Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Destination for 2015

Hi all,

I am all ready to go for my tour leading assignment to Europe from the 01-25May.
In fact, I had not been to Prague or Czech Republic for the past 3 years. And this year, I am lucky to be able to go back there, because I have clients who asked me to help arrange a special itinerary for them.

Apart from the May travel, then it is June for my own adventure to South Africa -
We are going to do Cage Shark Diving at Gansbai (See the shark face to face underwater)..
There will be the usual inclusions to Table Mountain by cable car, as well as the Cape Peninsula to see the Wildlife.
But I look forward to the game viewing at Kruger National Park  - the largest national park in South Africa, and we have this arranged such that we will be driving along the Panorama Route to see the Blyde River Canyons.
Other highlights include staying at Pakamisa Paradise Resort, with the horse riding to see wildlife.

Many many new experiences for us, and we have some seniors above the age of 60 who are joining us. Life is an adventure !!!! It is NEVER too old to try out something new.

All these are already planned and handled by the operator, and sometimes you need to engage them to get expert advice and the excellent recommendations for an unforgettable holiday.

What is there to look out for the second half of 2014?

I have clients looking at making a trip to Kenya & Tanzania for the Migration in Aug/ Sep/Oct. In fact, there are about three groups of them.

AUG -
01-10Aug -
10D Ladakh Photography Tour


Oct - autumn
There are many suggestions that I could give you to enjoy the best of Autumn. This is the good time to travel up North to the Northern Hemisphere. Travel to Kashmir , the Paradise on Earth, or JiuZhaiGou, the fariytale land in CHINA, famous for its crystal clear water in the various lakes, and there are also a number of waterfalls . Of course, Europe will be a good time to travel to see the foliage as well in the Alpine countries like Switzerland, Poland, France, and so forth.

If you travel to Poland, you MUST go to Zakopane (Hotel Belvedere Resort & Spa), and it is a beautiful resort town near the Tatras Mountains.

I have arranged for this trip to JiuZhaiGou -
31/10 - 09/ 11 To cover both the Huanglong & JiuZhaiGou National Parks

Where else are my clients going?

Dates to be advised -

Oct - Bhutan walking tour 

Dec - Bhutan & festival


2015 -

13/02 Brazil - Rio Carnival & Argentina

06/06 Peru & Inca Hiking Trail


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Charming Eastern Europe 12-25May 2014

Dear all,

It has been a while since I last update this blog.
Had been busy, and had been traveling too.

Feb - Bandung
Mar - Bali
Apr - Kashmir, India
May - Eastern Europe

I planned for this itinerary for my clients, and we have the last few vacancies for the trip.

This is great for those who love packaged tours, and do note this itinerary is more RELAXED, and you have ample time in each city to appreciate the charm of each place.
Great for honeymoon couples, as well as for retired , or senior couple..
NO OPTIONAL TOURS for this tour.

Itinerary as below -

13 May - SINDXB 01 40 ./ 04 50

DXBMUC 08 25 / 13 00...


24May - PRGDXB 15 45 / 23 45

25May DXBSIN 02 45 / 14 05


Day 1 Check in Changi Airport (12May)
Day 2 ARR Munich airport
Half day city tour
Dinner at Hofbrauhaus **(Most famous beer hall in the world, venue for Oct Fest in Munich)

Day 3 Free time for shopping in the morning.

             Afternoon, proceed to Crystal World - Shop of Swarovski.
           Dinner

Overnight at Innbruck.


                                        Picture from internet  - Beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle


 Day 4. Visit Neuschwanstein Castle (Cinderella Castle. Most famous castle in Germany). Drive to Salzburg

Day 5 Morning walking tour in Old Town. Funicular ticket.
Afternoon free time. Drive to Hallstatt.
Day 6. Morning visit Salt Mine. Oldest in the World. Free in afternoon.
Dinner

                                                Picture from internet - Hallstatt (UNESCO)

 Day 7 Hallstatt to Vienna
Afternoon city tour in Vienna. Schunbrunn Palace entrance.
Apple Strudel making demonstration.
Dinner.

Day 8 Seegrotte underground lake. Entrance. Afternoon free time shopping. Evening Viennese Concert.

Day 9 Vienna to Parndof outlet shopping.. Drive to Cesky Krumlov. Dinner.

Day 10 Morning tour of Cesky Krumlov. Lunch. Free time. Drive to Prague. Dinner with performance.

Day 11 Morning 3 hours walking tour.
(( Old Town is very big here. And really 3 hours of solid walking )). Afternoon Vltava River Cruise.
Free time.
Evening Black Light Theatre Show.


Day 12 Prague - Karlovy Vary spa town(2 hours) - Prague

Day 13 morning free time. Departure from Prague.

Day 14 Arrive in Singapore.


Price - $3,458 + Tax ($650)

Contact Olevia Cheong
olevia@gmail.com
Hp - 8112 8393

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bandung


Bandung 11-13Feb 2014
 
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Bandung Hotels (Setiabudhi, Lembang, Dago)
Car Rental
Attractions
Outlet Shopping (Rumah Mode, Heritage, Nike)
Food (Grilled Oxtail, Nasi Timbel, etc)
 
 
I went to Bandung to do a little exploration, and at the same time to get some business contacts.
From Singapore, there are a number of airlines that fly to Bandung, Indonesia.
Tiger Air, Air Asia, Jetstar
I paid about SGD100 for one ticket on Tiger Air.

Air Tickets – Tiger Air –

SINBDO
BDOSIN
HOTELS -

There are different parts of Bandung that you can choose to stay - Setiabudhi, Dago, Lembang.
 

Setiabudhi
I stayed here on this trip, as I find it convenient to move around. In fact, you could walk to the Rumah Mode from Grand Serela Setiabudhi Hotel. Asmila Boutique Hotel is directly opposite to the Rumah Mode outlet.

1. Grand Serela Setiabudhi (4 *)

This 4 star hotel is located in Setiabudhi, and it is wonderful location, as you could just walk 5-10 minutes to the famous Rumah Mode Shopping Outlet. And I could find food just a short walk from the hotel. I paid 15,000 Rp for my dinner which consists of 10 sticks of chicken satay, and rice.
There is a fitness centre, and rooms are available for meetings. Swimming pool is outside, and a spa is available. This is a good hotel , which is clean, and quiet. Thus, this is very ideal for a short stay, as well as for families and meetings.
 

2. Banana Inn Hotel & Spa (4 *)



This hotel is located in Setiabudhi, and again is close by to the outlet shopping mall of Rumah Mode. There are rooms for convention, and a lovely outdoor pool. I ate my dinner for the first night at the Banana Inn, and the food was fantastic. The famous Bandung Grilled Oxtail (Bakar), served with soup, and steam rice. Do go for their spa here. Javanese/Balinese massage, and facial treatments are available.
 
Anyway, this hotel has good rating from Tripadvisor.com.
 
3. Villa Damar (3 *)
This hotel is located close by the Rumah Mode Shopping Outlet.
 
Lembang
 

Padma Hotel

Address: Jalan Ranca Bentang 1, Bandung, Bandung City , West Java.
 
I love the location of this Hotel. It offers stunning views of the mountains, and is surrounded by lush greenery. You could see such serene environment from the lobby, the restaurants, the pool and the rooms. The rooms come with balcony which affords views of the mountains.
Spa, Fitness, and Yoga lessons could be arranged.
Team building activities can also be conducted with the hotel's own instructors.
 
Room - Deluxe Room, Premier Suite.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dago
Sheraton Hotel
 
ATTRACTIONS:
1. Tangkuban Perahu
2. Kawah Putih
3. Outlet Shopping
4. Dining - Kampung Daun, The Valley, as well as Pasar Baru (close by 6 pm)
 
Tangkuban Perahu (Tangkuban Parahu)


 
 FOOD -
You must go to Kampung Daun for a meal. I missed enjoying a meal at The Valley, where you could see the sunset , as it was closed when I was in Bandung.
Grilled Oxtail , served with soup and steamed rice.


Nasi Timbel Bakar - Grilled Rice wrapped in banana leaf, and served with fried chicken, tofu & sautéed vegetables.
 






 

 

 
Tip

Passenger Service Tax (Airport Departure Tax) - 75,000 Rp

Pay 75,000 Rp for the use of the airport lounge

With food, drinks and WIFI.
 

Extra service, the lounge staff can help to make arrangement to pay for the passenger departure tax – 75,000

Stamping of passport at Immigration
Note – Immigration opens at 11am, so if you arrive early, you cannot go to Immigration, and thus with no boarding pass, you cannot pay for the passenger departure tax.

NOTE:
I went to Bandung from the 11-13Feb 2014. So the information is correct as per my last visit.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Bhutan Trip 2014

7D6N Bhutan - 'The Last Shangrila'

DEP - SUNDAY
By DrukAir, national carrier of Bhutan , direct from Singapore...
Mar - 08, 15, 22, 29
Apr - 05, 12, 19, 26
May - 03, 10, 17, 24...
Jun - 07, 14
Sep - 06, 13, 20, 27
Oct - 04, 11, 18, 25
Nov - 01, 08, 15, 22, 29

BHUTAN - Land Of the Happiest People
'Gross Domestic Happiness'


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 HIGHLIGHTS -

1. Cultural Show
2. Traditional Hot Stone Bath
3. Archery
4. Visit to Local Village, and dinner with the locals
5. FREE - Book on Bhutan

1. Thimphu - capital city, with no traffic lights.
Memorial Chorten, Thimphu Dzong
Dorchula Pass - panoramic view of Eastern Himalayas

2. Paro - TAKTSANG Hike (fabulous view of the Paro valley), Paro Dzong,
3 - 4 hours of ascent up to Monastery

3. Punakha - ancient capital, Punakha Dzong

4. Phobjhika Valley

PRICE - $3,850 (MIN 4 to go) - Limited Seats, Do book early.

Includes international SIN-PBH return economy airfare, taxes , visa, hotel accommodation, guide, driver,
sightseeing & all meals as per itinerary,

Exclude - all personal spending, tipping

NO OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES or EXTRAS

Contact Olevia Cheong - olevia@euholidays.com.sg


** I will be away in Bandung from 11-13Feb, but I will try to read my emails while I am away.



Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sledging Fun at Kleine Schedegg

Exotic Trip Departures 2014

Winter is a lovely time to go to the Alps if you love skiing, snowboarding or even sledging.

Some of these activities can be done at a few places in Switzerland.

Mt Titlis (Engelberg)
You can travel to Engelberg from Lucern by train, from the Central Train Station. No advance booking is required. All you need to do is just show up, and buy tickets from the Tourist Office, located inside the Train Station. It will only take you about 45 minutes by train. There are a number of services throughout the day, and thus, it is very convenient.
You could easily walk to the Mt Titlis station from Engelberg, and buy the tickets for the cable car ride up. There are three cable cars that you have to take to arrive at the highest point.
Note - there is a Ski Rental shop right at the base of Mt Titlis, so it is very convenient, even if you do not have any equipment on your own.
Accommodation at Engelberg is available, and it is lovely to stay here.
NOTE : Mt Titlis is open the whole year round, except it will be closed for maintenance in Oct/Nov for a period of 7 days. So, do refer to the Mt Titlis website before you make your trip there.

Kleine Schedegg
Kleine Schedegg is located in the Jungfrau region, and it is only accessible by train. There are a number of train stations in the whole Jungfrau region.
The most convenient place to stay is at Interlaken (Latin name which means 'in between two lakes').
From Interlaken, you can take a train ride up to Kleine Schedegg. However, most of the locals do not like to stay at Interlaken as it is very touristy, with many tour groups staying here, for their early morning ascent up to Jungfraujoch. It is actually more scenic if you were to stay at Grindelwald, or even Lauterbrunnen, or maybe even Wengen, which hosts the annual World Ski Cup in the month of January every year.
So, it will only be a 45-minute train ride up to Kleine Schedegg , and up there, again, you could rent your ski equipment or even a sledge to have some fun here. There is a restaurant, and even a hotel located at Kleine Schedegg.
NOTE; If the weather conditions are bad, especially when the wind is too strong, the trains will not operate for the trip up to Kleine Schedegg.

Pictures of sledging






 
Wonderful Excursions in Switzerland
Take the train ride up to Jungfraujoch - the highest railway station in the world.
3,454m high. At Kleine Schedegg, take another train that will bring you to the Top of Europe, the highest railway station in the world.

Other places that you could do a more challenging sledge run, will be at Mt Bussalp or even the nearby mountains. Do make enquiries at Grindelwald, as there is a snow-bus that will bring the tourists and locals up the mountains.

Here are some photos that I took for my tour group when they went up to Kleine Schedegg in December 2013.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Montreux Christmas Market (Switzerland)


New Itineraries for 2014

Happy New Year to everyone.
My tour leading to Europe had kept me busy for the last two months of the year 2013.

And I am back now, looking forward to the new year in 2014, ready for more new adventures, and
travel experience to share.

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Bhutan and the festival tours, as well as other countries like South Africa (You must NOT MISS Blyde River Canyon & The Panorama Route), Uzbekistan, Kenya, Tanzania, and etc.

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