10 The official top ten
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.

1

India & China; Past, Present & Future,

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 are a surprising number of similarities...

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2

Burma... Return to the Golden Land,

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 the ability to charm any traveller...

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3

Holy Cities & Sacred Rivers of North India,

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 rivers including Amritsar, Khajuraho, Varanasi and...

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4

Chasing the Past in Vietnam's Cultural Heartland,

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 managed to avoid the sprint towards...

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5

Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle & Beach,

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 beautiful Dambulla Cave Temples, which are...

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6

An Art Lover's Tour of Japan,

We have long been fascinated with Japanese art. The Impressionists’ love of Japonisme is returned in kind, with some of the European masters’ paintings to be found amongst ancient and...

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7

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

This tour combines two completely different regions of India; Ladakh and Rajasthan, each stunning in its own way. Ladakh is often called Little Tibet due to the great similarities in...

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8

Southern Vietnam & Cambodia’s Ancient Kingdom of Angkor,

This itinerary combines southern Vietnam with Cambodia in an overland journey that allows you to go beyond the traditional tourist sites, while keeping to a high standard of accommodation and...

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9

Mystical Tamil Nadu... Our Sacred South India Tour,

Exploring the myths and legends of the sacred south east, this journey encapsulates the very essence of mystical Tamil Nadu, providing a comprehensive insight into its Dravidian roots, imperial past...

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10

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

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 doubt the region’s highlights. Vast, beautiful...

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