Suggested itineraries in October

The gateway to winter, October is the ideal month for an exotic Asian getaway. The summer monsoon is coming to an end in central Vietnam, which means a little rain to break the temperature but mostly sunny days in the mid-to-south coast’s beautiful beaches. By October the southwest monsoon in India is easing so if you want to visit the cultural triangle, now is a fantastic time. Rajasthan has little rain in October and because of the recent monsoon, trees are a verdant green and tropical hibiscus flowers add splashes of colour.

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 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 Week in Laos

LAOS Luang Prabang Bridseye View

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

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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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 Jewish Heritage Tour of India

Jewish Heritage Tour Of India Mumbai 5

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 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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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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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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Autumn Leaves in Japan

Autumn Leaves In Japan 5

16 days from £6,450

Like their European namesake, the Japan Alps can be explored at any time of year. In the winter, Hakuba ski...

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

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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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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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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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Deccan Discovery... Archaeology, Ancient Temples & Train Journeys in South India

Deccan Discovery Itinerary

15 days from £4,940

This extraordinary itinerary provides comfortable access to some of the most beautiful locations in southern India and to the Deccan,...

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

Varanasi 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

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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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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Holy Cities & Sacred Rivers of North India

Holy Cities And Sacred Rivers Itinerary 2

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...

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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Introduction to Nepal

NEPAL Kathmandu Temple

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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 Most Spectacular Festival in Sri Lanka - Esala Perahera

Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle And Beach Itinerary 2

11 days from £2,800

This variety packed tour gives you an in depth insight into what Sri Lanka is all about. Take part in...

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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 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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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 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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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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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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Wonders of the Ancient World... Grand Archaeological Tour of Indonesia, Burma & Cambodia

Wonders Of The Ancient World Itinerary 11

13 days from £6,874

If you are interested in ancient history and love to travel in style, this is the ultimate itinerary for you....

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