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With full-service flights, carefully selected accommodation, transfers and meals included, embark on an 11 day tour of eye-opening monuments, and breathtaking natural landscapes in Nepal. With 9 nights in local 3.5 star hotels, air-conditioned vehicle and an English-speaking tour guide, this is your chance to truly appreciate the delights of the Himalayas confidently and in comfort. Explore Kathmandu to see famous stupas and the Monkey Temple. Visit the beautiful Peace Pagoda and enjoy view of Lake Phewa, the 2nd largest in Nepal. Keep on the look-out for Bengal tigers and rare one-horned rhinos, among the incredible wildlife, dense forests and grassy plains of Royal Chitwan National Park. Witness impressive mountains including the Annapurna Mountain range from Sarangkot Village, the untouched holy mountain, Machhapuchhre and famous Mount Everest. Become immersed in local culture wandering the ancient alleys of Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square and the antique, music and traditional stores of Kathmandu.

YOUR FLIGHT CENTRE EXCLUSIVES HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Fully flexible bookings~~

Cancel at any time for any reason – up to 31 July 2020.
Unlimited booking amendments at no cost – up to 31 July 2020.

  • Return full service airfare to Kathmandu including 20kgs checked luggage.

Sick of comparing airfare by yourself? Forget hours trawling through comparison sites and let us do the hard work for you! Just make your way to the airport and we’ll organise the rest.

  • 9 nights local 3.5 star hotel accommodation

Enjoy a total of 9 nights in standard hotel accommodation during your tour. Rest easy knowing your hotels are sorted as you make your way through Nepal.

  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 4 dinners

Wake up to something tasty every day when you pull up a seat for breakfast during your tour. Plus, enjoy 3 lunches and 4 dinners when you visit Nepal this holiday. For more information please check out the itinerary.

  • Airport transfers

The last thing you want to do on your holiday is worry about how you’re going to get from A to B. Enjoy airport transfers on us so you can enjoy your holiday with ease.

  • Air-conditioned transportation

Get around in total comfort! Enjoy air-conditioned transportation when touring Nepal this holiday as you see the sites without breaking a sweat!

  • All sightseeing and entrance fees

There’s no need to go digging through your pockets for entrance fees this holiday, we’ve got you covered. We’ve included all your sightseeing & entry fees so you can focus on your tour and savour the beauty of Nepal.

  • English-speaking tour guide(s)

Don’t miss out on a thing this holiday. Your tour includes English speaking tour guide(s) throughout Nepal.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Fly into the spectacular Kathmandu Valley
  • Tour Kathmandu’s famous stupas, squares and Monkey Temple
  • Stay near Royal Chitwan National Park
  • Take a safari and look for deer, one-horned rhinos and Bengal tigers
  • Watch the sun rise onto the Annapurna Mountain range from Sarangkot
  • Visit the serene Peace Stupa and Lake Phewa
  • Experience a mountain hike with impressive views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail)
  • Relax and soak up the views in Lakeside Pokhara
  • Visit the hill side town of Nagarkot at sunset and sunrise to view soaring Mount Everest
  • Wander the ancient alleys of Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square
  • Explore Kathmandu’s winding alleys, with antique, music and traditional stores

 

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Tipping: AUD$10-$15 per person per day (expected and appreciated but not compulsory)
  • Tourist visa (attainable on arrival for Australian passport holders)
  • Personal expenses including drinks and water in some sites
  • Optional entry fees and taxes not mentioned in this itinerary

PRICE

From $2,099*pp ex Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
From $2,199*pp ex Adelaide
From $2,349*pp ex Perth

DEPOSIT

  • Deposit is $1200 per person
  • Deposit is non-refundable

Balance is due 90 days before departure

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT PRICE

Single supplement available for only $325

PURCHASE BY

30 June 2020

BOOK BY

9 July 2020

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Day 1: Australia – Kathmandu (In-flight Meals)

Depart Australia today and fly to Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon arrival, be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free time.

Note: Due to flight times and scheduling, some customers may be required to depart on the day before (day 0).

Day 2: Kathmandu (B)

This morning after breakfast, set out for a full day sightseeing experience in the Kathmandu Valley. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Durbar Square, Swayambunath Monkey Temple and imposing Boudhanath Stupa, one of most impressive Buddhist stupas in Nepal and usually vibrant with the prayers and prostrations of devotees. The tour will expose Kathmandu’s contrasts between traditional and modern, practical and spiritual.

The evening is free to relax or explore some of Kathmandu’s vibrant night time shopping, restaurants, cafes and bars.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Chitwan National Park Approx. 150km (B, L, D)

After breakfast leave the Kathmandu Valley behind and view the Nepalese countryside from your airconditioned vehicle today, as the tour takes the scenic, riverside drive to Royal Chitwan National Park. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel, afternoon is at leisure.

Late in the afternoon visit the local Tharu village to learn more about their lifestyle, culture, religion. In the evening be entertained by a traditional Tharu Stick Dance and included dinner.

Special option early this morning: The Ultimate Experience Mountain Flight (AUD$360pp). This 45-minute flight offers an incredible panorama of the Himalayas and Mount Everest.

Day 4: Chitwan National Park (B, L, D)

This morning after breakfast at the lodge, experience a fully guided day of jungle-based activities, sailing in a traditional ‘patela’ boat which will take you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to see waterfowl, crocodiles, gharials and animals from the riverbanks. Later enjoy a Jeep Safari in the National Park to look for wild animals. The afternoon will be at leisure.

(The National Park is closed in July, August and September. The Safari experience is provided in the adjacent buffer zones during this time.)

Day 5: Chitwan – Pokhara Approx. 165km (B)

After breakfast this morning, depart for Pokhara. On arrival, check in and relax for the rest of the day. The Lakeside region of Pokhara has restaurants, stalls and shops to explore.

Day 6: Pokhara (B)

Start with a stunning sunrise and outstanding views of the Annapurna range from Sarangkot hill. Followed by a visit Bindabashini Temple, regarded as a Hindu spiritual centre of Pokhara. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Then visit the serene Peace Stupa, where further panoramic views include the Phewa Lake, Pokhara and the towering Annapurna Range. The afternoon is at leisure.

Later enjoy a boat ride in Phewa Lake.

Day 7: Pokhara – Day trek to Australian Camp (elevation: 2100m) (B, L)

After breakfast, be driven to Kande and start the gentle hike (approx. 2 hours) up through the forest to Australia Camp. Take in truly impressive views of Annapurna Range, including Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South Hiuchuli, Annapurna II & IV and Lamjung Himal. Explore the picturesque village of Pothana and later return to Pokhara to relax for the rest of the day. A packed lunch will be provided for the walk.

(Trek paths are slippery during July, August and September due to monsoon and require extra caution during the trek.)

Day 8: Pokhara – Nagarkot Approx. 225km (B, D)

After breakfast this morning, depart Pokhara and return to the Kathmandu valley, arriving in the hill town of Nagarkot, famous for its incredible sunsets and rises and fantastic view of Mt Everest, weather permitting.

Day 9: Nagarkot – Bhaktapur – Kathmandu Approx. 31kms (B, D)

Wake up early to catch the extraordinary Himalayan sunrise this morning. Then, after breakfast, take the short trip to Bhaktapur, an ancient town, almost entirely comprised of UNESCO listed structures representing multiple faiths and traditions. Return to Kathmandu with time for final sightseeing or shopping. Enjoy a farewell dinner in a traditional local restaurant.

Day 10: Kathmandu – Australia

Be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your flight home today.

Day 11: Arrive Home

Note: some flights may arrive home on Day 10. Check your travel documents carefully when they are sent, approx. 2 weeks prior to travel.


ACCOMMODATION

All star ratings are local ratings

STANDARD HOTELS – 3.5 STAR (SELF-RATED) HOTELS

  • Kathmandu: Ghangri Boutique Hotel or similar
  • Chitwan National Park: Park Safari Resort or similar
  • Pokhara: The Lakeside Retreat or similar
  • Nagarkot: Hotel Country Villa or similar

PREMIUM HOTELS – 4 STAR (SELF-RATED) HOTELS

  • Kathmandu: Hotel Shambala or similar
  • Chitwan National Park: Tigerland Safari Resort or similar
  • Pokhara: The Waterfront Resort or similar
  • Nagarkot: Mystic Mountain or similar

2020 TRAVEL DATES:

  • 5, 12, 22 September (SOLD OUT)
  • 12, 22 October (SOLD OUT)
  • 5, 12*, 22* November (SOLD OUT)
  • 5* December (SOLD OUT)

2021 TRAVEL DATES:

  • 25 February
  • 11, 25 March
  • 22 April
  • 6, 20 May
  • 3 June
  • 2 September
  • 7, 28 October
  • 11 November

Dates denoted by an asterisk (*) incur a peak season surcharge: $200 per person
All 2020 dates currently sold out

4 NIGHT INCREDIBLE BHUTAN POST-TOUR EXTENSION PACKAGE

$2000 per person twin-share

Single supplement available from $250 per person

INCLUSIONS

  • Return flights from Kathmandu – Paro, Bhutan
  • 3 nights 4 star rated hotel accommodation Bhutan
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • All meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All entry fees
  • Bhutan visa fees (processed while in Nepal)
  • Government royalties and fees

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Journey into Bhutan; the country that measures ‘Gross Domestic Happiness’
  • Fly through the Himalayas into dramatic Paro Valley
  • Experience Bhutanese hospitality with a local guide throughout
  • Tour the capital, Thimphu, viewing beautiful monasteries and monuments
  • Visit the immense golden Great Buddha
  • Take in the mountainous Bhutanese scenery
  • Trek or ride up to the famous Tigers Nest Monastery
  • Soak up the local culture in markets and rural towns

 

Day 10:  Kathmandu – Paro, Bhutan (By Flight) – Thimphu Approx. 55-kilometres (L, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport and experience the stunning flight through the Himalayas into Bhutan. Meet your guide and driver outside the terminal building and transfer to the hotel in Thimphu. Take the afternoon to visit Trashichhoe Dzong; a striking monastery and Buddha Point, where the largest statue of Buddha in the country sits.

The evening will be at leisure.

Day 11: Thimphu – Paro Approx. 55-kilometres (B, L, D)

In the morning after breakfast, experience a fascinating guided sightseeing tour in Thimphu Valley. Visiting the National Library, National Textile Museum, Zorig Chusum, the National Institute of Arts and the Kings Memorial Chorten (stupa).

Later depart Thimphu arriving into Paro, check into your hotel.

Day 12: Paro – Tiger’s Nest Monastery Hike approx. 2-hours (B, L, D)

After breakfast, leave Paro to visit Taktshang Monastery, or Tiger’s Nest, the famous monastery, perched on the steep side of an escarpment. The walk up takes about 2 hours, with the option to ride up on a horse. Visitors can pause or stop at a café positioned roughly half way up the track. Note that the horse ride (approx. AUD$45) is only available on the way up. Those who do not wish to take the walk can relax with free time or book the optional excursion to Kichu Lhakang Buddhist Temple and ruins of Drukgyel Dzong Monastery.

After returning to the base, visit a local farm, National Museum and market before returning to the hotel to relax for the evening.

Day 13: Paro, Bhutan – Kathmandu, Nepal (B)

After breakfast at the hotel this morning, transfer to the Paro International Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon arrival, be picked up from the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Enjoy free time for the rest of the day and evening.

Day 14: Kathmandu – Australia (B) 

Be transferred to the airport for your flight home today.

Day 15 Arrive home.

Note, some flights may arrive home on Day 14. Check your travel documents for confirmed times.

OPTIONAL PROGRAMS

  • Everest Scenic Flight: $360pp
  • Alternative to Australia Camp Hike; Guided Tour International Mountain Museum and Tibetan Refugee Camp with driver: $25pp
  • Alternative to Tigers Nest Walk (Bhutan Extension): Sightseeing Tour Drukgyel Dzong (monastery) and Kyichu Lhakhang Buddhist Temple: $40pp

ACCOMMODATION UPGRADE

Upgrade to Premium Hotels from $200 per person

PRE/POST ACCOMMODATION

Kathmandu

  • Standard 3.5* accommodation: $110 per room, per night twin-share including breakfast (excludes transfers)
  • Premium 4* accommodation: $140 per night twin-share including breakfast (excludes transfers)

Bhutan

  • Standard 3.5* accommodation: $355 per room, per night twin-share including breakfast (excludes transfers)

EARLY ARRIVAL/STAY BEHIND
$150 per person

  • The break fee is a minimum charge collected for any deviation (except for tour extensions) from the set dates or set itinerary such as early arrival, stay behind or stopover requests. Additional collection for applicable airfare and tax difference applies

TRAVEL DATES

  • Selected travel dates between 25 February 2021 – 20 November 2021

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

~~After 31 July 2020 or within 90 days of travel standard T&C’s apply

PRICES

  • All prices are subject to change and AUD per person twin-share unless otherwise specified.

PASSPORTS

  • Copies of passports valid for 6 months beyond trip completion are strictly required at the time of booking. You are liable for all fees due to incorrect or incomplete full names, or passports lacking the required validity.

VISA

  • NEPAL
    • A tourist visa is required for Australian and other nationalities travelling to Nepal. A visa can be acquired on arrival at the airport, bring 2 passport photos. It is your responsibility to check all requirements with your local consulate, embassy or visa centre.
  • BHUTAN (extension)
    • A tourist visa is required for Australian and other nationalities travelling to Bhutan. The Tour Operator will arrange this while you are touring Nepal.

BAGGAGE POLICY

  • Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one checked bag not exceeding 20-kilograms, plus one carry-on bag not exceeding 7-kilograms. However, you are strongly encouraged to pack lightly below these limits, as you will be required to carry your own bag between the coach and hotel rooms, and to and from any other transport, while travelling to multiple cities and hotels.

FINAL DOCUMENTATION

  • Electronic documentation including e-tickets are generally emailed within 2 weeks of departure of your core tour, irrespective of early departures, pre-tour extensions or stopovers.

FLIGHTS

  • The default full-service carrier included in your package will be provided when you receive your final documentation. Example default carriers include: Cathay Pacific, Singapore, SilkAir, China Southern, Malaysia, Thai Airways, or similar.
  • Please contact your travel consultant at the time of booking for premium economy and business class upgrade quotes.
  • All flights or airfare related fees and costs are due immediately upon confirmation by cash payment. Frequent flyer points redemption is not permitted.
  • Pre-set airline meals can be requested at the time of booking (or no later than one week before departure) and is subject to availability.
  • All flights may involve up to 2 transits.

ITINERARY

  • The indicative itinerary and its order are subject to change based on local conditions and as we see fit to ensure the smooth and safe operation of the tour.
  • The indicated length of trip includes time in flight and is subject to change depending on the prevailing flight schedule to be provided when you receive your final documentation.

TIPPING

  • Tipping for guides and drivers is and appreciated but not compulsory in Nepal. Budget approximately AUD$10-$15 per person per day

HOTELS

  • Reference hotels are listed and may be substituted with properties of a similar standard. Final hotels will be provided when you receive your final documentation. All hotel ratings are self-rated locally. All rooms are lead-in type.

TRIPLE SHARE

  • Triple-share is available on this tour in the form of extra bedding, subject to availability.

CHILD POLICY

  • Children under 12 years old are not permitted on this tour. Children over 12 must travel with a responsible adult 18 year or older. There is no discount for children.

REFUND POLICY

  • All costs and fees are fully non-refundable at all times.

GROUP SIZE

  • Minimum 4 passengers required to operate, maximum 20 passengers.

OPTIONAL PROGRAMS

  • Optional programs are subject to availability, time and weather permitting, and pre-payable in AUD at the point of purchase. Some tours require minimum numbers to operate. Non-participants must wait at the venue for the group to conclude the activity.

BREAKAWAY POLICY

  • It is a condition of booking that you must always remain with the tour group and guide for the entirety of the tour. Any departure or deviation from the set tour itinerary is strictly prohibited. Penalties including cancellation of remaining accommodation and other arrangements will be enforced.

BREAK FEE

  • A ‘break fee’ for early arrivals, stay behind or stopovers is collected for any deviations from the set dates and group tickets. Transfers are not included for arrivals and departures outside of the set group arrangements.

CURRENCY

  • Exchanging some local currency before leaving home is advisable. The local currency can be used for optional programs, tipping, shopping and expenses of a personal nature.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Please contact your travel consultant for a quote on discounted insurance.

REFUND POLICY

  • All trip costs and fees are fully non-refundable at all times.

COMPLAINTS POLICY

  • All efforts must be made to resolve issues on tour with the tour leader. Formal complaints must be submitted within 14 days of tour completion.

DIETARY

  • Vegetarian meals are generally available on tour. Please notify your guide of any special dietary requirements. Certain meals can be requested for the flights at the time of booking, subject to availability.

FITNESS

  • A moderate level of fitness is required for full days of brisk walking with intermittent breaks. As roads and paths in this region are often cobbled and uneven, travellers must be able to easily manage this terrain. This tour is not suitable for people requiring assistance or walking aid.

PASSENGER INFORMATION CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS

  • All amendments and changes are subject to a $150 fee per person, per change. Amendments and changes requested within 60 days of departure for travel will incur a $350 fee per person, per change.

 

*FROM PRICE ex Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. All prices below are in Australian Dollars and are based on per person twin share occupancy unless stated otherwise.

BY 30 JUNE 2020 & BOOK BY 9 JULY 2020.

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