ITHF members explore Nepal and Bhutan - 2017

The tour party:

Our ITHF Nepalese member - Tilak Thapa Magar,  organized a tour package for ITHF members and their families. It started at Kathmandu with visits to World Heritage Sites before moving on to visit earthquake stricken areas of Dhading.  From there the tour moved to the beautiful city of Pokhara with visits to important sites before returning to Kathmandu for a few days.

A tour of the mysterious land of Bhutan was available as an optional extra that offered a rare combination of peace and harmony amidst some of the world's most stunning mountain scenery.  Based in Thimphu this option began with two days of sight seeing followed by attendance at the first Rotary District Conference ever held in Bhutan.

Uen Hua (Aircon) Chao and Janet Chao were in the tour party and have sent this report:

All participants enjoyed ITHF Bhutan/Nepal Tour. We are very happy to have the chance to explore mysterious Bhutan and Nepal. Thanks to our Nepalese member Tilak Thapa Magar, he  made great efforts  to make this tour possible, also thank to our Nepal/ Bhutan VP Sita Rupakheti. She has done an excellent job to make our journey more enjoyable.

Below is a link to the website you may visit to review our Bhutan/ Nepal tour.  You may also upload your photos to share with all of us.

2014 Pre-Convention Tour of Australia


Twenty-two ITHFers from six different countries participated in the tour, which began in Cairns, Queensland, on May 21, and terminated in Sydney on May 29, 2014.




John & Marty Bradshaw, Bill & Liz Cilker and John & Audrey Steven getting acquainted after arriving at our hotel in Cairns.





 A coach tour on Thursday, May 22, took us to Mossman Gorge, a Daintree River cruise and Port Douglas.



 < Electronics & Catherine Hsieh in lush Mosman Gorge




         The “Team” enjoying the scenery at Mosman >     





 < Our river "taxi"




  One of the less-friendly natives as seen from our river "taxi" >





 A full day trip to Green Island occupied us on Friday. We spent free time wandering Green Island, swimming, viewing the coral from the beach and in the glass bottom boat.


                            On the ferry.                                                 Andrea & Palin enjoying the view.                                           

 On Saturday we took the Kuranda Scenic Rail, and enjoyed a beautiful journey to Kuranda, where we spent the day shopping and playing tourist.

 On Sunday, we flew to Longreach to a B-B-Q dinner at the hotel.

Monday was occupied with a tour of the town, a visit to the Longreach School of Distance Education (a real eye opener), then on to the Qantas Museum. In the evening we took a Sunset Drovers’ cruise and dinner on the bank of the river with entertainment by Smithy’s Live Outback Show.


  Tuesday was a busy day, starting with a tour of a huge outback station, guided by the lady of the station. A huge typical morning tea was followed by the opportunity to cuddle a joey kangaroo, much to the surprise and delight of all. In the afternoon we visited the famed Longreach Stockman’s Hall of Fame, followed by an Outback Show and dinner in the Cattleman’s Restaurant.


 An early start on Wednesday saw us on the road to Winton, a very old outback town with interesting sights. Lunch at the Waltzing Matilda Restaurant followed by a visit to the dinosaur diggings, where they have excavated large quantities of dinosaur bones. Dinner with the R C of Longreach, a fun night.


                         The Team at Winton.                                                       Nobody’s pet       .                                                                     


Thursday, our last day, town tour, shopping, visit to the Outback Pics Gallery.

A quick final lunch, then off to Sydney.

As usual, a great bunch of cooperative ITHFers.








 Submitted by John Steven

Highlights from the 2009 Pre-Convention Tour of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland

This tour of 58 ITHFers commenced in London and moved through Stonehenge, Stratford, Bath to Cardiff, Wales, then through Ireland to Dublin, then through the Lake District to Edinburgh, Scotland and back to York and to Birmingham for convention. This tour was divided into two groups following the same itinerary. One was led by John and Audrey Steven and the other by Steve and Noko Yoshida.

Highlights from the 2006 Post-Convention Spectacular Scandinavian Tour

The 2006 Post-Convention Spectacular Scandinavian Tour began with a flight from Copenhagen to Bergen, Norway and on to Loen by way of the stunning fjords and glaciers, then to Oslo and historic Stockholm. Then to Helsinki by cruise and St. Petersburg and back to Helsinki.

On the water beneath the fjords.
On the water beneath the fjords.
A special presentation for us in St. Petersburg.
A special presentation for us in St. Petersburg.

Highlights from the 2006 Pre-Convention Spectacular Scandinavian Tour

The 2006 Pre-Convention Spectacular Scandinavian Tour began with a welcome dinner in Helsinki. From there to the traditional Russian capital of St. Petersburg and then back to Helsinki. Then to Stockholm by overnight cruise, and on to explore the viking heritage in Oslo, Norway. The group visited Lilliehammer, the site of the '94 Winter Olympics, and on to the land of beautiful fjords in Loen, Voss, Myrdal and Flam. By cruise the group arrived in Bergen to enjoy a farewell dinner.

Our group hosted by the St. Petersburg Rotary Club.
Our group hosted by the St. Petersburg Rotary Club.
Bergen at noon
Bergen at noon

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