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Sponsored by Alumni
Ann Highum, vice president for student life emerita and Jerry Freund, retired city manager of Decorah are ready to travel again with a group of adventuresome and curious people. We are anxious to share our love for Southeast Asia and its people, culture, history, and natural beauty. Bhutan and Vietnam are two fascinating countries that are safe for travel, rich in culture, and historically important.
Vietnam is known for it's stunning landscapes, kind and welcoming people, and delicious cuisine. Bhutan, situated at the eastern end of the Himalayas and famous for its “happiness index”, has been open for tourism for many years. Their tourism industry is highly regulated and well managed and we have a fascinating trip ahead. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to offer this tour to hardy souls who want a unique adventure in both the northern part of Vietnam and then in Bhutan.
Our excellent local guest speakers and guides will share their knowledge about each country making this a wonderful learning experience. The tour is also based on taking hikes in remarkable areas, interacting with different ethnic tribes to learn about their customs and cultures, staying in guesthouses in small villages, and experiencing each country more fully than is possible on other tours. It is important to note that these countries are not ADA accessible and many of the hiking experiences will involve uneven terrain, long uphill climbs, and up to 7 miles per hike. The highest areas we would visit are in the range of 7-8000 feet, making altitude another factor to consider on this trip. For those of you who are up to the challenge of exploring these beautiful and sometimes rugged areas, this trip is designed for you. And if you love photography, there is sure to be plenty of stunning scenery for you to capture and share.
We have worked to make this adventure affordable as well as memorable. We hope you will consider joining us! If you are interested please contact one of us to discuss the physical demands and determine if this tour is a good match for your interests and abilities. We are only taking 10 people in addition to ourselves and our guide.
Questions? Contact Trisha Soiney, 563-387-1164