Everest in Style

Adventure through the foothills of the one and only Mount Everest. Embark on an unforgettable Everest in Style adventure that makes no compromise on creature comforts. This new and unique itinerary combines the thrills of Nepal trekking with the very best available accommodation in the area. Surround yourself with the greatest mountain scenery in the world, combining an incredible sense of accomplishment with landscapes that must be seen with your own eyes to be truly appreciated. With time to soak up the unique atmosphere of Kathmandu, fly to Lukla and explore the trails, villages, and snow-dusted peaks of the Himalayas. Meet Sherpas, monks, farmers and more, ending each day with new achievements and retiring to first-rate mountain lodges. This is what adventures are made of.

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

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. When you arrive in Kathmandu Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. A representative will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few metres from the exit door – look out for the Peregrine signboard. The drive from the airport to the hotel takes around 20 minutes. There are no activities planned for today until a welcome briefing given by the group leader this afternoon to discuss your trekking program and coordinate any last-minute arrangements. Afterwards, enjoy a free evening, perhaps joining your leader and fellow travellers for an optional meal at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.

Hotel: Hotel Shangri-La or similar

Day 2: Lukla / Phakding (2610m / 8563ft)

Rise early and board a plane for a quick journey from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827 m) (approximately 45 minutes). This spectacular journey flies parallel to the giants of the Himalayas, with unforgettable views of the mountains bordering Nepal and China. Land on an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing, spend time exploreing the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load your trekking equipment. After a quick safety talk, begin your trek to Phakding. You’ll descend towards the milky white waters of the Dudh Kosi River, where you will join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713 m). The walk is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550 m), it’s only a short hike to Phakding. Settle into your first mountain lodge of the trip. It features organic gardens, a peaceful riverside location, and comfortable rooms designed in traditional Khambu style.

Hotel: Yeti Mountain Home Phakding

Day 3: Namche Bazaar (3450m / 11319ft )

Today you’ll trek approximately 7 hours to Namche Bazaar, when you will see Everest for the first time. From Phakding, cross the river and head up the valley, following in the footsteps of the porters carrying supplies for Namche Bazaar. The trail, lined with blue pine forest, follows the river valley and is especially spectacular in spring when the rhododendron flowers are bright in bloom. Cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, and look up to see the peaks of snow-capped Kusum Kanguru (6369 m) and Thamserku (6623 m). Press on to Monjo (2835 m), a good place to break for lunch. From here the walk starts to get a little tougher, with a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Enter into the national park, cross the river through the village of Jorsale (2805 m) and then continue upstream. Cross another spectacular suspension bridge and begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar at a steady pace. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche (6542 m) come into view for the first time. Your base for the next three nights, the Yeti Mountain Home, boasts a breathtaking location, perched on the upper slopes of the Sherpa capital.

Hotel: Yeti Mountain Home Namche, 3 nights

Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3450m / 11319ft )

Namche Bazaar is a great place to properly acclimatise to the altitude. One of the best ways to do this is to take a walk up to a higher altitude then come back down to sleep – there’s an optional walk above the Bhote Khola River Valley towards Thami today (3810 m). Taking a walk to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village is also a great option. This stunning vista includes a super panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar (3450m / 11319ft )

Enjoy some more free time in Namche Bazaar. The national park headquarters are home to interesting displays about Sherpa lifestyle and culture, and the local flora and fauna. Namche gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat still all do a roaring trade in the village centre. Your guides are on hand to offer advice and escort you on further day walks.

Day 6: Monjo (2835m / 9301 ft)

Today, descend to the small Sherpa settlement of Monjo, (approximately 3 hours). Your route travels to Jorsale which is located just north of Monjo and south of Namche Bazaar. This village is situated on the west side of the holy Dud Khoshi River which follows from the mountain. An exciting part of today’s walk is crossing a suspension bridge – one of the popular bridges going across the Dudhkoshi. Settle into your plush lodge and enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight’s accommodation is the newest of the Yeti Mountain Home lodges. It’s spacious, comfortable and fitted out in classic Sherpa style.

Hotel: Yeti Mountain Home Monjo

Day 7: Lukla (2860m / 9383ft)

This morning, depart Monjo and continue your descent along the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way, pass by several monasteries and villages before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau (approximately 4.5 hours). You should arrive there by mid-afternoon. On your arrival in Lukla, there will be time for you to relax and unwind. Your tranquil and beautifully decorated lodge offers the added bonus of a Himalayan Healers spa. Take the time to indulge in a few creature comforts as you reflect on the adventure that has been.

Hotel: Yeti Mountain Home Lukla

Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla Airport. In the late afternoon, visit the Garden of Dreams. This Edwardian garden, located centrally in Kathmandu, was created by Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana in early 1920. About half of that original garden still exists today and it’s a beautiful sight, having been restored with the help of the Austrian Government between 2000 and 2007. Spend some time exploring its elegant flower arrangements, pavillions and fountains. Afterwards, retire to your accommodation for the evening.

Hotel: Hotel Shangri-La or similar

Day 9: Depart Kathmandu

With no activities planned for today, your trip comes to an end in Kathmandu this morning. You are free to leave the accommodation at any time, provided you comply with the hotel’s internal check-out times.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 25$4,035.00$4,260.00
November: 15$4,035.00$4,260.00
2021 Dates & Prices
March: 21$4,230.00$4,455.00
April: 11$4,230.00$4,455.00
September: 26$4,230.00$4,455.00
October: 17$4,230.00$4,455.00
November: 07$4,230.00$4,455.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
Accommodation:2 nights Hotel accommodation & 6 nights Lodge accommodation
Guide: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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Annapurna in Style

Introducing Annapurna in Style, a unique itinerary that combines luxury mountain accommodation with all the hallmarks of a classic Nepal trek. Discover a stunning wilderness of alpine ridges, holy lakes and sensational mountain views. The Annapurna ranges, towering in excess of the magical 8000-metre height, is the great attraction, along with the beautiful fish-tail peak of Machapuchhare. Make the scenic flight to Pokhara; embark on awe-inspiring treks to Birethanti, Majhgaon and Lumle; explore the culturally and ethnically diverse mountain community of Ghandruk; and cruise across gorgeous Fewa Lake. Enjoy a touch of comfort at every step of the journey, staying in some of the finest lodges in the Himalayas.

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

Day 1: Kathmandu (1400m / 4593ft)

On arrival in Kathmandu, meet your representative who will be waiting with a Peregrine sign outside the terminal. After you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your trip leader in the late afternoon. They will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. The evening is free, but the leader will usually organise dinner (optional) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.

Hotel: Shangri-La or similar

Day 2: Pokhara (1400m / 4593ft)

You will have an early departure from the hotel today for your flight to Pokhara. The flight often boasts spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north. Retire for the evening at the Shangri-La Village, centrally located in Pokhara. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool with beautiful Himalayan views.

Hotel: Shangri-La Pokhara or similar

Day 3: Ghandruk (2020m / 6627ft)

Drive in a private vehicle to Kimche (approximately 2.5 hours). From here you embark on a trek to Ghandruk (approximately 1.5 hours). Take in beautiful scenery and local village life along the way. The route soon climbs up to the village of Ghandruk, one of the biggest Gurung villages in the area. The difference in the Gurung’s lifestyle here to that of their neighbours in the lower areas is very apparent. Ghandruk is well known for the number of its men folk who have served in the British Gurkha regiments. Your accommodation for the next two nights, the beautiful Himalaya Lodge, is located in the shadow of Annapurna and overlooks the rest of Ghandruk, affording superior views of the mountains, agricultural terraces and various wildlife.

Hotel: Ker & Downey Himalaya Lodge, 3 nights

Day 4: Ghandruk (2020m / 6627ft)

Enjoy a guided tour of Ghandruk village. Observe a fascinating mix of co-existing cultures, mainly Buddhist and Hindu. Gurung people (who are Buddhist) have the majority of settlement, but Brahmin, Chhetri, Magar, Damai, Kami and Saarki people also reside here. Your tour stops in Gurung Cultural Museum, which is a good chance to learn more about local life and history. Visit ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and the Ghandruk Monastery. This monastery has resident lamas, as well as a collection of religious scriptures. This is also the source of daily Tibetan chant music that is played out daily over the town. There may also be the option to venture south of Ghandruk to a beautiful traditional Gurung village (Gairi Gaon), which has slate-roofed houses clustered on a canyon wall.

Day 5: Birethanti (1097m / 3600ft)

Trek to Birethanti (approximately 5 hours). This is a fairly easy walk, passing through Modi Khola river, rhododendron forest, and Syauli Bazaar. Birethanti is situated at the other side of Nayapul. It is a small community set at the foot of Modi Valley and one of the main stops on the Annapurna Sanctuary and Annapurna Circuit treks. From here you can enjoy stunning views of the sacred Fish Tail Mountain in the distance. There are some souvenir and handicraft merchants in the village, so perhaps take the opportunity for some shopping. Later, relax and unwind at the Sanctuary Lodge, your accommodation for the night which was handcrafted by local artisans and offers spectacular views of Machapuchare in the distance.

Day 6: Majhgaon (1408m / 4620ft)

Following a leisurely breakfast, trek to Majhgaon (approximately 3 hours). Begin by crossing the suspension bridge near the lodge, then head up the banks of the Modi River. This is a little-used trail that starts off on a rocky path and winds through a forested area. Walk through the stone staircase and small farming hamlet before reaching Majhgaon. Then trek along this ridge to the small village from where you can see right out across the valley. The route then descends for a while to another bridge. Cross over and, after one more uphill push, pass through the small villages of Patlekhet and Majhgaon. Arrive at your lodge and enjoy some lunch. Afterwards, perhaps choose to hike to nearby Tanchok village (approximately 1.5 hours), where there is a museum set in a traditional house. Reaching the Majhgaon village, enjoy views of the beautiful surrounding valleys and take the opportunity for photos. The photo opportunities continue as you retire to the lovely Gurung lodge, a collection of tribal-style houses and manicured gardens located on the edge of Majhgaon.

Hotel: Ker and Downey Gurung or Mala Lodge

Day 7: Pokhara (1400m / 4593ft)

Walk to Lumle today (approximately 2.5 hours). Chartered vehicles will be waiting for you at Lumle. Along the way you can perhaps stop at the Tibetan refugee camp, one of the first that was established in Nepal. If you choose to stop, meet one of the monks, who will show you around and explain the symbols and significances of the Tibetan culture and religion. Drive back to Pokhara (approximately 1.5 hours). Explore the lakeside and beach of Fewa lake and perhaps try Chilli, Byanjan or Moondance restaurants – all great options for dinner.

Hotel: Shangri-La Pokhara or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Pokhara (1400m / 4593ft)

In the late morning, embark on a boat trip around Fewa Lake. Visit Talbarahi Temple which is located on the lake itself (on a small island on the lake’s southeast section). This double-storey, pagoda-style temple is a place of both Buddhist and Hindu worship. Today you also visit the International Mountain Museum which is dedicated to the sacred peaks of Nepal and the people that live around them or have climbed them. Here there is a collection of equipment on display from many of the early expeditions in the Himalayas, as well information on their natural history.

Day 9: Kathmandu (1400m / 4593ft)

Fly to Kathmandu in the late morning. With free time in the afternoon, perhaps do some last minute shopping. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Utsav Restaurant, dining on excellent Nepali food and enjoying a traditional dance performance.

Hotel: Shangri-La or similar

Day 10: Depart Kathmandu

Farewell fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 16$3,320.00$4,090.00
November: 06$3,380.00$4,150.00
2021 Dates & Prices
March: 12$3,475.00$4,245.00
April: 02$3,475.00$4,245.00
September: 17$3,475.00$4,245.00
October: 08$3,475.00$4,245.00
November: 29$3,475.00$4,245.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Accommodation:5 nights Hotel accommodation & 4 nights Lodge accommodation
Guide: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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Bhutan: Dragon Kingdom

Experience the mysterious mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutan is perhaps the most mysterious and diverse of all the Himalayan kingdoms, where for centuries a traditional Buddhist culture has thrived in isolation from the rest of the world. It is a country that puts its people and environment first – a place where progress is measured in gross national happiness not GDP, and that’s not just carbon neutral, but carbon negative. It’s a place of lush forested valleys, fortified monasteries, sacred mountains, and art and architecture unique to the region. This journey begins in Paro and heads straight to Thimphu, where there are two days to discover the history and heritage of this charming and serene capital. Walk in the countryside and back in time with visits to the beautiful Punakha and Haa Valleys. Here the rural lifestyle and architecture of Bhutan is explored before returning to Paro. Finish with a true highlight – the spectacular Taktsang (the Tiger’s Nest), a small monastery clinging to a rocky cliff 900 metres above the valley floor. A journey through the astonishing beauty of the people, landscape and culture of Bhutan will have your happiness levels off the scale.

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

Day 1: Paro – Thimphu

Welcome to Bhutan, the last Shangri-La. Depending on the clarity of the weather and your flight path into Paro (2,280m), you may be met with an awe-inspiring view of the massive eastern Himalayan peaks on your way in, including Kanchenjunga (the world’s third highest peak) and Chomolhari (Bhutan’s holy mountain). On arrival, you will be met at Paro airport and transferred to Thimphu (2736 m), the capital of Bhutan (65 km, approximately 75 minutes). The snaking road follows the Pa Chu as it winds downstream to its confluence with the Wang Chu, then up the valley to Thimphu. After settling in, there will be a briefing given by the tour leader in the late afternoon and any last-minute arrangements will be coordinated. Thimphu is a compact town that occupies both sides of the Thimphu Valley, bisected in the middle by the Thimphu Chu River. Time permitting, you will visit the King Jigme Dorji Memorial Chorten (built in 1974 in memory of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk), and take an orientation walk along the main street. If there is not enough time today, you will do this on Day 2.

Hotel: Ramada Valley, 2 nights

Day 2: Thimphu

After breakfast you will venture out to explore Thimphu, first driving to Buddha point (where a 51-metre-high gilded statue watches over the city) to enjoy an excellent panoramic view of the city. On your way back you will take a short hike around the small enclosure in the pine trees to spot Takin, the national animal of Bhutan – a unique goat-antelope creature. The next stop is the Zilukha Nunnery in Drubthob Goemba. You will then pass the vast white, red and gold Tashicho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion), located on the right bank of Thimphu Chhu. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (Bhutan’s supreme leader in the first half of the 17th century) built the current structure in 1641, however the original building dates back to 1216. To this day the Dzong (which means fortress-monastery) serves as the seat of the government and home to about 300 monks during summer. You can then enjoy some free time in town for your own exploration. Sites to uncover in the capital include the National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and the Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu, an institution where children receive formal education in the art of traditional painting, sculpture, and woodcarving. Thimphu has an excellent range of handicrafts, most notably woven cloth, wooden masks, thangkas, silverware, jewellery, and bamboo crafts that come from all over Bhutan.

Day 3: Punakha

This morning, travel out the castle-monastery of Simtokha Dzong, the first built by Zhabdrung (in AD1629) and said to guard against a demon that escaped into the nearby rock. Next, climb the winding Dochula pass (3100 m) through beautiful tropical forest and sparse villages. The pass is marked by 108 chortens or stupas – built in memory of Bhutanese soldiers killed fighting Indian insurgents in 2003 – and gardens of colourful prayer flags. On the clear day you’ll enjoy magnificent views of the Eastern Himalaya, including Gangkhar Puensum, perhaps the world’s highest unclimbed mountain. The scenic Punakha Valley is drained by the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu (meaning ‘Father’ and ‘Mother’ Rivers) which enjoys a temperate climate which is ideal for farming. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1966. Here you’ll visit the white-walled, red-roofed Punakha Dzong, the administrative and religious centre and winter retreat of His Holiness, Je Khenpo – the chief abbot of Bhutan. This six-storey high monastery is one of the largest dzongs in Bhutan. Construction began in 1637, although sections of it have been restored after floods in 1994. The Dzong boasts intricately carved woodwork, prayer halls and beautiful religious paintings on walls and doorways.

Hotel: Punakha Zhingkham Resort, 2 nights

Day 4: Punakha

Begin the day with a short 30-minute drive from the Punkha Dzong to the base of a hill where a ridge-top monastery sits. In this almost sub-tropical valley, begin a hike at a suspension bridge that crosses the Mo Chu river and cross through paddy fields before starting to climb a moderately inclined trail to the Kahmsum Yulley temple. This temple was built by the Queen Mother, Ashi Tsherin Yangdon Wangchuck, and is dedicated to the well being of Bhutan. It’s a classic example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic traditions, and is the only one its kind in the world. It takes approximately 1 hour from the car park to hike up to the temple, and 30 minutes to descend. From the top you can take in sweeping views across the valley. Today there’s also the option to take a short walk to the Chimi Lhakhang – The Temple of Fertility. People from all corners of the country visit the Lhakhang to seek a blessing from Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the ‘Divine Madman’. A revered womaniser and drinker, this wandering preacher taught that sexual freedom was at the centre of Truth. On a 15-minute walk through the village of Sopsokha to the temple you will notice the phallic symbols painted on walls, a symbol of fertility and protection from evil. You can end the day at the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Temple and nunnery, where you’ll arrive in time for evening prayers at 6 pm. The magnificent gleaming structure sits perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooks the valleys of Toebesa, Punakha and Wangduephodrang.

Day 5: Haa Valley

Today you will travel to one of the most remote and sacred valleys in Bhutan – the Haa Valley. This area only opened to tourism in 2002 and has one of the strongest auras of stepping into the past, in a country that already feels lost in time. The surroundings mountains push up against the northern Indian state of Sikkim and the south of Tibet, and they are as wild, uninhabited, and unexplored as anywhere in the world. You will take a 170 km, 5–7 hour drive from Punakha to Haa, travelling down the spectacular Cheli La Pass (3990 m). This pass through dense spruce and larch forests has incredible mountain views as it zigzags down into the valley. Look out for the surrounding peaks and views of the Haa and Paro valleys. Continue down into the attractive little town of Haa, with traditional two storey wooden shops and a sprawling collection of buildings around a central dzong used by the Indian army. When you arrive, relax and take a walk around the town to meet the friendly local people. Tonight there’s the option to taste local dishes with dinner at a nearby farmhouse.

Hotel: Risum Resort, 2 nights

Day 6: Haa Valley

Enjoy a full day of exploration in this culturally rich valley, which is also known for being the ancestral home of the Royal grandmother. The two most important temples here are the seventh century Lhakhang Karpo (White temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black temple), which sit at the foothills of a group of hills known as Meri Puensum. Legend has it that King Songtsen Gampo released a black and a white pigeon to select sites to build the temples, which act as guardian sentinels keeping watch over the southern entrance to the valley. Travel back towards the Cheli La Pass, which is decorated with thousands of prayer flags, and have a picnic lunch in the surrounding pine tress. As you climb the hill towards the north of the pass – out of blue pine and rhododendron forest into windswept highlands – the mountain tops will appear one by one, revealing Himalayan peaks such as the Jhomolhari (7314 m), Jichu Drake (6794 m) and world’s third highest mountain Kangchenjunga (8586 m) located in Sikkim. A variety of birds can be also be seen and heard in the mountain landscape. You will then take a 45-minute hike through primeval forest from the road to Kila Goemba, one of the oldest Nunneries in Bhutan. The building almost to seems to suspend in mid air from the rock face, and it’s home to around 60 hardy nuns. If there’s time, perhaps practice some meditation in this place that’s been a spiritual retreat since the ninth century. Return down into the valley and back to Haa for the night.

Day 7: Paro

Retrace the drive up the spectacular Cheli La Pass and return to Paro (approximately 2 hours). Upon arrival in Paro, visit the impressive Ta Dzong, a 17th century watchtower above the Paro Dzong that now houses the National Museum. It features an excellent collection of Bhutanese antiquities and treasures (including the King’s famous ‘dragon hat), an interesting assortment of costumes from the different regions of Bhutan, and a wonderful collection of painted and embroidered Thangkas (religious pictures). To discover more of the local history then the ruined Drukgyal Dzong, located 18 kilometres from the city, is a great place to explore. Built in the 17th century by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was burnt down by an accidental fire in 1950s. It was never rebuilt, left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past. This afternoon we will enjoy a traditional meal at Tshering Farm House. Try your hand at Bhutan’s national sport with an archery lesson.

Hotel: Tashi Namgay Resort, 2 nights

Day 8: Tiger’s Nest Monastery – Paro

After an early breakfast, prepare to hike to the legendary Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), a magnificent monastery, clinging on a rock cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. The legend, dating back to AD747, says that the Great Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhawa) flew here from northeast Bhutan on the back of a tigress to subdue the demons of Paro Valley. The guru then meditated in the holy cave that is the site of the Pelphug Lhakhang today. According to Tantric Buddhist mythology, the vanquished local deities became the protectors of the dharma and one of them, Singey Samdrup, is recognised today as the guardian deity of Taktsang. Guru Rinpoche is also believed to have concealed among the rocks of Taktsang various forms of Dharma treasures known as Ters, which were destined to be discovered later by Tertons (treasure discoverers) for the propagation of Dharma. Taktsang was severely damaged by fire in 1998 but the King commanded its immediate restoration. The royal command dictated that the original aura, authenticity and architectural splendour must be preserved at all costs. This project has been widely seen as an act of devotion involving all sections of Bhutanese society and as homage to the nation’s cultural heritage. It also proved to be an opportunity for Bhutan’s traditional artists and craftsmen to hone the skills inherited from their forefathers down the ages. You’ll hike through lush pine forest beneath thousands of brightly coloured prayer flags up into the mountains for a closer view of the temple. After approximately an hour’s walking, you’ll reach a small teahouse that has a wonderful panoramic view of the temple. You’ll take a refreshments and lunch break here. For those interested, it is possible to get a closer view by hiking another 45 minutes to an hour (each direction) to reach the small chorten directly across from the temple. Anyone not interested in hiking any further can relax at the teahouse and enjoy the view. Back in Paro, celebrate this Bhutan discovery with one final meal together.

Day 9: Depart Paro

After breakfast your driver and tour leader will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. Please note that your departure flight is not included as part of the trip and must be booked separately.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
September: 16$4,770.00$5,405.00
October: 07$4,770.00$5,405.00
October: 21$4,910.00$5,545.00
October: 28$4,770.00$5,405.00
2021 Dates & Prices
March: 17, 31$5,000.00$5,635.00
April: 28$5,000.00$5,635.00
May: 19$5,000.00$5,635.00
September: 22$5,000.00$5,635.00
October: 06, 13, 20, 27$5,000.00$5,635.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned private vehicle
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide:English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
Visa:Bhutan Visa

* 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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Mountains, Valleys & Lakes of Switzerland

Explore remote Alpine valleys by mini-coach and scale mountain slopes by railway on this unforgettable tour of Switzerland. Along the way you’ll gain an insight into local life and time-honoured traditions, while enjoying some of Europe’s most sublime scenery.

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

Day 1: Zurich – Schaffhausen – Appenzell

This morning we’ll meet the group in one of the most impressive cities in the world: Zurich. Then, it’s all aboard the mini-coach as we make tracks to Schaffhausen – which we’ll explore on a walking tour – and Roemerstrasse Wines, where we have a wine tasting session to look forward to. We’ll then move on to our final destination of the day: Appenzell, where we’ll learn how to make traditional biberli (gingerbread pastries) before getting to know each other a little better over a welcome dinner.

Hotel: Romantik Hotel Säntis or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Appenzell – St Gallen – Appenzell

After breakfast it’s off to St Gallen – where a walking tour awaits us this morning. We’ll spend some time exploring the city’s Old Town and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Abbey District before we return to Appenzell for a brewery tour this afternoon. After sampling a taste of the beer (not to mention some delicious local cheese and meats), the evening will be yours to spend as you wish.

Day 3: Appenzell – Lucerne – Weggis

A day of indulgence awaits us in Lucerne today, where we have an appointment to keep with a local chocolatier. After learning the secrets behind Swiss chocolate making, we’ll take the time to savour a delicious sample (or two). Later on, we’ll swap our mini-coach for a scenic boat ride across Lake Lucerne, setting ashore in Weggis: our base for the next two nights.

Hotel: Hotel Central am See or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Weggis – Einsiedeln – Mount Rigi – Weggis

Leave room at breakfast – this morning we’ll be visiting a local farm in Einsiedeln, where we’ll have the chance to make our own cheeses before indulging in a fondue tasting session. Then, it’s all aboard the cog railway – Europe’s first ever mountain line – as we scale the towering Mt Rigi, taking in some magnificent views of deep blue lakes and snow-capped peaks along the way. Afterwards, we’ll make our way back down to Weggis – where you’ll have the evening to yourself.

Day 5: Weggis – Eggiwil – Bern

Today we’ll leave Weggis behind us and make tracks to Eggiwil – where we’ll meet a local alphorn maker. After learning how the traditional instrument is made, we’ll move on to captivating Bern. With a guided walking tour on the agenda, there will be plenty of time for us to soak up the picture-perfect scenery!

Hotel: Hotel Sternen Muri or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Bern

Today, the day will be yours to visit Bern’s excellent museums and wander the cobbled centre at your leisure.

Day 7: Bern – Thun – Interlaken – Wengen

Today our path will carry us away from Bern and onwards towards the striking Thun Castle and breathtaking Trümmelbach Falls. After a day filled with spectacular sights, we’ll climb aboard the train to photogenic Wengen, where you’ll be free to explore as you please.

Please note: On tours departing between November and February, we will stay in Interlaken instead of Wengen.

Hotel: Sunstar Alpine Hotel Wengen, 2 nights

Day 8: Wengen – Jungfraujoch – Wengen

Today we’ll be treated to some more intoxicatingly beautiful vistas as we travel to the top of Mt Jungfrau aboard the Jungfrau Railway. After travelling back down to Wengen, we’ll come together for one last group dinner. What a trip it’s been!

Day 9: Wengen – Zurich

After bidding a fond farewell to Wengen, we’ll board the mini-coach to Affoltern im Emmental, where we’ll enjoy a cheese tasting session at a local Emmental factory. After that, there’s still time for a walking tour of Baden before we move on to Zurich – where our adventure will end.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
August: 22$5,499.00$7,149.00
September: 05, 12, 26$5,499.00$6,879.00
October: 10$5,499.00$6,879.00
November: 14$5,499.00$6,879.00
December: 12$5,499.00$6,879.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January:16$5,499.00$6,599.00
January:06$5,499.00$6,599.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Premium mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 8 nights in boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
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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Inspiring New Zealand

From the sophistication of its cities to the soulful expanse of its stunning untamed landscapes, New Zealand’s beauty is unmatched, and an exploration of her wilderness will enrich and revive. A tale of two great islands, of epic natural beauty and ancient rituals and traditions – yours to explore on this Inspiring Journey across the length and breadth of New Zealand. Embrace the sophistication of its cities and the soulful expanse of its stunning untamed landscapes.

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

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

Upon arrival at Auckland Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening, join your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel, 2 nights

Day 2: Auckland – Waiheke Island

Following a city sights tour of Auckland this morning we board the ferry to Waiheke Island. With pristine beaches, world class wines, and fantastic cuisine it’s easy to see why Waiheke Island is considered the jewel in the Hauraki Gulfs crown. Just 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland you’ll feel like you’re a world away as we embrace the essence of Waiheke with our local guide. Enjoy wine tasting at some of Waiheke’s award-winning vineyards, including a light lunch before we cruise the Hauraki Gulf back to the city. Tonight, enjoy a free evening; why not try one of the many restaurants in Wynyard Quarter or the Viaduct.

Day 3: Auckland – Rotorua

Your leisurely discovery of New Zealand’s North Island continues as you follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5-star Eco Glow Worm experience. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Journey to the volatile landscapes of Rotorua, where Maori culture takes centre stage. Visit the Tamaki Maori Village for insights into the local rituals and traditions of this fascinating culture. Embrace their gracious Hongi greeting, experience the heart-pounding wero challenge and enjoy a Local Dining Experience, the delicious flavours of the Hangi cooked in the earth with geothermal steam.

Hotel: Pullman Rotorua, 2 nights

Day 4: Rotorua

Today, visit Whakarewarewa Living Village where you’ll be accompanied by a Local Guide to view New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. Later, the day is all yours to explore the sacred lands, thermal marvels and Maori traditions of Rotorua. You could indulge in a spa treatment at the Polynesian Thermal Spa or if you’re up for a challenge, take the native forest zipline adventure tour with Canopy Tours.

Day 5: Rotorua – Wellington

This morning visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a guided tour of the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, the national leader in kiwi husbandry. Learn about the work being done to save New Zealand’s national bird, see kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process and newly hatched kiwi chicks. Later, fly to Wellington. Spend the evening at your leisure, enjoying dinner at one of the quirky cafes at Courtney Place or Cuba Street.

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights

Day 6: Wellington

A harbourside city, Wellington is rich in natural beauty, but the wild wind has driven an exciting indoor life too, there’s a world-leading café culture, great multicultural restaurants, contemporary art and live music. This is your chance to know it like a local on a guided walking tour. Discover the stunning waterfront to the hidden laneways in the bohemian area: the heritage Cuba Street precinct. Once dimly-lit back alleys, these newly rejuvenated laneways are now home to some of the country’s funkiest bars, boutiques and breweries. Experience premium batch peanut butter tasting from an artisan supplier, and a taste of the Capital’s very own chocolate and you’ll see for yourself that Wellington really is the coffee and craft beer capital of New Zealand! This afternoon, we continue to the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia, admiring the extraordinary efforts of conservationists who have reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife that were absent from mainland New Zealand for over a century.

Day 7: Wellington – Queenstown

This morning, explore New Zealand’s fascinating culture, nature, heritage and art at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Then it’s time to prime yourselves for a few days of adventure, flying to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. On arrival, journey to the goldrush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy a tour of Queenstown, and gaze at the natural splendour in its midst – from the peaks of the Remarkables to beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

Hotel: Hotel St Moritz Queenstown, 3 nights

Day 8: Doubtful Sound, Firodfland National Park

Travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, over the Devil’s Staircase and along to Manapouri on the edge of Fiordland National Park. Here your journey to the breath-taking pristine wilderness scenery of Doubtful Sound begins. Cruise across Lake Manapouri then take a coach trip over Wilmot Pass before you immerse yourself in the beauty and vastness of remote Doubtful Sound on a Wilderness Cruise. Keep a look out for wildlife including dolphins, fur seals and even occasionally penguins. Later enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 9: Queenstown at Leisure

Explore exciting Queenstown your way! Perhaps take a minibus tour through spectacular Skippers Canyon or immerse yourself among the boutique vineyards and spectacular scenery of Central Otago on a Boutique Wine tour. Your Journey Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. As your final day ends enjoy a Celebration Dinner at one of the local restaurants with your Journey Director and new-found friends.

Day 10: Farewell from Queenstown

For now, all that’s left to say is a fond farewell as your inspiring journey comes to an end after breakfast. Throughout today you will be transferred to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
February: 14$7,495.00$10,015.00
March: 14$7,495.00$10,015.00
October: 17$7,530.00$10,050.00
November: 21$7,530.00$10,050.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport:Private Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: Expert Travel Director and/or Driver 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 Endless Shores

Uncover geothermal hotspots, discover vibrant cities and be immersed in the awe-inspiring Maori heritage that holds a special bond with this ancient land. Embrace the Hongi touch of your Māori hosts, whose relationship with this unspoilt land is revealed on this journey. Experience natural wonders, from the luminous glowworms of the Footwhistle Cave and the native forests’ redwood giants, to the fantasy-land of The Lord of the Rings’ ‘Shire’.

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

Day 1: Welcome to Wellington

Upon arrival at Wellington Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening, join your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception, followed by dinner.

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights

Day 2: Wellington at Leisure

Today see Wellington your way! Perhaps visit Weta Workshop, home to the creative wizards behind ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies or learn about New Zealand history and culture on a visit to Te Papa – Museum of New Zealand. Your Journey Director can assist in booking your optional experience.

Day 3: Wellington – Hawke’s Bay

Continue north today, travelling through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawkes Bay. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine matching at Craggy Range Winery, one of the regions world famous wineries situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak.

Hotel: Porters Boutique Hotel, 2 nights

Day 4: Hawkes Bay

Enjoy a relaxed start before we venture out to explore the Hawkes Bay region. Relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour. Your driver will provide a fascinating commentary as you are driven in style, through Art Deco Napier and surrounding areas. You’ll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city, hear stories of the people that led the rebuild, and discover the Art Deco style. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 5: Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua

Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing the journey to Rotorua. This afternoon visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley where you will connect with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, it’s unique history and legacy. Along the guided walk you’ll experience geothermal activity, hot springs, volcanic craters, nature and wildlife. Followed by a relaxing 45-minute cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana see stunning geothermal activity only accessible by boat as well as rare native birdlife. Immerse in the stories of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption and the resulting dramatic landscape changes that created this amazing part of the world.

Hotel: Pullman Rotorua, 2 nights

Day 6: Rotorua
Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of the 115-year-old redwood giants and the beautiful surrounds of the forest from a unique perspective. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a behind the scenes look at the National Kiwi Hatchery. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at Tamaki Maori Village. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a cultural performance. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

Day 7: Rotorua – Auckland

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glow Worm experience at Caveworld Waitomo. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and onto Auckland. Tonight, Toast your trip together tonight at a Celebration Dinner.Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Day 8: Farewell from Auckland

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 22$4,895.00$6,465.00
February: 05, 12, 19$4,895.00$6,465.00
March: 05, 12, 19, 26$4,895.00$6,465.00
April: 02$4,895.00$6,465.00
October: 22$4,920.00$6,215.00
November: 19$4,920.00$6,215.00
December: 17$4,920.00$6,215.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport:Private Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: Expert Travel Director and/or Driver 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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Indochina Explorer

This comprehensive journey takes in the history, culture and natural beauty of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In historic Cambodia, uncover the museums and monuments of the capital, Phnom Penh, before witnessing the incredible temples of Angkor. Travel from south to north through Vietnam, which reveals bustling cities, sparkling bays, ancient relics and delectable cuisine. In Laos, experience the Asia of yesteryear with its languid pace and welcoming people.

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

Day 1: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel and meet your fellow travellers and Tour Leader (or local guide).

Hotel: Sunway Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Phnom Penh Tour

Discover Phnom Penh during a fun cyclo ride exploring the backstreets and highlights. Continue to Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. In the afternoon, explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

Day 3: Phnom Penh To Siem Reap

Fly to Siem Reap and venture to Tonle Sap Lake for a boat cruise.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Temples Of Angkor

Take a pre-dawn tuk-tuk ride to Angkor Wat’s seldom-used East Gate entrance to see the silhouetted central spires at sunrise. See the stone head sculptures of Bayon temple, explore Banteay Srei temple and discover Ta Prohm temple.

Day 5: Siem Reap to Saigon (Vietnam)

Fly from Siem Reap, and enjoy your first insights into Vietnam as you arrive in Saigon. Meet your new group of fellow travellers and Tour Leader (or local guide).

Hotel: Northern Hotel or similar, 3 nights

Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnels

From Saigon, drive to Cu Chi and discover the incredible network of underground tunnels. Wander the streets of Saigon on a walking tour and take in the city’s most impressive sites.

Day 7: Mekong Delta

Explore the Mekong Delta to gain insights into local life and enjoy a delicious local lunch.

Day 8: Saigon To Hue

Foundation, a unique enterprise that employs people with disabilities who make souvenirs from 100% recycled materials.

Hotel: Hotel Saigon Morin or similar

Day 9: Hue To Hoi An

Venture over the Hai Van Pass from Hue to Hoi An and marvel at some of Vietnam’s most stunning scenery. Stroll through the streets of Hoi An’s old town.

Hotel: Hoi An Historic Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 10: Hoi An

Enjoy a free day to do as much or as little as you like in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An to Halong Bay

Fly to Haiphong before driving to Halong Bay. Once on board your luxurious private junk boat, cruise impressive Halong Bay while feasting on fresh seafood.

Cruise: Overnight boat

Day 12: Halong Bay To Hanoi

Wake early to take part in a Tai Chi lesson as the sun rises. Continue exploring the bay before returning to Hanoi to discover the Old Quarter and meet some boisterous locals at a ‘Bia Hoi’.

Hotel: The Ann Hanoi or similar, 2 nights

Day 13: Hanoi City Tour

Discover Hanoi’s must-visit sites. Enjoy a farewell group dinner to celebrate your time in Vietnam.

Day 14: Hanoi To Vientiane (Laos)

Fly to Vientiane and transfer to your hotel. In the evening, meet your new group of fellow travellers and Tour Leader (or local guide).

Hotel: Mandala Boutique Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 15: Vientiane

Enjoy an authentic Lao coffee at a local cafe before discovering Vientiane’s main sites. Receive a traditional ‘baci’ blessing to welcome you to Laos.

Day 16: Vientiane To Luang Prabang

Fly to Luang Prabang. Visit the National Museum and Wat Mai temple. In the evening, take part in a cooking demonstration at Tamarind cooking school.

Hotel: Sala Prabang or similar, 3 nights

Day 17: Pak Ou Caves

Begin the day with a steaming-hot noodle breakfast. Walk to Wat Xieng Thong temple before taking a boat trip to Pak Ou Caves.

Day 18: Kuang Si Falls

Rise early and be rewarded with the sight of brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms. Explore a lively morning market and travel to Kuang Si Falls. Cook your own lunch before exploring Luang Prabang independently. In the evening, participate in a game of petanque. Enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate a memorable visit to Laos.

Day 19: Luang Prabang

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 08$4,385.00$5,569.00
February: 05$4,385.00$5,569.00
March: 05, 26$4,385.00$5,569.00
April: 23$4,329.00$5,544.00
May: 21$4,299.00$5,395.00
June: 18$4,299.00$5,395.00
July: 23$4,299.00$5,395.00
August: 20$4,299.00$5,395.00
September: 24$4,299.00$5,395.00
November: 05$4,385.00$5,569.00
December: 03$4,385.00$5,569.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January: 07$4,825.00$6,129.00
February: 04$4,825.00$6,129.00
March: 03$4,825.00$6,129.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 18 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City - Hue / Hanoi - Haiphong / Hanoi - Vientiane - Luang Prabang
Accommodation: 17 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide:English Speaking Guides
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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Laos & Cambodia Experience

Experience the picturesque countryside of laidback Laos & Cambodia hidden south coast on this unforgettable journey. Cruise down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, kayak along the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng and discover the sacred temples of Vientiane. Unravel Cambodia’s history in Phnom Penh, venture to the south coast and explore the temples of Angkor.

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

Day 1: Arrive Chiang Rai (Thailand)

On arrival in Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Laos tour briefing.

Hotel: Laluna Hotel & Resort or similar

Day 2: Chiang Rai to Pakbeng (Laos)

At the Lao border, board a private boat and cruise pass small villages along the Mekong to Pakbeng.

Hotel: Phetsokxai or similar

Day 3: Pakbeng to Luang Prabang

Continue cruising, stopping at Pak Ou Caves to see thousands of Buddha statues. On arrival in Luang Prabang, take a tuk-tuk to your hotel.

Hotel: Sala Prabang  or similar, 3 nights

Day 4: Luang Prabang

Explore the National Museum, visit Wat Mai temple and continue on to Wat Xieng Thong Temple on a walking tour. After a free afternoon, play a game of petanque before sunset drinks and traditional local snacks overlooking the Mekong.

Day 5: Kuang Si Falls

In the early morning, see brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms and enjoy a local noodle breakfast. Drive to Kuang Si Falls to swim in the turquoise pools before spending the afternoon at leisure. Late afternoon take part in the Bamboo Experience cooking school and learn about Lao cuisine.

Day 6: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Drive through stunning scenery to Vang Vieng and climb to the entrance of Tham Chang cave for impressive views of town.

Hotel: Thavonsouk Bungalows or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Vang Vieng

After breakfast, enjoy some light kayaking along the Nam Song River as you soak in the beautiful scenery. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Continue overland to Vientiane with a stop at ‘Kilometre 52’, a village with a large ethnic H’mong population. On arrival in Vientiane, discover Pha That Luang and Wat Sisaket before seeing the Patuxai Monument.

Hotel: Lao Orchid Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 9: Vientiane

See intriguing ‘Buddha Park’ filled with statues inspired by Buddhist and Hindu epics. Visit the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre and COPE Centre to learn about the inspiring work done by both organisations. Spend the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, receive a traditional Lao blessing at a ‘baci’ ceremony and enjoy a Lao ‘jaew’ feast.

Day 10: Vientiane to Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Fly from Vientiane to Phnom Penh. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Cambodia tour briefing.

Hotel: Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 11: Phnom Penh Tour

Spend the day exploring Phnom Penh’s main attractions and take a fun cyclo ride to the Central Market. Visit Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. In the afternoon, explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by drinks at the iconic Foreign Correspondence Club.

Day 12: Phnom Penh to Kampot

Travel by train along an historical route from Phnom Penh to Kampot on Cambodia’s south coast. Cruise on Preaek Tuek Chhu River and visit local fishing villages inhabited by the local Cham Muslim population.

Hotel: Columns Hotel or similar

Day 13: Kampot to Kep

On the way to Kep, visit an ancient temple at Phnom Chhnork. Renowned for its salt and Kampot pepper, stop to learn about the production of one of Cambodia’s most valuable exports before continuing to Kep.

Hotel: The Beach House or similar, 2 nights

Day 14: Kep & Rabbit Island

Explore Kep’s ruined French villas and uncover the busy crab market which specialises in the region’s most popular dish, Kampot pepper crab. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on Rabbit Island, a rustic, rural island.

Day 15: Kep to Takeo

Travel north to Takeo and enjoy an exhilarating speedboat ride before visiting Phnom Da, a striking hilltop temple. Stay overnight at a home-stay in Takeo and share a home-cooked meal with the family.

Hotel: Home-stay or similar

Day 16: Takeo to Kampong Thom

Drive through rural Cambodia to Santuk Silk Farm and learn about silk production techniques. After a delicious home-cooked lunch, continue the drive to Kampong Thom. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Sambor Village Hotel or similar

Day 17: Kampong Thom to Siem Reap

On the way to Siem Reap, stop at Kampong Kdei to walk across a Naga Bridge, one of the longest corbelled stone arch bridges in the world. Take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake before arriving in Siem Reap.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa or similar, 3 nights

Day 18: Temples of Angkor

Venture to Angkor Wat’s seldom-used East Gate by tuk-tuk for sunrise. Travel on to the nearby Angkor Thom complex for a monk blessing, explore Bayon temple and visit jungle-covered Ta Prohm. Return to town for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 19: Outlying Temples

Discover Banteay Srei, an intricately carved temple and Boeng Mealea, a lesser known temple overgrown by the jungle. Stop at a small roadside village which makes palm sugar and visit the fascinating Aki Ra Landmine Museum. In the evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner.

Day 20: Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January 15$4,159.00$5,115.00
February 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
March 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
April 09$4,159.00$5,115.00
May 14$4,029.00$4,869.00
June 11$4,029.00$4,869.00
July 09$4,029.00$4,869.00
August 13$4,029.00$4,869.00
September10$4,029.00$4,869.00
October 08$4,159.00$5,115.00
November 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
December 10$4,159.00$5,115.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January 14$4,565.00$5,629.00
February 11$4,565.00$5,629.00
March 10$4,565.00$5,629.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 19 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers, Boat & air-conditioned vehicle
Flight: Air Ticket: Vientiane - Phnom Penh
Rail: Train Ticket: Phnom Penh - Kampot
Accommodation: 19 nights accommodation
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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