BOSTON, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alan E. Lewis, Chairman and CEO of Overseas Adventure Travel, the leader in small groups on the road less traveled for Americans over 50, today announced that O.A.T. will launch five new land adventures in Asia in 2017. New trips include "Chiang Rai to Malacca: Thailand & Malaysia Unveiled"; "South Korea & Japan"; India's "Sikkim & Bhutan"; "China's Inner Mongolia and Shanxi" and "The Stans of Central Asia." As with all O.A.T. trips, single supplements are free, but limited, so solo travelers are encouraged to reserve early.
"We are excited to offer new itineraries that connect travelers with Asia's diverse people and myriad cultures through visits to cities and villages, homes and schools, temples and monasteries, and other places where locals, and not tourists, convene," said Lewis. "Whether meeting with a shaman in Sikkim, taking part in a candlelight meditation service at a Buddhist monastery in Japan, or spending the night in a traditional ger, or round tent, in Inner Mongolia, our new itineraries offer rich, cultural experiences at an excellent value."
Chiang Rai to Malacca: Thailand & Malaysia Unveiled
Thailand: Bangkok • Chiang Rai • Chiang Mai • Krabi • Trang • Malaysia: Penang • Cameron Highlands • Kuala Lumpu
19 days from $3895, including international airfare from Los Angeles
From the hill tribes of Northern Thailand to the glittering cityscapes of Malaysia, travelers will be introduced a vast spectrum of distinct Southeast Asian cultures with activities that include a tribal village visit, almsgiving with Buddhist monks; preparing lunch with locals on an island village; home-hosted dinner; island school visit, and more.
South Korea & Japan: Temples, Shrines & Seaside Treasures
South Korea: Seoul • Daegu • Gyeongju • Japan: Tokyo • Toba • Kyoto
17 days from $5995 ($353/day), including international air from San Francisco
Free Single Supplements
On this adventure, travelers explore ancient kingdoms and modern cities—from South Korea's Seoul to the lakeside resort of Gyeongju and from Imperial Japan's glittering Tokyo, maritime Toba, and temple-filled Kyoto. Some highlights include: lunch with "sea women" who make their living free-diving for pearls; Korea's Demilitarized Zone; making traditional Hwamunseok mats in Ganghwa village; dinner and candlelight meditation with Buddhist monks and overnight in their communal living quarters; UNESCO site and temple visits; and Japan's bullet train ride.
India's Sikkim & Bhutan: Hidden Kingdom of the Himalayas
India: Delhi • Martam • Darjeeling • Bhutan: Thimphu • Gangtey • Punakha • Paro
19 days from $5395 ($284/day), including international air from New York
Free Single Supplements
In Sikkim, meet shaman, share meal with village leader and family, visit school and organic farm; sunrise yoga; and monk-led morning meditation and discussion on Buddha's teachings; Darjeeling tea estate visit; ride steam-powered "toy train" (UNESCO); in Bhutan, Tiger's Nest Monastery, cultural performance, traditional hot stone bath, and more.
China's Inner Mongolia and Shanxi: Hidden Gems of the North
Beijing • Xilamuren Grassland • Hohhot • Datong • Pingyao • Xian • Hong Kong
18 days from $4495 ($278/day), including international airfare from Los Angeles
Meet Mongolian family and spend the day as a herdsman; overnight in traditional ger; visits to Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Monastery and temples; cook and share lunch with villagers in Ma Jia Bao village; visit Xian's Muslin Quarter; sampan boat ride, and more.
The Stans of Central Asia: Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan • Uzbekistan: Khiva • Bukhara • Samarkand • Tashkent
16 days from $5995 ($375/day), including international airfare from New York
Free Single Supplements
Family-hosted meals; UNESCO site visits, golden stallion farm tour; Silk Road desert drives, discussions with Bedouins and artisans; Samarkand bread making, market and bazaar visits, and more.
To see more on O.A.T.'s trip offerings for 2017, including videos, please visit www.oattravel.com. To reserve a trip, please call 1-800-955-1925. Information about O.A.T.'s comprehensive solo-friendly program can be found at OAT.
ABOUT OVERSEAS ADVENTURE TRAVEL
Established in 1978, Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) is part of Boston-based Grand Circle Corporation's family of travel companies, which also includes Grand Circle Cruise Line and Grand Circle Travel. In 1992, owners Alan and Harriet Lewis established the nonprofit Grand Circle Foundation to support communities in which Grand Circle works and travels, including some 300 humanitarian, cultural, and educational endeavors worldwide—among them, 100 schools, in 50 countries. The Foundation is an entity of the Lewis Family Foundation, which has pledged or donated more than $164 million since 1981.
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