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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.

When?
5 June - 23 June 2019
Where?
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 Luoyang

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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.

When?
January - February 2019
Where?
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 and

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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.

When?
September 2018
Where?
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 for

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2018 SRI LANKA: A PAINTING TOUR

Another trip for watercolourists to the spectacular island of Sri Lanka, accompanied by Mr Hugh Buchanan

When?
February 2017
Where?
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 by

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2017 EXPLORING SUMATRA

Compared to Java, this trip explores the wilder, more rugged and more ethnically diverse island of Sumatra

When?
13 - 29 September 2017
Where?
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 matriarchal

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2017 TOUR OF JORDAN

Surrounded by countries with ongoing political issues, Jordan itself is relatively peaceful and it deserves to be crowded with visitors

When?
April 2017
Where?
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 of

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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).

When?
07 February - 24 February 2017
Where?
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 and

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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.

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

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

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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