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

Tuscany Backroads Guided

Follow the backroads on this bicycle journey of Tuscany's highlights. Discover Leonardo da Vinci's birthplace, see the leaning tower of Pisa and indulge in the ancient thermal resort of Casciana Terme. Wind your way through vine-covered countryside to San Gimignano, a beautifully preserved medieval city where only 14 of the original 72 towers remain. Explore the enchanting and classic Tuscan city of Siena with its Gothic architecture. Cycle through the vineyards and olive groves of the Chianti region, the centre of Tuscany's world famous wine industry.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Montecatini Terme
DAY 2 Round trip cycle to Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci's birth place (55km)
DAY 3 Train to Lucca and cycle to Pisa for city tour (50-70km)
DAY 4 Cycle to spring town Casciana Terme (40km)
DAY 5 Cycle through vineyards to San Gimignano (55km)
DAY 6 Cycle to Siena (45km)
DAY 7 Cycle via Chianti-region and bus to Florence (50km)
DAY 8 City tour and trip concludes

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