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Avanti Destinations Expands Into Asia with 22 Exciting Tours

Destination & Tourism | Avanti Destinations | Kristina Rundquist | March 03, 2016

Avanti Destinations Expands Into Asia with 22 Exciting Tours

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Avanti Destinations, a long-time leader in providing packaged and FIT travel experiences to Europe and Central and South America has now expanded its offering with 22 inspiring packages across Asia.

Travel agents can relax knowing that the same high quality they have come to expect from Avanti's experiential travel options  throughout Europe and Latin America is now available in such destinations as Cambodia, Japan, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. And Avanti's easy-to-use online planning, searching and booking tools make designing the perfect vacation for your clients as easy as 1-2-3.

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To celebrate the Year of the Monkey, why not encourage clients to explore China, a country with as vast and varied a culture as its landscape:

Hong Kong Highlights (4 days/3 nights). Plan to wow clients with an action-packed four days in the Pearl of the Orient, so named for its stunning nighttime skyline where skyscrapers light up both sides of Victoria Harbor. As one of the world's most densely populated cities, it is truly the place where East meets West, boasting an international citizenry that manages to meld traditional and modern culture with aplomb.

China Essentials (9 days/8 nights). Taking in China's must-see cities–Beijing, Xian and Shanghai–this is the perfect tour for those who are just beginning to explore China's many wonders but who don't have a lot of time. Visitors can explore Beijing from the seat of a wooden rickshaw as they tour the city's Hutongs (traditional alleyways and houses). Other highlights include a tour of the Temple of Heaven and a tour of the Forbidden City, the world's largest palace. Visitors will also visit Tiananmen Gate, and experience the Donghuamen and Wangfujing Night Food streets.

From there, it's off to Xian, home of the famed terracotta warriors. Travelers can view the most complete city wall still standing in China on the Xian Old City Wall tour, as well as visit the Muslim Quarter and the Great Mosque, one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China. The final stop is Shanghai, where tourists will experience the juxtaposition of modern city and traditional culture. On the agenda are the Hangyangling Museum, the Shanghai Old Town & Yuyuan Garden Tour, the Shanghai Museum, an acrobatics show, and the Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour + Boat Ride.

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Flavors of China (12 days/11 nights). This tour builds upon the sightseeing of the China Essentials package with a visit to Chengdu, and then kicks it up a notch. Anyone who loves to cook and explore different culinary traditions will enjoy trying their hand at dumpling making, preparing Sichuan cuisine, and sampling hot pots and dim sum. While in Beijing, travelers will learn to make tofu, explore the food markets, and try their hand at preparing classic Chinese dishes, in addition to seeing the city's must-see tourist destinations.

Once in Xian, travelers will have the opportunity to not only indulge their taste for dumplings, but try their hand at making some. Chengdu brings the opportunity to learn all about hot pot cooking (plus a visit to a giant panda research and breeding center!) and learn the ins and outs of the city's famed chili sauce. In Shanghai, tour the Bund and other famous sites during part of the day, while spending afternoons learning more about the region’s cuisine, including dumplings and dim sum.

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