Sitting at the intersection of Europe and Asia, Georgia is renowned for its warm hospitality, great cuisine and jawdropping landscapes. Foodies and wine connoisseurs in particular will love this specially curated, nine-day Georgian adventure from Culture Trip – there’s wine-tasting, bread baking, a traditional cookery class and lunch with a local family. You’ll also enjoy a walking tour of Tbilisi in the company of a Local Insider, as well as a soak in sulphur baths, a revitalising kisa massage and a hike in the majestic Lagodekhi National Park. Visit in summer for a backdrop of sunshine.
There aren’t many places that can boast such great food and natural beauty as northern Thailand. In summer, expect fewer crowds, hot weather and short-but-intense bursts of rainfall. Experience the very best of Asia on this off-the-beaten-track and intimate 10-day journey, which will show you an authentic side of the former Lanna Kingdom. Enjoy a street-food bicycle tour of Chiang Mai, scramble up the Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall, trek through the dense Mae Hong Son jungle and hike through the awe-inspiring Pai Canyon. You’ll also summit Thailand’s highest peak, Doi Inthanon, and visit an elephant sanctuary.
Undoubtedly one of the most captivating places in Asia, Japan has something for everyone. It’s a nature-lover’s paradise and a city-dweller’s dream, combining tradition with modernity. Plenty of festivals are in full swing in summer, and it’s a good time to go if you want to avoid peak tourist season – as long as you’re prepared for hot, humid weather. On this 12-day adventure, you’ll explore Tokyo, learn about Hiroshima’s past at the Peace Park and Museum, hike through the Arashiyama bamboo forest and soak in hot springs in the alpine town of Hakone. Sample sake, a traditional Japanese spirit made from fermented rice, learn how to make sushi, and admire Mount Fuji from a cruise on Lake Ashi.
With sacred temples, tropical waterfalls and jungle-covered mountains, there’s no mystery as to why Bali is known as the Island of the Gods. It’s also home to some of the best beaches in Asia, offering vast stretches of soft, white sand and coral reefs teeming with marine life. If you’ve ever wanted to snorkel with turtles or learn to surf, this 12-day Bali trip allows you to do both in the company of a Local Insider and a small group of culturally curious travellers. You’ll also cycle through rice paddies by e-bike, attend a Balinese cookery class in Ubud, climb Mount Batur at sunrise and relax on the idyllic beaches of the Gili Islands. Summer is the perfect time to visit as it’s the dry season.
From tranquil seascapes and lush rice paddies to aromatic street food and lantern-lined streets, there are endless layers to peel back in Vietnam. This 12-day adventure allows you to venture into the heart of Hanoi on a walking tour, experience rural farm life in Mai Chau, glide across Lan Ha Bay on a luxury overnight cruise and tuck into spicy street food on a cyclo tour in Hue. Finally, you’ll arrive in the atmospheric city of Hoi An, with its Unesco-listed Ancient Town and a blend of French, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese influences. The signature local dish, cao lau (spiced pork with noodles and herbs), is a must.