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.

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

Ang Thong Marine Park By Kayak

This engaging full-day adventure in Ang Thong National Marine Park, to the east of Koh Samui, is the ideal chance to hone your kayaking skills in breathtaking surroundings. You’ll begin at Koh Mae Kok, hopping into your kayak to paddle along the coast, passing hidden coves, tiny beaches and towering limestone cliffs. The island’s real treasure, though, is inland, reached by an exhilarating short hike through dense rainforest and narrow ravines: the spectacular Green Lagoon, an emerald-green saltwater lake surrounded by mountains. After that, lunch on board the boat is a welcome opportunity to just sit back, enjoy the food and soak up the views. Next, you’ll cruise slowly north to another idyllic island, Koh Thai Plao, for your final stop. Here you can do more kayaking, snorkel over a coral reef or just relax until it’s time to return to Koh Samui.

• Departs on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
Even with factor 50, it’s easy to get too much sun when you’re kayaking, so a rash vest like the ones surfers wear is ideal if you think you might burn.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 7.15pm
End time: 5pm

Ang Thong Marine Park By Yacht

Discover the breathtaking vistas of Ang Thong National Park in style from aboard a boutique yacht that holds no more than 30 passengers. Cruising east from Koh Samui, you’ll reach Koh Mae Kok where the vessel will moor in a sheltered spot that’s perfect for a quick invigorating swim. Refreshed, you’ll climb the steps to a viewpoint from where there’s an Instagram-worthy panorama of the island’s hidden secret - a dazzlingly green inland lake fringed by mountains - and a scattering of craggy islets on the horizon. A lunch to savour, with the breathtaking backdrop adding to the experience, is served as the yacht glides towards a remote beach on Koh Wua Talap. Here you can sunbathe, take a leisurely dip or keep a lookout for the rare pink dolphins and Bryde’s whales that are sometimes spotted here before the return journey at sunset to Koh Samui.

• Departs on Tuesday and Thursday
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
Kayaking or snorkelling are not included in this tour; these can be done on the Ang Thong Marine Park By Kayak experience.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 6pm

Angkor Wat in a Day with Helicopter Flight

This is the ultimate way to explore Angkor Wat, with a trio of outstanding experiences: a tour of Angkor Archaeological Park, a sunset cocktail cruise and a scenic helicopter flight over the temples. You’ll get to explore 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. After lunch, Angkor Wat awaits. First you’ll get up close to the temple on a walking tour, then you’ll gain an understanding of the scale of this colossal complex on a thrilling eight-minute helicopter flight and appreciate the expanse of the grand moat and Western Baray. After this bucket-list adventure, slow the pace with a sunset cruise across the Tonlé Sap lake. This is the beating heart of Cambodia and you can watch local life unfold as you pass fishermen, working boats and floating villages. Relax and watch the sun sink into the horizon as you toast an unforgettable day with cocktails and canapés on board.

• 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

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

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 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.

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.

• Departing daily 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 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 The Mekong Delta

Swap the noise of the city for the peace of the countryside - and get a little gentle exercise - on a private bicycle tour through the serene Mekong Delta. On arrival in the area, you’ll have a chance to soak up the slower pace of life here at a village café while your bicycles are prepared, before setting off on a relaxed pedal along quiet rural lanes flanked by rice paddies, orchards and fields of vegetables. The whole place is crisscrossed by waterways, so one minute you might be cycling on a bankside path past a floating market selling local produce and fish, and the next, hopping on a tiny ferry packed with friendly locals. You’ll pass through charming country towns and sleepy villages, pause at a small shop where they make traditional woven mats, and tour a nearby cocoa plantation. After lunch, featuring Delta dishes made with fresh local ingredients served on the leafy terrace of a private home, you’ll swap two wheels for a small boat and a leisurely cruise through some of the region’s sleepy canals, before being collected for the return to Saigon.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
There’s a support van during the cycling part of the trip, making it suitable for all ages. Helmets are also provided.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 7am
End time: 5pm

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

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 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

Hoi An Street Food By Bike (from Hoi An or Danang)

Grazing your way through Hoi An and the surrounding area is a fascinating way to delve into the region’s distinctive food culture. On this half-day private bicycle tour, you’ll try some of the region’s favourite dishes and learn the story behind them, as well as seeing the countryside around Hoi An. You’ll get a taste of the nation’s favourite sandwich, banh mi, made with mini baguettes and a host of delicious fillings, and help gather herbs in a rural garden for a popular home-style noodle dish that’s part soup, part salad. You’ll visit a family-run eatery in town to try a local delicacy - banh xeo, a type of rice pancake - and join the residents in one of the many tiny riverside restaurants for Hoi An-style grilled dishes and some delightful views of the UNESCO-listed historic quarter. Dessert and tea or coffee in a more tranquil spot is the perfect way to round off the culinary adventure.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
This trip is suitable for those over the age of 6. 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: 3.45pm
End time: 8pm

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 Phangan Cruise

A cruise on a traditional Burmese “junk” sailing boat is a memorable way to spend a day exploring the beauties of Koh Samui’s laidback neighbour, Koh Phangan. Three times a week, the characterful wooden Chantara heads off to some of the island’s loveliest spots, such as Koh Ma reef; blessed with crystal-clear waters, it’s a top snorkelling destination, and there’s a dizzying abundance of underwater colour and life, from tropical fish to sea anemones. After a Thai-style buffet lunch, the Chantara stops at Thong Nai Pan beach where you can relax with a cooling drink, maybe have a massage, and appreciate the tranquillity of this secluded bay. As the journey back to Koh Samui begins, you’ll have a final opportunity to soak up the natural beauty of the island’s rugged coastline, stunning coves and deserted beaches - and maybe take just a few more photos.

• Operates on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
Bring plenty of sun cream, but snorkelling gear and towels are provided.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 10.30am
End time: 6pm

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 Jeep Safari

See a side of Koh Samui that most visitors don’t even know exists on this adventure-filled safari by all-terrain 4x4. The imaginative itinerary includes a mix of headline destinations and off-the-beaten-track gems that even the locals rarely get to. You’ll stop to admire the 12-metre-high gilded statue of Buddha at Wat Phra Yai - a real island landmark - and the mummified body of a monk in a glass display case at Wat Khunaram. But you’ll also make two visits to the majestic waterfalls at Na Muang - once to splash in the pools at the bottom and later to take in the striking outlook from the top - and follow sandy tracks to a stunning viewpoint only insiders know about. You’ll discover a verdant secret Buddha garden high in the hills, from where you can see for miles, and find that even lunch comes with stunning views.

• Operates Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The trip is suitable for all, but the path to the waterfall is quite steep, so wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and carry your belongings in a backpack to leave your hands free.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 4.30pm

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

Koh Tao Snorkelling

Set in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao is a magnet for scuba divers thanks to the extraordinary range of marine life in its limpid waters, and it’s also a special spot for snorkelling. Sailing there on a sleek catamaran, you’ll have a couple of hours to enjoy the warm sea breezes before you reach Koh Tao, whose name means “Turtle Island”. At your first snorkelling stop, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the amazing underwater world, gazing down on vibrant coral reefs teeming with colourful sea creatures of all shapes and sizes, from tiny clownfish to rainbow-hued parrotfish and the occasional passing turtle. You’ll be served a Thai-style lunch on board as you sail to your second incredible snorkelling venue of the day, where you’ll have a final opportunity to spot some of the more elusive creatures that live here before heading back to Koh Samui.

• Departures on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The tour is not recommended for children under the age of six.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 5pm

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

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

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’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
• Group 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

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

Siem Reap Street Food by Vespa

Uncover some of the best food spots in town on this mouth-watering foodie adventure, which mixes upmarket eateries with local food stalls. Siem Reap’s lively street food scene is best experienced in the evening, when the town lights up and the scent of spices fill the air. You’ll start off with cocktails at one of the sleekest spots in town, before hopping on the back of a vespa to cruise through the busy streets and get introduced to the many sides of Khmer cuisine. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the street markets, you’ll get to try some classic Khmer dishes, washed down with fusion cocktails. There’ll also be the chance to try exotic fruits – and fried bugs.

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

Good to know
As you’ll be riding on the back of a vespa, this experience is for over 16s only.

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 6pm
End time: 10pm

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

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 table high above 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

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

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 (Nha Trang)

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