Suggested itineraries in April

By April spring has spring in the UK and our dreams of the warm summer sun are slowly edging towards us, but it is also traditionally known as one of the UK's wettest months. We have complied our best itineraries for travel in April which promise a slice of early summer sunshine, so you can ditch your wellies and brolly for your sunhat. For those bound to school holidays, where to go on holiday in April also depends partly on Easter, which in 2019 Easter Sunday falls on 21st April.

In North India temperatures are starting to increase across the country which often means there are some great value trips available. April is also one of the best months for seeing wildlife in the central parks of Kipling Country, with soaring midday temperatures and limited water, sightings at watering holes are frequent. Hotels tend to become very busy over Easter, so we would always advise to plan well in advance if you are looking to travel over the Easter holidays. Further north on the edge of the foothills of the Himalayas, April sees the hilly forests of Shimla emerge from the harsh winter and begin to bloom in the summer season. The Queen of the Hill Stations, surrounded by dramatic jagged peaks, is comfortably warm at this time of year but with fresh mountain air, perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking.

Over in the Far East, it’s a lovely time of year to visit Japan; this fascinating country is worth visiting for its food alone with Tokyo and Kyoto famed for their numerous Michelin star restaurants, but you’ll also find dazzling cities, ancient culture and superb scenery. April also sees the iconic and visually striking ‘sakura’ (cherry blossom season) which has become a worldwide phenomenon. Follow the cherry blossom through Japan and immerse yourself in the culture and history this fascinating country. China starts to welcome warm temperatures, and fruit trees are in full blossom surrounded by verdant landscapes. Take in the country’s iconic highlights, whilst sampling the diverse culinary specialities on a gastronomic tour of China, or combine a tailor-made itinerary with her neighbour on an unusual tour of China and Burma.

April is also an ideal time to visit Southeast Asia, and in particular Vietnam, which has a notorious tricky-to-get-right climate. In the mountainous north-east it’s still the dry season and there are some great trekking and cycling trails open. At the far south of central Vietnam, the beach-orientated Nha Trang benefits from a longer dry season and in April it’s not too hot yet and the chilliness of night-time is replaced with a balmier temperature. A tailor-made holiday to Vietnam can also easily be combined with the cultural gems of Laos and Cambodia.

A Classic Cultural Tour of Bhutan

Classic Bhutan Itinerary 3

12 days from £3,420

This is a great itinerary for people who want to explore Bhutan's unique Mahayana Buddhist culture and stunning landscape of high mountain...

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A Family Adventure Holiday to Vietnam

VIETNAM Local Fisherman

15 days from £3,800

An active and fun filled adventure holiday for all the clan, taking in the very best of Vietnam’s iconic highlights...

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A Family Wilderness Adventure in Kipling Country

NORTH INDIA - Ranthambore Tiger

16 days from £4,995

This bespoke Indian wildlife adventure has been especially designed for families travelling with children, bringing to life Rudyard Kipling's stories.

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A Gastronomic Tour of China

CHINA - Street Chef, Lijiang, Yunnan

14 days from £5,570

Everyone has eaten Chinese cuisine before, but nothing compares to walking amongst the streets of Chengdu, being fascinated by the...

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A Heavenly Journey through Bali, Indonesia with Alila Villas & COMO hotels

INDONESIA Alilavillassoori Paddy Field

14 days from £4,325

Both soulful and luxurious, this heavenly holiday captures the very best of Bali staying at her finest hotels. Begin beachside...

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A Jewish Heritage Tour of China

Jewish Tour Of China 2

13 days from £5,725

Explore China’s Jewish past on this special Jewish Heritage Tour that will take you to China’s historic Jewish hubs of...

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A Royal Visit to North India & Bhutan

NORTH INDIA - The Imperial, Delhi, North India - Jaguar at the main porch

26 days from £18,414

Follow the royal connections between England and the Indian Subcontinent, which have existed since the majestic days of the Raj.

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A Week in Laos

LAOS Luang Prabang Bridseye View

9 days from £2,995

Explore the charming highlights of northern and southern Laos at a restful pace on this perfect seven day introductory itinerary...

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A Whistle-stop Tour of Vietnam

Whistle Stop Vietnam Itinerary 2

12 days from £3,950

Perfect for people who want to do Vietnam in under 2 weeks. You’ll take in all the highlights, including bedding...

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Aman Bhutan... The Luxury Amankora Journey

An Aman-lover's Tour of Bhutan itinerary

10 days from £6,125

Our most luxurious and serene Bhutan trip, staying exclusively in Amankora resorts and focusing on laid-back sightseeing with optional nature...

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An Art Lover's Tour of Japan

Japan James Jayasundera Ampersand Travel 52

15 days from £6,495

We have long been fascinated with Japanese art. The Impressionists’ love of Japonisme is returned in kind, with some of...

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Ancient India: A historical Journey through Central India

NORTH INDIA - Ahilya Fort

17 days from £4,450

Central India is home to the country’s most ancient cultural sites. A hugely underrated region and an Ampersand favourite, the...

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Best-of-the-best Burma... The Ultimate Luxury Tour

BURMA Governors Residence Yangon 17

17 days from £5,297

It is no secret that Burma is a cultural treasure trove, but for those of you who love luxury too,...

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Best-of-the-Best Luxury Tour of Vietnam

VIETNAM Six Senses Can Dao Condao Exterior

14 days from £4,780

Vietnam’s impressive roll call of cultural, culinary and natural highlights make her one of Asia’s most enticing destinations. She is...

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Bonjour Vietnam… A Fabulous Food-lovers Tour

Bonjour Vietnam Itinerary 4

12 days from £3990

This tour is ideal for food-lovers. Enjoy an expert-led street food tour of Hanoi, a cooking course in Hue and...

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Boutique Rajasthan... Romance, Culture & Stylish Hotels in North India

NORTH INDIA - Samode Palace Rooftop Pool

19 days from £4,685

Here at Ampersand we like to do things differently, so on this itinerary you won’t find any one night stops...

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Burma... Return to the Golden Land

BURMA Governors Residence Yangon 13

13 days from £4,400

With so much to see and experience, Burma is not a one-time destination. This itinerary is perfect for those looking...

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Cambodian Discovery Tour… Jungle, City & Beach

CAMBODIA Knai Bang Chatt Kep Sunset

9 days from £3,990

This intrepid itinerary takes in Cambodia’s highlights and lesser known attractions, from the markets and culture of Phnom Penh, to...

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Chasing the Past in Vietnam's Cultural Heartland

Ninh Binh Vietnam 2

17 days from £3,750

Venture into the northern cultural heartland of Vietnam and discover her rich imperial history and diverse inland hill tribes on...

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Cheeky Monkeys, Blue Whales and King Coconuts… Family Fun in Sri Lanka

whale-watching2

17 days from £3,450

This itinerary was created for families young or old who love little adventures and wildlife. It is the perfect way...

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China & Burma: Style, Substance & Spirit

BURMA - religious statue

15 days from £5,600

China and Burma, both substantial cultural identities, yet despite being neighbours, are lightyears apart. Discover the magic of these two...

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Classic Island Tour of Sri Lanka

Classic Island Tour Of Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days from £6,650

This in-depth tour encompasses all the major sites of the Cultural Triangle before taking a leisurely route through the centre...

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Classic Kerala Holiday... Beautiful Beaches & Balmy Backwaters in South India

Classic Kerala Itinerary

14 days from £3,845

A relaxed introduction to the diverse and beautiful state of Kerala, loved for her friendly charm, incredible Keralan cuisine and...

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Classic Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia’s Temples of Angkor

VIETNAM Street Scene Hanoi

14 days from £3,750

This is one of our most popular trips and constantly gets marvellous feedback from clients. It includes a very extensive...

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Cocoa Island, Maldives - Pay 6 and Stay 7 Nights Offer

MALDIVES Cocoa Island Ariel View

9 days from £3,150

Cocoa Island has a fantastic 'Stay 7 Nights and Pay 6' offer. The price stated here includes flights, transfers and...

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Conrad Rangali, Maldives - Stay 7 nights Pay 6

MALDIVES - Hilton Rangali Island - Dhoni arrival

9 days from £3,360

Conrad Rangali are offering a complimentary nights stay when you book 6 nights. A complimentory upgrade from bed and breakfast...

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Cultural Gems of Cambodia

CAMBODIA Cambodia Bayon

9 days from £3,750

This is a great first time trip to Cambodia, with two essential elements: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Start with...

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Cultural Gems of Indonesia... Lombok, Bali & Java

INDONESIA Uma Ubud Procession 2

16 days from £4,655

This leisurely journey travels through 3 of Indonesia's main islands; Lombok, Bali & Java taking in the best they have...

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Deccan Discovery... Archaeology, Ancient Temples & Train Journeys in South India

Deccan Discovery Itinerary

15 days from £4,940

This extraordinary itinerary provides comfortable access to some of the most beautiful locations in southern India and to the Deccan,...

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East to West: A Journey Through Bhutan

East To West A Journey Though Bhutan

18 days from £4,745

If you like to be a pioneer then this itinerary will take you to places few non-Bhutanese have ever seen....

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Family Adventure in Japan

Family Adventure In Japan

14 days from £5,450

Japan offers endless fun for big kids and little kids alike. This itinerary encapsulates all that is weird and wonderful...

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Following the Cherry Blossom through Japan

Following The Cherry Blossom Through Japan 11

15 days from £6,450

It’s not an exact science, but the famous cherry blossom trees tend to bloom around the end of March on...

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Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa, Maldives - Pay 5 and Stay 7 Nights Offer

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives 5

9 days from £2,995

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa has a fantastic 'Stay 7 Nights and Pay 5' offer. This offer is valid for specified...

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From Bhutan to India's Andaman Islands... A Romantic Adventure from Mountain to Beach

Bhutan and the Andaman islands 5

17 days from £4,895

Bhutan and the Indian Andamans could hardly be more different and it is precisely for this reason that we bring...

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Gardens, Temples and Customs of Japan

Gardens Architecture And Customs Of Japan 1

15 days from £6,950

From the Imperial Palace gardens to the zen-inspired grounds of ancient temples, Japan is an ideal destination for lovers of...

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Gems of North India... The Best of the Golden Triangle & Magical Udaipur

NORTH INDIA - Taj Mahal, view from The Oberoi

12 days from £4,800

This leisurely journey takes in North India’s classic sights: Imperial Delhi, the Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort, the Golden Triangle,...

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Gently Down The Ganges... A Slow & Spiritual Boat Journey in North India

Varanasi North India

17 days from £3,795

The Ganges River has long been a draw to the Hindu faithful and foreign travellers alike. With the introduction of...

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Geoffrey Bawa... An Architectural Tour of Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA - Villa Bentota

14 days from £3,500

This tour draws pure inspiration from the late and talented architect, Geoffrey Bawa and visits the places he lived in,...

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Grand Tour of Cambodia

Phnom Penh Cambodia 1

15 days from £3,415

This grand tour explores all four corners of Cambodia and gives a great insight into her culture, history and stunning...

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Grand Tour of North India... Our Favourite Luxury India Holiday

NORTH INDIA - Jodhpur

18 days from £8,500

Named the Grand Tour for good reason! Experience Delhi, the majestic Taj Mahal, the sacred city of Varanasi and Khajuraho...

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Himalayan Odyssey... North India's Finest Monasteries, Temples & Spas

Ananda In The Himalayas Rishikesh North India 23

16 days from £4,195

A delightful tour starting with the incredible Golden Temple in Amritsar, followed by travels through the scenic foothills of the...

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Historic Hooghli River Journey... Calcutta Cruise, North India

Calcutta North India 2

16 days from £3,295

This itinerary seamlessly blends the busy and historic city of Kolkata with rural India at its very best as you...

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Holy Cities & Sacred Rivers of North India

Holy Cities And Sacred Rivers Itinerary 2

15 days from £3,825

Explore India’s most sacred cities and rivers including Amritsar, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Calcutta. See Amritsar’s beautiful Golden Temple, the centre...

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India & China; Past, Present & Future

India To China 7

21 days from £9,800

Combine two of the world’s largest and oldest countries on an immersive and epic tailor-made holiday to India and China.

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India with Aman – A sophisticated journey for the senses

Aman I Khas Ranthambore National Park North India 2

10 days from £4,987

India is a divine destination for an Aman journey. The rich culture you'll discover here is a delightful sensory whirlwind....

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India's Ultimate Wellness Retreat - A Week at Vana

VANA Malsi Estate Dehradun North India Shared Spaces Yoga Temple 2

9 days from £2,990

Indulge in the ultimate restorative break: 8 days at Asia’s most innovative yet authentic new wellness retreat, Vana in the...

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If Tarzan went to Sri Lanka...

KUMANA National Park Sri Lanka 20

21 days from £5,750

This tour is an Ampersand favourite! If Tarzan went to Sri Lanka we are sure that he would do something...

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Japan: A Perfect Introduction

Unmissable Japan 1

11 days from £4,990

Japan is a varied and culturally rich country which rewards repeat visits. First-timers can cover a lot of ground culturally...

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Japan's Coasts and Countryside

Cities Coasts And Countryside

16 days from £6,450

The great bustling cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima are rich with the history and culture of Japan, from its...

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Huvafen Fushi, Maldives - Stay 7 Pay 6 Nights Offer

Huvafen Fushi Male Maldives 2

9 days from £3,900

Set within its own aquamarine lagoon, Huvafen Fushi is a naturalist's wonderland, both above and below the waterline. With the...

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Laid-back Luxury... From Laos to Cambodia's Angkor Temples & Song Saa Private Island Resort

Song Saa Song Saa Private Island Cambodia X 400

11 days from £5,420

In less than two weeks combine Laos and Cambodia to experience the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, the awe-inspiring...

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Lansiya, Sri Lanka... The Perfect Villa Holiday for Families

Lansiya Villa Tangalle Sri Lanka 7

10 days from £3,400

This experience is all about maximising the enjoyment of a family holiday and taking away all the potential frictions. Lansiya...

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

Leh And The Golden Triangle Itinerary 1

16 days from £4,250

Ladakh and Rajasthan are a match made in heaven – the contrast makes for a wonderfully varied and well-paced trip....

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Luxury Adventure in Nepal

Introduction to Nepal and Bhutan itinerary (1)

13 days from £3,906

From the Himalayan mountains to the jungle habitats of the tiger, this itinerary combines adventure with the best of Nepal:...

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Luxury Grand Tour of Bhutan

Beyond the Sky Uma Punakha and Uma Paro Bhutan itinerary

14 days from £6,795

This is our most extensive Bhutan tour – perfect for people who want to look under every inch of the...

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Luxury Indochina… Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

Luxury Indochina Itinerary 23

17 days from £5,650

This trip gives you the most luxurious taste of Indochina. Enjoy Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia’s best boutique hotels, including one...

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Luxury Indonesian Island Tour... Aman Bali & Beyond

Amanwana Moyo Island Eastern Indonesia Indonesia Ampersand Travel 13

12 days from £4,900

Begin at the Amandari in Ubud, Bali, set amidst forests, rivers and emerald rice paddies. Next, to the Amanwana for...

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Meandering Down the Mekong... Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam

Meandering Down The Mekong Itinerary

21 days from £7,500

This is our ‘super luxe’ Mekong itinerary. Sleeping both on the boat and in hotels, you will experience four countries...

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Mowgli's India - The Perfect Tiger-lover's Tour

Taj, Temples and Tigers of North India – The Perfect Family Holiday to India itinerary

11 days from £3,845

We love our wildlife at Ampersand and in this tour we've combined three of the top national parks in India....

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Mystical Tamil Nadu... Our Sacred South India Tour

Madurai Tamil Nadu South India 4

15 days from £3,950

Exploring the myths and legends of the sacred south-east, this journey encapsulates the essence of the spiritual state of Tamil...

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Natural Wildlife Wonders of Sri Lanka

Natural Wonders Of Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days from £4,150

Experience the astonishing diversity and natural beauty of Sri Lanka's rivers, lakes, mountains, jungles and beaches. Staying in accommodation ranging...

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Nihi Sumba Island... Indonesia's Most Romantic Island Hideaway

INDONESIA Nihiwatu 5

10 days from £5,260

Just one hour's flight from Bali, Nihi Sumba Island is a small and exclusive resort in remote eastern Indonesia –...

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Luxury For Less... Oberoi's 2018 North Indian Holiday Special

NORTH INDIA - Oberoi Udaivilas

11 days from £3,990

This tour visits the Golden Triangle region of Northern India whilst staying at the some of the finest hotels in...

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Ampersand's Signature Sri Lanka Tour

SRI LANKA - Castlereagh Lake views (1)

17 days from £5,150

If money was no object this would be our ideal cultural tour of Sri Lanka. This in-depth tour encompasses the...

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Rajasthani Nights - Dreamy Desert Luxury Tour of North India

Rajasthani Nights North India 14

13 days from £4,550

Combine sparkling sand dunes, secluded tented camps, sunset camel rides, impressive forts and glittering palace hotels in this 13 day...

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Retracing China's Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Trail

Lijiang Yunnan China 1

13 days from £5,350

Jeff Fuchs’ expert led expedition along the unexplored sections of the Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road. Explore the diversity...

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Sensational Bali, Indonesia with Alila Villas

INDONESIA Alila Uluwatu Bali Indonesia 1

9 days from £3,440

This deliciously indulgent holiday captures the very best of Bali staying exclusively with Alila Villas properties. Start with three nights...

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Sheer Indulgence... From Cambodia’s Angkor Temples to Phuket & Bangkok in Thailand

THAILAND - Amanpuri Phuket Thailand Ampersand Travel 19

13 days from £13,095

This indulgent journey combines three of the most fascinating facets of Cambodia and Thailand, using its finest hotels. Enjoy a...

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Siam in Style - Jungles, Trains & Beaches in Thailand

THAILAND - Four Seasons (I think)

17 days from £8,585

This luxurious itinerary travels from the hills of northern Thailand to the stunning beaches and islands in the country's south....

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Soneva Fushi, Maldives - Stay 7 and Pay 6 Nights

MALDIVES Soneva Fushi School Of Fish

9 days from £3,850

Soneva Fushi, one of our favourite resorts in the Maldives, has a fantastic 'Stay 7 Nights and Pay 6'. The...

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Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle & Beach

Sri Lanka -Dambulla Caves

15 days from £3,950

This tour offers both an insightful view to Sri Lanka's history as well a relaxing coastal break enjoying the island's...

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Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle & The Maldives

Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle And Maldives Itinerary 2

16 days from £5,150

This fabulous tour allows a mix of culture and sheer bliss. In Sri Lanka you will visit the historical cultural...

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Sri Lanka's Sublime Aman Experience

SRI LANKA - Amanwella Tangalle The South Sri Lanka 18

9 days from £4,200

Combine the discovery of 400-year old Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the balmy seclusion of a palm-fringed...

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Taj Exotica, Maldives - Stay 7 and Pay 6 Nights

MALDIVES - Taj Exotica large villa

9 days from £3,500

Taj Exotica has a fantastic 'Stay 7 Nights and Pay 6' offer. However, should the dates on offer not suit...

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Taj Palace Tour... The Ultimate Indian Indulgence

Umaid Bhawan JODHPUR North India 6

17 days from £6,805

A combination of what we do best, this 17 day tour blends opulent luxury with the best of Indian culture....

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Tamil Nadu & Kerala... A Luxury Tailor-made Tour of South India

South India Chinese Fishingnets Fort Cochin

16 days from £3,975

Towering temples, mist shrouded hills and palm fringed beaches are just a few of the incredible sights that await you...

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Temples & Volcanoes of Central Java, Indonesia

Central Java and its Volcanic Peaks - Indonesia itinerary (2)

12 days from £3,455

Discover Indonesia’s most populated island in this tailor-made itinerary. From the bustling streets of Yogyakarta to the rural idyll of...

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The Best of Laos... Mountains & Mekong Tour

Mountains And Mekong Itinerary

11 days from £3,800

This is a great trip if you are perhaps on your second trip to Laos and want to get under...

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The Best of Luxury Bali, Indonesia... The Ultimate Aman Experience

INDONESIA Amandari Villa Home 1

9 days from £3,055

Start at the Amankila – a wonderful sanctuary for romantic, spiritual and active pursuits. Continue to the Amandari in the...

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The Cultural Gems of Indochina... Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

The Gems Of Indochina Itinerary 3

10 days from £3,950

This trip gives you the perfect taste of Indochina in under two weeks. Despite travelling through three countries – Vietnam,...

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The Golden Land of Burma… A Luxury Tour

BURMA - Bagan - Shwezigon Paya

13 days from £3,990

Having recently returned from Burma, James & Mark have put together their ideal trip to the 'Golden Land' using their...

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The Hidden Beaches of the Andaman Islands

Jalakara Andaman Islands South India 9

12 days from £3,650

Explore the hidden beaches and secret gems of India’s underrated and laid-back Andaman Islands on this relaxing 12-day itinerary.

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The Length of the Bullet Train Line in Japan

Length Of The Bullet Train Line 16

21 days from £8,950

With two recent extensions to Aomori in the north and Kagoshima to the south, the bullet train line now runs...

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The Ultimate Adventure Tour of Thailand

THAILAND - Chang Rai elephant camp

16 days from £4,250

The perfect balance of action and relaxation, ideal for nature and adventure-lovers. Enjoy several of Thailand’s natural splendors, from wildlife-rich national...

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The Ultimate Burma Tour... No Stone Left Unturned

BURMA - U Bein Bridge, Mandalay

22 days from £5,950

This is our definitive Burma itinerary. As well as taking in all the major sites, this journey showcases all of...

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The Ultimate Laos Adventure Tour

The Ultimate Laos Adventure Itinerary 2

17 days from £3,990

This is the ultimate way to experience Laos – ideal for people who have already begun their love affair with...

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Tiger Blue, Indonesia: The Ultimate Sea Safari

Tiger Blue, Indonesia: The Ultimate Sea Safari

12 days from £4,550

Make it up as you go along on the ultimate Indonesian sea safari. Any stay on board the Tiger Blue...

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Tour of Bhutan and the Druk Path Trek

Tour Of Bhutan And The Druk Path Trek Itinerary 3

13 days from £5,585

Ideal for action-lovers with an adventurous spirit. There is the option to stay in ‘superior’ or ‘luxury’ accommodation depending on...

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Travel East Asia in Luxurious Style with Aman Resorts

Aman SEA Tour VIETNAM Amanoi Vinh Hy Bay Vietnam 2

18 days from £7,955

Experience the beauty of Southeast Asia on this 18 day tour while staying exclusively at Aman proprieties. Observe the brand’s...

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Two Kingdoms... Bhutan & Thailand with COMO Resorts

BHUTAN - Como Punakha terrace

14 days from £5,332

Explore the kingdoms of Bhutan and Thailand on a luxurious and exhilarating journey starting in the Himalayas and the spectacular...

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Ultimate Luxury Tour of Japan

Best Of The Best In Japan 9

13 days from £11,450

Japan has the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, and it has a number of super-luxe accommodation options to match....

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Undiscovered Burma... Luxury Sailing in the Mergui Archipelago

Mergui Archipelago Burma 1

12 days from £4,283

Are you looking for a new way to experience Burma? We have the answer: a 12-night luxury adventure featuring her...

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Wellness and Discovery at COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali, Indonesia

Wellness And Discovery Como Shambhala Bali 3

8 days from £3,320

Whether you want total relaxation, post-natal fitness or to improve your athletic performance, this package is the perfect introduction to...

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