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Culture Archives: Vernacular architecture

Oman – a country of deserts

In Oman

Explore mountains, beaches, deserts and enjoy the exotic spices of this amazing cultural crossroads

The Sultanate of Oman is exceptional in more than one way in this region of the world. The Omanis welcome you to their tradional world which is now slowly opening. The spectacular geography of their country takes you from the remote Empty Quarter to the mountain ranges — some exceeding 3,000 metres — via superb and empty coasts. A history flavoured by the multiple cultures of Zanzibar, Iran, and India. All this makes Oman a country apart and to be explored in detail by those who are fascinated by the world of Philby, Thomas, Thesiger, and Morris.
Depending on itinerary choice

The Spectacular Light of the Azores as an Introduction to Watercolour Painting

In the Azores

Draw your travel diary!

The most beautiful colour combination? The island of Pico in the Azores and watercolour. A magnificent island, whales in the distance, paths that invite you to wander, to contemplate and using paper and brushes, this trip is the result of a collaboration between Atelier du Baobab and our agency. During this 9-day stay in the Azores, accompanied by Éliane Monnier, you have the opportunity to learn and develop your watercolour technique and create your own travel diary, inspired by the beauty and enchanting atmospheres of this island. Beginners and advanced are welcome!
From CHF 1,810.–

Tinos, a wild and authentic island

In the Cyclades

Walks for the naturalist, botanist and for those interested in the islands culture

Discover the Greek island with Sylvain Garraud, a mountain guide/naturalist as well as a naturopath-herbalist. Sylvain will share all the wonders of Tinos with you. This island was Athens vegetable garden at one time; with the artichoke is its symbol, it keeps a rich, healthy and lively Mediterranean culinary tradition. Agriculture, animal husbandry and the harvest continue to be living practices despite the wind that leaves its mark on the strongest olive trees. The island radiates light reflected by its blue-grey and white marble so famous throughout Greece. Tinos is surrounded by a brilliant blue sea and an immaculate Mediterranean sky. It is bathed in serenity where those passionate about the great natural spaces, epicureans, and lovers of simple and jovial life will succumb to its charm.
From CHF 1,490.–

Mysterious El Hierro, in the Canaries

In El Hierro

Isolate yourself on this timeless piece of volcanic land, ahead of its time thanks to its eco-responsible philosophy

When you think of the Canary Islands, the first impression that comes to mind is probably that of a seaside holiday and winter mass tourism. This is the case in some islands however others offer very beautiful landscapes and ways of life. Like El Hierro, for example – a mixture of rurality and modern technology gives this island a very special character. We discovered a passionate guide who makes the best of your stay combining guided hikes and visits. In following his footsteps, El Hierro will reveal all its mysteries to you.
From € 1’215.–

Myanmar – The Golden Land of Gold-Hearted People

In Myanmar

Discover the rapidly evolving cultural and ethnic wealth of the country

A fascinating journey that bring you from the bustling Yangon to the majestic temples of Bagan; from the ethnic groups of the northeast to those of Inle Lake and its famous festival; then onto the religious and ancient capital of Mandalay, proudly set on the banks of the mythical Irrawaddy River.
From CHF 2,470.–

Walks, Talks & Whales

In the Azores

Observe, explore, taste... learn!

Are you a fan of watching marine mammals but not to the point of allowing your hiking boots to become bored at home? Would you like to learn more about the life of the Azores, their habits and customs, their approach to life, being isolated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean? This trip combining wildlife observation on the water and hiking on the beautiful island of Pico is made for you.
From € 449.–

Myanmar – From temple to stupa, mountains to rivers, hill tribes to the plains peoples

In Myanmar

Go back for centuries with its fascinating history and discover a cultural mix of incredible richness

Myanmar is an irresistible country with its great cultural richness, however it can also rouse a negative response with its well-known internal political situation. Majestic sites like Bagan, Inle Lake, or Mandalay; a multitude of ethnicities that can be found along peaceful backroads; beautiful temples: all this invites you to this meditative journey. By spending your money in its local economy you will help support this friendly population and encourage further the recent political changes. One thing is certain, you must definitely go to Myanmar.
Depending on itinerary choice

Japan under a blanket of snow

In Japan

Try the North in winter

Japan. The North. Winter. In this itinerary Matthieu Zellweger opens a door to the northern Japan during the season that fascinates him most: winter. Designed as an exploration of the further reaches of this far-flung country (Sapporo, Japanese Alps), it takes you from Hokkaido back to a cultural center of the country (Kanazawa) and then to the big city — Tokyo. This itinerary will offer you in turn modern and light aspects (the Snow Festival in Sapporo if the dates allow it), a fascinating and unfamiliar city (Hakodate), a total immersion into the harsh Japanese winter in Kakunodate before you marvel at the cultural beauties of the country further south in Kanazawa. Of course you will experience traditional Japanese inns (“ryokan”) as well as very contemporary places. Will you allow your curiosity to follow the path that Matthieu opens to the north of Japan in its most beautiful season ?
From CHF 5,865.–

Istanbul with a local

In Istanbul

With one foot on each continent, you are carried along by the current of the Bosphorus

Visiting Istanbul is all about taking the time to let your senses be stimulated.Istanbul takes time – time to feel the city, time to see the magical and unforgetable sights some very touristy and some the true and living neighborhoods, time to taste Ottoman cuisine, time to watch the fishermen throw their line in the Bosphorus …
From € 1020.–