NANAIMO - DELHI - AGRA - RANTHAMBORE - JAIPUR .......... Your opportunity to experience India in luxury for an affordable price!
The PARKSVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and BESTWAY TOURS & SAFARIS invite you to join us on a deluxe air inclusive (ex Nanaimo) 10 days tour of Northern India. Guided tours at Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore, Jaipur and see 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Taj Mahal! 9 nights in deluxe/first class hotels with 15 meals.
Get your friends and family to join you on this unique enjoyable tour. Tour is open to all irrespective of Chamber membership.
After the success of our first Exploring the Arts & Artisans of South India tour, cultural travellers will now have another opportunity to discover one of the richest civilizations in the world under the expert guidance of Dr. Stephen Inglis, an authority on Indian art and artisans as well as a curator of ten major exhibitions. Explore some of the country’s most landmark temple architecture in the fascinating state of Tamil Nadu, with daily lectures and guidance from Inglis himself. Meet local artisans, friends and colleagues of Dr. Inglis and learn about the generations-old traditional practices of stone carvers, bronze sculptors, potters and weavers. This riveting Indian experience will give explorers an intimate, hands-on look at South India’s artistic heritage.
This tour to the most exotic part of the world, will help discover nature’s most beautiful foothills of the Himalayas. We will also have a unique cultural interaction with fascinating writers, painters and scholars with their timeless traditions, see unique architecture with the stunning backdrop of mountainous landscapes. For centuries, the monarchy setup shaped the political and cultural traditions of these three bordering countries. Today, the monarchy remains only in Bhutan, which has never been colonized. Since 2006, Bhutan has been ruled by the current king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who is also known as the "Dragon King". Nepal on the other hand, was under various dynasties from time immemorial only to collapse in 2008. The 2015 Constitution of Nepal, declared the country as a secular parliamentary republic. Sikkim became a full fledged state (from an autonomous region) within India on May 16, 175. This multiethnic society became the second smallest amongst the 29 states and 7 Union Territories India. Each Himalayan kingdom is rich with its own traditions, history and culture making this an unforgettable tour. This tour is escorted by the renowned scholar and tour host, Dr. Valery Efimenko.
Discover some of the best wildlife viewing in the world with our tailored 7-day safari through Kenya. Our journey takes us from bustling Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park, home to vast groups of flamingos, the famous Masai Mara, one of Africa’s best and most well-known wildlife viewing areas, and Amboseli, where elephants and other large game roam under the scenic peak of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro from across the border in Tanzania. Experience the age-old culture of the Masai, spot the Big Five and hundreds of other animal species, enjoy the breathtaking scenery, and if you’re lucky, take in the Great Migration of more than 2 million large mammals and Africa’s greatest predators through the Masai plains.
Wedged between the Kalahari and the South Atlantic, Namibia enjoys vast potential as one of the youngest countries in Africa. In addition to having a striking diversity of cultures and national origins, Namibia is a photographer's dream – it boasts wild seascapes, rugged mountains, lonely deserts, stunning wildlife, colonial cities and nearly unlimited elbow room. This 13-day overland safari has been artistically tailored to offer travellers the experience of a life time.
Discover South Africa with this fascinating 14-day journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Explore the culture and history of this unique region, including visits to the enchanting cities of Pretoria and Durban, and a voyage into the Kingdom of Swaziland. Then chase after Big Five game at the famous Kruger National Park, a must-see for South African safari vacations, and experience African traditions in Zululand.
Africa is well known for its wild game and one of the best places for African safari vacations is Northern Tanzania. This region includes the wonderful game parks of Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara, all teeming with wildlife in their natural habitats. With hundreds of different species, this land of the Big Five remains an envy of all other game parks across our globe. Tanzanian Northern Safari is a great vacation for families, couples or individuals. Our 7-day stay in Tanzania includes 6 exciting half-day game safaris chasing the Big Five and other species, and our small group sizes (maximum 7 persons) mean each person gets a window seat. Combine this safari with some relaxing beach time and fascinating cultural experiences by extending the journey to the historical island of Zanzibar.
On this tour we will visit 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, exploring Luang Prabang, the Pak Ou Caves and Vientiane in Laos; explore Vietnam’s cultural, the temples, palaces and imperial mausoleums of aristocratic Hue, Hanoi and spectacular Halong Bay, the enticing little town of Hoi An and bustling Saigon. In Cambodia we visit Phnom Penh and conclude with an inIn-depth exploration of the magnificent jungle temple complex of Angkor.
Follow in the footsteps of one of the world’s most fascinating predators on this 13-day small group cultural tour through tiger country. Starting in Mumbai, where we discover the deep history and fascinating culture of this vibrant city, we then continue to Pench, Kanha and Panna national parks, known as three of India’s top parks to see tigers and hundreds of others of species of wildlife. The crowning glory of tiger territory, Kanha, is also the setting of Rudyard Kipling’s masterpiece “The Jungle Book”. We end our journey with a visit to the magnificent monuments of Khajuraho and a stop in Delhi, India’s cultural hub.
We have tailored this unique 15-day journey to provide you with a rare and fascinating glimpse of the best places in the Gulf to experience the sharp contrast between traditional and ultra-modern Arabia in Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar. Wander through mud-brick villages with exotic bazaars and gardens, explore quiet stretches of coast lined with palm trees, travel through beautiful desert and mountain landscapes featuring venerable forts and visit numerous World Heritage Sites. Visit all seven of the United Arab Emirates, which over the past few decades have become some one of the world’s most glamorous, spectacular and futuristic urban destinations and are providing the Islamic world with a model of political stability and religious tolerance.
Central Asia - “Land of the Caravans”. The Silk Road Caravan routes influenced the local cultures, as the routes of communication and trade opened previously isolated societies. We follow these historical trails on our Route of the Caravans journey covering the five “stans”, a Persian suffix meaning "home of", "place of". The region is famous not only for its many branches of the Silk Road, but also as the birthplace of great builders of empires, such as Tamerlane of the Timurids and Babur, founder of the great Moghul Empire. This artistically tailored journey includes visits to 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Bazaars depicting the times of the silkroad, home visits, meeting locals folks, enjoying local cuisines as we journey through time.
Traverse the rich history of the Silk Road, the world’s oldest and longest trade route, with this 10-day tour through the highlights of Uzbekistan. The Silk Road connected cultures, religions, peoples and goods across Eurasia with a vast network of trade routes for a millennium. Our adventure takes us through this area’s ancient legacy, exploring the monuments, learning about the cultural traditions and meeting the people of Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakre Sabz and beyond.
The Republic of South Africa is a diverse multi-cultural country. This 20-day small group overland journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes us through the culture, history, wildlife and landscape of this rich land. We also visit Swaziland and Lesotho. Game viewing at Kruger and Hluhluwe parks, an interactive experience with a local tribe in Swaziland, a guided birding walk, hiking the Drakensburg, Basotho lifestyle and pony trekking in Lesotho, wine tasting and more are part of this exciting overland safari.
Traverse thousands of years of history on this one-of-a-kind Indian Ocean island replete with ancient and majestic monuments, pristine beaches, jaw-dropping scenery and some of the world’s friendliest people. UNESCO has already recognized seven World Heritage Sites on this tiny island, and our fascinating Sri Lanka tour will visit six of them. Dive in to an eclectic mix of colonial history, religious traditions and South Asian influence. Discover the thousand-year-old ruins of ancient civilizations, including epic Sigiriya, take in the scenic tea fields in one of the world’s tea capitals, meet and learn the traditional ways of island dwellers and much more on this unique tour.
An artistically safari designed for both individuals and families. In East Africa we start chasing the Big Five and many other species in world renowned game reserves of Masai Mara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Lake Manyara. The 12days wild game safari culminates with a flight down south of the African continent. Here we are treated with a unique experience witnessing the World Heritage Site of the majestic Victoria Falls. From the VFA we have options of yet another but very different game safari in Botswana and to end the African experience at amongst the most beautiful city in the world – Cape Town.
Kenya and Tanzania are known across the world for their breathtaking game sightings of the Big Five and hundreds of other animal species in almost untouched natural wilderness. These countries are also popular for bird watching. Our 12-day Wild Game Safari of Kenya and Tanzania has been artistically tailored so you can experience the wilderness in complete comfort. Get the perfect photo of one of the thousands of animals that call Ngorongoro Crater home, spy on the hundreds of flamingos at Lake Nakuru, enjoy the unbelievable wildlife at Serengeti National Park, arguably the number one game reserve for African safari trips, and more. Serengeti and Masai Mara may also provide the opportunity to view the Great Migration, an incredible mass movement of more than 2 million wildebeest and other large herbivores. Wild Game Safari is a once-in-a-lifetime family vacation, with game sightings travellers of all ages can enjoy.
Experience the majestic and serene Himalayas as we explore the highlights of West Bengal and Sikkim in India, the Kingdom of Bhutan and Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. The region is perfect for those who enjoy both rich culture and breathtaking nature, as you will not only see scenic mountains, but also experience ancient Buddhist heritage. This 15-day journey covers the most fascinating sanctuaries in this majestic alpine region.
A small group African safari vacation through three of the most intriguing destinations in Southern Africa. Traveling overland on a comfortable air-conditioned 4 x 4 from the capital of Namibia, Windhoek, we cover some of the most sought after attractions in the region. One of our more adventurous African safari packages, Great Trans-African Safari includes the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusevlei and Deadvlei, Bushman and Himba cultural experiences and Big Five game viewing at the parks of Namib Naukluft, Etosha, Greater Moremi, Chobe and Hwange. The 20-day tour culminates at majestic Victoria Falls.
Between the snow-capped Himalayas and the lush Ganges Delta lies the mighty Brahmaputra River. To take a trip down the Brahmaputra is to take a trip into the history of the fascinating region of West Bengal. There is no better way to explore the traditional settlements and ancient civilizations that line its banks than a cruise by comfortable river boat. Adding in stops in bustling Calcutta, tea behemoth and scenery gem Darjeeling, and Kaziranga, the number one place for wildlife viewing in India and home to over a thousand Asian rhinos, this 12-day small group cultural tour from Kolkata to Darjeeling is an unforgettable adventure.