Contrasts of Asia
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Day 1
Brisbane, Australia

Situated in eastern Australia, the Queensland city of Brisbane emits a dynamic and vibrant culture – which has helped it to develop into a modern-world settlement. Towering skyscrapers blend with botanic gardens and animal sanctuaries holding koalas and kangaroos create a unique city that will leave many long-lasting memories. Those seeking retail therapy will be glad to know that there are plenty of shopping areas, while the city’s distinctive culture will present itself in many forms including art, music and theatre.

Day 5
Cairns - Qld, Australia

Situated within the north-eastern tip of Australia, the cosmopolitan city of Cairns is contrasted by the rainforest that surrounds it. This surrounding region provides opportunities in the form of wine-tasting, while many of the opportunities within the city come from the coast. Beaches provide an ideal place to relax and soak up the sun, while other opportunities including whale watching and heading out to see the Great Barrier Reef – one of the most impressive natural wonders on earth.

Day 9
Darwin, Australia

Darwin is a small Australian city situated on the northern tip of the Northern Territory. Although it may be small in size, it is renowned for being a cosmopolitan destination and for its relaxed lifestyle. This city is home to a multitude of natural, historical and cultural landmarks. There is also the chance to see crocodiles in their natural habitat during a cruise along the Adelaide River.

Day 12
Komodo Island, Indonesia

Komodo Island is the only natural habitat for Komodo dragons on earth, providing a unique opportunity to witness these fascinating reptiles. Situated in the Wallacea region of Indonesia, it has been recognised by WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area. A local guide will be able to take you on a tour of the island, ensuring you can watch these creatures from a safe distance.

Day 16
Singapore, Singapore

Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore has developed into a bustling metropolis with Chinese, Malay and Indian influences. Walking between the rows and rows of towering skyscrapers, you will discover a world of exotic culture, with fantastic food, large shopping complexes and the famous Singapore Sling cocktail. If, however, you find yourself seeking an opportunity to escape this busy metropolis, you will be glad to know that Singapore is also home to a wonderful collection of colourful and peaceful gardens.

Day 18
Phuket, Thailand

The island of Phuket is connected to the easternmost regions of mainland Thailand and faces out towards the glistening Andaman Sea. Although it is made up of a series of cities, it is widely known for its array of beautiful beaches that attract visitors year after year. The sands offer the perfect place to relax, while the turquoise waters of are ideal for swimming, snorkelling, diving, jet-skiing, parasailing and much more. Phuket is also renowned for its local cuisine, with many superb dishes worth trying during your time here.

Day 23
Kochi, Japan

The bustling port of Kochi provides a point of access to the well-known Indian state of Kerala. One of the most iconic symbols of the city is the fishing nets, which were gifted from the Ancient Chinese Empires in the 14th century and a few of them remain in working condition to this day. From temples to palaces and museums to peaceful parks, Kochi has much to offer to visitors. This is an area where people of many religions and beliefs have learnt to live aside one another harmoniously. Kochi is also known widely for its fantastic cuisine which is made up of fragrant curries, succulent seafood and much more.

Day 25
Marmagoa, India

Also known as Mormugao, this Indian sub-district is located in the Indian state of Goa. Historically, this area was once part of a Portuguese colony during the 16th century and many forts remain in the area to this day. In addition to historical features, Marmagoa is also a delight for sun worshippers, with many beautiful and tranquil beaches.

Day 26
Mumbai (Bombay), India

A visit to Mumbai is one that will open your eyes. This bustling metropolitan city never sleeps, with a constant flow of traffic all hours of the day and a warm and inviting culture. There are some fine examples of colonial architecture within Mumbai, with many buildings built in Gothic revival, Neo-classical, and Indo-Saracenic styles. You will also notice a number of religious landmarks during your time in Mumbai, with temples, mosques, churches and even synagogues reflecting the cultural diversity. No journey to Mumbai would be complete, however, without trying some of the local cuisine at one of the street markets.

Day 31
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates and, in recent years, has grown into a bustling new tourist destination. There are many theme parks and resorts being built across the city, while the metropolitan centre is home to some of the largest skyscrapers and shopping centres in the world. However, much of Dubai’s traditional heritage has also been kept intact, with landmarks including a wind tower, mosque and a variety of souks all worth visiting.

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