For your next holiday, why not combine sightseeing with an activity that helps your develop a new skill? Travelling is a unique opportunity to develop a skill or gain some knowledge about the local culture and activities. Whether you want to learn to cook, dance, meditate, scuba dive or develop another skill entirely, the possibilities are endless in whichever destination you choose.
The Southern Caucasus is one of the world’s earliest wine producing regions. The traditions are still alive and thriving today. Start your tour in Sighnaghi, a fortified town in the wine province of Kakheti. Visit local wine cellars to learn the time-honoured methods of wine making. While there, sit down for a meal with a local family and learn how to make Shoti bread and Churchkhela sweets.
Continue your culinary exploration in Racha where you can taste Khvanchkhara wine and local dishes such as khinkali (dumplings), lobio (bean soup), and qababi (kebabs). Alternately, if you would like to customise your tour of Georgia to include other activities, from hiking the Caucasus to exploring medieval monasteries and cathedrals, Evaneos offers any number of options.
A heavyweight among New World wine producers, a wine tasting tour through Argentina is close to our definition of the perfect idyll. Picture this: strolling through vineyards under sunny skies, tasting ripe Malbec and Torrontés, and then heading into cool wine cellars to begin the tasting in earnest. Furthermore, Argentinians believe their wines should be accompanied by equally sumptuous food. Taste Cabernet Sauvignons, Tempranillos, Chardonnays and more, alongside a winery lunch prepared by a renowned chef.
While there, enjoy other Argentinian experiences. In Buenos Aires, learn to make local cocktail recipes and cook accompanying tapas dishes. Want to explore other experiences in Argentina? Check out Evaneos’ many customisable tours to the region.
The vivid scarlets and greens of the macaw. Rainbow-coloured keel billed toucans. Orange bellied trogons and resplendent quetzals. Costa Rica is a haven for anyone even remotely interested in bird-watching. 887 recorded species await, amidst stunning scenery and jaw-dropping landscapes. Take in six different ornithological regions to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Above all, you can rest assured knowing that you will be accompanied by a highly knowledgeable local guide and driver.
Apart from the avian adventures, you will also get to experience various Costa Rican experiences. For instance, stays in beautiful eco lodges in the middle of rainforests and treks to see magnificent volcanoes like Poás, Irazu and Turrialba. Learn more about the diverse activities you can take up in Costa Rica with an Evaneos local agent.
To explore the wilderness of Sichuan, you need to take a train or fly into Chengdu. This is the perfect opportunity to stop by the one-in-a-kind Chengdu Panda Centre! After spending a good half day observing the adorable creatures, head out into the mist shrouded mountains and emerald valleys of Sichuan province.
In the Tibetan plateau you will see alpine trees and lakes and majestic snow-capped mountains. Here, you will follow the Dadu river and see the formidable canyons it has carved out along its course. Trek up Paoma mountain to get a fantastic view of the surrounding landscapes. While in Sichuan, you also have the chance to learn about Tibetan culture, distinctive and still thriving today. To learn more about the culture and history of China, why not check out the range of tailor-made tours Evaneos offers to this region?
Vietnam is best experienced by taking one of its many traditional forms of transport. For instance, explore the fascinating architectural complex at Trang An and take a sampan, a traditional flat-bottomed boat, out onto the waterways of Trang. Take in the jaw-dropping scenery along your way: clear waters, densely forested mountains, and networks of caves. Then, take a traditional wooden junk out into Halong Bay, to explore the secluded karst islands.
Lastly, discover the many facets of Ho Chi Minh city like a true local: on a vintage Vespa scooter. Weave in and out of the surging traffic to make your way to an authentic Vietnamese café. Coffee production was introduced to Vietnam by the French in the 19th century. Even today, the nation remains devoted to the beverage and moreover, is the world’s second largest exporter of coffee. Learn more about travelling in Vietnam and its culture and heritage on the Evaneos website.
Start your tour in Yerevan, a thriving city older than Rome, and take your time exploring its marketplaces, and museums detailing Armenia’s tumultuous history. Travel the Armenian countryside, and see the monasteries founded at the height of the middle ages. Sample some high-quality Armenian wine while surveying the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Vayots Dzor region.
Drive up the imposing mount Aragats to the 9th century Fortress of Amberd, and have lunch with the locals in the nearby village. After that, visit the imposing cave monastery of Gueghard, in Garni. These historical sites are often set against the backdrop of beautiful scenery and provide excellent trekking and hiking opportunities as well. Learn more about local activities in Armenia on the Evaneos website.
Immerse yourself in the art and craftsmanship that bloomed along the historical Silk Road. First, get involved in the creative process of Uzbkeki pottery making with a master potter at Rishtan. At the end of the class, you’ll have your own lovely, hand-decorated ceramic plate to take home.
Then, on the way to Samarkand, stop to take a ceramic workshop at G’ijduvon, a UNESCO recognised village. Finally, at Samarkand, after touring its beautiful mosques and mausoleums, take a short trip to a nearby village where the ancient craft of paper-making has its roots. Learn more about Uzbekistan’s heritage on the Evaneos website.
Sri Lanka has a tradition of fine textile production stretching back to the Neolithic period. Today, there are Fairtrade communities that keep alive the fabric production methods used back then. One such community is in Kurunegala. Set among paddy field, palm trees, and beautiful hills, visit the artisanal factory and observe the weavers at work.
While in Central Sri Lanka, take the opportunity to visit the famed ruins at Sigiriya. See magnificent frescoes, gardens, natural caves and ruins of a royal palace, dating back to the 10th century. Go on a hike in the surrounding Pidurangala valley, which remains largely undiscovered by the tourist community. Sri Lanka is also the perfect destination for beach activities such as surfing and snorkelling or adventure activities like white-water rafting and canyoning. Learn about everything you can do in Sri Lanka on the Evaneos website.