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Asia Travel & Tours

Asia and India offer travelers an untold number of natural and cultural experiences—and our expeditions take you to some of the least-visited and newest emerging destinations in the world. Whether by small ship, riverboat, train, or overland, you’ll be steeped in the lore of each location, and introduced to its most marvelous secrets.

In addition to signature itineraries such as Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan and Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka—we also offer expeditions that venture far off the beaten path. From observing life along the Mekong River by riverboat or searching for Tigers in celebrated national parks, you’ll be privy to adventures that few Westerners have ever experienced.

Upcoming Asia Travel & Tours Expeditions

  • Central India Wildlife Safari

    Central India: A Wildlife Safari

    November 22December 7, 2019

    The original setting of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Pench National Park, is just one of the stunning national parks visited on this Indian safari.

  • Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

    Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

    January 29February 16, 2020

    Marvel at the sight of nearly 12,000 hooded and white-naped cranes, as they flock to Japan’s exquisite wintertime landscape, Arasaki, Kyushu—later, a boat trip to the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula puts us up close and personal with Steller’s sea eagles.

  • Tubbataha Reef

    Philippines with Palau & Taiwan

    February 29March 16, 2020

    On this exotic Philippines tour, explore mangrove forests and scenic coastlines on numerous Zodiac excursions, while nature hikes and snorkeling and diving excursions reveal the amazing biodiversity of these isolated islands.

  • Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka

    Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka

    March 20April 6, 2020

    Wildlife expert Mark Brazil leads this immersive exploration of the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” with its bird-watching haven, Sinharaja Nature Reserve; Yala National Park’s Sri Lankan elephants; and the World Heritage Site of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

  • Manta ray

    Ultimate Maldives: A Snorkeling & Diving Adventure

    March 21April 3, 2020

    Cruise through the lesser-visited southern Maldives aboard the luxurious 26-guest diving live-aboard, Emperor Serenity. With two snorkel or dive options daily, you’ll search for whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and dolphins among the stunning underwater topography.

  • Manta ray

    Ultimate Maldives: A Snorkeling & Diving Adventure

    March 31April 13, 2020

    Cruise through the lesser-visited southern Maldives aboard the luxurious 26-guest diving live-aboard, Emperor Serenity. With two snorkel or dive options daily, you’ll search for whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and dolphins among the stunning underwater topography.

  • Miyajima

    Imperial Japan

    April 16April 29, 2020

    Spend three full days in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, and enjoy an exclusive geisha experience with a local expert. You'll also experience the excitement of riding first-class in Japan's famed bullet trains, enjoy spectacular views of Mt.

  • Lake Abashiri

    Natural Wonders of Hokkaido

    May 14May 22, 2020

    On this journey through one of Japan's least-developed islands, you'll be surrounded by wildlife as you search for red foxes, Japanese deer, and iconic red-crowned cranes; explore spectacular Akan-Mashu National Park with its volcanic craters, crystal-clear lakes, and hot springs; an

  • Borneo

    Borneo: Land of the Orangutan

    August 5August 20, 2020

    Search for a huge variety of charismatic species, including orangutans, Bornean pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, clouded leopards, great argus pheasants, eight species of hornbills, and the bizarre Bornean bristlehead on this classic expedition led by naturalists Michael Moore and Rich Pagen.

  • Gergeti Church, Kazbegi, Georgia

    Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

    September 19October 3, 2020

    Visit six amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Haghpat Monastery and Echmaidzin, as well as Georgia's famous cave city on this comprehensive tour through these lesser-traveled countries.

  • Gergeti Church, Kazbegi, Georgia

    Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

    October 1October 15, 2020

    Visit six amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Haghpat Monastery and Echmaidzin, as well as Georgia's famous cave city on this comprehensive tour through these lesser-traveled countries.

  • Mekong River

    Along the Mekong: China, Thailand & Laos

    October 23November 9, 2020

    While the highlight is cruising on the legendary Mekong River, this Laos and Thailand journey also immerses guests in ancient Buddhist temples and the World Heritage Site city of Luang Prabang.

  • Central India Wildlife Safari

    India Safari

    November 1November 18, 2020

    The original setting of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Pench National Park, is just one of the stunning national parks visited on this Indian safari.

  • Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Jordan & Oman

    November 8November 25, 2020

    Spend star-filled nights at luxe desert camps in Great Wahiba Sands and Wadi Rum; soak in amazing vistas from the “balcony walk” along the edge of Wadi Nakhr, the Grand Canyon of Arabia; and explore the “Red Rose City” of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

  • Bagan, Myanmar

    Myanmar & Laos: Land of a Thousand Temples

    November 27December 14, 2020

    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. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset, the whitewashed Mon Temple in Bagan, and the floating gardens of Inle Lake.

  • Luxor

    Crossroads of Empires: Cyprus, Israel, Egypt & Jordan

    October 22November 4, 2021

    The art, architecture, and archaeological wonders of the eastern Mediterranean are legacies of the world’s most celebrated empires. Over the millennia, a succession of cultures traded, conquered, and settled in these fabled lands, and we follow in their wake, piecing together the pages of the defining chapters of ancient civilization.

Past Asia Travel & Tours Expeditions

  • Nepal & Bhutan

    Nepal & Bhutan

    October 29November 18, 2015

    Wildlife expert Mark Brazil accompanies us on this brand-new tour, during which you’ll discover the cultural and natural treasures of Nepal and Bhutan, from the dramatic Tiger’s Nest monastery to Chitwan National Park to Sarangkok’s sublime sunrise.

  • India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives

    November 27December 14, 2015

    Cruise through the leisurely backwaters of Cochin on a local houseboat, visit the rubber plantations of Trivandum, commune with elephants in Sri Lanka and snorkel for three days in the immaculate Maldives—it’s all part of this rich India expedition.

  • Wild Western India

    January 2January 20, 2016

    Visiting Western India’s most exotically named regions, including Gir National Park, Velavadar, and Little Rann of Kutch, you’re bound to make incredible memories as you travel with wildlife expert Mark Brazil in search of Asiatic lions, Indian wolves, and the elusive khur. 

  • Life Along the Mekong River: Laos & Thailand

    January 3January 18, 2016

    While the highlight is a six-day cruise on the legendary Mekong River, this Laos and Thailand journey also immerses guests in Pha Taem National Park, ancient Buddhist temples, the World Heritage Site city of Luang Prabang, and pre-Angkorian temple ruins.

  • Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

    Journey through the Philippines with Palawan & Tubbataha

    March 12March 28, 2016

    Explore the Philippine archipelago by land and sea—we’ll snorkel and dive amid colorful coral reefs, hike through rugged mountainscapes, and interact with native cultures and customs through colorful dances and rich folklore.

  • Tibet & Nepal: Heart of the Himalayas

    April 9April 27, 2016

    With its ethereal ambience, Tibet and Nepal beckon adventurous travelers to wander magical Kathmandu and sky-high Lhasa, meet Bengal tigers in Bardia National Park, and travel to remote Buddhist shrines, tucked into some of the world’s most incredible landscapes.

  • What is the Silk Road

    Along the Silk Road: Central Asia by Rail

    October 13October 30, 2016

    The lesser-known regions of China and the exotic ’Stans spring to life as you journey by rail through Central Asia along the ancient Silk Road, a land of rugged mountains, desert kingdoms, centuries-old bazaars, fine Islamic architecture, and a friendly people waiting to welcome you.

  • Bandipur National Park

    Wild Southern India

    January 8January 24, 2017

    Expedition Leader Mark Brazil, designed this itinerary that reveals southern India’s amazing wealth of birds and wildlife, plus a good dose of local culture.

  • Ultimate Maldives

    Ultimate Maldives: A Snorkeling & Diving Adventure

    January 12January 26, 2017

    Cruise through the lesser-visited southern Maldives aboard the luxurious 20-guest diving live-aboard, Orion. With two or three snorkel or dive options daily, you’ll search for whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, Napoleon wrasses, and dolphins among the stunning underwater topograp

  • Halong Bay, Vietnam

    Vietnam: Culture & Cuisine

    January 31February 15, 2017

    Aboard the intimate, 65-guest Coral Discoverer, cruise among the dramatically sculpted limestone islands and islets of stunning Halong Bay; visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of colorful Hoi An and explore the local markets; and savor delectable cuisine.

  • Hundred Islands National Park, Philippines

    Asia's Subtropical Isles: Philippines, Taiwan & Japan

    March 11March 29, 2017

    Leave Asia’s skyscrapers and hectic pace behind for stunning beaches, fantastical caves, and primeval forests. The subtropical islands of the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan float like jewels upon the Pacific, offering precious treasures for adventurers to discover. 

  • Dharamsala, India

    Spirit of the Himalayas: Ladakh, Dharamsala & Shimla

    May 24June 10, 2017

    From soaring Himalayan peaks and deep valleys to rolling hills and dense forests, this overland adventure is a photographer’s dream.

  • Mongolia

    Cultural Mongolia with the Naadam Festival

    July 2July 18, 2017

    Experience the annual Naadam Festival, held both in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, and the further out in the country. Observe the traditional Mongolian sports of wrestling, horse racing, and archery—and enjoy the opportunity to try some out yourself!

  • Yangon, Myanmar

    The Heart of Myanmar: Along the Irrawaddy & Chindwin Rivers

    September 15October 3, 2017

    Cruise the upper Irrawaddy and exotic Chindwin Rivers aboard the luxurious 46-guest Anawrahta. Enjoy timeless river scenes as you drift past jungles, gorges, and villages; explore the extraordinary Mahar Minkyaung Monastery; and visit the extensive ruins and stunning temples of Bagan.

  • Samarkand, Uzbekistan

    Route of the Caravans: The Four Stans of Central Asia

    October 6October 23, 2017

    Follow Middle East expert Gary Wintz, as you discover the heart of ancient Samarkand, the timeworn streets of Bukhara, and the ancient city of Khiva, one of the Silk Road's most important trading posts and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Angkor Thom, Cambodia

    Intriguing Indochina

    October 20November 2, 2017

    Explore the timeless scenes of rural life, lush jungles, and golden temples in the fascinating countries of Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Enjoy the stunning sunrise scene at Angkor Wat, visit the highlights of Phonm Penh, and attend a traditional Laotian Baci ceremony. 

  • Esfahan, Iran

    Iran by Rail

    November 1November 15, 2017

    From the turbulent to the colorful, art to architecture, ancient cities to magnificent ruins, Middle East expert Gary Wintz guides an authentic immersion into Iran, aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle

  • Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Israel

    Mystical Israel

    November 5November 17, 2017

    Discover a land as old as time itself in Israel. Explore the important sites of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Galilee, and the Dead Sea; take a walk along the Via Dolorosa, the traditional Path of Jesus; and visit a traditional Bedouin camp in the middle of the Negev Desert.

  • Amber Fort, Jaipur

    India by Rail with the Hornbill Festival

    November 20December 4, 2017

    Join this brand-new adventure and travel aboard the luxurious Palace on Wheels, before attending the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland. Showcasing Naga dance, music, costumes, art, ethnic foods, and handicrafts, this expedition truly discovers a unique and local culture.

  • Snow Monkeys of Japan

    Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

    January 31February 18, 2018

    Marvel at the sight of nearly 12,000 hooded and white-naped cranes, as they flock to Japan’s exquisite wintertime landscape, Arasaki, Kyushu—later, a boat trip to the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula puts us up close and personal with Steller’s sea eagles.

  • Intriguing Indochina

    Intriguing Indochina

    February 17March 1, 2018

    Offered through our sister company Travcoa, this adventure will introduce you to the timeless scenes of rural life, lush jungles, and golden temples of Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. You'll also meet the unique hill tribes of Chiang Mai, and explore the temples of Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm.

  • Elephants, Sri Lanka

    Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka

    March 21April 6, 2018

    Wildlife expert Mark Brazil leads this immersive exploration of the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” with its bird-watching haven, Sinharaja Nature Reserve; Yala National Park’s Sri Lankan elephants; and the World Heritage Site of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. 

  • Imperial Japan

    Imperial Japan

    April 17April 28, 2018

    Offered through our sister company Travcoa, spend three full days in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, and enjoy an exclusive geisha experience with a local expert. You'll also cruise along Lake Ashi, which lies in the caldera of Mt. Hakone, and enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Fuji.

  • Forbidden City, China

    Legendary China

    May 4May 17, 2018

    Offered through our sister company Travcoa, spend two weeks discovering China, including Beijing’s vast Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Great Wall in the company of your private guide. You'll also meet the life-sized Terra Cotta Warrios in Xi'an and explore Kunming's Stone Forest.

  • Hokkaido: Japan's Wild Island

    Hokkaido: Japan's Wild Island

    May 19June 3, 2018

    On this brand-new voyage through one of Japan's least-developed islands, you'll be surrounded by wildlife as you search for Japanese pygmy-woodpeckers, white-tailed eagles, Eurasian bullfinches, and iconic red-crowned cranes; and explore spectacular Shikotsu-Toya National Park.

  • Dharamsala, India

    Spirit of the Himalayas: Ladakh & Dharamsala

    May 23June 7, 2018

    From soaring Himalayan peaks and deep valleys to rolling hills and dense forests, this overland adventure is a photographer’s dream.

  • Borneo

    Borneo

    August 8August 23, 2018

    Search for a huge variety of charismatic species, including orangutans, Bornean pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, clouded leopards, great argus pheasants, eight species of hornbills, and the bizarre Bornean bristlehead on this classic expedition led by naturalists Michael Moore and Rich Pagen.

  • Imperial Japan

    Imperial Japan

    October 9, 2018

    Offered through our sister company, Travcoa, spend three full days in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, and enjoy an exclusive geisha experience with a local expert. You'll also cruise along Lake Ashi, which lies in the caldera of Mt. Hakone, and enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Fuji.

  • Sacred Traditions: Japan Revealed

    Sacred Traditions: Japan Revealed

    October 12October 30, 2018

    This Japan adventure introduces you to everything from Honshu Island’s local residents to Kyoto’s noteworthy temples and Kanazawa’s famous gardens of Kenroku-en—it’s an off-the-beaten-path immersion with incredible personal connections made possible by Japan expert Mark Brazil. 

  • Asiatic Leopard

    Central India: A Wildlife Safari

    November 16December 1, 2018

    The original setting of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Pench National Park, is just one of the stunning national parks visited on this Indian safari. Also explore Bandhavgarh National Park, formerly a maharajah’s private hunting preserve, as well as Satpura National Parka, a 202-square-mile national park and tiger reserve.

  • Bagan, Myanmar

    Myanmar & Laos: Land of a Thousand Temples

    November 23December 11, 2018

    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. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset, the whitewashed Mon Temple in Bagan, and the floating gardens of Inle Lake.

  • Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

    Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

    January 16February 3, 2019

    Marvel at the sight of nearly 12,000 hooded and white-naped cranes, as they flock to Japan’s exquisite wintertime landscape, Arasaki, Kyushu—later, a boat trip to the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula puts us up close and personal with Steller’s sea eagles.

  • Small Ship Cruise To The Bay Of Bengal

    India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar

    January 20February 5, 2019

    Join a brand-new expedition that offers the perfect mix of India's, Bangladesh's, and Myanmar's cultural and natural treasures. Highlights include spending two full days exploring the UNESCO World Biosphere-designated Sundarbans Reserve Forest, and visiting the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda.

  • POLONNARUWA

    Cultural Gems of Sri Lanka

    February 2February 16, 2019

    Discover a treasure trove of cultural delights on the brand-new journey. Explore the impressive ruins of ancient kingdoms, witness sacred Buddhist sites, stroll past beautiful colonial architecture, and take an tour of a working tea plantation.

  • Snow Leopard, India

    In Search of Snow Leopards

    February 8February 20, 2019

    Join veteran expedition leader and ornithologist, Mark Brazil, on a brand-new expedition to seek out unique Himalayan wildlife. You'll spend five full days tracking snow leopards, as well as ibex, blue sheep, marmots, and Himalayan wolves, and enjoy the magical scenery of the rugged Himalayas.

  • Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka

    Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka

    March 15March 31, 2019

    Wildlife expert Mark Brazil leads this immersive exploration of the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” with its bird-watching haven, Sinharaja Nature Reserve; Yala National Park’s Sri Lankan elephants; and the World Heritage Site of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

  • Cultural Treasures of North Vietnam & Laos

    Cultural Treasures of Northern Vietnam & Laos

    March 23April 7, 2019

    With social anthropologist Shirley Campbell by your side, you'll enjoy this unique look at the people of Northern Vietnam and Laos. You'll meet with locals from Tai Dam and Tai Kao minority groups, and even join monks for their morning prayers in Luang Prabang.

  • Dome of the Rock

    Mystical Israel

    April 7April 19, 2019

    Discover Israel’s most important sights, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Galilee, and the Dead Sea. You'll also walk along the Via Dolorosa, the traditional Path of Jesus, marked by nine Stations of the Cross.

  • Treasures of Japan with South Korea

    Treasures of Japan with South Korea

    April 12April 28, 2019

    A classic Zegrahm expedition, not only will you enjoy a thorough Japan tour, you'll also spend a full day in Gyeongju, South Korea. Other highlights include visiting sacred Shinto shrines and ancient Buddhist temples, discovering Hiroshima, and spending time in Matsue.

  • Miyajima

    Imperial Japan

    April 16April 28, 2019

     Spend three full days in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, and enjoy an exclusive geisha experience with a local expert. You'll also cruise along Lake Ashi, which lies in the caldera of Mt. Hakone, enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Fuji, and tour beautiful Miyajima, or "shrine island."

  • Tiger's Nest

    Bhutan: Journey through a Himalayan Kingdom

    May 13May 30, 2019

    In Bhutan, where joy is measured as Gross National Happiness, it’s hard not to smile—meet with friendly locals; revel in the spectacular scenery of the Himalayas; visit the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery; and discover Bhutan's rich cultural heritage in Thimphu, main residence of the king.

  • Cultural Mongolia

    Cultural Mongolia with the Naadam Festival

    July 2July 16, 2019

    Experience the annual Naadam Festival, held both in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, and the further out in the country. Observe the traditional Mongolian sports of wrestling, horse racing, and archery—and enjoy the opportunity to try some out yourself!

  • Chitwan National Park

    Nepal & Bhutan with the Black-necked Crane Festival

    October 29November 18, 2019

    Wildlife expert Mark Brazil accompanies this exciting tour, during which you’ll discover the cultural and natural treasures of Nepal and Bhutan, from the dramatic Tiger’s Nest monastery to the subtropical forests of Chitwan National Park.

  • Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Oman & Jordan

    November 2November 19, 2019

    Spend star-filled nights at luxe desert camps in Great Wahiba Sands and Wadi Rum; soak in amazing vistas from the “balcony walk” along the edge of Wadi Nakhr, the Grand Canyon of Arabia; and explore the “Red Rose City” of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

More Options for Exploration

At Zegrahm we offer a unique line-up of expeditions each year. Please let us know if you'd like to be notified the next time we add a departure to this region and we will be sure you are the first to know.

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