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

Meteora and Mt Olympus

This trip combines the two most famous and impressive mountain landscapes of mainland Greece in a single trek. Not just the highest mountain in the country, but the legendary home of the ancient Greek gods, the Mt Olympus National Park is a landscape of spectacular plateaus, ridges and the beautiful Enipeas Gorge. Like Zeus, look out over the world from the mountain peaks of Skala and Skolio after an exhilarating day of hiking. The dramatic rocky pinnacles of Meteora are all the more impressive with their cliff-top monasteries perched on the tiny summits. On a day hike to explore this centre of Greek orthodox spirituality, follow in the footsteps of centuries of monks along winding paths between the rock towers. The spectacular views and the vast legacy of past civilisations make this a varied and rewarding walking holiday.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Litochoro
DAY 2 Transfer to Prionia, walk to Spilios Agapitos refuge (2100m) (3-4hrs)
DAY 3 Ascend the peaks of Skala and Skolio, overnight in Kakkalos (4-6hrs)
DAY 4 Descend to Spilios Agapitos refuge (3-4hrs)
DAY 5 Walk through Enipeas Gorge to Litochoro (6-7hrs)
DAY 6 Transfer from Litochoro to Kalambaka, short walk in Kastraki
DAY 7 Walk the monks' old mountain paths amongst the rock-towers of western Meteora, visit two cliff-top monasteries
DAY 8 Trip concludes

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Trip Code: MMO
Trip Grading: Moderate
Duration:  8 days
Next Trip:  07 June 2014
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