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Harbour Plaza Metropolis, Kowloon

Kowloon

Harbour Plaza Metropolis Located beside MTR Hunghom Station for convenient access to other districts in Kowloon and Southern China, the 820 contemporary rooms and suites at Harbour Plaza Metropolis is ideal for leisure & business travellers with a regular complimentary shuttle bus to/ from hotel and Tsimshatsui's Nathan Road, connecting to a 3-storey shopping mall, along with a gymnasium, sauna, spa, outdoor heated swimming pool, five harbour view restaurants and bar. Foodie Tour Central and Sheung Savour The Food - Our journey will take us to six family-run tasting locations in the Central and Sheung Wan neighborhoods. Each eatery has been specially selected not only to represent the best examples of Hong Kong cuisine but also for the unique and interesting stories behind them. Samples of Hong Kong food and drinks are included in the ticket price. We recommend that you eat a hearty breakfast or an light, early lunch before the food tour. If you have any dietary preferences or restrictions, please indicate when you purchase your tickets. Experience History, Architecture & Culture - Along our food tour, your local Foodie guide will share stories behind Hong Kong's development, introduce you to important historical figures, and lead you to beautiful colonial architecture that still remains. We will also tell you fun facts about Central & Sheung Wan. As we meander from one tasting location to another, we will also walk through an open market, watch how locals buy fresh fish and if you're lucky, you might be able to take a peek of a cage of snakes in front of a shop selling snake soup and wine. 1 - Wonton Noodle Shop A brother and sister team now runs this award-winning family restaurant started by their grandfather. Relish the wontons, noodles and broth with intense flavor 2 - Roast Meat Restaurant Taste some succulent roast meat with rice. Find out how the owner perfected roasting such juicy meat over the last 30 years 3 - Fresh Juice Feeling a little tired? Sample some refreshing juice before continuing on our walk. Discover how the elements of this juice help balance the other tastings on the tour.This shop is one of the oldest shops in the neighborhood 4 - Tea House To help digestion, we will try a selection of "cha" (tea) at a private tea house set in a Chinese courtyard. It is one of the best hidden treasures of Hong Kong 5 - Dim Sum Corner A truly family-run business, with brothers, sisters, in-laws, nephews and nieces all pitching in. Savor a selection of dim sum and look out for others you could try when you return 6 - Local Bakery Check out this tiny bakery on a side alley. For dessert, sample one of the tarts hot out of the oven View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 June - 19 July, 26 August - 11 September 2015

4 nights
FROM $525*
4 nights FROM $525*

Cosmo Hotel , Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Cosmo Hotel, Hong Kong Located in the commercial and entertainment districts of Causeway Bay and Wan Chai sits the Cosmo Hotel, a modern, hip hotel with a sleek interior and cloourcodes rooms suited to the young at heart. All 142 rooms and suites are equipped with broadband internet access and wall-mounted plasma televisions. Chill out in the Nooch Bar for a cocktail, or sip a coffee in Breeze, boasting both an indoor and outdoor seating area. Cheung Chau Island Tour with Dim Sum Lunch The cultural Heritage of Cheung Chau Island gives you a perfect opportunity to explore the beauty of nature unique past and cultures, traditions, customs and historical sites around the tiny dumbbell-shape Island that shape a unique mini-world of both visible and invisible grace, the growth and modification of a diverse cultural heritage. The Pak Tai temple is dedicated to Pak Tai, a Taoist good also called the 'Supreme Emperor of the Dark Heaven.' Built in 1783, the temple's layout is in the form of traditional Chinese architecture, such as ceramic figurines on the roof ridges, mural of auspicious motifs and stone lions in the forecourt. The beautiful Tung Wha beach owned by its clear water quality and soft sands and its popular for windsurfing and canoeing. The 3,000-year-old Bronze-Age rock coverings can be seen with geometric graphics and abstract animal images. Includes a 20-minute wooden sampan ride to cruise inside the typhoon shelter to see its historical and cultural aspects of old fishing communities to West Bay, Cheung Po Tsai Cave. The Tin Hau temple was built in the 17th century. The temple attracts lots of followers and fishing folks to come to worship the Goodness of sea, especially during the annual festival. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 10 September 2015

4 nights
FROM $609*
4 nights FROM $609*

Macau & Hong Kong Combo

Hong Kong

Holiday Inn Macau Holiday Inn Macau, the international hotel centrally located in the prime and convenient location, provides its guests with utmost convenience, giving access to most of the business and leisure facilities within the city of Macau. Apart from its prime location, the hotel's guest rooms, unique restaurants and bar, fitness and spa facilities are designed to meet the needs of both business and leisure travellers. Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Located near the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Mongkok area, award winning Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees is close to Tsimshatsui shopping, entertainment and sightseeing destinations, MTR Hunghom Station, Kowloon Bay & Kwun Tong are conveniently reachable by the complimentary hotel shuttle bus. A renowned lobby with innovative design features 702 guestrooms and suites, boasting a 32'' flat-screen TV, mini-bar and tea & coffee-making facilities. Two Restaurants & Bar, an outdoor Swimming Pool and Whirlpool, a spa and Fitness Centre, accomplished by the hospitable service and excellent facilities, the hotel is ideal for business, leisure and family travelers looking for comfortable and attractive accommodation. Over 6,300 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space, consists of one large banquet room divisible into 9 individual meeting rooms, fully equipped with the latest audio-visual technology and wireless internet connectivity, facilities include a pillarless Garden Room, offering a perfect venue for meetings or social gatherings. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 3 August - 10 September 2015

5 nights
FROM $795*
5 nights FROM $795*

The Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel , Kowloon

Kowloon

The Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel Overlooking the spectacular Victoria Harbour, the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel is located along Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, at the heart of the city's busiest commercial, shopping and business hub. The Star Ferry and Hong Kong's cruise terminal are at your footstep, while shopping is right next door with the hotel forming part of Harbour City - Hong Kong's largest shopping complex. Guests enjoy easy access to the area's major tourist attractions like Kowloon Park, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Cultural Centre. After an exciting day of sightseeing or business meetings, settle into one of the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel's 665 guestrooms and suites while staying connected via the free Wi-Fi Internet service, which is now fully up and running throughout the hotel, or catch up with the latest blockbuster from the wide selection of movies while enjoying the hotel's 24-hour private dining service. Pre Dinner Sunset Cruise Sundown is always associated with a few drinks before dinner...Spend the evening enjoying unlimited free drinks from the open bar onboard of this authentic Chinese sightseeing junk as she sails within the harbour. Watch the world's greatest view turn into the world's greatest light show. Places of interest like Causeway Bay, North Point, Lei Yue Mun Village are all brilliantly glittering to cheer up your evening. Sailing along the Kowloon Promenade showing you the typical Hong Kong at night. This tour takes you on a very enjoyable short cruise around Victoria Harbour to enjoy Hong Kong in a sunset backdrop. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 August - 30 September 2015

3 nights
FROM $799*
3 nights FROM $799*

Siam @ Siam Design Hotel and Spa, Bangkok

Bangkok

Siam @ Siam Design Hotel and Spa is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Flight Centre Limited clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. Siam@Siam Design Hotel, Bangkok motivated by the idea to develop a contemporary and luxurious hotel that provides the unique qualities of a 'hip' design hotel right in the heart of Bangkok, one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Hotel offers something very different from the typical hotel environment. From its distinctive, daring, modern design to its first-class hotel amenities, the hotel combines all the ingredients to provide for a thoroughly unique, and enjoyable environment. Located "at the heart of it all", Siam@Siam Design Hotel,Bangkok places you on the doorstep of the most exciting part of Bangkok with just a short walk to the Skytrain connecting you to the rest of Bangkok and closes to the historic Jim Thompson's House and provides easy access to all major tourist attractions, entertainments, shopping venues -Siam Paragon, MBK Centre and the vibrantly funky Siam Square. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 31 October 2015

3 nights
FROM $259*
3 nights FROM $259*

Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel, Bangkok

Bangkok

Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok Set in the renowned Pratunam area, the brand new Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok offers a new take on the City of Angels. Seamlessly connected to Watergate Pavillion shopping and leisure complex, the hotel offers 281 rooms and suites designed in a light, modern, and inviting dcor with all amenities you require at your fingertips to ensure a comfortable stay. This perfect location in the heart of Bangkok is where modern and dynamic lifestyle blend together with historical Bangkok and where luxury shopping and everyday fashion meet. Baipai Thai Cooking School Bangkok Baipai is an ideal home-style learning environment open to interested residences, expatriates and foreign visitors with the use of English language as a medium of teaching for non-native Thai speakers. The School: A charming Thai style house with wooden decor and furnishing. Built in a two storey house located in tranquil surroundings, cozy and relaxing atmosphere with the residential local life goes by outside, all these make Baipai Thai Cooking School a unique place one will love to visit. The Workshop: A Thai stylish home-like kitchen but modern and professional set up, occupies at the bottom floor of the house with fully equipped facilities. Each student will have his/her own cooking station. The School Personnel: The teaching staffs possess years of experience in this specialised area of culinary delights. They are enthusiastic about food and the sharing of their knowledge with the participants. The course is completely hands on and conducted in English, while the technical content is purposefully presented. The whole process is meant to be entertaining and a word fun for participants. This is an opportunity to really drive into the joy of cooking and try your hands at becoming Thai cooks. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 31 October 2015

3 nights
FROM $349*
3 nights FROM $349*

Horizon Patong Beach Resort, Phuket

Phuket

Horizon Patong Beach Resort & Spa Horizon Patong Beach Resort & Spa is situated at magnificent Patong Beach - The most famous Beach of Phuket island, the Pearl of the Andaman Sea. The ressort is ideally located just across the road from the exquisite Patong Beach. Situated in the heart of Patong, on Patong Beach road, this beach hotel is located directly just a short away from local and international restuarants, shopping centers, markets and the famous entertainment & nightlife district around Bangka Road. The minute our guests arrive, they are greeted by lush tropical gardens and a water feature which provides a relaxing and refreshing setting away from the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach. In our elegant airy lobby, you are warmly welcomed by Horizon's friendly receptionists. The distance to Phuket Town, the province capital of Phuket Island is 16 km.and to Phuket's Internationla airport 45 km. Phi Phi Island Cruise Cruise by speed boat to visit Phi Phi Island, to see two of Asia's most beautiful islands, the larger one is Phi Phi Don and another smaller one is Phi Phi Ley, where the Hollywood film `The Beach' was produced on its fastinating Maya Bay. At Phi Phi Don discover the scenic hills, amazing cliffs, long beaches and its clear blue emerald water. There is time for snorkeling on this tour. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 31 October 2015

8 nights
FROM $445*
8 nights FROM $445*

Moevenpick Resort and Spa Karon, Phuket

Phuket

Moevenpick Resort and Spa Karon is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Flight Centre Limited clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. Holiday dreams come alive at Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket, a truly wonderful spa resort in Thailand. Amid the lush tropical gardens and just steps away from pristine sands of Karon Beach, are range of luxurious rooms perfect for any family or friend holiday plan or special occasion. Exclusive Villas, perfect for couples seeking the ultimate comfort and privacy, are surrounded by beautiful gardens. Spend some time enjoy your tropical surroundings in one of our 4 swimming pools or indulge yourself at The Spa after spending some time working out in the fitness centre. There's plenty to do for the kids as well, who will be entertained all day in The Play Zone. In the evenings, treat your family to fabulous dining in one of our 4 restaurants. Have a look at some of the videos to see what Karon Beach Resort & Spa Hotel has to offer, and contact us today to reserve a room. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 5 May - 31 October 2015

8 nights
FROM $735*
8 nights FROM $735*

Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon, Thailand Family

Phuket

Movenpick Rst & Spa Karon is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Flight Centre Limited clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. Holiday dreams come alive at Mvenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket, a truly wonderful spa resort in Thailand. Amid the lush tropical gardens and just steps away from pristine sands of Karon Beach, are range of luxurious rooms perfect for any family or friend holiday plan or special occasion. Exclusive Villas, perfect for couples seeking the ultimate comfort and privacy, are surrounded by beautiful gardens. Spend some time enjoy your tropical surroundings in one of our 4 swimming pools or indulge yourself at The Spa after spending some time working out in the fitness centre. There's plenty to do for the kids as well, who will be entertained all day in The Play Zone. In the evenings, treat your family to fabulous dining in one of our 4 restaurants. Have a look at some of the videos to see what Karon Beach Resort & Spa Hotel has to offer, and contact us today to reserve a room. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 31 October 2015

8 nights
FROM $925*
8 nights FROM $925*

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, Koh Samui + Relax and Renew

Koh Samui

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Kamalaya Koh Samui is a multi-award winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa ideally located amid a tropical landscape on the southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand. Kamalaya offers a synergistic wellness experience to help people reconnect to life's potential and achieve optimal wellbeing. The cuisine, the service style, the environment and even the architecture are designed to support and enhance the wellness therapies and services. The land itself is a powerful part of the experience, giving guests a direct experience of the healing power of nature. Since opening in November 2005, Kamalaya has been offering enriching holistic wellness programs which combine healing therapies from East and West, in a breathtakingly beautiful natural environment. Relax and Renew 3 Kamalaya Healthy Cuisine or Kamalaya Detox Cuisine meals per day. 1 x Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA) per person. Free attendance to scheduled group holistic fitness activities. Specified Wellness treatments, therapies and services as follows. * 1 x 90 minute Vital Essence Oil Massage. * 1 x 30 minute Traditional Asian Hand Massage. * 1 x 45 minute Traditional Asian Hand Massage. * 1 x 60 minute Traditional Asian Foot Massage. * 1 x 90 minute Traditional Thai Massage. * 1 x 60 minute Indian Head Massage. * 2 x 30 minute Chi Nei Tsang. * 1 x 60 minute Lotus Scrub & Wrap. * 1 x 30 minute Far Infrared Sauna. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 31 October 2015

5 nights
FROM $3,025*
5 nights FROM $3,025*

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, Koh Samui + Asian Bliss

Koh Samui

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Kamalaya Koh Samui is a multi-award winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa ideally located amid a tropical landscape on the southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand. Kamalaya offers a synergistic wellness experience to help people reconnect to life's potential and achieve optimal wellbeing. The cuisine, the service style, the environment and even the architecture are designed to support and enhance the wellness therapies and services. The land itself is a powerful part of the experience, giving guests a direct experience of the healing power of nature. Since opening in November 2005, Kamalaya has been offering enriching holistic wellness programs which combine healing therapies from East and West, in a breathtakingly beautiful natural environment. Asian Bliss 3 Kamalaya Healthy Cuisine or Kamalaya Detox Cuisine meals per day. 1 x Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA) per person. FREE attendance to scheduled group holistic fitness activities. Specified Wellness treatments, therapies and services as follows: * 1 x 90 minute Vital Essence Oil Massage. * 1 x 30 minute Traditional Asian Hand Massage. * 1 x 45 minute Traditional Asian Hand Massage. * 1 x 60 minute Traditional Asian Foot Massage. * 1 x 90 minute Traditional Thai Massage. * 1 x 60 minute Indian Head Massage. * 2 x 30 minute Chi Nei Tsang. * 1 x 60 minute Lotus Scrub & Wrap. * 1 x 30 minute Far Infrared Sauna. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 31 October 2015

5 nights
FROM $3,105*
5 nights FROM $3,105*

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, Koh Samui + Intro to Detox

Koh Samui

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Kamalaya Koh Samui is a multi-award winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa ideally located amid a tropical landscape on the southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand. Kamalaya offers a synergistic wellness experience to help people reconnect to life's potential and achieve optimal wellbeing. The cuisine, the service style, the environment and even the architecture are designed to support and enhance the wellness therapies and services. The land itself is a powerful part of the experience, giving guests a direct experience of the healing power of nature. Since opening in November 2005, Kamalaya has been offering enriching holistic wellness programs which combine healing therapies from East and West, in a breathtakingly beautiful natural environment. Intro to Detox 3 Kamalaya Healthy Cuisine or Kamalaya Detox Cuisine meals per day. All beverages excluding imported drinks and alcohol. 1 x Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA) per person. Wellness Consultation Use of Steam Cavern, swimming pool, plunge pools and Shakti Fitness Centre. FREE attendance to scheduled group holistic fitness activities. Specified Wellness treatments, therapies and services as follows: * 1 x 60 minute Oriental Herbal Detoxifying Body Scrub & Wrap. * 1 x 90 minute Vital Essence Oil Massage. * 2 x 30 minute Chi Nei Tsang. * 1 x 60 minute Chi Nei Tsang. * 4 x 30 minute Far Infrared Sauna. * 2 x 90 minute Lymphatic Drainage Therapy. * 2 x 60 minute Traditional Asian Foot Massage. * 1 x 30 minute Traditional Asian Hand Massage. * 1 x 90 minute Traditional Thai Massage. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 31 October 2015

5 nights
FROM $3,395*
5 nights FROM $3,395*

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, Koh Samui + Yoga Synergy

Koh Samui

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Kamalaya Koh Samui is a multi-award winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa ideally located amid a tropical landscape on the southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand. Kamalaya offers a synergistic wellness experience to help people reconnect to life's potential and achieve optimal wellbeing. The cuisine, the service style, the environment and even the architecture are designed to support and enhance the wellness therapies and services. The land itself is a powerful part of the experience, giving guests a direct experience of the healing power of nature. Since opening in November 2005, Kamalaya has been offering enriching holistic wellness programs which combine healing therapies from East and West, in a breathtakingly beautiful natural environment. Yoga Synergy 3 Kamalaya Healthy Cuisine or Kamalaya Detox Cuisine meals per day. All beverages excluding imported drinks and alcohol. 1 x Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA) per person. Wellness Consultation. Use of Steam Cavern, swimming pool, plunge pools and Shakti Fitness Centre. FREE attendance to scheduled group holistic fitness activities. * Specified Wellness treatments, therapies and services as follows: * 6 x 90 minute Private Yoga Session. * 1 x 90 minute Vital Essential Oil massage. * 1 x 60 minute Royal Ayurvedic massage. * 1 x 60 minute Kati Vasti. * 1 x 60 minute Indian Head massage. * 1 x follow-up Wellness Consultation. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 31 October 2015

7 nights
FROM $4,579*
7 nights FROM $4,579*

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, Koh Samui + Ideal Weight

Koh Samui

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Kamalaya Koh Samui is a multi-award winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa ideally located amid a tropical landscape on the southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand. Kamalaya offers a synergistic wellness experience to help people reconnect to life's potential and achieve optimal wellbeing. The cuisine, the service style, the environment and even the architecture are designed to support and enhance the wellness therapies and services. The land itself is a powerful part of the experience, giving guests a direct experience of the healing power of nature. Since opening in November 2005, Kamalaya has been offering enriching holistic wellness programs which combine healing therapies from East and West, in a breathtakingly beautiful natural environment. Ideal Weight 3 Kamalaya Healthy Cuisine or Kamalaya Detox Cuisine meals per day. All beverages excluding imported drinks and alcohol. 1 x Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA) per person. Wellness Consultation. Use of Steam Cavern, swimming pool, plunge pools and Shakti Fitness Centre. FREE attendance to scheduled group holistic fitness activities. Specified Wellness treatments, therapies and services as follows: * 1 x Ideal Weight Consultation. * 1 x follow-up Ideal Weight Consultation. * 1 x 60 minute Fitness Evaluation. * 1 x 60 minute Nutritional Guidance. * 3 x 60 minute Personal Trainer. * 1 x 75 minute Initial Traditional Chinese Medicine. * 1 x 60 minute Traditional Chinese Medicine. * 6 x 30 minute Far Infrared Sauna. * 3 x 60 minute Chi Nei Tsang. * 1 x 60 minute Oriental Detoxifying Scrub and Wrap. * 1 x 90 minute Lymphatic Drainage Therapy. * 1 x 60 minute Foot Massage View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 31 October 2015

7 nights
FROM $5,009*
7 nights FROM $5,009*

Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Flight Centre Limited clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. Strategically located in the Golden Triangle, PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur places you in the thick of it all. With shopping, dining and entertainment options right at your doorstep, its close proximity to the Bukit Bintang monorail also offers convenient access throughout the city. It offers 426 stylish non-smoking rooms and suites with panoramic views. The Orchid Club, expressly created to enhance your experience, offers exclusive privileges and special benefits. A diverse selection of food and beverage outlets offer guests a myriad of flavours from Sichuan specialities at Si Chuan Dou Hua to local and international favourites at Chatz Brasserie. Serving a selection of cocktails, wines and premium drinks, Klix Lounge offers a relaxing atmosphere with live music while Hot Gossip showcases hearty sandwiches and pastries. Indulge in wellness at St. Gregory spa, or take a relaxing dip in the swimming pool. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 June - 31 August 2015

5 nights
FROM $459*
5 nights FROM $459*

Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Berjaya Times Square Hotel Berjaya Times Square Hotel is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Escape Travel clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, a five-star hotel under the hospitality arm of the public listed Malaysian conglomerate Berjaya Corporation, is a prominent landmark strategically located in the heart of the city's banking, commercial and vibrant shopping district. With a total of 650 suites complete with international-standard amenities, the hotel also houses an extensive selection of food and beverage outlets and recreational facilities built exclusively with a children's playground, swimming pool, steam and sauna room, fitness centre and two squash courts. Offering a distinctive Meetings Excellence programme and boasts 10 meeting rooms including a grand ballroom, Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is definitely an excellent setting where business complements leisure. Evening Colours of Kuala Lumpur Tour with Dinner and Cultural Show. This evening tour takes you to the open air bazaar of Chinatown, a Hindu temple and a sumptuous Malay cuisine accompanied with a cultural show. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 14 December 2015

4 nights
FROM $575*
4 nights FROM $575*

Parkroyal Penang, Malaysia Family

Penang

Parkroyal Penang Parkroyal Penang is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Flight Centre Limited clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. The Parkroyal Penang, Malaysia is a resort hotel that basks in the sun on the idyllic Batu Ferringhi beach. A comfortable drive from Penang Airport and Penang major attractions, hotel guests will be delighted with Parkroyal Penang, Malaysia corporate and holiday amenities, alongside hotel hospitality that is as warm as the tropical sun. Butterfly Farm and Tropical Spice Garden Tour. Tropical Spice Garden, come uncover this treasure trove of more than 500 living specimens of lush and exotic flora from all over the Tropical. Stop over at the Batik Factory (a local cottage industry) for a brief introduction before proceeding to the Penang Butterfly Farm which spans 0.8 hectares and is home to 3000 living specimens from over 50 species of colourful butterflies, frogs, scorpions and other insects. Take a slow drive to the tranquil fishing villages of Teluk Bahang where you will have a brief stop at a local fruit stall to show you some of the spices as well as some of the local fruit available in season. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 April - 3 June, 29 June - 16 July , 24 August - 18 December 2015

5 nights
FROM $739*
5 nights FROM $739*

Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Shangri-La Hotel Nestled amid lush gardens, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is an oasis of luxury in the heart of the city and is just 5 minutes walking distance from the Petronas Twin Towers and the city's leading business and shopping districts. Elegance, meticulous attention to detail and the ultimate in comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Shangri-La's 662 custom-appointed guestrooms, including 101 suites with classy interiors and upscale ambience. At Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur we understand the importance of staying connected to the world while you are on the road. Therefore, all guests can enjoy the benefit of complimentary WiFi throughout the property including guestrooms, public areas, restaurants, lounges and function areas. To relax, dip into the beautiful pool, play a set of tennis, arrange a massage or simply relax on the sundeck. For the more energetic, The Health Club offers state-of-the-art cardio training and bodybuilding equipment. KL Food Experience Tour. Blaze a culinary trail through Kuala Lumpur on this delicious food walk. This three-hour, fully interactive walking tour takes you to the hidden backstreets and narrow alleys of Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs to experience the very best of local food. Malaysia is a fascinating melting pot of cultures and there is no better way of experiencing it all than from a plate. We stroll through the Indian-influenced neighbourhood of Brickfields, where the architecture, music and food is loud and colourful. Sample delicious Indian dishes served on a banana leaf and seek out sweet vendors for sugary morsels like fresh banana fritter, sticky, sweet gulabjamu or the local favourite, cendol (shaved ice, plum sugar, kidney beans and coconut milk jelly). Then, on the comfort of KL's sky-high local transport system, be swept from the colour of India to the bustle of China. We explore the city's vibrant China Town, where we tuck in to some wonderfully tasty noodles and sample some refreshing lime juice while taking in the action that moves at a quick pace around us. Finish the adventure with a coffee at an old school coffee house, where we can see the evolution of KL through charming photos of the past. As you relax and take a breather, your local guide will help you plan your afternoon and, more importantly, recommend somewhere great for a fabulous local dinner. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 13 June, 1 July - 30 November 2015

5 nights
FROM $849*
5 nights FROM $849*

Golden Sands Resort, Penang Family

Penang

The Golden Sands Resort The Golden Sands Resort offers a fun-filled, family-oriented holiday with its 387 comfortably furnished guestrooms and suites, beachside setting and exciting recreational facilities including a water sports centre, health Club, three tennis courts, a Par-3 Executive Golf Course and two lagoon-style swimming pools set amidst a lush, tropical garden. There is always excitement for everyone with organised daily activities and the Adventure Zone, a comprehensive indoor playground, providing safe and exciting entertainment for children and adults. Other facilities include a ballroom, three adaptable meeting and function rooms and the Cool Lounge - transit lounge for early check-in and late check-out which also serves refreshments and provides modern conveniences in a relaxed setting. Food and beverage outlets include a prime beachfront dining venue - Sigi's Bar and Grill on the Beach, as well as the casual and breezy Garden Cafe and lobby lounge which overlooks the garden and pool. Hill and Temple Tour. Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in South-East Asia. The 7 tier Pagoda of 10,000 Buddha which dominates the temple, is influenced by the architectual styles of the Thai's, Burmese and Chinese. A beautiful Bronze Statue of the Goddess of Mercy overlooks the temple. Next, take a funicular train ride up Penang Hill, an elevation of 833m above sea level for a panoramic view of Georgetown, while experiencing the flora and fauna. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 April - 15 June, 1 September - 17 December 2015

6 nights
FROM $2,009*
6 nights FROM $2,009*

Silk Path Hotel , Hanoi + A Cooking Class

Hanoi

Silk Path Hotel Advantageously located in the heart of the charming old quarter of Hanoi, immediately accessible to countless tourist attractions, Government and Diplomatic institutions as well as the business district of the city, Silk Path Hotel's prime location makes the hotel the preferred choice of the demanding travellers as well as the discerning businessmen. Cooking Class at Cooking Centre Join a cooking class at Hanoi's newest cooking centre. Nestled on the edge of Hanoi's famous old quarter and close to picturesque Truc Bach and West Lake, Hanoi Cooking Centre is a cooking school, retail outlet and cafe. Hanoi Cooking Centre offers hands-on cooking classes in a relaxed atmosphere, designed by chef Tracey Lister, co-author of KOTO - A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam. Tracey has 20 years as a chef both in Australia and Vietnam. Classes are an interactive and fun way to learn new cooking skills and experience the tastes and textures of the cuisine of Vietnam. Classes are scheduled every day starting at 9.30am starting with walking tour of the local market, followed by the class and then lunch. You will prepare dishes under the guidance of experienced chefs at your own work station (1 cooking station per 2 guest) and each class will conclude with tasting the food you have prepared, accompanied by a local beer or wine, in the comfortable dining area. All guests will received detailed recipe cards to take home at the end of the class. The tour ends at approximately 1pm with a transfer back to your hotel. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 9 November - 11 December 2015

3 nights
FROM $505*
3 nights FROM $505*

Palm Garden Resort , Hoi An + Tour

Hoi An

Palm Garden Resort Set on 5 hectares of landscaped tropical garden in an enviable beach location, The Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa is a five star resort offering an exceptional green environment with over 400 species of palm trees and plants right along a 220- metre stretch of the famous Cua Dai beach in the UNESCO- recognised World Heritage site of Hoi An Ancient Town. The travelling time from Danang International Airport to the resort is only 35 minutes. The Resort features 188 wooden-designed rooms and beachfront bungalows with 20 brand-new deluxe large rooms. A wireless internet access is free throughout the resort. Half Day Cycling & Boat Making Village This morning cycle 15 minutes out of Hoi An where you will board a small boat for a 35 minute cruise along the tranquil waterways of Quang Nam Province. Jump back onto the saddle and peddle your way through the green paddy fields and villages, stopping at traditional handicraft villages along the way where you can still see local craftsmen producing rice paper and sleeping mats. In the 16th Century Hoi An served as Vietnam's major trading hub, attracting merchants from around the world. Visit the local boat making village of Kim Bong and hear the story of traditional Vietnamese seamanship, before cycling back to Hoi An in the early afternoon. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 5 - 19 June, 4 November - 20 December 2015.

4 nights
FROM $539*
4 nights FROM $539*

Holiday Inn and Suites Makati, Manila

Manila

Holiday Inn & Suites Makati Directly connected to the Glorietta Shopping Mall, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati is Manila's newest international hotel which is situated at the heart of Ayala Center in the Central Business District of Makati City. The hotel is approximately 30 minutes away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and a 10-minute ride to nearby Bonifacio Global City. It has direct access to Glorietta Mall, Ayala Centers world-class hub for shopping, dining and entertainment. Stay in any of the 348 guest rooms which are all fully equipped with coffee & tea making facilities, high-definition 40" LED TV, high-speed Internet access and a multimedia panel. Moreover, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati offers excellent dining and entertainment through its smart casual all day dining, a hip and happening bar and a sky lounge. Relax and feel at home in a family friendly environment where Kids Stay Free, Kids Eat Free. Fiesta Filipina Dinner with show at Zamboanga Restaurant Here is an opportunity to experience the hospitality that Filipinos are known for, in an atmosphere of a typical "barrio fiesta" where exotic local dishes and delicacies are served for you to sample and savor. The evening is highlighted by a special presentation of folk dances by graceful maidens and dashing lads in authentic native costumes. The presentation showcases the soul of the Filipino from the symbolic ceremonial dances of the northern mountain tribes to the romantic Spanish-infuluenced reels, and the expressive tribal dances of the Muslim south. At the end of the show, the audience is given a chance to prove that they can also perform. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 June - 31 August, 18 December - 23 December 2015

5 nights
FROM $649*
5 nights FROM $649*

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu + Bohol Countryside Tour

Cebu

Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu is a deluxe 5-star hotel, owned by the SM Hotels and Conventions Corp, and internationally managed by the Carlson Hotels-Asia Pacific. It is perfect for both business and leisure travellers in Cebu because it is situated 30 minutes away from the Airport and 5 minutes away from the Port area, heritage sites, malls, entertainment and business centres. It has 400 rooms and suites, and offers complimentary late check-out, free internet, grab and run breakfast and express check out. For guests' dining pleasure, the hotel offers Feria with its all-day buffet and a la carte options, extensive 24-hour room service menu, signature cocktails at the Lobby Bar, and barbecue buffet at the Pool Bar. The hotel offers a well-equipped Fitness Centre and an 800 sq metre free-form swimming pool. Bohol Countryside Private Tour A Full day tour to the scenic countryside of Bohol. A beautiful showcase of history, culture and nature in one destination - BOHOL. This tour brings you to the historic Blood Compact Shrine, a historical landmark commemorating the 1st Treaty of Friendship between the east and the west, before visiting the centuries-old Baclayon Church & Museum. Enroute to the Chocolate Hills, you drive through the lush Mahogany Man-Made Forest and the green farmlands in Bilar and Batuan. In Bilar visit a Butterfly Farm which showcases a variety of Philippines butterfly species. View the awesome cone-shaped hills known as the Chocolate Hills from a viewing deck on top of one of these hills. Drive back to Loboc for a 50-minute river cruise. A sumptuous barbecue lunch is served onboard. The river cruise will surely relax both your body and mind as you view nature's beauty of rolling hills, graceful coconut trees and green nipa-palms lining the riverbanks. After the cruise, the tour then brings you back to Tagbilaran, after a brief stop to see the backyard industries in Loay (nipa weaving and knife making). View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 2 October, 10 October - 31 December 2015, 1 - 10 January 2016

5 nights
FROM $839*
5 nights FROM $839*

Shiba Park Hotel , Tokyo + Nikko World Heritage Full Day Tour

Tokyo

The 3 star Shiba Park Hotel is located in the vicinity of Tokyo Tower. The hotel has great access to 4 major train and subway stations, and only 10 minutes to Tokyo's famous shopping and entertainment district, GINZA. direct Limousine busess from Narita and Haneda airport run a few times a day and stop in front of the hotel. Nikko World Heritage Full Day Tour. This 1-day guided tour from Tokyo takes you to some of Nikko's most popular sightseeing spots like World Heritage-registered Tosho-gu Shrine and beautiful Kirifuri Falls. The tour also visits Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa, a national important cultural property, which boasts its beautiful structure. Please note that this plan does not include lunch. IMPORTANT NOTICE: This tour visits scenic places that are very popular with Japanese tourists during fall (late Oct. to early Nov.) and spring (late Apr. - early May). On weekends and national holidays at these times, traffic can get extremely heavy and alterations to the itinerary are likely (see Remarks). Please note that traffic and other circumstances may cause changes to the itinerary on weekdays as well. On days that the Tamozawa Imperial Villa is closed, the Rinnoji Temple Treasure Hall and Shoyo-en Garden will be visited instead. On days that these places are also closed, the tour will visit the Toshogu Shrine Treasure Hall (1) Heavy traffic due to colored leaves is expected every year in Nikko during 11 October - 10 November. The tour may omit the Kirifuri Falls from the itinerary due to traffic conditions. (2) The tour may not visit the Kirifuri Falls during 1 December - 31 March as walking path to the Falls may get icy or be covered by snow. In the event of (1) or (2) above, the tour will visit either the Kegon Falls, Taiyu-in Mausoleum of Rinno-ji Temple, or Futarasan-jinaja Shrine instead. Regardless of seasons, the tour may take similar countermeasures as mentioned in 1. or 2. above due to traffic conditions or other reasons. Please note that the tour fee will not be refunded for itinerary alteration. As the temperature drops in Nikko, please bring warm clothing such as coats if you visit between fall and spring. The tour will walk up and down steps and hilly path at Nikko Toshogu and the Kirifuri Falls. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes to attend the tour. As the tour uses a bus for the entire itinerary, it may be behind the schedule to arrive at each site due to traffic conditions. An earphone device to directly hear the tour guie will be provided to each participant at Nikko Toshogu Shrine. However, this may not apply if there are less than 15 participants. A fee of JPY 10,000 may be incurred if the earphone device is lost or damaged. Yomeimon Gate may be obscured (not visible) due to repair activity (repair and restoration work). Regardless of seasons, the tour may take similar countermeasures as mentioned in 1. or 2. above due to traffic conditions or other reasons. Please note that the tour fee will not be refunded for itinerary alteration. As the temperature drops in Nikko, please bring warm clothing such as coats if you visit between fall and spring. The tour will walk up and down steps and hilly path at Nikko Toshogu and the Kirifuri Falls. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes to attend the tour. As the tour uses a bus for the entire itinerary, it may be behind the schedule to arrive at each site due to traffic conditions. An earphone device to directly hear the tour guide will be provided to each participant at Nikko Toshogu Shrine. However, this may not apply if there are less than 15 participants. A fee of JPY 10,000 may be incurred if the earphone device is lost or damaged. Yomeimon Gate may be obscured (not visible) due to repair activity (repair and restoration work). View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 7 May - 8 August, 18 - 30 August, 7 September - 22 October, 2 November - 20 December 2015

4 nights
FROM $665*
4 nights FROM $665*

Alila Manggis, Candi Dasa + Plantations and Paddy Trek

Candi Dasa

Alila Manggis Alila Manggis is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Flight Centre Limited clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. One of Bali's best kept secrets, Alila Manggis is a secluded, stylish seaside resort in Manggis, East Bali. Set amidst a coconut grove, the resort is nestled between the sea and the majestic Mount Agung, Bali's most sacred mountain. Head away from the crowds to an unspoilt east coast hotel in Candidasa such as Alila Manggis, where modern European shapes meet open, tropical design. Demonstrating creative function, elegant luxury and pure well-being, outdoors meets indoors throughout this boutique hotel. Plantations and Paddy Trek. From Asaka to Bug Bug, walk through the famed rice fields of East Bali on this half day nature and soft adventure walk and be surrounded by spectacular scenery. You could see the life cycle of the rice crop at one of its stages between planting and harvesting. You will also walk through and past many local village temples depending on the time of year. You could witness a traditional ceremony or two. Meet the village farmers and maybe even sip a cup of ginger tea or Bali coffee with them.View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 28 May - 15 July, 16 September - 19 December 2015

3 nights
FROM $425*
3 nights FROM $425*

Double Six Luxury Hotel, Bali + Food Safari

Seminyak

The Double-Six Luxury Suites-Seminyak Introducing new standards of world-class accommodation and offering personalised service beyond compare, The Double-Six Luxury Suites-Seminyak is a 146-unit hotel featuring one of the most luxurious amenities in Bali; an uninterrupted 150 metre beach frontage overlooking the iconic Double Six beach. You will be delighted to discover that Double-Six will offer all the expected elements of a traditional 5-star-plus hotel with many special features that will put it in a class of its own; creating Asia's most desirable destination for discerning travellers. A private driveway provides you with direct and discreet access directly from the beach to our underground car park. Continue past meandering tropical gardens and resplendent Balinese temple to an impressive double storey lobby; designed by the one-and-only Fredo Taffin, architect of Ku De Ta. Gaze upon awe-inspiring views across the Indian Ocean, framed by majestic columns clad in a contemporary mosaic of coconut shell. Reserve your sun lounger or private bale at the 120-metre, lagoon-style swimming pool, an oasis amidst lush gardens and the vibrant coastline. This is just the beginning as you delve deeper into Double Six's new concept, introducing you not only to innovative and opulent design, but to a private space of your own, where relaxed and sophisticated living take on new meaning with generous accommodation never before offered on Seminyak's prestigious beachfront. 4 Courses Food Safari Jimbaran Guests are collected by shared car (should there be other guests dining) and taken to the first venue to enjoy a first set of tastes and sundown. Unless stipulated, your dining experience will always be private, while you may share the transport with other guests. The evening continues with your driver, tour guide and a succession of dining establishments. Think of it as a substantial tasting tour with options available for 4 courses, with up to 12 dishes served. Its a degustation like no other. Progressive style dining is simply where you enjoy a number of dishes, each at alternative locations. Bali Food Safari tours collect guests and drive them to each location between dishes. Bali Food Safari is not designed to be a traditional style entree, main, dessert dining experience. What you'll experience: A progressive degustation like no other, enjoying a number of dishes at four different establishments, taking you on a journey through some of the most remarkable and respected restaurants in Bali. Each offering the opportunity to enjoy some of their signature flavours and delights. Please note Bali Food Safari is not designed to be an entree, main and dessert dining but a delectable combination of tapas sized dishes shared throughout your evening. Your tour begins with collection from your appointed accommodation and taken to the first venue in time to enjoy sundown with a complimentary beverage, usually around 5.30pm. As our VIP Guests you will ushered through and seated immediately. The pre-determined selection of dishes will be explained in detail by your hosts. Tours are inclusive of up to twelve dishes shared between guests. This is at the discretion of the restaurant, with a variety of venues ranging from traditional Italian, French, Modern, Pacific Fusion, Balinese, Spanish and many other taste sensations. We guarantee that even the largest appetite will be satisfied with a Bali Food Safari tour. Participating restaurants are selected for guests, rotating each time to offer a truly unique experience each and every time. Tours venue itinerary is set to flow as follows; * 1st Venue will serve up appetizers and a beautiful sunset, * 2nd & 3rd Venues, offering your next set of delightful bite's, * 4th Venue, finishing your evening with an array of delicious desserts & coffee. Alcohol is not included in tour bookings. Beverage purchases are available at each restaurant and it is the responsibility of guests and must be settled prior to leaving. Dining tours offer an experience that surprise and engage the senses, taking you from your accommodation to an array of mystery venues in one brilliant evening, dining in a selection of the best restaurants, discovered and undiscovered, exploring the most exceptional and delicious delights Bali has to offer. The Bali Food Safari team has had the pleasure to hand select the participating restaurants, ensuring the best quality and unique offering to take you from the (b)eaten track. Each restaurant intrigues, delights and offers delicious signature dishes. Part of your tour experience is the mystery and discovery of the venues and scenery as the night unfolds. We keep your hand picked restaurants as a surprise until your tour begins. Tours run for approximately 4-5 hours, dependent on your collection location and area selection. We will return you to your Hotel or Villa afterwards. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 24 May - 30 June, 1 October - 25 December 2015, 6 January - 31 March 2016

4 nights
FROM $849*
4 nights FROM $849*

Batu Karang Lembongan Resort, Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan

Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel. Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel is located in the tranquil coastal village of Sanur, Bali. Bali has it all and Sanur is the best place to start the discovery of Bali. The Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel commands ideal location, just minutes from great shopping entertainment and the cultural and natural attractions of Bali. - With all rooms located around the lush tropical poolside gardens the resort provides all the needs of both the business and leisure traveller. The hotel staff are renowned for offering true Balinese hospitality, which creates the perfect holiday. Good range of restaurants and bar options included an excellent Chinese restaurant. The Spa and Fitness Centre provides a wonderful environment for guests to meet in stimulating surroundings and enjoy a tremendous scope of soothing Balinese therapies. Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel has 329 guest rooms and suites. Batu Karang Lembongan Resort. Batu Karang Resort is located 30 minutes crossing by speed boat from mainland Sanur. A new outlet called The Deck Cafe and Bar is located just at the front of property close to the beach. Ramada Resort Camakila Bali. Ramada Resort Camakila Bali is situated directly on Legian Beach, a beach well known for its sunrise. While enjoying tranquillity, the resort is also within a short walking distance to the popular Kuta and Seminyak shopping and entertainment areas. The island's noteworthy attractions are also located within easy range from the resort.View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 November - 17 December 2015, 16 January - 31 March 2016

7 nights
FROM $955*
7 nights FROM $955*

Bali & Gili Trawangan Combo

Gili Trawangan

Villa Grasia Resort and Spa If guests are looking for a white sand beach, remote island without pollution, combined with diving, snorkelling, spectacular view and a good appetite, please visit Villa Grasia Resort and Spa, Gili Trawangan Lombok, Indonesia. In Gili Trawangan, guests gave the choice of experiencing the serenity of a small island, the excitement of the underwater world and the energy of the island's nightlife. The calmness of the island, where motor vehicles are banned and horse-drawn carriages (Cidomo) are the preferred method of transportation, is contrasted by the adrenaline rush of diving with barracudas, manta rays, sharks and last but not least with hundreds of turtles. Each of Villa Grasia 23 elegantly furnished cottages has an open-air terrace, a spacious bedroom and a well-appointed bathroom. This beautiful resort brings together an enticing blend of spacious cottages, excellent standard of fining outlets, bar, spa and ocean recreational facilities. The Griya Sanur The Griya Sanur is a brand new quaint property in Sanur. It's clean modern and has the charm of Bali oozing from it's Walls. The property is centred around a common pool which features within the beautiful property. 26 well appointed rooms, the room have large comfortable beds, large TV's, free Wi-Fi and lovely furnishings. Febri's Hotel & Spa Ranked among the top 3-star hotels in Bali, Febri's Hotel & Spa is centrally located at Jalan Kartika Plaza, South Kuta Beach. The hotel's close proximity are Discovery Shopping Mall, Waterbom Park as well as restaurants, shops and DVD stores along the street with very reasonable prices. The hotel is of contemporary design with high ceilings and large open spaces. Providing a pleasant ambience with clean rooms and a relaxing swimming pool surrounded by beautiful frangipani gardens, Febri's is ideal for mature travellers, honeymooners and especially families. The hotel boasts of providing one of the best value spas on the island, offering a wide range of relaxing treatments in tranquil ambiance within anyone's budget. Individual treatments and short packages are offered in a modern air- conditioned studio. More sophisticated treatments and packages are offered in private spa cottages, each of which has its own spacious garden, shower and bathing facilities surrounded by high walls for personal privacy and luxury. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1-30 June, 1 September - 19 December 2015, 11 January - 31 March 2016

9 nights
FROM $1,109*
9 nights FROM $1,109*

Fairmont Sanur Beach, Bali

Sanur

Fairmont Sanur Beach, Bali Located in Sanur on Bali's spectacular eastern coastline, as an all-suites beachfront resort in Bali, the property is destined to be the premium choice for travellers seeking exclusive experiences in a tranquil and secluded resort. Both traditional and timeless, each private retreat boasts contemporary Balinese-style interiors, spacious living rooms and sea or tropical garden views. Nestled within ten acres of lush tropical gardens, Regent Bali comprises 78 Deluxe Suites (90sqm), eight Premier Suites (136sqm) and an expansive beachfront villa. For the ultimate in indulgence and convenience, the four Deluxe Spa Suites (157sqm) and the four Premier Spa Suites (181sqm) include separate spa treatment rooms. Each Premier Spa Suite also contains a semi-outdoor entertainment and spacious dining area to accommodate up to eight guests. Well Being Spa Beginning with a Balinese ceremonial preparation combined with a Javanese beauty ritual we start with a Balinese massage, next step is to exfoliate the skin, gently rubbing over your body a blend of granular plant extract herbs. Then we buff the skin smooth, feel new as a Javanese polish. Followed by a cooling yogurt splash, then we prepare a warm floral oil bath for you to relax and luxuriate in (A health tea herbal tonic for its internal cleansing properties is offered to you as you relax). View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 31 August 2015

5 nights
FROM $1,455*
5 nights FROM $1,455*

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali + Journey to Gastronomy

Uluwatu

Alila Villas Uluwantu Poised on an elevated plateau that meets with limestone cliffs sweeping down to the ocean, the view from the Alila Villas Uluwatu is nothing less than picture-perfect. Re-discover the joy of pure relaxation in unparalleled comfort and space in each of our exquisitely designed Bali luxury villas. Surrender yourself to the enchantment of Bali's beauty and serenity in the luxury of flawless perfection. Journey to Gastronomy. Journey of gastronomy presents a half-day cooking class that will introduce you to local ingredients, basic recipes, local cooking methods, local dishes and organic gardening. Your journey starts with a tour to Jimbaran beach local fish market, where you can witness the hectic bargaining by locals. Explore typical regional fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, live chickens and other livestock. These markets really showcase the daily morning activities of the local community making preparations for their meals. Then take a relaxing break at Balangan beach, served with coffee and tea whilst enjoying the breeze and the view from the cliff. After the break, you will return to the resort and be welcomed to The Warung with a recharging 'soto ayam' (light chicken soup). The journey continues with hands-on preparation of the different dishes guided by the chef and his team. Your cooking session will conclude with the dishes served as your lunch at the main table with condiments prepared in 'congklak' style.View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 27 April - 28 June, 5 - 15 July, 26 September - 19 October, 25 October - 19 December 2015

4 nights
FROM $2,089*
4 nights FROM $2,089*

Cruises & Tours

Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights, 12 Days, SAVE $4000* Per Couple

Asia

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival at the airport, you'll be met by an APT representative and transferred to your luxurious hotel. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day to explore. Once a bustling French colonial city previously known as Saigon, today, Ho Chi Minh City offers a myriad of attractions that display both its rich culture and fascinating history. Tonight, meet fellow guests and your APT Tour Director during a briefing and a Welcome Dinner at your hotel. Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City. This morning, choose from two Signature Experiences and learn about Vietnam's recent past. On the first Signature Experience min. and max. numbers apply, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross, a memorial erected by the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, which is set in a rubber plantation where Australian soldiers lost their lives. On the second alternative, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. These tunnels served as Viet Cong hiding spots, supply and communication routes, hospitals and weapon caches, and make for a fascinating visit. Tonight, be treated to a tantalising and exclusive Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation dinner, complete with matching wines, at Xu Restaurant. Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City. This morning, choose from our range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions. Perhaps enjoy a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, before taking a cyclo ride. Alternatively, tour the Ky Long Art Villa, learn the techniques and processes of Vietnamese lacquer art and see active artist workshops. You may like to enjoy a fun cooking class, delight in an exciting shopping tour, or take a tour on the back of a motorbike as you're driven safely through the bustling city streets. Later, transfer to My Tho Port to embark your luxury river ship for your eight-day Lower Mekong River cruise. Settle in to your suite before an exclusive Luke Nguyen Signature Banquet this evening, where you'll sample the diverse flavours from the region of Luke's heritage. Day 4 Cai Be to Sa Dec. A local boat will take you to the lovely river-land town of Cai Be today. Step ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral as well as the colourful port area, which is filled with colonial buildings and delightful flower gardens. Afterwards, visit a local rice paper manufacturer for insight into how Vietnamese rice paper is made, then enjoy lunch back onboard as your ship cruises towards the quaint Sa Dec. This town is where the award-winning French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. On arrival, tour Huynh Thuy Le's old house and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras' best-selling novel, The Lover. Later, visit a traditional Fujian Temple. Tonight, enjoy dinner onboard your luxurious ship. Day 5 Tan Chau - Evergreen Island. This morning after a tantalising breakfast, disembark your river ship and transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau. Cruise past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau. Ride past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals eager to say hello. Later, step back in time during a visit to a local evergreen island and see authentic rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is then spent onboard your luxurious river ship. This afternoon, perhaps take in a fruit-carving demonstration by one of the ship's chefs while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia. Alternatively, watch daily life on the Lower Mekong unfold, before enjoying a delicious dinner later this evening. After entering Cambodia, your ship will continue to cruise overnight towards the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Day 6 Phnom Penh. Perhaps rise early this morning to take in Phnom Penh's river promenade as your ship nears the capital. After breakfast, disembark in Phnom Penh and embark on a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge's notorious Security Prison 21 S-21. Here, you'll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime in the mid-to-late 1970s. Later this afternoon, enjoy lunch back onboard your ship, then enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular Royal Palace, delighting in its dazzling white and gold architecture. This magnificent complex of buildings serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. Afterwards, head to the Silver Pagoda, located on the south side of the palace complex. This temple houses many national treasures, most notable is a small 17th-century baccarat crystal Buddha - the Emerald Buddha of Cambodia and a life-sized gold Maitreya Buddha decorated with 9,584 diamonds. Day 7 Phnom Penh to Koh Chen Village. This morning after a sumptuous breakfast, enjoy time at leisure this morning in Phnom Penh. Relax aboard your luxury ship or discover the city's other attractions, including the famed Russian market. Later today, cruise to the remote Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silver and copperware. On arrival, visit some of the home-workshops that manufacture handmade copper souvenirs. Day 8 Oudong to Kampong Tralach. After a delicious breakfast, disembark in Prek K'dam and travel by coach on a morning tour of Oudong, the royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, visit the monastery for a Buddha blessing experience. Afterwards, continue to Kampong Tralach for a visit to Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu before an exciting ox-cart ride takes you through rice fields and a small village to rejoin your ship. Day 9 Kampong Chhnang. This morning you'll enjoy a small-boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Then return to your ship and cast off towards the vast lake of Tonle Sap. This evening, reflect on the days that have just gone by as you enjoy your last night onboard your luxury river cruise as you indulge in a superb Farewell Dinner. Day 10 Siem Reap. This morning, farewell your magnificent crew and transfer to your luxurious hotel in Siem Reap. After settling in, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Visit the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer empire, Angkor Thom, where you'll see the 12th-century temple, Bayon. Back in Siem Reap this evening, select from our wonderful Freedom of Choice Dining Inclusions from French and Khmer fusion cuisine at Mahouts Dream or enjoy fine dining in a unique setting at Nest Angkor. Day 11 Siem Reap to Angkor. Rise early this morning and travel to the Angkor complex for a glass of champagne as you enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat. Afterwards, embark on a guided tour of this impressive temple, the best-preserved temple of Angkor and said to be the world's largest single religious monument. Afterwards, return to your hotel in Siem Reap for breakfast and some time at leisure. This afternoon, you'll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site famous for its bewildering intertwined trees. Later, visit 'Opportunities of Development thru Art' - ODA, a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for poor and disadvantaged children. Tonight, reflect on your experiences with your fellow travellers as you enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance and enjoy a tantalising Farewell Dinner. Day 12 Siem Reap. Gain a fresh perspective of Siem Reap during your selected Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusion. Perhaps visit the temple of Wat Preah Prom Rath and participate in a Buddhist blessing; perhaps enjoy an exciting tuk-tuk ride to the Artisans d'Angkor workshop, where you can shop for local hand-made crafts; participate in a fun Apsara dance class; embark on an unforgettable elephant ride to the 12th-century temple, Bayon; take off on a thrilling quad bike adventure; enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour across the Cambodian countryside; partake in a traditional Khmer cooking class; go on a shopping adventure; or perhaps indulge in a relaxing spa treatment. Later this afternoon, your journey draws to its conclusion as you're transferred to the airport for your onward flight. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only on 18 July 2015 (please enquire about other travel dates)

12 days
FROM $2,595*
12 days FROM $2,595*

Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights, 12 Days + Flights

Asia

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival at the airport, you'll be met by an APT representative and transferred to your luxurious hotel. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day to explore. Once a bustling French colonial city previously known as Saigon, today, Ho Chi Minh City offers a myriad of attractions that display both its rich culture and fascinating history. Tonight, meet fellow guests and your APT Tour Director during a briefing and a Welcome Dinner at your hotel. Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City - Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels. This morning, choose from two Signature Experiences and learn about Vietnam's recent past. On the first Signature Experience min. and max. numbers apply, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross, a memorial erected by the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, which is set in a rubber plantation where Australian soldiers lost their lives. On the second alternative, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. These tunnels served as Viet Cong hiding spots, supply and communication routes, hospitals and weapon caches, and make for a fascinating visit. Tonight, be treated to a tantalising and exclusive Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation dinner, complete with matching wines, at Xu Restaurant. Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City - Freedom of Choice, Embark Cruise. This morning, choose from our range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions. Perhaps enjoy a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, before taking a cyclo ride. Alternatively, tour the Ky Long Art Villa, learn the techniques and processes of Vietnamese lacquer art and see active artist workshops. You may like to enjoy a fun cooking class, delight in an exciting shopping tour, or take a tour on the back of a motorbike as you're driven safely through the bustling city streets. Later, transfer to My Tho Port to embark your luxury river ship for your eight-day Lower Mekong River cruise. Settle in to your suite before an exclusive Luke Nguyen Signature Banquet this evening, where you'll sample the diverse flavours from the region of Luke's heritage. Day 4 Cai Be - Sa Dec. A local boat will take you to the lovely river-land town of Cai Be today. Step ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral as well as the colourful port area, which is filled with colonial buildings and delightful flower gardens. Afterwards, visit a local rice paper manufacturer for insight into how Vietnamese rice paper is made, then enjoy lunch back onboard as your ship cruises towards the quaint Sa Dec. This town is where the award-winning French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. On arrival, tour Huynh Thuy Le's old house and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras' best-selling novel, The Lover. Later, visit a traditional Fujian Temple. Tonight, enjoy dinner onboard your luxurious ship. Day 5 Tan Chau - Evergreen Island, Border Crossing. This morning after a tantalising breakfast, disembark your river ship and transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau. Cruise past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau. Ride past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals eager to say hello. Later, step back in time during a visit to a local evergreen island and see authentic rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is then spent onboard your luxurious river ship. This afternoon, perhaps take in a fruit-carving demonstration by one of the ship's chefs while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia. Alternatively, watch daily life on the Lower Mekong unfold, before enjoying a delicious dinner later this evening. After entering Cambodia, your ship will continue to cruise overnight towards the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Day 6 Phnom Penh. Perhaps rise early this morning to take in Phnom Penh's river promenade as your ship nears the capital. After breakfast, disembark in Phnom Penh and embark on a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge's notorious Security Prison 21 S-21. Here, you'll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime in the mid-to-late 1970s. Later this afternoon, enjoy lunch back onboard your ship, then enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular Royal Palace, delighting in its dazzling white and gold architecture. This magnificent complex of buildings serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. Afterwards, head to the Silver Pagoda, located on the south side of the palace complex. This temple houses many national treasures, most notable is a small 17th-century baccarat crystal Buddha - the Emerald Buddha of Cambodia and a life-sized gold Maitreya Buddha decorated with 9,584 diamonds. Day 7 Phnom Penh - Koh Chen Village. This morning after a sumptuous breakfast, enjoy time at leisure this morning in Phnom Penh. Relax aboard your luxury ship or discover the city's other attractions, including the famed Russian market. Later today, cruise to the remote Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silver and copperware. On arrival, visit some of the home-workshops that manufacture handmade copper souvenirs. Day 8 Oudong - Kampong Tralach. After a delicious breakfast, disembark in Prek K'dam and travel by coach on a morning tour of Oudong, the royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, visit the monastery for a Buddha blessing experience. Afterwards, continue to Kampong Tralach for a visit to Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu before an exciting ox-cart ride takes you through rice fields and a small village to rejoin your ship. Day 9 Kampong Chhnang. This morning you'll enjoy a small-boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Then return to your ship and cast off towards the vast lake of Tonle Sap. This evening, reflect on the days that have just gone by as you enjoy your last night onboard your luxury river cruise as you indulge in a superb Farewell Dinner. Day 10 Siem Reap - Disembark Cruise, Freedom of Choice. This morning, farewell your magnificent crew and transfer to your luxurious hotel in Siem Reap. After settling in, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Visit the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer empire, Angkor Thom, where you'll see the 12th-century temple, Bayon. Back in Siem Reap this evening, select from our wonderful Freedom of Choice Dining Inclusions from French and Khmer fusion cuisine at Mahouts Dream or enjoy fine dining in a unique setting at Nest Angkor. Day 11 Siem Reap - Angkor. Rise early this morning and travel to the Angkor complex for a glass of champagne as you enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat. Afterwards, embark on a guided tour of this impressive temple, the best-preserved temple of Angkor and said to be the world's largest single religious monument. Afterwards, return to your hotel in Siem Reap for breakfast and some time at leisure. This afternoon, you'll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site famous for its bewildering intertwined trees. Later, visit 'Opportunities of Development thru Art' - ODA, a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for poor and disadvantaged children. Tonight, reflect on your experiences with your fellow travellers as you enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance and enjoy a tantalising Farewell Dinner. Day 12 Siem Reap - Freedom of Choice. Gain a fresh perspective of Siem Reap during your selected Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusion. Perhaps visit the temple of Wat Preah Prom Rath and participate in a Buddhist blessing; perhaps enjoy an exciting tuk-tuk ride to the Artisans d'Angkor workshop, where you can shop for local hand-made crafts; participate in a fun Apsara dance class; embark on an unforgettable elephant ride to the 12th-century temple, Bayon; take off on a thrilling quad bike adventure; enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour across the Cambodian countryside; partake in a traditional Khmer cooking class; go on a shopping adventure; or perhaps indulge in a relaxing spa treatment. Later this afternoon, your journey draws to its conclusion as you're transferred to the airport for your onward flight. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only on 22 July 2015 (please enquire about other travel dates)

12 days
FROM $4,595*
12 days FROM $4,595*

Best of China, 13 Days

China

Day 1 Beijing. Be met on arrival and transferred to your luxurious hotel. After settling in, the remainder of the day is yours to spend at leisure. Later this evening, get to know your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception. Day 2 Beijing. Your sightseeing begins today with a tour of Tian'anmen Square. Enlarged to four times its original size in the 1950s, Tian'anmen is the world's largest city square. After the tour, head to the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City, the largest surviving palace complex on earth. Located within the Imperial City of Beijing, the Forbidden City was home to 24 Chinese emperors between 1420 and 1924. Entrance to the city was once at the sole discretion of the emperor, but today visitors are able to access this extraordinarily-preserved site. After, hop on a rickshaw for a guided tour through the hutongs (narrow streets) of Old Beijing. Explore the maze of historic alleyways with old single-storey traditional courtyard houses and visit the home of a local family. Tonight, indulge in a Peking Duck banquet in an exclusive private room at the Quanjude Restaurant. Day 3 Beijing - Great Wall of China, Freedom of Choice. After breakfast, set out for Huairou County and the Great Wall of China, which winds its way from the Yellow Sea up into the Gobi Desert for more than 6,000 kilometres. Arrive at one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall of China, the Mutianyu section. Board a cable car and enjoy great views of the wall, the surrounding mountains and the village of Mutianyu as you travel up to the top. Enjoy time to walk along the wall before returning back to the ground by cable car. Afterwards, stop at a jade showroom for an insight into the 6,000 year-old craft of grinding and polishing these revered stones. After dinner at leisure back in Beijing, choose to attend a Peking Opera show at Qianmen Liyuan Theatre; watch an exhilarating Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre; or explore Silk Alley market. Day 4 Beijing - Yichang - Embark Cruise. Discover Beijing's Temple of Heaven on a guided tour this morning. Located within a 267 hectare park, the temple was constructed in 1420 as a place of worship for emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. After, transfer to the airport and fly to Yichang. On arrival, transfer to your luxury river ship and settle in for your cruise along the Yangtze River before dinner onboard. Day 5 Xiling Gorge - Three Gorges Dam. Cruise along the Yangtze River through China's most picturesque area, the Three Gorges region. Pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, cruising through Yellow Ox Gorge and under Huangling Temple, built around 770 BC - 476 BC and set amid groves of orange and pomelo trees. Later this afternoon, arrive at the Three Gorges Dam and take a tour of the world's largest engineering project. After the Captain's Welcome Reception this evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with your fellow guests. After dinner, enjoy an entertaining crew show. Day 6 Shennong Stream - Qutang Gorge - Wu Gorge. Following breakfast, disembark your ship at Badong and transfer by ferry to a traditional Chinese sampan (longboat). As you cruise on this longboat, poled by a local Tujia boatman, you're able to absorb the serenity of the river and take in the crystalline waters, rich surrounding forest and towering rock formations. After a delectable lunch onboard, continue to the tranquil and spectacular Wu Gorge. Noted for its sheer peaks and towering cliff faces, the gorge is surrounded by the Wu Mountains and is the second of the Three Gorges system. Later, your ship will pass between the majestic Chijia Mountain and Baiyan Mountain to enter the Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges. Also considered the most beautiful, Qutang Gorge is bordered by a white cliff face. The chalk here is littered with engravings carved into the chalk by Chinese calligraphers. In the afternoon, there is the opportunity to attend an onboard arts and crafts demonstration. Day 7 Fengdu or Relocation Tour. Rise early to participate in a Tai Chi class atop the ship's Observation Deck for a relaxing start to your day. Following breakfast, disembark for a tour of Fengdu, a graceful little 'Ghost City' that lies in the foothills of the mountains by the river. Fengdu is noted for its bustling markets and the many Buddha and Tao temples gathered on Ming Mountain. Alternatively, you may choose to take a 'Relocation Tour', which will give you an insight into the impact of the Three Gorges Dam project on local farming communities and the surrounding area. In the afternoon, choose from a range of activities; attend a Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy demonstration, learn how to play the ancient game of Mahjong, learn a few words of Mandarin, or participate in a dumpling-making session run by the ship's talented chef. In the evening, enjoy the Emperor Farewell Dinner, a Chinese banquet feast. Embrace the spirit of the occasion by dressing up in Chinese costumes. Day 8 Chongqing - Disembark Ship, Xi'an - Freedom of Choice. Disembark in Chongqing. A strategic port since ancient times, Chongqing was established in the 11th century and has a dramatic history, having played a key role in WWII due to its mountainous landscape. Head to the famous Chongqing Zoo, where more than 200 varieties of wild and rare animals are on display, including the famous Giant Pandas, a critically endangered species. This beautiful creature is fast replacing the dragon as China's emblem and has been kept in zoos since the early Han Dynasty - over two thousand years ago. Later, visit a local restaurant for an authentic hotpot lunch before transferring to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. This evening, choose from a Brazilian barbecue at Churrasco, a Western buffet at Azur or Chinese cuisine at Le Chinois. Day 9 Xi'an - Terracotta Army. Discover the attractions of Xi'an, one of the oldest cities in China, with more than 3,000 years of history. Home to some of the country's most iconic sights, Xi'an is one of China's Four Great Capitals and is the eastern point of the famous Silk Road. Visit the ancient city wall, one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world, constructed in the 14th century during the early Ming Dynasty. Afterwards, travel out of the city to a clay factory where impressive terracotta soldiers are still made today. Later, arrive at the world-famous Terracotta Army, a fascinating collection of clay sculptures depicting the warriors of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China. This incredible army was discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well. Accompanied by a museum curator, you'll enjoy the opportunity to view some of the best-preserved sculptures from a lower viewing platform, which is off-limits to the general public. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses - built on the site of the three excavation pits where the sculptures were buried over time. The figures date from the late 3rd century and are a form of funerary art. Buried with the emperor, their purpose was to protect him in the afterlife. Enjoy a panoramic movie telling the story of the warriors, and visit the excavation pits as well as the famous Bronze Chariot. In the evening, enjoy a special performance of the Tang Dynasty show and feast on a deliciously authentic local dumpling banquet. Day 10 Xi'an - Shanghai, Freedom of Choice. Enjoy a morning excursion to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 707 AD during the Tang Dynasty. After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. On arrival, board the high-speed Maglev train into the heart of the city, and watch the kilometres race towards an exhilarating 300 km/h. Once predominantly a fishing and textiles town, rapid growth has seen Shanghai transformed into a globally significant metropolis, boasting a famous skyline and a strong influence in the world of business. Check-in to your iconic hotel overlooking the Huangpu River, and enjoy some free time before dinner. In the evening, enjoy a meal of Chinese cuisine at the Dragon Phoenix restaurant. Alternatively, you may wish to head to the Langham Xintiandi Hotel's renowned signature restaurant, Ming Court. Or choose to enjoy an exotic fusion menu at Zen Restaurant. Day 11 Shanghai, Freedom of Choice. Choose your activity this morning. Perhaps cruise the Huangpu River through the heart of the city and explore Yu Garden, before feasting on dim sum for lunch. Regarded as one of the most lavish gardens in China, Yu Garden was built over a period of 20 years by Pan Yunduan who wanted to impress his father, a high-ranking official in the Ming Dynasty. Another option is to join a local guide for a walking tour of Shanghai's former French Concession, which served as the main residential area for foreigners from 1849 until 1946. Stroll along the tree-lined avenues and admire its European cafes, houses and gardens, before a dim sum lunch. Or, you may prefer to take part in a cooking class, during which you will learn how to make Shanghai Dumplings. Later, during time at leisure this afternoon, perhaps enjoy a stroll around Shanghai's Old City or along the Bund. This evening, enjoy premium seating at an acrobatic show. Day 12 Jinxi - Shanghai. Travel to Jinxi, an ancient water town. Although only an hour from bustling Shanghai, Jinxi is worlds away in pace and serenity. Less developed than other nearby water towns and untouched by tourism, Jinxi's romantic charm is best appreciated during a guided walking tour. Wandering through the covered corridors along the Jinxi River, you'll discover ancient bridges arching over the town's many water alleys. Jinxi is connected by five lakes via a network of waterways. A boat cruise before lunch is the ideal way to take in this sleepy little water town. Return to Shanghai after lunch and enjoy free time to explore before your Farewell Dinner at The Cathay Room in The Fairmont Peace Hotel, overlooking the Bund and the Huangpu River. Day 13 Shanghai. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your APT holiday with a trip to Hong Kong or Vietnam and Cambodia. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only on 18 June 2015 (please enquire about other travel dates)

13 days
FROM $6,095*
13 days FROM $6,095*

Vietnam and Cambodia Discovery, 16 Days + Flights

Asia

Day 1 Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi, be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Hanoi's sights on a cyclo ride, before meeting your fellow travellers at tonight's Welcome Dinner. Day 2 Hanoi - Freedom of Choice. Today, enjoy a choice of sightseeing activities, then later this evening, choose to dine at a choice of delicious restaurants. Day 3 Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay. Travel to Ha Long and board a luxurious ship for your three-day cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Absorb the stunning scenery and visit Sung Sot Cave. Day 4 Bai Tu Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay. Perhaps enjoy Tai Chi on the Sun Deck this morning. Later, visit Vung Vieng floating fishing village by a traditional bamboo boat. After lunch take a guided biking or walking excursion in the national park of Cat Ba Island. Tonight, try squid fishing with the crew. Day 5 Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City. Delight in a traditional tea ceremony this morning, then on return to shore, travel to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City - Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels. Today perhaps journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross - min. and max. numbers apply. Alternatively, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Back in Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation with matching wines at Xu Restaurant. Day 7 Lower Mekong River - Freedom of Choice, Embark Cruise. Enjoy your selected sightseeing activity, then embark on your eight-day luxury Lower Mekong River cruise. Tonight, dine on an exclusive Luke Nguyen Signature Banquet. Day 8 Cai Be - Sa Dec. Go ashore in Cai Be to visit a local rice paper manufacturer. Later cruise to Sa Dec. Here, enjoy a boat ride before visiting a traditional Fujian Temple. Day 9 Tan Chau - Evergreen Island, Border Crossing. Tour Tan Chau by rickshaw, then explore a local evergreen island. This afternoon, perhaps attend a fruit-carving demonstration onboard while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia. Day 10 Phnom Penh. Take an excursion to the Killing Fields before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Later, visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Back onboard, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening. Day 11 Phnom Penh - Koh Chen Village. This morning, enjoy time at leisure, then cruise to Koh Chen, and visit some workshops that make handmade copper souvenirs. Day 12 Oudong - Kampong Tralach. Disembark in Prek K'dam and set off on a tour of Oudong. Experience a Buddha blessing at the monastery, then visit Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu before an ox-cart ride back to your ship. Day 13 Kampong Chhnang. Enjoy a small-boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Then return to your ship and cast off towards the lake of Tonle Sap. Day 14 Siem Reap - Disembark Cruise, Freedom of Choice. Transfer to Siem Reap then head to Angkor to visit its main sights. Tonight, choose from a range of restaurants for dinner. Day 15 Siem Reap - Angkor. Rise early and enjoy a glass of champagne as you take in sunrise at Angkor Wat. After touring the iconic temple, explore the jungle-clad Ta Prohm and visit the 'Opportunities of Development thru Art' - ODA organisation. Day 16 Siem Reap - Freedom of Choice. Enjoy your selected sightseeing activity this morning, then transfer to the airport. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only on 18 August 2015 (please enquire about other travel dates)

16 days
FROM $6,195*
16 days FROM $6,195*

Treasures of China, 15 Days

China

Day 1 Beijing. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The day is yours at leisure before a Welcome Reception tonight. Day 2 Beijing. Tour Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City. Later, hop on a rickshaw for a tour through Old Beijing. This evening, indulge in a special Peking Duck banquet. Day 3 Beijing - Great Wall of China, Freedom of Choice. Visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China and enjoy great views as you ride a cable car. Tonight, attend a Peking Opera or a Kung Fu Show, or explore Silk Alley market. Day 4 Beijing - Yichang, Embark Cruise. Discover Beijing's Temple of Heaven on a guided tour, then transfer to the airport and fly to Yichang. On arrival, board your river ship. Day 5 Three Gorges Dam - Xiling Gorge. Set off on your cruise along the Yangtze River through the stunning Three Gorges region. Pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, then take a tour of the Three Gorges Dam. Indulge in the Captain's Welcome Dinner, followed by an entertaining crew show. Day 6 Shennong Stream - Qutang Gorge - Wu Gorge. In Badong, transfer to a traditional sampan (longboat) and cruise through stunning scenery. Continue to tranquil Wu Gorge, and pass between two majestic cliffs on entry to Qutang Gorge. Day 7 Fengdu or Relocation Tour. This morning, you can participate in a Tai Chi class atop the Observation Deck. After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Fengdu, or take a 'Relocation Tour' and learn about the impact of the Three Gorges Dam project on local families and farms. In the afternoon, you may like to attend a Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy demonstration, learn how to play Mahjong, learn some Mandarin, or enjoy a dumpling-making session. Tonight, savour the Emperor Farewell Dinner, a Chinese banquet feast, and perhaps participate in some entertainment by dressing up with the crew. Day 8 Chongqing - Disembark Ship, Guilin - Freedom of Choice. Disembark your ship in Chongqing and head to the famous Chongqing Zoo, to view Giant Pandas. Visit a local restaurant for an authentic hotpot lunch before transferring to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Tonight, choose to dine at Li Cafe or Shang Place. Day 9 Guilin. Soak up the tranquillity of the picturesque Li River as you cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. After lunch onboard, disembark for a visit to peaceful Yangshuo, bordered by spectacular karst peaks and the majestic Li River. This evening, enjoy a dinner of the region's famous rice noodles. Day 10 Guilin - Xi'an, Freedom of Choice. Travel out to the Reed Flute Cave, named after the reeds growing outside the cave which were used, many years ago, in the making of flutes. Later, visit Fubo Hill before boarding a flight to Xi'an. For dinner this evening, choose from an authentic Brazilian barbecue at Churrasco, a Western buffet at Azur or Chinese cuisine at Le Chinois. Day 11 Xi'an. Discover Xi'an this morning on a guided tour. Stop at a clay factory, then arrive at the Terracotta Army. With a museum curator, you'll enjoy the opportunity to view the sculptures up-close from the lower viewing platform. This evening, enjoy a Tang Dynasty show and a dumpling feast. Day 12 Xi'an - Shanghai, Freedom of Choice. Enjoy a morning excursion to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 707 AD. Later, transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. This evening, choose from a range of restaurants for dinner. You may like to enjoy Chinese cuisine at Dragon Phoenix restaurant; head to The Langham Xintiandi Hotel's signature restaurant, Ming Court; or dine on a fusion menu at Zen Restaurant. Day 13 Shanghai - Freedom of Choice. Explore Shanghai today on your selected activity. Perhaps cruise the Huangpu River and explore the lavish Yu Garden, before a dim sum lunch; tour the French Concession neighbourhood with a local guide and enjoy a dim sum lunch; or learn how to make Shanghai Dumplings. Then, during an afternoon at leisure, perhaps enjoy a stroll around Shanghai's Old City or along the Bund. This evening, enjoy premium seating at an acrobatic show. Day 14 Jinxi - Shanghai. Visit the historic water town of Jinxi and stroll through its ancient streets on a walking tour. Take a boat cruise, before returning to Shanghai after lunch. Enjoy your final afternoon at leisure. Tonight, delight in a Farewell Dinner at The Cathay Room. Day 15 Shanghai. Transfer to the airport for your flight home this morning. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only on 7 May 2015 (please enquire about other travel dates)

15 days
FROM $6,895*
15 days FROM $6,895*

Hidden Wonders of Burma, 15 Days + Flights

Burma

Day 1 Yangon, Embark Ship. Be met at the airport and transferred to the Irrawaddy River. Here, board your luxury river ship, the RV Samatha, for the start of your incredible 14-night Irrawaddy River cruise. Enjoy lunch onboard and time to settle in, then head back into the city of Yangon for the opportunity to view the famous Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset. Get to know your fellow travellers and APT Cruise Director during a Welcome Reception this evening. Day 2 Yangon - Maubin. Awake today to the glorious scenery along the mighty Irrawaddy River as you begin cruising upstream. Admire endless green rice fields and traditional stilt houses perched high over the water as your ship zigzags leisurely along the river. Arrive after lunch in Maubin, home to a number of universities as well as a range of significant Buddhist pagodas. Disembark for a tour, during which you'll learn about Ba Maw - a prominent Burmese political leader who was born here in 1893. You'll also enjoy the chance to visit the local market before returning to your ship. Day 3 Danuphyu - Zalon. Stop to explore Danuphyu, where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against the British troops during the First Anglo-Burmese War. Visit a local cheroot (cigar) workshop and take some time to explore at leisure. Back onboard, take in the unique sights of the Irrawaddy Delta region today as your ship cruises to the small port town of Zalon. On disembarking, you'll set off on a trishaw tour. Pass the town's many colonial-style wooden houses and large tropical gardens on the way to the incredible Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda, which houses a famous bronze Buddha that was once stolen by the British Army and later returned by order of Queen Victoria. Day 4 Myanaung. Cruise onwards today to the quiet riverside township of Myanaung. Here, a guided walking tour will take you past a range of well-preserved colonial houses and on to the bustling local market. Day 5 Pyay (Prome) - Sri Ksetra. Take in views of the Akauk Mountains and their river-facing cliff carvings as you cruise to Pyay. On arrival in Pyay, you'll disembark for a walking tour. Established by the British Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the late 19th century, Pyay originally served as a transshipment point for cargo being moved between Upper and Lower Burma. See a selection of pagodas, including the imposing Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of the country's most revered religious sites. Later, travel eight kilometres to the south-east of Pyay on an excursion to the ancient ruins at the old Pyu kingdom capital, Sri Ksetra, meaning 'City of Splendour'. Added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, the region's 1,500 year old stupas are among the world's earliest Buddhist monuments. Day 6 Thayetmyo. Cruise into Thayetmyo, a pleasant port town that once sat on the border between Upper Burma and Lower Burma, which the British annexed during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. Here, step out to wander the streets, take in the colonial houses and visit the charming local market. Day 7 Minhla - Magwe. Stop in the town of Minhla, the site of a significant battle during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. Board a small boat and cruise to Gwechaung and Minhla forts, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma. Learn how the British captured these forts, and indeed the town, during a war that saw an independent Burma lose its sovereignty. Cruise onwards to Magwe, where you'll head up to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River. Take in amazing views and explore the pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks. Day 8 Salay. Cruise to the village of Salay, a colourful religious centre. On disembarking, you'll visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region's oldest surviving wooden monastery. Built in 1882, the monastery is famous for its wood carvings and an extensive collection of religious artefacts. Afterwards, continue on to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to the country's largest lacquer Buddha image, which dates back to the 13th century. Day 9 Tantkyi Hill - Bagan. Disembark your ship and climb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda, encircled by 32 elephant statues facing in all directions. Back onboard later, you will be able to capture your first glimpse of Bagan, one of Burma's most iconic attractions. Scattered across the lush plains of Bagan lie more than 2,000 sacred stupas, many dating as far back as the 11th and 13th centuries. Day 10 Bagan. Enjoy a full-day to discover Bagan, one of the world's truly awe-inspiring archaeological sites. Disembark your ship and head for the Bagan Archaeological Zone, home to thousands of stupas, temples and monasteries. Here, climb to the top of a pagoda for panoramic views over the plains. Travel to the township of Nyaung-U where you'll enjoy some time at Nyaung-U Market, before enjoying a visit to the Ananda Temple and Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the country's most significant religious sites. Later, stop by Gubyaukgyi Temple, then visit a lacquer-ware workshop and a local village. Day 11 Bagan - Yandabo. Enjoy a final sunrise over Bagan this morning then disembark in Yandabo, a charming village known for its finely crafted terracotta wares. Here, enjoy an intimate look at village life and attend a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans. Re-board your river ship and take in the scenery as you continue cruising. Day 12 Inwa. Arrive today in Inwa, an ancient imperial capital of Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Here, set out on a tour by horse-drawn cart, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery and the teak-wood Bagaya Monastery, built in 1593. You'll also have the opportunity to get up close to the 'Leaning Tower of Inwa' - a magnificent watchtower that was damaged by an earthquake in 1838. Day 13 Sagaing - Mingun. In Sagaing, visit a silver workshop then explore Soon U Ponya Shin and Kaunghmudaw pagodas. Later, cruise to Mingun, home to the Mingun Pahtodawgyi, a monumental but incomplete brick pagoda that dates back to the late 18th century. Here, see the second largest ringing bell in the world, the Mingun Bell, as well as the Myatheindan Pagoda, modelled on the mythological Buddhist mountain, Mount Meru. Day 14 Mandalay. Set out on a full-day tour of Mandalay which will take you to many of the city's major attractions and hidden gems. Visit Mahamuni Buddha Temple, one of Burma's most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites and home to a six-tonne Mahamuni Buddha statue. Afterwards, explore a range of workshops in which thin sheets of gold, marble carvings and tapestries are produced. Then head for Kuthodaw Pagoda at the foot of Mandalay Hill to see what is thought to be the world's largest book. Here, Buddhist scripture has been inscribed on some 729 marble slabs, each contained in its own stupa. Later, ascend Mandalay Hill for views over the city before a tour of Shwenandaw Monastery, an architectural masterpiece known for the carvings of Buddhist myths that adorn its roof and walls. This evening, visit the U Bein Bridge near Amarapura. Thought to be the world's oldest and longest teak-wood bridge, U Bein spans 1.2 kilometres across Taungthaman Lake. Back onboard your ship later, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Day 15 Mandalay - Disembark Ship. Disembark your ship for the final time after breakfast this morning and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only on 7 January 2016 (please enquire about other travel dates)

15 days
FROM $6,995*
15 days FROM $6,995*

Best of Vietnam and Cambodia, 20 Days + Flights

Asia

Day 1 Hanoi. Today you'll arrive in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital located on the right bank of the Red River. Be met by an APT representative and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, a tour of Hanoi will take you to the city's most famous historical and cultural sites. Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square and The Temple of Literature. You'll also take an authentic cyclo ride. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director at a Welcome Briefing and Dinner. Day 2 Hanoi - Freedom of Choice. With an exciting day ahead, choose from a range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions. Perhaps tour the 500 year-old village of Bat Trang, world-famous for its production of beautiful pottery, and enjoy a pottery wheel class. Alternatively, you may like to relax and enjoy a foot massage at your hotel. Or embark on a walking tour of Hanoi's French Colonial architecture, and explore the interior of the Hanoi Opera House. Another option is to head for Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and enjoy a traditional water puppet show. Other options include visiting the home of a local artist, where you will have the chance to see some of the artist's work, or alternatively hop on your bicycle for a leisurely ride past Hanoi's rice paddy fields and along the canal to see daily local life. This evening, choose from one of five different but equally superb restaurants for dinner, that have been specially selected for you. Day 3 Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay. Travel by coach to Ha Long and embark on your luxurious three-day cruise on the World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Set sail among thousands of spectacular limestone islets. Enjoy lunch then visit Sung Sot Cave, a beautiful cave filled with stalactites and a Viet Cong hideout used during the Vietnam War. Absorb the magnificent bay views from viewing platforms at the top of the cave, then later, enjoy guided kayaking or swimming. Tonight, indulge in a delicious dinner onboard. Day 4 Bai Tu Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay. Perhaps enjoy Tai Chi on the Sun Deck this morning. Later, visit Vung Vieng floating fishing village by traditional bamboo boat. After lunch take a guided biking or walking excursion in the national park of Cat Ba Island and visit The Au Co organic farm. Tonight, perhaps try your hand at squid fishing with the crew. Day 5 Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An. Delight in a traditional tea ceremony this morning, then return to shore. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, take a scenic coach ride to the historic city of Hoi An. Arrive at your five-star resort perfectly positioned on the banks of the Thu Bon River, where you will retreat to your French colonial style accommodation. Day 6 Hoi An - Freedom of Choice. This morning, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity. Perhaps take a walking tour of Hoi An; enjoy an eco-tour of the surrounding countryside; learn how to make traditional lanterns with a local craftsman; enjoy a bicycle tour of the countryside; learn why Hoi An is renowned for its skilled tailors as you head to the city's finest to be fitted for a complimentary shirt or blouse, or take a wet rice planting tour. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to explore more of Hoi An. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the serene gardens of the Dao Tien Restaurant. Day 7 Hoi An. Today, attend a Hoi An market tour and an exclusive cooking class with the Red Bridge Cooking School. Head to Hoi An's colourful market to learn about local ingredients that you'll use in the cooking lesson, then take a leisurely boat cruise along the Hoi An River to the school. Here, explore the herb garden before learning how to prepare authentic Vietnamese dishes. Sample the results of your efforts at lunch. Day 8 Hoi An - Da Nang - Lang Co Beach - Hue. Travel past the Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located south of Da Nang. Visit the beautiful Lang Co Beach then cross the Hai Van Pass, one of the country's most scenic hillside roads, on your way to Hue. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch in a garden setting before visiting Hue's Imperial Citadel and the tallest pagoda in Vietnam, the historic Thien Mu Pagoda. Tonight, enjoy an Emperor Feast unique to this region, featuring royal Vietnamese cuisine. Day 9 Hue - Ho Chi Minh City. After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in to your luxurious hotel and enjoy the rest of the day to explore this fascinating city at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel. Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City - Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels. After breakfast this morning, choose from two Signature Experiences. On the first option - min. and max. numbers apply, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross, a memorial erected by the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, which is set in a rubber plantation where Australian soldiers lost their lives. Alternatively, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. These tunnels served as Viet Cong hiding spots, supply and communication routes, hospitals and weapon caches, and make for a fascinating visit. Tonight, be treated to a tantalising Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation dinner, complete with matching wines, at Xu Restaurant. Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City - Freedom of Choice, Embark Cruise. This morning, perhaps enjoy a cooking class; take a walking tour and a cyclo ride of this fascinating city; visit an artist's home to learn about traditional lacquer art; browse local treasures as you embark on an enthralling shopping tour or enjoy a motorbike tour. Later, transfer to My Tho Port to embark your ship for your eight-day Lower Mekong River cruise. This evening, enjoy an exclusive Luke Nguyen Signature Banquet onboard. Day 12 Cai Be - Sa Dec. A local boat will take you to Cai Be today. Step ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral as well as the colourful port area, which is filled with colonial buildings and delightful flower gardens. Visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made, then enjoy lunch back onboard as your ship cruises towards Sa Dec. Here, enjoy a boat ride, then visit a traditional Fujian Temple. Day 13 Tan Chau - Evergreen Island, Border Crossing. Take a small-boat journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau. Ride past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals eager to say hello. Later, visit a local evergreen island and discover authentic rural Mekong life. This afternoon, perhaps attend a fruit-carving demonstration while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia. Day 14 Phnom Penh. Perhaps rise early this morning to take in Phnom Penh's river promenade as your ship nears the capital. After breakfast, take a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Here, you'll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime. After lunch, a city tour of Phnom Penh takes you to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Day 15 Phnom Penh - Koh Chen Village. Enjoy time at leisure this morning in Phnom Penh. Relax aboard your luxury ship or discover the city's Russian market. Later today, cruise to the remote Koh Chen, a small village specialising in copperware. On arrival, visit some home-workshops that manufacture handmade copper souvenirs. Day 16 Oudong - Kampong Tralach. After breakfast, disembark in Prek K'dam, where you'll set off by coach on a morning tour of the graceful town of Oudong. Visit the monastery for a Buddha blessing experience, then continue to Kampong Tralach to visit Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu. Later, take a traditional ox-cart ride through rice fields and a small village back to your river ship. Day 17 Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap. Enjoy a boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang this morning. Then return to your ship and cast off towards the lake of Tonle Sap. Absorb the tranquillity of the lake and wave to locals as you cruise past floating fishing villages. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner onboard. Day 18 Siem Reap - Disembark Cruise, Freedom of Choice. This morning, bid farewell to your wonderful crew and disembark your luxury river ship. Once ashore, transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap, then head to the World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Visit the last capital of the Khmer empire, Angkor Thom, where you'll see the 12th-century temple, Bayon. This evening, select from our wonderful Freedom of Choice Dining Inclusions from French and Khmer fusion cuisine at Mahouts Dream or enjoy fine dining in a unique setting at Nest Angkor. Day 19 Siem Reap - Angkor. Rise early and travel to the Angkor complex for a glass of champagne as you enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat. Afterwards, embark on a guided tour of this impressive temple, the best-preserved temple of Angkor and said to be the world's largest single religious monument. Afterwards, return to your hotel in Siem Reap for breakfast and some time at leisure. This afternoon, you'll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, famous for its intertwined trees. Later, visit �Opportunities of Development thru Art' - ODA, a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for poor and disadvantaged children. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance and then reflect on your experiences with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner. Day 20 Siem Reap - Freedom of Choice. This morning, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity. Perhaps visit Wat Preah Prom Rath and receive a Buddhist blessing; visit the Artisans d'Angkor workshops; participate in an Apsara dance class; enjoy a quad bike adventure; go on a shopping tour; ride an elephant to Bayon; take a bicycle tour; enjoy a cooking class; or indulge in a relaxing spa treatment. Later, transfer to the airport. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only on 14 August 2015 (please enquire about other travel dates)

20 days
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Hidden Wonders of Burma with Inle Lake, 18 Days + Flights

Burma

Day 1 Mandalay - Embark Ship. On arrival in Mandalay, Burma's last royal capital, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the Irrawaddy River. Here, board your luxury river ship, the RV Samatha, for the start of your incredible 14-night Irrawaddy River cruise. Completely sheltered from any western influence and untouched by tourists for an entire generation, the culture here remains gloriously intact - this will become apparent from the moment you arrive in this beautiful untouched oasis. Veiled in mystery, Burma is a land where traveller's dreams are made, where life goes on as it always has. As you settle into your luxurious suite and mingle with your fellow passengers this evening during your Welcome Reception, excitement is sure to build in anticipation of this remarkable adventure. Day 2 Mandalay. After a serene first evening onboard you'll begin to slip into the peaceful rhythm of life here in Burma. Enjoy breakfast onboard then set out on a full-day tour of Mandalay which will take you to many of the city's major attractions and hidden gems. Visit Mahamuni Buddha Temple, one of Burma's most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites and home to a six-tonne Mahamuni Buddha statue. While you're here, you may witness male pilgrims paying their respects to the Buddha by adding sheets of gold leaf to the statue. Afterwards, explore a range of workshops in which thin sheets of gold, marble carvings and tapestries are produced. Then head for Kuthodaw Pagoda at the foot of Mandalay Hill to see what is thought to be the world's largest book. Here, Buddhist scripture has been inscribed on some 729 marble slabs, each contained in its own stupa. Later, ascend Mandalay Hill for views over the city before a tour of Shwenandaw Monastery, an architectural masterpiece known for the carvings of Buddhist myths that adorn its roof and walls. This evening, visit the U Bein Bridge near Amarapura. Thought to be the world's oldest and longest teak-wood bridge, U Bein spans 1.2 kilometres across Taungthaman Lake. It is a supremely beautiful sight, particularly during the early evening when the sun is beginning to set. Day 3 Sagaing - Inwa. Arrive today at another former capital, Sagaing, home to hundreds of beautiful Buddhist monasteries and pagodas. During a guided tour of this peaceful city, you'll be taken to a silversmith's workshop for an intriguing insight into how local silverware is produced by hand. You'll then visit a range of temples and monasteries, including the city's central pagoda, Soon U Ponya Shin, as well as the unusually egg-shaped Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, built in 1636. After the tour, continue on to Inwa, an ancient imperial capital of Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Rebuilt several times throughout history, the city was abandoned as a capital after it was all but destroyed by earthquakes in 1839. Here, set out on a tour by horse-drawn cart, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery and the teak-wood Bagaya Monastery, built in 1593. You'll also have the opportunity to get up close to the 'Leaning Tower of Inwa' - a magnificent watchtower that was damaged by an earthquake in 1838. Day 4 Yandabo. Your ship will arrive today in Yandabo, a charming village known for its finely crafted terracotta wares. Here, disembark and enjoy an intimate look at village life and attend a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans. Re-board your river ship and take in the scenery as you continue cruising onwards to mystical Bagan. As you meander along this section of the Irrawaddy River, the beauty of this country becomes apparent. Watch on as you pass lush green vegetation, fisherman casting their nets and homes that sit close to the riverbank. Day 5 Bagan. This morning, the RV Samatha's Sun Deck offers a sublime vantage point from which to capture your first glimpse of Bagan, thus beginning your discovery of one of the world's truly awe-inspiring archaeological sites. Disembark your ship and head for the Bagan Archaeological Zone, home to thousands of stupas, temples and monasteries. Here, you'll climb to the top of a pagoda for spectacular views out over the plains. Travel to the township of Nyaung-U, where you'll enjoy some time at Nyaung-U Market, before enjoying a visit to the Ananda Temple, known as 'the Westminster Abbey of Burma'. Your discovery then continues to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda. Not only is this one of the oldest and most beautiful monuments on the plains of Bagan, it is also one of the country's most significant religious sites. This afternoon, stop by Gubyaukgyi Temple, a 13th-century 'cave temple' complete with frescoes that depict scenes of Buddha's life. Later, visit a lacquer-ware workshop and a nearby village. Day 6 Tantkyi Hill - Salay. Enjoy one final sunrise over Bagan before ascending Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda, encircled by 32 elephant statues facing in all directions. On returning to your ship, you'll cruise to the small village of Salay, a colourful religious centre. Here, you'll visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region's oldest surviving wooden monastery. Built in 1882, the monastery is famous for its wood carvings and extensive collection of religious artefacts. Afterwards, continue on to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to the country's largest lacquer Buddha image, which dates back to the 13th century. Day 7 Magwe. On arrival in the town of Magwe, disembark your ship and head up to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River. Take in the fabulous views and explore the pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and home to numerous shrines devoted to a variety of nat spirits. Day 8 Minhla - Thayetmyo. Arrive today in Minhla, the site of a significant battle during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. Take a small boat to visit Gwechaung and Minhla forts, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma. Learn how the British captured these forts, and indeed the town, during a war that saw an independent Burma lose its sovereignty. After your discovery, continue on to Thayetmyo, a pleasant port town that once sat on the border between Upper Burma and Lower Burma, which the British annexed during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. Here, step out to wander the streets, take in the quaint colonial-era houses and visit the charming local market. Day 9 Pyay (Prome) - Sri Ksetra. On arrival in Pyay, you'll disembark for a walking tour. Established by the British Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the late 19th century, Pyay originally served as a transshipment point for cargo being moved between Upper and Lower Burma. See a selection of pagodas, including the imposing Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of the country's most revered religious sites. Later, travel eight kilometres to the south-east of Pyay on an excursion to the ancient ruins at the old Pyu kingdom capital, Sri Ksetra, meaning 'City of Splendour'. Added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, the region's 1,500 year old stupas are among the world's earliest Buddhist monuments. Day 10 Myanaung. As your ship departs Pyay this morning, absorb wonderful views of the Akauk Mountains and their river-facing cliff carvings as you cruise onwards to the quiet riverside township of Myanaung. Here, a walking tour will take you past a range of well-preserved colonial houses and on to the bustling local market. Day 11 Zalon. Take in the unique sights of the Irrawaddy Delta region today as your ship cruises to the small port town of Zalon. On disembarking, you'll set off on a trishaw tour. Pass the town's many colonial-style wooden houses and large tropical gardens on the way to the incredible Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda, which houses a famous bronze Buddha that was once stolen by the British Army and later returned by order of Queen Victoria. Day 12 Danuphyu. Today you'll explore the township of Danuphyu, where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against the British troops during the First Anglo-Burmese War. You'll also visit a local cheroot (cigar) workshop. Day 13 Maubin. Disembark for a tour of Maubin, a riverside town home to a number of universities and Buddhist pagodas. Learn about Ba Maw - a prominent Burmese political leader who was born here in 1893. You'll also enjoy the chance to explore stalls and interact with locals during a visit to the local market. Return to your ship which will set off cruising for Yangon, Burma's most important commercial centre. Day 14 Yangon. A day tour today begins in the busy city centre. Visit Sule Pagoda in the heart of downtown Yangon, then stop at the picturesque Kandawgyi Lake, which was created to provide clean water to the city during the British colonial era. Afterwards, wander through Bogyoke Aung San Market, a major city bazaar famous for its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets. Dominated by antique, handicraft and jewellery shops as well as art galleries and clothing stores, this thriving market is a great place for souvenir shopping. Later, visit Chaukhtatgyi Temple to see the massive reclining Buddha. Afterwards, head to Shwedagon Pagoda, a 99 metre-high gilded pagoda and stupa that dominates the city skyline from atop Singuttara Hill. This spectacular pagoda is around 2,500 years old and emits a golden glow thanks to an outer layer consisting of gold-leaf and thousands of diamonds. It is said to be encrusted in more gold than is held in all the vaults of the Bank of England, and was constructed to protect several hairs from the Buddha's head. On return to your ship, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Day 15 Yangon - Disembark Ship, Heho, Kalaw, Inle Lake. Disembark the RV Samatha for the final time today in Yangon and transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake. Be met by your guide on arrival and head to Kalaw, an old hill station founded by British civil servants. From here, visit the Shwe Oo Min Natural Cave Pagoda, a cave and tunnel complex full of Buddha images made in a range of shapes and sizes from a variety of materials. Enjoy views of Kalaw then continue to Inle Lake. Day 16 Inle Lake. Explore the southern section of Inle Lake by boat. Take in the lake's stunning floating gardens and see the ingenious one-legged rowing technique used by local fishermen. Stop at the village of Indein to wander amid the hundreds of ancient pagodas. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the famous Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery (also known as the 'Jumping Cat Monastery'), where for centuries monks have trained cats to jump through hoops. Day 17 Taunggyi - Kakku - Red Mountain. Visit Taunggyi, the capital city of Shan State, and on a guided tour explore the Shan Cultural Museum, wander through the local market and visit a hilltop pagoda that offers panoramic views of the city and its surrounds. Later, travel to the Kakku Pagoda Complex to take in the long-lost ruins of Kakku, a collection of more than 2,000 centuries-old pagodas. To end a wonderful day's touring, stop in at the Red Mountain Estate Vineyards and Winery for a tour of the vineyard. Day 18 Inle Lake - Heho - Depart Yangon. After breakfast, transfer to Heho Airport for your included flight to Yangon. On arrival, board your onward flight. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only on 18 Feburary 2016 (please enquire about other travel dates)

18 days
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Spirit of India, 17 Days + Flights

India

Day 1 Delhi. On arrival in the capital of India, be met at the airport and transferred to your five-star hotel in the heart of the city. After settling in, tonight, meet your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers during a Welcome Dinner at the acclaimed 1911 Restaurant. Day 2 Delhi - Freedom of Choice. A tour of Old Delhi begins today at Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Later, explore the labyrinth of tiny lanes of Shahjahanabad in a cycle-rickshaw. Pass 17th-century havelis (private mansions), historic shrines and bustling bazaars along Old Delhi's main strip, Chandni Chowk. After lunch, perhaps explore Delhi's Red Fort - residence of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years. Or embark on a Museum Tour, taking you to the National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art. Alternatively, learn about the spiritual side of Delhi with visits to Birla Mandir, one of the city's major temples, as well as Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, a Sikh house of worship. Or you may prefer to explore Humayun's Tomb, thought to be the predecessor for the Taj Mahal. Tonight, head to Bukhara Restaurant for dinner cooked in the traditional style of the Indian North-West Frontier region. Day 3 Delhi - Freedom of Choice Dining. On a city tour today, drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan, official residence of the President of India, and visit India Gate - a 42 metre-high archway in the centre of Delhi. You'll also visit the World Heritage-listed Qutab Minar. Afterwards, visit the home of a local family to enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by lunch. After time at leisure, tonight you'll choose from a range of dining options. Day 4 Delhi - Agra - Taj Mahal - Freedom of Choice. Depart Delhi this morning and travel to Agra, home to the Taj Mahal. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, this white marble mausoleum is one of the most famous structures in the world. On arrival, enjoy a tour of Agra's Red Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone that overlooks the lovely gardens of the Taj Mahal. Afterwards, retire to your five-star hotel to unwind before setting off to experience the Taj Mahal bathed in the golden glow of sunset. Once again this evening, choose from a range of dining options. Day 5 Agra - Jaipur. Wake early this morning and enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Admire the stunning colours of the gleaming domes as the sun rises, in what is a vastly different but equally spectacular scene to that which is on display at sunset. Following breakfast, you'll farewell Agra and travel to Jaipur. Along the way, take a tour of Fatehpur Sikri, a fortified ghost city that was once the capital of the Mughal empire. You'll also stop at Bharatpur, a previously impregnable city that was capital of the Jat kingdom. Enjoy lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace then continue to Jaipur, known as the Pink City due to its terracotta-coloured walls, buildings and temples. Day 6 Jaipur. This morning, head by Jeep to the Amber Fort, a towering fortress that overlooks Jaipur. Built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, as well as white marble, the fort is more like a palace and is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard. After time to explore, enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. This evening, delight in an elephant safari in Dera Amer, nestled at the foothills of the Aravali Range behind Jaipur's Amber Fort. Following the safari, indulge in a tasty buffet dinner. Day 7 Jaipur - Freedom of Choice. Today, you may choose to take an invigorating walk up to Jaigarh Fort for spectacular views over Jaipur. Alternatively, visit the City Palace, a vast palace complex, as well as Jantar Mantar, which is home to a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. After your chosen activity, head to Sankotra Haveli for lunch before free time this afternoon. This evening, choose from two dining options. Day 8 Jaipur - Kolkata - Embark Lower Ganges River Cruise. This morning fly to Kolkata, once the biggest colonial trade centre in Asia and the former capital of the British Raj. On arrival, transfer to the RV Ganges Voyager for your seven-night journey along the Lower Ganges River. Your cruise will take you away from the tourist trail and offer an authentic glimpse of the real India. Following lunch onboard, visit Mother Teresa's house to see where she worked and slept from 1953 to 1997, then pay homage at her tomb, located in the buildings of the Missionaries of Charity. Later, return to the ship and enjoy a Welcome Reception and a cultural performance. Day 9 Kolkata - Bandel. This morning, experience the rich culture and fascinating colonial influence of Kolkata on a city tour. See a number of the city's 19th-century heritage buildings, the bustling Dalhousie Square, and St John's Church. Then, head to the Victoria Memorial, established to serve as a tribute to the success of the British Empire in India. Here, explore the largest exhibition dedicated to British colonial history in India at the recently renovated Victoria Memorial Museum. Later, after lunch onboard, your ship will begin its journey upstream along the Lower Ganges. Cruise past a number of European colonial settlements, including Dutch, French and Danish colonies, and disembark in Bandel. Visit the 19th-century Hooghly Imambara, a famous pilgrimage centre in West Bengal, built by one of Bengal's most prolific philanthropists. Day 10 Kalna. After breakfast, disembark the RV Ganges Voyager in the town of Kalna, known as the City of Temples. On a guided cycle-rickshaw tour, you'll visit some of Bengal's most distinct terracotta temples, including the Rajbari royal palace complex - boasting splendid gardens and a vista of round-domed temples. You'll also see the eye-catching Shiva temples, with two perfect circles, one that has 74 temples made entirely out of white marble and black stone, the other with 34 temples made of white marble alone. The site was constructed so that all individual temples can be seen when standing in the centre. Later this afternoon, you'll return to your ship and enjoy another delicious dinner onboard. Day 11 Matiari. This morning, enjoy an excursion to the brass-working village of Matiari. Here, you'll learn how the villagers' unique methods of beating brass have been handed down for generations. You'll also enjoy the opportunity to peruse the beautiful cooking pots, platters, oil lamps and other items that have been expertly crafted from recycled copper and brass. Afterwards, return to your ship and continue cruising upstream, later passing by the site of The Battle of Plassey. Learn how the British East India Company recorded a decisive victory of over the Nawab of Bengal and his French allies here in 1757, helping establish the company rule in Bengal and in turn, throughout much of India. Day 12 Khushbagh - Baranagar - Murshidabad. Disembark in Khushbagh this morning, and pass through local farmers' fields to the Moghul-style garden enclosing the tomb of the last Nawab of Bengal. Return to your ship for breakfast, and cruise to the sleepy village of Baranagar. Disembark and, on a walk through fields and past local temples, experience rural India at its most idyllic. Back onboard, enjoy the afternoon to unwind as your ship glides along the Lower Ganges, twisting and turning between banks lined with mustard fields and mango orchards. Later, as you approach the city of Murshidabad, you'll first notice the Hazarduari Palace, which dominates the waterfront. Built by an English architect in 1837, the palace boasts 1,000 doors, and houses an extensive collection of European paintings, china and weapons. After a tour, you'll visit the 18th-century Katra Mosque, and learn about the Mohammedan rulers who reigned over this region for centuries. Return to your luxurious ship for dinner onboard. Day 13 Mayapur. Having turned around to cruise south back down the Lower Ganges, enjoy a restful morning observing local life along the riverside. Soon, you'll disembark and visit the village of Mayapur. The birthplace of the 15th-century Hindu saint Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is worshipped by followers as the full incarnation of Lord Krishna, Mayapur is the home of the Krishna Consciousness Movement (ISKON). On a tour, you'll learn about the Hari Krishna community and culture, and view the construction of the nearly completed Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, just slightly smaller in size than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Due to be completed in 2016, more than 50% of the project has been funded by the great-grandson of the car inventor Henry Ford. Day 14 Chandannagar. This morning, cruise to the former French colony of Chandannagar. During a walk around the town, you could be forgiven for thinking that the French had never left. Stroll along the Chandannagar Strand, visit its 200 year-old church, enjoy the aroma of freshly baked baguettes at a French bakery and, at the house of former French Governor Joseph Fran�ois Dupleix, discover an impressive collection of French antiques. This afternoon, continue cruising downstream to Kolkata. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Day 15 Kolkata - Disembark Lower Ganges River Cruise. After breakfast, disembark your ship back in the bustling city of Kolkata. Here, learn about the city's colonial heritage on a ride aboard a private tramcar. Then visit Howrah Bridge, the busiest cantilever bridge in the world, before exploring the nearby Mullik Ghat Flower Market, which provides a sensory overload of sights and smells. After lunch, 15 Day guests (IN15) spend the afternoon at Kolkata's Oberoi Grand Hotel, then transfer to the airport for their flight home. Remaining guests transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi in the afternoon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city. Day 16 Varanasi. Awake in the spiritual capital of India this morning, and head out on an early morning cruise along the Ganges. This is an idyllic place in which colourful dwellings sprout from the very banks of the river. The locals still gather on the ghats (steps) of the banks to bathe in the sacred waters, just as they have done for countless generations. Be captivated as you cruise past the burning ghats (steps) where ceremonial cremations are carried out in the ancient, traditional way. Then, on a guided sightseeing tour, you'll explore the Old City of Varanasi, a crumbling maze of buildings that rises from the banks of the Ganges. You'll also visit a number of temples, including the Durga Mandir and Bharat Mata temples, as well as the Banaras Hindu University. Later today, enjoy an evening prayer cruise along the Ganges, and see a spectacular fire-lit Aarti ceremony being performed on the banks of the River Ganges. Day 17 Varanasi. After a morning at leisure, enjoy lunch. Later this afternoon, your Indian adventure concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight home. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only on 6 January 2016 (please enquire about other travel dates)

17 days
FROM $14,695*
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Wonders of India, 20 Days + Flights

India

Day 1 Mumbai. On arrival at the airport in Mumbai, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel, located in the heart of the city that's considered to be the most modern in India. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at a Welcome Dinner. Day 2 Mumbai - Udaipur. This morning set out on a tour of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. Visit the Gateway of India, a monument overlooking the Arabian Sea that was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Then travel via the World Heritage-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (previously Victoria Terminus) to Marine Drive, a beautiful coastal promenade. Afterwards, head to the airport and fly to Udaipur. Known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur was founded in 1559 and is today a popular destination due to its location beside Lake Pichola amid the hills of the Aravali Range. Day 3 Udaipur - Freedom of Choice. Today, set off on a visit to Udaipur's City Palace, a palace complex set on the east bank of Lake Pichola. Considered the largest of its kind in Rajasthan, the complex presents a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, and commands a hill-top position affording views over the lake as well as the city and its surrounds. After time to explore, continue on to Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Courtyard of the Maidens) - a city garden that boasts lotus pools, marble pavilions and many fountains. After lunch, this afternoon enjoy free time, before a sunset boat ride over the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola. Take in the beauty of the lake, which is fringed by hills, gardens, ghats (steps), havelis (private mansions), temples and historical monuments. Tonight, choose from two restaurants. Day 4 Udaipur - Delhi. Departing Udaipur after breakfast, you'll transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi, India's bustling capital. After settling in your hotel, tonight, enjoy dinner at the acclaimed 1911 Restaurant. Day 5 Delhi. On a tour today, drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan, official residence of the President of India, and visit India Gate - a 42 metre-high archway in the centre of Delhi. You'll also visit the World Heritage-listed Qutab Minar. Afterwards, visit the home of a local family to enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by lunch. After free time, choose from a range of dining options tonight. Day 6 Delhi - Freedom of Choice. A tour of Old Delhi begins today at Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Later, explore the labyrinth of tiny lanes of Shahjahanabad in a cycle-rickshaw. After lunch, perhaps explore Delhi's Red Fort, or embark on a Museum Tour, taking you to the National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art. Alternatively, explore Humayun's Tomb, or learn about the spiritual side of Delhi with visits to Birla Mandir, one of the city's major temples, as well as Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, a Sikh house of worship. Tonight, dine at Bukhara Restaurant. Day 7 Delhi - Agra - Taj Mahal - Freedom of Choice. Today you'll travel to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. On arrival, enjoy a tour of Agra's Red Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone that overlooks the lovely gardens of the Taj Mahal. Afterwards, retire to your five-star hotel and unwind in the cool quiet of the afternoon. Later, set off to experience the stunning Taj Mahal bathed in the golden glow of sunset. Once again this evening, choose from a range of dining options. Day 8 Agra - Jaipur. Wake early this morning and enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Admire the stunning colours of the domes as the sun rises then, after breakfast, travel via Fatehpur Sikri to Bharatpur. Enjoy lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace then continue on to Jaipur, known as the Pink City due to its terracotta-coloured walls, buildings and temples. Day 9 Jaipur. Today head by Jeep to the Amber Fort, a towering fortress overlooking the city. Built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, as well as white marble, the fort is more like a palace and is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard. After time to explore, head to Sankotra Haveli for lunch before free time this afternoon. This evening, delight in an elephant safari in Dera Amer, nestled at the foothills of the Aravali Range behind Jaipur's Amber Fort. Following the safari, indulge in a tasty buffet dinner. Day 10 Jaipur - Freedom of Choice. Today, you may choose to take an invigorating walk up to Jaigarh Fort for spectacular views over Jaipur. Alternatively, visit the City Palace, a vast palace complex, as well as Jantar Mantar, which is home to a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. After your chosen activity, enjoy time at leisure this afternoon. Later this evening, choose from two dining options. Day 11 Jaipur - Kolkata - Embark Lower Ganges River Cruise. Fly to Kolkata today and transfer to the RV Ganges Voyager for your Lower Ganges River cruise. After lunch onboard, visit Mother Teresa's house and pay homage at her tomb, located in the buildings of the Missionaries of Charity. Return to the ship and enjoy a Welcome Reception and a cultural performance. Day 12 Kolkata - Bandel. This morning, experience the rich culture and fascinating colonial influence of Kolkata on a city tour. See a number of the city's 19th-century heritage buildings, the bustling Dalhousie Square, and St John's Church. Then, head to the Victoria Memorial, established to serve as a tribute to the success of the British Empire in India. Here, explore the largest exhibition dedicated to British colonial history in India at the recently renovated Victoria Memorial Museum. Later, after lunch onboard, your ship will begin its journey upstream along the Lower Ganges. Cruise past a number of European colonial settlements, including Dutch, French and Danish colonies, and disembark in Bandel. Visit the 19th-century Hooghly Imambara, a famous pilgrimage centre in West Bengal, built by one of Bengal's most prolific philanthropists. Day 13 Kalna. After breakfast, disembark the RV Ganges Voyager in the town of Kalna, known as the City of Temples. On a guided cycle-rickshaw tour, you'll visit some of Bengal's most distinct terracotta temples, including the Rajbari royal palace complex - boasting splendid gardens and a vista of round-domed temples. You'll also see the eye-catching Shiva temples, with two perfect circles, one that has 74 temples made entirely out of white marble and black stone, the other with 34 temples made of white marble alone. The site was constructed so that all individual temples can be seen when standing in the centre. Later this afternoon, you'll return to your ship and enjoy another delicious dinner onboard. Day 14 Matiari. This morning, enjoy an excursion to the brass-working village of Matiari. Here, you'll learn how the villagers' unique methods of beating brass have been handed down for generations. You'll also enjoy the opportunity to peruse the beautiful cooking pots, platters, oil lamps and other items that have been expertly crafted from recycled copper and brass. Afterwards, return to your ship and continue cruising upstream, later passing by the site of The Battle of Plassey. Learn how the British East India Company recorded a decisive victory of over the Nawab of Bengal and his French allies here in 1757, helping establish the company rule in Bengal and in turn, throughout much of India. Day 15 Khushbagh - Baranagar - Murshidabad. Disembark in Khushbagh this morning, and pass through local farmers' fields to the Moghul-style garden enclosing the tomb of the last Nawab of Bengal. Return to your ship for breakfast, and cruise to the sleepy village of Baranagar. Disembark and, on a walk through fields and past local temples, experience rural India at its most idyllic. Back onboard, enjoy the afternoon to unwind as your ship glides along the Lower Ganges, twisting and turning between banks lined with mustard fields and mango orchards. Later, as you approach the city of Murshidabad, you'll first notice the Hazarduari Palace, which dominates the waterfront. Built by an English architect in 1837, the palace boasts 1,000 doors, and houses an extensive collection of European paintings, china and weapons. After a tour, you'll visit the 18th-century Katra Mosque, and learn about the Mohammedan rulers who reigned over this region for centuries. Return to your luxurious ship for dinner onboard. Day 16 Mayapur. Having turned around to cruise south back down the Lower Ganges, enjoy a restful morning observing local life along the riverside. Soon, you'll disembark and visit the village of Mayapur. The birthplace of the 15th-century Hindu saint Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is worshipped by followers as the full incarnation of Lord Krishna, Mayapur is the home of the Krishna Consciousness Movement (ISKON). On a tour, you'll learn about the Hari Krishna community and culture, and view the construction of the nearly completed Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, just slightly smaller in size than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Day 17 Chandannagar. This morning, cruise to the former French colony of Chandannagar. During a walk around the town, you could be forgiven for thinking that the French had never left. Stroll along the Chandannagar Strand, visit its 200 year-old church, enjoy the aroma of freshly baked baguettes at a French bakery and, at the house of former French Governor Joseph Fran�ois Dupleix, discover an impressive collection of French antiques. This afternoon, continue cruising downstream to Kolkata. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Day 18 Kolkata - Disembark Lower Ganges River Cruise. After breakfast, disembark your ship back in the bustling city of Kolkata. Here, learn about the city's colonial heritage on a ride aboard a private tramcar. Then visit Howrah Bridge, the busiest cantilever bridge in the world, before exploring the nearby Mullik Ghat Flower Market, which provides a sensory overload of sights and smells. After lunch, 18 Day guests (INBD18) spend the afternoon at Kolkata's Oberoi Grand Hotel, then transfer to the airport for their flight home. Remaining guests transfer to the airport and fly to Varanasi in the afternoon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Day 19 Varanasi. Awake in the spiritual capital of India this morning, and head out on an early morning cruise along the Ganges. Be captivated as you cruise past the burning ghats (steps) where ceremonial cremations are carried out in the traditional way. Then on a guided tour, explore the Old City of Varanasi, a crumbling maze of buildings that rises from the ghats on the banks of the River Ganges. You'll also visit a number of temples, including the Durga Mandir and Bharat Mata temples, as well as the Banaras Hindu University. Later today, enjoy an evening prayer cruise along the Ganges, and see a spectacular fire-lit Aarti ceremony being performed. Day 20 Varanasi. After a morning at leisure, enjoy lunch. Later this afternoon, your journey ends with a transfer to the airport. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only on 3 January 2016 (please enquire about other travel dates)

20 days
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Golden Triangle, 9 Days + Flights

India

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA - DELHI. Fly with Singapore Airlines to Delhi for a two night stay. Adelaide and Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier. DAY 2 DELHI. Sightseeing begins with a visit to the Red Fort (outside only) and a walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. You will also have a brief stop at India Gate and visit the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, Humayun's Tomb and Connaught Place Markets. DAY 3 DELHI - AGRA. Leave Delhi this morning and drive to Agra, visiting Sikandra en route to see the Tomb of Emperor Akbar. DAY 4 AGRA. Rise early to view the impressive Taj Mahal in all its glory at sunrise. The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his third wife. Later, visit a marble inlay workshop and the impressive Agra Fort. DAY 5 AGRA - JAIPUR. Travel to Jaipur, stopping at the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri en route. The next stop is Abhaneri village, to see the Chand Baori Stepwell and marvel at this ancient construction. Afterwards continue to Jaipur, known as the 'Pink City' for the colour of the buildings in the Old Town. DAY 6 JAIPUR. Begin with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, also known as the 'Palace of the Winds', before travelling to Amer Fort. Continue to the City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory and the local bazaar in Choti Choper. DAY 7 JAIPUR - GURGAON. Travel to Gurgaon, only 30km from Delhi, for an overnight stay. This evening experience the 'Kingdom of Dreams', a live entertainment venue where you will watch a magical Bollywood performance. DAY 8 GURGAON - DEPART DELHI. Enjoy the morning free at your leisure. After a late check-out and farewell dinner, you will be transferred to Delhi airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. DAY 9 AUSTRALIA - ARRIVE. Arrive home today.

Travel Dates: Only on 11 October 2015, 25 October 2015 (Additional departure dates available, seasonal surcharges may apply)

9 days
FROM $3,630*
9 days FROM $3,630*

Majestic Yangtze, 14 Days + Flights

China

DAY 1 SHANGHAI - DEPART AUSTRALIA. Fly to Shanghai with Cathay Pacific Airways for a two night stay. Adelaide and Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier. DAY 2 SHANGHAI. Visit the Shanghai Museum, Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Bund and explore the Xintiandi area with its 1920s-style 'shikumen' buildings unique to Shanghai. This evening cruise along the stunning Huangpu River before feasting on sumptuous Shanghai cuisine. DAY 3 SHANGHAI - YICHANG - YANGTZE RIVER. Visit the futuristic Pudong area and see its famous skyline before flying to Yichang. Upon arrival board your Yangtze River cruise for the next four nights. DAY 4-6 YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. Tour the Three Gorges Dam before commencing your cruise along the Yangtze River. Along the way you will pass spectacular scenery and take shore excursions to explore the tranquil landscapes. DAY 7 CHONGQING - CHENGDU. Disembark your cruise in Chongqing this morning and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou before driving to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, for an overnight stay. DAY 8 CHENGDU - XIAN. Visit the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later you will fly to the historic city of Xian. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. DAY 9 XIAN. Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. DAY 10 XIAN - BEIJING. See the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Take a stroll through the Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. Later this afternoon fly to Beijing, the capital city of China. DAY 11 BEIJING. Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City and wander through the picturesque landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace. This evening you will watch an exciting acrobatics performance. DAY 12 BEIJING. It is often quoted in Beijing that 'you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall'. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. This afternoon see the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven. As your farewell dinner this evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck. DAY 13 BEIJING - DEPART. This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. DAY 14 AUSTRALIA - ARRIVE. Arrive home today.

Travel Dates: Only on 3 November 2015 (Additional departure dates available, seasonal surcharges may apply)

14 days
FROM $3,750*
14 days FROM $3,750*

Vietnam Trails, 16 Days + Flights

Vietnam

DAY 1 SAIGON - DEPART AUSTRALIA. Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Saigon for a four night stay. DAY 2 SAIGON. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office to view the French Colonial architecture. Learn more about the American War in Vietnam with a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. End the day at the lively Ben Thanh Market, where you can enjoy some shopping. DAY 3 SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA. Travel to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Explore the river by boat, passing stilt houses and fish farms. Paddle through palm-lined canals in sampans and walk through villages, where you can sample local tea. Return to Saigon later this afternoon. DAY 4 SAIGON - CU CHI & TAY NINH. This morning explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which once housed entire underground villages during the American War in Vietnam. Later you will travel to Tay Ninh to experience the midday service at the colourful head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion. DAY 5 SAIGON - HOI AN. Fly to Danang. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, stopping at Marble Mountains en route. This afternoon explore Hoi An on foot, visiting Hoi An Market, a local Chinese temple and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Later you will have some free time to soak up the relaxed atmosphere at one of the many cafes along the river or wander through the charming town. DAY 6 HOI AN. Visit a market to purchase fresh ingredients for your Vietnamese cooking class and learn some traditional recipes to enjoy for lunch. This afternoon is free at your leisure to stroll the winding streets. DAY 7 HOI AN - HUE. Drive over the scenic Hai Van Pass to Hue. Take a cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, built for exclusive use by the imperial family. DAY 8 HUE TO HANOI. This morning you will visit Thien Mu Pagoda and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. Cruise along the Perfume River before flying to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. DAY 9 HANOI. Discover the city this morning, visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you pass by Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and tour Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Drive to the serene Temple of Literature and enjoy a walking tour of the Old Quarter. This evening you will watch a performance of the famous Water Puppets, which have a history dating back thousands of years. DAY 10 HANOI - HALONG BAY. Travel to the 'Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam', Halong Bay. Cruise through the emerald waters and around the limestone islets of the Gulf of Tonkin. Spend the night relaxing onboard your junk boat. DAY 11 HALONG BAY TO SAPA. Continue cruising around the islets this morning before returning to Hanoi. Later this evening you will be transferred to Hanoi railway station where you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to Sapa. DAY 12 SAPA. You will arrive in Sapa early this morning. Travel to Ban Khoang and take a light hike to see Black H'mong and Red Dzao villages, enjoying the views of Mt. Fansipan. This afternoon return to Sapa. DAY 13 SAPA. Continue to explore Sapa and the surrounding area, including Cat Cat Village, a stunning waterfall and a hydraulic power station built in 1925 by the French. DAY 14 SAPA - HANOI. Enjoy the morning free at your leisure. This afternoon take a light hike to visit more villages. This evening you will board your overnight soft sleeper train back to Hanoi. DAY 15 HANOI - DEPART. Arrive in Hanoi early this morning. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Hanoi airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. DAY 16 AUSTRALIA - ARRIVE. Arrive home today.

Travel Dates: Only on 16 September 2015 (Additional departure dates available, seasonal surcharges may apply)

16 days
FROM $3,866*
16 days FROM $3,866*

Wonders of China, 16 Days + Flights

China

DAY 1 BEIJING - DEPART AUSTRALIA. Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Beijing for a three night stay. DAY 2 BEIJING. This morning stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao's Mausoleum before walking through the treasure-filled Forbidden City. Visit a local home and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong area. This afternoon visit the 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck. DAY 3 BEIJING. It is often said in Beijing that 'you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall'. It is more than 5,000km long, stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. Visit a jade factory and wander through the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace. This evening watch an exciting acrobatics performance. DAY 4 BEIJING - XIAN. Fly to Xian, the former imperial capital of China. Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. This evening you will feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. DAY 5 XIAN. Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Stop at the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition and walk along the ancient City Wall. Stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and Islamic food markets. DAY 6 XIAN - WUHAN - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. Fly to Wuhan. Upon arrival you will be transferred by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang to board your Yangtze River cruise for the next four nights. DAY 7 YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. Tour the Three Gorges Dam, an amazing feat of engineering that needs to be seen to be believed. Continue cruising along the Yangtze River. DAY 8-9 YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. You will pass some of the most beautiful scenery in China and take shore excursions to explore the fascinating historic and tranquil landscapes of the tributaries. DAY 10 CHONGQING - GUILIN. Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Later you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Guilin, one of China's most beautiful cities, and visit the stunning Reed Flute Caves and a Pearl Museum. DAY 11 GUILIN - YANGSHUO. Cruise along the Li River as you travel to the town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. This boat journey takes you past tranquil farming and fishing villages. Spend the evening walking through the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside cafe and absorb the colourful atmosphere. DAY 12 YANGSHUO. Explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. This evening watch a display of traditional Cormorant fishing. DAY 13 YANGSHUO - GUILIN TO SHANGHAI. Return to Guilin airport by road and fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. See the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and wander the surrounds of the People's Square. This evening, enjoy a cruise along the Huangpu River. DAY 14 SHANGHAI. Visit the Yu Gardens, the Old Town and a Silk Museum. Stroll along the famous Bund and explore the Xintiandi area with its 1920s 'shikumen' buildings, unique to Shanghai. Dinner will be a banquet of traditional Shanghai cuisine. DAY 15 SHANGHAI - DEPART. This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. DAY 16 AUSTRALIA - ARRIVE. Arrive home today.

Travel Dates: Only on 2 November 2015, 9 November 2015 (Additional departure dates available)

16 days
FROM $4,440*
16 days FROM $4,440*

Indochina Delights, 16 Days + Flights

Asia

DAY 1 SAIGON - DEPART AUSTRALIA. Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Saigon for a three night stay. DAY 2 SAIGON. Tour Saigon, beginning with a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. End the day at Ben Thanh Market where you can enjoy some shopping. DAY 3 SAIGON - CU CHI & TAY NINH. Explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which once housed entire underground villages during the American War in Vietnam. Later, travel to Tay Ninh to experience the midday service at the head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion. DAY 4 SAIGON - HOI AN. Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, stopping at Marble Mountains en route. DAY 5 HOI AN. This morning tour the charming town of Hoi An on foot, visiting an old merchant's home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple. DAY 6 HOI AN - HANOI. Fly to Hanoi. Visit the serene Temple of Literature, built in the 11th century by King Ly Nhan Tong, and take a cyclo around Hanoi's bustling Old Quarter. DAY 7 HANOI - HALONG BAY. Travel to Halong Bay where you will spend the night onboard a junk boat, relaxing and watching the sun set over the bay. DAY 8 HALONG BAY TO HANOI. Continue cruising around the bay this morning before returning to Hanoi. This evening enjoy a performance of the famous Water Puppets. DAY 9 HANOI - LUANG PRABANG. Fly to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Luang Prabang, Laos. Enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure before climbing Phousi Hill for views over the town and to watch the sun set over the Mekong River. DAY 10 LUANG PRABANG. Rise early to view the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat. Visit Wat Xieng Thong and cruise along the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves. Return to Luang Prabang, stopping at the villages of Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong. DAY 11 LUANG PRABANG. Tour Wat Sene and the National Museum before continuing to Kuangsi Waterfalls, visiting a local village en route. This evening witness a Baci Ceremony at a local home. DAY 12 LUANG PRABANG - SIEM REAP. Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where you will explore the Hindu temple of Banteay Srei. Later, visit Pre Rup in time for sunset. DAY 13 SIEM REAP. Rise early to explore the amazing temples of Angkor, starting with the fabulous Ta Prohm. Continue to Angkor Thom, the Bayon, Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and the magnificent Angkor Wat. DAY 14 SIEM REAP. Travel by boat to see the floating villages, schools and restaurants along Tonle Sap. Continue to the temple of Beng Mealea, enjoying a picnic lunch en route. DAY 15 SIEM REAP - DEPART. Enjoy the morning free at your leisure before you are transferred to Siem Reap airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. DAY 16 AUSTRALIA - ARRIVE. Arrive home today.

Travel Dates: 16 August 2015 (Additional departure dates available)

16 days
FROM $4,470*
16 days FROM $4,470*

Highlights of Sri Lanka, 14 Days + Flights

Sri Lanka

DAY 1 NEGOMBO - DEPART AUSTRALIA. Fly with Singapore Airlines to Colombo. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your Negombo hotel for an overnight stay. DAY 2 NEGOMBO - SIGIRIYA. This morning travel to Sigiriya, home to the 5th-century UNESCO World Heritage listed Rock Fortress, also known as 'Lion Rock'. While here you can climb to the top and explore the surrounding gardens. DAY 3 SIGIRIYA - POLONNARUWA. Visit the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. While here, explore the Gal Viharaya and the Vatadage. DAY 4 SIGIRIYA - ANURADHAPURA. Drive to Anuradhapura, the most celebrated of Sri Lanka's ancient ruined cities. Tour the site, including the Thuparamaya and the 2nd-century Ruvanvelisaya Dagoba. DAY 5 SIGIRIYA - KANDY. After breakfast, travel to Dambulla where you will tour the Dambulla Rock Temple. Continue to the sacred Buddhist city of Kandy, after visiting a spice garden in Matale en route. DAY 6 KANDY. Visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, built as a leisure garden for a Sinhala king. Later, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most revered Buddhist sites in the world, followed by the remains of the Royal Palace. This evening you will watch a cultural dance performance. DAY 7 KANDY - NUWARA ELIYA. Drive to Nuwara Eliya, the 'Little England' of Sri Lanka, situated among the lush hillside. Visit a tea plantation and tea factory en route. DAY 8 NUWARA ELIYA - YALA NATIONAL PARK VIA UDAWALAWE. Travel to the Elephant Transit Home located in Udawalawe National Park, where abandoned baby elephants are cared for. Later, arrive in Yala (Ruhuna) National Park famous for its herds of elephants. DAY 9 YALA NATIONAL PARK. Enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safaris around the park, home to elephants, deer and the elusive leopards. DAY 10 YALA NATIONAL PARK - GALLE. Drive to the Hummanaya Blow Hole. After lunch, continue to Dikwella Wewurukannala Temple before driving along the coastline towards Galle. Stop along the way at Weligama to see the unique stilt fishermen. DAY 11 GALLE. Tour the city of Galle including the lighthouse and the Old Town. Also visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Dutch Fort, the largest intact Dutch fort in Asia. DAY 12 GALLE - COLOMBO. Travel to Colombo, stopping at Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery en route. The hatchery is home to Sri Lanka's pioneering sea turtle conservation project. DAY 13 COLOMBO - DEPART. Visit the Fort District, Pettah Market, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple as well as the Colombo and Natural History museums and the Dutch Church of Wolvendaal. After dinner you will be transferred to Colombo airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. DAY 14 AUSTRALIA - ARRIVE. Arrive home today.

Travel Dates: Only on 26 September 2015 (Additional departure dates available)

14 days
FROM $5,120*
14 days FROM $5,120*

Myanmar Explorer, 12 Days + Flights

Myanmar

DAY 1 YANGON - DEPART AUSTRALIA. Fly with Singapore Airlines to Yangon for a two night stay. Brisbane and Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier. DAY 2 YANGON. Enjoy a walking tour of Yangon. Starting at the Central Post Office, stroll down Strand Road to Pansodan Jetty, admire the colonial buildings and see the Sule Pagoda. Visit the National Museum and the Bogyoke Market for some shopping. Later watch the sun set at the sacred Shwedagon Pagoda. DAY 3 YANGON - BAGAN. Fly to the ancient city of Bagan. Stroll Nyaung U Market and see Shwezigon Pagoda and the Ananda and Htilominlo temples. Later, visit Myinkaba Village and watch the sun set from the top of a temple. DAY 4 BAGAN - MT POPA. Travel to mysterious Mt. Popa, stopping along the way at a village to learn how palm sugar is produced. At Mt. Popa you will climb to the temple Taung Kalat, located at the top. Drive back to Bagan, visiting a local village en route. DAY 5 BAGAN - MANDALAY. Fly to Mandalay. Drive to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon Monastery, U Bein Bridge and continue to Bagaya Monastery. Return to Mandalay and visit Mahamuni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Golden Palace Monastery. Admire the panoramic views from the top of Mandalay Hill. DAY 6 MANDALAY. Transfer to the jetty this morning and board a boat to Mingun, where you will see Mantara Pagoda. Travel to Ava where you will board a horse-drawn carriage to visit the remains of the ancient Royal Palace and Bargayar Monastery. Later, explore Sagaing Hill and its white pagodas and monasteries. DAY 7 MANDALAY - KALAW - PINDAYA. Fly to Heho and drive to Pindaya. Tour the Pindaya Caves, which house thousands of Buddha images. Visit an umbrella and mulberry paper workshop, then drive to Kalaw a former British hillstation. DAY 8 KALAW - NYAUNG SHWE (INLE LAKE). Visit Pinmagon Monastery, the King Church and wander through the local market. Continue to Nyaung Shwe and travel by boat to your hotel. DAY 9 NYAUNG SHWE (INLE LAKE). Take a boat trip to the hidden Inn Thein Pagoda Complex, admiring the floating gardens en route. Stroll to the nearby village of Saema before visiting a local market. Continue to the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the Nga Chaung Monastery and a weaving village. DAY 10 NYAUNG SHWE (INLE LAKE) - YANGON. Leave Nyaung Shwe by boat and transfer to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon. Visit Gaba Aye Pagoda, Botataung Pagoda and Nanthida Jetty. This evening wander through Chinatown and the night market. DAY 11 YANGON - DEPART. Enjoy the morning free at your leisure before you are transferred to Yangon airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. DAY 12 AUSTRALIA - ARRIVE. Arrive home today.

Travel Dates: Only on 25 September 2015 (Additional departure dates available)

12 days
FROM $5,130*
12 days FROM $5,130*

Rajasthan Panorama, 21 Days + Flights

India

DAY 1 DELHI - DEPART AUSTRALIA. Fly with Singapore Airlines to Delhi for an overnight stay. Adelaide and Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier. DAY 2 DELHI - ALSISAR. This afternoon leave Delhi and drive to the small desert town of Alsisar. DAY 3 ALSISAR - GAJNER. Head to Gajner, stopping in the town of Bikaner en route. Visit Junagarh Fort and take a rickshaw ride to the Old City Bazaar. Continue to Gajner this afternoon. DAY 4 GAJNER - JAISALMER. This morning drive to Jaisalmer. Enjoy an evening visit to Sunset Point. DAY 5 JAISALMER. Visit Jaisalmer Fort, built atop the 80m-high Trikuta Hill. Later this afternoon head to the Sam Sand Dunes in the Thar Desert and take a camel ride at sunset. DAY 6 JAISALMER - MANVAR. Drive into the Thar Desert to Manvar. This afternoon experience a camel and jeep safari to Bishnoi village and meet the local people. You will have a memorable overnight stay in a tented camp in the desert. Manvar Resort is used if the camp is unavailable. Manvar Resort is located 7km from the camp and is designed in a 'village settlement' style. DAY 7 MANVAR - JODHPUR. Travel to Jodhpur, known as the 'Blue City', and located on the edge of the Thar Desert. DAY 8 JODHPUR. This morning visit Mehrangarh Fort, followed by the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Afterwards, take an auto rickshaw to a local restaurant for lunch before enjoying a walking tour through Subzi Mandi, the local vegetable and spice market. DAY 9 JODHPUR - UDAIPUR. Travel to Udaipur, stopping at Ranakpur to visit the largest Jain temple complex in India. This afternoon take a relaxing cruise on Lake Pichola, passing the Lake Palace. DAY 10 UDAIPUR. Visit Sahelion Ki Bari Gardens, the Folk Museum and Mewar Art Gallery. Later, tour the City Palace and wander through the surrounding local streets and shops. DAY 11 UDAIPUR - DEOGARH. Drive to Deogarh. This evening walk through the bustling streets of the village. DAY 12 DEOGARH - PUSHKAR. Take a short train ride on a rural 1930s-train to Phulad and continue by road to Pushkar. This afternoon wander through the market and visit the Brahma Temple. DAY 13 PUSHKAR TO JAIPUR. Travel to Jaipur where you will visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory. DAY 14 JAIPUR. Start the day with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Continue to Amer Fort and stop at a printing and carpet weaving textile workshop and explore the lively bazaar in Choti Choper. Enjoy a traditional dance performance at dinner this evening. DAY 15-17 JAIPUR - AGRA. January to May - via Ranthambore Travel to Ranthambore National Park and enjoy a canter safari this afternoon. Tomorrow you will have a morning and afternoon canter safari. The following day, board your train to Bharatpur. Upon arrival drive to Agra, stopping at Fatehpur Sikri en route. September to December - via Bharatpur Drive to Bharatpur for a two night stay. Tomorrow, visit Keoladeo National Park for a morning rickshaw safari. Later you will visit a nearby village. The following day, drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. DAY 18 AGRA. View the impressive Taj Mahal at sunrise, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his third wife. Later, visit a marble inlay workshop and Agra Fort. DAY 19 AGRA - DELHI. Leave Agra and drive to Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar and Connaught Place Markets. DAY 20 DELHI - DEPART DELHI. Visit Old Delhi this morning; drive past the Red Fort, walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid and have a photo stop at India Gate. After a late check-out, you will be transferred to Delhi airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. DAY 21 AUSTRALIA - ARRIVE. Arrive home today.

Travel Dates: Only on 24 September 2015 (Additional departure dates available)

21 days
FROM $5,660*
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Cities of the Orient, 19 Days + Flights

China

DAY 1 SHANGHAI - DEPART AUSTRALIA. Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Shanghai for a two night stay. Perth passengers may need to depart one day earlier. DAY 2 SHANGHAI. Visit the Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Bund and explore the Xintiandi area with its 1920s-style 'shikumen' buildings. Cross the Nanpu Bridge to explore the Pudong district. This evening cruise along the Huangpu River before feasting on sumptuous Shanghai cuisine. DAY 3 SHANGHAI - BEIJING. View the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and a Silk Museum. Fly to Beijing and this evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck. DAY 4-5 BEIJING. Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. Visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City, and explore the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. Tomorrow, enjoy a thrilling walk along the Great Wall and visit a jade factory and the Summer Palace to admire the landscaped beauty. In the evening, enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance. DAY 6 BEIJING - XIAN. Fly to Xian. This afternoon visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. In the evening you will feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. DAY 7 XIAN. Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Stop at the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition and walk along the ancient City Wall. Stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets. DAY 8 XIAN - WUHAN - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. Fly to Wuhan and transfer by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang, the boarding point of your Yangtze River cruise for the next four nights. DAY 9-11 YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. Tour the Three Gorges Dam before cruising along the Yangtze River. Pass beautiful scenery and take shore excursions to explore the fascinating historic and tranquil landscapes of the tributaries. DAY 12 CHONGQING - GUILIN. Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Later, fly to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Caves. DAY 13 GUILIN - YANGSHUO. Cruise along the Li River to the town of Yangshuo. Spend the evening walking the cobblestone streets or relax in a local cafe and absorb the colourful atmosphere. DAY 14 YANGSHUO. Explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. This evening watch a display of traditional Cormorant fishing. DAY 15 YANGSHUO - GUILIN TO HONG KONG. Return to Guilin airport, visiting a Pearl Museum en route. Fly to Hong Kong for a three night stay. Enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. (Only breakfast is included) DAY 16 HONG KONG. Enjoy a tour of Hong Kong Island, including Victoria Peak and Stanley Market. Later, visit the Aberdeen Fishing Village. (Only breakfast is included) DAY 17 HONG KONG. Take a ferry ride through Victoria Harbour to Lantau Island. Visit Cheung Sha Beach, Tai O Fishing Village, Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha before taking the Ngong Ping Skyrail down the mountain. Enjoy dinner at the top of Victoria Peak. (Breakfast and dinner are included) DAY 18 HONG KONG - DEPART. Tour of the 'Land Between' (New Territories) to see Hong Kong's rural beauty away from the bustling streets and skyscrapers. Visit the Yuen Yuen Institute and take in the views from Tai Mo Shan and Luk Keng Road. Explore Plover Cove Country Park and Sam Mun Tsai Fishing Zone. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before you are transferred to Hong Kong airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. (Only Breakfast is included) DAY 19 AUSTRALIA - ARRIVE. Arrive home today.

Travel Dates: Only on 9 September 2015 (Additional departure dates available, seasonal surcharges may apply)

19 days
FROM $6,240*
19 days FROM $6,240*

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