Suggested itineraries in September

As the chill creeps into September evenings in the UK, distract yourself from the oncoming winter months by taking a trip eastwards to prolong summer. This is a fantastic time to visit Bhutan, particularly if you enjoy trekking. Bright blue skies mean that the stunning Himalayan mountains are always in view and the departure of the recent rainy season means that temperatures stay cool. If you’re planning a trip to see wildlife in India, now is the ideal time to visit. After the humid and rainy summer months the forests of Rajasthan are shimmering with life. Spot tigers and leopards whilst on luxury safari in India's central National Parks such as Ranthambore, Panna, Satpura, Kanha and Banghavgarh.

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 Gastronomic Tour of China

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13 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

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10 days from £4,500

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 £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

12 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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Aman Bhutan... The Luxury Amankora Journey

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10 days from £7,800

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 £6,950

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 Kingdoms of Ceylon

Ancient Kingdoms Of Ceylon Itinerary

9 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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Aman Tri-Centre UNESCO China Experience: Beijing, Lijiang & Hangzhou

CHINA - Aman Summer Palace, Beijing

10 days from £7,495

Experience Aman's signature luxury in three unique settings, each atmospherically evoking China's varied past. The grandeur of an imperial Summer...

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Ampersand's Signature Sri Lanka Tour

SRI LANKA - Castlereagh Lake views (1)

16 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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Best of the Best in Burma... The Ultimate Luxury Tour

BURMA Governors Residence Yangon 17

15 days from £6,720

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 & Uma Paro

BHUTAN UMA Paro Paro 20

8 days from £4,440

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

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15 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

18 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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Chasing the Past in Vietnam's Cultural Heartland

Ninh Binh Vietnam 2

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

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16 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

14 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

16 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

13 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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Cultural Gems of Indonesia... Lombok, Bali & Java

INDONESIA Uma Ubud Procession 2

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

Deccan Discovery Itinerary

14 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

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13 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

17 days from £6,400

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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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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Family Adventure in Japan

Family Adventure In Japan 2

13 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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From Bhutan to India's Andaman Islands... A Romantic Adventure from Mountain to Beach

South India Andaman Islands Havelock

14 days from £5,895

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

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Gardens, Temples and Customs of Japan

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14 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

11 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

16 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

13 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

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10 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

17 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

10 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

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15 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

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15 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

14 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

20 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

20 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

8 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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India with Aman – A sophisticated journey for the senses

Aman I Khas Ranthambore National Park North India 2

9 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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'Indian Summers'... A Historical Highlands Drama

Indian Summers A Historical Highlands Drama 20

13 days from £3,280

To celebrate the launch of Channel 4’s hotly anticipated 10-part period drama ‘Indian Summers’, we have created the ultimate tour...

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Japan: A Perfect Introduction

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10 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

15 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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Leh in Ladakh and Rajasthan's Golden Triangle... A Perfect North Indian Pairing from April to Sept

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15 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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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 Indonesian Island Tour... Aman Bali & Beyond

Amanwana Moyo Island Eastern Indonesia Indonesia Ampersand Travel 13

11 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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Mystical Tamil Nadu... Our Sacred South India Tour

Madurai Tamil Nadu South India 4

14 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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The Ancient Kingdoms of Nepal & Bhutan

NEPAL Mural

17 days from £6,280

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 £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 2019 North Indian Holiday Special

NORTH INDIA - Oberoi Udaivilas

10 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 Voyage around Indonesia’s Komodo Islands on Alila Purnama

Alila Purnama Luxury Sailing Indonesia 14

11 days from £7,495

This trip combines the effortless style and luxury of all Alila properties, both on land and at sea. Go island-hopping...

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Retracing China's Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Trail

Lijiang Yunnan China 1

12 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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Sanctuary Ananda Cruise… Iconic Burma in Luxurious Style

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13 days from £5,395

Combine the very best of Burma’s iconic sites with a luxurious voyage down the Irrawaddy River aboard one of the...

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Sensational Bali, Indonesia with Alila Villas

INDONESIA Alila Uluwatu Bali Indonesia 1

8 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

15 days from £11,950

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

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Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle & Beach

Sri Lanka -Dambulla Caves

14 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

NORTH INDIA - Rambagh Palace

16 days from £6,855

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 £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

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12 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

8 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 Golden Land of Burma… A Luxury Tour

BURMA - Bagan - Shwezigon Paya

12 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 Length of the Bullet Train Line in Japan

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19 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 Perfect Summer Honeymoon in Sri Lanka

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14 days from £3,850

Sri Lanka's cultural charms and natural beauty make her the perfect destination for an exotic Asian honeymoon. For a relatively...

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The Ultimate Burma Tour... No Stone Left Unturned

BURMA - U Bein Bridge, Mandalay

21 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

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

Aman SEA Tour VIETNAM Amanoi Vinh Hy Bay Vietnam 2

17 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 - Uma Paro

12 days from £5,330

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 Luxury Tour of Japan

Best Of The Best In Japan 9

12 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

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

Wonders Of The Ancient World Itinerary 11

11 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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Client Testimonials

Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North 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
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had dealings with. Everything – from the individual care and attention in helping to plan 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
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
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 thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, 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!
- Jaime Benitez, South India

From our Instagram

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"They've spotted us!" 🦒 #OkavangoDelta in #Botswana
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One of the most sought-after wilderness destinations in the world. Reigning over 15,000 Square kilometers of land - there's no wonder that its home to 200 different species of mammals!
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If you'd like to be in with the chance of spotting one of these for yourselves, get in touch to start planning your safari adventure! 📸 @ravalli1 @mlabgol @mo_naser 
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#SriLanka has just been awarded the title of #WorldsBestIsland by @travelandleisure 🇱🇰
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We couldn’t be happier that this spirited country is getting the recognition it deserves!
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As you travel through #Cambodia’s countryside you’re bound to come across some friendly faces like these! 🧡
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If you’d like to go off the beaten track in this wonderful country and meet some lovely locals along the way, then please get in touch!
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Today marks #InternationalTigerDay & we couldn’t be happier that #India’s wild tiger population now touches almost 3,000! 🐅🐅🐅
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A luxury holiday to #Goa feeds the soul and the senses 🇮🇳🌅
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Discover a kaleidoscope of baroque architecture, whitewashed churches, crumbling forts, tropical beaches, intoxicating spices and the warmth of #SouthIndia ⛪️☀️🌶
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Our Africa Specialist captured these memorable moments during their recent stay at @matetsivictoriafalls 🦓🐘
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A beautifully designed Safari Lodge set in a vast private reserve along the Zambezi River banks. The perfect stay close to Victoria Falls, post or pre African Safari ✨
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