Wish List: Cycling Vietnam, gardening in Jordan

Cycle the rural back roads of Vietnam through picturesque villages and rice fields on a new 14-day adventure from Cox & Kings. The small group journey departs March 24, 2013 and combines the cities of Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi with gentle cycling through some of the country’s most scenic landscapes from $A2830 per person twin share. The journey begins in bustling Ho Chi Minh and includes four days of cycling including around the Mekong Delta, Thu Bon River, Hue’s Royal Tombs and the village of Cuu in Hanoi.

Other highlights are a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh, the Cu Chi Tunnels, the colourful Cai Rang floating market, a cooking class in Hoi An, a visit to local markets in Hue with celebrated gastronomist Nhu Huy and a night on a traditional junk boat on Ha Long Bay. The tour includes 4-star accommodation with daily breakfast, some meals, air-conditioned transport, transfers, flights from Ho Chi Minh to Danang and Hue to Hanoi, entrance fees for sights on the itinerary and services of an English-speaking tour manager/ local guides. On cycling days, the maximum amount of cycling is 50km. Quality Cannondale bikes and helmets are provided, and there is a back-up vehicle for resting in at all times.

 

JOIN noted English garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes on a unique 10-day botanical tour of Jordan from Cox & Kings. Identify some of Jordan’s 2500 plant species in the Dibeen Forest, learn about Bedouin medicinal plants at the Dana Biosphere Reserve, discover the desert flora of Wadi Rum and visit the magnificent Royal Botanic Garden under the expert guidance of Hervey-Brookes.

The one-off small group journey also explores Jordan’s archaeology including the unforgettable rock-hewn city of Petra, the ruins of Iraq al Amir and the desert castles of Qasr Amra and Qasr Kharana. The tour departs April 18, 2013 from $A3212 per person twin share. It starts and ends in Amman and includes accommodation with daily breakfast, two dinners, air-conditioned transport, transfers, entrance fees for sights on the itinerary and services of an English-speaking tour manager/local guides.

Hervey-Brookes has won numerous awards including a gold medal at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for his ‘Discover Jordan Garden’. reservations@coxandkings.com.au or visit coxandkings.com.au.

 

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