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Asia with Avanti Destinations

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This is the time to book travel to Southeast Asia, for travel in November to March as the dry and temperate season rolls in, and the Chinese New Year seems to awake everyone up out of their wintry reverie.


We’re excited to be working with Avanti Destinations as one of our reputable tour guides in Asia. Avanti makes it simple to book hotel, transport and tour packages with local guides, and their customizable itineraries just shave off the hassle of travel planning.

Let Willamette Intl Travel design Asian itinerary for you and your travel companions, complete with flights and a personalized package. Whether you need an affordable hotel package, or would like to build in some unique culinary or outdoor escapades, Avanti offers a hassle-free way to build it into your existing Asian itinerary.


Want to leave it to the professionals? Avanti can take care of you from the moment you step off the plane to your last spectacular evening in Asia.

Or perhaps you like planning hotels on your own, but need a fun tour of downtown Ho Chi Minh and not sure where to start looking. Not sure how to make friends in the rice terraces of Sapa? Avanti’s got you covered:


Thailand: Discover the “Land of Smiles” on the bustling streets of Bangkok, to the famous temples of Chiang Mai, to the achingly gorgeous beaches of Phuket.

China: As part of an Asian cruise, spend 1-3 nights post-cruise in Hong Kong exploring Kowloon. Or build in a stop at the ancient port city of Shanghai, now one of the most technologically advanced cosmopolises in the world.

Myanmar: Looking to explore the blooming country of Myanmar? Go back in time to a simpler Asia with Avanti’s Myanmar Essentials: Yangon, Bagan and Manadalay.


Singapore: Explore Singapore Highlights, such as Kampong Glam, Chinatown, Majestic Gardens and Little India, experiencing a one-of-a-kind after dark wildlife safari adventure–on your way to connect to Bali.

Taiwan: Uncover the sleeping, hidden gems of Taiwan, its ornate temples, beautiful lakes and stays in the countryside.

River Cruises: Enjoy ancient waterways with a Mekong River Cruise, Halong Bay Cruise or Yangtze Upstream Cruise.

And Many More Destinations: Japan, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, etc. 

Our Agents at Willamette Intl Travel can design your Asian adventure from start to finish. Call us 503-224-0180 or email 

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The Salt Flats of Bolivia

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In the remote southwest corner of Bolivia, lies a blinding white sea of pure salt. The ghostly landscape is dotted with erratic rock formations and islands of cacti. Here, the land is always thirsty.

The salt flats of Uyuni are the largest in the world. Stretching an impressive 4,500 square miles at an elevation of 12,000 feet, the desert landscape is nothing short of primeval. There’s little but white hexagons and pentagons, everywhere you look.

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Once part of a prehistoric salt lake, the flats have since dried up into a severe beauty. Memorable characteristics are deafening silence, seasonal cerulean puddles, and colored mineral lakes. Wildlife is rare here, but if you’re lucky you may glimpse a flock of pink flamingos or the odd herd of wild vicuñas.

Uyuni is a fantastic destination for travelers who love the outdoors, or who have seen Peru and Iguazu and are on the lookout for something a bit different. The salt flats and their eerie, otherworldly scenery also attract photographers of NatGeo caliber from all over the world.

Bolivia is one of the most remote countries in the Western hemisphere. Up until as recently as 2011, Uyuni Airport serviced mostly mining companies. Now they have daily flights from La Paz. Tourism is still a budding industry—so we encourage our clients to check out this beautiful destination before it gets too crowded!

Avanti Destinations offers an incredible 3-day package that includes all air/ground transportation, 2 region tours, 2 nights accommodation and all meals. Hop your 4×4 jeep with your expert guide out to see the miniature pyramids of salt, the train graveyard, or Colchani the village of salt.

Spend 2 nights at the Luna Salada Salt Hotel, a superior 3-star resort constructed from salt blocks, with exquisite views of the flats. Or take a deluxe trip in an airstream camper into the heart of this otherworldly landscape.

This is a perfect add-on to a greater trip to Peru or Bolivia or other neighboring country.

Trips depart March to November (during dry season). For full details, click hereOr read more about Avanti Destinations here.

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All Aboard to Europe with Avanti Destinations!

On the lookout for a quick getaway to Europe this year? Our friends over at Avanti Destinations, a Portland-based travel operator, offer several rail packages to choose from! Here are some sample itineraries to inspire! Call Willamette Intl Travel for more options, general questions, or to book one of these fabulous European escapes. 

Norway in a Nutshell—Explore Oslo, Flåm and Bergen by Rail & Ferry (3 nights)rail3

During this 3-night excursion, take the scenic rail journey from Oslo to the mountain station of Myrdal, and transfer to the Bergen Railway for a stunning natural experience. This train moves slowly so you can take in the spectacular scenery of Norwegian waterfalls, mountains and fjords.

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Culture and Tradition—Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Granada (8 nights)

Spin away for a week to the land of flamenco dance and tapas. Rail is the best way to explore Andalucia, and the major cities: the grand capital Madrid, architecturally exquisite Cordoba, artistic Seville, and the Moorish Granada.

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Majestic Mountain Experiences—Tops of Switzerland (4 nights)

The Tops of Switzerland rail and hotel package includes 5-days of camera-ready rail travel through the lofty splendor of Switzerland, including excursions to two renowned mountaintops. You’ll visit the unforgettable alpine wonderland, Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest-altitude railway station with a 100% guarantee of ice and snow and heart-thumping, panoramic views as far as the Vosges Mountains in France to the Black Forest in Germany. Then it’s on to Lucerne and a unique rail trip up Mount Pilatus – via the world’s steepest cogwheel railway

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Cosmopolitan Adventure—London and Paris (6 nights)

Steeped in tradition and history, these world-class cosmopolitan cities are easily accessible by high-speed rail. Experience trendy London’s cosmopolitan energy and three delicious nights in Paris, the City of Lights.

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rail2Prefer a Roadtrip? Try Avanti’s jaunt through Three Romantic Roads in Germany.

Who is Avanti Destinations? They offer fully customizable tours in a range of destinations in Europe and Latin America. Read more about them in our previous blog post.


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