We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Thamel for a “Welcome to Nepal” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Kathmandu’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.
Enjoy an orientation walk of Kathmandu OLD TOWN, Nepal’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Kathmandu and start your Nepali adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Nepal isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Everest Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by Japanese-speaking Japanese, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Kathmandu, the second-largest city in Nepal, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.
Our morning drive takes us from Nepali lakes to Nepali Army. At the once-secret Nepali army bunker at Exciting Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Nepal strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Bhaktapur, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Bhaktapur Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Bhaktapur (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.
An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Nepal. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.
It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Kathmandu. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.