Suggested itineraries in March

Although we are waiting with baited breath for the green shoots and warm sunshine of spring to appear in the UK, March is often a wet and chilly month. Through our own travels and our extensive list of contacts, we have compiled our best recommendations for where to go on holiday in March.

In the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, spring is ahead of the game. In western Bhutan the air is crisp and everywhere is bursting with new life; bright rhododendrons come into bloom and violets and orchids cover the ground. We highly recommend this time of year to enjoy this fresh and invigorating season in Bhutan ahead of the pre-monsoon showers starting in June.

In Sri Lanka’s popular west coast, the tourist crowds thin out, yet the weather is still warm and dry on the beach. In the central plateau the Maha monsoon will have passed by March, so it’s a great time of year to head to the ancient cities of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. On a grand three-week holiday to Sri Lanka you can cover the whole island on an adventurous wildlife holiday – if Tarzan went to Sri Lanka we are sure that he would do something along these lines! Further north, this is a great time of year to visit Rajasthan in North India, as well as to visit some of North India’s finest monasteries and temples. If you are looking for a renaissance unlike any other, we recommend a week at India’s ultimate wellness retreat at Vana. March 2019 is also the final month of the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. This is a very special Hindu festival which only occurs once every 6 years. It is the world's largest religious gathering and celebrates harmony, unity and peace for all humanity.

The Golden Land of Burma is beautiful at this time of year and is our favourite time of year to travel there. It is the start of the hot season, so the temperatures are higher, but you can enjoy this cultural treasure trove with less crowds. We have designed the ultimate luxury tour of Burma using her finest luxury hotels and most exclusive experiences. Alternatively, the undiscovered islands of the Mergui archipelago are perfect, with warm and sunny weather, and the wind has also dropped slightly which makes it one of the best months for diving and snorkelling with clear water.

March is the best time of year to scale the length and breadth of Vietnam. The usually sticky humidity has vanished into dazzling sunshine, with the southern beaches being perfect, as well as it being optimum weather for trekking in the northern mountains. What’s more, it’s shoulder season which means you can see much more for less. Explore Vietnam’s cultural heartland, meander down the tranquil Mekong or for a real feast for the senses, discover the country’s culinary delights.

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 Grand Tour of Bhutan

Grand Tour Of Bhutan St Hotels Itinerary 1

15 days from £5,500

A wonderfully rich and varied itinerary designed for the first time visitor who really wants the full introduction with all...

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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 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 Act of Faith: Ardh Kumbh Mela, Allahabad 2019

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15 days from £3,650

15 January to 4 March, 2019 On this two-week-long itinerary, you will visit two of India's oldest living cities at...

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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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Ancient Kingdoms of Ceylon

Ancient Kingdoms Of Ceylon Itinerary

10 days from £2,500

This brief tour perfectly balances culture and relaxation:  take in the archaeological treasures of the Golden Triangle, visit the Temple...

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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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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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From Himalayan Bhutan to Thailand's Best Beach

Bhutan and Beach itinerary

16 days from £7,795

Not many trips take you from summit to sea,  experiencing both the majesty and mountains of Bhutan and the blazing...

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Bonjour Vietnam… A Fabulous Food-lovers Tour

Bonjour Vietnam Itinerary 4

12 days from £3,990

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 Blighty... Luxury Tailor-made Tour of England

Boutique Blighty 10

12 days from £3,407 / $5,451

This 12 day tour allows you to enjoy England's highlights from the comfort of some of the country's best boutique...

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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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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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Colours of Rajasthan, North India

Colours Of Rajasthan Itinerary

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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Constance Moofushi, Maldives - Pay 5 and Stay 7 Nights Offer

Constance Moofushi The Maldives Ampersand Travel 17

9 days from £3,200

Constance Moofushi has a fantastic 'Stay 7 Nights and Pay 5' offer. This offer is suject to availibility and dates...

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

Essential India Itinerary 640

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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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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Forts & Palaces of Rajasthan... Experience India's Living History

Forts And Palaces Of Rajasthan Itinerary

15 days from £3,967

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

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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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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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Golfing in Sri Lanka

Golfing In Sri Lanka Itinerary 3

11 days from £3,300

With its exceptional golf courses, scenery and luxury hotels, Sri Lanka is a superb destination for golf-loving explorers – from...

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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 Nepal

Grand Tour Of Nepal Itinerary 3

14 days from £4,995

This itinerary includes the best of Nepal: the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, jungle safaris in Chitwan...

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

SOUTH INDIA - Tamil Nadu (8)

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

SRI LANKA - beach

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

Asiatic Lion Gir National Park Gujurat 1

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

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

Meandering Down The Mekong Itinerary

22 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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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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Pandaw Mekong Cruise... Vietnam & Cambodia

RV Pandaw Cruises Saigon Vietnam 3

14 days from £3,990

Ideal for people who like to cruise. Pandaw is not the only vessel that does this route; we have many...

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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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Sake, Snow, Shrines, Sand and Sushi

Sake Snow Shrines Sand And Sushi 13

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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Southern Vietnam & Cambodia’s Ancient Kingdom of Angkor

CAMBODIA Siem Reap Raffles D Angkor Hotel At Night

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

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

Madurai Tamil Nadu South India 7

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

Temples Tribes And Textiles Of Gujarat Itinerary 2

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

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 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 Historical Treasures & Natural Wonders of Laos

LAOS Luang Prabang Golden Temple

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

The Road To Mandalay Bagan Burma 1  (1)

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

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

Waldorf Astoria Maldives 3

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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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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Three Little Tastes of Heaven in Sri Lanka

Three Little Tastes Of Heaven In Sri Lanka Itinerary 3

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

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 Helicopter Tour of Nepal

Ultimate Helicopter Tour Of Nepal Itinerary

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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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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Witness the Black Necked Cranes in Bhutan

Witness the Black Necked Crane Bhutan itinerary

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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