Day 1 – Colombo
Arrive at Colombo after a stop in Dubai. This is the largest city in Sri Lanka and home of the National Museum, Slave Island and several beautiful Hindu temples. This metropolitan area has a population of around 5.6 million and has both modern and historical features. If you can, visit the city during Vesak which is a great festival celebrating the birth of Buddha, enlightenment and death. During this time, the city is decorated exquisitely with lights and decorations and there is also a variety of charitable acts by local people.
Day 2 – Habarana
Spend three nights in Habarana, this small town is a brilliant place to stay if you want to venture into Minneriya & Kaudulla National Parks. Stay in a luxury hotel here by night but by day take a safari adventure into the jungle and see beautiful herds of elephants and get an opportunity to ride these magnificent creatures. The town is also close by to historical ruins of an ancient fortress and a castle.
Day 5 – Kuchchaveli
Spend four nights in Kuchchaveli within the gorgeous Jungle Beach Resort. From here you can enjoy complete relaxation with the amazing sandy beach and high quality service and hospitality.
Day 9 – Passikudah
Spend four nights in Passikudah which is well known for its beach where visitors can remarkably walk into the waters for kilometres before they need to swim, as the coastline is so shallow in this area. There are also some excellent spots for scuba diving and exploring the unique marine life.
Day 15 – Kandy
Take a night to enjoy the iconic citadel of Kandy which has an old charm and a distinguished history to explore. This cultured city is home to the Temple of the Tooth which is an important place of worship for the community of Buddhists in the area.
Day 16 – Nuwara Eliya
Stay tonight in a converted tea factory and enjoy the organic plantations the area is known for. The location and landscape of the city allows you to cool down as the climate drops slightly in this area. Take the night to relax and enjoy the views of Mount Pidurutalagala that overlooks the city.
Day 17 – Yala National Park
Enjoy two nights exploring the most visited national park in Sri Lanka. The park is 378 square miles and is one of the best places to see the Sri Lankan elephants, leopards and aquatic birds. Explore this area with the help of an experienced guide that will give you a great understanding of the animals and the conservation efforts that are being made by the park.
Day 19 – Koggala
On the final day of your trip, enjoy this small coastal town great for turtle and whale watching and also known for the peculiar tradition of stilt fishing used by the local fisherman. Get a soft souvenir from the Dikwella Lace Centre where locally made items are sold for a perfect way to remember your adventure… and don’t forget to visit the museum to see how the lace is crafted.
Day 20 – Travel back to the UK from Colombo today.
PERU (MACHU PICCHU)
Day 1 – Lima
Arrive in Lima and spending 3 nights here enjoying the anthropological museum, Larco Herrera Museum and great Cathedral. This is the largest city in Peru and is located between valleys and rivers among the coast. Take a tour of the city’s churches and experience these buildings that have been preserved since the 1600s. If you want to see something extra special, visit the Sanctuary of Las Nazarenas which is where the Lord of Miracles is derived from and holds great celebrations in the month of October.
Day 4 – Puno
Take a flight to Juliaco and from there travel to Puno where you can enjoy the views of Lake Titicaca. Puno is also a great place to see traditional textile arts and local folk traditions as there are a number of cultural expressions including traditional dance. If you want to explore further then take a boat out on the Lake and sail over to the Uros Reed Islands.
Day 5 – Cusco
Take a luxurious train journey from Puno to Cusco through the Andes and see the beautiful mountains, valleys and hot springs. Once you arrive in Cusco you will have three nights to here and can explore the natural surrounding areas. Take a day to visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas filled with local culture and traditions. View the Maras salt mines and Pisac market where you will see an array of foods and traditional weavings, you can also see the Pisac ruins that not only have great history to offer but also a brilliant view of the valley.
On an another day why not visit Kenko which resides just outside Cusco and is home to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman which is legend to have been built by giants because of the huge and heavy stones that have been used to build it.
In Cusco itself the original Inca heritage is still apparent today within the foundations of the city and reflected in the Cathedral and churches that stand there today.
Day 8 – Machu Picchu
Today, take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu enjoying the superb views of the countryside and villages in the Valley whilst you go. The train will take you as far as Aguas Calientes and from there you will take a bus up the mountain to the glorious Machu Picchu. This magnificent site is dripping with history and mystery. A local tour guide will explain the history behind these amazing ruins and help piece together the questions behind Machu Picchu. You will spend one night in this astonishing location soaking in the atmosphere and enjoying the views.
Day 9 – Cusco
In the morning, wake up to the mountain side views and either take a stroll along the Inca trail to the Sun Gate or climb the strenuous trail to Huayna Picchu which overlooks the ruins. Later on return to Cusco and stay there for another night.
Day 10 – Quito
Today, take an early morning flight to Ecuador to the Capital city of Quito via Lima. Spend a night in this beautiful area which is situated right between two snow-capped Andes. The city has remained extremely preserved and because of this has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 11 – Galapagos Islands
Today, take a cruise to the Galapagos where you can observe the beautiful array of wildlife on offer, which Darwin once did before he arrived at theory of evolution. You can take a guided walk of the islands and see creatures such as iguanas, birds, giant tortoises and sea lions. The choice of cruise is yours as there is a selection of expedition cruises available over 3, 4, 5 or 7 nights duration.
Day 14 – Arrive back in Guayaquil for your overnight flight home.
VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & LAOS
Day 1 – Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi and spend two nights in this beautiful and historical area. Take a walking tour of the busy Old Quarter where you can take in thirty six ancient streets including the traditional markets in place there. You can also take a ride on an electric cart and relax in the back whilst looking on the streets around you. Spend a day visiting the Ho Chi Minh Quarter where you will find Ba Dinh Square where Vietnam was first declared independent from the French. See stilt houses at the Presidential Palace, as well as the One Pillar Pagoda. Finally, a must see is the famous Hanoi Hilton, which was the central prison for many years and had held Vietnam’s leader of National Liberation.
Day 3 – Halong Bay
From Hanoi travel east towards the picturesque Halong Bay, a natural asset to the beautiful Vietnam. This Bay has over three thousand islands and an origin of many Vietnamese legends and traditions. On the four hour journey to the bay you will see traditional rice fields with busy workers farming throughout the day, as well as further amazing scenery such as Titop Mountain. Want to explore the Bay further? Stay overnight on a junk boat and see islets by sunset as well as enjoying a delicious seafood dinner. Wake up to the sunrise over the Bay before making your way to the airport for a flight to Danang.
Day 4 – Hoi An
Arrive in Danang and transfer to Hoi An where you can spend two nights enjoying this cultured town. Hoi An was once Vietnam’s best place to trade and this part of the town has been well preserved, with the city reflecting cultures of Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, French and British. This town also has a large Catholic influence as it was once introduced by the French. Take a walking tour of the town and see sights such as traditional ancient houses, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the Hoi An Museum and of course the well-known Japanese Bridge. This area is covered with Lanterns and looks amazing in the evening when they’re all lit up. You can also get clothes made to measure as well as great leather goods in this beautiful town.
Day 6 – Siem Reap
Before travelling to Siem Reap today, board a boat and drift up the Water Coconut Palm Canal. The area is a peaceful escape that is not well known to tourists and thriving in traditions. Learn local fishing techniques and how to sail a basket boat in this gorgeous stretch of water!
Transfer back to Danang Airport for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Spend four nights here enjoying the atmosphere and visiting the iconic Temples of Angkor. This historical site is host to over six hundred years of Khmer heritage. This is one of the biggest ancient wonders of Asia and an amazing place to spend the day exploring. The Angkor Wat temple holds great ancient pools, long corridors and chambers that were clearly fit for Royalty and then you can move on to the site of Ta Prohm which was once home to thousands of monks and today looks very much the same as it once did because of its beautiful preserved architecture. Finally visit the walled city of Angkor Thom, a firm favourite by our Indochina Specialist and a glorious site home to stone heads that inspire awe in the travellers that visit.
Day 10 – Luang Prabang
In the morning take a cycling tour along the Siem Reap River and enjoy seeing scenes of the countryside and visiting friendly villages where palm wine and sugar is produced and rice is farmed.
Following this, transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang where you can spend your final two nights enjoy Lao’s most interesting town. This town is surrounded by striking mountainous forests and the Mekong Rivers. The town has an intriguing history as it was once the capital of the Lane Xang Kingdom and was the base of the North. The area is also home to over thirty Buddhist Temples that give it an amazingly peaceful atmosphere and culture. If you get up early in the morning you can witness the rare ancient ritual of Buddhist monks collecting alms. You can also see the colourful market selling fresh local fruits and nibbles to enjoy. Don’t forget to see the spectacular Royal Palace Museum which was previously used as a home by the former Royal family. Finish the experience off with a tour of Wat Xieng Thong Temple. Looking for a great place for photos? Travel an hour to the Kuang Si Falls famous for cool turquoise waters in the middle of the jungle. Take a dip and relax before your trip back to town.
Day 12 – Travel back to the UK from Luang Prabang via Hanoi
Get ready to share your amazing memories with friends and family.
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