Discover Asia and the Orient | Small Group Tours Asia

As a continent, Asia is a must-see destination with the promise of adventure and discovery at every corner. From paradisaical island beaches and lush rainforests to rugged ranges of snow-capped mountains and vast desert sand dunes, Asia is home to every type of landscape you can imagine. For the passionate traveller, this means that you can come back to the continent again and again and have a completely new and exciting experience. With so many diverse countries, cultures and histories to take in, alongside breathtaking natural wonders and rich regional cuisine, this is a travel destination you will never want to stop exploring.

Odyssey offers a variety of small group tours exploring Asia and the Orient, all with the opportunity to see some of Asia’s most important sites as well as some hidden gems. Visit China, the world’s most populated country, and learn about the stunning tapestry of local cultures that binds these people together as well as a history that dates back to prehistoric times. Travel to the magnificent landscapes of Mongolia and discover its nomadic culture and meet traditional herders. You can trek through Bhutan and Nepal in the majestic Himalayas and traverse your way through the ancient Silk Road. Take the road less travelled and discover the ‘Stans’ – UzbekistanKazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Visit Japan and marvel at its bustling cities and striking rural villages. In the southeast, you can explore Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos as well as the newly emerged Myanmar. In the subcontinent, India, there is a no shortage of vibrant places to visit and heritage sites to explore, or head down to Sri Lanka and relax on its endless beaches. Along the way you can indulge in exquisitely flavourful food, from rich, creamy curries, to steaming bowls of noodles, baskets of juicy dumplings or rice paper rolls stuffed with fresh herbs. There is something for everyone on this continent and you are guaranteed to have the trip of a lifetime, no matter where you decide to go first.

Our small group tours are especially for mature aged travellers and typically take no more than 16 people.  Most tours run for around 21 days and all are fully escorted by both a local guide and Odyssey Program Leader.

Tours

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Join Odyssey Traveller in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness spacecrafts launch into space at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the world’s oldest and largest space launch facility located in Kazakhstan, south of Russia.

7 days
Departing Feb, Apr, Aug, Oct

The Silk Road is an ancient trade route linking China and Imperial Rome through Central Asia. Few areas in the world remain as unexplored or offer such richness in terms of ancient and modern history, culture, and scenic diversity as Central Asia. Our itinerary explores the Silk Road through remote deserts and mountainous environments as we visit key sites between Xi’an and Bukhara.

29 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing Aug, May

This Odyssey is designed for the adventurous traveller, a traveller who is prepared for a range of accommodation styles, for walking excursions and some long travel days in 3 Central Asian countries. The program combines experiences with great scenery, ancient and modern histories, family visits and lifestyles that differ dramatically.

27 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing May, Aug

Mongolia is a relatively unexplored country for travellers but it has many diverse landscapes to explore, and interesting cultures to become acquainted with all existing in a country with few cities and towns but with extensive rural lands that remain the precinct of nomadic herders.

22 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing Sep

The first dinosaur nest of eggs was discovered in Mongolia during 1928.Following an introduction to Mongolian history, culture and desert landscapes, participants will Experience eight days on a paleontological dig.

16 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing May, Sep, Aug
Skardu, Pakistan
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This 22-day tour begins much like our 16-day tour of Pakistan, travelling from Karachi to Islamabad with a six-day extension that allows us to further explore the northern parts of the country.

23 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing Sep, Apr
Specialist Escorted Small Group cultural Tours exploring Japan
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During this program we encounter history from ancient periods; religions such as Buddhism and Shintoism; the philosophy of the people through visits to world renowned temples and shrines; and old towns full of ancient legends. Together we will share some traditions which the Japanese have inherited. A variety of sites including UNESCO World Heritages, has been chosen for this tour, all filled with clues to understand the essence of Japan.

12 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing Mar, Sep

An unhurried ocean of calm in a crowded continent, Bhutan is scenically magnificent. Centuries of Buddhist tradition inherited from Tibet, have shaped this land with art, dance, music, and even medicine shaped by religion. The Bhutanese will welcome you to share their distinctive culture, unpolluted environment, and colourful festivals.

17 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing Apr, Sep

This program includes many of Taiwan’s natural wonders; from Taroko Gorge, one of the seven wonders of Asia, to Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan’s largest lake; Kenting National Park, with its 60 kilometres of coral-rimmed shoreline to the East Coast National Scenic Area, stretching 170 kilometres.

13 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing Sep

We explore the country’s astonishing scenery and monuments. Tajikistan is the smallest of the 5 ‘Stans and is also the most mountainous. On our tour we encounter many ranges and mountain chains where we reach well over 3,000 metres above sea level while crossing passes.

7 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing Jun, Sep

Visit the largest landlocked country in the world, Kazakhstan. Once part of the Mongol and Russian Empires, Kazakhstan is where man first tamed wild horses on the vast Kazakh Steppe, the dry grassland that dominates its landscape and connects it with Europe and the rest of Asia.

22 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing Jun, Sep

Featuring visits to the Demilitarised Zone in Panmunjom, the Fatherland Liberation Museum, and the Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun.

7 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing May, Oct

During our Dinosaur Odyssey study program, we will visit two of the most exciting dinosaur sites in China – Zigong Dinosaur Museum. Your program leader will take us to behind-the-scenes places, field studies in the Sichuan Province and Dinosaur Valley, and in the Yunnan Province. Go behind-the-scenes places, field studies at the dig sites, with first-hand experience at  palaeontological dinosaur digs.

12 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing Apr, Oct
contemporary Japan places of interest

This small group tour organised by Odyssey Traveller, Contemporary Japan, will take you through modern life in this East Asian jewel. This contemporary tour is an expedition through Japan’s major urban areas, beginning and ending in Japan’s tantalising capital, Tokyo. For the first 12 days we get our fill of Tokyo fashion, technology, culture, and sights.

21 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing Oct

An out-of-this-world trip to the Indian countryside.

15 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing Oct

This 16-day tour explores the long history and colourful culture of Pakistan, and begins in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, and ends in its vibrant capital, Islamabad.

15 days
Asia and the Orient
Departing Oct, Mar

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