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

Lofoten Orca Voyage

The Lofoten Orca voyages take place in the northern autumn, when the days are getting shorter in northern Norway. The autumn colours will be beautiful during the day time and at night, we will hope to admire the spectacular Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). This is a wonderful introduction to coastal Norway and the beautiful fjords, islands and wildlife in this region. In the second half of October and in November we have good chances to see Orca, that scour these fjords to hunt for Herring. We shall also enjoy the area on foot with walks to view Stone Age petroglyphs, Sea Eagles, and historical villages such as Kabelvaag and Henningsvaer - the 'Norwegian Venice'. Our small group of 20 passengers will sail aboard the basic but comfortable schooner, the Noorderlicht. Manned by a skilled crew and expert naturalist/expedition leader, this voyage involves some participation with the handling of sails, taking the helm or being on watch during the night. The Lofoten voyages are dependent on the weather and the sea conditions, therefore the itinerary is only an outline.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Embark Lodingen
DAYS 2/3 Tysfjord and Hellemobotn
DAY 4 Sail into Leiknes
DAYS 5/6 Cruise to Skrova and on to Henningsvaer
DAY 7 Continue our voyage back to Lodingen via Hustadgaard
DAY 8 Disembark Lodingen where trip concludes

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Trip Code: LOF
Trip Grading: Adventure Touring
Duration:  8 days
Activities:  Cruising
Next Trip:  30 October 2015
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