Suggested itineraries in December

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is the ideal place to forget the stresses of a busy year – although it can be visited year round, many people don’t realise that winter is a great time to go. The weather is predominantly dry and bright, views are crystal clear and, though chilly and crisp, there is nothing like warm blankets and wood fires at a luxury property to make you feel snug and content. For another alternative Christmas holiday we suggest a trip to Burma, where the cool season makes for comfortable temperature with little rain. A perfect climate to explore the sacred stupas of Bagan and the traditional lost-in-time charm of Lake Inle. A visit to Sri Lanka at this time of year is a dream. Unwind on the white-sand beaches of the south west coast or up in the Hill Country when its picturesque but often rainy tea plantations are at their driest. For truly intrepid travellers, the ski season starts in Gulmarg, Kashmir, in Northern India. These exotic powder pistes offer an unforgettable and unique skiing experience!

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An Introduction to Bhutan

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11 days from £4,620 for 2022

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

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A Family Wilderness Adventure in Kipling Country

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12 days from £6,820 for 2022

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

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13 days from £8,910 for 2022

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 Jewish Heritage Tour of India

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15 days from £8,360 for 2022

Journey through India’s Jewish past and present on this special tour of her Jewish heritage hubs – Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta...

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A Week in Laos

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8 days from £4,015 for 2022

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

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Aman Bhutan... The Luxury Amankora Journey

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10 days from £9,350 for 2022

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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Ancient India: A Historical Journey through Central India

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16 days from £6,820 for 2022

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 in Burma... The Ultimate Luxury Tour

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15 days from £8,250 for 2022

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

13 days from £7,370 for 2022

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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Beyond the Sky... Uma Punakha & Uma Paro

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8 days from £6,545 for 2022

Perfect for both family holidays and honeymoons, Bhutan remains an exclusive, romantic and adventurous destination. COMO Hotels, with the addition...

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Bonjour Vietnam… A Fabulous Food-lover's Tour

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11 days from £5,510 for 2022

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 & Heavenly Hotels

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18 days from £7,300 for 2022

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

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12 days from £5,775 for 2022

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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A Cambodian Discovery… Jungle, Beach & City

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11 days from £6,875 for 2022

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

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16 days from £7,425 for 2022

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

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Classic Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia’s Temples of Angkor

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13 days from £5,940 for 2022

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

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8 days from £2,600 for 2022

Located a 40-minute speedboat journey away from Male Airport, Cocoa Island is one of our favourite properties in the Maldives. Understated...

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Colours of Rajasthan, North India

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16 days from £6,900 for 2022

This is a wonderfully vibrant way to experience India: from bustling Delhi and the impressive Taj Mahal to the 'Pink City'...

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Conrad Rangali, Maldives

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8 days from £2,720 for 2022

Conrad Maldives Rangali is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Winter Sun Destinations and Top 10 Romantic Retreats.  This romantic resort offers sophisticated luxury...

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Cultural Gems of Cambodia

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8 days from £5,545 for 2022

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

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Essential India... Our Comprehensive Tour of North & South India

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15 days from £6,420 for 2022

This itinerary is one of our absolute favourites. It combines the fascinating historical and natural gems of the northern regions...

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Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa

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8 days from £3,700 for 2022

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa is a beautiful resort just a short speedboat ride from Male airport. All the guest rooms are...

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

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14 days from £6,215 for 2022

Bhutan and the Andamans could hardly be more different, a fantastic itinerary of mountain peaks and tropical reefs…

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

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10 days from £7,920 for 2022

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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Leela Palaces: Gems of North & South India

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11 days from £6,600 for 2022

This leisurely journey takes in North India’s classic sights: Imperial Delhi, the ‘Lake City’ of Udaipur, the Bollywood scene in...

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

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16 days from £6,710 for 2022

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

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13 days from £6,600 for 2022

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 North India... Our Favourite Luxury India Holiday

NORTH INDIA - Jodhpur

17 days from £9,680 for 2022

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

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Grand Tour of South India... Our Signature Family-friendly Holiday

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20 days from £10,340 for 2022

This fabulous journey cherry-picks the region's highlights, from the colonial charm of Cochin and the buzzing temple-town of Madurai to the...

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Group Diving in Raja Ampat

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12 days from £6,225 for 2022

There is no better way to explore the mysterious and undiscovered world of Raja Ampat than by luxury sailing yacht.

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Holy Cities & Sacred Rivers of North India

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14 days from £6,820 for 2022

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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If Tarzan went to Sri Lanka...

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19 days from £9,405 for 2022

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

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India with Aman: A sophisticated journey for the senses

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9 days from £5,720 for 2022

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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Introduction to Nepal

NEPAL Kathmandu Temple

8 days from £2,925 for 2022

The perfect short tour of Nepal combining its cultural and scenic wonders. Explore ancient Hindu and Buddhist sites in Kathmandu;...

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Life’s a Beach… Sri Lanka’s Ultimate Beach Holiday

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13 days from £5,610 for 2022

Sri Lanka has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With palm fringed beaches and the warm waters...

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Lions & Wolves: Gujarat’s Exceptional Wildlife

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13 days from £6,380 for 2022

Experience the rare wildlife and pristine landscapes of Gujarat on an all-encompassing wildlife itinerary to track the elusive Asiatic lions.

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Luxury Adventure in Nepal

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12 days from £4,295 for 2022

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 Indochina… Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

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15 days from £8,140 for 2022

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 Surfing in Sri Lanka

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9 days from £5,720 for 2022

Hit the waves in Weligama and Tangalle for the ultimate Sri Lankan surfing holiday, perfect for those who also love...

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Maharajas' Express - North India’s Most Luxurious Train

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10 days from £6,600 for 2022

Experience India’s most luxurious train, the Maharajas’ Express, on a fascinating route through bejewelled cities, cultural sites and wildlife parks.

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

Meandering Down The Mekong Itinerary

21 days from £9,350 for 2022

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

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Mystical Tamil Nadu... Our Sacred South India Tour

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14 days from £6,820 for 2022

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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Sri Lanka’s Natural Wildlife Wonders

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12 days from £6,760 for 2022

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

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Luxury For Less... Oberoi’s 2022 Unforgettable Getaways

NORTH INDIA - Taj Mahal, view from The Oberoi

10 days from £5,940 for 2022

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

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16 days from £7,975 for 2022

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 - Luxury Desert Tour of North India

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12 days from £5,280 for 2022

Covering Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Rohet and Osian, this itinerary is perfect for those who enjoy vast natural landscapes, wildlife, colourful Rajasthani...

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Sake, Snow, Shrines, Sand and Sushi

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16 days from £9,900 for 2022

Japan has world class ski resorts as well as beaches to rival the best in Bali. So why not combine...

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

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11 days from £14,400 for 2022

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

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16 days from £10,000 for 2022

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

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8 days from £4,300 for 2022

Soneva Fushi is one of the most stunning and intimate resorts in the Maldives. Offering barefoot luxury at its best, the adventure...

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Southern Vietnam & Cambodia’s Ancient Kingdom of Angkor

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12 days from £7,040 for 2022

Go beyond the traditional tourist trails on this overland journey combining southern Vietnam and Cambodia. Begin in the bustling and...

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Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle & Beach

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14 days from £7,260 for 2022

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

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15 days from £8,635 for 2022

This fabulous tour allows a mix of culture and sheer bliss. Visit Sri Lanka's historical cultural triangle before flying to...

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Sri Lanka’s Sublime Aman Experience

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8 days from £5,000 for 2022

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

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8 days from £2,440 for 2022

Taj Exotica is a stunning resort is situated in the middle of one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. Sandy beaches...

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Taj Palace Tour... The Ultimate Indian Indulgence

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16 days from £9,900 for 2022

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

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15 days from £7,920 for 2022

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

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Tamil Nadu & the Andaman Islands... Cultural Tour & Beach Holiday in South India

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15 days from £8,250 for 2022

A chance to experience two extremes of India: Tamil Nadu, a fabulous alternative to Rajasthan renowned for its incredible centuries-old...

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Temples, Tribes & Textiles of Gujarat – A Cultural Tour of West India

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12 days from £5,500 for 2022

Explore colourful tribes, exotic textiles and glorious temples in Gujarat. Next, venture from the undulating Aravalli Hills to the salt...

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The Best of Laos... Mountains & Mekong Tour

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10 days from £6,030 for 2022

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

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9 days from £5,280 for 2022

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

12 days from £5,970 for 2022

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

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11 days from £6,380 for 2022

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 Historical Treasures & Natural Wonders of Laos

LAOS Luang Prabang Golden Temple

14 days from £7,370 for 2022

Uncover the charm and cultural gems of this utterly alluring country on this perfect introductory tailor-made itinerary. Travel from south...

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Belmond's Road to Mandalay... Burma by Boat

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11 days from £4,565 for 2022

Meandering up the Irrawaddy on a luxury river boat is a wonderful and relaxing way to experience Burma. As this...

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The Ultimate Adventure Tour of Thailand

THAILAND - Chang Rai elephant camp

14 days from £8,360 for 2022

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

21 days from £9,350 for 2022

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

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16 days from £7,260 for 2022

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

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Three Little Tastes of Heaven in Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA - Amanwella resort

10 days from £5,940 for 2022

It is said that Sri Lanka was the original Garden of Eden and it only takes one visit to see...

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Tiger Blue, Indonesia: The Ultimate Sea Safari

Tiger Blue, Indonesia: The Ultimate Sea Safari

11 days from £5,005 for 2022

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

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Ultimate Helicopter Tour of Nepal

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15 days from £15,290 for 2022

A real holiday of a lifetime around Nepal by private helicopter with an expert guide throughout – on foot this...

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Undiscovered Burma... Luxury Sailing in the Mergui Archipelago

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11 days from £5,775 for 2022

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

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7 days from £4,950 for 2022

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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Bhutan’s Beautiful Black Necked Cranes

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10 days from £8,415 for 2022

The best time for spotting the beautiful Black Neck Crane is from early December to mid-March. This is a great...

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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
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- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
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