Alternative Tourism


Visit Cambodia, Sri Lanka or the Holy Land with YMCA Alternative Tourism.

World YMCA, together with local YMCAs, are pleased to invite you to join a new range of exciting tours especially prepared by local YMCAs, each providing a unique tourism experience.

Each tour is also a social enterprise that generates resources to support the Youth Empowerment initiatives of the local YMCA and World YMCA. These tours are not limited to just YMCA people and all are welcome to join.

The five tours now open for bookings are:
Cambodia         4-11 September, 2016  (OVER)
Sri Lanka          20-27 November, 2016   
Holy Land         20-28 December, 2016

“These tours are unique and special.  They combine the best of the local tourism highlights with an insight into the life-changing work of the local YMCAs” affirmed World YMCA Secretary General Johan Vilhelm Eltvik.

“I don’t think there is a better way to visit these great locations than to do it with the local YMCAs as your host and guides.”

“YMCA Alternative Tourism offers visitors the chance to experience the most impressive cultural diversities, real life of the people, and fascinating hospitality with the local YMCA. Visitors will experience the countries and the YMCA work in a very special way.”

“I encourage you to promote – and even to join one of these tours. Your participation in the tour also helps the work of the local YMCA.”

For enquiries or further information: ymcatours(at)


Cambodia: 4-11 September, 2016

This travel already took place, read feeback from a participant >>> CLICK HERE

Discover the colour, chaos and culinary delights of Cambodia with the local YMCA as your hosts and guides. Visit UNESCO World Heritage listed ancient ruins as well as local YMCA projects. See Cambodia come to life from Phnom Penh to  Angkor Wat, through ruins of ancient civilisations, between quilted rice paddies and into traditional rural villages.

More information click here

Sri Lanka: 20-27 November, 2016

Experience the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka on a unique YMCA adventure. Visit natural wonders and historical sites, enjoy the food and people of this jewel of Asia. 

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Holy Land: 20-28 December, 2016

Experience the history and excitement of the Holy Land in this unique YMCA Christmas tour. From Jerusalem to Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and more, walk in the steps of Jesus and learn from interfaith speakers as you visit the major historical sites of the Christian world and Bible.

More information click here

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