Timor-Leste is the 21st century’s first declared sovereign state; understandably “tourism is still in an embryonic stage,” says Caroline Mongrain of World Expeditions. Nevertheless the company’s “East Timor Adventure” packs in picturesque rice fields, tumultuous history, and deeply held culture in 10 days. Explore the Portuguese-influenced capital, Dili; hike up the country’s tallest summit, Mount Tatamailau, to see the sunrise; and snorkel biodiverse waters.
Timor-Leste is the 21st century’s first declared sovereign state; understandably “tourism is still in an embryonic stage,” says Caroline Mongrain of World Expeditions. Nevertheless the company’s “East Timor Adventure” packs in picturesque rice fields, tumultuous history, and deeply held culture in 10 days. Explore the Portuguese-influenced capital, Dili; hike up the country’s tallest summit, Mount Tatamailau, to see the sunrise; and snorkel biodiverse waters.
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19 Must-Take Tours Throughout Asia

Discover Asia's landmarks and secrets on these guided trips.

Looking for epic tours that uncover hidden depths, secluded shrines, and idyllic islands? We've got your ticket. These 19 guided trips explore iconic cities, edenic isles, and storied stops along the Silk Road.

This Asia edition of our Tours of a Lifetime series highlights guided trips and treks that surface historical landmarks, UNESCO World Heritage sites, artisan villages, ancient temples, mud volcanoes, and wild national parks. For more than 10 years, Traveler has tracked top outfitters and tour companies that illuminate the world. What differentiates the very best trips? Small groups, knowledgeable guides, a well-curated itinerary, a sensible pace, and sustainable practices. Here, we look eastward for new discoveries that—to paraphrase the great 14th-century explorer Ibn Battuta—will leave you speechless and then turn you into a storyteller.

Explore Asia with these unique tours that will expose some of the continent's richest landmarks and historical sites. Venture beyond the familiar and experience the lesser known sites that contribute to this fascinating continent.

This article originally published on July 23, 2018. It has been updated.

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