China & Tibet Cultural Journey (ACCTD)
While retracing the footsteps of ancient warriors along the Great Wall you realize you’re onto something. You want to get into the heart of the Middle Kingdom and our guides will take you ‘over the wall’. Handpicked for their expertise, they’ll bring you deep into China and walk backward in time with you to Tibet where you’ll reconnect with ancient ways long forgotten by the modern world. From Sichuan Opera to calligraphy classes in Xi’an, you won’t just experience China’s arts and culture, you’ll become a part of it.
Highlights: Trying your hand at Chinese calligraphy with the help of a local expert, Pondering Tibetan spirituality on visits to Buddhist temples and monasteries, Observing pandas at a breeding centre in the mountains of Sichuan, Cruising along the mighty Yangtze River.
Spirit of Bhutan (ADBHD)
For lovers of Asian culture wanting to dig deeper, this 12-day trip through Bhutan's magnificent mountain terrain promises stunning photographs and encounters with a people who care more about GNP—Gross National Happiness—than GDP. As you explore tiny towns and remarkable monasteries, you'll receive unparallelled opportunities for cultural interactions, photography, hiking and blessings from Buddhist monks. With the direction of an expert local guide, immerse yourself in a land that prides itself on its remote isolation.
Highlights: Gazing up at mystical mountains, Contemplating the meaning of it all at ancient temples and shrines, Hiking along peaceful nature trails, Experiencing the pristine and peaceful nature of the 'Dragon Kingdom'.