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Experience an Original World! Book a Travel Tour with a group or privately to many destinations in India, Asia, Europe, and many more... Please enjoy this brochure and share it with your friends and ...

Experience an Original World! Book a Travel Tour with a group or privately to many destinations in India, Asia, Europe, and many more... Please enjoy this brochure and share it with your friends and family. For more information visit www.originalworld.com

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    • Dear Fellow Travelers: GENERAL INFORMATION, TERMS & CONDITIONSWelcome to the fourteenth season of Spirit of India and Cancellations/Refunds:Original World. Through the years we have been fortunate Number of Days prior to departure Cancellation Feeto take an increasing number of guests on magical journeys Deposit, non-refundable $500 + any airfare penaltiesto India, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. 90-76 days 75%This year we are adding an incredible cultural tour of Syria 75 days or less no refundand Iran to our portfolio, and we are excited that some of Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended. We recommend Travelex. Cost varies according to your tripour newer trips to Sudan, Central Asia and the Balkans have package. A brochure describing benefits and fees is included in your trip preparations packet. Cancelled Trips: Our tours are guaranteed with a minimum of two people. Original World reserves the right tomet with resounding approval from our loyal customers. cancel any trip due to inadequate sign-up, which makes the trip economically infeasible to operate. NotificationAs we continue to grow, we are conscious that the economy will be given at least 60 days prior to departure. A full refund will be given or you may choose to transfer to another tour. We have never cancelled a tour that had at least 2 people booked, however a supplement fee appliesweighs heavily on the minds of many. We are committed to if the group size is less than the minimum listed for the tour price quote.ensuring that our clients are still able to travel by keepingour prices reasonable and ensuring that our clients get good Limitation of Liabilityvalue for their money. Original World Inc, aka Spirit of India, its owners, agents and affiliated companies act only as agents for hotels, transportation companies, land operators and suppliers of travel services and assume no liability in connection withEven in tough times, we yearn to explore other cultures and the operation or service of any transportation vehicle or hotel which may be used for services to Original World triplearn. More than ever, we want to understand – both the members. Original World and its operators and agents will assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, irregularity or additional costs resulting directly or indirectly from any of the following causes: weather, failure of anydifferences and the ways in which we are alike. Mostly we means of transportation to adhere to schedules, quarantines, strikes, civil disturbances, theft, government regulations,find that the universal principles that unite us – love for our or changes in transport and lodging beyond our reasonable control. Original World reserves the right at any time,families, desire for health care and education – can lift our either prior to or after departure, to, in its good-faith discretion, change or reprice any tour, including but not limited tospirits during these uncertain times. the right to alter or omit any part of the itinerary, to substitute hotels or leaders, or change any means of conveyance without notice and without allowance of refund, with the liability of increased costs–if any–to be borne by tripAs we traverse the earth from one exotic pocket to the members. Original World reserves the right to change any itinerary at any time when it is deemed advisory for thenext, our awareness of the abundance in our own lives is safety of the group or to comply with government restrictions. We have never had to drastically change an itinerary inawakened. We are reminded of what is truly important in our ten years of operation. On rare occasion minor logistical changes are needed due to changes in conditions.life. That is a precious gift indeed. Assumption of risk and release of liability I acknowledge the risk and hazards of travel. By signing this statement I accept responsibility for my own welfare andAs cultural ambassadors of the world, may all your travel waive future claims against Original World for liability to the maximum extent permitted by law. I understand thatexperiences be journeys of continual renewal. Original World contracts with a network of operators around the world through affiliate tour operators. These thirdWe’d love to have you join us! party service providers are deemed qualified and experienced to the best of Original World’s knowledge. I understand, however, that Original World is unable to fully supervise or guarantee the performance of such third parties. Therefore, I fully release and hold harmless Original World Inc from any and all liability for all their acts or omissions. I agree thatSincerely, this Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability statement shall be legally binding upon myself, all minors under the age of 21 traveling with me, my heirs, successors, and legal representatives. I further agree to fully indemnify Original World Inc from all and any liabilities to the maximum extent permitted by law and for all its costs, expenses, damages, etc (including attorney’s fees) arising from or attributable to any claims or actions arising from my travel with OriginalBarbara Sansone World and which claims or actions are specifically released by me in this document. I confirm that I have read, fullySpirit of India/Original World understand and agree to all the terms and conditions contained in this document.YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS Barbara Sansone launched Spirit of India in 1997. A former educator, magazine photographer and passionate traveler, Our group tours are priced based on a stated minimum number of sign-up yet are guaranteed to operate with awith our first phone conversation during which you will let she conceived of the idea after a 13-year career in Public minimum of two people. If a tour has less than the minimumus know all about your special interests, preferences, where Relations for arts and culture. The company extended required within 30 days of departure, a supplement fee isyou’ve been and where you’d like to go next. We enjoy its offerings beginning in 1999 to include other parts of charged to cover the fixed costs of the trip.learning about your particular travel style and discussing the world which contained an element of adventure andwith you the various types of travel experiences available so mystique. Barbara conceived of the name Original World for Single Room: If you prefer a single room, a single room the expanded company offerings and incorporated in 2006. supplement is charged. If you would like to share, we will trythat we can offer suggestions that will suit you best. We will to match you with a roommate and offer a subsidized singlehelp you decide which group tour or custom itinerary will WHY CHOOSE US? room fee if we are unable.fulfill your vision and, after you book, we are available toyou every step of the way as you prepare. 1) Original World’s customer service, highly praised by our Requested Modifications to custom tours after booking clients, is extremely personal and extensive. Each client is are subject to a $150 administrative fee plus any penaltiesWe suggest booking a minimum of six to nine months in treated as an individual with particular needs, preferences imposed by the hotels or airlines for cancellations oradvance, though we can usually arrange trips with a shorter and concerns. rescheduled dates.lead time. Please note however, you may not get your firstchoice hotels and certain trips require special permits. 2) Spirit of India’s roster of group tours is unsurpassed Transfers: You may transfer to other group tours in the same by any other tour company in terms of diversity of areas calendar year for an administration fee of $50 per personWe are constantly adding new destinations, new dates within India, variety of special interest focuses, depth of by notifying us no later than 90 days prior to the departureand fine-tuning our itineraries based on feedback from explorations and comprehensiveness of the itineraries. date of their trip.our current clients as well as new people who call in todiscuss their special interests. You can check our websites Spirit of India has gained a reputation as the premier tour operator to for travelers who want more than “the usual.” RESERVATIONSfor updates and if you had indicated interest in certaindestinations in the past, you will receive an email or postal 3) All tours under the Original World umbrella are developed You may book the trip by phone to assure your space butannouncement of changes and additions specific to you. with the same priorities: strong trusted relationships within please mail or fax the signed application.We’ve built our company on personal service and your the country, unique personalized twists on the standard Upon booking, you will receive a confirmation packet whichvaluable suggestions so please feel free to call with itinerary, attention to detail, continual refinement based on will include information on preparing for your journey and aquestions, concerns and comments. our clients’ feedback and requests. travel insurance brochure application. 4) The company allows great flexibility. You are not requiredABOUT US PAYMENT SCHEDULE to purchase a designated group air flight, you can add preOriginal World Inc, also dba Spirit of India, provides specialty and post tour extensions, purchase a partial tour itinerary $600 per person deposit is required to confirm your booking.tours and travel services to discriminating travelers seeking and custom clients can change hotels and services even Internal flights are due upon request. Final balance 90 daysinsights into non-western cultures. The tours focus on while in the midst of their trip (additional fees may apply). prior to departure. We accept Visa, Mastercard and Americanpromoting cultural understanding and offer opportunities for 5) Our goal is to ensure that you have an extraordinary Express and offer 3% discount for payment by check.authentic interaction with the local people. travel experience. We will do whatever is possible to achieveOur groups are operated with flexibility to accommodate this goal. No amount of calls and questions are too many. Our office hours are: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Pacific Time.individual requests when possible and to partake in PRICES www.originalworld.comunscheduled local events that may cross the clients’ path inquire@originalworld.comduring their journey. We strive to keep the prices as published, however since our tours are planned more than a year in advance, prices are US & Canada Toll Free: 888-367-6147For the independent traveler who does not like to travel with International: 415-381-5861a group, but seeks a level of security, the customized travel subject to change due to increases in hotel rates, fuel costsplans offer complete travel support services. and foreign currency fluctuation. All photos by Barbara Sansone except where noted otherwise.
    • SPIRIT OF INDIA Fall 2010-Summer 2011 GROUP TOURSNORTH and SOUTH INDIA • HIMALAYAS TRIBAL REGIONS • WILDLIFE 888.367.6147
    • EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL! BOOK ANY 2011 INDIA TOUR BY APRIL 15, 2010 AND LOCK IN 2010 PRICE. SPIRIT OF INDIA | NORTH INDIA T RAVEL THROUGH EXOTIC COLORFUL RAJASTHAN, —the land of maharajas, sand dunes, wooded hills, scintillating lakes, palaces and rugged forts! These two tours offer you an excellent introduction to India, covering Rajasthan with Pushkar Fair November 12-28, 2010 • with Pushkar Camel Fair O Rajasthan’s highlights and a visit to the Taj Mahal. BSERVING TRIBAL and nomadic lifestyle up Royal Rajasthan Enjoy stays at historic palaces and heritage close at the Pushkar Fair is one of the fascinating features of this tour. We arrive a couple of days properties. An overland tour offers an opportunity to glimpse traditional lifestyles in before the India Tourist’s “official” 3 day fair, so as to villages and towns. You will see magnificent art and architecture, unspoiled desert experience the authentic event which is actually 10 days. A landscapes and experience the bustle of daily life virtually unchanged over the great many of the camel herders leave Pushkar before the centuries. event for the tourists commences. November 1-15, 2010; February 1-15, 2011 Day 1 Arrive Delhi Day 2 Delhi Tour Old & New Delhi. November Tour includes Dilwali-Festival of Lights Day 3–4 Udaipur Palace, Museum, art galleries, bazaars. Sunset boat ride. Attend puja at Jagdish Temple. Day 5 Ranakpur–Narlai Visit Ranakpur Jain Temple. Continue to Narlai - an enchanting new destination with bustling bazaars and temples where a miraculous flame has burnt for centuries producing saffron! We stay at a restored 15th century home of Merwar nobility. Day 6–8 Pushkar Attend the fair and explore the village. Day 9 Jodhpur Day 10–11 Jaiselmer Day 12 Bikaner Day 13 Shekawati Day 14–15 Jaipur Day 16 Agra Visit Fatehpur Sikri. enroute Day 17 Taj Mahal—Home Prices: $4225, Private Room Upgrade: $1985. Plus Estimated Internal Air: Delhi- Udaipur: $200. Meals: Daily breakfast, six lunches, four dinners. Art and Architecture of North India October 26 – November 11, 2010; February 8-24, 2011 Day 1 Arrive Delhi Day 2 Tour Old and New Delhi. Day 3 Shekawati see the amazing painted havelis and frescos. Day 4 Bikaner A medieval grandeur permeates the city’s lifestyle. Day 5–6 Jaiselmer enjoy the dramatic Thar Desert and genuine warmth of the people. Tour the 12th century Jaisalmer Fort, the beautiful havelis profusely decorated with intricately carved motifs. The results are A RTISTS, ART HISTORY BUFFS—anyone interested in ancient cultures—will especially enjoy this excursion into India’s magnificent artistic legacy. The tour highlights the art history of Indo Aryan and Dravidian architecture (Sikhara, Nagara and Gopuram Styles), Sultanat, Persian, Mughul, Rajput and Deccani paintings, Chola Bronzes, Indo—Persian and Mori carpets and architectural purity that cannot be seen elsewhere. Day 7–8 Jodhpur Drive thru textiles, and the marble inlay technique, pietra dura. North India, with its well– the heart of the Thar Desert via Bishnoi tribal villages. Day 9–10 Udaipur enroute known monuments and temples, is the original source of various painting styles, visit the breathtaking Ranakpur Jain Temples built in 1439. Visit the Royal Palace, sculpture and textiles. You will also enjoy Rajasthani music and dances; traditional bazaars, miniature painting studios. Sunset private boat ride on Lake Pichola. Day Indian meals and special presentations. 11-13 Jaipur/Samode one night at 18th century Samode Palace. Visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal (The Palace of Winds) and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Day 14 Agra Visit Fatephur Sikri and Taj Mahal. Day 15 Depart Extension to Khajuraho and Varanasi November 15-19, 2010; February 15-19, 2011 Day 15 Gwailor Overnight at 120-year-old Usha Kiran Palace. Day 16 Khajuraho visit the classical temples. Of the original 85, only 25 survive and each is a masterpiece. Day 17-18 Varanasi Attend Aarti (fire ceremony) on the banks of the Ganges. Dawn boat ride on Ganges, walking tour of ghats and temples. Visit Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon in 500 BC. Day 19 Depart Prices : $4565/Nov, $4770/Feb; Private Room Upgrade: $1865. Plus Estimated Internal Air: Udaipur–Jaipur: $150. Meals: daily breakfasts, four lunches, two dinners. Extension: $740-$1060 Private Room Upgrade: $325. Day 1 Arrive Delhi Day 2–3 Delhi Tour Old and New Delhi. Day 4–5 Plus Estimated Internal Air: Khajuraho–Varanasi–Delhi $300. Khajuraho classical temples Chandella Period. Day 6 Orccha—Gwalior Jahangir Mahal Palace and Ram Raja Temple. Enjoy a stay at the 120-year-old regal Usha Kiran Palace with artistic stone carvings and delicate filigree. Day 7 Agra Introduction to the Indo-Persian architecture of the Timurid Dynasty and the famous marble inlay work of Agra, pietra dura. Visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Day 8–9 Jaipur visit Fatephur Sikri and Jaipur. Day 10-11 Jodhpur visit Ossian village, Jodhpur city and fort. Browse the bazaars. Day 12–13 Udaipur Rankapur Jain Temples, Palace, Museum, miniature paintings and artists’ studios. Sunset boat ride. Day 14–15 Bombay Prince of Wales and Gandhi Museums, cave temples on Elephanta Island. A walk through the old part of Bombay with Bombay Heritage Walking Club. Introduction to the Indo Saracenic architectural styles that influenced many of India’s monuments. Day 16 Ellora/Ajanta Caves Day 17 Depart Prices: $5300/Oct. $5573/Feb; Private Room Upgrade: $1830. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $695. Meals: daily breakfast, three lunches, four dinners. www.originalworld.com 4
    • EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL! BOOK ANY 2011 INDIA TOUR BY APRIL 15, 2010 AND LOCK IN 2010 PRICE. SPIRIT OF INDIA | NORTH INDIA Spiritual India Ancient Cultures of the Indian Himalayas: Comprehensive Tour of the Diverse Cultures of India June 10-28 and September 2-20, 2010 April 5–23, 2010 coincides with Ardh Kumbh Mela October 5-23, 2010 coincides with Dusshera TRAVEL THROUGH A DIVERSE cross section of India both geographically and spiritually, from the Himalayas through Rajasthan, visiting the holy pilgrimage sites of various religions of India. As spiritual traditions are woven into India’s cultural K INNAUR AND SPITI VALLEY, two remote districts within the Indian Himalaya and bordering Tibet, are the highlights of this extraordinary journey. A chance for genuine interaction with local people and unspoilt beauty, traditional villages, ancient monasteries containing priceless collections of thankas, sculptures and wall paintings, meetings with lamas. fabric, the best way to experience India is to visit its sacred sites. Previously restricted, the districts opened to foreigners about 15 years ago; Spirit of India began offering this tour in 1998. Our partner and escort is the foremost expert. One of the most comprehensive itineraries of North India, we traverse through seven Indian States, stay at some of the best hotels and participate in special ceremonies. Day 1 Arrival in Delhi Day 2 Delhi Tour of Old and New Delhi. Day 3 No other company either runs such a tour or is able to conduct it like us. Shimla Walking tour. Day 4 Sarahan, a lovely village surrounded by apple orchards and dominated by Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. Day 5 Sangla Valley, Day 1 Arrive Delhi Day 2–3 the most beautiful valley of Himachal Pradesh, with wooded slopes surrounded by Delhi Orientation, Bazaars and green fields and high peaks. Day 6—7 Kalpa Easy walks to the ancient villages. Yoga. Tour Old and New Delhi. Day We stay at beautiful Kalpa Villa at the base of Mt. Kinner Kailash. Day 8 Nako, a 4–6 Dharamsala Walking tours- sweet village, once an important center of Buddhism. Seven temples built between prayer wheel, nunnery; Namgyal 11th - 12th centuries are distributed throughout the village, including a monastic Monastery (Dalai Lama’s monastery) complex which preserves the earliest artistic heritage. Day 9 Spiti Valley—Tabo to witness monks puja. Join locals Geographically and archeologically, Spiti is a living museum. The mountains are for a meditation walk around the devoid of any vegetation due to erosion by wind, sun and snow over thousands of monastery complex. A breathtaking, years. In Tabo village we visit the Chos Khor Monastery. Built 996 AD, it is one of the inspiring experience—not to be few remaining examples of the Golden Period of Buddhist Culture. It houses more missed! than 100 lamas, a large number of scriptures, art, wall paintings, tankhas and stucco. Namgyal Monastery practices Kalachakra Tantra, which is instrumental in bringing about world peace and harmony. When in residence, the Dalai Lama leads the prayers on special occasions. Day 6–7 Taragarh Excursion to Norbulinka Institute enroute. Visit Sherabiling Monastery. Attend the prayer session of the grammy-winning monks. Day 8 Amritsar witness religious traditions of the Sikhs at the Golden Temple. Day 9–11 Haridwar—Rishikesh Walking tours. Homa ceremony, performed by a Hindu Priest with a sacred fire while Sanskrit mantras are chanted. Bhajan, Kirtan. Day 12–14 Varanasi Sunrise boat ride on the Ganges. Walking tour observing the rituals of Hindu worship. Attend Aarti (fire ceremony) on the banks of the Gan- ges. Visit Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon in 500 BC. Dusshera and Bharat Milap Festival. Day 15 Khajuraho visit the Classical Temples Day 16-17 Agra Sunrise at the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Excursion to Mathura, birthplace of Krishna and Vrindavan, Day 10-12 Lhalung—Dankar Rise early to join the monks’ puja. Afterwards, where he spent his childhood. Day 18 Jaipur visit Fathepur Sikri, Amber, ancient drive to Lhalung, a magnificent village of 45 houses and the monastery of Spiti. The kingdom of Jaipur, attend puja. Day 19 Depart unusually rich interior of Lhalung’s main chapel suggests that the temple site, like Tabo, was designed as a Chokhor site, a place for learning and debate as opposed to a simple chapel for worship. Dankar Gompa, built in the 12th century, contains Prices: $4225/Ap, $4810/Oct based on min 6 people; Private Room Upgrade: more than 160 scriptures of Lamas in Bhoti language. Visit the ancient Ki and Kib- $1200/1420. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $440-$500. Meals: daily ber Gompas and the village Gete, which are among the highest inhabited villages breakfasts and dinners. in the world. Day 13-14 Manali Magnificent views as we drive over Kunzum Pass, enroute visiting Lahaul Valley. Onward to Manali over Rohtang La where we Khajuraho Dance Festival relax and enjoy breathtaking beauty. Explore the picturesque valley of Manali and the quaint village of Nagar. Day 15-16 Taragarh Visit the most ancient existing Taj Mahal, Rajasthan, Varanasi Shiva temples at Baijnath, several buddhist villages and a tiny Tibetan settlement January – February, 2011 Exact dates TBA of the Nyingmapa order where the monks, unused to visitors, are very friendly. Hear Day 1 Arrival in Delhi Day 2 Tour Old and New Delhi. Day 3–4 Varanasi grammy winning chants of the monks. (2003 Best Traditional World Music Album). Fly to Varanasi. Attend Aarti on the banks of the Ganges. Dawn boat ride on the Attend the Mahakala Ceremony. Day 17 Dharamsala Norbulinka Institute of Ganges, walking tour of temples and ghats. Visit Sarnath. Day 5–6 Khajuraho Tibetan Arts and Handicrafts; Circumambulate the Dalai Lama’s monastery at dawn Attend opening night dance performance. Visit temples and the old village. Day with the locals. Day 18 Amritsar visit the Golden Temple. Day 19 Depart 7—8 Agra visit Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. Day 9-10 Jaipur Enroute visit Fatephur Escort: Sanjay Verman leads Spiritual Sikri. Explore Jaipur. Day 11 Jodhpur Drive via Pushkar. Visit Jodhpur. Day India and the Ancient Cultures tours. 12 Deogarah - a medieval fortress town and home of Rawat Nahar Singhji, a knowledgeable art connoisseur. Explore the town. Accommodation: Deogarh Mahal, Prices : $4065 per person, a classic Rajasthani castle, built in 1670 AD. Day 13-14 Udaipur Visit Rankapur Private Room Upgrade: $950; Plus Jain Temples, palace, museum, galleries, bazaars. Sunset boat ride. Estimated Internal Air: $550. Meals: Daily breakfast, nine lunches, 17 Prices: TBA; Private Room Upgrade: $TBA. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $505. dinners. Accommodation: 5* Delhi, one Meals: daily breakfast two lunches five dinners. deluxe camp, mountain resorts, guest houses, heritage palace 5 888.367.6147
    • EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL! BOOK ANY 2011 INDIA TOUR BY APRIL 15, 2010 AND LOCK IN 2010 PRICE. SPIRIT OF INDIA | NORTH AND SOUTH INDIA Ultimate India North & South Essential South India Splendors of the Deep South November 10 – December 1, 2010 November 11-27, 2010 with Arratupuzha Festival February 6-27, 2011 February 2-16; February 2-24, 2011 A March 9-26, 2011 perfect combination itinerary North follows Sri Lanka tour The oldest and most spectacular of the Pooram Fes- Extension: Ellora/Ajanta Caves tivals of Kerala. Approximately 60 elephants feature E India contains some of the most well-known monuments and palaces and is the original source in the procession bearing bright colored parasols, of various painting styles, sculpture and textiles. South XPLORE the architecture and history of presenting an unparalleled spectacle. Traditional music India is known for its exquisite beauty, a slower paced South India’s temples and palaces and enjoy accompaniment adds to the festivities. lifestyle and the Dravidian temples. the peaceful ambiance of its abundant natural beauty. This is one of the most comprehensive tours of Day 1 Arrive Madras. Day 2 Mahabalipuram Traditions and rituals abound everywhere we go! Ample the south. Visit Shore Temples, Five Rathas. Day 3 -4 Madurai time for intensive exploration of each city. Stop at Kanchipuram enroute to Madurai. Tour Day 1 Arrive Madras Day 2 Madras– Meenakshi Temple and attend evening ceremony. North India Day 1-3 Delhi Tour Old & New Delhi. Mahabalipuram City tour including the Day 4-5 Varanasi Attend Aarti (fire ceremony performed Mylapore temple area. Visit Kanchipuram enroute Day 5 Chettinad, homeland of the Nattukottai by priests). Dawn boat ride. Tour the Old City. Visit Sarnath, to Mahabalipuram. Day 4 Pondicherry Visit Chettiars. Experience heritage, art and architecture where Buddha gave his first sermon. Day 6 Khajuraho untouched by time. Day 6 Periyar, a beautiful hill highlights. Day 5 Tanjore Enroute visit temples station, spice and tea plantation and wildlife. Day 7 Visit the classical temples of Chandella period, 9-11th at Chidambaram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram Kerala Backwaters Cruise Day 8–9 Cochin century. Day 7 Orchha-Gwailor the capital of the and Darasuram. Foreigners may enter the inner Attend Kathkali dance performance, visit the palace, kingdom of the Bundella Rajputs from 1531-1783. Day 8 Agra-Taj Mahal Visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah, the first sanctums here. Day 6 Trichy-Chettinad Visit Sri churches, Jewish Synagogue, spice bazaars. Day white marble inlaid grave in pure Indo-Persian style, built Ranganathasvami Temple in Tanjore. Explore Karaikudi 10 Arattupuzha Festival Thrissur village— 1622-1628; Sikandra and Agra Fort; Taj Mahal at sunset village. Day 7-8 Madurai Tour Meenakshi Temple; experience the Pooram Festival, an ancient religious Day 9-10 Fatehpur Sikri-Jaipur Amber Fort, City evening witness ceremony; browse bazaars and textile celebration. Day 11 Calicut visit the Sree Krishna Palace; Jantar Mantar Observatory and the colorful market shops. Day 9 Periyar Boat ride to view wildlife. Temple, one of the most sacred and important pilgrim dominated by the elegant facade of the Hawa Mahal. Day 10 Kerala Backwaters Cruise. Day 11-12 centers of Kerala. Continue to Kozhikode. Day 12 Cochin City tour, attend Kathkali dance performance, Wayanad & Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuaries visit Jewish Synagogue, spice bazaar, antique shops. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the protected area Day 13-14 Mysore Enroute visit Srirangapatnam, of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tippu’s summer palace. Mudumalai of Tamilnadu. Continue to Muthanga Sightseeing in and around Mysore including an Wildlife Sanctuary, second largest in the state with a excursion to Somnathapur. Day 15 Depart. fine selection of wildlife. Day 13–14 Nagarhole November Tour goes up to Day 17 (Rajiv Gandhi National Park) is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India’s largest stretch of In-Depth Option February Only protected forest, which includes Nagarhole and the Day 15 Drive to Hassan, enroute visit Belur and neighboring sanctuaries of Bandipur, Mudumalai Halebid temples and Sravanbelagola. Day 16 Drive and Wayanad. Day 15 Coorg set amidst verdant Day 11-12 Jodhpur Sunset on sand dunes; village to Hospet, visiting various sites and Tumkur, an valleys, imposing mountains and teak wood forests, lifestyles, bazaars. Tour the 15th century Mehrangarh Fort. is one of the most beautiful hill stations. Day 16–17 important market town, enroute. Day 17 Full day in Day 13-14 Udaipur the magnificent Ranakpur Jain Mysore a magnificent royal city, site of the Goddess Hampi. Day 18 Visit Aiholeand Pattadakal enroute Temples. City Palace, museum, art galleries, bazaars. Chamundeswari Temple and the Sacred Chamundi to Badami. Day 19 Visit Badami Caves and other South India Day 15-16 Cochin City tour and temples of note. Day 20 Drive to Bijapur and visit. Hill with its palaces built by Tippu Sultan. Day 18 kathakali dance program. Excursion to Kodanad- Day 21 Drive to Gulbarga. Visit the fort, mosque and Bangalore-Depart enroute visit Srirangapatnam. Elephant Kraal, one of the largest elephant training tombs. Day 22 Visit Bidar enroute to Hyderabad. centers of Kerala -set on the banks of the Periyar River Price: $5085, Private Room Upgrade: $2100. Plus Day 23 Visit Hyderabad. Fly to Bombay. Depart. amid beautiful high ranges. Day 17-18 Kerala Estimated Internal Air: $300 . Meals: Daily breakfast, Backwaters stay on an island in the midst of the Prices: Essential $4685/Nov, $4570/Feb; Private six lunches, six dinners. backwaters. Explore the village and meet the locals. Enjoy Room Upgrade: $1810/1665. cruising in a traditional rice boat for a glimpse of life Accommodations: Five star hotels, one heritage and impossible to get from road transport. Day 19 Periyar one best available (very nice) in Tanjore. Meals: Daily Wildlife Sanctuary Boat ride to view wildlife. Day breakfast, three lunches, four dinners 20 Madurai Meenakshi Temple ceremony. Day 21 Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram ancient temples and In-Depth: $5825 per person; Private Room Upgrade hand-woven silks.. Day 22 Depart $1750. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $300; Accommodation best available. Meals: Eight lunches, seven dinners. Escort: Dr. Lakuma Chebrolu, Ph.D, University of Madras, on the Social History of South India. She skillfully compares and contrasts the different cultures during the journey. Dr. Chebrolu has 15 years of experience guiding heritage cultural tours. Fabric painting is her hobby. As female guides are uncommon in India, you will undoubtedly enjoy her insights immensely. Prices: $5435/Nov; $5745/Feb; Private Room Upgrade: $1740/$1850. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $850. Accommodation: five star and heritage. Meals: Daily breakfast, four lunches, four dinners. www.originalworld.com 6
    • EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL! BOOK ANY 2011 INDIA TOUR BY APRIL 15, 2010 AND LOCK IN 2010 PRICE. SPIRIT OF INDIA | TRIBALS Textiles and Crafts of Tribal Gujarat Temples and Tribes of Orissa November 25 – December 9, 2010 October 18 – November 3, 2010 February 10-24, 2011 February 15 – March 2, 2011 Post Tour Ellora/Ajanta Caves 3 Days February tour includes Kornark Dance Festival G ujarat’s tribal villages are rich with detailed textiles still produced by traditional methods. You will meet and interact with textile families and observe their process and way of life. Anyone interested in indigenous T HE STATE OF ORISSA is a blend of art, architecture and ancient cultures. Orissa has the third highest concentration of tribals in India and because of the remoteness of their villages, the tribes are untouched by modern times. Though economically challenged with a low rate of literacy, the tribal groups have culture, traditional textiles and crafts will appreciate this authentic experience. highly developed artistic skills as seen in their body paintings, ornaments, weaving and wall paintings. Music and dance also are an integral part of their ceremonies Day 1 Arrival in Delhi. Day 2 Visit and seasonal festivals. This adventuresome tour includes the new frontier—Chhattsi- Crafts Museum and textile markets. garh, where the largest concentration of the oldest tribes of India reside. Day 3-6 Ahmedabad Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles which Day 1-2 Calcutta. One full day sightseeing. Day 3–4 Bhubaneshwar Attend exhibits spectacular antique and modern evening ceremony at Parsurameswara Temple. Excursion to metal and textile textiles and old weaving machines. Visit villages. Day 5 Konark-Puri Visit artisan and craft villages and the Sun temple. Sabarmati Ashram founded in 1918 by Mahatma Gandhi, who re-vitalized the FEBRUARY TOUR: attend Konark Dance Festival held by the textile industry here. It is now primarily a stunning ruins of the Sun Temple. spinning wheel factory. Excursion to Sayla Day 6 Chilka Lake Visit the community at Belakati which specializes in work with where mirrors are made for Gujarat’s bell metal. Drive to Chilka Lake through scenic countryside and attractive villages. mirror work embroidery. Visit the villages where bead work traditions thrive, the Onward to Gopalpur on Sea, an ancient sea port not often visited by tourists. silk weavers who use the ikat technique Days 7-14 Tribal and the town of Wadhwan where women Villages Visit the Saoras. work on bandhani or tie-and-dye. The walls of the mud Day 7–8 Patan—Zainabad see a selection of Patan’s 100 Jain Temples including houses are decorated with the Sun Temple in Modhera. Visit the Salvi family, master weavers of the colorful remarkable paintings. Potala silk including the ancient art of double ikat. Kothgarh tribes speak Kuvi, Day 9–10 Bhuj Enjoy a morning wildlife safari, then visit Kutchhi and Banni a language derived from the settlements to see the traditional glass embroidery of the Abyssinians who migrated Dravidian strain of South here around the 10th century. Visits to the block printing village and the nomadic India. The members of this Rabari who weave camel wool on pit looms into blankets and shawls. Visit the tribe use bows and arrows Shrujan organization which has a network of over 2500 craftswomen and extensive to protect themselves from exhibits of embroidery from various tribal groups. wild animals. Dongariya Bhuj, the major town of Kutch, is an old walled city, featuring walls within walls, Kondh villages and attractive gateways, intricately carved old palaces and brightly colored Hindu Dongariya Kondh market. temples. You will learn to identify each tribe by its unique traditional attire and form The fierce Bondas (naked of handicraft. The Banni dwellings are made of round mud huts called bhungas with people) of Tibetan-Burmese a thatched or tiled roof, all surrounding a large community courtyard. The women origin. The colorful Godabas, tend to be shy with male visitors, but are hospitable and welcome you into their a munda tribe who speak in homes where you will be amazed by exquisite personal collections of embroidered the Austro-Asiatic dialect. Photo: Bonda woman courtesy of Sanjay Verman quilts and garments. Walls, shelves, grain containers and cupboards are fashioned in mud with decorative designs washed with lime paste and embedded with mirrors Day 12 Chattisgarah The bison-horn Maria Gonds, known for their fine dancing throwing shimmering reflections throughout their homes. Handicrafts includes and headdresses. Day 13 Kangar Nat. Park observe wildlife and forest tribal textiles, vegetable color dye printing, Rogan art (wax printing), glass bead work, people. Day 14 Kanker Maria and Muria tribes. Day 15 Narayanpur villages: woolen shawls, leather articles and more. Visit weaving families famous for scoof discover Bastar’s finest handicrafts and the people who make them. embroidery and Nirona Village with its fabulous Rogan art and a bell making village Day 16 Raipur Day 17 Depart from Calcutta or Delhi. Day 11–12 Gondal Stay at a royal palace and visit Udyog Bharti—spinning and Escort: Shiba Prasad Bhuyan, a native of Orissa, holds post graduate degrees in weaving of Khadi. Day 13–14 Somnath—Sassan Gir wildlife safaris in the history and in Tourism Management from Alliance France. He has been working with park, home to Asiatic lions, leopards, four horned antelope, and marsh muggers. the US market for 15 years leading ethnic, craft, art and history tours. In addition Day 15 Diu The secluded island is a sensuous blend of sun, sand and the deep to English, German, French, Japanese, Hindi and Punjabi, he speaks Oriva, Kuvi and blue Arabian Sea. Connected to the mainland of Gujarat by a causeway, Diu, a Gadaua tribal dialects. He is well known and respected by all tribal groups and, former Portuguese enclave, is dotted by three Portuguese churches, one which has therefore, offers us opportunities for authentic interaction and an up–close view of been converted into a museum housing rare artifacts. Day 16 Bombay lifestyles and customs. You will be delighted with him during this journey. Prices: $4095/Nov, $4225/Feb based on min 4 people; Private Room Upgrade: Prices: $4055/Oct, $4215/Feb; Private Room Upgrade $935 $1665; Plus Estimated Internal Air: $540. Meals: daily breakfast, six lunches, seven Plus Estimated Internal Air: $500. Accommodation: First class and heritage hotels, dinners. Accommodation: five star, heritage best available in tribal belt. Meals: Daily breakfast, 13 lunches; 11 dinners Ellora-Ajanta Caves Extension: $540 per person; Private Room Upgrade $165; Plus Estimated Internal Air: $300 . 7 888.367.6147
    • SPIRIT OF INDIA | TRIBALS & WILDLIFE Ancient Tribes of the Hidden Northeast Last Abodes of the Asiatic Big Cats, Wild Assam & Arunachal Pradesh Oct. 1-17, 2010; Oct. 19 – Nov. 4, 2011 Donkey and Tigers Includes four wildlife parks! December 27, 2010 – January 11, 2011; March 4-19, 2011 R UGGED ADVENTURE TO REMOTE TRIBAL VILLAGES. Long drives and a few funky hotels will reward those with the right spirit as you gain insight into traditional Pre-Tour Option: Kazaranga National Park December 23-27, 2010; February 28 – March 4, 2011 Post-Tour Option: Corbett National Park tribal cultures and enjoy close interaction with January 11-14, March 19-22, 2011 the locals. Go where few have gone before. Day 1 Arrive Bombay. Day 2 Fly to Diu a secluded, beautiful island off Day 1 Arrive Calcutta. Day 2 Calcutta Visit the lively flower market on the the west coast of India in the Arabian banks of the Hoogly River, Dakshineshwar Temple, one of Mother Theresa’s homes Sea. Onward to Sasan Gir National for the underprivileged. Evening ceremony at Dakshinkali temple. Day 3 Fly to Park. Day 3-4 Sasan Gir National Dibrugarah; overnight at tea estate. Park Thirty species of mammals, twenty Day 4–5 Along Ferry across Brahmaputra River. Visit the Bokar, Ramo, Gallong species of reptiles and several species and Adi villages. Adi women are noted for their weaving with highly artistic designs. of birds are found here. The forest is Day 6 Draporizo Interface with Tagins, Hill Miris and the Tamens who have the only place in the world, outside their dwellings in villages between Along and Africa, where the lion can be seen in Damporizo. The Nyishi and Tamens are among the its natural habitat. Gir is one of the main Hill Miri tribes who form the largest groups largest and most important wildlife of people in this region. Their men wear their hair sanctuaries in India. Day 5 Gondal long and tie it in a knot above the forehead. The A pleasant stop breaks up the long drive to Little Raan of Kutch. Visit the 17th cent. Sulungs or Puroik are reputedly one of the oldest Navlakha Palace. Enjoy accommodation in colonial style palace amidst a garden. tribes in the area. Day 6 Little Raan of Kutch Embark on a cross-desert safari visiting the bets to Day 7–8 Ziro, home of the Apatani people view wildlife. Accommodation is an eco-friendly resort surrounded by wetlands. The where older men tie their hair in top–knots and cottages, resembling the kooba houses of the Bajania community and the bhunga tattoo the faces. Wearing of circular nose plugs houses of the Rabaris of Kutch, decorated with mirrors, mud-plaster work and and tattooing of faces is the most characteristic embroideries, have comfortable cane bed, western bathroom with hot showers and aspect of ornamentation of older Apatani women. air conditioning. Day 7-8 Safaris morning & afternoon safaris, one village tour Visit the largest Homg village in Asia along with by camel cart, evening music and dance performance. Day 9 Nal Sarovar Bird other Apatani and Nishi tribal villages. Sanctuary Continue to Ahmedabad for flight. Day 10-11 Kanna National Day 9 Itanagar Drive to the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. Visit numerous villages Park three safaris. Day 12-14 Bandhavgarah National Park four safaris. enroute. Scenery is extremely beautiful during the first two hours of the journey: lush Day 15 Khajuraho visit the classical temples. Day 16 Depart Delhi green tropical forest, clouds floating over ridges, singing waterfalls and a variety of tropical birds and flowers, including orchids. Pre-tour Extension to Kaziranga National Park Day 1 Arrive Delhi Overnight Day 2 -4 Guwahati-Kazaranga Day 10 Nameri National Park easy trek or a relaxing day. Accommodations in beautifully Day 11 Dirang, altitude 6500 ft. inhabited by the Monpa tribe. Day 12- designed air-conditioned 13 Tawang crossing Sela Pass at 14000 ft, the highest motorable pass in the cottages. Jeep and elephant Northeast. Visit the 400 year old Tawang Monastery. Interact with the lamas (monks). safaris through the park: wild Day 14 Bomdilla Drive to Bomdilla. Visit local market. Day 16 Kazaranga elephant, tiger, hoolock gibbon, National Park. Day 17 Guwahati-Calcutta and Depart. capped langur, bristly hare, hog badger, otter, leopard, swamp deer, hog deer, muntjack, water Escort: Sanjay Verman. We are honored to have our partner lead three of our buffalo, adjutant stork, Bengal tours annually. A travel professional since 1993, he is versed in the philosophies florican, Pallas’ fish eagle, and traditions of the diverse religions and a certified yoga teacher. Sanjay is the swap partridge, grey peacock- foremost expert for Spiti Valley and Kinnaur as he established relationships with pheasant. You will have the the monks and locals before it opened to foreigners. He is also the foremost Photo: Tiger by Nancy Crenshaw-Miller opportunity to embark on river authority on the remote tribal belt of Assam and Arunachal. Sanjay is the ultimate trips in dugout canoes from which you can watch out for buffalo, deer or rhino. Day professional and a gracious, generous and devoted host. Your experience of India 5 Fly to Bombay will be enhanced by his guidance and companionship. Prices 2010: $4290; Private Room Upgrade: $1225. Plus Estimated Internal Air: Post-tour Extension to Corbett National Park Calcutta-Dibrugarah, Guwahati-Calcutta $336 Accommodations: 4 star Calcutta, Day 16 Train Delhi-Corbett. Day 17-18 Corbett Morning and afternoon best available elsewhere; Meals: Daily breakfast, all meals days 3-15, dinner day 16 safaris. Day 19 Train to Delhi and Depart. Prices 2011 TBA Prices 2010: $4585; Private Room Upgrade: $1675. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $550. Meals: Daily breakfasts, ten lunches, ten dinners Pre-Tour: $1225; Private Room Upgrade $585 Plus Estimated Internal Air: $450 Post-Tour: $685; Private Room Upgrade: $255. Prices 2011 TBAwww.originalworld.com 8
    • ORIGINAL WORLD2010–2011 GROUP TOURS ASIA • AFRICA • MIDDLE EAST EASTERN & CENTRAL EUROPE 888.367.6147
    • ORIGINAL WORLD | BHUTAN/TIBET/CHINA/BURMA all Nyigma monasteries in Sikkim are subordinate Festivals of Bhutan to Pemayagtse Monastery where 108 monks reside. Spirit of Burma (Myanmar) September 13-27, 2010 Day 5 Darjeeling stunning forests of oak, pine and October 16-27, 2010 with Phaung Daw An art master will give a brief introduction of art orchids. “Dorje Ling”—place of the thunderbolt—now Oo Festival; February 4-15, 2011 in Bhutan and its relevance in everyday life. Special called Darjeeling still rules with its little villages, tiny arrangements can be made to attend a class at the School of Arts and Crafts for those interested. waterfalls and an even tinier toy train track. Visit Post-Tour Extension to Tribal Villages Aloobari Monastery at Ghoom. Day 6 Bhutan Tiger October 28 – November 3, 2010; Pre-Tour Extension Sikkim-Darjeeling Hill at sunrise, then drive to Phuntsholing (Bhutanese February 16-22, 2011 September 6-13, 2010 border). Day 7 Paro Drive through forests of blue Tibet Post-Tour Extension pine, oak, cypress and rhododendron with fantastic Post Tour to Angkor Temples & Laos September 28 – October 7, 2010 H views of plains, jungles, tea plantations, waterfalls, terraced fields and charming Bhutanese farm houses. IDDEN TREASURES await you on this Day 8 Paro Festival Day 9 Punakha Drive via insider’s journey exploring Burmese art, Dochula Pass. Day 10 Bumthang via Chume village architecture and a gracious culture. We’ve known for its yathra weaving and embroidered cloth. partnered with two fabulous women for many years. Day 11 Trongsa Visit cultural/spiritual sites. Day Day 1 Arrive in Yangon Half day tour. Sunset 12-13 Thimphu Full day tours. Day 14 Paro at Shwedagon Pagoda. Day 2-3 Yangon visit art Optional hike to Taktsang Monastery. Day 15 Home galleries, temples, bazaars, cruise excursion to pottery village. Day 4–6 Bagan (Pagan), the country’s Prices 2010: $3796 per person, Private Room Angkor Wat. Visit temples and Mt. Popa. Day 7–9 Upgrade: $820. Plus Estimated Internal Air: Mandalay Mahamuni Pagoda; Shwenandaw $375.Meals: Daily breakfast, all meals in Bhutan. Monastery; other significant sites. By boat to Mingun Day 1 Arrive Paro visit Paro Dzong. Stroll to gain Prices 2011 TBA Pagoda. Excursion to Sagaing, Ava and Amarapura. insights into Bhutanese life. Day 2 Paro Optional Day 10–11 Inle Lake Our individual cottages float hike to Taktsang Monastery. Visit National Museum, in the midst of the lake. Boat tour through floating Drugyel Dzong for a magnificent view of Mt. Jumolhari. Tibet: Art and Culture gardens, view the unique leg-rowers; visit crafts people. Day 3 Attend Thimphu Drupchen The deities Day 12 Depart Fly to Yangon then Bangkok. September 28 – October 7, 2010; are prayed to and dances performed by monks in Extension Day 13 Fly to Sittwe. Boat trip to Mrauk April 2011 (Follows Bhutan Tours) costume. Day 4–5 Thimphu attend tsechu in the U. Day 14 Visit the remains of Wethali. Continue to mornings- dances are performed by monks and secular Prices both dates: $2255, Private Room Danyawaddy village to Mahamuni Pagoda, containing people. Sightseeing in the afternoons. Upgrade: $450; Plus Estimated Internal Air: $779 80,000 Buddha images. Archeological Museum. Sunset Accommodation: Heritage. All meals in Tibet. at Shwe Gou Taung Temple. Day 15 Tatoo Villages Day 6–7 Punakha Dawn unfurling of the $200 discount if booked with Bhutan tour Scenic drive on a bumpy road to tattoo villages of throngdrel. Drive to Punakha, passing the Simtokha Laytoo Chin minority and Shakama (Thet) minority. Dzong- the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Day 16 Sitwe Visit local fish market and the 100- Institute for Language and Culture. Visit a traditional Festivals of Southwestern year-old Buddha with a golden face. Day 17 Depart village to view rural life. Day 8 Trongsa— China Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan Escorts: Daw Khin Myo Lwin (Rosie) has Bumthang A magnificent drive with many waterfalls April 27 – May 13 Sister’s Rice Festival escorted American and European groups for 25+ years along the climbing road. Day 9–10 Bumthang October 24 – November 9 Lusheng Festival C including museum tours. She speaks fluent English and Attend Tangi Mani and sightseeing. As Buddhism in French and offers an insightful window into Burmese Bhutan was first introduced in Bumthang, religious OLORFUL TRADITIONS cockfighting, culture. She follows traditional Burmese values, yet bullfights, dragon dances; bamboo flutes and sites are many. Day 11 Mongar This drive is the best is unmarried and holds contemporary views. Moe wooden drums echo throughout the valley. in the country, with dense forest, waterfalls, sometimes Moe, also a delightful and professional guide, holds Fall itinerary will be reversed to enjoy the mountains in encountering wildlife and beautifully built traditional a degree from Mandalay University and speaks fluent best weather. villages. Day 12 Trashiyangtse Visit the dzong, English and Spanish. Both have escorted our clients village, Rigney Institute – a traditional learning center Day 1-2 Arrive Guiyang. Day 3-6 Kali Visit since 1999. the Miao handicraft workshop, Kaili Museum, attend and Chorten Kora – a stupa styled after Boudanath Prices 2010: $2950, Private Room Upgrade $650 festival, Kali Sunday market; explore nearby villages. in Nepal. Day 13 Guwahati stop in the village of Extension: from $1045, Private Room Upgrade Day 7 Huangguoshu Waterfall. Walk along a Khaling, renowned for its weaving and school for the cliff path behind the waterfall. Visit the Dragon Palace. $200. Meals: All meals included. Prices 2011 TBA blind. Day 14 Depart Day 8 Xingyi Visit the black sect of Miao with frilled Price: $4585; Private Room Upgrade: $1125. Plus skirts and dazzling silver decorations. Visit Stone Forest. Estimated Internal Air: $500. Includes all meals Day 9 Kumming/ Day 10-11 Dali visit old town, minority villages. Day 12-13 Lijiang, former capital of the Naxi Kingdom-enjoy its maze of cobblestone Himalayan Explorer streets, narrow canals and decorative wooden houses; Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Baisha village. Day Sikkim & Darjeeling; Paro Festival 14-15 Lugu lake At the junction of Southwest March – April, 2011 Sichuan and Northwest Yunnan, the lake’s shores are Tibet Extension April, 2011 home to the Mosuo branch of the Naxi who have lived Day 1 Arrive Calcutta Day 2-3 Gangtok view here since 111 B.C. and have maintained many ancient Kanchandzonga and the eastern Himalayan range. traditions. Day 16 Zhongdian. Day 17 Depart Visit Gangtok monasteries, Institute of Tibetology, Prices: $3310 per person, Private Room Upgrade: and Rumtek Dharma Center which houses unique $810. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $900. Meals: daily religious art. Day 4 Pemayagtse impressive views; breakfast and dinner.www.originalworld.com 10
    • ORIGINAL WORLD | LAOS/SRI LANKAJourney to the Heart of Laos Soul of Sri Lanka November 4-11, 2010October 27 – November 13, 2010 February, 2011 with Navam Perahara FestivalFebruary 23 – March 12, 2011 (precedes South India Tour) ADay 1 Arrive Chiang Mai. Day 2 Chiang Rai Drive through scenic hillsidesand jungles to Chiang Rai. Visit the magnificent Wat Rong Khun and Wat Phra NCIENT Buddhist sitesKeo which once housed the Emerald Buddha. Day 3 Pakbeng Cruise down the and traditions, andMekong to Pakbeng aboard the Northern Jewels. Stops at Lao, Hmong, Yao and architecture influenced throughK’Hmu villages offer views of rural life, little changed in centuries. the years by Portuguese, Dutch andDay 4 Kamu Village Visit a hill tribes market and villages. English traders. Sri Lanka is home to seven World Heritage sites. A beautifulAccommodation: Kamu Lodge, an eco-resort in an isolated setting; deluxe tents with country and serene ambiance.private bathroom and solar-powered hot water shower. Day 1-3 Colombo full day tours including bazaar area, Dutch Period Museum, art galleries, Fort area. F ebruary Tour: Attend Navam Perahara Festival - a delightful procession of decorated elephants, dancers and musicians. Day 4 Anuradapura—Habarana. Buddhism’s influence produced magnificent temples and ornate pleasure gardens, site of Sri Maha Bodhi, grown from the same tree under which Prince Sidhharth attained enlightenment. Day 5: Sigiriya—Polonnaruwa—Habarana Sigiriya, a massive rock fortress, just declared a World Heritage site. Easy climb (steps) to the summit to view the ruins of the monastic complex. Day 6 Dambulla—Kandy Golden Temple, tour a batik factory and a spice garden; visit Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage.Photo: by Joy RobinsonDay 5–7 Pak Ou Caves—Luang Prabang we stop at Pak Ou Caves duringthe short cruise to Luang Prabang- a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit exquisitetemples, Kuang Si Waterfall; crafts and weaving villages. Attend Royal Ballet Theater.Enjoy sunset on Mount Phou Si. Day 8–9 Plain of Jars Our drive passes throughstriking mountain ranges and Hmong villages. Visit main sites of the Plain of Jars.Day 10–11 Vientiane Walking tour. Lao dinner/performance overlooking the Day 7 Kandy Rich in cultural heritage, the city presents an interesting mixtureMekong. Visit National Museum, exquisite Wat Si Saket, Ho Pha Keo, National Ethnic of old and new. Evening attend traditional dance performance and puja at TempleCultural Park, Buddha Park. Day 12-13 Tad Lo Explore the area. of Sacred Tooth. Day 8 Colombo Return to Columbo for flight home or fly toTad Lo Resort, rustic spacious bungalows with thatch walls, located on the falls. Madras to continue on our South India tour.Day 14 Pakse enroute stops at Pat Bath Phon San Temple and Thakhet town, Prices 2010: $1835 per person based on min 4 people; Private Room Upgrade:then across the Bolaven Plateau, a coffee growing area inhabited by the Laven $385. Meals: daily breakfast, 4 dinners. $200 discount if booked with Southtribe; Katu and Alak villages-distinctive for the face tattoos of their women; Wat India Tour. Prices 2011:TBALuang. Day 15 Khong Island-Wat Phou Journey along the Mekong River toChampasak, a small village of inauspicious houses and old French mansions. WatPhou, a UNESCO site, is all that remains of one of Southeast Asia’s most mysteriouskingdoms. The Hindu-influenced ruins are the finest example of Khmer templeruins outside Cambodia. Day 16 Four Thousand Islands Full day cruising.Day 17 Villages visit Kiet Ngong village known for its unique textiles. Elephantride to Phou Asa village. Day 18 Preah Vihear-Bangkok This eastern pocketof Thailand is home to some of the great Angkorian-era Khmer temples. Visit themagnificent 9th century Preah Vihear on a sheer edge of the border. OvernightBangkok Airport Hotel. Day 19 Depart.Prices 2010: From $3610. Private Room Upgrade: from $1085.Plus Estimated Internal Air: $120. 2011 Price TBAAccommodation: 4 star, boutique, heritage; Meals: breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 dinners 11 888.367.6147
    • ORIGINAL WORLD | CENTRAL ASIA/MIDDLE EAST Mongolia July 9-23, 2010 The Heart of the Great Silk Iran, Persian Treasures A TTEND NAADAM FESTIVAL tour the countryside learning about Mongolia’s nomadic culture and Buddhist history. We travel through the unspoiled landscapes exploring varied and unique sites in some of the most Road: The Five Stans Precedes Syria tour August 16 – September 10, 2010 with Independence Day Celebration March 5-30, 2011 with Navruz Festival; Caravan routes affected history and cultures October 5 – November 1, 2010 April 1-24, 2011 remarkable and untouched parts of the globe. In dramatically by opening lines of communication and trade, resulting in rich diversity and significant cultural growth. The region is famous not only for the many branches of the silk route that ply within, but also as the birthplace of great builders of empires such as the Moghuls and Tamerlane. During this exciting journey, we explore the classical route as well as venture into off–the–path villages for a glimpse of rural life. Kazakhstan Day 1-2 Almaty. tour the former Photo: by Carla Newton capital of Kazakhstan. E Kyrgyzstan XPERIENCE THE GLORY of ancient Day 3-4 Bishtek visit the Ala-Too Square, Museums sites, fascinating culture and immense natural and Parks. Day 5-6 Cholpon-Alta excursion beauty. to Petrogliphs – a large open-air collection of rock carvings dating from 2000 BC to 7th century AD. We Day 1-4 Tehran Full days of exploration including also visit the ethnographical museum. fabulous museums, art galleries and bazaars. Day 5 Qazvin-Hamadan Glittering shrines in Qazvin; Day 7 Karakol a sleepy provincial town with a tomb of Esther & Mordecai-a major Jewish pilgrimage Russian flavor. Full day exploring. Day 8 Jety Oguz center. Day 6 Kermanshah-Sanandaj We will Canyon & Tamga Village enjoy beauty and drive via Kangavar, a small town of great antiquity. observe rural village life.. Day 9 Osh visit Suleiman See the magnificent reliefs in Kermanshah. Day 7 Mount, the Mosque of Babur, the bazaar. Takab-Maraghe Visit ancient sites in the remote Uzbekistan mountain valley. Day 8-9 Kandovan-Tabriz enroute to Tabriz visit intriguing village of Kandovan. the countryside we experience miles and miles of Day 10 Fergana/Margilan visit Al Fargoniy Full day touring Tabriz Day 10 Ardebil-Sarein Visit open land passing yaks, sheep, goats, horses and the Monument and modern city; in Margilan visit the Han- the mausoleum of the 14th century revered Sufi leader. occasional nomad ger. We will stop a few times to visit Atlas Silk Factory and 18th century bazaar. Enjoy the spa town Sarein. nomadic families. These are spontaneous visits, not pre- Tajikstan arranged, for a truly authentic experience. Day 11 Bandar-e-Anzali We drive via the Day 11 Kojand/Istarafshan Visit Museums, spectacular Heyran Pass. Enjoy the small port town This tour is designed with much flexibility allowing Madrassahs, Khudayar Khan’s Palace; ceramic pottery Bandar-eAnzali which has lots of character. participants to be as active or relaxed as preferred. center at Rishtan village. Visit the well preserved old If you love being in a peaceful, gorgeous natural town of Istarafshan, a maze of small alleys that wind Day 12 Massuleh-Ramsar visit Massuleh, one of environment, want to see an area before it changes, through neighborhoods of mud walled Central Asian the oldest inhabited villages in Iran. Day 13 Gorgan this soft adventure is for you! homesteads. Day 12 Iskander Kol/Dushanbe stop by markets and port towns; a day to immerse with Day 1-3 Ulaanbaatar Visit National Museum. visit the Museum of Archaeology which holds the the local people. Day 14-15 Mashad an in-depth Enjoy traditional performance. Visit Ganden Monastery. largest Buddha now in Central Asia visit of Iran’s holiest city. Galleries, museums. Attend the Festival opening Uzbekistan Day 13 Termez Once an important ceremonies and horse racing. Day 4 Khudag Day 16-18 Shiraz Full days touring; excursion trading post at the crossroads of the Silk Routes, to Persepolis, one of the most important sites of the Khutain Nuruu National Park see the takhi, wild Termez is the most overlooked corner of Uzbekistan Mongolian horses known as Priewalski horses.. Day 5 ancient world. Day 19-20 Kerman a day of idyllic but is well worth a visit. Day 14-15 Tashkent scenics passing crystal lakes, spectacular mountains, Kharakhorum Visit Erdene Zuu (Hundred Treasures) visit the old and the modern city; Romanov’s house, Monastery, built on the remains of Kharakhorum city fruit orchards enroute to Kerman. Excursions to Fine Art Museum and some independent time. Day traditional villages. Day 21-22 Yazd Full day touring in 1586 by a descendant of Chinggis Khan. Day 6-8 16–17 Samarkand two full days touring. Browse Tsetserleg & Great White Lake Visit Monastery the center for Iran’s small Zoroastrian community. Samarkand local bazaar or at leisure. Dinner at & Museum containing many magnificent treasures traditional Uzbek house. Day 18-20 Bukhara Day 23-26 Isfahan Visit charming desert towns including ceremonial masks and memorabilia. Full day tours. Day 21–22 Khiva visit the old city; and weaving workshops enroute. Comprehensive tour Enjoy the magnificent beauty of the lake. Day 9 various madrassahs, mausoleums, mosques, palace. of Isfahan plus plenty of free time to enjoy the most Khognokhaan Mountain Reserve travel Turkmenistan beautiful city in Iran. Day 27 Abyaheh stops in to this sacred mountain that was venerated by the several small villages enroute. Abyaneh, one of the Orkhon Turks; visit nomad families. Day 10-13 Gobi Day 23-25 Ashkabad. Full days in and around last places that surrendered to Islam, maintains its Desert Explore! Day 14 Ulaanbaatar Day 15 Ashkabad. Day 26 Merv Day 27 Home ancient traditional culture. Day 28 Tehran pass Depart thru beautiful historic garden of Fin enroute. Day 29 Prices 2010: $5425 per person based on min 6 Price: $3415 per person; Private Room in Ulanbataar people; Private Room Upgrade $1320; Plus Estimated Depart $430, Private Ger $200. Accommodation: 3/4 star Internal Air: $330. Prices 2011 TBA Prices 2010: $7370, Private Room Upgrade $1248; in Ulaanbaatar; tourist Ger camps in the country. All Accommodation: 4-5 Star, Osh 2 Star, Issyk kul 3 Star. Accommodation: 5/4*, heritage; Meals: Daily breakfast, meals provided. Meals: Daily breakfast and dinner. and dinners Prices 2011 TBAwww.originalworld.com 12
    • ORIGINAL WORLD | MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA Egypt & Jordan October 12-31, 2010; April 5-24, 2011 R ETRACE THE FOOTSTEPS of the ancient civilizations of the Nabateans, the Greeks and Romans. Day 1-2 Cairo. Full day visiting Day 3 Abu Simbel visit the twin temples of Ramses ll and his Queen Nefertari. Day 4-6 Nile Cruise for visit of caravans, Royal cemetery; see pyramids from inside. Aswan High Dam, Lake Nasser, the Unfinished Obelisk, Mysteries of the Arabian Day 10 Nuri-El-Ghazali Temple of Amun,1220 BC Philae Temple, Kom Ombo, the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Day 7 Luxor Valley of the Kings. Sound & Light Show Peninsula: United Arab Emirates, inscribed with hieroglyphics.; Nuri pyramids; Christian monastery site Day 11-12 Meroe nomadic tribals, at the Temple of Karnak. Day 8 Alexandria full Oman and Yemen Visits five of the Emirates camel market, ancient pyramids of Meroe Day 13 day tour. Day 9 Cairo visit Islamic Cairo, Egyptian October 26 – November 12, 2010 Khartoum Naga temples enroute. Day 14 Depart Museum, Coptic Egypt. Day 10-11 St. Catherine March 16 – April 2, 2011 D Monastery Prices 2010: $4485 per person, Private Room: $660 UBAI’S GLITZY MODERN Meals: breakfast and dinners. Accommodation: 4/5* Jordan short ferry crossing of the Red Sea to the Port Khartoum, camps/Nubian houses. Prices 2011 TBA of Aqaba. Day 12 Wadi Rum-Exploration of the face exists alongside its old traditions. Yemen magnificent desert moonscapes with our Bedouin guide. and Oman are the least developed of the Day 13-15 Petra full exploration Day 16 Moab- Arabian states, with large rural populations. Historic Ethiopia and the Dead Sea Visit the biblical land of Moab. Continue UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Day 1-2 Dubai. Tour Dubai’s beautiful landmarks. Day 3 Sharjah- Wild Omo Valley to the Dead Sea Basin, lowest point on earth. Day 17 Amman-18 Visit Mount Nebo, where Moses viewed Ajman-Al Fujayrah Visit three more of The Emirates. Sept. 26 – Oct.16, 2010 (Meskel Festival) the Promised Land; the Byzantine Mosaic map. Tour the Nov. 17 – Dec. 7, 2010 OMAN Day 4 Sohar The Sultanate of Oman. Day lovely Jordanian capital. Day 19 Depart. Jan. 15 – Feb. 5, 2011 (Timket Festival) 5-6 Muscat visit museums, souks, the Grand Mosque and historic sites. Day 7 Quriyat-Sur Drive along March 2-22, 2011 Prices 2010: $4985 per person, Private Room $1650; HOME OF THE MOST EXOTIC ANCIENT Accommodation: Five star hotels, & cruise ship; Meals: the Gulf of Oman; village stops. Day 8 Wadi Bani Khalid-Wahiba Sands enjoy an oasis in the desert; CIVILIZATIONS—the land where our earliest daily breakfast, 12 lunches, 10 dinners ancestors have been discovered —Arab-influenced Prices 2011 TBA then Wahiba Sands, home of the Bedouin. Day 9 -10 Nizwa see a true slice of traditional life. Tour the oasis walled towns, early churches carved out of solid rock city and mountain village. Day 11 Al Ain-Dubai and wild places—lions and hippos and untamed rivers Syria Jordan Pre-tour Extension available colorful camel market; Abu Dhabi sites. and tribal cultures. Flexible, adventurous travelers will be enchanted. Be prepared for some bumpy drives. October 31 – November 12, 2010 YEMEN Day 12 -13 Sana’a visit a pleasant April 24 – May 6, 2011 valley of villages and orchards; tour old Sana’a; explore Day 1-2 Addis Ababa tour, National Museum, R traditional villages. Day 14 Hodeidah Al-Hoteib, mercato. Day 3 Bahir Dar Blue Nile Falls, monastery ICH IN EXQUISITE ANCIENT the pilgrimage center for the Dawoudi Bohra (Ismaili churches on Lake Tana, Amhara dance performance. WONDERS, abundant natural beauty and Muslims of India). Day 15-16 Taiz fish market; the Day 5-6 Gondar castles, Felasha village (African friendly locals. 18th century coffee-trading center, bazaars, Zabid - Jews) Day 7 Semien National Park. Day 8 UNESCO site; tombs, mosque, souq; Saber Mountain. Lalibella eleven rock-hewn churches of 12th century. Day 1-2 Damascus. Full day tour. Day 3 Palmyra Day 9 Axum UNESCO Site, holy city & cradle of Day 17 Sana’a Return to Sana’a via old town, Full day: temple, tombs, castle. Day 4 Mari-Doura Ethiopian civilization. Day 10 Addis Ababa visit passing through Sumarah Mountain. Day 18 Depart Europos-Deir Ezzor Sumerian Kingdom; Hellenistic Axumait Handicraft Center. Fly to Addis. town. Day 5-7 Aleppo travel across the valley of Prices: $5525 per person; Private Room: $1895; Plus Euphrates. Tour Aleppo; excursion to St. Simeon. Day Internal Air: Dubai-Sanaa. Meals: daily breakfasts, 2 OMO VALLEY Day 8 Elba-Apamea-Hama Elba, one of the most lunches, 7 dinners; Accommodation: 5* heritage, best 11 Awassa Rift Valley. important archaeological sites; Apamea-beautiful available Prices 2011 TBA Day 12 Arba Minch Hellenistic site; unique waterwheels of Hama. Day diverse tribals. Day 13 9 Salah Din Castle-Ugarit-Lattakia enjoy the Dorze-Chencha tribal castle-a masterpiece of military architecture. Day Desert Secrets of Sudan villages Day 14-15 Jinka 10 Tartus-Crac de Chevaliers-Homs a fortress November 4-17, 2010 (Precedes Ethiopia) spectacular scenery passing steeped in history Day 11 Homs Full day. Day January 6-19, 2011 (follows Ethiopia) through nomadic villages. 12 Maaloula- Mago National Park February 17 – March 2, 2011 no camping. A Seydnava- Mursi tribes. Day 16-17 Damascus Full day N ADVENTURESOME JOURNEY to Tumi weekly market, of touring. Day 13 historical sites, tribal cultures; vast desert and stunning tribals; chance to Depart the grand Nile River. see “cattle jumping.” Day Day 1-2 Khartoum full day tour &; attend 18 Yabelo encounters with tribes. Day 19 Elsod Prices 2010: $3160 Daraweesh ceremony. Day 3 Dongola enroute Crater tribal villages. Day 20 Langano Day 21 based on min 6, Private villages stops. Day 4 Soleb cross the historic Darb Addis Day 22 Depart. Room Upgrade $725; El-Arbeen (40 days road). Day 5-6 Sai Island Accommodation:4* & Price 2010: $4210: Private Room $450. 2011: $4435 Sadenga Sites of pre-Napatan and Meroetic remains. heritage; Meals: Daily Private Room $650. Plus Internal Air: estimate $665. Day 7 Kerma-Kawa Sebu, Messaida, Tombus. Day breakfast and dinners Meals: daily breakfast, all meals Simien Lodge, Omo 8 Old Dongola Christian relics of Makoria & the Prices 2011 TBA Valley. Accommodation: 4* Addis, basic Omo Valley, dooms of the Sufi holy men. 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    • ORIGINAL WORLD | BALKAN STATES Day 7 Split Day 23 Voskopoja- Pogradec – Voskopoja is one of Balkans Modules Guided walk around the old part of Split, a very the most important towns in the European part of the Comprehensive Tour: All modules vibrant city. We see some of the most outstanding Ottoman; then drive to the small village of Tushemisht classical architecture in the world. Day 8 Hvar ferry close to Pogradec and the Macedonian border. September 3 – October 5, 2010 to the Island of Hvar, originally a Greek colony. Day 9 (precedes Bulgaria) Medjugorje-Mostar-Sarajevo a breathtaking Macedonia drive along the central Dalmatian coast and then Day 24 -25 Ohrid Morning drive to Sveti Naum and Historic Villages of the Adriatic though the bare-stone mountains of Herzegovina. visit the old monastery. Proceed to Ohrid (UNESCO), Medjugorje, a small village and a pilgrimage site since one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. September 3-18, 2010 (follows Bulgaria) 1981 when local children received the messages of Morning walking tour around the old town-museum Virgin Mary. Historic town of Mostar, developed in Undiscovered Albania, the 15th-16th century as an Ottoman frontier town; and visit the most important churches and one of the Macedonia, Kosovo most valuable museums of icons in the world. known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, September 17 – October 1, 2010 Stari Most. Drive along the canyon and through the Day 26 Ohrid – St. Jovan Bigorski - Drive through the Bosnian Mountains to Sarajevo - capital of Bosnia and mountains and villages, following the Albanian border, Balkans Explorer: Hezergovina. Day 10 Sarajevo first to Monastery of Sv. Jovan Bigorski, famous for its Albania-Macedonia-Kosovo-Serbia A walking tour of the old part of this magical town iconostasis carved in wood. September 17 – October 5, 2010 with all its charms will take you instantly back to Ottoman times. Day 11 Pocitelj - Dubrovnik Explore Skopje -walk through the old part of the town (precedes Bulgaria) Drive through the canyon of River Neretva. First stop “Charshi” and see the Stone Bridge, churches and is the picturesque village Pocitelj, (UNESCO). Besides marvelous iconostas first from 17th century, its stunning oriental architecture and Ottoman feel, Kosovo Pocitelj hosts the longest operating art colony in southeast Europe. Day 12 Dubrovnik Walking tour Day 27 Prizren- Monastery Gracania - Pristina Prizren, of the old walled heart of Dubrovnik. Day 13 Kotor a true open air museum, is one of the most beautiful (Montenegro) a marvelous drive along the Adriatic towns of Kosova. Its preserved architecture and coast enjoying beautiful Boka Kotorska Bay, passing narrow, winding streets give the town an oriental by old fishing villages, churches, monasteries, marinas physiognomy. The craftsmen of Prizren are well known and beaches. Walking tour of Kotor, (UNESCO) takes us for their beautiful gold and silver articles, embroidery, back to medieval times. the Prizren cloth and folk handcrafts. Day 14 Njegusi-Cetinje-Budva Continue to Pristina enroute visit the Monastery of Gracania (UNESCO) with its monastery church devoted E Drive to the old Njegusi village in the mountains, birth place of Njegoš. Onward to Cetinje, once the capital of to Annunciation. Next visit the 1389 Kosovo Battlefield XPLORE HISTORIC SITES, picturesque and Sultan Murat’s grave Montenegro, passing by Mount of Lovcen, where we traditional villages, art and handicrafts and can spot the impressive Mausoleum of Peter II Petrovi Those ending the tour: Day 28 Morning drive enjoy pristine natural beauty. Njego with a statue done by the famous Croatian to Shkrodra and tour. Day 29 Drive to Tirana and sculptor Ivan Mestrovi. This is an absolute pride of the transfer to airport for flight home. Slovenia-Croatia-Bosnia-Montenegro people of Montenegro. Continue to Budva, capital in Day 1 Arrive Ljubljana, Slovenia the 3rd century BC. Day 15 Shkodra-Tirana Drive Continue to Serbia Day 2 Lake Bled Tour of Lake Bled and Bohinj. Day along Adriatic coast cross into Albania; visit Skrodra. Day 29 Pec-Visoki Decani-Kopaonik/Novi 3 Ljubljana-Portoroz/Piran Walking tour then Continue to Albania Pazar (Serbia) Visit the monasteries of Kosovo drive to Postojna Caves and visit by electric train. Visit and Metohija and cross over the Serbia border to the Lipica Stud Farm. Drive to the coast. Piran is a medieval Day 16 Tirana-Krujia Depart for home or if mountain town Kopaonik. Day 30 Monastery town with traditional ambiance of stony buildings and continue. Visit the fortress of Kruja, the Scanderbeg Studenica-Sirogojno Monastery Studenica narrow streets. Day 4 Porec (Croatia)-Rovinj- Museum, Ethnographic Museum and browse the (UNESCO), considered to be the crowning achievement Pula-Opatja We cross Istra Peninsula to Opatija, old bazaar full of local handicrafts. This is the best of medieval culture and art in Serbia. Ascend to Mount enroute visit picturesque old villages (like in Provence, bazaar on our tour! Day 17 Duress-Berat visit Zlatibor and the charming ethno village of Sirogojno, France); a few are turned into artist colony with lots Amphitheatre and Archeological Museum. Berat open-air museum of traditional architecture and of galleries and small craft shops. Culminate the (UNESCO) visit the Fortress, Onufri Museum (iconic exhibition of handicrafts. Day 31-32 Belgrade A day in Opatija, the oldest established and popular paintings by Onufri); Leaden Mosque, the King’s nostalgic journey by the old steam engine for 15km, Croatian resort town with seaside magnificence. Mosque, the Bachelor’s Mosque and the Alveti Tekke. crossing breathtaking scenery through 20 tunnels, 10 Day 5 Opatija-Plitvice Lakes (UNESCO) We Day 18 Apolonia-Vlora the ancient city of Apollonia, bridges and across many viaducts. Walking tour of Old follow the coast over the mountain range of Velebit founded in 558 BC by settlers from Corfu and Corinth; Belgrade, capital of Serbia since 1403; experience the to Plitvice Lakes, where sixteen lakes join each other Day 19 Saranda a pleasant drive along the Albanian authentic charm of Belgrade’s bohemian/artist quarters in a series of cascading waterfalls. (UNESCO). Day 6 Riviera, stops at coastal villages enroute. Visit the Skadarlija. Day 33 Home Zadar-Sibenik-Trogir/Split Drive to Zadar, the ancient capital of Dalmatia and a typical Venetian ancient ruins, thought to be one of the earliest Jewish Prices: subject to change due to currency fluctuation. old town, jutting north into the Adriatic with a Synagogues in Albania, dating to the 4th century . Balkans: Comprehensive Tour: $9875, Private Room variety of architectural styles and the vibrancy of an Day 20 Butrint (UNESCO), Albania’s most important Upgrade: $1500. Villages of the Adriatic: $6025, Italian coastal town. Šibenik is in an area of several archaeological site. Day 21 Gjirokastra, (UNESCO), Private Room Upgrade: $850. Undiscovered hundred inlets which are spread out to the open blue birthplace of the former dictator Enver Hoxha. Visit the Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo: $3250; Private sea offering rare beauty. The medieval town Trogir, a pre-Ottoman citadel. Many of the buildings retain their Room $775. Balkans Explorer: Albania, Macedonia, suburb of Split which has changed little over the years, original wood and stone work. Kosovo, Serbia: $4290, Private Room Upgrade: $1075. and is today one of the most beautiful towns on this Accommodation: three/four star, boutique hotels. coast. The Venetian Cathedral of St Lovro, (UNESCO) Day 22 Korca. Drive through breathtaking scenery in Meals: daily breakfast; Adriatic one: two dinners; built from 13th-15th centuries is one of the finest the mountainous areas. Visit the Mosque of Mirahori, Albania: eight dinners; Explorer: three dinners. architectural works in Croatia. one of the oldest in the country, built in 1469; the Museum of Medieval Arts.www.originalworld.com 14
    • ORIGINAL WORLD | BALKAN STATES/ROMANIA/CZECH/TURKEYCharms of Bulgaria Turkey September 3-17, 2010May 9, 24, 31*, June 15, 29, August 2**, 30, September (Precedes September 17 Bulgaria tours)17, October 2 *Rose Festival, **Koprivshtitsa Folk Festival Istanbul, Troy, Pergamon, Izmir, Ephesus, Sardes, Aphrodisias,N Pamukkale, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara and Bursa ESTLING AT THE HEART OF CENTRAL EUROPE and occupying the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria is a land Day 1-3 Istanbul Discover the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures. Boat excursion of natural beauty where time seems to stand still. Experience Bulgarian up the Bosphorus strait. Day 4 Troy See the legendary walls of ancient Troytraditional celebrations; handicrafts; wholesome Bulgarian cuisine and fine wines. and replica of the wooden horse. Day 5 Pergamon-Izmir Visit the Acropolis; Day 1-2 Sofia tour -the Asklepion, Red Basilica; one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. Onward to synagogue, Jewish museum, Izmir. Day 6 Efes Visit Ephesus, once the commercial center of the ancient world. memorial “Saving of the Day 7 Sardes, capital of ancient Lydia. Onward to Pamukkale (Hiecrapolis), a Bulgarian Jews.” Mountain fairyland of dazzling white castles and thermal spring waters. Day 8-9 Antalya Vitosha tour; 13th century Visit the ancient Pamphylian, Hellenistic and Roman cities of Perge and Aspendos Boyana Church and the and the award winning Antalya Archaeological Museum. Day 10 Konya location National History Museum. of the death of celebrated Sufi poet Rumi. Day 11-12 Cappadoccia, where Day 3 Melnick visit the nature has created surrealistic moonscape shapes and persecuted Christians dug 10th century colorfully— underground cities during the 9th century. Day 12-13 Ankara Visit the Anatolian painted Rila Monastery with Civilization Museum and Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. Day 14 Bursa enjoy the a rich ethnographic exhibit. pleasant city filled with gardens and parks. Day 15 Depart. Rozhen Monastery with Our Escort: Cenk Eronat, Tourism and Management , University of Izmir , has been its Blessed Virgin Church, guiding since 1999. He is also a talented photographer who has travelled the world. decorated with over 150 biblical scenes. Melnick, Price: $2850. Private Room Upgrade $925; Meals: breakfasts, dinners charming museum town. Accommodation: Five star and boutique hotels Enjoy wine–tasting at theunique Manolev’s wine cellar. Day 4-5 Bansko-Plodiv tour the stunningKordopulova House built in 1758. In Bansko stroll the cobblestone streets and visit Explore the Czech Countryside Medieval Towns, Traditional Spas of Western Bohemia /the Holy Trinity Church known for its wood carvings and murals. Plovdiv, Old Townwith distinctive revival architecture popular among 18th—19th century merchants. Renaissance Towns of South & Southeast BohemiaVisit artists’ studios. Day 6 Kazanlak-Etar Drive through the Valley of the Roses September 21-30, 2010 (Precedes Balkans Adriatic & Turkey Tours)along the Balkan Range; visit the Tracian Tomb replica and Etar, the ethnographic Maximum 8 people! Available as private tour. Topen-air village museum-of the Bulgarian Revival period with numerous craftsmanworkshops. Day 7 Veliko Turnovo and the medieval village, Arbanassi. Day 8 HERE IS MORE TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC than just Prague!Home or continue to Romania The country’s smaller towns have plenty to offer visitors with their well- preserved historical centers and carefully maintained monuments. ManyPrice: $1980, Private Room Upgrade $200; Meals: Breakfasts, two lunches, three towns included on the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. Arrive in Praguedinners Accommodation: 4 star/3 star when best available before the tour. Private tours can be arranged.Romania Myths and Magic Day 1 Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) Drive through the picturesque West BohemianMay 16*, 31, June 7, 22, July 6, August 9, September 6, 24, countryside to the truly cosmopolitan spa town situated in a beautiful forested valleyOctober 9 *Whit Sunday known for its twelve thermal springs. Stops in small towns enroute.Post-Tour Extension Moldova 6 days Maximum Group Size 8R Enjoy the grandeur of one of the old hoteks & proximity to the colonnade. OMANIA CONJURES VISIONS OF PICTURESQUE Day 2 Frantiskovy Lazne drive to the old spa town Frantiskovy Lazne, VILLAGES, folklore and crafts; unspoiled countryside and the charming, established in 1793, and the smallest of the three major Bohemian spa towns. Day friendly people living their traditional ways. 3 Cheb-Frantiskovy Lazne Day 4 Kynzvart-Marianske Lazne tour the baroque mansion of Chancellor Metternich; Marianske Lazne, considered to beDay 1-2 Bucharest Explore Bucharest’s history, architecture, cultural sites. Day the most charming spa town. Day 5 Lazne short stops in small medieval towns.3-4 Sibiu one of the oldest Saxon towns in Transylvania with cobbled streets Day 6 Cesky Krumluv Full day to explore. Day 7 Tabor spiritual center of theand pastel houses. Explore traditional villages including Sibiel to visit the painted Hussite uprising in the 15th century. Walk the cobbled streets of this medieval town.glass icon museum, a unique Romanian art. Day 5 Sighisoara best preservedand continuously inhabited medieval city of Europe with a walled citadel, secret Accommodation: a small gothic castle, 14th century, rebuilt in baroque style inpassages, 14th century clock tower; the birthplace of Prince Vlad Tepes (Dracula). 1759, completely renovated in 1995, quiet setting in woods.Day 6-7 Maramures land of wooden churches, carved gates, unique folk attire. Day 8 Slavonice-Trebon renaissance towns; remarkable architecture, castle andEnjoy the enchanting countryside in a quaint village. Dinner with “ceterasi” local parks. Slavonice, a true jewel of renaissance architecture was rediscovered by theviolin players. Tour Sighetul Marmatiei and the unique Merry Cemetery. Czech artists for its unique ambiance. Slavonice is definitely a highlight! Whit Sunday: Relish the celebratory spirit with the locals at church. Accommodation: a beautiful 16 century renaissance house Day 8–9 Bucovina renowned for the wondrously detailed exterior frescoes. Day 9 Telc-Trebic, exquisite architecture; picturesque town with well-preserved Based On Availability: Visit Letitia, who learned the local custom of painting eggs medieval core & Jewish quarter. Day 10 Prague visit two UNESCO sites enroute. and received international recognition. See her collection from all over the world. Escort: Petr Zídek earned a degree in history, traveled and lived in many parts ofVisit the painted monasteries of northern Moldova (UNESCO): Humor, Voronet, the world including the United States. He returned to Czech Republic in 2001 andMoldovita, Sucevita. Day 10 Brasov Travel through spectacular Bicaz Gorges. became a dedicated guide with special interest in European Jewish Heritage.Stroll the pedestrian-only plaza of old town. Day 11 Bran–Sinaia tour thehistorical center, “Dracula’s Castle” and the fabulous Peles Castle. Price Range: $1900-$2650 Exact TBD at booking. Meals: breakfast. 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