From the frozen reaches of Russia down to the rugged green shores of Taiwan, North & Central Asia are laden with intricate tales, contrasting landscapes and diverse cultures.   

Pockets are bottomless in North & Central Asia and digging deep can take you to parts of the world you didn't know existed. The trio of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are among the conquered yet feel unexplored. Mongolia's vast desert lands can look inhospitable to the rest of the world, but are actually dotted with warm communities and thriving oases. China's history and dynasties are cloaked in myth, progression and armour. European and African influences thread in from the west, coming undone the further east you go. This is a place where life's loose ends are tied.

Why we love North & Central Asia

  • Japan embraces its ancient traditions and intertwines them with the country's elaborate aspects of technology and modern ideals. From the temples and shrines of Nikko and Kyoto's Geisha culture, to the neon metropolis of Tokyo - Japan is a puzzle box that's worth solving
  • The Great Wall of China cannot be comprehended with statistics and imagery. This is a masterpiece of human engineering that has been built by the hands of millions and loved by more. An independent experience of the wall lays the foundations for an amazing trip around China
  • Russia is larger than you'll ever imagine. Determined to swat any western influence that come her way, the major cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg retain a distinct Russian character that is like nowhere else on Earth. Emrace a culture unlike your own
  • For a few thousand years, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were the true centres of the world, where east quite literally met west. No longer used as a thoroughfare for explorers and traders, these countries are now traipsed by travellers looking for real adventure
  • The spectacularly primitive lands of Mongolia are warm, friendly and open to adventurers. Join a yak safari through lush green hills, then search for the Eurasian badgers and Mongolian gazelles of Hustai National Park. This is a remote country with a wild, beating heart
  • Enjoy a cold drink while lying on a Turkish sunbed in the Lyabi Hauz of Bukhara. This plaza was built in 1620 around a courtyard and pool shaded by mulberry trees, providing the ideal setting to watch the world go by and soak in the unique culture of Uzbekistan

Our destinations in North & Central Asia

North & Central Asia trips

Trip Name Days From EUR
Essential Russia

8

€1,955

Yangzi & Beyond

15

€2,554

South West China

14

€2,720

Essential Russia

8

€1,620

Splendours of China

28

€6,105

Japan Revealed

12

€3,815

Explore Japan

12

€4,435

Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan Discoverer

19

€3,760

Treasures of Tibet

15

€4,155

Wonders of Winter Japan

10

€4,220

Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia

17

€3,105

Explore Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia

15

€3,045

South West China

15

€2,955

Spirit of the Silk Road - Limited Edition

13

€2,575

Secrets of Sichuan - Limited Edition

13

€2,200

Splendours of China

29

€6,770

Jewels of Uzbekistan

12

€2,015

Treasures of Taiwan

9

€2,680

Mongolia Experience

11

€3,495

Mongolia Experience

14

€3,830

Turkmenistan Discoverer

9

€2,470

Great Wall Experience - Independent

5

€947

Beijing Experience - Independent

4

€590

The North Pole - 50 Years of Victory 2016

14

€25,900

Shanghai Experience - Independent

4

€710

Xi'an Experience - Independent

4

€477

What our travellers are saying about the region

Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia, September 2016

Bill Barnetson

Japan Revealed, September 2016

Denise Borwick

Japan Revealed, September 2016

Keith Spence

China's Silk Road, August 2016

Carol Brindle