Round the world discovery: sacred sites & ancient civilisations

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    Enjoy the lush countryside and tea plantations

    Enjoy the lush countryside and tea plantations

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    Explore Dharamsala, the spiritual home of the Dalai Lama | Travel Nation

    Explore Dharamsala, the spiritual home of the Dalai Lama

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    Visit stunning temples and gardens in historic Kyoto | Travel Nation
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    Coromandal Peninsula, Nordinsel Neuseeland

    Visit the gorgeous Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand

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    Soak up the spiritual atmosphere of the Golden Temple in India | Travel Nation
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    A traditional Kava ceremony is a highlight of any Fijian trip

    A traditional Kava ceremony is a highlight of any Fijian trip

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    Photograph the legendary rock formations known as The Three Sisters

    Take in the spectacular views of the Blue Mountains

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    Pass llamas grazing on the terraces of the Sacred Valley | Travel Nation
Tailor-made holidays

Duration(in days): 52

From: UK

To: Sri Lanka | India | Japan | Fiji | New Zealand | Australia | Chile | Peru



Inc. International flights (Per person, based on 2 sharing)

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    Spend six weeks discovering the history and culture of some of the world’s most fascinating countries with this round the world holiday, visiting 8 countries across 3 different continents. Experience the ancient traditions of Sri Lanka and get off the beaten track in the sacred cities of northern India. Witness the juxtaposition of old and new in Japan’s capitals and learn about the Maori culture of New Zealand. Enjoy a relaxing beach break in Fiji before heading to Peru to walk in the footsteps of the Incas before watching the sunrise at Machu Picchu.

    This round the world trip is designed to introduce you to some of the world’s richest cultures, from the ancient to the modern. Immerse yourself in new, exotic destinations, experience long-standing customs, meet the locals and learn about the history that precedes these fascinating traditions.

    This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, so please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

    This holiday includes

    • International flights
    • All transfers
    • All accommodation         
    • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary          


    • Explore the famous ‘Temple of the Sacred Tooth’ in cultural Kandy             
    • Spot buffalo and leopard in Yala National Park   
    • Head off the beaten track and discover spiritual northern India            
    • Visit Japan’s capitals, from exciting Tokyo to ancient Kyoto
    • Take part in a traditional Japanese cooking class
    • Experience friendly culture in Fiji          
    • Spend 1 night in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

    Day 1: Depart UK

    Depart the UK from your chosen airport.

    Days 2-9: Sri Lankan Splendours

    Your round the world adventure begins in Sri Lanka, a country rich in tradition with wonderful wildlife and spectacular beaches. Your 8-day trip begins in the cultural capital, Kandy, home to the sacred ‘Temple of the Tooth’. Next, you'll enjoy a short 4km trek through the Central Highlands, where you'll see the stunning Knuckles Mountain Range, visit a tea plantation and explore the beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya. Travelling from tea country to leopard country, your next stops are Horton Plains and Yala National Park - where you'll have the opportunity to spot buffalo, sloth and even the elusive leopard if you’re lucky!

    Enjoy the lush countryside and tea plantations

    Days 9-16: India’s far north: Amritsar, Dharamsala and Shimla         

    Welcome to India! This trip whisks you away from the traditional tourist trail, taking you far north of Delhi. You'll spend one unforgettable week exploring a trio of very different Indian cities, experiencing distinct cultures, lifestyles and landscapes. First, you’ll visit Amritsar, home of the Golden Temple and the centre of the Sikh faith, as well as the fascinating Indian-Pakistan border ceremony. Next, you’ll head to Dharamsala, in the foothills of the Himalayas, the spiritual home of the exiled Dalai Lama. Afterwards, you’ll explore the charming colonial toy-town of Shimla. From fast-paced and busy to peaceful and quiet, this is a great introduction to some of India’s top spots.

    Soak up the spiritual atmosphere of the Golden Temple in India | Travel Nation

    Days 17-23: Japan’s capitals: A week in Tokyo and Kyoto        

    Next, your journey takes you to stunning and gentle Japan, where you’ll spend a week exploring Japan’s capitals. Over seven days, you’ll travel from Tokyo’s cutting-edge cityscapes to the former imperial capital, Kyoto. Discover the deep sense of history, tradition and respect that imbues Japanese culture as you wander around some of Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temples, visit a Japanese tea house and sample some ‘matcha’ green tea before boarding the bullet train to the cultural city of Kyoto. Here, you’ll be enchanted by the wooden townhouses, colourful crafts, painted temples and old-world geishas. Shop in local markets, join a Japanese cooking class and sample Japanese sake (rice wine) on this trip into the heart of Japanese culture.

    Visit stunning temples and gardens in historic Kyoto | Travel Nation

    Days 24-31: Yasawa Islands, Fiji

    Fiji's Yasawa Islands is your next stop, famed for their welcoming, white sands and clear blue waters, the Yasawa Islands Fiji are a top choice for island-hopping. Our 8-day Discover the Yasawa's adventure takes you to two of our favourites, where laidback relaxation, fantastic service and spectacular views mean you'll never want to leave!

    Sail around Fiji's gorgeous Yasawa Islands | Travel Nation

    Days 31-38: Cultural New Zealand: North Island road trip   

    New Zealand's North Island is your next stop, giving you a chance to learn about Maori culture on a self-drive adventure. Starting in Auckland, you’ll explore in the city before driving north to Paihia, on the shore of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Here, you will visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the history of New Zealand was changed forever with a pact between the British and the Maori. Heading south again, you’ll spend a night on the Coromandel Peninsula and walk along its windswept beaches before arriving in Rotorua. Here, you’ll watch the haka at a Maori village, tuck into a delicious hangi feast, visit Hobbiton and admire traditional art in Te Puia. You’ll finish your trip back in Auckland with a new understanding of Maori history.

    Discover the beauty of Waiheke Island, New Zealand | Travel Nation

    Days 38-41: Sydney Stopover

    We have included our 3 night Sydney Stopover package to help you explore the city. One of the most famous cities in the world, Sydney is a must do on your round the world itinerary. From iconic landmarks to beautiful beaches Sydney has something for everybody. Take a walk to Darling Harbour, cruise around the Sydney Opera House, visit kangaroos in Sydney Zoo and spend a day trying to surf on the stunning Bondi Beach.

    Explore the incredible city of Sydney

    Days 41-44: Sanitago

    Welcome to South America! We have included our Santiago Stopover package to help you explore the city. Looked over by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, this package is the perfect introduction to Santiago and all it has to offer. During your time here, we have included a half day city tour where you will visit the Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins, Santiago’s main avenue and the Government Palace, also known as La Moneda.

    Enjoy the beautiful mountain views around Santiago

    Days 44-51: Ancient Peru: Cusco, Sacred Valley & the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    Last stop, Ancient Peru! Spend a night in the Sacred Valley before trekking the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! Walk in the footsteps of the Incas before watching the sunrise at Machu Picchu, one of Peru’s most important historical sites. This trip explores some of the most important historical sites in Peru and can be fully tailored to fit you.

    The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in Peru and is classed as one of the top 5 treks in the world. On the Inca trail, you will pass through beautiful mountain scenery, sub-tropical jungle, cloud-forest and see plenty of Inca relics such as Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. This 4-day trek takes you along the final, and most spectacular part of the trail – ending at Machu Picchu in time for the sunrise on the final day.

    Visit the sacred world heritage site of Machu Picchu | Travel Nation

    Day 52: Arrive UK

    We've made a similar trip...

    If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post, Northern India: Amritsar, Varanasi and the Taj Mahal, written by one of our consultants who has been there.

    This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.              

    What's included
    • International and domestic flights
    • Return airport transfers
    • Private driver in Sri Lanka and India
    • Private guiding where specified
    • Transport in Japan and India          
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
    Not included
    • Any additional excursions not mentioned
    • Any meals not mentioned
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips and gratuities