Beijing to Lhasa

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.

Michael & Kay Alexander | New Zealand



Self-Guided Holidays and Small Group Adventures Europe:  Portugal

The lush landscape of the north is rich agricultural and viticultural country. The central and southern regions are less green, yet they support olive groves, vineyards, and citrus trees.  In spring they are a sight to behold when the almond blossoms are in full bloom.

The northern and central countryside of Portugal is characterised by rivers, valleys, forests and mountains, with the highest range is the Serra da Estrela, peaking at Torre (1993m). The south is less populated and, apart from the rocky backdrop of the Algarve, much flatter and drier.

Utracks Europe offers a self-guided walking holiday of Portugal's Port wine region.

Featured Adventures

Douro Rambler

Explore the best walks and wines between Porto and Pinhão on this relaxed self guided walking tour staying in comfortable accommodations
7 days |
Introductory to Moderate

Portuguese Way Cycle - Lisbon to Porto

Take the central route by bike Portuguese Camino between Lisbon and Porto
10 days |
Moderate | Cycling

Portuguese Way Cycle - Lisbon to Santiago

Cycle the full Portuguese Camino between Lisbon and Santiago
16 days |

Portuguese Way Cycle - Porto to Santiago

Cycle along the Portuguese Camino from Porto into the fabled town of Santiago de Compostela
8 days |
Moderate | Cycling

Rota Vicentina - the Fishermen's Trail

Traverse the Atlantic coastline of Portugal to reveal a landscape of deserted beaches, fishing villages and dramatic cliffs on foot
7 days |

Rota Vicentina: to the Algarve

Discover the hidden beaches and breathtaking coastline of the Algarve's unspoiled west coast along the Rota Vicentina from Zambujeira do Mar to Cape St Vincent
8 days |

The Portuguese Road - Coimbra to Porto

Walk the quieter trails of the Camino Portugués from Coimbra to Porto
8 days |
Moderate | Inn to Inn Walking

The Portuguese Road - Lisbon to Coimbra

Walk the spiritually connected Camino Portugués from Lisbon to Coimbra
11 days |
Moderate | Inn to Inn Walking

The Portuguese Road - Porto to Tui

Walk the Camino Portugués from Porto to the Spanish border town of Tui
8 days |
Moderate | Inn to Inn Walking

Madeira Island Walking

Year round self guided walk following the Levadas and trails through the dramatic and rugged mountain scenery of Madeira
8 days |
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