Spirit of Nepal
This itinerary covers the most important destinations so that you can truly feel the spirit of Nepal on your journey. In Kathmandu, go on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Tour to see the capital’s holiest sites. After enjoying the countryside nature of Bandipur, explore the astonishing landscape of Pokhara. Admire the sight of the serene Lake Fewa, Davis Falls, Sarangkot hill and beautiful mountain villages with a short hike. Visit Chitwan National Park, known for its diverse fauna and flora – a UNSECO Natural Site, enhanced with the exciting Tharu cultural show.
On arrival, you will be welcomed and received on your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by our staff member. You will then be transferred and checked into the hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will go on the Kathmandu sightseeing tour. You will take part in the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR today, which includes:
Swoyambhunath – The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a beautiful abode for lots of monkeys thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley.
Pashupatinath- A holy pilgrimage for Hindus and Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; we come across men with ash rubbed body, matted locks and dreaded look, which is the typical look of a Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus.
Boudhanath – the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual going around the temple.
Patan Durbar Square – A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture.
Overnight in Kathmandu
In the early morning (around 5.30 AM), you will go for Everest experience mountain flight and back to the hotel around 8 Am, then enjoy a lovely breakfast. After checking out, a 5-hour drive will take you to a beautiful village of Bandipur, where you can enjoy the countryside nature. The village itself gives the impression of a medieval town and the walk along the village street is wonderful. The drive to Bandipur is very scenic alongside a beautiful river passing through many small towns. The view of the Annapurna, Manaslu and many other mountain ranges from Bandipur is spectacular.
Overnight in Bandipur
After an early breakfast and checking out, you will go to Pokhara. A two and half hours drive will take you to the amazingly beautiful city of Pokhara, 200 km west of Kathmandu. This is another scenic drive although it is a shorter one. Once you reach Pokhara, check into the hotel and have some free time until lunch. After lunch, get ready for a serene and beautiful walk along the lake Fewa. As you take a stroll along the lake you can enjoy the view of the beautiful mountain peaks in the Annapurna range. Have a relaxing evening.
Overnight in Pokhara
This morning, you will wake up early and drive to Sarangkot, a beautiful hill in Pokhara famous for sunrise, for 35 minutes. A real close-up look of the Annapurna and Fishtail and the unparalleled sunrise from there makes a perfect start of our day. Enjoy the mountain view breakfast after the sunrise and prepare for a 3hour walk to Naudanda on a very gentle trail. You will be walking through beautiful mountain village immersing into the cultural and natural beauty of the area. Once finishing your hike, you can enjoy the meal in a mountain restaurant.
After lunch and relax time, your trip will continue. You will drive for about half-hour to a spiritual center of a beautiful Buddhist monastery at Hemja. Explore the surrounding of the monastery until the prayer starts at three. Feel high in spirituality as you enjoy the chanting of the rituals by the Buddhist monks; immerse into the meditative atmosphere for about one and half hours before the prayer ends. Drive back to Pokhara, relax at the hotel and enjoy the leisure time.
Overnight in Pokhara
After breakfast, you will go to the lake, hire a boat to cross it and hike up to World Peace Stupa, a nice hiking destination in Pokhara which will take about one hour to reach the top. It’s a beautiful viewpoint and a Buddhist Pilgrimage as well. You will be picked up from Peace Stupa and driven down to visit Davis falls and an ancient and longest cave in South Asia.
Drive back to Pokhara and enjoy a free afternoon. You can choose to do some adventure activities like paragliding, ultralight flight, bungee jump, and zip flyer as well with an extra cost.
Overnight in Pokhara
After breakfast, you will start driving to Chitwan National Park. It takes about 4 hours to reach this beautiful National Park to the down south of Nepal. Chitwan national park was once the hunting ground of British and Nepalese aristocrats. However today the animals – which includes elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, leopard and deer – are protected strictly. The greatest thrill here is to scout for wildlife on the back of an elephant. This national park is enlisted in the UNESCO’s Natural Heritage Site.
Overnight in Chitwan
You will spend the whole day in Chitwan National Park for exciting activities like jungle walk, elephant riding, village visit, canoeing, visiting elephant breeding center, bird-watching, etc. Your tour guide will lead you through all the activities, giving you deeper insights about the wildlife, flora, and fauna in the national park. The interesting wild and aquatic life of rhinoceros, deer, bear, crocodile, and different birds will definitely make your day! In the evening you can enjoy the Tharu cultural show. Tharus are aboriginal people of the area who have their own language, culture, and tradition.
Overnight in Chitwan
After breakfast, you will be driven back to Kathmandu. It takes about 5 hours to reach Kathmandu. (You can also fly back with an extra cost). Later in the evening, you will go for farewell Nepali dinner with cultural show in Kathmandu and can have a discussion about the trip experience.
Overnight in Chitwan
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you to the airport for your departure flight home. Namaste!
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- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to and from Nepal
- Nepal entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
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We started searching for our tour for Vietnam / Cambodia back in October 2022 to start the tour in the first week of January 2023. We selected this travel agency, and contact name provided to us was Elly. She was extraordinary with her communication with us. Excellent English speaking language capability & excellent in communication on Whats app and email communication. We went back & forth few times to arrange the tour we wanted. She was very accommodating in arranging our schedule. We requested automobile tour for both countries, just for two of us.
We requested SUV FOR OUR COMFORT AND WE GOT IT!
We requested to get the high end hotel in each city and she gave us choices and not only that but send videos of each hotel for each City and then waited for us to decide which hotel we select. All the Hotels turned out to be one of the best we would expect to be. M/s Elly, personally came to visit with us on the evening of our first day tour. Very respectful and asked if she could do anything for us.I had requested before in our communication, if she would arrange for power converter for us, since my camera chargers are all in 110. So brought two power converters for us! Something, not everyone will do this kind of service. So all the kiddos to her!
as to the drivers in each city were very courteous, very professional and very careful in how and where they have to do driving.
our Guides in each city were so friendly, courteous and knowledgeable in where ever we visited. How ever wish two guides in Hue An and Ho Chi Minh City spoke English more clearly.
We only wish we had one extra day in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, , however, there is so much to see in the world! Perhaps next time will visit Vietnam.
As to Cambodia, same thing to express about site seeing and our Guide and drivers. Guides and drivers really made our travel thro’ the countries where we do not speak that language, made it so comfortable and enjoyable.
Hi Lam…hope you don’t mind me contacting you directly. My wife Barb & I (Paul) have just arrived home after completing a great tour of Vietnam which was organised through your company Asia Pioneer Travel.
We want to tell you personally how impressed were were with the level of service that we received…it was amazing and the best that we have experienced anywhere. After we made initial contact with you, you handed us over to Chloe to arrange the trip which she did in very quick time and the amount of detail that she went to was fantastic. From the moment that we walked out of Hanoi airport on arrival to see our guide waiting, we knew that we were in for a great trip. The drivers & guides were fantastic and Chloe was in contact by email constantly making sure that everything was going to plan & that we were happy. At one stage we need to vary the itinerary by extending accommodation & changing air tickets and Chloe did that without any fuss or bother.
We also met some wonderful Vietnamese people along the way and Ive got to say that they are our kind of people, very generous & friendly.
Enough of my ramblings, thanks for a great visit to Vietnam, and a special thank you to Chloe for looking after us in such a terrific manner…she is a very special caring lady.
Kind regards & I hope that we have the opportunity to use Asia Pioneer Travel again….Paul & Barb Little from Newcastle Australia
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We travelled to Vietnam for two weeks, booking the whole trip through Lizzie at Asia Pioneer, including hotels, excursions, trips, guides and internal flights. Lizzie was so helpful and flexible, accommodating changes to our schedule until the last minute, especially as we missed our connecting flight in Dubai and arrived a day later than planned (our fault). Nothing was too much trouble, including getting my wallet back to me after I left it in the car taking us to the airport.
We started in Hanoi in the North and worked our way south to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), taking in Ha Long with its amazing sea stacks and sleeping on a boat, then to Sa Pa on the overnight sleeper train from Hanoi, with its wonderful countryside and rice terraces. Afterwards, we went to Hoi An for three days of relaxation. Hoi An probably my favourite place and three days are enough to cover it. Then onto Hue, the original capital, my least favourite place and then finally on to HMC, which was a real contrast to the North.
The 3-star hotels that Lizzie picked were very good and comfortable, and the guides were very knowledgeable. I would definitely use Asia Pioneer again for future Asia trips.