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Travel Experience
European Viking River Cruise

by Jan Darby and Krystal McCallum

Krystal and I recently had the opportunity to join an 8 day, 7 port, Europe river cruise with Viking Cruises from Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary.  As neither of us had been on a river cruise before we were very excited to experience this very popular way of travel. We flew with Qatar Airways via Doha Airport, which is modern, clean and easy to get around. 


Category Archives: Escorted Tours

Norfolk Island Celebrating Bounty Day

Escorted by Jacquey Turner

6th – 15th June 2021



From $4,199 pp twin share

About this trip

Captain James Cook was the first to officially discover Norfolk Island, describing it as “paradise” – a term he did not use liberally in his journals.  From 1788 to 1854, this paradise became a harsh penal colony and home to hapless convicts. 

Today, it is home to the descendants of the Bounty Mutineers whose barefoot manners, warmth and hospitality have been woven into the island’s unique and timeless rhythm – a special charm that draws visitors back time and time again.

A highlight of this tour will be Anniversary (Bounty) Day on the 8th of June, when locals celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of the Pitcairn Islanders to Norfolk Island. The Pitcairners were the descendants of the infamous English sailors of mutiny on the Bounty fame and the Tahitian women who, under their leader Fletcher Christian began a new life on isolated Pitcairn Island. After outgrowing tiny Pitcairn the community, Queen Victoria gave Norfolk Island to the 8 island families, 194 islanders arrived on the Morayshire in 1856.

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Itinerary Summary

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Jordan & Morocco Postponed until March 2021 Escorted by Jacquey Turner Jordan is a country of great contrasts, which will appeal to the most demanding visitor. It is not only filled with Roman monuments, it has the beauty of the desert and the warmth of its people. Morocco is an ancient land of great history and complexity and… Continue Reading

Inspiring Australia • Sydney   • Hunter Valley   • Blue Mountains   • Red Centre   • Cairns Escorted by Jacquey Turner Dates to be confirmed About this trip Gippsland Travel is thrilled to present this specially crafted ‘Inspiring Australia’ journey. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Red Centre of the Outback, this 13-day journey showcases vast… Continue Reading

Stans of Central Asia September/October 2021 Escorted by Jacquey Turner EXPRESSION OF INTEREST On this 3-week journey we will travel across the mountains and steppes of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, on some of the less travelled routes of the Silk Road with breathtaking scenery in un-spoilt wilderness.  Continue Reading

Bhutan Dragon Kingdom September/October 2021 Escorted by Jacquey Turner EXPRESSION OF INTEREST Hidden deep within the Himalayas, the remote mountain kingdom of Bhutan was lost to the outside world for centuries. On this tour you will have the opportunity to discover the spirit of the Bhutanese and visit numerous sacred sites, temples and monasteries. Bhutan offers spectacular mountain… Continue Reading

Experience China and Hong Kong April 2020 Personally escorted by Jacquey Turner EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TOUR LAUNCH Wednesday 1st May 2019 at 7pm On mainland China our itinerary will include Shanghai, Guilin, Xi'an and the Terra Cotta Warriors, plus Beijing, as well as a Yangtze River Cruise visiting the Three Gorges. Stunning Hong Kong is… Continue Reading

  Awesome Antarctica with a taste of South America  This is a sample itinerary from a previous tour and is to be used as a guide only  26 day tour including a 13 day Sea Adventurer Expedition Cruise  3 February to 1 March 2017  Personally escorted by Jacquey Turner    TOUR OPTIONS: AWESOME ANTARCTIC including Iguazu Falls… Continue Reading

National Parks of West Coast America September/October 2022 Personally escorted by Jacquey Turner    On this inaugural tour, we will travel the length of the west coast of the USA exploring Seattle, Olympic National Park, Mt Rainer, Portland, Mt Hood, coastal Oregon, Crater Lake National Park, The Redwoods, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Monterey… Continue Reading

National Parks of Western America and Lower Mississippi River Cruise 7 September – 15 October 2019 Escorted by Jacquey Turner FULLY BOOKED    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD BOOKING FORM                           Breakfast   Lunch     Dinner                 Tour Itinerary Departs Melbourne: 7th… Continue Reading

Travel Experience
Portugal and Spain
by Linda Owen

I recently toured through parts of Portugal with Backroads Touring, a small group specialist. Our tour was slow-paced, with no early mornings and great for the experienced traveller. We stayed in small boutique hotels and everything was very locally focussed. Starting in Lisbon, we had the lovely experience of learning to paint tiles in what looked just like a private house…

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