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A Taste of Myanmar

Burma is a magical country where people kiss by sniffing, there are eight days in a week, and the major unit of currency has been determined by astrology! Fairy tale pagodas in cotton candy colors of pink and blue dot the landscape, people cover their face with white powder from the bark of a tree, and clouds and mist cast a romantic tropical haze over the country. It is a country caught in a time warp, isolated from the rest of the world for more than 30 years, and is leaping precipitously into modernity. Each day new shops spring up. Modern hotels are under construction in every city. Restaurants are catering to a rapidly growing tourist market. Myanmar is the largest country in Southeast Asia – twice as large as Vietnam and approximately the size of Great Britain and France combined. Within the borders are as many as 135 nationalities each with their own languages and dialects. The history of Myanmar dates back before the time of Buddha in the fifth century BC. In the early 1800s after a series of wars, Myanmar became a British Colony, and only on January 4, 1948 it became a sovereign independent nation. During […]


A Taste of Vietnam

This all too short Taste of Vietnam takes you through the highlights of the country – Saigon, Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi, and allows for a short 3 day/2 night extension in Halong and Bai Tu Long Bays. You have time to get a real sense of local life by exploring markets, taking a boat and biking or walking through the Mekong Delta, learning how locals farm in Hoi An and how they cook. Amid the Cham ruins of My Son, Vietnam’s answer to Siem Reap, you can marvel at the architecture, in Hue, you can appreciate the lifestyle of the Nguyen emperors, and in Hanoi, you have everything from War Museums to a Cheo music performance. Then, for those who wish, there is an optional 3-day extension to Bai Tu Long and Halong Bays, aboard the charming Au Co.


Across Bhutan – Fall

A Bhutan adventure package tour for those who want to understand the diversity of the nation! Where most people go half way across the country only to Bumthang, you will travel from Paro in the west, all the way across the country to Samdrup Jongkar in the east. Along the way you can visit with families, stay in small hotels, stop at monasteries and holy sites and talk with monks, spend time in local hospitals, visit schools and libraries, explore markets, and meet with the artisans and local people. This fall you can also experience two different Tsechu festivals – one in Mongar and a second in neighboring Trashigang. The trip ends by crossing the border into India, and flying on to Delhi and home.


Across Bhutan – Spring

A trip for those who want to understand the diversity of Bhutan! Where most people go half way across the country only to Bumthang, you will travel from Paro in the west, all the way across the country to Mongar in the east, and return to Paro from Trashigang. Along the way you can stay with families or in small hotels, visit monasteries and holy sites, sip tea with the monks, spend time in local hospitals, visit schools and libraries, explore markets, and meet with the artisans and local people. This spring, you can celebrate Gomphu Kora near Transhigang, frequented by locals and tribals from eastern Bhutan and Assam in India.


Argentina and Chile: Across Patagonia

Pure and simple, Patagonia’s vast landscapes offer an enormous array of activities that will inspire any adventure traveler to grab their passport and go! One of the most beautiful landscapes in the Western Hemisphere is found in the Patagonian Andes. For this reason, a chain of Argentine and Chilean national parks protects this natural beauty. Numerous lakes fed by glacial run-off reflect the majesty of the snow-capped peaks. The mountainsides are covered by primeval forests of subantarctic beech trees, many of which change color spectacularly in autumn. Highlights include Patagonia’s most famous landmarks starting from Argentina and crossing over into Chile – from Ushuaia, the southernmost point in South America and its Tierra del Fuego, the enormous glaciers of El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park, the iconic mountain peaks of Torres del Paine, and finally the fjords of Punta Arenas. End the trip on the lively coast of Chile for some seafood and wine-tasting.  


Argentina: Religions and Archaeology of the Northwest

After a taste of the vibrant culture of Argentina’s capital city of Buenos Aires, head to the Northwest where we’ll introduce you to the most amazing colorful canyons and gorges in the high desert. Dotted with small villages where traditions and beliefs are still held closely within people’s hearts, you’ll experience a solemn Catholic festival, photograph exquisite colonial churches and wander small local markets. Experts will share their in-depth knowledge about the traditions, cultures and archaeology of this high desert plateau.  Argentina like never before! * The Santa Rosa de Lima Festival occurs annually on August 30th; this itinerary can be adjusted if travel times do not coincide with the festival  


Argentina: The Other Side of Patagonia – Bariloche, El Perito Moreno Glacier and Ushuaia

There is so much of Patagonia to explore for adventurers! In Buenos Aires, you’ll explore the city by foot and by kayak. Fly to Bariloche, a Swiss-influenced town surrounded by lakes and mountains. Immerse yourself in nature here while hiking and rafting at the Nauel Huapi National Park. In Calafate, you’ll be based in a hosteria while exploring El Perito Moreno Glacier by boat. You can even strap on crampons and try climbing the ice walls. Continue on to the End Of The World, Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, to hike and kayak at Tierra Del Fuego National Park.


Argentina: The Waterfalls and Glaciers of Iguazu Falls and Patagonia

This wet and wild itinerary features Argentina’s most stunning natural highlights – Iguazu Falls and El Calafate National Park, the jewel of Patagonia. In Iguazu Falls, we’ll take you to both sides of the falls to take advantage of different kinds of views: most panoramic (Argentinean side) and most beautiful (Brazilian side – requires a Brazilian entry visa). Then travel south to Patagonia to experience the wilderness at El Perito Moreno Glacier by catamaran and on a hike. Finally, get a deeper understanding of what life on a working ranch is like in Glaciar National Park.


Artisans of Peru: Weavings, Ceramics and Jewelry

Recently voted one of the NEW Seven Wonders of the World, Peru’s extraordinary monuments, archeology, and handicrafts are known world-wide. Along with the legendary ruins of Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, this nine-day itinerary highlights the artisans of Peru – from specialized museums, hands-on demonstrations with crafts people, and spending time with villagers in Andean communities who want to share techniques handed down through the centuries. Textiles are hand-woven with cotton or alpaca, llama or sheep’s wool; natural dyes are used, many of which have been passed down from the Inca civilization, such as sauco (a kind of blueberry), molle, airampo, nogal or cochinilla. The tapestries from San Pedro de Cajas, blankets from Huancayo and rugs from Cusco are extraordinary examples. You’ll see a colorful spectrum of colors throughout Peru. Ceramics often showcase religious motifs, as well as images of life in the country. Silver is best expressed in filigree, handmade jewelry, earrings, brooches, bracelets and animal figures. For those who are truly interested in seeing the culture of Peru, through the eyes of the best artisans in the country – this is the trip for you! Art, culture, life in Peru!  


Bhutan Tour Packages: Trekking Remote Merak and Sakteng

This very special trekking tour combines the western Bhutanese cities of Paro and Thimphu, with trekking in remote Merak and Sakteng, home to some of Bhutan’s most colorful nomads. Unique to this trip is the time spent in the villages. Instead of rushing through, like so many treks, this program gives you an extra day in Merak and much time in Sakteng to get to know the people and their lifestyle. This tour package also includes the colorful festival of Gomphukora in Trashigang in the springtime and Jambay Lhakang Drup in Bumthang in the fall.


Bhutan Tours: Fall Festivals, Families and Nature

Experience Bhutan and its people by meeting families, seeing a variety of festivals, staying in small hotels, rafting the rivers, enjoying traditions such as hot stone baths, and sampling regional foods. Travel routes in Bhutan may be somewhat limited, but what you do in the country is as broad as your imagination. This special trip includes the Jambay and Prakar Tsechus, a visit to a local school for arts and crafts just outside Thimphu, time to meet with local people, and many other very unique adventures.


Bhutan Tours: Sacred Chomolhari Trek

The trek to Chomolhari is a sacred trek in a country where people look at the mountains as a divine power. In Bhutanese, Chomolhari is pronounced “Jomolhari,” and means the heavenly deity of animals. The nomads in the region will not allow any climbing on the mountain, believing that the deity could be upset and their yaks, sheep and other livestock might perish. The best times for trekking are in the fall and spring, often combined with a festival. If you are a wildflower addict, however, you may want to trek in early June or July, before the monsoon rains begin.


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