Cox & Kings has announced 50 new journeys within seven continents for its 2015-2016 season, including 11 new private journeys to Asia.
From family-friendly to more exotic itineraries, the new journeys in China include the family-friendly China Classic Odyssey, which shows travelers more of the Middle Kingdom; the Yunnan: A Journey to Shangri-La, which leads guests through various landscapes of river, forest, and mountains, and also exposes them to the local culture and traditions of the Donga, Naxi, and Tibetans; and the China: Journey on the Silk Road tour, which traces the ancient trading route from the Tang Dynasty capital of Xian as it goes through the Gobi Desert to Kashgar in the west.
In Japan, the 10-day Path of Enlightenment itinerary explores the influence of Zen Buddhism on Japanese culture. Guests explore Tokyo’s shrines and temples and visit the hot springs of Yudanaka. In Kyoto, guests will take part in a traditional tea ceremony with a team master as they learn the basics of Zen meditation before spending time at the Buddhist lodge on Mount Koya. Guests traveling to Cambodia and Vietnam can sign up for the Indochina Revealed journey, which takes guests to the temples of Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, and on a 3-night sail down the Mekong River to Ho Chi Minh City with a private cruise among Halong Bay’s limestone islands.
In addition, Tibet: Pilgrimage to the Land of the Gods and Nepal & Tibet: Journey to the Roof of the World are good choices for spiritual seekers, as both showcase natural and cultural wonders in Nepal including Everest Base Camp and a trek to the Jokhang temple. While in Tibet, travelers visit Potala Palace, the 7th century former winter home of the Dalai Lama. For more information, call (800) 999-1758 or visit coxandkingusa.com.