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.
On this tour along the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, interact with Muslim scholars and clerics; also meet Uzbeki orthodox Christians. As you retrace the historic migration trail of Mennonites who travelled from Russia to Uzbekistan in the late 1800s, hear about the opposition they faced and the surprising welcome they received from some of their Muslim hosts. Your heart and mind will be expanded as you examine intersections of faith and discover the cultural riches in this part of the world.
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.