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WENDY Wu Tours has just released
a brand new 15-day cruise along
one of the most religious icons of the
Indian sub-continent, the River Ganges.
The itinerary begins in Kolkata, and
travels up the Hugli River to join the
Ganges for six days sailing and sight-
seeing on the way to Varanasi. There
are more than 10 port stops providing
passengers with the chance to explore
these fascinating towns along the river.
Operated by the experienced Pandaw
River Cruise company, you will sail
aboard the RV Bengal Pandaw which
has been designed as a replica of the
old colonial river steamers.
The ship carries up to 56 passengers
and has a two-to-one passenger to staff
ratio. It has a bar and dining area,
promenade deck and all staterooms fea-
ture air-conditioning and private
Cruises run weekly between
September and March.
Priced at $5413 it includes 14 nights
twin share accommodation, all meals
and non-alcoholic drinks onboard,
coach transfers, all excursions and
entrance fees with a local English
speaking guide, port fees and crew gra-
SINCE it opened three
years ago, the world's
highest railway linking
China and Tibet has
proved a major tourist
drawcard with locals and
foreigners chasing pre-
cious tickets on the
Travel Directors has four
departures for its 25-day
Himalayan Express small-
group escorted tours next
year with guaranteed seats
on the train. The tours
depart all Australian capi-
tals on April 16, May 7,
September 10 and October 8.
Starting in the ancient
Chinese capital Xian --
home to the famous
Terracotta Warriors -- trav-
ellers board train T27, The
Himalayan Express, for the
journey up to Lhasa.
train climbs to more than
5000 metres above sea level.
In Lhasa travellers con-
tinue the tour in 4WD vehi-
cles which drive right
across the Himalayan
plateau to Kathmandu,
stopping off at Everest
base camp en route.
From Kathmandu the
tour heads to Bhutan for a
week in this beautiful and
little-visited country, often
referred to as "the last
The tour is priced at
Phone 1300-856-661 or
ON HIGH -- A visit to the base camp at Everest.
IN HIS continuing search for the more
weird, wacky and wondrous in the world
of travel, David Ellis says that on a recent
visit to China he came upon this bus on a
main street in the city of Jingzhou.
Nothing unusual he thought, until he
happened to glance inside -- and discov-
ered how an enterprising local was doing
good business providing a convenient con-
venience for city workers and shoppers on
Our entrepreneur said he also does
nicely hiring the loo bus out for parties
and outdoor weddings at weekends.
Maybe Kenny will hop onto the idea.
CAUGHT SHORT? The loo bus is a handy
Small group tours, with all airfares, taxes & charges included!!
CHINA - Golden Way 13 days from $2,888 pp
Beijing --Xian -- Shanghai -- Hangzhou -- Wuzhen
VIETNAM PANORAMA 16 days from $3,638 pp
Saigon -- Mekong Delta -- Dalat -- Hoian - Hue -
Halong Bay - Hanoi
Including all airfares, all taxes & charges, 4 star accommodation,
tours, entrance fees, most meals, local English speaking guide..
Conditions and seasonal surcharges apply. Prices are subject to exchange rate and taxes. Lic No. 31800 VIC
Call Toll Free 1800 338 007
CHINA INDIA VIETNAM CAMBODIA TIBET Since 1976
THE LEGENDARY TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS!
A thrilling 27-day escorted tour on the world's most famous train.
This is a golden opportunity to experience the world's greatest railway journey; an epic 8000
kilometre trip from China to Finland, through Mongolia, Siberia and western
Russia. Join us in our 20th anniversary year and find out why thousands of Australian
travellers have described this as 'the journey of a lifetime'.
Stopovers in Beijing, Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia), Irkutsk (Siberia), Moscow, St Petersburg
2010 DEPARTURES (from all Australian capitals): 22 April, 31 May, 2 July, 2 Aug,
6 Sep and 13 Dec (Christmas & New Year special).
TOUR COST: $12,979 Inc: All flights & taxes, transfers, all ground transport, all accom,all
sightseeing & entrance fees, local guides, tour escort, visas & courier fees, all meals as specified (54),
all tips and gratuities. Not inc: Insurance and personal spending. Single supp: $2,697.
Win a free trip! 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of our escorted adventures and to celebrate we
are offering all travellers the chance to win back the total cost of their 'Legendary Trans-Siberian' tour. Simply book
and deposit for any of our 2010 Trans-Siberian departures by 28 February 2010 and you will automatically be
entered into a draw to win this fantastic prize, valued at $12,979.
Lic no: 9TA 00 295
NEW 2010 BROCHURE OUT NOW! CALL: 1300 856 661 or visit www.traveldirectors.com.au
Vladivostok to Moscow by train
then cruise to St Petersburg:
Departs 28 May and 1 Aug.
Ask for details.
UP TO $500pp
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