Borneo Rajang River Cruise

In 2010 with the help of World Expeditions we put together a 4 week trip to Borneo, which included the ascent of Kinabalu, trekking the headhunters trail and shooting rapids in a longboat.

However one of the highlights was the Rejang River Tour. The combination of the superbly opulent teak and brass appointments of the boat together with food and service of the highest quality and the exposure to the real Borneo was really remarkable.

Our ship’s guide, Louis Jap, through daily excursions into the hinterland, introduced us to the history and tribal culture of this part of Borneo. We trekked in the jungle. We visited longhouses, participated in a wonderful village Muslim wedding, where we appeared to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the guests. We transferred to smaller boats to sail small tributaries to see the early morning wildlife. We visited a remote jungle boarding school and medical centre, and had regular evening entertainment from local school children and dancers as we moored up for the night.

The ships crew welcomed us back to the boat after each excursion with hot towels and drinks – and took our footwear to clean before we could soil the deck. When we were cruising we could just relax with our 20 fellow passengers and have all our needs attended to.

This is only a taste of a trip, which certainly exceeded our expectations by a country mile!!

D Gledhill | Corby, UK
 
 

Cappadocia Guided Walk

For millions of years the volcanoes of the Central Anatolian Plateau erupted over the land to create the unique rock formations and fairy chimneys that characterise Cappadocia. Through the centuries, civilisations carved houses and churches within these rocky pillars and underground cities leaving a natural and historic legacy which continues to be a focal point for visitors to the region. Interspersed amongst these relics is a living culture of traditional villages, spectacular river valleys and rural settlements. Following a series of trails to reach the highlights of the region such as Mustafapasa, Ortahisar (or 'middle fortress') and Goreme to name a few, this walking trip explores lunar landscapes and fascinating ancient sites. In the evening, you'll stay in a combination of comfortable family run hotels, a troglodyte hotel and village houses to gain a true appreciation of the warm local hospitality.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Kayseri Airport and transfer to Mustafapasa
DAY 2 Walk to the village of Ayvali and the ruins of Gomeda (5/6hrs)
DAY 3 Transfer to Ihlara, visit the underground city of Derinkuyu and Selime Monastery (5hrs)
DAY 4 Walk to the Zelve Open Air Museum and Monastery, visit Monks Valley and return to Cavusin (4hrs)
DAY 5 Explore Goreme Open Air Museum and walk in the Meskendir, Red and Rose Valleys (5hrs)
DAY 6 Transfer to White Valley, continue to Uchisar and Zemi Valley (4hrs)
DAY 7 Explore Mustafapasa and the Uzengi and Pancarlik Valleys, walk to Ortahisar and Urgup (3hrs)
DAY 8 Transfer to airport at Kayseri, trip concludes

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Trip Code: COG
Trip Grading: Moderate
Duration:  8 days
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