Join Lesley Robin and explore traditional life, crafts and folk arts of the lesser-traveled regions of the world.

EXPERIENCE the warm hospitality of local people in their homes and villages

EXPLORE a myriad of fabulous sights and vibrant markets

BE INSPIRED by the richness of textiles & crafts of different cultures

PHOTOGRAPH a thousand places, a thousand memories

SHARE a carefree journey with like-minded travelers

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WELCOME TO travel with LESLEY ROBIN

Lesley offers small group travel programs, each researched and accompanied personally.  Depending on the type of trip and the destination, 10 to maximum 18 persons join from around the world.

Travel with Lesley provides wonderful opportunities for cross-cultural exchange. Discover how people live and work, focusing on the traditional ways of life unique to each country. Visit grassroots projects to learn about the many roads to self-sufficiency and self-respect in our changing world.  Meet the people behind the scenes of some inspiring initiatives that stand for an ethical way of doing business, that use traditional skills to create products of beauty and quality and empower rural communities.

We will explore a myriad of exciting destinations of both historical and special interest. The accommodation in major cities is of a high standard and when we’re off the beaten track in rural countryside, we use the best available both from a point of view of charm as well as location.  The guides in each country are very knowledgeable and along with Lesley herself, bring an intimate and personal experience to our travels.

Everything is taken care of leaving you free to simply enjoy each day.

A few of my upcoming tours

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ACROSS THE WESTERN HIMALAYAS | 1-19 April 2019 | 18 Days

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From Delhi we’ll head to Rishikesh, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, where the River Ganges flows through mountains, with its temples, ashrams and wandering holy men. We’ll continue by road to Chandigarh, designed by the Swiss-French modernist architect, Le Corbusier. The next day we journey on to Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh in the Himalayan foothills and once the summer capital of British India…

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ACROSS THE WESTERN HIMALAYAS | 29 Sep -16 October 2018 | 18 Days

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From Delhi we’ll head to Rishikesh, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, where the River Ganges flows through mountains, with its temples, ashrams and wandering holy men. We’ll continue by road to Chandigarh, designed by the Swiss-French modernist architect, Le Corbusier. The next day we journey on to Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh in the Himalayan foothills and once the summer capital of British India…

KOGGALA SRI LANKA - NOVEMBER 9 2014: Unidentified local fishermen are fishing in unique style. This type of fishing is traditional for South Sri Lanka in Indian ocean.

THE ISLAND OF SRI LANKA | 1-15 February 2018 | 15 Days

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Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is a tiny island nation situated in the Indian Ocean south of India. A cultural melting pot, it is famed for its ancient cities, Buddhist ruins and temples, a wonderful and diverse landscape of mountains and forests, wildlife and exotic spice gardens. Sri Lankan art and crafts date back to its Buddhist roots and have evolved over the centuries. Today there is a strong revival of handloom traditions and you will find…

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SOUTH AFRICA & SWAZILAND | 8-25 September 2017 | 18 Days

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Lesley is thrilled to once again offer her homeland South Africa and The Royal Kingdom of Swaziland as a destination. We’ll first make our way from Johannesburg to a private Game Reserve, part of the renowned Kruger National Park and home to the “Big Five”… elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and the elusive leopard. From our fabulous safari lodge we’ll go on game drives in open vehicles accompanied by expert rangers …

Recent News

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September 2017 News

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I have great news about the WESTERN HIMALAYAS. Here it is… There’s been such huge response to this tour, with thirty five of you now interested, that I’m adding an October 2018 date to the April 2019 departure already scheduled.

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June 2017 Newsletter

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Just nine weeks to go before a group of us depart for South Africa & Swaziland! Can’t wait! Also on the horizon is Sri Lanka… this trip is a ‘go’ and there are still some places available! This is a one-off so if you are drawn to discover this unique…

Testimonials

“What an incredible trip you created for us! I loved every minute! So many wonderful experiences of such variation were included, 18 days of pure happiness. I thought the group was very companionable with very considerate and friendly people. I really didn’t want it to end! I loved the hotels and the food and all the lovely people we met along the way. And the beautiful crafts we saw, the singing and dancing and the exquisite scenery and gorgeous animals. You chose unforgettable guides who were so much fun to be with and very knowledgeable and so different from each other! I liked that! Your trips have really changed my life and made it so much better and deeper. I can’t thank you enough.”

Ruth Altman, USA – South Africa & Swaziland


“Astonishing, is the word I continue to use when people ask about India.  Astonishing in the population’s density, diversity, and capacity for perseverance, and rich in contrast and dignity.  I was overwhelmed in so many ways, but especially visually.  The depth of color and texture astounded me almost as much as the confluence and convergence of culture and history.  Of course, this is India I speak of, and not the trip itself.  That you could plan with such care and detail, a trip of this dimension;  guide the group of us tirelessly; and still manage to allow her, India, all the while, at least to appear to reveal herself, blemishes and all, is remarkable.”

Wickie Bridgforth, USA – India


“I want to thank you for your wisdom and guidance that made the trip so special. I am still assimilating all that I saw in Gujarat and Rajasthan and I am looking forward to seeing how it will influence my work. I have already added ideas of weaving to my ‘Weaving Words’ workshops where we look at the way that weaving is an interconnection of ideas/concepts rather than mearly a way of making a fabric.”

Claire Buckley, UK – India