of the Julian Alps. See the nation’s highest peak, Mount Triglav that lies in the middle of Triglav National Park. Besides [...]

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Cycle India

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This tour is for a group of 6-10 persons Design your own group with cycling companions as you bike through India’s rural villages. Enjoy the culture as you share the road with with goats, camels and sacred cows. This biking tour begins in Delhi. It includes must see places such as Ranakpur, the Taj Mahal [...]

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Photographic Wonders of Turkey


Departures: May, June, September & October Turkey is a photographer’s dream–it is a country where Europe meets Asia! This trip has been designed for you photo buffs that want more of a less structured photo tour. There are ample opportunities to shoot. Discover the must see palaces and mosques, take a private cruise on the [...]

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Sri Lanka Safari with Whales


Departure November – April Sri Lanka is known for its game but did you know that it is home to Blue Whales? The largest animal to have ever lived on our planet, the Blue Whale can be seen in Mirissa, South Island, one of the world’s top spots for watching them. This tour combines both [...]

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Photograph Bhutan (14 days)


(Departure October & November ) Every moment in this itinerary has been precisely crafted through the personal experience of a Bhutanese photographer to create a unique experience in Bhutan for fellow photographers visiting this remote and magical land. Places you visit on this tour have been personally chosen keeping in mind the wants and needs [...]

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Discover Ethiopia

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We Do More Than Asia Ethiopia, a landlocked country located in the Horn of Africa, has a history dating back to prehistoric times and it is this country’s ancient history which makes Ethiopia one of the most fascinating travel destinations today. See “Lucy”, the 3.5 million year old hominid that has ever been found. Visit [...]

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JAZZMANDU (10 days)


(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)


We Do More Than Asia (Departure September November & February – 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 [...]

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World Heritage Colombia (15 days)


A cultural tour of Colombia (Departure every Tuesday) Colombia has come alive again and invites you to visit. This journey not only covers the most important historical sites but the scenic sites of this fascinating South American country as well. A rich insight into the cultures and panoramas of Colombia are the main focus of [...]

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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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India Pilgrimage (14 days)


India is the birth place of four of the world’s major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Throughout its history, religion has been an important part of the India’s culture. Religious diversity and religious tolerance are both established in the country by law and custom. This tour embraces the path of Buddha and other religious [...]

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

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(Departure Fall) 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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Phi Ta Khon Festival — Ghost Festival (4 days)

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Phi Ta Khon, also known as the Ghost Festival, is held in Dan Sai, a north central region of Thailand bordering on Laos. The events take place over three days and the actual date is chosen by the town’s mystics according to the lunar calendar. A spiritual Buddhist festival, Phi Ta Khon is taken from [...]

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Discover the Mayans (18 days)


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)


(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)


(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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Morocco for Foodies (11 days)

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Departure Year Around Moroccan cuisine is extremely refined, due to Morocco’s exchanges with other cultures over the centuries and includes Berber, Moorish, and Arab influences. Morocco produces a large range of Mediterranean fruits and vegetables and flavorings include lemon pickle, cold-pressed, unrefined olive oil and dried fruits. It is also known for being far more [...]

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Mustang Vista – Lodge to Lodge Trek (14 Days)


This trip combines two diverse settings from the lush green valley of Kathmandu to the semi – arid conditions of Lower Mustang. You walk the Kali Gandaki gorge, perhaps the deepest gorge in the world. This trip offers a chance to get close of views of Dhaulagiri, Niligiri and the Annapurnas. Visit quaint villages and [...]

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Walking the Camino (8 days)

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Departures May – September of each year. Walking the Camino or the Way of St. James has existed for over a thousand years. This trip was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which absolution for sins was earned. Legend says that [...]

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World Heritage Bolivia (14 days)

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A cultural tour of Bolivia (Departure daily) High up in the Andes is landlocked Bolivia, the Tibet of the Americas. Explore the cultural wealth of the country, as it has the highest concentration of indigenous people, who to this day maintain their traditional ways and beliefs. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the [...]

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Pilgrimage for Compassion North India (16 days)


(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 we know today. Explore the sacred Varanasi. Visit Buddhist sites such as Sarnath, Bodhgaya and Rajgir. Continue to the north to Garhwal. Trek the Himalayas to Kedarnath [...]

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Discover Peru with Amazon Cruise (16 Days)


(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)


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)


Departures March-May, September, October 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 arranged keeping in mind that the tour is adventurous and [...]

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Explore Lo Manthang


Explore Lo Manthang (6 days/5 nights) Lo Manthang is located in the Mustang region, a desert plateau at 12,400 Ft. Dry, desolate and windy, it is a paradise like no other on earth. Mustang was off limits to foreigners until 1964 when French anthropologist and author, Michel Peissel, was granted a one-time permit into the [...]

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Highlights of Italy (10 days)


We Do More Than Asia (Departure September – November & February – May) 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 religious history [...]

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World Heritage Ecuador ( 10 days)


A cultural tour of Ecuador (Departures Sep, Oct & Nov) Geographically Ecuador is a small country yet uniquely endowed with a dramatic topography and a variety of climatic zones, vegetation, birds and wildlife. Without ever leaving the country, the traveller can move in a matter of hours from jungle-rainforest to the high slopes of the [...]

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Walk Western Bhutan (12 days)

Haa Valley

In 2002 the Haa Valley, also known as the “Hidden-Land Rice Valley”, was opened to foreign tourism. On this tour you explore this steep north-south valley with a narrow floor where contrary to its name only some rice is grown the main crops being wheat and barley. Visit off the trodden path temples and rural [...]

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Majestic Kerala (8 days)


(Departures May 1 – September 30) The Arabian Sea and the Malabar Coast of India have conjured up magical tales since early days of civilization. So you can see why a journey to Kerala, the state in which this area lies, is on many traveler’s “not to be missed” list. Discover Cochin’s diverse culture of [...]

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Indonesia Art & Culture (16 days)

Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia.

(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


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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Day Trips: When in Rome


Enjoy having your home base in Rome and still see it all! When in Rome is for those of you who like the continuity of beginning your day and ending your day in the same spot. Rome is a central location from which you can see the sights of ancient history, art, castles, local markets [...]

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Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival – Samois Sur Seine (9 days)


We Do More Than Asia Django Reinhardt was a pioneering jazz guitarist and composer who invented an entirely new style of jazz guitar technique called ‘hot’ jazz guitar that has since become traditional music within the Belgian gypsy culture. The Festival de Jazz Django Reinhardt is a yearly event and is seen amongst the Gypsy [...]

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Family Italy


Family Italy is a trip specially designed for parents with children under 12 who want a vacation which is educational as well as memorable. Children will enjoy the boats rides in Venice and see religious sites such as San Marco. A visit to a glass blowing shop shows the artsy side of Venice. Explore the [...]

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Highlights of Indochina (13 days)


This is a small group tour Discover the diverse wonders of Indochina. On this journey explore three unique countries, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, each more magical than the last. Traverse this emerging region for an authentic Asian experience. You’ll welcome the comfort and convenience of flights between major cities, allowing you extra time to delve [...]

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Gold of Peru (14 days)


Departure June – September Peru is known for the Andes Mountains which run parallel to the Pacific Ocean and define the three regions that describe the country geographically – the costa (coast), the sierra (highlands) which includes the Altiplano plateau and the selva (jungle) with the Amazon Rainforest. Besides its wealth of nature Peru has [...]

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Explore Laos & 4000 Islands


(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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Laos 4000 Islands


(Departures January – November) Little-visited Southern Laos is a hidden treasure, which reveals temples and mountains, the endangered Irrawaddy River Dolphin, as well as the idyllic 4,000 Islands, a great contrast with touring in Luang Prabang and the north. Visit the Bolaven Plateau at an elevation of 4400 feet. The plateau is crossed by several [...]

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Uncover Italy (15 days)


We Do more Than Asia (Departures February – November) 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 Amalfi Coast, Travel to Rome and discover [...]

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Delightful Tuscany


(Departure Tuesday mornings, February – December Delightful Tuscany is a private journey through Tuscany that takes you to small, easily missed villages in the Chianti and Tuscan countryside. You home base at a quaint bed & breakfast near Panzano and are driven on day trips learning about the area’s history, discovering colorful markets, eat the [...]

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Himalayan Three Jewels – Darjeeling, Kalimpong & Sikkim

Rice fields Sikkim

Journey to India’s Eastern Himalayan foothills and explore where some of the world’s finest tea is grown. In Darjeeling see tea plantations rolling down Himalayan foothills and visit a tea factory to learn how the tea leaves are processed. Visit Chakpori and learn about Tibetan medicine. Explore the surrounding area on the Toy Train. Journey [...]

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Magical Mongolia

Mongolia horseback rider

The region of Mongolia has been ruled by various nomadic empires throughout the years and is the second largest landlocked country next to Kazakhstan. Its remoteness and history both contribute to its magic and mystery. Mongolia, with the lowest human population density of any country and with one of the highest proportions of land area [...]

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Adventure Thailand

Kayaking Thailand

If it is the thrill of adventure you are wanting, Thailand is your destination. In the city of Bangkok, you can easily take a boat, a cycle or a tuk tuk (motor rickshaw) if you wish to bypass the traditional modes of transit such as a car, bus or taxi. Outside of Bangkok especially in [...]

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Discover the Newars (8 days)

Majipa Lakhey Dance

The Newars, the indigenous inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley, are best known for their fine craftsmanship of metalworking and sculpturing. They are also known for their architecture which you see visiting Patan, the largest Newar town in the Valley. The Newars religion is both Buddhist and Hindu and is reflected in their temples such as [...]

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Journey to Sri Pada

Buddha, Sri Pada, Sri Lanka

Sri Pada, located in central Sri Lanka, is also known as Adam’s Peak and referred to as “butterfly mountain”. Literally meaning “sacred footprint, it is believed to be the footprint of Lord Buddha in Buddhist tradition, Shiva’s in Hindu and Adam’s in Muslim.  The remarkable trait of the mountain is that on a clear morning [...]

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Spirit of Myanmar (8 days)

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Myanmar is special for its rich cultural traditions and its never ending spiritual aspirations.  Located in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, Yangon has an abundance of lush parks, peaceful lakes and historic architecture.  Lying on a plain along the Ayeyarwady River, this ancient city is dotted with thousands of ancient stupas and temples  making [...]

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Discover the Bhutias (12 days)

A little girl and her reflection, Darap village, near Pelling, Sikkim

The Bhutias are the landowners and the aristicrats of Sikkim. Their ancestors migrated from Bhutan through Tibet.  Their culture is very much like Tibetan in that they practice Tibetan Buddhism, momos and noodles  are a large part of their daily diet and the women wear the long dress called Bhaku similar to the Tibetan chuba.  Men [...]

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Discover Tibet (12 days)

Golden Buddha, Tibet

Visiting Tibet is like entering another world. Tucked away in the Himalaya on the world’s highest plateau, it is a country that has held much mystic for years. In fact, some areas in the Northwestern region are so remote that they still remain uninhabited today. For travelers, Tibet is one of the most fascinating destinations [...]

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Discover Black Necked Crane Festival (9 days)

Festival dancers, Bhutan

(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 in November, this “welcome” festival for the [...]

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Cultural Thailand

Hmong Hill Tribe Girls

Vibrant and rich, the culture of Thailand is unlike no other. It’s not surprising since Thailand is the only country in its proximity which has never been colonized. The Thai people are devout Buddhists and there are reminders at every turn in the city of Bangkok adorned with its many golden temples or “wats”. City [...]

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Elephant Explorer Thailand


Asian elephants and their mahouts are a distinct feature of Thailand’s amazing culture as is its wats (temples), longtail boats, klongs (canals), northern hill tribes and white sand islands. Embark upon your adventure with a brief stay in Bangkok before heading to ancient Ayutthaya. Explore Chiang Rai’s unusual temples and handicrafts. Visit “coffee mountain”, a [...]

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Discover Indochina

Hoi An Vietnam fishing

Discover the mysterious countries which make up Indochina. Fertile river plains and paddy fields, interesting temples Hmong villages along with a visit to the Plain of Jars, a megalithic archaeological landscape, give you an insight into Laos. Cyclo through Hanoi’s old quarter, embark on a Halong Bay cruise, visit the Forbidden City, Hue, relax on [...]

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Beats in India


France had its bohemians and America had its Beats. The original Beat Generation, or Beat writers, were a core group of close friends who met in a neighborhood near Columbia University in the mid 1940’s. A San Francisco migration extended their group consciousness. In 1962 Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, two main figures in the [...]

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Family Sri Lanka (Beaches & Safari)

Sri Lanka Masks

The spice island of Sri Lanka, off the southern coast of India, offers some of the prettiest beaches and accessible game parks in this region. A wide array of water sports and easy to explore national parks makes visiting Sri Lanka a family “not to miss” adventure. Begin your holiday in Bentota choosing from water [...]

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Trans Mongolian Adventure w/ Naadam (17 days)


(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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Pilgrimage to Sikkim


Nestled in India’s northeast corner in the foothills of the great Himalayas bordering Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan are the small jewels of Darjeeling and Sikkim. Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples, some of the world’s finest tea and the origin of many legends and religious beliefs make this part of the region mystical and magical and not [...]

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Tibet Experience

Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

(Departures July, August & September) 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 [...]

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Discover Colombia

Colombian national hat

Click here for A Different Perspective Photo Tour to Colombia led by Luz Elena Castro Colombia has changed and now is the time to discover this best kept secret South America. This tour takes you to Bogota, Zipaquira, Villa de Leyva, Medellin and Cartagena. Explore the bustling capital city of Bogota from its views of [...]

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Golden Myanmar

Golden Myanmar Sunset

Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar is known throughout the world as the Golden Land because of its many golden temples which adorn its countryside. Golden Myanmar takes you on an unforgettable journey through this mysterious land rich with culture which lives in its many songs and folktales. It is said that the map of the [...]

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North Ireland Explorer

north Ireland 13th century castle

Explore North Ireland’s treasures on this chauffeur driven tour. See burial grounds older than the pyramids and County Down, home of St. Patrick. Visit Newcastle, nestled under the Mourne mountains. Embark on an Antrim Coast adventure, walking a rope bridge to see the stunning coastline. Visit Bushmills Whiskey Distillery, the world’s oldest distillery. Tour the [...]

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Himalaya Spirit (12 days)


(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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Walk Amalfi Coast: Ravello to Positano


The Amalfi Coast is only an hour’s drive south of Naples but is one of the most spectacular parts of the Mediterranean, with mountains rising dramatically to almost 1500 metres above the prisitne sea. The whitewashed houses of the villages are strung along the coast and seem to have tumbled down the sheer mountainsides to [...]

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Valley of Flowers (16 days)


(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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Discover Egypt (11 days)


Egyptian culture was among the earliest civilizations. Egypt’s capital city, Cairo, is Africa’s largest city and has been known for centuries as a center of learning, culture and commerce. The Greek historian Herodotus wrote “Egypt was the gift of the Nile”. On this privately guided tour you will explore Egypt’s marvels and bear witness to [...]

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


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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