Asia is home to some of our planet’s most incredible sights, cultures and experiences. Being a huge continent with a lot of countries to explore and choose from, can not only make it difficult to decide where to go, but also plan your trip. A guided small group tour can be the perfect way to make your life easier and below you will find some of the top options to consider for your trip. These include both multi-country Asia group tours, as well as single-country itineraries.
By going on group tours such as below you can have some of the best experiences when you travel. Organised group tours can include an itinerary that is packed with highlights and activities in the country (or countries) that you’re visiting. Another big benefit is that you may get almost everything included, such as transport, entry into attractions, guided tours, accommodation, meals and more. Finally, you’ll have a specialist and experienced guide to show you around that knows the destination well and can ensure you get the most from the trip and learn more about the places that you visit.
Here are some of the best small group and guided tours and itineraries to consider for Asia.
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Why should you book a guided tour for Asia?
Asia has a huge number of amazing places to visit, from fantastic cities to ancient temples and natural landmarks. A small group guided tour in Asia can be one of the best ways to see a large selection of places combined with cultural experiences in a short amount of time. Having everything organised for you will make the trip so much easier and all you’ll need to do is turn up and enjoy the ride and start building memories (and your photo collection) that will last a lifetime.
Guided multi-destination itineraries for Asia (multi-country)
Here are some top itineraries and small group tours that you might like for Asia. These cover a variety of exciting destinations across the continent.
Bangkok to Bali Adventure: Street Eats & Beaches
Now’s the time to explore Thailand, Indonesia, and beyond on your terms with this tour that’s affordable for young travellers. Bliss out on world-class Thai beaches, cool off in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia, savour the street food and nightlife of Singapore, and breathe in some laid-back vibes among Cianjur’s floating villages, all before stretching your legs and hiking the Ancestor Trail to Mt Bromo. In this part of the world, you’ll get to focus on your own adventure: pack your trip with everything you want and nothing you don’t.
Highlights: Beaches of Koh Samui, Night out in Bangkok, Hiking to Mount Bromo
Duration: 34 days
Countries: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia
Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure
If you’re looking to experience the diversity of India and Nepal, this 15-day trip contrasts the colourful culture of India with the pristine serenity of Nepal’s Himalayan mountains. From the ghats that line the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi to a 4×4 safari in Chitwan National Park, our expert CEOs will take you through a region of unsurpassed natural beauty and spirituality before revealing to you the rugged Himalayan landscape of Nepal’s magical capital, Kathmandu.
Highlights: Ganges, jeep safari in Chitwan National Park, Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, Himalayas
Duration: 15 days
Countries: India, Nepal
Indochina Discovery: Seasides and Street Food
Now’s the time to explore Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia on your terms with this tour that’s affordable for young travellers. Search for age-old stories at ancient sites like Angkor Wat, tap into the pulse of Southeast Asia’s most famous cities, and find a new watering hole (or two) along the way. There’s a lot to Indochina, and this 30-day tour has just enough free time and fun to help you bring your sense of adventure to every part of it. With one month, four countries, and countless ways to connect to this region, it’s time to see what you’ve been missing.
Highlights: Angkor Wat, Ha Long Bay, Temple of Doi Suthep, Bangkok Grand Palace
Duration: 30 days
Countries: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
The Five Stans of the Silk Road
See all the ‘stans (well, most of them) on this comprehensive 26-day tour through Central Asia. Learn about nomadic life in Song Köl, explore natural landscapes like Kaindy Lake’s sunken forest, and witness the hustle and bustle of capital cities and their bazaars, cathedrals, and historical sites. Along the way, you’ll sleep like the locals do in homestays and yurts to get even closer to this underexplored destination.
Highlights: Kaindy Lake’s sunken forest, Jety-Oguz Gorge, Charyn Canyon
Duration: 26 days
Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
India to Sri Lanka: The Pink City & Spice Gardens
Now’s the time to explore India on your terms with this tour that’s affordable for young travellers. Embrace the hectic pace of Delhi before balancing it out with the beaches of Goa in the first leg of this epic subcontinental journey. Then, finish it off in the southern half of Sri Lanka, a culture-loving backpacker’s dream. Here you’ll discover beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, and chill out on Hikkaduwa Beach. And the best part? You’ll do it all with travellers of a similar age and state of mind.
Highlights: Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, Beaches of Goa, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Kandy
Duration: 32 days
Countries: India Sri, Lanka
Top itineraries for destinations in Asia (single country)
Here are some single-country small group tours and itineraries that will help you to discover places in Asia.
From the intricate saris of Rajasthan to the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal, this compact journey is a photographer’s delight and the perfect introduction to India. You’ll float past the ghats on the Ganges River to encounter the spiritual heart of Hinduism in Varanasi and get off the beaten path exploring carved stepwells and quaint temples in rural villages. With the perfect combination of included activities and free time to explore the nation’s rich heritage, you’re sure to be caught up in India’s incredible tapestry of life.
Highlights: Taj Mahal, Ganges boat cruise, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort
Duration: 15 days
Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo
From the Buddhist monks of Kōyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, see the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You’ll stay in a mountain temple and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of the traditional and the contemporary, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.
Highlights: Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, Nijo Castle, Miyajima Island, Bullet Trains
Duration: 9 days
Thailand: Night Markets & Blue Waters
Now’s the time to explore Thailand on your terms with this tour that’s affordable for young travellers. Trek to the region’s hilltribes to get a taste of local life, hit the soft sands of the south for snorkelling, swimming, or just plain snoozing, and wrap up your journey in Bangkok, where the colours, sounds, and flavours will redefine the meaning of amazing. Take note: this part of Southeast Asia can’t wait to meet you.
Highlights: Bangkok Grand Palace, Night out in Bangkok, Doi Suthep temple, beachs of Ko Phangan and Ko Tao
Duration: 15 days
Vietnam: Historic Cities & Halong Bay Cruising
Now’s the time to explore Vietnam on your terms with this tour that’s affordable for young travellers. Savour your way through Nha Trang on a street food crawl, step into turquoise-coloured paradise in Ha Long Bay, and get some good stories to take back home in bustling Hanoi. With a mix of highlights and free reign to explore how you’d like, this is one introduction to Southeast Asia you won’t ever forget.
Highlights: Ha Long Bay, Imperial City of Huế, Nha Trang beach, Hanoi’s Old Quarter
Duration: 12 days
Classic Bali & Lombok
Snorkel the warm tropical waters and watch Balinese shadow puppets dance in the night. Marvel at floating palaces and temples. Experience the best of Bali and Lombok on this adventure, offering you the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore these fascinating islands at your own pace. Cool your heels in secluded waterfall pools and relax in the laid-back Gili Islands. Our CEOs will bring you off the beaten path, where you’ll meet these islands’ locals and gain insight into a completely different way of life.
Highlights: Ubud rice paddies, Candi Dasa and Kuta beaches, Monkey Forest, Gili Islands
Duration: 14 days
The itineraries suggested above should provide you with incredible experiences across Asia and create memories that will last a lifetime.
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