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Personally Escorted
Australian Tours

Each year we run personally escorted tours showcasing our wonderful diverse country Australia. We try to offer a range of personally escorted tours to suit travellers looking for something new and different as well as repeating itineraries that have become so well loved over the years.


Travel Experience – Incredible India
by Jacquey Turner

We are featuring extracts from the journal of my tour of Northern India a number of years ago, which I hope you will enjoy. I shall be escorting another tour of this fascinating country in November next year and encourage you to come along to our tour launch on Wednesday 5 December to learn more. 


Travel Experience – Iceland
by Monica Bethune

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to experience and explore this amazing country and create some wonderful memories that I now hold dear.

 

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Travel Experience – New Zealand
By Jacinta Anderson 

Jetting off with Air New Zealand in late May, I arrived in Christchurch for the first night of an 8-day Grand Pacific Tour of the South Island. I had not visited this part of New Zealand before so was looking forward to the scenery and beauty that I had heard about from so many clients. Not only that, I was about to experience Grand Pacific’s ‘Ultimate’ coach which offers a small group experience with only 20 ‘business class’ style seats.

After an early start, we made our way to the Christchurch Railway Station where we boarded the Tranz-Alpine Railway for our journey across to Arthur’s Pass and our first snowfall of the trip – a truly memorable experience. Most touring companies include it or you can arrange it in conjunction with independent travel when travelling between Christchurch and Greymouth.

We had a brief photo stop at Arthur’s Pass to view the amazing engineering feat and met a friendly Kea bird while we were there. Boarding our beautiful Grand Pacific coach, we headed south towards the lovely seaside town of Hokitika en-route to our overnight stay at Franz Josef. Due to the weather, we were unable to visit the Glacier, however there were many options for experiencing the area, including helicopter flights, Heli-Hike, ATV Quad bikes or, for more adventurous, skydiving!

From Franz Josef we travelled via Haast where we visited a local salmon farm. Whilst in this area, a must do is the Haast River Safari, a one hour journey in a purpose built all-weather jet boat. On the tour you will learn about the remarkable glacial valley and its stunning rainforests.

We arrived in Queenstown late afternoon for our 2-night stay at the Mercure Queenstown, with its magnificent views overlooking the lake. This hotel is a great option not too far from the city.

The next morning we went on a modified tour with views of Skippers Canyon and visited the snow resort of Coronet Peak. This was followed by a boat ride on the Shotover Jet, which was so much fun.  Later in the afternoon we boarded the TSS Earnslaw for a cool but spectacular cruise across Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Homestead, where we enjoyed a scrumptious dinner and sheep sheering show, and learned about the homestead and the area.

From Queenstown, we headed to Te Anau for our overnight stay. Taking in the Real Journeys Glow Worm Cave was a highlight.

Heading east the next day we found our way to Dunedin and enjoyed an afternoon tea and exploration of Larnach Castle, where the views were amazing. If you love your beer, another must do in Dunedin is a visit to the Speights Brewery.

From Dunedin we headed north to Christchurch for our last night, but not before stopping in the gorgeous town of Oamaru.  We arrived in Christchurch around lunchtime and had some free time to jump on the Christchurch Tram and enjoy all that this lovely city has to offer. 

Whether you choose independent travel or prefer the comforts of an amazing Ultimate coach, or anything in between, New Zealand offers a wonderful variety of things to do and see.

 

 

 

Travel Experience – Iceland By Monica Bethune Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to experience and explore this amazing country and create some wonderful memories that I now hold dear. After spending a few days in Edinburgh we flew into Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, an easy two-hour journey. Our driver met us at the modern… Continue Reading

Travel Experience – Incredible India By Jaquey Turner We are featuring extracts from the journal of my tour of Northern India a number of years ago, which I hope you will enjoy. I shall be escorting another tour of this fascinating country in November next year and encourage you to come along to our tour… Continue Reading

Travel Experience – Antarctic Adventure By tour guest, Deirdre   Departure day had arrived for my Top of Bucket List adventure! And what an adventure it turned out to be!!! Including the challenge of packing into 23kgs the clothing needed to traverse between Hot Humid 38deg to Dry Cold -4deg. Our small group departed Warragul… Continue Reading

NEW CALEDONIA By Brianna Van De Ven In November I was lucky enough to travel on an educational trip to Noumea, capital of New Caledonia, a French territory comprising endless islands in the South Pacific. On arrival into La Tontouta Airport we were met by our transfer service and enjoyed the 45-minute coach journey into… Continue Reading

SOUTH AMERICAN SPECTACULAR By independent traveller – Sandra Cathie Most of our group departed from Melbourne after a night at the airport Park Royal Hotel and, whilst waiting for our connecting international flight to Santiago from Sydney, we were joined by three ladies from Brisbane and two from Sydney.               … Continue Reading

Antarctica and New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands By independent traveller – Mary   25 days voyage on ‘Akademik Shokalskyy’, with travel companies Heritage Expeditions and Chimu, and involvement of Mawsons Huts Foundation. ‘Remember, one hand for the ship and one hand for you!’ This message came over the ship every time the rolling or pitching… Continue Reading

Travel Experience – Spain & Portugal By guests, Clare & Colin   Our ‘Journey through Spain and Portugal’ last October-November provided a stimulating and enjoyable mix of Iberian culture, rich and diverse history, tantalising tastes and new experiences. Arriving in Lisbon, we were met by our European guide, Lucy and had a magnificent welcome dinner… Continue Reading

Travel Experience – Belgium and Flanders Fields By Jacinta Anderson In late May I was privileged to attend an amazing trip to Belgium to learn about the Flanders Region along with the beautiful canal cities of Bruges and Ghent.  2017 commemorates 100 years since the WW1 battle in this area.    It was a hugely… Continue Reading

Jacquey’s Escorted Tour to Poland and the South of France 2017 By tour guest Patty   Jacquey's tours are about experiences – of a country, its history, geography, lifestyle, food, culture, environment, its people – and our tour of Poland and the South of France was no exception.               … Continue Reading

Personally Escorted
World Tours

Each year Jacquey escorts four or five international tours to destinations as diverse as India, Central America & Cuba, Canada, Egypt, Africa, Sri Lanka, Corsica, Sardinia & Sicily and South America. Jacquey tries to offers a range of personally escorted tours to suit travellers looking for something new and different as well as repeating itineraries that have become so well loved over the years.


Gippsland Travel turns 30

We are very proud to announce that this year marks the 30th anniversary since we took over the reins of Gippsland Travel in April 1988 and turned it into one of Australia's leading independent travel agencies.


Travel Experience – New Zealand's South Island
by Jacinta Anderson

Jetting off with Air New Zealand in late May, I arrived in Christchurch for the first night of an 8-day Grand Pacific Tour of the South Island. I had not visited this part of New Zealand before so was looking forward to the scenery and beauty that I had heard about from so many clients.

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