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
 
 

Southern Italy Volcano Trail

Explore the best of southern Italy from Naples to Sicily on this inspiring walking tour. From the wonder of Pompeii to the summit of Mount Vesuvius, the stunning Amalfi coastline and the bustling city of Naples, the first part of the journey is full of highlights. Continuing the volcano trail to the Aeolian Islands, relaxing moments on stark black beaches combine with exhilarating ascents to the active craters of Vulcano and Stromboli, whose dramatic eruptions will not fail to impress. Concluding the trip at one of the world's most famous active volcanoes, Mt Etna, there is time to explore the delightful seaside town of Taormina.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Naples
DAY 2 Visit Capri (3hrs)
DAY 3 Transfer to Agerola
DAY 4 Walk to Ravello and Amalfi (5hrs)
DAY 5 To Positano (4hrs)
DAY 6 Transfer to Pompeii, afternoon ascent of Mt Vesuvius, transfer to Stromboli by overnight ferry (2hrs)
DAY 7 Afternoon hike to 'Sciara del Fuoco' (4hrs)
DAY 8 Free time, late afternoon ascent of Stromboli with a certified guide* (6hrs)
DAY 9 To Lipari, hike to the southernmost point of the island (3hrs)
DAY 10 To Vulcano, ascend the crater (3hrs)
DAY 11 Transfer to Mt Etna, afternoon walk (1.5hrs)
DAY 12 Discover the craters and viewpoints on Mt Etna (6hrs), transfer to Catania
DAY 13 Walk to Castelmola (3hrs)
DAY 14 Trip concludes

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