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Culturally Immersive Holidays

The most important element of all of Ampersand’s trips is culture; we believe it is what makes a holiday memorable and enriching  and there really is nowhere better than Asia for serious culture vultures. Here, we have picked out our top ten trips for the culturally inquisitive traveller, perfect for those who like to leave the comfort zone of the usual tourist trail and dive head-first into the exotic cultures of the East. From unearthing the archaeological gems of Indonesia's Borobudur Temple and the Ancient Kingdoms of Angkor, to a mystical journey through temple-drenched South India, to a dynamic tour of Japan’s finest art, these are some of Asia’s most fascinating experiences.

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India & China; Past, Present & Future

This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays. India and China; two of earth’s largest countries and home to the oldest living civilisations. Often seen as polar opposites, we believe that there...

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Burma... Return to the Golden Land

This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays. ​Going against conventional wisdom, at Ampersand we don’t think that Burma is a one-time destination. Full of off-the-beaten track discoveries, this beautiful country has...

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Holy Cities & Sacred Rivers of North India

This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays. India is renowned as the birthplace of several of the World's major religions and this fascinating tour explores some of her sacred cities and...

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Chasing the Past in Vietnam's Cultural Heartland

This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays. Probably best known for her beaches and 20th Century history, Vietnam’s centuries of rich imperial history and many diverse inland hill tribes, who have largely...

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Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle & Beach

This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays. This tour offers both an insightful view to Sri Lanka's history as well a relaxing beach holiday. Starting in the cultural triangle, visit the...

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An Art Lover's Tour of Japan

This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays. We have long been fascinated with Japanese art. The Impressionists’ love of Japonisme is returned in kind, with some of the European masters’ paintings...

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Leh in Ladakh and Rajasthan's Golden Triangle... A Perfect North Indian Pairing from April to Sept

This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays. This tour combines two completely different regions of India; Ladakh and Rajasthan, each stunning in its own way. Ladakh is often called Little Tibet...

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Southern Vietnam & Cambodia’s Ancient Kingdom of Angkor

This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays. Combining southern Vietnam with Cambodia, this overland journey allows you to go beyond the traditional tourist sites, while keeping to a high standard of...

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Mystical Tamil Nadu... Our Sacred South India Tour

This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays. Exploring the myths and legends of the sacred south east, this journey encapsulates the very essence of mystical Tamil Nadu, providing a comprehensive insight...

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Wonders of the Ancient World... Grand Archaeological Tour of Asia

This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays. Asia is home to some of the world’s richest archaeological sites. However, the ancient temples of Bagan, Borobudur and Angkor Wat are without a...

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Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
- Susan Ford, India
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka

From our Instagram

Treat yourself to a stay in #Amangalla - the stately grand dame of #GalleFort while in Sri Lanka 🇱🇰
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Not only will you step into a bygone era here, but you’ll also have all the surrounding sights right on your doorstep 🏰
Monks in #Myanmar (#Burma) 🇲🇲
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Buddhism runs strong through the country’s veins - not only are 90% of the Burmese Buddhist, but many children are monks in training and call ancient monasteries home 🧘🏽‍♂️
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Atmospheric rural villages, mirror-still lakes and gracious locals sum up #Myanmar (#Burma) for us 🌅
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📸 courtesy of @zayyarlin84
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All smiles in #Vietnam 🇻🇳
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Courtesy of the brilliant portrait photographer @rehahn_photography
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✨Ampersand’s ‘Top 10 Swimming Pools’ hotlist - 2019 ✨
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Check our TOP TEN'S #Highlights to be tempted to dive into the hottest hotels’ new pools, as well as some of our firm old favourites across Asia... 🏊🏻‍♂️💧
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Don’t miss out on #Teardrop’s new boutique hotels while touring #SriLanka 🇱🇰
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Each sleek property brings a fresh twist to the traditional hill country - from #NineSkies in #Ella to #CamelliaHills in #Dickoya, plus #Goatfell in #NuwaraEliya 🍃
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@jamesjayasundera is currently in the Himalayan Kingdom of #Bhutan surrounded by striking views like this 🏔🏔🏔
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Follow his journey to catch exclusive glimpses into the brand new, thoughtfully-designed @sixsensesbhutan & more... 🇧🇹
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Our India specialists are off... ✈️
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They’ll be whisked straight to the divine #TajLakePalace in #Udaipur upon arrival! 🇮🇳
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Get in touch with us to stay at this heritage hotel, which has been a firm Ampersand favourite for years
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Has #ChineseNewYear inspired you to visit this fascinating country? It certainly has for us! 🇨🇳
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Explore #China on a tailor-made tour with us to delve into its rich culture, taste its world-renowned cuisine & stay at the exquisite #AmanSummerPalace
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