Classic India: Rajasthan, Agra, Khajuraho & Varanasi

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Without question, India is the most engaging, colourful, chaotic, spiritual and life-affirming country in the world. It is an assault on the senses – all of them, nearly all of the time. The diversity of its cultural riches, from temple sculptures, architecture and murals to the artistry of ordinary people in a land where much is still made by hand, rivals the best of the Italian Renaissance. Our tour is India at it’s most extraordinary! We now invite you to join us on our fully escorted tour to Rajasthan, Agra, Khajuraho & Varanasi in 2016.

Enchanting South India

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Everyone wants a piece of India. From Aryan, Afghani and Persian invasions of the British era, people from distant lands have sought to possess India’s treasures for themselves. But a funny thing always happens: India takes these foreigners and makes them Indians. Defying the doctrine of “us” and “them”, India weaves races, cultures and philosophies into a tapestry that grows richer and more intricate every day. In January/February 2011, Somerset Tours & Travel gives you the opportunity of experiencing yet another side of India, and that is the gentle, laid back side of it, packaged as South India: Tamil Nadu and the backwaters of Kerala.

China: Great Silk Road Tour

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Central Asia has always been a challenging and attractive region with its mystery and medieval spirit. Its history has witnessed many upheavals during the times of Alexander the Great, the Arabic Conquest, the Genghis Khan Conquest, and the Tamerlane’s. Its culture was developed and mixed with Iranian, Indian and Mongolian cultures. Once caravans passed here from Western Asia to China carrying porcelain, gold, jewelry, silk and spices along the route we have come to know as the Great Silk Road. Somerset Tours & Travel have put together a fascinating 22 day tour that will stir the imagination of every intrepid explorer and invite you to join a privileged few in the unique experience.

Himalayas: Roof of World

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Not so long ago, a journey to the high and remote regions of the Himalayas entailed a long and difficult expedition on foot with a donkey. Today it is possible to explore these unique and beautiful mountains in an easier way. The Indian Himalayas have some of the most extraordinary scenery in the world. There is something about the majesty and grandeur of these mountains that inspires even the most world-weary of travellers. Somerset Tours & Travel has put together a unique tour to these magical and mystical mountains of northern India and now invite you to join us on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage of discovery.

China: The Wonders of Yunnan & Tibet

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We’ll travel back to Guilin to catch our flight to Kunming. Here we’ll have two nights with time to explore the Bamboo Temple and discover the limestone karst outcrop known as the Stone Forest. The journey to the forest is as beautiful as the landscape that surrounds it. Scattered around the stone forest are villages populated by the local ethnic minority, the Sani.

Authentic Thailand

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Travelling through Lopburi, once an important capital of the Khmer Empire and later the Lanna and Ayutthaya kingdoms, we’ll head on to Sukhothai for two nights. We’ll base ourselves here to explore the Old Town, the Historical Park, containing 200 ruined chedis and visit the local community.