Exotic temples, splendid palaces, incredible wildlife and enticing cuisine, India promises to be a place you’ll never forget. Explore a diverse land that combines the traditional and modern with surprise around every corner. At one side India boasts of the immense Himalayas while on the other it enjoys miles of exotic beaches. Every landscape will inspire and you’ll be welcomed by a culture of fascinating traditions and warm smiles.Explore the great royal cities and palaces of the Raj, the wilds of the Ranthambhore National Park, the deserts and colourful forts of the west; and journey south to historical temples, tropical forests and exotic coastlines. For more adventure still, explore the spiritual lands of Nepal and reveal the treasures of Bhutan and Sri Lanka.India is a shopper’s paradise and is particularly renowned for its arts, craft and textile skills. Beautiful cotton and silks and delicate embroidery can make perfect gifts. India is a world leading tea producer so why not return with some flavours to share with friends.India boasts a colourful calendar of festivals and fairs. Packed with fun and excitement every season brings with it new celebrations. The birthdays of Gods and Goddesses, saints and prophets, historical events and the advent of the New Year are all depicted in vibrant festivities.From squidgy South Indian idlis (fermented rice cakes) to zesty north Indian curries, foodies can look forward to savouring a seductive smorgasbord of specialities. There are regional specialties, and staple ingredients in each state combining to create a diverse cuisine that never becomes boring.
Witness the spectacle of India today
The mysteries and myths of Asia have fascinated Europeans for centuries. The spiritual continent is full of ancient wonders, such as the enormous Buddhas of Thailand and the Forbidden City in Beijing.
Bhutan: The small, landlocked country of Bhutan is blessed where natural beauty is concerned, which you can experience firsthand as you hike picturesque trekking trails in the Himalayas. You’ll find tropical forest to the south, beautiful temples, a colourful folk culture, and friendly people, which all combine to give visitors a travel experience like no other.
: Nepal is home to eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains making it a mecca for avid trekkers and mountain climbers. A rich architectural heritage can also be found here, in addition to the vibrant capital of Kathmandu with its many temples to explore and shops selling souvenir-worthy handmade local goods like beautiful cashmere wraps and scarves.
: Sri Lanka is somewhat of an undiscovered gem, with travellers not yet fully aware of everything it has to offer. Along with a rich history and friendly people, there are golden beaches stretched out along 1,330 km of coastline, an abundance of wildlife, 15 national parks, lush forests, 350 waterfalls, and some of the most flavourful food you’ll ever eat.China: China is one of the world’s oldest civilisations, with 5,000 years of history and culture under its belt. Its great sights are famous the world over and include the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Terracotta Warriors
: Japan is unrivalled when it comes to technology and commerce, yet the tradition of its long history is apparent in all aspects of everyday life.
: For a mix of incredible natural beauty, exotic wildlife and vibrant cities, look no further than Thailand.
: Ancient sites of worship and a lake of floating villages are just some of the things you’ll see and explore when you come with us to Cambodia.Vietnam: Visit Vietnam’s ancient pagodas and vibrant cities, admire dazzling white beaches and emerald-green paddy fields, as well as dine in the former residence of an American ambassador.
Experience the fantastic Far East
Don a snorkel and swim among the sea life around the Great Barrier Reef, feed kangaroos in a nature reserve, witness the thunderous spray of blowholes in Paparoa. And sail around Milford Sound, one of the most spectacular fjords in the world.
Despite being almost as big as the USA, Australia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Energetic, beachside cities, where most of the population lives, contrast with seemingly limitless expanses of arid wilderness full of unusual geological features, and rainforests teeming with wildlife.
The Rotorua district is a marvellous place to get a sense of New Zealand’s North Island.
Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where we’ll show you the flora and fauna that populates this unique environment. Te Puia is the country’s Māori cultural centre, and it’s here you can see the fearsome Pohutu Geyser and more than 500 other geothermal marvels. Our Māori Local Specialist will talk to you about the customs of this proud race and you’ll witness the techniques of traditional Māori woodcarvers.
Punakaiki is a delightful resort town on the west coast, caressed by the Tasman Sea. Nearby is Paparoa National Park, renowned for its spectacular blowholes and Pancake Rocks – where you can experience the primal power of nature.
50 miles down the coast is Hokitika, a beautiful little town where pounamu – or greenstone – is prominent. Here, we’ll take you to a workshop for a demonstration of how jewelry is created from this highly-valued gemstone, a Māori symbol of beauty and strength.
Or if you take our trip which visits Fairlie in Canterbury, you’ll be welcomed into a farmhouse by your hosts Angie and Stan. Learn how rural life operates in this part of the world and enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch in their 600-acre garden.
With lush rainforest, palm-lined beaches and its own heart-shaped island, Fiji is paradise. You can’t wander far without hearing its warm locals cry the word bula! – the Fijian greeting for hello, happiness, good health or life. Nor is it hard to miss the powdery white sands of its seven beautiful islands.
Take a trip down under
In relaxing Panama, beyond its world-famous man-made canal, lies dizzying rainforest – where turtles, iguanas, possums and pumas vie for your attention. And if you really want to experience some of the world’s most exotic wildlife, Costa Rica is home to half a million species.Join us in this prime ecotourism destination, where you can fly through the rainforest on a zip wire one minute, and meet farmers and chocolatiers the next. Mexico’s natural landscape is shaped by ancient civilizations and is a land of fascinating Mayan ruins, and it is also home to a super-ravine four times larger than the Grand Canyon. You’ll find the Mexico’s exuberant people a privilege to meet – whether you learn about natural remedies from a medicine woman, or help a restaurant owner to make traditional Mayan dishes.
Despite its small size, Costa Rica is home to nearly half a million species, making it one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. It has a richly varied landscape of mountains, volcanoes, tropical forests and idyllic black and white sanded beaches.
From ancient civilizations like the Aztecs and the Mayans to extraordinary architecture, nature reserves and beautiful beaches, Mexico is colorful in every sense of the word.
Panama: A world-famous canal, a widely acclaimed variety of coffee, a rainforest you’ll explore from within and from above and a top equine stud farm – in Panama you’ll experience all these things and more.
The colliding cultures of its indigenous people and its Spanish colonisers have given South America a fascinatingly eclectic man-made landscape. One of its great cities is a stylish, sprawling modern metropolis, famous across the globe for its carnival and beaches. The other is a mystical complex of 15th century Incan ruins, which was hidden from the outside world for more than three centuries.
Brightly coloured, fun-loving carnival queen Brazil has a wonderfully varied landscape.
Separated by the Andes, Argentina and Chile form the southern portion of South America, but are two very different countries.
Heavily shaped by its history, Peru is most famous for its lost Incan city, Machu Picchu. Ecuador is one of the world’s most biodiverse nations, so we’ll take you to stay in the middle of a 5,000-acre ecological reserve.
Travel deep with South America with us