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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 11th of Jun 2019
Bhutan Encounters
US$2199 View Tour
Bhutan Encounters Bhutan 8 16th of Jul 2019
Bhutan Encounters
US$2199 View Tour
Bhutan Encounters Bhutan 8 13th of Aug 2019
Bhutan Encounters
US$2199 View Tour
Bhutan Encounters Bhutan 8 17th of Sep 2019
Bhutan Encounters
US$2639 View Tour
Druk Path Trek Bhutan 13 25th of May 2019
Druk Path Trek
US$4689 View Tour
Druk Path Trek Bhutan 13 26th of May 2019
Druk Path Trek
US$4689 View Tour
Druk Path Trek Bhutan 13 27th of May 2019
Druk Path Trek
US$4689 View Tour
Druk Path Trek Bhutan 13 28th of May 2019
Druk Path Trek
US$4689 View Tour
Birds of Bhutan Bhutan 14 25th of May 2019
Birds of Bhutan
US$7329 View Tour
Birds of Bhutan Bhutan 14 26th of May 2019
Birds of Bhutan
US$7329 View Tour
Birds of Bhutan Bhutan 14 27th of May 2019
Birds of Bhutan
US$7329 View Tour
Birds of Bhutan Bhutan 14 28th of May 2019
Birds of Bhutan
US$7329 View Tour
Highlights of China China 15 27th of May 2019
Highlights of China
US$1399 View Tour
Highlights of China China 15 29th of May 2019
Highlights of China
US$1399 View Tour
Highlights of China China 15 3rd of Jun 2019
Highlights of China
US$1399 View Tour
Highlights of China China 15 5th of Jun 2019
Highlights of China
US$1399 View Tour
Beijing to Shanghai Express China 9 27th of May 2019
Beijing to Shanghai Express
US$719 View Tour
Beijing to Shanghai Express China 9 1st of Jun 2019
Beijing to Shanghai Express
US$719 View Tour
Beijing to Shanghai Express China 9 3rd of Jun 2019
Beijing to Shanghai Express
US$719 View Tour
Beijing to Shanghai Express China 9 8th of Jun 2019
Beijing to Shanghai Express
US$719 View Tour
China on a Shoestring China 25 27th of May 2019
China on a Shoestring
US$2099 View Tour
China on a Shoestring China 25 29th of May 2019
China on a Shoestring
US$2099 View Tour
China on a Shoestring China 25 3rd of Jun 2019
China on a Shoestring
US$2099 View Tour
China on a Shoestring China 25 5th of Jun 2019
China on a Shoestring
US$2099 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

$2199


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

$3929


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

$6229


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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

We had a fantastic tour and there we no major problems. The staff were very helpful.
We had a wonderful time in Egypt and made some great friends while we were there! Our only concern was that everyone got food poisoning at the end of the trip so food hygiene standards may need to be addressed at places the tour visits. Our guide Maghed was the best! He became a genuine friend.

The service was generally prompt and courteous with many details provided for the questions. The service was very good!
This tour program was excellent in value for the price. I would recommend to all who are interested in touring these countries. Tour guide and other staff were all friendly and responsible. Two thumbs up!

I was very pleased with the responsiveness of everyone that I encountered through Encounters Travel. I worked mostly with Anthony and he was always very helpful.
I thought they selected a wonderful guide for the trip. The one part that I really hope that they change is the night at the Bedouin Camp. It was not authentic and it was so out of the way. I think that people would prefer to spend the extra money for a night in a hotel with a bed and your own bathroom.

The Encounters team was supportive and on time with everything - good to work with.
This was a good package for the budget and time. Many of the cultural stops were tied into local artisans, this can good and bad, dependng on how you react to a potential sales pitch after. The desert camp was outstanding. We traveled in a group of 6 which we good, but they said it could be as high as 25 - that would be a downer.

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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