Asian Encounters

It’s the Asian Century and this exciting, dynamic continent is right on our doorstep, inviting exploration. Experience Asia’s thriving contemporary arts scene, traditional culture and history, and marvel at the unique coexistence of ancient and modern in peaceful harmony. This region is brimming with creativity, innovation and vibrancy. And of course there’s the cuisine…

Setouchi Triennale 2019

The Art Islands of the Seto Inland Sea

with John McBride

13–24 October 2019 (12 days)


Japanese Gardens, Art and Architecture

A journey from Tokyo to Kyoto

with Genevieve Jacobs

04–20 November 2019 (17 days)


Balinese Splendour

Ubud, Sanur

with Guy Sturt

27 March – 04 April 2020 (9 days)

Visit the many enchanting temples, gardens and landscapes of this tropical paradise, including exquisite royal water gardens, botanic gardens, nurseries and architectural landmarks.

Eternal Design

Japanese Art & Architecture through time

with Kathryn Hunyor

13–22 May 2020 (10 days)

Immerse yourself in the timelessness of Japanese design, exploring traditional and contemporary art forms that permeate everyday life through their bold, unique palettes and flavours.


From Genghis to Kublai Khan

with Iain Shearer

June 2020

Explore the past and the present of the mighty Mongol empire, travelling from the southern steppes of Inner Mongolia to the Khanate’s capital of Karakorum.

Hidden Treasures of Central Asia

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

with Iain Shearer

September 2020

Uncover the wonders of Central Asia’s most diverse countries, exploring the ancient Sogdian cities of Samarkand and Penjikent, the spectacular Ala-Too Mountains and the modern…

Oku-Noto Triennale

Japan’s Noto Peninsula, Kanazawa and Kyoto

with John McBride

24 September – 02 October 2020 (9 days)

Immerse yourself in a festival of traditional Japanese culture, local delicacies and site-specific art installations across Japan’s Noto Peninsula.

From Celadon to Samsung: South Korea

Celadon – Samsung

with Ann MacArthur

October 2020

At once ancient and modern, South Korea offers the sophisticated traveller an abundance of cultural heritage contrasted with the world’s latest trends in arts, fashion…

Journey Along the Silk Road

Xi’an to Dunhuang

with Joyce Morgan

October 2020 (20 days)

Navigate the fabled trading thoroughfare of the Silk Road, journeying from China’s ancient capital of Xi’an through the dramatic landscapes and bazaars to Kashgar.

Autumn Colours of Japan


with Helen Young & John McBride

05–20 October 2020 (16 days)