Cruise the mighty Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis on an authentic paddle wheeler. Take in the sights, sounds, southern culture and history of the American Civil War as you meander along. Your journey begins in New Orleans where you will enjoy a taste and flavour of the city’s vibrant music scene and fabulous Cajun and Creole cuisine.
Join Joanne Page on this exploration of Argentinian culture, scenery and wildlife. Starting at spectacular Iguassu Falls, a natural wonder of the world, explore both sides and go in search of shy wildlife in the surrounding tropical forest. Travel to sophisticated Buenos Aires, with its grand colonial architecture, Latin passion and thriving arts scene. Continue south to the remote wilderness of UNESCO-protected Los Glaciares National Park, to discover the magnificent Perito Moreno and Upsala glaciers.
For anyone with an interest in wildlife, and rainforest wildlife in particular, the Bornean rainforest is one of the most ecologically diverse habitats to explore. On this journey through the rainforests you will discover a wide range of plant and animal species, including the elusive wild orangutan. You will also enjoy a rare opportunity to meet the indigenous communities who have made the rainforest their home for millennia, and whose active involvement is so vital to its future survival. The Matang Wildlife Centre is a particular highlight of this trip.
A compact country full of delightful contrasts, South Korea’s juxtaposition of ancient tradition and fast-paced modernity make it truly unique. Travel in the company of Professor James B Lewis, Associate Professor of Korean History at Oxford University, on a journey exploring this incredible country. From tranquil Buddhist temples and UNESCO-listed fortresses, tombs and villages, to shimmering Seoul, South Korea’s economic powerhouse, you will discover the country’s culture and traditions, kept alive through its traditional music, poetry, religion and dance.
Explore Indonesia and enjoy an opportunity to discover its incredible landscapes and diverse cultures. Your journey takes you to Java, Sulawesi and Bali. You will enjoy walks in the foothills of volcanoes and across rice terraces, as well as excursions to some of Indonesia’s most beautiful towns and temples. Visits to Gadjah Madah University in Yogya and an Islamic educational institution will also provide a unique opportunity to discuss the views and aspirations of Indonesia’s younger generation with staff and students.
Explore and experience hidden China on this journey that takes you from the lush jungle lowlands of Laos, through the hills of Yunnan Province, to the spectacular snow-capped mountains of Tibet. From endless rice paddies, luscious jungles and misty mountains, tea plantations, glittering Buddhist temples and colourful markets, you will discover the history and culture of these three very distinct regions.
Discover the architecture and artistic traditions of Sri Lanka through the eyes of Cambridge-educated, Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa (1919–2003). Considered the creator of tropical modernism, Bawa was the most influential Asian architect of his generation. He was responsible for reviving an interest in indigenous materials and crafts, and left behind an inspiring legacy of contemporary buildings. This unique tour places Bawa and his work in context as you explore the art and architecture of the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial periods, through to present-day Sri Lanka.
Locked away in the wilderness of the Himalayas, on the very edge of the Tibetan plateau, lies the ancient kingdom of Mustang. After decades of isolation its borders are now open, and this is your opportunity to explore this spectacular land and learn about its history, customs and traditions. The trek passes through open valleys, deep ravines, desert canyons, grasslands with white-walled villages, and ancient cave homes, all set against the magnificent backdrop of the soaring snow-capped Himalayan peaks.
Join Zara Fleming, an independent art consultant, researcher and exhibition curator who has specialist knowledge of Buddhist art, on a cultural exploration of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutan has preserved its unique traditions in a way that is unheard of in the modern world. Since the 1970s, it has pursued a policy of Gross National Happiness, which requires the protection and promotion of cultural values and the natural environment. You will discover Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage first-hand, by immersing yourself in the living arts and traditions of the Himalayas.
The ancient Silk Road was not just a single route, but a vast network of roads stretching from Xi’an to the Eastern Mediterranean. It passes through spectacular cities and tiny hamlets, and through forbidding mountains, vast open steppes and hot deserts. Explore the lost cities, marvel at the great artistic achievements and discover the magic and beauty of these ancient routes with Dr Jamie Greenbaum. Trip scholar, Dr Greenbaum will reveal that the Silk Road was not simply a highway for trade; it was also the main East West artery for the flow of ideas.