Chicago – June 4th, 2007 – Greaves Tours has created two new tours to
meet a growing demand for travel to Sri Lanka and Bhutan. The 10 day ‘The
Emerald Island of Sri Lanka‘ and a 14-day ‘The Land of the Thunder Dragon’
are a splendid addition to the luxury tour operators existing portfolio
specializing in exquisite travel to India. Prices lead in at US$3,668.00 &
US$6,891.00. Reservations: www.greavesindia.com; tel: 800-318-7801.

Palm fringed beaches, Giant Buddhas, elephant, leopard and tea!…
Greaves’ new 10-day tour ‘The Emerald Island of Sri Lanka‘ is a wonderful way
to experience this glistening gem of the Indian Ocean. Formerly known
as ‘Ceylon’, and described by Marco Polo as ‘the finest island of its size in all
the world’ Sri Lanka has a rich tapestry of culture and nature. Its strong
heritage of past colonization and spiritual roots make it the ideal place for
adventure! Greaves’ new tour is the perfect combination of city ruins;
gigantic Buddhas, dating back to the 1st century BC; tea plantations rising
out of the tropical heat; plus beautiful palm-fringed beaches, providing the
ultimate ‘luxe’ Sri Lankan experience. Highlights include:
– A visit to Sigiriya via the ancient royal capital of Kurunegala and the
magnificent rock temple of Dambulla
– A trip to the legendary Elephant Orphanage
– Kandy, the Spice Gardens of Matale, tea plantations plus the hill resort of
Nuwara Eliya
– Experience the Fishing village of Negombo and the jaw-dropping beaches of
Tangalle
– An evening jeep-safari in Yala National Park tracking the illusive leopard

Monasteries, ancient fortresses, waterfalls and snow capped mountains…
Similarly, Greaves’ new 14-day tour ‘The Land of the Thunder Dragon’
provides a wonderful insight into Bhutan, the land of mountain mists and
legends. Nestled high in the eastern Himalayas between India and Tibet,
Bhutan has been open to tourism since 1974, and is one of the last bastions
of ancient civilization. Greaves’ expert personnel allow guests a glimpse of
the authentic Bhutan from emerald valleys bursting with wild flora to
intricately carved monasteries emerging out of majestic mountains. Highlights
of the trip, which departs from Kolkata (Calcutta), India include:
– Exploring the fortresses of Drukgyel Dzong and Simtokha Dzong
– The sacred temple of Kyichu Lhakhang – one of the oldest temples in Bhutan
– The colorful city of Thimphu
– A visit to Tashichodzong, on the banks of the Wang Chu, home of the
National Assembly
– Crossing the Coronation Bridge, built for the coronation of Queen Victoria,
into Darjeeling
– Stunning views from Darjeeling over to Mount Everest and Kanchenenjunga

Tour features…
As with all tours designed by Greaves, travelers on both of these new tours
will enjoy highly personalized service in opulently appointed lodgings; a
private air-conditioned car and driver; porterage at hotels and airports; and
the benefit of knowledgeable English speaking local guides well versed in the
history, customs and language of the region.

‘The Emerald Island of Sri Lanka’ tour includes:
– Daily breakfast
– Luxury accommodations for one night at The Beach Hotel, Negombo; The
Kandy House Hotel, Kandy; The Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwara-Eliya; The Yala
Village Hotel, Yala; and Galle Face Hotel, Galle
– Accommodations for two nights at luxury eco-hotel, Elephant Corridor; and
Amanwella Beach Resort.
Prices lead in at US$3,668.00, based on two people sharing. A single
supplement is available.

‘The Land of the Thunder Dragon’ tour includes:
– Daily breakfast in Kolkata, full-board in Bhutan and Darjeeling
– Luxury accommodations for one night at Druk Hotel, Phuntsholing
– Luxury accommodations for three nights at The Oberoi Kolkata; Uma Paro,
Paro; the exclusive Amankora Hotel; and Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling
Prices lead in at US$6,891.00, based on two people sharing. A single
supplement is available.

Costs for both tours exclude international round-trip airfare; Indian visa fee
(for The Land of Thunder Dragon Tour, currently US $65.00 per person,
subject to change); meals except where noted on the itinerary; personal
items, e.g. telephone, laundry, gratuities, travel insurance, and any changes
travelers may choose to make during the trip.

About Greaves Tours
Greaves Tours sets the standard for customized luxury vacations in India,
Nepal, Bhutan and the Indian Ocean. Exclusive focus on these destinations,
coupled with in-depth knowledge of their complex cultures, ensures an
unforgettable journey through one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Greaves
Tours may be explored at www.greavesindia.com; tel: 800-318-7801.

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