Come Visit a World Beyond Belief…and save up to 25%!

In the world of theme parks, one of the most anticipated events of the year is the opening of “Pandora–The World of Avatar” in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World. Beginning on May 17, park guests can fly on the back of a mountain banshee during an exhilarating 3D ride; journey deep into a bioluminescent rainforest in search of the Na’vi Shaman of Songs; and hike amid floating mountains and glowing flora and fauna.

The 2009 movie epic, Avatar, was the highest-grossing film of all time, and revolutionized the 3D film experience. Bringing the fantastical world of Pandora to life has been several years in the making. Creative director Joe Rohde talks about the logic and process of adding the world of Avatar to Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

Experience Pandora for yourself this summer, and save up to 25% on  rooms at select Walt Disney World resorts from May 28 – August 31, 2017. Discount valid most nights, but rooms must be booked by July 14.

For more information, contact Susan Hickman at Distant Lands Travel.

Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya (2016) with Abercrombie & Kent

Bhutan & Nepal with Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Small Groups

Tiger's Nest Monastery
Tigers Nest Monastery Bhutan

Discover Bhutan and Nepal, seeing Tiger’s Nest Monastery; embarking on an elephant-back safari in Chitwan National Park; and taking a rickshaw ride to Durbar Square.

  • Experience Bhutan’s age-old ways, discovering its rich artistic and cultural heritage
  • Feel the spirit of Bhutan on a hike to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Learn about the culture and lifestyle of local farmers by visiting a farmhouse
  • Embark on an elephant-back safari in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park for a unique view of wildlife
  • Enjoy a lesson in Nepalese cuisine during a Chef’s Table event in the home of a local resident
  • Witness a debate among nuns at the Kopan Nunnery, an unforgettable, age-old tradition
  • Ride Like a Local when you travel by rickshaw to visit Durbar Square and Teleju Temple


Nepal& Bhutan MapDay 1: Arrive Delhi, India

Arrive in Delhi, where you are met and transferred to your airport hotel.

Day 2: Paro, Bhutan/Thimphu | Welcome to Bhutan

Fly to Paro and receive a tashi khadda (traditional welcome). In Thimphu, visit the National Memorial Chorten. Later, see the Tashichhodzong Fortress, a 13th-century Buddhist monastery and fort, and then gather to attend a welcome dinner.   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Thimphu | Fine Weavers at Work

Thimphu, Fine Weavers at Work

Visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile museums and view Buddhist literature at the National Library. Meals: B L

Day 4: Punakha | The Divine Madman

Drive over the Dochula Pass, seeing the colorful prayer flags en route to Punakha. Stop at Punakha Dzong, continuing to the Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman). Return to Thimphu for dinner.  Meals: B L D

Day 5: Paro | Monasteries, Rivers and Relics

Rinpung Dzong
Rinpung Dzong Monestary

Journey overland to Paro, stopping en route in Chuzom to view the religious thankga (scroll) paintings and the natural history collection at the National Museum. Continue to Rinpung Dzong, a monastery and fortress along a mountain river. Then, visit a traditional farmhouse to learn about local farmers’ way of life.  Meals: B L D

Day 6: Paro | Ascent to the Tiger’s Nest

Hike to the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, spending the day with the monks. Later, visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s most sacred shrines.   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Kathmandu, Nepal | Historic Durbar Square

Durbar Square
Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal

Fly to Kathmandu. Ride by rickshaw to Durbar Square and Teleju Temple, see the House of the Living Goddess (Kumari) and stroll through the bazaar, old city and Swayambhunath.  Meals: B L D

Day 8: Kathmandu | Learn Nepalese Cooking in a Local Home

Travel to Kirtipur and visit the temple of Adinath, the Chilamcho Stupa and the temple of Bagh Bhairav. Attend a Nepalese cooking class in a local home. Then, visit Patan, the Golden Temple and Krishna Mandir. Stop at Patan Museum to explore Nepal’s history.   Meals: B L

Days 9-10: Chitwan National Park | Elephant-Back Safari

Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park

Fly to Bharatpur and set out on an elephant-back safari. Attend a briefing from a resident naturalist. Start the next day with an early morning nature walk with trained guides. Enjoy an ox-cart ride through the village. Later, canoe down the Rapti River, and watch the sunset while enjoying a Scenic Sundowner along its banks.   Meals: B L D

Days 11-12: Kathmandu | A Spirited Nuns Debate

Boudhanath Stupa – Kathmandu, Nepal

Fly to Kathmandu and enjoy a lecture by a Mount Everest summiter before dinner. The next day, visit Boudhanath, site of the world’s largest Buddhist shrine. Proceed to Pashupatinath to meet a local artisan, and stop in Bhaktapur. Tonight, visit Kopan Nunnery to witness a spirited debate among nuns, before your farewell dinner.   Meals: B L D

Days 13-14: Depart Kathmandu or Delhi

On Day 13, either fly to Lhasa to begin your post-tour extension or fly to Delhi, where you enjoy the use of a dayroom, available through early morning on Day 14, until you depart.   Meals: B

Limited to 16 guests
Days: 14  |  From: $7,495

If you would like more information or would like to book this journey, call: Susan Hickman: 626 449-3220 or E-Mail:

BritRail South West Pass

BritRail South West Pass: The All-Terrain Pass

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The BritRail South West Pass gives you the option to choose rail travel on most rail services operated by First Great Western, South West Trains and Heathrow Express trains with your choice of first or second class rail travel for 3, 4, 8, 15 or 22 days or 1 month consecutive travel within a one-month period, or a flexi-pass offering rail travel any 3, 4, 8, or 15 days within a one-month period.South West England 5

While the BritRail South West Pass sounds very specific, it sure covers a lot of great territory in southwest England and parts of Wales. You’ll find its popular destinations include London, Bath, Oxford, Windsor Castle, Salisbury Cathedral, and King Arthur’s Winchester. Still, rolling hills and castles aren’t the only things southwest of the UK. Southwest England is also home to seaside resorts and charming waterfront towns such as Torquay, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, St. Ives, Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance.

Though the real charm of this pass is the unbelievable opportunity it gives the most seasoned traveler to avoid high gas prices, lines at local ticket counters, and fumbling with foreign currency.

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Here’s what you get:

  • The BritRail South West Pass is valid on most rail services operated by First Great Western, and South West Trains)
  • Consecutive pass available in 3, 4, 8, 15, or 22 days, or 1 month consecutive travel
  • Flexipass lets you choose from 3, 4, 8 or 15 days within 1 month for travel
  • First or second class available. First class prices take into account regions where only standard rail is available.
  • Valid for the Heathrow Express. Use of this airport transfer will use a travel day on your validated pass.

Discounted offers:South West England

  • Special Family Pass: For each adult or senior traveler, one child (ages 5-15) travels free (not applicable with a saver pass).
  • Child rates are valid for children ages 5 -15.
  • Children under age 5 travel for free when they share a seat/bed with an adult/senior.
  • Saver pass option for 3 or more adults traveling together.

Reservation Requirements with a BritRail South West Pass:

The BritRail South West Pass allows for travel on most trains that are operated n most rail services operated by First Great Western, South West Trains and Heathrow Express.

When reservations are required, they are an additional cost to the rail pass.

  • Seat reservations are required on the Eurostar train when traveling with this ral pass. Tickets can be requested up to 180 days in advance and will not require the use of a travel day on your rail pass.
  • Many regional trains do not require reservations, and so travelers can simply board with their passes and take any open seats.

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At Distant Lands we issue passes on the spot!

If you would like more Information or would like to order a pass contact Susan Hickman at 626 449-3220 or E-mail:

Eurail Austria-Croatia-Slovenia Pass

Three fascinating and diverse countries. One complete rail pass

SloveniaExplore the length and breadth of three fascinating European countries at a leisurely pace. With the Eurail Austria-Croatia-Slovenia Pass, make use of travel days all in a row, or scattered throughout a two-month period. Slovenia and Croatia (once part of Yugoslavia) are two of Europe’s best-kept secrets, boasting spectacular countryside and coastlines.Austria 1Travel to 1,000-year old Bled, once considered the most beautiful “health spa” of the Austrian empire. Its lovely climate, lakes, and thermal springs attract recreational buffs from all over the world. In Croatia, begin your travel in the capital of Zagreb and then head to the sparkling Adriatic with its pristine beaches for some fun in the sun. Pair this journey with a trip to melodious Austria, home to Mozart, the Vienna Boys Choir, and the von Trapp Family (not to mention the setting for “The Sound of Music.”)

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Here’s what you get:

  • Unlimited train travel on the national rail networks in Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia.
  • Choice of 4, 5, 6, 8 or 10 days of unlimited train travel within a 2-month period.
  • Travel days may be used consecutively or non-consecutively.
  • Free map with pass.

Discounted offers:

  • Discount for travelers under 26 years of age.
  • Discount for 2 to 5 people traveling together.
  • Up to 2 children (ages 4-11) ride free with each adult traveler.

Reservation Requirements with a Eurail Austria-Croatia-Slovenia Pass:

Croatia 1This pass covers trains that are operated by the national railways of each country listed on the pass.

Feel free to hop on and off most trains in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia. When traveling with a Eurail Austria-Croatia-Slovenia Pass, travelers may be required to purchase a reservation for some trains including international and overnight trains.Travelers with a rail pass may be required to purchase a special reservation for the portion of the journey that isn’t covered by their rail pass.

Reservations are an additional cost and can be requested within 90 days of your travel date.

  • Reservations are required when taking the some trains between Zagreb/Rijeka/Osijek/Cakovek in Croatia and overnight trains.
  • Reservations are recommended when traveling on high-speed trains like the Railjet within Austria, which are popular and can fill up quickly.
  • Most regional trains within Austria, Croatia and Slovenia do not require reservations. You can simply board with your rail pass and take any open seat.

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At Distant Lands we issue your pass on the spot.

If you would like more information contact Susan Hickman at 626 449-3220 or E-Mail:

Eurail Benelux Pass

Eurail Benelux Pass: The European Triple Crown

Belguim1Belgium, The Netherlands (Holland), and Luxembourg have more in common than a royal heritage. They have the Eurail Benelux Pass, giving you extensive travel on the national rail networks of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, with your choice of any 3, 4, 5 or 8 days of rail travel within a one-month period. This pass offers saverpass discounts for 2 or more traveling together and you can also decide whether you’d prefer those travel days to be consecutive or non-consecutive.Belguim2

Choose to see Belgium by rail, or relax during train travel in Holland. Trains in Luxembourg are also designed to be stress-free and adventure-ready. Put them all together and you not only have an extraordinary travel experience in the Benelux countries, but a journey that’s 180° from the hassles of airports and the deciphering of road signs.

Belguim3The train also allows you to enjoy the locals as much as the scenery, and immerse yourself in the culture you came to visit. It starts with rail stations that leave you right in the city center, ready for action. Visit the enchanting (and tiny) city of Bruges, is brimming with architectural and artistic finds. Stop in Amsterdam to view the masterworks of the Dutch masters. Looking to “refuel” in Rotterdam? Its nightlife rocks with an abundance of bars, swanky clubs, and quirky galleries. Stop in castle-rich Luxembourg, home to the Grand-Duke. And no journey through Benelux is complete without a peek at the Brussels Grand Place, one of the most beautiful squares in all of Europe. Did I say Brussels? What a great time to mention all the travel discounts that sprout up with your pass, too– including deals on hotels and attractions.

The Eurail Benelux Pass is available from Distant Lands on the spot.


For more information contact Susan Hickman at 626 449-3220 or email