Day 1 Chiang Mai Arrival
There's so much to see and experience in Chiang Mai, you can always arrive earlier to spend a few more days in this vibrant northern city.
Day 2 Elephant Nature Park
Visit the Elephant Nature Park, a scenic drive from Chiang Mai through the Mae Taeng Valley. Spend a day with these magnificent creatures - learning about their lives and why it is so important to protect them, feeding them lunch and joining in with bath time - if you don't mind getting wet of course!
Day 3 Chiang Mai Departure
Take an early morning Songthaew ride to the Kad Ton Payom flea market where alms can be bought to offer passing monks. Sate appetites with a breakfast of local specialities before heading to peaceful Wat Umong to revel in the ambience and hear the abbot speak about Buddhism and Dharma. Then, mingle with monks at Wat Suan Dok and learn some basic meditation techniques.
Day 1 Bishkek
Wander through the wide streets of Kyrgyzstan's charming capital. Admire marble-faced aesthetics and see the rugged Kyrgyz Ala-Too mountain range loom in the distance.
Days 2-3 Chong Kemin Valley & Ala Archa Gorge
Camp out in Ala Archa National Park. Hike through lush wilderness or maybe try your hand at whitewater rafting in the Chong Kemin Valley.
Day 4 Karakol
Journey out along the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul to the picturesque town of Karakol. Stop along the way to see ancient petroglyphs near Cholpon-Ata.
Days 5-6 Jeti-Oghuz Valley
Continue into the alpine trekking region of Jeti-Oghuz. Be entranced by the landscape as you hike along sandstone cliffs and through dramatic canyons.
Day 7 Kochkor
Learn all about the production of traditional felt carpets at a women’s co-op in the small village of Kochkor. In the evening, enjoy friendly Kyrgyz hospitality at a local homestay.
Days 8-9 Song Kul Lake
Travel on to beautiful Song-Kol Lake. Head out for a hike or explore the area from the back of a horse – and don’t miss the chance to see a game of goat polo!
Days 10-12 Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
Be mesmerised by spectacular vistas and dazzling landscapes as we journey through the magnificent Fergana Valley. Stare up in awe at snow-capped mountains and chill out on the shores of tranquil lakes.
Day 13 Arslanbob
Continue through the Fergana Valley to Arslanbob. Those feeling energetic will have ample opportunity to don hiking boots and go explore.
Day 14 Fergana City
Cross the border into Uzbekistan and spend the afternoon exploring the sites and sounds of Fergana City. A visit to the former Khan of Kokand's Palace is a real highlight.
Days 15-16 Tashkent
Travel to Uzbekistan's lively capital. Maybe pick up some fresh produce at the Chorsu Bazaar or visit one of the city’s many museums.
Days 17-19 Samarkand
Discover the majestic architecture, buildings, monuments and bazaars of Samarkand, one of Central Asia’s most magical cities.
Day 20 Nurata
Head out to the enchanting Kyzylkhum Desert and eat lunch among the dunes. Maybe take a dip in Lake Ajdar Kul or explore the surreal landscape from the back of a camel. Tonight, sleep in a traditional yurt camp.
Days 21-23 Bukhara
Soak up the ambiance of Central Asia’s holiest city. Step back in time visiting the Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Kalon Mosque, Zindon Prison and the impressive Ark Fortress.
Days 24-25 Khiva
Explore the perfectly preserved Old Town of Khiva, beautifully decorated in classic turquoise tiles. Gaze in wonder at the city’s ancient walls and imagine how they once provided sanctuary for weary Silk Road travellers.
Day 26 Konye-Urgench
Meet nomadic locals as you follow a traditional trading route through harsh desert sands. Spend the afternoon exploring the remarkable Kunye Urgench ruins before camping out under the stars.
Day 27 Darvaza
See the desert stretch out in all directions on the drive to Darvaza. If time permits, visit the glowing Darvaza Gas Crater and discover why it's called the 'Door to Hell’.
Days 28-30 Ashgabat
Admire the world’s largest hand-woven rug, trawl through history at the Earthquake Museum and explore the city streets of Turkmenistan’s capital before this Central Asia adventure comes to an end.
Day 1 Kathmandu
Visit Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, and soak up its rich atmosphere. Perhaps sit on the steps in Durbar Square to see Nepali life swirl past or head out to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Bodhnath.
Days 2-3 Chitwan National Park
After the bustle and crush of Kathmandu, travel down to the jungle lowlands for a touch of peace and quiet. Visit Bis Hajaar Tal, known as ‘20,000 Lakes’. Keep your eyes peeled for peacocks and wild boar and if we’re lucky, rhinos and tigers. In the evening, be dazzled by a traditional Nepali dance demonstration.
Day 4 Gorokphur
Spend a morning seeking out Chitwan's shy and rare one-horned rhino on a jungle walk or jeep safari then travel to the Nepal-India border.
Days 5-6 Varanasi
Set on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, Varanasi is awash with sights and sounds to overwhelm the senses. Learn the different uses of the ghats - both spiritual and secular.
Days 7-8 Bandhavgarh National Park
Home to one of the world’s largest Bengal Tiger populations, Bandhavgarh National Park has been running conservation projects to protect these impressive animals since the early seventies. Take a safari and keep an eye out for the big cats, as well as deer, hyenas and porcupines.
Days 9-10 Khajuraho
Khajuraho was once the capital of the Chandella Kings who built the magnificent Hindu and Jain temples here around 1000 AD. Considered to be 'one of the seven wonders of India', the temples have been almost perfectly preserved.
Days 11-12 Agra
Set out early on a rickshaw tour of Agra. Be spellbound by surreal beauty as you watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal and step back in time as you explore the historic Agra Fort.
Days 13-14 Jaipur
Experience the eerie desolation of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur, the 'Pink City'. Those inclined can take an early morning hot air balloon ride over ancient Jaipur to spot the city’s many palaces from the sky.
Days 15-16 Delhi
Lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of dramatic Delhi. Feel the pulse of India’s heartland as you join the crowds on the city streets to explore the sights and sounds of this incredible city.
Day 17 Bikaner
Located in the Thar desert, Bikaner is known for its camel farm, great food, rustic charm and extraordinary palaces, fort and temples.
Days 18-20 Jaisalmer/Camel Safari
Located within the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is like an ancient oasis with its heritage architecture, medieval temples and crumbling, yet majestic, fort. Journey into the desert of Jaisalmer on camels, watching the sun set over the dunes and enjoying a campfire evening before sleeping under the stars. Like a city risen from the desert sands, Jaisalmer's sand-coloured buildings, busting bazaars and fascinating living fort all help give the city a wonderful old-world feel.
Days 21-22 Jodhpur
India's enigmatic 'Blue City', Jodhpur, has a captivating Old Town with palaces, heritage buildings, colourful streets and the Mehrangarh Fort shining like a jewel high above the city.
Days 23-25 Udaipur
With dusty hills in the background and tranquil lakes its centrepiece, Udaipur is a truly beautiful city with fabulous heritage buildings, restaurants and narrow laneways.
Day 26 Mandu
Founded in the 6th century, Mandu was an important military outpost for many centuries and is now the site of some remarkable and well-preserved ruins.
Days 27-28 Ajanta/Ellora
Thirty spectacular cave monuments, decorated in Buddhist paintings and sculptures and dating from the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD, can be found in Ajanta. Between the 5th and 10th century AD, Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples, monasteries and chapels were intricately carved into the hills around Ellora - the result is breathtaking.
Day 29 Ellora
Carry on the temple touring with a visit out to nearby Ellora. See magnificent monumental Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves cut from the rock face of the Charanandri hills.
Days 30-31 Mumbai
A city of contradictions and never dull, Mumbai has truly wonderful sights vs the hard to see; incredible cultural depth vs rampant consumerism; immense riches vs crippling poverty.
Day 1 Ko Samui to Angthong Marine Park
Arrive in beautiful Ko Samui and set sail for Ang Thong Marine Park, where over 40 small islands dot the horizon. Look out for monkeys, lizards and langurs while on land, otherwise get wet and wild alongside a rainbow of tropical fish. Perhaps choose to get active with a challenging climb to Emerald Lake, or just soak up the sun on Ko Mae Beach.
Days 2-6 Ang Thong Marine Park
Finish an exhausting day of snorkelling, sailing and kayaking with a barbecue dinner on a secluded beach. Unwind with some Chang beers in the moonlight or have a midnight adventure fishing for squid in the shallows of the island.
Day 7 Ko Samui
Set sail for the tropical haven of Ko Samui, one of Thailand’s most popular island getaways. Try to spot schools of brightly coloured fish during one last snorkel before farewelling your shipmates back on land.
Day 1 Phuket
Before making the journey into peaceful Burma (Myanmar), spend an evening in the hectic hub of Phuket. Perhaps laze on the beautiful beaches before the sun goes down or dine at one of the delicious beachfront restaurants.
Day 2 Ranong/Thae Yae Island
After an early morning transfer to Ranong we set sail for the first island on this tour of the Myeik Archipelago – this is your opportunity to feel like you’ve fallen off the face of the earth as many of the 800 islands of this region are deserted and still yet to be thoroughly explored.
Days 3-7 Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago
The next five days is full of great snorkelling, lazy sailing, stretching out on untouched, white-sand beaches and gentle exploration of the islands. The pristine coral reef and marine life aren’t used to many visitors, so be prepared to be blinded by an array of colours and a flurry of large schools of fish while swimming in the clear-blue waters of the region. When the weather is fine, build a campfire to hang out by over dinner (don’t forget the marshmallows!) or let someone else do the cooking and try the delicious Burmese cuisine, such as mohinga (noodle soup), gyin thohk (ginger salad) and fresh island fruits. Sailing with us in Burma is also special as you’ll be some of the few people on earth to spend time with the Moken, or ‘sea gypsies’ – a nomadic tribe who live their lives roaming the sea. Their handcrafted wooden boats are used not only to fish, but also as their homes. The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day's itinerary.
Day 8 Ranong/Phuket
Wake early to watch the sun rise over the Andaman Sea before farewelling the crew and taking a long tail boat back to Ranong. Then make the journey back to Phuket.
Day 9 Phuket
Farewell this wonderful sailing adventure after breakfast. Perhaps stay on to explore Phuket further or venture on to another exciting destination.