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Top Trip Memories

  • Walking the Great Wall of China at dawn.
  • Visiting the old biblical city of Jerusalem in Israel followed by a side trip to Petra, the 2,000-year-old red-rock city, in nearby Jordan.
  • Gazing in awe at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
  • Exploring the ruins of Temple Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
  • Cruising Vietnam's gorgeous Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 3,000 islets
  • Marveling at the skilled horsemen at a festival in Mongolia.
  • Riding the Trans-Siberian Express train from Vladivostok to Moscow.
  • Viewing the sights of Bangkok, Thailand, from the water on a canal boat.
  • Experiencing two worlds in super-modern and colonial Shanghai, China.
  • Skiing (indoors) in the fantasy-like desert sheikdom of Dubai.
  • Getting some R&R on the lush island of Bali, Indonesia.
  • Hiking the Himalayan foothills and wandering the bazaars of Kathmandu in Nepal.
  • Touring the many Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Kyoto, Japan.
  • Taking an exotic Irrawaddy River cruise through newly opened-up Myanmar (Burma).
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Tour Tips

  • Asia is particularly well suited to taking guided tours, especially since travel in China, India and many other countries can be chaotic and confusing for non-natives.
  • Don’t try to tackle too much of Asia in one trip, unless you have unlimited time and resources.
  • Countries that deserve their own special trips include China, Japan, India, Thailand, Mongolia, Nepal, and Israel – though you could say the same about many others as well.
  • Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore) is a favorite emerging destination, worth at least two separate trips. 
  • River cruise trips are becoming increasingly popular in east Asia, especially in China (Yangtze), Vietnam and Cambodia (Mekong) and Myanmar (Irrawaddy). 
  • Some Asian countries are current war zones or trouble spots (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan), but it is possible to arrange tours to some unexpected places, such as Iran, Kurdish Iraq -- even North Korea.
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Asia Travel Reviews & Ratings

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Land of the Tiger

Land of the Tiger

February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Wow! what an fantastic experience, just the right balance of safaris and leisure time. Our guide Vijay was excellent, nothing was too much trouble for him, he even managed to book an extra game drive for us.
Seeing Tigers in the wild is very exciting, we saw 9 tigers and a leopard over 16 game drives plus numerous other animals.

Vijay was really excellent

It was very cold in the mornings in February. Getting up at 5am and sitting in an open top jeep requires layers of clothing, the lodges provide blankets but you need hat, scarf and gloves plus a warm coat!
The train journey was "intresting" I personally was dreading it but actually it was quite fun, we were on the train around 14 hours, when we got to Agra we had plenty of time to shower and get changed before the afternoon visit to Agra fort and the Taj Mahal.

If you love wildlife this is a holiday not to be missed, highly recommended

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Sri Lanka's Whales with Paul Goldstein

February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A week spent in the prescence of a dying breed, that was finicky, inspiring and at times quite marvellous. Enough of Paul and onto the Tigers. A week spent in the prescence of a dying breed, that was finicky, inspiring and at times quite marvellous. Spectacular scenery, good food and excellent leadership along with doing something uselful for the community in Tala.
We went to the local school that Exodus supports and seeing the joy on the children's faces when they were presented with pencils, pens and basic calculators that the group had donated.
Seeing a family of tigers in the bush for the first time.  Seeing another tiger, meaning that there was still more than one tiger left and the hope that that would always be the case.
Having the alpha male tiger walk alongside the car for about 10 minutes.
Watching the sun rise and the sun set on the Taj Mahal - we added an extra couple of days to this trip.

See summary for Paul! Brilliant team leader who gets the group together and spurs you on to get good images and enjoy the moment. Also very good at giving advice (whether needed or not!) on practical photographic technique and processing
 Bavinder was quietly efficient in the background dealing with the unmitigating, trivial Indian paperwork requirements. When my wife was ill, he was very caring and considerate. he made an excellent partner to Paul.
 Our Driver (Gagan?) in Agra and Delhi was a really good driver with lots of help and information and a cheery personality. He finioshed off our trip really nicely.

Very good laundry at the lodge so don't need to take huge amounts of clothes. Take a long lens instead of clothes, 500mm if you can, because the tigers aren't always as close as lions etc can be on other safaris. Take decent blowup cushion for overnight train.  Also take Immodium despite good quality food in lodges etc! 
When in Delhi (if you take extra days) be careful of ANYONE who offers you advice when walking about sightseeing.

Go see the tigers before the Indian government decides that you can't.
If you've not been to Agra, add it on, it really is worthwhile- after all, you are going past the place!

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Sri Lanka's Whales with Paul Goldstein

February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A great trip if seeing animals in their natural environment is for you. The whole experience was enjoyable and memorable.
The first sighting of a tiger and the realisation that it was really possible to see them in their natural environment. We were incredibly fortunate to have nine individual tiger sightings. How lucky were we!

Paul is definitely the full deal, very high energy. He really wanted everyone to have a great experience and did everything possible to ensure that this happened. Balvinder was a perfect foil to Paul, calmly organising the details to enable the action to happen.
Together they made a great team.

Pack appropriate shoes for playing cricket!
Be patient with beaurocracy at the Tala gate, it's all part of the experience.

The trip was great fun for several reasons. Obviously the tigers and other wildlife were a highlights, the accommodation was excellent, as was the food. We enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers, with lots of laughs. We'll remember the experience with enormous fondness. The cricket and school visit were important parts of the trip also.

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Sri Lanka's Whales with Paul Goldstein

February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A fantastic expedition. Out of 11 game drives we saw tigers on 7 occassions and only on the last half day did we not see one. We had 3 sighting from the back of an elephant. The bird life was also great. Need we say more? The overnight train journeys were interesting!
There were many inspirational moments on this trip: watching a tiger eat a cow, which had strayed into the park, from back of an elephant; succeeding in capturing an unblurred picture of a blue roller bird in flight; watching a tiger arrive at a water hole after waiting patiently for about an hour. etc. 

Paul Goldstein may make Zaphod Beeblebrox appear self effacing but he certainly gets the results and does his best to ensure that his clients do as well! Don't expect a quiet life if he's your leader because his mantra is "do the time at the coal face and the rewards will follow". It works!

Take plenty of stuff like Medi-wipes for the journey and drink plenty of bottled water. Take lots of memory cards for the camera, preferably an SLR.

Go for it!

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Sri Lanka's Whales with Paul Goldstein

February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
This was my vist to India and my first opportunity to see and photograph tigers in the wild.     My first sighting was magical but my second was absolutely fantastic - not just a sighting but a photographic opportunity that was something to die for.     And more followed.    A trip that came without guarantees of sightings - but which delivered more than I dared hope.    
Seeing a tiger in wild walk towards us out of the undergrowth and looking straight at us.   Magical beyond belief.

What brilliant leaders we had - Balvinder and the legendary Paul Goldstein.    Balvinder is a real gentleman, gentle, kind, focussed, hard working and informative - nothing was too much trouble.   Paul is - well Paul - consistently enthusiastic, committed, manic and full of energy.      They both made sure everyone in the group was looked after well.     Their commitment to the tigers - 'Worth More Alive' - matched their commitment to the local communities and their commitment to all the participants on the trip.     Paul I know from previous trips but this was the first time I have met Balvinder and enjoyed his leadership.

To enjoy this trip you need to be passionate about Tigers - and about them being protected in the wild.     You need to enjoy spending hours and hours looking for and appreciating wildlife and to enjoy the company of people with similar passions.    And of course it helps if you enjoy photography.

Thanks you Exodus - and Paul and Balvinder - for a trip that surpassed my hopes and expectations.     Tigers are indeed 'Worth More Alive'.       

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Asia Trips & Tour Advice

Asia – whose land mass of more than 17 million square miles is more than four times that of Europe – incorporates so many different nations and cultures that it can be hard to grasp its depth and breadth. Asia is also changing rapidly: industrializing, digitizing, globalizing, and modernizing to sometimes the nth degree while still retaining, in many places, its pastoral charms. Still, it’s good to go sooner than later to see aspects of the old Asia along with the new.

Do you start with fast-developing China, the world’s most populous nation, where million-plus cities seem to spring up overnight? From world icons like the Great Wall and Beijing’s Forbidden City to ultra-hip Shanghai and teeming Hong Kong (a special administrative region), it tops many travelers’ wish lists. Or do you opt for the temples, pulsating cities and culinary delights of Japan and Korea?

Southeast Asia Calling

Perhaps a Southeast Asia sojourn is at hand. Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are home to architectural treasures ranging from Bangkok’s Royal Palace to the grand ruins of Cambodia’s Temple Angkor Wat and Indonesia’s ninth-century temple Borobudur. Southeast Asia’s beaches, cuisines and surviving rural cultures and landscapes are all traveler favorites, while river cruising on the Mekong and Irrawaddy are hot tickets.

India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka form another fascinating region. While India can be chaotic (a perfect destination for a guided tour), an early-morning boat ride on the Ganges in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi or a visit to Agra’s Taj Mahal are never-to-be-forgotten experiences. Nepal is the ultimate high for Himalayan trekkers, while Bhutan serves up bliss amid the mountain peaks. Sri Lanka is emerging from years of civil strife to display its lush, peaceful side.

The Ancient Silk Route

Much of Russia – from the Ural Mountains to eastern Siberia – lies in Asia, as does Mongolia, land of yurts and horsemen. Central Asia is a vast expanse of “stans”: Uzbekistan’s Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent were pillars along the old nomadic Silk Route from China. The ancient Babylonian and Persian empires live on in modern-day Iraq and Iran – an option for adventurous travelers. Parts of the Middle East are also troubled, though the United Arab Emirates – with its star attraction, Dubai -- and some other areas of the exotic Arabian Peninsula still beckon (even Saudi Arabia is starting to open up to non-Islamic tourism).

Israel and Jordan are at peace, offering the opportunity to visit both ancient Jerusalem and nearby Petra, Jordan’s wondrous rock city. Much of Turkey lies in Asia as well – including the unique cave dwellings of Cappadocia and the beaches of the Turkish Riviera.

While a quick overview can barely scratch the surface of Asian travel, Stride can ease the confusion with our easy-to-use comparison tools. After sizing up our plentiful offerings of guided tours, river cruises and active vacation packages, you can then decide which Asian region is the best fit for you. And chances are you’ll want to return again and again to sample more of all the cultural and adventurous discoveries that Asia has in store.

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