Mountain Vacations, Packages, Itineraries, Trip Ideas and Tours

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China Panorama
China Panorama

This is a comprehensive journey through China, taking in the splendors of the south and the historical and natural icons of the north. Beginning in Kunming and continuing to Dali and Lijiang, home to a wide array of ethnic minority people, you explore ancient historic towns and enjoy sweeping panoramic views. At Tiger Leaping Gorge, enjoy a memorable walk in spectacular surroundings. In Guilin and Yangshuo, you encounter more magical scenery with picturesque villages set against a backdrop of jagged limestone hills as you bike through the stunning landscapes. Flying east to Chengdu, you view giant pandas and the world’s largest Buddha statue in Leshan, as you witness amazing Buddhist sculptures in caves in Dazu. Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xian and enjoy a comfortable cruise on the fabled Yangtze River. The final highlight is a visit to Beijing, home to the famous Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

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China Encompassed
China Encompassed

This unforgettable journey takes you from Hong Kong to Beijing, via the vast southern provinces of Guangxi and Sichuan. Experience a bicycle ride through stunning landscapes near Guilin, view giant pandas in Chengdu, see the world’s largest Buddha statue in Leshan, witness amazing Buddhist sculptures in caves in Dazu, visit the fabled Terracotta Warriors in Xian and enjoy a comfortable cruise on the fabled Yangtze River, surrounded by dramatic gorges. You will also have the opportunity to dine on the famous hot and spicy cuisine of Sichuan. The final highlights are visits to vibrant Shanghai and the capital, Beijing, home to the renowned Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

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Costa Rica Tropical Treasures
Costa Rica Tropical Treasures

In Costa Rica, you’ll find more environmental diversity than in any other small country. Enjoy the tropical rain forests, the rivers and beaches, the mist-covered cloud forests, and the dramatic volcanoes. Almost 25% of the land is protected in parks and reserves. Sample a premier selection of wildly contrasting environments in the company of one of Costa Rica’s most knowledgeable guides.

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Yunnan Jade Dragon Journey
Yunnan Jade Dragon Journey

Enjoy eleven fascinating days in China’s most picturesque province, Yunnan. Savor the most stunning scenery and most ethnically diverse population in China. Our Jade Dragon Journey itinerary includes Tiger Leaping Gorge, monasteries, colorful markets and homes of the Bai and Naxi minorities.

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The Silk Road
The Silk Road

For centuries, traders plied the so-called "Silk Road," a long and hazardous adventure linking the markets of Western Europe to the ancient Chinese capital of Xi’an. This tour retraces part of that epic journey, traveling along the fabled Hexi Corridor, then out across the deserts of Western China, with a detour to amazing Xiahe, a place of pilgrimage for Tibetan Lamism. Many spectacular sights are witnessed during this journey, including the awe-inspiring Forbidden City in Beijing, various sections of the Great Wall of China, the renowned Terracotta Warriors and the superb Buddhist painting at Dunhuang. The scenery is varied and even hostile in places, but always hauntingly beautiful. Most of all, this tour represents a cultural odyssey. From the heart of the Han Chinese homeland, you travel west, meeting numerous ethnic groups such as the Mongols and the Turkish-speaking Uighurs of Central Asia, en route to the remote oasis town of Kashgar. At the completion of your journey, you fly back to Beijing.

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Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route
Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route

The Marangu Route is also known as the "Coca Cola" or "tourist" route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens' and ladies' latrines are available at the last camp but are very basic. All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer may be for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (prices increase with elevation). This route is usually done in 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

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Kilimanjaro: Machame Route
Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

If Marangu is the "Coca Cola" route, then the Machame Route is the "Whiskey" route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain. All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. It is done over 6 days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Descent is down the Mweka trail staying at the Mweka or Millennium camp the final night on the mountain.

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Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route
Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route

The Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high. The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many view points. The drive to the trail head takes 4-5 hours through many villages and coffee plantations.

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7 Days Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route 2
7 Days Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route 2

The Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high. The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many view points. The drive to the trail head takes 4-5 hours through many villages and coffee plantations.

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Kilimanjaro: Shira Route
Kilimanjaro: Shira Route

The Shira route, approaches Kilimanjaro's summit from the west and crosses the caldera of Shira Volcano before heading beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo. The route is seldom used by other trekkers and so your initial two days on the mountain are less crowded than on most other routes. The remainder of the route joins in with the routes from Lemosho and Machame. Your starting altitude is higher than your end point altitude.

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