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Red Savannah has launched its Escorted Tours program. These tours visit fascinating destinations and are hosted by expert guest lecturers and tour leaders. The trips take guests behind the scenes of places left off the average tour.
The Chindwin, Burma, with Vicki Constantine Croke (September 7-18)
Croke, a wildlife author, leads the tour from Mandalay on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, across the U Bein Bridge, and into Burmese capitals, Ava and Sagaing. Aboard the RV Zawgyi Pandaw, guests travel up the river to see the wooden houses and Konbaung Court monasteries in Mingkin; stops at Mawlaik and Sittahaung round out the trip.
Upper Irrawaddy with James Holland (September 15-25)
Guests travel from Mandalay to Kyunt Daw with James Holland, “the best of the new generation of WW2 historians.” After departing Mandalay, guests travel to the colonial town of Katha, Khanyat, and the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang. A small boat takes the tour to its final destination. Along the way guests will visit were George Orwell wrote Burmese Days and they will see Buddhist monasteries and English officers’ graves.
Persian Empire with Professor Charles Melville and Anthony Bay (October 20-30)
Bay, a historian and former diplomat, leads while Melville, an expert in oriental studies gives a talk to commence the tour focused the history and culture of the Persian Empire. Guests will visit Isfahan, which was compared with Athens and Rome, the Bridge of 33 Arches, and the Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan Square. Yazd is next on the tour, with Shiraz, the cultural heartland of the country and one of the most important cities in the Persian Empire, scheduled afterwards. The final stop is the ancient site of Persepolis.
River of Times – Sailing Along the Mekong with Jon Swain (November 29-December 10)
Jon Swain, a former foreign correspondent, leads travelers starting in Ho Chi Minh City with two nights at The Caravelle. Next, guests board the Aqua Mekong for a story on the fall of both Phnom Penh and Saigon in 1975. Exploring the Mekong Delta communities by sampan including the Cai Be floating market; venturing into the flooded acacia forest of Tra Su Cajuput, home to 70 bird species, bats, snakes and endangered turtle; climbing to the summit of Sam Mountain, a military outpost from the Khmer Rouge era, and seeing the Tuol Sleng and Killing Fields.
Political Intrigue, Espionage & War (October 2017)
This tour is a Berlin-based five-day walk through history (1944-2017). Highlights include Seelow Heights, Sachsenhausen and Buchenwald, Stasi headquarters and prison, the offices of BRIXMIS, and discussions with a retired senior officer from NATO.