Classic Nepal 9 Days

$2,199.00

Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara & Sarangkot

Landlocked by China in the north and India in the east, south and west, Nepal’s façade is dramatically given away by the magnificent mountain range of the Himalayas, with the jagged snow-capped summit of Mount Everest soaring skywards into the heavens above. Down below, cities are like painted canvasses of labyrinthine streets, flecked with a stunning array of medieval-style pagodas, stupas and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.

Highlights:

  • Go on an exciting safari and take in the spectacular wildlife on display at Chitwan National Park
  • Marvel at Boudhanath Stupa adorned with colourful prayer flags
  • Stop by a Tibetan refugee camp and observe the life of Tibetans in exile
  • Retreat to the beautiful Phewa Lake in the lakeside city of Pokhara
  • Observe the panoramic vistas of the Himalayan ranges

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Departures

2017 Package Price
3 Sep 24 Sep** 15 Oct From $2,199
per person twin share
Single Supplement $645
10 Sep 1 Oct** 22 Oct
17 Sep* 8 Oct** 29 Oct
2018 Package Price
14 Jan^ 6 May 26 Aug* From $2,299
Land Only from $1,799
per person twin share
Single Supplement $645
21 Jan^ 13 May 2 Sep*
28 Jan^ 20 May 9 Sep*
4 Feb^ 27 May 16 Sep*
11 Feb 3 Jun 23 Sep
18 Feb 10 Jun 30 Sep**
25 Feb 17 Jun 7 Oct**
4 Mar 24 Jun* 14 Oct**
11 Mar 1 Jul* 21 Oct
18 Mar 8 Jul** 28 Oct
25 Mar 15 Jul** 4 Nov
1 Apr 22 Jul** 11 Nov
8 Apr* 29 Jul* 18 Nov
15 Apr** 5 Aug 25 Nov
22 Apr** 12 Aug*
29 Apr** 19 Aug*
^ Land only departure
* Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** School Holiday Surcharge: $500

Package Inclusions:

  • China Southern Airlines or Malaysia Airlines economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide (subject to availability)
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Transportation & transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • Local English-speaking tour guide
  • Naturalist in Chitwan National Park

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $135
  • Nepal visa (mandatory)
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Hotel Accommodation

Area Hotel Local Rating
Kathmandu Royal Singi or similar
Pokhara Da Yatra Courtyard or similar
Chitwan Hotel Parkland or similar
Nargarkot Country Villa or similar

Optional Activities

Elephant Safari at Chitwan National Park

Elephant Safari at Chitwan National Park
$60

Join an Elephant Safari through Chitwan National Park and lock eyes with wildlife, like the endangered one-horned rhino, forest deers, wild boars and monkeys. Unlike motor vehicles, which are larger and produce more noise, elephants are much quieter ensuring you the best chance to see wildlife. The income generated from these elephant safaris is raised towards further investment in the conservation of the national park.

Canoeing in Chitwan National Park

Canoes at Chitwan National Park
$30

Float along the vast expanses of Chitwan National Park’s lakes in a canoe ride. Spot wildlife along the riverbank that would have been easily missed on a jungle safari, such as the gharial crocodile. The park is also home to an extraordinary diversity of birds, such as kingfisher birds and egrets, as well as lush vegetation specific to the region.


Optional Pre-Tour Extension I

Colours of India 9 Days

From $1,999 pp twin share
Delhi, Pushkar, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur & Agra

Tour Highlights:

  • See the majestic Taj Mahal upon the break of dawn
  • Take a boat ride on the serene Lake Pichola in Udaipur
  • Scale the beautiful Mehrangarh Fort overlooking the city of Jodhpur where many buildings are painted a brilliant blue
  • Stay at a heritage hotel in Pushkar
  • Experience the vistas surrounding Pushkar Lake and observe locals perform sacred rituals near the ghats (stone steps)

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Optional Pre-Tour Extension II

South India Highlights with Kerala Backwaters 9 Days

From $2,199 pp twin share
Kochi, Munnar, Thekkady, Kovalam, Changanssery & Kumarakom

Tour Highlights:

  • Tour Kochi and take in the local and colonial heritage of this ancient city
  • Watch the intriguing Kathakali cultural dance performance unique to South India
  • Sail through the serene backwaters of Kerala in a houseboat, and observe the daily activities of the locals
  • Escape to the lush, rolling hills of Munnar, well-known as one of South India’s largest tea and spice growing regions
  • Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and discover a wealth of fauna and flora on display
  • Relax on the palm-fringed beaches of Kovalam

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Arrive in Kathmandu, where you are met on arrival at the airport by a tour representative and then transferred to the hotel.

Please note: Depending on the city of departure chosen, some flights may depart the night before. Flights to Kathmandu will be via connecting cities and may involve more than one transit.

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Step back in time and visit the ancient Durbar Square, which consists of an intricate network of royal palaces, courtyards and temples. This was once the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. Then proceed to the holy Swayambhunath Stupa (‘Monkey Temple’), one of Nepal’s most iconic temple complexes. Explore Patan City (or Lalitpur meaning ‘City of Beauty’), a city that is well known for its fine arts and traditional crafts. This city is also rich with many architectural masterpieces, such as the three-tiered 16th century Krishna Mandir, a temple constructed from carved stone.
Durbar Square
Drive approximately six hours this morning to the idyllic lakeside city of Pokhara. Pokhara is the starting point to the Annapurna Circuit – one of the most popular trekking circuits with excellent vantage points of Mount Everest. Retreat to the borders of Pokhara to see the beautiful Phewa Lake. It is possible to see Macchapucchre and Annapurna mountain ranges reflected on the surface of the crystalline waters.
Phewa Lake
Rise early for a morning drive to Sarangkot. Take in the majestic sunrise and panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks: from Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the west, Maccapuchhare (6997m) and the rounded peak of Annapurna II (7937m) in the east. Return to the hotel for breakfast before a visit to a Tibetan Refugee Camp. Many Tibetan refugees fled to this city in the 1960s and now live here in exile. Most are self-sufficient earning their living selling souvenirs around the lakeside or producing and trading woollen carpets and other handicraft items. Later, stop by Devi’s Fall (locally known as Patale Chhango). According to locals, this fall was named after Mrs Devi, a Swiss lady, who was tragically swept away when the floodgates were opened. Travel onwards to Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, a cave dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the Hindu trinity along with Brahma and Vishnu, and considered as the one who creates, protects and transforms the universe.
Himalayas
Drive approximately four and a half hours to Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring an extravagant ecosystem of oxbow lakes and lush subtropical forests. Chitwan means ‘heart of the jungle’ and the national park is home to a sizeable wildlife population including some that are endangered. This is the best place to spot wildlife, such as the one-horned rhino, royal Bengal tigers, sloth bears, gharial crocodiles, striped hyena, pangolins, pythons and more.
Enjoy the best of Chitwan’s wildlife at your own leisure. Ride an elephant through the national park for your best chance to see wildlife or go canoeing through the vast expanses of Chitwan’s spectacular lakes (at your own expense).

Optional Activity: Elephant Ride and/or Canoe Ride

Drive to Nagarkot this morning, a hillside station and rustic farming town most famous for its breathtaking Himalayan views especially during sunrise and sunset. Gaze in wonder at some of the most spectacular peaks of the great Himalayan mountain ranges, such as Annapurna I, II, III, Dorje Lakpa and Ganesh Himal. It is possible to see the top of Mt Everest on a clear day.
Himalayas
Enroute to Kathmandu this morning, stop by Bhaktapur City, a living museum of the finest 17th century architectural wonders: medieval pagodas carved with elaborate Buddhist and Hindu symbols as well as cobblestone streets and alleys peppered with redbrick homes. Visit Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The colourful Boudhanath Stupa is the largest and holiest Tibetan Buddhist complex outside of Tibet and draws in many Buddhist pilgrims yearly from around the world. At the top of the temple, a pair of giant painted eyes recalling those of the Buddha keeps a watchful gaze over the surrounding town. The final stop is a trip to Thamel, a popular shopping district that opens late into the night. Wander through shops for souvenirs such as handicrafts, jewellery or clothing, or relax and unwind at a local café.
Boudhanath Stupa
Transfer to the airport for your homebound or onward flight via connecting cities.
Arrive home today.