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Top Trip Memories

  • Walking the Great Wall of China at dawn.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, resources, and patience.
  • 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, and can be experienced more authentically with the right tour operator who helps you get away from the tourist traps
  • River cruise trips are becoming increasingly popular in east Asia, especially in China (Yangtze), Vietnam and Cambodia (Mekong) and Myanmar (Irrawaddy) and are excellent options for those a bit intimidated about getting too up close with Asia yet still experiencing much of its beauty
  • Some Asian countries may be known trouble spots with active military or political conflict (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

4.8 out of 5

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20,738 Reviews

  • Excellent 15,921
  • Great 4,610
  • Average 149
  • Disappointing 42
  • Terrible 16

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.8
  • Guide
    4.8
  • Activities
    4.8
  • Lodging
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  • Transportation
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  • Meals
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Tour Reviews

Hidden Treasures of Jordan

Hidden Treasures of Jordan

3.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Tour arrangements (meeting us at airport and transfer to airport at end of trip were good)
We did not receive an updated itinerary-weren't prepared to check out Days Inn first day of tour
Issa our tour was barely adequate. Difficult to understand, pronunciation very poor. Information about sites was garbled and mostly wrong. Was constantly collecting money for side trips, dinners , and tips for drivers, etc. No receipts or paperwork so quite mysterious. At end of tour collected money for water on bus which is usually free.
Petra

not very good.

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Hidden Treasures of Jordan

Hidden Treasures of Jordan

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A fast paced tour of an amazing country. Every day brought a new revelation that was better than the last.
Visit Petra, the site is huge and around every corner there is something amazing to see. Petra at night was fabulous and so different from seeing the site in the day time. Watching the stars at Wadi Rum was a magical experience.

Issa was fabulous. He was so passionate about his country and could not do enough for us, to ensure we saw the best and enjoyed ourselves.

There are a lot of steps ( 857 each way to fhe Monastery), so take lots of water

In a region in turmoil Jordan is safe and a great place to visit, with friendly people.

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Hidden Treasures of Jordan

Hidden Treasures of Jordan

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
This was a memorable trip and we really feel we have seen and experienced Jordan.
Hiking around Petra far surpassed our expectations. It was great to have two days there with lots of time after the group hiking tours to explore on our own. Swimming in the Dead Sea was also wonderful.

Perhaps a simple lunches could be included. We didn't really like the pricey tourist restaurants where we were taken for lunch and there were no easy alternatives.

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UZBEKISTAN UNCOVERED

Uzbekistan Uncovered

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Surpassed all expectations. This was an 11 day escorted tour across Uzbekistan, following the silk road.
The historical monuments were stunning. The sheer scale and colour was breathtaking. There was a nice mix of seeing the old alongside the new.

I can't speak highly enough of our tour leader Dilshod. Nothing was too much trouble. His knowledge of Uzbekistan history was incredible. He was helpful, informative and a real pleasure to have with us.

Take a raincoat as we had a couple of cooler wet days. Tea is the national drink, taken without milk. If you enjoy coffee or milk take your own.
The sun can be quite strong so take sun cream.
All the hotels had wifi, although it could be very intermittent. Alcohol was widely available and very cheap, even in restaurants.

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Cherry Blossom and so much more in Japan

Ancient & Modern Japan

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
We had high expectations for our visit to Japan for the Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season and they were exceeded. Not only did we get to see the beautiful blossom but also the old Japanese streets of Kyoto, dancing Geisha, the spring fair in Takayama, snow monkeys bathing and so much more.
We got to stay in a traditional ryokan with great dining which was a great Japanese experience. Over and above the standard tour, our group leader also arranged on our free days to see Mount Fuji (wonderful view from Lake Ashi) and the sumo wrestlers training.
We've been back a week and still processing all the wonderful experiences.
There were so many but four that come to mind are:
- being in Takayama for the spring fair and seeing all of the giant shrines (yatai) in all their glory.
- coming into Tsumago from the old Japanese Nakasendo highway. Like stepping back in time.
- snow monkeys bathing in the hot springs.
- a fantastic view of Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi (after not expecting any view at all!)

Ayaka was absolutely fantastic, organising everything wonderfully and going above and beyond on our free days to ensure everybody saw what they wanted. She even came with us to Mount Fuji on one of our free days in Tokyo and what a difference it made (not only did we see the mountain from a perfect viewpoint, she also took us down the Tokaido highway, arranged a presentation at the secret box shop and made sure we caught the pirate boat across the lake). You could tell that she really wanted to make sure everybody had the perfect trip.

Make sure to pack sturdy walking shoes as you will be on your feet a lot if you want to see everything this wonderful country has to offer.
Assume you will be paying cash for everything and get the money before you go as ATMs accepting foreign cards are not prevalent. You can pay a little by credit card in Tokyo and Kyoto but, in general, everything is paid for in cash.

Try and go in the cherry blossom season as it is stunning. If we went back, it would probably be in the autumn as we saw photos which looked fantastic with the red acers.

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Asia Trips & Tour Advice

By far the world’s largest continent, Asia is as diverse as it is large. China, Siberia, Nepal and Jordan are all parts of Asia, as are Sri Lanka, Iran, Mongolia and Dubai. So a trip to Asia can encompass many regions, cultures, religions – and decisions. Given its size and breadth, taking a guided tour can be an efficient way to experience a taste of Asia. Stride can help sort it all out for you – from Indonesia to India to Israel, Asia is varied, intriguing, and endlessly fascinating.

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 and exotic 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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China, India, Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, North Korea, Nepal, Bhutan,  Malaysia, Philippines, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Krygyzstan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Georgia

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Great Wall,China; Taj Mahal,India; Angkor Wat, Cambodia; Halong Bay, Vietnam; Mount Everest, Nepal; and  Many More

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