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.
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.
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.
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.
Fully Escorted 17-day Tour: POLAND: Pearl of Eastern Europe: 02 – 17 September 2016
Fully Escorted 17-day Tour: JEWELS OF ARABIA (including Oman & United Arab Emirates:
06-21 February 2016
Fully Escorted 19-day Tour
13 November – 01 December 2015
Fully Escorted 21-day Tour: MYSTICAL MONGOLIA: Overland Expedition Extraordinaire:
06 – 26 July 2015
Fully Escorted 18-day Tour (including Slovenia, Croatia, Montengro & Venice)
06 – 23 May 2015
The itinerary then proceeds via the historic town of Pula, best known for its magnificent monuments from the Roman era, and nearby island, Brijuni, proclaimed a national park in 1983 to Rovinj, originally a port built by the Romans. Rovinj was ruled by the Byzantines and Franks from 1283 to 1797 and then passed into Venetian hands. Dominating the town from its hilltop location is the 18th century cathedral, dedicated to the third century martyr St Euphemia. From Rovinj we’ll continue on to Opatija for overnight.
Fully escorted 18 day tour: 14 February – 03 March 2014
Graced by dazzling beaches, year-round sun and numerous opportunities for diving, island-hopping and surfing, the Philippines has long attracted a steady stream of foreign visitors. Yet there’s far more to these islands than sand and snorkeling. Beyond the coastline are mystical tribal villages, ancient rice terraces, jungle-smothered peaks and crumbling Spanish churches. Look closer and you’ll see the influence of the island’s rich stew of cultures – Islamic, Malay, Spanish and American – in an exuberant array of festivals, tantalizing food and elegant colonial towns that has more in common with Latin America than the rest of Asia. It is to these emerald islands that we invite you to join us on our tour that we have planned for February/March 2014.