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
 
 

Balkan Mountains Cycle

The Balkan Mountains are famous for lush green valleys, sheer cliffs and gentle rolling hills with sheep grazing peacefully in their pastures. Starting from the tiny village of Goliam Izvor there is enormous opportunity for unique cycling. Passing through the Central Balkan National Park, the narrow roads meander through valleys, forests and quaint villages that have not changed for centuries. Wooden carts pulled by horse or donkey are the norm and farmers still make hay with a pitchfork. Along the route you will visit several of the country's most significant and historic Orthodox monasteries. Many churches with ancient icons and colourful murals are scattered throughout the region. The final cycling stage ends in Veliko Tarnovo - one of the most charming Balkan towns and the former Bulgarian capital.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Transfer from Sofia Airport to hotel
DAY 2 Transfer to Yablanitsa, cycle to Ribaritsa village via Glozhene Monastery (70km / 43.5mi)
DAY 3 Via Bogoi Pass (1185m / 3888ft) to Shipkovo with mineral springs and Troyan Monastery (74km / 46mi)
DAY 4 Cycle to Etura ethnographic museum (55km / 34mi)
DAY 5 Short transfer then cycle to Bozhentsi architectural reserve via Tryavna (52km / 32.5mi)
DAY 6 To Elena (48km / 30mi)
DAY 7 Cycle to Arbanasi, visit Veliko Tarnovo and transfer to Plovdiv (43km / 27mi)
DAY 8 Trip ends with transfer to airport

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Trip Code: UBX
Trip Grading: Moderate to Challenging
Duration:  8 days
Activities:  Cycling
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