THE SOCIETY’S PAST TOURS

In recent years, the Society’s tours have traversed the length and breadth of Asia, from Georgia and Armenia to Central India, and from Tajikistan to Indonesia. Full reports on each of these visits are published in Asian Affairs and can also be read in the RSAA Library. A short taste of where we’ve been and what we’ve seen is showcased here.

2016 TOUR OF BHUTAN

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The remote and mystical kingdom of Druk Yul, Land of the Thunder Dragon, lies virtually forgotten, sandwiched between India and Tibet in the very heart of the Himalayas. Landlocked, and still with relatively limited communications, much of its magic and charm lingers despite the arrival of the 21st century. We urge you to visit while this delightful kingdom retains its unique heritage.

When?
October 2016
Where?
Bhutan

Our Autumn tour covers the western half of the country and includes a fascinating mixture of important religious and architectural sights as well as short hikes and a number of unique meetings with local dignitaries, political and religious figures. We also attend two colourful Tsechus. Spring and autumn heralds the arrival of the Tsechu season

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2016 BUDGET TOUR TO GEORGIA

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Starting with a full-day tour of Tbilisi, a 4x4 drive (8-9 hours) takes the tour to Tusheti Province. There then follows several days of long treks and camping in tents at night. There are outstanding views and scenes of natural beauty and picturesque villages en route.
An 11 day tour intended as a budget tour with trekking and tented accommodation on 4 nights. There are daily treks of 8-9 hours on some days, reaching altitudes of 3400m in places. To undertake this tour you should be in good health, fit and happy to sleep under canvas as outlined.

When?
25 June - 05 July 2016
Where?
Tbilisi, Tusheti Province, Shenako, Dartlo, Parsma, Atsunta Pass, Ardoti, Shatili,Kazbegi, Tbilisi

Accommodation: 2 nights in Tbilisi at a comfortable 3 star, centrally located hotel (optional day 2 not included in the price); 2 nights in Tusheti province (villages Shenako and Dartlo) at a simple village house, shared bathroom; 1 night in Shatli at a simple tower of Middle Ages, shared bathroom; 4 nights in tents; 1

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2016 GEORGIA, A PAINTING TOUR accompanied by Hugh Buchanan

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Following the successful painting journey to Oman in 2015, the Society is organising another trip for watercolourists in the second half of June 2016, to Georgia - a land of turbulent histories, extraordinary cultural traditions and quite stunning landscapes.
Limited to 14 travellers.

When?
15 - 27 June 2016
Where?
Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Svaneti and Butumi

The party will fly into Tbilisi for 2 days painting in Mtskheta with its dramatic 11th C cathedral. The itinerary continues to Kutaisi, before going on to the remote and beautiful mountains of Svaneti. Here the party will spend 6 nights divided between the villages of Mestia and Ushguli. There is plenty to paint including

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2015 – Heartland of Empire Tour – Bengal

22 November - 9 December 2015

This tour is now full, but a repeat tour is possibly planned for the first part of 2016.

An 18 day cultural tour of Bengal and the Ganges.

When?
22 November - 9 December 2015
Where?
India

An 18 day cultural tour of Bengal and the Ganges Basin in 2015.   International flights will be with Jet Airways to Delhi with connecting flights to Calcutta where we will be staying at the Oberoi Grand for 3 nights; this is Calcutta’s iconic hotel and one of the great hotels of the subcontinent. Calcutta is a

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2015 Uzbekistan Tour

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The RSAA returns to its roots as the Central Asian Society, exploring both the famous highlights of the Silk Road but also lesser-known destinations

When?
1 - 18 September, 2015
Where?
Uzbekistan

In September 2015, the RSAA will be returning to the heart of the Silk Road, a country with some 100,000 years of human history, and a place central to the Society’s early years as the Central Asia Society: Uzbekistan. This 19-day, expert-led tour will allow members to explore not only the rightly famous cities of

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2015 Indian Himalayas Tour

An extended tour of the Indian Himalayas that includes the cultural sites of re-accessible Kashmir and also the unspoilt wilderness of remote Zanskar.

When?
5 - 25 July, 2015
Where?
Kashmir and Ladakh

The RSAA’s wilderness tour in 2015 will be to the Indian Himalayas, taking in both the high-altitude deserts of Ladakh and Zanskar, but also the newly re-accessible Kashmir Valley. The 21-day tour will include three short treks suitable for those of moderate fitness and agility, as well as visits to a number of important religious

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2015 Budget Ladakh Tour

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A short, affordable trek through the stunning Markha Valley, high in the Indian Himalayas.

When?
23 June - 4 July, 2015
Where?
Ladakh

The RSAA’s wilderness tour in 2015 will be to the Indian Himalayas, taking in both the high-altitude deserts of Ladakh and Zanskar, but also the newly re-accessible Kashmir Valley. In addition to this we will be offering a budget programme focused on trekking in Ladakh’s scenic Markha Valley, which can be undertaken as a stand-alone

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2015 Tour to Eastern Turkey

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A short, cultural tour of Eastern Turkey, including Erzurum, Kars, Dogubeyazit and Lake Van.

When?
May 2015
Where?
Eastern Turkey

NB This tour is scheduled for May 2015: exact departure date TBC. DAY TO DAY ITINERARY Day 1 Fly London to Trabzon, Eastern Turkey Day 2 Drive to Erzurum Day 3 Drive to Kars Day 4 Drive to Dogubeyazit Day 5 Drive to Van Day 6 Boat ride to Akdamar Island, Van Day 7 Drive

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2015 Painting Tour to Oman

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The RSAA's first specialised tour is for artists, with a preference for those working in water colours.

When?
21 February - 6 March, 2015
Where?
Oman

The first event in the RSAA’s new and expanded tour schedule will be a short (13-day UK-to-UK) tour in February-March 2015 of a new and specialised kind. It will be specifically for artists, with a preference for those working in the water-colour medium since the tour will be accompanied by a professional tutor, Hugh Buchanan,

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2014 TOUR OF MYANMAR

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This year's RSAA tour will be a cultural tour of Myanmar. It will take place from Nov 14 to Dec 4 and will be escorted by Julian Brown, an expert on South East Asia.

When?
14 November - 4 December, 2014
Where?
Myanmar

This tour is now fully subscribed. No more applications can at present be accepted. Following a change of policy in May 2011, the party of Aung San Suu Kyi – the National League for Democracy in Burma – made an announcement that month encouraging informed and respectful visits to Burma. As Southeast Asia modernizes rapidly, Myanmar

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