• 12 Days Nepal Bhutan Leisure Vacation Tour Package
  • 12 Days Nepal Bhutan Leisure Vacation Tour Package
  • 12 Days Nepal Bhutan Leisure Vacation Tour Package
  • 12 Days Nepal Bhutan Leisure Vacation Tour Package
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12 Days Nepal Bhutan Leisure Vacation Tour Package

The Himalayan Splendour

This is the ultimate vacation on the Himalaya. You will enjoy the unparalleled natural beauty as well as exotic cultures of two greatest Himalayan Kingdoms - Nepal and Bhutan. You will first explore Nepal where you will spend 6 full days to visit the three most popular destinations in Nepal - Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan), Pokhara and Chitwan National Park. Then take a flight from Kathmandu to the Land of Happiness - Bhutan. You will spend three and a half days to travel from Paro to Punakha via Thimphu, then back to Paro to visit the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery before your departure.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Takes you around Kathmandu Valley to see the mediaeval wonderful World Heritage Sites (Durbar Squares, temples, stupas, palaces...) which will enlighten you on the arts, culture, architecture, religion and history;
  • Have an chance to see the breathtaking view of the Himalayan range and a beautiful sunrise at Pokhara;
  • Take a guided tour of Thimpu, Paro, Punakha to explore and immerse into the happy living of Bhutanese people and enjoy the natural beauty there.

Tour Brief Information

  • Tour price:

    1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

    2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

    3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2020.

    4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

  • Tour code: TD-NBT-12
  • Tour type: Private Customizable Tour Package
  • Destination: Kathmandu / Nagarkot / Pokhara / Chitwan / Kathmandu / Paro / Thimphu / Punakha / Paro
  • Duration: 12 days & 11 nights
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Travel Theme: CulturePhotographyMountainArchitectureFamily
  • Best Time: SpringSummerAutumnWinter
  • Physical Level

    Physical Requirements

    • Capable of walking short to medium distances by oneself in high altitudes. Must be capable of minor ascents and descents.
    • Capable of light walking and hiking in high altitudes. Suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Average fitness level. High altitude hiking for several hours.
    • Possibly includes high altitude hiking of up to 6 hours per day or activities of a similar nature. Requires an elevated level of fitness.
    • Features demanding high altitude treks or cycling. Only suitable for those with a high level of physical fitness and endurance.

    Note: If you have any questions concerning the requirements or the unique demands for your particular tour package, please feel free to contact one of our helpful Travel Consultants for further information.

    It's advisable to have a body check-up or have your doctor's advice before visiting Tibet. Visitors with a record of heart, lung, liver, or kidney problems must seek medical advice before making the decision to go to Tibet Also, people with any of the following problems should not go to Tibet.

    • Have already caught a cold
    • Have severe anemia
    • Have high blood pressure or severe heart disease
    • Have pneumonia, tuberculosis, tracheitis, or bronchitis
  • Tour Pace
    Leisure

    Tour Pace

    • Leisure: enjoy your tour in a slow pace, allowing plenty of time for photography, you will see the most famous attractions, and spend plenty amount of time in each destination.
    • Comfortable: enjoy your tour in a comfortable pace, you will see most popular attractions, and spend reasonable amount of time in each attraction.
    • Tight: enjoy your tour at a tight pace, as you will be able to see as many tour attractions as possible in the available amount of time.
  • Max Altitude
    3,050 m

    Altitude

    High Altitude Sickness is one of the biggest challenges when travelling in Tibet. According to our experience, most people will be fine up to 3500m above sea level, as the altitude go higher up to 4500m, mild symptoms as shortness of breath, headache might occur. Adverse reactions may vary from person to person. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and will subside in several hours to several days as the body acclimatizes.

    Mild Symptoms of AMS include:

    • Headache
    • Shortness of breath with exertion
    • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Loss of appetite
    • Poor sleeping
    • Dizziness or light-headedness
    Definition of High Altitude

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival

The Day 1 is your arrival day. There will be no activities arranged. You can take a good rest in your hotel or go for a leisure walking.

Day 2 Kathmandu - Nagarkot

You will go to visit the landmarks in Kathmandu including the Kathmandu Dubar Square, Swayambhunath and magnificent Boudhanath, then transfer to Nagarkot for accommodation.

Day 3~4 Drive to Pokhara and Pokhara Tour

On Day 3, you will drive to Pokhara from Nagarkot. On the next day, start your full-day's sightseeing of Pokhara. Firstly, watch the beautiful sunrise for Sarangkot, then turn to World Peace Pagoda. In the afternoon, visit Devi's Fall and Gupeteswar Gupha. After that, turn to Phewa Lake to have a relaxed experience.

Day 5~6 Pokhara to Chitwan National Park

On the Day 5, you will drive from Pokhara to Chitwan National Park. On the Day 4, you will have a full day Chitwan National Park Adventure - meeting wildlives, take part in all kinds of outdoor activities, such as elephant safari, a nature walk, bird watching, a jungle drive, etc.

Day 7 Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu to visit Kathmandu's sisiter city - Patan.

Day 8~11 Flight to Bhutan & Bhutan Highlights Tour

You will fly from Kathmandu to Paro on the Day 8 in the morning, and visit Paro highlights in the afternoon, such as National Museum and Rimpung Dzong. Then you will travel to Thimphu to visit National Memorial Chorten and other sights in the city. Next destination to visit is Punakha, known for Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang. Your sightseeing tour in Bhutan ends with a visit to the famous Taksang Monastery.

Day 12 Bhutan Departure

Today is free for you leave Bhutan.

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival ( D )

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, rich in culture and religion. After arriving at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our enthusiastic guide with a very smiling face, then be transferred to check in your hotel in downtown by a air-conditioned private vehicle. The rest of today is your free time to take rest or walk around.

In the evening, you will be treated a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy authentic Nepalese food.

  • Traditional Nepalese Food Traditional Nepalese Food

Day 2 Kathmandu - Nagarkot / 30km, About 1.5hrs' Driving ( B )

Today’s activities start with a wonderful stroll around the grand Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. With the complex made between the 12th and 18th centuries by the ancient Malla Kings of Nepal, it provides many interesting things to see, like Taleju Temple, Kal Bhairab (God of Destruction), Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Bell, Big Drum and the Jagnnath Temple etc. Then you will visit the Kathmandu’s most ancient and enigmatic holy shrine - Swayambhunath, also known as “Monkey Temple”. It lies 2km west of Kathmandu City. On the clear days, you are able to see a line of Himalayan Ranges. From its hilltop setting, you can get a fine view over Kathmandu of and the valley.

After that, move to see the giant Buddhist stupa - Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Kathmandu Valley at about 131ft (40km) high and one of the largest and most important Buddhist stupas in the world. The all-seeing red, white and blue eyes of Buddha are painted on all four sides of the stupa, similar to Swayambhunath, and surrounded by hundreds of fluttering prayer flags, prayer wheels and small images of Buddha. Leaving Boudhanath, you will drive about 34 km northeastward to Nagarkot. With an altitude of 2,715 meters, this place is an ideal place to enjoy the grandiose views of Mount Everest and some other high peaks over 7500m on the Himalaya Range. It time is right, you will catch up with the breathtaking sunset.

Stay overnight at Nagarkot.

Optional Activity: you can choose to take a Everest Mountain Flight in the early morning. From the airplane, fantastic Himalayan peaks, lakes and glaciers can be witnessed.

  • Enjoy Himalaya Mountains Views at Nagarkot Enjoy Himalaya Mountains Views at Nagarkot
  • Kathmandu Durbar Sqaure Kathmandu Durbar Sqaure
  • Panoramic View of  Swayambhunath Panoramic View of Swayambhunath

Day 3 Nagarkot - Pokhara / 30km, About 1.5hrs' Driving ( B )

Get up early in the morning to catch the precious moment to watch the breathtaking sunrise over Mt. Everest from Nagarkot, then get back to your hotel to have breakfast.

After having the fantastic time in Nagarkot, you’ll be transferred to another sister city of Kathmandu and Patan - Bhaktapur which is one of three medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley as well as the best preserved one with an altitude of 1,401 meter. With three different styles square - Durbar SquareTaumadhi Square and Dattatreya Square, it is the best place to explore traditional Nepalese architecture and local life and custom, also the best place to witness the great achievements of arts and crafts created by the famous Nepal's Malla Dynasty (1201–1769). Bhaktapur is also famous as the Town of the Devotees. There are many devout Hindus and Buddhists living in the city.

In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to Pokhara. Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200 km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. The enchanting city with a population of around 95,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. So today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Stay overnight in Pokhara.

  • Enjoy Himalaya Mountains Views at Nagarkot Enjoy Himalaya Mountains Views at Nagarkot
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure

Day 4 Pokhara ( B )

Today, you will begin the full-day sightseeing of Bokhara. In the early morning, you will drive to the Sarangkot to watch breathtaking sunrise. When the sun picks out the peaks, they are transformed from a purple-pink to a celestial gold. As the day breaks thoroughly, you can admire a wonderful panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks from west to east. The view of the Annapurna Himalaya from Sarangkot is praised as a religious experience. After the spectacular sightseeing from Sarangkot, you will drive to Peace Temple to see the brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda. The road to the pagoda is not in very good condition, but scenery is stunning. World Peace Pagoda was constructed by the Buddhists from Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji organization, symbolizing the peace of the world. While seeing the enchanting natural sights around, you will also get a feeling of inner peace as well.

After lunch, you will visit Devil’s Fall, locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell’s Fall). It is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara Airport on the highway to Tanmen. Then, pay a visite the nearby Gupteswar Gupha, which is a sacred cave. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. Afterwards, you will have a relaxed journey in Phewa Lake which is the second largest lake in Nepal. It is available to take to the lake with one of the beautifully painted boats or walk/cycle around the lakeshore. The most important religious monument in Pokhara, Barahi Temple, is built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake. The two storied pagoda is dedicated to boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force Shakti.

  • Picturesque View of Phewa Lake Picturesque View of Phewa Lake
  • Brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda Brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda
  • Splendid Sunrise from Sarangkot Splendid Sunrise from Sarangkot

Day 5 Pokhara - Chitwan / 150km, About 5hrs' Driving ( B )

Today after breakfast, you will drive about 5 hours to Chitwan which is famous for Chitwan National Park. During lunch, your tour guide will have a briefing about Chitwan National Park. Before arriving at Chitwan, you will go to enjoy the Sunset view from Rapti River Beach.

Chitwan National Park is the most popular destination for tourists who want to experience Nepal's wildlife. It was declared a National Park in 1973. In 1984, UNESCO designated Royal Chitwan National Park a Natural World Herita ge Site. The Park offers protection to 56 species of mammals including the one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild elephant, striped hyena, Gangetic dolphin and wild bison. There are estimated to be 470 species of mammals, over 500 species of birds, 126 species of fish, 150 species of butterflies and 47 species of reptiles in the park! A recent study also points out that over a third of Nepal’s tigers are in Chitwan.

  • Asian Rhinoceros in Chitwan National Park Asian Rhinoceros in Chitwan National Park

Day 6 Chitwan National Park ( B, L, D )

Today after breakfast, you’ll have a full day at Chitwan National Park, which has been declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

You will discover why the National Park holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly getting extinct from this planet. You're almost sure to spot water buffalo, egrets, woodpecker, and deer in their natural habitat. The Park is also home to rhinoceros, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild bison, 500 birds, butterflies, as well as the near extinct Gharials crocodiles.

You can do a number of activities here - an elephant safaria nature walkbird watchinga jungle drive or a canoe trip. You may even take a bath with an elephant and learn how to wash your elephant! Don't forget take a video of your elephant-bath which will be one of the fondest memories of the lifetime.

Overnight in Chitwan.

  • Riding Elephant in Chitwan National Park Riding Elephant in Chitwan National Park
  • Riding Elephant in Chitwan National Park Riding Elephant in Chitwan National Park

Day 7 Chitwan - Kathmandu / 150km, About 5.5hrs' Driving ( B )

After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu.

Take a hearty lunch in Kathmandu, then transfer to visit Kathmandu's sisiter city - Patan. As a historical city, Patan offer amazing cultural experience. The best highlight is the grandiose Patan Durbar Square which is full of ornate monasteries, temples, statues, places, carvings, etc. Also don't miss the ornate Golden Temple and Patan Museum.

  • Patan Durbar Square Patan Durbar Square

Day 8 Flight from Kahtmandu to Paro – Drive to Thimphu / About 1h's Flight & 1h15mins' Driving ( B, L, D )

Early this morning, your driver will meet you at your hotel and then take you to the airport to catch your international flight to Paro Airport, the sole international airport in Bhutan. If you sit near the left window of your plane, and fly in a clear day, you will be very lucky to enjoy a spectacular view of the Himalaya peaks, including the world’s highest mountain - Mount Everest (Alt: 29,029ft) and its neighbors - Mt. Lhotse (the world’s fourth highest mountain, Alt: 27,940ft), Mt. Makalu (the world’s fifth highest mountain, Alt: 27,838ft) and Mt. Nuptse (Alt: 25,791ft) as you approach Paro (Alt: 7,364ft).The captain’s broadcast introduction and the magazines on the plane will help you recognize these peaks.

On arrival, meet your local guide, then go to visit National Museum which is more of a temple with all the collection of paintings (Thangka). Continue to visit Rimpung Dzong (fortress) where you can take leisure walk down through cantilever bridge and to Paro town. Just beside the bridge you can witness national game archery, which is played almost every day on the ground.

After the sightseeing, drive about 1.5 hours to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan Kingdom, for accommodation.

  • Bhutan National Museum in Paro Bhutan National Museum in Paro
  • Rimpung Dzong in Paro Rimpung Dzong in Paro

Day 9 Thimphu Sightseeing - Drive to Punakha / 80km, About 2.5hrs' Driving ( B, L, D )

This morning you will start the day by visiting the National Memorial Chorten (shrine), a monument dedicated to the past 3rd king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Then go to visit Traditional Painting School, a school where students are taught to make Bhutan’s 13 traditional Arts and crafts, Visit Textile weaving to know the living national art of weaving. Last activity of this morning to go to see the national animal Takin, a unique looking animal with the head of sheep and body of cattle. 

After lunch, drive through a forest of pine and hemlock, up to cross over the Dochula pass (Alt: 10142ft/ 3,050 m). From the pace, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the majestic Himalaya Mountains. Keep driving along the winding road to the fertile valley of Punakha / Alt: 4430ft/ 1,350 meters. 

Accommodate in Punakha Town. 

  • Bhutan National Memorial Chorten in Thimphu Bhutan National Memorial Chorten in Thimphu
  • Takin - Bhutan's National Animal Takin - Bhutan's National Animal

Day 10 Punakha Sightseeing - Drive to Paro / 130km, About 3.5hrs' Driving ( B, L, D )

After breakfast, you will go to visit Punakha Dzong, situated in between pho Chhu and Mo chhu (male and female river). It has three towers, and praised by many people as the most beautiful one in Bhutan’s 21 Dzongs. Next, move to the Chimi Lhakhang, a mysterious temple. It was built in 1499 by the legendary “Divine Madman” - lama Drukpa Kunley. There is a tradition that the childless women can visit this temple to receive a wang (blessing) from the saint, then they will have a child.

After lunch, drive back to Paro. Have a good night in Paro Town.

  • Punakha Dzong - Most Beautiful Dzong in Bhutan Punakha Dzong - Most Beautiful Dzong in Bhutan
  • Chimi Lhakhang - Temple of Fertility Chimi Lhakhang - Temple of Fertility

Day 11 Paro - Takshang (Tiger’s Nest) / About 20mins' Driving plus 2~3hrs' Hike ( B, L, D )

After breakfast, start the day with short drive to Paro’s upper valley. On a clear day you’ll have an unforgettable view of the “Goddess” – Mt.Chomolhari (23,640 feet).

Afterward, it’s a short drive to Taksang trail ahead. Hike to Taksang Monastery, the most famous monastery in Bhutan also known as “Tiger Nest Monastery, because Guru Rinpoche reportedly flew to the site on the back of a flying tiger late in the 7th century. Between blue pines and a blue sky, the monastery perches miraculously on a cliff nearly 2,700feet above Paro’s valley floor. Break along the way for tea and snacks in small tea house.

Hike down the mountain, then drive back to Paro for accommodation.

  • Takshang is also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery Takshang (Tiger’s Nest)

Day 12 Paro Departure ( B )

Your journey in Bhutan comes to an end today! After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to your next destination. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby.

Tips: Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charge, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

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Price & Service Guide

The quotation for this trip is per person

1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2020.

4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

What's included in this price?

  • Flight to Bhutan from Kathmandu of Nepal.
  • Private vehicle and luggage transfers.
  • Bhutan Visa.
  • Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Meals noted in the itinerary as "B, L, D" (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner).
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Comfortable class accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis in Nepal (Kathmandu) and Bhutan. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.

What's excluded in this price?

  • Flight leaving Bhutan
  • Chinese Visa and Nepal Visa
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Single room supplement.

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to enjoy the lowest possible price is to invite more people to join your trip to share the travel experience as well as the tour expense. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.

FAQs of This Trip

  1. Service Information- What is a private Nepal tour package?

    Private Nepal Tour Package means you will have your own private local tour guide, private vehicle and private driver for your group. You don't have to share the vehicle with others. You tour guide will take care of only your group. With the help of your private tour guide, you will see more in Nepal, communicating with locals to learn about Nepalese lifestyle and culture.

    You have the flexibitlity to arrange the group activities accorddingly, such as changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time of certain place. You can also stop on the road as you need.

    If you are traveling with your family or a group of friends, a private tour for your group is ideal. As you have more people in the group, the price won't be much higher than a join-in group tour. It is a good way to save money and enjoy ultimate service.

  2. Our Tour Guide and Driver Information

    Local Tour Guides
    Our tour guides are born and raised in the regions we visit so they know all the potential difficulties and how to avoid them. They are highly trained, speak excellent English and know the local myths, traditions and history which they will share with you. Wherever you travel, our guides are the key that unlocks each destination and make the trip memorable and unique.

    Private Driver and Vehicles
    Our drivers have many years of driving experience in the areas and are very reliable. With Tibet Discovery, you can rest assured that we only use the highest quality vehicles available. We use mainly private vehicles, to ensure we get to our destinations as swiftly and smoothly as possible, as well as allowing the freedom and flexibility to stop and look around or stretch your legs.

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  3. Nepal Visa

    All foreign nationals, except Indian nationals, are required visa to enter to Nepal. Visa once issued cannot be withdrawn, visa fee cannot be refunded after visa is issued, and it must be used within six months from the date of issue.

    You can obtain Tourist Visa on arrival or from nearest Nepalese Embassies, Consulate Generals or Honorary Consulates in your country, whichever you find accessible.

    If you are going to take a Nepal tour after visiting Tibet, you can apply a Visa on arrival at Kodari Checkpoint on the road from Tibet to Nepal.

     

    Visa Fees

    For single-entry visa (valid for 60 days): US$30
    For Multi-entry Visa:
    US $ 25.00 for 15 days multiple entry
    US $ 40.00 for 30 days multiple entry
    US $ 100.00 for 90 days multiple entry

  4. Best time to visit Nepal

    Best time to go:

    In general, there are the two most favorable seasons of year to visit Nepal, that is during the pre-monsoon season (March, April, May, Mid June) and post-monsoon season (Mid-September, October, November). Both tend to be fairly fine weather, and to provide pleasant conditions for trekking, rafting and sightseeing in Nepal.

    But for trekking in Nepal, it is still possible during the monsoon months (mid-June, July, August, mid-September) the rain-shadow areas of the upper Marsyandi and Kali Gandakivalleys, and Dolpo receive far less rain than the Khumbu or Annapurna areas.

    During the winter conditions can also be good although much colder, but be aware that on occasions in January, February and March the higher passes and valleys are sometimes unreachable owing to snow fall.

Reviews of Our Customers

Still not know us well? Read what other travelers are sharing about their Tibet trip with Tibet Discovery (We only accept reviews from confirmed travelers who took our tours / activities, so you can surely rely on the reviews)

Hi Vivien,

Thanks for your patience waiting for my feedback.

In terms of guides that you arranged, I most enjoyed the company of Ge Sang in Tibet, possibly because we were with him the longest period and got to know each other a bit better.  He was knowledgeable, spoke very good English, explained what we were doing and was flexible when Carey wasn’t feeling well enough to visit some sights.  He also helped Carey find medicines. He shared some interesting information about how Tibetans live day-to-day which added to our experience.  Similarly, but to a lesser extent, I enjoyed Jessie’s company in Kunming.  Again we were together long enough to know a bit about each other. She was very capable, good English and knowledgeable. Unfortunately we only spent a few days with Kesang and Alice so it was a very professional interaction. They were competent with reasonable English.

In terms of the drivers, we really didn’t get to interact much with them. Only Ge Sang and Jessie bothered to introduce us to them. Their vehicles were generally safe and clean. Because I like to take lots of photos of what I see (to share with my family back home) I would have preferred a normal sedan so that I could open the windows as we travelled to take clear pictures. I didn’t want to stop the car each time I saw something interesting.

In terms of hotels, all were generally good but would have appreciated slightly better breakfasts. The range of food was reasonable but nothing in the trays was hot, leaving us to wonder if it was left over from yesterday. Hotels that cooked eggs while you wait were our favourites as we knew it was fresh. Also there was little fresh fruit available (which is understandable in Tibet). The hotel in Shigatse didn’t provide bottled water so luckily we had some in the car each day. The Rongbuk Guesthouse was far more comfortable than I expected.

In terms of sights, we probably saw too many monasteries in Tibet. I appreciate they were important to Tibetans but to me there was a fair bit of repetition. Unfortunately Namco Lake was not on the itinerary due to season. The drive to Everest and back from Lhasa was long but interesting (even better if I could have taken pictures as we travelled). But Everest was definitely worth it – the highlight of the tour. The sights in Tibet were generally less commercial than elsewhere in China, making them much more enjoyable.

The sights in Yunnan were generally good, especially Shudu Lake, Tiger Leaping, Yangtze First Bend, Black Dragon Pool and Stone Forest. These were natural attractions and no doubt they were genuine. To me, many of the other sights, like Shangri-La old town, Lijiang old town and Naxi villages, seemed fake. I know Chinese builders can do an excellent job in making something to look ancient. (We saw a lot of attractions during our Silk Road tour that definitely were fake and that made us a bit sceptical.)  Also many attractions were overwhelming, clearly geared for huge crowds in the high season and offering a complete package of activities (camel rides, quad bike rides, helicopter rides, dress up in traditional clothes, etc). This reminded me of Disneyland, which is definitely not real.    

The train journey from Xi’an to Lhasa was long (32hrs) but interesting scenery along the way (at least what I could see through the dirty windows). We had the cabin to ourselves most of the way but it was full overnight, despite there being empty cabins around us. Rachael (not Bruce) who met us at Xi’an got us onto the train without any fuss, which we appreciated.

While I am not particularly fastidious about toilets, I did appreciate there being lots of public toilets throughout China.  However, most were very basic, devoid of toilet paper, hand wash and paper towel. This made me very cautious about my diet as I didn’t want to risk having diarrhoea in such toilets. This meant that I probably missed out on some interesting foods. 

After being part of a 36-person tour on the Silk Road, I definitely appreciated having a private tour.  We had flexibility to amend things a bit as we went, the days were not too long and we had some free time on the transfer days. Definitely worth the money!

No doubt you now think I am a fussy traveller. I have travelled extensively over the past decade and know what I like and generally what to expect. So please don't take any offence from my comments above.

I know I probably annoyed you with my many questions leading up to the tour and I really appreciated your patience and your timely responses. The itinerary you provided was clear and helpful. You delivered what you promised so I am happy to recommend your company to my family and friends.

 

cheers

John

 November 21, 2018
Hi Vivien,

Below are a few photos, we had a very good time in Lhasa, and Pippo was a good guide. We did all the visits planned, and were lucky with the weather so we are happy.

The very good thing was the communication with you, you were always responding very quickly to all our questions, so very big plus for you Vivien!! Especially since it is so difficult to get into Tibet, you really helped us.

The only little negative is the price, although you were one of the best one with regards to the price for all the visits we had included, so I guess it really is getting into Tibet that is expensive, because it was really only 2 days of visits, with the transport to and from the airport also, and we paid a lot less for a lot more in other countries... aside from that, we were happy. Thank you again Vivien!

Julie 

Tibet Lhasa Tour

Julie (from France) and Guide Pippo at front of Potala Palce in Lhasa, Tibet

Tibet Lhasa Tour

Tibet Lhasa Tour

Julie Visited Jokhang Temple in Lhasa

 November 14, 2018
Hi Wonder,

For sure my friend, I Will write very good things about your job and the job of the company, bacause it was incredible, and the service of everybody was Just really perfect.

I Will say to you thanks for all the excellent attentions that you have for us, thanks for always answering everything about the tour, all the question and everything.

I Will strongly recommend the travel agency to anyone of my family or friends coming to China.

Really very happy for what we had Just live, for the persons we met and everything. We had Just a great experience, with great food and great sights. I am very happy for look up at this agency, and hope to be soon once again at china.

Thanks also for the present we Just received, was really great and an excellent detail. Thanks for the letter and the present.

I think I Will out also something like this in the TripAdvisor, and well thanks once again for everything.

Finally my friend, my best wishes to you, and hope everything Will be great with your carreer and the company. I am sure you Will be very successfull. Also a great person you are, so you have everything to be a great great professional or whatever you want to be. My we chat ID is marco_osorio, and if you we can continue also in touch by that way.

My best regards from your mexican friend:

Marco Osorio

 November 6, 2018
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  • Recommended groups: suitable for all kinds of groups like youth, students, seniors, couple. It is especially designed for those visitors who want a combination of cultural, natural, and jungle/wildlife exposure during their trip.
  • Conditions: You will visit Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan and Pokhara in Nepal. The altitude in these places are less than 1,500 m, and the road condition is usually good but bad during rainy seasons. A little walking or climbing is involved in Nagarkot as you will watch sunrise over Mt. Everest. While be careful when you take part in actiivities in Chitwan such as elephant safari, a nature walk, bird watching, a jungle drive or a canoe trip. As for your trip in Bhutan, private vehicle will take you to the sites. A comfortable transfer is ensured. You will drive over Dochula pass (Alt: 10142ft/ 3,050 m) to Punakha. Visit to Taksang Monastery involves hiking up and down for about 4~5 hours.
  • Visa and Permits: 1) Nepal Visa - If you have no a prior Nepal Visa, you can apply for and obtain this visa at the Nepal Immigration Offices at Gyirong Port. 2) Bhutan Visa - All foreigners (except for citizens of Bangladesh, India, and Maldives) must obtain a visa before visiting Bhutan. Only the licensed Bhutanese tour operators or one of their international partners can help apply for Bhutan Visa.
  • Best time: Available all year round. Highly recommend in February, March, April, May, September, October and November. Winter can be a little bit cold. While June July & Augest are the monsoon season and the weather is hot and wet at times.
  • How to Get to Kathmandu
    Travelers can take inbound international flights to Kathmandu from Lhasa, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming in China, Thailand, India, Qatar, Turkey, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates directly. Overland travel from Tibet, India or Bhutan is also available.

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  • 1. based on double occupancy
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