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TAKE A TRIP TO EXOTIC ASIA

This vast and geographically diverse region stretches from the islands of Japan in the east to the mountains of Georgia in the west. It includes exciting holiday destinations like the Himalayan jewel of Tibet, the endless grasslands of Mongolia and the ancient cities of China.

China has a wealth of hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. The Great Wall stretches further than the eye can see, and stands testament to the ingenuity of man. The crumbling courtyards of the Forbidden City, the massive portrait of Mao staring out over Tiananmen Square and the bustling streets of Shanghai all add to the heady mix that is China. Far to the west, nestled in the Himalayas, lies the Tibetan city of Lhasa, the spiritual home of Buddhism, and to the south Taiwan stands defiant. In Japan, Tokyo's ancient cultures and modern technology mingle in the shape of pagoda temples and conveyor belt Sushi. Hong Kong's crowded streets offer high-end shopping and a taste of British colonial history. The wide empty expanses of Siberia are perfect for more intrepid explorers who want to get back in touch with nature. The western 'Stans' are made up of sparsely populated plains, where life passes slowly and adventure travellers can turn back the clock amongst nomads whose lifestyle hasn't changed for centuries.

TOP TRAVEL DEALS & UPCOMING TOURS

Tour name Country Days Start Date Offer Price
Bhutan Encounters Bhutan 8 14th of May 2019
Bhutan Encounters
US$2589 View Tour
Bhutan Encounters Bhutan 8 11th of Jun 2019
Bhutan Encounters
US$2159 View Tour
Bhutan Encounters Bhutan 8 16th of Jul 2019
Bhutan Encounters
US$2159 View Tour
Bhutan Encounters Bhutan 8 13th of Aug 2019
Bhutan Encounters
US$2159 View Tour
Druk Path Trek Bhutan 13 27th of Apr 2019
Druk Path Trek
US$4599 View Tour
Druk Path Trek Bhutan 13 28th of Apr 2019
Druk Path Trek
US$4599 View Tour
Druk Path Trek Bhutan 13 29th of Apr 2019
Druk Path Trek
US$4599 View Tour
Druk Path Trek Bhutan 13 30th of Apr 2019
Druk Path Trek
US$4599 View Tour
Birds of Bhutan Bhutan 14 27th of Apr 2019
Birds of Bhutan
US$7189 View Tour
Birds of Bhutan Bhutan 14 27th of Apr 2019
Birds of Bhutan
US$7189 View Tour
Birds of Bhutan Bhutan 14 27th of Apr 2019
Birds of Bhutan
US$7189 View Tour
Birds of Bhutan Bhutan 14 27th of Apr 2019
Birds of Bhutan
US$7189 View Tour
Highlights of China China 15 1st of May 2019
Highlights of China
US$1469 View Tour
Highlights of China China 15 8th of May 2019
Highlights of China
US$1469 View Tour
Highlights of China China 15 15th of May 2019
Highlights of China
US$1469 View Tour
Highlights of China China 15 20th of May 2019
Highlights of China
US$1469 View Tour
Beijing to Shanghai Express China 9 27th of Apr 2019
Beijing to Shanghai Express
US$749 View Tour
Beijing to Shanghai Express China 9 4th of May 2019
Beijing to Shanghai Express
US$749 View Tour
Beijing to Shanghai Express China 9 13th of May 2019
Beijing to Shanghai Express
US$749 View Tour
Beijing to Shanghai Express China 9 20th of May 2019
Beijing to Shanghai Express
US$749 View Tour
China on a Shoestring China 25 1st of May 2019
China on a Shoestring
US$2209 View Tour
China on a Shoestring China 25 8th of May 2019
China on a Shoestring
US$2209 View Tour
China on a Shoestring China 25 15th of May 2019
China on a Shoestring
US$2209 View Tour
China on a Shoestring China 25 20th of May 2019
China on a Shoestring
US$2209 View Tour

Asia TOURS

Bhutan Encounters

A fantastic chance to explore one of the world's most remote and fascinating countries. Only open to tourists since 1974, Bhutan's philosophy of Gross National Happiness and entrenched Buddhism makes it a place like no other.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

8

From

$2159


Druk Path Trek

One of the most popular treks in Bhutan, the Druk Path trek stretches from Paro to Thimphu and offers great views of the highlands, lakes and Phajoding Monastery. Also visits Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang.

Type

Days

Price

Tailor-made

13

From

$3849


Birds of Bhutan

The remote and beautiful Himalayan country of Bhutan is a paradise for keen birdwatchers. This tour travels right through the country with an expert guide and also includes some cultural sightseeing along the way.

Type

Days

Price

Tailor-made

14

From

$6109


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TAILOR-MADE TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

TOUR REVIEWS Asia

Waleed our tour guide was beyond fabulous and catered for everyone's needs, nothing was too much for him. The service and information provided prior to the holiday was of an excellent standard and set the scene for the holiday. Being met at the airport upon arrival calmed everyone's nerves and set the standard of support for the remainder of the holiday.
A little rough and ready in places, overnight train and sleeping on the felucca, but still these and others are experiences that I would never have normally opted for but I am glad I did as I completely enjoyed them. The optional balloon ride, even if you are frightened of heights, like me, is a must.

Customer service was excellent. Every time I sent an email, I received a response very quickly. I took a trip last year and had to continually contact the company for responses, so getting detailed answers quickly was great and appreciated. In all honesty, not getting ignored after paying is a sign of a great company that cares about their client.
I enjoyed the trip. Only issue is that the tour guide changed a part of the trip because he didn't want us to do something. Not the fault of encounters. But otherwise the trip was great. I would like to say that travelling from Fez to Marrakech should be on a plane or train. Driving was too long and wasted a day.

We had an amazing trip! Mariska was super helpful in accommodating our requests to upgrade our itinerary and providing all our pre-tour information and details. Hani, our tour guide, was spectacular, and every detail was carefully attended to by the Encounters team in Egypt. We felt safe and relaxed as tours and transportation took place flawlessly and enjoyed every minute we were there.
This tour is incredible - we saw all the major sights in Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor, and enjoyed several days at the Jaz Makadi Resort in Hurghada. The tour is arranged more or less chronologically and you have the same guide the entire time, so you really get a great experience following the cultural/religious/political development of ancient Egypt over several thousand years.

The responses were quick when I had a question and there was helpful suggestions along the way.
The tour guides were amazing! They really wanted to show off Morocco and its deep history. The one draw back was the food. It was not what I expected and I feel like we could have had better. Overall everything was great and I couldn't have been more happy with my experience.

Good communication, questions answered promptly, documents in order. Very helpful.
Wonderful trip. Quality accommodation especially given the lower cost of the adventure. Well paced, very well taken care of by all staff. Amazing tour leader, Waleed Khamouna, PhD in Egyptology ... couldn't ask for more. Felt very secure the entire trip.

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