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My wife and I have recently returned from travelling which incorporated in late April the Beijing to Lhasa journey organised by World expeditions.
For the Beijing to Xian sector we were guided by Qui Ming who we called Milly.
I would like to record what a pleasure it was to have Milly as our guide.
We have travelled extensively in the past and had many guides. Milly stands out as the one we will remember for the exceptional way she looked after our group.
Milly's knowledge, and her ability to explain things, could not have been better. In fact she had so much she could tell us that there was never a moment when she wasn't being asked a question.
She chose where we dined, and ordered for us, after ascertaining what people liked or disliked and we were never disappointed. The restaurants were usually local, not tourist only places, and we appreciated that.
When we had time to ourselves she enquired if there were things we specially wanted to do and made sure we knew how to get there and back and what to expect. On one occasion when all in the group wanted to visit a Houtong she arranged it and came with us in what should have been her time away from us.
We were a group ranging in age from about 40 to 70. She appreciated that, at times, some were getting physically tired and she would vary what we doing to accommodate that.
Above all I will remember with pleasure her sense of humour, her always cheerful demeanour and the extra things she did for us beyond what is not normally expected.
Milly is an exceptional guide and I would recommend her to anyone going to China.
Travelling with World Expeditions
Q. Am I suited to small group travel?
A. We recognise that many of our travellers have not been on a ‘group trip’ before. You can rest assured that our trips are flexible and allow you to do your thing within the framework of the itinerary. We do not attempt to instill a ‘group ethos’ and fully recognise your needs as an individual. Our maximum group size on most trips is 16 – an ideal size to ensure minimum impact travel to the areas in which we operate.
Q. How fit do I have to be for an adventure travel holiday?
A. Our adventures are first and foremost holidays and can be undertaken by anyone in a reasonable state of health and fitness. All our trips are graded, allowing you to choose a suitable trip. Please refer to our grading system on the ‘Types of Adventure’ section on this website. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with our grading system by reading our detailed trip notes (which you can order from this site) and to speak with our expert staff on the physical requirements of your trip.
Q. What level of comfort can I expect?
A. On all our trekking adventures we camp in style and comfort, using the best equipment. All your gear is carried (except where specified) and meals are cooked for you while our staff prepare the camp. As you would expect we provide the same level of comfort on our cycling and sea kayaking adventures. On our journeys our accompanying leader and staff take care of your day to day needs while you stay in local hotels and travel in comfortable private vehicles.
Q. How safe is it?
A. On all our trips your well-being is our first priority. Our staff constantly review every aspect of your adventure and our expert guides are fully conversant with the demands of traveling in remote regions.
Q. Where do we stay?
A. To capture the essence of your journey we have wherever possible selected accommodation with local character. In the cities our hotel rooms are on a twin share basis with private facilities. In remote localities you can expect simple, clean but more basic facilities. When in the field we provide the best possible camping service complete with comfortable two person tents, a mess tent and toilet tent.
Q. What about environmental impact?
A. We believe that adventure travel evolves around establishing a sound working relationship with the people and environments in which we operate. We believe that you can also make a positive contribution and we urge you to familiarise yourself with our ‘Responsible Tourism Guide’ before you depart. You can download the guide from HERE.
Q. Can I organise my own private group?
A. If the specified departure dates are not suitable, or you would like to vary the itinerary, we would be happy to devise a programme to suit your travel interests. This service is available to any individual or group. However, as a general rule, for a quote to match the brochure price we need a minimum of six people. For larger groups there may be a price reduction. We regularly organise tailor-made holidays for families, groups of friends, schools, clubs, charities and special interest groups and we’d be happy to advise you on your plans.
Q. What about the food?
A. We are fully aware of the healthy appetites that build up when trekking, cycling or touring and provide tasty and varied meals with plenty of fresh ingredients. Our excellent cooks serve a sensible combination of local and European dishes while at the same time ensuring high standards of hygiene. On all our trips your good health is our highest priority. We also cater for vegetarians. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Q. What is included in my adventure holiday?
A. It is our aim to ensure that we incorporate as many inclusions as possible in your trip to minimise any out of pocket expenses while you are away. It is important that you refer to our trips notes for the exact inclusions.
Q. Are there any hidden extras or surcharges?
A. Owning most of our operations allows us to include all transport, most meals, accommodation and much of the equipment you will need for your adventure. Once you leave home there is little to spend. Compare our quality, inclusions and daily rates and we think you will agree our holidays represent the best value around.
Q. How often is a trip cancelled?
A. As we travel in small groups 95% of our trips operate – so you can be confident of going on the trip of your choice.
Q. How can I get more information?
A. We can send you comprehensive notes on all of our trips by post, fax or email, or you can download them from this website. We hold regular slide shows on our major destinations and our office staff are pleased to help you or your travel agent select your adventure holiday. Our staff have a wide experience of the trips we offer and can provide first-hand advice and travel tips. This is a reason why over 55% of our participants join us through personal referrals or have travelled with us before.
Q. How can I make a booking?
A. There are three ways you can make a booking. You can book your trip online or download our Booking Form HERE. When completed, this can be posted or faxed to your nearest World Expeditions office or your travel agent together with your deposit. We will confirm your booking and forward comprehensive trip departure booklets and other information regarding visas, vaccinations, personal clothing, equipment and the like, to ensure you are fully prepared for your adventure.