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With a six-day cruise on the legendary Mekong River as its centerpiece, this new journey to Laos and Thailand is a revelation of ancient cultures, time-honored traditions, and exquisite natural wonderlands. Experience a traditional blessing ceremony and the pre-dawn alms-giving to hundreds of monks in beautiful Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site city. Cruise the Mekong through lush scenery, past rice paddies and tiny villages, stopping to explore unusual geological formations sheltering prehistoric paintings and ancient Buddhist temples rarely visited by outsiders.
Go off the beaten path along the ancient Silk Road through Central Asia, an enigmatic region of rugged mountains and rural backwaters that sits at the very crossroads of civilization. It was here were Marco Polo garnered exotic tales of despotic khans and desert kingdoms, and its former eminence is on display in age-old bazaars and some of the finest Islamic architecture to survive the Middle Ages. Lost for a time behind Soviet rule, today the ‘Stans and their neighboring countries remain as evocative as ever.
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 itinerary 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. Explore mangrove forests and scenic coastlines on numerous Zodiac excursions, while nature hikes reveal the amazing biodiversity of these isolated islands.