Featured Vacation Packages and Day Tours

$
1,250
/ Person
Destination:
New Zealand
Northland is beautiful and it feels a long way from anywhere. Long white beaches stretch between ancient volcanic headlands, remote dune-scapes meld into sub-tropical forests, warm ... moreevenings yield to starry nights. There is plenty of time for swimming in secret coves of turquoise water, brilliant short walks as well as one big climb. Two fabulous locations will act as the base from which to explore this magical area. Unpack your bag and feel like you are on holiday as you stay two nights at each location. Return after a good days hiking and unwind on the veranda with a glass of wine. Highlights include the remote coastal hike near the Bay of Islands, the feeling of isolation at the very tip of New Zealand, the expansive Te Paki sand dunes and standing under BIG trees.
Itinerary DAY 1 - JOIN TRIP IN AUCKLAND 1 km/1 hour hiking Depart Auckland and follow the east coast northwards, with a quick cafe stop for anyone who missed breakfast. A short deviation ... moreto a limestone cave gives you a chance to see one of the best glowworm spectacles in the country (expect wet feet!). After a picnic lunch here continue on to the historic township of Russell. We arrive early afternoon. Check into your accommodation and explore this charming little harbour settlement and New Zealand’s original capital. Enjoy a swim off the wharf, or just chill with a glass of wine and chat with your fellow travellers. Later on drive a few minutes to the peninsula’s end before returning to enjoy a barbecue dinner in the hotel garden-nook. If it’s not barbeque weather, we’ll pop into a local café or pizzeria. Today is an easy day but gets us to where the fun starts.

Includes lunch and dinner.

DAY 2 - BAY OF ISLANDS
9 km/5 hours hiking
After a 30 min drive east you reach the first of today's hikes. Traverse up through regenerating native bush to a ridge top and gaze out across the bright blue Pacific Ocean. Below are sandy coves and rocky headlands. Descend to a wonderful swim spot and then walk through the bush to the old whaling station. Pass huge steel pots and old brick vats amid the ruins. These stations are a sad reminder of the many humpback and southern right whales that were once hunted here. Many of New Zealand's first European settlers came for the sealing and whaling rather than our beautiful natural environment! We hike back to the vehicle before a short drive takes us to our second hike. Pukehuia at 345m is the highest hill and best viewpoint in the entire Bay of Islands area. The track climbs steadily up with plenty of view points on the way. On return we stop at a perfect bush-fringed bay of lapping water and moored yachts. This cute cove of turquoise water is the ideal place to wash away your exertion. It is a short drive back to Russell and your accommodation. Tonight you eat at one of the many lovely cafes and restaurants (own cost) on Russell's waterfront.

Includes breakfast and lunch.

DAY 3 - WHANGAROA - 90 MILE BEACH
5 km/3 hours hiking or 3 hours kayaking
This morning you travel by vehicle ferry across to Opua and drive through Paihia, the main tourist centre of the Bay of Islands, before driving north to Whangaroa. You have the option of a fantastic half-day guided kayaking trip along the coast (optional extra* see below) or a hike into a beautiful forest-fringed inlet. This hike sidles up and over a small saddle passing through sub-tropical forest before meeting the stream and mangroves at the head of the inlet. On a warm day plop into the pools to cool off. The trail follows this coastline of red volcanic headlands and island outcrops a short distance to a historic hut. You can swan around on the hut deck enjoying the peace and quiet, or stomp your way up the spectacular old volcanic plug (Duke’s Nose) for views. Later catch the water taxi back to the jetty where the vehicle waits. A short drive takes you to Mangonui where the group enjoys a simple meal of fish and chips at the famous Fish Shop bar on the old wharf. An early evening drive north gets you to a remote old homestead lodge in the middle of the dunes on the edge of 90 Mile Beach. A little more rustic than your previous accommodation, this off the grid lodge more than makes up for it with its amazing location and wonderful atmosphere.

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 4 - CAPE REINGA
2 km/2 hours hiking
A one hour drive brings you to the tip of the North Island where there is the chance to explore some of the trails of the Cape Reinga walkway. Hike a less visited part of the cape's coastline. Cross Te Paki Station to the surreal iron-stained sand dunes of Cape Maria van Diemen. Climbing high, get grand views of this incredible piece of New Zealand landscape. Wander along an expansive stretch of empty beach before ending up on the edge of the world at the Cape Reinga lighthouse where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea. In the afternoon you may choose to do a cliff top walk to the stunning white sands and blue waters of Tapotupotu. Return to your lodge and relax in this beautiful spot. After a good meal, sit on the veranda and enjoy life as you watch the sun set over the Tasman Sea. Being so far from any light pollution, the starry nights up north are quite remarkable.

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 5 - KAURI FORESTS
1 km/1 hour hiking
You leave the far north early today and begin the journey southwards, passing through Kaitaia and across the sleepy Hokianga Harbour on a car ferry. In Maori mythology Hokianga is the returning place of the great Maori navigator Kupe. At Waipoua Forest you get to see New Zealand’s biggest kauri tree Tane Mahuta; it’s easy to feel humble beneath him. The last walk before Auckland is through the Trounson Kauri Reserve, an intensively managed mainland conservation ‘island’, surrounded by a sea of farmland. Trounson is one of the better kauri forests in the country and provides refuge for many threatened species including brown kiwi. Arrive in Auckland at approximately 5:00pm. Includes breakfast and lunch.

Start/Finish:
Auckland - 8:30am, pick up zone outside Sky City, 20m from Sky Tower base, corner Victoria and Federal Streets
Auckland 5:00pm (approx.)

Departs:
November 2017: 21
December 2017: 19
January 2018: 16
February 2018: 13
March 2018: 13
April 2018: 10

Prices:
Period 1st Jun 17 - 31st May 18
Adult NZD $1,750.00
Single supplement NZD $425.00

Grading & Fitness
Grade: B

4-5 hours physical activity on some days; up to 6 hours on second day.

At times carrying small backpack of 4-5kgs.

Tracks generally in good condition.

Altitude gains of up to 600m on second day.

No hiking experience necessary.

Reasonable standard of fitness required.

Some energetic sections and climbs, but includes time for relaxation and other activities.

What to Take
New Zealand's weather is very changeable so you need to be prepared for any eventuality. Thankfully, it's warmer up north so thermal underwear and warm hats become an option rather than a necessity. However, you still need to take the essential items listed below.

Essential Items:

hiking boots or shoes

small day pack

raincoat (gore-tex or similar)

warm fleece/wool jersey (not cotton)

shorts or lightweight hiking trousers (preferably quick-dry)

long sleeve shirt (for sun protection)

3 pairs of socks

sunhat and sunglasses (and warm hat Mar- Nov)

polypro/thermal underwear – top & bottom (optional Dec to Feb)

drink bottle (1 litre)

spare lightweight shoes or sandals

insect repellent and sunscreen

casual clothing for travel and evenings

togs (swimming costume)

towel (lightweight towels are great)

gloves/mittens (optional Dec to Feb)

Optional items (but highly recommended):
Walking poles, camera and rain trousers

We supply:
First aid kit, drinking water, safety equipment and maps.

Luggage:
There is an allowance of one large pack, bag or suitcase plus one day pack.

Equipment Hire:
We have high quality hiking equipment which you can hire for our Hiking Tours. Please arrange hire gear when you book. Requests for a hire equipment must be made at lease 5 days before the departure date.

Hire gear
5-7 day trip (NZ$)
Fleece jacket $20
Thermal top and bottom $20
Raincoat $20
Walking pole (each) $20

Transport
We travel in a 10 or 12-seat minibus, towing a trailer with equipment and luggage. All vehicles have a stereo and we carry a range of natural history reference books. We average 3 hours driving per day. We travel on a range of roads, from sealed highways to dusty, windy, bouncy tracks. We can stop whenever you want to take photos or check out the locals!

Food
Breakfasts are continental style in Russell, and at Hukatere Lodge we also offer a warm breakfast. We make picnic lunches of delicious sandwiches and wraps, and fresh fruit, and have plenty of snacks to move you along at a happy pace! We rustle lunch up en route from supplies your guide carries in their backpack, or from the custom trailer kitchen when we are touring. Hot and cold drinks are also generally available (even when hiking) and we always have drinking water for you in our bus. Dinner is varied from lovely restaurants to simple fish and chips at a wharf cafe. We provide dinner on night 1 (picnic-style at the beach or at a café or pizzeria if not picnic weather), night 3 (basic but tasty fish and chips from a wharf café) and night 4 (a home-cooked meal). Any special dietary requests or requirements are easily provided for. Please let us know at the time of booking.

Accommodation
The trip uses double/twin share with en-suite accommodation on nights 1 & 2, and double/twin share with shared bathrooms on nights 3 & 4. Occasionally different accommodation is used. We will tell you when you book if this is the case.
Additional Costs
Meals: One evening meal is not included in this trip.

Optional sea kayaking on Day 3 - NZ$90 pp (minimum of two people).

Guides & Safety
An excellent guide can make the difference between a trip of a lifetime and just an ordinary trip. That is why we work hard to make sure we hire the best guides. Our handpicked professionals come from a range of backgrounds. Each has extensive outdoor and hiking experience and a passion for New Zealand’s wild and beautiful backcountry. Our guides will ensure that your time with us is truly inspiring, a huge amount of fun and safe. All guides are trained in Mountain Safety First Aid.

Please be gentle with your guide - good guides are hard to find!
$
175
/ Person
Destination:
Australia
Experience an epic adventure to Double Island Point, a stunning location that will take your breath away. This combo requires 2 separate tour days and is a fantastic way to spend your ... moreweekend or getaway!
Day 1 We get there along the beach by 4wd past the magical coloured sands and explore its beauty with a casual paddle around the spectacular headland. Large pods of dolphins, whales ... more(20,000 passed up & back this year in season), turtles, manta rays, migrating birds, soldier crabs in their thousands are all frequent here. A dolphin tour in the wild!

Departure: 
This tour departs beautiful Noosa, Queensland and is
located 1.5 hours north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast.

Please be at departure points 15 minutes before departure at 

NOOSA HEADS: Bus stop, Corner of Noosa Parade and Noosa Drive, Noosa Queensland 

(please contact 24-48 hours before departure for more detail)

NOOSAVILLE: Gympie Terrace at Giant Pelican statue on foreshore (cant miss it!), Noosaville, Queensland

(please contact 24-48 hours before departure for more detail)

Dolphin View Kayak tours run around low tide each day and departure times do change to enable us to drive up the beach. Please contact us for specific day departure times. Please allow 5-6 hours for tour.

Itinery (5-6 hours):

- Depart Noosa by 4wd Toyota Troopcarriers onto Noosa North Shore ferry and onto the beach.

- Travel along the beach taking in the views & passing the stunning famous coloured sand cliffs & arrive at Double Island Point. This is a spectacular headland buzzing with marine life.

- Equipment set up life jackets, paddles & Double kayaks with safety/instruction briefing on the beach.

- Casual guided paddle out around to the top of the headland taking in the spectacular views

- See local Bottlenose dolphin pods playing and feeding up close in the area.

- Whales on migration coming in for a rest or to check us out and put on a show

- Many different turtles resting and feeding in the shallows

- Get a unique view of the Double Island Point Light house from the water.

- Time for a swim in the crystal clear warm waters of Double Island Point

Return trip along the beach back to Noosa.

Relax at night and enjoy some rest as day 2 is packed full of fun!

Day 2

Get the feel of what surfing is all about learn to surf at Australia’s safest beginner surf location with rides that go 100’s of 
meters long. Double Island Point offers crystal clear, warm waters and uncrowded waves that seem to go forever. The place is still one of Australia’s best kept secrets but not for long and its only accessible by 4wd. Get the chance to surf with dolphins that live here and guarantee stand up on your first surf lesson!

Itinerary (5-6 hours):

- Depart Noosa by 4wd Toyota Troopcarriers onto Noosa North Shore ferry and onto the beach.

- Travel along the beach passing the stunning famous coloured sand cliffs & arrive at Double Island Point, home to Australia’s
longest beginner waves.

- Get set up with wetshirt/ wetsuit, sunscreen and warm up!
- Equipment set up and safety/instruction briefing on the beach.

- We teach a really easy technique on the beach on how to safely use and carry your surfboard when in the water, how to stand up and how to catch the wave.

- Hit the water for some fun with surf lesson instructor helping you onto the waves every step of the way.

- Learn to surf Instructor gives you good feed back on what your doing right and where you can improve.

- Dont worry if you have never surfed before or your balance isn't excellent. This is fun for everyone of all ages!

- If you have had surf lessons before we will work with you closely to get your progression fast on a fun easy wave!

- Surf lesson with close instruction by fully qualified friendly learn to surf instructors
- Return trip along the beach back to Noosa

Includes: 
4wd beach transport, National Park fees, light snacks & refreshments, equipment, instruction & fun!

Guarantee:
Stand up or your surf lesson free!
$
1,250
/ Person
Destination:
Nepal
“An exemplary route to one of the most noteworthy mountains in the Himalayas.” Largely popular for being one of the most sought after treks in the entire world, Annapurna Base Camp ... moreTrek is essentially a meandering walk to the base camp of Annapurna Mountain which in terms of height is also the 10th highest mountain in the world. In just around two weeks of trekking into the Annapurna Sanctuary trekkers get the golden opportunity to see magnificently garlanded vistas of Mt. Annapurna’s, Mt. Machapuchare (Fishtail), Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Nilgiri and other neighboring snow-capped Himalayas.
Surely every trek has its own unique charm of attraction which appeals to the visitors/trekkers, so just like that our trek has its very own captivating features. Such as getting very ... moreup & close to the eternally glorious Himalayas while traversing by several indigenous village settlements which are rich in culture and bio-diversity. Having said that, our adventure begins as we drive from the scenic lake city of Pokhara to Nayapul. From that point onward we take a scheduled course to the ABC which lets us pass through delightful Gurung towns of Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chomrong, Bamboo and Deurali. Furthermore, we walk over to the very esteemed Nepalese site of Machapuchare Base Camp by which we later on prompt ourselves towards Annapurna Base Camp.

In this way, one more plus point about our trek is that it lets you visit two base camps in just one go which is simply indescribable unless you visit there yourself. Trekking calmly through the rural villages, don’t forget to learn and observe the livelihood of the local ethnic groups while taking some incredible shots of the people & sceneries en route. Just like that, ultimately you get to end your trek in the soothing Pokhara city where you can relax with some comforting lake views and a chilled beer.

Last but not least if there’s any trek worth going in the Nepalese Himalayas, then this 16-day trek to the ABC is just the one for you. So contact Icicles Adventure Treks and take a timeout from your daily schedule to create some unforgettable memories in Nepal with us.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek- 16 days Day to day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft)
Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, complete your customs and visa formalities. Then one of our office representatives will be holding an Icicles Adventure Treks sign board with your name on it. He will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu that you have chosen. Check in at your hotel and simply take some rest or we prefer to take some fresh air strolling around Thamel area. Accommodation: Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Meals included: None

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
We start our day by having our breakfast at hotel and go for one whole day sightseeing around UNESCO world heritage sites at Kathmandu. Starting from Kathmandu Durbar Square, we go at monkey temple of Sowambhunath, then take a drive to Pashupatinath and finally end at Boudhanath. All these heritage sites are worth to visit. These sites show us the best of Nepal culture, Hindu and Buddhist religion, values, along with beautiful architectures and temples. We also do organize pre-trip meeting and complete our trek preparation. Meet your trekking guide, get familiar with trek, team and enjoy rest of the day. Accommodation: Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)
Initially before starting our ABC trek, we take a long 6hrs comfortable drive to Pokhara. Watching the beautiful green valleys, ridges, rivers, fields and settlements in between, we enjoy our tourist bus ride to Pokhara. We do have lunch stop in restaurant. And upon arrival at beautiful lake city, valley of seven lakes, Pokhara, enjoy overall atmosphere, take stroll around lake side of fewa lake or simply shop and hop into any nice restaurant, pubs etc. Accommodation: Hotel in Pokhara, Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m/5051ft)
Real Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins today after we take a short an hour drive north towards Nayapul. It is also the starting point of our trekking activity. As we start walking, we arrive at the small town of Birethanti across passing through couple of suspension bridges, bamboo forests through long waterfall and finally arrive at Tikhedhunga. Today we walk for around 4 to 5 hours. Accomodation: Local Teahouse Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2860m/9380ft)
We have our morning meal at our tea house. And our day gets little tough as we will be climbing straight more than 3000 stone stairs to arrive at Ulleri. Excellent views of Annapurna is seen along the route. And after getting at the top, we gradually walk through meadows, forests and river streams. We are at the heart of nature, so we do see many beautiful birds. It will be heaven for keen bird watchers too. In this way, further trekking north passing through our lunch stop at Nangethati, we arrive at Ghorepani. We walk for approx 5 to 6 hours today. Accomodation: Local Tea house, Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06: Hiking -Poonhill (3210m/10531ft), trek to Tadapani (2,630m/8,626ft)
Nothing seems more beautiful than panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayan Ranges from Poon hill. And we wakeup very early in the morning with this excitement. After couple of minutes walk in a dark with help of torch light, we arrive at Poonhill viewpoint and suddenly the magic happens. As the golden rays of sun slowly reveals the snow capped mountains, the scenery simply can’t be explained in words. The view of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Nilgiri and other nearby himlayas is seen. Thenafter, we make our way downwards through beautiful forests towards Tadapani. We walk for around 5 to 6 hours today. Accommodation: Local tea house, Indluded Meal: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft)
We will lose altitude today while descending down further from Tadapani to Gurjung Village. Passing through waterfalls, suspension bridges and couple of ascends and descends, we arrive at Chhomrong. It is a beautiful village located at lap of Annapurna Himalayas and excellent views of snow capped mountains is seen from here. We walk for around 5 to 6 hours today. Accommodation: Local tea house, Indluded Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08: Chhomrong to Dovan(2600m/6190ft)
We follow river gorge leaving behind Chhomrong today. And we couple of downhill walk takes us near Chhomrong River. We cross through suspension bridge and climb out of the side valley through bamboo, rhododendron and oak forests. In this similar passion, we cross through refreshingly green forest, spot some flora, fauna over there and reach Dovan at the end of the day. We walk for around 5 to 6 hours today. Accommodation: Local tea house, Included Meal: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09: Dovan to Deurali (3200m/10500ft)
We start our day today with a climb through bamboo forests and we walk enjoying the nature at its best, the valleys, rivers and flowers with many stone steps. Deurali is at foot of Modi Himal and we have our lunch there. We can hike upto MBC (Macchapuchre Base Camp) today but following the proper acclimatization rules, we stay overnight at Deurali and head towards MBC next day. We walk for around 4 hours today. Accommodation: Local tea house, Indluded Meal, Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: Deurali to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft)
Today, we cross the small bridge at Modi Khola, and continue climbing towards scattered glacial valley. From this point, different side of Fishtail Himalaya is seen and we find difference in vegetation as well. After walking for couple of hours following the Modi Khola again, we find tea houses there. And we spend one night before puching ourselves to Annapurna base camp. As we are very close to Himalayas, the views gets even more upclose and special. We walk for around 3 hours today. Accommodation: Local tea house, Indluded Meal, Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11: Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft)
There won’t be a much of walking today, as we are that close to our destination and major highlight of this trek. In just two hours, we will be there at Annapurna Base Camp. We don’t see much vegetation at this altitude. Also known as Annapurna Sanctuary, we feel like we are being surrounded by high Himalayas from all direction. We walk for around 2 to 3 hours today. Accommodation: Local tea house, Included Meal, Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m/7576ft)
Today will also be the beautiful sunrise watching day. We wake up before sunrise, as the sun rays hits the Himalayas, we take plenty of pictures. Then after having our breakfast in hotel, we return Bamboo. Walking down, it won’t be that tough task today; however you should take care of shaky legs. Furthermore, we walk through beautiful glaciers, forests; we arrive at Bamboo at end of the day. There will be huge drop of 2000meters an it takes around 6 to 7 hours to complete today’s walk. Accommodation: Local tea house, Indluded Meal, Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780m/5840ft)
We continue returning back to where we all began. Today we head back towards Chhomrong through rough terrains, and slightly ascends. Afterwards, the route takes us down through plenty of stone stairs. And we cross the river. With couple of ascend and descends, we arrive at Jhinu Danda today. The major attraction at this place is the natural hotspring. Walking 20mins down the main trail, we take a dip at hotspring and simply relax. Finally after relaxing our tired muscles, we step into local teahouse foe overnight stay. We walk for around 5 to 6 hours today. Accomodation: Local lodge, Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 14: Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara
Leaving behind Jhinu Dada, we descend down until we see the river stream, again climb through valleys and down through the forests. Ascends and descends continues as we finally arrive at Sauli Bazar and Nayapul at an end of the day. In this way, finally after arriving at Nayapul , we take a drive towards Pokhara and conclude our amazing Annapurna Base Camp Trek. We walk for around 5 to 6 hours today. Accomodation: Local lodge, Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu
We drive towards Kathmandu. Upon arrival at capital city, we will organize farewell dinner at one of the cultural restaurant with good performances. Today’s drive would be nearly 6 hours from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu, Meals included: Breakfast and farewell dinner.

Quick Note:
You also have an option to extend your Nepal trekking trip with an extra day at Pokhara to explore even more natural and cultural attractions. Similarly, Chitwan Safari, Rafting, or Bunjee and Paragliging, Everest mountain flight and there are many more activities that you can experience while you are in Nepal.

Day 16 – Depart Kathmandu-Airport drop
With plenty of wonderful Annapurna Base Camp Trekking memories, you will be transferred to TIA for your scheduled international flight by one of our office representative. We hope that you like our services, and look forward to organize even more treks, tours and adventures in near future. See you soon. Farewell! Meals included: Breakfast

Price Includes

Three nights’ twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in deluxe Hotel Woodland or similar hotel in Kathmandu

Two nights’ twin sharing accommodation with breakfast at hotel Mount Kailash Resort or similar

in Pokhara

Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle

Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek

Best available teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek

Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide) and porters (2 trekkers : 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance

Ground transportations from Kathmandu – Pokhara and Pokhara – Kathmandu transfers by private vehicle (but tourist bus for solo trek)

Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek

Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate

First aid medical kit

TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit

All government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)

International/Domestic airfares

Excess baggage charges

Travel and rescue insurance

Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)

All kind of drinks (alcoholic, hot, or cold)

Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc)

Personal equipments and clothing

Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Common Queries On Annapurna Base Camp Trek- 16 days

How do I prepare for ABC Trek? Is this trek for me?
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is comparatively easier than other high altitude treks and anyone who loves to travel with normal fitness level can join this trip. Previous trekking experience is not required and one of the best trip to join if you are first time trekking in Nepal. The best way to begin your preparations is starting daily workouts and cardio exercises like running, skipping, treadmill, cycling etc which will help you increase your stamina and take on the challenge put in front of you. If you are taking any medications especially of blood pressure, cholesterol, neurology and respiratory system, then you need to consult your doctor before planning the trip. Therefore, if you are physically fit with passion towards hiking the Himalayas then this Annapurna trial is definitely for you.

What about accommodation type and availability during trekking days?
ABC is a popular tea house (lodge to lodge) trekking with well developed trails along the route. These tea houses are clean and provide basic to standard facilities at twin sharing basis. There are single and dormitory rooms also available and above Dovan, to ABC, there are only six teahouses at each stopping point, therefore at high season you might need to sleep at dining hall too. And the toilet is usually squat style outside the room.

What are the meals offered during this trek?
We offer full board meals i.e. breakfast lunch and dinner during all of our trekking days. If you are vegetarian, then it is advised to inform us in advance so that we can arrange the meal items accordingly. At lower elevations, there are many menu items whereas as the altitude rises, prices of meals go high and usually on offered items are rice and lentil, noodles, pasta, porridge, bread, including Nepali, Indian and Tibetan style food.

What about drinking water?
ACAP has introduced number of safe and cheapest drinking water stations at several spots of conservation area. If there aren’t any, then you are advised to use the iodine tablets for purification. And always ask for boiled (and cooled) water at your tea house. Don’t use water from local source and don’t use plastic water bottles as it causes environmental pollution.

When would you recommend me to join this adventure?
There are basically two main trekking seasons in Nepal. One is during the spring season on March, April and May months whereas other one is during autumn season on September, October and November. There will be blossoming rhododendron trees during spring season while clear views of Himalayas at perfect temperature during autumn. Both of these times are best for trekking.

What about packing for ABC Trek?
Packing essentials is very essential. You are advised to pack a less but don’t miss an essentials. First of all if you already have your down jacket, trekking shoes, sleeping bag, mat, then it is advised to bring your gears. Or, you also have an option to buy or hire at Kathmandu/Pokhara. Packing essentials are listed here.

What permits are required? How do I get it?
For this trekking, every non Nepali citizen should obtain ACAP permits and TIMS card. Both of these permits will be arranged by our company. And you need to bring couple of pp size photographs to fill up the forms.

I want to know more about my travel insurance policy. Please explain.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all trekkers and you are recommended to get travel insurance policy that covers helicopter rescue (medical evacuation) upto 4000m for ABC trek. You can get it online from your home country. This travel insurance will provide peace of mind and economically beneficial during contingencies.

Do I need vaccinations?
Legally, you do not need any vaccinations to enter Nepal. But it is recommended to consult nearby physician and get Malaria, Typhoid, Meningitis and/or other vaccinations specially if you are visiting during summer or spring season when mosquitoes and other bugs appears.

How do I support local economy?
You are already supporting local economy if you are traveling with companies like Icicles Adventure Treks that hires local porters and creates employment opportunities. Also, the prices of basic meals are fixed by local Tourism Management committee, so please do not bargain on price. You don’t need to at all as all 3 times a day meals during the trek are included in your trip cost.

And you can also support local inhabitant’s business by buying locally produced goods and services. However don’t buy items made from wildlife parts. Leave flora and fauna at their natural state, do not disturb them.

What about using internet and electronics (camera) charging options?
There are two major cell phone operators in Nepal, NTC and NCELL. You can easily get gsm sim cards from these operators at their stalls at Kathmandu Airport or at most of the local stores/communication shops. Most of the hotels/restaurants at Kathmandu and Pokhara offer free wifi and you can see few cyber cafes at tourist areas.

You can recharge your mobile, camera freely at hotels in lower elevations. However at higer elevations near base camp, you might have to pay little extra amount (couple of hundred rupees) for charging batteries. Mostly charging is made available at dining hall. And also get extension plug for charging. If you have extra batteries, then it would be even better.

How do I travel with minimum impact code?
We are a travel company that focuses on sustainable tourism policies and we do put in practice by organizing treks that has minimum negative impacts on environment and society. You are not advised to lit a campfire specially near forest areas, we advise to order same meal for all members of group to save the fuel for cooking. You will be also carrying out what you carried in and minimize use of plastic materials. In short, trekking ABC with Icicles means conserving forest, stopping pollution and also protecting the wildlife.

And what would be few safety tips to keep on mind?
The first and foremost safety trekking tip would be never trek alone. Always trek with local trekking company’s authorized trekking guide. Then you also need to have information on altitude sickness, you need to be alert while taking photos and trek at your own pace, its not a race after all; enjoy every moment of it.

Is this ABC Trek itinerary customizable?
Yes, like most of our trips, Annapurna Base Camp is also customizable and can be tailor made (modified) according to need and requirement of clients. Either you are looking to skip Kathmandu sightseeing and directly start trekking from Pokhara or add extra days; it is always possible. For tight budget travelers to luxurious trips, we organize treks just like our client’s wish. Simply let us know your vacation (holiday) plans. We will make it happen.

Sustainable Tourism
As a Responsible tourism company, we really care that our challenges are ethical, sustainable and responsible. We work very closely with the local communities through which we pass and in return we get lots of love and support from the local community as well as our clients. Usually the guides, cooks, porters and drivers etc. employed for our trips come from the local villages where our particular trip is operated. During trekking and mountaineering trips, we use accommodations owned by the locals where possible to support local economy. We are committed to leave positive impact on the local communities we pass through. We actively support several community projects in the locality we run our trips. In Kathmandu itself, we have links with Nepal Deaf people organization and support them. We also financially support some health posts in the outskirts of Kathmandu
valley. We also give some part of our profit to some orphanages. We always ensure that our help goes to worthwhile and needy, long-term project and is managed fairly and with sustainable development in mind. As well as our own help, whether that’s in the form of money, goods, practical help or raising awareness, we encourage many
of our customers to bring itationeries, clothing, unwanted books, etc., to be distributed to our porters, orphanages, schools if they wish to do so. Please contact us if you are interested to know.
$
1,428
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$
1,753
/ Person
Destination:
Uganda
In this 5 days safari package, you will take part in the amazing Gorilla Wildlife trekking experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park, and a fantastic safari in Queen Elizabeth ... morenational park – home of the famed Tree-climbing Lions and a variety of wildlife and beautiful scenery.
Some of the highlights of the tour include: Gorilla Wildlife trekking, game drives in Queen, and a boat safari along the amazing Kazinga Channel.
DETAILED ITINERARY DAY 1: ENTEBBE/KAMPALA-BWINDI GORILLA PARK With a pick up by one of our representative who is both your guide and driver from your hotel of residence, the journey ... morewill start at 6:30am as you should be ready and finished with your breakfast. You will be driving to the beautiful Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you will use the route via Masaka – Mbarara. You will have a quick stopover at the Equator for some snacks and take a few photos to kick start your amazing trip.

You will most definitely have a lot to see as the route is blessed with beautiful from the beautiful views of vegetations to land forms, you will see some Ankole long horned cattle and farms. With lunch en route, you will continue your drive and arrive in Bwindi the home of the endangered mountain gorillas in the evening with dinner and overnight in a booked Accomodation.

DAY 2:MOUNTAIN GORILLA TRACKING BWINDI
Early breakfast with a drop off to the starting point of the gorilla wildlife trekking point, you will then be briefed by your guides before you set off for the mountains gorilla tracking inside the Bwindi forest. The starting point will depend on the different kind Gorilla groups you will be tracking as they are many families. You should have parked lunch from the hotel you would have stayed for overnight carry drinking water, rain jacket and jungle boots as the rain down in Bwindi is so unpredictable while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. You will later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight after the gorilla wildlife activity.

DAY 3: COMMUNITY WALKS IN BWINDI – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy your breakfast prepared from your lodge then with the local guide take community walk to typical Bakiga homes, traditional healers, local breweries, and local art and craft shops. Return to the lodge for lunch check out and drive to you next destination Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will drive through the Ishasha sector as you enjoy a game drive in the open savannah on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley in search of the very typical tree climbing lions found only in this part of the country. This should conclude today as you will retire to the booked accommodation with dinner and overnight

DAY 4: GAME DRIVE-BOAT CRUISE ALONG KAZINGA CHANNEL
Today you will be having a game drive in the very early morning as this will be one of the activities you will be taking part in Queen Elizabeth National Park before you leave. The game drive should start by 6:30am as this will help you want to see the animals as they get out starting their day. As organized by the lodge, you leave for the game drive all you have is a cup of tea or coffee with some snacks. By 6:30am you ought to be on the tracking road already to find the animal as the sunrises. Later after the game drive is done, you will drive back to the lodge for your full breakfast and of course, check out of the hotel/ lodge.

Return to the lodge for breakfast and relax at the swimming pool as you wait n lunch. In the afternoon you will go for a boat cruise along the beautiful Kazinga Channel, this will give you an opportunity to see more birds, for example, many water birds, cormorants, pelicans, eagles, and many other birds as well as crocodiles, hippos, elephants, buffaloes with dinner and overnight.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 5: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN KYAMBURA GORGE – KAMPALA
With breakfast done and out of the way, drive to Kyambura gorge for a forest walk to look for the habituated chimpanzees and other primates. The chimpanzee are known for being mobile and viewing them is un-predictable but the walk is great adventure and one you should look forward to doing. You will later return to lodge for lunch and after drive back to Kampala with another stop at the equator but optional for shopping crafts. Drop off will be to your preference may be to a hotel in city of to the airport for your flight out.
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

PACKAGE FOR GORILLA WILDLIFE TRACKING INCLUDES:
⇒Airport transfers
⇒Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
⇒En-route meals
⇒Gorilla permit
⇒Transportation by safari vehicle
⇒Nature walks
⇒Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge
⇒Community walk
⇒Game drives
⇒Boat ride
⇒Driver allowances

PACKAGE FOR GORILLA WILDLIFE TRACKING EXCLUDES:
The expenses of personal nature like:
⇒Airfare
⇒Uganda Visa
⇒Luxury drinks
⇒Laundry
⇒Tips to local guides
⇒Telephone and porter fee while trekking
⇒Personal insurance
⇒Personal shopping bills and cigarettes and any other item not mentioned above.
$
109
/ Person
Destination:
United States of America
Guided Juneau Kayak Adventure! Coastal Alaskan Waterways! Glacier Views! Fully Outfitted! Stable, Double Kayaks!
Learn to kayak with an expert, then put your new skills to use with an unforgettable seaborne adventure. Glide through the waters native-style, get up-close looks at wildlife and enjoy ... moreever-changing views of the Mendenhall Glacier.

Start with a tour through an historic part of Juneau on your way to North Douglas Island. Don protective raingear, boots and lifejackets, and learn the paddling techniques you'll need to handle your kayak. Then join a friend or new traveling companion in your two-person craft and you're off to explore!

Against a backdrop of forested slopes, nearby peaks and the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier, you're on course for an informative and memorable tour of the waters that the Aleut Indians traveled two centuries ago. In small groups of six kayaks, you're able to stealthily approach wildlife. 

Bald eagles and their nests, herons, shorebirds and waterfowl are all common sights. Porpoises and even humpback whales occasionally surface for air. If you're lucky, you might see a humpback's enormous tail fluke. You'll also visit the Mendenhall Wetlands, a protected habitat teeming with more than 140 species of birds, nearly a dozen different mammals and an abundance of marine life.

No experience necessary!

Requirements
Good health and an adventurous spirit. 
Children must weigh at least 40 pounds in order to fit into required life jackets. 
Children 7-12 must be accompanied by an adult. 
Children ages 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian.

Other Information
Trip Activities: Training and kayaking

Duration: Abut 3.5 hours including transportation

Tour Operator Provides: 
Transportation from/to the cruise ship harbor, experienced guide, permits, rain gear, life jackets, snacks.

You Bring: 
Dress in warm layers, an extra pair of socks, sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles.

Special Notes
This tour operates in all weather conditions. 
Complimentary souvenir button. T-shirts and hats are available for purchase
$
77
00
/ Person
Destination:
Norway, Sunnmøre
Just outside our doorsteps you will find Reinheimen National Park, Geiranger and Herdalen landscape preservation area, several nature reserves and Tafjord, a UNESCO world heritage ... morefjord. This makes the area well worth exploring.

Join one our hikes and discover the fantastic landscape with a guide providing you with local nature- historical- and culture-knowledge. We have several beautiful hikes starting in Valldal and can offer tailored tours at requests. If one of the pre-plan tours do not meet your wishes, please contact us and we`ll arrange a tailored one for you.
This is a long hike through varied nature with many highlights. The first half part is the same as “Viewpoint Ruggå”, which includes a stop at Ruggå and following the panoramic trail. ... moreFrom the panoramic trail, we continue further up and pass Nysætra, an old mountain farm. After a steep climb, eventually we end up at peak Mefjellet and a spectacular view. We can here enjoy the best view towards the fjords, mountains, and valleys around. If you are looking for a hike with “all included”, this is it!

Trip details
Elevation: 1100 meters / 3609 feet
Climb: 700 meters / 2297 feet
Distance: 8 kilometers / 5 Miles
Difficulty: Medium
Minimum 2 guests

Bring

Outdoor clothing suitable for hiking, water repellent or windstopper jacket and waterproof hiking boots. Wool underwear, wool socks , mid-layer – fleece or wool, hat and gloves. 

Backpack – 10-20L, bottle of water and a small snack. 

Camera.

Included 

Guide service. 

Traditional Norwegian lunch pack – high quality local food and drink. 

Safety equipment
$
1,329
84
/ Person
Destination:
Ireland
The setting for this tour is the most perfectly romantic, bringing you to castles and hidden luxury hideaways surrounded by majestic scenery. The aim is to allow you to unwind and ... morereconnect with a loved one while experiencing all the magic of Connemara. Endless vistas of wistful beauty will surround you as you make your way through steep-sided valleys, past deep lakes and native forests.You will visit Clifden, Westport, the Renvyle Peninsula and the Doolough and Delphi Valleys. A romantic dinner and a seaweed bath are also included along the way.

Distances covered each day average 40km and the terrain includes occasional hills. Route descriptions, local information and maps are provided.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TO BALLYNAHINCH You will be transferred by us from either Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to your accommodation at Ballynahinch Castle, for the first two nights of ... morethis tour. Set in a private 450 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks this elegant, unpretentious four star castle hotel stands proud, as the castle has done for centuries past. Nestled in the heart of wildest Connemara it is a haven of fine dining, undiluted peace and utter luxury. Ballynahinch will make a perfect backdrop to your romantic escape. We will meet you either on the evening of arrival or the following morning (depending on your arrival time) to go through your itinerary and answer any questions you have about your tour. All bikes and equipment will be delivered to your hotel and we will make sure that everything fits you perfectly!

DAY 2 - BALLYNAHINCH TO RENVYLE

The second day will bring you via the Sky Road from Clifden to the Renvyle Peninsula where you will spend your second night in the Renvyle House Hotel. The Sky Road will be one of the highlights of your day, offering panoramic sea views across the Atlantic with dropping rugged coastlines beneath you. Pausing at the vantage points you will be able to see all of Clifden Bay and its many islands stretching out before you. Your arrival at Renvyle House will be greeted by their unique friendliness and warmth. Renvyle House is an historic country house hotel, situated in the untouched splendour of Connemara on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is located on 150 acres, which include a private lake, a 9-hole golf course, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site. It is an award-winning hotel for hospitality and delights in encouraging its guests to do as little or as much as they wish. Some of the leisure facilities you will find on the grounds of Renvyle House Hotel include free golf, tennis, swimming pool, fly-fishing, snooker and croquet, with clay pigeon shooting also available at a charge per guest. Along the way you will be passing by the Connemara National Park in the village of Letterfrack. If you have time you could have a walk in the park or take a look at the ever-informative visitor centre.

DAY 3 - RENVYLE TO DELPHI

Making your way from the Renvyle peninsula you will pass through the pretty village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages. As you leave the Renvyle Peninsula you will experience the full majesty of the Twelve Bens mountain range, passing beneath their brooding peaks as you cycle towards Leenane. You will soon come to Kylemore Abbey. One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, this gothic fairytale lakeside castle is the site of one of Ireland’s finest gardens. The six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore was created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle in 1867. After a time Killary Harbour, reputed to be Ireland's only fjord, and certainly its most dramatic, will appear beside you as you round a corner. You will follow the fjord close by the water's edge to bring you from Co Galway into Co Mayo and on into the Delphi Valley. Completely surrounded by mountains you will feel protected from the intrusions of the outside world for your stay at the Delphi Mountain Resort. On arrival you will be treated to a healing seaweed bath in the luxurious spa and you will dine together in the most romantic of restaurants overlooking the mountains.

DAY 4 - DELPHI TO WESTPORT

Leaving the Delphi Valley you will wind your way alongside Doolough (the dark, deep lake) past rugged, unpopulated landscapes to bring you to the coastal town of Louisburgh. There you might choose to stop to absorb the rhythms of a typical west of Ireland town as it goes about life at a gentle pace. The road then continues along the shores of Clew Bay past historical sites such as the 14th century Murrisk Abbey and the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, continuing on to the charming town of Westport. Your stay in Westport will be at the Westport Plaza hotel. With every aspect of comfort, opulence and four star service taken care of at the Plaza you will be able to enjoy both its quality of hospitality and also its convenient location to all the town has to offer. The Gold Experience at the Plaza includes an hour in their inspirational thermal suite allowing you to cleanse the road from your body and mind.

DAY 5 - BREAKFAST AND DEPARTURE

DETAILS
DURATION:
5 days (4 nights)

TOUR DATES 2016:
Any day between April and October

LEVEL:
Easy cycling days with distances averaging 40km per day with longer and shorter options available on most days. The terrain does include occasional hills.

BICYCLE:
Hybrid upgrade bike included (front suspension)

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required), water bottles, bicycle repair-kits, and locks.

ACCOMMODATION:

4* hotels and manors/castles
MEALS:

Irish breakfasts, one dinner in Renvyle House on day two

TRANSFERS:
Taxi from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to Ballynahinch Castle Hotel on arrival day.
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Route note and OSI maps (1:50,000), tickets for Kylemore Abbey and Killary Cruise, Gold Experience package at the Plaza hotel in Westport, seaweed bath at Delphi Mountain Resort.

ARRIVAL POINT:
Your taxi will come and pick you up in Galway, Westport or at Knock airport to drive you to your first night's accommodation where a Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning.

DEPARTURE POINT:
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Westport.
$
1,480
79
/ Person
Destination:
Norway
Dreaming about a genuine arctic winter experience but have a hard time fitting it into a busy schedule? Or uncertain about you own abilities and comfort zone. This short version expedition ... moretrip is a good way to get the most out of your valuable free time. We ski with pulks (sleds) holding everything we need for our days in the wilderness surrounding the Norwegian Sami capitol, Karasjok
This trip is cross-country skiing and Arctic outdoor life in a nutshell. A fabulous experience for anyone with a dream of a real winter adventure, but lacking the time to do a long ... moreduration “expedition style” trip. It is suitable for any level of experience, from those that have never seen on a pair of skis up to the very experienced skier.

We leave the hustle and bustle of civilization behind and we focus on making this a stress free outdoor experience. We take the time to enjoying the environment and to make our camps as comfortable as possible. We will be cross-country skiing the whole way and we transport everything we need in pulks and backpacks. Your very experienced guide will make sure safety is a priority at all times.

The terrain is open with only small hills and it is easy to ski across. We will decide what route to follow shortly before the trip to ensure we get the best possible experience with regards to current snow and weather conditions. This will also allow us to enjoy the interesting things to see and do along the way. The Arctic weather can sometimes present some challenges, but do not worry! Your guides are highly professional and have years of experience in this environment. He or she will make sure you are well taken care of in any situation.

Turgleder only uses highly experienced and trained guides and they pride themselves on giving their guests the best possible learning experience. Everyone has the opportunity to pick up tips or learn new "tricks of the trade" - making even the most experienced guest better suited for Arctic camping and expedition life. During these few days we will experience every part of basic winter expedition skills such as Nordic skiing with pulk, orienteering, correct use of winter clothing, camping in snow, food preparation and cooking and much, much more. Changing winter weather conditions might also be a great and positive learning experience. In other words, after completing this short trip not only will you have had a fantastic experience, you will also be much better prepared to do a longer trip, such as our 17 day “North-south trip” and our new “78 degrees North expedition” to high Arctic Svalbard.

This trip is not only about learning, but also enjoying. As such we focus on comfort, good food and, as with all Turgleder trips, safety. Our daily skiing distance will be between 5 and 15km, depending on snow conditions and weather.

The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, make for one of the most specular sights nature has to offer and they have become a very popular tourist attraction in themselves. If you are you looking for a unique and genuine Northern Lights experience, you should get away from civilization and any artificial light and surround yourself with wilderness and darkness. This means going into the wilderness during the dark polar night - the time of year with the best possible chance to see them. The polar night will amaze you with its variety of lights and colours; from the midday blue to the pink twilight and the mystical Northern Lights of the night.
This 3 day ski trip presents you with the very best possibilities and makes for a great polar night adventure.
$
1,420
/ Person
Destination:
Sri Lanka
This package is for the nature lovers who want to witness some of the world’s most endangered species in their natural habitat.... more

You will observe the spectacular wildlife in the jungles of Yala and Kumana and Wilpattu, go whale and dolphin watching in the seas off Trincomalee and finally have a dip in the ocean to observe the elusive reef tip sharks.
Itinerary Day 1- Arrival in Colombo Pick up from airport and transfer to hotel You will be met by a crew member who will welcome you and review the details of the tour with you and ... morethereafter drop you off at your hotel in Colombo.

Day 2- Travel to Yala to observe wildlife
Travel time- 5 and half hours
You will be met by your chauffeur guide at your hotel who will then transport you to Yala. In Yala you will enjoy an evening safari observing wildlife and will thereafter return to your hotel to rest. 

Day 3- Travel to Kumana to observe wildlife
Travel time- 4 and half hours
You will travel to Kumana National Park from Yala to observe more wildlife. You will spend the evening in the national park and will then return to your hotel to rest and spend the night.

Day 4- Travel to Pigeon Island in Trincomalee to observe reef tip sharks
Travel time- 6 hours
You will travel to Pigeon Island in Trincomalee from Kumana to view the blacktip reef sharks. You will go snorkeling in Pigeon Island and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 5- Go whale and dolphin watching in Trincomalee
You will spend the morning on a whale watching trip and if you are lucky, you will spot the majestic blue whale! Spend the rest of the day by the beach.

Day 6- Travel to Wilpattu to observe wildlife
Travel time- 3 and half hours
You will be transported to Wilpattu from Trincomalee to observe wildlife on an evening safari. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 7- Return to Colombo
Travel time- 4 and half hours
You will return to Colombo and your trusted chauffeur guide will drop you off at the airport and ensure you are on time for your flight

Inclusions

Accommodation on half board basis

Private vehicle with A/C

All entry tickets and activities

Dedicated guide (Adventure taker)

Exclusions

Flights

Mid day meals
$
77
89
/ Person
Destination:
Sweden
We paddle from the last outpost of civilization into the crystal-clear waters of the Bjurälven river. The silent movement forward allows for close encounters with the mystical beaver. ... moreIt’s a four-hour tour of paddling and safari, containing a “fika” stop, in the untouched nature of a large nature reserve. In Bjurälven we have the oldest family of beavers in Sweden. The wilderness of Bjurälven Nature Reserve has, since their arrival in 1921, become a real beaver paradise with excellent chances to see them. But this tour is not like any other beaver safari – it’s a wilderness experience in an area completely uninhabited and untouched by humans.
We meet at the farm Leipikvattnet, from where we walk down to the lake to start our canoe trip. After about a kilometre of canoeing along the shore we get to Bjurälvens outlet, where ... morethe water is almost always calm. Time to lower our voices – we are near the beaver’s lodge.

This river has a special relationship to beavers, for it was here the first beavers where relocated in 1921 after having been extinct in Sweden. It is an extraordinary story of two Norwegian beavers who were moved from Norway, wintered in Stockholm and then were transported all the way to Bjurälven by more than 6 month of transportation!

We keep on paddling upstream and watch the rich mountain vegetation along the riverbank. The guides tell you about beavers as they are helping you with your paddling. There are traces everywhere! Keep your eyes open, beavers can appear as suddenly as they disappear.

When we have gone as far upstream as possible, we have snacks and refreshments made from local products. With new energy, we follow the river back to the lake and the farm. It is often on the way back, transported by the current, that we see the most beavers.

Although we cannot promise that you will see any beavers, we have seen them almost every time we paddled in Bjurälven since the summer of 2014.
$
960
/ Person
Destination:
Tanzania
This short safari lets you experience the best of Ngorongoro Conservation Area - with its largest concentration of wild animals at any given time as well as visit Lake Manyara National ... morePark - famous for its tree climbing lions
Day 1 Arusha / Ngorongoro Conservancy The tour starts with lunch in Arusha Town at 1230hrs, thereafter drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will have dinner and overnight stay ... moreat the lodge.

Day 2
Ngorongoro Crater / Lake Manyara

Today you will descend 2000 feet (over 600 meters) to the floor of the Crater for a half-day crater tour. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkeys and elephant, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food. You will have lunch at the lodge and then drive to Lake Manyara for dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 3
Lake Manyara / Arusha

Enjoy a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park whose inhabitants include hippos, monkeys, tree climbing lions, flamingos and other variety of birdlife. At mid morning, you will drive back to Arusha. You will have lunch in Arusha town at 1230hrs.

Included

Accommodation and meals per the itinerary

Ground transportation in a 8 seater or 6 seater 4x4 Safari vehicle with English Speaking Driver guide

Game drives and park entry fees

Services of Love and Dove Africa staff

Not included

Visas

Inoculations and personal insurance

Domestic and International Flights and departure taxes (Quoted separately where applicable)

Optional activities and excursions

Drinks, tips, laundry, mineral water and other personal expenses

Medical, Travel and Baggage Insurance

Holiday Surcharge

Wildlife Management Authority (WMA) fees of US $10 per person per day (where applicable)
$
2,500
/ Person
Destination:
Ethiopia
Our ten day historic tour includes the major historical sites of the North with a trip by road from Bahir Dar to Axum via Gondar and the Simien Mountains. This tour includes three ... moredomestic flights on Ethiopian Airlines; which is optional and can be custom made.
Day 01‐Addis Ababa Arrival in Addis Ababa early morning, Ethiopia's capital perched on the high plateau at 2400 meters altitude. Welcome by guide and transfer to hotel downtown. A ... morelittle rest and pick up from your hotel to start the day with visit the Entoto Mountain, 3,200 m, the northern edge of the city. There you would have a panoramic view of the city and visit the Palace and Museum dedicated to the King Menelik II, the founder of Addis Ababa. It is from this hilltop that Emperor Menelik II and his wife, the Empress Taitu, planned the foundation of the city. After seeing a thin column of steam in the lower part of the city, Empress Taitu headed to this place and discovered hot springs, and a flower, which inspired the name “New Flower" for the city. The museum houses gifts, bequests, purchases, trades, and expedition’s related to Emperor Menelik II and Empress Tailtu. Later head to Trinity Cathedral church, resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie. The city's religious cornerstone is ringed by graves, though it's the two tombs inside that really count, for this church is as much about Selassie as saviours.

Begin the afternoon sightseeing day in prehistory at the National Museum of Ethiopia, where the attraction is Lucy, a 107‐centimetre‐tall, 3.2‐million‐year‐old skeleton. You’ll find a reconstruction of the skeleton laid out in a glass case.

Overnight Hotel ‐ Addis Ababa

Day 02‐Addis Ababa ‐ Bahir Dar

Fly to Bahir Dar on Ethiopian Airlines/drive (Optional). In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit two monasteries, Ura Kidane Miheret, found on the Zege Peninsular, dates from the 14 century. To get to this hilltop church, you walk about 500 metres from the boat landing, past coffee plantations. The brightest colours of the church illustrate scenes of King David and Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt. Afternoon drive 30 km rough road to see the Blue Nile Fallsor Tiss Abay, virtually a trademark of Ethiopia and for a short hike in the area. After crossing the Blue Nile through an old Portuguese bridge (built in the 16th century), continuing on foot along a path to a superb scenery overlooking the falls (400 m long and 45 m high). Water rushes into a deep gorge giving rise to clouds of steam and in rainbows.

Overnight Hotel ‐ Bahir Dar

Day 03‐Bahir Dar – Gondar

We leave the shores of Lake Tana in the direction of the town of Gondar, located at 2200 m altitude. Some stop along the way to see women making the staple food, Enjera and birds around in the marshal of Lake Tana. In the afternoon, start tour the medieval town of Gondar with its royal enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring five castles built by a successive King in the early 17th century. Next head to the bathing pool attributed to King Fasiledes, which has two story building, believed to have been the kings’ weekend retreat. Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, famous for its religious art and especially its iconic ceiling depicting angels and the ruins of Kuskuam found on the outskirts of the own, built for Empress Mentewab in the 1700’s.

Overnight Hotel ‐ Gondar

Day 04‐Simien Mountains

Early departure first to Debark and then to Sankabar the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Often compared to the Great American Canyon, these volcanic mountains of Basalt and Gneiss, are an extremely steep terrain, the result of intense erosion. We are at the heart of the highlands located at an average altitude of 3300 m and where many peaks reaching over 4,000 m including Ras Dashen, 4543 m, the highest point of the country. Enjoy some light trek in the afternoon in the park, between Sankaber (3250 m) and the large waterfall Jinbar. The trail proceeds along the vast escarpment, first slightly uphill before starting a descent to the waterfall.

Overnight Lodge/Camping (Optional)

Day 05‐Simien Mountains ‐ Axum
Take a scenic drive to Axum, capital of the ancient Axumite Empire, today modest town yet with great history and memory. On the road you would enjoy one of the most beautiful scene in the country. Frequent stops to appreciate view points of Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge. Arrive in Axum late afternoon.

Overnight Hotel ‐ Axum

Day 06‐Axum

Tour Axum town, which has astonishing monuments that made the town one of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit St. Mary of Zion church, which houses the Ark of the Covenant. Tour the ancient stele fields, standing for 2000 years. Visit the new Archaeological Museum. Visit other tombs and archaeological sites. (On Saturdays: Colourful market). Finally, visit a small museum that contains the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight Hotel ‐ Axum

Day 07‐Axum‐ Hawzein

Drive from Axum to Hawzein via Adwa and Adigrat. Adwa is a town with tremendous importance to Ethiopians because it is in the hills surrounding that Menelik II defeated the conquering Italian army in March 1896. A visit to Yeha, a magnificent Sabean temple (5th century BC) converted into a church dedicated to Abba Afse, one of the nine founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Destination Hawzen, a small town that lies near the Gere’alta mountain range and many beautiful rock‐hewn churches.

Overnight hotel‐Hawzein

Day 08‐Gere’alta

A demanding day with climbing and an hour walking to reach Mariam Korkor church, one of the largest and most interesting rock hewn churches in Tigary and visit the nearby chapel, Abune Daniel. It would take half day,

Afternoon Dugum Selassie church, an important archaeological site with a tomb reminiscent of King Kaleb. This church was once an important pilgrimage centre and today is important in the history of Christianity in Ethiopia. Continue to the church of Maryam Papasetti built at 2000 m altitude in the shelter of a cliff and consists of three rooms in a row. Access to the church is through a pleasant path. By late afternoon, return to lodge.

Overnight hotel‐Gere‐alta

Day 09‐Lalibela on the road visit Yimerhana Kirstos Church

A highlight of the trip! These churches, some of which are fully monolithic were dug from the roof to the base. Nicknamed the "African Jerusalem", the site reproduced shrines connected by a system of tunnels and underground, distributed on either side of a river symbolizing the Jordan.

Tour the magnificent rock‐hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This group of eleven monolithic and semi‐monolithic structures were carved directly into the stone. This complex boasts the largest monolithic church in the world, a maze of passageways and tunnels, intricately carved reliefs, and fabulous examples of icon paintings. Tour of Beta Medhanialem the largest and highest, Beta Mariam, the favorite of King Lalibela himself that is superbly decorated. Continue with the discovery of churches Bet Meskel, Bete Denaghel, Michael Beta and Beta Golgotha. The afternoon will be devoted entirely to the discovery of the Southern group, Beta Emanuel, considered the most refined monolithic church in the style of Axum,Bete Merkorios, Beta Gabriel and Raphael and Beta Abba Libanos which according to tradition, was built in one night the wife of King Lalibela with the help of angels. We complete the visit with the church that has the shape of cross, the emblematic Bete Giorgis.

Overnight hotel ‐ Lalibela

Day 10‐Fly to Addis Ababa/Drive (Optional)

Fly to Addis Ababa. Souvenir shopping, Day Use hotel, Traditional Ethiopian dinner farewell, featuring dancers and musicians of the country's folk groups. In the evening a welfare dinner held in the magnificent Traditional Restaurant of the city and after a pleasant drop down to Airport.

Included

Airport Transportation in Ethiopia‐Locally

Ground transfers

Nights hotel accommodation

Entrance Fee of the sites

Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner): full board

Services of different languages speaking skilled and experienced guide

Drinking water 1.5 litres per person per day

Vehicles

Seedling on the road

Not included

Personal and baggage insurance

Luggage handling in the airport

Visas

Beverages/Drinks

Tips or Gratitude

Optional activities

Laundry, Personal Toiletries and items of a personal nature
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