Beijing to Lhasa

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.



Michael & Kay Alexander | New Zealand
 
 

Rhine Valley Barge & Bike

The Rhine River flows from high in the Swiss Alps through five countries and the majestic Lake Constance, to reach a vast delta in the Netherlands. The Neckar River joins the Rhine at Mannheim and the stretch between Koblenz on the Rhine and Bad Wimpfen on the Neckar is the focus of this engaging journey by bike and barge. This compact region is home to numerous castles, Roman ruins, quaint medieval towns and a rich wine making tradition as evidenced by the terraced vineyards lining the river banks. With a relaxed pace of cycling, there is ample time to explore the cobblestoned wine villages and absorb the fascinating history embedded in such towns as Heidelberg with its historic old town and castle ruin, the Dome of Worms and the Hornberg Fortress en route to Bad Wimpfen.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Koblenz
DAY 2 By boat to Boppard, then cycle to Rudesheim (30km / 18.5mi)
DAY 3 Cycle to Mainz with its many churches, museums and monuments (34-37km / 21-23mi)
DAY 4 Cycle via Laubenheim to Nierstein, with wine growing tour and dinner in the evening (17 or 26km / 10.5 or 16mi)
DAY 5 By boat to Mannheim, cycle via Ladenburg to Heidelberg (26km / 16mi)
DAY 6 Cycle to Eberbach via the Odenwald low mountain range (36km / 22.5mi)
DAY 7 Cycle to Bad Wimpfen (45km / 28mi)
DAY 8 Trip concludes

traveller reviews

We have just returned from our Europe holiday which included your Rhine/Neckar barge and bike and offer the following comments:
Arrangements: instructions for arrival and boarding went as per instructions. Night stops were as per the pre-trip information and the boat was not difficult to find.
Boat: the Patria was ideal for this type of adventure - cabins were clean and comfortable and crew were helpful. Wifi was available in the salon.
Meals: particularly the evening 5 course meal much better than expected surely rivalling the much vaunted larger cruise ships on the Rhine.
Bikes: were solid, reliable and adequate for the riding undertaken.
The course: although we experienced unseasonal hot weather (39degrees) was not taxing and easily handled. Course briefings were helping and enjoyable. Our course leader was Gottfried
Overall: we chose UTracks because of our good experiences in an earlier booking and would recommend this tour.

J. Mulcahy. QLD, Australia

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