History & Culture Trips
Mongolian Deserts & SteppesTravelling on this fascinating route combining the resounding landscapes of the southern Gobi desert and central Mongolian rolling plains, you will encounter awesome sand dunes, some of the rarest animals on earth inhabiting the Gobi desert, stunningly beautiful green hills and amazing sights of dead volcanoes. Centuries-old nomadic traditions and lifestyles displayed by the unlimited hospitalities of steppe nomads are also the highlights of the trip.
Western & Central BhutanThis 10-day journey crosses through some of the high passes of Dochula, Pelela and Yotongla before descending into the broad valleys of Bumthang. Central Bumthang is known for its buckwheat and apple products with various significant monasteries. It is also known for various pilgrimage sites for the locals and ideal to explore Buddhism.
Himalayan ExplorerThis 10D9N itinerary, the longest offered by Uma by COMO in Bhutan, allows you to totally immerse yourself in this Himalayan Kingdom. From the gravity-defying Tiger’s Nest monastery to the Temple of the Divine Madman, this comprehensive itinerary combines spectacular drives, unique nature walks and fascinating cultural visits. There are also opportunities for adventure with the option to include whitewater rafting and hiking.
Mexico Monarch Butterfly TrailWatch thousands of monarch butterflies surround you, tread off the beaten path on horseback to small towns, set your sights on impressive architecture in Morelia's city centre, sample Mexico City's vibrant nightlife. 10D small group adventure from USD $1,499 per person.
Ethiopia’s Historic Route by OverlandThis 11-day adventure provides a snapshot of the 3000-year mysteries and living historical facts and monuments of Ethiopia, including the steles of Axum, Palace of Queen of Sheba, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile, the Great Blue Nile Falls, last but not least the charming and friendly people of Ethiopia.
Chinese & Tibetan Buddhism in SichuanEmbark on a spiritual journey into China's Buddhist heart. In Sichuan province, explore the history & temples of Chengdu before taking a trip to Leshan, where the huge, 71m tall Giant Buddha overlooks the Min River. Following an encounter with local pandas, guests then head up into sacred mountains where ancient towns and monasteries are nestled among the hills, grasslands, valleys and glaciers.
Discover Sri LankaExplore Sigiriya Rock Fortress and find your own peace at the unusual Dambulla Cave Temple – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk through spice gardens and tea plantations, and ride through Wilpattu National Park with a forest ranger in search of elephants and leopards. Experience a unique part of the world so few travellers get to.
Dagala Thousand Lakes TrekThis is an excellent trek for those of good fitness who without necessarily having had previous Alpine experience. This moderate standard rated trek passes through various picturesque high altitude lakes so named as the Thousand Lakes Trek. The route is also particularly rich in bird species, alpine flowers and attractive meadows.
Biking The Thunder DragonBesides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of Bhutan for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbours. Take a ride in this mystical kingdom that exists almost as an enigma due to its policy of restricting visitor numbers and protecting its culture.
Golden Eagle Trans-Mongolian ExpressUndoubtedly the world's greatest railway journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon across mysterious Russia connecting east and west from Moscow over the Urals, across the magnificent and endless steppe and alongside the shore of the world's largest freshwater lake.
Discover Yunnan by BikeDiscover the Yunnan historical cities of Lijiang and Dali by bike. The spectacular landscapes that surround these cities are in a class of their own. The old towns found inside the cities, like the Ancient Dayan Town in Lijiang and the Dali Old City, will take you back in time.
Classic Overland LaosLandlocked Laos is one of the Asia’s most enchanting destinations. A land of stunning natural beauty, mist shrouded mountain peaks, jungle-clad valleys teeming with wildlife, Laos, combined with a fascinating Buddhist culture, is a superb destination for luxury explorers, backpackers and independent travellers. Travellers are now well catered for allowing visitors opportunities to explore more of this off-the-beaten-track destination.