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Asia - Best Tours & Trips 2019

3,843 trips to Asia tours from 383 tour companies. 7,561 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
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.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Wonders of China & the Yangtze River

Collette
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 200 / day
$ 3,199
From : $ 3,935
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Savor traditional Chinese food including dumplings, noodles and Peking Duck.
  • Share lunch with a local family in their Hutong home.
  • Partake in a traditional tea ceremony.
  • Take your seat at an amazing acrobatics show.
  • All aboard the Maglev train - reach speeds over 260 miles per hour!
  • Interact with China’s national treasure at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.
  • Walk on the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall.
  • Explore Old Town Shanghai and tranquil Yuyuan Garden.
  • Take a relaxing 4-night upstream cruise on the Yangtze River.
Visits:
Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shanghai, Xian, China
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Central Asia Journey

World Expeditions
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14 days
$ 207 / day
$ 2,899
From : $ 4,059
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Explore historic Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan
  • Discover the ancient walled city of Khiva, a World Heritage Site
  • Journey to Registan Square and take in the minarets and medressas in Samarkand
  • Venture to the medieval city of Bukhara and enjoy memorable sightseeing
  • Marvel at the impressive archaeological site of Merv
Visits:
Bukhara, Samarkand, Silk Road, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
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Discover Southeast Asia

G Adventures
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18 days
$ 217 / day
$ 3,999
From : $ 4,796
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a traditional khantoke dinner in a rural village
  • Enjoy a visit and talk with a monk at wat suan dok temple
  • Have lunch at a training restaurant for disadvantaged youth
  • Witness an outstanding performance at phare (the cambodian circus)
  • Take thrilling cyclo rides for a different perspective in bustling cities
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Cu Chi Tunnels, Killing Fields, Phnom Penh , Saigon, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
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Japan Biking

Butterfield & Robinson
Preferred
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8 days
$ 1,037 / day
$ 9,495
From : $ 10,824
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Visit the Asaichi
  • Drive through the awakening streets of Nanao to the island of Noto
  • Ride back in time through sleepy fishing villages and past lush forests
  • Explore the beautiful gardens of Kanazawa
  • Experience fabulous Bike ride through the winding mountains before exploring an amazing Buddhist temple.
Visits:
Kanazawa, Kyoto, Tokyo, Japan
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Mysteries of India

Collette
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 187 / day
$ 2,799
From : $ 3,443
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Sit down for a home-hosted dinner and observe daily life inside the old city.
  • Revel in an interactive cooking demonstration followed by dinner.
  • Spend two nights in Varanasi, India’s holiest city.
  • Stand in awe of the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony.
  • Ascend by jeep to the top of Amber Fort.
  • See the Taj Mahal at sunrise.
  • Experience two game drives in Ranthambore National Park.
  • Explore Old Delhi's narrow streets by rickshaw.
Visits:
Agra, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Udaipur, Varanasi, India
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Three Gorges Highlights: Chongqing to Yichang

Victoria Cruises
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4 days
$ 245 / day
$ 980
From : $ 1,323
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Chongqing, the “Mountain City”
  • Visit Shibaozhai and Fengdu’s “Ghost City”
  • Explore The Three Gorges.
Visits:
Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, China
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Central Asia Explorer

Intrepid Travel
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17 days
$ 186 / day
$ 3,240
From : $ 4,266
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Central Asia is a fascinating and unique mix of ancient Silk Road culture, Soviet influence and striving to redefine nations post independence. Geographically and for a time historically, it is the real centre of Asia
  • The much-photographed Registan in Samarkand is one of the true pinnacles of Islamic architecture. You'll be wowed by the scale, grandeur and beauty of the monuments to iconic figures such as Tamerlane and the Persian influenced madressas, mosques and mausoleums
  • Experience for yourself the legend that is Central Asian hospitality – there's really nothing like being welcomed into a local home or yurt for a meal, chatting with stall holders at bazaars or simply marvelling at the sights alongside locals
  • Kyrgyzstans mountains are its monuments and its majesty. The landscapes here will stay with you long after the journey is over
  • Marvel at the beautiful Song Kol Lake, where in mid-summer you may see flocks of sheep, goats and herds of horses watched over by nomadic herdsmen and their families
  • Stay overnight in a yurt lakeside and live like the locals have for centuries in these portable, felt lined traditional tents
  • Reflect on the important role horses have played in the traditional Kyrgyz nomadic life style while witnessing horseback sports like odarysh (wrestling on horseback), tiyin-enish (where riders try to pick up coins at full gallop) or kok-baru (goat polo)
Visits:
Bukhara, Samarkand, Silk Road, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
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Georgia: Land Of Myths And Mountains

Wild Frontiers Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 212 / day
$ 1,910
From : $ 2,349
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit to the historic old town of Tbilisi
  • See Troglodyte cave towns of Vardzia & Uplistsikhe
  • Enjoy Homestays with Georgian families
  • More UNESCO sites than you can shake a stick at
  • The remote desert monastery complex at Davit Gareja
Visits:
Tbilisi, Georgia
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The Hidden World of Laos

Myths and Mountains
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14 days
$ 241 / day
$ 3,375
From : $ 4,151
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Luang Prabang
  • Visit Kouang Si Falls
  • Enjoy Boat ride to Don Det and Don Khone
  • Visit Pratuxai Park and enjoy sunset
Visits:
Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Laos
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Road to Phnom Penh

Topdeck
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 142 / day
$ 2,124
From : $ 2,867
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Pak Ou Caves
  • Visit Wat Rong Khun & the Golden Triangle
  • Guided tour of Bangkok
  • Visit Angkor Wat at sunrise
  • Almsgiving ceremony in Luang Prabang
  • Bangkok street eats tour via tuk tuk
  • Mekong River boat cruise
  • Visit Angkor Wat at sunrise
  • Street eats tuk-tuk tour in Bangkok
  • Guided trishaw tour in Chiang Mai
  • Visit Wat Rong Khun
  • Cruise the Mekong River
  • Join an almsgiving ceremony in Luang Prabang
Visits:
Phnom Penh , Angkor Wat, Bangkok, Killing Fields, Mekong River , Siem Reap, Ta Prohm, Luang Prabang, Chiang Mai, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
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Cycle South Korea

Explore!
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 306 / day
$ 3,370
From : $ 4,550
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Off the beaten track cycling - Enjoy the landscapes, flavours and character of rural Korea
    • Jeju - Explore the historic and volcanic sites of Jeju Island, home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites
    • Coastal riding - Beautiful landscapes and fishing villages of Jeju Island and South Korea's eastern coastline
    • Gyeongju - Ancient Korean capital, filled with atmospheric temples, ponds and historic treasures
    • Delicious local food - Enjoy healthy Korean cuisine with locally sourced ingredients
    • Local Markets - Wander the crab markets and seafood restaurants in the small fishing town of Yeongdeok
    • Seoul - South Korea's present-day capital, one of the world's great and fast-changing modern metropolises
    Visits:
    Seoul, South Korea
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    Highlight - The Golden Triangle

    Evaneos
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    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    11 days
    $ 116 / day
    $ 1,040
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Visits:
    Kathmandu, Nepal
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    Japan - Cultural Odyssey

    Discover Corps
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 599 / day
    $ 4,795
    From : $ 10,189
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
    Highlights
    • Experience the dazzling lights and sounds of the famous Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo
    • Marvel at breathtaking Mt. Fuji from Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
    • Take a class in sushi-making and the ancient art of calligraphy
    • Bike around the traditional gardens of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto
    • Stay in a traditional Japanese “ryokan” style inn
    Visits:
    Hakone, Mount Fuji, Osaka, Tokyo, Japan
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    Tibet Ganden Samye Trek

    World Expeditions
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    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    16 days
    $ 224 / day
    $ 3,590
    From : $ 5,026
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
    Physical Level : High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Experience Buddhist culture on a trek across the high Tibetan Plateau
    • Explore the magnificent Ganden and Samye Monasteries
    • Discover the sites of Lhasa, including Potala, former home of the Dalai Lama
    • Visit the sites of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath in Kathmandu
    Visits:
    Kathmandu, Lhasa, Tibet
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    Everest Adventure – 10 Days

    10 days
    $ 117 / day
    $ 1,170
    From : $ 1,580
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla
    • Experience Sherpa culture and life style of mountain people in the heart of the Himalayas
    • Visiting the Tengboche Monastery
    • Amazing views of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Amadablam and many other snowy peaks
    Visits:
    Chitwan National Park, Himalayas, Kathmandu, Mount Everest, Nepal
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    Top Asia Experiences and Attractions

    Top Asia Experiences

    Walking the Great Wall of China at dawn

    Exploring the sprawling Cambodian city of Angkor Wat and all its many temples

    Marveling at the beauty of Ha long Bay in Vietnam, an UNESCO World Heritage Site with 3,000 islets

    Observing the Naadam Festival in Mongolia

    Experiencing the famous nightlife and hustle and bustle of Bangkok in Thailand

    Relaxing on the serene island of Bali

    Hiking the Himalayan foothills and wandering the bazaars of Kathmandu in Nepal

    Wandering around calming Buddhist Temples in Japan

    Taking an exotic Irrawaddy River cruise 

    Enjoying the colorful city of Tokyo, Japan

    Experiencing two worlds in super-modern and colonial Shanghai, China.

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    Asia Trip Reviews

    7,561 Asia Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

    4.7 out of 5
    Excellent 5,769
    Great 1,549
    Average 152
    Disappointing 52
    Terrible 39
    Value
    4.7
    Guide
    4.7
    Activities
    4.7
    Lodging
    4.7
    Transportation
    4.7
    Meals
    4.7

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    Luggage Handling and follow up

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    First cruise, ever! We did a land & sea journey to Alaska through Holland America Line. This is not a review of the trip (which was great!) so much as how HAL handled our complaints of damaged luggage. My sister's luggage arrived at our Yukon hotel with the latch broken, her clothes spilling out. She filed a report. We discovered damage to a corner of my husband's luggage at the departing airport. Too late to do a report...but HAL's property claims were wonderful, in particular, Mr. Scott Gerstl, who even called me to clarify details. He was empathetic and kind. We were reimbursed for both pieces of luggage.

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    Operator Holland America Line

    360trip

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    It was our first tour with 360trip.in and it was a great experience. We would like to thank our Tour Manager Miss.Nicole who was there right from our landing at Malaysia till our departure at Singapore. She was very friendly, patient and humble throughout the tour. We thank 360trip.in for making our trip safe and happy.

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    Operator 2 by 2 Holidays

    Outstanding!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    We've just returned from our 12-day tour of China and there's only one adjective to describe the service of Ritz tour guides and drivers: OUTSTANDING! The five-star hotels were beyond expectations and the shows were spectacular! Thank you Ritz for a wonderful vacation....

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    Operator Ritz Tours

    Traveling with ACIS takes all the…

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Traveling with ACIS takes all the anxiety and pressure off of me and I can concentrate on enjoying the trip with my students and embracing the new adventure.

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    Operator ACIS

    Would absolutely recommend!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Had a wonderful time in Greece during Spring Break! The Tour Director was incredible, very knowledgeable, and connected well with the students on the tour.

    The trip was definitely geared towards teenagers, meaning we were on the go all the time - seeing as much as we possibly could! I can see how some adults would not enjoy the trip, because it was NOT a vacation.

    The hotels were clean and comfortable, but not anything spectacular. Perfect for what we were using them for - just to sleep! The meals fed our hungry teenagers and were tasty.

    Other reviews on this site talk about their poor experience with customer service - I didn't experience that. Everyone I spoke to was helpful and polite.

    Overall, EF provided a quality trip experience geared towards the students on the tour. As an adult, I would have preferred some things be different but I had to remember that the trip wasn't about me - it was about my student!

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    Operator EF Educational Tours

    We had a fantastic time

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    We had a fantastic time on our Best of the Caucasus tour. We loved eating with the families in Georgia and visiting the Molovan family in Armenia, definitely highlights of the trip. Our Georgian guide in particular was the best you could possibly have, giving a true insight into the country. He should be recommended for an award!

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    Operator Travel The Unknown

    Asia Tours and Travel Guide

    Asia Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    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. From Indonesia to India to Israel, Asia is varied, intriguing, and endlessly fascinating - it's difficult to know where to start.

    Countries are in Asia

    Asia is the largest continent on earth covering 30% of the world’s land. Asia is also home to 60% of humankind. The Asian continent stretches all the way from Japan in the east to Israel in the west, Indonesia in the south to Russia in the north. It includes every type of landscape and all levels of climate. However, grouping together parts of Asia can help keep it straight. 

    Asia is generally broken down into five different regions: Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Western Asia. Central Asia includes the countries around Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan; East Asia includes the countries near China and Korea, South Asia is the Indian Subcontinent and Afghanistan, Southeast Asia includes the tropical countries near Thailand and Indonesia, and Western Asia is Turkey and the region of the Middle East

    When looking for a tour to Asia, figuring out which region you want to visit should be your first option as traveling between regions of Asia can take a great deal of time and money.

    Southeast Asia Tours

    Likely the region of Asia that most people think of when they start looking for tours is Southeast Asia. With countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia, this is one region that attracts all. 

    Southeast Asia itineraries are full of stunning landscapes, historic temples, bustling cities, and laid back beaches. In each of these countries you will be able to find a wide variety of activities to enjoy like shopping through the floating markets of Vietnam, walking the hallowed temples of Angkor Wat, or enjoying a smoothie bowl in Bali. 

    While visiting Southeast Asia can be a nice reprieve from the harsh winters of Europe and North America, make sure to visit when the weather is good. Southeast Asia can get extremely warm and most of the countries have monsoon seasons that you’ll want to avoid

    Top Cities in Asia

    Each city in Asia is extremely different and has its own flavor to it. Cities in Saudi Arabia and Turkey are very different than cities in Vietnam and the Philippines. But these major hubs are often included on Asian guided tours in their own regions. 

    1. Bangkok, Thailand

    Considered one of the hubs for not only Southeast Asia but all of Asia, Bangkok is a wondrous combination of traditional Thai history, Asian culture, and modern life. Bangkok is steeped in royal Thai architecture with modern malls and business hubs and is a backpacker hub. 

    2. Moscow, Russia

    Heading to the far northern part of Asia, Moscow stands as a reminder of Imperial Russia’s former power. With its central Red Square with the Kremlin and uniquely designed St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow is a time capsule of Communist and Imperial rule. 

    3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Like many cities in Asia, Dubai originally was a small settlement and now has become a major business hub. Centered in the oil region of Asia, Dubai has grown to be an outpost for many of the world’s top companies, hotel chains, and high end products. 

    4. Udaipur, India 

    “India’s Venice” is one of the jewels of India’s northern region of Rajasthan with its combination of India life and European feel. While this region is known for its stunning forts and architecture, Udaipur stands out with its white buildings and canals centered around Lake Pichola.

    Outdoor Travel in Asia

    Asia’s landscape ranges from quite river valleys in Vietnam to the towering Himalayan Mountains in Nepal. Asia is one of the best places to get out and see Mother Nature at her finest. 

    For those looking for an adventurous holiday, there are many hiking and trekking tours to Asia. Nepal and Bhutan have some of the best outdoor and rigorous treks you can imagine and Japan is known for cycling as well. 

    Even if you aren’t going on full hiking or trekking adventures in Asia, your tour may still be considered strenuous. Many Asian countries are mountainous and some of the best sites, like the Great Wall of China, are built over the mountains and the steps are very steep. When looking into Asia tour operators double check the physical level and itinerary. 

    If you are looking for a more relaxed outdoor experience, you can check out Asian river cruises as they will take you into parts of Asia that are less developed and more connected with nature. 

    While there are some wildlife tours in Asia, much of the animals in Asia you will be able to see on normal tours. The most common animal you will see when traveling Asia, especially South and Southeast Asia, will be monkeys. Additionally, there are Asia wildlife tours to countries like Borneo that include trekking and encountering wildlife like orangutans.

    Asia Cuisine

    You can find any type of cuisine in Asia. With so many countries and different vegetation, Asia has a wide variety of food to choose from. This being said, Asia’s cuisine is tied to the different regions and countries. There are many similarities between some cuisines, but the produce and food is determined by the country. 

    In Central Asia you will find heartier dishes with meat and dairy. Much of this area has a similar cuisine to Russia with stews, stuffed breads, and Arabian flavors. 

    In Western Asia you’ll find a combination of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors as many of these countries sit on the Mediterranean Sea. Tahini, falafel, lamb, and hummus are commonly found in dishes in this region. This area of Asia is also based off of meze, or small dish meals. 

    South Asia has a large vegetarian feel as India and Sri Lanka are mostly Hindu and Hindus do not eat meat. However, cuisines of Nepal and Afghanistan use lamb and goat. Recipes of this region use strong chillies, coriander, cloves, and ghee in their dishes. Also, many of their meals are eaten with forks and spoons, but with roti or chapati (unleaved flatbread). 

    Southeast Asia is where you will find many of your curries, rice dishes, and fresh fruit. This area of Asia is often associated with East Asian cuisines, but has its own distinct flavor. These cuisines use soy sauces and spices of turmeric and lemon grass. 

    Eastern Asia dishes are based off of oils and soups along with noodles and rice. Fish sauce, fermented vegetables, dumplings, and sushi can all be found in dishes in East Asia.

    River Cruises in Asia

    A great option to see Southeast Asia, but the other Asian countries as well, is by river cruise. Many of the world's most famous rivers run through Asia including the Mekong and the Yangtze. 

    Mekong River cruises make their way through multiple countries in Southeast Asia. The river winds itself through Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Mekong River itineraries make sure to include stops of major sites on the river like Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City, while also taking you out into the backwaters of the Mekong River. 

    To see some of the best sites in China, a Yangtze River cruise is ideal. A Yangtze River cruise takes you through the famous Three Gorges where three large gorges converge on the river with stops at “The White Emperor City” and “The Ghost City.” 

    For travelers with disabilities or who have trouble getting around, note that Asian river cruises use smaller boats and dock at ports that are not at the same standards as European river cruises.

    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.

    Cultural Nuances in Asia

    For travelers coming from North America or Europe, some culture shock may be experiences when traveling in Asia. The culture and way of life in many Asian countries are very different than in places like the U.S. Different values and traditions are followed in Asia that may not be as important or observed in other countries. 

    Honor and respect are extremely important in Asian cultures. “Saving face” or respecting someone is one of the most important things in Asia. Open confrontation, criticism, or disprecting elders are highly frowned upon. However, in certain countries like China, conversations about your income and family life are fair game as these topics are valued in Chinese culture. 

    Even if you are from New York or London, you will still feel like you are cramped in many Asian countries. With 60% of the world’s population in Asia, many of the major cities are overcrowded and you will not have personal space when visiting. Along with this, if you accidentally get bumped getting off your bus or train, don’t expect an apology as you may get in the U.S., personal space and accidental bumpings are just part of life in Asia.

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    Things to Know Before You Go

    Best Time to Travel in Asia

    Pick any time of the year and you will be able to visit one part of Asia. With Asia covering so much space and a variety of landscapes, you will be able to find a time of year that fits. 

    However, some areas of Asia during certain times of the year should be avoided. It’s recommended that you coordinate the time of year with the region of Asia you want to visit before booking. Some tours to Asia may be hindered or itineraries may change because of weather or water levels. 

    There are a few times of the year you should keep in mind when doing your research. South Asia during the summer months sees high rains during its monsoon season. November through March is monsoon season for many parts of Southeast Asia. Western Asia is very warm during the summer months as much of that area is desert. Central Asia can get very cold during the winter months. 

    However, the months of May and September are probably the safest for most of Asia. Temperatures may still be warm in many areas, but you will see less rain and the crowds will be smaller. 

    Asia Luxury Travel

    There are plenty of Asian luxury tour operators you can choose from. Luxury tours of Asia typically provide premium accommodation in 4 and 5-star hotels in the central areas of the major cities. If you are visiting Asia on a river cruise, you’ll see high-end cruise ships and fine dining options. 

    What makes luxury travel in Asia special is the private and personalized experiences. Whether it is a private hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey, or a special photo opp with the Terra Cotta Warriors in China, Asia luxury travel is about those personal and exclusive touches to get you up close and personal with the diverse Asian cultures. 

    Asia Budget Travel 

    Asia is one of the best places to travel on a budget. Asia, and specifically Southeast Asia, is the epicenter of the backpacking world. 

    There are many budget airlines and hostels throughout Asia. In places like Vietnam, you can pay $5 a night for a hostel dorm room and $10 for a bus ride. It can be easy to stick to a budget in Asia as there are many affordable options for travel and accommodation. 

    There are plenty of Asia tour operators that provide budget tours or shoestring itineraries. Many of these tours will book you at hostels or homestays where you can meet locals and get to know other travelers.

    You’ll also be traveling by local or public transportation to save money. These tours also often include more free time than luxury tours to keep the budget down and allow you to choose what to spend your money on. 

    Asia for Older Travelers

    While traveling through Asia may be intimidating for older travelers, there is plenty of opportunity to explore this diverse continent. 

    However, it’s highly recommended that you do your research of the tour operator and countries you are looking to visit. For example, older travelers may have a harder time in some of the more rural areas of Cambodia and Laos with the dirt paths and trekking.

    However, many tours take into account activity level and if you suffer from previous injuries or have a hard time getting around, a less strenuous tour may be the best. 

    Much of Asia is mountainous, both in the cities and in the more rural areas. Cities like Istanbul with its very rugged streets and Kathmandu’s high elevation may make walking around difficult. If you are concerned about getting around, going with a more luxury, low intensity tour may be the best. 

    Choosing a Southeast Asia Tour

    Southeast Asia covers some of the most visited countries in Asia, however, trying to fit all of those countries into one trip will be overwhelming. 

    Pick a few countries that you want to visit and find the tour that covers all of those countries. Many of the Southeast Asia tours group together a few countries in their itineraries. Vietnam is often included with Cambodia and Laos whereas Thailand can be combined with Singapore and Malaysia. 

    Some of these countries do require a visa to enter the country, like Vietnam. Try to find a tour operator that helps or can direct you to where to get a visa because you will not be allowed into the country without one. 

    Southeast Asia has some very interesting and colorful cities, but also some of the most breathtaking and beautiful landscapes in the world. Try to find a tour operator that includes both city life and rural destinations in their itineraries so you can see all that this amazing part of Asia has to provide. 

    Street Food in Asia

    Asia’s cuisine is vast and different, but one of the best types of food you’ll find everywhere is street food. In places like Bangkok and Hanoi, street food is part of the culture and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. 

    Much of the street food you’ll find are quick bites like samosas in India or gua bao buns in Hong Kong. The food stands will also have small chairs and tables for you to sit at if you are eating bigger dishes like pho. Street food in Asia is a great way to get a look into the food culture and ingredients while also saving some money. 

    However, it is important to protect yourself. If the food stand doesn’t have any locals buying from it or the food they are serving has been sitting out all day in the sun, don’t eat there. Go where the large lines are and the food has been cooked recently or fried.

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