East Meets West

3 months from £4,319

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Travel from one side of the world to the other!

Travel from one side of the world to the other!

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Round the World Travels
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Trip Highlights

  • Tour the gorgeous beaches and party isles of Thailand, and encounter mighty elephants
  • Travel from Beijing to Shanghai and see some of the China’s most iconic sights
  • Head Down Under and explore the North and South Islands of New Zealand with a flexible travel pass
  • Spend a week exploring the USA's awesome east coast, from Los Angeles to San Francisco via the Grand Canyon, Vegas, and Yosemite National Park
  • Discover the incredible landscapes of Peru on a 2-week tour, and trek the legendary Inca Trail
  • Swap out and add any of our other trips to your itinerary to make it completely unique to you!

Trip Summary

Go on a round the world trip that spans the opposite ends of the earth and discover the best of Asia, Australasia, North America, and South America. Travelling through five beautiful countries, you'll visit some of the world's most incredible locations, from stunning tropical beaches to famous city centres, and everything else in-between. Begin your travels with an idyllic tropical island escape in Thailand where you'll discover a beachy paradise of incredible white-sand shorelines as you hop from one island to the next. Fly over to China for an unforgettable trip through the Middle Kingdom, and enjoy a flexible adventure in beautiful New Zealand. Then hop from east to west, and make your way over to the USA for an excellent week-long tour of the glitzy, glamorous west coast, before heading south for an epic adventure through Peru.

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Thailand Island Hopping (15 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok 

Meet the rest of your group on a fun night out in Khao San Road.

Day 2: Bangkok

Go on a canal boat tour and visit Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and the majestic Grand Palace.

Day 3: Kanchanaburi

Spend the day with the elephants at a brilliant project in Kanchanaburi.

Days 4-5: Railay Beach

Fly to Krabi and transfer to Railay by boat for two days in beachy paradise. 

Days 6-7: Koh Phi Phi

Chill on Koh Phi Phi, go on a fantastic island boat tour with stops for snorkelling and visit the famous Maya Bay.

Important note: The authorities in Thailand may be restricting access to Maya Bay between June and October 2018. During these times, the included boat trip will take you to some other idyllic islands and bays in the area where you will also be able to swim and snorkel. 

Days 8-9: Koh Pha Ngan

Experience a moon party and chill out and recover on the beach the following day.

Day 10: Koh Samui

Board a boat to Koh Samui and chill on Chaweng Beach, before heading out in the evening.

Day 11: Ang Thong Marine Park

Set sail for Ang Thong Marine Park and tour some of its 42 tropical isles. Enjoy a spot of snorkelling or kayaking. Head to Samui's liveliest beachside bar tonight.

Days 12-14: Koh Tao

Relax on this gorgeous island and visit the incredibly scenic Koh Ngan Yuan.

Day 15: Departure

Make your own way back to Bangkok from Koh Tao, and travel to China for the next leg of your adventure!

Thailand Island Hopping 2019 - If you are travelling in 2019 you will follow a slightly different itinerary for Thailand Island Hopping. Instead of visiting Railay Beach, you will enjoy some extra time in Kanchanaburi, including an excursion to beautiful Erawan National Park. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

THAILAND TO CHINA

Fly from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) to Beijing International Airport (PEK) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.

Beijing to Shanghai Highlights (11 days)

Day 1: Welcome to China!

Arrive into Beijing at any time and make yourself comfortable in your accommodation.

Day 2: Hike the Great Wall

Hike along a remote section of the Great Wall and make camp on the wall itself.

(Please note; the weather is too cold to camp outside between September and the end of April. If you have booked to travel over these dates, you will stay in a guest house near the wall instead of camping. Don’t worry; we’ll still make sure you get to see the sun set and rise over the wall)

Day 3: Sunrise over the Great Wall

Rise early for spectacular sunrise views of the Great Wall. Free afternoon in Beijing.

Day 4: Explore Beijing

Opt to walk through Tiananmen Square, visit the sprawling Forbidden City, or visit Jingshan Park!

Day 5: Hangzhou

Opt to visit the Temple of Heaven. Board a night train to Hangzhou.

Day 6: Transfer to Moganshan.

Check out the bamboo forests of Mogan Mountain and enjoy a bike ride around the tranquil village.

Day 7: Transfer to Shanghai

Opt to hike to Moganshan Peak and then board the bullet train to Shanghai.

Days 8-10: Explore Shanghai

You’ll have a few free days in Shanghai, and there’s plenty to do! Opt to visit ZhuJiaJiao Water town, find a karaoke hotspot or head to the busiest shopping street in the world: Nanjing Road.

Day 11: Departure

Head to the airport and fly to New Zealand!

Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change. 

CHINA TO NEW ZEALAND

Fly from Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) to Auckland Airport (AKL) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.

New Zealand Travel Pass (min 28 days, max 12 months)

Valid for twelve months, you can use this amazing New Zealand Travel Pass to travel the length and breadth of both the North Island and South Island in New Zealand, hopping off along the route for as long or as little as you like. There are plenty of added activities included in your pass to make the most of your travel experience, but the rest, from food to accommodation, length of stay and optional activities, is up to you – it's a great way to travel the country and allows you to create your own perfect travel itinerary.

The route takes in all the biggest and best highlights of New Zealand, as well as a few off the beaten track treasures. The route, which can be completed in a minimum time of 28 days, runs as follows:

Auckland – Paihia – Cape Reinga – Auckland – Hahei (2 night minimum stay) – Rotorua (2 night minimum stay) – Lake Aniwhenua – Whakahoro (via Taupo) (2 night minimum stay)  – Raetihi – Wellington – Marahau/Abel Tasman NP (2 night minimum stay)  – Franz Josef (2 night minimum stay)  – Wanaka – Queenstown (2 night minimum stay)  – Gunn’s Camp – Invercargill/Stewart Island – Queenstown – Mt Cook – Rangitata (via Tekapo) – Christchurch – Kaikoura – Wellington – Auckland

NEW ZEALAND TO USA

Fly from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

USA Western Wonder (7 days)

As this trip starts very early on day 1, you will need to arrange accommodation for the night before the tour starts. Please contact us for further details as we can arrange this for you.

Day 1: Hollywood to Arizona

Visit the Walk of Fame before heading out on a road trip across the California desert

Day 2: The Grand Canyon

Enjoying the ride to the Grand Canyon via Kaibab National Forest.

Days 3-4: What Happens in Vegas…

Head down Route 66 to Vegas and cruise the Strip in a super stretch limo!

Day 5: Yosemite National Park

Head to Yosemite National Park today and relax at camp this evening.

Day 6: Action and adventure in Yosemite

Hike the trails or go mountain biking through the national park.

Day 7: San Francisco

Arrive in San Fran and walk across the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

USA TO PERU

Fly from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.

Best of Peru (14 days)

Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time and make your way to your starting hotel, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers.

Day 2: Lima to Nazca

Head south to Nazca, home of the mysterious Nazca lines.

Day 3: Nazca to Arequipa

Free time in Nazca today. Participate in an ancient ‘Pachamanca’ ceremony of wrapping delicacies in banana leaves and slow cooking them, before boarding an overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 4: Arequipa

Free time to make the most of amazing Arequipa!

Day 5: Arequipa to Chivay

Travel to Chivay and enjoy an exhilarating tour of the Colca Canyon.

Day 6: Chivay to Cusco

Stop off at some local villages and meet the locals. Return to Arequipa and catch the overnight bus to Cusco.

Day 7: Discover Cusco

Cusco is a city set amidst the Andes, and it features some truly awe-inspiring scenery! Enjoy a free day to explore.

Day 8: Cusco to Ccaccaccollo

Visit the Ccaccaccollo community. Stay with a local Quechua family and help to prepare a traditional meal.

Day 9: Ccaccaccollo to Ollantaytambo

Travel to Ollantaytambo and prepare for your epic Machu Picchu hike* tomorrow.

Day 10-13: Ollantaytambo to Wayllabamba Camp

Hike to the incredible Machu Picchu ruins for a guided tour.

Day 14: Departure

Your fantastic East to West adventure has come to an end today in Cusco. Head to the airport and fly home.

Inca Trail Permits: Please note that the number of Inca Trail Permits is limited and sell out many months in advance, in the event that Inca Trail Permits are not available on your chosen departure date you will be offered an alternative route. 

Please note all itineraries and activities are subject to change. 

Our East Meets West round the world package is a combined trip made up of five different Real Gap Experience trips (all detailed below). All of our Round the World Travel packages can be altered to suit you, so if you want to swap out one of the trips for another, or shake up the order in which you travel to each country, you can! Just speak to one of our travel advisors to find out more about your options.

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Thailand Island Hopping - 15 days

  • Airport transfer on arrival from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Transport to each destination on the itinerary
  • An experienced tour guide
  • Long tail river boat tour of Bangkok
  • Tuk-tuk ride in Bangkok
  • Hidden Bangkok bar crawl
  • Flight from Bangkok to Krabi
  • Boat trip at Railay Beach
  • Island boat trip in Koh Phi Phi with snorkelling
  • Beachside drinks and dinner on Koh Phangan
  • Full day excursion to Ang Thong Marine Park
  • Sunset drinks on the beach on Koh Tao
  • Full day island boat trip excursion including snorkelling in Koh Ngan Yuan

Beijing to Shanghai Highlights – 11 days

  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • Hike and camp at un-restored section of the Great Wall
  • Sunrise on the Great Wall
  • Mandarin lesson
  • Moganshan bike ride
  • Experienced tour leaders throughout
  • Transport between included destinations

New Zealand Travel Pass – minimum 28 days

  • Modern bus with guide/driver
  • 12-month flexible hop-on-hop-off bus pass
  • On-board Wi-fi
  • Accommodation reservations
  • Bay of Islands visit
  • Parry Kauri Forest visit
  • Hot Water Beach relaxation
  • Dune surfing
  • Visit to Hahei
  • Bridal Veil Falls walk
  • Huka Falls trip
  • Tongariro National Park excursion
  • Country farm experience
  • Abel Tasman National Park visit
  • Punakaiki pancake rocks
  • Franz Josef Glacier stop
  • Viewing gantry walk in Fiordland

USA Western Wonder - 7 days

  • Services of a driver/tour leader
  • Private minibus transportation with free Wifi
  • Accommodation, 2 hotel nights and 4 camp nights on a shared basis
  • Camping fees and equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • Entrance to National Parks visited
  • Las Vegas cruise in super stretched limo
  • Sightseeing in Hollywood
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Experience the Grand Canyon at sunset or sunrise
  • Take a dip in the Colorado River
  • See Route 66
  • Yosemite’s Peaks and Valleys and Giant Sequoia trees

Best of Peru - 14 days

  • Accommodation
  • Transfers between destinations
  • Transfers between activities included in the itinerary
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Nazca Pachamanca ceremony
  • Overnight Colca Canyon trip
  • Authentic home stay
  • Women’s Weaving Project visit
  • Trek to Machu Picchu with the services of local guide, cook and porters 
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu 

All Trips

  • 24/7 emergency support

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals, drinks and snacks (unless otherwise stated)
  • Local transport
  • Optional activities/excursions

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Thailand Island Hopping
You'll stay in a variety of different types of accommodation in Thailand, the majority of which will be based on two to four people in the group (of the same sex) sharing a room. All the accommodation is air-conditioned and has western-style bathroom facilities.

Most meals aren't included on this leg of the trip, but you'll find a large selection of restaurants and bars offering a wide range of delicious Thai food during your stay.

Beijing to Shanghai Highlights
10 nights of accommodation are included. One night will be spent camping on the Great Wall of China. One night will be spent on an overnight train, where you will have a fully flat bed. Every other night on your trip will be spent in shared hostel dorms that sleep 4-12 people.

Food is not included on the trip, but our guide will always offer to take you to a local restaurant where they can arrange a great discount for you.

New Zealand Travel Pass
Accommodation and meals aren’t included on this tour, but your guide can recommend and reserve accommodation for you at each destination.

USA Western Wonder
You’ll spend four nights camping and two nights in hotels on a single sex shared accommodation basis.

During the trip, each group member will be required to contribute 10USD per day to a food kitty, which will be used to cover the cost of meals. When you are not camping, meals will not be included so you’ll be able to head out and try some local delicacies!

Best of Peru
Multi-share accommodation is included in the price of this trip. You’ll have 7 nights in simple hotels on a shared room basis, 2 nights on an overnight bus, 1 night at a home stay and 3 nights of camping.

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners are included. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself.

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This Round the World route will take you to Bangkok  – Beijing//Shanghai – Auckland - Los Angeles//San Francisco – Lima//Cusco. Flights are not included as part of this trip, but we have a brilliant flights team on hand, dedicated to getting you the best deal of the day.

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

 

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The minimum age for this trip is 18 years. Please bear in mind that the legal drinking age in the US is 21, so if you are younger than 21 at the time of travel, you will not be allowed entry into bars, casinos, or clubs.

Thailand

British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. 

China

For visits up to 30 days, citizens of the EU, USA, Australia, and New Zealand must obtain a tourist visa (type L) for China before travelling. Visas can be obtained from your local Chinese embassy and must be used within three months of issue. Please ensure you have a full passport that is valid for six months beyond your intended length of stay.

New Zealand

British passport holders can enter New Zealand without a visa, staying as a visitor for up to six months. If you plan to take paid work during your time in New Zealand, you will need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa.

USA

British Nationals visiting the USA will be able to travel (for tourism purposes) under the US Visa Waiver Programme for up to 90 days. If you intend to stay for longer than this, plan to work, have ever been arrested or hold any criminal convictions, you will need to apply for a visa. American immigration procedures can be a little confusing, so for full and further details please either call us, or contact the US Embassy.

Peru

British nationals can visit Peru for up to 183 days as a tourist without having to obtain a visa.

Can I Opt For My Own Room?

On some of the tours on this RTW itinerary you'll be able to book a non-sharing room, although this will incur an additional cost. If you would like to book your own room, please contact us for further details.

Can I Travel Solo?

Absolutely! You won’t have to pay a supplement if you’re travelling solo, and there’s no need to worry as most of our travellers travel solo so you’ll be in great company! Our trips are social and you’re bound to meet loads of interesting people, so lots of travellers opt to participate alone. Similarly, you can participate in this trip with a friend or boyfriend/girlfriend.

Can I Go Anywhere Else?

Of course! This trip is fully customisable, meaning you can add in any of our other awesome trips around the world to build your own bespoke itinerary. Contact a travel advisor today to start building your dream RTW trip.

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