Asia & India Adventure Travel & Expeditions

Asia adventure travel runs the gamut from searching for orangutans in the vanishing Borneo rain forest to experiencing the ancient cultural traditions of Japan to a full day of trekking up to Bhutan’s most famous monastery, Tiger’s Nest (after all, this is an adventure tour!). Gaze upon the temple-filled landscape of Pagan, delve into the history of Chinggis Khaan, explore fragrant markets of Silk Road capitals, cruise from Singapore into the fabled Andaman Sea or be enchanted by the snow monkeys (or Japanese macaque) of Hokkaido—nature-lovers, history buffs, photographers, and birders will all relish this opportunity for an Asia expedition from Zegrahm.

As always, our Asia eco travel experts will accompany each trip into this mystical region. And our choices for Asia adventure travel include some of the least-visited, yet newest-emerging destinations in the world. You’ll find yourself steeped in the lore of each location, and introduced to its most marvelous secrets, thanks to professional naturalists, wildlife photographers, ornithologists, marine biologists, and anthropologists. This outstanding team will enrich your Asia adventure tour and send you home with a heightened appetite for adventure and intrigue in our ever-changing world. It’s their breadth of knowledge, shared delight in discovery, and spirited camaraderie that bring more than 75 percent of our travelers back again and again.

The itineraries we offer vary from year to year; below please find our upcoming Asia adventure travel expeditions.

Expeditions to Asia & India

Best of Indonesia: Manado to Bali

Indonesia adventure travel offers an exotic blend of culture and nature, showcasing the incredible diversity of this enigmatic archipelago. Search for colorful birds in Tangkoko Nature Reserve and investigate the waters of Bunaken National Marine Park, a World Heritage Site. In the highlands of Toraja view unique boat-shaped architecture and cliff-side graves marked by life-sized effigies.

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India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives

This India expedition combines the rich cultural heritage of India, the amazing historic sites of lush Sri Lanka, and the stunning natural beauty of the Maldives. During your India tour, a two-day exploration of Cochin reveals a mélange of international influences with a cruise through the languid backwaters aboard a local houseboat. In Trivandrum, visit the village of Pongumoode and its surrounding rubber plantations, and enjoy a traditional martial arts demonstration.

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Overland adventure

Iran: Wonders of Persia

Iran: Wonders of Persia

For those seeking an authentic immersion into the art, poetry, architecture, and history of Iran, we offer our Iran: Wonders of Persia expedition. Guided by Middle East expert Gary Wintz, this Iran expedition offers an in-depth view of the turbulent and colorful history of Iran. Formerly Persia, the country’s magnificent ruins and ancient cities, architecturally astounding mosques and citadels, and savory cuisine is sure to leave a lasting impression. We also include a Tehran tour, visiting the Sa’ad Abad Palace-complex and the National Museum of Archaeology.

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Myanmar & Laos: Land of a Thousand Temples

Journey with us into some of the least-explored regions of Indochina—Myanmar and Laos—where countless regal temples, lovely minority tribes-people, and stunning gardens await. Your in-depth Myanmar and Laos adventure travel experience includes visits to the Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon at sunset, a truly ethereal sight; the whitewashed Mon Temple in Bagan; the floating gardens of Inle Lake; and more monuments, temples, and markets than imaginable.

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Overland adventure

Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka

Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka

Home to prolific birdlife, rich marine areas, dramatic landscapes, and a wide range of native species, to participate in Sri Lanka adventure travel is a nature lover’s dream.

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Overland adventure

Nepal & Bhutan

Nepal & Bhutan

Well off-the-beaten-path, Nepal and Bhutan represent a colorful patchwork of diverse images—snowcapped Himalayan peaks, subtropical forests, alpine meadows, yak herders, rare birds and animals, and intricate temples. Accompanied by acclaimed wildlife expert, Mark Brazil, this brand-new Nepal tour offers a comprehensive view of these enigmatic lands as you visit ancient monasteries, nature preserves, and sacred spaces in countries nearly unknown to Western travelers.

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Overland adventure

Oman: Jewel of the Arabian Gulf

Oman: Jewel of the Arabian Gulf

A land of timeless myth and magic, of enchanting landscapes and legendary hospitality, Oman adventure travel offers a unique journey in the Arab world. Experience the legacies of seafaring history—5,000 years in the making—as you explore the major port cities of Muscat and Salalah and observe the time-honored craftsmanship of dhow ship builders on this Arabian Sea expedition. Follow ancient caravan routes across desert sands, and witness the traditions of daily village life.

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Small-ship cruise

Philippines

Philippines

The Philippines archipelago of over 7,000 islands boast many natural wonders—soaring volcanoes and rugged mountains, draped in luxuriant foliage, colorful coral reefs, extensive limestone caves, and idyllic beaches. This brand-new Philippines expedition offers a captivating mix of eastern and western cultures, exceptional snorkeling and diving, and lush, tropical forests filled with a variety of endemic flora and fauna.

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Overland adventure

Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

This extraordinary Japan expedition blends an array of fascinating wildlife with the exquisite wintertime landscapes of the country. Birders and photographers are in heaven as we visit Arasaki, Kyushu, where nearly 12,000 hooded and white-naped cranes winter each year. We continue on for our snow monkeys expedition, visiting these stirring creatures in Jigokudani in central Honshu, as they soak in the region’s thermal baths.

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Overland adventure

Wild Southern India

Wild Southern India

The legendary beauty, abundant wildlife, and fascinating culture of Southern India are the focus of this new itinerary developed by long-time Zegrahm field leader and expert naturalist, Mark Brazil. Stay in opulent hotels that exude colonial elegance and rustic lodges set in lush wilderness, plus spend two nights aboard a luxurious Oberoi houseboat, the ultimate way to experience Kerala adventure travel. Search for India’s iconic wildlife on foot, during lake and river cruises, by 4x4 vehicle, and even by elephant back.

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Past Expeditions to Asia & India