Asia Organised Trips

Chennai's Koyambedu Vegetable & Flower Market

Rise early for a visit to Chennai’s vibrant and lively Koyambedu fresh vegetable and flower market and experience a riot of colours as the vendors set up for the day. The market is one of the largest of its kind in India, covering the area of three football pitches. You’ll make your way through the three sections – the flower market, fruit market and vegetable market – and discover how hundreds of tonnes of produce are transported here from numerous nearby villages.

Duration:

1-3 hours

Evening Bazaar, Cuisine & Crafts of Old Jaipur

Since the founding of Jaipur in 1727, its artisans and craftspeople have sold their respected creations and still use traditional methods to craft items today. Meet your local guide at Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of the Winds’, and walk through the bazaar as you chat to locals and try authentic street food. Taste freshly made pakora, samosa and traditional sweets and observe jewellers and silversmiths as they work at their craft.

Fort Cochin & Mattancherry walking tour

Head out into Fort Cochin and Mattancherry with a local guide to discover more about the fascinating heritage of these historic regions. Learn about the importance of Fort Cochin as the entrance to the port and how the Arabic, Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese settlers shaped its architecture and culture. Mattancherry is the heart of historic Cochin and is home to many of the city’s main sights such as the Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue and Jain Temple.

Duration:

Half day

Old Agra: The Road not Taken

Delve beyond the major tourist attractions and explore the little-visited area of Old Agra. Once you’ve seen the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, this tour is ideal for getting under the skin of this former imperial capital taking you down its hidden lanes and alleyways. Get an intimate glimpse into daily life and the city's history from the late Mughal days to the rule of the British Raj. Take a peek in shops and temples and discover a fascinating, untold history of life before and after the Taj Mahal.

Duration:

Half Day

Varanasi on Foot - Kashi, The City of Light

Discover the spiritual and religious sites of India’s holiest city as you follow ancient paths to Hindu temples and Muslim mosques. Witness the cremation rituals observed at Manikarnika, the burning ghat, an important part of Hinduism, then visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Held as one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world, it is one of twelve jyotirlingas which are special shrines dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva. A passport is required to enter the temple.

Duration:

4 hours

Walking Tour of Old Amritsar

Join a local English-speaking guide as you make your way through the city of Amritsar on foot. You’ll walk through narrow streets and markets and learn about day-to-day life in the city and the Sikh religion. A stop will be made at the Saragarhi Memorial Gurudwara which was built by the British in tribute to 21 Sikh soldiers who faught in the 1897 Battle of Saragarhi. The tour concludes with a visit to northern India’s most famous sights – the Golden Temple.

Duration:

1½ hours

Confluence of Culture - Calcutta Walking Tour

Take a journey around the melting pot of Calcutta’s local communities. Visit the locales of the city’s diverse groups – stop at the colourful Anglo-Indian Bow Barracks and learn about the visit Tiretta Bazaar, the home of Calcutta’s Chinese community where a typical breakfast consists of momos (a South Asian dumpling). Your tour ends at Calcutta’s oldest wholesale market, Burra Bazaar, where you can buy anything from silk saris to delicious street food.

Duration:

Around 2 hours

Mumbai Dreams Bollywood Tour

India is the world’s largest film producer, releasing an average of 1000 films per year. Go behind the scenes of the Bollywood film industry on this full day tour. Visit a film location, learn about the history and evolution of Indian film and television and enjoy the chance to watch the magic unfold before your eyes on a live film or television shoot. As you travel between locations you will discover more about the industry from your guide, including all the latest trends and gossip!

Duration:

Full Day

Sunset cruise, Cochin

Enjoy views of the skyline of the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’ from a different perspective on a two-hour sunset cruise. As the sun dips below the horizon, catch the ever-changing colours of the sea and buildings that line the shores of Lake Cochin. Keen photographers will have the opportunity to catch an iconic shot of the famous Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against the vibrantly coloured skies (weather dependent).

Duration:

2 hours

Taj Mahal by Sunrise

The Taj Mahal is a magnificent monument to love and one of the world’s most recognised buildings. One of the best ways to view this iconic landmark is at sunrise, marvelling as the first rays of morning light bathe it in a pearly pink glow. A magical and truly unforgettable spectacle.

Duration:

4 hours

Start time: 6am
End time: 10am
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Transport, guide and entry to the Taj Mahal. Excludes: Food, drink and camera fee.

Max. group size: 6
Transport details:

Air-conditioned car or minibus

Other information:

Departs daily except Friday.
Driving distance 15km round trip.
Minimum stay 1 night.
Conducted in English. A bilingual guide can be arranged on request.

Varanasi on Foot - Northern Bazaars & Hidden Alleys

Experience an adventure in the wonderful and puzzling galis (alleys) of northern Varanasi, also known by the name Banaras. Learn what life is like in one of oldest surviving cities in the world as you take a peek in bazaars and temples, before heading to the lesser travelled part of the city where you can learn a little more about Varanasi’s fascinating history.

Duration:

4 hours

Wagah Border Excursion, Amritsar

In the early evening head out of Amritsar towards the Wagah border on the Grand Trunk Road, one of only two existing road crossings between India and Pakistan, where you’ll witness the ‘beating retreat’ ceremony. From the Indian side of the international border, watch as the flags are lowered and folded as the sun sets and the guards perform elaborate movements in front of a crowd in both countries.

Duration:

Haf Day

Half-Day Calcutta City Tour

Get to know the city on this tour of its finest attractions. Stop at the elaborate Jain temple and the Kalighat Kali Temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. The grand Victoria Memorial showcases some of the most stunning blends of Renaissance and Mughal style and on your drive you’ll pass Calcutta’s famous landmarks including Howrah Bridge, Benoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh (formerly known as Dalhousie Square) and the 18th-Century Fort William.

Duration:

Half Day

Taj Mahal & Agra City Tour

On this half-day tour discover the spectacular Taj Mahal, a world-famous monument to Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s love for his late wife. This magnificent monument’s architecture, garden design, painting and calligraphy embody the wealth and luxury of Mughal art. You will also visit Agra Fort, a spectacular citadel with marble palaces, ornate alcoves and terrace pavilions.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9am
End time: 1pm
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Transport. Excludes: Food and drink.

Max. group size: 6
Transport details:

Air-conditioned car or minibus

Other information:

Departs daily except Friday.
Driving distance 25km.
Conducted in English. A bilingual guide can be arranged on request.

Temples of Khajuraho

Explore a collection of the original 85 majestic Temples of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Khajuraho on this half-day tour. The most famous in the western group is Kandariya Mahadeva, which features exquisitely carved friezes depicting the sensual aspects of life.  The eastern group boasts fine examples of both Jain and Hindu temples, including the beautiful Parsvanath temple.

Duration:

Half day

Pondicherry's French Quarter Walking Tour

Explore the old town of Pondicherry on foot and learn about the city’s architectural styles on this introductory walking tour. With a local guide you’ll wander along streets of Ville Blanch, also known as the ‘White Town’, which have distinctively French names. Witness beautifully-preserved colonial-era villas that have a distictive yellow and pastel colour façades as you make your way along the boulevards, lanes and quiet side streets.

Duration:

1½-2 hours

Udaipur City Tour, Rajasthan

Visit Udaipur's magnificent City Palace, the largest palace complex in India. Blending Mughal and Rajput influences, this intricate marble and granite structure overlooks Lake Pichola. Continue to the 17th-Century Jagdish temple, drive around Fatehsagar Lake and visit the Sahelion ki Bari – a beautiful 18th-Century garden adorned with fountains, marble elephants and a lotus pond.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9.30am
End time: 1.30pm
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Transport and entry to monuments. Excludes: Camera fee, food and drink.

Max. group size: 6
Transport details:

Air-conditioned car or minibus

Other information:

Departs daily.
Driving distance 30km.
Minimum stay 2 nights.
Tour is bilingual.

Afternoon Tea At Raffles Singapore

Afternoon tea at Raffles is something of a Singapore institution and it’s a stylish and indulgent way to mark a special occasion or just treat yourself. It may have moved from the celebrated Tiffin Room, a part of the hotel’s story since 1892, to the recently restored Grand Lobby, but the experience is as evocative as ever. Sitting in the suitably palatial atrium, where three layers of Victorian pillars soar up to a vast skylight like a giant wedding cake, you’ll feel as if you’ve travelled back in time to a more elegant era. The effect is enhanced by the meal itself: delicious finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and cream, and impeccably made seasonal cakes and pastries served on a three-tiered silver stand. Complementing the food, the exquisite teas come from a long-established French company, Mariage Frères, with everything from Earl Grey Imperial to South African rooibos.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The dress code is casual chic: collared shirts and trousers or dress shorts for men, and dresses, skirts or trousers for women. Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking.

Duration:

Half day

Andaman Sea Kayaking

Phang Nga National Marine Park is dotted with tiny islands adrift in the Andaman Sea, with spectacular scenery that invites thorough exploration. On this memorable visit, you’ll be paddled by an expert local guide around its most appealing sights in a super-stable inflatable kayak, so all you have to do is sit back and relax. During the trip, you’ll venture into atmospheric sea caves, check out pristine beaches and marvel at extraordinary rock formations. You’ll stop on spectacular islands such as Koh Panak, where your guide will take you through the caves, pointing out the local wildlife, and Koh Hong, known for its beautiful hidden lagoon. You’ll pause for photos at Khao Phing Kan, otherwise known as James Bond Island because it features in The Man with the Golden Gun. And along the way, there’ll be opportunities to swim in the crystal-clear water or pick up the paddles yourself.

• Daily departures November to April, Monday to Saturday May to October
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
This trip is not recommended for the under four. The itinerary is not completely set in stone, as it depends on conditions on the day.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 9.30am
End time: 7pm

Angkor Wat in a Day

The temples of Angkor are a of course a must-visit while in Siem Reap but there are plenty to pack in. To start, we’ll take you to the highlight spots such as the South Gate of Angkor Thom, where the entrance is watched over by the statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, Banyon Temple which is adorned seemingly countless carved faces, and the relatively modest Phimeanakas. Some parts of the vast temple complex have been reclaimed by nature such as the Terrace of Elephants and the iconic Ta Prohm with its moss-cloaked stonework and towering trees growing from the walls.

• Daily departures
• Operates year-round
• Private experience

Good to know
The tour does not include tips and personal expenses.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 6pm

Angkor Wat in a Day with Sunset Champagne Cruise

Top off a day exploring the largest temple complex in the world with a stunning sunset cruise, complete with Champagne and canapés. We’ll take you to all the highlights of the Angkor Archaeological Park, including the iconic Bayon Temple with its 216 smiling faces, the temple of Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of Leper King. Tuck into a much-needed lunch to refuel before the main attraction: Angkor Wat, followed by a calm sunset cruise across the Tonlé Sap lake. This is the beating heart of Cambodia and you can watch local life unfold with a glass of Champagne in hand as you pass fishermen, working boats and floating villages. It’s the perfect end to a day of discovery.

• Departing daily from Siem Reap
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You’ll be required to cover your shoulders and knees at all sacred sites to show respect for the local culture. The upper level of Bayon Temple is closed for renovation, but guests can still visit the lower level. Young children might find this full-day experience a little long.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 6pm

Avoid The Crowds Phi Phi Island Cruise from Khao Lak

Make an early getaway to Koh Phi Phi to enjoy this scenic archipelago in the Andaman Sea at its tranquil best. Travelling by speedboat, you’ll arrive first at Koh Khai, a tiny island tucked away in Phang Nga Bay. Here, you’ll stop to take in the powder-soft white beach lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters and have a serene swim surrounded by tropical fish. On arrival at Koh Phi Phi, you’ll make for stunning Ao Pileh lagoon on the second-largest island, whose emerald waters are a delight for photographers and snorkellers alike. Other sights include the so-called “Viking Cave” which owes its nickname to the images of different types of boats - including one that looks like a Viking longboat - painted on its walls, and Monkey Beach, home to a colony of long-tailed macaques. After lunch, on the way back to port, there’s a final stop at low-lying Bamboo Island to snorkel along pristine coral reef: the perfect finale to a scenic adventure that will appeal to all.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
This trip is not recommended for the under fours, the over 70s and pregnant women.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 6.30am
End time: 6pm

Avoid The Crowds Phi Phi Island Cruise from Phuket

Make an early getaway to Koh Phi Phi to enjoy this scenic archipelago in the Andaman Sea at its tranquil best. Travelling by speedboat, you’ll arrive first at Koh Khai, a tiny island tucked away in Phang Nga Bay. Here, you’ll stop to take in the powder-soft white beach lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters and have a serene swim surrounded by tropical fish. On arrival at Koh Phi Phi, you’ll make for stunning Ao Pileh lagoon on the second-largest island, whose emerald waters are a delight for photographers and snorkellers alike. Other sights include the so-called “Viking Cave” which owes its nickname to the images of different types of boats - including one that looks like a Viking longboat - painted on its walls, and Monkey Beach, home to a colony of long-tailed macaques. After lunch, on the way back to port, there’s a final stop at low-lying Bamboo Island to snorkel along pristine coral reef: the perfect finale to a scenic adventure that will appeal to all.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
This trip is not recommended for the under fours, the over 70s and pregnant women.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 6.30am
End time: 6pm

Ayutthaya’s Highlights In A Day

If you have a passion for history and a love of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you won’t want to miss the chance to explore Thailand’s ancient capital. The city of Ayutthaya was one of the world’s most important urban areas from 1350 to 1767, before being sacked by the Burmese, and its ruins are a fascinating place to wander. On this engaging private experience, you’ll travel by train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Here, you’ll hop on one of the distinctive local “kermit” tuk-tuks - so-called because of their frog-green colour - to enable you to explore every corner of the Historical Park effortlessly, something that families, in particular, will appreciate. Soak up the views of crumbling temples, ancient statues and romantic towers, before boarding a riverboat for a restful, and scenic, return to Bangkok.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Proper clothing is required for visiting temples.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 4pm

Balinese Blessing

Create memories for a lifetime by marking a special occasion, such as an anniversary, wedding day, engagement or just your life together, in traditional Balinese fashion. On your arrival at a typical home compound, you’ll start by making an offering for your private ceremony. Next, you’ll learn about the traditional yellow rice cone known as Tumpeng, a ceremonial food with a long history and a fascinating set of rules regarding its preparation. After this, you’ll have time to rest, relax and pamper yourselves with a Balinese massage, before changing into the traditional Balinese clothes worn for the ceremony. Your blessing will take place at the Bale Gede - the compound’s central pavilion - and will finish with a delicious romantic meal in a Balinese house.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Duration:

Full day

Balinese Cooking Class

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a new culture is through the local food, and you’ll master the art of Balinese cuisine during this full-day class as you cook up a whopping 21 dishes. The class will be held in an off-the-tourist trail village and taught by local chefs to give you an authentic insight into the philosophy of food. We’ll kick off with a trip to a traditional market, where you can see and smell all kinds of spices and discover more about social life in Bali. You’ll then head to Rumah Desa, where you will be welcomed with an introduction into the background of Balinese cooking traditions and learn how food is a big part of the local culture and religion. After whipping up 21 different recipes, you can tuck into your creations during a delicious lunch.

• Departing daily from Bali’s southern beach resorts, Seminyak, Ubud, Uluwatu, Candidasa and Lovina
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 7am
End time: 2pm

Bangkok By Night

In the evening, temperatures drop and there’s less traffic, so it’s an ideal time to discover a different side of Bangkok. On this fascinating tour, you’ll travel by tuk tuk from the departure point at Lebua State Tower, a luxury hotel with amazing views from its various bars, to Chinatown for a herb-infused cocktail (or soft drink) and a Thai meal. Afterwards, you’ll whizz around the city’s historic heart past some of its most famous sights, including the Grand Palace - all lit up to spectacular effect. You’ll stroll through the grounds of a temple to admire the illuminations and explore bustling areas known for their amazing street-food scene. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to try some local sweet treats such as kluai thot - deliciously sticky pieces of deep-fried banana coated in sesame seeds - the perfect way to round off the evening.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The tour is not suitable for children under 10. As for what to wear, you’ll need smart casual clothing if you want to visit the Lebua State Tower before the tour and suitable clothing for visiting temples. It can get surprisingly cool zipping around at night in an open-sided vehicle, so you’ll be grateful for the extra coverage.

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 6.30pm
End time: 10.30pm

Bangkok Rooftop Dinner

Celebrate a special event with a memorable meal at Thailand’s tallest hotel. Baiyoke Sky Hotel towers above the shopping district of Pratunam, providing spectacular views of the city and beyond to the Gulf of Thailand. Soak up the sights from the observation deck on the 77th floor or head up another seven storeys to the revolving viewpoint, before making your way to the Bangkok Sky Restaurant on the 76th floor. It’s known for its superb seafood buffet, where the array of options includes flavoursome spicy Thai salads and dishes such as Japanese salmon nitsuke - plus, of course, the panoramic views of the twinkling lights of the city below. It’s a great option for couples, groups of friends or honeymooners.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
It’s the perfect opportunity to wear something a little smarter than during the day - but note that the restaurant is air-conditioned, so dress accordingly.

Start time: 6pm
End time: 10pm

Bangkok Street Food

Thailand is known for its delicious street food, and one of the best places to sample it is in Bangkok’s historic Rattanakosin district, also known as the Old Town. On this private four-hour tour, you’ll head off on foot with a local English-speaking guide to explore the narrow streets and alleyways of this atmospheric area, stopping at family-run shops, tiny cafés, street vendors and market stalls to sample their wares and learn about how they’re made. Sip a cup of old-style coffee, the thick and sweet kafae boran; feast on Chinese chive dumplings and succulent roast duck; and try typical sweet treats such as sticky-rice dumplings filled with mung-bean paste. Be sure to leave room for some coconut ice cream, handmade by the same family for generations.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Suitable for children aged 12 and upwards. Transfers are not included; you’ll be advised where to meet on arrival in Bangkok. The tour includes visits to a temple and shrine, so dress appropriately.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8.30am
End time: 1pm

Bangkok Your Way (Private Driver and Guide) - Half Day or Full Day

Whether you know precisely what you want to see or are looking for some suggestions from someone who knows the city like the back of their hand, there’s no better way of exploring Bangkok at your own pace than with a private guide and chauffeur. With the help of their insider tips, you’ll be able to get unique insights into the city’s most famous sights, discover hidden gems you’d never have stumbled upon on your own and learn about the country’s culture along the way. With stops wherever and whenever you want, and the ability to change course on a whim, it’s a superb option for those travelling with children and those who want a tailor-made immersion in the history and culture of Bangkok.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You’ll have to pay locally for parking fees and tickets to any attractions you visit, and for any refreshments.

Duration:

Half day or full day

Bangkok’s Floating Market

One of Bangkok’s more colourful attractions, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is rightly on many visitors’ not-to-be-missed lists. Heading out in the cool of the early morning, you’ll stop at iconic Wat Bang Kung, an ancient temple almost completely surrounded by the roots of a vast banyan tree, to soak up its unique atmosphere and learn about its not-always-peaceful history. From here, you’ll carry on to the floating market itself, which occupies a maze of narrow canals (khlongs) crowded with narrow wooden sampans piled high with produce. You’ll venture out on the water in your own boat, where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take some superb photos and bargain for typical snacks. Your final destination is the extraordinary Rom Hub Railway Market, whose stalls lie on either side of an active railway track, meaning that the vendors have to pull everything out of the way every time a train goes past - which is quite a sight!

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Not recommended for families with younger children.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 6.30am
End time: 1pm

Bangkok's Highlights in a Day

For those who like to pack the maximum into each day, this trip will take you to some of Bangkok’s most famous sights in comfort. The first stop of the morning is Wat Traimit, home to a three-metre-high statue of a seated Buddha made from solid gold; from here, you’ll travel to another temple, Wat Pho, with another statue of Buddha - this time reclining - that’s a massive 46 metres long. Next on the itinerary is the Grand Palace, a former royal residence, and the temple of the Emerald Buddha, though the statue is actually made of jade. After lunch, you’ll board a traditional boat to cruise along some of the city’s canals, taking in the sights of daily life along the way, before disembarking at your final temple of the day: the riverside Wat Arun, known for its distinctive multicoloured spire.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You’ll need to dress appropriately for visiting the various temples: that means long trousers - not leggings - or skirts below the knee, and covered shoulders. Carry a lightweight, though not see-through, cover-up if you want to be more casual the rest of the day.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 3pm

Bethlehem & Jericho

Visit the birthplace of Jesus and one of the world’s oldest cities. Begin your tour by heading through the Judean Desert, east of Jerusalem, and visit the site of a biblical parable, The Inn of the Good Samaritan – this site was a hostel along the ancient road of Jerusalem to Jericho, with remains from the Roman to Ottoman periods. You’ll continue to Jericho, a Palestinian territory and the oldest city in the world. Stop by the sycamore tree of the biblical tax collector Zacchaeus before seeing the Mount of Temptation. Explore Tel Jericho, a UNESCO-nominated archaeological site in the West Bank where settlements dating back to 10,000BC have been discovered (cable car not included here). The last leg of your tour is in the city of Bethlehem, also in the West Bank and famous for being the birthplace of Jesus. Walk through the central Manger Square to the Church of the Nativity, the oldest major church in the Holy Land area. Visit the Catholic Chapel of the Milk Grotto, home to a series of caves hollowed out of soft white rock, and the Shepherds’ Field, the site of the angels’ annunciation to the shepherds about the birth of Jesus. Browse a local souvenir shop before making the journey back to your hotel.

Duration:

Full day

Other information:

Morning departures on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, times subject to change. Change of vehicle required upon entering Palestine, tour subject to Palestinian authority regulations. Palestinian guides meet the tour only after border crossing, and border crossing to Bethlehem may include a short period of unaccompanied walking. Passports compulsory.

Bethlehem City Tour

See Bethlehem’s major sights on this half-day tour, beginning at Manger Square where you’ll visit the Church of the Nativity – the oldest church in the Holy Land and the entry point to one of the most significant biblical sites. Admire the ancient limestone columns and mosaic floors before heading down into the Grotto of the Nativity, the cave where a 14-point silver star marks the spot where Jesus is believed to have been born. Next, visit the Chapel of the Milk Grotto, where the stones are said to have turned white when the Virgin Mary spilt a drop of milk while nursing the baby Jesus; and Shepherd’s Field, where an angel announced Jesus’s birth. Stop by a shop for souvenirs of your trip before returning to Jerusalem.

Duration:

Half day

Other information:

Visitors will need to wear a head covering and clothes that cover the arms and legs when visiting holy sites.

Biblical Highlights of the Galilee

Begin your tour of important biblical landmark with a coastal drive as you make your way to Jesus’ childhood home, Nazareth. On your city tour, you’ll see the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph, both believed to be built on sites relating to Mary and Joseph. Drive to Tiberias, one of Judaism’s four holy cities, and along the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum where Jesus taught and peformed many miracles. Continue to the Church of Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves in Tabgha before ending your tour at Yardenit, where Jesus was thought to be baptised.

Duration:

Full day

Other information:

Visitors will need to wear a head covering and clothes that cover the arms and legs when visiting holy sites.

Bike & Trek Through Jatiluwih

There’s no better way to get back to nature and explore Bali than on an electric bike tour and trek. The two-hour cycling part of the trip begins at Batukaru Temple, where we’ll ride past beautiful landscapes to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Jatiluwih. You’ll cycle through its dramatic centre with an experienced local guide who will happily share their knowledge with you. This stunning site has over 300 hectares of lush rice terraces and tropical vegetation and we’ll travel through dense jungle, giant bamboo forest and local villages. After a delicious local lunch surrounded by rice fields, we’ll trek for around one-and-a-half hours through the rice fields and head off the beaten track to see local farmers at work. This is an authentic and beautiful way to see rural Bali.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
Children over 14 who are comfortable riding an adult bike are welcome to join this excursion.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 10am
End time: 4pm

Cable Car Dining

Enjoy a romantic meal for two with a memorable themed dinner in a private cable-car cabin that provides panoramic views of Singapore in all its colourfully lit nighttime glory. Gliding along in your capsule, you’ll feast on breathtaking city vistas as you savour a four-course Japanese spread complete with sake, tasting fresh ingredients and dishes inspired by different regions such as Hokkaido and Okinawa. It’s a unique venue, the only Cable Car Sky Dining in Asia, and one that you’re bound to remember fondly for many years to come.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. The menu is subject to change.

Duration:

1.5 hours

Start time: Between 6 and 7pm

Cambodian Circus & Workshop

If you’re looking for something a little different from your time in Cambodia, watching the hugely successful Phare Cambodian Circus might be just the ticket. If that’s not enough, how about taking part in a pre-performance acrobat tutorial? Phare’s talented young artists are full of energy and they use theatre, music, dance and modern circus acts to tell historical, folk and modern Cambodian stories. We've included the best seats in the house, so you'll be as close to the action as it gets. If you dare, you can arrive before the performance to take part in your own acrobatic tutorial and try out some of the basic moves that make up this unique circus! Kids will be amazed by what they’re watching, so this is a firm family favourite.

• Departs Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Siem Reap
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
If you’re planning to take part in the workshop, we recommend wearing comfortable loose-fitting clothes.

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 6.30pm
End time: 9.15pm

Cambodian Cooking Class (Phnom Penh)

Get a deeper understanding of Cambodian cuisine (and impress your friends back home) by learning to cook the Cambodian way. This immersive cooking class starts with a trip to the local market, where you’ll experience the hustle and bustle of a typical market – it’s a wonderful assault on the senses with vibrant colours, fragrant spices and the buzz of haggling. You’ll be introduced to classic Cambodian fruits, vegetables and herbs, then buy the freshest ingredients for the dishes you’ll whip up later. Back in the kitchen, an expert chef will guide you through tried-and-tested Khmer cooking techniques. With the chef's guidance, you’ll learn to prepare traditional dishes and tuck into your tasty creations for lunch.

• Departing daily from Phnom Penh
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The cooking class isn’t best suited to young children, but older children with an interest in cooking will enjoy it.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9am or 3pm
End time: Midday or 6pm

Cambodian Cooking Class (Siem Reap)

Get a better understanding of Cambodian cuisine and learn to cook like a local in a gorgeous setting. The cooking class takes place in Mahob Farm’s tranquil garden, surrounded by trees, flowers and a lotus pond, just five minutes away from Angkor Wat. The farm specialises in heirloom varieties of seasonal fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumber, squash, eggplant and local lettuce. There’s a natural approach here – fresh and flavourful ingredients are grown without any synthetic fertilisers or pesticides. You’ll get to pick your own ingredients straight from the garden, before learning how to prepare some traditional dishes with your friendly expert teacher. The best bit? Tucking into your tasty creations for lunch in the farm gardens.

• Departing daily from Siem Reap
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 10am
End time: midday

Central Bali’s Highlights by Vintage VW Jeep

A vintage 1970s-style VW Jeep tour is one of the coolest ways to explore central Bali. Jump on board this classic icon and travel to your first stop: the 1000-year-old Batuan Temple, which is a village and ancestral temple that’s cared for by the residents of Batuan. Your driver will then continue through local villages to artsy Ubud – the cultural heart of Bali and a hub of traditional crafts and dance. Highlights here include impressive Puri Saren Agung Palace, the arts market and famous monkey forest, where playful brown macaques dart around the ancient trees and ornate statues. A scenic drive through rice fields and sleepy mountain villages then awaits to reach imposing Mount Batur. The view of the volcano, caldera and Lake Batur is breathtakingly beautiful, so make sure you’ve got your camera ready. Next up is a drive down into the crater to the lava fields, where you’ll have time to wander through the unique rock formations. Lunch-with-a-view will be served on the edge of the crater before your journey continues to the tranquil and lesser-visited temple of Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu – a beautiful water temple built on a natural spring and surrounded by lotus ponds and thick forest. The final stop will be Tegallalang, where giant steps have been carved into the landscape to create lush rice terraces.

• Departing daily from your chosen Bali hotel
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
We recommend bringing a light jacket or jumper and long trousers as it can get cool in the mountains. A sarong will be provided to allow you to cover up for temple visits.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 7am
End time: 4pm

Chiang Mai Old Town Walking Tour

Thailand’s second city is an engaging place to spend a few days, and it’s not short on must-see sights either. On this half-day adventure, you’ll take one of the distinctive red local taxis, or songthaew, to a laidback guesthouse by the main entrance to the moated old quarter. From here, a short walk will take you across the moat to Somphet, a typical small food market packed with stalls piled high with fruit, vegetables and more. Next, you’ll wander along atmospheric alleyways to Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai’s oldest temple. After a visit to the fascinating Folklife Museum, where you’ll learn something of the local Lanna culture, you’ll explore two more ornate temples: Wat Phan Tao and Wat Phra Singh. Finish with a taste of local street food for lunch before another songthaew whisks you back to your hotel.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The tour is mainly on foot, so parents should ensure their children will be fine with walking or able to be carried if necessary. As the itinerary includes several temples, you’ll need to dress appropriately: long trousers, below-the-knee skirts and covered shoulders.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8.30am
End time: Midday

Chiang Mai Street Food

Northern Thailand’s distinctive food culture is a product of its history and geography, with influences from Laos, Burma and the Khmer Empire. On this gastronomic evening tour, you’ll learn all about its most typical dishes from someone who grew up eating them, and discover Chiang Mai’s laidback nighttime vibe at the same time. Your foodie experience will kick off with a starter at a small restaurant that specialises in the local Lanna cuisine, as it's called. Afterwards, you’ll continue on to the nearby night market - a hive of activity after dark - where stall after stall serves up irresistible street food and drinks of every kind. You’ll learn how each is made and, of course, sample more than a few. Rounding things off in style, the tour concludes with a nightcap at a hip riverside bar.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The tour is not suitable for under 18s. Local beer is included, but there’s a surcharge for the optional craft-beer tasting.

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 5.30pm
End time: 10.30pm

Chiang Mai’s Highlights in Half a Day

Thailand’s second city is an engaging place to spend a few days, and it’s not short on must-see sights either. On this half-day adventure, you’ll start in the hustle and bustle of Warorot, Chiang Mai’s oldest market. Inside the three-storey building, there are stalls selling a dizzying array of local foodstuffs, as well as clothing, beauty products and more, and the action spills out into the streets around it. From here, you’ll cross into the city’s moated old quarter for a complete change of tempo at Wat Phra Singh, known for the beautiful and intricate gilded facade of its main building. Next you’ll head to Wat Suan Dok, just beyond the city walls, with its garden of whitewashed tombs and golden pagoda. Finally, you’ll be driven up the winding road to the summit of Doi Suthep mountain to visit the ancient and venerated Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. On a clear day, you can see the 600-year-old gold-plated Chedi at its heart from miles away, and it’s even more impressive up close. Don’t miss the promenade at the rear of the temple: the view of the city from here is stunning.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
As the itinerary includes several temples, you’ll need to dress appropriately: long trousers, below-the-knee skirts and covered shoulders.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8.30am or 1pm
End time: Midday or 5pm

Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

Explore a fascinating side of Vietnamese history in the countryside to the north of Ho Chi Minh City. During the Vietnam War, Viet Cong communist fighters dug a 250km-long network of tunnels here in which they could hide for long periods, store food and weapons, communicate with other resistance groups and more. For this visit, you’ll travel by private transfer straight to Cu Chi, where you’ll learn all about these extraordinary relics of the country’s past. You’ll hear about the challenging conditions in this three-level underground “village” at the time, from the darkness and foul-smelling air to invasions of snakes and scorpions, but also the ingenuity that enabled the creation of subterranean hospitals, kitchens and wells. A short section of tunnel has been widened a little (and cleared of insects), so brave and curious visitors can get an insight into what life was like below ground for themselves. From here, you’ll return to Ho Chi Minh City in time for lunch (not included).

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private

Good to know
The heat and humidity make the narrow tunnels even stuffier than you’d imagine possible, so don’t feel you have to experience them if you’d rather not.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: 1pm

Cycle Through Langkawi's Landscapes

Soak up the scenery from two wheels as you coast peacefully around some of Langkawi’s most spectacular natural landscapes. In the northwest of the island, Langkawi’s UNESCO Global Geopark is the first geopark in South-East Asia, renowned for its ancient rock formations and rich biodiversity. On this three-to-four-hour bike ride you’ll cycle around limestone formations, alongside river banks, past paddy fields and into forests to get an appreciation of the hundreds of millions of years of geological history here. There will be plenty of time to stop off in local villages too, for a glimpse into local daily life.

• Departing daily from Langkawi
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Dead Sea Relaxation

Bathe in the world-famous Dead Sea’s magical waters on a day trip, available from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which are both around two hours’ drive from Israel’s and Jordan’s shared natural attraction. Found at the lowest point on earth, the water in the Dead Sea is so salty that you’ll float buoyantly at the surface. Your skin will feel noticeably smoother, thanks to the softening mud that bathers slather on their skin before taking a dip. The salt is packed with minerals and is known for its antiseptic and pain-relieving qualities. You’ll get the chance to buy some Dead Sea products at a cosmetics shop and take some of this natural wonder home with you. We recommend bringing swimwear, a towel, hat and sunscreen.

Duration:

Full day

Other information:

Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sun cream, swimming costume and towel recommended.

Desert Safari & Barbecue

This half-day 4x4 safari takes you on a thrilling ride to the highest dunes for a breathtaking sunset photo stop. You’ll then visit a Bedouin campsite in the desert where you can admire henna designs while sipping a refreshing drink. Finally, there’s some enchanting belly dancing followed by a delicious barbecue buffet.

Duration:

Half day (daily departures). Also available from other Emirates.

Price: Abu Dhabi group price from £70 per person; Dubai group price from £65 per person
Included/Excluded:

Includes: dinner and transfers

Health & Fitness:

Not recommended for people with heart/neck/back problems.

Doha City Tour

Discover Doha, a city where the old mets the new, on this guided tour of its key attractions. See the impressive Pearl-Qatar, a manmade island of luxury residences and designer brands which is being built to resemble a string of pearls, and visit the up-and-coming West Bay district where you'll find the famous Corniche road and its towering skyscrapers. One of the most popular sights is Souq Waqif, a replica of the region's older souks filled with narrow alleyways and shops selling traditional spices, garments and souvenirs.

Duration:

4 hours (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday departures).

Price: Group price from £26 per person

Fireflies of Kuala Lumpur

Spend an evening in rural Malaysia to get an insight into local life outside of the city. Kuala Selangor is just an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, but daily life here takes on a different atmosphere. This small tranquil town is where the Selangor River meet the sea. It’s known for fishing and farming, and on a visit to the hilltop fortress of Bukit Melawati, you’ll get to look out over the Straits of Malacca. Seafood is a staple food here, so you’ll tuck into a Chinese-style local seafood dinner before the highlight of this experience: firefly watching. Climb on board a boat and head upstream, where you’ll see thousands of fireflies flickering like Christmas lights in the mangrove trees that line the riverbanks.

• Departing daily from Kuala Lumpur
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 4pm
End time: 10pm

Gili Islands in a Day

If you’re short on time but can’t bear to miss out on Indonesia’s most idyllic tiny islands, this stunning day trip will give you a taster of what Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan are all about. Your first glimpse of these car-free islands, ringed with white sands and dotted with coconut palms, will be from the Malimbu Hill viewpoint on Lombok. You’ll then cross the sea by outrigger boat (be prepared to embrace your adventurous side and get a little wet!) to Gili Air. Here, you’ll have the choice to spend the day on a beautiful beach to swim, snorkel and sunbathe. Or, you can jump back on the outrigger to visit the two other Gilis: Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno. Gili Trawangan – nicknamed ‘Gili T’ – is the most popular of the three islands, but it’s still super low-key, with most of the activity centred around diving. Rustic Gili Meno is the most secluded island, perfect for lazing on coral sands and snorkelling with turtles. As each island has its own character and landscape, this is the perfect island-hopping day.

• Departing daily from Senggigi
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 3pm

Halong Bay Cruise & Scenic Flight from Hanoi

Combining a scenic four-hour cruise through the majestic karst islands of Halong Bay with a spectacular flight over the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is a wonderful experience for those celebrating something special. As your seaplane soars through the sky above the towering limestone islands, you’ll have the best viewpoint of the entire bay giving you a real sense of scale of this phenomenal natural wonder. The rest of the day moves at a more gentle pace from the comfort of your traditional junk boat. Cruise between the towering pillars, stop off at pretty lagoons and fascinating grottos and soak up the scenery on the sun deck before enjoying a delicious Vietnamese lunch on board.

• Departing daily from Hanoi
• Year round
• Private tour

Good to know
A perfect trip for both honeymooners and families but please note the cruise and flights will be shared with other passengers and we recommend children are aged six or over.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 7.30am
End time: 7.30pm

Halong Bay Cruise from Hanoi

This scenic four-hour day trip through the limestone majestic peaks of one of the seven natural wonders of the world is just the ticket for those unable to indulge in an overnight cruise. As you weave through the towering karst pillars on a traditional junk boat, relax on the sundeck and admire the serene natural beauty of the islands as you tuck into a delicious Vietnamese feast prepared onboard. You’ll be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide who has a deep understanding of the area and knows all the best grottos and bays to explore for those once in a lifetime photographs.

• Departing daily from Hanoi
• Year Round
• Private tour

Good to know
A perfect trip for both honeymooners and families but please note the cruise will be shared with other passengers and for maximum enjoyment, due to the nature of the trip, we recommend children are six years old or above.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8.30am
End time: 6.30pm

Hanoi Street Food

It has been said that one of the best ways to immerse yourself into a new culture is through the local food and this evening street food tour through Hanoi won’t disappoint. As you weave through the narrow streets of the Old Quarter packed with locals perched on plastic stools amongst sizzling woks and bubbling pots, you’re sure to leave with a greater understanding of local life and a firm grasp of Hanoi’s favourite dishes. Enjoy a refreshing glass of local ale – you’ll soon discover Vietnam has a thriving craft beer scene – as you people watch at Bia Hoi corner before diving into Ly Quoc Su, the city’s famed food street with your personal guide. Tuck into freshly made Banh Goi, crescent-shaped fried pastries filled with pork, mushrooms, onions and spices with sticky rice and mouth-watering Pho before finishing with dessert from Hanoi’s most famous ice cream parlour.

• Daily
• Year Round
• Private

Good to know
While every effort will be made to cater for any specific dietary requirements, please talk to your guide when booking to ensure the tour can be shaped around your needs. Suitable for children six years and over.

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 5.30pm
End time: 8.30pm

Hanoi Your Way (Private Driver & Guide)

Whether you already have a list of famous landmarks you want to tick off your ‘to see’ list or you’re looking for some direction during your stay, there’s no better way of exploring Hanoi than with an expert local guide. Pointing out places of interest as you travel across the city in your own personal car, with their insider knowledge you’re sure to uncover a whole different side to the capital. A fantastic option for those travelling with kids or couples who want to dive deeper into the culture of Hanoi.

• Daily
• Year Round
• Private

Good to know
You’ll benefit from a personal car with driver and local guide for the entire day but please be aware fees to any attractions you decide to visit will be payable locally.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 9am
End time: 5pm

Hidden Angkor Photography Tour

The remarkable temples of Angkor are the ideal subjects for keen (or budding) photographers. A professional photographer will guide you around the awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park and teach you the best ways to shoot the temples, using light and shadow to create beautiful images. Taking your time to capture these ancient temples means you’ll get to appreciate the ornate detail and understand the astounding amount of planning that went into creating them. Plus, you’ll have the perfect keepsakes of your time at this bucket-list location.

• Departing daily from Siem Reap
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am or 2pm
End time: 2pm or 6pm

Hidden Penang Photography Tour

The idyllic island of Penang is the ideal subject for keen photographers. A professional photographer will guide you around George Town’s heritage sites and local areas, where you’ll experience a diverse mix of cultures and religions. Highlights include narrow Armenian Street with its charming shophouses and cafés; the eclectic houses and street art of Muntri Street; elaborate Khoo Kongsi Chinese clanhouse; and Penang Chowrasta, one of Penang’s oldest markets. Taking your time to capture these sights will give you the chance to see Penang in a different light.

• Departing daily from Penang
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9am
End time: 1pm

Hidden Saigon By Vespa

If you’ve always wanted to experience Saigon like a local, this fun-filled morning tour by vintage Vespa scooter is for you. Riding behind an experienced driver who knows the streets like the back of their hand, you’ll be whisked around a beguiling blend of must-see landmarks and off-the-beaten-track gems. You’ll discover a secret weapon bunker dating from the Vietnam War, watch coffee made the traditional way in clay pots at Saigon’s oldest café and be dazzled by the colour and scent of a vibrant flower market. You’ll also explore a historic residential district, stop at breathtaking Buddhist temples and check out specialist markets dedicated to everything from spare parts for motorbikes to fabrics from all around Asia. Lunch at a neighbourhood restaurant that serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine is a perfect way to round off an adventure that’s sure to be a hit with couples and honeymooners.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
This trip is suitable for those over the age of 16 only. Helmets - and raincoats in case of showers - are provided.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: 12.30pm

Inland Sea Safari

Go off the beaten track into Qatar's desert starting with a thrilling 'dune bashing' ride. An experienced driver navigates the desert's dunes at speed, transporting you to Qatar's natural gem – the inland sea, or Khor Al Adaid. Watch the sunset by this beautiful expanse of water and tuck into a tasty barbecue dinner at a traditional Bedouin-style camp.

Duration:

8 hours (Sunday-Wednesday departures)

Price: Group price from £100 per person

Jerusalem City Tour

This half-day tour is an excellent introduction to some of Jerusalem’s key sights. You’ll start by driving up to the Mount of Olives next to the Old City for panoramic views, before stopping at Mount Zion to explore a trio of religious sites: King David’s Tomb, the Cenacle (room of the Last Supper) and the Dormition Abbey – a German-built abbey with a striking clock tower, domed roof and encircling towers. Head into the Old City and pass through the Armenian and Jewish Quarters en route to the recently restored Cardo, or Roman road. Stop off at the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall) before continuing to the Christian Quarter where you’ll be able to follow the Via Dolorosa (the route Jesus had to take carrying the cross) and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – the site of his crucifixion and burial.

Duration:

Half day

Other information:

Modest dress (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and head covering required during visits to religious sites.

Jungle Hot Spring Spa

Tucked away in lush tropical rainforest on the banks of the Klong Thorn river, Kinaree Long Song is a scenic hot-spring retreat where you can spend a blissfully relaxing day being pampered and rejuvenated. The peaceful verdant setting would be soothing enough by itself, but there’s also a set of hydrotherapy pools of different temperatures from steaming hot to bracingly cold in which to unwind. Other delights include a homemade scrub treatment to leave your skin glowing with health, a session of Thai yoga and a neck and shoulder massage followed by a delicious healthy lunch of Thai dishes. In the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to try your hand at making Thai handicrafts - a very practical form of mindfulness - before the final flourish: an hour-long massage in a rustic riverside cabana. We think it’s just the thing for busy couples looking for the ultimate in de-stressing.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The experience is not recommended for children under 16. Please mention any special dietary requirements when booking.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8.30am
End time: 4pm

Koh Lanta Marine Park By Kayak

Koh Lanta’s marine national park is a haven for wildlife, blessed with pristine coral reefs and dotted with tiny limestone karst islands, just made for exploring by kayak. This private full-day visit will take you to some of its most fascinating sights, starting with Koh Phee. Also known as “Ghost Island”, it has been eroded by wind and water over thousands of years into a shape that looks, from the mainland, like a giant human skull. Clambering through its network of caves, you’ll find ancient stalagmites and stalactites, fossils embedded in the walls and the occasional sleeping bat. The second stop is Koh Talabang, where you’ll spend an enthralling few hours kayaking along its shoreline, discovering perfect tiny beaches, steep-sided coves and atmospheric caves, pausing for a rest and a simple lunch on one of those beaches along the way.

• Daily departures
• Operates November to May
• Private experience

Good to know
The National Park fee is included in the price. The tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 4pm

Koh Rok Islands Cruise

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of one of the most idyllic corners of Koh Lanta Marine Park. Zipping across the Andaman Sea in a speedboat - a burst of joy in its own right - you’ll arrive in next to no time at the craggy twin islands of Koh Rok Nok and Kho Rok Nai, separated by a narrow channel. The more adventurous may opt to hike through the lush, rugged interior looking out for monitor lizards; others will be happy to spend the day on the beach, marvelling at the powder-soft sand and enjoying the occasional lazy swim in the sparkling turquoise sea. The crystal-clear waters around Koh Rok are a snorkeller’s dream, thanks to an extensive reef system that’s teeming with colourful aquatic life - the keen-eyed may be lucky enough to spot hawksbill turtles, moray eels or even a black-tip shark.

• Daily departures
• Operates from November to May
• Group experience

Good to know
The National Park fee is included in the price. The tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 5pm

Koh Samui's Highlights In A Half Day

There’s more to Koh Samui than its gorgeous beaches as you’ll discover on this half-day journey around the island’s best-known sights. Top of the list is Wat Phra Yai, also known as Big Buddha Temple, on its own little island reached by a short causeway. Its star attraction is its impossible-to-miss 12-metre-high golden statue of Buddha, in a seated pose that represents purity. Other must-see sights on the itinerary include the sparkling panoramic vistas from Lad Koh Viewpoint, reached by a gentle stroll; the vibrant market in the diminutive capital, Nathon, where you’ll have a chance to shop; and the curious natural phenomena known as the Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks. Finally, you’ll visit Wat Khunaram and its slightly macabre claim to fame: the mummified body of a monk who died there in 1973, displayed in a glass case.

• Departs Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
Bring plenty of cash, as the prices at Nathon’s market are good value compared to those in the main tourist areas.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: 2pm

Kota Kinabalu – Step Back in Time

Leave the buzz of the city behind and take a journey into the past to see, hear, taste and feel the identity of Sabah. Meeting some of the people of the remote Mari Mari Cultural Village, you’ll get to understand what traditional daily life is like in this rural region. We’ll be welcomed into the homes of various indigenous people, who’ll chat to us about how their houses were built by tribal descendants and what the different architectural styles represent. As we explore the village, we’ll also stop at demonstration huts to see traditional activities such as blow piping, fire lighting and tattooing.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9am, 1.30pm or 5pm
End time: 1pm, 5pm or 9pm

Kota Kinabalu Street Food

A delicious melting pot of heritage and culture, Kota Kinabalu has a top street food scene. The markets come alive after dark, so put on your walking shoes and taste your way around the various influences. Your expert guide will take you around the best spots in the night market and tell you about all the foods on offer. You’ll have time to chat with the stallholders and get to know the subtle differences in food between Sabah’s tribes before tucking into authentic dishes such as noodle soup, hinava (a raw fish dish similar to ceviche) and pinasakan (braised fish with turmeric and fruit).

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 5.30pm
End time: 7.30pm

Kuala Lumpur Highlights in Half a Day

Take to two wheels and immerse yourself in Kuala Lumpur’s rich cultural landscape. On this leisurely bike tour, you’ll cycle around the city’s inner and outer districts, taking in the harmonious landscape of temples, mosques and other cultural influences. See the colonial-era architecture around Merdeka Square close to the Klang River, where Malaysian independence was declared in 1957, and head to lively Chinatown to explore the buzzing markets. Visit Moorish-influenced Jamek Mosque – one of the city’s oldest mosques – and join locals going about their day at Central Market. Then venture north to Little India, with its colourful maze of jewellery and textile shops, and upmarket Bukit Bintang, which dazzles with its glitzy restaurants and designer malls. Keep your eyes peeled throughout to see how many times you can spot the iconic Petronas Twin Towers that tower over the city.

• Departing daily from Kuala Lumpur
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: Midday

Kuala Lumpur Street Food

Enjoy the flavours of Kuala Lumpur on this mouth-watering evening street food tour. Your driver will expertly zigzag through the city as you experience the sights, sounds and tastes after dark as a passenger on the back of a Vespa scooter. Hang out with the locals at the best foodie spots away from the tourist trail, visiting a Malaysian night market and heading down to Brickfields: a vibrant maze of shops and street food restaurants serving dosa pancakes and Indian curries. Sample everything from hokkien mee and satay to the towering roti tissue. Then you can head back to your hotel or carry on to a local night spot to watch a live band.

• Departing daily from Kuala Lumpur
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 7pm
End time: 11pm

Langkawi – Step Back in Time

Feel as though you’ve stepped back in time with a visit to an authentic Rumah Rimba: ‘Home in the Forest’. We’ll head off on a scenic journey past paddy fields, keeping our eyes peeled for eaglets and water buffaloes, on the way to a traditional wooden house where you’ll be welcomed into the heart of Langkawi. Go for a short walk on the fringe of paddy fields, soak up the views, and get a glimpse of the village lifestyle. You’ll see traditional artefacts as you enjoy a homemade welcome drink, then help to prepare some delicious local dishes. Tucking into your meal on the terrace, you can gaze out at the flora and fauna and listen to the local people share their stories of history, myths and legends. This is a mesmerising experience that takes you back to the island’s roots.

• Departing daily from Langkawi
• Operates ear round
• Group experience

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 4pm
End time: 10pm

Langkawi Jungle Trek

Unleash your inner adventurer and head deep into the tropical rainforest on a nature trek. You’ll be trekking with an experienced nature guide, who will introduce you to Langkawi’s beautiful biodiversity. The region has more than 400 species of tree – some reaching as high as 70 metres tall – as well as birds, butterflies and mammals. If you choose the evening trek, you’ll also have the chance to experience the jungle after dark, when nocturnal animals including flying lemurs and flying squirrels come to life. This jungle trek is the ideal opportunity to escape city life and spend time in nature.

• Departing daily from Langkawi
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The morning experience is a 3-hour jungle trek, while the late afternoon experience is a 2-hour jungle trek plus a 1.5-hour evening walk to see nocturnal wildlife. We recommend wearing long trousers and closed shoes such as hiking boots. Please also bring a small backpack. This tour is not suitable for children.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9am or midday
End time: 5pm or 8pm

Learn The Art Of Beer Making

Tiger Beer has been one of Singapore’s most iconic brands since it was launched in 1932, and 90 years later a trip around its brewery is a must for any lager lover. The guided tour begins in the visitor centre, where you’ll learn about the brand’s history, with lots of memorabilia and photos to bring the story to life. From here, you’ll head into the Ingredient Kiosk and Brew House, where you’ll see the various steps – mashing, fermenting and more – involved in turning aromatic malted grains, hops, yeast and water into the finished product. At the Package Gallery, you’ll get tips on pouring the perfect draught beer and an up-close experience of the bottling and canning process. Finally, you’ll reach the wonderfully atmospheric Tiger Tavern where, in the words of the brand’s long-running slogan, ‘It’s Time for a Tiger’: here, you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of the original Tiger Beer and sample several others as a fitting finale.

• Departs Friday to Sunday
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Children under 18 are admitted only if accompanied by an adult and do not get any alcoholic drinks; children aged 5 years and below are admitted for free.

Start time: 1pm, 3pm or 5pm
End time: 4.30pm, 6.30pm or 8.30pm

Lombok Beach Hopping

Head out on a laid-back day to play castaway on Lombok’s most unique beaches: a pink-sand beach and a secret island that only appears at low tide. Your day will begin with a visit to Indonesia’s second largest fish market. At Tanjung Luar – where most of the traders are women – you’ll buy fresh fish ready for your barbecue lunch. We’ll then hop on a boat to Sand Island: a tiny white-sand speck which, at hide tide, is completely submerged apart from its Indonesian marker flag. The next boat stop will be Maringkek, where you can step ashore and wander around the fishing village, before we continue to Pink Beach, which gets its name from the pink-hued sand. The nearby islands of Pantai Semangkuk and Gili Petelu offer the chance for snorkelling, while later in the afternoon, there’s time to relax on peaceful white sands at Pantai Sebui before your beach barbecue lunch and return boat trip.

• Departing daily from Senggigi
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 7am
End time: 3pm

Lombok Rice Terrace Trek

There’s no better way to get back to nature on Lombok than by donning your trainers and heading for the rice terraces. You’ll begin by getting a taste of local life with a visit to a traditional market in Narmada, before driving on to Sedau for the start of your two-hour soft trek through the beautiful rice terraces. This is a leisurely trek and along the way your guide will tell you about the different tropical plants that you spot. At the end of the hike, a rest and lunch-with-a-view awaits in Suranadi. You’ll also visit Gunung Sari to explore the temple of Pura Agung Gunung Sari, which makes an impression with its three pagoda-like places of worship. Heading north, we’ll cross the Pusuk Pass where you’ll see cheeky monkeys wandering around and causing mischief. The last stop is Malimbu to take in some of Lombok's best sandy beaches.

• Departing daily from Senggigi, Lombok
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 6am
End time: 4pm

Malaysian Cooking Class in Kota Kinabalu

Cooking classes are a wonderful way to delve deeper into the local culture while learning new skills at the same time. Your host begins the experience with a stroll through the local market. Finding the freshest local ingredients and chatting with the stallholders, you’ll learn which spices to use and buy the groceries needed to whip up a Malaysian feast back in the kitchen. At your cooking station, you’ll learn how to prepare traditional home-cooked dishes and understand how food is such a big part of Malaysian heritage. After an insightful morning, you’ll get to tuck into your creations.

• Departing daily from Kota Kinabalu
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9am
End time: 1.30pm

Malaysian Cooking Class in Kuala Lumpur

Cooking classes are a fantastic way to delve deeper into the local culture and provide you with authentic recipes that can be shared for years to come. Home-cooked food is an important part of Malaysian life and you’ll get an insight into the culture and social structure of the country through its mealtimes. This immersive cooking class starts with a trip to a local market, where you’ll experience the hustle and bustle of daily life and be introduced to classic Malaysian ingredients. Then it’s off to LaZat, where you’ll tuck into a local breakfast before learning how to prepare dishes the way they have been done for generations. You’ll have plenty of help on hand as you whip up a selection of delicious dishes for starters, sides, main course and dessert. Enjoy tasting your creations and the bonus of not washing up.

• Departing Monday to Saturday from Kuala Lumpur
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: 12.30pm

Masada & Dead Sea

Journey to the lowest place on earth and explore an ancient desert fortress. Depart from Tel Aviv and travel via Israel’s rolling Judean Hills to the Dead Sea – visit a cosmetics shop here before driving along the shoreline to Masada. This historic fortress is in Israel’s Judean Desert, on a huge plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. Head up the mountain by cable car for a tour of the fortress, built by King Herod around 30BC and the place where the Zealots of the 1st Century stood against the Romans – remains include the palace, walls, synagogue, cisterns and Roman baths with mosaic floors. Come down by cable car and head back to the Dead Sea, where you’ll be able to spend a bit of time floating in the world’s saltiest spot and bathing in enriching mineral mud, believed to have therapeutic properties.

Duration:

Full day

Other information:

Daily morning departures, times subject to change. Spa treatments not available, lockers available at extra cost. Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sun cream, swimming costume and towel recommended.

Mekong Sunset Dinner Cruise

Spend a memorable evening soaking up the sunset as you cruise along the beautiful Tonlé Sap and Mekong rivers. Your journey begins at Phnom Penh’s floating pier, where you’ll set off on a gentle cruise along the Tonlé Sap and Mekong rivers. As you leave the capital behind, you’ll see people going about their daily lives, passing by fishermen who are finishing for the day and working boats cruising along the waterway. Tuck into a mouth-watering dinner on board as you drift peacefully along the water with the glistening lights of Phnom Penh in the distance. This is a special experience for couples in particular and a great addition to a honeymoon.

• Departing daily from Phnom Penh
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
Please let us know of any dietary requirements when you book.

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 5pm
End time: 8.45pm

Mount Batur Sunrise Trek

Watching the sun rise from the top of Bali’s Mount Batur is an unforgettable experience. A very early start awaits as we’ll need to start the climb around 4am to make sure we reach the summit in time for sunrise. Mount Batur is a 1717-metre-high active volcano to the north west of Mount Agung. The climb will take around two hours and we’ll reach the top just as the sun rises for a magical and peaceful moment high above the island. Tuck into a well-earnt breakfast and enjoy time to soak up the panoramic views over the volcanic landscape and mountain peaks and acknowledge your achievement. You’ll then head back down to base camp, where a soothing soak in hot springs will be waiting for you. This sunrise trek would be a fantastic adventure to add on to a honeymoon or beach holiday.

• Departing Monday and Friday from Bali’s southern beach resorts, Seminyak, Ubud, Uluwatu, Candidasa and Amed (Tembok)
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
There are a number of things we recommend bringing for this trip: warm clothes, hiking shoes, long trousers, swimwear, camera and sun block. Your professional tour guide will provide a head lamp, walking sticks, gloves, hiking bag, rain coat and a small water bottle to make the climb much easier. This climb is classified as a medium level of difficulty, so a good level of fitness is required (as a guide, it’s suitable for those that enjoy hill walking).

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 1.30am
End time: 2pm

Muay Thai Master Class

The ancient art of Muay Thai - also known as Thai boxing - is an integral part of the country’s culture, and there’s no better place to learn about it than in its birthplace. For this two-hour masterclass, you’ll be collected from your hotel by an English-speaking guide and driven to one of Bangkok’s most important boxing stadiums. If you’re a Ryan Gosling fan, it might just look familiar; it was one of the locations for the action film Only God Forgives, in which he played the lead role. During the training session, you’ll learn some of the principles of “the art of eight limbs”, before trying out some basic moves for yourself under the supervision of an expert instructor. Afterwards, you’ll be taken back to your hotel for a well-earned rest.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Soft drinks, coffee, water and all the boxing equipment you’ll require are provided, but you’ll need to bring a towel and wear suitable sportswear.

Duration:

Half day; class: 2 hours

Start time: 8am
End time: midday

Nature Kayaking in Langkawi

Explore the natural beauty of Langkawi on a peaceful morning gliding across calm waters. You’ll be greeted by the sights and sounds of nature as you paddle through a small mangrove channel that’s inaccessible to boats for a secret journey under the shade of tropical mangroves. Your expert guide will take you to the best places for that particular day, introduce you to the local flora and fauna, and provide you with power snacks to help you keep up your energy levels throughout the morning. This tailor-made kayaking adventure is a beautiful way to see Langkawi from the water.

• Departing daily from Langkawi
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: Midday

Orangutan Encounter

Your wildlife adventure begins at Sandakan Airport, where you’ll be picked up and whisked off to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. In this remarkable rehabilitation centre, which was set up in 1964 to help orphaned orangutans, you’ll be able to get up close with the orangutans and watch them being fed. Take a walk in Borneo’s lowland dipterocarp forest and visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, which improves animal welfare and rehabilitates rescued sun bears. After lunch, the final stop is the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, where you can see hundreds of cheeky proboscis monkeys.

• Departing daily from Kota Kinabalu
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 7.15am
End time: 7.25pm

Padi Fields of Langkawi

Get a better understanding of your surroundings on a visit to Laman Padi in Pantai Cenang. In Malay, ‘Laman’ means ‘field’ and ‘padi’ means ‘rice’, and at this open complex of rice fields, herb gardens, galleries and museums, you’ll get to experience the process of rice cultivation and harvesting. We’ll spend time among the lush greenery, learning how rice (Malaysia’s primary export product) is cultivated. We’ll also be shown the ropes on a guided tour of the padi planting process and padi museum.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Half day

Penang Nature Walk

Get back to nature on the ultimate rainforest experience. This private tour with a naturalist will introduce you to the secrets of The Habitat: Penang’s remarkable rainforest discovery centre, which aims to educate visitors about a more sustainable future. Begin at ground level and stroll along the nature trail, slowly ascending into the treetops on the Langur Way Canopy Walkway, suspended 30 metres above the forest floor. Climb higher still and take a deep breath as you rise to the top of Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk, which is nestled in the treetops of ancient conifer trees 800 metres above sea level. Then take time out to enjoy the cool breeze of the rainforest as you soak up the island views from a giant swing.

• Departing daily from Penang
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 3.15pm
End time: 8.15pm

Penang Street Food

Put on your walking shoes and leisurely taste your way through Penang’s rich history and heritage. You’ll meet a local historian, who will be your guide during this informative evening tour, and take in the island’s kaleidoscope of cultures. As you sample tasty street food, your guide will help you understand the influences behind each flavour, tracing its culinary origins through links to the East, West and the rest of South-East Asia. You’ll also have the chance to see Penang’s many heritage sites and colonial-era architecture.

• Departing daily from Penang
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 7pm
End time: 11pm

Petra

See one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, a majestic city with a famous façade cut from the desert sandstone. The feeling of adventure starts when you walk through the mysterious entrance, Al Siq. The chasm’s jagged rock weaves around you as you approach the opening that reveals The Treasury, Petra – and arguably, Jordan’s – most famous attraction. Few people know how much more there is to see at Petra’s beyond its star attraction; having a guide on hand to share the history behind these relics and answer any questions you have is definitely the best way to experience this immense UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll cover sights including the Roman Theatre, the Royal Tombs, The Court, the Temple of Qasr-Bint and the Byzantine Church, before heading back to your hotel in Aqaba.

Duration:

Full day

Phi Phi Island Cruise from Koh Lanta

Enjoy a relaxing day discovering the natural delights of Koh Phi Phi, a scenic archipelago of six specks of land in the Andaman Sea roughly halfway between Koh Lanta and Phuket. Travelling by speedboat, you’ll arrive in around half an hour at beautiful Ao Pileh lagoon on the second-largest island, where you’ll have a chance to plunge into its emerald waters for a swim and a snorkel. Once you’ve dried off, the next port of call is the so-called “Viking Cave” which owes its nickname to the images of different types of boats - including one that looks like a Viking longboat - painted on its walls. From here, you’ll make for another highly rated snorkelling spot, passing the main filming location for Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach. The day ends on Phi Phi Don, the largest island and the only one that’s inhabited, where you’ll have time to swim, hike to the viewpoint or browse the tiny street stalls.

• Daily departures
• November to May
• Group experience

Good to know
The National Park fee is included in the price. The tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 4.30pm

Phi Phi Islands Cruise from Phuket

Enjoy a relaxing day discovering the natural delights of Koh Phi Phi, a scenic archipelago of six specks of land in the Andaman Sea roughly halfway between Koh Lanta and Phuket. Travelling by speedboat, you’ll make your first stop at low-lying Bamboo Island to snorkel along its pristine coral reef. From here, you continue on to Phi Phi Don, the largest island and the only one that’s inhabited, where you’ll have time to swim, hike to the viewpoint or browse the tiny street stalls before lunch. You’ll motor on to Monkey Beach, home to a colony of long-tailed macaques, and “Viking Cave” which owes its nickname to the images of different types of boats - including one that looks like a Viking longboat - painted on its walls. At beautiful Ao Pileh lagoon on the second-largest island, you’ll have a chance to plunge into its emerald waters for a swim and a snorkel, before a final stop at Koh Rang Yai where pearls are farmed.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
This trip is not recommended for the under fours, the over 70s and pregnant women.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 6pm

Phnom Penh Street Food

Discover some of the best local food spots in town on this mouth-watering evening street food tour. Phnom Penh’s street food scene comes alive after dark, and you’ll zip around in a tuk tuk to indulge in traditional Cambodian cuisine. Ride across the city from Independence Monument to the buzzing Russian Market, where you can wander through a maze-like bazaar packed with colourful crafts and fragrant food. We’ll take you to family-run restaurants and stalls, so you can learn the story and culture behind each dish you taste, before washing it down with craft beer and cocktails at a local bar.

• Departing daily from Phnom Penh
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Unfortunately, due to the nature of street food, this tour is not suitable for anyone with dietary requirements (including vegetarian and gluten-free diets).

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 6pm
End time: 9.30pm

Phnom Penh Your Way with Private Driver/Guide

If you prefer to set your own sightseeing agenda, this ‘your way’ experience is the perfect choice. You’ll have the services of an English-speaking guide who will take you around the city to the places within the city limits that interest you the most. The city’s main spots are definitely worth a visit, but you could also head off the beaten track a little with help from your knowledgeable guide.

• Daily departures
• Operates year-round
• Private experience

Good to know
The tour does not include tips, personal expenses and entrance fees/permits.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am or 1pm
End time: Midday or 5pm

Phnom Penh’s Highlights in a Day

Phnom Penh’s Highlights in a Day The best way to get to know a city is to immerse yourself in it, and this full-day sightseeing tour packs in all of Phnom Penh’s top attractions. Start off with a visit to the Royal Palace complex, which is a wonderful example of Khmer architecture. The stand-out feature here is the ornate Silver Pagoda, which gets its name from the five tonnes of glistening silver floor tiles – there are a whopping 5,329 tiles in total. You’ll be introduced to the country's largest archaeological and cultural history collection on a trip to the National Museum, then see the ancient hilltop temple of Wat Phnom. We’ll take a break for lunch before a sobering but important visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, also known as S-21, which served as a prisoner camp during the Khmer Rouge regime. To round off an insightful day, put your haggling skills to the test and barter for souvenirs at the Russian Market.

• Departing daily from Phnom Penh
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
To visit the Royal Palace, you’ll be required to cover your shoulders and knees to show respect for the local culture. It’s also worth noting that the palace can be closed without prior notice if the King is in residence or an event is taking place.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 6pm

River Kwai Highlights In A Day

Symbolising the horrors of World War II in Asia, the bridge on the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi is almost a place of pilgrimage for history buffs, film aficionados and anyone curious about the relatively recent past. On this poignant trip, you’ll learn all about the building of the infamous bridge that was designed to link up a direct railway line from Bangkok to Rangoon (now Yangon) to support the Japanese occupation of Burma (now Myanmar) in 1943. You’ll visit the graves of members of the Allied Forces on a tour of the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, before looking at historical photographs and paintings at the JEATH War Museum, both emotionally moving experiences. To complete your day, you’ll take a memorable ride on the Thailand-Burma Railway itself, also known as the Death Railway because of the thousands of POWs and forced local workers who lost their lives during its construction.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The trip is suitable for all ages.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 6.30am
End time: 6.30pm

Saigon Street Food By Vespa

Plunge into Saigon’s dynamic night-time scene local-style as you zip between some of its buzziest foodie haunts on a vintage Vespa. Riding pillion behind an expert driver, you’ll begin the evening with a tour around several vibrant downtown districts, passing some of the city’s must-see sights. After pausing for a drink and a spot of people-watching at a neighbourhood café, you’ll head for one of Saigon’s best stalls for banh mi, a stubby baguette sandwich with an array of delicious classic fillings. The next stop is a bustling night flower market, ablaze with colour, followed by a taste of traditional rice pancakes and seafood at a popular restaurant. No gourmet experience is complete without something sweet to finish things off, so the final tasting of the evening is Vietnamese che - a sort of dessert soup - which comes in a dizzying range of varieties.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
This trip is suitable for those over the age of 16 only. While every effort will be made to cater for food allergies or special diets, this may not always be possible.

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 6pm
End time: 10pm

Saigon Your Way (Private Driver & Guide)

There are few more relaxing and rewarding ways of spending a day exploring Saigon, aka Ho Chi Minh City, than in your own car, complete with a driver and guide. It gives you the freedom to set your own itinerary and then change your mind if you spot something enticing along the way. There’s no timetable to stick to, so you can stop for a break when you want and stay for as long as you like - something that families will particularly appreciate. Want to mix up the guide-book highlights with places only the locals know about? Your guide will be happy to suggest options tailored to your interests, whether that’s a quirky shopping centre in what used to be a block of flats, a newly opened trendy café or just an overlooked corner of one of the city’s main sights.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Entrance fees are not included. Mileage up to 100km is included; you can pay a small supplement directly to the driver for any extra distance or time.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 9am
End time: 5pm

Similan Islands Cruise fom Khao Lak

Fringed by powder-soft beaches lapped by crystal-clear azure waters, the Similan Islands are everyone’s idea of a tropical paradise. You’ll spend a relaxing day taking in their natural charms, above and below the waves, with plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and hiking. The first port of call is the wonderfully named Donald Duck Bay on Koh Similan, where there’ll be time to climb up to the curiously shaped granite boulder known as Sail Rock to take in the views. After a stop to check out the colourful world underwater, you’ll drop anchor at Honeymoon Bay on Koh Miang, a popular dive site. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the beach, then follow a short nature trail - less than 10 minutes’ easy walk - across the island to the picture-perfect Princess Bay. There’s one final stop at another island for a snorkelling session over a pristine coral reef teeming with life before you head, reluctantly, back to the mainland.

• Daily departures
• Operates November-April
• Group experience

Good to know
You’ll need to provide a copy of your passport at time of booking to comply with new Similan Islands National Park regulations. The trip is suitable for all except children under three, those who are physically challenged and pregnant women.

Duration:

Full board

Start time: 6am
End time: 4.30pm

Similan Islands Cruise from Phuket

Fringed by powder-soft beaches lapped by crystal-clear azure waters, the Similan Islands are everyone’s idea of a tropical paradise. You’ll spend a relaxing day taking in their natural charms, above and below the waves, with plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and hiking. The first port of call is the wonderfully named Donald Duck Bay on Koh Similan, where there’ll be time to climb up to the curiously shaped granite boulder known as Sail Rock to take in the views. After a stop to check out the colourful world underwater, you’ll drop anchor at Honeymoon Bay on Koh Miang, a popular dive site. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the beach, then follow a short nature trail - less than 10 minutes easy walk - across the island to the picture-perfect Princess Bay. There’s one final stop at another island for a snorkelling session over a pristine coral reef teeming with life before you head, reluctantly, back to the mainland.

• Daily departures
• Operates November to April
• Group experience

Good to know
You’ll need to provide a copy of your passport at time of booking to comply with new Similan Islands National Park regulations. The trip is suitable for all except children under four, those who are physically challenged and pregnant women.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 5.30am
End time: 6pm

Singapore Heritage Food Trail

In multicultural Singapore, food is something of a national obsession and you’ll soon discover why on this culinary adventure through two of its most vibrant districts. You’ll dive into the hustle and bustle of Geylang Serai and its popular covered market, designed to look like a traditional kampong, which has been a hub of the local Malay community since it opened in 1964. It’s packed with stalls selling all manner of ingredients, from live fish to spices, used in Malay and Middle Eastern cooking. Upstairs is the hawker centre, where there’s time for a local-style breakfast: perhaps a roti prata, a type of flatbread served with various spiced dips and chutneys. From here, you’ll head to colourful Tekka in Little India, Singapore’s largest wet market, where you’ll hear languages from all around the world and pass stalls selling everything from saris to piquant Indian snacks.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9am
End time: 12.30pm

Singapore Highlights in Half a Day

For those short of time, or who just like to make the most of every minute, this action-packed three-and-a-hour tour will give you a comprehensive overview of Singapore. The journey begins at Kampong Glam, one of the city-state’s oldest areas, whose colonial-era buildings now house trendy bars and eateries. After that, you’ll drive around the Civic District, home to the wide-open space of Padang playing field and Singapore Cricket Club, the historic Parliament House and the National Gallery Singapore, well worth returning to later for an insight into south-east Asian art. Afterwards, you’ll stop at Merlion Park to enjoy the impressive views of Marina Bay and take a selfie with one of two statues of Singapore’s part-lion-part-fish official mascot. You’ll continue to the 200-year-old Thian Hock Keng temple, before driving past Chinatown and on to your final port of call, the UNESCO-listed Singapore Botanic Gardens. A walk through the National Orchid Garden, with an eye-popping display of 60,000 orchid plants, makes a perfect finale to the trip.

• Departs Monday, Wednesday and Friday to Sunday
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Merlion Park will be replaced with Mount Faberon on car-free Sundays.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9am or 2pm
End time: 12.30pm or 5.30pm

Singapore Racing

Luxurious Kranji is one of the world’s leading horse-racing venues and a thrilling place to experience the breathless excitement of a sport whose roots in Singapore date back to 1842. Dressed to impress – the code is officially ‘smart casual’ – you’ll attend one of the regular weekly meets on Friday evening under lights or on Sunday afternoon to watch world-class thoroughbreds competing for glory and prizes on the all-weather track. The state-of-the-art facilities aren’t just for the horses, though. You’ll be cheering on from the comfort of the Victory Lounge, part of the sleek four-storey glass-sided grandstand, where some of the tables even have personal television screens to allow patrons a close-up view of the action on the course. There’s also a full-service bar and a restaurant with a menu of delicious signature Asian and international dishes that you might find hard to resist.

• Departs Friday and Sunday
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Under 18s are not allowed at Kranji. The experience is not available during major Group 1 race meetings. Food and drinks are not included.

Start time: Friday: 5.30pm; Sunday: 12.15pm
End time: Friday: 9.30pm; Sunday: 4.15pm

Smiling Gecko Social Project supported by the Der Touristik Foundation

Supporting the communities we visit is an important part of travelling. In Cambodia, the Smiling Gecko project aims to improve the lives of people in rural regions by providing training and creating local jobs for young Cambodians in industries such as agriculture, education and hospitality. On this full-day trip out of town you’ll visit the Smiling Gecko Farmhouse and learn more about the valuable work they do on a project tour with a local guide. The tour is followed by a lunch that’s packed with traditional Khmer specialities and before returning to the city, there’ll be some time to relax by the pool and take in the calm countryside atmosphere.

• Daily departures
• Operates year-round
• Private experience

Good to know
The tour does not include tips, personal expenses and drinks.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 4pm

Sora Skybar Sunset Experience

City rooftop bars are often the best address in town for an evening out. The Rosewood Hotel is the setting of Sora, Phnom Penh’s highest sky bar, which has unbeatable views of the urban skyline and the streets below as the sun dips towards the horizon. This is the perfect spot for a special occasion whether it’s a honeymoon treat, an engagement or a birthday celebration. Or just because.

• Daily departures
• Operates year-round
• Private experience

Good to know
Transport is available until 9pm; if you wish to stay at the SkyBar later than 9pm, an extra charge will be payable to the driver locally or you can use local transportation to return to your hotel. For guests over 18 years. Smart casual dress code including shoes that cover your toes.

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 6pm
End time: 9pm

Sunrise Cycle Tour of Angkor Wat

There’s no better reason for an early start than getting to watch the sun rise over majestic Angkor Wat, and a bike tour means you’ll be able to whizz around peacefully between the incredible ancient sites of temple-studded Angkor Archaeological Park. We’ll arrive at the park at dawn, in time to watch the sun bathe Angkor Wat in golden light. The photo opportunities as the light changes are fantastic. Breakfast will give you the energy to explore Angkor Wat, jungle-clad Ta Prohm, the several sites at Angkor Thom and richly decorated Bayon Temple where 216 huge smiling faces are carved in stone.

• Departing daily from Siem Reap
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You’ll be required to cover your shoulders and knees at all sacred sites to show respect for the local culture. You'll have the support of a back-up vehicle during the experience and there’s the option to return to your hotel by vehicle instead of cycling.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 5am
End time: 2pm

Sunset at Uluwatu Temple & Dinner

Uluwatu Temple is one of the most photographed sites in all of Bali and you’ll instantly understand why. Sunset is a special time to visit this sacred clifftop temple, as the sun sinks into the ocean behind its peak. As well as the mesmerising views, this is clearly a cultural experience. The temple – which is inhabited by a lively monkey population! – is close to an amphitheatre where, during sunset, you can watch a spectacular Kecak Fire Dance performance. Once the sun has set, you’ll enjoy a mouth-watering seafood dinner: your boat-fresh catch of the day will be barbecued over coconut husks, ready for you to tuck into at your tableon the stunning Jimbaran Bay beach. This is a must-do for couples looking for a romantic experience in a jaw-dropping setting.

• Departing daily from Bali’s southern beach resorts
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
This experience is only available for guests staying in the southern beach resorts.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 3.30pm
End time: 9pm

Sunset Celebratory Dinner

If you have a special occasion to celebrate, such as a key birthday or anniversary, or just want a romantic meal that’s a little out of the ordinary, this sunset dinner will be right up your street. You’ll be heading out into the countryside beyond Phuket, to a secluded spot where you can revel in the cool evening air, the smell of greenery and the sense of peace while admiring the dazzling colours of the sky as the day ends. Here, in complete privacy, you’ll be served a traditional Thai dinner, accompanied by Champagne - what else - or wine if you prefer, that you’re sure to remember.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Please bring insect repellent and money for tips and wear comfortable casual clothing.

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 4pm
End time: 7pm

Sunset SUP Boarding Adventure

Watch the sun sink into the ocean from your peaceful perch out on the water. Stand-up paddle boarding is a memorable experience at any time of day, but it’s particularly beautiful at sunset. You’ll paddle around sand bars, coral bars or floating pontoons, depending on the tide, and pause to appreciate the changing colours as the sky is reflected in the water. Your guide will also capture the best moments on a GoPro.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You’ll need a good level of fitness. Children must be at least 6 years old to take part. Children age 6-12 must be accompanied by a guardian.

Duration:

Early evening

Start time: 4.30pm
End time: 7.30pm

SUP Boarding & Snorkelling Adventure

Explore Boneo from on and underneath the water with a fun SUP and snorkelling adventure. The seas are typically calm in the morning, so you’ll have a gentle paddle around sand bars, coral bars or floating pontoons, depending on the tide. Then it’s time to dip under the waves with your snorkel and mask. The area is known for its clownfish colony, so you’ll spot brightly coloured fish darting through the waters. Your guide will also capture the best moments on a GoPro.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You’ll need a good level of fitness. Children must be at least 6 years old to take part. Children aged 6-12 must be accompanied by a guardian.

Duration:

Morning

Start time: 8am
End time: 11am

Surin Islands Cruise from Khao Lak

A cluster of tiny specks of land adrift in the Andaman Sea, the Surin Islands have an unspoiled beauty that will enchant everyone who comes here. After an early start, you’ll reach Ao Mae Yai, a picturesque bay on the main island of Ko Surin Nuea blessed with a sweep of white sand and calm, clear waters - it’s a perfect spot for snorkelling. From here, you’ll cruise past a tiny village that houses the Moken, sea nomads who traditionally lived from and on the sea between Thailand and Burma, and who have a fascinating history. Ashore, a 2km trail through the jungle leads to the National Park’s rustic restaurant overlooking another sheltered beach, where you’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch. There’s just time before heading back to the mainland for another snorkelling stop and, in season, for a whale shark watching session.

• Daily departures
• Operates November-April
• Group experience

Good to know
The itinerary is not completely set in stone, as the choice of snorkelling spots depends on conditions on the day.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 6am
End time: 4.30pm

Surin Islands Cruise from Phuket

A cluster of tiny specks of land adrift in the Andaman Sea, the Surin Islands have an unspoiled beauty that will enchant everyone who comes here. After an early start, you’ll reach Ao Mae Yai, a picturesque bay on the main island of Ko Surin Nuea blessed with a sweep of white sand and calm, clear waters - it’s a perfect spot for snorkelling. From here, you’ll cruise past a tiny village that houses the Moken, sea nomads who traditionally lived from and on the sea between Thailand and Burma, and who have a fascinating history. After another swim-and-snorkel session, you’ll head to the National Park’s rustic restaurant overlooking another sheltered beach, where you’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch. There’s just time before heading back to the mainland for another snorkelling stop and, in season, for a whale shark watching session.

• Daily departures
• Operates from November to April
• Group experience

Good to know
This trip is not recommended for the under fours, the over 70s and pregnant women. The itinerary is not completely set in stone, as the choice of snorkelling spots depends on conditions on the day.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 5.30am
End time: 6pm

Swayambhunath Stupa and city tour

One of the most iconic monuments in the Nepalese capital is the striking Swayambhunath temple. Built over 2500 years ago, the temple, which sits on a hilltop just under two miles from the city centre, is one of the oldest and most important religious sites in the country. During the tour you’ll head up to Swayambhunath, from which you can enjoy far-reaching views over the city, before returning to the to the city centre to take it some of its key sites.

Duration:

Half day

Thai Cooking Class in Bangkok

Learn how to prepare some of Thailand’s best-loved dishes on this relaxed, home-style group class. You’ll start the three-hour session with a visit to a local market to buy the ingredients you’ll need later, from colourful vegetables to fragrant herbs and spices, which is quite an experience in itself. You’ll then return to the open kitchen, where certified Thai chefs will help you prepare a complete meal from scratch using traditional utensils and techniques. Under their patient supervision, the time will fly by and it won’t be long before you’re sitting down to enjoy the (hopefully delicious) fruits of your labour. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable way to delve into Thailand’s culinary culture, and one that will appeal to everyone from couples to groups of friends and families with older children.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The class is suitable for children aged 10 and over. Transfers are not included; you’ll be advised of the meeting point on arrival in Bangkok. If you have any allergies or special needs, please mention them when booking.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9am or 1.30pm
End time: 12.30pm or 5pm

Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

It’s hard to think of a more long-lasting legacy of a trip to Thailand than being able to recreate some of its best-loved dishes back home. On this full-day cooking class in the countryside outside Chiang Mai, you’ll begin with a visit to the local produce market to learn about the key ingredients - from herbs and spices to vegetables and roots - and how to choose the best. From here, you’ll head into the kitchen where a professional chef will teach you how to prepare three classic Thai dishes, which you’ll enjoy for lunch. In the afternoon session, you’ll expand your knowledge of the country’s cuisine further with another hands-on session, before your private transfer back to your hotel.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Suitable for children over 12. The cost includes private transfers to and from Chiang Mai, but the class itself is shared with other participants.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 9am
End time: 3pm

Thai Cooking Class in Khao Lak

With a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide people for its authentic southern Thai cuisine, Nai Mueang is well worth a visit. For anyone who’d like to recreate some of those dishes at home, this quirky little restaurant also runs regular cookery classes that will appeal to food-loving couples and honeymooners. Your morning starts with a visit to a local market to select the ingredients for three of the country’s favourite dishes. On your return to Nai Mueang, you’ll learn about Thai herbs, cooking techniques and vegetable carving, before getting busy preparing the food itself under the guidance of one of the chefs. You’ll end the session by sitting down in the delightful retro-themed dining room to eat what you’ve prepared for lunch.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Bring insect repellent, money for tips and a notebook for jotting down extra information about the various techniques you’ll be taught.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9.30am
End time: 2pm

Thai Cooking Class in Koh Lanta

Sometimes the best souvenirs to bring back from holiday are the ones you can’t see, such as great memories and new-found skills. This relaxed cooking class fits the bill on both counts, thanks in part to its superb beachfront setting. Under the supervision of a professional local chef, with the sound of the waves in the background, you’ll learn the skills and techniques you’ll need to make authentic Thai favourites such as green curry, stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts and several fragrant soups. The reward for your efforts is a laidback lunch overlooking the sea, listening to music and enjoying the dishes that you’ve prepared, plus a fistful of recipes to take away so you can recreate the dishes back at home. It’s a delightful way to spend a morning that will appeal to everyone from couples to groups of friends and families with older children.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The class is unsuitable for children under 12. All dishes can be adapted for vegans, vegetarians or those with any allergies. It’s a good idea to bring extra cash to buy drinks, kitchen utensils or sauces to take home as unique souvenirs.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 10am
End time: 2pm

Thai Cooking Class in Krabi

Ever since the first Thai restaurant opened in London in 1967, the British have been slowly falling for the country’s food culture with its potent mix of intense tastes, and learning how to prepare some of its most delicious dishes is a truly satisfying way to spend a morning. Under the guidance of a well-regarded and experienced local chef, you’ll discover the essential facts about the ingredients and techniques that are the keystone of the cuisine, and how to combine pungent flavours so they complement each other. After watching a demonstration, you’ll get going on preparing your own lunch from scratch, with help if needed. As a hands-on experience, it’s great fun for anyone of all ages from teenager upwards - and you’ll leave with a new-found talent with which to wow your friends and family back home.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The experience is not recommended for the under 12s. Please mention any special dietary requirements or allergies when booking.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: 1pm

Thai Culture by Bike

See a different side of Bangkok on a cycling tour through the city. First up, we’ll visit a local Buddhist temple complex and a sandal-making shop. You’ll also have the chance to take a short longtail boat trip across the Chao Praya River to see the city’s luxurious villas before travelling to the slum houses and meeting the people that live there. Visit an open-air Muay Thai school and a local elementary school, before riding through Bangkok’s greenest area. We’ll stop for Pad Thai at a local restaurant for lunch and there will be plenty of rest stops. Most of the routes we’ll travel along are off-limits to cars, so this is a lovely and largely traffic-free way to explore this buzzing city.

• Daily departures from Bangkok
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Schools may be closed on certain dates.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: 1pm

The Art of Batik

Get creative with a batik class, where you’ll learn all about this traditional wax-resist dyeing technique. Batik uses wax resists to create beautiful patterns and you’ll see examples of this clever ancient technique in homes all around the world. In this class, you’ll experience how to fill in colours on a fabric that’s been pre-waxed with a batik pattern. Mix primary colours to create secondary colours and shade in the material for a special keepsake.

• Departing daily from Kuala Lumpur
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 10am
End time: 1pm

The Birds of Langkawi

This is the ultimate day in Malaysia for serious birders, travelling around Langkawi’s diverse habitats to spot many different species. Langkawi has more than 260 types of bird – about a third of these are migrants, who flock here between September and April. There’s an early start and an evening finish, as the best time to observe birds at the equator is either early morning or early evening when they are most active. In the rainforest, birds to look out for include flowerpeckers, hill mynas, dollarbirds, babblers, eagles and oriental pied hornbills. We’ll head on to a mangrove forest to spot the brown-winged kingfisher, collared kingfisher, white-bellied sea eagle and little heron. Our final stop for the morning is at the rice paddies to see paddy field birds such as sandpipers, lapwings, egrets, chestnut-headed bee-eaters and spotted doves. After re-energising with some lunch, we’ll travel up in the hills to a local village pond frequented by lesser whistling ducks, little herons, needle-tailed swifts and striated swallows. Afterwards, a drive to Langkawi’s highest peak holds the highlight of the experience: spotting the great hornbill, which measures 1.3 metres from the tip of beak to tip of tail.

• Departing daily from Langkawi
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
You’ll return to your hotel for lunch before the afternoon session.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 7.30am
End time: 7.30pm

Traditional Balinese Village Life

Experience an authentic slice of life in a typical Balinese village on this enjoyable all-day encounter. The first stop is a colourful market, where you can soak up the atmosphere and watch people picking up the ingredients for their evening meal. After visiting a traditional Balinese house, you’ll head to a typical farm for a lesson in local customs followed by a gentle trek through fields of coffee, cocoa, peanuts, nutmeg, ginger, lemongrass and the many other crops that grow here. At the end of the trek, after a refreshing drink of coconut water fresh from the shell, you’ll be able to try your hand at ploughing a paddy field and planting rice seedlings. After lunch, on the way back to town, you’ll make a final stop at a village known for wood carving, the ideal spot to snap up a special souvenir.

• Departs Tuesday and Friday
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
Please bring sturdy shoes, some warm clothes (it can be cool in the mountains), sunscreen and a hat.

Duration:

Full day

Umm Qais, Jerash & Ajloun

Travel to northernmost Jordan to Umm Qais, or Umm Qays, formerly Gadara. Gadara was part of the Decapolis, an alliance of ten ancient cities, where Greek remains are still scattered to the backdrop of sweeping views that stretch as far as the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Jerash, another Decapolis city, is one of the best preserved examples of Graeco-Roman architecture outside of Rome, like the imposing Temple of Zeus. In the highlands, Ajloun (Ajlun) is known for its impenetrable castle which held off multiple Crusader attacks.

Duration:

Full day

Vietnamese Cooking Class from Nha Trang or Cam Ranh

Spend an enjoyable morning learning how to prepare some popular Vietnamese dishes from scratch with the help of the staff at one of Nha Trang’s best-loved eateries. After meeting up with the chef at Lanterns Restaurant, you’ll hop on a cyclo - a typical three-wheeled bicycle taxi - for a fascinating trip to a local produce market. Here you’ll get a colourful lesson in the ingredients that are key to the country’s culinary culture and how to choose and haggle for the best, pausing for a refreshing sugar-cane juice along the way. On returning to the restaurant, you’ll be taken through the necessary steps to create a three-course meal, starting with fresh spring rolls, perhaps, followed by lemongrass chicken or fish cooked in a clay pot depending on what’s on the menu that day. You’ll also discover the secret of cooking perfect rice and how to flambé fruit for an impressive dessert without setting anything else on fire. The well-deserved finale is, of course, sitting down to eat what you’ve made in the company of your fellow cooks.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group departures

Good to know
The class is suitable for families with children aged 6 and above. While every effort will be made to cater for food allergies or special diets, this may not always be possible.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9am
End time: 1pm

Vietnamese Cooking Class in Hanoi

What better souvenir than the knowledge of how to recreate your favourite Vietnamese dish. Not only that, when taking this class at KOTO restaurant you’ll be contributing to the fantastic community work they do, helping to provide hospitality training to local street kids. Supported by our own Der Touristik Foundation, founder Jimmy Pham set up KOTO (Know One, Teach One) when he realised all these children needed were the skills to get a stable job – you’ll learn all about their mission in the morning as you sip Vietnamese tea and get acquainted with the team. Having collected all your fresh ingredients from the local market you’ll get to work beside a current trainee learning more about their lives and a recipe that’s sure to stay with you forever before tucking into your culinary creations!

• Daily
• Year Round
• Group experience

Good to know
Although the class can cater for children over six, this experience is more suited for adults looking to give something back to the local community.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8.30am
End time: 1.10pm

Vietnamese Cooking Class in Hoi An (from Hoi An or Danang)

It’s hard to think of a more enduring souvenir of a visit to Vietnam than being able to make some of its best-loved dishes back home. On this half-day culinary exploration, you’ll start at Hoi An’s lively market, with its heady sights, sounds and smells, where you’ll meet some of the stallholders and learn about the ingredients you’ll be using later. From here, it’s a scenic 25-minute boat ride along the river to the Red Bridge Cooking School - be sure to have your camera to hand. Following a tour of the school’s herb garden, you’ll hear the story behind some famous national and local dishes before the cooking begins in earnest. After a demonstration from the resident chefs, you’ll prepare dishes such as cao lau, made with yellow noodles, pork and pickled hot peppers, and mi quang, another favourite local noodle speciality, before sitting down to eat what you’ve cooked for a memorable lunch.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The class is suitable for families with children aged 6 and above.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: 1pm

Vietnamese Lantern Making Workshop (from Hoi An or Danang)

There are colourful hanging lanterns everywhere you look in Hoi An’s atmospheric Old Town, a picturesque legacy of the days when this once-important port attracted merchants from China and Japan. On this engaging hands-on workshop, you’ll learn about how the craft took hold here and evolved in its own unique way, gaining an insight into the region’s history and culture along the way. Then it’s time to make your own example, from choosing the shape and picking the silk to learning how to glue it all together and smooth out any creases. At the end of the class, you’ll head off on a short walk around Hoi An - carrying your precious new creation - where you’ll be able to truly appreciate the skill that has gone into making the many lanterns that dot the city. And if you’re wondering how you’re going to get your handiwork home in one piece, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s conveniently foldable.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
This workshop is suitable for families with children aged 6 and above.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 1.30pm
End time: 4pm

Vietnamese Pottery Making Class in Hanoi

Located on the banks of the Red River, just outside Hanoi, the ancient Bat Trang Ceramic Village is a must-see for history enthusiasts and those interested in local crafts. Dating back seven centuries, this traditional trades village is also home to some of the best craftsmen in the country, making it the perfect place to learn the art of pottery and create a memorable souvenir. Step inside one of the hundreds of private workshops that line the narrow streets in the village and immerse yourself in the daily life of a local. Equipped with your own rotary table and clay you’ll get to work creating your own masterpiece under the watchful eye of the experts who will be on hand to guide you step by step through the process. After all that hard work, cool down with a refreshing glass of sugar-cane juice and sample a Bánh tẻ - a speciality of Bat Trang made with rice, ground meat and black mushrooms.

• Daily
• Year Round
• Group experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: Midday
End time: 8.30am

Western Bali’s Highlights by Vintage VW Jeep

Bali’s colourful VW 181 Safari Jeeps are a classic sight around the island. They also provide a seriously cool way to explore. Jump on board for an adventure around western Bali to see some of the island’s most famous temples and stunning diverse landscapes. Your tour begins with a trip to Bali’s most popular attraction: the ancient sea temple shrine of Pura Tanah Lot, which is perched on a rock formation offshore. A morning visit will hopefully mean you’ll have a more tranquil experience. You’ll then be driven through villages and rice fields up into the mountains to the rainforested slopes of Batukaru volcano, home to impressive Pura Luhur Batukaru, which you’ll explore on a guided tour. A drive through Bali’s most spectacular rice terraces around UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jatiluwih follows, before you arrive at Bedugul, located 1200 meters above sea level. We’ll stop at Beratan Lake to visit beautiful Ulun Danu Temple, which sits in the middle of the lake, and have a buffet lunch in the tropical gardens. On our route back, we’ll head to a colourful local market so you can experience the buzz of local life and then look around a traditional Balinese family compound, which has a distinctive design, for an insightful end to the day.

• Departing daily from your chosen Bali hotel
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
We recommend bringing a light jacket or jumper and long trousers as it can get cool in the mountains.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 7am
End time: 4pm