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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A Classic Cultural Tour of Bhutan

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 Wilderness Adventure in Kipling Country

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

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 Jewish Heritage Tour of India

16 days from £4,450

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

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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Aman Bhutan... The Luxury Amankora Journey

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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Ancient India: A historical Journey through Central India

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

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

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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Beyond the Sky... Uma Punakha and Uma Paro - A luxury tailor-made tour of Bhutan

11 days from £5,440

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-lovers Tour

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

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

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

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

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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Classic Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia’s Temples of Angkor

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

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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Colours of Rajasthan, North India

17 days from £3,490

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 - Stay 7 nights Pay 6

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

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

17 days from £6,800

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, Maldives - Pay 5 and Stay 7 Nights Offer

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

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

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

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

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

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 North India... Our Favourite Luxury India Holiday

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

21 days from £5,495

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

13 days from £5,660

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

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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If Tarzan went to Sri Lanka...

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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India with Aman – A sophisticated journey for the senses

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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Introduction to Nepal

9 days from £3,655

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

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

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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Life's a Beach… Sri Lanka’s Best Beach Holiday

14 days from £3,150

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

14 days from £4,927

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

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 Indochina… Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

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 Surfing in Sri Lanka

10 days from £4,650

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 Journey

11 days from £5,795

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

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

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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Mystical Tamil Nadu... Our Sacred South India Tour

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

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

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

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

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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Sake, Snow, Shrines, Sand and Sushi

17 days from £6,990

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

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

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

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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Southern Vietnam & Cambodia’s Ancient Kingdom of Angkor

15 days from £4,795

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 days from £4,530

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

13 days from £3,800

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

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

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

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

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 Historical Treasures & Natural Wonders of Laos

16 days from £4,275

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

12 days from £3,945

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

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

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

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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The Beach House at Iruveli, Maldives - Stay 7 and Pay 5 Offer

9 days from £3,600

The Beach House at Iruveli has a fantastic 'Stay 7 Nights and Pay 5' offer. This offer is subject to...

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Three Little Tastes of Heaven in Sri Lanka

11 days from £5,150

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

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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

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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Ultimate Helicopter Tour of Nepal

16 days from £13,900

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

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

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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Witness the Black Necked Cranes in Bhutan

12 days from £7,530

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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