Japan’s Golden Route

The Golden Route showcases the very best of Japan, combining the fascinating and disparate cities of Tokyo and Kyoto with the beautiful countryside of Hakone National Park near Mount Fuji.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport, you will be met at the arrival exit point by your driver who will take you to your accommodation in a shared shuttle.

Hotel: Shiba Park Hotel or similar, 3 nights

Day 2: Tokyo

After breakfast, spend the day exploring the highlights of Tokyo. Go by the National Diet Building, Imperial Palace and visit Tsukiji Outer Market, the world’s largest wholesale fish and seafood market with around 400 fish markets, greengrocers and restaurants. Afterwards, drive by Kabukiza Theatre along the way to Tokyo Skytree Town where you can explore Japan’s tallest structure freely (admission fee to Tokyo Skytree observation decks not included). From there, head to the old downtown area of Asakusa for Senso-ji Temple,Tokyo’s oldest temple, and Nakamise Shopping Street. After lunch at a local restaurant, board the Tokyo Bay Cruise. After the cruise, you will then visit Zojo-ji Temple, known for its ties to the Tokugawa Shoguns family. Enjoy taking photos of this temple with Tokyo Tower in the background before visiting Odaiba. While in Odaiba, you will be able to take photos of the beautiful rainbow bridge. Finally, before the tour concludes at Shinjuku St, you will drive by Shibuya, seeing the famed Hachiko dog statue and conjested scramble crossing.

Day 3: Tokyo

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then spend a full free day at your leisure in Tokyo.

Day 4: Tokyo – Mt.Fuji – Hakone

After breakfast, pack a small overnight bag as your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to your hotel in Kyoto. Travel by coach up to 2,300 metres on Japan’s highest mountain, Mt. Fuji, to see a spectacular view. After lunch at a local restaurant, next is a sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashi. The view of Mt. Fuji in the background from Lake Ashi is iconic in Hakone. Lastly, take a ride on Mt. Komagatake Ropeway to the peak of Mt. Komagatake for a stunning panoramic view of Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji. After the tour, transfer from Hakone-en to your accommodation in Hakone.

Hotel: Hakone Pax Yoshino or similar

Day 5: Hakone – Kyoto

Have breakfast at your ryokan and then make your own way from Hakone to Odawara Station to board the Bullet Train bound for Kyoto. Upon arrival at Kyoto Station, make your own way to your accommodation. In the afternoon, spend some free time at your leisure.

Hotel: Hotel Intergate Kyoto Shijo Shinmachi or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Kyoto

Following breakfast, tour the main attractions of Kyoto. Visit Nijo Castle, with its impressive massive stone walls and elaborate gates, and Kinkaku-ji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion. Stop by Kyoto Imperial Palace, renowned as the pinnacle for its simplicity of Japanese architecture. The afternoon is free at your leisure.

Day 7: Depart Kyoto

Have breakfast at your hotel and spend part of the day exploring Kyoto at your own leisure until it is time to depart to Kansai Airport via shared taxi. Pick up time is about 4 hours prior to the flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin Share FromSolo Traveller From
Departs daily from Tokyo:From $2,149.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Rail:Bullet Train Ticket: Odawara - Kyoto
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide:English speaking guide included on day tours only
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Kyushu Explorer

Experience a guided tour through Japan like no other! Travel with your English speaking guide south, through some of the most beautiful parts of Japan visiting; Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Beppu. Immerse yourself into another side of Japan that you have never seen before!!!

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Fukuoka

Fly into Fukuoka Airport where you will be met at the airport by your shared shuttle driver.

Hotel: Hakata Green Hotel 1 or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Fukuoka

Experience a full sightseeing day of Hakata. Visit Ohori Park, one of the most beautiful parks incorporating water in Japan. Continue to Fukuoka castle ruins, which was the largest castle in Kyushu in the Edo period. After the ruins, visit Fukuoka Tower, the tallest seaside tower in Japan at 234 metres high. From there, go to Marizon, a waterfront terrace thrusting out into Hakata Bay. Tour duration is approx. 5 hours.

Day 3: Fukuoka – Nagasaki

After breakfast at your hotel, catch the Express Train to Nagasaki where you will enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Gunkan-jima, an old abandoned island off the coast of Nagasaki. At 13:00, depart from Nagasaki Port Terminal. Spend the afternoon exploring the abandoned island and discover what it was like when the Coral Mining Industry boomed in Japan. On your return, spend the afternoon at your leisure strolling the beautiful streets of Nagasaki.

Hotel: New Nagasaki or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Nagasaki

Day 4 can be spent at your own leisure, alternatively, you may like to add one of our day tours that leaves Nagasaki.

Day 5: Nagasaki – Kumamoto

After breakfast, you will transfer from your accommodation to the beautiful Kumamoto City. Once you have arrived and are checked-in to your accommodation, spend the rest of your day at your leisure. You may wish to explore the fascinating Kumamoto Castle.

Hotel: ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kumamoto Newsky or similar

Day 6: Kumamoto – Kagoshima

After breakfast you will be transfer to Kagoshima. This day is free to spend at your own pace. Once arrived in Kagoshima, take it easy and stroll through the streets.

Hotel: JR Kyushu Hotel Kagoshima or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Kagoshima

At 9:20 / 13:30 Meet guide at Kagoshima Chuo Station or Tenmonkan Station. Then, proceed to Shiroyama Observatory and Sakurajima Yunohira Observatory, closest point to the volcanic vent of Sakurajima. Also visit Sengainen, a Japanese-style landscape garden along the coast, to the north of downtown. As the tour concludes, head back to your hotel and spend the evening at your own leisure.

Day 8: Kagoshima – Miyazaki

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Kagoshima St and continue on to Miyazaki. Once arrived in Miyazaki, spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Aoshima, a small island just off the coast of Miyazaki with pristine white sand beaches lining a densely jungled island. In the heart of this island is a beautiful shrine, Aoshima Jinja.

Hotel: Hotel Sky Tower Miyazaki or similar , 2 nights

Day 9: Miyazaki

Following breakfast, enjoy a private taxi tour from Miyzaki through the city of Hyuga to visit the beautiful Takachiho Shrine and Gorge, Amanoiwato Shrine and finally Amanoyasugawara Cave. These stunning landmarks are less travelled by tourists and display the natural beauty of Japan. Afterwards, transfer back to your hotel in Miyazaki to spend the evening at your leisure.

Day 10: Miyazaki – Beppu

After breakfast, you will leave Miyazaki St at 08:00 and travel north to Beppu. Once arrived, start the Beppu Sightseeing Tour where you will visit Beppu’s famous onsens Umijigoku and Kamadojigoku. As the tour concludes, head to your Ryokan for a relaxing night. Enjoy rejuvenating in the Ryokans Onsens (hot springs) and a delicious dinner, made from locally harvested produce.

Day 11: Beppu – Fukuoka

After breakfast at your hotel, catch the Express Train to Nagasaki where you will enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Gunkan-jima, an old abandoned island off the coast of Nagasaki. At 13:00, depart from Nagasaki Port Terminal. Spend the afternoon exploring the abandoned island and discover what it was like when the Coral Mining Industry boomed in Japan. On your return, spend the afternoon at your leisure strolling the beautiful streets of Nagasaki

Hotel: Hakata Green Hotel 1 or similar

Day 12: Depar Fukuoka

Spend part of the day in Fukuoka at your own leisure until it is time to depart to Fukuoka airport by shared shuttle

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Daily from Fukuoka:From $3,199.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle while touring
Rail:Japan National Rail Pass 7 Days (Days 5-11)
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide:English speaking guide throughout
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Hokuriku Golden Arch

Experience travelling throughout the scenic Hokuriku Area visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Castles and the famous Snow Monkeys of Nagano. Explore Japan like never before with the Hokuriku Golden Arch Tour.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Narita Airport – Tokyo

Welcome to Japan! For your convenience, after arriving, you’ll be met at Narita Airport by an assistant holding a nameboard. You will then transfer via shared shuttle service to your accommodation.

Hotel: Shiba Park Hotel or similar

Day 2: Tokyo – Nagano

After breakfast, use your JR Hokuriku Arch Pass to transfer to Nagano where you will begin a two-day tour starting in Nagano. This tour will begin at JR Nagano station, taking you to see the famous Snow Monkeys that bathe in the natural hot springs in Jigokudani Park. The tour continues with lunch at a nearby restaurant before heading to Zenko-ji Temple, one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Japan. Your guide will take you through the temples complex – explaining its legends and myths – before leading you through a guided sake tasting experience. After indulging in some of Nagano’s sake, you will be dropped-off at your hotel.

Hotel: Metropolitan Nagano or similar

Day 3: Nagano – Matsumoto – Takayama

After an early breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transported to Matsumoto to see its iconic 400-year-old castle. You will be free to explore the castle until it is time for your tour of the Miso Factory. Learn the process of making Miso and the many products made from it. After your tour, enjoy lunch at the Factory. From Matsumoto, you will head towards the Edo like town of Takayama, and the mountain ranges of the Northern Alps. Once arrived in Takayama, your two day tour concludes, and you are free to spend your afternoon and night at your leisure.

Hotel: Hida Hotel Plaza or simila, 2 nights

Day 4: Takayama

Following breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be guided along a Food & Culture Walk through Takayama. This culinary tour will introduce you to the rich culture and history of Takayama. Along the way, meet some of the local food heroes found throughout the many authentic and traditional shops. This morning tour visits: Harada Sake Brewery, Miyakawa Morning Markets, Koji-ya and coffeehouse. Following this tour, you will have two hours until an afternoon cycling tour led by a trained and experienced guide. This tour will take you away from the tourist spots, visiting natural havens and local markets. You will come away from this tour with a full stomach and fascinating stories to share with family and friends.

Day 5: Takayama – Toyama

Have breakfast at your hotel before the Gokayama Ainokura and Shirakawago Sightseeing Bus Tour. Stroll around the Ainokura Village in the World Heritage site Gokayama. Enjoy lunch at Shirakawago with its panoramic views. While in Shirakawago, see over 100 thatched roof houses surrounded by breathtaking scenery. As the tour concludes, transfer from Shirakawago to Toyama via the Nohi Bus service.

Hotel: Hotel Grand Terrace Toyama or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Toyama

Your luggage will be forwarded ahead to your Day 7 Hotel, so prepare an overnight bag for your last night’s stay in Toyama. After breakfast at the Hotel, join a half day tour of Toyama. Start with a sushi lunch with delicious raw fish, then visit Toyama Castle where you will be guided through the castle and a Tea House by an English-speaking Tea Ceremony Instructor. After being taken through the Tea House, continue with a short Tea Ceremony led by your Instructor. After the tour, head back to your hotel and spend the afternoon and night at your leisure.

Day 7: Toyama – Fukui – Osaka

After breakfast, take the train from Toyama to Fukui Station and spend the day at your leisure exploring Fukui before heading to Osaka. Upon arrival at Fukui Station, purchase a ticket for the Eihei-ji Liner Bus to Eihei-ji Temple, ‘The Temple of Eternal Peace’. One of the two head temples of Soto Zen, it is located deep in the mountains near the northwest coast of Japan. This temple was founded by Zen Master Dōgen in 1244. He was offered land and other help for this by Yoshishige Hatano, a samurai who was one of his most devoted lay followers. Dōgen thus founded Eihei-ji, where he devoted himself to training his followers in the perfection of Zen practice. Dōgen Zenji’s authentic Zen has been scrupulously observed and passed down by his successors. Today, more than 100 monks devote themselves to his practice of shikantaza (single-minded sitting). Head back to Fukui Station by the Eihei-ji Liner Bus and use your Hokuriku Arch Pass to head to Osaka.

Hotel: Hotel Vischio Osaka or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Osaka

Spend the day at your leisure until the afternoon when you will participate in an Evening Street Food Tour of Osaka’s Shinsekai. Walk around the bustling Shinsekai and explore the downtown streets with an English-speaking guide. Listen to the stories from the guide and try 10 or more local foods and a drink.

Day 9: Osaka – Kansai Airport

After breakfast, spend the day at your leisure until it is time to make your own way to the airport via airport train for your departure from Japan. Sayonara!

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Daily from Tokyo:From $3,699.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Transport:Airport Transfer & air-conditioned vehicles while touring
Rail:7 Day Hokuriku Arch Rail Pass
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide:English Speaking guide included on day tours only
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Treasures of Japan

Explore the Treasures of Japan on this 14 day tour. Participate in a traditional tea ceremony, Relax in a hot spring in Hakone, Step back in time and visit a traditional thatched roof village,  Sake tasting at the Sake brewery in Fushim and much more.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport, take a shared shuttle to your accommodation.

Hotel: Shiba Park Hotel or similar, 3 nights

Day 2: Tokyo

After breakfast, start the Dynamic Tokyo Tour by firstly visiting Tokyo Tower. Then, join in a traditional Tea Ceremony followed by a Japanese-style lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, proceed to the Imperial Palace Gardens and take the Sumida River Cruise and see Azuma-bashi Bridge. Finally, head to the old downtown area of Asakusa to see Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street.

Day 3: Tokyo

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a full free day in Tokyo at your leisure.

Day 4: Tokyo – Mt, Fuji – Hakone

After breakfast, your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to your hotel in Kyoto. Be sure to pack a bag for your stays before Kyoto. Travel by coach up to 2,300 metres on Japan’s highest mountain, Mt. Fuji, and soak up the spectacular view. After lunch at a local restaurant, take a sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashi and ride the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway. After the tour, transfer from Hakone-en to your accommodation.

Hotel: Hakone Pax Yoshino or similar

Day 5: Hakone – Takayama

Depart your ryokan after breakfast, then head to Odawara to catch the Bullet Train to Nagoya. From Nagoya, take the limited express train to Takayama. After your arrival in Takayama, the rest of the day can be spent at your leisure.

Hotel: Hida Hotel Plaza or similar

Day 6: Takayama – Shirakawa-go – Kanazawa

Following breakfast, join the Takayama Shirakawa-go 1 Day Tour, visiting the famous markets of Takayama before proceeding to the World Heritage village of Shirakawa-go. Step back in time as you explore the traditional thatched roof houses of the Wada Residence. After lunch, continue by bus to Kanazawa.

Hotel: Hotel Intergate Kanazawa or similar

Day 7: Kanazawa – Kyoto

After breakfast, head to Kaikaro Teahouse for a relaxing day tour where you will try authentic green tea and gold leaf garnished Japanese sweets. In the afternoon, board the limited express train from Kanazawa to Kyoto and make your own way to your accommodation.

Hotel: Intergate Kyoto Shijo Shinmachi or similar, 5 nights

Day 8: Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto

Following breakfast, tour the sites of Kyoto, visiting the Kinkaku-ji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace. After lunch, travel to Nara to visit Todai-ji Temple, home of the Great Buddha and the famous Nara Park, where many tame deer roam freely. Lastly, visit the colourful Kasuga Taisha Shrine with its 3,000 lanterns.

Day 9: Kyoto

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then spend a full day at your leisure in Kyoto.

Day 10: Kyoto

After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of Fushimi, visiting Gekkeikan Sake Museum to enjoy Sake tasting. (Note: In Japan, drinking of alcohol by persons under the age of 20 is prohibited. Whilst participants under the age of 20 may join this tour, they will be served non-alcoholic beverages.)Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famous for the walkway of 1,000 orange Torii gates. The afternoon is free to spend at your leisure.

Day 11: Kyoto – Hirsohima – Kyoto

After breakfast, catch the Bullet Train from Kyoto to Hiroshima, where you will meet your guide. Your guide will show you the highlights of Hiroshima including Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum and the legendary Atomic Bomb Dome. As the tour concludes, take the Bullet Train.

Day 12: Kyoto – Osaka

After breakfast, make your own way to Osaka by train.

Hotel: Osaka Fujiya Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 13: Osaka

Enjoy breakfast, followed by a full day at your leisure in Osaka. Alternatively, you may like to add one of the many available day tours in Osaka.

Day 14: Osaka – Kansai Airport

Following breakfast, spend part of the day in Osaka at your leisure until it is time to depart to Kansai Airport via train.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Tuesday & Saturday from Tokyo (except peak season):From $3,999.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Rail:Japan National Rail Pass 7 Days (Day 5-11)
One way Kansai Airport train ticket
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide:English speaking guide included on day tours only
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Nadaam Festival

Held each year from 11-13 July the Naadam Festival is Mongolia’s most famous, interesting festival and a national holiday. Attracting worldwide attention, its origin dates back to the great warriors’ period or the great Chinggis Khaan’s of the 13th century. Naadam means “Festival or feast of sports”. The festival is locally termed “Eriin Gurvan Naadam” meaning “Three manly sports”.  These three sports are: Horse racing, wrestling and archery. On this tour explore cultural heritage sites, see varied landscapes and learn traditional nomadic culture. Truly a photographer’s delight!

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome Ulaanbaatar

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar the capital city of Mongolia. Welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Some time for refreshments and relaxing then this evening you will enjoy a Traditional Art performance with Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Khustai National Park

This morning we travel to Khustai National Park for 2 hours, about 100kms. After a brief presentation at the Information Center, we will explore the reservation area and look for wild horses – Takhi, better known as Przjevalski horses.

Day 3: Kharakhorum

Travel to Kharakhorum about an hour for 270kms. Visit the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist monastery Erdenezuu, built on the ruins of ancient capital city of the Great Mongolian Empire.

Day 4: Kharakhoruml

For these days, you will enjoy and experience the local Naadam Festival and its wonderful atmosphere of celebration with nomads. The Naadam Festival, celebrated each summer, originated many centuries ago as a test of courage, strength, daring, horsemanship, marksmanship, all skills necessary for nomadic people and warriors. Three manly sports of Mongols: wrestling, horseracing and archery competition make up the core program of the Naadam Festival. The Naadam festival will be opened officially by the governor of the area and will continue according to the scheduled plan of events. We will visit cultural sites around Kharakhorum and local historical museum. Enjoy traditional art performance. For dinner, we will have special dinner of “Khorkhog”, truly Mongolian barbeque, grilled with hot stones.

Day 5: Tsenkher Hot Springs

This morning continue to enjoy the events according to the schedule. Late afternoon continue to Tsenkher hot spring for 120kms. The area is famous for its natural hot springs which reach +86.5 degree Celsius and its surrounding green forest area. Enjoy a hot spring bath!

Day 6: Tsenkher Hot Springs

Today we will take a short hike for 2-3 hours of neighboring forest mountain. In the afternoon we visit a yak herder nomad family and enjoy traditional hospitality. This evening take a hot spring bath.

Day 7: Orkhon Valley

Travel to Tuvkhun temple for 70kms. Located high in the mountain it marks the north side of the Orkhon valley. We will walk to Tuvkhun temple for 6kms and visit the site where the first Mongolian religious leader Saint Zanabazar founded in 1653. Here he lived, worked and meditated for over 30 years. Continue travel to Ger camp for 60kms. The Orkhon valley is well known as the cradle of Mongolian civilization as many of Mongolia’s ancient cultural heritages are found within its borders.

Day 8: Khognokhaan Nature Reserve

Travel to Khognokhaan Nature Reserve for 120km. The area has been protected since 1997 and covers 46900ha of beautiful granite mountain of Paleozoic age. Visit Erdenekhamba, a local Buddhist temple. Optional camel riding is available in the afternoon.

Day 9: Ulaanbaatar

Travel for 280kms to Ulaanbaatar about 5hours. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. Some shopping for cashmere and souvenirs before your Farewell Dinner.

Day 10: Depart Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast at leisure until transfer to airport for your departure flight.

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Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Minibus, 4WD Japanese Minivan.
Accommodation: 2 nights in Hotels & 7 nights Ger Camp Stay
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Treasures of Mongolia

Travel through the legendary Gobi desert exploring cultural heritage sites and experience the Khongor singing sand dunes. Then see where dinosaurs once roamed before moving to the green steppes of the Orkhon valley. Here be immersed in nomadic culture and lifestyle as we meet with the locals. Taste traditional dishes, play Mongolian games, see Takhi – wild horses. This program is truly a treasure trove of Mongolian culture and tradition.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Ulaanbaatar

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar the capital city of Mongolia. Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon we will visit the National Museum and Central Square. Evening enjoy a Traditional art performance and Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Yol Valley

Morning transfer to airport for your domestic flight to Dalanzadgad town, the center of South Gobi province. Arrival and meet by your driver then travel to Yol valley (Lammergeier’s Gorge) about 45kms. This picturesque place is nestled between the beautiful peaks of the Gurvan Saikhan Mountain, shelters rich wildlife. Visit Gobi museum and hike along the valley for 2-3hours.

Day 3: Khongor Sand Dunes

Travel to Khongor sand dunes for 180kms. Known as the Singing sand dunes, the Khongor dunes are up to 300ms high, 15kms wide, and 180kms long. Enjoy climbing Golden sand dunes. The view is incredible from the top of the dunes.

Day 4: Khongor Sand Dunes

Today we will visit a nomad family and have a chance to see nomadic life in the Gobi. You can taste traditional dairy products as made of camel cows’ milk. Enjoy camel riding for an hour then move back to Ger Camp.

Day 5: Bayanzag

Continue to Bayanzag for 170kms. Here we will see saxaul forest in the Gobi desert and red flaming cliffs, which were formed by the erosion of the sand and rock over many thousands of years. This is the place where dinosaurs once lived 70 million years ago and is internationally famous for its dinosaur remains of complete skeletons, eggs and hatchlings of the Cretaceous Period.

Day 6: Ongi

This morning travel to Ongi temple ruin for 140kms. This afternoon we explore the area where ruins of ancient temples are situated. Visit a small local temple and meet with monks.

Day 7: Orkhon Valley

Drive to Orkhon valley for 5-6 hours, about 240kms. We leave the Gobi behind and enter to the forest mountain and steppe zone. Finally reaching your Ger camp in Orkhon valley.

Day 8: Kharakhorum

Travel for 100kms to Kharakhorum, the ancient capital of the Great Mongolian Empire where Chinggis Khaan established his headquarters in 1220. We will visit Erdenezuu monastery, the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist temple complex built on the remains of 16thcentury Kharakhorum city. Then we visit a local historical museum and cultural heritage sites around the town.

Day 9: Gurvanbulag

Continue travel to community based Ger camp at Gurvanbulag county of Bulgan province for 100kms. Here we have an opportunity to learn and experience more in-depth about nomadic lifestyle and culture. Visit a nomad family and enjoy their hospitality. Taste traditional dishes and play Mongolian games. Enjoy the horsemen show how the nomads train untamed horses.

Day 10: Khustai National Park

Travel to Khustai National Park for 200kms. On the way, visit Khar Bukhiin Balgas, the remains of an ancient fortress of nomad tribes dated back to 10th century. Continue our drive to Khustai National Park. Visit the Information Center for an introductory presentation. Travel in the park to see the Takhi wild horses in their natural wilderness environment.

Day 11: Ulaanbaatar

Today we will travel for 100kms to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. There will be time for guided shopping, cashmere and souvenirs. This evening enjoy your Farewell Dinner.

Day 12: Depart Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast at leisure until transfer to airport for your departure flight.

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Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Minibus, 4WD Japanese Minivan
Flight:Flight Ticket: Ulaanbaatar - Dalanzadgad
Accommodation: 2 nights in Hotels & 9 nights Ger Camp Stay
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Silk Road – On the Trail of Nomad Herders

Ride camels over sand dunes, trek through beautiful green valleys to the nomads. Learn to tame wild Prezawalski horses, before actually riding with the locals. Trek through Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature reserve, include Orkhon valley and even Khustai National Park and its wild horses. Also trek in the Khustai National Park. An amazing “soft adventure”.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia then transfer to your hotel. After a refreshment break, start a sightseeing tour to visit the Central Square of Ulaanbaatar and National Museum. Enjoy a traditional art performance and Welcome dinner.

Day 2: Khognokhaan

This morning travel approx. 280kms to Khognokhaan mountain Nature reserve. Afternoon arrival and meet with your local guide who is a camel breeder. You are welcomed and invited to his Ger/Yurt for offering of nomadic drinks and dairy products. This is followed by a brief instruction for riding Mongolian two humped Bactrian camels. You will get acquainted with the camels and tacks. Enjoy 2hours warm up ride in the valley through the natural trail along the mountain.

Day 3: Khognokhaan

After a hearty breakfast, pack up and continue the camel trek. Enjoy a day camel riding for about 5-6hours along the sand dunes and mountain valleys for 25-28kms. This evening our camel men and camels will leave the camp and go back to Khognokhan mountain. Tonight we marvel at the night stars.

Day 4: Gurvanbulag

Today continue your trekking adventure on foot to the nomad community in the valley of Gurvanbulag county. Here the landscape is incredibly beautiful with rolling steppe surrounded by sand dunes and rocky mountains. The trek will take about 3-4hours for 15-18kms. Afternoon arrival at a community based Ger camp where we take a rest and refreshments. Evening enjoy and practice traditional games and archery. For dinner, you will have “Khorkhog”, which is a real Mongolian barbeque with meat and vegetables grilled with hot stones then singing and dancing around a bonfire.

Day 5: Kharakhorum

This morning you will have an opportunity to visit a nomad family and learn more in depth about the nomad lifestyle. Then enjoy a demonstration by horsemen to realize how Mongolian skillful cowboys catch horses by “uurga” – traditional wooden lasso and training an untamed horse that has never been ridden before. Attend a brief instruction on riding Mongolian horses, enjoy horseback riding for 1 hour. Afternoon we will continue travelling about 95kms to Kharakhorum. This city was founded in 1220 by the third son of Chinggis Khaan and destroyed in the 14th century. Later it rebuilt as a first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. We will visit the Buddhist temple complex of Erdene Zuu and Historical museum.

Day 6: Orkhon Valley

This morning we travel to Orkhon valley for 120kms. On the way, we will see Orkhon waterfall which was formed by a combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes some 20000 years ago. It cascades down from a height 27 meters. The Orkhon River is the longest in Mongolia and begins at the state worshipped mountain of Suvraga Khairkhan in the Khangai mountain range. Continue your drive to Tsagaannuur valley for 15-20kms. In the afternoon meet with your local assistants for trekking. They will take care our luggage, camping equipment and food provisions for transporting by pack yaks. No vehicle will be supporting our trip for next four days. Then trek about 3hours until arriving at the campsite nearby to Khurdet Mountain.

Day 7: Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature Reserve – Khukh Davaa Valley

After another hearty breakfast in the morning, we will trek through the Khuisiin Naiman nuur area for 18kms. Trek to the Amgalan mountain pass then continue through the Tsagaan Azarga valley. On the way, we will cross the river with our horses. Camp nearby Khukh Davaa.

Day 8: Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature Reserve – Shireet Tsagaan Lake

Today we will be trekking to Shireet Tsagaan Lake for 15-16km. Shireet Tsagaan is the largest lake of Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature reserve. Tonight camp north side of the lake.

Day 9: Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature Reserve – Shuranga Rock

Today we will trek for 12kms around the lake and surrounding area. Cross over the Shireet mountain pass then meet with our drivers. After packing up our luggage onto vehicles, we move for 10kms to a community camp. Arrive at the community camp and enjoy a rest.

Day 10: Khujirt

Travel for 280kms to our next destination in Orkhon valley where we stay at eco Ger camp nearby to Khujirt resort. On the way, we will pass the center of Uyanga and Zuunbayan counties. Late afternoon rest then take a short hike.

Day 11: Khustai National Park

This morning we drive for 310kms to Khustai National Park which covers about a 50,620 sq km area for the preservation of wild horses (known as the Prezawalski horse) and other wild animals, pray birds and rich flora of the steppe zone. Visit the Information Center for an introductory presentation of the National Park.

Day 12: Khustai National Park

Today you will enjoy a full day trekking at the park, along the valley and cross over hills and forested mountain. You have plenty of opportunities to encounter wild horses and other animals such as herds of deer and marmots. At the end of your trek you will be taken by car to Ungut, a cultural site with ancient statues.

Day 13: Ulaanbaatar

In the morning, we will travel for 100kms to Ulaanbaatar. Later afternoon we will visit Zanabazar’s Fine Art museum, shop for souvenirs and cashmere. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Day 14: Depart Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast at leisure until transfer to airport for your departure flight.

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Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Minibus, 4WD Japanese Minivan
Accommodation: 2 nights in Hotels, 2 nights in Tents, 7 nights Ger Camp Stay
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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Nomadic Impressions

This program concentrates on meeting with nomads and learning their nomadic lifestyle as well as exploring local heritage sites. Enjoy the varied landscapes and wildlife. There is opportunity to ride camels over sand dunes, horses and even a yak.

Travel to Ugii Lake, then visit a nomad family and enjoy their unique traditional hospitality. You can interact with the nomad people, Enjoy their hospitality and taste unconventional, home-made dairy products.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Ulaanbaatar

Met on arrival at Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, then transferred to your hotel. At leisure to rest, freshen up and relax. This evening enjoy a traditional art performance and a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar

Today we take a city sightseeing tour including a visit to the Gandan Monastery, the centre of Mongolian Buddhists where you can see the statue of the biggest standing Buddha in Mongolia. We also experience a ritual by the monks. Then move to the Central Square and National Museum. This evening enjoy an optional visit to the Ulaanbaatar Opera House. If an opera or ballet is scheduled during the time you are visiting Ulaanbaatar, don’t miss a good opportunity of being introduced to Mongolian classic arts. The scheduled performance is to be checked, according to the date of travel.

Day 3: Khustai National Park

This morning we travel to Khustai National Park for 2hours, about 100kms. After a brief presentation at the Information Center, we explore the reservation area and look for wild horses – Takhi, better known as Przjevalski horses.

Day 4: Khustai National Park

Day to learn more about the wildlife of the Mongolian steppe. Enjoy about 3hours walk along the mountain valley to hilly terrain and encounter wild deer, gazelles, marmots and pray birds. The Khustai National Park covers 50620ha reserve area to protect not only wild horses, also many species of wild animals and birds. After a open air picnic lunch move to Ungut, a cultural heritage site where you can see statues of ancient nomad tribes.

Day 5: Khognokhaan Nature Reserve

Travel for 200kms to Khognokhaan Nature reserve. Check-in at the Ger camp then this afternoon we visit a camel breeder nomad family. Enjoy an hour of camel riding through the sand dunes of the Gobi landscape.

Day 6: Kharakhorum

Travel to Kharakhorum about an hour for 90kms. Visit the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist monastery Erdenezuu, built on the ruins of ancient capital city of Great Mongolian Empire. Explore interesting cultural sites around Kharakhorum. Visit local historical museum and marketplace.

Day 7: Orkhon Valley

Travel to Ulaan Tsutgalan for 130kms, known as Orkhon Waterfall it lies in the historically significant Orkhon Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The waterfall was formed by a combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes some 20000 years ago and cascades down from a height 27 meters. Visit a yak breeder nomad family and enjoy yak back riding.

Day 8: Tsenkher Hot Springs

Continue your trip to Tsenkher hot springs for 120kms. The hot springs with water at +86.5 degree Celsius is very popular in the area. Afternoon we take a short hike to forest mountain. In the evening enjoy taking a hot spring bath.

Day 9: Ugii Lake

Travel to Ugii Lake for 140kms, drive about 3.5hours. The fresh water lake has a surface area of 25000ha and is abundant with water birds and fishes. Walk along the lake shore for viewing bird species or enjoy swimming in the lake. Optional boat trip is available.

Day 10: Gurvanbulag

Travel to nomad community in Gurvanbulag county of Bulgan province for 60kms. Arrival and welcomed at the community based Ger camp. Afternoon, visit a nomad family and enjoy their unique traditional hospitality. You can taste unconventional home-made dairy products. Interact with nomad people and get more intimate with their nature hugging lifestyle. Enjoy a lesson on “Shagai”, traditional game which use ankle bones of sheep and goats and play different games by Shagai.

Day 11: Gurvanbulag

Today you will experience more in depth the traditional lifestyle and culture of the nomadic families. Try your hand at milking cows or mares and learn how to process traditional dairy products such as “Aaruul” – dried curds, “Byaslag” – Mongolian cheese. This afternoon we enjoy a short hike to a neighboring mountain for panoramic views over the valley. For dinner, you will have a special meal, “Khorkhog”, which is a real Mongolian barbecue, meat (mutton) and vegetables are grilled with hot stones.

Day 12: Gurvanbulag

Today is for learning more about Mongolian horsemanship and the horse based culture of nomads. Visit horse breeder family/fast horse trainer and horseback riding. You will have instruction on riding Mongolian horses, then ride /learn to ride/ through wide open steppe. Afternoon you will enjoy nomad community’s horse show, how nomads catch horses with their handmade “Lasso” and train an untamed horse.

Day 13: Ulaanbaatar

Travel to Ulaanbaatar city for 280kms. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. Time to visit city shops and malls. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Day 14: Depart Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast at leisure until transfer to airport for your departure flight.

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Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Minibus, 4WD Japanese Minivan
Accommodation: 3 nights in Hotels & 10 nights Ger Camp Stay
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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Holy Altai Inspiring Trail

On this adventure of a lifetime we explore the mountainous regions of Western Mongolia. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, discover ancient archeological sites, walk on a glacier and mix with the locals. Climb to the top of Malchin Mountain which rises to 4051m above sea level, then to ancient rock art gallery’s, a UNESCO World heritage site with thousands of petroglyphs spanning the past 8 to 10,000 years. Also learn the unique traditions of ancient Golden Eagle training for hunting.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia then transfer to your hotel. After a refreshment break, start a sightseeing tour to visit Central Square of Ulaanbaatar and the National Museum. Enjoy a traditional art performance and Welcome dinner.

Day 2: Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

In the morning transfer to the airport for a 2 hour flight to Ulgii town, the center of Bayan-Ulgii, the westernmost province of Mongolia. Here meet with your driver and local service team before heading towards Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, today travelling for approx. 100kms

Day 3: Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

This morning continue our drive to Altai Tavan Bogd for another 140kms. On the way we see ancient deer stone statues and archaeological burial sites. After reaching our camping spot nearby to Tuvan ethnic nomads, enjoy a short hike to a neighboring “mountain”. This evening meet with your local assistants who move the entire luggage, camping equipment and food provisions ready for transporting by pack camels, rented from the local people. No vehicle will be supporting our trip for the next seven days.

Day 4: Altai Tavan Bogd National Park – Potanin’s Glacier

After a hearty breakfast, we trek to the Tavan Bogd Holy Mountains. Enjoy extraordinary views of the Mongolian highest mountains and glaciers while trekking about 4-5hours for 16kms of moderate walk through slightly sloping passes. We reach the base camp spot on the edge of the Potaniin glacier (altitude app. 3100m above sea level).

Day 5: Altai Tavan Bogd National Park – Potanin’s Glacier

Today we climb up to the peak of Malchin Mountain, that rises to 4051m above sea level, the lowest peak of Tavan Bogd Mountains. This mountain lies along the borderline of Mongolia and Russia and offers a spectacular view over the Potanin glacier and the snow peaked summits of Altai Mountain Range. Trek back to the base camp.

Day 6: Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain

Trekking for 18kms along the Tsagaan River through stunning valley we reach the Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain, sacred to local people and boasts many herds of wild goats (ibex). Then visit a Tuvan nomad family. Altitude app. 2500m above sea level.

Day 7: Khar Salaa Valley

Trekking today for 20kms along the mountain valley of Khar Salaa. Most interestingly explore deer statues and thousands of petroglyphs spanning the past 8 to 10,000 years, holding the secrets of ancient civilizations of nomadic people. On the way you will also enjoy beautiful small lakes, home to many different species of water birds. Altitude approx. 2450m above sea level.

Day 8: Bear Valley

Trekking to mountain pass Takhilt about 7-8kms. Crossing over the pass will require quite a lot of effort when it is covered with snow. Continue the trek for about 10kms through a beautiful valley called Baavgait (Bear). Altitude app. 3300m above sea level.

Day 9: Small Lakes

Trek for 16-18kms to your next camping spot where you will take in fabulous views of the lakes. Altitude app. 2200m above sea level.

Day 10: Khoton Lake

On the last day of our trek we cover about 25kms, reaching to the most beautiful Lake Khoton. Enjoy a miraculous view of the reflection of surrounding snow peaked mountains in the lake. Here you will be registered at the Border military base of Aral Tolgoi. Altitude app. 2200m above sea level.

Day 11: Khoton Lake

Today we will explore another cultural site with hundreds of petroglyphs. Visit to a Kazakh nomad family to learn more about their lifestyle and unique tradition of Golden Eagle training for hunting. In the afternoon we rest at the campsite while enjoying the breathtaking scenery, you will have an opportunity to learn how to make Mongolian dish and playing traditional game.

Day 12: Ulgii Town

Morning we will say goodbye to our local mountain guide, camp assistants and pack camels. Continue on travel by car to drive about 230kms to Ulgii town.

Day 13: Ulaanbaatar

Transfer to local airport for the flight to Ulaanbaatar. On transfer to your hotel. Time for shopping for souvenirs and cashmere before your Farewell Dinner.

Day 14: Depart Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast at leisure until transfer to airport for your departure flight.

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Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Minibus, 4WD Japanese Minivan
Flight:Flight Ticket: Ulaanbaatar - Ulgii - Ulaanbaatar
Accommodation: 2 nights in Hotels, 10 nights in Tents, 1 night Ger Camp Stay
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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Handpicked Bhutan

This 9 Day Handpicked Bhutan is the ideal trip if you want to experience the natural beauty, history and mystique of Bhutan in style. The exploration comprises guided walks around the Paro Valley, visiting the Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, Drukgyel Dzong and the ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakhang and Thimphu. To further experience Bhutan’s culture and landscape we visit the Phubjikha and Bumthang Valley’s.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Paro – Thimphu

Arrive at the Paro airport and transfer to Thimphu. Once a scattering of hillside hamlets, Thimphu became Bhutan’s capital in 1961 and it remains the only capital city in the world with no traffic lights!

Day 2: Thimphu

After breakfast, you have the option to take a short drive north of town to Buddha Point for meditation, admiring the grand birds eye view of Thimphu Valley and beyond. Afterwards, visti Choki Art and Craft School where you will learn the art of Thanka painting (sacred scroll) under the supervision of an expert master. The art of Thanka painting is passed down from gereration to generation. You will be using natural pigmented soils to paint. After lunch, take a short city tour visiting the Textile Museum. Continue on to the Simplu Bhutan Muesum which depicts ancient Bhutanese architecture.

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha Valley

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bumthang, a beautiful valley in the east of the kingdom.

Day 4: Bumthang

Spend the date visitn various temples and monasteries which date back to the 16th centrue and lean about Bhutanese Buddhism .

Day 5: Bumthang – Phobjikay Valley

Continue to the Phobjikay Valley. This afternoon visit Gangtey Monastery located on a small hill that rises from the valley floor. Visit a local village to discover the lifestyle of the villagers as well as the beautiful architecture and decor of the Bhutanese farm houses.

Day 6: Phobjika Valley – Punakha

Enjoy a scenic drive to Punakha and visit the superb Punakha Dzong – probably Bhutan’s finest architectural creation. Later in the day take a memorable hike through the paddy fields to Chimi Lhakhang. This evening explore Punakha village located right on the banks of the river.

Day 7: Punakha – Paro

Situated on the banks of the Paro Chhu River in the Paro Valley, this small,charming town is scattered with elegant temples. Visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Take a walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong and then visit an archery ground to take part in a short archery session under the guidance of a professional archer.

Day 8: Paro

Visit one of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan is Taktsang Goemba, or Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It is the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the floor of Paro valley, where the only sounds are the murmurs of wind and water and the chanting of monks. On the way back to Paro stop at Drukgyal Dzong – a monastery and fortress, now in ruins.

Day 9: Depart Paro

Transfer to the Paro airport where your journey ends.

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Departs Monday, Wednesday & Friday from Paro:From $4,663.00On Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts
Transport:Airport transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:8 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
Visa:Bhutan Visa

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