Explore fascinating culture in the Far East

by Sylvia Pownall

Long haul tour operators are celebrating direct flights from Dublin to China with exciting new itineraries.

Travel Department (01 637 1600 or www.traveldepartment.ie) has teamed up with Hainan Airlines and now offers non-stop flights to Beijing on select dates.

Their five-star Beijing and Great Wall of China tour does what it says on the tin.
You will discover architecture from imperial dynasties, visit Buddhist temples and see Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City along with plenty more.

The ten-night adventure also includes a visit to the Olympic village and of course the Great Wall itself.

Departing April and May 2019, prices are from €1,599 per person.
Alternatively, why not embark on a four-star 16-night tour of the highlights of China which includes a magical cruise on the Yangtze River. This trip departs May 2019 with direct flights to Beijing from €3,349pp.



The perfect multi-centre adventure explores five-star Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai for 11 nights.

This trip starts from €2,269pp with direct flights to Beijing beginning March 2019.
American Holidays’ sister company Hayes & Jarvis Ireland (www.hayesandjarvis.ie) are also specialists in luxury, all-inclusive and multi-centre adventures to the Far East.
Hop from Bangkok to Cambodia and anywhere in-between to see more of this beautiful corner of the earth.

Thailand is all about contrast – so experience more with some island hopping from Koh Samui for stunning temples and rainforest to Koh Tao for lazy days on palm-fringed beaches. (Bangkok and Koh Samui, nine nights, from €1,499 per person).
Vietnam has everything from bustling cities to sleepy shores, boasting a fascinating history, diverse culture and delightful cuisine.

Make yours a multi-centre to see the landscape in all its contrasts, from the unspoilt beaches in Danang, Mui Ne and Phu Quoc, to the authentic stilt-houses and floating markets on the Mekong Delta.
Guaranteed to charm you, Cambodia offers incredible temples, beautiful beaches and the friendliest of locals whose stories will touch and whose infectious optimism will leave you humbled.



(Classic Vietnam and Cambodia, ten nights from €2,799 per person).
East meets West in the cosmopolitan city state of Singapore with a melting pot of cultures and traditions; the perfect place for a fascinating city break.
From the authentic, cultural districts of Chinatown and Little India to Orchard Road’s shopping opportunities and Clarke Quay’s restaurants, you’re offered a completely new view everywhere you turn. (Singapore and Bali, ten nights five-star, from €1,939 per person).

Right now Hayes & Jarvis Ireland are also offering free stopovers as well as other wonderful extras, to a selection of incredible destinations worldwide, meaning you can tick twice as much off your travel bucket list.

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