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Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH)

Asia Thailand

Trek through the hills surrounding Chiang Mai and meet the local people, known collectively as hilltribes, who have made their homes on these slopes. They have lived in peace and without modern conveniences for many years; a visit to these traditional communities is like travelling back to a simpler time. Learn about jungle food and the local way of life. After all that exertion, recline on a bamboo raft and float downriver, giving the friendly locals a wave as you drift past them going about their daily lives.

Highlights: Explore the vibrant colours of Chiang Mai, trek through Northern Thailand, meet the friendly locals, learn about the Karen tribe and witness their traditional weaving

5 days
From $299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Local Living Thailand—Hilltribe Experience (ATHL)

Asia Thailand

When most of us think "Thailand," we think bustling Bangkok, fresh and spicy Lanna cuisine, and flamboyant Buddhist temples. This trip introduces you to a side of Thailand that few see, partnering you up with a local hilltribe for an all-access glimpse into (very) rural life. Explore the village and the jungle that surrounds it, study ancient farming techniques, try your hand at bamboo-weaving, and learn about daily life in the hills from your more-than-welcoming hosts. Bangkok, schmangkok – head for the hills and discover what everyone else has been missing.

Highlights: Connect with local Black Lahu and Shan communities, savour home-cooked Thai food, experience local culture hands-on, learn about local hilltribe customs from those who live and breathe them.

6 days
From $399
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Best of Sumatra (AESM)

Asia Indonesia

Fabled for its rainforests and wildlife, Sumatra remains a destination most travellers resign to their “someday” list. Someday is now. One of the largest islands in the world, this lush Indonesian gem is ideal for adventurers looking for something beyond the ordinary. Beginning in Medan, this 8-day trip will bring you face-to-face with orangutans, the impressive supervolcano at Lake Toba, coffee plantations, village life in Berastagi (famed for its delicious passion fruit) and much more. What, exactly? You’ve gotta get here to find out!

Highlights: Explore Bohorok National Park and meet the orangutans, watch the sunrise from the top of a volcano, relax on an island resort, learn where famous Sumatra coffee comes from, soak in the natural hot springs

8 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Java (AEJV)

Asia Indonesia

With a population of 135 million crammed into just under 140,000 sq. kilometres, you’d think there’d be no room on Java left for adventuring. Densely populated as it is, this amazing swath of Indonesia has loads of unexplored corners just waiting for travellers looking for something a little different. From Jakarta, you’ll venture to the curiously European-like city of Bandung (the “Paris of Java”) en route to Yogyakarta, home to the island’s monstrous volcanoes. Later, you’ll spend two days in Dutch colonial Batu before winding up on the gorgeous Balinese beaches of Sanur. (Hey, if you can’t beat the crowd, join it!)

Highlights: Explore vibrant Jakarta, take the train through terraced rice fields, visit a Buddhist sanctuary, meet the locals and learn the Javanese way of life

9 days
From $1149
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Highlights of Sumatra (AESH)

Asia Indonesia

If the only thing you think of when you hear “Sumatra” is “coffee,” then we need to have a chat. If you’re looking to plunge right into a nature-filled adventure with orangutans aplenty, here’s where you’ll want to be for two weeks of city touring, hiking, and having a great time bonding with your fellow travellers. We’re pretty sure you’ll agree that everything is a highlight in Sumatra.

Highlights: Encounter orangutans up close and personal, hike down to a crater lake, trek in the jungle of national parks, chill out on Lake Samosir.

14 days
From $1199
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Hidden China & Inner Mongolia (ACNC)

Asia China

To truly understand China, you’ve got to get out and meet it on its own terms, which is exactly what this 12-day trip through the country’s northern reaches delivers. Up here, you’ll get to the big stuff (the Great Wall, Xi’an’s Terracotta Army, Beijing) and lesser-known treasures that only the hardiest of travellers ever get to see: village life in Inner Mongolia, the amazing Yungang Buddhist Caves and the nearly 3,000-year-old city of Pingyao, to name just a few. North China: No tourists allowed!

Highlights: Envision ancient times at the Great Wall of China, live like a local in an Inner Mongolian ger, marvel at the Hanging Monastery of Datong, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, learn traditional Chinese painting in Pingyao

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1274
$1499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Yunnan (ACBY)

Asia China

China is developing faster than just about anywhere else, but after wandering the scenic highlands of Yunnan for a while, you can’t help but wonder, “What’s the rush?” This 10-day trip is ideal for travellers eager to dig into a side of China you won’t find in bustling Beijing. Hike the huge (and hugely gorgeous) Tiger Leaping Gorge, explore ancient villages and stroll the streets of the Ming-influenced old city of Dali. This is China, unfiltered.

Highlights: Explore the old town of Lijiang, hike Tiger Leaping Gorge, wander cobblestoned streets in Shaxi, indulge in the spicy cuisine of Yunnan

10 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA)

Asia China

Centuries after its construction, China’s Great Wall remains one of humankind’s engineering marvels. At over 21,000km (13,048 mi) in length, the Wall is a trip in and of itself. You won’t tackle the whole thing on this ten-day trek, but you’ll return home with a deeper understanding of the life that goes on around and upon it. The Beijing-to-Beijing route will take you to small villages that have stood for centuries in the shadow of this massive tribute to human will and introduce you to the cuisine, culture and history that make this one of China’s most captivating attractions. The Wall’s been standing for centuries. Isn’t it about time you turned up?

Highlights: Explore Beijing's Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, trek along the Great Wall, sleep on the Wall and in rural villages, enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and tai chi lessons

10 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Hanoi to Hong Kong (AVHK)

Asia Hong Kong, Vietnam, China

Looking to mix a little rural living with your adventures in Asia’s big cities? This 15-day trip across China and Vietnam fits the bill and then some, getting you to the metropolises and out into the gorgeous countryside of both countries. Between Hanoi and Hong Kong, you’ll experience the stunning cliffs of Halong Bay and Guilin’s limestone karsts, and get a hands-on feel for the landscape by hiking, rock-climbing and rafting in Yangshuo. Toss in personal encounters with some of the region’s friendliest people and you’ve got yourself the perfect balance of rural and urban life.

Highlights: Cruise through the limestone karsts in serene Halong Bay, hang with the locals at a karaoke bar in Liuzhou, stroll over the 'wind and rain' bridges of Chengyang, walk between villages of the Longji Rice Terraces, enjoy a night out in glitzy Hong Kong

15 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Best of Sumatra & Java (AESJ)

Asia Indonesia

A staggeringly beautiful land of volcanoes and tropical rainforest filled with all manner of unusual wildlife, the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java call out to explorers searching for something otherworldly. This adventure mixes close contact with orangutans and other endemic animals with encounters at coffee plantations, curiously European-like cities and dramatic landscapes, leaving you off to explore the famous Balinese beaches. Indonesia is like another planet, right here on Earth. Beam yourself up.

Highlights: Explore Bohorok National Park and meet the orangutans, watch the sunrise from the top of a volcano, relax on an island resort, learn where famous Sumatra coffee comes from, take the train through the terraced rice fields of Java, visit a Buddhist sanctuary

16 days
From $2349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Bali and Java Explorer (AEBE)

Asia Indonesia

If you’re looking to free your spiritual side–with a backdrop of stunning beaches and jungles–Bali and Java are waiting. Travel by bicycle rickshaw to local markets and workshops, and get your “om” on at the Borobudur temple. Participate in a traditional cooking class with an expert chef. And of course, it wouldn’t be the full Balinese experience if you didn’t take some leisure time to relax on the picturesque beaches. It’s the perfect mix of beauty and Buddhist zen.

Highlights: Explore bustling Yogyakarta by bicycle rickshaw, delve into the spiritual side by visiting ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples, learn to prepare Indonesian specialties under the guidance of a local chef, snap photos of beautiful rice terraces and lush green jungles, stand in awe of soaring active volcanoes

14 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

India Explorer (AHSS)

Asia India

Walking through Delhi’s markets, you realize that India’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced—its kaleidoscope of culture and colour has burnt itself into your memory. And it’s not just the magnificent forts or treasures like the Taj Mahal that impress—it’s the country’s spirit. Visit the birthplace of Buddhism and Hinduism to gain greater insight into this ancient and complex land. Explore the hidden side of Delhi guided by a former streetkid taking part in the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. With this new perspective, our expert guides will bring you deep into one of the world’s most culturally and spiritually fascinating places.

Highlights: Walk Delhi's backstreets with a local youth guide on a Planeterra-supported street kids rehabilitation project, uncover spirituality at Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh temples, observe ancient local ceremonies on the holy Ganges River, go on safari in Ranthambore with local park rangers/naturalists, Enjoy a village stay in a historic heritage hotel.

15 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Borneo (AAHB)

Asia Malaysia, Borneo

Still wild and mysterious even after all these years, Borneo is one of those places that’s become synonymous with adventure travel. Come see what all the fuss is about on this 14-day journey through the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah. There, you’ll encounter wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys, sun bears and other creatures of the rainforest, visit hot springs and waterfalls, and get a better understanding of the local Dayak people by spending the night in a traditional longhouse. Adventure never goes out of style; it just becomes more classic.

Highlights: Watch the sunrise from the top of Mt Kinabalu, spot wildlife on a jungle walk, explore the Mulu caves, overnight in a traditional longhouse, meet an orangutan face-to-face

14 days
From $2599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Indonesia in Depth—Sumatra, Java, Bali (AEID)

Asia Indonesia

Get ready to hit the ground running in this 28-day whirlwind tour of Indonesia’s top sights. We mean that literally, too – you’ll stay active as you hike and explore Berastagi, Sipirok, Tangkahan, Bukit Lawang and more. Recharge with street food crawls and coffee plantation tours, and take the time to get up close and personal with orangutans and elephants. Experiencing it all with a group of like-minded travellers is the best way to get the most out of this dynamic country.

Highlights: Discover Javanese culture, encounter orangutans up close and personal, trek in the shadow of Mt Bromo, travel through beautiful rice terraces, chill out on Lake Samosir.

28 days
From $2699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok (AEJL)

Asia Indonesia

Yeah, we’ve seen you perusing the Bali, Lombok and Java trips and thinking, “Why don’t they just put all three of them together?” Here you go: All the natural splendour, bustling cities, remote villages and exotic wildlife of Indonesia’s most popular territories in one convenient, 22-day bundle. Explore the volcanoes of Yogyakarta, endless rainforests, the rugged and untouched beauty of Lombok, bustling Jakarta and blissful Sanur’s white-sand beaches. The adventure of a lifetime is out there. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask.

Highlights: Visit the tobacco plantations of Tetebatu in Lombok, snorkel vibrant reefs and dig your feet into white sand, explore Hindu temples in Bali and Buddhist sanctuaries in Java, lay eyes on active volcanoes

22 days
From $2949
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Indochina Explorer (ATIC)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

Past meets present in this fast-paced adventure that takes you from Bangkok to Hanoi and just about everywhere in between. With a busy culture richly steeped in tradition, there's always something to see or do on this journey through Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, be it witnessing the daily rituals of monks, participating in an authentic Thai cooking class or taking cyclo rides through impossibly busy city streets. A series of included flights lets us cover more ground and take you on a whirlwind throughout Southeast Asia. Make sure you stay up late for the night markets, too!

Highlights: Enjoy a traditional khantoke dinner in a rural village, observe the daily life of monks and visit sacred temples, learn about Cambodian history (both ancient and modern), take thrilling cyclo rides for a different perspective in bustling cities, eat well while giving back at a Planeterra-supported training restaurant in Siem Reap

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $2959
$3699
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

The Silk Road of China (ACSR)

Asia China

Geographically and culturally, Northwest China is about as far away from “traditional China” as you can get without crossing the border. The source of the Silk Road—the ancient trade route that helped create the modern world—is unlike anything you’ll find in Beijing or Xi'an, and this 17-day adventure takes you deep into the China few ever see. Otherworldly experiences abound: watch the sun rise over the dunes outside Dunhuang, explore the world of the Muslim Uyghurs, spend the night in traditional yurts near Urumqi, and venture into the Taklamakan Desert to Kashgar. There’s more, of course, but we’ve got to keep a few secrets, right?

Highlights: Walk along two sections of the Great Wall, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, ride a camel through sand dunes, learn about the Uyghur culture, stay in a traditional Kazakh yurt, bargain at Kashgar's Sunday bazaar

17 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Wonders of Bhutan (ADWB)

Asia Bhutan

For lovers of Buddhist culture wanting to dig deeper, this 10-day trip through Bhutan's magnificent mountain terrain promises stunning photographs and encounters with a people who care more about GNH—Gross National Happiness—than GDP. As you explore tiny towns and remarkable monasteries, you'll receive unparallelled opportunities for cultural interactions and blessings from Buddhist monks. With the direction of an expert local guide and comfortable accommodations at the end of the day, immerse yourself in a land that prides itself on its remote isolation and happiness.

Highlights: Visit one of the most remote countries in the world, Take a moment to reflect at ancient Buddhist temples and shrines, Hike along peaceful nature trails and thrilling cliffs, Experience the pristine and peaceful nature of the 'Dragon Kingdom'.

10 days
From $3699
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)

Asia Indonesia

Indonesia is a busy place, and not just because it’s one of the most densely-populated places on Earth. Blessed with rich jungles, imposing volcanoes and mile upon mile of gorgeous beachfront, it’s not surprising that 135 million people live here full-time. On this 29-day trip, you’ll get to experience what they live every day – Bandung, which feels more European than some cities in Europe; Yogyakarta’s volcanic landscapes; Bali’s pristine beaches; and far more than we can possibly get into here. Need more details? Come find 'em. Don’t worry, we’ll wait...

Highlights: Meet the orangutans in Sumatra, visit the tobacco plantations of Tetebatu in Lombok, snorkel vibrant reefs and dig your feet into white sand, explore Hindu temples in Bali and Buddhist sanctuaries in Java, climb volcanoes, learn where famous Sumatra coffee comes from, live with the locals in a traditional village

29 days
From $3949
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

China, Yangtze and Tibet Explorer (ACCE)

Asia China, Tibet

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. You'll have the chance to visit and have lunch at the village where the Terracotta warriors were unearthed, and experience exotic local cuisine. You won’t just experience China’s arts and culture, you’ll become a part of it.

Highlights: Enjoy a walk along the Great Wall and a cycle along Xi'an's city walls, ponder Tibetan spirituality in Buddhist temples and monasteries, get up close and personal with pandas at a breeding centre in Sichuan, cruise the mighty Yangtze River on a luxury riverboat, gain more cultural insight with an expert local guide

15 days
From $3999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2
5 days
From $299

Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH)

8 days
From $999

Best of Sumatra (AESM)

9 days
From $1149

Best of Java (AEJV)

14 days
From $1199

Highlights of Sumatra (AESH)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1274
$1499

Hidden China & Inner Mongolia (ACNC)

10 days
From $1299

Best of Yunnan (ACBY)

10 days
From $1299

Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA)

15 days
From $1999

Hanoi to Hong Kong (AVHK)

16 days
From $2349

Best of Sumatra & Java (AESJ)

14 days
From $2499

Bali and Java Explorer (AEBE)

15 days
From $2499

India Explorer (AHSS)

14 days
From $2599

Best of Borneo (AAHB)

22 days
From $2949

Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok (AEJL)

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $2959
$3699

Indochina Explorer (ATIC)

17 days
From $3499

The Silk Road of China (ACSR)

10 days
From $3699

Wonders of Bhutan (ADWB)

29 days
From $3949

Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)

15 days
From $3999

China, Yangtze and Tibet Explorer (ACCE)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH) 5 days Classic Standard
From $299
Local Living Thailand—Hilltribe Experience (ATHL) 6 days Local Living Basic
From $399
Best of Sumatra (AESM) 8 days Classic Standard
From $999
Best of Java (AEJV) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1149
Highlights of Sumatra (AESH) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $1199
Hidden China & Inner Mongolia (ACNC) 12 days Classic Basic
From $1274
$1499
Best of Yunnan (ACBY) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1299
Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA) 10 days Active Standard
From $1299
Hanoi to Hong Kong (AVHK) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Best of Sumatra & Java (AESJ) 16 days Classic Standard
From $2349
Bali and Java Explorer (AEBE) 14 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2499
India Explorer (AHSS) 15 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2499
Best of Borneo (AAHB) 14 days Classic Standard
From $2599
Indonesia in Depth—Sumatra, Java, Bali (AEID) 28 days Yolo Basic
From $2699
Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok (AEJL) 22 days Classic Standard
From $2949
Indochina Explorer (ATIC) 18 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2959
$3699
The Silk Road of China (ACSR) 17 days Classic Standard
From $3499
Wonders of Bhutan (ADWB) 10 days Comfort Upgraded
From $3699
Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE) 29 days Classic Standard
From $3949
China, Yangtze and Tibet Explorer (ACCE) 15 days Comfort Upgraded
From $3999