East Meets West
4 months from £7,409
- Tour the gorgeous beaches and party isles of Thailand with a whirlwind stop in Bangkok and Kanchanaburi first
- Travel around China's Middle Kingdom and see some of the country's most iconic sights
- 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 four spectacular countries in South America as you make your way through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia
- Get to travel the world with a whole bunch of likeminded people and make some new friends for life
- Swap out and add trips to your itinerary to make it completely unique to you
Go on a world trip that spans the opposite ends of the earth and discover the best of Asia, North America, and South America. Travelling through seven 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 the ultimate round trip of the Middle Kingdom, then from east to west, 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 South America.
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Thailand Island Hopping (10 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: Departure
Make your own way back to Bangkok for the next leg of your journey.
Speak to one of our travel advisors about extending your Thailand trip to our 15-day option if you'd also like to visit Koh Samui, Ang Thong Marine Park, and Koh Tao.
Thailand Island Hopping 2019 - If you are travelling in 2019 you will follow a slightly different itinerary for Thailand Island Hopping. Your Thailand Island Hopping will end of Koh Tao. However you can extend your trip to the 15 day itinerary to visit more islands and enjoy one of the epic Koh Pha Ngan moon parties! Contact a travel adviser for more information.
THAILAND TO CHINA
Fly from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.
China Experience (27 days)
Day 1: Welcome to Hong Kong!
Get a feel for the city and take yourself out to explore the vibrant streets.
Day 2: Depart from Hong Kong
Meet your guide and group. Catch the bullet train to Guilin and then Yangshuo.
Day 3-6: Yangshuo
Take a Chinese cookery class, cycle beside the Yulong River, and go bamboo rafting.
Day 7-9: Chengdu
Take a Mandarin lesson and visit the Panda Breeding Research Centre.
Day 10-11: Xi’an
Tour the local silk market, help at a local charity, and visit the Terracotta Warriors.
Day 12: Dengfeng
Take a Kung Fu lesson and watch a performance by the children at a local home.
Day 13: Shaolin Monastery
Take an optional trip to the Shaolin Temple catching the overnight train to Beijing.
Day 14-17: Beijing
Hike to an un-restored section of the Great Wall. Set up camp and watch the sunset.
Day 18-19: Hangzhou & Moganshan
Cycle through the villages and bamboo forests at the foot of Moganshan Mountain.
Day 20-22: Shanghai
Take a trip to Zhujiajiao Water Town, walk through Yu Gardens, or visit People’s Square.
Days 23-24: Nanjing in Fujian Province
Stay in traditional mud roundhouses in the Hakka community.
Day 25: Fujian Tulou
Take a bike tour then enjoy some free time before our onward journey to the Zhuhai border.
Day 26: Macau
Tour the ruins of St Paul’s, visit Cotai Strip, then take the hydrofoil back to Hong Kong.
Day 27: Hong Kong
Make the most of being in Hong Kong with some last-minute sightseeing.
CHINA TO USA
Fly from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.
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 COLOMBIA
Fly from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport, Colombia (CTG) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.
Colombia to Bolivia Discovery (53 days)
Day 1: Cartagena
Go to your welcome meeting tonight and meet your group and guide.
Day 2: Cartagena
Enjoy a free day to make the most of this colourful coastal city.
Day 3: Santa Marta
Arrive in Santa Marta, and enjoy some relaxation and beach living.
Day 4: Santa Marta/Adán Camp
Transfer to Machete Pelao and trek through the jungle to camp.
Day 5: Adán Camp/Wiwa Camp
Pass through small villages, farmland and coffee plantations.
Day 6: Wiwa Camp/Teyuna Paraiso Camp
Hike along a steep incline and follow the river deeper into ancient territory.
Day 7: Teyuna Paraiso Camp/Wiwa Camp
Climb the 1,200 steps to the Lost City for views over the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Day 8: Ciudad Perdida/Taganga
Return to Machete Pelao, then hop onto a 4x4 and whiz over to Taganga.
Day 9: Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Spend the day swimming in the Caribbean waters of Tayrona National Park.
Day 10: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Taganga
Relax in the National Park, with an optional walk to the El Pueblito Ruins.
Day 11: Taganga/Medellín
Board a short flight down to Medellín and enjoy a night out with the group.
Day 12: Medellín/Bogotá
Discover the museums, churches and markets of Medellín.
Day 13: Bogotá
Head out on an orientation walk of the La Candelaria area of the city.
Day 14: Bogotá
Do anything you missed yesterday, or simply chill out.
Day 15: Bogotá/Otavalo
Take a flight to Quito and transfer to Otavalo to spend a night with an indigenous community.
Day 16: Otavalo/Cotopaxi
Check out the Otavalo Handicrafts Market before heading into the Andes.
Day 17: Cotopaxi
Head to Cotopaxi National Park to see the highest active volcano in the world!
Day 18: Cotopaxi/Quito
Head into Quito for a guided orientation walk and a night out.
Day 19: Quito
Enjoy a full free day to explore Quito.
Day 20-22: Quito/Tena
Travel to the edge of the Amazon and spend the night in the jungle.
Day 23: Tena/Baños
Get involved with some horse riding or mountain biking in the countryside.
Day 24: Baños
Go canyoneering down the Rio Blanco.
Day 25-26: Baños/Cuenca
Wander through Cuenca's cobbled streets.
Day 27: Cuenca/Máncora
Cross the border into Peru.
Day 28-29: Máncora
Enjoy two free days on this stunning coast.
Day 30-31: Huanchaco/Lima
Enjoy chilling on the beach and soaking up the sun.
Day 32-33: Lima
Cruise into Lima this morning with two full free days of exploration.
Day 34: Lima/Paracas
Head to Paracas to explore the sand dunes, cliffs and sea.
Day 35: Paracas/Nazca
Go on an optional boat trip to the Ballestas Islands before leaving Paracas.
Day 36: Nazca/Arequipa
Spend the day in Nazca and opt to take a flight over the Nazca Lines.
Day 37: Arequipa
Visit the Santa Catalina Monastery.
Day 38: Arequipa/Colca Canyon
Go on a tour of the Colca Valley. Stop off at ‘miradors’ for views over the Andes.
Day 39: Chivay/Arequipa
Travel from Chivay to a condor viewpoint and look out on these incredible birds.
Day 40: Arequipa/Cusco
Head back to Arequipa and make the most of some free time in the town.
Day 41-42: Cusco
Enjoy all the activities on offer in this city surrounded by mountains.
Day 43: Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Stop-off at a Women’s Weaving Cooperative and take a tour of the Pisac Ruins.
Day 44: Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp
Go on a five to six hour mountain trek.
Day 45: Wayllabamba Camp to Paqaymayo Camp
Begin the trek to Warmiwanusca, the highest point on our journey.
Day 46: Paqaymayo Camp to Winaywayna
Trek past spectacular ruins and cross two passes.
Day 47: Winaywayna to Cusco
Head to the Sun Gate to catch the first views of Machu Picchu.
Please note Inca Trail hike permits are subject to availability. In the event that Inca Trail permits are not available, an alternative route such as the Lares Trek will be offered.
Day 48: Cusco
Spend today recovering from the trek and trying out different activities.
Day 49: Cusco/Puno
A long drive today as we climb through the Altiplano region.
Day 50: Puno/Lago Titicaca
Cruise across Lake Titicaca on board a boat and head to Taquile Island.
Day 51: Lake Titicaca/Puno
Visit the incredible floating islands of Uros and meet the locals.
Day 52: Puno/La Paz
Cross the Bolivian border beside Lake Titicaca.
Day 53: La Paz
Your epic adventure has come to an end! Depart at any time.
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.
Our East Meets West round the world package is a combined trip made up of four 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.
More Trip Info
Thailand Island Hopping - 10 days
- Airport transfer on arrival from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
- All 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
China Experience - 27 days
- All accommodation
- All transport (excluding airport transfers)
- Experienced and knowledgeable tour guides
- Victoria Peak visit
- Bamboo rafting on the Yulong River
- Bike ride around the Yulong River
- Mandarin lessons
- Visit to the Panda Breeding Research Centre
- Terracotta Warriors tour
- Great Wall of China Hike and camp
- Great Wall sunrise and sunset
- WangFuJing night market
- Bike trek in Hangzhou
- Shanghai culture and history trip
- Ferry ride across the Huangpu River
- TianZiFang visit
- Overnight stay in a Fujian mud roundhouse
- Walking tour of a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Traditional tea ceremony and tea tasting
- Tea plantation visit
- Fujian bike tour
- St Paul ruins and Old Fortress tour in Macau
- Taxes and charges
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
Colombia to Bolivia Discovery - 53 days
- 52 nights’ accommodation
- 33 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 14 dinners
- Indigenous homestay, Otavalo
- Jungle homestay, Tena
- Winery excursion, Huacachina
- Local homestay, Lake Titicaca
- Trek to Lost City of Teyuna
- Overnight in Tayrona NP (except February)
- Otavalo Market visit
- City orientation walks
- Beach chilling in Taganga, Mancora and Huanchaco
- Inca Trail Trek (Inca Trail permits are subject to availability, an alternative route will be offered in the event that the Inca Trail in not available)
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Lake Titicaca boat trip
- All in-country transport (including domestic flights) as per itinerary
- 24/7 emergency support
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Meals, drinks and snacks (unless otherwise stated)
- Local transport
- Optional activities/excursions
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Accommodation & Meals
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.
Accommodation will mainly consist of mixed sex dorm rooms that sleep 4-12 people in clean, safe hostels in good locations. One night will be spent camping on the Great Wall of China between May and September (we recommend you bring something warm to wear for this) and one night will be spent in a traditional mud roundhouse. On a few occasions we will travel to our next destination by night train, where you will have a fully flat bed.
Food and drinks aren’t included on this trip, but your guide will always be able to recommend the best places to eat locally and will arrange, where possible, a discount for you. You’ll need to budget roughly £3.50 per meal (£3 for breakfast).
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!
Colombia to Bolivia Discovery
Multi-share accommodation is included in the price of this trip. You will stay in a combination of simple hotels (34 nights), hammocks or rustic cots (5 nights), overnight buses (5 nights), homestays (5 nights) and camping (3 nights).
33 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 14 dinners are included. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. Please allow between USD995 and USD1295 for additional meals.
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This Round the World route will take you to Bangkok – Hong Kong – Los Angeles//San Francisco – Cartagena//La Paz. 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.
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
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Eligibility & FAQ's
The minimum age for this trip is 18. 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.
British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa.
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.
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.
British nationals can visit Ecuador for up to 90 days as a tourist without having to obtain a visa.
British nationals can visit Ecuador for up to 90 days as a tourist without having to obtain a visa.
British nationals can visit Peru for up to 183 days as a tourist without having to obtain a visa.
British nationals don’t normally need a visa to visit Bolivia for stays of up to 30 days. Although Bolivian authorities require all visitors to Bolivia to provide a Yellow Fever Certificate of Vaccination on arrival. You should keep your Yellow Fever Certificate with your travel documents when entering Bolivia.
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.
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