Learn about Japan on walking tours, browse unique shops, sample traditional Japanese food, and bathe in the famous hot springs (onsen). See Mt. Fuji, hike in a dense bamboo grove, see one of Japan’s best-known temples—the Golden Pavilion, and take a cooking class and eat what you create. Ride a speedy bullet train to enjoy the foodie scene in Osaka—nicknamed Japan’s kitchen. Try singing karaoke in the land where it was invented. This tour includes plenty of time to explore on your own or with tour leader Laura Heller.
This one-of-a-kind eco-adventure in Ecuador gives you an opportunity to see incredible wildlife while supporting the indigenous Cofán people in the heart of the Cuabeno Wildlife Reserve. Travel through the Andes mountains. Take a white-water rafting adventure through pristine natural beauty on the Jondachi River. Spend a night camping deep in the Amazon rain forest, far from any human habitation. Take a short hike to the San Rafael Falls—the largest waterfall in Ecuador.
Gain an understanding of Buddhism as it is practiced in these culturally connected but different countries. Notice the similarities and differences in the artfully constructed houses of worship. Enjoy astonishing mountain views in all four nations. Meet Ministry of Education officials in Chengdu and staff from a development and peace-building NGO in Nepal, stay overnight near Mount Everest Base Camp, visit two of the “Great Three Monasteries” and so much more.
Experience a land rich in Celtic Christian spirituality, beauty, legend, music, and history. Visit sites of historic and spiritual significance. Marvel at the natural beauty of the country. Your interior journey will be paralleled by the rugged landscape. As we walk pilgrim routes, and enjoy traditional music, storytelling and good humour, we will encounter the heart and spirit of a people.