For some, travelling is about witnessing breathtaking landscapes, and others, it’s about the food and culture. Then there are those of us who travel to experience a different way of life; that which has been around from centuries past and remains unchanged despite the (sometimes invasive) inroads of the 21st century. Even though our tours are known for taking our guests to some of the most beautiful and untouched-by-mankind spots in the world, we also enjoy taking the time to step back into time and understanding how the past shaped much of the present. Here are 3 of our favourite #throwbackthursday tours.
Located in the generally less-explored Eastern Europe, Romania is a breathtaking country that is still relatively unvisited. Home to all forms of relief, almost every inch of this country is reminiscent of a Grimm Brothers’ fairytale land. Rich in mythology, rural landscapes and ancient traditions, it is easy to see why many of the Romanian people still hold on tightly to their customs despite technological advances! This tour takes you from Bucharest to Maramures and finally on to Brasov, famed for Bran’s Castle, aka, Dracula’s Castle.
Inspiring the legends of Shangri-La, our trip to Chengdu follows the ancient tea route that takes us through a breathtaking region hat spans the Tibetan regions of Yunnan and Sichuan. This is a land where myth and reality intertwine, where the snow-capped mountains are named after gods, and where clear, glacier-fed streams tumble through forests of highland. One of the highlights of this trip is to the city of Xinduqiao, where so little has changed it truly feels like you’ve time traveled. From the architecture to the way of life, this small Tibetan town is famous for its plateau pastural scenery, with vivid green grassland, streams, mountains, and Tibetan counting houses surrounding it. It is often called the paradise of photographers, due to the wonderful natural light and stunning landscapes, particularly during the Autumn season. We will also visit the famous old teahouses of Chengdu, where you will get to experience a traditional part of Chinese culture that is still alive today. Think locals relaxing in bamboo chairs as they smoke, watch TV, play cards and Majiang, whiling the day away.
A land where time seems to have stopped still outside the bustling city of Ulan Bator, the Mongolians have fiercely preserved their nomadic way of life, still living in gets and exhibiting an impressive relationship with their animals in order to survive the scorching summers and freezing winters. This exciting tour offers you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live amongst the famous eagle hunters, where they’ll display their prowess on horseback as they hunt astride them with their eagles. We’ll also stay with camel and horse breeders in the steppes, spending the night in a ger with vast expanse of land surrounding the family’s camp.