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Highlights of Nepal - 8 days/7 nights

Kathmandu - Chitwan - Kathmandu
Visit the highlights of Nepal including a tour through seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this 8 day tour. Get lost in Nepal's major temples, palaces, and stupas in the Kathmandu Valley, and take a two day trip to Chitwan National Park.  Hop on an elephant's back and ride through thick jungles in search of the one-horned rhino and, hopefully, the elusive Bengal Tiger. The best months for this trip are September through May.

Privately-Guided! Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport pickups, dropoffs, and daily excursions. 
Choose Your Own Dates! This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.
Customizable! Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? Just let us know, and we will arrange it for you and let you know the change in costs.
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Trip Highlights

  • Bodhnath, the Stupa of a Million Dew-Drops
  • Swayambunath (Monkey Temple)
  • The architecture of Patan Durbar Square
  • Elephant ride and jungle safari in Chitwan National Park


Day 1:  Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at the Kathmandu airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Dinner)
Day 2:  Kathmandu
After breakfast, visit Bodhnath, the Stupa of a Million Dew-Drops. Watch monks and devotees circumambulate the stupa before heading out to see Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple and site of Hindu cremations. In the late morning, drive to Bhaktapur – the City of Devotees. Lunch will be at Bhaktapur. Drive back to Kathmandu in the afternoon. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3:  Chitwan
In the morning, drive through picturesque farmlands and villages to the lowlands of Nepal. The drive to Chitwan is approximately 6 hours. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your resort in Chitwan and briefed on the area and the exciting activities available during your stay in Chitwan. (All meals)
Day 4 and Day 5:  Chitwan
Chitwan is the Heart of the Jungle. Situated 75 miles south-west of Kathmandu, it is home to the endangered Royal Bengal tiger and Greater One-horned rhinoceros. Chitwan is also Nepal's first national park, established in 1973 specifically with the objective of conserving the tiger population in the park.  
During your safari in Chitwan, you can enjoy jungle activities such as an elephant ride, jungle drive, boating, and bird-watching where you can experience the park's wildlife, nature and people up close. All meals are included in Chitwan.
Day 6:  Kathmandu

After breakfast, transfer to Bharatpur airport and fly back to Kathmandu. After transferring to your hotel, enjoy the remainder of the day free to relax, shop, or explore the city. (Breakfast)
Day 7:  Kathmandu

After breakfast, visit the 5th century Buddhist temple of Swayambunath (Monkey Temple).  Continue on to Patan Durbar Square for lunch. After lunch, tour the ancient Palace Square and surrounding temples.  If time permits take a last afternoon stop to visit the Tibetan Refugee Center at Jawalakhel. Return to your hotel and attend a traditional Nepali dinner accompanied by a cultural program for a glimpse of colorful Nepal. (All Meals)
Day 8:  Kathmandu
After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for final departure. (Breakfast)

Optional: morning mountain flight.  This 1-hour flight takes you on a close-up view of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak at 8,848m, and also provides a superb view of many other Himalayan peaks.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Our Package Rates Include

  • Daily accommodation with breakfast
  • Private vehicle transportation for all excursions per itinerary
  • Meals as listed in above itinerary
  • Services of a local, English-speaking guide for all visits and excursions
  • All tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary, including entrance fees
  • All jungle activities in Chitwan
  • Private transportation from Kathmandu to Chitwan
  • Airfare for Chitwan to Kathmandu

 Rates Do Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee (obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Expenses of a personal nature

To Book This Tour

Please call us toll free at 1-877-362-2793 and let us know that you are interested in this tour. To prepare a proposal, we'll ask questions about how many people are traveling, your preferred travel dates, standard and types of accommodation, and any special interests that we may be able to accommodate.

Once we have finalized a customized price quote for you, your agent will inform you a per-person non-refundable deposit to initiate reservations (typically 20% of tour cost). Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.

Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
Please review our complete terms and conditions:
Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation/Refund Policies

- Cancel more than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit.
- Cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the tour cost.
- Cancel less than 30 days prior to departure - NO REFUND of tour cost.
- Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via mail, fax, or email to Red Lantern Journeys.
- Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your written request.
- No refunds are available for unused services or tours during your trip.

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