Asia and the Orient have the feel of a good mystery, one you can never quite finish.
Luxury travel and tours in Asia and the Orient are for anyone who took to heart Rudyard Kipling’s stories as a child, and for those who possess a richness of spirit and a readiness to engage the unfamiliar. Asia and the Orient encompass such amazing destinations including the Himalayan countries of Nepal and Bhutan as well as Tibet, China; incredible India with its dynamic cities, historic forts, heritage properties, tiger reserves, and cultural diversity; Thailand’s floating markets and hill tribe villages; Cambodia’s compelling Angkor Wat temple complex; and China’s renowned antiquities.
There is still so much more to Asia and the Orient that you will discover here. We invite you to select your own storybook destination from the classic destinations here. Big Five Tours & Expeditions’ award-winning luxury Asia and the Orient tours open the door for you to experience the magic and many mysteries of the Orient.
Custom Japan Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Family Travel
Starting Price: $9,600
Japan is a unique mix of both traditional and high-technology society.
Central Bhutan 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $10,450
Bhutan is the only country in the world that supports a policy of “Gross National Happiness”. Experience the dramatic, high-altitude landscapes, the kingdom's historic monasteries, hidden villages and welcoming people.
Northeast India, Sikkim & Bhutan 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $8,695
Discover the famous tea plantations of Darjeeling and Glenburn, and the historic monasteries and fortresses of Bhutan.
Custom Bhutan Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $6,600
Incredible Himalayan landscapes, rich traditions and welcoming people await.
Laos & Cambodia Rural Landscapes 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $4,200
Journey through the traditional towns and villages and rural landscapes of Laos and Cambodia. Experience a personal encounter with Asia elephants at elephant camp, where you interact with these gentle animals as you help feed and bathe them, learn how to handle them, and take an elephant- back excursion into the teak forest. Hike across bamboo bridges, past waterfalls, and fantastic limestone formations; raft down Nam Khan River; and take a quad bike into the forest to reach a nearly forgotten temple. Visit organic farms and rice fields in the heart of Cambodia and learn from local farmers. Discover Laos' relaxed capital of Vientiane and the temple-rich city of Luang Prabang. Experience Cambodia's staggering 12th century site of Angkor Wat, the crown jewel of Khmer architecture.
Custom Cambodia & Laos Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $2,500
Explore Cambodia's temple complexes of Angkor Wat, and Laos; a land lost in time.
Cambodia & Laos 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $4,200
Cambodia and Laos offer a wealth of history, cultures, arts and ancient temples.
Legendary China 29 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $14,350
Explore the depth of China, its vast history and amazing cities and towns. See the inspiration for the mountain in the movie "Avatar." Enjoy unique excursions such as traveling in a sidecar of a replica of a 1930’s BMW M71 motorcycle in Shanghai; touring Guilin by bicycle; and taking a bamboo raft along the Yulong River through amazing landscapes.
Custom China Including Tibet Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $3,850
Travel the vast land from the Great Wall to Tibet.
China’s Canal Cities 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Family Travel
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Discover the historic Grand Canal, which originates in Beijing and is the longest canal, or artificial river, in the world. Enjoy authentic encounters as you explore a portion of the Great Wall first built in Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557DC) and take train journey to Zhanjiang on the lower Yangtze River in Jiangsu Province.
China: Legacy of the Uyghur 15 Days Inspired Expeditions Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $8,950
Journey off the tourist track to the last station in China on the ancient Silk Road.
Kao Gu China 12 Days New Reality Interest(s): Family Travel
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Visit historic sites such as the Mogao and Thousand Buddha Caves on this journey, and explore one of the world's most fascinating cities - Beijing and its Great Wall. Discover the Hanyang Tomb archeological site followed by a visit to the antique renovation room to speak with the resident archaeologist in a one-on-one setting.
China 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $7,430
Explore vivacious Shanghai, heritage rich Beijing, and traditional villages of Longsheng and Guilin.
China’s Captivating Visions & Timeless Horizons 15 Days Inspired Expeditions Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $7,100
Experience life in southern China on this journey named one of National Geographic Traveler's 2011 “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” Discover the China of centuries past and immerse yourself in the vibrant, modern culture of Shanghai.
India: A Northern Adventure 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $7,150
Experience India’s first luxury mobile tented camp in stunning high latitude settings while exploring the towns and villages of the northern province of Ladakh. On this journey, you can participate in a traditional sunrise prayer ceremony at a monastery and explore Nubra Valley and the village of Turtuk, the only place in India where you can witness the centuries-old Balti culture. Experience the Ganges at sunset and witness the Aarti Ceremony at Parmarth Niketan. Explore the striking spiritual ambience found in Haridwar.
President’s Pick: India 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $12,600
“I’ve traveled to the furthest corners of India ever since I was a child, and have always been in love with the country, its history, and its politics. For a long time now, I have felt that India had all the tools to be truly great, if it would just get out of its own way. That applies especially to tourism. For years, every commercial and magazine article talked about palaces and grand monuments. All integral parts of India, however, hardly the complete story. I began to look for community involvement – an integral component to the equation of authenticity. I was disappointed with the answers I received. Where was the value, where was the authenticity? Many seemed reluctant to explore new ideas. I want to introduce you to the India I know such as in this itinerary where we take you to Haridwar, closer to the source of the sacred Ganges River, where the water flows clean. You witness an aarti ceremony in the evening along the river, where prayer ceremonies are performed with passion, not for tourism’s sake. Indeed, you’ll find few tourists here. This is the authentic North India I want to share with you.”
The Silken Thread – Tribal Connections 18 Days Inspired Expeditions Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Step off the well known trails to carve out a one-of-a-kind travel experience that is uniquely yours, Northeast India is home to more than 200 ethnic groups, each with its own tribal language. This journey takes you into villages rarely visited and offers a wealth of cultural encounters with traditional people who still operate under the tribal system. Most of these people can trace their history directly back to Southern China, which you will see in their faces and in their handed-down traditions.
Heritage of a Nation 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $9,530
This adventure is unlike a typical India tour. On this journey, you have the rare opportunity to experience an ancient Hindu festival in Haridwar - the wildly colorful spectacle of Ardh Kumbh Mela, a festival that rotates to one of four destinations in India, Your journey will be tailored around one of the seven sacred bathing dates (see Day 4). You will discover the rich heritage of a nation, and savor the spiritual ambience found in Haridwar and its Hindu temples and ashrams. Witness the sacred Ganges River during a twilight Ganga aarti ceremony. Enjoy ride on a local train. Explore the great global cities of Delhi and Mumbai. You will leave India with a greater understanding of this vast, ancient and complex land.
India – Saving Tigers 12 Days Precious Journeys™ Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $5,350
Explore India's natural wonders on this dynamic family adventure that includes learning to be a junior naturalist with stays in luxury tented camps. Track tigers and sloth bears and so much more.
India 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
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Explore the desert kingdoms and historic cultures of India's Rajasthan