- FUTURE TOURS
- PAST TOURS
- 5 JUNE - 23 JUNE 2019 BISHKEK TO BEIJING
- JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2019 KERALA, TAMIL NADU, WESTERN GHATS
- SEPTEMBER 2018 SVANETI - A REMOTE MOUNTAINOUS REGION
- FEBRUARY 2017 NUWARA ELIYA, KANDY, ELLA, SINGHARAHA RAIN RESERVE AND GALLE
- 13 - 29 SEPTEMBER 2017 THE THREE GREAT PROVINCES OF SUMATRA
- APRIL 2017 STARTING IN AMMAN AND FINISHING AT THE DEAD SEA
- 07 FEBRUARY - 24 FEBRUARY 2017 WESTERN INDIA
- OCTOBER 2016 BHUTAN
- 25 JUNE - 05 JULY 2016 TBILISI, TUSHETI PROVINCE, SHENAKO, DARTLO, PARSMA, ATSUNTA PASS, ARDOTI, SHATILI,KAZBEGI, TBILISI
- 15 - 27 JUNE 2016 TBILISI, KUTAISI, SVANETI AND BUTUMI
- 22 NOVEMBER - 9 DECEMBER 2015 INDIA
- 1 - 18 SEPTEMBER, 2015 UZBEKISTAN
- 5 - 25 JULY, 2015 KASHMIR AND LADAKH
- 23 JUNE - 4 JULY, 2015 LADAKH
- MAY 2015 EASTERN TURKEY
- 21 FEBRUARY - 6 MARCH, 2015 OMAN
- 14 NOVEMBER - 4 DECEMBER, 2014 MYANMAR
- 10 - 25 SEPTEMBER, 2014 TAJIKISTAN
- 10 - 28 SEPTEMBER 2013 INDONESIA
- 27 JUNE - 16 JULY 2012 TAJIKISTAN
- 28 JANUARY - 14 FEBRUARY 2011 INDIA
- 26 SEPTEMBER - 6 OCTOBER 2010 GEORGIA AND ARMENIA
- 26 SEPTEMBER - 14 OCTOBER 2009 BORNEO
- 28 OCTOBER - 8 NOVEMBER 2007 VIETNAM, CHINA AND LAOS
- 28 JULY - 14 AUGUST 2006 MONGOLIA
- COMING SOONEXPEDITION PLANNING
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.
2019 CROSSING THE ANCIENT SILK ROAD: CHINA AND CENTRAL ASIA
A 19 day journey upon which we will be accompanied by Dr Jamie Greenbaum who is currently researching the history of early Chinese utopias and also a history of the early State of Yan (the area
around and to the north of present-day Beijing). He has travelled widely in China and lectured on both Ancient and Contemporary China. As well as providing informal instruction throughout the trip, Dr Greenbaum will give a number of lectures about the history of the Silk Road. Since 2003, he has led ten very successful Silk Road expeditions for Distant Horizons. Comments from those who have travelled with Dr Greenbaum on these journeys are given at the end of this itinerary.
- 5 June - 23 June 2019
- Bishkek to Beijing
NB Party Size is limited to 20 persons Day 1 London – Istanbul – Bishkek Day 2 Bishkek Days 3 & 4 Lake Issy Kul Day 5 Tash Rabat Days 6, 7 & 8 Kashgar Days 9 & 10 Turfan Days 11 & 12 Dunhuang Days 13 & 14 Xi’an Days 15 & 16 LuoyangRead more
Cancelled – 2019 COOKERY/FOODIE TOUR OF SOUTH INDIA
Discover the diversity of tropical Kerala and the culture and architecture of Tamil Nadu on this holiday to India's far south. We stroll amongst the forests and grasslands of the mountainous Western Ghats - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's top ten biodiversity 'hot spots'. We also walk in search of elephant and other wildlife in the Periyar National Park and explore the temples and markets of Madurai. In the tranquil backwaters we ramble through villages, sit with the locals, cook handed-down recipes and spend a night aboard a coir-roofed houseboat. The itinerary is peppered with unique culinary experiences which include master-classes in cooking, visits to local markets, meals with local families to enjoy traditional south Indian food and very special cultural traditions involving food.
- January - February 2019
- Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Western Ghats
NB the start date indicated is not a firm date. HIGHLIGHTS Kochi – explore the varied colonial influence of Cochin’s cosmopolitan port town, its architecture and city sights on a walking tour. Cooking with a local expert at her private residence Drinks Reception at the Cochin Club Western Ghats – Trek amongst the plantations andRead more
2018 WILD GEORGIA RSAA Budget Tour – CANCELLED
The Society will be returning to the Caucasus with a short but fascinating and physically challenging tour to Georgia.
- September 2018
- Svaneti - a remote mountainous region
In September 2018 the Society will be returning to the Caucasus with a short but fascinating and physically challenging tour to Georgia. The primary focus is on the remote mountainous region of Svaneti. The itinerary includes the scenic Okatse Canyon; the UNESCO-listed villages of Upper Svaneti, which are the highest in Europe and notable forRead more
2018 SRI LANKA: A PAINTING TOUR
Another trip for watercolourists to the spectacular island of Sri Lanka, accompanied by Mr Hugh Buchanan
- February 2017
- Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Ella, Singharaha Rain reserve and Galle
Following the very successful painting journey to Oman in 2015 and Georgia in 2016, the Society is organizing another trip for watercolourists in February 2018, this time to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka boasts a natural environment of spectacular beauty and diversity from palm-fringed beaches to misty mountains and wildlife rich lowland jungles. Lapped byRead more
2017 EXPLORING SUMATRA
Compared to Java, this trip explores the wilder, more rugged and more ethnically diverse island of Sumatra
- 13 - 29 September 2017
- The three great provinces of Sumatra
There is a vast difference between Sumatra and neighbouring Java. Sumatra is far wilder, more rugged, more ethnically diverse, and much more difficult to get around in. Islam entered some coastal regions of Sumatra more than 300 years before it touched Java. With its great diversity of tribes (puak), and numerous megalithic, aboriginal, and matriarchalRead more
2017 TOUR OF JORDAN
Surrounded by countries with ongoing political issues, Jordan itself is relatively peaceful and it deserves to be crowded with visitors
- April 2017
- Starting in Amman and finishing at the Dead Sea
RSAA JORDAN 2017 From the sprawling city of Amman, gateway and ancient capital, we visit spectacular desert castles and Azraq Wetland Reserve before taking the 5,000 year old King’s Highway to Jerash and Ajloun to see local treasures and visit Syrian Refugees. We overnight in Madaba, the city of mosaics, and Mount Nebo, burial place ofRead more
2017 INDIA TOUR: GUJARAT AND RAJASTHAN
An exciting opportunity to visit two areas of India famous for their textiles (Gujarat) and as a kingdom of palaces (Rajasthan).
- 07 February - 24 February 2017
- Western India
RSAA 2017 tour to Gujarat and Rajasthan This 18 day tour starts with an overnight flight from London to Mumbai, followed by in internal flight to Bhuj, which still retains many of the beautiful historic monuments that made it one of Western India’s prettiest cities. We visit the textile and leather handicraft centres for which Bhuj andRead more
2016 TOUR OF BHUTAN
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.
- October 2016
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 seasonRead more
2016 BUDGET TOUR TO GEORGIA
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.
- 25 June - 05 July 2016
- 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; 1Read more
2016 GEORGIA, A PAINTING TOUR accompanied by Hugh Buchanan
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.
- 15 - 27 June 2016
- 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 includingRead more