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If the allure of the Far East tempts you to plan a visit to Asia, you might face a tough decision! Which destinations do you select in the world’s largest continent? No two Asia tours are quite alike, and each country has its own special appeal. There are differences in language, history, customs, religions, cuisines and local scenery. Goway offers group, independent, family, luxury, and active travel plus much more across over 20 countries in Asia. Click to learn more about the Goway Asia difference.
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China tours and beyond.
China is the fastest-developing country in the world. China travel provides the opportunity to see where this destination is heading as well as being able to experience its 4000-year history. Beijing’s highlights include the Great Wall and the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City. Shanghai is, in many ways, China’s city of the future. Xian , China’s ancient capital, is home to the legendary 2000-year-old Terra Cotta Warriors. Guilin has stunning tropical scenery and landscapes. Suzhou has fascinating canals and ornamental gardens and Kunming is the centre of numerous ethnic minorities, illustrating some of China’s diversity. Then there is Tibet with its fabulous and immense Potala Palace, the dramatic and beautiful Yangtze River with its fjord-like scenery, and the historic Silk Route of China stretching right across the country. All this is just a small part of a large world to be discovered on your China trip.
Japan Travel: Still One of a Kind
Japan brings together the past and the present in its major cities, including Tokyo , Kyoto , Osaka , Nagoya and Hiroshima . It is a land of tradition with its castles, temples and shrines together and with its many special occasions such as the Blossom Festivals. Yet it is also a modern land that inspires innovation and wonders with its speeding bullet trains and the latest electronic gadgets. The cuisine is all Japan’s own, ranging from simple grilled meats to delicately prepared ramen noodles and sushi, uniquely flavoured seaweed tea, and some inexplicably delicious desserts.
Places to Visit in South Korea
South Korea combines the old and new as well, albeit while bringing a very different culture and approach. Enjoy the street markets, palaces and gardens in Seoul , the archaeological sites in the ancient capital of Gyeongju known as the “Museum without Walls”, the port city of Busan with its special temples and the tropical “Hawaii of Korea,” and the magical Jeju Island with its swaying palms and sandy beaches. Korean scenery varies from mountain ranges to forested national parks, and once you’ve had a taste, you’ll want to explore it all.
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Hong Kong may only cover a small area but it is chock full of reasons to visit, at least for a few days. The hectic pace of everyday life in this dramatic setting charges the city with amazing energy. There is outstanding shopping, ranging from vibrant street markets such as the incomparable Stanley Market to stores selling luxury brand merchandise. The traditional side of Hong Kong can be found in its narrow alleyways and its many temples and pagodas. A must-do is a trip on the Star Ferry between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
A Tour of Macau
Not far away on a short ferry ride is Macau with its Portuguese influences reflected in its architecture, churches, fortresses and cuisine. A highlight is a thrilling walk around the outside of the Macau Tower while looking down on the city.
Travel to Taiwan
Taiwan is a country with many natural attributes with a steep mountain chain running from north to south, lush forests, lakes and an abundance of natural beauty. Its capital, Taipei , is a busy centre of activity with the jewel in the crown being the remarkable National Palace Museum with its treasure trove of ancient Chinese artifacts. Two other highlights are Kenting National Park , Taiwan’s oldest national park and the exotic-sounding Sun Moon Lake , the largest natural lake in the country.
Beyond the Usual Philippines Tour
The Philippines is a land of natural beauty with volcanic mountains, scenic rice paddies, tumbling waterfalls, serene lakes and some of the best beaches in Asia. Manila offers a lively urban scene and an insight into the country’s Spanish rule through a visit to the old area of Intramuros. The major beach resorts include Boracay , Palawan and Cebu . For a change of pace, check out the Banaue Rice Terraces with their breathtaking scenic landscapes carved into the mountains.
Bali, Beach, Temples, and More in Indonesia
Indonesia’s highlights include the magical island of Bali which combines excellent beaches with picture-perfect villages, traditional temples, rice paddies and an active volcano. Take a side trip to the enchanting inland resort of Ubud with its mountain and valley setting and wonderful artisan shops. Archaeology fans should head to Java, specifically Borobudur with its 1200-year-old Buddhist relics and Prambanan with its centuries-old Hindu temple complex. Then, there are the legendary Komodo Dragons on the island of Komodo , the world’s largest lizards and a must-see for brave wildlife lovers.
Food and Culture in Singapore
Singapore is a melting pot of three distinct cultures, Malay, Chinese and Indian which all come together in the country’s architecture, traditions, food and people. There are modern high-rises and colourful neighbourhoods such as Chinatown and Little India. Other highlights are outdoor dining on the Singapore River, a visit to the interesting Jurong Bird Park and to Sentosa Island with its museum, aquarium, beaches, shopping and restaurants.
Malaysia Travel Packed with Adventure
There are many special attractions in Malaysia. There is the cosmopolitan capital, Kuala Lumpur , the island of Penang with its excellent beaches and charming, historical Georgetown, the hill retreats of the Genting and Cameron Highlands , the world’s largest rainforest, Taman Negara, the beautiful resort of Langkawi and the fascinating Portuguese and Chinese-influenced Malacca.
A Unique Trip to Borneo
Malaysian Borneo offers interesting cities such as Kuching and Kota Kinabalu and South East Asia’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu plus the opportunity to stay with native tribes descended from headhunters in the jungle. Scuba diving in the south of Borneo is some of the best anywhere. Brunei , a small country that shares the island, boasts some unique architecture in its capital, Bandar Seri Begawan . This includes the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque and the Royal Palace. Other attractions include rainforests, wildlife and beaches.
Travel with Excitement to Thailand
Thailand is often called the land of smiles because of its gentle, friendly people. It is home to the exciting city of Bangkok teeming with life with its wonderful ornate palaces and temples, street markets, Chao Phraya River on which to take a cruise and its rambling backwater canals. A side trip to the River Kwai is well worthwhile, or to the nearby beach resorts of Pattaya , Hua Hin and Cha-Am. For more excellent beach resorts, you can’t go wrong with Phuket , Ko Samui , Krabi , Phi Phi Island or Koh Lanta in Southern Thailand. Northern Thailand offers spectacular scenery and impressive cities such as Chiang Mai , the "Rose of the North" and Chang Rai. In this region, you can visit hill tribes, and experience a working elephant camp.
A Trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
The emerging destinations of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos each have their own character and attractions. Vietnam has fascinating, lively metropolises such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi plus the old historical capital of Hue , the nearby atmospheric port of Hoi An , the beach resorts of Nha Trang and Phan Tiet , the amazing and spectacular Halong Bay and the scenic hill stations of Dalat and Sapa. The Mekong Delta offers lush tropical scenery and an insight into local rural life. Cambodia is home to one of the world’s most amazing archaeological sites, Angkor Wat, with its extensive ancient temple complex. Laos‘s main attraction is the town of Luang Prabang with its colourful temples, exceptional night market and the daily parade of the monks.
Once a closed country, Myanmar has now opened its doors to the world. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda, a city within a city containing many pavillions and shrines. Take in the” seeing is believing” landscape of the hundreds of Buddhist temples in Bagan . Mandalay has a large collection of temples and pagodas and Inle Lake offers the opportunity to view colourful country life. Take a boat ride on the lake and observe the fascinating fishing villages.
Why travel to India ?
Where to begin? In Delhi , you can experience the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi, visit Gandhi’s memorial, admire the impressive Jama Masjid Mosque, Humayan’s Tomb, the burial place of several Moghul emperors and the Qutub Minar, the tallest tower in India. In Mumbai , marvel at the Gateway of India overlooking the harbour, take in the attractive Marine Drive, visit Gandhi’s home, now a museum and visit the most amazing outdoor laundry, the Dhobi Ghats. Jaipur is known as the “Pink City” with its City Palace, the enigmatic Palace of Winds, the Jantar Mantar ancient observatory and the striking and majestic Amber Palace perched on top of a hill. No visit to India would be complete without seeing the Taj Mahal in Agra , the white marble mausoleum built by the order of the emperor Shah Jahan in the 1600s.
Arguably India’s most beautiful city, Udaipur is located on scenic Lake Pichola and offers marble palaces and beautiful gardens. Jodhpur has the immense and stunning Mehrangarh Fort located on the top of a hill. For beaches and history, head to Goa and for animal viewing, Ranthambore Tiger Sanctuary . For something unusual, check out the erotic temple carvings in Khajuraho. For ambience and an insight into the Hindu way of life, visit Varanasi and take an early morning boat ride on the River Ganges . Travel south to the attractive city of Cochin for Portuguese influences and the nearby fascinating backwaters of Kerala.
Everest and Nepal Adventure
Nepal is synonymous with Mount Everest viewed from Kathmandu but that’s not all there is to see. The capital, Kathmandu will make you feel as if time has stopped still with its medieval atmosphere, palaces and Buddhist and Hindu temples. Nearby Bhaktapur is known for its woodcarvings, pottery and cloth weaving. Nepal is the place for treks, easy or hard, short or long. Many of these start in the scenic resort of Pokhara located on a beautiful lake. Animal lovers will enjoy a jungle safari in Royal Chitwan National Park .
Sandwiched between India, China and Nepal, Bhutan is a unique and mysterious country full of colourful Buddhist monasteries, museums and local markets. It also has stunning scenery including snow-capped peaks and wooded valleys. It is a great place to experience resplendent festivals which take place constantly.
Mongolia Travel Takes You Out There
Mongolia , the World’s largest landlocked country, was the home of the legendary Genghis Khan. It is also home to the Gobi Desert which is made up of mountains and forests as well as sand dunes. Try a stay here in a traditional yurt for a unique experience. Ulan Bator , which combines the traditional and the modern, is the place to see locals who still dress in their traditional clothes. Mongolia also has a number of national parks and nature reserves.
Sri Lanka Tourism: On the Rise
Sri Lanka offers a combination of attractions such as excellent beaches, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The capital Colombo offers museums, art galleries, an old fort and beaches. Kandy is the home of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth and an elephant orphanage. The Yala National Park is a special wildlife sanctuary.
Maldives Resorts: Gateways to Paradise
The Maldives are a group of delightful coral islands where you can really escape. Check into your own overwater bungalow and immerse yourself in paradise. In addition to all the water sports, reef, and beach activities you could desire, many Maldives resorts offer such memorable activities as swimming alongside whale sharks, or even dining underwater. No matter what your Maldives vacation looks like, time will definitely slow down for you here!
You’ll never unlock all the mysteries of Asia in just one visit. But there’s a good chance that the first glimpse of them will spark a strong desire to return, and possibly a lifelong love affair. Book your Asia tours today....you won't be disappointed.
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Goway has an extensive range of tour packages and vacations to all areas of Asia. With over 340 trip ideas listed on this page, and the ability to extend, add locations and customize any part tour, we are dedicated to making your holiday in Asia one you will remember for a lifetime.
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After your choice of an Asia vacation , consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages , India tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.
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"Every day is an adventure in Asia and I love introducing our guests to the diverse cultures, cuisines and landscapes of this continent."
Admire the iconic Great Wall of China
Feel the enormity of China's Great Wall, stretching as far as the eye can see through luscious green valleys. With some fragments built nearly 3000 years ago, the historical significance of this fortification is not to be missed. Tackle just a small length of this 21,000-kilometer UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Wander through Angkor Wat
Take a journey to the world's largest religious monument and watch the sunrise onto the stillness of the Angkor Wat temple complex. The crumbling mosey portions of the Hindu turned Buddhist structures hold an eerie beauty that will stir you to the very core.
Enjoy some quality 'Me' time in Thailand
Land of smiles, cheap cocktails and expert massages, a trip to Thailand is a chance to unwind. Spend days floating in the Gulf of Thailand and roaming through shopping markets, interrupted only by fragrant Panang curries and fresh coconuts to cool you down.
Sail Halong Bay
Climb aboard a traditional wooden boat and take in the beauty of Vietnam's sea of limestone islands. The dramatic setting of Halong Bay will dazzle as you drift slowly around the emerald waters past many families that call the water home. An essential part of Asia travel packages, it has been named one of the new natural wonders of the world.
Stroll down the busy streets of Tokyo
Home to almost 14-million, the streets of Tokyo buzz with an energy that is hard to resist. Navigate through the swarm of pedestrians at Shibuya Crossing and admire elaborate dress sense in Harajuku. Even those called by empty mountains will find joy in the scenes of Japan's capital.
Our top 5 things to do in Asia
This enormous content offers such a diverse banquet of experiences it can be hard to know where to begin. From the busy streets of Tokyo to the world's largest religious site found in Cambodia, we'll share the very best on our Asia vacation packages.
Temple of Heaven
The aptly named Temple of Heaven is a scene straight out of a mythical religious artwork. Stare up at the ceilings in the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests where a patchwork of color honors the seasons of the year. With construction finishing in the year 1420, this site holds limitless cultural significance.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Pay tribute to the victims of Cambodia's brutal genocide that saw a quarter of its population lost in the early 1970's. The photos of those lost haunt the walls of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in a building that was once a center for prison and interrogation.
Tokyo National Museum
Take an artistic journey along the Silk Road to ancient and medieval days gone by at Tokyo National Museum, the 6th largest art museum in the world. Hosting many of Japan's national treasures and religious artworks with immense cultural significance, allow a whole day to soak up all this monument has to offer.
Best museums in Asia
A tapestry of history, art and modern culture are found peppered across this continent in its endless list of museums. These are just some of the places we'll visit on our Asia escorted tours.
With almost a thousand years of history held in a roll of seaweed, rice and raw fish, don't miss this important part of Japanese culture. Though it's now readily available in most parts of the world, you will find something special about the sushi experience in its homeland.
Pho has traveled a long way since it originated in the Nam Định province of Vietnam. Slurp down many bowls from lively street vendors and modern cafes, enjoying variations of the hot rice noodle broth covered in herbs. The country of Vietnam summed up in one soupy dish.
Taste the Imperial era in slices of seasoned crispy skin duck. Best wrapped in thin pancakes with hoisin sauce and greens, this Chinese specialty is delicious whether consumed in a busy street market or upmarket restaurant.
Best food in Asia
It's hard to compete with the delicious fragrant dishes that originate across the expanses of Asia. With chopsticks in hand, we'll uncover the very best and learn of the many rituals and traditions woven into this continent's culinary banquet.
What to pack for Asia
Many visit Asia armed with a pharmacy of pills for the chance of illness. Prevention is always better than cure; take a natural daily supplement such as charcoal to ensure nasties are evacuated from your system as quickly as possible.
Cool full-length clothes
Many parts of Asia boast a sunny tropical climate that's perfect for days flopped by a pool or sea. When exploring, it can be somewhat uncomfortable. Pack light, full-length clothes so you can respectfully visit religious sites without sweltering.
During your time in Asia, you might not always have access to soap and water to wash up before eating. Keep hand sanitizer available for clean hands and a happy stomach.
A bug spray will be your best protection against mosquitos and any other creepy crawlies that call Asia home. Pack a bottle to avoid unnecessary itch or illness.
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The purification of water has come a long way in recent years. Make your way to a specialist travel shop to discuss bottles, gadgets and tablets that will ensure you stay hydrated without falling ill.
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Whether you have your heart set on gazing at India's Golden Triangle , eating the best Pad Thai you've ever tasted or ticking off your bucket list at the Great Wall, an Asian vacation offers a multitude of experiences hard to find anywhere else in the world. Ride a camel in the Gobi Desert, climb the mighty Mount Everest, relax on the golden beaches of Bali and explore the incredible Korean capital, Seoul . From cultural immersions to unbeatable hiking adventure opportunities , a tour throughout Asia will not fail to delight even the toughest of critics.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Asia Tours
What is the best way to travel asia.
Asia is vast, so it's best not to try and visit everywhere all at once. Instead, decide which countries are at the top of your must-visit list. You can then book a guided tour which will take you to all the highlights, so you don't need to worry about the planning and you'll be sure to see all the must-visit attractions in your chosen countries.
Where should I go in Asia for a week?
Some of the most popular countries to visit include Thailand, China, India, Japan and Vietnam. If you only have a week, it's best to focus your time on just one or two countries to ensure you have time to see the highlights, for example, Vietnam and Cambodia can be easily combined in a one-week trip, or Thailand and Laos.
What is the best month to visit Asia?
Asia is a fantastic destination at any time of year. If you're looking for great weather, then plan a trip between April and July, when you're almost guaranteed dry, sunny weather. But of course, it depends on the country as each one has specific highlights in different seasons, such as Japan with its springtime cherry blossoms.
How much is a trip to Asia?
There are lots of different ways to travel Asia, and you can choose to do it on a budget or spend a little more on fancy hotels. In general, you should expect to spend anywhere between $60 to $120 per person per day on a trip to Asia. This depends on lots of different factors though, such as your choice of accommodation, transport methods, where you choose to eat, and what activities you decide to do.
- Thailand : Attend the Full Moon Party on the beaches of Koh Phangan and visit the astonishing temples of Angkor Wat.
- China : Take in the spectacle of the Great Wall and stroll around the streets of Beijing.
- India : Admire the romance of Taj Mahal.
- Japan : Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony under gorgeous flowering trees during the Cherry Blossom festival.
- Cambodia : Find your inner Zen relaxing on the tranquil beaches of Koh Rong.
- Vietnam : Try a Pho cooking class.
- Nepal : Get your fill of adventure challenging Nepal’s intense white water rafting, mountain climbing and an array of spectacular treks.
- Dubai : Admire futuristic towers like Burj Khalifa, go shopping in one of the gargantuan centres or go on a desert safari.
- Bangkok : Start your tour in Bangkok and experience a Street Food Crawl.
- Tokyo : Explore this city, savour local Japanese food and travel by bullet train.
- Kyoto : Grasp simple Japanese phrases and learn to make sushi.
- Hong Kong : A territory known for skyscrapers and shopping malls.
- Singapore : An intense and exciting financial center that will amaze you.
- Phuket : Snorkel in emerald waters and then soak up the sun and enjoy unforgettable sunsets.
- Beijing : Explore the Chinese capital.
- Istanbul : Discover the city that connects Europe and Asia and its Ottoman architecture.
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"I had an amazing tour in Asia. Though I was very nervous about travelling for the first time on my own, the tour made it so easy. It was easy to make friends and I even decided to carry on my future travels with some of them. What made the tour really special was the little bonuses, the attention to detail and the inclusion of so many things I would never of done as a tourist on my own. Also, the guides always go above and beyond about the whole experience."
"I travelled to SE Asia with Trutravels. I started in Thailand and the experience was definitely amazing. I felt at ease with cute little messages before departure that got me hyped for the trip. I took in literally awesome sights that left memories to last a lifetime. So all in all if you are planning on travelling around S.E Asia start in Thailand. You won't regret it and if you're lucky enough, you get either Luke Macdonald or Harry Bradbury as your group leader who are very friendly and helpful."
"I recently went on a trip round paradise and it was an absolutely amazing Thailand experience. We were lucky enough to have 2 amazing guides Luke and Ryan on our tour. Both of them have incredible knowledge of Thailand and went out of their way to make sure we were having an awesome time and that we were getting a proper Thailand experience. We were also super lucky to have an very talented videographer Matt on our tour aswell capturing all the fun stuff we were getting up to and showcasing the trip for your viewing pleasure. The trip was epic and amazing and the value for money is worth every penny. You will not regret coming on this trip and joining the Trutravels family!"
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Silk Road Tour in Central Asia
Historical cities of central asia.
Chase a common thread of culture through the diverse Silk Road cities of Central Asia.
Kalpak Travel’s Central Asian Silk Road Tour will lead you through the remarkable cities of the Great Silk Road , many of which are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will discover the cultural treasures and traditions of both the nomadic people who have crossed the region for millennia, and of the settled population. Explore three of the sprawling, Soviet-era capitals of Central Asia. Absorb the architectural legacies of flourishing Islamic cultures and the mighty Timurid Empire in Samarkand , Bukhara , and Khiva . In your two-week stay, you will be immersed in centuries of history and the diverse cultures of the peoples who built the ‘Stans as you see them today.
- Tour modern Tashkent , Uzbekistan’s capital and the largest city in Central Asia
- Explore the remarkably well-preserved city of Khiva , an open-air museum surrounded by mud brick walls
- Visit the charming Old City of Bukhara , a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Discover ancient Khorezm, including the ruined fortresses of Ayaz Kala and Toprak Kala
- Be wowed by the spectacular Registan and the other architectural wonders of Samarkand
- Shop in authentic oriental bazaars for everything from hand-woven silks to spices
- Discover Iskander Kul, an idyllic mountain lake named after Alexander the Great
- Sightsee amongst the parks, museums, and monuments of Dushanbe
- Tour vibrant Almaty , Kazakhstan’s largest city and cultural heart
- Explore Kyrgyzstan’s green, modern capital, Bishkek
- Watch a performance of Kyrgyz horse games and meet an eagle hunter
ITINERARY & MAP
Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent and City Tour.
Welcome to Uzbekistan! Transfer to the hotel and early check-in at the hotel. You can have a rest after your long flight, take a shower, and have breakfast before meeting your group and guide in the late morning in the hotel lobby. Today, you will begin an authentic journey deep into the remarkable history of Uzbekistan.
Where better to start than a tour of Tashkent ? The largest city in Central Asia is a curious blend of Islamic and Soviet influences. Visit the Old City area of Tashkent where you will find the Khast Imom Complex which contains the ancient holy Quran of Caliph Osman. Experience the bustling crowds of traders at Chor-Su Bazaar. Visit Amir Temur Square to view the statue of the great conqueror and next to it, the grand Independence Square. We complete the city tour of Tashkent with a visit to the Applied Arts Museum.
Please note : If you arrive a day early, we can book an extra night for you at the hotel.
Hotel Wyndham 4* or similar
Day 2: Tashkent – Khiva (flight, 7:15 AM – 8:45 AM).
Today we will need to get up very early to catch the domestic flight to Urgench, which departs from Tashkent at 7:15 AM. Arriving at Urgench Airport at 8:45 AM, we will then transfer to Khiva (c. 40 min). We will have breakfast in Khiva before starting our walking tour of the city.
A jewel of desert architecture, Khiva is one of the most important centers of ancient Khorezm. Locals believe that Shem, son of Noah, founded the city when he discovered a freshwater spring in the middle of this vast desert. Archeologists believe the city was founded some 2,500 years ago. Today, Khiva is the most architecturally intact and tightly packed of Central Asia’s Silk Road cities. Its intense blue-and-green tile work ranks as some of the most ornate in Uzbekistan, and the entirety of the Ichan-Kala – the inner city – is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also has the feel of a movie set or an open-air museum. Khiva is full of incredible architecture, and today we will get the chance to see it all. The focus of our tour is the walled Ichan-Kala, within which are preserved more than 60 historic monuments and hundreds of centuries-old houses. You will also have time on your own to wander around this fabled town. During dinner, we will have a folklore performance of traditional Khorezmian dances and songs on kush-nay, a musical instrument very specific to the Khorezm region.
Hotel Asia 3* or similar
Day 3: Khiva – Bukhara (450 km, c. 7h).
We will check out from the hotel after breakfast and depart around 8:00 AM to Khiva. It is a long but scenic ride through the Kyzylkum Desert, but the roads are shaky in places. On the way, we will stop for lunch in a small restaurant, and also have time to stretch our legs. At the end of this arduous drive, we will be rewarded with the magnificence of Bukhara. We will arrive in the evening, just in time for dinner in the Old City, and check-in at the hotel.
Please note : Flight and train schedule Khiva-Bukhara is available only on relatively short notice. If a flight or a train is available, we will use that instead of road transfer.
Hotel Paradise Plaza 4* or similar
Day 4: Bukhara City Tour.
Bukhara is the second of our UNESCO World Heritage Site stops. The city’s very name -Bukhara – conjures up images of the exotic Orient. For centuries, it was an important trading post and center of scholarship. The Old City has been well preserved and is crammed full of minarets, mosques, and madrassas. Its once notorious canals and pools, the source of many an epidemic, have now been drained, but the most famous, Lyabi-Hauz, is still there. Today it’s an oasis shaded by mulberry trees in the heart of the city. Your guide will show you Bukhara’s unmissable sights, and you can soak up the atmosphere wandering through the labyrinthine alleyways. Highlights of today’s walking tour in Bukhara include the Poi Kalon complex, the Ark Fortress, Bolo Hauz Mosque, the Ayub Mausoleum and spring, the bazaars inside Bukhara’s unique trading domes, and the Samanid Mausoleum. The guided tour will end in the early afternoon and you will have some free time. Later, we will visit a family house restaurant in the old town for a cooking master class on a traditional Uzbek dish called “plov”.
Day 5: Bukhara - Samarkand (train, 3:50 PM – 5:20 PM).
Today morning you can choose to spend some free time in the city or visit a couple more sights near Bukhara. First, you may visit the Mausoleum of Naqshbandi, 15 km outside the city center. There are many orders in Sufism, all of which have been represented at different times in what is now Uzbekistan. The Naqshbandiyya order has a great and long-lasting influence, and the memorial place is still a popular place of pilgrimage for Sufis. From here, we will visit the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara. Return to Bukhara for lunch.
Our high-speed train departs from Bukhara at 3:50 PM and we arrive in Samarkand at 5:20 PM. Transfer to the hotel for check-in and dinner. After dinner, on the way to the hotel, drive by Registan Square for an evening view of the magnificent madrasahs.
Hotel Hilton Garden Inn 4* or similar.
Day 6: Samarkand City Tour
Sublime Samarkand evokes an almost mythical past full of romance and intrigue. This was the domain of Emperor Timur, one of history’s greatest (and most ruthless) conquerors. His vast empire rivaled any, stretching across the Eurasian steppe. He ruled his kingdom with an iron fist, whilst at the same time patronizing the arts and literature. Much of Samarkand’s Timurid-era architectural heritage has been preserved, allowing us to see how the city might have been at the peak of Timur’s power. We will start the day with a visit to the Gur-e-Amir, the mausoleum where Timur is buried. Our guide will tell stories from Timur’s life and how and why he began to build in Samarkand. We will then go to the Registan, Samarkand’s central square, which is undeniably Uzbekistan’s most famous landmark. This focal point of medieval Samarkand is framed by three beautiful madrassas (religious schools): Ulugbek, Sherdor, and Tillya Kori. Next, we will stroll through the spacious courtyard of the Bibi-Khanum Mosque, an impressively tiled structure that is said to have been gifted to Timur by one of his wives. We will also have time to explore Siyob Bazaar, where fruit and vegetables grown in the rich soils of the Zarafshan Valley are sold in a colorful market. Our next stop will be the Konigil Paper Mill. Here you will see the process of making paper from mulberry tree bark, just as it was done in 8th-century Samarkand.
Hotel Hilton Garden Inn 4* or similar
Day 7: Samarkand – Penjikent (70km, c. 2h).
After breakfast, we will check out from the hotel and continue to explore the fairytale city of Samarkand. We go first to the Shah-i Zinda, a magnificent tiled necropolis; and then visit Ulgubek’s Observatory, which was once the biggest research center in Central Asia. Ulugbek was decades ahead of the West with his observations of the solar system and the Earth, and we will learn more about his story in this prestigious setting. Finally, we will visit Afrasiyab Museum to learn about the ancient city of Samarkand – then known as Afrasiyab – which was destroyed by the Mongols in the early 13th century. After the Uzbek farewell lunch, it is time to say goodbye to the marvelous cities of Uzbekistan and transfer to the border crossing with Tajikistan. We will pass through both border checkpoints on foot, complete all necessary formalities, and meet our Tajik guide and driver on the other side.
On the way to Penjikent, just off the main road, we will stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sarazm, the ruins of which date from the 4th to 2nd millennia BC. Upon arrival in Penjikent, we will then check in at the hotel. Penjikent translates as “the city of five villages” and is located in the verdant Zeravshan River valley. Established in the 5th century, Penjikent was a thriving regional hub on the Great Silk Road. Together we will visit the local market and the mosque. Our guide will tell us more about the region’s influential past. In the evening, we will have a cooking master class in a nice teahouse with a garden. We will also invite a singer and drum player (dutar) and they will perform traditional songs from the Zarafshon region called “doyra”.
Hotel Panjakent Plaza 3* or similar
Day 8: Penjikent – Iskander Kul – Dushanbe (300 km, c. 7h).
Today is a long but very scenic driving day through the Zarafshan Mountains to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. On the way, we will visit Iskander Kul, an idyllic mountain lake 30 km off the main road. The lake, named after Alexander the Great (“Iskander” is the Persian form of Alexander), is triangular in shape and considered one of the most exquisitely beautiful lakes in all of the former Soviet Union. It’s nestled in the Fann Mountains at an altitude of 2,200m. We will have lunch on the shore of the lake. Those who want to do so can then take a short hike to a nearby waterfall. Be prepared for colder weather in the mountains.
In the afternoon, we will depart from Iskander Kul and finish driving to Dushanbe. After an ascent to the Anzob Tunnel, our route is along the Vazob River down to the Varzob Gorge, a popular weekend getaway for locals from Dushanbe. We will reach Dushanbe in the evening, check in at the hotel, and have dinner.
Hotel Hyatt Regency 5* or similar.
Day 9: Dushanbe City Tour.
As well as being the capital, Dushanbe is the largest city in Tajikistan. It was a small village with a market every Monday. The Persian word for Monday is Dushanbe, and that’s how the settlement got its name. It was not until the Soviet period that Dushanbe grew into the political and industrial center of Tajikistan.
Our city tour will start with a visit to the Navruz Palace. Initially, this building was envisaged as the largest teahouse in the world. However, during construction (which involved hundreds of artisans from all over Tajikistan), the interior became so impressive that it was decided to use it as a palace instead of a teahouse. Most of the rooms are now used for official government meetings with guests from abroad, or for international conferences. Just one room is open to the public, and usually, weddings take place there. This is a unique opportunity to tour the interior of this ornate modern palace. After, we will visit the statue of Ismail Somoni whose mausoleum you saw in Bukhara. This large monument commemorates the 1,100th anniversary of the Samanid State, a Golden Age of the Tajik nation when science and arts flourished. From there, we will walk up to Rudaki Park, dedicated to the great Persian poet Rudaki, who also lived during the Samanid period, in the 10th century AD. In the afternoon we visit Hissor Fortress, one of the main historical sights of the country. The strategically important fortress guarded the town, which was a staging post on the old Silk Road, and it is said that it was overcome and destroyed by the likes of Cyrus the Great and Alexander the Great. What remains today is a portion of the wall and two monumental gate towers from the 18th century. Return back to Dushanbe (c. 30 min) and have free time before dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 10: Dushanbe – Almaty (flight, 7:00 PM – 9:45 PM).
Our flight to Almaty departs only in the evening, so we will have some more time for sightseeing in Dushanbe. After a leisurely breakfast, we start the day with a visit to the National Museum of Antiquities with its famous Sleeping Buddha, excavated from the Buddhist monastery at Ajina Teppa.
Touring today also includes the Museum of Musical Instruments and Folklore. Badakhshani actor Gurminj Zavkybekov began this small but fascinating museum. Displaying a fine collection of beautifully crafted antique and modern instruments from Afghanistan, the Pamirs, Turkey, and China, the museum is often the scene of exuberant performances and demonstrations. We will also visit the newly built independence monument – from the top you can enjoy a nice view of the city. Our next destination is the city’s main market. In the afternoon, we will visit the handicrafts center of Dushanbe. Here you can meet many masters of different types of crafts, including some who have been involved in the construction of Navruz Palace. We can spend as much time as you like in the crafts center, talking with masters and watching their works.
In the late afternoon transfer to the airport to catch our Air Astana flight to Almaty, Kazakhstan (7:00 PM – 9:45 PM). Upon arrival at Almaty Airport meet your Kazakh guide and driver and transfer to the hotel.
Hotel Rixos 5* or similar.
Day 11: Almaty City Tour.
Almaty is the largest city in Central Asia’s richest country, Kazakhstan. Until 1997, it was the capital, and it remains the country’s business and educational center. Roads here are wide and tree-lined, and there are good views of the Zailisky Ala-Too Mountains which form the backdrop to the city. The name Almaty means “the place with apples” and it is believed that this is where apples originated from.
Today afternoon we will start exploring the city. We will visit Almaty Museum to get an introduction to the city’s history. Then we take a stroll at the oldest parks of Almaty and see the Square of Victory dedicated to the heroes of World War Two with the nearby Museum of Musical Instruments. We also have a look at the city’s oldest orthodox cathedral – the only building that survived the big earthquake in 1911. After walking in the park we will continue with a food tour at the Green market which is the main market of Almaty. Let’s discover the history of the country through the food and stories of the merchants of the Green Market. We will see some of the main buildings representing Soviet architecture of Almaty before heading to Koktobe Hill to enjoy a panoramic city view.
Day 12: Almaty – Bishkek (flight, 5:40 PM – 6:35 PM).
This morning we will take a cable car to reach one of the main landmarks of Almaty – Shymbulak ski resort. At this time of the year, the ski season will not start yet, but you will enjoy the wonderful view of Ili Alatau mountains. On the way to the ski resort you will see the legendary Medeo skating rink. The skating rink is located in the picturesque Medeo Gorge at an altitude of 1600m and it is one of the largest high mountain skating rinks in the world. Medeo is also known as the “Factory of Records” because more than 120 world records were set here. Enjoy your walk surrounded by the marvelous mountains of Trans-Ili Alatau. Lunch in the city.
In the afternoon, transfer to the Airport to catch your flight to Bishkek (5:40 PM – 6:35 PM). Meet your Kyrgyz guide in the arrival hall of the airport. Kyrgyz welcome dinner on the way to the hotel.
Hotel Orion 5* or similar
Day 13: Bishkek City Tour.
Bishkek , the charming capital of Kyrgyzstan, is relatively young. It started as a Russian garrison named “Pishpek” in the late 19th century, and it was only during the Soviet period that it grew into a city. It is a very green place, with tree-lined boulevards and many parks.
In the morning we will visit Ala Archa National Park, located in the Tien Shan mountains, around 30km to the south of the city. We will have a light walk and enjoy the mountain scenery. On the way back to the city we will have lunch at the beautiful ethno-yurt complex Supara with a folklore show.
Afternoon city tour of Bishkek. During the city tour, we will learn the history of both Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan, as part of the Great Silk Road, and the more recent Soviet Union, and get a glimpse of how it is shaping today. We will explore main sights such as the Ala-Too square, the White House, and the old square, but also discover interesting places off-the-beaten path.
Cooking workshop of a traditional central Asian bread “kattama” and dinner with a local family. The special recipes include natural ingredients which provided nomads with the necessary energy in harsh environments.
Day 14: Day trip to Burana Tower.
We will begin the day with a two-hour drive to Burana Tower , 85km east of Bishkek. The minaret at Burana was built in the 11th century in the medieval city of Balasagun, the capital of the mighty Karakhanid Empire. You can climb up the winding staircase to enjoy extensive views of the Chuy Valley. There is also an open-air museum featuring a collection of ancient balbals, carved stone figures used as monuments. We will have lunch in a local family’s house in the nearby village and watch a performance of national horse games called Kok Boru or Ulak Tartysh. In the afternoon we will have a chance to meet an eagle hunter, who will make a short performance for us. Later, return to Bishkek.
Free time and optionally visit the colorful and busy Osh Bazaar and do some shopping for local dried fruits or souvenirs. Farewell dinner.
Day 15: Departure from Bishkek.
Sadly the time has come to transfer to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you will have enjoyed your trip to Central Asia and will return soon to discover more places in this beautiful part of the world!
City tours and cultural activities as mentioned in the itinerary.
dates & price
Total trip price.
Single supplement available for $1000
- Full board (all lunches and dinners)
- Accommodation is based on two people sharing a double/twin room; breakfasts included
- English-speaking local tour leader in each country / for groups of more than 6 people tour leader accompanying the group during the whole trip
- Entrance fees to all sights listed in the itinerary
- All transfers in a safe and comfortable vehicle with A/C, including pick up and drop off from the airport
- Cultural activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Economy class flights: Tashkent-Urgench, Dushanbe-Almaty, Almaty-Bishkek
- Train ticket from Bukhara-Samarkand
Price does not include
- International airfares to and from Central Asia
- Hotel charges for additional services
- Consular fees for tourist visas
- Travel insurance (required)
- Personal expenses (e.g. souvenirs)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Tips for guides and drivers (optional)
- All listed departures are guaranteed, starting from 1 person.
- The maximum group size is 12 people.
- The weather in Central Asia is stark continental, with cold winters and hot summers. We recommend traveling in spring (April/ May) or in fall (September/ October).
- You can opt to book the whole itinerary as a private tour. We can also arrange extra nights before or after the trip, and suggest private tour extensions.
- We can advise and take care of all visas for you. All countries are visa-free for most nationalities.
- A €500 per person deposit is required at the time of booking, and the balance is due 15 days prior to departure. Terms & Conditions: https://kalpak-travel.com/terms-and-conditions/
- Travel insurance is required
- We are happy to suggest flights to get to Central Asia and back home: please contact us.
- See our books recommendation on Central Asia & the Silk Road
- Read more about food in Central Asia
KAZAKHSTAN TRAVEL INFORMATION
Money & costs, entry & exit, best time to go, money & costs:.
The Kazakh currency is called the Tenge (KZT). The banking system in Kazakhstan is the most developed in Central Asia and in big cities there are many places to exchange money and to withdraw cash from ATMs using a variety of cards. We recommend bringing some cash in new USD bank notes of denominations of at least 20 USD. Small and old-looking bank notes are harder to exchange. Paying directly with a credit card is possible in most places. An emergency fund of around 500 USD in cash is always good to have during guided trips to Central Asia.
Kazakhstan is a multi-ethnic country with a long history of tolerance. Guests and locals are treated with respect and the whole country can be regarded as a very safe destination for travelers. That said, you are advised to wear a money belt, watch your belongings, avoid dark streets at night and take only official taxis. Your safety is our first priority at Kalpak Travel; we know and regularly assess all our Kazakh partners and we closely monitor political events.
ENTRY & EXIT:
Citizens of most Western countries do not need a visa for a stay of up to 30 days in Kazakhstan. To be sure whether you need a visa or not you can contact us. Any permits you might need for access to places that will be visited during your tour, we will provide them for you free of charge. As soon as we receive the deposit payment for your tour, we will confirm your booking and send you an email with important pre-departure information. Please read it carefully as it contains important information on customs regulations for Kazakhstan.
BEST TIME TO GO:
The climate of Kazakhstan is continental and dry in the majority of the country, including the largest cities. Summers are very hot with day temperatures between 30° and 40° Celsius and winters are extremely cold with strong winds. In the mountains, however, the weather is quite changeable. If you are planning to visit the mountains the best season is summer. Be aware, however, at high altitudes of 3000 meters or more it may even snow overnight during the summer. For cultural sightseeing tours, spring and autumn are the best seasons. Autumn is also the time when the country goes to harvest, meaning markets are full of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Do not drink water, unless it is bottled, filtered, or boiled. Do not use tap water for brushing your teeth or making ice either. Do not eat ice cream. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. If you follow these basic rules, you are likely to avoid any health issues like traveler’s diarrhea. Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, and Tetanus are recommended vaccinations for Kazakhstan. Ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including repatriation. Medical services in Kazakhstan are basic at best.
KYRGYZSTAN TRAVEL INFORMATION
The Kyrgyz currency is called the Som (KGS). In the capital Bishkek and larger towns, there are many ATMs that you can find in shopping centers, supermarkets, or on the main streets. All of them accept Visa cards and some, like Kyrgyz Kommerts Bank, Demir Bank and Uni Credit accept other cards such as MasterCard. In the mountains and small villages, you better don't rely on ATMs. We also recommend that you bring some cash in new USD banknotes of denominations of at least 20 USD. There are many exchange offices, some working 24/7. Small and old-looking bank notes are harder to exchange. Paying directly with a credit card is still not possible everywhere. An emergency fund of around 500 USD in cash is always good to have during guided trips to Central Asia.
Kyrgyzstan is the most liberal and democratic country in the Central Asian region. The political situation in the country is calm and there is nothing to suggest that this situation might change. Guests and locals are treated with respect and the whole country can be regarded as a very safe destination for travelers. That said, you are advised to wear a money belt, watch your belongings, avoid dark streets at night, and only use official taxis. Your safety is our first priority at Kalpak Travel; we know and regularly assess all our Kyrgyz partners and we closely monitor political events.
Citizens of all Western countries do not need a visa for a stay of up to 60 days in Kyrgyzstan. To be sure whether you need a visa or not you can contact us. Any special permits that you might need for access to places that will be visited during your tour, we will provide to you free of charge. As soon as we receive your deposit payment, we will confirm your booking and send you an email with important pre-departure information. Please read it carefully as it contains important information on customs regulations for Kyrgyzstan.
The climate of Kyrgyzstan is continental and dry in the majority of the country, including the largest cities. In the Ferghana Valley in the south and in the capital Bishkek, summers are very hot with day temperatures between 30° and 40° Celsius. However, most of the country is situated more than 1500 meters above sea level, where temperatures are in the mid-20s during summer. At high altitudes of 3000 meters or more it may even snow overnight during the summer, so make sure you bring some warm clothes. The best season to visit for activity or jeep tours would be in summer and winter for skiing tours. Please note, the weather in some mountain areas may change quickly.
Do not drink water, unless it is bottled, filtered, or boiled. Do not use tap water for brushing your teeth or making ice either. Do not eat ice cream. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. If you follow these basic rules, you are likely to avoid any health issues like traveler’s diarrhea. Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, and Tetanus are recommended vaccinations for Kyrgyzstan. Ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including repatriation. Medical services in Kyrgyzstan are basic at best.
TAJIKISTAN TRAVEL INFORMATION
The Tajik currency is called the Somoni (TJS). In the capital Dushanbe there are a few ATMs that you’ll find in shopping malls, supermarkets, or on the main streets, but most of them accept only Visa cards. Outside of Dushanbe, we don’t recommend relying on ATMs as there are only a few of them and they may run out of money or have very small withdrawal limits. We recommend bringing cash in new USD banknotes of denominations of at least 20 USD. There are many exchange offices, some working 24/7. Small and old-looking bank notes are harder to exchange. Paying directly with a credit card is still not possible in most places, except for a few high-end restaurants and hotels. An emergency fund of around 500 USD in cash is always good to have during guided trips to Central Asia.
The political situation in the country has been calm in recent years and there are no indications of upcoming tensions, except for the border conflict with Kyrgyzstan in the Fergana valley - we do not visit this area on our tours. The border with Kyrgyzstan is closed due to political tensions and it is not clear when it will open again. The border with Afghanistan is closed as well. Guests and locals are treated with respect and Tajikistan can be regarded as a safe destination for travelers. That being said, you are advised to wear a money belt, watch your belongings, avoid dark streets at night and only take official taxi rides. Your safety is our first priority at Kalpak Travel; we know and regularly assess all our Tajik partners and we closely monitor political events.
Citizens of most countries do not need a visa to visit Tajikistan for a period of up to 30 days. A notable exception is the United Kingdom - UK citizens need to apply for an electronic visa to visit Tajikistan. You can get the visa yourself through the official government website for 30 USD per person: https://www.evisa.tj/. If you book a trip to Tajikistan with us we will get the visa for you. Please note, if you are planning to visit the Pamir region, you need a GBAO permit, which you can purchase online, together with the eVisa, for an additional fee of USD 20. If you book a tour with us, we can get the GBAO permit for you. As soon as we receive the deposit payment for your tour, we will confirm your booking and send you an email with important pre-departure information. Please read it carefully as it contains important information on customs regulations for Tajikistan.
The climate of Tajikistan is continental and dry across most of the country, including the largest cities. In regions situated at relatively low altitudes, such as the capital Dushanbe, the south of Tajikistan around Kulob, and the Khujand region, summers are very hot with day temperatures between 30° and 40° Celsius. However, most of the country is situated at high altitudes, where temperatures are in the mid-20s or less during the summer. If you visit the Fann or Pamir Mountains, make sure to bring some warm clothes, as it can get very cold at night at elevations of more than 3000 meters. The best season to visit Tajikistan is during summer when it's possible to go to the mountains.
Do not drink water, unless it is bottled, filtered, or boiled. Do not use tap water for brushing your teeth or making ice either. Do not eat ice cream. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. If you follow these basic rules, you are likely to avoid any health issues like traveler’s diarrhea. Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, and Tetanus are recommended vaccinations for Tajikistan. Ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including repatriation. Medical services in Tajikistan are basic at best. Please note: there is a small risk of malaria in the south of Tajikistan by the borders with Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. None of our tours visit this region.
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The Uzbek currency is called the Som (UZS). Nowadays there are many ATMs in the cities of Uzbekistan, most of them accept Visa cards and some accept MasterCard as well. Some stores and restaurants accept credit cards, but not all. We recommend you bring at least some money in cash, preferably carrying new USD bank notes of different denominations. They will be easy to exchange and you will be able to pay directly with USD for some souvenirs. An emergency fund of around 500 USD in cash is always good to have during trips to Central Asia.
Uzbekistan is a safe country and most trips are trouble-free. There is a visible police presence and most citizens are law-abiding. In Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand there is also a "tourist police" with English-speaking officers. That said, you are advised to wear a money belt, watch your belongings, steer clear of dark streets at night and avoid taking rides in unofficial taxis alone. Your safety is our first priority at Kalpak Travel; we know and regularly assess all our Uzbek partners and we closely monitor political events.
Citizens of most countries do not need a visa to visit Uzbekistan for a period of up to 30 days. A notable exception is the United States - US citizens need to apply for an electronic visa to visit Uzbekistan. You can get the visa yourself through the official government website for 20 USD per person: https://e-visa.gov.uz/. If you book a trip to Uzbekistan with us we will get the visa for you.
The climate of Uzbekistan is continental and dry. The best season to visit is during spring and autumn, from mid-March until early June and then again from September until early November. Autumn is drier than spring, but even in spring chances are high you can enjoy the bluest sky you have ever seen. Autumn is also the time when the country goes to harvest, meaning markets are full of fresh fruit and vegetables. If you don’t mind the dry heat of 40°+ Celsius, summer is the best time to go. There are few tourists and the sky is blue every single day. If you consider visiting Uzbekistan in winter, having the country all to yourself, we recommend going in December, when the day temperature is still around 10° Celsius and the chill wind that characterizes January & February has not yet reared its ugly head.
Do not drink water, unless it is bottled, filtered, or boiled. Do not use it for brushing your teeth or making ice either. Do not eat ice cream. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. If you follow these basic rules, you are likely to avoid any health issues like traveler’s diarrhea. Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, and Tetanus are recommended vaccinations for travelers to Uzbekistan. Ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including repatriation. Medical services in Uzbekistan are basic at best. As soon as we receive your deposit, we will confirm your booking and send you additional pre-departure information.
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Uzbekistan was a wonderful surprise and the tour arranged by Kalpak Travel exceeded our expectations. Kalpak Travel gave us the very best of everything in terms of transportation, accommodations and food, at an affordable price and we had a really wonderful experience. Uzbekistan is an amazing travel destination.
We've just returned from the ‘Best of Uzbekistan’ tour with Kalpak Travel. Wow, what a trip! The country, friendly welcoming people, sights, history, food, cleanliness, high standard hotels, internal flights, high speed trains (to name just some of the pleasures) impressed us greatly. Undoubtedly Kalpak Travel’s excellence contributed to making this an unforgettable experience.
We visited Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, and Tashkent, each very different from one another but all really interesting, and as photographers offered great shots. In Samarkand, we had dinner in a local property and a plov cooking demonstration, great fun and as the lone vegetarian, I can put my hand on my heart and say I had an excellent meal!
Uzbekistan is a beautiful country with wonderful people. If you have never been, or perhaps never even thought of Uzbekistan as a travel destination, change your ways and add it to your list... Kalpak Travel made our visit to Uzbekistan a lifetime memory.
I have just got back from the 'Best of Uzbekistan' tour with Kalpak and have nothing but praise for the whole team involved in creating such a fabulous trip. Our guide was so knowledgeable and keen for us to have the best experience of his country; he was well organised but flexible and took account of the needs of individuals in the group. Kalpak is a small company but one that has raised the bar in my experiences of travelling with a tour group.
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The world’s most populous continent packs a mighty cultural punch. From the seething chaos of megacities like Delhi and Tokyo to the serenity of Southeast Asia’s hilltop temples and rice paddies, it’s a colourful, often spiritual place that defies expectations and nourishes the soul. Our map of Asia is the perfect place to start.
Few parts of the world are better suited for adventure. Asia is home to gasp-inducing Himalayan peaks, as well as subaquatic wonderlands that teem with kaleidoscopic marine life. Add in balmy beaches and the dense jungles of Sumatra , Borneo and northern Laos , and the possibilities for connecting with nature are never-ending.
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Last updated on October 2, 2023 by Alex Schultz - 3 Comments
The largest continent on Earth, Asia stretches all the way from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Its vast landmass encompasses everything from epic mountain ranges such as the Himalayas to the dry and desolate Arabian and Gobi deserts. Steamy jungle can also be found in Southeast Asia, as well as paradise islands and beautiful beaches.
In addition to its colossal size, Asia is remarkably home to more than half of the world’s population. With so many different cultures and languages for you to delve into, the continent’s dazzling diversity defies definition. As each country has its own unique history and heritage, Asia’s many natural wonders and hidden treasures could take a lifetime to unravel.
Made up of 1,200 or so islands and atolls, the Maldives boasts some of the best and most breathtaking beaches in the world. Nestled away in the Indian Ocean, the glamorous getaway is renowned for its luxurious resorts, many of them with their own private island.
While each idyllic island in the archipelago appears more stunning than the last, the Maldives is also noted for its underwater riches. As such, it is a fantastic place to go scuba diving or snorkeling, with lots of colorful coral reefs and shimmering shoals of fish to discover.
With so many picture-perfect white-sand beaches for you to check out, this serene and secluded honeymoon destination is not to be missed out on.
Consisting of Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia , this incredible country is home to some of the oldest rainforest on Earth. Its national parks boast lots of fantastic trekking and wildlife in addition to the marvelous nature and scenery on show.
Very multicultural and diverse, Malaysia’s thriving cities and capital Kuala Lumpur are home to Chinese, Indians, and ethnic Malays. Amongst the modern skyscrapers, impressive historical and cultural landmarks can be found, and its restaurants serve up lots of delicious local cuisine.
With you can find idyllic islands and pristine beaches in Malaysia , seeing an orangutan up close in their natural habitat is probably the highlight of any visit.
Tucked away in between Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is awash with astounding historical ruins and archaeological sites.
This is because the mighty Khmer Empire built lots of amazing temples, monuments, and palaces around the country between the 9th and 15th centuries. Of these structures, the undoubted highlight is the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat.
Besides the vibrant cities of Siem Reap and the capital Phnom Penh, Cambodia also boasts plenty of delightful nature. With picturesque paddy fields, jungle-clad mountains, and fabulous tropical islands for you to explore, Cambodia has something for everyone to enjoy.
12. Sri Lanka
An increasingly popular tourist destination, Sri Lanka is set in the Indian Ocean just off the south of India. While its fabulous beaches are one of its main attractions, the island has a rich history and culture for you to delve into.
As its history dates back around 2,500 years, Sri Lanka has lots of impressive archaeological sites and historic and cultural landmarks to check out. Ranging from ancient temples to colonial-era forts, many of these can be found in the enthralling cities of Anuradhapura, Galle, and Kandy.
In addition to this, Sri Lanka also has some spectacular scenery and incredible wildlife for you to enjoy. Offering up the perfect mix of beaches and culture, history, and nature, Sri Lanka has it all.
Steeped in history, the Sultanate of Oman’s unique culture, traditions, and heritage are visible wherever you go. Indeed, the proud identity of its people and their welcoming nature is in part what makes the country so charming to visit.
Unlike many of its neighbors, Oman hasn’t erected any skyscrapers or modernized dramatically. This means its desert oasis towns and the capital Muscat still exhibit lots of lovely old architecture, and their skyline has remained unchanged for centuries.
While its souks and medinas are captivating in their beauty, the country’s desolate landscapes are no less alluring. Home to spectacular mountains, a gorgeous coastline, and lots of scenic sand dunes, Oman is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.
10. The Philippines
As the Philippines are made up of over 7,000 different islands, it should come as no surprise to learn that it is a very popular beach holiday destination. Its inviting waters make for some fantastic surfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling, with Boracay and North Palawan particularly great places to enjoy watersports.
While some islands are coated in lush rice fields or tropical rainforest, others are home to hidden lagoons and smoking volcanoes. Dotted about its varied landscapes, you can find chaotic yet colorful cities, such as Cebu and the capital Manila.
The cultural make-up of the country is varied; while traveling around, you’ll notice Spanish, American, and traditional influences, amongst others. As you can see, the archipelago has much more to offer than just sun, sea, and sand.
9. South Korea
The home of K-Pop and Kimchi, South Korean culture is currently very much in vogue around the world. This represents a marked change, as for much of its history, it has been overlooked and outshone by its larger and more powerful neighbors China and Japan.
What makes traveling around the peninsula so fascinating is that the nation boasts a rich and unique history, heritage, and culture. It has, however, modernized rapidly. You’ll find centuries-old palaces and temples alongside skyscrapers and gigantic shopping malls.
Deceptively mountainous, South Korea also has lots of marvelous national parks for you to explore, with beautiful islands and beaches hugging the shore. Of these, Jeju Island is the most popular to visit among locals and tourists alike.
With so much astounding history, culture, and nature, Vietnam is one of Asia’s most rewarding destinations. The country encompasses lots of different landscapes, and its idyllic coastline hugs the South China Sea.
Many visitors rent a motorbike and explore the Ho Chi Minh trail. This takes you from the colorful yet chaotic capital Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city, guiding you past the ancient capital of Hue on the way. Ha Long Bay is another must-see sight due to its stunning seascape and breathtaking limestone islands.
The picturesque coastal town of Hoi An is also well worth checking out, while the hill tribes around Sa Pa showcase some of the nation’s cultural and ethnic diversity. Regardless of where you go, Vietnam’s fabulous cuisine is sure to be a treat.
Due to its strategic location between Africa, Europe, and Asia, Jordan in the Middle East has long welcomed travelers and traders to its lands. Armies also passed through, and over the millennia, rulers and empires left behind crusader castles, Roman amphitheaters, and of course, Petra.
Majestic to behold, the ancient Nabataean city is sure to be unlike anything you’ve seen before. Set amid the desert and carved out of rock, it is undoubtedly the highlight of any visit to the country.
While Petra is justifiably the main attraction, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum’s desert landscapes are also well worth exploring. The safest country to visit in the region, Jordan’s many charms and Middle Eastern hospitality will surely beckon you back in no time at all.
One of the best places in the world to go trekking and mountaineering, Nepal is a breathtakingly beautiful country full of amazing scenery. Dominated and defined by the Himalayas, the mountain nation is home to many of the tallest peaks on Earth. Of these, Mount Everest stands head and shoulders above them all.
While many people come to hike the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal also boasts a rich cultural heritage. Centuries-old temples, shrines, monasteries, and palaces dot the country, with Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini being the most famous. It is here that the Buddha was born some 2,500 years ago.
Known as the ‘City of Temples’ due to its many religious sites, the capital Kathmandu is not to be missed out on.
Made up of more than 18,000 islands that span some 4,700 kilometers from east to west, Indonesia covers a huge area. As such, the nation is one of the most diverse places on Earth – whether that’s in terms of people, culture, and languages or landscapes and wildlife.
In many ways, the archipelago defies definition. For instance, its small, secluded sleepy settlements are in stark contrast to the teeming and chaotic capital of Jakarta. One of the most populous nations in the world, its customs, traditions, and cuisines also vary dramatically depending on where you go.
Lying between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, its islands’ habitats are just as diverse. While in Bali you can find beautiful beaches, Borneo has wonderful wildlife and awe-inspiring orangutans. With so much to see and do, the ‘Emerald of the Equator’ definitely warrants a visit.
Home to one of the world’s richest and oldest civilizations, India is awash with different cultures, religions, peoples, and traditions. It is this diversity that makes it so mesmerizing to explore.
While the Himalayas dominate the north, steamy jungle, picturesque tea plantations, and gorgeous beaches can be found in the rest of the country. Tucked away among these varied landscapes are millennia-old archaeological sites and colorful yet chaotic cities such as Mumbai and New Delhi.
From temples to cuisine and history to wildlife, the world’s second-most populous country has something for everyone. The only question is where to begin.
Although it consists of almost 7,000 islands, most of Japan’s main sights and tourist attractions can be found on Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. These are the four largest of them.
Lying to the east of mainland Asia, the island nation is a fascinating place as old and new collide wherever you go. While the futuristic metropolises of Tokyo and Yokohama are full of skyscrapers and neon lights, Kyoto and Nara instead boast traditional palaces and age-old temples.
Covered in mountains and forests, the country is also home to some delightful nature and scenery. This explains why the vast majority of its large population is found in the densely populated cities that hug its long and indented coastline.
Thanks to its breathtaking beaches, glittering temples, and welcoming population, Thailand is a very popular tourist destination. Fittingly enough, it is often called ‘the Land of Smiles.’
While Bangkok has lots of fantastic cuisine and nightlife on offer, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are home to some of the nation’s most famous temples. Further afield, you can find wild jungle, picturesque paddy fields, and quiet and secluded towns and villages.
Lying in between the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, its golden sands and underwater marvels attract hordes of people every year. Many also come to party in its beachside towns, visit idyllic islands such as Ko Tao , or enjoy the stunning scenery at Krabi.
Dominating Asia in terms of both its size and population, China boasts one of the world’s oldest civilizations. As such, incredible historical and cultural landmarks are on show wherever you go.
While the Great Wall of China is obviously its main attraction, the Terracotta Army in Xi-an and the Forbidden City in Beijing attract just as many people. Others come to enjoy China’s beautiful scenery that includes towering mountains, endless rice terraces, and the desolate Gobi Desert.
The most populous nation on Earth, China is home to many rapidly modernizing cities that are enthralling to visit. Its age-old traditions and customs remain, however. A continent of a country, China and its vast and varied landscapes, cities, and cultures could take a lifetime to explore.
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May 24, 2021 at 1:33 am
Pakistan worth visiting. It has untapped natural beauty yet to be explored.
May 16, 2021 at 9:00 pm
Phillipines is the best country to visit in Asia. Something for everyone with amazing people.
March 25, 2021 at 6:16 am
you should also add Pakistan because its worth seeing and has a lot to explore
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Watch real sumo morning training with locals
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Sail along the beautifully preserved canal and interesting herring mansions of Otaru
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Discover the birthplace of geisha culture in Gion district
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Discover the historic Kyoto on bicycle
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Explore old and new cultures of Tokyo in Asakusa & Harajuku
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How to choose your ideal Japan Tour
If you are a first-timer to Japan, you’ll feel a bit overwhelmed amongst many best Japan Tours. Please read through our six basic steps to find a Japan Tour which suits you the best:
Step 1: Deciding the length of your Japan Tour
Before choosing your ideal Japan Tour, please decide how many days are you going to spend discovering this country. Are you going on a short trip of 5 days? A week? A couple of weeks? Or a month? Trying to figure out your total number of days and start from there. To give you an idea, the classic Japan highlight tours usually roughly last from 07 to 10 days.
Step 2: Choose your Japan Tour Style
In the 2nd step, the thing you should consider is which Japan Tour Style suits your wishes and preferences. For example, if you travel with your kids, the recommended style is Japan Family Tours; or if you simply want to spend time at highlighted destinations in Japan, Japan Classic Highlights may fit your needs. Take a peek at our collection of Japan Tour Style and take your time to decide.
Step 3: Find out which are your favourite destinations in Japan
Japan is home to a great number of impressive destinations (e.g., Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Hokkaido and Takayama) to explore. To find out which is your favourite itinerary, take a look at our best list of top destinations in Japan as listed below and write down all the places you want to visit.
Step 4: What are the activities you wouldlike to take on your Japan Tour?
No itineraries are alike. Each of Japan itinerary features different destinations to visit and things to do. For instance, some of our best Japan Tours will focus on taking you to some of the best-highlighted destinations to gain an insightful view into the culture and history of Japan while others will offer you more to partake the best outdoor sports such as skiing, hiking, trekking and more. You should spend a short time to read through the highlights & tour summaries. Besides, don’t forget to write down anything that you feel interested in.
Step 5: Read the detailed itinerary
This is one of the most important stepsas all information in the detailed itinerary will help you know the experiences and activities you have, where to stay and what are inclusions & exclusions in the trip.
Step 6: Send us an enquiry
Whether you find out your ideal Japan Tour or not, please feel free to send us an enquiry as our Asia Tours experts are always ready and happy to start working on your tailor-made journey based on your requirements and taste & help you organize your insider trip to Japan.
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Features in our Japan Tours
With many years of experience in the tourism industry, our Asia Tours experts have been carefully created this best Japan Tours collection which suits any wishes and preferences. However, they are not set in stone and can be customized to your exact needs. If you’ve got any idea or special interest, do not hesitate to get in touch with us who are always happy and ready to help you create a trip of a lifetime.
Only high-quality accommodation with great services andtons of great feedbackhas been chosen in our best Japan Tours and Packages to offer you a highly personalized service and a comfortable stay.
Whether you travel in a private small or big group in Japan, our experts only choose the highest quality vehicles from reliable brands along with professionaldrivers to make sure your safety and the most comfortable feeling during your trip.
You will have a great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Japan with one of our best knowledgable and super-friendly local private guides who are so passionate to share with you the best stories about their home country.
Each restaurant in Japan Tours has been chosen with great attention by our expert team to not only bring you the regional flavours, delicious taste to amaze your senses but ensuring the quality at the highest level to help you avoid any food issue.
Because we aim to offer you the best travel experience, each flight will be well-organized and operated by the prestigious Japan Airlines companies to ensure safety and comfort for you at all times.
FAQs about Japan Tours
Where should i visit in japan on my 1st-time tour routes.
From north to south, Japan comprises five main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa, each of which has different geographical features and a variety of travel experiences. These main islands are incredibly easy to get across and around by the country’s efficient public transport: the shinkansen (bullet train) network from Hokkaido to the southern tip of Kyushu, and the convenient airlines in big cities. If you’re first-time visitors to Japan wanting to catch a glimpse of this mesmerizing country, make sure to add some of the best destinations on your travel itinerary, including the vibrant capital city Tokyo, the cultural capital Kyoto, Mount Fuji, the foodie’s heaven Osaka, and a host of famed attractions in Hakone and Hiroshima as well.
How long do I need to explore Japan?
Japan has so many things to offer. Visitors who are planning their Japan trip should decide a travel itinerary according to the length of your stay. Generally speaking, a holiday in Japan for 2 weeks or longer is usually recommended for those wanting to experience all the best of this Asian country. If your trip is short for a maximum of 5 days, it’s better to make the most of your vacation in one big city as the travel time to another might take much time. The ideal time budget is from 7 to 10 days, which wouldn’t take you all around but provide the best highlights of the nation.
What is the best time to visit Japan?
Japan is a large archipelago extended in latitude with diverse climates from north to south: cold in the north, temperate in the central regions, and almost tropical on the southern islands. As each season in Japan has its charm and weather varies a lot from place to place across the country, Japan is an incredible year-round destination for all travellers. However, if you need an answer for the best time to visit Japan, it’s generally recommended between March and May, or October and November. If you don’t care much about the weather and the crowds of tourists around, let’s consider your interests and what each season can bring to your holiday. Spring in Japan (mid-March to May) is famous for the pink hues of cherry blossoms and the Golden Week. Summer in Japan (June to mid-September) is filled with colourful festivals but it’s also the hottest time of year with high chances of rains and typhoons. Fall (mid-September to early December ) is the magical season in Japan with brilliant autumn colours and pleasant temperatures, while winter (December to mid-March) is perfect for enjoying onsen and skiing.
Which destinations should I visit in Japan?
There is a handful of enchanting tourist attractions throughout the islands of Japan that you should add on your next itinerary trip in Japan. While the capital city Tokyo is a great destination to explore the ancient traditions and modern life co-existing in harmony, the neighbouring towns as Hakone and Kamakura are ideal to explore the country’s history and natural beauty. Typically, a trip to see from afar or conquer the iconic Fuji Mount is a must to any travellers to Japan. If you’re into the cultural diversity, don’t miss out the world heritage sites in the former capital cities like Kyoto and Nara. A relaxing beach holiday on the pristine white shores of Okinawa is surely an excellent option for families with kids and honeymooners.
Is tipping mandatory in Japan?
Tipping generally isn't a part of the culture in Japan and if you’re doing it the wrong way, it could come across as rude. As Japanese people respect the dignity and hard work, they will not be expecting a tip. You can check the bill at the hotels and restaurants to see if there is a service charge. If you don’t see, it's still not suggested you tip since leaving a tip can insinuate that the person you're tipping does not earn a fair wage. There are only a few times that you need to give a tip, such as your tour guide provides an excellent tour beyond your expectations, you can try to tip them. And the appropriate way is putting the tip in a nice envelope, seal it, and give it with both hands and a slight bow.
Is the food in Japan safe and clean?
As one of the cleanest countries in the world, the level of care and hygiene put into food in Japan is top-notch as well. You can safely enjoy local food in a variety of eateries and restaurants. The most popular delicacies are sushi, sashimi, tempura, udon, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, etc. Though these specialities are followed extremely strict food preparation standards by skilled chefs, it’s better to avoid eating raw food if you have problem adjusting while travelling overseas.
Best Japan SIM card to buy
The most practical SIM card for tourists to Japan is the Mobal Japan Unlimited SIM, not the cheapest but the only provider with full English support and voice calling. Other popular options on the ground are prepaid U-mobile, OCN and Rakuten SIMs. If you want to save time and effort, you can easily order a SIM online in advance and take it from the pick-up points in the cities. Another way is buying a SIM card from the airport’s sales points, which is convenient but a little pricey. If you’ve missed both options, pay a visit to Bic Camera and Yodobashi Camera for a wide range of providers.
What is Japan’s preferred currency?
The Japanese currency is the yen and it is accepted for all payments in Japan. Paper money comes in 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 5,000 yen and 10,000 yen denominations, while coins are denominated in 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen and 500 yen. Foreign currencies are only accepted at major international airports. If you look for currency exchange, find a handful of licensed money changers at international airports or large hotels and banks. All tourists are recommended to change for yen before coming into Japan and cash is handy since ATM withdrawal might not work with cards issued outside of Japan.
Is the tap water in Japan clean to drink?
Tap water is drinkable in Japan since the country owns a reliable water infrastructure and well-maintained purification facilities. You can even buy bottled Tokyo tap water for around 100 yen in Ueno Park or Tokyo Station. However, if you have a problem with the stomach, it’s better to use bottled water for safety.
Cash or credit card in Japan?
Used to be a cash-based society, Japan now gradually accept other payment methods like credit and debit cards, especially in big cities. They are accepted by most hotels, large restaurants and stores. However, when visiting rural areas, tourist sights and small shops, cash is the most common payment method. It is also advisable to keep coins at hand if you use buses and trams or lockers.
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15-Day Best of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam Tour
Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam are the most popular destinations for a first visit to SE Asia. In this 2-week tour, you will see Thailand's highlights in Bangkok and Chiang Mai , experience Vietnam's essence from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh , and explore Cambodia's spirituality around iconic Angkor Wat .
It is a private tour and can be customized just for you . We can add beach time or anything you're interested in, meet your schedule by adding/cutting days , organize a special theme or activities for a birthday, a family with children, a honeymoon/anniversary , etc.
- Best for: First-timers
- Departure date: up to you
- Sample price: US$3,229 each (2 per room)*
- Flights: SE Asia's included (international on request)
* The price is based on a private tour for 2 people. The cost for a customized private SE Asia tour from US$200 /person/day
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Here are the awesome attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked) , and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:
Soak up the exotic charm of Thailand's capital city - Bangkok.
Interact with the amazing elephants in a way of responsible travel ., indulge in the extraordinary seascape of ha long bay., learn about the turbulent history of ho chi minh city., learn about mekong delta's farming and fishing traditions., venture into the heart of siem reap and explore the soul of cambodia's angkor wat ., take an ox cart ride through the countryside in siem reap..
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Normally the full-day guided tour starts from 9 am and ends around 5 pm. Your preferences design the real journey. The days, stops, and travel pace can be adjusted. We're ready to create a unique Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam trip for you.
Upon arrival, your guide and driver will greet you at the airport and drive you to the hotel.
Take the rest of the day off to recover from jetlag or wander around your hotel.
- Start your tour with the Wat Pho temple complex when the morning sunlight touches the robes of monks and the hall echoes with chanting.
- Visit to the landmark of Bangkok, Grand Palace . Take a long-tail boat ride through the ancient canals to Wat Arun .
- Explore the old but bustling market of China Town at your own pace, and experience a different side of Bangkok.
Make your way north to Chiang Mai, and be dazzled by its beauty. Private airport transfers are provided in both cities.
- Get refresh in a vibrant food and flower market in the morning.
- Visit Wat Suan Dok , the final resting place of the former kings of Chiang Mai and the Thai royal family.
- Discover the iconic mountain, Doi Suthep , a sacred place where locals still offer worship. Behold a superb panoramic view of the city at Wat Phra That .
- Enjoy a 20-minute rickshaw ride through the quiet streets of the old town.
- Drive to a Karen village to meet with giant elephants at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.
- Spend the day feeding, playing, and accompanying the elephants as they roam around.
- Take a break and enjoy a lunch on a raised platform overlooking the picturesque river and jungle.
Fly from Chiang Mai to Hanoi. Take the rest of the day off to explore the city on your own.
- Visit the Hanoi's top attractions, including the memorable Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, historic Temple of Literature , unique One Pillar Pagoda , and informative Vietnam Museum of Ethnology .
- Take a leisurely walk through the Old Quarter to experience the daily life of Hanoians.
- Enjoy an entertaining water puppet performance , a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form.
- Depart Hanoi to picturesque Halong Bay , which is a World Natural Heritage Area.
- Rowing through hidden channels, venture into the mythical Trinh Nu Cave .
- Enjoy a relaxing sunbath and feast your eyes on the everchanging scenery of this extraordinary landscape .
- Swimming, fishing , participating in cooking competitions are available to enrich your cruise experience .
- Experience kayaking in the scenic Ha Long Bay or practice your Tai Chi on the sundeck.
- Transfer to airport and catch your onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Meet your local guide and transfer to hotel.
- Visit the must-sees of the city, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office,and Reunification Palace.
- Continue to the War Remnants Museum . The massive, old military equipment in the museum remind us of the cruelties of war.
- The hidden and winding Cu Chi Tunnels stand testament to the resilience of the Vietnamese during hardship.
- Drive to Ben Tre , 'the golden rice bowl' of Vietnam. Be greeted by lush paddy fields, fresh tropical fruits, stilt houses, and fish farms.
- Take a motorboat ride though waterways to Turtle Island. Have a close look at the delta's lifestyles and coconut industry.
- Row a sampan boat to meet friendly locals in a village, savor the handmade honey tea , and enjoy the fascinating folk song performance .
Your exciting Vietnam journey ends and mythical Cambodia awaits you. Private transfers between hotels and airports are provided in both cities.
- Cross the ancient moat and venture into the heart of Angkor Wat .
- Look back on the illustrious achievements of the Khmer Empire while strolling through Angkor Thom .
- Uncover the story of Bayon and greet its smiling faces, guarding the imperial city in the long river of history.
- Wander around Ta Prohm in the shadow of towering trees, and witness their giant roots devouring the ruins.
- Cross the extraordinary Preah Khan and immerse yourself in its grandeur.
- Visit Banteay Srei , which is the jewel of Khmer art.
- Stop by at the Land Mine Museum , where you will be touched by the persistence of Cambodian efforts to clear life-threatening land mines.
- Take an ox cart ride through a country road lined with palm trees and surrounded by rice fields.
- Move on to visit Tonle Sap Lake , and take a boat ride to Kampong Phlukk , a major harbor for elephant trade in the past.
- Visit a mangrove forest nearby and enjoy a sunset cocktail on the lake.
Your guide will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight back home.
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- The price is based on a private tour for 2 people during the low season.
- The price varies based on program, travel date, number of people.
- We could also price a tour including both 4-star and 5-star hotels for you.
- The price for a child younger than 8 is approximately 80% of the adult's price.
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