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 Turkey Trails

For walkers interested in exploring two of Turkey's most special natural and historic regions this itinerary will not fail to inspire. Taking in the wonders of Istanbul, we head into the country's interior to the fascinating Cappodocia region where a series of day walks will uncover a treasure trove of sights. These include ancient churches and monasteries from the Byzantine era and elaborate underground cities. Amongst these relics is a living culture of traditional villages and river valleys, but the region is best known for the unique rock formations and chimneys manicured by old civilisations to carve out houses and churches. The next stage of our journey centres around the beautiful township of Fethiye, with day walks along various sections of the Lycian Way. This rugged mountain region offers splendid views, archaeological sites and quaint villages. In the company of our expert local guide, these very different regions of Turkey promise a fascinating window into the country's rich and varied history.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Istanbul
DAY 2 Istanbul, then fly to Kayseri
DAY 3 Day walk in the Meskendir and Red Valleys
DAY 4 Day walk in the Advadi Valley, Uchisar village and Goreme
DAY 5 Goreme Open Air Museum, day walk Zemi Valley
DAY 6 Drive to Ihlara, underground city of Derinkuyu, day walk in Ihlara Valley and canyon
DAY 7 Drive to Antalya via Konya
DAY 8 Drive to trailhead of Lycian Way, day walk, to Adrasan
DAY 9 Day walk Lycian Way, Adrasan
DAY 10 Drive to Kekova, half day boat tour, Simena Sunken City, Kas
DAY 11 Day walk on western section of Lycian Way, Fethiye
DAYS 12/13 Lycian Way
DAY 14 To Oludeniz
DAY 15 Transfer to Dalaman airport where trip concludes

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Duration:  15 days
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