Art & Architecture of Sri Lanka
Sunday 24 February to Friday 08 March 2019 - Led by Dr Marie-Louise Lillywhite
Cambridge-educated Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa (1919-2003) was the most influential Asian architect of his generation, leaving an inspiring legacy of contemporary buildings across his home country and beyond. Bawa is considered to be the driving force behind tropical modernism, the new vernacular style which was a major contributing factor in Sri Lanka’s post-colonial cultural renaissance, and he is also responsible for reviving an interest in indigenous materials and crafts.
London • Negombo • Yapahuwa • Kandalama • Sigiriya • Polonnaruwa • Dambulla Caves • Kandy • Peradeniya Gardens • Temple of the Tooth • Nuwara Eliya • Galle Fort • Bentota • Lunuganga • Colombo • London
13 Days £3875 $4844* with Flights
Orangutans and Rainforests of Borneo
Saturday 06 – Saturday 20 April 2019 - Led by Dr Hannah Trayford
The Bornean rainforest is one of the most ecologically diverse habitats in the world. It’s an unbeatable destination for anyone with an interest in wildlife, and rainforest wildlife in particular. Joining this tour will give you the chance to see a wide range of plant and animal species, including the elusive wild orangutan. You will also meet the indigenous communities who have made the rainforest their home for millennia, and whose active involvement is so vital to its future survival.
Kuala Lumpur • Kuching • Bako National Park • Matang wildlife centre & Kubah National Park • Tanjung Datu National Park • Telok Melano & Telok Serabang • Kuching & Sematan • Bengoh Village & Kuching • Nanga Jambu • Enseluai Waterfall • Nanga Jambu • Kuching • London
13 Days £2980 $3576* with Flights
Astronomy - India
Friday 13 to Friday 27 September 2019 - Led by Dr Carolin Crawford
On this fascinating expert-led tour you will visit historical observatories and also learn about modern-day astronomical developments and discoveries. but also appreciate the cultural influence of star gazing and study has on Hindu beliefs and practices today. Discover the interplay between science, religion, and folk traditions on this one-off astronomy themed tour of India.
Delhi • Varanasi • Agra • Jaipur • Pune • Mumbai • London
15 Days £4485 $6054* with Flights
Textiles, Arts and Crafts of Bhutan
Wednesday 30 October - Thursday 14 November 2019 - Led by Zara Fleming
Isolated from the outside world for centuries, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan measures its progress in Gross National Happiness and mass tourism is not welcome. Its Buddhist philosophy, ancient monasteries and pristine environment create a unique travel destination, which delights the mind, body and spirit. It is the last remaining Buddhist kingdom in the world and it has successfully developed its own cultural identity. This culture is unique in its characteristics and achievements in architecture, textiles and other crafts; and still remains distinct from other Himalayan areas.
London • Kathmandu • Thimphu • Punakha • Trongsa • Bhumthang • Mongar • Lhuntse • Trashigang • Paro • Kathmandu • London
16 Days £4998 $6745* with Flights
A Geology Field Trip to Oman
Sunday 01 – Friday 13 December 2019 - Led by Professor Mike Searle & Bruce Levell
This is a rare opportunity to explore the landscapes and geology of Oman, with dozens of World class geological sites, including the World’s largest and best exposed ophiolite, eclogites, sheath folds, fantastic exposures of Mesozoic limestones and ancient Tethyan Oceanic seamounts, as well as amazing deserts and beautiful coastline. It is suited to amateur geologists who want to learn about Oman and to apply their existing knowledge in the field.
Muscat • Al Sawadi • Wadi Al Abyadh • Rustaq • Wadi Bani Kharus, Wadi Hajir & Wadi Mistal • Nizwa • Bahla & Wadi Nakhr • Saiq Plateau • Muscat • As Sifah • London
13 Days £4995 $6745* with Flights