Bhutan

April 24 – May 4, 2016

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Bhutan: A Journey Through the Kingdom of Happiness

Nestled deep in the Himalayas, between the powers of India and Nepal lies Bhutan – one of the most beautiful and isolated places on earth. It is now the last living Buddhist kingdom, where, during the seventh century, the teachings of the Buddha became the country’s state religion. Over the last twelve hundred years these timeless teachings of wisdom and compassion have infused every aspect of society.

Shocked by the disappearance of Tibet as an independent Buddhist state in the 1950s, Bhutan began emerging from its isolation, seeking a seat at the table of sovereign, modern nations. It is bravely setting out to do this in a manner that protects its unique Buddhist heritage and culture and its lush, unspoiled environment.

In Bhutan, the government’s official development policy first articulated by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuk is known as “Gross National Happiness”. Facing the daunting challenges of modernization and globalization, Bhutan balances economic development with other values: maintaining the integrity of spiritual and cultural traditions and good governance.

The results of the balance of values represented by “Gross National Happiness” are immediately evident to the visitor. Bhutan is a country where the vitality of traditional culture and the purity and beauty of the natural environment make this one of the most unique and appealing countries in the world.

Trip price: $ 6,380 per person

Inclusions:

Accommodations as listed in double occupancy / breakfast and meals as listed on our detailed itinerary / flights in economy between Bangkok and Paro / domestic flight in Bhutan / airport transfers / service of national English speaking guide / all sightseeing as listed with entrance fees / all transportation by bus / tips to guides and drivers/ Bhutan visa fee.

NOTE: The trip prince includes airfare between Bangkok and Paro. Should you prefer to travel to Bhutan via India, Nepal or Singapore your trip price will be adjusted accordingly.

This journey is limited to 12 travelers.

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Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1. April 24. Thimphu
Fly from Bangkok to Thimphu. Sightseeing: Memorial Chorten, Painting School, Thimphu Town. Taj Hotel.

Day 2. April 25. Thimphu
Excursion to Cheri Monastery and visit to Textile Museum. Taj Hotel. 

Day 3. April 26. Punakha
Drive to Punakha. Hike to Temple of Divine Madman. Densa Resort.

Day 4. April 27. Punakha
Sightseeing: Punakha Dzong and Talo Village. 

Day 5. April 28. Trongsa
Drive to Trongsa with stop at Chendibji Chorten. Sherubling Lodge.

Day 6. April 29. Jakar/Bumthang Valley
Drive to Jakar. Mountain Lodge.

Day 7. April 30. Jakar/Bumthang Valley
Visit Babzur Community School, Pema Choling Nunnery and Kunzandrak. Mountain Lodge.

Day 8. May 1. Jakar/Bumthang Valley
Sightseeing: Membartsho Lake and Ura Village.

Day 9. May 2. Paro
Flight to Paro. Sightseeing: Avalokiteshvara Temple and Paro Dzong. Uma Resort.

Day 10. May 3. Paro
Excursion to Tiger’s Nest. Uma Resort.

Day 11. May 4. Departure
Airport transfer.

Iran

May 7 – 20, 2016
Oct 29 – Nov 11, 2016

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Iran has always been a source of mystery for the intrepid traveler! It has witnessed more than ten thousand years of history and is a land of rich culture and home to several World Heritage Sites. It is a place where the teachings of great mystics, philosophers and poets alike are treasured and will be continued for thousands of years to come. It is a country of spectacular physical beauty stretching from the tropical shores of the Caspian Sea to the desert and oasis towns of Kavir and Lut and on to the fishing villages in the Persian Gulf. The variety of scenery to be found throughout Iran is breathtaking and the thousands of minarets and domes glistening in the sun bear witness to the splendor of majestic Persian architecture.

Trip price $ 6,520 per person

Inclusions:

Accommodations as listed in double occupancy / all meals as / all flights in economy class in Iran / airport transfers / VIP arrival in Tehran/ service of national English speaking guide / service of an Authentic Asia tour escort / all sightseeing as listed with entrance fees / all transportation by bus or private boat / tips to guides and driver / Iran visa approval.

This journey is limited to 12 travelers.

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Day 1. Tehran.
VIP arrival and transfer. Afternoon Golestan Palace and the Tehran Bazaar. Espinas Hotel or Laleh Hotel

Day 2. Tehran.
Nyavaran Palace, Tjrish Bazaar, Darband, Milad Tower, Museum of Cinema. Espinas Hotel or Laleh Hotel

Day 3. Kashan.
Drive to Kashan. Fin Garden and bazaar. Manoucheri House.

Day 4. Yazd.
Drive through the to Yazd Great Salt via Na’in and Natanz. Moshir Garden Hotel.

Day 5. Yazd.
Sightseeing: Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, Fire Temple, Friday Mosque, Karim Khan Zand Garden. Moshir Garden Hotel.

Day 6. Shiraz.
Drive to Shiraz. Sightseeing: Pink Mosque Garden of Paradise. Homa Hotel.

Day 7. Shiraz.
Excursion to Persepolis and Tomb of Hafez. Homa Hotel.

Day 8. Isfahan.
Drive to Isfahan. Abbasi Hotel

Day 9. Isfahan.
Sightseeing: Armenian Qeisarieh Bazaar, Covered Bridges. Abbasi Hotel

Day 10. Isfahan.
Sightseeing: Imam Square, Shah (Imam) Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque and Palace of the Forty Columns. Abbasi Hotel

Day 11. Mashad.
Flight to Mashad. Homa Hotel.

Day 12. Mashad.
Sightseeing: Imam Reza Shrine, Royal Seljuk caravanserai of Robat-e-Sharaf, Mausoleum of Khawje Rabie. Homa Hotel.

Day 13. Tehran.
Flight to Tehran. Sightseeing: National Jewels Museum, National Museum. Espinas Hotel or Laleh Hotel.

Day 14. Departure.
Airport transfer.

Myanmar

Feb. 20 – Mar. 1, 2016
Nov. 6 – 16, 2016

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Tours Myanmar

We invite you to join us on a journey of discovery in Burma, an exotic land with the quiet charm of a 19th century Southeast Asian country that remained shrouded in mystery and isolated for decades. Known to some as Myanmar, its people have retained their deeply spiritual traditions and ancient crafts many of which we will explore as we travel through Rangoon, Pagan, Mandalay and the fairy tale world of Inle Lake. Let us take you through a wonderfully picturesque land where tall golden spires rise up into the sky and thousands of pagodas, temples and monasteries dot the gentle landscape - the land from which the legendary Irrawaddy flows.

Trip price $ 4,960 per person

Extension cost: $ 1,710 per person

Inclusions:
Accommodations as listed in double occupancy / breakfast and meals as listed on our detailed itinerary / all flights in economy class within Myanmar/ airport transfers / service of a national English speaking guide / service of an Authentic Asia tour escort / all sightseeing as listed with entrance fees / all transportation by bus or private boat / tips to guides and drivers.

This journey is limited to 12 travelers.

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Day 1. Rangoon
Arrival transfer. Governor’s Residence.

Day 2. Rangoon.
Sightseeing: City tour, Sule Pagoda, Bogyoke Market, Shwedagon Pagoda. Governor’s Residence.

Day 3. Pagan.
Flight to Pagan. Full day temple sightseeing. Aureum Palace Hotel (Villa).

Day 4. Pagan
Village excursion and school visit. Aureum Palace Hotel (Villa).

Day 5. Mandalay
Private boat trip to Pakkoku. Drive to Sagaing and on to Mandalay. Hotel Red Canal.

Day 6. Mandalay
Sightseeing: Amarapura and Mahamuni Temple. Red Canal Hotel.

Day 7. Inle Lake
Flight to Heho. Drive to Inle Lake and boat trip to hotel. Sightseeing: Inle Lake floating villages. Inle Princess Hotel or Aureum Hotel.

Day 8. Inle Lake
Sightseeing: By boat to Five-Day-Market, Pagoda Forest, Cat Monastery and Lotus Silk Village. Inle Princess Hotel or Aureum Palace Hotel.

Day 9. Inle Lake
Day trip to Kalaw by local train. Inle Princess or Aureum Palace Hotel.

Day 10. Rangoon
Flight to Rangoon. Afternoon sightseeing and gallery visits. Governor’s Residence

Day 11. Departure
Airport transfer.

Optional Extension to Mrauk-Oo

Day 11. Sittwe
Flight to Sittwe. Sittwe Hotel.

Days 12 – 13. Mrauk-Oo
Boat trip to Mrauk-Oo. Princess Hotel.

Day 14. Rangoon
Flight to Rangoon. Governor’s Residence.

Day 15. Departure
Airport Transfer.

Journey Through Southeast Asia

Feb. 11 – 23, 2016
Oct. 23 – Nov. 7, 2016

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Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are among the gems of Southeast Asia. These former French colonies possess untamed natural beauty and a captivating cultural splendor. From its dynastic roots and French occupation to its late 20th-century reunification, Vietnam is rich with history and replete with remnants of each bygone era. Cambodia, the successor of the powerful Khmer empire entices the senses with its bustling and lively cities, and perhaps its most prized treasure of all, the temples of Angkor. And finally, Laos, the Shangri-La of Southeast Asia with its richly forested landscapes and serene river towns, evokes the sentiments of a well-read page in an old Graham Greene novel.

Trip price $ 7,190 per person

Inclusions:
Accommodations as listed in double occupancy / breakfast and meals as listed on our detailed itinerary / all flights in economy class beginning in Hanoi and ending in Luang Prabang / airport transfers / VIP arrival in Hanoi and Siem Reap / service of national English speaking guides / service of an Authentic Asia tour escort / all sightseeing as listed with entrance fees / all transportation by bus or private boat / tips to guides and drivers/ Cambodia visa fee.

This journey is limited to 12 travelers.

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Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1. Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi. Metropole Hotel.

Day 2. Hanoi
Old Quarter Ho Chi Min’s Mausoleum,One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature. Metropole Hotel.

Day 3. Halong Bay.
Halong Bay Cruise. Paradise Cruise

Day 4. Hue
Flight to Hue. Royal Tombs. La Residence Hue

Day 5. Hue
Morning market, Citadel, Purple City, Perfume River Cruise. La Residence Hue

Day 6. Hoi An
Drive to Hoi An. Old Town walking tour. Nam Hai Resort

Day 7. Hoi An
Excursion to My to My Son, Thanh Ha ceramics Villa, Kim Bong carpentry village Nam Hai Resort

Day 8. Saigon
Flight to Saigon. Cathedral, Post Office, War Museum. Park Hyatt Hotel

Days 9 - 12. Siem Reap
Angkor Complex, Tonle Sap Lake, Kulen Mountain Range. Grand Hotel D’Angkor or Park Hyatt Hotel

Day 13. Luang Prabang
Flight to Luang Prabang. Old Town walking tour. La Residence Phou Vao

Day 14. Luang Prabang
Pak Ou Caves excursion. La Residence Phou Vao

Day 15. Luang Prabang
Excursion to ethnic villages. La Residence Phou Vao

Day 16. Departure
Transfer to the airport for departure flight.