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transfers, accommodations, and sightseeing. From one-week packages to
Hong Kong to round the world odysseys, we provide for the needs of discerning
knowledge and close contact with government tourist offices, airlines
and hotels assures you of the service that you should expect from a travel
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Special Departures 2016/2017
These special adventures
are created for people looking for unusual and intriguing comfortable
travel. Because of our emphasis on "out-of-the-way" places,
this travel adventure is exclusively for those who welcome adventure and
are prepared to accept the uncertainties, as well the rewards, of travel
in many regions where the American is virtually unknown.
April 10 & Sept. 18, 2017
Special Middle East
Visiting: Azerbaijan, Nakhichevan, Iraq, Iran
UAE, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Kashmir,
Bhutan & Nepal
New! China, North Korea & South Korea Adventure
We will be spending four days and three
nights in North Korea, two nights in Seoul, and two
nights in Beijing.
Departures all year.
March to November, 2017
Visiting Saudi Arabia
Jeddah, Madinah, Al Ula, Madain, Saleh, Hail, Riyadh (several departures)
Nov. 13-25, 2016 & Nov. 12-24, 2017
World Heritage Sites North Africa, visiting
Tunisia, Algeria & Libya
Islands of the Pacific Ocean
Visit the area portrayed by Michener in "Tales of the
South Pacific" as well as historic battlefields of World
War II. This 30-day "return to paradise" begins in
Australia and continues to Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga
with the chance of glimpsing the giant king on his
daily bicycle ride! Western Samoa offers accommodations
at the famous Aggie Grey’s Hotel and a stop
at Vailima, home of Robert Louis Stevenson. You will
stay at Rainmaker Hotel (remember Sadie
Thompson?) in American Samoa, Pago Pago, Lord
Howe, Norfolk, and Chatham Islands.
Monthly departures to "The Land of Tiny Islands" for
this unforgettable 20 day experience. The Marshall
Islands with scenic beaches and a launch trip to the
beautiful lagoon,..Micronesia and Pohnpei Island
featuring a full day of exploring by motor launch.
Cruising Moen Island's world's largest lagoon
followed by a drive of the island that stops to visit a
tropical outpost with a taste of the past. Yap Island is
noted for its large donut-shaped money that still holds
value in prestige and hereditary. From the "Floating
Garden Island" of Koror Island, where a full day by
boat to Peleliu Island and World War II battle sights
may be arranged. Saipan, another famous battle
ground, also boasts lush jungle terrain. Historic
sightseeing in Guam covers the 1736 Governor's
Palace to modern-day times.
Islands of the Indian Ocean
The Islands of the Indian Ocean re just as beautiful and interesting as the South Pacific Islands. You will be able to visit the best these islands and stay in superb hotels.
Shopping Paradise Hong Kong
Five nights hotel with transfers and a half-day city tour, including roundtrip airfare.
One week including, Seoul, Kyongju, Pusan.
All Korean programs feature airfare options on
Asiana Airlines 747.
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Pitcairn Island Tour 2016-2017
UTS will offer a special tour to Gambier Islands and Pitcairn Islands. There will be several departures.
Please book early due to limited space. Click for details »
A Rare Look at North Korea
UTS has taken numerous groups of American travelers to North Korea in recent years. Click here to view a detailed trip report courtesy of one of our clients, Mr. Don Parrish). Consult our Highlights of North Korea Itinerary for more information.
Americans seldom have the opportunity to visit North Korea. Visas for U.S. citizens are difficult to obtain. But Universal Travel System (UTS) of Santa Monica, CA took several groups of American travelers to this isolated country in 2014. UTS has visas for the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea).
Our 7-day, 5-night tour departs Los Angeles, via Asiana Airlines, for Beijing, where participants, spend two nights. A city tour includes the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square. There is also some free time to explore.
The following morning the group flies to Pyongyang, the DPRK Capital, and the political, economic and cultural center of the country – a country of rugged natural beauty. The tour stays at the deluxe Yanggakdo Hotel, a landmark in the city.
Pyongyang was the capital of Koguryo, the first feudal state of Korea, with a long history. The city was leveled during the Korean War and was completely rebuilt, giving it the appearance of a modern city. There are over 70 large parks and recreation grounds and many monumental edifices, museums, cultural and art establishments.
Sightseeing includes Mangyoungdae, the birthplace of Kim II Sung, the Great Leader; Mangyong Hill, the most elevated spot in the area; Arch of Triumph, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. The tour also includes visit to Kaesong, an ancient Korean capital, famous for its ginseng; a 10th-century pagoda, the 14th-century Sonjuk Bridge and the outer city walls, and the Koryo Songyumkwan Museum.
A half day is spent touring Panmunjom. Tour participants attend an evening at the world famous DPRK National Circus Performance, including a performance of artistic song and dance ensembles and the Arirang Festival, performed during certain months only.
Departures dates are throughout the year. Contact UTS at (800) 255-4338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLICK TO VIEW OUR 2008 NORTH KOREA SLIDE SHOW
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Our tours are successful for many reasons – the dedication of our staff, reliable overseas ground operators, and especially our star tour managers. Pictured above are Senior Tour Director Herbert Goebels (left) and Rolf Hildebrand, and experienced world traveler who is fluent in seven languages.
Arabian Adventure, Escorted
For untold centuries the magic of the Arabian Nights has woven its spell for those enchanted by mysterious places. To those who have seen the more routine Middle East, here is an unrivaled opportunity to enjoy a new and different venture in regions where the American is virtually unknown. This 17-day tour offers unusual and intriguing travel in comfort to Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Bahrain, Dubai, Fujairah, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Qaiwain. Four departures in 2017. UTS was the first U.S. tour operator to offer escorted trips to Arabia in 1984.
Unusual East Africa tour Including Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda & Uganda. Our 20th year – this tour is sold out early. Yearly departure – Oct. 12, 2016 & Oct. 11, 2017..
Suriname & The Guyanas
Nine-day South America adventure including the seldom visited small countries of Suriname and the Guyanas.
Where the East is still mysterious … Laos, covered by
lush jungles, mountainous countryside … where the
pace of life appears to stand still and the capital city
of Vientiene depicts the quintessential Asian city of
yesteryear. The Khymer temples of Angkor Wat
represent one of the Seven Wonders of the World
dating back to the 12th century construction by over
25,000 laborers. Cambodian highlights include
Phnom Penh, evacuated by the Khmer Rouge and now
come back to life and the Siem Reap province with its
200 temples virtually untouched by the tides of war.
Vietnam, with its 400-year-old culture of 54 ethnic
groups, awaits you in a famous but little-visited setting..
Unusual Central Asia
For untold centuries the magic of the Great Silk Road has woven a spell for the “out-of-the-way” places. We will visit Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
Visiting: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia. Oil has been rediscovered in the Caspian Sea, which the Governments of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia share.
The last two decades have brought many changes to this region. We will visit the nations near the Himalayas – fabled with mysticism and adorned with natural beauty from tropical plants to alpine flowers, blessed with centuries old traditions and culture. This area is a true treasure.