Australia, South India, and Bhutan High on Asia Transpacific Journey’s List for Holiday Travel

Asia Transpacific Journeys Suggests Three Asia Pacific Destinations For an Exceptional Holiday Season

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) September 28, 2006 — Asia Transpacific Journeys (ATJ) suggests a cultural awakening through travel as a way to celebrate upcoming December holidays.

“The holidays are about being together with loved ones, a time for reflection and celebration. What better way than with a journey to Asia to awaken your sense of wonder?” says Marilyn Downing Staff, CEO of the company that has delved into the heart and soul of one Asian destination after another for nearly 20 years.

“ATJ’s style of in-depth interpretation furthers cultural understanding, one traveler at a time. The approach is in tune with the spirit of the holidays,” she says.

Her suggestions include Australia, South India and Bhutan. ATJ can arrange Custom Journeys to these and other destinations throughout Asia and the Pacific. Itineraries can be oriented to the ages and interests of the participants, be it a multi-generational family, a couple, or a group of close friends.

For family travel Australia, specifically, is high on ATJ’s list with experiences ranging from kangaroo and koala sightings on Kangaroo Island to snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef to tramping through the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Daintree Rainforest site searching out crocodiles and colorful kingfishers; the kind of animals you’ve dreamt of seeing since childhood. Due to Australia’s location in the southern hemisphere, December travel falls in perfectly with the kick-off to summer. Land costs start at $300 per person per day / double for beyond-the-ordinary lodging, meals, transport and private guide.

Travelers from cold climes will enjoy the warmth of South India over the holidays, says Downing Staff. Explore the burgeoning cities, the most important cultural sites, wildlife preserves, temples, and the tea and spice plantations that flourish in the lush south. Discover timeless ceremonies, classical performances, a tranquil backwaters cruise in Kerala and the pageantry of the seldom seen Uthrallikkavu Pooram festival, where a caparisoned elephant parade leads an exuberant procession. The ancient Dravidian culture still flourishes in the south, with the British, French, Dutch and Portuguese adding an intriguing European veneer.

“Kochi and Kerala are ‘in’ right now as they are just being discovered by Americans,” she says. Waterway boat trips, tropical beaches, temple culture and ayurvedic spas combine with assorted cuisines that inspire the palate, she promises.

Land costs start at $300 per person per day / double for beyond-the-ordinary lodging, meals, transport and private guide.

In December, crisp weather and lots of sunshine is typical of mountainous, still mysterious Bhutan, another ATJ recommendation for the holidays. Because of limits on visas and its history of isolation, there have been, to date, few encroachments on this Buddhist Himalayan kingdom.

“There is a magical festival each December in Bhutan almost unattended by tourists. What an exceptional way to celebrate the holidays,” says Downing Staff. ATJ can also make special arrangements for guests to meditate in Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, icon of Bhutan.

Land costs start at $300 per person per day for beyond-the-ordinary lodging, meals, transport and private guide.

Included in the daily per-person land costs are accommodations, nearly all meals, transfers, visa fees, tips, entrance fees, medical and emergency insurance and a comprehensive pre-departure packet. ATJ can also arrange international air through its in-house air department.

Asia Transpacific Journeys has been crafting private Custom Journeys and Small Group Trips to the Asia/Pacific region since 1987.

Says CEO Downing Staff: “Our intimate, in-depth style promotes cross-cultural understanding, encourages environmental sustainability, and fulfills long-held personal dreams.” She notes that ATJ’S regional expertise also makes ATJ the operator of choice for dozens of America’s most demanding universities and museums.

For 2006 ATJ’s ever-expanding itineraries of Small Group Trips and Custom Journeys encompasses 20 countries in North Asia, South Asia, SE Asia and the Pacific. Some trips also support global conservation and cultural preservation. ATJ’s own non-profit Asia Transpacific Foundation, established in 1998, works with rural Asian communities to provide clean drinking water through locally made ceramic water filters.

Condé Nast Traveler (Aug 2006) has named Asia Transpacific Journeys’ Eric Kareus a “Top Travel Specialist” for Myanmar for 2006

National Geographic Traveler (Oct 2006) has selected Asia Transpacific Journeys’ Burma Trip as one of “50Tours of a Lifetime”

For more information please see www.asiatranspacific.com or call toll free 800-642-2742.

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