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.

An Introduction to Bhutan

Paro Bhutan 4

11 days from £4,200

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 Adventure Holiday to Vietnam

VIETNAM Local Fisherman

14 days from £5,800

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

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12 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

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13 days from £8,100

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

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10 days from £6,500

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

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

INDONESIA Alilavillassoori Paddy Field

13 days from £7,400

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

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12 days from £6,400

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

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23 days from £15,400

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

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11 days from £5,010

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

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10 days from £8,500

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

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14 days from £10,050

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

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14 days from £7,100

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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Ampersand’s Signature Sri Lanka Tour

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16 days from £7,250

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

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20 days from £7,800

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

13 days from £6,700

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 £5,950

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 Bhutan to Thailand’s Best Beach with Aman Resorts

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14 days from £10,150

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-lover's Tour

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11 days from £5,010

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

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15 days from £7,100

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

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12 days from £5,250

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

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15 days from £6,250

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

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14 days from £7,100

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

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16 days from £7,950

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

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13 days from £5,400

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

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8 days from £4,500

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 Pay 6 Nights Offer

MALDIVES - Hilton Rangali Island - Dhoni arrival

8 days from £4,500

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

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8 days from £3,750

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

15 days from £7,300

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

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13 days from £6,500

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

17 days from £7,500

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

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13 days from £7,700

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

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18 days from £8,800

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 - Stay 7 and Pay 5 Offer

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8 days from £3,750

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 - Pay 5 and Stay 7 Nights Offer

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8 days from £3,750

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

South India Andaman Islands Havelock

14 days from £5,650

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

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Gardens, Architecture and Customs of Japan

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14 days from £7,800

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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Leela Palaces: Gems of North & South India

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11 days from £6,000

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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Geoffrey Bawa; An Architectural Tour of Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA - Lunuganga Sri Lanka

13 days from £6,000

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

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10 days from £4,450

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

17 days from £8,800

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

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

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15 days from £5,800

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...

If Tarzan Went To Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days from £8,550

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

NORTH INDIA - Ganges, Varanasi

20 days from £10,800

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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A Week at Vana - India’s Ultimate Wellness Retreat

VANA Malsi Estate Dehradun North India Shared Spaces Yoga Temple 2

8 days from £4,200

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

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9 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

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10 days from £6,100

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

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15 days from £8,400

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

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Ladakh & Rajasthan... A Perfect Summer in North India

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15 days from £7,500

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 Ultimate Beach Holiday

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13 days from £5,100

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

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12 days from £3,905

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

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Best of Bhutan: The Ultimate Luxury Grand Tour

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13 days from £10,200

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

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Luxury Indochina… Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

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15 days from £7,400

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

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11 days from £7,500

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

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10 days from £6,000

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 £8,500

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

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Sri Lanka’s Natural Wildlife Wonders

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12 days from £6,150

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

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The Ancient Kingdoms of Nepal & Bhutan

NEPAL Mural

17 days from £6,080

A perfect tour for those who are looking for an exhilarating Himalayan adventure with contrasting views of two Himalayan kingdoms…

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

INDONESIA Nihiwatu 5

9 days from £6,750

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 2020 North Indian Holiday Special

NORTH INDIA - Taj Mahal, view from The Oberoi

10 days from £5,400

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

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13 days from £7,500

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

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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

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12 days from £5,800

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

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8 days from £5,250

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

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Shakti Ladakh Village Walk: An Indian Himalayan Tour

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15 days from £9,000

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 Offer

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8 days from £4,500

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

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14 days from £6,600

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 £7,850

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 £4,550

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 Sunset Cruise

8 days from £4,500

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

NORTH INDIA - Rambagh Palace

16 days from £9,000

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)

11 days from £5,900

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

8 days from £5,250

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

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8 days from £3,750

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

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9 days from £4,800

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

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11 days from £5,800

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

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19 days from £12,100

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

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18 days from £12,750

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

SRI LANKA - Amanwella resort

10 days from £5,400

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 £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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Travel East Asia in Luxurious Style with Aman Resorts

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17 days from £12,800

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

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12 days from £8,850

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

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7 days from £4,500

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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- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
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
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
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