DocTours Newsletter February 2014
Welcome to DocTours Small Group Journeys – unique tours that explore the culture, people and traditions of the country that we visit. Of course accommodation will be in traditional architectural style (as best we can) as we take the opportunity to taste the local food, mix with the people and be a part of their traditions. Our first tour to Bhutan sold out very quickly and therefore please register your interest soon for our next departure – details below. By the way there is no conferencing at all – so you can sit back, relax and enjoy a journey that’s fully organised from “wo to go”. Call us or send an email to register your interest now! Happy reading.
BHUTAN: 13 – 22 NOVEMBER 2014
A peace and serenity that most describe as surreal. Stunningly beautiful surrounds of snowy Alps traditional villages and chanting monks. The amazing colours of prayer flags hanging from monasteries (dzongs) and local market places where traditions have not changed for hundreds of years. Bhutan is a country so rich in tradition, the Government limits tourism numbers to protect its unique culture. However, Bhutan is slowly changing with the times, so now is the time to experience this country while it is still protected. There is no doubt that Bhutan will leave you with an extraordinary sense of peace. The flight from Bangkok to Paro is breathtaking, with views of major Himalayan peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu, and on the final approach Bhutan’s own snowy peaks, the sacred Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang. On arrival at Paro we drive to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan with an exciting blend of tradition and modernity. Bustling Thimphu is home to the seat of government as well as to Bhutan’s royal family, civil service and foreign missions. We will also visit the Tashichho Dzong: The “fortress of the glorious religion” erected in 1641, His Majesty’s secretariat, along with the central monk body. We drop into National Institute of Traditional Medicine Bhutan, also a training school for traditional medicine practitioners. A highlight is the Tiger’s Nest (the Taktsang Monastery) with plenty of time to trek to the monastery for those who are energetic!
More details are attached or please call or email for an itinerary and information pack.
MONGOLIA – NATURE’S SECRET: 15-23 AUGUST 2014
Does Genghis Khan ring a bell? We’re sure it does and we will take you there to immerse yourself not only in his story, but also into his fantastic homeland. We visit Dalanzadgad in the South Govi and live in Gers (traditional houses). From here we take daily journeys to see local tribes, The Flaming Red Cliffs, one of the most famous paleontological sites in the world, Yoln Am (Eagle Gorge) and the famous Singing Dunes. But let us not forget the largest desert in Asia, the Gobi, where the infamous horsemen set out to conquer Asia. Then finally we board the Mongolian Express, one of the great training journeys in the world and head for Beijing – passing the incredible Great Wall of China along the way. If you have time, why not travel west to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
More details are here or call or email for an information pack.
AMAZING ZAMBIA: 11 – 18 OCTOBER 2014
A safari in untamed Africa combining the magnificent Victoria Falls, the Lower Zambezi well known for its variety of water and land based game viewing activities) and the iconic South Luangwa, where you will be inspired by an unrivalled wildlife experience in one of the last unspoilt wilderness regions of Africa. This is he very place were the African walking and jeep safaris were pioneered. Our accommodations are extraordinary in some of the finest and most exclusive bush camps, including the award winning Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa and Tongabezi Lodge just a stone’s throw from Victoria Falls.
Set out from any of these secluded, intimate camps and you will find the big game
species you came to see. This is a truly luxurious African Safari experience that