Suggested itineraries in May

May is one of the best months to go on holiday, and for those looking for some pre-summer sun, we can suggest a number of inspiring destinations that offer superb springtime weather. Read below of where we suggest to go on holiday in May, and if you are travelling with children, we also have some recommendations on where to travel for May half-term.

Indonesia in May is one of the best times of year to visit, which coincides with the start of the dry season; dry, sunny days but as peak season is still a couple of months away you will find fewer tourists at the beaches and temples. Beat the crowds to Bali and enjoy the lush, bright green countryside of Ubud or head to the pale sands of the south coast beaches. We recommend going beyond Bali and combining three of Indonesia's main islands, and immersing yourself in the cultural gems of Bali, Lombok and Java. If you are travelling with the family then why not try something slightly different on a family diving holiday from Lombok to Komodo, home to an abundance of marine flora and fauna, and of course they are home to the indigenous Komodo Dragon.

By May spring has sprung in Bhutan and in late spring the famous rhododendrons bloom spectacularly, flooding the valleys with colour. This is the season just before the monsoon and is the prime time for wildlife lovers to visit. Bhutan also has direct flights to Bangkok, and not many holidays take you from summit to sea. Experience both the majesty of Bhutan’s mountains and the stunning tropical beaches of Thailand on this unique combination itinerary. In another Himalayan kingdom, by May the snow has started to melt in Northern India, making Ladakh accessible again. It’s a pleasant time of year to travel and a great opportunity to trek the epic plateaus and see the snow-caps on the lofty Himalayan mountain ranges.

May is also a good month to visit Japan, when temperatures in the capital Tokyo are mild, the gardens are in full bloom and the mountains are green. From the Imperial Palace gardens to the zen-inspired grounds of ancient temples, Japan is an ideal destination for lovers of beautiful gardens and the Kenrokuen gardens in Kanazawa are considered amongst the most beautiful in Japan. Explore them on our unique itinerary which explores the gardens, temples and customs of Japan. Japan also offers endless fun for big kids and little kids alike. Our family adventure in Japan itinerary encapsulates all that is weird and wonderful about Japanese entertainment, from themed roller coasters and adventure parks, to futuristic hi-tech karaoke booths.

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 Diving Holiday, from Lombok to Komodo

Mantra Raja Ampat Indonesia 2

13 days from £5,140

An exciting family adventure which explores the Komodo Islands above and below the crystal clear waves, and all they have...

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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 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 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 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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An Educational Adventure: The Perfect Family Holiday to China

CHINA - Yunnan, women in local dress

15 days from £6,275

Take your family on an authentic holiday of a lifetime to experience China’s classic sights in immersive and interactive ways....

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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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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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Authentic Indonesia

Indonesia High Angle View Of Mount Bromo At Sunrise

21 days from £5,720

Experience the real Indonesia; scale volcanoes, explore ancient sites, dive coral reefs, immerse in the rich Hindu culture, soak up...

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

Beyond the Sky Uma Punakha and Uma Paro Bhutan itinerary 8

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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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 £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 Indonesia... Sun, Sand & Stylish Hotels in Lombok, Bali & Moyo Island

JEEVA Beloam Beach Camp Lombok Indonesia 26  (1)

16 days from £6,210

This quirky tour spans the tropical islands of Lombok, Bali and Moyo Island staying in some of Indonesia’s most stylish...

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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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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 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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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 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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Dynastic Discovery: Exploring China's Heartland

Dynastic Discovery Exploring Chinas Heartland 4

14 days from £4,945

Gazing into the enigmatic eyes of a two millenia old terracotta warrior and knowing that he and every single one...

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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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Far from the madding crowd: rural highlights of Southern China

Far From The Madding Crowd Rural Highlights Of Southern China 14

18 days from £7,675

Modern China has redefined the phrase 'concrete jungle'. However, there are countless rural idylls to be found spread across the...

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Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives - Stay 7 and Pay 5 Nights Offer with Complimentary Half Board Upgrade

Four Seasons At Landaa Giraavaru Itinerary 3

9 days from £3,300

The Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru is one of the Maldives most luxurious resorts and currently offers a 'Stay 7...

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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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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 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 Heights... A Summer in Ladakh, Northern India

Hidden India A Summer In Ladakh Itinerary

11 days from £3,550

Admire Ladakh’s dramatic landscapes and rich culture, full of distinctive Buddhist architecture, jewellery & costumes. Hike through refreshing mountains, enjoying monasteries,...

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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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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'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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Indonesian Sojourn onboard Silolona

Silolona Sailing Boat Indonesia 19

10 days from £9,365

One of the newest and most exciting vessels to grace the Indian Ocean, Silolona is a truly modern classic sailing...

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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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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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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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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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Maharajas' Express - North India's Most Luxurious Train Journey

Maharaja's Express itinerary 1

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

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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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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Nepal and Bhutan

Nepal and Bhutan itinerary

18 days from £6,200

Great for those who want to have a huge Himalayan adventure with contrasting views of two Himalayan countries. Explore colourful...

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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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One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives - Stay 12 and Pay 10 Nights With Complimentary Half Board Offer

One Only Reethi Rah Itinerary 2

14 days from £4,850

One and Only, Reethi Rah, has a fantastic 'Stay 12 Nights and Pay 10' offer which includes a complimentary upgrade...

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Outdoors Lover's Paradise... A Luxury Tour of the UK's Lakes, Lochs and Brochs

Outdoor Lovers Paradise UK Itinerary 8

10 days from £2,670 / $4,272

Great Britain has a great deal to offer lovers of the outdoors and this tailor-made itinerary allows you to explore...

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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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Ladakh Village Walk Experience – Indian Himalayan Tour

NORTH INDIA - Pang Lake

16 days from £9,995

This beautiful cultural tour takes you off the beaten track to unspoiled, traditional villages in the Indus valley. The perfect...

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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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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 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 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 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 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 Indonesia Honeymoon

INDONESIA Kila Swimming Pools 3

19 days from £12,450

This ultimate romantic getaway is perfect for those looking for 5-star service, opulent comfort and privacy whilst experiencing the beauty...

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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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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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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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