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



Lesley offers small group travel programs, each researched and accompanied personally.  Depending on the type of trip and the destination, fourteen to around eighteen 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

WEST BENGAL & NORTHEAST INDIA | 15 February-4 March 2021 | 18 Days

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West Bengal & the Northeast... India's hidden gems!  Our travels begin in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries, textile shops and bazaars. We explore undiscovered…

WEST BENGAL & NORTHEAST INDIA | 2-19 November 2020 | 18 Days

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Many of us adore India! We return time and time again to discover yet another of its secret jewels. Our travels begin in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) known for its colonial…

SRI LANKA: EMERALD ISLAND | 9-23 February 2020 | 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…

UZBEKISTAN: SILK ROUTE | 13-29 October 2019 | 17 Days

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We’ll journey along the legendary Silk Road to the ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand associated with Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, and rich in the history…


“Thank you again for such a wonderful trip to the Western Himalayas. Your life experiences in the region; personal contacts with friends; and love for sharing history, culture, and handcrafts made for a very special trip. We came home with so much to think and talk about in the days ahead. As a tour leader you are superb! We especially noted and appreciated your gathering the entire group together before giving out information or directions, the attention and time you spent with all members of the group, the energy and enthusiasm you exude, and your patience in a handling a few stressful situations and for lagging behind photographers (John). You are an exemplary role model.”

Mary & John Littrell, USA – Across the Western Himalayas 2019

“As friends and family have asked this past week about our trip, I have told them it was a trip of a lifetime because of YOUR efforts. You did an amazing job of selecting the beautiful places that we visited, the fantastic people we met, the lovely places where we stayed, and the delicious food we enjoyed. In addition, the group of people who are very loyal to you comprise a delightful group of traveling companions. Events that appeared to be serendipity experiences were most likely also guided by your expert hands. After having traveled to India a number of times for various reasons, I can honestly say that this trip was truly amazing and personal because of the special care that you took in the planning and implementation.”

Molly Eckman, USA – Across the Western Himalayas 2019

Recent News

September 2019 Newsletter

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2020 Tour Updates... the year begins in SRI LANKA and culminates with two fabulous INDIA trips! LOST TREASURES OF WEST BENGAL & NORTHEAST INDIA… the new tour! 18 DAYS |…

January 2019 News

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A new year begins and already we're making plans for the next. Here comes 2020! Even after three decades of leading trips to India, I'm still awestruck by ...

December 2018 News

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It's been great to have heard from several of you about travels plans for 2019/2020. So now, as 2018 ends and the colder winter months set in, time to think…