Festival Trips with JOURNEYS

All JOURNEYS trips search for insights into what makes other cultures distinctive, successful and appealing.  Our festival trips focus specifically on ceremonial events and themes, but also provide you with opportunities to see other  prominent attractions in the destination you visit.  JOURNEYS  festival trips will certainly appeal to photographers, artists and musicians, but most festivals also occur at the time of year when the weather is good, the air is clear and food is abundant.  These festival trips feature joyous events at which visitors are welcome.  Observe these festivals not just for the color, music and ceremony, but to appreciate what local people hold as sacred  and how they celebrate their understanding of God and the universe.  You will join a local expert guide who will offer festival interpretation, manage travel details and provide a context for understanding the events you observe.

The festival trips listed below are likely to attract small groups of like-minded travelers on these specific travel dates.  In many destinations we can provide private arrangements to visit these and other festivals.  When you are considering one of our destinations, ask our staff about festivals that might occur during the period of your travel, or ask about specific celebrations or events you may have heard about and we will determine if we can plan a festival extension or private festival departure to match your interests.

Festivals for which often provide private independent or custom travel arrangements include:

FESTIVAL TRIPS
Bhutan: Black-Necked Crane Festival
Cost: $3,150  •  Duration: 9 days  •  Nov. 7-15, 2014

Join Bhutanese villagers in a Buddhist temple festival honoring sacred cranes and all of nature. This trip is about art, beauty, celebration, and understanding the Buddhist spirit of Bhutan.

Mexico: Christmas In Oaxaca
Cost: $2,995  •  Duration: 8 days  •  Dec. 20-27, 2014

Celebrate Christmas in a region of Mexico known for color, crafts, hospitality and conviviality. Enjoy direct interaction with local artisans and a great coast and beach experience.

Classic and Festive Japan
Cost: $4,250-$6,300  •  Duration: 12 days  •   6 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

This trip accomplishes something rare -- personalized, small-group engagement with Japan. Include must-see sites and adventures off the tourist path. Enjoy Oeshiki Festival in October, Shichi-go-san and Fall Foliage in November, or Cherry Blossom Festival in April.

Papua New Guinea: Classic Goroka Show Tour
Cost: $7,560  •  Duration: 13 days  •  Sep. 4-16, 2014

Combine a classic sing-sing show with explorations of the fabled Sepik River, Tari Highlands, and Waghi Valley, all with top-level accommodations.

Ethiopia Timkat Festival & Cultural Odyssey
Cost: $6,495  •  Duration: 20 days  •   3 upcoming departures •  This departure does not visit Timkat Festival but ends in Addis on the day of Meskel Celebrations.

Join in the swirling color and passion of Timkat Festival. Visit the castles of Gondar, the sacred city of Axum, the Gelada Baboons in the Simien Mountains and the tribes of the Omo Valley. Late December departure varies slightly and includes the Genna Festival.

Nepal: Fall Festivals East of Everest
Cost: $3,200  •  Duration: 12 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Experience Dashain, Nepal's biggest festival, in the dramatic Arun Valley where few travelers go. Walk among Nepal's most scenic peaks and villages, visit weekly markets in Wana and Chainpur, bask in the beauty of terraced rice fields, and join revelry in local homes.

Fall Festivals of Bhutan
Cost: $3,950  •  Duration: 12 days  •  Oct. 1-12, 2014 •  Tentative

Become one with the hypnotic drumming, chanting, dancing, and devotional fervor of Bhutan's most accomplished lamas as they honor and celebrate the unseen mountain spirits around them.

Guatemala Kites and Crafts
Cost: $2,695  •  Duration: 7 days  •  Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2014

Participate in Guatemala's fantastic day-long observance of Day of the Dead. Families and whole communities release hundreds of enormous home-made kites to connect to departed loved ones. Also enjoy the scenery and people of Antigua and the highlands, including Lake Atitlan.

High and Wild In Ethiopia
Cost: $4,600  •  Duration: 13 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

This is a great first or next African wildlife or cultural adventure, visiting some of the best that Ethiopia has to offer.

Guatemala: Inside Semana Santa
Cost: $2,950  •  Duration: 9 days  •   2 upcoming departures •  Includes Palm Sunday

Enjoy the effusive pageantry of Holy Week when the streets of Antigua are carpeted with intricate designs of flowers. Visit Mayan markets and villages, learn about the culture and textiles. Choose the week that includes Palm Sunday or Good Friday. Book early!

Papua New Guinea: Mt. Hagen Show Tour Panorama
Cost: $7,255  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Aug. 15-25, 2014

Witness the famous Hagen sing-sing show, then visit the fabled Sepik River, Tari Highlands, and Waghi Valley accompanied by great local guides.

Papua New Guinea: Mt. Hagen Show Tour Vista
Cost: $8,725  •  Duration: 13 days  •  Aug. 7-19, 2014

See the spectacular Hagen sing-sing and the fabled Sepik River, Tari Highlands, and Waghi Valley, all with top-level accommodations and an expert escort.

Ultimate Mongolia with Naadam Festival
Cost: $4,250  •  Duration: 14 days  •  Jul. 9-22, 2014

Outstanding leadership, scenery, accommodations and celebration of Mongolian culture and rituals. Join destination specialist Kerina Rowley on the 2014 departure. The Naadam Festival will be a highlight -- with its great displays of horsemanship, wrestling and pageantry. Nothing else like it on the planet!

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