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My wife and I have recently returned from travelling which incorporated in late April the Beijing to Lhasa journey organised by World expeditions.
For the Beijing to Xian sector we were guided by Qui Ming who we called Milly.
I would like to record what a pleasure it was to have Milly as our guide.
We have travelled extensively in the past and had many guides. Milly stands out as the one we will remember for the exceptional way she looked after our group.
Milly's knowledge, and her ability to explain things, could not have been better. In fact she had so much she could tell us that there was never a moment when she wasn't being asked a question.
She chose where we dined, and ordered for us, after ascertaining what people liked or disliked and we were never disappointed. The restaurants were usually local, not tourist only places, and we appreciated that.
When we had time to ourselves she enquired if there were things we specially wanted to do and made sure we knew how to get there and back and what to expect. On one occasion when all in the group wanted to visit a Houtong she arranged it and came with us in what should have been her time away from us.
We were a group ranging in age from about 40 to 70. She appreciated that, at times, some were getting physically tired and she would vary what we doing to accommodate that.
Above all I will remember with pleasure her sense of humour, her always cheerful demeanour and the extra things she did for us beyond what is not normally expected.
Milly is an exceptional guide and I would recommend her to anyone going to China.
Egg-cellent Easter Trip Planning
Plan ahead and profit from the long break around Easter.
Did you know that this Easter you only need to take 9 days off work for 18 days of holiday time? As such, Easter departures are likely to fill up fast, so make sure you secure your spot for your favourite trip on time.
From Hawaii to the High Trails of Bhutan, from Madagascar, Mera Peak, Myanmar and a multi activity adventure in South America, to Iran & Uzbekistan and China’s Silk Road, an adventure waits for any type of traveller.
Hawaii Hiking the Aloha Islands
2-15 April and 23 April-6 May
Join this hiking-focused touring adventure to explore the spectacular natural treasures of the Hawaiian Islands. Discover green and black sand beaches, giant craters, frozen lava lakes, lava sputtering volcanoes, stunning waterfalls, and ancient rock art sites on Hawaii.
Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar
12-28 April and 16 April-2May
The classic and most popular trek through Sherpa villages to the base of Mount Everest and Kala Pattar. All meals are included, overnight in private permanent campsites, and allow ample time for acclimatisation.
Explore the spectacular national parks and unique wildlife of Madagascar on this adventure that includes day walks and wildlife safaris. Spot lemurs and chameleons, and walk under the giant baobab trees.
Bhutan High Trails via Laya
Take the classic Laya to Gasa trek and pass underneath the sacred peak of Chomolhari and across a series of high passes in the pristine wilderness of Bhutan. Meet people living in isolated settlements and enjoy the wide variety of rhododendrons and other spring flowers at this time of year.
Explore the cultural richness of Myanmar on this comprehensive multi activity journey across the Asian country. Trek the Shan Hills, cycle around the temples of Bagan, take a boat to Hpa-An, and hike to the top of Kyaiktiyo Pagoda – or the Golden Rock.
Tashkent to Isfahan
A fabled journey through Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan to Iran tracing the western section of the Silk Road. Explore the legendary market towns of Samarkand, Bukhara and Merv and cross the awesome Karakum Desert and high passes of the Kopet Dag Mountains.
Vietnam by Bike
Cycling is the classic way to experience the diversity of Vietnam. This journey from Hanoi through the central highlands and along the coast to Ho Chi Minh City is one of our most popular tours and takes in the entire length of the country.
Inca Wilderness Trek
Combine one of Peru's best treks and the delights of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Inca's. This remote trek takes you beyond the Inca Trail into pristine countryside under the flanks of Salcantay. As a ‘grande finale’ join the final stage of the Inca Trail to the awesome ruins of Machu Picchu.
Mera Peak Expedition
9 April - 1 May
A fully supported expedition to Mera Peak (6476m/21,246ft), which is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. This is an ideal challenge if you are looking for a first-time climb in the Himalaya, you’ll have optimum time to build your fitness and to acclimatise to increase your chance for a successful summit.
China Silk Road
Follow the ancient trading route of the Silk Road through China. See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the Labrang monastery in Xiahe and the Buddhist grottoes in Dunhuang. After you pass the Gobi Desert and Urumqi, your journey ends in the market town of Kashgar.
If any of these trips is exactly what you were looking for on your holiday, you can download the detailed trip notes for more information. Alternatively, if you are looking for something slightly different or like to book a private trip with your own group of friends or family, feel free to send us a message or contact our team of travel experts for a chat by phone.
Enjoy your Easter break on the paths less travelled.