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 AUD
Explore Japan

12

$5,605

Essential Russia

8

$2,545

Explore Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia

15

$4,590

Yangzi & Beyond

15

$4,155

Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan Discoverer

19

$5,950

Splendours of China

28

$8,785

Mongolia Experience

14

$6,530

Spirit of the Silk Road

13

$3,990

The North Pole - 50 Years of Victory

14

$37,900

Secrets of Sichuan

13

$3,750

South West China

14

$4,080

Winter in Japan: Hokkaido Discovery

10

$6,360

Japan Winter Explorer

21

$12,565

What our travellers are saying about the region

Yangzi & Beyond, May 2017

Anna Spota

Explore Japan, August 2017

BELINDA INNES

Explore Japan, November 2017

Ron & Jane Lunken

Explore Japan, November 2017

Sandra+Harry Newman